PFA hires former spin doctor to lobby against regulatory ‘tsunami’

first_imgPFA has created a new department in which Bram Jensen will work, having broadened its public affairs department into the new regulatory affairs department.Back in October, PFA’s chief executive Allan Polack indicated the company was in the process of deciding how its communications and public affairs activities should be organised, following the sudden departure of its director for group communication and public affairs, Morten Jeppesen.Bram Jensen told IPE: “The great tsunami of regulation aimed at the banking sector following the financial crisis has now hit the pension providers.”The Danish FSA (Finanstilsynet) now has an increasing focus on pension providers, she said, adding that new rules now being put in place are aimed at putting the sector into a tighter regulatory framework.“The issue is not only that politicians are currently legislating to bring about these tighter regulatory conditions for the pensions sector but also that the FSA itself is creating more restrictive rules within the mandate it has already been given by Parliament,” she said.Bram Jensen said PFA was one of the first to hire regulatory lobbyists in the Danish pensions sector.“In the banking sector, it is quite normal to have public affairs people who have this role, but here in the pensions sector it is not very widespread,” she said.The increasingly onerous financial regulation affecting pension funds and providers can lead to big costs for the businesses, Bram Jensen said.“Since PFA is the largest pension provider in Denmark, we are in quite a unique position to be able to influence the decision makers who are putting these rules in place,” she said. PFA Pension, the largest commercial pensions provider in Denmark, has hired former government special adviser, or “spin doctor”, Janne Bram Jensen in the newly created role of regulatory affairs director, in a bid to influence regulators increasingly turning their sights towards the pensions sector.Bram Jensen started her new job at PFA Pension in January, having come to the DKK552bn (€73.9bn) mutually owned pensions firm from her role as deputy head of the Mayor of Copenhagen’s secretariat.Before that, she was a special adviser to the Social-Democrat minister for the environment Kirsten Brosbøl.According to PFA, her new role is to professionalise the work with regulatory affairs in PFA, build relationships with politicians, officials and other decision makers in Denmark and in the EU, and contribute to the public debate around change in the legal and regulatory framework for the financial sector. last_img read more

Wade to join Lions squad

first_img England coach Stuart Lancaster said: “We’re delighted for Christian. He’s been in excellent form, played really well on his Test debut against Argentina last weekend and he goes with the best wishes of all the England players and management. “Jonny May comes into the side to win his first cap against the Pumas. He’s been an important part of our squad over the last four weeks, he’s up to speed with everything we’re doing and this is a great opportunity for him.” Wade will depart Buenos Aires on Saturday night and arrive in Australia on Monday. The 22-year-old scored 18 tries in 26 appearances for Wasps last season and claimed a unique double at the Rugby Players’ Association awards, winning both the players’ player and the young player awards. Wade did not score himself on his England debut last weekend but he had a hand in all three of the team’s first-half tries, delivering an eye-catching performance in the process. He has been preferred to the likes of Chris Ashton, who has been rested from England’s summer tour, and Scotland’s Tim Visser to give the injury-hit Lions additional back line options. Lions coach Warren Gatland said: “We have obviously got ongoing treatment of some players so it’s prudent to make sure we have enough backline cover. Christian played well in the first Test against Argentina and is match fit.” There are unconfirmed reports that Saracens and England centre Brad Barritt is also set to join the Lions in Australia. South Africa-born Barritt, 26, would be the obvious injury cover for Roberts. He was among a handful of players rested for England’s current Argentina tour, being joined by the likes of Chris Robshaw, Danny Care, Chris Ashton and Toby Flood. The Lions later said they were “exploring the call-up” of Barritt as cover. They added that a further update would be given a press conference, scheduled for 2350BST in Sydney. Christian Wade has been called up by the British and Irish Lions and withdrawn from the England side to play Argentina in Buenos Aires. The Wasps wing, who made his Test debut in a 32-3 victory over the Pumas in Salta last weekend, has been replaced in the England team by Gloucester debutant Jonny May. Wade is the third England player to be summoned to Australia from England’s South American tour, following prop Alex Corbisiero and centre Billy Twelvetrees. The Lions have concerns over the fitness of wing George North, who has a tight hamstring, while centre Jamie Roberts suffered a leg injury in their victory over the NSW Waratahs. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Arsene Wenger backs Theo Walcott to be prolific scorer for Arsenal

first_img Wenger was criticised for refusing to add to his strike options during the transfer window, but both Walcott and his replacement Olivier Giroud were on target at the Emirates Stadium as the Gunners moved second in the fledgling Premier League table. “If Walcott plays and scores everybody says Walcott is good,” Wenger said. “But before the game everybody says ‘why did you not buy a striker?’ “If I bought a striker Walcott would not have played. It’s always a vicious circle. “At some stage you’ve just to believe in your players and give them a chance.” Walcott’s first Arsenal goal of the season, after his double for England at San Marino, came after 31 minutes but he might have had a hat-trick before then. “I believe he can be a prolific goalscorer because you come out of the game and think how many chances he had,” Wenger said. “The bigger the belief he will have to score, the more he will score. He gets in good situations. “He scored a great goal, I must say. He needed technical quality to do it and calm in the finishing. It’s good that Giroud came on and scored as well.” The Gunners poured forwards time and again but could not get the goals their dominant performance deserved. Wenger, though, was never unduly concerned after a third successive clean sheet and a first home win following the opening day loss to West Ham and goalless draw with Liverpool. Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger believes Theo Walcott justified his faith in his striking capabilities with a goal in the 2-0 win over Stoke. Press Association He said : “If you want to be a bit critical, you could say there’s too big a difference between number of chances created and number of goals scored but that can come quickly once you win games at home. “We had 30 shots on goal today and continuously we created chances from the first to the last minute. “Players have the quality to score so at some stage that will come. We have stabilised our defensive record.” Walcott may not keep his place in a big week for the Gunners, who begin their Champions League campaign at Dinamo Zagreb on Wednesday night and travel to the reeling reigning Premier League champions Chelsea next Saturday. “We play every three days for three weeks,” Wenger said. “I will have to rotate the strikers without letting them drop their confidence.” Stoke manager Mark Hughes rued the result which left his side bottom and still without a win this term. “Today we weren’t good enough to go toe-to-toe with a very good Arsenal team,” he said. “We weren’t bright enough in our defensive work. We allowed good players time and space to create and move. “We just didn’t get to the source of the problem. We didn’t close people down.” There were positives for Hughes in the performance of goalkeeper Jack Butland and the return as a substitute from a serious knee injury of Bojan Krkic. “Jack Butland has shown what an outstanding young keeper he is,” Hughes said. “As the season progresses we fully expect he won’t have as many opportunities to be man of the match. That’s our aim. At the moment he’s having too much to do. “That’s a positive, probably the only other one was the reintroduction of Bojan. We’re delighted to see him back. On a day of negatives, those were the two highs for us.” last_img read more

Amapakabo Not for Sale, Says Enugu Govt

first_imgEnugu State Commissioner for Sports, Charles Ndukwe, told newsmen that the victorious coach was not available despite the fact that his previous contract ended with the season. He told clubs seeking his signature to look elsewhere.He said the coach would lead Rangers Club to victory in the CAF Champions League.Ndukwe said the state government was not ready to let him go, stressing that it has so much confidence in his abilities to lead the club to victory in the continental championship next season.The commissioner said the state would do all in its power to retain the coach as well as players for the 2016/2017 professional league and other engagements.“Imama (Amapakabo) came as coach in the mid season. He was interviewed as well as other coaches. He signed a one year contract with Rangers. Unless on his own volition makes up his mind that he is no longer with Rangers, all those looking for him are wasting their time.Imama on his own is making arrangements of settling his family here.“Nobody holds the ace alone and there is no success that can come to anybody alone. Imama is a wonderful coach, he is a good guy and I love his stubbornness, he is not somebody you can push around, he does whatever he wants to do. We value him but I don’t know why the media is making it to look as if Imama is indispensable. As you are saying all these, you are making Imama look like someone who does not value what Enugu State Government has done for him.“We appreciate him so much and we want to assure all that he is not going anywhere. We have a player in the hospital and he has been calling to know how the young man is doing. We are aware that it was the national team that took him to Abuja, so when the media is sayinghe has gone to South Africa; he has gone to everywhere, that is not true. Those saying he is former coach of Rangers are doing so to encourage those looking to sign him.“This trophy has eluded us for 32 years. It does not mean that those people who were there did not do their best, only God knows why it has to come now. I am very sure that Imama seeing this trophy here and the team going on continental want to be part of that team that he loves so much. All I want to say is that those looking for Imama should keep their money. Imama is not for sale. He is not available,” stressed Ndukwe.He stated that Rangers remained one of the best motivated club sides in the country, adding that no member of the team was on loan presently.The commissioner said that the desire of the state government was to ensure that the club sustained its winning streak, stressing that the continental championship would push the club to her desired level in football.Meanwhile as part of efforts to harness and groom talents for future sporting events, the state government will on Monday kick start its annual sports festival, tagged “042 Sports Festival” in the three senatorial zones of the state.The festival, being put together in partnership with the Ammjessy Events Nigeria, according to Ndukwe, would see youths competing in twelve games including high and long jump, Golf, Taekwando, Springs, Football for men and woman, Tennis, Traditional Wrestling, Handball, Basketball, Judo among others was a way of harnessing sporting potentials in the grassroots to be retrained for national and international competitions.Ndukwe said the competition, which would hold at the headquarters of the three senatorial zones of the state was the outcome of the sportssummit recently organized in the state, stressing that government was desirous to create employment for her people.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Christopher Isiguzo in EnuguAmidst pressure from some national and international club owners seeking the services Head Coach of Rangers International Football Club, Imama Amapakabo, Enugu State Government yesterday declared its intention to retain the gaffer who led the Flying Antelopes to end 32-year wait for a major title.Rangers won the 2015/2016 Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) title in grand style last Sunday after mauling hard-fighting El Kanemi Warriors Football Club of Maiduguri 4-0.last_img read more

Clonmel’s Foley says contract extension allows him to focus on his game.

first_imgClonmel native Foley has made 44 appearances for Munster and earned his first cap for Ireland in a man-of-the-match display against Georgia last month.And the lock says that knowing his future is committed to the province allows him to focus on his performances, starting with this weekend’s game against Clermont.last_img

Declare Emergency on Sports, Rojenny Tells Obiano

first_imgThe sports facility investor said the N10billion Rojenny Complex was under-utilised because such activities as inter-house sports, school sports, state sports festival and other organised games were no more taking place in the state.“I am calling on Gov. Obiano to declare state of emergency in sports and sports development in Anambra.“I declare my lack of confidence in those that are in charge of sports management and administration in Anambra and hereby call for their sack and replacement with vibrant creative, proactive and talented people.“Anybody who sees this over N10 billion sports facilities lie idle and is not moved is an enemy of sports and youths, I invested in sports because I wanted to develop and help government manage our youths,” he said.In his remark, the Chairman of SWAN in Anambra, Anthony Oji, lauded Ezeonwuka for building the biggest sports complex East of the Niger way back in 1986 in the interest of youth development.Oji said the body decided to visit and inspect the facility to draw the attention of the world to it, adding that his contribution to Nigerian sports development have been under celebrated.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram David-Chyddy Eleke in AwkaThe Managing Director of Rojenny Sports and Tourist Village, Oba, Rommy Ezeonwuka has called on Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, to declare a state of emergency on the sports sector.Ezeonwuka made the call while addressing the leadership of Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), Anambra at the stadium in Oba, Idemili South yesterday.He said sports administrators in the state had failed the youth because of their inability to conceptualise and implement programmes that were amenable to sporting excellence.last_img read more

STDs at record high indicating urgent need for prevention

first_imgMore than two million cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis were reported in the USA in 2016. This is the highest number ever, according to the annual Sexually Transmitted Disease Surveillance Report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).The majority of these new diagnoses (1.6 million) were cases of chlamydia. There were also 470,000 gonorrhea cases and almost 28,000 cases of primary and secondary syphilis – the most infectious stages of the disease. While all three of these STDs can be cured with antibiotics, if left undiagnosed and untreated, they can have serious health consequences, including infertility, life-threatening ectopic pregnancy, stillbirth in infants, and increased risk for HIV transmission.“Increases in STDs are a clear warning of a growing threat,” said Jonathan Mermin, M.D., M.P.H., director of CDC’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention. “STDs are a persistent enemy, growing in number, and outpacing our ability to respond.”impact growing in women, infants, and gay and bisexual menWhile young women continue to bear the greatest burden of chlamydia (nearly half of all diagnosed infections), surges in syphilis and gonorrhea are increasingly affecting new populations.Syphilis rates increased by nearly 18 percent overall from 2015 to 2016. The majority of these cases occur among men – especially gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (MSM). However, there was a 36 percent increase in rates of syphilis among women and a 28 percent increase in syphilis among newborns (congenital syphilis) during this period.More than 600 cases of congenital syphilis were reported in 2016, which has resulted in more than 40 deaths and severe health complications among newborns. The disease is preventable through routine screening and timely treatment for syphilis among pregnant women. “Every baby born with syphilis represents a tragic systems failure,” said Gail Bolan, director of CDC’s Division of STD Prevention. “All it takes is a simple STD test and antibiotic treatment to prevent this enormous heartache and help assure a healthy start for the next generation of Americans.”The steepest increases in gonorrhea were seen among men (22 percent). Research suggests that a large share of new gonorrhea cases is occurring among MSM. These trends are particularly alarming based on the growing threat of drug resistance to the last remaining recommended gonorrhea treatment.MSM also bear a great syphilis burden. MSM make up a majority of syphilis cases, and half of MSM diagnosed with syphilis were also living with HIV – pointing to the need to integrate STD and HIV prevention and care services.Essential to confront most urgent threats, upgrade prevention infrastructureCDC uses STD surveillance data and other tools to detect and respond to these evolving threats and new challenges, directing resources where they can have the greatest impact. Targeted efforts include:Strengthening the congenital syphilis response with focused efforts to improve diagnosis and treatment of pregnant women and ensure prompt treatment of newborns at birth in the ten states hardest hit by congenital syphilis.Helping state and local health departments rapidly test for drug-resistant gonorrhea and quickly find and treat affected individuals.Assisting state health departments and health clinics integrate STD prevention into care for people living with HIV.The CDC provides support to state and local health departments for disease surveillance, disease investigation, and health promotion. CDC also issues and maintains testing and treatment guidelines for providers so individuals get the most effective care.Turning back the rise in STDs will require renewed commitment from all players, including:State and local health departments should refocus efforts on STD investigation and clinical service infrastructure for rapid detection and treatment for people living in areas hardest hit by the STD epidemic.Providers should make STD screening and timely treatment a standard part of medical care, especially for pregnant women and MSM. They should also try to seamlessly integrate STD screening and treatment into prenatal care and HIV prevention and care services.Everyone should talk openly about STDs, get tested regularly, and reduce risk by using condoms or practicing mutual monogamy if sexually active.“CDC uses its national-level intelligence to detect and respond to STD outbreaks while supporting the nation’s on-the-ground workers who are spending each day protecting communities from STDs,” Dr. Mermin stressed.last_img read more

BoyleSports signs Coventry City sponsorship

first_img BoyleSports closes Irish retail estate in response to COVID-19 March 17, 2020 Submit StumbleUpon Share BoyleSports upgrades retail displays with Scientific Games ‘Promote’ February 28, 2020 Countdown to Cheltenham: Wednesday racecard ‘not a worry at the moment’ says BoyleSports March 6, 2020 Share Related Articles BoyleSports has grown its football sponsorship portfolio after being named the ‘principal partner’ for Coventry City Football Club.This story featured in today’s SBC News 90. To view the latest round-up, watch today’s edition here.The agreement, which covers the 2020/21 season, will see the BoyleSports logo adorn the front of the playing kit and replica shirts next season.Conor Gray, CEO for BoyleSports, has welcomed the new deal. He said: “Having chosen the Midlands to be the base for our expansion into Britain, we are proud to cement our commitment to both Coventry and to the wider Midlands area with this deal.“We see exciting times ahead for BoyleSports in the Midlands, and with their recent promotion to the Championship, we wish Coventry City FC all the very best in their upcoming season.”BoyleSports began its expansion into the UK retail market last year after acquiring 13 stores in the Midlands – three of which were in Coventry. Since then, the bookmaker has acquired a further six shops in the area.The partnership with the Irish bookmaker is Coventry’s highest value front of shirt sponsorship deal since the 2011/12 campaign and will provide ‘vital revenue’ to the club and the team.Coventry City Chief Executive Dave Boddy added: “We’re very pleased to welcome BoyleSports to Coventry City as our new shirt sponsor and principal club partner.“This is a significant deal for the Football Club and will provide much needed and significant revenue for the Club, helping to support Mark Robins and the team in preparation for the upcoming Championship season.“BoyleSports have already shown great enthusiasm about their new sponsorship and supporting the Sky Blues, and we look forward to working with them. In line with EFL guidance, the Club and BoyleSports will work closely to ensure that the promotion of any gambling products is conducted responsibly and in line with all appropriate licensing and regulatory guidelines.”👋 Hey @Coventry_City fans! We want to get to know everyone associated with the club…So we thought we’d kick things off by speaking to strike ace @MattyGodden24! 🙌Our Head of Comms @BoyleSportsLB digs deep to find out about his Sky Blues team mates 👇#PUSB pic.twitter.com/fBfaMgjIdc— BoyleSports (@BoyleSports) August 20, 2020last_img read more

‘Jeopardy!’ sensation James Holzhauer making WSOP debut, will donate half of winnings

first_img“I decided to enter because (Poker Hall of Famer) Mike Sexton contacted me and offered to sponsor my buy-ins. I don’t have any plans to enter another WSOP event beyond those two,” Holzhauer told the Review-Journal in an email. “I played online poker semi-professionally in the early 2000s, but I don’t intend to make a career of it now, as I’m sure I wouldn’t be good enough at it to justify forgoing other opportunities.”Holzhauer, 34, told tournament officials he plans to donate to charity half of any winnings. After winning $2.46 million during his “Jeopardy!” run that lasted 32 days, Holzhauer and his wife have donated roughly $300,000 to various charities.He donated more than $1,000 to a Naperville, Illinois, pancreatic cancer walk in “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek’s name. Trebek announced earlier this year he is battling Stage 4 pancreatic cancer. James Holzhauer showed his stuff on “Jeopardy!” and now will try his hand at the World Series of Poker on Monday.The “Jeopardy!” sensation entered the $1,500 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em Super Turbo Bounty Tournament and also will participate in the $1,000 buy-in Tag Team No-Limit Hold’em event, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Holzhauer’s huge run on the show is credited to his gambling smarts and his sports-betting knowledge. The Illinois native said he hasn’t played online poker much since the federal government cracked down on illegal online gaming in April 2011.“I stopped playing online poker due to a combination of the (Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act) legislation and realizing that I could make more money with less effort by betting sports,” he said. “Honestly, my poker skills are so rusty that my main goal is to get lucky.”Holzhauer has done several events in Las Vegas recently, including joining Trebek as presenters at the NHL Awards show last Wednesday at Mandalay Bay.last_img read more

Man City top financial firepower list

first_imgLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Premier League leaders Manchester City have more financial muscle than any other club in world football, according to a study that sees English clubs dominate the top 10.The Soccerex Football Finance 100, which ranks the world’s top teams based on both their playing and fixed assets, money in the bank, owner potential investment and debt, was published on Wednesday.City, who have dropped just four points in the league this season, lead the way ahead of Arsenal. Tottenham are fifth on the list ahead of seventh-placed Manchester United, with Chelsea in ninth.According to the study, Arsenal have £766 million ($1 billion) worth of fixed assets — following their move from Highbury to the Emirates Stadium — more than any other club in world football, while only Manchester United have more money in the bank (£307 million) than Arsenal’s £300 million.The annual report by event organiser Soccerex suggests that Arsenal have the monetary muscle to “invest significantly” in the transfer market.Manchester City, for so long under-achievers in English football, have seen their fortunes transformed since a 2008 takeover by the Abu Dhabi United Group. They have won two Premier League titles in the past decade and Pep Guardiola’s team look certain to win it again this year as they are already 15 points clear of nearest challengers Manchester United.“Manchester City, one of the most famous cases of significant foreign investment changing a club’s status and potential, top the rankings,” the study says.“Arsenal’s second place in the rankings, ahead of PSG (Paris Saint-Germain), will surprise many and is certainly a talking point in light of criticism the club receives from some quarters for its perceived lack of spending in the transfer market,” it adds.“Their ranking is a reflection of the club’s professionalism and a sound business model. The position of financial strength means Arsenal could invest significantly should the hierarchy of the club choose to change their business strategy.”Liverpool are 16th on the list, while 2016 Premier League champions Leicester are 20th. French giants PSG, who broke the transfer record to sign Neymar last summer, are third ahead of Chinese side Guangzhou Evergrande. Real Madrid are sixth with their La Liga rivals Barcelona only 13th.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more