Could a divided camp threaten Italy’s World Cup chances?

first_img By Paul EddisonOf all the injuries suffered in the build-up to this World Cup, it’s hard to find one more catastrophic to his team’s chances than that of Sergio Parisse.The heartbeat of the Italian side will miss the opening encounter with France, at least, and a heavy defeat could all but end Italy’s quarter-final hopes before the competition gets into full swing.To call it a headache for head coach Jacques Brunel would be an understatement, but it’s hardly the only distraction facing the Azzurri boss.With the Italian domestic game in disarray, Brunel has seen the national team’s form dip alarmingly, and now he’s come under fire from veteran centre Mirco Bergamasco.The younger of the instantly-recognisable brothers missed out on selection for Italy‘s World Cup squad, and has since revealed that Brunel has struggled when it comes to communication with the squad.The Frenchman speaks Italian, but according to Mirco, whose older brother Mauro is appearing in his fifth World Cup, Brunel restricts himself to communicating with just four or five senior players.The absent Parisse is of course one of those, but the worry is that with the split between senior players and the rest of the squad, Italy are not making the most of their potential. Italy coach Jacques Brunel and captain Sergio Parisse (Getty Images) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Of course discord between players and coach doesn’t necessarily spell disaster, four years ago Marc Lièvremont famously invited his players out for a beer after their loss to Tonga and was stood up by the whole squad.They went onto reach the final and came within a whisker of winning the title, but it’s impossible to see Italy doing the same, especially if their talisman Parisse doesn’t come back soon.center_img Friction between players and coach Jacques Brunel could threaten to derail Italy’s hopes of making the quarter finals at the World Cup And Bergamasco admits it’s unlikely the Azzurri will make it to the last eight for the first time in their history.“To be honest, I’m not very optimistic,” Bergamasco said this week on French radio.“The squad is lacking serenity and belief. And I want to be clear: I’m not saying this because I’ve been left out of the squad.“The coach doesn’t have relations with the players, he doesn’t speak and he doesn’t communicate with them,” he added.“He has failed to create a group, both on and off the pitch. He usually only refers to four or five players and forgets the rest. And that’s not enough when there are 31 (players).“When one of these four or five players is missing, the squad loses belief and collapses.”last_img read more

Urgent action needed on #Limerick mental health service

first_imgNewsUrgent action needed on #Limerick mental health serviceBy Staff Reporter – July 7, 2016 830 LIMERICK Senator Kieran O’Donnell has called on the Minister of State for Mental Health Helen McEntee to redress previous governmental failings and do more to upgrade mental health facilities in the city and county.During last week’s Seanad debate on mental health, Senator O’Donnell highlighted the failure by the HSE to deliver the 20-bed specific mental health facility for children and adolescents at University Hospital Limerick (UHL) as recommended under the Vision for Change document a decade ago in 2006.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up And he brought to the Minister’s attention to the alarmingly high rate of deaths by suicide in Limerick.Speaking to the Limerick Post, Senator O’Donnell said that figures from the National Office for Suicide Prevention show that Limerick City had the highest suicide rate at 21 persons for every 100,000 of population between 2011 and 2013,.CSO data for 2014 showed that this had increased to 23 persons for every 100,000 of population at a time when the national average was ten.And while last year’s figures indicated a reduction to 16 persons for every 100,000 of population, it was still almost twice the national average.Senator O’Donnell said that while the figures in the City were alarming, County Limerick statistics proved incredibly worrying with the male rate of suicide increasing from 9 to 21 between 2014 and 2015.“26 deaths, 22 male and 4 female, by suicide were reported for Limerick City and County in 2015, which is a shocking figure and an increase of six on the previous year.Stating that more needed to be done in Limerick, he said he found himself attending too many suicide-related funerals in Limerick and witnessing the devastation it causes to families.“Some good work is being done under the national strategy to reduce suicide, but two further specific measures are needed to tackle mental health issues in Limerick.“I have asked Minister McEntee to progress the provision of a 20-bed specific mental health facility for children and adolescents, which was part of the recommendations in the Vision for Change document a decade ago .“It is inappropriate for children to be hospitalised in an adult ward at UHL. Child facilities are available in Cork and Galway, but parents may be unable to travel daily from Limerick and be with their children which is vital to their recovery process.“I have also asked the Minister to arrange for the establishment of a specific multi-agency task force to look into and prepare a specific report on the alarmingly high rates of deaths by suicide in Limerick and make recommendations on how to tackle this crisis”, he Daragh [email protected] Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Print Facebook Previous articleWater charge changes unlikely to fool EU – JanNext articleA world of fantasy and comics at University of Limerick Staff Reporter WhatsApp Twitter Email RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Linkedin Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Advertisement WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads TAGSfeaturedHSEKieran O’DonnelllimerickMental HealthSeanadsuicide Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live last_img read more

LISTED HERE: Broome-Tioga BOCES schools last day

first_img(WBNG) — Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, schools in our area are ending their academic year early. The following is a list of when schools are closing, the list will be updated as information becomes available: Binghamton — June 12Chenango Forks — June 19Chenango Valley — June 15Johnson City — June 12Maine-Endwell — June 12Newark Valley — June 12Owego-Apalachin Central — June 12Union-Endicott — June 12Vestal — June 12Whitney Point — June 12center_img For a list of DCMO BOCES schools, click here.last_img

ATP makes near 30% annual return on investment portfolio

first_imgSource: Christian Hyldahl, CEO, ATPWithin this, the hedging portfolio – which is invested in bond-like instruments designed to protect the pension guarantees ATP gives – shrank to DKK650.8bn from DKK658.8bn, and the investment portfolio grew to DKK117.7bn from DKK100.4bn.ATP, which uses a risk-factor approach to manage its investment portfolio, produces results that are not easily comparable to other pension funds because it is able to operate in a hedge fund-like manner, effectively borrowing from its huge hedging portfolio to generate return for the investment portfolio.Within ATP’s investment portfolio, private equity produced a return of DKK5.3bn, listed international equities contributed DKK4.9bn and Danish listed equities returned DKK4.2bn, the fund said.During 2017, ATP reduced its risk allocation to the equity ‘factor’ to 44% at the end of the year, from 50% at the end of 2016. It increased exposure to both inflation and interest-rate factors, to 15% and 31% respectively, from 9% and 25%.Hyldahl told IPE these changes had been made in order to achieve a more balanced portfolio.In 2018, ATP plans to focus on real estate acquisitions and its environmental, social and governance (ESG) policy, he said.“We are putting a lot of focus on generating good returns and continuing to add to the portfolio,” Hyldahl said. “If we find good real estate assets that can be a good investment for us over the long-term, then we will go for them, and we are also working on integrating ESG into our operation, both as an asset owner, and also by monitoring all kinds of risks in the portfolio.”The pension fund also announced its supervisory board had ramped up ATP’s long-term performance target to 11%, from 7%, to bolster the aim of maintaining the purchasing power of its pensions.This meant the target return for 2018 was equivalent to DKK12.9bn.Hyldahl said the new target was achievable over the long term but there were likely to be some individual years when it would not be reached.Of the profit the pension fund made on its investment portfolio, DKK1bn was transferred to its guarantees as a result of increased life expectancy, and DKK6.4bn went to members in the form of a 1% increase in their bonus.This led to a net profit for the year of DKK17.3bn, up from 2016’s loss of DKK649m.Although ATP said its hedging strategy was successful in 2017, with its hedging portfolio making a profit of DKK1.5bn before the effect of the break in its yield curve, the fund said hedging had resulted in a DKK1.5bn loss overall.The yield curve break refers to guarantees extending beyond 40 years being valued at a fixed rate of 3%, as opposed to shorter guarantees which are valued at market rates. On these longer guarantees, when the market rate is lower than 3% ATP takes a loss, but when it is higher, it gains. “The strong performance is due to positive contributions from virtually all asset classes, which has made it possible to increase pensions for all members, while also being able to build up our bonus potential by DKK17.3bn.”ATP’s total assets increased to DKK768.6bn at the end of 2017, from DKK759.2bn the previous year. Denmark’s largest pension fund ATP generated its best investment return for many years in 2017, with a gain of 29.5%.This translated to a DKK29.5bn (€3.96bn) gain for on its investment portfolio.The return relates to assets in ATP’s investment portfolio, which consists of the pension fund’s bonus potential – only around a seventh of its total assets. The gain was driven mainly by strong returns on equities, the pension fund said.Christian Hyldahl, ATP’s chief executive, said: “We achieved an exceptionally solid return in 2017 and generated the best investment return in many years.last_img read more

Bhagwandin wins Trophy Stall golf tournament

first_img—Persaud, eight-time Guyana Cup champion, settles for third placeMAHENDRA Bhagwandin opened his 2018 season by winning the Lusignan Golf Club’s (LGC) Trophy Stall-sponsored tournament on Saturday at the club’s facility, Lusignan, East Coast Demerara.In conditions which, according to some golfers, were very difficult, Bhagwandin registered a Gross 88 and Net 66 to cart off top honours, ahead of Pandit Ravi who scored a gross 88 and Net 70, and Guyana Cup Open eight-time champion, Avinash Persaud, who returned a Gross 70. Mike Mangal ended fourth with a Gross of 81 and Net 68.The Nearest to the Pin award went to Haresh Tiwari.LGC’s president Aleem Hussain, speaking at the simple presentation ceremony, thanked the golfers for coming out and participating in the Trophy Stall tournament, which was the first for the year, and noted that the golf season in Guyana does not start until the middle of the year, but he and his team worked to ensure that this year’s season teed off during the first month of the year and promised that there will be yet another tournament before the end of January.The club also inducted five new members, including international and popular Guyanese designer, Sonia Noel.Chief Executive Officer of MARCORP, Jorge Medina, was on hand to assist with the presentation of prizes to the respective winners.last_img read more