– Advertisement – – Advertisement – – Advertisement – Before winning the World Championship, Peter Wright explained the story behind his walk-on and that trademark dance move on the stage In the third of our series, the world champion Peter Wright tells us the story behind his walk-on song and dance.Back on January 1 as Peter Wright lifted the Sid Waddell trophy, no one could have imagined how this year was going to pan out.Listen to the Darts Show podcast on: Spotify | Apple | CastboxFollowing that famous evening, Wright would have been relishing visiting arenas all over the world, being introduced as the world champion and entertaining sell-out crowds with his colourful outfits and legendary walk-on dance.However, since the global pandemic, walk-ons have become a little different which gives us even more reason to remind ourselves of how Wright, winner of the European Championship at the weekend, usually makes his entrance. 3:24 Before winning the World Championship, Peter Wright explained the story behind his walk-on and that trademark dance move on the stage In the latest special series from The Darts Show podcast Wright tells us the story behind his walk-on song, the dance that gets every party started and the Snakebite persona that he adorns for the stage; Download & subscribe to The Darts Show podcast via Spotify By Henry ChardLast Updated: 03/11/20 6:29am
UK3,263 US18,878 South Africa236 Ireland130 The UK has overtaken Japan to become the world’s second-largest pensions market, according to a study by Towers Watson that placed the country’s pension assets at more than £2trn (€2.4trn).The consultancy’s Global Pension Asset Study noted that, over a 10-year period, the UK saw pension assets increase to account for 131% of GDP, up by more than 60 percentage points since 2003.However, for nearly five of those years, UK growth was sluggish.Ranking the 13 largest pension markets by assets under management in US dollars, the UK was a distant second with $3.2trn (€2.4trn) compared with more than $18trn held by US funds. Australia1,565 Japan3,236 Germany509 Canada1,451 France169 Hong Kong114 Netherlands1,359 The volume of assets held by German, French and Irish pension funds remained largely unchanged compared with 2012, while Switzerland saw its size – again when denominated in dollars – increase by $50bn to $786bn.Chris Ford, Towers Watson’s EMEA head of investment, credited equities with the growth enjoyed by a number of the pension markets, saying shares enjoyed the best year of risk-adjusted return since the financial crisis.“Generally,” he added, “pension funds are now implementing investment strategies that are more flexible and adaptable and contain a broader view of risk so as to make greater allowance for the sort of extreme economic and market volatility they have experienced during the past five years.“This is welcome, as the global economic recovery – and the implied normalisation of market conditions – is by no means guaranteed.” Brazil284 Japan fell to third place, less than $30bn behind the UK.However, while the country’s assets denominated in US dollars declined by nearly $500bn compared with 2012, the market’s value as a share of GDP rose by 3 percentage points to 65%.The consultancy also noted that the survey covered a period during which the yen depreciated by 18.4% against the dollar.Australia ranked as the fourth-largest pension market, ahead of Canada and the Netherlands.However, the European country remained the largest pension market in the ranking when compared with GDP, accounting for 170% against just 80% in Canada and 105% in Australia.Size of pension markets in December 2013CountryAssets in $bn Switzerland786
Henry’s status uncertain According to a team source, Henry was injured duringpractice Sunday and has not practiced since. Henry has also reportedly been seenusing crutches to get around campus in the days since.A team spokesman said Wednesday UW head coach Bret Bielemahad no comment on the matter, and Bielema is not scheduled to speak with thepress again until Friday.A potential loss of Henry would be bad news for analready-depleted Wisconsin secondary. Henry had taken over starting duties fromAllen Langford, who suffered a season-ending knee injury in the team’sthird-to-last regular season game. It would be especially damaging considering Tennessee quarterbackErik Ainge was the SEC’s second-leading passer this season, throwing for 3,157yards and 29 touchdowns. Senior Ben Strickland or junior Josh Nettles would be themost likely candidates to replace Henry. — Ben Voelkelcontributed to this report. JEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photoWhile it isn’t the bowl game some thought Wisconsin might becompeting in after entering the season with the No. 7 ranking in hand, theOutback Bowl marks the fourth consecutive year the Badgers will play on NewYear’s Day.That’s something UW head coach Bret Bielema says the programcan take pride in. “What we want to do is play Jan. 1,” Bielema said. “I thinkit’s a great stat that we’re one of three teams in the country to play on Jan.1 for the last four years — USC and West Virginia, I think [are the other two].It speaks for itself when you have that type of exposure and that type ofprogram.”On Jan. 1, Wisconsin (9-3, 5-3 Big Ten) will attempt to endits season on a high note when it takes on Tennessee (9-4, 6-2 SEC). But itmust do so without the services of starting running back P.J. Hill, who is setto miss his second consecutive game and third overall with a nagging lower leftleg injury. Freshman Zach Brown, as was the case to conclude the year,will get the start, with sophomore Lance Smith serving as his backup. For thelatter, the Outback Bowl serves as the first opportunity he can travel with theteam this year after a suspension prevented him from partaking in any Badgerroad games during the regular season. Per the norm, the Badgers will look to set the pace of thegame with Brown, Smith and their ground attack on offense. The Volunteers willcounter with a potent passing attack, led by play-caller Erik Ainge. The seniorhas thrown for 3,157 yards and 29 touchdowns already this year and is dangerouswith the football. “I realize they have very gifted athletes,” Bielema said.”The quarterback Ainge is very gifted.”Ainge will certainly provide a different look from therun-oriented Razorback offense that the Badgers faced last year in their datewith New Year’s Day at the Capital One Bowl. Or even what they faced thisseason in a run-heavy Big Ten.”Arkansas was a dramatically different bird because theirbest players were the running backs; the quarterbacks were kind of subbing inand out,” Bielema said. “Obviously because of Ainge and what he’s able to dowith the throwing game, it’s a little different there.” Still, the Volunteers have a capable back in junior ArianFoster. The hard runner has 1,162 yards and 12 touchdowns this season. The allure of the Outback Bowl is that it pits the Big Tenversus the SEC. Bielema, however, approaches the conference clash as he wouldany other game. “I don’t really see a conference, I see an opponent,”Bielema said. “People are going to make an issue of the SEC versus the Big Ten.We’re only playing Tennessee. We’re not playing Auburn, we’re not playingGeorgia, we’re not playing LSU or anybody else.” The Badgers may not have met preseason expectations, thatmuch is true. But from Bielema’s standpoint, to have finished where the teamdid and earn another Jan. 1 bowl berth given all that it has endured this year,is worth something. “This season showed me probably more than anything how wellthey believed in ‘the next man in’ and the ability to do the job,” Bielemasaid.