COVID-19: Jokowi calls for transparency in social assistance distribution

first_img Topics : President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has called for transparency in the distribution of social assistance in response to the COVID-19 outbreak amid mounting issues surrounding the delivery of aid.For instance, Jokowi stressed that the public should know the details about those who are eligible to receive the aid and what type of aid is being distributed.“I want the social assistance recipient data to be transparently available [for the public],” Jokowi said during a COVID-19 task force virtual meeting on Monday. While the central government has claimed that the distribution of various forms of social assistance is underway, problems have emerged in the data for determining those who are eligible. Some poor families have complained they have not received assistance when those in well-off neighborhoods had.In Batam, Riau Islands, many residents have not received aid. In East Java, municipalities and regencies in the province have not yet submitted the names of eligible recipients.Meanwhile, in the country’s COVID-19 epicenter, Jakarta, there have been reports that several companies appointed by the government to help pack staple foods for distribution to affected families had experienced delays caused by a shortage of special bags printed with a message from the President.Analysts have also raised concerns about the lack of human resources needed for the government to achieve 100 percent accuracy in its poverty data — saying that the process for updating data was not optimal and had caused confusion over who was eligible to receive the aid.They also warned about potential illicit practices, from illegal fees to price gouging, highlighting the lack of supervision of the distribution.center_img The President also urged stakeholders to accelerate distribution, saying he “wants all of [the aid] to be received this week”. He also called on the relevant authorities, including the social affairs minister, regional leaders, district and village heads to closely supervise the distribution of social assistance.“The timing [of the distribution] must be well-managed as there is aid from the central government and local governments […] a hotline must be created so that everyone can report possible embezzlement,” Jokowi said.Read also: COVID-19 aid stalled, used for political stuntslast_img read more

German pension fund BVK launches global REIT fund

first_imgBayerische Versorgungskammer (BVK) has launched a global REITs fund, hiring two managers to invest €300m.Principal Global Investors will manage up to €150m in a dedicated REIT portfolio for BVK.Germany’s largest occupational pension fund – with €59bn in assets – made the move as part of a diversification strategy as it widens its exposure to real estate.Norman Fackelmann, head of real estate investment management at the self-employed professionals scheme, told IPE sister publication IP Real Estate that “first investments have already been made”. Principal works across equities, fixed income and real estate sectors and manages $311bn (€225bn) in assets mainly for retirement plans and institutional clients.In August last year, BVK awarded a €500m global real estate mandate to LaSalle Investment Management in a bid to diversify its exposure to the asset class.BVK is also working on an infrastructure debt vehicle with two banks.The scheme set up a Luxembourg-based fund for infrastructure debt, co-financing loans for a gas pipeline through Germany and a Dutch prison, worth €20m-70m each.last_img read more

Former TPR chair O’Higgins joins LPFA/Lancashire partnership

first_img“I applied for this role,” he said, “because I believe what Lancashire and London are doing with this partnership is exactly what should happen across local government – and, indeed, the wider pension sector – to help secure better benefits for members.”O’Higgins has previously worked at PwC and PA Consulting, and is currently chairman of the NHS Federation and of the remuneration committee at Network Rail.Jennifer Mein, Lancashire County Council leader, said it was moving ahead with the pooling vehicle as the industry awaited a government announcement on the future shape of local government pension schemes (LGPS).“Michael’s vision and experience are welcome assets, which should give others confidence in the seriousness of our joint endeavour, as we work towards launching the new company in April 2016,” she said.Merrick Cockell, newly appointed chairman of the LPFA, praised O’Higgins’s past roles across the public and private sector, as well as in academia.“To have a person of Michael’s calibre chairing the partnership is a real testament to what we are trying to achieve,” he said. Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne recently spoke of the need for consolidation among LGPS and has said he would like to see the creation of half a dozen asset pools, or “British wealth funds”.As part of their efforts to pool assets, all other London local authority funds outside the LPFA have backed the launch of a London collective investment vehicle, while LGPS from the South West are coming together to create a £19bn asset pool. The £10.5bn (€14.8bn) pooling vehicle set up by the London Pensions Fund Authority (LPFA) and Lancashire has hired former pensions regulator chairman Michael O’Higgins as its inaugural chair.The London and Lancashire Pensions Partnership (LLPP), agreed by the local authority funds in July, also said David Borrow, the deputy leader of Lancashire County Council, and Skip McMullan, currently a board member for the LPFA, would join the venture’s board.O’Higgins, who left the Pensions Regulator in 2014 after three years as its chairman, will now recruit a further three non-executive directors to join the board.He said he was delighted to be involved in the “ambitious” pooling exercise, which he predicted would see a significant change to the public sector pensions system.last_img read more

Celine Dion booking: A major boost to Jamaica and the Caribbean

first_img Share 34 Views   no discussions Tweet Sharing is caring! Celine Dion. Photo credit: topnews.inNEW YORK, USA — Across the Caribbean Diaspora, Jamaican promoter Walter Elmore’s Art of Music Productions (AMP) successful bid to attract mega star Celine Dion to the 2012 Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival is being viewed as a boost for the festival and for the region.Two years ago when the organization began its efforts to entice the musical icon to the festival, they had no idea how they could pull it off. “But I’m a firm believer that if you have an idea, you work at it. If you don’t try you’ll never succeed,” says Elmore, AMP’s chairman.Inking the deal, Elmore says, took some “jumping through hoops” but now that all systems are set for Dion’s first performance in the Caribbean, he is understandably very excited. “Her production team is amazing and has been working with my team to make sure that everything’s in place. It is going to be an exceptional show,” he promises.Canadian Celine Dion, one of the best selling female recording artistes of all time, is also excited about the opportunity to perform for her fans in the Caribbean. As she emailed to Elmore: “I am looking forward to doing my very first show in the Caribbean and this is an honour for me to perform at the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival. What a beautiful way to meet the people of Jamaica on this, my first trip to the island. I just can’t wait.”Scheduled to perform on the Friday night of the festival, which runs from January 26 to 28, 2012, Dion is expected to woo her fans with classics such as: The Power Of Love; Because You Loved Me; All By Myself; I’m Your Angel; the Grammy and Academy Award-winning classic, My Heart Will Go On; and her breakthrough chartbuster, Where Does My Heart Beat Now.In addition to Celine Dion, a dazzling lineup of top international, regional and local superstars has been announced for the three-day festival, which takes place at the Trelawny Stadium.Joining her on the lineup are Cee-Lo Green, Nicole Henry, Heads of State, Jully Black, Earl Klugh, The Temptations Review featuring Dennis Edwards, Destra, Gentleman; and Jamaica’s finest musical talent, including Shaggy, Richie Stephens, John Holt, Yellow Man, Half Pint, Tessanne Chin and Tami Chynn, Marcia Griffiths, Lloyd Parkes and We The People, George Nooks, Luciano, Mykal Rose, AJ Brown, Freddy McGregor, Pluto Shervington, Etana, Chris Martin, Marcia Barrett (Boney M) and Byron Lee’s Dragonaires.In honour of Jamaica’s 50th Anniversary of Independence, the opening night of the festival is dedicated to all the rich sounds that have shaped Jamaica’s music over the past 50 years, and so it will feature ska, rocksteady, dancehall and reggae, the island nation’s influential contributions to world music. Caribbean News Nowcenter_img Share EntertainmentNewsRegional Celine Dion booking: A major boost to Jamaica and the Caribbean by: – December 19, 2011 Sharelast_img read more

Lynch, Gower and Abbott score Quincy wins

first_imgBy Jack WalbringQUINCY, Ill. (May 3) – Jim Lynch, Joey Gower and Kimberly Abbott all scored IMCA feature wins at Quincy Raceway during action on Sunday May 3.The Powder Coat Plus IMCA Stock Car main event went to Lynch, who took his second feature win of the season over Abe Huls, Beau Taylor, Andrew Hustead and Jerry Jansen.The Summy Tire and Auto Center IMCA Northern SportMod was a wild and wooly affair as it looked like Austin Becerra would pick up his first local feature win of the season before a last lap tangle with Tony Dunker in turn two changed all that.Gower took the lead on the restart and held off Brandon Lennox to take the feature win followed by Nathan Bringer, Jim Gillenwater and Brandon Dale.The IMCA Mach-1 Sport Compact feature event was a three-way battle between Jeffery DeLonjay, Seith Woodruff and Kimberly Abbott with each taking turns at the lead.Abbott won out at the end with Woodruff in second and DeLonjay in third. The fourth spot went to Barry Taft with fifth going to Trent Orwig.last_img read more

Hong Kong pitch worries Moyes

first_img Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas has already voiced his concern ahead of his side’s second game at the stadium against South China on Saturday, with Jan Vertonghen having injured ankle ligaments in Spurs’ game against Sunderland on Wednesday. Moyes has seen the pictures from the opening round of matches in the Premier League Asia Cup and with reports that the rain is due to last until Monday, there is a fear about how much damage players could sustain on the surface. Press Association Sport understands senior figures at the club have even examined the contract for the game to see what contingencies are in place for such a situation. However, with contractual obligations to meet, there is no question of a postponement at the present time. Nevertheless, Moyes is worried. “I do have concerns about the surface,” he said. “It is mainly due to the weather. That is an act of God. We can’t do anything about that. “But we will travel to Hong Kong and hope the conditions improve and the pitch is in a better state than it has been in recently.” Meanwhile, Moyes confirmed midfielder Shinji Kagawa would not fly to Hong Kong. Manchester United manager David Moyes has admitted he is concerned about the state of the pitch his side will be forced to play on in Hong Kong on Monday. After their draw in Japan, United will fly to Hong Kong on Saturday expecting to take on local side Kitchee FC in the final game of their five-match tour of the Far East and Australia. Yet they have no idea what conditions they are going to encounter. Press Association The Japan star cut short his holiday in order to feature in both pre-season matches in his homeland, but Moyes feels Kagawa still needs to complete his break after featuring in the Confederations Cup in Brazil. “We have given him more holiday because of his football with Japan in the summer,” said Moyes. “We try to give all the players four weeks’ holiday if possible. “He hasn’t quite had that time so we will give him another week’s rest, although he will do some more training with the club here so he can have that time at home in Japan.” last_img read more

‘Dangerous’ Sanchez pleases Wenger

first_img Sanchez waltzed in a third during stoppage time – his 10th of the season – as Arsenal moved above West Ham on goal difference, and level with Manchester City, who play on Sunday. “The header he scored is more the result of determination and desire than doing something special technically,” said Wenger, who had described Sanchez as a ‘street footballer’ in the build-up to the match. “He has the attributes of a fighter and of a quality, talented player. That’s what you want to see in every football player.” Wenger continued: “Since he has played through the middle he looks more dangerous because he is in full confidence, is physically strong, he likes to take people on as well and he makes perfect runs.” After a somewhat inconsistent start to the new campaign and a run of injuries, Arsenal are now finding some momentum, having won at Sunderland last weekend on the back of a dramatic stoppage-time Champions League victory away to Anderlecht. Wenger was happy with the way his side remained calm and eventually broke through what had been a determined Burnley defensive display. “We had a strong team pressure and we had to intensify that in the second half, which we did,” he said. “Slowly you could see that the chances were coming and at the end of the day, it became easy when it was 2-0. Overall I think it was a very satisfying win.” Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger hailed “dangerous” Alexis Sanchez after the Chile forward scored twice to help beat Burnley 3-0 at the Emirates Stadium. Sanchez has impressed following a £30million move from Barcelona after the World Cup, and his industry was rewarded on 70 minutes with a powerful header, having earlier been denied by fine saves by busy keeper Tom Heaton as Burnley held off the Gunners’ onslaught with a string of blocks by the dogged defence. England defender Calum Chambers netted a quick-fire second two minutes later, lashing in his first Arsenal goal following a corner, with both Heaton and the woodwork saving Burnley further after Theo Walcott had made a welcome return off the substitutes bench from a long-term knee injury. Press Association Wenger was pleased to see Walcott come back after so long out, his last appearance coming in an FA Cup tie against Tottenham during January. “It is good I could give him 12 or 13 minutes today when the game was nearly won,” said Wenger. “His decision making and movement are good – he just needs to get used to competition.” Burnley boss Sean Dyche, meanwhile, was left in awe of Sanchez’s display. “His movement and energy was incredible,” said Dyche. “He was non-stop, forget about his quality, his determination was excellent. “I have told my strikers to look at how he played and take heed.” Burnley remain bottom and continue to search for a first league win since promotion. Dyche said: “So far this season, we have played six out of the top 10 and we are not ready for that. “I always plan to win, but there are teams more in our market than others. “Once Arsenal got their noses in front, they were clinical. They put us to the sword, but they are a very good side.” Dyche, though, will remain ever positive. “I am a young manager, but there is no naivety and I am learning a lot,” he said. “If we don’t win eventually fans will question it, but we are honest and open about it,” he said. “We have taken the fans on a journey they probably didn’t think they would have that journey again.” last_img read more

Georgia Tech’s Corey Heyward puts on the jersey for his father

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 2, 2017 at 10:35 pm Contact Andrew: | @A_E_Graham Twelve-year-old Corey Heyward and his AAU basketball team had just advanced to the tournament championship in Richmond, Virginia, when he received the news. His father had died. Craig Heyward, an 11-year NFL veteran who had battled a brain tumor for seven years, was just 39.Heyward had a choice: Return home the next day or stay with the team and play for the tournament title on the campus of Virginia Commonwealth.The AAU team won the championship and Heyward helped lead them there. He had decided to stay because he thought his dad would’ve wanted him too. But the trip home to Georgia remained, where Heyward had to face reality.“The next night going home,” Heyward said, “taking it all in. … It was obviously hard. It was at a young age.”The now-23-year-old redshirt senior guard at Georgia Tech and his two brothers grew together through sports after the death of their father. Cameron plays defensive line for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Connor will soon play football at Michigan State. The three are hundreds of miles apart, but stay connected for their father by playing the games he had loved to watch.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“(The boy’s) sports were an outlet for him,” Charlotte Heyward, their mother, said, “and all of us to get away from what he was going through.”That nature stems from their father, the Pittsburgh Panthers’ fourth all-time leading rusher. He scored 30 rushing touchdowns in more than a decade with stops in New Orleans, Chicago, Atlanta, St. Louis and Indianapolis. The 5-foot-11, 265-pound bruiser bullied his way to 1,083 rushing yards in the 1995 season.Later, even when cancer confined Craig to a wheelchair, he ended up on the sidelines of his son’s games to cause the ruckus he had managed so well in the NFL. He attended every football and basketball game, to jaw with and heckle the referees. Craig showed up to his son’s school assembly in a gold satin suit. It was the same Craig who, as a young boy, earned the nickname “Ironhead” from the time someone snapped a pool cue over his head in a fight at the Boys & Girls Club.During his playing days, Craig always towed his sons along and later passed on his same mindset and physicality on smaller fields. He raised the three boys in youth football, AAU basketball and Peachtree Ridge (Georgia) High School athletics. Sports became pillars at home in the Atlanta suburb of Duluth.The Heyward family grew accustomed to sports on the biggest stage. At the Colts facility, Ashley Thompson, franchise quarterback Peyton Manning’s then-girlfriend and now-wife, supervised the Heyward children as their dad played. Craig showed his sons how to prepare like a pro, introduced them to teammates and frequently brought them to Atlanta Hawks games.During one game against Milwaukee, Craig kept hollering “Jesus!” to Bucks shooting guard Ray Allen. Heyward, confused at the time, only later realized the heckling referenced Allen’s character, Jesus Shuttlesworth, from the Spike Lee movie, “He Got Game.”“My dad was more like a friend than an actual father figure.” Heyward said. “He was like our best friend.“He’d do anything for us.”Courtesy of Charlotte HeywardCameron followed his dad’s football footsteps first, becoming a dominant defensive lineman for Ohio State. Connor is following a similar path by signing with the Spartans to play football.Corey wanted to be different. He started enjoying basketball around age 11 while watching Cameron play AAU. The pace of basketball appealed to him. Plus, he escaped the sweltering sun. “You get your AC,” Heyward said. “I was inside of a gym instead of your Georgia heat, so I decided to go with basketball.” The decision didn’t disappoint his father. He went to almost every basketball practice to watch his sons play.By the time Heyward made it to junior high, cancer robbed Craig of the strength to go for full practices. Sometimes, he couldn’t even pick them up as he always had. The Heyward brothers drew inward, driving directly home to see and care for their dad. One week, Craig felt fine. The next, he returned to the hospital. The brothers looked to Cameron, the oldest, who played the role model the best he could.Now, the brothers remain close though separated by both geography and athletic schedules. They stay close through texting and Twitter, and Cameron occasionally texts Heyward after a game he didn’t even know his older brother was watching. When all three brothers get home, usually for the holidays, it’s like the old days again, almost.The three play video games like NBA 2K, or backyard football, which amuses Heyward because now they’re all grown men. Charlotte enjoys the rare opportunity to see her sons all in the same place at the same time. “(It’s) maybe once or twice a year,” she said.The brothers also return home to a bigger family. Charlotte remarried, to former NBA player Cory Blackwell, and though they divorced, the family remains close with Blackwell’s son and two daughters. Charlotte also adopted another daughter, Meagan.“We were like ‘The Black Brady Bunch,’” Heyward said.As the end approaches for Georgia Tech’s season and Heyward’s career, uncertainty remains while the Yellow Jackets teeter on the edge of the NCAA Tournament bubble. Until the final buzzer sounds, the senior will put on a “Heyward” jersey and play to keep the memory of “Ironhead” alive a little longer.“We’re just kind of living his legacy through us,” Heyward said.“It’s been a blessing so far, for my brothers and I.” Commentslast_img read more

Syracuse’s weakness at cornerback a year ago now a strength thanks to Chris Fredrick and Scoop Bradshaw

first_img Published on November 9, 2017 at 8:23 pm Contact Tomer: | @tomer_langer The players getting the most recognition for Syracuse’s drastic turnaround on defense have largely been the veterans.Senior linebacker Zaire Franklin is a three-time captain and addresses the media more than any other player. His counterpart Parris Bennett has racked up an ACC player of the week award and is tied for fourth in the Atlantic Coast Conference with 9.2 tackles per game. Redshirt junior defensive tackle Chris Slayton has been SU’s most forceful player across an improved defensive line.In the back end, though, it’s been two underclassmen who’ve sparked the change for Syracuse (4-5, 2-3 Atlantic Coast). Redshirt sophomore Chris Fredrick and true sophomore Scoop Bradshaw earned additional playing time toward the end of last season — with Fredrick becoming a starter — due to a mix of injuries and disappointing play from the incumbents.They’ve been locked in as starters since the 2017 season opener and have been instrumental in preventing the big plays that plagued the Orange a year ago. If the Orange plans on stopping Wake Forest’s (5-4, 2-3) 38th-ranked passing offense on Saturday afternoon in the Carrier Dome, it’ll be on Fredrick and Bradshaw to stop the big plays.“When you get two guys who are playing at such a high level,” head coach Dino Babers said, “that’s what’s enabled us to do a lot of the things on defense that has allowed us to really slow down some really, really good offenses.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe two weren’t just handed the starting jobs, either. SU brought in graduate transfers Devin M. Butler and Jordan Martin to shore up the secondary. Bradshaw and Fredrick beat both out. Butler has since excelled as the primary nickel cornerback while Martin transitioned to safety before his season-ending surgery.Redshirt junior Juwan Dowels started a game last season before tearing his ACL and MCL in Week 2 against Louisville. He’s since become the third corner on the outside. He played most of the Miami game after Bradshaw missed it due to injury.Fredrick’s best quality is the physicality he brings at the line, Dowels and Butler said. At 5-foot-11, 193 pounds, Fredrick has found success in press coverage while jamming receivers and has the strength to punch out balls that get in receivers’ hands.Andy Mendes | Digital Design EditorMeanwhile, Bradshaw, at 5-foot-11 and 167 pounds, is the speedier cornerback. When he first came to SU last summer, the coaching staff toyed with moving him to wide receiver before moving him back to corner for good. He’s had a few plays this season, including against Pittsburgh and Clemson, in which he’s broken up passes as the only defensive back around on a deep ball. Bradshaw leads the team with six pass breakups while Fredrick is tied for second with four.“It’s like a very good combination,” Dowels said. “When you have that it makes it hard on the other side, deciding which side you want to go to.”Fredrick credits Dowels for helping him adjust to his new role as a starter toward the end of last season. The experience last year helped them pinpoint what they needed to improve on entering the year.For Fredrick, it was playing balls in the air. He said he’d ask some of the quarterbacks to go to the Ensley Athletic Center for extra practice, having them throw deep balls for him to field. Bradshaw said that he worked generally on improving his techniques and gaining a better understanding of the defensive scheme.“I give (Scoop) a lot of advice,” Fredrick said. “Obviously he’s younger than me … I feel like I have a lot I try to teach him.”It’s helped. Bradshaw, who is naturally confident and outgoing, said that he’s playing with a higher confidence level this year because he understands the system better. He always feels good on the field, but the fact that he consistently knows where needs to be helped him grow.As Babers has mentioned, the best thing about this duo is their age. Both are already regular starters and should conceivably be at SU for a few more years to come.“I can’t even explain it, how much we improved,” Bradshaw said. “Because you just know, once you’ve seen it you know. Like gosh. We weren’t doing this last year.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Zak: UW lacks identity heading to Indiana

first_imgEarlier this week, Badger Herald Sports Content Editor and fellow Columnist Nick Korger wrote that any outcome from Saturday’s game with Indiana would come at no surprise. He is exactly right.A Wisconsin victory would reshape the crumbling confidence surrounding the program. An Indiana victory would all but take the Badgers out of the running for the Big Ten Championship and a third chance at an elusive Rose Bowl victory. In a season where nothing has gone according to plan, anyone can still ponder what the plan has in store for Saturday.UW Head Coach Bret Bielema confirmed earlier reports Thursday that redshirt senior Curt Phillips would be the starting quarterback against Indiana, and it all came to me. As I write, three days removed from Korger’s column, the case remains the same, only now the outcome of Saturday’s game really doesn’t matter as much as it should.What does matter is the fact Wisconsin has no identity, hasn’t had one all season, and this issue stems as a full-blown feature of the UW program since Bielema took over the head coaching reigns from Barry Alvarez in 2006. In his modest attempts to establish Wisconsin as an elite program, Bielema has folded instead of molded the Badgers’ identity.Alvarez handed over a program known for running the ball around, through and over opponents. Since then, some good things have happened and some bad things have happened. It may be a sad realization for the tried and truest of Badgers fans, but those days are long gone.Just a few years after the switch, Wisconsin was already searching for an identity.In 2008, a season Bielema would likely love to have wiped from his transcript, a transfer quarterback (sound familiar?) named Allan Evridge from Kansas State began the season as the starter and ended as sideline signal-caller (sound familiar?).The Badgers’ offense was stunted, the run game thwarted and a senior quarterback was thrust into role of starter midway through the season (sound familiar?).Then in 2010, a loss to Michigan State seemed to crush the Badgers’ hopes of a Rose Bowl berth. Former Badger Herald sports editor Mike Fiammetta asserted that Wisconsin had an “identity crisis.” Sensing a theme?Wisconsin then ripped off seven consecutive victories and found itself in the Rose Bowl with a stout defense, and with – in Bielema-speak – an un-sexy offense.That unsexy offense turned erotic as ever in 2011 with Russell Wilson at the helm, but the defense that seemed so absolutely sound from a year prior could hardly hold a Duck out of any end zone, as seen in the Rose Bowl loss to Oregon.And now, a Wisconsin identity is lacking once again.Korger wrote a column in early September, following the Oregon State loss, claiming Wisconsin needed to find its identity throughout the remaining nonconference games. We thought this happened, but then a broken collarbone to starting quarterback Joel Stave refueled the identity discussion.One year, a great defense. The next, a great offense. After that, mediocrity all around. It has truly turned into a revolving door of what on earth is coming next.Yes, the Stave injury was a crushing blow to whatever momentum or identity Wisconsin had installed midway through this 2012 campaign. But would USC stop throwing the football 35 times a game if Matt Barkley’s season came to an abrupt end? Would Oregon give up the running-plays-faster-than-you-can-think – or blink – mentality if Kenjon Barner was lost for the year? If Nick Saban left Tuscaloosa, would Alabama lose its world-class defense? Nope. These programs all have identities. And now, with it’s starting quarterback sidelined, what does Wisconsin have to fall back on?The Badgers are hoping they can count on Phillips, the man tabbed No. 3 on the depth chart after fall camp, over Danny O’Brien, the once-starter, once-ACC Freshman of the Year, once-Wilson-heir apparent, once-everything.I’m not about to say the move to start Phillips is a foolish one. I am going to say it caps off a season in which much faith has been lost (or at least should be lost) in Bielema and co. Seriously, what is Wisconsin football?Eight weeks ago, O’Brien was a large part of the Badgers identity. Now, Wisconsin has demoted him to a theoretical fourth place in line, behind Stave, September O’Brien, and Phillips. Quarterback may not be what Wisconsin does best, but what does it do best?It is hard to imagine a program moving forward and upward in the ranks when its best trait is consistently left in question.Wisconsin could try to become the run-oriented team like it was when Alvarez relinquished his duties to Bielema.The only characteristic that has successfully translated since that 2006 decision is the 1-0 mantra and the coach who instilled it more than six years ago. Some identity that is.UW also could lean on its defense like it rode J.J. Watt in 2010 and O’Brien Schofield in 2009.Or the Badgers could settle with the senior quarterback over the transfer like in 2008, a season that ended with a 42-13 loss to Florida State in the Champs Sports Bowl. Just like Korger said Monday, we’ll have to wait and see.We might be waiting for a while.Sean is a junior majoring in journalism and communication arts. Do you think Wisconsin football has an identity? If so, let him know via email or on Twitter @sean_zak.last_img read more