Lack of manpower, infrastructure and legislation are the main obstacles to Croatian tourism

first_imgYesterday in Zagreb, the 3rd session of the Tourist Business Council at the Croatian Chamber of Commerce was held, at which it was concluded that the lack of manpower, infrastructure and legislation are the main obstacles to Croatian tourism.”This business year is one of the best years in tourism, but there are also limiting factors such as infrastructure issues, legislation and the problem of labor shortages,”, Said the President of the Tourist Business Council at the Croatian Chamber of Commerce (TPV) Franco Palma.Emphasizing the exceptionally good cooperation between the Ministry of Tourism and the Croatian Chamber of Commerce and the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, Ivo Bašić, Secretary General of the Ministry of Tourism, pointed out that diversification is being done, and the topics to be discussed in tourism are cruising, charter and yachting. occupations, which are challenges that will be partially addressed through competence centers. “Despite fires as an aggravating factor, this tourist season has passed in a satisfactory manner”, Said Basic, adding that more needs to be done to increase the tourist results achieved in the continental part of Croatia and to move from the current two to four percent. Basic also added that HRK 900 million of new investments in tourism are expected in 2018, which is an increase of 15% compared to this year and almost 40% compared to 2015.”The problem of the workforce is most pronounced in tourism and construction, and due to the lack of staff, our companies have an increasing problem doing investment projects.”, Said the Vice President of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce for Tourism, Trade and Finance Josip Zaher, adding that the Croatian Chamber of Commerce and the Croatian Chamber of Commerce agreed to work together on the project of introducing a dual education system. “The influence of all factors is needed to address the issue of labor shortages, and this issue will be particularly important by reopening the markets of the Mediterranean countries and strengthening competition.”, Said Zaher and highlighted the Nautical Days, October 19 and 20 in Biograd na Moru, as part of the 19th Biograd Boat Show, Croatian Tourism Days (DHT), October 25 and 26 in Mali Lošinj and the Croatian Product for Croatian tourism, which will be held on November 22 and 23 at the Hypo Center in Zagreb.Leila Krešić-Jurić, Director of the Tourism Department of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce”The Croatian Employment Service needs to be asked for a detailed analysis of the workforce structure, which would be the basis for TPV’s proposal to the Government to adopt certain measures in this area, and if it turns out that the necessary staff for the tourism sector cannot be found. labor markets. The key issues are tax relief for companies in tourism that can provide better working conditions, taxation of travel agencies and the adoption of legislation based on the proposals and needs of the profession”, Said the business secretary of the Tourist Business Council at the Croatian Chamber of Commerce Antonia Urlić.”With the Study on the Impact of the VAT Rate on Tourism, which will include data from entrepreneurs from 2016, which was prepared by the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, we want to first introduce the Croatian Government, and then the general public. The results of the study will provide strong arguments for reducing VAT in tourism”, Said the director of the Tourism Department of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce Leila Krešić-Jurić.Tihomir Nikolaš from the Croatian Camping Association, who emphasized that the results achieved were excellent, and that the results of the camping segment reached the pre-war 1986. Krešimir Tomić from the Croatian Chamber of Trades and Crafts warned about the problem of categorizing buildings. “The current course of the tourist year 2017 records a strong growth in demand and high growth rates of tourist traffic. In the first nine months, 16,96 million or 13,2% more guest arrivals and 97,18 million overnight stays were recorded, ie 11,7% more overnight stays. The number of guest arrivals on October 17 reached 17,5 million or 13% more and 99,2 million or 11,7% more overnight stays. At the same time, hotels recorded a growth of 8,7%, campsites 8,8%, family accommodation 20,2% and nautical services 15%. This year, for the first time in Croatia, 100 million overnight stays are expected”, Said the director of the Sector for Research in the Croatian Tourist Board Igor Borojevic.”Although we are recording double-digit growth and breaking records this year, the tourist season has been challenging and difficult, and next year will be even more difficult. We are working to expand the market destination in Slavonia “, pointed out the representative of the Association of Travel Agencies (UPA) at the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, Nikola Sedlar. “This was an extremely good tourist season, but certain problems and risks should be pointed out, especially the problem of illegal work, excursions, transfers and apartment rentals, as well as the issue of regulating relations with national parks and nature parks because some increased prices overnight. organizing school trips”, Said Ivana Maltar from the Association of Croatian Travel Agencies (UHPA).Renata Nevidal, president of the Cultural Tourism Association at the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, pointed out the possibility of restricting visits to certain localities due to the large number of guests, for example in Dubrovnik, while Ivan Bogović traffic in tourism. The President of the Health Tourism Association at the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, Marcel Medak, pointed out that legal changes in this activity are expected to bring significant investments in the private sector next year.last_img read more

Governor Wolf Announces New Apprenticeship Programs for CVS Health and Bucks County Intermediate Unit #22 in Southeastern Pennsylvania

first_img April 02, 2018 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Governor Wolf Announces New Apprenticeship Programs for CVS Health and Bucks County Intermediate Unit #22 in Southeastern Pennsylvaniacenter_img Economy,  Education,  Jobs That Pay,  Press Release,  Workforce Development Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf announced today the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry’s (L&I) Apprenticeship and Training Office (ATO) has approved two new apprenticeship programs in Bucks and Montgomery counties.“Businesses across the commonwealth need employees who are trained for a 21st century economy,” said Governor Wolf. “Creating new apprenticeships provides employers with a new talent pipeline while helping job seekers gain the valuable skills they need to obtain family-sustaining jobs.”The ATO recently approved a Retail Pharmacy Technician apprenticeship program for CVS Health. This new apprenticeship is a first step to other career pathways within the company and was developed in response to a need for pharmacy technicians.“As the skills gap in the U.S. widens, CVS Health recognizes the important role apprenticeships, which offer on-the-job training with classroom instruction, play in building a pipeline of future skilled talent,” said David Casey, vice president, workforce strategies and chief diversity officer for CVS Health. “Our new registered apprenticeship program will provide an opportunity for people in Bucks and Montgomery counties, and across Pennsylvania, to discover a meaningful career in pharmacy.”Bucks County Intermediate Unit #22 recently received approval for the occupation of Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) from the ATO. The RBT is primarily responsible for implementation of behavior-analytic services for patients.“The Wolf administration’s PAsmart initiative realigns the commonwealth’s workforce development system from K-12 education through career programs so students and workers gain the critical skills they need,” said L&I Secretary Jerry Oleksiak. “Making additional investments in proven job creation programs like apprenticeships, ensures that employers have access to work-ready talent pipeline of highly-skilled employees.”Governor Wolf established the ATO in 2016 to support and expand registered apprenticeship programs statewide. The office provides outreach, education, and technical support to current and prospective apprenticeship program sponsors and apprentices.Since the ATO launched, 92 new apprenticeship programs have been created with 2,917 new apprentices, bringing the total number of registered programs to 759 and the total number of registered apprentices to 15,199 statewide.Approved through the ATO, apprenticeship programs are used to provide employer-driven training to create a more productive, diverse, highly-skilled workforce for employers and help reduce employee turnover. The program provides job seekers with increased skills, and a nationally recognized credential to support future career advancement and increased wages.For more information about pursuing an education and career in Pennsylvania at any stage of life, visit PAsmart.Visit ATO for more information about apprenticeship programs and the Apprenticeship and Training Office.last_img read more

Murkowski welcomes, Cantwell slams Trump’s offshore drilling plan

first_imgRelated: Trump moves to open nearly all U.S. offshore areas for drilling The draft proposed program is the initial step in the decision making process and the first opportunity for public comment on the draft program. Areas that are included in the draft program may not be included in the final, based on comments by the public and further analysis by the department. However, areas that are excluded from the draft proposed program, like the North Aleutian Basin, are excluded from further consideration in this five year program.Once the draft proposed program is published in the Federal Register, a 60-day public comment period will follow. BOEM will conduct public meetings with local stakeholders across the country, including in Alaska, beginning on January 16. Details for the public meetings can be found here.While Murkowski is encouraging the new offshore program, not everybody is in favor.The draf proposal plan proposes seven lease sales in the Pacific Region (2 each for Northern California, Central California, and Southern California, and 1 for Washington/Oregon). There have been no sales in the Pacific Region since 1984.Maria Cantwell,  Ran The U.S. administration’s proposed plan to open 98 percent of the U.S. offshore waters to offshore exploration and development has, as expected, received a mixed response from the U.S. Committee on Energy and Natural Resources’ Republican and Democratic heads.Senator Lisa Murkowski, a Republican from Alaska, and the chairman of the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources has shown support to the Department of Interior plan, while her Democratic peer has slammed it.Commenting on the new draft proposed Five-Year Oil and Gas Leasing Program for the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) for 2019-2024, released on Thursday, Murkowski said: “This draft program is another positive step as we seek to reinforce our nation’s status as a global energy leader,” Murkowski said.She added: “Secretary Zinke’s ‘blank slate’ approach launches a new discussion with local stakeholders to determine where responsible energy development should take place. While nothing in this proposal is final, it is good to see the administration seeking to expand access in places like Alaska, rather than limiting our opportunities. This is more good news as we seek to create jobs, keep energy affordable, and strengthen our long-term security.”The draft proposed plan suggests 19 lease sales in Murkowski’s home state of Alaska, including three sales in the Chukchi Sea; three sales in the Beaufort Sea; two sales in Cook Inlet; and one sale each in 11 other program areas. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) recently increased its estimate for the Beaufort Sea by 700 million barrels to a total of 8.9 billion barrels, while the Chukchi Sea is estimated to contain 15.4 billion barrels. The Cook Inlet is a developed basin but remains a critical source of natural gas to the Railbelt.last_img read more

New Research on Same-Sex Households Reveals Kids Do Best With Mom and Dad

first_imgPublic Discourse 10 February 2015A new study published in the February 2015 issue of the British Journal of Education, Society, and Behavioural Science appears to be the largest yet on the matter of same-sex households and children’s emotional outcomes. It analyzed 512 children of same-sex parents, drawn from a pool of over 207,000 respondents who participated in the (US) National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) at some point between 1997 and 2013.Results reveal that, on eight out of twelve psychometric measures, the risk of clinical emotional problems, developmental problems, or use of mental health treatment services is nearly double among those with same-sex parents when contrasted with children of opposite-sex parents. The estimate of serious child emotional problems in children with same-sex parents is 17 percent, compared with 7 percent among opposite-sex parents, after adjusting for age, race, gender, and parent’s education and income. Rates of ADHD were higher as well—15.5 compared to 7.1 percent. The same is true for learning disabilities: 14.1 vs. 8 percent.The study’s author, sociologist Paul Sullins, assessed a variety of different hypotheses about the differences, including comparative residential stability, experience of stigma or bullying, parental emotional problems (6.1 percent among same-sex parents vs. 3.4 percent among opposite-sex ones), and biological attachment. Each of these factors predictably aggravated children’s emotional health, but only the last of these—biological parentage—accounted for nearly all of the variation in emotional problems. While adopted children are at higher risk of emotional problems overall, being adopted did not account for the differences between children in same-sex and opposite-sex households. It’s also worth noting that while being bullied clearly aggravates emotional health, there was no difference in self-reported experience of having been bullied between the children of same-sex and opposite-sex parents.Vocal critics, soon to emerge, will likely home in on the explanatory mechanism—the fact that two mothers or two fathers can’t possibly both enjoy a biological connection to a child—in suggesting the results of the study reveal nothing of value about same-sex households with children. On the contrary, the study reveals a great deal. Namely, there is no equivalent replacement for the enduring gift to a child that a married biological mother and father offer. It’s no guarantee of success. It’s not always possible. But the odds of emotional struggle at least double without it. Some critics might attribute the emotional health differences to the realities of “adoption by strangers,” but the vast majority of same-sex couples in the NHIS exhibited one parent with a biological relationship with the child.Even research on “planned” same-sex families—those created using assisted reproductive technology (ART)—reveals the significance of biological ties.http://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2015/02/14417/?utm_source=Blog+Subscribers&utm_campaign=c86f152311-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_fdeedda8f0-c86f152311-102141473last_img read more

10 ways you are being unfaithful to your spouse — and you don’t even know it

first_img 198 Views   no discussions LifestyleRelationships 10 ways you are being unfaithful to your spouse — and you don’t even know it by: Familyshare.com – December 17, 2014 Share Sharing is caring! Sharecenter_img Share Having an affair is not even on your radar. Never gonna happen. You love your spouse and you’d never be unfaithful to her or him. However, you may be unaware of other ways you are being unfaithful. If these actions continue, you may find yourself on the slippery slope that leads to that never-intended affair and a sorrow you never wanted in your life.Unfaithfulness usually creeps in through the back door, disguising itself as harmless fun or innocent behavior. If you want your marriage to endure and be filled with happiness you may need to check this list to see if you have fallen prey to any of these unfaithful behaviors.1. FlirtingHaving a little playful fun at the office with a co-worker can’t be too bad, you may rationalize. After all, flirting is fun. Avoid it like the plague. It’s dangerous. If someone flirts with you, ignore it. What falls into the category of flirting? Here’s one explanation of what flirting is. “[It] usually involves speaking and behaving in a way that suggests a mildly greater intimacy than the actual relationship between the parties would justify, though within the rules of social etiquette, which generally disapproves of a direct expression of sexual interest. This may be accomplished by communicating a sense of playfulness or irony… Body language can include flicking the hair, eye contact, brief touching, etc.”Married people should never engage in this type of behavior with anyone other than their spouse. It is a full-on form of unfaithfulness that leads to no good. The one you’re flirting with may take it as an invitation and pursue a relationship you never intended.2. Confiding in the opposite genderWhen you pour out your troubles to someone of the opposite gender you are putting yourself in a vulnerable position. It may seem harmless. After all, you just needed a shoulder to cry on. If you’ve got a problem, talk about it with your spouse. That’s your best-ever shoulder to cry on. If that’s not working for you, try a trusted relative, clergyman, or therapist. Not someone who may consider this an invitation for intimacy. Even if it doesn’t start that way, too often it ends that way. It’s a form of unfaithfulness.3. Spending time alone with someone elseWhat appears to be an innocent lunch out with someone of the opposite sex or stopping by for a chat at that someone’s home without your spouse is definitely in the category of unfaithful behavior. You or the other person may say, “Hey, we’re both adults. Nothing’s going to happen.” Well, things do happen. It’s not appropriate. Go home and spend that time with your spouse.4. Talking negatively about your mateWhen you are a true friend to someone you never say bad things about them to others. Your mate is your best friend and is the last person you should ever talk about negatively. If you have a beef with your honey, talk it out with him or her. Let your conversations with others focus on the good things about your spouse. That’s being faithful. The exception here is abuse. If abuse is happening it needs to be reported to a trusted friend, counselor, and the police. You must keep yourself safe.5. Chatting on the internet with someone of the opposite sexIf you think this is harmless, think again. It may start out that way, but it definitely won’t end that way. Some have engaged in what they considered innocent talk with a former boyfriend or girlfriend from high school or college days, or even a stranger. One thing can lead to another and before you know it, your marriage is in jeopardy. Don’t do it. It will only end in sorrow and heartbreak for your family.6. Dressing to attract the attention of someone other than your spouseIf you’re dressing up to look good for someone else, you need to reexamine your motives. Trying to attract someone else by wearing a sexy looking outfit is one more way to jump into unfaithful waters.7. Writing personal intimate notes or letters to someone elseIf you’re writing a letter of condolence or congratulations, or other good wishes, let it be from both you and your spouse. Then there will be no misunderstanding about your intentions.8. Not being a willing sexual partner with your spouseBeing faithful to your spouse means giving yourself over to him or her to enjoy the intimate side of your marriage. To withhold sexual intimacy from your spouse if not doing your part in keeping your marriage strong and fulfilling. It creates sorrow and even suspicion. Being a faithful spouse means doing your part to make it a beautiful relationship in all aspects.9. Putting your parents before your spouseYour spouse must always be the number one person in your life. If something wonderful happens to you, like a promotion, a confirmation of a pregnancy, or any other good news, you may be tempted to immediately call a parent to share in the joy. Resist. Let your spouse be the first to know your good news. Then share it with others.10. Putting your children before your spouseKids matter. They are very important people in your life, but not more important than your spouse. If you knock your spouse off the top of your priority list you are not showing total fidelity to him or her. Your mate must come first. Not only does it cement your marriage and make it stronger, it gives your children the best security blanket they will ever have.Check yourself on these points and make sure you are being 100 percent faithful to your spouse. By doing this you will create a genuinely happy and fulfilling marriage. Tweetlast_img read more

Capello: Man City are favourites without Ramos for Real Madrid

first_img “But another really important leader is Zidane. “Someone told me that when he speaks, all the players stay quiet. “They try to understand what he wants to say. This is really important. “I think Guardiola is also the same. “The personality of the coach is one of the most important things when you’re in charge of big clubs like Man City or Real Madrid.” When asked about who will reach the quarter-finals, Capello once again pointed to the absence of Ramos as a key factor. “I thought in the last two games that they played before the end of the season, Manchester City were in fantastic form,” he noted. “They are really dangerous when they go forward. “In the past I thought Guardiola has made some tactical mistakes in midfield, but now, when they lose the ball, they try to recover it. “They finished the La Liga season brilliantly and they won the title. “But I think they have one important problem. “Without Sergio Ramos, when you have to defend, it will be really difficult. “Sergio Ramos is the captain, the leader in the dressing room… he’s the leader on the pitch. “The personality of this player is really important for all the players. Loading… Read Also: Arthur Melo heads back to Barcelona to terminate contract “The problem when you play City is how well can you defend against them. “So, I think, for me, I prefer Man City, because without Sergio Ramos, when you have to defend against City going forward, it will be difficult for Real Madrid.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Former Real Madrid manager Fabio Capello believes  his former side will struggle to turn around the 2-1 deficit against Manchester City in their last-16 Champions League clash. Pep Guardiola’s side will welcome Zinedine Zidane’s men to the Etihad Stadium on Friday, August 7, at 21:00 CET. “Can Real Madrid win? It’s possible because, for Real Madrid, it’s normal to play this kind of game,” Capello told Laureus.com. “The pressure will help Real Madrid. Promoted ContentBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty Penny6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesMind-Bending Technology That Was Predicted Before It Appeared7 Non-Obvious Things That Damage Your PhoneThe Most Exciting Cities In The World To Visit7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better10 Big Movie Stars Who Got Famous Thanks To Soap Operas10 Albino Animals Who Look Like Ghosts6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Lil Nas X’s Hit Song Is Becoming The Longest #1 Song Everlast_img read more

Britton braced for Bluebirds battle

first_imgLeon Britton believes Swansea will have to be wary of Cardiff’s “siege mentality” in Sunday’s south Wales derby. His acting replacement, Alisher Apsalyamov, cannot currently work for Cardiff in an official capacity while the Home Office investigate the 23-year-old’s visa situation. According to recent reports, owner Vincent Tan also signed Slovenian striker Etien Velikonja without Mackay’s approval in 2012, while the manager’s future has come in for close outside scrutiny. But Swansea midfielder Britton, a veteran of six meetings with the Bluebirds, knows the off-field turmoil may well have brought Mackay and his players closer together. “It’s natural that if there is speculation about the manager leaving you talk about it. But as players you have to remain focused and behind the manager,” Britton said. “If Cardiff have ups and downs they haven’t shown it. They have dealt with it very well. “You can develop a siege mentality when people on the outside upset you. You close ranks and try to get results. They have a lot of negative publicity but a win on Sunday will quieten that all down. “As a player you can’t think about outside influences. When you cross that line, they all go out the window.” Since Cardiff’s promotion to the top flight was confirmed in April, the sense of expectation among both sets of supporters has gradually reached a fever pitch. The 106th meeting between the two clubs, but the first in the Barclays Premier League, will see the eyes of a global TV audience focused on Cardiff City Stadium. The home side are considered to be slight underdogs, and enter the game on the back of unwanted media attention following the furore which accompanied the removal of Iain Moody as manager Malky Mackay’s head of recruitment. Britton admits Bluebirds fans have not been shy about their desire to topple Swansea. “I do go to Cardiff now and again,” he said. “A couple of months ago I was walking past the Job Centre and a lad pulled me aside and said, ‘You’ve got some front walking through town, but we’re coming for you’. “Then in the summer I went with the wife and family when Cardiff had a friendly against Bilbao. I kept my head down and with the buggy and the kids I thought I’d be all right. It’s my safety guard! “I’ve done six of these games and the build-up is always the same. Everywhere you go, even when you are getting petrol at the station, the fans’ message is ‘You can’t lose’. “It’s the first one in the top flight but it would be the same to the fans whether it’s in the Premier League or League Two. The feelings, the intensity and the rivalry is always there. “If you lose, you stay in the house and switch the phone off and take no calls. If you win, the first thing you do back in the dressing room is check the phone for messages. “One derby day can be fantastic and one of the best memories for life, but the next one can be one of the worst.” Press Associationlast_img read more

ICC World Cup Twitter flooded with India and New Zealand hilarious memes

first_imgNew Delhi : It wouldn’t be wrong to say, that rain has been an ultimate spoiler in the game between India and New Zealand at the Trent Bridge in Nottingham. The weather has not only been a spoilsport, but has let the fans of two teams be all over the place. With this, the fans around the globe took to the Twitter and expressed their thoughts on the encounter, which unfortunately, didn’t happen. Meanwhile, India will play their next encounter against the arch-rival Pakistan on June 16 in Manchester. However, going by the weather reports, it may rain in that game as well. Here are the tweets:  Match has been started ☔ #INDvsNZ Two Best Batsmen out on Ground.. pic.twitter.com/Isf98iMGVc— Ritik RJ🚬 (@ritik__rj) June 13, 2019 **LIVE** images from Nottingham. @ICC @BCCI #INDvsNZ #INDvsPAK pic.twitter.com/PIeunsGQhG— Amarjeet (@cricamarjeet) June 13, 2019center_img For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

COLUMN: Trojans’ season far from over

first_imgLet’s all just take a deep breath.I know, it was a tough one to sit through. I was there, too. And go ahead, make that one last nerd joke if you really think it will make you feel better.But now that we’ve had a couple days to sleep on it, let’s remember what actually happened last weekend and where it stands in the grand scheme of things.One game. Not the end of the world, and not even the end of USC’s season. There are still plenty of chances to make up for it and a lot of football left on the schedule.Of course, it was not a good start to the conference slate. The road to the top four is certainly much harder now. The Trojans got halfway there after starting at No. 8, and climbing to No. 6 going into Stanford, but fell all the way to No. 19.But it wasn’t as bad as you probably think. Neither the game itself nor the implications of the result seriously changed my outlook for the season. The Trojans, without a doubt, still have the possibility and capability of making the College Football Playoff.In fact, the advance statistics on USC are still very positive even after the loss. ESPN’s Football Power Index ranks USC as the  No. 7 team in the country. That’s best out of the Pac-12, as the Trojans rank ahead of   No. 15 Oregon, No. 17 Stanford and No. 18 UCLA. The FPI also says USC still has the best chance of winning the conference. It gives USC a 34.2 percent chance, with Stanford in second at 25 percent, Oregon with a 16.1 percent chance and UCLA with a 15 percent chance. The AP sees it a little differently, with UCLA at No. 9, Oregon at No. 13 and Stanford at No. 21, but I think the FPI is very much worth noting.As expected, there was a lot of criticism directed at USC defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox for the team’s performance. I usually like playing devil’s advocate for unpopular on-field coaching decisions, and I think any calls for his termination, or even demotion, are very premature at this point.My personal perspective on the game is that USC didn’t have any huge problems in the game plan. Plenty have said it was too conservative and didn’t adjust in the second half, but I think a lot of that is unsubstantiated generalization. Part of the first half, I think USC played too much zone coverage, but I remember a lot more man coverage in the second half. Likewise, I can remember enough plays where USC brought five or six guys to pressure the quarterback.What the game comes down to is that Stanford’s offense greatly exceeded expectations. Kevin Hogan had one of his best performances as quarterback. He showed uncanny mobility, with three runs of over 10 yards, two of which were on long third downs and several plays where he escaped pressure to make big throws. Complement that with a strong, well-established running game from Stanford, and you just have to tip your cap to the Cardinal. Stanford was firing on all cylinders.The interesting thing about the result is that in recent history, Wilcox had actually had a lot of success against Stanford. During the three previous meetings, going back to his time at Washington,      Wilcox-led defensive units held the Cardinal to only four touchdowns and four field goals. This obviously indicates that Wilcox’s bend-but-don’t-break philosophy is not inherently flawed against power teams. Stanford head coach David Shaw, who himself receives a lot of criticism for conservative play calling, was unusually successful at distributing the ball to all his playmakers. If an evenly matched opponent finally figures out how to beat you after four tries, that doesn’t mean you don’t know what you’re doing. We could just as easily criticize coaches who adjust too early and aren’t “sticking to what got you there.”It’s crucial to acknowledge Stanford as a rival. The program has been to two more Rose Bowls than USC has in the past six years, and now holds a 5-2 series advantage since then. USC is still a better team this year, and the Trojans should have won, but the loss shouldn’t have been shocking to anyone. The Stanford student body probably would not have stormed the field if that same result had happened in Palo Alto. The fact that Stanford lost to Northwestern is indication that good teams often underperform at the beginning of the year — not that Stanford is not a good team.The biggest thing to take away from the game is that it’s too early to say anything conclusive about the defense. It was the first real game for many of the talented freshman starters. Stanford’s 8-12 third down conversion rate is still a really small sample size.In fact, it’s too early to say anything about anyone. No. 1 Ohio State was almost upset this weekend by Northern Illinois, No. 3 Ole Miss was gifted five turnovers by Alabama but still only won by one possession, UCLA’s quarterback Josh Rosen looked very much like a freshman against No. 22 BYU and Oregon has since switched starting quarterbacks since its three-point loss to No. 2 Michigan State. The conference, and national playoff, is wide open.With all that being said, USC has a uniquely difficult road. FPI ranked USC’s remaining schedule the third toughest in the country, and only gave the Trojans a 4 percent chance of going undefeated the rest of the year.But the Trojans very much still control their destiny. Winning out guarantees the Trojans will at least win the head-to-head tiebreaker against anyone in the Pac-12 South. Losing to Stanford, a North division team, is honestly not that significant. The Trojan’s matchup with Arizona State this weekend is without a doubt more crucial.The Trojans would possibly earn a rematch with the Cardinal in the Pac-12 championship game if they take care of the Pac-12 South. That game just might be a de facto quarterfinal in the national playoff, and I would feel really confident in this team in that rematch.last_img read more

Syracuse outlasts Wisconsin, 77-74, in 1st game of Paradise Jam

first_img Published on November 23, 2017 at 2:24 pm Contact Nick: nialvare@syr.edu | @nick_a_alvarez Suzanne Gilreath’s 3-point attempt with two seconds left in the game could’ve sent the contest to overtime. Instead, the shot missed and Digna Strautmane pulled down her sixth rebound to clinch Syracuse’s win.“We just got stops,” SU head coach Quentin Hillsman said. “We were amazing in the fourth quarter.”A game that had 11 lead changes ended with the Orange (4-0) outlasting Wisconsin (2-2), 77-74, in the first game of the three-day Paradise Jam Tournament in Washington D.C. Before Thursday, the two teams had never squared off. Syracuse secured its first 4-0 start in two years after being upset last season by Drexel. SU was led by its two early-season standouts, Tiana Mangakahia and Miranda Drummond, and an unexpected contributor in Raven Fox.Mangakahia and Drummond did most of their damage in the first half. The point guard nearly had a double-double at half with 10 points and nine assists. She finished with season-highs in both, 19 and 14. Drummond finished with 16 points and seven rebounds.Fox, a Bladensburg, Maryland native, tallied eight points, four rebounds and one assist in 10 first-half minutes. She added a 3-pointer in the second half and posted a season-high in points and minutes (21).AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Raven was tough,” Hillsman said. “She did a really good job on being aggressive. She was very athletic for us and did some good stuff.”The junior transfer from Gulf Coast State College provided much-needed depth. She accounted for more than 50 percent of SU’s bench points.  Both Strautmane and Drummond were in foul trouble and had limited second-half minutes. Drummond was sidelined for most of the fourth quarter with four fouls. She entered the game with three minutes remaining and fouled out with 41 seconds to go.The teams were close in many statistical categories. SU posted a 42 percent field goal percentage, Wisconsin shot 46 percent. The Orange had 12 turnovers, the Badgers had 15. The one difference came at the free-throw line. Syracuse went 14-for-15 from the stripe, while Wisconsin was 14-for-22.The game grinded to a halt in the third quarter. The teams combined for 25 points and only three baskets were made in the final 4 minutes of play. In a back-and-forth final frame, SU did enough to stay undefeated.“Our team really played a tough second half,” Hillsman said. “We got down in half court and we put our pressure on them.”Syracuse faces Vanderbilt on Friday for the second game of the weekend set. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more