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Manchester United duo Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood will ‘definitely’ be fit for Arsenal


first_imgGreenwood missed the game against West Ham to illness (Picture: Getty)Ole Gunnar Solskjaer revealed Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood will ‘definitely’ return to action against Arsenal.The crocked strikers missed Manchester United’s defeat to West Ham on Sunday, with Greenwood suffering from illness before the game.United are facing an injury crisis upfront after Marcus Rashford hobbled off during the loss to West Ham, but Solskjaer insisted he would soon have Martial and Greenwood available for selection.‘It’s just one of these moments,’ Solskjaer said about Rashford going off injured.ADVERTISEMENT Comment Manchester United duo Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood will ‘definitely’ be fit for Arsenal Advertisement Martial last played in August (Picture: Getty)‘We’ve had historically loads of centre-backs over the last few years struggling with injuries, we’ve gone down here with Michael Carrick playing centre-back – I don’t know if he played here – and Darren Fletcher.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘And at the moment it’s strikers. That’s just how it’s gone.‘Hopefully Mason and Anthony will be back for definitely Arsenal, hopefully one of them against Rochdale.’ Coral BarrySunday 22 Sep 2019 9:36 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link373Shares Advertisement Solskjaer has no fit strikers at the moment (Picture: Getty)United take on Rochdale in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday, before welcoming Arsenal to Old Trafford on 30 September.Martial has not played since August, but Greenwood marked his first Europa League start last Thursday with the winner against Astana.Solskjaer also expects to have Paul Pogba back from injury this week.‘Hopefully he will be available for Rochdale midweek,’ Solskjaer said before the game against the Hammers. Pogba should return this week (Picture: AP)‘He has just started training, it means we have named an unchanged team and sometimes that helps as well.‘Nemanja is experienced and he does give that protection, as a different type of player to Paul.‘Nemanja has always been a top top professional and for me having Scott and Nemanja gives us a foundation to play from.’MORE: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer responds to Jose Mourinho’s dig at Manchester UnitedMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man Citylast_img read more


Industry welcomes IORP II despite concerns over risk-evaluation rules


first_imgThe 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.”last_img read more


January 4, 2018 Police Blotter


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USC tennis boasts nationally ranked players


first_imgThe men’s and women’s tennis teams begin their fall seasons with multiple players from each team nationally ranked.Having won five of the past seven national championships, the men’s tennis team certainly knows what needs to be done to compete for a national title.Junior Nick Crystal, who was a freshman when the Trojans last brought home the trophy in 2014, is the highest ranked singles player heading into the opening tournament this year. Crystal is ranked No. 42 in the country.Crystal has improved his highest ranking from last season, when he was No. 45 in the country for a time. Crystal also earned Pac-12 Honorable Mention honors last year. Though Crystal has experience with what it takes to win, there is one Trojan with slightly more experience than him.The lone senior of this year’s squad is Max de Vroome.He begins the season ranked No. 61 in the nation in the singles circuit and No. 47 in doubles,  with freshman Jack Jaede playing alongside him as his partner.Jaede is not the Trojans’ only freshman, but he is one of four newcomers in addition to sophomore Tanner Smith, who is also in his first year at USC.For the Women of Troy, four players boast career-high singles rankings heading into preseason play.All-American senior Giuliana Olmos has broken into the top 10 for the first time in her career and owns the No. 10 ranking in the land to start the year. In addition to her All-American honors, Olmos was also awarded All-Pac-12 First Team honors.The sophomore triumvirate of Madison Westby, Gabby Smith and Meredith Xepoleas have all upgraded their rankings from the highest point of their freshman campaigns. Westby sits at No. 36, Smith at No. 59 and Xepoleas just behind her at No. 61.Four freshmen are on a very young roster this season, including Rianna Valdes, who has been ranked as the No. 2 freshman in the nation.Valdes is paired with Olmos for a high-ranking freshman-senior doubles duo at No. 31 in the country. Just above them are Westby and junior Zoë Katz.The majority of the men and women will open their 2015 campaigns at the Battle in the Bay in San Francisco from Sept. 17-20. Olmos and Smith, however, will play at the Oracle/ITA Masters in Malibu this weekend.The Women of Troy are looking to reboot their championship hopes after losing to Vanderbilt in the semifinals of the NCAA championships last year. The men lost to Baylor in the quarterfinals of the NCAA championship.last_img read more


Celebrate local farmers at the market this weekend


first_imgLast week, Agriculture Minister and Peace River North MLA Pat Pimm noted that, “the best way to show appreciation to the hardworking people who produce B.C.’s food is to shop local, year round. Not much says fresh food better than a farmers’ market.” Dawson Creek also has a farmers’ market, which is open on Saturday mornings from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m at 1444 102nd Avenue. South Peace MLA Mike Bernier also thanks the region’s farmers for what they contribute, saying, “Our local farmers contribute so much to our region, working hard year after year. They have been an integral part in building our communities in the South Peace and with the fall harvest here.”- Advertisement –last_img




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