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first_imgVETERANS’ MUSEUM TRIP — Henry Harris Community School Grade 6 students enjoyed their trip to the Veterans’ Museum. The students gained first hand knowledge of the experiences of life in the military. The veterans all stressed their pride and honor to serve the United States of America. ×last_img

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RIVALRY: Ocean City vs. Mainland

first_imgSammy Williams is escorted by Mike Gray and Jake Schneider. Photo Credits: Ian Crowley Written by: Phoebe PrettymanOn a crisp fall night under the lights, the Ocean City Red Raiders played the Mainland Mustangs, a classic South Jersey rivalry. The Red Raiders set the tone of the game with some good defense early on. They proved that they were ready to defend anything that the Mainland Mustangs tried. The Raiders gained possession on their 43-yard line, thanks to a reception by Jake Schneider (Sr.). Jake has over 100 receptions which is 17 away from the CAL record. Joe Repetti (Sr.) got some good yardage on the outside right before he drove to score the first touchdown of the game. Brendan McGonigle (Jr.) added a successful extra point to make the score 7-0, with Ocean City in the lead.Mainland played with a lot of side-to-side offense, but due to some incomplete passes and the Raider’s strong defense, they could not make it down the field before OC took possession. Jake Schneider (Sr.) had a great reception, his 102nd, and gave the raiders some good yardage. Jake Inserra (Sr.) made a run on the inside to make it to 1st & goal which was then followed by a touchdown. This was Inserra’s 7th of the year. He also leads the team in tackles. Brendan McGonigle (Jr.) added another point to the board making the score 14-0. The Raiders stayed steady on defense for the rest of the quarter, despite Mainland’s attempt to spread them.Jake Schneider showed they how it was done.Jake Schneider (Sr.) kept the momentum up with a double coverage reception from Joe Repetti (Sr.) early on in the second quarter. Shortly after, Repetti ran to the outside to the end zone as there was a flag thrown on the play, the first penalty of the game. After the penalty and two good sacks from Mainland, the Raiders were pushed back. However, that didn’t stop Ocean City as Joe Repetti (Sr.)  threw a pass, avoiding a sack, to Brad Jamison (Sr.) for a touchdown. With the addition of a successful extra point by Brendan McGonigle (Jr.), the score was 21-0 with the Raiders in the lead.Another great throw from Joe Repetti (Sr.) received by Jake Schneider (Sr.) at the 10-yard line prefaced a drive down the center that led to another touchdown by Joe Repetti (Sr.), his second of the game. With an extra point by Brendan McGonigle (Jr.), the score stood at 28-0, the Raiders in the lead. Ocean City’s defense stayed strong, with 5:45 left in the second quarter the Raiders had had 4 possessions and 4 touchdowns.Jake Inserra had another big game.Another touchdown was scored due to a phenomenal pass from Joe Repetti (sr.) to Jake Schneider (Sr.)  in the back of the end zone. With the addition of a extra point, the score was 35-0, with Ocean City in the lead. This was the 29th touchdown pass by Repetti, that gets him very close to the school the record, which is 30. In the last minute of the game, Charley Cossabone (Jr.) scooped up the ball and ran to score a 16-yard punt return touchdown. Brendan McGonigle (Jr.) added an extra point to make the score 42-0.Mainland started off the third quarter with some more energy, holding Ocean City back a little bit. However, early on the Raiders gained some momentum with an interception by Sam Williams (Jr.), at the 43-yard line, who then ran down to score a touchdown. Brendan McGonigle (Jr.) added a point to make the score 49-0. Mainland pushed forward, however Red Raider Kyle Hendricks (Jr.) scooped up the ball and ran it down to the 35-yard line before he was pushed out-of-bounds. Riley Gunnels (So.) handed off to Jack Hoag (So.) who ran down the field to score a touchdown. Brendan McGonigle (Jr.) successfully kicked his 8th extra point of the game. With one minute left in the quarter, the score was 56-0, with Ocean City in the lead.Mike Gray had his way.Ocean City made a good effort to gain some yardage in the beginning of the fourth quarter. Mainland held a sturdy defense and made the Raiders fight for their next touchdown. Riley Gunnels (So.) made a strong drive to the end zone to score his first varsity touchdown! Then Brendan McGonigle (Jr.) kicked a successful extra point which broke the record of most extra points in one game. The score stood 63-0, with Ocean City as the victors. The quarter ended with Ocean City showing some good coverage and high intensity to keep Mainland from making any major advances.The final score said it all.last_img read more

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London Jersey Boys Star Matt Corner on His Frankie Valli Transformation & More

first_img View Comments Declan Egan, Simon Bailey, Matt Corner & Matt Hunt in ‘Jersey Boys’ (Photo: Brinkhoff & Mögenburg) Jersey Boys has set up shop as a West End long-runner. The Olivier Award-winning musical all about Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons is now on its second London theater, the Piccadilly, and is currently hosting a fresh set of principal actors. caught up with Matt Corner, the delightful actor now playing Frankie, to talk Jersey accents, singing falsetto and the appeal of golf.Welcome to your first West End starring role!Thank you! I graduated from drama school three and half years ago, so it seems totally surreal to me to have reached this point. If your career is about climbing Everest, I feel as if I’ve now made it to base camp.You have a history with Jersey Boys already.Yes, I started out 18 months ago in the first national tour of the show as the alternate Frankie doing two shows a week, which suited me perfectly, and then they gave me the part on the tour. In London, this is the first time since the show opened in the West End that all Four Seasons are brand new, so that’s been quite special—all four of us are bonding just as the guys did in real life.What did you know about the Four Seasons before the offer came your way?I knew the show but didn’t know much about the band.I bet you learned quickly.I went away and did my research and listened to all their original tracks to get a sense of the sound and how Frankie was achieving it. I saw the film and thought John Lloyd Young was excellent, but mostly I didn’t want to listen to other people’s impersonations. I wanted to try and make it my own, and the best way for me to do that was to go right back to the beginning.Did you know you could sing so high?That totally surprised me. I’ve always been able to sing high and preferred rock-style tenor music like AC/DC or Queen and Bon Jovi—and also Stevie Wonder. But when I started down the audition process for this, I thought, “I better get the falsetto sound under my belt,” so I kind of stumbled into it.What about capturing the physical resemblance?I have blond hair and blue eyes and am 5’9” whereas Frankie’s 5’5”, so this was never a part I looked at and thought, “I could play that.” But they put a wig on me and darkened my eyes and cast everyone around me bigger and it works. Our Bob Gaudio [Declan Egan] is 6’5”!Have you met Frankie?Back in December when he was on tour, I went to see his show in Glasgow. My best friend had booked me in for my birthday present, and we went backstage afterward and sat in his dressing room.How did that experience affect your performance?It informed me in a lot of my choices in terms of what I was doing onstage. Frankie has this power about him and is very still: he doesn’t give a lot away. So I try to arrive at that sense of stillness when we reach the end of our show since that’s him; that’s his aura.Did you worry about the accent demands of the role?We have a Jersey boy—or man, I should say—in the cast: Mark Heenehan, who plays Gyp DeCarlo. He’s the real deal. It’s lovely to have that authenticity, so he can check our accents if they’re off. He hasn’t said anything to me so far.Have you ever been to New Jersey?I haven’t, but I’m desperate to go! I want to visit the Belmont Tavern in Belleville where these guys played; if and when I go over, they’ve said they’ll show me around. Also, I have a singing coach [in New York] named Katie Agresta, who looks after all the Frankies and who teaches me by Skype, so it would be great to go see her.How do you relax?I play a lot of golf in the daytime. That’s the perfect sport for me. I have a gold membership with a golf club five miles out of London and that’s my getaway from it all: it’s my slice of the countryside.Does this role permeate your offstage life—for instance, do you find yourself singing “Sherry” in the shower?I tend to save that for the show. You know you love this music when you hear it every night and it’s like the first time you’ve heard it. Every night the opening chord of “Oh, What a Night” makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand up, and that’s the honest truth.What’s next for you?I’m absolutely besotted with the lead character [Christopher] in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.I’d really like to play that part. It’s something full-on that you’ve really got to throw yourself into, which would be an awesome challenge. I guess we’ll see.last_img read more

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September 2020: The Biking Issue!

first_imgA Family’s Bike FleetAn avid mountain biker shares how upgrades made his kids love riding singletrack.  On the Cover: In an early morning sunrise session, Dagny Palmer rides down Upper Indigo at Beech Mountain resort’s Bike Park. photo by Cynthia Viola. Special Sections Quick HitsGreat American Outdoors Act signed into law and a regional triathlon takes place in the time of COVID-19. Bikepacking the TransVirginia TrailFollow the journey of an epic eight-day adventure across the Commonwealth.  The GoodsSpin your wheels with these new cycling favorites.  Read or download the September issue for FREE HERE ExploreA writer travels to Alabama to visit the Ghost Towns of Old Cahawba, an archaeological park preserving over 500 years of mysterious ruins.  Featurescenter_img Bike BoomIn pandemic times, biking has become more popular than ever. For those finding new passion for pedaling, we asked seasoned riders for advice on gear, safety, and top destinations.  Thru-Hikers ThwartedIn March, aspiring Appalachian Trail thru-hikers were asked to get off the trail in the name of public health, leaving many to deal with the disappointment of a lifelong dream dashed. Bike the Southeast The Forest She SavedAt OM Sanctuary, Shelli Stanback has preserved 54 acres just outside Asheville, restoring what is now the North Carolina city’s largest remaining urban forest. PerspectiveYou can learn more about mountains and forests through the simple life of the Junkman. Trail MixFresh albums coming this fall from Delta Spirit, Steep Canyon Rangers, and Lydia Loveless.   Departments Colorful GetawaysSee the region’s best fall foliage on the byways and blueways of the Blue Ridge. last_img read more

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Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru Move Forward in Process of Integration

first_imgBy Dialogo January 10, 2011 Chile, Colombia, Mexico, and Peru have taken the first stop toward forming an Area of In-Depth Integration (AIP) that could enable greater openness in migration and trade and that will be promoted by a Pro Tempore Secretariat for which Chile will be responsible, an official source said. Ministers from these four countries met on 6 January in Santiago, where they decided to begin talks toward this body, proposed by Peruvian President Alan García on 4 December, during the Twentieth Ibero-American Summit of Presidents in Argentina. “What this includes is having full freedom in the future for the circulation of goods, services, and capital, in addition to taking the pertinent measures to facilitate the movement of persons among these four nations,” Chilean Foreign Minister Alfredo Moreno affirmed. At the same time, the AIP will have the objective of ensuring that these four countries – which together account for 55% of Latin America’s exports to the world – have the necessary competitiveness to stand up to Asian markets. For this purpose, a Pro Tempore Secretariat was created, for which Chile will be responsible during 2011 and which will work on forming the AIP. Within a three-month period, a commission of deputy ministers is to develop a “road map” that includes the issues that the AIP will address. The Colombian minister of trade, industry, and tourism, Sergio Díaz Granados, and the Mexican secretary of the economy, Bruno Ferrari, also participated in the meeting.last_img read more

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Monica Zenyuh – Founder, Adopt a School

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York We never tire of hearing “Sandy stories” about Long Islanders who have gone above and beyond to help others when the storm struck.  These stories make us feel good and reaffirm our faith in mankind.Since 1996, Monica Zenyuh of Northport has been teaching in the Harborfields Central School district. Besides being a teacher, wife and mother of two children ages 6 and 8, Monica also plays soccer with the Long Island Ladies Soccer League and coaches her daughter’s soccer team. She’s also an adjunct professor at Hofstra University.Like most mothers, Monica has a lot on her plate and thought there wasn’t any time for another commitment.After the storm, like countless others, her neighborhood was without power for more than a week.Once the electricity was restored, Monica sent a mass email to her friends on and off Long Island letting them know that her family had come through the storm unscathed. Then she related stories of what was happening here, especially on the South Shore.When she checked her email the next day, she was surprised at the number of replies she received.“My inbox was jammed with emails from people wanting to help,” Monica says. “The response was huge.”Inspired by their reaction, Monica saw an opportunity for her and her colleagues to help the hardest hit schools by collecting donations for needed supplies.With the support of her husband, Christopher, Monica  emailed the school superintendents from Long Beach, Oceanside and Rockaway and told them about her Adopt a School campaign.When Harborfields schools remained closed for another week, Monica had more time to coordinate the project, creating an Adopt a School letterhead and spreading the word to a broader network.“People started telling me what they needed,” she says. “I became a liaison with school social workers and began raising money and collecting supplies.”Gift cards, box-top donations, clothing, cash, school supplies and books came streaming in and were inventoried for distribution.“It took on a life of its own,” she says.With her mathematical acumen, Monica created a spreadsheet of donors and helpers so she could match them with the recipients’ requests.Her Adopt a School spreadsheet revealed much more than the amount of supplies collected. It showed Brownie troops helping other Brownies, pre-schools supporting other pre-schools, athletes aiding other athletes, and musicians lending other musicians a helping hand.“Everyone knows someone,” Monica says. “That was the neat part about it.”As Monica was making connections around the Island, Harborfields Middle School principal Joanne Giordano asked Monica if she could promote her program on Long Island’s vast school Listserv as well as on Facebook.As the word spread, other schools from as far away as Maine, Rhode Island and Connecticut contacted Monica offering to help. Using her spreadsheets, Monica was quickly able to match donors with recipients. Then she had to figure out the logistics of getting the supplies to Long Island while gasoline was still in short supply and many roads were impassable, making the trip a challenge,  but not one that Monica couldn’t handle.“We brought all their donations home,” she says proudly.When Long Beach schools said they had enough supplies, the Adopt a School group found other areas in need.Monica would spend between four to five hours every evening matching donors and recipients. Dozens of requests for supplies were still coming in every day.After hearing that some students from Lindenhurst needed money to pay for a school trip, she put the word out, and funds were quickly raised.When Monica learned that New York City had a database similar to hers, she found a match between the Harborfields school district and PS 52 on Staten Island and coordinated the Adopt a School program between Long Island and Staten Island.Even now, months after the storm, requests for help are still being fulfilled by Adopt a School and despite its growth and her intention to keep it active year round, Monica says it will remain strictly grassroots.“Everyone just wanted to help people and to know where their donations were going,” she says. “People trusted me to help.”And so the effort continues.“It’s not over if there’s something you need,” she says. Now that Long Island’s school budgets have been voted on and finalized, Monica will begin to contact schools to see what their needs are.The program  was a huge success and impacted thousands of Long Islanders, but as a teacher, Monica also wanted student donors and recipients to learn from the experience.“I wanted it [Adopt A School] to be educational,” she says. Students were asked to do some research on the school that they adopted and in turn, students who received the donations learned about their benefactor.“We found out who the school mascots were,” she says. “We had the kids send stacks of cards and letters, and our kids connected with the other kids.  Some are still pen pals.”By Monica’s estimate, the Adopt a School program has provided supplies to more than 20 schools with the assistance from more than 40 different clubs and organizations.In the weeks immediately after the storm, when the need to match donors and recipients was critical, Monica remembers how it felt to find herself organizing a massive relief effort out of her own home. She had volunteered for numerous fundraisers in the past but never considered the possibility of being at the helm of such a large undertaking herself.“I had always marveled at how  other people do this,” she says, “and when I was in the middle of it, I realized, ‘I am doing it!’”For more information about Adopt a School, to donate or if you need assistance, email: [email protected] every issue of the Long Island Press and our sister publication, Milieu Magazine, the Fortune 52 column brings you stories of dynamic women who have made a significant and unique contribution to Long Island. To acknowledge their success, Beverly hosts tri-annual networking events that are attended by hundreds of LI business professionals, non-profit leaders and entrepreneurs. If you are interested in learning more about the Fortune 52, or know a super woman who deserves good Fortune—and a profile—email Beverly at [email protected]last_img read more

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Eric Bailly splitting opinion of Manchester United staff amid transfer rumours

first_imgEric Bailly splitting opinion of Manchester United staff amid transfer rumours Comment Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 16 Feb 2019 11:13 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link639Shares Bailly was linked with Arsenal in January (Picture: Getty)Manchester United staff are split on whether Eric Bailly is good enough to succeed at the club, according to reports.The centre-back was hailed as the man to save United’s defence when he was signed by Jose Mourinho, but has seen a drastic decline in form in the last year.Bailly is still considered by many fans as United’s best defender, but has barely played under caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer since he took over. (Picture: Getty)The 24-year-old has started just four games in all competitions under Solskjaer and the Independent claim the United staff at at odds over what to do with Bailly.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTHalf of the staff believe Bailly possesses the physicality that has been sorely missing from United’s backline.United’s fragility at the back was laid bare in the 2-0 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain and the club are targeting a big name addition this summer.But while Bailly may be considered by some as the centre-back to partner the incoming defender, other staff members are concerned about his ‘purer footballing ability’.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man Citycenter_img Bailly is yet to see his fortunes turn around under Solskjaer (Picture: Getty)The signing of a new centre-back will mean the exit of a current Red Devil, and Bailly could be facing the axe.An injury and red card stifled Bailly’s emergence under Solskjaer and speculation was rife in January United were prepared to offload the Ivory Coast international.Arsenal were linked with a move for Bailly, but were reportedly knocked back in their advances as United decided to keep hold of their under-performing defender.MORE: Benfica expect Manchester United target Joao Felix to seal Barca or Real transfer Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

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Gabriel Magalhaes sends message to Arsenal teammate David Luiz

first_imgGabrel and William Saliba will both be eyeing a start against Fulham with Luiz out (Picture: Getty)‘I watched him since I was a kid, I played video games with his character and today it is a dream come true to be here with him and hopefully play next to him soon.‘It is always good to have Brazilian players at the club to welcome me, it is very important for me. I don’t speak English very well and I will try to learn as fast as I can.’Luiz is struggling with a neck injury picked up in the Community Shield and which has since been aggravated in training, with Holding set to start alongside Gabriel in Saturday’s trip to face Fulham at Craven Cottage.MORE: What is the point? Kia Joorabchian slams farcical Mesut Ozil situation at ArsenalMORE: Arsenal fans giddy as William Saliba and Gabriel train together for the first timeFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Comment The summer signing from Lille has been training with his new teammates this week (Picture: Getty)New Arsenal signing Gabriel Magalhaes has praised the influence of David Luiz after just a few training sessions together – though the pair appear unlikely to start together against Fulham.Gabriel made a £25million move from Lille to the Emirates at the start of the month and has been training with his new teammates all week ahead of the return of the Premier League.He looks set to be thrust into immediate action alongside Rob Holding, with Luiz having reportedly picked up a neck injury in the Community Shield win over Liverpool. Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 9 Sep 2020 9:31 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link11.4kShares Gabriel Magalhaes sends message to Arsenal teammate David Luiz Advertisementcenter_img Luiz is a hugely influential presence at Arsenal and Mikel Arteta had been eager to keep one of his most experienced players at the club to help guide and mentor the team’s younger players – which is exactly what he is doing with Gabriel.The former Lille man has made no secret of how excited he is to train with Luiz, telling Arsenal’s website: ‘For sure David Luiz is an example, he is a player I admire very much. I was always a big fan of him and everything he achieved. Advertisement Im learning everyday with him 🤜🏻🤛🏽 @DavidLuiz_4 🔴⚪️— Gabriel Magalhaes (@biel_m04) September 8, 2020 Luiz has been giving Gabriel a crash course in Premier League defending (Picture: Getty)The 33-year-old has been able to take part in training, though, and appears to have quickly struck up a good relationship with compatriot Gabriel since his move from France.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTGabriel uploaded an image to social media of the pair engaged in an animated conversation at London Colney, with the older Brazilian having taken his countryman under his wing.‘I’m learning every day with him,’ wrote Gabriel alongside the image, also tagging Luiz.last_img read more

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Wednesday people roundup

first_imgMirae Asset Global Investments Group – The emerging market equities specialist has hired Jad Shams to the newly created role of head of MENA sales. Based in London, Shams will be responsible for building the firm’s sales distribution network across the region. He was formerly a director with Natixis Global Asset Management in Dubai, a senior investment adviser at Credit Agricole Asset Management in Abu Dhabi and a vice-president at Deutsche Asset Management in Frankfurt.M&G Investments – Claudia Calich has been appointed manager of the M&G Emerging Markets Bond fund, formerly managed by Mike Riddell, who will remain on the fund as deputy manager. For much of the last decade, Calich, who joined in October, worked at Invesco in New York, most recently as head of emerging market debt.State Street Global Advisors – SSgA has appointed three research analysts to its fundamental equity team. Robert Allen joins from private equity firm International Investment and Underwriting, while Eoin Ó hÓgáin joins from Centrica. James Savage joins from Depfa Bank.ING Investment Management International – Marcin Adamczyk joins has senior portfolio manager for emerging market debt (EMD) local currency, based in The Hague. He joins from Dutch fiduciary manager MN, where he was a senior EMD fund manager.Oddo Asset Management – Laurent Denize, currently a senior manager at Oddo Asset Management, has been appointed co-CIO. He will start in her new role on 1 December. He will take responsibility for investment management alongside chief executive Nicolas Chaput.Altius Associates – Rhonda Ryan has been appointed as a partner and head of investment for the EMEA region. She was previously managing director and head of the private funds group for Europe at Pinebridge Investments. Before then, she was head of private equity at Insight Investment.Alceda – Silvia Wagner has been appointed managing director at Alceda Fund Management in Luxembourg, subject to regulator approval. She will be responsible for Structuring & Portfolio Management, Finance & Controlling and Central Administration. Prior to joining, she was head of DWS Distribution Services and a member of the managing board at DWS Finanz-Service.Trinity Street Asset Management – Pauline Stuart has been appointed institutional business director, joining from BNY Mellon Asset Management, where she was executive director of institutional business for the EMEA region. Sean Landers has also been appointed institutional business director, most recently working at BMO Capital Markets, where he set up its US equity sales platform in the UK.Carbon Tracker Initiative – Anthony Hobley has been appointed chief executive at the London-based financial think tank. Hobley, a partner at law firm Norton Rose Fulbright and global head of its sustainability and climate change practice, will formally take the reins on 1 February. Länsförsäkringar, AP3, Schroders, Pioneer Investments, Mirae Asset Global Investments Group, M&G Investments, State Street Global Advisors, ING Investment Management International, Oddo Asset Management, Altius Associates, Alceda, Trinity Street Asset Management, Carbon Tracker InitiativeLänsförsäringar – The pension fund is planning to sign the UN Principles for Responsible Investment in 2014 and has hired Christina Kusoffsky Hillesöy to head up its responsible investment efforts. She joins from AP3, one of the Swedish national buffer funds, where she was head of communications and sustainable investments. She will join Länsförsäkringar on 1 March 2014 and report to finance director Cecilia Ardström. Ardström said Kusoffsky Hillesöy had been the driver behind the successful work on sustainable investments at AP3 and that, with her on board, Länsförsäkringar would sign the UNPRI next year.Schroders – The company has set up an in-house convertible bond team in Zurich. Peter Reinmuth, the fund manager of Schroder ISF Global Convertible Bond and Asian Convertible Bond; Martin Kuehle, product specialist for the two funds; and Urs Reiter, senior convertibles trader; have all transferred to the company. Damien Vermonet has also been appointed as convertible bond fund manager, joining from Acropole AM.Pioneer Investments – Matthias Inderbitzin has been appointed senior wholesale sales manager for Switzerland. He joins from Dendro Partners in Zurich. Before then, he served as head of sales at Falcon Private Bank and senior sales manager of German institutional clients at Lombard Odier & CIE.last_img read more

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Badminton News Indonesia Masters 2019: Saina sails into semis but Sindhu, Srikanth lose in quarters

first_imgJakarta: Saina Nehwal hardly broke a sweat on way to her second consecutive semifinal of the season but P V Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth lost their respective quarterfinals to bow out of the Indonesia Masters badminton tournament on Friday. Eighth seed Saina, who had reached the semifinal last week at Malaysia Masters, beat Thailand’s Pornpawee Chochuwong 21-7 21-18 to make it to the last four of women’s singles.The two-time Commonwealth Games champion will next face sixth-seeded Chinese He Bingjiao, a player Saina has never faced in her career. Sindhu couldn’t adjust to the speed and precision of three-time Olympic champion Caroline Marin, going down 11-21 12-21 in a lopsided contest.Srikanth had to settle for a second quarter-final finish after losing 18-21 19-21 to local hero and Asian Games champion Jonatan Christie. Saina enjoyed a good start and galloped to a 11-4 lead at the interval. The Indian continued to dominate proceeding after the interval, moving in quick bursts of points to close out the opening game comfortably.Also Read | Virat Kohli’s India aim to sustain ruthless streak against New ZealandIn the second game, Chochuwong ran to 8-4 lead, but Saina caught up with her at 12-12 before going ahead and shutting the door on her opponent. In 13 meetings, Sindhu has lagged 5-7 against Marin in their head-to-head count, which included defeats at the Rio Olympic and 2018 World Championship finals.Marin seemed equally unstoppable Friday as she marched to a 6-1 lead with her better court coverage and angled returns. The screams and fist pumps were out right from the start as Sindhu looked for an opening.The Indian exchanged rallies and made it to 5-8 before Marin grabbed a six-point lead at the break with a cross-court smash and a long return from Sindhu. Sindhu reduced the margin to 10-14 but Marin was going great guns and eventually pocketed the first game when the Indian went wide and long.In the second game, Sindhu couldn’t keep the shuttle inside the court, allowing Marin to again zoom to a 5-0 lead. A net error from Marin helped Sindhu break the run of points but the Indian continued to commit too many unforced errors. Sindhu failed to see the initiatives during the fast-paced rallies. A huge body smash took Marin to 11-3 at the interval.Marin was on fire and gathered points at will, moving to 15-5 with another smash. Marin eventually sealed the contest when Sindhu hit the net. In the men’s singles quarterfinals, Srikanth tried to put pressure on his rival but Jonatan was solid in his defence and with the Indian making errors, the Indonesian led 11-7 at the break.Also Read | Happy Birthday Cheteshwar Pujara – Indian cricket team’s ‘New Wall’ turns 31Srikanth caught up with Jonatan at 15-15 after making a few good saves. The Indian then unleashed a straight smash to lead 17-16 for the first time in the match. But Srikanth committed too many unforced errors and also made a misjudgment at the backline to hand over game points to the Indonesian who sealed it with a half smash.Jonatan raced away to a 6-0 lead before a spinning net shot helped Srikanth to log his first point in the second game. However, the Indonesian managed to lead 11-4 at the breather after Srikanth failed to reach a shot at the forecourt.After the break, Jonatan maintained the lead to reach 15-8. The Indian grabbed three quick points but a weak return from the backline found the net. Srikanth reduced the deficit to 14-16 by pushing the shuttle at the backcourt. Srikanth brought the equation down to 18-19 before Jonatan made an error of judgment at the backcourt. But the Indonesian made amends immediately as he unleashed a smash to reach match points before grabbing it with another return.  For all the Latest Sports News News, Badminton News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

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