Syracuse football primer: South Florida week

first_img Published on October 5, 2015 at 12:28 pm Contact Sam: [email protected] | @SamBlum3 Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse (3-1, 1-0 Atlantic Coast) is back to game week following a bye and will travel to Tampa, Florida to play South Florida (1-3, 0-1 American Athletic) in the Orange’s first road game of the year. The game will be played Saturday at 3:30 p.m. and will be broadcast on the CBS Sports Network. Here’s everything you need to know about Syracuse’s final nonconference game of the season.Back on trackSyracuse hung tough with then-No. 8 LSU despite missing its starting quarterback in Eric Dungey and arguably its best playmaker in hybrid Ervin Philips. When the Orange travels to face the Bulls, both are likely to be back and ready to play. Philips tweeted last week that he would return against USF and offensive coordinator Tim Lester told ESPN that both of those starters were looking good to go.Philips played in just the first half of the first game of the season against Rhode Island, and scored two touchdowns. He had his knee scoped the following Tuesday and hasn’t played since. Dungey took a hit to head on a targeting play against Central Michigan and hasn’t played since.But the bye week played right into Syracuse’s hands, and the Orange seems likely to be at close to full health as it tries to get two-thirds of the way to bowl eligibility.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textGround JordanMaybe the comparison to Michael “Air” Jordan is a bit too much just four games into Syracuse’s season, but the freshman has proven he’s worth the playing time he’s received. Jordan Fredericks has rushed for a team-high 220 yards — 69 more than George Morris and 150 more than starter Devante McFarlane — all while taking a team-high 38 carries.SU head coach Scott Shafer said the reps would go to the man with the hot hand and so far that’s been Fredericks, who stamped his name on the season with a game-winning touchdown run against Central Michigan in overtime on Sept. 19.Injury report• Dungey and Philips are likely to play on Saturday• Rob Trudo started at right guard against LSU because he still felt lingering effects from a lower-body injury suffered against Wake Forest. Jason Emerich started at center. It’s unclear where Trudo will start on Saturday. Commentslast_img read more

Finance Minister Clarifies Liberia’s Growth Rate Decline

first_imgThe Minister of Finance Planning and Development, Amara Konneh, has attributed the drop in Liberia’s economic growth rate in part to the drop in the prices of rubber and iron ore on the global market.The Finance minister disclosed that the country’s growth rate declined from 8.7 percent in 2013 to 5.9 percent projected in 2014, adding: “As you know, Liberia depends on these two resources as its main source of income generation.”He made the disclosure at the Ministry of Information regular press briefing in Monrovia on Thursday when he spoke on the current status of the Liberian economy.Minister Konneh also named the decline in support from donors and non-governmental organizations as well as UNMIL drawdown as some of the factors that led to the drop in the country’s total growth in the period under review.He pointed out that the Ebola virus has negative impact on economic activities and government operations, “The Ebola Virus Disease is Liberia’s worst ever disease outbreak.”He said the Ebola outbreak also led to a serious decline in the country’s revenues and an increase in expenditure, something that led to the drop in the fiscal budget of 2014/2015 from US$559.3 million to US$473.2 million.He blamed the decline mainly to the drop in concession activities, international trade, manufacturing and service industry as a result of the virus.The Minister said stringent fiscal and economic measures are being put in place to manage the impact of the Ebola virus on the Liberian economy.He said as part of those measures, the government has agreed to a one hundred percent disbursement to the health sector and instituted a freeze on non-essential expenditures on vehicles, furniture and other equipments.Minister Konneh indicated that a 40 percent cut in foreign travel and 25 percent drop in fuel and lubricant costs were part of the fiscal measures instituted by government to manage the impact of the Ebola crisis on the economy.Konneh also said that US$73.1 million was infused by government in the foreign exchange market to stabilize the exchange rate, while US$19 million was used to purchase treasury bills.According to the Minister, in an effort to enhance banking sector liquidity, government paid a total of US$35.2 million domestic debt directly to banks, while US$219.4 million was expended from January to December 2014 to pay civil servants’ salaries.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgDaniel O’Donnell has revealed he has two New Year ambitions – continued health for his family and getting his golf handicap down!Daniel and MajellaThe singer has had one of the toughest years of his life after wife Majella was diagnosed with breast cancer.Majella, 53, who now has a very good prognosis after undergoing chemotherapy, spent Christmas with her husband at their home in Kincasslagh. Daniel sang at midnight mass at Christmas and spent a quiet festive season with Majella and his mum and family.Speaking on Highland Radio, the singer said he is just looking forward to singing and enjoying other people’s company.“Please God we will look forward to this year with renewed ambition and just to be able to enjoy everything.“I want to thank God for all the good health everyone is going to have including Majella and mother mother (Julia) and everyone that is around the family. Please God we will have a great year,” he said. The one thing that Daniel plans to spend more time on is becoming a better golfer.He says he loves nothing better than beating his fellow golfers over 18 holes.“I would like to get the gold handicap down a wee bit. I would like to get a few more pound in that way.“It’s great when you can get the money coming in off the eighteenth,” he laughed.Despite cutting back on his live shows recently, Daniel says he has no plans to hang up his microphone for good. “I want to continue doing it as long as I can. People say ‘will you retire?’. I hope I won’t retire. I would just like to continue. As long as people come to see us and I am able to do it, I would like to think I will do it at some level,” he said.DANIEL PRAYS FOR GOOD HEALTH FOR MAJELLA AND BETTER GOLF IN 2014 was last modified: December 26th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:cancerdaniel o’donnelldonegalgolfKINCASSLAGHMajella O’Donnelllast_img read more