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Police chief aims to persuade locals over COVID-19 hospital plan in Batam

first_imgNational Police chief Gen. Idham Azis is scheduled to meet with people living on Galang Island in Riau Islands to discuss turning a former refugee camp on the island into an infectious disease hospital.Locals have objected to the government’s plan to build a hospital specifically to treat infectious diseases on the island following the country’s first confirmed cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). They claimed authorities had yet to tell them about the plan.Galang district secretary Hardianus said the police general was scheduled to meet with locals  on Sunday to explain the government’s plan. Riau Islands Police health division head Sr. Comr. M. Haris confirmed to the Post that the police chief would visit the island on Sunday.Indonesian Military (TNI) commander Air Chief Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto and Public Works and Housing Minister Basuki Hadimuljono visited the site on Wednesday. They were unable to say when the construction would begin but asserted construction would be completed within a month.The Post observed on Thursday that a technical team from the ministry had started working on the site. Heavy equipment, such as cranes, were also seen at the site.The hospital is expected to be able to accommodate 1,000 patients with 500 rooms, 2 percent of which would be designated as isolation rooms to comply with the recommended protocol of the World Health Organization (WHO).Galang Island is located about 50 kilometers southeast of Batam, with a bridge connecting the two islands. The 80 hectare camp was used between 1975 and 1996 to house 250,000 Vietnamese refugees fleeing their homeland during the Vietnam War.More than 12 million South Vietnamese fled after the war ended and sought political asylum in countries such as the United States, Canada and Australia; but many were cast ashore on the islands of Indonesia.Read also: Health Ministry has doctors, nurses observed after death of Singaporean in BatamInitially managed by the United Nations during the refugee crisis, Galang Refugee Camp is now under the management of the Batam Indonesia Free Trade Zone Authority (BP Batam) and is maintained as a tourist attraction that draws both former refugees and tourists to Batam Island. Several facilities at the camp and horticultural crops have been preserved in the area.Authorities have been working to persuade locals about the plan by disseminating information that was expected to calm them down.”The Sulianti Saroso [Infectious Disease] Hospital [in Jakarta] is located among cramped residential areas. However, people are not affected by it,” Haris said. “We only need spare land of 2 meters from the infected patients as a precautionary measure.”A local figure in Galang district , Anwar Sadat Pulungan, who has been living near the former refugee camp for more than 10 years, said he was worried about the plan.”All residents in the area were surprised with the sudden announcement of the hospital being built here. Why not choose vacant island that has no residents? Don’t build it here,” Anwar said. (ars) “There are pros and cons with regard to building a hospital in the former Vietnamese refugee camp,” Hardianus told The Jakarta Post on Thursday.Officials from Riau Island and Batam, as well as local councillors previously met with representatives of locals on Thursday, on the occasion of which the people voiced their objections to the plan.Read also: COVID-19: Batam authorities succeed in quarantining two ‘evaders’“The National Police chief will come here to persuade residents to agree with the plan,” Hardianus went on to say.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Indonesia scrambles to contain coronavirus as most hospitals not ready

first_imgThe fast-response team is also responsible for handling surveillance and isolation of suspected COVID-19 patients and coordinating with relevant stakeholders to ensure effective containment measures to curb possible wider contagion, including at the country’s airports and sea ports.Commuters on a train from Jakarta to Bogor on March 12. (Antara/Indrianto Eko Suwarso)Jokowi reiterated that the government had prepared 132 referral hospitals across the country. “The Health Minister said there were 132 referral hospitals, from 100 previously. We will add more: 108 TNI hospitals, 53 hospitals under the National Police and 64 hospitals under state-owned enterprises,” he said.A leaked document obtained by The Jakarta Post on Friday, however, showed that out of the list of 132 hospitals, only 49 were “ready”. The document is the minutes of a meeting between several institutions including the BNPB, Health Ministry, Executive Office of the President and the offices of the Coordinating Human Development and Culture Minister and Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister on March 10. The government announced three new deaths and 35 new COVID-19 cases, including two toddlers, on Friday as it scrambles to contain community spread and get referral hospitals ready to face the pandemic. President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo said the government had established  a “fast-response” team, led by the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB).Under the coordination of the BNPB, the Health Ministry, the Indonesian Military (TNI) and the National Police, the team was tasked with, among other things, spearheading the measures to trace the movement of COVID-19 patients and those who had come in contact with them.”We know that this virus spreads rapidly. Thus we should carry out prevention and mitigation efforts simultaneously,” Jokowi said on Friday, “The government has and will continue to carry out tracing of contacts in this case.” BNPB head Doni Monardo did not confirm the information in the document to the Post, nor did he deny the content.A source who requested anonymity told the Post that in the meeting it was revealed that out of 132 hospitals designated as referral facilities “only 49 hospitals are really ready” for COVID-19, while the other 83 were in the “preparation stage”.Read also: COVID-19: Referral hospitals in West Java lack protective gear, medical equipmentSome referral hospitals for COVID-19 in West Java have reported a lack of protective gear for medical personnel who handle patients suspected of having been infected with the virus.Eight out of 52 hospitals in the province have been appointed as referral hospitals for COVID-19 patients, including Hasan Sadikin Hospital in Bandung – the largest hospital in the province – and Dr. Slamet Hospital in Garut.West Java Health Agency head Berli Hamdani Gelung Sakti said the medical team at Dr. Slamet Hospital had to transfer a patient because of a lack of protective gear, although the hospital had an adequate isolation room and other medical equipment.”The Health Ministry responded by saying it was ready to supply all the necessary protective gear requested by the referral hospitals. We are still calculating whether we have sufficient equipment [to handle COVID-19 cases],” Berli told The Jakarta Post on Monday.The agency head said he hoped the ministry could send protective gear soon to COVID-19 referral hospitals across the province because the isolation room at Hasan Sadikin Hospital was full.Raden Rara Diah Handayani, a pulmonologist at Persahabatan Hospital in Jakarta, one of the referral hospitals, said that when COVID-19 patients suffered from light pneumonia they could be cured faster. However, when they have developed acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), that means the patient’s lungs are already infected, causing respiratory failure, then they really need the ventilators to breathe.“And now the hospitals treating the confirmed cases of COVID-19 are facing a crisis because ventilators are expensive, but we really need this technology and equipment. This is what we are thinking right now, hospitals need more ventilators and [isolation] rooms,” Diah said in a discussion on Wednesday.“And we don’t only need the equipment but also the human resources. We need medical workers who are experienced and understand infection control,” she added.She also said the government must pay attention and protect the medical workers treating COVID-19 patients.“This disease is highly contagious. We must not only save the sick ones but also the healthy ones. We need healthy medical workers. They must be equipped with a protective suit when they treat patients. We must protect them because medical workers are the front line in this fight against the disease,” she said.In West Java, due to the limited availability of personal protective equipment (PPE) such as hazmat suits, medical personnel of a public hospital in Tasikmalaya, West Java were forced to wear thin plastic raincoats, costing Rp 10,000 (70 US cents) apiece, when transporting patients under observation for COVID-19.“Yes, it’s true that our staff were wearing just raincoats,” Tasikmalaya Health Agency head Uus Supangat said on Wednesday as reported by “The city [administration] bought 100 plastic raincoats at the store for a total of Rp 1 million.”Read also: COVID-19: West Java medical personnel forced to use raincoats in lieu of hazmat suitsSome of the main referral hospitals have also reported that they have only a few isolation rooms. With growing numbers of positive patients, Sulianti Saroso Infectious Diseases Hospital (RSPI Sulianti Saroso) in North Jakarta, for example, only has 11 isolation rooms for COVID-19 patients.)On Friday, Jokowi also stated that they were going to immediately finish the construction of a health facility specializing in treating COVID-19 patients on Galang Island in Batam, Riau Islands.However, the plan to build a health facility in Galang was criticized by epidemiology experts.Syahrizal Syarief, an epidemiology expert at the University of Indonesia, said building a new hospital would be a waste of money that would have been better allocated for ventilators and protective suits for medical workers.“That’s also what we really need right now. I hope the government think thoroughly when they make policies like this,” he said.Arya Dipa contributed to this story from Bandung.Topics :last_img read more

Meet the man that transformed Lidl’s booze and he’s only just 30

first_imgBarely 30 years old and already heading up international wine & spirits for Lidl with a catalogue of big wins behind him. How has TNT alumni Ben Hulme done it?,Lidl’s international head of wine & spirits buying sticks out like a sore thumb. Fresh-faced and barely 30 years old, Ben Hulme must be a decade younger than your garden variety category director. Yet he arguably wields greater power than a fair few combined. Working out of Lidl’s head office in Neckarsulm, Germany, Hulme is responsible for buying and strategy for wine and spirits across 28 countries. Modest, reserved and utterly devoted to his employer, he’s the polar opposite of the ‘lazy millennial’ type British newspapers love banging on about. So how did Hulme end up commanding such a vital part of Lidl’s business at so young an age? Like many employed by the discounter, he’s a ‘lifer’ who’s been with Lidl his entire career. After studying German at the University of Birmingham (and graduating with distinction), he was accepted onto Lidl’s graduate buying programme, and in under a year was working on the condiments, wines and spirits categories.Entries now open for Top New Talent awards 2018“It was a rather strange mix,” he laughs. “I was essentially buying wines, spirits and mustard for a while. Wine and spirits was so much larger and much more strategic, but some of those other categories allowed me to really cut my teeth as a buyer and hone my skills.”Signs of his promise didn’t go unnoticed. By 2014 he was a senior buying manager, and in 2015 (by which point Hulme had developed a somewhat more finessed understanding of alcohol) he was named head of BWS for Lidl UK at just 27, having helped significantly shift public opinion around the discounter’s booze offer, an area in which Lidl (and closest rival Aldi) had always under-traded. “We had to work out how to get the general public in the UK to take Lidl seriously as a retailer of wine,” he says. “We all knew we had great quality wines, but had never really been very good at marketing that.”Enter the Lidl Wine Cellar. “We enlisted master of wine Richard Bampfield as a consultant, we started making booklets, doing adverts and press tastings – we’re now even doing TV adverts – and in the first year we increased our turnover by 38% in wine, which gave us the confidence to expand.”The Wine Cellar has since been renamed the Wine Tour, but to this day it’s a fundamental part of Lidl’s success in the category, giving its buyers (now led by Hulme’s protégée Anna Krettmann) an opportunity to be more experimental and showcase less traditionally-lauded wine-growing regions such as Hungary.SnapshotName: Ben HulmeAge: 30Death row meal: Just a really good rare steak with potatoes. I don’t need three courses, as I’m far less adventurous with food than with wine. To drink, I’d be going for a Syrah from Gimblett Gravels in New Zealand.The best business advice you’ve ever received: Be yourself and trust your judgement. It was a really empowering thing to hear when I was learning on the job, and helped me develop into a very decisive person.And the worst: An overzealous buyer once told me to never back down or be prepared to compromise.If you could have dinner with one person, dead or alive: It would be my grandad – my father’s father. I’d love to have dinner with him because I never got to meet him. I’d love to get his outlook on life and what advice he’d have for a young man these days.Top New TalentIt was primarily plays like that that in wine that won Hulme his place in The Grocer’s Top New Talent in 2015 – a “massively proud” moment for the young buyer. But it wasn’t just wine that he helped revolutionise for Lidl. Beer, too, required a rethink. “We did another concept called ‘The Brewery’ which was all about promoting smaller regional breweries across the UK and creating regional assortments, like having a specially selected Scottish premium bottled ale range in Scotland. “We’ve not got a lot of wine production in the UK but we do produce a hell of a lot of really great beer. We’ve got so many breweries, all with their own character and that was something we really wanted to get involved in.”In spirits, meanwhile, Hulme recognised that it was fundamental to challenge the belief that discounters couldn’t do premium, and began ranging high-quality spirits including whiskies and ports. A quick Google search of ‘Lidl Scotch’ reveals just how successful this move has been – and continues to be. It brings up a stream of tabloid headlines gushing about the discounter’s outrageously low £39.99 price tag for a 22-year-old single malt.Or there’s how, in 2016, its Glen Alba single malt (£29.99/70cl) beat the likes of Johnnie Walker Blue Label at the World Whiskies Awards, alongside Best Islay Malt and Best Scotch Limited Release for the aforementioned Ben Bracken 22yo and Queen Margot 3yo Blended respectively. “I still think that with everything we’ve done on wine, with ‘The Brewery’ and with spirits, we’ve got the most innovative alcohol offer in the UK. I truly believe that.”Moving upThat the discounter’s booze sales were growing so quickly didn’t just light a fire under Lidl’s British rivals – it drew the attention of the company’s head office in Germany. Last year, Hulme was approached about taking on responsibility for wine and spirits at a global level. He accepted in a heartbeat and upped sticks to Neckarsulm. “It was a massive challenge,” he admits. “I was taking over from someone who had been in the role for 10 years, inheriting an extremely experienced team where I was a complete newbie, and having to contend with a new country and a new culture – let alone dealing with the most difficult wine harvest for forty years. There were some real moments of thinking ‘what on earth have I let myself in for?’”But he adds: “Yes it’s intense, but this was a chance to grow, wield influence and develop wine on an international level. Of course I was nervous. But if you don’t believe in yourself in a role like this you might as well just quit.”The Grocer Cup 2018: which nominee gets your vote?His move also came at a time when the traditional role of the buyer is significantly changing. As The Grocer’s Alcoholic Drinks Power List 2018 (on which Anna Krettmann features) explores, the age of the hubristic ‘rock star’ booze buyer of past decades is well and truly over. Many voices in the drinks industry now complain that buying has become an act of pedantic data and sales analysis rather than a creative, human endeavour. Hulme isn’t convinced by this argument. “I think what’s changing is the amount of information available. There is so much data and information now. But this doesn’t necessarily make your job easier. You can so easily get overloaded with data, and there are so many different figures and statistics that they frequently contradict each other.“Yes, you now need to be able to process a large amount of data in a small time, but you need to also make decisions and stand behind them. Retail, particularly discount retail, lives on innovation and being able to move fast. If you only base your decisions on data, you’re only ever going to do what’s already been done.”Global outlookSince taking up the international role, Hulme has put his UK expertise to good use, taking initiatives like its premium Scotch whisky project into new European markets such as France, Spain, Germany and Poland. And while his daily routine is less UK-orientated these days, Hulme still has a soft spot for the UK booze sector. “It’s probably the most interesting market in Europe,” he says. “When I compare it to places like Spain, Italy and France where consumption is something like 99% domestic, in the UK we’d got to a stage where we were doing Hungarian wine promotions and selling things like Canadian iced wine. There’s a willingness to try new things which makes it one of the trendsetters for the rest of Europe in terms of BWS.”And perhaps thanks to the broader market view the international outlook affords him, he’s less fussed about Brexit than one might expect, dismissing it as “a crystal ball situation”. “There have been even more acute changes recently, such as the new levy on bourbon whisky imports into the EU, which we’ve had to react to fairly fast. We had to very quickly assess how much stock we had and exactly how much actual costs were going to come through.”He’s equally nonplussed at the prospect of a Tesco discount chain trying to encroach on Lidl’s turf. “I don’t think anything really fills us with dread. I think the key to a successful retail concept is obviously to be aware of the competition, but don’t just follow and be led by what everyone else is doing. If someone comes along and they think they’ve got a better concept, we’re happy to let the customer decide.”Think you could follow in the footsteps of Ben and the other illustrious TNT alumni? Then fill in the simple entry form here. Entry is free and open to anyone working in the grocery space, aged 35 and under at the time of entry. All winners will be invited to a special awards ceremony held in London on 12 November.last_img read more

MTC Construction Awarded French Market Contract

first_imgThe U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New Orleans District, recently awarded a contract for floodwall improvements along the Mississippi River near the French Market.According to the Corps, improvements are a part of the Mississippi and River Tributaries Project (MR&T).USACE awarded the $4.53 million floodwall improvement contract to MTC Construction, LLC.The contract, scheduled to begin in November 2017 and last approximately 18 months, will include replacing approximately 500-linear feet of T-wall.Since 1928, approximately $14 billion has been spent on the MR&T project in the Greater New Orleans Area including levee construction and improvements, the Bonnet Carre Spillway and the Morganza Floodway.Throughout construction, the Corps will continue to coordinate construction with its partners at the City of New Orleans.last_img read more

10 sachets of ‘shabu’ seized

first_imgResident John Letter Canoy yielded the suspected illegal drugs, police said. BACOLOD City – Ten sachets of suspected shabu valued at around P7,500 were seized in a buy-bust operation in Barangay Bug-ang, Toboso, Negros Occidental. He was detained in the custodial facility of the Toboso municipal police station. Canoy was caught after he sold suspected shabu to an undercover officer for P500 around 1:45 p.m. on June 14, the police added. Charges for violation of Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 will be filed against him./PNlast_img

Sylvia J. Craig

first_imgThose surviving who will cherish Sylvia’s memory include one daughter, JoAnn (Jerry) Singer of Liberty; sons, William (Karen) Craig of Sunman, Bob Craig of Manchester, and Donald (Sandra) Craig of Bright; 14 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren; 2 great, great grandchildren; son-in-law, Richard Hyatt of Sunman and sister, Naomi Collyer of Columbus.  Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Diana Hyatt; sisters, Marian Weiler and Arlene Moore; brother, Virgil Zins, and a great grandson, Christopher Griffith. Memorial donations may be directed to St. Nicholas School, Sunman Volunteer Fire Department, Bright Volunteer Fire Department or for Masses.  To sign the online guestbook or to leave a personal condolence, please visit  The staff of Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home is honored to care for the family of Sylvia Craig. Sylvia J. Craig, of Sunman, was born on November 2, 1929 in Franklin County, Indiana, the daughter of Henry and Freda Meeker Zins.  She married Jesse H. Craig on November 7, 1949 at St. Bridget’s Church in Liberty, and he preceded her in death.  Sylvia was a member of St. Nicholas Church, and enjoyed cooking and spending time with family and friends.  She will be remembered as a very giving individual who was willing to help anyone, anytime.  On Sunday, September 4, 2016 at the age of 86, Sylvia passed away at Ridgewood Health Campus in Lawrenceburg.  center_img Friends may visit with the family on Wednesday, September 7, 2016 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home, 107 Vine Street, Sunman.  Rosary will be recited at 3:15.  Father Shaun Whittington will officiate the Mass of Christian burial on Thursday at 10 a.m. at St. Nicholas Catholic Church.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery.  last_img read more

Reds suffer Enrique blow

first_imgLiverpool’s preparations for this weekend’s Merseyside derby have suffered a blow after defender Jose Enrique was ruled out with a long-term knee injury which is likely to require surgery. The Spaniard has been struggling with the problem for some time and has featured just twice in the Reds’ last five matches, with one of those appearances a 30-minute substitute appearance. “Jose Enrique has been struggling for a little while with an injury,” manager Brendan Rodgers told talkSPORT. Press Associationcenter_img “He will probably need an operation. It’s a blow for us because he’s a very talented player.” There has been further disruption behind the scenes as academy director Frank McParland and head of coaching Rodolfo Borrell have both been removed from their posts. The club declined to comment on the changes in the youth set-up at their Kirkby base but it is believed the pair have been sacked. McParland had previously served as Liverpool’s chief scout while Borrell had 13 years experience with Barcelona’s La Masia academy upon his arrival on Merseyside. Both were remnants of the Rafael Benitez era, having been appointed to the academy in 2009, and were perceived to be doing a good job. Last season no fewer than seven youngsters – Suso, Andre Wisdom, Adam Morgan, Samed Yesil, Jerome Sinclair, Conor Coady and Jordon Ibe – made their first-team debuts. That as was much out of necessity as anything else as manager Brendan Rodgers’ first season in charge saw him having to manage a busy fixture list involving Europa League games with a smaller squad than he would have liked. This season, after two transfer windows of recruitment, Rodgers has had less use for the youngsters and the likes of Wisdom, Coady, Suso and another former academy graduate Jack Robinson have all been sent out on loan to gain more experience. last_img read more

NPFL: At Last, Luamba Finds His Groove at FC IfeanyiUbah

first_imgNo sooner had the club clinched the oldest cup competition in Nigeria than their troubles began. The expatriate coach hired for the team, Kenichi Yatsuashi was fired barely one month into his reign after just one game at the NPFL Super Four Tournament in December before the team got eliminated from the CAF Confederation Cup by Egyptian side Al Masry in mid-February.The exit of FC Ifeanyiubah from the continental competition brought the team already in a realm of grandiose back to life and battling to start all over again with Ghanaian coach, Yaw Preko trusted to lift the side out of their lowest ebb. That task has been achieved in part with the club placed 8th on the log at the midway stage of the season, seven points adrift of league leaders, Plateau United.In a season that has seen a lot of turnovers in terms of players used, Congolese midfielder Fabrice Ngoma Luamba has once again shone like a starry light in the midst of the dark clouds as he continues to churn out disciplined and elegant displays for the Nnewi-based side.The former Sharks XI FC of Congo star who is in his second season in Nigeria told that adaptation to the Nigerian environment was not easy but he is very fine now.“It was not easy for me when I came here,” begun the charismatic midfielder.“The language made it more difficult and the league was more hectic than ours. We play 24 games in Congo, 12 in each half but here it is 19 and 19 (making 38). I was not happy (with the schedule) at first when I came, but now, I am fine.”FC Ifeanyiubah used at least 25 players this season, the most by any side in the Nigerian top flight this season but despite the chop and change in the playing personnel occasioned by poor results on the pitch, Luamba remains a regular for the side – having featured in at least 15 games more than any other FC Ifeanyiubah player. Luamba stated that the number of new players in the team affected their chemistry.“This season, we have many new players. Many of our players left last season so it was difficult for us to gel with the new ones. But now, we understand when Kone moves, Prince moves, Obaje moves,” he said in his spasmodic pidgin-English.Such is the importance of the Ifeanyiubah Number 24 that his vision, passing ability and all round midfield presence have seen him grow to become a fans’ favourite at the Ifeanyiubah Stadium Ozubulu, near Nnewi. The towering midfielder still harbours hopes of following up last season’s Federation Cup conquest with the league title this year.“Last season I won FA (Federations) Cup. This season, I want to win the league if God accepts. Now we’re climbing up and I hope we will continue,” concluded the former FCMK Kinshasha player.With the club now on a run of six unbeaten games which includes four victories and two draws, Ngoma Luamba’s dreams of getting his hand on the league trophy may not be far-fetched. Highest-paid striker Godwin Obaje is now getting among the goals while another of the foreign legion, Pascal Seka is now hitting the form that made him a menace to defenders last season.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The 2016/17 Football season has been one laden with lots of twists and intrigues, systole and diastole for Nigeria Professional Football League side, FC Ifeanyiubah.After a heady run in Nigeria’s club cup competition (Federations Cup) in 2016 which culminated in the team’s first ever piece of silverware – beating Nasarawa United in a penalty shootout in Lagos in November, expectation was at its peak for what was expected to signal the start of football dominance for the privately owned club based in Anambra, Southeastern Nigeria.last_img read more

USC gears up for Utah’s sack-happy defense

first_imgUSC looks to stay atop the Pac-12 South and move up from its new No. 20 ranking when the squad heads to the mountains and clashes with the Utah Utes, who are only ranked one slot higher than the Trojans at No. 19.Rush hour · Redshirt junior running back Javorius “Buck” Allen leads the Pac-12 with 909 rushing yards this season. The Tallahassee, Florida, native will be going up against the No. 2 rush defense in the Pac-12 at Utah. – Mariya Dondonyan | Daily TrojanInjury ReportThough there were many Trojans who weren’t up to full speed at Tuesday’s practice, all the players are expected to be game-ready by Saturday.Senior linebacker Hayes Pullard, who suffered a knee scare during the Colorado game but was back in just a few plays later to make a touchdown-saving play, was limited to the exercise bike Tuesday.Senior safety Gerald Bowman was also limited to the exercise bike. Redshirt junior wide receiver George Farmer participated in practice. Redshirt junior fullback Soma Vainuku’s hamstring injury kept him out of practice.Showdown in the SouthThe Trojans will travel to Utah on Saturday to mix it up with the No. 19 ranked Utah Utes. Utah is tied for third in the Pac-12 South, where five of the six teams are ranked in the AP Poll. The Trojans still sit atop the division at 4-1 and 5-2 overall, but it is clear that Utah is a must-win.USC head coach Steve Sarkisian did not want to underestimate Utah, but also did not want to overemphasize this game over others the Trojans have played, despite it being a clash between two ranked teams in the same division.“We have to treat it just like the other ones,” he said. “It’s a valuable one and we need to understand the environment we are heading into.”Redshirt junior tailback Javorius “Buck” Allen says the team is focused heading into the new week and expecting Utah to come after them.“USC is always going to have a target on their back,” Allen said. “[Utah’s] home, and it’s going to be a tough game.”Utah has been alternating between two quarterbacks all season, but on Tuesday Utes head coach Kyle Whittingham announced that Travis Wilson will start against the Trojans. Wilson has thrown for 833 yards and seven touchdowns this season.The Utah defense has long been thought of as the biggest challenge the Trojans will face this season, as they currently lead the Pac-12 in sacks.Sarkisian cited two specific aspects of the game the offensive line could potentially struggle with: an all-around talented opponent and the crowd noise from a hostile environment.“The best way to prepare is to go out and execute at a high level,” Sarkisian said. “We need to be prepared for the physicality [of Utah].”It’s History NowRedshirt junior quarterback Cody Kessler made history Saturday when he threw seven touchdown passes, the most ever by a USC quarterback in a single game (one more than former Trojan quarterback Matt Barkley threw four times). Because of his performance, Kessler also brought home the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week award.“I would love to do that every week,” Kessler said. “It’s all preparation, and I’m going into each game trying to play my best.”Kessler drew considerable praise from Sarkisian, who sees Kessler as a fantastic teammate and leader who demonstrates a workmanlike attitude at practice every day.“There’s still stuff I could improve on,” Kessler said. “I approach every game as a new game and prepare the same way I prepare for every game.”last_img read more