For the past five years, Abi – not his real name – has had three distinct recurring dreams that have almost cost him his sleep.All three are related to his sexual orientation, which he has been hiding from his family for many years.“I have had some dreams in which I came out to them,” he said in a recent interview with The Jakarta Post. Like many others who identify as queer in largely conservative Indonesia, Abi still feels that he cannot fully express his true self to many people.The fear of being rejected by family members or society at large has prevented many in the LGBT community from publicly revealing their sexual orientation.According to a 2018 survey conducted by Jakarta-based pollster Saiful Mujani Research and Consulting, 87.6 percent of over 1,200 respondents from the general public consider the LGBT community a threat, while 81.5 percent of those surveyed say it is prohibited by religion.Read also: LGBT people viewed negatively, but accepted as Indonesian citizensThirty-two-year-old Mike – also not his real name – knows very well about suppressing his sexual identity.Growing up not liking “boys’ stuff” like sports and cars, he said he had had to consciously alter the way he walked and talked to avoid getting bullied, like he was in middle school.“I suffered a ‘this is just a phase’ moment throughout my college life and my early twenties,” the Jakarta-based freelance writer told the Post recently.Although Mike jokingly considers himself a “late bloomer” who only truly realized he was gay at 25, he says he found peace with himself after embracing his truth.“When I was dating a guy, I felt I belonged to myself for the first time. I didn’t feel like I was weird or odd anymore and it just felt right. Then and there I made peace with [myself] and never looked back,” he said.Fortunately, almost two-thirds of respondents in the 2018 SMRC survey said that even members of the LGBT community have the right to live as citizens of Indonesia.Mike can also count himself as one of the lucky ones, because he was able to come out and be accepted by his family, albeit after a continuous process of explaining the prejudice that envelops the LGBT community.Identifying as a member of the LGBT community is not illegal in Indonesia, but law and regulations don’t protect the minority from facing discrimination and hate crimes.Human Rights Watch Indonesia says that anti-LGBT rhetoric in the country has gradually increased since 2016, with the nongovernment organization’s senior researcher Andreas Harsono pointing to a government-driven “moral panic” that has “manufactured fear and violence” against the LGBT community.Read also: Indonesian LGBT community pins hopes on youth for better, more tolerant futureThe stigma is further exacerbated by the Indonesian Psychiatrists Association (PDSKJI), which still considers homosexuality, bisexuality and transsexualism a mental disorder that can be cured through proper treatment.AFP reported last month that some LGBT people in Indonesia still suffer from the experience of being forced to undergo exorcism, a similar practice to the conversion therapy that is falsely believed to cure gay people.Recent cases of persecution have also prolonged the list of injustices aimed at the LGBT community. The murder of a transgender woman named Mira in Jakarta, a social assistance prank against transwomen in Bandung, West Java, and the arrest of a same-sex couple in South Sulawesi have served as signposts for Indonesian society’s level of tolerance.Read also: Recent cases of persecution set back LGBT rights advocacyThe stigma has inevitably prevented Abi and other LGBT people in the country from coming out publicly and revealing their true selves – all for the sake of safety.For the LGBT community, as many members, experts and advocates have demonstrated, coming out and being accepted by the people closest to them can boost their self-confidence and empower them to fully accept themselves.Abi came out only to his closest friends in 2016 and insists he feels a measure of relief just knowing that he can express himself. “I am so tired of pretending,” he said.Like Abi, Kartika felt that close friends could provide more of a safe space to talk about their hidden identities, unlike family. The 26-year-old, who also asked to keep her identity secret, felt that coming out to the family was not always necessary as long as they don’t insist on her getting married.However, she still struggles with remaining closeted in certain environments like the workplace.“It sucks when you tell other people that you are simply single or that you have to change the pronouns to ‘him’, ‘his’ or ‘he’ when talking about your girlfriend, just to avoid something bad from happening,” Kartika said.Topics : “In one dream, I got beaten up by my dad. In another dream, I got disowned and had to leave the house with nothing but the clothes on my back.“In another, they sent me to a pesantren [Islamic boarding school],” said the young man, who is currently studying for a master’s degree at a university in West Java.At 24, the pressure has piled on for Abi to get married. The fact that his father did so at that age was just another reason for his parents to push him toward the marriage institution.“That’s why I really hated turning 24. Between them pushing me to be in a relationship and get married soon and me being the way I am, it’s just so stressful,” he said.
TASMANIA’s 780 km narrow-gauge freight railway looks set to be the top seller in next month’s sale of the remnants of the Australian National Railways Commission. Freed from the burdens of mainland cost structures, and benefiting from AN’s A$1bn debt write-off, the vertically-integrated self-contained operation is seen as a nice little earner.Following its decision to get out of train operations (RG 1.97 p8), the Commonwealth government has bundled AN’s remains into three main units for sale by June 30. Expressions of interest for the Passenger Rail business, Tasrail, and SA Rail’s intra-state network in South Australia were to be submitted by April 10, and Deutsche Morgan Grenfell’s Sydney office has the task of sifting the replies. Shortlisted bidders will start due diligence this month, with final offers to be lodged in early June.Although DMG’s international offices have been talking up the market, serious bids are thin on the ground. Heading the Tasrail race are Wisconsin Central, which runs neighbouring Tranz Rail in New Zealand, and the consortium of TNT and Toll Holdings which operates open-access interstate freight trains. A Great Southern Railway group, headed by ex-National Rail operations manager Mike Purcell and backed by Macquarie Bank and Goninan, is after the passenger business and AN’s workshops – and possibly NRC too.Excluded from the sale is AN’s track access unit, which will form the backbone of the Track Australia authority now expected to come into being on July 1. TA will manage access to the interstate network being retained by the federal government, and ‘contribute to the establishment of a viable and competitive rail system’, leaving private operators ‘to provide efficient, competitive, dynamic and reliable transport service.’Track access rights will also play a key role in the sale of the federal stake in NRC, now put off to the second half of next year. NRC is close to signing what Managing Director Vince Graham calls ‘a landmark and confidential’ long-term deal with the New South Wales Rail Access Corp; a draft agreement was cleared by the NSW Independent Pricing & Regulatory Tribunal at the end of March.
Image source: IHCThe technology group Wartsila has supplied the full propulsion package for the new trailing suction hopper dredger (TSHD) Arzana. The vessel is owned by National Marine Dredging Company (NMDC) from Abu Dhabi and has been specially designed to operate in high ambient temperatures.The 6.000m³ capacity TSHD, launched in September 2017, was designed by the Royal IHC in close cooperation with NMDC.“This modern generation dredger was designed to operate reliably, efficiently and with flexibility in demanding conditions. We are, therefore, proud that Wärtsilä propulsion machinery was selected as being the most suitable for meeting these operational requirements,” said Ayman Zreik Farhat, General Manager, Sales, Middle East, Wartsila Marine Solutions.“We are familiar with Wartsila’s capabilities, and we know and trust their ability to provide us with the right solutions for this latest addition to the NMDC fleet,” said Mohamed Afan, Senior Assets & investment Director, NMDC.The customized solution combines a shallow draft and a deep dredging depth with high maneuverability.The scope of Wartsila’s supply, which comprises two 8-cylinder Wartsila 32 engines specially tuned for dredging operations, two controllable pitch propeller systems, and two tunnel thrusters, provides the required power and maneuverability.
NewsHub 7 September 2019Family First Comment: “Helen Clark has no problem with gangs and others growing cannabis illegally getting licences, should it become legal. ‘They’ve got the experience of growing it.’”They have other experience also. Intimidation. Laundering. Deferring funds to illegal activities. Violence….#saynopetodopeHelen Clark has no problem with gangs and others growing cannabis illegally getting licences, should it become legal.“They’ve got the experience of growing it,” the former Prime Minister told Newshub Nation on Saturday.“If you’re moving to a legal market, why would you exclude the people who have traditionally been growing?”Clark’s foundation earlier this week came out in support of legalising the popular drug, and treating it as a health issue rather than a criminal one. Next year Kiwis will be asked for their views in a referendum.“The referendum is not about whether or not people should use it; it’s recognising the reality that it’s there now,” said Clark.“We could put some rules around it or we continue to have it as a complete free-for-all with no rules at all. So that’s why I came down for rules.”She says New Zealand’s well-placed to quickly and painlessly convert the black market thanks to existing rules around tobacco, which she helped write.READ MORE: https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2019/09/helen-clark-backs-letting-ex-criminals-sell-cannabis-legally.html
NewsRegional US concerned about Haitian drug trafficking in Bahamas by: – March 17, 2012 263 Views one comment DEU agents search luggage off loaded from a vessel at the Potters Cay Dock in The Bahamas in August 2011. TNG file photoNASSAU, Bahamas — Haitian and Haitian-Bahamian drug trafficking organizations have been identified as major contributors to the drug trade in The Bahamas, according to a US Department of State report.The International Narcotic Control Strategy Report, which was released earlier this month, details the country’s anti-drug efforts and the challenges the government faces.“Haitian and Haitian-Bahamian drug trafficking organizations continue to play a major role in the movement of cocaine from Hispaniola through The Bahamas,” the report stated. “Investigations of these organizations are hindered by an enduring lack of Creole speakers within the DEU.“Bahamian law enforcement regularly discover drugs during inspections of Haitian sloops that continue to enter Bahamian waters despite being officially prohibited from doing so.“Information acquired by host country law enforcement suggests that drug trafficking organizations have utilized air drops and remote airfields to deliver large cocaine shipments to the Turks and Caicos Islands and to The Bahamas from Venezuela and Colombia.“Recent investigations reveal that Bahamian drug trafficking organizations are using the Turks and Caicos Islands as a transshipment point.”The report said US anti-drug-related agencies estimate that there are 12 to 15 significant drug trafficking organizations operating in The Bahamas.The report further notes that the majority of cocaine seized in recent years has been concealed in containerized cargo transiting the Freeport Container Port on Grand Bahama.“DEA believes that Colombian traffickers are utilizing containerized cargo as a means to thwart the efforts of law enforcement officials in The Bahamas,” the report said.“Approximately three metric tons of cocaine have been seized at the Freeport Container Port since 2007. Nevertheless, the amounts seized from containers have diminished in recent years, including 2011.”The report said the government “will bolster their ability to fight smuggling from Haitian groups by more actively addressing the institutional barriers to integrating Creole speakers into the DEU and fostering appropriate information sharing between the RBPF, RBDF and the Haitian National Police.“This approach would further develop an understanding of Haitian drug trafficking organizations operating in The Bahamas and prevent smugglers from exploiting information gaps as they pass between national jurisdictions.”The report said contraband is smuggled through a variety of vessels, using various strategies.“Larger vessels are known to offload drugs on to small vessels before checking in with Bahamian Customs, and many vessels do not register at all when entering Bahamian waters. The DEU, in conjunction with the DEA, continued a program in Great Inagua to enforce Government of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas requirements that vessels entering Bahamian territorial waters report to Bahamian Customs,” the report added.When asked about the report on Thursday, Bahamas National Security Minister Tommy Turnquest said he was not pleased with parts of it.“I think that the relationship between the United States and The Bahamas has always been an excellent one in terms of drug interdiction and drug control,” said Turnquest at a press conference at the Office of the Attorney General.“We continue to work very closely, particularly with OPBAT (Operation Bahamas, Turks and Caicos) and other resources and so some of the comments in this years’s report I thought were not as accurate as they ought to have been.”Asked specifically about information he thought was inaccurate, Turnquest said the government is taking that up through diplomatic channels and law enforcement channels.“But we are satisfied that we are one of the leaders in the fight against drug trafficking and drug abuse and anti-drug control efforts,” he said.“We didn’t think the report reflected our leadership in that role. And so we are taking that up through diplomatic channels with the Unites States of America.”Turnquest added that the government will launch its anti-drug strategy 2012-2016 by the end of this month.By Krystel RolleNassau Guardian Staff Reporter Sharing is caring! Tweet Share Share Share
“That year-and-a-half in my life was an amazing period and I left, but this is another thing. I have amazing memories from Southampton. “I know it’s football. Now I am happy that they are happy at the beginning of the season and for me that is enough. “In football, you deserve, you don’t deserve [certain things]. Some people say okay, some people say no, but this is football. “I’m happy Southampton have a great season and it’s a game that we need to win the three points. “We need to fight with Southampton on Sunday, but it’s emotional. Football is emotional and Sunday is emotional for us too.” Spurs head into Sunday’s match off the back of a last-gasp draw with Besiktas on Thursday evening. Pochettino’s men were on course for a first Europa League Group C victory, as Harry Kane’s 20-yard strike was complemented by a world-class goalkeeping display by Hugo Lloris. However, Vlad Chiriches’ farcical late handball after an air kick gave Besiktas a penalty, from which Demba Ba coolly rolled home for a 1-1 draw. It is a frustration Pochettino said Spurs cannot afford to dwell on with Saints arriving this weekend – sentiments echoed by goalscorer Kane. “It was great to get on the scoresheet again but we’ve come away disappointed,” the forward said. “We dug deep as a team and to concede so late is heartbreaking on our behalf. “Besiktas are a top side, they were unlucky not to qualify for the Champions League so we knew we’d have to be at our best. “They created a few chances but Hugo is a top goalkeeper and pulled off some world-class saves. “It would have been a great win and we really wanted to win this game, we knew it would be a big game in the group. “We had chances as well, their goalkeeper made a couple of good saves, but we have to move on.” Tottenham will recall a number of players. Hugo Lloris was the only player to start both last weekend’s derby clash with Arsenal and the Europa League tie against Besiktas on Thursday evening. Jan Vertonghen, Danny Rose, Ryan Mason, Etienne Capoue, Christian Eriksen and Nacer Chadli all dropped out of the squad entirely against the Turkish side. Kyle Walker remains out after abdominal surgery. All eyes will be on Pochettino but his successor Ronald Koeman is not paying much attention to that reunion at White Hart Lane. “For me [it does] not [give this game extra spice] because I wasn’t here last season, but I understand for Mauricio Pochettino maybe it’s special,” the Dutchman said. “I think it’s special for him and maybe for some players. “We changed a lot this season our squad but it’s always special for some players who worked with Mauricio last season. “But there is no influence in the final result because the most important thing is to win the game or lose the game.” While there have been numerous changes at St Mary’s, Pochettino will be coming up against several familiar faces. That core of players has helped Southampton’s plethora of new arrivals adapt, providing Koeman with a good foundation from which to build. “Every manager has his own way of working but from the first day of this season what I saw was a great spirit in the team, and I heard that was one of the qualities of last season,” the Dutchman said. “The team and the players are continuing with that. “Okay, it was difficult because we had a lot of changes but we had good scouting in the club and we bought good players in and maybe the challenge now is higher than the last season. “Everybody was surprised with the eighth position last season, but people love how the team is doing and we will do everything to keep that. Last season is the past and we have to look forward.” The determination to keep improving has not only impressed Koeman but a number of international managers, too. Saints captain Jose Fonte was called up by Portugal for the first time on Friday, following on from Nathaniel Clyne’s selection by England the previous day. The right-back has played a key role in Southampton’s fine start to the campaign and Koeman rates as one of the best he has coached in the position. “I think everybody is agreed with that call because he’s doing a fantastic job and he’s still 23 years old and still a young player,” Koeman said. “He has had a great progression this season and is playing very good for the team. “He’s one of the best in his position because he’s defending good and he’s fast and he shows his physical side. “In the last minute against QPR, he made a run about 60 or 70 metres and that showed his spirit for the team and he’s a very good player.” Southampton defender Florin Gardos will be assessed before kick off. The Romania international missed last weekend’s win against QPR with a calf complaint and has only just returned to training. James Ward-Prowse (foot) and Rodriguez (knee) are long-term absentees, while Maya Yoshida (ankle) is also out. That success saw Southampton last season enjoy their best-ever Barclays Premier League campaign – a feat that saw Spurs come calling in the summer, with Pochettino and his staff lured to White Hart Lane. That exit led to a well-documented talent drain at St Mary’s, making the job done by successor Ronald Koeman so far this season all the more remarkable. Saints head to White Hart Lane on Sunday second in the standings and looking for a seventh successive win in all competitions – a start which has surprised fans and pundits alike, although seemingly not the Spurs boss. “Yes, why not? This is football,” Pochettino said. “When they start with a new project and new players and staff, why not? “In football the most important thing is belief and Southampton like a club have a great force, power and they believe and this is important. I am happy. “We have a lot of friends a lot of people I love in Southampton. I’m happy for their start in the league for the players, the people from the club. I have a very good memories.” This will be an emotional encounter for Pochettino but one in which Saints fans are unlikely to show much – if any – affection towards their former boss. “I don’t know [if the fans love me],” he said. “I love Southampton. I love a lot of people. Eyebrows were raised when the former Argentina defender replaced the popular Nigel Adkins at the St Mary’s helm in January 2013, yet the relative unknown quickly established himself as one of the finest managerial talents around. Pochettino’s attacking, high-pressing style earned widespread praise, as did the manner in which English talent like Adam Lallana, Luke Shaw and Jay Rodriguez flourished under his tutorship. Mauricio Pochettino still loves Southampton but knows that affection is unlikely to be reciprocated when his former side arrives at Tottenham this weekend. Press Association
By Scott MaloneRIO DE JANEIRO,(Reuters)-Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge won the men’s Olympic marathon with a dominating performance, running alone into the Sambadrome and finishing in two hours, eight minutes and 44 seconds yesterday.Ethiopia’s Feyisa Lilesa claimed the silver medal and American Galen Rupp took the bronze in humid conditions on a rain-slicked course.Kipchoge, 31, began to split the field after around 30 kilometers, starting with a group of a dozen runners about him that slowly dropped away until he ran the final kilometers alone.“It was a bit slow so I decided to take over. Maybe it was the rain, maybe not. Everyone wants a medal. I was coming here for gold,” said Kipchoge, who has won seven of the eight marathons he has entered, including two London Marathon victories.In previous Olympic appearances, in 2004 and 2008, he had competed in the 5,000 meters before shifting his focus to the longer distance.Rupp, 30, also made the transition from a short event but did so at the same Games, having finished fifth in the men’s 10,000 meters eight days ago.“I was emotionally drained after the 10K, but I got it out of the system and decided to have an attacking race,” Rupp said. “Maybe this is my best event.”It marked the third straight time a Kenyan had claimed a spot on the Olympic podium, following silver and bronze performances in 2012 and a 2008 gold.As he crossed the line, Lilesa raised his crossed arms in the air, a gesture of solidarity with members of his tribe who have faced violent government reprisals to their protests against a plan to redevelop farmland.Kipchoge’s victory came a week after compatriot Jemima Jelagat Sumgong won gold in the women’s marathon, marking the first time both races had been won by the same nation.Yesterday’s race was relatively slow for a world-class marathon, which several runners blamed on the wet conditions. But Kipchoge said he aspired to eventually break the marathon world record of 2:02:57, set by countryman Dennis Kimetto in 2014.“It is at the back of my mind, but I cannot say when,” Kipchoge said. “But I want to cap my career with a world record, yes.”Rupp tipped his hat to the victorious Kenyan.“It’s not like he’s a one-hit wonder where he ran one great race,” Rupp said. “He’s done it over and over and over again.”
New Delhi: The application for the post of the India women’s cricket team coach has seen plenty of twists and turns. The likes of Manoj Prabhakar and Herschelle Gibbs, who have been accused of match-fixing, are several applicants but the conundrum has deepened even further with Ramesh Powar, whose tenure was not renewed after India’s exit in the semi-final of the ICC Women’s World T20 in the West Indies, has reapplied for the post after getting strong support from India women’s skipper Harmanpreet Kaur. Speaking to PTI, Powar confirmed that he had applied. “”Yes, I have applied this evening because Smriti (Mandhana), Harmanpreet (Kaur) have supported me and I can’t let them (the girls) down by not applying,” said Powar.During the ICC Women’s World T20 semi-final, the team management including Powar and Harmanpreet dropped Mithali Raj, triggering a massive controversy. After returning home from the West Indies, Mithali went on to accuse Powar and COA member Diana Edulji of trying to destroy her and being biased against her. Powar, on his part, accused Mithali of threatening to retire midway into the World T20 after being denied the opening slot and creating chaos in the team. Following the controversy, the BCCI decided to invite fresh applications for the post and set the application deadline for December 14. Harmanpreet and Smriti have already said that they want Powar to continue while Mithali is against his return. Even the Committee of Administrators, comprising Vinod Rai and Diana Edulji, are at loggerheads over the women’s coach appointment.Read More | Gautam Gambhir farewell – When tension was dispelled in stylePoisoned chalice of women’s coachingFollowing the exit of Powar, there have been several names that have cropped up in the application for the post. However, one name that has garnered the most controversy is Manoj Prabhakar, who was banned for five years following the match-fixing scandal in 2000. What confounds the situation even more is that Prabhakar’s interview will be conducted by a panel headed by Kapil Dev, Anshuman Gaekwad and Shantha Rangaswamy.Read More | Adelaide, Johannesburg and Trent Bridge: India’s common gloryFrom their playing days till the match-fixing controversy 2000, acrimony between Prabhakar and Kapil is well known in Indian cricket circles. Following the scandal, Prabhakar had written in a column that named the player who offered him money to underperform to a ‘big gun’ in the government. But Prabhakar refused to name him in a public forum. However, IS Bindra, the former president of the BCCI, said Prabhakar had taken Kapil’s name. In an interview to the BBC, Kapil broke down and wept bitterly when asked about the allegations of matchfixing.Even the name of Gibbs, the former South Africa opening batsmen, is certain to draw some negative attention. Gibbs was handed a six-month ban for his involvement in the match-fixing saga but recently on his Twitter handle, Gibbs confirmed he had applied for the post of India women’s coach. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
2017 NPA LAGOS POLO Race for the prestigious Majekodunmi Cup starts WednesdayAfter an enthralling first week capped by the emergence of Leighton Kings and STL 57 as champions of the Open Cup and Silver Cup respectively, the final week of the 2017 NPA Lagos Polo International Tournament begins today with Lagos La Mansuri and Ibadan Oluyole galloping off proceedings in the medium-goal Low Cup.Other fixtures of the day in the tournament which has GTBank as main sponsor will see Lagos Balmoral International slugging it out with Kano Hago while Kano Nakudu and Lagos United battle for supremacy in the last match of the day.A record 12 teams comprising seven Lagos teams are participating in the Low Cup while three teams from Kano and two from Ibadan complete the list. Aside the home teams that are scheduled for action on Tuesday, Lagos Petrosmith, Lagos Eat N’ Go, Lagos Lintex and Caverton Sao Polo are the other home teams competing. Kano Agad and Ibadan Eleyele are the visiting teams.The 12 teams are divided into four leagues of three teams with league winners progressing to the semifinals.League 1 has Lintex, Petrosmith and Eat N’ Go while Agad, La Mansuri and Oluyole will jostle for the sole ticker in League 2.Caverton Sao Polo, Balmoral and Hago are the teams in League 3 and League 4 has Nakudu, Eleyele and United.Low Cup holders, Caverton Sao Polo look good to defend their title successfully with a balanced quartet of Seyi Oyinlola (0), Rotimi Makanjuola (+1), Abdulrahman Mohammed (+3) and 2016 MVP, Ahmadu Umar (+3).They are however likely to face a strong challenge from Balmoral who will feature Luqman Adebayo (+1), Mohammed Dangote (-1), Kwame Isa (+3) and a yet to be announced two-golaer.The prestigious Majekodunmi Cup will start on Wednesday with Lagos Fifth Chukker confronting Kano Keffi Ponys. Newly-formed Lagos Centaurs are the other team in the high-goal event.Centaurs will be formed by Bode Makanjuola (+1), Bashir Dantata (+3), Leroux Hendriks (+5) and Tom De Bruin (+7). Keffi Ponys have Ahmed Wadada (+1), Bello Buba (+4), Santiago Astrada (+6) and Alfredo Bigati, an Argentine six-goaler who will be playing in Nigeria for the first time.Lagos Fifth Chukker is made up of Babangida Hassan (+3), Adamu Atta (+3), Santiago Cernadas and Manuel Crespo, a seven-goaler voted as the Majekodunmi Cup MVP in 2016.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Facebook Twitter Google+ With three minutes remaining, the Carrier Dome crowd let the Notre Dame fans hear it. The couple hundred loyal Irish supporters became the target of the thousands of Syracuse fans to their left.The Orange held a five-goal lead and with the win secured, chants of ‘overrated’ were hurled in the direction of the Notre Dame fan section.Most of the fourth-largest regular-season crowd in Carrier Dome history left happily, as No. 4 Syracuse knocked off No. 1 Notre Dame 11-8 Saturday. The 14,751 spectators were vocal throughout and helped push the Orange to clinch at least a share of the Big East conference title.‘We had over 20,000 in the Meadowlands,’ SU head coach John Desko said. ‘And if that’s 14,000, that sounds more like 30,000. That’s the loudest crowd we’ve been in front of this year so far. We give our home fans some credit. It was great to have them come out and support us today.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe atmosphere was electric from start to finish, though the overwhelmingly pro-Orange crowd didn’t help Syracuse immediately. SU fell behind 2-0 early, and the Irish showed no signs of being affected by the raucous environment.Syracuse long-stick midfielder Joel White said he and his teammates were a little too hyped up at first. The jitters came on the defensive end. Desko said that unit failed to slide quickly enough against the Notre Dame offense early.‘We were a little too pumped up at first, and we had a few mistakes because of it,’ White said. ‘But at the same time, it’s great to have that crowd, and it helped juice us up and make our comeback.’The comeback came in the form of two separate 4-0 runs made by the Orange. SU reeled off four straight to turn a 2-0 deficit into a 4-2 lead. Later, it put the game out of reach with a run that gave Syracuse a commanding 8-3 lead.Notre Dame defender Kevin Ridgway said the crowd didn’t have too much of an effect on the game, but that it does highlight any small mistakes a team makes. Notre Dame finished with 17 turnovers to SU’s eight. That included seven in the fourth quarter while the Irish tried to make a comeback.‘I don’t think it’s really that much of a factor,’ Ridgway said. ‘Little plays are magnified by how many people there are in the stands, but you settle in.’Ultimately, it was the Orange who settled in best. Riding the emotion from the crowd, Syracuse put up 11 goals on what was the nation’s best statistical defense coming into the game.Desko and the SU players agreed it was the liveliest environment the team has been in so far in 2011.Said Desko: ‘I thought the crowd was incredible to have that many people here in the Carrier Dome to watch a great lacrosse game.’Handle with careComing into Saturday’s matchup, Syracuse was averaging 14.2 turnovers per game.Desko said that was a big topic of discussion in the week heading into the Orange’s matchup with Notre Dame.‘We knew that against such a great defense, we’d have to value our possessions,’ he said.SU did just that Saturday in its 11-8 win, committing a season-low eight turnovers against the Fighting Irish. The Orange coughed the ball up just four times in the first three quarters before four more giveaways in the fourth ballooned that number to eight.‘We talked about turnovers going in,’ Desko said. ‘And there’s a fine line because we have to be able to push the ball to the center of their defense once in a while because they do slide so quickly. But you don’t want to commit too many turnovers as a result.’There were some occasions where passes got away from the Orange, but the possessions were salvaged through SU hustle and a few fortunate bounces.After a Tom Palasek goal put SU up 3-2 in the first quarter, Jeremy Thompson pulled the faceoff back toward his goal. Senior Jovan Miller chased it down and sent a long pass back to goalie John Galloway. The pass sailed high, but Galloway managed to get a piece of it with his stick and chased it down before it crossed the end line.On the other end, Notre Dame was not so fortunate, committing 17 turnovers — 11 of them officially caused by Syracuse.‘They do a great job of getting that last check in,’ Notre Dame head coach Kevin Corrigan said. ‘They do a great job of scraping passing lanes and knocking balls down and doing that stuff. … I think we contributed way too much to the turnovers at the offensive end.’email@example.com@syr.edu Published on April 30, 2011 at 12:00 pm Comments