US puts hold on foreign arms sales, including F-35s to UAE

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration has put a temporary hold on several major foreign arms sales initiated by former President Donald Trump. Officials say that among the deals being paused is a massive $23 billion transfer of stealth F-35 fighters to the United Arab Emirates. That sale and several other massive purchases of U.S. weaponry by Gulf Arab countries had been harshly criticized by Democrats in Congress. The new administration is reviewing the sales but has not made any determination about whether they will actually go through. The State Department says the pause is a routine administrative action that most incoming administrations take with large-scale arms sales.last_img read more

Law firm releases new details in student lawsuit

first_imgThe University fired the employee at the center of a recently filed lawsuit alleging sexual harassment and racial discrimination, according to a letter released Monday by the law firm representing the student who filed the suit.The names of the student and the now-former employee, an academic coach, were redacted in the letter originally sent to the  student by the University’s Office of Institutional Equity and dated Oct. 16.The suit, filed Friday in St. Joseph County Circuit Court, alleges a white University employee — “Jane Roe”  — coerced the plaintiff — “John Doe,” an African-American student at the University — into a sexual relationship with her daughter, who attends a “nearby school” and is also an employee of the University. The suit also alleges University administrators knew about the misconduct and, under Title VI and Title IX, had a responsibility to intervene for the student’s wellbeing, which was compromised by a racially and sexually hostile environment.The letter from Karrah Miller, director of the Office of Institutional Equity and Title IX Coordinator, stated that the University determined the academic coach’s behavior “violated the University’s values and the University’s Sexual Harassment Policy. As a result [Academic Coach] was terminated from employment with the University. [Daughter] was not found to be in violation of any University policy.”According to the letter, the investigation used the “preponderance of evidence” standard to determine the University’s course of action against the employee.“A ‘preponderance of evidence’ standard means that it is more likely than not that the event occurred (i.e., that there is a 51 percent chance the event occurred.) This is the standard of proof required by the Office of Civil Rights (a division of the Department of Education) in Title IX (i.e., sexual harassment) investigations,” the letter stated.Notre Dame’s vice president for public affairs and communications Paul Browne said Friday the University is aware of the suit but denies all allegations of misconduct on the part of the University.“The allegations against the University of Notre Dame in the complaint are unfounded, as are gratuitous and unfounded references to ‘student athletes’ — an allegation that is nothing more than a cynical attempt to attract publicity,” Browne said in a statement.Tags: racial discrimination, Sexual harassment, University Lawsuitlast_img read more

Colombian Army Deals Major Blow against Illegal Mining in 2016

first_imgBy Julieta Pelcastre/Diálogo January 09, 2017 Almost a year after the start of operations to crack down on illegal mining, the Colombian Army’s Special Brigade against Illegal Mining has dealt a major blow to criminal organizations dedicated to this environmental crime that degrades ecosystems throughout the country. In a joint operation with the Colombian Navy, Air Force, National Police, and the Office of the Attorney General, the brigade applied all its capabilities to capture 872 people involved in this crime. This coordinated effort took place from January 1st to November 30th 2016 in 26 of the country’s 32 departments. Illegal mining pollutes important sources of water and is actually more harmful to the environment than the damage caused from the pollutants used in illegal drug production. During the operation, 171 bulldozers and excavators, 89 dredgers, 317 motors, and 240 water pumps were disabled. The soldiers also found 4,330 gallons of fuel in places used for illegal mine excavation. In August 2016, members of the Army’s 3rd Division, the Marines, the police, and agents from the Attorney General’s Office seized 25 backhoe loaders and two dredgers used to cut down a huge swath of pristine forest in search of gold in the Timbiquí River, in the Valle del Cauca department on Colombia’s Pacific coast. The mining was controlled by the National Liberation Army (ELN, per its Spanish acronym), and yielded around 18 kilos of gold per day. The operation conducted in the Valle del Cauca department has gradually led to a reduction of illegal mining in Los Farallones de Cali National Park, according to the Colombian Army. In October, following a month of coordinated efforts, the Army restored the natural flow of several tributaries that feed into the Cali River, such as La Mina tributary, which had been diverted towards the Pacific by illegal mining operations in order to pan for gold. The United States government reaffirmed its support for Colombia in the fight against this scourge. In September 2016, Colonel Robert Wagner, senior U.S. Department of Defense officer to Colombia, visited the Special Brigade against Illegal Mining, which was established in October 2015 to gain first-hand knowledge of the crime problem caused by criminal organizations. During the meeting, Col. Wagner and Colonel Federico Mejía Torres, commander of Colombia’s Special Brigade against Illegal Mining committed to training and sharing information on the execution of military operations against groups dedicated to illegal mining. Last March, the U.S. Agency for International Development announced its support for responsible mining programs in Antioquia and Chocó. The program, Oro Legal (Legal Gold), calls for the restoration of 11,500 hectares of land destroyed by illegal mining. This program is a continuation of the BioREDD pilot program implemented from 2011 to 2013. “Our assessment may be positive, but there is still a long way to go,” Col. Mejía told Diálogo. “Armed crime groups, criminal gangs, and organizations such as ELN, and some dissidents of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia who refused to adhere to the peace treaty, as well as the Gulf Clan, continue benefitting across the length and breadth of this country from the extortion that comes from the illegal mining of this mineral in order to maintain and expand the economics of their organizations.” According to the report Alluvial Gold Exploitation, issued by the United Nations in June, Colombia has more than 78,000 hectares, spread over 17 departments, which have been ruined by illegal mining. Seventy-nine percent of the affected land is concentrated in two departments – Antioquia and Chocó. “We might be up to about 127,000 hectares ruined by the effects of illegal mining,” Col. Mejía said. “Unlike cocaine, extracting gold from underground is not illegal. While a kilo of cocaine costs $2,000 on the Colombian market, a kilo of gold costs $40,000.” According to an article published online by InSight Crime on August 6th, 87 percent of metal manufacturing organizations in Colombia operate outside the law, with many of them under the control of illegal armed groups. “Although illegal and criminal mining is a very complex problem, the government must be heavy-handed; it must be very strong in the fight against criminal mining,” economist Álvaro Pardo told Diálogo. Pardo is director of Colombia Punto Medio, an interdisciplinary group of experts specializing in the extractive industry. According to Pardo, 8 million people in Colombia have been displaced by violence. Many of them use mining as a means of survival. “The same rules that are applied to criminal mining cannot be applied to that kind of person.” Col. Mejía confirmed that the operations “are not focused on capturing those small-time prospectors who see gold as a means of subsistence,” but rather on capturing those who “are behind the whole chain of criminality devoted to illegally extracting gold and other minerals.” The brigade works with state entities, agencies, and institutions to confront illegal mining in order for them to observe the scourge directly, on the ground. “The outlook for operations against this type of crime could become encouraging if the country’s institutions, agencies, and entities acted with due transparency to crush and eradicate each one of the links in the chain that the illegal mining industry comprises,” Col. Mejía emphasized. The Brigade against Illegal Mining develops department-level strategies to attack each one of these links independently and, as such, attack the organizational structure that is behind the illegal and criminal mining taking place throughout the country. These strategies will be implemented in 2017. Col. Mejía’s team has proposed environmental control platforms which use drones or unmanned airplanes equipped with special software to anticipate, mitigate, control, and create response capabilities to address problems that could harm the environment. “Even though the government has achieved some successes in some places, this problem runs so deep that it is impossible to tackle it or reduce it in the short term. We need to rely on a judicial framework that is suited to stopping illegal and criminal mining in this country,” Pardo said.last_img read more

U.S. Certifies Brazilian Air Force Institute

first_imgBy Taciana Moury/Diálogo May 10, 2018 In February 2018, the Brazilian Air Force’s (FAB, in Portuguese) Institute for Industrial Development and Coordination (IFI, in Portuguese) received a significant distinction for its technical capacity: the Military Airworthiness Authority Certificate from the National Airworthiness Council (NAC), a U.S. government organization that comprises U.S. military technical authorities. NAC certifies IFI’s continued performance on airworthiness, inspection, certification, and production activities on military aircraft under its jurisdiction. For FAB Colonel José Renato de Araújo Costa, IFI’s director, the certification is a testament to Brazil’s level of competency in all life cycle phases of aerospace and defense products. “In practical terms, it facilitates the exchange of information related to all mutually operated products, which help ensure performance, safety, and availability of our aircraft,” Col. Araújo said. The officer told Diálogo that NAC’s recognition reaffirms the institute’s prestige as a certified authority, facilitating the negotiation of international reciprocity agreements with other similar institutions and organizations around the world and the emergence of contracts or cooperation agreements between the Brazilian defense industry and foreign armed forces or defense industries. “The advantages of the certification not only extend to the Air Force, Army, and Navy commands but also to [Brazil’s] aerospace and defense industry, as NAC can acknowledge more quickly certificates the institute issues. The local industry benefits from the possible U.S. acquisition and operation of national products,” explained Col. Araújo. Evaluation criteria NAC examined the following criteria in its assessment: material and available human resource conditions, document collection and management framework, inspection methodologies for maintenance organizations, and production line supervision. The evaluation criteria also included IFI’s work during fleet certification for the Brazilian Army (EB, in Portuguese) and Brazilian Navy (MB, in Portuguese), based on work done on EC725 (known as H-36 Caracal in Brazil) helicopters of the armed forces’ three branches. The certification process began in 2015 and included analysis of technical-administrative documentation and technical visits in both countries. The first meeting took place in the United States in 2016, when a preliminary IFI team held meetings with NAC members to initiate the process for mutual recognition. In 2017, NAC visited IFI facilities. “During this meeting, a highly qualified technical group verified that IFI, complemented by continued airworthiness activities, under the auspices of FAB’s Aeronautical and Warfare Material Directorate, has the processes, procedures, levels of expertise, and necessary capacity and authority to be recognized as a Military Airworthiness Authority,” Col. Araújo said. In July 2018, an IFI technical group will go to the United States to better understand the nature of NAC’s work. The visit aims to audit U.S. military airworthiness technical authorities to establish mutual recognition between the Brazilian and U.S. authorities on aeronautical certifications. During the visit, the same criteria the American institute used will be adopted in Brazil. “The main focus will be on activities managed by technical authorities: the U.S. Army Aviation Engineering Directorate, the U.S. Navy Naval Air Systems Command, and the U.S. Air Force Technical Airworthiness Authority,” Col. Araújo said. A superior path For Col. Araújo, the institute’s course since its inception in 1971 resulted in the certification. The director highlighted IFI’s important contribution to the development of Brazil’s national defense industry, referring to the civil certification of Embraer’s Bandeirante aircraft and other factors that fostered the company’s growth, including the pursuit of safety for national military aircraft. “The IFI falls under the Aerospace Science and Technology Department and is located in São José dos Campos, in the interior of São Paulo state,” stated the Brazilian Air Force Public Affairs Office. In Brazil, aircraft certification for military use falls on the institute. The National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC, in Portuguese) certifies civilian aircraft. The certification process for military aircraft follows the same guidelines top certified organizations around the world adopted. The agency employs 280 people, including civilian and military. IFI certifies all aircraft FAB, EB, and MB use, like the H-36 Caracal (EC725) helicopter, Gripen NG fighter jet, and the KC-390 freighter, a new plane Embraer developed in Brazil. KC-390: the final phase of certification According to Col. Araújo, the certification process for the KC-390 follows the current worldwide philosophy regarding military aviation: as civil as possible, as militaristic as necessary. “Considering that military aircraft operate above densely populated areas, in aerodromes, and share the skies with civilian aircraft most of the time, it’s pertinent for these aircraft to incorporate all design, safety, and operation guidelines in force in civil aviation,” he said. According to the officer, civil certification for the aircraft advances along with ANAC’s issuance of a provisional certificate. In 2018, military teams began to assess whether requirements are met through laboratory and on the ground testing and analyses. “Once completed, the applicant is allowed to present evidence of compliance with military requirements to obtain the IFI Military Certificate,” he said. The most challenging aspect of the KC-390’s certification, Col. Araújo said, due to the multidisciplinary and innovative nature of the project, was to put together a team of highly trained and qualified individuals. “It was necessary to structure a certification process aligned with the best practices existing in the world, such as using the accredited project organization concept in coordination with the applicant and maximum use of civil certification concepts,” he said. The General Accreditation Coordinating Body of the National Meteorology Institute, Quality and Technology of Brazil—signatory of the Multilateral Recognition Agreement for the International Accreditation Forum—also recognizes IFI’s work. The institute maintains many agreements, partnerships, and memorandums of understanding with several countries, including Sweden, Canada, France, and Spain.last_img read more

Hey batter batter, swing! Spring training for AML monitoring

first_imgby: Suzie HigbeeSpring training for Major League Baseball is winding to a close, which means opening day will soon be upon us. Over the course of a long season, the teams that have used their spring training wisely frequently find that it makes the difference between being a playoff contender and an also-ran.In a similar fashion, efforts to thoroughly validate an anti-money laundering system can pay off in the long run.How do you achieve a strong AML system? Here are four areas to work on to get you closer to post-season form.Have a personalized game planWhat kind of manager would try to run his team like any other team, without regard for the specific strengths and weaknesses of each player. A fired manager, that’s who. Every single baseball team requires its own, unique approach. The players learn to work with each other, play to their strengths, and compensate for their vulnerabilities. The same goes for AML monitoring. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

​FRC proposes changes to pension accounting rules for smaller, micro entities

first_imgThe Financial Reporting Council (FRC), the UK’s financial reporting watchdog, has released proposals for a new accounting regime for both small entities and micro-sized entities.Among the areas of accounting affected by the new accounting regime, which will apply in both the UK and the Republic of Ireland, is pensions accounting.The proposals affecting small entities will replace the Financial Reporting Standard for Smaller Entities (FRSSE).The micro-entities requirements follow the introduction into UK company law in November 2013 of the micro-entities regime.  The Republic of Ireland is consulting on whether to take such an approach.Andrew Mandley, a UK-based pensions consultant at Towers Watson, said he broadly supported the proposals.“I don’t think it will have a huge amount of impact,” he said. “If anything, it is probably more sensible than where we are at the moment.”The release of the proposals means an entity using UK GAAP in the future would report under one of the following:Full IFRS as endorsed for use within the EUThe FRS 101 reduced disclosure frameworkFull UK GAAP in line with FRS 102The small entities regime in section 1A of FRS 102The micro-entities regime in FRS 105Mandley said: “We have FRSSE, which is trying to paraphrase FRS 17, so it feels as though this is a sensible move to bring the smaller entities regime of UK GAAP into line with FRS 102. This strikes me as a pragmatic thing to do.“Different rules apply to micro-entities under FRS 105, but the number of micro-entities that will have to do anything will be few and far between. They are unlikely to be sponsoring a DB plan. If they are, they will be doing so as part of a larger group.”The FRC said each accounting regime from full EU IFRS downwards “correlates to the increasing size and complexity of the entities that are most likely to apply a given standard”.In addition, the FRC has also given entities the option of applying “a more comprehensive regime.”The small entities regime is potentially available to companies, limited liability partnerships and many non-incorporated entities.Alongside this, the micro-entities regime is only available to the smallest incorporated entities.Its requirements are a subset of the small entities regime. Use of the regime is optional, even where an entity qualifies to use it.The FRC issued FRS 102 in March 2013 and revised it in August 2014.It is effective for accounting periods beginning on or after 1 January 2015.FRS 102 replaces more than 70 accounting standards and Urgent Issues Task Force interpretations that ran to more than 2,400 pages with a single document.In a statement, the FRC said it “reflects developments in the way businesses operate and uses up-to-date accounting treatment and language”.The starting point for pensions accounting under the small entities regime is section 28 of FRS 102.FRS 102’s requirements dealing with annual expense are based on the 2011 revisions to IAS 19 ‘Employee Benefits’.FRS 102 retains the differing treatments for defined contribution plans and defined benefit plans used by FRS 17 and IAS 19.This means that, under the small entities regime, a DB sponsor will produce its pensions numbers in more or less the same way as it would under FRS 102.   Accrued pension obligations are therefore discounted using a high-quality corporate bond discount rate. The difference between pension scheme assets and the discounted value of the obligation will be reported on the balance sheet as a net asset or liability.This means a DB sponsor would report a net balance sheet asset or liability using the projected unit credit method and a finance cost based on the discount rate in the income statement.Entities must discount their future pension obligation to arrive at a net present value using a AA-corporate bond discount rate.The proposed minimum disclosure requirements for the small entities regime are set out in paragraph 1A.14(l) of section 1A.The requirements are much less onerous than those in FRS 102.The only requirement is a note on pension commitments that are not already included within the main financial statements. Experts expect this to amount to a description of group or multi-employer DB schemes that are being accounted for on a DC basis.But where an entity has a material pension scheme, it must make a meaningful disclosure to give a true and fair view of its position.This could mean an entity must consider the full set of FRS 102 pension disclosures.Meanwhile, the micro-entities regime dispenses with the standard FRS 102 approach.Instead, a DB sponsor under this regime must instead show a balance sheet liability equal to the present value of any agreed schedule of deficit contributions, the FRC has proposed.  Despite the contrast between the smaller entities and the micro-entities regimes, Mandley believes it will make little difference in practice.“If you are a small entity or a micro entity, it may be that you are participating in a much larger scheme such as an industry-wide scheme.”In these circumstances, he says, under both reporting regimes, the present value of any deficit contributions would be placed on the balance sheet.In the case of a small or micro UK group subsidiary with perhaps one or two employees participating in the group pension scheme, it is likely that the group parent will have a policy of absorbing any pension deficit.“I expect them to allocate the liability within the rest of the group and not burden the subsidiary with the need to do full DB pensions accounting,” Mandley said.Interested parties have until 30 April to comment on the proposals.last_img read more

Gleneagles tees off at Curragh

first_imgAidan O’Brien rates Gleneagles’ raw speed as his biggest weapon ahead of his bid to complete a Classic double in the Tattersalls Irish 2,000 Guineas. The Galileo colt was a stunning winner of the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket three weeks ago and is long odds-on to repeat the feat in the Irish equivalent at the Curragh. O’Brien believes the three-year-old is a rare breed in that he has inherited a range of talents from various members of his esteemed family. Press Association The Ballydoyle handler told Irish Horse TV: “He’s a very good horse. He’s very like Giant’s Causeway, really, but he probably would have more speed. That’s the way we would rate him at the moment. “He’s a very well-made horse – not too big and not too small. He has a great step to him, a lovely head and a lovely mind. “He travels very well in his races and quickens well. When he gets there he doesn’t do a lot, but he’s very professional. “The most important thing in any horse is speed, and he has loads of it. He goes through his races very easy and goes where he wants to go whenever he wants to go. “It (Newmarket) was perfect for him as it was lovely, fast ground and there was plenty of pace on. The first seven furlongs were all 11-second furlongs and he travelled very comfortable at that and quickened off it – that’s very unusual. “He hasn’t done a lot, it’s only three weeks since. He had an easy week after and then he did three half-speed (workouts) and seems in good form. He has a great constitution and eats, sleeps and does himself very well. “He’s a combination of his whole pedigree on both sides, which is very unusual. We’d love to keep him on good ground or better, so hopefully the ground will be good and we’ll look forward to Saturday.” Gleneagles, the mount of Ryan Moore, is joined by stable companions Smuggler’s Cove (Seamie Heffernan) and The Warrior (Joseph O’Brien) as the trainer bids for a 10th success in the race. Richard Hannon is under no illusions about the task facing Ivawood ahead of his rematch with Gleneagles. A winner of three of his four juvenile starts before being touched off in the Middle Park Stakes, Ivawood was a disappointing favourite on his reappearance in the Greenham at Newbury, but raised his game significantly to finish a three-length third in the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket three weeks ago. Hannon said: ” The odds are stacked against us, but we think Ivawood has improved again since the Guineas and, though we are not claiming we will beat Gleneagles, who looked a proper horse at Newmarket, we have always loved our fellow and he’ll be giving his all to gain revenge. “He’ll be going there at the top of his game.” Hannon also sends outsider Lexington Times, who won the Spring Cup at Lingfield in March but has been beaten on both his starts since on the all-weather. “Lexington Times has it all to do on ratings but has definitely improved for a little break. The owners are keen to have a shot, and why not?” the trainer said on his website. last_img read more

Louis van Gaal: Atmosphere in Manchester United dressing room is maybe too good

first_imgLouis van Gaal has criticised his players for creating a cosy atmosphere within the Manchester United dressing room. Press Association The United manager hinted on the eve of Saturday’s third round tie that life had almost become too easy for his players. The Dutchman is, quite understandably, keen to foster a harmonious environment within his squad, but claims there should be plenty of room for constructive criticism at Carrington and Old Trafford too. “No I don’t think so,” Van Gaal said when asked if the players’ mood had been lifted following a win over Swansea and a draw versus Chelsea. “I think the atmosphere in our dressing room is very good. Maybe too good because they are always protecting the dressing room, their colleagues. “That is very good, until a certain point.” Paul Ince once cited the double-winning team of the 1993-94 season as the best of Sir Alex Ferguson’s time at United thanks to the constant pursuit of perfection from the likes of himself, Eric Cantona, Peter Schmeichel and Roy Keane, who would not hesitate to call out anyone in the dressing room that they felt were not up to the task. “That 93-94 team was Fergie’s best because there were so many opinionated people, we had rows but we came together on the pitch,” the former United midfielder said in 2008. Van Gaal has also revealed he has taken steps to ensure the dressing room is more democratic. The United boss has started asking his players for more input with regard to tactics and game plans in an attempt to turn the club’s fortunes around. “We have also changed our approach to the players to make it easier to take responsibility,” he said. “I have stimulated them to think about football. The game is a brain sport and now you can let them think with you and therefore you can change your approach and so the players take the commitment, for example, for the game plan and other kinds of decisions and then the commitment is higher and bigger. “But we have to see how it shall work.” One manager known for his man management skills is Pep Guardiola. The highly-rated Catalan manager announced on Tuesday his intention to move to the Premier League when he leaves Bayern Munich in the summer. Van Gaal insists he does not feel threatened by the former Barcelona manager’s declaration. ”I’m at the end of my career so for me it’s not so interesting,” said Van Gaal, who managed Guardiola during his two spells as Barca manager. “For me it is interesting how I take care of Manchester United in my contract and after this season I still have one year to go.” A few weeks ago it seemed unlikely Van Gaal would have the chance to see out that contract. The 64-year-old appeared to have ridden out the troubles until Adidas chief executive Herbert Hainer rocked the boat with his take on United’s playing style this week. Hainer, who signed off a £750million sponsorship deal with United last year, said United’s style is “not exactly what we want to see.” Van Gaal insists he has a “very good” relationship with Hainer, who was on the board at the time the Dutchman was in charge of Bayern, and played down the significance of the criticism. “I don’t think I have to respond to that kind of remark,” Van Gaal said. “I do think that is more the function of my chief executive (Ed Woodward) to respond. “I have a very good relationship (with Hainer). He was on the front row when I was at Bayern Munich (earlier this season) at a sponsor’s event. “He is more interested in revenues and these were very good.” While the pressure on Van Gaal is now not as intense as it was towards the end of 2015, when his team went on their worst run in 26 years, an early exit from the FA Cup at the hands of Sheffield United this weekend would shift the spotlight back on to the Red Devils boss. Van Gaal took the flak for that sequence of eight matches without a win, but his players must take a portion of the blame too. last_img read more

Statement games ahead for Badgers

first_imgWhen the hockey installment of the Border Battle resumes this weekend, it will feature two teams headed in vastly different directions. The Badgers, who have dropped five of their last six games including a four-game skid at home, will travel to Minnesota to face off against the No. 2-ranked Golden Gophers, currently riding a 10-game unbeaten streak.One thing the archrivals do share, however, is a pair of freshman classes making immediate contributions.Last weekend against Denver, University of Wisconsin freshmen Mike Davies and John Mitchell were the lone bright spots in an otherwise disappointing weekend. Despite being swept by the Pioneers, the rookie tandem played their best hockey of the season.Saturday, they combined for three points, with Mitchell netting the first goal of his career, earning high praises from UW head coach Mike Eaves.”[Mitchell] had some scoring opportunities early with us, and he finally got his first goal, and I’m hoping that opens some floodgates for him because he has created and been a part of a lot of scoring chances. So if he can continue to bloom, that’d be a real nice thing for this club.”Davies, who flourished in the United States Hockey League prior to playing for the Badgers, notched his fourth goal of the season Saturday, and is currently third on the team with 8 points. The Missouri native is pleased with his development and believes that best is yet to come.”Me and Mitch played well this weekend. We just did what we had to for the team, and it worked out great for us. [Coach Eaves] rewarded us with ice time, and that is the kind of steps we have got to take,” Davies said. “Just keep moving forward, keep getting better each day, and we’ll get stronger and stronger, and in the end it will be good for us.”While the talented UW freshman class has been turning some heads this season, Minnesota’s rookies have been just as impressive. Freshmen sensations Jay Barriball (seven goals and eight assists for 15 points) and Kyle Okposo (nine, five, for 14) are two of the Gophers top-three scorers and both currently rank in the top 11 in Western Collegiate Hockey Association scoring. Davies, who played against both Okposo and Barriball in the USHL, spoke highly of Minnesota’s golden boys.”I played against them last year, and Okposo was by far the best player in the league. He just dominated every aspect of the game; he’s a great player, and he should be a great NHL player,” Davies said. “I only played against [Barriball] a few times, but I know he’s smart, and he loves to shoot the puck.”Eaves downplayed the coveted Border Battle, citing the high level of competition the Badgers face every weekend in WCHA play. Players and coaches recognize the necessity for a successful weekend after struggling as of late.”With Minnesota, we always have history, but in our league every weekend is so big. So I don’t know if there is a difference in the way we look at Minnesota, Denver or North Dakota, because they are all such very good teams,” Eaves said of the parodied WCHA conference. “There is no question that a successful weekend would help us to solidify the direction that we are going. I talked with the captains and they said, ‘Coach, if we can get a couple wins, that would really be big for us,’ and what a great weekend to get it going.”Last season, Wisconsin traveled to Mariucci Arena and took both games from Minnesota. According to assistant captain Jake Dowell, the Badgers will have to set the tone early and often to deliver an encore performance.”When we beat them last year, it was because we played tough and physical, which is our style of game, and we need to establish that,” Dowell said. “We know they’re hot right now, and it’s Minnesota, so [the] guys are naturally more jacked up. … It’s an easy game to get up for.”Recruits sign letters of intent Thursday, Eaves announced the signing of six elite recruits who will be joining the Badgers in fall 2007.Included in the class are goaltender Scott Gudmandson (Sherwood Park, Alberta); defenseman Cody Goloubef (Oakville, Ontario), Ryan McDonagh (Arden Hills, Minn.) and Brendan Smith (Toronto, Ontario); and forwards Joshua “Podge” Turnbull (Duluth, Minn.) and Kyle Turris (New Westminster, British Columbia).last_img read more

FB : SU’s Bailey, Gulley look to replace workhorse Carter in backfield

first_imgAs Antwon Bailey took the first carry on the first play between Syracuse’s offense and defense, a new team finally began playing football with pads. And Bailey started it off with a bang. Literally.Bailey broke outside to the left and burst downfield. As safety Olando Fisher came in to attempt a tackle, SU’s top running back bowled him over. The sound of the collision, followed by Bailey motoring onward down the field, got all of the SU players on the sideline yelling.‘I missed it, man,’ Bailey said. ‘I got the ball, Coach told me it was full go, so I knew no matter what I was running into somebody. Somebody had to pay.’Bailey’s run set the tone for a physical practice as the Orange practiced for the first time this spring in full pads Tuesday at Manley Field House. The rising senior running back is taking over the reigns as the go-to back in the Syracuse offense after spending the past two years as the change-of-pace back behind Delone Carter.SU head coach Doug Marrone said two weeks ago he wouldn’t be able to fully evaluate anyone until the team was going at it in full gear. On Tuesday, he said the first day in pads was a little rough.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘I think we haven’t played football in so long,’ Marrone said. ‘It just always reminds me, I know that it just goes back to that saying. … You never start where you left off.’At the running back position, SU certainly isn’t starting where it left off. The Orange left the Pinstripe Bowl with a Most Valuable Player performance from Carter, but he’s no longer in an SU uniform.Bailey and sophomore Prince-Tyson Gulley are the two backs atop SU’s spring depth chart. Gulley saw significant time returning kicks a year ago, in addition to a few scattered carries. He is now expected to contribute much more on the offensive end.After Bailey’s pop on Fisher, the very next play went to Gulley. He broke off a long run down the right sideline. That run continued the hot offensive start Bailey initiated.‘It was good to get out there with everything and once again being out there with the fellas,’ Bailey said. ‘It was a good time, I think we had a good day overall.’Carter was in attendance Tuesday, walking around the field throughout many of the drills. He’s one of many players from last year’s team participating in Syracuse’s pro day on Wednesday. Bailey said the former SU running back works as a great mentor to his heir apparent.They’re still in constant communication.‘All the time,’ Bailey said. ‘I talk with him and also Curtis Brinkley. He calls me from time to time, too.‘They just let me know it’s my time now, and it’s on my shoulders.’Players, coaches unsatisfied with practiceChandler Jones felt like the defense got beat Tuesday. In the first practice after a 12-day layoff, he didn’t feel like he was as prepared as he should have been.‘I felt like I didn’t do my best job today,’ said Jones, a rising senior defensive end. ‘And it’s my job and my responsibility to bring an even better Chandler Jones back on Thursday.’Jones’ sentiments about practice were on par with Marrone and a couple of the other players. The team still needs to work on its foundation and its fundamentals, Marrone said, and it has a long way to go.At one point in the midst of SU’s 11-on-11 drill, Marrone had enough. Players got a little choppy after a couple of plays, and the third-year head coach screamed, ‘Hey!’ before calling the entire team into a huddle.‘We talk to our players all the time about making sure it’s not combative,’ Marrone said. ‘And today it got a little combative at one point, and when it does, you just stop it. You teach a lesson and move on.’Wales leaves teamBeckett Wales, a rising sophomore tight end, has taken a leave of absence from Syracuse University for personal reasons, Marrone said Tuesday. He said Wales will be welcomed back to the team at the appropriate [email protected] Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 22, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Mark: [email protected] | @mark_cooperjrcenter_img Commentslast_img read more