Pensions trio pushes long-termism approach for value creation

first_imgIn the letter, the trio quoted research by Moody’s Analytics, whci showed that climate change alone would have the potential to destroy $69trn (€62trn) in global economic wealth by 2100.The letter also said individual firms and industry groups are already rethinking their purpose and recognise issues such as the environment, society and employees need to be considered within their corporate vision and strategy.BlackRock announced at the beginning of the year plans to place sustainability at the centre of its investment approach, as it foresaw climate change as having a profound impact on the pricing of risk and assets around the world.“We welcome these efforts but recognise that we still have a long way to go,” the three pension funds stated, adding that environmental, social and governance (ESG)-related disclosure and analysis “remains the exception rather than the rule”.They said: “As asset owners, however, we strive to act as stewards of long-term capital, creating sustainable value by supporting companies with a clearly defined, long-term vision for growth.”The three pension funds, believe that asset management companies that integrate ESG factors throughout their whole investment process, vote according to the mandate to which they have pledged, and are transparent about their level of corporate engagement, demonstrate that they are committed to long-term value creation, in line with the trio’s interests.The document – which was produced by Hiromichi Mizuno, GPIF’s CIO, Simon Pilcher, USS’ CEO, and Christopher Ailman, Calstrs’ CIO – said they prefer to build and maintain relationships with asset managers that “fit this description over those who do not, and pledge to work with these partners to hold them accountable and ensure they deliver on the committments they have made”.USS, GPIF and CalSTRS urged both their partners and the companies they invest in to rethink their strategy and enhance their disclosures “so that we can collaborate in generating and enhancing long-term value”.InitiativesGPIF announced in January a partnership with Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) that focused on social bonds and last year the scheme invested in green, social and sustainability bonds totalling more than $3bn.In December the Tokyo-based fund also decided to suspend stock lending on its multi-billion dollar foreign equities portfolio in a move to better “fulfill its stewardship responsibility”. The decision would have an immediate global impact on short selling, which relies on stock lending or borrowing to do immediate trades on-market.Just last month, USS’s investment arm decided to close its internal developed markets equities team as part of a shift away from traditional stock-picking in these markets to an approach more focussed on the impact of environmental, social and other long-term factors.At the beginning of the year, USS submitted a letter to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), criticising a proposed requirement that proxy advisors share advance copies of voting recommendations with companies before passing them on to the investors that are their clients. Three of the largest pension funds in the world – the UK’s Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS), the Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF) in Japan and the California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS) in the US – have joined forces to push for a long-term investment approach in a bid to create value.In a joint letter, the trio called on fund managers and corporate companies they invest in to ditch short-termism and to target sustainable economic growth.The document said “companies that seek to maximise corporate revenue without considering their impacts on their stakeholders – including the environment, workers, and communities – put their long-term growth at risk and are not attractive investment targets for us”.The schemes stated that as asset owners, their responsibility is to “provide for the post-retirement financial security of millions of families across multiple generations,” and that, as such, they “do not have the luxury of limiting our efforts to maximising investment returns merely over the next few years.”last_img read more

American Airlines introduces daily flights to Barbados from Charlotte

first_img Share 58 Views   no discussions Share BusinessLifestyleNewsRegionalTravel American Airlines introduces daily flights to Barbados from Charlotte by: – June 26, 2018 Sharing is caring!center_img Tweet Share (Caribbean 360) American Airlines has announced the addition of non-stop, daily service from Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) to Grantley Adams International Airport (BGI) beginning December 19, 2018. This announcement comes just weeks after the carrier unveiled its third daily flight from Miami International Airport (MIA) to Barbados, which is also set to launch on the same date.The island anticipates a demand for additional flight service given the growth in US arrival numbers, which have risen year after year. In 2017, Barbados welcomed 188,970 U.S. visitors – a 30-year high – and the country is showing no signs of slowing down.“Our airline partners have been instrumental in the growth of visitation from the United States. This new service signals tremendous confidence in Barbados and constitutes a 70 per cent increase in seat capacity into and out of the island.” said Barbados’ newly appointed Minister of Tourism and International Transport Kerrie Symmonds. “Increased service to these important cities will help to ensure another year of record passenger arrivals to our destination.”High-level airline partnerships have been a cornerstone effort for the Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. (BTMI). This strategy has led to increased airlift and the introduction of new gateways including Fort Lauderdale, Boston and Newark.Alfredo Gonzalez, Managing Director – Caribbean, American Airlines described Barbados as a, destination in high demand.“One month after announcing additional service to Barbados from our Miami hub, we’re thrilled to continue growing our presence in the island with new daily service from our Charlotte hub, both operating during the winter. As the demand continues to grow over the years, today we’re proud to serve as the leading US airline in the island with up to 28 weekly flights,” he noted.last_img read more

Brenda Sue Wilson, 67, Metamora

first_imgBrenda Sue Wilson, age 67, of Metamora, Indiana died Wednesday, October 24, 2018 at her residence in Metamora surrounded by family and friends, after a lengthy illness.Born December 13, 1950 in Batesville, Indiana she was the daughter of the late Leonard Powell Reese and Roxie (Lanning) Reese. On August 10, 1967 she was united in marriage to Paul W. Wilson, and he survives.A homemaker, Brenda was a loving mother to her three children. In later years she became a substitute teacher at Laurel Elementary School, where she worked until becoming ill.She was a member of the Metamora Church of God. She cherished time spent with her family and friends; and enjoyed shopping and decorating her home.Besides Paul her loving husband of over 51 years, survivors include three children and their spouses, Kim & Dwayne Bradley, Brian & Rana Wilson, and Lisa & Todd Peters all of Metamora, Indiana; her sister, Marilyn (Kevin) Clark of Batesville, Indiana; two brothers, Jim (Diane) Reese of Blooming Grove, Indiana and Duane (Margie) Reese of Metamora, Indiana, 16 grandchildren as well as 12 great-grandchildren.In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by two sisters, June Hull and Dorothy Phillips; three brothers, Ken, Marvin and Danny Reese; and two infant grandchildren.Family & friends may visit from 4 until 8:00 P.M. on Friday, October 26, 2018 at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home, 1025 Franklin Avenue, Brookville.Rev. Wayne Ison will officiate the Funeral Services on Saturday, October 27, 2018, 10:00 A.M., at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home in Brookville. Burial will then follow in Cupps Chapel Cemetery in Metamora, Indiana.Memorial Contributions may be directed to the Hanson Cancer Center. Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home is honored to serve the Wilson family to sign the online guest book or send personal condolences please visit www.phillipsandmeyers.com.last_img read more

Rodgers backs trio to shine

first_img Otherwise, the Liverpool boss was glowing in his praise for Sterling and, with Henderson and Sturridge also excelling, predicted England will also benefit from the progress made by the trio. “Raheem needs to be better on his left foot,” Rodgers said. “It was a wonderful moment of skill and he was fantastic for us again. “His tactical awareness is improving, and for a kid of 19… he’s been great. “I don’t see him as a (number) 10, I think he’s flexible. You’ve seen his flexibility and it was perfect against Spurs. “It’s important he has the intelligence to play these different positions and he’s developing that well. “Him, Daniel Sturridge and Jordan Henderson are playing at a leading club and showing really good tactical awareness and energy. They’re going to do well for Roy Hodgson in the years to come.” The trio joined up with England on Sunday evening ahead of Wednesday’s friendly against Norway and the start of the European Championship campaign in Switzerland. Their attention may be turning to international matters but those in and around Liverpool will be focused on last-minute transfer activity – something Rodgers said will mainly involve outgoings. Press Association The Reds yesterday showed no hangover from Monday’s heavy defeat at reigning champions Manchester City, with Sterling, Steven Gerrard and a wonderful solo effort from Alberto Moreno securing a 3-0 win at Tottenham. Debutant Mario Balotelli wasted several chances to add extra gloss to the scoreline and Sterling fluffed his chance to score a goal to remember, with Rodgers joking he “ran into the box like Ricky Villa and finished it like Ricky Gervais”. Brendan Rodgers believes the future looks bright for Liverpool and England thanks to the ever-improving Raheem Sterling, Daniel Sturridge and Jordan Henderson. “Players will mostly be going out rather than coming in,” Rodgers said after his 100th match in charge. “Maybe one more will come in. A few boys have been told they aren’t going to get much game time so they have been given that respect early on to help themselves find a club.” There is likely to be activity at White Hart Lane as well today as Mauricio Pochettino picks up the pieces from his first defeat in charge. “We are very disappointed with the result because we had key moments in the game,” the Spurs boss said. “In the beginning after some mistakes we conceded the first goal, but we competed very well in that first half. We created a chance, a one against one with the keeper. “Then in the second half we conceded a very soft penalty at a key moment in the game. “And at 2-0 down we tried, but we were unlucky. I’m disappointed with the result.” last_img read more

WORLD CUP QUALIFIER

first_imgT&T sets up U.S. camp ahead of June 8 qualifierTRINIDAD & Tobago’s 17-player World Cup squad travelled yesterday to the United States ahead of their World Cup qualifier against the Americans on June 8.The team will train at the University of Colorado in Boulder, less than 30 miles away from the venue of the key encounter at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colorado.T&T are also scheduled to face hosts Costa Rica on June 13.“We’ve got the two games against the U.S. and Costa Rica, so the idea has been to prepare the boys in the best possible way,” said head coach Dennis Lawrence. “We have had five sessions at home with a group of players who have been able to help us start the preparations.“The idea is to get there and try to acclimatise as quickly as possible so we will be starting work there immediately.Seventeen players will be travelling on Tuesday. Some will be coming back because the final squad has not been selected as yet. We expect to have the full contingent on June 4.”The foreign-based trio of midfielders Khaleem Hyland and Levi Garcia, and defender Sheldon Bateau, are expected to join the side later in the week.The full roster includes Goalkeepers: Adrian Foncette (Police FC), Marvin Phillip (no club), Jan-Michael Williams (North East Stars). Defenders: Daneil Cyrus (North East Stars), Carlos Edwards (Central FC), Curtis Gonzales (Defence Force), Triston Hodge (W Connection), Alvin Jones (DirecTV W Connection). Midfielders: Hashim Arcia (Defence Force), Hughtun Hector (DirecTV W Connection), Nathan Lewis (San Juan Jabloteh), Leston Paul (North East Stars); Jomal Williams (Murcielagos FC/Mexico). Forwards: Jamille Boatswain (Defence Force), Willis Plaza (East Bengal/India), Akeem Roach (no club), Shahdon Winchester (Murcielagos FC/Mexico).(Sportsmax)last_img read more

Pinnick Charges Other Zones to Emulate South West Â

first_imgAmid pomp and glitz, but with a full appreciation of the task at hand, leaders of the South West zone of Nigerian football on Fridayvisited the brand new office of the Western Nigerian Football Forum in Ibadan, and in the process unveiled the logo and corporate identity for both the Forum and the fulcrum, the Odua Football League. NFF President Amaju Pinnick, physically present at the occasion, lauded both the concept and the work so far done, saying the move was in the right direction and challenged the other zones to emulate and create a healthy competition for which Nigerian Football will be the ultimate beneficiary. “I am not surprised because the South West has always blazed the trail in several respects. When we were growing up, the name of this place, Cocoa House, rang very loud and it was the dream of every Nigerian to visit here. You have shown a clear vision by choosing this place to be the headquarters. “Football is about continuity; I pray that successive administrations in the South West will support and encourage this project. There is nothing wrong in this concept; it is only full of positives, including bringing football closer to the people and engendering a surplus of talents. It is the same reason why in Africa, we have the different zones and they have their own calendars and competitions,” said Pinnick, who is also Vice President of WAFU B. NFF 1st Vice President Seyi Akinwunmi, who is Chairman of the Forum, explained that the Odua Football Leagues would have Under-15, Under-17 and Under-20 categories at the youth level, with the U23 sector being the Premier League to which the youth teams’ players will aspire. Akinwunmi revealed that the idea was conceptualised at a meeting of the South West forum in Abeokuta in 2015, while commending the support that the concept has received from the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi (who has donated a trophy for the Odua Premier League) and some other leaders in the zone. He called on the political, royal and corporate leaders of the zone to support the project. The President of NFF, Mr. Amaju Pinnick then unveiled the logo and corporate identity of the Forum and the League, saying the concept was capable of fast –tracking the  development of Nigerian Football into a full –blown industry capable of employing and sustaining the youth – a position shared by the Acting Director-General of the Development Agenda for Western Nigeria (DAWN), Mr. Seye Oyeleye. Both Oyeleye and Hon. Fatai Adesina Salau, Oyo State Commissioner for Liaison and Special Duties, foresee a situation whereby the Odua Football Leagues will curtain social vices by positively and productively engaging the youth and reducing unemployment in the entire South West, while at the same time building a large and useful pool of talented footballers that will take Nigerian Football to even higher heights of glory. Pinnick insisted that youth football is the future of Nigerian Football, and after taking a look around the new offices of the Western Nigeria Football Forum on the 15th floor of the iconic building, promised that the NFF will support the furnishing of the secretariat. Akinwunmi, also Chairman of the Lagos State FA, Chairman of the NFF Youth Football Committee and Member of the CAF Committee on Youth Competitions, said: “What we are doing is to foster regional integration while at the same time promoting grassroots football through which we will produce future stars for Nigeria. There will be a lot of training programmes including scouting, coaching and refereeing, and we will invite people from other zones to benefit from these programmes.”  Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram ODUA FOOTBALL LEAGUElast_img read more

FG Signs Host State Agreement with Edo on 2020 Sports Festival

first_img“As contained in my letter of invitation to bid for the hosting rights to successfully host the National Sports Festival, Edo State is required to among other things, put in place a Local Organizing Committee and sub committees as it deems fit.“Provide befitting board and lodge for members of the MOC, Games Services Sub-Committee and the MOC Secretariat for the duration of the festival, ensure the security of lives and property of all dignitaries , athletes, officials, spectators, guests, etc throughout the period of the festival.“They are to also ensure the physical availability of the approved facilities for all the sports on the official Programme and provide accommodation for accredited athletes and officials including facilities for central feeding.”Dalung assured stakeholders that he was optimistic that Edo State will provide and even surpass the requirements and advised the state to embark on aggressive sensitization and publicity needed in this regard.In his remarks, Governor Godwin Obaseki, expressed his profound gratitude to the Federal Government through the Ministry of Youth and Sports on behalf of the people of Edo State for the confidence reposed in the state to host the 20th National Sports Festival in 2020.“We will not take this lightly. Being a state with history in sports, we clearly understand the implications and full ramifications of the hosting right.“We, as Bendel State were an integral part of the idea of formulating the National Sports Festival after the civil war, so we are very cognizant of the goals and purpose of the sports festival which is to build unity and patriotism, particularly, amongst young people in Nigeria, to develop their sporting talents and also for this Festival to serve as a hunting ground or recruitment base for talents at the grassroots level”.Governor Obaseki stated that Edo State has commenced work ahead of the task ahead with a total revamp and refurbishment of the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium.“The Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium has been covered. We have replaced the tartan tracks and the football pitch is being renewed, so we are prepared as a state to host this festival.“We realize that as the first state host after the re-establishment of the games, we need to set a new standard”.Gov. Obaseki named the Deputy Governor, Rt. Hon. Phillip Shaibu as the Chairman, Local Organising Committee and suggested a meeting of the National Council for Sports for February 21, 2019 for ratification and commencement of work in earnest.The 20th National Sports Festival is being proposed to hold in March 2020.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The Edo State Government has signed the Host State Agreement for the 20th National Sports Festival with the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports.The ceremony which took place at the Media Centre of the Abuja National Stadium yesterday, spelt out the responsibilities of the major stakeholders as written in the rules and regulations guiding the National Sports Festival.In his opening remarks, the Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung, highlighted some of the responsibilities expected from the host state.last_img read more

Masters: Tiger Woods Claims First Major Since 2008

first_imgTiger Woods yesterday produced a scintillating finish to win a fifth Masters title and end an 11-year wait to claim a 15th major.There were raucous celebrations around the 18th green as Woods finished with a two-under-par 70 to win on 13 under, one clear of fellow Americans Dustin Johnson, Xander Schauffele and Brooks Koepka.Overnight leader Francesco Molinari’s hopes sunk with two double bogeys on the back nine and he had to settle for a share of fifth on 11 under. Woods, written off by so many so often as he battled back problems in recent years, punched the air in delight, a wide smile across his face, before celebrating with his children at the back of the green.“I’m a little hoarse from yelling,” said the 43-year-old. “I was just trying to plod my way around all day then all of a sudden I had the lead.“Coming up 18 I was just trying to make a five. When I tapped in I don’t know what I did, I know I screamed.“To have my kids there, it’s come full circle. My dad was here in 1997 and now I’m the dad with two kids there.“It will be up there with one of the hardest I’ve had to win because of what has transpired in the last couple of years.”It is the first time Woods has come from behind in the final round to win a major and it his first Masters victory since 2005.He is now just one behind Jack Nicklaus’ record of six wins at Augusta National and three behind his fellow American’s overall major tally of 18.It caps a remarkable resurgence for Woods, who missed the 2016 and 2017 Masters with his back problems, finally undergoing back fusion surgery in April of that year.A superb 2018 followed where he challenged at The Open before finishing joint sixth and pushed eventual champion Koepka close at the US PGA Championship.He then capped off the season by winning the Tour Championship, his 80th PGA Tour title and this victory puts him one behind the record of 82 held by Sam Snead.Molinari, who played with Woods in the final round as he won The Open last July, dumped his tee shot into Rae’s Creek at the front of the green and walked off with a double-bogey five.Tony Finau, also in the final group, followed Molinari in the water to drop back to eight under.The more experienced Woods, who was playing his 22nd Masters, played to the heart of the green and two-putted for par to join Molinari at the top of the leaderboard on 11 under.That par was cheered like a birdie by the thousands of patrons who have followed his every stroke this week, alerting more and more to join the party and roar Woods home.Others were challenging from behind with Schauffele and world number two Johnson posting four-under-par 68s to set the clubhouse target at 12 under.Molinari faded further after hitting his third shot into the pond guarding the 15th green and from that moment there was no stopping Woods’ relentless march to the title.A par on the 17th left the world number 12 with a lead of two shots going up the last – only Brooks Koepka, who has won three of the past seven majors, could realistically put any pressure on but the American missed an eight-foot birdie putt to stay at 12 under.Woods appeared to fluff his second shot to the 18th, leaving it well short of the green and could only chip on to 14 feet, but a straightforward two-putt sealed the win.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Basketball – EC: Juniors of BH Won Qualification in A-Division

first_img(Source: Fena/ photo basket.ba) Junior basketball team of Bosnia and Herzegovina (U 18) won a selection of Czech Republic with the result of 87:77 at the European Championship A-Division in Konya (Turkey). The most effective players were Edin Atić with 22 points, Djordje Aleksić with 18 and MiIenko Pedić with 13 points.With this victory the chosen players by Dragan Bajić ensured the qualifications in the A-division.last_img

Inside Conditions…The canonization of Bill Nunn

first_imgAubrey Bruce and Bill Nunn Jr. (Courier Photo/File)When writers reflect on or memorialize the passing of luminaries, they usually say something corny and dated like; “I don’t know where to begin.” That is certainly not true in this case.  The question for me is where do I end?I could write until my fingers drop off and I could stick my pen in my mouth and continue to write especially when it comes to Bill Nunn Jr., the man that I admired more than anyone else I have ever met in the world of sports.On Tuesday May 6, 2014 the sun set on the horizon of the life of William Nunn Jr.  His start in athletics was at Westinghouse High School in Pittsburgh. After graduation he was a standout basketball player at West Virginia State and later helped to remove racial barriers from the NBA.  He initially entered journalism as a sports writer. He was promoted to sports editor and eventually became the managing editor of the Pittsburgh Courier.During his tenure the newspaper continued to be one of the most influential Black Publications in the United States. As I said a few years ago;” Bill Nunn was one of the primary and legendary “stone masons” who became invaluable to building and maintaining the professional football legacy of the Pittsburgh Steelers.The iconic owners of the Steelers, the Rooney family, are credited and rightly so with having the patience to financially gut it out with what was formerly viewed as one of the most futile collections of athletes along with being one of the most incompetent franchises in the history of professional sports.In August of 2012 I reflected on the Steelers history as they completed their first public scrimmage of that year’s training camp at Latrobe Area High School. I walked around the grounds of St. Vincent College which serves as the training camp home of the Pittsburgh Steelers. During that little stroll something occurred to me. It was eerily quiet on this pristine campus dedicated to Saint Vincent.To all untrained observers this might even be a place that the Gods might take a wink or two of sleep.  I said then and I will repeat it to any willing ear that there was no way that any ordinary person could have stumbled upon that magnificent and sanctified piece of ground called St. Vincent’s thinking that it served as the training proving ground for gladiators preparing to compete in what might be categorized as; “the most violent team sport” in the world.I said that the game of professional football can be described as surreal and “other-worldly.” Football was and is spiritual, yet carnal. Football is deep, yet shallow, happy and sad, with Mt. Everest type highs and Hades type lows.This is where I make my case for the canonization of William Nunn.One of the definitions to be nominated for sainthood by the modern day church is the performance of miracles by the nominated individuals. The act of canonization is reserved to the and occurs at the conclusion of a long process requiring extensive proof that the person proposed for canonization lived and died in such an exemplary and holy way that he or she is worthy to be recognized as a saint.In this Jan. 20, 1980, file photo, Los Angeles Rams running back Wendell Tyler (26) is thrown for 4-yard loss by Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Jack Lambert (58) as Steelers; L.C. Greenwood (68), Gary Dunn (67) and Joe Greene (75) during first quarter of Super Bowl XIV at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/File)Everyone in the professional football world knows that in 1969, the Pittsburgh Steelers were without a doubt the most inept group of athletes to strap on their shoulder pads, yet in a ten year period of drafting by Bill Nunn Jr. and coaching by Steelers Head Coach Charles Henry “Chuck” Noll, Pittsburgh won 4 Super Bowls in 10 seasons, 1969-1979.  That in itself was a miracle and should automatically qualify St. Bill.Secondly was how he lived his life. For example in 1995 I interviewed Pirates outfielder Al Martin.  Prior to the interview, there were several rumors floating about regarding his alleged infidelity.  I called Mr. Nunn and asked him this question.  “Should I run with this story?  Then he asked me a question; “is this story going to make a difference in the amount of zeros on your paycheck?” I don’t think so.”  I answered.  “Do you think that it will have a negative effect on his paycheck in the future?” I nodded my head yes.  “Well, you decide.” He said. This was in 1995.In February of 2000 the Pirates traded Al Martin to the San Diego Padres’.  In March of 2000 according to SI.com, “[The Padres] low-key spring training turned bizarre when Al Martin was accused of being a bigamist and charged with exchanging punches with a woman who claims she became his wife in a Las Vegas wedding. Martin [and his wife] Shawn Haggerty-Martin were arrested on assault charges late Monday night. The police report contained accusations of bigamy, threats with a gun and a wedding that Martin admits attending but didn’t think was real.”I saw Mr. Nunn a few months later and he said; “now aren’t you glad that you left that alone?”  I just smiled; he always knew the right thing to do.Nunn spent over 4 decades in the NFL as a scout and is considered by many, (especially me) as being one of the best if not the best talent evaluators’ in the history of the NFL.  The times of him having to drink from “colored only” water fountains and having to stay in shacks disguised as “hotels” for Negroes only did not deter him from seeking excellence and becoming a liberator for the Black colleges and the athletes that attended the schools.He liberated me. I have always been in the press box with all races.  There was no “colored only” hotels and water fountains for me.  He went where no man dared go, no that’s not right. He went where no men wanted to go to seek and nurture greatness. He spent many Saturday afternoons taking in games at Grambling, Southern, Florida A&M and Tuskegee; Black colleges where scouts had no desire to visit or even acknowledge.Bill Nunn Jr.found greatness at the bottom of the barrel when everyone else had put the barrel out to be picked up by the trash man.“My feeling is that so much of what I did to be a part of this was done when I was with the newspaper,” Nunn said when inducted into the Black College Hall of Fame. “Getting to the Steelers, of course, also was due to the newspaper. Having dealt with black colleges for most of my newspaper life, I feel good about that. I picked the Black College All-America football team starting in 1950, and the last one I took part in was in 1974 when I was a scout here and we drafted John Stallworth. So as a result, I felt very good about being a part of that.”I have to stop now not because I want to but because my heart is hurting.  I have cried about a dozen times.  Pray for me that I will be alright.Adam Ragle from Clear Channel sent me a text asking; “are you alright?”  I answered; “I’m trying.”There was no one before William Nunn Jr. and there will certainly be no one to follow him.  He transformed a team, a city, a country, a world; last but not least, he transformed me.Mr. Nunn you may rest in peace, but I am certain that now that you are no longer here, I don’t see how I can.  Thank you for making me a better man and the world a better place.(Two sources for this story were AP and SI.com)Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: abruce@newpittsburghcourier.com or412.583.6741last_img read more