The University of Southern Indiana landed four student-athletes on the CoSIDA Academic All-District IV Men’s and Women’s Cross Country/Track & Field teams Thursday.Seniors Johnnie Guy (Palmyra, Indiana) and Tyler Pence (Springfield, Illinois) along with junior Josh Guy (Palmyra, Indiana) were selected to the men’s squad, while sophomore Emily Roberts (Fredericton, Ohio) represented the Screaming Eagles on the women’s squad.Already a two-time first-team Academic All-American, Johnnie Guy is on the All-District IV team for the third consecutive year after amassing a 3.65 grade point average in engineering. Guy was the GLVC Runner of the Year as well as the GLVC Scholar Athlete of the Year for cross country and has earned a combined three All-America awards in cross country and indoor track, bringing his school-record total to 14.Guy is pushing for his second national title in the last three years in the 10,000 meters Thursday night at the NCAA II Outdoor Track & Field Championships before finishing his collegiate career in the 5,000 meters Saturday night.Pence also earned first-team Academic All-America honors a year ago after capturing the national championship in the 10,000 meters. Pence, who was the indoor national champion in the 5,000 meters in 2015, is looking to become the second student-athlete in school history to earn three national championships when he toes the line in the 10,000 meters Thursday night and the 5,000 meters Saturday night.An elementary education major with a 3.52 GPA, Pence was the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches’ Association Track Scholar Athlete of the Year in 2015 and is on the Academic All-District IV team for the second straight year.Josh Guy, the twin brother of Johnnie Guy, is claiming Academic All-District IV honors for the first time after earning All-Conference honors in both cross country and indoor track & field. Also an engineering major with a 3.64 GPA, Josh Guy earned All-Region honors in the 10,000 meters this spring after earning All-America honors in the event last year. He also is competing in the 10,000 meters Thursday night at the NCAA II Championships.Roberts has had a stellar season at USI as she garners her first Academic All-District IV award. The GLVC Scholar Athlete of the Year for Cross Country, Roberts finished fifth at the NCAA II Cross Country Championships to earn her first career All-America honor.A pre-occupational therapy major with a 3.72 GPA, Roberts earned second-team All-America honors in the indoor 5,000 meters before shattering USI’s outdoor records in both the 5,000 meters and the 10,000 meters. She currently ranks third, nationally, in both events and will compete in the 10,000 meters at the national meet Thursday night before finishing the year with an appearance in the 5,000 meters Saturday night.All four student-athletes will advance to the national ballot for Academic All-America consideration.The NCAA II Outdoor Championships are Thursday-Saturday in Bradenton, Florida. Live results and video are available at GoUSIEagles.com. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
Vice Minister Rogelio Donadío: We expect that he will continue to protect our borders and, above all, combat organized crime in all its facets: drugs, human trafficking, and to protect national sovereignty, because, at the end of the day, we have problems, above all, in the South, where criminal organizations want to come closer to the border with Panama and set up permanent camps that are used to manufacture drugs, to cultivate cocaine plants, marihuana plants… So, what we have entrusted Commander Hayer with is to very jealously protect the territory and to protect against drug trafficking and any type of organized crime that there might be along that border. Diálogo: Could you tell us about “Operación Candado”? Drug trafficking groups often transport illegal drugs that are produced in South America through Central America before delivering them to the United States and Europe, according to a recent United Nations report. In 2015, Panama seized a record 58 tons of drugs. Panamanian authorities estimate that they have seized 462 tons since 2000. To talk about current issues related to drugs and other relevant issues in the country and the region, Diálogo spoke with Rogelio Donadío, Panama’s Vice Minister for Public Safety, during the Central American Security Conference (CENTSEC) held in San José, Costa Rica, from April 6th-8th. On April 1st, a cloud of thick black smoke darkened the skies around Panama City. It was the result of the Panamanian Police incinerating 6.3 tons of cocaine, 2.5 tons of marijuana, and 3.8 kilograms of heroin; since January 1st, Panamanian law enforcement authorities have destroyed almost nine additional tons of drugs, primarily cocaine, that they seized from narco-traffickers, according to data released by officials. Diálogo: Are there coca leaf fields in Panama already? Vice Minister Donadío: In fact, we think so, because there is a possibility that not all of them will demobilize through fragmentation or the elimination of people engaged in organized crime; an armed group is going to be left over. They will demobilize in Colombia, but they are going to continue their business, above all, those earning the most money. And among the possibilities, which are not remote and are very real, is that they will move their business to the Colombian border, where Venezuela, where Ecuador, where Peru are, but also where Panama is. In other words, it is a fact that we believe they may mobilize to Panamanian territory and continue their criminal activities. Vice Minister Donadío: Yes. Above all, along both borders, at the border between Panama and Colombia, and at the border between Panama and Costa Rica. It is an inescapable issue. Aside from that, there also has to be a component of prevention, an element that provides social assistance and creates a civic component for the people; a component that works for the benefit of the population, because oftentimes, this component of security is the entire government of the Republic of Panama. They are the ones who often provide for health, education, and to a certain extent, the way in which the population can coexist in peace, and that, the original priority, is the fight against organized crime, as well as the civic actions that have to be brought to a population so as to prevent those populations from being infiltrated by organized crime, by the money there is in organized crime. Diálogo: Can the fall of the FARC in Colombia signify a threat to Panama? Vice Minister Donadío: We have found coca leaf fields in Panama, but we have found more marijuana leaf crops. However, we have been eradicating them. The advantage we have had in comparison with when these problems began in the years between 2002-2005 is that, during those years, there was a permanent criminal presence in Panamanian territory. The arrival of SENAFRONT permanently kicked them out of Panamanian territory. Now, because the border is so wooded and is so large, they somehow come in and conduct their activities, but not permanently. Then, of course, there is cultivation, but practically none of cocaine. There is a small part they have used to cultivate marijuana, which began to be eradicated at the beginning of the year. However, since we eradicated it up to now we have not seen any more marijuana or cocaine fields. Diálogo: And what is the importance of continuing to work with the United States and other countries in the region in this fight against drug trafficking and other threats? Diálogo: Is the fight against organized crime and drug trafficking still SENAFRONT’s priority? Diálogo: The new commander of the National Border Service (SENAFRONT), Cristian Hayer, assumed the post on February 15th. What do you expect from him? By Dialogo April 19, 2016 Vice Minister Donadío: Well, organized crime is a crime that makes quick decisions, that mutates, that does not ask, that does not respect sovereignties, that does not respect laws. However, we are the guardians of the constitutions and the laws of our countries, and each country also must defend its sovereignty. In order to take action in the territories in which they are active, we must join together, we must communicate with each other, we must trust one another, and be loyal to one another to strengthen solidarity, strengthen even the context of how we are going to act in a given case. That is the only way to combat organized crime that is active in the entire territory, from Colombia and much farther away, all the way to the United States. There is no way to combat that if we do not join together. There is no way to combat that if we do not coordinate, if we do not get organized, if we do not have effective, timely, and true communication. There is no way to combat that if we do not have a legal framework in all our countries. We are looking to work together and create an integrated network when these types of events occur, like here at CENTSEC, so that the legal framework can be applied respecting the countries’ sovereignty and respecting the way in which each one of us sees the solution to the problems created by organized crime. Vice Minister Donadío: “Operación Candado” is like the continuation of “Operación Patria”. As a result of it, there have already begun to dismantle the camps that were being used by the FARC. “Operación Candado” has to do with the fact that, somehow, we have to protect our coastline and our waters along the border with Colombia, both on the Atlantic and the Pacific coasts. If we make that impenetrable and optimize the watercraft, the criminals will not reach our coastlines and will instead pass by on the outside. Excellent work. I hope everything continues to be well organized to be able to fight every kind of crime, keep it up, looking for a solution to everything.
Since Americans aren’t bashful when they borrow money, especially when it comes to buying a car (about 85% of buyers take out a loan for a new ride), Nerdwallet decided to conduct a consumer study that examined where’s the best place to get a auto loan.Survey says, CREDIT UNIONS!Nerdwallet got to this conclusion by estimating how much money a consumer could save by financing her new car purchase with a low interest rate auto loan while being able to invest in the stock market.Nerdwallet went off the assumption that the consumer had $25K saved away and could put down $5K for a down payment on a new car. In addition, the consumer was interested in a 2% APR auto loan for the remainder and then invested $20K cash in an index fund.The conclusion: when looking for a loan be sure to secure the lowest/best APR percentage you can. The lower the APR, the more money you’ll save in the long run. However, these percentages are dependent upon the stock market’s performance which is know to be very unpredictable. continue reading » 25SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
The ex-Roda winger, however, believes pre-season is not a yardstick to measure the performance of any player and wants the former Manchester City striker to replicate the form when the new season commences.“I think he has to prepare well for the new season. Pre-season cannot show what a player is capable of doing until the season starts. The season is long, he needs to take his chances and be consistent,” Lawal told Goal.“As a striker, your responsibility is scoring goals, it does not matter if you play badly what is important is scoring. He was scoring very well in Manchester City. He has to play the same way for Leicester City.”Iheanacho’s failure to impress with the Foxes last season cost him a chance to make Nigeria’s squad to the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, where the Super Eagles finished third.“If he is playing well for Leicester, I believe the Super Eagles coach will recall him back to the squad,” he continued.“The other players who were selected by the coach were playing well for their clubs that’s why they made the squad. If he does the same he will get his chance.”Iheanacho will hope to hit the ground running when Leicester take on Wolverhampton Wanderers in their opening 2019-20 Premier League game on August 11.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Former Nigeria international Garba Lawal has advised Kelechi Iheanacho to be consistent in scoring goals for Leicester City when the 2019-20 season gets underway.The 22-year-old delivered underwhelming performances last term, scoring only two goals in 35 appearances across all competitions for the Foxes.The forward, has, however, been impressive in the pre-season, having scored three goals in two games for the King Power Stadium outfit.
The California Gold Rush Festival returns to The Great Race Place for the third year in-a-row Saturday, May 28! California Gold Rush Day at Santa Anita Park will be jam packed with five stakes races all celebrating California bred and sired Thoroughbreds.If you’re not yet a fan of horse racing, and even more so if you are, the Gold Rush Beer and Sour Festival was designed just for you! This trackside event package located along the rail for access to all the live action will feature unique craft brews and sours from the best breweries in California. Plus, the best of the best in local food trucks will also be serving up delicious fare!For $35 you’ll receive Club House admission and entrance into the reserved trackside event area, 10 beer tastings, four sour tastings, a racing program and tip sheet plus, your very own souvenir acrylic Pint glass! Use promo code RUSH16 to get $10 off your ticket when purchasing exclusively online! Additional beer and sour tastings will be available for purchase during the event.Visit santaanita.com/events for more information and to purchase your ticket for Saturday, May 28!
15 April 2011 Eight Limpopo villagers who have established a cooperative that takes tourists through South Africa’s world-famous Kruger National Park have been given open safari vehicles to boost their business. South African National Parks (SANParks), in conjunction with their subcontractor, Vuswa Fleet, handed over four vehicles to members of the Ngelekele Project in Skukuza on Wednesday. “We promise that this donation will serve as a foundation for us,” said Jouberg Ndlobu, a member of the project. “We are hoping to increase the vehicles so that we can stand on our feet and able to create jobs for unemployed people who come from the same communities as ourselves.”Trained as a tour guide Ndlobu, from Belfast village near the Kruger, was trained as a tour guide through SANParks’ broader economic empowerment strategy and social responsibility programmes that focus on communities around the park. He said his group called themselves Ngelekele, the Xitsonga name for the woodpecker, which is considered to be a wise bird that cautioned the ancients about evil times and emitted a call until something good happened. He said the group was trained through the Small Enterprise Development Agency (Seda) after they were selected to become part of the SANParks initiative. “Although we did not have any entrepreneurial skills, the park arranged with Seda to give us valuable training,” said Ndlobu. “We are now prepared to enter the business world with a thorough understanding of what is expected and how to make the business profitable and sustainable.” The Kruger’s managing director, Abe Sibiya, said the donation of the vehicles would assist previously disadvantaged communities to enter into the safari tour guiding business. “After selections, prospective tour guides were trained to become fully fledged guides in order to be able to conduct business in the park like any other private operators,” said Sibiya. He said SANParks would help the project market their services. “In the meantime, Vuswa Fleet has made two more vehicles available to the new Ngelekele operators, should there be a need,” Sibiya said.Project could be extended Sibiya said the project could, over time, extend to other areas around the Kruger if interested community members from other parts of the park were identified. He said the new operators were requested to sign a contract with Vuswa, who manage open safari vehicles operating in the Kruger. The contract covers the servicing of their vehicles, the provision of uniforms, renewal of annual licences, permit fees and registration with the South African Revenue Service. “We are empowering communities. We are making a contribution towards job creation and ultimately putting bread on somebody’s table,” said Sibiya. Vuswa Fleet managing director Francois Viljoen said the company was honoured to be involved in the initiative. “We would like to see individuals growing vigorously and owning more vehicles in the park and improving their living conditions,” Viljoen said. “We hope that this community-driven project will also have positive impact on the community they come from.” Sibiya said the project would help ease traffic congestion in the park during busy periods by offering a park-and-ride service to visitors. “Interested day visitors, who wish to enter the park after the visitor quota has been reached, will be able to use this park-and-ride community service during gate operating times,” Sibiya said. Source: BuaNews
Inspiring communities to adopt NZEA mere 18 miles from Richmond, another Northern California city is serving as an inspirational leader in NZE but faces a much different challenge. The San Francisco metro area is one of the most competitive and expensive housing markets in the country. Yet the San Francisco Department of the Environment is embarking on an innovative program in partnership with Rocky Mountain Institute, the Association for Energy Affordability, the California Housing Partnership, and others to launch REALIZE. REALIZE will pilot and scale a groundbreaking new approach to retrofit the city’s affordable housing stock to NZE at no up-front cost to homeowners.California has set aggressive goals for the building sector, calling on all new residences to be NZE by 2020, and energy efficiency in existing buildings to double by 2030. So far, more than 3,800 NZE housing units have been completed and documented statewide, of which only 40 are retrofits of existing buildings. This total is only 0.8% of California’s building stock, leaving big opportunities on the table. To address this, the City of San Francisco and its partners looked to a program based in the Netherlands — Energiesprong — as a model that can simultaneously meet social equity goals (comfort, safety, and affordability) and the city’s and state’s ambitious climate targets and mandates.Energiesprong approaches NZE retrofits in a fundamentally different way. Selling retrofits as a product (instead of in the traditional and complicated service-plus-product approach) required Energiesprong to look at how anything sold at a high volume could be attractive, minimally disruptive, and affordable, and have its performance guaranteed.According to Hooper of the San Francisco Department of the Environment, the guarantee presents the most significant barrier in delivering NZE retrofits at scale, as this is fundamental in financing energy savings. Traditionally, lenders have not been able to trust performance guarantees, contractors don’t want to provide guarantees, and construction timelines are variable. “Offering volume is a great way to reverse all of these conditions,” said Hooper. “If we can aggregate demand and put forward a guaranteed volume of sales and performance level, lenders can trust revenue streams coming in, and occupants can get a guarantee of affordability.”The team now hopes to begin to identify affordable multifamily housing throughout the state that can be aggregated and presented to an organized network of designers and engineers, manufacturers, and contractors who would deliver predesigned, partially prefabricated NZE retrofits. The team will also work with the financial services industry to identify funding solutions that support the model.While this model is truly groundbreaking, it does promise to offer a unique, affordable, and high-quality product to homeowners, opening up the potential for NZE to markets that would have never otherwise considered it — and providing a replicable model for other cities, counties, or states across the country. RELATED ARTICLES Addressing affordable housing in Portland, OregonGreen Hammer’s efforts in Portland serve as an example of how to harness the trends of increased urbanization and an aging population to provide socially and environmentally beneficial housing options. In the greater Portland area — as in many urban centers in the U.S. — affordable housing developments are dense four- to five-story buildings designed with the idea that quantity should trump quality.Such buildings lead to conflict and pushback in neighborhoods where this scale of development is not characteristic (e.g., a city block that is otherwise dominated by two-story historic buildings). Meanwhile, these buildings are inappropriate for aging residents, who may have trouble climbing multiple flights of stairs or face other mobility issues.This prompted Green Hammer to ask the question, “How can we densify our cities to create affordable and accessible solutions for underserved populations?” The answer was what they call “missing middle housing” — housing options that carry the benefits of multiunit/multifamily housing but are built on a smaller footprint, are elder-friendly, foster a sense of community while respecting the current urban form, facilitate transit, and are affordable thanks to NZE strategies.So far, Green Hammer has worked on three missing middle projects, one of which is the Oaks at Rose Villa, a full NZE senior community. To get units to net-zero energy (or “zero”) efficiently and affordably, they use three strategies: first, they set a goal and design-build to zero from the outset, using building energy modeling to monitor the effect of design changes on energy consumption throughout the process. Second, they use Passive House strategies, prioritizing a tight and well-insulated building envelope and high-efficiency systems to keep energy use down. Third, they have a strong feedback loop between the design and construction teams for evaluating cost-effectiveness and energy use.Green Hammer also recommends code policies that enable the subdivision of existing single-family parcels or auxiliary unit development on these parcels. Green Hammer alluded to a study that found that, if just one single-family residence per residential block in San Francisco developed an auxiliary dwelling unit on-site, the amount of housing developed would far exceed that zoned for affordable housing developments in the city. Building a Low-Cost Zero-Energy HomeRevisiting Net Zero EnergyGetting to Zero Carbon in Menlo ParkNet-Zero Families, Not Net-Zero HomesCalifornia Leads the Nation in Net-Zero ProjectsChoosing the Cheapest Path to Net ZeroZero-Energy Construction is ‘Set to Explode’ Simple Techniques for Lowering the Cost of Zero-Energy HomesU.S. Looks to Europe for Energy Retrofit ModelLow-Income Housing: Problems and Solutions Why social equity is importantConsider these statistics: Low- and fixed-income families bear an undue energy burden, with electricity costs accounting for up to 20% of their household incomes. Disadvantaged populations are also more likely to suffer from the health effects of bad indoor air quality, such as worsened asthma or allergy symptoms. Poor housing conditions are making poor families sick, and high energy costs are perpetuating cycles of poverty. Think of a net-zero energy (NZE) home, and it’s likely that you imagine a single-family house in a well-to-do neighborhood, with a roof covered in solar panels and an electric car parked in the driveway. This is a pleasant picture, but it highlights two underlying assumptions many of us have: that NZE homes are available only to the wealthy, and that new-build, single-family homes in nonurban settings are best suited for NZE.A panel of experts who convened at the 2018 Getting to Zero National Forum, April 17–19 in Pittsburgh, posited that NZE residences can — and should — create the greatest benefits to the populations who we perceive can afford them the least. And, if the NZE industry is going to be successful in the long run, social equity needs to be central to how municipalities, planners, designers, engineers, and financiers develop solutions that enable underserved populations to access NZE residences. Scaling financing and technology solutionsA program in Richmond, California, provides a unique example of how innovative financing solutions can solve a community-wide problem and encourage NZE. The City of Richmond faced a big challenge — 7% of its housing stock is abandoned and dilapidated, due to the impacts of the financial crisis, deceased owners, or delinquent taxes. This creates issues for the city and neighborhoods like increased crime, lower home values, and lost tax revenues.To address this, the city launched a program in partnership with a local nonprofit, and issued a $3 million social impact bond for retrofitting abandoned homes to NZE standards, with the goal of preparing 50 single-family homes for resale. Issuing these bonds is an emerging strategy that blends private investments with projects that generate positive social impact. A competitive bidding process resulted in a local bank (Mechanics Bank) buying the entire bond at 0% interest, providing the program with the up-front capital it needed.The Richmond Community Foundation facilitates the program from acquisition to sale of the properties. Homes are fully rehabilitated and retrofitted to NZE and then sold at an affordable price to first-time homebuyers who are graduates from SparkPoint Contra Costa, a program focused on providing opportunities for low-income families, including preparing them to be responsible first-time home buyers.According to Webster of Energy Solutions, the program’s well-documented social, environmental, and economic impacts allowed them to attract the widest possible array of partners and funding opportunities, ones that wouldn’t have come to the table if affordability and equity weren’t core to the program. Meanwhile, in the U.S. and globally, we’re experiencing two demographic shifts. First, people are urbanizing at an unprecedented rate. More than 70% of the world’s population will live in cities by 2050. Second, populations are aging. For example, the number of Americans aged 65 and older is projected to more than double from 46 million today to over 98 million by 2060. The need for more housing in city centers for people who have unique needs for walkability, transportation access, and proximity to health services is making big changes to the density and livability of our cities.So, what does this all have to do with NZE? Net-zero energy residences — panelists agreed — can uniquely deliver affordable and healthy housing solutions given their low cost of ownership (owners or tenants have little to no utility bills) and their high quality of construction. Yet in order to deliver on the benefits of NZE for all, not just for some, three key issues must be prioritized:Addressing the loss of affordable housing that continues to accelerate in urban centers, and addressing the implications for social equity in people’s access to high-quality, healthy housing.Scaling financing and technology solutions that enable NZE to be more rapidly developed (in both existing and new buildings) and therefore accessible in these markets.Inspiring communities to adopt an NZE approach even if it seems unconventional and cost-prohibitive at first.Erica Dunn, executive director at Green Hammer; Barry Hooper, green building and environment senior coordinator for the San Francisco Department of the Environment; Brett Webster, project manager at Energy Solutions; and Katrin Klingenberg, executive director of Passive House Institute US (PHIUS) spoke to real-world examples of methods and programs that have addressed these key issues, and serve as inspirational models for how NZE can hit the triple bottom line: people, planet, and profit. The importance of performance standardsThese examples represent those pushing the envelope in affordable NZE programs, but the panel agreed that any city leader could start along the path toward affordable NZE housing by setting a minimum performance standard. Several cities have already begun to do so. And so far 14 housing finance agencies have included Passive House standards in their quality assurance provisions. According to Klingenberg of PHIUS, the incremental cost for meeting Passive House standards on a new building is hitting close to zero, making this type of policy requirement easier to swallow for developers and builders.Klingenberg also announced at the conference that PHIUS has developed the country’s only climate-specific passive building standard for both new construction and retrofits, supporting rigorous climate goals while making passive building more rational and cost-effective. It relies on prescriptive requirements, based on on three pillars: limits on heating/cooling loads (both peak and annual), limits on overall source energy use, and airtightness and other prescriptive requirements.Passive House standards based on building size and occupant density drive cost-effective NZE by allowing teams to properly invest in climate-appropriate, passive strategies to reduce the energy use of their projects first, before considering the on-site energy supply. It is therefore no surprise — as Klingenberg pointed out — that the nation’s largest PHIUS-certified project is an affordable housing project.© 2018 Rocky Mountain Institute. Published with permission. Originally posted on RMI Outlet.
Your dream client doesn’t have any way to know whether your company is better than your competitor’s. Nor are they likely to look for objective information to discern the differences. Trying to gain an advantage by starting with your company is ineffective because it doesn’t provide any real, actionable insights your dream client can use to decide.Level 1 is a ZeroYou believe that your product or service or solution is markedly better than your competitors. They believe that theirs is better. Both of you spend time trying to differentiate from your competitors in some meaningful way, including trying to tie what you sell to any preferences your dream client discloses. Remember, your dream client has no objective way to determine which of your solutions would better serve them, having never experienced either. You don’t help by providing them with information they can find on a website or sell sheet.Proof Providing isn’t ProofMaybe you provide your prospective client with references, people at companies that will vouch that you are an excellent partner. Your competitor may also provide a similar list, neither of you being so short-sighted as to provide any names and numbers of people who might say something that harm’s your chances of winning their business. What you believe to be proof isn’t strong evidence that your dream client should buy from you.You Are the ExperienceWhat, then, does your dream client have to go on when deciding whether to buy from you or your competitor?First, they have the experience of working with you throughout the process. They are getting an idea of who has the best idea about why they need to change, how they need to change, and what’s important to them. They also get a feel for what it is going to be like to work with you and your company, whether you are collaborative, whether you can be trusted, and how you are going to respond to challenges.Second, because deciding to buy from you is going to be visible to a lot of people on their team, they are gauging whether you are going to be acceptable—or better still, impressive—to the people you are going to interact with inside their company. Not only do you need to help them build consensus around change and the right solution, you are also being vetted to see whether the system is going to reject you.You are the element of your company that your dream client is going to have the most experience with before they make a decision to buy from you or your competitor. Even if they use a spreadsheet to pretend that they are making an objective decision based on measurable criteria, you are a large part of their decision. This means you have to up your game as it pertains to creating a preference to work with you and your company.You are, now more than ever, one of the largest components of the value proposition.
The Lakers want Thomas to mentor their young players, and they’re giving him rest and recovery time when he needs — mindful that he wants to go into this summer as healthy as possible.“I think he’s been judged pretty harshly with the fact that he missed that much time,” Lakers coach Luke Walton said. “He’s playing good for us. I think with the more time he has just playing basketball, the better he’ll get as far as getting back to doing the things he was doing in Boston last season.”Walton speaks highly of Thomas, which suggests that the Lakers could be that one team Thomas is looking for.Games like Thursday certainly won’t hurt his cause. He came into the night averaging 14.3 points in 26 minutes on 37 percent shooting. Against the Heat, he shot 11 for 20, 6 for 11 from 3-point range.“If they give me a bigger opportunity, I’m capable of bringing more to the table,” Thomas said. “Until then I’m doing what I can. I’m getting as healthy as I possibly can. Every day I’m feeling a lot better. I’m just grinding it out and just trying to be ready for any opportunities that come my way.”ADVERTISEMENT Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Thomas went through pain of the emotional and physical kind with the Celtics a year ago, after his sister died in a car crash just before the start of Boston’s postseason run. About three weeks later, on the day Chyna Thomas would have turned 23, her brother — a day removed from oral surgery — scored 53 points to lead the Celtics past Washington.Not long after that, the Celtics shut the 5-foot-9 guard down because of the right hip problem.“Him being a competitor and a warrior, he made his injury even worse instead of putting his stock up there and saying ’I’m done, let me get ready for the next season so I can get a max deal,’” said Miami guard Dwyane Wade, a Thomas teammate in Cleveland this season. “He kept trying to fight and fight and fight for the city that he was playing for. So it’s a tough situation.“One thing I know about him, you don’t become a household name at 5-foot-whatever-he-is without having grit, without having toughness and without knowing you can overcome anything.”That’s the belief Thomas still has these days.He doesn’t think he can merely return to the level he was at last year. He thinks he can get even better. The challenge will be making someone else believe that this summer.“It’s ‘what have you done for me lately.’ That’s the league we’re in and I understand that,” Thomas said. “But if I’m given the same opportunity I was given in Boston, I would do the same thing. And that’s just what it is. My resume speaks for itself. What I can do on the basketball floor speaks for itself. I can’t do nothing but control what I can control, and that’s taking advantage of any opportunity I’m given and playing my heart out.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Nothing is certain now.He’s gone from a star in Boston to being cast aside in Cleveland and now finds himself as a backup with the Los Angeles Lakers, still trying to get healthy after hip surgery. If that wasn’t enough, there’s the added strain that what he does over these next few high-stakes weeks will go a long way in determining what he’ll earn and where he’ll play over the next few years.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“All you need is one team to love you,” Thomas said Thursday. “It’s like the draft all over again. You just need one team.”He averaged just under 29 points per game last season. And until Thursday night, when he led the Lakers to a 131-113 win in Miami over the Heat, he hadn’t scored more than 24 in any game this season. He couldn’t get on the floor until January while recovering from the hip surgery and lasted only 15 games with the Cavaliers before getting traded to the Lakers in early February. Thomas was the main piece that Cleveland got from Boston in the deal that sent Kyrie Irving to the Celtics, and his on-court Cavs tenure lasted roughly one month. Read Next FILE – In this Feb. 10, 2018, file photo, Los Angeles Lakers guard Isaiah Thomas (7) gestures during an NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks in Dallas. The way Isaiah Thomas sees it, what awaits in free agency this summer is like what he faced when he was the last pick in the NBA Draft. “I only need one team to love me,” Thomas said Thursday, candidly opening up about his health, his past, his present and his future while he deals with a season that absolutely has not gone the way he envisioned. (AP Photo/ Richard W. Rodriguez, File)MIAMI — Isaiah Thomas still feels like there’s time.He’s four months away from free agency, the wheeling-and-dealing period when — the way things were looking a year ago — he would be signing a contract worth well over $100 million, ensuring himself a level of wealth that would be well beyond what the player picked last in the 2011 NBA draft should have reasonably expected.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Lakers shred Heat defense, stay hot with easy win Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH AFP official booed out of forum John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding View comments