Nordic roundup: PFA, Oslo Pensionsforsikring, Bærum, Swedish Pensions Agency

first_imgDenmark’s largest commercial pensions provider PFA has launched a new bid to shift customers out of traditional with-profits pensions and into its unit-link products. The DKK417bn (€559bn) pension fund informed customers in a statement they had a new opportunity to transfer their savings from traditional with-profits products to its unit-link product PFA Plus, involving new transfer rates.PFA said it was now using a a new model to calculate transfer sums which accorded with new rules laid down by the Danish FSA, Finanstilsynet.The company said it recommended that customers pooled their pension savings within the PFA Plus product, which it said gave a higher return at the same time as avoiding an administration fee. Danish pension funds have taken various steps over the last few years to move scheme members towards unit-link products and away from the reserve-heavy guaranteed pensions. However, marketing methods have sometimes been criticised. In March, Sampension found itself the subject of a writ from the Danish ombudsman as a result of an individual case where marketing literature had persuaded a member to switch out of a guaranteed product.Meanwhile, Norway’s Oslo Pensjonsforsikring (OPF) reported a slight fall in investment returns in the first quarter of this year as a result of weaker equities. Investment returns for customers fell to a value-adjusted 1.7% in the first three months of this year, compared with 2.4% in the same period last year.The public sector pensions provider described the return as good, given underlying conditions, but lower than the year-earlier result because of weaker price rises on equities markets.During the quarter, the fund’s asset allocation shifted away from bonds.Fixed income assets represented 54.8% of the portfolio at the end of March, down from 57.1% at the end of December, and equities expanded to account for 22.0% of assets, up from 20.6%.The property allocation increased to 22.2% from 21.8% Within equities, the proportion of assets held in quoted shares was 17.0%, down from 17.2% at the end of December, according to OPF figures.The allocation to private equity rose marginally to 1.9% from 1.8%.Group profit fell to NOK140m (€17.2m) in the first quarter from NOK147m in the same period a year before. Separately, the Norwegian municipality of Bærum has decided to establish its own pension fund, after testing the market for alternatives for the provision of the public service pension.The main provider of the public service pension to municipalities in Norway is Kommunal Landspensjonskasse (KLP).According to the Norwegian pension association, Pensjonskasseforeningen, Bærum decided last year to put its pension provision out to competitive tender, looking for offers for two alternatives — an insurance-based pension and a separate pension fund for the municipality.After evaluating the offers received, the authority decided to establish its own pension fund, the association said. The new pension scheme will cover all of the municipality’s current and former staff including pensioners. It will have around 2,500 members. In other news, the Swedish Pensions Agency is to find options for changing the guaranteed pension so that individuals are encouraged to retire later.The Swedish government has tasked the agency with investigating and analysing methods that promote later retirement for those with low pensions. The aim of the exercise is to ensure that people with low pensions will have better financial outcomes in terms of the guaranteed pension, housing and support for the elderly when they retire, it said.The social security minister Ulf Kristersen said: “A longer working life leads to individual pensions being secured at a reasonable level, at the same time ensuring good welfare.”The pensions agency’s work will be based on the report from the retirement age inquiry (Pensionsåldersutredningen) entitled ’Measures for a Longer Working Life’, the government said.last_img read more

OAS calls for further co-operation during PAHO meeting

first_img Share 8 Views   no discussions Share Tweet Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! NewsRegional OAS calls for further co-operation during PAHO meeting by: – September 27, 2011 Image via: topnews.inWASHINGTON, USA — The assistant secretary general of the Organization of American States (OAS), Albert Ramdin, joined health ministers, government officials and country representatives from around the world for the inauguration of the 51st Directing Council of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) in Washington, DC. PAHO, one of the longest-standing institutions of the inter-American system, met in annual session at the start of the week to analyze its actions and review policies.During his address, Ramdin acknowledged efforts by PAHO to co-ordinate and collaborate with various agencies within the Inter-American System. Pointing as well to the co-operation recently demonstrated by Caribbean countries at the United Nations which led to the passage of an historic resolution on non-communicable diseases, Ramdin said strategic collaboration among organizations and countries has now become essential. “We see the potential that can be realized from closer partnerships between organizations like ours. By linking our priorities on social matters and making them an integral part of the region’s policy agenda, we can effectively ensure that health dimensions are included in the region’s economic, social and political integration and cooperation efforts, providing a platform from which to better confront the challenges,” said Ramdin. According to the OAS official, security, development and even democracy are all affected if health-related concerns of a population are not fully addressed. “It is impossible to speak of full democracy when there are people who lack basic health and sanitation services. Good governance requires strong, effective and respected institutions capable of shaping and implementing public policies needed to reach all segments of the population,” said Ramdin. PAHO director Mirta Roses Periago said, “It is fundamental for us to respond appropriately to the changing needs of diverse populations. It requires concerted action, repurposing, adaptation and strengthening of health systems to increase responsiveness.”Caribbean News Nowlast_img read more

North Vernon Man Sentenced in Ripley County Burglary

first_imgVERSAILLES, Ind. — Clinton Williams, 50, of North Vernon has been convicted for burglarizing a residence in Holton from back in March of 2013.According to court records, Williams pleaded guilty to Burglary in exchange for the dismissal of 2 counts of Residential Entry and Theft.Williams was sentenced to 14 years, 8 behind bars, followed by 6 of probation.The judge also ordered Williams to serve 40 hours of community service as well as pay $5,122 in restitution to the victim.last_img

Moyes praise for young trio

first_img Press Association Jesse Lingard curled home a brilliant effort to round off the win, ensuring he finished the tour’s top scorer on four. Adnan Januzaj also converted with a neat header whilst Wilfried Zaha again looked good, particularly in the first-half. “A couple of the young lads, Adnan and Jesse Lingard, who I didn’t know as much about, did well and Wilfried Zaha, who has just joined, he has shown what he is capable of in the games he has played,” said Moyes. “I think they will go away from the trip feeling they have contributed to it.” Manchester United manager David Moyes singled out three of the youngest players in his squad for special praise after watching his side conclude their tour of the Far East and Australia with a 5-2 defeat of Kitchee FC in Hong Kong.center_img Lingard and Januzaj have certainly put forward a forceful case for remaining at Old Trafford, rather than heading out on loan as almost certainly would have happened if Sir Alex Ferguson had remained in charge. Yet Moyes’ squad is still to take shape given he has not even met Javier Hernandez and Antonio Valencia yet, whilst skipper Nemanja Vidic and winger Nani are amongst those who missed the tour through injury. The near three-week trip has been an eye-opening experience for Moyes, who now understands the global appeal of the club he has joined from Everton. “I am taking away the great experience of my first trip with Manchester United in general and what the football club means around the world,” he said. “I have also had a chance to get to know the players and try to settle into my new environment and for the players to get to know me as well. “They have been working with a great manager for a long time a lot of them, so it is going to take time. But I have really enjoyed working with them. They have been incredibly professional. “I can see why they are champions because of the way they conduct themselves and go about their business. I have been very impressed.” Moyes paid tribute to his players for the way they performed on what Paolo Di Canio described as a “killer” pitch just six days ago. He even felt confident enough to introduce Robin van Persie near the end, although his star man could not add to earlier goals from Danny Welbeck, Chris Smalling and Fabio before the youngsters entered the fray. Yet Moyes is also aware United go back with no new arrivals and the issue of Wayne Rooney, who is expected to be fit for the club’s next friendly against AIK Solna in Stockholm on August 6, lingering. “I couldn’t give you any more update than I have said before,” said Moyes. last_img read more

Liverpool players still finding their feet under Klopp says Philippe Coutinho

first_img “When you get new players, especially strikers, it is the job of all of the team to give them the service they need,” he told the official Liverpool magazine. “I have to learn whether it is right to play a fast ball or a pass along the ground, depending on who I am playing the ball to. “I have to adapt to them, but it’s not only me who must do this. “The training sessions are very, very important for this adaptation process to happen. “We work on this every day in training and the sessions are very intense. “If we’re not doing it right, or something isn’t working, we do it again and again until we get it right. “The more you train with your team-mates, the more you learn about each other and this is important for the team to do well.” An international break means Klopp has a reduced number to work with over the next 10 days and his difficulties have increased by a growing injury list. Defender Mamadou Sakho is the latest to be added to that number – there are currently nine first-team players out – after a consultant confirmed damage to medial ligaments in his right knee after he fell awkwardly in Sunday’s defeat to Crystal Palace. Press Association Sport understands the Frenchman is likely to be sidelined for up to two months, which leaves Klopp with just three centre-backs in Martin Skrtel, Dejan Lovren and Kolo Toure until the new year. Press Association Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho admits the players are still learning their individual roles in manager Jurgen Klopp’s way of playing. center_img The German has had little time to fully implement his methods because since taking over from Brendan Rodgers the team have played seven matches in 23 days with no spare time in midweek. There have been signs of progress and despite Coutinho being somewhat rejuvenated with three goals in as many games, the Brazil international accepts there is plenty of work still to do both on an individual and collective level. last_img read more

Former Boca School Principal Fired After Holocaust Email

first_img(Boca Raton, FL) — A former Boca Raton principal is out of work after sending a controversial email to a parent about the Holocaust. It read quote, “I can’t say the Holocaust is a factual, historical event because I am not in a position to do so as a school district employee. Wednesday night, Palm Beach County public schools fired former Spanish River High School Principal William Latson Wednesday, four months after comments he made about the Holocaust prompted a national outcry.By a 5-2 vote, county school board members approved the veteran principal’s termination on grounds of “ethical misconduct” and “failure to carry out job responsibilities.”The official justification for Latson’s termination was not the explosive comments that drew international attention but his failure to return messages from district officials in the days after his comments became public.The decision culminates months of political turbulence and legal wrangling over Latson’s case, in which the district found itself caught up in an unprecedented furor over the principal’s refusal to state unequivocally to a parent that the Holocaust was a historical fact.Latson was reassigned three months ago and his firing will take effect November 21st, but his lawyer tells the Palm Beach Post he’ll file an appeallast_img read more

Khan throws out challenge to `13-second’ competitors

first_imgDRAG RACING action will be back on track in just a week with the Guyana Motor Racing and Sports Club’s (GMR&SC) Caribbean Invasion and `13- second’ champion, Imran Khan, is throwing out a challenge.Khan, who spoke exclusively to the Chronicle Sport, has contended that his machine is race-ready and he has been out doing some testing ahead of Sunday’s meet.“The car is really great. I feel ready for the meet and I know I am going to do well,” Khan told Chronicle sport, adding “I know there are a lot of people who are going to be coming for my crown, but I’m here to defend it,” he said.Khan continued, “ Preparation wise, I hadn’t to do much to the car; just basically service her up and ensure that all the lines are good and all the brakes and clutch and everything is ready and just drive.”He noted that while there are specific competitors he will be keeping his eyes on, he does not intend to take any battle lightly, adding that the competition in the class will be stiff this time around.Asked about the challenge between himself and Marlon Wilson in a West Demerara vs Berbice battle, he replied, “may the best man win,” adding, “I’ve seen him, the car is fast and If he gets in my class then it’s obviously going to be a battle, we are going to have to see who wins [next] Sunday.”Khan was tight-lipped about specifics on how he plans to dominate the competition come next Sunday but called on fans to come out and support his car # 20, while also heaping praise on his sponsors.They include A1 Auto Value, S/R Auto Spares, GFX Racing, Centre Spot Speed Shop, Shawn Auto Repairs, DANNY AUTO BODY WORKS, and his team Ajay and Sanjay.last_img

Police shakeup in Jamaica’s Constabulary Force

first_imgIn the wake of a soaring crime rate that has led to the murder tally in Jamaica surpassing the 1,300 mark, to date, the Jamaican Police High Command has announced changes in the senior ranks of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).Divisional commanders being transferred Earlier this week, Police Commissioner George Quallo said several divisional commanders will be transferred in November including Senior Superintendent Marlon Nesbeth, who is stationed in the western parish of St. James.Nesbeth will be transferred to the Border and Security Branch of the JCF. He will be replaced by Senior Superintendent Wilfred Campbell, who now heads the Kingston Central Police Division.St. James is the hotbed for crime, having recorded 248 murders since January.ZOSO hasn’t prevented blood-lettingAccording to Nesbeth, the government’s latest initiative to stem the crime wave – the Zone of Special Operations (ZOSO) – that was implemented in Mount Salem in the parish, has not prevented the blood-letting in surrounding areas.The objective of the operation that stemmed from an Act passed in Parliament earlier this year, is to contain crime and gives the Prime Minister power to implement the initiative in consultation with the National Security Council.St. James leads in murdersMore than 240 people have been murdered in St. James since January 1 and last week – 13 persons were murdered in the parish.Crime in St. James is followed by the parishes of Westmoreland and Clarendon, while in the Corporate Area the divisions of St. Andrew South, Kingston Western top the list and in St. Catherine, the most volatile areas are St. Catherine North and South.When compared to the similar period last year, there has been a 26 percent hike in murders.In addition to transferring Nesbeth, the Police Commissioner says seven other commanders will be relocated.The changes take effect on November 10.PNP criticalMeanwhile, the opposition People’s National Party (PNP), has weighed in on the country’s murder rate, stating that the increase emphasizes the need for the government to set out a more comprehensive crime plan.On Tuesday, the PNP’s spokesman on National Security, Fitz Jackson said the government’s crime plan is not working.Jackson, in the meantime, has suggested that the government bring a non-partisan national stakeholder group together to agree on a set of measures to tackle the crisis.“They must put out an overarching approach where the people of Jamaica is (sic) brought on board so that we, collectively, can seek to deal with the problem,” he asserted.In one of the most recent incidents a Corporate Area businessman, Dennis Ramdial, was killed outside his business place.The police report that Ramdial, 70, was standing outside his business place when explosions were heard. It was later discovered that Ramdial was shot. He was rushed to hospital where he died.His murder comes on the heels of the killing of his son, Richard on July 13. Richard was shot more than a dozen times as he sat in vehicle during rush hour traffic.For recent news on Jamaica police shakeup, click the link: Warning to members of Jamaica Constabulary Forcelast_img read more

Patrick Beverley, Clippers surge past Shanghai Sharks for first preseason win

first_imgTwelve of their 35 second-quarter points belonged to Moe Harkless, the 6-9 forward acquired this summer from the Portland Trail Blazers as part of a four-team trade. Harkless went 7 for 7 from the floor, including 2 for 2 from 3-point range, for 16 points, and he added three rebounds, an assist and two blocked shots in just 12 minutes of work.Fellow forward JaMychal Green (13 points) helped open things up by draining three 3-pointers of his own.Starting center Ivica Zubac fouled out in 11 minutes, but before he left the court he made three of four shots for six points and grabbed seven rebounds.And second-year guard Jerome Robinson bounced back from shaky first preseason outing (he went 3 for 12 with four fouls in 17 minutes against Houston) with a well-rounded stat line: nine points, eight assists and six rebounds.“It was great,” Rivers said of Robinson. “He just made the simple plays.”Related Articles Landry Shamet – who started again alongside Zubac and Beverley, with Terance Mann and Green sliding into the lineup in place of Harkless and Robinson – also had eight assists and, what’s more, sank his first 3-pointer of the preseason with 9:27 left in the third quarter. It was his only make in eight field-goal attempts, all of which came from deep Sunday.Mann, who became the talk of training camp with his eight-point, nine-rebound, four-assist opener against the Rockets, finished with 11 points, four rebounds and three assists in 21 minutes Sunday.With the game out of hand, two-way forward Jonathan Motley did some damage, scoring 11 points and grabbing seven rebounds. Montrezl Harrell also chipped in with 12 points and Terry Larrier had 11.And Beverley? In addition to drawing those two charges, he finished with two steals, three assists and a rebound in 12 typically purposeful, tone-setting minutes.The Clippers now return home to prepare for their next preseason game. They’ll host the Denver Nuggets on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at Staples Center. What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates As Paul George (shoulders) continued to rehab and Kawhi Leonard and Lou Williams rested, Beverley was putting his 6-foot-1 frame between the Sharks’ 7-footer Donatas Motiejunas and the basket, drawing his second charge of the game with 1:51 left in the first half and a 27-point lead.That, assistant coach Rex Kalamian told Fox Sports West sideline reporter Jaime Maggio, was the first-half highlight: “The thing that’s most impressive is that Pat Beverley has taken two charges.”It certainly wasn’t the lone highlight for the Clippers, who forced 33 turnovers, assisted on 39 of 50 baskets and evened their preseason record at 1-1 following Thursday’s 109-96 loss to the Houston Rockets, also in Hawaii.The Sharks didn’t pose even relatively the same sort of challenge, despite production from James Nunnally (31 points) and Motiejunas (29).The Clippers led by only seven after the first quarter but easily blew it open to take a 63-34 halftime lead. Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters center_img Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory PreviousLos Angeles Clippers point guard Patrick Beverley (21) and forward Kawhi Leonard (2) watch from the bench during an NBA preseason basketball game against the Shanghai Sharks, Sunday, Oct 6, 2019, in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)The Clippers’ Ivica Zubac, left, and Terance Mann, right, battle for position with Shanghai’s Donatas Motiejunas on a free-throw attempt during the first half of Sunday’s exhibition game at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. (Photo by Darryl Oumi/Getty Images)Patrick Beverley #21 of the Los Angeles Clippers dribbles the ball during the first quarter of the game against the Shanghai Sharks at the Stan Sheriff Center on October 6, 2019 in Honolulu, Hawaii. (Photo by Darryl Oumi/Getty Images) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsDong Hanlin #10 of the Shanghai Sharks attempts to shoot as he is guarded by Ivica Zubac #40 of the Los Angeles Clippers during the first half of the game at the Stan Sheriff Center on October 6, 2019 in Honolulu, Hawaii. (Photo by Darryl Oumi/Getty Images)HONOLULU, HI – OCTOBER 06: Patrick Beverley #21 of the Los Angeles Clippers lays the ball in during the first quarter of the game against the Shanghai Sharks at the Stan Sheriff Center on October 6, 2019 in Honolulu, Hawaii. TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Darryl Oumi/Getty Images)HONOLULU, HI – OCTOBER 06: Dong Hanlin #10 of the Shanghai Sharks drives past JaMychal Green #4 of the Los Angeles Clippers during the first half of the game at the Stan Sheriff Center on October 6, 2019 in Honolulu, Hawaii. TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Darryl Oumi/Getty Images)HONOLULU, HI – OCTOBER 06: JaMychal Green #4 of the Los Angeles Clippers has his shot blocked by Donatas Motiejunas #12 of the Shanghai Sharks during the first quarter of the game at the Stan Sheriff Center on October 6, 2019 in Honolulu, Hawaii. TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Darryl Oumi/Getty Images)HONOLULU, HI – OCTOBER 06: Terance Mann #14 of the Los Angeles Clippers shoots against Donatas Motiejunas #12 of the Shanghai Sharks during the first half of the game at the Stan Sheriff Center on October 6, 2019 in Honolulu, Hawaii. TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Darryl Oumi/Getty Images)HONOLULU, HI – OCTOBER 06: Zhang Zhaoxu #23 of the Shanghai Sharks looks to pass the ball as he is guarded by Montrezl Harrell #5 of the Los Angeles Clippers during the first half of the game at the Stan Sheriff Center on October 6, 2019 in Honolulu, Hawaii. TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Darryl Oumi/Getty Images)HONOLULU, HI – OCTOBER 06: Ivica Zubac #40 of the Los Angeles Clippers dunks during the first half of the game against the Shanghai Sharks at the Stan Sheriff Center on October 6, 2019 in Honolulu, Hawaii. TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Darryl Oumi/Getty Images)HONOLULU, HI – OCTOBER 06: Luo Hanchen #33 of the Shanghai Sharks drives past Landry Shamet #20 of the Los Angeles Clippers during the first half of the game at the Stan Sheriff Center on October 6, 2019 in Honolulu, Hawaii. TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Darryl Oumi/Getty Images)HONOLULU, HI – OCTOBER 06: Ivica Zubac #40 of the Los Angeles Clippers comes down with a rebound ahead of Dong Hanlin #10 of the Shanghai Sharks during the first half of the game at the Stan Sheriff Center on October 6, 2019 in Honolulu, Hawaii. TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Darryl Oumi/Getty Images)HONOLULU, HI – OCTOBER 06: Head coach Li Qiuping of the Shanghai Sharks directs his players during the first half of the game against the Los Angeles Clippers at the Stan Sheriff Center on October 6, 2019 in Honolulu, Hawaii. TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Darryl Oumi/Getty Images)Shanghai Sharks center Dong Hanlin (10) goes to the basket during the first half of the NBA exhibition basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers, Sunday, Oct 6, 2019, in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)HONOLULU, HI – OCTOBER 06: Landry Shamet #20 of the Los Angeles Clippers is guarded by Cai Liang #1 of the Shanghai Sharks during the first half of the game at the Stan Sheriff Center on October 6, 2019 in Honolulu, Hawaii. TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Darryl Oumi/Getty Images)HONOLULU, HI – OCTOBER 06: Maurice Harkless #8 of the Los Angeles Clippers and Cai Liang #1 of the Shanghai Sharks joust for position during a free throw attempt during the first half of the game at the Stan Sheriff Center on October 6, 2019 in Honolulu, Hawaii. TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Darryl Oumi/Getty Images)While being guarded by Los Angeles Clippers forward JaMychal Green (4), Shanghai Sharks center Dong Hanlin (10) goes to the basket during the first half of an NBA exhibition basketball game Sunday, Oct 6, 2019, in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)Los Angeles Clippers’ Terance Mann, left, grabs a rebound away from Shanghai Sharks center Zhang Zhaoxu (23) during the first half of an NBA exhibition basketball game Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019, in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)Shanghai Sharks guard Luo Hanchen (33) tries to get through the Los Angeles Clippers defense during the first half of an NBA exhibition basketball game Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019, in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)Shanghai Sharks center Donatas Motiejunas (12) shoots over Los Angeles Clippers center Ivica Zubac (40) in the first half of an exhibition NBA basketball game, Sunday, Oct 6, 2019, in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)HONOLULU, HI – OCTOBER 06: Montrezl Harrell #5 of the Los Angeles Clippers gestures to the crowd after making a basket during the first half of the game against the Shanghai Sharks at the Stan Sheriff Center on October 6, 2019 in Honolulu, Hawaii. TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Darryl Oumi/Getty Images)Shanghai Sharks forward Ju Mingxin, left, strips the ball away from Los Angeles Clippers shooting guard Terance Mann (14) during the first half of an NBA exhibition basketball game Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019, in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)Shanghai Sharks center Donatas Motiejunas commits an offensive foul, running into Los Angeles Clippers guard Patrick Beverley (21) during the first half of an NBA exhibition basketball game Sunday, Oct 6, 2019, in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)HONOLULU, HI – OCTOBER 06: Landry Shamet #20 of the Los Angeles Clippers attempts to poke the ball loose from Ju Mingxin #24 of the Shanghai Sharks during the first half of the game at the Stan Sheriff Center on October 6, 2019 in Honolulu, Hawaii. TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Darryl Oumi/Getty Images)Los Angeles Clippers forward Maurice Harkless (8) blocks a shot from Shanghai Sharks center Dong Hanlin (10) during the first half of an NBA exhibition basketball game, Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019, in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)Shanghai Sharks center Dong Hanlin (10) is guarded by Los Angeles Clippers center Ivica Zubac (40) during the first half of an NBA exhibition basketball game Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019, in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)Shanghai Sharks forward Ju Mingxin, left, tries to shoot over Los Angeles Clippers point guard Patrick Beverley (21) in the first half of an NBA preseason basketball game, Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019, in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)HONOLULU, HI – OCTOBER 06: Head coach Doc Rivers of the Los Angeles Clippers watches the action during the second half of the game against the Shanghai Sharks at the Stan Sheriff Center on October 6, 2019 in Honolulu, Hawaii. TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Darryl Oumi/Getty Images)HONOLULU, HI – OCTOBER 06: Rodney McGruder #19 of the Los Angeles Clippers lays the ball in during the third quarter of the game against the Shanghai Sharks at the Stan Sheriff Center on October 6, 2019 in Honolulu, Hawaii. TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Darryl Oumi/Getty Images)HONOLULU, HI – OCTOBER 06: Jerome Robinson #1 of the Los Angeles Clippers drives past Luo Hanchen #33 of the Shanghai Sharks during the third quarter of the game at the Stan Sheriff Center on October 6, 2019 in Honolulu, Hawaii. TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Darryl Oumi/Getty Images)HONOLULU, HI – OCTOBER 06: Mfiondu Kabengele #25 of the Los Angeles Clippers takes a jump shot during the fourth quarter of the game against the Shanghai Sharks at the Stan Sheriff Center on October 6, 2019 in Honolulu, Hawaii. TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Darryl Oumi/Getty Images)HONOLULU, HI – OCTOBER 06: JaMychal Green #4 of the Los Angeles Clippers holds on to the rim after dunking the ball during the third quarter of the game at the Stan Sheriff Center on October 6, 2019 in Honolulu, Hawaii. TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Darryl Oumi/Getty Images)HONOLULU, HI – OCTOBER 06: Derrick Walton Jr. #10 of the Los Angeles Clippers takes a jump shot during the fourth quarter of the game against the Shanghai Sharks at the Stan Sheriff Center on October 6, 2019 in Honolulu, Hawaii. TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Darryl Oumi/Getty Images)Los Angeles Clippers point guard Landry Shamet (20) in action against the Shanghai Sharks during an NBA preseason basketball game, Sunday, Oct 6, 2019, in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)HONOLULU, HI – OCTOBER 06: Jerome Robinson #1 of the Los Angeles Clippers lays the ball in during the third quarter of the game against the Shanghai Sharks at the Stan Sheriff Center on October 6, 2019 in Honolulu, Hawaii. TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Darryl Oumi/Getty Images)HONOLULU, HI – OCTOBER 06: Johnathan Motley #15 of the Los Angeles Clippers lines up his dunk during the fourth quarter of the game of the game against the Shanghai Sharks at the Stan Sheriff Center on October 6, 2019 in Honolulu, Hawaii. TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Darryl Oumi/Getty Images)HONOLULU, HI – OCTOBER 06: Johnathan Motley #15 of the Los Angeles Clippers dunks the ball during the fourth quarter of the game against the Shanghai Sharks at the Stan Sheriff Center on October 6, 2019 in Honolulu, Hawaii. TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Darryl Oumi/Getty Images)HONOLULU, HI – OCTOBER 06: Amir Coffey #7 of the Los Angeles Clippers dunks the ball as teammates Mfiondu Kabengele #25 and Donte Grantham #0 look on during the fourth quarter of the game against the Shanghai Sharks at the Stan Sheriff Center on October 6, 2019 in Honolulu, Hawaii. TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Darryl Oumi/Getty Images)Los Angeles Clippers shooting guard Terance Mann (14) in action against the Shanghai Sharks during an NBA preseason basketball game, Sunday, Oct 6, 2019, in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)HONOLULU, HI – OCTOBER 06: Johnathan Motley #15 of the Los Angeles Clippers dunks the ball during the fourth quarter of the game against the Shanghai Sharks at the Stan Sheriff Center on October 6, 2019 in Honolulu, Hawaii. TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Darryl Oumi/Getty Images)Shanghai Sharks guard Luo Hanchen (33) gives chase to Los Angeles Clippers shooting guard Jerome Robinson (1) during an NBA preseason basketball game , Sunday, Oct 6, 2019, in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)Shanghai Sharks center Donatas Motiejunas (12) tries to get past Los Angeles Clippers center Ivica Zubac (40) during an NBA preseason basketball game, Sunday, Oct 6, 2019, in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)Los Angeles Clippers point guard Patrick Beverley (21) in action against the Shanghai Sharks during an NBA preseason basketball game, Sunday, Oct 6, 2019, in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)Los Angeles Clippers power forward JaMychal Green (4) guards Shanghai Sharks forward William James Nunnally (21) during an NBA preseason basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers, Sunday, Oct 6, 2019, in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)Shanghai Sharks forward William James Nunnally (21) tries to get past Los Angeles Clippers shooting guard Terance Mann (14) during an NBA preseason basketball game, Sunday, Oct 6, 2019, in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)Shanghai Sharks forward Ju Mingxin (24) tries to get past Los Angeles Clippers point guard Patrick Beverley (21) during an NBA preseason basketball game, Sunday, Oct 6, 2019, in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)Los Angeles Clippers small forward Donte Grantham (0) in action against the Shanghai Sharks during an NBA preseason basketball game, Sunday, Oct 6, 2019, in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers talks to guard Terance Mann (14)during an NBA preseason basketball game against the Shanghai Sharks, Sunday, Oct 6, 2019, in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)Los Angeles Clippers shooting guard James Palmer Jr. (12) shoots over the Shanghai Sharks defense during an NBA preseason basketball game, Sunday, Oct 6, 2019, in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)Shanghai Sharks head coach Li Qiuping talks to forward Cai Liang (1) on the sidelines during an NBA preseason basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers, Sunday, Oct 6, 2019, in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)Los Angeles Clippers shooting guard Terance Mann (14) tries to get through the Shanghai Sharks defense during an NBA preseason basketball game, Sunday, Oct 6, 2019, in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)Los Angeles Clippers point guard Patrick Beverley (21) and forward Kawhi Leonard (2) watch from the bench during an NBA preseason basketball game against the Shanghai Sharks, Sunday, Oct 6, 2019, in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)The Clippers’ Ivica Zubac, left, and Terance Mann, right, battle for position with Shanghai’s Donatas Motiejunas on a free-throw attempt during the first half of Sunday’s exhibition game at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. (Photo by Darryl Oumi/Getty Images)NextShow Caption1 of 51The Clippers’ Ivica Zubac, left, and Terance Mann, right, battle for position with Shanghai’s Donatas Motiejunas on a free-throw attempt during the first half of Sunday’s exhibition game at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. (Photo by Darryl Oumi/Getty Images)ExpandIn a game that didn’t count, on a court in Hawaii, against an overmatched team from China, Patrick Beverley was in midseason form. Or perhaps postseason form.In Beverley’s case, preseason form.It took the Clippers a quarter to get cooking, but once they did, neither Beverley nor the probable rotation players who participated Sunday took it easy in their 127-87 exhibition victory over the Shanghai Sharks at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu.“I think we came out with the right purpose,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers told reporters after the game. “Tonight you can see we did do that, we had the right mindset … you have to have it every night, and that was a good lesson for our guys.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Clippers’ professional scorer Lou Williams impressing with his defense

first_imgWhen he entered the game with just about five minutes left in the second quarter, the Clippers trailed by nine points, their largest deficit. Two possessions and two Ivica Zubac dunks later – both set up by passes from Walton – and the Clippers were trending in the right direction.And when Walton, an aggressive defender, re-entered the game midway through the third quarter, the Clippers having finally pulled ahead by one, he found Jerome Robinson for a 3-pointer before draining his own shortly thereafter to extend the Clippers’ lead to 76-67.“He was great, second half he was fantastic. He picked a ball up full-court – I love having a guy on your team who can change the tempo of the game defensively,” Rivers said, adding that he’s liked what he’s seen from Walton and Donte Grantham, who is also on an Exhibit 10 deal. “It’s tough to play obviously, but we’ll keep them as long as we can and then allow them to go to the G League and be good players in our system. … They’re very likable kids, both of them are, so that helps as well, that our guys like them.”Learning of Rivers’ comments, Walton smiled.“I feel like I’m always silently confident,” he said. “But obviously to hear it, I’d be lying if I didn’t say it made me feel good.” But maybe folks shouldn’t exclude guard Lou Williams, the Clippers’ sensational scorer off the bench, from contributing to the potentially special defensive effort expected from George, Kawhi Leonard, Pat Beverley, Landry Shamet, Moe Harkless and Rodney McGruder?Clippers forward Patrick Patterson thinks Williams might surprise.In 2014-15, he and Williams were teammates in Toronto, where Williams was, as advertised, the quintessential professional scorer.But, Patterson said, Williams – who, for the record, has averaged nearly a steal per game over 14 NBA seasons – wasn’t the defender he’s become.No joke. For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory When Southern California News Group columnist Mark Whicker asked Paul George at media day what he envisioned the Clippers – already a top-10 defensive team last season – being able to accomplish defensively with some key additions, George responded in jest.“It’s gonna be scary,” said George, a four-time NBA All-Defensive team selection. “I mean, we got Lou-Will …”Then George paused and chuckled before naming Clippers who either have established, or are developing, reputations as staunch defenders.“No, it’s gonna be scary,” George said. “Myself, Trezz, Kawhi, Pat, Sham, Moe, Rodney, we really got a chance to do something special on the defensive end.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates “Defense, that’s the No. 1,” said Patterson, contemplating what’s changed most about Williams’ game since last he played beside him. “He’s always been phenomenal on offense, you know. But defensively, he’s improved so much.“Being Toronto, I remember teams taking advantage of him on the defensive side of the ball. But seeing him here, just seeing his improvement, his strength, his ability to hold up guys in the post, his ability to get steals and use his length on the defensive side, so I would say overall, his defense is incredibly better.”Fans got a glimpse at Tuesday’s open practice, when the 6-foot-1 Williams – whom Coach Doc Rivers said got to work early this summer, training to take advantage of a golden opportunity this season – enthusiastically marked Leonard as the team prepared for Thursday’s final preseason game against the Dallas Mavericks in Vancouver (7:30 p.m., NBA TV).Clippers faithful not only watched Williams making the famously stoic superstar smile with his on-court banter, but they saw him anticipate a pass, step in front to intercept it – and then take it down to the other end to, yes, score the bucket. WALTON JR. HAS THE RIGHT IDEABefore the Clippers’ 118-100 victory over Melbourne United, second-year guard Derrick Walton Jr. sat on a folding chair, his back to a wall instead of a locker, philosophical about whatever opportunity awaited Sunday afternoon.“I’m confident in what I can do, everything about this situation is about fitting and opportunities,” said Walton, the 6-foot-1 former Michigan standout who’s with the Clippers on an Exhibit 10 contract. “For the most part, you just let go of what you can’t control and control what you can. Overall, just be a good teammate.”Then, with guards Rodney McGruder (ankle) and Amir Coffey (calf) banged up and Patrick Beverley (calf) and Landry Shamet (wrist) nicked enough to be excused from preseason competition, Walton Jr. took control, posting a team-high plus-22 in 20 minutes.Related Articles What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters last_img read more