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Governor Wolf: Amazon Expansion to Bring 800 Jobs to Allegheny County

first_img July 30, 2019 Governor Wolf: Amazon Expansion to Bring 800 Jobs to Allegheny County Infrastructure,  Jobs That Pay,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf announced today that Amazon will expand its presence in Pennsylvania and create more than 800 full-time jobs in Allegheny County.“It’s a great win any time a business comes in and pledges to create 800 new jobs,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “This is a significant investment for Pennsylvania and I applaud Amazon for selecting our commonwealth as the location for this facility.”Amazon will open a non-sortable fulfillment center in Findlay Township. The company will move into a new 1,000,000-square-foot distribution facility which will be constructed by the Hillwood Group and Chapman Properties. Amazon has committed to investing more than $30 million into the project, which is expected to create 800 new, full-time jobs offering a starting wage of $15 per hour.“Pennsylvania is a great state for business and Amazon is excited to continue its growth and investment with our newest fulfillment center in Allegheny County,” said Alicia Boler Davis, vice president of global customer fulfillment, Amazon. “For nearly a decade, the Keystone state has been key to Amazon’s ability to serve our incredible customers and provide great selection and super-fast shipping speeds across the Northeast and Midwest regions of the U.S. We are excited to create more than 800 new full-time jobs, in addition to the 10,000 current employees across the state, who receive industry-leading pay of $15 and up and comprehensive benefits starting on day one.”Amazon received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development for $1.6 million in Job Creation Tax Credits to be distributed after the creation of new jobs. The project was coordinated by the Governor’s Action Team, an experienced group of economic development professionals who report directly to the governor and work with businesses that are considering locating or expanding in Pennsylvania, with additional coordination through the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance and Allegheny County.“We appreciate the ongoing partnership with Amazon that was begun years ago. Their continued expansion in this region is more evidence that the ecodistrict of logistics, warehousing, and manufacturing in the airport corridor is starting to gain momentum,” said Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald. “Amazon’s decision also reflects their continued confidence in this county’s, this region’s, and this state’s economy. The county, Port Authority, and Airport Authority are proud to continue working with so many partners to show that this region is a good place to do business. This is great news for our region.”“Today’s announcement underscores that Amazon has never taken its eyes off Pittsburgh. A new, from-the-ground-up fulfillment center will increase the count of several local Amazon facilities that are providing thousands of well-paying jobs in the region,” said Pittsburgh Regional Alliance (PRA) President Mark A. Thomas. “The PRA was happy to bring together a number of partners to showcase the Pittsburgh assets that support the company’s expansion plans. These include proven strength in distribution and logistics, pad-ready parcels with nearby interstate and highway access and a workforce pipeline that meets the hiring demands of enterprises, like Amazon, on the leading edge of innovation.”Amazon currently employs nearly 10,000 full-time employees across Pennsylvania. Its main investments in the state include 14 fulfillment and sortation centers, and one tech hub. Since 2010, Amazon has invested more than $8.5 billion in the state, including customer fulfillment and cloud infrastructure, research facilities and compensation to its employees.For more information about the Governor’s Action Team or DCED, visit dced.pa.gov.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

WTW issues strong warning on Diversified Growth Funds

first_imgWillis Towers Watson has strongly criticised the value of many Diversified Growth Funds (DGFs), a staple investment for many UK pension schemes and now “a huge market”, saying many managers displayed “low skill” and “destroyed alpha”.The comments were made in a report urging investors to consider alternatives to DGFs.Sara Rejal, senior investment consultant at Willis Towers Watson, said DGFs had grown from “an improved one-stop-shop solution over traditional balanced portfolios to what is now a huge market.”Asset managers in this market “are just capitalising on the popularity of this strategy by growing assets under management and launching more similar products”, she added. The consultancy set out to analyse whether DGFs delivered on what they promised, and made some strong conclusions.It said many DGFs provided benefits and that investors had experienced “a good ride” with the funds since 2008, but it also made some strong criticisms.“Not only have the managers of most (not all) funds exhibited low skill in tactical asset allocation, many have also destroyed value in their attempts to deliver alpha through idiosyncratic trading,” said WTW.“In a world of more moderate returns, which we expect for the medium term, we fear many DGF managers will be shown to have limited skill.”Other “limitations”, according to the consultancy, include that many DGFs have “high fees and significant expenses, making them poor value and even less likely to give investors good returns”.WTW recommended investors consider alternatives to the traditional DGF model, such as a focus on strategic asset allocation with index-tracking implementation, “high-quality alternative smart betas” or “genuinely differentiated and diverse manager skill across the spectrum of alternative asset classes”.It said these options were particularly suited for investors with investment or implementation constraints, as is the case for UK defined contribution schemes.DGFs evolved from traditional so-called balanced equity/bond funds and met with strong demand, particularly in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, according to WTW.Assets under management in multi-asset funds grew sixfold in the 10 years up to 2015, according to figures cited from a Henderson 2015 global investors report.“In the UK, at least,” the WTW report says, “we have observed a growing demand coming predominantly from DC pension schemes, which are relatively more constrained in terms of the level of illiquidity and charges they can accept.”In September, a report from research firm Spence Johnson predicted the DGF market would grow by 75% by 2019, as UK defined contribution schemes grew and allocated more to the products. See IPE magazine’s December issue for a special report on DGFslast_img read more

Investors ‘have been hijacked’ over ESG integration: Danske Bank, Invesco

first_imgThey encouraged “a sincere search for authenticity in ESG integration”. Source: Danske BankDanske Bank’s group headquarters in CopenhagenMany approaches to ESG integration were potentially not very helpful to asset managers or asset owners, the paper said.A nascent culture of naming and shaming asset managers was counterproductive, the authors argued, leading to “meaningless” disclosure, such as about the number of engagements a manager had carried out.“It is forcing them to give too much consideration to themselves and how they will be scored,” the asset managers said. “Fund managers’ priority should always be to meet the needs of clients.” Asset managers, asset owners and academics have lost control of the responsible investment agenda, with the investment industry having been “hijacked” by an excess of questionnaires, initiatives, and frameworks, it has been suggested. Investment professionals from Danske Bank and Invesco Asset Management argued in a newly published paper that the widespread and varied use of the term ‘ESG integration’ was making it increasingly difficult to know what that term really meant.The only people who could deliver a genuine answer, they wrote, were the asset managers tasked with buying and selling securities. Incorporating environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) matters into an investment process should always be about investing, they said.“When ‘ESG integration’ is disconnected from the investment process – when it is hijacked by screening, scoring, overlaying, filtering or any other form of framework or tool – something vital is lost in translation,” the authors said.center_img Bonnie Saynay, global head of responsible investment, Invesco Asset Management“With these assessments conducted in isolation and without knowledge about investments, the situation also calls for asset managers to take charge of their agenda and to be clear in their definition of responsible and sustainable investment and their interpretation of ESG integration.”The investment industry had the power to effect enormous change through ESG integration, but it needed to be supported by meaningful information and data, and required engagement in the form of active ownership and investment stewardship.“It also means the establishment of standardised, core, non-financial ESG ratios that relate to long-term systematic risk,” the authors continued. “If asset managers, asset owners and academia could collaborate to develop such metrics, thereby firmly cementing the significance of sustainability alongside financial factors, it would go a long way towards them reclaiming control of the responsible investing agenda.”The paper was written by Ulrika Hasselgren, head of sustainability and impact at Danske Bank, Bonnie Saynay, global head of responsible investment at Invesco, and Henning Stein, global head of thought leadership at Invesco and fellow at University of Cambridge Judge Business School.The paper can be found here.last_img read more

People moves: Germany’s MEAG names new CEO, MD of €9bn Swiss fund to step down

first_imgMEAG – Andree Moschner will take over as CEO of Munich Re’s and ERGO’s asset manager from the beginning of November, replacing Philipp Waldstein Wartenberg , who the €254bn investment firm said was leaving to pursue other opportunities. He will stay until the end of the year to assist with the handover of responsibilities. Nicholas Gartside, CIO of Munich Re and board member responsible for MEAG, said Moschner was well placed to guide the asset manager through financial markets that “have rarely been as unpredictable and volatile as they are today”.He added: “On behalf of Munich Re Group, I would like to thank Philipp Waldstein Wartenberg for his leadership and strong contributions to developing the portfolio management capabilities, in particular the illiquid asset and credit competences of MEAG, over the past seven years.”Moschner joined MEAG’s management in 2016 from Allianz Deutschland, where he was a member of the boad of management with responsibility for the banking, sales and IT divisions.Trium Capital – The London-based alternatives manager has hired Patrick Mang for the newly created role of chief operating officer. Mang joins from HSBC , where he was most recently head of innovation for global markets. His appointment comes after Trium bought quantitative investment group Sabre Fund Management in September , incorporating two of its hedge funds into the multi-boutique structure. Ashburton Investments – Sizwe Nxedlana is the new CEO of the asset management arm of FirstRand Group. He replaces Boshoff Grobler , who last month moved to a new role in FirstRand Group Treasury.Nxedlana has been with FirstRand Group for more than 10 years, previously as First National Bank’s chief economist and most recently as CEO of FNB’s wealth and investment activities, a position he will keep. Helaba Invest – The €132bn German asset manager has promoted Olaf Tecklenburg to the position of chief representative in connection with upcoming changes on the management board. Tecklenburg is due to succeed Hans-Ulrich Templin, who is due to take over as CEO from  Uwe Trautmann when the latter retires at the end of August next year. Tecklenburg joined Helaba Invest in 2001 and has been head of liquid securities portfolio management since 2018. Amundi –  Monica Defend has been promoted to global head of research, taking over from Philippe Ithurbide , who has become senior economic adviser to the asset manager’s general management. Defend was previously deputy head of group research and member of the global investment committee of Amundi since 2017. Morgan Stanley Investment Management (MSIM) – Candida de Silva , BlackRock ’s former head of UK charities and endowments, has joined MSIM as a senior portfolio specialist. Before joining BlackRock she was executive director at Goldman Sachs Asset Management. MSIM has also hired Helena Miles as a generalist research analyst from Capital Group . Man GLG – The discretionary investment management arm of listed asset manager Man Group has hired Paul Chambers as head of quantitative investment and research, a newly-created role. Man GLG has increased its use of alternative data and advanced analytics over recent years. Chambers joins Man GLG from Balyasny , where he was a quantitative equity portfolio manager over the past 18 months. He worked at Man Group for nine years before that, most latterly as partner and head of equities at Man AHL, where he was responsible for systematic strategies trading equity index futures, cash equities and ETFs. Osmosis Investment Management – Fredrik Werneman has been hired as head of European distribution for the $1.5bn (€1.4bn) sustainable investment specialist. The company said he has held senior distribution roles at asset managers including the former Barclays Global Investors, Legal and General Investment Management, and Insight Investment. Legal & General Investment Management (LGIM) – Helena Morrissey is leaving the UK’s largest asset manager, which she joined in 2017 to lead its personal investing business. LGIM said she was leaving after “having built strong foundations” for the growth of the business.Morrissey, who was previously chair of the UK’s asset management trade body, said: “I’ve really enjoyed my time at LGIM, but I see a changing Britain and have a lot of ideas and other things that I want to achieve. I am looking forward to the next phase of my career at a time of great change and opportunity.”LGIM said its personal investing business efforts would be lead by Honor Solomon, head of retail for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, working closely with Emma Douglas, the €1.1trn asset manager’s head of defined contribution.A high-profile investment industry figure, Morrissey joined LGIM from Newton, where she had been chief executive for 15 years. She is the founder of the 30% Club, an initiative to campaign for more women on company boards, and chairs the Diversity Project, which was launched to encourage a more inclusive culture in the investment and saving industry.According to UK media reports, Morrissey was last month interviewed to succeed Mark Carney as governor of the Bank of England. Aargauische Pensionskasse, arithmetica, MEAG, Trium Capital, Ashburton Investments, Helaba Invest, Amundi, MSIM, Man GLG, Osmosis Investment Management, Legal & General Investment Management Aargauische Pensionskasse (APK) – Susanne Jäger-Rey , the managing director of APK, the CHF10.6bn (€9.4bn) pension fund for the Swiss canton of Aargau, will step down at the end of August 2020 after 20 years of service. She said the advance notice was intended to facilitate a smooth transition.  arithmetica – Christoph Krischanitz , head of the Austrian actuarial consultancy, has left the firm, saying that after 17 years it was time for a change. Alexander Pichler has taken over his role.last_img read more

Calls to unite primary health care and mental health care in Dominica.

first_img Share Share Tweet Share Sharing is caring!center_img 30 Views   no discussions HealthLifestyleLocalNews Calls to unite primary health care and mental health care in Dominica. by: – July 6, 2011 Chief Psychiatrist Dr. Griffin Benjamin. Photo credit: GIS NewsChief Physiatrist Dr Griffin Benjamin says an ongoing workshop on mental health in Dominica is calling for primary health care and mental health care to be integrated.Benjamin told the opening ceremony this week that collaboration betwen the two entities will allow a better understanding of both fields.“We are happy to be doing this because it’s not just an initiative of the Ministry of Health,” he said.According to Benjamin, the workshop will also seek to bring into focus, the much talked about national health policy in Dominica.Meantime Director of Primary Health Care Services in Dominica Dr. Martin Christmas said mental health and primary health care both form the entry point of contact between patients and health care providers.“We are under the watchful eyes of PAHO who has been assisting us with this very important venture, hence we need to take heed,” he added.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Alexandre Pato ‘so happy’ after arriving in London to finalise Chelsea loan move

first_img Press Association Alexandre Pato says he is “so happy” to be joining Chelsea after the Brazilian forward arrived in London ahead of his loan move to the Barclays Premier League club. While Chelsea are yet to comment on Pato’s proposed switch from Corinthians to Stamford Bridge, the former AC Milan forward described Chelsea “as my new home”. Pato’s arrival in the capital coincided with Chelsea announcing that midfielder Ramires had ended his five-and-a-half-year stint with the club after joining Chinese Super League side Jiangsu Suning. center_img Pato, 26, is reported to join Chelsea on loan until the end of the season with a view to a permanent switch. “I am so happy – Chelsea is my new home,” Pato stold Sky Sports News. “Thanks Chelsea for the support and thanks for my fans and my Instagram, Twitter and Facebook followers. “I need to play. I don’t know what to say because I am so happy. I am very anxious. I want to know my new friends, the new players, and the team. I really want to play for Chelsea.” Pato, who has been capped 27 times for Brazil, but has not played since November, is reported to undergo a medical at Stamford Bridge later on Wednesday. The Brazilian will not line up alongside countryman Ramires in west London, with the midfielder heading to China after agreeing to join Jiangsu Suning. Ramires made 251 appearances for Chelsea after arriving from Benfica in 2010 and scored in the second leg of their Champions League semi-final in Barcelona in 2012. While Ramires was suspended for the final, the Blues subsequently went on to beat Bayern Munich to win the tournament for the first time. The 28-year-old will link up with former Chelsea defender Dan Petrescu in China. Petrescu, who played over 200 times for the Stamford Bridge club, is the manager of Jiangsu Suning and last year guided them to victory in the Chinese FA Cup. last_img read more

William Troost-Ekong: The Other Half of Eagles’ Oyibo Wall

first_imgSam DeanFor William Troost-Ekong, the road to Wembley began only 30 miles away from the national stadium, at a private boarding school in the Hertfordshire town of Bishop’s Stortford. Since then, it has taken him all the way from London to Holland, Norway to Belgium and Nigeria to Turkey, and seen him represent seven different clubs and two different countries, all before the age of 25. “It’s a long way round,” he says with a smile. “The longest way round.”The journey comes full circle this weekend, when Troost-Ekong pulls on Nigerian green and trots onto the Wembley pitch to face England in a pre-World Cup friendly. It will feel like a homecoming, and it will provide a reunion with Harry Kane, the striker who once helped Troost-Ekong fill out his registration forms when he was a fresh-faced scholar at Tottenham Hotspur. “He was one of the first guys that sat me down and helped me,” Troost-Ekong remembers. “It’s amazing to see how well he has done.” Troost-Ekong and Kane have trod markedly different paths since those teenage days, only five years ago, when they shared a training pitch in north London. While Kane is the local lad who became the nation’s striking sensation, Troost-Ekong is the rugged centre-back who was born in Holland, raised in England and now praised in Nigeria as a leader of a side who could spring a surprise at this summer’s World Cup.Troost-Ekong, who earlier this year became the third African player to commit one per cent of his salary to charity as part of Juan Mata’s Common Goal project, will be one of the more intriguing characters at the tournament. Born to a Nigerian father and Dutch mother, he grew up near Amsterdam but speaks, as a result of his schooling, with a discernible north London twang. He is at once Nigerian and Dutch, but is also at home in England, where his fiancée is expecting their first child.This heritage has inevitably presented its own challenges, but it has also shaped his personality. “When I am in Holland they see me almost as a foreigner because I am not a typical Dutch guy,” he says. “And when I go to Nigeria they see me as a foreigner as well, so there has never really been somewhere where I can say: ‘OK, this is me.’ I have always had a bit of that, but it has become part of me.”Troost-Ekong played for Holland at junior levels but made his debut for the Nigerian senior team in 2015 after an impressive season on loan at Dutch side FC Dordrecht.“There were a lot of doubts over me because I did not play for a big team in Holland before my first call-up,” he says. “Then, on top of that, being ‘Oyibo’, or half-white, you have to prove yourself even more.”A bronze medal at the 2016 Olympic games was a highlight, but he was stung by criticism from his former manager, Sunday Oliseh, who once accused the defender of being incapable of coping with the physical rigours of African football.“My partner at centre-back (new Brighton signing Leon Balogun) is half-German, half-Nigerian, so he is the same as me,” Troost-Ekong says. “After a game, he (Oliseh) said we were too soft to play against African players. That upset me, because one of my traits as a player is that I am someone who does not back away from anyone. I am not the most skilful, but I know what I am good at.“I think that’s part of being from different countries, different cultures. It’s not nice when people try to use that against you. I identify myself as being Nigerian as well, and I feel at home in the team. Not once have I ever looked around and thought ‘this is not for me’. But it spurred me on. I have played against African strikers since then and no one has bullied me. I have proven my point.”He has certainly done that under current manager Gernot Rohr, to the extent that he and Balogun have been affectionately nicknamed the ‘Oyibo Wall’ in Nigeria. Troost-Ekong captained his country for the first time earlier this year, and is a key part of a solid side which he says can be “lethal” in attack.In Russia, their opponents in the group stage will be Croatia, Iceland and, for the third World Cup in a row, Argentina. “Croatia and Argentina are probably the favourites,” Troost-Ekong says, but with familiar faces such as Victor Moses, Alex Iwobi and usual captain John Obi Mikel, Rohr’s side have a threatening combination of power, flair and experience.Both Moses and Iwobi could have played for England, but like Troost-Ekong chose to represent Nigeria instead. “You have to go where you are loved, where you are appreciated,” he says. “It is more appealing for younger players. It is opening doors for foreign-born Nigerians, and I think there are going to be more to follow. Nigeria is a giant of African football.”Troost-Ekong is now hoping that the World Cup will provide a platform to impress Premier League clubs. He is happy in Turkey, at Bursaspor, but has unfinished business in England after playing for the junior teams of Fulham and then Tottenham.He credits his time at Tottenham, and particular the tutelage of academy chief John McDermott, as being crucial to his development, but left the club for Dutch side FC Groningen in 2013 following the appointment of Tim Sherwood as manager. “Me and Tim did not have the best rapport,” he says. “He did not really believe in me as a player.”He may have taken the long road back, and may only be here for a few days, but Troost-Ekong is beginning to make a habit of converting those doubters into believers. “I’ve taken a different route,” he says. “But if I can get to the Premier League, I will feel like I have achieved a lot.” -Culled from UK’s TelegraphShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

WLAX : SU enters Big East playoffs in need of automatic NCAA bid

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Another year, another Big East tournament for Syracuse. Though reaching this one wasn’t so easy.Throughout the course of the regular season, this year’s Syracuse team struggled through a three-game losing streak. Lost four of its first five road games. Played six straight games on the road. Now, the Orange has won five straight games.SU head coach Gary Gait has preached all year about how this was a young team needing to find cohesion in a limited amount of time.‘We have a ways to go ourselves, you know?’ Gait said. ‘This has been a tough, growing year for us. And we’re hoping that our schedule, certainly the toughest in the country, is going to pay off in the Big East run and hopefully further than that.’This season marks Syracuse’s fifth straight conference tournament appearance and its third first-place finish in the past five seasons. In the past four years of the event, Syracuse has reached the title game three times and won twice.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse (10-7, 7-1 Big East) will get a chance to show some maturity on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. when it faces No. 9 Loyola (Md.) (14-2, 6-2) in the semifinals of the Big East tournament in Washington, D.C. Only four teams qualify for the tournament, so the semifinal is also the opening round. The Orange defeated the Greyhounds, 10-9, last weekend in Baltimore and is looking to knock off the familiar foe again.The Big East is one of eight conferences that receives an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. The field will be selected May 8.‘We’re going to see teams that we’ve already seen,’ junior Janelle Stegeland said. ‘And I think they’re going to throw different things at us. They’re not going to have the offenses that they’ve had when we played them in the past.’Georgetown, Syracuse, Loyola and Notre Dame, in that order, make up the four seeds that will compete in the Big East tournament.Georgetown’s sole conference loss this season came on the road against Notre Dame. The only two Big East games Notre Dame lost this season came against Syracuse and Loyola. Syracuse’s only conference loss came to Georgetown.And Syracuse will face a Loyola team in the opening round of the Big East tournament whose only two losses came at the hands of the Orange and the Hoyas.‘I think all four teams are very strong,’ Gait said. ‘But we’ve proven that we can all beat each other.’Syracuse is coming off a regular-season finale led by senior Tee Ladouceur’s career-high eight points and junior Sarah Holden’s hat trick in a 20-6 win at Villanova.When the Orange plays Loyola in the opening round, it will be the second meeting between the teams in seven days.‘I think if you can beat the best during the season, that’s definitely an advantage toward the final four and the NCAA tournament,’ goaltender Liz Hogan said. ‘You’re already strong.’In their last meeting, Syracuse and Loyola were nearly equal in shots taken, with SU holding a 23-22 edge. Syracuse scored five consecutive goals to break a tie and take a 10-5 lead, and then held on after the Greyhounds stormed back to score four goals to close the gap to 10-9.One of the biggest advantages for Syracuse in the Big East tournament will be its experience. With seven seniors, eight juniors and 10 sophomores returning from a team that made the final four a year ago, there won’t be any postseason surprises.But for Syracuse to make another final four run, it will likely need to win the Big East tournament. The Orange has a slim chance to make the NCAA tournament if it doesn’t earn the automatic bid.SU will need to build off its strong finish to the regular season, rather than its tumultuous beginning, if it wants to leave Washington, D.C., a champion.‘We will determine where the direction and the model of this team is as the season progresses,’ Gait said. ‘In the end, hopefully, it’ll all move in the direction we’re hoping, and we’ll be looking at the end of the season fighting for a championship.’zoirvin@syr.edu— Staff writer Allison Guggenheimer contributed reporting to this article. Published on May 2, 2011 at 12:00 pmcenter_img Commentslast_img read more

Albany assistant coach Wolf prepares to fill same role for Israeli national team

first_img Published on February 15, 2014 at 4:31 pm Contact Paul: pmschwed@syr.edu | @pschweds Facebook Twitter Google+ Eric Wolf drove about two hours, from Albany, N.Y. to Cortland, N.Y. in late September, put on his pads, cleats and helmet, and revisited his life as a lacrosse player.He was suiting up for the Israeli lacrosse team, which was playing games in Central New York to build chemistry before international competition. And it created an opportunity that Wolf couldn’t turn down. “Whether as a player or as a staff, I just want to be a part of it,” Wolf said. “Because it means a lot to me and my family.”Wolf is currently an assistant coach at Albany — which will visit the Carrier Dome to play Syracuse on Sunday — and received exciting news right before the season. He was named an assistant coach for the Israeli national team when the roster for the 2014 World Championship was announced in mid-January. The event will be held in Denver, and Wolf is one of five assistants for the team.“I think it’s really going to be priceless,” Wolf said. “I can’t wait to get out there.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAdam Crystal, Wolf’s best friend from childhood and groomsman at his wedding, is a member of the Israeli national team. In September, Crystal told him that the team would be scrimmaging against Syracuse, Siena and the Iroquois Nationals in Cortland. Wolf contacted Scott Neiss, executive director of the Israel Lacrosse Association, the night before the scrimmages and volunteered to play with the team.“On the field we saw a lot of leadership, we saw a lot of good things,” Neiss said. “Right away our coaches identified him as someone that could help us.”Within the next couple weeks, Wolf’s role with team Israel was discussed. With his background as a coach in Division I, the idea that Wolf could be on the staff came into shape as a result of the skills he displayed in Cortland.The Israel Lacrosse Association, which was founded in 2010 by Neiss, will be participating in the World Championship for the first time in their history.As the offensive coordinator for the Great Danes, he leads arguably the best attack in the NCAA. Wolf has proven to have a keen eye for talent, and to possess an ability to dissect defenses. “He’s constantly, constantly thinking the game,” Albany head coach Scott Marr said. “He’s very, very cerebral. He understands the nuances of the game and has an ability to problem solve and move on to the next play or next strategy against a different team or a different defense.”Although the team is representing Israel, the 46-man roster – which will be trimmed to 23 by July – consists of 26 Americans. Two players, Casey Cittadino and Crystal are from Wolf’s hometown, Baldwin, N.Y. Crystal is comforted by having someone he’s known for a while and someone he can trust as his coach. “He knows the game and I don’t think you can question that,” Crystal said. “If he has an idea in his head, you know it’s coming from a good place and from someone who knows what they’re talking about.”Wolf will join an already loaded coaching staff. Head coach Bill Beroza and assistant coach Mark Greenberg are both members of the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame in the United States. Assistant Jeff Goldberg has close to 30 years of coaching experience.Neiss says Wolf’s youthful, energetic vibe makes him a good fit with the team.“He’s younger in age to those guys and probably connects better with a lot of the players and adds an element to our staff,” Neiss said. “It’s another dynamic that we might have been lacking a little bit.”Neiss and Wolf both view Israel lacrosse as a long-term project and see themselves working together for an extended period of time.In order for Israel to gain respect internationally, a program must be cultivated over time. Wolf said that he is hoping to stick with Israel lacrosse not just for a few years, but for the rest of his life. “He’s getting to the point where he’s been around for a long enough time to see how things develop,” Marr said. “Being able to recruit kids and bring them in and see them develop. That certainly, I think, will bring some positives to the program.”Competing in a World Championship is unchartered territory for Israel lacrosse, and Wolf’s excitement is elevated as a result. “I always say I bleed purple and gold, but I’m pretty excited to be bleeding blue and white once we get out there with Team Israel,” Wolf said. “And again, the biggest thing for me is just to represent my people, my culture and my family. “I can’t say how much that means to me.” Commentslast_img read more

The Badger Herald attempts to create the perfect bracket

first_imgMarch is finally here and while most believe this month is about skipping all your classes on the first weekend of the NCAA tournament, it’s really about proving to the world you are smarter than all your friends.That’s why we at The Badger Herald sports department decided to fill out our own brackets, not for the sake of sharing our knowledge, but for the sake of proving once and for all who is the superior sportswriter.Check out some of the staff’s picks below:Nick Brazzoni — Sports editorThere are three simple rules to follow when filling our your bracket each year. They are:Always put an 11-seed in the Sweet 16 (Wichita State)Always put an orange team in the Elite 8 (Texas)Always put Michigan State in the Final Four (Michigan State)This is probably why I never win any of my bracket pools, but this year I have a really good feeling about my picks. Also, Duke losing in the first round is a lock this year. Make sure you do that. They only have five players that can actually play basketball.Eric Goldsobel — Sports content editorDid I grow up 20 minutes from Stony Brook? Yes. Is my dad an alumnus? Yes. Am I biased? No, because Jameel Warney is the next great person to come out of the 631 since LL Cool J, Bob Costas and the Karate Kid himself, Ralph Macchio. There is no team that will put more heart out on the court than the Brook, who’ve had their hearts broken by losing the America East Tournament Championship four out of the five prior years. Are they good enough to beat Michigan State in the Final Four? Probably not, the Seawolves are bound to run out of gas by that point. But expect them to be the next George Mason, VCU-type team. In the end, Kansas will win it all because, well, they’re really good, Perry Ellis is secretly a 30-year old man throwing beat downs on college kids and if you get in Wayne Selden’s way, he’ll do this to you:Zac Hepps — Associate sports editorThe key to my bracket this year was trying to catch big upsets. To diversify your bracket from the chalk spewed all over ESPN, I doubled down on a couple of teams I thought would do poorly. For example, I believe Miami is going to advance no further than the second round. Because I do not believe they are Sweet 16 caliber, I had them losing in the first round to try and steal an upset. It isn’t about Buffalo being a better team, it is about my distrust in the Hurricanes. I would already have them losing in the round of 32, so why not go all in and secure a key 14-3 upset.I also did this with Oregon in the second round and Xavier in the first round. Ben Cross — Men’s hockey writerMy perfect bracket is the way it is due to the massive unpredictability in this year’s tournament. I think the committee did a poor job seeding and, as a result, I put all my chips on the No. 6 seeds and a confusing Elite 8. That being said, the top three No. 1 seeds have been some of the few I have any sort of confidence in this March, and I think this is the Virginia team that finally defeats the pesky Spartans. I’m sure this bracket will turn to shambles given the unfortunate amount of chalk I have in the first round, but I’m hoping my blind confidence will give me Warren Buffet’s solid billion.last_img read more