Pension fund for Dutch retailers leaves Syntrus Achmea for TKP

first_img“However, the pension fund used the opportunity to change providers.”The retail scheme, with 245,000 active participants, almost 80,000 pensioners and more than 600,000 deferred members, is one of Syntrus Achmea’s larger clients. Syntrus Achmea’s Van der Struijs conceded that the loss of Detailhandel would not be offset by new clients, such as the pension funds of Unisys Netherlands and the new individual DC scheme of Shell Netherlands.He also confirmed the departure of Detailhandel would lead to the loss of 100 jobs at Syntrus Achmea and a write-off of goodwill.The retail scheme replaced Syntrus Achmea Asset Management with fiduciary manager BlackRock in 2011.Parent company Achmea reported a €46m loss during the first six months of 2014, due partly to a €78m goodwill write-off at Syntrus Achmea.According to Achmea, Syntrus Achmea’s results were “disappointing”, citing falling management fees at its property branch SA Vastgoed, as well as the pending departure of Detailhandel. Detailhandel, the €12bn pension fund for the Dutch retail sector, has said it will not extend its five-year contract for pensions provision with Syntrus Achmea. René Upperman, the scheme’s director, declined to elaborate on the reason why the pension fund planned to sever its ties with the provider but said it would transfer its pensions administration to Aegon subsidiary TKP.Syntrus Achmea spokesman Erik van der Struijs said: “In recent years, we have focused on change, but during the process we have further drifted apart.“We have succesfully transferred a large number of clients to our new IT platform, and Detailhandel was also scheduled to move this new ‘target environment’.last_img read more

Efe Ambrose- Super Eagles Not Shut at Me

first_imgEfe-Ambrose In spite of having been shut out of the Nigerian national team for more than three years now, Ambrose Efe still believes that his Super Eagles career is not over. The 2013 AFCON gold medalist gave Kunle Adewale, an insight into the Eagles’ campaign in Egypt, his time with Derby County and Frank Lampard and many moreAfter a scintillating Round of 16 encounter between Nigeria and Cameroon, which the Super Eagles won 3-2, Nigerian soccer fans are beginning to be optimistic that the team might go on to win the trophy, a sentiment which is also shared by Efe Ambrose.“I always believe the Super Eagles will shine in the on-going Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt, and in every tournament the first math is key, a test which the team passed and with luck on their side they have the potential to go all the way. “Some of the players like Mikel Obi, Ahmed Musa, Alex Iwobi and Odion Ighalo are well experienced to know what it takes to represent ones country.”Asked to rate the better team between the 2013 AFCON winning team to the present one, Ambrose is of the opinion that there is no basis for comparism .“Nobody gave us a chance to win the tournament that year and the willingness to prove doubters wrong was what kept us going and we had the belief that we can win and we played as a unit. And I can also see that unity and love in this present squad and when a team is together it’s always very difficult to beat.”Since the expiration of his short contract with Derby County, Ambrose is in search of another club and he’s optimistic that he will hear good news from his agent soon.On why he did not feature much in Derby County’s failed attempt to gaining promotion to the Premier League, Ambrose said Frank Lampard is in a better position to answer the question, saying however that he felt honoured to play for Derby and under the present Chelsea manager.“Efe hasn’t played a competitive match since the end of December. It was good for us to have a look at him in this way. Efe is here outside of the window and if he can come in then great,” Lampard had said of Efe then. “I have found him very nice, very good, very friendly, so as a character I think he would be great for us anyway,” Lampard had said.He went on to outline some of the defender’s strengths with a move seemingly moving closer.“I watched a lot of him, I know his strengths. He is a tall defender, very committed, wants to play on the ball, and quick. It is just about making sure about his level of fitness and that both sides are happy it is going to work.”“I had other offers from abroad so when my agent called me and said Derby were interested and they had put an offer to us, with Lampard, I said there is no second choice. That should be the first choice because for me, I’ve known Lampard since he was at Chelsea as a player, and he has been my hero and someone I’ve always enjoyed watching play football. He is a legend so when he told me about Derby and Lampard, I’ve always watched the Championship and known about the passion,” Ambrose said.“Sometimes you never know where football will take you but for me, it’s a dream to play down in England so getting the opportunity to play here is amazing,” Ambrose said.“It was an honour that Derby and indeed Lampard saw me as such an important player to be signed on and I really enjoyed my time there. Lampard is a wonderful manager and am optimistic that in the next three or four years he will be rated as one of the best coaches in the world like Pep Guardiola,” he opined.In spite of Gernot Rohr not looking at his direction for a place in the Super Eagles, Ambrose is optimistic he still has something to offer the German-born tactician.“For me, I have not yet retired from international football and I’ll still continue to work hard for a place in the Super Eagles team. Age does not matter in football, it is form that matters, which means I can still very much play myself into the heart of the national team managers.”Ambrose is perhaps best known for his five-year stint at Celtic, where he replaced the former Owls captain Glenn Loovens and was a teammate of Gary Hooper, but the Nigerian spent the best part of two years at Hibernian before engineering his own release.After a good performance at the junior ranks, former national team coach, Stephen Keshi invited Ambrose Efe to the Super Eagles ahead of 2013 Africa Cup of Nations and the defender did repose the trust ‘Big Boss’ had on him as he stood like a Rock in the defence en route Nigeria’s third AFCON success. Dip in form; not having enough playing time however robbed Efe of his ambition of having a part at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.After failing to pin down a regular playing time under Coach Bredan Rogers at Celtic and as a way of playing himself back to reckoning into the national team after been ignored in two successive 2018 World Cup qualifiers against Zambia and Algeria respectively, Ambrose sought a loan deal to English second-tier side, Blackburn Rovers, but the non-issuance of work permit made him return to Celtic.The 30-year-old had stated that he is ready to continue “working hard and training hard. It’s difficult as a player you want to play, but as you know football has its ups and downs you have good days and bad days. For me I keep working hard and training hard, I enjoy every moment I spend on the training field.“The manager has told me, he has seen me he knows my quality and the kind of player I am, but the most important thing for me is to start playing so when I start playing he can see me in a different way,” Ambrose was quoted as saying by The Scotting Sun.Ambrose started his professional career at Kaduna United in 2006 and two years later, he was loaned to Bayelsa United for the 2008–09 season but remained with Kaduna United after helping them win promotion.He joined Israeli Premier League club FC Ashdod in June 2010 and left in 2012 to join Scottish Premier League club Celtic on a three-year contract.Ambrose was a member of the Nigerian national under-20 football team at 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Canada. He later represented Nigeria U-23 and played two games at the 2008 Summer Olympics.He was called up to Nigeria’s 23-man squad for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations playing five out of six games was named in the 2013 African Cup of Nations team of the tournament. He says winning the AFCON was his biggest achievement and one of the greatest moments of his life.He was selected for Nigeria’s squad at the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup and the 2014 FIFA World Cup.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Thurles Sarsfield’s Munster Semi Final clash is postponed a week

first_img+++ The Munster Council took the decision following the sudden and tragic death of Jack Griffin, who was part of Thurles Sars management team.The match has now been re-fixed for Sunday November 15th in the Gaelic Grounds at 2 pm.Tipperary GAA has thanked both the Munster Council and Na Pairsaigh for agreeing to the postponement. last_img

Teammates of 16-year-old killed by Police help him ‘score one last goal’ in emotional gesture [VIDEO]

first_imgThat’s lovely. Sport is so joyful. Brings hope at times of immense pain. Lovely story.— Alec Proffitt (@GinnerWina) June 13, 2020 The way they try to ‘hug’ him at the end…you’ve got me this morning 😢— Natalie Pirks (@Natpirks) June 13, 2020 The beautiful game— Dreyyy (@Dreyyyy_) June 13, 2020center_img In a very emotional gesture, the friends of a 16-year-old footballer who was killed in Mexico helped him “score one last goal” after his funeral.According to Reuters, Alexander Martinez was murdered after an apparent case of mistaken identity.Local media had reported that he went out to buy a drink when he was shot dead by police.Before he was buried, his teammates took his coffin to the arena where he used to play football and helped him score his last goal.One of his mates kicked the ball against the coffin and it rebounded into the goal, after which his friends embraced it in celebration as the crowd that had gathered around cheered.It was an emotional moment which drove some of those who had assembled to tears.Alexander Martinez was then buried in Vicente Camalote.The funeral service was attended by about 300 people according to Reuters and his coffin was decorated with two soccer shirts, including a yellow jersey of French soccer champions Paris Saint-Germain and blue and white stripes of Mexican outfit C.F. Monterrey.Oaxaca State Governor Alejandro Murat said on Twitter: “In Oaxaca, the law will apply, without hesitation, for those responsible for Alexander’s case.”Take a look at the video below:16 year old boy murdered in Mexico. His teammates took him to where they used to play football. And let him score, one last time. Never seen something like this.— Alex Stone (@AlexStone7) June 12, 2020On social media, most people were overwhelmed by the act by Martinez’s teammates.Here are some of their reactions:last_img read more

LA Lakers’ Byron Scott fine with D’Angelo Russell’s “ice in my veins” comment

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Yet, the self-described “old school” Scott admitted Russell’s antics would not have played well during his time.“This is a different age,” said Scott, who played 11 out of 14 NBA seasons with the Lakers. “Back in the 80’s, they would’ve saw that and the next team he’d play would try to kill him.”Russell sounded unfazed.“It’s a new day,” Russell said. “It’s not the old day. I do what I do.”Even in the old days, a certain 19-year-old rookie named Magic Johnson jumped into Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s arms after the Lakers secured a win over the Clippers on opening nght. “That’s a different celebration. That wasn’t focused on ‘me,’ ” Scott said. “That was Magic at 19 being excited because his team won a game. Kareem had to let him know they had 81 more. Magic being Magic said, ‘If you do it more 81 more times, I’m going to jump in your arms 81 more times.’ That was him.”Scott hardly showed as much sympathy last season when Lakers forward Nick Young interrupted Jeremy Lin’s on-court interview following a rare win against the Celtics. But Young scoffed at any suggestion such antics question both his professionalism and dedication to his craft. “He has to have fun and enjoy the game,” Young said of Russell. “You don’t try to shut people down. Have fun with the game. That would be the worst thing for him, being criticized.”Injury updateNearly a week has passed, and Lakers guard Kobe Bryant still felt enough soreness in his right shoulder to keep him limited. Bryant sat out Friday’s game against Atlanta, marking the third time in the past four games he has sat out because of his injury.“There’s no more concern than I’ve had this year period as far as hoping it gets to the point where he can play with it,” Scott said. “I don’t think it will get to the point the rest of this season where he’s going to be pain free.” Bryant played 11 minutes in Wednesday’s loss in Denver before feeling right shoulder soreness that he described as “really, really achy.” He added he would not have played had it not marked his last game at Pepsi Center.“With rest he always feels better,” Scott said. “But when you go back on the court and start playing, guys are grabbing, holding, hitting and bumping. It can get thrown out of whack. This is just something we’ll have to continue to deal with for the next six weeks.” Scott hardly anticipated Jordan Clarkson’s recovery will last that long with a strain in his left knee. Scott ruled out Clarkson for Friday’s game against Atlanta, but added he remains “pretty close” toward returning.Scott initially feared Clarkson suffered a season-ending injury when he left midway through the third quarter of Wednesday’s game in Denver. But the Lakers did not consider it serious enough for Clarkson to receive any additional tests. Clarkson also participated in Friday’s morning shootaround.Said Scott: “I’m going to be very cautious with him.”Fan supportAs the waning minutes ticked by, the 18,998 fans at Staples Center called out an all-too-familiar chant. “Kobe! Kobe!”The chant reverberated around the arena and even perplexed the Lakers’ bench. But the noise did not reach Bryant, who stayed home at his Newport Beach residence.“That’s a little bit of a haul even though I know he has a jet, a helicopter and all this other stuff to get here,” Scott joked. “But we really haven’t talked about it. A lot of it is just feel. He comes sometimes to support his guys. Sometimes he stays home to get his treatment and get his rest.”Bryant has expressed concerns about his back tightening up on the bench, though he has sat in some games such as during Tuesday’s win against Brooklyn. Yet, Scott sounded uncertain if Bryant could compromise his health by attending games both to support teammates and pay respect to fans with hopes to see him for one last time.“He’s very sympathetic to that,” Scott said. “I’m sure when he’s able and not playing, he’ll be here to support his teammates and just so for the fans can get a look at him.”Playing it safeThe plan prevented Larry Nance Jr. on Wednesday in Denver, which is a few hours away from his alma mater at University of Wyoming. But the Lakers’ rookie forward supported the team’s decision to shut him down on back-to-backs because of his sore right knee. “We’ve taken so many steps forward,” said Nance, who reported having input on the decision. “At this point n the season, what’s the point of taking a step back?”Nance admitted he “would’ve still loved to play” even if few Cowboys fans would attend since it coincided with the program’s senior night. But he realized that may have prevented him from currently feeling “100 percent” and “no pain.”“I’ve been feeling great,” Nance said. “I know the decision behind having me sit in back to back has kept me feeling great.”center_img The ball left D’Angelo Russell’s fingertips and splashed into the net. The basket secured a career-high performance. It later cemented a rare Lakers win. Then, Russell kept pointing at his left arm and proclaimed his emergence this way: “I got ice in my veins.” The video soon went viral and caused Lakers coach Byron Scott have “a little smirk.” Scott believed the moment revealed “a little bit of both” Russell’s cockiness and excitement over his career-high 39-point effort in Tuesday’s win over Brooklyn.“I’ll talk to him the next time it comes up when he has a chance again,” Scott said before the Lakers’ 106-77 loss to the Atlanta Hawks on Friday at Staples Center. “I’m sure he’ll have something else in store. I’m OK with it as long as you can back it up.”Russell could not back it up on Friday when he scored seven points on 1-of-9 shooting and added two assists in 25 minutes. But in his previous five starts, Russell has averaged 23.2 points on 53.3 percent shooting and 4.8 assists in 32.6 minutes. last_img read more