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Centre of retention

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Pension fund for Dutch pharmacists forced to halve fixed indexation

first_imgSPOA, the €1.2bn occupational pension fund for Dutch pharmacists, is to cut its annual fixed indexation of 3% in half as part of new pensions arrangements. In its newsletter, the scheme told participants that the reduction of tax relief for pension premiums had been the chief driver of the new plan, which also increases the contribution to 22.7% of pensionable salary.It also cited the fact that an increasing number of pharmacists have entered the workforce.Under the new pension plan, the annual accrual will be 1.3% of salary up to €75,000. Participants will have to oversee additional pension arrangements themselves.A new element in the SPOA scheme will be the introduction of a partner pension, for which more than 1.3% will be accrued annually.However, the partner pension will not be eligible for the annual fixed indexation, SPOA said.The pharmacists’ scheme raised the target age for retirement to 67 but made clear that it would allow participants to retire as early as 55.SPOA has set the franchise – the amount of the salary exempt from pensions accrual – at €12,462, and has abolished the option to accrue a higher pension, “as only a limited number of participants used this option”.However, the pension fund did not confirm whether it would maintain its additional variable indexation, which is based on returns and the scheme’s coverage ratio.Due to the pension fund’s financial position, it has been unable to grant additional inflation compensation for several years nowSince 2011, the scheme has had to cut pensions rights four times, with successive discounts of 5%, 7%, 6.8% and 4.6%.As of the end of February, its funding ratio was 105.9%.At the end of 2013, the pension fund reported nearly 5,000 participants, consisting of approximately 2,765 active members and 1,160 pensioners.last_img read more

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Jamaican patois bible officially launched in Britain

first_img 59 Views   no discussions FaithLifestyle Jamaican patois bible officially launched in Britain by: – October 15, 2012 Sharing is caring! Share Tweetcenter_img Share Share Jamaican Patois Bible. Photo credit:bbc.co.ukLONDON, England (JIS) — The Jamaican patois translation of the New Testament of the Holy Bible had its official launch in London recently at the Jamaican High Commission.General secretary of the Bible Society of the West Indies, Reverend Courtney Stewart, said that the launch, held on October 9, was an acknowledgement of the strong ties between Jamaica and the UK.Stewart, who is promoting the translation in the UK, said it was a bit like ‘colonisation in reverse’. He noted that the Jamaican language came out of the country’s British colonial experience, and that the patois translation was done by Jamaicans for Jamaicans in “our own language”.“We have come of age. We are doing the launch (in the UK) because of the strong ties. Our relatives live here and the Jamaican community is quite strong. So we thought it was appropriate that in the 50th year since our political independence, this was a most appropriate place to do the launch and to show that we have come of age and that we have a history and a language together,” he said.The promotions tour, which has seen Stewart appearing on BBC Radio, will include visits to Manchester, Bristol and Sheffield, as well as Brixton in London.He said that the response has been very good and that it was wonderful to see the respect that is being shown to the Jamaican language.An electronic audio version of the Bible is also to be launched in Jamaica on October 28 on ITunes, as well as mobile phone applications.Director of the Bible Society in England and Wales, Pat Marks, speaking at the launch, said the audio edition is being produced by Faith Comes by Hearing, a global organisation based in the United States.The launch was attended by members of the clergy from both the West Indian and British communities, during which Stewart, presented the Jamaican High Commissioner, Aloun Ndombet Assamba, with a copy of ‘Di Jamiekan Nyuu Testament’.The patois Bible covers the life of Jesus to Revelation and the translation was done by a team from the University of the West Indies in partnership with theological institutions in Jamaica over a ten-year period.Stewart told the audience that every language, if given the opportunity, could become a world class language.“The DNA of every language contains the potential for each to become and do anything that Hebrew and Greek, French and English have done and are still doing,” he said.“All will understand what it means that we have two languages in our country, that is, Jamiekan, the mother tongue and Standard English, the second language, with bi- lingual education being the order of the day. Our children will leave school fluent and literate in both Jamiekan and English, the crisis of illiteracy will be passed and over,’ he said.In the meantime, Assamba, said it was important that the debate continues in Jamaica over the teaching of patois and the benefits it can derive. She said the new translation was a very important piece of work as the Bible was bi-lingual with both Jamaican and English. Caribbean News Nowlast_img read more

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Francis begins his challenging papacy with humility

first_imgFaithInternationalLifestylePrint Francis begins his challenging papacy with humility by: – March 14, 2013 Cardinal Bergoglio addresses the crowd in Rome as Pope FrancisPope Francis has spent his first day at the helm of the Catholic Church meeting people in Rome ahead of a Sistine Chapel Mass with cardinals.After private prayers at the basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, he crossed the road to a local school to meet children and commuters heading to work.The Pope later went to the priests’ residence in Piazza Navona to pick up his belongings and pay his bill.He will also start the process of appointing senior staff at the Vatican.As the first Latin American – and the first Jesuit – pope, Francis has received a flood of goodwill messages from around the world.But the 76-year-old Argentine, formerly Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, also faces a series of tough challenges. The Church has been dogged by infighting and scandals over clerical sex abuse and alleged corruption.The BBC’s David Willey, in Rome, says that Pope Francis becomes head of the Church at a critical moment in its history.Shunned special carOn Wednesday night, Pope Francis endeared himself to the crowds in St Peter’s Square – and underlined his reputation for humility – when he asked them to bless him before blessing them in return from the balcony of the basilica.The Vatican’s account of his first hours in the top job also emphasised Pope Francis’s humility, describing how he shunned a special car and security detail provided to take him to the Vatican and travelled on a bus with the other cardinals.Following his first outing as pope to the Rome basilica on Thursday, Francis went back to the clergy house in a city centre side street where he had been staying ahead of the conclave that elected him on Wednesday.“He packed his bags and then he went to pay the bill for his room so as to set a good example,” said Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi.He also broke tradition by remaining standing to receive cardinals’ acts of homage after his election, instead of sitting in the papal throne, Lombardi said.Pope Francis is returning to the Sistine Chapel on Thursday afternoon, scene of his election, to celebrate Mass with the cardinals.During the Mass he will deliver a homily which will be carefully scrutinised for what it may reveal about his priorities for the Church.The next day, he will meet all the cardinals, including those aged over 80 who did not take part in the conclave.On Saturday he will meet the world’s media at a special papal audience, an opportunity perhaps to set out some of his global vision, says the BBC’s James Robbins in Rome.A visit to his predecessor Benedict XVI at his retreat at Castel Gandolfo outside Rome is also planned, but will not take place for the “next few days”, Lombardi said.The visit to Benedict is important, correspondents say, as the existence of a living retired pope has prompted fears of a possible rival power.Francis will be installed officially in an inauguration Mass on Tuesday 19 March, the Vatican added.The election of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio surprised many observers when it was revealed on Wednesday.Although he reportedly came second to Pope Benedict XVI during the 2005 conclave, few had predicted the election of the first pope from outside Europe in 1,300 years.Pope Francis is regarded as a doctrinal conservative, but he is also seen as a potential force for reform of the Vatican bureaucracy – and analysts say that may have won the support of reforming cardinals.The new pontiff will certainly come under strong pressure to reform the Curia, the governing body of the Church.He will also face an array of challenges which include the role of women, interfaith tensions and dwindling congregations in some parts of the world.The 76-year-old from Buenos Aires is the first Pope to take the name of Francis – reminiscent of Francis of Assisi, the 13th Century Italian reformer and patron saint of animals, who lived in poverty.BBC News Sharing is caring! Share Sharecenter_img Tweet 46 Views   no discussions Sharelast_img read more

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Clay County Speed Shift TV Dirt Knights IMCA Modified checkers fly for Abelson

first_imgForty entries from nine different states vied in the fourth round of the 2020 tour and after Tanner Black led the first two laps, Abelson took charge on the high groove. Kelly Shryock made a charge of his own from 11th starting but ran out of laps and ended in second.  SPENCER, Iowa (Aug. 3) – The top side of the big Clay County Fair Speedway oval took Chris Abelson to victory lane in Monday’s Speed Shift TV Dirt Knights Tour IMCA Modified main event. Pit gates open at 4 p.m. and racing follows 7 p.m. hot laps. IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks, Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods and Mach-1 Sport Compacts complete the Shryock Memorial program. “The cushion kept getting closer and closer to the wall. You had to negotiate it just right,” Abelson said. “He’s (Shryock) a tough competitor and always one to look for.”  The Harris Clash at Deer Creek Speedway is Tuesday night for both the IMCA Modifieds and Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods while next up for the Dirt Knights Tour is the $1,000 to win Bob Shryock Memorial show on Wednesday, Aug. 5 at Fairmont Raceway, the 98th event in tour history.  Abelson had started fourth and quickly drove past Brandon Beckendorf, Nick Meyer and Black to take over the front spot. Cautions on laps six and 10 brought the field back together briefly before Abelson was pulling away. Jesse Rogotzke worked his way to third late in the 25-lapper, Nick Meyer was fourth and tour point leader Ethan Braaksma was fifth.  The $1,000 checkers were Abelson’s career seventh, putting the 2016 Dirt Knights champion alone in second on the all-time tour wins list. He was already a Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot candidate. All Dirt Knights event are broadcast by Speed Shift TV.  Other Monday night winners at Spencer were Derek Green in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Cory Probst in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks, Brian Osantowski in the Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods and Kaytee DeVries in the Mach-1 Sport Compacts. Chris Abelson raced to his career seventh Speed Shift TV Dirt Knights Tour IMCA Modified victory Monday night at Clay County Fair Speedway. (Photo by Jim Steffens) Meyer ran second most of the night; Braaksma had started 10th. Feature results – 1. Chris Abelson, Sioux City; 2. Kelly Shryock, Fertile; 3. Jesse Rogotzke, Sanborn, Minn.; 4. Nick Meyer, Whittemore; 5. Ethan Braaksma, Newton; 6. Tanner Black, Otis, Kan.; 7. Cody Laney, Torrance, Calif.; 8. Zach Dockter, Norwich, N.D.; 9. Dylan Thornton, Santa Maria, Calif.; 10. Brandon Beckendorf, Danube, Minn.; 11. Ethan Dotson, Bakersfield, Calif.; 12. Cody Knecht, Whittemore; 13. Jesse Sobbing, Malvern; 14. Kyle Brown, Madrid; 15. Jaxon Saathoff, Beatrice, Neb.; 16. Austin Kuehl, Cave Creek, Ariz.; 17. Kelsie Foley, Tucson, Ariz.; 18. Bob Moore, Sioux City; 19. Corey Dripps, Reinbeck; 20. David Brown, Kellogg; 21. Jason Brees, Meriden; 22. Randy Brown, Chowchilla, Calif.; 23. Al Hejna, Clear Lake; 24. Lance Mari, El Centro, Calif.last_img read more

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Guyana to open CONCACAF Nations League against Aruba on September 6

first_img… Golden Jaguars to host Jamaica on September 9 THE Golden Jaguars, Guyana’s senior Men’s National football team, will kick off their CONCACAF Nations League campaign on September 6 when they travel to ‘The Kingdom of The Netherlands’ territory of Aruba.By virtue of finishing seventh in the qualifying stages of the competition, Guyana were pitted in League B alongside Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba and Jamaica in Group C.Following their September 6 encounter, Guyana will return home to host Jamaica on September 9, followed by a trip to Antigua and Barbuda on October 11 to finish off the first leg of the home-and-away formatted league.Guyana will host Antigua and Barbuda on October 15, Aruba on November 15 and will travel to Jamaica on November 18 for their second clash with the ‘Reggae Boyz’.The home-and-away group stage of the 2019 CONCACAF Nations League will be played on FIFA match dates in September, October and November 2019, while the Final Championship will take place in 2020.At the conclusion of the round-robin group stage, the winners of each League A group will qualify to the Final Championship, while the League B and C group winners will be promoted to League A and B for the next edition of the competition.Additionally, the teams at the bottom of each League A and B group will be relegated to League B and C respectively.The CONCACAF Nations League kicked off with a one-off qualifying phase. Following 68 matches, the 34 participating teams were compiled into an aggregate table, ranking them 1-34. The final position of each team will determine their placement into League A, B or C.By virtue of having qualified for the Hexagonal Round of the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers Russia 2018, Costa Rica, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, United States and Trinidad & Tobago were pre-seeded directly into League A.Additionally, Guatemala, who did not participate in the qualifying phase due to a suspension imposed by FIFA, were placed into League C. (Rawle Toney)last_img read more

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Duncan Maylon departs as Camelot retail director

first_imgShare Submit StumbleUpon Related Articles Share Duncan Maylon, retail director of Camelot UK, is to depart the company after nearly a decade to pursue the position of commercial director at Arla Foods.During his tenure at Camelot, Maylon helped grow National Lottery retail sales upwards of 15 per cent, with annual in-store sales totting up to over £5bn. Malyon said: “I’ve loved working at Camelot for the last decade, and I feel confident that I’m leaving the retail team – and the business as a whole – in a great place. “I’ll be watching out for Camelot’s successes, which I know will continue well into the future.”Maylon worked for Camelot since April 2009. Since then, the lottery provider has grown from 27,500 retail outlets to now boasting 45,000. Camelot chief executive, Nigel Railton, added: “Duncan has been instrumental in overseeing the retail components of our strategic plan and has done an excellent job of laying strong, solid foundations to ensure we continue to deliver a first-class experience for National Lottery retail players, as well as for our tens of thousands of retail partners.“Although we’re all extremely sorry to see him go, this is a fantastic opportunity for Duncan – and is testament to the calibre of talent we have at Camelot.”Maylon had previously been tasked with overseeing the US contingent of Camelot. He was responsible for heading up Camelot Global, holding the position of senior vice-president North America at Camelot Global.Since his return to the UK in 2017, Camelot has invested heavily in developing initiatives that will enhance the customer journey and improve retailer engagement. Camelot aims for ‘Big September’ supporting a high street recovery August 26, 2020 National Lottery Community Fund issues £14m in Climate Action grants August 24, 2020 UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020last_img read more

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LA Dodgers acquire Josh Reddick and Rich Hill, keep Yasiel Puig and top prospects

first_imgYasiel Puig is still on the roster, though he did not fly with the team to Colorado for Tuesday’s game against the Rockies. Dodgers management told Puig’s representatives to prepare for the 25-year-old right fielder to be traded. When that didn’t happen, they told Puig to expect to be optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City on Tuesday.Meanwhile, Chris Archer is still a Tampa Bay Ray. Chris Sale and Jose Quintana are still in Chicago. Jay Bruce (New York Mets), Matt Moore (San Francisco), Jeremy Jeffress and Jonathan Lucroy (Texas) all switched teams without the Dodgers’ involvement.“The Oakland deal really started getting into the final stages late last night and we were able to start the medicals on that,” Zaidi said. “It wasn’t quite as frantic as the other deals going on.”Most of the top names in the Dodgers’ farm system stayed put. That includes left-hander Julio Urias and right-hander Jose De Leon, their top two pitching prospects.Right-handed pitchers Grant Holmes, Jharel Cotton and Frankie Montas went to Oakland for Hill and Reddick. Pitcher Mike Bolsinger was traded to the Blue Jays for Chavez, a Fontana native. The Associated Press reported that Toronto sent an additional $1.15 million to the Dodgers in the trade.In their final move before the deadline, the Dodgers acquired Fields from Houston for Yordan Alvarez, a 19-year-old first baseman. Fields was on the roster of the Astros’ Triple-A affiliate and will be assigned prior to the Dodgers’ game against the Rockies.Players can be traded after Aug. 1 via the waiver process. It’s still possible that the Dodgers can trade Puig in this manner. They acquired Chase Utley last year, and Adrian Gonzalez in 2012, after each was placed on waivers. Zaidi declined to comment on Puig’s status on a conference call with reporters Monday afternoon.If they do nothing else, the Dodgers have already made two significant changes to their 25-man roster.Zaidi said that Reddick is “is a two-way player, a power hitter, a Gold Glove caliber outfielder. I think he was as good as any position player available in this trade market.” The 29-year-old has eight home runs and a .296 batting average in 68 games this season.Hill, 36, has a 9-3 record and a 2.25 ERA in 14 starts this season.“Just from a pure performance standpoint, (Hill) is as good as any pitcher traded today or in the last week or so.”Yet each comes with question marks about his health.Hill is on the 15-day disabled list with a finger blister and can’t be activated before Thursday. The 36-year-old left-hander also missed time this season with a groin injury. Zaidi said he did not have an exact timetable for when Hill might be activated.Reddick, who will wear number 11 (his number with Oakland, 22, is worn by Clayton Kershaw), missed time this year with a fractured hand. Both players will become free agents at the end of the season.Chavez, 32, has made 39 appearances out of the bullpen this season, going 1-2 with a 4.57 earned-run average. Zaidi said he envisions the right-hander in a “swingman” role, capable of pitching multiple innings out of the bullpen or starting on short notice.Fields, 30, has made 15 relief appearances in the majors this season (0-0, 6.89 ERA) and 23 at Triple-A (1-0, 1.65).The Dodgers are currently two games behind the Giants for first place in the National League West. San Francisco stocked up on lefties Monday, getting Moore from the Rays and set-up man Will Smith from the Milwaukee Brewers in separate deals.“A lot has been made that our division pitching is very left-handed,” Zaidi said. “We do have some right-handed bench bats that can come in and spell some guys and create a different look.”Zaidi said he’s still “optimistic” that Kershaw will return this season. The Dodgers’ ace is out indefinitely with a herniated disc in his back. Left-handers Alex Wood and Hyun-Jin Ryu are also on the disabled list with potential season-ending injuries, while right-hander Bud Norris was removed from his most recent start with an injury to his lat muscle.Reddick can help fill the void left by Andre Ethier, a corner outfielder who’s missed the entire season with a broken right leg.Ethier’s situation, Zaidi said, “is a little bit like with (Kershaw) where we’re hopeful but you certainly can’t plan on it. I think we sort of had to take the approach at the deadline like, we just have to make do with the information that we have and you can’t do your shopping later.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Farhan Zaidi said the Dodgers were in the market for an everyday hitter and a starting pitcher before the non-waiver trade deadline. The general manager wasn’t keen on giving up his top position player prospects.In that regard, Monday had to be considered a success. In three separate trades the Dodgers acquired left-handed pitcher Rich Hill and right fielder Josh Reddick from the Oakland A’s, along with Toronto Blue Jays reliever Jesse Chavez and Houston Astros reliever Josh Fields.“What we were looking for more than anything,” Zaidi said, “were guys who can come in and help us in the division race.”The trades the Dodgers did not make were more telling.last_img read more

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Christy Martin, Claressa Shields talk Hammer fight, sparring with Spence, ‘GWOAT’ proclamation

first_imgCS: OK, see you then.CM: Keep working hard, baby.CS: I will. Thank you. MORE: Shields has her sights on Hammer, equality in women’s boxingCM: My last question: I’m going to agree with you that you’re the GOAT when it comes to amateur boxing because you had an opportunity and you capitalized to the utmost. But I and some fighters that came before you, when we hear Claressa Shields refer to herself like as the GWOAT, we feel like you’re being disrespectful toward us because you haven’t exactly accomplished enough to consider yourself the GWOAT. Give me your rebuttal.CS: My rebuttal to that is I don’t know why you guys feel disrespected. It’s not a thing where I think I’m better than you guys. It’s where I am. I’m a five-time world champion already within six fights and now I’m about to be fighting for the undisputed championship. I know you guys had world titles and everything, but I don’t do it to be disrespectful to you guys. I do it to show I am that and go out and do it every fight. I take on big challenges and I don’t know a man fighting for the undisputed championship in his ninth professional fight. The only woman who has an undisputed title is Cecilia Braekhus. I’m making history faster than the other women, but that’s not disrespect to them. It’d be different if I said I’m better than all the girls or I’m the GWOAT because these other women couldn’t fight. I’ve never said that. I give the respect to Laila Ali, Ann Wolfe, Lucia Rijker, you and I just feel like in women’s boxing we never had a super fight. This is one of the first. You and Lucia Rijker never fought. Laila Ali and Ann Wolfe never fought. So, I respect y’all, but I’m doing things that you guys didn’t do or things that didn’t happen.CM: I’m thankful you gave me the opportunity to talk with you and be the interviewer. That’s cool and I will be at ringside Saturday. That said, Sporting News thought it would be a good idea to bridge the gap ahead of this weekend’s mega fight and tab former world champ Martin to interview Shields, who’s knocking on the door of boxing history. Here, Martin speaks with Shields about the Hammer fight on Saturday, her infamous sparring session with Errol Spence Jr., the self-proclaimed GWOAT title (Greatest Woman of All Time) and more.MORE: Watch Shields with Ak and Barak on DAZNChristy Martin: Why did you move your camp to South Florida?Claressa Shields: I was just like, ‘I want to make sure that I’m in shape and that I can pull out the extra bit if I need to for this fight. The last week I was there I sparred 10 rounds on that Tuesday and then, on that Thursday, I sparred 11 rounds. I wasn’t fatigued and I felt strong, I felt good and I was like, ‘Yeah, we accomplished what we wanted to accomplish here. I’m ready to go.’ So, we came down here to Florida just to kind of wind down, but to also … I guess doing the same thing every day with the weather in Colorado Springs — it’s snowing, it’s raining, it’s hailing — I was like, ‘Let’s go to Florida.’ So, we just came here.CM: I understand. I lived in Florida for 20 years. I’m actually in Florida right now. I miss it like crazy. So, John David Jackson is your coach. What is it like having someone like him as your coach? He has great credentials as a professional himself. Does that make you work harder or keep you on your Ps and Qs because you know of his accomplishments?CS: Gladly he thinks I’m a great fighter, just like myself, so we kind of put our minds together and figure out what the game plan is for the fight. He’s added just being a professional, it’s certain ways that you have to turn your punches to make sure that they stick. We’re just making sure that he’s able to pinpoint those kinds of things like, ‘When you throw your hooks sometimes, you have your wrist up, put your wrist down.’ He’ll bring it to my attention and we’ll work on it together. We work on it, we perfect it and move on to the next thing. He’s pushing me. (This past Friday), we did 20 rounds in the gym: I did 10 rounds on the bag and another 10 rounds on pads. He’s still like, ‘I want you to be sharp. This is the time for you to have your head movement and have your legs.’ He pushes me and sometimes after training, I’m looking at him like, ‘I don’t like you.’ We just kind of laugh it off and I feel it the next day.CM: As you train for this, what special challenges have you seen as you prepare for Hammer? Have you done anything differently getting ready for her because of her style, her size or are you looking at it more like, ‘Let her worry about what I do?’CS: We watched film and for me, this camp, I’ve made sure that my legs and cardio are very up to par. I could go and run miles within 45, 50 minutes. I made sure my cardio is up to par because I know that once she feels my power, she’s not going to stand there and I’m not looking for her to stand there. So, it’s already in my mind that I have to cut the ring off and that I have to take her down to get the win and I’m willing to do that. I know the first couple of rounds, she may try to stand there, but after she feels the power, she’s going to take off. And once she takes off, these legs got to be ready to go.I had a great strength and conditioning plan. I trained twice every day for the first four and a half weeks and only took off Sunday. This has been my hardest training camp, Christy. I’ve really pushed myself. It was me trusting them (coaches) to guide me and them to know how the body reacts and what the body needs. I never do that and I got great results. I’m super close to weight and usually (a week from a fight) I’m a lot higher. I had a great nutrition plan. It has been a camp that I haven’t been in my comfort zone in.MORE: Shields fighting ‘GWOAT’ into existenceCM: That being said, I’m glad to hear you say that because that’s what I try to tell the young fighters that I’m promoting. You have to train outside of your comfort zone. When you’re in your comfort zone, then that’s just where you are and as good as you’re going to get. But when you’re training where you’re uncomfortable, then you make some strides. I’m looking for a different Claressa to show up against Hammer because you already told me that you’re uncomfortable with this camp. I think that’s a huge statement and it says you’re growing as a fighter.CS: Thank you.CM: When I fought on the Tyson cards, it was crazy — a lot of hoopla. When I got ready to fight Laila (Ali), it was a lot of excitement, the arena was basically jam-packed against me. It was exciting. This is the biggest fight of your career and it’s a great opportunity to showcase your skills on Showtime against another really good quality fighter. Do you think it’s going to feel different in the arena and do you think you’re going to feel different?CS: I’m just going to live in the moment. Once I go out there, I love to get crunk with the crowd when I’m walking out and then once I step inside the ring, it’s like a light switch. I don’t like to let myself feel pressure because I think people have to come to the realization that it doesn’t matter who’s cheering for you or who’s cheering against you, when you get inside the ring, it’s just you. There’s nobody that could help you. All the trash talking you said is not going to help you in there. Your coach can yell out 103,000 combinations and if you don’t throw one … it’s just different when you get in there. I’m already accustomed to the crowd being with me or the crowd being against me, but me just going in there and trying making everything black and me just focusing on what’s in front of me. That’s just what I’m going to do. This fight is going to be a higher magnitude because just the promotion of it. I mean, it got people wearing T-Rex masks and costumes to the fight. That’s just crazy. MORE: Shields’ 2018 a taste for what’s to come for her, women’s boxingCM: That is actually cool. You mentioned T-Rex, the nickname. Probably because I’m old, I don’t know why T-Rex. Why the nickname T-Rex?CS: Well, the name was given to me since I was 11 or 12 years old. It was because back then, I was tall, but I had short arms and I was really aggressive. That’s how my nickname became T-Rex. Sparring against the guys, I used to go out there and try to kill ’em. I wanted to be aggressive and I wanted to land my punches, but I was tall and lanky, but my arms were short, so I couldn’t even reach the guys. But just the fire I had just to get to them, that’s where T-Rex came from.CM: You brought up sparring. Way back in the day, even before Don King, I had the opportunity to spar with James Toney and I’m going to be honest with you … when I got in the ring with him, James Toney was kind of of a different cloth. He sometimes could not be a nice guy. And I had just seen him walk across and hit his sparring partner in the back of the head for no apparent reason. And then, I was told, ‘OK, Christy, get in there a few rounds with James and I was scared sh—less to be honest with you. I heard you sparred with Errol Spence. What did you learn and take away from that experience?CS: I sparred Errol Spence years ago, when I was 17. I hadn’t sparred with him since. He’s supposed to come and work out with me, but he just had the fight with Mikey Garcia. But he’ll be walking me out (Saturday night against Hammer).But let me tell you how it came about. I was walking through everybody at the Olympic training center. Whoever they put me in the ring with — male, female, it didn’t matter — I was kicking they ass! There was a guy who was 178 (pounds) from the Army and I was out there beating on him and I was only about 150 at the time. I was beating up Raquel Miller, Tika Hemingway. Tika Hemingway got sent home because I beat her up so bad and she was trying to fight me after we got done sparring.Guys from the Army who I fought were like, ‘Who are we going to put in here with her who’s going to make her use her boxing skills and Errol Spence was that guy. He was 152 (pounds), I was 165 … I was like, ‘I’m about to put paws on him!’ (Laughing). So, we got in there and I tried to pull his hands down and then hit him with a hook. His hands were like stuck, they wouldn’t move. I couldn’t jab through his guard. I was like, ‘Damn! This dude is strong as hell!’ (Laughs).CM: On a skill test, we could match skills with any fighter, male or female. But when you come to the power and strength of a champion like Spence, they’re just stronger, more powerful.CS: With him being stronger, my game plan didn’t work. We were in the middle of the ring … he made me back up and I wasn’t used to that. When I came back to the corner — I think we sparred four rounds — the coaches are like, ‘Alright Claressa, it’s time to use your jab, move your hands, move on your legs a little bit.’ Even though I didn’t want to do it, I was forced to do it because of the way that he fought and just how strong he was. You’re not going to beat him power vs. power.I wouldn’t say he beat me up or I beat him up — I’d say we sparred and he worked with me and after he said, ‘Man, you’re so tough’ because I know somebody else he sparred — girls and guys — that he dropped with body shots. He tried to hit me with that same body shot. … I didn’t go down. Everybody was like, ‘You could go a little harder on her.’ He was like, ‘I am!’ We went four rounds and that was it. That’s why I started using my jab and other things I had instead of using power against power.CM: Why did you start boxing? What led you to the boxing gym?CS: My dad had been in prison for seven years. He got arrested when I was 2, got out when I was 9 and one day we were just rolling around in his car and he was just stressed out. My dad used to always talk to me about his problems and he said if he would have stuck to what he was passionate about, his life would be way different. I said, ‘What were you passionate about?’ He said, “boxing.” When my dad said boxing, it was like a light bulb kind of lit up in me. He was telling me Muhammad Ali had sons and everything, but only his daughter, Laila Ali, wanted to take after him. So, I thought my dad was telling me he wanted me to take after him like Laila did Muhammad Ali. In my mind I was like, ‘OK, I’m going to box for my dad.’ I was boxing to make my dad happy.I didn’t know much about boxing, but I did like fights in the street. I used to get into a couple fights in school. I fought a couple of girls in a higher grade than me and some some dudes, but my dad didn’t know any of that about me. I was really quiet as a kid and I was more of a crybaby to be honest, too. I was the one who would tell if someone was messing with me. I didn’t want to fight my sister or brother. I would go and tell my dad. My dad’s like ‘You’re always crying.’I knew a friend that boxed, I went to a gym, I trained there for a week and was told I had to have my parents sign me up. I asked my dad and his answer was ‘No.’ He told me that I was too pretty to be a boxer and boxing was a man’s sport. I was like, ‘So, you’re telling me, I can’t box because I’m a girl?’ He let me try it. My dad used to drop me off (at the gym) and pick me up the first three months. Then, after that, my dad didn’t come to my first couple of fights; he came to my fourth boxing match. I was 13 and it’s so funny … I fought this girl named Chloe. She was 4-0 with four TKOs. I was 3-0 with two stoppages. The girl’s mom said, ‘Chloe, is that the girl you’re fighting? What are you going to do to her?’ And then Chloe looked at me and said, ‘I’m going to stop her.’I beat Chloe up! After I beat her up, she quit boxing. After the fight, my dad was like that I’m the best ever. He started crying after that fight.Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearCM: Is there any boxer who is a stalker kind of opponent out there?CS: Yeah, it’s definitely Christina Hammer. She comes to my fights, she sits ringside — it’s crazy. Then, when she doesn’t get any media attention, she gets upset. She just wants to always be in the limelight whenever my name is mentioned. There’s another girl, Raquel Miller, she hasn’t fought anybody, she’s not a good fighter to me, I beat her three or four times in the amateurs, but whenever I have a big fight, she stays talking trash to me. She argues with me on Twitter. But whenever I offer her a fight, she says no to the point now where I’m not even going to mention her. She’s probably going to be at the fight ringside.CM: Who would you say has been your toughest opponent?CS: Franchon Crews, my pro debut. Franchon Crews is a powerhouse. We were right in the middle of the ring hitting each other with bombs. I hit her with stuff that I thought she was going to be out, but she wasn’t. I really had to watch myself. She’s one of our heavy hitters. The fight was only four rounds, but I felt like I had to be very, very sharp against her. People like to bring up the Hanna Gabriel fight. Yeah, I got knocked down, but I went out there and won every round after the knockdown. I beat her nine rounds to one (for the unanimous decision).CM: How’s Hammer — is she a powerful puncher or is she a busy fighter?CS: When I look at her, I see a busy fighter. Her jab is extremely strong. Her jab is her strongest punch. Really all I have to do is take away her jab and then everything else, I don’t have to be worried about. The rest of her punches are pitty-pat punches and then she’s back to her jab.CM: Do we look for a more strategic match or a brawl?I want to kind of do both. I do want to break her confidence mentally and the way you could do that is by taking her jab away from her and making her fight a fight she doesn’t want to fight. Her game plan is to jab me, back me up. She knows damn well that game plan won’t work out in her favor because I like to stand in the center of the ring and fight. At her height, Christy Martin fought on Mike Tyson undercards, was promoted by Don King as “The Coal Miner’s Daughter” and graced the front cover of Sports Illustrated (April 15, 1996 issue) with the cover line “The Lady Is A Champ.” She punched women’s boxing into the mainstream spotlight.At 24 years old, Claressa Shields walks into her ninth pro fight this weekend having already collected the WBA, WBC and IBF women’s middleweight titles, plus two Olympic gold medals (2012 and 2016). Shields (8-0, 2 KOs) faces Christina Hammer (24-1, 11 KOs) at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J. on Saturday. A win would earn the Flint, Mich. native the German boxer’s WBO championship and vacant The Ring and lineal female titles needed to become just the second undisputed champion in the four-belt era. The only other woman to do that is current welterweight champion Cecilia Braekhus.last_img read more

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2019 Fantasy RB Handcuffs Chart

first_imgNo one really likes running back handcuffs, at least not in the fantasy football world. Many owners tell themselves RB handcuffs don’t matter on drafty day, but when your top pick gets hurt on the third play of the season, you’ll wish you had a different draft strategy. At that point, all those rankings and sleeper lists were a giant waste of time because your season just got infinitely more difficult without your starter’s primary backup. If only you had taken two more minutes to look at the Giants depth chart!There’s no perfect way to handle backing up your starters, and finding the right handcuff(s) isn’t always easy. Some teams have multiple players in constant competition for the backup spot. Others will have a veteran there until they feel a rookie is ready to move up the depth chart. This means that everything in the chart below has some level of projection to it. Teams react differently to injuries, so it doesn’t always follow a straight line. It’s also important to note that just because a running back gets the second-most snaps doesn’t mean he’s the only handcuff option. Third-down/receiving backs don’t necessarily transition to every-down backs if the starter gets hurt. Think Chris Thompson and Tarik Cohen, who may never be primary RBs despite their pass-catching proficiency. Understanding roles and how certain players fit them is key, both during the draft and once the season starts.  We’ll be here all year helping you navigate any tricky RB situations. Check back all season long for updates!2019 fantasy football running back handcuffsTeamProjected StarterProjected HandcuffArizona CardinalsKenyan DrakeD. Johnson/C. EdmondsAtlanta FalconsDevonta FreemanBrian HillBaltimore RavensMark IngramG. Edwards/J. Hill*Buffalo BillsDevin Singletary*Frank GoreCarolina PanthersChristian McCaffreyReggie BonnafonChicago BearsDavid Montgomery*T. Cohen/R. Nall*Cincinnati BengalsJoe MixonGiovani BernardCleveland BrownsNick ChubbKareem HuntDallas CowboysEzekiel ElliottTony Pollard*Denver BroncosPhillip LindsayRoyce FreemanDetroit LionsKerryon JohnsonB. Scarbrough*/W. Hills*Green Bay PackersAaron JonesJamaal WilliamsHouston TexansCarlos HydeDuke JohnsonIndianapolis ColtsMarlon MackJ. Wilkins/J. WilliamsJacksonville JaguarsLeonard FournetteRyquell Armstead*Kansas City ChiefsDamien WilliamsL. McCoy/S. Ware/D. Thompson*Los Angeles ChargersMelvin GordonAustin EkelerLos Angeles RamsTodd GurleyMalcolm BrownMiami DolphinsP. Laird*/M. Gaskin*De’Lance TurnerMinnesota Vikings1Mike BooneAmeer AbdullahNew England PatriotsS. Michel/J. WhiteRex BurkheadNew Orleans SaintsAlvin KamaraLatavius MurrayNew York GiantsSaquon BarkleyJavorious AllenNew York JetsLe’Veon BellBilal PowellOakland RaidersJosh Jacobs*DeAndre WashingtonPhiladelphia Eagles2Miles Sanders*Boston ScottPittsburgh SteelersJames ConnerBenny Snell Jr.San Francisco 49ersRaheem MostertM. Breida/T. ColemanSeattle SeahawksChris CarsonC.J. ProsiseTampa Bay BucsP. Barber/R. JonesDare Ogunbowale*Tennessee Titans3Dion LewisK. Blasingame*/D. DawkinsWashington RedskinsAdrian PetersonC. Thompson/W. Smallwood*Rookie1 Starter Dalvin Cook (shoulder) and primary handcuff Alexander Mattison (ankle) will be out until at least Week 172 Starter Jordan Howard (shoulder) will be out until at least Week 173 Starter Derrick Henry (hamstring) will be out until at least Week 17last_img read more

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