Indonesian wrestler-turned-MMA fighter Eko Roni Saputra has proven he can make the switch to a new career with a quick win at the ONE Championship bout at Jakarta’s Istora Senayan sports complex on Friday.At the event, dubbed the ONE: Warrior’s Code, Eko orchestrated the fight from the first minute by forcing Sichan into a ground battle. While Sichan set himself free at first and was able get back on his feet, Eko gave him little chance and finally brought him down again. The fight reached climax when Eko used the rear naked choke technique to overpower his opponent just before the end of the first round.In the main bout, Thai fighter Petchmorakot Petchyindee put an end to any hopes of his counterpart Pongsiri PK. Saenchai and secured the ONE Featherweight Muay Thai Championship belt. Petchyindee brought to bear all his Muay Thai techniques on Saenchai, who was often seen in defensive mode and could rarely keep up with Pethyindee’s aggressive stance. Therefore, even though Saenchai survived all five rounds, the panel had no doubt about awarding victory to Petchyindee.In another arena, Dutch middleweight contender Reinier de Ridder is one step closer to taking on ONE Championship middleweight title holder Aung La Nsang as he defeated Brazil’s Sang Leandro “Wolf” Ataides. Ataides had launched massive attacks from the very beginning, but de Ridder calmed them down and even stole major points by delivering his blows on target.Topics : read more
Topics : Authorities have ramped up testing but this nonetheless remains limited, so real numbers are thought to be higher.”Expert estimates say the number of confirmed cases could go up to 300,000 by the end of June if we keep on flouting SOPs (standard operating procedures) and taking the problem lightly,” said Umar, who is helping coordinate the government’s coronavirus response.”We fear the number of confirmed cases could go up further to 1.2 million by end of next month,” he told reporters in Islamabad. After initially lagging infection rates in Western nations, Pakistan and other South Asian countries are experiencing a surge in cases. Pakistan’s increase comes after people violated government restrictions and thronged mosques and markets — mostly without masks and gloves — during Ramadan and ahead of the Eid festival last month.Since the start of Pakistan’s outbreak in March, Prime Minister Imran Khan opposed a nationwide lockdown of the sort seen elsewhere, arguing the impoverished country could not afford it.Instead, Pakistan’s four provinces ordered a patchwork of closures, but even those restrictions have now been lifted.Umar said hotpsot areas such as Lahore are now subject to “smart” lockdowns in which authorities attempt to track coronavirus patients and limit who they come into contact with.”The government has decided to go for smart lockdowns by tracking hotspots and then sealing them. This will start from Punjab province,” Umar said.Authorities in Islamabad already locked down one neighborhood after tracking 200 confirmed coronavirus cases in just one day on Friday.Hospitals across Pakistan say they are at or near capacity, and some are turning COVID-19 patients away. Pakistan’s planning minister warned Sunday that the number of coronavirus cases in the country could double by the end of June and peak at more than a million infections just a month later.The warning from planning minister Asad Umar comes as many in the country continue to ignore guidance on social distancing, hygiene and other measures to tackle the disease.Pakistan currently has confirmed nearly 140,000 cases of COVID-19, with the death toll approaching 2,700. read more
A recent report published by eVestment shows that on average consultants decreased their return expectations across all high-level asset classes, even before the global health crisis emerged.The report, Capital Market Assumptions Survey 2020, which looks at 2019 and pre-pandemic 2020 capital market assumptions (CMAs), revealed these adjustments come after a year of high returns across many markets in 2019.The data analysed in the report is predominantly derived from public pension plan documents in eVestment’s Market Lens, which aggregates documents sourced from pension schemes in the U.S., Canada and the U.K., ranging from asset allocation studies to programme reviews and manager evaluations.Most consultants release their CMAs at the beginning of the calendar year and often present these assumptions during the beginning phases of pension schemes’ asset allocation studies. Average intermediate-term fixed income assumptions, across all consultants and strategies, decreased from 4.23% in 2019 to 3.07% in 2020 (116 bps), pre-coronavirus pandemic.The average long-term assumption for all fixed income strategies across consultants fell from 4.55% in 2019 to 3.59% in 2020 (96 bps).For real asset strategies, the average intermediate-term assumption fell from 6.71% in 2019 to 6.39% in 2020, a decrease of 32bps.“It’s important to note the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on certain real asset segments may be much more significant than others.,” Steadwell said.The average long-term assumption for all real asset strategies fell from 7.03% in 2019 to 6.88% in 2020, a decrease of 15 bps.Inflation expectationsAccording to the research, the spread between consultants’ inflation expectations was 80bps in 2019 and 55bps in 2020.Aon’s and Verus’s intermediate-term inflation expectations were reduced by 10bps each from 2019 to 2020, whereas NEPC’s and Wilshire’s inflation expectations both increased by 5bps. Callan’s inflation expectation stayed the same at 2.25%. “Given the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the global economic landscape, we anticipate that more consultants will be updating their capital market assumptions and providing additional commentary to investors,” Steadwell said.Looking for IPE’s latest magazine? Read the digital edition here. The report reviewed CMAs from 11 different consultants:AonAsset Consulting GroupCallanCambridgeEllwoodMeketaNEPCRVKSegal MarcoVerusWilshireMorgan Steadwell, Market Lens lead analyst, said: “All observations are limited to the scope of data covered in this research, and because 2020 capital market assumptions were published by consultants prior to the coronavirus pandemic, these CMAs may be revised in light of its impact.”“[B]ut this analysis of pre-crisis assumptions remains useful to understand how consultants were thinking as various markets operated near all-time highs and rates near all-time lows,” she noted.She added that the research was conducted with the assumption that expected returns, as provided by consultants, were nominal.Also, as each individual consultant has their own time horizons for CMAs, the report defines assumptions for 10 years or less as “intermediate-term assumptions” and assumptions for over 10 years as “long-term assumptions”, she added.Asset class expectationsOn average, all asset classes across all consultants saw declines in their return expectations.For the consultants on which Market Lens had both 2019 and 2020 data, almost all equity intermediate-term assumptions decreased.Cambridge was the only consultant that had an increase in assumptions, from 5.8% to 6.8%. All of Callan’s equity assumptions remained unchanged.From 2019 to 2020, the average of all equity strategy intermediate-term assumptions analysed decreased from 7.24% to 6.5% (74 bps), while long-term assumptions decreased from 7.58% to 6.95% (63 bps). read more
Ray White’s Matt Lancashire at a stunning property at 100 James St, New Farm, which is sure to attract big dollars at auction tomorrow. Picture: Annette DewBRISBANE is creeping up the ranks of the “million dollar-plus club”, with the number of sales over $1 million hitting a record high. The latest CoreLogic Property Pulse report found that a “historic high of 9.2 per cent of houses and 3.3 per cent of units in Brisbane” had sold for at least $1 million over the 12 months to June 2018. “The share of sales of at least $1 million has risen quite considerably over the year from 8.1 per cent for houses and 2.8 per cent for units a year ago,” the report said.And many of those sales are being driven by buyers in the southern capitals, where the number of prestige sales is declining. This Kangaroo Point unit sold for $4 million.In July, Knight Frank’s head of residential research for Australia Michelle Ciesielski said she expected Brisbane to record a sustainable annual growth of 3 to 5 per cent by year’s end.“It is likely HNWI’s (high net worth individuals) will continue to be drawn to the traditional Brisbane blue-ribbon suburbs, although much of the truly prime stock remains tightly held,” she said.“The prime suburbs of New Farm, Bulimba and Teneriffe saw the greatest capital growth over the five years ending March 2018.” Brisbane now has 23 suburbs where the median house sales price is more than $1 million, according to CoreLogic. There is only one suburb where the median unit sales price is over $1 million – Tennyson. The median house price in the Brisbane LGA is currently $680,000, up 2.6 per cent over the past 12 months. This house in Northgate sold for $1.5 million.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus17 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market17 hours agoMr Lancashire says they are currently working on a marketing campaign targeted at interstate and overseas investors, expats and buyers keen to move from southern capitals to the Sunshine State. He says he expects to see further growth in the Brisbane property market. A recent report by CoreLogic found that Brisbane was leading the nation in all four property performance indicators for the first time in more than a decade – defying the downturn in other mainland capital cities. The only other capital city to record growth in the past month was Adelaide. Place Bulimba managing director Sarah Hackett says her agency is seeing “huge growth” around the lifestyle suburbs, and has noted more and more riverfront properties hitting the market. She predicts the city will see some new price records over coming months.“Camp Hill has had huge growth, Coorparoo is on the rise, New Farm is out of control,” she said. “It is a bit of interstate migration and a bit of expats coming back to Brisbane. “They are picking schools and then looking for a home close by so a lot are locking that in now.“There are also a lot of downsizers putting big homes on the market for the first time in a long time.” This unit in South Bank sold for $1.4 million.CoreLogic senior research analyst Cameron Kusher says interstate migration is playing a part in Brisbane’s success. And he expects the trend to continue. “People in Sydney and Melbourne are seeing what they can get for a million in Brisbane; they are seeing that value,” he said. “And that higher end of the market is still growing in Brisbane, whereas elsewhere it is declining. The Brisbane economy is also improving.”But he does point out that Brisbane has room to grow in terms of value, after a steady-as-she-goes decade. Ray White New Farm principal Matt Lancashire agrees, saying “Brisbane is still grossly undervalued”.“Unlike Sydney and Melbourne, Brisbane hasn’t gone boom so there is no bust to come,” he said. “Brisbane has grown steadily and sustainably, which is good news. And unlike the concerns of an oversupply (units), the unit market has actually been our strongest auction performer.” read more
Norwegian oil major Equinor and compatriot information technology firm Vissim have reached a global frame agreement to deploy its solution for surveillance of ocean space surrounding all Equinor-operated assets on the UK and Norwegian Continental Shelves.Vissim said that the new system would also be installed on several 3rd party-operated assets on the NCS and the UKCS.The system, which will act as one of Equinor’s systems for their strategic move towards digitalization, will incorporate the benefits of machine learning and enable surveillance of vessel traffic (VTMS), air traffic, subsea structures, environment, and real-time weather situation and forecasts.Conceived to incorporate both oil and gas and offshore wind assets, the resulting system is one of the largest of its kind in the world. The contract is for six years and has a minimum value of 100 million NOK ($11.7 million).Philippe F. Mathieu, SVP of joint operations support in Equinor, said: “The new system will cover a distance from satellites to more than 1,000 meters below the sea surface, across the NCS, and the British sector of the North Sea.”The contracted solution is designed for big data analytics and can analyze traffic situations in real time. It is designed for cross-system and cross-discipline collaboration and where data can easily be shared with other systems onshore, offshore, or onboard vessels.According to Vissim, when delivered, the Equinor system will give operators an almost complete overview of the ocean space. Vessel and helicopter movements integrated with the weather forecast, oil spill surveillance, and integrated radio communication will enable the Norwegian energy company to provide surveillance services and maximize marine operational performance and logistics.Per Arne Henaes, CEO of Vissim, added: “This contract award underlines the value of using remote real-time data, from radar and other sources combined, to save significant operational cost.”To remind, Vissim was awarded a contract in September to deliver its latest generation vessel traffic management system to Aker Solutions for the Maersk Inspirer rig.Source: Vissim read more
According to police investigation, Herculesand Pavillo were having a drinking session when a heated argument ensuedbetween them. This prompted Hercules to punch the suspect. ILOILO City – A heated argument during adrinking session led to the stabbing of a construction worker in BarangayAirport, Mandurriao district. The suspect – detained in the Mandurriaopolice station – faces charges./PN Tagged suspect was the victim’s fellowworker Elso Pavillo, 42, of Negros Oriental. Pavillo retaliated by attacking Herculesusing a bladed weapon around 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday. Resident Rene Boy Hercules sustained astab wound on the body, police said. He received treatment at the WesternVisayas Medical Center in Mandurriao district.
Brookville, IN—After a multi-month investigation, Jason Teppe Jr. of Brookville, Indiana was arrested Friday afternoon. Through several witness interviews and the assistance of the Indiana State Fire Marshall’s Office, investigating officer’s were able to determine on June 20th, 2019 at 10:15 p.m., Jason Teppe Jr. set fire to a passenger vehicle in the area of 4th Street, Brookville, Indiana.Teppe was taken into custody by Brookville Police Officers and was transported to the Franklin County Security Center. Upon his arrival, Teppe was booked and was later released in lieu of bond.Jason Teppe Jr, of Brookville, Indiana is charged with allegations of Arson and Criminal Mischief.
It was widely anticipated the Dutchman would decline David Moyes’ offer of a backroom job with the Red Devils and he has now become the third senior member of Sir Alex Ferguson’s coaching staff to leave since the Scot’s own departure last month. “I would like to thank Sir Alex Ferguson, the owners, all colleagues, players and fans who made my time at Manchester United very special and one I will never forget,” said Meulensteen. Rene Meulensteen is expected to take up a coaching role alongside fellow Dutchman Guus Hiddink at super-rich Russian outfit Anzhi Makhachkala following confirmation he has left Manchester United. “I wish everyone at this great football club all the best.” Executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward added: “I’d like to thank Rene for his contribution to the club, particularly since he returned to Old Trafford in 2007. “He has been first-team coach for five years and in that time he has given great assistance to Alex and Mike Phelan in keeping the team at the top of the game, not only in this country but in Europe as well. On behalf of everyone at United, I wish him well for the future.” It means Moyes will be forced to look elsewhere for help to guide him through any unexpected problems during his early days at United, which may involve Wayne Rooney, whom he will meet after the striker spends the weekend at Glastonbury. Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Chelsea and Arsenal have all been linked with the England forward at times this summer, whilst it has also been stated Moyes would prefer to keep the player he introduced to senior football whilst at Everton. If that is Moyes’ wish, it is unlikely to be fulfilled without some sort of clarification on the supposed transfer request Ferguson claimed Rooney had made at the end of last season. It has now been established Rooney did not express any such desire, merely sought clarification about his status with Ferguson. Press Association read more
USAIN Bolt ran his fastest time of the season to win his Olympic 200m semi-final as Justin Gatlin missed out on a place in the Rio 2016 final.The Jamaican has already won the 100m and is aiming for an eighth Olympic gold by retaining his 200m title.But American Gatlin, who won silver behind Bolt in the 100m final, only finished third in his semi-final.Britain’s Adam Gemili, 22, will compete in Thursday’s final after qualifying as one of two fastest losers.Bolt, who clocked 19.78 seconds, has won all seven of his previous Olympic finals, claiming gold in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay at both Beijing 2008 and London 2012.The 200m world record holder was laughing as he crossed the line just two hundredths of a second ahead of Canada’s Andre de Grasse.Bolt’s previous best this year was a time of 19.89 at the London Anniversary Games.Gemili finished third in 20.08, with his place in the final confirmed following the third semi-final.Fellow Briton Danny Talbot missed out, despite running a personal best of 20.25 in the first semi-final.The top two in each semi-final qualified automatically, along with the two fastest losers.Gatlin’s time of 20.13 was not enough to qualify ahead of Gemili or Turkey’s Rami Guliyev, while another big name – Yohan Blake – also failed to progress.The Jamaican, who won silver behind Bolt in London four years ago, has been hampered by injury over the past couple of years and faded to finish sixth in 20.37 seconds.(BBC Sport) read more
GREEN Mango Media has teamed up with The Xperience Outreach in the United States and the Guyana Amateur Basketball Federation (GABF) to launch its first ‘Youth Hoops Basketball Clinic’ from Thursday April 25, to Saturday April 27. The three-day all-around skill development clinic will be hosted in Georgetown at the Burnham Court and in Linden by former NBA player, Jermaine Taylor (Houston Rockets and Sacramento Kings) and founder of The Xperience Outreach Rich Mahler.The free clinic is opened to high school students between the ages of 11 and 19 who are already playing basketball. According to a release from the organisers, Taylor and Mahler will identify players with the potential to make it to the next level and explain the pathway to sports scholarships in the United States and playing in the NBA.Participants will work on footwork, aggressiveness, mentality, and all around offensive skills, including ball handling and shooting. This unique programme will be challenging, yet fun for young boys and girls at all skill levels.Rich Mahler III“This is an exciting project for us as we focus on promoting skills development in youth basketball through local and international partnerships. Mahler and Taylor are looking forward to seeing the level of talent we have in Guyana and are ready to work with young and senior players during the trip,” says organiser, Amanda Wilson, founder of Green Mango Media.Taylor was a three-sport star in high school. He turned down football scholarships to Florida and South Florida in order to play basketball at Central Florida, where he earned Conference USA Player of the Year honours in 2009. Later that year, he declared for the NBA Draft and was selected 32nd overall by the Washington Wizards. Taylor was traded before the season to the Houston Rockets and assigned to the Developmental League. Taylor played parts of two NBA seasons, with the Rockets and Sacramento Kings. He now plays for the BIG3.Mahler, in 2006, along with his father, Richard Mahler Jr., former Knicks Allan Houston, and the Allan Houston Legacy Foundation, founded the Xperience Outreach, an organisation that brings outreach and mentorship to major sporting events.The Xperience Outreach offers programmes and mentorships that reinforce positive, healthy values. As assistant chaplain for the NBA’s New York Knicks and main chaplain of the Westchester Knicks, the NBA’s G (minor) League, Rich Mahler III is a spiritual mentor to athletes on and off the court.Green Mango Media was founded by overseas-based filmmaker/journalist Amanda Wilson, and is a United Kingdom-based media company with strong ties to Guyana. Their objective is to promote Guyana through healthy partnerships and sustainable projects with the potential to be successful locally, regionally and internationally.The International Federation of Association Football (FIFA), SONY Records, the Equatorial Guinea Government and the Guyana Football Federation (GFF) are listed as some of their clients. read more