first_imgThe authority was investigating whether Local Tapiola Pension’s retirement funds were transferred to Local Tapiola’s non-life insurance company using overpriced service contracts.The mutual pension insurance company bought technical and personnel services from the other companies of Local Tapiola Group over 2013, as it did not have the necessary networks and technology of its own.The authority was also investigating whether Local Tapiola Pension provided the watchdog with all relevant information regarding these liabilities, before merging with Pension Fennia.The end result of the investigation was that the authority refrained from giving Elo a public notice, but simply criticised the firm for some of its procedures in 2013.Satu Huber, Local Tapiola Pension’s managing director in 2013, who is currently the deputy managing director at Elo, said the criticism focuses by and large on business decisions taken in 2013. “Fiva says some of our service contracts with other parts of the Local Tapiola group should have been cancelled before the merger was confirmed,” she told IPE.“But how realistic doing this would have been before the merger … is another matter. The board and all parties were also aware of all the service contracts.”Huber believes a misunderstanding lies behind the investigation.“The media activity around this issue clearly discounted the fact that reports and investigations like this are the routine work of Fiva,” she said.”However, we are taking the authority’s criticism seriously. Elo’s board will convene in the near future to discuss the issue.” Finland’s Financial Supervisory Authority (Fiva) has refrained from giving Elo Mutual Pension Insurance a public warning for misconduct, but has reprimanded the company for some of its practices in 2013, Elo announced this week.Earlier this autumn, the supervisory authority investigated whether the managing director and board members of Local Tapiola Pension failed to abide by the local law on mutual pension insurance companies in 2013.Local Tapiola Pension was the predecessor of €19.4bn Elo Mutual Pension Insurance, launched together with Pension Fennia on 1 January 2014.The case was publicised initially by local news daily Helsingin Sanomat.last_img read more

first_imgFrench coach Jean-Louis Gasset has indicated  interest  in coaching  an African  national team  before he finally winds down his  managerial career. Though the former St Etienne manager was coy on his final destination in an interview with the French newspaper, L’Equipe,  the Super Eagles would most likely be one of his options given the current  circumstance surrounding the job of  German coach Gernot Rohr. The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF)  are yet  to table a new offer before the German  coach with words rife that he might be  handed stringent conditions  that may  eventually scupper the deal.     “At 50, I was put off by the idea (of coaching a national team),”  the 66-year-old Gasset  reportedly said.  Not enough work; but today, yes, I would like it. “ I would like to become a national team coach, discover youngsters, converse with the major players, build a squad up in record time, experience the rush that matches give you, then the competition, the euphoria of managing a country and understand why, when French people succeed, they are called ’White Wizards’.Advertisement Loading… Promoted Content6 Most Unforgettable Bridges In The WorldBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemThe New Lara Croft Will Really Surprise YouTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All Time10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreThis Muslim Woman Belongs To World’s 10 Strongest WomenWhat Women Find The Most Attractive In Men From The 60-sThe Best Cars Of All TimeBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks “An AFCON (African Cup of Nations) would be a crazy thing to experience. Becoming a national team coach would offer the right mix, a good compromise between my love of football and my family,” he added. Gasset has varied experiences   in the French Ligue 1 side  and apart from Saint-Étienne, he led the Montpellier HSC to victory in the UEFA Intertoto Cup in 1999 en route to  coaching SM Caen and FC Istres. The former midfielder might yet be an option for  the beleaguered NFF President Amaju Pinnick who has not hidden his disdain  over  Rohr’s  nonchalant attitude to the domestic Nigerian League amongst other vexed issues. Read Also:Pinnick reveals date NFF will hand Rohr new Eagles contract “We are going to domesticate Gernot Rohr to our leagues. He needs to move around, watch some of the league games. We are not saying take a player from here and bring him to the Super Eagles immediately”, Pinnick recently said in an interview. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

first_imgChelsea have joined the medical response to the deadly coronavirus outbreak by making made their Millennium Hotel at Stamford Bridge available to NHS staff assisting with the crisis. The Premier League giants will allow NHS workers to use the four-stay hotel in west London for the next two months, with the offer open to any staff working at hospitals “in the north-west London region”, but that could be extended. Blues owner Roman Abramovich, who it is believed came up with the initiative, will be covering the costs of providing the accommodation. A Chelsea statement read: “Chelsea Football Club is joining the medical response to the coronavirus outbreak in London with the news the National Health Service (NHS) has accepted the Club’s offer to make the Millennium Hotel at Stamford Bridge available for NHS staff. “The initiative came from club owner Roman Abramovich and, after contact with the NHS was made by Chairman Bruce Buck, it was decided the best way Chelsea can assist the NHS is to provide accommodation for NHS staff.Advertisement Meanwhile, fellow Premier League side Crystal Palace have offered staff assurances over pay following the outbreak of coronavirus. With the leagues shut down until at least April 3, and many expecting it to be for much longer, the finances of clubs up and down the country have been hit, with non-league Barnet already making 60 staff redundant. Parish also said matchday staff who have lost work due to the suspension of the Premier League will not be out of pocket. Read Also:Chelsea, PSG make contact with Juventus for €60m Pjanic He said in a statement on the club’s official website: “Firstly, in order to ensure the impact of this health crisis is minimised, we will not be placing any of our colleagues on statutory sick pay for health issues relating to Covid-19 during this crisis. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Promoted ContentBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoThe Best Cars Of All TimeThe Absolute 10 Greatest Shows In HBO History10 Body Features That Are Extremely Rare But Very Remarkable2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterSan-Francisco Runner Creates Art Just By Jogging AroundThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesWhat Is A Black Hole And Is It Dangerous For Us All?Couples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Waylast_img read more

first_img Promoted Content10 Phones That Can Easily Fit In The Smallest PocketWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Pretty Awesome Shows That Just Got CanceledThe Most Clever Uses Of CGI In CinemaBest Car Manufacturers In The World8 Things That Will Happen If An Asteroid Hits Earth8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth8 Weird Facts About Coffee That Will Surprise YouThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The WorldWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?The Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love With10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By Odeith The draws for the third and fourth rounds of the 2020-21 League Cup are as follows… League Cup third round drawLincoln City v LiverpoolBristol City v Aston VillaMorecambe v Newcastle UnitedLuton Town v Manchester UnitedPreston North End v BrightonFulham v Sheffield WednesdayManchester City v BournemouthWest Ham United v Hull CityMillwall v BurnleyChelsea v BarnsleyStoke City v GillinghamLeicester City v ArsenalWest Brom v BrentfordNewport County v WatfordFleetwood Town v EvertonLeyton Orient v Tottenham Hotspur After the completion of the second round of the Carabao Cup on Thursday night, the draw for the fourth round was held prior to the third round, which is set to be played next Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. The potential gem of the round depends upon Chelsea beating EFL Championship side Barnsley, and Tottenham Hotspur getting past EFL League Two Leyton Orient. Liverpool v Arsenal is another tasty possibility. Read Also: Late goals save Tottenham from Europa League exit in Bulgaria Leyton Orient/Tottenham v Chelsea/BarnsleyNewport County/Watford v Morecambe/Newcastle UnitedPreston North End/Brighton v Luton Town/Manchester United FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Loading… League Cup fourth round drawLincoln City/Liverpool v Leicester City/ArsenalMillwall/Burnley v Manchester City/BournemouthWest Brom/Brentford v Fulham/Sheffield WednesdayFleetwood Town/Everton v West Ham United/Hull CityBristol City/Aston Villa v Stoke City/Gillinghamlast_img read more

first_imgLUBBOCK, Texas (Feb. 9) – The inaugural Winter Classic special gets the new race season started next Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 15-16 at Lubbock Speedway.IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds run for $1,000 to win in Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifying events both nights. Top prizes for IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMods are $500 while IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks chase $200 to-win checks.IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing national, regional, Allstar Performance state and local track points will be awarded.Pit gates open at 9 a.m. and racing starts at 1 p.m. both days. Grandstand admission is $7 for adults and free for fans ages 17 and under. Pit passes and a one-time track registration are each $25.There is no entry fee. Test and tune begins at 6 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 14. Pit passes are $25 while grandstand admission for the practices is free. More information is available by calling 806 781-6624 or 806 438-1642, or by email at toni.spray@gmail.com or barryjlms@yahoo.com. Information is also posted at www.lubbockspeedway.com. The track website is www.lubbockspeedway.com Regular weekly racing programs begin at Lubbock on Friday, April 4.last_img read more

first_img “But we’ve had two shocking decisions in two weeks. Last week it was an awful penalty in the last 10 minutes but it didn’t count (against us), it was saved. “Given the circumstances you would accept a point because we were down to 10 men in 15 minutes. But it’s difficult to take and it’s difficult for the players because the determination was manful to say the least.” Potters boss Mark Hughes, who saw his side beaten by Aston Villa last week, was disappointed with the way Stoke went about their business but is pleased to have registered a first point of the campaign. “Given the situation we found ourselves in we didn’t take the best from that situation,” he said. “We found ourselves up against a team with 10 men and first and foremost you don’t concede a goal. So we found ourselves in a situation entirely of our own making. “We needed to show a little quality and guile and use our intelligence to understand what was required. “We didn’t do that to a great extent in the second half. “In the end we’ve taken an away point and that’s something we haven’t done too many times on our travels so to get a point in our first away game, I would suggest, is a good sign. “But we’re an honest group and we know we can do better than that.” Bruce was unhappy about a penalty decision in last week’s 1-0 win at QPR and was again left frustrated with the officials after the Potters snatched a 1-1 draw against 10-man Hull. Their goal, bundled in by Ryan Shawcross, came seconds after referee Jonathan Moss had given Stoke the throw, despite an apparent deflection off one of their players. Hull manager Steve Bruce bemoaned an “injustice” against his side after a wrongly-awarded throw-in allowed Stoke to claim a late equaliser at the KC Stadium. Press Association Nikica Jelavic’s poacher’s finish had put Bruce’s men on the cusp of a second successive league win for the first time in almost a year despite James Chester’s 14th-minute sending off. But instead of celebrating three points, the Tigers boss was left exasperated. “We feel an injustice because you can see how blatant it is,” he said. “Their player ran away and didn’t want to even take the throw-in. Surely that’s an indication to the referee or the officials to say, ‘hang on a minute, it must have hit him’. It wasn’t even a slight deflection either. Everyone in the ground must have seen it except for the officials. “I expect three officals to get something as blatant as that throw-in right…they’re only 30 yards away and I saw it. “They said to me I was only guessing but when you see it’s ridiculous.” Bruce tried his best to stay on the right side of tactful, wary of attracting disciplinary action, but was aggrieved enough after his side’s hard-working effort to make his point. “I got into trouble twice last year so I’ve vowed I’m not going to give the FA any more money,” he added. last_img read more

first_img Press Association One of the reasons why Chelsea and City are a cut above United is because they have both have consistent marksmen in Diego Costa and Sergio Aguero, who top the Premier League scoring charts with 17 goals each. United have netted just 10 more goals than the combined efforts of Costa and Aguero thanks to a poor showing from Robin van Persie (10), Wayne Rooney (nine) and worst of all, Radamel Falcao, who has scored just four league goals since his costly deadline-day move from Monaco. “It is true because I cannot deny it,” the United manager said when asked if the lack of a prolific scorer had hindered his team this year. “Robin van Persie cannot deny it, Falcao cannot deny it and Rooney – but he is not playing there so much any more. “But we cannot deny that at this moment we don’t have a striker who scores 20 goals in the season.” A lack of goals from his frontmen does not mean Van Gaal is certain to sign a new striker in the summer, though. The Dutchman has faith in 19-year-old James Wilson and also has other priorities – like signing a dynamic, world-class midfielder. “This doesn’t tell anything about next year,” Van Gaal said regarding the future of his strike-force. Van Gaal conceded on Friday that he is involved in a “rat race” with four other Barclays Premier League teams for the final two Champions League spots. While United, Arsenal, Southampton, Tottenham and Liverpool scrap for third and fourth, Chelsea and City have pulled clear. “They can be having an unlucky year and I have to take account with these aspects and I have to decide, with my staff, if it is these aspects or other aspects.” Van Gaal has been forced to rethink the make-up of his front line after Van Persie was ruled out for at least two weeks with an ankle injury he suffered in last Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at Swansea. ”I don’t think it’s very heavy but an ankle problem takes a long time. It’s not one week or two weeks but we have to wait and see,” Van Gaal said of his compatriot’s injury. Van Gaal is considering starting Rooney behind Falcao and Wilson for Saturday’s home game against Sunderland. He is unlikely to turn to Angel di Maria to solve his striking problems. Van Gaal deployed Di Maria up front last month, but the experiment backfired. Di Maria scored a stunning goal against Leicester three weeks into his United career, but has struggled ever since. The £59.7million signing is sure he will start to shine again soon, though. ”I’ve had a couple of games where things haven’t gone as well as they could have,” the British record signing told MUTV. ”I think it’s part of that settling-in process to the English game. ”I started off quite well but I think that then made expectations rise and everyone thought I would just carry on in the same way. ”But sometimes you have these ups and downs. It took me a while to settle fully in each of the countries where I’ve played before. “I just have to keep working hard and focusing on what I want, which is to do as well as I possibly can.” Van Gaal admits Di Maria and his team-mates have struggled to adapt to his much-publicised “philosophy”, which involves footballers playing with their heads rather than their hearts. “I think not only Di Maria, I think all the players (have),” Van Gaal said. “Because my belief, and also the belief of the board, is when you do things with your conscience then it shall be better. “He needs to go through that process and at the end he shall be much better. “He needs to do also things with his brain and that is a learning process, not only with Di Maria but with all the players.” Van Gaal cannot bear the thought of failing to make the top four this year. ”[It would be a] big disappointment [not to qualify for the Champions League],” said Van Gaal, who won the competition League with Ajax 20 years ago. The Dutchman holds little hope of bridging the 13-point gap between United and Chelsea either. “It is not that I think we shall be champions this year – you know that,” he said. “But it is still mathematically possible.” Louis van Gaal admits Manchester United have fallen behind Chelsea and Manchester City this season because they have lacked a prolific goalscorer. last_img read more

first_img Championship leader Jonathan Rea, who had dominated in practice, was 0.389s off the pace in his Kawasaki, with Xavi Fores 0.785s behind the leader. The third row sees Jordi Torres (Aprilla) start beside Alex Lowes (Suzuki) and Nico Terol (Althea). Press Association The Asprilla racing Team driver went round in one minute 49.664 seconds to claim his first pole since Phillip Island in 2010. Ducati rider Chaz Davies will join Haslam on the front row, after finishing 0.033secs slower. center_img Briton Liam Haslam will begin Sunday’s opening race of the third round of the World Superbike Championship from pole position after recording the fastest lap at Aragon.last_img read more

first_imgThe No. 19 University of Wisconsin Men’s Basketball team (16-6, 8-3 Big Ten) will travel to Minneapolis Wednesday with a chance to do something they’ve been waiting on for the past month — avenge their home loss and beat the Minnesota Gophers (16-6, 6-5) on their home court. The Jan. 3 home loss was part of a five-game span during which the Badgers only earned one victory over Penn State. The mid-season struggles also resulted in the Badgers temporarily falling out of the AP Top 25.Now, the Badgers find themselves in the midst of a five-game win streak — with ranked victories over Michigan and Maryland — and back into the AP Top 25 with a No. 19 ranking. Extending the win streak to six will be no easy task, as the unranked Gophers have shown they can stop Wisconsin. They’ll also benefit from home-court advantage in the historic Williams Arena.If the Badgers want to have a chance to redeem themselves against Richard Pitino’s Gophers, they will need to learn from what went wrong in early January. Wisconsin Head Coach Greg Gard will also look to find new ways to eliminate the Gopher’s offensive threats and score more against their defense.Men’s basketball: Red belt mentality inspires Badgers to second half season successOne of the big inspirations brought to the University of Wisconsin Men’s basketball (16-6, 8-3 Big Ten) team before the Read…In the first matchup, the Gophers dominated almost every aspect of the game, disabling the Badgers’ ability to tie or lead at any point after the first seven minutes of the game.Minnesota was both offensively and defensively sound. The Gophers shot better at all levels, rebounded better, passed better and were able to shut down any production from Wisconsin’s usually stellar backcourt.One area that the Badgers didn’t capitalize on in the first meeting, but will look to capitalize on in the upcoming game is the individual matchups down low. Last time out against the Gophers, Ethan Happ dominated Minnesota big man Daniel Oturu on the offensive end.Finishing with 17 points on 8-of-13 shooting, Happ forced Oturu into foul trouble quickly and took advantage of the lack of size in his backups. The All-American is obviously always a focal point for Wisconsin’s offense, and coming off an 18-point double-double against Maryland, he will be expected to lead the charge against the shallow group of big bodies that the Gophers have.For the very same reasons as Happ, Nate Reuvers will need to be more involved if Wisconsin wants to come out on top. Reuvers didn’t play great in their first matchup with the Gophers, but his size alone got him open looks against smaller Minnesota defenders.Men’s basketball: Badgers turn it up late against No. 21 Maryland to earn fifth straight victoryThe No. 24 University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team (16-6, 8-3 Big Ten) secured another signature Big Ten victory Friday Read…On the other end, both Reuvers and Happ were able to alter shots at the rim as they both recorded two blocks in the game. This is something that will need to carry over into part of Wisconsin’s defense to force Minnesota to beat them from deep. That’s where the backcourt defense comes in. Brad Davison and D’Mitrik Trice will need to be more prepared for the Gopher offense than they were last contest. The fast-paced transition offense Minnesota ran threw the Badger guards for a loop. The Badgers are better suited to defend a slowed down, half court game. Offensively, their ability to garner a better selection of shots  should improve their dreadful 22.7 percent three-point field goal percentage that factored heavily into the Jan. 3 loss.Minnesota has previously dominated Wisconsin with their strong wing play, led by 6-foot-8, 210-pound shooting guard Amir Coffey, who dropped 21 points in the Kohl Center earlier this season. Coffey will be a challenging matchup for either Khalil Iverson or Aleem Ford. While Iverson has the strength and athleticism, he does not have the height. Oddly enough, those are the traits Ford lacks against Coffey, who was able to work an isolation move to get past Ford at will. It will inevitably take a team effort to take down the unranked Gophers, especially as it relates to help defense where Happ and Reuvers can disrupt shots, but a defender must be with Amir Coffey at all times.The Badgers will seek revenge and look to improve to their longest win streak of the season Wednesday night at 8 p.m. The game will be available to watch live on the Big Ten Network and available to listen to on the Badger Sports Network, 100.9 FM.last_img read more

first_imgThe Tipp native was in charge of the seniors, juniors and under 21’s.The Kilsheelan man – who previously led Tipperary to an All Ireland minor title – says he feels that he can no longer devote the necessary time and energy required for these positions and with that in mind he has decided to step aside.last_img