Canary Wharf shares revive as lease is signed

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German pension fund tenders corporate bond mandate using IPE Quest

first_imgMinimum rating for the non-financials corporate bonds in the portfolio should be BBB-, and bonds from financial issuers should be rated at least A-.Applicants should have at least €1bn under management in this asset class and a minimum of €10bn of assets under management overall.They should also have a minimum track record of six years, although the pension fund stated in the search it would prefer a track record of at least 10.Performance should be stated to the end of June, with figures supplied gross of fees.The deadline for responses is 28 August.The IPE news team is unable to answer any further questions about IPE Quest tender notices to protect the interests of clients conducting the search. To obtain information directly from IPE Quest, please contact Jayna Vishram on +44 (0) 20 7261 4630 or email jayna.vishram@ipe-quest.com. An unnamed German pension fund is looking for an asset manager to take on a €500m mandate to invest in euro-denominated corporate bonds.According to search QN-2103 on IPE Quest, the mandate volume could be split between two managers.Asset managers must have experience with managed or segregated accounts as investment vehicles, and derivatives will only be allowed in the portfolio for hedging purposes.The investment process is to be active, using an 80% Markit iBoxx EUR Non-Fin and a 20% Markit iboxx EUR Financials index as benchmark.last_img read more

UK seeks to ease burden on multi-employer scheme exits

first_imgEmployers seeking to exit industry-wide schemes could be permitted to postpone so-called ‘section 75’ debt payments under draft rules from the UK’s Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).In a consultation published on Friday, the DWP said companies should not have to pay all their obligations towards multi-employer schemes immediately when withdrawing. Currently, if a company seeks to exit a multi-employer scheme because it has no active members left, it must pay a lump sum to cover its remaining pensioner and deferred member liabilities.This sum can also include contributions to other companies that previously left the scheme or went bust, known as ‘orphan liabilities’.The rule affects some of the UK’s biggest pension funds, including the Universities Superannuation Scheme, RPMI Railpen, and the Merchant Navy Officers’ Pension Fund. The DWP said: “The government proposes to introduce a new option for employers in multi-employer schemes to defer the requirement to pay an employer debt on ceasing to employ an active member. This deferred debt arrangement would be subject to a condition that the employer retains all their previous responsibilities to the scheme and continues to be treated as if they were the employer in relation to that scheme.”The proposal was initially consulted on during the previous government in 2015.Alistair Russell-Smith, scheme actuary at Hymans Robertson, said the proposals provided “much-needed relief” for employers, “many of whom allow further defined benefit risk and liability to build up so as not to trigger punitive exit debts”. “This deferral is the easement we advocated when responding to the 2015 call for evidence and strikes a better balance between scheme security and employer sustainability than other options on the table such as weakening the basis of the exit debt,” Russell-Smith said. “However, employers do need to be aware that this is not a silver bullet for managing the cost and risk of multi-employer schemes. The lack of influence and certainty over future funding costs and the need to fund orphan liabilities both remain real concerns.”Joe Dabrowski, head of investment and governance at the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association, said the consultation was “vital”, as it affected some of the UK’s largest schemes as well as many charity pension funds.“The proposals could make the system more sustainable by allowing employers to better manage their risks – in the same way that employers participating in single employer schemes can,” he added. “However, there is little question that in a non-associated multi-employer scheme a departing employer must cover its liabilities to the scheme. So we will need to look carefully at the details of the proposed changes to ensure that the right balance of member protection and employer flexibility is achieved. The strength of the ongoing relationship between employers and the scheme is essential to ensuring this.”The relaxing of the rules comes as support has grown for greater consolidation of small pension schemes. One barrier to consolidation in the UK is the perceived regulatory difficulties of combining schemes, and how their liabilities would sit alongside each other.The DWP’s consultation is open until 18 May and can be accessed here.last_img read more

Borrowing will get cheaper despite RBA holding rates at 0.25pc

first_imgFor the first time in years, there was not a single mention of housing, real estate or property in the post-monetary policy meeting statement of RBA Governor Philip Lowe on Tuesday, where the collective decision was to hold fast to a cash rate target of 0.25 per cent.With his focus now squarely on ensuring Australia emerges from the coronavirus pandemic with less economic damage than predicted, Mr Lowe confirmed that banks had this week begun drawing on a $90 billion funding facility that should see borrowing costs fall.“The first drawings under the Term Funding Facility were made yesterday. This facility will help lower funding costs across the banking system and provides an incentive for lenders to support credit to businesses, especially small and medium-sized businesses,” he said.“Authorised deposit-taking institutions have access to at least $90 billion in funding under this facility.” Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58 MORE: Home values rise despite coronavirus fallout Comparison firm Rate City said even though the RBA left its cash rate target on hold, lenders were still slashing mortgage rates.Borrowing is set to get a whole lot cheaper despite the Reserve Bank staring down market pressure to flatline rates in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. QLD leads with COVID-19 rental assistance center_img First look: Karl and Jasmine’s $3.6m Noosa retreat The cash rate target is teetering on 0.25 per cent with inflation sitting at 1.8 per cent and the Australian dollar currently buying 60 US cents.“The Australian financial system is resilient,” Mr Lowe said. “It is well capitalised and in a strong liquidity position, with these financial buffers available to be drawn down if required to support the economy.”More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus9 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market9 hours agoIn the hours before the announcement the market was pricing in a 57 per cent chance that the cash rate target would be dropped to zero, according to the ASX Cash Rate Tracker.Comparison firm Rate City said even though the RBA left rates on hold, lenders were still slashing, particularly for owner occupiers who had equity in their homes.The country’s largest lender, CBA, dropped its lowest variable rate to 2.79 per cent on Tuesday for customers with at least 20 per cent equity in their property.RateCity.com.au research director Sally Tindall said the best way to get a rate discount was “to turn yourself into a new customer”.“The banks are offering up some of the lowest rates we’ve ever seen. Switching lenders could potentially free up hundreds of dollars per month for people in a position to refinance,” she said.Rate City estimated savings of $289 a month for the average mortgage holder with a $400,000 home loan if they moved to the current lowest fixed rate at 2.09 per cent. FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOKlast_img read more

LIAT launches new routes with Caribbean Helicopters Charter Agreement

first_imgAntiguaNevisLI 810516:3517:00Daily FromToFlight NumberDepartArriveFrequency Share Tweet Nevis and Dominica Canefield become LIAT’s 19th and 20th destinations respectively.All services will be able to accommodate seven passengers and one piece of checked baggage. The permitted weight is no more than 50 lbs (23 kgs), which is the inclusive amount for both checked baggage and hand baggage.Commenting on the new agreement, David Evans, LIAT’s CEO said “We are pleased to be working with Caribbean Helicopters, as this new arrangement allows us to extend our network, open up new markets, and offer more choice to our customers. It is also an example of how locally based airlines can come together to improve connectivity throughout the region.”Neil Dickinson, Managing Director of Caribbean Helicopters commented: “This is a great opportunity for us and allows us to support LIAT in the expansion of services. Our aircraft are ideally suited to serving the smaller markets in the region.”LIAT will shortly announce the commencement of further services between Antigua and Guadeloupe. Sharing is caring! 363 Views   no discussions Sharecenter_img ST. JOHN’S, Antigua, January 06, 2016 – LIAT, The Caribbean Airline, has entered into a bespoke charter agreement with Caribbean Helicopters, based in Antigua & Barbuda, whereby the company will provide LIAT with charter flights into specific markets in the region.Caribbean Helicopters operates a fleet of Piper Navajo Chieftain PA31-350 and Britten Norman BN2 aircraft, which are ideal for services into some of the smaller Caribbean islands, where demand is limited and a smaller aircraft is required. Customers can continue to book these flights through LIAT, and they will operate with LIAT flight numbers.Beginning January 22, Caribbean Helicopters will operate new services into Dominica Canefield and also to Nevis, on a daily basis. Services to Canefield depart Antigua at 1130 and return at 1240 daily. Flights from Antigua to Nevis depart at 1635 and return from Nevis at 1720. BusinessLifestyleLocalNewsTravel LIAT launches new routes with Caribbean Helicopters Charter Agreement by: – January 6, 2016 Dominica CanefieldAntiguaLI 810412:4013:30Daily Share AntiguaDominica CanefieldLI 810311:3012:20Daily NevisAntiguaLI 810617:2017:45Dailylast_img read more

State Police Accepting Applications

first_imgThe Indiana State Police is now accepting applications for the 74th Recruit Academy. Individuals who are interested in beginning a career as an Indiana State Trooper may apply online at http://www.in.gov/isp/2368.htm. The website offers an overview of a state police career and a detailed synopsis of the application process.Applications must be received via e-mail by 11:59 pm (DST), on Thursday, October 31st, 2013. Applications received after the deadline will not be accepted for the 74th Recruit Academy.Basic Eligibility Requirements and consideration factors for an Indiana State Trooper:1. Must be a United States citizen.2. Must be at least 21 and less than 40 years of age when appointed as a police employee. (Appointment date is January 9, 2015)3. Must meet a minimum vision standard (corrected or uncorrected) of 20/50 acuity in each eye and 20/50 distant binocular acuity in both eyes.4. Must possess a valid driver’s license to operate an automobile.5. Must be willing, if appointed, to reside and serve anywhere within the State of Indiana as designated by the Superintendent.6. Must be a high school graduate as evidenced by a diploma or general equivalency diploma(GED).The Indiana State Police Department salary is competitive with the surrounding agencies. A recruit is paid $1,417.40 bi-weekly during the academy training. At the completion of academy training, the starting salary is $38,444.00 a year. The Indiana State Police also offers a health care plan, which includes medical, dental, vision and pharmacy coverage for both current and retired employees, along with their families. The Indiana State Police pension program provides a lifetime pension after 25 years of service. Additionally, the Indiana State Police Department provides comprehensive disability coverage and a life insurance program.Interested applicants can obtain additional information about a career as an Indiana State Trooper by visiting http://www.in.gov/isp/3041.htm to find the recruiter assigned to your area.last_img read more

ICC World Cup ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim boost Bangladesh to record score in South Africa clash

first_img New Delhi: Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim showed their class in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 clash against Bangladesh at the Kennington Oval on Sunday with a brilliant performance. Shakib smashed his 43rd fifty while Rahim blasted his 34th fifty to stitch a record stand for Bangladesh in the World Cup. It took a special effort from Mahmudullah, who smashed 46 off 33 balls and an aggressive cameo from Mosaddek Hossain as Bangladesh reached 330/6, their highest team score ever in the World Cup. The score at the Oval goes past their previous best of 322/6 which they achieved against Scotland in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 clash in Nelson, New Zealand. It was a day of records for Bangladesh in their opening game of this tournament and this will give their fans plenty to cheer.Bangladesh’s score of 330/6 is their highest-ever score in ODIs, going past the 329/6 which they achieved against Pakistan in the ODI series in 2015 in Dhaka. This was only the second time that Bangladesh had posted a total of 300-plus in the World Cup. This was only the fourth time that South Africa had conceded a total in excess of 300 in the World Cup. Australia’s 377/6 in the 2007 World Cup clash in St Kitts is the highest by an opponent against the Proteas.Bangladesh has the second-highest score in the World Cup against the Proteas while England went past 300 in the opening game of the tournament. This is the first time Bangladesh has crossed 300 in ODIs against South Africa. The partnership between Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim was also a record. The 142-run stand is the highest partnership for Bangladesh in the World Cup, going past the previous best of 141 between Mahmudullah and Rahim for the fifth wicket against England in Adelaide during the 2015 World Cup.It was in the Adelaide game which saw Bangladesh beat England by 15 runs and they qualified for the World Cup knock-out for the first time. South Africa will now be attempting to achieve the highest ever run-chase in the history of the tournament as they look to bounce back after losing their opening game against England by 104 runs.  highlights For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.center_img Bangladesh notched up their highest score in the World Cup.This is Bangladesh’s highest score in ODIs.Bangladesh have beaten South Africa in the 2007 World Cup.last_img read more

The Latest: MLS allows teams to resume training

first_img___English soccer club Tottenham says it is expecting to lose more than $250 million in revenue with Premier League matches being played without fans and its stadium no longer being used for two NFL games this year.Tottenham’s stadium opened last year and can hold more than 60,000 people. It is unclear when spectators will be allowed into events again.Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy says “it is imperative that we now all work together … to find a safe way to bring spectators back to sport and entertainment venues.”___ Pope Francis is promoting a charity auction of sports items and experiences in support of two of the hospitals hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic in Italy.The “We Run Together” auction includes a personalized bicycle given to Francis by world champion Peter Sagan, a team jersey and captain’s armband signed by former Roma forward Francesco Totti and a swim suit and hat from Olympic champion Federica Pellegrini.There are also experiences such as training sessions and dinners with various athletes.Francis says “the true values of sport are particularly important to face this period of pandemic and especially the difficult restart.”The auctions will take place on the site Charitystars.com starting Monday for two months. There will be a new one every week and each auction will last 10 days. June 4, 2020 Costs for organizers in Japan are expected to run to billions of dollars.___Borussia Dortmund has defended a group of players who were accused of breaking Bundesliga hygiene rules while getting haircuts.German newspaper Bild reports that some of the players were pictured without face masks during appointments at home with a celebrity barber. Forward Jadon Sancho was among the players.League rules during the coronavirus pandemic say players should minimize contact with people from outside their household. They have to wear masks for large parts of game days unless actually on the field. Badminton tournaments in Australia, India and South Korea have been canceled amid the coronavirus pandemic.The suspended Australian Open can’t find new dates. The Hyderabad Open in August and Korea Masters in November were part of the revamped calendar announced last month but have now been put off.The Korea Open in September is still on.The world tour is scheduled to resume at the end of August in Lingshui, China.___ Baku was originally supposed to host only the men’s championships but France couldn’t reschedule the women’s event after missing its planned dates in Paris in April and May.European Gymnastics president Farid Gayibov says the body will review the coronavirus situation and react accordingly “should the situation at a later date not be considered safe enough any more.”The European championships for rhythmic gymnastics will stay in Kyiv, Ukraine, but are now set for Nov. 26-29. That is six months later than originally planned.All three championships were supposed to be tune-ups for the Tokyo Olympics but that event has been postponed to 2021.___ ___The Italian soccer federation is launching a fund of nearly $25 million to help clubs and their members following the crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic.The Save Soccer Foundation will need definitive approval at a federation meeting on Monday.Federation president Gabriele Gravina says “it’s an initiative which doesn’t have precedents and represents a great assumption of responsibility which the (federation) is taking in favor of the whole soccer system.”The fund consists of 21,700,000 euros ($24,500,000). It will give up to 5 million euros ($5.6 million) to each of the two divisions below Serie A as well as the same amount to support clubs from the amateur soccer league. Common areas like locker rooms and lounges will remain closed. Athletes will be given masks and required to wear them while in facilities, except during workouts.___A member of the Pittsburgh Penguins has tested positive for COVID-19.The team announced Thursday that an unidentified player has been diagnosed with the coronavirus. The team says the player was not in Pittsburgh at the time of test and has been at his home since first experiencing symptoms. The club said the player is “recovering and feeling well” and those who have been in close contact with him have been notified.The NHL’s season remains “on pause,” but the Penguins will participate in the approved playoff format whenever the season resumes. The International Olympic Committee is in talks with insurers over compensation for the postponed 2020 Tokyo Games.Olympic operations director Pierre Ducrey says there is “an open discussion” between the IOC and insurance brokers “to try and find the right level of compensation to help us bear the cost of having to wait another year.”The IOC pays for insurance against the cancellation of an Olympics but it is unclear if its policy covers a one-year postponement.Cancellation policies detailed in IOC accounts cost $14.4 million for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics and $12.8 million for the 2018 Pyeongchang Games.The IOC said last month it set aside $650 million to cover potential extra costs for the postponement. ___Premier League clubs have agreed to allow five substitutions in soccer matches.They will adopt the temporary law change when the league resumes on June 17 amid the coronavirus pandemic.There can still only be three pauses to bring on substitutes.Premier League clubs have also agreed to temporarily increase the number of substitute players from seven to nine. Associated Press Staff is to use appropriate personal protective equipment.___Michigan State says a student-athlete’s father died of COVID-19 and the athlete tested positive but remained asymptomatic.Athletic director Bill Beekman was part of a video conference with reporters Thursday to discuss the school’s plans to have athletes back on campus. When asked if any athlete or athletic department personnel had tested positive in the past three months, Beekman said nobody that he was aware of — but that he might not necessarily have all the information.Dr. Jeffrey Kovan, the school’s director of sports medicine, was also part of the video conference. He quickly said that one student-athlete had tested positive, his father died, and his mother and sister also tested positive. Kovan said the athlete was asymptomatic and retested negative a few weeks later. ___Atalanta coach Gian Piero Gasperini says the reaction from Champions League opponent Valencia after he acknowledged testing positive for the coronavirus is “really very offensive.”Valencia expressed “surprise” and a top health official in the Spanish region said Gasperini “lacked responsibility” for traveling to Spain with symptoms of the virus. He recently told Italian media he felt sick the day before the March 10 match in Valencia.Gasperini tells Sky Italia, “I know that I respected the protocols. I was in quarantine like everyone else until training resumed. I never had a test. It was only in May when (the entire team) had blood tests that I realized that I had had the virus.”Valencia said after the March 10 game that about 35% of its team had the virus. MLS says each player and staff member must complete two tests for the coronavirus 24 hours apart, 72 hours ahead of the start of training. Every player also must have a test for antibodies and a physical.Once training starts, players, coaches and some staff must be tested for the virus every other day. An individual who tests positive would be isolated, tested again at least 24 houts later, and all close contacts would be tested. High-risk individuals must be cleared to participate by the team’s chief medical officer in consultation with the MLS medical staff.Testing for antibodies will take place every three months. Testing providers must be authorized by the FDA or Health Canada.Training rooms and gyms will be restricted to a maximum five people, and lockers should be spaced a minimum 10 feet apart. Doors should be left open.Food is restricted to individual, prepackaged meals and individually wrapped utensils, and 10 feet of distancing is necessary while eating. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___A day after announcing a deal with its players’ association to resume the season with a tournament in Florida, Major League Soccer says teams may resume training. Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc says he spoke with the players about their behavior and adds that they only removed their face masks to pose briefly for pictures. Zorc adds that the 20-year-old Sancho is still “very young.”___All referees in Italy’s top soccer league have tested negative for the coronavirus.The Serie A referees and some from the second division were tested at the Italian federation’s training headquarters on the outskirts of Florence.They will remain there until June 10 to have further tests and continue training and preparing for the resumption of Serie A on June 20. Gasperini adds, “Looking back, I think that was the period when I didn’t feel well. But I never had a fever or any sort of respiratory problems. When I left from Bergamo I felt fine. I had some problems that evening and the day after (the match).”Experts say the first leg on Feb. 19 in Milan was one of the biggest reasons why the virus was so deadly in Atalanta’s home city of Bergamo. The match has been dubbed “Game Zero” by Italian media.___Seven Arkansas State athletes have tested positive for COVID-19 and are self-isolating for 14 days.Chancellor Kelly Damphousse said the seven athletes are from three sports, and all were asymptomatic Thursday. They learned of the positive results Wednesday night. The school did not disclose the athlete’s identity or his sport.“We’ve had a couple others that have had symptoms, without testing positive that we know of,” Kovan said.Michigan State athletes can begin returning to campus June 15 in preparation for voluntary workouts. Football, basketball and volleyball players will be the first to undergo testing.After testing, athletes will be instructed to self-isolate for a week, and those testing positive will be quarantined for 10 days. On June 22, athletes who initially tested negative will be given a second round of testing. Athletes who receive a second negative test will be cleared to begin voluntary workouts. They will be split into small workout groups based on people they live with.“The intent is that if we keep our volume, our number of athletes together in a small set, and their strength coach works with just that group when they work out, and somebody in that group is positive, then we can isolate that individual group as opposed to the whole team,” Kovan said. It will also give up to 3 million euros ($3.4 million) to soccer players and the same amount to coaches and their staff.The fund will also provide 700,000 euros ($800,000) to help women’s soccer clubs that are set to complete the season.___The European gymnastics championships have been moved to December after being postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.The men’s event will run from Dec. 9-13 and the women’s championships from Dec. 17-20 in Baku, Azerbaijan. All funds raised will go to the Papa Giovanni XXIII hospital in Bergamo and Fondazione Poliambulanza in Brescia.___German soccer club Schalke has apologized to fans for asking them to justify their refunds for games played in empty stadiums because of the coronavirus pandemic.Schalke had asked for evidence of financial hardship if fans wanted tickets refunded this year rather than waiting until 2022.Schalke says it used “impersonal formulations lacking empathy” and fans will no longer be asked to submit documentary evidence of their personal finances. But the club says the approach was legal under German law. The athletes who tested positive and are living off campus will self-isolate there or at home for 14 days. Those living on campus will self-isolate in their residence hall or at home for 14 days.Damphousse said contact tracing has begun, and anyone who has been exposed to any of the seven athletes will be required to quarantine for 14 days.“This is a day that we knew would come, not just at A-State, but for colleges and universities across America,” Damphousse said.An Arkansas State spokesman said he didn’t know how many athletes have been tested since they began returning to campus for voluntary workouts.Oklahoma State and Marshall have announced they’ve each had three athletes test positive. The Latest: MLS allows teams to resume training The Bundesliga was suspended in March because of the coronavirus outbreak and spectators have not been allowed to attend any of the games since the league restarted on May 16.Schalke has been hit hard financially by the pandemic. Executive board member Alexander Jobst said in March the club faced an existential threat.The team has also struggled on the field and hasn’t won a league game since January.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

Guyana Amazon Warriors vs Jamaica Tallawahs

first_imgTallawahs seeking to ruin Hetmyer, Warriors momentum as action in ‘bubble’ heats up… Permaul could be key versus old franchise, teammatesBy Clifton RossTHE in-form Shimron Hetmyer and his Guyana Amazon Warriors (GAW) will have their hands full today when they go head-to-head against Jamaica Tallawahs, as they seek to reclaim their spot as table-leaders inside the ‘bubble’.Thanks to their win on Thursday, Trinbago Knight Riders (TKR) bumped Warriors down to second place but today’s clash could see the former 5-time finalists possibly reclaim their number one spot; should they overcome Rovman Powell and his men.The key for Warriors’ success at the moment seems to be Hetmyer. The left-hander has been rampant over the last few games, smashing back-to-back fifties; with one of them a match-winning knock. The Windies batsman currently holds the highest two individual scores of the tourney this season; – 63* and the match-winning 71 which he scored in the last game.Hetmyer also enters today’s match as the leading run-scorer with 134 runs from two games while Tallawahs batsman Glenn Phillips could be gunning for the leading run-scorer’s spot, having racked up some 102 runs thus far for the 3rd spot on the runs list.Tallawahs have shown similar fight to that of the Warriors, losing their first match before rebounding emphatically to whip St Lucia Zouks by 5 wickets two days ago.Phillips, Pakistani hard-hitting all-rounder Asif Ali who played a blinding cameo in the last game along with Powell and the ‘Dange-Russ’ Andre Russell; all seemed to be peaking.Decorated CPL opener Chadwick Walton will want to make amends for his failures in the previous match, especially against his old franchise and teammates. All-rounder Carlos Brathwaite also adds impetus in both departments while their bowlers will have their tails up coming off a victory.Guyanese/Jamaica Tallawahs import Veerasammy Permaul could be a handful against his former franchise GAW.One interesting match-up could be Veerasammy Permaul versus his old team Warriors and a number of his national teammates and friends. The left-arm spinner, arguably the most prolific bowler in Regional Cricket currently, has never represented another franchise apart from Warriors until now, making the contest between Permaul and his countrymen, the likes of Hetmyer, Anthony Bramble, Keemo Paul, Sherfane Rutherford and Romario Shepherd, one of the most intriguing on the match.With Afghans Mujeeb Ur-Rahman and Sandeep Lamichhane completing the spin department, speedster Oshane Thomas, Russell and Brathwaite will lead the pace attack for Tallawahs.Warriors’ bowling has never been a question of competence; it has always been a matter of consistency and discipline – boxes the local franchise ticked during their 3-wicket win over the St Kitts Patriots – and will be eager to get checked come today.Heading into this afternoon’s clash, Paul with 5 wickets is the leading wicket-taker having come fresh from a sterling 4-for. Imran Tahir’s class and capability needs no questioning as the seemingly ageless South African leg-spinner continues to bag wickets and stem the flow of runs, with expectations that he could pull one of his surprise innings out of the bag come later today.Captain Chris Green has been decent but his remodelled action will need some more getting used to on Caribbean surfaces. His 1-24 will provide enough confidence for him to fully get into his groove.Windies all-rounder Shepherd was a bit expensive and returned wicket-less but could erase those memories, having now gotten more acclimatised to the conditions at Tarouba.One key thing for GAW will be who supports Hetmyer with the bat. Both Brandon King and Chandrapaul Hemraj now seem to be getting their eyes in at the top of the order, but will need to quickly turn on the heat against Tallawahs’ star-studded lot of bowlers.Ross Taylor has not yet peaked, but one of the most prolific New Zealand batsmen in history needs no introduction, but rather the opportunity to spend a bit more time in the middle to get used to the conditions in the bubble.With a number of top all-rounders in the side, Paul, Rutherford, Shepherd and Nicholas Pooran, if on point, could fire Warriors to a huge total or easily wrap up any chase. They will, however, need to get their mental capacity in the right place for this encounter.Much like the tale of the tapes when going up against TKR, Warriors have defeated the Patriots 4 out of the 5 times these two franchises met over the last 3 seasons. But TKR still managed to hand GAW their first loss on opening day – something the Tallawahs might want to take a closer look at from a psychological perspective.Meanwhile, Match 8 will bowl off at 14:15hrs at Brian Lara Cricket Ground, Tarouba. Prior to this match, Patriots will open today’s double-header when they tackle Zouks at the same venue from 10:00hrs.last_img read more

Wisconsin surprises, then disappoints in ’10

first_imgSenior guards Trevon Hughes and Jason Bohannon led the way as the Wisconsin Badgers exceeded most expectations in 2009-10.[/media-credit]For the first time since 2005, the Wisconsin Badgers were led in 2010 by a pair of seniors in the backcourt in Trevon Hughes and Jason Bohannon.Yet, while experienced guards are a common element of many successful teams in college basketball, Bo Ryan’s squad was picked to be among the lower tier of the Big Ten. Unfazed by low expectations, the Badgers appeared poised from the start to surprise people.When asked about it at the team’s media day back in October, Ryan recalled the senior duo of 2005, both of whom hailed from Wisconsin.“You can never look in a crystal ball and say this is how a couple senior guards will play,” Ryan said. “[But,] you know, I thought Sharif Chambliss and Clayton Hanson did a pretty good job together, with help obviously from the bench with [Kammron Taylor].”That same formula, two senior guards with a sophomore point guard coming off the bench, was exactly what Wisconsin hoped would lead it back to the Elite Eight for the first time since that 2005 season.Instead of Chambliss and Hanson, the Badgers had Hughes and Bohannon. Off the bench there was Jordan Taylor, who, in addition to sharing a last name with his predecessor, also hailed from the same home state of Minnesota.When the season began, the 2010 version of the Wisconsin Badgers were far better than expected. After beginning 4-1, though, the biggest wins were yet to come for UW.Just a week after beating one ACC squad, Wisconsin hosted then-No. 6 Duke at the Kohl Center as a part of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.A highly anticipated matchup, the Badgers and Blue Devils did not disappoint, and when the final buzzer sounded, Wisconsin came out on top. That win — which clinched the Challenge for the Big Ten, as it turned out — was just the beginning for UW, which built an impressive r?sum? throughout the season.Including the victories over Maryland and Duke, the Badgers won nine of 10 games from the end of November to early January. Wisconsin opened the Big Ten slate 2-0, taking advantage of an Evan Turner-less Ohio State team on New Year’s Eve.After falling 54-47 at Michigan State, another matchup with a top 10 team was up next.Behind a career-high 23 points from Taylor, the Badgers knocked off fourth-ranked Purdue, handing the Boilermakers their first loss after opening the season on 14-game win streak.In that game, Wisconsin’s guard trio finally showed just how potent it could be, a fact that did not go unnoticed by Purdue head coach Matt Painter.“You could think about how good the other guys were,” Painter said. “I think that’s the storyline here is that those guards were pretty good today.”After knocking off Purdue, the Badgers were ranked No. 16 and had entered themselves into the conversation for the Big Ten regular season title. Unfortunately for UW, junior forward Jon Leuer fractured a bone in his wrist during that Jan. 9 upset victory.Leuer missed the next nine games, a stretch in which Wisconsin went 6-3. And while the Badgers played well enough to stay in contention without Leuer, the loss of their 6-foot-10 forward prevented them from putting together any extended winning streak.When the native of Orono, Minn., returned at Minnesota on Feb. 18 — 40 days to the date of Leuer’s injury — Wisconsin hoped his presence could spark a key road victory. It did not, however, and the Badgers’ loss at The Barn proved to be the one that kept them one loss behind the three-way tie first place in the Big Ten.Following that loss, however, UW finally seemed to have gotten back to top form. In their last four regular season games, the Badgers won by an average of 20.25 points while allowing just 51.25 points per game defensively.Unfortunately, though, that’s when everything went wrong.Wisconsin struggled mightily on offense against Illinois in the teams’ Big Ten tournament quarterfinal matchup, shooting just 18.2 percent from the floor in the first half. Despite a hard-fought comeback, UW came up short in the end and was sent home from Indianapolis before the weekend for the second straight year.With 33 seconds left, it looked like the Badgers could finish their comeback and move on to face Ohio State in the semifinals. But when Hughes fouled out, everything changed; yet, he was not one to wonder after the game what could have happened had he not fouled out.“You can’t look at it that way,” he said. “In the first half, if I made a couple there or tried to get some more stops on defense, we wouldn’t have even been in that situation. It’s throughout the whole game, not just that instance right there when I fouled out.”As the NCAA Tournament began, fourth-seeded Wisconsin looked poised to bounce back from that tough loss and make a deep run in a bracket that set up well for the Badgers. But that was not the case at all.Wisconsin barely escaped with a win over No. 13 seed Wofford in the first round, needing a jumper from the corner by Leuer in the final seconds to win. Two days later, things would only get worse.Cornell, a No. 12 seed that upset off fifth-seeded Temple two days earlier, lit up the Badgers for 87 points, the most allowed in regulation by Wisconsin since 2006. While the Big Red may have been the best team in Jacksonville regardless of seed, the dominating fashion in which they beat UW certainly made a statement.For Wisconsin, it made a different kind of statement, while also leaving people wondering just what had gone wrong over the final three games.“I don’t know. That’s a good question. We just ?– I don’t know,” Leuer said when asked about it afterward. “We haven’t been executing like we were earlier. It’s just one of those things that we just hit a rough patch.”last_img read more