JEFF MERZ/Herald photoJocelyn Wack’s streak is now over.Wack’s NCAA record of 80 consecutive matches with double-digit digs fell short Friday night as No. 14 Wisconsin swept No. 9 Purdue at the Field House.Wisconsin’s defense was at its best, out-blocking and out-digging Purdue, but the Boilermakers’ two-setter offense spread the ball around the court, preventing Wack from hitting 10 digs.Nevertheless, Wack was anything but upset.”It was something that I was very proud of, and it was nice to have,” Wack said. “I would be upset about it ending if it was on a match that we lost, but we won.”Wack finished with just eight digs while Amanda Berkely and Jackie Simpson posted 12 and 10, respectively.”Today was an all-around game by Berkley and Jackie, and that was nice,” Wack said. “Everybody played hard, and everyone picked up their defense, and it just wasn’t my night.”The closest anyone’s come to Wack’s streak was Griselle Lopez-Pereira of Virginia Commonwealth, who Wack passed early last year, with 63 consecutive matches, and UW head coach Pete Waite believes it is one that will stand for a long time.”That was a fantastic record she set, and it’s going to be a long time before somebody beats that,” Waite said.Wack had 18 digs Sunday in Wisconsin’s win over Indiana.Carlini sidelined, DuPont steps upFor the third straight game, senior floor captain and outside hitter Maria Carlini sat out with a foot injury.Carlini suffered the injury three weeks ago at Illinois, but continued to play until leaving the Ohio State match last weekend after the second game and sitting out every game thereafter.Her timetable for return remains an unknown, though Carlini is itching to return as soon as possible.”I’m not sure [how long she’ll be out],” Waite said. “If you ask Maria, she’ll be back next match, but you could’ve said that three matches ago and she’d say that every time.”Even though Megan Mills took Carlini’s place in the starting line-up, it was freshman outside hitter Caity DuPont who replaced her spot in the rotation.DuPont, in her first matches at the Field House, got some valuable experience under her belt and made an impact in both Badger victories, recording nine kills Friday and eight Sunday.”I’m really happy I’m getting this opportunity, although we really want Maria to come back,” DuPont said. “I am just glad to be in there helping the team out.”While Carlini’s injury is definitely unfortunate for Wisconsin, Waite is happy to see DuPont and other players off the bench step up in her place.”We’re still hoping [Carlini will] come back and give us some good play, but this is great,” he said. “This improves the depth of our team and they got really tight out there as a team and stood tough together.”It’s making us deeper and better right there by getting Caity in there and getting her experience.”Field House CrowdHomecoming weekend was a big one for UW athletics, and it all wrapped up Sunday with a Badgers volleyball match against Indiana.Wisconsin made a concerted effort to make Sunday’s crowd a big one: mission accomplished.With several promotions to bring fans in, the Field House attendance hit 7,064, the 14th-largest volleyball crowd at the Field House.”I thought it was a great crowd out there,” Waite said. “A lot of high school teams and different groups … came in to watch, and our players were really excited to play in front of them.”The crowd level certainly gave the Badgers a boost, evident by the quick lead they jumped out to.Wisconsin held Indiana to nine points in the first game, tying the fewest points given up in rally scoring in school history.
August 26, 2020
Anthony Davis’ representatives have informed the Pelicans that he would sign long-term with the Lakers, Knicks, Bucks and Clippers if he is traded, league sources tell @TheAthleticNBA.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 4, 2019TRADE RUMORS: Lakers, Pelicans moving closer to Davis dealIt’s worth noting the absence of the Celtics from that list. The “Rose Rule” prevents Boston from making a trade for Davis with Kyrie Irving on the roster until July 1 when Irving can become a free agent. (More details on why Boston is limited before the trade deadline can be found here.)Charania and Wojnarowski claimed the list came from Davis’ agent, Rich Paul, who initially leaked the information that Davis requested a trade. According to Wojnarowski, this list “appears to be an effort [by Paul] to facilitate a deal prior to Thursday’s 3 p.m. ET deadline, and spare a prolonged stay into the offseason for Davis with the franchise.”But are any of those teams a legit contender to land Davis by the trade deadline? Let’s examine each team’s chances at facilitating a trade.4. Milwaukee BucksPairing AD with Giannis Antetokounmpo would be incredible to see, but it seems highly unlikely Milwaukee can pull this off. Thon Maker, Khris Middleton, Tony Snell and some draft picks would be about the best Milwaukee can do, and that doesn’t seem like enough for New Orleans.And before Bucks fans start photoshopping Davis in a team jersey, it appears the team isn’t even really interested in making a deal for the star forward.The Milwaukee Bucks are one of the teams on Davis’ new extended list, league sources tell ESPN. Milwaukee hasn’t inquired about a Davis trade, sources say, and its roster composition does make the pathway to a trade extremely difficult.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 4, 2019While it doesn’t seem like a trade would work, it is interesting that Milwaukee made the final cut. Davis’ list involves two big-market teams (Los Angeles, New York) and then Milwaukee. Management should be proud of the fact that Davis wants to play there, but it just can’t offer enough to make a deal work.3. New York KnicksNew Orleans rejected the Knicks on a Porzingis offer recently, and likely don’t have the assets to gain the Pelicans’ interest unless they defy the odds on a 12 percent chance in the draft lottery to get the No. 1 overall pick in the June draft.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 4, 2019As Woj points out, the Knicks are basically in the same boat as the Bucks — they just don’t have enough to make a worthy deal happen with Kristaps Porzingis gone. New York has to wait until the draft lottery before it has something worth consideration.But if Woj’s reporting is right and Paul wants a trade completed before the deadline, then waiting until the draft lottery is just entirely too late.2. Los Angeles ClippersThe Clippers do have some intriguing assets, but the question then becomes: is it worth it? You’d be giving up a lot of depth in order to gain one star, with the hope of potentially bringing in Kawhi Leonard this summer.According to Wojnarowski, the Clippers “are another team holding onto cap space and assets for summer free agency,” and added, “so far, Clippers haven’t made an offer on Davis.” But now that the Clippers know Davis is interested, they might be ready to engage. Yahoo reporter Chris Haynes recently said the Clippers were “monitoring the Anthony Davis situation.”1. Los Angeles LakersDavis’ list may as well have been “The Lakers and three other teams that can’t make a deal.” The Lakers are really the only team that makes sense. They have the most assets, and they are one of the few franchises that can pull this off. And Paul’s plan just might have worked, as Woj says talks between the Pelicans and Lakers have increased.Lakers president Magic Johnson and Pelicans GM Dell Demps have had multiple conversations today, league sources tell ESPN. There’s no sense how much progress sides have made progress toward a possible trade, but the Lakers have absolutely gotten more serious in the discussions. https://t.co/R84Aetv9n3— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 4, 2019It probably doesn’t hurt that the Lakers are willing to give up anything to acquire Davis. And we mean anything.Landed in Indy; update on Lakers-Pelicans talks. Magic Johnson, Dell Demps talked twice today, per source. Lakers willing to give Pelicans cap relief for Anthony Davis by taking Solomon Hill for Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, Ingram, Rondo, Lance Stephenson, Beasley, 2 1st round picks.— Brad Turner (@BA_Turner) February 4, 2019While Bucks, Knicks and Clippers fans might be excitied by the idea of a trade list, the Lakers are really the winner here. No deal is complete yet, obviously, but it would be a surprise to see something happen by Thursday’s deadline. The NBA trade deadline is on Thursday, Feb. 7, which means everyone is on Anthony Davis watch over the next few days.We were hit with a number of reports from The Athletic’s Shams Charania and ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski on Monday discussing Davis, but this is the key takeaway:
December 18, 2019
11 January 2013 South African Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant has called on striking workers, unions and farmers in the Western Cape to settle their disputes through negotiation, to exercise their rights responsibly and to refrain from violence. The minister’s call, made on Friday, follows attempts by Labour Director-General Nkosinathi Nhleko to broker a peace deal between trade unions and Agri-SA in Cape Town. The department said the attempt seems to have been rejected by farm owners’ representatives. There have reportedly been sporadic cases of violence, including the closing of national roads, since the industrial action began on Wednesday. Oliphant said that while farmworkers had every right to demonstrate, violence undermined their cause. She called for good leadership on the part of the labour movement in the sector. “I would also like to remind the leadership in the province that the current action is unprocedural and therefore the workers are not protected by labour laws. They have to think carefully about what they are exposing workers to and whether in the end it is worth their while,” Oliphant said. “I would also like to call on the farmers to engage their workers on the best way forward. At the end of the day, the main thing is negotiation between employer and employee, and so far I am not convinced that there is a serious attempt by farmers to negotiate.” The workers are demanding a daily wage of R150. Currently, the minimum wage, as set out in the agricultural sector determination, is R69. Agri-SA has said it has no mandate to negotiate in the matter and that the demands were “unrealistic” and would drive its members out of business. At the same time, farmers in the Western Cape have not been forthcoming in terms of putting a counter-offer on the table. Instead, they have been insisting on a sectoral determination process, which is under way by the Labour Department. The strike takes place parallel with the public hearings process through which the department is soliciting views from labour and business about the new sectoral determination, due to kick in at the beginning of March. The process will be consolidated by the Employment Conditions Commission (ECC), the body which advises the minister on wages and conditions of employment, for her final decision. Oliphant said it was unfortunate that farmers had sought to negate the principle of negotiations and collective bargaining. “This does not augur well for stability and industrial peace in the sector.” For their part, unions have said workers have “borne the brunt of economic violence” from employers in the form of “slave wages”, and alleged that some workers had not being paid over the festive season. During November’s farmworker strikes, there were reports of damage to property, with 271 workers arrested for public violence and heightened tension on the farms as employers brought in private security. Source: SANews.gov.za
December 1, 2019
Raking up the Ayodhya issue, BJP president and Home Minister Amit Shah on Thursday accused the Congress of stalling the case in the Supreme Court. He also alleged that the Congress Party kept the Kashmir problem hanging fire for 70 years in its “greed” to protect its vote bank. “For so many years this judgment was not happening. We also wanted a resolution to this dispute within the framework of the Constitution. Now see how with the blessings of Lord Ram the Supreme Court has cleared the way for the construction of a grand Ram temple.” “Everyone wanted a Ram temple in Ayodhya but the Congress kept stalling the case,” Mr. Shah addressed the election rallies in Manika and Lohardaga, as he kicked off the BJP’s campaign for the Jharkhand Assembly polls. He also accused the Congress of delaying a solution to the Kashmir issue for seven decades. “The Congress Party left the Kashmir problem hanging fire for 70 years in its greed to protect its vote bank. Modiji [PM Narendra Modi] has erased the blot of Article 370 from the crown jewel of ‘Bharat Mata’ and paved the way for Kashmir’s development,” he said. Emphasising the importance his Party attached to the issue, Mr. Shah said the Modi government scrapped Articles 370 and 35A during the very first Parliament session it faced after winning an absolute majority for a second time. The Centre framed a defence policy that has protected the borders and freed the country of terrorism, he asserted. “Terrorists… carried out attacks regularly in the country during the Congress regimes, but the Narendra Modi government gave a befitting reply to them,” Mr. Shah said, referring to surgical strikes carried out by the Indian Army across the LoC. The BJP president also accused the Congress-JMM combine of indulging in corruption and “hoodwinking” the tribals and the poor. The JMM leadership indulged in corruption of thousands of crores of rupees, while the BJP dispensation led by Raghubar Das gave a stable government and took the State forward on the path of development, he said. “JMM leader Hemant Soren should be asked which Party he has aligned with, a Party which hoodwinked tribals for 70 years. I would like to ask the Congress president and Rahul Gandhi to give an account of what they have done for tribals.The BJP will also give an account of the work it has done for the State,” Mr. Shah said. He also wanted to know why the Congress failed to provide electricity, cooking gas connection, health cards, toilets and homes to the people.The Union Home Minister lauded the Raghubar Das government for “freeing” the State of the Naxal issue, saying it was the most important achievement of the current BJP dispensation. The BJP, in its election manifesto, will promise constitution of a committee that will consider raising the percentage of reservation for the backward sections after coming to power again. “The backward sections have an important position in the social constitution of Jharkhand but they don’t get reservation in proportion to their population,” he said. Reaching out to the tribals who have a sizeable presence in the mineral-rich State, Mr. Shah said the Modi government set up a museum in the memory of tribal leaders who fought valiantly for the country’s freedom. He also sought to remind the electorate that it was a BJP government which created a separate State of Jharkhand for which many sacrificed their lives. “Atal ji [Atal Bihari Vajpayee] created Jharkhand and Narendra Modi will embellish and spruce it up,” he told the election rally in Manika. “People kept dying, youth sacrificed their lives, but the dream of statehood remained unfulfilled under Congress rule,” he said.
October 18, 2019
Ottawa: Justin Trudeau on Wednesday kicked off the campaign for next month’s Canadian general election, gunning to hold onto his liberal majority in a tight race against newcomers on both flanks. The parties have already been wooing voters with pre-election ads, announcements and whistle stops in key battlegrounds across the country. But Governor General Julie Payette’s dissolution of parliament, at Trudeau’s behest, marked the official start of the race to the October 21 ballot.
September 13, 2019
Dan Cohen AUTHOR As about two dozen communities contemplate the impact of the Army’s announcement last week about new force reductions, a Cato Institute researcher highlights the ability of regions coping with significant cuts in military spending to bounce back.“Communities do adapt and recover, some more quickly than others, and many emerge after the transition period with a robust and more diversified economic base,” Christopher Preble, Cato’s vice president for defense and foreign policy studies, writes in a blog post.Preble’s preliminary conclusion comes at approximately the midway point of a research project assessing how communities responded after local bases were closed through either the BRAC process or other means. He also is looking at the impact of the closure of privately owned and operated facilities that primarily supplied DOD customers.“In other words, the resources once directed toward the military do eventually find their way to more productive uses,” he states.At the same time, Preble acknowledges the anxiety communities feel after learning about a pending realignment or closure. “Change can be (and often is) difficult, and transitions are precisely that. But it gets better,” he says.Taking into consideration the robust opportunity for communities to move on following a closure, the increased transparency of the BRAC process over the Army’s latest deliberations, and the excess capacity in defense infrastructure, Preble argues for a new BRAC round. “Or several.”