Renacci’s beef with DeWine, whom he spent months running against in the 2018 gubernatorial primary before he switched to the Senate race, goes back much further than the aftermath of the 2020 election, though. Back in September of last year, Renacci argued that the state had seen little private-sector job growth during DeWine’s first six months in office, and the former congressman notably declined to rule out a primary bid. Renacci has also spent his 2020 attacking DeWine’s measures to combat the coronavirus pandemic, with him writing last month that the state was “committing economic suicide” under its current leadership.Renacci also used his weekend to trash DeWine on Twitter for recognizing the results of the election and for considering new restrictions on restaurants and bars as COVID-19 cases rise, and he called for voters to “Ditch DeWine.” However, Renacci wouldn’t say if he was considering taking on the governor himself, though he did add, “It’s always the right for citizens to primary or run for office if they believe change is necessary.”Ohio has become a rough state for Democrats over the last few years, but Renacci could give Team Blue more of an opening if he managed to take the nomination from DeWine. Renacci ran a weak campaign against Brown in 2018, and national Republicans never bothered to spend much money to aid him.- Advertisement – While DeWine, who served as Trump’s state co-chair, added, “The White House, or the president and his campaign, has every right to go into court” and challenge the results, his admission that “Joe Biden is the president-elect” was not what Trump wanted to hear. Indeed, Media Matters’ Matthew Gertz noted that Trump’s tweet came just 39 minutes after Fox had aired a clip of DeWine’s comment.Campaign Action- Advertisement – Renacci also pissed off his party by loaning his campaign $4 million but never spending most of it (almost $3.5 million in loans were repaid to the candidate after the campaign was over), and he managed to attract unhelpful headlines like, “Jim Renacci failed to pay strip club owner for governor campaign flights.” Brown ended up winning 53-47, even as DeWine prevailed 50-47 and the GOP swept every other partisan statewide race that same evening.Georgia Runoffs● GA-Sen-A, GA-Sen-B: Republican Sen. David Perdue recently launched his first TV spot of the Jan. 5 runoff, which ties Democrat Jon Ossoff to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. The commercial shows a clip of Schumer saying, “Now we take Georgia, then we change America,” footage that conservatives have already made plenty of use of.Ossoff, meanwhile, is connecting Perdue to Donald Trump, who is the first Republican presidential nominee to lose Georgia since George H.W. Bush in 1992, in the Democrat’s second runoff spot. The ad, which is similar to one that ran in the first round of voting, features audio of both Trump and Perdue using almost identical language to downplay the coronavirus as a chart shows its death toll skyrocketing.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Meanwhile in the special election, Democrat Raphael Warnock is out with two new spots against appointed GOP incumbent Kelly Loeffler. One ad slams the stock transactions made in Loeffler’s name before the stock market crashed in March, while Warnock uses the other commercial to push back on the senator’s attacks against him.Warnock says in the latter piece, “I believe that in the greatest nation in the world, people should have affordable healthcare. That Georgians who work hard every day deserve a livable wage, and that seniors ought to be able to afford the costs of prescription drugs.” He concludes, “Kelly Loeffler may think that’s radical, I think it’s common sense.”Senate● MO-Sen: Republican incumbent Roy Blunt’s team recently confirmed that he would seek a third term in 2022, and there’s no obvious Democratic opponent on the horizon. Abe Rakov, a longtime aide to 2016 nominee Jason Kander, told the Kansas City Star over the weekend that Kander would not seek a rematch in two years.● NH-Sen, NH-Gov: Former Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte did not rule out seeking a rematch with Democratic incumbent Maggie Hassan when she was asked about the idea on Friday. Ayotte, who sits on the board of the conservative group Winning for Women, told Roll Call, “I’m very happy with what I’m doing right now. So I’m not focusing on running for office.” There has also been some speculation that Ayotte could run to succeed Gov. Chris Sununu if he takes on Hassan instead.Gubernatorial● VA-Gov: Former Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe has been talking about running for his old job next year for a while, and Axios reported on Sunday that he’s told friends that he plans to go for it “in the coming weeks.” McAuliffe has not yet said anything publicly about his 2021 plans, though his spokesperson confirmed last week that the former governor would not be seeking any posts in the Biden administration.The Democratic field already consists of Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, state Sen. Jennifer McClellan, and Del. Jennifer Carroll Foy, and another potential candidate is also expressing interest in seeking the nomination. Reporter Brandon Jarvis tweeted on Saturday that Del. Lee Carter, a self-described socialist, “believes there is a path to victory for him and he is strongly considering running.” Carter soon replied with a GIF of The Office’s Dwight Schrute captioned, “It’s True.” (Yes, we do indeed live in a world where politicians communicate their interest in higher office through GIFs.)House● MS-04: On Thursday, Republican Rep. Steven Palazzo’s campaign said that he was under investigation by the Office of Congressional Ethics for allegedly misusing nearly $200,000 in campaign funds. Palazzo’s treasurer argued that the congressman had done nothing wrong, and added, “I think in the final analysis, it’s going to be a disgruntled employee and a sore loser that is driving this thing.”The probe stems from a March complaint from the nonpartisan Campaign Legal Center, which accused the congressman’s campaign of spending $60,000 in rent in 2018 and 2019 for a Palazzo-owned farm they did not ultimately use; CLC also said that the campaign paid more than three times as much rent per month during this time than the state’s other three congressmen combined. As Roll Call‘s Chris Marquette explains, “House rules allow members of Congress to lease property to their campaigns if there is a bona fide campaign need for the space and specify that the campaign cannot pay more than fair market value.”The CLC also said that Palazzo’s campaign paid $128,000 since he took office in 2011 to an accounting firm run by his now-former wife, who is not a certified public accountant; the couple divorced in 2016, but the campaign continued to make the payments. Marquette writes, “If a family member wants to sell services to a lawmaker’s campaign, there needs to be a bona fide campaign rationale for it and it cannot be more than fair market value, according to federal law and House rules.”Legislative● AK State Senate: While Alaska Republicans maintained their 13-7 majority in the state Senate, Democrats are hoping that GOP infighting will give them a chance to form a governing coalition. The baker’s dozen of Republicans met on Friday but failed to decide on a new Senate president, though the members said they were still confident they’d be able to work out an agreement for an all-GOP ruling majority.Called RacesA handful of major races remain uncalled, and Daily Kos Elections is tracking them here.● CA-39: The AP called this contest on Friday for Republican Young Kim, who defeated freshman Democratic Rep. Gil Cisneros in their rematch from two years ago.● UT-04: Republican Burgess Owens secured a pickup for his party on Monday when freshman Democratic Rep. Ben McAdams conceded defeat; the AP called the contest a short time afterwards.● AK Ballot: The Associated Press has called a defeat for Measure 1, which would have increased the state’s fuel production tax; the referendum lost 58-42.Grab Bag● Deaths: Former Iowa Sen. Roger Jepsen, a Republican who won his only term in a big 1978 upset, died Friday at the age of 91. Jepsen, who was a former lieutenant governor, took on freshman Democratic Sen. Dick Clark during Jimmy Carter’s midterm year, and he looked like the underdog during the entire campaign. The New York Times notably called Jepsen “a rather plodding campaigner with a tendency to get tangled up in positions that he repeatedly had to clarify or back away from,” while it said Clark had “reputation for being both articulate and tireless on the hustings.”National Right to Life, though, made Clark its top national target, and it found a willing ally in the anti-abortion challenger. Jepsen ended up defying the polls and winning 51-48, a result that was attributed to his performance among anti-abortion Catholic voters who had yet to fully align themselves with the Republican Party. Clark’s campaign manager afterwards blamed his defeat on the 300,000 pamphlets that were circulated in churches by anti-abortion forces the Sunday before the election.Six years later, though, Jepsen faced a tougher contest from five-term Rep. Tom Harkin. The Democrat began the 1984 contest with a wide lead over Jepsen at a time when the economy, especially in farming areas, was suffering. However, the race turned very close and ugly, and the lead would shift multiple times.Harkin, notably, went after Jepsen after the news broke that he’d joined a spa in 1977 that listed “nude modeling, nude encounters and nude rap sessions” as offerings; the spa was shuttered three months after Jepsen joined it after authorities raided it for prostitution. Jepsen defended himself by saying that he’d ventured there once out of “curiosity and weakness” and never went back.Harkin took a decisive lead in the polls late in the campaign, and despite Jepsen’s attempts to once again use abortion as a wedge issue, the Democrat didn’t lose his advantage. Ronald Regan ended up carrying Iowa by a 53-46 margin during his 49 state landslide, but Harkin’s strong showing in farming areas that were still struggling helped propel him to a 55-44 win. Reagan appointed Jepsen afterwards to the National Credit Union Administration, but the former senator never sought office again.
European regulation that would introduce Key Information Documents (KIDs) for investment products should be revised to remove second and third-pillar pensions from its scope, PensionsEurope has said.The lobby group called for a “full and unambiguous exemption” for pension funds from the regulation proposed for packaged retail investment products (PRIPS), arguing that it would be wrong to classify occupational pension funds as a financial product.Concerns that occupational funds would be forced to publish KIDs were raised by the German pension fund association (aba) last year, after the European Parliament’s Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee (ECON) revised the draft regulation first published in 2012 – a draft that made clear occupational funds should be excluded.PensionsEurope said any information document aimed at pension fund members should provide “tailor-made and comprehensive” information, and argued that the emphasis solely on information regarding investments would be insufficient. “Therefore, it should be clear that, although we fully support the provision of transparent and clear information on occupational pensions, the proposed PRIPS regulation is not the suitable vehicle to achieve this,” the organisation’s position paper said.It further took issue with the approach of implementing the new rules through a Regulation, rather than through a Directive, as it would have a “direct and immediate impact” on EU member states’ labour laws – in violation of existing treaties specifying that social policy is a matter for individual member states.“In those areas that do not fall within its exclusive competence,” the paper said, referencing social policy issues, “the EU should regulate through a Directive, which gives the necessary flexibility to implement EU laws into member states’ social and labour laws, and not through an immediately binding and hence inflexible Regulation.”Echoing concerns previously raised by the aba, PensionsEurope also said the European Parliament should not seek to adopt any legislation for occupational pensions without consulting the Employment and Social Affairs Committee.However, it also said existing and forthcoming pensions legislation – namely the revised IORP Directive, as well as the former Portability Directive – would form an “adequate layer of protection” for those participating in occupational pension funds.,WebsitesWe are not responsible for the content of external sitesPensionsEurope position paper on PRIPS
Switzerland’s regulator – the Oberaufsichtskommission, or OAK – is to unveil in the coming months a catalogue of minimum risk standards to be applied by all Pensionskassen from next year. Speaking at the annual BVS conference, the regional supervisory body for the canton of Zurich, André Tapernoux, head of risk management at the OAK, confirmed that the regulator would decide on the standards “over the next few months”. The introduction of a unified risk-assessment catalogue has been under discussion by pension fund representatives, industry experts and regional supervisory authorities for the last year.One of the chief proponents has been BVS director Roger Tischhauser, who has argued that regional supervisors need a standard by which to measure Pensionskassen. At the conference in Zurich, Tapernoux agreed, acknowledging that regional supervisory bodies required “reliable individual figures” for each Pensionskasse.He said the OAK had therefore concluded it was “useful to make it mandatory for Pensionskassenexperten to calculate certain key figures”.Tapernoux told IPE the regulator had not yet decided which parameters the new catalogue will include, but he did say they would be taken from existing guidelines issued by the SKPE, the chamber of pension fund experts.In those guidelines (FRP 5), the SKPE included a ‘tool kit’ of risk factors to consider with respect to the financial security of the pension plan, its recovery potential, regulatory requirements and ongoing financing.Among the proposed calculations were changes to the funding level, with additional contributions during recovery periods, or a more holistic view of expected returns from assets in view of liabilities.Martin Wagner, drawing on his experience as managing director at the Credit Suisse Pensionskasse, told delegates that trying to increase a funding level by 100 basis points would entail a 700bps increase in contributions from salaries.In his role as president of the SKPE, Wagner added that the FRP 5 guidelines helped pension funds calculate possible scenarios before acting on them.At the OAK, Tapernoux stressed that Pensionskassen would “only have to calculate figures relevant to their pension plans”.He added that the supervisory body was aware of the extra effort and costs involved but pointed out that the OAK would discuss “useful solutions” for smaller Pensionskassen.Wagner pointed out that some lay trustees at Pensionskassen would need guidelines to “help them along”, and argued that mandatory calculations were “not a corset but an aid”.He said the FRP 5 guidelines had been set up using “key figures that any expert can calculate easily, without too much additional cost”.Reacting to audience comments regarding further consolidation in the second pillar, Tapernoux said it was “not the OAK’s intention to speed up this process by introducing these risk parameters”. See the latest issue of IPE magazine for more on individual investment choices in the Swiss second pillar
Klaveness Maritime Agency Inc. (KMAI), part of Norwegian shipping company Torvald Klaveness, informed that KMA in Manila is expanding its crew management services to include two new principals.The companies in question are Singapore-based Nordic Maritime Crewing Services and India’s Chellaram Shipping.Crew management company Nordic Maritime Crewing Services will be bringing in two oil-chemical tankers, namely Northsea Rational and Northsea Logic, Klaveness said.Each of the two vessels has a complement of up to thirteen Filipino crew, who are all to be deployed by KMAI.Furthermore, KMAI will provide Filipino officers for Chellaram’s managed vessels.As explained, KMAI plans to work closely with Chellaram’s crew management company in India, Chellaram Shipping Private, in an effort to gradually increase the number of Filipino sea personnel in its fleet.
RelatedPosts Flamingos trash Guinea, romp into final round Enyimba crash out CAF Confederation Cup Guinean President bags traditional title in Daura Yemisi Samuel scored a hat-trick as the Flamingos thrashed their Guinean counterparts 6-1 on Saturday in a first round first leg game of the 2020 FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup Qualifiers. Nigeria took charge of the game from start to finish in Conakry as Chinyere Kalu opened scoring three minutes into the game after benefiting from a defensive error. Samuel fired in a stunner from 35 yards to double the lead for the Nigerian national under-17 women team against the hosts eight minutes later. Flamingos almost got the third in the 34th minute, which could have been Samuel’s second goal of the match, but her effort went off target. The visitors underlined their dominance as Rofiat Imuran profited from a goalmouth scramble to increase the tally for her side four minutes later. After 65 minutes of play, Imuran bagged her brace after being superbly teed up by Olashola Shobowale to extend Nigeria’s lead. The hosts, however, pulled one back, no thanks to a defensive mix-up in the Flamingos area in the 81st minute. Samuel went on to hit a double four minutes later as Flamingos recovered to create a five-goal lead. The striker completed her hat-trick in extra time as the game ended 6-1. NAN.Tags: Chinyere KaluFlamingoesGuineaOlashola ShobowaleRofiat ImuanYemisis Samuel
A comprehensive 3-0 victory over Arsenal on Sunday took them to within a point of the fourth-placed Gunners with a match in hand and significantly raised their prospects of qualifying for the Champions League for only the second time. Having already beaten Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal this season, Everton’s position in the hierarchy is moving to a place where regular victories over the Premier League’s so-called big sides are no longer classed as a surprise. “It is a big win,” said Baines. “We knew that if we hadn’t won it was going to be a tough uphill battle to finish higher in the league but we have now worked ourselves into a position where it is in our own hands with the game in hand. “You could see from the performance and effort level how much we wanted to win. “It is one of the best performances because of the commitment and desire to win, combining that with the quality we showed. “Having got the third goal we controlled periods of the game and kept a clean sheet, which against a team like Arsenal was a notable effort. “It showed we had all aspects of the game: that we could show some quality in our attacking play, get some goals, we could dig in and fight when we needed to and we showed we are capable of doing all of those things to win a game. “We are perfectly comfortable being underdogs or having the expectation – it is probably nice to have that little bit of expectation to drive us on. “We are aware of the task in hand and we have some tough games to play but they are here at Goodison where our form has been exceptional and we will have confidence going into those games. Defender Leighton Baines believes Everton will embrace the growing expectation surrounding the club and lay down a significant marker in their history. Press Association “We have done well against a lot of the big sides. We have done well against Arsenal in the league, done well at United and played well at Goodison against Chelsea and Tottenham so we have held our own in that group against what you consider the top sides. “We have a few games left to try to push on and the fact we are in this position is great for us.” Entry into Europe’s elite would be a major step for Everton both on and off the field as in addition to the financial rewards it brings it also elevates the club to a new level in terms of potential transfer targets. But the players have to remain focused as the Toffees will have to extend their club record-equalling run of six successive league wins much further to gatecrash the top four. “We have a game in hand (at home to Crystal Palace) coming up and until we get to that point where we have played the same amount of games and have worked ourselves above Arsenal then it probably still feels like we are playing catch-up,” added Baines. “It is hard because you don’t want to get ahead of yourself and start thinking about the Champions League too much but we all know what it means to any club, particularly one who hasn’t been competing in those circles for a long time. “It would mean great things but we don’t want to get too far ahead of ourselves at this point. “You look at the top four and it changes. Liverpool have worked themselves into that bracket and United are not quite there at the moment but they will come back stronger. “We will try to work our way in among that pack if we can but it has always been difficult because we haven’t always had the funds to go and spend but if we could get into a competition like the Champions League then it would help in that aspect. “It raises the bar a little bit and makes the club more appealing to potential signings and gives the manager, the chairman and the board a little more scope financially to push themselves in the market more. “There are a lot of things that qualifying for a competition like that can do but there is still a lot of work to be done for us to get there.”
“I hope the ground is soft enough,” said the County Tipperary handler. “We bypassed Tipperary to come for this as we were banking on more rain than actually fell. “I must be the only person in Ireland who is disgusted when the sun shines! “The ground as it is would be fine, but I’d just like another drop of rain to freshen it up by Sunday. “He’s gone nearly three months without a run because of the ground, but I don’t think he’s actually missed a race. “We haven’t decided not to run and then it’s gone soft so there’s nothing we could have done. “He’s still as honest as the day is long and he’s shown when he has run that he’s as good as ever. “When conditions are right he’s as good as the rest of them.” Evanna McCutcheon hopes to end a frustrating spell with Maarek in the Qatar Racing & Equestrian Club Phoenix Sprint Stakes at the Curragh on Sunday. Eddie Lynam runs three, with Anthem Alexander looking the pick of the trio. She will be joined by stablemates Balmont Mast and Fort Del Oro. Mick Halford is doubly represented by Russian Soul and Toscanini, with Tim Easterby sending Mattmu from his North Yorkshire base. Beach Belle, trained by Kevin Prendergast, completes the line-up. Press Association The soft-ground lover has been inactive due to the dry summer but it looked as if he would have his favoured conditions earlier in the week. But with the ground now drying out, McCutcheon would prefer a drop more rain to be on the safe side.
(Washington, DC) — The CEOs of four of the world’s biggest tech companies will defend their businesses in an antitrust hearing before Congress today. Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Apple’s Tim Cook and Google’s Sundar Pichai will testify remotely today at a congressional antitrust hearing.The CEOs will reportedly argue that they face fierce competition from each other and from other large tech companies. Bezos has never testified before Congress and is expected to get the most attention.Bezos will claim Amazon occupies a small share of the overall retail market and that Walmart is twice as big. Zuckerberg will defend Facebook’s acquisition of Instagram and WhatsApp, saying the takeover helped both companies to grow. Google has already faced fines from the European Commission’s competition authority over its shopping search tool and Android mobile operating system. In the U.S.,the Department of Justice is investigating Google’s search product and digital advertising marketplace. A lawsuit may be filed if prosecutors determine Google favors its own products or suppresses competing options through its dominance in search and digital advertising.Facebook disclosed a new Federal Trade Commission probe into its business last year, just after the agency closed a privacy probe into the company with a $5 billion fine. Several state attorneys general have launched their own joint antitrust probe into the company. The company has more than 2 billion monthly users, making it the largest social media platformThe estimated wealth of the four companies is around $5 trillion.
Bio Latest posts by admin (see all) Clay Tolman (25) puts the hit on Blake Edwards (15) of St. Joe’s sending the shot wide of Mariners’ goalie Daniel Redmond (18) and the net during the MMA’s 24-7 win over the Monks.—MIKE OLESCASTINE — The Maine Maritime Academy lacrosse team is scoring goals as if there were no tomorrow.MMA goalie Daniel Redmond (18) and Brian Corain (2) challenge a shot by Blake Edwards (15) of the Monks. Redmond had 21 saves on 41 shots for the Mariners.—MIKE OLESIn the first three outings of the season, the high-powered Mariner offense has outscored its opponents 70-9.Freshman attacker Andrew DiSalvo has piled up 21 goals and 14 assists for 35 points, and tied an MMA record on Saturday, scoring 10 goals in a 24-7 win over the Monks of Saint Joseph College.In the first of two home games last week, the Mariners cruised to a 26-1 North Atlantic Conference win over the Terriers of Thomas College in Waterville.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textMMA is slated to face Husson University today (Wednesday) in Bangor and will be back home at Ritchie Field on Saturday to face Castleton State College at 1 p.m.In MMA softball action, the 0-5 Lady Mariners are slated to host the University of Maine – Presque Isle in a doubleheader today (Wednesday) and will travel to Boston for a doubleheader against Newbury College starting at 3:30 p.m. Sunday.For complete story, pick up a copy of The Ellsworth American. Latest Posts Hancock County Court News Nov. 3 thorugh Dec. 11 – January 22, 2015 admin State budget vs. job creation – January 22, 2015 House fire in Winter Harbor – October 27, 2014
Coming off an 87 point offensive onslaught in a season-opening victory against Coppin State, the USC men’s basketball team turned to its defense in a matchup against the Long Beach State 49ers on Tuesday, winning by a final score of 62-44.Midseason form · Senior point guard Jio Fontan missed all of the 2011-12 season with a knee injury. He has started both games this season and scored five points in Tuesday’s game against Long Beach State. – Corey Marquetti | Daily TrojanThe Trojans (2-0) were without sophomore Byron Wesley for the majority of the first half after the guard was charged with two fouls within the first two minutes of the game. They quickly went to redshirt junior forward Ari Stewart to pick up the scoring load, and Stewart obliged with eight first half points. He was aided by junior guard J.T. Terrell, who also put up eight first half points.“We had a lot of good performances from a lot of guys,” USC coach Kevin O’Neill said. “That’s what we hope this team ends up being about. We played hard.”The 49ers tied things up at 35 apiece with a little more than 15 minutes remaining in the game following a 10-4 run. But USC never relinquished the lead, instead going on a 7-0 run of its own.“We made our run in the second half with five bench guys in there,” O’Neill said. “… We’re hoping to develop some depth as this thing moves forward.”Freshman guard Chass Bryan gave USC some quality minutes in the second half after senior guard Jio Fontan picked up his third foul. Bryan scored two baskets in the span of 24 seconds to help put the Trojans up by double-digits for the first time all night.“That was exciting for me,” Bryan said. “Byron Wesley told me to just keep pushing it, and look to make plays, not be hesitant … the clock was coming down, and I just saw I had to put it up. I came right back down and did the same thing, it felt good.”From there, USC was able to keep Long Beach State at bay, holding the 49ers to just 21.7 percent shooting in the second half. For the game, Long Beach State shot just 12-42 (28 percent) and seven of those makes were three pointers. They were held scoreless for over five minutes after knocking down a pair of free throws with 9:33 remaining.“We just put more pressure on the ball, [made] them take tougher shots than in the first half,” senior forward Eric Wise said.Junior center Dewayne Dedmon helped to seal things for good after USC went up by double-digits, converting on a tip dunk and taking a charge on the next possession. He finished the game with eight points and 10 rebounds in 18 minutes.“I’m especially impressed with Dewayne Dedmon’s minutes,” O’Neill said. “He’s doing a fantastic job, our inside guys are doing a great job.”USC’s depth was on full display for the second straight game, as 12 players made appearances at some point during the night. Nine of those players logged at least 10 minutes of action.“[Coach O’Neill] talks about it every day — about who he’s going to sub in. I think he’s just going to go with who is doing well that night,” Wise said. “We’re so deep we have two players at every position.”Three Trojans scored double-figures — Wise put up 10 points and 12 rebounds, Terrell added 10 points and Stewart finished with 10 points of his own. But O’Neill was especially impressed with his team’s composure against a squad that puts the pressure on defensively.“Only 11 turnovers against a team that’s really an up-tempo defensive team … a very good team,” O’Neill said. “We feel fortunate to have won like we did.”The Trojans will get a week off before traveling to Hawaii as part of the 2012 Maui Invitational. Their first opponent in the tournament will be the Illinois Fighting Illini, who are also off to a 2-0 start. Other participants include the No. 11 North Carolina Tar Heels, the Butler Bulldogs and the Texas Longhorns.“I’m used to watching it, so I’m happy to be there and playing in it,” Wise said of the Maui Invitational. “I never thought I would.”