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China threatens to ‘counter-attack’ US over Hong Kong curbs

first_imgBeijing reacted angrily to the moves, saying it was “detrimental to both sides”.”Any words and actions that harm the interests of China will be met with counter-attacks on the Chinese side,” said foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian at a press briefing Monday.He said that Washington’s measures “seriously interfere in China’s internal affairs and undermine US-China relations”.China’s rubber-stamp parliament on Thursday approved the plans for the law, which would punish secession, subversion of state power, terrorism and acts that endanger national security — as well as allow Chinese security agencies to operate openly in Hong Kong. Beijing warned Washington Monday of retaliation after President Donald Trump announced restrictions on Chinese students in the US in protest against a new national security law in Hong Kong.China also said ongoing unrest in the US highlighted its severe problems of racism and police violence — and exposed Washington’s double standards in supporting Hong Kong’s protesters.The two sides have clashed repeatedly on different topics and on Friday Trump said he would restrict Chinese graduate students and start reversing the special status enjoyed by semi-autonomous Hong Kong in customs and other areas. The move followed seven months of huge and sometimes violent pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong last year.It was condemned by pro-democracy activists and Western nations as another attempt to chip away at the city’s freedoms.Hong Kong police on Monday banned an upcoming vigil marking the Tiananmen crackdown anniversary citing the coronavirus pandemic, the first time the gathering has been halted in three decades.The candlelight June 4 vigil usually attracts huge crowds and is the only place on Chinese soil where such a major commemoration of the anniversary is still allowed.In Beijing, Zhao also seized on ongoing anti-racism protests in the US to accuse the US of hypocrisy, calling racism “a chronic disease of American society”.Washington’s response to the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, at the hands of police was a “textbook example of its world-famous double standards”, Zhao said.”Why does the US lionize the so-called Hong Kong independence and black violence elements as heroes and activists, while calling people who protest against racism ‘rioters’?” Zhao asked.Protests and rallies, sometimes violent, were sweeping the United States over the death of Floyd. The US Department of Defense said that around 5,000 National Guard troops had been mobilized in 15 states as well as the capital, with another 2,000 on standby.Beijing has long been infuriated by criticism from Western governments — especially the United States — over its crackdown on protesters in Hong Kong.Foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying took aim at Washington on Saturday.”I can’t breathe,” she said on Twitter, with a screenshot of a tweet by US State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus that had criticised China’s policy in Hong Kong.Hua was quoting the words Floyd was heard saying repeatedly before his death in Minneapolis — after a police officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes.The police officer has since been charged with third-degree murder.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Falling property prices dragging household wealth down: CoreLogic

first_img What the Budget offers home buyers Budget commits to ‘most ambitious to date’ megacity More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus13 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market13 hours agoMost households “will likely remain in a position whereby the value of their assets is significantly higher than their debt”, Mr Kusher said. Capital city living for less than $45,000 Young, single and snapping up property Total value of household assets and liabilities — CoreLogic Property Pulse 04/04/19But, he warned, “no doubt an increasing number of recent property purchasers will have higher levels of debt than the value of their asset”.“This is probably an area of most concern for the RBA. If this leads to reduced consumer expenditure an in-turn slower economic growth, it may be a trigger for either lower official interest rates or changes to mortgage lending policies (or both).” Ratios of interest payments to disposable income — CoreLogic Property Pulse 04/04/19This as latest data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics put net household worth at $10.2 trillion — which is the lowest level it’s been since September 2017 — with a big portion of that drop coming off falling property values. BUDGET 2019 Housing debt was at 28.3 per cent of total housing assets — the highest level it’s been since September 2014, with CoreLogic research analyst Cameron Kusher warning asset values were falling as debt increased.“It is important to understand that if asset values fall, the value of the debt typically doesn’t reduce at the same speed, which can lead to asset value erosion.” The fear for RBA is those households that have higher levels of debt than the value of their asset.Mr Kusher said “if household debt levels haven’t declined by the time interest rates rise, it could create more challenges for households”.Overall household wealth dropped in both the September and December quarters last year, so much so that they sat -1.6 per cent below June 2018.The assets of Aussie households were valued at $12.6 trillion at the end of last year, ABS data found, but household liabilities rose 1.5 per cent to $2.4 trillion, which put net worth at $10.2 trillion, the latest CoreLogic Property Pulse said. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58 Latest ABS data has put national household net worth at $10.2 trillion. Picture: Richard Walker.If you’re feeling a bit poorer today, here’s a very good reason why — and also the reason you need to go for broke now, according to experts.Debt levels in Australian homes have hit record highs with families putting more of their income towards paying down borrowing — effectively trying to go for broke while interest rates are low, according to latest figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics and CoreLogic analysis.About 9.1 per cent of household disposable income was going on interest payments in December — the highest level it’s been since September 2013, according to CoreLogic research analyst Cameron Kusher. “Despite the cash rate tracking at generational lows, households are paying a proportionally higher share of interest than they have in many years.” MORE REAL ESTATE NEWS Mortgage stress up nationally, down in QLD FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOKlast_img read more

50 Shades? The Neurological Consequences of Sadomasochism

first_imgPublic Discourse 17 February 2015Another strange sign of our age appeared more recently, with the enormous popularity of Fifty Shades of Grey, which has sold an astonishing 100 million copies, and set a record in the UK as the fastest-selling paperback of all time. The story depicts a young female ingénue who is gradually initiated by a wealthy and powerful man into a BDSM sexual arrangement—Bondage, Discipline, Dominance, Submission, Sadism and Masochism— in which she acts as his “submissive.” The heavily marketed movie version of 50 Shades of Grey was released on Valentine’s Day, raking in $94 million over its opening weekend.Tom Wolfe’s observations suggest that the random impersonal sexual encounter is a defining feature of our day and age. Likewise, the enormous popularity of Fifty Shades suggests that interest in the world of BDSM may be another. What should we make of this? Is there any cause for concern here?Fifty Shades: A Model of AbuseMy purpose here is not to examine the literary merit of Fifty Shades of Grey (or the lack thereof). Instead, I’m going to examine the phenomenon of BDSM from the perspective of a psychiatrist.In 2013, social scientist Amy Bonomi of Michigan State University published an interesting study titled “‘Double crap!’ abuse and harmed identity in Fifty Shades of Grey.” In this study, the relationship depicted in the story was assessed for characteristics of “intimate partner violence,” using widely accepted standards from the CDC for emotional abuse and sexual violence.This study found that nearly every interaction between the male and female protagonists in the book, Christian and Anastasia, was emotionally abusive. Their relationship includes typical features of abusive relationships, such as stalking, intimidation, and isolation. In fact, the book’s pervasive sexual violence meets the CDC’s definition of sexual abuse—including Christian’s use of alcohol to overcome Ana’s reluctance to consent. The researchers also found that Ana exhibited classic signs of an abused woman, including the sense of a constant perceived threat, stressful coping styles, and an altered sense of identity.A second study published in 2014 by the same author looked at 650 women aged 18-24; it found that the women who had read the book were more likely than those who had not read the book to exhibit signs of eating disorders and have a verbally abusive partner. Women who read all three books in the Fifty Shades trilogy were found to be at increased risk of engaging in binge drinking and having multiple sex partners—known risks associated with being in an abusive relationship.There are limitations to this study: it did not distinguish whether women experienced the health behaviors before or after reading the books, so we cannot say whether the book contributed to these behavioral problems. It’s entirely possible that some women were more drawn to the book because they struggled with these behavioral issues already. But Bonomi argues that the findings are problematic either way. As she explains it:If women experienced adverse health behaviors such as disordered eating first, reading ‘Fifty Shades’ might reaffirm those experiences and potentially aggravate related trauma. Likewise, if they read ‘Fifty Shades’ before experiencing the health behaviors seen in our study, it’s possible the books influenced the onset of these behaviors.The Problem of ConsentThose who defend BDSM, like those who defend the campus hook-up scene, usually rest their case on one element and one element alone. That element is not love. That element is not fidelity. That element is not commitment. It’s not even pleasure.That element is consent.This one feature is seen as all-important and decisive. On this social contract model, as long as both partners consent, then everything is okay. As long as both partners consent, no one is harmed in the process. In Fifty Shades, although Ana is ambivalent and reluctant—it takes her a while to warm up to the BDSM arrangement—she eventually consents to the masochistic/submissive role. Well, then, no harm, no foul. Right?Wrong.First, people often consent to things that they are not really comfortable with; they do so for many different reasons and under many different social pressures. We see this clearly in Ana’s reluctance to sign Christian’s contract. Second, people often consent to things that turn out to be quite harmful to them. For consent to be authentic consent, it must be truly informed. To consent, people must understand the risks of what they are agreeing to do. This is a basic tenet of medical ethics, and it applies here as well.I recall one patient I treated, a young man who was one of the smartest people I’ve ever met. He was in a committed relationship with a similarly brilliant but troubled young woman. She wanted him to hit her during sex. He consented . . . sort of. That is, he agreed, and he did it, but he never really liked it. He was always reluctant. It troubled him, and eventually it got in the way of things. The relationship, as you might expect, eventually fell apart. read more

Utilise your playing time well, Udeze urges Ighalo on his birthday

first_img Although the hiatus has proven chaotic for football it could actually play into United’s hands as they will go into the remainder of the campaign with a fully fit squad as their injured players have had time to recover. Former Super Eagles defender, Ifeanyi Udeze, has urged Odion Ighalo to utilise his playing time with Manchester United as the club prepare to take on Tottenham Hotspurs in the Premier League restart on Friday. Although it is likely that the Nigerian would be introduced from the bench, Udeze believes Ighalo could prove himself by changing the tune of the match. Ighalo almost scored from the bench on his debut at Stamford Bridge, missing a late chance one on one when put through on goal by Fred. United won the game anyway, and it was more of a blown opportunity personally than for the team. Then came the draw with Everton at Goodison. Ighalo was a late substitute and spurned a great chance from close range to score a winner. This one was more disappointing. Ighalo came off the bench in the home win against former club Watford and so nearly got on the scoresheet, rounding the goalkeeper before hitting the post. Where Ighalo needs to kick on now is to be more clinical from the bench. In a short showing, he may only get one chance. He has to take it. The Nigerian forward has become a fan favourite during his short stint at Old Trafford so far. He just needs to do a little more still. The so-called lesser games against the likes of Derby, LASK and Brugge won’t exist. Every game will be like a cup final. Some of those early misses from the bench can be put down to rustiness, having joined United after two months without any game time. read also:Man Utd training clash ends with Rashford, Ighalo, Shaw netting twice He needs to be clinical right away when he returns, and he will most likely be on the bench against Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham on Friday night. A winning goal off the bench would be the perfect way for Ighalo to restart. If a chance comes, he has to take it. United’s chances to chase Chelsea down will slowly run out if not. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Yet the return from injury of Marcus Rashford, combined with the potential improvement of Mason Greenwood, may make game time more limited for Ighalo as he looks to compete with Anthony Martial. Ighalo will get chances as the team rotates, but he needs to show he can score goals from the bench, and excel in a super-sub role as well. This in turn will earn him more starting opportunities. This took his tally for United across his brief loan spell to four goals, following previous strikes against Club Brugge and Derby County. All of these goals came in starts, and Ighalo proved to be a valuable player during his six-week stint for United.center_img “Odion Ighalo clocks 31 today, we wish him the best on his birthday and urge him to always play his heart out and score goals whenever he is introduced into the game. He should always make the difference on the pitch,” he said. Ighalo signed off before the unexpected break with a two-goal performance for Manchester United away to LASK. Now with his loan deal renewed, Ighalo returns for Manchester United with some of his momentum taken away. The pressure is off, he will have proven to himself that he belongs. Promoted ContentEverything You Need To Know About Asteroid ArmageddonYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeNo Good Disney Role Models For Boys?8 Shows You Didn’t Want To Watch At The EndCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way7 Truly Incredible Facts About Black Holes7 Reasons It’s Better To Be A VeganDid You Know There’s A Black Hole In The Milky Way?A Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of Art2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth? Loading… last_img read more

DEFY race makes tradition out of April Fool’s joke

first_img Latest Posts Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at Bio Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all)center_img Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020 ELLSWORTH — What began as an April Fool’s joke is now one of the Down East Family YMCA’s newest traditions.Two years, ago, DEFY Fitness Director Robin Clarke came across a newspaper cartoon that depicted characters about to race one another. One aspect of the cartoon in particular that made her laugh.“It was supposed to be this big race, but you could see the finish line in sight of where they were standing,” Clarke said. “Their bodies were bigger than the distance they had to run. It was really amusing.”Immediately, Clarke had the idea of creating her own version of the race. It would be short and sweet and would be held prior to a traditional 5K race on the weekend of April Fool’s Day.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThe distance of choice for the race was incredible short: not even four inches from start to finish. The typical race involves a runner sprinting to the finish line, but this one could be completed with a simple kick of the shoe.Down East Family YMCA Fitness Director Robin Clarke holds up a Couch Potato 0.0003K T-shirt to be distributed at this year’s event. The race distance increases by one ten-thousandth of a kilometer ever year. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELLThe race, known as the Couch Potato Road Race, has drawn about 100 participants over the past two years. With the help of Machias Savings Bank and an additional sponsor, St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church, this year’s event has a chance to be the biggest yet.“If there’s one thing we need in this world today, it’s to enjoy life and stop taking ourselves so seriously,” Rev. Johanna-Karen Johannson of St. Dunstan’s said. “This is going to be a silly event, and that’s good for everyone.”“Silly” is the perfect word to describe the race, which grows by an additional one ten-thousandth of a kilometer every year. Whereas any other race would require sneakers and loose-fitting clothes, this one can be done in, well, just about anything.“Last year, [Ellsworth City Planner] Michele Gagnon did it in her work clothes: high heels and everything,” Clarke said. “It’s about as all-inclusive as any race could possibly be.”Because this year’s April Fool’s Day falls on Easter Sunday, the Couch Potato 0.0003K and 5K will be held the following day at DEFY’s James Russell Wiggins Center. The 0.0003K will be held in three individual sessions at 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and noon, and a two-race challenge with both races will be held at 5:30 p.m. Proceeds from all races will benefit DEFY’s fitness department.This year’s 5K will also feature multiple weight classes on both the men’s and women’s sides. Clarke said the incentive for that decision was to help new runners come away with first-place prizes.“At a lot of these races, it’s the same people who win,” Clarke said. “If we can get more people the chance to say, ‘Hey, I won a race,’ that’s always a good thing.”Free T-shirts with check boxes for both the 0.0003K and 5K will be given to the first 100 registrants. Earning the first of those marks will be much easier than checking off the second.“It’s already one of my favorite little traditions at the Y,” Clarke said. “It’s April Fool’s Day, and it’s meant to be a joke. That’s the type of fun we want people to have.”last_img read more

Richard Verschoor edges Juri Vips in F3 Macao GP

first_imgMacao: Dutch racer Richard Verschoor survived an intense challenge from Juri Vips to take victory in Sunday’s Formula 3 Macao Grand Prix and win the FIA F3 World Cup.Starting fourth on the grid, Motorsport’s Verschoor moved up to second on lap 1 and took the lead from pole-sitter Juri Vips on lap 7 as the field returned to racing speed following a safety car period to clear Ferdinand Habsburg’s stricken ART.Vips tried several times to retake the lead as the leading duo approached the Lisboa Bend right-hander, but the delayed deployment of the DRS system meant the Estonian was unable to take advantage of higher speeds on the Guia Circuit’s long straights.The Estonian came closest to passing Verschoor on lap 11 but ran wide after he drew alongside and locked his tyres under heavy braking, with the resultant flat spots affecting his car’s handling thereafter.Verschoor’s win was all the more impressive considering he had finished a lowly 13th in this season’s FIA Formula 3 championship, and unlike many of his rivals, the Dutchman was also racing at Macao for the first time. IANSAlso Read: Official Emblem of FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup LaunchedAlso Watch: Govt all set to push for the contentious Citizenship Bill in the winter session of Parliamentlast_img read more

Cazenovia girls cross country finishes season at sectional Class C meet

first_imgby Kurt WheelerThe Cazenovia girls cross country team capped a successful fall of competition with a seventh-place finish among 22 Class C teams at the Section III championship meet hosted  by Vernon-Verona-Sherrill last Saturday afternoon.Not only did the Lakers contende with a highly competitive field of runners, but with swirling winds and temperatures in the 30s as they navigated the tough 5,000-meter VVS course. Tags: Cazenoviagirls cross country Class C has always featured fierce competition in Central New York with numerous state-ranked programs packed into the region. And the race got even tougher this year as Camden moved down from Class B and South Lewis moved up from Class D.Camden (54 points) won the 2019 competition with South Lewis (69) second and the Lakers’ traditional rivals Clinton third with 83.South Jefferson (122), Westhill (161), Skaneateles (203) and Cazenovia (211) rounded out the top seven, with the Lakers fifth among Class C-1 sides. Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Molly Hart led way for Cazenovia, racing to 24th place in a time of 22 minutes, 16.4 seconds as she edged out rival runners from Marcellus (Maggie Strempel) and Skaneateles (Hope Cross-Jaya) for one of her best meets of the season.Hart, a junior, was one of the team’s captains and finished first for the team in the majority of races this season.Cazenovia’s pack, which was the key to their undefeated regular season, came through again at Sectionals as the next four runners finished in a span of just 54 seconds.Eighth-grade star Lauren McLean earned second for the team (42nd overall) in a time of 23:0. 6. Senior captain Isla Stover was just five seconds back to capture 47th in 23:06.4 to cap her stellar career for Cazenovia.Freshman Finlay Stover finished right on her heals at 48th place in 23:08 flat. Sophomore Claire Braaten rounded out the Lakers’ scoring effort, crossing the line 65th overall in a time of 23:53.2.Fellow Sophomore Melanie Michael ran her best race of the season to earn sixth place for the team and 67th overall in a time of 23:55.6 to displace scorers from multiple opposing teams.Junior Mia Chesbrough was seventh for the team (86th overall, 24:46.4) with fellow Junior Laura Fitzgerald just one second back, earning 87th place in 24:47.9. Freshman Grace Dolan (91st, 25:20.0) and Sophomore Emma Steinberg (113th, 27:14.1), who both earned spots in the Lakers’ top 10 to race in the meet, also ran well for Cazenovia.While not as high a sectional finish as the Lakers often post, having finished in the top four for 10 consecutive years, including three sectional titles and two runner-up efforts, it still capped a strong fall campaign for the girls.The squad was unbeaten during the regular season, earning their fourth league title since 2010. With only one senior among the 10 sectional competitors and a strong contingent of runners moving up from the unbeaten modified team, the future looks bright for the Lakers.last_img read more

At last: After getting a taste of the quarterback job last season, this is finally Nassib’s turn

first_img Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 1, 2010 at 12:00 pmcenter_img Here was vindication. Here was transparency, thrill — gushing, even — from Doug Marrone. Here was confirmation, Round 2. ‘Ryan Nassib,’ Marrone started, ‘I’m impressed by not only his play, but his leadership and command of the offense. We’re excited about where he is going into the season with him as our No. 1 quarterback.’ And with that, the second day into preseason camp this August, Nassib’s journey to the starting position came to a close — again. Just like that. It had been expected, sure. And Marrone had offered hints throughout the spring, all the while verbally dancing around a definitive answer and leaving the door thisfar open. Then again, Marrone’s first proclamation seemed definitive, too. And it was quick. Four spring practices. That’s all Marrone needed to name Nassib his starter last season. Of course, ‘some guy named Paulus, or something, came in,’ jokes Gamp Pellegrini, Nassib’s high school coach at Malvern (Pa.) Prep, and shook up Nassib’s plans. Almost 500 days later, Nassib found himself back where he started. Here he was again. Physically drained from the third day of camp. Mentally drained from a year and a half of ups and downs.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text And when he learned of Marrone’s comments, he perked up. ‘Oh, wow,’ Nassib said. ‘I hadn’t heard he said that. Man, it feels good. You’re told not to think about it, but it’s definitely a little monkey off your back to know you’ve got your coach behind you. It’s a pretty good feeling.’ ‘Oh, that must be him’ The scene, Nassib admits, should have been awkward. ‘I remember him walking into the locker room,’ Nassib said. ‘I didn’t really know what he looked like, but then when I saw him and everyone around him, I was like, ‘Oh, that must be him.” Him — the one most of the Syracuse locker room flocked to last summer, in awe of celebrity — was Greg Paulus.   Nassib’s honeymoon was over. A quarterback competition began. It was a competition that, eventually, Nassib would lose. Marrone, who has been one to make quick decisions with quarterbacks, named Paulus the starter after just one week of preseason camp, relegating Nassib to the bench. Nassib shrugged it off. ‘It happens,’ he thought. And he used it as an opportunity. An opportunity to learn the offense for another year. An opportunity to study the ups and downs of Greg Paulus, from his good accuracy to the mental lapses of a 23-year-old quarterback who was still inexperienced. And an opportunity to gain game experience in various packages of Marrone’s offense last season. ‘It’s tough to have something like that happen when it’s so important and you worked so hard for it and then someone else won it out,’ said Charley Loeb, SU’s current backup quarterback behind Nassib. ‘But that’s how it goes sometimes. I think Ryan did his job phenomenally last year. I think he handled the situation really well, even though it didn’t turn out how he wanted it to.’ To current and former players alike, Nassib’s demotion was a surprise. A quick decision from Marrone that had many members of the team skeptical, said Donte Davis, a former Orange receiver who transferred to Hampton at the end of last season. Working with the first-team offense, Davis had seen almost unlimited potential from Nassib as an unknown redshirt in 2008, when as a member of the scout team he would repeatedly torch the first-team defense. ‘From that point on, all the talk was, ‘OK, next year when he’s able to play, he’s going to be pretty damn good,” Davis said. ‘He had a great arm and a great feel for the game. That whole offseason going toward the spring, I remember Ryan was one of the hardest workers on the team.’ Then Davis saw Nassib that winter, looking like a player hungry for a quarterback spot that was suddenly wide open with a new coach and a new system. He saw a quarterback. The first time Syracuse ran its two-minute drill that spring, Nassib drove the offense down the field in three plays. He saw a leader. One day during winter conditioning, in sub-freezing conditions, Nassib finished strong on the last sprint of the day. ‘Give me some more!’ he yelled. ‘We want to run more!’ To Davis, it was simple. Not only was Nassib in charge, but he was also a quarterback that had excelled in the system in the spring and established a rapport with his receivers. Davis said a large contingent of current veterans felt the same way. ‘Most definitely, we thought he should have been the guy starting against Minnesota since the spring,’ Davis said. ‘Coach Marrone wanted to do something different, I guess. He had different plans. Ryan was the better fit. He was ready to play. Greg — it wasn’t like he wasn’t good enough, but it was him coming on after not playing football for four years. Ryan had a clear advantage over him. Ryan was closer to the receivers and to the team, and he proved himself during the spring. I feel like he should have had the starting job.’ Still, Davis never saw any adverse reaction from Nassib toward Marrone or Paulus. Day after day, Nassib prepared just like he always had. He still made the throws that drew a wide mouth from Davis and still went about taking an active role in the team. The only thing that had changed was his position on the depth chart. And Nassib himself still doesn’t question Marrone’s decision. Though admittedly ‘bummed’ about the situation, Nassib took it in stride. ‘I trusted in Coach’s decision, and whatever he wanted me to do I was going to do,’ Nassib said. ‘Whatever role he wanted me to have, I was going to take on.’ Nassib’s cerebral attitude is a description that’s echoed by everyone — including Paulus. Paulus didn’t know what to expect from Nassib after he was named starter. Sometimes, competition brings out the best in people. Sometimes the worst. But Paulus never felt awkward, even if all the symptoms were there. On the first day, Nassib was working with Paulus and helping him learn the system, no different than before. ‘It would be a natural thing where, on some teams, you wouldn’t help out your teammate,’ Paulus said. ‘Some guys wouldn’t do that. But Ryan reached out to me. ‘Anything I can do for you? Need help learning anything?’ That’s the type of guy he is, and those are the types of guys you want to play with.’ Part of the reason Nassib took the transition so well, in fact, was that he had been there before. ‘Oh, that’s Nassib‘ Flash back to the fall of 2004. The name of a kid — Nassib — a freshman at Malvern Prep, is already making its way up to head varsity coach Gamp Pellegrini. He zings throws into tight spots with ease. He can throw the ball 70 yards. He picks up the system with ease. He forces a fellow freshman quarterback, Nolan Kearney, to transfer to nearby Downingtown High, knowing that he’ll never get a chance to start at Malvern. Ian Mitchell, then a junior quarterback slated to be the starter at Malvern in 2006, first notices the kid when partaking in the tradition of the varsity team watching the freshman team’s games. Mitchell sees the kid tower over his high school-skinny offensive linemen. Mitchell sees a quarterback. There’s the time when Nassib flung a 15- or 20-yard out pattern for a touchdown with ‘unbelievable’ precision. He sees a leader. After that same touchdown, Mitchell remembers the first thing Nassib did. Cerebral as always, he walked to the sideline and thanked his offensive line. Another quarterback might run up and hug his wide receiver in the end zone. But not Nassib. ‘Who is this kid?’ Mitchell asks a teammate. ‘Oh, that’s Nassib.’ And so, a quarterback competition is born the following year. Nassib impresses in camp, to the point where former teammate and running back Chris Layne says he should have started. But Mitchell is no slouch. He’ll go on to set multiple program records at Division-III Dickinson College. Eventually, experience and familiarity with the offense wins out, as Pellegrini chooses Mitchell for the job.   And Nassib doesn’t complain. He studies Mitchell, a scrambler. At the beginning of the year, he is worried about memorizing routes and checks. At the end, he is learning little intricacies like protection schemes. ‘He wanted to start sophomore year,’ said Phil Congialdi, a former linebacker at Malvern who was a co-captain with Nassib and Layne. ‘But he just took all the advice and the experience that the quarterback in front of him — being either Paulus or Mitchell — he took what they said and absorbed everything he saw from what they did right and what they did wrong.’ So Nassib waits and bides his time. There are little lessons he picks up along the way that he takes with him, that make him a better quarterback. There was the first day of camp in 2006, when Mitchell had departed and Nassib was the unquestioned starter. Still, as Pellegrini showed up to camp, Nassib was the first one he remembers seeing. And there was the time Malvern was supposed to kill Episcopal Academy. They were down by at least two touchdowns at halftime, Congialdi recalls, and players from both sides of the field pointed fingers at each other in blame. Not Nassib. No, Nassib, always cerebral, calmed everyone down. Come the second half, he was poised, throwing two long touchdowns and leading Malvern back, keeping his team undefeated. ‘One thing I saw at Malvern his sophomore year was that even though he was willing to take the backup role and willing to learn, he was always itching to play,’ Mitchell said. ‘And I feel like he was probably itching to play a lot last year when Paulus was the starter. It was the same situation. That willingness to just be a great quarterback and put everything on the line is going to turn him into a great Division-I quarterback.’ ‘The first guy I spoke to’ After every possession last season, whether it ended in a touchdown, interception or a three-and-out, Greg Paulus would stroll to the sidelines, looking for the same person. Not a player that was on the field with him. Not then-offensive coordinator Rob Spence. Not even Doug Marrone. He would look for Ryan Nassib. ‘It happened after every possession,’ Paulus said. ‘He was the first guy I usually spoke to. ‘‘Hey, what’d you see?’ He’d say, ‘This cornerback was off. This linebacker was blitzing. This guy was dropping.’ He was always the first guy I’d talk to, just to see what he saw. Then I’d get on the phone and try to figure out different ways to combat what the defense was doing.’ The maturation of Nassib continued through a season as Paulus’ backup. Nassib and Paulus bounced ideas off each other, corrected each other, made suggestions after each series in practice and in games, even roomed together on each of SU’s road trips. Over time, Nassib realized he and Paulus were more similar than meets the eye. Nearly four years separate the two signal callers. But to Nassib, he and Paulus were both freshmen on the field, as Nassib got his first taste of more than the scout team and Paulus got his first taste of football since high school. So while Nassib took notice of Paulus’ strengths — his accuracy and his locker room management — he also noticed the weaknesses, the ‘freshman mistakes’ from a fifth-year player. ‘He was a five-year college guy,’ Nassib said of Paulus, ‘but he was a freshman on the field. He hadn’t played football in a while. … It’s no different than any other freshman. There are freshman mistakes. There are growing pains that really any quarterback thrown in that young and inexperienced has to go through.’ And Nassib got experience. Marrone placed him in certain offensive sets, believing Nassib was a better fit for certain packages. He played against Big Ten foes Minnesota and Northwestern. He got experience versus the upper echelon of the Big East against West Virginia. He was placed in a hostile road environment at Penn State. And when he came off the field, Paulus would seek him out. ‘I think us being together allowed him to see the preparation, allowed him to really understand that you can always push yourself and you can always stretch your limits,’ Paulus said. ‘I’m hoping that I did teach him a lot, whether that was how to handle a little bit of adversity or some time of leadership or something I did that might help him down the road. … I think that we will see a more confident Ryan Nassib coming into this year.’ Just like he had once before, Nassib attempted to carry the lessons learned into the offseason. His summer was spent in Syracuse, learning a somewhat altered playbook with the arrival of new quarterbacks coach and offensive play caller Nathaniel Hackett, to the point where, already, Nassib corrects Hackett on the most specific elements of certain plays. He filled his body out through long days in the gym, to the point where running back Antwon Bailey saw strength and conditioning coach Will Hicks telling Nassib to go home. He organized captain practices with his wide receivers and defensive backs, so routes and timing would be second nature come camp. Last year, Nassib was a first-year full of jitters. This year, no more. With Paulus gone, it was his turn. And he wasn’t taking any chances. ‘I think we’ve got a great chance of being a very, very good team here,’ Hackett said. ‘And it’s going to start, and end, with Ryan. So he’s got to be the guy that has to get it going and play. He understands the pressure that’s there. That’s what that position asks for. It’s a high-pressure position, and he loves it. He’s wrapped his arms around it, and he’s running with it.’                     ••• The game of football, Nassib has noticed, has a tendency to weave elements together to create a whole. Play calls, audibles of ‘Red 80!’ ‘Red 80!’ blocking, route running and throws come together to create a pass play. Plays come together to create the outcome of games. Games come together to create seasons. And experiences come together to create the player — the Ryan Nassib preparing for his first start at Akron. Experiences from his time bided at Malvern to his time bided behind Paulus, all the way to the monkey off his back, the exhale, as Marrone sang his praises. ‘I love how everything intertwines,’ Nassib said. ‘Pay attention to everything. It all just comes together.’ bplogiur@syr.edulast_img read more