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11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » You probably saw the photos by now. My daughter Kate broke her tibia.It was a spiral fracture, meaning a cast up to her hip. No swimming. And no weight on that leg.Until August.Kate and I have learned a lot due to that broken bone.People are still wonderful. I received countless notes of encouragement for Kate. Friends visited. People called Kate to say hello. Every day, we’ve been blessed by some unexpected act of kindness. It is a two-fold lesson. People are wonderful. And when the time comes, you must do the same for other people.Patience. When you can’t walk, and you aren’t great with crutches, you have to be patient. Patient with life. Patient with yourself. Patient with your surroundings. Patient with a slower pace. Kate (and I) have learned that some things are beyond our control.Grit. In the beginning, the pain was bad. Crutches were tough. Taking a shower was difficult. But Kate pushed through. She’s now nearly nimble and pain-free. But it took a while to get here.
continue reading » The talks between Senate Banking Chairman Mike Crapo (R-Id.) and his ranking Democrat, Sherrod Brown of Ohio on a bipartisan financial regulatory overhaul have broken down without a deal being struck, Brown confirmed today.“After working in good faith, it’s clear we will not be able to reach a compromise that protects consumers while supporting small banks and credit unions,” Brown said, in a statement. “I continue to support small banks and credit unions, but I cannot agree to gutting protections for working people and taxpayers.”The two had sought to reach agreement on changes to the Dodd-Frank Act that would be able to gain 60 votes needed to pass legislation in the Senate. The exact issues that led to the stalemate weren’t clear Wednesday. 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
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Hinder argued that many active managers in the equity space had only added small caps to their approach, which then outperformed in the bull market.He said Publica, therefore, had turned to smart-beta approaches such as value and minimum-volatility strategies in equities, which he said were “adding value compared to pure passive strategies”.For its fixed income portfolio, Publica began build an emerging market debt exposure in February 2013, commissioning Ashmore Investment Management and Investec Asset Management to invest via two passive, enhanced mandates.As of the end of 2013, the emerging-market debt exposure stood at 4.7%, just short of the 5% strategic allocation.Publica also added inflation-liked bonds but it left out high yield, Hinder said, adding that the pension fund’s aim was to “broadly diversify” the fixed income portfolio. Publica, Switzerland’s CHF36bn (€30bn) public pension fund, has switched to passive mandates for “almost all” asset classes in its portfolio in recent years and has now “looked to smart beta” and some active strategies for additional returns.Speaking at the Swiss Leadership Pension Forum in Zurich, Alex Hinder, chairman of the investment commission at Publica, told delegates: “Possible diversifications would be insurance-linked bonds and infrastructure private debt – and this is an area for active managers because, there, you cannot follow an index.”The main focus, he said, would be to “cash in” on independent risk premiums in the fixed income portfolio rather than merely adding equity risk.“We are rather sceptical whether managers can systematically produce alpha, and the niches for active managers are getting smaller,” he said.
Manchester City assistant manager David Platt insists there is no better right-back in the Premier League than Pablo Zabaleta. The popular Argentina star has been the model of consistency in a season of fluctuating fortunes for City this term. Cheekily, Platt responded to the comparison with Denis Irwin, whom Sir Alex Ferguson said gave him an eight-out-of-10 performance every week by claiming Zabaleta deserved eight-and-a-half this season. “There hasn’t been a better right-back this season,” said Platt. Press Association “You can’t have 11 masterchefs. All sorts of things go into producing a performance and Pablo’s reliability to produce very high level performances is a welcome thing. There is no worry whatsoever that he can’t cope. “Often we get David Silva and Samir Nasri roaming infield. Invariably, that means our full-backs are exposed one versus one. They never complain because they have belief in their own ability. You must have full-backs who are willing to accept that.” Zabaleta is very much like Irwin in his refusal to be swept along by all the plaudits. For the former Espanyol man, the team is the important thing, which is probably why he shifts around so uncomfortably when informed what Platt has said. “I am really happy people are saying good things but I am just working hard and doing my best for the team,” he said. “Probably this season has been one of my best since I signed for Manchester City. I have been a regular player. To do that I have had to step up my game. “But always when you have good players around you it makes you a better player and when I look at the team, I see fantastic players. I don’t really like to just talk about my situation, though. I always think about the whole team. I just want to do my job.” A top-two finish, something City have achieved only seven times in their history, and an FA Cup win over Wigan at Wembley on May 11 would, in Zabaleta’s eyes, represent a season of success. “Now the title has gone, we have an important game at Wembley,” said Zabaleta. “It is important to keep winning trophies and the FA Cup is massive in England. We need to keep the momentum, keep focused and concentrate.”
PLANS for the successful hosting of the 29th annual Award Ceremony of Guyana’s leading youth and sports organisation continues to be on track despite a forced delay due to matters beyond the effort of the Rose Hall Town Youth & Sports Club (RHTY&SC).The Club would now be hosting a smaller version of the Award Ceremony on Sunday, May 12, 2019, at its head office, where $2M worth of trophies, medals, framed certificates, prizes and gifts would be shared out instead of the usual $3M.The club recently received a major boost for the ceremony with donations from Harper’s Sports, Len’s Craft, Ronald Williams, Power Producers and Distributors Inc., Hand-in-Hand Insurance Company and Parliament Office.Club secretary/CEO Hilbert Foster, along with Asst secretary Simon Naidu, is spearheading the preparation for the event which would involve the honouring of 80 club members, retired teachers, outstanding teachers and students, Law Enforcement Officers and medical personnel.Former West Indies vice-captain Roger Harper donated a pair of batting gloves as a prize while former Cricket Administrator Ronald Williams of Apex Insurance Brokers donated a trophy, a collection of gifts and a large amount of cricket magazines.Businessman Bissoondyal Singh of Bissan’s Trading handed over 14 cosmetics hampers while CEO of Len’s Craft, Allistair Parris handed over funds for a bicycle. Long-time sponsor Hand-in-Hand Insurance Company contributed six trophies including those for the Most Committed Player and Most Committed Member.Speaker of the National Assembly, Dr Barton Scotland, and the Parliament Office donated the two trophies for the Cricketer-of-the-Year and Runner-up Cricketer-of-the-Year Awards along with a large number of medals. The Management of Power Producers and Distribution Inc. handed over a carton of trophies valued at $75 000.Foster stated that the main objectives of the Club’s Award Ceremony are to recognise heroes, to inspire better performances on the cricket field, to provide positive role models to younger members and to maintain the RHTY&SC as Guyana’s best.Members like Clinton Pestano, Shemaine Campbelle, Erva Giddings, Kevin Sinclair, Kevlon Anderson, Jonathan Rampersaud. Matthew Pottaya, Shabiki Gajnabi, Junior Sinclair and Sheneta Grimmond will be among the awardees.The members of the Rose Hall Town Bakewell Second Division Team will be specially honoured during the ceremony along with four doctors and nine nurses of the Port Mourant Public Hospital.Additionally, RHTY&SC would also be making donations to several organisations including Berbice Cricket Board, Upper Corentyne Cricket Association and several cricket clubs.
The club posted on their website yesterday: “It is a complete guarantee of safety under the stick , thanks to its placement, know-how and experience.”“She has enormous cold-blood at decisive moments. She transmits a lot of confidence to the defence as she is a very safe goalkeeper in almost all her interventions.“She has a lot of personalities and does not hesitate at the exits. She holds up well against one-on-one moves and has leadership skills.“She hardly ever gets complicated. Her winning (the ball) mentality will make her one of the best goalkeepers in the category.“She is always attentive to the movements of the opponents because she has a great intuition to read the plays.”Oluehi previously had stints with European clubs, Bobruichanka Bobruisk of Belarus and Norwegian Toppserien club Medkila before returning to Port Harcourt for another stint with Rivers Angels.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Tochukwu Oluehi Super Falcons goalkeeper, Tochukwu Oluehi, has joined Spanish Reto Iberdola club Pozoalbense on a one-year deal.Oluehi joined the Spanish club from Nigerian Women’s Premier League club, Rivers Angels of Port Harcourt.Pozoalbense described the signing of Oluehi as a quality addition to their fold.
DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Pistons made plenty of enemies while winning titles and throwing blows two decades ago. Chuck Daly, though, was universally admired for his class and coaching acumen.“I never understood how a great man and nice guy coached the Bad Boys,” Charles Barkley said.Daly died Saturday morning at 78 in Jupiter, Fla., with his family by his side, the Pistons said. The team announced in March he was being treated for pancreatic cancer.The Hall of Fame coach led the Dream Team to the Olympic gold medal in 1992 after winning back-to-back NBA championships in Detroit.Daly was renowned for his ability to create harmony out of diverse personalities at all levels of the game, whether they were Ivy Leaguers at Pennsylvania, Dream Teamers Michael Jordan and Barkley, or Pistons as dissimilar as Dennis Rodman and Joe Dumars.“It’s a players’ league. They allow you to coach them or they don’t,” Daly once said. “Once they stop allowing you to coach, you’re on your way out.”Daly was voted one of the 10 greatest coaches of the NBA’s first half-century in 1996, two years after being inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame. He was the first coach to win both NBA and Olympic titles.Daly had a career regular-season record of 638-437 in 13 NBA seasons. In 12 playoff appearances, his teams went 75-51. He left Detroit as the Pistons’ leader in regular-season and playoff victories.NBA commissioner David Stern said the “void left by his death will never be filled.”“Chuck did much more than coach basketball games,” he said in a statement. “He positively impacted everyone he met, both personally and professionally, and his love of people and the game of basketball helped develop the next generation of coaches.”Daly had a golden touch at the Barcelona Games with the likes of Magic Johnson, Larry Bird and Jordan, using a different lineup every game.“Chuck was a great leader,” Jordan said. “I only wish I could have played for him outside of the Dream Team.”Added Bird: “He handled that team and its talent as well as anybody could. He treated us all with respect and had us all vying for the same goal.”Daly humbled the NBA superstars by coaching a group of college players to victory in a controlled scrimmage weeks before the Olympics.“I was the happiest man in the gym,” Daly said.In Barcelona — a team also bolstered by Patrick Ewing, Scottie Pippen, David Robinson, Chris Mullin, Karl Malone and John Stockton — the Americans scored more than 100 points in each of their eight wins and their victory margin topped 43 points. Daly did not call a timeout during the tournament.Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski was an Olympic assistant under Daly.“For that, I am eternally grateful,” he said. “There was no better ambassador for the game of basketball than Chuck Daly.”Daly also made the right moves for the Pistons, who were notorious for their physical play with Bill Laimbeer and Rick Mahorn leading the fight, Rodman making headlines and Hall of Fame guards Isiah Thomas and Dumars lifting the team to titles in 1989 and 1990.“He did an unbelievable job of taking a bunch of different personalities and molding them into a team,” Mahorn said.Thomas, the former New York Knicks coach and president who now coaches at Florida International University, said Daly’s death was an “immeasurable loss for the NBA and the entire basketball world.”“I can’t explain in words how much he gave me as a player and a man,” he said.Former Piston John Salley gave Daly the nickname Daddy Rich for his impeccably tailored suits. The National Basketball Coaches’ Association created pins with the initials “CD” that many coaches and broadcasters are wearing as it dedicates this postseason to Daly. The organization also established the Chuck Daly Lifetime Achievement Award, which will be given annually.Despite his success, Daly wasn’t part of a Coach of the Year presentation until he handed the trophy to then-Detroit coach Rick Carlisle in 2002.“This is as close as I’ve ever been to that thing,” Daly said, looking at the Red Auerbach Trophy.Born July 20, 1930, in St. Marys, Pa., Charles Jerome Daly played college ball at St. Bonaventure and Bloomsburg.He began coaching in the NBA in 1978 as an assistant under Billy Cunningham in Philadelphia. His first head coaching job was with Cleveland, but he was fired after the Cavaliers went 9-32 the first half of the 1981-82 season.In 1983, Daly took over a Detroit team that had never had two straight winning seasons and led the Pistons to nine straight. He persuaded Rodman, Thomas, Dumars, Mahorn and Laimbeer to play as a unit and they responded with championships in 1989 and 1990.Far from being intimidated by the Pistons’ Bad Boys image, Daly saw the upside of it.“I’ve also had players who did not care,” he said a decade later. “I’d rather have a challenging team.”Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson went up against Daly while coaching the Jordan-led Chicago Bulls.“In the heat of those battles, Chuck was always a friend of coaches,” Jackson said. “A good guy. He was always in the coaching fraternity and always extended a friendly hand.”After leaving Detroit, Daly coached the New Jersey Nets for two seasons and led them to the playoffs both times.He left broadcasting to return to the bench in 1997 with the Orlando Magic and coached them two seasons, then retired at 68 because he was weary of travel. Daly joined the Vancouver Grizzlies as a senior adviser in 2000. In retirement, he divided time between homes in Jupiter and suburban Detroit.The Pistons retired No. 2 in 1997 to honor Daly’s two NBA titles.“Without you, there wouldn’t be us,” Mahorn told the coach during the ceremony.Daly is survived by his wife, Terry, daughter Cydney and grandchildren Sebrina and Connor.
Experts presented research at a Sol Price School of Public Policy seminar Wednesday about local attitudes toward the Metro’s Expo Line, which runs along USC’s South border on Exposition Boulevard. The seminar was part of a series hosted by METRANS, a partnership of USC and Cal State Long Beach, to address transportation challenges in Los Angeles.UC Irvine Ph.D. candidate Steve Spears presented research from his dissertation on the effect of psycho-sociological factors and neighborhood demographics on the use of public transit. Spears discussed his research methods and results afterward with graduate students at the Price School.Spears conducted his research with USC Professor Marlon Boarnet, the director of the Price school’s graduate programs in urban planning.Boarnet hopes to advance the transit planning by evaluating it on a local level.“Urban planning is 50 years behind other fields of social science,” he said.For his doctoral research, Spears aimed to quantify these attitudes toward and perceptions of public transportation. He conducted surveys of 284 households near the new Expo line before and after its opening. The survey asked residents questions regarding their perceptions of public transportation safety and convenience, their environmental concerns and their household structure and demographic.The participants also filled out a seven-day travel log and were outfitted with GPS tracking devices to verify and augment the information from the logs. Statistical analysis of the first survey identified several factors that affect transit usage, including education level, household composition, age, vehicle usage and characteristics of the neighborhood such as traffic and proximity to stores and banks.Though the data from the second survey — conducted after the Expo line opened — are still being analyzed, Spears presented his hypothesis about how perceptions of the metro line might change. He hypothesized local residents make decisions about using public transportation based on their perceptions of the system and the neighborhood, but they also adapt their perceptions about transit when they are more exposed to it.Some students said they related to the link between perception and usage from personal experience.“I always make the excuse not to use public transportation because I say it’s not always accessible,” said Katie Jagodka, a freshman majoring in policy, planning and development. “But this presentation made me realize that’s not true.”Spears believes that instead of letting transit planning decisions be dictated by top-down regulations, local governments should be innovative in the ways transit can better serve their communities, which requires a community-level approach to looking at transit usage. Analyzing social trends and traits in planning public transportation could be a start to this kind of planning, he said.“Socio-psychological factors have been largely ignored in looking at travel behavior in the United States,” Spears said. “In Europe, there has been more emphasis on these attitudinal influences on travel.”USC Senior Associate Dean for Research and Technology Genevieve Giuliano, the director of METRANS, encouraged students afterward to learn from Spears’ research methods.“We are more and more interested in the microlevel when making planning decisions — we are looking at neighborhoods, households and individuals,” Giuliano said. “This is really neat research to me because it’s right at the edge of where this field is going.”