Q&A with C.L. Brown of the Louisville Courier-Journal

first_imgSyracuse is heading into a critical game against Louisville this weekend. It’s the Orange’s final home game, and the team needs to win two of its final three games to become bowl eligible. The Daily Orange spoke with Cardinals beat writer C.L. Brown of the Louisville Courier-Journal about what Syracuse can expect to see from Louisville on Saturday.The Daily Orange: How much has Teddy Bridgewater grown from last season?Brown: It’s been kind of a night-and-day kind of thing with him. Last year, he wasn’t making the reads that he was making this year. He wasn’t, just kind of well-schooled in what to expect from the defenses. Coach Strong talked about it all preseason and during the season is how much Bridgewater stayed in the film room and kind of just became the “student of the game” is what he always harps on. I think all of that has paid off. He doesn’t seem to make a lot of bad decisions out there. He always seems to kind of know where the ball is going and even when he’s checking down and going to guys who weren’t his primary receivers, that’s why he has only four interceptions this year.The D.O.: Has Louisville been talking a lot about Syracuse’s no-huddle offense, and has that been a point of discussion this week?CB: The funny thing about it is that they’ve faced this essentially all season, so by now it’s kind of old hat. Kentucky in the season opener came out with that, and that was something that was kind of unexpected at that time. … At this point, it’s just kind of fallen in line with what almost everybody else has done this season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe D.O.: What has been Louisville’s biggest strength to this point in the season to get to where they are right now?CB: That’s the funny thing about it; Charlie Strong has the defensive background. It’s been an offensive team this year, and Bridgewater’s pretty much at the center of it. He’s definitely got a lot of help. They’ve got a lot of weapons. Senorise Perry kind of being the home-run hitter at running back. DeVante Parker being a big-play receiver. … They’ve got a lot of tools around him and this year he’s been using all of those tools.The D.O.: What does a team need to do to beat Louisville?CB: They have to find a way to slow Bridgewater. Whether it’s getting a lot of pressure up front and sacking him literally, or bringing some sort of coverage he hasn’t seen yet. … And kind of get under his skin. Cincinnati was able to do that in the first half of their game and that was probably the poorest he’s played all season.The D.O.: Syracuse has been an up-and-down team this season. In some games, it’s made a lot of mistakes and in others, it’s clicked on all cylinders. How is Louisville viewing Syracuse going into this game?CB: They’re viewing the Syracuse that has been good and clicking on all cylinders; they’re not really talking about the mistakes. They’ve got a lot of respect for Ryan Nassib at quarterback and his ability to make plays and run that offense. Defensively, even though they’ve had trouble stopping the run in these last two games, they look at the season overall where it’s been pretty stout otherwise. They’re highly complimentary. This is a game, especially being on the road, that they feel like could possibly be one of those trap kind of games. Comments Published on November 9, 2012 at 12:16 am Contact Chris: cjiseman@syr.edu | @chris_iseman Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Chris Matthews stresses the need for bipartisanship

first_imgThe USC Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy and the Sol Price School of Public Policy hosted a conversation between MSNBC host and author Chris Matthews and former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Friday evening in Doheny Memorial Library.Reflection · MSNBC host and author Chris Matthews and former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger looked back on their experiences in politics and recommended ways to increase bipartisanship on Friday evening. – Corey Marquetti | Daily TrojanThe talk focused on Matthew’s new book Tip and the Gipper: When Politics Worked about the relationship between former President Ronald Reagan and former Speaker of the House Thomas “Tip” O’Neill. In addition, the two discussed the intense partisanship that has become characteristic of national politics and stressed the need to return to the times of deal-making and compromise.“When you go to a car dealer, for example, you don’t go there just to haggle,” Matthews said. “You haggle, but you’re there to make a deal.”Matthews, drawing on content from his book, spoke about the close friendship between Reagan and O’Neill despite their differences in ideology, including their famous unspoken rule to not argue past 6 p.m. He said that the two “gave each other victories” and understood the need for compromise, an understanding which Matthews believes is absent from Washington today.Matthews spoke about the sense of patriotism that led O’Neill to support Reagan’s foreign policy agenda, noting when, in 1985, Reagan sent O’Neill to Moscow to meet with Soviet Premier Mikhail Gorbachev and O’Neill introduced himself as a member of the opposition.“When Gorbachev asked O’Neill what it meant to be a part of the opposition he said, and I love this quote, ‘On some questions, we don’t agree on everything,’” Matthews said.Schwarzenegger spoke about his efforts during his tenure as governor to cross party lines and achieve political reform despite opposition from both parties. He said his goal in creating his administration was to pick the best people regardless of party affiliation and talked about his decision to appoint a Democrat, Susan Kennedy, as his chief of staff, a move that was unpopular with the Republican Party. He recalled a meeting with Republican Party officials at a hotel near the capitol building during which they asked him to replace Kennedy.“I looked around and said, ‘Did somebody rewrite the rules? Because last I checked the governor made appointments, not the party,’” Schwarzenegger said.He spoke about the legislative feats he was able to accomplish with Democratic support including strong environmental protections and health care reform.“During my administration, we didn’t care about whether something was a Republican issue or a Democratic issue,” Schwarzenegger said. “We did it because it was good for the people.”Both he and Matthews discussed the harms of gerrymandering that protects incumbents, and Schwarzenegger spoke about his efforts to achieve electoral reform in California, efforts that resulted in the adoption of open primaries and independent redistricting. He said that both parties were strongly against the reform and that it failed the first five times it was proposed.“From my experience as a weight lifter, I know that you keep trying to lift a 500-pound weight until you do,” he said. “You don’t give up, and on the sixth time, we passed it.”Both he and Matthews criticized the current Congress, noting the historically low approval ratings.“Congress’ approval is down to 8 percent,” Schwarzenegger said. “Herpes is more popular than Congress.”Matthews attributed the dysfunction in Washington in part to the absence of Washington social life, the decline of which began, according to Matthews, when former Speaker Newt Gingrich began encouraging freshman congressmen to keep their families in their home districts. He said the frequent socializing that used to be common among members of Congress helped increase bipartisanship.“Everyone goes home [to their districts] on their jet planes these days,” Matthews said. “There are no buddies in Washington.”Many students were impressed by Matthews’ and Schwarzenegger’s similar messages about bridging the gap between parties.“I thought it was very insightful and I liked the optimism for bipartisanship,” said Nick Kosturos, a junior majoring in international relations. “I think some of the initiatives that Chris Matthews was talking about, like how congressmen should spend more time after work not going back to their home districts all the time, would be very useful.”Most agreed that the policies Schwarzenegger and Matthews described would be beneficial.“It was good to hear that you have to be human to survive in politics. It’s not this beast of professionalism, you really have to sit down and work things out,” said Gwen Holst, a sophomore majoring in philosophy, politics and law, neuroscience and political economy. Follow Anshu on Twitter @AnshuSiripurapulast_img read more

Twins acquire INF Ildemaro Vargas from Diamondbacks

first_img SUBSCRIBE TO US Written By FOLLOW US COMMENT Associated Press Television News The Minnesota Twins have acquired infielder Ildemaro Vargas from the Arizona Diamondbacks for cash considerations.The teams announced the deal on Tuesday. The 29-year-old Vargas was one of the D-backs’ primary backups last season, playing in 92 games while batting .269 with six homers and 24 RBIs. He can play all four infield positions.Vargas played in eight games this season, going 3 for 20 at the plate, before being designated for assignment on Aug. 6.Image credits: AP center_img Last Updated: 12th August, 2020 07:44 IST Twins Acquire INF Ildemaro Vargas From Diamondbacks The teams announced the deal on Tuesday. The 29-year-old Vargas was one of the D-backs’ primary backups last season, playing in 92 games while batting .269 with six homers and 24 RBIs. He can play all four infield positions WATCH US LIVE LIVE TV First Published: 12th August, 2020 07:44 ISTlast_img read more

How did Chelsea and Arsenal’s outcasts Mata, Jenkinson, Bendtner and Essien fare?

first_imgThe Capital One Cup is often used as an opportunity for the out-of-favour Premier League stars to force their way into a manager’s plans. Chelsea and Arsenal have their fair share of outcasts, but how did they get on in the London derby?Lukasz Fabianski (Arsenal)This was his chance to impress Wenger — but sadly he was let down by a dreadful mistake.Verdict: Still second choice behind Wojciech Szczesny.Carl Jenkinson (Arsenal)Been itching for a chance to play. It came last night — but he didn’t take it. Wanted the ground to swallow him up after his awful mistake. In fairness, though, worked hard to atone for his error, but the damage was done.  Verdict: Stay in the reserves.Thomas Vermaelen (Arsenal)Slotted seamlessly into central-defence like he has played all season and showed he is more than an able deputy should Per Mertesacker or Laurent Koscielny suffer injury or loss of form. Verdict: Ready for a first-team recall.Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) Found his chances restricted by Kieran Gibbs’ excellent start to the season. Nacho (right) is comfortable on the ball  but doesn’t offer as much as Gibbs in final third.Verdict: On the bench for now.Nicklas Bendtner (Arsenal)His presence on the pitch merely underlines Arsenal’s lack of depth up front. Not match fit and offered nothing in attack.Verdict: Embarrassing. Stay in the reserves, if he is lucky Mark Schwarzer (Chelsea)The Australian could have saved 15 penalties and he still would not have a chance of displacing Petr Cech. A sound game from the veteran keeper, though.Verdict: Still second choice behind Cech. David Luiz (Chelsea)Sloppy in possession at times and wasn’t always on the same wavelength as his team-mates. Defensively sound but that had more to do with Bendtner’s poor display than anything else. Verdict: Didn’t do enough to oust either Gary Cahill or John Terry.Michael Essien (Chelsea)At times Essien showed the power that made him one of the most feared midfield generals in European football. Faded a little towards the end but he can still cut it at Chelsea.Verdict: Should come into contention for Chelsea’s less competitive games.Juan Mata (Chelsea) How is this man not a regular for Mourinho’s side? Oozed class on the ball last night and at the heart of some of Chelsea’s best moves — and THAT goal. Wow. Classy footballer.Verdict: Too good to be on the bench. He needs to play — or leave.last_img read more

Chris Chelios says Mike Babcock was ‘verbally assaulting’ Detroit Red Wings’ Johan Franzen

first_imgThe days since the Toronto Maple Leafs fired head coach Mike Babcock have been filled with allegations of bullying and abuse against him and now-former Calgary Flames coach Bill Peters. On Tuesday, a Hockey Hall of Famer levied new accusations against Babcock that stem from their time together with the Detroit Red Wings.Chris Chelios — who played 26 seasons in the NHL — alleged on Barstool Sports’ Spittin Chiclets podcast on Monday that Mike Babcock verbally assaulted former Red Wings forward Johan Franzen to the point that Franzen had a nervous breakdown. “Yeah, that would be an easy one. It would be Johan Franzen,” Chelios responded when podcast co-host Bissonette asked him if Babcock’s coaching style ever put players in a poor mental state.”What [Babcock] did to him at the end, he was hurt at the time, it was the playoffs I think we lost to [the Nashville Predators], we got upset with Nashville. Some of the things [Babcock said to Franzen] on the bench, I don’t know what he said to him behind closed doors one-on-one, but he blatantly verbally assaulted him during the game on the bench.”Franzen, 39, remains under contract with Detroit through 2019-20 but has not played in the NHL since October 2015 due to lingering problems from post-concussion syndrome. He revealed in a December 2018 interview that he fights a daily battle with depression, anxiety and panic attacks and said he was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder after stepping away from hockey. “It got to the point where poor Johan, no one really knowing he was suffering with the concussion thing and the depression thing, he just broke down and had a nervous breakdown,” Chelios added. “Not only on the bench but after the game in one of the rooms in Nashville. That was probably the worst thing I’ve ever seen.”Below is an excerpt of Chelios’ interview with Spittin Chiclets released on Dec. 2.Babcock verbally assaulted Johan Franzen on the bench, causing Franzen a nervous break down pic.twitter.com/KBU3Qf5q7B— Peter Andrianopoulos (@peterandri) December 2, 2019Chelios and Franzen played together on the Red Wings from 2005-09, but he remained within the Detroit organization as a front office executive and assistant coach for the remainder of Franzen’s NHL career. The Red Wings moved from the Western Conference to the East in division realignment ahead of the 2013-14 season, suggesting this particular incident between Babcock and Franzen happened during one of two Nashville-Detroit playoff series in either 2008 or 2012. According to Chelios, no veterans on the team — which included Red Wings legends Nicklas Lidstrom and Henrik Zetterberg — confronted Babcock about this behavior and that when general manager Ken Holland was alerted of the incident, he stood behind his head coach.”Guys talked, obviously, amongst each other,” Chelios said on the podcast. “But when something did happen and there was some second-guessing and it got to Kenny Holland, Kenny Holland came down to the room and had this speech and supported Mike Babcock. It was a great speech, but [it was to tell everybody] in the room that if you don’t like it, you could be traded. ‘Come up and see me, you can be traded.’ So that was kind of the way that ended.”The podcasters — Barstool Sports blogger Rear Admiral and former NHLers Ryan Whitney and Paul Bissonnette — said that Chelios reached out to them in the wake of Babcock’s firing.last_img read more

Former supervisor Amosson, former Clear Lake Chamber executive director Collins have died

first_imgBob Amosson (photo Hogan Bremer Moore Colonial Chapels)== Former supervisor Bob Amosson died Tuesday. Amosson served on the Board of Supervisors for 14 years until 2014. Amosson was a farmer and former state mediator before deciding to run for the board’s second district seat. Amosson at the time of his retirement cited among the county’s biggest accomplishments during his time on the board being the county’s support of the $400 million Alliant Energy Plant, the construction of the Law Enforcement Center in 2004, as well as the the county and City of Clear Lake being part of a joint effort to establish the CLEAR Project. Amosson was 73. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. == Former Clear Lake Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Corporation executive director David Collins also died earlier this week. Collins spent 12 years in Clear Lake before moving on to be the executive director of the Hubbard County Regional Economic Development Commission in Park Rapids Minnesota. Since December 2018, he was the executive director of the Washington Economic Development Group in Washington Iowa. The Washington Chamber of Commerce in a press release said Collins spent the last month traveling with friends and family, with police finding he had died at home after being requested to check on him on Wednesday. Collins was 63. Services are pending at this time. CLEAR LAKE — A former Cerro Gordo County supervisor and the former head of the Clear Lake Chamber of Commerce have both died earlier this week:last_img read more

400K+ Iowans still without power after storm, the wait may be days long

first_imgSeveral thousand utility workers are fanned out across Iowa, trying to restore electricity to more than 400-thousand people who still don’t have it after Monday’s storm. MidAmerican Energy says 200-thousand of its customers remain without power. Spokeswoman Tina Hoffman says it could take a couple of days to restore everyone.“There is so much tree damage and in addition to line crews, that we have ready to do that work, we have tree crews that sometimes have to go before them to get debris cleared out of the way, get the trees off lines, those kinds of things,” Hoffman says, “so it’s really a layered process.” Hoffman says utility crews from as far away as Colorado are helping, with more on the way. She says all of MidAmerican’s crews are being called back to Iowa.“MidAmerican has crews helping out on the East Coast as well from last week’s storm,” she says. “We’ve called those crews back because things are looking a lot better over there and obviously, we have outages and our customers need those crews on the ground here.” Hoffman says some customers might be without power for a couple of days — and they should treat all downed wires as if they’re energized.“Stay away from those lines,” Hoffman says. “If there are trees on them, our crews will take care of those things. Customers should not try to handle those things on their own.” Alliant Energy says about 210-thousand of its customers are without power this (Tuesday) morning. In Cedar Rapids, officials imposed an overnight curfew so crews could work safely to clear trees and other debris from city streets.last_img read more

Big guns ready for Camperdown Classic, Western Relays

first_imgThe Camperdown Classic and the Milo Western Relays will highlight track and field action today as both cities get set for some explosive competition with the National Stadium and the Montego Bay Sports Complex setting the respective stages. Several of the Racers Track Club’s household names are expected to feature at the National Stadium with 2011 world champion over the 100m Yohan Blake set for his first run this season with a 400m assignments. Jevaughn Minzie, Kemar Bailey-Cole and former Calabar star Michael O’Hara are also all expected to compete in the one lap event. Defending national boys’ champions Calabar High will again show up in large numbers and will have Jamaica College, Wolmer’s Boys and St Jago High for company, while on the female side, Vere Technical and St. Jago High are expected to lock horns with the likes of Immaculate, Convent of Mercy (Alpha), The Queen’s School and Camperdown set to join them. Cynthia Cook, a member of the Organising Committee is excited about today’s event. “I am very overwhelmed with the number of entries, and despite the entries being closed on Wednesday, we have been getting a lot of calls for late entries, but we just couldn’t take anymore. All is set for a day of fun and excitement, and the meet will be streaming live once again following an absence last year,” said Cook. Camperdown past student Rasheed Dwyer, 200m champion at the World University Games and Commonwealth Games 200 will be the honouree at the meet. Galaxy of stars In Montego Bay, fans will get a chance to see double Olympic female champion, Elaine Thompson and several members from the MVP Track Club who did very well at the Rio Olympic Games last year. These include 100m bronze medallist Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and 400m bronze medallist Shericka Jackson, along with 100m finalist, Christania Williams and 400m finalist Stephenie-Ann McPherson. On the male side, Julian Forte who ended last season in fine style will be looking to impress, while his teammate Nesta Carter is expected to make an appearance following his absence from the track last year. The MVP athletes are expected to get strong competition in the relays from the G.C. Foster College and Sprintec teams, which overshadowed athletes from MVP last year. Things should also be exciting among the high schools, especially among the females with three of the most powerful female teams Edwin Allen, Holmwood Technical and Hydel all sending strong squads to the second city. On the male side it should be a battle royale between Kingston College and St. Elizabeth Technical, where the 4x400m and 4x800m. The meet will begin at 12:00 noon with the Class One boys’ 110m hurdles.last_img read more

Business community flays Govt on high crime wave

first_imgThe recent upsurge in criminal activities across the country seemed to have cracked the nerve of the businessPublic Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattancommunity as it came out swinging at the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change Administration, for what it said seems to be its inability to take control of the situation.Officials of the Central Corentyne and Berbice Chambers of Commerce (CC&BCC) on Thursday first criticised the new Administration, pointing out that it appears to be powerless and ineffectual in tackling the situation.“Government seems powerless, ineffectual, and out of their league in fighting crime. It is extremely disappointing as the coalition campaigned very strongly on this issue and we were all optimistic with all the military, ex-commissioners and other ‘experts’ at their disposal and now we have a situation in Berbice that is far worse than we have ever experienced,” the organisations, which represents the interest of businesses in Berbice said in a statement.The two groups in a joint statement said “everyone seems to be a sitting duck, as it seems every day a business is held up and residents beaten and robbed in their homes, this coupled with the depressed business environment, makes it exceedingly burdensome for businesses and ordinary citizens to cope. President Granger and the Government has miserably failed the people of this country to provide protection and security”.Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan also came under fire for his seemingly reluctant and unconcerned disposition at addressing the situation head on in the ancient county.The Minister reportedly told the business community in the region that he had no time to deal with their concerns as he was extremely busy with the preparation for the country’s 50thIndependence anniversary celebration slated for next month.“The present Security Minister, who we strongly believe will not be able to support and motivate the Force, is too busy preparing for the jubilee celebrations than meet with the Chambers at our request to discuss the present situation… He wants us to do his work for him. We must document what we feel he should do in the present situation and send it to him, instead of his coming to us to hear what we have to say and see if any of it can be implemented. Since we have to wait over one month to get a meeting with the Minister, let the public be the judge of his priorities.”The Chambers articulated that that Police morale is low, with officers uncertain and afraid to shoot. They said this should be taken in context of President Granger’s insistence on pardoning criminals, stating that “it is no surprise that gun crimes have spiralled out of control. Bandits have become more emboldened by the Government’s approach.”Just recently, a Police was almost killed by a bandit in Rose Hall in the presence of his armed colleagues.The Government’s policy on crime needs a serious overhaul. The Government appears weak, soft and sympathetic to criminals, contrast this with the late President Hoyte’s no-nonsense and aggressive approach to the ‘kick down the door bandits’ in the eighties, President Granger being a historian should go back and study and implement the strategies used by President Hoyte, who on assuming office in the eighties quickly brought the crime spree under control,” the Chamber said.In light of Ramjattan’s remark for the CC&BCC to provide their input, the Chambers have suggested several things that could be done to tackle crime in Berbice. These include quick response teams to be located in Berbice, establishing a permanent SWAT teams in the county; Government’s unconditional support for our Policemen and women; increase in salary, pay salaries on time; increased Police patrols; and the Rose Hall Police Outpost should be converted into a Police station. The CC&BCC added that the Force needs more manpower and vehicles, in addition to training and education. They also suggested the exploration of the possibility of CCTV cameras and duty-free concessions for security equipment.Meanwhile, following the release by the Berbice Chambers of Commerce, the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) in a statement also expressed extreme concern over the mounting crime situation.The GCCI brought into account the brazen attack on the Ramada Princess Hotel Casino and the killings earlier this month of rice farmers Mohammed Munir and his wife Jamilla.GCCI said that with the independence jubilee fast approaching, the authorities have to do more to arrest the crime situation.It lamented that years of changes and the provision of resources to the Police seemed to have little or no impact. According to the GCCI, there is an urgent need for a national discussion on the long-term capacity of the Police to handle crime.last_img read more

Mental Health Unit refurbished

first_img… has five psychiatristsThe level of mental health care offered by the Ministry of Public Health will be improved and the Mental Health Unit will seek to further decentralise its service to the community level.Minister within the Public Health Ministry, Dr Karen Cummings, speaking on the issue of decentralisation said that the ministry has already commenced the process of conducting an hunman resources review that will lead to an HR strategic Plan after which the ministry and its partners will identify, train, and allocate additional resources to boost the mental health services particularly at the community level.The Public Health Ministry’s Mental Health UnitMinister Cummings also identified the need for a review of the current mental health legislation that does not allow for extensive mental health care and is outdated. It has also been recognised that persons with mental disorders are more prone to become victims of suicide.“Several risk factors contribute to the high suicide rates in Guyana. The most common risk factors identified are acute emotional distress and depression. This factor accounts for 36.6 per cent of all cases. The care of the mentally ill is provided under the legislative framework of the Mental Health Ordinance of 1930, which is antiquated and fails to make provision for the protection of the rights of people with mental disorders.”Meanwhile, Director of the Mental Health Unit, Dr Meenawattie Rajkumar, in an invited telephone comment with Government Information Agency (GINA), stated that the unit had not been properly structured to cater to mentally ill patients prior to May 2016.Dr Rajkumar added that the unit can now offer counselling and occupational therapy to these patients in a refurbished environment. She said that the unit is equipped with five psychiatrists, eight Social Workers and a pharmacy for the patients to have easier access to treatment.She remarked that the aim of the Metal Health Unit is to break the stigma that is attached to mental illness in Guyana. Located at 252 Quamina Street, South Cummingsburg, the unit caters for patients with mental disorders on an out-patient basis.The unit’s Director said that the Public Health Ministry intends to upgrade the GPHC’s psychiatric department as a specialised in-patient unit, housing patients according to their level of diagnosis.The organisation of mental health services, beds and professionals in Guyana is currently centralised, responding to persons with mental disorders and concentrating them at the National Psychiatric Hospital at Canje, Berbice and the Georgetown Public Hospital Psychiatric ward.Persons with mental disorders are reported to suffer discrimination in their communities, workplaces, educational institutions, judicial services and the health care system.last_img read more