Mandate roundup: European Parliament, SAUL Trustee Company, Aon Hewitt

first_imgFirms tendering will have to provide a number of documents the authority will use to assess their economic, financial and technical capability.These include financial statements, information on academic and professional qualifications of the provider and its staff and a list of the main services for providing actuarial studies the firm has carried out over the past three years.Firms should have a team of actuarial experts numbering at least three with two or more years’ proven experience in the actuarial evaluation of pension systems, the tender stated.The deadline for receipt of tenders or requests to participate is 14 August.Meanwhile, the trustee of the pension scheme for non-academic staff at the University of London has appointed consultancy Aon Hewitt to give covenant advice.The SAUL Trustee Company, trustee of the Superannuation Arrangements of the University of London (SAUL), has hired Aon Hewitt for a six-year period, covering two valuation cycles, the consultancy said.Penny Green, chief executive of SAUL Trustee Company, said: “As part of our ongoing commitment to the highest standards of governance, the SAUL Trustee sought specialist advice to further develop our comprehensive covenant review programme.”She said Aon Hewitt’s team had impressed the trustee company with their breadth of experience, appreciation of the specific issues facing the scheme as well as their knowledge of pension schemes in its sector.Aidan O’Mahony, partner at Aon Hewitt, said the consultancy was increasingly active with clients in higher education.SAUL covers non-academic employees of more than 50 colleges and institutions with links with higher education, including most of the University of London, Imperial College and the University of Kent.It has more than 38,000 members and assets worth £2bn (€2.5bn). The European Parliament is looking for a firm to produce an actuarial study on various pension schemes for members of the European Parliament (MEPs), according to the official EU contract tenders service TED.The parliament’s directorate-general for finance in Luxembourg said the study would cover the provisional French and Italian retirement pension schemes, the supplementary pension scheme, and the invalidity and survivor’s pension scheme — all for MEPs, the TED entry showed.The contract is divided into lots – one for each of the pension schemes – but respondents can submit tenders for one or more of these, according to the contract tender.The contracts are set to last for 48 months.last_img read more

With retooled shot, Brendan Curry assumes larger role

first_imgBefore his college lacrosse trainees return home for the summer, shooting coach Torre Kasemeyer spends his Saturday nights watching game film. He calls players on Sunday with feedback and they discuss off-season goals. Through five games, Kasemeyer saw the same themes in Brendan Curry’s game. The sophomore saw himself as a facilitator, Kasemeyer said, and his speed often forced slides and opened passing lanes.With a quick first step, Curry could always shoot on the run. But what if he modified his release motion, changed the pacing of his stride and stepped into slides?“You can be a 20 goal scorer and stay where you are,” Kasemeyer said. “Or you can be close to a 30 and pick this up.”When Curry left campus for the summer, SU head coach John Desko told the rising sophomore to improve his shooting. He favored a sidearm on the run shot, and still does sometimes in moving situations. Last year, Curry had played hero for Syracuse against North Carolina when he scored two goals in the final minutes of regulation and assisted the overtime winner. But Kasemeyer saw the opportunity for Curry to build on his usual sweep down the right alley. And that training — combined with an injury to midfielder Tucker Dordevic — vaulted Curry’s production to a projected second-team All-American midway through the season while leading the midfield in points (27) ahead of the Orange’s game on Saturday against North Carolina.“My shooting’s been subpar,” Curry said after scoring on one of 12 shots against Duke. “I’m getting a lot of shots off and they’re not really falling, not all of them so I just got to keep working on that.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textCurry’s worked with Kasemeyer since his freshman of high school at Calvert Hall College (Baltimore) High School, where Kasemeyer is the team’s offensive coordinator. Kasmeyer noted Curry’s biggest improvement since he’s first met him was strength development, but this summer he coupled that with technical practices. Over the past summer, Curry worked with Kasemeyer through Gotskillz Lacrosse, where Kasemeyer trains lacrosse’s top shooters.This year, Curry’s moved his hands further away from his body to elongate the shooting motion, therefore generating more power. Kasemeyer compared it to a rubber band: the further back you pull the band, the more velocity upon release.Curry’s shooting motion is different, too. With time and space, Curry’s shooting more overhand. It provides more options in changing planes, Kasemeyer said, like starting with a stick high and shooting the ball low, or starting with the stick on the right and shooting to the left. Shooting overhand also limits the goalie’s ability to read the shot’s direction. When the shot comes from the side, the goalie can follow it all the way through the motion. When it’s overhand, the goalie can’t see the ball until it’s being released.“You usually try to go far pipe,” Curry said, “change your plan, drop your shoulder a little bit.”Anna Henderson | Digital Design EditorKasemeyer had Curry perform normal shooting on the run drills, but instead of traveling six or seven yards in a few strides after catching the ball, Curry stretched his steps. Stepping eight or nine yards in the same amount of paces meant a bigger step into his motion. Over the course of the off-season, Kasemeyer estimated Curry went from shots in the upper 80s to the low 90s in miles per hour.In Syracuse’s most recent game against Cornell, Curry caught a pass about 14 yards out from the goalie. With a moment before a defender came, he switched from his left hand to his right and stomped nearly three yards forward. His stick swung through and rocketed the ball into the left corner of the net.“He’s got a good first step,” Desko said. “He’s got good speed after the first step which gives him distance from the defender. And the bottom line then is, hit the back of the net. And I think he worked hard at that.”And there’s more to add to his game. Kasemeyer thinks with Curry’s speed, which forces defenses to slide, and the more powerful shot he could be scoring six or seven points a game. Curry wasn’t fond of his 1-of-12 shooting performance against Duke, despite scoring the game winner.Kasemeyer wants to work on inverting Curry, meaning he’d dodge from an attack spot though playing midfield. And he wants him to learn the step-down shot once more, this time left handed.“I think he’s a world team guy,” Kasemeyer said. “I’ve said since his junior year of high school, his game is tailored made for it and he doesn’t do anything but get better every year.” Comments Published on April 10, 2019 at 11:13 pm Contact Josh: jlschafe@syr.edu | @Schafer_44 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more