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EC offering grant for pilot stage of pension tracking service

first_imgA spokeswoman for the European Commission told IPE that it took on board the outcome of the TTYPE project’s work in deciding to pursue the cross-border ETS.Although the commission is offering initial support to those wishing to set up an ETS, it is not taking responsibility for its implementation or running, according to the spokeswoman.The funding is to help stakeholders with implementing the pilot stage of the ETS only. The call for proposals is therefore aimed at stakeholders “who would take full ownership of the ETS and have a long-term strategy for its full roll-out”.Only one proposal will receive a financial grant from the EU. This is not allowed to exceed 80% of the total “eligible costs of the action”, with applicants needing to guarantee financing the remainder from other sources.The total budget earmarked for the EU’s contribution is estimated at €2.5m. Funding can be for activities such as “actions aiming at the creation and improving of networks”, digital infrastructure development, conferences and seminars, and/or analytical studies, according to the commission’s document.The TTYPE consortium had calculated that, after deducting membership fees of €3m, around €17m would be needed in the first five years to cover the costs of developing, connecting, and running the ETS.Case for ETS ‘reinforced’The European Commission proposed the establishment of an ETS for pensions in a white paper in 2012. In its call for proposals document it said that developments since then, such as the IORP II Directive, had “reinforced” the case for cross-border tracking services.According to the document, the pilot stage of the ETS should cover at least five EU member states or other countries deemed eligible, and “offer functionality that allows users to find their former supplementary pension funds in the participating countries”.It should be designed in a way that would allow it to be subsequently rolled out to more countries and with more functionality, and the strategy should focus on making the ETS financially self-sustainable after full roll-out.Where possible, the ETS should include information on statutory and/or personal pensions, although the main focus should be on occupational pensions, the commission said.Information provided by the ETS should be compatible with the pension information provisions of the Supplementary Pension Rights Directives and the IORP II Directive “and offer pension providers a cost-effective tool for fulfilling their information duties”.The call for proposals can be found here. The European Commission is taking applications for providers interested in setting up a European tracking service for pensions.Launched last month, the call for proposals delivers on a commitment made by the Commission last year to offer initial support to stakeholders looking to set up a European Tracking Service (ETS).Applications can be submitted until the end of May.In June last year a consortium of European pension providers presented a business plan for a cross-border ETS, called Track and Trace Your Pension in Europe (TTYPE). The providers said such a service would take six years to break even and so would initially be reliant on grants from the commission.last_img read more

Brisbane’s housing market leads the nation as only city to record home value growth

first_imgBrisbane has a median house price of $538,000 — still significantly less than Sydney’s $980,000 and Melbourne’s $750,000, despite the price falls in those two cities. Image: AAP/Darren England.He said the local economy, improving employment and infrastructure spending was luring southerners north.“We lagged Sydney for a long time, but now we’re actually spending a bit of money on infrastructure and it’s drawing more people here,” Mr Gordon said.“Financing conditions are tough and so we’re not going to see any massive price growth in the short term, but hopefully in the medium term things might turn around and I think they will.”Universal Buyers Agents director Darren Piper said the signs of recovery in the Brisbane apartment market was instilling confidence in investors.Mr Piper said he experienced one of his biggest months on record in October and was confident of seeing further lifts throughout the rest of the year.“We’re seeing a lot of buyers attracted by the lifestyle, great schools, weather — and prices of course,” Mr Piper said.“There’s also a renewed confidence in the market, so we’re seeing more people upgrading that we haven’t seen for the last 12 months.“They’re more confident that their home will sell and see the opportunities elsewhere in the market.”AMP Capital chief economist Shane Oliver said tighter credit, rising supply, a significant pool of borrowers having to switch from interest-only to principle and interest mortgages and reduced foreign demand were weighing on the overall market.Mr Oliver said AMP expected Sydney and Melbourne to record 20 per cent top to bottom house price declines out to 2020.The CoreLogic Hedonic Home Value Index is set for release on Monday. CoreLogic head of research Tim Lawless.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus15 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market15 hours agoThe CoreLogic preliminary figures reveal national property prices fell 0.9 per cent over the first 28 days of November.This would push total falls for the year to an estimated 5.6 per cent — the largest national drop in prices since December 2008.Sydney recorded the biggest price falls of all the country’s five major capitals, followed by Melbourne and Perth.“Queensland residential real estate is presenting an unbeatable buying opportunity for savvy property-watchers and what we’re seeing here is buyers who know what they want and are acting quickly to grab a good bargain.Blambles Finance Group director Campbell Gordon said it was important to realise the national figures were skewed towards the nation’s two biggest housing markets.Mr Gordon said his clients were finding good buying opportunities in the current Brisbane market because of its relative affordability compared to Sydney and Melbourne.According to CoreLogic, Brisbane has a median house price of $538,000 — still significantly less than Sydney’s $980,000 and Melbourne’s $750,000, despite the price falls in those two cities. Brisbane has recorded growth in home values for a second straight month. Image: AAP/Darren England.It’s the second month in a row that Brisbane has recorded growth in home values at a time when every other major state capital either remained stagnant or went backwards.CoreLogic head of research Tim Lawless said Brisbane was proving more resilient to the downturn because its home prices had never climbed as high and its recent growth was at a more sustainable level.Brisbane’s more affordable prices relative to Sydney and Melbourne were helping prop up that market and it was arguably the country’s most stable market, according to Mr Lawless.Better affordability also meant Brisbane was not as exposed to the current lending climate, where banks were becoming increasingly restrictive in giving out new loans.“There has been strong migration into southeast Queensland, especially from NSW,” Mr Lawless said.“Housing is much more affordable than in Sydney and Melbourne and that’s increasing demand for housing.“In many ways, Brisbane has underperformed in the last decade, but that’s actually made the market more sustainable.”center_img Brisbane was the only major state capital to record growth in home values in November, according to CoreLogic. Image: AAP/Darren England.BRISBANE’S housing market is leading the nation, with the city the only major state capital to see home values grow this month.Plummeting home prices in Sydney and Melbourne have dragged the national market into the biggest slump since the start of the global financial crisis, but the Queensland capital continues to defy the downturn.Preliminary figures from CoreLogic’s Hedonic Home Value Index show Brisbane was the only major capital to record growth in prices over November — albeit a modest 0.1 per cent.Annual growth was expected to hit 0.2 per cent by month-end.last_img read more

Inspiring Donegal teens celebrated at exhibition launch – Picture Special

first_imgTwo outstanding young people from Donegal are at the heart of a poignant exhibition which opened in Donegal County Museum on Friday. The Genio ‘Facing Change’ exhibition was launched in Letterkenny to coincide with Donegal Social Inclusion Week.The exhibition celebrates inspiring people across Ireland who have been supported to overcome challenges and lead a life of their own choosing in the community. Among the portaits is Anthony Foy (19) from Letterkenny and Ruby McCandless (13) from Carndonagh.Pictured at the ‘Facing Change’ launch are Ruby McCandless, John Healy, Genio and Anthony Foy. Photo Clive WassonAnthony is an outspoken young campaigner who is passionate about encouraging people to talk about mental health and wants to use his experience of difficulties to help others. Ruby, who has lived with cerebral palsy all her life, is helping to create inclusive activities for teenagers with disabilities in her hometown.Friday was a proud day for the teens as they saw their portraits first-hand along friends and family in the County Museum. ‘Facing Change’ will be hosted at Donegal County Museum until 19th October. Afterwards, the exhibition will visit Galway and Brussels throughout the rest of 2019 and early 2020.Read Ruby and Anthony’s stories here: https://www.donegaldaily.com/2019/09/26/two-remarkable-donegal-teens-celebrated-in-international-exhibition/See photos from the launch, by Clive Wasson, here: Pictured at the launch are Anthony Foy, Ruby McCandless and John Healy, Genio. Photo Clive WassonPictured at the ‘Facing Change’ launch are Anthony Foy and Cllr. Gerry McMonagle. Photo Clive WassonPictured at the ‘Facing Change’ launch are Ruby McCandless, Senator Padraig McLochlainn, John Healy, Genio and Anthony Foy. Photo Clive WassonGenio, the not-for-profit dedicated to working with the state to reform social services, has today marked its 10-year anniversary by launching its film and photo exhibition, Facing Change at Donegal County Museum. The exhibition features 10 portraits taken by photographer Ruth Medjber and 10 short films produced by Sam Whelan-Curtin and Fiona Murphy, of inspiringpeople who have been supported to overcome personal challenges related to mental health, disability, homelessness and dementia and to have more control over their own lives and live in the community. The exhibition is open to the public at Donegal County Museum, Letterkenny from Friday 4th to Saturday 19th October. Pictured at the launch are Michael Foy, Alisha Foy, Nicholas Crossan, Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council, Anthony Foy, John Healy,Deputy Executive Director, Genio and John O’Donnell, Letterkenny Mayor. Photo Clive WassonPictured at the ‘Facing Change’ launch are Ruby McCandless (Centre) Mairead McLaughlin, Ronan McCandless, Katie McCandless, Chrisie McCandless, Nicholas Crossan, Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council, Alan McCandless, Eyvonne Gill, Anne Doherty and angela McDaid. Photo Clive WassonPictured at the ‘Facing Change’ launch is Anthony Foy. Photo Clive WassonPictured at the ‘Facing Change’ launch are John Healy, Deputy Executive Director, Genio , John O’Donnell, Letterkenny Mayor and Joe Peoples Director of Housing, Corporate & Cultural Services Doengal County Council. Photo Clive Wasson Inspiring Donegal teens celebrated at exhibition launch – Picture Special was last modified: October 4th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Govt allays farmers’ ‘land grab’ fears

first_img29 June 2011 The South African government has used a one-day consultative meeting with the country’s commercial farmers to allay their fears regarding “land grabs”. The consultative gathering between Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti and farmers’ organisations TAU SA, AgriSA and the Agricultural Business Chamber took place in Pretoria on Tuesday. Speaking to reporters after the meeting, AgriSA deputy president Theo de Jager said: “From the farming community, there [are] always … fears that there might be Zimbabwean-style land grabs by the civil society. “We are glad that today we’ve come a long way to bridge the gap between commercial farmers and government on issues of insecurity, as we’ve been on the receiving end of most issues,” De Jager said. “We are grateful, and [it is] refreshing that from now onwards, we will be working together with government and other stakeholders on all issues affecting us.” TAU SA’s central Gauteng chairperson, Wannie Scribante, said: “It is true that some farmers are leaving the country because of the so-called land grab fears. “However, as the farmer’s organisation, we don’t want to jeopardise everything in the industry, which is economically viable. We don’t want to see the farming industry going down the drain.” Scribante said that, following the meeting, though there was still more to be done, they were looking forward to working with government and other stakeholders in finding reasonable solutions regarding land reform in the country. It was Nkwinti who announced that together with the farmers’ unions, they would be drafting legislation on an Office Valuer-General, Land Management Commission and Land Rights Management Board to support land reform. “We’ve all agreed to work together, but we will continue to engage each other,” Nkwinti said. “This is a tremendous achievement since we are now moving towards the same direction, and I want to reiterate that we will be representative with all the relevant stakeholders during these processes.” Nkwinti said the creation of the Valuer-General was long overdue, adding that it was very important institution, given that the current system used by valuers was unknown. The Land Management Commission, according to Nkwinti, would also help resolve the contradictions between surface rights and prospecting and/or mining rights. He said there had to be a provincial Land Rights Management Board in each of the nine provinces for efficiency and better decision-making, adding that the boards would consult with local government before undertaking any development project within any municipal space. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

BuildingGreen Founder Honored for Vision and Leadership

first_imgMany people in the U.S. have become philosophically sympathetic and even conscientiously attentive to environmental issues in recent years. But very few have found their way to the level of engagement that has marked Alex Wilson’s career.Wilson had been pegged as an environmental activist as far back as the mid-1970s, while a student at Ithaca College, he noted recently in one of his Energy Solutions blogs, which are featured regularly on GreenBuildingAdvisor.com. He had been asked to help organize the student community’s energy conservation efforts during a three-month power shortage. Even though it was a short-term commitment, it also was a life lesson that helped propel Wilson into advocacy of energy efficiency and environmentally responsible design and construction – a career trajectory that led to an announcement this week that he is the 2010 winner of the Hanley Award for Vision and Leadership in Sustainable Housing.Now in its second year, the Hanley Award is sponsored by The Hanley Foundation, EcoHome magazine, and publisher Hanley Wood. Wilson will receive the award and an accompanying $50,000 grant at the U.S. Green Building Council Hanley Award Dinner ceremony on November 17 at the Greenbuild conference in Chicago.A longtime force in green-building discourseGreen building advocates likely aren’t at all surprised by his development. Wilson founded BuildingGreen, an objective source of information about green design, in 1985, and in 1992 launched Environmental Building News, the first publication in the U.S. to focus on green building. He is now executive editor of EBN and GreenSpec Directory, a directory of green building products. Among other projects, BuildingGreen also publishes its material in book form, provides editorial guidance to GreenSource magazine, maintains the Department of Energy’s database on high-performance buildings, and has struck a number of other alliances to help develop and present green construction, design, and product information to both industry professionals and students.In a BuildingGreen press release about Wilson’s Hanley Award, USGBC’s president and CEO, Rick Fedrizzi, declared that “Alex is the best example I know of the adage ‘It’s amazing what you can accomplish when you don’t care who gets the credit.’ He was paying attention to how the built environment affects people and the planet 30 years ago, and played an instrumental role in the early development of USGBC and LEED both as a hands-on participant and as a respected journalist. When it comes to visionary, Alex is the real deal, and this award is well-deserved.”Bob Berkebile, principal of BNIM Architects, based in Kansas City, observed that “EBN has been a voice of leadership for all of us. In the green building world, Alex is the undisputed go-to person for deep knowledge about deep green, which is why GreenSpec is such a powerful force in stemming the tide of greenwash. His ability to put context to the science helps the rest of us make better decisions.”Wilson, who was selected for the award from a field of 12 nominees, said he has not decided how the $50,000 grant will be used, but noted that it will certainly go toward furthering his lifelong mission. “I hope to use the funds to step back and take a deeper look at the urgent challenges we are facing – and what we in the building industry can do about it.”last_img read more

PICTURES is an Impressive Photography Themed Video

first_imgThe following video is a fascinating look into the mind of a photographer!Every once in a while you see a video project who’s approach is so unique and well executed that it just blows you away. PICTURES by Gioacchino Petronicce is one of those projects.Using a unique blend of stop motion and still imagery, the video shows a photographers lens as it moves through locations capturing unique moments. Gioacchino states that it was literally an experiment to see if he could describe his vision on “how to make photography”. The result is a video shot across the world (Paris, Barcelona, Martinique, New York and other locations) over 3 years and comprised of 80,000 still pictures.The sound design is especially effective, as ambient sound is added throughout to highlight the locations and images being captured.For those interested in gear and tech specs, Gioacchino shares his toolkit on the PICTURES Vimeo page.Video and Music Editing: Lightroom 4, Quick Time Pro, Final Cut Pro 7 and Pro Tools 9Camera: Canon 5D Mark III and 7D (JPEG and RAW)Lenses: Tokina 11-16mm, Canon 35mm L, Zeiss 50mm 1.4, Canon 50mm 1.4, Canon 100mm 2.8, Samyang 85mm 1.4, Lens baby, Canon 15-85mmMusic: Claude Debussy – Clair de luneSee many of the beautiful still images from the film here.Best viewed full screen with nice speakers or headphones:last_img read more

‘Sharad Pawar was defamed because of me’ — Ajit Pawar breaks down at press meet

first_imgNCP leader Ajit Pawar addressing press conference in Mumbai on Saturday. Photo: Emmanual Yogini “I apologise for hurting feelings of leaders, workers and sympathisers for resigning without discussing them. I knew that they would stop me had I discussed it with them. I had been thinking of resigning for the past three days due to allegations of scam. But elections were staring at me. I was upset because Sharad Pawar was named in this case despite having no relation whatsoever with the case. He was named only because of his relationship with me,” he said. He said he wondered how a bank with deposits worth ₹11,000 crore could get involved in a scam worth ₹25,000 crore.Own decisionMr. Amit Pawar said he did not inform even the NCP president about his decision and was at a relative’s residence as he needed time to think. At a press conference in Pune on Friday night, Mr. Sharad Pawar had said that Ajit had spoken to his family members about quitting politics and going back to agriculture and industry.On Saturday morning, he held a meeting with the NCP chief at the latter’s residence in south Mumbai along with other members of the family. NCP leaders were kept out of the meeting. After the meeting, Mr. Sharad Pawar said the decision on whether to continue or quit politics would be announced by his nephew himself.Asked if he would contest the Assembly election or quit politics, the former Deputy Chief Minister said, “Sharad Pawar told me that you will have to do what I tell you. I could not meet his eye and nodded.”Rubbishing reports of a family feud, Mr. Ajit Pawar said, “A feud was talked about when Supriya [Sule] entered politics, then Parth [Pawar] contested and now when Rohit [Pawar] may contest. It is all baseless. Sharad Pawar is the head of the family and we work as per his directions.” A day after resigning as MLA and remaining incommunicado for over 20 hours, an emotional Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Ajit Pawar on Saturday said that he was being defamed and allegations of scams were levelled against him before every election. The inquiries against him keep on continuing with no end in sight.“In 2014, I was blamed for the ₹70,000-crore irrigation scam, and now it is ₹25,000 crore. The inquiry on the allegations in the irrigation scam has been going on for five years. Just like others, we too are doing our work. How long am I supposed to suffer? We are humans too. We too have emotions,” he said fighting back tears at a press conference at the Y.B. Chavan Centre here.Mr. Ajit Pawar, a former Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra, was joined by senior NCP leader Chhagan Bhujbal, NCP State president Jayant Patil, Leader of the Opposition Dhananjay Munde and NCP MLA Jitendra Awhad in a show of solidarity.He, along with other directors of the Maharashtra State Cooperative Bank, has been named by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in the alleged ₹25,000-crore scam. His uncle and NCP president, Sharad Pawar, too has been named, despite never being a director of the bank. “Had my name not been on the director board of the bank, then this case itself wouldn’t have come up ever. It came up because of me, and Sharad Pawar had to suffer,” he said.last_img read more

Gordon Hayward signs 4-year, maximum deal with Celtics

first_imgMOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Ravena on joining PBA Draft: Only thing left to be done is pass application form Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet LATEST STORIES There was an “immediate familiarity” when the Celtics pitched Hayward on the team, he said in a conference call with reporters Friday after signing his four-year deal worth about $128 million. “It brought back memories of when I was being recruited in high school by Coach Brad. This time it’s at the next level.”Ten days after announcing that he had accepted the Celtics’ offer and agreed to leave Utah, Hayward officially joined a team that earned the No. 1 seed in the East last season and reached the conference finals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsOne of the most coveted free agents of the offseason, the Celtics lured Hayward from the Jazz with a max contract and the chance to rejoin his college coach. At Butler, Stevens and Hayward were together for the first of the Bulldogs’ back-to-back NCAA championship game appearances in 2010.“It’s really an unbelievable thing to be sitting with a guy in your office when he’s 16 or 17 years old, and to again be sitting with him when he’s 27,” Stevens said.center_img View comments Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ FILE – In this May 9, 2017, file photo, then-Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward talks to the media during the NBA teams end of season press conference in Salt Lake City. When it comes to the IRS, the dollars connected to a player’s contract don’t tell the whole story about how much he’s going to be making. Where a player choses to play _ the Boston Celtics or the Miami Heat _ could go a long way in determining how much money he ends up receiving. Robert Raiola, who includes many professional athletes among his clients in his role as director of sports and entertainment for the PKF O’Connor Davies accounting firm, cites former Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward’s recent deal with the Celtics as an example. (Kristin Murphy/The Deseret News via AP, File)BOSTON — Brad Stevens was just a week or so into his new job as Butler head coach when Gordon Hayward was his first recruit to visit.A decade later, they’ve been reunited with the Boston Celtics.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ The Celtics needed to clear salary cap space to make room for Hayward, which they accomplished by trading guard Avery Bradley to Detroit and then waiving forward Jordan Mickey early Friday. “It’s been a long 10 days, hasn’t it?” Celtics basketball boss Danny Ainge said.Stevens said his pitch to Hayward, an All-Star last season for the Jazz who averaged 21.9 points, was more about the future than the past.“I talked about why this transition was so great for me and my family, and also how hard it was to initially make the transition,” Stevens said. “I tried to keep it much more focused on the now than our relationship 10 years ago.”It’s the second straight summer the Celtics have landed a big free agent: Last year, theybrought in Al Horford (and made a pitch to Kevin Durant, as well). That helped them reach the Eastern Conference finals, where they were eliminated by Cleveland in five games.The Celtics also had the No. 1 overall pick in the draft, which they traded for the third pick — Duke forward Jayson Tatum — and another first-rounder, likely next year.ADVERTISEMENT El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes “I feel like our team is in a better position than last year,” Ainge said.Landing Hayward was not only a coup for the Celtics, but for the Eastern Conference as a whole. This summer has seen West teams load up to try to defeat the Warriors, and the vast majority of high-profile roster moves have occurred in the East.Hayward will wear the same No. 20 he wore at Butler and Utah. It was last worn in Boston by Ray Allen during the New Big Three era that helped the franchise win its unprecedented 17th NBA title.“The last seven years playing for the Jazz was something that I’ll never forget. I want to thank them for everything they gave me,” Hayward said. “There was just something different about Boston, different about being a Celtic, a different feeling about being a Boston Celtics, that won me over.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

For Raptors, guard Kyle Lowry might be as valuable as ever

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated LATEST STORIES James isn’t there to thwart them this time.His leaving has opened up the path to the East title, and Toronto — the team with the NBA’s second-best record this season, 58-24 — might have its best chance yet of reaching the NBA Finals.“It’s going to be an incredibly tough series,” Philadelphia coach Brett Brown said. “I think that Toronto is as good as there is in the NBA and we will be tested immediately.”And the 76ers surely won’t consider Lowry a third option.They played four times this season, and Lowry scored exactly 20 points in three different games — making him one of eight players (Leonard being another) to have that many 20-point outings against the 76ers in this regular season.“I think we’re just continuing to get better,” Lowry said. “We’re growing as a team, growing as a group. I think our communication is getting a lot better. I think the time that we have in studying one team … it’s really good for us.”His scoring is down, and that’s largely by design. The Raptors don’t need him going into games thinking he needs to get 25 to give his team the best chance of winning anymore.Leonard said scoring isn’t a valid evaluator of Lowry anymore. He’s among Toronto’s best at deflections, taking charges, getting steals, diving for loose balls. His toughness isn’t in question either — in Game 5 against Orlando, Lowry dislocated a finger on his right, shooting, hand. He popped it back in himself and shook it off afterward.Nurse equates Lowry’s leadership to that of a savvy veteran quarterback. And Leonard doesn’t disagree with that comparison.“He makes us all better,” Leonard said. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. He is not complaining.“It’s about winning,” Lowry said. “It’s a team game. It takes a good team to understand situations, mismatches … for me, it’s about being a good teammate, helping my guys. If I need to score I can go score. If I need to pass, I can pass. But winning games is all that matters.”The Raptors won their last four games of the first round. It’s the first four-game winning streak of Lowry’s long playoff career.“It’s a blessing to have him on the floor,” Leonard said.The Raptors’ playoff shortcomings — and Lowry’s — are well-documented. The second round is where their seasons ended in each of the last two years, both in sweeps. They lost in the East finals in 2016. In all three of those seasons, it was LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers that sent them into the summer.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry (7) scores past Orlando Magic center Nikola Vucevic (9) and guard Terrence Ross (31) during the second half of Game 2 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series Tuesday, April 16, 2019, in Toronto. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)The biggest play Kyle Lowry made in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs might have been overlooked.Game 3 in Orlando, time winding down, Toronto clinging to a three-point lead. Kawhi Leonard’s jumper was well short, barely grazing the front of the rim. The rebound hits the floor and ricochets between Orlando’s Terrence Ross and D.J. Augustin. They lunged for the ball, and they never had a chance.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Russell Westbrook shrugs off critics after playoff exit Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Out of nowhere, Lowry swooped in between the Magic guards, grabbed the rebound and extended the possession. Seconds later, game over, Raptors win. Orlando’s chance at a tie never came, because Lowry knew exactly what was required in the ultimate moment.“Kyle does things by example,” Toronto coach Nick Nurse said. “He throws his body around. He’s continually blocking out guys, seemingly twice his size and keeping them off the glass. He’s stepping in and taking charges. Those are inspiring-type plays, I think, that rub off and are contagious and get the rest of the guys on your team to do it.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThat’s what they need, too.Lowry and the Raptors are headed to the second round of the East playoffs starting Saturday, when they play host to Philadelphia in Game 1. He wasn’t a big scorer in the first round, went scoreless in Game 1 against the Magic — got criticized for it, though that doesn’t bother him much anymore — and has basically become Toronto’s third scoring option thanks to the acquisition of Leonard and the emergence of Pascal Siakam. MOST READ SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View commentslast_img read more

8 days agoSheffield Utd boss Wilder ‘not surprised’ by Henderson ‘world best’ claims

first_imgSheffield Utd boss Wilder ‘not surprised’ by Henderson ‘world best’ claimsby Paul Vegas8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSheffield United boss Chris Wilder has no problem with Dean Henderson’s outspoken ways.The on-loan Manchester United goalkeeper has claimed that he can become the world’s best.“He’s a confident boy, he backs himself to do well,” he said.“I’m not surprised he’s saying these words. If they came from someone else, I might have a different view, but knowing what the boy is about, I smile. I love it, I love his positivity.“I love his reaction as shown against Watford and the way he will work and work to be the best he can.“If he works as hard as he can, then you never know where that can take you.” TagsLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more