Yonder Mountain String Band have announced their Fall Tour dates. Starting on October 5th at the WorkPlay Theatre in Birmingham, AL, the jam-grass outfit will hit venues such as The 9:30 Club in Washington, DC, The Ardmore Music Hall in Philadelphia, PA, First Avenue in Minneapolis, MN, and The Higher Ground in Burlington, VT before wrapping things up at The Waiting Room in Omaha, NE on October 20th. The band will be supported by Fruition, Billy Strings, and Pert Near Sandstone on select dates throughout the run.See below for full details on all of the upcoming Yonder Mountain String Band fall tour dates.October 5th – Birmingham, AL – Workplay TheaterOctober 6th – Augusta, GA – Jessye Norman AmphitheateOctober 7th – Corolla, NC – Mustang Music FestivalOctober 8th – Charlotte, NC – US National Whitewater CenterOctober 9th – Boone, NC – Appalachian State LegendsOcotober 12th – Roanoke, VA – Jefferson CenterOctober 13th – Morgantown, WV – Mainstage MorgantownOctober 14th – Charlottesville, VA – The Jefferson TheaterOctober 15th – Washington, DC – 9:30 ClubOctober 16th – Ardmore, PA – The Ardmore Music HallOctober 19th-20th – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn BowlOctober 21st – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock ClubOctober 22 – South Burlington, VT – Higher Ground BallroomOctober 23 – Portland, ME – Port City Music HallOctober 26 – Ann Arbor, MI – The Ark.October 27 – Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall BallroomOctober 28th – Minneapolis, MN – First AvenueOctober 29th – Chicago, IL – House of Blues ChicagoOctober 30th – Omaha, NE – The Waiting Room
“The pension companies have had price losses on a number of financial assets this year, and so we are now launching an investigation to get an overview of how the firms have secured a continuous valuation at fair value of their alternative investments,” he said.Back in March at the beginning of the Danish lockdown, the FSA made pension funds step up financial reporting in order to monitor developments in the sector, asking for information about solvency coverage on a weekly basis, including financial stress tests carried out by the firms.At the end of March, Danica Pension received a number of official orders from the watchdog to improve the continuous valuations of parts of its alternatives portfolio, among other areas.Many Danish pension funds have been lifting their allocations to alternatives in recent years in a bid to diversify their asset mixes as well as secure long-term secure income streams as long bond yields shrank.To read the digital edition of IPE’s latest magazine click here. The Danish FSA (Finanstilsynet) said it is launching an investigation into the pension sector’s ongoing valuation of alternative investments, with the funds having suffered investment losses in other asset classes so far this year because of the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.The financial watchdog called on the country’s pension funds to explain their valuation methods regarding real estate, private equity, infrastructure and illiquid credit investments, in a new probe it it said it was initiating due to recent large fluctuations in markets.Carsten Brogaard, deputy director at the FSA, said: “It is important for the individual pension saver that the firms have processes and methods that ensure that the companies have fair ongoing valuations.”Continuous reporting was a prerequisite for proper risk management within investment, he said, and would help avoid the risk of redistribution of assets between customers, for example when they entered and left the pension schemes, or when there was trading between customers within a company.
Written By COMMENT Last Updated: 11th December, 2019 13:41 IST MLB Trade Rumours: Gerrit Cole Deal Could Have Domino Effect On Other Free Agent Moves MLB trade rumours – Record-breaking deals in MLB could have adverse effects on the futures of free agents Josh Donaldson and Anthony Rendon Just two days after Stephen Strasburg’s record deal with the Washington Nationals was announced, the Yankee decided to trump the Strasburg offer with a mammoth one of their own, albeit for another MLB superstar. Gerrit Cole is the man in question. The pitcher has reportedly signed with the New York Yankees in a record $324 million deal. With the top two free agents – Anthony Rendon and Josh Donaldson – still undecided on their futures, a question arises. Could the Gerrit Cole deal have a domino effect on the futures of Anthony Rendon and Josh Donaldson? Also Read | Gerrit Cole Signs Stratospheric Record-breaking Deal With New York Yankees, To Earn $324 MillionGerrit Cole, Stephen Strasburg and the Anthony Rendon conundrum With the New York Yankees moving for Gerrit Cole and the Washington Nationals opting to re-sign Stephen Strasburg, Scott Boras has come to the fore. Scott Boras is the agent who orchestrated the two deals that broke MLB records over the last couple of days. Boras also represents Anthony Rendon who, after Cole and Strasburg, remains the most attractive option on the free-agent market. Stephen Strasburg’s Washington Nationals deal has thrown some doubt over the Nationals’ ability to also snap up Anthony Rendon. In fact, the Nationals publicly stated that they would not be able to afford both Rendon and Strasburg deals.Also Read | MLB Trade Rumours: Stephen Strasburg Re-signs With Washington Nationals In Record DealJosh Donaldson’s situation, on the other hand, is another story altogether. Donaldson is coming off a season during which he hit 37 home runs, which means that the third baseman is unlikely to be short on offers to end his free agency. Atlanta Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulos, however, provided little clarity on Donaldson’s contract situation. If the Braves opt not to re-sign Josh Donaldson, replacing him with another third baseman or filling the offensive void with an outfielder remain the only options. The Philadelphia Phillies remain interested in Josh Donaldson. Donaldson won the National League Comeback Player of the Year award and also finished 11th in MVP balloting, which means that his next contract is likely to be significantly longer than the one-year $23 million deal he signed with the Braves which was, incidentally, the largest one-year free-agent contract in history. Also Read | MLB Trade Rumours: Philadelphia Phillies To Pursue Anthony Rendon LIVE TV First Published: 11th December, 2019 13:41 IST SUBSCRIBE TO US Also Read | MLB Trade Rumours: Chicago Cubs Surprise Many By Holding Talks With Josh Lindblom WATCH US LIVE Colin DCunha FOLLOW US
NFF/ZENITH U13 & U15 TOURNEYSouth West U-13 Boys and South South U-15 Boys have emerged champions in this year’s edition of Future Eagles U-13 and U-15 tournaments organised by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) sponsored by Zenith International Bank.The three-day youth football event which held at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium was concluded on Sunday night. The NFF Youth Football Committee headed by the NFF 1st Vice President, Seyi Akinwunmi introduced a new format for the two categories, with the positive implication that the League format ensured all the zones played more games compared to the previous editions.The six geo-political zones produced two teams (U-13 and U-15) respectively for the championship to make it 12 teams that participated in the National finals after the Zonal events was held few months ago. Over 200 youth players featured in the tournaments.“We found out that it breeds more competitiveness among the teams in every match and it helps the players to play more matches. For the first time all matches were played in one venue to implement this new format,” Akinwunmi observed.“The objective is not only to ultimately identify and nurture the best Nigerian young players in the U-13 and U-15 categories each year, but also to encourage Boys Clubs and Academies to register with their respective State FAs in order to enable their players participate in this competition, to address the alleged scourge of age cheating, to expose the children to other cultures and teach them new social skills.“We will not rest on our oars but instead continue to improve the program. We have this year invited the National U-17 chief coach Manu Garba to witness the tournament, make his observations and give advice. We intend to include a female version of the program, and have the trainers program and certification for our youth coaches which will take place prior to the next edition.“I am impressed the tournament is getting more competitive, the adults are gaining more understanding about youth tournaments, there is more technical input at the U-15 and the U-13 levels and we have talented boys who can express themselves brilliantly in match situation. I was particularly impressed with the officiating by the young referees. I have a lot of hope for the future of football in Nigeria, and I want to appreciate the Akwa Ibom FA and the State Government for their efforts.”South West U-13 Boys spanked North Central U-13 Boys 5-0 in the final game to finish top of the U-13 event group with 15 points from five games, three points ahead of second-placed South South who finished second with 12 points. Light Chijioke’s hat-trick and two goals from Francis Ajibola and Oyedeji Segun sealed the title for the South West Boys.The U-15 final produced a photo-finish between South East U-15 Boys and South South U-15 Boys in the final game. Before the final game South East were top of the table with 12 points while South South had 10 points and placed second. First half of the encounter was cagey and ended goalless, but two quick second half goals from Isaac Ekom and Joseph Atie propelled the South South Boys to a 2-0 win in the final game, as they emerged champions in the U-15 event with one point ahead of South East.Officials of Zenith Bank led by Assistant General Manager and Akwa Ibom Zonal Head, Mr Asuquo Ita were impressed by the performance of the boys as the two final matches recorded seven goals. Mr Ita, who took the official kickoff and was honoured to meet with the players of the four teams, presented the medals and trophy to the winners and applauded the idea behind the Future Eagles project while commending the Federation.“We are impressed with the level of football development at this grassroots stage and the abundant of work the NFF has put into organizing this amazing programs for youth football. I am a lover of football and I do follow all Nigeria national teams, we are happy to associate with football at this grassroots level and we’ll continue to work with the NFFto improve the project yearly. Obviously, there are talents in this country and it’s important we create an environment for competition and exposure for the kids to explore,” Ita concluded.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Denver >> This used to mark the place for the Lakers where unpleasant experiences unfolded. The high altitude became too overwhelming. The speedy point guards seemed too fast. The bruising big men appeared too strong. Instead, a more positive development emerged. Kobe Bryant continued a two-game trend where he morphed from a high-volume shooter into a facilitator that faced down double teams with pinpoint passes instead of forced shots. Bryant ended with 23 points on 6-of-11 shooting, 11 rebounds and 11 assists, his second triple-double of the season and the 21st in his 19-year career fueling a Lakers’ 111-103 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday at Pepsi Center. The Lakers (10-22) snapped a seven-game losing streak to Denver (13-19), not to mention the team’s current three-game slide. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “When they’re open and they make shots, it’s easy,” Bryant said. “I sit back. When they don’t and we’re down 15 points, I try to get it going. Sometimes I make them. sometimes I don’t. When I don’t, you think I’m not passing the ball. It’s really that simple.”Still, this game hardly featured a clinic.Bryant still committed nine of the Lakers’ 18 turnovers. The Lakers also nearly blew a 23-point lead that entailed a Nuggets 8-0 spurt that cut the Lakers’ lead to 101-96 with 4:03 remaining. Lakers forward Ed Davis also reported breaking his nose after experienceing a foul that will require him to see a doctor on Thursday.But Bryant hit three of four consecutive free throws to secure the win. Earlier in the game, Bryant also swatted away a shot from the Nuggets’ 7-foot-1 center Timofey Mozgov. Not bad for the Lakers’ 36-year-old star who sat three games last week to rest between rounds of his exhausting fight against Father Time. Afterwards, Bryant made it clear he will still keep up this quest to fulfill his contract that ends after the 2015-16 season.“Is it very difficult right now to play? Yeah,” Bryant said. “Am I looking forward to playing next year? Yes. But if you’re asking me if I will play beyond that, right now the answer is no.” “It takes a lot of energy to score the ball. It takes a lot out of my legs,” said Bryant, who sat three games last week to recharge his 36-year-old body. “I’m a natural scorer. But that doesn’t mean I can’t evolve.”Bryant’s play enabled him to shoot at a more efficient rate, his patented fall-aways and pull-up jumpers becoming more smooth and accurate as Denver suddenly needed to worry about the Lakers’ supporting cast. Bryant’s pass-first mentality also fueled a Lakers offense that featured five players cracking the double-digit scoring mark. That included Carlos Boozer (19 points), Ronnie Price (18), Wesley Johnson (16) and Jordan Hill (12). The Lakers also shot 14 of 25 from 3-point range (56 percent), a stark increase from the season-average 35.7 percent clip from shots beyond the arc. “He has a great feel for the game and takes what the defense gives him,” Lakers coach Byron Scott said of Bryant. “Tonight was one of those nights where they tried to get it out of his hands. He did a great job of reading the defense and finding the open guys.”That explains why both Scott and Bryant said his new approach involved more external circumstances than actually changing his game.