The Croatian Chamber of Trades and Crafts is looking for stronger measures for the survival of crafts

first_imgwrite-off of all contributions from and to the salary, for the period during which the work ban laststo put a moratorium on craftsmen who use the CES measure for self-employment, so that they can use the measure to preserve jobs for themselves and their employeesthat the use of the measure for the preservation of jobs be made possible for seasonal trades, as well as for all other trades, regardless of how long they have been operatingthat the amount that the employer can pay above the minimum wage is tax-freeto suspend the collective agreement and put a moratorium on certain provisions of the Labor Law due to retention of employability Following the measures to help the economy adopted by the Government of the Republic of Croatia, the Croatian Chamber of Trades and Crafts, headed by President Dragutin Ranogajc, continues to insist on achieving better conditions for the survival of craftsmen’s business and the preservation of jobs. Although, as they say, they appreciate all the efforts made by the Government of the Republic of Croatia helping the economy to survive, they are aware that what has been done will unfortunately not be enough. That is why they call on the Government of the Republic of Croatia to open a dialogue on write-offs on a monthly basis, and not to postpone the payment of taxes and contributions for three + three months. The Croatian Chamber of Trades and Crafts requires for its members: HOK emphasizes that it is not time to look at the debt for public benefits, which amounted to HRK 200,00 or HRK 10.000,00, but that everyone should be allowed to access the measure for deferring tax benefits.last_img read more

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Continued pension fund interest in alternatives to boost asset manager revenues

first_imgThe growing interest from pension funds in alternative asset classes will provide a boost to established alternative asset manager revenues, according to a report by Moody’s Investor Services.It said the “structural shift” into alternative investments would benefit those managers well established in the industry, with proven track records.However, as other asset managers grow their capabilities, they can also benefit from the growth in alternatives assets being managed, it said.The report highlights data from the UBS Pension Fund Indicators Report, which shows that alternative allocations for UK corporate pension funds reached 10% by 2013. While alternative allocations began in 1995, no real growth was seen until 2007-08, as equity markets plummeted.Soo Shin-Kobberstad, senior analyst at Moody’s, said: “Pension funds are increasingly seeking investments that offer protection against inflation and avoid undue price volatility. They are increasingly turning to alternative investments that generally offer higher returns driven by greater illiquidity and idiosyncratic risks.”Despite a downward pressure on fee margins for traditional assets, those for alternatives funds are significantly higher, the report said.Research done in 2011 by the Investment Company Institute calculated the expense ratio for equity mutual funds and bond funds at 0.79% and 0.62%, respectively.However, in Preqin’s 2013 survey on alternatives, it found management fees as high as 2%, with additional performance fees ranging up to 20%, if the manager achieved a certain return level.Even though traditional managers would like to enter the market, the research said it would be difficult for them, as the necessary expertise and resources are in short supply.However, Shin-Kobberstad argued that higher fee margins could change this.“Marginal revenue will likely exceed marginal cost for well-established traditional asset managers, lifting their overall net operating margin,” he said.“However, downward pressures on fees will increase as competition in the alternative asset management sector escalates and institutional investors further gain their bargaining power.”last_img read more

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UW treks to East Lansing

first_imgDEREK MONTGOMERY/Herald photoAfter losing a pair of heartbreaking matches in overtime last week, the Wisconsin women’s soccer team will have a chance to redeem itself this weekend. The Badgers (5-5-2) will travel to Michigan Friday to compete against Michigan State (6-3-3) and the University of Michigan (5-4-2).”It’s going to be a big weekend for us,” assistant coach Nick Carlin-Voigt said. “We are looking to get right back into the race in the Big Ten. We play Michigan State first then Michigan, so our approach right now is to take one game at a time. We have had some bad bounces, some things not go our way, but the team started off 0-3-1 last year, and there is no reason we can’t have the same success as last year.”After 12 games, Wisconsin has been plagued by overtime losses, going 1-4-2 in extended play and losing its last three games in extra time. Giving up corner kicks and losing momentum in the second half are two factors that Carlin-Voigt said have helped send the Badgers into overtime. Since last weekend’s double loss, the Badgers have been trying to improve on corner kick scenarios and goal-scoring opportunities.”We have been working on defending corner kicks better,” Carlin-Voigt said. “I think that we are going to have to learn to get the ball out when it is served in the box. I think being smarter in the back third and taking an initiative to clear the ball out will also help us.”This weekend will be the perfect opportunity for the Badgers to pick up momentum. UW will first face Michigan State Friday night. This season, the Spartans have just one more win than the Badgers.Michigan State has won just two contests in 21 tries against Wisconsin. Also, UW has never lost an away match to the Spartans.Defender Kelly Hannon leads Michigan State. The former Big Ten defensive player of the week should offer UW offensive forwards Amy Vermeulen, Allison Priess and Kara Kabellis quite a challenge.With Hannon controlling the backfield, Carlin-Voigt expects the front line to be more physical and explosive against the Spartans.”I think we will play a little more of an attacking style this weekend to try and get some goals,” Carlin-Voigt explained. “It’s going to be a matter of us defending. Last year, we played Michigan State and it was a must-win game, which we won 1-0, so it’s going to be important that we shut them out and finish our chances when they are given to us.”So far this season, the Badgers have used a duo of great goalkeepers in Lynn Murray and Stefani Szczechowski, who have both shown great prominence and are expected to see a lot of action this weekend.”We are really lucky to have two great goalkeepers that the team has confidence in,” Carlin-Voigt said. “So, whoever gets the call will be ready. Stef played well last weekend and Lynn is a very capable goalkeeper. So, it’s a tough decision but we are confident in whoever we decide to put between the pipes.”The Badgers will end their weekend road trip Sunday against Michigan. The Wolverines, like UW, are coming off two losses last weekend, to Purdue and Indiana.Sophomore Melissa Dobbyn leads the Wolverines. The forward has proved to be a lethal threat against Big Ten schools, scoring two goals and putting six shots on goal against Ohio State.If the Badgers can find a way to control Dobbyn, Carlin-Voigt thinks the team might be able to return home with two wins.”The team is really unified right now and they know it’s just a matter of time before we start to see more victories,” he said.last_img read more

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Women of Troy take down Wildcats in the desert

first_imgThe Women of Troy overcame a late rally on the road against Arizona on Sunday to prevail 54-45 over the Wildcats in another crucial Pac-12 conference game.Standout · Junior forward Alexyz Vaioletama scored 16 points to lead the Women of Troy over the Arizona Wildcats on Sunday.aging 9.5 points per game. – Ralf Cheung | Daily TrojanLed by the strong play and the game-high 16 points of junior forward Alexyz Vaioletama, USC (11-6, 4-1 Pac-12) was able to bounce back with a win after Friday’s tough 94-86 overtime loss to No. 23 Arizona State.“[Vaioletama] is so incredibly talented and her intensity, focus and effort on defense have allowed her to relax offensively and really step up her game on offense,” USC head coach Cynthia Cooper-Dyke said.The Women of Troy controlled the majority of the game, taking a 28-17 lead heading into halftime, before going on a 12-0 run in the second half to take a 19-point lead with a little more than 10 minutes remaining in the game.That lead would begin to shrink after senior forward and captain Cassie Harberts picked up her fourth foul and was forced to sit out part of the second half due to foul trouble.“We had a little letdown when Cassie got in foul trouble because she is such a great leader for us on the floor,” Cooper-Dyke said.The Wildcats (4-11, 0-4) proceeded to go on a 7-0 run to trim the USC lead, while the Women of Troy’s foul count reached the double bonus. This allowed Arizona to get back into the game even after Harberts’ return, as they scored 11 straight points paired with a USC shooting slump to cut the lead to single digits.With the Women of Troy clinging to a 50-45 lead and the momentum riding on the home team’s side with two minutes remaining, USC would finish strong.They would execute defensively, holding the Wildcats to zero points in the final stages of the game, while freshman guard Courtney Jaco showed some maturity by hitting four late free throws to seal the game for the Women of Troy.“I’m really proud of our team because we locked in and focused at the end of the game when we needed to,” Cooper-Dyke said. “We executed down the stretch and finished when we needed to.”Jaco would also be responsible for the steal that put USC in the driver’s seat with just over 30 seconds to go.The team shot the ball relatively well throughout, going 34 percent for the game, while they were a perfect 11 for 11 from the charity stripe. Arizona shot only 30 percent from the floor.“We kept our composure when they began to come back and we stepped up our intensity and aggressiveness,” Vaioletama said.The Women of Troy also used the deep ball to their advantage, going 5-for-16 from the three-point line, while Arizona was a dismal 1-for-9.Rebounding was a large factor in USC’s success, as they used their size to out-board the Wildcats an outstanding 44-33.Their hot shooting and strong defense is what gave USC an early lead in the first half, holding the Wildcats scoreless for nearly eight minutes and going on a 10-2 run to go up 20-11.Vaioletama was the only USC player to enter double figures, while Jaco had nine and Harberts flirted with a double-double, scoring eight points and bringing down eight boards. Guard Candice Warthen was the only Arizona player to enter double digits with 12 points.USC will return to the Galen Center this weekend to take on the Oregon schools. The Women of Troy will face Oregon State on Friday night before facing off against Oregon in a Sunday matinee.last_img read more

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NBA India Games: Sacramento Kings to fly down to India via Air Drake

first_img SUBSCRIBE TO US Read | Howdy Modi: Trump Talks About First NBA Match To Be Hosted In India Marvin Bagley ready to use his flight time to India to cut some new tracks. pic.twitter.com/MXAqJYDAye— James Ham (@James_HamNBCS) September 28, 2019 COMMENT The pre-season matches of NBA teams Sacramento Kings and Indiana Pacers, that are to be held in India, are less than a week away. The games are scheduled to take place on Friday, October 4 and Saturday, October 5 at the Dome, NSCI, SVP Stadium in Mumbai. Tickets went live in August earlier this year. As a first-of-its-kind event, the team Sacramento Kings are all set to fly in ultimate luxury.Kings to travel in styleSacramento Kings, owned by Vivek Ranadive, will be flying to India via Air Drake – a Boeing 767-200ER – which is owned by the Grammy award-winning musician Drake. The purpose was to provide the team maximum comfort for their historic trip to India. Several members of the coaching staff will also be joining the players on their journey. The team is reportedly excited to thoroughly enjoy the unexpected accommodations.Read | NBA India Games: Mumbai’s Gateway Of India Lights Up Ahead Of ClashThe big game in IndiaReports suggest that Ranadive himself reached to Drake, even though accommodations for their travel had already been made. The duration of the flight is estimated to be 22 long hours. Drake’s private jet costs around $220 million. The players are all appreciative of Ranadive for setting up the luxurious ride. De’Aaron Fox, a player for the Sacramento Kings, claims that the craft is ‘dope’, and everyone should be able to check it out. He also plans to read a book or two on the flight and play video games if there is a secure Wi-Fi connection. The team’s second-year forward Marvin Bagley is hoping to write a new album on the plane, promising to keep a pen and pad ready. Sacramento Kings will be leaving in the evening on Monday, September 30, 2019. After making a fuel stop in London, they will have a ten-hour non-stop flight to India. Considering the time change, Kings will land on Wednesday morning.Read | NBA In India: 2019 Tour Dates, Venue, Tickets And Schedule Details WATCH US LIVE Read | NBA: Harrison Barnes Sees India Games As Catalyst For Growth Of Sport Last Updated: 30th September, 2019 15:08 IST NBA India Games: Sacramento Kings To Fly Down To India Via Air Drake As the date for the pre-season game of NBA nears, Sacramento Kings will be using Air Drake to fly to India. Here are all the details you need to know. Devika Pawar center_img First Published: 30th September, 2019 15:08 IST Written By LIVE TV FOLLOW US De’Aaron Fox on Kings flying Air Drake to India. pic.twitter.com/XXfJ1qlvUo— James Ham (@James_HamNBCS) September 28, 2019 WE RECOMMEND 1 year ago Sonam Kapoor-Anand Ahuja convey a unique take on the ‘expectation versus reality’ term in these pictureslast_img read more

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Arsenal face impossible Champions League goal

first_imgThey trail Bayern Munich by 5-goals to 1 heading into the second leg of their last-16 tie back at the Emirates. Arsenal need to score four without reply, while putting the unrest around Alexis Sanchez behind them. Real Madrid take a 3-1 lead to the San Paolo for their second leg with Napoli tonight.  Kick off in both games is at 7.45.last_img

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Dominica PM explains UN vote on Jerusalem

first_imgDominica is among seven Caribbean countries that voted against the United States on a UN resolution concerning Jerusalem as capital of Israel.UN vote on JerusalemThe Dominica government Friday defended its decision to vote in favor of a non-binding UN resolution that called upon all member states to refrain from establishing diplomatic missions in the Holy City of Jerusalem.Dominica was among seven Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries included in the 128 countries that voted for the resolution whether or not to support the decision by the United States to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.The other CARICOM countries voting in favor were Barbados, Belize, Grenada, Guyana, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Suriname.No Caribbean supportNo CARICOM country supported the US move with Washington gaining votes from Israel, Guatemala, Honduras, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau and Togo.However, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago were among the 35 countries that abstained during the vote.St. Lucia and Haiti did not register a vote and it is not known whether they were among the 21 countries that stayed away from the UN General Assembly meeting on Thursday.Conditioned by international lawDominica’s Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit, speaking on the state-owned DBS radio during a live news conference, said his administration’s position had been conditioned by international law.“We are simply going according to previous UN decisions on the matter and respecting the international laws…” he told radio listeners.Barbados remained consistentMeanwhile, Barbados Foreign Affairs Minister Maxine McClean said her government remained “consistent” on the matter.“We have always supported a two-state solution, a negotiated solution. From our perspective the [Trump] decision does not facilitate that,” she said, adding even with the threat of sanctions now hanging over its head, she did not believe Barbados had anything to fear.“If you look back to where we began as an independent sovereign state in 1966 our first Prime Minister [Errol Walton Barrow] made a statement that is often referred to in which he said Barbados is a ‘friend of all and a satellite of none” McClean told the online publication, Barbados TODAY.She said while “The United States has been a friend of Barbados [and] we have supported them on several issues” Bridgetown was adamant that the vote was not about the US.“It was not a vote against the US. It’s a vote that’s consistent with a position we have held for a long time. We are not in the business of changing our position based on threats. We operate on the basis of principle,” she stressed.Ahead of Thursday’s vote, the St Vincent & the Grenadines government was the only CARICOM country to publicly call on Washington “to refrain from recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of the state of Israel” after Trump had indicated a willingness to do so.St Vincent: US action imperils two-state solution“Any such recognition would imperil the internationally-agreed two-state solution, destabilize the Middle East region, and invalidate the important role of the United States as an honest broker and driver of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process,” the Ralph Gonsalves-led administration said in a statement.President Donald Trump prior to Thursday’s vote, threatened if the UN voted against his country, the US would “save a lot.”“They take hundreds of millions of dollars and even billions of dollars and then they vote against us. Well, we’re watching those votes. Let them vote against us. We’ll save a lot. We don’t care.“We don’t care. But this isn’t like it used to be where they could vote against you and then you pay them hundreds of millions of dollars. We’re not going to be taken advantage of any longer,” Trump said.The US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, also warned she would be “taking names” of those countries that voted in support of the resolution.“The United States will remember this day, on which it was singled out for attack in the General Assembly for the very act of exercising our right as a sovereign nation. America will put our embassy in Jerusalem. That is what the American people want us to do and it is the right thing to do. No vote in the United Nations will make any difference on that,” she added.last_img read more

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Dodgers make it 10 in a row — again — with victory over White Sox

first_imgPitching for the first time since he closed out the first half with a complete game against the Kansas City Royals nine days ago, Kershaw looked both rested and rusted.He didn’t retire the side in order until the fifth inning and stranded runners in scoring position in three of those first four innings. He had to work out of another dangerous situation in the sixth when Corey Seager’s throwing error on an infield single put Avisail Garcia at second base with one out.Matt Davidson singled, moving Garcia to third. But Tyler Saladino bunted Kershaw’s first pitch right into the air at home plate for an out and Kevan Smith grounded out softly to third base to end the inning.“Obviously I was a little rusty tonight,” he admitted. “Fastball command wasn’t great the first few innings. It got a little better as it went. Nine days off is definitely not something I’m used to. So I’m thankful to get out of that unscathed and get this win.”Kershaw (15-2)  allowed seven hits in his seven innings, the most he has given up in a start since May. But the White Sox were 1 for 8 with runners in scoring position against him, Davidson’s harmless (as it turned out) single being the only success.The Dodgers’ offense had similar issues against White Sox starter Miguel Gonzalez. Three of the first four Dodgers reached base against Gonzalez and they scored a run on Cody Bellinger’s RBI single. But that was all the damage they could do against Gonzalez despite 11 baserunners — five hits, five walks and a hit batter — in his six innings. The White Sox turned three double plays in the first five innings.They turned a fourth in the eighth inning when the Dodgers loaded the bases with no outs but came away without a run.“Tonight, I just thought when we had guys on base I didn’t think we had the right approach at the plate,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “There’s the result of having success but there’s also the process. I just didn’t think we were good.“I just think it’s getting better pitches to hit and understanding the situation. You’re looking to get a pitch you can drive. I think we were a little too aggressive in certain situations.”That gave Pedro Baez and Kenley Jansen no margin for error when they took over for Kershaw after his seven innings.Yasiel Puig, who bounced into a double play with the bases loaded, made up for his part in the unproductive offense by making a diving catch in right field to start the eighth. Taylor had to go back to the wall in left field to corral Davidson’s long fly to start the ninth. But Baez and Jansen closed it out. “It does feel like every night we just find a different way to win,” Kershaw said. “Tonight, usually we capitalize on those situations. My run support has to be one of the best in the league. Tonight that didn’t happen and we still found a way to win.“We just keep finding different ways to win.”This one was different indeed. But nonetheless, the win was the Dodgers’ 10th in a row and gives them two winning streaks at least 10 games for the first time since the 1955 team had streaks of 10 consecutive wins and 11 consecutive wins.It was also the Dodgers’ 30th win in their past 34 games. No team has ripped off a 30-4 stretch since the 1977 Kansas City Royals and no National League team had done it since the 1936 New York Giants.“I think the formula is just finding a way to win,” Taylor said. “We’ve been pretty good at that.” CHICAGO >> The Dodgers are doing the equivalent of riding a bicycle with their feet on the handlebars, yelling “Look — no hands” to the rest of baseball.Tuesday night in Chicago, they went 1 for 10 with runners in scoring position. They hit into four double plays. They managed to load the bases with no outs and not score. They had two players get on base four times each — Chris Taylor (four hits) and Cody Bellinger (two walks, two hits) — and 16 baserunners in all but only scored one run.And still they won.Left-hander Clayton Kershaw went seven scoreless innings as the Dodgers added a pair of 10s to their ace with a 1-0 victory over the Chicago White Sox.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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Gregg Popovich, Steve Kerr react to Knicks firing coach David Fizdale

first_img“As we know in this business it’s extremely fragile,” Kerr said. “Your job is dependent on a lot of things when you’re a coach in this league. No. 1, probably, the talent you coach, but just as important, the strength of the organization and the group around you. It takes a really strong organization to help coaches and help players get through difficult times.”I’m very blessed to have that group around me here. I know not every coach does. It’s a tough league.”Steve Kerr on David Fizdale’s firing and the occasional what if, on days like today, as in: What if he took the Knicks job instead of the Warriors one? “That would’ve been me three years ago.” pic.twitter.com/W7Rrc3TTcF— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) December 6, 2019Fizdale — who has been replaced by assistant Mike Miller on an interim basis — was appointed in 2018 and leaves the Knicks with a 21-83 overall record. “I don’t know where the decision was made to fire coach Fizdale, but if it came from the top, it’s a case of mistaken identity,” Popovich said (via The New York Post). “He’s a fine, talented young coach with a great pedigree, and it’s ridiculous to think you’re gonna bring in a young guy and after being there a minute-and-a-half, you expect him to fix everything that’s been wrong there for a long time.”That’s pretty unfair. It’s an old analogy. He got thrown under the bus. He’ll come out of it because he’s a great coach.”MORE: Knicks’ top six candidates to replace FizdaleThe Knicks wanted to hire Kerr in 2014, but he opted for the Warriors. Three championships later, Kerr is pleased with the decision he made five years ago.”If I had gone to New York, that would’ve been me like three years ago. I’m well aware of that,” Kerr told reporters as he reacted to Fizdale’s departure. “That’s just the way it goes. I think I made the right choice.”Kerr’s Warriors (5-19) are the second-worst team in the NBA this season ahead of only the Knicks (4-18). Golden State lost Kevin Durant in free agency and Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson to significant injuries, so Kerr understands how quickly a coaching job can change. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich and Warriors coach Steve Kerr are glad they don’t work for the Knicks.New York fired David Fizdale on Friday following an embarrassing 129-92 loss to the Nuggets at Madison Square Garden on Thursday night, pushing the team’s losing streak to eight straight games. Responding to Fizdale’s departure, Popovich slammed the Knicks.last_img read more

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Steelers Recap: Silver and Black hold off Black and Gold

first_imgOn the very first play from scrimmage; Terrelle Pryor faked the entire black and gold defense left as he went right for a 93 yard TD scamper.  The Raiders never looked back as they led the entire game and finished it off with a 21-18 victory.  The score makes it seem close, it wasn’t.  The Steelers were flat, sluggish and mistake prone all game long.  To top it off, Shuan Suisham, the teams’ most consistent and reliable player missed two field goals, his first two of the season. You can look at the score and say there’s your ball game, that’s where the team lost it, but that would only be partially true.The team lost it in all facets.First, the offense failed once again to score touchdowns when they needed to. They turned the ball over three more times. They failed to generate any kind of a ground game as they only picked up 35 yards on 19 carries and they once again failed to protect their franchise quarterback.Big Ben was sacked 5 more times. Roethlisberger was hurried and hit all game long as well. Additionally he was off target on throws he typically makes in his sleep. The O line looked like it did to start the season, unable to protect Big Ben under any circumstance.  To add to Roethlisbergers woe’s were the drops by the usually sure handed Heath Miller and Antonio Brown.  It was a sure fire recipe for punts and field goal attempts. That’s not a recipe that spells success very often. Frustration was written on the face of the QB, rightfully so. By the time the offense decided to show up and move the ball downfield, it was too late. The team was down 18 points, which proved far too many to overcome.The defense didn’t help either. While they buckled down in the second half; for the game they gave up 197 rushing yards and three touchdowns on the ground. They only sacked Pryor twice and hit him a mere three more times. A defense predicated on pressure must be able to apply it.  Ryan Clark led the way with 12 tackles but isn’t that telling? Your free safety led the way in tackles. That’s generally an issue, specifically when the opposing team only throws the ball 19 times.Special teams weren’t an innocent party in this comedy of errors. With two missed field goals and a blocked punt to set up a short field, what chance did the team have?  Lastly the coaching should get a big fat F for the performance the team put on. While they don’t play, they motivate, game plan and lead and it’s hard to say any of that occurred on Sunday let alone in the week leading up to the putrid display. This staff has turned a team of winners into a team that lacks the ability to beat the league doormats. It’s a week to week league and what a difference a week makes.If this team responds next week and goes into New England and wins, perhaps a performance like this may be forgotten or at least forgiven. If they don’t, we’ll truly understand who these 2013 Steelers really are.   A team of aging veterans, young players who lack direction and a coaching staff who’s lost the ability to formulate winning results. Mike Pelaia hosts the website Steel Nation Association www.steelnationassociation.com- Covering the Steelers and helping Children’s Hospital All Day Everyday. You can e-mail him at mike@steelnationassociation.com. Pittsburgh Steelers strong safety Will Allen sits on the bench during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game against the Oakland Raiders in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013. The Raiders won 21-18. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Just when you felt that there was some momentum with the Steelers, a thought that they may get back in the 2013 mix, they go out west and lay a dud, with a thud.  The Steelers looked horrific in their game at Oakland from the get go.last_img read more

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