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  • Amundi set to win contest for Pioneer Investments

    first_imgEurope’s largest asset manager, Amundi, appeared poised to sign a deal with Italy’s biggest bank, UniCredit, to buy its asset management subsidiary Pioneer Investments, according to a joint statement from the two businesses today.UniCredit, which reported total group assets of €874.5bn at the end of September, and Amundi said in a statement: “UniCredit and Amundi today announced that they have entered into exclusive negotiations in relation to the possible sale of the Pioneer Investments business to Amundi.”Last month, UniCredit confirmed it had offers on the table from different parties wanting to buy Pioneer Investments and that it was in negotiations with potential buyers.Italy’s postal service Poste Italiane was one of the parties bidding for Pioneer, having formed a group with Italian bank Cassa Depositi e Prestiti (CDP) and Italian independent asset manager ANIMA to do so. Offers for Pioneer have been reported in the media at around €3.6bn.UniCredit is holding a “capital markets day” in London on 13 December, at which it has said it will unveil the outcome of the strategic review it is now undertaking.The group-wide review is focusing on how to reinforce and make the best of UniCredit’s capital position, the bank has said, as well as improving profitability and making sure its operations are continuously transformed while at the same time keeping the flexibility necessary to “seize value-creating opportunities.”UniCredit, like many other Italian banks, is attempting to strengthen its capital base.Despite the announcement suggesting a deal may be close, UniCredit’s share price fell by more than 4% in Monday’s trading, in line with those of other Italian banks, after Italy’s prime minister Matteo Renzi’s reform plans were rejected in a referendum.Amundi has its headquarters in Paris and manages more than €1trn of assets.last_img read more

  • Power 5 Again

    first_imgThe topic of the top 5 conferences keeps coming up.  The sole goal of these 5 power conferences, it seems, is to win games no matter what the cost to education.  The University of North Carolina in the years 1993-2011 had 48% of their athletes placed in classes where no attendance was required.  These were the “so called” Black History classes where athletes simply wrote papers to get their credit.  It has been reported by some that there was no restrictions on who wrote the papers for the athletes.When confronted with this report Roy Williams, the UNC basketball coach, called it “a bunch of crap”.  Who knows how many of his athletes took these classes, but it appears that he, at this time, is not taking the report seriously.  One of his former athletes has been a main contributor to the so-called discretions.Jameis Winston of Florida State University has been charged in some fashion with sexual battery, obscenity, and theft.  At this point, there have been no sentences handed out as far as this reporter knows.  Of course, he must be presumed innocent until proven otherwise.  The scares are there just because of the allegations.  One reporter said that he has sold his soul to ESPN.These are some of the things that are coming out of some of the 5 conferences cited above.  It certainly is not endearing any of these institutions to the general public who already think that athletics are over-emphasized in most universities.last_img read more

  • Two groups awarded Belterra grants

    first_imgBatesville, Ind. — Batesville city council awarded Belterra Casino grants to Safe Passage and the Rural Alliance for the Arts.Safe Passage will use the $12,000 grant for an exterior painting and sealing project. The 109-year-old building in Batesville has received a more than $100,000 rehabilitation over the past year. The total value of the exterior painting and sealing project is $28,000.Batesville-based Safe Passage supports and assists domestic abuse victims in a six county area.The Rural Alliance for the Arts has been approved for a $10,000 grant to produce a photo book. The Project 229 book will document life in Batesville and be used to market the Batesville-Oldenburg area.last_img read more

  • Lady Pirates Drop Game To Lady Tigers

    first_imgThe Greensburg Lady Pirates traveled to state ranked Lawrenceburg Saturday Morning and kept the host squad out of the net for the first 18-minutes of the match, but the Lady Tigers opened the scoring with two goals at the 22 and 20 minute mark en route to 4 first half goals and an 8-0 victory.The loss drops the Lady Pirates to 2-12 and 1-5 in EIAC play. Keirsten Lynette made 13 saves on the day while Emily Lowe recorded 3 saves in net. The Lady Pirates were not able to record a shot on goal for the match. The defense did force 5 offside traps and many players showed improvement throughout the match.The team will play their final EIAC match on Thursday when they travel to Connersville and conclude the regular season next Saturday at Triton Central.Courtesy of Pirates Coach Mike Myers.last_img read more

  • Mourinho: City’s title to lose

    first_img “I would like to be in their position, because if they win the matches they are top of the league,” Mourinho said. “If we win the next nine matches, we may not be champions. “If Manchester City win the 12 matches they have, they are champions. They have their destiny in their hands and we don’t have ours. “I would prefer to have my destiny in my hands. It doesn’t depend on us. It depends on them.” Mourinho admits mission one of his return season is complete, though, with a top-four finish and Champions League qualification seemingly secure. “The top four is for us to lose,” said Mourinho, whose side have a commanding advantage over fifth-placed Spurs, sixth-placed Manchester United and seventh-placed Everton. “I really don’t believe that we are going to lose that distance. “Now let’s go for objective number two, which is top three – which gives direct Champions League qualification.” Chelsea were the only top four team in Premier League action this weekend and moved seven points clear of Liverpool and Arsenal and nine ahead of City, who have three matches in hand. Rather than having the points in the bag, Mourinho stated his preference for being in Manuel Pellegrini’s position, with a superior goal difference which means City will be champions if they win their final 12 games, even if Chelsea win all nine of theirs. Jose Mourinho is adamant Manchester City, and not Chelsea, are in pole position to win the Premier League title despite guiding his side seven points clear at the summit with a 4-0 defeat of Tottenham. Press Association Samuel Eto’o scored the first and was fouled for the penalty which saw Younes Kaboul sent off and was scored by Eden Hazard. Demba Ba netted twice late on. Eto’o himself was a late inclusion after Fernando Torres withdrew with a groin injury following the warm-up which could see him out for “a couple of weeks”. Cameroon striker Eto’o, whose age was questioned recently in unguarded comments made by Mourinho, celebrates his 33rd birthday on Monday and stood crooked at the corner flag, as if using it as an old man’s stick, following his goal. Mourinho was aware of the celebration before it was acted out. “The best way to diffuse the situation is to make fun of a funny situation,” Mourinho said. “Some newspapers do great with photoshop. Now they don’t need photoshop. They have the real pic.” Tim Sherwood described Tottenham’s top-four chances as “slim” following the defeat and was frustrated with his side’s “capitulation”, something all too familiar this season. Sherwood, who replaced Andre Villas-Boas following the 5-1 defeat to Liverpool, said: “We’ve got a lot of big games coming up and we have to go and win them. “We had to win them before today, and it’s another blow to us. “No-one came here thinking we were going to turn Chelsea over; we hadn’t done it in 24 years. “I believed we could and after the first-half performance I believed they were there for us. But it never materialised. “(I am) massively disappointed, not too much about the result and the performance in the first half, but on the capitulation that the team showed, and showed too often this season. “We were 2-0 down with 10 men at Chelsea, you’re not going to win the game. But you expect to see a little bit more guts, a little bit more pride, a little bit more feather rustling. “I don’t want to be the only one who shouts at them. I think they need to dig each other out now and again and get the best out of each other.” Eto’o’s opening goal came as a result of a mistake by Jan Vertonghen, who slipped and, from the ground, returned the ball hopefully and centrally before watching on helplessly as the striker nipped in to find the bottom corner. “Anyone can slip up, make a mistake for the goal,” said Sherwood, who is undecided whether to appeal Kaboul’s dismissal. “I appreciate the referees have a very tough job, but that one went against us. “I think it’s a soft decision. I think it’s not a penalty. It’s a shame the referee didn’t get the chance to look at it again.” Tottenham’s defensive woes continued when Michael Dawson went off with an undisclosed injury which could rule him out of Thursday’s Europa League clash with Benfica. Sherwood added: “We’re struggling in that area of the field. We’ll have a look and see who’s fit.” last_img read more

  • Pardew prepared to face flak

    first_img Much of the ire which has in the past been directed at owner Mike Ashley and ill-fated former director of football Joe Kinnear is now being aimed at the manager, and he has no problem with that. He said: “It’s a job that comes with fantastic highs and also deep lows, and you have to cope with those equally well. “I have tried to be balanced with the players this week and the pressure is very much on me. “Sometimes it angles towards someone. Sometimes it’s the owner, sometimes it’s the players – this time, it’s me and in a way, that’s probably better for the team on this occasion. “We all know the importance of the game for us as a club, and the club comes first. Forget about me and everything else, that’s very important. “I think that’s been lost a little bit this week. This is about Newcastle and the pride that we have. Our pride has been dented. ” Newcastle went much of the way towards eradicating last season’s struggle against relegation when they surged into the top six during the first half of the campaign, with star midfielder Yohan Cabaye to the fore. However, his not unexpected £19million sale to Paris St Germain in January pulled the rug from under their feet, with Ashley deciding not to replace him immediately. Newcastle boss Alan Pardew is happy to take the blame for the club’s failings this season if it keeps the pressure off his players. A run of six consecutive Barclays Premier League defeats has left the Magpies marooned in mid-table at the end of a season which initially promised much more. Such is the anger of supporters over what they feel is the latest in a series of wasted opportunities that they are planning to stage a protest during Saturday’s final home game of the campaign against Cardiff. That, on top of two summers of perceived under-investment, left fans in mutinous mood to the point where spectators are being asked to stage a walk-out during the Cardiff game. The Newcastle United Supporters Trust is urging supporters to consider leaving the stadium with 69 minutes played to symbolise their unrest with a club which lifted its last major trophy in 1969. Pardew will have striker Luuk De Jong back from an ankle injury, but midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa seems unlikely to be included once again after training away from the main group. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes it would “definitely be a bigger miracle” than Manchester United’s epic 1999 Champions League final triumph if Cardiff can avoid relegation. Solskjaer and Teddy Sheringham scored injury-time goals as United beat Bayern Munich 2-1 in Barcelona on one of British football’s most famous nights. The current Cardiff manager now faces the task of trying to keep his team afloat. Currently bottom of the league, they require victories in their final two games – at Newcastle on Saturday and against Cardiff City Stadium visitors Chelsea in nine days’ time – to retain any survival hope. Even then, they still need other results to work in their favour, but Solskjaer has no intention of throwing in the towel. “If we stay up it would definitely be a bigger miracle than Barcelona in 1999,” he said. “That night it was possible, and in football anything is possible. So we need to give ourselves a chance in front of our fans against Chelsea. “It takes belief, togetherness, a team that goes the extra mile, and a hero stepping forward and doing something magical. “It’s still possible, it’s still possible that we are out of the bottom three if we win this weekend. We have got to give ourselves something to play for in the last game by winning this game. “One of the key points is just imagine how this place (Cardiff City Stadium) will be next weekend if we have got something to play for, when we have got something to play for. “Let’s give ourselves a chance by beating Newcastle, because this place will be absolutely rocking if we are in with a chance.” Press Associationlast_img read more

  • Fan: Scudamore ‘out of touch’

    first_img The day after selling the latest batch of Premier League TV rights to UK broadcasters for an eye-watering £5.136billion, Scudamore said he did not feel uneasy about the low pay handed out by top clubs to their staff when players were taking home huge wage packets. “No, it doesn’t make me uncomfortable,” Scudamore told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme. Seven days later, almost 45,000 have signed the petition. “We set this petition up in light of the TV deal and Richard Scudamore’s comments,” Sharples added. “We thought it was really important to highlight the staggeringly-low figures being paid to people working at football clubs “I would love it if 100,000 people signed it.” So far Chelsea are the only Premier League club to commit to paying its staff the living wage. Others have introduced the living wage – but only to their contracted employees and not to those whose jobs are sub-contracted to them by the club. “It’s disappointing that Chelsea are the only ones (who have signed up),” Sharples said. “It looks like some clubs are seeking to capitalise on the momentum the campaign is building by putting out these statements saying that they are going to pay their staff the living wage but actually when you look into the detail of it the sub-contracted staff are not included. “There are a lot of people in that bracket – some staff in club shops are sub-contracted, for example.” Sharples has been unable to arrange a face-to-face meeting with Scudamore to discuss the matter. The only meetings he has had have been with the Premier League’s director of policy Bill Bush. “I guess you could say it’s a little bit of a snub,” he said. “Ideally we would be speaking to him (Scudamore) directly. “But I suppose it’s good they are reaching out to a certain extent.” The Premier League had not responded to a request for a comment at the time of publication. A football fan who launched a petition calling on top-flight clubs to pay their staff the living wage has launched an attack on Richard Scudamore, claiming the Premier League chief executive has lost his grasp on reality with his comments on the matter. “The stars that grace the field in the Premier League are world stars, it’s a world market. I don’t set the market rate, it’s set by the world market.” That annoyed Joel Sharples, a Tottenham fan who has been campaigning for the introduction of a minimum living wage for employees of top-flight clubs. Sharples, in conjunction with Citizens UK – a civic alliance of more than 350 community organisations – is calling for Premier League clubs to pay their staff £7.85 per hour (£9.15 per hour in London), rather than the current minimum wage of £6.50 per hour. “Richard Scudamore’s comments showed he is very much out of touch with reality,” Sharples told Press Association Sport. “He is out of touch with the mood of fans and the population as well with regards to inequality and low pay. “When you consider that he is personally getting paid a £1.9million salary, plus a £1million bonus… That bonus would be enough to pay for most people to earn a living wage. “It would cost peanuts for clubs to introduce this.” Last Thursday Sharples set up an online petition calling on all 20 Premier League clubs to commit to paying all their staff the living wage. Press Associationlast_img read more

  • Ireland end 108-year wait for Olympic qualification

    first_img Their claim on one of the extra spots would have disappeared if New Zealand had won their continental cup ahead of Australia, who had already qualified for Rio, but the Black Sticks fell to a 3-2 defeat in Stratford. Fulton said: ” It probably hasn’t sunk in yet but we’re over the moon. It’s testament to what the guys have achieved this year on and off the field.” Craig Fulton’s side will compete in Rio next summer after their qualification was secured by Australia’s victory against New Zealand in the Oceania Cup. Ireland finished fifth in their World League semi-final in Antwerp back in July, but only the top three were guaranteed a ticket to Rio. Ireland’s men will become the first hockey team to represent the country at the Olympics since 1908.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

  • 2 officers injured in shooting at Walmart

    first_imgTwo officers are recovering in the hospital after they were shot by a gunman who opened fire at a Walmart in Arkansas.The incident was reported Monday morning at the store in Forrest City.Officials say they received a call about a man making threats in the grocery section of the store.When officers arrived the suspect, who was said to be known to police, opened fire as authorities approached him.Authorities then fired back striking, the suspect.He was pronounced dead at the scene.During a press conference Forrest City Police Chief Deon Lee identified the officers as  Lt. Eric Varner and Detective Eugene Watlington, and reported that despite the fact that neither of the officers were wearing bullet-resistant vest, they are expect to be ok.Authorities have also since publicly released the name of the suspect as Bobby Gibbs.An investigation into the incident is still pending.last_img read more

  • President Trump Announces Historic Peace Agreement Between Israel and UAE

    first_imgOn Twitter, Trump called the agreement “between our two great friends” a “huge breakthrough.”HUGE breakthrough today! Historic Peace Agreement between our two GREAT friends, Israel and the United Arab Emirates!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 13, 2020 (Washington, DC) — President Trump is touting a peace agreement between Israel and United Arab Emirates.  The first middle east peace agreement to be reaced in 25 years.President @realDonaldTrump delivers a statement from the Oval Office: “After 49 years, Israel and the United Arab Emirates will fully normalize their diplomatic relations.”— The White House (@WhiteHouse) August 13, 2020 Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Ron Dermer wrote on Twitter that this is “a great day for peace!” The announcement makes the UAE the first Gulf Arab state to establish full diplomatic ties with Israel.The UAE becomes only the third Arab country to recognize Israel’s existence, the other two are Egypt and Jordan who share a border with Israel.center_img Speaking in the Oval Office, Trump told reporters that the two countries will exchange embassies and ambassadors and “begin cooperation across the board.”He said he expected other countries to follow the UAE’s lead on this going forward. Trump added that “we are already discussing this with other nations,” noting that other agreements will probably be cemented in the near future.Joint Statement of the United States, the State of Israel, and the United Arab Emirates— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 13, 2020last_img read more