The Women’s Soccer Club will take to the field this fall when RecSports allows the formation of club teams for sports with Notre Dame varsity teams for the first time. Freshman Ally Kirst, an officer of the Women’s Soccer Club, said the team came to be after junior Emma Russ spent the past year negotiating with RecSports. “We are very excited to finally be able to start up,” Kirst said. Freshmen Alexis Pala and Shannon Hogan will join Kirst as officers of the club team. Pala said Notre Dame needed a soccer club because of the large difference between the varsity and interhall teams. Many female students have played competitive soccer in high school, but neither the interhall nor the varsity teams provide a comparable environment to that of their high school teams, she said. “This club is for girls who are committed and have a love for soccer, but don’t want the commitment that the varsity level calls for,” Pala said. “It’s more serious and competitive than intramurals, but less than a varsity sport.” Kirst said the team will practice two to three days per week and have 10 regular season games during the fall semester, not including tournament games. They will compete against teams in the Midwest Alliance Conference, which includes schools such as Purdue University, the University of Michigan, Michigan State University and Indiana University, she said. The club is looking for a roster of about 24 girls, Kirst said. Although the officers are mostly looking for girls who have some experience and skill from playing competitive soccer, Kirst said they would like to see anyone with any interest in soccer try out . “We are looking for talented players, of course,” she said, “but also team players as well.” Pala said the team wants to bring the spirit of soccer to non-varsity players. “It will bring back the feeling of being a part of a team and having a commitment to it,” she said. Even though next year will be the first year of the team’s existence, Pala said the girls already have high hopes for the team’s success. “We would love to be a dominating club within our league, but more than that we want to be a valuable addition to this campus and be a good outlet for female students,” Pala said. “Our goals are to be successful, to create a strong team environment, and to grow as people and players.” An information meeting for the Women’s Soccer Club took place Wednesday, but interested students can contact any of the officers. Tryouts will take place in the fall.
The Pensions Federation indicated that it was not pleased with the minister’s explanation which, in its opinion, will lead to an unnecessary administrative burden for pension funds.Last year, the industry organisation had already said that registering pension board members as UBOs was “not appropriate and disproportional”.As part of the EU’s anti money laundering policy, all EU member states must keep a register of ultimate stakeholders of legal bodies and entities, which is accessible for the police, tax authorities as well as the Public Prosecutor.It hadn’t been clear for a while whether pension fund trustees qualified as UBOs.Although they are board members of pension funds managing large amounts of money, they don’t own the pension funds or their assets.The Pensions Federation had also argued that asset managers also check their clients for money laundering risks and financing of terrorism. All trustees of Dutch pension funds must register as “ultimate beneficial owners” (UBOs) as part of the European Union’s policy against money laundering, the Dutch finance minister has said.Answering questions posed by the Christian Democrats (CDA) in the senate, Wopke Hoekstra said he didn’t want to make an exception for board members of pension funds.However, he acknowledged that it was unlikely that pension funds harboured natural persons who qualified as UBOs based on interests as an owner, voting rights or right of say.If an UBO at a pension fund can’t be clearly identified, the scheme’s entire board must be registered as a “pseudo UBO”, Hoekstra stated.
Surprise ISSA-Flow Manning Cup schoolboy semi-finalists Denham Town and Jonathan Grant High emphatically stamped their class, ousting, between them, four former champions from groups I and K, respectively, en route to the grand semi-final stage. The fallen former champions are Calabar, Charlie Smith and Excelsior in Group K, along with Camperdown from Group I. Coach Omar Edwards was proud of his history-making Denham Town team, despite being lashed 4-1 by Camperdown at the Constant Spring field yesterday. Camperdown’s scorers were Kevin Clarke, who led with a 26th- and 64th-minute brace, while Aruna Anderson struck in the 49th and Tajae Brown rounded out the scoring in stoppage time (90+2). Daquan Black scored the consolation for Denham Town, who might have some injury concerns ahead of the semi-finals, with defender Arthur Walters stretchered off with a head injury. The result was one of academic interest as the west Kingston-based school had already qualified on six points, courtesy of a 1-0 win over Innswood High and Hydel’s lost three points for fielding an ineligible player against them. Hydel had won 3-0 but ISSA reversed the decision, handing the points to Denham Town. “We have advanced to the semi-finals, the first time in the history of the school. This is my first year with them. The players don’t fully buy into the concept as yet, but we have time on our hands,” he told The Gleaner. “We have to get the players sharp and focused for the semi-finals because that is really the big one. We did not even start this game with our best 11, but gave others starts to see what they would look like in the semi-finals,” Edwards added. In the later game at Constant Spring, Charlie Smith trounced Excelsior 4-0. Ronaldo McDonald scored in the 29th and 87th minutes, while Kemar Jones netted in the 35th, with Zamario Sinclair scoring in minute 59. Meanwhile, at Prison Oval, Jonathan Grant held on for a 2-2 draw with Calabar High to book their passage to the last four in yesterday’s 1 p.m. curtain-raiser. Hydel clipped Innswood 4-3 in the later game at the same venue. Click link for more Schoolboy Football photos.http://jamaica-gleaner.com/myreport/schoolboy#mid=&offset=&page=&s=