Output cutbacks need consensus “Saudi Arabia and Russia have been extremely clear that they will cut production if — and only if — other major oil producers join in as well,” said SEB oil analyst, Bjarne Schieldrop.However, there are worries about the participation of Washington.The US is battling to breathe new life into its shale industry, which has transformed the nation into the world’s top producer, but which cannot sustain its high cost base as prices collapse. Yet its oil sector appears reluctant to trim production, having extracted a near-record 13 million barrels per day in the final week of March. This fell to 12.4 million bpd last week.At the same time, the global supply glut has pushed oil storage to its maximum limits, forcing many producers to scale back output.Ten oil-producing nations from outside the wider OPEC+ alliance, including the United States, have been asked to take part in Thursday’s meeting, Russian news agency TASS reported.Canada, Britain, Norway, Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Egypt, Indonesia, and Trinidad and Tobago have also been invited.The International Energy Agency warned Monday that the world is set for its first annual decline in oil consumption in more than a decade because of the coronavirus pandemic.The outbreak has shut down large swathes of the global economy, including key sectors such as air travel, manufacturing and retail. The global oil glut could reach 25 million bpd in April, according to Rystad Energy. Top crude producers will on Thursday hold a crucial teleconference to discuss a possible cut in output after a collapse in demand caused by the coronavirus and a damaging Saudi-Russia price war caused a crash in the market.The talks between OPEC and its allies including Russia (OPEC+) along with key non-members is seen as the best chance to provide some much-needed support to prices, which are wallowing around two-decade lows.The conference, scheduled for 1400 GMT on Thursday, is a critical focus for investors in a market that remains highly volatile, with experts warning that without concerted action — expectations are for a 10 million barrel-a-day cut — the commodity could suffer another painful sell-off. Saudi Arabia will on Friday host a separate virtual gathering of energy ministers from the Group of 20 major economies in a similar bid to ensure “market stability”.Oil prices have slumped since the beginning of the year as the COVID-19 pandemic sends the planet into lockdown and brings the global economy to a virtual standstill.Compounding the problem, Riyadh and Moscow have both ramped up output in a bid to hold on to market share and undercut US shale producers. But Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday that Moscow was prepared to discuss a reduction of about 10 million barrels per day (bpd) in order to “balance the market” and curb oversupply. That is roughly equivalent to what Saudi Arabia and Russia both produced each day in February, according to OPEC data. But hopes are that a deal can be done. Last week US President Donald Trump claimed Russia and Saudi Arabia would step back from their stand-off and agree to slash output.Then OPEC kingpin Saudi Arabia called for an urgent meeting of producers “to try to reach a fair deal” to “stabilize the oil market” following a phone call between its Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Trump.And on Wednesday, Bloomberg News reported that Moscow said it is willing to cut its output by about 1.6 million barrels a day, or about 15 percent, smoothing the path towards a deal.”The extraordinary producing-countries meeting is the only hope on the horizon for the market that could prevent a total price collapse,” said Bjornar Tonhaugen, head of oil markets at Rystad Energy. Topics :
Hector Bellerin reveals biggest difference between Mikel Arteta and Unai Emery Advertisement Arteta is beginning to win over Arsenal fans (Picture: Getty Images)Hector Bellerin admits Arsenal have a much clearer and simpler plan under Mikel Arteta compared to former manager Unai Emery.The ex-Sevilla boss was relieved of his duties in December, with replacement Arteta winning four from 10 games in all competitions, keeping five clean sheets.Right-back Bellerin has been eased back into action this season after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament last January.The 24-year-old told Premier League Productions: ‘The influence on the pitch is visible for everyone.ADVERTISEMENT‘I think the way we are taking control of games is way better than before.’ Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 22 Feb 2020 4:24 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link236Shares Advertisement Bellerin has made just 11 appearances in all comps this season (Picture: Getty Images)The criticism levied at former boss Emery was that his tactics and instructions were confusing, and Bellerin feels that is where Arteta excels in comparison.AdvertisementAdvertisementHe added: ‘There are so many things that have changed under him it’s clear that this has been an appointment for the future.‘That’s what we are noticing I think he has very clear ideas which I think they are more simple.‘The most important thing for a leader is when you have a message that it’s always whatever happens.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘Nothing changes, this is always the message and that’s the philosophy, he’s convinced us from the get-go.‘As players we are just trying to do what he says on the pitch because we know if we do that things are going to go well.’MORE: Shkodran Mustafi gives update on Arsenal future after impressive Olympiacos displayMORE: Nigel Winterburn rates Mikel Arteta’s performance at Arsenal so far Comment
UK defined benefit (DB) pension schemes could halve their aggregate deficit with an alternative approach to longevity risk, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).The accountancy and audit firm claimed scheme sponsors could save up to £30bn (€35bn) a year by addressing life expectancy of members differently. Future payouts factored into DB calculations – many of which will not fall due for decades- don’t need to be prefunded by holding assets today, it argued.PwC’s Skyval index, which monitors the funding positions of the UK’s pension schemes, estimated that the total shortfall across the sector was £470bn at the end of 2016.Raj Mody, PwC’s global head of pensions, said: “One particular challenge for pension fund trustees is forecasting future life expectancy for their members. This is notoriously difficult to predict. Because of that, and the requirement for trustees to be prudent when coming up with a target for funding purposes, they typically make an allowance for life expectancy to continue to improve a very long time into the future. “However, these pension payments are not yet a commitment – they are just a prudent expectation of what might unfold over the next few decades. Asking companies to stump up the cash over a short-term period, in case of that eventuality, seems over-prudent.”Instead, Mody argued that trustees could focus on funding shorter-term liabilities while keeping life expectancy developments under review.“They can react accordingly over time depending on emerging and continuing trends,” he added.Meanwhile, the chair of the environment and resource board of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) has argued that current discount rates are not fit for purpose and called for actuaries to “modify [their] techniques” to respond to the challenge posed by climate change.Writing in the IFoA’s inaugural “inter-generational fairness” newsletter, which focused on climate change, Nico Aspinall said: “Climate change and related resource and environment issues are the predominant challenge of the 21st century and look set to damage capital and hamper growth.”Actuarial science is “well placed” to help society face up to this challenge, but “we will have to modify our techniques for the new environment”, he said.Aspinall said: “Use of positive discount rates is dominant at present, because it has always been true before, making the future essentially worthless and incentivising policymakers to kick the can of climate change mitigation down the road into the future, where it is assumed to be more affordable. “A change to negative discount rates will be shocking to many in the financial community, but would send out a signal in terms of the timeframe in which changes to our economy must be made.”Elsewhere, workers’ unions are in dispute with the government about its handling of the pension schemes for the nuclear sector.Workers for the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) are striking in protest at the decision to close its DB scheme. Unite, one of the unions involved in discussions, said members want it to become part of the civil service pension scheme under the Ministry of Defence.A new defined contribution pension scheme is to be introduced for AWE employees, with worker contributions of 3-8% and employer contributions of 9-13%.The DB pension scheme was linked to former government operations that were privatised in the 1980s. AWE is now run by Lockheed Martin, Jacobs Engineering, and Serco. Unite claims the government made “iron-clad” promises to maintain benefits when AWE was privatised.Separately, unions are fighting a plan to change the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority’s (NDA) pension scheme from a final salary arrangement to career average.The government wants to bring the NDA’s scheme – the Combined Nuclear Pension Plan (CNPP) – in line with public sector schemes, which made a similar switch in 2014.The Prospect union argued that the CNPP was not a public sector pension fund and so should not be subject to such a change. It has also raised concerns about how the consultation regarding the change was conducted.Representatives of several unions met with UK energy minister Jesse Norman last week and “agreed to further discussions”, according to Prospect’s deputy general secretary Dai Hudd.
“While there are some interesting developments taking place, such as the Cost Transparency Initiative in the UK, investors will only benefit if the data is sufficiently granular and specific.”Kathryn Saklatvala, head of investment content, bfinanceKathryn Saklatvala, head of investment content, bfinance, said: “The reductions in average fees across various asset classes are welcome news for investor clients. Yet there are still significant barriers to price competition across the asset management industry.”She said these barriers included a lack of visibility on actual fees or total costs, or the reality that manager selection methods may not facilitate and maximise competition on pricing.She concluded: “While there are some interesting developments taking place, such as the Cost Transparency Initiative in the UK, investors will only benefit if the data is sufficiently granular and specific.”WTW urges EMD implementation rethinkSeparately, a report from Willis Towers Watson (WTW) has argued that investors buying simple, benchmark-focused EMD managers often fail to justify the management fees charged, and struggle to access the most interesting corners of the opportunity set.The asset class is becoming more strategically important both in global markets and in investor portfolios.But with under half the universe achieving positive returns above benchmark even before fees, most investors have been disappointed by active investing.WTW said that instead of treating EMD as a single asset class, investors should see stronger overall returns by selecting the best manager in each region and asset class – local currency sovereign debt, hard currency sovereign debt and hard currency corporate debt – and with specific knowledge and skills. “EMD is not a single opportunity so it cannot be captured by a single, broad mandate,” said Chris Redmond, global head of manager research at Willis Towers Watson.“We believe investors need to consider a shift in focus is needed towards specialist implementation, building a portfolio comprised of a ‘master’ in each area of the market.” Median quoted fees for a US$100m (€90m) mandate currently sit at 55 basis points (bps), with reductions particularly notable for the lower quartile, where fees have fallen from 51bps in 2013 to 46bps in 2016 and 42bps in 2019.Larger fee reductions are seen in global emerging market equities, with fees down 13% since 2013 and 6% since 2016. The median quoted fee for a US$100m mandate is now around 74bps, with considerable scope for downward negotiation, according to bfinance.Emerging market debt (EMD) pricing, which bfinance said proved exceptionally resilient until 2016, has since fallen, with a 10% drop in median quoted fees. The position of investors was strengthened by last year’s outflows.For private markets, the paper said that unpacking pricing movements was challenging, because of the complexity of fee structures. But it highlighted evidence of declining fees in certain asset classes such as European core open-ended real estate (fees down 12%) and US direct lending strategies targeted at non-US clients (median management fees down by over 20%).It said that overall, fund managers in private markets had been under less pricing pressure than their public market counterparts, due to a strong fundraising climate.Across the asset classes analysed, funds of hedge funds fees registered the biggest fall over the past year, dropping by 28% over the period from 80 to 58bps.A key driver of continuing fee reduction for this asset class, according to bfinance, is the emergence of less expensive models for delivering similar strategies, such as funds of sub-advisors.The report also pointed out that European fund of hedge funds managers are more likely than their US counterparts to state upfront that fees must not exceed a certain level, while US managers tend to prioritise overall value. There have been substantial reductions in external manager fees for asset classes including global equities, emerging market equities and hedge funds, according to new research from bfinance.Fee compression has been driven by factors including the rise of cheaper competitors, increasing transparency on costs, and expansion of the manager universe, said the research paper.Figures were based on real fees being quoted by asset managers for real mandates, and not surveys or “rack rates”, which bfinance said tend to be inflated.According to the consultancy, for active global equity mandates fees have fallen by 7% since 2013 and 4% since 2016.
ABS-CBN president and CEO Carlo Katigbak on Monday apologized to President Rodrigo Duterte over a 2016 election advertisement that showed the latter cursing and several children asking if his actions were right. ABS-CBN NEWS/PCOO ABS-CBN President and CEO Carlo Katigbaksaid during a Senate panel inquiry the network has failed to air about P7-millionin local ads ordered by then presidential candidate Duterte. “The critical move is in the House and Itell you, I am not going to interfere. Walatalaga ako,” he added. “Huwagna. Ibigay na lang nila sa any charitable institution of their choice,” theChief Executive said. House of Representatives Speaker AlanPeter Cayetano has said that the ABS-CBN franchise renewal bills are not urgentand may be taken up in May when Congress resumes session after the summerbreak./ PN “But fundamentally, really, ang decision nasa House ngayon, not somuch of the Senate because the Constitution says all of these things mustoriginate from the Lower House,” he said. He also said then that around P4 millionwas refunded and accepted by the Duterte camp, but that the network was“delayed” in giving back the remaining P2.6 million in ad money and the amount“was no longer accepted by the President.” Meanwhile, President Duterte said that,while he accepts the apology of Katigbak, the fate of the network’s franchisewould still depend on Congress. He previously threatened to block the renewalof ABS-CBN’s license to operate which expires in May. Katigbak explained that all of Duterte’snational political ads in the 2016 were aired but some of his local ads worthP7 million could not be accommodated due to a “first-come, first servedpolicy.” MANILA – ABS-CBN will be donating theP2.6-million refund that the network was supposed to pay to President RodrigoDuterte for unaired political advertisements during the 2016 elections. This after Duterte told the broadcastgiant on Wednesday to just give his refund to any charitable institutions.
Constance “Connie” Sue Flodder, age 70 of Cincinnati, OH passed away Monday, May 29, 2017 at St. Andrews Health Campus in Batesville, IN. Born April 3, 1947 in Batesville, IN she is the daughter of the late Clyde & Drew (Schultz) Flodder.Connie was a 1965 graduate of Batesville High School and retired from the FBI in Cincinnati, OH as an administrative assistant. She was a member of St. Catherine of Sienna Church in Cincinnati and also the Red Hat Ladies and a Rosie Red. She also volunteered at the Aronoff Center, Music Hall and Carnegie Hall all in Cincinnati.Connie is survived by her sisters Sherry Yorn (Lloyd) of Indianapolis, IN & Vickie Fallis (Rob) of Osgood, IN along with her brother Dan Flodder (Rose) of Greensburg, IN. She will also be missed by her 6 nieces & nephews and 11 great nieces & nephews.Visitation will be Thursday, June 1, 2017 from 4:00pm – 7:00pm at Meyers Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, June 2, 2017 at 11:00am at St. Louis Catholic Church. Burial will follow in St. Louis Church Cemetery.Memorials are suggested to the Cincinnati Arts Assoc. c/o Meyers Funeral Home. Online condolences at www.meyersfuneralhomes.com
Three Premier League clubs, Arsenal, Leeds and Everton have renewed their interest in Nigeria and Club Brugge forward, Emmanuel Dennis. Dennis has risen to prominence over the past three seasons with Club Brugge, for whom he scored two goals in the Champions League in 2019-20, as well as five times in the Belgian top flight. Capable of playing anywhere across the attack, Dennis has now emerged as a transfer target for several top European sides. Reports emerged earlier this month that newly-promoted Leeds were considering a bid for the 22-year-old. Marcelo Bielsa wants attacking reinforcements after missing out on Jonathan David, and Dennis is one of his main alternative targets. Promoted Content7 Truly Incredible Facts About Black Holes12 Flicks That Almost Ended Their Stars’ Careers9 Heroes Of Popular Memes Then And NowWhat Is A Black Hole And Is It Dangerous For Us All?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks8 Things To Expect If An Asteroid Hits Our Planet10 Legendary Historical Movies You Should See7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The WorldCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made read also:Arsenal sure of signing Nigeria forward Dennis Dennis remains keen on moving to a club who will be playing in the Champions League next season, though. That may give Inter or Leipzig an advantage. However, while some clubs have already made bids, none have yet matched Brugge’s valuation of the player. Dennis, who made his Nigeria debut last September, has two years left on his contract. Meanwhile, Club Brugge have included Dennis on their matchday squad for Sunday’s home clash against newly-promoted Beerschot even though the forward injured his ankle in training again. Dennis missed last weekend’s 4-0 win at KAS Eupen no thanks to an ankle injury. But he returned to training days later only to again suffer another injury in training. Compatriot David Okereke is also on the squad. Dennis still hopes to move to a bigger league after winning two championships at Club Brugge. The Belgian champions want as much as 25 million Euros from this transfer. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 According to Caught Offside, though, Leeds will face competition from several European heavyweights – including Premier League duo Arsenal and Everton. The website claims that Club Brugge will be happy to sell Dennis this summer if they get an offer of €40m. The striker has scored 27 goals in 96 games for them, leading to his high valuation. Arsenal, Everton and Leeds are all in the running to sign Dennis, says the report. But they will have to fend off interest from Inter Milan, RB Leipzig and Bayer Leverkusen. The report adds that Manchester United were also mulling over a move, but have since backed down in the race to sign Nigeria forward. Loading…
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – For the second year in a row, Haiti’s pre-Lenten Carnival celebration has been cancelled as the country’s two armed forces: the Haiti National Police (PNH) and the Army, squared off in a gun battle over the weekend.The gun battle between the police, civilians dressed in regular clothing, and members of the newly revived Armed Forces of Haiti ensued shortly after 1 p.m. on the Champ de Mars, the staging ground for Carnival festivities.By 8 p.m. the government announced that its national Carnival, planned for Sunday through Tuesday (February 25), was officially cancelled “in order to avoid the planned bloodshed.” At least one person was killed in the capital when he was hit in the head with a bullet, local radio Radio Mega reported. At least 13 others were also wounded, including police officers, the radio said.According to police officers, the battle began on their side because of the government’s failure to meet their demands for a pay increase. The clashes also involved persons demanding the resignation of President Jovenel Moise and members of the Haitian Armed Forces.In a statement, the government said that it was condemning “these acts of violence and acts which violate freedom and democracy”.It questioned the rationale behind the attacks aimed at driving the country into chaos, despite the commitments and decisions of the authorities to respond to the demands of the police officers.It urged people to be vigilant “in these troubled moments of national life” noting that “in any case, it cannot allow a trivial exploitation of the demands of the PNH and justify these violent actions which expose the country as much, through an alleged rejection of carnival by a certain sector of the population.”On Sunday night, acting Prime Minister Jean-Michel Lapin said the government could not immediately raise officers’ pay — which is between $200 and $255 a month before taxes — due to rules governing the salaries of public servants.But in another report, President Jovenel Moïse announced other measures which included doubling a monthly police debit card from $51 to $102 for 15,000 members of the police force; the construction of a new police housing village with 2-bedroom apartments that would be sold with a mortgage payable over 25 to 30 years at 7.5 percent interest rate, and access to the National Old Age Insurance Office (ONA), a government pension plan reserved for private-sector employees.
Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Vin Scully had just watched the Dodgers clinch the 2013 National League West Division title with a come-from-behind win at Arizona. It capped a season when the Dodgers, once 9 1/2 games out of first in late June, somehow got their act together.“It wasn’t easy,” he told the TV audience from the Prime Ticket booth at that time, “but in the history of the Brooklyn and L.A. Dodgers, nothing ever has come easy.”Just like trying to gain the privilege of hearing Scully call a full nine-inning Dodgers regular-season contest before he retires.For those dependent on television, Dodgers Version 2015 will have that same pit-in-the-stomach feel as 2014. Patience and virtue may have their place, but the angst involved in the Dodgers’ SportsNet L.A. channel distribution may call for some desperate measures. • MORE BASEBALL PREVIEW: 2015 MLB pre-season predictionsThere’s a more-than-distinct likelihood that a second entire Dodgers’ season will be invisible to nearly three quarters of the L.A. TV market, mostly because the team’s bad-cop partner, Time Warner Sports, has not been able to coerce a key agreement with satellite distributor DirecTV. That, when accomplished, would have a domino effect that would get cable companies such as Charter and Cox, and teleco companies like AT&T-Uverse and Verizon FIOS, to buy in.Delayed federal approval of a proposed Time Warner Cable merger with Comcast, along with one that DirecTV is trying to orchestrate with AT&T, may push any reasonable hope of this happening until midsummer. Even then, there are no guarantees that the mega-morphed companies will get past the $5 monthly subscriber price-point hurdle that has impinged negotiations.Major League Baseball contends its hands are tied, too.“This is a no-win issue from our perspective,” new MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said in a Sirius XM radio interview earlier this week, “because we really don’t have a seat at the table. Even the club doesn’t, if you really think about it. This is between Time Warner, who bought the rights, and the distributors. … “We’ve paid close attention to what’s going on out there. I’ve talked to everyone out in L.A. you can think of, including the mayor, … but we have two very big economic actors who have a very different view of what should be paid.” • MORE BASEBALL PREVIEW: Can Clayton Kershaw extend regular-season brilliance into postseason?Fans in search of their Dodgers on TV have complained to the team, their providers and their elected representatives, but the stalemate persists. With no end in sight, it’s time to explore the alternatives. You may have heard of these options before, but they bear repeating:• Cast a net over MLB.TV: The annual subscription to the online streaming site runs about $130 a year for the premium package. Then there’s the issue of getting around the blackout rule regarding home team coverage.If the MLB doesn’t lift that ban, consider what some have done to circumvent this: Pay an additional $5 a month to subscribe to a service called UnBlockUs .com or Unlocator.com. These companies hide your geographical location from streaming services. Those who’ve been using it report little to no trouble.Is it illegal? Well, it’s what lawyers will call “a breach of the terms of service.” Check your modem’s ethics manual.The beauty is the service is available not only through a home computer or laptop, but also PlayStation, Xbox, Apple TV, Roku and other devices that naturally connect to your high-def TV screen.Roger Arrieta, a graphic designer from Chino who through his popular DodgersBeat.com blog last year created a “Dodgers Fans Held Hostage” logo, has been advocating UnBlockUs.com based on his experiences.“I had heard of plug-ins you could use on Google Chrome or Firefox, and there were stories of other websites that promise to help but end up giving your computer viruses,” he said, “but I used this one, which just changes the setting in your router, and I’ve been watching games on my big screen through my PlayStation just as if I was getting SportsNet LA.“I can’t find anything that says it isn’t legal. I just do it during the baseball season. I mean, it’s either do something crazy or keep complaining and not watching. You’ve gotta do something, right? Or maybe if this goes on long enough, there’ll be some kind of class-action lawsuit for all of us who have had to pay all this extra money just to find the game?”MLB.TV gives subscribers access to games 90 minutes after they are finished. Again, this is testing your patience.• Find a local sports bar smart enough to hook up TWC:An eatery that relies on sports viewers can’t afford to have another season without offering the Dodgers.A recent changeover happened at the Dugout Sports Grill in Simi Valley, and co-owner Randy Tennant said he believes it will pay off immediately.When his place moved from Moorpark about a year ago to its current location, they put in DirecTV and just waited out the SportsNet L.A. launch. It didn’t happen, of course. They found fiber optic cables existed in the front of the building and they were available to drop AT&T Uverse and connect with TWC. They also dropped their Dish Network service, which they had for Pac-12 Network access.“There was a lot of missed opportunities,” Tennant said. “It was terrible for the fans. No one wanted to go through another year of having to say, ‘No, we don’t have the Dodgers.’“This is the cost of doing business. It’s not really cheaper financially, but we’d be stupid to go another year without. I expect a bump in business especially on Mondays and Tuesdays over what we’d normally have.”The Redondo Beach Café in Redondo Beach added TWC to its restaurant just before the SportsNet L.A. launch a year ago, but also kept DirecTV. Café co-owner Chris Tsangaris found business picked up immediately. He advertised on social media and put up outdoor banners to tell everyone. The banners are back up again.“We’ve had faithful Dodgers fans come in to watch since they were on Prime Ticket, so we knew we had to do whatever it took to keep them coming, even if it was kind of a mad scramble to get it up and running,” Tsangaris said. “When people come in, they just expect that you have every channel. Even if it’s a selfish standpoint, we’re excited to keep it going.”• Bite the bullet and switch over to TWC if you have the option:The promotional ads won’t get better than a starting point of $89.95 per month for the bundle of phone, Internet and TV (plus $8.99 for the sports tier and additional DVR feeds). The special expires April 30 and doesn’t require a contract, so if DirecTV does pick up SportsNet LA down the road, you can consider a switch again.Then again, some who don’t live in the TWC subscriber area have also been known to “borrow” their friends’ addresses or sign-on to access the feeds. Do it at your own risk.• Embrace radio:The Dodgers recently wormed an ownership deal with radio partner KLAC-AM (570) to rebrand the station as AM 570 LA Sports. If they know their audience, they’ll understand the importance of having the first three innings each night orchestrated by Scully, who begins his 66th season. This turn-back-the-clock option at least doesn’t cost anything, and radio games aren’t blacked out for antiquated reasons.
Football player Boris Raspudic has joined S-League side, Brunei DPMM Football Club for the 2014 season. Pending the completion of formalities such as medical and fitness tests, Boris will become the first Bosnian international to grace the S-League.Boris was thrilled to return to Asia after his 4-year stint in Iran with Tractor Sazi Tabriz FC and Petrochimi Tabriz FC.“I am glad to have signed for a well organized club like DPMM FC. I see this as a very important milestone in my career. I will do my best to justify the confidence and beliefs of the club management and my representatives, Trebol Sports International. This club deserves good results and I am here to ensure that they get them next season.”The Bosnian hardman, who scored a goal against top Israeli side, Maccabi Haifa in the 2011/12 UEFA Champions qualifiers, is adamant on helping his new club improve on last year’s disappointing season.“My ambition for 2014 is to help the club record better results than last year and hopefully, we can mount a serious challenge for one of the top two spots. I am not very familiar with the other S-League teams but I think we possess a good squad to pose a threat to them.”Trebol Sports International