As the waiting dragged on, the candidates seized the chance to speak directly to voters with live television addresses — each making the so far indisputable claim to have beaten expectations.”When those results are announced I have a good feeling we’re going to be doing very, very well here in Iowa,” Sanders told loudly cheering supporters.”Tonight in this enormously consequential 2020 election, the first state in the country has voted, and today marks the beginning of the end for Donald Trump.”‘Feeling good’ Biden likewise rallied his supporters, telling them: “It’s going to be a long night, but I’m feeling good.” “So it’s on to New Hampshire, Nevada, South Carolina, well beyond. We’re in this for the long haul.”Senator Amy Klobuchar struck a similarly upbeat tone, saying: “We know there’s delays but we know one thing, we are punching above our weight!” Typically at 11:00 pm in Iowa on the night of a caucus, the large majority of results would already be reported.One party official took matters into his own hands, announcing the results of his precinct via social media.”I’ve been on hold for over an hour to report the results,” tweeted Shawn Sebastian, the caucus secretary for Story County Precinct 1-1. He reported that final results from his caucus showed Sanders with 116 votes, Senator Elizabeth Warren with 82 and former South Bend, Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg with 73.Sanders and Biden had been leading the polls in Iowa, followed by centrist Buttigieg and progressive Warren. But polling has fluctuated and Iowa’s caucus system — where voting is not by secret ballot but by public declaration for a candidate — can make the night hard to predict.Unlike secret ballot voting, caucus-goers publicly declare their presidential choice by standing together with other supporters of a candidate.Candidates who reach 15 percent support earn delegates for the nomination race while supporters of candidates who fall short can shift to others.- Sanders ahead -As the White House nomination race kicked off in Iowa, another hugely consequential political process was nearing its conclusion: the Senate impeachment trial of Trump, the man Democrats hope to see off in the election exactly nine months away.Trump is almost certain to be acquitted Wednesday by the Republican-led chamber on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.Three Democratic candidates — Sanders, Warren and moderate Amy Klobuchar — have faced the unprecedented scenario of spending much of the past two weeks tethered to Washington for the impeachment trial instead of on the campaign trail.Even at the 11th hour, the senators were obligated to return to Washington for the trial’s closing arguments Monday.Biden — who still holds the lead in national polls — spent the weekend crisscrossing Iowa in a final push to convince undecided voters he is best placed to accomplish Democrats’ number one goal: defeating Trump.The president has not stood idly by. On Sunday he branded Biden “Sleepy Joe” and described Sanders as “a communist,” previewing a likely line of attack were Sanders to win the nomination.Running virtually unchallenged, Trump himself was “overwhelmingly” confirmed as the Republican nominee in Iowa Monday, the party said.Topics : In a statement read on US networks, Mandy McClure, communications director at the Iowa Democratic Party, said further checks were ordered after “inconsistencies” were found in the reporting of three sets of results.”This is simply a reporting issue,” he said, denying there was “a hack or an intrusion” — as Republicans including Donald Trump Jr rushed to suggest either incompetence or foul play by the Democratic leadership.Held across nearly 1,700 sites, the Iowa vote offers a critical early look at the viability of the 11 Democrats still in the race — even though just 41 delegates are up for grabs, a fraction of the 1,991 needed to secure the nomination in July.It appeared the delays may have been exacerbated by new rules that the state’s Democratic Party instituted after the 2016 election that now require caucuses to report three sets of numerical data rather than one set previously. Americans kicked off the first vote of the 2020 presidential race Monday in Iowa, but delayed results in the state’s Democratic caucuses triggered hours-long waits and growing confusion on the ground.Iowa is a closely-watched test for the frontrunners, far-left Senator Bernie Sanders and moderate former vice president Joe Biden, in the months-long process to determine who will face President Donald Trump in November.But with organizers yet to publish any official results four hours in, the tension was palpable among caucus-goers and Democratic campaigns — while in television studios news anchors were left filling in the blanks with guesswork.
EUROPE – PensionsEurope has questioned the need for a single market for second pillar pension provision in Europe, suggesting that the approach would be better suited only for voluntary pension savings through the third pillar.In his closing remarks at the European pension fund association’s annual conference in Frankfurt, the organisation’s secretary general Matti Leppälä said that the industry was “not sure whether a single market is a good approach for the second pillar, maybe only for the third pillar”.The sentiment was echoed by Rebekah Smith, senior social advisor at the European employer association BusinessEurope. During a panel discussion, Smith said that while the group was in favour of a single market for occupational pensions, it was “extremely complicated and difficult to achieve”.And Cornelia Schmid from the German pension fund association aba added that the industry needed “more time for a single market” in occupational pensions to be implemented. Further, she reiterated demands for a separate regulatory framework for occupational pensions, with no overlap between Solvency II regulations for insurers or those for retail products, such as PRIPs.Leppälä said he had told the European Commission that his association “did not see workplace pensions as a consumer issue” – although he added that defined contribution (DC) funds, if not defined benefit (DB) funds, could fall into the consumer category.Addressing the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA), he added that PensionsEurope was “not as convinced” as the regulator that the results of the first quantitative impact study for IORP meant that a harmonization of the regulatory framework was possible.“On the contrary, the results were very inconclusive, the results too far from each other and it was based too much on assumptions,” Leppälä added.Earlier during the conference Justin Wray, head of policy at EIOPA, said that if asked if a single regulatory framework for IORPs was possible, “the tentative answer, judging by the results of the QIS study, was ‘yes’”.He pointed out the holistic balance sheet approach was “not seeking to impose a one-size-fits-all framework”.“HBS precisely recognizes the differences in IORPs in Europe and asks whether it is possible on a common basis to measure the differences in the pension plans including adjustment and protection mechanisms.
Yahoo News 17 April 2013 One of the senior MPs who will tonight vote against legalising gay marriage says there has not been enough debate around the rights of children. Northcote MP Jonathan Coleman says every child deserves a loving mother and a loving father. Labour MP Louisa Wall’s Marriage Amendment Bill is expected to easily pass through parliament tonight as MPs vote with their consciences. Dr Coleman does not think it’s an equality issue. “My point is there hasn’t been a full discussion around the rights of children in this debate. “So my personal view is that in an ideal world each child would have a loving mother and father. That hasn’t really been highlighted in the debate.” Deputy Prime Minister Bill English will also be voting against the Marriage Amendment Bill. He says the current arrangements work satisfactorily. “It does seem a bit odd that an institution that is becoming much less used and much less popular has now become the bench mark for equal treatment of people. “People can have equal treatment they get registered by the state with their relationship, we’ve got plenty of room for a range of arrangements.”http://nz.news.yahoo.com/a/-/top-stories/16774088/children-ignored-in-gay-marriage-debate/
ComputerWorld 15 March 2017Family First Comment: Disturbing results….“Just 16 percent of high-school students and 37 percent of primary school students reported a limit on the amount of screen time they had at home.“More than half of high school students said they were never supervised.“However the Family First lobby group has been issuing warnings about children’s excessive screen time for several years, the latest in February when Family First national director, Bob McCoskrie accused the Ministry of Education of “turning a blind eye to growing concern from health and development experts about the disproportionate use in many families’ lives, particularly the young in New Zealand.”A survey of almost 6000 New Zealand children in primary and high schools has found most have minimal supervision of their screen time at home and few time limits imposed.The survey was undertaken by CensusAtSchool TataurangaKiTeKura, a national, biennial project run by the University of Auckland’s Department of Statistics with support from Statistics NZ and the Ministry of Education. It is designed to show children the relevance of statistics to everyday life.To undertake the survey year 5 to Year 13 students (aged 9 to 18) used digital devices to answer 35 online questions in English or te reo Māori CensusAtSchool says the survey, undertaken by 57000 students so far, provides a unique snapshot of Kiwi childhoods. .Students were asked if, on a school day, there was a limit on the amount of screen time they had at home. Just 16 percent of high-school students and 37 percent of primary school students reported a limit. For those with limits, primary schoolers were allowed a median of an hour and secondary students two hours.Students were also asked how often their screen time was supervised, meaning a parent or caregiver was watching or was in the same room as the child. Four in 10 primary schoolers said “a little,” and two in 10 “usually.” More than half of high school students said they were never supervised, with a further three in 10 saying they were supervised “a little.”CensusAtSchool co-director Rachel Cunliffe expressed surprise at the results. “I imagined that in this completely wired world, the majority of kids would have limits – parents often discuss ways to find a balance between screen time and outdoor play time,” she said. She cited Ministry of Health advice that outside of school, five to 18-year-olds spend less than two hours a day in front of the television, computers, and game consoles.Screen time warnings from Family FirstHowever the Family First lobby group has been issuing warnings about children’s excessive screen time for several years, the latest in February when Family First national director, Bob McCoskrie accused the Ministry of Education of “turning a blind eye to growing concern from health and development experts about the disproportionate use in many families’ lives, particularly the young in New Zealand.”He continued: “Parents, children and teachers remain unaware of the medical and developmental risks and the position of medical bodies on discretionary screen time. And the majority of children and adolescents in New Zealand, including toddlers, continue to significantly exceed medical guidelines.”In February 2015 Family First released a commissioned report: We Need To Talk – Screen time in NZ, Media Use: An Emerging factor in child and adolescent health by biologist / psychologist Dr Aric Sigman. It issued a second statement in October 2016 warning of the dangers of excessive screen time for children and again citing its 2015 report.Gender differencesAccording to the CensusAtSchool survey seven in 10 students said they spent time on their phone. Of that group, the most avid users were high school girls with 89 percent on their phones once school was out, and for a median of three hours – though a quarter spent five hours 30 minutes or more.Four in ten students said they spent time gaming after school, with the keenest gamers high school boys. They spent a median of two hours in front of their Playstation, Xbox, Nintendo and the like – but a quarter spent four hours or more gaming.CensusAtSchool also asked students what they did most often with their cellphones. Primary school boys reported playing games (27 percent) and primary school girls sending texts or instant messages (32 percent). At high school, it was all about social media for both girls (49 percent) and boys (31 percent).http://www.computerworld.co.nz/article/615961/nz-children-screen-time-unsupervised-unlimited/
A birdhouse that will be for sale at the Batesville Regional Fine Arts Fair this weekend. (Image: Facebook)The Batesville Regional Fine Arts Fair will be held this weekend at the RomWeber Marketplace. The art show, sponsored by the Ripley County Tourism Bureau, kicks off Friday evening from 7-9 p.m. with a Preview Night by Rural Alliance for the Arts. Tickets are $10 per person.The show continues Satruday from 9-5 p.m. and Sunday 11-3p.m., with no admission charge.Over twenty local artists will show off their skills decorating bird houses, creating one-of-a-kind pieces of art that will be available for sale starting Friday night, and sold throughout the weekend.The artists project last year featured Adirondak chairs painted by local artists. The chairs were judged and sold to support this year’s show, and some will be available this year for those who didn’t get one last year.“We have water color artists, glass etching artists, wood turners, jewelry makers, stained glass artists, and a variety of other forms of art which will be on display and for sale during the show, “ noted Katherine Taul, director of the Ripley County Tourism Bureau.“Some will be doing demonstrations throughout the weekend, including Seth Bickis, who creates beautiful pendants in front of an audience. We are so pleased with the quality of artists that are drawn to our show. It’s a fun, creative weekend, and I hope everyone comes out to support the artists and enjoy their talents.”Samples of painted bird houses available at the art show for children to paint.A Children’s Craft Corner will be a new feature at the art show that includes three art projects that children can do and take home, for only $5 each. Tri-State Artisans (a local art gallery) will help them create a unique painted free-style piece, Clayworks Pottery (from Indianapolis) will work with the children on a pottery piece, and small birdhouses will be available to paintAlso new to the show, Chainsaws for Charity will be set up outside the art show, creating unique items out of wood. The items will be auctioned, with donations to Safe Passages, the Chainsaw’s charities, and to support the 2015 Art Show.The Batesville Car Club, weather permitting, will also be set up outside, displaying talents in automobile restoration.Steve Gore with Chainsaws for Charity was at the Ripley County Fair last summer. (Image: Facebook)Music will be provided throughout the weekend by Miss Shannon’s Music Studio, as well as Leon Enneking’s students from the Batesville Middle School.Neusole Glassworks will again be demonstrating glass blowing in their mobile unit Friday night and Saturday. They will also have items for sale.“I really appreciate the dedication of artist Debi Black, RomWeber Marketplace’s Mary Ellen Rippe, the Rural Alliance for the Arts, and others who have worked so hard to make this art show possible,” Taul added, “and this year it will especially be a good excuse to escape the homes we have been huddling in all winter and see lots of color and beautiful things!”View additional information and artwork on the Batesville Regional Fine Arts Fair Facebook page. Visit http://ripleycountytourism.com/or call 812-689-7431 for more information.
Graeme Le Saux believes it is too soon for Southampton’s Luke Shaw to move to Chelsea. “Inevitably after playing so many games and getting older, it does take a bit longer to recover from injuries and to maintain a level of fitness for that position, marauding forwards like he does. “Maybe he’s not able to play quite so many games. “For Ashley Cole it’s important he maintains his levels in training and when he plays. “He’s a fantastic professional, in terms of his attitude, and he has to maintain his focus.” For Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea, Cole’s place has been taken by Cesar Azpilicueta, the Spain right-back playing on his ‘wrong’ flank. A rib injury saw Cole drop out of the team initially and a poor performance at Newcastle on November 2 did not help matters. He has started three Premier League games since, when Branislav Ivanovic was injured and Azpilicueta switched to right-back, and been an unused substitute in the last five games. Mourinho insists Azpilicueta has been selected ahead of Cole purely on merit and that the England centurion has a future at Chelsea. Le Saux, who is also an admirer of Aston Villa’s on-loan Chelsea defender Ryan Bertrand and Kieran Gibbs of Arsenal, praised the Spaniard for his displays. “Azpilicueta’s done very well when he’s played,” he added. “I have played right-back on occasion and it is difficult. “It’s comparable to driving a left-hand drive car in Europe. You have to recalibrate your brain a little bit. Thankfully there’s no roundabouts on a football pitch.” :: The Budweiser Open Trials, in association with BT Sport, will see six regional trials take place across the country. The trials will culminate in a showpiece match at Wembley Stadium. Those who make the cut will have one last chance to prove it’s never too late to achieve your dream as they play in front of professional scouts. Watch the first part of the Budweiser Open Trials on BT Sport on Saturday 8th March as part of its FA Cup coverage and subscribe to YouTube.com/BudweiserUK Press Association Le Saux, an ambassador for the Budweiser Open Trials campaign, which will provide amateur footballers with the opportunity to play at Wembley in front of professional scouts, told Press Association Sport: “I’ve been watching him play quite a lot. “He has the qualities of an attacking full-back who has a lot of pace and a lot of energy. “His defending is getting better as he gets more experienced. “He’s still very young and the more experience he gains for his club and at under-21 level, I feel that he’s in the right place at the moment and his development is crucial.” Cole’s influence has waned and he is currently second-choice left-back for Chelsea and England. Le Saux thinks it was inevitable age would impact on Cole, with the 33-year-old overtaken by Everton’s Leighton Baines in the England pecking order. “I would pick the player that is in form, playing regularly and deserves it on past performance for England,” Le Saux added. “When you look at Ashley Cole you think of the high standards he’s set himself over his career and when I’ve seen him play he doesn’t look as sharp as he had done before. Le Saux, who played for both the Blues and Saints in his illustrious career, believes the 18-year-old left-back is at the right club to continue his development. Shaw, a boyhood Chelsea fan, has been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge as long-term successor to Ashley Cole and is in line for a call up for England’s friendly with Denmark next month.
Southampton have been linked with a £16million January move for the 22-year-old, currently on loan at Rennes. Arsenal are also said to be tracking the Colombia star, but Koeman ruled out chasing any midfield recruits in the January window. Ronald Koeman has insisted Southampton are not trying to sign Porto winger Juan Quintero. Press Association “Maybe I was a little surprised after the time he was out of football,” said Koeman. “And it was a fast goal for the player to make the national team, but it’s a well-deserved goal because he’s playing very, very well. “In my opinion he’s the best in the Premier League in that position.” Southampton face Sunderland at the Stadium of Light in Premier League action on Saturday, but must do without banned midfielder Victor Wanyama. Shane Long had closed in on a return after ankle trouble, but suffered a minor reaction in training on Wednesday and will now miss the Wearside trip. “Nobody is coming back,” said Koeman. “Shane and Jay (Rodriguez) are still out. Shane was close. “He trained yesterday with the team but he’s still not 100 per cent. “So it’s the same players, maybe the same team but without Wanyama. “Victor’s a miss because he’s always starting normally, a key player, and that means that he’s important for the team, in his defending from the midfield position.” Southampton can extend their best-ever start to a Premier League season in terms of away fixtures this weekend, as Koeman’s men are chasing a sixth straight league match without defeat on the road. Koeman continues to prize points ahead of unbeaten runs however. The Saints have only won one in 12 on the road, a contrasting statistic the Dutch boss hopes his side can quickly improve. “If you don’t lose away that gives everybody a good feeling,” said Koeman. “The feeling to be unbeaten until now, it’s a good feeling. “But if you count points maybe it’s better to lose one and to win one. “It was a long time ago that we won away, against Chelsea, and it’s not always the performance that we expect of the team in our away games. “Maybe that confidence can change this weekend, because we need a win.” “We don’t need midfielders, so no,” said Koeman, when asked if Quintero is a target. “I’m very happy with the players we have. “I can’t say it’s 100 per cent because it’s football, but it’s unlikely that we’ll have new players in January. “It’s an important line in your team, to have good ball possession. “And I’m happy with the balance there in our squad. “It’s always the most difficult decision, who plays in midfield.” Ryan Bertrand has won a recall to the England squad for upcoming friendlies against Spain and France, with Koeman hailing the ex-Chelsea star as the Premier League’s top left-back. Bertrand only recovered from knee surgery at the end of September, with Koeman praising his quick return to top form.
For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: The Indian cricket team were dealt a massive blow when Jasprit Bumrah, their gun speedster was ruled out of the three Test series against South Africa due to a back stress fracture. Bumrah had been India’s key factor in their success overseas in 2018, picking up five wicket hauls in South Africa, England, Australia and West Indies. The Gujarat pacer’s success in Australia helped India win a series Down Under for the first time. In the series against West Indies, Bumrah took a hat-trick and became the quickest Indian pacer to 50 wickets. Many people believe said Bumrah’s unorthodox action could have possibly contributed to his stress fracture. However, Ashish Nehra, the former India pacer who was himself plagued with injuries during his 17-year playing career, has said his action has nothing to do with his stress fracture. “Stress fracture is unrelated to action and we must get our concepts clear. He doesn’t need to change his action and if he tries to do that, it won’t be great. Let me assure you when he comes back, he can bowl with same action, intensity and pace. His action is not that unconventional as it is made out to be. The alignment of his body at the time of delivery is perfect. The only aspect that is not copy book is his left hand (works like a pivot), which doesn’t go up. Even then, his action is 10 times better than Malinga. Malinga’s knees, back leg bends giving a look of a javelin thrower,” Nehra told in an interaction with PTI. Also Read | Jasprit Bumrah Eyes Strong Comeback After Stress Fracture Rules Him Out Of South Africa SeriesBumrah was rested after the end of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 where India lost to New Zealand in the semi-final but Nehra explained the dynamics of a stress fracture, saying that this is a type of back injury that doesn’t involve any surgical process and can never be apprehended.Also Read | India Vs South Africa: Umesh Yadav Replaces Jasprit Bumrah In Test Squad”He had a month’s break post ODI World Cup. He didn’t play white ball format and came for Test matches. But that means workload was well managed but still he had that fracture. Now can you explain why? Had they not done scans, they wouldn’t even had figured as players wouldn’t immediately figure out they have stress fracture. Stress fracture is detected through bone scans and not MRI. In bone scan plates, you will see doctors pointing at various spots. These are stress spots. Now fast bowling is a strenuous activity and do a bone scan of any bowler and you will see those spots. Do you stop playing? It’s just that you have to manage it well as some injuries are chronic,” Nehra explained. The former left-arm pacer has said too much noise has been made about workload management and that a player can only get better if he plays a lot of games. “At this stage of Bumrah’s career, the more he plays, better he will get at it. Jessi is only 25 or 26 years old. He is playing international cricket for three years and he knows his body well. He will come back stronger and the pace in his deliveries will remain intact,” Nehra said.
The Latest: Belgian clubs could choose when to have fans The Spanish soccer player who threatened to quit his team rather than risk being infected by the coronavirus has returned to training.Cádiz defender Fali Giménez rejoined his teammates at the second-division club about a month after saying he wouldn’t play again unless there was a vaccine for COVID-19 or if he was assured 100% that he wouldn’t get infected after being back on the field.Giménez did not practice last week as the rest of the squad returned to training nearly two months after soccer was halted.The 26-year-old Spaniard had said it didn’t make sense to play soccer while people were dying because of the virus. He said he would not forgive himself if he got infected and passed the virus to a family member.Cádiz lauded Giménez’s return and published photos and videos of him training with his teammates. He underwent alternative drills because he missed last week’s sessions. There have been no games in the Scottish Premiership since March 13 because of the pandemic. Final season placings have been determined by points per game up to that point.Celtic had 80 points from 30 games so has 2.66 points per game. Rangers finished second with 2.31 points per game.Hearts has been relegated.___A soccer player in Germany for third-division club Chemnitz has tested positive for the coronavirus. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Belgian soccer clubs have been allowed the possibility to designate three teams they don’t want to host in empty stadiums next season. May 18, 2020 ___Celtic has been declared Scottish champion after the country’s top soccer league was cut short because of the coronavirus outbreak.It is Celtic’s ninth straight title.The Scottish Professional Football League says clubs expressed a unanimous view that there is no prospect of completing the season.The SPFL says it has accepted their decision and is now able to pay out $8.5 million in fees “to help clubs stay afloat.” Associated Press The league says it will try to accommodate the club’s wishes amid the coronavirus pandemic.The measure could be used by clubs to avoid playing famous clubs or bitter rivals in front of empty stands for matches that usually draw many fans and generate big ticketing revenue.All sporting competitions in Belgium will remain suspended until July 31 because of the health situation and all mass events have been banned until Aug. 31. The first round of soccer matches for next season will likely be played without fans when the league resumes on Aug. 7.Club Brugge was awarded its 16th Belgian title last week after the league announced the end of the season with the current standings declared final.___ Chemnitz did not name the player but the club says he is “completely symptom-free.” That player and two other players who had contact with him will spend 14 days in isolation.Chemnitz says the player tested positive in a sample taken Saturday but had tested negative in a sample from two days before that. The club says it can still return to full team training on Tuesday.The first and second divisions in Germany returned to play Saturday but the third-division restart was postponed last week from its planned date of May 26. Some clubs have still not received clearance from local authorities to play or hold full training sessions.___Soccer players in Italy will have to wait at least another 24 hours before restarting full team training. Italian clubs resumed training on an individual basis on May 4 when lockdown measures in the country started to ease. They were slated to return to training together on Monday but they have not yet been given the green light to do so by the Italian government’s scientific panel.The medical protocol for the resumption of Serie A has proved contentious but a revised document was delivered to Sports Minister Vincenzo Spadafora on Sunday and is expected to be given to the scientific panel on Monday.Serie A plans to resume on June 13.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6
The Trojans want to be at full strength when they play No. 1 Oregon on Saturday, but with the game only days away, the injury news is still mixed.He’s back · Freshman running back Dillon Baxter, who sprained his toes at Stanford, returned to practice Wednesday for the time in two weeks. – Mannat Saini | Daily Trojan On the positive side, freshman running back Dillon Baxter practiced Wednesday for the first time in weeks. Baxter sprained multiple toes on his left foot against Stanford, forcing him to miss the Cal game.Baxter looked quick on the practice field, but said he is only at 90 percent.However, Baxter said he was further along than he anticipated and said he expects to play against the Ducks.Senior linebacker Malcolm Smith, who had been battling a knee injury he suffered against Stanford, also returned to practice, although his action was limited.Redshirt sophomore defensive end Wes Horton was not named at all in the injury report, which is good news considering Horton has battled a nagging back injury he suffered during the Washington State game a month ago. Horton was limited in practice last week and only participated in full practice this week.Meanwhile, redshirt sophomore defensive end Nick Perry and junior offensive tackle Tyron Smith did not practice. Both have ankle injuries.Despite Perry and Smith’s absence, the Trojans appear to be as close to full strength as they have been in a while. Health and extra time for preparation have been the two biggest keys to the Trojans’ off-week, USC coach Lane Kiffin said.“Because of the uniqueness of the opponent that we’re playing, I think it’s helped,” Kiffin said. “Especially because of that and because of where our health was, if we can get those guys back, those are two big things.”—From an offensive standpoint, much has been made about scoring points and taking care of the ball as USC prepares for the Ducks. To do that, the Trojans’ offensive line must be quick at picking up blitzes.Much of the onus will fall on senior center Kristofer O’Dowd, who is responsible for changing the protection to adjust to blitzes.“He’s extremely important,” Kiffin said. “There’s so many different fronts and the fronts change at all times, and a lot of the fronts dictate what you do.”Kiffin said that freshman receiver Robert Woods’ 61-yard touchdown catch against Stanford was possible because O’Dowd recognized a blitz and changed the protection just in time.—Linebackers coach Joe Barry is responsible for relaying the defensive calls from defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin in the booth to the defense on the field. Playing against Oregon’s “blur” offense will make his job that much more difficult this week.“It changes everything, no question,” Barry said. “The entire tempo of this game changes….We’re just going to have to be a hell of a lot faster,” Barry said.—Freshman wide receiver Markeith Ambles was suspended indefinitely Tuesday. Kiffin gave some insight into how Ambles and redshirt freshman linebacker Simione Vehikite, who is also serving a suspension, need to change their behavior.“We have extremely high standards for our players that we expect as student athletes,” Kiffin said. “And Markeith wasn’t meeting those.”Although the report that came out Tuesday stated the suspension was because of tardiness, Kiffin implied the suspensions were academic in nature. He said help from tutors is made available to the suspended players.“If you’re not going to come here and be a student, then go somewhere else,” Kiffin said. “Your hope is that it serves as a wake-up call.”