Badgers sweep Purdue, take Big Ten title outright

first_imgFor the first time since 2001, the Wisconsin volleyball team won the Big Ten Championship courtesy of a three-set sweep of Purdue at the UW Field House Friday night.When senior Courtney Thomas delivered the final kill, the Badgers had accomplished something they’d set out to do since the early summer months.“It’s awesome. You dream of it, you go to bed at night and you’re thinking about it. You’re like ‘What’s it going to be like? What am I going to do when I win this?’ But it’s nothing like the dream, it’s 10 times better and it was amazing with this senior class and our team,” Thomas said. “It’s something you look forward to your whole career and not many people get to experience it so it’s absolutely amazing.”Wisconsin had claimed at least a share of the title with Penn State Wednesday night when they defeated Rutgers on the road in three sets, but claimed it for themselves with the win against Purdue.“Who wants to share a Big Ten title?” Thomas said. “When we were at Rutgers and we won, we just didn’t feel like we were the Big Ten champs. It just didn’t feel right after we won. And we’re on the bus and we’re all talking and it was like ‘No, we’re not going to share this thing. We’re playing at home on Friday against Purdue and we’re going to go out there and win this thing outright.’”The championship comes on the heels of a school-record 19-match winning streak, a run that will last for more than two months by the next time UW takes the court. Their last loss, and lone loss in conference play, came Sept. 24 against Penn State.In addition to the title-clinching match, the team honored its seven seniors in their final regular season match.Ellen Chapman, a cornerstone of the highly-touted recruiting class that is now entering its final collegiate matches, had nine kills in the match. The always reliable senior Dominique Thompson had four kills.Deme Morales, Julie Mikaelsen, Kt Kvas and Caroline Workman were the other four seniors honored in addition to Chapman, Thomas and Thompson.Thomas led the way for the Badgers with a double-double consisting of a team-high 12 kills and 10 digs. Freshman Kelli Bates killed 10 balls on the night as well.The Badgers only trailed once the entire match, adjusting to the slow starts to sets that had plagued them at several points throughout the season.“We jumped on them. Purdue kept battling, and we kept fighting as well,” Sheffield said. “Sometimes when you get out in that early lead, you can relax. I didn’t see that from us. I thought we kept our composure and continued to fight.”One thing that stood out to Sheffield on this special night was the sellout crowd of 6,012.“The fans were into it. My goodness, it was 15 degrees outside, and two hours before the match, there was a line outside my office window waiting to get in. We have some crazy Badger fans here,” Sheffield said. “They stuck around for I don’t know how long that ceremony was. The support we’re getting is incredible. Our team absolutely thrives off of it.”For the Badgers, the title is simply a stepping stone to the next level — a national championship.“I think that we can soak in this feeling a little bit for about a day, and then Sunday is going to come and we’re going to get locked in again. Just be preparing and getting in the gym and getting better for whoever our first opponent is,” Chapman said. “I think that we can enjoy it a little right now but it’s going to be quick turnaround before we start preparing.”last_img read more

Referees promise professional standards

first_imgPremier League referees promise a good season as they also pledge to ensure professional standards.The referees body, the Referees Association of Ghana (RAG) and the Ghana Football Association (GFA) together with the Premier League Board (PLB) met on Friday to discuss other matters and the new season on Sunday.RAG also assured the GFA and the league organizers of an improved performance from the previous season.After hailing the referees for their performances last season, the GFA also demanded of them to crackdown on ball-boys who intentionally disrupt play by throwing extra balls onto the pitch during matches.The GFA told the meeting that it is seeking sponsorship as well as an insurance package for referees in the Ghana Premier League to help improve their conditions of service.RAG were also assured that, efforts are being made to clear some of the outstanding payments from the matches they officiated in the second-half of last season.last_img read more

Watch it live: Fourth Democratic Debate

first_imgTonight the Democrats will take the stage once again for what is to be their fourth debate.12 candidates are expected to share the spotlight despite only eight of those candidates qualifying for next month’s debate.Joe Biden, Cory Booker, Pete Buttigieg, Julián Castro, Tulsi Gabbard, Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar, Beto O’Rourke, Bernie Sanders, Tom Steyer, Elizabeth Warren and Andrew Yang will all take the stage.Since the last debate in September, several issues have arisen. House Democrats have opened an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump regarding his reported pressuring of Ukrainian officials for information regarding former Vice President, a decision that Nancy Pelosi just recently decided to put on hold,  Joe Biden’s son, President Trump’s decision to pull American troops out of Syria, and the ongoing fight between South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Beto O’Rourke, and New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker over gun control laws and the tax-exempt status of religious organizations that discriminate against the LGBTQ community.Tonight also marks the first time Senator Bernie Sanders returns to the campaign trail after suffering a heart attack.The debate is being hosted by CNN and the New York Times. It is scheduled to take place at Otterbein University in Ohio at 8:00 pm.Watch it live here.last_img read more

WDFW Approves Four Days of Razor Clam Digging Starting Friday, March…

first_imgFacebook32Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife Persons with disabilities who need to receive this information in an alternative format or who need reasonable accommodations to participate in WDFW-sponsored public meetings or other activities may contact Dolores Noyes by phone (360-902-2349), TTY (360-902-2207), or email ([email protected]). For more information, see COVID-19 and Razor Clam Digging: Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife recognizes that we are facing extraordinary times and urges all Washington citizens to take extra precautions to keep yourself, your family and the entire community of Washington healthy.  Razor clam digs typically bring visitors from throughout Washington. We recognize that travel at this time should be done with great deliberation for your health, and the health of the receiving community.  In the course of considering this dig, we consulted with county health officials in both Grays Harbor and Pacific Counties. We also consulted with the Washington Department of Health and the Governor’s office to determine if this clam opener should proceed. Based on the determinations of local and state government, we will continue to offer this outdoor activity.In offering this activity, we ask that you to follow WDOH guidelines.  In particular:Do not travel if you are sick, someone in your household is sick or you have conditions that put you at higher risk.Symptoms or not, please also practice good personal hygiene and maintain “social distancing” of at least six feet while on the beach.In addition, please recognize that these small towns need the grocery stores to remain stocked for local residents.  So please be judicious in purchasing what is needed for your time at the beach. Restaurants and bars are closed at this time, so please make sure you have brought the provisions you will need to enjoy your day.Please visit WDFW COVID-19 Updates for more information.Approved Razor Clam DigRazor clam diggers can round up their shovels, clam guns and tubes for a four-day dig beginning March 20.The approved dig is for the following beaches, dates and low tides:State shellfish managers with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved a dig on evening low tides after recent marine toxin tests showed the clams are safe to eat.March 20, Friday 5:27 pm, 0.4 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, MocrocksMarch 21, Saturday, 6:07 pm, 0.4 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, CopalisMarch 22, Sunday, 6:41 pm, 0.4 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, MocrocksMarch 23, Monday, 7:12 pm, 0.5 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, CopalisNo digging is allowed before noon when low tide occurs in the evening.“We are approving this dig based on favorable marine toxin findings, but folks should use their own judgment and consider COVID-19 when making travel plans,” said Larry Phillips, WDFW coastal region director, referencing recent announcements that razor clam festivals centered on Ocean Shores and Long Beach have been postponed.For a list of proposed razor clam digs on Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks beaches through April, please see our razor clam webpage.WDFW authorizes each dig independently after getting the results of marine toxin testing. Final approval of the tentatively scheduled openings will depend on whether results of marine toxin tests show the clams are safe to eat.In order to ensure conservation of clams for future generations, WDFW sets tentative razor clam seasons that are based on the results from an annual coast-wide razor clam stock assessment and by considering harvest to date. To see videos of WDFW’s sustainable management work for razor clam seasons, visit our razor clam page.WDFW is also asking razor clam fans around the state to weigh in on the perennial question: Which is better, clam gun or shovel? To register support for a favored digging method, clam diggers can post a photo or video, complete with hashtag #TeamClamShovel or #TeamClamGun on any social media before the end of the spring season.All diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2019-20 fishing license to harvest razor clams on any beach. Licenses, ranging from a three-day razor clam license to an annual combination fishing license, are available on WDFW’s licensing website and from license vendors around the state.Under state law, diggers at open beaches can take 15 razor clams per day and are required to keep the first 15 they dig. Each digger’s clams must be kept in a separate container.last_img read more

Virus Found to be Causing Dolphin Deaths

first_imgBy Scott LongfieldA naturally occurring virus is being blamed for the hundreds of dolphin deaths along the Eastern seaboard this summer.As more bottlenose dolphin wash ashore, Dr. Teri Rowels from the federal Marine Mammal Health and Stranding Response Program said that morbillivirus is responsible for the large number of dolphin that have died this year along the Atlantic coast, and that this may continue into next spring.The virus cannot be transmitted to humans.Since July 9, Robert Schoelkopf, director of New Jersey’s Marine Mammal Stranding Center (MMSC) in Brigantine, has counted 74 dead dolphin along the Jersey Shore.According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), 488 dolphin have been stranded since Jan. 1 from New York to North Carolina.The high number of dolphin deaths is similar to what happened in 1987 when more than 700 dolphin were washed up from New Jersey to Florida. Morbillivirus also was linked to their deaths, according to officials.NOAA officials are urging people to stay away from dead or stranded dolphin and to contact the MMSC at 609-266-0538 or the local police department to report any sightings.last_img read more


first_imgJohnny Giles regarded by many as the greatest player to ever play for Ireland visited Letterkenny Golf club last week. The former Leeds United star is now best known for being an integral part of RTE’s coverage of soccer alongside Eamon Dunphy and Liam Brady.He received a warm welcome and posed for a number of photographs from well wishers and took time to sign autographs for younger fans. Giles wasn’t the only former sporting star to play the course as former World Darts champion Bob Anderson also visited the course.Anderson was one of the best players in the world for over 20 years and won several World championship during that time.He also posed with fans who wanted their photo taken with the former Darts champion. SPORT STARS OF YESTERDAY YEAR VISIT LETTERKENNY GOLF CLUB was last modified: August 9th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Bob AndersonDarts ChampionJohnny GilesLeeds UnitedLetterkenny Golf clubPunditRTEWorldlast_img read more

SA Express to spread its wings

first_img5 December 2007Feeder airline South African Express is to be shifted from state-owned Transnet to the Department of Public Enterprises, freeing it up to expand its routes and increase its flight capacity and frequency as it moves to become a leading southern African regional airline.According to a statement issued by the Department of Public Enterprises last month, the transaction is called for by the South African Express Bill, which has been put before the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) for approval.“The airline is of strategic importance as its growth will add to the overall air services capacity,” Public Enterprises Minister Alec Erwin said. “Our objective is to make air travel more accessible and to complement the national and international services of [South African Airways] and other South African carriers.”South African Express (SAX) is essentially a regional carrier, operating where the main carriers do not. By acting as a feeder airline to other national and international airlines through larger hubs, it plays a vital role in air travel.“This is a specific function and we are looking to expand it both in the region and possibly into other regions of Africa,” Erwin said.“To have merged the airline into [SA Airways] would have lost its focus, and to have sold it to other carriers at this stage would have lost us the opportunity for the strategic strengthening of South Africa’s air transport system.”Erwin said the South African Express Bill was one of the final steps towards making Transnet a freight transport company, focused wholly on rail, ports and pipelines, while ensuring that South African Express could make a more meaningful contribution to the country’s aviation industry as a stand-alone public enterprise.He said that the airline would be given the necessary commercial autonomy, adding that once a stable air travel system was established in the country and the region, it would be possible for the state to reassess its role in the ownership of SAX.He also pointed out that despite the aviation industry being a challenging and volatile one at the best of times, SAX had managed to remain profitable, while also expanding its route network.The airline currently flies to areas such as Walvis Bay in Namibia, Lubumbashi in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Maputo in Mozambique and Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, and is keen to increase the frequency and capacity of its services between Johannesburg and Lubumbashi and Victoria Falls, as well as on the Cape Town to Maputo routes.“This is a great platform for the expansion of the airline’s services to the rest of the continent,” Erwin said. “Such expansion will be very important in SAX’s strategy to be the prime regional airline.”Erwin added that the aviation industry plays a big role in the country’s tourism sector, which has been identified as a key driver for increased job creation and economic growth by the Accelerated and Shared Growth Initiative for South Africa (Asgi-SA)“By retaining SAX in state hands, [the] government can oversee that this growth and employment does occur,” he said.SAinfo reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

What’s Ailing Us: Things to consider when a loved one has a chronic illness

first_imgBy: Bari Sobelson, MS, LMFTpixabay[ thoughtful woman by Unsplash, February 2016, CCO]Connie is sitting in the lobby of her doctor’s office waiting for the door to open and her name to be called. In reality, she is waiting for so much more than that. Connie is waiting for her husband to come back from the longest deployment they have ever experienced as a family. She is waiting for her 2-year-old son to start using more words so that his tantrums will decrease. She is waiting for the phone call from her realtor that their house has finally sold so that they can prepare for their next move. She is waiting to find out why her body doesn’t seem to function like it did last year.This has been the hardest year of Connie’s life. In addition to all of the daily stressors of being a full-time working mother with a husband who has been deployed for most of the year, Connie has been experiencing a multitude of unexplainable symptoms. She has been referred to countless specialists who all seem to be just as mystified as she is about the decline in her health. Because she lives in a rural town, she has had to travel to be seen by most of the specialists only to be poked, prodded, and sent home with no answers again.Connie can’t sleep. Her hair is falling out. She is in pain more often than not. It appears as though none of her doctors have communicated with each other, as she has to repeat her story at each new visit. Her sick leave is running low at work and her desk is piled high with endless tasks that need to be completed. As she sits in the lobby today, Connie thinks about her children and her job and her husband and her friends. She closes her eyes tightly and uses her last ounce of hope on the thought that this may be the time she finally gets an answer.The diagnosis process for Connie is familiar to many people with chronic illness. Oftentimes, it is neither a simple nor quick process. Here are some things to consider when you have a family member or friend with a chronic illness:They may not look sick: If you don’t remember anything else from this list, remember this. Many chronic illnesses are invisible; meaning you are unable to see them from the outside. This does not make the illness any less significant or serious.Don’t ask them how they are doing unless you really want to know: This applies to everyone you ask, but especially those suffering from chronic illness. While you are certainly trying to sound considerate and supportive, this question can actually have the opposite effect if you really don’t want to know the answer. Many times, the person you ask is trying their very best to make you comfortable with their answer by saying that they are fine. The truth is, though, they are probably not “fine”.Don’t offer unsolicited advice: Telling a person with a chronic illness that they should try the latest and greatest remedy for their condition can be insulting. It can also be frustrating. What if they have already tried that remedy and it didn’t work? What if they just can’t muster up the energy to try anything else at the moment? What if they don’t want solutions, but just a place to vent or find support? So, unless someone asks you directly for advice, try to keep it to yourself.Offer support: While you may not be able to help “cure” your loved one, you can certainly be supportive. Ask them what you can do to help support them. Offer to go with them to an appointment, pick their children up from school on an especially hard day, etc.Remember that they are a person first: Before any illness comes the person. When your loved one is suffering from a chronic illness, remember this! They may not want to talk about their diagnosis or their symptoms. Perhaps they just want to tell you about something funny they saw on tv or an interesting meeting they had at work. Always keep the person and the illness separate.Be empathetic: No, you can’t put yourself in their shoes. It’s impossible to do that. Even if you had the exact same illness, your experience would be different. This doesn’t mean that you can’t be empathetic to their situation. Don’t compare their illness to someone else’s, don’t tell them you know how they feel. Do validate what they are feeling and do encourage them to talk to you.Next time you decide to reach out to someone with a chronic illness, try to consider these things. If you would like more information on ways to empower families in their journey surrounding chronic illness, check out our archived webinars  here.This post was written by Bari Sobelson, MS, LMFT, the Social Media and Programming Coordination Specialist for the MFLN Family Development Team. The Family Development team aims to support the development of professionals working with military families.  Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network Family Development concentration on our website, Facebook, and Twitter.last_img read more

Stallion, Ilocos eye breakthrough triumphs

first_imgMatthew Nierras scored in the third minute of stoppage time to salvage the stalemate for Stallion—a result that has the Laguna side oozing with confidence.“The morale is really high after Matthew’s equalizer gave us a draw against Global,” said midfielder Terrence Linatoc. “We’re coming in fresh. We know that we can’t allow JPV to play their game.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingWith three points from its first three matches, JPV seeks to pick up its second win of the season, following its 3-2 win over Davao Aguilas on May 14.“It’s a very important game for us if we want to catch up with the leaders,” said JPV coach Dan Padernal. “We were able to prepare well for this match.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Over in Vigan, Ilocos United hosts Kaya Makati at 7 p.m. in their second home match of the season at Quirino Stadium.Ilocos, which hasn’t played since the 1-2 loss to Meralco on May 13, will miss top striker Graham Caygill to injury. But coach Ian Gillan will still have captain John Kanayama, Dominic Del Rosario and Angelo Marasigan to lead the attack.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games LATEST STORIES BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP View comments Wangs scores first win via huge comeback Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Stallion Laguna and Ilocos United seek breakthrough victories when they host JPV Marikina and Kaya FC Makati respectively on Wednesday in the Philippines Football League.Coming off a gutsy 1-1 draw with Global Cebu on May 20, Stallion hopes to nail maximum points this time in the 4 p.m. kickoff against a JPV side that suffered a 0-1 defeat to Meralco Manila in its last outing.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READlast_img read more

2017 Open Trans Tasman Teams and Referees Announced

first_imgCongratulations to the following athletes and referees who have been selected to represent Australia in the Open Divisions at the 2017 Trans Tasman.Men’s OpenDaniel Barton NSW – Parramatta District Touch AssociationStuart Brierty WA – Southern District Touch Association Sam Brisby NSW – Manly Warringah Touch Association Scott Buckley NSW – Penrith Touch AssociationScott Bundy NSW –  Doyalson Touch Association Shaun Francis QLD – Townsville Castle Hill Touch Association Nick Good NSW – Penrith Touch Association Cody Green QLD – Brisbane Metropolitan Touch Association Dylan Hennessey NSW – Hornsby Touch Association Cormac Hoch QLD – Rockhampton Senior Touch Association Jordan Marshall NSW – Paramatta District Touch Association Ben Moylan NSW – Penrith Touch Association Peter Norman QLD – Gold Coast Touch Association Jonathan Palau NSW – Manly Warringah Touch Association Matt Prowse NSW – Canterbury Touch Association Ciaran Toner NSW – Hornsby Touch Association Coach: Tony TradAssistant Coach: Paul SfeirAssistant Coach: Phil GyemoreWomen’s OpenElizabeth Campbell QLD – Brisbane Metropolitan Touch Association Tayla Clifford NSW – Manly Warringah Touch Association Madison Crowe NSW – Central Coast Touch Association Danielle Davis NSW – Manly Warringah Touch Association Rachelle Davis NSW – Manly Warringah Touch Association Hannah Dyball NSW – Manly Warringah Touch Association Emily Hennessey QLD – Brisbane Metropolitan Touch Association Ashleigh Kearney QLD – Ipswich Touch Association Hayley Maddick QLD – Caboolture Touch Association Patricia Michaelopoulos NSW – Western Suburbs Touch Football Association Laura Peattie NSW – Manly Warringah Touch Association Samantha Rodgers NSW – Manly Warringah Touch Association Catherine Sargent QLD – Caboolture Touch Association Kimberley Sue See QLD – Caboolture Touch Association Tamika Upton QLD – Rockhampton Senior Touch Association Marikki Watego QLD – Gold Coast Touch Association Coach: Swain RovelliAssistant Coach: Craig MorrowManager: Kim SolmanMixed OpenJayden Benbow QLD – Rockhampton Senior Touch Association James Blackwood NSW – Western Suburbs Touch Football Association Justin Costello NT – Darwin Touch Association Tim Glazebrook SA – City Touch Touch Association Simon Lang NSW – Manly Warringah Touch Association Jackson Mills NSW – Parramatta District Touch Association Cameron Nicholls NSW – Western Suburbs Touch Football Association Adam Pryde QLD – Redlands Touch Association Michael Singh QLD – Labrador Touch Association Jared Townson QLD – Townsville Castle Hill Touch Association Elin Mortimer NSW – Western Suburbs Touch Football AssociationZara Nicholas NSW – Manly Warringah Touch Association Leah Opie NSW – Western Suburbs Touch Football Association Paige Parker QLD – Caboolture Touch Association Leah Percy VIC – Melbourne City Lions Touch Association Katherine Stevens QLD – Brisbane Metropolitan Touch Association Coach: Mick LovettAssistant Coach: Justin CreightonAssistant Coach: Dave NolanManager: Mark HarringtonReferee Contingent Dave Baggio NSW – Wagga Wagga Touch AssociationRob Bowen NSW – Berkley Vale Touch AssociationBrett Freshwater QLD – Redcliffe Touch Association Luke McKenzie QLD – Wagga Wagga Touch Association Kim Skelly NSW – Central Coast Touch AssociationRelated Files2017_open_trans_tasman_teams_and_referees-pdfRelated Links2017 Trans Tasmanlast_img read more