Boris Johnson praises Chelsea for becoming first Premier League club to adopt living wage

first_img Boris Johnson praises Chelsea for becoming first Premier League club to adopt living wage Joe Hall whatsapp whatsapp Show Comments ▼ Thursday 11 December 2014 1:07 pm by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryTele Health DaveRemember Pierce Brosnan’s Wife? Take A Deep Breath Before You See What She Looks Like NowTele Health DaveHero WarsThis game will keep you up all night!Hero WarsMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekThe No Cost Solar ProgramGet Paid To Install Solar + Tesla Battery For No Cost At Install and Save Thousands.The No Cost Solar ProgramMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementIf Your Dog Eats Grass (Do This Every Day)Ultimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementNational Penny For Seniors7 Discounts Seniors Only Get If They AskNational Penny For SeniorsFungus EliminatorIf You Have Toenail Fungus Try This TonightFungus Eliminator Share London mayor Boris Johnson has praised Chelsea for becoming the first Premier League club to sign up to the living wage. The current league leaders have been accredited by the Living Wage Foundation which advises companies pay staff a minimum of £9.15 per hour in London and £7.85 per hour everywhere else. Workers at Stamford Bridge will receive the London rate, but those at the club’s Cobham training ground fall outside the bracket.   League Two club Luton Town have also adopted the initiative, which has now been adopted by around 1,000 organisations in the UK. By paying the living wage, Boris Johnson said the Blues were “setting the right example”. Johnson said: Our great football teams are household names around the world, their every action is scrutinised in microscopic detail and by becoming the first professional sports team to commit to pay the London Living Wage Chelsea are setting the right example. They realise their team is more than just the 11 men out on the pitch, and that by putting more pounds in the pockets of their staff they are signing up to a win-win scenario that rewards a hard day’s work with a fair day’s pay for everyone. Johnson has been a vocal champion of it since he was first elected in 2008. The living wage is calculated to meet the cost of living better than the national minimum wage which is set at £6.50 per hour. Rhys Moore, director of the Living Wage Foundation, said that Chelsea’s decision showed them to be a “responsible business”. He commented: “The accreditation of Chelsea as a Living Wage employer marks a significant milestone in the campaign.” Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck said: “Quite simply, it is the right thing to do.” Tags: Boris Johnson employment and wages National Living Wage People UK jobslast_img read more

News / ‘Secret’ Hamburg Sud accounts reveal reason for sale to Maersk

first_img Hamburg Sud’s entry into the mainstream east – west tradelanes in 2015, principally through its slot charter agreement with Middle East challenger carrier UASC, was “badly timed” according to its CEO.Speaking at the Maersk Group Capital Markets Day in Copenhagen yesterday, Arnt Vespermann, chief executive of Hamburg Sud, said about the iconic company’s strategy to change its focus from being a north – south liner to a global carrier: “I would say timing wise there was room for improvement”.Following the completion of the $4bn sale to Maersk Line at the end of last year, the Hamburg-headquartered carrier’s profit and loss accounts, which have been published for the first time in 147 years, show the extent of the damage to its bottom line that would have influenced the Oetker Group family in its decision to exit liner shipping.The P&L accounts, which according to Mr Vespermann, were a closely guarded secret and not disclosed to even senior directors of the company, show that Hamburg Sud’s profits sharply declined from 2015.According to the snapshot of the accounts Hamburg Sud recorded a net profit of $408m in 2013, which had declined to $238m the next year.However, by 2015 profitability had plunged to a breakeven result and in 2016 Hamburg Sud recorded a loss of $117m on its trading.In the ‘global cooperation agreement’ it signed with UASC, the Dubai-based carrier gained entry into north – south trades through slot charters on Hamburg Sud vessels, whereas the German carrier was able to break into the Asia – North Europe and transpacific tradelanes through a reciprocal arrangement.But in order to capture market share both carriers were forced to adopt an aggressive sales strategy in order to fill the slots that they were purchasing from each other.Unsurprisingly freight rates were driven down to sub-economic levels and were not even covering the cost of the slots.Indeed, one senior Hamburg Sud executive admitted privately to The Loadstar at the time that Hamburg Sud was losing around $400 on every box carried from Asia to Europe.Similar loses were understood to have been incurred by UASC on Latin American trades, where the carrier invested heavily in reefer equipment.Meanwhile, stressing the need to keep the commercial aspects of the two carriers separate after the acquisition, and the success of the “personal touch” approach to customers by Hamburg Sud, Mr Vespermann said, “there is a reason why a customer books with Hamburg Sud”.And in the same presentation Maersk’s Soren Toft, who is the new COO of Hamburg Sud, confirmed that all operational functions of the two carriers would be integrated by the second quarter of this year, which he said was “where the savings are”.Maersk said it is looking for synergy savings of “at least” $350 – $400 per annum from next year.Nevertheless, Mr Toft admitted that some of the combined market share would be lost or given up.“Rarely does 1+1 become two when you make an acquisition, and maybe there are also certain customers that we don’t want in the future, when it comes to the cargo mix,” said Mr Toft. By Mike Wackett 21/02/2018last_img read more

News / South African citrus exporters facing problems as peak season looms

first_img By Gavin van Marle 13/05/2020 ID 175143035 © Nico Martinez | Dreamstime.com As South Africa’s citrus fruit exporters prepare for their peak shipping season and shipping lines rush to reposition empty reefers, the country’s main ports are pushing through programmes to increase capacity.Citrus exporters are faced with a series of challenges, including port congestion, a potential shortage of reefer equipment and the danger of not being in compliance with the country’s trucking regulations.Cape Town Container Terminal (CTPT) was due to return to full operational capacity today – although port operator Transnet had to close the terminal for 12 hours on Saturday for cleaning “in light of the sudden increase in pandemic cases in the Western Cape”. The terminal had recorded its first case of infection the previous day.According to guidance from the Citrus Growers Association (CGA), the port was due to go from operating two of its berths to the full three today, while the Ngquara Container Terminal (NCT) is set to go from one of its three berths to two. At the beginning of April, when South Africa’s lockdown began, both ports were reduced to operating one berth apiece and the number of containerships waiting at anchor begun to rise.CGA said on Friday: “Thanks to TPT [Transnet Port Terminals] for heeding our call from the onset. If the status quo had remained as it was on 27 March, the situation would have been very dire.”That of course, would depend on growers obtaining enough empty reefers to load their exports – and it was this fear that recently led Maersk to launch a special sailing from Dubai at the end of April to deliver 1,800 empty reefers to South African growers. These are now entering their supply chains and local sources largely agree this should initially be enough to meet demand.“But some damage has already been done,” Mike Walwyn, Western Cape regional chairman of the South African Association of Freight Forwarders, told The Loadstar.“At the moment, we have two conventional refrigerated vessels a week calling at Durban and Cape Town to take up some of the slack, but they only carry the equivalent of around 200 containers each, whereas vessels usually load over 1,000.”A further problem for exporters and their forwarders and hauliers is that every reefer flouts South African road legislation. Under article 224 (b) of its National Road Traffic Regulations, the maximum height of a box to be transported by truck is 4.3 metres, while a high-cube refer is some 0.3 metres above the limit.This issue dates back to 2009, when the height restriction was suddenly enforced, and trucks carrying high-cube containers were impounded by traffic authorities, particularly in KwaZulu-Natal where the port of Durban is located.The ban was then lifted, and after extensive consultation between the Road Freight Association and Department of Transport, a moratorium was put in place under which road-transport vehicles were exempted from the 4.3-metre height restriction for seven years. The moratorium expired on 1 January.Christo Erasmus, head of legal for Bidvest International Logistics (BIL), said: “My concern is that further delays in amending the legislation will have an impact on industries across South Africa. Every truck leaving a port or harbour with a high-cube container will immediately expose players to penalties and fines. Apart from reputational damage, this will expose logistics companies to financial losses.”Mr Walwayn called the issue “contentious”, adding: “The Department of Trade has not gazetted the moratorium, so it’s only in place on the basis of a letter from the director-general, which technically opens the road for any cash-strapped local or provincial authority to start issuing fines.“However, no stops or prosecutions have occurred since the expiry of the moratorium,” he added.South Africa is the second-largest exporter of citrus fruits in the world, after Spain, with some 85% of its volumes shipped in reefer containers. According to the Fresh Produce Exporters Association, 48% of the exports go through CPCT, as the majority of citrus products are grown in the Western Cape, 34% go through Durban and the remaining 18% through NCT.And just under 50% of those volumes are destined for the EU and UK and are largely carried on two container services – the SAECS/SRX , jointly run by ONE, Maersk and Deutsche Afrika Linie, and the NWC-SAF operated by MSC, with Hapag-Lloyd as a slot charterer. The remainder is loaded on conventional reefer vessels.However, more vessel capacity could be on the way, according to liner shipping database eeSea, which noted that the SAECS members were due to add a ninth vessel and increase the round-trip by a week.last_img read more

Insurance industry in need of new talent

first_img Manulife, Sun Life report modest impact from Hong Kong turmoil Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Megan Harman The life insurance industry needs to focus on talent management as it deals with an aging advisor force and a critical need for new skill sets, according to industry executives who spoke at the LIMRA and LOMA Canada Annual Conference in Toronto on Thursday. Related news Manulife Canada CEO sees Apple and Netflix as competitors as insurance evolves Evolving technology and changing customer expectations are putting heavy pressure on the industry to innovate, which is driving the need for new types of talent, the speakers said. “We clearly are seeing an evolution,” said Todd Silverhart, corporate vice president and director of insurance research at LIMRA. Specifically, he said, customers are increasingly demanding an experience that incorporates modern technology and convenience with superior service. In addition, insurers are realizing the importance of collecting and analyzing data in order to better understand — and serve — their customers. However, many companies are struggling to determine how to manage the data they have and how to use them to their advantage, said Richard Boire, senior vice president, Boire Filler Division, at Environics Analytics. “They’re saying, ‘We have all this data, but what do we do with it?’,” Boire said. As a result, demand for data scientists among insurance companies is set to surge in the years ahead, the speakers said. Demand is also growing for younger workers, and especially younger advisors, said Rino D’Onofrio, president and CEO of Mississauga, Ont.-based RBC Life Insurance Co. and senior vice president of Canadian insurance business with Royal Bank of Canada. He pointed to data showing that the average advisor in Canada is 62, which is also the average age at which Canadians retire. “It’s a mature industry,” said D’Onofrio, who is also chairman of the board of directors at Windsor, Conn.-based LL Global Inc., the parent organization of LIMRA and LOMA. “It seems like every time I see this metric — the average age of the advisor — it’s older than the last time I saw it.” The industry faces challenges attracting new talent. D’Onofrio pointed to LIMRA research showing that nine out of 10 millennials said no when asked whether they were interested in a career in insurance. “They want to work for organizations that are investing in forward technology, and changing the world. Making a real difference in the world,” D’Onofrio said. “When I hear that, it gives me pause … because that’s actually what we do.” Thus, the insurance industry needs to work at improving its reputation and communicating the positive impact that insurance has on individuals and their families, he noted. “When we’re recruiting and hiring people,” D’Onofrio said, “we don’t talk enough about … [how] we change lives every day.” As technology advances, some jobs in the insurance industry are likely to be replaced, D’Onofrio said. Specifically, he said artificial intelligence (AI) and bots could eventually replace certain back office roles. “AI and bots will become more prevalent,” D’Onofrio said. “The question is, are they going to replace workers or are they going to complement workers?” Although he suspects technology will displace some types of workers, others will find they can benefit from working alongside technology. Photo copyright: stockbroker/123RF Keywords Life insurance industry Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Sun Life Financial buying Pinnacle Care Internationallast_img read more

TMX to host roundtable on internalization in Canada’s equity markets

first_imgJames Langton Regulators issue new reporting guidance on systems outages As retail trading jumps, SEC to rethink its rules “The goal of the roundtable is to provide stakeholders with the opportunity to present and share their views and perspectives,” the notice says. It aims to examine the “key drivers” of internalization, along with a discussion of the risks and benefits of the practice. Firms interested in presenting at the event must make a request to the exchange by Dec. 15. “While we aim to accommodate all requests to participate, presenters will be selected in a manner that best reflects a diversity of views to promote a balanced discussion,” the notice says. Regulators gathering information The CSA and IIROC have begun, “gathering information in order to understand current practices and how these activities fit into our current rule framework, and in order to determine what, if any, action is required to ensure that the Canadian market is not negatively impacted,” they say in joint statement published on Tuesday. IIROC and the CSA “support the efforts by industry to engage in dialogue about important issues in the Canadian market, and the opinions presented and ideas generated will be a valuable input to our review,” the statement adds. “The issues are complex and there are a variety of factors that must be considered,” the regulators say. “We will continue to explore these issues and seek public consultation in the coming months.” Key deadline: Dec. 15 Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Related newscenter_img OSC seeks market structure expertise Stock exchange operator TMX Group Ltd. will host a roundtable in January to examine the issue of the internalization of order flow, and regulators are pledging to study the issue as industry concerns grow. The roundtable, to be held on Jan.23, 2018, will be either a half-day or full-day event, depending on demand, TMX says in an equities trading notice. Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Keywords Stock exchanges,  Trading rules last_img read more

Transplants – Help the Poor Foundation in partnership with MOHAN Foundation

first_img Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care app By EH News Bureau on December 6, 2017 Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals Transplants – Help the Poor Foundation in partnership with MOHAN Foundation News The initiative will be launched around Mumbai and then spread across the countryMumbai-based NGO, Transplants – Help the Poor Foundation, has announced its association with Multi Organ Harvesting Aid Network (MOHAN) Foundation, the pioneering organisation raising awareness for cadaver organ donation in India. The joint initiative has been launched with an endeavour to promote and counsel families on altruistic deceased organ donation.Under the association, hospitals in Navi Mumbai and Mumbai have been identified for the launch. To kick-start the partnership, the foundation is working towards associating with the Lokmanya Tilak Sion Hospital, Mumbai.As a part of the procedure, the foundation will place their transplants coordinators at the Sion Hospital. The counsellor(s) will be the facilitators in cadaver organ donation and transplant cases. The person will be in charge of counselling families of patients who are admitted to the ICU and have been identified as brain dead – with head injury, intracranial haemorrhage, stroke or brain cancer. They are also trained to counsel recipients and their families, as well as sensitise and train staff of the hospital about organ donation and brain death. The most important part of their role would be to work with the community where the hospital is situated to create awareness about organ donation – the neighbourhood, educational institutes, other hospitals and other such places where mass crowds can be tapped. center_img Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” Share Read Article The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story Related Posts Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healphalast_img read more

Kappo Osen brings traditional Japanese dining to Downtown Santa Monica

first_imgHomeBusinessKappo Osen brings traditional Japanese dining to Downtown Santa Monica Sep. 24, 2019 at 6:00 amBusinessFeaturedFoodNewsKappo Osen brings traditional Japanese dining to Downtown Santa MonicaMadeleine Pauker2 years agoDamon Min ChoDowntownizakayasJapanese diningJapanese restaurantKappo Osen Santa Monica has plenty of izakayas, sushi bars and ramen joints to go around, but it’s never had a Japanese restaurant quite like Kappo Osen.Kappo restaurants are more formal than izakayas and offer seasonal prix-fixe menus of traditional Japanese dishes. At Kappo Osen, those menus are created by chef Damon Min Cho, who honed his skills at Nobu in Hawai’i and Tao in Hollywood before opening Izakaya Osen in Silver Lake two years ago.The small izakaya buzzes with energy, creating a pubby atmosphere typical of izakayas in Japan, said Kappo Osen manager April Choi, who previously worked at Osen’s Silver Lake location.Kappo Osen offers a more refined experience and menu without rising to the level of kaiseki, or fine dining. The restaurant opened Monday at the corner of 7th Street and Arizona Avenue in Downtown Santa Monica.Many of Santa Monica’s most notable new restaurants explore different facets of Japanese cuisine, from the world-renowned Ippudo Ramen to Supertoro to Silverlake Ramen, which also moved from Silver Lake.Restauranteurs clearly see a demand for Japanese food on the Westside, and Choi said she thinks Santa Monica has room for a more traditional and chef-driven restaurant.“When diners walk in here and see how the food is made and how the restaurant is laid out, I think we immediately stand out,” she said.Kappo Osen will serve traditional yet distinctive Japanese dishes and offer a large selection of sake, beer and wine, Choi said. The chefs are all Japanese and have years of experience in kappo dining, she added.Although the menu will change regularly, diners can expect sushi and sashimi, including some less common types of fish, such as grunt fish, giant clam and Hokkaido uni. Cooked items include meat and vegetable skewers, grilled squid and curry hot pot. (If guests are unfamiliar with any items, servers will be more than happy to provide some context, Choi said.)Choi said the ryokan-like design of the restaurant will support the kappo experience with intimate tatami-style booths, handmade plates Cho picked up in Japan and open hot and cold food bars. The space also includes a patio and a private dining room.“We’re not going for the typical Japanese-American fusion that you get in many restaurants in LA,” Choi said. “What we want to do is give the diners a little escape when they come here, to try to get the feel of what it’s like to actually dine in Japan.”[email protected] :Damon Min ChoDowntownizakayasJapanese diningJapanese restaurantKappo Osenshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentYour Column Here – Rotary Club of Santa MonicaJudge rejects Avenatti request to move case to CaliforniaYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall7 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson18 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter18 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor18 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press18 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press18 hours agolast_img read more

Xiaomi eyes $4B cash injection to fund growth drive

first_img Related US backs down on Xiaomi row Smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi signalled plans to raise up to $4 billion from sales of shares and bonds, Bloomberg reported, funds apparently partly earmarked for efforts to grab further market share from under-fire rival Huawei.Xiaomi reportedly plans to raise the capital from a top-up share placement to its Hong Kong listing and the sale of seven-year bonds.Citing a Xiaomi document detailing its plan, Bloomberg said in addition to measures designed to increase its share, the company plans to use the funds to make “strategic ecosystem investments” and expand the business.The news comes a week after the manufacturer unveiled record revenue and profit figures for Q3, reporting a spike in demand for its smartphones across a number of markets and increased momentum in the premium tier.Analyst company Canalys marked Xiaomi as one of the major winners from Huawei’s international woes, taking a large slice of its shipments in Europe in particular while also surpassing Apple as the world’s third-largest vendor by shipments.In its report, Canalys noted Xiaomi’s shipments increased 45 per cent year-on-year in Q3 to 47.1 million units. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back Xiaomi Previous ArticleITU calls for rural coverage actionNext ArticleZain makes play into e-sports Chris joined the Mobile World Live team in November 2016 having previously worked at a number of UK media outlets including Trinity Mirror, The Press Association and UK telecoms publication Mobile News. After spending 10 years in journalism, he moved… Read more Home Xiaomi eyes $4B cash injection to fund growth drive AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore1 01 DEC 2020 center_img Author Xiaomi off the hook in the US Devices Tags Chris Donkin Xiaomi smartphone surge bears fruitslast_img read more

Jimenez, Mediate tied in Champions Tour opener

first_imgKAUPULEHU-KONA, Hawaii – Miguel Angel Jimenez shot an 8-under 64 in windy conditions Saturday for a share of the lead with Rocco Mediate in the Champions Tour’s season-opening Mitsubishi Electric Championship. Jimenez had nine birdies and a closing bogey to match Mediate at 11-under 133 at Hualalai Golf Club. Mediate, the first-round leader after a 66, had a bogey-free 67. Jimenez is making his third Champions Tour start. The Spaniard won the Greater Gwinnett Championship last year, a week after finishing fourth in the Masters. In May, he won the Spanish Open at 50 years, 133 days to break his own record as the oldest European Tour champion. Mediate won twice on the 50-and over tour in 2013. Olin Browne was third at 9 under after a 67. Fred Couples, Colin Montgomerie and Mark O’Meara were another stroke back. Couples shot 64, Montgomerie 66, and O’Meara 67. Defending champion Bernhard Langer was 7 under after a 65. He had a 10 on the par-5 seventh hole in his opening 72. The 40-player field features major champions from the last five years, other tournament winners in the last two seasons and sponsor invitees.last_img read more

A Leader Emerges

first_img Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. “If you’re afraid to compete, don’t be a Grizzly.”The words resonate more than ever for Shay Smithwick-Hann. Almost three years after being recruited as one of the best high school quarterbacks in the state, the Kalispell native is in an enviable yet difficult situation – battling to be the starting quarterback for the University of Montana Grizzlies football team, one of the nation’s winningest programs the last two decades but one that’s reeling from a tumultuous offseason and being investigated for possible misconduct.On Aug. 7, the same day the Griz stepped onto the field for the first official practice of the season, Jordan Johnson appeared in Missoula County District Court to plead not guilty to rape. Johnson was the starting quarterback for Montana last year and led the Griz to a share of the Big Sky Conference title and the semifinals of the Football Championship Subdivision. County prosecutors have charged Johnson with raping an acquaintance in February, and the university has suspended him indefinitely pending the criminal case. Johnson maintained his innocence through a statement from his lawyer.As Johnson’s court proceedings move forward, so do the Grizzlies. With less than a month of practice left before the season opener against South Dakota on Sept. 1, the Griz are trying to rebuild a perennial powerhouse that has advanced to the FCS national championship seven times, winning two. The team returns a few standout players, including Kalispell’s Josh Harris and Whitefish’s Derek Crittenden. But a few starting positions remain vacant, too, most notably at quarterback.Montana has four quarterbacks on the roster, but not one of them has completed a pass in a college game yet. In fact, only one of the four has stepped onto the turf inside Washington-Grizzly Stadium, surrounded by 25,000 fans during a game. Only one of them has been to every offseason practice and workout the past two seasons, studying the offense like its algebra. Only one of them was standing on the sidelines every game last year, helping usher plays to Johnson while analyzing every snap and preparing for any opportunity to emerge.Surrounded by three freshmen, including two redshirts, Shay Smithwick-Hann, a redshirt sophomore, is the bona fide veteran leader. “He’s what they need right now,” Glacier High head football coach and former Griz standout quarterback Grady Bennett said. “What a perfect person to have taking the helm and leading your football team. It’s perfect. They really couldn’t have a better kid in that situation to choose from than Shay.”Shay grew up a Griz. His dad Jim was a tight end for Montana. “Being a Griz was something I always dreamed about when I was little,” Shay said last week while back home in Kalispell days before the football season began. “I can remember going out and playing in the snow and pretending I was Brian Ah Yat or (John) Edwards.”Shay became one of the best high school quarterbacks in the state despite playing for an upstart Glacier program. In three seasons he compiled 5,584 career passing yards and gained attention from regional schools including the Griz and Montana State University. Montana’s recruiting coach at the time, Mick Delaney, had become familiar with Shay and urged the Grizzlies to seriously consider the 6-foot-4 all-state quarterback. Besides standing out athletically, Shay also seemed to possess the intangibles – character and work ethic and natural leadership.“His leadership ability just comes from being Shay and doing the right thing in the right way and always doing the extra things,” Delaney, who is now the Grizzlies’ head coach, said. “He’s the type of guy the kids just gravitate toward because of how hard he works and how much time and effort he puts into anything he does.”Shay chose to sign with Montana even though he knew nothing was guaranteed. He still remembers Ryan Fetherston, a defensive end at the time, telling him to prepare to battle every day. Fellow 2010 recruit Jordan Johnson was being touted as one of the best quarterbacks from Oregon and was a presumptive shoe-in for the starting position. But Shay remained committed to the Griz, committed to battling. He’s still committed. “The more competition, the better each person is going to be,” he said. “When you go to Missoula, you’re always going to have to compete and I’m excited for it.”Redshirt freshman Trent McKinney, a 6-foot, 198-pounder from Hawaii, and Shay have been taking the most snaps in practice of four quarterbacks, including freshman Brady Gustafson and Adam Brzeczek, a redshirt freshman who recently transferred from Stanford. But McKinney took first-team snaps at the team’s first fall scrimmage on Aug. 12 and Delaney told the Missoulian that McKinney currently has a slight edge as the top quarterback. But nothing is settled.“(Shay) is a leader on our football team and a quality young man who will battle for that starting position,” Delaney said in a recent interview. “The competition is wide open at QB and he’s certainly involved in it. Obviously production will be a key and seeing who can produce. It may take a couple games into the season and to see how they react in game situations.”Delaney said Shay’s knowledge of the offense gives him an advantage over the other candidates. Players often come to Shay for questions, and he’s always available, always eager to help. That’s the leadership Delaney saw years ago.“Leadership is definitely always important but this year it’s probably more important than any time during the previous four years I was here because of the situation we faced off the field,” Delaney said.The Johnson case is the latest chapter of the stormy saga at UM. Federal governmental agencies and the NCAA are investigating the university and its football program after another investigation earlier this year uncovered nine allegations of sexual assault that went unreported over 18 months. Two more sexual assault allegations surfaced in recent months. The Department of Justice and Department of Education are both looking at how university and city officials responded to reports on campus and in Missoula. The NCAA has not released details of its investigation into the Grizzly football program. Whether student athletes were involved in any of the sexual assault allegations has not been made public, although running back Beau Donaldson was charged with rape in January and suspended from the team, and now Johnson is facing a rape charge. Donaldson pleaded not guilty. A week after the university released the details of its special investigation, President Royce Engstrom dismissed head football coach Robin Pflugrad, who was Big Sky Conference coach of the year last year, and athletic director Jim O’Day. Engstrom gave no public explanation other than saying a “change in leadership” was needed. Uncertainty continues to swirl around the program as the NCAA and federal investigations continue, leaving the possibility of repercussions looming overhead.Shay said the team is not letting those uncertainties distract from the main goal.“I think the biggest chip on our shoulders is we still lost in the semifinals last year and we tasted that defeat,” he said. “I think that’s the bigger chip on our shoulder. All the other stuff that’s been going on has just been adding more fuel to that fire. We’re excited about this season.”Instead of splintering the team amid controversy and public accusations, Shay said the difficult offseason ended up bringing the players together more than ever before.“We have a great relationship in that Griz family,” he said. “When you’re on the field or in the weight room, all that other stuff is out the window and it’s just you and your teammates. All that’s really important to us is getting back on the field and getting back to where the Griz normally are, in the hunt for the Big Sky championship and, most importantly, that national championship.” Shay Smithwick-Hann is competing for the starting quarterback position at the University of Montana. Lido Vizzutti | Flathead Beacon Shay Smithwick-Hann at the University of Montana. Lido Vizzutti | Flathead Beacon Even if he’s not the starting quarterback, Shay has remained intent on leading by example. Academically he’s double majoring in accounting and finance and holds a 3.97 GPA – he dropped from a cumulative 4.0 last semester after receiving two A-minuses. “There are a lot of late nights and early mornings, but you’re thankful for the situation you have and being able to go to a great school and play for a great football program,” he said.He’s at every workout, voluntary or not. Just like high school.“I guarantee he was focused every day of practice (at Montana),” said Bennett, who coached Shay at Glacier. “I really believe he is ready. The coaches may count up and say he’s only got 50 practice reps over the years, but really he’s got closer to 1,000 because he’s been mentally preparing for this from the start. That’s just the way Shay is.”“I absolutely believe he is ready,” Bennett added. “There is no question. Shay’s a winner.”At the University of Montana, where Griz football breeds fanaticism, everything comes down to winning. As much as it would be a storybook situation – Montana native with standout character takes over troubled football program – athletic programs everywhere inevitably live and die by wins and losses.Shay knows that.“I think as much pressure as the fans put on us, we put more pressure on ourselves,” he said. “You walk down that tunnel every day to the stadium and you know the pressure that comes with that. Once you put on that Griz uniform you know the things everyone will expect from you.”You just control what you can control, Shay said. You work hard, you put yourself in the right situations, you make the right decisions. You do anything you can to help the team. You try to build on a legacy you’ve always revered. You try to become someone a young kid would look up to and stand out in the snow pretending to be.“You just take advantage of every opportunity you’re given,” Shay said, “and that’s when the good things happen.” Emaillast_img read more