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Mighty challenge for Hollie Doyle at Breeders’ Cup | Rugby Union News

first_imgThe Sepoy colt has shown a good level of form in his six career starts to date, finishing second to Method in a Listed event at Newbury and landing Group Three honours in the Sirenia Stakes at Kempton.Doyle – who arrived in Kentucky on Wednesday – is hopeful of a good account and said: “The horse is in top form – he’s very relaxed and has taken everything in his stride.“The track is riding excellent. At the moment it’s probably good, good to firm ground, and I think they are going to put a bit more water on it – which would be ideal for us. Hollie Doyle is hoping for a good run from Mighty Gurkha at Keeneland
Hollie Doyle is hoping for a good run from Mighty Gurkha at Keeneland

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Sweden’s AP7 aims to grow private equity exposure by SEK10bn

first_imgAP7 is set to hire as many as four private equity managers amid plans to commit a further SEK10bn (€1bn) to the asset class by the end of 2017.The Swedish fund, which acts as the government-backed default for savers in the premium pension system, says the SEK10bn will be deployed to chosen managers over the course of 2016-17, after which the exposure to private equity will increase in line with the fund’s growth.Richard Tyszkiewicz, senior director at bfinance, told IPE that AP7 was interested in fund-of-fund managers that would operate within a segregated account dedicated to the Swedish scheme.He added that AP7 was willing to consider primary and secondary private equity investments, but also co-investments, allowing for a variety of approaches across both regionally targeted and global strategies. However, managers should have at least 70% of assets in primary fund investments.AP7 hopes to shortlist 12 managers in the procurement process being run by consultancy bfinance, which earlier this year led on an equity tender worth 90% of fund assets.It added that the managers would be appointed for an initial term of three years, with an option for two renewals of two years each.Interested managers have until 20 January to apply and can obtain additional information from bfinance.AP7 has been active in private equity since 2002, when it initially invested in two funds managed by HarbourVest.The fund’s 3% allocation to private equity sits within the SEK262.5bn equity fund, which, combined with the SEK18.3bn fixed income fund, forms the basis for the Såfa default option.Funds managed by Hamilton Lane and LGT Capital Partners account for the remainder of its private equity exposure.Richard Gröttheim, AP7’s CIO, told IPE earlier this year that the fund wished to improve the private equity sector’s “openness and transparency”, noting how much private equity lagged behind listed stocks.He also said the fund would in future be focusing on cleantech investments, a sector he said would eventually account for one-third of AP7’s private equity holdings, up from one-fifth at present.“So far, it is a nascent industry, so performance has yet to show consistency,” Gröttheim told the May issue of IPE.“We are convinced this is a future industry that will grow and eventually become one of the drivers of the equity market as others adopt their technologies.”For more on AP7’s investment strategy, read IPE’s recent interview with CIO Richard Gröttheimlast_img read more

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Villa, Former Nigeria Barca Academy Coordinator Moved to USA

first_imgBernat Villa, pioneer technical director, Barca Academy Nigeria, has been appointed the coordinating technical director for the whole of United States of America . This elevation by the global body – FC Bercelona, is informed by his ability and passionate drive to see to the birth of the amazing projects conceptualised by the promoters and visioners of the Academy in Nigeria, acclaimed to be elitist and the best in Nigeria and first in sub-Saharan Africa, led by Leslie Oghomienor , chairman , Blaugrana Group International , the facilitators of the project in Nigeria, launched barely three years ago in Lagos, in a global cultural fiesta like well attended opening ceremony, with highly placed executive presence.Though seen as elitist, the Academy, which started at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere  Lagos, now has two additional facilities in Children International School, Lekki and Corona School, Gbagda, the Elite 96 Scholarship Project initiated in the in first year for exceptional and gifted children irrespective of their background, is the Academy ‘s way to give back. She has gone on several foreign trips and with a population of over  150 students and has won many trophies of which neither the Americans nor the Europeans have won. The Barca Academy Nigeria successes have become a role model and a spur for other Academies worldwide.In a chat with the media, recently, after a send forth dinner for a select few, in his honour in Lagos, the overwhelmed and joyous Villa, told the media that without the visionary direction and sound uncommon passion and endurable ideas of the team leader Leslie Oghomienor, the technical team which he led would not have achieved much. He further explained that Nigeria is his second home and he would always look forward to seeing his children – the amiable pioneer students of the Academy, whose parents, were  bold enough, to take the first step of faith, trusting in the drivers of the project’s confidence to deliver.‘I have travelled far and wide, training young and very young people, but have discovered that the Nigerian child is exceptional in energy, skills and talent, and proper honing is all he needs to live his dream and make Nigeria tall very tall in the spheres concern,’ he stated.He added that, ‘“Nigeria is a very beautiful country. Very well blessed rich diverse resources if articulately harness would make truly the giant she is in the community of the highly recognise super nation in the global arena. ‘In his response, Oghomienor was delighted that in such a short period the Academy has made tremendous impact both locally and internationally because of the technical team led by Bernat Villa, passionate total commitment to the cause, and his uncommon humane love for children who are missing him already .‘His success here is what informed his elevation. In this we are very proud. This is a clear indicator that we have walked a few good miles away from our point we took off three years ago. We are very grateful to alł our stakeholders,’ he stressed.It was also revealed that Academy’s new season barely a few weeks ago in all the three facilities in Lagos.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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