Disaster no match for CEO

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The island of Kauai is no stranger to rainfall.But when nearly 50 inches of rain fell in a 24-hour period in April 2018 on the northern shore of the island, it broke a U.S. record, causing widespread flooding and devastation including 12 landslides that blocked roads.For members of Kauai Government Employees Federal Credit Union that may have meant no access to financial services. Except that Monica Belz, CEO of the $111 million asset credit union in Lihue, Hawaii, is no stranger to disaster recovery. She’s coordinated help for four major catastrophes, been involved in international development and volunteer projects since she was 11, and been a firefighter since age 14.To assist Kauai’s North Shore residents, the credit union brought needed emergency supplies such as water and gasoline. When Belz heard that residents needed immediate access to funds, she popped the credit union—laptop, internet hot spot, and forms—in a dry bag. She then jet-skied, boated, and swam to get to members in the most remote areas. continue reading »last_img read more

Lakers coach Frank Vogel is eager to show his evolution

first_img“We felt good about adding players that will star in their roles around A.D. and LeBron,” he said. “The guys that we had all lined up are all going to come in and play their part and we feel just as good about our opportunity to compete for a championship now.”While Davis seemed averse to considering load management (the practice of deliberate, healthy resting) – “I’m gonna play,” he said at one point – Vogel said the decisions will be handled by the team’s medical staff led by Dr. Judy Seto. James struggled with injuries last season for the first time in his career, and Vogel said Seto and her staff are likely to have discussions about the practice with James and Davis – “I am going to fall in line with that,” he said.Vogel talked about a few players specifically on next year’s roster, calling Kyle Kuzma a “maximum-effort guy” who is already polished on the scoring end and he believes can escalate his game defensively to become another standout alongside James and Davis.He also expressed optimism about adding DeMarcus Cousins: Citing his own experience with Paul George after he shattered his leg in 2014, he believes the second year after an injury (Cousins ruptured his Achilles in January of 2018) can be when a player regains his prior stature. While the Lakers have noted that Cousins appears to be svelte and in good shape, Vogel said they’ll be patient. But he agreed with Pelinka that if Cousins can approach his All-Star caliber form of the past, it could raise the team’s ceiling.“This is the year that I think he hopefully starts to really regain his form,” Vogel said. “If he does, then we have one of the most powerful, dominant players in the game.”Vogel said his staff will soon be finalized, and on Sunday, ESPN reported that former Cavaliers and Raptors assistant Phil Handy – a coach with a sterling reputation for talent development – is being hired as an assistant. The Lakers will also have Jason Kidd, Lionel Hollins and Miles Simon on staff next season.Vogel said while it’s unusual for a team with no continuity to talk openly about winning a title, he’s not surprised – or intimidated. He doesn’t expect it to be a smooth journey all the way through, but he thinks the Lakers have the potential to get there.“There’s going to be a lot of bumps in the road,” he said. “Hopefully as the season goes on, you continue to work to build that chemistry and come playoff time, hopefully, you’re coming together at the right time. If this level of talent comes together and learns to play with each other, and play selflessly and work hard on the defensive end, the sky is the limit.” Anthony Davis might have forgotten where he was for a moment as he described his ideal position. He’d rather play power forward than center – he’s made that much clear.Then he turned to his left, and a toothy, sheepish smile formed as he extended a long arm to his new coach, Frank Vogel.“If it comes down to it coach, and you need to play the five,” he said, “then I’ll play the five.”The talent is assembled, and the Lakers are expecting big things from a veteran-laden roster led by Davis and LeBron James. On Saturday during Davis’ introduction, the word “championship” was tossed about liberally – the high standards are no secret for the coming season. Vogel was influenced by James’ Miami teams, with whom he sparred twice in the Eastern Conference finals. He started evolving during his two-year tenure in Orlando, he said.“It’s a simple concept, put shooters around elite offensive talents and you are going to be pretty good because your guys are either going to score or they’re going to find shooters on the weak side,” he said. “That’s the way our roster has been set up and built and we got an army of guys on that weak side that can punish either with the three or making plays off the bounce.”Vogel echoed an earlier sentiment from Rob Pelinka: Though the team had hoped to land Kawhi Leonard in free agency, they had done advance work to protect themselves from Leonard’s eventual decision to join the Clippers. Vogel said he had been comfortable with either scenario and the way the roster worked out, he thought Pelinka and the front office had done well to assemble a competent cast for James and Davis relatively late into free agency.Related Articles AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThe man in charge of putting all the pieces together, the 46-year-old head coach hired during a chaotic month of May, now faces the season well-stocked with proven players. And the roster the Lakers have put together reflects the style Vogel expects to play come October, which he outlined in a session with the media on Saturday following Davis’ introduction.In a way, Vogel, whose own introductory press conference was overshadowed by Magic Johnson-related turmoil, is still waiting to show the NBA how he’s evolved.“It’s not so much how I believe it should be played; It’s just the way I coach,” he said. “For instance, my Pacers teams (wanted to) pound it in the post. Because that was the personality we had. We wanted to play through big (Roy) Hibbert and David West, and we didn’t have the kind of 3-point shooting that teams are playing with nowadays. You see the benefits; you see how it shifts, and like anything, you measure whether that makes sense for your club or your style of play.”This Lakers team won’t resemble his Pacers teams of the past very much, Vogel suggested.With a 304-291 career record, Vogel’s calling card in both Indiana and Orlando has been as a defensive-minded coach who played with less tempo on the offensive end. The New Jersey native says the past few seasons have changed his approach to offense, and he’s more eager to create spacing for shooters. The Lakers’ heavy investment into guards – the team has seven on its 14-man roster, many of whom have overlapping skillsets – reflected how Vogel will likely want to play, surrounding James and Davis with shooters sprawled along the perimeter. 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NCAA volleyball: Perpetual stops Letran, gets third seed

first_imgFILE – University of Perpetual Help Lady Altas. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of Perpetual Help seized control of the third seed after brushing off Colegio de San Juan de Letran, 19-25, 25-20, 25-23, 25-10, Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Lady Altas, who have one more game remaining in their schedule, improved to 6-2 but could end up tied with St. Benilde, and Joze Rizal U depending on the results of the remaining elimination games.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Magic’s Gordon headlines All-Star Slam Dunk field They need a victory over the Lady Blazers to stay ahead of the pack.“But I’ll make sure that we will win our last game against Benilde,” said head coach Macky Cariño.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkCindy Imbo led four Lady Altas who finished in double figures with a game-high 18 points while skipper Maria Tripoli had 17 points.Perpetual Help had to recover from a first set loss against the also-ran Lady Knights, which was a disappointing side for head coach Macky Cariño at this point in the tournament. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES View comments Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increasescenter_img Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak “Sometimes it happens when you really want to beat your opponent and you end up making mistakes,” said Cariño in Filipino. “They were so relaxed in the first set and that didn’t help us at all.”“We shouldn’t have played like that, if we want to reach the top four we really have to play harder.”Glayssa Torres and Marie Simborio had 12 points apiece to lead the Lady Knights, who remained at seventh with a 2-6 card.Letran was at the constant mercy of Perpetual’s attack as the Lady Altas outscored the Lady Knights 48-34 in spikes and 19-6 in service aces.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right tracklast_img read more