New CEO at Austria’s Raiffeisen streamlines company, focuses on SRI

first_imgOn the new board, Höllerer, who will also remain as secretary general of the Raiffeisen Zentralbank (RZB), will be responsible for finances, risk management and internal revision.Rainer Schnabl joined from a regional branch of Raiffeisen to take responsibility for client services – both private and institutional – as well as products, while Dieter Aigner will stay on as board member for asset management.Speaking at a recent fund presentation in Vienna, Marc Renaud, founder of French boutique Mandarine Gestion, said Raiffeisen was a “complicated story”, referring to the whole of the banking group rather than the asset management branch alone.He claimed the group “used to be a risk” for investors, but said this was no longer the case due to a restructuring and a capital increase.Responding to Renaud’s comments, Höllerer said he was “delighted third parties are seeing it this way”, but he argued that “there had not been a problem before either”.According to IPE’s Top 400 Asset Managers survey, RCM had €28.4bn in assets under management, excluding real estate fund assets, as per year-end 2013.Höllerer told IPE RCM would now focus on its institutional business, strengthening the service element and demand-orientated business in particular.He said, at the moment, he saw increasing interest from institutions for sustainable global equity products and euro corporates.In the sustainable segment, RCM hired Wolfgang Pinner last year to create new products. Since then, Pinner has set up a mixed fund product as well as a sustainable bond fund.“We see significant potential in this area,” Höllerer said. Austria-based asset manager Raiffeisen Capital Management (RCM) is to merge its Raiffeisen Vermögensverwaltungsbank (asset management bank) and Raiffeisen International Fund Advisory subsidiaries into the Raiffeisen Kapitalanlage GmbH (KAG), according to new chief executive Michael Höllerer.Höllerer told IPE RCM would continue to be the overall brand for the KAG, the Raiffeisen Immobilien KAG for real estate and the regional Raiffeisen Salzburg Invest Kapitalanlage GmbH.Further, the asset manager will “slim down” the number of departments for various fields of business from seven to three covering fund management, fund services and customer service.Höllerer recently succeeded former chief executive Mathias Bauer, who left together with his fellow board member Gerhard Aigner to “underline the realignment of the asset manager’s organisational structure”, according to local media reports.last_img read more

Duterte urges youth: Don’t be swayed by communists

first_imgDuterte’s remarks came after he told the military last week to put anend to the Filipinos’ problem by crushing criminal syndicates and terror groupsincluding the Communist Party of the Philippines’ (CPP) New People’s Army. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo on Thursday said Duterte isstill interested in talking peace with the communist rebels.  “Kayo bang mga bata at mga magulang, do not ever – youknow, this is our only country. Athanggang ngayon there are people who are terrorists trying to destroy ourway of life. Kayong mga bata, huwagkayong magpadala diyan sa mga ideolohiya na barat,” Duterte said, admitting he had leftist leanings before but realized that “nothingelse would be good except to have law and order and one government.” “Kayong mga bata, huwag kayong magpadala diyan sa mga ideolohiya na barat,” says President Rodrigo Duterte, urging Filipino youth not to be swayed by the communist ideology. PCOOcenter_img Manila – President Rodrigo Duterteurged Filipino youth not to be swayed by the communist ideology. “Alam mo, they promisedanything and everything including – sumasalisa gobyerno and then sa bidding,papers towards a coalition government. Hindimangyari ‘yan sa buhay ng ating bayan. Hindi talaga ako papayag kailanman,”he added. Duterte issued Proclamation No. 360 on Nov. 2017 declaring thetermination of peace negotiations with the CPP due to the continued attacks of itsarmed wing NPA on state troops./PNlast_img read more

Newcastle takeover in serious doubt

first_imgNewcastle’s £300million takeover is in serious doubt after the World Trade Organisation ruled that Saudia Arabia is behind pirate TV station beoutQ. The Guardian claims a report to be published in June will reveal the station, which illegally streams live Premier League games, is Saudi-backed. The Premier League apparently “made submissions against Saudi Arabia as part of the legal process.” And chiefs have already received the report before it gets released in June. The WTO say Saudi Arabia is in breach of international law. And the ruling will cast huge doubt over the takeover of Newcastle, which is led by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund and backed by crown prince Mohammed bin Salman. SunSport exclusively revealed on Sunday that the Premier League was set to give Amanda Staveley’s Saudi-backed consortium the green light to take control of St James’ Park. Promoted Content8 Things To Expect If An Asteroid Hits Our Planet2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D GraffitiCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top7 Most Beautiful Indian Top Models EverTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Pretty Awesome Shows That Just Got Canceled Loading… She was hoping to get an official word this week before rubber-stamping the deal on June 1. It now remains to be seen if Newcastle do indeed get the finances they have desired for so long. Should the takeover go through, Steve Bruce is not expected to be kept in the dugout. And two men are thought to be in pole position to take charge of the dressing room. The first is former boss Rafa Benitez, still loved by fans after his relegation survival miracles. read also:Barcelona: Newcastle table official bid for Chelsea target The other is ex-Spurs gaffer Mauricio Pochettino, who took his old side to last season’s Champions League final. Among the players already being linked with a move to the North East are Barcelona’s Philippe Coutinho and Juventus’ Gonzalo Higuain. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

ETC Acquisition Complete

first_imgBlair, NE — Great Plains Communications (GPC), a privately-owned 13,000-mile fiber network reaching 11 states, has completed its acquisition of Enhanced Telecommunications Corporation (ETC). ETC is the second acquisition completed by GPC, within the last year. The company acquired InterCarrier Networks in August 2019. The announcement of the acquisition of ETC came back in late June of 2020.“Great Plains Communications continues to stay true to our vision to grow strategically by identifying promising opportunities like the ETC acquisition. Now that the acquisition process is complete, we can begin working as one company to not only provide exceptional services and enhanced products to our current customer base, but to identify strategic opportunities to serve new markets and expand our network. We appreciate the legacy of the Miles family at ETC and welcome our new employees and customers,” said Todd Foje, CEO of Great Plains Communications.last_img read more

Fitz Powers home at Fairyhouse

first_img Rebel Fitz had been under pressure from some way out but was just about to draw level with Ballycasey when the favourite took a tumble. Winters said: “He came off the bridle like he did at Mallow (Cork) the last time and he had to stretch at a few fences down the back. “My horses have not been flying for the last six months and I’d say there’s more to come from him. “We’ll give him a couple of weeks off now. We may go for the Grimes Hurdle at Tipperary and the Galway Plate could be a possibility.” Press Association Ballycasey attempted to make all the running for trainer Willie Mulins and was still in front when coming down at the second last, following his stablemate Mozoltov who had taken a tumble just after halfway. That left Rebel Fitz (2-1) in the lead under Barry Geraghty and Michael Winters’ consistent nine-year-old jumped the last in style to beat his remaining rival Bright New Dawn readily by 15 lengths. center_img Rebel Fitz took advantage of Ballycasey’s untimely fall to lift the Powers Gold Cup at Fairyhouse.last_img read more

2016 was the year of the juniors – GHB

first_imgTHE Guyana Hockey Board (GHB) has dubbed 2016 as ‘the year of the juniors’, with several major accomplishments for that division. According to president of the GHB Philip Fernandes, “We’ve had several junior tournaments that were successful locally and I think it has broadened the base of the juniors. A lot of kids are getting to enjoy the game and to participate in the game.”The GHB boss was quoted during an interview yesterday as saying, “We hope to repeat the same type of events for 2017 and then perhaps look forward to getting new targets for these kids; start to put together national junior squads and that sort of thing so they can have something to focus on going forward.”“The clubs themselves, at the encouragement of the board, each held its own competition and all of them had a junior feature. So we had a lot more children playing the game. We had Under-10s, Under-14s, Under-17s, Under-19s and a lot of those kinds of competition,” Fernandes continued.He added that the performance of the men’s junior national team at the recent Pan Am tournament in Toronto, despite finishing closer to the bottom, portrayed the skill needed to belong in that section of the world.“Every single match, even against the top teams, they competed and gave a good account of themselves,” he added.Downsides to 2016The GHB boss believed that there were some downsides to the sport in 2016, saying, “Our outdoor season was cut short. We wanted to be able to at least complete the outdoor tournaments that we usually complete.”He continued, “The weather was a factor, the availability of grounds was also a factor but I think our focus on several other things (the junior tournaments) caused this as well.”Moving forward, however, Fernandes believes that with more planning, the board can achieve its required goals.last_img read more

Men’s hockey swept by border rival Minnesota

first_imgFollowing the opening night loss to the No. 1-ranked Golden Gophers, Wisconsin matched Minnesota stride for stride Saturday evening and it appeared the Badgers were going to force overtime Saturday evening at Mariucci Arena in Minneapolis.But the Gophers jumped on a turnover with under a minute to play, and Seth Ambroz tallied his fourth goal of the series with 26 seconds left in regulation to stun Wisconsin 4-3.According to Wisconsin head coach Mike Eaves, his players held their own against the nation’s top team both evenings. He said, however, the team couldn’t find enough in the tank to salvage any points, as the Badgers (4-5-1 overall, 0-2 Big Ten) were swept in Minneapolis for just the first time since 2006.“Well, I think we played a very tough team pretty well. It was 2-1 with 10 minutes to go [Friday] night. It was 3-3 here [tonight] with less than 30 seconds. When you work this hard and get this close and don’t win, it hurts. So I think we have to build on that hurt and get better,” Eaves said.The game’s deciding play came when senior forward Michael Mersch tried to slide a pass into the high slot to sophomore defenseman Kevin Schulze in the Badgers’ defensive zone with under a minute to play, but it was Minnesota’s Travis Boyd who found himself on the receiving end of the pass. Boyd fired a shot off the top of the right circle, which senior defenseman Joe Faust tried to direct away from junior goaltender Joel Rumpel (31 saves). But in tipping the shot, Faust redirected the puck to the stick of Ambroz, who then slid it into the back of the net with Rumpel well out of position for his second game-winner in the series.Mersch, who scored the game-tying goal with 9 minutes, 23 seconds left in the third period, ended up having the unfortunate mistake that resulted in the deciding goal, but sophomore forward Nic Kerdiles backed up Mersch’s play as well as the play of the rest of the Badgers in the wake of defeat.“Obviously Mersch is upset about bad bounces like that that happen,” Kerdiles said of the play that led to the game-winning goal. “But everybody chipped in tonight, played a great game. Mersch had a great game I thought. And you know, it’s those lucky bounces sometimes that bite you in the butt, and that’s just what happens. So you can’t put the blame on one player because we had a great game and it’s just an unfortunate bounce.”Just like Friday night, Wisconsin came out of the gate strong, taking a 2-1 lead into the first intermission with goals from senior defenseman Frankie Simonelli and Kerdiles, while senior forward Mark Zengerle picked up his 100th career assist on the first score. Very little scoring took place in the second frame, but Minnesota (11-2-1, 2-0) managed to knot the game at two with a rebound goal from Ambroz with just more than two minutes left to play in the period. Then, less than four minutes into the third, Minnesota struck on a shot from out high following a faceoff win to take the lead, 3-2.But besides Mersch’s goal, Wisconsin mustered very little offense in the final 20 minutes with only four other shots on goal. And although the Badgers had as many goals on Saturday as they had in their previous three games combined, Minnesota’s Adam Wilcox (20 saves) made the key saves when he needed to in securing the series sweep.Thankfully for the Badgers, they will have a chance to get back on the winning track right away when they face Penn State at home next weekend, the first back-to-back series for Wisconsin since the first two series of the year back in October.“The nice thing for us is we don’t have a bye week next week. We get to play again so we get right back in the saddle,” Eaves said.adgers lose first rivalry game in new conferenceThe inaugural game of the Big Ten hockey conference between two longtime rivals did not go quite as planned for the Wisconsin men’s hockey team who looked to upset No. 1 Minnesota on the road, but suffered a 4-1 loss to their border rivals.BThe Badgers got on the board first as junior forward Joseph LaBate snuck one past goaltender Wilcox off a pass from Zengerle, his 99th career-assist.The 1-0 lead wouldn’t last long as a the second power play opportunity of the evening came for UM, giving way to a tying goal midway through the opening period off the stick of Mike Reilly with the man-advantage. Ambroz gave the Gophers what would end up being the game-winner at 13:14 in the opening period.Wisconsin could not gain momentum throughout the opening period in taking six penalties in the first 20 minutes to Minnesota’s two penalties. The Gophers dominated shots 15-8, and continued on to fire 12 shots in the second period to UW’s four.It wasn’t until the 10:26 mark of the third period that the Gophers would tally another goal, this time from Connor Reilly. Ambroz added the final score to end the game on an easy empty-netter after UW pulled junior goaltender Landon Peterson to try and make a late-game push.Despite the 4-1 loss, Peterson recorded 41 saves on the night to Wilcox’s 24.last_img read more

Living the Dream: How Sam Darnold went from USC fan to Trojan hero

first_imgThe home where USC quarterback Sam Darnold grew up is quiet and peaceful on a Monday night.Signs of his success fill every corner of the room — the unwashed Rose Bowl jersey hung on the wall, the team MVP trophy on the coffee table, the Army Bowl helmet on the counter in the kitchen.“Coach [Clay] Helton sat on that couch and we talked about winning a national championship,” Chris Darnold says, patting the cushion next to her. She laughs, shaking her head. In two years, a dream that once seemed far off is becoming an expectation.Chris and her husband, Mike, know that their son is special. In the last year, he’s become the starting quarterback for one of the best college football teams in the country, a Rose Bowl champion, the top contender for the Heisman Trophy and a potential No. 1 NFL Draft pick.Yet in many ways, he’s still the same kid who first picked up a ball in San Clemente. And in his slingshotting arc to fame, Darnold has become an enigma to anyone outside of his select group of family and friends.He’s a competitor who doesn’t raise his voice outside the huddle. In a world of NFL and college celebrities who pick fights on Twitter, Darnold is a star who hardly messes with his phone. He describes himself as reserved, soft-spoken, hard to read on and off the field.“I think I’ve always been a shy guy,” Darnold said. “I’m not someone to go out of my way to meet somebody or make a fool out of myself, and I don’t think I have to change. I think I can definitely just remain myself.”He’s not one to boast or to talk trash. But for anyone wondering, Darnold’s next plans involve two simple steps.Step one: Win.Step two: Don’t stop.How did he do that?As a kid, Darnold was easy to please. If his parents wanted to take him somewhere, they only needed one thing — a ball. It didn’t matter if it was just a half-hour drive to his grandparents’ house. Darnold was happiest with a ball in his hands, shooting hoops or playing catch.His family jokes that they could never convince him to watch “normal” TV shows. He’d beg to turn the channel from Spongebob to ESPN, happy to watch a tennis ball going back and forth, rather than the typical cartoons that amused 4-year-olds. The Darnolds are, above all else, a sports family. Sam’s grandfather played basketball for the Trojans. His family held USC season tickets for his entire life. His older sister, Franki, played volleyball at Rhode Island.For those who know Darnold, none of his current success is a surprise. It’s just the next step in the path that he’s been walking since he first tossed a ball.At first, his parents thought it was just the overconfident support that every parent holds for their kids. But it quickly became clear that no matter what field or court Darnold was on, he was always the best. He made parents do double-takes with his casual displays of intuition and athleticism.The first time it happened, Darnold was playing first base for his T-ball team. He snagged a pop fly, tagged the base and then threw another runner out to turn a triple play. He was five. From the stands, his parents thought the same thing — how did he do that? It’s a question that’s followed Darnold ever since.As Darnold grew up, his athleticism evoked that same question over and over. At times when he appeared outmatched or completely beaten, he adapted his play or strategy to find a way to win. Family, teammates and friends were consistently left shaking their heads, bemused because Darnold, somehow, had done it again.It was simple. He just had to win.Natalie Yee | Daily Trojan. Photos courtesy of the Darnold family.In the eighth grade, he entered his school high jump competition. His competition stood inches taller than him and jumped with proper form. Sam didn’t know a Fosbury flop from a belly flop, but he tossed his body into the air with enough passion to earn a spot in the final.Mike came to the event to offer his support, expecting Sam to take a participation trophy. Instead, he watched his son leap 5-feet-3-inches into the air to take home first place. He was surprised, and yet, it was typical. Sam was never one to lose.It was a reaction that even shook Helton when he watched Darnold play as a high school senior.It was Helton’s first time seeing Darnold in action. His high school coach, Jaime Ortiz, knew that staying calm was the key to the night — most high school players tense up when a coach or scout comes to their game, taking at least a few snaps to loosen up into their regular style of play.Not Sam.He threw 12-for-12, notching 180 yards and five touchdowns. After each score, he celebrated in his customary fashion — a quick jog to high five his receiver, then to the sidelines, occasionally pointing skywards as the student section roared.At the half, the two coaches met before Ortiz headed into the locker room.“Coach, I’ve been recruiting a long time,” Helton said. “I’ve never seen a player do that.”As a quarterback, it’s this quality — the “it” factor, Ortiz calls it — that sets Darnold apart. Trojan fans enjoyed a boon of that, from his scrambling fumble-turned-touchdown-pass against Colorado to his half-field bullets that hit receivers right in their palms.His “it” factor reached a peak in the Rose Bowl, when even the commentators abandoned their unbiased composure to ask, yet again, how Darnold managed each of his rocketing passes to tie the game.“Some people are born to do things, right?” ESPN announcer Chris Fowler marveled as a touchdown pass replayed in slow motion. “Some people are put on this earth to do one thing. He is a born quarterback.”For the love of the gameThe funny thing is, Darnold didn’t want to be the football star.His love for football was undeniable. But until his sophomore year of high school at San Clemente, Darnold saw himself as a basketball player, idolizing the likes of Duke’s J. J. Redick. He played anything from guard to forward, making his school’s varsity team as a freshman and winning League MVP as a sophomore and a senior. Even though he split his time evenly between the field and the court, basketball had always been the sport that fit him best.It took a few things for that to change.He’d played quarterback since the third grade and been a USC fan since long before that. Most of his idols as a little boy were football players — Trojan football players.“Reggie Bush, Matt Leinart.” Darnold named them one by one, keeping track on his fingers. “Carson Palmer, Mike Williams. I can keep rattling them off but it would probably take me an hour.”In the third-to-last game of his sophomore football season, Darnold was tossed into the quarterback role after the starter suffered a season-ending injury. The next week, he took the helm against Tesoro High School, thefifth-ranked team in the county. The end of San Clemente’s season rested on trusting Darnold, a sophomore who hadn’t thrown in a game since middle school.Darnold should’ve been nervous, made rookie mistakes. Instead, he kept his team neck-and-neck with Tesoro until the final quarter. With 15 seconds left on the clock, he launched a 45-yard pass to tie up the game. With time expired, he rolled out on a bootleg and threw a game-winning touchdown to his tight end.From the sidelines, Ortiz knew something special had just happened: Darnold had arrived. The next week, former Utah offensive coordinator Aaron Roderick watched Darnold in his second game as a quarterback. He offered him a scholarship on sight.“Remember that we were first, OK?” Darnold remembers Roderick saying as they shook hands. The words held a hidden truth — Utah certainly wouldn’t be the last.The road that followed was rocky. Darnold became a starter for both the football and the basketball teams, splitting his time between his two favorite sports. He went 2-0 in his first season as starting quarterback, until a rough tackle left him limping. In typical Darnold style, he finished the drive and threw a touchdown pass before he walked to the sideline and dropped to the ground.X-rays showed a foot fracture, and the rest of the season was spent gritting his teeth and riding the bench. Darnold’s football team didn’t win another game. He tried to force his way back onto the field, but his coaches, parents and doctors forced him to be patient.Darnold waited, healed, labored through physical therapy. Then his team lost his first basketball game back on the court, and Darnold made one of the few rash decisions of his life: He slammed his fist into a locker in disgust. The split second of anger cost him a broken finger and the rest of his junior season.At that point, Ortiz stepped in.The kid was undeniably talented. With only four games worth of film footage, he’d earned an offer from Utah and interest from a handful of other universities. But Sam’s lost junior season left him far behind the typical recruiting curve. In a sea of talented quarterbacks who were happy to hype their success on every social media platform, Darnold needed to stand out.“I looked up to everyone who played USC football honestly,” Darnold said. “That’s not a cliche because I’m the USC quarterback. I honestly loved USC football. I want to leave a legacy like they did. Hopefully I can be that role model for a kid out there who loves watching football.”But Darnold, for his part, didn’t like being recruited. He didn’t want to play on a 7-v-7 team or attend sponsored camps. That wasn’t football. Not to him. But Ortiz forced him to get on social media, to travel to Nike camps, to sell himself as a college prospect. From there, his recruitment process was simple. Once a program saw him throw, a scholarship offer quickly followed. And like anything, the accolades came as well — Elite 11 rankings, top placements at quarterback camps and attention from across the country. Coaches took three-hour flights to check him out. Chris spent weekend mornings making breakfast burritos for Sam’s teammates as they caught passes for hours with scouts from everywhere from Tennessee to Oregon. It seemed that at least half of the top programs in the country wanted Darnold except for the one that mattered — USC.That offer almost came too late. Darnold was planning a trip to visit his final schools when former head coach Steve Sarkisian called. There was barely a week left before the dead period of recruitment began, and the Darnolds honestly didn’t know if there was time to fit the Trojans in.So Sarkisian and Helton — then the offensive coordinator — adjusted their schedules, letting Darnold come up that weekend to throw. An assistant coach chased after his passes for hours as the two coaches watched. The offer came that day: If he wanted it, Darnold had a home at USC.For Darnold, it was a dream come true.“I looked up to everyone who played USC football honestly,” Darnold said. “That’s not a cliche because I’m the USC quarterback. I honestly loved USC football. I want to leave a legacy like they did. Hopefully I can be that role model for a kid out there who loves watching football.”Drive it like you stole it“I just do my thing.”It’s the best way that Darnold can describe his mental process in the pocket.He’s not being glib. He’s not avoiding the question. He’s certainly not playing dumb. But for Darnold, a lot of the confusion of playing quarterback — reading routes, converting botched plays, avoiding blitzes — comes naturally.“I go back to Pop Warner games and just have fun playing the game,” Darnold said. “I think there’s something to be said for that. It’s fun for me and I think it’s fun for the crowd as well.”The game slows down for him. He doesn’t think too hard, doesn’t overanalyze. When he plays, he stays comfortable, rolling with whatever feels right in the moment. His approach is almost casual. It’s different, unstructured, and when it works it’s a thing of beauty.Sometimes, however, it’s a weakness. Sam coughed up four fumbles in his first six games alone, and tossed nine interceptions over the course of the season. His tendency to scramble sometimes left him vulnerable in the backfield, and hard hits often led to turnovers.“I told Helton from the very beginning that Darnold would run through walls for him,” Chris said. “If you let him. You give him the shot and he’ll run through walls for you.”But those mistakes didn’t keep Sam from generating over 3,300 total yards of offense in 13 games. In fact, Ortiz believes that his gutsy decision making is the key to Sam’s success.It all plays into Helton’s mentality on running the offense — drive it like you stole it. He pushes Sam to create an up-tempo style of play that challenges defenses on all fronts, gambling at times and trusting that the reward outweighs the risk. That style of play fits Sam like a glove.“You give him the keys to your car, he may dent it, he may scratch the paint,” Ortiz said. “But when you let him go and you let him drive that car, good things are gonna happen.”That doesn’t mean that Darnold is satisfied, however. Far from it. He wants to scramble less, stay in the pocket to read the defense and protect the ball. He self-identifies as his own worst critic, eager to point out room for improvement in every aspect of his game. And that’s why, for the Trojans, Darnold has become the man. He’s never satisfied, never finished, and he refuses to settle for second-best when he believes he can give his team more.“I told Helton from the very beginning that Darnold would run through walls for him,” Chris said. “If you let him. You give him the shot and he’ll run through walls for you.”Save me a seatTwo years ago, when Darnold was just a redshirt freshman, Ortiz shot him a text as Derrick Henry accepted the Heisman award.“Before your career is done, you’re gonna be on that stage one day,” Ortiz wrote. “Save me a seat.”Darnold waved it off. He wasn’t even a starter yet, and besides, that wasn’t why he was playing. Even now, as expectations for his success grow, he refuses to pay attention to the hype.Fame hasn’t changed Darnold, and that’s mainly because fame is the last thing he cares about.Darnold wants to win. He needs to win. He is persistent, ambitious, tenacious. But none of that competitive fire is focused on trophies or awards or even draft picks. Darnold wants to win in the same basic, natural way that little kids want to win backyard basketball games and impromptu foot races.“He plays just like when he was little,” Mike Darnold said. “He plays exactly the same. He just keeps getting smarter and better. I think he likes who he is because he’s remained the same.”It’s hard for Darnold to stay incognito on campus anymore. He’s grown used to it — the double takes, the questions, the requests for selfies. Even high school friends shyly ask for autographs when he comes home to San Clemente over breaks. And that will only grow next season, when the student store will sell his jersey number and his picture will headline every game program and poster.Yet despite his rising status as a star, Darnold remains the same. Levelheaded yet competitive. Calm yet relentless. Ortiz calls him a poker player, even keel, soft spoken. His parents described him in one word — flatline.“Unless he’s hungry,” Chris jokes. But besides that, her son still seems the same, flashing that same little grin from behind his helmet after tossing a touchdown as he did when he played Pop Warner.He doesn’t dance midfield during timeouts or celebrate in the end zone. In post-game interviews, he’sstone- faced, calmly diverting attention from himself by praising his teammates and coaches. Even in the Rose Bowl, in the game of his life, Darnold only showed emotion once, holding his helmet aloft and shouting as the winning kick sailed through the uprights.“If I get whatever records, you know that doesn’t mean much to me,” Darnold said. “I just want to win games. I want to win a national championship before I leave here, but I don’t look too far forward. I focus on today. Every single day I just try my best in every single thing I do.”That’s just Sam. He’s the star who still comes home on weekends and breaks, hanging out on the couch in Ortiz’s office at the high school, lifting weights at the middle school where Chris works. He’s close to his family, the type who buys personalized necklaces for his mom and sister for Christmas, who still makes it to cousins’ volleyball games and catches basketball games with his dad.Yes, he might win the Heisman, and he might go No. 1 overall. But for Darnold, all that will actually make a difference is making sure that his team wins every game. The legacy he wants to leave is simple — a legacy of winning games and championships, of returning USC to its former glory.“If I get whatever records, you know that doesn’t mean much to me,” Darnold said. “I just want to win games. I want to win a national championship before I leave here, but I don’t look too far forward. I focus on today. Every single day I just try my best in every single thing I do.”Darnold’s life has been cemented by football, by stories of a little redheaded boy in Matt Leinart’s No. 11 and Bush’s No. 5. For him, it wasn’t just playing dress-up or make believe. When he wore those jerseys, he saw himself as one of those players — Leinart lining up his offense, Bush diving into the end zone.Even now, as he trains to take his team to a national championship, Darnold remains the same little boy who dreamed of throwing passes in the NFL. He’s a little bit taller, a little bit better, but he’s still a kid living his dream.“I think he thought he was gonna be somebody ever since he was little,” Chris said. “You know how people say it’s your dream come true? I really honestly think it’s like that with him.”And for Darnold, that dream is only getting started.last_img read more

Digna Strautmane breaks out for season-high 19 points in SU’s win against Towson

first_img Published on December 2, 2018 at 5:32 pm Contact Eric: | @esblack34 Comments Quentin Hillsman turned away from the court, exasperated, after Maeva Djaldi-Tabdi committed a foul. The Syracuse head coach mouthed “Come on, man,” turned to the bench, and without saying a word, pointed to Digna Strautmane. Despite only sitting for a minute after starting the game, Strautmane popped off the bench and checked in. She immediately made an impact. First, with a block on Towson’s six-foot-four center. Then, two free throws. Then another block.The sophomore out of Riga, Latvia, tallied 10 points, two offensive rebounds and the two blocks in the first quarter, helping No. 12 Syracuse (7-2) jump out to an early lead against the Tigers (3-4). After scoring in double-figures just once in the first eight games of the season, Strautmane broke out for a season-high 19 points as the Orange blew out Towson, 98-55.“(Strautmane playing well) helps us a lot,” SU point guard Tiana Mangakahia said. “Her starting off the game strong, letting the game come to her was important.”Strautmane was active on both sides of the ball early, forcing the Tigers into a turnover on the very first play of the game. She trapped Ryan Holder on the baseline and with nowhere to go, Holder stepped out of bounds. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textOn the next possession, Mangakahia found a streaking Strautmane on the left baseline, where the forward swished a mid-range jumper to get SU on the board.“She was impressive off the catch,” Hillsman said. “She had a few stand-still 3s early in the game, and she took them with confidence.”TJ Shaw | Staff PhotographerShe diversified her looks at the basket throughout the game, starting with the mid-range jumper and following it up with a putback layup after an offensive rebound. Later in the first, Strautmane caught a pass from Emily Engstler before she dribbled toward the hoop and knocked down a floater.A few minutes later she used her skills off the dribble again. She caught a pass at the 3-point line and moved to the elbow to convert another jumper. She began where she left off in the second quarter, draining her lone 3-pointer of the game to give her 13 points, matching a season-high. She credited her shooting to the ball movement that Syracuse developed against the Tigers early on.“Good passes, we all played together,” Strautmane said. “It was just our game, how we play, it was just better, so then it just came naturally.”Strautmane burst onto the scene last year as a freshman. She started all 31 games and averaged 10.1 points and 6.1 rebounds, even exploding for 25 points and five 3-pointers against Boston College. But this season, she’s struggled. The jump that Syracuse expected from her still hasn’t come as a sophomore. Entering Sunday’s game, she was totaling 24.8 minutes a contest, four fewer than her average last season. Her point total has nearly halved at 5.5 points per game. In addition to her inconsistent shot, she’s struggled with foul trouble, which has limited her playing time, Hillsman said.But against Towson, Strautmane looked like a different player. Instead of hesitating behind the arc, she took open shots with confidence or, when guarded, dribbled toward the paint to get a better look. She hadn’t taken a free throw in any of SU’s first eight games, but due to her aggressiveness on Sunday, she took six. She made all of them, and on top of that, didn’t commit a foul. “Digna’s minutes have been down a little bit,” Hillsman said. “(If she) plays the way she played tonight, she can play a lot more minutes.”center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

City of Miramar Organizes ‘Drop & Go’ Food Delivery

first_imgIn addition to the grocery items, each household will receive two masks to assist in keeping with the emergency order requiring them. Deliveries are on a bi-weekly rotation to assist as many as households as needed. So far, 15 -20 volunteers have heeded the call to assist their neighbors using their own vehicles to drop off groceries contactless. This week, Thursday, April 30th, volunteers will meet at the Miramar Multi-Service Center, 6700 Miramar Pkwy at 9:30 am where they plan on delivering to over 250 households in Miramar who have signed up for this service. MIRAMAR, FL  – As the state of Florida faces challenging times brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic, now more than ever should residents lend a helping hand to their friends and neighbors. For more information on any of this event, please call the Office of Commissioner Alexandra P. Davis at (954) 602 3155. Over the last two weeks, volunteers have been able to deliver to over 350 homes providing produce from organizations such as Feeding South Florida and Joshua’s Heart Foundation. “As long as we have the donations of food products, we will be providing this service to our residents,” said Commissioner Alexandra P. Davis. With this in mind, Commissioner Alexandra P. Davis decided to launch a Drop & Go initiative where residents who are unable to attend the weekly food distribution sites, either because they are elderly, disabled, have young children or have no mode of transportation, will have food delivered to them.last_img read more