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APG: Dutch pension fund giants seek co-operation on admin

first_imgThe five largest pension funds in the Netherlands are seeking co-operation on pensions provision, according to APG, the asset manager and pensions provider for the €420bn civil service scheme ABP.In its 2019 annual report, it said that ABP was carrying out a joint investigation with “two other providers” into the options of cost reduction through a co-operation on pensions provision.In addition to ABP, APG also serves BpfBouw, the €63bn pension fund for the building sector.The metal pension funds PME (€52bn) and PMT (€80.3bn), which are served by MN, and the PGGM-managed €218bn healthcare scheme PFZW are also looking to join forces. APG added that any co-operation would be subject to the individual schemes keeping their individual criteria. It also said the pension funds involved expected to take the first concrete steps this year.The five pension funds have combined assets of €833bn, and represent 8.7 million of Dutch workers and pensioners.APG reported administration costs of €67.30 on average for its eight pension fund clients, a drop of €2.10 relative to 2018.The pensions provider said it also aimed for cost cuts and improved efficiency by attracting new clients, adding that growth would also boost the potential for innovation and synergy.It highlighted that it wanted to add more than 100 professionals to its asset management operations, and that half of them would be allocated to its investment teams in Hong Kong and New York.last_img read more

Hendra home sells under hammer for 18 times what it was bought for in 1984

first_imgThe home at 12 Rous St, Hendra, sold for $900,000 at auction.Ray White Albion’s Jon Finney said the vendors inherited the home at 12 Rous St, Hendra from their mother, who paid $50,0000 for it in 1984, according to CoreLogic data. Bidding at the property also started at $650,000 and Mr Finney said it “progressed very quickly in $50,000 leaps” before gavel was stuck down at $900,000. “It was sold to a young couple who will renovate,” Mr Finney said.“He’s a young builder (and) it will no doubt turn into something special.” It sits on a massive 911sq m block.They then rose in $100,000 increments until reaching the $3,500,000 mark, when two more bids of $50,000 were made and bidding stalled.After consultation with the vendor, the home sold under the hammer for $3,700,000. The home at 12 Rous St, Hendra, sold for 18 times what it was bought for in the 80s.A HOME in Brisbane’s north has sold at auction yesterday for a staggering 18 times what it was purchased for in 1984.About 50 people watched on as bidders battled it out for the 88-year-old Queenslander yesterday morning. One of the bedrooms at 42 Beeston St, Teneriffe.Mr Lancashire said the new owners were a family who had only viewed the property two days prior to auction.“They are a beautiful, young, professional family who are local,” Mr Lancashire said.“They were looking at the potential of renovating their current home, but as they’re both busy professionals they found this property had a lot of the things they wanted and moved heaven and earth to make it happen.”Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 10:02Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -10:02 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p270p270p180p180pAutoA, 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 Rate1xFullscreenJune, 2018: Liz Tilley talks prestige property10:02center_img With a lick of paint, the home at 12 Rous St will be as good as new.Mr Finney said the home had once belonged to horse trainer Doug Bougoure, who had a stable out the back and housed his jockey’s in the property.More from newsNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Parks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus17 hours ago“I’m told by the owner’s daughter that her mum was a keen horse woman, so I can imagine she would have been very happy to have lived here,” Mr Finney said. The home at 42 Beeston St, Teneriffe, sold for $3,700,000.Meanwhile at Teneriffe, two bidders battled for the contemporary home at 42 Beeston St.The property was rare for inner-city Brisbane as it sat on a massive 911sq m block, which backed onto Teneriffe Park.Ray White New Farm principal Matt Lancashire said about 35 spectators turned out to watch the action, with two of the three registered bidders participating in active bidding.Bidding opened at a staggering $3,000,000 for the two-level residence, which had an internal area of 524sq m.last_img read more

This is the hottest home going to auction in QLD this weekend

first_imgThe main bedroom. No such thing as not having a thing to wear in this closet. 236 Mountain View Rd, Maleny, goes to auction on site at 11am on Sunday.A RICHLISTER property with a bathroom the size of most apartments is the hottest property going under the hammer in Queensland this weekend, according to REA data. The equestrian property at 236 Mountain View Road, Maleny, was the most viewed property on this weekend’s auction list.Owned by millionaire bookie Dean Shannon, who’s the former chief executive of Ladbroke’s and now managing director of gambling site Ned’s, the home called Montana Park has sparked significant interest. As part of the renovations by Mr Shannon a lavish 260 sqm Versace-style master suite with his and hers ensuites was added — bigger than most apartments in the city.Among those who inspected the home was Kerry Higgins, mother of Chelsea Higgins who represented Australia at the World Equestrian Games and has been Queensland Para Equestrian of the Year several times. A horse lover’s dream location without a doubt. His real estate agent Lew Pottinger of Ray White Buderim, who’s marketing the property with colleague Nathan Nicholl, expected a range of interested parties linked to equestrian pursuits at the auction on Sunday. Mr Shannon poured millions into perfecting the equestrian estate. Old and new go under the gavel this weekend Slice of Paddington set for auction Winter feast for property buyers Mr Shannon had bought the property in 2010 for $7m and proceeded to pour significant funds into turning it into his forever home and a state-of-the-art equestrian complex.“We more than doubled the size of the original residence to over 1,800 sqm as well as covering one of the two 70m x 30m showjumping arenas, significantly improved all staff and guest accommodation in the already sizeable stable complex and enhanced the landscaping of the over 42 hectares of lush Maleny pasture,” Mr Shannon said. Not a bad view after a long day.center_img The sprawling property was expected to see five or six registered parties at auction this weekend. She said the possibilities were “endless”.Montana Park goes under the hammer on site at 11am on Sunday, July 29. Most viewed properties going to auction this weekend: 236 Mountain View Road, Maleny 18 Philp Street, Hermit Park 42 Exeter Street, Ashgrove 148 Oates Avenue, Holland Park 50 Macrossan Avenue, Norman Park 125 Fortescue Street, Spring Hill 59 Carmody Road, St Lucia 22/36 Vernon Terrace, Teneriffe 42 Rockbourne Terrace, Paddington 8 Kent Road, Wooloowin. (Source: “We have fallen in love with Montana Park ― this really is a magical property which appeals to us on so many levels. The owners have really considered every possibility and have spared no expense in creating an equestrian complex at international standards. I see the potential to host competitions, judges’ seminars, auctions and training workshops at Montana Park while still having more than enough space for Chelsea to train and breed her horses.” Lack of space is most definitely not an issue. “At this point we have five or six parties indicating they will register on the day with the intention of purchasing Montana Park,” Mr Pottinger said.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus17 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market17 hours ago“They represent a diverse range of equestrian pursuits including show jumping, dressage, breeding and racing.” “We have a true passion for horses in our family and have bred and raised many horses at Montana Park as well as spelling our own race horses there. We wanted to create a luxury home with an equestrian complex which not only met our personal needs but also gave us the ability to pursue our equestrian business interests. We therefore invested in the instructor’s suite and three guest bedrooms, two bathrooms and two kitchens in the stable complex in addition to all the equestrian facilities that were already there.”last_img read more

Historic Sandgate house linked to cannons and corned beef

first_imgThis historic Woodford House at Sandgate is for sale.A HOME built for one of Sandgate’s pioneering families is looking for its third owner in more than a century after being passed in at auction on the weekend.The 109-year old Queenslander at 2 Rainbow St, Sandgate, was built for Bill Verney, a well-known trader in the early 1900s.His granddaughter, Pam Verney, is president of the Sandgate Historical Society and has written about the legend of her grandfather. How Brisbane homes are getting smarter MORE REAL ESTATE STORIES Pam Verney was raised at Woodford House and said her grandfather was a character. Sandgate Historical Society president, Pam Verney. Picture: Chris Higgins.“He was a little man but he was a wheeler and dealer,” she said. A painting of Woodford House on the cover of Pam Verney’s written history: A Collection of Verney Street Memories, which she wrote in December, 2000.In her written history she recalls how her grandfather became very good friends with the manager of the Nambour Sugar Mill who was a racing man. Race winnings were used by Mr Verney to buy timber to build cottages around Sandgate.He also built the Billiard Room at 73 Rainbow Street which has also been listed for sale and is currently under contract.“My father was born on the veranda of our house,” Pam Verney said. “Sandgate was well known for its maternity hospital and midwives so someone probably came to the house.” The main bedroom.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus11 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market11 hours agoIn 2003 the Verney family sold the property to Scott and Vanessa Naumann.Mr Naumann said it had been a privilege to raise his own family here as the second owner of the property.“Having worked on Queenslanders all my life, it was great to have one of my own”He said the three-bedroom cottage with 3.2m ceilings and an original shed would be perfect for someone who valued old-school workmanship and history. This piece of Sandgate history is for sale.“Not just its history but their own history,” he said. “If you look into that old shed, it’s a blank canvas, it’s like a second dwelling that’s half the size of the home.”The veranda extends around two sides of the home and an inground swimming pool has been added. The new outdoor area and inground swimming pool.There is a spacious master bedroom with a two-way bathroom.A large kitchen with plenty of storage leads to the dining and lounge area. The restored kitchen has modern appliances and ample storage space.“We never wanted to build in underneath, we put in timber stumps around the outside and kept its character. We’ve done up the kitchen and the bathroom and kept that old look.”Catherine O’Keefe of Ray White Redcliffe is selling the property. “Kids came to him to get fish hooks out, and they (the kids now older!) tell the story of the cannon Bill Verney used to threaten to fire,” she wrote in her collection of memories of Verney Street. “The story is told that someone knew it was fired once, and ‘he’ would fire it so they used to go the long way home from school to avoid the cannon.”The building materials used in the house tell other stories. The house at 2 Rainbow Street, Sandgate which Bill and Lillie Verney lived in.Mr Verney had Woodford House at Sandgate built as his family home in 1910. The restored bathroom.The one-inch thick coloured glass window on the front doors was recycled from a glass topped barrel used by Queensland Meat Exporters to send corned beef to an exhibition in England.Mr Verney had it silvered and printed with the words ‘Woodford House’. Original stained glass and the coloured glass window.The name came from the Woodford Saw Mill, one of the local mills used to source timber for the home. Mr Verney bought the saw mill and named his house in its honour.last_img read more

TV advertising – parents’ fears

first_imgThe New Zealand Herald July 4 2013Sixty per cent of parents of Kiwi preschoolers are concerned at the amount of TV advertising targeting their children, a study has found.This is despite strict rules which bar advertising during peak viewing times for preschoolers on free-to-air channels.The Otago University survey of 160 Dunedin parents found 96 per cent restrict their preschoolers’ TV viewing, and 60 per cent were concerned about their children watching advertising.Worries included fears that advertising encouraged materialism, pressured parents to buy products, promoted values at odds with family values and was unethical because young children could not distinguish fact from fiction.Study author Dr Leah Watkins said the research was the first in New Zealand to investigate TV marketing aimed at preschool-aged children.Overseas studies have shown that children as young as 3 can identify popular brands. read more

Too much jogging is ‘unhealthy’

first_img Tweet National guidelines suggest exercising for 150 minutes a weekToo much jogging may be as bad for you as not putting on your running shoes at all, a report in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology says.Scientists studied more than 1,000 healthy joggers and non-joggers over a 12-year period.Those who jogged at a steady pace for less than two and a half hours a week were least likely to die in this time.But those who ran more than four hours a week or did no exercise had the highest death rates.‘Upper limit’Analysing questionnaires filled out by all the people in the Danish study, scientists concluded the ideal pace was about 5mph (8km/h) and that it was best to jog no more than three times a week or for 2.5 hours in total.People who jogged more intensively – particularly those who jogged more than three times a week or at a pace of more than 7mph – were as likely to die as those who did no exercise.Researcher Jacob Louis Marott, from the Frederiksberg Hospital in Copenhagen, said: “You don’t actually have to do that much to have a good impact on your health.“And perhaps you shouldn’t actually do too much.“No exercise recommendations across the globe mention an upper limit for safe exercise, but perhaps there is one.”Scientists are not yet sure what is behind this trend – but they say changes to the heart during extreme exercise could contribute.‘Brisk walking’In their report, they suggest: “Long-term strenuous endurance exercise may induce pathological structural remodelling of the heart and arteries.”Maureen Talbot, senior cardiac nurse at the British Heart Foundation, said: “This study shows that you don’t have to run marathons to keep your heart healthy.“Light and moderate jogging was found to be more beneficial than being inactive or undertaking strenuous jogging, possibly adding years to your life.“National guidelines recommend we do 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity a week.“It may sound like a lot, but even brisk walking is good exercise. And if you’re bit of a couch potato, this is a good place to start.” 199 Views   no discussions Share Sharing is caring!center_img Share Share HealthLifestyle Too much jogging is ‘unhealthy’ by: BBC News – February 3, 2015last_img read more

Lawrence “Larry” Damon

first_imgLawrence “Larry” Damon 80, of Milan, formerly of Dillsboro passed away Friday, July 6, 2018 at Ripley Crossing. Larry was born Saturday, January 15, 1938, the son of Ervin and Thelma (Richardson) Damon. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge F&AM #151 and American Legion Post #452.  He was a 1954 Dillsboro High School graduate.  Larry worked at Monsanto for 42 years as a fork lift operator. He enjoyed Jeep racing- Gravel Rama and spending time with his family.Larry is survived by son: Mike Damon of Northfield, Ohio; Daughters: Tammy (Scott) Bowling of Sharonville; Joyce Engel of Dillsboro. 5 Grandchildren, 5 Great-Grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister: Judy Goodman.Funeral services will be held at 12 Noon Monday July 9, 2018 at Filter-DeVries-Moore Funeral Home with Allen Goodwin officiating. Burial will follow in Oakdale Cemetery, Dillsboro. Visitation will be 10-11:45 a.m. Monday, July 9 also at the funeral home. Masonic Service will also be Monday 11:45 a.m. until time of service.  Memorials may be made in his memory to the Dillsboro Life Squad or Dillsboro Fire Department. Filter-DeVries-Moore Funeral Home of Dillsboro is entrusted with arrangements; 12887 Lenover Street Box 146 Dillsboro, IN 47018, (812)432-5480. You may go to filter-devries-moorefuneralhome to leave an online condolence message for the family.last_img read more

Niles dominates Laparkan Holdings 35-lap feature cycle race

first_imgVETERAN cyclist Junior Niles continued his dominance of cycling on the local scene when he won the feature 35-lap race of the 12th annual Laparkan Holdings sponsored 11-race cycle programme which was organised by cycling coach Hassan Mohammed,and staged around the outer circuit of the National Park yesterday.Niles, who along with Mark Harris, Brighton John and Paul Cho-Wee-Nam,broke from the group after two laps and established a sizeable lead.However,after the 20th lap, John dropped back while Harris, Cho-Wee-Nam and Niles continued to lead.John,before being outpaced, had captured one of the eight prime prizes that were up on offer for the eventWith six laps remaining in the fast-paced event, Cho-Wee-Nam, Harris and Niles were mixed with the stragglers and stayed with them until there were two laps remaining.They then surged ahead of the chasing pack and while heading for the finish, Niles outsprinted his rivals and was never really challenged.Harris,who finished second and Cho-Wee-Nam who settled for third,both put in creditable performances.Niles,who won one of the prime prizes,clocked one hour,18 minutes and 53.81 seconds in winning the race.Cho-Wee-Nam and Harris won two prime prizes each.In the race for the other top three places, Hamzah Eastman outsprinted Shaquille Agard to take fourth.Agard finished in fifth while Kemuel Moses came sixth.In other results from the day’s activity, John was the first to cross the finish line in the 10-lap race for juveniles. Second was Jaheel Jackson while finishing third was Raphael Leung.The three-lap race for mountain bikers was won by Oziah McAulley,ahead of Stephon Gobin, while John Niles won the two-lap race for BMX boys and Girls 6-9 years old.Jeremiah Harrison was the winner of the BMX boys three-lap race. Second was Shay Sue-Hang and finishing third was Zab James.Theran Garbarran won the three-lap race for boys and girls 12-14 years old, while Kennard Lovell was the winner of the five-lap race for veterans over 50 years of age. Second was Linden Blackman.Lennox Jackman won the five-lap race for veterans under 50 years of age,ahead of Junior Niles and ralph Williams,respectively.Prior to making the presentation of prizes to the respective winners, Human Resources Manager of Laparkan Holdings Limited,Lynette Shiwlochan,thanked cycling coach Hassan Mohamed for organizing the event and also congratulated the participants.Shiwlochan,who has been the company’s Human Resources manager for the past three years, expressed Laparkhan’s commitment to sponsoring the programme for years to come.Mohamed thanked the company for staying on board and noted that all the participants were winners, even though some may not have secured podium places.last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgHart’s 2nd straight shutout leads Flyers to 2-0 Game 4 winTORONTO (AP) — Carter Hart stopped 29 shots for his second straight shutout, Michael Raffl and Phil Myers each scored and the Philadelphia Flyers beat the Montreal Canadiens 2-0 on Tuesday to take a 3-1 lead in their Eastern Conference playoff series. The top-seeded Flyers can wrap up the series in Game 5 on Wednesday. The Flyers haven’t advanced to the second round of the playoffs since 2012, made the Stanley Cup Final since 2010 or won it all since 1975.NHL NEWS-OBIT-HAWERCHUKHockey Hall of Famer Dale Hawerchuk dies of cancer at 57UNDATED (AP) — Dale Hawerchuk, a hockey phenom who became the face of the Winnipeg Jets en route to the Hall of Fame, has died at the age of 57 after a battle with cancer. The Ontario Hockey League’s Barrie Colts, a team Hawerchuk coached, confirmed the death on Twitter on Tuesday. A teenage star, Hawerchuk was drafted first overall by the Jets in 1981. He went on to play nine seasons in Winnipeg and five in Buffalo before finishing up his distinguished 16-year NHL career with stints in St. Louis and Philadelphia. Update on the latest sports Associated Press Terrence Ross scored 18 points, Gary Clark added 15 and D.J. Augustin had 11 points and 11 assists for the eighth-seeded Magic, who took a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven series. Giannis Antetokounmpo finished with 31 points, 17 rebounds and seven assists for Milwaukee, but was held without a field goal over the final 11 minutes.The Bucks came into the postseason as the favorites to win their first NBA title since 1971 despite finishing 3-5 in seeding games. But their sluggish play in the NBA bubble at Disney World carried over into the postseason.In other Tuesday lineups:—Miami and Indiana are facing off as well. The last time they met in the postseason, a trip to the NBA Finals was on the line and both franchises were clear championship contenders in the 2014 East finals.That’s followed by another 4-5 matchup with the Houston Rockets taking on the Oklahoma City Thunder. The trade of Russell Westbrook to Houston last summer for Chris Paul and multiple first-round picks was thought to signal a rebuild in Oklahoma City. Instead, Paul had a terrific season in leading the Thunder to the same record as the Rockets, who don’t know when Westbrook will be available because of a right quadriceps injury. August 18, 2020 Portland and the L.A. Lakers finish the night’s action. In NBA news:— The Celtics say forward Gordon Hayward will be sidelined for around four weeks after suffering a severe ankle sprain in Boston’s Game 1 victory over Philadelphia in their first-round playoff series. With him out, it could mean a shift to a three-guard lineup and more minutes for Marcus Smart.— Utah guard Mike Conley has returned to Walt Disney World after the birth of his son and will go through a quarantine period before joining the Jazz for their playoff series against Denver. Conley is subject to a quarantine of at least four days in accordance with the NBA’s COVID-19 policies. He is expected to miss Game 2 but possibly could be back for Game 3. NHL-PLAYOFFS ‘Social distance ambassadors’ to monitor players at US OpenNEW YORK (AP) — Forty “social distance ambassadors” will monitor the U.S. Open grounds to make sure players and others are avoiding close contact and wearing face coverings — the U.S. Tennis Association bought 500,000 masks to distribute — as part of efforts to avoid a coronavirus outbreak during the fan-free Grand Slam tournament.The USTA announced Tuesday that one person, who is not a player, turned up positive for COVID-19 out of 1,400 tests administered in the controlled environment set up for the U.S. Open and another tennis tournament preceding it at the same site in New York.center_img In other NHL news: — Vladimir Tarasenko is out for the rest of the St. Louis Blues’ first-round series against the Vancouver Canucks after aggravating his surgically repaired left shoulder. The team says the 28-year-old winger returned to St. Louis to have the shoulder looked at by team doctors and will update his status.MLB-NEWS-REDS-ROYALS POSTPONEDReds, Royals postponed for testingKANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) —The Reds and Royals were supposed to begin a two-game series in Kansas City on Tuesday night, but Major League Baseball decided to postpone the game to give Cincinnati more time for testing. Now, the clubs will play a doubleheader Wednesday with the first seven-inning game taking place at 4:05 p.m. CDT and the second about 30 minutes after the first game ends. Matt Harvey will start Game 2 for the Royals in his return to the mound after more than a year. In other MLB news:— Rangers manager Chris Woodard is serving a one-game suspension during Tuesday’s game against the Padres a day after Texas reliever Ian Gibaut (gee-BOHT’) threw behind San Diego hitter Manny Machado following a grand slam. Gibaut was suspended by Major League Baseball for three games, appealed the suspension and was active for Tuesday’s game.—Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona will miss his team’s three-game series with the Pirates, which begins Tuesday night. General manager Mike Chernoff said Francona will have a scheduled procedure to address a gastrointestinal issue. Francona also sat out seven games from Aug. 3-9 because of the ailment. NFL NEWS No fans at Titans opener; Chiefs OK season tickets holders at 2 practicesUNDATED (AP) — The Tennessee Titans won’t have fans at their home opener on Sept. 20 against Jacksonville because of the coronavirus pandemic. Nashville Mayor John Cooper and the Titans announced the decision Tuesday. Nashville’s Major League Soccer team also won’t have any fans at home games in September.Going the other direction, the Kansas City Chiefs will allow up to 2,000 season ticket holders to attend training camp on Saturday, making them the first NFL team to allow fans since the coronavirus pandemic dramatically altered the way teams are preparing for the season. The team also said that up to 5,000 season ticket holders will be allowed at practice on Aug. 29, when the franchise plans to raise a new Super Bowl championship flag over the west end zone.In other NFL news:— Ezekiel Elliott is back in training camp with the Dallas Cowboys after missing all of the preseason last year holding out for a new contract. The star running back had to recover from COVID-19 during the NFL’s coronavirus shutdown. — Arizona Cardinals cornerback Robert Alford will likely miss a second straight season because of an injury suffered during the preseason. Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury confirmed on Tuesday that Alford will miss four to six months. — Browns Pro Bowl running back Nick Chubb has been placed in concussion protocol after he got hurt during the team’s first fully padded practice. Chubb, who finished second in the NFL last season with 1,494 yards, was taken down during Monday’s workout with a high tackle by second-year linebacker Mack Wilson. — New York Jets wide receiver Vyncint Smith had surgery to repair a core muscle injury and could be sidelined up to two months. Coach Adam Gase confirmed the procedure and prognosis and said Smith will likely miss five to eight weeks. —The Minnesota Vikings have signed former Cincinnati linebacker Hardy Nickerson for depth. Nickerson played three seasons for the Bengals, appearing in 37 games with nine starts. He was undrafted in 2017 out of Illinois, where he played his final year of college after transferring from California. Nickerson’s father, Hardy Nickerson Sr., was a five-time Pro Bowl linebacker for Tampa Bay in the 1990s.US-OPEN-CORONAVIRUS Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA PLAYOFFSVucevic, Magic upset top-seeded Bucks in Game 1, 122-110LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Nikola Vucevic (NEE’-koh-lah VOOCH’-uh-vihch) scored a playoff career-high 35 points and had 14 rebounds, and the Orlando Magic stunned the top-seeded Milwaukee Bucks 122-110 on Tuesday in the playoff opener of the NBA’s pandemic-altered season.last_img read more

FIFA Rankings: Eagles End 2016 as Africa’s 8th Best Team

first_imgNigeria has dropped one place in the latest December rankings released by the world football governing body, FIFA yesterday.The Super Eagles are now placed eighth in Africa and 51st in the world after 616 ranking points.It means that Nigeria will finish 2016 as one of Africa’s top 10 national sides despite its failure to qualify for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations which will take place in Gabon. Nigeria’s best placing in the month FIFA rankings was fifth, a position attained in 1994 following an impressive display at its debut World Cup appearance that year in the United States.Meanwhile, Senegal ended the year as the highest ranked African national team, edging Cup of Nations title-holders the Ivory Coast for top spot.Tunisia, Egypt, Algeria, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Ghana and Morocco complete the top 10 compiled by FIFA.All the countries except Nigeria will be among the 16 challengers for the Cup of Nations title when Gabon stages the 2017 tournament between January 14 and February 5.Another four qualified teams – Mali, Cameroon, giant-killers Guinea-Bissau and Uganda – are among the top 20 ranked teams.Gabon-bound Togo and Zimbabwe and the host nation fall outside the elite, but should not be underestimated when the biennial African Cup kicks off in Libreville.A Senegal side packed with Europe-based professionals, including Sadio Mane of Liverpool and Keita Balde of Lazio, completed their Cup of Nations qualifiers with a perfect six-win record.But after a routine win over Cape Verde at the start of the 2018 World Cup qualifiers, they fell 2-1 to South Africa, who scored from a penalty that should not have been awarded.Brazil, Germany, Chile and Belgium make up the top four in descending orderAFRICA’S TOP TEN(World ranking in brackets)1. Senegal (33)2. Ivory Coast (34)3. Tunisia (35)4. Egypt (36)5. Algeria (38)6. DR Congo (48)7. Burkina Faso (50)8. Nigeria (51)9. Ghana (53)10. Morocco (57)Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more