Dentists’ scheme sets out plan for future independence

first_imgThe scheme board’s optimism came despite a conflict with the trade association BPVT about its role and responsibilities.Following a recent court verdict, both parties agreed about the appointment of board members. However, they are still in discussions about BPVT’s exact role.The escalated dispute also featured in SPT’s annual report, with its supervisory board (RvT) noting that the issue “remained worrying” and that it had already cost “a lot of money and energy”.The RvT nevertheless concluded that the pension fund “had functioned and performed well and had made progress on all fields of policy last year”.The scheme’s accountability body (VO), for its part, said: “It was incomprehensible that a couple of board members of the BPVT kept on [rejecting] the advice of an independent mediator.”“They don’t understand that the suggested change would be to the benefit of participants,” according to the VO, which also described the situation as “worrying”.The VO referred to the advice provided by pensions lawyer Monica Swalef, who had suggested aligning the BPVT’s statutory right to appoint, suspend and dismiss board members with the Netherlands’ legal code for pension funds.“The current situation doesn’t lead to a balanced relationship within the pension fund’s governance,” she had argued, according to the VO.The recommendation, however, had further deteriorated the relationship between the pension fund and the occupational association.Costs and resultsMeanwhile, SPT saw its administration costs per participant increase from €421 to €443, citing not only higher educational costs, but also legal advice for its dispute with the BPVT.Its asset management costs dropped from 0.17% to 0.13%, while transaction costs fell by three-quarters to 0.02%.SPT’s low transaction costs were mainly due to passive management of its equity and credit portfolios, which returned 8.4% and 3.8%, respectively.Its 62% matching portfolio of government bonds and interest rate swaps – meant as an 85% hedge of the interest rate risk in its liabilities – generated 9.2%, thanks to decreasing interest rates last year.The scheme said the surplus return on its liabilities portfolio was 2.5 percentage points.SPT has not yet used the one-off option – offered by supervisor DNB – to increase the risk profile of its investments.Although the board wanted to raise its equity stake by 10 percentage points at the expense of its fixed income holdings, it has put its plan on ice because of objections from both the VO and the BPVT, said Meilof Snijder, the scheme’s chairman.“Such an adjustment would lead to a better balanced pensions result for older and younger participants,” he argued.According to Snijder, the three parties will discuss the issue again later this year: “This may result in a risk appetite survey among our participants as the VO wanted.” SPT, the closed Dutch occupational pension fund for dentists, still considers remaining independent as the best way of looking after the interests of its 6,975 participants and pensioners.In its annual report, it said it did not expect to liquidate or seek another set up during the next five to 10 years.The board of the €1.9bn scheme said that costs per participant – despite their decreasing number – would remain relatively low, and that it was confident that it could honour its target of an annual pensions increase of 1.15% in the future.SPT reported returns of 8.4% in 2016, an outperformance of 0.7 percentage points relative to its benchmark. Since the start of the year, its funding improved by 1.5 percentage points to 111.2%.last_img read more

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“Dominica’s Wob Dwiyet on display for the world to see”

first_img Sharing is caring! Share 686 Views   no discussions Share Tweetcenter_img The people of the St. Thomas, United States Virgin Islands (USVI) celebrated their 60th anniversary of carnival this year under the theme “A Celebration for the world to see”.A cultural night was held on Wednesday 18th, April 2012 at the Lionel Roberts Stadium formed part of the celebrations. As part of the celebrations countries with nationals living in the USVI were invited to display their national wear for the world to see.An invitation was extended to the Dominica Association of St. Thomas to have on display Dominica’s National Wear, The Wob Dwiyet.This presented a golden opportunity for us to present to the captive audience and members of the press not only our beautiful national wear but to give a vivid description and historical background the Wob Dwiyet. Dominica’s Michaela Benoit looked stunning and radiant as she glided across the stage like a real proud and confident matador and danced to the song composed by Miss Sonia Lloyd, Kite Kolte La Viv.The performance and presentation was not only well received by all in attendance….It was the “talk of the night”.Special thanks must be extended to all those who made it happen especially Mr. Vincent St. Luce, Mr. Victor Benoit, Mrs. Andrea Shillingford and Mrs. Loreen Bannis-Roberts.Press Release Share LocalNews “Dominica’s Wob Dwiyet on display for the world to see” by: – April 23, 2012last_img read more

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Fergie has ‘massive ego’ – Keane

first_imgRoy Keane believes Sir Alex Ferguson is still trying to exert “control and power” at Manchester United despite retiring as manager in the summer. “I told David Gill I had been injured playing for Man United. I could have played for Manchester United easily for another couple of years.” Keane laughed off the furore surrounding the infamous MUTV interview and said he felt the row between Ferguson and then club director John Magnier over the stud rights to racehorse Rock of Gibraltar had to have had a “negative effect” on the club. Keane said: “I managed the dressing room: that was my job. “If people didn’t think (the Rock of Gibraltar row) had a negative effect on the club then they are in cuckoo land.” Keane said Ferguson’s strongest trait was his “ruthlessness”, while labelling “loyalty” his biggest weakness. And now Ferguson has retired, Keane revealed he and his son have season tickets at Old Trafford. Keane revealed he twice agreed contracts with top European clubs to quit Manchester United, only to change his mind at the last minute. Twice Keane revealed he nearly left Old Trafford, agreeing contract terms with Bayern Munich and Juventus, but in both instances he changed his mind. But the former Republic of Ireland midfielder admitted “fear” held him back. He said: “I wouldn’t say I had regrets about not going abroad but I think it would have been a nice experience to play for a different team. “When my contract ran down on a couple of occasions I spoke to a couple of clubs, Bayern Munich, Juventus. And yeah I was very tempted I have to say, but there was a bit of fear. “Contracts were agreed but I just never felt strong in wanting to go for it because I was very happy at United.” Keane rated quitting Ireland’s pre-World Cup training camp in 2002 as among his biggest regrets in football. Confirming his broken relationship with Ireland manager Mick McCarthy was at the centre of that 2002 walkout, Keane said his international career remains wrapped up in “frustration”. Keane said: “It would have been nice to have played. “A lot of people were disappointed, particularly my family. “Mick did say to me that if you don’t respect me how can you play for me? “And what I should have said was I wasn’t playing for him I was playing for my country, but by then it had gone. “I just felt we needed to change our attitudes a little bit. “That we at least prepare as well as the Germans and the Brazilians. “Why not prepare as well as them? “People always think I was looking for perfection: what I was looking for was progress.” Ferguson’s midfield driving force at United between 1993 and 2005 says Ferguson has a “massive ego”, rating his former Nottingham Forest boss Brian Clough as the best manager he had worked with. United have endured a difficult start to life under Ferguson’s successor David Moyes, having lost three Barclays Premier League games at Old Trafford already this season to sit ninth in the table. Keane said of Ferguson, now a director at United: “Everything is about control and power. He’s still striving for it now even though he’s not manager. There’s massive ego involved in that.” Keane, who left United in 2005 after a fall-out with Ferguson, was speaking in an ITV4 documentary called ‘Keane and Vieira: The Best of Enemies’ which airs on Tuesday night concerning his rivalry with former Arsenal captain Patrick Vieira. He said that his relationship with the former United boss is now “non existent”. The Irishman even took issue with Ferguson praising him in his autobiography for “covering every blade of grass” in the 1999 Champions League semi-final second leg against Juventus. Keane added: “Stuff like that almost insults me. I get offended when people give quotes like that about me. It’s like praising the postman for delivering letters.” Keane admitted he had cried in his car when his United career came to an abrupt end over a candid interview he gave to the club’s in-house television station criticising his team-mates. He said: “Of course I was upset: I did shed a few tears in my car for about two minutes. But I also told myself I had to get on with my life. “I walked out with nothing, I had no club lined up and I was injured. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Pearson calls for response

first_img Newcastle have lost their last seven games and victory would leave Leicester just a point behind them. And with four games left, Pearson believes the match could be crucial for their run-in. He said: “How we react could set the mood for the remaining games. What is important is we go into the final few games with destiny in our hands. “It’s not a case of now changing the plan. That’s how we intend to go about the next games. “We have four games left, three at home. It will be wide of the mark to say one game will be easier than the other. We need to make sure our performances remain of a high standard. “The bottom line is I’m sitting here and I’m very pleased to have the group of players we have. We all try and manage the situation as best as we can do. There is a strange perception that the hard work is over. “That’s not the case, it’s important we keep everyone on their toes.” On Thursday Pearson apologised to journalist Ian Baker after calling him an “ostrich” and “stupid” for asking him to clarify what specific criticism about his players had upset him. Press Association The Foxes host struggling Newcastle on Saturday just a point above the Barclays Premier League relegation zone. Their four-match winning run ended on Wednesday with a 3-1 defeat to Chelsea at the King Power Stadium. Boss Nigel Pearson called for a reaction from Leicester to ensure they keep their survival bid on track. Pearson’s bizarre rant on Wednesday night overshadowed a decent performance against the champions-elect. But despite the extra attention and defeat, Pearson’s believes the Foxes are still well equipped to survive. “We didn’t get anything out of the game. I would prefer to be talking about something else,” he said. “I know our players are capable. We have played very good sides this season and we have to recognise that to be a success there is an element that we have to learn quickly with limited Premier League experience, and that has possibly been one of the reasons in tight games where it has not gone our way.” David Nugent is out with a calf problem and Robert Huth (calf) and Andy King (hamstring) are major doubts but Jeff Schlupp is back from his own calf injury. last_img read more

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Rodgers expects offside confusion

first_imgBrendan Rodgers expects the Premier League will have to clarify plenty more controversial offside decisions this season, but suggested officials were right to allow Liverpool’s winner against Bournemouth to stand. “The quality of the ball, the athleticism, the touch and the finish has made it difficult. But, of course, Eddie (Howe) and Bournemouth will be disappointed because only a few weeks ago we’re told that is offside and it shouldn’t count. We take the goal and move on. “There have been images sent out. If they start doing that now there are going to be a lot of these over the course of the season because it’s a very, very fine line.” Liverpool are in action again on Monday night at Arsenal where captain Henderson remains a doubt because of the foot injury which forced him off against the Cherries. “We’re just assessing Jordan day by day,” Rodgers said. “He’s obviously had the problem with his foot, we’ll see how he goes over the next 48 hours and take it from there.” Press Association “I can understand frustrations with the laws and how they are changing, but it epitomises how difficult it is,” the Northern Irishman said. “I thought the officials had done well over the course of the evening. The goal – they had to assess in a split second. It’s very, very difficult. It’s been sent around to say this is the new rule and this is how it shouldn’t be a goal. Over the course of the season I think they’ll be sending out quite a lot of images because it’s very, very difficult to call. “There are going to be lots of reactions by players that they’ll say will be offside positions because it’s a natural instinct. The ball’s being crossed in then players will look to go for the ball.” The new guidelines state that because Coutinho, who was close to the ball, attempted to touch Henderson’s delivery, it affected goalkeeper Artur Boruc and the linesman’s flag should therefore have been raised before it got to Benteke at the back post. However, Rodgers claimed Boruc was in fact not deterred by his Brazilian playmaker. “I think the linesman’s made an excellent decision in terms of he’s assessed very, very quickly,” he added. “Okay, there might have been an attempt but there was no way Philippe Coutinho is going to get the ball. You can see that. “He’s in an offside position, of course; the ball gets whipped in and it’s going outwards towards the back post. The goalkeeper’s made a slight movement but I don’t think the movement has affected him. On Friday the Premier League, in conjunction with referees’ body PGMOL, took the unusual step of issuing a statement to acknowledge Christian Benteke’s goal at Anfield should have been disallowed because team-mate Philippe Coutinho was stood in an offside position when he attempted to turn in Jordan Henderson’s cross. Clubs had been informed of a change to how the offside rule would be interpreted this summer, yet Rodgers believes it remains a grey area which will continue to create debate throughout the campaign. last_img read more

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Álvaro Arbeloa partners with League of Legends team Origen

first_imgOrigen is gearing up for its big return to League of Legends, and it’s doing so with the support of Álvaro Arbeloa. The retired footballer played for Real Madrid and Liverpool throughout the peak of his career, before retiring at West Ham United.The Spaniard mentioned Origen a couple of times on social media leading up to the announcement, spawning rumours and speculation regarding his involvement.Taking to Twitter, Arbeloa announced that he’s now a part of Origen – though he didn’t say in what capacity. It’s perhaps too outlandish to presume he’ll be playing on their LoL roster, instead it makes sense that he’s invested in the organisation and is now a partner. Using #OGresurrection in the tweet, the former defender is clearly referencing the team’s return to competition ahead of the European Masters.It’s been reported that Arbeloa’s brother is an investment manager and recently followed Origen on Twitter, which added a pittance of weight to his investment into the newly-returned organisation ahead of his announcement.I’m in @Origengg. #OGresurrection pic.twitter.com/oqDYzXtbel— Álvaro Arbeloa (@aarbeloa17) April 3, 2018Origen hasn’t competed for almost nine months following a disappointing showing in the European Challenger Series. The organisation announced its return recently, as well as the signings of Choi “inSec” In-seok and Ki “Expect” Dae-Han ahead of the European Masters.Esports Insider says: It’s interesting that Arbeloa has entered the world of esports, but it’s even more interesting that he’s joined a team so closely to the EU LCS franchising model being announced. We’ll be keeping an eye on Arbeloa and Origen throughout the year leading up to the next season.last_img read more

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Coach CK Akunnor Sacked from Hearts

first_imgReports reaching JOY Sports reveals that Head Coach of Accra Hearts of Oak CK Akunnor has been sacked after recording three straight defeats out of five games in the Glo premier league.Reports also indicates that either Coach Maxwell Konadu or Coach J E Sarpong will likely take his position to end the first round.Akunnor was appointed in March 2011 after the club terminated Serbian coach Nebojsa Vucicevic’s appointment.last_img

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Rays vs. Athletics final score: Early home runs propel Tampa Bay to win in AL wild-card game

first_imgDiaz led off the game with a solo home run and hit another one in the third, sandwiching a two-run shot by Avisail Garcia in the second inning. The third-inning bomb from Diaz chased Oakland starter Sean Manaea, who lasted just two-plus innings.MORE: Why the Rays or A’s could win the World SeriesTommy Pham added to the home run parade with a solo shot off Yusmeiro Petit in the fifth inning.Oakland’s bats, meanwhile, were quieted in front of the home fans despite ample opportunities against Rays starter Charlie Morton. The Athletics loaded the bases in the first inning, and they had baserunners in every inning but the ninth, but two double plays and 12 strikeouts contributed to nine runners left on base.The A’s got on the board in the third after Marcus Semien reached on a three-base throwing error by third baseman Michael Brosseau. Brosseau, a rookie, had shifted from second base to third after Rays manager Kevin Cash sent up Brandon Lowe to pinch-hit for Matt Duffy against the right-handed Petit. Semien then scored on a sacrifice fly by Ramon Laureano.Morton allowed just the one unearned run, five hits and three walks over five innings. He struck out four. Tampa Bay relievers Diego Castillo, Nick Anderson and Emilio Pagan kept the lead intact, allowing just three hits over the final four innings while striking out eight. Morton became the first pitcher in MLB history to win three winner-take-all postseason games.The Rays will now face the Houston Astros in the AL Division Series beginning Friday. The Astros finished the regular season with an MLB-best 107-55 record.Sporting News tracked live scoring updates and highlights from the 2019 American League wild-card game between the Athletics and Rays. Rays vs. Athletics: Final score, updayes, highlights from AL wild-card gameFinal: Rays 5, Athletics 111:27 p.m.: Pagan strikes out Semien and the Rays are advancing to the ALDS. 11:22 p.m.: Anderson strikes out Grossman, and that will do it for his evening. Emilio Pagan coming in with one out in the bottom of the ninth. 11:18 p.m.: Three outs to go for the Rays in the bottom of the ninth. 11:10 p.m.: Liam Hendricks come on in relief of Luzardo. 11:07 p.m.: Nick Anderson gives up a leadoff single, but fans the next three batters to send this game to the ninth with his team leading 5-1. 10:54 p.m.: Luzardo walks a batter, but otherwise shuts down the Rays again. His team still trails Tampa 5-1 heading into the bottom of the eighth. 10:46 p.m.: Wendle with a good play on a slow grounder from Matt Chapman, and Castillo strands the runner at first base. 10:34 p.m.: Pham grounds out to third base to send this game to the seventh inning stretch. 10:33 p.m.: Joey Wendle comes in to pinch run for Diaz. 10:32 p.m.: Diaz picks up his third hit of the evening with a single to center. Runners on first and second with two away in the top of the seventh. 10:23 p.m.: Profar reaches with a single, but he stays there as Castillo gets out of the sixth. 10:15 p.m.: Diego Castillo comes in to relieve Morton in the bottom of the sixth. Morton’s final line is one run (unearned) over five innings off five hits and three walks. He struck out four. 10:12 p.m.: Luzardo strikes out a pair and gets the Rays out in order. Oakland still trails 5-1 going into the bottom of the inning. 10:06 p.m.: Electric prospect Jesus Luzardo comes in out of the bullpen for Oakland in the top of the sixth. 10:03 p.m.: Brandon Lowe fields the grounder from Olson, feeds it to Willy Adames for one, who fires a strike to first for the double play. Morton moves past the fifth. 9:55 p.m.: Diekman gets Austin Meadows to fly out to center. The A’s head to the bottom half of the frame trailing by four. 9:53 p.m.: Jake Diekman comes into the game for Oakland in the fifth inning. 9:50 p.m.: HOME RUN, RAYS.  The home runs just keep flying out for Tampa. This time it’s Tommy Pham who extends the Rays’ lead. Petit’s night is done. T5:  Rays 5, Athletics 1The Rays are raking, Pham. 💪 pic.twitter.com/KpniPQjl7t— MLB (@MLB) October 3, 20199:43 p.m.: Morton strands a pair and gets Semien to ground out to second to escape the fourth without any damage. 9:39 p.m.: Seth Brown comes in to pinch-hit for Sean Murphy as the tying run at the plate. 9:39 p.m.: Singles from Profar and Grossman have the Athletics in business with runners on first and second with one out. 9:30 p.m.: Petit sets the Rays down 1-2-3. The A’s will send Profar, Khris Davis and Robbie Grossman to bat in the bottom of the fourth. 9:24 p.m.: Morton walks Matt Olson, but Canha strikes out to end the third inning. 9:16 p.m.: SACRIFICE FLY, ATHLETICS.  Laureano lifts a fly ball to right, and Semien advances home to get Oakland on the board. B3:  Rays 4, Athletics 19:15 p.m.: An error allows Semien to reach base and advance all the way to third for Ramon Laureano. 9:13 p.m.: Pham swipes second, but Petit gets out of the inning. Oakland heads to the bottom of the third trailing by four. 9:04 p.m.: Yusmeiro Petit is in the game for Oakland. The right-hander allows a leadoff single to Tommy Pham. 9:01 p.m.: HOME RUN, RAYS.  Another home run for Yandy. Diaz goes yard for the Rays’ third home run in as many innings. And Manaea’s night is over.  T3:  Rays 4, Athletics 0We swear this is not a replay of Yandy Díaz. pic.twitter.com/bfKszn8m20— MLB (@MLB) October 3, 20198:56 p.m.: Morton allows an infield single, but he strands the runner at first in the bottom of the second. 8:49 p.m.: Manaea gets out of the inning with only the two-run homer left. He’s now up to five strikeouts on the day. 8:43 p.m.: HOME RUN, RAYS.  Another home run from the Rays, this one from Garcia to with a runner on first. T2:  Rays 3, Athletics 0437 and it got out in a hurry. #crushed pic.twitter.com/ijQ05FbgIA— MLB (@MLB) October 3, 20198:35 p.m.: Profar flies out to Avisail Garcia in right and Morton gets out of the inning. Morton threw 32 pitches in the inning. 8:33 p.m.: Charlie Morton walks Mark Canha, the second walk issued of the inning, and now Jurickson Profar is up with the bases loaded and two out.  The Rays were not exactly a home run-hitting team this year. They were 21st in the majors in home runs, with no playoff team having hit fewer during the regular season.But this is playoff baseball, and anything can happen in playoff baseball. And in the American League wild-card game Wednesday, Tampa Bay rode four home runs — two from Yandy Diaz — to an early lead that it held for a 5-1 road victory over the Athletics. 8:17 p.m.: Manaea bounces back from the home run to strike out the next three batters in order. The A’s are coming up to bat in the bottom of the first trailing 1-0. 8:12 p.m.: HOME RUN, RAYS.  Diaz starts this game off with a solo home run to right to give the Rays the 1-0 lead.  T1: Rays 1, Athletics 0Coliseum silencer. pic.twitter.com/97EI7dBRkP— MLB (@MLB) October 3, 20198:09 p.m.: Sean Manaea has taken the hill and Yandy Diaz is getting ready to walk to the plate to get the AL Wild Card game underway in Oakland.last_img read more

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Cardinals’ COVID-19 outbreak won’t stop MLB season, but is needed wake-up call

first_imgIf your Twitter timeline looks anything like mine, you’ve been flooded with variations of “Baseball’s 2020 season is on the verge of collapse!” headlines and hot takes after the Marlins, first, and then the Cardinals dealt with coronavirus outbreaks. Here’s the truth, though: It’s not on the verge of collapse. It’s really, really not.  It’s a scary thought, no doubt. And hopefully this is the wake-up call the rest of the folks in MLB, the ones who aren’t taking it as seriously as they should, the ones who aren’t strictly following protocols — not to say MLB’s protocols are foolproof, because they’re not — need to start taking the actions necessary to protect themselves, their teammates and their sport. “Look, this has been a very unique experience, to say the least,” Mozeliak said. “Eye-opening. Learning. Don’t want to have to do it again. But I know you can control what you can control, and you obviously could be susceptible to it. … The best thing for all of us who have been through this is to understand all of these recommendations, when they talk about wearing a facemask, when they talk about social distancing. These are things that you’re going to see this club practice even better. They realize the importance of what they just experienced, and they don’t want to do it again. That’s not to say it won’t happen again, but they don’t want a repeat.”Here’s hoping everyone in MLB — and the country — is listening. Want evidence to support that position? John Mozeliak, the Cardinals’ president of baseball operations, was asked in a Zoom news conference Tuesday night by St. Louis Post-Dispatch columnist Ben Hochman whether he ever thought, during the darkest moments of a span in which 13 people in his team’s traveling party of 57 tested positive for COVID-19, that the Cardinals’ season would canceled. MORE: Complete list of MLB players opting out for 2020“No, I never thought that,” Mozeliak said, from the hotel room in Milwaukee where he’d been quarantined for a couple of days. “I don’t think Major League Baseball wanted that to happen, so I was never under that … I mean, obviously, we have that other camp going, so at some point we could have brought other people up to play.”Yep. Baseball wants this season to happen, and for better or worse, this season is not being scrapped by a team-centered outbreak or two. And Mozeliak was preparing, should the need have arisen, to replace basically his entire active roster with players from the alternate site. And, yeah, there was a moment when he thought that might actually happen. “My darkest moment is when you go back to Saturday and Sunday, when the numbers just kept going the wrong direction,” Mozeliak said. “Our little world was 57 people, but it still was tracking in a very frustrating manner, to where I thought, ‘Oh gosh, this could actually get everyone here.’ That would have been awful.” The final number was 13: six players and seven staff members, only eight of whom were experiencing symptoms. Earlier this week — before that unlucky number of positives was announced — I wrote that MLB has a real opportunity to be a real leader for this country and that we — all of us — must learn how to live with the coronavirus. It’s not going away on its own, and even the eventual development of a vaccine doesn’t mean it’ll immediately disappear. So we have to learn how to live with COVID-19 in the real world. The Cardinals — and Marlins before them — are learning those lessons, learning that planning and preparation aren’t enough, and they’re learning them in a very public fashion. The hope is the rest of the sport — and the country — is listening. “We’ve got to be responsible as we go back to St. Louis,” Mozeliak said, “and that is something that we are going to preach and bang the tables hard on, because it can’t be taken lightly.”The Cardinals either don’t know or just haven’t announced exactly how COVID-19 infiltrated their ranks, but it’s important that they do figure that out and pass along the information. They can’t do that, of course, without the blessing of the person/people who initially contracted the virus — HIPPA and all — but here’s hoping that person/those people understand the importance of transparency and step forward to say, “Here are the mistakes that were made, and here’s how to avoid them in the future.” Even though 13 people testing positive is a lot, Mozeliak knows it could have been worse. “When you go back to where we think this began, and on Thursday (an off day in the schedule) we never met as a group. People were scattered, they were wherever, but we were never together as 57,” he said. “I think that really changed our trajectory, which is scary because we still had 13 positives. I think, had we had a game that day, and treated it as a normal day — which we would have because we would not have known of those positives, I think we would have been looking at almost a catastrophe. That might not be the right word, because it’s not that large, but you know what I mean. A very dramatic effect on this team. The 13 could have easily doubled.”last_img read more

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Gary Dolphin, suspended for ‘King Kong’ comment, to return

first_imgIOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa play-by-play announcer Gary Dolphin, who was suspended last week for likening Maryland’s Bruno Fernando to “King Kong” during a game, will be reinstated after the end of the season.Hawkeye Sports Properties, the multimedia rights manager for the Hawkeyes, announced on Wednesday that Dolphin will return to cover Iowa’s spring football practice. Dolphin, who has been with Iowa since 1996, will be the Hawkeyes’ football and men’s basketball announcer again starting next season.Late in a 66-65 home loss to Maryland, Dolphin said that Fernando, a 6-foot-10, 240-pound African-American who was born in Angola, “was King Kong at the end of the game.”It was the second suspension for Dolphin this season. He sat out two games after being caught on an open microphone criticizing Iowa guard Maishe Dailey in a win over Pittsburgh in late November.last_img read more

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