first_img“When will the EU learn to think longer term, and in the interest of the majority, and not the minority,” Smith said to delegates at the organisation’s annual Investment Conference in Edinburgh.Smith also said the NAPF remained concerned over the numerous European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) consultations on solvency requirements for pension schemes expected this year.However, he claimed victory for the NAPF over the delayed introduction of these requirements.“We are also concerned about the risk evaluation for pensions, and a mandatory, EU-wide, two-page benefit statement for members,” he said, referring to the level of prescription seen in the latest version of the European Commission’s IORP II Directive.“The European Commission keeps coming up with ideas that fail to address the real issues,” he said.Smith also argued that the increase in de-risking seen from UK defined benefit schemes was increasing demand for long-duration index-linked government bonds.Over the last five years, he pointed out, UK schemes have increased fixed income allocations from roughly 20% of portfolios to approximately 45%, despite low yields.“We need governments to issue more long-term index-linked debt,” he said. ”The demand is there, and it needs to be matched in supply.”The UK is to auction a 38-year, index-linked Gilt towards the end of this month.Smith also said, with an increasing number of schemes uprating pensions by the consumer prices index (CPI), the lobby group had entered discussions with the government and the Debt Management Office (DMO) over CPI-linked UK Gilts.Discussion over the concept of CPI-linked bonds has been ongoing for some time.However, speaking at an NAPF event in November, DMO chief executive Robert Stheeman said, while it would never rule out CPI-linked issuance, demand from pension funds was still “too sticky” for it to be cost effective for the UK government. The chair of the UK National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF) has criticised the regulatory bodies of the European Union, accusing them of having the wrong priorities.The lobby group’s chair, Ruston Smith, who took up his position in October last year, said a number of propositions out of Brussels and Frankfurt continued to be a source of real concern for the organisation.He said the NAPF, alongside the asset management industry and the UK government, would continue their fight against the controversial financial transaction tax (FTT), whilst conceding Brussels seemed determined to push ahead.This comes after the EU11, the name given to the 11 member states pushing for the introduction of the FTT, ramped up their attempts for implementation. last_img read more

first_imgDemola OjoAFCON 2019 hosts, the Pharaohs of Egypt, will need to get past bruised opponents DR Congo to book an early ticket to the second round of the competition.Despite sky-high optimism and enormous support, the Egyptian team only managed to edge past Zimbabwe 1-0 in the opening match in front of a vociferous crowd at the Cairo International Stadium. Superstar attacker Mohammed Salah failed to make an impact against Zimbabwe but the Champions League winner with Liverpool will be itching to deliver a noteworthy performance.Salah may play in a more advanced role against DR Congo, after he was moved from the right-hand side into the middle during the second half against Zimbabwe to little effect, but coach Javier Aguirre may prolong that experiment today.“We considered using him as a striker against Zimbabwe from the game’s start, but Salah was not in top form physically due to his long season with Liverpool, so he started in his regular post,” assistant coach Tito Garcia revealed.“Salah, with his great capacities, is capable of playing in any position and performing well.”However, the DRC are no pushovers, even though they were victims of the one true shock so far in the competition, after being convincingly beaten 2-0 by Uganda in their opening game.Captain Youssouf Mulumbu apologised to supporters for the “humiliating” defeat to a team ranked 80th in the world and previously without a win in the tournament since 1978.And head coach Florent Ibenge concedes his side now have a mountain to climb if they are to advance, as they aim to avoid back-to-back group-stage losses for the first time since the 2004 edition.“We had a bad game and deserved to lose against Uganda. Now we have to do it the hard way,” Ibenge said.“It’s going to be a very difficult game for us, but we will do our best. We will play to have the best result despite the fact Egypt are playing at home. We will not adopt a defensive method, because we want to qualify.”If the Leopards are to stand any chance, star striker Cedric Bakambu will have to fire on all cylinders. Bakambu boasted a good goal return during his time with Bursaspor and Villarreal in European football. Now scoring regularly in the Chinese Super League with Beijing Guoan, the France-born striker will be keen to get off the mark today after disappointing against Uganda.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

first_img How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Justin Turner doubled against right-hander Corey Oswalt. Manny Machado followed with an RBI double of his own, then scored when a wild pitch caromed off the backstop and toward the Mets’ dugout.Leading 7-4, Matt Kemp walked and was replaced by pinch runner Tim Locastro. Freese doubled in Locastro, then scored on a single by Kiké Hernandez. Two more runs scored on a Yasmani Grandal double before the inning was over; all but one was charged to Oswalt.The announced crowd of 46,651 at Dodger Stadium witnessed the Dodgers’ largest margin of victory since an 11-1 win over the Padres on Aug. 24.“Guys are passing the baton pretty well here,” Hill said. “We know that we can do that on any night against anybody. That’s something that’s really exciting to see. Just looking forward to more of it.”The Mets raced to an early lead against Hill (7-5). Todd Frazier led off the second inning with a single. Jay Bruce saw a slow curveball over the middle of the plate and hit an opposite-field home run that snuck out over the right field fence.After letting out a few primal screams between innings, Hill repeated his transgression. Wilmer Flores singled, then Michael Conforto saw a slow curveball over the middle and launched a home run halfway up the right field bleachers.“The one Bruce hit out kind of hung there,” Hill said. “The other one, I didn’t really finish either. It’s just a matter of finishing the pitches.”The Dodgers hadn’t scored four runs since last Tuesday’s win over the Texas Rangers. Trailing 4-0, they picked a good time to snap the streak.The comeback began at the bottom of the lineup. Mets starter Jason Vargas (5-9) got ahead of Chris Taylor 0-and-2, but the Dodgers’ number-7 hitter rallied to draw a walk. Barnes got a 3-and-1 fastball over the plate, extended his arms, and launched a home run into the left field bleachers. It was Barnes’ second home run of the season and his first since May 3.“It’s a frustrating little funk I’ve been in,” Barnes said. “Not really little. It was nice to contribute. Felt good for sure.”Down 4-2, the Dodgers weren’t done.Freese led off the fourth inning with his first home run as a Dodger. Hernandez singled and went to third base on a gap double by Taylor. Vargas got Barnes to hit a routine ground ball to the third baseman Frazier, who bobbled the baseball. Hernandez scored on the error and the score was tied 4-4.Barnes advanced to second base on a failed safety squeeze by Hill, then alertly stole third base on the first pitch from reliever Tyler Bashlor. When Brian Dozier legged out a potential double-play groundout, Barnes trotted home from third with the go-ahead run.Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error PreviousLos Angeles Dodgers. Manny Machado (8) scores on a New York Mets wild pitch in the seventh inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, Sept. 04, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Rich Hill throws to the plate against the New York Mets in the first inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, Sept. 04, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsNew York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas throws to the plate against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the first inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, Sept. 04, 2018 in Los Angeles. 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(Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)New York Mets’ Michael Conforto rounds third bae after hitting a two run home run off Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Rich Hill (44) in the third inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, Sept. 04, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)New York Mets’ Michael Conforto (30) high fives teammate Wilmer Flores after hitting a two run home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the third inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, Sept. 04, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)New York Mets’ Michael Conforto smiles in the dugout after hitting a two run home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the third inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, Sept. 04, 2018 in Los Angeles. 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(Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Austin Barnes (15) high fives teammate Justin Turner (10) after hitting a two run home run against the New York Mets in the third inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, Sept. 04, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Brian Dozier hits ground ball and is safe at first base on a fielders choice against the New York Mets in the third inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, Sept. 04, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard smiles in the dugout against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the third inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, Sept. 04, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Manny Machado singles against the New York Mets in the third inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, Sept. 04, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas (40) speaks with a coach and catcher Kevin Plawecki in the third inning of a Major League Baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, Sept. 04, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 04: David Freese #25 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates his solo homerun, to trail 4-3 to the New York Mets, with manager Dave Roberts #30 and bench coach Bob Geren #16 during the fourth inning at Dodger Stadium on September 4, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers. 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(Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 04: David Freese #25 of the Los Angeles Dodgers is hit by a pitch during the fifth inning against the New York Mets at Dodger Stadium on September 4, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario throws out Los Angeles Dodgers’ Enrique Hernandez (not pictured) in the fifth inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, Sept. 04, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner watches his double against the New York Mets in the seventh inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, Sept. 04, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Manny Machado hits a RBI watches his double as teammate Justin Turner (not pictured) against the New York Mets in the seventh inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, Sept. 04, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Manny Machado watches his RBI watches his double as teammate Justin Turner (not pictured) against the New York Mets in the seventh inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, Sept. 04, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas delivers a pitch to Los Angeles Dodgers batter during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/John McCoy)New York Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo cannot catch a ball that went for a double by Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner during the seventh inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/John McCoy)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Chris Taylor is tagged out at home plate by New York Mets’ Kevin Plawecki during the fourth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/John McCoy)Former Bishop Amat pitcher and current New York Mets pitcher Daniel Zamora in the sixth inning of a Major League Baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, Sept.. 04, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Dodgers relief pitcher Pat Venditte throws to home plate during the ninth inning of their 11-4 victory over the Mets on Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium. 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(Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)ExpandLOS ANGELES — In a career spanning three presidential administrations, Rich Hill had never allowed four runs in a game he won. The Dodgers hadn’t scored four runs in a week.Both streaks ended Tuesday night in a rare spasm of offense. A six-run seventh inning turned a close game into a laugher, and the Dodgers beat the Mets 11-4 to keep pace with their rivals in the National League West.The Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks both won earlier in the day Tuesday. At 76-63, the Dodgers trail the Rockies (76-62) by a half-game for the division lead. The Diamondbacks (75-64) remain close on their heels.The Dodgers trail the St. Louis Cardinals (77-62) by one game for the NL’s second wild-card berth. Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Barnes’ three RBIs were a season high. Despite his .203 batting average when the day began, the Dodgers’ front office chose not to replace him with a better-hitting alternative to Yasmani Grandal at the trade deadline. Roberts said that he didn’t waver in penciling Barnes into the lineup because of his value as a catcher – framing strikes, working with a pitching staff, calling pitches.“You’re responsible for 150 pitches or whatever a night,” Roberts said. “You could argue that’s more impactful than three at-bats. He’s never let his defense go by the wayside. That’s a credit to (Barnes).”Hill salvaged his final line by pitching perfect fifth and sixth innings. He allowed seven hits and four runs, both of which scored on the homers. The left-hander walked one batter and struck out eight.In 266 career games prior to Tuesday (138 starts), Hill had never allowed more than three runs in a victory.Pedro Baez, Zac Rosscup and Pat Venditte closed out the victory with a scoreless inning of relief. Venditte set down the Mets in order in the ninth inning after right-hander Josh Fields loaded the bases without recording an out.center_img Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Sign up for our Inside the Dodgers newsletter. Be the best Dodger fan you can be by getting daily intel on your favorite team. Subscribe here.“I think we all know what we’re capable of as a team,” Dodgers catcher Austin Barnes said. “To finally put some good games together, some hard-fought wins, and put a big offensive night on the board tonight was big.”Barnes could be forgiven for forgetting his own capabilities. The Dodgers’ starting catcher during their run to the World Series last autumn, Barnes is hitting just .207 in his second full season as Yasmani Grandal’s backup.Tuesday, he and David Freese hit home runs as the Dodgers’ starting 5-8 hitters went 7 for 13 with a walk.Freese also doubled in his second start as a Dodger. Playing first base, he acrobatically caught a long throw from shortstop Manny Machado and tagged out a baserunner for the final out in the seventh inning, preventing a run from scoring. At that point, the Dodgers led 5-4. The win was anything but inevitable.Then the Dodgers unloaded. Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies last_img read more