Representative Cedric Richmond Set to Be a Senior Biden Adviser

first_imgMr. Richmond, who maintains an extensive political network and is known for delivering candid advice, will be a senior adviser to Mr. Biden and the director of the White House Office of Public Engagement, roles that will allow him to build on his deep relationships in Congress, with key political constituencies and with Mr. Biden himself.“He’s going to give straight advice,” said Marc H. Morial, the president of the National Urban League and a former mayor of New Orleans, who has known Mr. Richmond since his days serving in the Louisiana state legislature. “He’s not a yes man.”“It sends a really powerful signal to the Black community that Cedric is going to be in that core group,” added Mr. Morial, also describing Mr. Richmond as a “team player.” During the past 10 years, Representative Cedric L. Richmond of Louisiana has represented most of New Orleans in Congress, led the Congressional Black Caucus and steadily emerged as one of the most influential Black voices on Capitol Hill, a reputation he cemented when he joined President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s campaign as its first national co-chairman.Now he is poised to become one of the highest-ranking Black officials in the Biden administration.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Sunderland snap up trio

first_img Sunderland’s need for reinforcements in defence is long-standing with the full-back positions a particular problem. Danny Rose played on the left for much of last season on loan from Tottenham, although midfielder Jack Colback had to fill in at times, while Craig Gardner spent more time than he would have liked deputising at right-back. While there may still be work to be done on both of those deals, three more were formally completed on Monday when Valentin Roberge, Cabral and Modibo Diakite all officially became Sunderland players. Central defenders Roberge and Diakite will reinforce a department which has been depleted by the departures of Titus Bramble and Matt Kilgallon, while defensive midfielder Cabral could have a key role to play amid speculation that skipper Lee Cattermole’s days could be numbered. All three men have signed three-year deals after allowing their existing contracts to expire at their previous clubs. Frenchman Roberge, 25, joins from Portuguese side Maritimo, for whom he played twice against the Black Cats’ derby rivals Newcastle in last season’s Europa League. Born in Montreuil, he began his career at Guingamp before moving to Paris St Germain. The 6ft 1in defender spent two years in Greece with Aris before sealing his move to Maritimo, where he made 32 appearances last season, in 2010. Diakite has spent the last seven years with Di Canio’s former club Lazio, with whom he won the Coppa Italia in 2009. Cape Verde-born midfielder Cabral, full name Adilson Tavares Varela, is 24 and has four Swiss titles and Champions League football to his name. He started at Lausanne and had a spell on loan in Spain with Sevilla Atletico before heading for Basle. Sunderland boss Paolo Di Canio is pushing ahead with his plans to rebuild his squad as he chases promising full-backs Gino Peruzzi and Benjamin Mendy. On the day three out-of-contract signings completed their moves to the Stadium of Light, the Black Cats were closing in on the Argentinian and his French counterpart. The Wearsiders have agreed deals with Velez Sarsfield for Peruzzi and Le Havre for Mendy and are now working to put together personal terms to attract the pair to England. Right-back Peruzzi, 21, played his part as Velez won the Argentinian Grand Final with a 1-0 victory over Newell’s Old Boys at the weekend, coming on as a first-half substitute for Ivan Gonzalo Bella. Eighteen-year-old left-back Mendy too is firmly in Di Canio’s sights, although amid interest from a series of other suitors, he is yet to commit himself to a move to the north-east. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Rose Bowl Preview: In Madison, rosy memories don’t fade

first_imgIn 1993, Wisconsin football head coach Barry Alvarez was fresh off three losing seasons. Those tumultuous three years were his first at UW, as Badger fans were anxious for a return to prominence. Wisconsin hadn’t won a Big Ten title in over 30 years, and the picture wasn’t look any brighter under Alvarez.Ten wins later, the Badgers not only had that conference title they were desperately yearning for, but also a precious Rose Bowl win. Under Alvarez’s calm, collected leadership, Wisconsin defeated UCLA 21-16 in Pasadena and the coach’s legacy was born. The rest, they say, was history.Joe Rudolph was part of Alvarez’ first UW recruiting class, and he quickly became the latest in a long line of standout Wisconsin offensive linemen. The season after the Rose Bowl win, Rudolph was a team captain. Now, he’s tight end coach under Bret Bielema, and very few remember the birth of Alvarez’s legend.“He’s created a very strong tradition now,” Rudolph said. “Once the first team went there and won, I think it was the second team felt that same pressure, and it was on their shoulders now to keep that alive and rolling, and they were able to do so. Then onto the third, and now onto us. I think that’s any bowl game; you want to do that. Again, all the focus was within the preparation and the everyday work. It doesn’t happen by magic, you’ve got to work your tail off and make it happen.”The second Rose Bowl team Rudolph referred to came in 1998, and the third was the following year. Now, the 2010 Wisconsin Badgers are Pasadena bound. Alvarez has passed the coaching reins on to Bret Bielema, and he now serves as UW’s athletic director. Between Alvarez, Rudolph and the rest of Wisconsin, this year’s Badgers definitely don’t lack for Rose Bowl inspiration.“I was way too young for the ’93, but I remember watching highlights,” said center Peter Konz, a native of Neenah. “There’s just one picture I always remember, and everybody thinks it’s Ron Dayne, but it’s Brent Moss. I have a Brent Moss uniform in my closet, and I think I wore it in middle school; it’s really tight, so I thought I looked big in it. I tried to act like a running back, but I was always a lineman.“I always just remember the scene of Barry Alvarez in the end of the game, the lights, the roses, the team just kind of holdings its hands up. That’s what always sticks with me; that, and how hard the offense worked is impressive, just to see them work.”Clearly, Konz holds the Granddaddy of Them All in high regard. In Wisconsin, you’re essentially born with reverence for Alvarez and UW’s Rose Bowl years. After those glorious ’98 and ’99 teams, though, the Badgers have been relegated to middle-of-the-run bowls like the Outback, Capital One and Champs Sports Bowls for the past decade. So while some like Konz can talk fondly for days of their rosy memories, there’s a strong sense of urgency for many others.“To really know what a Rose Bowl means to us, you probably only have to be here one or two days in the program to get that feeling,” said defensive end Louis Nzegwu, a native of Platteville.Short, sweet and to the point. Yesterday’s Badgers blazed the path to Pasadena, and today’s can’t possibly run along it any faster. Yet, for all the desperation to return to Rose Bowl glory, this year’s Wisconsin squad boats a significant number of out-of-staters that have played crucial roles in the team’s success.“I think I didn’t understand until I got here,” said defensive back Antonio Fenelus, a native of Boca Raton, Fla. “Growing up, watching the Miami Hurricanes playing, it’s always either the national championship … or the Orange Bowl. I really didn’t pay too much attention to the Rose Bowl. But coming here, and playing, I understand how serious it is.”Perhaps that’s the best word to describe it – serious. Getting back to the Rose Bowl is serious. Wisconsinites were born with that mentality, and outsiders like Fenelus, Jay Valai, Niles Brinkley, John Moffitt and Culmer St. Jean quickly adopted it. Bielema’s mantra is 1-0; each game is its own season, take each one at a time. But no matter who it is, these Badgers can only push the “it’s the same as any other game” coachspeak so long.“When it’s business time, yeah,” said defensive tackle Jordan Kohout, a native of Waupun. “But when you step back, and you kind of realize, ‘Wow, this is the Rose Bowl,’ this is something that you’re going to remember for the rest of your life.”Indeed. After Wisconsin’s regular season-ending 70-23 trouncing of Northwestern, Alvarez spoke in the locker room of the monumental reward coming the Badgers’ way. He lauded all the hard work, all the little things; the “focus” Rudolph alluded to in expressing his congratulations for this year’s Rose Bowl participants. But as quickly as Alvarez was there to acknowledge what the team has accomplished, he rushed to address what the Badgers haven’t done.They haven’t won it yet.“As a kid, I remember watching the Rose Bowl games, and I’ve dreamt about going there,” said left tackle Gabe Carimi of Cottage Grove. “To make that a reality has been unbelievable. I can’t wait to prepare well and play well. I remember watching [Alvarez] when I was a fan and a kid, and now I get an opportunity to go out there myself and try to win a Rose Bowl.”last_img read more

Keck study a step towards curing cancer

first_imgResearchers from the Keck School of Medicine have found a way to genetically modify mice so the rodents’ immune systems act like human immune systems, a discovery that will impact medical testing.Doctors Weiming Yuan, Xiangshu Wen, Seil Kim and Agnieszka Lawrenczyk published the study this month in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The research took about two years and the project will be completed within four years.Yuan, the project’s chief investigator, began work on the mice a few years ago, after he recognized that current clinical trials were not successful. Yuan attributed this to minor differences between human and rodent immune systems. This difference led him to attempt to humanize the mouse model.“Making a mouse is a challenging project,” Yuan said. “This will be helping a lot of scientists to further clinical trials.”The mice contribute to research toward finding better treatments for cancer. When tested on mice, the drug α-GalCer successfully rid the animal of cancerous cells. The same results, however, were not obtained when the medication was used on human subjects, showing differences between the two species’ immune systems.The mice modification project required the successful insertion of a new functioning gene. This type of modification is far more challenging than so-called “knock-out” genetic modification, which is modification that works by eliminating a gene’s function. Yuan said the next step will be to further humanize the T-cell receptor, which activates lymphocytes that initiate immune system responses.The team used the difficulty of the project as motivation to succeed. Yuan said they were all very enthusiastic about their research despite difficulty working with the small size of their grant.“[We] definitely needed more funding — it’s the practical challenges,” Yuan said. “Lots of scientists are concerned about the funding situation.”The team hopes to further their work in the humanization of the rodents’ immune system.“We will branch out, but right now we have more work to further humanize the mice,” Yuan said. “We still have quite a lot of work to do before we branch out.”The dedication and enthusiasm of the team is only gaining momentum. “The future model will be even more reliable,” Yuan said.last_img read more

Gallery: Syracuse dominates Wagner, 62-10

first_imgSyracuse (2-0) destroyed Wagner (1-1), 62-10, Saturday in the Carrier Dome. Syracuse scored within the first 3:13 of the game. Two minutes later, it added another score and the game soon became out of reach for the Seahawks. Last Tuesday, Eric Dungey said that he wanted to “annihilate” Wagner. He followed up by tossing five touchdowns to five different players in a SU win.Here are the best shots from the game. Facebook Twitter Google+ Commentscenter_img Published on September 8, 2018 at 10:00 pm Contact Max: mefreund@syr.edulast_img