TNO – The €2.5bn pension fund of technical research institute TNO has appointed Kostijn van Gerven as director. He replaces Joop Ruijgrok, who has now retired. Van Gerven, who started in his role on 1 October, has been director of finance and facilities at TNO since 2006, and has also been board member of the pension fund during this period.MN – The fiduciary manager has appointed Donny Hay as its head of clients for the UK. Hay will be responsible for existing clients and developing MN’s fiduciary management business in the UK market.LawDeb Pension Trustees – Gerry Degaute has joined the LawDeb pension trustee team this month. Until June, Degaute was chief executive at Royal Mail Pensions Trustees, where he led trustee support for, and was involved in all aspects of, the Royal Mail Group’s pension schemes.Schroders – Ugo Montrucchio has been appointed portfolio manager in Schroders’ multi-asset investment and portfolio solutions business. He will be based in London and take up the post in January 2014. He joins from BlackRock’s multi-asset group, where he was a director and a lead portfolio manager for its diversified growth and risk-parity strategies. Generali Investments Europe – The asset management company of Generali Group has appointed Wilfrid Pham as head of its equity department and Vivek Tawadey as head of credit research. Both will focus on supporting the company’s investment team and ensuring a strong alignment between analyst and portfolio managers.Lombard Odier Investment Managers – The firm has named Ruud Hendriks to the new post of senior adviser. He will report to Hubert Keller, the managing partner of Lombard Odier responsible for LOIM. Hendriks will work closely with LOIM’s sales leadership to strengthen its distribution capabilities to institutional clients in Europe and beyond.MacKay Shields – The investment management firm has recruited Matthew Nagele as managing director and head of distribution for the UK and EMEA. Nagele will be based in the firm’s recently opened London office. He will report to John Akkerman, executive managing director and global head of distribution.Barnett Waddingham – The firm’s compliance officer, Zoe Smith, has joined the committee for the Association of Member-directed Pension Schemes (AMPS). She joins AMPS in place of outgoing chairman and Barnett Waddingham partner Andrew Roberts, who has stepped down after six years as a member and two years as chairman.iShares – BlackRock’s ETF platform is expanding its EMEA fixed income sales team with the appointment of Jessica Eistrand and Deri Bainge, both joining as directors. While Eistrand will cover the Nordics and Benelux, Bainge will cover Germany, Switzerland and Austria. They will report to Leen Meijaard, head of iShares EMEA sales.Dalriada Trustees – The trustee firm has recruited Adrian Kennett as head of practice for its ongoing trusteeship business. The appointment will give Dalriada a presence in the South West of England with the opening of new offices in the city, alongside offices in London, Glasgow and Belfast.
The French international was signed in August 2016 for a then world record fee of Â£89.3 million, but he has not completed 90 minutes for a month.He was hauled off by Mourinho in recent defeats at Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United, and dropped for Huddersfield’s trip to Old Trafford in the Premier League.Mourinho has been heavily critical of Pogba’s form with debate raging over what his role should be to maximise his potential.When asked if Pogba would return to the starting line-up against Sevilla, Mourinho said the player’s participation at an open training session earlier in the day indicated he was ready.“When a player is in that competitive situation it’s because they are normally ready without problems,” he said.Ander Herrera, Marcus Rashford and Antonio Valencia, who all missed the game at Huddersfield, are also hoping to return.Mourinho is returning to Seville, having enjoyed some big victories at the Sanchez Pizjuan during his three years in charge of Real Madrid between 2010 and 2013.He also won the Uefa Cup in the Andalusian city in 2003, when his Porto side beat Celtic at La Cartuja.“I have to say that meant a lot because it was my first time playing in Europe and we had a young team,” he said.“If my memory is ok I think I had big victories here against Sevilla but I also lost. But I am not the kind of guy to think that what happened before has any influence.“I think the two teams are very balanced, but we want to try, go with everything, and we are confident that over two legs we can do it.”After Wednesday’s game the sides meet again in the second leg at Old Trafford on March 13.TODAYSevilla v Man UtdShakhtar v RomaShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Jose Mourinho played down suggestions that Paul Pogba needs to use the Champions League knockout stage to justify his huge price tag as Manchester United prepare for today’s clash with Sevilla.“I dont think it’s fair to speak about the responsibilities of a player. When I decide a team to play I don’t look to the age, the salary, the transfer fee, because I think that’s not also fair,” Mourinho told reporters yesterday at the Sanchez Pizjuan in Seville, where the sides meet in their last 16, first leg.Pogba was included in United’s squad for the game after missing the 2-0 FA Cup fifth-round win at Huddersfield Town on Saturday through illness, compounding a poor few weeks for the midfielder.
Poppy:Most mascots have goofy-looking outfits that are over-the-top and just plain cheesy. Not the Minnesota Vikings’ mascot Ragnar. He’s a real, live Viking. In fact, he’s the only human mascot in all of professional sports, so you can’t tell me a cartoon-looking orange is more hardcore than this bearded, horned helmet-donning, motorcycle-riding freak. He would squash an orange with his axe and then grunt profusely before devouring the smiley-faced pipsqueak. I mean, Otto the Orange isn’t even round, he looks like he’s already rotting!The true measure of a mascot is devotion, and no one mascot is more devoted than Ragnar. Not only does he take the field as his true self, beard and all, Raggy hasn’t missed a single game since 1994 and is always the first to arrive in the Metrodome, revving the engine of one of his many bikes.Maybe most impressive is the world record Ragnar holds. In 1982, he set the mark for shaving a beard with an axe (eight minutes, 43 seconds), which still stands today. And this is no lame record that most mascots put on their bio to impress kindergarteners; the actual Ragnar really holds this world record!The only success the Vikes have had in the past years is due to their intimidating mascot. We all know opposing teams aren’t afraid of the sub-par teams Minnesota has fielded, but Ragnar certainly strikes fear in them from the sidelines. If Brad Childress really wants to excel in his first season as head coach, maybe he should give Ragnar a helmet and pads — though he probably wouldn’t wear them when he plays anyway. Perhaps if he were around earlier, the Vikings wouldn’t be 0-5 in the Super Bowl.McGrath:What makes a great mascot? First, it has to be inspirational, driving both fans and players to higher levels of performance. It should also be classy: acting as the ideal representative for a multi-million dollar corporation or university. That is why Otto the Orange is without question the greatest mascot around: He excels in both categories. First off, what is more inspirational than an orange in a baseball hat? Especially an orange that is slightly under-inflated. It’s like having Tiny Tim or The Gipper on the sidelines. You can’t help but want to win one for the Otto. I believe Donovan McNabb, a Syracuse alum, has said many times that if it wasn’t for the inspiration he got from Otto, he’d probably be a shoe salesman, albeit a really fast one with a bazooka for an arm.Poppy’s Ragnok, on the other hand, only makes me want to flee from his stench, since Vikings are notorious for their avoidance of showers.And you want to talk about dignity and class? Nothing is more dignified and stately than naked fruit in headgear with striped jogging pants. I mean, James Bond in a tux is probably the more pristine look out there, but Otto in a ball cap is a very close second. And for the record, a mascot with an untrimmed beard wearing dead animal skins has to rank near the bottom of the list.Plus, Otto is very functional. What other mascot could both hop in at defensive tackle in a pinch or donate his body for use as a second-string basketball, should one be needed in a game?Lastly, I’ve heard mumbles that Otto is something of a wimp or weenie. The guy is a fuzzy orange! All I have to say to that is would you want to fight a fruit that has enough testosterone to grow a full body beard? I didn’t think so.Poppy’s Ragnar can only grow a beard on his chin — a very undignified one — and suffers from male pattern baldness. Point: Otto.
Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officers at Miami International Airport stopped a woman on her way to Barbados attempting to sneak a Python on a plane on Sunday.TSA spokesperson Sari Koshetz said the reptile was “artfully concealed inside the electronics of a hard drive” in a bag checked in for the flight to Grantley Adams International Airport.“Upon the TSA officer’s discovery of the organic mass, one of our TSA bomb experts was called into the baggage screening room to investigate the innards of the hard drive and that is when he discovered the mass was a live snake,” Koshetz added.“While this mass inside the electronic device was obviously not an imminent terrorist threat to the travelling public, the interception did prevent a possible wildlife threat on an aircraft. Animals of many species have been known to escape and chew through wires with fatal results.”The United States Fish and Wildlife Services was notified of the discovery and took the young Ball Python and fined the unnamed passenger.
Alexander Ovechkin scored the game tying goal in the middle frame, then in the third period Jason Chimera beat Martin Brodeur on a shorthanded break with a beautiful move to lead the Washington Capitals to a 3-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils at “The Rock” on Friday night. Marcus Johansson added an insurance tally by putting home a Karl Alzner point blast with just over nine minutes left in regulation. Rookie Adam Larsson scored the Devils only goal in the first period on Tomas Vokoun (32 saves), who was extremely solid in the victory. The Caps are now 10-4 and face the Devils at the Verizon Center in Saturday’s rematch.Here are the highlights and analysis of a grind it out Capitals victory:– Ovechkin was a force over the last 30 minutes of this game and it wasn’t because of end to end rushes and pretty passing plays. Nope, the Gr8 played what Canadian icon Don Cherry would call “North American” hockey. Alexander the Great went to the net to score his goal by being parked at the right post and putting in Dennis Wideman’s blast that initially hit Ovechkin in the stomach. After that Ovie was ultra solid defensively getting a ton of even strength ice time when Caps Coach Bruce Boudreau went to just three lines in the third period (Alex Semin and Cody Eakin were benched, but more on that later). Ovechkin was constantly moving his feet and hitting Devils all over the ice, including one on Larsson that will have Saturday’s birthday boy likely waking up in some pain. On two consecutive shifts in the third period with the lead, the Gr8 skated to center ice and dumped the puck in the offensive zone and then changed, something that tells you he is buying into what Boudreau wants his club to do with a third period lead. In addition, in the last minute he went down to block a point shot despite the two goal lead (not to mention this is a November regular season game). He also grabbed Devils tough guy David Clarkson in scrums on two separate occassions. It was a vintage captain-type performance by Ovechkin and he should be proud of how he played in this one after a poor game on Tuesday.– Vokoun was really strong after a shaky last start on Long Island. The Devils came out flying but #29 didn’t allow them to get a two goal bulge with solid positioning and good rebound control. As the game went on his teammates got better but he still had to make a few tough saves.– Boudreau has been preaching accountability, and so have the players, so when things weren’t going well for a couple of his forwards, he stopped playing them. Those two tonight were Semin and Eakin. #28 took a penalty in the first period that was a garbage call (which in my opinion was based totally on reputation), but instead of being mentally tough and coming back strong after that, the Russian enigma moped. He didn’t win one on one battles and didn’t even get a shot on net so the Caps bench boss lassoed him to the pine. Eakin just looked weaker compared to the hard working Devils. Part of that is that he is still young and physically maturing but he also wasn’t moving his feet and using his speed.“I thought a couple guys weren’t going so I shortened the bench a bit,” said Boudreau in his post game presser.– One of the big stories coming into this game was the return of Mike Green, but #52 took a cheap hit to the groin and left leg from Ryan Carter along the right wing boards late in period one. Green went down grabbing his groin area, finished the shift, and then went down the tunnel after going to the bench. He returned for one power play shift early in period two and according to Steve Whyno of The Washington Times has a “different soreness” than the right ankle injury that kept him out of the previous six games. He is day to day.– New Jersey was perfect at home on the penalty kill before this game and they did that again tonight against a very good Washington power play (3rd in NHL). The Devils prevented the Caps from getting set up in four man advantage situations and they only got five shots in those eight minutes of power play time. The Capitals passed the puck too much, especially on their first power play. Semin was set up for a perfect quick shot in the slot on a moving Brodeur (17 saves) but instead chose to wind up, wait, and then pass the puck. #28 needed to shoot there and he likely would’ve scored (and probably would’ve played a lot more too). The Caps need to get back to a simpler power play where they move the puck to the point, blast away, and go for rebounds.– On the positive side of the special teams ledger was the Caps PK unit. Washington went five for five and also scored when Chimera gathered the puck in the neutral zone, went around Larsson like he was an orange road cone, and then faked Brodeur to the ice similar to a move he put on #30 last season at the Verizon Center. Alzner and the rest of the defense did a great job of allowing Vokoun to see the shots and then they made sure no Devils forwards were able to get in position for any rebounds.– In closing, after the initial Devils push in period one and part of period two, the Caps seemed to be the stronger team despite the final shots imbalance (33-20). The Capitals three lines were skating well but more importantly, the five remaining defensemen, Wideman, Alzner, John Carlson, Roman Hamrlik, and John Erskine were excellent in their own end. Washington has the type of personnel that can wear a club out over 60 minutes and I believe that is what happened in this game. It is a recipe they used against the Ducks last week and one that works when your goaltender is playing well, like Vokoun was tonight.Notes: Semin only played 8:25 and Eakin 7:07. Officially Green logged 7:44 of ice time, but they credited him with two shifts in the 2nd period when he only played one…Wideman led all Caps players with a beastly 27:11 of ice time. Carlson and Alzner played 23:32 and 22:14, respectively, while Erkine and Hamrlik both received just over 17 minutes of ice time. #44’s ice time of 17:31 was his lowest total of the season and only the 4th time in 14 games he’s been under 20 minutes. Given the way he’s played lately, the reduction makes sense…Jeff Schultz was the healthy defensive scratch and Mathieu Perreault the lone healthy forward…Washington lost the face-off battle 24-22 but Nicklas Backstrom (1 assist) went 12-8 and had the key draw win on the Ovechkin goal…the NHL Off Ice officials who work Devils games only credited Ovechkin with two hits so I am not sure exactly what sporting event they were watching tonight.