Jeremy Woolfe: MiFID II crystal ball still clouded over

first_imgBut other commentators are less optimistic on the clearance by Brussels of the supplementary rules. One large pension fund investor reports that it would not be surprised to see the Commission publish the RTSs as late as October. Another source comes up with a similar timing, “bearing in mind past experience”. Such is sensitivity in the field that both authorities prefer not to be identified.On top of an October estimate, even if further delay of 3-6 months were required for clearance by the Parliament and Council prior to publication in the Official Journal, there does still appear to be time for compliance procedures to be effected. Michael Lewis, MiFID expert at law firm Pinsent Masons, puts the time needed for IT sections to build, implement and test their compliance systems to be in the order of nine months. The work would include coverage of transaction reporting, which would have to be done electronically, he tells IPE.But is there any need to worry about the time factor? “Hard to say,” says Lewis. “It depends on what comes out of ESMA and how substantial the delegated acts are. It is very difficult to crystal ball at this stage.” He does find the present one-year implementation delay to be much welcome in the investor sector.While many of the 28 RTS articles will not require IT system development, Lewis notes that fund managers could well face having to build IT systems to cope with so-called “appropriateness”. He foresees the possibility of an expansion of scope from what exists under MiFID I. He expects that smaller pension funds will have to buy in the necessary IT development for consultancies. It remains to be seen whether such costs could be absorbed internally or passed on to the pension beneficiaries.In the meantime, the issue of derivatives trade transparency, which first arose last year, has been highlighted by PensionsEurope. The institution states that, under current MiFID rules, as drafted by ESMA, pension funds could be discouraged, by the expense, from hedging inflation or interest-rate risk against long-dated liabilities. The liquidity definition for many derivatives sub-classes is of fewer than 10 trades taking place during a one-day period, it adds. It comments that ESMA mis-designated illiquid derivatives sub-classes as liquid. The trades-per-day threshold for determining the liquidity of derivatives sub-classes should be set cautiously. PensionsEurope’s Ursula Bordas questions whether the authority has made a mistake in this matter, which she judges to be not less important than the compliance-timing matter.Taking a similar line on clearing venue calibration of liquidity, Roger Cogan, head of European public policy at the International Swaps and Derivatives Association, says: “We remain concerned that 10 trades per day – one trade per hour – is a very low bar for designating derivatives as liquid for the purpose of applying trade transparency requirements.” At the time of writing, the Commission declined to comment on the matter but has been under pressure from the US authorities to come into line with them on derivatives clearance. Estimates for the publication of the ‘delegated acts’ rules for MiFID II remain unclear, Jeremy Woolfe writesEstimates for when the European Commission will publish the ‘delegated acts’ rules for the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II) remain unclear. Indications are that there will be an adequate interval for the IT-compliance exercise by portfolio managers to meet the new implementation date of 3 January 2018.The most optimistic report on the streets of Brussels has it that the European Commission will have completed its work on MiFID’s Regulatory Technical Standards (RTS) before the summer holiday. This would leave a generous margin of time for fund managers to deliver their compliance work on time. Unsurprisingly, when challenged on this timing, the Commission avoids fixing on a firm date.However, it does state: “We are working to finalise the rest of the level II package in the coming months. We will adopt and send RTS for scrutiny [by the Parliament and Council] as soon as they are ready (rather than sending them together).” Cautious to the last, the Commission also covers itself by adding: “At this stage, there is no legal deadline by which the Paris-based European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has to propose amended drafts”.last_img read more

Elliot gets Ireland call-up

first_img The former Charlton player has been drafted in as a replacement for Darren Randolph, who injured a shoulder in Birmingham’s 2-1 home defeat by Bolton on Saturday. Crystal Palace defender Damien Delaney, who was drafted into the provisional squad earlier this week, remains in the final 23, while striker Jon Walters will be assessed by Stoke’s medical staff after being substituted during the 1-0 defeat to Fulham with a groin problem. Paul McShane, Stephen Quinn and Paul Green have been placed on stand-by. Ireland face the Germans in Cologne on October 11 and the Kazakhs in Dublin four days later. Newcastle keeper Rob Elliot has been called into the Ireland squad for the first time for the World Cup qualifiers against Germany and Kazakhstan.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Deepak Kumar’s car stolen from wedding function

first_imgNew Delhi: Preparing for Tokyo Olympics, shooter Deepak Kumar suffered a jolt on the personal front as the Asian Games silver medallist’s car, a Honda WR-V, was stolen while he was attending the wedding ceremony of his sister-in-law.The incident took place around 2:30 am in the night on Tuesday as the car was parked outside the VIP Park, JP Tent house in Keshav Puram.“The response has been a bit slow so far (from the police). See these are matters which can take my focus away from the game. But I am not letting that happen,” Kumar, who secured an Olympic quota in the 10m air rifle event at the Asian Championships last year, told IANS.“I am preparing for the World Cup (in Delhi from March 15 at the Dr Karni Singh Ranges) and I will continue to do what I have been doing, train harder and give my best,” said the 32-year old. A similar incident had happened with Kumar in 2018 when valuables were stolen from his car in South Delhi’s Ambedkar Nagar. (IANS)Also Read: Expecting great result from Indian shooters: Shooter Deepak KumarAlso Watch: AJYCP members form human chain across Assam to protest against CAA 2019last_img read more

Wisconsin opens basketball season with celebration

first_imgThe University of Wisconsin basketball season officially began with a bang, or rather a slam, Friday night. The Badgers celebrated the opening of the fall practice season with “The Night of the Grateful Red,” an exhibition which featured the players being introduced to students and fans for the first time with friendly competitions between players and the Wisconsin faithful.”It gives high school students a chance to come in and see us do a little something, see the players … experience the atmosphere in the Kohl Center,” said Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan before the event.Ryan added that the season-opening celebration was also an opportunity for the players to get their first taste of the Kohl Center atmosphere.”I think it’s a great idea for our basketball program, especially this year, to be able to have a night like this where our players — with so much inexperience and guys that didn’t log a lot of minutes last year — to see what it’s like to be introduced with the lights down a little bit, with the scoreboard going.”Around the nation, the first day of official practice is celebrated by holding the “practice,” complete with scrimmages, shootouts and dunk contests, in front of fans at midnight. Wisconsin hasn’t participated in those activities, but fans appreciated the effort put forth by the administration to bring some measure of the college basketball tradition of “Midnight Madness” to Madison.”I think it was great to get the community involved. Coach Ryan was right pointing out that young kids wouldn’t be able to come if it was being held at midnight,” said UW student Kristen Blaha.”It was good, they should always do it this way. It gets more fans involved,” said Joel Luedke, a UW student who was pulled from the crowd to participate in a half-court shootout. “I’ve been to [“Midnight Madness”] at Marquette and that was fun, but Bo is probably right: to get the younger kids involved in it is probably a good thing.”With much of the first level occupied by the 3,257 fans in attendance, the night began with the introductions of the players and coaching staff, while the lights stayed off. The light-hearted mood of the evening was evident almost immediately as players entered in a variety of manners while being introduced, including senior forward Ray Nixon coming out in ’70s-style shorts and a Ryan impersonator performing a break dance at mid-court.After the team warmed up with an entertaining, if somewhat sloppy, three-man weave, a player/fan three-point shooting contest was held, with sophomore forward Brian Butch and a partner from the audience taking the crown.The festivities continued with a charming 10-and-under slam-dunk contest, won with a power jam that broke the three-foot-tall plastic basket and drew great laughter and approval from the crowd.After a half-court shooting contest, the highlight event of the evening was definitely the slam-dunk contest.After freshman Marcus Landry warmed up the crowd with a tenacious windmill and Nixon got them on their feet again with a smooth reverse jam, redshirt freshman DeAaron Williams and junior forward Alando Tucker stole the show and tied for the unofficial “2005 Slam Dunk Championship.”Tucker started off with a behind-the-head reverse, complete with his trademark 38-inch vertical leap, to score a 49. Williams followed suit with a 49 of his own, reaching back to catch a ball in the air and dunking it with a smooth, powerful finish.With his final dunk, Williams went between his legs and again shook the rim with a thunderous slam, drawing a roar from the crowd and a perfect score of 50 from the judges.Not to be upstaged, however, was Tucker, who had sophomore guard Michael Flowers bounce the ball about chest high, and while in the air caught the ball and went between his legs for what was probably the most impressive rim-rocker of the night, scoring a perfect 50 to ensure the tie, and a worthwhile night for all in attendance.last_img read more

Juan Uribe’s career night leads Dodgers in win over Arizona

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Uribe’s career-high three home runs were part of a season-high six for a Dodgers team that scored just seven runs during a three-game sweep at the hands of the Cincinnati Reds over the weekend.Despite four consecutive losses for the first time since an eight-game losing streak in early May, the National League West-leading Dodgers increased their lead to 12 games over the second-place Diamondbacks.“It just feels good to get a win,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “Coming out of Cincinnati, that last trip wasn’t a great trip for us. And you got the team that’s right behind you, you know, head-to-head, so it’s kind of nice to be playing those guys and not looking at the scoreboard.”The Dodgers needed just five innings to collect all their home runs, the most since famously hitting four consecutive home runs as part of a seven-homer effort in a win over the San Diego Padres on Sept. 18, 2009.Of course, Ricky Nolasco (13-9) hasn’t needed much offensive support. The Dodgers’ July 6 trade acquisition extended his career-high wining streak to seven and sports a 1.60 earned-run average in his last seven starts. Monday he allowed one run — an earned run in the fifth inning — on three hits in 6 2/3 innings. It’s often an unintelligible cross between laughing and talking, but Juan Uribe’s booming voice is ever present in the Dodgers clubhouse. One of the quieter bats in a stacked Dodgers lineup has long since proven his worth as a teammate, making it understandable why the rest of the Dodgers relished the chance to see him thrive outside the clubhouse on Monday night. Uribe’s career night included three home runs, and the 34-year-old third baseman went 4 for 4 with four RBIs to snap a four-game losing streak, leading the Dodgers to an 8-1 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks in front of 52,410 at Dodger Stadium. “I’ll never forget,” Uribe said. “I’ll never forget what I did today. That’s what I tell my teammates.”center_img After beginning the season with five wins in 13 decisions with the Miami Marlins, the Rialto native is 8-1 with the Dodgers.“It was my dream to come here and pitch,” Nolasco said. “I feel like I threw the ball well all year. Obviously now a little more is on the line and it changes a little bit. The offensive support here helps. Just the position you’re in, you’ve got to step up your game.”In addition to Uribe’s three, Nolasco was the beneficiary of home runs by Adrian Gonzalez, Andre Ethier and Hanley Ramirez, who was 2 for 3 with three runs scored.Uribe’s second home run spelled the end for Diamondbacks pitcher Randall Delgado (4-6), who lasted just 2 2/3 innings and allowed five runs on seven hits, including four of the home runs. Uribe followed Etheir’s second-inning home run with his first solo shot and Gonzalez’s two-run home run with another to equal the team’s season-high total of four in a game by the third inning.Ramirez led off the fifth inning with a solo shot before Uribe’s third gave the Dodgers a 7-1 lead.Uribe’s upswing mirrors the Dodgers’ improvement since the team began a tear in late June that is responsible for the best second-half record in 50 years. He followed a spotty initial three months by hitting .257 in July and .293 in August to raise his average to .271 entering Monday.Uribe ended last season as a distant second on the depth chart to Luis Cruz, who began the season as the starting third baseman but was released July 2.“When Luis (Cruz) was here kind of tearing it up and kind of the darling of L.A. for a period of time, Juan was a really good teammate,” Mattingly said. “And during that period of time — and not just that period — he gained a lot of respect within that clubhouse for his treatment of everyone and Luis.”The Dodgers’ trade for seven-time All-Star third baseman Michael Young Sept. 1 hasn’t fazed Uribe, who was assured he would remain the starter while Young assumed the first bench role of his distinguished career.Monday marked the first-ever three-home run game for Uribe and the 10th time he hit at least two in a game in his 12-year career. The 34-year-old capped his night by hustling out a seventh-inning infield single, for an RBI, no less.last_img read more

Whicker: Chris Taylor is rejoining the Dodgers’ offensive show in September

first_img“We’ve got a lot of guys who are right where they need to be,” Dave Roberts said.And Yasmani Grandal’s majestic home run into the loge level, near the left-field pole, was the Dodgers’ 222nd of the season. That breaks a one-year-old franchise record.“We have some guys who know how to work the count and get themselves in good situations,” Roberts said. “But we also have a good 2-strike approach. When you can do both, that’s what you need against those Ones and Twos.”He’s referring to the starting pitchers the Dodgers would face in the postseason, provided they hang on to this one-and-a-half game lead they hold over Colorado.Taylor would be just another welcome club in the bag.“I made a couple of adjustments, right before the last road trip,” Taylor said. “I tried to eliminate some of the head movement, keep my head back and not dive forward, and I moved my hands a little bit lower. I’m trying to stay in the middle of the field and not do too much.“I’ve made so many adjustments this year. With these, I think they started working pretty fast. But, really, you make an adjustment every other day up here. I’d make a few changes, and I’d feel good the next game, and then it wouldn’t be there the next game. You just grind through it. Right now I feel like I’m more consistent than I’ve been all season.”The Dodgers head into their final seven games in a state of optimistic wariness, or wary optimism. After they finish this series with San Diego Sunday, they have three games at Arizona, and the Diamondbacks are in full sputter.On August 30 they won the first game of a four-game series in Dodger Stadium. They led by a game and a half. They lost the next three on late home runs, then have lost 13 of 18 since then, including Saturday night against Colorado.The Dodgers then finish up with three in San Francisco. At the moment Madison Bumgarner is scheduled to pitch Wednesday and will miss the Dodgers altogether.Colorado plays four at home against Philadelphia, which was eliminated from the N.L. East race Saturday and are practically doomed in the wild-card. The Rockies’ last series is at home against Washington. They apparently will face neither the Phillies’ Aaron Nola nor the Nationals’ Max Scherzer, both Cy Young Award contenders.Odds are that the Dodgers will resume ownership of the West, but the final check still has to clear. PreviousManny Machado of the Los Angeles Dodgers rounds third base after hitting a three run home run against the San Diego Padres’ in the third inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Sept.. 22, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Second baseman Chris Taylor #3 of the Los Angeles Dodgers throws late as Cory Spangenberg (not pictured) of the San Diego Padres is safe at first base in the third inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Sept.. 22, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Manny Machado #8 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates with teammate Yasiel Puig #66 after hitting a three run home run against the San Diego Padres’ in the third inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Sept.. 22, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsManny Machado #8 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates with teammate Yasiel Puig #66 after hitting a three run home run against the San Diego Padres’ in the third inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Sept.. 22, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Jacob Nix #63 of the San Diego Padres is pulled from the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the third inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Sept.. 22, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers spanish broadcaster Jamie Jarrin became the 12th inductee into the team’s Ring of Honor and the second broadcaster behind Hall of Fame and former Los Angeles Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully this past week during a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Sept.. 22, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Manny Machado of the Los Angeles Dodgers points to the sky after hitting a three run home run against the San Diego Padres’ in the third inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Sept.. 22, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Manny Machado of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates with teammate Justin Turner after hitting a three run home run against the San Diego Padres’ in the third inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Sept.. 22, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Manny Machado of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a three run home run against the San Diego Padres’ in the third inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Sept.. 22, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Manny Machado of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a three run home run against the San Diego Padres’ in the third inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Sept.. 22, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Hitting coach Mark McGwire #25 of the San Diego Padres looks on against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the third inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Sept.. 22, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Catcher Yasmani Grandal #9 of the Los Angeles Dodgers throws out Jacob Nix #63 of the San Diego Padres after a sac bunt moves the runner to second base in the third inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Sept.. 22, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Third baseman Justin Turner #10 of the Los Angeles Dodgers throws out Freddy Galvis (not pictured) of the San Diego Padres in the third inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Sept.. 22, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Chris Taylor #3 of the Los Angeles Dodgers singles against the San Diego Padres in the third inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Sept.. 22, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Joc Pederson #31 of the Los Angeles Dodgers doubles against the San Diego Padres in the third dinning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Sept.. 22, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Joc Pederson #31 of the Los Angeles Dodgers doubles against the San Diego Padres in the third dinning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Sept.. 22, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Second baseman Chris Taylor #3 of the Los Angeles Dodgers throws late as Cory Spangenberg (not pictured) of the San Diego Padres is safe at first base in the third inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Sept.. 22, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Second baseman Chris Taylor #3 of the Los Angeles Dodgers throws late as Cory Spangenberg (not pictured) of the San Diego Padres is safe at first base in the third inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Sept.. 22, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Starting pitcher Jacob Nix #63 of the San Diego Padres throws to the plate Los Angeles Dodgers in the second inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Sept.. 22, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Pitching coach Rick Honeycutt #40 of the Los Angeles Dodgers looks on against the San Diego Padres in the first inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Sept.. 22, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)San Diego Padres’ rookies make their way to the bullpen prior to a Major League Baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Sept.. 22, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Starting pitcher Rich Hill #44 of the Los Angeles Dodgers throws to the plate against the San Diego Padres in the first inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Sept.. 22, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)in the xxx inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Sept.. 22, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Joc Pederson #31 of the Los Angeles Dodgers high fives teammates Yasiel Puig #66 and Manny Machado #8 after hitting a lead off solo home rum against the San Diego Padres in the first inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Sept.. 22, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Joc Pederson #31 of the Los Angeles Dodgers high fives teammates Yasiel Puig #66 and Manny Machado #8 and Kemp after hitting a lead off solo home rum against the San Diego Padres in the first inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Sept.. 22, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)The Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates Hall of Fame and former manger of the Los Angeles Dodgers Tommy Lasorda 91st birthday in the third inning of a Major League Baseball game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Sept.. 22, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Pitching coach Rick Honeycutt #40 of the Los Angeles Dodgers prior to a Major League Baseball game against the San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Sept.. 22, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Pitching coach Rick Honeycutt #40 of the Los Angeles Dodgers signs autographs prior to a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Sept.. 22, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Pitching coach Rick Honeycutt #40 of the Los Angeles Dodgers prior to a Major League Baseball game against the San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Sept.. 22, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers visiting clubhouse attendant Mitch Poole prior to a Major League Baseball game between the San Diego Padres and the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Sept.. 22, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Cody Bellinger of the Los Angeles Dodgers during batting practice prior to a Major League Baseball game against the San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Sept.. 22, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers during batting practice prior to a Major League Baseball game against the San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Sept.. 22, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Dave Roberts of the Los Angeles Dodgers during batting practice prior to a Major League Baseball game against the San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Sept.. 22, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Justin Turner #10 of the Los Angeles Dodgers takes infield practice prior to a Major League Baseball game against the San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Sept.. 22, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Manager Dave Roberts #30 of the Los Angeles Dodgers poses for pictures prior to a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Sept.. 22, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Pitching coach Rick Honeycutt #40 of the Los Angeles Dodgers prior to a Major League Baseball game against the San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Sept.. 22, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Pitching coach Rick Honeycutt, left, along with Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers prior to a Major League Baseball game against the San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Sept.. 22, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Matt Kemp of the Los Angeles Dodgers prior to a Major League Baseball game against the San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Sept.. 22, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Justin Turner #10 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a two run RBI double against the San Diego Padres in the third inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Sept.. 22, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Justin Turner #10 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a two run RBI double against the San Diego Padres in the third inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Sept.. 22, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Manny Machado of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a three run home run against the San Diego Padres’ in the third inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Sept.. 22, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Manny Machado of the Los Angeles Dodgers rounds third base after hitting a three run home run against the San Diego Padres’ in the third inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Sept.. 22, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Second baseman Chris Taylor #3 of the Los Angeles Dodgers throws late as Cory Spangenberg (not pictured) of the San Diego Padres is safe at first base in the third inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Sept.. 22, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)NextShow Caption1 of 41Second baseman Chris Taylor #3 of the Los Angeles Dodgers throws late as Cory Spangenberg (not pictured) of the San Diego Padres is safe at first base in the third inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Sept.. 22, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)ExpandLOS ANGELES — The Dodgers’ bandwagon is beginning to fill. The bat rack, too.After Saturday night’s 7-2 dismissal of San Diego, they lead the National League with an .803 OPS in September, and also with 30 home runs in 20 games.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.Manny Machado’s 3-run shot, delivered just after Padres pitching coach Darren Balsley had come to the mound to deliver a tip to starter Jacob Nix, made it 6-0 in the third inning and reduced most of the rest of the night to stat-padding.But then the Padres put together a run and a bases-loaded situation that necessitated the presence of Kenley Jansen, who swiftly turned off the burner. Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Joc Pederson also homered on Nix’s second pitch of the game. When it was over the Dodgers had scored at least six runs for the seventh time in 13 games.Just as encouraging was a simple base hit to left-field by Chris Taylor that began that decisive third inning.Taylor had suffered through August. He hit .185 for the month with 33 strikeouts in 81 at-bats, and only four runs batted in.Related Articlescenter_img Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco September has been more reminiscent of the season-long show that Taylor staged in 2017. He is hitting .353 and slugging .706.Yasiel Puig is hitting .385, Justin Turner .348 and Joc Pederson .304 this month. Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

YWCA of Olympia Seeks Women of Achievement

first_imgFacebook69Tweet0Pin0Submitted by The YWCA of Olympia20th Annual Effort Honors South Sound Women Making Positive Impact in the Community The YWCA’s Women of Achievement honors women throughout the South Sound who have inspired and shaped the community.The YWCA of Olympia is pleased to announce that nominations for their 20th Annual Women of Achievement Celebration are now being accepted. Past honorees have included Senator Maria Cantwell, Senator Karen Fraser, Governor Christine Gregoire, Olympia City Council Member & Vivala owner, Cheryl Selby, and Olympia Federal Savings President & CEO, Lori Drummond.The YWCA of Olympia will once again honor women throughout the South Sound who have inspired and shaped the community. Nominees will be considered based on: 1) professional achievement, 2) peer recognition, 3) personal growth, 4) demonstration and inspirational involvement in the community, and 5) how she models her life in accordance with the YWCA of Olympia’s mission to empower women and eliminate racism through education, advocacy, service and leadership opportunities.This year a special category is dedicated to women who are committed to the elimination of racism and promotion of racial justice.  The YWCA’s commitment to racial justice is one of the common threads that unites YWCAs across the country. Beginning in the mid-1800s, the YWCA was one of the first institutions to defy accepted societal opinions on race. Eliminating racism is one of the two central principles of the YWCA mission, along with the empowerment of women. And, at the core of the YWCA’s work is the recognition that not all women, or all people, are treated equally. For this reason, the YWCA of Olympia seeks to honor a South Sound woman who works towards racial justice in the South Sound.Nominations are due to the YWCA of Olympia by 5:00pm on Friday, July 25th.  This year nominations will be accepted via online application. Additional forms of the Nomination Application (Word, PDF) can be obtained by calling the YWCA at 352-0593 or sending an email to ywca@ywcaofolympia.orgHonorees will be formally announced to the community in August.  The 20th Annual Women of Achievement Gala will take place on Thursday, November 6th from 5:30pm – 9:00pm at the Red Lion Hotel Forest Ballroom. The event is open to the public and tickets will be available by contacting the YWCA of Olympia at 352-0593 or online at www.ywcaofolympia.org. Once again Titus-Will has stepped up as the WOA Presenting Sponsor with WSECU and Lucky Eagle for serving as our Sustaining Sponsors.For more information about the Women of Achievement Celebration Gala, contact Cherie Reeves Sperr, Special Events & Communications Director at 352-0593 or crsperr@ywcaofolympia.org.last_img read more

Mayor Stephanie Murray to Lead Middletown in 2018

first_imgBy Jay Cook |MIDDLETOWN – Stephanie Murray will once again serve as Middletown’s mayor in 2018.Speaking inside a bustling, packed courtroom at 1 Kings Highway on Jan. 7, Murray was quick to thank her family and supporters, but also expressed appreciation for one of the “hallmarks” of her hometown – its sense of community and dedication to volunteerism.“A community is not just about geography,” Murray said. “A community is about people taking care of each other. Community is about being part of a team.”That was the overriding theme of Murray’s speech to residents after she was sworn in by Freeholder Director Tom Arnone and Monmouth County Sheriff Shaun Golden.Murray succeeds Committeeman Gerry Scharfenberger, a six-time mayor, who led the township throughout 2017. She was re-elected to Middletown’s governing body in November alongside her running mate, Tony Fiore.“Even though this is my third time as mayor, I am as thrilled as I was the first time,” she said. “I am also filled with an even healthier dose of reverence, having learned from the first few times around the block.”Murray, who recently took a part-time job as West Long Branch’s borough administrator, believes experience will help her govern throughout 2018, a year sure to be filled with plenty of decisions and changes for the governing body.In the second half of the meeting, the Township Committee unanimously approved another $25,000 in legal fees to fight the Monmouth County Reliability Project – a $111 million proposal by Jersey Central Power & Light Co. to build a 230kV transmission line along 10 miles of the NJ Transit North Jersey Coast Line commuter rail line from Aberdeen to Red Bank, running through Hazlet, Holmdel and Middletown.Middletown, as the lead agency, has teamed with Aberdeen, Hazlet and Holmdel to form a municipal consortium to fight the project in court. The $25,000 installment is for Bevan, Mosca & Guiditta, P.C., a Basking Ridge-based law firm, which the township retained in 2016 to litigate on their behalf. Maser Consulting, a Middletown engineering firm, was also brought on to the legal team. The four towns have collectively spent nearly $200,000 in legal fees to fight the MCRP.In December, the MCRP’s legal record closed in the Office of Administrative Law, and the project is now in hands of Administrative Law Judge Gail M. Cookson. A residents’ group called RAGE (Residents Against Giant Electric) has also spent nearly $450,000 of their own money for legal fees. RAGE leadership anticipates a decision by Cookson at the end of the month.“We certainly think this is the last payment we have to make and are very optimistic about the outcome,” Murray said. “We’re keeping our fingers crossed but we’ll stay prepared.”Other new projects slated for Middletown in 2018 include a township-operated garbage pickup program and the construction of a new town hall.In his final address as 2017 mayor, Scharfenberger said the new trash policy is the “most high-profile program” for residents this year. The township said the program will help lessen the impact on taxpayers, but some residents have been unhappy with the new service. It went into effect on Jan. 1.“While change can sometimes be difficult and worrisome, we are confident that this move is overwhelmingly the best, most cost-effective choice for Middletown,” he said. “After the system becomes routine, we think residents will agree.”The project to rebuild the town hall complex is expected to make strides this year. Tentative design plans have been drawn up for the $20 million project, which Scharfenberger vowed would be accomplished without impact to taxpayers.Murray said the project will be underway by January 2019 and added news that the township will market a segment of the property for outside development to offset the cost of the major project.Other initiatives the mayor plans to focus on this year include keeping the municipal rate flat after a decrease in 2017, along with expanding the township’s heritage tourism program to include more historic districts in Middletown.“Middletown is not only a hub of education, culture and activity, but the paramount (example) of a successful community,” she said. “Again, this is because of all of you.”A Middletown FirstWith over 350 years of recorded history it’s hard to come across a “first” in Middletown, but volunteer first responders made it happen last week.Surrounded by her family, Kimberly Kraynock was sworn in as the first female chief of any emergency department in Middletown history, after she was elected by her peers from five volunteer companies as the EMS Chief for 2018.Kraynock, a Keansburg resident with 14 years of experience in the volunteer EMS field, said the afternoon was one filled with plenty of emotion.“You never think you’re going to get there, at least in my opinion. You work so hard towards something like this and you don’t really ever expect to get there sometimes,” Kraynock said.“It’s hard to say thanks,” she continued, “so you just have to make sure to do the best you can for your department and the town to make as many improvements as you can.”Kraynock has been with the Port Monmouth First Aid Squad for the past eight years and also spent time in Tinton Falls and with the Lincroft First Aid & Rescue Squad, where her career began.Murray administered the oath of office to Kraynock and the two embraced each other before and after the swearing in. Afterwards, Murray said it was a historic day for Middletown.“I’m so proud, I really am,” Murray said. “I think it’s about time and you’ll be seeing a lot more as time goes by.”Kraynock said she plans to focus more on collective training with all the departments, practicing in active shooter situations and integrating other associations in town to first responders’ events and programs.“There are a lot more female volunteers in your organization than you realize,” Kraynock said with a smile. “It’s about time we start showing that.”This article was first published in the Jan. 11-18, 2018 print edition of the Two River Times.last_img read more

Sam Houston’s Harp, Houston Baptist’s Gruller Earn Weekly Baseball Honors

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – Sam Houston State outfielder Clayton Harp is the Southland Conference Hitter of the Week and Houston Baptist hurler Kyle Gruller earns Pitcher of the Week honors, the league announced Tuesday. Southland Conference Players of the Week are presented by MidSouth Bank.Harp was instrumental in the Bearkats’ (5-1) sweep of the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns over the weekend, finishing with a .571 average in the series and clubbing three home runs en route to a 1.214 slugging percentage. The senior drove in nine runs and scored five on his own.Four of Sam Houston State’s five opponents this week appear in one of the major college baseball polls, beginning with a showdown with No. 18 Texas at 6:30 p.m. CT tonight in Austin. The Bearkats return home to face No. 18 TCU at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday before heading to Dr Pepper Ballpark in Frisco, Texas for the 2019 Frisco Classic, where Sam Houston State will face No. 3 Texas Tech, No. 12 Mississippi State and Nebraska from Friday-Sunday.Gruller was credited with a no-decision in a 2-1 series-clinching victory over Cincinnati on Saturday in Houston after the junior right-hander exited after the seventh inning of a 1-1 ballgame. The Huskies head to College Station for a 6:30 p.m. meeting with No. 23 Texas A&M on Wednesday before joining Sam Houston State in the DFW area for a three-game series at Dallas Baptist, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Friday.Hitter of the Week – Clayton Harp, Sam Houston State – Senior – Outfielder – El Campo, TexasHarp began the weekend with a bang, homering twice in the series opener against the Ragin’ Cajuns – a three-run shot to cut the deficit to 5-4 and a walk-off two-run blast to secure a 7-5 win. He went 3-for-5 in the nightcap of a Saturday doubleheader and scored twice, including the winning run on a walk-off passed ball.The El Campo, Texas, native recorded an RBI single in the opening frame of the series finale and capped another 3-for-5 performance with a three-run home run with two outs in the eighth to put the game out of reach at 9-2 and clinch a series sweep. Honorable Mention: Brennan Breaud, Southeastern Louisiana; Reese Durand, Lamar; Taylor Smith, Incarnate Word; Luther Woullard, New Orleans.Pitcher of the Week – Kyle Gruller, Houston Baptist – Junior – Pitcher – Cypress, TexasGruller tied Sam Houston State’s Hayden Wesneski for the most strikeouts in a game this season, setting down 11 Cincinnati batters on strikes over seven innings of work. Over his final three innings, the Cypress, Texas, native punched out two batters in each frame. Gruller, who ranks second in the league with a .088 opponent batting average, allowed just three hits to the Bearcats.Honorable Mention: Aaron Celestino, Incarnate Word; Trever Kilcrease, Nicholls; Carlisle Koestler, Southeastern Louisiana; Chris Turpin, New Orleans; Hayden Wesneski, Sam Houston State.Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on 25 percent of ballots.last_img read more