You can respect office and not its holder

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionIn her Feb. 17 letter to the editor, “Respect the office of the president,” Linda Feuz asks what the purpose is of objecting to President Trump, and stated, “One doesn’t have to love the man, but for goodness sake, respect the office that he holds.”Growing up, I was taught to respect positions of authority. But I was also taught that respect for any individual – especially if he or she occupied a position of authority – was something that was earned, based on one’s conduct. The position and the person holding it are not unitary. That concept has been continually reinforced throughout my life.I respect the institution of the priesthood, but harbor only disdain for priests who engage in the sexual abuse of children.I respect the institution of the presidency, despite the fact that Donald Trump has exhibited no respect for the office he holds. Mr. Trump’s conduct has been abhorrent. Accordingly, he has earned an abundance of my contempt, but not one iota of my respect.In each of these instances, the behaviors of the individual do not merely reflect poorly upon the institutions they represent; they debase them.Paul DeierleinSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady’s Lucas Rodriguez forging his own path in dance, theater, musicEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusSchenectady police reform sessions pivot to onlineSchenectady NAACP calls for school layoff freeze, reinstatement of positionsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?last_img read more

MoD’s Woolwich retreat secures residential future

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TIAA-CREF increases focus on real assets for European institutions

first_imgTIAA-CREF Asset Management, the investment arm of the US teachers insurance and retirement income fund, is to open a London office in a bid to build its real asset business with European investors.The manager, which has approximately $850bn (€671bn) in assets, has been investing on behalf of European clients for some 10 years and has now decided to bridge the distance in its operations.It currently has around $10bn in European institutional assets but has managed relationships from its US office.The company will run its European operations with a two-man team in London and one in the US. It hired Stephane Marguier as head of institutional distribution and Russell Elliott as a manager for investor relations, both US-based for two years before relocating to manage the new office.Wiebke Wanner-Borchardt, director for mid-market distribution, will support the London office from the US.John Panagakis, head of asset management business development, told IPE that while the company was looking to maintain relationships with existing clients, the London office would also be used to increase its client base.“Asset management is something we have always been doing outside the US, both investing our own portfolio and working with international asset owners,” he said.“We are approaching $10bn of assets under management that we manage on behalf of European investors, so this is just a natural extension as demand grows.”He said the asset manager’s focus would remain on its core strategies of real assets, comprising agriculture and timber, alongside its more traditional socially responsible mandates.Panagakis said the company began socially responsible investing two decades ago, and runs positive and negative screens in both fixed income and equities.It has seen increased demand for this, along with real assets, from European pension funds, insurers and sovereign wealth funds.“[The operation] will be broadly based rather than following a distinctive strategy, and we are thinking of new and different strategies to respond to the market,” Panagakis said.“The focus will continue in the real asset area and looking for potential expansion but beyond our traditional asset classes of agriculture and timber, and we will look at other real asset classes and opportunities in the credit space.”In April, TIAA-CREF announced a merger of its real estate investment business with London-based Henderson Global Investors.The company confirmed TIAA-Henderson Real Estate would remain a separate entity from its new London office, managing all real estate investments.last_img read more

Adebayor given compassionate leave

first_imgTottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor will miss his club’s final game of the season at Everton on Sunday after being allowed to return to his native Togo on compassionate grounds. Adebayor published the latest in a series of lengthy Facebook posts this week in which he revealed he had contemplated suicide due to a family feud. And concerns over the player’s mind-set have prompted Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino to step in on his behalf, Press Association Sport understands. The 31-year-old, who has already been granted compassionate leave once this season, is also set to miss the club’s post-season tour of the Far East, and his future at the club must now be in doubt. Adebayor has used his Facebook account three times to reveal his complicated family issues. In his first post earlier this month, he accused his brother Rotimi of stealing mobile phones belonging to team-mates at a leading French football academy. Adebayor’s third installment on Wednesday was the most striking as he said arguments with his brothers Kola and Peter, who died in July 2012, drove him to consider taking his own life. ”Many times I wanted to give up,” Adebayor wrote. “Ask my sister Iyabo Adebayor how many times I have called and was ready to commit suicide ”I kept these stories for years. But if I die, no-one would know my story, no-one would learn from it. Some people say I should keep these stories private, but someone has to sacrifice himself, someone has to talk about it.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

MLAX : In focus: Remembering last season’s early exit, SU refuses to look past Siena

first_img Comments One of the biggest challenges Syracuse faces heading into the first round of the NCAA tournament can’t be solved on the field. But it might be the one thing that can prevent the Orange from suffering an early upset — as it did a year ago when it lost to Army in the opening round.‘I think it’s all about focus,’ Syracuse head coach John Desko said. ‘I think it’s our job to get across to the players the team we’re playing against — what their characteristics are.’Syracuse received the No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament last Sunday after it finished its season as the top team in the nation. Now, as Syracuse (14-1, 6-0 Big East) prepares to play Siena (13-4, 5-1 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) in the first round Sunday at 7:30 p.m. in the Carrier Dome, staying focused on the Saints is the crucial point of emphasis for Desko and his players. The Orange is determined not to overlook unseeded Siena in the tournament.As the Orange learned from last year’s first-round defeat to Army, taking an opponent lightly can quickly end a team’s championship hopes.Siena clinched an automatic bid to the tournament when it beat Detroit 12-3 in the MAAC championship game. The one-sided affair wasn’t surprising considering the Saints have scored double-digit goals in all but three of its games this season. As it has many times this year, the Syracuse defense is going to be called on once again to hold down a potent offense.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘We need to learn their personnel in the days that we have,’ SU goaltender John Galloway said. ‘We have a good idea of what’s coming into us, but need to prepare as the days go on now until Sunday night.’Sunday will mark the second matchup between SU and Siena in the first round of the tournament. The Orange beat the Saints 11-4 in the opening round in 2009, en route to a national championship. This year, the Orange is preparing to try to stop an offense that features three players with at least 29 goals. Siena attack Bryan Neufield leads the team with 40 goals and 25 assists, anchoring the No. 1 offense in the Saints’ conference, which is averaging 11.9 goals per game.And while averaging double-digit goals, Siena is also only allowing about nine. Saints goaltender Tom Morr was the best goaltender in the MAAC this year, but he was the backup two years ago when SU and Siena played. Moor saw just over two minutes of action in that first-round game.A lot has changed in two years. This Siena team is very different. That change is keeping Syracuse focused on this weekend, and this weekend only.‘It’s a different year. They have a lot of different players, and so do we,’ SU attack Stephen Keogh said. ‘We can’t take anyone lightly, and we have to take Siena’s best and just come out ready to go.’During the final stretch of the regular season, the offensive struggles that plagued the Orange midway through the year disappeared. In its final five games, Syracuse averaged nearly 14 goals per game. And during that span, it allowed an average of only 5.2 goals per contest.For Syracuse, this is the start of a new season. The winner will move on to face the winner of the game between North Carolina and Maryland in the second round next weekend in Foxboro, Mass. For now, though, that game is too far in the future for Syracuse to even begin to consider — especially after what happened last year.Galloway knows the feeling of walking off the Carrier Dome turf with nothing but disappointment after last year’s first-round exit. But that’s the last way he and the most winningest senior class in Syracuse history want it to end this time. And the prospect of that happening is more than enough to keep Syracuse’s focus on Siena, and not on possible matchups in the next round.‘We know what’s at stake,’ Galloway said. ‘Now we know the feeling of being able to exit the tournament early. Everything rides on the line every weekend now, it doesn’t matter who you’re playing, everybody has a chance to live.’cjiseman@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Published on May 10, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Chris: cjiseman@syr.edu | @chris_isemanlast_img read more

Despite hot start, Syracuse not ready to gauge success of team

first_img Published on October 1, 2012 at 11:42 pm Contact Trevor: tbhass@syr.edu | @TrevorHass When the Big East released its preseason poll on Aug. 6, Syracuse was picked to finish last in the Red Division.The voters’ decision wasn’t much of a surprise, as the Orange finished 3-12-1 in 2011 and gave the panel little reason to believe a turnaround was imminent.SU wasn’t under the same impression, though, and through September, the Orange (8-3, 1-1) has the most total wins in the division and has already picked up a Big East win over Seton Hall. The one conference win matches the team’s total in the past two seasons combined. Syracuse will have a chance to pick up its second Big East victory against Rutgers at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the SU Soccer Stadium.Following a strong start to the season against nonconference foes, head coach Ian McIntyre is pleased with his team’s effort thus far, but said the team still has a long way to go to make the season a success.“When we set our goals as a team, the measuring stick is the Big East,” McIntyre said. “As a program, we’ve perhaps underperformed in the Big East in recent memory. We’ve had a fantastic start, and no one can take that away from us, but ultimately we’ll be measured over the remaining games.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSo far in conference play, the Orange has played well against Seton Hall and Cincinnati. Syracuse outshot its opponent in both games, and both contests were decided by one goal.Midfielder Juuso Pasanen said SU was focused and prepared heading into its game against Seton Hall. He said that win is a blueprint for the team’s future success when matching up against high-caliber Big East teams.“The tempo is way faster than in other games we’ve played,” Pasanen said. “We have to prepare the same way we did against Seton Hall. It was spot on.”Forward Louis Clark said getting a second Big East and ninth overall win would be a great accomplishment for the Orange. A win over Rutgers would mark the first time Syracuse reached the nine-win plateau since 1999.“It would be unbelievable,” Clark said. “It would be great to go down in history. It would be the fifth time in 25 years that we would have a winning record. That would be great to be a part of my senior year.”On the verge of school history, the Orange has to maneuver its way through one of the toughest conferences in the NCAA. The Big East currently has six teams in the Top 25, which is more than any other conference, including the Atlantic Coast Conference.McIntyre said the Big East is extremely deep and talented top to bottom this year, and is arguably the strongest conference in the nation.“I’m sure the guys in the ACC would query that, but we know it’s a quality conference,” McIntyre said. “It’s a great measuring stick for us as a young team to see how we match up.”In the first round of last year’s Major League Soccer SuperDraft, seven of the 19 players came from the Big East, which is more than any other conference. Clark said the skill level of players and overall quality of teams is a lot higher in the Big East than in nonconference games.“Most of the players who got drafted come from the Big East, so you’re playing with the best kids in the nation,” Clark said. “It’s a real test week in and week out playing against them sort of teams and them sort of guys.”After weeks of preparation, that test is in full swing for SU. The Orange has two home games in the span of four days against Rutgers and Louisville.Despite the strong start, McIntyre said his team will not get complacent and will keep pushing to make this season as special as possible. He said finishing with a winning record would be a great accomplishment for the program, but the Orange has bigger aspirations.McIntyre said Syracuse will look back and reflect on its final record at the end of the season. But for now its sole focus is on beating Rutgers and making its mark in the Big East.“This group is intrinsically motivated because they want to be a part of something special,” he said. “It’s competition. This is why we do it.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

ASU tops USC on last-second Hail Mary

first_imgIn a Saturday evening at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum marked by sloppy play and good fortune for USC, the Trojans’ luck ran out as time expired in the fourth quarter. With less than three minutes remaining in the game, Arizona State quarterback Mike Bercovici scored a quick touchdown, got the ball back with 23 seconds remaining and threw a Hail Mary pass as time expired to pull out a shocking upset of the No. 16 USC Trojans, 38-34, before a stunned crowd of more than 70,000.Jael Mary · Arizona State quarterback Mike Bercovici connected with wide receiver Jaelen Strong (21) on a 47-yard Hail Mary as time expired on Saturday night. Strong finished with 202 receiving yards and three touchdowns in ASU’s 38-34 win, its first at the Coliseum since 1999. – Tony Zhou | Daily TrojanWith the game favoring the Trojans 34-32 and seven seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, Bercovici launched the ball 46 yards into a sea of cardinal-clad USC defenders and essentially prayed that his receiver came down with the ball. His prayer was answered — ASU wide receiver Jaelen Strong caught the ball right outside the end zone and slipped past a dumbstruck group of USC defenders into the end zone.“It was an awkward Hail Mary,” said USC head coach Steve Sarkisian. “The ball floated back to the middle of the field and it was a heck of a play by [Strong] tracking the ball and making the play on it.”For Bercovici, it was a triumphant bounce-back after a rough outing against UCLA last week, where the second-string quarterback managed 488 yards through the air but fumbled the ball and threw two interceptions, one of which was returned 95 yards for a touchdown. Bercovici’s efforts come after the Sun Devils suffered a huge blow with the loss of starting quarterback Taylor Kelly to injury.After their loss to UCLA last week, the Sun Devils fell out of the national rankings and the national playoff conversation. ASU head coach Todd Graham, however, kept faith in his second-string quarterback — and credited his talented backup signal caller for staying with the program.“For all those young kids out there, everyone tells [backup quarterbacks] to transfer or quit because you’re not getting to play,” Graham said. “Look at Mike Bercovici. He didn’t quit. He chose to stay a Sun Devil. He would’ve missed out on the greatest moment of his football career if he had transferred. I’m so proud of him.”What eventually became Bercovici’s finest moment thus far as a Sun Devil actually began as the quarterback’s less-than-perfect throw.“I’ve never been able to throw a Hail Mary before,” Bercovici said. “I didn’t think I threw it well. It looked like a duck. But my God, I didn’t know what happened, to be honest.”Bercovici didn’t throw too many ducks en route to 510 yards and five touchdowns, but those numbers were also due in large part to the efforts of Strong, who hauled in 10 receptions for 202 yards and three touchdowns, including the game-winning Hail Mary.“I saw the ball in the air, and the first thing I thought was, ‘I’m going to get this,’” Strong said. “At first I thought, ‘I don’t know if I can get to it,’ but I put my head down and kept running and got it.”Strong was also complimentary of his teammates, eschewing any notion that he had won the game by himself.“If [ASU running back D.J. Foster] doesn’t make that TD, we don’t have that chance. If [ASU wide receiver Cameron Smith] doesn’t make that TD, we don’t have that chance. If [ASU wide receiver Gary Chambers] doesn’t make that big play to set us up for the Hail Mary, we don’t have that chance,” Strong said.For USC, it will be the “what ifs” that torture them after Saturday’s game. The game was characterized by missed opportunities for both teams. Bercovici overthrew two would-be touchdowns to Foster and Strong, the latter on a post route with virtually no Trojan defender ahead of him. USC’s defense looked confused on the last play of the game, and Sarkisian admitted in a post-game press conference that the Trojans were attempting to prepare for both a Hail Mary or a short completion and field goal situation, despite there being seven seconds remaining in the game and ASU having exhausted all of its time outs. The Hail Mary wasn’t USC’s only missed opportunity: Earlier in the game, redshirt junior quarterback Cody Kessler had a drive cut short and missed out on a potential touchdown both due to dropped passes from sophomore wide receiver Darreus Rogers.On the defensive side of the ball, the Trojans were effective against the run, holding Foster and the rest of the Sun Devil rushing attack to 31 total yards. USC’s game plan appeared to dare ASU’s fledgling backup quarterback to attack through the air, and Bercovici made the Trojans’ secondary pay.The Trojans were not without some lucky breaks of their own: USC’s drive in the second quarter was assisted by some curious refereeing. Redshirt junior punter Kris Albarado fell on his own after a kick on fourth down and managed to get a penalty against ASU to extend a drive that would eventually lead to a touchdown from redshirt junior tailback Javorius “Buck” Allen. That drive shifted the game’s momentum in favor of the Trojans, who would have narrowly escaped with the victory if not for ASU’s last second touchdown.Allen turned in another big performance, despite getting off to a slow start. The starting tailback had 38 yards on 14 carries for a subpar 2.7 yards per carry average at the half, but quickly turned things around to finish with 229 total yards from scrimmage (143 rushing yards and 86 yards receiving) and two rushing touchdowns.Kessler attempted 28 passes by halftime, and finished the game having completed 28 of his career-high 45 attempts for 273 yards and a season-low 62 percent completion percentage. No USC receiver broke 100 yards receiving, as ASU dropped multiple defenders into coverage schemes designed to prevent big plays. The Trojans didn’t help their own cause much, as penalties were again an issue for USC — the Trojans racked up 9 total infractions for 60 yards.The Trojans will have to regroup quickly as they head out to Tucson, Arizona on Saturday, Oct. 11 to face the Wildcats, who themselves are coming off a thrilling upset of Oregon on Thursday. The game kicks off at 7:30 p.m. and will be broadcast on ESPN2.last_img read more

Emma Firenze scores 1st career goal in 3-0 win over NC State

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Minutes before Syracuse kicked off against NC State, Emma Firenze walked to midfield for starting lineup introductions — the first time she’s been able to do that this season. When her name was called, she heard the loudest ovation of any player.In the opening seconds Firenze raced down the left side of the field. On the right side, Eva Gordon dribbled the ball toward the goal. When Gordon crossed a pass, Firenze was there to corral it and send the ball past diving goalkeeper Sydney Wootten.Firenze was mauled by her teammates as SU head coach Phil Wheddon, who hadn’t even sat down in his chair next to the bench, pumped his fist on the sideline.  Fifty seconds into the game, Syracuse had a 1-0 lead and its first goal in three weeks. “We knew we needed to set the tone, so it was good we got an early goal,” Firenze said.The goal was the first of Firenze’s career. In her first start this season, it helped propel the Orange (5-10-1, 1-6 Atlantic Coast) past the Wolfpack (4-11, 0-6) on a chilly afternoon at SU Soccer Stadium on Sunday.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBefore Sunday, Firenze appeared in just six games this season and came off the bench. She spent most of this season recovering from a December surgery on her right knee, the same knee she injured prior to missing her entire freshman season in 2013. At practice on Saturday, Syracuse laid out its game plan for attacking NC State. That’s when Wheddon told Firenze she’d be starting. Firenze said she was somewhat surprised, but felt like she had a good week of practice leading up to the game and thought the coaching staff wanted to shake things up as SU had gone three consecutive games without scoring. “She’s shown some good things,” Wheddon said. “… We felt it was a good opportunity for us to start her, and obviously it worked out well for us.”Firenze said her emotions were running high before the game, but she focused on making sure she had a productive warmup in preparation for playing in the cold weather. Her goal served as a jumping off point for the Orange. Stephanie Skilton scored less than 20 minutes later to extend the lead to 2-0 and shortly after halftime Eva Gordon cemented the final score — 3-0.Firenze played for more than 52 minutes after her goal, and though she didn’t record another point, Wheddon said she showed “intelligent movement” throughout the game.“She moved well when she was off the ball, and she moved well when she had the ball,” he said. Wheddon added he wants to see Firenze be more effective for longer stretches of play, but called today a stepping stone in the right direction.Emma’s sister, Jackie, was on the field with Emma the whole time. Jackie, who has watched Emma fight through both knee injuries, said it was an emotional moment to see her score her first career goal. “I’m really happy for her, really proud of her,” Jackie said. “She deserves it.” Comments Published on October 18, 2015 at 5:04 pm Contact Michael: mdburk01@syr.edulast_img read more

Pacquiao Returns to Manila for Politics

first_img“So boxing is done, set aside for now, and just focus on work.”The southpaw, winner of world titles in eight different weight divisions and the first sitting senator to win a world boxing championship, has not ruled out fighting again.The former congressman, who has a 59-6-2 win-loss-draw record, said after Saturday’s bout that he would like a rematch with retired American Floyd Mayweather Junior who beat him last year.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram With another world title won, Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao touched down in Manila yesterday keen to get back to the real work of politics.The 37-year-old senator claimed the WBO welterweight title with a unanimous points victory over American Jessie Vargas in Las Vegas on Saturday, his first bout since April.“I went back after the fight because there is still work at the office and I’m excited to get back to work,” Pacquiao, wearing a flower garland, told reporters at the airport alongside Philippine National Police chief Ronald Dela Rosa.last_img read more

Is Angels prospect Jo Adell making progress in spring training?

first_imgTEMPE, Ariz. — About halfway through the exhibition schedule, top prospect Jo Adell has shown both his promise and the need to clean up a few parts of his game.Adell, 20, is hitting .318 (7 for 22) in big league exhibitions with the Angels.“He’s been on time with his swing,” Manager Joe Maddon said Monday. “He’s catching up to heavy velocity right now. He uses the (opposite field) gap well. You know, there’s a couple little technique things in the outfield, which I’ve already talked to (outfield coach Jesus) Feliciano about that and I think he’s gonna get better.”Offensively, Adell has had trouble making contact, striking out 11 times already. He has not drawn a walk. Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield VERSATILE FLETCHERDavid Fletcher was scheduled to finish Monday’s game in center field, which he said would be the first time he’d played center field in a game at any level. The Angels had expanded his role to include the corner outfield spots a couple of years ago.“He’s a great athlete,” Maddon said. “I think he can do anything. I think he could catch. … I think if you give him a challenge, he’ll figure it out.”Related Articles ALSOOutfielder Brandon Marsh took live batting practice on Monday morning. Marsh, who has been out for a couple weeks with a sore non-throwing elbow, could get into an exhibition game later this week. …Relief pitcher Cam Bedrosian is going to be sidelined for a few days with back stiffness. Bedrosian is scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Wednesday and pitch in a game on Friday. …The Angels are expected to start making their first cuts of the spring on Tuesday. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone center_img Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter “He’s 20,” Maddon said. “He’s probably going to cut down on that as he gets more experience. … If Jo’s strikeouts to walks are disproportionate, it’s probably because he might be chasing a little bit more than anything. That’s not technique, in a sense, but that is a mental approach that might need to be clarified. And that happens from time to time. Everybody wants these guys in the big leagues right now. Sometimes you have to earn it. Always you should have to earn it.”Adell came into a camp with an outside shot of making the Opening Day roster. Adell spent just about a month at Triple-A at the end of last season, so it was likely that he’d open this season at Triple-A and be up in the majors later in the season.CUTTING FOR A CAUSEMaddon hosted “Balding All Angels” before Monday’s game. Maddon, several coaches and players and General Manager Billy Eppler had their heads shaved in a show of support for the cause. The event benefited Miller Children’s and Woman’s Hospital in Long Beach.Maddon has hosted similar events, although with different names, each spring since 2012, as manager of the Tampa Bay Rays and Chicago Cubs. His charitable foundation, Respect 90, has raised about $350,000 since its inception.Among the coaching staff, bench coach Mike Gallego, pitching coach Mickey Callaway, catching coach Jose Molina, bullpen coach Matt Wise and special assistant Marcel Lachemann had their heads shaved. Players Cam Bedrosian, Tommy La Stella, David Fletcher, Luke Bard, Parker Markel and Mike Mayers participated. Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros last_img read more