Topics : Here is what is happening in New Hampshire on the campaign trail.After what has been a mostly affable Democratic campaign, Biden’s team pulled off the gloves and targeted the 38-year-old Buttigieg with a withering digital ad that pits Biden’s decades of experience in public life against that of the former mayor.The ad makes liberal use of popular former President Barack Obama in a belittling rundown of the ex-mayor’s small-town issues and also takes a swipe at his troubled record with African Americans.It shows Biden helping pass the Affordable Care Act while Buttigieg installed decorative lights under city bridges; Biden helping secure the Iran nuclear deal while Buttigieg negotiated lighter regulations for pet chip scanners; Biden helping save the US auto industry while Buttigieg “revitalized the sidewalks of downtown South Bend” with decorative brick. The ad, which will run on Facebook and YouTube in New Hampshire, extols Biden’s work on the assault weapons ban, while noting that Buttigieg forced out the city’s black police chief.”We’re electing a president. What you’ve done matters,” the ad says in closing.Buttigieg spokesman Chris Meagher derided the spot as Washington politics as usual that trivialized the concerns of ordinary communities. “The Vice President’s decision to run this ad speaks more to where he currently stands in this race than it does about Pete’s perspective as a mayor and veteran,” he said.Biden, 77, finished a distant fourth in Iowa and all but conceded he would lose New Hampshire in the first moments of a Democratic debate on Friday night.For months, people close to the Biden campaign had said going negative would be harmful to his political brand, which is built around empathy and optimism.But his poor finish in Iowa seems to have altered that calculus. In New Hampshire, he has been much more critical of his rivals by name. The Buttigieg ad marks a significant escalation that likely carries some risk of blowback.At a campaign event in Manchester, New Hampshire, Biden began to re-frame himself as an underdog.”I’ve never paid attention to all this front-runner talk since I entered the race.” He listed various political and personal setbacks on his life. “I know nothing comes easy.”He repeated his warning that nominating Buttigieg or Sanders would be an unacceptable risk for Democrats.In line with the ad, he made light of Buttigieg’s tenure as mayor of South Bend, saying there was a difference between managing the budget of a small city and his own work marshaling the $900 billion Recovery Act economic stimulus package through Congress after the 2008-2009 recession.Of Sanders, Biden said for all his time in Congress, Sanders had made no progress in getting his Medicare for All plan passed. “He hasn’t been able to move the ball a single inch.”The latest Suffolk University tracking poll of New Hampshire Democratic voters shows Buttigieg with 25% to Sanders’ 24%, within the 4.4 point margin of error and showing a clear split between the moderate from Indiana and the party’s progressive standard-bearer from neighboring Vermont.In the two-day tracking poll of 500 likely Democratic primary voters, Buttigieg has risen 14 points since the first poll was published Feb. 3.Warren, Sanders’ fellow liberal from next-door Massachusetts, was third with 14% and Biden finished fourth with 11%, the poll showed. The other candidates were in single digits with 7% of voters undecided.A CNN poll conducted by the University of New Hampshire Survey Center showed Sanders still holding a lead but with Buttigieg swiftly gaining on him.Campaigning far from New Hampshire, in Oklahoma City, billionaire Democratic candidate Michael Bloomberg racked up another endorsement on Saturday, this one from a Michigan Democrat elected in 2018 in a district that Trump carried two years earlier.US Representative Haley Stevens, one of 31 Democrats who represent congressional districts that Trump won in 2016. “Michigan needs an economic champion in the White House,” she declared in a statement.Another of those Democrats, former Navy helicopter pilot Mikie Sherrill, endorsed Bloomberg on Thursday, as did the former Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer, who on Friday became the first high-level former Trump administration official to back a Democratic hopeful in the 2020 election. Democrats scrambled to gain an edge with voters on Saturday on the last weekend before the party’s next presidential nominating contest in New Hampshire, where Pete Buttigieg began drawing fire as the candidate on the rise.The former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, ended up in a virtual tie with US Senator Bernie Sanders in results that trickled in from Monday’s Iowa caucuses. Both men claimed victory, while US Senator Elizabeth Warren followed in third place and former Vice President Joe Biden trailed in fourth.The problems that plagued the caucuses overshadowed any victory bump before New Hampshire’s contest on Tuesday and cast a pall as the Democratic Party began the process of picking a nominee to face Republican President Donald Trump in November.
Swiss boutique Fisch Asset Management has transferred the CHF20m (€16.3m) in the Pensionskasse for its employees to a new fund that it is now opening for other pension funds.The multi-asset fund will start with investments in convertibles – which will comprise 50% of its portfolio to begin with – money market instruments, government bonds, corporate bonds (both investment grade and high yield) and managed futures, according to Patrick Gügi, chief executive at Fisch.Equities will “mainly be avoided”, as Gügi said he was convinced investors were “insufficiently compensated for the high volatility” in this asset class.He cited studies such as the ‘Equity Premium Puzzle’ and ‘Triumph of the Optimists’ on the return of equities since 1900 for his caution. Similarly, commodities and currency exposure were “not part of the strategic asset allocation”, as again, investors were “not sufficiently compensated for the risk in these asset classes over the long term”, he said.However, equities, commodities and currency exposure can be added on a tactical level to the Fisch MultiAsset Manta Plus fund, which seeks a return of 4% above money market annually over the long-term and a positive return over each three-year period, Gügi said.“For example, it can make sense for a euro-investor to have a tactical exposure to Swiss francs over certain periods,” he added.Gügi said Fisch would not consider real estate or infrastructure at the moment, as the risk premium with these asset classes such as liquidity and economic growth could be “invested cheaper via other asset classes”.He confirmed the fund, which is to be launched at the beginning of June for Swiss and foreign investors, will start with around CHF30m.The Fisch Pensionskasse, launched in 2007, is currently 108% funded and was so far “invested using a similar approach” to that of the fund.However, Fisch noted it did not have “clean return statistics” for the Pensionskasse to correctly depict flows in the pension fund.
NewsSports Women’s World Cup final: Japan beat USA on penalties by: – July 17, 2011 Sharing is caring! Share Tweet Share Share 18 Views no discussions By Saj ChowdhuryBBC SportHighlights – Japan 2-2 USA (3-1 pens)Japan beat USA 3-1 on penalties to become the first Asian nation to win the Fifa Women’s World Cup.Saki Kumagai scored the winning penalty after Ayumi Kaihori had saved two out of three American three spot-kicks.Alex Morgan had opened the scoring with a low strike before Aya Miyama poked in the equaliser late in normal time.Abby Wambach headed USA ahead in extra-time but Homare Sawa ensured a thrilling finale with a spectacular flicked effort at the near post.The US will be heartbroken and annoyed that they did not manage to secure a record third World Cup having dominated for long periods in the match. But Pia Sundhage’s side will rue their profligacy in front of goal, particularly in the first half.Wambach was the biggest threat in that period and went closest when she crashed a vicious strike against the crossbar following a typical bulldozing run into the area.Lively winger Lauren Cheney also went close on three occasions. First, she fired just wide at the near post before looping a header over. She then diverted Megan Rapinoe’s delightful cross fractions off-target.Atlanta Beat midfielder Carli Lloyd also should have done better when she smashed her shot over the bar from 14 yards after Shannon Boxx’s ball into the area was cleared into her path.Japan, who had not beaten the USA in 25 meetings – losing 22 of those, looked to catch their opponents on the counter. That tactic paid dividends against hosts Germany in the quarter-final and semi-final opponents Sweden, but the USA defence had dangerwomen Nahomi Kawasumi and Kozue Ando well-marshalled for much of the half.The surprise finalists did manage to breach the USA area once in the opening half, when fleet-of-foot Shinobu Ohno, playing in her second World Cup, slid the ball into the path of Ando who fell over as she struck what was a tame effort into the hands of goalkeeper Hope Solo.The second half followed a similar pattern to the first, with USA the more threatening of the two sides.Forward Morgan, who came on at half-time for Cheney, tried to make her mark within four minutes of setting foot on the pitch, when she stretched out a leg to poke a driven cross against the post.The pacy 22-year-old had given the USA an alternative target to the physical and aerial threat of Wambach, and in the 69th minute she scored what, at that point, was the most important goal of her young career.Midfielder Megan Rapinoe, whose delivery was exemplary on the night, launched a 50-yard pass over the top which Morgan latched onto before driving into the box and launching an angled drive past the reach of Ayumi Kaihori.The youngster was close to tears as she slid to the ground and was embraced by her team-mates.The USA seemed comfortably on course to victory with Japan dormant as an attacking force.But with nine minutes remaining the Asian side woke up when Rachel Buehler and Alex Krieger failed to clear their lines allowing Miyama to smash the loose ball past Solo.The USA were the stronger team in extra time and regained the lead at the end of the first period when Wambach headed in her 13th goal in world cup finals after connecting with Morgan’s cross from the left.But once again, resilient and stubborn Japan equalised when captain Sawa produced an audacious flick from a corner that left keeper Solo helpless.USA pressed again in search for a late winner. Morgan was en route to scoring her second before she was brought down by Azuza Iwashimizu on the edge of the area, who received a straight red from referee Bibiana Steinhaus.The free-kick came to nothing which was followed by the whistle to signal the end of extra-time.A nervous-looking Shannon Boxx set the tone for USA’s penalty kicks as she struck her effort straight at Kaihori. The Japanese keeper also saved from Tobin Heath while Carli Lloyd blazed over the bar. Wambach was the only player to find the back of the net but by this stage it was advantage Japan.Norio Sasaki’s side missed one but scored the all-important penalty when young defender Kumagai stayed cool to fire in a brilliant spot-kick high into net.
As it turned out, a combination of City easing off and Rooney grabbing a late consolation meant the damage was not as extensive as had appeared likely. Still, for a team used to setting such high standards, Rooney knows the performance was not acceptable. “It is not good enough,” the 27-year-old told MUTV. “We know we have to improve and stop giving these sloppy goals away “It is not nice to lose to City. It was a bad result and we are all extremely disappointed.” Manager David Moyes excused Rooney from blame, claiming the England man did not deserve to be on the losing side. His goal – a fourth in three games – means he has now become the highest scorer in derby matches with 11. It is not an accolade he is taking much pleasure from. Wayne Rooney has admitted Manchester United’s performance in Sunday’s derby-day hammering by City was simply not good enough. Press Association “It is nice to score but it means nothing,” he said. “The most important thing today was the points and we have come away with none.” Given the tough baptism he has endured as United boss, it was perhaps no surprise Moyes should find himself paired together with Liverpool in the Capital One Cup as well. The Reds will be bolstered by the return of Luis Suarez, giving an additional twist to an already high-octane occasion. But Rooney recognises it provides the perfect opportunity for United to bounce back. “We have all grown up, whether it is Manchester, Liverpool or somewhere else having local derbies,” said Rooney. “It is not nice when you lose one. I have been there as a fan and now as a player. “Thankfully we have another massive game against Liverpool. “It is the ideal game for us. Any game against Liverpool, whether it is a friendly, Capital One Cup or Premier League, is massive. “We have to try and get the victory so we can put this defeat to the back of our minds.” United were beaten 4-1 by Manuel Pellegrini’s men, their worst away loss in the fixture since 2004. Out-manoeuvred in midfield, where £27.5million new-boy Marouane Fellaini was a particular disappointment, the Red Devils conceded three goals in a six-minute spell either side of half-time that left them staring down the barrel of total humiliation.
Sunderland boss Gus Poyet has confirmed he is close to landing Argentinian striker Ignacio Scocco. The Internacional frontman is expected on Wearside to undergo a medical during the next 24 hours or so after the two clubs agreed a fee. Asked on Tuesday afternoon if the deal was likely to go through, Poyet said: “I hope so. It’s not done, but we are very, very close.” Scocco would become the third Argentinian to complete a move to the Stadium of Light this month, following in the footsteps of keeper Oscar Ustari and defender Santiago Vergini, who both made debuts in Saturday’s 1-0 FA Cup fourth-round victory over Skrill Premier outfit Kidderminster. Press Association
CHAMPIONS LEAGUEAnother Mohamed Salah master-class helped Liverpool take control of their Champions League semi-final 5-2 but two late Roma away goals gave the Italian side a glimmer of hope for the second leg.Liverpool, who last reached the final in 2007, repeatedly breached the visitors’ naively high defensive line and scored five times in the opening 68 minutes at a raucous Anfield. Salah, who has now scored 43 goals since his summer move from Roma, scored twice and assisted two other goals.He curled his first into the top corner from the edge of the box – then clipped the ball over Alisson for a second.Salah then ran down the right and squared for Sadio Mane to make it 3-0 – before doing the same to set up Roberto Firmino.Firmino then headed in a fifth following James Milner’s corner.With his side leading 5-0, Reds boss Jurgen Klopp took off Salah – and Roma gave themselves a chance for next week’s return leg at the Stadio Olimpico.First Edin Dzeko lashed home from Radja Nainggolan’s pass, then Diego Perotti put a penalty into the top right corner after Milner handled Nainggolan’s shot.Roma need only look to the last round for inspiration, when they lost the first leg in Barcelona 4-1 before winning 3-0 in Roma. A repeat of the latter scoreline this time would take them into the final against Bayern Munich or Real Madrid who meet in the other semi final first leg clash at the Allianz Arena in Munich.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
West Virginia will leave the Big East to join the Big 12 conference. WVU has been approved by the Big 12 to replace Missouri when the Tigers move to the Southeastern Conference, according to the Associated Press on Tuesday.The report cites ‘a person with knowledge of the decision,’ who spoke on the condition of anonymity because it hadn’t been formally announced by the school or the Big 12 that its Board of Directors unanimously approved inviting West Virginia.The Big 12 plans to remain at 10 teams right now, and West Virginia would become the 10th member of the conference.The Mountaineers’ impending departure adds to the uncertainty already surrounding the future of the Big East, as the conference would be left with five football-playing members. WVU will be the fourth school to leave the Big East in the last six weeks. Syracuse and Pittsburgh announced their moves to the Atlantic Coast Conference on Sept. 18, and Texas Christian jumped to the Big 12 on Oct. 10 rather than joining the Big East next year as planned.West Virginia has been the Big East’s most successful football program since 2003, when Miami and Virginia Tech decided to leave for the Atlantic Coast Conference. Since 2004, the Mountaineers have won four Big East championships and had no fewer than eight wins in a season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textA Big East spokesman said Tuesday afternoon that the conference was unaware of West Virginia’s plans to move to the Big 12. The spokesman said the conference is still pursuing a 12-team football model as announced previously. To reach that goal, the Big East would have to add seven schools without WVU.Calls and emails to West Virginia and the Big 12 were not immediately returned.Cincinnati, Connecticut, Louisville, Rutgers and South Florida will be the only football members left in the conference. Big East Commissioner John Marinatto said in a teleconference Oct. 18 that all 14 schools were excited and endorsed the Big East’s expansion plan, which included West Virginia. The schools unanimously voted to double the exit fee to $10 million Oct. 17.When asked in the teleconference if the Big East would consider dissolving if it lost any more members, Marinatto said discussions on the possibility never came up. He also said the Big East was positioned well to adjust to any further movement.Missouri’s decision to apply to the SEC is considered inevitable, but the timetable is uncertain, according to the report. West Virginia’s move to the Big 12 depends on Missouri’s departure, so there is no timetable for WVU to receive a formal invitation, according to the report.But the report said the Mountaineers will accept an invitation when it is offered.When it does become official, the Mountaineers will have to pay the $5 million exit fee. The increased exit fee does not take effect until one school commits to join the Big East. WVU would also be forced to wait the 27 months required by Big East bylaws before beginning play in the Big email@example.com Published on October 24, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Ryne: firstname.lastname@example.org Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
To become the coordinator he is today, DeAndre Smith first had to take his talents out of the country.After going undrafted in 1990 out of Southwest Missouri State — now Missouri State — he trekked north of the border to play in the Canadian Football League for a season. Then, in an unprecedented step to extend his playing career, Smith traveled across the pond to play in, of all places, France.“The funniest thing about it,” Smith said, laughing as he reflected on his time in the French League, “was at halftime, guys were eating cheese and grapes and drinking coffee. That’s probably the funniest thing I’ve ever seen, that they’re eating lunch at halftime of a football game.”Ten years later, he’s in the Atlantic Coast Conference, coaching Syracuse’s running backs in front of crowds sometimes as large as 40,000.It’s a new perspective on the running game for the Orange after former running backs coach Tyrone Wheatley followed Doug Marrone to the Buffalo Bills in January. Wheatley starred at Michigan and played 10 years in the NFL.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSmith’s only two professional seasons were spent outside of the United States, expanding his insight. And he was the one giving the handoffs, not receiving them.“I think they become better football players when they learn why we’re doing things as opposed to how we’re doing it,” Smith said. “That part is why I like to think I’m unique when I teach my guys how to play.”One of the first phone calls George McDonald made when he took control as SU’s offensive coordinator last spring was to Smith, who said it was a “no-brainer” to leave as running backs coach at the University of New Mexico and take the same role with the Orange.Smith is tasked with coaching what is arguably Syracuse’s deepest and most talented position. The Orange rushed for 369 yards in its Pinstripe Bowl victory over West Virginia. Wheatley also mentored a 1,000-yard rusher in each of his three seasons with Syracuse.But Smith is eagerly up to the challenge of matching his predecessor.“I know Coach Wheatley did a great job with those guys,” Smith said, “but I’m excited because we have that opportunity to continue to be as good as they’ve been in the past.”In his 14 years of coaching, Smith has guided three All-Americans, nine 1,000-yard rushers and three NFL products: Garret Wolfe, Mikel Leshoure and two-time Pro Bowler Michael Turner.“He’s a technician,” junior running back and team captain Jerome Smith said about the running backs coach. “He’s made me detail my work. I overlooked a lot of the small things. He definitely made me humble myself, and now I’m ready to go.“He knows all the little smart things about the game and he’s coached some really good guys in the past, so he knows what he’s talking about. He’s a smart guy.”A St. Louis native, Smith ran for 40 touchdowns and nearly 2,276 yards in his college career at Southwest Missouri State — as a quarterback.The standout option quarterback earned 1990 first-team All-American honors, the 1990 Division I-AA National Offensive Player of the Year and the Gateway Conference Offensive Player of the Decade from 1985-95 – the league’s first 10 years of existence.“A lot of people liked to classify me as that ‘fourth running back’ in the wishbone offense,” Smith said. “I was a runner. Early in my career, that was my label. Later in my career, I tried to add the passing game to it and it worked out.”His 405 passing yards against Tulsa in 1990 set a program record, and he completed 57 percent of his passes throughout his four-year career.He then took his talents outside of the United States to play in the Canadian Football League – and then in France.His time in the French League was memorable, and not just because of the 1993 championship he won with the Aix-en-provence Argonauts at the back end of an undefeated season.“For a kid like me, it was a great experience,” Smith said. “Got a chance to see the world and it was something that I’ll always cherish being able to do.”Smith started his coaching career as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Indiana State. When Northern Illinois was searching for a new running backs coach before the 2001 season, he was recommended to Joe Novak, then the head coach at NIU, who brought Smith in despite his inexperience as a backfield instructor.“This business is about who you know,” Smith said. “I had no idea how to coach running backs at all. He didn’t care. He just wanted good people around his program.”The gamble paid off, as Smith’s expertise as a signal caller has made him an effective running backs coach with programs such as New Mexico, Illinois and UNLV.“We don’t just talk about what the running backs do,” Smith said. “We look at safeties, we look at linebackers, we do rotations with coverages and things like that.”SU head coach Scott Shafer said he likes the Orange’s numbers at running back, and is looking to utilize that depth on special teams, particularly in the return game.It’s a plan that could jeopardize the health of Smith’s group, but Smith knows how he’s going to handle the halfback position the Orange will depend so heavily on in 2013.“I try not to think about that we’re the deepest group or anything like that,” Smith said. “I’m just thankful I have the opportunity to coach them.” Comments
Syracuse head coach Scott Shafer gave a few brief injury updates Friday after Day 7 of training camp.Sophomore tight end Kendall Moore did not participate in practice due to an ankle sprain but should be back for practice Saturday, Shafer said.Senior cornerback Joe Nassib’s separated shoulder will “probably take a couple of weeks” before he returns, Shafer said, and senior defensive tackle Ryan Sloan has a “thing in his arm” and will be out of practice two or three days, give or take. The head coach didn’t want to give specifics on Sloan’s injury.“Had some guys banged up,” Shafer said at the beginning of his press conference. “Learning how to play banged up, it’s a great learning lesson for these guys. I’m really pleased with the way they pushed through things today.” Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Facebook Twitter Google+ Related Stories Broyld runs second-team and other observations from Day 7 of training camp Published on August 8, 2014 at 8:44 pm Contact Phil: email@example.com | @PhilDAbb
Tommy Talks hosted the first ever SpeakEasy event in the Annenberg Innovation Lab on Thursday night, featuring speeches by students Ariel Sobel and Dylan Deluca about social issues of importance to students.Tommy Talks had previously hosted larger speaker events, usually featuring three to four speakers who spoke for about 20 minutes each. They wanted something more relaxed and social, however, so they inaugurated the SpeakEasy series on Thursday night.The idea behind SpeakEasy is to give students the chance to come together and share their experiences. Madisen Keavy and Anna Skelsey, the two students leading the event, wanted it to be more of an open conversation about whatever students wanted to discuss.“We want to provide a space where [students] can talk about things that are irking and exciting to people,” Keavy said that in order to achieve this, the organizers prompted speakers and students to talk about what they were most passionate about.Skelsey started off the event with a speed dating activity, so that all the attendees could meet each other before the speeches started. She wanted to create a sense of community, respect and trust before the conversation got going.The event was conducted as an open forum. Ariel Sobel, a sophomore majoring in writing for screen and television, spoke about how saying “thank you” has become uncomfortable for this generation and students used this speech to strike up conversation.“My generation has grown to fear saying ‘thank you,’” Sobel said. Her speech focused on how “thank you” has grown to encourage us to feel guilty and it makes it difficult to value ourselves. She also mentioned how it is difficult for women to have self-confidence because they always feel like they don’t deserve compliments.“My generation of women is not entitled to feel good about themselves,” she said. “I wear makeup to conceal my flaws, not to play up the good things.”Shane Mileham, a junior majoring in computer science, said that men experience a similar feeling, but diffuse it through jokes.“You can’t make a joke about something that you’re good at. The jokes you make about stuff you’re good at are suddenly not funny; they are conceited,” he said.Skelsey agreed, she thought that people are constantly putting themselves down in order to compliment someone else. To make sure that everyone knew their value, Skelsey encouraged the group to brag about the things they had done to get into USC.One student started his first company when he was 13. Another volunteered at the soup kitchen by his house every week for his entire senior year. A student from India started a dance society in her high school within three weeks because there wasn’t one. One by one, students were asked to brag about themselves so they could realize their true value.Sobel then concluded the talk by encouraging the students to accept that they are really good at things.“You should not make yourself small to make other people feel bigger,” she said.Sobel’s speech was followed by a speech by Dylan Deluca, a freshman studying communication and cinema, who talked about the moment he came out as gay in high school. Deluca talked about how he thought that coming out was a worse experience than he had imagined.“Coming out was like being branded with a pink sparkly letter that elevated me from the level of normality to the level of novelty, a posh accessory that could be toted around like the last season’s hottest purse,” he said.That started another group discussion, one about how people are often branded for what they do and not for what they are. “Being a blonde girl in the University of Southern California’s Greek System carries a lot of connotations, but that doesn’t define me,” Skelsey said.Aneesha Madhok, a freshman studying theatre, was inspired by the novelty of SpeakEasy.“It allows people to actually stand up for themselves and actually address issues that you won’t really address on a daily basis.”