Last time between Minnesota and Illinois…

first_imgLast time between Minnesota and Illinois…The Illini ran wild over the Gophers last year. Nick JungheimOctober 1, 2019Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintFinal:Illinois 55, Minnesota 31The Gophers defense had no answers for Illinois’ rushing attack last season as Minnesota failed to build off its first Big Ten victory of the season the previous week against Indiana. Combining to average 12.3 yards per rush, quarterback AJ Bush Jr. and running backs Reggie Corbin and Dre Brown torched Minnesota for 430 yards, dropping Minnesota to last place in the Big Ten West standings. The 55 points Illinois scored was the most Minnesota allowed in a game since 2011, but the second time in three weeks the Gophers conceded over 50 to an opponent.Big plays doomed Minnesota as Corbin rushed for a 72-yard touchdown on the second play from scrimmage. After a touchdown from Gophers running back Mohamed Ibrahim tied the score, Brown matched Corbin with a 72-yard rush of his own to put Illinois ahead 14-7 on the ensuing possession.Trailing 17-7 in the second quarter, Ibrahim cut Minnesota’s deficit to three points with another score. But lightning soon struck again for the Illini as Bush connected with senior Ricky Smalling for a 67-yard touchdown pass.Senior kicker Emmit Carpenter brought the Gophers back within a touchdown with a short field goal just before the half, but Illinois would score the game’s next 24 points, including another 77-yard touchdown run from Corbin.Defensive backs Jordan Howden, Coney Durr and Chris Williamson were three of Minnesota’s top four tacklers on the afternoon, illustrating just how often Illinois’ running backs were able to get to the second level. The Gophers parted ways with defensive coordinator Robb Smith the following day. After that defeat, Minnesota’s defense saw a resurgence under new defensive coordinator Joe Rossi, allowing only 59 points in their next four games. Since falling to the Illini last year, the Gophers have gone 7-1. Conversely, Illinois has lost its last two games but was idle last week, giving them extra time to prepare.Illinois no longer has Bush at quarterback. Instead their signal caller is now junior Brandon Peters who doesn’t offer as much in the running game as Bush. However, the Illini still have Corbin and Brown, who are both seeing productive seasons.For the Gophers offense, sophomore receiver Rashod Bateman will hope to duplicate the success he had last year in this matchup. Bateman had his best game of 2018 against Illinois, catching seven passes for 175 yards and touchdowns of 61 and 86 yards.Quotables from the game:“This is a very, very disappointing loss … one of the most disappointing losses I’ve been around,” head coach P.J. Fleck told the media.“Execution and tackling has been a problem we’ve been dealing with all year defensively … it turned out to be a disaster, that’s probably the nicest way I can put it,” linebacker Blake Cashman told the media.“We didn’t tackle anybody tonight, [we] had people in a lot of holes just diving at the ankles instead of biting the ball,” Fleck told the media. “I think some of the speed on our defense was exposed in a lot of areas where they were able to run away from us and we couldn’t catch them.”last_img read more

Liberia Consulate Praised for Role in ACBC Donation

first_imgThe Liberia Acting Consular General in New York has been praised for his role in securing several containers of medical supplies to buttress the nation’s health sector.Acting Consul General Rudolph E. Sherman was praised for his tireless efforts, by the African and Caribbean Business Council (ACBC) and other donors, to get their donations to Liberia.The ACBC on Monday turned over six 40-foot containers of assorted medical items valued at US$1.5 million to the Government of Liberia through the Ministries of Health and Foreign Affairs.Included in the containers are 2.5 million syringes and 2800 plus pallets of gloves, personal protective equipment (PPEs) and other items.Members of ACBC, a Pennsylvania State non-profit corporation, headquartered in Philadelphia, said the donation was also made possible with the help of the State of Arkansas Department of Health. Briefing journalists after presenting two of the containers, Mrs. Christine Maycole, a US-based Liberian and a staff of ACBC, said it was part of her responsibility and duty to help rebuild the country’s broken health and education sectors.Mrs. Maycole, Monrovia City Mayor Clara Doe Mvogo and Consul General Sherman were among the promoters behind the medical supplies being sent to Liberia, as the nation continues to repel the deadly Ebola virus. They also thanked International ECO Fuel Savers, Inc and Ecowayz Liberia, Inc for their help in getting the items here.Mrs. Maycole had reinforced earlier statements made by ACBC’s president, Dr. Azuka Anyiam, concerning the negotiations for the successful arrival of the containers in Liberia.“I am passionate about my country that is why I cannot just sit abroad and do nothing when my country is in need,” she added.She stated that she was in Liberia when the Ebola broke out. “I came back in December with my team and I am back again. Our company wants to uplift the lives of the Liberian people. We are looking at educational opportunity, rebuilding the health sector and looking for ways to bring the next generation to another level.”Mrs. Maycole said the items will be used in the ongoing Ebola fight, but they are essentials in the health sector and in combating other diseases.Liberia currently has only one case of confirmed Ebola virus disease and that person is being treated at the “best” Ebola treatment unit (ETU) in the country.Speaking earlier, the Acting Foreign Affairs Minister, Mr. Elias Shoninyan, said the donation would still be needed in health facilities even after the Ebola crisis.It is yet unknown when Liberia will be declared Ebola-free. But three days before the donated items were turned over, the country had gone more than 21 days without a confirmed, recorded Ebola virus disease (EVD) case. The country was counting to 42 days to be declared Ebola-free by the World Health Organization (WHO).“I just want to say to the African & Caribbean Business Council that the Government of Liberia truly appreciates the gesture,” Acting Min. Shoninyan said.Mr. Matthew Flomo, Deputy Health Minister for Administration stated that the Ministry was “overjoyed” to receive the containers. “We know that ACBC is here to help us.”Dep. Min. Flomo assured the donors that as Liberia turns towards the restoration of basic health services, the items would be used to help strengthen the health sector.Also speaking, Dr. Saye D. Bawo, Acting Chief Medical Officer, stated that there was no better time for the donation to come to Liberia than now.“The donation is timely. We need syringes and gloves even more. We want to make sure that no health worker dies again in any of our health facilities,” declared Dr. Bawo.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Thieves will drive a Suddie farmer out of business

first_imgDear Editor,Rearing poultry and growing a variety of fruit crops in a well fenced two-acre plot of roadside land at Suddie with myself and family domiciled there, helps me financially as a pensioner, but now thieves are depriving me of my full benefits.During one night, my well secured pen just aback of my house with nine drakes and five roosters was broken into; the biggest one ranging between 8 to 10 pounds was stolen. The padlock was not disturbed and after observing from where entry was gained, there was a shocking discovery of only the heads from each one of the birds was left inside the pen, with all 14 of their bodies missing. In which case, the birds were beheaded by the robber before they were stolen.There was evidence to suggest that during a heavy rainfall that night the slaughtering was done right in the pen from the remains of the blood on the ground. Who could have been the culprit(s)? They remain unknown to me and the Police, but it would seem that a market had to be secured at some business place that uses this type of meat. It had to purchase the stolen property.The poultry business will eventually dwindle as it is no longer encouraging to continue after this bitter experience. In broad daylight, a 16-year-old school girl who could well be described as a barefaced thief was caught “red handed” at the top of a tree by my door step picking ripe oranges.It was only by chance I was able to see her, but she showed no remorse with the Police and when brought before the court. Stealing seems to be a culture nowadays in this district with me suffering too huge losses from the regular stealing of my fruit crops with the perpetrators remaining unknown.From my own knowledge, there are many thieves who have never been caught but they should try to keep out of trouble which is easy to get into but hard to come out of. As the saying goes “prevention is always better than cure”.Sincerely,A concernedsmall farmerlast_img read more