A decade on, Danilo Gallinari and Devin Booker enjoy another meeting

first_imgLOS ANGELES — The first time Devin Booker met Danilo Gallinari, the Italian forward was a teenage phenom luring NBA scouts to Europe. He was the up-and-comer who had a memorable nickname – “The Rooster” – and got all the calls (too many if you asked the American players.)And Booker was, as Gallinari recalls, “a little kid.”The Phoenix Suns’ now-22-year-old shooting star was 12, in fact. He went to visit his father, Melvin, who was a professional basketball player in Milan, Italy – and a teammate of Gallinari’s.“I didn’t know much about him until he got over there and my dad was like, ‘Watch this young kid play, he’s only 18,’ ” Devin Booker said before Wednesday’s game between the Suns and Clippers. “He had an unbelievable game the game I went to, and then I went to the practice the next day and we messed around, played a little one on one. Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 “I was just happy to be on the court with him ‘cause that was after the game. He’d had a really good game and ended up winning.”Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.Booker remembers Gallinari – who would soon be drafted sixth overall by the New York Knicks – sending him home with a pair of signed Reebok basketball sneakers.He also remembers Gallinari receiving superstar treatment on the court: “The other American players on the other teams overseas used to get mad, they used to think he got too many calls, ‘They think he’s Michael Jordan!’ And he was at the time. He was the guy over there, and I followed his career ever since then. He’s somebody I’ve enjoyed watching – an unbelievable player.”Gallinari said he’s kept in contact with his former teammate Melvin Booker, “I’ve always been in touch with him. I’m close to his dad because I’ve known his dad a long time.”And even though he remembers Devin as a little guy, and knows him mostly now as an opponent, he says they’re friendly, too. “We talk when we see each other, here or in Phoenix,” Gallinari said.SCOUTING REPORTSindarius Thornwell has been one of a trio of Clippers working double time this season, shuttling between the L.A. Clippers and the Agua Caliente Clippers of Ontario, with whom he’s been working on improving his in-game shooting while averaging 15.3 points in three G League appearances. He’s also been getting a good look at a couple of other young talents in the Clippers’ camp.Jerome Robinson, the Clippers’ rookie shooting guard, also has been splitting time between the NBA team (for which he’s scored 23 points in 40 minutes of play) and the G League (where he’s averaging 25.2 points per game through six games).Related Articles Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum center_img For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates Scout Thornwell – who’s appeared in seven NBA games this season – said he’s liked what he’s seen from Robinson.“He looks good. Real aggressive. He’s play-making, scoring, shooting the ball real well. His confidence is there. He’s real shifty and draws a lot of fouls. I think the main thing with Rome is continuing to learn how to guard NBA players and just learning that side of the ball. Because offensively, he’s good. He’s great at it. He can score at the rim, mid-range, 3s.”As for G League Player of the Week Johnathan Motley, the 6-foot-10 two-way forward who’s averaging 24.9 points and 9.5 rebounds for Agua Caliente?“Mot is ready,” Thornwell said. “He’s ready to play to play for teams in the NBA right now. He can play for us (in L.A.) right now. He’s dominating every night. He’s proven himself. He’s ready to be in the big leagues.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more


first_imgLetterkenny showjumper Shannon Ramsey was crowned Ulster Region League 1.10m Champion this weekend in Cavan. Shannon was up against some of the top showjumpers in Ireland and internationally, but they were no match for the 17-year-old. She was riding her gelding Bracken, show name Brown Bollybawn King.Shannon is no stranger to Ulster shows, coming first place four times before. She was placed in five other shows. Bracken is a 17hn sport horse. His dam is a National Hunt mare. His sire, Flagmount King, was an Irish Draught.Shannon is beginning her Leaving Certificate year at Errigal College Letterkenny. She is the daughter of Joe and Jean Ramsey.Shannon is committing to her studies this year, so Bracken is now for sale. Anybody interested can contact Joe Ramsey at 0863495387.SHOWJUMPER SHANNON IS ULSTER REGION LEAGUE 1.10m CHAMPION was last modified: September 5th, 2013 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:shannon ramseyShowjumpinglast_img read more

Data and the small business loan

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Access to Finance Access to finance to fuel the growth of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) has traditionally been a challenging and lengthy process and is still, in many cases, dependent on manual underwriting. Often, the manual processes inherent in SME lending have resulted in sacrificing either speed or relevance, and sometimes both. With Australia’s two million SMEs employing almost 70 per cent of the workforce and accounting for more than half of the private sector output, providing access to relevant and responsible finance becomes much more than an SME issue, but rather an economic imperative.The Financial System Inquiry highlighted a number of key areas prohibiting access to short-term funding for SMEs in Australia. The first being process; the second being data (or the lack thereof) and the third being the requirement for collateral, resulting in what the RBA calls ‘allocative inefficiencies’ (1). That is, where loans are made to businesses with the best collateral, rather than those that are the best business prospects (2).Technology There is no doubt that a paperless loan application process will become standard across both consumer and business lending. Technology will see many of the steps associated with a loan application process digitised.Data is core to this shift. The notion that the latest and best technology is first made available at the enterprise level is no longer true. Platforms such as cloud accounting giant, Xero, with its open API, have created a pathway for small businesses to opt in to new technology at little cost. As the move to the cloud continues (and accelerates), businesses are being enabled to share their data for a number of purposes: budgeting, payroll, invoicing and, in the case of Moula, accessing capital. Aris AllegosFirst Generation Banks and non-banks – and in some cases, with the two working together – are capitalising on business information being increasingly available in the cloud. Like any new technology, online lending solutions have evolved as industry acceptance and adoption become more common. Consequently, there are two distinct approaches to assessing creditworthiness that can be identified. For simplicity, we will call them ‘first’ and ‘second generation’ approaches.First generation lending platforms are characterised by limited analysis of the actual financial health of a business, taking an aerial view of their ability to service a loan. These solutions are typically sought by those seeking finance as a one-off, and more often as a last resort. These businesses accept higher loan default rates in exchange for unsustainable high interest rates that typically see businesses realising the true cost of loans after they have been ‘locked in’ to break fees and exit costs.The accounting profession should be wary. Be diligent in your research and avoid partnering with, or referring business to, lenders who lend to everyone without careful consideration of loan appropriateness and purpose (strictly enforced regulatory requirements for consumer lending). Pricing nondisclosure is often an attribute of these lenders. Unfortunately, the obvious inclusion of a loan repayment schedule (that separates each repayment across principal and interest), is overlooked by customers in times of financial need.Second Generation Second generation lending platforms have been made possible by the improved availability of meaningful data and the rapidly increasing preparedness of borrowers to provide electronic access to their business data. These lending solutions assess creditworthiness through real-time credit decision making, consuming, upon opt-in by the borrower, relevant data shared via sources such as cloud-based accounting solutions.This technology allows lenders to assess accurate business data over a relevant time period and extend funding responsibly. These lenders extend credit to good businesses who are striving for growth – they provide short-term loans to smooth cash flow or they make investments in equipment, inventory or staff. Digital fulfilment among these platforms has also ensured that once approved, loan documentation can be executed instantly and funds disbursed in the same day.Second generation lenders focus on partnering with small businesses, and their advisers, to provide a long-term solution to short-term capital requirements. These lenders don’t exploit customers for early repayment and, instead, reward good businesses with the ability to move in and out of loans with ease. They are focused on providing a premium experience and believe in fair pricing.The most efficient allocation of funding will exist where these data-driven, short-term, unsecured solutions are complementary to traditional secured funding where businesses can move in and out of these solutions, without penalty and paperwork, and are provided with timely and relevant finance to grow.Footnotes: 1. Reserve Bank of Australia, “Bank Lending to Business – New Credit Approvals by Size and by Purpose – D7.4”, Mar 2016 2. Financial System Inquiry Interim Report, July 2014 This article was first published in Publicaccountant – the official journal of the Institute of Public Accountants.* Aris Allegos is the CEO and co-founder of Moula.last_img read more