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Kai Nacua Claimed off of Waivers by the Baltimore Ravens

first_imgMay 1, 2018 /Sports News – Local Kai Nacua Claimed off of Waivers by the Baltimore Ravens Brad James FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailBALTIMORE-Tuesday, the official Twitter account of the Baltimore Ravens confirmed the squad has claimed former BYU safety Kai Nacua off of waivers from their AFC North rival, the Cleveland Browns.Nacua, a native of Las Vegas, was undrafted after a stellar collegiate career for the Cougars, and spent all of 2017 with the Browns.Nacua played in all 16 games for the 0-16 Browns, while netting 3 starts. He amassed 11 tackles and 2 assists on the season.Nacua shared his thoughts on Twitter Tuesday afternoon upon learning of the news by stating “blessings.” Tags: Baltimore Ravens/Cleveland Browns/Kai Nacua Written bylast_img read more

James Stemble Duesenberry

first_imgJames S. Duesenberry, William Joseph Maier Professor of Money and Banking, Emeritus, and a member of the Harvard Economics Department for more than half a century, died on October 5, 2009.  We miss him.  Jim’s spirit of curious but skeptical intellectual inquiry, of willingness to pitch in when work needed to be done, and of concern for making both Harvard University and the world at large a better place – all with wit and humor, and a wealth of engaging stories that he loved to tell – influenced for the better this university and many of the people who comprise it.A native of West Virginia, Jim Duesenberry studied economics at the University of Michigan and came to Harvard in 1946 with his wartime military service in the Pacific behind him and his Ph.D. dissertation already well along.  The resulting book, Income, Saving, and the Theory of Consumer Behavior, published in 1949, immediately catapulted him into the economics profession’s front rank of leading young scholars.  Jim argued that in deciding how much to spend or save, people looked not just to their current incomes but to benchmarks like what they had spent in the past, or what they saw others spending.  The “relative income hypothesis,” as the idea became known, attracted enormous attention.  To Jim’s amusement, in recent years it has enjoyed a significant revival of interest among economists, often younger people who had no idea that Jim was still living and still active professionally.  (A 2005 article in the New York Times pointing to this anomaly was headlined “The Mysterious Disappearance of James Duesenberry.”)  Today the relative income hypothesis is a key underpinning of several important strands of economic theorizing.  Indeed, Jim could well be considered the founder of the rapidly growing field now called “behavioral economics.”In the 1950s and 1960s Jim devoted much of his professional energy to trying to understand why the economy fluctuates, and what economic policy can do to ameliorate the downturns and moderate the excesses.  His 1958 book Business Cycles and Economic Growth examined these problems from a viewpoint that took careful account of the institutional setting in which individuals, business executives and government policymakers interact, and the resulting constraints on their actions.  (What he had to say about the role of “easy credit” in triggering “speculative booms” reads well today as a description of the makings of the 2008-2009 crisis in the U.S.)  From then on, Jim’s real interest in economics was in how economic policy, especially monetary and fiscal policy, can help mitigate economic downturns and curb excesses.While Jim was always fascinated by difficult-to-explain facts or clever analytical insights, what mattered to him was using the tools of economic policy to make the world better for ordinary citizens.  It seemed only natural that he played an active role in public policymaking as well.  During 1966-1968 he served on the Council of Economic Advisers in Washington, and after his return to Harvard he served as chairman of the board of directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, chairman of the presidential commission on mortgage lending, chairman of the Massachusetts savings banks’ insurance trust, and in many other similar positions besides.  But while Jim took the issues and the work seriously, he never took himself seriously.  He often joked that what really scared him was that the people in charge were looking to him for answers.The third phase of Jim’s work in economics grew out of his increasing sense that financial markets and financial institutions matter importantly for how economic policies work and why the economy behaves as it does.  Beginning in the 1970s, Jim, mostly in collaboration with Barry Bosworth, explored the relationships between production, employment, incomes, and profits on one side and, on the other, borrowing, lending, and investing.  Part of the motivation was his sense that most business downturns, in economies like the United States, are triggered by events in the financial markets.  (As the most recent episode sharply reminded us, they still are.)Finally, beginning in the mid 1980s Jim devoted an increasing share of his attention to the challenges of economic development.  During the latter years when he was still teaching, and even more so once he retired in 1989, he enjoyed traveling to lower-income countries to talk with policymakers, academics, bankers, and anybody else interested in the role that a developing country’s financial markets play in whether it actually develops or not.  At that time, bringing modern monetary economics to bear on the practical problems of economic development provided a fresh and important perspective.  Jim was among the earliest Americans to teach Western economics in China, once doing so was permitted again following the Deng Xiaoping reforms, spending a month lecturing at Southwestern University of Finance and Economics in Chengdu (the capital of Sichuan province) in 1985.  A younger member of the department who lectured there twenty years later was welcomed as a colleague of Professor Duesenberry’s and was regaled with stories of his visit.Jim’s service to Harvard and the broader community ran well beyond the narrowly academic.  He chaired the Harvard Economics Department from 1972 to 1977, a difficult period when the department grappled with intellectual divisions stemming from the political strains of the time.  Jim also served for more than two decades as a town meeting member in Belmont – a position for which he at first campaigned door-to-door – representing Precinct 1, historically Belmont’s most liberal district.  For ten of these years he was a member of the town’s Warrant Committee (the finance committee).  He was also an active member of Belmont’s Unitarian Universalist church, shouldering his share and more of the day-to-day work that any such institution requires – so much so that Reverend Carpenter, after Jim’s death, referred to him as that rarest of creatures: a man who enjoys committee work.But throughout, Jim never lost his interest in the central focus of his work in economics: the ongoing challenges facing monetary and fiscal policy.  Among his Harvard colleagues, he was always eager to discuss whatever was the most problematic issue of the day.  Until the very end of his life, he participated regularly in meetings of the economic advisory panel of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.  In time he became the oldest active member of the Brookings Panel on Economic Activity.  His persistent approach was that understanding the current situation was of course necessary, but what really mattered was having something to say about what should therefore be done.At Harvard Jim was also a teacher.  It was in small-group classes and seminars that he stood out, giving the discussion an intensity one would not have expected from his mild manner in ordinary conversation.  But with his dry, sometimes mordant, English-style wit, that intensity was never overbearing.  He was as likely to quote Gilbert and Sullivan or A. A. Milne, as any economist.  He especially delighted in stories, and whenever possible he would use one to make his point.  Jim was also highly effective as a one-on-one adviser.  His analytical insight was acute, and his judgment was consistently sound.  In addition to his students at Harvard, he attracted followers wherever he traveled.  His several visits to Japan, for example, created a close relationship between the economics departments at Harvard and Kobe Universities that continues to this day.  Economics departments around the world, as well as central banks, finance ministries, and financial regulatory bodies, are filled with his students and advisees.And Jim was devoted – completely devoted – to his wife Margaret, a violinist and music teacher, and their four children.  Attending Marg’s concerts, often helping to hand out the printed programs, was a major part of his life.  So was reading to his children.  Marg died nearly two years before Jim, not long before what was to have been their 60th wedding anniversary.  Their son Keith predeceased both of them.  Their son John and daughters Holly and Peggy, along with four grandchildren, survive him.last_img read more

Nine missing after Indonesia boat accident

first_imgTopics : “We haven’t found any trace of the fishermen’s whereabouts so far.”The accident happened several days after a boat carrying 16 fishermen capsized near the Anak Krakatau volcano in Sunda Strait, which separates Sumatra and Java islands.Nine of the fishermen have since been found alive while seven more are still missing.Maritime accidents are common in Indonesia, a Southeast Asian archipelago of around 17,000 islands, due to lax safety standards.  In January, 10 people went missing after a boat carrying 20 migrant workers to neighboring Malaysia capsized off the coast of Sumatra island.center_img Nine fishermen are missing in Indonesia after their boat capsized off Sumatra island, an official said Tuesday, as poor conditions hamper the search for them. Their vessel sank Monday after it was hit by bad weather and high waves off the island’s northwestern coast. “The search has not been fruitful,” local search and rescue agency official Benteng Telambuana told AFP.last_img read more

Girl, 7, killed in road crash

first_imgThe seven-year-old resident Winnie Bayot died of injuries on the body,a police report showed. Bayot was rushed to the Metro Bacolod Medical Center here where theattending physician declared her “dead on arrival.” BACOLOD City – A girl was killed in a road crash in BarangayCabatangan, Talisay City, Negros Occidental. According to police investigators, Bayot was crossing the road when acar driven by 22-year-old Felix Peria of Barangay Mansilingan hit her around 2p.m. on Friday. Peria was detained in the lockup cell of the Talisay City policestation, facing charges./PNlast_img read more

On the rise: Triche strives for breakout junior season after showing flashes as sophomore

first_img Published on November 9, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Mark: [email protected] | @mark_cooperjr Comments Brandon Triche sat on the sidelines and watched Syracuse’s 2010-11 season reach its distasteful conclusion. He had been in command earlier, scoring eight points in the first five minutes of the game. But a fall and a bruised tailbone forced him into spectator mode for the final 15-plus minutes as the Orange fell to Marquette in the NCAA Tournament’s third round. Triche’s leading ability was there if only for a five-minute glimpse. But there was much left to be desired. For both Triche, whose forceful offensive nature was limited after that early burst, and for SU, which suffered an early departure from the tournament. Entering his junior year, Triche wants to alter both. This can be his time. ‘I think you’ve seen flashes of it last year, just me trying to break out, break out,’ Triche said. ‘And I hope, I pray to God that my season is this season. But ultimately I want to win.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Triche has started more games for Syracuse than any other player on the Orange roster. The junior guard has started all 70 games SU has played in the last two seasons. And through those games, the ups and downs, the adaptation to Division-I basketball and recuperation from a high school knee injury, there has been improvement. Triche moved from a raw point guard on a veteran team to a sometimes-dominant, sometimes-passive shooting guard his sophomore season. He scored 15-plus points nine times last year, but was held to single digits 15 times. After an offseason in which Triche might have risen to the best shape of his life, many believe it’s his turn to take the leading role. ‘We’re all expecting Brandon to have a breakout year,’ Orange graduate assistant Gerry McNamara said. ‘We think he’s extremely talented, to come in and make a big-time impact offensively.’ Triche spent part of this summer playing for JD’s Finest in the King of Kings Summer League in Utica. His team was comprised of current and former Jamesville-DeWitt High School players. Playing in a cooler element with familiar faces from his dominant past, Triche flourished. He also flexed the athleticism high school teammates said Triche possesses but hasn’t released at SU yet. In one game, according to Triche’s former high school teammate Alshwan Hymes, Triche took a pass on the wing on the game’s first play, pump faked, drove to the hoop and put home a one-handed slam. The flashes are becoming more frequent. ‘I think we’ve been talking about it,’ said Hymes, who played on JD’s Finest. ‘If anything, this year’s his year to put the team on his back and lead them to success.’ The ability to transcend into Syracuse’s go-to guy starts and ends with health for Triche. Bob McKenney said he’s seen Triche do things Syracuse fans have yet to witness. Although Triche was only a three-star recruit out of high school, McKenney, his high school coach at Jamesville-DeWitt, thinks the hoopla surrounding Triche could have been much greater had he stayed healthy through four years. But in a Christmas tournament his sophomore year, Triche awkwardly landed on his left leg as he drove through the middle of the lane. It was an injury that one of his teammates, Greg Stern, said looked pretty gross when the team later saw it on tape. Triche played the rest of the game, leading Jamesville-DeWitt to a 71-60 win over St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute. The next day he found out he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. The injury, which kept him out for the rest of his sophomore year, altered the way Triche attacked the game. ‘He was just so above the rim and hitting NBA 3s and quick and fast, it was something to watch,’ McKenney said. ‘Not that he was, he was still the best guard in the state (after the injury), but within the next two years … he had to learn to play a little differently.’ Triche wore a bulky knee brace for most of his junior year. It inhibited his ability to play above the rim and made him feel uncomfortable at times. But it gave him a chance to develop the rest of his game. Stern said Triche spent more time working on a mid-range jumper. He played at the rim rather than above the rim, playing a little bit safer but still maintaining his aggression. Triche’s hunger and hard work didn’t waver. But with a big brace — and even in his first year without the brace — Triche’s confidence in his knee quivered. Yet Hymes, one of Triche’s closest friends, said the 11 games Triche missed with the injury also may have benefited him in the long run. ‘I think he got a lot smarter on the court from his whole sophomore year,’ said Hymes, who plays for Canisius. ‘Being able to sit out and watch the game, learn the game and see it from a different perspective, not being on the court.’ In his junior and senior seasons at Jamesville-DeWitt, Triche became a smarter player. He worked to become a better shooter and a better distributor. He became the player Syracuse got to know in his first two years. Triche struggled to adjust at times in his freshman season, averaging less than three assists per game as the starting point guard and playing tentatively. And then he switched to shooting guard for the first time in his life last year, allowing Scoop Jardine to start at the point. But there were glimpses of a reliable scorer. He burst out with 27 points against Oakland his freshman year, including nine points in a span of less than five minutes. He strung together his first back-to-back 20-point performances down the stretch last year against West Virginia and Louisville. He has also had duds. Triche scored 22 in a Big East tournament game against St. John’s last year, then rode the bench for much of the second half against Connecticut after making just 2-of-9 shots against the Huskies. ‘I think it’s a confidence thing,’ Triche said. ‘Stepping up and believing in myself. But I’ve been working on that since my freshman year. And the flashes I have worked on just to have the mentality that I am one of the best players on the team, but also I’m one of the best players on the court.’ Part of the volatile scoring numbers can be attributed to Triche’s unselfish play. McNamara said he thinks Triche had a tendency to defer to some of the other players on the team in each of the past two seasons. And McKenney said Triche still didn’t look fully recovered from his gruesome knee injury. That has led to a missed dunk here or a quick pass where he could have shot there. ‘I don’t think people have even come close to seeing him the way I’ve seen him at times, and I think they’re going to,’ McKenney said. Triche said his goal in the King of Kings Summer League was to score 100 points every time out. He managed to total 52 in the team’s regular-season finale. The electric playmaking ability at the rim is beginning to return to Triche as his self-confidence and health take better shape. ‘It’s me just having that hunger and showing it more than — showing it with my skills but showing it as an attitude,’ Triche said. He worked his way toward fitting in his freshman season. He took steps forward into becoming a consistent scorer and playmaker for SU last year. McNamara said he expects to see leaps this year. So does McKenney. So does Triche, who said he wants to be a player head coach Jim Boeheim can look at confidently with the game on the line. The skills are there. The health is, too. The confidence is on its way. ‘Being a go-to scorer?’ Triche said. ‘I think just somebody that everybody can depend on. Every moment. It could be being a go-to scorer, but being one of the go-to playmakers I guess is a better way to say it.’ [email protected]center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more