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first_img Economy,  Government That Works,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced that Commonwealth Cornerstone Group (CCG) has completed a New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) transaction of up to $9 million with PATH (People Acting to Help) so that it can centralize its operations after renovating a historic building at 1919 Cottman Avenue in Philadelphia. A new building also will be constructed on an adjacent parcel of land as part of this project.PATH provides behavioral health and intellectual disabilities services for children and adults, regardless of their ability to pay. Its services include urgent care mental health services, residential services, case management, drug and alcohol recovery, adult day programs, in-school assessments and more.“This new facility for PATH will allow the organization to work more efficiently and effectively and let it expand the number of people it can help,” said Gov. Wolf. “The role PATH plays in Philadelphia is vital.”In 2018, PATH helped 4,200 people with its services. The two buildings planned as part of this project will allow PATH to increase the number of people helped to 5,500. The existing building that will be renovated is currently vacant and has five stories. That building, and the new building to be constructed, will provide 76,370 square feet of space.This new headquarters for PATH will allow it to consolidate its current satellite operations into a single building. It will also accommodate growth for PATH to help more people. In addition to these benefits, the new location will be better for PATH’s clients because it’s closer to public transportation. Plus, the added square footage will let PATH provide space for up to nine additional social service providers to enhance the mix of services available to clients.“These two buildings connected by a green space will allow PATH to do more to help people through behavioral support services,” said PHFA Executive Director and CEO Brian A. Hudson Sr. “By providing additional space to allow PATH to house other organizations, they will be able to offer more complete services to their clients on this new campus.”This project is expected to create 150 full-time jobs and retain 600 full-time jobs. These positions will pay an average wage of $22.50 per hour; entry level positions will start at $13.25 an hour. All staff will receive health insurance, a retirement plan, ongoing training and continuing education credits. Additionally, this project is estimated to create 114 temporary, full-time construction jobs. More than 50 percent of all these jobs will be accessible to low-income people. Indirect jobs will also be created by the project’s construction and, afterward, by PATH’s expanded operations.About PATHPATH, Inc. was founded in 1973 by a group of dedicated community members who set out to provide critical services to northeast Philadelphia. With a $45 million annual budget and more than 600 staff positions, PATH serves more than 4,200 children, adolescents, and adults each year through a comprehensive array of evidence-based clinical programs. PATH has achieved the highest levels of accreditation, including a five-star provider rating by Philadelphia’s Managed Care entity, and consistently earns recognition and awards related to its high-quality programs and accomplishments by staff.About Commonwealth Cornerstone GroupThe goal of CCG, through its administration of New Markets Tax Credits, is to fund projects in key areas of communities that have historic or cultural value and offer opportunities to spark economic revitalization. CCG utilizes NMTCs to provide loans and equity investments for business expansion, mixed-use development, and community facilities across Pennsylvania. Examples of past developments that have benefited from CCG’s investment of tax credits include Bakery Square in Pittsburgh, the Coal Street Community Facility in Wilkes-Barre, and Schmucker Hall in Gettysburg. Learn more at: www.commonwealthcornerstone.org/.About the New Markets Tax Credit ProgramThe New Markets Tax Credit Program was established by Congress in 2000 to spur new or increased investments in operating businesses and real estate projects located in low-income communities. The NMTC Program attracts investment capital to low-income communities by permitting individual and corporate investors to receive a tax credit against their federal income tax return in exchange for making equity investments in specialized financial institutions called community development entities, such as Commonwealth Cornerstone Group. The program is administered by the U.S. Department of the Treasury. November 22, 2019 Governor Wolf Announces Funding for New PATH Headquarters to Consolidate and Expand Services in Philadelphiacenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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first_imgThe bank has already attracted private capital to its ventures, setting up a standalone fund management entity that launched an offshore wind-farm fund.The fund was seeded with assets owned by the bank and has attracted commitments from UK pension funds, including Strathclyde Pension Fund, and the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority.Javid said a majority stake in the bank would be sold “in the lifetime of this Parliament”, giving the government until the next expected election in 2020 to achieve its goal.He added: “Now I’m sure some people will say this shows that government is reneging on its environmental commitments – that we are throwing, somehow, our much-vaunted green credentials into a coal fire furnace.“But such cynics could not be more wrong. The bank will still be green, it will still be profitable, it will still be a market-leader in financing environmentally sound infrastructure.”Lord Robert Smith, chairman of the bank, argued that, while government support – in the shape of £3.8bn (€5.3bn) in capital, of which £2bn has been deployed to date – was vital to the GIB’s initial success, it would be unable to build on its success as long as the state held a “significant” stake in the organisation.Smith said he was unsure how the privatisation would proceed, and that it could either involve the immediate sale of a 51% stake or a more gradual reduction.Shaun Kingsbury, GIB’s chief executive, said the bank’s board would be advised by UBS, and that the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills would be advised by Bank of America Merrill Lynch on details of the privatisation.He also said questions on whether the government would leave the currently outstanding £1.8bn in capital with the bank after privatisaton had yet to be finalised.Asked about the potential for the bank to access the green bond market, Kinsbury said the market was “burgeoning”, and that, after privatisation, GIB would consider taking on responsible levels of debt including from those interested in green bonds.“One of the challenges of the green bond market is [that] it’s not really easy today to compare how green the bonds are,” he said.Kingsbury added: “Could we play a role in defining how green a green bond is and getting a rated system [for it]? We could, and that’s one of the areas we’ll be working on over the next year.” The UK government is to begin a “staged privatisation” of the Green Investment Bank (GIB), aiming to sell a majority stake in the bank by 2020.Sajid Javid, secretary of state for business, innovation and skills, said reducing the government’s stake would grant the institution the “room and resources” to grow.A privatisation would allow GIB, currently subject to European Union state aid rules, to invest in a greater number of green infrastructure sectors.At present, it is limited to five areas – including offshore wind, community-scale renewables and energy efficiency projects.last_img read more

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first_imgIt has dual street frontages — backing on to Teneriffe Drive.“There is huge potential for either a minor renovation or a complete overhaul,” she said.“The original section of the home has been virtually untouched since the 70s, but is raised on concrete stumps, allowing renovations to be carried out with ease.”“We’ve had all sorts of interest from construction companies that are looking at doing some cool architectural designs and take advantage of the view, to some other professionals that want to get into the area and sit on it for a while and then do something big with it. HAMMER TIME: The pre-war home at 8 Waverley St, Teneriffe is being offered to the market for the first time in 63 years.A pre-war home with dual street frontages in Teneriffe is being offered to the market for the first time in 63 years. To find property on Teneriffe Hill with two street frontages has been likened to finding the Pink Panther of diamonds.“Being that two street frontage elevated you have a lot of options and we’ve had interest from all sorts of different age groups and different ideas.” This property offers an opportunity to maximise on the river views.“Having the two street frontages is very rare,” she said.“I know the one next door is a vacant lot at the moment and that sold a number of years ago.” The 427sq m block has a gradual northeast slope, with the home configured with a 10.5m frontage along Waverley St and an 11m frontage and carport from Teneriffe Drive. “People are just loving that Teneriffe Drive address, which is a very prestige address in the suburb,” Ms Cantle said. Rate cut just months away: expert >>FOLLOW EMILY BLACK ON FACEBOOK<< She said the property was owned by two brothers, who have decided to sell to live closer to each other.“One of the brothers is living there currently and he has decided to sell and move to his brother’s property in Esk for a bit of a lifestyle change,” she said. Set to go under the hammer this Saturday, February 9, 2019 at 11am, Belle Property New Farm agent Sarah Cantle, said the original owners purchased the property in 1956 for about $2150. Not only that, the first rates notice was about $4 — a far cry from the 2017/18 average of about $1,780 in Teneriffe.Ms Cantle said it had been many years since a comparable property in the sought after suburb had been offered for sale. Buyer bags mega bargain in $1m suburb “It’s an elevated block, which some people think is tricky, but because it’s elevated the right way you can take advantage of the view over the river and I think that is a big plus for people.”More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus14 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market14 hours agoShe said it was a pre-war home and while it could not be knocked down and had to remain a single dwelling zone, the house was in good order. RELATED: Luxury living at inner-city abode MORE: Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:44Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:44 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p288p288p180p180pAutoA, 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 Rate1xFullscreenHow to bid at auction for your dream home? 01:45last_img read more

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first_imgEntertainmentNews Elizabeth Taylor dead at 79 by: – March 23, 2011 Share Sharing is caring! Share Tweetcenter_img Elizabeth Taylor, the legendary actress famed for her beauty, her jet-set lifestyle, her charitable endeavors and her many marriages, has died, her publicist told CNN Wednesday. She was 79.Taylor died “peacefully today in Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles,” said a statement from her publicist. She was hospitalized six weeks ago with congestive heart failure, “a condition with which she had struggled for many years. Though she had recently suffered a number of complications, her condition had stabilized and it was hoped that she would be able to return home. Sadly, this was not to be.”Though a two-time Oscar winner — for “Butterfield 8” (1960) and “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf” (1966) — Taylor was more celebrated for simply being Elizabeth Taylor: sexy, glamorous, tempestuous, fragile, always trailing courtiers, media and fans. She wasn’t above playing to that image — she had a fragrance called “White Diamonds” — or mocking it.“I am a very committed wife,” she once said. “And I should be committed too — for being married so many times.”She was hailed, in her prime, as the world’s most beautiful and desirable woman. Her affair with actor Richard Burton, which began on the set of the film “Cleopatra,” fueled a paparazzi rush unrivaled in its time. The two later married — twice — providing gossip columns and movie magazines with a wealth of material.But Taylor could also be an effective and arresting actress. Her harrowing performance in “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf” (1966), opposite Burton, showed her as shrewish, plain, embittered — the complete opposite of her real-life image.She also gave sharp performances in “Giant” (1956), “Raintree County” (1957), “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” (1958) — three films that helped build her reputation as a worldwide sex symbol — “The Sandpiper” (1965) and “Reflections in a Golden Eye” (1967).Taylor was a champion for a number of charitable causes, notably the fight against AIDS. She founded the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation after the death of her friend Rock Hudson, and plowed both her time and money into its work, especially as her acting career waned in the 1980s. The BBC once noted that her charity work had grossed as much as her film career.CNN News Share 15 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

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first_imgFARLEY, Iowa (April 12) – A pair of $2,000 to win Deery Brothers Summer Series main events headline season-opening shows this weekend.The IMCA Late Model tour is at Farley Speedway on Friday, April 15 and at Hamilton County Speed­way in Webster City on Saturday, April 16.Pit gates at Farley open at 5:30 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 6:30 p.m. Hot laps are at 7:30 p.m. with racing to follow.Spectator admission is $16 for adults, $14 for seniors, $10 for students ages 13-17 and free for 12 and under. Also running are Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds for all applicable points.On Saturday, pit gates open at 3 p.m. The grandstand opens at 4:30 p.m., hot laps are at 5:30 p.m. and racing starts at 6 p.m. Admission is $15 for adults, $10 for kids ages 6-12 and free for five and under.Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods, running for all applicable points, complete the card.Pit passes are $30 both nights.Jeff Aikey of Cedar Falls raced to Deery career win number 66 when the 2015 series concluded last September at Farley.The victory by the seven-time series champion ended a string of three straight Farley wins by Dubu­que’s Joel Callahan.Twenty-eight Deery events have been held at Webster City dating back to 1987, the inaugural year for the series, and Aikey leads all drivers with six career checkers there.Most recently, Justin Kay of Wheatland was the winner at Hamilton County Speedway last July, on the way to a second straight tour title.More information about the Friday show is available by calling 563 744-3620 and at the www.simmonspromotionsinc.com website; additional information about Saturday’s program is available by calling 515 832-1443 and at wwww.hamiltoncospeedway.com.Denny Eckrich of Tiffin was the winner when the 30th annual Deery Series opened last Saturday at West Liberty Raceway.Deery Brothers Summer Series top 20 point standings – 1. Denny Eckrich, Tiffin, 50; 2. Jeff Aikey, Cedar Falls, 49; 3. Justin Kay, Wheatland, 48; 4. Richie Gustin, Gilman, 47; 5. Matt Ryan, Davenport, 46;  6. Tyler Bruening, Decorah, 45; 7. Ryan Dolan, Lisbon, 44; 8. Kevin Kile, West Liberty, 43;  9. John Emerson, Waterloo, 42; 10. Jon Merfeld, Dubuque, 41; 11. Jonathan Brauns, Mus­catine, 40; 12. Chad Holladay, Muscatine, 39; 13. Ron Boyse, Kalona, 38; 14. Jay Johnson, West Burlington, 37; 15. Kyle Hinrichs, Swisher, 36; 16. Andy Nezworski, Buffalo, 35; 17. Nick Marolf, Wilton, 34; 18. Andy Eckrich, Oxford, 33; 19. Ray Guss Jr., Milan, Ill., 32;  20. Joe Zrostlik, Long Grove, 31.last_img read more

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first_imgHe’ll join six other candidates on the debate stage, all of whom participated in last week’s debate: Joe Biden, Mike Bloomberg, Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. Super Tuesday will be on March 3, 2020. Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Democrats Abroad, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, and Virginia will all hold their presidential primaries on that date.Schedule for Florida elections: Presidential Preference Primary Election: March 17 Primary Election: August 18 General Election: November 3 More than 500,000 Floridians, or about a quarter of the 2.07 million who have requested mail-in ballots, have already cast votes in the March 17 presidential primary elections, according to numbers posted midday Friday by the state Division of Elections.With four Republicans on the ballot, including President Donald Trump, GOP voters had returned 325,607 of 964,327 requested ballots.Democrats, with a larger field, had seen 183,538 ballots cast from 1.06 million requested ballots, as some party officials have advised people against voting too early. There are 16 Democrats on the ballot, including several who have suspended their campaigns since qualifying.Another 6,760 ballots had been cast by people without a party affiliation or who are registered with third parties.Early Voting in Palm Beach county will be held Saturday, March 7, 2020, through Sunday, March 15, 2020, from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM.Meanwhile, the Democrats are blanketing South Carolina today. Bernie Sanders is surfing his big win in Nevada’s primary and hoping to ride that wave into South Carolina tomorrow, Super Tuesday and the Florida primary in March. Tom Steyer has made the stage for the democrats’ 10th debate tomorrow night in South Carolina. The debate will be hosted by CBS News and the Congressional Black Caucus Institute, in partnership with Twitter, on Tuesday in Charleston, S.C. It starts at 8 p.m. EST.Tom Steyer qualifies for South Carolina debate https://t.co/czzUZ4lVH5 pic.twitter.com/mlpeu7IgoY— The Hill (@thehill) February 23, 2020last_img read more

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first_imgBy Frederick HalleyTORONTO, Canada — Already with the Caribbean Sensation 10/10 trophy firmly in their grasp and aiming for a repeat performance of 2014 when they swept all before them, Dant are expected to face stiff opposition tomorrow when they oppose Sunshine in the Norman Sue Bakery-sponsored 15-over final at the Ashtonbee Number One ground.The Conference A final of the Ontario Softball Cricket League (OSCL) tournament, featuring the two archrivals, will be played simultaneously with the Conference B final which will see GTA Storms clashing with newcomers Enterprise in what is also expected to also be a thrilling contest.Hemnarine ChattergoonHemnarine ChattergoonWhat is certain is when the final delivery is bowled in each contest, new winners will be crowned since Cricketers Cove who captured the Conference A title last season have since pulled out of this year’s season while Rebels, who won the Conference B crown, have been elevated to Conference A.Playing well below the standard they had set in their debut season (2014), Dant were thrashed by Cricketers Cove in last year’s final after they were restricted to an insufficient 79 for nine in their allotted 15 overs. The latter got to the required total with five balls to spare with former Guyana Under-19 player Eyaaz Mohamed hitting a fine undefeated 41.In tomorrow’s final, Dant face the only team who have stopped their unbeaten run in this year’s regular (20 overs) season tournament, whipping them in a high-scoring affair – a result that is sure to have supporters on both teams confident of victory for their respective sides.Dant’s batting will be spearheaded by their season’s leading run-getter in vice-captain Hemnarine Chattergoon who has been in prolific form recently. All-rounder Damodar Daesrath, skipper Looknaught Ramsuchit, Shawn Deonandan and Muniram Karran are also expected to feature prominently. The bowling will be in the capable hands of Satrohan ‘Blade’ Balkarran, Bolanauth ‘Bunty’ Sukhu, Deonandan and Riaz Kadir.Not to be outdone, Sunshine’s batting lineup has also been shining with the likes of Azam Haniff, Anil Etwaroo, Avinash Sukhdeo and Anil Ramotar featuring among the runs.Captain Mahendranauth ‘Bobby’ Parasnauth is still rated among the best softball bowlers around and is known to have a penchant for the big occasion. He will be supported by Sukhdeo and Etwaroo among others in the bowling department.A keen contest is therefore expected between two of the main powerhouses of softball in the OSCL.What is significant in the Conference B final is the fact that both Enterprise and GTA Storm are unbeaten in the regular season, the former with a 10-game winning streak and the latter romping to nine consecutive victories. Picking a winner therefore is anybody’s guess.last_img read more

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first_img…new World Cup champions to be crowned on SundayBy Amlan ChakrabortyBIRMINGHAM, England (Reuters) – England snuffed out Australia’s title defence and stormed into the Cricket World Cup final with a comprehensive eight-wicket victory over the five-times champions in the second semi-final on Thursday.Eoin Morgan’s men skittled out Australia for 223 before romping to their target in 32.1 overs in a lop-sided battle between the hosts and the holders at Edgbaston.Jason Roy (85) and Jonny Bairstow (34) made the chase look like a cakewalk with their fourth successive century opening partnership. Joe Root (49 not out) and Morgan (45 not out) completed the formalities for England who avenged their group-stage defeat by Australia at a venue where they had won 10 previous matches across all formats.England, who last made the final in 1992 when they lost to Pakistan, will meet 2015 runners-up New Zealand on Sunday at Lord’s where new champions will be crowned. “Having beaten India at this ground, we’d have come here with similar confidence, taken the momentum from the group stages,” Morgan said.“We talk about getting better and better, we set the tone from ball one and got on top.”“Looking back to where we were in 2015, it’s a dramatic improvement. Everyone in the dressing-room can take credit. We want to make the most of the opportunity.”Earlier, Aaron Finch’s decision to bat appeared to backfire with Chris Woakes and Jofra Archer blowing away the Australian top order. Archer struck with his first delivery to dismiss Finch and later left Alex Carey with a bloodied chin which needed stitches.By then, the setback had snowballed into a full-blown crisis for Australia.Woakes (3-20) removed David Warner, Australia’s leading scorer in the tournament, for nine and bowled Peter Handscomb who was making his World Cup debut as replacement for the injured Usman Khawaja. Archer oozed hostility at the other end, hitting a hopping Carey on the grill of his helmet and dislodging it from his head.DOGGED BIDCarey braved the blow to join Steve Smith in a dogged bid to arrest the free-fall and Australia reached the 100-mark in the 25th over before their middle order caved in.Adil Rashid claimed 3-54, including the wickets of Carey (46) and Marcus Stoinis, and Archer sent back Glenn Maxwell, who scored at a run-a-ball for his 22 before being deceived by a slower ball. Smith was run out for 85 in the 48th over and Australia could not last their full quota of 50 overs.Smith and Carey scored more than half their team’s total and were among only four Australian batsmen who managed double-digit scores.Their slim victory chances hinged on their ability to subject England to a similar top-order collapse but Roy and Bairstow batted with the kind of fearlessness which has been the hallmark of this England team.Roy smashed his fourth consecutive fifty in the tournament, clobbering Smith for three sixes in a row. Mitchell Starc, who made 29 with the bat, dismissed Bairstow and Pat Cummins denied Roy his century but the match had slipped through Australia’s fingers by then.“Totally outplayed today, the way they had us 27 for three after 10 overs set the tone,” Finch said after Australia’s first loss in a World Cup semi-final.“One of those days, we didn’t execute as we could have and you get hurt by a good team…We came here with a couple injuries but that’s not an excuse. We came here wanting to win but it wasn’t to be.”SCOREBOARDAUSTRALIA innings D Warner c Bairstow b Woakes 9A Finch (c) lbw b Archer 0S Smith run out (†Buttler) 85P Handscomb b Woakes 4A Carey † c sub (JM Vince) b Rashid 46M Stoinis lbw b Rashid 0G Maxwell c Morgan b Archer 22P Cummins c Root b Rashid 6M Starc c †Buttler b Woakes 29J Behrendorff b Wood 1N Lyon not out 5Extras: (lb 6, w 10) 16Total: (all out; 49 overs) 223Fall of wickets: 1-4), 2-10, 3-14, 4-117, 5-118, 6-157, 7-166, 8-217, 9-217, 10-223Bowling: C Woakes 8-0-20-3, J Archer 10-0-32-2, B Stokes 4-0-22-0, M Wood 9-0-45-1, L Plunkett 8-0-44-0, A Rashid 10-0-54-3ENGLAND Innings J Roy c †Carey b Cummins 85J Bairstow lbw b Starc 34J Root not out 49E Morgan (c) not out 45Extras: (lb 1, w 12) 13Total: (2 wickets; 32.1 overs) 226Fall of wickets: 1-124, 2-147Bowling: J Behrendorff 8.1-2-38-0, M Starc 9-0-70-1, P Cummins 7-0-34-1, N Lyon 5-0-49-0, S Smith 1-0-21-0, M Stoinis 2-0-13-0last_img read more

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first_imgThe Trojans (2-0) had another strong practice in preparation for the game against the Cardinal (1-1) on Saturday.“I loved the energy of the defense,” said head coach Steve Sarkisian. “It was very encouraging.”Sarkisian refers to Wednesday practices as “lunch pail and hard hat days.” He says his players are working hard and have put in a lot intense work so far this week.In the two teams’ five previous meetings, a combined 23 points have decided the games. Their last two matchups both came down to a field goal. Even though USC is a 10-point favorite heading into the game, the Trojans are treating it as if it is going to be just as competitive as year’s past.“Every year is unique to its own,” defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox said. “So we’re going to have to play our best game.”Freshman tailback Ronald Jones II had successful games to start the season, receiving high praise for his play. Some are even comparing him to Reggie Bush.“I think it’s way too soon. [Bush is] the best, the greatest in my opinion,” Jones said. “But it’s an honor to even be in the same category as him.”The five tailbacks have been rotating throughout the past two games.“I think we just all complement each other,” Jones said. “And just bring out the best in each other.”The overall intensity of practices has been stronger when compared to fall camp. For Sarkisian, Tuesdays and Wednesdays are the “meat and potatoes” days of practice.“[The players are] really giving us a lot of intensity and energy,” Sarkisian said.One of USC’s key players is sophomore wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster. Against Idaho, Smith-Schuster had 10 catches for 192 yards. Sarkisian emphasized Smith-Schuster’s “unbelievably competitive” personality and great leadership qualities.On Smith-Schuster’s main receiver role on the offense, Sarkisian spoke about how much work Smith-Schuster has put in so far this season.“He’s a guy that is really cherishing the opportunity to be the go-to guy,” Sarkisian said. “He’s earned it.”Looking at Stanford, Sarkisian focused on the fact that the team will need to find a way to stop redshirt senior quarterback Kevin Hogan from finding his rhythm. The key will be to keep him “uncomfortable” throughout the game.“When he gets hot, it’s very, very scary,” Sarkisian said.For freshman linebacker Cameron Smith, playing Stanford this weekend will feel different compared to the games against Arkansas State and Idaho.“I feel more passionate,” Smith said. “It’s going to be more of a college game than these last two.”Something that is new to the Trojans this year in relation to previous seasons is the depth USC now has. Sarkisian made it a point to play everyone in the first two games because the team’s depth is a strength for them.“The idea behind it all is that these [games] are going to become four quarter games,” Sarkisian said. “We want to be at our best in the fourth quarter.”Sarkisian is not looking at this game having a similar outcome to the previous matchups with Stanford. He is making sure his players are practicing hard and playing quality football as Saturday draws near.“Every game takes on its own personality,” Sarkisian said.The players are looking forward to their first look at Pac-12 play.“I’m just ready to go out there and compete,” said sophomore wide receiver cornerback Adoree’ Jackson.The Trojans take on the Cardinal this Saturday at the Coliseum at 5 p.m.last_img read more

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