London Pension Fund Authority CIO departs

first_imgAlex Gracian, CIO at the £4.8bn (€5.8bn) multi-employer, public sector London Pension Fund Authority (LPFA), has left to pursue other opportunities after just under two years in the role.The fund confirmed Gracian’s departure and thanked him for his work in building the fund’s in-house capabilities during his tenure.It had been expanding its in-house investment team as it looks to allocate more to illiquid assets, under the guidance of Gracian.Susan Martin, chief executive at the pension fund, said: “I’d like wish Alex well for the future and thank him for the work he has done to build our investment team over the last 18 months.” She said the fund would now seek a replacement and look to build on its foundations in in-house asset and liability management.“It is an exciting time to join the LPFA,” she added.“We have a clear investment strategy, which is part of our integrated asset and liability-management approach. “We are proud of our investment performance and our effective liability management.“As part of our investment strategy, we are moving more of our investments into illiquids and seeking investments in housing and infrastructure.”Gracian joined the fund as CIO in 2012, after being hired by then chief executive Mike Taylor.Taylor subsequently retired the following year, suceeded by Martin.Prior to joining the LPFA, he worked as head of equity portfolios at the Gulf International Bank.last_img read more

Syracuse football recruiting: Class of 2017 linebacker Keirston Johnson reopens recruitment

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on August 3, 2016 at 8:18 pm Contact Chris: cjlibona@syr.edu | @ChrisLibonati The Robert E. Lee (Florida) High School senior had chosen the Orange over Maryland, Memphis, Buffalo and Coastal Carolina on July 2.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textLast season, Johnson recorded 101 total tackles, 15 of which went for a loss, and 10 sacks in 11 games during his senior season, according to MaxPreps.com. 247Sports.com listed Johnson as an inside linebacker.Syracuse has just two linebacker commits in the Class of 2017 — Canadian linebacker Tyrell Richards and Nadarius Fagan — and Johnson’s decommitment brings SU’s total commits down to 16. 247Sportshas Fagan listed higher than Johnson on its overall board, but Richards does not have a ranking listed.You can track the entire Class of 2017 here. Commentscenter_img Three-star Class of 2017 linebacker Keirston Johnson announced he’s reopening his commitment via Twitter.last_img read more

Syracuse controls 1st period, but loses to RIT, 7-4

first_imgJessica DiGirolamo snatched the puck out of the air and dropped it to her feet. Intercepting the attempted clearance, she skated back to the center of the offensive zone and tried to feed a pass to her open teammate in front. An assist would have been her second point of the night and put Orange up two goals, but her pass didn’t connect. DiGirolamo and Syracuse (1-10-0, 0-1 College Hockey America) dominated their opposition in the early minutes of Friday night’s conference battle against RIT (3-5-1,1-2), but the 7-4 score hardly reflected it. Controlling play and outshooting their opponent 14-3 in the first period alone, the Orange should’ve gone into the locker room with a sizable lead on their way to a second win of the year. The score after one, however, was just 1-0, a lead the Orange would quickly lose in the second period. Despite letting up four goals in the final frame on their way to a 7-4 loss, it was the opening period – the only one they won – they may most regret.“Those are the moments that we need to capitalize on,” forward Lauren Bellefontaine said. “In order to get that lead when we can.”Just 1:35 into the contest, freshman Madison Beishuizen blocked a shot in the defensive zone and gathered the puck. Rushing past the two RIT defenders, she found herself on a breakaway. With a chance to take an early lead, she fanned on the shot attempt and the puck rolled wide. Under 10 minutes later, DiGirolamo scored the game’s first goal compliments of a pair of RIT deflections. The puck ricocheted off the Tiger forward stepping in front of her shot, and then again off a skate to the right of the crease. With RIT kicking the puck into its own net, it looked like the early bounces were going to go the Orange’s way. But that didn’t continue for the rest of the game. AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“We don’t really play well against this team,” DiGirolamo said. “We wanted to come and get a good start at the beginning, just to make sure we got some confidence going.”Despite a late breakaway after a cross-ice Shelby Calof pass, the Orange failed to light the lamp a second time in the opening period. Eight and a half minutes after DiGirolamo’s opening goal, the score remained 1-0.While coach Paul Flanagan criticized the team’s fundamentals and work ethic, he admitted a bigger first period could have changed the game’s dynamic.“Obviously in hindsight it probably would have been a different ball game if we get up two or three,” Flanagan said. “Maybe they get back on their heels.”Despite first period dominance, Flanagan said he didn’t necessarily think his squad deserved more than what they got.“I thought we missed the net a lot,” Flanagan said. “We were shooting wide and we were shooting high.”Ignoring the missed opportunities, having a lead is never a bad thing. It was only the third time this season Syracuse has finished the first period leading. But coming out of the locker room to play the remaining 40 minutes, it quickly became apparent the Orange hadn’t gotten enough.RIT would out-score SU in the second period 3-2, then pile on four more scores in the final frame.“We came back out in the second, we wanted to do the same things,” DiGirolamo said. “But things didn’t go our way.” Comments Published on November 2, 2019 at 12:16 am Contact Mitchell: mbannon@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Alexander: The Dodgers’ 106 regular-season wins? They’re meaningless

first_imgLOS ANGELES — What does the sudden irrelevance of 106 regular-season victories sound like?Try stunned silence. Try the oof! of a punch to the gut.Or try the sound of three devastating cracks of the bat.It is the sound of a season in which the Dodgers ended well short of their ambition, disturbingly so. It is the sound of second-guessing, which was loud and angry in the ballpark on Wednesday night and will be constant in the days to come, the questions including why Manager Dave Roberts gave Clayton Kershaw and Joe Kelly longer leashes than maybe they should have had. But this is the beauty of baseball, and also its curse. This is not European soccer, where the team that finishes first in the regular season gets the trophy. This is where the format of a short series can skew the talent differences between teams, where matchups become critical and where the team that won 93 games and survived the wild-card round can take down the team that won its division by 21 games and didn’t play a game of extreme urgency from May until the very last night of its season.Thanks for playing, Dodgers. See you at Camelback Ranch in February.The faithful among the 54,159 who filled Dodger Stadium on Wednesday night felt anticipation, anxiety, hope and stress all at once throughout their team’s 7-4 Game 5 loss to the Washington Nationals, a night when the Dodgers had a 3-0 lead, got 6-2/3 strong innings from Walker Buehler – their best pitcher, and let there be no argument about it – but let him down.It was a night when Kershaw’s agonizing postseason history added a chapter, with the back-to-back home runs he allowed to Anthony Rendon and Juan Soto on consecutive pitches in the eighth inning to fritter away a 3-1 lead. And it was a night when Kelly, who seemed to have turned a corner after early-season inconsistency, joined the Dodgers legacy of Ralph Branca, Tom Niedenfuer and Jonathan Broxton when Howie Kendrick, a former Dodger and Angel, hit a grand slam over the center field fence in the 10th to break it open.The early success – a two-run homer by Max Muncy and a solo shot by Kiké Hernández off nemesis Stephen Strasburg – turned out to be just a tease. The Nationals, the guys with the combustible bullpen and a pair of aces who needed to extend themselves to get their team through the wild-card game, stole the lunch money and then swiped the bike and rode away, laughing. And in the sudden silence of The Ravine, all of those folks who had tried to convince themselves that this October would be different – even as they winced and flinched every time a Dodgers relief pitcher gave up a hit or a walk or a run for six months – might have been thinking the same thing: “Why us?”Why? That’s baseball. It’s wonderful, but it can be so cruel.“That’s how this game is,” said Kenley Jansen, who pitched what was essentially a mop-up inning after Kendrick’s home run.  “Winning 90 games is hard. But winning 106, that’s amazing. We’ve got to just keep our heads up, man. Things happen in baseball. They played better today. They took advantage of situations, and here we are today standing here.”Some numbers to chew on: Veteran scribe Joe Posnanski of The Athletic researched Game 5s since the division series format was born in 1995, and counting Wednesday’s games the visiting team is 20-11. Teams having to win a Game 4 to force a Game 5, which was the case in both the Dodgers-Nats and Atlanta-St. Louis series, are now 11-4.(Maybe that means fans of the Houston Astros, who face their own Game 5 on Thursday against Tampa Bay, should be a little nervous, too.)As for those second-guesses …Kershaw got the last out of the seventh on three pitches, getting Adam Eaton on a half-swing to bail out Buehler. He then went back out in the eighth to face Rendon (5 for 19 with no homers lifetime against him) and Soto (lefty vs. lefty, 0 for 1 lifetime).“I felt good about Clayton right there,” Roberts said. “The success that Clayton’s had against Soto with the two-run lead, I’ll take Clayton any day in that situation.”When it didn’t work, Roberts went to Kenta Maeda, who struck out the side. Roberts was booed as he came back to the dugout after replacing Kershaw.He was booed louder two innings later. Kelly pitched a clean ninth inning but said that when he came back out for the 10th, “I didn’t have the command from inning one to inning two … I just wasn’t locating.”It is worth noting here that Kelly had only four outings of more than an inning in the last three months, and none since Aug. 24. He said he was told after the ninth that he would go back out for the 10th, against the heart of the Nats’ order, and while he didn’t say so the impression was that it took him a little by surprise.He walked Eaton and gave up a ground-rule double to Rendon, and Roberts ordered Soto walked intentionally to load the bases for Kendrick. Kelly tried to get a fastball inside to get weak contact and a ground ball. Instead, he left it over the plate.And as Kelly joined Branca, Niedenfuer and Broxton (and, yes, Kershaw) in the ranks of Dodgers pitchers who gave up soul-crushing home runs, so did Kendrick join Bobby Thomson, Ozzie Smith, Jack Clark and Matt Stairs in the pantheon of hitters who ruined Dodgers seasons by hitting those homers.Related Articles Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Still, none of this should be surprising. October baseball is not like facing the Rockies and Padres 18 or 19 times each. For the fan, wrapped up in the day-to-day struggle, the postseason can be a very pure form of torture. And for every team but one, it will not end well.Will the Dodgers ever be that one team?“It will happen,” Jansen said. “Trust me. That’s how the game is. That’s the beauty of the game. You’ve got to keep your head up, work even harder. You can’t give up, man. You have to come with a mindset to win a championship. Like I say, it will happen one day.”It might happen when their fans least expect it. After all, isn’t that how it went down in 1988?jalexander@scng.com@Jim_Alexander on Twittercenter_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire last_img read more