Voice of the brutalized

first_imgResearchers fanned out in one of the most dangerous corners of the globe late last year, asking residents of a brutalized part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) their thoughts on violence, security, and the need for justice.The in-depth interviews reveal that, although fighting continues there, many people believe that their own security has improved in the last five years. The findings also show, however, that respondents don’t believe the improvement is due to government action or intervention by the United Nations, whose MONUSCO mission to the region is widely viewed as ineffective.Giving a voice to the region’s impoverished, disconnected inhabitants were Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI) researchers Patrick Vinck and Phuong Pham, who have worked in the DRC for a decade and who, together with local collaborators, coordinated teams of interviewers who canvased urban centers and remote rural villages, some accessible only on foot.“It’s clear that the security situation has improved. It’s definitely better than it was five years ago,” said Vinck, who is director of HHI’s Program on Vulnerable Populations, as well as a visiting scientist at the Harvard School of Public Health and a lecturer on medicine at Harvard-Affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School (HMS).The survey tallied responses from more than 5,000 residents of North and South Kivu provinces and from the Ituri district, areas that have been embroiled in conflict for decades. The Rwandan army crossed the border, and ethnic Hutu and Tutsi groups clashed in the wake of the Rwandan genocide in the early 1990s. The violence has led to the rise of homegrown Mai-Mai militia groups, which were created to protect communities against armed groups but have themselves been implicated in atrocities.The area has been affected by two regional wars. The second, from 1998 to 2003, involved nine African nations and caused millions of deaths, mostly from starvation and disease. Though that war ended in 2003, peace in the region has been elusive, and armed groups continue to operate.The survey, sponsored by HHI and the United Nations Development Programme, shows the pervasive reach of the region’s ongoing violence. Some 67 percent said they’d been displaced by fighting since 2002, 32 percent had lost a member of their household to violence, nearly one in five had been physically attacked, and one in 10 had been taken prisoner or held captive.The Congo survey was released at the same time as a second survey, of attitudes in Abidjan, the largest city in the West African nation of the Ivory Coast, which recently emerged from years of civil war. That poll, of 1,000 residents, said that, as in the DRC, people have little trust in the government.The survey work in the DRC, the Ivory Coast, and other global trouble spots is difficult but important because it begins to fill what has been a vacuum in postwar planning, according to Vinck and Pham, who is director of HHI’s Program on Evaluation and Implementation Science, a research scientist at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), and a lecturer at the Brigham and HMS.“Unlike health or education, on which a lot of data is available, there is little information to guide peace-building efforts,” said Pham. Vinck added, “Such data is critical because of the high stakes and human cost if peace fails.”The DRC survey showed not just that the security situation has improved, but that those gains are fragile. While 48 percent said security is better, about a quarter said it has remained the same, and a sizeable minority — 24 percent — said it had worsened.A bit of positive news from the survey was that intra-ethnic tension has declined somewhat, with 79 percent ranking relations with members of other ethnic groups positively, up from 60 percent five years ago.The results also show, however, that the Congolese government, including the police, army, and the courts, has work to do.Just 57 percent of respondents said the government is working to improve security, and only slightly more, 61 percent, said the government is working to establish peace. Residents don’t seem to think that the government has their welfare at heart, with just 29 percent saying the government is working to improve their daily lives, down from 56 percent in 2008.Respondents also believe that police and soldiers need regular pay and training, and that the formal court system is corrupt and biased in favor of the rich.Based on the survey results, Pham and Vinck recommended steps such as training and paying the army and police, and suggesting the government focus on effective service delivery, transparency, and accountability to rebuild trust. They also recommended that the U.N. mission engage in public outreach to highlight its role there.“In the end, a big part of peace building is rebuilding trust between the people and the government,” Vinck said.The DRC surveys were conducted by 76 interviewers drawn from local colleges. Pham and Vinck provided training for the interviewers, who then fanned out across the region for five weeks last November and December. They traveled to even the most remote part of the region, Shabunda territory, which can be reached only by air.Interviewers were equipped with tablets containing software developed by Pham and Vinck, allowing them to collect data digitally and eliminate paper.Security was a key concern, Vinck and Pham said, and researchers were instructed not to conduct interviews if it seemed that the situation would put the subject or the interviewer at risk.The report was released in early September at a conference in the DRC. Vinck and Pham said they plan further studies, including an in-depth follow-up in a few years, as well as shorter polls to be conducted every three months over the next three years.last_img read more

SMC students sell popcorn for class

first_imgWhile selling gourmet popcorn may sound like an easy task to accomplish, the students of the Sales Management and Professional Selling course at Saint Mary’s College learned differently in a national collegiate competition held during fall break. Robert Williams, assistant professor of Business and Economics at Saint Mary’s, said he wanted to gear the coursework for this semester toward real life experiences of professional selling, especially after he learned about this competition. “When I started preparing for this course, I looked around online to see if there was anything interesting ways to professionally sell,” Williams said. “I came across the National Team Selling Competition, which is held at Indiana University in Bloomington, and decided that, even though it was short notice, the course would be designed toward competing in this competition.” Williams said he knew the biggest challenge would be preparing in a short amount of time, because the competition took place over fall break. His class would also be competing against schools that have entire divisions on selling. “Even though I knew it was a short period of time to prepare, being close to where the competition was being held definitely helped me decide to have my class participate,” Williams said. Kate Kellogg, a junior at Saint Mary’s and member of the team, knew that this would be a great learning experience for herself as an individual, as well as a good team building experience. “It was hectic at times, trying to prepare material about a real-life selling situation, but it was definitely a great learning experience,” Kellogg said. Students were given the first part of the contest a week before the competition was to be held, which included the case material the team needed to start planning how they would sell their product. This is when they learned that their goal was to introduce a private-label popcorn line into their mock stores. “After receiving the case material, our class broke down into groups based on their individual strengths using approaches to sampling, packaging and social media plans for the product,” Kellogg said. Once at the competition, the teams met with mock buyers. The students then had to align their presentations to fit their buyers’ needs. Having about four hours to complete this task, the teams then presented their ideas for selling the private-label popcorn and were judged by sales executives from Altria Group Distribution Company. “I think, considering the time frame we had, it was a very rewarding experience for my students to have participated in this competition,” Williams said. “They were emphatic about my classes participating in next year’s competition.” Williams said after competing this year, he and his students now know they must pick out the more important information given rather than what they think the judges will want to see. Though they did not place in the winners of the competition, some students said they look forward to next year. “I would definitely like to participate again next year in the competition,” Kellogg said. “Since it is mostly seniors in the class, it will be a good opportunity for next year’s class to know what happens at the competition from a past participant.”last_img read more

Afghanistan confirms new H5N1 outbreaks

first_imgFeb 23, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Afghanistan confirmed yesterday that poultry deaths at two farms in the eastern part of the country were caused by highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza.The outbreak killed 73 backyard poultry, including turkeys, the country’s veterinary chief wrote in a report submitted yesterday to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). The affected farms were in Nangahar and Kunar provinces, about 100 miles from Kabul, the capital. The OIE report said the outbreak began Feb 12.Afghanistan’s last confirmed outbreak occurred in April 2006; the country has reported no human H5N1 cases.Meanwhile, in Russia H5N1 avian influenza has been detected in birds in more Moscow districts, bringing the total to eight, according to an Associated Press (AP) report published yesterday. The report quoted Nikolai Vlasov, head of Rosselkhoznadzor, Russia’s agricultural oversight agency.Vlasov said increased awareness about bird flu had produced a rush of calls from people reporting bird deaths.Russia’s Emergency Situations Ministry said on Feb 21 that at least 333 domestic birds had died since Feb 9 and that 1,833 more had been culled at eight locations outside Moscow, the AP report said.In other avian flu news, European Union member states plus Iceland and Norway are 2 to 3 years away from being prepared for an influenza pandemic, according to a 39-page report released yesterday by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).ECDC Director Zsuzsanna Jakab said in a press release that health authorities in the EU have put major efforts into pandemic preparations since 2005. “This has been an almost unprecedented response to a threat that has yet to come,” she said.The member countries’ pandemic preparation accomplishments, according to the report’s executive summary, include producing and beginning to implement national preparedness plans and investing in influenza research. Some countries are building stockpiles of antiviral medications, and most have systems in place to detect and investigate initial cases of pandemic flu.In addition, the EU and the World Health Organization (WHO) have collaborated on pandemic preparedness workshops and on standardizing methods of assessing preparedness. Also, the EU conducted a pandemic simulation exercise involving all members in November 2005.The ECDC identified five key challenges for the years ahead, according to the report. They include integrating planning within countries, making national plans operational at the local level, coordinating plans between countries, improving prevention of seasonal flu, and expanding flu research from basic science into areas such as seasonal flu prevention and vaccine development.”The challenge now is for governments and EU bodies to sustain the momentum for a further two or three years, to do the work identified in this report,” Jakab said. “If this is done, then EU countries will be in a position to respond well to a pandemic.”See also:OIE reports on Afghani outbreakFeb 22 ECDC press releasehttp://prnewswire.com/mnr/worldtelevision/27027/last_img read more

Bankruptcy looms over US energy industry, from oil fields to pipelines

first_imgUS shale producers, refiners and pipeline companies are scrambling for cash and face likely restructuring as they struggle under heavy debt loads and a dual supply/demand shock in the worst crisis the oil industry has faced.Fuel demand has tumbled roughly 30% worldwide due to the coronavirus pandemic, and just as the health crisis worsened a price war between Russia and Saudi Arabia flooded markets with crude. The industry was already struggling to satisfy investors unhappy with weak returns, even as the United States surged to become the world’s largest oil producer in the last few years.That perilous position was before US prices crashed deep into negative territory on Monday, as much as $38 per barrel in the red. This sudden rout came despite substantial spending and output cuts having already been announced by US producers, and reflected a price environment well below levels that companies and advisors had modeled in worst-case scenarios, according to energy lawyers. One midstream company, Salt Creek Midstream, which operates in the Delaware basin in Texas, had already hired Jefferies Financial Group and law firm Kirkland & Ellis for debt advice before the week’s events, according to three sources aware of the matter, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss non-public information.Salt Creek and its advisers declined to comment, as did private equity investors Ares Management Corp and ARM Energy.More shale producers are expected to seek bankruptcy protection in coming weeks, industry and banking sources say, following Whiting Petroleum, which announced such steps earlier this month. Many small and mid-sized producers, including Chesapeake Energy Corp, have retained debt advisers.The forecast loan default rate for 2020 among energy companies is 18%, according to Fitch Ratings, while nearly 20% of all energy corporate bonds are trading below 70 cents on the dollar, indicating distress, according to data from MarketAxess.Occidental hoped asset sales would help reduce its debt pile, which stood at nearly $39 billion at the end of 2019 after its massive acquisition of Anadarko Petroleum last year. It has since cut costs twice and slashed its prized dividend.Producers and pipelines Privately held pipeline operators are considered the most vulnerable among midstream companies, bankers said. As shale producers hit bankruptcy, they’re expected to try to use court proceedings to exit pipeline contracts which charge transport fees based on oil and gas prices well above current levels, according to Buddy Clark and Charles Beckham, another Haynes and Boone partner.Privately owned Glass Mountain LLC earlier this month sued troubled producer Chesapeake Energy for allegedly defaulting on an oil transportation contract, according to court documents.Midstream companies are also threatened by a slow fall in production, as wells are being plugged due to poor market conditions. Based on company estimates, at least 600,000 barrels per day (bpd) of US production cuts have been announced, and that cuts off transportation fees earned by pipeline companies.A number of these midstream operators borrowed heavily to finance pipeline systems, built to support producers developing new, costlier shale plays when oil prices were higher, but are no longer profitable.Debt belonging to private midstream operators is trading at distressed levels, with many between 40 and 50 cents on the dollar, such as Brazos Midstream, a Delaware Basin operator whose long-term debt was downgraded to CCC+ by Fitch Ratings last week, a rating described as implying substantial risks.Refining Oil refiner PBF Energy built up a network of six US refineries over a decade, including this year’s nearly $1 billion purchase of a San Francisco-area plant. With the market’s slide, the entire company is currently worth less by capitalization than that purchase.PBF last month said it would sell hydrogen gas plants for $530 million to raise cash. That sale “solves some short-term problems for them,” said one person familiar with the transaction, but cautioned that this alone will not stabilize the company unless fuel demand begins to recover. The person declined to be identified because the matter was not public.The company declined to comment.Demand, however, is down by roughly 25% in the United States, and oversupply is expected to linger for months.An April survey of energy producers by the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City found nearly 40% would be insolvent within a year if oil prices remained around $30 a barrel. US crude prices closed under $14 a barrel on Wednesday.”The restructuring guys are extremely busy. I don’t think they’ll be busy for just this year – I think it’s a multi-year process,” James West at investment bank Evercore ISI told investors on Wednesday. Approximately half of the top 60 independent US oil producers will likely need to review options for securing more liquidity, according to energy lawyers at Haynes and Boone.”The reverberations from this price collapse will be felt throughout the industry and by everyone who provides services to the industry,” said Buddy Clark, an Houston-based partner at the firm.Companies that used debt to fund acquisitions before prices crashed, such as oil giant Occidental Petroleum Corp, are focusing on placating shareholders and preserving cash.Numerous midstream companies backed by private equity are in danger of bankruptcy, according to some of the more than a dozen industry and financial sources Reuters spoke to for this article, while large banks are preparing to become owners of oil and gas fields as they seize energy assets.center_img Topics :last_img read more

NY/NJ Port Stakeholders Form Coalition Against Cyber Threats

first_imgThe Area Maritime Security Committee (AMSC) for the Port of New York and New Jersey has formed a new partnership to address the growing cybersecurity challenges.The US Coast Guard and AMSC for the Port of New York and New Jersey have collaborated to implement a framework to enhance maritime cybersecurity and port resilience – one of the most challenging security issues facing the global marine transportation system (MTS).The coalition is bringing together leaders across industry sectors to lend their expertise to the problem. Specifically, membership includes representatives from Rutgers University, Stevens Institute, and major segments of the maritime industry.The end result of their work is an agreement by all members of the AMSC to share cyber threat information and participate in routine cyber exercises. The plan also establishes a Cyber Advisory Committee, comprised of cyber and industry experts ready to assist in a cyber-incident response, and creates an awards program to recognize port partners who have taken proactive steps to make cybersecurity a top priority.“The fact that port partners across different industry sectors came together to develop this plan speaks to the serious nature of the cyber threat and is a testament to the shared equities at stake,” Capt. Jason Tama, Coast Guard Captain of the Port and Federal Maritime Security Coordinator, said.Recent cyber attacks have significantly impacted the maritime industry. Incidents including the NotPetya attack of 2017 which wiped out the global network of A.P. Moeller-Maersk, the 2018 targeted ransomware attack at the Port of San Diego, and the February 2019 disabling of a cargo vessel’s computer network while inbound to the Port of New York and New Jersey each highlighted some of the cyber threats and vulnerabilities facing the maritime sector.These incidents, along with the industry’s rapidly increasing reliance on automation and information and operational technology, have made cybersecurity a top priority for the AMSC, the USCG said in a statement.“Cyberattacks are a 21st century reality and an ever-present operational risk that we must be ready for,” Jeff Milstein, of Vitol vessel operations, one of the world’s largest energy traders, and former chair of the AMSC, commented.“We have witnessed first-hand the disruption that a cyber-incident can cause in our nation’s ports, and we’re committed to taking action to minimize those risks.”“The financial sector has a vested interest in the maritime industry’s ability to deliver goods and services to the U.S. ports,” Frank Vesce, vice president of cybersecurity for Goldman Sachs and a member of the AMSC’s Executive Steering Committee, noted.“A disruption to cargo, oil and gas, or passenger ferries could potentially impact the markets, especially commodities. Raising awareness and helping prepare the port partners to stay ahead of cyber threats benefits everyone, globally.”The AMSC for the Port of New York and New Jersey plans to recognize inaugural award recipients and conduct its next port-wide cyber exercise in 2020.Read more:In Depth: NonPetya Aftermath: What Have We Learnt?Maritime Sector Targeted by Cyber Criminals, Norway WarnsUSCG Urges Vigilance in Shipping amid Renewed Cyber AttacksNaval Dome: Shipping Needs to Be on Red Alert for Cyber AttackDenmark Unveils Cyber Security Strategy for Maritime Sectorlast_img read more

Fifty percent of Bahamas murders unsolved in 2011

first_imgNewsRegional Fifty percent of Bahamas murders unsolved in 2011 by: – December 30, 2011 124 Views   no discussions Share Sharing is caring! Sharecenter_img Share Tweet Head of the Central Detective Unit, Paul Rolle said that 50 percent of the 125 murders committed in The Bahamas so far this year remain unsolved. Nassau Guardian file photoNASSAU, Bahamas — Nearly 50 percent of the 125 murders committed so far this year in The Bahamas remain unsolved, according to Superintendent Paul Rolle, who heads the Central Detective Unit (CDU).“We are concerned about the high level of murder in the country,” Rolle said. “That’s a big concern. There are 61 murders that have not been solved.”That means that police have a 51 percent murder clearance rate so far this year.However, Rolle said out of those 61 unsolved murders, the police have identified suspects in five of those cases.He said that CDU has circulated wanted posters for the men and is actively searching for them. Rolle added that some of the men who police wanted to question earlier this year in reference to other murders have become victims themselves.“Several suspects have been murdered,” he said, adding that had the police had the opportunity to charge them the murder detection rate would be a little higher.The 125 murders committed so far this year represent the highest number of murders in The Bahamas in one single year in recorded history.The previous record was 94, which was recorded last year.Rolle said despite the large number of murders, his investigators remain steadfast.“I’m not discouraged,” he said. “I don’t like the fact that we have this high number of murders, but at the end of the day their individual action is going to have an overall impact on the whole country.”He encouraged Bahamians to stop taking matters into their own hands.“The message that has to be stressed is you have the institutions that are available to you. When a person decides ‘to hell with that; I’m going to deal with that myself’, this is what you have,” he said. Rolle added that police are continuing to investigate all outstanding matters and are appealing to members of the public who may have information regarding any of the murders to contact police.By Krystel RolleNassau Guardian Staff Reporterlast_img read more

Hughes, Alvarado visit victory lane at Duel in the Desert opener

first_imgJason Hughes topped Thursday’s first qualifying feature for IMCA Modifieds at the Duel In The Desert. (Photo by Tom Macht, www.photofinishphotos.com) Ricky Alvarado won the second Duel In The Desert qualifying feature for IMCA Modifieds on Thurs­day at Las Vegas Motor Speedway’s Dirt Track. (Photo by Tom Macht, www.photofinishphotos.com)By Mike SpiekerLAS VEGAS, Nev. (Nov. 8) – The 21st annual IMCA Duel in the Desert kicked off Thursday even­ing at the Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. With the largest number of pre-entries in five years, the IMCA Modifieds boasted a field of 206 drivers, while the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods came in at a record 97 entries.Jason Hughes and Ricky Alvarado picked up $777 wins in their respective IMCA Modified fea­tures. The first main event began with Hughes taking the lead from the pole position, but the race was quickly slowed on lap one for a multi-car pile up in turn one.On the ensuing restart, Hughes led over Tom Berry Jr. and Peyton Taylor as Cody Laney slipped from second to fourth.R.C. Whitwell took advantage of the lap five restart, moving by Laney for the fourth and final trans­fer position to Saturday night’s $7,777 to win main event. Whitwell applied heavy pressure on Taylor but couldn’t complete the pass.Hughes and Berry broke away from the rest of the field in the closing laps as Hughes went on to take the win.“Everything worked out well for us tonight,” said Hughes in victory lane. “We got a good draw for the heat race and made another good draw for the feature. I just had to run my race and try not to bog the car down in the corners.”Berry, Taylor and Whitwell rounded out the transfer positions.The second qualifying feature started out much like the first as several cars stacked up on the low side of turns one and two to bring out the caution. Once the race resumed, Alvarado took com­mand of the point with Larry Shaw Race Cars Western region Rookie of the Year Shane De­Volder running in second.Alvarado encountered lapped traffic with three laps to go, which allowed DeVolder and Alex Stan­ford to close in. Alvarado remained patient running the low side of the speedway and held on to take the win.“I just had to stay patient,” said Alvarado of the final laps in lapped traffic. “I just decided to stay in line and risk it. I knew the people behind me probably had to do the same thing I was doing. I just tried to stay as smooth as I could.”Along with Alvarado, DeVolder, Stanford, and Jacob Hobscheidt all punched their ticket to the big show on Saturday.Cody Olsen of Omaha, Neb. raced his way to the SportMod feature win. Olsen grabbed the lead on the opening lap from his outside front row starting position with fourth-place starter, Chase Alves in tow. Alves remained within one car length of Olsen in the early going, but couldn’t find a way around Olsen’s Hot Wheels throwback no. 777 as both drivers fought for the low side of the speedway.Garrett Jernagan looked to the outside of Ty Rogers for third, but in doing so, got out of the groove and lost four positions. That put Jernagan back to the seventh spot and outside of a top six transfer position to Saturday night’s main event. Olsen went on to lead all 20 laps and score the win. Alves, Rogers, Cody Thompson, and Jason George rounded out the top five. Jason Na­tion picked up the final transfer spot.The Duel in the Desert from the Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway continues Friday and Saturday night. For fans who can’t attend, they can watch every lap live on IMCA.TV.1st Modified feature – 1. Jason Hughes, Watts, Okla.; 2. Tom Berry, Medford, Ore.; 3. Peyton Taylor, Batesville, Ark.; 4. R.C. Whitwell, Tucson, Ariz.; 5. Cody Laney, Torrance, Calif.; 6. D.J, Shannon, Merced, Calif.; 7. Justin Cady, Albany, Ore.; 8. Joe Duvall, Claremore, Okla.; 9. Darrell Hughes, Manteca, Calif.; 10. Blake Thornell, Apple Valley, Calif.; 11. Danny Lauer, Nipomo, Calif.; 12. Johnny Saathoff, Beatrice, Neb.; 13. Tim Ward, Chandler, Ariz.; 14. Mark Carrell, Redmond, Ore.; 15. Christy Barnett, El Paso, Texas; 16. Derick Young, Hines, Ore.; 17. Josh Most, Red Oak, Iowa; 18. Bricen James, Albany, Ore.; 19. Andy Obertello, Hollister, Calif.; 20. Ryan McDaniel, Olivehurst, Calif.; 21. Paris Archie, Sparks; 22. Brian Harding, Oakville, Wash.; 23. Trevor Miller, Chandler, Ariz.; 24. Dennis Schoenfeld, Van Buren, Ark.; 25. Austin Kuehl, Cave Creek, Ariz.; 26. Clint Reichenbach, Santa Maria, Calif.; 27. Zachary Madrid, Phoenix, Ariz.; 28. Jeff Thomas, Peta­luma, Calif.; 29. Jeremy Richey, Medford, Ore.; 30. Dominic Ursetta, Arvada, Colo.2nd Modified feature – 1. Ricky Alvarado, Delta, Colo.; 2. Shane DeVolder, Pacifica, Calif.; 3. Alex Stan­ford, Chowchilla, Calif.; 4. Jacob Hobscheidt, Plattsmouth, Neb.; 5. Cory Sample, Winnemucca; 6. Col­len Winebarger, Corbett, Ore.; 7. Kyle Brown, Madrid, Iowa; 8. Dylan Thornton, Santa Maria, Calif.; 9. Paul Stone, Winton, Calif.; 10. Scott Brown, Meriden, Kan.; 11. Jordan Grabouski, Be­atrice, Neb.; 12. Lucas Schott, Chatfield, Minn.; 13. Gene Kay, Yerington; 14. Chaz Baca, Mesa, Ariz.; 15. David Murray Jr., Oberlin, Kan.; 16. Dustin Cady, Albany, Ore.; 17. Matthew Ratzlaff, Monte Vista, Colo.; 18. Ryan Porter, Atwater, Calif.; 19. Matthew Jenner, Vancouver, Wash.; 20. Eddie Belec, Arvada, Colo.; 21. Casey Skyberg, Rapid City, S.D.; 22. Ryan Gaylord, Lakewood, Colo.; 23. Ryan Roath, Peoria, Ariz.; 24. Jason Wolla, Ray, N.D.; 25. Steve Noland, Terra Bella, Calif.; 26. A.J. Sharpensteen, Amarillo, Texas; 27. Justen Yeager, Green River, Wyo.; 28. Jessie Hoskins, Longdale, Okla.; 29. Jeff Larson, Freeport, Ill.; 30. Joel Rust, Grundy Center, Iowa.Northern SportMod results – 1. Cody Olsen, Omaha, Neb.; 2. Chase Alves, Chandler, Ariz.; 3. Ty Rogers, Somerton, Ariz.; 4. Cody Thompson, Sioux City, Iowa; 5. Jason George, Laveen, Ariz.; 6. Jason Nation, Bakersfield, Calif.; 7. Luke Krogh, Dickinson, N.D.; 8. Kevin Johnson, Bakers­field, Calif.; 9. Arie Schouten, Blair, Neb.; 10. Nick Spainhoward, Bakersfield, Calif.; 11. Gary Dutton, Bakersfield, Calif.; 12. Lance Borgman, Beatrice, Neb.; 13. Fred Ryland, Brentwood, Ca­lif.; 14. Mitch Bossel, Aurora, Colo.; 15. Bo Partain, Casa Grande, Ariz.; 16. Chris McKellar, Bakersfield, Calif.; 17. Keith Brown, Pittsburg, Calif.; 18. Robert Elliott, Clinton, Okla.; 19. Nick Hankins, Bennett, Colo.; 20. Craig Nieman, Reno; 21. Andrew Peckham, Grass Valley, Calif.; 22. Braxton Possinger, Medford, Ore.; 23. Jeremy Hoff, Copperopolis, Calif.; 24. Danny Concelman, Colorado Springs, Colo.; 25. Michael Johnson, Bakersfield, Calif.; 26. Michael Dean, Santa Maria, Ca­lif.; 27. Shawn Harker, Nebraska City, Neb.; 28. Jorddon Braaten, Central Point, Ore.; 29. Gar­rett Jernagan, Bakersfield, Calif.; 30. Brady Bjella, Williston, N.D.last_img read more

Two hurt in Franklin County motorcycle crash

Franklin County, In. — An Indianapolis couple was airlifted following a motorcycle crash Saturday on U.S. 52 west of State Road 101.Investigators from the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department say A motorcycle driven by Mark Malott, 59, was eastbound and lost control while negotiating a curve. The motorcycle went off the roadway, struck a guard rail and ejected Malott and his passenger, Elaine Malott, 59. Both were flown by air ambulance to an Indianapolis area hospital.Neither accident victim was wearing a helmet. read more

UW remains undefeated after Big Ten, Big 12 challenge

first_imgDEREK MONTGOMERY/Herald photoAmy Vermeulen proved she was ready to play this weekend. The senior captain led the No. 25 Badgers (3-0-1) with three goals, as the Badgers went undefeated against Oklahoma and Oklahoma State.Vermeulen’s first goal was delivered against Oklahoma last Friday. Vermeulen’s goal came at 27:19 in the first half off an assist from junior Allison Preiss.During the first period, Wisconsin out-shot the Sooners 8-3, but maintained only a slim 1-0 advantage.In the second half, Vermeulen used a penalty kick at the 59:00 minute-mark to add another point to the scoreboard and give the Badgers a 2-0 lead. Vermeulen’s penalty goal attempt was the only shot for the Badgers during the second period.“Amy is the type of player that is going to get five or six shots a game,” Wisconsin head coach Dean Duerst said. “She does a great job with the ball, and we do a good job of using her.”The Badgers ended their game against the Sooners with a 2-0 victory. It was the second shutout this season for sophomore goalkeeper Lynn Murray.“It’s hard to not feel happy about a win, but that was not our best game,” Duerst said. “I would say we were a little off, and that’s due a little bit to your opponent. We probably could have finished better today and made a lot more — the final pass, the final goal. Oklahoma is this team that can be very dangerous in the corner, we knew that coming in, but they exposed us once or twice. But, it never broke down the team. Overall, team defense was pretty good today.”“It’s very nice to pick up the win,” Vermeulen said. “We can play better, though, and we know that. So even though we won, which is always good, we can learn from it.”Though down two starters, Wisconsin carried the momentum from its first weekend victory to its game Sunday afternoon against Oklahoma State.The Cowboys struck early in the first half to send the game into a 1-0 Oklahoma State advantage at halftime.During the second half, Vermeulen and the Badgers quickly struck back. With the momentum shifting towards the net, Preiss quickly delivered a pass to freshman Elise Weber, who kicked the ball over to the back post, where Vermeulen headed it in to the net to knot the contest at 1-1.The remainder of the second period would go scoreless. The Badgers and the Cowboys continued to battle through two overtime periods, but neither was able to break the deadlock, ending in a 1-1 tie.“As a group, I don’t think it was our best effort,” Duerst, said. “It is always tough to tie. It was a very exciting game and both teams could have won it. Our first-half performance was a level down and it affected the outcome of the game. We need to learn from that. We definitely came back in the second half and played with a lot more energy. It was a great battle.”“[From this game], we learned that it is going to be a really physical season,” Vermeulen said. “Every game is going to be like this. It’s going to be tight and it’s going to be hard. It’s not going to be easy. I think we have to go into every game [knowing] that it is going to be hard and knowing that we are going to have to put everything into it. We just have to put this game behind us and move on.”Wisconsin will next play at the Portland tournament, where they are scheduled to face No. 7 Portland (4-0-0) on Sept. 9 and No. 20 Washington (0-2-2) on Sept. 11.Last weekend, Washington lost to San Diego State, 1-0, and tied with Pacific in double overtime, 1-1, while Portland beat San Diego State 3-0 and Pacific 2-0.last_img read more

Freshmen shine in 1st game of season

first_imgLUKAS KEAPPROTHThe freshmen got their first taste of University of Wisconsin basketball Saturday night as the Badgers routed the Augustana Vikings 81-51 at the Kohl Center.Augustana, a Division II school based in South Dakota, was physically overmatched. Its tallest player checked in at 6-foot-8, and the Badgers took advantage of their height bonus, dominating the paint all game. Augustana head coach Tom Billeter was not particularly surprised with the outcome of the match.“They’re bigger than we are, they’re stronger than we are, they shoot it better than we do, and they’re quicker,” Billeter said. “I think we played a team tonight of some men that are very good players.”The freshmen made a major impact in the game, combining for 18 points and seven assists. Most notably, freshman guard Jordan Taylor — who was Minnesota’s Mr. Basketball last year — contributed with five assists, five points and two steals in 21 minutes of play.“[The freshmen] all contributed,” UW head coach Bo Ryan said. “There’s things that a coach sees that they have to correct and get better. … You have to start playing in college as if there’s nothing else around and stay focused all the time.”“I think they played really well,” Wisconsin forward Marcus Landry said. “Today they seemed a little more comfortable out there in the way they played. They played good defense, didn’t turn the ball over — for the most part, they were pretty good.”Right from the start, the Badgers attacked the rim, and it paid off quickly. With 15:18 left in the first half, Augustana went into the bonus, and Wisconsin gradually took control of the game.After the Vikings cut the Badgers’ lead to 15-12 with 11:24 remaining in the first half, Wisconsin went on a 24-12 run to close the half, ending the first period with a commanding 15 point lead.The Badgers came out firing again in the second half, hitting three consecutive three pointers by Marcus Landry and Jason Bohannon.“They were good shots to take,” Wisconsin forward Joe Krabbenhoft said. “They didn’t force anything. Guys were finding [Landry] open, and he did his job in knocking them down.”With the Badgers up by 18 points with 10:46 left in the game, freshman guard and forward Ryan Evans made a layup while getting fouled as the Badgers continued to roll over the Vikings.Landry led all scorers with 21 points, shooting 8-for-12 from the field. Sophomore forward Jon Leuer also contributed with 15 points and shooting 7-for-11. The Badgers shot nearly 49.1% as a team, and junior guard Trevon Hughes feels the team is heading in the right direction in terms of offensive flow.“We got into our offense kind of well,” Hughes said. “We don’t have much plays yet, so it’s a little slow just running the swing and some ball screens. … The swing helped us a lot, and we’ll introduce some plays in practice this week, and we’re slowly going to get into things.”Aside from playing its first competitive game since the 2008 NCAA Tournament, Wisconsin was able to get every freshman into the game and get them acclimated to Division I college basketball. Even though the game was a blowout, Krabbenhoft feels it was an important learning process for the freshmen to go through.“I think it was really beneficial just by looking at the [score] sheet,” Krabbenhoft said. “You see all the names under Wisconsin and see all those guys get in and get a chance to show what they’ve learned, what they’ve gotten better at in the summer and what the freshmen can bring to this team.”last_img read more