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first_imgAP6, the Swedish pensions buffer fund that specialises in private equity, has reported a high level of investment activity in the first months of 2019, including adding a number of US partners to its portfolio.With investors competing for deals – and some research suggesting the asset class has become overvalued – the Gothenburg-based investor said it made around 20 private equity transactions so far in 2019, in funds and as direct co-investments. It made direct investments in firms including Norwegian software company Visma and Danish internet firm Sitecore.Margareta Alestig, AP6 chief executive, said: “There is a continued good flow of interesting investment opportunities. A number of new collaborations have been initiated, which means that the diversification of the portfolio continues in terms of geography, segment and industry,”The SEK34.7bn (€3.2bn) fund said it had noticed a continued high level of activity in the capital raising processes it had taken part in, with access to capital so high that some funds had opted to increase their size. AP6 added that the most successful fund companies were having no problem closing their funds, with fierce investor competition to gain access to them.Karl Falk, head of fund investments at AP6, said the fund’s rate of investment had been high with regard to ongoing commitments to partner funds with which it already invested. However, AP6 had also formed a number of relationships with new partners.He said: “We are very positive about the fact that we have also been able to add additional US players in buyout and venture to the portfolio.”The buffer fund also reported having done a large number of co-investments this year.Mats Lindahl, director of direct investments at AP6, said: “The majority of the investments consist of new companies, including in the North American market. A minor share is about additional investments in already existing direct investments.”Research by data firm Preqin earlier this year showed nearly a third of investors (31%) planned to increase their allocations to private equity during 2019, with 12% planning to reduce it.Private equity investor views on key challenges for return generation in 2019Chart Makerlast_img read more


first_imgNewsTalk ZB 27 May 2015Family Planning will fight a potential new abortion law.Whanganui MP Chester Borrows was handed a petition by Stratford mother Hillary Kieft, whose daughter had an abortion at 15 years old before she attempted suicide a year later.The then teenager had explained her boarding school arranged for a procedure through a Family Planning clinic in Hawera, and failed to offer any post-abortion support.The two proposed changes sought for legislation to ensure parents were notified before daughters are referred for an abortion, and to ensure there is “a fully informed consent” from those undergoing the procedure.“This is not an anti-abortion petition,” said Burrows. “This is about two salient issues which cross the Anti-Abortion v Pro-Choice divide… Parental Notification and Informed Consent.”At present, those aged under 16 are able to have information restricted from anyone if its deemed “the disclosure of that information would be contrary to that individual’s interests”, according to Section 29 (1)(d) of the Privacy Act 1993.It is the second time changes would be pursued. In 2004, the Care of Children Act was passed. Amendments by Judith Collins, Murray Smith and Dale Jones sought to make parental notification compulsory, but they were defeated by considerable margins.http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/news/national/organisation-plans-to-fight-proposed-abortion-changes/last_img read more


first_imgThe province was liberated from theclutches of the Japanese forces, which lasted for two years and eight months onDec. 20, 1944, through the gallantry and heroism of Capiceño freedom fighters. “Let us all remember the sacrifices ofour war veterans and the heroism of our Capisnon freedom fighters who foughtfor the liberation of our province on this day,” the Provincial Tourism andCultural Affairs Office (PTCAO) said on its social media post. ROXAS City – The province of Capiz hascelebrated its 75th anniversary of liberation on Dec. 20. Sangguniang Panlalawigan ResolutionNo. 98 in 2010 formally declared Dec. 20 as Capiz Liberation Day. The Japanese guerillas arrived in theprovince on April 16, 1942 and established garrisons in this city and the othertowns until local revolutionary heroes conducted a three-pronged attack on theJapanese military camps which toppled down the intruders. A musical concert dubbed “Saludo”formed part of the commemoration. It also called for a yearlycommemoration of the historic event through PTCAO in partnership with theVeterans Federation of the Philippines-Capiz to pay tribute to Capiceñoveterans and heroes who fought for the freedom of the province and other partsin Panay Island from the control of the Japanese soldiers.(With a report from PIA/PN)last_img read more


first_imgJAKE NAUGHTON/Herald photoThis season, Jolene Anderson has received as much attention as any women?s basketball player in the Big Ten. What many fail to realize is that fellow guard Janese Banks is the real heart and soul of the team. She is the vocal leader in the locker room and is as essential to the Badgers? success as Anderson, especially as of late.In the Badgers? victory over Northwestern, for example, Anderson received most of the attention, as she scored 24 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. But with Anderson on the bench, Banks contributed 15 points, making sure Wisconsin would not surrender its big lead.With Anderson leading the Badgers in every offensive category on Sunday, and with most of Northwestern?s attention being focused on her, Banks made the Wildcats pay for not giving her due credit.?Janese is a fantastic player and I think she knows her role,? Northwestern head coach Beth Combs said. ?She knows when it?s her time to shine and score, and she knows when she needs to be a defender and be exactly what her team needs from her. There are times when she has been the go-to scorer and there are times when she makes all the right decisions.?Banks has been a team leader for all four seasons at Wisconsin, and while the media may not give her as much publicity as Anderson, Wisconsin head coach Lisa Stone never fails to recognize her for her leadership qualities.?I can?t say enough about my two leaders,? Stone said. ?Jo and Janese really took control of the game and shared the ball well with each other, and really started to show signs of what we want to see happen the rest of the way.?Throughout her career, Banks has pressured the team to perform to its full potential. She made that clear after the team lost six out of seven games to start off the Big Ten season. With the team on a downward slope, Banks pushed the team to play with more unity and with more defensive intensity.She has particularly displayed her leadership and defensive ability in recent games, setting the tempo for Wisconsin?s last two victories. Her teammates and opposing teams have directly attributed her strong play to the coinciding victories. Even her mere presence in the game allows everyone on the court to perform at a higher level.?I think she was their second leading scorer, but what she does defensively for them and what she does as a presence on the floor is just be a leader for them, and that?s all she has to do,? Combs said of Banks.The Badgers also know that without Banks contributing strong play, the Badgers would consequently play with less energy and strength on the court. With Banks putting up big numbers, it allows others, namely Anderson, to get more involved in the game and share the ball.?They?re both playing very, very consistently right now, and you?ve got to love it; it?s the last hurrah here for them, and they?re making the best of it,? Stone said. ?We?re going to ride these two. They?re great players; they?re very talented and they come to work every day at practice. They keep this team going. When they put up numbers like that, it?s easy to ride them.?After ending their Big Ten skid by winning consecutive games against Penn State and Northwestern, the Badgers have relied on Banks to be their anchor on defense. Though it may not be as glorified as Anderson?s scoring or putting up big numbers, Banks? defensive success is vital to the team.?We?ve been spending a majority of our practice time working on defense,? Banks said. ?We know it?s going to continue throughout the year, and I?m OK with it if we keep getting results. If it?s going to help us win basketball games, then I?m all for it.?last_img read more


first_imgSyracuse women’s basketball head coach Quentin Hillsman said that second-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference shooting guard Brittney Sykes has “progressed along great.” When asked if she could play this season, Hillsman said “sure.”Sykes tore her ACL and meniscus during SU’s opening-round NCAA tournament win over Chattanooga on March 22. She fell to the ground driving to the basket and was carried off the court, and the Orange was eliminated two nights later in the second round against Kentucky.Hillsman would not put a timetable on Sykes’ return, but said that her recovery process has gone well thus far.“She’s doing well,” Hillsman said. “The rehabbing is going well, and she’s working very hard. We’re not going to rush her back. We want her to come back 100 percent.”Should Sykes miss time, Hillsman said he expects Tennessee Tech transfer Diamond Henderson to make immediate scoring contributions for Syracuse. Henderson averaged 19.7 points for the Golden Eagles in 2013.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Diamond was recruited by a lot of high major universities and chose Tennessee Tech,” Hillsman said. “She’s going to have an immediate impact for us, and we need her to contribute right away.” Comments Published on September 17, 2014 at 7:27 pm Contact Sam: sblum@syr.edu | @SamBlum3 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more


first_imgEvery week, native English and Chinese speakers gather at Kaprielian Hall to practice their language skills with each other. This program, known as the Chinese English Language Exchange allows students not just to improve their speech but to also get a feel for the American and Chinese cultures and customs. “We promote cross-cultural awareness as well as practicing language. Language practice is a major component, but the coolest part is the cultural exchange,” said Jonathan Krabbenschmidt, the public relations chair of CELE. “It’s really valuable for us as language learners to learn the different holidays and their significance and hear presentations from students being given in Chinese and English. It helps get everyone out of their comfort zone.” The program started two years ago, with just a few students looking to improve their speaking skills. Under several Chinese professors, they decided to get a group together, comprised of both Chinese and English native speakers, to help take advantage of the other’s expertise. “It’s difficult to get a grasp on a language if you don’t practice speaking outside of the class,” Krabbenschmidt said. “It expanded to include not just language practice, but also sharing each other’s cultures, and that’s where the exchange part began.” As a relatively new organization on campus, CELE has encountered some difficulty in attracting an equal amount of speakers for both languages. Native English speakers learning Chinese, were especially in short supply. “There’s more Chinese language speakers at the meetings than language learners, and I think it’s really important that there’s an equal balance,” Krabbenschmidt said. “There’s not as many Chinese language learners as, say, Spanish or French, so it’s a little hard to track more English speakers. It doesn’t matter what your Chinese speaking skills are, we’re always looking for more heads.” Some students could also request to be paired up one on one, in order to cultivate a more intimate and personalized experience. These pairings often develop into genuine friendships, with the two spending time together outside of meetings getting to know each other better. “I met with a girl, Kathy, once a week, and we talked for an hour in both English and Chinese,” said Turner Wong, a senior majoring in international relations. “We didn’t talk about school stuff. We talked about our friends, our families, what was happening in our lives, and we eventually ended up becoming good friends.”Wong espoused the benefits of speaking with someone who could help her learn Chinese. Her familiarity with the area surrounding USC was also a plus, as she was also happy to help her partner navigate Los Angeles.“I think the concept of talking with someone who is native is very helpful, and it’s always good to learn and meet people from other cultures,” Wong said. “And I could help her if she wanted to go to the beach, or she wanted to know where the good food places were, she would come to me.” Since its inception two years ago, CELE has grown exponentially and is poised to become even larger in the upcoming years. Now officially USC-affiliated and receiving university funding, CELE now has the resources to put on more enriching events for its members. “It’s a little sad for me to be leaving at this turning point, going from a small grassroots language practice club to a full USC-affiliated club where membership is growing,” Krabbenschmidt said. “My hopes would be for it to grow into something more prominent on campus, something that people know about and know anyone is welcome to go to.”last_img read more


first_imgUSC’s 13th-ranked women’s tennis team puts its undefeated conference record on the line this weekend in a trip to Northern California to take on two very tough Pac-12 opponents.Stepping up · Junior co-captain Zoë Scandalis has moved into the top singles slot for the Women of Troy since her classmate Sabrina Santamaria injured her ACL. Scandalis is the nation’s 26th-ranked singles player. – Ralf Cheung | Daily Trojan The Women of Troy (14-4, 5-0) will face No. 12 California (12-4, 5-0) today and No. 4 Stanford (13-0, 5-0) tomorrow.USC has currently won five straight matches, and is coming off of a 4-0 sweep of Oregon and a 4-1 victory over Washington at home last weekend. The only point the Women of Troy ceded all weekend was a 6-0, 6-0 loss in singles by sophomore Paige Keating in her first home appearance at USC since transferring from Ole Miss.The Women of Troy have been working out the kinks in their lineup since losing junior Sabrina Santamaria for the season with a torn ACL. Before her injury, Santamaria was a stalwart on the top courts in singles and doubles. Santamaria paired with senior Kaitlyn Christian in doubles, and the pair won the NCAA championship together last year.USC head coach Richard Gallien has been playing Christian with fellow senior Brynn Boren on court one consistently, and the pair has won three straight matches. Junior Giuliana Olmos and freshman Zoë Katz have been slugging away on court two, while juniors Zoë Scandalis and Gabriella DeSimone have been playing together on court three.The Intercollegiate Tennis Association hasn’t quite caught up with Santamaria’s injury, as she and Christian are still ranked No. 22 in the nation together despite not having competed together since March 2 at Texas. Scandalis and Olmos, who were 22-7 on the season together before being split up, are ranked No. 7 in the nation in doubles, and Boren and Katz are ranked No. 12.In singles, Santamaria is still ranked No. 15 and Scandalis, who has assumed the top singles spot for USC in her teammate’s absence, sits at No. 26. Olmos is ranked No. 69 and Katz is ranked No. 90 to bring USC’s total ranked players tally to four in singles.Meanwhile, undefeated Stanford boasts six ranked players, headlined by No. 2 Kristie Ahn. Ahn and Carol Zhao make up the 10th-ranked doubles team in the nation. Taylor Davidson and Ellen Tsay are ranked No. 36 together.Cal’s Zsofi Susanyi is the highest-rated of five ranked singles players for the Golden Bears (No. 14), while Anett Schutting and Maegan Manasse lead the way in doubles with a No. 43 ranking.Earlier this season, the Women of Troy pulled off an upset over the Bears in a nonconference matchup at Marks Stadium. USC was ranked No. 9 at the time and Cal held the No. 4 spot in the nation. Susanyi earned the only point of the day for the Bears with a 6-3, 6-2 win over USC’s Boren, and the rest of USC’s team dismantled its opponents.The success USC experienced in that match is certainly encouraging, but the Women of Troy haven’t had a chance to face Stanford yet this season. Stanford is undefeated so far this season with seven sweeps out of its 13 wins, and only three teams (Rice, Saint Mary’s and California) have managed to put more than one on the board against the Cardinal.If the Women of Troy are to repeat as Pac-12 champions, the team needs to have success on the road this weekend. UCLA will also be traveling to the Bay Area, visiting Stanford today and Cal tomorrow. All four teams are undefeated in conference play so far, so this weekend’s results will provide some separation at the top of the conference rankings.USC’s match against California kicks off today at 1:30 p.m. in Berkeley, Calif. Saturday’s match against Stanford will begin at noon in Palo Alto, Calif.last_img read more


first_imgCanadian flag in front of te snow capped Rocky Mountains, British Columbia, Canada. A senior Canadian diplomat has defended the decision not to grant visas to a number of St. Lucians even though her country would like more people to visit.The rate is very high because we don’t receive proper documentation for visas,” says Canadian High Commissioner to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, Marie Legault.Legaut…defended Canada’s visa requirement policy“Hopefully we can work on that and we can solve the situation in the future,” she said, adding that in addition to improper documentation, false information is also being provided to Canadian authorities.The Canadian diplomat stressed that St. Lucia and Canada have a strong relationship and it is important to recognize the issue of Canadian security.On September 11, 2012, the Canada implemented visa requirements for visitors to Canada including those from St. Lucia and St. Vincent.Canadian authorities were reported to be concerned that criminals from both countries could legally change their names and acquire new passports.last_img read more


first_imgShare Submit StumbleUpon Share Romania’s ONJN adds 20 sites to blacklist August 14, 2020 Related Articles Kambi takes full control of LeoVegas sportsbook portfolio August 26, 2020 Kristian NylenStockholm-listed, betting platform and software provider Kambi Group Plc, has expanded its presence within the regulated Romanian gambling market in partnership with Stanleybet.Updating the market, Kambi leadership confirms that it has secured the lead omni-channel platform supplier agreement for Stanleybet Romania’s digital and retail properties.The agreement follows an extensive tender process undertaken by StanleyBet governance, seeking a sportsbook platform provider able to service its ‘+300 Romanian betting shops and fast-growing digital presence’.“As one of the strongest sports betting brands in Romania, I’m delighted Stanleybet Romania has chosen Kambi and our market-leading Sportsbook to springboard the company to its next phase of growth,” Kristian Nylen, Kambi Chief Executive, said.“The agreement reflects the strength of our multi-channel offer, as well as the flexibility of the Kambi Sportsbook, with Stanleybet keen to offer their customers a unique and differentiated sports betting experience,”Kambi development teams have begun the integration of systems and the full migration is expected to be finished in a matter of weeks and ahead of this summer’s football World Cup.StanleyBet Romania governance detailed that its choice of Kambi as lead omni-channel sportsbook supplier was determined by the firm’s ability to scale products for both retail and digital disciplines, in-line with the firm’s long-term Romanian growth strategy.Sorin Georgescu, Stanleybet Romania Chief Executive, commented: “This partnership is a key milestone for Stanleybet Romania’s evolution in the local market. During the tender process, it quickly became clear Kambi not only had the best sportsbook in the field but also possessed the most sophisticated proprietary technology in the industry.“Our mission is to offer our customers the best sports betting experience possible and by partnering with Kambi we will be able to do exactly that, with the added flexibility to differentiate and stay true to the strong Stanleybet Romania brand,” Kambi takes control of Churchill Downs BetAmerica sportsbook August 28, 2020last_img read more


first_img Related Articles Andrea Vota named director general of Jdigital July 24, 2020 The European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) has called for the single market regulations to be ‘enforced more strongly across all sectors, including online gambling’.It follows on from the publication of the European Commission’s action plan for the enforcement of the EU single market rules, in which the EGBA agreed that the implementation and enforcement of EU law is a joint responsibility of both the European Commission and member states.However, the industry body emphasised that ‘joint responsibility does not negate the special role of the European Commission’ nor does it deny its ‘role in supporting Member States to avoid potential infringement by scrutinizing their draft laws and maintaining dialogue via the Technical Regulation Information System (TRIS) notifications’.Maarten Haijer, secretary general of the EGBA, commented: “EGBA welcomes the Commission’s commitment to making the single market work but EU law should be enforced more strongly across all sectors, including online gambling.”The EGBA emphasised that stronger enforcement of single market rules is necessary, especially across the online sphere, for the market to function effectively as EU citizens are spending more time online purchasing goods, services and engaging in entertainment activities, such as online gambling.The industry body added: “The need for stronger enforcement is particularly clear in those sectors which are not yet harmonized, such as online gambling.“The EU online gambling sector is worth €22.2 billion, and growing by 10% each year, but the 16.5 million Europeans who bet online experience 27 different sets of national online gambling policies.” StumbleUpon Submit EGBA calls for enhanced collaboration on consumer rights August 11, 2020 KSA issues ‘conduct warning’ following covid marketing breaches July 28, 2020 Share Sharelast_img read more