National Life CEO MacLeay Announces Retirement

first_imgNational Life Group CEO Announces RetirementMontpelier, Vermont (June 10, 2008) – Thomas H. MacLeay announced today that he will retire by year’s end as President and Chief Executive Officer of National Life Group(r). MacLeay will remain as Chairman of the Board of the financial services company.”National Life is strong,” said MacLeay, 58. “This is an excellent time to make the transition to new leadership.”MacLeay, a Vermont native who has worked at National Life for 32 years, has served as President of the company for a total of 11 years and CEO and Chairman for the past six years.”I have accomplished what I set out to do six years ago, which was to strengthen the company’s financial foundation, diversify and grow its businesses, and build an executive team superbly qualified to continue to move the organization forward,” said MacLeay.National Life Group(r), a Fortune 1000 company, serves more than 700,000 customers. With 2007 revenue of $1.4 billion and net income of $109 million, the companies of National Life Group(r) have roughly 900 employees, with most located at the Group’s home office in Montpelier, Vermont. Group companies also maintain offices in Dallas, New York, San Francisco, Boston and Philadelphia.National Life Group(r) (NLGroup) includes its flagship company, National Life Insurance Company, founded in Montpelier in 1848. Also in NLGroup are Life Insurance Company of the Southwest in Dallas, Texas, and Sentinel Investments, Equity Services, Inc. and National Retirement Plan Advisors, all located in Montpelier.David Coates, lead independent director on the National Life Group(r) Board of Directors, said MacLeay has revitalized the company. “The right person in the right place at the right time can change everything – and for National Life, Tom MacLeay has been that person.””When the Board named Tom as CEO, I said no one was better suited, better prepared or better able to fill the leadership post. Time has proven me right. By every measure National Life is stronger and more vibrant today than it was before Tom took over,” said Coates.During MacLeay’s tenure as chief executive officer, National Life Group(r) has experienced exceptional growth by every possible measure. NLGroup’s assets under management jumped from $13 billion in 2002 to $20 billion this year; net income has broken the $100 million mark each of the last two years, and statutory capitalization has been growing at an annual rate of 15 percent since 2002.”Most importantly, Tom has worked to grow and diversify the businesses so that today the company has an excellent and healthy balance of business, with about a third of its assets under management from life insurance, a third from annuities and roughly 25 percent from Sentinel Investments, our asset management company,” said Coates.MacLeay also has been responsible for enhancing National Life Group’s(r) commitment to the environment and its reputation as a socially responsible corporate citizen. Under his leadership the company formed a major charitable foundation and embarked upon an ambitious, multi-faceted project to turn its Montpelier headquarters into a green campus. MacLeay just announced the company will soon begin installing on its roof the largest solar electricity project in the state. National Life Group(r) is on schedule to win coveted LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification this year for its Montpelier headquarters.Coates said he and the other members of the Board are pleased MacLeay will remain as Chairman of the Board, “and that we will still have the benefit of his leadership and vision.”According to Coates, the Board has been focused on leadership development and succession planning for some time in anticipation of MacLeay’s retirement. The Board has already begun a process to select a successor.MacLeay joined National Life in 1976 as a security analyst, rapidly advancing through the management ranks and serving in pivotal positions at critical times in the company’s growth and expansion. He became President and Chief Operating Officer in 1996; in 2002 he was named Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board.MacLeay said he is looking forward to continuing a role with the company as Chairman of the Board, and is also eager to have time for other endeavors. “Charlotte and I are looking forward to spending more time with our children and grandchildren and hope to do some extended travel,” he said. “We are both active with several organizations, have deep roots in the local community and have no plans to change our primary residence.”MacLeay is Chairman of the Board of Sentinel Group Funds, Inc., and currently serves on the Board of Directors of Chittenden Trust Company and the Central Vermont Economic Development Corporation. He is a Trustee and Chairman of the Finance Committee of the Air Force Aid Society.The MacLeays live in Montpelier. They have two grown children, David MacLeay and Kate MacLeay Crespo, and two grandchildren.###About National Life Group(r)National Life Group(r) is a diversified family of financial service companies that has successfully forged a strong identity as a product innovator. Companies in the group offer a comprehensive portfolio of life insurance, annuity and investment products to help individuals, families and businesses pursue their financial goals.National Life, a Fortune 1000 company, serves more than 700,000 customers. With 2007 revenue of $1.4 billion and net income of $109 million, members of National Life Group(r) employ roughly 900 employees, with most located at its home office in Montpelier, VT. Group companies also maintain offices in Dallas, New York, San Francisco, Boston and Philadelphia.The Group is made up of its flagship company, National Life Insurance Company, founded in Montpelier, Vermont in 1848; Life Insurance Company of the Southwest, Dallas, Texas, and Sentinel Investments, Equity Services, Inc. and National Retirement Plan Advisors, all located in Montpelier.National Life Group(r) is a trade name of National Life Insurance Company and its affiliates. National Life Insurance Company’s variable insurance products are distributed by Equity Services, Inc., Member FINRA and SIPC. Sentinel Funds are distributed by Sentinel Financial Services Company, Member FINRA/SIPC. Life Insurance Company of the Southwest offers fixed insurance products in all states except New York. All companies referenced are affiliates of National Life Group(r). Each company of the National Life Group(r) is solely responsible for its own financial condition and contractual obligations.last_img read more

Armed Civilians: The Maduro Militia

first_imgBy Ricardo Guanipa D’erizans / Diálogo January 16, 2020 In late 2019, Nicolás Maduro swore in thousands of civilians as new members of the so-called National Bolivarian Militia. Dressed in beige uniforms, men and women joined the special corps that complements the National Bolivarian Armed Force (FANB, in Spanish.)“We have reached 3.3 million organized militia members who are trained, armed, and ready to defend Venezuela’s union,” Maduro said during a ceremony held on December 8.One month earlier, Maduro had ordered the delivery of more than 330,000 rifles to “our militia members” to facilitate troop deployment and to support a peacekeeping security plan during the year-end holiday season. Some rifles were also sent to militia members in Guayana state, an area rich in gold and diamonds, to defend basic industries.The weapons delivery alarmed the National Assembly, which, during a session in late November, considered the measure as being “illegal.” In April 2017, Maduro had promised to give “a rifle to each militia member.”Nicmer Evans, a Venezuelan political analyst and leader of the Democracy and Inclusion movement, rejects Maduro’s figures. However, he acknowledges that the militia phenomenon has expanded throughout Venezuelan territory.“It’s very difficult to know how many there are,” Evans told Diálogo. “Based on my calculations, there are 300 to 350 paramilitary organizations at the national level; each of which can bring together dozens of militia members. But the regime exaggerates by saying it has 3 million armed militia members.”The origins of the militiaVenezuelan Navy Vice Admiral Mario Iván Carratú Molina, chief of the Military House under the government of former President Carlos Andrés Pérez, said that the history of paramilitary groups in Venezuela starts with the Revolutionary Bolivarian Movement-200, a leftist organization created by Hugo Chávez in the 1980s. The group attempted two failed coups against Pérez in 1992, before Chávez took office after winning the elections in December 1998.“From the Fort Tiuna military installation […] they began to distribute weapons to civilians in some of Caracas’ housing developments to be able to confront a social reaction from changes in the judicial and political system that the dictatorship has been making since 1999,” Vice Adm. Carratú told Diálogo.According to the 2016 report of Venezuelan nongovernmental organization (NGO) Citizen Control, the National Bolivarian Militia, an unconstitutional armed group, the Chávez government emphasized people’s participation in national defense from the beginning, and the National Bolivarian Militia was officially created in 2008, after a reform in FANB’s organic law.The incorporation of the Bolivarian Militia as a FANB component is not found in the constitution, since Venezuelans rejected the proposal in a 2007 referendum. In April 2019, Maduro said he wanted to give constitutional status to the Bolivarian Militia in 2020.Armed groupsThe weapons provided to militia members, according to several Venezuelan media reports, come from FANB’s surplus. In 2010, Chávez announced that he would provide the Bolivarian Militia with RPG-7 rocket launchers and AK-103 Kalashnikov assault rifles, however, the NGO said this did not happen and that militia members use the Army’s FN FAL rifle as their personal weapon, in addition to the Russian-made Mosin-Nagant rifle (the NGO specifies that FANB did not have the Mosin-Nagant in its inventory).Training exercises, says Citizen Control, are mainly conducted at Fort Tiuna, where militia members spend a couple of days learning to use their weapons and rehearsing some attack maneuvers. Militia members also take part in training exercises, such as Operation Sovereignty and Peace (Operación Soberanía y Paz) 2019, which consisted of border protection.In the 2010s, authorities created courses for militia members in many of the country’s schools for security forces. During this time, militia members began to control security at public facilities throughout the country, such as hospitals and schools. Today, they are involved in the food distribution program known as CLAP.“For the government, the enemies are the Venezuelan people themselves within Venezuela,” said Vice Adm. Carratú. “Faced with the humanitarian crisis caused by the government, it seeks to buy loyalties. In addition to being given weapons to defend the government, they [militia members] have been assigned wages, turning them into mercenaries.”last_img read more

May 15, 2006 News and Notes

first_img News and Notes Kathy Adams Gibbs of Tew Cardenas in Miami was appointed as the chair of the Vizcayans La Lega. James K. Rubin of North Miami Beach was a speaker at a seminar titled “Firearm Laws in Florida” hosted by Lorman Education Services. Roshawn Banks of The All Law Center in Ft. Lauderdale is now a licensed Realtor. The firm continues to handle real estate, criminal, family, and immigration issues. David M. Garten of West Palm Beach spoke on the television program “Wealth & Wisdom” regarding a lawyer’s duty to determine his or her client’s testamentary capacity. Robby Birnbaum of Greenspoon Marder in Ft. Lauderdale spoke at the American Association of Debt Management Organizations. His topic was “Relating to Regulators: Building Positive Relationships with State Regulators While Protecting Your Company’s Interest.” Hugh Cotney of Jacksonville has been elected to the board of Jacksonville Area Legal Aid. Darryl M. Bloodworth of Dean Mead in Orlando became a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. Lawyers must have a minimum of 15 years trial experience before they can be considered for fellowship. Luis J. Perez of Hogan & Hartson in Miami was named president of the U.S. – Spain Council. The U.S. – Spain Council is a forum in which U.S. and Spanish corporate leaders seek to promote better relations between the two countries. Gerry Rosenthal was named to the Board of Counselors of The Carter Center. The Carter Center was founded by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter to advance peace and health worldwide. Joseph M. Goldstein of Shutts & Bowen’s Ft. Lauderdale office was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Leadership Broward Foundation, Inc. Rodd Michael Santomauro of Camfield and Santomauro in Palm Bay was presented with the Professionalism Award for the Young Lawyers Division of the Brevard County Bar Association. Xavier Martinez has been appointed vice president for business development for Fiduciary Trust International of the South. Martinez’s responsibilities include client development. Gunster Yoakley’s Miami office hosted a reception for Miami attorney Frank Angones. Angones is the first Cuban-American elected to serve as president-elect of The Florida Bar. Richard M. Zelman of Sacher Zelman in Miami addressed students at the University of Miami Law School during a workshop focusing on managing international and domestic real estate transactions. Bernard H. Oxman was appointed to sit in the International Court of Justice, which is the principal judicial organ of the United Nations. Valencia Nash was elected as justice of the peace in Dallas County, Texas. She is the first African-American woman to serve in this capacity in Dallas County. Nash is actively practicing law in Dallas and continues to be a member of The Florida Bar. Jack R. Reiter of Adorno & Yoss’ Miami office addressed the Miami Beach Bar Association on “Persevering Errors on Appeal” at its April meeting. Reiter heads Adorno & Yoss’ appellate practice department. James B. Baldinger of Carlton Fields’ West Palm Beach office will become president of the Lorraine & Jack N. Friedman Commission for Jewish Education of the Palm Beaches. Belinda Noah published “International Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Law: TRIPS and Patentable Subject Matter in their Global Marketplace.” Matt Firestone of Pohl & Short in Winter Park presented “Understanding HOA Bylaws and Covenants” to the Orange County Homeowners’ Association Alliance. Wm. Andrew “Andy” Haggard of Haggard, Parks, Haggard & Lewis in Coral Gables was elected to serve on the Orange Bowl Committee. Carlton Fields participated in the annual Baynanza Biscayne Bay Clean-Up at Vizcaya. “Team Carlton Fields” consisted of Miami office employees, attorneys and their families including Gary Pappas, Ana Harris, Ana Rodriguez, Nancy Maldonado, Chris Sharp, John Camp, and Marilyn Trinz. Robert A. Soriano of Carlton Field’s Tampa office has been published in The ReedLogic Bankruptcy Law Leadership Conference, Top Partners on Winning Legal Strategies & Best Practices for Success. Soriano’s chapter is titled, “The Roles of the Bankruptcy Lawyer.” Joseph G. Jarret, county attorney for Polk County, published “Animal Control Liability, Challenges for the Public Risk Manager” in Public Risk magazine, and presented “A Primer on Public Records Law & Government in the Sunshine” on behalf of the Florida Association of Public Purchasing Officers, and “Growth Management, Trials & Tribulations” during a community leader forum in Lakeland. Amy D. Ronner published “Denaturalization and Death: What It Means to Preclude the Exercise of Judicial Discretion” in the Georgetown Immigration Law Journal 101. Ronner was also the keynote speaker at the annual Black Law Student Association’s banquet. Marlon A. Hill of delancyhill in Miami has been chosen to host a talk radio show called “Caribbean Crossroads” on News/Talk WTPS 1080AM every Sunday from 6 – 7 p.m., covering legal issues and community affairs. Bruce Charles King of Carlton Fields’ Miami office spoke at the “Managing Complex Construction Law Issues” seminar for the National Business Institute. King’s presentation is titled “Project Delivery Methods and Answers.” Sylvia H. Walbolt of Carlton Fields’ Tampa office received one of the John Minor Wisdom Public Service and Professionalism Awards. The award was presented at the ABA’s Section of Litigation annual meeting. Jason M. Murray of Carlton Fields’ Miami office co-authored an article in the ABA Franchise Law Journal called “Covenants Not to Compete and Nonsignatories: Enjoining Unfair Conspiracies.” Mark S. Bentley of GrayRobinson in Tampa was elected to the Board of Directors of the Ybor City Development Corporation. Bentley’s experience includes eminent domain litigation, land use, zoning, governmental and administrative law. Tracy Tyson Miller of Jacksonville presented a seminar at the National Organization of Social Security Claimant’s Representatives conference in Boston, Mass. Zimmerman, Kiser & Sutcliffe hosted the fifth annual African-American Networking Reception at the Orlando offices. Richard A. Greenberg of Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell’s Tallahassee office spoke on the topic of legal ethics at the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers’ 2006 Criminal Law Certification Review seminar in Tampa. David L. Levy, chief judge emeritus of the Third District Court of Appeal, is leaving the bench to teach law at St. Thomas University. Michael J. Napoleone of Richman Greer’s West Palm Beach office was elected to the board of directors of the Palm Beach County Bar Association. Alex H. Hamrick of SQI 1031 Exchange Services, LLC, spoke at the “Essentials of Section 1031 Exchange Seminar” in Orlando. Jorge Hernandez–Toraño of Holland & Knight’s Miami office was selected to receive one of the Boston College Law School’s 75th Anniversary Alumni Awards. Hernandez – Toraño was selected because of his leadership in the legal profession. Lynn Dannheisser of Gunster Yoakley has been appointed town attorney for the city of Surfside. Dannheisser will continue practicing while serving the city. Michael I. Udine of Udine & Udine in Ft. Lauderdale was elected mayor of Parkland. He has been a Parkland city commissioner since 2003. Paulo Miranda of Akerman Senterfitt’s Miami office has been appointed president of the USA Latin America Chapter of the Associação dos Dirigentes de Vendas e Marketing do Brasil, which has been active in Brazil for more than 50 years. May 15, 2006 News & Notes May 15, 2006 News and Noteslast_img read more

Connecting credit unions to serve Hispanics

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr A program that brings together credit unions committed to serving the Hispanic market is expanding nationwide with the goal to provide financial products and services in a safe, trustworthy environment.Created in 2005 by the former Texas Credit Union League, Juntos Avanzamos (Together We Advance) works to ensure credit unions have adequate policies, procedures, products, and services to meet the financial needs of Hispanics, a growing—and underserved—group, says Pablo DeFillipi, vice president of membership and business development for the National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions.Last September, the Cornerstone Credit Union League and the National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions announced they would begin working together to bring the program to interested credit unions across the country.“The national expansion of Juntos Avanzamos is the result of the convergence of two credit union organizations committed to financial inclusion and who recognized the need for a national framework to connect credit unions serving the Hispanic market in general and the immigrant market in particular,” DeFillipi says. continue reading »last_img read more

StarTimes airs FA Cup semifinal matches live this weekend with Pay-As-You-Go option

first_imgRelatedPosts NBC Code and non-exclusivity provision, by Kunle Osisanya-Afolabi GO partners top retail, tech brands on Black Friday sales this week StarTimes illuminates movie experience with Hollywood Channel, Jenifa’s Diary debuts Affordable pay-television platform, StarTimes, will air live actions of the FA Cup semi-final matches this weekend on its World Football Channel, with an option for subscribers to pay-as-you-go.StarTimes introduced the pay-as-you-go model in 2017 to offer more flexible subscription options to pay-television consumers based on their needs and means. The semifinal fixtures promise to be intense as fans watch some of the fiercest rivalries in world football.Arsenal will face Man City on Saturday at 7:45pm, while Manchester United will battle Chelsea on Sunday at 6pm on World Football Channel.Manchester United beat Norwich, Arsenal saw off Sheffield United, Chelsea beat Leicester and Manchester City eased past Newcastle to make up the semi-finals.Record 13-time winners Arsenal will be looking to upset the odds when they meet defending champions City in what is sure to be a mouth-watering encounter.The pair will clash at Wembley for the third time in three years after meetings in the 2017 FA Cup semi-final and the 2018 League Cup final. Arsenal won the previous semi-final 2-1 and went on to defeat Chelsea in the final but that remains the last time they’ve overcome City.“As football actions for the 2020 season are approaching their peak, we have ensured that everyone is not left out of the excitement through our flexible payment options called pay-as-you-go, which in its simplest definition, means flexibility in pay-television billing system. So, our subscribers can choose to pay daily, weekly, monthly or quarterly and enjoy all exciting content on their preferred package/bouquet,” Lazarus Ibeabuchi, PR Manager, StarTimes Nigeria, said.Tags: FA CupPay As You GoSemifinal Matchesstartimeslast_img read more

Swans earn derby spoils

first_img Bellamy was at the heart of everything good in Cardiff’s play and another surging run picked Swansea apart, but again Jones could not profit from the veteran’s good work, prodding wide. Vorm saved a dipping Whittingham volley as, while being penned back, the visitors had sights of goal. A frantic first half, enlivened by an uncompromising tussle between Jones and Williams, ended goalless but the second was under way for barely a minute before the opener arrived. Pablo Hernandez, on for Emnes at the interval, threaded a pass beyond a dozing Fabio for Routledge to race into the box and beat Marshall for his first league goal of the season. Cardiff’s response was instant, with Bellamy clattering the crossbar after coming in from the left and unleashing a powerful drive, while Kim Bo-kyung had a penalty appeal turned away as he went to ground under Ben Davies’ challenge. Dyer’s dribble ended with the winger bending an effort narrowly wide as the contest opened up. Cardiff should have been level with 12 minutes left. Bellamy’s free-kick struck Ben Turner and fell to Kim, but the Korean hooked his volley over the bar. The miss proved costly as Swansea killed the game off. Routledge and Hernandez led a breakout, with the former’s cross dropping perfectly for Dyer to head low into the corner of the net. And Bony capped off the win by powering a header into the roof of the net from Hernandez’s corner to claim his 17th goal of the season, allowing Monk to savour the delight of the home support at the final whistle. It may take time for the role to become a good fit for Monk, who, understandably, did not always look comfortable with the attention focused on him and regularly sought counsel from the likes of Alan Curtis and Pep Clotet in the dug-out. But he will not care one jot after claiming such a valuable three points which moved the club he has served for a decade four points clear of the relegation zone and into the top half of the Premier League table. Cardiff, who missed the chance to record the first league double in this fixture, have now lost four of the five league games Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has taken charge of and they remain 19th, three points adrift of safety and with an inferior goal difference to all the sides above them. Monk had demanded pride and passion from his players at the end of a tumultuous week, and there was no shortage in a high-tempo opening as the hosts pinned the Bluebirds back with the old guard of Ashley Williams and Leon Britton setting the tone. After just 44 seconds David Marshall was forced into action when Marvin Emnes, making a first appearance since his loan move from Middlesbrough, beat Ben Turner and broke forward to free Routledge, whose tame shot was easy for the Cardiff keeper. Two minutes later Marshall made a superb challenge on Bony as Routledge’s reverse pass picked out the bustling striker, the keeper pushing the ball clear as the Ivorian tried to round him. As the tempo eased, so Cardiff began to settle and Jones should have given them the lead in the 14th minute. Bellamy dug out an excellent cross from the byline but the Trinidadian headed wastefully wide. A better chance arrived soon after. Peter Whittingham controlled a poor clearance and burst towards Michel Vorm’s goal, only to slip at the crucial moment. Monk, installed as head coach following Michael Laudrup’s dismissal, watched Wayne Routledge give his side the lead just after the break before Nathan Dyer and Wilfried Bony secured the bragging rights late on. Kenwyne Jones missed two excellent first-half chances while the superb Craig Bellamy rattled the crossbar for the visitors. Garry Monk’s audition to become Swansea’s next manager got off to the perfect start with a handsome 3-0 victory over local rivals Cardiff in a frenetic south Wales derby. Press Associationlast_img read more

PM Modi urged us to take an active part in COVID-19 activities: P.T.Usha

first_imgThiruvananthapuram: Legendary India athlete P.T.Usha on Friday said the video conference with Prime Minister Narendra Modi was well timed and has given all a big boost.“The PM was seeking our help and support to go public to spread the awareness of the need of following the guidelines that has been issued to curb the spread of it. All of us did say that they are already doing it and he said that it should continue. All agreed to it,” said Usha often referred to as the “golden girl’.When her time came, Usha said that she was unable to speak to the PM as at that time there arose connectivity issues.In the interaction, Usha was one of the 49 sports personalities who were present at various locations. IANSAlso Read: Actress Neetu Chandra keen to do P.T. Usha biopicAlso Watch: Quick Shoppe in Guwahati takes precautionary measures against the spread of Coronaviruslast_img

Finding a Home Outside the Bridge

first_imgOla AinaAfter failing to pin a regular shirt at Stamford Bridge, Nigerian international, Ola Aina was last season loaned to Championship side, Hull City. With another loan spell to Torino, the defender seems to have finally found a home outside of the Bridge with regular playing time with his new Serie A clubOla Aina was one of the key performers for his club as he was on for full 90 minutes in Torino’s 0-0 away draw against AC Milan in their Serie A clash at the Giuseppe Meaza Stadium, Milan on Sunday and thanked the club’s fans for their unflinching support. “Another point for the team. Thank you to our fans for bringing the energy as usual,” Aina tweeted on his Twitter handle.Aina, who is on loan at Torino from English Premier League club, Chelsea, has made 13 Serie A league appearances for the Turin – based club this season but is yet to find the back of the net.The Torino defender is however delighted with his new environment and the opportunity to hone his skills in Italy after he joined Walter Mazzarri’s men temporarily for the 2018-19 campaign after extending his contract with Chelsea to 2021 last month.After spending the majority of his career in England which included a season-long spell with Hull City last term, the 21-year-old highlighted differences between the two countries.“I really like Turin. It’s not as big as London, but it’s a bit more relaxed and relaxing, a bit like me. In England, we train a lot in the morning, here it’s more the afternoon. I’m getting used to it though. Everyone is adapting to me, and obviously vice-versa. My teammates have made me feel good from the beginning, I thank them because it made it much easier for me to settle in,” Aina was quoted as saying by Football Italia.“Serie A is very different from the Premier League, the football in England is more physical and fast.It’s slower here and there’s more time to think, but you need a very different, more intense, attention to tactics.That’s good for me because that’s exactly what I need to improve.“I chose Torino because of the coach Walter Mazzarri, I talked to him and I got the feeling he wanted me and wanted to help me grow. I also felt he wanted me to work for him, that I could be important for his cause.Then, of course, Torino have a great history and the Italian league is one of the best, so I couldn’t say no.”The 21-year-old believes he has started brightly this season and looks to continue to make a good impression on the first team.He said: “I have started very well this season, thanks also to my teammates and to the coach, when there are challenges I always face them openly because I believe in my potential.”He went on to praise Mazzari’s tactics and team set up, emphasising how he likes to be given the freedom to attack as well as defend.Aina joined Torino on loan from Chelsea and has suddenly become a vital part of the team.Aina while speaking in an interview with Forza Italian Football said he has set a target to learn the language by December.“I’ve been enjoying it so far. I’m enjoying training and the games, and all the challenges as there are some top sides here. I’m settling in just fine. My Italian was good but it’s dipped a little. I’m back on the lessons though and have given myself the target of Christmas to have a full conversation.”“The difference is a lot,” Ola Aina said. “The level is a lot higher, the concentration and tactical side of things are a lot higher than the Championship. For me, that is what is key for me this season. Right now, the squad are just focusing on each other, and to take each match as it comes. We want to play good football and get as many points as possible and win games. So if we can focus on this, then who knows.”Normally placed on the right side, Aina has been operating on the left, though he admitted it makes no difference where he plays.“Both right and left are the same,” Aina continued, “the only difference is you have to use your other foot. Simple really.”He was born in the London and was raised by two Nigerian parents, he was also one step away from participating in the last World Cup in Russia: he was in fact included in the preliminary list, but was not chosen in the final 23.A few years ago, when Josè Mourinho was still the manager of the Blues, he spoke highly of the player and his efforts. Aina won a number of titles with the youth team at Chelsea which forced the Special One to say “He has great potential and I believe that he will represent the future of the club.”After Mourinho left, Aina was mentored by Conte and with the Italian Aina played in the 3-4-3 and on 3-5-2 systems and knowing Mazzarri, a young player that knows how to play in a system with three defenders is ideal.Aina said, “I only arrived in August, but I immediately got along well with my new teammates, I tied up with Meite, Ferigra, Edera, but also with many others.“I feel at home and for this I thank them. I started this season very well thanks to my teammates and to the coach. When there are challenges I always face them openly because I believe a lot in my potential.“Chelsea allowed me to be here because they know that this is an excellent championship and an opportunity to improve even tactically, I chose Torino because I talked to the coach and he immediately made me feel important for this team, and then because this club has an important history.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

The Final Word: Beat writers discuss Syracuse’s blowout victory over Eastern Michigan

first_img Published on December 19, 2016 at 11:38 pm Beat writers Matt Schneidman and Paul Schwedelson discuss the ramifications of Tyler Lydon’s injury, SU’s depth and more. Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder text After losing to Georgetown on Saturday — the fourth nonconference loss of the season — Syracuse (7-5) had its way in a dominating 105-57 victory over Eastern Michigan. The Orange set season highs in assists (34) and 3-pointers made (15) in the win.MORE COVERAGE John Gillon on Twitter trolls: ‘If I really suck, we can meet up any time and play one-on-one’Syracuse shreds Eastern Michigan’s familiar 2-3 zone with ball movement and 3-pointersWhat we learned from Syracuse’s 105-57 victory over Eastern Michigan Facebook Twitter Google+last_img

EPL Preview: Mourinho has complete faith in JT, Rooney to return

first_imgIt’s a new weekend of Premier League football.Get all the action via Joy Sports on air, on TV and online. Follow Joy Sports on Twitter and Facebook: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySports –Jose Mourinho has backed John Terry and Branislav Ivanovic amid reports claiming Chelsea will wait until the New Year before deciding whether to offer the pair new contracts.Terry was dropped for the 4-0 Champions League win against Maccabi Tel Aviv in midweek and was also substituted at half-time in the 3-0 loss to title rivals Manchester City last month.But Mourinho has thrown his weight behind Terry, insisting he has complete faith in his club captain.”Last season he played every minute, before that he didn’t,” Mourinho told reporters ahead of Saturday’s visit of Arsenal. “He’s a player of my total confidence. I trust him always and he’s one of my men. Just because he’s on the bench one game or I take him off he’s still one of my men.”Despite complaining about the form of defenders Gary Cahill, Terry and Ivanovic before Chelsea’s game at West Brom last month, Mourinho said public criticism of Ivanovic had not come from him and was the work of others.”You don’t see me being critical of him,” he said. “So I don’t think it is a question for me because I am not making an individual analysis or trying to isolate individual players from the context.”The Portuguese also dispelled recent reports of disharmony in Chelsea’s squad before launching a cryptic broadside at the media.”I don’t have any problem with any one of my players,” Mourinho said. “Normally when bad results happen the first thing that comes into your laptops, iPads and pens is to find a dramatic story: ‘Somebody punched somebody in the dressing room’, ‘The manager doesn’t want to speak with this guy’.”‘Diego Costa fought with John Terry and before they start the fight they brought a translator for them to understand each other in the fight, because Diego cannot speak English and John cannot speak Spanish’.”‘They organise it like a Wild West duels: ‘At this time we are going to fight, bring a translator to help us’.”You (the media) always go in this direction, which is funny. The other direction you don’t go is the direction which is real. “You lose matches, you are affected, you lose confidence, you don’t want the ball.”The Chelsea boss confirmed Willian will be unavailable for the London derby with Arsenal and said fellow attacking midfielders Oscar and Pedro are also doubts for the game. Striker Radamel Falcao is also an injury concern for Chelsea.Rooney to returnManchester United manager Louis van Gaal has confirmed Wayne Rooney is fit to start against Southampton on Sunday. Rooney missed the 3-1 win over Liverpool last weekend and Tuesday’s 2-1 defeat to PSV Eindhoven after injuring his hamstring in training.The United captain’s return in the clash at St Mary’s is a welcome boost for the club after England left-back Luke Shaw suffered a broken leg in the Champions League Group B opener in the Netherlands.Van Gaal revealed central defender Phil Jones is also nearing a return to action after missing time with thrombosis.  Speaking to reporters at his press conference, the Dutchman said: “Shaw’s injury is a big loss but Rooney is fit to play against Southampton and Jones has trained with the group.”Shaw is expected to return from to Manchester on Saturday after undergoing a second operation on his broken leg in Eindhoven on Friday.  –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more