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Hill resigns from Commission, heralding ‘new phase’ in wake of Brexit

first_img“At the same time, there needs to be an orderly handover, so I have said I will work with him to make sure that happens in the weeks ahead.”Valdis Dombrovskis, the former Latvian prime minister who is now a Commission vice-president for the euro, has assumed responsibility for Hill’s portfolio.Priority is to maintain financial stability in markets. I highly value the work done by @JHillEU & hope to live up to tasks entrusted to me— Valdis Dombrovskis (@VDombrovskis) June 25, 2016 Jonathan Hill has resigned as European commissioner for financial stability in the wake of the UK’s decision to leave the European Union (EU).Hill, who in 2014 won the coveted position as commissioner for financial stability, financial services and the Capital Markets Union, said he was “very disappointed” with the outcome of the vote, which saw 51.9% ballots cast backing a decision to depart the EU.In a statement released on 25 June, the former leader of the House of Lords, the UK’s upper chamber, said he had agreed his departure with Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the Commission, in discussions several weeks ago.“As we move to a new phase, I don’t believe it is right I should carry on as the British commissioner as though nothing had happened,” Hill said.  Hill struck a defiant note in his statement, continuing to emphasise the importance of the UK’s membership of the EU.“I will leave it certain that, despite its frustrations, our membership was good for our place in the world and good for our economy.“But what is done cannot be undone, and now we have to get on with making our new relationship with Europe work as well as possible.”It is unclear whether Hill’s departure – or Dombrovskis’s joining the directorate general financial stability (DG-FISMA) – will delay the publication of the finalised IORP Directive. IPE has seen a final compromise draft dated 20 June, which compromises on full funding for cross-border pension funds.Expectation among the industry last week was that the Commission would publish the finalised directive today (27 June).A spokesman for DG-FISMA told IPE on Friday he would not comment on leaked drafts – nor would he be drawn on a publication schedule. Hill was well-liked in Brussels, and Gerard Riemen, director of the Dutch Pensions Federation, took to social media to lament the commissioner’s departure.Riemen said Hill’s departure was “perhaps in the short-term the biggest setback for pension funds as a result of Brexit”.EU Commissaris Hill stapt op nav Brexit. Wellicht op korte termijn de grootste tegenslag voor de pens.fondsen als gevolg van de Brexit.— Gerard Riemen (@GerardRiemen) June 25, 2016Hill’s departure came a day after UK prime minister David Cameron announced he would resign as leader of the governing Conservative Party, triggering a leadership election set to conclude in October.The opposition Labour Party was also thrown into disarray on Sunday morning, when the dismissal of its shadow foreign secretary, Hilary Benn, by opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn, triggered the resignation of a dozen further shadow ministers in an attempt to unseat Corbyn.last_img read more

PTT starts Singapore LNG trading with first cargo

first_imgImage courtesy PTT LNGPTT International Trading, the trading unit of Thailand’s state energy firm PTT, has sold the company’s first LNG cargo.According to Reuters, the cargo was sourced from an unnamed supplier by PTT International Trading and is scheduled to be delivered to India in June.This is the first LNG cargo transacted by PTT and first sale of the chilled fuel by the company.PTT recently set up an LNG trading desk in its Singapore trading office and is in the process of optimizing its LNG-related assets, including the use of its Map Ta Phut import terminal in Thailand with a capacity of 11.5 million tonnes per year.It is worth noting that PTT has long-term contracts with QatarGas, BP, Royal Dutch Shell, and Petronas to import a total of 5 million tonnes of LNG a year.Although the company sold its first LNG cargo, it is expected that Thailand doubles its exports over the next five years due to declining domestic production. Currently, PTT is the sole importer of LNG, with the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand is expected to start importing later this year.Also, PTT recently started construction of a second LNG terminal with a capacity of 7.5 million tonnes a year, expected to be ready by 2022.last_img read more

Sex change drugs for nine year olds (UK)

first_imgThe Telegraph 19 May 2014 Children as young as nine are to be prescribed drugs which delay the onset of puberty as the first step towards a sex change operation, according to reports.The treatment will be offered by one NHS trust to children who are so troubled by their gender that they may wish to undergo drastic surgery after adolescence, according to the Mail on Sunday.But the decision was attacked by critics who described the decision to offer the treatment at such a young age as “horrifying” and called for an immediate investigation.Monthly injections of the drugs, known as hypothalamic blockers, are used to slow the development of the children’s sexual organs by blocking the production of the hormones testosterone and oestrogen.In boys this prevents the voice from lowering and the development of facial hair, while in girls it stops the menstrual cycle and breast development, in each case making any future sex change operation simpler. read more

Governor Declares Official Period Of Mourning For Fallen Officers

first_imgOn Tuesday, Governor Mike Pence declared an official period of mourning to honor the extraordinary loss of three Indiana law enforcement officers in the line of duty in the course of one week.Flags were lowered in Tipton County on Monday as Tipton County Deputy Sheriff Jacob Calvin was laid to rest.The Governor ordered flags to be lowered across the state of Indiana during the period of mourning, which extends through the final services for Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Office Perry Renn and Gary Police Officer Jeffrey Westerfield.“Every Hoosier feels the loss of these fallen officers and stands with their families and communities during this week of heartbreak. It is altogether fitting that every community in Indiana show solidarity, support and prayers for these officers and their families during this time,” said Pence.“As such, I am ordering the flags to be lowered to half-staff statewide in honor of the sacrifice each of these officers made while serving their fellow Hoosiers in the line of duty. I urge every Hoosier to remember the service and sacrifice of these men and their families during this official period of mourning.”Later today Pence will travel to Lake County where he will meet with the family of Gary Officer Jeffrey Westerfield.last_img read more

Gene Halcomb

first_imgGene Halcomb, of Metamora, was born on May 11, 1940, the son of William Carl and Ethel Allen Halcomb. He was married to June Hammond in April 1961, raised a family, and she preceded him in death. Later in life, Gene was lucky enough to find love again and was wed to Donna Allen Halcomb. He was the owner and operator of Halcomb Brothers Trucking. Gene was a member of the Metamora Church of God, and a former member of the Metamora Masonic Lodge #156. While Gene loved driving his truck, he also enjoyed camping, horses and mules, and his dogs. He especially enjoyed spending time with his large family. On Wednesday, July 26, 2017, Gene passed away at Rushville Memorial Hospital. Gene left behind a beloved family who will cherish his memory. Survivors include his wife, Donna, and his children: Jamie (Dawn) Halcomb and Kimberly (Randall) Ison, both of Metamora; and Ronnie (Julie) Halcomb of Connersville; and step-children: Donetta (Zeke) Hensley of Laurel, and Jimmy (Heather) Halcomb of Metamora. He also leaves behind seven grandchildren: Mandy (Charlie) Selm, Sam (Tony) Steiner, Clinton Halcomb, Nick (Danielle) Halcomb, Travis Ison, Erica Ison, and Ryan Estes; three step-grandchildren: Josie (Dereck) Waltz, and Trey and Clayton Halcomb; and six great-grandchildren. Gene is also survived by his siblings: Donnie Halcomb, Mary (Gene) Hacker, Herb (Sue) Halcomb, Joe (Lucy) Halcomb all of Metamora, and Linda Back of Connersville; son-in-law, Rick Estes of Greenfield; and many nieces and nephews. Gene was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, June; a daughter, Diana Estes; siblings, James A. Halcomb and Evelyn Halcomb; and a granddaughter, Emily June Ison. Friends may visit with the family on Sunday, July 30, 2017, from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Metamora Church of God, 20152 US Highway 52, Metamora. Pastor Wayne Ison will officiate the service on Monday, July 31, beginning at 11:00 a.m. Burial will follow in the Metamora Cemetery. Memorial donations can be directed to the Metamora Church of God. To sign the online guestbook or to leave a personal condolence, please visit The staff of Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home is honored to care for the family of Gene Halcomb.last_img read more

Serie A clubs agree unanimously that season should be completed

first_imgRelatedPosts Pirlo not out to copy anyone after Juventus’ comfortable opening win Live stream Premier League, La Liga, Serie A on Showmax Pro this weekend Juve’s Pirlo gamble makes new Serie A season the most open for years Italy’s 20 Serie A teams have buried their differences and unanimously agreed that they should try and complete the 2019-20 season, which is currently at a standstill because of the COVID-19 outbreak.Previously, several clubs, including Sampdoria and Torino, had opposed carrying on while Brescia went further, saying they would prefer to forfeit matches rather than take to the field. However, Serie A said in a statement on Tuesday that everyone now agreed they should try and finish the season, which has been suspended since March 9.“The Serie A general assembly met this morning and confirmed, with a unanimous vote of all 20 clubs connected by video conference, the intention to complete the 2019-2020 football season if the government allows it to take place,” the statement said.It added that the resumption of play would take place “in compliance with medical protocols for the protection of players and all professionals.”The Italian Football Federation (FIGC) has said it wanted the season to finish even if it takes until the autumn.It hopes that teams can start training in May although there is still no indication of when, or if, the government will allow matches to be played again. Officials from the FIGC and Serie A are due to meet government representatives on Wednesday.The FIGC has said that if the season was simply called off, there could be an “avalanche of litigation” from clubs who felt they had lost out.There are still 12 of the 38 rounds of matches to play, while several teams also have outstanding matches from earlier rounds.Juventus lead with 63 points from 26 games, one ahead of Lazio, while Lecce, SPAL and Brescia occupy the three relegation spots.Reuters/NAN. —Tags: BresciaJuventusSampdoriaSerie ATorinolast_img read more

Reds tour to end in Hong Kong

first_img The club have confirmed that they will return to Hong Kong for the first time since 2005 for a fixture against local outfit Kitchee FC on July 29. The announcement is set to be part of a series that will fill in the Red Devils’ summer plans. Press Association United have already announced a six-day training camp in Sydney, and a game against an A-League outfit on July 20. It is also anticipated they will visit Thailand and Japan as part of their preparations for the 2013-14 season. “The club has tremendous support throughout China and especially in Hong Kong,” said chief executive David Gill. “We have visited on a number of occasions and after an eight-year gap it’s a pleasure for the team to be able to return to Hong Kong again this year.” center_img Manchester United will conclude their 2013 summer tour in Hong Kong.last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNFL-TESTING POLICY NFL players to be tested daily for COVID-19 first 2 weeksUNDATED (AP) — NFL players will be tested daily for the coronavirus for at least the first two weeks of training camp per the league’s new testing protocols. The new policy was approved by the NFL and the players’ union. The league, in consultation with its players, is not revealing the identity of players who test positive, or their teams. The two players who tested positive are self-isolating per national and local health protocols.A total of 2,618 tests of more than 800 players from July 13-17 were done by the league. Training camps opened July 13, with 24 teams preparing to compete in an expanded playoff format in Toronto and Edmonton, Alberta, starting on Aug. 1.Teams are scheduled to travel to both hub cities on Sunday.The NHL reported it had 33 players test positive during the period after the league paused its season in March to the start of camps.In other NHL news: Associated Press —San Francisco Giants manager Gabe Kapler knelt during the national anthem along with several of his players before first pitch of an exhibition game against the Athletics in Oakland. Right fielder Jaylin Davis and first base coach Antoan Richardson also took a knee, with shortstop Brandon Crawford standing between them with a hand on each of their shoulders. Davis held his right hand over his heart and Richardson clasped his hands in front of him.— The Atlanta Braves have removed a “Chop On” sign that sat near an entrance to Truist Park as the team considers its stance on fans’ tomahawk chop chant. The removal of the wooden sign came as the team changed its slogan from “Chop On” to “For The A” for the 2020 season. —The Kansas City Royals have placed right-hander Jakob Junis on the injured list to allow him to continue preparing for the season. He missed the first part of summer camp following a positive test for the coronavirus. The Royals said he was cleared about a week ago to return to baseball activities. Junis went 9-14 with a 5.24 ERA in 31 starts last season.—Major League Baseball has doubled the isolated camera angles available for video review from 12 to 24 and arranged for high-frame rate cameras to stream directly to the new replay operations center and ballpark video rooms. The time each manager has to decide whether to challenge an umpire’s call has been cut from 30 seconds to 20. — Dr. Anthony Fauci, the country’s top infectious disease expert, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch at the first game of Major League Baseball’s pandemic-delayed regular season. The Washington Nationals announced Fauci accepted the team’s invitation to have the pregame honor Thursday. He is a self-described fan of the reigning World Series champions. The Nationals host the New York Yankees to open the season nearly four months after it originally was scheduled to begin. Dr. Allen Sills, the NFL chief medical officer, said more than one negative test is required before players initially enter the building to begin physical exams or any form of team activity. After two weeks of daily testing, if the rate of those positive tests falls below 5% among players and Tier I and Tier II individuals, as described in previously NFL protocols, testing would go to every other day. If the rate of positive tests doesn’t fall below that threshold, daily testing would continue until it drops.The new protocols were announced as rookies for Houston and Kansas City were set to report to camp Monday. Rookies for other teams begin arriving Tuesday. NFL-CHIEFSChiefs won’t take the field for a while KANSAS CITY (AP) — The Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs began the intake process for first-year players Monday after the NFL gave them the go-ahead along with the Houston Texans, their opponent in the season opener Sept. 10. But it could be quite a while before they get on the field for training camp. All players must test negative twice before they are admitted to the facility, then they will spend a couple of days doing the more routine physicals and getting their equipment sorted out. Veterans are due July 28, and coach Andy Reid said it could be 10 days after that before full practices begin.NFL-JETS-GIANTS-FANSNo fans at Jets or Giants games Blue Jays talk to other teams about sharing ballparkTORONTO (AP) — The Toronto Blue Jays are talking to the Pittsburgh Pirates about sharing a major league ballpark this season after Canada’s government barred them from playing in their home stadium amid the coronavirus pandemic. Pirates President Travis Williams confirmed the talks and sounded ready to welcome the Blue Jays. Williams calls it a challenge but says if the Pirates are able to safely accommodate the Blue Jays, it will bring international attention to Pittsburgh. Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins says the team is focused on getting into a major league facility and has more than five backup plans.In other MLB news:center_img Update on the latest sports July 21, 2020 EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — The New York Jets and Giants announced they will not have fans at home games this season “until further notice” because of the coronavirus pandemic.The teams, who play at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, and have separate training facilities in the state, released a joint statement Monday after Gov. Phil Murphy announced an executive order limiting outdoor public gatherings to 500 people.The Jets and Giants say the decision to not have fans – at least for now – was reached after discussions with Murphy, with the health and safety of fans, players and staff being considered.The teams also announced that “out of an abundance of caution,” fans will not be able to attend training camp practices this summer.VIRUS OUTBREAK-MLB-BLUE JAYS — Major League Baseball is adding on-field advertising this season, both real and virtual. Allowed locations include the back of the pitcher’s mound, behind home plate, on tarps in the stands and in the grass in foul territory down the first-base lines. Teams have the choice whether to make the ads real or project them virtually during telecasts. In addition, physical ads can be put on the on-deck circle. — Oakland Athletics left-hander A.J. Puk has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a shoulder strain. He planned to travel to Los Angeles to be examined. The injury also bothered him during spring training. Right-hander Daniel Mengden will move into the rotation in Puk’s place. VIRUS OUTBREAK-NHLTwo players test positive during early days of training campUNDATED (AP) — The NHL says only two players tested positive for COVID-19 during the first five days of training camp last week. —New York Rangers forward Brendan Lemieux has been suspended by the NHL for the first two games of the team’s preliminary-round series against Carolina because of an illegal check that injured Colorado forward Joonas Donskoi in March. The NHL waited until return to play guidelines were in place before making a ruling. The suspension means Lemieux will miss the first two games of the Rangers’ best-of-five series against Carolina, which opens in Toronto on August 1.last_img read more

Why Govt Needs to Invest in the Domestic Football League for…

first_imgBusiness is also a major loser. When football, by far the most popular sport in Nigeria, creates jobs and wealth as it does in more progressive societies, it significantly drives the economic activity and boosts the quality of life. Jobs, we all know, translate to increased disposable income and consequently improved consumer spending.When the Arab Spring devastated Egypt from early 2011, the government prioritised the revival of the Egyptian Football League because of its socio-economic benefits. Egypt is a similar country to Nigeria and this says everything about the necessity of making the NPFL a success.If there is ever a time Nigeria needs a compelling sports phenomenon, it is now. The citizenry is divided, unemployment figures are double-digit, poverty is rife, infrastructure is either decaying or nonexistent, our youth are increasingly wayward, crime is high and life is hard.The football league cannot be the one-size-fits-all solution to all our problems, but it can be a big help. To illustrate this let us look at this Indian example. Football is to Nigeria what cricket is to India. The Indians did not even have a sports league until 2007! Once they got their cricket league going however, there was no stopping them. By 2017, just ten years later, the Indian Cricket League had signed a five-year TV rights deal with Rupert Murdoch’s Star TV network worth $2.55b! That roughly translates to $510m or N183b to run their league every year. And that’s just one source of income.Nigeria may not have India’s wealth or 1.2b population, but we can at least be worth one-sixth of that, especially when you consider the popularity of our entertainment industry across Africa. Even a tenth of N183b can give us a massive football league every year. And make no mistakes, the money is here! Supersport collects more than that from Nigerians yearly to pay for the broadcast rights of the English Premier League for Nigeria. It is a shameful situation, one that deepens our poverty every year, while we build value in the UK.Government and the private sector must unite to reverse this debilitating culture and ensure we keep our money at home to invest in our domestic sports to grow value in society for our children. There are a few ways government can help.First we need to understand the ecosystem around football and how this can grow GDP and inspire unity and progress. To cater to organisers, officials, players and millions of fans, almost every sector of the economy is involved: airlines, hotels, healthcare, banking, legal, media networks, marketing and advertising, intercity and local transportation, construction and maintenance, security, food and beverages, farming, entertainment, and so many others, including education, tourism and government.Government, who earns taxes from clubs, players, organisers and the multiple businesses involved in the league – income that helps to build, improve and maintain public infrastructure, must, as a matter of priority, come up with investment friendly policies that would grow our league. Examples will be tax rebates for sponsors, cheaper funds for investors, and even direct funding where necessary. South Africa, a similar country to ours, offers an interesting example.In SA, the public broadcaster SABC buys the TV rights to the country’s Premier Soccer League (PSL) and beams the games to the citizens at a significant financial loss. This is like our government funding the NTA to buy the TV rights to the NPFL so Nigerians can watch the games, while there is some money to run the league. The rationale is simple. Just like Egypt, South Africa understands the cultural and business impact a successful football league has on a country.Government must also stop local brands from promoting the European – especially the English – leagues to Nigerians, and instead encourage them to spend on the NPFL. The new NBC Code is a landmark development in this regard and requires maximum support. The code compels brands that sponsor foreign sports to spend the equivalent of 30% of their sponsorship value on a local variant.Brands like Chivita, PZ Cussons, Airtel, MTN, Glo, and most of our banks, who collectively spend billions of naira to promote the EPL, Spanish La Liga and Italian Serie A to Nigerians, must be considered inimical to society. It is actually to their interest if this is done. Today Nigerians spend more on foreign sports and consequently less on Chivita or Joy Soap, or airtime and data. In effect our businesses are killing themselves by supporting foreign sports.Finally, government needs to enforce the new NBC Code. True, the NPFL is light years away from providing the type of quality entertainment obtainable in Europe, but the solution can never be for us to impoverish ourselves by abandoning our league, while enriching others, by adopting theirs.Enforcing the NBC code can transform sports in Nigeria and help President Buhari achieve his objective of creating a prosperous society. The time to act is now.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram By Kenneth EzagaPresident Muhammadu Buhari wants to create 10m jobs in his second term. That is a lofty ambition. However, sports can be a quick win for him. With the right support, it can deliver over 500,000 direct and ancillary jobs to the government by 2023. Of this, the Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) alone can probably account for up to half of that number. Our league could become the largest sporting enterprise in the entire Africa.Today the NPFL is in shambles because of poor financial support. We all pay a huge price for this. Government misses its best chance to impact society: to positively engage tens of millions of its citizens, to create jobs, to improve IGR from the increased business that the league would bring, and to engender peace among an increasingly polarised populace.last_img read more

FB : Syracuse travels to Rochester, holds first open practice of spring

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments Published on April 7, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Michael: | @Michael_Cohen13center_img ROCHESTER – Marcus Sales re-emerged to Syracuse fans in the same way he left them. Fifteen months and eight days after hauling in his third touchdown against Kansas State in the Pinstripe Bowl, Sales reached the end zone twice in his first public appearance with the Orange since being suspended.He scored the first touchdown of SU’s scrimmage on a quick out route and added a beautiful second score in which he snagged a low slant pass.‘He’s had a very good camp,’ Syracuse head coach Doug Marrone said. ‘We’re very excited about the way he’s playing. He had a heck of a catch down here in the third down, and he has the ability to make those catches.’The strong play from Sales, a player who did not play during the 2011 season, captured the theme of Saturday’s practice at Sahlen’s Stadium. Orange fans caught an extended glimpse of several younger players who will play larger roles in 2012. A few hundred spectators watched as SU went through team drills and then a series of controlled scrimmages in a two-hour workout.It was the second straight year Syracuse held a spring practice in Rochester. Saturday marked the first open practice of the spring season. Marrone decided to close the practices to ‘further the development of the program,’ and all media opportunities for players and coaches were removed as well.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMarrone was the lone member of the football program available to the media after Saturday’s practice.‘Just to close a couple practices to make sure you should be doing what you’re doing,’ he said. ‘I don’t look at it as closed or trying to hide anything. We were just trying to figure out ourselves exactly what we wanted to be doing before we took it out to the public.’One of the most noticeable aspects of Saturday’s practice was the lack of depth due in part to the absence of 15 players. Marrone said players missed the practice due to injuries and academic concerns.He did not identify which players were injured and which had potential academic issues.The reduced numbers allowed spectators the chance to view some of the new faces that will be playing larger roles in the upcoming season. Sales led the way with his two touchdown grabs, and tailbacks Jerome Smith and Prince-Tyson Gulley joined him offensively.Smith impressed right from his first carry of the scrimmage, bursting through the offensive line for a gain of 11 yards. He took his second carry for 19 yards.‘I thought Jerome played extremely well today,’ Marrone said. ‘Jerome has been having a very good spring. … What you saw today is probably consistent with what’s been going on through the spring with Jerome.’Gulley, who missed the second half of 2011 after suffering a broken collarbone, looked very elusive in his role as a change-of-pace back. He ripped off several big gains throughout the afternoon, but he also fumbled twice.As expected, Gulley and Smith received the bulk of their handoffs from presumed starting quarterback Ryan Nassib. He split snaps with Charley Loeb, John Kinder and freshman Ashton Broyld.Marrone said one of the points of emphasis during spring practice has been expanding the role of the quarterback to include running plays. He said this isn’t specific to one person, rather the position overall.Kinder showed the ability to get outside the pocket quickly as well as some elusiveness, and Broyld saw reps at both quarterback and running back because of his ‘ability to make plays,’ Marrone said.‘Obviously you saw today we have some quarterback runs in, and we’ll be looking to see our quarterback run a little bit more,’ he said.Notable players missing from the offense Saturday were running back Steve Rene and receivers Jarrod West and Kyle Foster.Defensively, most of the changes for the Orange were visible in the secondary. With the departures of Kevyn Scott and Phillip Thomas, multiple positions are open for competition before the 2012 season kicks off.Sophomores Shu Mungwa and Durell Eskridge, along with junior Jeremi Wilkes, split time at the safety spot opposite returning starter Shamarko Thomas. Two more sophomores, Ritchy Desir and Brandon Reddish, saw time at cornerback.Mungwa, who was injured for the 2011 season, was a player Marrone singled out as one he’s particularly happy to see back and healthy.‘It’s great to see Shutang out there,’ Marrone said. ‘He was injured all last year. I told him, ‘It’s great to see you run and not limping anymore.”Up front for the Orange, senior Deon Goggins looked very impressive. He recorded a sack and a forced fumble early in the scrimmage. After losing both starting defensive ends, Chandler Jones and Mikhail Marinovich, to graduation, Goggins will likely see time at both the defensive tackle and defensive end positions. He spent the 2011 season at the tackle spot.Marrone was pleased with the way his team performed for the first time in front of fans and media. He said players are excited with where the program is headed and can see that the changes being implemented are benefiting the team overall.Syracuse has two more weeks of closed practice before its second and final open session during the annual spring game April 21.‘We didn’t want to give anyone a false impression of who were going to be coming out in the season, so we closed a couple (practices),’ Marrone said.‘The level of focus, obviously, will be higher if you close all the distractions down.’This and thatIvan Foy and Lou Alexander filled in on the right side of the offensive line for departed seniors Andrew Tiller and Michael Hay. … Ross Krautman went 3-for-3 on field goal attempts. … Donnie Simmons and Brandon Sharpe saw time at defensive end in place of the graduated Chandler Jones and Mikhail Marinovich. … Ri’Shard Anderson, Ritchy Desir and Lewellyn Coker all had interceptions for the Orange.mjcohe02@syr.edulast_img read more