UK Pensions Regulator makes chief executive appointment

first_imgThe UK Pensions Regulator (TPR) has unveiled Lesley Titcomb as its new chief executive after a nearly two-year search.Titcomb joins from financial services regulator the Financial Conduct Authority, where she is currently COO.She is expected to take up her new role as head of TPR in March 2015, with current interim chief executive, Stephen Soper, stepping down.Soper was appointed interim after former chief Bill Galvin’s departure and will move back to his role as executive director for defined benefit (DB) regulation. Galvin announced he was leaving TPR in March 2013 to become the chief executive of the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS), one of the UK’s largest schemes, with £42bn (€52.5bn) in assets.Titcomb, also an FCA board member, has been COO since April 2013 after joining the organisation’s predecessor in 1994.Titcomb said: “With so much fundamental change, it is important that the industry is overseen by a strong, independent pensions regulator, focused on the issues within the sector, that is respected for its technical expertise and authoritative voice.“I relish the opportunity of working with the regulator’s high-quality team and with other industry stakeholders.”Soper will lead the organisation until Titcomb joins in March next year.last_img read more

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Hoffarth: The confusing optics of the TBS, MLB batter’s box graphics

first_imgAssume that we’re all optically challenged in one way or another.Put a graphic up on the TV screen that’s supposed to represent an MLB batter’s box, and it can mess with our viewing experience.Add to that another strike zone visual, from a different MLB media platform, and now you’ve forced a call to the eye doctor for an emergency checkup.More than likely, those watching the Dodgers-Mets NLDS on TBS’ TV coverage aren’t also consuming it through the MLB.com Gameday app on a mobile device. But for those multi-taskers who’ve tried, the exercise can leave them cross-eyed and crossed up. For a second opinion, the MLB.com app provided by MLB Advanced Media for the first time this season was showing something a little different. And not just because it flipped the view of the pitch, showing it as the batter accepted it versus how the pitcher/center field camera viewed it.One at-bat in particular from Game 1 involved Clayton Kershaw hitting against Jacob deGrom in the second inning. The first two pitches Kershaw watched go by appeared to be border-line low. Porter called them strikes. TBS’ PitchTrax showed them to be below the zone. The MLB.com app had them both within the shaded strike box.There are websites using similar software that tracks balls and strikes of each game — only the pitches that the umpire calls, not ones that batters offer at. From that data, the argument could be made that Porter actually did a swell job. But you’d probably never come to that conclusion watching on TBS.More research has been done to support the hypothesis that umpires have the tendency to expand their strike zones in the postseason, so maybe the TV graphics are generally accurate.But if this whole process is showing too many false positives or contradictory negatives, why mess with any of this at all?A few years ago, we posed that same question to the Fox folks as they began to televise the World Series. Fox wasn’t using any kind of batters-box graphics.“The question is: What serves the viewer best?” asked play-by-play man Joe Buck. “I’ve been told by our people during seminars that it drags us into an area where now all we’re doing is basically grading the umpire. “I think the game is really between a pitcher and a batter, and now we’re taking viewers’ eyes away from that matchup and looking to the bottom right after every pitch. It’s just kind of superfluous in a way.”TBS analysts Ron Darling and Cal Ripken hardly referred to discrepancies in umpire’s decision-making in light of what the screen graphic indicated. It rarely came to a point to where it provided debate material about an umpire’s performance.In Saturday’s NLDS Game 2, the Dodgers’ Zack Greinke took a called strike three in his third-inning at-bat against the Mets’ Noah Syndergaard. The TBS graphic showed the pitch to be outside. A replay with another overhead graphic of home plate with a blue stripe following the ball path. Again, it appeared to be outside.“Nothing you could do there, almost a perfect pitch by Syndergaard,” said Darling.For those able to watch Dodgers game this season on SportsNet LA, a strike-zone representation next to the batter was used judiciously, and only on replays.If you really want to go further down this rabbit hole, consult a new snarky Twitter account called “TBS Strike Zone,” which posts as if it is the voice of the graphic responding to criticism. It goes by the motto: “Ball, Strike, who gives a (bleep).” It had 10 followers and was following only two accounts as of Saturday.At one time during Friday’s game, it posted: “If you’re bitching about me, try actually watching the game instead of a graphic. #NLDS #Dodgers #Mets.”Who’s watchingTBS reports that Nielsen’s overnight numbers for the NLDS Game 1 between the Dodgers and Mets did an 8.8 rating in L.A. and 10.0 in New York. But that means the two largest TV markets in the country could only produce 4.7 million total viewers in primetime on Friday. There are 12.7 million TV homes combined in the N.Y.-L.A. markets, making about 11 percent of the total U.S. population. Which makes it more strange that the NLDS Game 1 earlier in the day between the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals did better — an average of 5.3 million viewers, the most-viewed NLDS Game 1 since 2008. Chicago, the No. 3 TV market, had a 16.8 rating for that one, and St. Louis, ranked 21st, did a 27.8 rating.The Chicago and St. Louis markets combine for 4.6 million TV homes, or about 800,000 fewer than L.A. alone.Nationally, the Dodgers-Mets Game 1 had a 3.0 rating; the Cubs-Cardinals were at 3.3.Best wishesDuring the fifth inning of Saturday’s Game 2, TBS’ Ernie Johnson made note of the absence of Dodgers Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully, and “we certainly thank him for the use of his booth here at Dodger Stadium. This is an honor.”Replied analyst Darling: “It might be blasphemy to be in this booth.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Which graphic box is accurate, which isn’t, and do either of them unnecessarily box in the home plate umpire?On one side, TBS’ PitchTrax is based on PITCH f/x camera technology supplied by a company called Sportvision, the same folks who do it for ESPN and Fox Sports. Each use the screen presentation differently, but the same metrics are in play.Because the center-field TV camera isn’t completely looking straight on at home plate, the pitch you see thrown is misaligned from what the umpire sees, and from what the on-screen graphic says about its placement.The Sportvision system, which is a 3D presentation if need be, calculates the point where the ball crosses the front of the plate — not where the catcher gloves it. They say the pitch is accurately noted to within a quarter-inch or less of where it crosses. When Game 1 home plate umpire Alan Porter was calling strikes on pitches that appeared to be low on the TBS graphic, a red flag went up. Was Porter expanding his strike zone, just as it appeared home plate ump Phil Cuzzi did in the Cubs-Cardinals NLDS Game 1 earlier Friday, also carried by TBS? Or did the TV graphic need some re-calibration?last_img read more

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Crusaders to host El Dorado tonight; Duke wrestlers lose league opener; WMS scores; and weekend scheduleIn

first_imgJV Girls7:30 p.m. WHS WrestlingClearwater tournament by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington will be hosting El Dorado Friday night. The Crusader boys, 4-4, will be attempting to break a three-game losing streak against the Wildcats, who currently are 1-8 for the year. The Wellington girls, at 3-5, will be battling the Lady Cats, who are 3-6.The girls varsity starts at 6 p.m. with the boys following at about 7:30 p.m.In other news…Wellington wrestlers lose to Mulvane. The varsity Wellington wrestling team lost to Mulvane 48-34 in the opening of the Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League Div. IV dual season there Thursday eveningThe results are as follows:106 – Bush, Mulvane won by default.113 – Schmidt, Well. pinned Pollard, 2:30.120 – Mosses M pinned Wolf 5:34.126 – Houser M pinned Heacock, 1:04.132 – Brownley M won by default.138 – Scantin M pinned King 3:30.145 – DeJarnett W pinned Sutpkin 1:30.152 – Cusick M pinned Struble, :28.160 – Elliott M pinned Bodkins 1:00.170 – Ast W major dec. Benefiel 10-1.182 – Hauglen W pinned Dillon 4:45.195 – Fair W pinned Duncan 3:40.220 – Brand W pinned McElvray 1:53.Wellington Middle School scores:The following are scores from Thursday’s games against Clearwater:8A Boys – Wellington 49 Clearwater 28Joe Ybarra 24, Andres Lara 10, DeAndre Washington 8, Grey Hatfield 4, Jacob Ewing 2, Michael Ledbetter8B Boys – Wellington 38 Clearwater 20Chance Hamel 9, Caleb Reichenberger 6, Chi Barton 4, Dakota Dry 4, Julian Burden 4, Nichols 3, Adam Farley 2, Brayden Higginbotham 2, Andres Lara 2, Drake Hendrix 28A Girls – Wellington 33 Clearwater 11Adrienne Norris 8, Taylor Meyer 8, Jacelyn Buck 4, Taryn Stoddard 4, Kileigh Peninger 3, Carrie Nuss 2, Camryn Ricke 2, Delaney Parkey 28B Girls – Wellington 26 Clearwater 08Arielle Pottier 6, Carrie Nuss, 4, Camryn Ricke 4, Delaney Parkey 4, Kileigh Peninger 2, KayCee Pennington 2, Lyrik Williams 2, Savanna Ybarra 27A Boys – Wellington 40 Clearwater 21Silas Popplewell 16, Zander Vargas 14, Blake Rausch 6, Isaac Hilt 47A Girls – Wellington 37 Clearwater 18Lindsey Scheufler 18, McKenna Jones 8, Kennedee Lara 4, Kylie Aufdengarten 3, Tori Lewellen 2, Natalie Henning 2Schedule for this weekend: Belle PlaineDouglass , home South HavenFlinthills , home Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comment (1) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. 0 Vote up Vote down …… · 290 weeks ago Haydon pin at 182 thanks Report Reply 0 replies · active 290 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments SPORTS TEAMFri. Jan 16Sat. Jan. 17 Follow us on Twitter. WHS BasketballEl Dorado, home Varsity Girls6 p.m.center_img JV Boys6 p.m. Conway SpringsW. Independent , home ArgoniaCentral away C Boys4:15 p.m. OxfordElk Valley away WHS JV Wrestling Varsity Boys7:30 p.m. CaldwellCV-Dexter awaylast_img read more

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