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New ONE.SHOP gives fans chance to pick up favorite athletes’ merchandise, contribute to COVID-19 fight

first_imgAs for the merchandise, the online shop offers new athlete-centered designs featuring some of the organization’s biggest stars. Athletes include ONE flyweight world champion Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson, ONE middleweight and light heavyweight world champion “The Burmese Python” Aung La N Sang, ONE Women’s atomweight world champion “Unstoppable” Angela Lee, ONE heavyweight world champion Brandon “The Truth” Vera, ONE featherweight world champion Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen and ONE lightweight world champion Christian “The Warrior” Lee, among others.ONE Championship recently teamed up with the World Health Organization (WHO) and Global Citizen to air the “ONE World: Together At Home” global special, which saw some of the world’s leading artists perform in a virtual, no-contact concert last Sunday.The event drew in millions of viewers from around the world in a show of unity in the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic, raising more than US$127.9 million for the WHO’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund.Topics : Singapore-based “global sports media property” ONE Championship has launched its new official online shop, ONE.SHOP, giving fans the chance to pick up their favorite athletes’ merchandise and other sportswear. But it’s not all fun and games, as the online shop intends to dedicate 10 percent of all net proceeds to COVID-19 relief efforts.“This will continue indefinitely until we have overcome this coronavirus crisis,” said Debbie Soon, head of ONE’s athleisure division, as quoted from statement sent to The Jakarta Post on Thursday.“It’s a worthy cause that will no doubt provide our medical frontliners with the assistance they need and for other local communities with a lack of access to basic necessities such as food, water, and shelter,” she added.last_img read more

OECD warns over ‘aggressive interpretation’ of bond covenants

first_imgThe growth of non-bank lending and activist hedge funds in the fixed income space must be followed by the emergence of “informed and motivated” bond holders if smaller companies are to continue borrowing, the OECD has suggested.In a paper charting the development of the corporate bond market since 2000 – in which the authors found a 600% increase in non-investment grade debt over the following 13 years – the OECD noted the recent emergence of activist investors pursuing an “aggressive interpretation of established bond covenants”.The authors noted that such investors – often hedge funds – filed default notices for even the most minor covenant violation, only to then negotiate even more favourable terms. “This kind of bondholder engagement, aiming at windfall gains, is a departure from the traditional role of large institutional bondholders who usually limit their engagement to governing the risk and participating in restructurings and recovery of losses.” The OECD noted that the differing approaches were of course down to the business models employed by investors – the long-term approach favoured by pension funds compared to the more short-termist hedge fund business model.“It remains to be seen if larger and more mature bond markets will develop a middle ground between total passivity and aggressive activism.“In an era of non-bank financial intermediation, the formation of such a community of informed and motivated financiers may be of particular importance for supporting the critical segment of medium-sized growth companies,” the paper said.The authors also noted that investors had gradually come to accept a greater number of high-yield bonds, with “less stringent” covenants becoming a more common feature.The increased risk appetite is backed up by a recent survey that found record issuances of high-yield debt in Europe.For more on high-yield bonds, read IPE’s previous coverage of the market,WebsitesWe are not responsible for the content of external sitesLink to OECD paper ‘Corporate Bonds, Bondholders and Corporate Governance’last_img read more

German state awards EM, small and mid-cap equity mandates

first_imgFrankfurt-based Universal Investment is the financial investment management company, which coordinates with the depositary – BNP Paribas Securities Services – through a centralised system. This means that one service provider performs tasks for all asset classes.The Spezial-AIF fund has already allocated assets in segments in European equity (STOXX Europe 600) worth €384m, European large-cap equity (EUROSTOXX Large) for €196.6m, short-term bonds for €301.2m, European corporate bonds for €140.4m, and global convertible bonds for €247.9m.It has also allocated €222m to government and corporate bonds, €70.8m to corporate EM bonds, and €188m to EM government bonds, according to the document.To read the digital edition of IPE’s latest magazine click here. The German state of Saxony-Anhalt has awarded BMO Asset Management and Lazard Asset Management mandates for emerging market (EM) and European small and mid-cap equity, respectively.The investments will be made through the legal framework of a special alternative investment fund (Spezial-AIF), according to the tender award document.The mandates will be included as part of the following state institutions’ investment porfolios: the €735m Altlastensanierung des Landes Sachsen-Anhalt – a special fund for the remediation of contaminated sites in the state of Saxony-Anhalt – the €1.1bn Pensionsfonds für die Versorgung und Beihilfen der Versorgungsempfänger des Landes Sachsen-Anhalt, and other state entities and foundations.The expected investment volume for EM equities is €125m, while for small and mid-cap equities is €90m. The main goal for the mandate award is risk diversification and increased expected returns on the existing portfolio, the document stated.last_img read more

1 in 4 marijuana users get high at work in states with legal weed, survey says

first_imgThe Seattle Times 13 March 2019Family First Comment: Disturbing!“One in four marijuana users who are employed admit to doing this within the past year, according to a new survey of cannabis consumers in Washington, Oregon and Colorado, three states where recreational weed is legal. One in four also said they’ve gotten high before work.”One in four marijuana users who are employed admit to doing this within the past year, according to a new survey of cannabis consumers in Washington, Oregon and Colorado, three states where recreational weed is legal.One in four also said they’ve gotten high before work — I’m guessing it’s the same one in four, but the survey doesn’t specify.The marketing communications firm Quinn Thomas, which has offices in Seattle and Portland, funded the survey, which was conducted by polling-and-opinion outfit DHM Research. A representative sample of 900 cannabis consumers were interviewed — 300 in each of the three states — from Jan. 8 to 14. The survey has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.3 percent.“There is a lot of information out there about the cannabis industry and its regulatory structure, but not much is known about consumers,” said Zach Knowling, vice president at Quinn Thomas, in an email. “We felt our experience researching and reaching unique audiences could build greater understanding of who they are.”Washington and Colorado both legalized recreational use of marijuana through voter initiatives in 2012, becoming the first states to do so. Oregon followed in 2014.The survey shows that after legalization, many cannabis consumers increased their usage. In Washington 44 percent of respondents said they are now regular consumers of pot (daily or a few times per week), compared with 36 percent who said they consumed that much prelegalization.READ MORE: https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/data/1-in-4-marijuana-users-with-a-job-get-stoned-at-work-survey-says/last_img read more

Jennings County Gun Dealer Killed; Three Arrested

first_imgDarryl WorthenUpdate (11:05 a.m.)Three men are behind bars after they were arrested in connection to the shooting death of a Jennings County gun store owner.Authorities served a search warrant on a home in Indianapolis Monday night.Dejuan Andre Worthen, 23, Darion Dashon Harris, 20, and Darryl Anthony Worthen, 24, were booked into the Jennings County Jail on suspicion of Murder and Robbery.Police say the charges stem from an ongoing investigation into the death of Scott Maxie, 61, of Hayden, who was found shot to death Sunday in the gun store he owned, Muscatatuck Outdoors, in North Vernon.Dejuan WorthenThe ATF and National Shooting Sports Foundation are offering a $10,000 reward for information pertaining to the death and robbery.First Report (10:12 a.m.)NORTH VERNON, Ind. –Authorities in Jennings County say a gun shop owner was shot and killed in an apparent robbery at his business near North Vernon.The body of Scott Maxie, 61, was discovered by officers Sunday at Muscatatuck Outdoors, a federally licensed gun dealership.Investigators say numerous firearms, both handguns and long guns, were stolen from the business.Anyone having information about the murder and robbery should contact the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) at 1-800-283-4867. All calls will be kept confidential.Darion HarrisCallers may also provide information anonymously by contacting the following offices:ATF- Indianapolis III Field Office at (317) 287-3500;The Indiana State Police at (812) 689-5000;And the Jennings County Sheriff’s Office at (812) 346-8642.ATF is offering a reward of up $5,000, which will be matched by the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) for a total possible reward of $10,000.This reward is part of a larger national cooperative initiative between the NSSF and ATF in which NSSF matches ATF rewards in cases involving the theft of firearms from federally licensed retailers.  ATF works closely with the members of the firearms industry to curb the criminal acquisition and misuse of firearms.last_img read more

Sterling backs Black Lives Matter protests, says ‘the only disease right now is racism’

first_imgRaheem Sterling has said racism is “the only disease right now” as protests continue across the UK following the death of George Floyd in America. Sterling has gone from strength to strength under Guardiola Thousands peacefully marched in Black Lives Matter protests across the UK over the weekend as the England footballer backed the demonstrations. The Manchester City star has said a solution needs to be found to stop the injustices that are happening. The midfielder spoke to Emily Maitlis in an interview that will be aired on Monday and explained why he supports the protests despite it being a global pandemic. The 25-year-old said: “I know this might sound a little bit cheesy but the only disease right now is the racism that we are fighting. “This is the most important thing at this moment in time because this is something that is happening for years and years. “Just like the pandemic, we want to find a solution to stop it. At the same time, this is what all these protesters are doing. “They are trying to find a solution and a way to stop the injustice they are seeing and they are fighting for their cause. “As long as they are doing it peacefully and safely and not hurting anybody and not breaking into any stores, they continue to protest in this peaceful way.” Thousands of Black Lives Matter protesters peacefully rallied outside the US Embassy over the weekend. Activists in face masks are holding placards reading “I can’t breathe” to echo the final words of Floyd after white police officer Derek Chauvin held him down by kneeling on his neck. Others have taken a kneel in solidarity with those of who have accused police of brutality on a global scale. The densely-packed crowd also broke out into chants of “enough is enough”. A further 4,000 people have descended on a gathering in Bristol and peaceful demonstrations are also being held in Edinburgh and Glasgow Promoted ContentThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hysterical11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthWhat Is A Black Hole And Is It Dangerous For Us All?10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoThese TV Characters Left The Show And It Just Got BetterThe Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her Grandson7 Reasons Why You Might Want To Become A Vegetarian6 Natural History Museums That Have World’s Greatest CollectionsPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The World10 Of The Dirtiest Seas In The World Loading… center_img Protests have largely been peaceful, but tensions between police and protesters have escalated. In Bristol today, a statue of slave trader Edward Colston was toppled as jubilent protesters jumped up and down on it. Dramatic pictures show crowds holding up signs reading “Black Lives Matter” as they chant the name of the movement. Towards the end of the evening, police and protesters clashed in the capital. Images showed a police officer with blood coming down his face as colleagues treat him on the pavement. Boris Johnson tweeted tonight: “People have a right to protest peacefully & while observing social distancing but they have no right to attack the police. “These demonstrations have been subverted by thuggery – and they are a betrayal of the cause they purport to serve. Those responsible will be held to account.” Met Police have said a dispersal order is in place in Westminster until 6am as images show demonstrators being arrested. “There has been a lot of talk about Milan, but I can tell you that there is a lot of competition for his services, with clubs in England, Germany and Spain also following him closely.” Bayer Leverkusen, Real Betis and Leeds have all been keeping close tabs on the Benfica ace, according to Tutto Mercato Web. The Championship leaders view the starlet as a “luxury gift” for boss Bielsa should he gain promotion into the Premier League, ahead of his third campaign as boss at Elland Road. read also:Sterling feels players would need a full month to get fit The highly-rated defender has reportedly also emerged as a top target for Manchester City as they look for a long-term replacement for Fernandinho, 33. Etihad scouts have been watching the U20 international for some time and have been impressed with what they have seen. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Wenger backs Ozil to match Bergkamp

first_img Press Association The German playmaker’s departure from Real Madrid in a £43million deal on transfer deadline day was something of a coup for the Gunners boss, who had been under fire for not spending big on star names to help bolster the squad’s ambitions for a long-overdue Barclays Premier League title challenge. The arrival of Holland forward Bergkamp from Inter Milan in 1995 heralded Arsenal’s rise to becoming the dominant force in the English game, and Wenger accepts there are similarities between the two deals and what they mean for the club. With Czech playmaker Tomas Rosicky sidelined by a hamstring injury suffered on international duty, Ozil could well go straight into the side at Sunderland on Saturday. Captain Thomas Vermaelen may be included in the squad after resuming training following his back problem, but may well be kept in reserve for next week’s Champions League opener away to Marseille. Sunderland have yet to win in the Premier League, as Paolo Di Canio’s new-look squad takes time to settle. Wenger, though, is not expecting an easy time on Wearside. “With the history of last season, and how the new season has started, you know that everywhere you need to be at your best,” he said. “It is always tricky after national team games to get the same focus back very quickly. The job will be to get everybody to recover physically, mentally – because some players had disappointments – to get them focused again on the club results.” Denmark striker Nicklas Bendtner, meanwhile, continues his rehabilitation with Arsenal, after Wenger blocked a transfer away. The Gunners boss, though, believes the 25-year-old – who spent last season on loan at Juventus – can make an impact for his side with the right approach. “I had a chat with him because I blocked his move. I wanted him to stay in the end because I felt that we were short up front, that (Yaya) Sanogo might need a few months to adapt,” Wenger said on the club’s official website. “As well as that Nicklas Bendtner, with the right state of mind and the right focus, has the quality to help the squad to win things. “He is an honest guy. We want complete commitment and focus from him and he promised that. “Nicklas Bendtner, with complete focus and commitment, will be a very strong player in our squad.” “It is comparable because they are similar players in the same department and they are big names who come from big teams,” Wenger told Arsenal Player. “You must say as well that Ozil was not perceived as being a failure at Real Madrid, he was perceived by the whole world as being a huge success at Real Madrid so of course the noise made by a signature like that is big.” Wenger continued: “They (people) were questioning my desire to spend money, maybe the ambition as well because today the ambition is linked with the amount of money you spend. “We are very ambitious, we went through a few years where we had less resources and there is no shame to say that because we have built a new stadium. Now we are back with the ambition as big as everybody else, if not bigger.” Madrid’s decision to let Ozil go was greeted by disbelief from his former team-mates at the Bernabeu, with the midfielder no longer central to the plans of manager Carlo Ancelotti following the world-record signing of Gareth Bale from Tottenham. Wenger is in no doubt the Germany international can take his game to another level with Arsenal. He told a press conference: “Ozil is already a great player. There is room now between 25 and 30 for him to become a dominant player and to make a step up from that. “There are many players who are very, very good that make the step to being great. You have to find the right club at the right moment, having the mental dedication that is the major difference now.” Manager Arsene Wenger feels club-record signing Mesut Ozil could have as big an impact as Dennis Bergkamp did when he joined Arsenal.last_img read more

Former Syracuse basketball players react to announcement of Jim Boeheim’s intended retirement

first_img Published on March 18, 2015 at 2:51 pm Contact Sam: sblum@syr.edu | @SamBlum3 Former Syracuse guard Matt Roe and walk-on Andrew Kouwe responded to the university’s announcement that SU head coach Jim Boeheim will retire in three seasons. Both players relayed expressed excitement about the future of the program under current assistant coach Mike Hopkins.Matt Roe, Syracuse guard from 1986-89 (in an email) “It’s a win-win for the university and the coaching staff. Shows Coach is energized to put this team and the program past the NCAA sanctions and handing the baton off to Mike Hopkins after 3 years when the school  has overcome the obstacles it was presented and the program is back on firm ground and national prominence.”Andrew Kouwe, Syracuse walk-on guard from 2000-04“I think obviously, some people are taken back. They weren’t expecting that to come from Boeheim. I think it’s a good thing it’s out there because especially from a recruiting standpoint. I’m sure a lot of recruits when they recruited by Syracuse, they say, ‘How long do you think Boehiem is going to be there?’ There was just a little bit of uncertainty. Now its out there, you know who the coach-in-waiting is. Considering that there are a loss of scholarships for the next four years, recruiting needs to be better, everyone needs to be better at recruiting… Now there’s less unknown.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“… Some people think that Boehiem will never retire because he loves basketball so much and it’s just in his blood. It’s a passion and it’s a great thing to see. I think with the timing everyone’s going to say, ‘Oh, the sanctions caused this.’ Maybe he just thought the time was right. I think at some point, it’s going to be interesting if he comments further on it. It’s just more of a timing of it’s time to go, it’s time to hand over the reins to Coach (Mike) Hopkins.“… They’ve got to start recruiting freshmen in high school right now so they can say ‘Hey, Coach Hopkins in three years is going to be next coach.’ The unknown is always the worst, especially when you’re a big-time recruit with schools coming after you. The last thing you want is a school you’re not sure about.“… He is the Syracuse basketball program. You hate to see him leave but everything eventually comes to an end. But the most important part is how you leave your program, and I think he’s leaving it in great hands with Coach Hopkins. I think it’s only going to continue to remain strong.“… Mistakes get made, sometimes out of his control. And it’s unfortunate and the best thing is to look toward the future and make sure those mistakes are corrected and keep the program at a high level.” Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Commentslast_img read more