The €424bn Dutch asset manager APG and the €131bn Chinese asset management company E Fund Management have agreed to explore a long-term strategic alliance.In a joint statement, they said they wanted to use each other’s expertise “by exchanging information about pensions administration, asset management and ICT to increase mutual insight into various pension systems and supporting technologies”.The partners, who signed a letter of intent, said they also sought to enhance their access to local and global investment markets.Speaking to IPE, Eduard van Gelderen, CIO at APG, said his organisation was excited about the co-operation, “given that China, as the world’s second-largest economy, is continuously opening its market – both inbound and outbound”. Although he stressed that the co-operation would focus initially on knowledge-sharing, he made clear APG wanted to be prepared for increased access to the Chinese market.“Our co-operation with E Fund, as China’s largest asset manager and local partner, will help us to get the answers we need,” he said.Van Gelderen said APG would apply for a licence to invest in China and that it was already liaising with local supervisors.He noted that Chinese equity markets could be part of the MSCI World Index within a year and that APG’s investments in the country were likely to increase quickly as a result.APG has invested more than €5bn in Chinese equity through the Hong Kong-Shanghai Connect, logistics and infrastructure, through local partners and listed companies.It might also be involved in the establishment of a second-pillar pensions system in China, according to Van Gelderen.He said China was just beginning to develop a second-pillar system as part of a new five-year development plan, approved last year.“The Chinese see us as a sounding board and have shown great interest in our experiences with the Dutch pensions system,” he said.“They want to know much more about asset-liability management and long-term investments.”Van Gelderen said both players believed there were “many initiatives” they could take together.“Because E Fund has a strategic partnership with technology-driven internet firms – such as Alibaba and Tencent, for example – it could help to employ technology for investment, communications and robo advice, as well as machine learning,” he said. APG is Europe’s largest pensions manager and one of the largest fiduciary managers worldwide.In addition to two offices in the Netherlands, it also has a presence in Hong Kong and New York.Guangzhou-based E Fund provides a “full spectrum of services” and claims to be the leader in mutual funds, pension funds and segregated-account businesses in China.It also has offices in Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong, as well as other major cities across the country.
Brookville, In. — The Indiana Youth Institute held the Youth Worker Café in Brookville to talk about the “State of Youth” in Franklin and surrounding counties.In Decatur County reports of child abuse and neglect have jumped three times from 2013 to 2016. The number of children living in poverty was down 1.1 percent from 2013 to 2016 and the number of persons receiving food assistance from the government is down 22 percent. Get the full Decatur County report here.In Franklin County reports of abuse and neglect are up about 30 percent from 2013 to 2016. IYI data analyst Kati Kinkaid says the sharp increase could be due to the opioid crisis. The number of children living in poverty decreased two percent to 13.9 percent and the monthly average number of people receiving food assistance from the government went down by about 30 percent for the same period. Get the full report here.In Ripley County reports of child abuse and neglect are up 1 ½ times from 2013 to 2016. The number of children living in poverty is up 1.8 percent from 2013 to 2016 while the number of people receiving food assistance from the government is down slightly. Get the full report here.A complete list of all county reports is here.
The Magpies climbed into the top five in the Barclays Premier League on Saturday evening as a result of a 1-0 victory over QPR, their fifth in succession in the league and sixth in all competitions. That represents a remarkable turn-around for a manager who just a matter of weeks ago was facing concerted calls for his head from disgruntled fans. The 53-year-old is keeping his feet firmly on the ground as he prepares for a December fixture list which includes clashes with Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United as well as a derby showdown with Sunderland, although he is not unduly concerned by the task ahead. Asked how important it was to have beaten QPR ahead of that tough schedule, Pardew said: “You could have argued that three games ago, four games ago. “We had Manchester City and Liverpool and Spurs and we sailed through that, so don’t look at the fixtures and think that there’s anything that we can’t deal with. “It is a tough December, there’s no doubt about that, but the team is in such a good place today, we were so disciplined today. “I think anybody who recognises Premier League football and watches it on a regular basis would see that as a really powerful performance from a young team, so that was really good for us.” What was not so good for Pardew and his players was the sight of Ryan Taylor leaving the pitch in tears just 34 minutes into his first league start for 993 days, after fighting his way back from two cruciate ligament injuries. The midfielder, who had arguably been the most influential player in the game until that point, could have been forgiven for fearing the worst when he slumped to the ground in some distress after anxiously flexing his knee, although he was able to walk to the dressing room. By chance, the surgeon who operated on him, Richard Steadman, was among the crowd at St James’ Park and accompanied him to hospital, and Taylor later allayed concerns over any significant damage via his Twitter account. Newcastle boss Alan Pardew insists his team should fear no-one as they attempt to extend their remarkable run of form. He tweeted: “Thank you all for your positive messages. I appreciate them all, just to let you know I have no major problem, and I had to come off today just to be on the safe side. “I was just gutted to come off, that’s why I got so emotional as I’ve worked so hard to get back. Thanks again.” The news will have allowed Pardew to enjoy his weekend after all with the manager having admitted Taylor’s predicament had taken the edge of a hard-earned victory. Newcastle enjoyed the better of the game, but were unable to make the pressure tell until 12 minutes from time when they finally broke the visitors’ stubborn resistance, skipper-for-the-day Moussa Sissoko spinning on Sammy Ameobi’s pass before shooting firmly past keeper Rob Green. Substitute Papiss Cisse might have cemented the win in injury time after running on to Sissoko’s beautiful reverse pass, but although his scuffed shot beat Green, former Magpie Joey Barton was able to clear before the ball crossed the line. QPR left Tyneside bemoaning their luck after believing they were finally about to open their account away from home this season, but ultimately leaving with a sixth successive defeat which saw them slip to the foot of the table. Defender Nedum Onuoha told the club’s official website, www.qpr.co.uk: “Most of us thought we were in the game – we felt it was one of those games that was probably going to end in a draw, and then to concede when we did was a shame and we just couldn’t come back from it. “I believe we deserved a point because this is a team that had won five on the bounce and to be honest, overall we probably didn’t have than many moments where we were under a great deal of pressure, so a point would have been something we were after. But it just didn’t happen.” Press Association
– Lady Jags playing for pride“WE are Cubans, we will fight to the end and we will beat Guyana because we’re Cubans” Cuba’s Head Coach Lazra Ruiz Alfonso told reporters following his team’s scoreless draw against Barbados on Friday at the Leonora Track and Field Facility.The result meant that today’s clash between Cuba and Guyana in the final Group D match of the CONCACAF Women’s U-17 Caribbean Qualifiers will be more than intriguing considering the narrative.Barbados defeated Guyana 5 – 1 in their opening game and the draw against the Cubans meant that the ‘Bajans’ are on four points and holding a superior goal difference (+4) over the competition.For Cuba to advance to the final stage of the Caribbean Qualifiers in Haiti, they will have to defeat Guyana by more than five goals. Simply put, the Cubans will have to finish the match with a superior goal difference than Barbados to advance.“We have to be careful going into this final game because no game is equal to the other. I’m going to work on a structure going into the game because we didn’t score against Barbados and in football, especially a match like this, you win it with goals” Alphonso said.According to the Cuban Coach, “I normally speak with the players, let them be organised and just look forward to scoring and that’s what we’re going to do.”Meanwhile, Akilha Castello, head coach for the Lady Jags, believes that they’ve done their part and irrespective of today’s outcome, she’s happy with the progress made by the girls over the past couple of months.Guyana, by virtue of their defeat against Barbados, is out of the tournament, but Castello said the ladies will be playing for more than pride, since a win will boost their morale going ahead in the GFF’s Women’s programme.The 2018 CONCACAF Women’s U-17 Championship qualification is a women’s Under-17 football competition which decides the participating teams of the 2018 CONCACAF Women’s U-17 Championship. A total of eight teams will play in the final tournament.The 2018 CONCACAF Women’s U-17 Championship will be the 6th edition of the CONCACAF Women’s U-17 Championship, the biennial international youth football championship, organised by CONCACAF for the women’s Under-17 national teams of the North, Central American and Caribbean region.The top three teams of the tournament will qualify for the 2018 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Uruguay as the CONCACAF representatives.In the Caribbean Zone, 19 Caribbean Football Union (CFU) member national teams have entered the qualifying competition, consisting of two stages.Apart from Haiti, who received a bye as hosts of the final round, the remaining 18 teams entered the first round and were divided into three groups of four teams and two groups of three teams.The winners of each group advance to the final round to join Haiti, where they will be divided into two groups of three teams, with the top three teams qualifying for the final tournament as the CFU representatives.Trinidad and Tobago, Puerto Rico, Saint Lucia, Guyana, and St Vincent and the Grenadines were automatically seeded in Groups A–E respectively as hosts of each first round group, while the remaining 14 teams were seeded based on the results of the previous two editions of the qualifying competition.
TONIGHT:AM-1490/96.7-FM KRIB, kribam.com — Clear Lake softball vs. Clarion-Goldfield-Dows — 7:30 — other baseballClear Lake 13, Lake Mills 3Central Springs 12, North Union 8West Hancock 17, West Bend-Mallard 5Wapsie Valley 9, St. Ansgar 5Nashua-Plainfield 6, New Hampton 5Humboldt 7, Hampton-Dumont-CAL 3Algona 9, Spirit Lake 4St. Edmond 4, Clarion-Goldfield-Dows 2 FOREST CITY — Newman scored nine times in the second on their way to a 17-2, five-inning win at Forest City last night in Top of Iowa Conference baseball. Matthew Henrich picked up the win, striking out five. Newman is 6-1 on the season and will host Northwood-Kensett tonight. — other softball scoresCentral Springs 14, North Union 3Clarksville 13, Rockford 1Charles City 9, St. Ansgar 6West Hancock 16, West Bend-Mallard 15Humboldt 4, Bishop Garrigan 3Algona 3, South Central Calhoun 1Southeast Valley 13, Iowa Falls-Alden 2 2020 THIRD Softball Rankings — Compiled by the Iowa Girls High School Athletic UnionFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Thursday, June 25Class 1ASchool Record LW1 Collins-Maxwell 7-1 12 Newell-Fonda 5-1 23 Clarksville 5-0 34 Algona Bishop Garrigan 6-1 55 Wayne 6-2 46 Lynnville-Sully 7-0 67 LeMars Gehlen Catholic 4-0 88 Akron-Westfield 8-0 109 AGWSR 5-1 910 Lisbon 6-1 1211 Mason City Newman Catholic 8-1 712 Winfield-Mount Union 3-1 1313 Exira-EHK 8-0 NR14 Twin Cedars 7-3 NR15 Central City 3-3 11Dropped Out: North Mahaska (14), Martensdale-St. Mary’s (15) FOREST CITY — Paige Leininger and Emma Weiner each had three runs batted in to lead Newman to a 13-0, four-inning win last night at Forest City. Leah Martinez and Hailey Worman also knocked in two runs each as the Knights pounded out 14 hits. Leininger struck out three and only allowed two hits to pick up the win. Newman is now 9-1 on the season and will host Northwood-Kensett tonight BUFFALO CENTER — The North Iowa Community School District in Buffalo Center has temporarily suspended the school’s baseball season after some of the players reported symptoms related to COVID-19. According to an email from Superintendent Joe Erickson, testing will be completed of the players, and at this time out of caution and with the guidance of public health officials, the school will suspend baseball activities until at least this coming Monday. He says as more information is gathered, decisions will be passed along to the community. The North Iowa team’s Twitter account states that they’ve had two players with flu-like symptoms, both have been tested for COVID, one has already come back negative, with the other result anticipated to be back today. Class 4ASchool Record LW1 Carlisle 8-1 12 North Scott 4-2 23 Dallas Center-Grimes 7-2 54 Sergeant Bluff-Luton 8-0 65 ADM 3-2 46 West Delaware 8-4 77 Charles City 4-1 98 Oskaloosa 3-3 39 Winterset 8-0 1010 Fairfield 6-1 1111 Harlan 8-1 1312 Western Dubuque 5-1 NR13 Bondurant-Farrar 6-2 NR14 Norwalk 4-3 NR15 Clear Creek-Amana 6-4 14Dropped Out: Ballard (8), Decorah (12), Webster City (15) Class 2ASchool Record LW1 North Linn 9-0 12 Louisa-Muscatine 8-1 23 Ogden 6-0 34 Jesup 5-0 55 Mount Ayr 4-1 46 Central Springs 7-2 67 Northeast 6-0 108 West Lyon 5-0 119 West Monona 5-1 710 Earlham 6-2 911 West Sioux 3-2 812 Wilton 5-0 NR13 Interstate 35 3-2 1214 Underwood 7-1 NR15 Waterloo Columbus Catholic 3-1 14Dropped Out: Beckman Catholic (13), Durant (15) Class 3ASchool Record LW1 Davenport Assumption 5-0 12 Humboldt 5-0 23 Albia 7-0 54 Williamsburg 7-2 35 Mount Vernon 7-2 66 Algona 7-0 107 West Liberty 5-1 88 North Polk 3-1 119 Anamosa 3-1 410 Spirit Lake 6-1 711 Atlantic 7-1 1012 Crestwood 3-0 1313 West Burlington/Notre Dame 2-1 1414 Solon 7-3 NR15 Estherville-Lincoln Central 5-2 NRDropped Out: Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont (12), Nevada (15) DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Two high school baseball games scheduled for Thursday at Principal Park in Des Moines were not played after officials said a ballpark staff member tested positive for coronavirus. Officials with the park, which is home to the Triple-A minor league Iowa Cubs, say all staff at the ballpark will now undergo testing for COVID-19. Ankeny Christian and Orient Macksburg, as well as Indianola and Gilbert, had been scheduled to play at the park. Class 5ASchool Record LW1 Fort Dodge 11-2 12 Waukee 10-0 53 Cedar Rapids Kennedy 7-1 44 Iowa City High 6-2 25 Johnston 6-4 36 West Des Moines Valley 9-1 67 Indianola 7-0 78 Dubuque Hempstead 6-0 99 Pleasant Valley 5-3 810 Ottumwa 3-4 1111 Ankeny Centennial 9-2 1012 Muscatine 5-1 1213 Bettendorf 7-1 1514 Southeast Polk 6-2 1415 Ankeny 9-3 NRDropped Out: Cedar Rapids Prairie (13) IOWA CITY — Iowa basketball coach Fran McCaffery says a decision by Luka Garza is coming soon. Garza is testing the NBA Draft after a season in which he was named the Big Ten player of the year.KGLO News · 6 – 26 – Garzafb – 1McCaffery says Garza is back in Iowa City for workouts.KGLO News · 6 – 26 – Garzafb – 2McCaffery says Garza is weighing all his options.KGLO News · 6 – 26 – Garzafb – 3McCaffery made his comments during a Facebook Live session with the National I-Club.