COVID-19 handling: Bekasi mayor asks West Java governor to visit regions

first_img“I don’t think that [West Java] needs to apply one specific strategy for all regions […]. What’s important is to make sure that we’re having more recoveries,” he added.As of Thursday, Bekasi recorded a total of 3,322 confirmed cases.With a total of 22,764 cases, West Java accounted for 7.8 percent of all of Indonesia’s confirmed cases of 291,182 on Thursday. Meanwhile, the province has recorded 13,778 recoveries and 435 deaths.Ridwan reportedly opened the office in Depok on central government orders to optimize efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19 in Jakarta’s surrounding areas in West Java. “Nearly 70 percent of the COVID-19 cases in West Java are contributed by Bodebek [Bogor, Depok, Bekasi], so the central government directed me to focus on handling those areas,” the governor said on Wednesday, as quoted by tempo.co.Read also: COVID-19 cases in prioritized provinces decrease, but still high: Task forceRidwan, who spends most of his time in the province’s capital of Bandung, said having an office in Depok could also help him carry out tasks in the “red zones”, including monitoring the regional elections at the end of the year. “Once or twice a week, depending on the situation, I would be in Bodebek areas, especially in Depok,” he said, adding that his plan would last for several months. He expressed hope that he could set an example for COVID-19 task forces in Bodebek to work harder to curb case numbers and said the West Java Police and the Military Command (Kodam) III/Siliwangi in Bandung supported this “tactical” policy. “Where there is a red zone, where there are high numbers of violations, the police chief and the military commander will send their teams as back-up,” he said. Recently, he said, the West Java Police had tasked its leading officers in Cirebon with controlling virus transmission as the city became a red zone. Moreover, the West Java deputy police chief had opened an office in Bogor to directly help the city mitigate the outbreak, he added. (syk)Topics : He went on to say that it was understandable for the governor to open the office in Depok, as the city was deemed to be showing slow progress in containing the virus. Depok has recorded the highest number of cases in the province with 4,386 as of Friday.Read also: Ridwan Kamil opens office in Depok to monitor COVID-19, regional electionsRahmat further said that each region had a different way of pushing down the number of cases, adding that he continued to communicate with the governor on handling COVID-19. The mayor of Bekasi in West Java, Rahmat Effendi, has asked the provinces governor, Ridwan Kamil, to visit other regions in the province as the latter opened an office in Depok on Friday to monitor the handling of COVID-19 and regional elections.“It would best for the governor to also visit other regions of the province, like Bekasi and Bogor, to see how they handle COVID-19 specifically. “Each region has its own approach, and I think it would be meaningful for the governor to see how seriously we’re doing this,” Rahmat said on Thursday as quoted by kompas.com. last_img read more

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Law Commission to review mixed-purpose social investing by UK charities

first_imgThe Law Commission, the statutory independent body that monitors the law in England and Wales to ensure it is fair, modern and cost-effective, is to review the powers of English and Welsh charities in relation to mixed-purpose social investment.Mixed-purpose social investment is a relatively recent phenomenon.The investment is made in part to achieve a financial return and in part to achieve a social benefit that furthers its objectives.The Law Commission said social investment in general presented many challenges for charity trustees, with decision-making complicated by the relative novelty of the concept, and the immaturity of the social investment market. But while Charity Commission guidance explains that charity trustees can make mixed-purpose investments, there is concern the current legal framework does not easily accommodate this.This can deter trustees from taking advantage of social investment opportunities and result in high transaction costs.The Law Commission has therefore agreed with the Cabinet Office that it will consider whether the law can be reformed to make clearer the powers and duties of charity trustees in undertaking mixed-purpose investment.In particular, the review will examine whether a new specific power to make mixed-purpose investments is feasible and would be beneficial for charities.It will also consider the introduction of a new legal power for non-functional permanent endowments to be invested in mixed-purpose investments, with the requirement that capital levels must be maintained or otherwise restored within a reasonable period.According to the Charity Commission, there are 50,000 charitable trusts in England and Wales.Assets of charitable trusts with annual income of more than £500,000 (€590,000) total £48.5bn, according to the Association of Charitable Foundations (ACF).Carol Mack, deputy chief executive at the ACF, said: “This has been a longstanding subject of discussion, and it’s helpful to have it looked at.”Raj Singh, programme director at the UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association (UKSIF), said: “Charities shouldn’t be constrained by red tape when it comes to mixed-purpose social investment. Such investments provide additional leverage to charities by providing additive benefit, on top of core operations, to the people they serve.”He added: “One way of doing that is through impact investing vehicles, though charities will need to be careful to pick a portfolio that ultimately suits beneficiaries.“The growing impact-investing market means this type of investment can be utilised by more and more charities as mixed-purpose social investments.”Singh said it appeared that regulators were beginning to understand that these investments could achieve competitive returns, as outlined in a recent report by Sonen Capital and the KL Felicitas Foundation in the US.He said: “The news that a foundation has invested 85% of its assets into a range of bespoke impact-investment portfolios over seven years, achieving index-competitive levels of return, seems to blow the fears of underperformance out of the water, while still retaining the benefits of diversification.“Clarifying charity law to allow for taking on higher risks would be welcomed, but it should be stressed that mixed-purpose social investing can be return-based.“The range of products in the mixed-purpose social investment market is maturing rapidly, and this type of investment can mirror ‘mainstream’ risk-adjusted investing.”The review represents an extension of the Law Commission’s charity law project, started in March, which will examine selected issues in charity law, including Charity Commission powers, charity transactions and disposals (for instance, of land) and charity mergers.It follows last year’s review of the Charities Act 2006 by Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbotts.The Law Commission expects to launch a public consultation in summer 2014, with the publication of a final report and draft Bill in March 2016, if the review progresses far enough.last_img read more

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Farmers: Enrolled In CSP? Big Deadline Ahead

first_imgImage: U.S. Department of AgricultureINDIANAPOLIS – Time is running out for some Indiana farmers who want to continue receiving federal assistance to improve soil, water, air and habitat quality on their land.Since the Conservation Stewardship Program was launched five years ago, more than 60 million farm acres nationwide have been enrolled in the program through the Natural Resources Conservation Service. Sophia Kruszewski a policy specialist for the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, said the CSP is unique in that it isn’t about helping farmers avoid environmental harm, but rather about enhancing and improving what conservation-minded farmers already are doing.“So maybe they started doing a little cover cropping but they really want to get more into a full suite of resource-conserving crop rotations,” she said. “Maybe they’ve done some improvements in the way that they’re managing their livestock, but they want to start looking at rotational grazing.”The CSP, which was created in the 2008 Farm Bill, has been reauthorized and strengthened with the latest version. The roughly 20,000 farmers with five-year contracts up for renewal must do so by Sept. 12 through the nearest NRCS office.Kruszewski called the program a win-win for the environment and for farmers, and said the CSP represents a new, forward-thinking vision of American agriculture.“We’re really seeing a strong focus on the need to support farmers not only to have productive, viable farms and ranches but also to be able to work those farms with an eye toward natural-resource conservation.”Kruszewski said new farmers interested in the program can submit an application to enroll at any time, with NRCS collecting and ranking the applications once per year, typically in February.More information on CSP is online at nrcs.usda.gov.Mona Shandlast_img read more

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Smalling ‘like a United stalwart’

first_imgBryan Robson has paid Chris Smalling a huge compliment by likening his recent performances to those of Paul McGrath and Gary Pallister. Press Association Five years after signing for United, Smalling is yet to convince many United fans he and Phil Jones are suitable long-term replacements for Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand, who left Old Trafford last summer after long and distinguished careers. The 25-year-old has been the object of a few taunts, most recently in the Manchester derby last November when he was sent off in the 39th minute. Smalling, already on a booking, showed a complete lack of composure by hacking down James Milner in the corner to earn his second yellow and United went on to lose 1-0 against a City team that was there for the taking. Smalling has since shown signs of improvement, though. His commanding performance in last week’s 3-0 victory over Tottenham caught Robson’s eye and the former United captain thinks that bodes well for Louis van Gaal ahead of Sunday’s trip to Anfield. “Chris is a good defender,” Robson told Press Association Sport. “I have seen him improve over the last few games. I even thought against Arsenal and Newcastle away, his passing was a lot better, a lot crisper, so he has come on to a good game, he is in good form at the moment and that will be important at Liverpool.” Smalling kept 26-goal striker Harry Kane quiet last Sunday and the former Fulham man ventured forward, striding confidently with the ball at his feet on a few occasions. The end product was not good enough to suggest Van Gaal has a new Beckenbauer in his squad just yet, but Robson was so impressed by Smalling’s confidence that he felt moved to liken the centre-back to two United greats in Pallister and McGrath. The former lifted 10 trophies at United and the latter would have won much more than the 1985 FA Cup had he not fought a long-running battle with alcoholism which eventually cost him his place at the club. “Paul McGrath could do that and so could Gary Pallister,” Robson said when invited to liken Smalling’s display to a figure from the past. “When you keep possession at the back sometimes it’s really important that your defenders break past the forwards and they get into the midfield area. “That means one of your midfield players should be able to get space and I thought Chris did that particularly well against Tottenham and that made it difficult for the Tottenham players.” Smalling seemed pleased to be compared to two defensive stalwarts of the Sir Alex Ferguson era. “It’s a great feeling know that people are taking notice,” Smalling said. “I am just hoping I can keep it up and keep a good run and contribute to our results.” Smalling will have to be at his very best again on Sunday at Anfield. Van Gaal has warned the centre-back – and the rest of his team-mates – they must not get sent off in this volatile fixture. As well as pride and bragging rights, a place in the top four is at stake. Liverpool have not lost since they fell 3-0 at Old Trafford in December and a victory for the hosts would move them above United into fourth for the first time since August. Robson thinks victory against Liverpool would deliver a significant blow to the Reds’ top-four hopes and is not ruling out a second-place finish for United, who trail City by just two points after their loss at Burnley last weekend. “Yes, (second) is a realistic target,” the former United captain said. “We have to play City and Arsenal at home and if we beat both of them all of a sudden your points tally is looking really good. “When you talk about the top teams it seems as if you look at it like you are going to get beat all the time and the lads have proven that they can perform really well against a top team like Tottenham. “And a win at Liverpool at this stage of the season would be a fantastic result for us.” :: Bryan Robson and Chris Smalling were speaking at the launch of bwin Manchester United Casino – the world’s first club-based real money casino app which is available now on Android from bwin.com/manutdcasino and will be available soon on iOS through the App Store. last_img read more

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Cricket News Exclusive – The power of brand MS Dhoni, explained by Arun Pandey

first_img New Delhi: Behind every successful man, there is a woman. That is the age-old adage when one defines success. However, in the case of former India skipper MS Dhoni this phrase can be twisted in this way. Behind every successful man, there is a woman and a best friend. The world knows about Sakshi Dhoni and the role she has played in Dhoni’s success. However, silently, in the entire journey, one man has silently ensured that Dhoni is a colossus. Arun Pandey, the owner of Rhiti Sports Management, has ensured that the wicketkeeper-batsman from Ranchi is the biggest sports brands India has produced. In an exclusive chat with News Nation, Pandey spoke about the dynamics of branding, sports management and shared an unknown anecdote on Dhoni and his personality.“I remember in the early part of 2002 when Dhoni was in Delhi playing domestic cricket. He was put up in my house and one night, he went out with a friend on a bike. On the way, he decided to pack a burger and a coke for me. In those days, if you were caught in the South Extension red light, you would be stuck in hellish traffic for close to an hour. Despite getting stuck in traffic, he still held on to that packet and sat behind patiently. He gave it to me when I had not even asked for it. That showed how humble and genuine he is as a personality,” Pandey said. MS Dhoni has helped Chennai Super Kings to three IPL titles.MS Dhoni has won the World T20, ICC World Cup and Champions Trophy as skipper.Under MS Dhoni’s captaincy, India reached the No.1 ranking in Tests for the first time in 2009. From such humble beginnings, Dhoni has become the greatest cricketer and biggest brand that India has seen. From winning all three ICC trophies to being touted as the greatest captain of all time, Dhoni has seen comparisons with another great name in Indian cricket, Sachin Tendulkar. Tendulkar, who is considered the original gold standard when it came to batting, was also a colossus when it came to branding as a sportsman. However, Pandey is clear cut on who is the bigger sportsman when it came to a brand.“One cannot compare Sachin Tendulkar and MS Dhoni when it came to branding. Can you compare god to a disciple? For me, Tendulkar is the ultimate god. Dhoni is his disciple,” Pandey gushed with excitement.Pandey, who was himself a state-level cricketer and played First Class cricket representing Bihar and Jharkhand, spoke about how he made the plunge into sports management. “My policy is that if I do something, it has to be really good. I knew I had my limitations in cricket but I was passionate about branding and sports management. Of course, I do not have an MBA degree from Harvard or other prestigious institutions. However, I had the passion and I wanted to give 100 per cent to this and that is why I plunged into this field,” Pandey said.When Pandey started Rhiti Sports in 2007, India had still not opened the doors to digitalisation and social media. In the space of 12 years, Pandey admits that the entire landscape has changed comprehensively. “Increased digitilisation and social media have given a different dimension to branding and sports management. Digitalisation is a boon and it has helped us easily. When it comes to social media, it has given increased interaction with the fans and made the celebrity come closer to the audience,” Pandey said.Digitalisation and social media boom have seen Rhiti Sports get into other avenues, notably in fitness, football with regards to Chennaiyin FC and uniquely, into their new golfing venture Golf 7. When asked as to why take on a niche sport like golf, Pandey said, “The awareness for golf is growing in India. We are 30-40 years behind Europe when it comes to development and in creating great talent but we are ensuring that the interest level is built up.”Pandey also expressed positivity when asked about the scene of sports management in India. “There is massive potential in the country. I can only see an upward trend when it comes to sports management and the way how this field will develop in the next few years,” Pandey said. The 40-year-old, however, highlighted one basic problem when it came to this field. “The lack of professionalism in India is a major problem when it comes to sports management development,” Pandey rued.With Rhiti Sports making big strides in this field, the company has become a case study for success in sports management in the country. Pandey outlined the basic mantras to people who would want to take this field up in the near future. “Commitment, Passion and 100 per cent focus. These are the basic mantras for people who want to gain success in this field,” Pandey said. These three factors are the same characteristics which Dhoni embodies every single time he steps on to the playing field. Safe to say, he has acquired success. That too, plenty of it. highlights For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

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Other Sports Ferrari to appeal Sebastian Vettel’s five-second penalty which robbed him of Canadian Grand Prix win

first_img Montreal: Ferrari said on Sunday they will appeal against the five-second penalty that cost Sebastian Vettel victory in the Canadian Grand Prix. Five-time Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton maintained Mercedes’ record winning start to the season when he was handed the controversial victory courtesy of a disputed stewards’ decision, despite crossing the finish line just behind the German. Vettel was deemed to have forced a charging Hamilton towards a wall after running off at a chicane and rejoining across a strip of grass. The Briton had to brake and pull out of his overtaking manoeuvre, prompting the stewards to impose the time penalty on Vettel.    “Where could I go?” protested Vettel. “They’re stealing the race from us.” Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto later said the team would be appealing against the penalty. “At the moment, we, as a team, are naturally disappointed,” said Binotto in a statement posted on the Ferrari official website. “As for Seb, I don’t think he could have done things differently, which is why we have decided to appeal the Stewards’ decision. Under the sport’s regulations, Ferrari has 96 hours from the end of the race to gather evidence to support their appeal. Vettel drove his car back to the garage instead of into parc ferme and refused to attend the post-race interviews.RELATED    He stormed off to the Ferrari motor home before being persuaded by his team to return for the podium ceremonies. On the way, he walked into parc ferme and swapped the number one for the winner from in front of Hamilton’s Mercedes with the number two in front of the empty space for his car. The pro-Ferrari crowd booed Hamilton on the podium, but Vettel told them: “Don’t boo Lewis — you should boo these decisions, not him.”    It was a record seventh victory in Canada for Hamilton and the 78th of his career. It extended Mercedes’ season-opening run to seven successive wins. Vettel was classified second ahead of his Ferrari team-mate Leclerc. Valtteri Bottas was fourth in the second Mercedes followed by Max Verstappen of Red Bull and Daniel Ricciardo of Renault. Hamilton had suffered problems before the start. A hydraulics leak, discovered in the morning, required two hours to strip down and repair his power unit and then a slow getaway for the formation lap created more alarm. But as the start lights went out, he kept cool to resist Leclerc and stay within sight of Vettel who built a lead of 1.6 seconds on the opening lap from pole position. Tyre wear was a key factor on the Isle Notre-Dame as track temperatures touched 50 Celsius and Hamilton bided his time.    Vettel pitted from the lead for hard tyres on lap 25 and rejoined in third leaving Hamilton to push on his worn rubber as Vettel clocked the fastest lap behind new leader Leclerc. Leclerc led Vettel by 11.4sec on lap 30 but three laps later the gap was slashed to five seconds prompting Ferrari to bring in the Monegasque. Vettel led again by 2.3sec from Hamilton, who had also pitted, with Verstappen third, 10sec adrift as Leclerc rejoined in fourth. But on his fresh hard tyres, Hamilton looked revitalised and closed in on the German. Vettel responded with another fastest lap but with Hamilton applying constant pressure he finally twitched under braking at the first chicane with 22 laps of the 70-lap race to go, forcing him to cut across a strip of grass before squeezing Hamilton towards the wall.    Stewards deemed him guilty of an “unsafe re-entry forcing another driver off the track” and the five-second penalty decided the outcome as Hamilton crossed the line 1.342sec behind Vettel. “Where could I go?” said an angry Vettel on team radio. “I had nowhere to go… They are stealing the race from us… This is the wrong world. This is not fair.” Lewis Hamilton secured his 78th career race win in F1.Sebastian Vettel had a five-second penalty imposed.Hamilton won for the seventh time in the Canadian Grand Prix. For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.center_img highlightslast_img read more

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Futsal teams eager to thrill Linden on Sunday

first_img– other disciplines promise to be similarly excitingTHE selection of teams desirous of participating in Sunday’s PNCR 60th Anniversary Day of Sports/ Family Fun Day is becoming increasingly difficult for Coordinator of the futsal segment, Wayne ‘Harry’ Griffith.According to Griffith, who spoke with the event coordinator yesterday, more and more teams are calling him, asking to be part of the day’s activity and the overwhelming response is creating headache for him, since he can only accommodate a certain number because of the one-day nature of the celebration.“I’ve had representatives from at least fifteen teams contact me via telephone, asking that they be part of the tournament and it is proving a difficult task for me to tell them no, but because we are only playing for one day, I’ve had to refuse some of them,” Griffith stated.The most popular referee in the futsal format informed that originally he had selected eight teams each from Georgetown and Linden, but has had to increase that number to accommodate three more teams from the respective communities to make it a total of twenty-two teams that will vie for top honours throughout the day.Griffith said Georgetown’s composition will include Sparta Boss, who is undoubtedly the most popular team in the shorter format, while new kids on the block, Future Stars, are also included in the lineup.The other teams invited are Leopold Street, Tiger Bay, Albouystown ‘A’, Back Circle, West Front Road, ‘Gold is Money’, Bent Street, Hustlers, OL Skool Ballers, and Broad Street.They will join Linden’s Silver Bullets, High Rollers, Swag Entertainment, Plantain & Cheese All Stars, Magics, Team 25, BlueBerry Hill, Mike’s Stars and Amelia’s Ward Russians.Meanwhile, a similar sort of buzz is permeating the dominoes, athletics and basketball disciplines.The domino fraternity is challenging the futsal group to see which discipline will provide more support for the day’s activity and according to the event’s organisers, it is too close to call.The caretakers of the sport promise to have teams from all across the country compete in the competition; so it is clear that the community of Linden will be flooded by Guyanese from every Region.The organisers are reminding all participants who will be using the transportation provided, that buses are scheduled to depart the Square of the Revolution at 07:30 hrs, so teams and representatives will have to be at the location 30 minutes before departure time to cater for a prompt 10:00 hrs start in Linden.last_img read more

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Former FIFA president being investigated over loan

first_imgFORMER FIFA president Sepp Blatter is being investigated over the mismanagement of a $1M loan given by FIFA to the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association in 2010.In legal papers dated May 13, 2020 and seen by the BBC, Swiss federal prosecutors say Blatter is an ‘accused person’.It is the latest allegation of financial impropriety against Blatter.The 84-year-old has always denied any wrongdoing.The documents allege the interest-free and unsecured payment was made from a FIFA account on April 13, 2010. It adds the payment was subsequently waived.Former FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke and finance director Markus Kattner are also named as accused persons in the documents.The Swiss investigation is being overseen by Thomas Hildbrand, who joined the federal team handling soccer investigations last year. (BBC Sport)last_img read more

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Big East race still wide open as top-tier teams square off

first_img Published on November 17, 2010 at 12:00 pm Contact Mark: mcooperj@syr.edu | @mark_cooperjr Facebook Twitter Google+ Commentscenter_img South Florida seemed to be spiraling toward the basement of the Big East just a month ago. The Bulls lost at West Virginia to fall to 0-2 in the Big East. The offense hadn’t scored a touchdown in either conference game. Quarterback B.J. Daniels was under fire for throwing 10 interceptions in USF’s first five games, including five in the first two Big East games. But in the 2010 version of the Big East, where there are no dominant teams, anything can happen. First-year head coach Skip Holtz stayed the course and didn’t make any drastic changes. And the results speak for themselves. ‘Just really proud of this football team in so many respects,’ Holtz said after the Bulls won its third straight game, 24-21, over Louisville Saturday. South Florida (6-3, 3-2 Big East) clinched bowl eligibility with the win. And the Bulls are thinking greater than that now. USF sits in a four-way tie in the loss column in the Big East, one game behind current leader Pittsburgh (5-4, 3-1). It’s a product of a year during which the conference has no de facto No. 1 team. Parity kept South Florida in the race, and the Bulls came together in time.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Now Holtz’s team has as good of a shot to win the conference as anyone. It can take advantage of that chance when it plays Pittsburgh this weekend. ‘Everyone keeps asking me, ‘What’s your opinion in this league, who’s the best team, etc.,” Holtz said. ‘I can tell by looking at film this week that Pittsburgh is one of the favorite teams. ‘(I’m) excited to be playing this game at home with so much riding on this game.’ Pittsburgh leads the conference by a game, but with three conference matchups left for the Panthers, the Big East title isn’t close to a sure thing. Two losses in those final three games could equal a fifth place finish for Pitt. And two of the three games are against a pair of teams currently tied for second — the aforementioned USF and West Virginia. One of those (USF) is on the road. The Panthers struggled on the road last week, losing at Connecticut Thursday. The loss, and the win for UConn, brought the conference standings closer together. UConn (5-4, 2-2) is one of the other teams tied for second, along with Syracuse. And it was all due to one win over Pittsburgh for the Huskies. Because the Huskies, like South Florida, were left for dead a few weeks ago. ‘We’ve practiced better and been more physical in the last two weeks, and it has really helped us,’ UConn head coach Randy Edsall said. ‘I don’t think we had practiced as well and as physically as we needed to. I think that’s been the biggest difference.’ Three weeks ago, Connecticut was blown out by Louisville, 26-0, to fall to 0-2 in Big East play. UConn had quarterback problems (freshman quarterback Michael Box was pulled midway through the game), and the team sat in the basement of the conference with a bleak outlook for the rest of the season. The Huskies’ next two games: West Virginia and Pittsburgh, two teams at the top of the Big East. But UConn beat them both to reach the point it is at now. South Florida’s story and Connecticut’s story are interchangeable: The parity of the Big East has made it easier for a team to overcome a bad start and still contend. Unlike conferences such as the Pac-10 or Big Ten, in which multiple losses can do a team in, the Big East has a giant middle-of-the-pack with no teams at the top. It’s why five teams still have a legitimate shot at the Big East crown, even with just two or three conference games to go for most. ‘I think they saw where we were and time was running out,’ Edsall said. ‘And if they want to accomplish something, they need to listen to what we’ve been telling them. ‘Those two games don’t mean anything now as we head into this one.’ Big man on campus QB Geno Smith Sophomore West Virginia Last week: 15-of-25, 174 yards, 4 TDs, 1 Int. Smith and the West Virginia offense entered last Saturday’s matchup against Cincinnati surrounded by plenty of questions. Where did the scoring go? The Mountaineers (6-3, 2-2) scored just 27 points combined in its two previous games, losses to Syracuse and Connecticut. Those two losses erased a 5-1 start that had the Mountaineers looking like the best team in the Big East. But for at least one week, those questions were answered with Smith’s play on the field. The sophomore quarterback returned to his early-season form, tossing four touchdown passes in a 37-10 rout of the Bearcats. He split the touchdown passes equally between his two favorite targets, wide receivers Tavon Austin and Jock Sanders. Smith found Austin for a 32-yard touchdown on WVU’s opening drive. Near the end of the first quarter, he hit Austin again for 10 yards, giving the Mountaineers a two-touchdown cushion early. He threw two more touchdowns in the second quarter — both to Sanders — to blow the game open by giving West Virginia a 28-0 lead. It was Smith’s second four-touchdown game of his career, with the first coming in a September win over Maryland. mcooperj@syr.edulast_img read more

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Fast reaction: 3 factors that led to Syracuse’s big win at Wake Forest

first_imgWINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Syracuse’s four-game losing streak is over. The Orange (3-4, 1-2 Atlantic Coast) rolled through Wake Forest (2-5, 0-3), 30-7, at BB&T Field on Saturday afternoon behind a huge day on the defensive side and an adequate showing on offense in freshman quarterback AJ Long’s first college start. Here are three reasons why the game went the way it did. 1. Turn, baby, turnIndicative of Syracuse’s season, the defense shouldered the load. But this time, it put points on the board itself.Defensive end Robert Welsh picked off a pass from Wake Forest quarterback John Wolford, who took a shot on the play from SU linebacker Dyshawn Davis and didn’t return. Welsh trucked 42 yards to the end zone and pushed Syracuse’s lead to 17-7 five minutes before halftime.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn the third quarter, cornerback Brandon Reddish came in hot and knocked the ball loose from the grasp of WFU backup quarterback Tyler Cameron. The ball popped up into the hands of Orange defensive end Micah Robinson, who strolled 51 yards for another defensive score.That gave SU a 27-7 lead. Syracuse brought heavy pressure on Wake Forest’s offense all day long and took some pressure off its offense to account for SU’s points.2. Long distanceAlthough only one of Syracuse’s first four red-zone opportunities resulted in a touchdown, it got the Orange on track.On second-and-goal from the 4, Long escaped pressure from the left side and scrambled to wide-open space on his right. He stayed behind the line of scrimmage for most of the run, but made a sharp turn for the pylon and beat two Demon Deacon defenders with a last-second lunge. It was a touchdown from 4 yards out, but plenty more wide, and put the Orange up 10-3 with 7:50 left in the second quarter and paved the way for sophomore quarterback Mitch Kimble’s collegiate debut late in the fourth.3. Rule of 3rdsScott Shafer has said he wants a 45 percent conversion rate on third down from his offense. He got even better than that in the first half.Syracuse succeeded on 6-of-9 third downs in the first half for a 66.7 percent clip, nearly double the Orange’s season average of 33.4 percent heading into the contest.Although the red-zone offense didn’t display much improvement, the unit moved the chains on some lengthy third-down situations — two third-and-11s on its first drives. On SU’s only touchdown drive, a 92-yard march, it only earned a new set of downs on third down before Long punched it in from 4 yards out. Comments Published on October 18, 2014 at 3:26 pm Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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