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Swiss pension fund group criticises regulator on proposed reforms

first_imgThe Swiss regulator for second pillar pensions, the Oberaufsichtskommission (OAK), is facing major criticism from pension fund association Asip over planned reforms.The lobby group has this week published statements related to a number of consultations on draft legislation currently being discussed in Switzerland.Among the draft proposals is a revision of the way the technical interest rate – the rate used to determine the return on capital for pensioners in the second pillar – is calculated.In the autumn, a group of experts published a proposal on how to determine a guideline maximum rate. Actuaries at each Pensionskasse would then have to decide on the most suitable rate for the individual pension plan. The OAK has proposed to make this maximum technical interest rate binding for all Pensionskassen.In its statement on the draft legislation, Asip said that the OAK’s proposal would mean “there will effectively be no more flexibility” for actuaries.The pension fund association also noted the proposed transition phase of five years was “disproportionate”, and that it favoured the seven-year-period suggested by the expert group.Asip called on the OAK to wait for a vote on the new proposals by SKPE/CSEP, a group of Swiss pensions actuaries, to take place on 25 April 2019.“It is not the OAK’s remit to issue a decree telling the pension fund experts which recommendations to make to Pensionskassen,” Asip said.Risk control rules rile AsipThe pension fund association also criticised a proposal by the supervisor for a decree on new risk control regulation for collective pension plans.“With this decree the OAK is overstepping its authority,” Asip stated, echoing criticism already voiced by various collective pension plans.Asip criticised the additional effort and resources it would take for collective pension schemes to gather and report all the information demanded by the supervisor.It also questioned the OAK’s legal competence in this matter, as there was “no legal basis” for the regulator to issue general decrees on governance, transparency or decision making structures within a Pensionskasse, Asip argued.Ever since the creation of a single supervisory body for the second pillar was first discussed almost a decade ago, some commentators have voiced fears of increased regulation and possible superfluous decrees being issued.Asset allocation rule changesIn September, a revision of the law on Swiss collective pension investment foundations – Anlagestiftungen or fondations d’investissement – was proposed to give them more leeway in asset allocation and address some governance issues. In response to the related consultation, Asip welcomed the changes but emphasised that “the OAK does not need any further authority” over the vehicles, which are frequently used by Pensionskassen. All of Asip’s statements (only in German) can be downloaded on its website.last_img read more

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Study Shows Social Value of Monogamy

first_imgCitizenLink 29 Feb 2012When it comes to marriage and family structure, there’s a good reason nearly every modern society has encouraged monogamy as the accepted norm: Because it’s good for society.So says a new multidisciplinary study published in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, the world’s longest-running scientific journal, established in 1665. Though polygamy has existed throughout history — and is still accepted in some pockets of the world — a team of authors working in the fields of anthropology, economics and psychology write that it doesn’t benefit children, women, individuals or cultures the way married monogamous relationships do.“That’s a fascinating thing to see coming from anthropologists and economics professors,” said Glenn T. Stanton, Focus on the Family’s director of Family Formation Studies. “But this is the way that God wired humanity. And we find that when monogamy is practiced, good things happen to the community, good things happen to culture.”According to the study, monogamy yields four primary benefits:It reduces crime. Numerous studies show that when they’re married, men are 35 percent less likely to commit crimes, and 50 percent less likely to commit violent crimes. The same cannot be said of polygamous cultures — or countries where men outnumber women. In China, for example, the overall crime rate doubled between 1988 and 2004 as the number of males outpaced that of females. Monogamy improves children’s well-being through greater paternal investment. The more wives and children a man has, the less time he has available to spend with each of them. Even though men in modern polygamous societies tend to be wealthier, their children suffer from poorer nutrition and lower survival rates than those in monogamous households.http://www.citizenlink.com/2012/02/29/study-shows-social-value-of-monogamy/ Monogamy leads to gender equality. In monogamous societies, women are generally considered equal partners in the relationship. But as the number of wives grows, the power of each in the relationship decreases.center_img Monogamy reduces household conflict. Research shows children raised in polygamous homes face far less household stability — and more conflict and violence — than those raised in monogamous relationships. As one author pointed out, “living in the same household with genetically unrelated adults [not counting adoption] is the single biggest risk factor for abuse, neglect and homicide of children.”last_img read more

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Juventus hoping Dybala recovers against Lyon

first_img La Joya pulled up with a thigh injury in the teams 2-0 victory over Sampdoria and a medical update yesterday confirmed that he had suffered an elongation of the left thigh. Read Also: Willian to agree new Chelsea deal this weekJuve are a goal down from the first game but will have an almost fully fit squad for the second-leg in Turin.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniversePlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Body2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The World7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market ValueWhat Are The Chances Of An Apocalypse Happening This Century? Juventus are hoping to have Paulo Dybala back in the squad when they host Lyon in the Champions League in just over a week’s time. Advertisement Loading… La Gazzetta dello Sport report that despite the injury, Dybala is no longer experiencing pain with the injury, and despite the expected two-week recovery time, the Bianconeri hope to have him back for Lyon on Friday 7 August.last_img read more

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Pochettino sticking with translator

first_img Pochettino does, in fact, speak to players and staff in perfectly good English and explained an inability to express himself fully is the only reason he still uses an interpreter. “It’s clear that if I were to answer more simple questions I could give also more simple answers,” he said. “I wouldn’t have any problem with that. “The fact is I have an interpreter because he gives me the security that, when I have to answer complex questions, and with my complex answers, it’s much better I have an interpreter to make sure nothing is misconstrued. “I am having English lessons and I should be having more English lessons. “I don’t see it as an excuse, but I do spend from 7am to 8pm at the training ground working all day long, so that doesn’t give me much time left to have extra English lessons. “I do also learn a lot from the players and the people at the training ground. They speak to me in English and that’s positive for me so I am progressing.” Perhaps just to hammer home the point, Pochettino then broke into sustained English for the first time in front of the media. Press Association “Communication at the training ground is good but outside in my life is not easy,” he said. “All the time I improve a lot of words and different sentences, but it’s not easy to communicate with you (the media) and in front of the cameras is too difficult.” While the subject of communication rolls on, Pochettino certainly got his point across when asked about the future of highly rated Luke Shaw. Still only 18, the left-back has attracted admiring glances from a number of Premier League clubs, including reported interest from Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham. “They can show their interest,” Pochettino said, speaking in Spanish. “That’s not something we control. “But in this individual case he is not a player we are willing to sell. In a sporting manner, he is not for sale.” Ever since his surprise arrival in January, the former Argentina international has spoken through a Spanish translator when doing media interviews. But, after 11 months on the south coast, the number of people asking why he is not yet speaking English is growing, even if results on the field do not suggest problems with communication. Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino will continue to use an interpreter in press conferences in order to get his point cross succinctly – not because he cannot speak English.last_img read more

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Institute of Creative Technologies uses mixed reality to aid in health, military fields

first_imgRhys Yahata, Technical Director MxR Studio with Summer Crunch 16 students. Photo courtesy of MxR Lab Personnel.The USC Institute of Creative Technologies’ lab in Playa Vista resembles a science fiction movie set — two researchers with headsets and remote controls stand among several autonomous drones, and a free-standing door and its frame are situated in the middle of the room. In the virtual world, the drones detect walls on either side of the door and do not cross to the other side unless the door is opened by the researchers. Director of Advanced Prototype Development Todd Richmond gave a tour of the lab to West Coast news anchor Alyssa Julya Smith of Cheddar, an online network that explores budding technology and innovation, last month to demonstrate the work that has been going into developing mixed reality.“This is really about asking the question of how are humans and autonomous objects going to partner and be teams,” Richmond said in the Cheddar segment.Founded in 1999, ICT fosters collaboration between students and experts from the film, gaming and computer science fields to “study and develop immersive media for military training, health therapies, education and more,” its website states.According to Richmond, mixed reality is becoming increasingly popular among service providers who want to understand their fields on a deeper level. By combining aspects of virtual and augmented reality, researchers have been exploring how machines can improve daily life. Mixed Reality (MxR) at USC has been showing soldiers how virtuality can provide a more accurate lay of terrain than an outdated map might, or how medical professionals can better comprehend a patient’s traumatic past experiences.“A big part of what the lab works on is [asking], ‘Given all of these technological capabilities why should a human care? What is this stuff really going to be used for? What’s it going to be good for, and where [are] the potential harms going to be?” Richmond said.Creative Director of MxR Lab, David Nelson, who works with Richmond in the MxR Lab, recently wrote about a new mixed reality product in Rolling Stone. He also emphasized how the USC MxR team has increasingly earned the respect of the technological community, as well as its clients from the health and military fields.“People come to the lab often because of the expertise that’s there,” Nelson said. “I’ve been talking a lot about how the building blocks of storytelling and the language of immersion because that’s my background, but I’m certainly kind of on the front lines of new technology and capabilities. When the new devices start to come out we often called to comment on them.”Nelson is also working on an MxR project with students to encourage bystanders to take action in a situation of sexual harassment or assault by developing a virtual simulation, which they will present to the sexual harassment and assault arm of the institute this week.Even as mixed reality research progresses, Nelson highlighted the importance of getting students involved by encouraging creative pitches and motivating students to stop by the MxR studio on the main campus.“[I’d] like the studio to be an open space where students can come in and try things,” Nelson said. “I always tell students, if you’ve got something you want to work on, we can provide space and equipment … We want it to be a real active prototyping environment.”Correction: A previous version of this article identified David Nelson as “Project Director.” He is actually “Creative Director of MxR Lab.” The Daily Trojan regrets this error.last_img read more

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New coach lives in the present

first_imgFew of the souvenirs that Kevin O’Neill collected in his many coaching stops have made it to his office in the Galen Center.Instead, their charred remains might be lying in a pit somewhere in upstate New York.The bonfires back East consist of O’Neill burning his clothes from previous jobs, a ceremony he has thrown on multiple occasions. For a coach who has been constantly on the move, it is a symbolic way of purging the past.Eyes forward · Newly hired coach Kevin O’Neill has gone to great lengths to let go of the past, even burning old clothes in some cases. – Photo courtesy of USC Sports Information“The point of it is that when you’re in a new job, you should forget about other jobs you’ve had,” O’Neill said.O’Neill is looking for a new beginning after making stops with seven different NBA and college teams over the past decade. But the man tabbed to clean up and repair USC’s basketball program has a history that has followed him to seemingly every coaching stop.Through his coaching career, the 52-year-old O’Neill has earned a reputation for his fiery and demanding style, which has occasionally alienated those around him. While still paying respect to his ability and coaching methods, some of his former players and assistants have painted the picture of a coach who is the antithesis of the hang-loose style that has made Pete Carroll so popular around campus and throughout the city.At his introductory press conference as USC’s head basketball coach on June 22, O’Neill told a roomful of reporters, “Contrary to popular belief, I am not Darth Vader.” But Athletic Director Mike Garrett’s decision for the opening left by Tim Floyd’s departure was largely panned by college basketball pundits, with CBS Sports columnist Gregg Doyel writing, “To know Kevin O’Neill is to hate him.”But O’Neill has an army of colleagues ready to refute the coach’s detractors. Former Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy, Michigan State coach Tom Izzo and Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle have all stood by him and sung his praises as a master strategist.“He’s like a drill sergeant ready to reform everything in the image he desires,” said Evan Eschmeyer, who played two seasons for O’Neill at Northwestern from 1997-99.“Mad Dog”Despite spending nine of the last 10 years in the NBA, O’Neill is well known for his college basketball exploits.His most recent stop, a turmoil-filled 2007 season with Arizona, generated its fair share of headlines as the one-time Wildcat assistant returned to become the interim coach. Legendary coach Lute Olson still hovered around Tucson, however, and the team finished with 19 wins, its lowest output since 1986.The school still extended its streak of consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, but many considered the season a disappointment. Olson announced he intended to return the following season (though he retired before the start of the 2008-09 schedule) despite giving O’Neill the title of coach-in-waiting, and O’Neill eventually parted ways with the school the year after being reassigned to a role as a school fundraiser.“The year took a toll on everybody, but I think he did a really good job in a tough situation,” said Josh Pastner, one of O’Neill’s assistant coaches at Arizona and now the head coach at Memphis. “It helped him get to the point he is now at USC.”Having coached at Marquette, Tennessee and Northwestern, O’Neill’s resume at the collegiate level extends beyond his one year in the desert — but so too do the stories of his sometimes abrasive style.O’Neill earned the nickname “Mad Dog” while playing at McGill University, and the moniker extended beyond his playing days.According to the Memphis Commercial Appeal, when Jason Moore, a reserve guard during O’Neill’s time at Tennessee, struggled in a game against Arkansas, O’Neill yelled at him, “You better hope you die before halftime!”O’Neill’s vitriol was not reserved only for his players, as on a roadtrip to Pauley Pavilion while coaching with Arizona, he broke a grease board at halftime when his team was down 20 points.Tavaras Hardy, whom O’Neill recruited to Northwestern and who now serves as an assistant coach at the school, said his former coach had an extensive habit of peppering his addresses to players with expletives.“He’s going to tell it like he sees it, and sometimes he’s going to say it in an animated way,” he said. “Sometimes it’s actually funny, but it’s no secret that he has a different vocabulary than a lot of people.”Despite admitting that he has at times had conflicts with players, O’Neill said the only players he didn’t get along with were “the ones who didn’t want to work hard,” and that his coaching style did not create as much friction as advertised.“If wanting guys to be on time and play their hardest is demanding,” he said, “then I’m demanding.”But O’Neill’s style has often been grating on players who he inherited from previous rosters, a commonality during many coaching changes. After O’Neill’s second year at Northwestern, four players transferred, albeit for different reasons.“Initially, there will be some people who will take a second look, especially among the players,” Eschmeyer said. “But as they get used to his style and learn from him, it will all start to make sense.”A New LeafDespite being run ragged, many of O’Neill’s former players see a method to his madness.Eschmeyer’s introduction to O’Neill came in the form of a four-hour conditioning session that left most of the team keeled over and vomiting in trash cans and the rest weak in the legs.“The message was that things were different and that we had to come back ready to work, and we definitely got it,” Eschmeyer said. “We came back in shape and were better off for it.”Eschmeyer developed into an NBA-caliber player, spending four seasons in the league. In Eschmeyer’s first years with the New Jersey Nets, coach Byron Scott employed brutal practice techniques that Pat Riley had used during his time with the Lakers.“All that stuff was no big deal because I had played for coach O’Neill,” Eshmeyer said. “After playing for him, I had nothing left to be afraid of.”O’Neill spent last season as an assistant coach and defensive specialist for the NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies. Former head coach Marc Iavaroni found that O’Neill’s personality didn’t live up to what had been said.“He’s definitely mellowed,” said Iavaroni, who knew O’Neill through previous stops as an assistant in the NBA. “I heard a lot of stories about his intensity, but he was always an even-keeled guy when I was around him.”Praised for his keen basketball mind, O’Neill has also been lauded for the lasting impact he’s had as a teacher of the game.“Marc [Iavaroni] and I both look back on our time with him and cherish it because of how much he taught us,” said Jay Triano, who was an assistant to O’Neill in Toronto in 2003-04 and currently serves as the team’s head coach.A few of the stories involving O’Neill have become the stuff of urban legend, according to Eschmeyer. In a particularly contentious game between Indiana and Northwestern in 1999, Eschmeyer had to separate Indiana coach Bobby Knight and O’Neill when chants started in the Northwestern student section provoked an Indiana assistant.But Eschmeyer insisted that the two were close friends and that there was never a chance of the incident escalating into anything more than a heated moment.“What no one knows is that a few minutes after that incident, coach Knight and coach O’Neill are 100 yards behind the bleachers laughing about it,” Eschmeyer said.O’Neill said he had no regrets about the past and is fully focused on taking USC to the next level.“Sometimes you wish you had won one more game here and there,” he said. “But I’m comfortable with where I’m at right now.”last_img read more

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Former Jamaican Prime Minister Edward Seaga Has Died

first_imgFormer Prime Minister of Jamaica, Edward Phillip George Seaga has died on his 89th birthday, May 28, 2018.At 1:00 pm Jamaica time today, Prime Minister Andrew Holness made the announcement via social media that Seaga, Jamaica’s fifth Prime Minister, had passed away.“It is with great sadness that I inform the nation of the passing of the Most Honourable Edward Phillip George Seaga, the fifth Prime Minister of Jamaica. He transitioned today at approximately 1:00 pm Jamaica time. #RIPMrSeaga,” the tweet read.Just three weeks earlier, the former Prime Minister was admitted to a hospital in Florida after falling ill while travelling. Prime Minister Andrew Holness confirmed that Seaga was being treated for “serious illnesses” but did not disclose the nature of the illnesses.Seaga was a member of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) and served as Prime Minister between 1980 and 1989 after he famously beat Michael Manley in the October 1980 General Elections.Seaga is the last surviving member of the framers of the Jamaican Constitution. He served as JLP leader for 31 years, and as Member of Parliament (MP) for West Kingston for 43 years, from 1962 until his retirement in 2005, the longest ever by a Jamaican politician.He was credited with building much of the financial and planning infrastructure of the country after independence, such as the first Jamaican majority-owned commercial bank- Jamaica Citizens Bank; the Jamaica Stock Exchange; the Jamaica Unit Trust; and many other financial developments.Similarly, in the area of arts and education, Seaga was the architect of a wide range of social programmes including the HEART Trust NTA (Human Employment and Resource Training Trust), the National School Feeding Programme, and the Caribbean Institute of Media and Communication (CARIMAC) at UWI, Mona.In his latter years, Seaga was appointed as a Distinguished Fellow at the University of the West Indies and served as Chancellor of the University of Technology in Jamaica.last_img read more

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Matchday review: Kotoko destroy Heart of Lions in four goal exhibition

first_imgAsante Kotoko rose from their slumber to wallop their boggy side Heart of Lions by 4 goals to nil in the First Capital Plus Premier League on Wednesday at the Baba Yara Sports StadiumGoals from Ahmed Toure, Prince Baffoe, Latif Amadu and Emmanuel Asante helped Kotoko to dump the Kpando lads to close the first half of the Ghana Premier League.Kotoko started the game on a very bright note when Ahmed Toure broke the deadlock in the 17 minute to register his 6 league goal of the season, before Prince Baffoe doubled their lead in the 19 minute. The rest of the first half failed to produce any more goals.Back from recess, the league leaders who were determined to get back to winning ways in the league after two consecutive matches without a victory continued to dictate the pace of the game and scored their third goal through Latif Amadu.Emmanuel Asante sealed the doom of Heart of Lions with the fourth goal to put the icing on the cake.The Kpando lads were the only side that had a double victory over Asante Kotoko last season, but the fire opened by the home team this time around consumed the tactical formation deployed by Coach Yusif Abubakar. This is the biggest win for the Porcupine Warriors this season.FCPPL WEEK 15 FULL TIME SCORES ”ªFt: KOTOKO 4-0 LIONSAhmed TourePrince BaffoeLatif AmaduEmmanuel AsanteFt: ASHGOLD 1-1 HEARTSDidier Kore (AshGold)Sabahn Laryea (Hearts)Ft: MEDEAMA 3-1 BA UNITEDNathaniel Asamoah 2 (Med)Kwe Boahene (Med)Moses Owusu (BA) Ft: LIBERTY 1-0 ADUANA STARSCharles Dwamena (Lib)Ft: BECHEM UNITED 2-0 HASAACASYaw Andoh x2 (B. Utd)Ft: CHELSEA 2-1 INTER ALLIESKofi Owusu (Che)Richard Adjei (Che)Naire Benogo (Inter Allies)Ft: OLYMPICS 2-2 NEW EDUBIASEBernard Ofori (N. Edu)Al hassan Nuhu (N. Edu)Emmanuel Amartey (Oly)Kwame Boateng (Oly)Ft: WAFA 0-0 WA ALL STARS  –last_img read more

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A WWII vet helped this woman become an Angels fan, and here’s how she’s honoring him at Sunday’s game

first_imgPreviousAngels fan Hal Cardin, 92, listens as caregiver Jennifer Pimentel reads the sports page to him at his home in Ontario. He is in failing health and has poor eyesight. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, SCNG)Angels fan Hal Cardin, 92, listens as caregiver Jennifer Pimentel reads the sports page to him at his home in Ontario. He is in failing health and has poor eyesight. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, SCNG) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsAngels fan Hal Cardin, 92, who has poor eyesight, keeps up with his favorite team with the help of his caregiver, Jennifer Pimentel, who reads to him the sports pages, at this home. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, SCNG)Angels fan Hal Cardin, 92, listens as caregiver Jennifer Pimentel reads the sports page to him. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, SCNG)Angels fan Hal Cardin, 92, listens as caregiver Jennifer Pimentel reads the sports page to him at his home in Ontario. He is in failing health and has poor eyesight. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, SCNG)NextShow Caption1 of 4Angels fan Hal Cardin, 92, listens as caregiver Jennifer Pimentel reads the sports page to him at his home in Ontario. He is in failing health and has poor eyesight. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, SCNG)ExpandUnexpected roleIn August of 2016, Jennifer Pimentel, 39, of Ontario, was out of work.She was a trained chef who spent some time cooking in Marseille, France. Pastries are her specialty. She makes an Irish cheesecake with Guinness in the crust. She makes maple bacon ice cream from scratch.So she was looking for a cooking job when she heard John Loureiro needed a personal chef.She went for an interview at his home in Ontario.“When I went inside, I said hello to the gentleman sitting on the couch,” said Jennifer, whose personality is as bubbly as champagne. On Sunday, a mom and her 9-year-old daughter will hold up a sign at the Angels game. That’s no big deal, right? Just another Mother’s Day sign at the ballpark.On one side, their poster will reveal a message to Shohei Ohtani in Japanese: “I’m Your Biggest Fan.” Jennifer Pimentel and her daughter Aneesa love watching Ohtani play.The other side of the poster will say, “Hi Hal.”Sometimes, the important stuff in life is on the other side. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img The gentleman on the couch was Hal Cardin. He’s 92, and he’s Loureiro’s father-in-law. The job indeed involved cooking, but mostly it involved caring for Hal.“It was the right hours and good pay, so I said I’m going to give this a try,” Jennifer said.Read all about itWhen you take care of Hal Cardin, you start with making breakfast, a big breakfast. Jennifer calls it the “breakfast of doom.” Biscuits and gravy. Sausage. Potatoes. Fried eggs. That’s the normal fare. Sometimes, Hal requests salted caramel pecan pancakes.When breakfast is done, Jennifer grabs the newspaper.When you take care of Hal Cardin, whose eyes don’t cooperate like they used to, you read to him. The only topic: Angels baseball. Every single day. Every single word. Jennifer reads the game stories, the feature stories, the standings, the transactions and any note about the Angels.Hal loves Mike Trout, who, he said, “hits the hell out of the ball.”Here is how Jennifer Pimentel’s attitude about baseball – before she met Hal – could be described in one word: hatred.“The only thing worse than baseball was golf and curling,” Jennifer said. “It was boring. I didn’t even know what the announcers were saying.”She grew up in a family of Dodger fans. So when she started reading the newspaper about the Angels every day, she didn’t want to tell them.Her father, Jack, is a big baseball fan. But he never talked to his daughter about the sport because she didn’t like or understand it. And then, he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, and it became even more difficult for him to talk.Lot to learnJennifer not only found herself learning about the Angels, but also about Hal.Hal Cardin was born in Illinois and came to California in 1940. After Pearl Harbor was bombed, Hal joined the Navy.He self-published a book, “The Road to Deimos and Beyond,” about his experiences aboard the USS Deimos, an ammunition cargo ship.On June 23, 1943, the Deimos was struck by a Japanese torpedo in the Pacific Ocean. Hal Cardin was lifted off the ground in the blast. He landed on the deck of the ship.He found his way to a lifeboat, but his commanding officer ordered him to make room for the injured. So he jumped into the oil-slicked water. Hal swam alongside the lifeboat until he found floating debris onto which he could hang.Hal was saved by a passing destroyer.Hal had a long career in the accounting departments at McDonnell-Douglas and Kwikset. He has three children, Kelly, Keith and Theresa. His wife, Marylou, died years ago.Hal lives with his daughter Theresa and her husband John. His days consist of watching Fox News and the Angels.“I was quite a ballplayer,” he said.He sits on his couch wrapped in an Angels blanket.“He asks me to marry him three times a week,” Jennifer said.Passionate fanAs she got to know Hal and the Angels, Jennifer found herself growing in fondness for both.“I found myself secretly rooting for the Angels,” Jennifer said, hiding her newfound love from her Dodger-loving family.She loves Ohtani, Trout and Blake Parker. And she finds herself rooting hard, yelling at the TV, “WHY AREN’T THEY REVIEWING THAT PLAY?”“Now I kind of annoy people because I’m a walking encyclopedia of ridiculous baseball facts,” she said.She really knows her baseball. She can discuss wins against replacement and on-base plus slugging.And she noticed something else.“I can talk to my dad,” she said. “Baseball is something easy to talk about. We have something to connect on. Baseball has done something good for me and my family.”Request from the heartTheresa Loureiro thought it would be a nice gesture to give Jennifer a Mother’s Day gift.Angels tickets.“There is not a better place for a mother to be,” Jennifer said.Sadly, Hal isn’t able to get to the ballpark anymore. But Jennifer wasn’t satisfied with just accepting the gift. She wanted to pay it forward, she said.She did a Google search, found an email address for Angels announcer Victor Rojas and wrote to him:“Is there any way possible, that on the Mother’s Day game, that you could give a shout out to Hal? Maybe say ‘perhaps one of the oldest Angels fans, a WWII vet of the Navy, and all around great dude. … thanks for the support Hal Cardin?’  Heck I don’t know. That’s your department.“But I’ll be at that game. With my daughter. There’s nowhere I think more appropriate for this mother to spend that day than with her best girl, watching the best team, in the best sport … Ya see, Hal is wheelchair bound and at his age, spending the 45 minutes in the car to get there and then 3-4 hours in the wheelchair at the stadium…..not feasible. It would wear him out, he’d be uncomfortable, and I don’t want to do that to him.“I don’t know if the old guy has too many more ball games left. And I’d like to help create a happy memory for him that getting a shout out on live TV would make, if you’re able to help.”She ended her email with this line: “P.S. Hal is on hospice care, which is why I feel the urgent need to bring some smiles to this Vet’s face.”The next day, Victor Rojas replied, “I’d love to help out, especially for an Angels fan.”Jennifer wrote him back: “OMG OMG OMG Thank you so Much! Thanks a billion.”“I was shocked,” Jennifer said.This week, she’s making the sign.She asked a friend to help her translate “I’m your biggest fan” in Japanese characters. “Google translate doesn’t always work,” she said.The other side will be the easy part.last_img read more

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Whicker: Rockies’ starting pitchers are suddenly at home on the range

first_img Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Freeland smiled. “It was fine with me,” he said. “I went the opposite way. I embraced it.”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.The Rockies came into Dodger Stadium on Monday night for a three-game series that won’t decide the National League West but will put the winner in pretty good box-out position.And the Rockies are only in this spot because of a starting rotation that breathes deeply in the thin air, stretches comfortably in front of the huge outfield gaps.Colorado pitchers have 75 quality starts. That’s the most in the National League. That’s sort of like Idaho leading the nation in palm tree cultivation. The Rockies have gone at least six innings and given up no more than three earned runs in 50 percent of their games.Their bid for a 76th collapsed before Jon Gray got through the lineup twice Monday night. Gray faced 14 Dodgers and got six of them out, and Joc Pederson and Max Muncy homered. Maybe he was disoriented at sea level. Freeland, 25, pitches here Tuesday night. He has won six consecutive decisions, but he distinguishes himself as one of the few Coors-proof arms in club history. Freeland is 9-2 at home with a 2.36 ERA, and he holds opponents to a .214 batting average.“I think it’s the way they raise us as pitchers,” Freeland said. “They emphasize the changeup and they prepare us on what it takes to win in that ballpark.”Then there’s durability, the Rubik’s Cube for nearly every organization. Of the top four starters, three have made all 30 starts. Gray’s Monday night appearance was his 29th. He wasn’t injured. He just needed to take a two-week Triple-A stop in midseason.“He was exasperated,” Bridich said, shrugging at a pitching condition that is not altitude-specific. More to the point, the Colorado rotation leads the league in WHIP, which is Walks and Hits per Innings Pitched and is a truer reflection of how you actually perform, since those pesky relievers can surely make a mess of your ERA.Colorado’s WHIP is 1.29. In 2016 it was 1.45. Even in 2007, when the Rockies won their way into their only World Series to date, their WHIP was 1.39.“That team was around .500 for a long time,” said Jeff Bridich, the Rockies’ general manager. “Then everything clicked at the same time, at the end of the season. And, like this team, it had a rotation that was largely developed in our system.”That was Jeff Francis, Ubaldo Jimenez, Josh Fogg and Aaron Cook, for the most part. This rotation is Freeland (15-7, 2.96 ERA), Gray (11-7, 4.80), German Marquez (12-10, 3.96), Tyler Anderson (6-9, 4.82), and Antonio Senzatela (5-6, 4.81), who batted home the go-ahead run in the Rockies’ win at San Francisco on Sunday that put them back into first place.The Rockies invested heavily in a bullpen that was an active volcano early in the season but is third in the league in WHIP (1.20) in the second half. Wade Davis, imported from the Cubs, has 40 saves, but Scott Oberg has a 0.968 WHIP. He grew up with the Rockies, too.Grow your own. Colorado’s starters have pitched for no other major league team. That is a deceptive advantage. For them, the occasional cheap home run or the triple into the gap is just a way of life. Those who have come to Coors Field from places of normalcy, like Mike Hampton or Denny Neagle, are the ones who go screaming into the shower.“Our minor league teams are in tough places to pitch, too,” Bridich said, referring to Albuquerque, Asheville, Lancaster and Hartford. “The lesson-learning starts early.“But I think it comes down to how they handle it. A lot of times we look at guys as if they’re just major league uniforms. There’s a person inside that suit. That’s a key component in having success. How do they handle hard times? Can they stay malleable, can they learn on the major league level?”Related Articles Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco center_img LOS ANGELES — Kyle Freeland’s high school field was a mile high, too.“Except it was a pretty big park,” he said. “The power alleys were 375, 380 and dead center was about 400. It was kind of a graveyard, actually.“I didn’t really think about it. I wound up having pretty good success.”That was Jefferson High in Denver. Freeland went to the University of Evansville and pitched well enough to get picked eighth in the first round of the 2014 draft … by the Rockies, the team where pitchers walk to the mound in blindfolds and Kevlar. How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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