*UPDATE* Just a few hours after this post, Rob Wasserman passed away.Bassist Rob Wasserman, the longtime collaborator of Bob Weir, is reportedly in the hospital and facing a “serious struggle.” The news comes to us by way of Weir himself, who posted on Facebook about his friend’s condition.As a few of you may have heard, my great friend and inspiration Rob Wasserman has been hospitalized and is facing a serious struggle. I hope that we can all pause to send him and his family the strength and support to face these difficult days. Rob and family, my thoughts, heart and spirit are with you today.Wasserman has n incredible list of collaborators throughout his musical career, including Lou Reed, Jerry Garcia, David Grisman, Van Morrison, Aaron Neville, Brian Wilson, Neil Young, Jackson Browne and more. We wish him all the best.
Danica Pension’s investment director Peter Lindegaard is leaving the Danske Bank subsidiary as the firm hunts for a replacement with the skills to implement its new strategy focusing on direct holdings. A spokesman for Danica Pension said news reports that Lindegaard had been fired following years of disappointing investment results were “a bit strong”. He told IPE: “Jacob Aarup-Andersen (Danica Pension CFO) and Peter Lindegaard believe it is sensible to find another investment director with different skills.” The company and Lindegaard – who has held the position of investment director for five years – had agreed it was the best thing to do, he said. Danica Pension will unveil a new investment strategy in the autumn that will focus on investing directly in companies. “The CFO is working on it right now,” the spokesman said. “In the future, we will do things differently from the way we have done up to now.” Last month, Danica Pension made its first major direct investment, heralding the start of its new strategy. The pensions firm bought a minority stake in marine logistics firm Unifeeder for DKK400m (€53.6m), as part of its overall strategy to replace some bond investments with this type of investment. Over the next two years, Danica Pension said it expected to make direct investments of more than DKK10bn. Although Lindegaard has not yet left the company, an interim investment director has been put in place, the spokesman said. Lars Pano Thørs, who was already working in Danica Pension’s investment department, has taken over Lindegaard’s role temporarily, he said. Danica Pension had not yet initiated a search for a new investment director, but this process will begin very soon. Its spokesman added: “Peter has been a valued member of staff in Danica, and we thank him for his efforts.” Lindegaard himself was unavailable to comment. Aarup-Andersen joined Danica Pension at the beginning of June as CFO and one of the subsidiary’s three directors, coming to the pensions subsidiary from another part of the Danske Bank group – Danske Capital. At Danske Capital, he headed the launch of the Europe Long-Short Dynamic fund. He has a background in hedge fund management, having co-founded the Montrica hedge fund in 2006, which was then sold to TPG-Axon in 2010. Before that, he worked in London for Goldman Sachs’s investment banking unit between 2002 and 2005.
Former Newcastle keeper Steve Harper is keeping his fingers crossed that director of football Joe Kinnear will make a belated breakthrough in the transfer market. Press Association The 38-year-old was back on Tyneside to launch a charity match to mark his 20 years at St James’ Park, which came to a close when he joined promoted Hull after his contract with the Magpies expired. He returned as his former employers continue trying desperately to land their first summer signing, with weeks of activity behind the scenes so far failing to bring tangible reward. Manager Alan Pardew has repeatedly spoken of his eagerness for Kinnear to land him one of the names on his summer wish list with a loan deal for QPR’s Loic Remy currently looking to be the most promising avenue. Asked about the current situation at the club he served for two decades, Harper said: “Obviously having spent 20 years here, I am a Newcastle fan and the same as everybody else, we keep an eye on it, watch it closely. “There seem to be some positive noises about players coming in now. The likes of maybe Remy coming on loan would be a very good signing. “As a fan, you want to see as many options as possible in a black and white shirt. I know that’s what the manager wants, and hopefully he will get that.” The Magpies are understood to have stepped up their interest in 26-year-old Remy, who opted to join Rangers rather than Newcastle in January despite the Tyneside club believing they had got their man. The France international scored six times for the Londoners, but he could not prevent them from slipping out of the Barclays Premier League. Remy is available as QPR attempt to rein in expenditure, but he is currently on bail after being arrested on suspicion of rape, an allegation he denies. Newcastle are also hoping to make progress in their pursuit of Aston Villa’s Darren Bent, who is wanted by Fulham, after making a strategic withdrawal from negotiations over Lyon frontman Bafetimbi Gomis having had an improved bid rejected. Harper’s comments came as he revealed details of his charity game, which will see a Newcastle squad featuring old boys Alan Shearer, Les Ferdinand, Rob Lee, Andy Cole and Faustino Asprilla go head-to-head with an AC Milan legends team captained by Franco Baresi and including the likes of Paolo Maldini, Alessandro Costacurta and Andriy Shevchenko at St James’ on September 11. All proceeds will go to good causes with the Great North Children’s Hospital, the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and the Newcastle United Foundation sharing 85 per cent of the proceeds and the remaining cash being divided between several smaller organisations. Harper said: “One of the key things is I had my send-off against Arsenal [in the final game of last season]. This is now using my time served here as an opportunity to make as much money as possible for some fantastic local causes.”
There are fears now that the Enyimba Stadium project may still face further delay before being completed in spite of the N100 million released early this week by the Abia State government to the contractor handling the project.The delay would be as a result of hike in forex that has seen the Naira coming to an all time low.A competent source in Umuahia disclosed that the contractor, Monimichelle had before now only imported part of the materials needed for the project while waiting to get more funds from the Abia State government. THISDAY learnt that as things stand now with the Naira and the euro exchange rate standing at over N400 to one, there would be a variation in the cost of the project to be realised.“The exchange rate keeps going up everyday against the Naira. And with the delay in the release of funds on the part of government, there is no magic the contractor can perform. All the materials needed to complete the project are being imported from Europe and that is a lot of challenge,” observed the decent source yesterday.The Samson Siasia Stadium project in Yenagoa suffered a similar fate with the state government rising to the occasion to save the situation.The Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson recently doled out more funds to the tune of N350million to ensure the completion of the Yenagoa stadium likely to be commissioned before the end of the year.The Samson Siasia Stadium when completed would boast of the best playing pitch in the country. Gov Dickson has been getting accolades for making the stadium project a priority.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
England would be desperately hoping that captain Eoin Morgan and in-form opener Jason Roy, who got injured during its match against West Indies, get fully fit before their next World Cup encounter against Afghanistan on Tuesday.Both batsmen went down in the first innings of Friday’s match, which England won by eight wickets against the Windies in Southampton.Neither Morgan nor Roy were risked during England’s run chase, as stand-in opener Joe Root hit his second century of the World Cup and carried his bat to take England to their target of 213. All-rounder Chris Woakes was promoted up to number three and he grabbed the opportunity and played a handy knock of 40 off 54 balls.Morgan suffered a back spasm while fielding and Roy picked up a hamstring injury, thus leaving the field at the Ageas Bowl.Roy pulled up his hamstring after chasing the ball over the covers during the eighth over of the match. The 28-year-old walked off and, soon, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) confirmed he needed further assessment after “feeling tightness”.Meanwhile, 32-year-old Morgan suffered from a back spasm during the 40th over and had to be helped from the field. Such was his discomfort that he stopped on his way to the changing room after finding the stairs up to the dressing room particularly difficult to conquer.Giving an update about both the injuries, Morgan said: “We will see how we pull up in the next 48 hours.”The England skipper, who had to give a standing post-match press conference because sitting down was too painful, said both of them would undergo scans on Saturday.advertisement”Hopefully, we don’t present serious injuries,” Morgan said. “When any two players go down, it’s a worry but we are not at panic stations yet.”Should either of the two batsmen need to be left out at the Old Trafford, England could call upon batsman James Vince, or recall all-rounder Moeen Ali.England are currently placed at the second spot with six points from four games.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Jofra Archer serves up reminder of what West Indies let slip awayAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Joe Root is the glue that holds England together, says Eoin Morgan