Trey Anastasio Joins Bob Weir At Wanee For Acoustic Dead, Phish, And Lady Gaga Covers [Full HD Video]

first_imgOn Saturday, Wanee Festival at the Spirit of Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, Florida, saw Trey Anastasio play a performance with Trey Anastasio Band and the Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir perform with his Campfire Band later in the evening. These two artists ended up coming together during Weir’s set, putting on a magical acoustic duet segment for awe-struck fans. Traditionally with his Campfire Band shows, Weir plays a solo acoustic segment before inviting the band to join him; at Wanee, it was no different with the Dead guitarist starting his set alone with “Two Djinn” and “Corrina.”After these first two solo songs, Anastasio came out, much to the surprise of the crowd, eliciting thunderous applause for the Phish guitarist. For their first three numbers, the two stuck to songs extensively present in the Grateful Dead’s catalog, choosing “Deep Elem Blues,” “Friend of the Devil,” and “Bird Song” to start the set. The paired down set had fans singing along along with the couple, as Trey and Bob expertly moved through the songs, switch off leading vocals, coming together for choruses, and in general, showing off their guitar picking skills.After the three gorgeous Dead covers, Anastasio and Weir then paid tribute to Phish, moving straight into “Miss You,” a Phish ballad led vocally by Trey that was debuted last summer at Wrigley Field off Big Boat, after the end of their powerful rendition of “Bird Song.” To end things off, Bob and Trey took a quick pause, huddling together on stage and with Trey visibly grinning before the duo launched into their last song, a cover of Lady Gaga’s “A Million Reasons,” a debut for both guitarists, who swapped verses throughout. Following the nontraditional cover, Anastasio left the stage, with Weir pointing to him as he left and instructing the crowd to “say ‘thank you, Trey,’” an order that no one at the performance had an issue obliging. From there, the Campfire Band came out for the first time during Weir’s performance at Wanee, and together the full band worked through songs off of Weir’s new album, Blue Mountain, as well as a healthy dose of classic Grateful Dead tunes to help Bobby wrap up his appearance.You can check out the full setlist from Trey Anastasio’s sit-in with Bob Weir, courtesy of Suwannee HD Streams, as well as a full setlist from Bob Weir’s performance, courtesy of, below.[Cover photo courtesy of Kendall Deflin]Deep Elem BluesFriend of the DevilBird Song > Miss YouMillion Reasons Edit this setlist | More Bob Weir setlistslast_img read more

Rare 72-year-old Scotch whisky to be auctioned in Hong Kong

first_imgHONG KONG (AP) — A 72-year-old bottle of Glen Grant single malt whisky from Scotland is expected to fetch more than $38,000 in an auction in Hong Kong on Friday. It is the first time that the 1948 Glen Grant whisky, by independent bottler Gordon & MacPhail, is being offered in an auction. Despite economic uncertainty brought by the pandemic, interest in rare whiskies remains high. Auctioneer Bonhams says collectable whisky has done well in the past 10 years with a four-fold increase in prices. Bonhams expects to fetch a total of about $1.3 million) from Friday’s auction.last_img

Chedi Aquarius Koh Chang pencilled in for 2023 | News

first_imgOlderSteenbergen appointed chief financial officer at Lufthansa Scheduled to open in 2023, the new Chedi would complement hotels in Muscat (Oman), Sharjah (United Arab Emirates), Andermatt (Switzerland) and Luštica Bay (Montenegro), as well as hotels under development for the Maldives, India and Taiwan, all set to open in the coming year.“This new resort is shaping up with an integrity of design and a certain poise that are hallmarks of the Chedi experience,” said GHM chief executive, Tommy Lai. “We’ve been on the lookout for a way back into Thailand since 2013, and the Chedi Aquarius Koh Chang is the perfect vehicle.”- Advertisement – Though Koh Chang lacks the name recognition of either Phuket or Koh Samui, Thailand’s largest and second largest island, its relative obscurity is partly a function of its natural splendour: a national park covers 83 per cent of the island.GHM, by design, is a resort group that has focused on emerging, rather than mature, destinations.“We are delighted to partner with GHM to bring the prestigious Chedi brand back to Thailand,” said Nixon Chung, chief operating officer of AQI.- Advertisement – “With its pristine location in this ecotourism haven, impeccable design and exceptional amenities, the Chedi Aquarius Koh Chang will represent the very best of Thai hospitality. “We look forward to welcoming guests from the fourth quarter of 2023.”Readily accessible by air and by road from Bangkok, flights to the nearest airport in Trat take one hour; overland, the drive is 300 kilometres. The ferry from the mainland takes less than an hour.center_img – Advertisement – GHM has signed a management agreement with Aquarius International Development to operate a 200-key resort on Koh Chang, the third largest island in Thailand.The Chedi Aquarius Koh Chang will feature an all-day-dining restaurant, a cliff-edge restaurant, rooftop bar, spa, infinity pool with pool bar, and conference facilities overlooking the Gulf of Thailand. – Advertisement –last_img read more

Facebook employee mood after election 2020: Mostly relieved

first_imgThe feeling inside Facebook is mostly relieved as the company got through the 2020 U.S. election without any claims of foreign interference or rampant misinformation, two employees told CNBC. A third person who worked closely on the election characterized the mood as guarded, with continued vigilance necessary against posts that would encourage civil unrest.After preparing for the election over the past four years, Facebook provided users with authoritative information about the U.S. election throughout Tuesday and Wednesday, posting notifications to users at the top of their Facebook and Instagram apps. Numerous Biden campaign officials have taken to Twitter to criticize Facebook’s handling of election ads and its overall impact on democracy, a signal that the incoming administration may not go easy on the company, which has come under increasing government scrutiny in recent years.- Advertisement – Additionally, Facebook removed a network of pages tied to former Trump advisor Steve Bannon after it tried to organize a group named “Stop the Steal.” Among the company’s most notable tactics in the lead-up to the election was a decision to ban political ads temporarily, starting on Nov. 4. On Wednesday, it extended that ban until at least December. The company also paused a number of features in the final days before the election, including the “Recent” tab for hashtags on Instagram and the recommendation of new groups on Facebook. These temporary measures put in place to protect against post-election unrest will remain in place, the employee working closely on the election told CNBC. So far, there is no team at the company rushing to turn these features back on or lift the ban on political ads, this person said. In 2016, Facebook became the national scapegoat for Trump’s victory after fake news ran rampant on the service and Russia used the platform to influence Americans and sow discord. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg initially refuted the idea that fake news on the service had influenced the election, calling it “crazy.” A year later, Zuckerberg said he regretted saying that.Zuckerberg addressed the 2020 election last week during an all-hands meeting, thanking employees for their work, according to one employee (as previously reported by BuzzFeed). Zuckerberg, however, has yet to comment on the election publicly.Facebook has faced plenty of obstacles during the election season. The company came under heavy criticism for allowing candidates to include false information in their political ads, and more recently for changing and adding new policies so close to the election. The company also experienced issues with a policy to ban any new ads in the final week before the election that it rectified just a few days ago. But for the most part, the company appears to have successfully navigated the most contentious presidential election in recent history.  – Advertisement – But unlike four years ago, Facebook is not being blamed for the outcome of the election, and that’s a relief, two employees said. Employees know the election process is still ongoing and remain focused, but compared to four years ago, employee morale is positive. No one is putting any “mission accomplished” banners up just yet, they said. But internally, the 2020 election feels like a strong counter to the last cycle, they said. These employees asked not to be named, as they are not authorized to discuss internal company matters.The biggest test for the company has been President Donald Trump, who has been posting unsubstantiated and false claims about victories in battleground states throughout Wednesday. The company has largely debunked those claims by posting labels on them that inform users that votes are still being counted and a winner has not yet been projected. Those labels also include links to the company’s voting information center, where users can see accurate information about the election. – Advertisement –center_img – Advertisement – Mark Zuckerberg, chief executive officer and founder of Facebook Inc., arrives for a House Financial Services Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019.Andrew Harrer | Bloomberg | Getty Imageslast_img read more

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer speaks out over David De Gea’s form after Chelsea mistake

first_imgOle Gunnar Solskjaer speaks out over David De Gea’s form after Chelsea mistake Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has given David De Gea his backing (Getty Images)When asked whether he was concerned by De Gea’s form, Solskjaer replied: ‘I don’t really. I know David. You know when you’re a goalkeeper or a striker you’re always in the spotlight, every time you miss a chance, or score you either get a bad or good headline. It’s same with David.‘He’s been in the spotlight for the right reasons for so long, now he’s going through a period where he probably feels he can do better. No, I don’t have worries because he is a strong character.‘There’s many different ways of getting back into your best performances, and of course I’ll sit down and speak with David, as I’ve done when he plays well. He’s not the reason we’re in sixth position at the moment.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘You cannot say there is any complacency, David is not the type, he is competitive and wants to be the best. David knows he could have done better with the goal, there’s no point denying it and there’s no point in pointing fingers.’He added: There’s no chance that anyone can blame him for losing many points for us. He’s been unbelievable. Yes, today he knows he could have had that shot, but that’s football again.’Only Bournemouth’s Asmir Begovic and Arsenal’s Bernd Leno (both five) have committed more errors leading to goals than De Gea (four) this season, while his total number of errors is more than he had committed in his previous five Premier League campaigns combined.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors Metro Sport ReporterMonday 29 Apr 2019 8:33 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link154Shares Advertisement David De Gea was at fault for Marcos Alonso’s equaliser (Getty Images)Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has insisted that he has ‘no worries’ over David De Gea’s form at Manchester United despite his latest costly mistake during the 1-1 draw with Chelsea on Sunday.Juan Mata’s opening goal against his former side handed United a deserved lead but Chelsea drew level on the stroke of half-time as Marcos Alonso capitalised on De Gea’s fumble from a speculative Antonio Rudiger effort to score.It was De Gea’s third mistake leading to a goal in his last four matches, following on from his errors against Lionel Messi and Leroy Sane during the defeats to Barcelona and Manchester City respectively.AdvertisementAdvertisementSunday’s draw has left United with an uphill task of finishing in the top-four as they are five points behind third-place Tottenham and three away from Chelsea in fourth with just two games to play. Solskjaer was adamant, though, that De Gea cannot be blamed for United dropping points.ADVERTISEMENT Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

Polish government gives green light for auto-enrolment pensions [updated]

first_imgCiting European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) data for that year, the government noted that the asset share of PPEs accounted for just 0.1% of GDP. Across the EU, pension assets account for 24% of GDP on average. Polish prime minister Mateusz MorawieckiSource: Office of the Prime Minister According to the draft legislation, enrolled employees will pay a minimum 2% in contributions, with the option of up to a further 2% in voluntary contributions. The rates for employers will be 1.5% minimum and 2.5% additional voluntary contributions.The new PPKs will be obligatory for employers, except those companies that have an existing PPE with a minimum basic contribution of 3.5%. The PPKs will be voluntary for employees.However, workers aged 55 years and younger will have three months to opt out of the proposed auto-enrolment system, while older workers, of up to 70 years, will have to opt in.The government will co-finance each pension pot with an annual PLN240 (€58), along with a one-off welcome bonus of PLN250 after three months of enrolment, until the end of 2020.The programme will be implemented in six-month stages, starting in January 2019. The first stage will involve companies with more than 250 employees – accounting for roughly 3.3m people.The final stage, scheduled for July 2020, will cover companies with between one and 19 workers, as well as budget-financed entities such as state schools. This last category accounts for around 5.1m of the total projected 11m uptake.Investment managementAsset management will be restricted to Polish investment fund companies (TFIs) registered for at least three years, and co-ordinated by the Polish Development Fund.One of the roles of the Fund, which also runs a TFI, is to administer the PPK portal.To keep costs down, the draft limits annual management fees to a maximum 0.5% of net assets, with a further 0.1% allowed as a performance fee.To avoid market concentration, any any investment fund company (including the company’s subsidiaries) with PPK assets exceeding 15% of the market total will not receive any fees on the excess.From the finance industry’s perspective the most controversial aspect is the exclusion of other asset managers, such as insurance companies and banks, as well as Polish pension fund companies (PTEs), which manage second-pillar pension funds (OFEs).Back in 2016 Morawiecki’s proposals covered not only PPKs but the dissolution of the OFEs, with 75% of the assets slated to move into new third-pillar accounts. Nothing concerning the OFEs has happened since then, other than assurances that all will be sorted before the next election – due by November 2019.Industry sees pros and consChamber of Pension Funds president Małgorzata Rusewicz welcomed the legislative start of the PPKs as a significant step in pensions reforms, but criticised both the lack of movement on the OFEs and the exclusion of pension fund companies.“The introduction of broader market competition, including PTEs, to the management of funds accumulated in PPK from the beginning of their creation means greater benefits, including profits, for customers,” she said.“What is more, the option of choosing an asset management entity is an expression of ownership of the savings collected and gives employees a sense of influence in shaping their pension security and taking responsibility for them.“The inclusion of PTEs in the management of PPKs is supported by their unique know-how on the Polish market, many years of experience in managing long-term pension savings, guaranteeing the safety of collected assets and generating outstanding rates of returns by Polish investment standards.”Note: This article has been amended to correct the rates employers and employees will pay in the PPK system. Poland’s government yesterday finally released its ambitious employee pension plan (PPK) programme legislative draft for consultation.The move comes two years after the then-economic development minister Mateusz Morawiecki announced his Responsible Development Strategy, which included a radical overhaul of the pensions system. Morawiecki became prime minister last December.The PPK plan aims to bring up to 75% of the country’s employed population into occupational pension schemes through auto-enrolment.Poland’s existing occupational schemes, the employee pension programmes (PPEs), covered fewer than 400,000 as of the end of 2016, compared to Poland’s population of roughly 38m.last_img read more

​ATP and PFA sell out VIA Equity PE funds

first_img“Complexity can also have an inherent risk and this summer we made a decision that VIA was one of the areas where it made good sense for us to simplify”Bo Foged, CEO at ATPThe parties to the deal said that after the transactions closed, VIA Equity would continue operating from its base in the northern Copenhagen suburb of Hellerup.A spokesman for PFA said the pension fund had no comments on the sale.Explaining why ATP was making the shift in strategy, Foged went on to say: “Complexity can also have an inherent risk and this summer we made a decision that VIA was one of the areas where it made good sense for us to simplify.”But he said the decision to sell should not be perceived as dissatisfaction with the investment in VIA.“We will continue to participate in this part of the financial food chain, but we will be more selective with when we add complexity to the business,” Foged said.According to ATP’s 2019 report, the pension fund had a 99.8% stake and DKK194m of equity in VIA Equity Fund I at the end of last year, having made a DKK48m loss in 2019 on the investment in the year.VIA Equity Fund II, meanwhile, is also listed in the 2019 accounts as being 99.8% owned, but with DKK393m of capital, and having returned DKK33m during the year.In the 2019 annual report of ATP’s private equity subsidiary ATP PEP, the investment in VIA Equity Fund III is shown as being worth DKK499m at the end of that year.PFA’s 2019 list of unlisted shareholdings shows it had a DKK409m investment in Via Equity Fund III.VIA Equity was launched at the beginning of 2006 as Via Venture Partners, but changed its name in 2016. “However, it is time for a strategic change,” he said.“We want to simplify our organisation and participate in the broader Danish financial ecosystem to a greater extent using the experience we have gathered over the years in future partnerships with other players in Denmark,” said Foged, who took the lead at ATP officially in June, having been interim CEO since November 2018.ATP has agreed to sell its stake in VIA Equity Fund II to the Rothschild & Co private equity and private debt investment arm Five Arrows Managers and Oslo and Stockholm-based private-equity specialist Cubera.Another agreement sees ATP and PFA – Denmark’s largest commercial pension provider – selling their ownership stakes in VIA Equity Fund III to Five Arrows Managers and entities advised by Switzerland-headquartered alternatives firm LGT Capital Partners.The transactions are subject to certain conditions, including approval by the Danish Financial Supervisory Auhtority, and are expected to be completed in the first or second quarter of this year.Following the deals, ATP said it expected to wind up VIA Equity Fund I, which it said had reached the end of its lifetime. ATP and PFA, the two biggest pension funds in Denmark, have announced the sale of all their stakes in private equity funds run by Copenhagen-based VIA Equity – a manager set up with investment capital from ATP back in 2006.Buyers of the funds are Five Arrows Managers, Cubera and funds advised by LGT Capital Partners. The parties involved did not disclose the value of the deals, but figures on the pension funds’ websites suggest around DKK1.3bn (€174m) of assets were involved.ATP, which manages the DKK886bn Danish labour-market supplementary pension fund, said its decision to dispose of the investments made through VIA Equity were part of a broader strategy it had now adopted.ATP chief executive officer Bo Foged said the sales process proved VIA Equity had high international standards and that ATP was proud to have participated in founding a private equity fund that had performed well.last_img read more

Badgers get back on track against Lions

first_imgBEN CLASSON/Herald photoDespite their poor record in the Big Ten, the Wisconsinwomen?s basketball team came through with a big win over Penn State Thursday,blowing out the Lady Lions 72-52 for their 100th winat the Kohl Center.After losing six out of their first seven conference games,the Badgers dominated from the start, running the fast break and capitalizingon several Lady Lion errors. Penn State made mental mistakes and allowed Wisconsinto score on second-chance opportunities.?I thought we were pretty awful from start to finish,? PennState head coach Coquese Washington said. ?I didn?t anticipate that we wouldcome out and play that poorly, but we didn?t really get after it defensivelylike we needed to, and we had some early turnovers. ? Coming out and being ableto get easy buckets in transition gave them a lot of confidence and reallyopened things up for them.?Wisconsin jumped out to a 20-8 lead in the first half,displaying impressive defense on every possession. After extending their leadto 17 points at halftime, the Badgers went on a roll, continuing to shut downthe Lady Lions for the second half even more effectively than in the first.Wisconsin held Penn State to a mere 26.9 percent from thefield and only 19 points in the first half. The Badgers also out-rebounded PennState by 10 and shot 43 percent from the field and an impressive 38.5 percentfrom behind the three-point arch.?It came off of our defense,? Wisconsin head coach LisaStone said. ?It puts us in a position where we can shoot a pretty highpercentage and make lay-ups. But that came off of some good pressure defense. ?We just put some things together defensively that allowed us to get into thetransition and the fast break.?The Badgers had four scorers in double figures, displayingsome aspects of their strong play and balanced scoring attack from earlier inthe season. The trio of freshman Lin Zastrow and seniors Janese Banks and JoleneAnderson led the team with 16 points.?I?m so proud of the kids,? Stone said. ?They really hung inthere. It?s been a tough go of it, and we?ve stayed resilient. We?ve stayedstrong. I told them to play their butts off, and they did it for me. Everybodycontributed.?Wisconsin also set a school and a Kohl Center record forleast amount of turnovers in a game, amounting to an impressive five turnovers ?including only turning the ball over once in the first half.?I didn?t tell them at halftime that we only had oneturnover,? Stone said. ?I didn?t want to jinx ourselves. ? It was prettyflawless basketball.?Going into the second half, the Badgers continued with theirall-around strong play, not allowing the Lady Lions to make a run and get backin the game. The defensive energy was particularly noticeable despite theBadgers? recent troubles.?We spent this whole week on defense,? Anderson said. ?If wedidn?t come out with defensive intensity, I don?t want to know what tomorrowwould be like. It?s just a matter of playing defense for 40 minutes. I think wedid a pretty good job at that tonight.?Wisconsin continued to expand its lead, and the game culminatedwith Annie Crangle?s three-pointer with only 11 seconds left, which put theBadgers ahead by 30 points ? their biggest margin in the game before winning by27.Even with the victory, the Badgers know they have a longroad ahead. They currently sit in 10th place in the Big Ten and havedug themselves into a deep hole.?Now we just have to focus on Sunday,? Banks said. ?We?llenjoy this for the night, but tomorrow we?ll break the film down and startfocusing on Sunday and come out with the same defensive intensity.?With the win, Wisconsin moves to 2-6 in the Big Ten, and 9-9overall, moving back to an even record after falling to Ohio State last Sunday.On Sunday, the Badgers face the last-placeNorthwestern Wildcats in an attempt to win consecutive games for the first timesince winning five straight in December.last_img read more

Carroll gives talk at Bovard Auditorium

first_imgPhotos by Austin Vogel.Former USC football head coach and current head coach of the reigning Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks Pete Carroll came to the Bovard Auditorium Wednesday evening to discuss his “Win Forever/Always Compete” high-performance mindset and how his personal philosophy could be applied in business and in life.Ferrell and Carroll · Former USC head football coach and current head coach of the Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks Pete Carroll exchanges a high-five with actor Will Ferrell. – Austin Vogel | Daily TrojanThe discussion was hosted by the Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at the Marshall School of Business and moderated by the center’s  co-director and adjunct professor David Belasco. Carroll’s appearance comes roughly two weeks after his daughter, Jaime Davern, and Seahawks team psychologist Michael Gervais led a classroom of USC MBA students in a daylong seminar about Carroll’s secrets to success.Carroll, who won two national championships in his time at USC, started by speaking about his earlier experiences as a coach in the NFL, particularly in regard to his time as a head coach of the New York Jets and the New England Patriots. Carroll recalled a time when he was in the office of former Jets general manager Dick Steinberg. Jets owner Leon Hess was in the office, and Carroll had just come off a 6-10 season.“I walk into Dick Steinberg’s office … and I sit down, shake hands, and [Hess says], ‘Pete, a man in your position in the business world would resign. But I know you’re not going to do that … so you’re fired,’” Carroll said. “I said, ‘This is the most amazing that’s ever happened to me … I’m going to Disney World!’”That type of optimism was the underlying message of the event, where Carroll preached about the importance of bouncing back from adversity and maintaining a positive attitude in the face of enormous pressure.Carroll also analogized the Seahawks’ Super Bowl victory to USC’s 2004 national title win over the Oklahoma Sooners: Both Carroll teams arrived to their respective title games with a surreal amount of composure. Carroll chalked up his success in both games to ample preparation and an intense focus on the matter at hand.Students walked away with quotable anecdotes and inspirational aphorisms. George Andrews, a junior majoring in chemistry and accounting, was particularly inspired by Carroll’s message of giving one’s best effort, regardless of circumstances.“My biggest [takeaway was] one word: grit,” Andrews said. “One of the examples he used was if you have a job to do, you’re going to be paid $2 but give it a  $3 effort- — you’re going to go above and beyond whatever your call to duty is.”Things took a turn for the unexpected when Carroll was explaining the story of a particular Trojan receiver. As Carroll recounted the story of a certain receiver’s lack of athleticism in an attempt to catch a Matt Leinart pass during one of the Trojans’ practices, Anchorman star Will Ferrell identified himself in the story and made a surprise appearance at Bovard Auditorium to re-enact, and defend, his poor pass-catching skills. The entrance of Ferrell drew raucous applause from the capacity crowd at Bovard.Current USC football head coach Steve Sarkisian also made an appearance. Carroll praised his former quarterbacks coach for his “mental agility” and revealed that Sarkisian had received his full endorsement prior to his departure.“I tried to get the administration to guarantee [Sarkisian] would be the next coach if I was leaving,” Carroll said.Carroll closed his presentation with words of encouragement for the students. Laura Coholan, a senior majoring in political science, was particularly struck by Carroll’s delivery.“At the last minute, he gave an inspirational talk to everyone,” Coholan said. “You really felt like he was talking to you as though he was talking to a player on his team.”In a press conference that immediately followed the event, Carroll took time to address the issue of the NCAA sanctions that affected USC. Carroll was outspoken in his criticism of the NCAA sanctions.“We made some mistakes along the way, but I never felt like [the sanctions were] dealt with properly,” Carroll said. “I felt like it was dealt with very poorly, very rashly and done way too much with emotions instead of facts. Unfortunately, the kids who played in the program after the fact were the ones who got held down.”When asked if he would have done anything differently, Carroll expressed regret at the lack of knowledge of the NCAA’s intentions, saying he would have been open to fixing issues in the program if the NCAA had intended such.“We just didn’t know what was going on. Had we known, I think we would have fixed it and did the right thing,” Carroll said. “I sat in the meetings, I heard the people talk, I listened to them talk about our program. They didn’t understand a thing about what we were about. They never wanted to hear it.”In addition to the NCAA’s unwillingness to take a rehabilitative approach to programs facing scrutiny, Carroll was critical of the NCAA’s punitive approach, saying that the NCAA’s investigation was philosophically flawed and wrongly focused on punishing entire programs for the actions of a handful of individuals.“The philosophical approach from the NCAA is about punishing a school,” Carroll said. “It’s people who cause these problems, it’s people who have nothing to do with the university and the direction and the focus [of the NCAA] is that, ‘well we can’t do anything about that, so let’s just punish the school.’”Carroll’s departure from USC was marked with allegations that he took his current post as head coach of the Seattle Seahawks in an effort to avoid facing NCAA sanctions. But Carroll’s return to Bovard Auditorium suggested a different tone: The audience’s chants of “We love Pete,” the arrival of comedian Will Ferrell and USC’s “Fanfare” played by the Trojan Marching Band ensured that Carroll will be a lifelong Trojan.last_img read more

Cycling becomes more and more popular: Sarajevo got a covered Bike Parking Lot

first_img[wzslider autoplay=”true”]Within the project of construction of modern covered bike parking lots across Bosnia and Herzegovina, initiated by the Association Giro di Sarajevo and the company Lactalis BH, the fifth and the last bike parking lot was mounted yesterday in Sarajevo, in the yard of the Faculty of Sports and Physical education. Therefore, the project was successfully finalized.The covered parking lot with the capacity of ten bikes is intended for all cyclists recreationists, primarily students and professors at this faculty, who will have the opportunity to ride bikes more often and engage in one of the recommended healthy habits.“A very dynamic tempo of life and lack of movement represent an increasing burden for humans. Precisely this institution should develop citizens’ awareness of healthy lifestyle by promoting cycling. One facility like this is always welcome because it enables disposal of bicycles on a safe place,” said Dr. Eldin Jelesković from the Faculty of Sports and Physical Education in Sarajevo.The project of construction of modern covered bike parking lots was launched in September, when the safest bike parking lots were mounted in Banja Luka, Mostar, Tuzla and Bihać.“We significantly improved the original solution of the covered bike parking lot for the needs of this project and got one truly exemplary technical solution that can serve as a model for further development of bicycle parking capacities in BiH cities. According to news from Banja Luka, Mostar, Tuzla and Bihać, cyclists often leave their bikes at the recently mounted bike parking lots and I am sure they will additionally encourage citizens to ride bikes more often,” said Damir Margeta, advisor for infrastructure in the Association Giro di Sarajevo and author of the conceptual design.In the past period, with the aim of promoting the parking lots the members of Giro di Sarajevo rode bikes on demanding routes from Sarajevo to Banja Luka, Mostar, Tuzla and Bihać, at the same time promoting the natural beauties of BiH. At yesterday’s promotion they presented the best city routes that recreationists can use in winter period, and gave some useful advice for riding bikes during colder periods.“We are very proud, all of us in Giro di Sarajevo, of the project that we implemented with the company Lactalis BH. We will strive to bring these parking lots in as many cities as possible in the future and raise the traffic culture to a higher, European level,” said Nisad Selimović, president of the Association Giro di Sarajevo.(Source: read more