Alternative rice products see double digit growth in demand amid trade disruption

first_imgThe market for foreign rice varieties in Indonesia is relatively small compared to regular rice. According to the latest available data compiled by the Agriculture Ministry, Indonesia imported 295,714 tons of “special” rice varieties compared to 987,500 tons of medium-grain rice in 2016.Read also: Ministry ramps up rice production amid farmers’ lossesThe special rice varieties comprise Thai hom mali, basmati, japonica, brown and low-glycemic rice, according to the ministry’s data.Despite the niche market for the products, Hery said the worldwide disruptions to trade had impacted rice imports, increasing demand for the cooperative’s products. According to Statistics Indonesia (BPS) data, the country booked a 14.28 percent year-on-year (yoy) decrease in imports between January and June.Furthermore, the rise of Indonesia’s upper-middle class has also supported demand growth for more expensive special rice varieties, which are considered healthier than regular rice.“We are targeting the growing upper-middle class segment. As they’re extremely concerned with product quality, we pack our products neatly and market them through online marketplaces to attract customers,” he said.Amid the growing demand for special rice varieties, Hery said high-quality seeds and fertilizers were crucial for successful cultivation. However, he added that the seeds sometimes were difficult to find.Meanwhile, the chairperson of the Bali-based Jagadhita Farming Cooperative, Nyoman Suma Artha, voiced similar concerns, and urged the government to focus on improving fertilizer and seed quality to increase yields.Nyoman said farmers in Bali could increase their rice production, in yield per hectare, by up to 5 tons by using high-quality fertilizers and seeds, double the yield rate of lower quality fertilizers.“We could produce between 8 to 10 tons of dried grains [per ha] if we use high-quality fertilizers and the right techniques, while lower quality fertilizers and seeds produce only around 5 tons [per ha],” he said.The Agriculture Ministry has set a rice production target of 62.5 million tons for 2021, 5 percent higher than this year’s target.Read also: Virus, climate change cause food shortages in parts of IndonesiaThe government has allocated Rp 18.4 trillion (US$1.26 billion) for the ministry’s 2021 budget, of which around half has been allocated for programs to ensure the availability and accessibility of high-quality food.However, Agriculture Minister Syahrul Yasin Limpo said on July 7 that the allocation would not be enough to finance policies to ramp up food production, and proposed an additional Rp 10 trillion in next year’s state budget to finance its planned policies.“The Rp 18.4 trillion budget allocated to the ministry for 2021 is far from sufficient for the economy to recover after the COVID-19 pandemic in villages that heavily rely on agriculture, and to meet the food production target set in the government’s working plan,” Syahrul said in a hearing with the House of Representatives.In 2019, prolonged drought led to a decline in Indonesia’s rice production, which was down 13.2 percent year-on-year to 16.1 million tons in the first half of 2020, according to the World Food Programme’s (WFP) Indonesia office.Topics : The disruptions to trade and falling imports caused by the COVID-19 pandemic have led to a double-digit increase in demand for locally produced, high-quality, alternative rice products, farmer cooperatives have reported.Sales of high-quality foreign rice varieties and organic rice products such as Japonica rice, Basmati rice, Jasmine rice, and high-protein black rice have increased by 20 percent, Mintogoro Cooperative chairperson Hery Sugiarto told The Jakarta Post on Monday. The cooperative is based in Demak, Central Java.“Alhamdulillah [thank God] the pandemic impacted our business positively rather than the other way around, as demand for our products has increased 20 percent,” he said during an online webinar held by the Indonesian Seed Cooperative (Kobeta).last_img read more

Swiss multi-employer schemes criticise regulator over risk proposals

first_imgHowever, Sergio Bortolin, president of the association of collective pension funds in Switzerland, the Inter-Pension, said this policy “cannot be executed”.  Bertolin – who is also managing director of the CHF16bn (€14bn) Asga multi-employer pension fund – argued that the regulation was “completely superfluous” as local authorities already had the means to assess the risks related to collective pension plans.“The OAK is exceeding its authority with this directive,” he added. Asga is the largest independent Gemeinschaftseinrichtung in Switzerland, serving over 12,000 companies, mostly SMEs. It would not fall under the new regulation as companies joining with their pension plans are integrated into the overall risk and return structure.In Sammelstiftungen, however, each client – whether a one-person business or one with 1,000 employees – has a separate pension plan within the collective.In the note published with its draft proposal, the OAK said the current legal framework only included very few special regulations for collective pension plans.The regulator cited such Sammelstiftungen’s “complex structures” and the fact that multi-employer pension plans operated in competition with other providers.“Compared to company pension plans these characteristics provide additional requirements particularly regarding governance, transparency and security of funding,” the OAK stated.Swiss stakeholders have until mid-January 2019 to comment on the draft during the consultation phase. The top Swiss pension supervisor Oberaufsichtskommission (OAK) wants to give local regulators more power over multi-employer schemes, as more pension plans are being transferred.With increasing regulatory demands and a continued low interest rate environment, many smaller company pension plans have been joining so-called Sammelstiftungen – collective foundations – or other Gemeinschaftseinrichtungen, which are multi-employer plans organised in a vehicle other than a foundation.Additionally, Axa Winterthur – a major pension provider to small and medium-sized businesses – announced earlier this year that it would no longer offer full insurance cover for its 40,000 clients but instead offer them individual pension plans, transferring some of the risk to these businesses.Under the amended regulatory framework proposed by the OAK, each of these individual plans would have to be assessed by an expert who would look at longevity risk, investments and other parameters.last_img read more

Arsenal keeper stretchered off in agony off at Brighton

first_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Maupay had been the Brighton player challenging Leno for the ball when he fell. Read Also: Video: Chelsea new signing Werner speaks to fans after massive deal Already hit by injuries to Granit Xhaka and Pablo Mari in their 3-0 defeat at Manchester City on Wednesday, Leno’s departure was another blow to Gunners boss Mikel Arteta. Arteta was also missing Brazilian defender David Luiz, who was sent off against City. Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno was stretchered off after suffering a potentially serious injury during the first half of his side’s Premier League clash at Brighton on Saturday. Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno was injured at Brighton Leno screamed in pain after sliding awkwardly when he came to collect the ball just inside his own penalty area. The German seemed to twist his knee and was given oxygen during several minutes of treatment on the pitch before being taken off. Leno appeared frustrated with Brighton forward Neal Maupay, shouting and pointing a finger at him while being stretchered to the tunnel.Advertisement Loading…last_img read more

Grant cannot fathom Mata exclusion

first_img “I personally don’t understand (why he left Mata out),” Grant told BBC Radio Five Live’s Sportsweek programme. “But in this position Chelsea have so many players, so if Oscar, Eden Hazard, or Willian are out people will ask why they are out of the squad or team. “Mata was one of the best players in the midfield in the last year. “A manager needs to take a decision and in this case it’s a tough decision. Jose will know how to manage them well.” Asked if Mata had a future at Chelsea, Grant added: “I think yes. He’s a great player, he’s won games, gave assists and scored goals. “Chelsea have many players in this position, maybe one more than they need, but that can also be an advantage.” Grant succeeded Mourinho when the Portuguese was sacked in 2007, but his own reign lasted just one season. Abramovich is reported to have a significant say on team selection and transfer targets at Stamford Bridge, but Grant insists it is the manager who calls the shots. Mata, last season’s player of the year, was omitted from the squad altogether for Saturday’s 2-0 Barclays Premier League victory over Fulham, placing his future under renewed doubt. Napoli are reported to be considering an approach in January and it has been reported that Mourinho’s sparing use of the playmaker has caused friction with owner Roman Abramovich. Former Chelsea manager Avram Grant cannot understand why Jose Mourinho has marginalised Juan Mata, but insists the Spaniard still has a future at Stamford Bridge. When asked how often Abramovich interfered in picking his side, Grant responded: “Never. He didn’t do it and I don’t think he did it with any manager. This is a story that isn’t true. “Abramovich has spent a lot of money at Chelsea and so has the right to say his opinion. “But at the end of the day the manager made the decisions and he never said do this or that. “When we spoke about football he’d say what his opinion is, but so did the chief executive. But it was the manager’s decision and he would support that decision. “No one can complain because managers know his philosophy, they know when they sign what will happen if they don’t do well. “I’ve known him a long time and he never took a decision against me. If a manager said ‘I don’t want this player’, he will not buy him.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Joe Hart denies below-par Manchester City are lacking leaders after Stoke loss

first_img “Conditions were tough but that’s English football – I said before the game no-one would be able to walk of the pitch with an excuse. “It’s not like the wind got up four seconds before kick-off – we knew what we were coming into and Stoke knew what they were coming in to. “A few of the lads are feeling it from the amount of games we’re playing but that’s not an excuse.” Defender Nicolas Otamendi, who has looked relatively comfortable in central defence alongside Kompany or Mangala but was shaky paired with Demichelis, believes they lacked the necessary attitude to win at the Britannia. “Obviously the conditions didn’t suit the way we play but we can’t honestly use that as an excuse,” he said. “We may have lacked a bit of attitude on the pitch but we must look to the next game. We need to show a better impression. “We didn’t perform well but the team always fights and we’ll get a good result next time. “Credit to Stoke, they are strong at home and the conditions suited their style of play and they had a good performance. “Things didn’t go as we expected. We will now look forward to the next game, try to get three points and forget about this game. “We need to keep working hard. We need to keep focused defensively and we need to work hard to amend these errors.” Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart admits the team’s performances have dropped below the minimum required recently but he denies they are suffering from a lack of leadership. But Hart, returning to the side after injury himself and captaining in the absence of Kompany, believes they have enough quality to cope without the influential Belgium international. “We’ve got a great squad and Vinny is a massive part of it but Nico (Otamendi), Martin (Demichelis) and Manga (Eliaquim Mangala – suspended for the Stoke game) are good centre-halves,” he told CityTV. “After a 2-0 loss it’s probably easy to say [Kompany was missed] but we’ll stick together as a squad, work for each other and get through this.” A fourth away game without a win – and the third in a row on the road without a goal – has seen City overtaken by Leicester and Arsenal at the top of the Premier League. Hart admits they have to raise their game, starting on Tuesday when they host Borussia Munchengladbach needing a win and a favour from Sevilla to top their Champions League group – from which they have already qualified – to give them a much-needed easier quarter-final draw. “At the level we’re playing at, we need to turn out performances of seven out of 10 at least every week and rely on some players to produce eights and nines,” added the England international. “That’s how we should be playing and we’re not. Credit to Stoke – I thought they deserved to win. “It was a disappointing start (conceding after just seven minutes) and we couldn’t recover from it. We didn’t play well. Manuel Pellegrini’s side were out-played in every department in the 2-0 defeat at Stoke in which Marko Arnautovic scored twice from assists from the excellent Xherdan Shaqiri and could easily have had a couple more at a windswept Britannia Stadium. City’s defence have recorded just two clean sheets in the last 18 matches, after not conceding a goal in their opening five games of the season, and it is no coincidence the absence of captain Vincent Kompany to injury has affected their stability at the back. Press Associationlast_img read more

Strong IGG table tennis team named

first_imgTHE Guyana Table Tennis Association (GTTA) has named a strong team to represent the country in the table tennis competition of the multi-sport Inter-Guiana ‘Goodwill’ Games. Players are expected to begin group training from today as they prepare for the October 20-24 event in Guyana. The team, which comprises six core players and four backup players, includes Boys: Shemar Britton, Elishaba Johnson, Kyle Edghill, Miguel Wong, and Nicholas Romain, while on the distaff side there are Priscilla Greaves, Selenas Jackman, Nevaeh Clarkson, Davonna Best, and Aneka Phillips.The team is largely made up of players who were selected for the event last year before that hosting of the Games was cancelled. Although the players have all been training individually with their respective clubs, national coach Linden Johnson said that the team will begin training collectively from today at the National Gymnasium.Johnson hinted that training for the squad will be tough because all the players have pressing academic commitments. They also have to work with the availability schedule of the Gymnasium since other sporting disciplines will be using the facility in their preparations.Johnson indicated that while the training will be tough for the players, they have all signalled their willingness to make the sacrifice to put in the work needed.“The training will be effective from tomorrow. We had to work out the schedule for training because not only table tennis will be training for the Games so we had to make way for other sports also at Gymnasium.“We will play from 17:00hrs. Some of our players are at school so they will come off sometimes at 20:30hrs, after lessons, and these players will train from about 21:00hrs to 23.00hrs. They are making the sacrifice to do the training,” Johnson said.The Guyana team will compete with a team from Suriname at the Games, and rumour has it that Suriname is looking to field a fierce team. Johnson says the Guyana side will not be taking any chances and will be preparing as hard as ever.“The Goodwill is just around the corner and we want to take no chances with Suriname; also they might be bringing players from Holland, so we have to get our strongest team. We’re going to be training every day.It’s a pretty good team, we have a lot of confidence in them as a team. Even though they haven’t been training as a team as yet, they’ve all been doing their individual training, so we stand a good chance,” Johnson commented.Apart from table tennis, teams from Guyana and Suriname will also compete in athletics, swimming, volleyball, futsal and basketball. Both athletics and swimming have already named their teams for the event. Athletics has a 28-member team while swimming has a 12-member team, as well as two reserves.last_img read more

Junior athletes perform well at Independence Meet

first_imgSPRINT double wins from Linden’s Compton Caesar and Daniel Williams were just some of the highlights from several of the athletes on the national junior team at the Independence Track and Field Meet that concluded yesterday at the National Track and Field Centre, in Leonora.CARIFTA Games gold medalist, Chantoba Bright during one of her jumps in the women’s long jump on Saturday (photo by Tamica Garnett)As they prepare for this weekend’s South American Junior Championships, several athletes from the national Under- 20 team gave a glimpse of how well they can perform at next weekend’s South American Junior Championships which will be held at the same venue.CARIFTA Games gold medallist, Compton Caesar continued in fine form to blaze ahead of GDF’s Rupert Perry in the men’s 200m to claim the sprint double, while Williams did the same in the boys’ 16 – 17 category.On the distaff side, Onasha Rogers won the girls’ 200m challenge against Guyana Defence Force’s Kenisha Phillips, in a season’s best 24.48 seconds. Finishing some way behind Rogers, Phillips clocked 24.70 seconds.The timings come just one week before the athletes compete at next weekend’s South American Junior Championships at the same venue. Several of the athletes from the National under-20 team also put out commendable performances; in many cases dominating their senior counterparts.For the 200m win, Caesar completed the race in a time of 21.42 seconds. Just the day before he was again in front of Perry, taking the men’s 100m in 10.47 seconds. Finishing in third was South American Youth Championships silver medalist, Tyrell Peters who clocked 10.72 seconds.Peters is also on the national under 20 team.Linden’s Daniel Williams comes in for an easy win in the 200m for boys 16-17 yesterday (Adrian Narine photo)CARIFTA Games gold medallist Chantoba Bright,as was expected, won the long jump and triple jump, clearing a best of 5.96m in the long jump on Saturday, and 12.18m in yesterday’s triple jump.Williams was just too good for the other competitors in the 200m which he won convincinly in 22.10 seconds.In Saturday’s 100m he clocked 10.80 seconds. Both times he finished ahead of Jermaine King.Over in the long distances, Anfernee Headecker overwhelmed his competitors in the men’s 1500m run, finishing in just over four minutes (4:06), ahead of Matthew McKenzie who came in at 4:15.08s.Claudrice McKoy ruled the women’s 1500m with a time of 4:51.16s; followed by Leyanna Charles who had a time of 5:05.89s.last_img read more

No. 12 UW men’s hockey team set for WCHA home opener

first_imgAJ MACLEAN/Herald photoFans can welcome WCHA hockey back to the Kohl Center this weekend as the No. 12 Badger men’s hockey team hosts Alaska-Anchorage in a two-game series.For the Seawolves (2-2-0, 0-0-0 WCHA), this will be their first conference action of the year. They recently split a series with rival Alaska-Fairbanks, a team that went into Minnesota and took three of four points earlier this season.The Badgers (2-1-1, 1-0-1 WCHA) came home from a series at St. Cloud State last weekend with three league points after a tie and a win. They currently sit in second place in the WCHA behind Minnesota.These teams last met in the WCHA playoffs last season, when the Seawolves took the Badgers to three games in the opening round at the Coliseum. Each game was won by a single goal as the Badgers barely squeaked by Alaska-Anchorage into the WCHA Frozen Five.”When you battle in a playoff series, you can end someone’s season, and we ended theirs last year,” sophomore forward Joe Pavelski said. “So, they’re going to want a little revenge, and I think guys have to realize that.”In a match-up marked by physical play, that revenge may be about more than just points on the board. In the regular-season series at the Kohl Center last year, the Badgers and Seawolves scuffled several times, resulting in 11 roughing calls and one 10-minute misconduct. The teams cleaned up their act a little more in the playoffs, but fans should expect a blue-collar style of play.Besides physical play, the Badgers can also expect solid goaltending from UAA. Senior John DeCaro, who took over for Nathan Lawson in the Seawolves’ Oct. 15 game against Vermont and has played ever since. DeCaro has given up only three goals in almost seven periods of play. He is second in the conference with a 1.34 goals against average.DeCaro, however, will have to contend with a Badger offense led by the line of Pavelski, Robbie Earl and senior captain Adam Burish. Earl leads the team with five points on the season while Pavelski leads the team in goals with three, including two from last Saturday’s win over St. Cloud State.”I think every team better look at and say with that group, they better have their best people on the ice when they play against them because they are very talented,” head coach Mike Eaves said of his talented forwards. “When they work hard, they’re as good as anybody.”Last season, the Badgers seemed to get scoring from almost any line at any time. While the team didn’t have any players near the conference leaders in scoring, Wisconsin was loaded with scorers in the middle of the pack. This season, the other lines have yet to produce as effectively as last season, but there may still be hope.”I think it’s going to come from everybody eventually,” said Eaves. “On Friday night, Jake Dowell’s line was the line that stepped up. The next night it was Pavelski’s line. If we get all cylinders firing, we think every line can contribute.”Until every line starts contributing, the Badgers will continue to rely on Pavelski, Earl and Burish for offense. Eaves continues to experiment with different looks on some of the lines, while the top line has been together since last season.”We’ve been with each other for over a year now. We kind of know each other,” Earl said. “But we’re just expected to do our job, and our job is to put up points, and I think just create a lot of offense and cause havoc for the [other] team.”Wisconsin may not need a lot of offense if goaltender Brian Elliott continues to play as well as he has of late. Elliott had 35 saves in a tie with St. Cloud State last Friday night, and he currently sits third in the WCHA with a .937 save percentage. In his last five conference matches, Elliot has gone 4-0-1 with a 1.18 goals-against average.With goaltending like that, and an offense that seems ready to break through, the Seawolves will have a tough weekend on their hands. The Badgers have won nine of their last 12 contests with UAA, and they look to continue that success this weekend.last_img read more

Badgers get back to work

first_imgUW quaterback Scott Tolzien was surrounded by several new faces in the Badger huddle due to injuries against Iowa, but Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema says all those hurt could be ready to play Saturday.[/media-credit]The past few weeks have been physically and emotionally draining for the Wisconsin Football team.But coming off the bye week, and some much-needed rest, the players seem rejuvenated and full of energy at practice, according to head coach Bret Bielema.“On Tuesday when I came into that meeting room I could really just feel the energy,” Bielema said.The players had a daunting task in front of them with games against Ohio State and Iowa, but UW got the job done and used the bye week to rest up for the final four games of the regular season.Getting healthy, ready for PurdueLooking to come out strong from the bye week should be made easier with the return of a few key players. Wide Receiver Nick Toon is one of many injured Badgers expected to return to the playing field against Purdue.“He has been at practice and looks good to go,” Bielema said.Also, it appears as though Lance Kendricks, Peter Konz, and Mike Taylor will all be back in action this Saturday as all three have shown signs of improvement.Running Back James White, who suffered a knee sprain early on against Iowa, has seen a faster than expected recovery. Bielema attributes the reason for such rapid improvement being a result of White receiving assurance of only minimal amount of damage to his knee. The coaches are going to be careful with White’s injury but the hope is that he can contribute Saturday against the Boilermakers.“I saw [White] run around on Sunday and he won’t be in full speed on Tuesday but hopefully he will by the end of the week,” Bielema said.The Badger offense will be looking for continued success after piling up 31 points on a stingy Iowa defense in their last outing. Saturday provides a different challenge in West Lafayette, but for Bielema and the Badgers the plan remains the same.“For us to have success this weekend, we are going to have to stick to our formula, and the formula doesn’t change, only the tactics,” Bielema said.Purdue is coming off of two difficult back to back road loses against Ohio State and Illinois, however the Boilermakers played well in their last home game against Minnesota.The Badgers understand the challenge any road environment presents, but after a week off and plenty of rest, Bielema expects his team to head to Purdue with a lot of energy.“We have to embrace the challenge again of going on the road,” he said. “Our kids are going to be excited to play.”Resilience under center An important aspect to the Badgers’ offensive efficient has been quarterback Scott Tolzien’s durability and resilience, both physically and mentally.Tolzien has proven he overcomes adversity and comes back strong. According to Coach Bielema, one of Tolzien’s idols is Brett Favre, for his perseverance and toughness to find a way to get back out there. Tolzien has some of that same fire to find a way to get on the field, not only in the game but in practice as well.“If I cut practice, I am going to have to answer to Scott. If I cut plays out or 5-10 minutes, he is going to want to know why,” Bielema said. “That’s what makes him who he is.”Focused on the task at handWith Iowa defeating Michigan State this past weekend, the Badgers are in a great position right now to be serious contenders in the Big Ten title race, which could land them in a BCS bowl game.The speculation and bowl projections are fun for fans to look at, but now more than ever, Bielema needs his team to embrace the 1-0 mentality.“If you don’t take care of business this week, then it is all for nothing,” Bielema said. “I think this group of guys probably gets that better than years past. The reason they are in the position they are in is they take it one week at a time.”last_img read more

IHOC : Orange, Mercyhurst resume heated rivalry in conference tournament

first_imgMegan Skelly dejectedly watched as the Mercyhurst players celebrated by thrusting the College Hockey America championship trophy high above their heads.The sting was a familiar feeling for the deflated Syracuse team, which lost to the Lakers in the title game for the second consecutive season.‘During the game I actually thought we were going to win. It was such a heartbreaker,’ Skelly said. ‘It was so hard to watch them get a trophy, standing there and celebrating on the ice. We’ve had some very chippy, tough games, and to see them win for so many years definitely fuels the fire.’SU (10-21-3, 1-8-3 CHA) is set to renew its rivalry with Mercyhurst (22-6-3, 8-1-3 CHA) when the team travels to Moon Township, Pa., to square off against the top-seeded Lakers at noon Friday in the first round of the CHA tournament. Mercyhurst has won all nine conference championships since the CHA began in 2002, so the Orange needs a well-balanced effort to spark an upset and end the Lakers dominant run.Head coach Paul Flanagan has had reason to cringe when his team faces Mercyhurst. The Orange has never recorded a win against the Lakers in its four-year program history, going 0-17-1 all-time against the Lakers. SU’s narrow 5-4 loss in last year’s CHA tournament championship was one of the closest games it has ever played against the Lakers.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe heartbreak remains with the SU players. Visions of the hoisted, beaming trophy remind them of what could have been. But the Orange geared its anger toward its struggles this season to try to avenge its losses to Mercyhurst and finally dismiss its bad fortunes.Junior defender Jacquie Greco said Syracuse will use that championship loss as a source of motivation when the puck drops.‘Every time we play Mercyhurst we use that (anger) to our advantage,’ Greco said. ‘We know how they play, we hate how they play and we would like nothing more than to beat them, especially in a playoff game when it really counts.’The rivalry between the two programs has raged all season. During a regular-season matchup Feb. 10, emotions quickly escalated.With time winding down in the third period and a probable 6-2 win at hand for the Lakers, senior Kelley Steadman reached over and ripped off an SU player’s helmet as she skated to the net. The Orange immediately retaliated and a scuffle broke out.It was a cheap play by Steadman. But Flanagan said that his team will need to prove its toughness by taking those blows and earning the respect of the Mercyhurst players.‘The penalty was a complete lack of sportsmanship on their part, but our team has to garner that respect,’ Flanagan said. ‘We shouldn’t be worried about what they might do. Instead, we need to worry about taking care of business ourselves. We need to beat this team.’Strategically, the Orange will rely on short bursts of momentum to capitalize against the Lakers. That starts with sacrificing their bodies on defense. Blocked shots by defenders and big saves from sophomore goaltender Kallie Billadeau are small things that SU must do to win.Beating Mercyhurst for the first time in program history will require the ultimate sacrifice. But Skelly said her moment of celebration against Mercyhurst is long overdue.‘I’ve wanted to beat Mercyhurst for four years,’ Skelly said. ‘To beat them would be a huge relief. It’s like a stepping stone for the program of the future. We’re only focusing on one game at a time, but if we can get a win, it would be amazing.’awmirmin@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 29, 2012 at 12:00 pmcenter_img Commentslast_img read more