Barclays pay chief finally resigns after pension fund pressure

first_imgKieran Quinn, chair of the forum, said: “It is inexplicable how Barclays can have gone back on its promise to the 2014 AGM that Sir John would step down.”Barclays has now said Sunderland is to resign at next month’s AGM.A spokesman for Barclays insisted the resignation had nothing to do with shareholder pressure but that Sunderland was simply leaving the job because he had been on the bank’s board for nine years.He said there had been no promise made by Barclays last year that Sunderland would go during the year.Barclays issued a statement on 15 April last year that Gillies, who sits on the board of Standard Life and holds other positions, had been appointed as non-executive director.It said at the time Gillies would become a member of the board remuneration committee, with the intention that he succeed Sunderland as chairman of that committee “at a date to be agreed, consistent with ensuring a smooth transition”.Before Barclays announced that Sunderland was to resign at next month’s AGM, Quinn said the fact he was still in his role was “nothing short of misleading shareholders”.“Having messed up remuneration for 2013, Sir John has, in fact, stayed on as chair and presided over another year of still unacceptably high pay for 2014, and is still in place in March 2015,” he said.“Whether it is grossly excessive bonuses, the over-investment in the substantially underperforming investment bank, support for Bob Diamond, and now £1.25bn fines for Forex misconduct, Sir John has been part of every decision that has been disastrous for shareholder returns and the reputation of the bank,” Quinn said.Diamond was chief executive of Barclays before resigning in July 2012, following controversy over the manipulation of LIBOR interest rates. The chairman of the remuneration committee at UK bank Barclays is to step down at the annual general meeting (AGM) on 23 April following years of public and shareholder criticism of large pay deals awarded to top executives at the bank.The Local Authority Pension Fund Forum (LAPFF) – which includes 64 public sector pension funds, collectively managing around £160bn (€224bn) – yesterday said the chair of the remuneration committee John Sunderland had to go from the Barclays board immediately.It said that, after controversy over the bonuses for the 2013 financial year, Barclays had made a clear statement ahead of its April 2014 AGM that Sunderland was stepping down as chair of the committee to make way for Crawford Gillies.However, 11 months later, he was still in the role, having therefore presided over another full year of remuneration decisions, LAPFF said.last_img read more

Buy this beachfront house to live next door to Hollywood stars Chris Hemsworth and Elsa Pataky

first_imgElsa Pataky recently posted this photo on Instagram of herself and Chris Hemsworth at what looks to be the pool at their new home in Broken Head. Source: Instagram.BUY this beachfront home and you may well end up having a beer with your new neighbour — Hollywood hunk Chris Hemsworth.This luxurious chunk of prime real estate at 111 Alcorn Street, Suffolk Park, has hit the market and offers almost as much sex appeal as its famous connection.A home next to one owned by Chris Hemsworth on Tallow beach is for sale.This property at 111 Alcorn St, Suffolk Park, is for sale.Hemsworth and his film star wife, Elsa Pataky, bought the property next door in late 2018 for their family to live in while their mega mansion was being built down the road at Seven Mile Beach in Broken Head.MORE Cricketer Chris Lynn throws in luxury car and a lesson to sell homeThe home that has a skate bowl in the living roomSuffolk Park is a quiet suburb, popular with families, seven kilometres south of Byron Bay.The kitchen inside the home for sale at 111 Alcorn St, Suffolk Park.The home has a cool outdoor entertaining area with a built-in barbecue.The laid-back Aussie film stars are often seen frolicking on the beach with their children, their labradoodle and that other famous Hemsworth, Liam.Rumour has it that Hemsworth’s parents, Leonie and Craig, would move into the Suffolk Park house when his new home is finished.One of the bathrooms inside the house at 111 Alcorn St, Suffolk Park.The house comes with a pool.And judging by the latest aerial shots of the six-bedroom, $20 million mansion, it almost is.The Broken Head home has been likened to a shopping centre because of its massive size. The aerial shots reveal a 50m rooftop infinity pool overlooking the Pacific Ocean.A recent aerial shot of the mansion Chris Hemsworth and Elsa Pataky have been building in Broken Head.Construction began in 2017 after the existing home, bought for $7 million in 2014, was bulldozed to make way for the mansion.The Australian actor and Thor star, 36, recently appeared on the May/June cover of GQ Magazine, in which he talks about life during the COVID-19 pandemic.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus9 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market9 hours agoChris Hemsworth appears on the May/June cover of GQ Australia.Chris Hemsworth in a photo taken for GQ Australia.The property at 111 Alcorn Street is for sale without a price guide, but industry sources say it is likely to sell for somewhere in the high $3 millions.Listing agent Jeremy Bennett of Byron Bay Property Sales refused to comment about the property’s neighbour, but said the property was “nicely styled” with a separate self-contained studio, a private fenced yard and close enough to the beach to hear the waves crashing.Tallow Beach in Suffolk Park.Mr Bennett said the Byron shire market had not changed significantly as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.“There are buyers out there who are looking across all of Byron — from prestige property to investment units,” Mr Bennett said.“Byron’s always been that market where people are always having a look for their dream home, that ‘maybe one day’ property, so there’s always plenty of people looking.“A lot of people are still wondering what the future holds, but in Byron the beaches haven’t changed because of coronavirus, the ocean’s still beautiful, the weather’s still amazing and the lifestyle is still the same, if not better.”last_img read more

John the Baptist: Advent figure

first_img 48 Views   no discussions Share Sharing is caring! Photo credit: pravmir.comJohn the Baptist has always seemed a figure tailor-made for Lent. He lives in the wilderness on a austere diet, dresses in equally austere fashion, and preaches a message of penance and conversion. You couldn’t ask for a more perfect Lenten symbolization than that. Yet the Church reads John as an Advent figure. Of the four Gospel passages in Advent, John is center stage in two. Contrary to appearances, John is not there to remind us about penance, except in the obvious sense that we always need the reminder. He is there for other reasons. Every liturgical season has its own character, and John is central to advent to underline the fact that witnessing to God’s presence in the world requires facilitation and vision.The word we associate most with John is “forerunner.” He announced the imminent coming of Jesus and “prepared the way.” Jesus, of course, did not appear because John prepared the way. John prepared the way, and He came. The coming was exclusively God’s doing.One of the mistakes we’re prone to make in our ministry is to assume that in the things of God we can do things for people. There’s often an imperceptible movement from helping someone with advice or in some other beneficial way, and ‘giving’ them God. Sometimes in our minds the two things occupy the same space.This is a mistake, because in the things of God all that anyone can do is facilitate. We cannot make anything happen. When God is born in anyone’s life, it is always a virgin birth. It’s a birth “not from human stock, or human desire, or human will, but from God himself.” Every minister, ordained or non-ordained, is a type of John the Baptist. We do not cause the birth of God. That happens when it happens. All we can do is facilitate.Perhaps the most intriguing thing about John was his public identification of Jesus as “the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.” How do we explain the apparent ignorance of the public? At this time Jesus was almost thirty years old. We must assume that he hadn’t lived like a recluse. He was always in full view. And yet it took John, it seems, to make the explicit identification.How was John able to do this? There’s a connection between John’s manner of life and his ability to see, between lifestyle, in other words, and insight, or lifestyle and vision. John lived a life of communion with God, with discipline and simplicity, and that was the foundation of his special ability.Vision entails more than having one’s eyes open. Scripture intimates in several places that our normal consciousness is slumber, that is, we sleep with our eyes open. John shows that the roots of seeing truly lie in our manner of living. Without communion, simplicity and discipline, much of life’s deeper mysteries, not to mention much of the mystery of God, will remain hidden.Advent is a season where we are reminded in the person of John the Baptist that we are to announce that the Lord is always near, and to remember that that out witness amounts only to announcing. It is also time to recommit ourselves to simplicity and discipline, if we wish to grasp the mysteries of life — and the hidden dimensions of God.By: Father Henry Charles PhD Sharecenter_img Tweet Share FaithLifestyleLocalNews John the Baptist: Advent figure by: – December 5, 2011last_img read more

Transfer of rural doctors to Cebu City suspended

first_imgDefensor disclosed that last Sunday, June 28 the DTTB doctors went to his office to appeal for help to stop the Cebu mission. ILOILO City – The Department of Health has temporarily suspended the planned transfer of rural doctors from Visayas to private hospitals in Cebu City in light of the critical situation of coronavirus infections there. Director Marlyn Convocar of the Department of Health Region 6 says the deployment of rural doctors from Visayas to private hospitals in Cebu City has been “temporarily held in abeyance” until issues and concerns are settled with all concerned physicians and other stakeholders. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN Convocar also said she is prepared to follow the decision of DOH-central office in relation to Gov. Arthur Defensor Jr.’s appeal to retain DTTBs in Iloilo province.  These DTTB doctors and PRDP members were supposedly scheduled to be sent to Cebu City today. On Sunday, Western Visayas’ rural doctors under the DOH Doctors to the DTTB program was the first to issue a statement decrying the order deploying them to Cebu City beginning tomorrow to help unspecified private hospitals there. However, Convocar said they will be meeting all DTTBs and PRDP members first to hear out their concerns. Meanwhile, Iloilo Association of Municipal Health Office Inc. (IAMHOI) was among the latest group of doctors who joined the call to pull out the planned deployment.  Convocar clarified that the identified doctors set for transfer are “Rural Health Physicians and not OIC-Municipal Health Officers – which means their respective municipalities will not be left doctorless and health care services will continue.”center_img Director Marlyn Convocar of DOH Region 6 confirmed the suspension on Monday. “Kon ano ang concensus sang group then we will bring that up to Manila (central office). Once we done that, we would know kon san-o sila i-deploy,” Convocar added. This prompted Defensor to make an appeal, too, to National Task Force for COVID-19 chief implementer Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. to spare doctors in Iloilo province.“Yesterday I made a personnel appeal to Secretary Galvez because our COVID-19 cases here are rising so sabi ko to spare the DOH physician here in Iloilo from deployment to Cebu City and he texted me that he will help us,” said Defensor.According to Defensor, the transfer of DTTBs would reduce the capacity of health facilities in every local government units (LGUs). She said the deployment of 25 Doctors to the Barrios (DTTBs) and 14 members of Post Residency Deployment Program (PRDP) to Cebu City will be “temporarily held in abeyance” until issues and concerns are settled with all concerned physicians and other stakeholders. Headed by their president Dr. Sally Ticao from the Municipal Health Office of Oton, Iloilo, IAMHOI issued a statement opposing the move.“IAMHOI recognizes the current need of Cebu for human resources for health to respond to this COVID-19 pandemic however, we believe that this move of transferring the currently deployed DTTBs is not the right approach to address this problem,” IAMHOI said.“The different municipalities of the Province of Iloilo are also responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and currently doing all their efforts to prevent the spread on the communities. The DTTBs who are to be pulled and re-assigned are already essential part of the public health system, respond to the COVID-19 crisis in their respective municipalities. If the primary objective of the DTTB deployment in these municipalities is augmentation to the health workforce to address the public heath need, their pull out would deprive these municipalities’ their much needed services. Pulling out these DTTBs in their current assignment would greatly impact the COVID-19 response in their respective areas,” it added. On June 26, the DOH-6 received the directive from its central office assigning rural doctors to Cebu City. In a statement, DTTB doctors expressed concern over DOH’s preparation for such deployment. They were informed about being pulled out from their current assignments in various municipalities only on Friday, June 26.These doctors are to be stationed in Cebu from June 30 to Sept. 5 in four batches of 10 doctors for each batch of deployment. Each batch’s duty period is two weeks.It was the DOH Undersecretary for Field Implementation and Coordination Team for Visayas and Mindanao Abdullah Dumama Jr. who ordered the deployment.The barrio doctors raised the following concerns:* no proper consultation was conducted* no detailed guidelines and protocols to protect them were provided* the deployment contradicts the thrust of the DTTB Program“The absence of proper communication justifying the temporary reassignment of rural health physicians serving in geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas to serve in private hospitals in Cebu City is a clear violation of the Magna Carta of Public Health Workers,” according to the doctors.Section 6 (c) of the magna carta (Republic Act 7305) stated: “A public health worker shall not be transferred and/or reassigned, except when made in the interest of public service, in which case, the employee concerned shall be informed of the reasons therefore in writing.”/PNlast_img read more

Fernandes welcomes Pogba impact

first_img “When we were training in groups I was in the group with Paul, so to find the connection is easier. But I found a good connection with everyone and the most important thing is the team. read also:Fernandes welcomes Pogba impact “I think Paul thinks the same [as me] and we are happy. Paul won the penalty, I kicked it, so most importantly it is the team. It doesn’t matter who scores, or the assist, or nothing. I think the more important is winning and is about the team. “As a team, we need to look for the Champions League. We need to try to be close to try to catch the guys who are upfront. Unfortunately, we are one point closer, but they need to play. We’ll see.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Manchester United midfielder, Bruno Fernandes, praised Paul Pogba after his impact for their 1-1 draw at Tottenham. Loading…center_img United keeper David de Gea was badly at fault when he failed to stop Steven Bergwijn’s powerful 27th-minute drive, so there was relief all-round for the visitors when Pogba surged into the area before he was hauled down clumsily by Eric Dier. “Yeah, yeah, we’re training hard in the past weeks,” Fernandes said.Advertisementlast_img read more

Reifer, Chandrika see Jaguars return to winning ways

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) – All-rounder Raymon Reifer stroked a fluent half-century as Guyana Jaguars arrested their losing slide by brushing aside the previously unbeaten Combined Campuses and Colleges Marooners by eight wickets here yesterday.Entering the day/night contest at Kensington Oval reeling from defeats in their opening two games, Jaguars found their rhythm to bundle out Marooners cheaply for 129 off 44.5 overs and then romp to their target in just 26.3 overs.They were propelled by left-hander Raymon Reifer who hit an attractive run-a-ball 67 and West Indies batsman Rajindra Chandrika who carved out an unbeaten 43.Together, they put on a match-winning 117 for the second wicket as Jaguars turned the page on defeats to Barbados Pride and Jamaica Scorpions and gathered their first points of Group B.Left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul had earlier snatched three for 19 from ten stingy overs while pacer Ronsford Beaton (2-23) and Test leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo (2-28) picked up two wickets apiece, to undermine the Marooners innings.Kyle Corbin top-scored with 28 and captain and opener Jamal Smith got 25 but they were the only two to pass 20 in a poor batting effort.Opting for first knock, Marooners lost in-form teenager Amir Jangoo without scoring when the left-hander edged one behind off Beaton in the third over with five runs on the board.Corbin and Smith then combined in the best stand of the innings, adding 44 for the second wicket to keep Jaguars at bay.Corbin had struck three fours in 41 balls at the crease when he miscued a pull off Beaton and was caught at mid-on on the stroke of the first hour and Smith followed 19 deliveries later when he missed a heave at Bishoo and was bowled.Struggling on 59 for three in the 19th over, Marooners were put in further turmoil as Permaul ripped through the innings while drying up the scoring, as their last seven wickets went down for 70 runs.Facing a straightforward target, Jaguars suffered an early setback when the out-of-form Assad Fudadin nicked one from seamer Chris Powell to depart for eight with as many on the board in the third over.However, any hopes of further inroads were dashed as Reifer and Chandrika took the game away from Marooners with their impressive century stand.Barbadian Reifer, playing before his home crowd, struck nine fours and a six – a clean hit inside out over long-off off-spinner Mark Deyal – while opener Chandrika anchored the innings with a 76-ball knock which included five fours.Reifer, adjudged Man-of-the-Match, was quickly into his stride sweetly punching Powell to the cover boundary and then carving fast bowler Keon Harding square of the wicket for another boundary.He raised his third half-century at this level with a whip through mid-on off pacer Jermaine Levy and seemed poised to take Jaguars over the line when he was caught at mid-off by Jangoo off Levy in the 25th over with five runs required for victory.*+J Smith b D Bishoo 25A Jangoo c wkp Bramble b Beaton 0K Corbin c (sub) Hetmyer b Beaton 28V Mohan c Beaton b Jacobs 13R Hinds c Permaul b Barnwell 18C Burton c Jacobs b Permaul 6M Deyal lbw b Permaul 8N Henry lbw b Permaul 16K Harding b Bishoo 9C Powell run out 1J Levy not out 1Extras (lb1, w3) 4TOTAL (all out, 44.5 overs) 129Fall of wickets: 1-5, 2-49, 3-59, 4-73, 5-87, 6-98, 7-110, 8-123, 9-126, 10-129.Bowling: Beaton 8-0-23-2 (w1), Jacobs 10-1-28-1, Reifer 5-0-21-1, Permaul 10-1-19-3 (w1), Bishoo 7.5-0-28-2 (w1), Barnwell 4-0-9-1.JAGUARSA Fudadin c wkp Smith b Powell 8R Chandrika not out 43R Reifer c Jangoo b Levy 67*L Johnson not out 0Extras (b1, lb2, w6, nb1) 10TOTAL (2 wkts, 26.3 overs) 130Did not bat: +A Bramble, S Chanderpaul, C Barnwell, S Jacobs, D Bishoo, V Permaul, R Beaton.Fall of wickets: 1-8, 2-125.Bowling: Powell 7-1-28-0 (w2), Harding 4-1-13-0 (w1), Mohan 1-0-8-0, Henry 2-0-15-0, Levy 6.3-0-28-1 (w3, nb1), Deyal 6-0-35-0.last_img read more

Big East : Strong leadership aids Cincinnati in 2nd year under Jones

first_img Published on October 24, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Ryne: Facebook Twitter Google+ Butch Jones opened spring practice last March with a simple message for his Cincinnati team. The head coach told his players the 2011 season would be defined by how they handled adversity.After going 4-8 last year, the players knew all about adversity. And this year, with that experience fresh in their minds, they were ready to overcome the challenges thrown their way.‘They say adversity’s the greatest teacher of life lessons, but if it’s so great how come nobody wants to experience it?’ Jones said in the Big East coaches’ teleconference Oct. 17. ‘And we suffered through that last year, and I think we found out a lot about ourselves. I think a lot of leadership was born that way.’Cincinnati emerged from its forgettable 2010 campaign as a different team, reborn after an offseason focused on developing leadership and restoring pride in the program. The Bearcats had won two straight Big East titles under former head coach Brian Kelly — who bolted for the same position at Notre Dame — but dropped to seventh place in the conference in Jones’ first season at the helm. This year, Jones has No. 24 Cincinnati (6-1, 2-0 Big East) believing in his system, and his team grabbed sole possession of first place in the Big East heading into its bye week.The Bearcats impressive start can be attributed in part to an improved defense that ranked last in the conference in turnover margin and scoring defense in 2010. Cincinnati is currently tops in the league in turnover margin and third in scoring defense. For Jones, that turnaround coupled with the team’s high-powered offense — which ranks 11th nationally in scoring — has proven to be the ‘formula for winning’ for UC.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textJones said that efficiency on offense and defense has been the difference from last year to this year.‘I think first and foremost, it starts with being a team, so far, that hasn’t hurt itself and beat itself,’ Jones said. ‘And we’ve done a good job at taking care of the football, so we’re not turning the football over, and then we’re forcing turnovers on defense.’The change has also been a result of increased leadership for Cincinnati. The players spent time learning about leadership in a peer intervention program during the offseason, and Jones said everyone from freshmen to seniors is now stepping up.And it shows.South Florida head coach Skip Holtz noticed a difference in the Bearcats from last season on film as he prepared for last Saturday’s game. Holtz saw a Cincinnati team playing with great energy and enthusiasm.‘When a guy makes a play and the way that they’re celebrating together as a team, they’ve really bought in,’ Holtz said in the teleconference Oct. 17. ‘And that’s why I said I think Butch has done a really nice job with this team because they’ve bought in.’With that newfound energy and the same talented players leading the way, Cincinnati has regained its status as a top team in the conference.Charlie Strong and Louisville were the first in the Big East to take on the new and improved Bearcats. The Cardinals jumped out to 16-7 lead at halftime, but Cincinnati came to life in the second half.Bearcats running back Isaiah Pead — who Jones said can take it the distance on every carry — broke off a 50-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter to put UC ahead, and the defense shut out Louisville in the second half to secure a 25-16 win.For Strong, the balanced Cincinnati offense led by Pead and quarterback Zach Collaros is tough to keep off the scoreboard. And against the Cardinals on Oct. 15, it was Pead who left his mark.‘We weren’t able to contain him. He ended up with over 100 yards rushing, he got a 50-yard run on us,’ Strong, the Louisville head coach, said in the teleconference Oct. 17. ‘But Pead is an outstanding back and he’s just a workhorse, and the longer the game goes, the stronger he gets.’Against USF last Saturday, Cincinnati’s fate rested on the arm of its quarterback, Collaros. The offense took the field down 34-30 with 1:27 remaining in the fourth quarter, needing to go 70 yards and score a touchdown for the win.Jones said in Monday’s teleconference that his players stayed calm and confident on the sidelines after the Bulls went ahead. With the leadership the team developed in the offseason, the response was exactly what he expected.The head coach said there was no doubt among his players that they would come out on top. And Collaros made sure of that. The quarterback led the Bearcats down the field, capping it off with a 2-yard touchdown run with 12 seconds left to seal the win.Cincinnati is now the lone unbeaten team in conference play and in control of its own destiny. But Jones knows the season is far from over. If his team wants to take back the Big East crown, it has to stay hungry every game and prepared for any adversity that arises along the way.Said Jones: ‘The team that stays injury-free and can focus one week at a time and be able to manage their adversities is going to be the team that wins the conference championship.’rjgery@syr.educenter_img Commentslast_img read more

Syracuse dominates Big East foes Seton Hall, Providence in doubleheader

first_imgAleah Marrow stepped into a ball and smashed it past the Seton Hall players for the final point in a doubles match that completed a sweep for Syracuse en route to its 7-0 win over the Blue Demons.SU went on to beat Providence 7-0 in the latter part of a doubleheader — a dominating performance against Big East opponents that gets the Orange to .500.“The biggest thing is that it’s a conference foe, and it’s so important to make sure you continue and establish where we are in the conference, where we need to go with these guys and not have any let-ups,” SU head coach Luke Jensen said.Syracuse (7-7, 4-1 Big East) dominated both Seton Hall (4-8, 1-1) and Providence (10-5, 0-2) 7-0 as part of a Saturday doubleheader that notched the Orange a pair of conference victories.It started with a morning match against Seton Hall during which the Orange took home the doubles point thanks to victories in all three of its matches, each by at least four games.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe dominance continued into singles where Syracuse won all six matches. All but one player won in straight sets, with Amanda Rodgers winning in a third set tiebreaker.Syracuse carried the momentum of the morning match into the second as the Orange repeated the 7-0 result against the Friars. Similar to the first match, SU won all three doubles points, with the only change coming in the lineup.Against Seton Hall, Marrow and Jimena Wu played the third doubles match. Against Providence, the two were substituted by Breanna Bachini and Alex Aiello. In singles, Brittany Lashway and Bachini were substituted by Komal Safdar and Aiello.Aiello also won her first career singles match during the Orange’s domination of Providence 6-2, 6-1. It was a long time coming for Aiello.“I had been injured for all of last semester, so I had been working on my fitness a lot and just practicing a lot, so it’s something I had been working up to,” Aiello said. “It’s just really exciting to get this opportunity.“It’s something I’ve been working on for a really long time now, and just to finally get it under my belt is a really good feeling.”Syracuse’s depth was on full display in its doubleheader. Only Sophia Dzulynsky didn’t play for the Orange. Aiello is a new member to the rotation and adds another weapon to a Syracuse roster that has struggled this season with injuries.“Everyone who plays needs to be the healthiest player, and that’s going to make us win,” Aiello said. “So that’s kind of what my thinking is – who’s healthy should be playing and whoever could win for us, that’s all that matters.”The doubleheader was a test not only of the body, but also of the mind for the Orange.Jensen scheduled the doubleheader on purpose, and his team responded with a dominating performance.“We train and we practice and we work out in the gym so we have good fitness,” Bachini said. “It’s a mental thing out there, so as long as you go out and tell yourself that you’re going to stay out here as long as I need to, to win my match, it’s fine.” Comments Published on March 25, 2013 at 12:47 am Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Sunday’s melee gives USC black eye

first_img“The 19th Hole” runs Tuesdays. To comment on this story, email Joey at or visit Let’s put it this way: If you notice athletes prominently featured on Deadspin on a Sunday, they probably aren’t featured for any philanthropic reasons. It isn’t because they visited a downtown Boys & Girls Club. And it isn’t because they hosted an anti-crime campaign insisting people should “shoot baskets, not guns,” or anything like that.Setback · Interim head coach Bob Cantu’s job of preparing his team for the Pac-12 tournament was made more difficult after Sunday’s fracas. – Ralf Cheung | Daily TrojanNo, they’re making news because of Saturday-night shenanigans. And that’s exactly what happened last Sunday afternoon to the USC men’s basketball team.Sports news outlet Deadspin, citing a local television station, pointed out eyewitness reports claiming two USC players were involved in an altercation in downtown Spokane, Wash., that sent four people to the hospital. Senior center James Blasczyk and redshirt junior center Dewayne Dedmon are alleged to be involved.The Trojans had been in Eastern Washington after facing Washington State earlier in the day in the teams’ regular-season finale. They spent the night in Spokane before leaving on a flight Sunday.On Monday, USC interim head coach Bob Cantu suspended Blasczyk and Dedmon indefinitely, citing a violation of a team rule. Officials acknowledge they are aware of the police investigation but declined to comment further until more information comes to light.To be fair, neither player has been arrested at this point. Neither has been charged. The investigation is ongoing.But the allegations remain absolutely serious. According to Noel Macapagal, an employee and former owner of The Wave Sushi Island Sports Grill and Sushi Bar — the reported location of the brawl, one person was “knocked out cold.” A female employee left with a broken nose. Another employee suffered a broken jaw.That isn’t some little shouting match. This is a drunken melee at       2 a.m. The incident is not just serious, but pathetic and deplorable. How much either Blasczyk and Dedmon participated in the ordeal remains unknown, but the allegations alone are no doubt disturbing.Whoever takes over as the Trojans’ next head coach in the next month or so evidently has quite a bit of housecleaning to do. Mind you, the on-court mediocrity is more than apparent; a 20-43 mark over the last two seasons sticks out like a sore thumb. But beyond that, the program’s culture appears to be in declining disarray.The odd thing is Athletic Director Pat Haden has previously noted that the team’s players have kept their noses clean, using that example as a rationale for retaining former coach Kevin O’Neill at the end of last season.But, in examining the past two years, it hardly seems that way.In January 2011, former freshman guard Bryce Jones faced dismissal from the team after punching a teammate and getting into a confrontation with a resident advisor at a campus dormitory, according to the Los Angeles Times.In March 2011, O’Neill was infamously involved in an altercation with an Arizona booster in the lobby of a Downtown Los Angeles hotel. Photos surfaced of him that caused some to speculate that he was drunk and holding an alcoholic beverage in his left hand.During a February 2012 road trip in Arizona, junior forward Ari Stewart, a Wake Forest transfer, was arrested on a charge of possessing marijuana and drug paraphernalia.Does the program need a babysitter?Now, on the heels of a 25-point loss to Washington State, news hits that players were involved in a so-called “rolling fight” that resulted in a handful of people being rushed to an area hospital.Losing, and losing in such embarrassing fashion, naturally looks bad for any team. But, hey, guess what looks worse? Punching people on the street after a defeat.USC basketball has become a bit of a running joke on this campus, in this city and in this conference. Losing plays a part, of course. But, instances like these only add to the punch line. It’s hard to take a program seriously when its players and coaches are caught in bar fights or arrested.Do the players and coaches still take the program seriously?Cleaning house, if you will, never seemed more imperative. This program is a fixer-upper, to say the least. Anyone who has followed the team in recent years understands and recognizes that. Nonetheless, every day serves as a reminder of how deep the problems rest and how unintentionally comical the program currently is.Good thing this bunch will soon be en route to Las Vegas for the conference tournament.last_img read more

Men’s basketball breakdown: Tough defensive effort pushes No. 7 Badgers past No. 10 Panthers

first_imgThe University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team’s offense was as bad as it has been all season, as the Badgers ended Friday’s second-round game against No. 10 Pittsburgh with a season-low 47 points.Luckily for them, that total was just enough.A stout defensive effort led the No. 7 Wisconsin to a remarkable 47-43 comeback victory over the Panthers, advancing them to the second round of the NCAA tournament, where they will play either No. 2 Xavier or No. 15 Weber State.Offensively, it was junior forward Vitto Brown who was the star for the Badgers, finishing with 11 points and hitting a pair of threes in the final five minutes to put Wisconsin up at two different points in the game. His second ended up being the most important, as with 2:37 left in the outing and UW down one, Brown took a pass from redshirt freshman Ethan Happ and hit a 3-pointer from the top of the arc.Marissa Haegele/The Badger HeraldThe Badgers went up 42-40 and never lost the lead from that point, despite the fact that Pittsburgh had one last chance to take the lead with five seconds remaining.It was surprising, however, that Wisconsin was even in a position to win, given how the game started.Pittsburgh jumped out to an early 13-3 lead as the Badgers could get absolutely nothing going on offense, missing nine of their first 10 shots and scoring just six points in the first 14 minutes of the game.With a hot end to the half, however, Wisconsin pulled to within six as they entered the locker room at half down 22-16. From there, they carried any leftover momentum into the final 20 minutes and slowly chipped away at the Panthers’ lead.Happ led the team in scoring with 15 points on 6-of-8 shooting from the field, while also grabbing nine rebounds. Junior forward Nigel Hayes added 12 points of his own despite shooting a weak 3-of-17 from the field and missing all six of his shots from behind the arc. Bronson Koenig also struggled, shooting just 1-of-8 from the field and scoring two points, but he did manage to grab seven rebounds and record three of the team’s six steals.By the numbers3:44 – The amount of time that passed at the start of the game before the Badgers scored their first point, a 3-pointer from redshirt junior guard Zak Showalter.4 – The amount of combined field goals Hayes and Koenig made.21 – The amount of combined field goals Hayes and Koenig missed.9 – The amount of points Pittsburgh junior guard Seldon Jeter scored off the bench. Jeter was recruited by the Badgers out of high school.1:14 – The amount of time the Badgers had held a lead for before Brown’s second go-ahead 3-point shot.3 – The number of games Wisconsin now has to win in order to make a third-straight Final Four.last_img read more