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BLOG: We Stand with U.S. House Members Looking to Ban Discrimination


first_imgBLOG: We Stand with U.S. House Members Looking to Ban Discrimination Equality,  National Issues,  Non-discrimination,  The Blog The U.S. House passed a proposal Wednesday night to protect federal workers from being fired on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. Sponsored by Rep. Sean Maloney (D-N.Y.), the measure was approved 223-195.In April, Governor Tom Wolf signed non-discrimination executive orders in an effort to explicitly and decisively end discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity or expression in the executive branch of our state government.“Pennsylvania is open for business no matter who you are or whom you love.” — Governor WolfBut while these executive orders apply to commonwealth employees and employees of organizations with contracts or grants from the commonwealth, we still need to ensure the commonwealth extends protections statewide. Governor Wolf is committed to working with the legislature to pass a statewide non-discrimination bill that protects all Pennsylvanians, and encourages federal legislators to continue enacting measures to protect fundamental human rights. Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf By: The Office of Governor Tom Wolfcenter_img May 26, 2016 SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more


Aberdeen Standard strikes agreements on UK small cap, China ventures


first_imgCredit: Zhang KaiyvShanghai, ChinaSeparately, ASI’s parent company Standard Life Aberdeen has opened a pensions business in China.Heng An Standard Life (HASL), a joint venture between Standard Life Aberdeen and Tianjin TEDA International established in 2003, this month became the first joint venture business to be granted permission to set up a pensions insurance company in China.HASL said it had been targeting pension product distribution in China “for a number of years” as the country represented “a significant opportunity for both insurers and investment managers”.More than 250m people were expected to be aged over 60 by 2020, HASL said, with fewer working-age people to support them. “As a result, the Chinese long-term savings system is expected to shift from predominantly state pension provision to a focus on occupational and individual savings,” the company said.Keith Skeoch, chief executive of Standard Life Aberdeen, said: “As the pensions market in China looks set to go through fundamental reform to meet the challenges of an ageing population, Heng An Standard Life is exceptionally well positioned to support pension savers in this important market.”Skeoch became sole CEO earlier this month after Martin Gilbert, co-founder of Aberdeen Asset Management, moved to become vice-chairman of Standard Life Aberdeen and chairman of ASI. Aberdeen Standard’s headquarters in EdinburghIf approved, ASI would join other major shareholders including the Royal County of Berkshire Pension Fund, Majedie Asset Management and private equity firm Livingbridge, all of which had equity stakes of more than 5% as of 31 December 2018.The Berkshire fund – part of the UK’s Local Government Pension Scheme – bought a 20% stake in Gresham House in 2017 and provided the cornerstone investment for the firm’s British Strategic Investment Fund, targeting illiquid alternative investments.At the end of 2018, Berkshire’s stake amounted to 17.8% of Gresham House shares.Further readingGresham House: Network effects Gresham House CEO Tony Dalwood is fundraising for a UK housing and infrastructure fund, and has the LGPS in his sightsStandard Life Aberdeen enters China’s pension market Aberdeen Standard Investments (ASI) has agreed to launch a joint venture with UK-based specialist manager Gresham House, including backing a new fund targeting UK smaller companies.The strategy is designed to exploit what the two groups said was a “substantial investment opportunity” created by regulation such as MiFID II. A number of investors and research bodies have said the separation of investment research costs from trading fees has led to a decline in coverage of smaller listed companies.Peter McKellar, global head of private markets at ASI, said: “The structural changes, liquidity issues and declining research coverage among smaller companies provides a long-term opportunity to generate significant investment returns for our clients.“The establishment of this joint venture is in reaction to client demand for exposure to the increasing opportunities in strategic public equity. We identified Gresham House as a compelling joint venture partner based on a belief that working with a team with their experience, depth of resource and strong track record can deliver a compelling investment opportunity for clients.”center_img ASI has also agreed to pay roughly £6.5m (€7.6m) for a 5% equity stake in Gresham House on top of the creation of the joint venture, subject to shareholder approval.last_img read more


MBB : Exact science: Famous Princeton offense evolves, lives on through coaches like Thompson


first_img Published on February 23, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Chris: cjiseman@syr.edu | @chris_iseman Comments Steve Goodrich still remembers the running joke his head coach at Princeton always told.Pete Carril never meant it seriously, but it still told the story of the offense that eventually became synonymous with his coaching career.‘He always joked that if he had better athletes, he’d press and run fastbreaks,’ said Goodrich, who played at Princeton from 1994-98. ‘It was always tongue-in-cheek kind of stuff.’But Carril never worried about pressing or running fastbreaks. Instead his only concern was making sure his players executed clean passes and good backdoor cuts. In the Princeton offense, that’s all that matters.Carril created a style of offense, the ‘Princeton offense,’ that has been implemented throughout college basketball as his former assistants and players took what they learned and added their own style as head coaches. One of those former assistants, John Thompson III, took it to Georgetown and uses the offense with nearly as much success as Carril did.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWhen Syracuse travels to Washington, D.C., on Saturday, it’ll be facing a fast-paced offense of passes around the perimeter and cuts to the inside.Carril taught Thompson the vaunted Princeton offense while Thompson played at Princeton from 1984-88 and was on staff as an assistant during the 1995-96 season. Now Thompson teaches it to the Hoyas.‘I think each year, you look at the personnel that you have,’ Thompson said. ‘It’s coming up with a way to play that gives that group a chance to win.’Back when Goodrich ran the Princeton offense, the only statistic that ever mattered was the number of assists he made in a game.It told him how he did in running Carril’s offense. In the Princeton offense, it’s never about one player notching the most points or the most rebounds. Instead it’s how one player helped his teammates get opportunities to score.‘The guys who come to play there have to subjugate their desire to show what they can do individually and say, ‘The best thing I can do is help my teammate get a good shot,” Goodrich said. ‘It takes a different kind of kid who can say, ‘The best thing I can do is help my teammate get a basket.”In 1996, that’s what Goodrich did. He was that kind of kid in one of the most infamous Princeton offense plays when the Tigers played UCLA in the NCAA Tournament.With the score tied with 21 seconds left in the game, Carril called one of his signature plays: the ‘center-forward.’ Goodrich took the ball to the top of the key while forward Gabe Lewullis drove the basket. Goodrich gave him a look but didn’t pass, and Lewullis retreated to the outside. The defense thought it was a busted play.But Lewullis quickly cut back to the inside, took a bounce pass from Goodrich and made the layup.Goodrich and Lewullis caught the Bruins’ defense off guard, and Princeton upset the favorite 43-41.‘It was kind of like a counter to a counter,’ Goodrich said. ‘It was incredibly gratifying to pull that out. … We kind of made them not play their best.’Goodrich said Thompson’s pedigree as a player and assistant under Carril is what has allowed him to have so much success at Georgetown. He understands the intricacies, can read defenses as well as Carril and comes up with counterplays.‘He’s an awesome coach,’ Goodrich said. ‘He’s got the technical expertise, but he’s also preparing his kids to compete against the best guys in the country. And he does that really well.’Running the Princeton offense doesn’t mean the coaches who swear by it change their recruiting styles. For Northwestern head coach Bill Carmody, it’s all about looking for the same type of player: athletic, skillful, a strong desire to win.Carmody, another former assistant under Carril, looks for good basketball players and teaches them the way they’re going to play.‘I look for the same thing everyone else does,’ Carmody said. ‘It’s a misconception that it’s hard to learn and pick up. … If you’re going to be good, everyone has to be fairly versatile. I don’t know if that means selfish or unselfish or anything like that.’Basically, if a kid can play basketball, then he can learn the Princeton offense, Carmody said.Arguably one of the best at the Princeton offense was former Tiger and current Oregon State head coach Craig Robinson. An inner-city kid from the south side of Chicago, Robinson never experienced a formal offense until he got to college.‘I was used to playing more up-tempo, more free and easy. Less of a system, less of a program,’ Robinson said. ‘It was different for me. It didn’t take long playing for Coach Carril and playing at Princeton and winning so many games that you started to understand spacing and passing and cutting. The ability to do skillful things.’With Princeton beating more talented teams, it didn’t take long for Robinson to believe. Carril’s offensive system was the reason behind the success. It was enough to convince Robinson to continue to implement it in his own head coaching career.Robinson said Thompson, specifically, has so much success with the Princeton offense because of the players he can bring into Georgetown. They’re all great athletes and natural basketball players. And from what Robinson sees when he watches the Hoyas play, that gives Thompson the ability to allow his players to almost run their own variation of the system.‘It seems like his guys have a lot more freedom to do things on their own,’ Robinson said. ‘Which I think is really good.’Georgetown’s system is a result of Thompson’s days learning from Carril. And along with Thompson is his assistant coach, Mike Brennan.A former Tigers player, Brennan is in his second season on Thompson’s staff. He knows the Princeton offense inside and out. Thompson trusts him and lets him impart his knowledge of the game onto the players, whether or not that knowledge centers on the Princeton offense.‘It’s one thing to sit up in the office and have all these great thoughts and ideas,’ Thompson said. ‘To be able to get that on the court and have the kids understand them is one of Mike’s strengths.’Together, Thompson and Brennan continue what Carril started all those years ago. They might be running the offense with better Big East-quality players, but it all comes back to the same ideas.Passes. Cuts. And all-around athleticism.Goodrich orchestrated one of the most famous plays in the Princeton offense’s history, but he respects the evolution of the offense taking place at Georgetown.‘It’s a great combination because he understands the history and the tradition of Georgetown obviously very well,’ Goodrich said. ‘And then he’s been able to bring his style of basketball to kids that are better than the ones he coached at Princeton.’cjiseman@syr.educenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more