Tax plan will benefit taxpayers in the end

first_imgThe 2017 Tax Cut & Jobs Act is not polling well with the American people.  That’s not surprising at this stage of tax reform.  Ronald Reagan’s 1986 tax reform had only an 18 percent favorability rating the day it passed.  The average taxpayer doesn’t believe tax cuts for corporations will benefit him or her. What they don’t realize is corporations are just pass-through entities for their corporate taxes. Corporations don’t pay taxes. Workers pay it in lower wages and/or customers pay it in higher prices for goods and services. The combination of lower corporate taxes and switching to a territorial tax system (like the rest of the world), which only taxes corporate profits once wherever they are earned globally, will have a very beneficial effect on the American economy. I humbly predict that this tax reform will eventually be very popular with American taxpayers.  My thank you to President Trump and the Republican Party. #MAGA.Bob LindingerGuilderlandMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationAlbany County warns of COVID increaseEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen? Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

Lifestyle, lack of tech adoption, impediments to Indonesia’s financial literacy

first_imgThe Indonesian population still suffers from low financial literacy. A 2019 survey by the OJK on financial literacy found that the country scored 38.03 percent on the financial literacy index and 76.19 percent on the financial inclusion index, up from 29.7 percent and 67.8 percent in 2016, respectively.A recent case involving financial advisory firm PT Jouska Financial Indonesia highlights the issue. Jouska, which used to have a large following among young people on social media, was recently shut down by the government over allegations of illegal stock brokerage and investment mismanagement.Meanwhile, the public’s lack of adoption of technological developments in the financial industry has also affected efforts to boost financial literacy, said online lending company KoinWorks vice president of marketing Frecy Ferry Daswaty.“The biggest challenge [in financial education] is the acceptance of developments in financial products and the willingness of the public to learn about them and how to use them,” Frecy said during the media briefing.Frecy said there was a noticeable gap in financial literacy between urban and suburban areas, with KoinWorks needing to start from the basics for the latter, while it could build on existing knowledge with the former. Horas V M Tarihoran, OJK’s financial literacy and education director, said that from 12,000 people that the OJK surveyed for its financial literacy report, only 31 percent answered that they had used internet-based financial services.Some respondents stated that they did not need fintech, others revealed that they did not understand it, while the rest said they did not trust such platforms. “We want to increase financial literacy and inclusion, but both have to go in the right direction. We want people to buy products because they know they need them,” Horas said during the media briefing. He explained that lately, people were attracted to some investment products because they were lured with the promise of a definitive return, even though investing is never be free of risks. “We want people to understand their needs and the risks involved,” he said.The government aims achieve a score of 90 percent on the financial inclusion index by 2023 to 2024, according to Horas.Topics : The lifestyle-driven spending habits of millennials, as well as the general public’s slow adoption of technological developments in finance, are among the challenges to increasing financial literacy in Indonesia, fintech players have stated.A financially literate person, according to the Financial Services Authority (OJK), has knowledge of financial institutions and financial products, including the features, benefits and risks, as well as the skills to utilize financial products and services.However, when it comes to investment, millennials allocate a mere 10 percent of their income for savings, according to William, director of marketing, communication and community development of the Indonesian Fintech Association (Aftech). “This is a problem of paradigm. They [millennials] have income, but 90 percent of it is not allocated for savings or investment, [it is spent], for example, on lifestyle,” William said during a livestreamed media briefing on Aug. 6. “Financial literacy does not happen in a vacuum,” he added, indicating that addressing the country’s low level of financial literacy had to take into account how people’s allocation of resources was affected by social pressures. According to a Bank UOB Indonesia 2019 survey, Indonesian millennials, those aged between 21 and 39 years old, spend 50 percent of their income on a so-called “4S lifestyle”, which stands for sugar (food and beverages), skin (beauty and personal care), sun (travel and leisure) and screen (digital screen consumption).Read also: Young people seek financial resilience in pandemiclast_img read more

County unemployment rates staying low

first_imgStatewide—Unemployment rates for the month of October are still trending lower in southeastern Indiana than the state average. Bartholomew county was at the lowest at 2.2%, followed by Jackson County at 2.3%, Decatur County at 2.4%, Ripley County at 2.6 %, and Franklin County at 2.9%.  Dearborn County and Jefferson County were higher than the State rate at 3.1% for both counties.   Photo:  Counties in teal are under the State’s average rate, blue counties are equal, and green is over the unemployment rate for the State.last_img

Zalewski shining in Bielema’s spring corps

first_imgAJ MACLEAN/Herald photoAfter entering last season as the biggest question mark on a defense featuring a talented line and experienced backfield, the Wisconsin linebackers returned all three starters heading into this year’s spring practice. However, with senior “will” backer Dontez Sanders nursing an injury, several youngsters have stepped up for Bret Bielema’s defense.“Obviously, we have guys that haven’t had many reps in live game situations,” Bielema said. “The more you can put them in those situations through scrimmages, pressure situations, understanding what the point is in the football game that they need to do this, this and this for this to happen. That’s going to happen, but there’s a big, big learning curve. They learn every day, you can see it literally happen within a practice.”One of those youngsters who has grabbed the coaching staff’s attention this spring is redshirt sophomore Casey Hogan. Hogan worked at safety last season, but shifted to “sam” linebacker prior to the spring session and has earned a spot on the second team defense after beginning the spring buried on the depth chart.“What we’ve really done is put him in a position where he would have more success physically, in theory, than the other position,” Bielema said.The transition to linebacker has been, by Hogan’s own admission, tough. However, the new “sam” backer has been studying film and learning from teammates.“It’s definitely a lot more physical,” Hogan said of playing on the strong side. “I’ve definitely been in the training room a lot more than I’m used to. I’ve just got to use my size and my long arms to my advantage and know where I’ve got to line up in formations and stuff and just do my keys and I’ll be alright.”Hogan has made the most of his chances thus far, showing his combination of speed and quickness for a linebacker. The lanky 6-foot-5 Hogan has also used his atypical size to create problems for the UW offense on blitzes during scrimmages. For the Cross Plains native, his play of late is a culmination of many hours of hard work.“The goal coming into the spring was just to get the coaches to notice, work hard in the weight room and get bigger, faster and stronger with [strength and conditioning coordinator John Dettman] and company,” Hogan said. “I’m just working hard, trying to get up in the film room as much as I can, get up with the coaches, talk to them. I’m lucky they’re noticing and I’m making the plays and getting the opportunity.”The man ahead of Hogan on the depth chart, junior Mark Zalewski, has had one of the best springs of any player on the defensive side of the football. While senior Lamarr Watkins, who has played in 31 games (starting eight) in his career, has taken the majority of snaps with the first team defense at “will” in Sanders’ absence, only Zalewski appears to have a real grip on a starting job.“I think Mark Zalewski is a good football player,” Bielema said. “Zew’s probably my best linebacker at any position, and he knows that. He’s really competing well amongst himself. He knows what he has to do to become a better football player. The rest of the guys, it’s a wide open battle and they’re doing some good things.”A position in an upheaval of sorts this spring has been “mike” backer, where sophomore Andy Crooks, who took over the starting spot for five games near the end of last season, has been among a number of players working with the first team defense in the middle.Junior Reggie Cribbs, who started prior to Crooks’ emergence until he was limited by an injury last season, has been a noticeable absence this spring. Cribbs has not participated in practice reportedly due to academic issues, and his status for the fall remains uncertain.Along with Crooks, junior Paul Joran and redshirt freshman Josh Neal have each spent time at first team “mike”, with Joran seeing the most time of late.The group as a whole will receive a boost in the fall from a talented freshman class that includes highly touted linebackers Travis Beckum and Elijah Hodge. However, the influx of new talent could also leave several current Badger linebackers fighting for spots on the depth chart.“We can’t worry about them,” Hogan said. “We’ve got to do our job right now, it’s spring ball and they’re obviously not here. But when they come in, we’re going to welcome them and try to help them into our family at linebacker, help them as much as we can and make us a better unit.”last_img read more

Spark SC and Marshall host panel for startups

first_imgThe USC Career Center, in conjunction with Spark SC and the Marshall School of Business, hosted a panel discussion about startup companies in the Annenberg West lobby on Thursday evening. The event walked students through various facets of the entrepreneurial process, specifically discussing the nature of success and values.Spark SC is a team of student innovators hosted by Career Fest, in part of the Explore@4 series, which connects students with top professionals and alumni in various career fields.The discussion was moderated by Paul Orlando, a venture partner and adjunct professor at the Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies. The panel consisted of a variety of startups, including Originate, a software product strategist company, and Flipagram, a video-creating startup that uses photos from smartphones to create stories.Calvin Legassick, a member of the Spark SC planning committee, discussed how the concept of startups is often misconstrued.“I think for most students, the idea of startups is this nebulous concept that some people do when they start companies like Facebook, and that dropouts don’t really happen to anybody,” Legassick said, “But that’s not really the right picture.”During the discussion, the panelists spoke about what it was like for them to work at a startup for the first few years.Tasha Choi, founder and chief executive officer of Tackl, discussed why her role as CEO does not define a specific set of duties. Tackl is an online platform that hosts innovation competitions to encourage up-and-coming innovators to solve problems and make change happen.“We joked that CEO is the chief everything officer,” Choi said. “I literally do everything from management to being my own driver. We only have five people, so we’re ready to do anything and everything.”Scott Sebelius, director of engineering at Originate, revealed how he at first didn’t realize that he needed to be invested in every aspect of his startup. Sebelius explained how the secret to a successful startup is to be proactive and to seek out the right mentor to make impactful changes.David Ginchansky, senior career counselor at the USC Career Center, referred to startups as a booming industry.“Startups are really big right now, people either want to know how to get into small business, or they want to be the entrepreneurs themselves,” Ginchansky said. “So being able to bring panelists to campus who do that type of work to share their experiences and advice is what Explore@4 is all about.”Curran Mahowald, a senior majoring in French and linguistics, thought that the panelists gave helpful advice to students hoping to become entrepreneurs in the future.“I really liked the quote, ‘If you’re looking for funding, ask for advice. If you’re looking for advice, ask for funding,’” Mahowald said. “I also liked their advice to go to a hackathon or a startup weekend because I had not been aware that startup weekends existed, and I didn’t even know it was a good idea for me to go to either of those things.”The panelists also emphasized that passion is the driving force in startups.“We really encourage students who are interested in being entrepreneurs to take advantage of the different resources available to them on campus. Whether it would be student organizations such as Spark SC or offices such as the USC Career Center,” Ginchansky said.Jean Zhang, a senior majoring in psychology, commented on the importance of passion while creating a startup.“The most interesting fact I learned today is that passion really stands out when you want to get involved. It really doesn’t matter what your background is, because you can build that, but you really do need the passion there,” said Zhang.Legassick said that the panel is beneficial because it gives students interested in becoming entrepreneurs an idea of the process ahead.“There is a lot to be done in Los Angeles; there are so many opportunities for students to get involved in the startup industry in L.A.,” Legassick said. “I think this event is important because it provides exposure to something I think students think is not tangible or have access to.”last_img read more

USC falls to Texas A&M in battle of top-20 teams as offense sputters

first_imgTwo undefeated teams tipped off at the Galen Center on Sunday: the No. 16 Texas A&M Aggies (5-0) and the No. 10 Trojans (4-0). The matchup was heralded as USC’s biggest non-conference test, a rematch against an Aggies team that returned all its starters from a year ago and added five more scholarship players. Last year, the Trojans won in College Station 65-63 after some last-second De’Anthony Melton heroics. This year, the hero sat out due to eligibility questions (he has yet to play this season), and USC missed him sorely throughout in a 75-59 loss.“It was a little different (without) De’Anthony,” head coach Andy Enfield said. “He played great last year. We just didn’t play as well as they did.”The game was supposed to be a barometer for the two teams, both national championship contenders, but USC, despite being the higher-ranked team, looked like David facing Goliath — if David forgot his slingshot.“I thought our defense was good enough to win,” Enfield said. “Our offense was not.”The Trojans trailed for most of the game, but they managed to square the score at 42 with 14:15 to play in the second half. Then, Texas A&M embarked on a 19-3 run over the next 7:41 that sucked the energy out of the Galen Center. With 8:34 remaining and the Trojans trailing by 16, Enfield called a full timeout. The team initially responded well; junior forward Bennie Boatwright, still scoreless, notched 5 points in under a minute. Then, senior guard Jordan McLaughlin pocketed a 3-pointer to cut the Aggies lead to 10. The score was 63-53 with seven minutes to play with plenty of time for a comeback. But the Trojans could not shoot well enough to overcome another deficit. For the game, USC shot 20-of-71 (28.2 percent) and 7-of-27 (25.9 percent) from 3-point range. Enfield said it was the worst shooting performance a USC team has had in his five years with the program.“It just deflates you,” Enfield said about missing so many shots. “We kept missing easy shots — shots the that we normally make.” McLaughlin, the captain, kept urging his teammates to shoot, but nothing was falling. “We know we have a lot of fight in us,” he said, “(but) it kind of was a little deflating.”Texas A&M’s length interfered with the Trojans’ offense. The Aggies, anchored by reigning SEC Defensive Player of the Year center Robert Williams, blocked seven shots and disrupted several more plays at the rim. McLaughlin thought he missed a few floaters he otherwise would have made against a team with shorter players. USC, which has four starters who average double-digit points, is supposed to be built to win these sorts of contests. When one player goes cold, another player is expected to heat up. Against a team with great post-defense, the Trojans are supposed to compensate with more 3-pointer makes. Yet, on Sunday, every starter struggled and the offense was ice cold. Sophomore forward Nick Rakocevic did his best to spark the team off the bench — in 12 minutes in the first half, he had 11 points and six rebounds, but in the second half, he did not score.“Everyone just needs to do their job,” McLaughlin said. “Tonight, Nick did his job.” But, for USC, not enough players did.last_img read more

Dodgers’ Chris Taylor hoping to restore 2017 relationship with his swing

first_img How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire “Last year, I felt I had to catch everything a tick more out front and if I was late I was underneath it. Then that forced me to have to cheat a lot of times to hit fastballs.”There were times last year, Taylor said, when he “felt like I had a hole in my bat.” He was focused so much on mechanics – such as “what my hands were doing and a lot of these other things” – that he got away from basics, losing his posture at the plate, leading to that swing path being off.“I thought the biggest difference was in ’17 mechanically I felt great,” Taylor said. “So I could just go in there and play and play free. Last year, every couple of days I was trying to find something or change something. It makes it a lot tougher.”OPENING DAYDodgers manager Dave Roberts admitted again Friday that it is “unlikely” Clayton Kershaw will be ready to start on Opening Day, extending his franchise record for consecutive season-opening starts.But Roberts is still not ready to completely eliminate the possibility.“It’s unlikely. That’s fair,” Roberts said. “But to be definitive – I don’t want to close the door. But when you look at the calendar, it’s unlikely.”Kershaw is scheduled to throw another bullpen session on Monday but has not faced hitters this spring – not in live batting practice or in a game. But Roberts is still holding open the possibility that Kershaw and Walker Buehler (scheduled to make his first spring start Monday or Tuesday) could open the season in the rotation and make a “non-traditional start” at some point in the first five games, going three or four innings and then handing off to a starter-turned-reliever like Ross Stripling or Julio Urias.Related Articles “With Clayton, anything’s possible, absolutely,” Roberts acknowledged.“That’s why I just don’t think it’s responsible for me to just close the door and say he’s not (going to start the first time through the rotation) because that’s just not the truth. … Whatever capacity and how you structure the ’pen would have to reflect that. But we’re just not ready to close the door yet.”SEAGER STEPSCorey Seager is scheduled to play five innings at shortstop in a minor-league game Saturday, his second time playing defense in a game this spring. Roberts said Seager will probably take a day off and then play seven innings as part of his progression towards being cleared to play in major-league games.Roberts said it is “very unlikely” Seager’s first game against major-leaguers would be on Opening Day but he is not concerned about when or if Seager gets into an ‘A’ game during the spring.“Do I feel it’s necessary? No,” Roberts said. “Is it ideal? Yes.” Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season GLENDALE, Ariz. — Chris Taylor and his swing mechanics have a turbulent relationship.They were very good together in 2017. Taylor committed to significant swing changes that propelled him from the classic “4-A” player to a breakout season in the major leagues featuring 21 home runs, an .850 OPS and co-MVP status in the National League Championship Series.The relationship got rocky last year. Taylor struggled to replicate that swing on a nightly basis. His numbers dropped off – he lost 34 points in batting average (down to .254) and 75 points in OPS and led the National League in strikeouts (178).“I think CT just got into a little bit of a mechanical rut that he had a hard time getting out of,” Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said. “But it really speaks to CT’s compete in terms of the year he had. If you looked back at the end of the year, CT had a really good year. There were just parts of the year where it didn’t feel like it.center_img Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “We feel having Robert (Van Scoyoc, the Dodgers’ new hitting coach) back working with him, having someone who knows his swing that well and being able to be on top of it will be a helpful thing.”Taylor has credited his work with Van Scoyoc before the 2017 season for changing the arc of his career. “Having his eyes on me all year” will be beneficial, Taylor agrees. But it has still been a frustrating spring trying to find that same comfort level with his swing, Taylor said.“I felt good the first week (of spring training) and then I think I just tried to make too many changes at once,” Taylor said. “I had a lot of thoughts going through my mind.”That was pretty much how Taylor spent last season.“I thought it was a disappointing year, honestly,” he said. “I just felt mechanically I wasn’t in a great spot last year. The bat path was the biggest thing. In ’17, I thought I got on plane a little earlier and there was more room for error. A little flatter through the zone. I thought I was able to catch balls deeper so if my timing wasn’t perfect I was still able to shoot them the other way and still get hits.last_img read more

Dear Mama: PFL heavyweight Kelvin Tiller aiming to win $1 million, with mom by his side

first_imgTiller, who’s affectionately nicknamed “The Mama’s Boy,” loved every second of it.Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a year“It was beautiful,” he told Sporting News about seeing his mom celebrate his — their — victory back at the Professional Fighters League 3 event in June. “It was a beautiful thing to see.”If it wasn’t for Rains, Tiller wouldn’t have been able to make his fights in different parts of the country as he came up in the amateur ranks — or have a good fighting mentality, period.“My mama raised me to be tough,” he said. “My mom told me, ‘If someone hits you, hit them back.’ But she also told her son that, ‘This is not our reality forever. We’ll figure it out one day.’“We started this journey 11 years ago,” he said. “We used to scrape up gas money and she used to help us get the cars fixed to make the trips (to different fights). I had 12 amateur fights. She’s been there supporting for every single event — from when I was not even making a penny to where we are now in the PFL, fighting for a $1 million.”Tiller will continue that quest on Thursday when he faces Denis Goltsov in the PFL 6 main event at the Ocean Casino Resort in Atlantic City, N.J., live on ESPN+. The No. 1 seed in the heavyweight playoffs is on the line. Once again, his mom will be in attendance watching keenly.But there were times growing up when Rains wasn’t there to keep a watchful eye over her son or his three older sisters in their one-bedroom apartment — “she just worked, worked, worked, worked.”“We used to eat Ramen noodles for days, we were so poor,” Tiller said.Tiller became hardened during that period, having been exposed to some harsh realities of the streets. He contributed to them as well.“I’ve seen shootouts at 9-, 10-years-old. I’ve seen people get shot in front of me when I was 11, 12 years old,” Tiller said. “Eventually, I had to start carrying a gun at the age of 14. I was in shootouts at the age of 14. I was selling dope at the age of 14 — in school, my ninth-grade year.”MORE: Breaking down Combate Fresno resultsAmid the bedlam, Tiller took up mixed martial arts under local trainer Shannon Woodward. Eventually, his growing love for mixed martial arts took him off the streets as he poured all his focus into the craft. He turned professional in September 2011, participating in stints with different promotions, including Bellator for two fights in 2012 and the PFL, starting last year.Still, just because he chose MMA doesn’t mean Tiller and his family are removed from that environment.“I was around a lot of violence in my life and to make it here … I try to explain to people that to fight for me is probably the easiest thing for me — win or lose,” he said. “Just in the neighborhood that I stay in now in Kansas City, Kan., there were three homicides in the apartment complexes in the last three weeks, I believe. That’s the environment I still live in. The fight is always the easiest part for me because I have to come back to reality. At any given moment, there’s a shootout where I’m at.”The real fight for me is not in the cage. The real fight for me is outside the cage in my everyday life.”Like the inaugural PFL season last year, this season’s playoffs will crown a $1 million winner in each division. Tiller would like nothing more than another convincing victory to close out his regular season and prepare for the heavyweight playoffs, set to begin on Halloween at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. He made it to the quarterfinals last year. Himself a father of six, Tiller fully acknowledges that to run the table in the playoffs and win the tournament would be life-changing. He told SN that, if he’s successful, he’d like to apply the money toward his existing lawn care business and to open a barbershop and gym in Kansas City. The latter would possibly help other kids in the area fall in love with MMA. Just like he did.Considering Rains’ jubilant reaction over Tiller’s PFL Season 2-opening victory, just imagine the mother-son turnup that will spark if he wins it all. “I’ll be doing a lot of crying on national television,” Tiller said. “I’m telling you that now, so don’t make fun of me.” Kelvin Tiller had just made Muhammed DeReese tap out to a kimura in the first round of their fight and his mother, Patricia Rains, couldn’t contain her excitement.She threw her hands up in the air, broke out into a dance and even joined her son in the cage. During his post-fight interview, she celebrated with him further.last_img read more

‘Turbo Timo’ Werner gives new-look Chelsea goal threat

first_img– ‘You have to do more’ –Earning the nickname ‘Turbo Timo’ because of his electric pace, which he attributes to running up mountains with his father as a child, Werner has been clocked at 11.1 seconds over 100 metres.“When I was younger it quickly became clear to me that if you want to become a professional, you have to do more,” he said.Werner became the youngest player to make 50 Bundesliga appearances, but despite his goals, Stuttgart were relegated in 2016.That convinced Werner to accept an offer to join newly-promoted Leipzig — an unpopular decision not just to the spurned Stuttgart faithful but German football public at large given the anger at Leipzig’s rise thanks to the backing of Red Bull.Slammed for a lack of loyalty, Werner found himself public enemy number one when a blatant dive against Schalke enraged fans and pundits alike in 2016.The unassuming Werner rebuilt his confidence to head to the 2018 World Cup as Germany’s leading striker, but failed to score in three games as the holders crashed out at the first hurdle for the first time since 1938.Seeking help from a sports psychologist, Werner showed his maturity by using the backlash to fuel his development.“He told me that I could silence everyone who doesn’t like me by doing just one thing: scoring,” Werner told Focus magazine at the time.Werner’s mission was quickly accomplished as his goals fired Leipzig into the Champions League, earning widespread admiration just months after he had been pilloried by the critics.With 92 goals in all competitions since joining Leipzig, Werner should add the goal threat Chelsea have often lacked this season.After a blistering start to the campaign, Tammy Abraham’s form had stagnated before the virus lockdown, with an ankle injury hampering his progress.Werner’s ability to cut in from the left or play through the middle offers options to complement Abraham and Olivier Giroud as Chelsea look to take the next step in their development under Lampard.Share on: WhatsApp Timo Werner is set to join ChelseaLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | When Timo Werner seals his imminent move from RB Leipzig to Chelsea, the German’s turbulent rise from national pariah to one of Europe’s most feared forwards will be complete.Chelsea are willing to meet the 60 million euro (£53 million, $67 million) release clause in Werner’s contract despite the economic crisis caused by coronavirus.But for the pandemic, Werner could have been lining up for Liverpool next season after the 24-year-old admitted to being flattered by Jurgen Klopp’s interest.However, Liverpool, concerned by the financial fallout from the virus, were not willing to pay Werner’s release clause before it expired this month.So instead Chelsea are set to add some much-needed firepower to Frank Lampard’s revamped attack next season.The Germany international has scored 31 goals for Leipzig in all competitions this season, including four in five games since the Bundesliga returned last month.Werner has already proved he can trouble Premier League defences. He played an influential role as Leipzig thrashed Tottenham in the Champions League last 16, bagging the only goal of the first leg from the penalty spot.Michael Ballack knows exactly what it takes to shine in the Premier League after leaving Germany and the former Chelsea and Bayern Munich midfielder believes Werner has the qualities required to adapt to English football.“I think it’s a good decision for both sides. For Timo, because he fits there, because the way (Chelsea) play football suits him,” Ballack said.“He is a robust player, is very fast, but he is also physically good in a duel and he will quickly get used to it.”The fanfare around Werner comes just two years after his reputation had taken a major hit amid World Cup misery and diving accusations.That storm was a far cry from Werner’s humble upbringing in Stuttgart, where his father Guenther Schuh played at the amateur level.Mario Gomez, an icon at Stuttgart, was Werner’s hero as a child and fuelled his dreams of playing for his hometown club.He fulfilled that ambition in 2013, becoming Stuttgart’s youngest ever debutant aged 17 and their youngest scorer when he netted three times in his first 10 appearances.last_img read more

Lauryn Williams makes history as Black Olympians capture medals for women’s bobsled

first_imgFrom left to right, silver medal winners from the United States Elana Meyers and Lauryn Williams, gold medal winners from Canada Kaillie Humphries and Heather Moyse, and bronze medal winners from the United States Jamie Greubel and Aja Evans pose during the flower ceremony during the women’s bobsled competition at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Feb. 19, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)Williams becomes the first U.S. woman and fifth athlete overall to win medals in different sports at both the Summer and Winter GamesKRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) — For Canada’s Kaillie Humphries, having a minimal margin for error is apparently no problem.It’s why she’s the World Cup champion.It’s also why she’s the Olympic champion. Again.Humphries and Heather Moyse remain queens of Olympic women’s bobsledding after winning their second straight gold medal, rallying past the U.S. duo of Elana Meyers and Lauryn Williams on Wednesday night at the Sochi Games.“How do you describe achieving a dream?” Humphries asked after becoming the first women’s bobsled driver to win back-to-back Olympic gold medals. “This is a four-year goal of ours. This has been something that we’ve done together.”The final margin: One-tenth of a second.“Anytime you come that close and you can taste it, if you don’t get the result, it hurts a little bit,” Meyers said. “But Kaillie just beat me.”Silver medal winners from the United States Elana Meyers and Lauryn Williams, pose during the flower ceremony during the women’s bobsled competition at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Feb. 19, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)Meyers became the first U.S. women’s bobsledder to win multiple Olympic medals, this one added to the bronze she captured as a brakeman in Vancouver. Williams became the first U.S. woman and fifth athlete overall to win medals in different sports at both the Summer and Winter Games, her silver here added to a sprint relay gold from London in 2012 and a silver from the 100 meters in Athens in 2004.“I didn’t come here to make history,” Williams said. “I came here to help Team USA and I feel like I did. It wasn’t about history for me. It wasn’t about the medal for me. It’s all about the journey.”Jamie Greubel paired with brakeman Aja Evans to grab the bronze in USA-2, giving the U.S. two Olympic women’s bobsled medal winners for the first time.“We have so much depth in our program and so much talent on our team,” Greubel said. “And to be able to show the world that we are a force to be reckoned with is really awesome.”The team from the United States USA-2, piloted by Jamie Greubel with brakeman Aja Evans, hug each other after their bronze medal finish during the women’s bobsled competition at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Feb. 19, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)All true.But this night belonged to Humphries — who beat Meyers by a single point for the season-long World Cup title — and Moyse.They were second behind Meyers and Williams in USA-1 after the first two runs on Tuesday and left the track not knowing or caring how far behind they were. The way they saw it, showing up on Wednesday and going as fast as they could was all that mattered.“Anything else would have been a negative way to think,” Moyse said.It gave them the most positive of all results.In the third heat, they cut by more than half the 0.23-second deficit they entered the night facing. Humphries went next-to-last in the final run, throwing down a sizzling 57.92 to put the pressure on USA-1. Moments later, when Meyers had another early skid in her final trip down the track, the gold was essentially decided.Still, USA-1 hardly seemed dissatisfied with Sochi silver.When it was over, Williams wrapped herself in an American flag, jumping up and down while she and Meyers smiled broadly.The team from the United States USA-3, piloted by Jazmine Fenlator with brakeman Lolo Jones, left, wave to fans after their final run during the women’s bobsled competition at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Feb. 19, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)Not long afterward, all three U.S. teams — including Lolo Jones and Jazmine Fenlator, who were 11th in USA-3 — were arm in arm, celebrating that two medals are America-bound.And to Jones, seeing Williams — a fellow track athlete turned bobsledder — etch her spot in Olympic history meant just about everything.“She’s like a Jesse Owens. I hope she just inspired a whole country,” Jones said. “When I get home I hope she’s a household name. Her transformation was the most brilliant thing I’ve ever watched.”For Jones, it was not the Olympics she dreamed about. Her third trip to the games — the first two as a hurdler, in Beijing and London — also ended without a medal.Jones clipped a hurdle to lose what would have been gold in Beijing and fought through injury to finish fourth in London, finding both results difficult to accept. At these games, going home without a medal was hardly her fault, as the push times for USA-3 — which was not expected to be in medal contention — were hardly the problem.As a few fans chanted their names, Fenlator and Jones both gave big waves, accompanied by wide smiles when it was over.That alone seemed like victory for Jones, whose first two Olympic experiences ended in heartbreak.last_img read more