Why talk now? The case for communicating with employees before the pandemic arrives

first_img(CIDRAP Source Weekly Briefing) – Your company is preparing for a pandemic, but your employees aren’t. Can that possibly make sense?Companies have their reasons for hesitating to communicate with employees about a possible future pandemic. The four reasons I hear most often:Companies don’t want to scare people.Companies don’t have their ducks in a row yet.Getting anybody to listen is hard.There’s nothing for employees to do anyway.I want to respond here to #4. The fact is you actually need employees to do the following before a pandemic begins.You need employees to know that influenza pandemics are unpredictableThe next pandemic may start tomorrow, or it may not come for years. When it comes, it may be so mild we’ll wonder why we worried, or so severe we’ll think all our preparations were for naught. Preparedness starts with resilience; it is mostly about getting ready for the unexpected.You need employees to prepare at homeCompanies have a deep continuity stake in their employees’ home pandemic preparedness. The value of masks and hand sanitizers in the workplace goes way down if employees don’t have them or don’t use them at home. An employee who gets the flu on the bus will be lost to the company as surely as one who gets the flu at work. Healthy employees are likelier to come to work in a pandemic if they believe their families are adequately prepared and adequately protected. Helping your employees get ready at home is thus a major piece of helping your company have a workforce when the pandemic comes.You need employees to prepare at workNo matter where your company stands in the endless tug-of-war between centralization and decentralization of operations, manufacturing, sales and marketing, and other functions, a serious pandemic will be a big-time decentralizer. To a greater extent than you’re probably planning for, facilities, departments, and small local work groups will be on their own. Just as your supply chain is only as strong as its weakest link, your company’s ability to cope internally will depend on local and even individual preparedness.I sometimes ask clients who seek my advice on something other than pandemic risk communication what they’re doing to get ready for a pandemic. Usually I’m assured that somebody is looking into that. “But what about you?” I ask. “What’s your role in the company’s pandemic preparedness?” I’m not hearing many answers yet.You need employees to prepare emotionallyGetting ready for a crisis is as much about emotional preparedness as logistical preparedness. When people first become aware of a terrifying new threat, they normally go through what’s called an adjustment reaction. They imagine what the crisis might be like, rehearsing some of what they will probably feel when the time comes. People who have gone through their adjustment reaction before a crisis can cope much better than people who go through this unavoidable stage belatedly, while the crisis is raging.You need employees to know how your company has preparedIf you expect them to implement your pandemic plan when the time comes, then employees need to know about it beforehand. At the very least, they need to know that you have one. Employees are also much likelier to come to work in a pandemic if they know what sort of preparations have been made in their workplace.You need employees to help your company prepareRead the New York Academy of Medicine report, “Redefining Readiness: Terror Planning Through the Eyes of the Public,” by Roz D. Lasker, MD.Her 2004 study convincingly demonstrates that most government terrorism-response plans are close to useless because they were developed without significant citizen involvement. Lasker asked people how they would react in specified terrorism scenarios. They told her they wouldn’t react the way planners thought they would. And then they told her how the plans had to change. Many company pandemic plans have the same fatal defect: insufficient employee involvement.You need employees to see you as a useful source of pandemic informationAfter the virus hits the fan, pandemic information (and misinformation) will be everywhere. Competition for your employees’ attention will be fierce. Now is the time to establish in their minds that your company is a relevant and reliable supplement to official sources of pandemic information. When planning your pandemic preparedness messaging, then, consider this important question: What should you say now that will predispose employees to listen to what you have to say then? Suppose you put out messages now that sound extremely confident and extremely reassuring about the state of your preparedness, for example. If a pandemic begins and turns out much tougher than you predicted, you will already have forfeited much of your credibility with employees.You need employees to think through their conflicting pandemic responsibilitiesIn a severe pandemic, healthy employees will face a crucial dilemma: come to work or stay home. Nobody knows how anybody (your employees included) will resolve this dilemma when the time comes to face it. But we do know that thinking about the dilemma in advance will help.The issue isn’t just about getting paid, although pandemic pay policies are an important component of prepandemic communication. It’s about conflicting responsibilities and conflicting loyalties to self, family, and employer. How empathically you acknowledge this dilemma now will have a lot to do with whether you still have a workforce when a pandemic arrives.You need employees to cross-train for their emergency duty stationsShips at sea have an emergency duty station for every member of the crew; stewards aren’t stewards when the ship catches fire. The same should be true for business pandemic planning. You have to shift your focus from continuity planning to discontinuity planning—prioritizing which few functions are so crucial that your company will sacrifice everything else to keep them going, even in a severe pandemic. Once you’ve done your discontinuity planning, you can start cross-training employees for their emergency duty stations. Among other benefits, people are far more likely to come to work to help manage the emergency than to do their routine jobs.You need employees to volunteerVolunteerism is a defining characteristic of crisis situations. Millions of people respond to emergencies by wanting to help. And pandemic survivors will be uniquely qualified to help: They will be closer to immune than anyone else. Nobody knows what the next pandemic’s case-fatality rate will be, but the horrific 1918 pandemic killed 2% to 3% of those who got sick. That means upwards of 97% of people who became infected got better—and were ideal candidates for a “Survivor Volunteer Corps.”Now is the time to put this question to your employees: “Suppose a pandemic comes, you get the flu, and you recover. What skills do you have that can help?” Some health agencies have already started developing an employee pandemic skills registry. I’d like to see more companies doing the same thing (complete with liability waivers). Apart from the immense practical value of such a registry, think about what you’d be communicating to your employees: “There may be a pandemic. You may get sick. You’ll probably get better. You’ll be needed.”Now—not laterNo matter how good a job you do of warning employees about the need for pandemic preparedness, a lot of them won’t pay much attention till the last minute. Just-in-time pandemic communication will be crucial. But prepandemic communication is crucial, too.Start talking.An internationally renowned expert in risk communication and crisis communication, Peter Sandman speaks and consults widely on communication aspects of pandemic preparedness. Dr. Sandman, Deputy Editor, contributes an original column to CIDRAP Source Weekly Briefing every other week. Most of his risk communication writing is available without charge at the Peter Sandman Risk Communication Web Site, which includes an index of pandemic-related writing on the site.last_img read more

Unit owners clean up after selling entire building

first_imgEach flat was about 71 sqm except for one which was 89 sqm. “There’s a good number of investors, 50-plus age group, looking for somewhere to sink their money.”CoreLogic records showed all the owners were interstate investors who had previously been happy to set their units in the rental market and see it tick along comfortably. 26 Toorak Road, Hamilton, Qld 4007A GROUP of owners made a tidy profit after just five days on the market after banding together to sell their entire building.The unit owners at 26 Toorak Road in Brisbane blue chip suburb, Hamilton, pooled their resources to sell their complex as an eight bedroom, four bathroom, four car space property.The four apartments — each with two bedrooms, one bath, and one car space — attracted “massive interest” with the building selling for $1.98 million on August 10 after just five days on the market, according to agents Ranal Charan and Dr Paul Howe of Oxbridge. QLD richlister’s $20m renovation How Brisbane is beating southern capitals Brisbane’s cheapest rental suburbs The property was tidy and well maintained.Four years ago the units had been fetching about $390 a week in rent each, though that figure dropped this year to about $330 a week per unit.The property has views of the city skyline and is surrounded by some of the most expensive homes in Brisbane. FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK Many of the properties art deco details have been lovingly maintained.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus17 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market17 hours ago“It’s a rare gem on one of the best streets and houses very seldom come on the market there.“Art deco properties have had a resurgence at the moment. They’ve always had good bones. If you buy one of those, renovated or not, you’ve always got good options.”All the units were about 71 sqm, except for one which had an extra 18 sqm. The firm was still getting calls from people interested in properties like it, he said. In recent times, rental rates have dropped.The unit market has seen some significant adjustment in recent times in terms of pricing given the massive boost in supply in the new unit market in the city. 26 Toorak Road, Hamilton, is a block of four flats surrounded by luxury homes.All the units had been bought for between $386,500 and $374,500 six years ago, bringing gross profit in at about 28 per cent per apartment.“Someone came to us and said they wanted to sell their property, as in just their unit. We gave them a price but said maybe approach the other three,” Mr Charan said.“The other three came up with a benchmark, we took it to market and sold it in five days.”Interest in such properties was strong, he said. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 9:24Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -9:24 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD288p288pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenCoreLogic Brisbane Housing Market Update – August 201809:25last_img read more

Man Utd: It’s a dream come true – Fernandes

first_imgBruno Fernandes has sensationally revealed that it’s a dream come true for him playing in the colours of Manchester United. Month of March Man U player of the month Bruno Fernandes “I have already said this a lot of times but it was a dream come true. For me, ever since I was a kid, it was a dream playing for Manchester United. I already told everyone in the interview, Manchester United was and is one of the biggest clubs in the world. You look in the past and when I’m younger, you look at the players who play for Manchester United and you see the biggest stars in the world.Advertisement Promoted ContentCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better7 Train Stations In The World You Wish To Stay At Longer10 Inventions That Prove Humanity Is Failing BadlyIncredible Underwater Objects Surrounded By MysteryWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Playing Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyThe Most Exciting Cities In The World To VisitBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?Who Earns More Than Ronaldo? Loading… center_img You see the best players in the world. You have players from everywhere and also, we talked a lot and I told you about Cristiano. I looked at Manchester with more interest when Cristiano was here because it’s normal when you have Portuguese players in some teams, you look at them more than other teams. But at that moment, I started to look at Manchester in a different way because you see Cristiano but then you see also the team and you have Paul Scholes, you have Rooney, you have Giggs and you have Roy Keane, Cantona before. You have a lot of players… I don’t know… van Nistelrooy… I can stay here for hours saying all the names of players for Manchester United. read also:Fernandes responds to Ronaldo’s Instagram workout challenge Also Nani, who’s played with me. You have big stars playing here. [Joining] Manchester United was so easy because since I was a kid, it was a dream, so for me, doing this step, a big step to the Premier League to Manchester United was perfect.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Bulldogs And Raiders Win At Ripley County Boys Basketball Tourney

first_imgThe Ripley County Boys Basketball Tourney took place last night at Batesville.  The Batesville Bulldogs defeated The Milan Indians 38-29 while The South Ripley Raiders were victorious against The Jac-Cen-Del Eagles 63-46.The Boys Finals are set for this Saturday Night at Batesville with Milan and Jac-Cen-Del in The Consolation Game starting at 6 followed by South Ripley and the host Bulldogs for The Championship.  The 2016 Ripley County Basketball Hall of Famers will be introduced in between the games.The Girls Finals are set for this Friday Night at JCD with Milan and South Ripley in The Consolation Game starting at 6 followed by Batesville and the host Lady Eagles for The Championship.Listen to The Sports Voice in Southeastern Indiana-Country 103.9 WRBI for complete coverage of The Ripley County Basketball Tourney.  WRBI’s Countdown To Tipoff will be at 5:30.last_img

Sr. Lavonne Long O.S.F.

first_imgSr. Lavonne Long, formerly Sr. Francis David, age 96 of the Srs. of St. Francis in Oldenburg, died Friday, June 16, 2018 at the convent.  Born May 1, 1922 in Rushville, Indiana, she is the daughter of Nora (Nee: Mullins) and David Long and was the youngest of three children.Growing up, Sr. Lavonne was close to her father who was an exceptional husband and conscientious citizen, however his lack of religious affiliation greatly concerned her.  When she was old enough to question him about the matter, he responded, “I just have to be good to others.”Religion was not an issue in the Long family until Sr. Lavonne decided to enter the Franciscan community following graduation from Rushville High School and a year at Marian College in Indianapolis.  She recalled, “The most difficult part of the seven years separation from her family that followed was knowing that she was the instrument of pain to those she loved most.”  She and her father would eventually reconcile and he was baptized into the Catholic faith on his death bed.With degrees in education, English and certificates for administration and guidance counseling, she began her teaching career in 1945.  After 11 years at schools in Indiana and Ohio, she began teaching  English at Scecina High School in Indianapolis and quickly developed a love for Scecina.  In 1964 however, she was named principal at St. Mary’s Academy, also in Indianapolis. She welcomed the opportunity in 1973 to return to Scecina, where she served as guidance director until 1995.  For the next 15 years she served as an administrative assistant with the school, retiring to the motherhouse in 2010.She served on the Marian University Board of Trustees from 1995 – 2001.  In 2011, the university bestowed upon her the honorary degree of Doctor of Divinity in recognition of her extraordinary contributions to education.  Upon retiring, she commented, “I’ve always tried to stress to students that we can all be of service to others.  I think that came from my dad’s belief of just being good to others.  I’ve tried to do that.  I hope my life has stood for my desire to become more closely united with my Lord.  That’s my ultimate goal.”She is survived by nieces and nephews.  In addition to her parents, she is also preceded in death by sister Lucille Carroll and brother Richard Long.  Visitation is Tuesday, June 19th, from 1 – 3 p.m. at the convent chapel in Oldenburg.  Funeral services follow at 3 p.m. with Rev. Gerald Kirkkoff officiating and burial in the convent cemetery.  Weigel Funeral Home, Batesville, Indiana, is in charge of arrangements.  Memorials may be made to the Srs. of St. Francis, P.O. Box 100, Oldenburg, Indiana, 47036 (www.OldenburgFranciscans.org).last_img read more

T&T still focused despite loss to Mexico, says skipper Jones

first_imgPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) – Captain Kenwyne Jones says Trinidad and Tobago will not allow their heads to drop, despite their most recent setback in the CONCACAF final round World Cup qualifying campaign.Seeking their second win in five days, T&T slipped to a narrow 1-0 defeat to confederation giants Mexico at the Hasely Crawford Stadium on Tuesday night.The defeat was their third in four outings and left them bottom of the six-nation group on three points but Jones said afterwards the World Cup dream was still alive in the squad.“I still have a hundred per cent belief in the squad. We have six games to go so we’re going to put our best foot forward,” the marquee striker said.“The guys that are going back (overseas), they are going to go play. The season is going to be starting for some of the guys at home in probably a month or so. Everyone just needs to keep working hard and staying focused for when we meet up again.The squad is a great one. There are still people who can come in, people can go out – you never know what can happen. The group is doing well, the coaching staff is doing well and what we can look forward to is the next camp and the next game.”T&T opened their campaign last November with two defeats when they lost to Costa Rica at home and Honduras away, but picked themselves up last Friday with a 1-0 win over Panama here.The road ahead will be a tough one for them, however, as they go on the road to face a resurgent United States who are fourth in the standings on four points and Costa Rica who lie second on seven points.Jones, one of the survivors from T&T’s historic qualification for the 2006 World Cup, said one of the challenges of the CONCACAF final round was being able to win on the road.“Whether at home or away, in this round that’s what is necessary – to go away and take points from the teams that are at home,” he stressed.“We have two tough games coming up, USA and Costa Rica, and we’re going to buckle down and focus on that when we get together, and try and get the points.”Despite having played only Panama at the weekend, T&T still looked the part against Mexico, especially in the first half when they put the visitors under pressure and even managed to score a goal through Joevin Jones, which was incorrectly ruled off-side.Diego Reyes eventually produced a 58th minute header which settled the contest.And though the result was not the desired one, Jones said the squad had come through the two fixtures in good shape.“It is a bit difficult to play (two) games in (such a) short space of time without losing the solidity of your squad. Sometimes you have to rotate but then you don’t want to rotate as much based on the previous game,” he explained.“It is a bit of a tough one for the coaches but at the same time I know that the squad is well equipped to weather any storm and for the guys that came out (last night) it was a bit tough but at the same time we did well in keeping up with the tempo of the game and working hard to try and close down the spaces.“But in the end we didn’t have a result so we’re still disappointed.”last_img read more

Geistlinger & Hayes: Everything you need to know about Saturday’s CFB lineup Nov. 12

first_imgThe Badger Herald Sports section’s weekly double feature is highlighting all of the weekend’s biggest games outside of Madison each Saturday.For any fellow college football junkies out there, feel free to chime in via Twitter with any questions, comments or requests to @BHeraldSports for the column going forward.Wisconsin continues to find athletic success in alumni hiresThere is something unique about the nature of Wisconsin athletics. It’s not the iconic “Jump Around” celebration after the third quarter Read…Illinois (3-6) at No. 7 Wisconsin (7-2)Where: Camp Randall Stadium, Madison, WisconsinWhen: 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 12TV: ESPN2 (Channel 661 on Residence Hall Cable)Line: Wisconsin (-26.5)This week the University of Wisconsin welcomes the University of Illinois to Madison for a homecoming week showdown. Illinois is 2-4 in the Big Ten this season, though this may be misleading since one of these wins came against Rutgers University. Look for the Badgers to come out and put this one away early after playing tight games for the last two months. Wisconsin needs to start turning it on for the postseason stretch run, and this is a good place to start. The only drama in this game should be whether the student section will even last until “Jump Around.”Geistlinger: Wisconsin 45, Illinois 9Hayes: Wisconsin 34, Illinois 14Baylor (6-2) at No. 11 Oklahoma (7-2)Where:  Memorial Stadium, Norman, OklahomaWhen: 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 12TV: ABC (Channel 607 on Residence Hall Cable)Line: Oklahoma  (-17.5)This matchup between the University of Oklahoma and Baylor University is a great representation of the Big 12’s irrelevance this season. Even though the Sooners made a surprise push to the College Football Playoffs last year, two early losses to Houston University and Ohio State University have all but sealed their repeat chances. Meanwhile, Baylor is coming off an absolute thrashing, losing 62-22 to Texas Christian University last weekend, which was their second straight loss following a 6-0 start. OU quarterback Baker Mayfield and the Oklahoma offense have been absolutely chucking the pigskin down field to the tune of 342.3 passing yards and 44.1 points per game. Look for them to prove they are still the class of the conference, even in a down year.Geistlinger: Oklahoma 48, Baylor 21Hayes: Oklahoma 49, Baylor 45Football: Wisconsin climbs to No. 7 in latest College Football Playoff PollWith the second College Football Playoff Poll in the books, the University of Wisconsin football team’s pathway to the 2016 playoff is Read…Minnesota (7-2) at No. 19 Nebraska (7-2)Where: Memorial Stadium, Lincoln, NebraskaWhen: 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12TV: BTN (Channel 664 on Residence Hall Cable)Line: Nebraska (-7.0)The result of this game should be one of great interest for all the Badger fans out there. Saturday night in Lincoln should help provide the Badgers a much better gauge of what kind of team they should expect the University of Minnesota to field in the Battle for Paul Bunyan’s Axe in the final game of the season. Though Ohio State made the University of Nebraska look silly last weekend in Columbus, Nebraska did go toe-to-toe with the Badgers in Madison through overtime. The outcome give us all some insight into whether it’s the Cornhuskers or the Gophers who are for real in the Big Ten West.Geistlinger: Nebraska 34, Minnesota 28Hayes: Nebraska 31, Minnesota 14 Geistlinger’s Upset Alert: No. 20 USC at No. 4 Washington Where: Husky Stadium, Seattle, WashingtonWhen: 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12TV: FS1 (Channel 672 on Residence Hall Cable)Line: Washington (-8.5)The incredible roller coaster ride that have been my predictions of University of Washington’s games continues this week as they take on the suddenly resurgent University of Southern California. After two straight incorrect picks I am beginning to have a sneaking suspicion that I do not know much about Washington. I have yet to watch them play for a single second. This week, the Huskies will be looking to justify their shiny new No. 4 CFP Poll ranking. They need to win out in order to make the playoff, and they’ll have to be impressive doing in so too. USC has won five straight, but is only 1-3 against ranked teams this season. This game should be a defensive affair similar to last year’s 17-12 Washington win, and in a low-scoring game, give me the 8.5 points, even on the road.Geistlinger: Washington 24, USC 19Hayes’ Upset Alert: #16 West Virginia (7-1) at Texas (5-4)Where: Darrell K Royal–Texas Memorial Stadium, Austin, TXWhen: 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 12TV: FS1 (Channel 672 on Residence Hall Cable)Line: Texas (-2.0)While this pick has traditionally been a ranked team in trouble of falling to an underdog, this week’s upset comes somewhat backwards as No. 16 West Virginia University is projected as two-point underdogs to a Texas team sitting one game above .500. I have picked against WVU before this season in this column, and they have burned me for doing so. Even if the line were even, I would still take West Virginia’s odds to win outright over Texas.Hayes: West Virginia 35, Texas 23last_img read more

Q&A with Alex Putterman, the Hartford Courant’s UConn beat writer

first_img Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 20, 2018 at 11:47 am Contact Andrew: aegraham@syr.edu | @A_E_Graham The D.O.: Who wins on Saturday and why?A.P.: Well, Syracuse wins, probably pretty handily, I was thinking something like — well you didn’t ask me for a score but I’ll give you one anyways — something like 48-24. I know Syracuse isn’t built around its offense, necessarily, but with how the UConn defense has been so far, I don’t think the Orange will have any trouble moving the ball. I think another thing to watch is that UConn’s only road game so far was at Boise State in a really loud atmosphere, and they committed six false starts. Which is not what you want, to say the least, so it will be interesting to see how they respond to playing in a fairly loud atmosphere at the Carrier Dome.Just today in practice, they were piping in extremely loud artificial crowd noise. It was really kind of a pain for me, so clearly they’re trying to mitigate against the impact the Carrier Dome will have, but I think that will play a role and it shouldn’t really be a tough game for Syracuse. Undefeated Syracuse (3-0, 1-0 Atlantic Coast) hosts UConn (1-2, 0-1 American Athletic) on Saturday at 4 p.m. in the Carrier Dome. SU is coming off a 30-7 blowout against Florida State while the Huskies are reeling from an 0-2 start and a close game against Rhode Island.To get some the lowdown on the Huskies, The Daily Orange talked with the Hartford Courant’s UConn beat writer, Alex Putterman.The Daily Orange: UConn enters this game 1-2 with a close win over FCS Rhode Island. What’s the deal with the Huskies?Alex Putterman: Where they are is they’re an extremely, extremely young team. Especially on defense where in any given game, somewhere between six to eight, nine, of the starters on defense will be freshmen, and some of them are true freshmen. As soon as someone gets hurt, it’s always a freshman coming in to replace them. It’s just really almost a preposterously young team. All these guys who have probably not taken their first college midterm are being asked to guard high-powered FBS offenses.So that has been tough. Luckily the offense has been pretty good at times, especially David Pindell, the quarterback, who has put up some pretty impressive numbers against UCF and then again against Rhode Island. Really agile, can run, but he’s also completing passes at a much, much higher rate than he did last year. What I like to say is that they have a competent offense and a pretty bad defense, at this point.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWe knew it was going to be a transitional year, because of how young the team was, but it has been pretty ugly at times.The D.O.: For Syracuse fans, who is a player to watch for the Huskies?A.P.: I would say the player to watch has to be David Pindell, the quarterback. Really UConn goes as he goes. He’s extremely athletic, really fast, really elusive, really good in open space, hard to bring down. And like I said, he can complete passes. UConn doesn’t try a lot of deep balls, you could say their offensive line doesn’t give them time to try deep balls, but it’s a lot of short passes, a lot of QB runs — some of them designed, some of them scrambles.He’s really the guy. If UConn is going to put up points against Syracuse, it’s going to be because he is converting on the ground and through the air.The D.O.: Outside of Pindell, has anyone else excelled for the Huskies, despite the poor record?A.P.: This is maybe a kind of cheat-y answer but I would say the offensive skill positions, offensive skill players as a group. I mentioned Pindell, Kevin Mensah is the starting running back, he’s had a really good season, just rushed for a career-high 144 yards against Rhode Island and has really looked great giving them another element to the offense.And the receivers are kind of a strength, led by Hergy Mayala, who is a senior. Tight ends are really good, Tyler Davis and Aaron McLean. So I would say the team’s strength is that on offense, it does have some playmakers.last_img read more

Syracuse unravels in opening moments of 2nd half in 6-3 loss to NC State

first_imgWhen Georgia Allen kicked the ball back to Mackenzie Vlachos to signal the start of the second half, Syracuse knew the next 45 minutes could be the defining game of its season. Despite trailing 2-1 to No. 23 North Carolina State, the game was far from over. SU proved it could score, which it did in the fourth minute, and had matched the Wolfpack’s intensity and quality throughout the first half.Three minutes later, all Syracuse could do was try to avoid further embarrassment.Two minutes into the half, quick, one-touch passing between NC State’s Kia Rankin and Tziarra King sent Maxine Blackwood through on goal, where she slid the ball past a charging Jordan Harris for the visitor’s third goal of the night. A minute later, Mia Thillet laced a pinpoint through ball across to field to an oncoming Rankin, who provided a clinical finish.“The five minutes before or after a half starts and a half ends and the five minutes after a long stoppage, you’ve got to stay switched on,” SU head coach Phil Wheddon said. “We have to make sure we don’t allow service, make sure that our body position is such that we don’t allow players to run through us and around us.”The two goals buried the Orange’s chances of a win or draw, and only marked half of the damage Syracuse (3-10, 0-5 Atlantic Coast) would endure in the second half in an eventual 6-3 loss to NC State (9-3-2, 2-2-1) on Thursday night at SU Soccer Stadium. The defeat marks SU’s eighth straight, the longest such streak in program history.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBefore the Wolfpack put on a scoring clinic, SU had its dream start.The Orange earned a corner kick in the fourth minute and capitalized in an unconventional way. Sydney Brackett curled the ball into a packed six-yard box where NC State goalkeeper Sydney Wootten stood stagnant near the back post. When Wootten saw Brackett’s strike curling inside the front post, she lunged forward to try and swat it away, but instead palmed it into the roof of the net. It was SU’s first goal in 423 minutes, and the Orange celebrated like it.When the ball bulged into the net, all seven SU players in the box put their arms out and sprinted at Brackett, but the junior evaded her teammates’ embrace. With a big grin on her face, Brackett leapt and ran toward the Syracuse bench while all nine other field players chased after her. As she walked back to her position and prepared for play to restart, she continued to laugh and smile.“That’s what we needed,” Wheddon said. “You want to score early, and you want to try, from that point, to maintain the lead.”But the Orange’s glee was short-lived. Its first lead since Sept. 13 was cancelled after just seven minutes when Ricarda Walkling found Blackwood darting behind Shannon Aviza and Clarke Brown, the left side of SU’s back line. Walkling slipped a through ball in between the two defenders and to the feet of Blackwood, who took two touches before smashing the ball beyond Lysianne Proulx and into the top-left corner.After conceding, Syracuse struggled to keep possession, often booting the ball upfield to Allen, SU’s sole striker, in a sea of red jerseys. On the rare occasion Allen got a touch on the ball, she was immediately dispossessed by a swarm of Wolfpack defenders. NC State’s pressure and time on the ball finally broke down the Orange six minutes after its equalizer.King snuck up on Kate Donovan from behind, swiped the ball, and drove 35 yards into SU’s penalty area before beating Proulx with a low, right-footed strike.“She’s fast. She makes quick decisions,” Brown said about King, who has eight goals on the season. “(The second goal of the game) was a quick turnaround and we were out of position and not as close as we should be. It was a lack of communication. We need to be more alert at all times.”For the remainder of the first half, Syracuse reversed the narrative. It used solid link-up play and smart decisions in the middle and attacking third to create three shots in the opening 45 minutes.In the 25th minute, Brackett and Allen combined to send Kate Hostage, who returned from a left ankle injury after missing three games, through on goal. Hostage got within ten yards of the goal and fired a shot into Wootten’s foot and out for a corner kick.“We made sure we got the little details down,” Hostage said. “We had a lot of creativity and combination play. It’s just a couple defensive details and keeping the ball (letting us down).”The Wolfpack added two more goals through Blackwood and Kursten von Klahr while SU achieved its highest single-game goal total of the season with second-half goals from Meghan Root and Steph deLaforcade. Despite having its best offensive outing of 2018, the Orange must continue to strive toward complete, 90-minute performances, Wheddon said.“We enjoyed celebrating the goals but at the end of the day that wasn’t enough,” Wheddon said. “I’m very disappointed that we conceded the number of goals that we did, especially because we felt like we were in the game the whole time.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Published on October 4, 2018 at 11:15 pm Contact David: ddschnei@syr.edulast_img read more

De Burca’s suspension upheld

first_imgFormer Waterford forward Eoin Kelly thinks the Deise can win. The Disputes Resolution Authority Tribunal have confirmed Waterford defender Tadhg De Burca’s suspension will stand for Sunday’s All Ireland semi final against Cork.In a statement the Authority says ” the Claimant had failed to establish the decisions of the C.H.C and C.A.C were irrational in finding the infraction to have occurred and in imposing the minimum suspension.”De Burca was suspended after receiving a red card in the quarter final win over Wexford for interfering with the helmet of Harry Kehoe.last_img