Berlin pension fund backs ex-Berenberg bankers’ startup

first_imgThe pension fund for Berlin’s dentists’ association has taken an equity stake in and awarded a currency overlay mandate to 7orca, a new German institutional asset manager.7orca officially launched at the end of November when it obtained its license from BaFin, the German financial supervisory authority.It will concentrate on overlay management and short volatility strategies for institutional investors, in keeping with the founding members’ focus when at their previous employer, Berenberg Bank.The seven – hence the ‘7’ in the name – founding members held senior positions at the Hamburg-headquartered private bank, where they were in charge of establishing an asset management group within Berenberg. 7orca’s offices are in Hamburg’s ‘harbour city’. Source: Elbphilarmonie. Credit: Iwan Baan In addition to awarding 7orca a €300m currency overlay mandate, VZB has invested in the manager as a shareholder. Tindaro Siragusano, CEO of 7orca, told IPE the pension fund had taken an equity stake of 13% and made a mezzanine debt investment worth some €3m.VZB is represented on 7orca’s supervisory board, with Wohltmann its chair.7orca said VZB’s investment “guarantees a sufficient capital base which allows us to meet the highest requirements for professionalism and modern technology infrastructure”.The €20.6bn active asset manager Assenagon has also taken an equity stake in 7orca, also representing 13% of shares. Its co-founder Vassilios Pappas is deputy chairman of 7orca’s supervisory board.“We believe in this business model, we know the track records of the people in charge, and we wish the team an excellent start as an independent company,” said Pappas.Siragusano told IPE that the manager had agreed four mandates in total from institutional investors.In a statement, Jasper Düx, CIO of 7orca, said that by specialising in currency overlay and short volatility, the manager could provide answers to two essential questions asked by its customers: “How do you respond to increased foreign currency risks due to global diversification, and what is a sustainable alternative source of income to generate stable profits in a low-interest environment?” What’s in a name?In addition to reflecting the number of founding members, the manager’s name, ‘7orca’ , stands for overlay, risk, currency and alpha.It was a happy coincidence rather than deliberate that the initials of the manager’s core competencies spelled out the name of the ocean mammal also known as killer whale, says Siragusano when asked about this by IPE. Orcas were hunters, and very intelligent, communicative, and team players – and also, as it happens, his favourite animal, he said.“It was fate,” he said. The former Berenberg bankers have not strayed far, as 7orca is also based in Hamburg. This location – rather than the financial hub of Frankfurt – was a conscious decision, the new company said, allowing it “to monitor the hectic financial industry and to differentiate long-term trends from short-term fads”.Versorgungswerk der Zahnärztekammer Berlin (VZB), the €1.5bn pension fund for the Berlin dentists’ association, was a customer of the overlay team at Berenberg for more than 10 years, according to Ralf Wohltmann, manager of VZB.“We are pleased to be able to assist the team on its road to becoming independent,” he said.last_img read more

Apple-a-day call for all over-50s

first_img Share HealthLifestyle Apple-a-day call for all over-50s by: – December 19, 2013 Tweet Share Sharecenter_img 18 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! If everyone over the age of 50 ate an apple a day, 8,500 deaths from heart attacks and strokes could be avoided every year in the UK, say researchers.Apples would give a similar boost to cardiovascular health as medicines, such as statins, yet carry none of the side-effects, the University of Oxford researchers say in the BMJ.They base their assumptions on modelling, not direct scientific study.Any fruit should work, but getting people to comply could be challenging.More than two-thirds of adults do not eat the recommended five portions of fruit and veg a day, population surveys suggest.And although nine in 10 of us do manage to eat at least one portion a day, Dr Adam Briggs and colleagues, from the British Heart Foundation Health Promotion Research Group at Oxford University, say we would all benefit from eating more.By their calculations, if adults of all ages could manage to eat an extra portion of fruit or veg a day, as many as 11,000 vascular deaths could be averted each year.The Victorian mantra of “an apple a day” to keep the doctor away is particularly important for the over-50s, who are at increased risk of vascular diseases, say the researchers.They analysed the effect on the most common causes of vascular mortality – heart attacks and strokes – of prescribing either a statin a day, which lowers cholesterol, or an apple a day to people over 50.Assuming at least seven in every 10 complied with the advice, statin drugs could save 9,400 lives and an apple a day 8,500 lives a year, they calculate.The data their work rests on comprises a large body of medical trials and observations involving hundreds of thousands of patients.Dr Briggs said: “The Victorians had it about right when they came up with their brilliantly clear and simple public health advice, ‘An apple a day keeps the doctor away’“It just shows how effective small changes in diet can be, and that both drugs and healthier living can make a real difference in preventing heart disease and stroke.“While no-one currently prescribed statins should replace them for apples, we could all benefit from simply eating more fruit.”Dr Peter Coleman, of the Stroke Association, said everyone stood to benefit from eating a balanced diet.“Apples have long been known as a natural source of antioxidants and chemical compounds called flavanoids, all of which are good for our health and wellbeing.“This study shows that, as part of a healthy diet with plenty of fresh fruit and veg, a daily apple could help to reduce the risk of stroke and heart disease.”BBC Newslast_img read more

Chelsea star dragged to court by ex-lover over ‘failure to pay child maintenance’

first_imgChelsea striker Michy Batshuayi’s ex took him to court over his alleged failure to pay maintenance for their two-year-old daughter. The £100,000-a-week Belgian striker had previously been ordered to pay monthly sums to former lover Gitte Van Der Elst. Chelsea’s Michy Batshuayi was taken to court by his ex-lover over ‘failure to pay child maintenance’ But the World Cup star was accused of missing two of £2,067 and being late with several others. Gitte, 26, was at a criminal hearing last week in Mechelen, near Antwerp. Belgian law can deem failure to make two maintenance payments “family abandonment” — punishable by up to six months jail and a fine. Batswayi’s lawyer Pierre Monville said payments were now up to date and blamed the player’s representatives for the missed contributions. Judge Suzy Vanhoonacker adjourned her verdict until next month when Batshuayi is likely to be acquitted. The Chelsea striker, 26, who has a three-year-old daughter from another relationship, initially denied he was the father. But a separate court ruled he was liable to pay his ex-lover towards the child’s upkeep. Batshuayi, who has mainly been a sub for Chelsea this season, met Gitte on Instagram. She was “flattered” at first but things turned sour and she now wants nothing to do with him. Read Also: Lampard drops Chelsea transfer hint after Newcastle loss She said: “As our child grows up I will tell her who her father is but I will also tell her how hard it was for us at the beginning and that he didn’t want to even know her. As for me I don’t want anything to do with him.” She went on: “He thinks I just want to ­better my financial situation but I don’t care about things like that. “I just want my daughter, I don’t need him. All that matters is my girl’s future.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Promoted ContentCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too MuchYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty PennyTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?Which Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Who Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?7 Reasons Why You Don’t Get Your Work Done On ScheduleBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better6 TV Shows That Got Better After A Major Character Had Leftlast_img read more

1 killed, 1 injured in road accident

first_imgBACOLOD City – The motorcycle they wereriding crashed against a truck on the national road in Barangay Aguisan,Himamaylan City, Negros Occidental. The 23-year-old Jeremias Blanco Jr. ofBarangay 3, Himamaylan City died, while the 29-year-old Joliza Rey Blanco ofBarangay Sara-et, Himamaylan City was injured, a police report showed. Jeremias and Joliza were brought to theGov. Valeriano M. Gatuslao Memorial Hospital in Himamaylan City where theformer was pronounced “dead on arrival.” Mamac, meanwhile, surrendered and wasdetained in the lockup cell of the Himamaylan City police station, facingcharges./PNcenter_img Police identified the Fuso truck driveras 21-year-old Ryan Mamac of Barangay 21, Victorias City, Negros Occidental. The crash happened around 6:45 a.m. onFeb. 24, it added.last_img read more

RCCF grant brings change to Kids Discovery Factory

first_imgBatesville, In. — Through the partial support of a Ripley County Community Foundation grant Kids Discovery Factory has hired the first part-time employee. Vanessa Beetz will serve as program director and oversee the Kids Discovery Mobile Factory, the annual STEAM Camp and other operational needs.Beetz is a native of southeastern Indiana who attended Sunman schools and Oldenburg Academy before obtaining her B.A., Economics from Hanover College and M.S., Elementary Education from Indiana University. Her professional and classroom experience made her the perfect candidate to grow the Kids Discovery Factory programs.For questions regarding the Mobile Factory or STEAM Camp contact Vanessa@kidsdiscoveryfactory.org or call 812-932-KIDS (5437).last_img read more

Ferdinand to leave United

first_imgDefender Rio Ferdinand will leave Manchester United this summer after 12 years at the club. Ferdinand has lost his place in the United first team over the last couple of years due to a series of injuries and because of the emergence of Phil Jones, Jonny Evans and Chris Smalling. Ferdinand’s contract expires this summer and he has revealed he will not be signing an extension. “I am feeling fit and healthy, ready for a new challenge and looking forward to whatever the future holds for me.” Ferdinand made 454 appearances for Manchester United and earned 81 caps for England before announcing his international retirement in May last year. His partnership with Nemanja Vidic was integral to the Reds’ title-winning teams in 2007, 2008 and 2009 and both were named in the PFA Team of the Year at the end of each campaign. Ferdinand signed a one-year extension to his contract this time last year but has found first-team opportunities harder to come by this season, making just 14 Premier League appearances. The decision to let Ferdinand go ignores the advice of interim manager Ryan Giggs, who insisted earlier this month the defender could still make a useful contribution and should be offered a new deal. There were no hard feelings, however, as United said on their official Twitter account: “#mufc would like to thank Rio Ferdinand for his long and distinguished service, and wish him well for the future.” Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville reacted to the news of Ferdinand’s departure on Twitter. He said: “So it looks like Rio and Vida allowed to leave at once!!! A conveyor belt has become a cliff!” The 35-year-old former England captain will therefore leave Old Trafford although he has no desire to retire and is now looking for a new club. In a statement on his website, Ferdinand said: “I have thought long and hard over the last few months about my future, and after 12 fantastic years playing for what I regard as the best club in the world, I have decided the time is right for me to move on.” Ferdinand moved to Old Trafford from Leeds in July 2002 for a then British record transfer fee of £29.1million, which also made him the world’s most expensive defender. He won the Premier League title in his first season at the club and went on to lift the trophy five more times in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2013. Ferdinand also won the Champions League in 2008 as the Reds beat Chelsea on penalties in the final in Moscow, as well as two League Cups and a Club World Cup. His statement continued: “I joined Manchester United in the hope of winning trophies, and never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined how successful we would be during my time here. “There have been so many highlights, playing alongside some great players who have become good friends, winning my first Premier League title and also that fantastic night in Moscow are memories that I will cherish forever. “Circumstances didn’t allow for me to say goodbye the way I would have liked but I’d like to take this opportunity to thank my team-mates, staff, the club and the fans for an unbelievable 12 years that I’ll never forget. Winning trophies I dreamed about as a kid came true at this great club. Press Associationlast_img read more

Like father, like son

first_imgFrom the moment Nick Toon was born, destiny, if you will, told him that he was going to play football.”It’s like the sublime message that the son of a doctor is going to grow up to be a doctor,” said Al Toon, Nick’s father and former standout wide receiver for both Wisconsin and the New York Jets.”Whether he wanted to play football or not, that message was sent and probably received.” Rather than trying to avoid his fate, Nick wholeheartedly picked up the game. His father wanted him to play other sports as well, so he wouldn’t get “locked into one sport.” He began organized ball in seventh grade. “I wanted to hold him out until the eighth grade, but the pressure was too great,” Al said.Eventually, after four years at Middleton High School, Nick was given the opportunity to play college ball. His obvious choice, as fate would have it, was the University of Wisconsin. “I really like Madison; I didn’t have any desire to leave,” Nick said. “I love my family, want to be able to go home and see them. I love the coaching staff, facilities, great school.”It’s just the right place for me to be.” Origins of Fate Al never planned on playing Division I college football. Instead, the opportunity came to him through a twist of fate: a hamstring injury. Originally, Al wanted to go into the Air Force. It wasn’t until his junior year in high school that the idea of college football started popping into his head with the arrival of recruiting letters in the mail. But more than anything else, Al’s goal was to represent the United States in the Olympics. Track was his “first love.” After qualifying for the Olympic Trials in 1983, Al injured his hamstring a week before competition. Consequently, as a result of missing out on his lifelong dream, he quit track and began to focus on football. “It was [pretty heartbreaking],” Al said of the injury. “When you have a goal, and you don’t attain the goal for something that you couldn’t control, it was quite disappointing, but I was fortunate enough to have a fallback in football, and fortunately that worked out.” His athleticism and track abilities allowed Al to excel on the football field. He left Wisconsin as the program’s all-time leading receiver and subsequently was selected No. 10 overall by the New York Jets in the 1985 draft. In 1988, Al led the NFL in receptions with 93. His best season, however, came in 1986 when he finished fifth in the NFL in receiving yards with 1,176 and 10th in touchdowns (8). During Al’s eight-year career, he caught 517 balls for 6,605 yards and scored 31 touchdowns. Time of transition and concussions Being an NFL player didn’t really affect his family life, Al said, comparing it to a “9-to-5 job.” The real problems began with the concussions. Al sustained several concussions throughout the course of his career with the Jets, but it wasn’t until several of them occurred in “close proximity” to each other that Al had to re-evaluate his career path. He had to choose between continuing to play a game that he loved to play or stepping away to pursue a business career and be a full-time father. He chose to retire, eventually settling on a career in real estate; a choice that Nick says was the right decision. “The tough part for me at that time was the concerns for my health and the future,” Al said. “Plus, I had four kids and my wife that I wanted to be around to support and be there both physically and psychologically.” After several grueling years of rehabilitation, Al’s post-concussion syndrome, which he described as an “emotional rollercoaster,” improved significantly. Seeing his father have to leave the game for good after sustaining several concussions toward the back end of his career showed Nick the grim reality of what can go wrong; there are circumstances out there that can end dreams in an instant to which you are powerless — a concept his father came to understand after injuring himself prior to the Olympic Trials. A big reason why Nick is at UW is so he can control his future to an extent. He will have something to fall back on. “I think education’s a real important thing,” Nick said, who may pursue a business-related degree, but is undecided at this point. “You never know what’s going to happen out on the field.One play you could be the best guy out there and the next play you could be done for the rest of your life. “If you don’t have a background in education you’ve got nothing.” Under the microscope Nick was born in 1988, during the heyday of Al’s NFL career. Although Nick doesn’t remember much of his father’s playing days, the effects of having a professional football player as a father left a lasting impression; it moved Nick to pick up the game as well. “Even if he didn’t tell me personally to play, I think just the fact that he was a successful NFL player always kind of interested me in sports, and so I wanted to try it out and ended up loving it,” Nick said. Growing up in an environment where his father was a professional athlete numbed Nickto the pressure of following in Al Toon’s legacy. “I grew up around that pressure, so I don’t know any different — it just feels normal to me,” Nick said. Still, the important thing, Al says, is that Nick understands he needs to make his own identity.Nick’s decision to go to Wisconsin only heightened the expectations. “Nick has been put in a position, voluntarily, where the microscope is on him,” said Al, who also felt that he was under the microscope as a scholarship student athlete. “He carries a name that is well known in the area, and he chooses it voluntarily with lots of passion and high regard for what that means.” Regardless of where Nick went to college, Al believes the pressure would have been the same. It just made sense for Nick to go to Wisconsin because that’s where his affinity was. “A great guy” In high school Nick was not only one of the top athletes on the field by his senior year through a “fantastic work ethic.” He was one of the top personalities on the team as well. “Nick just has tremendous personal character,” said Tim Simon, Nick’s former coach at Middleton High. “You hear coaches often say, ‘Oh, he’s such a great guy,’ well I’m telling you, Nick Toon is a great guy — wonderful attitude, very coachable, his character is outstanding — and that comes from his mom and dad.” Throughout Nick’s life, and the lives of his other three siblings, his parents cemented the notion that good character — respectful, humble, gracious and charitable — was what mattered most. “Our goal for all of our kids is character, that they’re happy doing what they’re doing and that we be as supportive as we can,” Al said. “You have to be self-motivated, be talented and work hard and those are three characteristics, but the most important characteristic that I think is life-long character.” Similar to his father, Nick was a late bloomer. Unfortunately, it may have resulted in other freshman receivers like David Gilreath and Kyle Jefferson getting a shot to play over him. “They just got their shot and came out and proved what they can do right away,” he said. “I’m still waiting for my shot, and when I get it I’ll come out and show them what I can do.” But taking his redshirt year isn’t a bad thing; the wait gives him an opportunity to learn the offense and the position better for the years to come. And while it presents another hurdle in the road, his coaches, friends and family believe he will surmount it. “We’re awfully glad we’ve got Nick here because he’s a good football player and I think he’s got a great future here,” UW offensive coordinator Paul Chryst said. “There’s a lot of guys that have redshirted here that have been good players, so I think it fits the plan. “It was a good decision, and I think we’ll be glad getting into his fourth and fifth years.” While watching from the sidelines, the game he and his father have come to know so well is “one of the most difficult things” Nick has ever done — however, the most important lesson is that he has good character and is creating his own identity and legacy not as the son of Al Toon, but as Nick Toon.last_img read more

Where are they now: Wisconsin Football

first_imgThe University of Wisconsin’s football program has been one of the best in the country for about two decades now. Since Barry Alvarez took over as head coach in 1990, the team has excelled on the field, posting a 248-117-4 record over the last 29 seasons.While the team as a whole has a strong record of success, many individual Badgers went on to have careers in the NFL themselves. Popular players among this group include J. J. Watt, Russell Wilson and Melvin Gordon. In the 2019 NFL draft, the Badgers again celebrated the selection of several players over the course of the three-night event. NFL teams selected the players as follows:Michael Deiter, Miami Dolphins (Round 3, Pick 14):Deiter was the first Wisconsin alumni taken off the board, as he was selected with the 78th overall pick to the Miami Dolphins. Deiter — a four-year starter at Wisconsin — excelled as a blocking offensive lineman, allowing running back Jonathan Taylor to get into open space. He will compete for a starting job with the Dolphins in training camp.Ryan Connelly, New York Giants (Round 5, Pick 5):Connelly was able to raise his draft stock during the draft combine, allowing him to be taken 143rd overall and making him the second Badger taken in the draft. Connelly is a shiny linebacker with speed and tackling skills, so look for him to fight for an impact role on a young Giants defense this season.Andrew Van Ginkel, Miami Dolphins (Round 5, Pick 13):Taken just 8 picks after Connelly, Van Ginkel will join Deiter in Miami this season as he looks to carve out a spot on their defense. Van Ginkel has a great eye on defense and is a plus-side tackler, finishing with 59 tackles, 5.5 sacks, and two forced fumbles his senior season.David Edwards, Los Angeles Rams (Round 5, Pick 31):After fellow offensive lineman Deiter was taken earlier in the draft, Edwards was selected late in the fifth round by the Rams. Edwards is unlikely to start this season with there being several talented linemen on the Rams roster, but he will be looking to solidify himself as an option for the future.Football: Detailing incoming Badger recruits and how they compare to those of Big Ten WestLast year’s football season was undoubtedly disappointing for the University of Wisconsin. Coming into the season ranked No. 4 in Read…No other Badgers were selected in the draft, but several players did sign as undrafted free agents. These players included Beau Benzschawel (Detroit Lions), Alec Ingold (Oakland Raiders) and T. J. Edwards (Philadelphia Eagles). Benzschawel and Edwards were both projected to be drafted, but after poor performances at the combine, neither heard their name called.Now, let’s take a look at players on this year’s squad who we could potentially see taken in the 2020 NFL draft, including Jonathan Taylor, Chris Orr, Zack Baun, Tyler Biadasz, Bradrick Shaw and A. J. Taylor.Jonathan Taylor has starred as Wisconsin’s starting running back for the past two seasons. After an impressive year where he set the all-time freshman season rushing record with 1,977 yards, Taylor performed even better his sophomore year, totaling 2,194 yards and averaging 7.2 yards per carry. Taylor will likely try to match or exceed those numbers this season and hopefully hear his name called in one of the next two NFL drafts.Football: Fresh defensive line, linebacking corps seek to return Wisconsin defense to dominanceThe date was December 27, but the Badgers’ 34–3 Pinstripe Bowl victory against the University of Miami feels like it Read…Chris Orr and Zack Baun, both senior linebackers for the Badgers, will each look to continue successful college careers for the 2019 Wisconsin football team and earn some attention before the draft. Baun finished last season with 63 tackles while Orr added 27 of his own and with several players from the defense having graduated or moved on to the next level, don’t be surprised to hear either of their names at Camp Randall this year.Bradrick Shaw and A. J. Taylor have both been solid supporting players on the Wisconsin offense during their college years, so don’t expect this season to be any different. Shaw, a running back, has played in 22 games and gained 822 yards over his career, despite missing all of last season due to injury. Taylor has played in several roles, including wide receiver, running back and kick returner, collecting 1,423 all-purpose yards during his career. Even though neither player is likely to get drafted, they could be signed as undrafted free agents as they would provide valuable depth to any team.Football: Badgers hold inaugural ‘town hall’ prior to first public look at incoming quarterback Graham MertzBadger fans were granted full access to the Wisconsin football team’s spring practice Saturday morning. The team was split up Read…Lastly, Tyler Biadasz has performed as perhaps the best center in college football over the last two years with Wisconsin. Even though he will only be a junior this year, don’t be surprised if he gets drafted next spring. Biadasz has started all 27 games in his first two seasons at Madison while protecting the backfield — namely Jonathan Taylor — that has put up ridiculous numbers in both seasons.Considering so many Wisconsin players have gone on to have successful NFL careers over the past few decades, it’s no wonder that players like those named above and potentially more will hear their names called in the next few NFL drafts as they hope to follow in the footsteps of so many before them.last_img read more

NBA legend Kobe Bryant killed in Calabasas helicopter crash

first_imgUSC students reflect on Kobe Bryant’s life and legacy. He was an 18-time All-Star and the 2008 league MVP, bringing the Lakers to five NBA championships. (Photo via Los Angeles Lakers/Twitter) Bryant was always one of the most respected players in the league during his career and a staple of Los Angeles inside and outside of sports. The news of his passing impacted USC students — Lakers fans or not — who grew up watching and idolizing the “Black Mamba.”  Bryant moved to Italy when he was 6 as his father had retired from the NBA to play internationally. Overseas, Bryant not only learned how to speak fluent Italian and play soccer but he started to seriously learn how to play basketball. Almost four years after the final game of Bryant’s career — a 60-point performance against the Utah Jazz at Staples Center in April 2016 — his impact is still felt in the NBA. Now, after Bryant’s passing, his legacy in the sport and in the lives of fans around the world is sure to live on.  “Kobe’s legacy isn’t even basketball, it’s work ethic and dedication,” said Jayden Smith, a sophomore majoring in political science. “The way Kobe trained, he did that in every aspect of his life. Everything he does he obsesses over it, over the minute details, and does everything he can to be better than the person that he’s competing against.” Bryant’s legacy is a somewhat complicated one. In 2003, Bryant was arrested and charged for allegedly sexually assaulting a hotel employee in Colorado. The accuser later dropped the charges after refusing to testify but later filed a separate civil suit against Bryant. Bryant did not directly admit guilt but publicly apologized for the circumstances between himself and the employee. After the news of Bryant’s death was first reported by TMZ Sports and followed by confirmation by multiple outlets, numerous celebrities, sports figures and fans were quick to share their grief on social media. Memorials were quickly set up near the crash site and outside Staples Center, the Lakers’ home arena and site of the 2020 Grammy Awards show that began just hours later, bringing a mix of attendees and mourners to L.A. Live. Bryant had three straight championship-winning seasons with teammate Shaquille O’Neal and head coach Phil Jackson from 2000-02 before O’Neal was traded to the Miami Heat in 2004. That trade, however, cemented Bryant’s role as the Lakers’ franchise leader. He would go on to win two more championships with Jackson and teammate Pau Gasol in 2009 and 2010 before tearing an Achilles tendon in 2013 at age 34. “It’s more than just basketball really with Kobe, he kind of just encompassed everything L.A.,” said Diego Briones, a junior majoring in political science. “Especially because it’s such an artsy town, he was such a sophisticated, intellectual person … He really viewed the sport like an art and I think that really resonates with a lot of Los Angeles citizens.” “He’s an international icon,” Briones said. “He helped take basketball international … I think he’s pivotal in that regard.” Bryant has become a household name for many across the globe, including those outside of the basketball community and fanbase. His legacy and approach towards his goals even impacted people off the court that did not tune in to witness his impressive on-court performances. Bryant and Gianna are survived by Kobe’s wife Vanessa and three daughters — Natalia Diamante (17), Bianka Bella (3) and Capri Kobe (7 months). Tributes to Kobe Bryant hang on the windows of Cale & Irani Residential College at USC Village. (Photo courtesy of Jayden Smith)center_img Bryant’s tenacious work ethic, highlighted in his book “The Mamba Mentality: How I Play,” has served as a model for young athletes and others inside and outside the realm of sports. He was known for his unwavering, constant willingness to improve. Former NBA superstar Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna were killed Sunday morning after a helicopter crashed in Calabasas just before 10 a.m. Bryant and Gianna were on their way to Thousand Oaks for her basketball practice. He was 41. Bryant grew up as a fan of the Los Angeles Lakers and played with them for all of his 20-year career. Considered by many as one of the greatest basketball players of all time, Bryant was an 18-time All-Star and the 2008 league MVP, leading the Lakers to five NBA championships.  Bryant — especially after his retirement — was also an outspoken advocate for growing women’s basketball, frequently attending college and WNBA games, coaching Gianna’s teams and using social media to praise women’s basketball players. For many, that drive and determination extends past basketball. “I think his passing is definitely a part of the city is passing, too,” Ghajar said. “And any sport you can apply his mindset, the Mamba Mentality to it. You can apply the Mamba Mentality to anything in life, really. [He] will be missed everywhere.” “Kobe has been my role model my whole life, sort of my idol,” said Tyler Ghajar, a freshman majoring in art. “I got inspiration from his work ethic and determination … to sort of apply that to my life. He was more than an athlete in terms of what he meant for this city and just for people in general.” “Kobe Bryant really was a huge influence even on those of us who never really were big on basketball,” freshman Economics major Freya Haksar said. “He was the kind of icon that gave you a vision of success…He was always kind of a figure for us to keep pushing forward, to turn our challenges and pressures into lessons, and a drive to always keep our heads up and better ourselves and spread that energy to the people around us.” Bryant was also a two-time Olympic gold medalist in Beijing and London and served as a key figure in helping expand the NBA’s international reach, attracting and inspiring young fans from all across the world. “I hope people — regardless of their affiliation to teams, whether they’re a Laker fan or whether they’re a Celtic fan, whether they’re even a basketball fan or even a sports fan — just recognize what he meant to the city,” Smith said. “He was able to get a whole city to get behind him and embrace him … Kobe is L.A. basketball.” Bryant’s death comes just one day after he was passed by current Lakers superstar LeBron James for third all-time on the NBA’s career scoring leaderboard. James was seen in tears after the Lakers landed in Los Angeles after flying in from Philadelphia, Bryant’s hometown.last_img read more

BVI to introduce electronic visas

first_imgThe government of the British Virgin Islands, BVI, has announced plans to introduce electronic visas or e0-visas in an effort to make the British overseas territory more accessible to persons who currently require visas to visit.Just last year, the government implemented a visa waiver system for persons in possession of United States and Canada visas.The administration says the changes are aimed at better facilitating international trade and transactions.last_img