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KBC pension fund’s Meysmans to step down after 20 years

first_imgEdwin Meysmans, managing director of Pensioenfonds KBC, one of Belgium’s largest pension funds, will leave his role in early July to enter into retirement.He doesn’t like to call it that, however.“I think the English word ‘retirement’ is a horrible word,” he said. “Don’t you think so? It means that you’re stepping out of a society and you retire – it’s a terrible word.”Meysmans will mark 20 years as head of the pension fund in a few days. He joined the financial group’s pension fund when KBC was still Kredietbank, having previously worked for the bank’s legal department and then its credit department. During those two decades it has grown from €500m in assets to €2bn as of 1 January this year, according to Meysmans.“That’s quite a growth,” he told IPE. “Looking at return figures over the last 20 years we got to an annual average return of 6.96%, so very close to 7%. After inflation it’s more than 5%, so I think we’ve done – not just me but with the team – a good job.”Some governance changes are due to take place in connection with Meysmans’ retirement, such as creating separate roles for liabilities and assets. These have yet to be decided.Meysmans has been an active member of the Belgian pension fund association – now known as PensioPlus – throughout his career, as a member of the board, the management committee, and as vice-president. He will relinquish his long-held role as vice president at the association when he leaves KBC.He will remain an independent trustee of the Euroclear Pension Fund and the Willis Towers Watson Lifesight OFP, and has been asked to act as independent trustee and chair of a new pan-European pension fund that is due to be launched soon. The fund, Pensions OFP, was approved by the Belgian regulator in February. Meysmans said it is a pension fund “with a Danish background” but will set up shop in Belgium to run a pan-European defined contribution plan, offered first in Denmark but then opening to other European countries.Meysmans is also a lay judge in Belgium’s commercial courts, and said he would spend more time on this activity.last_img read more

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St. Louis 5th Grade Boys Basketball Team Victorious

first_imgSubmitted by Batesville Coach Mark Giesting. The St. Louis 5th Grade Red Team defeated the St. Lawrence Panthers 22-20.Jon Grieshop, Jack Forbeck, and Sam Voegele led the offensive attack with 6 points each followed by Brandon Simmermeyer and Riley Schebler with 2 points apiece.  Ben Schebler and Jack Abplanalp played excellent defense.The Red Team is now 2-3 on the season.last_img

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Melvin E. Hinds age, 87

first_imgMelvin E. Hinds, age 87, a lifetime farmer and resident of Brookville, Indiana died Thursday, June 23, 2016 at Bethesda North Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio.Born October 25, 1928 in Brookville, Indiana he was the son of the late Charles & Maude (Hammer) Hinds. He was a Veteran of the Korean Conflict having served in the United States Marine Corps. On February 1, 1950 he was united in marriage to the former Ruth Ross, and she survives.He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Brookville; a past Director of the Franklin County Farm Bureau Co-Op; as well as a member of the Franklin County Antique Machinery Club. In his leisure time he enjoyed restoring antique Allis Chalmers tractors, and cherished time spent with his family. His daughters recount that Dad liked to drink Pepsi, because he always said he wasn’t old enough to drink coffee!Besides Ruth, his loving wife of over 66 years, survivors include two daughters, Sharon (Patrick) Savage of Lawrenceburg, Indiana; Karon Selm of Brookville, Indiana; two grandsons, Matthew (Rachel) Selm of Madison, Wisconsin and Kevin Selm of West Lafayette, Indiana; as well as his twin brother, Marvin (Hazel) Hinds of Marion, Indiana and several nieces and nephews.In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Lowell Hinds.Rev. Michael Holman, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Brookville, will officiate the Funeral Services at 12:00 Noon on Monday, June 27, 2016 at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home, 1025 Franklin Ave., Brookville. Burial will then follow in Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Mt. Carmel, Indiana.Family & friends may visit from 10:00 A.M. until the time of the services at 12:00 Noon on Monday, June 27, 2016 at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home in Brookville.Memorial Contributions may be directed to the First Baptist Church or Franklin County E.M.S.. Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home is honored to serve the Hinds family, to sign the online guest book or send personal condolences please visit www.phillipsandmeyers.com .last_img read more

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Ward’s the winner at Crystal

first_imgA.J. Ward won the Saturday feature at Crystal Motor Speedway. (Photo by Christine Hale)CRYSTAL, Mich. (Aug. 11) – A.J. Ward got another win closer to the IMCA Modified 100 career victory milestone Saturday at Crystal Motor Speedway.The Dirt Works Race Cars Eastern Region point leader started 10th and raced to the checkers ahead of Myron DeYoung.Brady Hollenbeck rounded out the top three.last_img

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IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National Point Standings through July 9

first_imgIMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars – 1. Tyler Drueke, Eagle, Neb., 607; 2. Zach Blurton, Quinter, Kan., 445; 3. Stuart Snyder, Lincoln, Neb., 414; 4. Kyler Johnson, Quinter, Kan., 413; 5. Trefer Waller, Oneill, Neb., 402; 6. Toby Chapman, Panama, Neb., 394; 7. Garrett Bard, Wells Tannery, Pa., 375; 8. Ryan Voss, Spirit Lake, Iowa, 360; 9. John Walp, Wapwallopen, Pa., 356; 10. Dusty Ballenger, Harrisburg, S.D., 318; 11. Monty Ferriera, Lincoln, Neb., and Larry McVay, Borden­town, N.J., both 317; 13. Kyle Keen, Carlisle, Pa., 305; 14. Adam Gullion, Lincoln, Neb., 304; 15. Christopher Thram, Sanborn, Minn., 291; 16. Neil Nickolite, Bellwood, Neb., 289; 17. J.D. John­son, Maize, Kan., 273; 18. Tanner Conn, Oklahoma City, Okla., 271; 19. Douglas Dodson, Mid­dletown, Pa., 266; 20. Gunnar Pike, South Bend, Neb., 265. Junior National Champion – 1. Dallon Murty, Chel­sea, Iowa. 732; 2. Kollin Hibdon, Pahrump, Nev., 727; 3. Kaden Reynolds, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 680; 4. Matthew Day, Farmersville, Texas, 662; 5. Logan Duffy, Independence, Iowa, 653; 6. Justin Erickson, Glendale, Ariz., 648; 7. Dylan Thornton, Santa Maria, Calif., 598; 8. Jake Pike, Pahrump, Nev., 555; 9. Raymond Doyle, Chandler, Ariz., 547; 10. Jayden Larson, Mankato, Minn., 536; 11. Jayden Schmidt, Seymour, Wis., 521; 12. Michael Thing, Campo, Calif., 519; 13. Mike Smith, Lake City, Iowa, 460; 14. T.J. Wyman, Laveen, Ariz., 508; 15. Blake Luinenburg, Reading, Minn., 505; 16. Casey Brunson, Lott, Texas, 492; 17. Jackson Harpole, Farmington, N.M., 467; 18. Cade Richards, Lincoln, Neb., 449; 19. Ashton Wilkey, Batesville, Ark., 448; 20. Dennis Cosens, Mentmore, N.M., 435. IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars – 1. Dallon Murty, Chelsea, Iowa, 732; 2. Steffan Carey, Bloomfield, N.M., 719; 3. Dan Mackenthun, Hamburg, Minn., 709; 4. Michael Nichols, Harlan, Iowa, 701; 5. Damon Murty, Chelsea, Iowa, 693; 6. Jason Batt, Harker Heights, Texas, 690; 7. Shelby Williams, Bonham, Texas, 653; 8. Leah Wroten, Independence, Iowa, 625; 9. Devin Smith, Lake City, Iowa, 602; 10. Justin Luinenburg, Reading, Minn., 598; 11. Jay Schmidt, Tama, Iowa, 581; 12. Donavon Smith, Lake City, Iowa, 575; 13. Troy Burkhart, Hays, Kan., 572; 14. J.C. Parmeley, Peoria, Ariz., 566; 15. Chanse Hollatz, Clear Lake, Iowa, 562; 16. Jeffrey Larson, Lakefield, Minn., 560; 17. Gary Williams, Bonham, Texas, 549; 18. Darryl Campbell, Everman, Texas, and Raymond Doyle, Chandler, Ariz., both 547; 20. Cameron Wilkinson, Neligh, Neb., 531.  IMCA Modifieds – 1. Chaz Baca, Mesa, Ariz., 776; 2. William Gould, Calera, Okla., 748; 3. Jon White Jr., Red Oak, Texas, 714; 4. Jesse Rogotzke, Sanborn, Minn., 700; 5. Tim Ward, Chandler, Ariz., 699; 6. Josh McGaha, Abilene, Texas, 694; 7. Alex Stanford, Chowchilla, Calif., 690; 8. Zachary Madrid, Phoenix, Ariz., 688; 9. Kelly Shryock, Fertile, Iowa, 681; 10. Brandon Beckendorf, Danube, Minn., 665; 11. Ethan Braaksma, Newton, Iowa, 663; 12. Bart Taylor, Sheridan, Wy., 659; 13. Dakota Sproul, Hays, Kan., 650; 14. Braxton Yeager, Green River, Wy., 638; 15. Tony Leiker, Gillette, Wy., and Kollin Hibdon, Pahrump, Nev., both 637; 17. Jeff Larson (B1), Freeport, Ill., 630; 18. Jim Thies, Mapleton, Iowa, 626; 19. Tom Berry, Newburg, N.D., 604; 20. Nick Meyer, Whittemore, Iowa, 602. IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks – 1. Jason Duggins, Farmington, N.M., 738; 2. Cody Nielsen, Spencer, Iowa, 725; 3. Brandon Nielsen, Spencer, Iowa, 722; 4. Jason Wilkinson, Neligh, Neb., 688; 5. Kaden Reynolds, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 680; 6. Steve Bitting, Phoenix, Ariz., 676; 7. Tim Gonska, Brainerd, Minn., 646; 8. Cody Williams, Minneapolis, Kan., 627; 9. Jeff Ware, Columbus, Neb., and Jason Kohl, Missouri Valley, Iowa, both 604; 11. Cory Probst, Brewster, Minn., 579; 12. Malik Sampson, Worthington, Minn., 566; 13. Jason Fusselman, Avoca, Iowa, 557; 14. Solomon Bennett, Minburn, Iowa, 540; 15. Chuck Madden Jr., Avoca, Iowa, 535; 16. Mike Smith, Lake City, Iowa, 516; 17. Brett Vanous, Quasqueton, Iowa, 513; 18. Zach Olmstead, Overton, Neb., and Blake Luinenburg, Reading, Minn., both 505; 20. Brad King, New Town, N.D., 491. Lady Eagle – 1. Taylor Kuehl, Cave Creek, Ariz., 682; 2. Shelby Frye, Casa Grande, Ariz., 668; 3. Kel­sie Foley, Tucson, Ariz., 657; 4. Leah Wroten, Independence, Iowa, 625; 5. Kaytee DeVries, Spencer, Iowa, 596; 6. Kenzie Ritter, Keystone, Iowa, 401; 7. Taylor Florio, Copperas Cove, Texas, 381; 8. Allison Morris, Taylor, Texas, 379; 9. Brianna Maughlin, Dighton, Kan., 371; 10. Hannah Miller, Phoenix, Ariz., 356; 11. Krissy Carpenter, Aztec, N.M., 351; 12. Brooklynne Kibel, Cortez, Colo., 330; 13. Jenna Hagemann, Fort Ripley, Minn., 309; 14. Kellie Drury, Eldora, Iowa, 302; 15. Jill George, Cedar Falls, Iowa, 300; 16. Chelsea Clark, Cortez, Colo., 298; 17. Patti Ryland, Brentwood, Calif., 296; 18. Hannah Chesmore, 295; 19. Torey Fischer, West Fargo, N.D., 294; 20. Tomi Duarte, Yuma, Ariz., 289.center_img IMCA Sunoco Late Models – 1. Logan Duffy, Independence, Iowa, 653; 2. Matt Ryan, Davenport, Iowa, 633; 3. Dalton Simonsen, Fairfax, Iowa, 522; 4. Colton Leal, Dubuque, Iowa, 439; 5. Mitch Manternach, Dyersville, Iowa, 436; 6. Eric Pollard, Peosta, Iowa, and Andy Nezworski, Buffalo, Iowa, both 430; 8. Jeff A. Aikey, Cedar Falls, Iowa, 409; 9. Jacob Waterman, Colona, Ill., 386; 10. Cory Dumpert, York, Neb., 384; 11. Robert Osborne, Norfolk, Neb., 354; 12. Chase Osborne, Battle Creek, Neb., 353; 13. Nelson Vollbrecht, Stanton, Neb., Chuck Hanna, Port Byron, Ill., and Zachary Zentner, Cedar Rapids, Neb., each 350; 16. Justin Kay, Wheatland, Iowa, 347; 17. Jim Johnson, Plainview, Neb., 341; 18. Joel Callahan, Dubuque, Iowa, 306; 19. Jill George, Cedar Falls, Iowa, 300; 20. Alex Banks, Newman Grove, Neb., 293.  Smiley’s Racing Products Southern SportMods – 1. Dean Abbey, Roanoke, Texas, 776; 2. Matthew Day, Farmersville, Texas, 662; 3. Damon Hammond, Burleson, Texas, 658; 4. Dan Day, Farmersville, Texas, 556; 5. Jeff Reynolds, Godley, Texas, 538; 6. Casey Brunson, Lott, Texas, 492; 7. Jackson Harpole, Farmington, N.M., 467; 8. James Hanusch, Belton, Texas, 423; 9. Gary Fox, Fort Worth, Texas, 413; 10. Shelby Williams, Bonham, Texas, 407; 11. Jerrett Bransom, Burleson, Texas, 391; 12. James Skinner, Burleson, Texas, 383; 13. Taylor Florio, Copperas Cove, Texas, 381; 14. Jake Upchurch, Red Oak, Texas, and Christopher Stewart, Tatum, N.M., both 379; 16. Billy J. Gould, Kingwood, Texas, 376; 17. Tim Ihnen, Cortez, Colo., 369; 18. Tate Butler, Yukon, Okla., 364; 19. Kaden Honeycutt, Aledo, Texas, 362; 20. Mark Patterson, Merkel, Texas, 357. Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods – 1. Cody Thompson, Sioux City, Iowa, 792; 2. Matt Looft, Swea City, Iowa, 773; 3. Brian Osantowski, Columbus, Neb., 765; 4. Tony Olson, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 748; 5. Tyler Soppe, Dubuque, Iowa, 743; 6. Doug Smith, Lake City, Iowa, 727; 7. Clay Erickson, Glendale, Ariz., 697; 8. Chance Huston, East Moline, Ill., 686; 9. Taylor Kuehl, Cave Creek, Ariz., 682; 10. Brian J. Carey, Aztec, N.M., 675; 11. Shelby Frye, Casa Grande, Ariz., 668; 12. Hunter Longnecker, Woodward, Iowa, 660; 13. Johnathon D. Logue, Boone, Iowa, 654; 14. Camron Spangler, Dove Creek, Colo., 650; 15. Justin Erickson, Glendale, Ariz., 648; 16. Luke Stallbaumer, Tecumseh, Kan., 646; 17. Timothy Allerdings, Prescott Valley, Ariz., 643; 18. Kyle Olson, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 641; 19. Austen Becerra, Carthage, Ill., 631; 20. David Pitt, Rock Springs, Wy., 597. Mach-1 Sport Compacts – 1. Steve Riojas, Waxahachie, Texas, 693; 2. Tyler Fiebelkorn, Creston, Iowa, 691; 3. Kaytee DeVries, Spencer, Iowa, 596; 4. Jaedon Erickson, Welcome, Minn., 587; 5. Darwin “Bubba” Brown Jr., Jackson, Minn., 582; 6. R.J. Esqueda, Granada, Minn., 568; 7. Bondy Cannon, Mineral Wells, Texas, 538; 8. Ted Trumbo, Saint Francis, Kan., 449; 9. Dennis Cosens, Mentmore, N.M., and Harold Clifton, Stephenville, Texas, both 435; 11. Billy Ayres, Glendale, Ariz., 426; 12. Nate Coopman, Mankato, Minn., and Justin Dose, Biscay, Minn., both 416; 14. Gilbert Aldape, Sioux City, Iowa, 408; 15. Jack Bransom, Burleson, Texas, 403; 16. Anthony Clark, Omaha, Neb., 393; 17. Frank Lackey, Joshua, Texas, 380; 18. Ramsey Meyer, Pierce, Neb., 378; 19. Brianna Maughlin, Dighton, Kan., 371; 20. William Millard, Dolores, Colo., 368. last_img read more

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Senate moves debate on revenue formula to next week

first_imgA consultative meeting between the informal Committee and the Senate leadership will now be held on Thursday, 10th September, 2020, while the Senate will then hold a Kamukunji on Monday, 14th September to appraise the entire membership on progress made and the outcome of the consultative engagement.Get breaking news on your Mobile as-it-happens. SMS ‘NEWS’ to 20153 The Senate has pushed debate on the 3rd basis for revenue allocation among County Governments to Tuesday 15th September 2020.Senate Speaker Ken Lusaka says this will give the informal Committee that was constituted to develop consensus ample time to finalize on their deliberations.“The informal Committee has been updating the Senate leadership on a regular basis including the Senate Business Committee. The Committee was informed that consultations were ongoing and that the prospects of achieving a win-win position are very promising,” He said. This even as National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi urged the Leader of Majority and the Leader of Minority to engage their Counterparts in the Senate to fast track consideration and passage by the Senate of the Public Finance Management (amendment) bill 2019, National Assembly bill number 63 of 2019, with appropriate amendments to entrench in Law the procedure for withdrawal from the Consolidated fund in the event of delays in the passage of the County Allocation of Revenue Act.Also Read  152 more test positive as Kenya’s COVID-19 cases hit 36,981Muturi made the communication in response to a letter from the National Treasury Cabinet Secretary seeking approval of the House for the release of 50% of the equitable share of the National Revenue allocated to County Governments in the Division of Revenue Act 2020.Also Read  Relief for families as MOH revises Covid-19 burial protocolsThe approval the speaker noted requires legislative grounding in the constitution or an Act of Parliament.This the Speaker said will ensure Counties continue to function whether or not there is a stalemate or delay of the two annual revenue bills now and in the future.Muturi however pointed out that in case Senate delays in passing the Public Finance Management (amendment) bill with the necessary amendments, the National Assembly through the Budget and appropriation Committee shall urgently cause the publication and introduction of a bill proposing amendments to the Public Finance Management Act 2012, to cater for interim disbursements to County Governments pending the enactment of the County Allocation of Revenue bill.Also Read  Uhuru extends curfew ahead of his address Tuesday next weekHe said he remains confident that the Senate will dispense with the bill as soon as possible saying the National Assembly House Business Committee will prioritize the Senate’s amendments over any other business.last_img read more

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Local swimmers, divers receive honors at state banquet in Augusta

first_imgELLSWORTH — After a remarkable season, some of the area’s top swimmers and divers have finally been rewarded — formally, that is.Swimmers and divers from around the state were honored at the Maine Interscholastic Swim League’s annual awards banquet Saturday, March 12.Among the local athletes honored at the event were Ellsworth’s Sam Alvarado and Camden Holmes. Alvarado and Holmes both won individual state titles for the Eagles last month by finishing first in the 500-yard freestyle and 100- and 200-yard freestyles, respectively. The two were the top competitors throughout the season for an Ellsworth boys’ team that finished second at the Class B championships in Orono.Bucksport junior Anthony Wardwell, who was recently named the Penobscot Valley Conference’s best male diver, earned the Class A Diver of the Year Award. Although Bucksport doesn’t have a diving team, Wardwell competed the season as an individual diver as part of a cooperative arrangement with Brewer High School. He won the Class A individual title with a score of 339.3.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textWardwell started diving five years ago at the Bangor YMCA but did not do so competitively until his freshman year at Bucksport. He placed second in the state last year and earned a trip to Florida for the YMCA national meet in the process. Wardwell was formally named to the PVC All-Star and MISL All-State teams at the banquet as well.Another swimmer to be honored was George Stevens Academy’s Ava Sealander, who made the MISL All-State team and was named the PVC’s top female swimmer in February. Mount Desert Island’s Liam Sullivan and Lydia DaCorte were also honored after being named All-State swimmers in multiple events in February.last_img read more

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Tennis News US Open 2019: Daniil Medvedev Proud As ‘Amazing Summer’ Ends With Final Defeat

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Tennis News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New York: Daniil Medvedev said he was incredibly proud of a remarkable six-week hardcourt run in North America that culminated with Sunday’s agonizing five-set loss to Rafael Nadal in the US Open final. Medvedev became just the third man to reach finals at Washington, Canada, Cincinnati and the US Open in the same summer, but like those before him — Ivan Lendl (1982) and Andre Agassi (1995) — he too finished runner-up in New York.”It was an amazing match. It’s an amazing story. All this summer is amazing for me. I will remember every moment of it,” Medvedev said.”I have a really good memory if we talk about tennis. I’ll definitely remember it even when I’m, like, 70 years old.”Medvedev, who won his first Masters title last month in Cincinnati, will climb to a career high of fourth in the ATP rankings on Monday.”After the summer I had no fear. I had everything to win. I think it’s Rafa who had something to lose. I went out there, I gave everything I could, and I’m proud of myself,” Medvedev said.”He was the better one today. I have to admit it. I have no regrets.”The Russian, a first-time Grand Slam finalist, joked he was thinking of what to say during the trophy presentation after losing the first two sets to Nadal.But Medvedev, spurred on by an electric Arthur Ashe Stadium crowd, tapped into his energy reserves to launch a stirring fightback that had Nadal up against the ropes.After leveling the final at two sets apiece, Medvedev missed three break point chances in the second game of the decider. He looked beaten after going a double break down, but retrieved one and erased two match points, creating an opportunity to get back on serve as Nadal served for the title a second time.’Close To Winning'”Was I close to winning? Yes, one set away. I mean, had break points at 5-4. I will remember everything of it. I will be disappointed with the result, but I will be happy with the way I played, as I say, the whole summer, the whole US Open,” Medvedev said.”My wife always tells me that I have to be happy about myself sometimes, because I’m really self-criticizing. For example, tonight I’m not happy to lose, but I have to give myself credit for these two weeks. It’s been amazing.”Before the tournament, my best result was fourth round of a Slam. I had some physical problems. Sometimes I didn’t play as good as I wanted. But I managed to be in the final. I managed to give huge fight to one of the best players in the history of our sport.”Nadal’s victory extended the dominance of the “Big Three” with the last 12 major titles won by the Spaniard, Novak Djokovic or Roger Federer.Medvedev was attempting to become the first man born in the 1990s to win a Grand Slam title. Milos Raonic lost the Wimbledon final in 2016 while Dominic Thiem finished runner-up to Nadal at the French Open the past two years.”I can say that I’m sure all of us, we’re fighting our best to try to make this transition. It’s really tough because these guys, they are playing good tennis. I don’t know what else to say. They are just playing amazing tennis,” Medvedev said.”It’s really tough to beat them, even to get a set from them, even every game to win is tough. We’re just doing our best job to try to make it happen sometimes.””(These) three guys, they are legends. The way they’re playing tennis is just unbelievable.”Nadal, who warned the Big Three era is nearing an end, believes the time will soon come for Medvedev.”He has a great, great future in front. I really believe that he will be able to win Grand Slams, a couple of them,” Nadal said.”In this life, it’s impossible to predict the future. But his career looks very, very well.” last_img read more

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Erickson: NFL fumbles Favre fiasco

first_imgJan. 20, 2008, was the end of an era. It was bitter cold, with about a negative 21-degree wind chill. Everything was on the line. One drive away from a trip to the Super Bowl, Brett Favre intended to throw a pass to Donald Driver. In some cruel twist of fate, Giants cornerback Corey Webster caught the ball instead. It was over. Favre’s career was done.Or, so it seemed.After three additional seasons with the Jets and (gasp!) the Vikings, Favre ruined his shiny reputation with the faithful cheesehead nation. In those first two seasons back, Favre ended the playoffs for both teams with interceptions that seemed to mock him like a strong case of bad karma. In what turned into his final season – legitimately this time – Favre was driven into the ground as if football was finally telling him he was too old and he needed to move on with what life he has left.In the drama filled world of Favre, he could not escape controversy one final time before leaving the field for good.Jenn Sterger went public, stating that Favre sent her pictures of his nether regions along with some suggestive texts during his stint with the Jets.While no ruling has made clear what really happened, one thing is certain: Roger Goodell could have handled the investigation better.Favre suffered a mere slap on the wrist for allegations that could get anyone else in any other job fired.As Favre kept his mouth shut throughout the investigation, rather than explaining what really happened, Goodell seemed to throw in the towel on the whole situation rather than take any action to find the truth.In the paraphrased words of Sterger’s lawyer, Joseph Conway, this ruling does send a disturbing message: players, like most celebrities, seem to get preferential treatment, and, no matter what position a woman holds in the NFL, it is still a man’s organization not ready for change.While the events of the allegations occurred over two years ago, it does not mean that nothing should be done about it. Because of a lack of action, it shows that it is acceptable for players to send racy pictures or essentially harass women within the organization because they will only have to give up the equivalent of a cheap car or diamonds.Some have called this a victory for Favre. In fact, a reporter for the St. Paul Pioneer Press referred to the ruling by saying the future Hall of Famer could “add another victory to his mantle.”Favre may not be in a huge amount of trouble from this controversy, but I think a fair amount of fans would agree that it was not a personal victory for Favre. In fact, his silence has lost him some respect.If he would have just taken responsibility for his actions – much like in 1996, when he finally admitted his addiction to Vicodin and entered rehab – all could have eventually been forgiven, especially with his status. People may not have been all too proud of him in 1996, but all was forgiven in the end. He stepped up, like a man, and a year later no one cared about his past issues. But that could have something to do with him winning the Super Bowl.In this case, it was his status that caused the NFL to be lenient with him. No. 4 has spent 20 years in the NFL. He’s a legend, even though all his records may not stand in the years to come – especially with the likes of Tom Brady, Peyton Manning and Aaron Rodgers in the league.Favre has been a great player – there’s no denying that – and he’s done a lot for the league in creating so much publicity. With this fact in mind, it is almost too obvious why the league did not push him for a testimony or the truth. Why would it want to cause more trouble for its poster child?The future Hall of Famer may or may not be guilty. The only people who really know at this point are Favre himself and Sterger. The public may never know the truth.The NFL could have handled the case better. It almost seems like it did not take Sterger’s claims seriously. Trying to figure out if the texts and pictures were really sent almost half-heartedly, the league did not seem to care about accusations of sexual harassment. Instead, the NFL seems to care more about fining players for excessive celebrations or carrying sharpies in their socks (yes, T.O., you used to be cool).This case is not over yet, now with some massage therapists making similar claims about the 2008 Jets team as a whole. Maybe this time the NFL will handle the investigation correctly and swiftly, rather than letting it drag out over several weeks before taking any sort of action.The only thing that can be learned from this whole situation is Sal Alosi’s knee is worth twice as much as Favre’s man goods.Kelly is a sophomore intending to major in journalism. Do you think Brett Favre should have stepped up like a man too? Tell her what you think by sending her an email at kerickson@badgerherald.com.last_img read more

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Childhood hero

first_imgBill Nye, an American science educator, comedian, television host and mechanical engineer, returned to USC to hold a question and answer session Monday night after he fainted during his last trip to USC in November. More than 100 people attended the event Monday.Tim Tran | Daily Trojanlast_img