Cambridge Associates, BP Investment Management, BMO Global Asset Management, Invesco, BlackRock, Royal London Asset Management, F&C Asset Management, IFM Investors, Hermes Investment Management, Close Brothers Asset Management, Employer Covenant Working Group, RedingtonCambridge Associates – The institutional investment adviser has hired Vicky Williams as senior investment director. She joins from BP Investment Management, the in-house fund manager for the BP Pension Fund, where she was head of private equity. Before that, she ran the private equity portfolios of British Airways Pensions Management and Shell Pensions Management Services.BMO Global Asset Management – Richard Wilson has been promoted from chief executive at BMO for the EMEA region to global chief executive and CIO. He was appointed as chief executive at F&C on 1 January 2013, prior to its acquisition by BMO Financial Group. He has also held positions at HSBC Asset Management, Deutsche Asset Management and Gartmore Investment Management.Invesco – Chris Evans has been appointed to the newly created position of investment-consultant relations director for the EMEA institutional team. He joins from BlackRock, where he was the EMEA head of the global consultant relations team. His previous experience includes working with Australian superannuation and UK pension schemes, as well as at Mercer, where he was an investment consultant. Royal London Asset Management – Nick Woodward has been appointed head of liability-driven investments (LDI), effective 1 July. He joins from F&C Asset Management, where he was a senior member of the LDI team. Before then, he served as head of modelling at KPMG and a pensions adviser at Deutsche Bank and Aon Hewitt.IFM Investors – Brian Clarke has been promoted to the newly created position of global head of investor relations. He was previously executive director of global investor relations for North America.Hermes Investment Management – Gill Clarke has been appointed strategic compliance director. She joins from Close Brothers Asset Management, where she was head of legal, compliance and risk. Before then, she held similar roles at BlackRock, ABN Amro and UBS Global Asset Management.Employer Covenant Working Group – Keith Hinds has been appointed chair, effective 1 June. The Employer Covenant Working Group is a group of industry experts formed to work in collaboration with trustees, scheme sponsors and regulators to address issues facing defined benefit pension schemes in respect of covenant advisory work. Hinds is a pensions partner at Grant Thornton UK.Redington – Patrick O’Sullivan and Karen Heaven will assume managing director roles within the client consulting team, while Steven Yang Yu has been promoted to the position of managing director in the asset and liability modelling team.
This college basketball season, the nation has already seena number of upsets. With conference play already underway, however, moresurprises are yet to come. Some teams are expected to win, many are expected tolose, and as crazy as this past year?s college football season was, perhaps thebasketball season will mirror those same results.So far, six top 10 teams have lost at least one game ? twoof those to unranked opponents ? but the true powerhouses will rebound from thelosses and show the college basketball world why they deserve the top seeds inthe NCAA Tournament this March. Here are Hoops America?s conference breakdownsand predictions:SEC West Champion: MississippiSEC East Champion: VanderbiltOverall Champion: VanderbiltThough a weak conference in comparison to the ACC, Pac 10and Big 12, the SEC displays some talented rosters that could make some noisein the NCAA Tournament. Tennessee?s core of Chris Lofton and Tyler Smith willlead this team to at least a three-seed in the NCAA Tournament, but Shan Fosterand Vanderbilt have an explosive offense that can break through Tennessee.Mississippi will show some strength throughout the season, and even with atough loss to Tennessee Jan. 9, it proved that it could compete with some ofthe better teams in the nation.Player to watch: Vanderbilt?s Shan Foster. He averages over20 points a game and so far has kept Vanderbilt undefeated and in line for aconference championship.ACC Champion: North CarolinaThe ACC features some of the most talented teams in thecountry, and it should come down to the wire with both Duke and North Carolinaboasting spectacular rosters. North Carolina should come out on top, but Dukewill prove to be a formidable opponent. If either team can win the road gameagainst each other, it should make out an interesting finish for the end of theseason and the rankings. The loser of the season series may be forced to play atalented Clemson roster that just recently lost by a close margin in overtimeto North Carolina. Regardless, both Duke and UNC could receive No. 1 seeds inthe tournament, so the battle between the two teams is merely for braggingrights.Player to watch: North Carolina?s Tyler Hansbrough. Heproved his athleticism after dunking over 7-foot-7 UNC-Asheville center KennyGeorge. Hansbrough is on his way to the NBA.Big Ten Champion: IndianaEven with Michigan State currently holding a higher nationalranking, Indiana, with the help of freshman star Eric Gordon, will win the BigTen. However, expect all top teams to lose their fair share of games thisseason. Wisconsin could be the sleeper, but without any true go-to guy on theroster, it faces a tough road in the Big Ten, especially against Indiana.Gordon and the Hoosiers will have the extra push down the stretch to come outon top in a tough conference. Wisconsin?s win over Texas did put some life intothe Badgers, but Michigan State?s Drew Neitzel and Indiana?s Gordon will proveto be too much for the other Big Ten teams to handle.Player to watch: Indiana?s Eric Gordon. He is possibly themost talented player in the country and can light up any floor. Expect Gordonto lead Indiana to a top 10 national ranking and a Big Ten crown.Pac 10 Champion: UCLAThe Pac 10 is possibly the best conference from top tobottom in the nation. Like the ACC, the Pac 10 will be a toss-up between twoteams, Washington State and UCLA. With teams like USC, Stanford, Arizona andCal all very talented and with rowdy home crowds, chances are that bothWashington State and UCLA will lose some road games. Nevertheless, DarrenCollison and new freshman Kevin Love will lead a hungry UCLA team that is inperfect position to take the national championship. It will be interesting tosee how the rest of the conference fares in the postseason, but it would berather optimistic to expect any other team besides UCLA or Washington State tomake any noise in the NCAA Tournament.Player to watch: UCLA?s Kevin Love. As a freshman, he?salready averaging 16.1 points and 10 rebounds per game and is exhibiting aphenomenal all-around game.Big 12 Champion: KansasThe Big 12, like the Pac 10, features talented rosters fromtop to bottom. Unlike some other highly ranked teams, however, Kansas is stillundefeated, and all of its starters score in double figures. Even with thetough conference, Kansas should dominate most of the Big 12 competition butwill be challenged by both Texas and Texas A&M. The Aggies have proved tobe the surprise team in the conference, featuring three starters averaging indouble digits. D.J. Augustin and Texas could make a run and possibly challengeKansas down the stretch, but after losing to Wisconsin and Michigan State, itdoesn?t look to be a major opposition to some bigger powerhouses in the longrun.Player to watch: D.J. Augustin. He averages 20.5 points and6.1 assists per game and is taking over after the detrimental loss of KevinDurant. Augustin must play this well the entire season to maintain Texas? hotplay.Big East Champion: GeorgetownGoing into the season, Pittsburgh looked like the team tobeat in a tough conference, but after losing to unranked Dayton and Villanova,Pitt hasn?t shown it can compete away from home. That being said, Georgetown,with Roy Hibbert leading the way, can make a serious run at the nationalchampionship and should win the Big East. However, both Marquette andVillanova, with Dominic James and Scottie Reynolds, respectively, will make somenoise in the conference and cause many problems for Georgetown. Two ofPittsburgh?s best players ? Levance Fields and Mike Cook ? are out withinjuries, so any chance of it competing in the conference could be gone,especially with Georgetown and Marquette playing as strongly as they have beenrecently.Player to watch: Syracuse?s Donte Green. Averaging almost 20points per game, Green is quietly showing America that he is one of the bestcollege players out there. Look for him to cause problems for all of the BigEast for the rest of the season.Beyond all of these predictions, one team cannot gounmentioned. Memphis, playing in Conference USA, may go undefeated this season.After showing the country its explosive offense and athletic ability in adifficult nonconference schedule, Memphis will no doubt be a No. 1 seed in theNCAA Tournament and very well could be this year?s national champion.
ERIC DIER is lucky to be alive after he mistook appendicitis for a regular stomach bug.The Tottenham star thought he had been struck down by a virus sweeping the club last December.3 Tottenham ace Eric Dier was limited to just 28 games for Spurs last seasonCredit: Getty Images – GettyInstead, it was his appendix and he had to be rushed to hospital to have it removed just in time.He said modestly: “Yeah, it was quite serious! There were a few players at the club with a stomach ache so we just presumed that it was that.“It was no fault of the medical staff, they treated me fantastically. But I was at home and had to be rushed to hospital.“Thankfully, I had the procedure straight away. I was very fortunate. It was just difficult afterwards, I kept on getting ill.”Dier’s return to action was delayed because of a string of illnesses.He said: “It was all because of the appendix. My immune system really struggled with medicine after the appendix.“People said I was injured but I was never injured, I just kept on falling ill, which was very frustrating.”3 Dier, 25, has appeared in just five games under Mauricio Pochettino this campaignCredit: AP:Associated PressI was very fortunate. It was just difficult afterwards, I kept on getting ill.”Eric DierWhile injury is thought to be part of a footballer’s lot, illness is not.And, though appendicitis is still viewed as a minor childhood condition, a burst or ruptured one can be fatal if not treated.The 25-year-old said: “It wasn’t easy. It was a very strange experience.”Dier was outstanding as he made only his third start of the season at centre-back in the 4-0 win at Red Star Belgrade in the Champions League on Wednesday.With Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen both out of contract at the end of the season, the former Sporting Lisbon trainee showed he might be the answer to Spurs’ central defensive problems.Asked if he is back to his best, Dier said: “I’ve just been very unfortunate. Now I feel very good.”LATEST TOTTENHAM NEWSHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotGossipALL GONE PETE TONGVertonghen wanted by host of Italian clubs as long Spurs spell nears endBELOW PARRSpurs suffer blow with Parrott to miss Prem restart after appendix operationPicturedSHIRT STORMNew Spurs 2020/21 home top leaked but angry fans slam silver design as ‘awful”STEP BY STEP’Jose fears for players’ welfare during restart as stars begin ‘pre-season’KAN’T HAVE THATVictor Osimhen keen on Spurs move but only if they sell Kane this summer3The win in Belgrade was Tottenham’s first on the road since May.Spurs will hope they have turned a corner after their poor start to this campaign.Dier added: “Hopefully we can continue this going forward into the rest of the season.”Tottenham star Eric Dier ‘cries’ after he finds out he’s dropped to a 79 rating in FIFA 20