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Three takeaways from No. 10 Notre Dame’s win over No. 18 Virginia

first_imgThis is a game the Fighting Irish will look back on with a huge sigh of relief when their season comes to an end.No. 10 Notre Dame took down No. 18 Virginia, 35-20, in South Bend on Saturday to move to 3-1 on the season, but they did it while trailing at the half, failing to recover an onside kick to start the second half and looking pretty lackadaisical for much of the game after losing its first contest of the year to Georgia last week. This was by no means a walk in the park for the Irish, who ran into a team in the Cavaliers (4-1) that looked like the better of the two over the first 30 minutes.But the Fighting Irish pulled away in the second half and that had everything to do with the pass rush. Related News Rondale Moore injury update: Purdue star receiver (leg) carted to locker room We say that to say this: Virginia has a pretty darn good football team, and Notre Dame is also coming off of a very tough matchup with one of the best teams in the country in Georgia.While Notre Dame didn’t play well this week, it doesn’t mean that makes Virginia any less good. The Cavaliers played very well in this game. They made some mistakes but to go into South Bend and push a top-10 team for the better part of three quarters is pretty darn impressive.At the same time, the Irish didn’t look particularly good. Quarterback Ian Book was just OK, the offensive line more or less didn’t look great, and honestly, on a one-game sample size, the Cavaliers appeared to have the better skill-position players. But don’t let either of those storylines warp what this game really told us: Virginia has a good team despite how Notre Dame played. It doesn’t take a lot of evaluation to come to that conclusion so don’t overthink it. Three takeaways from No. 10 Notre Dame’s win over No. 18 VirginiaNotre Dame’s front seven bailed out the IrishThe Irish were by no means leaps and bounds better than Virginia in this game. Cavaliers quarterback Bryce Perkins was really good in the first half as were his wide receivers while the Irish’s offense was really mediocre. But if there was any clear mismatch in this game it was Notre Dame’s front seven vs. Virginia’s pass protection.In the first half, the Cavaliers more or less dominated the game. Their quick passing game consistently moved the chains and their offense controlled the clock at will. But the Irish got a strip-sack in the second quarter which gave the offense a short field and a quick score. Apart from that sequence, the Cavaliers won the first half 17-7.Notre Dame’s Julian Okwara up to two sacks today with #Vikings GM Rick Spielman in the house, per @TJamesNDI. Okwara is a top-40ish prospect. pic.twitter.com/xHJzRNsa2Y— Darren Wolfson (@DWolfsonKSTP) September 28, 2019Then in the third quarter, the offense for Notre Dame once again struggled but the front seven bailed the Irish out again. They got two strip-sacks, one which set up the offense inside the 5-yard line and another returned for a score. Through three quarters Notre Dame’s defensive front essentially set up 21 of the team’s 28 points. Ian Book better be buying his defensive line steaks for the next week.Just dawned on me that a Tagovailoa could win the Heisman AND the @piesmantrophy. (That’s Myron Tagovailoa-Amosa, Tua’s cousin.) pic.twitter.com/BWnHZq3iGF— Mark Cooper (@mark_cooperjr) September 28, 2019JULIAN OKWARA WITH ANOTHER STRIP SACK!!ADE OGUNDEJI WITH THE SCOOP AND SCORE!!!IRISH UP 28-17!!! pic.twitter.com/gqbCrI1low— ND Whiteboard (@ND_Whiteboard) September 28, 2019Cavaliers abandoned what was workingThe game plan worked for Virginia in the first half. Perkins is a good passer, but he is especially good at getting the ball out of his hands quickly and letting his receivers go to work. In the first 30 minutes, that’s what the Cavaliers did a lot of and it set up a couple of nice touchdown passes.Bryce Perkins to Joe Reed for the 6 yard TOUCHDOWN🔥Virginia taking the lead early on Notre Dame#VirginiavsNotreDame pic.twitter.com/Qe7JCKKJO2— The Sideline Report (@SidelineReport_) September 28, 2019Bryce Perkins WANTS THE UPSET😲He finds Hasise Dubois and Virginia (+10.5) leads Notre Dame!pic.twitter.com/jFUXmdaobg— PointsBet Sportsbook (@PointsBetUSA) September 28, 2019Perkins was 18-of-22 passing for 235 yards and two touchdowns in the first half and Virginia led 17-14. In the second half, whether by design or an adjustment by the Irish defense, Perkins was holding the ball longer and longer and getting hit repeatedly. By the end of the third quarter, the Irish had eight sacks including the two strip-sacks that led to all of the Irish’s 14 points in those 15 minutes.So why did the Cavaliers go away from what was working? That’s a question their fans will be asking for hours after this one wraps up.Virginia is good and Notre Dame was also one week off a tough gameWe always want to speak in absolutes about football. We want a game to be a statement about which team was good and which was bad, who played well and who didn’t, but the truth is always somewhere in between even if we want every game to be some kind of grand declaration.last_img read more

Brookdale Community College Welcomes Its First Fulbright Scholar

first_img“We’re excited about having Mariana be a part of the language department because of the opportunities it affords her as a scholar and us as educators,” said William Burns, dean of the college’s Arts and Communications Division.Grassi earned a bachelor’s in education and literature, with a focus on English and Portuguese. She has taught languages in Brazil to children, teens and adults. She also has experience teaching disadvantaged students.In addition to offering academic support, she is teaching weekly lessons about Brazilian culture and is planning to start a Portuguese Club on the Lincroft campus. In order to learn about American culture, she is enrolled in two Brookdale classes, a French class and a conversional English class for non-native speakers.“She is living and experiencing our culture and blending it with her own,” Burns said.The FLTA Program is sponsored by the United States Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE).Host institutions are selected through a competitive application process, said Janice Thomas, director of the Brookdale Community College International Center. “They must demonstrate a commitment to international educational exchange and willingness to mentor and support a young FLTA throughout the scholar’s stay in the United States,” she said.Hosting a Brazilian FLTA is in keeping with Brookdale’s plan to nurture educational partnerships and is an outgrowth of Brookdale’s Brazil initiative begun in the fall 2011, Thomas said.In July, Brookdale signed a protocol of cooperation with Cameos Instituto da Cooperacao e da Lingua that opened the door for exchanges and partnerships with higher educational institutions in Portugal. Under the agreement, Camoes committed to helping Brookdale develop its Portuguese curriculum and Brookdale committed to promoting Portuguese language and culture though classes and programs related to Lusophone cultures.Additional information about Brookdale Community College international education programs and Brookdale initiatives in Brazil is available by contacting the International Education Center, 732-224-2799 or [email protected] LINCROFT – Brookdale Community College is hosting its first Fulbright scholar, Mariana Grassi of Pelotas, Brazil, during the 2013-2014 academic year as part of the Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant Program (FLTA).Grassi, a recent graduate of the Federal University of Pelotas, is providing tutoring and in-class support for students enrolled in Brookdale’s new elementary Portuguese class.Brookdale Community College President Dr. Maureen Murphy, left, welcomes the college’s first Fulbright scholar, Mariana Grassi, right, of Brazil, as Raquel Rosa, adjunct instructor of Portuguese, looks on.last_img read more

Leafs keep pace with Hawks by edging Spokane Braves 4-3

first_imgThe Nelson Leafs continue to be one of the elite teams in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League.The problem for the Leafs is another elite team plays in the same division.The Beaver Valley Nitehawks took over the lead in the Murdoch Division by completing the weekend sweep Sunday in Grand Forks with a 7-5 decision over the Border Bruins.The win keeps the Hawks in first place in the Murdoch Division, one point ahead of Nelson.Dallas Calvin was unstoppable for the Hawks, accumulating 13 points in three games to lead Beaver Valley. Sunday Calvin led the Hawks with three goals and an assist.Riley Brandt added a pair for Beaver Valley while Jeremy Lucchini and Braden Fuller added singles. Tucker Brown, with a pair, Lincoln Lane, Graham Watkins and Michael Rand replied for Grand Forks.Nelson kept pace with the Hawks, bouncing back from a loss Friday in Grand Forks to edge the Spokane Braves 4-3 Sunday at the NDCC Arena.Nelson held period leads of 3-1 and 4-2 before securing the win with a solid third period.Brandon Sookro, Darnel St. Pierre, Linden Horswill and Travis Wellman, playing his second game after missing a few weeks with the lower body injury, scored for Nelson.Wellman and Jamie Vlanich finished the game each with two points for Nelson.Sean Collins, Kurtis Redding and Justin Bonanno in the final seconds of the game replied for Spokane.Brad Rebagliati faced 33 shots for Nelson to register the win in goal.Nelson out shot Spokane 43-33 in the game.ICE CHIPS: Beaver Valley and Nelson both clinched playoff spots with Sunday’s wins. . . . Nelson will lose the services of defenceman Patrick Croome, who was involved in fight with time expired in the game. . . . Nelson hosts Castlegar, Friday, and Grand Forks, Saturday at the NDCC Arena. . . . Leafs Jamie Vlanich climbed to within a point of Nick Joseph of the Kelowna Chiefs in KIJHL scoring. Vlanich has 27 goals and 47 assists for 74 points. Teammate Travis Wellman is tied for fifth spot with 68 points. . . . Nelson captain Darnel St. Pierre was back in the lineup Sunday after serving a two-game suspension. . . . Alex Wilkerson was also back in the lineup for Nelson after recovering from an upper body injury.last_img read more

Graça Machel helps reduce world hunger

first_img23 October 2015 Nelson Mandela’s widow, Graça Machel, celebrated her 70th birthday which fell on 21 October, in her home country of Mozambique with a cause close to her heart.Machel’s birthday was close to World Food Day on 16 October – an annual event founded by the United Nations to highlight issues of food security and global hunger. It inspired her to celebrate her special day early, by leading a meal-packing drive in aid of Zizile Institute for Child Development in Mozambique. Graça Machel celebrates her 70th birthday with cake, and participating in a food packaging drive on World Food Day, on 16 October 2015. (Image: Stop Hunger Now, Facebook)Machel is Stop Hunger Now Southern Africa’s chief patron and was supported by the Church of the Latter Day Saints, which provided the venue and volunteers for the meal-packing event.Celebrating Graca Machel’s birthday pic.twitter.com/inqO0mIEzw— Stop Hunger Now SA (@stophungernowsa) October 16, 2015The figuresApproximately 870 million people go to bed hungry every day. That is one out of every eight people on the planet, making hunger number one on the list of the world’s top 10 health risks.“Hunger kills more people every year than Aids, malaria and tuberculosis combined,” Machel said. “Even worse, it is the single biggest solvable problem facing the world today.”According to Stop Hunger Now, stunted mental and physical growth caused by malnourishment in the first 1 000 days of life is mostly irreversible, and there are 3.1 million children in South Africa who suffer from household hunger.PartnershipsThe initiative was partnered by Barloworld Equipment, the dealer for Cat earthmoving machines, and car rental company, Avis.“The company is a signatory to the United Nations Global Compact, a United Nations initiative which encourages businesses worldwide to adopt sustainable and socially responsible policies, and to report on their implementation,” said Lesibana Ledwaba, the executive director of strategy, risk and sustainability at Barloworld Equipment. “These principles guide our activities across every facet of the business, including our (corporate social investment) policy, which drives our participation in initiatives such as this one.”FAST FACTS: What’s in the Stop Hunger Now pack? #StopHungerNow,#70kMealChallengepic.twitter.com/gNJla1BBuN— Barloworld Limited (@BarloworldLtd) October 15, 2015About Stop Hunger NowRay Buchanan, an ordained United Methodist minister, created the organisation because he wanted to see the end of hunger in his lifetime.“Our mission is to end hunger in our lifetime by providing food and life changing aid to the world’s most vulnerable and creating a global commitment to mobilise the necessary resources,” reads the website.Graca MACHEL and Ray Buchanan founder of Stop Hunger Now in discussions at Barloworld Meal Challenge in Maputo pic.twitter.com/NmNqSm2Jog— Stop Hunger Now SA (@stophungernowsa) October 16, 2015Machel’s place in historyMachel is unique: she is the only woman in history to have been first lady of two countries. As the wife of Samora Machel, she was the first lady of Mozambique from 1975 to 1986, until the president’s death in a plane crash. Later, as the wife of Nelson Mandela, she was the first lady of South Africa from 1998 to 1999.A politician and humanitarian in her own right, she is an international advocate for women’s and children’s rights and in 1997 was made a British dame for her humanitarian work.SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

Comcast’s Awesome Watchathon Reminds You It’s Still the Boss

first_img4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App On Wednesday, Comcast gave its subscribers a new reason they shouldn’t cut the cord: The “Watchathon.”Beginning March 25, any Comcast subscriber with a cable subscription and access to video-on-demand viewing can dial up over 1,000 episodes from over 100 shows, including hits like Game of Thrones or Dexter. Yes, that’s right: every show from every season from major pay TV services like HBO, Showtime, Starz, and Cinemax will available for free for a full week, whether or not you have premium-channel subscriptions. The Watchathon extends to basic-cable hits like Downton Abbey and The Walking Dead.In other words, every so often, even Comcast can act just like everyone wishes they would all the time.Normally, Comcast holds an iron grip around the pockets of most subscribers. Want ESPN, ABC, NBC, USA, and Bravo? Of course you do. But Comcast forces 150 more channels of utter dreck down your throats, and makes you pay over $100 a month for the privilege. In a Harris branding study released this month, Comcast finished 51st out of the 60 companies surveyed, with a corporate reputation that Harris said was “poor”.But work the peasants too hard, and a revolution will brew. To forestall that day, Comcast customers are eating cake, at least for now. (Here’s a full list of shows included in the Watchathon. Note that it doesn’t offer a free, one-week subscription to HBO, Starz or Showtime, just a pass to their proprietary shows.)Comcast Is A Streaming Service, TooWhen consumers talk about streaming services, the conversation starts with Netflix, then maybe Hulu Plus or Amazon Prime. If these services were baseball teams, Netflix might be the Oakland Athletics, always looking for an underutilized asset it can exploit — in its case, the massive, inexpensive, and still popular back catalog of television shows. If that’s true, Comcast is the New York Yankees: absolutely dominating the markets it serves, and buying up whatever it wants. And by owning a majority stake in NBC Universal, Comcast is a program creator as well as an aggregator like Netflix.Furthermore, over five million U.S. homes are now “zero TV” homes, Nielsen reported this week, a figure that’s doubled in the last six years. These cord-cutters are just five percent of the total U.S. TV viewing audience, but it’s a growing trend. And cord-cutters, by definition, aren’t choosing Comcast.But until now, Comcast and Netflix have been polar opposites. Comcast provides everything that pay or free TV provides, hundreds of channels worth, but with no real depth. After a month or so, TV episodes drop into that nebulous twilight zone where they’re only available for purchase from Amazon, Hulu, or Vudu before they’re eventually packaged into boxed Blu-ray sets. A few years later, Netflix scoops them up into its ever-expanding back catalog.The same holds true, quality-wise. For all of the low-budget “B” movies that some criticize Netflix for buying up, they’re just the equivalent of the “16 and Pregnant” reality ilk that MTV and its brethren commission. And while Netflix would like to buy up as many recent movies as it can, Comcast tries to offer “Catch Up” options for viewers to watch older episodes of shows that are currently airing.Throwing Its Weight AroundThe difference, however, is one of budget. Comcast’s quarterly revenues usually top $16 billion; Netflix recorded $945 million last quarter. But Netflix’s revenue is steadily rising, giving the company more money to invest in either original programming, which competes directly with NBC, or buying up more movies and TV shows. Either way, Comcast loses. Watchathon is just Comcast beating its chest and roaring its displeasure – quite possibly to no avail at all.There’s one important component to the promotion, however, that’s not immediately apparent: many of the shows that Comcast is promoting, including the premium ones, are ongoing. Sure, you’ll get to watch seven seasons of Dexter, if that’s what you want. But when Season 8 rolls around this June, you’ll have to sign up for Showtime to see how it ends. (The first sample is always free.)Still, for years customers have clamored for an a la carte option, a way to pick individual channels without bundled stations they didn’t want. For years, cable and satellite companies have ignored them. For a week, we get what we want. It’s not clear how much money Comcast spent to try and buy our happiness, but who cares? After all, we paid for it.Image via Flickr/scriptingnews 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… markhachmancenter_img Related Posts 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Tags:#Comcast last_img read more

Quick Thoughts on Michael Sam to the Rams
Quick Thoughts on Michael Sam to the Rams

I wrote this week that Michael Sam, the Missouri defensive end who came out as gay in February, wasn’t certain to be picked in the NFL draft. Of those players at his position who had been rated as sixth-round picks before the draft — as Sam was — slightly less than 50 percent were chosen by an NFL team.I also wrote that I’d take Sam’s side of the bet given even odds:Personally, however, if the odds are something like 50-50 on Sam being drafted, I think I’d take his side of the bet. Why? A player only needs one team to draft him. A player like Sam who generates polarized opinions might have a better chance of being chosen in a late round by a team like the New England Patriots or the Seattle Seahawks than one who everyone agrees is mediocre.Perhaps this counts as a “correct” (if well-hedged) prediction. But I got one thing pretty wrong. I assumed that Sam would be chosen by a team like the Patriots or the Seahawks or the San Francisco 49ers that play in an urban area especially tolerant toward gay people. But St. Louis was probably the best fit all along.How come? Public acceptance of homosexuality certainly varies from city to city and state to state. If we use support for gay marriage as a rough proxy, for example, I estimate that about 47 percent of voters approve of it in Missouri, as compared with 58 percent in California, 59 percent in Washington state and 66 percent in Massachusetts. (Obviously, the percentages are likely to be higher in cities such as San Francisco and Seattle specifically as opposed to the states as a whole. But that’s probably also true for St. Louis, which is considerably more liberal than the rest of Missouri.)What varies a lot more, however, is appreciation for University of Missouri football. Interest in the Tigers is about 50 times higher in Missouri than in the rest of the country, according to the number of Google searches.In other words, a higher percentage of people in St. Louis and elsewhere in Missouri will know of Sam as a football player and not just as a gay athlete. Here’s hoping that helps him to concentrate on what he does best. read more

Liverpool could be close to Premier League title – Joey Barton
Liverpool could be close to Premier League title – Joey Barton

first_imgFleetwood Town manager Joey Barton has reasons to believe Liverpool are very close to winning the Premier League title.It appears that every season Liverpool continue to make an attempt to grab the title and the most recent being under Jurgen Klopp who have spent over £175m this summer on four top signings.The new signings are Naby Keita, Fabinho, Xherdan Shaqiri and Alisson Becker. Following Klopp’s new signings, Barton is concerned about his rivals’ championship chances.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“When we look across Stanley Park, no matter what any of us say, and see the big German [Klopp], the style they’re playing, and the way they have invested again – it’s nervous times for Evertonians,” Barton told talkSPORT as quoted in Sports Mole.“I honestly think they could get really close to their first title in 20-odd years. It will be really close.”Liverpool last won the English top-flight championship in 1990last_img read more