October 20

Nursing is out for Lend Lease

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October 19

Indonesian bridge community mourns death of Henky Lasut

first_imgVeteran Indonesian bridge player Henky Lasut has died at the age of 72 at Kandouw General Hospital in Manado, North Sulawesi, where he was being treated for diabetes and high blood pressure. His funeral service will be held on Sunday.“It’s a big loss not only for the Indonesian bridge community but also the world of sport given all that he contributed,” Indonesian Bridge Association spokesman Bert Polii told The Jakarta Post on Friday.Henky had been playing bridge since the age of 20 and won various titles at the local and international level. Along with Eddy Manoppo, Henky won the world championship title in Sanya, China, in 2014. In 2009, Henky was appointed to the Manado Regional Legislative Council and after completing his term, he was then involved in promoting the sport among young people.Bridge player Gungde Ariwangsa said Henky’s demise left a lot to do for those who sought to attract young people to the sport.“He was one of the eager initiators and supporters of our promotion of the sport among students and groups of young people. Many people, including senior players looked up to him,” Gungde said.Bert pointed out that aside from popularizing bridge as sport, both Henky and the association had joined forces to counter the negative association of bridge with gambling and therefore a danger to young people.These efforts had borne fruit, he said, as now students in many universities learned how to strategize through bridge.“Right now, we need to accelerate our efforts so we can find the new Henky Lasut who can speak out loud on the world stage,” he said.Topics :last_img read more

September 26

Visitor arrivals to Jamaica highest in history

first_imgKINGSTON, Jamaica,  – On the back of a long European trip which finished in the UK, Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett has announced a landmark for the tourism industry with the news that visitor arrival figures were at their highest in Jamaica’s history.The announcement came last week as Minister Bartlett participated in the launch of the ‘Meet Jamaica at London 2012’ initiative which was rolled out to key and influential business members of the UK Diaspora community as a build-up to the 2012 London Olympics.This launch was then extended to Birmingham, an equally important region for investment in terms of the Diaspora.“I feel privileged to announce that this week a total of 9,998 visitors arrived by air and cruise ship into the country which equates to the total number of visitors on the island being a massive 47,000 week ending, the highest figure since records began,” he said.“This significant surge in visitor figures is testimony to a number of policies that we have put into place, such as recent legislation for casino and timeshare development and health and wellness implementation. It can also be seen through our adaptive pricing strategy, which we have aggressively applied over the past fiscal year. This has in turn provided huge value to the consumer holiday, without devaluing our rate structure.” The Minister also emphasized that the Jamaica Tourist Board would not rest on its laurels based on those impressive visitor arrival figures and outlined plans to address untapped areas of the market. “Our steps moving forward will be by way of a geographic strategy, identifying emerging markets which will in turn provide even greater visitation figures in the coming years. To simplify these areas, I’ve focused my proposals on two key demographic areas: BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India, and China) and MIST (Mexico, Indonesia, South Korea and Turkey), all emerging markets that are looking for a quality destination product that Jamaica can offer them,” Bartlett said.The Tourism Minister said investments were also vital to support Jamaica’s rapidly expanding and developing tourism product. Source: Caribbean 360 News Share LifestyleTravel Visitor arrivals to Jamaica highest in history by: – March 22, 2011 Sharing is caring! Sharecenter_img 37 Views   no discussions Share Tweetlast_img read more

September 24

Empty Recreational Fields

first_imgAs you remember, yesterday I talked about year-round sports.  Today I am exploring another aspect of this trend.  You will notice that most municipal athletic complexes stand dormant for much of those vacation days of summer.  The older kids don’t have the time to spend at the pool or on a recreational field just having fun.  In days gone by, there would have been no open fields.  Somebody would have been playing baseball or softball on it.  Today you can drive by Liberty Park most nights of the week and the ball field is empty.  Why is this?  The high school kid has had practice starting as early as 5 a.m.  He/she then goes to work and then most will report back to their school sometime in the evening for more of the same or a different practice.  How much time does that give them to really do fun things?  If this trend continues, I can see a time when a high school varsity team will have just enough kids to participate in games with almost no subs, because the kids will have said “I’m not going to put in all this time and not play.”  Unfortunately, it is already creeping in to some sports.  This past year Batesville had to really scout to find a full freshmen football schedule.  Many girls sports only have varsities because the girls have already decided that the time needed to be a reserve athlete does not fit into their schedules.  When a young person decides not to participate, they loose interest and they find a much easier path for recreation instead of calling friends for a “pick up game”.  Worse yet, some of them begin to loiter in wrong locations.   We all know what that leads to.last_img read more

September 24

Where Are The Ladies?

first_imgIt became apparent when we were scheduling Coaches Corner for the winter months that there are no women coaching high school varsity basketball in this area except for Coach Marlow at Rushville.  I was wondering what the reason for this might be.I am sure one of the reasons is the time factor.  Coaching basketball is now a 12-month a year job.  A lot of ladies with young children do not have the time (or want to take the time) to fulfill this commitment, unless there is a stay-at-home dad.  I do not think that Melissa Marlow of Rushville is married which gives her the additional time.I hope that another reason is not that school boards are reluctant to hire ladies to fill this job.  In the past, coaches like Cinda Lee Brown (Rushville), Donna Hoeing and Connie Dickman (Batesville) were very successful as head coaches.  It will be interesting to see if in the near future more ladies fill these jobs.last_img read more

September 20

Former Florida AG Bondi to CBS: Trump Wants to Testify Before Congress

first_imgAs impeachment hearings into President Trump enter a second week, former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi says the President wants to testify before Congress.Bondi, who now works as a special adviser to Mr. Trump during the impeachment inquiry, says the President wants to testify because he did nothing wrong.She told “CBS This Morning” on Wednesday, “No human being should have to come in and prove their innocence, ever.”However, Bondi thinks it is unlikely that Trump will end up testifying under oath.She adds, “No one would advise him to testify because this is a sham court.”last_img read more

September 16

No. 1 water polo enters MPSF tournament

first_imgThe No. 1 USC Trojans are set to play in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championship Tournament this weekend at UCLA’s Spieker Aquatics Center.After an 8-7 upset over the previously No. 1 UCLA Bruins in the season finale, USC will be tested once again against Stanford, Penn State Behrend and — if the Trojans win their first two games — potentially Cal or UCLA.Junior driver Blake Edwards, who netted the game-winning goal over UCLA in the final frame last Saturday, is excited about a potential rematch with the Bruins at their own pool. “UCLA is a fantastic team, and they really set the benchmark for all competition. The physicality of that game just demonstrated how difficult it was to beat them,” Edwards said. “You can never write off UCLA. Coming off the loss, they’re going to be extremely motivated. Playing them at their home pool will be a whole different story.”Against the MPSF this season, USC holds an untouched 3-0 record with victories over Stanford, Cal and UCLA. USC’s lone loss, however, did come against Cal in the Mountain Pacific Invitational, which was deemed a non-conference tournament. Since then, the Men of Troy have rattled off 10-straight victories by an average margin of victory of over 11 goals. Junior goalie McQuin Baron, the MPSF Player of the Week, has played lights out during that stretch, with a per-game average of 9.75 saves and just 4.42 goals allowed. Baron was especially clutch in the Trojans’ win over the Bruins as he capped off a nine-save performance with a save in the final seconds to secure a narrow one-goal victory. As much as Baron and the USC defense have shut down opposing offenses, freshman two-meter Matt Maier and the Trojans’ scoring attack have been equally as dominant down the stretch.“We felt pretty confident coming off our big win against Cal,” Maier said. “We had a feeling that our time is now. We came into [the game against UCLA] with the intention of getting back at them for beating us the past two years.”Against Stanford, a team that has allowed 6.18 goals this season, the Men of Troy netted eight goals thanks to Maier, Edwards (2), junior driver Grant Stein (2), freshmen drivers Thomas Dunstan and Marin Dasic and junior utility James Walters. Coming off of three-straight one-goal losses to top-ranked programs UCLA, Pacific and Cal, the Cardinal are hungry for an upset. Offensively, the Cardinal have averaged 11.1 goals per game as Blake Parrish (40), Mitchell Mendoza (29) and Cody Smith (29) continue to put up big numbers.Stanford goalie Oliver Lewis has impressed with an average of 10.0 saves and 6.83 goals allowed per game.As for USC’s second opponent, the Penn State Behrend Lions are still winless after 23 games this season. Along with averaging 7.69 goals on offense, the Lions have given up 428 total goals this year (18.6 goals per game). Opposing offenses have scored 20 or more goals in seven of the 23 games. Penn State Behrend nearly overcame Caltech with four goals apiece from Andre Sardaryzadeh and Isaak Hatopp, but lost the contest due to the Beavers’ offensive surge.Ultimately, USC’s focus will be on winning the MPSF Championship game in order to advance to its 12th-straight NCAA tournament appearance. “We have to treat every game like it’s the biggest game of our careers,” Maier said. “If we go into a game with that 7 and prepare the same way, if we can maintain that attitude, we can beat anyone.”last_img read more

September 16

AN HONEST LIVING: How David Falk revolutionized the sports agent industry

first_imgUPDATED: Nov. 28, 2018 at 5:56 p.m.WASHINGTON, D.C. — David Falk reclined back in a swivel chair in front of his glass desk on the ninth floor of his Chevy Chase office suite.Memories of a 40-plus year career as a sports agent surround Falk’s office, filled with Michael Jordan memorabilia, one-of-a-kind props from the movie Space Jam and countless pictures with clients like Patrick Ewing and Boomer Esiason lining the walls.One of professional sports’ landmark agents knows what some outsiders think of him. Some saw the agent as too brash, controlling the top athletes in the world with the snap of his fingers. Falk admitted it’s true. He’s told his clients to turn down nine-digit contracts, and once, intervened 48 hours before the wedding of Dikembe Mutombo because his wife-to-be wouldn’t sign a prenuptial agreement.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFalk, 68, doesn’t regret any of it. He’s honest with his clients because it’s in their best interest. They know him as the most respected agent in sports. The one who told them to lose weight. The one at their parents’ funeral. But most importantly, the one who won’t lie.What started as a dream in his freshman year dorm at Syracuse University turned into representing players like Jordan and Ewing for their entire professional careers. Even if his honesty put him at a disadvantage and cost potential NBA superstars as clients, he never sugar-coated anything. That’s who he’s always been. And why, in an industry known for empty promises and deceit, he’s risen to the top.“I go to work and represent the creme of the crop,” said Falk, founder of FAME. “I want to do the best because I feel like I work for the best. And if that means being harsh, I’m going to tell them what they need to hear. I just believe in that.”,An 18-year-old Falk got up from his bed on the ground floor of Kimmel Dining Hall and wandered the halls during move-in day at Syracuse in 1968. He walked down the hall and poked his head into room 20, the dorm of two Syracuse basketball players, Greg Kohls and Paul Piotrowski.Their brief interaction turned into the three hanging out on Marshall Street and Falk regularly giving them pointers on their play the night after games. Falk loved the game but lacked his new friends’ skill. So Falk started to mentor them, Kohls said. When they needed a tutor, the two bypassed university recommendees and asked Falk to help them stay on track for graduation.An economics major who operated as a “sports encyclopedia,” Falk told Kohls and Piotroski he wanted to become a sports agent a couple weeks into their friendship. It seemed odd at first, but it made sense: Falk just had to do the same thing he’s done for Piotrowski and Kohls, but on a professional level.“It wasn’t going to be easy,” Piotrowski said. “But if anyone could do it, it was him.”When Falk broke into the business, he realized being a sports junkie had no importance. Falk was at a “competitive disadvantage,” he said, because he didn’t have anything that set himself apart from other young agents wanting high-profile clients. Falk spent the early part of his career researching and developing a formula of rudimentary analytics, a number that identifies the monetary values of his clients.“I didn’t give a damn what other people were getting,” Falk said.It wasn’t well-received because it was a new line of thinking in the industry, but he needed something to persuade top clients to trust him.Donald Dell’s Proserv, one of the first sports management firms in the U.S., hired him and gave him the opportunity to pitch top clients.After a few minor clients and John Lucas II, an all-American point guard at Maryland, Falk aimed higher. His two senior partners had a relationship with North Carolina, specifically with head basketball coach Dean Smith, so all Falk did was fly down and meet him. At the time, Smith coached one of the best players in the country, then-junior Michael Jordan, who won ACC player of the year that season. Dell negotiated Jordan’s rookie contract, five years for $6 million and a $1 million signing bonus, and Falk wasn’t given the credit.A year later, Falk landed his first marquee client on his own. Falk represented Georgetown head coach John Thompson, who he thought could sway the Hoya’s top prospect, Ewing, to sign with Falk. Thompson promised to recommend Ewing to him, but he and Falk got into a “screaming match” about Ewing leaving college early, an argument Thompson’s agent ultimately won, and Ewing stayed for his senior season. Falk represented Ewing upon his graduation the following year and would direct the rest of Ewing’s career.Years later, Thompson called Falk into his office.“Son, you have a problem,” Falk remembered the legendary head coach said as Falk walked in.Falk, then in his mid-40s, grew nervous. Thompson waited for him to respond, but Falk was quiet.“You want people to like you, don’t you?” Thompson asked.Of course he did. It was a basic human instinct, Falk said to him. “Not in your business,” Thompson said. “If that bothers you, quit the business. Stop worrying if people like you and start worrying whether your clients respect you. If people don’t like you, that’s an occupational hazard of your job.”Thompson’s advice ran through his mind. He wanted to argue, but Thompson was right. Falk couldn’t be normal. He signed Thompson’s star center and future No. 1 overall pick Ewing. Then, Falk had the platform.,“It was like a right of passage,” Falk said. “John put me in the game and forever changed my career.“And the fact that my deal for Ewing ($3.3 million in his first season) was so much better than the deal Dell did for Jordan,” Falk paused and smirked, “is an interesting outcome.”Jordan wanted Falk to leave Proserv to be his own personal agent in 1987. Coming off his third season in the NBA, Jordan averaged 37.1 points for the Chicago Bulls the year prior, the highest single-season average since Wilt Chamberlain in 1962. He was well on his way to becoming one of the best basketball players of all time.It wasn’t that Falk was reliant on his company, but he didn’t want to commit to one client, even someone with the stardom of Jordan.He built connections while representing both Jordan and Ewing, but Falk stayed with Proserv with two requests to Dell: pay accordingly and don’t lie. Dell was doing both — making secret deals behind Falk’s back and paying other agents more than him, Falk said. In 1992, Falk found out and quit on the spot.Dell fired back and offered him four times what Falk was previously making.“He could’ve offered me 40 times what I was making,” Falk said. “I had crossed the bridge.”The prime of Falk’s career, which he said was between the early 1980s and late 1990s, was coming to a close. Jordan and Ewing’s playing days were winding down, and Falk considered retirement. But in 1999, Falk reached out to one last projected NBA draft first overall pick, Duke’s Elton Brand.,Other agents promised Brand a sneaker contract and millions in endorsements, Brand said, but Falk knew that wouldn’t be possible for a big man like him. In a room with Brand and his mom, Daisy, Falk spoke to them the only way he knew how — blunt but truthful. He told Brand he wouldn’t get a sneaker deal no matter where he was drafted. Falk left the one-hour meeting in Durham thinking he had lost the client. But the Brands bought in.“We loved that,” Brand said. “My mom really loved that, she was kind of the same way. But that’s just who he is.”Falk called Brand one of the greatest players he’s mentored because Brand always listened. If Falk told him to read a certain book, he would. And Brand followed his business instructions. He knew Falk’s past successes, his older clients and their net worths, so he respected Falk’s knowledge.“We became brothers,” Brand said. “Like he could’ve been my father figure, but we were brothers.”When Daisy, Brand’s only parent growing up, died in July 2014, Falk made her funeral a priority. It wasn’t in his job description, but Brand spotted Falk in the crowd of people. After, the two embraced. In 2016, when Brand told him he wanted to retire and live a simple life, one with yoga and taking care of his kids full-time, Falk challenged him. He thought Brand would get bored, and waste his talents.After serious consideration, Brand, like he had always done, listened to Falk and took a job in a G League affiliate’s front office. Two years after retiring from the NBA, Brand is now the general manager of the Philadelphia 76ers.“He was right,” Brand said, “I knew I wouldn’t be alone and that I could do it. David’s a big reason why I did.”,In his office earlier this month, Falk multitasked signing checks and talking on the phone with one of his close friends. He mentioned voting the previous day and bantered about the Washington Wizards starting a losing streak. Falk wanted to schedule a day that week to golf but wanted to “figure things out casually.”He’s still busy. Falk represents multiple clients, highlighted by the Wizards’ Otto Porter Jr. and the Toronto Raptors’ Greg Monroe. With his partner Danielle Cantor, Falk stills flies around the country to games and advises his clients to shoot more 3s or slim their weight down. But the two don’t plan on signing too many new clients in the future.And even after the success, not all clients buy in. Last year, the Indiana Pacers’ Victor Oladipo was in the market for a new agent. The Maryland native asked FAME to pitch him. After flying to Florida, the former second overall pick stopped Falk 10 minutes into their meeting.Oladipo didn’t think Falk understood that he was a “great player.” Falk wasn’t going to let that slide.“No, you’re not a great player,” Falk said to him at the time. “You’ve never made the All-Star team, once. You’re a great talent, and you need me to teach you how to be a great talent to a great player.”Falk didn’t sugarcoat it. He didn’t want unrealistic goals for a potential client, even if it was detrimental to the pitch. Oladipo left the meeting and chose elsewhere.Last season, Oladipo proved Falk wrong. Oladipo led the projected mediocre Pacers to a playoff spot while posting career highs in points and field goal percentage. And he made the All-Star team.“I could’ve let it go,” Falk said of Oladipo, “but that’s not my nature.”Photos by Lauren Miller | Asst. Video EditorCORRECTION: In a previous version of this post, David Falk’s argument about Patrick Ewing with John Thompson, head coach of Georgetown, was misstated. Thompson’s agent ultimately won the argument. The Daily Orange regrets this error.  Published on November 27, 2018 at 11:19 pm Contact KJ: kjedelma@syr.edu | @KJEdelman,Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment. Commentslast_img read more

September 16

Heartbreak for Premier ladies in league replay

first_imgTipperary won’t have long to try and get over the dissapointment of losing out in this fashion.They open their championship campaign next Saturday against Limerick and, if they replicated the form shown throughout the league, will feel confident that they can go far into the compeition. A sensational free from Maria Delahunty, with the very last kick of the game, earned Waterford a 1-13 to 1-12 win over the Premie County at Semple Stadium.Gerry McGill’s side can consider them unfortunate to lose as they were always in the game and seemed to have done enough to take it to extra-time.Centre forward Mairead Morrissey was probably the pick of the Tipp players and got 1-4 of her team’s tally.last_img read more

August 26

Rough ride for Dodgers rookie Walker Buehler might smooth out

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error From late April to late May when he was struck in the ribs by a line drive, Buehler started regularly for the Dodgers and went 3-1 with a 2.20 ERA in seven starts, striking out 48 in 41 innings and holding hitters to a .189 batting average.He has started only four times since then on five days’ rest once — 20 days and 12 days the last two times, including Wednesday’s loss in Philadelphia.Over that stretch, Buehler has a 7.29 ERA (including his one relief appearance) with 16 strikeouts in 17 innings. Hitters are batting .302 against him during those five games.Dodgers manager Dave Roberts acknowledged that it was “fair” to blame the dropoff in Buehler’s performance on his sporadic workload.“I think that’s fair. Walker will never say that – to his credit,” Roberts said. “But there is something to be said for routine. This is not an exact science. He is a special player. His health is first and foremost for all of us and he understands that. So to not start every fifth or sixth start here and not get the continued starts, that’s definitely fair. But it’s not an exact science.” Sign up for our Inside the Dodgers newsletter. Be the best Dodger fan you can be by getting daily intel on your favorite team. Subscribe here.After Wednesday’s game, Roberts made a modest commitment to getting Buehler on a more set schedule and keeping him in the rotation going forward.“I think so. Things can change,” Roberts said. “The thing is with Walker and all of us – we’re very synced up with understanding we need him with us through the season and through October. All that he’s had to kind of handle, I think he’s going to be better for it because he’s handled it really well.“I think for us going forward, I think we all believe we’re better when he’s with us.”ROTATION SITUATIONBuehler’s return Wednesday gave the Dodgers’ a six-man starting rotation. But that might not last for long.Rich Hill, Clayton Kershaw and Alex Wood are scheduled to start the first three games of the series in Atlanta this weekend. But Roberts said the Dodgers have not settled on a starter for Sunday’s series finale at Sun Trust Park. Right-hander Ross Stripling could “potentially” be skipped in the rotation to give him extra rest after reaching 100 innings, matching his major-league high.Stripling gave up a season-high five runs Monday and has not pitched as well recently as he had been in May and June. Roberts acknowledged then that fatigue could be a factor.“We have six guys. Now the question is how long do we go with six guys?” Roberts said of the rotation. “Do guys miss an extra day two times through? Probably not.“We’re trying to look at each individual guy and see – do we want Ross to make that start (Sunday)? Do we want Kenta (Maeda) to go on regular rest? What role would Ross potentially play if we don’t start him? We don’t need to make that decision right now. These are good options for us.”ALSOIn order to add Buehler on Wednesday, the Dodgers optioned reliever Dylan Floro to Triple-A. Roberts called him “a casualty” of the Dodgers’ 16-inning game and the need to get fresh arms on the pitching staff.As part of that, reliever Pedro Baez was activated from the DL a day earlier than planned and pitched an inning in Wednesday’s game. In order to make room for Baez, left-hander Zac Rosscup was placed on the DL with inflammation in the middle finger of his pitching hand. Rosscup was sidelined for the first two months of the season with a wart on that finger that had to be removed.UP NEXTDodgers LHP Rich Hill (3-4, 4.26 ERA) at Braves RHP Anibal Sanchez (5-2, 2.76 ERA), Thursday, 4:35 p.m., SportsNet LA (where available); MLB Network (out of market only)center_img PHILADELPHIA — The Dodgers have put Walker Buehler in their rotation. They have pulled him out of their rotation. They have asked him to pitch out of their bullpen. They have sent him down to Class-A on a rehab assignment. They have sent him down to Triple-A twice, once recalling him almost as his plane was taxiing to the gate.The Dodgers have tried to balance their immediate needs at the major-league level with the caution required for the future interests of a top pitching prospect. But at times it has no doubt felt as smooth as a ride down a back road pitted with potholes.“I wouldn’t have scripted it that way if I was making my big master plan,” said Buehler, the closest he will come to admitting the difficulty of being so at the mercy of a front office’s decision-making. “But I’m not the first guy to go through it and won’t be the last. You kind of make do. The bottom line is I’ve got to pitch better when I’m here. That’s about it.”That would be easier to do if Buehler were allowed to settle into the rotation – and it was.last_img read more