The European pensions industry has given a cautious welcome to the revised IORP Directive but expressed concerns about the potential impact of the new risk evaluation required of pensions funds.Under the Directive, the Risk Evaluation for Pensions would be performed “regularly and without delay” in instances where a scheme’s risk profile undergoes a “significant” change – examining internal risk management, funding needs and requiring qualitative assessments of covenant, operational and climate change risks.Joanne Segars, chair of PensionsEurope, said it would “pay attention” to the delegated acts by the European Commission that would clarify the scope of the new risk framework, to then be drawn up by the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA).UK consultancy Punter Southall echoed Segars’s reservations about the new risk framework, with its head of research Jane Beverley saying its evolution would need to be scrutinised, lest the industry see certain quantitative measures introduced “through the back door”. “It would be unfortunate, to say the least, if, having dropped the idea of solvency funding for pensions, the Commission were to bring in some of the key elements of the holistic balance sheet through its new governance requirements,” she said.The Directive specified that the Commission’s delegated act should not introduce “additional funding requirements beyond those foreseen in this Directive”, seemingly ruling out such a move.Alfred Gohdes, chief actuary at Towers Watson in Germany, said the risk framework appeared to be the only fundamentally new governance burden for the German occupational sector.However, he added: “Dependent on how it is fleshed out by EIOPA, it could lead to significantly increased requirements and costs.”The inclusion of the new risk evaluation requirements was welcomed by Insurance Europe, the industry’s lobby group, which noted that the system would allow pension funds to “assess the real risks of their business”.However, it was unhappy with the absence of quantitative requirements for the rival industry that brought regulation in line with Solvency II, noting that the Directive was “incomplete” as a result.The group’s director general Michaela Koller argued that it was an issue of consumers deserving the same level of protection, regardless of which of the two industries provided the pension benefit.“To ensure that this is the case,” she said, “we call on the European institutions to include a clear timeline in the IORP Directive for the Commission to develop appropriate quantitative requirements.”Other commentators, such as Francois Barker, head of pensions at law firm Eversheds, lamented the “far too detailed and prescriptive” nature of the proposals and noted that, despite internal market commissioner Michel Barnier’s repeated pledges to cut red tape emanating from Brussels, the Directive was “full of it”.The European Association of Paritarian Institutions’ secretary general Bruno Gabellieri said he regretted that the Directive still had a “strong internal market point of view”, which it said did not fully appreciate the important role of social partners in providing occupational retirement provision, or the characteristics of IORPs.He added: “Governance and information requirements for IORPs executing agreements between social partners cannot be the same as for pure financial institutions selling products to consumers.”The concerns that an approach applied to the remainder of financial institutions was simply being transferred was one shared by Andreas Zakostelsky, chairman of Austrian pension association FVPK.“The rules will lead to additional expenses and do not fit with the occupational pensions system,” he argued.He added that Austrian pension funds already were compliant with the vast amount of the new requirements, but that it would nonetheless increase the regulatory burden and result in increased costs.Matti Leppälä, secretary general of PensionsEurope, also raised concerns about the costs associated with the proposals, noting that the standardised Pension Benefit Statement would “drastically” increase administrative costs without resulting in added value to members.“We therefore need an adaption of the information requirements based on the pension promise given,” he said. “DB, DC and hybrid schemes bring different benefits, choices and risks to the members. This needs to be taken into account.”While Dave Roberts, senior consultant at Towers Watson, criticised the lack of changes to cross-border funding regulation, he was mostly positive about the proposals for improved governance and transparency.“Few would argue against such aims,” he said, “but it makes no sense to agree such measures without assessing whether the improvements they are expected to bring represent value for money – especially on a day when the UK government is trying to emphasise the importance of low charges.”
Children in the orchestra have become confident and self-assured. (Image: Limpopo Youth Orchestra facebook) MEDIA CONTACTS • Simone Aronje-Adetoye Director, Limpopo Youth Orchestra +27 (0) 83 494 9594 RELATED ARTICLES • South African youth orchestra set to wow Europe • Wouter Kellerman: magic on flute • Bringing music to the youth • Building bridges with classical music • South African quartet plays for peaceLucille DavieThe Limpopo Youth Orchestra doesn’t just play great music; it also aims to raise balanced, holistically developed children.Its website states that its mission is to “use the creation and performance of music in all its various forms to enhance confidence and life opportunities of rural, disabled and urban children and youth in Limpopo Province and beyond”.The orchestra has just released its first album, entitled Merethetho, meaning “home to your roots”. It was three years in the making and has been produced by acclaimed multi-instrumentalist jazz musician Pops Mohamed. Present at the launch was the deputy minister of arts and culture, Dr Joe Phaahla; the chairman of the National Lotteries Board, Prof Ntshengedzeni Nevhuthanda; crews from three TV channels; and journalists and artists.Playing a mix of South African and African classics, the album is a collaboration with artists like Lucas Senyatso on bass guitar, Olufemi Ogunkoya on saxophone, Wouter Kellerman on flute, Kunle Ayo on lead guitar, Nduduzo Makhathini on keyboards, Vinnie Henrico on drums, El Hadj on percussion, and Dan Selsick on trombone. Guest singers include Stella Khumalo, Thuli Mdlalose, Faith Kekana, Hlulani Hlangwane, Vusi Nhlapo, Andries Mashaba and Shadrach Sivhabu. The album was recorded in Johannesburg.Kellerman, who was not able to be at the launch, says on the orchestra’s Facebook page: “It’s been such a privilege to be part of this project and I’m so sorry I can’t be at the launch – I’m touring in Australia at the moment. I would like to congratulate the Limpopo Youth Orchestra, Pops Mohamed and everybody who was involved for a job well done. The CD is beautiful!”Integrating culturesThe orchestra integrates classical orchestra instruments with indigenous African instruments. It consists of 40 performers, 15 of whom are disabled. Instruments include the violin, viola, cello, flute, clarinet, tuba, trumpet and trombone, plus marimbas and djembe drums. Children start with the recorder, learning the basics of theory and practice, and once they have passed the basic Royal School of Music exams, they join the orchestra.Founder and director Simone Aronje-Adetoye, who plays the piano and the violin, says people initially laughed at her when she suggested starting a youth orchestra in Limpopo. The youngsters couldn’t speak English, she couldn’t speak Sepedi, there were no instruments, no teachers, no other orchestras in the province to prove it could work, and funding was a huge challenge.“People laughed at me and said it was the height of stupidity,” she says. But undaunted, the orchestra was formed in 2004, and seven years later, its first matriculant is planning to study music at university.Powered by passionA big part of the thinking behind the initiative is upliftment. “The orchestra project is dedicated to the development and empowerment of youth from previously disadvantaged backgrounds and from marginalised areas, as well as youth with physical disabilities,” indicates the website.That means that it’s not simply about playing an instrument in a group. It’s also about poverty alleviation, giving disabled children opportunities to express themselves, integrating rural and urban communities, and preserving indigenous African instruments and knowledge.“Learning to play an expensive instrument such as a violin or a cello is a luxury for many families in South Africa due to their limited means of income. But numerous children in Limpopo’s rural areas are doing so,” it reads. “Bursaries are sourced for further study for its members, unemployed youth earn money through performances and teaching, and valuable partnerships were formed with the South African Army and Police bands.”About 200 youngsters in Limpopo are being trained at present, ranging in age from 10 to 25. Of these, 70% are from rural areas and 12% are physically disabled.Move to GiyaniIn 2002, Aronje-Adetoye, who is from Cape Town, moved to Giyani in Limpopo to work as a teacher. She soon had a group of youngsters playing the recorder, an inexpensive and easy-to-learn instrument. Most children came from urban centres, like Polokwane, but there were children from far rural areas who also learned to play the instrument.The first funding of R20 000 came from a special provincial fund to empower the youth. This money bought instruments, paid for training teachers, and importantly, food parcels and clothing for families that needed them, to “rescue the children”, so that they could go on to reach their potential.“It was a shock to see the extreme poverty in Limpopo. There is nothing to keep the youth busy. I am passionate about making a difference.”The urban children donate food and clothing to the rural children. The urban children also pay fees, which are used for the benefit of their rural counterparts. In return, the urban members get extra maths lessons on Saturdays. “The kids learn discipline and time management, as well as building their confidence,” says Aronje-Adetoye.And the results are testimony to this – last year all the matriculants in the orchestra passed with exemptions.Checkers Woman of the YearIn 2006, Aronje-Adetoye was nominated in the entrepreneurial category of the Checkers Woman of the Year, and although she didn’t win, the publicity generated brought in sponsors who offered services, like registering the orchestra as an NGO, or auditing the company, an essential pre-requisite to apply for funding from the National Lottery.And in 2007, the National Arts Council came on board, donating R75 000, which was used to buy instruments. Then, in 2010, the orchestra hit the big time and was granted R5-million from the lottery.Music teachers come from Johannesburg and Nigeria, and the conductor, Olanmide Timothy, is also from Nigeria. “We have a wonderful collaboration between South Africa and Nigeria,” explains Aronje-Adetoye, who is married to a Nigerian.Concerts and functionsThe orchestra holds two major concerts a year – one in winter and one at Christmas. But that doesn’t mean they’re not busy – they entertain for the provincial government’s gala dinners, at weddings, corporate functions, birthday parties, and memorial services. Rehearsals take place every Friday evening.Now that the CD has been released, they plan to tour to Nigeria, and they have been invited to tour Ireland.In 2012, they went to Cape Town, where they joined the rehearsals of the Cape Town Youth Orchestra. They sat in the rehearsals of the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Cape Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, besides going to the opera. They have formed a relationship with the National Youth Orchestra, based in Joburg, and will do workshops with them in the future.Aronje-Adetoye says she’s realised it’s these kinds of partnerships that are most valuable. Kellerman has promised to work with them in the future, and Mohamed has expressed an interest in starting a quartet with some of the youngsters in the orchestra. “This is what makes me wake up in the morning,” says Aronje-Adetoye, “the one project that doesn’t make me want to go back to Cape Town.”They are hoping to get more funding from the National Lottery, with big plans to build a conservatoire, or school of music, studios and a concert hall in Polokwane.
16 April 2014 The City of Johannesburg plans to install 1 000 wi-fi hotspots throughout the city by 2016, executive mayor Parks Tau said on Monday. The city had spent R1-billion on the broadband network and was now working on access points for the citizens to enjoy the connectivity, Tau said during his state of the city address in Orlando, Soweto. Thirty-five libraries will be connected by June and all 85 libraries in the city will have free internet access by the end of 2014, the mayor said. “The broadband network will significantly increase access through our libraries to the internet, including open online courses.” Tau promised that the roll out would be completed before the end of his five-year mayoral term in 2016.Training “Wi-Fi has gone live from today, right here, as we speak, in the Orlando Communal Hall, and at the following nine Rea Vaya stations: Orlando Stadium and police station, Soccer City, Noordgesig, Joburg Theatre, Park Station, Art Gallery, Carlton Centre and Fashion Square,” he said. The city would train 1 000 students a year in its ICT operations to work in communities to help introduce the latest technology to residents, Tau said. This would ensure that even people who were not tech-savvy would also benefit. A partnership with the University of Witwatersrand was being established to develop the Tshimologong Precinct in Braamfontein, which will focus on information technology innovation and small, medium and micro enterprise incubation. Green transport The mayor also said Johannesburg planned to expand its dual-fuel Metrobus fleet and would help to grow the bio crops used to produce the fuel. Around 150 new buses using dual fuel would be purchased in the coming year. An additional 30 would be converted to run on a mixture of compressed natural gas and diesel, Tau said. The buses are “significantly cleaner” than the diesel versions, emitting 90% less carbon into the environment. Tau said the biogas fuel would sourced from a range of natural products, including grass cut by City Parks, bio waste from the Fresh Produce Market, as well as from bio crops especially grown for this purpose. SAinfo reporter and Gauteng Provincial Government
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Market Commentary for 11/24/15The market has been incredibly boring. There are no bullish stories to report, which is frustrating to unpriced farmers. The only bright spot to low prices has been an uptick in export market potential. This could help demand build slowly.Lack of farmer selling is strengthening the basis market and causing spreads between futures months to narrow. The combination between the two may lead to a price rebound eventually.Market ActionsOptionsThe following are several options I placed in the last year:On 11/25/14, I bought 3 – $3.80 Dec puts (right to sell) for 20 cents each. They expired last Friday.On 11/25/14 I sold a $4.70 call (right to buy) for 19 cents.On 1/7/15 I sold another 4.50 call (right to buy) for nearly 30 centsOn 7/7/15 I sold another 4.50 call (right to buy) for 19 cents.On 7/30/15 fearing a rally in futures I bought all of the calls back for around 4-6 cents.My final cost to own all the puts was 5 cents. Meaning my $3.80 puts are really now $3.75 Dec futures sales. These sales were intended for the 2016 crop, but with increased production this year, I’ll be using these sales for the surplus 2015 grain we harvested.I could have just collected the premium on the puts, and not converted the puts to sales. However, then I miss out on the opportunity to collect the 18 cents carry on these sales (described below). So a $3.75 sale and an 18 cent carry = $3.93 futures level. While I certainly hope to make sales above that value for 2016 I’m not positive I will get that chance until maybe summer, so I thought it more prudent to take the guaranteed price now as opposed to waiting and hoping.Collecting the CarryFor years I have been telling farmers to work the carry and basis to get bigger premiums and profits in their grain marketing strategy. Many farmers don’t understand how to “collect the carry”.This past week I collected the carry on my 2015 corn crop. What does this mean?In general, the market needs someone to hold the grain until its needed later in the year. This “premium” is market carry, where the deferred months are trading at values higher than the nearby contracts. In other words those who store grain get paid for it. This is how your local grain elevator or ethanol plant makes some of their money.As I have shared, I’m 100% priced on the CBOT for my 2015 corn crop. All of my sales were in the Dec futures. To collect market carry, I had to BUY my Dec futures back, and then SELL deferred contracts at the same time. I chose the July 2016 futures, which was a $.185 premium to the Dec. Note, this doesn’t change the price I originally sold the contracts at. It merely adds carry profits to my grain I have stored.Why did I choose the July futures?– I wanted to get the most money I could as I intend to have my grain basis set, moved and marketed before July 1st of 2016.– Each time I have to “roll” my futures from one contract to another it costs me $.01/bu commission. So by rolling to July instead of March or May, my commissions will be the lowest possible.When does this trade have to happen?I could have captured the carry anytime throughout the year, until Nov 30th. The spread is actually traded on the CBOT. Usually the widest point for the spread is during or at the end of harvest. This year as seen in the graph below the spread was at its widest during planting season (black line). This was likely a result of reduced yield in the eastern corn belt and a general lack of farmer selling at harvest.The carry premium I received for 2015, while lower than the last two years, is still above the cost of my operating note and thus a fair return (2% above cost) on my investment. Farmers who aren’t borrowing money can view this as a guaranteed income stream of nearly 7% APR for 8 months of storage.2016 Corn CropI had about 22% of my 2016’s anticipated production priced against Dec 2015 futures with an average price of $4.40 futures. I need to move these contracts forward.I could move them to Dec 2016 futures, but the spread between the July ’16 and Dec ’16 corn boards doesn’t seem wide enough, given the anticipated carryout next summer. I have decided to instead leave opportunity (and some risk) open in the July ‘16/Dec ‘16 corn spread. My upside potential is limited to about 10 cents, and my downside risk (while technically unlimited), is not likely greater than 10 cents with the information I have at this time. This trade is not for everyone, but I understand my risks going into it.Summary I analyze trades every day that squeeze every penny out of the market, so this all comes easily to me. But, while this type of trading may seem complicated initially, it essentially lowers farmers’ risk while still allowing upside potential in spite of market fluctuations. Many farmers wait for prices to rally and then rush out to sell when they think prices have hit the high point. Unfortunately, these farmers don’t realize how much more risk this way of selling grain is, versus a constant upside selling strategy combined with market carry. The market doesn’t always behave like people think it will, so I am always looking for ways to reduce and control my risk.Understanding how the carry in the corn market works can provide upside potential with limited risk. When combined with options and futures to place protections and basis appreciation opportunities a farmer’s marketing plan can provide profitable situations in otherwise unprofitable years.POSITION – CORN20152016Corn Sold100%22%CBOT Price$4.58$4.50 estMarket Carry$0.18$.30 estBasis on Farm($.20) est($.20) estOptions & spread profits––Cash Price$4.56$4.60 est Jon grew up raising corn and soybeans on a farm near Beatrice, NE. Upon graduation from The University of Nebraska in Lincoln, he became a grain merchandiser and has been trading corn, soybeans and other grains for the last 18 years, building relationships with end-users in the process. After successfully marketing his father’s grain and getting his MBA, 10 years ago he started helping farmer clients market their grain based upon his principals of farmer education, reducing risk, understanding storage potential and using basis strategy to maximize individual farm operation profits. A big believer in farmer education of futures trading, Jon writes a weekly commentary to farmers interested in learning more and growing their farm operations.Trading of futures, options, swaps and other derivatives is risky and is not suitable for all persons. All of these investment products are leveraged, and you can lose more than your initial deposit. Each investment product is offered only to and from jurisdictions where solicitation and sale are lawful, and in accordance with applicable laws and regulations in such jurisdiction. The information provided here should not be relied upon as a substitute for independent research before making your investment decisions. Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC is merely providing this information for your general information and the information does not take into account any particular individual’s investment objectives, financial situation, or needs. All investors should obtain advice based on their unique situation before making any investment decision. The contents of this communication and any attachments are for informational purposes only and under no circumstances should they be construed as an offer to buy or sell, or a solicitation to buy or sell any future, option, swap or other derivative. The sources for the information and any opinions in this communication are believed to be reliable, but Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC does not warrant or guarantee the accuracy of such information or opinions. Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC and its principals and employees may take positions different from any positions described in this communication. 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When Your Child Was in the HospitalYour child has epilepsy. People with epilepsy have seizures. A seizure is a sudden brief change in the electrical and chemical activity in your brain. The doctor gave your child a physical and neurological examination and did some tests to find out why.What to Expect at HomeIf the doctor sent your child home with some medicines, it is because more seizures could occur. The medicine can help your child avoid having seizures, but it does not guarantee that seizures will not occur. The doctor may need to change the dose of your childs seizure drugs or add new medicines. This may be because seizures happen even when your child is taking the medicines, or because your child is having side effects.Activity and LifestyleYour child should get plenty of sleep and try to have as regular schedule as possible. Try to avoid too much stress. You should still set rules and limits, along with consequences, for a child with epilepsy.Make sure your home is safe to help prevent injuries when a seizure takes place.Keep bathroom and bedroom doors unlocked. Keep these doors from being blocked.Younger children should not take a bath without someone present. Do NOT leave the room without taking your child with you. Older children should only take showers. See also: Bathroom safety – childrenPut pads on sharp corners of furniture.Place a screen in front of the fireplace.Use nonslip flooring or cushioned floor covers.Do NOT use freestanding heaters.Avoid letting a child with epilepsy sleep on the top bunk.Replace all glass doors and any windows near the ground with either safety glass or plastic.Most children with seizures can lead an active lifestyle. Plan ahead for the possible dangers of a certain activity. Activities should be avoided if a loss of consciousness or control would result in an injury.advertisementSome safe activities include jogging, aerobics, moderate cross-country skiing, dancing, tennis, golf, hiking, and bowling. Games and playing in gym class or on the playground are generally okay.Supervise your child when they swim.Your child should wear a helmet during bike riding, skateboarding, and other similar activities. See also: Preventing head injuries in childrenChildren should have someone to help them climb on a jungle gym or perform gymnastics.Ask your child?s doctor about your child participating in contact sports.It should be easy for a student to carry and take seizure medicines at school. Teachers and others at schools should know about your child?s seizures and seizure medicines.Your child should wear a medical alert or ID bracelet. Tell family members, friends, teachers, school nurses, babysitters, swimming instructors, lifeguards, and coaches about your childs seizure disorder.Seizure MedicinesDo not stop giving your child any seizure medicines without talking with your child?s doctor. Do not stop giving your child seizure drugs just because the seizures have stopped.Tips for taking seizure medicines:Do not skip a dose.Get refills as soon as you can before the medicine runs out.Keep seizure medicines in a safe place, away from young children.Store medicines in a dry place, in the bottle that they came in. Throw away all old bottles.If your child misses a dose:Have them take it as soon as you remember.If it is already time for the next dose, skip the dose that you forgot to give them and go back to the schedule. Do not give a double dose.If your child misses more than one dose, talk with the child?s doctor or nurse.Alcohol and illegal drugs can change the way seizure drugs work. Be aware of this potential problem in teenagers.The doctor or nurse will need to check your child?s blood levels of many seizure drugs on a regular basis.Understand that seizure drugs have side effects. If your child started taking a new drug recently, or the doctor changed your child?s dose, these side effects may go away. Always ask the child?s doctor about any side effects. Also talk to your childs doctor about foods or other medications that can change the blood levels of anti-seizure drugs.How to Respond to a SeizureOnce a seizure starts, there is no way to stop it. Family members and caregivers can only help make sure the child is safe from further injury and call for help, if needed.When a seizure occurs, the main goal is to protect the child from injury and make sure the child can breathe well. Try to prevent a fall. Help the child to the ground in a safe area. Clear the area of furniture or other sharp objects. Turn the child on their side to make sure the childs airway does not get obstructed during the seizure.advertisementCushion the child?s head.Loosen tight clothing, especially around the child?s neck.Turn the child on their side. If vomiting occurs, turning the child on their side helps make sure that they do not inhale vomit into their lungs.Stay with the child until they recover, or professional medical help arrives. Meanwhile, monitor the child?s pulse and rate of breathing (vital signs).Things to avoid:Do NOT restrain (try to hold down) the child.Do NOT place anything between the child?s teeth during a seizure (including your fingers).Do NOT move the child unless they are in danger or near something hazardous.Do NOT try to make the child stop convulsing. They have no control over the seizure and are not aware of what is happening at the time.Do NOT give the child anything by mouth until the convulsions have stopped and the person is fully awake and alert.Do NOT start CPR unless the child has clearly stopped having the seizure and is still not breathing and has no pulseWhen to Call the DoctorCall your child?s doctor if your child has:Seizures that have been happening more oftenSide effects from medicationsUnusual behavior that was not present beforeWeakness, problems with seeing, or balance problems that are newCall 911 if:A seizure lasts more than 2 to 5 minutes..Your child does not wake up or have normal behavior within a reasonable time after a seizure.Another seizure starts before your child returns to awareness after a seizure ends.Your child had a seizure in water or appears to have inhaled vomit or any other substance.The person is injured or has diabetes.There is anything different about this seizure compared to the person?s usual seizures.ReferencesFoldvary-Schaefer N, Wyllie E. Epilepsy. In: Goetz C, ed. Textbook of Clinical Neurology. 3rd edition. Saunders. 2007: Chap 52.Mikati MA. Seizures in childhood. In: Kliegmann RM, Behrman RE, Jenson HB, Stanton BF, eds. Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics. 19th edition. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2011:chap 586.Trescher WH, Lesser RP. The epilepsies. In: Bradley WG, Daroff RB, Fenichel GM, Jankovic J, eds. Neurology in Clinical Practice. 5th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Butterworth-Heinemann; 2008:chap 71.Review Date:9/6/2012Reviewed By:Luc Jasmin, MD, PhD, Department of Neurosurgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, and Department of Anatomy at UCSF, San Francisco, CA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc.
Man Utd join Spurs interest for Bournemouth striker Josh Kingby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth striker Josh King is a target for Manchester United caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.The Sun says he is a massive fan of fellow Norwegian King, 26, who he worked with as a youngster at Old Trafford.Solskjaer was coaching the United reserves when the striker was coming up through the ranks, before establishing himself as a top Premier League player on the South Coast.King is rated at £25million, but Cherries boss Eddie Howe will be desperate to keep hold of him.Spurs are also keen on a player who netted 16 times in his first Premier League campaign with the Cherries, then struck nine times last term and five so far this season. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Pochettino: Spurs rout a present for my wifeby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham celebrated Christmas with a six goal romp at Everton on Sunday.Mauricio Pochettino’s side had to come from behind at Goodison Park after Theo Walcott swept home Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s low cross from Gylfi Sigurdsson’s defence-splitting pass.Everton’s lead was short-lived as Son Heung-min produced a sublime equaliser from a tight angle following a mix-up between Kurt Zouma and Jordan Pickford.Dele Alli put Spurs ahead for the first time after reacting first to Pickford’s save from Son, then Harry Kane made it 3-1 when Kieran Trippier’s curling free-kick hit a post and rebounded into the England captain’s path.In an entertaining game, Christian Eriksen’s sublime first-time shot extended Tottenham’s lead before Sigurdsson scored a consolation against his former club.Son added the fifth and produced the cross for Kane to make it six, yet victory came at a cost for the free-scoring visitors.Pochettino revealed why 6-2 is a special scoreline: “It’s my present for my wife.”We got married 26 years ago. And a fantastic way to celebrate tonight.”On Deli Alli, who was injured after a clash with Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, he added: “He didn’t feel a big problem. Maybe a little bit tired from Wednesday. I hope it’s not a big issue. It was a precaution.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Twitter/@_MarcusD_ Twitter/@OU_MBBallThere are three West Region second round games set to be played on Sunday, starting with second-seeded Oklahoma against No. 10 VCU.Playing close to home in OKC, the Sooners cruised to an 82-68 win over CSU Bakersfield yesterday. National Player of the Year candidate Buddy Hield paved the way with 27 points.VCU took care of the No. 7 seed, Oregon State, 75-67. The Rams were led by JeQuan Lewis’ near-triple-double (21 points, eight assists, seven rebounds) and Mo Alie-Cox’s 20 points and eight boards.The winner of this game plays the winner of Texas A&M-Northern Iowa. Date: Sunday, March 20Time: 5:15 p.m.TV Channel: CBSLocation: Oklahoma City, OklahomaAnnouncers: Carter Blackburn, Mike Gminski and Jaime MaggioOpening Betting Line: Oklahoma -7Prediction: VCU is capable of playing with the big boys, and their style can cause fits for any team. However, the Rams hadn’t beaten a Power Five opponent all year until Friday.Oklahoma is the best team VCU has faced all season, and the play of Hield, Isaiah Cousins and company will be too much to overcome.