Oisin Murphy confirmed as champion jockey once more | Racing News

first_imgHowever, the Jim Goldie-trained eight-year-old could manage only sixth place, forcing Buick to admit defeat in his gallant pursuit of a first jockeys’ championship. Oisin Murphy will officially be crowned Britain’s champion Flat jockey for a second time at Doncaster on Saturday after William Buick’s faint hopes of lifting the crown ended at Newcastle on Friday evening.Reigning champion Murphy signed off for the season with a double at Southwell on Tuesday to take his tally for the campaign to 142, after which he headed for Kentucky to ride The Lir Jet and Kameko at the Breeders’ Cup.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –center_img Buick closed the gap to nine with a winner at Kempton on Wednesday and a double at the same venue on Thursday – but his championship ambitions were dealt a major blow after Thursday’s card was abandoned after three races due to fog, meaning Buick missed four rides.With seven booked rides on the final afternoon at Doncaster on Saturday, Buick needed to steer home at least two winners from four mounts at Newcastle to keep the title race alive.After finishing fourth aboard Mustarrid in the first race and second on Frow in division one of the seven-furlong handicap, Buick was relying on Strong Steps to win division two to make a title win mathematically possible.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Netherlands raises pension fund fines to €500,000

first_imgDutch regulator De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB) can now fine pension funds half a million euros or more if they fail to apply the prudent person principle or do not comply with management requirements.At the request of the regulator, social affairs minister Wouter Koolmees decided that the level of fines would rise from €10,000 to a “basis amount” of €500,000 as of 2019.DNB said that the maximum of €10,000 was too low given the importance of what was at stake, and that the low amount could give the impression that the violation was less serious.The watchdog fined the Pensioenfonds Vereenigde Glasfabrieken for investing “too much” in gold in 2012, while the Pensioenfonds Slagersbedrijf was also penalised as, in DNB’s opinion, it had used regular pension assets to pay early retirement arrangements. De Nederlandsche Bank’s headquarters in AmsterdamDNB has issued fines to many pension funds – including PNO Media, the pension fund for marine pilots, and the company scheme for Alcatel Lucent – for submitting their quarterly figures too late.Although the potential fine of €500,000 already applied to these violations, DNB ultimately charged Alcatel Lucent and PNO Media €5,000 and €22,500, respectively.The regulator has the discretion to increase or decrease fines by 50% depending on the seriousness of the violation, and can also double the fines in case of repeated infringement.If fines are expected to negatively affect a pension fund’s members, DNB can reduce the amount by 75%, or even fully waive the punishment if a scheme is in a particularly weak financial position.The Bavaria and GSFS pension funds also avoided €500,000 fines despite breaches. Bavaria paid €10,000 because it had illegally increased its risk exposure while it was still in recovery, while in 2017, the scheme of asset manager GSFS – a specialist in dividend arbitrage – paid a similar amount for implementing other tasks than just pensions provision.However, employer GSFS was charged with a €5,000,000 fine at the time for this infringement. Although DNB lost both cases on appeal from the pension funds, Pensioenfonds Hunter Douglas – now merged with metal scheme PME – received a €20,000 fine for violating two articles of the Netherlands’ Pensions Act.last_img read more

Heisler: Rebuilding Lakers style – hey, things have been worse

first_img Paul George, Thunder crush Lakers as fans dream of him in purple and gold Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Lakers coach Luke Walton believes his job remains safe NEXT BEST THINGSMinnesota — No. 4 in the West with Karl-Anthony Towns, 22, Andrew Wiggins, 22, and enough other prospects to trade Zach Lavine and Kris Dunn for Jimmy Butler.Milwaukee — Coach Jason Kidd prefers veterans but Giannis Antetokuonmpo, 23, the game’s best player under 25, is a one-man rebuilding program.Denver — Fighting for a playoff berth is remarkable for a low-budget operation whose team was 33-49 two seasons ago, now featuring the game’s best passing center, 22-year-old Nikola Jokic.NOT QUITE YETPhiladelphia — The 76ers slid to 5-10 last month but given good health – a question with Joel Embiid – no one has a young core as spectacular as Embiid, 23; Ben Simmons 21; Fultz, 19, and Dario Saric 23.Miami — Young as they are, they’re a tenacious Pat Riley-Erik Spoelstra Heat team, but their star, Hassan Whiteside, is 28 and a knucklehead who’s always in trade rumors. … With South Beach and Riley’s cachet, he’ll try to pull off one of his free agent coups as he did with LeBron James.Indiana — For an unhappy Paul George, the Pacers nabbed happening Victor Oladipo, 25, and Domantas Sabonis, 21, from OKC to go with shot-blocking stretch five Myles Turner, 21. They’re now doing better without PG than they did last season with him.Utah — If you’re having a lost season as they are post-Hayward, this is the kind to have as No. 13 pick Donovan Mitchell breaks out with fabulous-for-a-rookie numbers (18 points per game, shooting 44 percent, 36 percent from 3-point range).THINGS HAVE BEEN WORSELakers — This was supposed to be the season they got to 35 wins before pursuing LeBron, Paul George, et al.Instead they’re on a 25-win pace amid complaints from the players, all of whom are potentially outward-bound except Lonzo Ball, 20; Brandon Ingram, 20; Kyle Kuzma, 22, and Larry Nance, 25.As awful as their record is, their nucleus is significantly advanced over a year ago when their top prospects were immature D’Angelo Russell, limited shooter Julius Randle and the frail, not-NBA-ready Ingram.Happily – or hopefully – for them, the key isn’t accumulating more players in the draft but free agency when they find out what magic Magic Johnson is capable of.Knicks — Another painful sight for the Lakers: 7-foot-2 Kristaps Porzingis, 22, whom they could have drafted instead of Russell, emerging as a go-to guy, which the Lakers lack. It’s why they lose all those close games. … The Knicks (18-20) are doing OK for a team coming off a 32-50 season but are subject to the whims of clueless owner James Dolan. Many – including LeBron – asked why the new administration that succeeded Phil Jackson took Frank Ntilikina instead of Dennis Smith Jr.Suns — Sharpshooting Devin Booker, 21, who posted a 70-point game last season, might be the best young player this side of Antetokuonmpo, averaging a fancy 32-5-5 last month. T.J. Warren, 24, is averaging 19.7 points. … A lot depends on big, athletic, 3-point-shooting, shot-blocking intermittently-active power forward Marquese Chriss, 20.Dallas — If their only comer is Dennis Smith Jr., 20, owner Mark Cuban and GM Donnie Nelson are sharp guys capable of building from here.NOWHERE MENChicago — Dunn (22) and Lavine (23) will be a nice backcourt, but this is another weak organization under what-me-worry owner Jerry Reinsdorf, even if he lucked into six titles with Michael Jordan.Orlando — The Magic are paying for former GM Rob Hennigan’s mistakes after hiring him out of the OKC front office at 30, such as Oladipo and Tobias Harris trades with no one left from those deals. Aaron Gordon, 22, is their lone comer.Memphis — The Grizzlies are in free fall but have yet to start moving out veterans such as Marc Gasol and Mike Conley. This franchise is a good bet to be somewhere else – like Seattle – by the time it’s back in the playoffs.Atlanta — Oft-sold franchise is now down to one good young player to build around, Dennis Schroder, 24.A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWNBrooklyn — New GM Sean Marks landed inexpensive prospects Russell, 21, and Jahlil Okafor, 22, but that hardly makes up for dealing all their lottery picks since 2013.Sacramento — New owner Vivek Ranadive loved telling people how he learned the game late in life coaching his daughter’s grade school team. Now to explain how he has rebuilt the Kings for four seasons, traded DeMarcus Cousins and doesn’t have one happening prospect to show for it. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersIN A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWNBoston — No, really.Just because you’re good now doesn’t mean you’re not capable of building for a better future if everything goes just right as it has for GM Danny Ainge. The Celtics are leading the East despite losing Gordon Hayward with the best likely yet to come as elite prospects arrive annually from promising Jaylen Brown, 21, to star-in-waiting Jayson Tatum, 19, with one more lottery pick from the treasure trove that Ainge got from Brooklyn’s Bill King for 37-year-old Kevin Garnett and 36-year-old Paul Pierce in one of the biggest heists in NBA history.Related Articlescenter_img Paul George ‘wanted to go home’ to play for Lakers; his hometown hopes he still does Making it all the more painful to their former archrivals out here, Boston’s last pick from the Nets deal might be the one conveyed from the Lakers to the Suns to the 76ers in the 2012 trade for Steve Nash.One way or another, the Lakers won’t have their first-round pick in June. If it falls between Nos. 2 and 5 – an 80 percent probability as things stand – it will transfer to the 76ers and then on to the Celtics for trading their 2017 No. 1 overall pick to Philadelphia, which took Markelle Fultz, knowing they would get Tatum at No. 3.So that roar you hear every time the Lakers lose isn’t the surf, it’s Celtic fans. These are still the times that try Lakers’ souls.It’s not that they’re rebuilding, which even dynasties have to do. The problem is that it’s going so slowly, heading toward their fifth season in a row out of the playoffs. Their longest absence before had been two seasons … once … 41 years ago.Now that everyone around here has learned to be r-e-a-l-l-y patient, the question is what the Lakers will get out of this.Of course, we won’t know the answer for years but here’s how it’s going in Rebuilding Land.last_img read more

B&H Handball Players in Barrage Against Iceland

first_imgThe B&H handball team will play against Iceland in the additional qualifications (barrage) for the World Championship 2015 in Qatar, which was determined by a draw conducted by the European Handball Federation (EHF) on the last day of the Championship in Herning, Denmark.The first game in the barrage will take place on 7 or 8 June, and the rematch on 14 or 15 June in Iceland.At the World Championship in Qatar, from 17 January to 1 February 2015, there will be 24 teams, of which 13 are from Europe. Along with the hosts Qatar, World Championship Spain has secured placement, and the semi-finalists of the European Championship Croatia, Denmark and France.(Source: klix.ba)last_img read more

Cricket: Indian cricketing fraternity unites to mourn the death of Abdul Qadir

first_imgImage Courtesy: Hindustan TimesAdvertisement 19NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs2c6iWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E4w8lv( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) tbWould you ever consider trying this?😱yctwCan your students do this? 🌚c9v9Roller skating! Powered by Firework Sachin Tendulkar led the way as the Indian cricketing fraternity united to pay their tributes to the deceased Pakistan leg-spinner, Abdul Qadir. Advertisement Image Courtesy: Hindustan TimesAbdul Qadir was one of the leading leg spinners during his era and stood out from the rest of the pack with his unique style and elegance. The spinner paved the way to the next generation of Pakistani spinners such as Mushtaq Ahmed and Saqlain Mushtaq.The Master Blaster was one of the first names to pay tribute while branding the legend as one of the best spinners of his times. The duo had an eventful interaction as a 16-year-old Tendulkar had smashed Qadir for four sixes in an over in a rain-curtailed exhibition match during the youngster’s maiden tour.Advertisement Here is what Tendulkar tweeted:Fellow spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Harbhajan Singh also sent out their heartful condolences upon the unfortunate news. Here is what they had to say:Former Indian players VVS Laxman, Madan Lal and Aakash Chopra too had a few words to share regarding the flamboyant leg-spinner. Check out their tweets below:Read Also:Shane Warne has his say on who the better batsmen is between Smith and KohliSheldon Jackson calls for more transparency from selectors after being omitted constantly Advertisementlast_img read more