Irish engineers study at ND

first_imgThough every Notre Dame student may be Irish in spirit, five graduate students in Notre Dame’s ESTEEM program are also Irish by birth. Ireland natives Tom Collins, Conor O’Donoghue, Shane McQuillian, Shane McCarthy and Anthony O’Sullivan are students pursuing graduate degrees in Notre Dame’s Engineering, Science, Technology and Entrepreneurship Excellence masters program (ESTEEM). The ESTEEM program is structured so interested students can study advanced engineering concepts while learning the fundamentals of innovative business practice.  The program equips science and engineering graduate students to create marketable, profitable business products with whatever specific technical expertise they possess. O’Donoghue, native of Clonakilty in County Cork and University College Cork (UCC) graduate, said the ESTEEM program fosters ingenuity in its students. “In the ESTEEM program, they’re always encouraging us to come up with our own ideas and pursue them. … We may or may not have a few ideas on our own, we might start up our own companies,” he said. The adjustment to living in the United States has been relatively easy one, the students said.  McQuillan, a native of Carrickmacross in County Monaghan and Dublin City University alumnus, said one of the biggest differences appears at mealtimes. “They hold their knife and fork in the wrong hand – we do it the other way around,” McQuillan said. “I have allergies, so I can’t find as much to eat. … I can’t eat wheat.” O’Sullivan, born in Killarney, County Kerry, and a UCC alumnus, said he misses the Irish landscape. “I live out in the countryside, up on a hill. … Where I am, there are mountains all around me,” O’Sullivan said.  “It’s less green here and very flat. … It’s different.” Collins, from Clonakilty, West County Cork, and alumnus of University College Dublin (UCD) said he’s noticed Americans have certain expectations of Irishmen. “There’s a big difference between what they perceive Ireland to be and what Ireland actually is. … I don’t think we live up to expectations,” Collins said.  “They think we’re fakes, we have to keep proving we’re Irish because apparently other fellows put on the accent and because we don’t all have ginger hair. … I think they expect us to be jigging about the place and drinking all the time.” O’Donoghue said watching the Irish play Navy in Ireland was an amusing experience for the graduate students.  “We were at O’Rourke’s Public House for the Irish-Navy game, and this camera crew found out we were Irish, and the reporter came over to interview us,” O’Donoghue said.  “We told her we came over [to the U.S.] to watch the game.” O’Donoghue said the academic atmosphere provided for the students allows for collaborative innovation and building networks. “There are a bunch of start-up companies in Innovation Park, and we’re immersed in there,” O’Donoghue said.  “It’s a great place to be located. … There are a lot of research labs and plenty of room.” ESTEEM’s students study in Innovation Park, the space developed to house multiple start-up companies in addition to the program’s participants.  Students complete 12 credit hours of customized commercial courses and six credit hours of science and/or engineering electives.  Collins said Ireland’s undergraduate universities structure their programs very differently from the American model. “We’d have maybe three assignments at most in a given month, whereas here, there’s at least something every week – it’s a different kind of system,” Collins said.  “I bought one book in my four years of undergrad, and I have seven at the moment.” Each student in the ESTEEM program also completes a capstone thesis, a yearlong project culminating in the defense of the thesis in early June.  The projects are picked based on personal skills and interests, McCarthy said. “One great thing about ESTEEM is that even though my project wasn’t on the list over the summer when we were trying to work out what our projects should be, when I came they could see that I wasn’t exactly fitting into a project that suited me, so they saw that this other project is going on somewhere else and put me into that stream,” he said. McCarthy said he wanted to use what he learned as an energy engineer in his undergraduate studies in his thesis project. “My technical basis is generating electricity, and I did charity work in Zambia, which are brought together perfectly for me in my project,” McCarthy said.  “I’m working on bringing renewable technologies into third world countries to promote economic growth.” O’Sullivan said his association with his project grew out of his ability to bring a unique perspective. “I’m working on the development and application of ionic liquids,” O’Sullivan said.  “The reason that they’re interested in me is that everyone who was helping them so far were all chemical engineers and all think the same, so they were looking with someone who thinks differently – that’s why they’re interested in me.” McQuillan said he is excited about the potential of his project as a marketable concept. “I’m working on a healthcare mobile application,” he said.  “I think it has a lot of potential – it’s a big market and I think it will be a good area to get involved with.” Collins said the program is perfect for science and engineering graduates who harbor ambitions about pursuing business. “I think all of us have ambitions to go into business, it’s ideal for that point of view,” Collins said.  “It’s a fantastic opportunity to pursue.”last_img read more

Efficiency Vermont named USDA Partner of Year

first_imgEfficiency Vermont has been named U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development 2006 Partner of the Year. Efficiency Vermont was chosen to receive this award for its promotion of rural economic development through energy conservation. Efficiency Vermont was recognized for playing an essential role in helping businesses throughout Vermont secure funding from USDA Rural Development’s Renewable Energy/Energy Efficiency grant and loan programs. Efficiency Vermont is currently operated by Vermont Energy Investment Corporation, a non-profit organization based in Burlington since 1986.Efficiency Vermont was created by the Vermont Legislature and the Vermont Public Service Board to help all Vermonters reduce energy costs, strengthen the economy and protect Vermont’s environment. Vermont Energy Investment Corporation is under contract to the Vermont Public Service Board. For more information, contact Efficiency Vermont at 1-888-921-5990 or visit efficiencyvermont.comUSDA Rural Development’s mission is to increase economic opportunity and improve the quality of life in Rural America. They do this by providing financial and technical assistance to foster growth in existing and new opportunities for business development, home ownership, and critical community and technology infrastructure. Last year, Rural Development invested $62,395,244 in Vermont, including $1,625,908 for renewable energy and energy efficiency projects. To learn more about USDA Rural Development programs, call Donna Montgomery at 802-828-6031 or visit the Web site at– 30 —last_img read more

The Weapons Used During the Occupation of the Favelas in Rio

first_imgBy Dialogo December 30, 2010 This shows that government power used immediately brings positive results to the society suffering at the hands of bandits stealing the peace of the citizens. Congratulations to the Government of Rio. And may God protect all officers who are on mission. May the flag of peace be present. Wander. Belém. Pará The end of November and beginning of December were a unique moment for the population of Rio de Janeiro: at first, criminals who had been dislodged from several important domains frightened the population with several attacks out on the streets, using an explicitly terrorist modus operandi. Subsequently, imagining themselves very powerful in dominating a large area – the occupation of which, overly costly in terms of manpower and resources, was not expected so soon – they thought they could challenge the forces of the state. After one week, in an operation that brought together police and military personnel, the criminals were literally put to flight and suffered an unprecedented loss in terms of members arrested (and killed), as well as weapons and drugs seized. As in a guerrilla war, the drug traffickers held that Leopoldina slum area as a liberated area, and they did not expect that the state, aware of the logistical problems in carrying out large-scale police operations in the neighborhood, would respond to the provocation of numerous well-armed bandits who, from high above, showed themselves off to the TV cameras. The traffickers were mistaken in their evaluation, and in less than twenty-four hours, numerous elite police officers started to make incursions against the criminals’ redoubts in Vila Cruzeiro, providentially transported in M-113 and LVTP-7 armored vehicles belonging to the Brazilian Marine Corps. The tracked vehicles belonging to the Marines, infinitely more mobile than the “Caveirões” or “skulls,” police armored vehicles, climbed the slopes, overcame the obstacles placed in the streets by the traffickers, and carried the police officers safely, despite a considerable volume of shots coming from the criminals that left marks on the vehicles. The inadequacy of our police’s armored transport vehicles has been known for a long time, and certainly the success of the operation would have been compromised without the participations of the Navy’s armored vehicles. Oddly, the same M-113s that were used by the Marines to transport the BOPE (the Police Special Operations Battalion) are part of the equipment of numerous police forces in the United States and in other countries as well, such as the Netherlands. The difference is that while for any other police force, exposure to a large volume of shots is an occasional episode (the reason why they use few of these armored military vehicles), in Rio de Janeiro, regular police units are fighting criminals armed with rifles, grenades, and machine guns practically everywhere; therefore, they all need armored vehicles for transporting their personnel, who need to be prepared to be shot at several times during each excursion. It is striking that, although the use of military armored vehicles impressed the population a great deal and surprised the bandits as well, the drug traffickers took no more elaborate defensive actions that might have posed a risk to the vehicles and their occupants. Once more, the criminals demonstrated the elementary level of their technology and their tactical disorganization. Despite having a highly lethal arsenal, they were incapable of using even the weapons they had in their hands. Besides the weapons they showed off in the television networks’ long-distance camera footage, the criminals held a significant quantity of armaments that could have made the police invasion far more costly. Besides older weapons such as CZ (Mauser-style) repeating rifles, ZB-ZV medium machine guns (probably from Bolivia), different models of air-cooled .30-caliber (7.62×63) Browning machine guns, Madsen machine guns, .30-caliber (7.62×63) Browning automatic rifles (BAR), and American Garand rifles (in various conditions), there were also seized AK-47/AKM rifles, AR-15/M-16/M-4s (in various configurations and conditions), Ruger Mini-14s, HK G-3s, Steyr AUGs, SIG-550s, M1 carbines, FMK-3 Argentine submachine guns, clandestinely made submachine guns, Thompson M1s (.45 ACP caliber), and even an extremely rare MAT-49 (9×19 caliber) from France. Several modern pistols were seized, especially Glocks, but the seized model that attracted the most attention was a Desert Eagle pistol, .50 AE caliber. I honestly cannot come up with a use for such a pistol, a true hand cannon, more powerful than a .44 Magnum. The result obtained from it (grasping it with some difficulty and dealing with a very strong recoil) could be very well obtained with a shot from an AK-47. A weapon like this, with expensive and difficult-to-obtain ammunition, serves more for a show of power by some criminal leader. A large diversity of weapons was seized, which according to what we know, the criminals acquired as purchases of opportunity, independent of whether they knew how to use them or not. Not uncommonly, the suppliers of different factions are the same, and there are cases in which purchases are made merely to deny the equipment to a rival. During the seizures, it was noticed that the storage of these guns was, most of the time, poor, as well as that of the large supply of ammunition. I was shocked by the quantity of armor-piercing .30-caliber (7.26×63) ammunition. There were many clips of such ammunition for Garand rifles. Many of the weapons used were already defective or with damaged parts. Unfortunately, it was not possible to examine them in greater detail in order to determine how many and which ones were really in working condition; on the other hand, if out of five machine guns, one works well, that would already give the criminals a formidable amount of firepower. A ZB-ZV machine gun shooting armor-piercing bullets would be a headache even for the Marines in their M-113s. In the same way, the UH-1 belonging to the PCERJ (the Rio de Janeiro State Civil Police), misleadingly described as a “flying tank,” would have to use more caution during its overflights. The seizures also did not fail to include the empty fiber tubes (not rechargeable) of the Swedish anti-tank AT-4, as well as an old 3.5” bazooka made in the U.S. that was in such good condition that it looked like it had been taken from a museum. Funny thing that that no soldiers or marines serving in the Brazilian Armed Forces today have had the opportunity to operate this weapon, given how long it has been since it was abandoned by the EB (the Brazilian Army) and the CFN (the Marine Corps)! I did not see ammunition for this weapon, although ammunition for this kind of bazooka has been found in Rio before. An empty metallic tube from an M-72 rocket launcher (66 mm LAW) was also found, hidden in a trash can. This weapon (capable of penetrating the armor of the tracked vehicles used in the operation) has not been found, as of today, but it really is concerning, since there is a long history of seizures of working examples in conjunction with criminal arrests, in Rio de Janeiro and in other Brazilian cities. The sight of all this seized material and the use our criminals make of it really helps to calm our fears, although I do not imagine that they will remain at this elementary level for the rest of their lives. We must not lay back counting on that.last_img read more

Southcom ‘Part of Solution’ to Drug Crime

first_imgBy Dialogo March 09, 2012 The U.S. Southern Command’s central mission — disrupting transnational trafficking in drugs, weapons, cash and people in Central and South America –- is too large and complex for even a U.S. combatant command to tackle alone, Southcom’s commander said on March 7 in a testimony to the House of Representatives Armed Services Committee. Air Force Gen. Douglas M. Fraser said that in line with the president’s strategy targeting transnational organized crime, Southcom works with other U.S. government agencies and international partners’ military and law enforcement agencies to track, capture and prosecute people who have made several countries in the Americas the most violent in the world. Success in that effort rests on the command’s other primary mission of building international and interagency partnership and cooperation, the general told reporters. Southcom is “only one part of the solution” to transnational organized crime and its effects in Central and South America, Fraser noted. Both the United States and the international community are intent on the issue, he added. “We’re working to pull together all the various agencies, capabilities, and [the] international community to improve our ability to coordinate and focus our efforts to address this larger problem,” he said. While transnational organized crime is not a traditional military threat, Fraser said, the violence and corruption stemming from the global drug trade in countries south of the United States has, in many cases, destroyed law enforcement and judicial processes. Fraser said he doesn’t see either an internal or external conventional military threat in the region, but many countries are using their militaries to augment too-small or corrupt police forces. Transnational crime’s greatest impact is in Central America, he said. Honduras in 2011 led the world in per capita murders, with 86 per 100,000 people, Fraser noted. El Salvador’s murder rate is 66 per 100,000, he added, while Guatemala’s overall rate is 41 per 100,000, with higher peaks in parts of the country. Those three countries do use their military forces in crime-fighting efforts, Fraser said. He noted Honduras has committed half of its forces to the effort, and Guatemala has employed forces in 60-day sieges against high-crime areas. “[Southcom’s] efforts along those lines are to help support the militaries with training, with some equipping — to help them work with law enforcement as well as address the traffic as it enters Central America,” he added. Fraser said Southcom’s forces pursue a more conventional military mission along the region’s coastlines, where for 20 years they have spotted and monitored air- and sea-based drug movement from northern South America through the Caribbean to various destinations — most commonly, now, in Central America. Southcom still conducts training and disaster-preparedness exercises and other traditional military-to-military engagements with partner forces in the region, Fraser said, but international and U.S. efforts are mostly aimed at disrupting drug trade. For example, Operation “Martillo”, or Hammer, is focused on air and maritime surveillance of the Caribbean and eastern Pacific using Southcom assets including Navy and Coast Guard ships and Navy, Air Force and U.S. Customs and Border Protection aircraft, Fraser noted. Operation Hammer has in 45 days netted 3.5 metric tons of cocaine and 10 smuggling vessels, but the effort’s overall aim is to use persistent surveillance to force traffickers to move their shipping routes into international waters, the general said.last_img read more

Small tourist destinations show the greatest interest in interpretive guidance

first_imgThe only male student and a great lover of the garden of his village was Claudio Grbac, a versatile Šišanac who, in addition to working in a bank and growing olives, is extremely active in the Italian Community as a singer and dancer in folklore and a member of the choir, as well as a dancer in Medulin folklore. and a member of the Pula klapa. “I am extremely glad that the first such course was organized in our area, because I think that this is a great way to discover the unknown heritage. We all know about the Arena, St. Euphemia and the Euphrasian Basilica, but with this course the focus is on the hidden part of Istria and proves that even the smallest place can be heritage-valued and promoted. I am proud as a Šišanac that the heritage I grew up with has become important and recognized. Wanting to join the efforts of the Tourist Board of the Municipality of Ližnjan, I intend to become a guide because I want it to be well valorized. All guests who come to us and stay in apartments should get to know better the destination they came to Said Grabac. In our country, it is held by the first Croatian certified trainer, Iva Silla, who is also the author and leader of narrative and gamma tours of Zagreb called Secret Zagreb. The recently completed course in Šišan is the fifth in a series of courses organized mostly in small tourist destinations in which more than 40 guide interpreters have grown up. New courses follow that confirm the importance of interpretive guidance in heritage valorization and the creation of innovative tourism products The Tourist Board of the Municipality of Ližnjan is the first Istrian tourist board to recognize the value of the five-day course “Certified Interpretation Guide” of the Interpret Europe association.  Tečaj “Certificirani interpretacijski vodič” kroz 5 dana i 40 vrlo zahtjevnih sati, u kojima je čak 70% praktičnog rada, suočava vodiče (i sve one s iskustvom u vođenju) s redefiniranjem dosadašnjeg načina rada i strukturiranja tura te im daje nove alate za rad. Poticanje brige o zajedničkoj baštini, pretvaranje predmeta i pojava u iskustva, poticanje stvaranja dubljih, emocionalnih veza s naslijeđem, otkrivanje puta do dubljeg značenja sve su to postulati interpretacije baštine koje treneri praktičnim radom prenose na polaznike. We consider the course an investment in the creation of innovative tourist products – Natali Palko Zirdum, director of the Tourist Board of the Municipality of Ližnjan Thanks to field work and valuable study of Šišan’s heritage, the hitherto neglected potential of Šišan has been put in the focus of numerous guides who will henceforth include it in their guides and thus provide it with richer tourist facilities. ”We are very happy that Šišan, as well as the entire municipality of Ližnjan, was the most studied place in Istria during two weekends in March. By organizing this course, we have made a big step forward in the research and tourist evaluation of our heritage, especially Šišan and Ližnjan, which have shone with numerous, hitherto hidden, heritage stories. Considering that almost all participants came to us from all over Istria and that we had four local participants, including me, in addition to education, a great synergy was achieved, which is why we are optimistic about the future. We consider the course an investment in the creation of innovative tourism products with an emphasis on greater involvement of the local community, which is the foundation for the preservation of our heritage”Emphasized Natali Palko Zirdum, director of the Tourist Board of the Municipality of Ližnjan.center_img Trenerica Iva Silla izuzetno je zadovoljna proaktivnom grupom polaznika u Šišanu, a o daljnim koracima kaže: “Sljedeći tečaj počinje ubrzo u Vrsaru, organizira ga TZ Grada Vrsara u sklopu slovensko-hrvatskog projekta Uživam tradiciju. Nakon ljetne pauze u kojoj su vodiči zauzeti vođenjima u Hrvatskoj i izvan nje, kreće sljedeći ciklus tečajeva za koje su zanimanje pokazala i kontinentalna odredišta. Razvoj interpretacije baštine u punom je zamahu što me kao trenericu izuzetno raduje. Raznovrsna i bogata baština naše zemlje fantastična je osnova za kreiranje kreativnih i održivih turističkih sadržaja, a ovaj tečaj predstavlja kvalitetan i odmah primjenjiv alat za postizanje tog cilja” concluded Iva Silla.   Why wouldn’t a similar story be told in Ližnjan tomorrow? Certainly possible, it’s up to the people. After Žumberak, Bakar, Šibenik and Kastav, for the first time in Istria this course was organized in mid-March by the Tourist Board of the Municipality of Ližnjan, which confirmed the fact that small destinations best recognize its potential. More space was required for the course, and the participants, in addition to the locals, arrived in small Šišan from Rovinj, Pula, Medulin, Fažana, Novigrad and Zagreb.  Those who want market development, who are proactive and who break the status quo, no matter how “small or big” it may be, are growing and developing. If someone had said 5 or more years ago that people from Zagreb would get in a car and come to Baranja on weekends just for gastronomy, they would laugh and declare him crazy. But that is the reality and one “small” Baranja has positioned itself as a TOP destination in Slavonia. The European Heritage Interpretation Association Interpret Europe, which has over 800 members from 50 countries, has so far designed and conducted a series of courses to educate professionals in the field of heritage interpretation (guide, host, writer, planner, revived history). The longest-lasting and most elaborate education is certainly the course “Certified Interpretation Guide”, which, for almost a decade, has been conducted throughout Europe by trainers of the Interpret Europe association. last_img read more

Arsenal facing fight to stop Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s exit

first_img The 30-year-old’s future in north London has been uncertain for some time with his under-performing team-mates leaving the striker question his long term plans with the club. And, according to The Telegraph, a summer exit is looking likely for the striker, who joined from Borussia Dortmund for £56million in January 2018.Aubameyang was handed the captain’s armband in a bid to keep the Gabon star committed to the cause as Arsenal try to turn their poor season around. In the short term, the striker has pledged his commitment to the cause for the remainder of the season. Aubameyang has 18 months remaining on his contract with the Gunners, and wants to be playing Champions League football next season. The prospect of Mikel Arteta’s side rubbing shoulders with Europe’s elite come September are looking slim, leaving the Arsenal captain to weigh up his options.Sunday’s dramatic defeat to London rivals Chelsea leaves the Gunners in lowly 12th position, 11 points behind the Champions League places. Arsenal face a tough task of keeping hold of star man Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang with the Gunners star keen on playing Champions League football again.Advertisementcenter_img Read Also:Arsenal eye RB Leipzig’s Upamecano as Arteta’s first signingHowever, there is still hope Arsenal can qualify for club football’s elite competition via the Europa League, with a round of 32 tie against Olympiacos to take place in February.New boss Arteta, who returned to the Gunners earlier this month, risks losing two big name players in the dressing room in the coming months in Aubameyang and Granit Xhaka as he looks to steady the ship.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading…last_img read more

December 26, 2017 Police Blotter

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India dying to work with Pakistan, don’t want war: Shoaib Akhtar

first_imgLahore: Even as India and Pakistan continue to have hostile relations, former cricketer Shoaib Akhtar believes India’s path of progress goes through Pakistan and that’s why New Delhi is “dying to work” with Islamabad.Shoaib Akhtar, who worked in India as a broadcaster and commentator post-retirement, also believes Indian citizens don’t want any animosity or any type of war with Pakistan and it’s the Indian media which shows that a war will take place between the two Asian neighbors “tomorrow”.“India is a great place, the people are amazing. Never did I feel that they want any animosity or any type of war with Pakistan. But, when I went to their TVs etc. it feels as if war will happen tomorrow,” Akhtar said during a Pakistani chat show.“I have traveled extensively across India, have seen the country very closely, I can say today, India is dying to work with Pakistan. India’s path of progress goes through Pakistan, I am convinced,” he added.He also went on to add that owing to the coronavirus pandemic, India will incur heavy losses. 110 confirmed cases of coronavirus have been reported so far in India besides two loss of lives.“I hope India does not incur this loss and I hope they prosper, but it is all happening which is unfortunate,” Akhtar said.The former Pakistan speedster earlier had lashed out at those responsible for making the coronavirus infect humans and blamed China solely for the outbreak.“I don’t understand why you have to eat things like bats, drink their blood and urine and spread some virus across the globe…I’m talking about the Chinese people. They have put the world at stake. I really don’t understand how you can eat bats, dogs, and cats. I’m really angry,” Akhtar said in a video posted on his Youtube channel.“The whole world is at risk now. The tourism industry has been hit, the economy is badly affected and the whole world is going towards a lockdown.“I’m not against the people of China but I’m against the law of animals. I understand this may be your culture but this is not benefitting you now, it is killing humanity. I’m not saying you boycott the Chinese but there has to be some law. You cannot go on and eat anything and everything,” he added. IANSAlso Read: Shoaib Akhtar slams China; asks why you eat things like bats, drink their blood & urine…Also Watch: BJP city committee organizes Coronavirus awareness programme in Guwahati on Monday.last_img read more

Lock up: After dominance in win at Akron, SU defense looks for same against Heisman favorite Locker

first_img Comments Not 20 minutes after Syracuse had finished disparaging of Akron last Saturday, Chandler Jones was already thinking ahead. He knew the task at hand — well, almost. There was, well, this quarterback. Jones knew him as a pretty good quarterback, arguably the best player in the Pac-10. He’s the Heisman Trophy frontrunner. The potential No. 1 overall pick in next year’s NFL draft. Yeah, what was his name again? ‘Next week, you really have to focus,’ Jones said following SU’s victory over the Zips. ‘You have a good quarterback — Jake, or Chris, Locker. Whatever his name is. He’s supposed to be a first-round draft pick, but we should get ready for him and game plan.’ Whether Jones actually couldn’t remember or just didn’t want to give Jake Locker too much credit doesn’t matter much. After bending Akron quarterback Patrick Nicely to their will, Jones and the rest of the Syracuse (1-0) defense will face their first real test when they travel to Seattle to face the Heisman candidate Locker and Washington (0-1) at 7 p.m. Saturday (Fox Sports Northwest).AdvertisementThis is placeholder text ‘It’s a great opportunity,’ senior linebacker Doug Hogue said. ‘I can’t wait. The supposed No. 1 draft pick coming up in this draft. It’s great. I can’t wait to play him.’ Aside from containing Locker, SU will also be trying to begin the reversal of 45 years of futility on the West Coast. Syracuse is 1-11-1 in West Coast road games since 1964, a figure head coach Doug Marrone pointed out at his weekly press conference on Monday. To make the Orange’s task even more daunting, Washington is 23-2 at home since 1970 when facing an East Coast team. Nicely never stood a chance against a dominant SU defense that forced increasing pressure as the game progressed. He was hassled, sacked and knocked down, leading to a final stat line of 12-for-35 and just 111 yards passing. Following the Orange’s three turnovers, its defense proceeded to go out twice and force a three-and-out. The other time, backed up to its own 18-yard line, the defense didn’t allow any yards and forced the Zips to settle for a field goal. The unit didn’t allow a touchdown in the game, something it failed to do all of last season. The three points allowed were the lowest for the team since 2005. And immediately after the win, the unit turned its attention to the cream of the crop of NCAA quarterbacks. ‘I think if you just read the press clippings and the bios,’ Marrone said, ‘they’re all true. He’s a very, very talented quarterback who can run, move and throw the ball anywhere on the field. … He’s probably the top quarterback coming out this year. No disrespect to anyone else, but you still have to go out there and play and perform, at every level, at every position, no matter who you are.’ SU has had a taste of Locker before. Last time, it was the start of something big for Locker, and it was the continuation of a long trend downward for Syracuse football under former head coach Greg Robinson. Locker, then a redshirt freshman, torched the Orange in the first Friday night game ever in the Carrier Dome, using his wheels to open up the field. He rushed for 83 yards and two touchdowns, completing 14-of-19 passes along the way, in a 42-12 thrashing of SU. Derrell Smith remembers. He was a redshirt freshman in 2007, and a running back at that, the last time the Orange saw Locker. Smith recalls the game vividly, admittedly because he had a numbing headache for much of the following week from cut blocking a Washington defensive end. But he also remembers standing on the sidelines and watching Locker. ‘I do remember Jake Locker’s first game,’ Smith said. ‘He was extremely fast. I just remember that. We definitely won’t take his speed lightly.’ That speed is something that sets Locker apart. It’s the reason SU defensive coordinator Scott Shafer ‘looks like he does,’ tired and coughing profusely between answers from a sleepless half-week of game planning for Locker. What makes Locker so hard to defend, Shafer says, is his speed. Scrambling, he can turn a four-second play into an eight-second play, resulting in more ground for the line and linebackers to cover and more time for each member of the secondary to mark its man. And so, the matchup Shafer is keying on in his preparation is, to him, an obvious one. ‘Locker on all 11 (SU defenders),’ Shafer said. ‘He’s a guy that can take a play you have defended really well and move the pocket with his feet. … There’s a reason why he’s one of the top one, two or three quarterbacks in the nation. He’s the guy that keeps me up.’ With much of the concern on Locker in the Syracuse locker room, it’s not completely one-sided. In the early stages of watching film and preparing to rebound from a 23-17 loss to BYU last week, Locker realizes he is going up against what looks like a vastly improving defense. Last season, SU finished 37th in total defense. This year, after pummeling the Zips, the Orange stands ninth. ‘They’re fast,’ Locker said in a teleconference Monday. ‘They play hard. They get to the ball and make plays. From what I’ve seen, they’re just going to line up and play. They’re not going to do a whole lot of tricky stuff. … We’re going to have to do a good job on offense to move the ball on them.’ And while Locker familiarizes himself with the opposing squad, the Orange defense is getting to know him, too. After a week of preparation for that key matchup of one-on-11, it’s safe to say every single member of the Syracuse defense knows Jake Locker. Even if they don’t know it’s Jake. ‘We all know Jake Locker,’ Shafer said. ‘Everybody in America does. … So I’m sure Chandler knows that (now).’ Added Shafer, smirking: ‘I know one thing. I know it’s Jake.’ [email protected] Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Published on September 8, 2010 at 12:00 pmlast_img read more

PM tipped for further defeats says Paddy Power

first_img BGC: Government must ‘act fast’ and extend furlough scheme August 11, 2020 Submit StumbleUpon Share Related Articles Share Paddy Power raises awareness of Missing People with Motherwell ‘silhouette’ stand August 7, 2020 Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 As Parliament is due to be given another chance to vote for a general election on Monday, making it the second opportunity this week, Paddy Power has made it odds-on that MPs will choose to vote against an early election.Boris Johnson has faced a difficult week in Westminster, having faced a party rebellion, a number of resignations and a resounding defeat of his uncompromising Brexit policy. Paddy Power has now predicted that the odds of Britain leaving the European Union without a deal has increased from evens at the start of the week, now priced at 3/1 today.Spokesperson for Paddy Power commented: “If at first you don’t succeed, try again and hope for the best must be Boris Johnson’s motto, as it is revealed MPs will get another chance to vote on an early election on Monday.“But the odds suggest he is in for another defeat as Labour push back on a no-deal Brexit, with a vote in November now much more likely than earlier this week.”Odds of a general election taking place in November have fallen from 5/2 to 6/4, as Labour push to prevent a no-deal Brexit in October, while the odds of a Jeremy Corbyn government succeeding Boris Johnson have shortened to 2/1. Jo Johnson departing from the cabinet has appeared to be a major blow to Johnson’s strategy, which showed during yesterday’s speech which was intended to be the start of BoJo’s general election campaign.Paddy Power has pitted Johnson to become the shortest-serving PM ever, now priced at 7/5. Meanwhile the chance of a general election taking place next month is now rated 10/11, while it’s 6/4 to take place in November, 10/1 to take place in December or 8/1 to be 2020 or later.Whether Boris manages to recuperate any remnants of support from the party to push for an early general election is yet to be seen, but bookmakers will have their work cut out pricing such a turbulent market.last_img read more