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UK roundup: IMA, ABI, True and Fair Campaign, Aon Hewitt

first_imgThe proposed merger of the Investment Management Association (IMA) and the Association of British Insurers’ investment affairs division is to be completed by the end of the month.The merger, which will see the two lobby groups join forces in the investment space, will be chaired by Helena Morrissey, the current chief executive of Newton Asset Management and founder of the 30% Club.Once merged, the industry representative group will be known as The Investment Association.Chief executive of the group and former chief of the IMA Daniel Godfrey said the new organisation would now cover an entire range of investment issues, fully representing the industry and its clients. Otto Thorensen, director general at the ABI, said the merger would create a strong voice for the asset management industry, with insurers remaining a crucial part.However, the merger was not welcomed on all fronts.Gina Miller, founder of the True and Fair Campaign, said creating a giant industry body was not tantamount to improving consumer protection.“The new Investment Association has more power to advance the aims of the self-interested investment industry,” she said.“The IMA and ABI have, to date, shown themselves to be entirely focused on the needs of their members over consumers.“We see no evidence this will end under the new structure or chairman.”In other news, the Northern Powergrid Group Pension Scheme has appointed Aon Hewitt to provide the trustees with investment advice.The mandate covers advice on the pension fund’s £1.3bn (€1.6bn) of assets, providing pensions to around 6,500 members.The contract for asset allocation and manager selection is an extension of pension scheme administration and actuarial services agreements.Group administrator and secretary for Northern Powergrid Group, Stephen Robson, said the trustees were impressed with Aon Hewitt’s focus on understanding the scheme’s issues and ability to give clear, tailored advice.last_img read more

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UN health agency aims to wipe out trans fats worldwide

first_img Share 13 Views   no discussions NEW YORK, United States (AP) — The World Health Organization has released a plan to help countries wipe out trans fats from the global food supply in the next five years.The United Nations agency has in the past pushed to exterminate infectious diseases, but now it’s aiming to erase a hazard linked to chronic illness.In a statement today, the UN health agency said eliminating trans fats is critical to preventing deaths worldwide. WHO estimates that eating trans fats — commonly found in baked and processed foods — leads to the deaths of more than 500,000 people from heart disease every year.WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus is to speak on the topic at a news conference in Geneva later today.Officials think it can be done in five years because the work is well underway in many countries. Denmark did it 15 years ago, and since then the United States and more than 40 other higher-income countries have been working on getting the heart-clogging additives out of their food supplies.The WHO is now pushing middle- and lower-income countries to pick up the fight, said Dr Francesco Branca, director of the WHO’s Department of Nutrition for Health and Development.Artificial trans fats are unhealthy substances that are created when hydrogen is added to vegetable oil to make it solid, like in the creation of margarine or shortening. Health experts say they can be replaced with canola oil or other products. There are also naturally occurring trans fats in some meats and dairy products.The WHO recommends that no more than 1 per cent of a person’s calories come from trans fats.“Trans fats are a harmful compound that can be removed easily without major cost and without any impact on the quality of the foods,” Branca said.Countries will likely have to use regulation or legislation to get food makers to make the switch, experts said.Dr Tom Frieden, a former director of the US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention who worked with WHO officials on the call to action, called its move unprecedented.“The world is now setting its sights on today’s leading killers — particularly heart disease, which kills more people than any other cause in almost every country,” said Frieden, president of a New-York-based project called Resolve to Save Lives.The first trans fatty food to hit the US market was Crisco shortening, which went on sale in 1911. Trans fatty foods became increasingly popular beginning in the 1950s, partly because experts at the time thought they were healthier than cooking with butter or lard.Food makers liked artificial trans fats because they prolonged product shelf life. They used them in doughnuts, cookies and deep-fried foods.But studies gradually revealed that trans fats wreck cholesterol levels in the blood and drive up the risk of heart disease. Health advocates say trans fats are the most harmful fat in the food supply.In the US, New York City in 2006 banned restaurants from serving food with trans fats. The same year the FDA required manufacturers to list trans fat content information on food labels.Many manufacturers cut back, and studies showed trans fat levels in the blood of middle-aged US adults fell by nearly 60 percent by the end of the decade.In 2015, the FDA took steps to finish the job of eliminating trans fats, calling for manufacturers to stop selling trans fatty foods by June 18, 2018 — a deadline that arrives next month. FDA officials have not said how much progress has been made or how they will enforce their rule against food makers that don’t comply.“The removal of trans fats from the food supply as an additive counts as one of the major public health victories of the last decade,” said Laura MacCleery, policy director for the Washington, DC-based advocacy group, Center for Science in the Public Interest. HealthInternationalLifestylePrint UN health agency aims to wipe out trans fats worldwide by: – May 14, 2018 Sharecenter_img Share Tweet Sharing is caring!last_img read more

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Lack of exercise and unhealthy diets contribute to obesity

first_img Sharing is caring! Tweet Share 40 Views   2 comments Chief Medical Officer, Dr. David Johnson A medical official has indicated that unhealthy diets and inactivity have been identified as two “critical” risk factors which contribute to obesity.It is believed that the “adoption” of more “sedentary” lifestyle among the population has resulted in some persons being fatter and at an increased risk for disease and death associated with obesity.During the opening of a three day workshop on Tuesday that the prevention and management of obesity, Chief Medical Officer Dr. David Johnson said globally at least “sixty” percent of persons are “not” physically active enough.He said this “inactivity” has contributed to “increasing use of passive methods of transportation, “increased in-sedentary behavior at leisure time, at home and at work”.Statics reveal that the “obesity” level in Dominica is on an “increase”.“There are other risk factors for obesity which includes generics, family lifestyle, age and social and economic factors, but whichever the factors are, the Ministry of Health is concerned about this alarming statistic and is making a concerted effort to respond to the growing trends”, Dr. Johnson added.He said he is aware that the ministry faces a “huge task” which requires the “collective” effort and dedication of “all” as it seeks to acquire the new skills and competences to asses, prevent and manage obesity in Dominica.The prevalence of obesity among the 0 to 5 year age group increased from 9.3% in 2000 to over 12.3% in 2009.“Health workers have a pivotal role to play in monitoring the health status of vulnerable groups, the 0 to 5 years. Through our recently implemented new child health record and the World Health Organization (WHO) new child growth standards, we believe that prompt reporting will direct the necessary interventions and herby help address the basic problems in a more timely manner,” he said.Dominica Vibes Newscenter_img Share Share LocalNews Lack of exercise and unhealthy diets contribute to obesity by: – July 6, 2012last_img read more

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Batesville Picked To Rebuild Local Food Supply

first_imgA local organization is seeking out those that have a passion for local food.Batesville was selected by Purdue University as one of two pilot communities in Indiana for a program designed to rebuild the local food supply. The community has a weekly farmers market and other programs designated for local food producers, the program could bring more options in the local market.The Food & Growers Association of Laughery Valley is working with others in the community to expand the food supply.“We have a very active farmers market, very active local food movement. [Purdue] is wanting us to expand on that and help us grow that food market to the next step,”said Food and Growers Association of Laughery Valley president Bonnie Robbins.The next step may be getting local commodities in local schools and hospitals, Robbins noted.Through the month of April, weekly meetings will be held focusing on specific segments of local food. The public is encouraged to attend the meetings at Southeastern Indiana YMCA from 7-9 p.m.April 1: Producers (all vegetable and meat producers)April 8: Markets (hospital, schools, restaurants, farmers market distribution (those interested in an aggregate site/ food hub)April 15: Distribution (those interested in an aggregate site/food hub)April 23: Meeting with Purdue contactsApril 29: Consumers (Foodies and local families interested in finding locally grown food for their families)More information is available by contacting Robbins at borobbins@decaturwb.comlast_img read more

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Lady Trojans JV Wins EIAC Tourney

first_imgMatch 2: EC vs. Rushville-EC wins in 2 sets: 25-17 and 25-16 Match 1: EC vs. South Dearborn-EC wins in 2 sets: 25-12 and 25-9kills: Grace Egbers 6 (6/7), Dani Hall 5 (8/10),and Faith Fox 4 (8/10)assists: Allison Huismann 11 (19/19), Ella Fledderman 8 (19/19)Aces/serving: Allison Huismann 4 (6/6), Dani Hall 3 (9/9), Grace Egbers 2 (10/11), Alex Disbro 2 (10/11), Lauren Foster 2 (4/5)digs: Grace Egbers 6/6, Lauren Foster 5/5, Dani Hall 4/4serve receive: Alex Disbro 10/10, Grace Egbers 4/5blocks:  Jesse Stenger 2 solo, Charson McCory 1 solo The EC JV Volleyball team won the EIAC tourney over the weekend with wins over South Dearborn, Rushville, and Batesville to close out their season with a record of 22-2 overall and 13-1 in regular season conference play.‘It was a great win to end their season. Hats off the the East Central JV team who overcame the challenge of losing their 2 starting middle hitters; the team had to rely on freshman to step up and leadership from the rest of the TEAM. It was a total team effort and a decisive victory for East Central Lady Trojans.’  Trojans Coach Debbie Gregg. kills: Charson McCory 6 (8/8), Grace Egbers 5 (8/11), Emma Ertel 2 (8/9)assists:  Ella Fledderman 12 (32/34), Allison Huismann 4 (23/23)Aces/serving: Alex Disbro 3 (15/15), Grace Egbers 2 (8/8), Jesse Stenger 2 (3/5)digs: Alex Disbro 7/8, Lauren Foster 5/7,and Grace Egbers 5/5serve receive: Grace Egbers 11/12, Lauren Foster 6/6, Alex Disbro 5/5, and Anna Andres 4/4blocks:  Emma Ertel 2-solo, Jesse Stenger 2 solo Match 3: CHAMPIONSHIP East Central vs. Batesville-EC wins in 2 sets 25-19 and 25-17kills: Dani Hall 5 (10/10), Grace Egbers 4 (13/15), Jesse Stenger 3 (8/9), and Emma Ertel 3 (3/4)assists: Ella Fledderman 9 (27/27) and Allison Huismann 5 (22/22)blocks: Jesse Stenger, Emma  Ertel, and Charson McCory each had 1 solo blockdigs: Grace Egbers 11/13, Alex Disbro 7/8, Anna Andres 6/6, and Lauren Foster 5/5serve receive: Alex Disbro 8/8, Lauren Foster 7/7, Grace Egbers 5/5, Anna Andres 3/3Aces/serving: Grace Egbers 4 (12/12), Ella Fledderman 1 (5/7)last_img read more

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Time called on Australia career

first_img David O’Loughlin, Coolmore director of sales, added: “Australia nearly won the best Guineas in the modern era. “He’s probably quicker than Galileo.” Ballydoyle farrier Jeff Henderson accepted the challenge of getting Australia ready for Ascot was over once an infection in the problematic hoof had worsened. He said: “At the beginning of the week we discovered a bit of soreness in the heel, which made us suspicious of a hoof abscess. “We poulticed away at it and the infection came out and there were no soundness issues at all. “Then a couple of days later, he pulled out lame and, on inspection, we realised the infection had blown out through the bottom of the foot as well as the top. “In a case like that, it was going to take a couple of weeks for the stability to come back.” “Following consultation between the resident farrier at Ballydoyle, our vet, John Halley, and the respective owners, the decision was made yesterday to retire him to Coolmore.” Described by trainer Aidan O’Brien as the best horse he has ever trained, Australia earned over £2million in prize-money during a superb career which yielded five victories from eight starts. The three-year-old announced himself as a major player in a Group Three at Leopardstown in September 2013, when he accounted for Free Eagle by six lengths. A narrow third upon his return to action in the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket, he went on to claim victories in the Epsom and Irish Derby, after which he won the Juddmonte International at York. His tall reputation was, however, slightly tarnished in the Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown last month when York runner-up The Grey Gatsby gained his revenge in a dramatic race. Australia would nonetheless have been one of the star attractions on Champions Day next weekend, but Buckley was adamant the Ballydoyle team could not afford to take any risks at this stage of his career. He said: “We were all looking forward to it (going to Ascot), but, as you can appreciate, any type of setback like that jeopardises the training regime. “Hence we had to take that decision he wouldn’t be ready for the Champion Stakes.” In a shock announcement, time has been called on the racing career of the high-class Galileo colt, who had been set to make his swansong on Qipco British Champions Day at Ascot next Saturday. Kevin Buckley, UK representative for Coolmore, told Channel 4 Racing: “Unfortunately Australia developed a problem in his right-hind hoof during the week. Press Association Dual Derby winner Australia has been retired to stud, said a Coolmore representative.last_img read more

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Skrtel rescues draw for Reds

first_img A week after failing to take a host of chances in the defeat at Old Trafford it seemed a pattern was emerging after Arsenal recovered from Philippe Coutinho’s opener to lead with goals from Mathieu Debuchy and Olivier Giroud. The dismissal of substitute Fabio Borini in the second of nine minutes of stoppage time – directly as a result of a head injury to Skrtel – appeared to have put paid to the Reds’ chances only for the Slovakia international to power home a header, thus forcing a 2-2 draw. Press Association Liverpool dug deep into their reserves of resilience as Martin Skrtel scored the equaliser deep into stoppage time to ensure another good performance did not go to waste. It was celebrated like a winner and who knows how pivotal a goal it may turn out to be in the context of a season in which inconsistency has been the only consistent factor for the Merseysiders. Arsenal can realistically have few complaints having been completely outplayed in the first half and some of the second but the point undoubtedly meant much more to their visitors, who have now strung together three decent performances in a week. It may not have been the devastating first 20 minutes seen on this ground back in March when a stunned Gunners found themselves 4-0 down but the first half was probably as well as Liverpool had played all season. The old fast-paced pressing and tempo had returned led by the unlikely figures of Lazar Markovic and Coutinho, who aside from snapping at the heels of their opponents were providing a much-needed injection of attacking thrust, with the latter an early free-kick which Steven Gerrard could not capitalise from. Adam Lallana, whose movement was cleverly providing the link between midfield and attack, and Markovic both had chances as Liverpool’s dominance of possession continued to produce opportunities but the former fired over and Wojciech Szczesny denied the latter. Some of the pre-match billing had centred around comparisons between Alexis Sanchez, the striker Liverpool wanted as a Luis Suarez replacement in the summer, and Raheem Sterling, the man currently being asked to deputise in the injured Daniel Sturridge’s absence, but neither had much impact in the first half. The threat of Sterling’s pace kept the visitors’ defence on their toes but he had only one real run at them which teed up Markovic to curl over with a first-time shot. Sanchez, scorer of 14 goals this season, was virtually anonymous but his most significant contribution came when he won and then took the free-kick which led to Arsenal’s equaliser with virtually the last touch of the half. Liverpool had just gone ahead through Coutinho’s second goal of the season, a richly-deserved effort for both the team and individual. Giroud gave the ball away to Jordan Henderson who picked out his Brazilian team-mate on the edge of the area and he shifted the ball onto his right foot before firing in off the far post. That appeared to be that but in added time Debuchy outjumped Skrtel after Mertesacker and Mathieu Flamini, fortunate to escape a second yellow card for catching Lallana in the face, both won headers from Sanchez’s free-kick. The delay for a nasty cut to Skrtel’s head caused by the accidental boot of Giroud affected the flow of play early in the second half but the pace picked up again when Szczesny’s ill-advised charge out of goal saw Sterling cross for Gerrard to loop over a diving header. But while Liverpool were missing their chances there was nothing wrong with Arsenal’s cutting edge and from a counter-attack down their left Giroud exchanged passes with Santi Cazorla to guide a first-time shot through the legs of Brad Jones. Two efforts on target, two goals scored. It appeared to be a classic smash-and-grab from Arsenal. When Szczesny tipped over substitute Fabio Borini’s header and turned aside Sterling’s shot it only further highlighted the host’s previous issues up front. Borini’s second yellow card for a high challenge on Cazorla, having already been booked for throwing the ball away, just added further insult. But with two minutes of the additional time remaining Skrtel powered home Lallana’s corner. last_img read more

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Esteban Chaves leads Vuelta but crash ends Dan Martin’s challenge

first_img Chaves (Orica-GreenEdge) finished 12th and Chris Froome (Team Sky) was also safely in the pack, in 27th place. Kris Boeckmans was also involved in the day’s main crash and taken to a hospital. His Lotto-Soudal team said: “The 28-year-old rider has a severe facial trauma with several fractures, he’ll probably need surgery. “Boeckmans also has a concussion, three broken ribs and had a bleeding in his lung. The doctors will now keep him in an induced coma for a few days.” Jasper Stuyven (Trek) won the 182.5-kilometres route from Puebla de Don Fadrique to Murcia, which included a large crash which forced the withdrawals of Martin (Cannondale-Garmin), Tejay van Garderen (BMC Racing) and Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis). Martin had been third entering the day. A collision with a neutral service vehicle with around 10km to go ruled Peter Sagan (Tinkoff-Saxo) out of contention and Stuyven won a sprint ahead of Peio Bilbao (Caja Rural) and Kevin Reza (FDJ). Esteban Chaves retained the race leader’s red jersey on an eighth stage of the Vuelta a Espana which saw Dan Martin’s chances ended in a crash. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Syracuse defense generates constant pressure, disrupts Connecticut offense in dominant win

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Durell Eskridge had flown off that edge before, barreling toward the quarterback with eyes, mind and heart intent on a debilitating sack. He’d watched as the ball was released from the quarterback’s hands prior to the moment of impact, realizing with frustration that his blitz was unsuccessful.So this time he cheated forward, toward the line of scrimmage, hell bent on reaching Connecticut’s Chandler Whitmer to unleash a hit from the blind side — the most painful side.He took off at the snap of a third-and-8 play that saw Whitmer lined up in the shotgun with two players flanking him. He shot into the backfield and flung himself at the quarterback, initiating a collision that turned Whitmer into a concave ragdoll with arms flailing and no control of a football that would be recovered by the Orange.“I think it did more than juice the defense up,” said Eskridge, a sophomore safety. “It had us going crazy.”Eskridge’s forced fumble was the highlight on a night in which relentless pressure by the Syracuse (3-4, 2-1 Big East) defense rattled Whitmer and stifled the Connecticut (3-5, 0-3 Big East) running game en route to a dominant 40-10 win inside the Carrier Dome. A team that pounded the Orange for upwards of 200 yards on the ground a year ago was held to negative rushing yards on Friday, thoroughly beaten by a defensive unit that continues to string together impressive performances.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textDefensive coordinator Scott Shafer said bringing pressure off the edges was something the coaching staff identified during the week as a potential area of concern for the Huskies. The result was frequent blitzing off the weak side — the left side of UConn’s offensive line — with as many as four defenders.And the forced fumble by Eskridge, which the SU offense turned into a touchdown on the ensuing possession, came on a play Shafer said he hadn’t called since last season.“I was hoping that maybe we could catch them on that,” he said. “It was a nice blitz by Durell and a big play. That was a great play.”Whitmer endured a litany of painful hits on Friday, including a weak-side blitz by linebacker Dyshawn Davis on the play immediately prior to Eskridge’s strip sack. The replays of both hits on the big screens drew consecutive gasps from the crowd, and the sophomore quarterback was pulled off the turf by one of his offensive lineman following Davis’ hit.He was drilled again on Connecticut’s next possession, this time by defensive end Markus Pierce-Brewster, who burst through the gap between right guard and right tackle to drag Whitmer down for a loss of 12.That hit left Whitmer needing a moment to haul himself back up, and he favored his right shoulder slightly once he did so.“They were flying around making plays, making big stops, getting in the quarterback’s face,” SU quarterback Ryan Nassib said of his team’s defense. “And I know from experience that it’s hard to play like that. And I was just glad that I wasn’t facing them today.”Equally ineffective was Connecticut tailback Lyle McCombs, who returned to the field after missing last week with a wrist injury. He tormented the Orange a season ago in East Hartford, Conn., for 152 yards and a touchdown, but on Friday he managed a career-low 16 on 12 carries.Time and again he was trumped behind the line of scrimmage, often forced to dodge SU defenders even before escaping the backfield. Each of his first three carries yielded negative yardage, and his longest run of the game was 6 yards.Across the way, Syracuse amassed 251 yards rushing, with four plays resulting in 6 yards or more on its first possession alone.“Nobody is going to come in our house and just do what they want,” Davis said. “From a defensive standpoint, we’re pretty tough. We’ll go up against anybody, and we’ll bring it.”Coming into Friday’s game, Connecticut’s defense was ranked sixth in the country and tops in the Big East. All Syracuse did was rack up 502 yards of total offense while limiting the Huskies to more than 200 yards less.And late in the fourth quarter, with the outcome long since decided, Eskridge added an exclamation point to a game in which his defense imposed its will. UConn wide receiver Michael Smith streaked across the middle deep downfield on a third-and-6 play in the fourth quarter, but there was Eskridge thrusting his right shoulder into Smith’s abdomen to prevent the catch and send one final message.“We came in knowing that our defense was wonderful, and we knew that we can stop them,” Eskridge said, unable to contain a grin from spreading across his face.“Period.” Comments Published on October 20, 2012 at 2:21 am Contact Michael: mjcohe02@syr.edu | @Michael_Cohen13center_img Related Stories STATEMENT GAME: Syracuse rushing attack sets tone in blowout win over ConnecticutGallery: Syracuse dominates UConn in 40-10 victorylast_img read more

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Healthy Konz optimistic about starting in Rose Bowl

first_imgLOS ANGELES – In football, statistics rule.Passer ratings track the best quarterbacks. Rushing yards denote the finest running backs in the game. Tackles and yards allowed indicate the fiercest of defenses. But the mark of a strong offensive line is hard to find.“Offensive linemen don’t really have too many awards or statistics that say you are the best or everybody should cheer for you during this play,” junior center Peter Konz said.There is no specific statistic that testifies to the overall power of an offensive line – except maybe the eight prime ribs sophomore lineman Travis Frederick ate in the Beef Bowl, helping lead Wisconsin to a 723-pound to 612-pound victory over Oregon.Jokes aside, UW’s offensive line has been sculpted into one of the best by O-line coach Bob Bostad and hours of hard work on and off the field.“Their excellence is due to the hard work they put in on a daily basis,” senior quarterback Russell Wilson said.UW’s strength and versatility on the offensive line could not have been evidenced better than when Konz dislocated his ankle against Minnesota.With Konz out through the rest of the season, sophomore lineman Ryan Groy was given the starting spot at center. After a few mishaps through much of the Illinois game, Frederick shifted from left guard to center and righted the Badgers, bringing them all the way to the Rose Bowl.“It’s been different, obviously we’ve been shifting around a little bit,” Frederick said. “I think Ryan is doing a great job filling in there and doing what he can. I think whatever happens – if [Konz] plays, if Ryan plays – we’re going to be fine either way.”But a little over six weeks later and the O-line’s fearless leader is ready to get back in the middle of the biggest line in the league.“The last 72 hours I’ve been taking all the reps with the [first team],” Konz said. “I’m still pushing through a little bit of pain, but the good thing is it hasn’t gotten any worse. Actually my ankle is starting to loosen up as I do more and get some more strength. I’m real happy with the progress. I didn’t even expect to be this far along.”Due to his injury, Konz was forced to sit out through make-or-break games in Penn State and the Big Ten Championship game against Michigan State. Watching from the sidelines wasn’t the easiest task for the injured linemen.“It’s been tough just because we’ve had a lot of big games,” Konz said. “We had to beat Penn State to get to the Big Ten Championship, we had to win the Big Ten Championship and now the Rose Bowl is looming … I’ve been out most of the time so I’ve been trying to keep mentally sharp … it’s been real tough watching us have success without me.“Any time you sit back and you’ve got to watch somebody do a great job like Travis Frederick has at my position, it’s just tough.”In light of the past frustration, he made it very clear he wasn’t going to miss out on a chance to play in the Rose Bowl for a second time.“That’s all I’ve been working for,” Konz said. “I’ve been in film, I’ve been doing everything in practice, I haven’t taken one rep off. I’ve been pushing as hard as I can and in the mean time doing treatments too. I’ve given it my all.The 6-foot-5, 315-pound junior is already being scouted for the National Football League and his return for next season is starting to be questioned. Pending that decision, with his focus on The Granddaddy of Them All, he remains a jolly, unfailingly optimistic character. Ask him any question and chances are he’ll respond first with a husky, staccato laugh.The buoyant Neenah native hopes to get the chance to start in the second Rose Bowl of his career – a decision the coaches will make on game day – but either way he knows he leads one of the hardest working, highly touted lines in the nation.“You got to live up to strength standards, the weight standards,” Konz said in a press conference on Wednesday. “You’ve to live up to the knowledge that they had about the game. We pride ourselves on being extremely smart, understanding blitzes, understanding formations, and really being on target so that we can be as successful as possible.”Getting back in the mix, Konz is simply giddy for the opportunity to even play the game one more time this season.“I love football. I love to play the game. It’s fun competing and that’s why I’m just excited to be out there again, just to show what I’ve got.”last_img read more