COVID-19: Bandung psychiatrists offer online mental health assistance through Ruang Empati

first_img“Around three or four of them have been mentally affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. Some can still be helped through relaxation sessions, but two others needed to be referred to psychiatrists,” Elvine said, adding the online service did not replace face-to-face consultation sessions in the hospital.She added that the service had also been used by people from regions outside Bandung, such as Jakarta, Jambi and North Sumatra’s Medan.Ruang Empati spokesperson Teddy Hidayat said the program was a joint effort from several medical and academic institutions in the province, including the West Java administrations’ mental health prevention team, Melinda 2 Hospital, Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB) and Padjadjaran University.Read also: Three stages of emotion on COVID-19 journey: Where are you now? Psychiatrists and volunteers in Bandung, West Java, have initiated an online mental health assistance program called Ruang Empati (Empathy Room) to ensure people with mental health problems can access necessary help during the COVID-19 outbreak.Elvine Gunawan, a psychiatrist working at the Melinda 2 Hospital in the city, has been working with fellow psychiatrists and volunteers to provide online consultation sessions via the Instagram account @ketik.hasaka and the website ruangempati.com.They are currently serving 48 patients. Teddy went on to say the program aimed to reduce anxiety and panic attack caused by the economic difficulties and stay-at-home requirements triggered by the COVID-19 outbreak.“Anxiety and stress can lower a person’s immunity level. Handling those stresses can help someone boost their immune system,” said Teddy, who is also a scholar from Padjadjaran University Medical School.Apart from consultation sessions, Ruang Empati also provided art psychotherapy sessions to help patients express their emotions and reduce their anxiety and sadness, said ITB School of Art and Design researcher Ira Adriati.Those who wish to access the online psychiatrist services provided by Ruang Empati can send a chat message through WhatsApp at 0818-272-255 or send a message to @ketik.hasaka on Instagram. Psychiatrists and volunteers will respond to messages sent to those accounts from 8 a.m. to 12 a.m. (nal)Topics :last_img read more

Governor Wolf, Secretary Redding Celebrate Perdue Soybean Plant Opening; Tout ‘Jobs that Pay,’ Expanded Market Opportunities for PA Farmers

first_imgGovernor Wolf, Secretary Redding Celebrate Perdue Soybean Plant Opening; Tout ‘Jobs that Pay,’ Expanded Market Opportunities for PA Farmers September 25, 2017 Economy,  Innovation,  Jobs That Pay,  Press Release Bainbridge, PA – Governor Tom Wolf and Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding today joined Perdue Farms Chairman Jim Perdue and other company and local officials to celebrate the opening of Pennsylvania’s first large-scale, commercial soybean processing plant.The Lancaster County plant will create 35 family-sustaining local jobs and hundreds more in the state’s supply and distribution chain for agricultural products. The plant also promises to more than double the state’s soybean processing capacity, providing better prices and increased demand for area soybean farmers’ crops.“This plant is a game changer for farmers in Pennsylvania, opening new lanes of supply, new markets, and new opportunities in the commonwealth’s agriculture economy,” Governor Wolf said. “My administration is committed to making sure that the agriculture economy is strong, and working for our commonwealth’s farm families and businesses.”Purdue Agribusiness received an $8.75 million Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program grant from the commonwealth, which spurred an investment in Pennsylvania’s economy of more than six times that amount. It will continue to pay off in the form of new jobs and expanded market opportunities for area soybean growers and livestock farmers.“This plant builds on Perdue’s investment in Pennsylvania and our commitment to Pennsylvania farmers,” said Perdue Farms Chairman Jim Perdue. “It also sets a new standard in terms of community investment, economic potential and environmental gains. We truly appreciate all of the support we received from the governor and his entire administration to get this project up and running. This plant demonstrates our shared commitment to ensure agriculture remains strong and farmers have every advantage they need to remain competitive.”The $60 million facility has the capacity to process 17.5 million bushels of soybeans per year, producing soybean meal and oil that is then sold as animal feed ingredients and as inputs for food processors, among other uses.“When the state committed to this project, it did so because we recognized the opportunities it held for Pennsylvania’s farmers,” said Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding. “This plant is going to create new demand for soybeans grown here, and it’s going to help existing growers get a better price because they won’t have to ship their beans out of state, and it’s going to offer another close-to-home option for processed soybean meal they can use to feed their animals.”The new plant is strategically located in the heart of Pennsylvania’s richest agricultural region, within 50 miles of seven of the top 10 soybean-producing counties in the state. Pennsylvania farmers produced 29.6 million bushels of soybeans in 2014, and consumed 44 million bushels of soybean meal.Most soybean producers previously had to transport their crops out of state for processing, then back to the state for sale. The new plant more than doubles the capacity for Pennsylvania-produced crops to be processed locally.For more information on the new Perdue soybean processing plant, visit www.perdueagribusinesspa.com.To learn more about the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and the Wolf administration’s work to grow the industry, visit agriculture.pa.gov or on Facebook or Twitter.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Friday people roundup

first_imgSpence Johnson – Yoon Ng has been hired to lead Spence Johnson’s Asia-Pacific business. Her initial focus will be on the consultancy’s data platform, Institutional Money in Motion, which currently tracks close to $5trn (€4.5trn) in institutional assets. She joins from Cerulli Associates. ABP, De Eendragt Pensioen, Shell Pensioenfonds, Sprenkels & Verschuren, Aon Hewitt, Mercer, Spence Johnson, Cerulli AssociatesABP – André van Vliet has been appointed as a board member of the €355bn Dutch civil service pension fund ABP. He was nominated by employee organisation Ambtenarencentrum. Van Vliet has been financial director of pensions insurer De Eendragt Pensioen, taken over by insurer ASR last year. Between 1988 and 2014, he was director of financial risk management for pension funds and insurers at consultancy Ortec. Shell Pensioenfonds – Jeroen Kakebeeke has been appointed investment analyst at the €23bn pension fund of Shell Netherlands. He will be responsible for monitoring and investment advice, together with Henk Sytze Meerema, his manager. During the first six months of last year, Kakebeeke was investment consultant at consultancy Sprenkels & Verschuren. Before then, he was portfolio manager for external managers and socially responsible investment at Timeos, the asset manager for the €20bn pension fund PGB.Aon Hewitt – Dominique Grandchamp has been appointed head of investment consulting in Switzerland. He joins from Mercer, where he was a senior investment consultant, advising on ALM, strategic asset allocation, portfolio management and selection of asset managers. Before then, he served as CIO, portfolio manager and fund analyst at a number of institutional financial companies.last_img read more

Sunoco returns as divisional title sponsor for IMCA Stock, Hobby divisions

first_imgLINWOOD, Pa.  – Drivers in both the IMCA Stock Car and IMCA Hobby Stock divisions benefit from Sunoco Race Fuels divisional sponsorship again this season.Sunoco, manufacturer of the official fuel of IMCA, provides a major portion of both the $5,000 point fund to be paid to top 15 drivers in national Stock Car standings and the $3,000 point fund for top 15 drivers in national Hobby Stock points.Based in Linwood, Pa., Sunoco is in its 24th season as an IMCA marketing partner, its 18th as Stock Car title sponsor and 11th as Hobby Stock title sponsor.Sunoco again provides the $2,000 purse to be paid for the Stock Car Race of Champions to be held during the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s.No change has been made in eligibility for the Race of Champions, scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 10 at Boone Speed­way: 2016 track champions or point leaders in attendance, and former national champions, Super Na­tionals champions and race winners are eligible to qualify for the 16th annual event.“Sunoco is a great partner of IMCA racing on a variety of levels, and the cash support they provide our racers is really invaluable,” emphasized Kevin Yoder, director of marketing for IMCA. “Their support of the Deery Brothers Summer Series is really important and allows us the ability to reward our most loyal followers of that tour who in turn support them through the use of their race gas. It is a win-win for all involved.”Sunoco has added potential bonus money of $2,000 to the Deery Series, paying an additional $250 to the winner at each of the last eight events on the schedule providing they have perfect attendance in the IMCA Late Model tour.Should a driver ineligible for the bonus win any of the first seven of those races, the $250 amount(s) would roll over until claimed.Drivers with perfect attendance throughout the Deery Series will be entered in draw­ings for $250 cash prizes from Sunoco when they qualify for each of the 17 main events.All Late Model, Stock Car and Hobby Stock drivers must display two Sunoco decals on their race car and com­pete with race gas to be eligible for point fund shares or cash awards.Information about Sunoco products and distributors is available at the www.racegas.com website.last_img read more

Manola W. Guard

first_imgManola W. Guard, 92, of Cincinnati, Ohio passed away Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at Hillebrand Nursing Home in Cincinnati.  Manola was born Tuesday, September 21, 1926 in Pineville, Kentucky, the daughter of Tony and Marge (Armstrong) Woolum.  She was the former owner of Mutt’s Café in Cincinnati, Ohio.  She lived and loved to shop for clothes and jewelry.Manola is survived by son Jimmy (Faye) Raines of Dillsboro; daughter Veda Woolum; brother Jessie Woolum; grandchild Holly Raines and 3 great grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brothers Clayton and Harold Woolum; 1 niece and 1 nephew.Cremation was chosen and there are no services planned at this time.  Filter-DeVries-Moore Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements, Box 146, Dillsboro, IN 47018, (812)432-5480.  You may go to filterdevriesmoore.com to leave an online condolence message for the family.last_img read more

O’Shea: Ireland must learn from setback

first_imgJohn O’Shea has warned Ireland they will need to become more streetwise if they are to realise their World Cup dreams. A team featuring only two of the men who started Ireland’s final game at the Euro 2012 finals last summer – defender O’Shea and midfielder Glenn Whelan – came within seconds of taking a firm grip on second place in Group C on Tuesday night as they led rivals Austria 2-1 deep into injury time before the match ended 2-2 and Ireland remain in fourth. Manager Giovanni Trapattoni bemoaned the relative inexperience of his new-look side in the immediate aftermath of the game, and O’Shea agreed by saying: “It’s hugely frustrating, but we need to learn from this experience – the young lads as well – in the last few minutes of games to kill teams off, just kill the game off and keep the ball.” He added: “They (Austria) were very clever and the referee bought a lot of their fouls in the second half, he was giving them a lot of easy decisions. “They were just jumping and screaming half the time and he gave the free-kicks, which is a little bit frustrating. But it’s something in international football you have to grow up and learn from quickly.” The draw, which gave Ireland two of a possible six points from their trip to Sweden and the clash with the Austrians in Dublin, was all the more frustrating as they had recovered from a bad start to force their way in front. Ciaran Clark was punished for dwelling on the ball with just 11 minutes gone when he was robbed by Zlatko Junuzovic, who set up Martin Harnik to score, but the Irish were back on level terms after Jon Walters converted from the penalty spot. Shane Long was desperately unfortunate not to give his side the lead when he cleverly back-heeled James McClean’s shot against the foot of the post, but Walters struck again with a header in first-half injury time. It was a lead they would defend until the dying moments when, with Trapattoni’s men retreating ever deeper, David Alaba netted the equaliser. O’Shea said: “To get ourselves back into the game so well and to look like we are picking up a massive three points, the frustration is incredible. But we gave Austria half a sniff. They were very fortunate with the goal as well – it deflected off one of the lads’ legs. If we had let the lad shoot, it probably would have gone straight into Fordey’s arms.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Davies delighted Diame is a Tiger

first_imgHull defender Curtis Davies believes Arsenal lack the “strong, battling players” of Barclays Premier League title rivals Chelsea and Manchester City – and is glad they did not sign powerhouse midfielder Mohamed Diame when they had the chance. The Tigers were within minutes of inflicting defeat on the misfiring Gunners at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday, before England forward Danny Welbeck netted a stoppage-time equaliser to secure a 2-2 draw. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger accepted his side had failed to match Hull’s aerial superiority, which was shown when Abel Hernandez headed the visitors into a 2-1 lead right at the start of the second half. There was also little Arsenal were able to do to stop Diame marauding into the penalty area to quickly cancel out Alexis Sanchez’s opening goal, although the hosts claimed Mathieu Flamini had been pulled back in the build-up, which Hull boss Steve Bruce dismissed as “an individual piece of grappling”. Diame joined Hull from West Ham on transfer deadline day, the Senegal midfielder having long been linked with a switch to Arsenal. Davies is glad the move worked out in Hull’s favour. “Mo has been brilliant. His quality, his composure, he has definitely added to our squad. I was expecting a hustle-and-bustle midfielder, a strong, get-about player. I thought the goals would come but to get four in five is ridiculous,” said Davies. “Arsenal were meant to get him on about two or three occasions. He nearly went there when he was at Wigan and when he was at West Ham. “I am not sure if it was something to do with the medicals, so I don’t know why it didn’t happen – but I am delighted it didn’t and that he came to us instead.” Davies believes Arsenal do lack something, but remain one of the most technically gifted squads in the Premier League, which was highlighted in the 13th minute on Saturday by Sanchez’s excellent finish after cutting inside from the right. “When you compare them to Chelsea and (Man) City, those two have got the quality as well as big, strong, aggressive, athletic players. When you look at Arsenal, I guess they have got the footballers, but you can’t really see the strong, battling players,” he said. “But with the football they play they don’t really need that because if you have got the possession more often than not, you don’t need to chase the ball and have big, battling midfielders. That is how Arsenal have always done it. “They got to this level with Wenger playing this football and why should they change it now?” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Other Sports PV Sindhu, Saina Nehwal maintain fifth and eighth spot in Badminton World Rankings

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. B Sai Praneeth moved to 20th position in the men’s ranking.PV Sindhu lost in the knock-out stages of Indonesian and Japan Open.Saina Nehwal remained in the eighth spot. New Delhi: PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal were static at fifth and eighth spots respectively in the recently released Badminton World Federation (BWF) rankings. While both Sindhu and Saina held on to their places in the women’s singles rankings, Mugdha Agrey and Rituparna Das climbed up six and one spot, respectively, to be placed at 62nd and 65th positions. Among the men’s singles shuttlers, Kidambi Srikanth and Sameer Verma managed to hold on to their 10th and 13th spots in the latest rankings issued on Tuesday.     B Sai Praneeth, who lost to World No. 1 Kento Momota in last week’s Japan Open semifinals, moved up four places to the 20th position. HS Prannoy (31st), Parupalli Kashyap (35th), Shubhankar Dey (41st), Sourabh and Verma (44th) all moved up the in the men’s singles chart. Among other Indians in men’s singles chart, Ajay Jayram is placed 67th while Lakshay Sen is at 69th spot.     The men’s doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty climbed up two places to 16th spot, while the combination of Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy is static at 25. Another Indian duo — MR Arjun and Ramachandran Shlok — jumped seven spots to 48.Also Read | PV Sindhu knocked out of All England Championship by Sung Ji Hyun     The women’s doubles pair of Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy dropped two places to 24. In mixed doubles, Pranaav Jerry Chopra and Sikki Reddy dropped two spots to 22, while the pair of Ponnappa and Rankireddy are up by two rungs to 23rd spot.center_img highlightslast_img read more

MLAX : Free rein: Former lacrosse great Powell explores interests outside game since leaving SU

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Bob Chavez thought he recognized the man down the aisle in a Bass Pro Shop in Auburn, N.Y. He had a feeling it was Mike Powell, but it had been a few years since the two last crossed paths.Chavez decided to go with his gut and said hello to the Syracuse lacrosse legend. Conversation ensued and they spent a few minutes exchanging deer hunting stories.‘He was amped for the (deer hunting) season,’ said Chavez, who covered Powell during his high school career for the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. ‘I ran into him in June and deer season was still four months away, and he was getting some gear. You could tell hunting’s a big part of what he enjoys in life.’For Powell, hunting and music take up much of his time these days. It’s been eight years since he wrapped up his brilliant Syracuse career. He left as the program’s all-time leading scorer and was honored with the Tewaaraton Trophy twice as the nation’s top player. Powell passed up a professional lacrosse career out of college to pursue other endeavors, though. He still stays involved in the game as a color analyst for CBS Sports Network, but he devotes even more time to his budding music career.Still, some wonder why the college great never entered the Major League Lacrosse or National Lacrosse League draft.  AdvertisementThis is placeholder textPowell followed his star older brothers Casey and Ryan to the Orange, arriving with massive expectations, but he surpassed them easily.‘He’ll always be remembered as one of the quickest to ever play the game,’ said Chavez, now an editor for Inside Lacrosse. ‘His ankle-breaking dodges are the things of legend. He just made it all look so easy.’The decision to play professional lacrosse isn’t that simple, though. Unlike the major North American professional sports, lacrosse does not provide lucrative contracts or major endorsement deals. Even the best players are forced to work other jobs.Kevin Buchanan plays for the Boston Cannons of the Major Lacrosse League, and he tallied 20 goals in just nine games last season. Yet Buchanan knew that professional lacrosse must co-exist with a ‘real job.’ Buchanan works as a sales representative for a diagnostic company, traveling throughout New England selling blood analyzers.Buchanan said abundant passion is necessary for those who pursue a secondary career in professional lacrosse.‘In the nature of our league, we’re weekend warriors,’ Buchanan said. ‘After the game, everyone goes back to their respective destinations, and we have to condition and prepare by ourselves. It’s a balancing act, having a career and playing lacrosse.’After his time with the Orange, Powell rarely played lacrosse at all. He’s gotten back into the game in recent years, notably playing in the prestigious Lake Placid Classic last summer.Tournament director George Leveille saw a piqued interest from fans when they learned Powell would return to the field. Years after leaving the game, Powell showed that he could still draw a crowd.‘He has tremendous enthusiasm for the game,’ Leveille said. ‘People were surprised about how sharp his game was. The lacrosse enthusiasts love him.’ Leveille is uncertain of Powell’s status for the event this year. He said he knows Powell has a busy schedule.Among Powell’s commitments is a gig with CBS Sports Network in the network’s new coverage of the National Lacrosse League. The NLL is a nine-team indoor box lacrosse league with teams from Seattle to Philadelphia, and CBS Sports is providing game-of-the week coverage for the remainder of the season and playoffs.Powell and his brother Casey will work as co-analysts alongside veteran play-by-play man Brent Stover. The brothers made their broadcasting debut April 7 at the Buffalo Bandits-Philadelphia Wings game.Bandits radio play-by-play broadcaster John Gurtler said Powell brings credibility with him into the booth. The new pursuit is just another extension of the work the Powells have done to promote and grow the game, Gurtler said.‘The Powell brothers have great personalities and represent the game of lacrosse on all levels here in the United States,’ Gurtler said. ‘With Mike there is so much personality of the game, with great stories. I am sure Mike will do fine.’Buchanan said he thinks Powell could’ve done a lot for the game if he played professionally after college. He said Powell could’ve become a true ambassador of the game, considering that almost everyone in lacrosse knows the Powell name.But Buchanan knows firsthand the challenges of balancing lacrosse and another career, and he doesn’t blame Powell for taking steps away from the game.‘Unfortunately, we don’t make multimillions,’ Buchanan said. ‘You’ve got to follow your passions and do what makes you happy.’For Powell, that outlet is music. Powell performed for a while in a band called Villain’s Trust, but he now pursues a solo career.Syracuse Post-Standard music critic Mark Bialczak has occasionally spoken with Powell over the years and remains impressed with his commitment to his musical craft, which was illustrated by his 48-city solo tour in 2009.‘I am always struck by how he’s willing to go anywhere and do anything for his music career,’ Bialczak said in an email. ‘He’s gone traveling the country and camping out so he could play as many shows as possible.’Bialczak describes Powell’s songs as ‘bright, incisive, and a commentary on America as he sees it.’Powell’s status as a public figure in the Central New York community has helped his musical development as well, Bialczak said. Not just in drawing attention to his work, but by making him more comfortable under the spotlight.Bialczak said Powell has the ability to eventually become nationally recognized for his music.‘Does he have star appeal? Indeed,’ Bialczak said. ‘Will he become a star? He could.’Powell may not play professional lacrosse these days, but that doesn’t mean his passion in life has subsided. He just put his energy into other areas.But he still finds time for lacrosse. Along with playing in Lake Placid last summer, he recently joined Easton Lacrosse as a sponsored athlete, and he finds time to help his brothers with camps and clinics.No matter what he pursues, Powell will always strive to maintain a relationship with the game that brought him so much success and adoration in college.‘He hadn’t played professional lacrosse until recently, but he’s been at the Lake Placid tournament where you don’t get paid to play,’ Chavez said. ‘So that tells me he enjoys the game, enjoys being around the guys and still likes to compete.’kmprisei@syr.edu Commentscenter_img Published on April 17, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Kevin: kmprisei@syr.edulast_img read more

Sage: Legends lead set to be claimed Saturday

first_imgYou’ve heard coaches say something like this before, “Play every game like it’s the championship.” On Saturday, it’s less of a clich?, because that is exactly what Michigan and Nebraska will do when they meet in Lincoln, Neb.It has taken eight weeks of football for true front-runners to appear in the Big Ten Legends Division, but these two teams look to be the ones showing they want it, and they both want it bad.What exactly is at stake in this upcoming Week 9 division matchup? The leg-up among the Legends group moving forward that could likely decide which team will head to Indianapolis to play in the second Big Ten Championship game and a spot in the Rose Bowl.No. 22 Michigan (5-2, 3-0 Big Ten) holds a one-game lead heading into the game. A victory would keep them in sole control of their destiny, two games ahead and could also mean a last-week game against undefeated Ohio State could have no implication on their standing.But Nebraska (5-2, 2-1 Big Ten) won’t be any less motivated Saturday. A Husker victory would result in a tie for the division lead, with the tiebreaker advantage in their favor after a head-to-head victory. With four very winnable games to end the season, this weekend’s game against the Wolverines is their biggest hurdle remaining.Entering the game, both teams will be riding momentum from their Week 8 victories. For Michigan, that came from beating rival Michigan State for the first time in four years after a last-second field goal to give the Wolverines a 12-10 edge over the Spartans. The Huskers also came back from a twelve-point deficit to beat Northwestern on the road by one.Yes, momentum and motivation play into a game, but what happens on the field is all that will truly matter.Here is how I see these teams matching up:Running ability in questionRanked fifth in the nation in rushing and leading the Big Ten with 279 rushing yards per game, Nebraska holds a clear statistical advantage. However, it is unknown if, or how much, their star tailback Rex Burkhead will play after he suffered a left knee injury against Northwestern. While losing him would be a blow to Nebraska’s offense, Ameer Abdullah and quarterback Taylor Martinez are both threats on the run. Michigan’s numbers fall not far behind the Huskers. Quarterback Denard Robinson currently ranks as the team’s leading rusher with 900 yards and six touchdowns. Junior Fitzgerald Toussaint, who has received 10 or more carries since Week 2, is the team’s lead back.Advantage: Michigan. Without a healthy Burkhead, Robinson’s dynamic running ability will edge out the threat’s of Martinez and Abdullah.Skipping stones: Robinson and MartinezAs aggressive as Robinson is on the run, his passing game does not even come close to matching that level. His 53.5 percent completion rate on the season is less-than-impressive.Now onto Martinez. When he is on, he is on fire. With 15 touchdown throws this season, two of which brought home a win this past weekend, Martinez is definitely a game changer for the Huskers. Martinez is ranked 15th nationally in passing efficiency with a 162.8 rating and has thrown just four interceptions. He was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week Monday for the third time this season.Martinez hasn’t been without his rough spots this year, most notably two weeks ago against Ohio State where he threw three interceptions. However, I suspect the Martinez we saw against the Wildcats will be the guy that shows up against Michigan with everything at stake. The Huskers have not lost a game in which he recorded zero interceptions. That will be key to a Nebraska victory.Advantage: Nebraska, and a significant one.Clear Defensive DifferenceThe ability to stop Martinez and the Husker offense is what will decide the outcome of Saturday’s game. Two years ago, Michigan owned one of the worst defenses in college football. Now we are looking at a group who in the last month has resembled a unit that could be one of the best in the nation. In Big Ten play, the Wolverines have given up 23 points total in their three games, meaning their opponents averaged just a measly 7.7 points in each game. Since a rough start to the season with a loss to No. 1 Alabama and a close game with Navy, Michigan has flipped the switch when they don’t posses the ball and after Week 2, have given up no more than 13 points in any game.What also is in the Wolverine defense’s favor is their experience with top teams this year. While losing to both Alabama and currently No. 5 Notre Dame, a powerhouse offense like Nebraska’s will not faze the experienced group.Nebraska’s defense has seen more struggles this season than successes. Ranked 72nd nationally, they allow on average 27.7 points a game, with a number that is even higher against its first three Big Ten opponents.Advantage: MichiganLocation, Location, Location!It cannot go unmentioned that Nebraska is undefeated in its four home games this season. Michigan is 1-2 on the road, but the crowd at Memorial Stadium will be amped up and ready to greet the Wolverines for the first time as Big Ten competition. Last season Nebraska was trampled in Ann Arbor 45-17 and will be looking for revenge, like what happened to Wisconsin in Week 5.Advantage: NebraskaSo who is going to come out the likely favorite to be playing Dec. 1 against the winner of the Leaders Division? It will be close, but I predict Michigan will come out on top. The way Michigan’s defense has played tips the game in their favor for me. Martinez and his offense are good, but we have seen them stopped before this year, and I think we will again come Saturday.last_img read more