AV Jenning’s latest project fast tracked due to popularity

first_imgAVJennings’ Arbor community at Rochedale has lots ranging up to 480sq m starting from just $369,000.Half of the 34 homesites in stage one of AVJennings’ Arbor project have been snapped up, prompting the developer to fast-track the release of stage two.A further 26 homesites have been released in the second stage of AVJennings’ Arbor community at Rochedale with lots ranging up to 480sq m starting from $369,000.AVJennings national developments manager Angus Johnson said Arbor was all about location.“Arbor is just 17km from the Brisbane CBD, 5km from Sunnybank Plaza and 7km from Griffith University,” he said.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus12 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market12 hours ago“Locally, it is within easy reach of Rochedale Shopping Village and Rochedale Town Centre, which are two retail hubs being developed, with the latter to include a Coles supermarket.“It’s a short walk to Rochedale State School and Redeemer Lutheran College, which is convenient as we are anticipating young families will be among the first to call Arbor home due to the value on offer when you consider our pricing.”Townhomes will be delivered in future stages and they expect these will also appeal to families and downsizers, and perhaps this will lead to multiple generations of families living together in the community.Construction on the first stage of Arbor is expected to start this month allowing purchasers to start building in December.Arbor will feature 60 homesites and 20 townhomes.Visit: www.avjennings.com.au/qld/arbor-rochedalelast_img read more

Former prostitutes call for ban to industry

first_imgNZ Herald 8 April 2016Family First Comment: “A growing group of survivors and abolitionists say they are disturbed at pro-sex trade lobbyists painting the industry as a profession, chosen by autonomous women because it makes them feel empowered.”Exactly! Which is why prosecuting the buyer is the most efficient and effective way to proceed. Time for NZ to change their flawed and failed law which Helen Clark promoted.At Rhiannon’s* lowest point, she agreed to sex for money with a man who found her drunk, high on prescription drugs and crying on the street outside the strip club where she worked….  Her story is just one of the graphic first-person testimonies in Prostitution Narratives: Stories of Survival in the Sex Trade, a shocking book that will be launched at an anti-sex trade conference at RMIT University in Melbourne this weekend. Former prostitutes and other women across Australia are coming together to talk about the “oldest profession in the world” in a different way. They don’t use the words escort, call girl or sex worker, because they say these legitimise men paying women for sex as a service or a career. Instead, they call it abuse….A growing group of survivors and abolitionists say they are disturbed at pro-sex trade lobbyists painting the industry as a profession, chosen by autonomous women because it makes them feel empowered.…Simone, 48, is now national director for the Nordic Model Australia Commission. The model, which has been successful in Sweden and was introduced in France this week, sees prostitutes decriminalised and those who pay for sex criminalised.She said many of the prostitutes she has met have been single mothers or students looking for money. More than half of sex workers have been sexually abused as children or teenagers. Others have been raped, neglected or harassed. “Many women are trying to escape abuse or domestic violence,” said Simone. “They have nowhere else to go.”Simone has been left with PTSD, anxiety and agoraphobia, so her advocacy work and travel has been challenging, but she’s desperate to create change.Since the Nordic Model was introduced in Sweden, she says, there’s been a cultural shift. “Young people grow up thinking the idea of buying sex is abhorrent.”READ MORE: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=11618980last_img read more

Nat’l gov’t blinks: WV still on quarantine but ‘modified’

first_img* repatriates – 29 COVID-19 is the infectious disease caused by the most recently discovered coronavirus. This new virus and disease were unknown before the outbreak began in Wuhan, China in December 2019. MANILA – The national government reversed its decision to lift the community quarantine in Western Visayas and other “low-risk” areas following the appeal of governors and mayors who expressed fear that easing restrictions at this time could spark a surge in cases of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). “Hindi po tayo pupuwedeng bumalik sa normal bago dumating ang COVID-19 habang walang bakuna, habang walang gamot sa COVID-19,” he stressed. Here’s the breakdown of cases: * Iloilo City – 16 * Guimaras – zero “Wala na po tayong areas sa buong Pilipinas na hindi under community quarantine. Iba-iba lang pong level,” said Año. As of yesterday, Western Visayas’ confirmed cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) stood at 99, with 10 deaths. * Iloilo Province – 18 Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea. These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. Some people become infected but don’t develop any symptoms and don’t feel unwell./PN * Capiz – five * Bacolod City – nine Under a modified GCQ, socioeconomic activities will be allowed but minimum public health standards must be followed. * Aklan – six * Antique – 14 * Negros Occidental – two Aside from Western Visayas, other regions to be placed under a modified GCQ are Region 1, Region 4-B, Region 5, Region 8, Region 10, Region 12, and the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao covering 37 provinces and 11 cities. On Tuesday, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque announced that the ECQ in Western Visayas was to be lifted by May 16 because the region was considered a low-risk area for COVID-19 transmission. “Marami pong governors and mayors na nagsagawa ng petitions and requests. Sinasabi nila na hindi pa sila handa para tanggalin ang community quarantine,” said Año in a virtual press conference in Malacañang . Specific guidelines will be issued before the end of the enhanced and/or general community quarantine of various provinces, cities and towns in several regions on May 15, Año said. Western Visayas is to be shifted to modified general community quarantine (GCQ) by May 16, Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) secretary Eduardo Año announced yesterday. Possible vaccines and some specific drug treatments are under investigation. They are being tested through clinical trials. The World Health Organization is coordinating efforts to develop vaccines and medicines to prevent and treat COVID-19.  People can catch COVID-19 from others who have the virus. The disease can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth which are spread when a person with COVID-19 coughs or exhales. The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. These droplets also land on objects and surfaces around the person. Other people then catch COVID-19 by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth. “Provinces and cities under the low-risk category are in containment preparation phase which means empowering communities in enforcing minimum health standards and making investments to meet health capacity targets,” Roque had said.He warned that the threat of the virus still existed, “Kaya kinakailangan pong mag-ingat tayo.”last_img read more

Pirate Boys Track Team Results At Jennings County

first_imgThe Greensburg Boys Track and Field team opened their outdoor season at Jennings County Tuesday evening. The host Panthers won the meet with 88 points. The Pirates came in 2nd with 37 and South Dearborn was 3rd with 31 points.Leading the way with 1st place finishes were Devin Ruble in the 100 meter dash with a PR time of 11.3 and the 4×100 relay team of Jadrian Woods, Joey Woods, Zach Pokrywinski and Ruble in 46.00.Other meet scorers were: 2nd place-Discus – Tanner Yonts 115’ 8”;400m – Jadrian Woods 55.6;1600m – Jared Hasselbring 5:03.8;and 4×800 Relay – 9:06 – Reid McClintic, Kevin Johnson, Jared Hasselbring, and Loius Moore. 3rd place-800m – Hasselbring 2:18.9;Shot Put – Dylan Cain 40’ 8”;200m – Pokrywinski 24.6; and 3200m – McClintic 10:59.9;. 4th place-110Hurdles – Vincent Pavey 17.9;300Hurdles – Pavey 48.7; 100m – Joey Woods 11.64;800m – Moore 2:20.3;Shot Put – Yonts 40’ 3 ½”;Pole Vault – Hanna 8’; and 1600m – Michael Back 5:11.5.Many athletes had solid nights in their first high school meet and we look forward to our next meet at Decatur Central on Friday night.Courtesy of Pirates Coach Mike Myers.last_img read more

Racing is a family affair for the Alexanders

first_img Latest posts by Taylor Vortherms (see all) Taylor VorthermsSports Editor at The Ellsworth AmericanTaylor Vortherms covers sports in Hancock County. The St. Louis, Missouri native recently graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism and joined The Ellsworth American in 2013. Part 1: Invisible, incapacitating concussions are sidelining high school athletes – July 19, 2016 Latest Posts Biocenter_img Part 2: When the injury is inside your head, some “don’t get it” – July 26, 2016 ELLSWORTH — Most might not expect 16-year-old Wyatt Alexander to feel nervous before taking his driver’s license test.After all, the Ellsworth High School senior has been driving competitively since he was 4, starting with go-karts and working his way up to the Pro Stock Chevy SS he races today.But in November, Wyatt felt the same pressure all teenagers experience before the exam — if not more.“I’m the kid who’s expected to pass it no problem,” Wyatt says. “I was super nervous I would do something silly and mess it up. That would have been embarrassing.”Wyatt didn’t mess up. He is well experienced in managing stress behind the wheel, and he hopes to make a career out of it someday.Brett Alexander (left) and his son, Wyatt, sit next to each other at the Wiscasset Speedway. PHOTO BY JOHN A. MILLER PHOTOGRAPHYThis is placeholder textThis is placeholder textWyatt, an Ellsworth native, has grown up around cars. His grandfather, Bob Alexander, founded K&B Automotive in 1992 and built its garage on the Surry Road in 1999 — the same year Wyatt was born. Wyatt’s father and Bob’s son, Brett Alexander, eventually took over the business, where all three generations of Alexanders now work.The trio also runs a race team together, and they compete every other weekend. Wyatt drives, Bob is the crew chief and Brett is the crew.“My dad and my grandfather have taught me the ropes,” Wyatt says. “We treat racing like a business.”Wyatt’s trophies sparkle on display near the entrance of the shop. “Those are just a few of them,” says Brett from behind the counter.A plaque on the window sill reads Wiscasset Speedway “2015 Rookie of the Year” — an honor for racers who excel in their initial year in a new division. Last season was Wyatt’s first in the Pro Stock class, which he says is considered the top level before entering the NASCAR ranks. He competes in races across the country.Wyatt’s interest in cars dates back to when he was a toddler. He started out racing go-karts at Thundering Valley in St. Albans from 2004 to 2012.Bob recalls the days when Wyatt would regularly slam his foot on the gas and spin out.“He was pretty terrible when he started out,” Bob says.“Yup,” Wyatt confirms.That didn’t last. Wyatt won his first World Karting Association (WKA) series in 2009. Three years later, he won a WKA national championship — his most cherished award from his karting career.A young Wyatt Alexander poses next to the Legends car he used to race. FILE PHOTOAt age 12, Wyatt started racing in the Amsoil NELCAR Legends car series. He made history as the youngest in Maine to ever race Legends cars, which are vehicles powered by motorcycle engines and modeled after 1930s Coupes and Sedans.Wyatt notched the Legend Cars Maine State Young Lion title in 2014 before making his debut in Pro Stocks. In 2015, he became the youngest to take the checkered flag at the Boss Hogg 100 championship at the Wiscasset Speedway.“Most of the guys I’m racing against have been doing it longer than I’ve been alive,” Wyatt says.“But he has earned the respect of the older drivers,” Bob adds.Cars are not the only thing that runs through the Alexander family — racing does, too. Bob raced cars for 22 years. His 100-plus wins earned him a spot in the Maine Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2013.Bob entered the racing scene in the early 1970s while crewing for a friend at Spud Speedway in Aroostook County.“He actually let me drive one time,” Bob says, “and I ended up wrecking his car.”Bob wasn’t deterred from the sport. He bought his own car and trailer and became hooked on “the adrenaline rush of winning.” Like Wyatt, he won “Rookie of the Year.”“Wyatt inherited those traits,” Bob says. “He has better control and a better feel for the car than I ever did.”Bob’s son and Wyatt’s dad, Brett, was also a racer for a brief stint, but he preferred the mechanical side of cars.Bob and Brett are not the only family members heavily involved in Wyatt’s racing.“For us, it’s a family deal,” Bob says. “We’ll do everything in our power to support him.”The family regularly loads into the trailer and joins Wyatt on tour across the country. His little sister Quinn has been attending his races since she was two weeks old.Bob says Quinn, who just turned 3 on June 28, is Wyatt’s biggest fan. She even has her own headset in which she speaks to her brother. “Race safe, Bubby,” she’ll tell him.But Bob is quick to note that racing is more than just a hobby for the Alexanders.“We’re intense,” Bob says. “We go to the race track planning to win that day.”Driving is only part of the sport. Bob and Wyatt estimate that the family spends 40 hours every week working on the car, which has a Howe chassis.Bob Alexander gives a thumbs-up at the Wiscasset Speedway. He works as his grandson Wyatt’s crew chief. PHOTO BY JOHN A. MILLER PHOTOGRAPHYBob says full-time crew chiefs and members as well as car builders make between $60,000 and $80,000 a year. Teams who employ such labor are often fronting an annual bill costing hundreds of thousands of dollars.“We could not race without this resource,” Bob says of the shop, K&B Auto. “We’re fortunate enough that I’m retired, so I can do that.”“He slaves for free, basically,” Wyatt adds.“I do it because I love to do it,” Bob says. He laughs. “But I wouldn’t do it for anybody else.”Between racing and working full time, the Alexanders spend a lot of time together.“Which is obviously awesome,” Wyatt says. “We butt heads from time to time, but I wouldn’t change it.”When it comes to tweaking the car, the team collaborates on every decision. The lighter the vehicle, the faster it goes. They say keeping up with new developments in car dynamics is a perpetual task.“Halfway through the season, people will try new things,” Wyatt says. “If it’s working, everyone does that. Next season, everybody is doing something different.”Wyatt says 60 to 70 percent of the sport depends on the car and crew.“A lot of people don’t understand what it takes to get the car on the race track every week,” Wyatt says, “and all the work my grandfather puts in.”Outside of his family, Wyatt says he encounters people who just “don’t get it.” He often hears, “It’s not even a sport. You just turn left.” But the flak doesn’t seem to bother Wyatt.“I get that all the time,” Wyatt says. “I don’t push it on people. It’s my own thing.”Wyatt can take the heat — literally. While racing, he wears a two-layer Nomex suit as well as a helmet and fireproof shoes and gloves. He says the temperature inside the car can reach 130 degrees.Wyatt Alexander, 16, races a Pro Stock Chevy SS (No. 96) at the Wiscasset Speedway. PHOTO BY JOHN A. MILLER PHOTOGRAPHYWyatt also regularly fields the question, “Have you ever crashed?”“It’s like if you’ve ridden a bike for a long period of time and fallen down,” he says. “Yeah, I’ve definitely had my fair share of hard hits. But we put all our money into safety equipment first.”Wyatt has made up to $4,000 from a single race, but he says the prize money doesn’t come close to offsetting the car maintenance and travel costs. He relies heavily on sponsorships — 80 percent of which come from local businesses.“They say racing will make you a millionaire if you started out as a billionaire,” Wyatt says. “We’re not in it for the money.”Wyatt sells T-shirts on his website, and he even signs autographs. He already has fans, though he’s too modest to call them that.“They’re fans of the sport who happen to like me,” he says.When Wyatt was 14, he earned the affection of a little boy whose name is also Wyatt — the perfect icebreaker for the star-struck child.Wyatt gave a hat to the boy who, since then, has regularly attended Wyatt’s races at Speedway 95 in Hermon.“Maintaining those relationships is key,” Bob says. “Kids who just want to come up and see the car or sit in the car or get an autograph — it means so much to them.”Bob knows this firsthand. When he was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2013, he says a 50-year-old woman from Presque Isle told him she was his biggest fan when she was 8.“She said, ‘When I was a little girl, you went out of your way to sign my T-shirt,’” Bob says. “I had no clue.”Bob says hearing that was a career highlight.Wyatt doesn’t hesitate when asked who his idols are.“My grandfather and my dad,” he answers.Wyatt has inherited many of Bob’s fans, and his grandpa’s legacy has become a source of pride.Wyatt is also competing against racers he used to follow as a child, such as Johnny Clark of Farmingdale — a six-time Pro All Stars Series North champion.“I look around, and I’m like, ‘Holy smokes,’” Wyatt says. “Even if I don’t beat them, just racing with them and being one of those drivers is cool.”But Wyatt can beat them. A few weeks ago, he took first in a race in front of Kelly Moore — the driver with the all-time most wins in the NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch East Series.Wyatt says he would like to drive professionally, but he’s realistic about the financial costs of making it into NASCAR.“If I get the opportunity? Absolutely,” Wyatt says. “We do what we can, but we need the sponsors to do this.”Regardless, Wyatt says he plans to stay in the automotive industry one way or another. An AP honors student in math and science, he’s interested in engineering or perhaps taking over the family business someday.“I grew up here, rolling around in the dirt,’ Wyatt says of the shop. “I don’t really know anything else.”For more information about Wyatt, visit wyattalexander.com. EHS names new boys’ soccer coach – July 13, 2016last_img read more

The Latest: German basketball to play closed tournament

first_img May 19, 2020 French soccer’s awards ceremony has been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.The country’s players’ union says it will not be presenting trophies for the best players and coaches in the top two divisions of men’s soccer and the women’s first division.The union says the time is not right for “individual awards during this crisis period” and that the winners’s list will be left blank for 2020 in tribute to the medical staff “at the service of our society.”The awards were initially scheduled to be held last weekend.___ Ten teams will live in Munich and play at the Audi Dome without fans or contact with the outside world. The league’s seven other teams will not take part and their season will be declared finished.Each team will be allowed to bring 22 people to live in hotels closed to the public. Games will be played at the venue which hosted the basketball tournament at the 1972 Olympics.The plan was approved by the government of the state of Bavaria.League president Alexander Reil says the tournament offers “a certain return to normality” with strong health safeguards amid the coronavirus pandemic. The league has not played since March 8.___ ___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 The Latest: German basketball to play closed tournament Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The German basketball league plans to finish its season next month in a closed three-week tournament.center_img Manchester United says it will refund fans with season tickets for the games they won’t be able to attend during the coronavirus pandemic.The Premier League season was suspended in March with United fifth in the standings. United has four home games left.The club wrote to season ticket holders to say “we share your disappointment that you will not be able to watch United in person from within the stadium, but we would encourage you to give your continued loyal support from the comfort and safety of your home.”Clubs are pushing to be allowed to play at their usual stadiums rather than in neutral venues as the police wanted.United is asking fans for their “co-operation not to travel to any stadiums at which we are playing on matchdays.” Cristiano Ronaldo has reported back to Juventus’ training center after a 10-week absence.The five-time Ballon d’Or winner showed up for medical tests with the Serie A leaders.Ronaldo observed a two-week isolation period at his home in Turin after spending the lockdown period in his native Portugal.Ronaldo has not been alongside his teammates since helping Juventus to a 2-0 win over Inter Milan on March 8. He flew to his home island of Madeira, Portugal, after that.Serie A was suspended a day later when the Italian government ordered a nationwide lockdown. The league is hoping to resume playing on June 13. Associated Press ___Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Inter Milan will play a series of friendlies next year to raise money for medical facilities in Italy and Spain.The three round-robin games have been dubbed the “European Solidarity Cup” and thousands of medical staff and carers will get tickets for their work fighting the coronavirus pandemic.Dates for the games will be set when the calendar for 2021 is clear and fans are allowed back into stadiums.___last_img read more

WBB : Orange fends off Xavier comeback attempts to win in Las Vegas

first_img Comments With three seconds remaining in the second half and Syracuse clinging to a three-point lead, Carmen Tyson-Thomas made another crucial play to preserve a victory.As Xavier looked to inbound the ball and get it up the court for one final desperation attempt, the SU guard deflected the inbounds pass right back to Musketeers’ guard Lynette Holmes. She was standing out of bounds, causing a turnover and sealing the win for SU.‘It’s a quality win,’ Syracuse head coach Quentin Hillsman said. ‘That’s what you need to do, you need to get quality wins and then move forward. For us, that was everything to come out of here and to play quality opponents and get quality wins and we got one down and hopefully we can get two more.’In a tight contest, Syracuse (8-3) bent but never broke, hanging on to defeat Xavier (3-6) 70-67 in the first of three games for SU at the Duel in the Desert in Las Vegas on Sunday. SU led by a slim margin for the entire second half, but Xavier made one final push late in the half to try and steal a win. That’s when Tyson-Thomas turned the Musketeers away.The Orange thwarted countless Xavier comeback attempts late in the game. In the final 10 minutes, Xavier cut SU’s lead to three points or fewer on five separate occasions. Each time the Orange responded with points of its own on the opposite end of the floor.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAnd despite yet another poor shooting performance hitting on just 21-of-67 attempts (31.3 percent) from the field, the Orange was able to sustain its lead by limiting its mistakes.‘We took care of the ball,’ Hillsman said. ‘We had 13 turnovers and a couple of them were just offensive foul turnovers, so overall I think it was just about taking care of the ball.’Down the stretch the Orange scored eight of its final 10 points at the free-throw line to overcome its own shooting deficiencies. Even though Xavier shot 38.5 percent from the field, Syracuse scored 14 more points than the Musketeers did from the stripe.Hillsman said the number of attempts from the free-throw line could be attributed to the team’s efforts to get the ball inside. SU’s top three scorers got to the free-throw line six or more times.Center Kayla Alexander had 15 points, with seven of those coming from the free-throw line. Tyson-Thomas had a game-high 18 points and 10 rebounds, picking up her second double-double of the season, and forward Iasia Hemingway added 17 points and shot 7-of-10 from the line.‘We knew if we got the ball inside they would be out in the high post, they would double-team from the weak side,’ Hillsman said, ‘so our game plan was to go on the court and just to get the ball inside and be physical and aggressive at the rim.’adtredin@syr.edu  Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Published on December 18, 2011 at 12:00 pmlast_img read more

Roundup

first_imgThe following incidents were reported in the USC Dept, of Public Safety daily incident report between Friday, March 16, and Monday, March 19.View Roundup 03-20 in a larger mapCrimes against a personAt 5:50 p.m. on March 18, a student said a male suspect on a bicycle slapped her buttocks as he rode past her while she was jogging near Jefferson Boulevard and Vermont Avenue. The suspect rode out of sight and could not be located during a subsequent search of the area by DPS officers.Crimes against propertyAt 5:20 p.m. on March 18, a suspect approached a non-USC male and asked for the time as he was crossing the street at entrance gate three. When the male pulled out his cellphone to check the time, the suspect attempted to grab it and a struggle ensued.  The suspect fled on foot without the phone, but he was subsequently detained by LAPD deputies who happened upon the scene. The suspect was arrested and transported to Southwest station for booking. At 5:10 p.m. on March 16, a suspect approached a student from behind and snatched her cellular phone from her hand while she was standing at a bus stop near Jefferson Boulevard and Vermont Avenue.  The suspect fled on foot and he could not be located during a subsequent search of the area by DPS officers.At 2:00 p.m. on March 16, a suspect entered an unsecured room  in the Allen Hancock Foundation and removed a laptop computer. The suspect was confronted by a student as he was leaving the room and placed the computer on a desk. The suspect then fled on foot and he could not be located during a subsequent search of the area by DPS officers.Miscellaneous incidentsAt 12:30 a.m. on March 19, DPS officers responded to a traffic collision near Pizza Hut involving two vehicles, both of which were driven by students.  LAPD officers were at the scene administering a field sobriety test to one of the students when the officers arrived and she was subsequently arrested. Neither student was injured.At 6:16 p.m. on March 18, DPS officers detained a suspect at the Norris Dental Science Center who refused to comply after they advised him against trespassing on university property several times. He was arrested and transported to Metropolitan Detention Center for booking.At 8:51 p.m. on March 16, DPS officers responded to a radiation alarm activation on the loading dock at the Keck Hospital.  A safety office staff member was there when the officers arrived and he determined that a biohazard bag in one of the trash bins he was emptying had activated the alarm. The staff member transported the bag to a containment room for proper disposal.At 11:11 a.m. on March 16, DPS officers responded to a report of a suspect prowling inside Harris Hall and detained him for investigation. The officers found the suspect in possession of a knife, then arrested and transported him to the Metropolitan Detention Center for booking.last_img read more

UW’s play a tale of two halves in tie with St. John’s

first_imgStrong play in second halves has helped save the University of Wisconsin men’s soccer team many times this year.In a 1-1 draw against St. Johns, the Badgers scored their lone goal in the 48th minute and did not allow a shot on goal the entire second half. The Badgers played well in the first half, but allowed a goal due to the strong winds.The Badgers played a solid, all-around game against St. John’s with the only lapse being a long punt going behind the back line and leading to a one-on-one opportunity in which the Red Storms’ Mohamed Awad beat Wisconsin goalkeeper Casey Beyers.The strong winds behind the St. John’s goalkeeper pushed the ball farther and farther beyond the Wisconsin back line, and they were never able to recover.The Badgers did not drop their heads after the goal, knowing they would have the wind on their side in the second half.Wisconsin has been down going into halftime at several points this season, but head coach John Trask has been able to energize his team with his halftime speeches.“When your heads are down, [Trask] just comes in and gets you going with his speech,” freshman forward Mike Catalano said.Trask tried to keep the emotions positive in the locker room because he believed the Badgers outplayed St. John’s for the majority of the first half. This positive tone may have led to Wisconsin’s success later on in the game.With the strong wind at their backs for the second half, the Badgers pushed forward and put pressure on the St. John’s defensive line.“[St. John’s] wanted to build out of the back, real deep,” Trask said of the Red Storm’s strategy in the second half playing into the wind. “So if we could push the game and press them, balls were getting hung up and we were going to be able to win them and slam it back down their throats.”Wisconsin scored off a cross from freshman Tom Barlow who connected with Catalano. The goal ignited the crowd and gave Wisconsin more energy to keep attacking.Wisconsin took 10 shots in the second half alone, which were helped by the winds and their aggressive positioning.Not only were the forwards able to attack more, but the Wisconsin defensive line was also able to move forward with the wind behind them.“It allowed us a little more attacking freedom and the midfielders were able to push up, which allowed us to get our goal,” defender David Caban said.The Badgers continued their push throughout the second half while trying to reach that second goal.Although UW didn’t score in the second half, it continued strong into the extra time periods by maintaining control of the ball and the game for a majority of the time. St. John’s had two total scoring opportunities in the second half, but could not get a shot on goal in either chance.The only time Wisconsin had difficulty with St. John’s after halftime was in the final two minutes of extra time. St. John’s attacked and earned two corner kicks within the final 20 seconds, but Wisconsin’s defensive line held the Red Storm off the board to earn the tie.With strong second half performances from the entire team, the Badgers are looking to get even stronger as the season wears on. But tough road matches loom for UW in the coming weeks, and it will need to continue its strong second half play along with improving its first half play to stand a chance against the better competition.The large home crowd and student section may have helped the Badgers keep fighting in the second halves recently, but they will have to find other motivations on the road.Wisconsin gained some confidence Friday night by ending its three-game losing streak, but the Badgers cannot rely solely on their second half play to bring them back into games. They will eventually need to find more success early on in the games, which can help bring results their way in the future.last_img read more

There is room for improvement – Black Stars coach Kwesi Appiah

first_imgIn the wake of Ghana’s victory of Guinea Bissau, Black Stars head coach Kwesi Appiah thought his team had done well to secure the win but certain elements of their performance did not please him. Ghana had drawn their first two games at this edition’s AFCON and their lack of a win had had the general public agitated and pessimistic about the team’s chances. Though a draw would have been enough to qualify a win would have been preferable.The Black Stars managed to get a win after a shaky first half where Guinea Bissau hit the crossbar and had a strong penalty appeal waved away. Kwesi Appiah expressed his disappointment with how the team started as he told the media and indirectly Ghanaians that “the first half I was not happy the same way you felt.” Appiah explained that he felt his instructions had not been followed as closely as they could have been as he added: “there was some sort of tactical indiscipline among the players.”The former Black Stars captain, however, was pleased by the turnaround after the break when Jordan Ayew opened the scoring after about 30 seconds of play as he revealed what he had said at the break.“I told them to wake up because normally we don’t play like that. I think that in the second half they showed a lot of urgency.”The Black Stars topped group F and have been drawn against Tunisia in the next round. The game will be played on July 8th at 7pm GMT.  Source: Susu Graham | citisportsonline.com | Ghanalast_img read more