Return at Denmark’s LD boosted by 11% climate fund performance

first_imgThe fund invests in quoted shares of companies that have a significant part of their business in environmental and climate-orientated products and services.Both equities and bonds contributed positively to the 2016 LD Vælger result, the pension fund said.The global equities fund also produced a high return in 2016, generating 9.4%, it said, up from 7% in 2015.Danish shares, however, lost 2.8% over the year – down from the 37.5% return they generated in 2015.The low-risk LD Short Bonds fund ended last year with a 1.8% return, and LD Mixed Bonds generated 3.9% for 2016 – a result LD described as very good seen in the light of the very low level of interest rates.“There were periods of significant falls in share prices in 2016, and, despite this, the year finished with what is a very good result, seen overall,” LD said.“Developments at a few large Danish companies were decisive for the Danish stock market.”The global equities markets were more severely affected by uncertainty about growth in the world economy, as well as some key political events such as Brexit and the US election, LD said.It added that the bond markets absorbed the first small step in the direction of higher interest rates. An 11.6% return on its climate and environment investment fund gave a boost to the main balance pension product of Denmark’s Lønmodtagernes Dyrtidsfond (LD) last year, according to preliminary financial data published by the pension fund.LD’s balanced unit-link investment option LD Vælger (LD Discretionary Investments) – which holds the assets of around 90% of LD’s members – made a return of 5.3% in 2016, it reported, which is the same as the previous year’s return.The pension fund said LD Vælger had invested for the first time in its LD Environment & Climate fund in May last year, putting DKK750m into the fund and getting a return of more than DKK100m.The climate fund made a 5.3% return in 2015.last_img read more

Would you design your own dream home plot if you could?

first_img Homeowners could save thousands switching to better mortgages now MORE: Cattle station sold for massive $35m via online auction “A larger lot gave us the opportunity to build the perfect home in a community right on the water with everything you need on your doorstep.“There is no other place like Newport – to have access to the canals, the lake and to be able to hop on your boat and be in Moreton Bay within minutes is a huge opportunity.” LATEST QLD REAL ESTATE NEWS Waterfront buyers were able to amalgamate blocks to get their dream home right at Stockland Newport.Land buyers in a development in Brisbane’s north have been able to design their own block of land on which to build their dream home.Buyers in Stockland’s Newport project on Brisbane’s Redcliffe Peninsula were able to choose the size of their block under the developer’s new ‘Design Your Lot’ program. Prices are based on the number of square metres acquired.center_img Auction set for epic Gold Coast mansion once listed for $45m Stockland Newport under development in Brisbane’s north.With more than 3,500 sqm of the development facing a 22-hectare lake, buyers had the option of a private mooring and could tweak the size of their water frontage.Stockland senior development manager Blair Britton said Newport’s ‘Design Your Lot’ was created in response to customer demand. “We have had a huge increase in demand for wider block sizes that allow people to build a bigger home and also incorporate a bigger yard, swimming pool, fire pit or space to store a caravan or boat.”He said the program was a first for Stockland and put buyers in the driver’s seat, allowing them to customise their lot to a home design and lifestyle they want to build. Buyer Shane Newcombe said his goal was a large home when he amalgamated his site at Stockland Newport.“While the Design Your Lot promotion is now closed, Newport continues to offer a range of land options, including lakefront blocks, with private moorings, that can be amalgamated for those wanting wider frontage.”More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus8 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market8 hours agoShane Newcombe, who amalgamated his site in Stockland Newport, said his goal was to have enough space to build a large home. “We really wanted to build a big family home, but there weren’t any large blocks available to suit the home we’d already designed. After a lot of searching, we decided to amalgamate two lots in Stockland Newport. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58last_img read more

Child-porn docs still work in medicine

first_imgSunday Star Times 2 Dec 2012An Auckland GP convicted of possessing images of child abuse is among the criminal medical professionals allowed to keep working.Nineteen medical professionals with criminal convictions have appeared before the Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal in the past three years, with eight struck off. Offences included grooming children for sex, assaulting a police officer, fraud and drug dealing.A child advocate says the decision to allow two doctors to keep working despite being caught with images of child abuse raises serious questions about the tribunal. “They should have been struck off,” Stop Demand founder Denise Ritchie said. “These men have a sexual interest in children.”Parents would be horrified to learn their family doctor had masturbated to images of young girls, she said.The Auckland GP was granted permanent name suppression after being sentenced to four months’ home detention and being suspended from work for nine months. He now works at an Auckland clinic and listed his expertise as child health and obstetrics.He was caught with 290,000 images of pornography featuring young girls, and is now on medication to reduce his pornography addiction. Conditions around continuing to practise include counselling and mentoring. However, a psychiatric report raised concerns that his criminal urges might return if he stopped taking his medication.“There does remain an inevitable question mark over whether Dr Y will escape from this addiction,” the tribunal noted.The doctor and clinic refused to comment.http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/8024860/Child-porn-docs-still-work-in-medicinelast_img read more

Nani lands five-year United deal

first_imgManchester United winger Nani has signed a new five-year contract with the Old Trafford outfit. Press Association Last season he won the Premier League for the fourth time and whilst there was talk he was unhappy at the terms he was offered to remain at United last season, it seems now he is much happier. “Playing at United has been a fantastic experience for me,” he said. “When I came to the club, I never imagined the success we have enjoyed. “Training every day with top players who want to win trophies every year is a great motivation to me. “I’m very happy that the new manager has shown this faith in me and I’m looking forward to helping the team compete for more honours this season.” There had been speculation the Portugal international would leave United this summer. Instead, he has signed a deal that will keep him at Old Trafford until 2018. “I’m really pleased Nani has re-signed for the next five years,” said United boss David Moyes. “He has great ability and experience beyond his 26 years.” Following the capture of Wilfried Zaha from Crystal Palace, it did seem United had a wide player too many given the presence of Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia in the Red Devils squad. With a year remaining on his contract, and the transfer deadline just passed, there did appear an obvious need to secure Nani’s services for an additional amount of time in order to prevent him leaving for nothing in 12 months. Yet the length of contract does indicate Moyes has faith in a player who has struggled to consistently hit the heights during his six years at the club. “I’ve been impressed with his approach to training and look forward to working with him in the coming seasons,” added Moyes. Nani does boast an impressive medal collection since his £17million move from Sporting Lisbon. He was part of the Champions League-winning squad in his debut campaign, scoring a crucial penalty in the shoot-out triumph over Chelsea. last_img read more

Blind turns thoughts to Burnley

first_img “In the end, we are disappointed in the dressing room that we didn’t take all three points,” Jones said. “We have not lost, which is a plus, but we could have gained some ground. It was not to be. “We have got another big game on Wednesday night now and we need to win that one as well. “The manager said in the dressing room after the game that he couldn’t fault our spirit. “If we had shown that more in the first half then we might have come away with a victory. “We need to address and evaluate this game. Then we will move on to the Burnley game.” West Ham, meanwhile, will hope to respond from a result which felt like a loss by recording a victory at Southampton. Midfielder Stewart Downing told whufc.com: “We needed the win to go back above Liverpool, but we didn’t lose the game and got a point, so we can go to Southampton and look to win.” Hammers boss Sam Allardyce questioned United’s long-ball tactics afterwards as Marouane Fellaini caused havoc, leading to Blind’s leveller. Downing added: “We’re frustrated because we thought we were the better team. “They played a lot more direct than I thought they would, but we dealt with it and it’s the only real chance they’ve had.” Left-back Aaron Cresswell praised Cheikhou Kouyate, the midfielder who was deployed in defence and scored a superb goal to put the Hammers in front. “I don’t think he quite knew what he was doing,” said Cresswell, tongue in cheek. “It was a great finish. He has come into centre-half and he did an excellent job and deserved man of the match.” The late concession did not dent the Hammers’ belief too much. “We are still full of confidence and we know we deserved the full three points over the 90 minutes and it was not to be,” Cresswell added. “We are full of confidence for Southampton on Wednesday and we are looking forward to it.” “I like that there’s an early game already because we can forget this one,” Blind told MUTV. “We have to keep looking up and three points is important in the next game. “We showed a fighting spirit and the character we have and we tried to win the game in the end, but we have to do with the draw and one point. Of course, we wanted more. “We had to score earlier in the game and not at the end. I think we could have done that. We had the chances, but not the finish. “It’s good that we’re creating chances and it’s good that we keep possession.” United boss Louis van Gaal, who will be without Luke Shaw against Burnley after his late dismissal, was particularly disappointed with the first-half showing, but pleased with the reaction as the leveller came from the direct route. Van Gaal said: “I think in the first half we have a lack in confidence. Otherwise I cannot explain how bad we were.” Defender Phil Jones, like Van Gaal, felt the visitors could have claimed victory after a late bombardment. The Dutchman scored a stoppage-time equaliser as United rescued a 1-1 draw despite being second best at Upton Park. The Red Devils missed the chance to move within three points of second-placed Manchester City and remained fourth ahead of the Clarets clash at Old Trafford. Manchester United saviour Daley Blind wants to forget his point-saving heroics at West Ham and focus on claiming victory over Burnley on Wednesday. Press Associationlast_img read more

Ladoucer’s breakout junior year doesn’t surprise Orange

first_img Published on May 11, 2010 at 12:00 pm Prior to the Syracuse women’s lacrosse season, Tee Ladouceur hadn’t yet left her mark on the program. Much of the preseason hype focused mainly on the excellence of All-American Christina Dove and her fellow attack Halley Quillinan.The 5-foot-4 junior attack from Slingerlands, N.Y., fell under the radar.But with the regular season now in the rearview mirror, Ladouceur has certainly dispelled that notion. Her first season as a starter, Ladouceur was third on the team in goals with 41, first in assists with 41 and second in points with 82, surpassing standout freshman attack Michelle Tumolo and Quillinan. For her success she was voted to the All-Big East Second Team.Head coach Gary Gait is hoping that Ladouceur will continue to build upon her storybook season on Saturday when No. 9 Syracuse (13-6, 6-2 Big East) takes on No. 8 Georgetown (13-5, 8-0) in Washington, D.C., in the first round of the NCAA tournament.‘Quite honestly, I’m not surprised at all,’ Quillinan, a teammate of Ladouceur’s in high school as well, said. ‘(Volunteer coach) Katie Rowan and I have been playing with her for years, and we’ve always said that she has the best stick we’ve ever seen. Aside from Christina Dove I think Tee is definitely our biggest scoring threat, and teams really can’t take her for granted anymore.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder textLadouceur had a solid sophomore season, her first after transferring from Albany. Despite playing fairly limited time behind starter Megan Mosenson, Ladouceur found her way into 18 games and still managed to score 34 points on 19 goals and 15 assists.Although she achieved moderate success, she was by no means a household name.Though she was recruited by Syracuse upon graduating from Bethlehem Central High School, Ladouceur ultimately made the decision to stay close to home, choosing Albany over SU. That same season her 13-year-old sister, Meghan, was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a type of cancer.Ladouceur didn’t enjoy her time spent at Albany, and if that wasn’t difficult enough to deal with, she also took on the responsibility of taking care of her sister. As Meghan suffered through chemotherapy, Ladouceur shaved her head in support of her sister.It was an eye-opening experience for the lacrosse star, and one that made her stronger.‘Before she got sick, my sister and I weren’t the best of friends,’ Ladouceur said. ‘Actually we didn’t get along at all. And when that happened it sort of changed my mindset on things. You only get one shot in life at things sometimes, and you might as well make the most of it.’Meghan’s cancer went into remission later that year.With her sister healthy and no longer in need of her assistance, Ladouceur came to the realization that it was time to make a move — she was going to transfer to Syracuse.Dawn Austin, Ladouceur’s coach at Bethlehem Central High School, knew that playing against more skilled players would only make Ladouceur better.‘She has vision way beyond many players,’ Austin said. ‘And what makes her this good against such excellent competition is the talent of her teammates around her. Tee loves to play with those that raise the level of her game. She is a great individual player, but she is outstanding when she can pass to teammates.’Much like Quillinan, Gait was not surprised to see Ladouceur shine in her new role within the offense. He was impressed with what she showed him in the fall, and he knew that she had the ability to be a legitimate weapon on the attack. But as stellar as Ladouceur has been with the lacrosse stick this season, Gait has looked beyond the statistical figures that his star attack has accumulated. Her perseverance, work ethic and overall goodness of heart have shown him that Ladouceur is as quality of a person as she is a lacrosse player.‘She’s an exceptional young lady,’ Gait said. ‘She works hard in the classroom, on the field and she cares about her teammates. She’s the type of person that any coach would love to have on his team.’bckallet@syr.edu Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Transfers McClellan, Rodriguez become close friends in prolific 1st seasons with Miami

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ On one end of the phone was Angel Rodriguez, who had just been granted a release from Kansas State. On the other end was Miami head coach Jim Larranaga, who had five scholarships available in the spring of 2013.“How scary was it when we had five scholarships in the spring?” Larranaga said. “Five! I’m like, ‘Who’re we getting in the springtime?’”Rodriguez was the first recruit to come knocking. He in turn recruited Sheldon McClellan, who was transferring from Texas. On McClellan’s visit, Rodriguez was his host.Among a roster with nine new players — four freshmen and five transfers — Rodriguez and McClellan represent the mold for how to integrate transfers into a system. They’re No. 1 and No. 2 on the team in scoring, assists and steals per game. Together, they’ve helped lead Miami (12-5, 2-2 Atlantic Coast) to wins over then-No. 8 Florida and then-No. 4 Duke.“I’m grateful that I had him when I was sitting out,” Rodriguez said of McClellan. “Because I think we both made each other’s transfer year a lot easier than what it normally would be if you do it by yourself.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textRodriguez and McClellan weren’t always friends — they started out as opponents in the Big 12. Although they had never spoken, the two shared a communal dislike.“When you play against guys, I don’t think you’re supposed to be best friends,” Rodriguez said. “And I told him he looked kind of arrogant. He said the same thing about me.”But two separate situations brought them together. McClellan realized he wanted to transfer late in his sophomore season because he didn’t get the playing time he desired.Rodriguez had no plans to leave Kansas State after his sophomore season, but his mother had family trouble in Puerto Rico. In a snap decision over the course of a day, Rodriguez decided to transfer. His mother wanted him closer to home, and Miami was as close as he could have gotten.Miami was the only school Rodriguez wanted to transfer to, and Larranaga had significant interest in Rodriguez. On his first visit to Miami, Rodriguez committed, signing his paperwork.“When I found out that he transferred to Miami,” McClellan said, “That kind of led me to the school because I wanted to play with him because I knew that he was a competitor.”Rodriguez recalls the very first time he played with McClellan and the two made an instant connection. Rodriguez was able to find McClellan open throughout the practice and the two just clicked, he said.Larranaga allows players to have freedom in Miami’s offense. In practice, he teaches the team how to play offense, but when it comes time for the game, leaves it up to his players to make plays.On Jan. 13 versus Duke, Rodriguez stole a baseline inbound pass with one minute left, dribbled around three defenders and stumbled to the right of the paint. The lone defender slid to Rodriguez, McClellan cut along the baseline to the net and Rodriguez lobbed an alley-oop pass.As McClellan peaked in his jump, Miami’s lead peaked, as he emphatically punctuated an 88-68 lead.“I just see him go, and once I see him running, I know he’s looking for it,” Rodriguez said. “… I just see him. It’s a natural thing.” Comments Published on January 23, 2015 at 2:10 am Contact Chris: cjlibona@syr.edu | @ChrisLibonatilast_img read more

March for justice: Students trace footsteps of the civil rights movement

first_imgFor the past seven years, the Center for Black Cultural and Student Affairs has offered an alternative to tanning on a beach or hitting the slopes for spring break — an opportunity to visit the most vital landmarks of the civil rights movement.This spring break, 20 students and advisers will travel to five cities in Georgia and Alabama on a trip organized by CBCSA associate director Rosalind Conerly and Marshall School of Business graduate student Yasmin Scott. There, they will gain hands-on experience with black history and the present condition of black people in the South.For the students on the trip, traveling to the South is an introduction to a completely new way of life. For many, it is their first trip on a plane. Everything about the culture of the South — from the stereotypical Southern hospitality to soul food — comes as a shock for students who have never been to the Cotton Belt.This culture shock, according to Conerly, is an important part of a trip meant to open the eyes of students to both the past and the present experience of black Americans.“It’s an incredible trip because there is so much for students to take in and process at once,” Conerly said. “They’re looking at how far we’ve come from and, at the same time, the fact that there is so much work to be done. I think it’s really a very moving week for all of us.”The trip begins in Atlanta, where the group will visit the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, the King Center and the Ebenezer Baptist Church, where Martin Luther King Jr. preached.Then the group will travel to Birmingham and to Selma, where they will visit a variety of civil rights museums, centers and landmarks, including the Edmund Pettus Bridge and the Brown Chapel.The next three days will encompass the service portion of the trip. For two days, students will work in local schools in Selma and Montgomery. They will also spend a day working with the Equal Justice Initiative, a nonprofit that provides free legal representation to defendants and prisoners.Founded and led by acclaimed lawyer Bryan Stevenson, the Initiative will provide a chance for the USC students on the trip to get a hands-on look at how the color of one’s skin can still affect justice.“It’s interesting because the students see how people are still being jailed, they’re still being oppressed and there are still people in the South having to fight every day to do something about it,” Scott said. “It’s eye-opening.”The final leg of the trip takes place at Tuskegee University, a prominent black college, before returning to Atlanta.Each night of the trip, Conerly makes sure that students have the opportunity to meet USC alumni who have moved or returned to the South. She believes it is an important part of connecting to both the history of the civil rights and to the current lifestyle of many Southern black communities.There are two major reasons that the CBCSA travels to the South every spring. One is to see where the South is now, to see a way of life still steeped in both racism and poverty and to bring that reality back to USC.The other is to see where the civil rights movement came from, to see the roads where leaders such as Martin Luther King Jr. marched and were beaten and jailed.It’s been 50 years since King led a march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, but the city still remains poor and segregated. When students first step foot in the slow-moving city, Conerly says they all ask out the same shocked question — “Do people really live like this?”“It’s a different type of poor than they’ve ever seen before,” Conerly said. “And I think it’s important for students to see how other people live, to see where other people are coming from and to see just how different it is from their own lives.”While in Selma, the groups meet with a variety of USC alumni. The most prominent is a couple who moved from Los Angeles to Selma to reopen its movie theater. Once a major hub of life in Selma, it’s now labeled as “historic,” a relic of the past.When the Selma movie theater first reopened, older locals broke down in tears as they stepped through the front doors. For many older members of the Selma black community, this was the first time at the movies when they weren’t forced to take the back door and climb steps up to the balcony.The theater closed years later, unable to make a profit in a poor community where going to the movies on the weekend is a foreign concept.Students also visit other important landmarks in Selma, such as the home of Richie Jean Sherrod Jackson, where Martin Luther King Jr. and other leaders stayed whenever they passed through.At Jackson’s home, they see the table where King sat while planning many of his greatest marches. After hearing about these landmarks for so long, students are finally able to see some of the most important pieces of black history.“You go through this house, and [Jackson] will point at a chair and say, ‘Martin sat there,’ or point at a bucket and say, ‘That’s where Martin would soak his feet after a long day of marching,’” Conerly said. “It makes it real. It’s shocking, how real it makes it all.”One year, during their tour, a student noticed Rep. John Lewis, a former Freedom Rider and an integral leader in the civil rights movement, taking his own tour of the Jackson home. After a moment of hesitation, the group approached Lewis and spoke with him.It is these types of moments that Conerly says make each trip unique and special for the students on it. Although she and Scott have carefully planned out each day of this year’s trip, they know that unexpected surprises are bound to come up — whether this means meeting a former Freedom Rider or simply speaking with someone who can remember listening to Dr. King speak in person.“It’s the type of trip that is going to change these students’ lives,” Scott said. “It makes that big of an impact, and we are incredibly excited to be able to provide that experience.”Correction: A previous version of this article stated that the trip was organized by the Black Student Assembly. It is the Center for Black Cultural and Student Affairs. The Daily Trojan regrets the error.last_img read more

New residential faculty selected for Village housing

first_imgPhoto Courtesy of USC NewsHere to help · Neelesh Tiruviluamala, Laura Baker and John Pascarella are three of the six new faculty members who will live in USC Village’s residential colleges. They were selected from a pool of 17 finalists.Come August, a total of 23 professors will live among students in the 14 residential colleges spread throughout campus, including the addition of six for the new USC Village. Each residential faculty member was selected through a competitive application process for a term of four years. Director for Residential Education Emily Sandoval espouses the benefits of students and professors sharing a common living space, which she said helps bridge the gap between the classroom experience and living experience. Students are allowed to form closer, more personal connections with the faculty, she said.“They lower that invisible wall, that barrier, that sometimes students see faculty behind,” Sandoval said. “They become more human. They’re people. They’re sharing their space, their families, sometimes pets, welcoming students into their homes.” These include professors Trisha Tucker in McCarthy Honors College, Carla Della Gatta in West Residential College, Caroline Muglia in Parkside International Residential College and Edwin Hill in Parkside Arts & Humanities Residential College. Seventeen finalists were invited for a half day of interviews where the screening committee and residential education student leaders learned more about each candidate. The final step was a social assessment, where the applicants were invited to attend one of two social events after work. Ultimately, the six faculty members were chosen.“I call it a legacy,” Sandoval said. “Especially with the USC Village being brand new, that doesn’t have any traditions, so we get to set the traditions, and start the traditions and start a history that doesn’t exist.” The six faculty who will live in the USC Village include Tucker and  Pascarella in the McCarthy Honors College, Ruth Chung in USC Village’s Building 6, Neelesh Tiruviluamala in Building 7, Broderick Leaks in Building 8 and Laura Baker in Building 9. John Pascarella has been involved in residential education for five years, but this upcoming year will be his first time leading programming for the honors college. Previously a high school teacher, Pascarella now teaches graduate students at the Rossier School of Education. He saw residential education as an opportunity to interact more with undergraduates. “It’s a big commitment to serve the students of our campus,” Pascarella said. “The point is we’re here living amongst the students and we create programming that connects home, profession, and academics, as well as social opportunities. We’re there if they need to talk to any adult adviser or a mentor and having immediate access to that person on a fairly open basis.” Pascarella notes that residential education has several benefits for faculty such as experiencing campus life and the convenience of not having to commute in L.A. traffic. But he takes part in the program because he sees it first and foremost as a “service-oriented commitment.” Trisha Tucker will join Pascarella as the second residential faculty member in McCarthy. It will be Tucker’s first year in the residential education program — as a professor, that is. Tucker was a USC honors student during her undergraduate years, where she was influenced particularly by her former residential faculty member and current USC professor Viet Thanh Nguyen. Tucker’s overwhelmingly positive experience living in the honors college contributed greatly to her decision to become a residential faculty member herself. “It was where I met my best friends throughout college and really where I got to feel like part of the USC community,” Tucker said. “I believe that the residential experience is really impactful for students and I wanted to be a part of that as a faculty member.” Even though her position is competitive, Tucker said being a residential faculty member does not speak to everyone. “It attracts a very specific type of professor,” Tucker said. “It can’t be the type of professor who wants to teach their expertise, teach the thing that they already know, and then go home. I think [residential educators] see teaching as not just an occupation but a calling and a lifestyle.” Correction: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated that there are eight residential colleges spread throughout campus. There are actually 14 in total, including the eight located at the USC Village.The Daily Trojan regrets this error.last_img read more

NBA Draft: The case against picking Michael Gbinije

first_imgEye testWhile I do believe Gbinije’s experience helps more than it hurts given his projected landing spot, there’s nothing sexy about a 24-year-old in the NBA Draft. That’s just the way some teams will look at it.And this may be picky, but for how much Gbinije seemed to improve as a 3-point shooter, he was far less effective from beyond the arc against better teams. He went a combined 1-for-14 from deep in the Sweet 16, Elite Eight and Final Four, along with a paltry 3-for-28 from deep in two other games against UNC, one against Louisville, one against Miami and another against Notre Dame. He shot better from long range against Duke, Virginia and Pittsburgh, but a more consistent stroke would do wonders for a player whose 3-point shooting really only came into its own this past season.If the eye of teams picks up on that trend, compounded with a team’s possible preference to favor what a younger player has yet to do rather than what one like Gbinije has, he could start to fall deeper into the second round.Daily Orange File PhotoWing manWhile Gbinije ran the fastest three-quarters-court sprint of any player at the combine, his lateral quickness wasn’t as eye-popping. He’ll need that more, as he’s likely to match up on the wing rather than on an opposing point guard.He was one of the ACC’s best defensive players, leading the league with 1.92 steals per game, but in the NBA there won’t be a 2-3 zone to lurk at the top of and pick off passes with his long arms.He’ll have to find another way to be disruptive on the defensive end, but for now the jury is still out. Comments Published on June 18, 2016 at 11:55 am Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Michael Gbinije is going to be picked in the NBA Draft — it’s just a matter of where. There’s a chance he slips toward the back end of the second round, but it likely wouldn’t be a product of his performance at the pre-draft combine.Gbinije entered the draft process with a polished repertoire after starring at Syracuse in an unexpected Final Four run. But his game doesn’t quite fit the bill of a sure-fire NBA player yet. The lack of sample size at positions he would likely play in the league, the eye test working against him and his lack of experience as a wing defender may do more harm than good next Thursday.Here’s more on why a team is better off waiting until the tail end of the draft to take the former SU point guard rather than spending a fringe first round or early second-round pick on him.Daily Orange File PhotoAdvertisementThis is placeholder textSample sizeGbinije really only has one season playing point guard under his belt, if that’s the position an NBA team decides to use him at. And at the two-guard spot, Gbinije had little time that came down the stretch of the season with Frank Howard running the floor, but not much else than that.Sure, he’s shown capabilities to play both. But just like teams may be hesitant to take a player such as Thon Maker due to lack of live game action, they could justifiably pass on Gbinije for doubts of whether he can truly play the one or two in the NBA.He could always go back to playing small forward — he played the point for Syracuse out of necessity, after all — but then again it’s a position he hasn’t played primarily in over a year.MORE COVERAGENBA Draft: The case for picking Michael GbinijeNBA Draft: The case for picking Malachi RichardsonNBA Draft: The case against picking Malachi RichardsonOn the beat: NBA Draft preview and a look ahead to the 2016-17 Syracuse basketball seasonlast_img read more