Starbucks buys 100% wind power for all its Illinois stores

first_imgStarbucks buys 100% wind power for all its Illinois stores FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Windpower Engineering & Development:Constellation, an Exelon company and energy provider, has signed a long-term agreement with Starbucks to power more than 340 company-operated Illinois stores with 100% renewable energy produced by Enel Green Power (EGP) North America, Inc.’s HillTopper wind project in Logan, County, Ill. The deal is made possible by a separate long-term agreement between Enel and Constellation under which Constellation will purchase a 14-MW portion of the energy generated by HillTopper. “It’s exciting to see Starbucks continue its commitment to play a role in the growth of renewable energy markets,” said Rebecca Zimmer, Director of Global Environmental Impact for Starbucks. “We are identifying and investing in new green power projects that are close to our retail communities and give our store partners a story they can be proud of.”The agreements reinforce Starbucks’ commitment to greening its operations through energy and water conservation measures and advancing renewable energy sources through its purchasing practices and will enable Starbucks to support the generation of approximately 48,000 megawatt-hours of wind power from EGP’s HillTopper wind project, enough to brew nearly 100 million cups of coffee, or more than seven cups of coffee for every Illinois resident. It will deliver an annual environmental benefit equivalent to removing nearly 8,000 passenger vehicles from the road.“An increasing number of commercial and industrial customers are choosing renewables as a competitive and clean way to meet their energy needs and they look for customized solutions addressing their specific energy profile,” said Georgios Papadimitriou, Head of Enel Green Power North America. “The agreement with Constellation is an example of an innovative approach we are taking to meet the needs of these commercial and industrial customers to enable them to achieve their sustainability targets in a cost-effective way.”The HillTopper wind farm is expected to enter into service by the end of 2018. The facility will have a total capacity of 185 megawatts and, once fully operational, will be able to generate around 570 gigawatt-hours of electricity annually. Investment in the construction of HillTopper amounts to approximately $325 million.More: Illinois’ Starbucks are going with 100% wind energylast_img read more

Peruvian Blue Helmets Fostering Peace

first_imgBy Dialogo December 09, 2010 I am a officer police of the Militar Police of state Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil, and would like to participate of the peacekeeping missions, I am sub-lieutenant and I am 47 years age, and would like to know the age limit for a brasilian component? Barrios Coloma: We don’t teach military skills. We train them to face crises with the premise they already have some military training. Barrios Coloma: Of our 18 missions, 12 have ended and six are ongoing. A total of 3,538 members of Peru’s armed forces have participated in peace missions. LIMA, Peru – The Joint Training Center for Peace Operations (CECOPAZ) was established in Peru in 2003 to train military and civilian personnel participating in peacekeeping missions. Naval Capt. Roberto Barrios Coloma, the director of CECOPAZ, recently sat down with for an exclusive interview to discuss Peruvian peacekeeping contingents and their work worldwide. Barrios Coloma: There are 403 Peruvians deployed to six peacekeeping missions. The main contingent is in Haiti (366). We’re also in Sudan (19), Congo (7), Liberia (5), Ivory Coast (3) and Cyprus (3). We’re preparing to send to Haiti a contingent comprised of women. Is each branch of the military represented in peacekeeping missions? What is the role of Peruvian Blue Helmets deployed to a peacekeeping mission? What is the selection process? Have any Peruvian women participated in peacekeeping missions? Barrios Coloma: The level of tension they’re under calls for rotating these contingents every six months. The idea is for the personnel not to remain there forever, but instead to be always in rotation. How many missions have had Peruvian involvement? What is the required training? Is there a selection process to participate in these peacekeeping missions? What is the role of the civilians who take part in the missions? Barrios Coloma: From the military standpoint, the peacekeeping troops operate under the Force Commander, and their role is to provide security for the convoys. They are in charge of the refugee camps, as well as patrolling and maintaining checkpoints. In the case of observers, their task is to verify on the ground that a separation is maintained between two forces in conflict and to make sure there are no more confrontations. This job can be dangerous because they must move across fields containing landmines. center_img Barrios Coloma: Unlike other countries, the peacekeeping missions are supported by all entities, be it with tangible means or with qualified personnel. For instance, the Peru Company in Haiti includes members of the navy, army and air force. Barrios Coloma: In the specific case of Haiti, for example, we figured that as an airborne company the participants needed to be skilled in parachuting and swimming. Generally speaking, to make the final selection for these peace missions you must pass a professional military background test, as well as a physical examination. The scores are made public immediately after the tests are completed. Where are your peacekeepers performing missions? Barrios Coloma: Peacekeepers must be vaccinated for all missions. In the particular case of cholera, the Peru Company in Haiti includes a doctor who oversees the health of all personnel. Also, those who’ve returned from Haiti have been quarantined and subjected to a series of tests, with none of them showing evidence of any potentially contagious diseases. Barrios Coloma: The benefit of participating as a peacekeeping soldier is that it strengthens the participant’s service record. He or she is able to improve his or her skills, with the understanding that it’s an honor to serve a people who need his or her help. They are also remunerated for their service, and the armed forces are compensated for incurred expenses, training and the use of equipment. Are there any benefits to the career of the participant, or are these peace missions taken by volunteers willing to serve their country? What are the requirements? Barrios Coloma: There is an age limit, which normally means you must be younger than 35. In the case of observers, they must be commanders or majors, or their equivalent, depending on the force. They also have to be proficient in English and be physically fit. Barrios Coloma: We are represented by two types of civilians. We train journalists so they can provide coverage as correspondents, taking into account security measures. And we train United Nations officials, who as part of their regulations must take security training. We are their support. What preventive measures are taken to protect peacekeepers? For instance, how have you dealt with the outbreak of cholera in Haiti? How long is deployment? Barrios Coloma: The Joint Training Center for Peace Operations comes up with a vacancy announcement. It’s then up to each force to devise its own procedures for selecting and evaluating [candidates] to reach the number of peacekeeping troops needed. On top of that, a list of potential candidates must be added, in case you need to replace anyone who fails the academic requirements. Barrios Coloma: A total of 11 women have taken part in the peace missions, with two active. One is with the Joint Chiefs for the Peru Company in Haiti. Her duties include observing and reporting within her area of responsibility. We also have a woman who is an observer in a mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.last_img read more

Suicide: The silent threat

first_img December 1, 2004 Regular News Suicide: The silent threat Suicide: The silent threat What you don’t know can hurt you Jim McDonough Director, Florida Office of Drug Control In the main, American society does a good job of recognizing and addressing the major threats to human life — among them illnesses such as cancer and heart disease, accidents in the work place, in the home, and on the highway, and life style risks such as obesity, unsafe sex, and smoking.Sharing information on such threats to physical well-being and undertaking public campaigns to mitigate their damage auger well for bringing down related death rates. One area, however, that is little understood and even less discussed, is suicide. Thus ignored, it constitutes a major threat to public safety.For generations, the suicide rate has remained at a near constant level, far out-stripping the murder rate in the United States (by two to one) and approximating the annual toll in traffic accidents (30,000 Americans killed themselves last year). For some age cohorts, it is a leading cause of death (third for teenagers; second for those ages 25-34). Men kill themselves at several times the rate for women, and the elderly (those 65 and older) at a rate six or more times higher than any other age group. Florida has not done well in preventing suicide, ranking in the top quartile of all states for per capita deaths by suicide.Yet virtually all experts on the subject agree that suicide is among the most preventable of life-threatening phenomena. While not directly predictable, suicide potential is often signaled by those contemplating it and can be correlated with other manifest risk factors, some quite dramatically. Over 60 percent of suicide victims, for example, evidence some degree of substance abuse; over 90 percent a mental health problem. Often, both are present. Alcohol abuse alone is a factor in 25-43 percent of all suicides. Among the estimated 13.7 million alcoholics in the United States, 2.2 to 3.4 percent are at risk for suicide for the duration of their lives. According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA), there are approximately 4 million drug addicts in the U.S., of which 85,000 are heroin dependent. Heroin addicts die by suicide 20 times more frequently than the general population. Yet, until recently, there has been little consideration of how people serving the suicide prevention and the substance abuse treatment communities can or should collaborate to advance their mutual goals of saving lives and treating the illnesses that underlie both concerns.Substance abuse is a multi-faceted risk factor for suicide because it contributes to other significant risks complicating the understanding of the direct relationship between substance abuse and suicide. In addition to its direct relationship with suicide, substance abuse also leads to suicide via a number of indirect paths. Substance abuse exacerbates the presence of psychiatric disorders and is associated with a host of dangerous behaviors ( e.g., accidents, overdoses, impulsivity, etc.) that may be considered passive suicide attempts. Perhaps of most importance is the tendency for individuals with substance abuse disorders to lose significant relationships with loved ones as well as social support systems that serve as key protective factors against suicide.As stark as are the debilitating links between substance abuse and suicide, the mental health complications are even worse. In spite of the more than 90 percent overlap, most of those who die by suicide have never seen a mental health professional, and up to two-thirds are not receiving treatment at the time of their death. People with schizophrenia and affective disorders (including depression) have the highest suicide risk among those recently diagnosed, whereas, suicide risk for alcohol and drug dependence remains fairly stable throughout the life of the disorder. Risk of suicide greatly increases with comorbidity, the presence of two or more mental illnesses at one time.But perhaps the key missing ingredient for suicide prevention has been the reluctance to even talk about it. In many ways it remains the last taboo. People will air their most personal concerns, but suicide gets hardly a mention. Armed with such anonymity, suicide comes in under the radar screen. Without discussion, the warning signs and the appropriate responses to them are not only misunderstood, they are completely unknown to the vast majority of the public. Without an advocacy base that makes itself heard, policy leaders are loathe to take a public policy stand on what is simultaneously a complex and depressing issue. Voiceless and leaderless, the problem festers. In this case especially, what we don’t know can hurt us.Florida has determined that we can take an effective stand against suicide. Under the leadership of Gov. Jeb Bush, Florida issued a policy paper in 2002 titled Statewide Suicide Prevention Strategy, that seeks to lower the suicide rate by one-third by 2005. That paper can be accessed at A state task force continues to develop policies and programs and channel resources toward the prevention of suicide. We invite Florida’s lawyers to join us in the essential effort to reduce suicide in Florida, to help reduce substance abuse and provide adequate attention to mental health issues. This column is published under the sponsorship of the Quality of Life and Career Committee. The committee’s Website is at read more

PREMIUMJokowi calls on journalists to step up fight against hoaxes

first_imgLOG INDon’t have an account? Register here President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has urged journalists to tackle the rampant spread of false news in the media through reliable and accountable journalism work.Journalists, he said, should be at the forefront of eliminating hoaxes and easing people’s anxieties as a result of misleading news.”The press’s role in conveying reliable information is extremely needed, especially when the country is facing such unexpected situations like the coronavirus outbreak,” Jokowi said on Saturday while attending a celebration for National Press Day in Banjarbaru, South Kalimantan.“A healthy society is a society that is exposed to healthy and [accurate] information; this information comes from good journalism.”House of Representative Speaker Puan Maharani said on the sidelines of the commemoration that “a professional and accountable press is incr… Forgot Password ? Google press journalism #Hoax hoax Jokowi #Jokowi false-news #FakeNews Linkedin Topics : Log in with your social account Facebooklast_img read more

Why buyers are snapping up Queenslander-style home

first_imgIt might be older than the more modern developments on the market but buyers were lining up to secure this penthouse in a small block.Perhaps proof that what’s old is hot again, the property sold under the hammer for $1.14 million.Ray White New Farm agent George Petavrakis said three of the 10 registered bidders raised paddles during the auction, with bidding starting at $900,000.He said the fact the penthouse was in a smaller development surrounded by greenery and on the city fringe had been a popular combination for buyers. The ink on the contract for this Morningside replica Queenslander was dry a week before it was scheduled to go under the hammer.Place Bulimba agent Shannon Harvey said the property sold to an local family, but had garnered plenty of attention fro, m would-be Sydney buyers.“I had heaps of people from Sydney through,” she said. “We are finding the Queenslander-style, whether it be traditional or replica, are very popular with that interstate market.“They charm, character and street appeal which is hugely popular.“I wish I had more of them (on the market)”.The two-storey five bedroom home at 102 Belgrave Street was designed to make the most of high ceilings, open plan living spaces, and breezes. This traditional Queenslander was snapped up at the 11th hour, and was taken off the market less than 24 hours before it was due to go to auctionThe four bedroom house, which has been modernised, sits on a 486sq m, and has many traditional features including decorative breezeways and archways, VJ walls, pine floors and French doors. It is packed full of traditional featuresMr May said the property’s charm was its biggest selling point, with the house being bought by a couple relocation from western Queensland.“We had 72 groups through the house during the campaign,” he said. “They were a mix of investors, couples, families and first home buyers.“It was so popular because it is that traditional Queenslander in a great position close to amenities.”Mr May said they were also getting a lot of inquiries from buyers looking to secure an off-market sale.Meanwhile, one of the biggest auction sales of the day also went to an older property — a three bedroom penthouse in a small block of eight units at Highgate Hill.center_img Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:51Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:51 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p432p432p270p270pAutoA, 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 Rate1xFullscreenStarting your hunt for a dream home00:51TRADITIONAL and replica Queenslander-style homes are being snapped up prior to auction, with enthusiastic buyers doing everything they can to secure one of the icons.And its not just diehard Queenslanders who are keen to get their hands on a piece of history, or at least a modern version of it.Known for its character features, and designed to suit the balmy Queensland climate, the style is even in hot demand with interstate buyers.A modern replica Queenslander at Morningside was due to go under the hammer yesterday, but was sold a week prior for $1.15 million. It offered a modern take on the iconic Queenslander designMs Harvey said the new owners were “the most enthusiastic” buyers, and were determined to take it off the market before auction.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus13 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market13 hours agoA traditional Queenslander built in the 1930s was also snapped up prior to auction, with Place Graceville agent Peter May selling 82 Chelmer Street West at Chelmer for $880,000 on Friday.last_img read more

Sandra Bullock’s inspired Minion shoes raise $84,850 for charity

first_imgThe shoes, which were each individually autographed by Bullock, made their first appearance on her feet on the red-carpet at the London premiere of the film.The film has superseded box-office records set by previous animated films including Toy Story 3  and  Shrek 2, pulling in $115.2 million in its opening weekend, making it the second-biggest animated opening of all time after Shrek The Third.Bullock voices Scarlet Overkill in the film. American actress Sandra Bullock has raised more than 80,000 USD for charity  by selling off 10 Minion themed pairs of Rupert Sanderson-designed heels (that were inspired by the film) at auction, raising $42,425 for the charity Art + Practice.The final amount from the auction, which took place on, was match-funded by Bullock, reports People, bringing the total to $84,850.“When you discover people who are truly giving back, and taking care of our community, I think it’s our duty to support and take care of them in return,” Bullock was quoted saying about the charity that encourages education and culture for foster youth in the Leimert Park district of Los Angeles in the US.Premiere of Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment’s “Minions Minion shoeslast_img read more

Irene batters The Bahamas

first_img Tweet 17 Views   no discussions Share Share Straw market roofing was pulled off by strong winds on Thursday morning as Hurricane Irene hit Nassau. (Photo: Nassau Guardian)MIAMI, USA — At 8:00 pm EDT on Thursday, the eye of Hurricane Irene was gradually moving away from Abaco in The Bahamas, after battering the island chain with 115 mph winds and heavy rain.According to the National Hurricane Center in Miami, a hurricane warning was still in effect for the northwestern Bahamas as Irene continued to move away from The Bahamas on Thursday night, and hurricane and tropical storm conditions were beginning to subside.Water levels will also gradually subside over the northwestern and central Bahamas during Thursday night. Irene is expected to produce rainfall accumulations of 6 to 12 inches over the northern Bahamas.The Nassau Guardian reported that two-thirds of households on New Providence were without power, due to downed power lines as a result of heavy winds or trees falling on lines,The Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC) said that it conducted a controlled shutdown in several areas to protect local distribution systems from major damage and BEC teams worked until 3 am Thursday morning restoring supply to several communities in New Providence. However, as weather conditions deteriorated the restoration effort was postponed until conditions improved and the “all clear” had been given.In the Family Islands, residents in most islands, with the exception of Inagua, — where power has been restored to the majority of customers – continued to experience outages, due to controlled power station shut downs or downed power lines.In the southeast Bahamas, on the island of Mayaguana, Administrator Harvey Roberts reported that power was off, the road leading to the main town was becoming flooded, a number of utility poles were down with wires being exposed on the ground. Landlines were also down and communication was only by cell phones.Big trees have either been uprooted or completely shredded, Roberts said.On Crooked Island, NEMA received reports of approximately 100-110 mph wind gusts and some buildings had lost their roofs.On Acklins, in Lovely Bay 90 percent of the settlement was gone, with house roofs and several homes blown away. Power lines and trees were down in the road and the shelter population had increased.The tiny island of Bimini, the most western of the 700 islands that comprise The Bahamas archipelago and only 50 miles from the southeast coast of Florida, was spared from the devastating Category 3 force winds of Hurricane Irene, which skirted much further east of the island on Thursday.Michael Weber, general manager of the historic Bimini Big Game Club in Alice Town, reported no damage at the 51-room resort. Weber said all resort services including food and beverage, dive operations and the marina will be operating as normal by noon tomorrow.“We were very, very lucky to be on the outer fringes of this storm,” he said. “Our prayers and thoughts are with the greater Bahamas community that took the brunt of Irene today.” Weber described the effects on Bimini as minimal with all utilities and other island services not affected by the passing storm.“We as well as other hoteliers and businesses on Bimini intend to be open for business this weekend,” he added.Caribbean News Nowcenter_img LocalNews Irene batters The Bahamas by: – August 26, 2011 Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more

8th annual Tree Lighting celebration announced in Batesville

first_imgBatesville, In. — The eighth annual Community Tree Lighting in Batesville will be held Thursday, December 7 at 5 p.m. in the Bike Park area. The tree will be illuminated at 6 p.m.Please come downtown and join mayor Mike Bettice, Santa and his reindeer and lots of holiday cheer. The event includes refreshments, music, horse-drawn carriage rides, Elfie Selfies and vendors.The celebration is presented by the City of Batesville, Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce, Batesville Main Street, Batesville Beautification League and Mayor’s Youth Council. Sponsors are Big Four Café, Pro-Prints, Assured Partners, Duke Energy, LaRosa’s, and Skyline. The 22ft Canaan Fir tree was donated by Sheets Tree Farm, Osgood, Indiana. The Christmas Tree at the Memorial Building is courtesy of Bohman Tree Farm.last_img read more

Kelsey Richardson sets career-high with 16 saves in Orange’s loss at Terrapins

first_imgCOLLEGE PARK, Md. — As she took her position before the second half in the crease, Kelsey Richardson looked into the net. With the shaft of her stick, she tapped the middle of the left post, the crossbar and finally the right goal post, and turned around.While Maryland outplayed SU on the rest of the field in the first half and held a 7-3 lead, Richardson owned her crease.Richardson kept No. 5 SU (5-2, 1-2) in its game against No. 1 UMD (5-0, 2-0), stopping a career-high 16 shots and preventing UMD from scoring on four of its six free positions. Her performance helped counter UMD outshooting Syracuse by 10 shots throughout the game.“I thought it was one of the best games she’s played,” Syracuse head coach Gary Gait said of Richardson. “Really saw the ball well, did her homework, had tendencies on shooters and I thought did a great job.”Just less than halfway through the first half, UMD midfielder Kelly McPartland lined up for a free position. The shot hit Richardson’s stick in the pocket and rebounded back into the stick of UMD midfielder Erin Collins.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textCollins loomed on the edge of the crease and fired a point-blank shot that Richardson stopped, keeping the score 3-2 in favor of UMD. Richardson helped preserve a first half in which SU struggled to produce on offense.“She had an unbelievable game,” SU attack Kayla Treanor said. “She came up huge for us.”Richardson said she could tell where the Terrapins’ shooters were going on free positions. If they ran in with their sticks high, she anticipated a low shot and if they came in with their stick low, the shot was likely going high.Taylor Cummings was the only player to vex Richardson on free positions, scoring Maryland’s only two free-position goals of the game.Cummings would drop the ball, put her stick next to it and scoop it back up. She stood on the 8-meter arc for her free position and Richardson would counter with her own routine. Richardson tapped the post twice, put her stick by her ear and shuffled her feet.Richardson also picked up shots well in the flow of the game. Gait said she broke down film to prepare for the game this week. In particular, Richardson knew she had to pay attention to UMD midfielder Brooke Griffin because she faked a lot.“I really studied their shots and what their tendencies were… just really, really focused more on saving the ball rather than directing the defense,” Richardson said. “It was more personal lessons for me over this week.”A few times, a Terrapins player, usually Cummings, would get loose and streak to the net, creating a one-on-one situation for Richardson. UMD players would dodge their defender and then dodge the defender that picked them up.While Richardson stood tall for most of the game, Terrapins players slung the ball around for about the final five minutes of the game and SU couldn’t get the ball back for a last-second comeback.Richardson sat in the crease, alone. There would be no Maryland shots at her, no saves to make. Instead, the player that controlled the crease and kept SU in the game couldn’t control the final outcome.“It sucks. It sucks that that’s how the game has to end. It sucks that there’s no stall warning in women’s lacrosse yet,” Richardson said of the last few minutes. “My whole college career has been defined by that thing and so it sucks losing to them and by that many and we were right there and it came to that and them just standing out.” Comments Published on March 7, 2015 at 7:57 pm Contact Chris: [email protected] | @ChrisLibonati Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Beat writers unanimously pick Syracuse to win Camping World Bowl

first_imgNo. 20 Syracuse (9-3, 6-2 Atlantic Coast) and No. 16 West Virginia (8-3, 6-3 Big 12) haven’t played a game in over a month. But on Dec. 28, the two will meet in the Camping World Bowl in Orlando, Fla. The Orange are playing in their first bowl game in five years and are one win away from its first 10-win season since 2001. The Mountaineers are coming off a high-scoring loss to Oklahoma, 59-56, and will be without their starting quarterback Will Grier, who is sitting out the game for his NFL Draft stock.Here’s who our beat writers have taking the win, and why.Andrew Graham (10-2)Country road, take me homeSyracuse 45, West Virginia 34Will Grier sitting out this game is about the best early Christmas present head coach Dino Babers could ask for: the opponent’s best player is not playing. In a game with two teams that love to air it out and score, this should still be an exciting evening. But for a West Virginia team that had legitimate playoff aspirations, this feels like more of a consolation. Syracuse, the team that hasn’t played in a bowl in half a decade, is hungry. The seniors have never played in a bowl, and it’s hard to imagine Eric Dungey and company don’t go out on a win against what may be an undermanned and unmotivated West Virginia side. SU will finish with 10 wins or more for the seventh time ever and the expectations for 2019 climb just a little bit higher.Josh Schafer (10-2)No will to win Syracuse 52 West Virginia 38AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn many ways, Syracuse plays Big 12 Conference style football. I’d expect that to pay dividends in this year’s Camping World Bowl. Both Syracuse and West Virginia ranked in the top-15 in scoring offense and allow more than 25 points per game. With WVU quarterback Will Grier sitting out because of his high draft prospects, the edge falls to Syracuse. The Orange seniors have waited their entire careers to play in a bowl game while the Mountaineers have played in one each of the last five seasons. In bowl season, sometimes it’s those random factors that matter. Syracuse’s offense will thrive against an exposable defense and hold off a second-string quarterback long enough to secure its first bowl victory since 2013.Matt Liberman (9-3)To the Mountains Syracuse 49, West Virginia 41This is a perfect matchup for Syracuse, which runs its offense like a Big 12 offense. The difference is Syracuse still has to play grind-it-out defense against offenses in the ACC like Pittsburgh and Boston College that rely on run-heavy schemes to advance the ball. West Virginia allows 26.5 points per game, meanwhile Syracuse boasts the No. 23-ranked defensive efficiency in the nation. Against truly capable passing teams, West Virginia never held them under 30. Syracuse has the offensive firepower to compete with anyone in the Big 12 aside from Oklahoma, and the intangibles on defense and special teams to stop them. Plus, without Will Grier, West Virginia may be searching for options against one of the best teams in the nation at turning people over. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on December 26, 2018 at 11:27 pmlast_img read more