Anders Schelde, the CIO of Nordea Life & Pension in Denmark, has been appointed as the new CIO of MP Pension, the labour-market pension fund for academic public sector staff.He is set to take up the new post on 1 November.Jens Munch Holst, chief executive of MP Pension, said Schelde had achieved tremendous results for Nordea Life & Pension.“Under Anders, we will continue to focus on creating a high level of return on a responsible basis for the pleasure and benefit of our members,” Munch Holst said. Schelde will take over the CIO role from MP Pension’s previous head of investments Niels Erik Petersen, whose departure after 10 years at the pension fund was announced in April.Schelde said: “I am pleased to be part of a developing organisation with skilled co-workers, a clear strategy and a strong focus on responsible investment.”At MP Pension, Schelde will be in charge of investing the fund’s total pension assets of DKK106bn (€14.3bn), according to 2016 end-of-year figures. Nordea Life & Pensions Denmark had total assets of DKK227bn at the end of last December, and is part of the larger Nordea Life & Pensions group in the Nordics.“Many large organisations have energy and muscle they can use, but in a smaller organisation you can see the light as soon as you press the button,” Schelde said, quoted by Danish news site FinansWatch.The effect of one’s work was seen immediately, he said.“That is the great thing about being in a smaller organisation,” Munch Holst added, also quoted by FinansWatch.MP Pension recently became independent, after years of cooperation with the Architects’ Pension Fund and the Pension Fund for Agricultural Academics and Veterinary Surgeons under the Unipension common pensions management umbrella came to an end in December 2015.
KINGSTON, Jamaica, (CMC) – Captain Jason Holder struck his fifth Test half-century but only 69 balls were possible as rain wrecked the second day of the opening Test between West Indies and Pakistan here Saturday.When heavy rain brought an abrupt end to the already truncated day’s play at 3:05 pm (4:05 Eastern Caribbean time) after just 55 minutes of action, West Indies had reached 278 for nine, with Holder unbeaten on 55.He had so far faced 69 deliveries and struck seven fours and two sixes.Wet spots in the outfield and on the bowlers run-up had earlier forced the abandonment of the opening session, pushing back the start to an hour-and-a-half following the scheduled lunch break at Sabina Park.Resuming on 244 for seven, West Indies flourished early as overnight batsmen Holder and Devendra Bishoo extended their eighth wicket stand to 75 – a record against Pakistan – before being separated.On 23 at the start, Bishoo had added five when he lost his discipline, fished at one from impressive left-arm seamer Mohammed Amir and nicked a catch behind in the eighth over of the session with the Windies on 264 for eight.Amir, Pakistan’s best bowler with five for 41, then struck again in his next over, removing Alzarri Joseph without scoring after breaching the right-hander’s defence and hitting middle and off.Holder, resuming from 30, got lucky with a couple of streaky fours to third man to move into the 40s but there was no lack of conviction when he lifted seamer Mohammad Abbas for a beautiful straight six to reach his landmark, 40 minutes after the start.There was enough time for Shannon Gabriel, unbeaten on four, to bludgeon Amir through mid-off to the boundary before the heavens opened a few balls later.WEST INDIES 1st Innings(overnight 244 for seven)K Brathwaite c Younis Khan b Mohammad Abbas 0K Powell c Younis Khan b Mohammad Amir 33S Hetmyer b Mohammad Amir 11S Hope b Mohammad Amir 2V Singh c Azhar Ali b Wahab Riaz 9R Chase c Wahab Riaz b Yasir Shah 63+S Dowrich b Yasir Shah 56*J Holder not out 55D Bishoo c wkp Sarfraz Ahmed b Mohammed Amir 28A Joseph b Mohammed Amir 0S Gabriel not out 4Extras (lb17) 17TOTAL (9 wkts, 92.3 overs) 278Fall of wickets: 1-1 (Brathwaite), 2-24 (Hetmyer), 3-32 (Hope), 4-53 (Singh), 5-71 (Powell), 6-189 (Chase), 7-189 (Dowrich), 8-264 (Bishoo), 9-274 (Joseph).Bowling: Mohammad Amir 24.3-11-41-5, Mohammad Abbas 22-4-63-1, Wahab Riaz 22-5-66-1, Yasir Shah 24-5-91-2.
Follow Aubrey on Twitter @aubreykragen“Trojans look to keep focus amid GameDay presence” (Nov. 12) stated that Colin Cowherd will host his radio show on Saturday. Cowherd will be hosting his show on Friday. The article has been edited online to reflect this change.The Daily Trojan regrets the errors. USC returns home after two consecutive away games this week to host the No. 4 Stanford Cardinal. The Trojans (7-3, 4-2 Pac-12) look to end a streak of four straight losses to Stanford (8-1, 6-1 Pac-12), including a crushing 21-14 defeat last year in Palo Alto that ruined then-quarterback Matt Barkley’s Heisman Trophy chances and sent the Trojans plummeting down the Associated Press poll.Rock steady · Redshirt sophomore quarterback Cody Kessler has been consistent this season, with 12 touchdowns and only six interceptions. – Ralf Cheung | Daily TrojanScouting StanfordThe Cardinal enter this week’s matchup ranked No. 5 in the AP Poll and No. 4 in the BCS Standings after knocking off previously unbeaten Oregon last week.Stanford’s offense is similar to USC’s, with playcalling split almost evenly between the pass and the run. Running back Tyler Gaffney paces the run game, averaging 116.78 yards per game, good for third in the Pac-12.Quarterback Kevin Hogan hasn’t put up flashy numbers this season, but he has played consistently for the Cardinal, averaging 177.9 passing yards per game along with 25.89 rushing yards per game.“He’s very dangerous,” USC interim head coach Ed Orgeron said of Hogan. “And you have to commit so many people for the run that can make the big play and you have to account for him in the running game.”Hogan’s favorite target this season has been wide receiver Ty Montgomery. In addition to hauling in 71 receiving yards per game, Montgomery excels on special teams, leading the nation in average yards per kickoff return with 33.64.Prep not hypeBefore USC’s 2012 football season, the phrase “Prep not hype” became popular among the Trojans. It was painted on the sideline of the practice field as a reminder for the team to not get caught up in excitement of entering the season ranked No. 1 in the nation.Following that year’s disastrous 7-6 campaign, it appears the phrase was not taken to heart. But it seems appropriate once again for the upcoming game against the Cardinal, as the Trojans are coming off a 62-28 blowout of the California Golden Bears. The 34-point margin of victory was the largest of USC’s season so far, extending the team’s winning streak to three games, another season high.But Stanford will come to town with its own momentum as well, having just knocked off then-No. 2 Oregon, dashing the Ducks’ national championship hopes for the second consecutive year.With all the excitement surrounding the game, Orgeron is faced with the task of balancing the prep and the hype.“We want energy,” Orgeron said. “We’re gonna focus on the task at hand. I totally trust that [the players are] gonna follow the plan on a daily basis and we’ll be ready to play Saturday.”Get up for GameDayESPN’s College GameDay program will travel to USC’s campus on Saturday, adding even more commotion to the matchup between the Trojans and the Cardinal.USC has been featured on College GameDay at least once every year since 2003, and has posted a 15-7 record when it appears on the program, though the Trojans have lost in their last four appearances on the show.This year, for the first time, the program will be filmed at McCarthy Quad instead of outside the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. ESPN’s Colin Cowherd will host his radio show on campus on Friday.All of this buzz is bound to create a hostile atmosphere at the Coliseum on Saturday night, and Orgeron has a few words of advice for the Trojan faithful.“Come early and support your players,” Orgeron said. “They need you, the coaching staff needs you. [The fans] mean the world to us. Come early and stay late.”
Which NBA teams will clinch playoff berths as the regular season comes to a close? Check out the updated standings below along with potential playoff matchups.MORE: Latest standings | Daily NBA scheduleWhen do the 2020 NBA playoffs start?Start date: Saturday, April 18End date: Sunday, June 21The last day of the 2019-20 NBA regular season is Wednesday, April 15. The 2020 NBA playoffs tip off three days later on Saturday, April 18.The conference semifinals will begin May 4-5 (possible move up to May 2-3), and the conference finals will start May 19-20 (possible move up to May 17-18). The 2020 NBA Finals will begin June 4 and end no later than June 21.NBA playoff schedule 2020Playoff roundStart dateFirst roundApril 18Conference semifinalsMay 4-5 (possible move up to May 2-3)Conference finalsMay 19-20 (possible move up to May 17-18)NBA FinalsJune 4 (last possible game June 21)NBA playoff games will be carried by ABC, ESPN, NBA TV and TNT. The Eastern Conference finals will be shown on ESPN, and the Western Conference finals will be aired on TNT. ABC will broadcast all NBA Finals games.How do the NBA playoffs work?A total of 16 teams — eight from each conference — will participate in the NBA playoffs with the higher seed in each series holding home-court advantage. In the event both No. 1 seeds advance to the NBA Finals, the team with the better record will start the series at home.Each series follows a best-of-seven (2-2-1-1-1) format, meaning the higher seed hosts Games 1, 2, 5 and 7 while the lower seed hosts Games 3, 4 and 6. The magic number for an NBA championship is 16 wins (four each round).NBA standings 2020: Eastern ConferenceSeedTeamRecordGames back1.Bucks*53-12—2.Raptors*46-186.53.Celtics*43-219.54.Heat41-24125.Pacers39-26146.76ers39-26147.Nets30-3422.58.Magic30-3523—Wizards24-4028.5—Hornets23-4230—Bulls22-4331—Knicks21-4532.5—Pistons20-4633.5—Hawks20-4734—Cavaliers19-4634*clinched playoff berthNBA standings 2020: Western ConferenceSeedTeamRecordGames back1.Lakers*49-14—2.Clippers44-205.53.Nuggets43-2274.Jazz41-238.55.Thunder40-249.56.Rockets40-249.57.Mavericks40-27118.Grizzlies32-3318—Trail Blazers29-3721.5—Pelicans28-3621.5—Kings28-3621.5—Spurs27-3622—Suns26-3924—Timberwolves19-4530.5*clinched playoff berthEliminated from playoff contention: Warriors(Note: Full NBA rules for tiebreakers can be found HERE.)NBA playoff matchups 2020Here’s what the NBA’s first-round playoff matchups would be if the regular season ended today.Eastern Conference(1) Bucks vs. (8) Magic(2) Raptors vs. (7) Nets(3) Celtics vs. (6) 76ers(4) Heat vs. (5) PacersWestern Conference(1) Lakers vs. (8) Grizzlies(2) Clippers vs. (7) Mavericks(3) Nuggets vs. (6) Rockets With only a little over a month left in the 2019-20 NBA regular season, teams are still jockeying for playoff position.The Bucks and Lakers appear to have the top spots locked down in their respective conferences, but the playoff seeds below them are very much up in the air. (4) Jazz vs. (5) ThunderOdds to win 2020 NBA championshipThe top-seeded Lakers (+225) and Bucks (+275) are the favorites to win the 2020 NBA Finals, with the Clippers closely behind at +400.TeamOddsLakers+225Bucks+275Clippers+400Celtics+1200Rockets+1400Raptors+1600Nuggets+200076ers+2500Jazz+2500Mavericks+3300Heat+3300Thunder+4000Pacers+5000(Championship odds from BetOnline via Sports Insider)