Published on February 26, 2018 at 9:55 pm Contact Matt: [email protected] Matt Schomburg and his daughter visited Danny Varello and his family in their home in Kings Park, New York. While visiting, Varello’s father Joe asked Schomburg, the Varello brother’s faceoff coach, if he wanted to hear Danny play the piano. Schomburg never knew Varello played, and even remembered saying, “Danny doesn’t play the piano.”“What can you play?” Schomburg asked Varello.“I don’t know,” Schomburg remembered Varello replying. “Tell me a song and I’ll play it.”Moments later, Varello played away, his fingers riding across the black and white keys, the sound of the piano filling the air.For Varello, now the starting faceoff specialist for No. 12 Syracuse (2-1), music has always been an escape from the stresses of school and sport. This past summer, he picked up painting. For someone that has spent his entire life training to be a lacrosse player, the arts offer a sanctuary from the rigors of life, and also have helped to make him the player he is today.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“He’d get all mad at me if I texted you some of his paintings or recordings of his piano playing,” Joe said. “He’s very gifted.”Varello never intended to play the piano. His parents never taught him or forced him to take lessons. An old piano that belonged to Varello’s grandmother sat in his living room “collecting dust,” Varello said. It was just a decoration.Until one day, without any provocation, a bored Varello sat down on the bench and played. His fingers tiptoed the keys.“I just kind of decided, let me mess around with this,” Varello said. “I kind of just played for fun.”What began from boredom turned into a hobby and eventually a passion. Varello’s mother, Joann, signed him up for lessons, and soon after Varello was a member of the New York State School Music Association performing in recitals.“It was pretty intense,” Varello said. “I did (NYSSMA) for four or five years.”Eventually, though, piano lost priority as his lacrosse career budded into stardom. Piano became a hobby.“For Danny to have a release, be able to take his mind of stuff, not think about grades, or lacrosse or being recruited,” Schomburg said, “it’s got to be a great release, mentally to go to that place.”Like Schomburg, very few people who know Varello were aware he plays the piano. Growing up, few of his friends knew, and it was mostly just his family and close family friends that knew of his talent. And even fewer knew that he played in recitals and did NYSSMA. He keeps everything on the “down low,” Varello said. He doesn’t want his teammates knowing he performs in piano recitals.But Syracuse players found out anyway. The night before a road game, if the team went out to a restaurant, Varello would look to see if it had a piano. And if it did he would play for the audience.“It’s funny,” Varello said. “I don’t really like performing and I don’t really like playing for people a lot. I think the reason why I get excited about seeing a piano is it’s probably way nicer than the one I have at home.”During summer 2017, in between his freshman and sophomore year, Varello also picked up painting. He remembered driving by a Michaels craft store and seeing a few canvasses in the window. Like piano, he thought, “Why don’t I give painting a shot?”Varello paints abstract art, mixing and blending colors in his own style. The first painting that he made was a red and black abstract piece. And he plans on making many more.“It’s pretty cool,” Varello said. “I’m going to paint a little more over the summer, see if I can get better colors.”The arts allow him to see lacrosse in different ways, Schomburg said. Varello has always been analytical. He doesn’t have to be told things twice, Schomburg said, and he’s able to self-diagnose himself, Joe added.The faceoff position is one which can lead to massive frustration, Schomburg said. And when that happens, specialists struggle. The key is thinking about what you can fix, rather than focusing on the loss.“When you have a faceoff loss,” Schomburg said, “you have to bring information, not frustration. I think (art) helps analytically. He’s able to work through stuff and analyze stuff.”This past Saturday against Army, Varello struggled mightily at the beginning of the game at the faceoff X. He lost nine of his first 11 attempts and was subbed out for senior faceoff specialist Seth DeLisle. But come overtime, Syracuse head coach John Desko went back to Varello. In the final three overtimes, Varello went three-for-three and helped lead Syracuse in its 11-10 win against then-No. 9 Army.“He’s so creative,” Schomburg said. “And that helps you to be better at the X. I don’t know anyone else that thinks the way he does.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
Related News Jadeveon Clowney probably isn’t a happy camper.The Texans pass rusher failed to agree to a new deal with his team before Monday’s 4 p.m. ET deadline. He’ll play 2019 with a franchise tag and is expected skip a “good portion” of training camp as a result, according to a report from ESPN. He could be out as late as early September.Texans and franchised DE/LB Jadeveon Clowney officially did not reach a long-term deal before today’s 4 pm ET deadline. He now is expected to miss a good portion of training camp. Next time Texans see Clowney could be late August or early September.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 15, 2019Clowney, 26, has spent his entire career with the Texans after being selected with the No. 1 overall pick of the 2014 draft. The All-Pro defender has logged 29 career sacks en route to three consecutive Pro Bowl selections. Falcons, Grady Jarrett reach 4-year deal before franchise tag deadline But, now he’s missing out on a major payday, unlike other franchise tagged players like San Francisco’s Robbie Gould and Atlanta’s Grady Jarrett, who both inked four-year deals Monday.Houston was a middle-of-the-road team in terms of sacks last season but gave up the fourth-fewest point per game (19.8). If Clowney misses significant time it could hurt the Texans’ chances of defending their AFC South title, which they won with an 11-5 record last season. Bengals guard Clint Boling, 30, retires after eight seasons
— … Stephen Curry hit “bombs” with Phil Mickelson, mingled with some adoring fans and had an emotional meeting with a PGA Tour player on a busy but memorable day at the Safeway Open Pro-Am Wednesday.He even found time to swish a long-distance shot on a makeshift basketball hoop at Napa’s Silverado Resort. (So we can probably consider him ready for the start of Warriors training camp next week).Always gotta get a little hoops in 😏🏌🏀 @StephenCurry30 pic.twitter.com/fcI8p1eVdO
Handsome Thamsanqa Matsane is theSouth African Navy’s newest commandingofficer. Commander Matsane is piped aboardthe SAS Queen Modjadji.(Images: Dean Wingrin) The SAS Charlotte Maxeke was Matsane’sprevious posting.(Image: South African Navy) MEDIA CONTACTS • Captain Jaco Theunissen SAN public relations +27 12 339 4349 RELATED ARTICLES • Maritime piracy under the spotlight • Two centuries of SA military history • SA to host military workshop • Voyage’s end for Agulhas • Rooivalk gets its wingsJanine ErasmusSouth Africa recently celebrated the appointment of its first black submarine commander, Handsome Thamsanqa Matsane, who took the helm of the SAS Queen Modjadji just before the end of April.The South African Navy (SAN) has just three submarines to its name, which makes the commander’s achievement all the more note-worthy. The ceremony took place at the Simon’s Town naval base on the Cape peninsula.Matsane (34) joined the SAN in 1998 and shone at the Saldanha Military Academy on the country’s west coast, graduating as the best mathematics student. With a BA in military science in hand, he served as a combat officer on the fleet support ship SAS Drakensberg and the Valour-class frigates SAS Isandlwana and SAS Spioenkop.Navy life above the waves was abandoned when he joined the submarine squadron in 2007 and rose rapidly through the ranks, overcoming the many challenges faced by submariners and taking up the position of executive officer aboard the submarine SAS Charlotte Maxeke.South African heroines, past and presentWith the SAS Queen Modjadji and the SAS Manthatisi, this vessel is the third of SAN’s Heroine class of submarines.All Type 209/1400 vessels, developed by German ship builders Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft, the three commemorate a trio of remarkable South African women.The SAS Queen Modjadji was named after South Africa’s rain queen, who lived in Limpopo province and was believed to have special powers including the ability to control the clouds and rainfall.The SAS Manthatisi is named after the female warrior chief of the Batlokwa tribe of the North West province, who reigned, according to documentation, in the 1820s. She reportedly led an army of more than 50 000 troops during territorial wars.Charlotte Maxeke, who gave her name to the third submarine, was a political activist and founding member of the African National Congress Women’s League.Matsane grew up in Bushbuckridge in Mpumalanga province – far from the sea – and named his grandmother, the venerable Betty Mashabane, as his personal heroine and inspiration.“Although she doesn’t have an education, she would always tell us that ‘education will help you get through’, even in the hard times,” said Matsane.He’s encouraging youngsters who aspire to a naval career to focus on maths and science at school, because many of the top jobs are technical in nature, especially on submarines.Matsane also wants more women to join the navy.“We have women still in training but in total there are only some 15 women in the submarine squadron. We need lots more South Africans, both men and women, to join up.”Not one to shy away from a challenge, Matsane completed the transatlantic Cape to Rio yacht race in 2003 after setting foot for the first time on a sailing ship just six weeks before.His performance was good enough to catch the eye of the Chilean navy, and he was invited to serve for four months aboard the controversial tall ship BE Esmeralda, a training vessel for junior officers, on her journey around the world.Ninety years of the South African NavyThe navy had another reason to celebrate in April, and that is because it turned 90 at the beginning of the month.The national military body was officially established on 1 April 1922 with three ships in its fleet – the Hunt-class hydrographic survey ship HMS Crozier and the two Mersey-class minesweeping trawlers HMS Eden and HMS Foyle were loaned to South Africa by the Royal Navy.The three vessels were returned to the Royal Navy in the 1930s and reverted to their original names, but were later renamed to HMSAS Protea, HMSAS Immortelle and HMSAS Sonneblom to commemorate their service in South African waters.Unofficially, the SAN began to take shape in the 19th century when the Port Elizabeth Naval Volunteer Brigade came into being in 1861, but it was only in 1885 that a more enduring volunteer unit, the Natal Naval Volunteers, was formed in Durban.The unit served in the South African War of 1899 to 1902, and in the Zulu Rebellion of 1906. It later became the reserve unit SAS Inkonkoni, which merged in 1913 with the Cape Naval Volunteers, known later as the SAS Unitie. The two units together formed the South African division of the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve.In 1946 the fledgling navy, known as the South African Naval Forces, was absorbed into the Union Defence Force. The Union of South Africa was the forerunner to the present-day Republic of South Africa.In 1951 the South African Naval Forces officially became the South African Navy, which meant that ships were renamed from the title of HMSAS – His Majesty’s South African Ship – to simply SAS, or South African Ship.In April 1994, the year that democracy arrived in South Africa, the SAN and the other branches of the South African Defence Force – the army, the air force and the medical corps – became the South African National Defence Force.
SharePrint RelatedGet Your CITO On this Weekend!April 20, 2014In “Cache In Trash Out”CITO 2013 – It Takes a VillageApril 22, 2013In “Cache In Trash Out”You’re Part of the CITO EquationMarch 17, 2014In “Cache In Trash Out” Share with your Friends:More From September 15 through September 23, over ten thousand geocachers participated in 2018’s worldwide Cache In Trash Out® Events.Let’s take a moment to do just a tiny bit of eco-math, shall we? If everyone picked up just one bag of garbage, each weighing 20 pounds (9 kilograms), that means a whopping 200,000 pounds (91,000 kilograms) of rubbish were gathered from Mother Earth. Nice work, geocachers!Take a look at ten wonderful Cache In Trash Out® 2018 moments from around the world.Kaena Point CITO, Hawaii — GC7VHK1This monk seal hung out on beaches of Oahu’s North Shore to offer moral support.Manquehue LimpieCITO, Chile — GC7X7X6Six proud Chileans climbed The Manquehue Hill (Mañkewe, ‘place of condors’), the highest hill of the valley of Santiago for their CITO.How did young Mr. East take a boat to UB-ville?, Mongolia — GC7X2MPWe found out that Mongolia has really big garbage cans in addition to geocachers who care.The Cutting & Seeding of Bell’s Weir Meadow, Scotland — GC7W9TWNot all heroes wear capes. Some pour the tea at CITOs.Pomôžme materskej škole, Slovakia — GC7VHY3These young geocachers gave an old rusty fence a fresh, rainbow-hued coat of paint.COLOSSEO CITO EVENT – FALL 2018, Italy — GC7VQC0C’era un CITO vicino al Colosseo di Roma (There was a CITO near Rome’s Coliseum).GCF18 – Au revoir à l’Île Mystérieuse, France — GC7BFVVA whopping 261 geocachers attended this CITO near GeoCoinFest in France.Leineauenputz 2018, Germany — GC7WMN7Lots of teamwork happened at this CITO in Germany and many other events around the world.CITO Kullaberg 2018, Sweden — GC7WCYPThese brave geocachers scaled down a ravine for their terrific T3 CITO.NEOGEO Adopt-A-Highway CITO #2, USA — GC7WDZEThis beautiful photo with flowers in the foreground and CITO-ers in the background was taken, and says it all.
WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago Robredo accepts Duterte’s drug czar post appointment PLAY LIST 04:11Robredo accepts Duterte’s drug czar post appointment04:11Robredo accepts Duterte’s drug czar post appointment00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’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 Games Quarters: 22-14, 39-31, 59-48, 87-64. Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Cignal now awaits the winner of the Flying V-CEU series for its date in the best-of-three Finals.Robbie Herndon paced Marinerong Pilipino in the losing effort with 17 points and five rebounds, while Jeff Javillonar also got 17 markers and four boards.The Scores:CIGNAL HD 87 – Jose 24, Raymundo 18, Villarias 16, Uyloan 15, Bringas 8, Perkins 4, Cahilig 2, Apinan 0, Arboleda 0, Belencion 0, Sara 0, Sumalinog 0.MARINERONG PILIPINO 64 – Herndon 17, Javillonar 17, Javelona 7, Subido 7, Isip 6, Alabanza 2, Iñigo 2, Lopez 2, Publico 2, Sargent 2, Gabriel 0, Gumaru 0, Marata 0, Moralde 0.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Pamboy Raymundo shot 4-of-7 from rainbow country to wound up with 18 markers, four assists, and three rebounds, Byron Villarias fired 16 points built on three treys, and Jonathan Uyloan dropped 15 markers on a 4-of-8 shooting from beyond the arc as Cignal’s three-point shooting was on point all game long to keep the order despite rallies from Marinero.“We’re happy that we made it to the Finals,” said coach Boyet Fernandez. “It was a tough conference for us. We played seven straight in three weeks, but we’re here and hopefully, we’ll finish it with a championship.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutDespite Marinero’s best efforts, it could not break through the eight-point barrier in the second half as the troika of Raymundo, Villarias, and Uyloan all connected from downtown, with the team shooting 11-of-31 from three. That allowed the Hawkeyes to gain a lead as high as 24, 84-60, courtesy of Jose’s freebies in the final 2:19.“It’s about time that we made our three points. We really practiced hard on that. It just came out in this game and I’m really thankful to my players because coach Koy (Banal)’s adjustments were on the spot, but the kick out passes were there and I told them that if they’re open, they should take it and I’m happy that they made their shots,” said Fernandez. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief PH netball squad gets bamboozled by Thailand MOST READ LATEST STORIES UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Raymar Jose. PBA IMAGESRaymar Jose could not be denied as he steered Cignal HD to a return trip to the championship round with an 87-64 win over Marinerong Pilipino in Game 2 of their 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup semifinals series Tuesday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.The SEA Games-bound forward made the most of his time for the Hawkeyes, pouring 24 points and 11 rebounds off the bench to aid his side’s quest for back-to-back titles.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games
They led 69-65 at halftime, but that edge was merely 116-115 deep into the fourth quarter when Jeff Green made 3-pointers on consecutive possessions to give the Wizards a more comfortable margin.“I was ready,” Green said, “to shoot.”Despite winning two consecutive games and three of its past four, Washington is still only 27-37, the same record as Dallas.“Our goal is to make the playoffs. Until the fat lady sings at the end of the year,” Beal said, “we’ve got to keep pushing forward.”Rookie Luka Doncic was spectacular at times for the Mavs, using a mix of step-back 3s, spin moves and all sorts of other elements en route to 31 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte FIFA’s record finances reignites World Cup pay parity debate LATEST STORIES Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash “It was impossible to get him off the floor tonight, because he was playing so well. He struck a terrific balance between drives, the outside shot and involving teammates,” Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said. “And he was our leader out there. I love the way he played.”Dwight Powell made 11 of 12 shots and scored a career-high 26 points, while contributing 10 rebounds.But the real star attraction for Dallas, as far as the crowd was concerned, was Dirk Nowitzki, who is expected to retire after his 20th NBA season, all with the Mavericks. He made two free throws for his only points, shot 0 for 3 from the floor and grabbed two rebounds in 12 minutes of action.Still, he drew louder cheers than most members of the Wizards, even some chants of “MVP!” or “We want Dirk!” — and laments of “Awwwwww” when one 3-point try rimmed out. When Nowitzki entered for the first time with about 2½ minutes left in the opening quarter, a video tribute was shown overhead and the announcer referred to him as “one of the greatest power forwards of all-time.”“It’s very humbling. I’m very appreciative of the reception I’ve been getting on the road,” Nowitzki said. “But somehow, we’ve got to find a way to get a win.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View comments Dallas Mavericks forward Luka Doncic (77) dribbles the ball next to Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 6, 2019, in Washington. The Wizards won 132-123. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)WASHINGTON—Bradley Beal made sure to grab his phone in the locker room and get a good look at video of his dunk over 7-foot-2 Salah Mejri, which was embellished by a staredown afterward.“This one might take the crown, because there was a lot of body-to-body contact,” the 6-foot-5 Beal said with a smile. “Proud of myself, because you know I don’t dunk.”ADVERTISEMENT P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed MOST READ That play was the most memorable part of a 30-point, eight-assist, seven-rebound performance by the two-time All-Star that led the Washington Wizards past the Dallas Mavericks 132-123 on Wednesday night.“I had to look at it,” Beal said of the replay. “I haven’t jumped like that, probably, since high school.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesWashington was down 11 in the opening period at 32-21, its second-largest deficit of the evening, when Beal drove the lane and threw down his slam against Mejri. That seemed to wake the hosts, who finally beat Dallas at home after losing nine in a row in Washington against the Mavericks.Trevor Ariza scored 22 and Jabari Parker 20 for the Wizards, who entered the game 11th in the Eastern Conference and three games out of a playoff berth. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting
MOST READ SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles LATEST STORIES Bahrain’s Sheikh Salman returned unopposed in the Asian Football Confederation’s presidential election Saturday after Mohammed Khalfan Al Romaithi of the United Arab Emirates and Saoud Al Mohannadi of Qatar withdrew last month. Sheikh Salman was elected AFC president in 2013 after Mohammed bin Hammam of Qatar was banned for life for corruption by world governing body FIFA. He was elected to his first four-year term in 2015.Sheikh Salman cemented his position by signing a new commercial rights deal in 2018, expanding tournaments and increasing the money going back to member federations.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsInfantino told the AFC Congress that the no-contest was “important to show a united football family in Asia and to move forward in stability.” Sheikh Salman was absent to attend his mother’s funeral. Infantino led delegates to observe a few minutes of silence to mourn with Sheikh Salman and show that “we are with him.”Infantino, who defeated Sheikh Salman at the 2016 FIFA presidential election and is standing unopposed for another term in the FIFA polls in June, thanked the AFC for its support and stressed his commitment to expand football in the region. He said FIFA was stronger now under his watch, with higher revenue and reserves nearly tripled. Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid View comments Josh Urbiztondo announces retirement from basketball Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Read Next He said preparations for the 2022 World Cup were well ahead of schedule. FIFA and Qatar are still analyzing the prospect of boosting world soccer by adding another 16 teams, with the possibility of Qatar co-hosting with neighboring nations, he said.“It will be a nice achievement if the first World Cup with 48 teams is played in Asia,” Infantino said.FIFA decided in January 2017 that the World Cup will be 48 teams, but only starting in 2026 before the hosts were chosen. The United States, Canada and Mexico were chosen in a vote last year.The push to increase the number of teams in 2022 is fraught with political and logistical impediments as the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and non-Gulf state Egypt had cut political, trade, and transport ties with Qatar since mid-2017. They accuse Qatar of supporting terrorism, which it denies.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparc FIFA President Gianni Infantino, left, on stage speaks during the 29th AFC Congress in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Saturday, April 6, 2019. The Asian Football Confederation holds its presidential election on Saturday. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — FIFA President Gianni Infantino on Saturday hailed the re-election of Asian football chief Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa, saying it will help the region move forward in stability.Infantino also reiterated that negotiations were ongoing with Qatar to increase the number of World Cup teams from 32 to 48 in the 2022 tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
LeBron James Ben SimmonsUpdate: Wojnarowski is also reporting that Cleveland’s next head coach will be assistant Tyronn Lue. Lue and the team have already agree to a multi-year deal.Assistant Ty Lue has agreed to a multi-year deal as new Cavaliers head coach, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) January 22, 2016Earlier: Despite posting a 30-11 record and currently holding the No. 1 seed in the NBA’s Eastern Conference, it’s been reported by Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski that the Cleveland Cavaliers have fired head coach David Blatt. Blatt, who posted a 53-29 record with the team last year, lasted just a season and a half in Cleveland.ESPN’s Brian Windhorst added that there’s been “unrest” in Cleveland’s locker room.Cleveland has fired coach David Blatt, sources tell Yahoo.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) January 22, 2016The Cavs have fired coach David Blatt, sources confirm. First reported by Yahoo— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) January 22, 2016Despite positive comments publicly, there had been unrest growing in Cavs locker room. Frankly, it had been there since almost day one.— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) January 22, 2016Despite up and downs, Blatt has had one ardent supporter in Cavs organization and that was owner Dan Gilbert.— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) January 22, 2016LeBron James was informed of the decision to fire David Blatt today, he was not consulted on decision sources said— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) January 22, 2016James’ fondness for Ty Lue and his desire to be coached by a former player were well known in the organization. As were issues with Blatt— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) January 22, 2016Blatt, who came over from Maccabi Tel Aviv ahead of the 2014-2015 season, posted a regular season record of 83-40 in his time in Cleveland.
TORONTO – Banks are at risk of being pushed to the sidelines in the age of social media and big data, Royal Bank of Canada’s chief executive David McKay said Friday.Customers are increasingly leaving a digital trail of their financial plans on social media or search histories, such as buying a house, allowing technology giants to not only capitalize on that information, but potentially get into banking themselves, McKay said.“As these technology players realize their digital dividend there is a risk that our visibility with clients will diminish in the networked economies — or ecosystems — of the future,” he told shareholders at RBC’s annual meeting on Friday.Technology continues to reshape the financial services landscape as more consumers do their banking online or via smartphone rather than in physical branches. McKay said Friday that mobile is now RBC’s number one digital channel, with 3.4 million active users, up 19 per cent over the last year.In turn, Canada’s biggest banks have been investing heavily in technological innovation to stay ahead of the curve. During the last fiscal year, RBC spent more than $3-billion on technology, including on digital initiatives, cybersecurity and artificial intelligence.And while smaller financial technology companies are both partnering with and competing with traditional banks, larger tech companies and their deep pockets present a more formidable threat.Last month, for example, it emerged that Amazon was in talks with two large U.S. banks to start offering a chequing-like product to the e-commerce titan’s customers, according to the Wall Street Journal.McKay said there is a risk that these companies in search, e-commerce or social may be the first to deduce what customers’ needs are and direct them to financial institutions willing to pay for that information, but also get into banking themselves.“We think about somebody getting between you and your customer with that information, and start influencing the customer to choose other providers.”He added that RBC, Canada’s largest bank, has identified a number of digital “ecosystems” where its clients live and work within which the bank believes it can play an “integral role in the future.”McKay pointed to RBC’s recently released Drive app, which allows users to store car-related information, track trips and book service appointments.“We’re preparing ourselves for a world where others can see what you are trying to do before we see it,” he told reporters. “So we have a number of strategies to make sure that we stay connected to our customers. So we understand what’s going on and we can be relevant.”RBC is also investing heavily in artificial intelligence, and now has more than 200 data scientists working across the bank.While data allows RBC and other companies to develop more relevant products and refine its approach to customers, it is important to balance this with transparency, McKay said.The recent revelations that the Facebook data of millions of users was improperly shared with political consultancy Cambridge Analytica, among other things, has prompted a “healthy dialogue” about how personal information should be handled.He said regulations may be needed to set the boundaries, but hoped that would not be necessary.“We’re poised for a societal discussion on how we’re going to use personal information… The way I think that we have acted in the past, globally, as government, industries, whatever it happens to be, may not be sufficient to meet societal norms going forward.”