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European, Asian companies lower outlook post-Brexit – Fidelity

first_imgIn addition, Fidelity reported that almost half (49%) of European analysts said their companies were “less willing” to invest in the UK over the next two years while the Brexit negotiations took place.One-quarter of Asian analysts agreed.The analysts cited a lack of clarity over UK/EU relations, risks to the financial sector in London, risks to the property market and a possible loss of talent as companies choose to relocate.UK prime minister Theresa May yesterday stated that the country would be giving up access to the EU’s single market when it leaves the union.Fidelity’s research also covered analysts’ views of Donald Trump, who will be inaugurated as US president on Friday, as well as the wave of national elections across Europe in 2017.Almost three-quarters (72%) of Fidelity’s analysts said their companies were positive on the two-year outlook under Trump’s presidency.The Republican party’s dominance of Congress, as well as the president-elect’s stance on areas such as corporate tax, income tax, infrastructure spending, fossil fuels and deregulation, all point to an encouraging future, the analysts said.European analysts were less bullish, with 39% saying their companies had a positive US outlook.However, only 12% said the outlook was negative.Nearly two-thirds (64%) of analysts covering emerging Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America said the impact of Trump was “moderately negative”.Despite the mixed views of companies, Michael Sayers, director of research at Fidelity, said the research had also shown that “none of these political risks are seen as strong enough to offset upbeat cyclical forces that are evident in all regions and sectors”.Fidelity claimed their research suggests “concerns over political risk are not enough to disrupt the upbeat cyclical forces evident across all sectors and regions”.The annual survey questioned 146 of the asset manager’s equity and bond analysts. A significant proportion of analysts across Europe and Asia are expecting a negative impact from Brexit on the companies they cover, according to Fidelity International.Almost 60% of the asset manager’s European investment analysts said the UK’s departure from the European Union would have a “moderately negative” impact on their companies.More than one-third (40%) of Japanese analysts said the same.Of particular concern are firms in the industrial, energy, discretionary consumer goods, financial and IT sectors.last_img read more

Margaret Mary Health, Hoxworth announce blood drive

first_imgBatesville, In. — Margaret Mary Health, in conjunction with Hoxworth Blood Center, is hosting a blood drive on Oct. 9 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in a donor bus outside the hospital.All donors must be at least 17 years old and weigh a minimum of 110 pounds. A photo ID is required the day of donation, and donors are strongly encouraged to eat a good meal and drink plenty of water or juice before donating.To schedule your appointment, call (800)830-1091 or go online here.last_img

Eldora Speedway officials forced to cancel season opener

first_imgRossburg, Oh. — After consultation with authorities in Darke and Mercer County as well as border counties in the neighboring state of Indiana, Eldora Speedway officials had to cancel the 66th Season Opener over the weekend.“Sometimes you gotta know when to fold’em,” said Roger Slack, General Manager. “The facility and track surface are ready to go but the race teams and fans have to be able to get here – and do so in a safe and timely fashion.”The local area remains under a flood warning with Grand Lake St. Mary at flood stage and nine roads closed in the immediate area of the speedway in Darke County and another 27 closures in Mercer County.The OHGO app reports closures in Ohio include US and State Routes 127, 118, 29, 30, 47, 49 and 66 while INDOT’s live map shows US and State Routes 1, 26 and 27 closed for flooding.The next event on Eldora’s 2019 schedule is the #LetsRaceTwo Doubleheader Weekend featuring the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars and USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars on Friday and Saturday, May 10th and 11th.Racing in all classes will be held May 4 at the Lawrenceburg Speedway.last_img read more

Aussie Open: Federer, Djokovic ease into third round

first_imgRelatedPosts Djokovic clinches fifth Italian Open title Djokovic zooms to 10th Italian Open final Djokovic fined $10,000 for ‘unsportsmanlike conduct’ Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer both eased into the third round of the Australian Open on Wednesday. Djokovic is never at his most comfortable in windy conditions but he made a flying start against Japan’s Tatsuma Ito and dropped just seven games in a 6-1 6-4 6-2 victory. The second set was tight but, once the defending champion took that, any semblance of danger passed. Djokovic said with a smile: “I was like, ‘Yes, it’s going to be a windy day. I love the wind.’ I’m being sarcastic now, of course. “I don’t think players enjoy these kind of conditions. You have to accept them and embrace the fact that I guess you’re going to be challenged on different levels, not just by your opponent, but also the conditions. “That’s okay. I accepted it. I came into the match and played extremely well at the beginning. Got a 5-0 lead up after 15 minutes. I’m just overall pleased with the performance.” Djokovic, who next plays another Japanese in Yoshihito Nishioka, hit 16 aces and won 43 of 46 points when he landed his first serve. “My serve was working extremely well in the first round and second round,” he said. “That’s something I worked on in the off-season. That’s one of the priorities I guess of the training sessions, trying to get that advantage of winning a lot of easy points on the first serve. It has been paying off so far I think in ATP Cup and here.” Federer went one better than Djokovic in a 6-1 6-4 6-1 victory over Serbian Filip Krajinovic. The third seed admitted he felt a little sorry for his opponent, who played a five-set first-round encounter on Tuesday having been rained off on Monday while Federer played indoors. The third seed said he had low expectations coming into the tournament having not played a competitive match since November but he has been very sharp so far and maintained his record of always having reached at least the third round on each of his 21 visits to Melbourne Park. In the third round, the Swiss will take on popular Australian John Millman, who he lost to in very hot and humid conditions at the US Open in 2018. Federer remembers it as the worst he has felt physically after a match, saying: “I don’t know anything remotely close. I was just happy it was over. I never had that. “I think the next match is really going to be a test for me because John is going to be there. He’s fit like a fiddle. He’s from this country, so naturally also it’s going to be different intensity.”Tags: Australian OpenNovak DjokovNovak DjokovicRoger Federerlast_img read more

Millen stunned by Pulis blow

first_img Pulis left Selhurst Park by mutual consent on Friday after reportedly falling out with co-chairman Steve Parish over transfers this summer. Palace had collected just four points from 11 games when Pulis was appointed manager in November but the former Stoke boss instigated a remarkable turnaround. The team finished 11th and 12 points clear of the drop – an achievement that saw Pulis named Premier League manager of the season three months ago. “We’ve lost a great leader of a football club and of men,” said Millen, who has been put in temporary charge for the team’s Barclays Premier League opener against Arsenal on Saturday. “He likes to control the club and what goes on in the club but he also controls the players. “He’s close to the players, he works them hard, he’s very structured and organised, he’s very single-minded. “He knows what he wants and the players understood that.” Pulis took training with the first-team on Thursday afternoon as normal before meeting Parish in the evening. It was decided there that the pair’s relationship was not sustainable and Millen was informed at 9pm he would take charge of the first team on Saturday. “You can see both sides of the argument,” Millen said. Crystal Palace caretaker boss Keith Millen believes the Eagles have lost a “great leader of men” after Tony Pulis’ shock departure from the club. “When you look at the structure of the club overall, there’s been a lot of work done at Selhurst Park and at the training ground. “We’re trying to build a club that can sustain staying in the Premier League. “It’s the balance of spending money on the stadium and trying to strengthen the squad. “Whether that’s been the source of the clash I don’t know but it’s about getting that balance of trying to do both.” The club’s technical coach David Kemp addressed the players on behalf of Pulis on Friday morning, expressing his gratitude for their hard work last season. Millen also took temporary charge of the first team in October after Ian Holloway left and the team picked up four points from four matches while he was at the helm. “When Ian left last time there was a sense that it might happen because the results hadn’t been going well,” Millen said. “There was disappointment when Ian left but also maybe a bit of relief as well because we’d been struggling so much. “This time, on the back of the season we had, it’s shocked the players in a different way. “They want questions answered as well on where we’re going as a club now.” Former Cardiff manager Malky Mackay has been installed as the early favourite to replace Pulis while Tim Sherwood, Neil Lennon and David Moyes are also available. Millen insists he is undecided on whether he would like to be considered but believes the appointment will be made quickly this time around. “The beauty of when Ian left and I took over was the chairman wanted to see what was out there and he was happy with what we were doing in the meantime,” Millen said. “I don’t see it taking so long this time. The timing of it means the transfer window shuts at the end of the month. “We are looking to do more business and it’s important the new manager picks those players.” He added: “I would have thought there won’t be any more players coming in until someone new is appointed. “Ever since I’ve been here the manager has had a big say in the players brought in and we want to get off to a good start so I think the chairman will be very proactive.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Long Dog’s day as Willie Mullins looks to the Future at Leopardstown

first_img Press Association Long Dog led from start to finish to claim the Paddy Power Future Champions Novice Hurdle at Leopardstown. Gordon Elliott’s Tombstone and another Mullins inmate in Petit Mouchoir emerged as the biggest threats on the run to the final flight, but 9-4 favourite Long Dog dug deep to prevail by three-quarters of a length. Tombstone was the same distance in front of Petit Mouchoir at the line. Winning owner Rich Ricci said: “He’s very brave and he clearly wants further – Ruby (Walsh) said he was flat out the whole way. The ground was a bit too heavy for him, but he won that very well. “He’ll definitely go up in trip, but I’m not sure whether he’ll run between now and Cheltenham – he seems to take his races very well. I’d be happy to go straight to Cheltenham, but it’s Willie’s call. “He’s a grinder.” Mullins said: “His experience was a big help, and he’d no trouble staying or jumping. He could come back for the Deloitte, but he’s had a busy time so we’ll have to see. He’s learning all the time and the only reason we ran him in the summer was because he missed last season.” Walsh said: “He’s very tough. I never felt like I was travelling that well and it felt like I as going as fast as I wanted to be going, but he stuck at it really well. “He took one or two chances, as I was having to throw him at a few hurdles just to hold my position. When I caught hold of him at the second-last he seemed to find another gear and from there home he stuck at it really, really well. “He’s won his last six – he started in Sligo and he’s ended up in Leopardstown at Christmas, so that’s brilliant. He’s won over two-five, so he can go up in trip.” center_img The Willie Mullins-trained four-year-old was bidding for his sixth straight victory and his second at Grade One level, having seen off stablemate Bachasson in the Royal Bond at Fairyhouse last month. The two stablemates locked horns once more, with Long Dog narrowly leading Bachasson for much of the two-mile journey, before the latter began to falter from the home turn. last_img read more

Pompey shifts AP Invitational Track and Field meet to 2021

first_img… IOC extends Olympic Qualification date to June 29, next yearALIANN Pompey, one of Guyana’s most decorated international track and field athletes, has officially announced the cancellation of her 2020 edition of the AP Invitational, owing to the COVID-19 global pandemic.“It’s with sadness and great concern that I inform you that the API will not be contested this year, due to the rising concerns and risks associated with COVID-19,” Pompey said, telling athletes “I pray that you and your families and loved ones remain safe during these difficult times. As always, thank you for your continued support and we’ll see you in 2021!”Pompey, a four-time Olympian and president of the Pan Am Sports Athletes Commission, would have held her 5th AP Invitational on June 4 at the National Track and Field Centre at Leonora, but now, the 42-year-old will have to wait an additional year to host what has become one of the most important meets in the Caribbean and South America.The 2002 Commonwealth Games women’s 400m gold medallist’s announcement comes in the wake of the International Olympic Committee’s decision to have athletes who qualified for the 2020 Olympic Games to remain qualified for the postponed Games in 2021.In a letter to the heads of the international federations, IOC Sport Director Kim McConnell also outlined the revised qualification deadlines for the 2021.The disruption – caused by the COVID-19 pandemic – of the Olympic qualifying process for several sports was a contributing factor in the IOC’s decision to postpone the Tokyo Games. Qualification has yet to be completed for 47 percent of all athletes’ spots for the Olympics.Qualification for the Tokyo Games must be completed by June 29, 2021, McConnell said. The final deadline for entries to be submitted to the IOC is July 5.The new deadlines are part of a series of amendments to the Tokyo 2020 Qualification System Principles, approved in recent days by the IOC qualification taskforce.McConnell also left it up to international federations such as FIG, gymnastics’ global governing body, to decide whether athletes who would not have been old enough to compete in Tokyo this summer will be able to participate in the 2021 Games.“Regarding the eligibility criteria for the lower age limit, if any, the IOC recognises the full authority of IFs to assess the eligibility of those athletes who are not eligible in July 2020 but meet the lower age limit in 2021,” McConnell wrote.McConnell in the letter acknowledged the challenges facing the international federations in revising their qualification processes.The priority remains to reflect, where possible, the allocation method/pathway of the original qualification systems,” McConnell pointed out, while adding that “this principle encourages IFs to follow a like-for-like approach by replacing those lost opportunities that were allocating quota with the same number of events.”Regarding the scenario where quota allocation was originally based on ranking, International Federation retains full discretion to define the new ranking deadline and pathway.According to the IOC, a sport-specific balance needs to be found between protecting those athletes who were close to qualifying, based on the previous 2020 deadlines, while also ensuring the participation of the best athletes at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 by allowing the top performers of the 2021 season to qualify.last_img read more

More than beds: area housing fit for kings

first_imgThis article is part of the Daily Trojan‘s supplement issue, “If you build it, will they come?” This semester’s supplement focused on the impact of the new Ronald Tutor Campus Center and University Gateway apartment complex, both of which will open this fall.Katherine Lewin thought she had found the perfect housing solution.Leon Russo | Daily TrojanLewin, a freshman majoring in communication, wanted to live somewhere that was safe and convenient, and the new University Gateway apartments seemed like the perfect solution.But her decision came at a high price.“It’s way too expensive,” Lewin said. “I never would have gotten away with it if it wasn’t so close to campus.”Lewin had to lobby her parents to convince them that the $1,170 a month they would pay for her spot in a two-bedroom apartment was worth it. They agreed to let her live in Gateway only because of its security and close proximity to campus, she said.Gateway, the new housing complex on the corner of Figueroa Street and Jefferson Boulevard, is the latest high-end housing project to spring up near USC’s campus. As the number of students coming from far away has grown, the demand for convenient housing has increased, and housing developers have been working to give students options that will serve their needs.Gateway certainly does succeed in increasing the number of housing options near campus. But with its going monthly rate of $1,064 per bed, Gateway also succeeds in perpetuating the trend that has been painfully visible in the campus area for years — safe, convenient and well-kept housing is available, but only to those willing to pay.Six years ago, CDI Management bought several properties on 30th and 29th streets and turned those buildings into The Mirage, The Spot, The Pointe and The Place, all well-equipped, high-priced housing options. Westar Housing also owns a number of high-priced, luxury complexes around campus, including Chez Ronnee, Habitat Soozee and Tuscany, which opened four years ago near the intersection of Exposition Boulevard and Figueroa Street.“We’ll rent to any student who wants to rent,” said Charlie Haggard, Westar’s chief operating officer. “But our target market is people who are looking for higher end.”These luxury housing complexes offer students many benefits — from fitness centers and study rooms to enhanced security and easy access to campus. But many students find themselves forced to choose between affordable housing and the amenities offered by Gateway and its high-class counterparts, often sacrificing comfort and safety to save money or, conversely, sacrificing their paychecks for the sake of an enviable living situation.Jarod Wunneburger, a senior majoring in sociology, has lived in USC Housing for three years. For his senior year, he was hoping to find his own room close to campus, but those requirements left him with few options.“It was eye-opening to realize that if you want to be in one of the nicer apartments, it’s easily going to be two grand,” he said.This luxury housing trend has developed largely because the number of students living near USC has grown faster than the number of beds available through USC Housing. Though the university recently expanded its offerings enough to guarantee two years in USC Housing to freshmen, its 6,800 beds sell out every year, and there is a long way to go before USC can guarantee housing for everyone.Because demand for safe, comfortable housing exceeds what USC can provide, students must look elsewhere. And often, the options that offer safety and comfort are not cheap.Keenan Cheung, director of USC Housing, said the university is working to eventually be able to guarantee housing for four years, but until then, USC has little say in trying to reverse the high-class housing trend.“You have to realize that these places are for profit,” Cheung said. “They’re a little different model than we are … Our job is to supply what is needed for the student.”Though some students have suggested that USC should step in to control the rising prices of off-campus housing, Cheung said there is little the school can do.But the university hopes the Master Plan, once it gets underway, will help solve the housing problem.The first phase of the Master Plan, which is currently awaiting city approval, involves razing and reconstructing the University Village, Cardinal Gardens and Century apartments. Ultimately, the Master Plan would add 5,200 beds to the USC area.And even if those added housing options end up being more upscale than other area options, USC’s Associate Senior Vice President for Real Estate and Asset Management, Kristina Raspe, said the new units will be priced according to USC’s existing model.Still, not all of those 5,200 new beds will be owned by USC. In determining the number of beds to add, the Master Plan includes non-USC owned housing complexes that meet certain standards — places like Gateway.“The Master Plan definitely takes into consideration the building of Gateway,” Raspe said. “It was part of the planning process and is in line with the university’s plan for growth.”Even if the Master Plan does help alleviate the pressure on the USC-area housing market, the project will not break ground until at least May 2012.In the meantime, many students are left to choose between quality and affordability, and some say this has affected their time at USC.“If you can’t afford the housing around USC, it definitely hurts your college experience,” Wunneburger said. “You definitely lose out on being part of the Trojan Family.”Laura Cueva contributed to this report.last_img read more

Special teams play both boon, bane to Badgers

first_imgIt was a fitting end.In a game that easily could have been lost on special teams, it was Jay Valai’s blocked extra point that proved to be the deciding factor in Wisconsin’s 20-19 win over Arizona State this weekend.Valai hurdled all of his generously-listed 5-foot-9 frame over the line to get a hand on the ball as the Sun Devils looked to tie the game with 4:09 left to play. It was a big play by a little man and saved the Badgers the pressure of needing to score on their last drive.“[To] some people I’m small, but I’m tall in my own eyes,” Valai said. “I saw the play, in my mind, I’m thinking ‘I’ve got to make the play.’ A lot of guys don’t pay attention to every play, but one thing the coaches drill into our head, ‘This could be the play, this could be the play.’”UW head coach Bret Bielema said the particular block play the Badgers ran on that point attempt was the first time all season UW tried it.While Valai came through on the play that ultimately mattered, the Badgers were a mess on special teams in the first half. UW drove from its own 22-yard line to the ASU 27, where kicker Phillip Welch missed a 44-yard field goal. Although Wisconsin would survive Arizona State’s ensuing drive where Thomas Weber missed a 25-yard kick, the worst was yet to come.Following a 49-yard field goal by Welch, ASU’s Omar Bolden returned the kickoff 97 yards to put the Sun Devils up 7-3. It was reminiscent of the sloppy play on kick coverage that plagued the Badgers over the past couple of years.The Badgers went three-and-out on the following possession, forcing Brad Nortman to come in and punt. Jamal Miles easily appeared to return the punt for a touchdown, but Wisconsin was saved by an illegal block penalty.“The part about kick coverage is, if one guy breaks down, everybody suffers,” Bielema said. “We’ll definitely take a look at what we’re doing.”The coverage woes had been prevalent enough that Bielema, who had overseen special teams in his first four years, delegated duties to his assistant coaches. Despite sterling performances against UNLV and San Jose State, Arizona State hacked, slashed and simply outran Wisconsin en route to 267 combined punt and kick return yards.“I don’t think it was just one element in particular, there’s 11 people on the field,” redshirt sophomore Shelton Johnson said.It was Johnson who would turn around the special teams play for UW. After scoring the go-ahead touchdown with 10 seconds left, a botched squib allowed ASU freshman Kyle Middlebrooks to run around his blockers and up the right sideline.“It was supposed to be a hard line drive squib,” Bielema said. “[It’s] obviously something we need to work on there.”Although redshirt freshman Dezmen Southward was able to slow Middlebrooks, it appeared as though ASU would take the lead back into the locker room. Johnson would manage to run the Sun Devil down however, stopping him at the 1-yard line. Although the play would be reviewed, UW kept its 13-10 lead into the half.“Honestly, I was just running, hoping that I could get him,” Johnson said. “The only time I knew I got him was when I got a hand on him.”“I’m just watching, thinking, ‘Run Shelton, run Shelton, run,” Valai said.Wisconsin cleaned up its act in the second half and was able to kill the last four minutes of the game relatively pressure-free thanks to Valai’s block.So who had the bigger play?“Probably Jay’s, I’d definitely have to say Jay’s. if he didn’t make that play, we’d probably still be playing right now,” Johnson said with a laugh.Valai wasn’t about to be out-humbled though.“Shelton’s just being nice – that’s a touchdown,” Valai countered. “That’s not one point, Shelton stopped six, seven points right there. Shelton Johnson made a great play, that’s the biggest play of the game.”Injury reportSophomore linebacker Chris Borland re-injured his left shoulder during the game and was in sweats by the second half. It was the first game this season the Badgers were able to trot out their ideal starting trio of linebackers in Borland, Culmer St. Jean and Mike Taylor – and it didn’t last long.The 2009 Big Ten Freshman of the Year had offseason shoulder surgery and reinjured himself against UNLV in the season opener. After sitting out last week against San Jose State, he was cleared to go this week after practicing.After the game, Bielema brought up the possibility of Borland taking a medical redshirt, but gave no indication it will necessarily be the course of action the team takes.“I just know it’s available,” Bielema said. “It would basically be a decision that the doctors have to give us an insight on what to expect.”Defensive end J.J. Watt went down twice with leg contusions, but returned both times. Watt could be seen on the sideline trying to stretch his right leg out after the second injury and only missed one play before returning to the field when Arizona State went to punt.St. Jean sprained the same ankle that kept him out of most of fall camp, but was able to return to the game.last_img read more

Men’s basketball: Badgers looking to push streak to four wins

first_imgThe University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team is in the midst of a resurgence.After riding a three-game winning streak, the Badgers now find themselves sitting at 12-9 overall, 4-4 Big Ten and looking at the cusp of a potential NCAA Tournament berth.They will now travel to Champaign to face Illinois (10-10 overall, 2-5 Big Ten), a team that hasn’t fared so well this season.Last time outUW welcomed No. 19 Indiana to the Kohl Center Tuesday, coming out on top, 82-79, in an overtime thriller that kept the Hoosiers from breaking their losing streak in Madison, which dates back to 1998.In pictures: Wisconsin vs. No. 19 IndianaIndiana’s Yogi Ferrell, who put up 30 points and recorded two steals and an assist, was unable to out duel Wisconsin’s Nigel Hayes (31 points, 2 assists, 2 blocks, 2 steals) in a tense contest. The adversaries dueled for the majority of the night, with Hayes eventually coming out on top.While turnovers ultimately determined the outcome, 19-16 in favor of Wisconsin, there was plenty to be happy about for UW head coach Greg Gard.The Badgers often found themselves getting to the rim and put the Hoosiers into foul trouble early, with Hayes attempting 22 total free throws by the game’s end.Wisconsin’s keys to victoryStrong efforts off the benchJordan Hill made himself known to Badgers fans against Indiana.The redshirt sophomore went 5-5 from the field for 13 points and a block, and while he never recorded a steal in the game, he continually tipped passes and knocked the ball out of Ferrell’s hands to disrupt Indiana’s offense.Redshirt freshman Aaron Moesch joined Hill as well. His lockdown defense kept Indiana’s perimeter in check and out of the paint, securing a rebound and steal in the process.Their efforts helped keep the Badgers in the game when starters needed a break, giving Gard the confidence to take out Hayes and Bronson Koenig for periods of much-needed rest.Keep Happ goingEthan Happ showed his potential on a big stage against Indiana, adding to the already impressive season he has had.His 25 points took pressure off Hayes and allowed Koenig to distribute rather than force contested shots.Happ’s ability to beat defenders off the post was impeccable considering his lack of a jump shot, and Indiana’s defenders knowing so. Even when Indiana collapsed their zone on a driving Happ, he was able to knock down a tough hook or pass out of the play.While the caliber of play Happ exhibited Tuesday night won’t be needed every game, he needs to maintain his high rate of play down the stretch.Opposing player to watch: Malcolm HillHill, a junior, leads the Illini in points (18.7) and assists (3.4) and is second in rebounds (5.9).His skill set makes him Illinois’ all-around best player and he will require heavy defense to contain. Illinois plays a dangerous game, though.They live and die by Hill’s performances, relying heavily on him to provide points, much as Wisconsin relied on Hayes in the early portion of the season.While it will be no easy task to contain Hill, if Wisconsin is able to, Illinois’ offense will be decimated without his production.last_img read more