UW excited for 1st Frozen Four

first_imgThe Wisconsin women’s hockey team is heading to its first-ever Frozen Four, but it didn’t come easy.It took more than 90 minutes worth of action against Mercyhurst, but Tia Hanson secured a victory by tipping in the winning goal in double overtime Saturday night at Capital Ice Arena.”I didn’t see it go in,” Hanson said. “I just saw everyone pile on, so I just joined the crowd.”Her goal at 90:10 ended the longest game in UW history and punched the Badgers’ ticket to Minneapolis’ Mariucci Arena.”The toughest thing about the Frozen Four is getting in, and now we’ve got in, and you might as well go up there and try to win it,” UW head coach Mark Johnson said at a news conference Sunday. “This opportunity isn’t guaranteed every year. Hopefully we’ll be back there consistently over the years to come, but it takes a lot of hard work.”Wisconsin had to come from behind early. The Lakers jumped on top with a short-handed goal just 9:06 into the first period, beating UW freshman goalie Jessie Vetter.But the Badgers responded thanks to a Bobbi-Jo Slusar slapshot that found the back of the net with Wisconsin on a power play. The shot from the blue line evened the game at 1-1 late in the first period before both teams went into a scoring drought.Vetter and Mercyhurst goalie Laura Hosier held their opponents at bay through regulation and one full 20-minute overtime period. Vetter finished with 37 saves to Hosier’s 34, and the rookie came away with a victory thanks to Hanson’s double-overtime goal.”There was definitely a lot of pressure on my end. One bad move and the game’s over,” Vetter said. “I knew that if we just kept going at them that, because we were playing really well, that it would eventually go in the net.”Midway through the second overtime, junior Kristin Witting fired the puck at the net as Hanson waited in front. The freshman forward got her stick on the puck, deflecting it past the right skate of Hosier, and celebration ensued.Wisconsin will face St. Lawrence — the only team remaining in the tournament that it hasn’t faced this season — Friday after the Saints took care of Minnesota-Duluth in first-round action.”We’re real excited about the opportunity this upcoming weekend,” Johnson said Sunday. “The game last night was very intense and certainly nerve-racking.”The Badgers hope their experience up to this point — including six combined games this season against Minnesota and New Hampshire, the other two teams at the Frozen Four — will carry them to a national championship.”I think the strength of our league and some of our non-conference games have prepared us for this opportunity,” Johnson said. “Obviously, we’ll try to do some homework here and collect some information on our opponent Friday and try to prepare ourselves.”Of course it would be a great testament to the program to get to the national championship game and also win it, but UW has already made a statement in making its first Frozen Four appearance.”Winning a national championship is something that we all want to do, but just being at the Frozen Four is awesome for our program,” Slusar said. “It says a lot about the coaches as well as the players and our program in general. I think this is awesome.””I definitely think we are [getting more attention],” UW goaltender Meghan Horras said. “Half my friends from high school hadn’t even seen me play until this year. Those people are definitely interested and are spreading the word around campus. I think it’s really a positive.”After opting to go with freshman Vetter between the pipes Saturday, Johnson further showed the triumvirate of goalies at his disposal. He will continue to assess the net-minding situation and will determine his starter game by game.”I talk to my two assistants and I’ll talk to my goaltending coach, and ultimately it becomes my decision,” Johnson said. “We have three good, quality goaltenders. You can actually put them all in a hat and pull out one of them and feel comfortable with that individual. We just felt [Vetter] was best suited for the team we were playing and the rink we were playing in.”Whoever is between the pipes this weekend, you can be sure the Badgers will leave everything they have out on the ice as they begin their mission for their first-ever NCAA Championship.”When people leave Minneapolis on Sunday, they’ll only remember the team that won,” Johnson said. “You only remember the team that won it. That’s the mission. We’re a part of it, and why not go win it?” — UWBadgers.com contributed to this report.last_img read more

Mixed results for Premier League teams in EFL Cup

first_imgChelsea came from two goals down to beat 10-man Leicester City 4-2 after extra-time in the pick of last night’s third round ties in the League Cup.Elsewhere, there were comfortable wins for Liverpool and Arsenal but Everton and Bournemouth both suffered surprise defeats to Championship opponents.Everton were beaten 2-0 by Norwich at Goodison Park, while Preston needed extra-time to defeat Bournemouth 3-2. There’s more third round action tonight.Manchester United will be hoping to avoid their fourth consecutive defeat across all competitions when they travel to face League One side Northampton.There’s also three all-Premier Division match-ups.Southampton host Crystal Palace, Man City travel to Swansea and Stoke are up against Hull at the Britannia Stadium.last_img read more

MESSENGERS OF PEACE, Dialogue among Peace Messengers: Catching up on Ebola War

first_imgLast week, through a firsthand experience, I noticed the high level of tardiness and lack of coordination in the reporting lines for Ebola response. Of grave concern is the wide communication gap between reporting and Ebola action. It took more than seven hours, from the time it was reported to the Ebola hotline team, to remove a dead man from the street of Mamba Pointe and we understand that was one of the quickest removal.It is not clear to me and I am sure to many others if we are catching up on the Ebola war or the continuous spread of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) is catching up with us. Our overstretched health care system is still struggling to cope with the spread of EVD.More than seven months into this epidemic, it is our submission that current approach is weak, sub-divided and uneven. Therefore, we need a seamless response strategy-no gap. A common and comprehensive approach is required to catch up with the control and prevention of EVD.It has taken us a long time coming into grips with this epidemic. Catching up on Ebola war requires a scale of vision that aligns with a scale of threat. To conquer this Ebola war; we need geographical social mapping of the spread of EVD, demographic information on those affected by the Ebola virus and human behavioral research to understand the sociocultural context of those health practices that lead to the spread of EVD. Essential to catching up, is the use of social networks that are critical to changing health practices.What is perhaps required now and more than ever before is it to take up a lot of pressure off the health workers who are presently in the frontline. We need, as mentioned in all of our publications, a collective response to the scale of the challenge that presently confronts us. We also need a much faster approach to improve our under-resourced health care facilities.With over 4,500 fatalities and a projected 9000 by end of this month, we need a game changer starting today. The threaten strike action by health workers is not catching up as this would fester the spread of EVD in Liberia. Our leaders should be good listeners and our frontline service providers should be good negotiators. EVD is not and should not be a precursor to violence. There is a need for calmness and coordination of efforts directed at a common goal — eradication of Ebola.Our priority now should be about saving lives and this we can do through the establishment of more community care centers for laboratory testing, isolation and possible quarantining of contacts, increased community awareness and mobilization program and improved contact tracking and tracing program.For the time being, a lot more still needs to be done and with the cooperation of everyone, this, too, will be a chapter in the history books of our country. At this moment, it is a big challenge that requires a more aggressive and transparent approach.On our part and as part of preventive and control efforts to the propagation of EVD, Messengers of Peace (MOP)-Liberia will continue to engage in community education outreach programs to rebuild trust in our health system and to provide information on the symptoms of Ebola virus, resource linkages to establish mobile clinics and groups that cater for young people and conduct capacity building and partnership strengthening programs for young people to reduce the impact of EVD using health promotion strategies.From the standpoints of parsimony-(carefulness), specificity and reinforcement of current efforts, MOP considers it expedient to consider improving our health care system by adding more health care providers to the fight against Ebola. Use of faith based organizations, social networks and bi-lateral as well as multilateral cooperation is critical at this time.Until next week, when we come to you with another article on: “It takes a village” to control Ebola, Peace First, Peace above all else, May Peace prevail on earth.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Scotlands Sturgeon calls for Second referendum to break away from UK

first_img“We will shortly introduce legislation to set the rules for any referendum,” the Scottish National Party (SNP) leader told lawmakers in Edinburgh.She said she hoped the legislation would be agreed by the end of 2019.Her government aims to “give people a choice on independence” from the United Kingdom before the end of the current term of parliament expires in May 2021.Scotland voted to remain in the United Kingdom during a 2014 referendum by a margin of 55 percent to 45 percent, but the country’s vote to leave the European Union in 2016 spurred independence campaigners to demand another vote.Shortly after this, the Scottish government would then request a “section 30 order” from the British government, which would involve a temporary transfer of power from Westminster to the Edinburgh to allow the referendum to go ahead.“We do not need a transfer of power, such as a section 30 order, to pass such a framework bill, although we would need it to put beyond doubt or challenge our ability to apply the bill to an independence referendum,” she said.– ‘Status quo broken’ –Some pro-independence supporters have urged Sturgeon to call for an immediate vote, but British Prime Minister Theresa May has already said she would not agree to such a request.“I believe that position will prove to be unsustainable,” said Sturgeon.“By making progress with primary legislation first, we won’t squander valuable time now in a stand-off with the UK government that may soon be out of office,” she explained of her timing.The Scottish government would instead seek a section 30 order “at an appropriate point during or shortly after the bill’s passage”, she added.Around six in ten Scots voted to stay in the European Union, and Sturgeon hopes that some of those who voted to stay in the United Kingdom might change their vote in another referendum in order to maintain membership of the EU.But the uncertainty surrounding Brexit, which has been put back to October 31 as MPs try and reach agreement over the divorce deal, has also hampered plans for another independence referendum.“To rush into an immediate decision before a Brexit path is determined would not allow for an informed choice to be made,” said the SNP leader.While polls show some pro-EU voters have swung behind the independence cause, a similar amount of pro-Brexit supporters have moved in the other direction, and overall support remains close to 2014 levels.Sturgeon hopes that dissatisfaction with London’s handling of Brexit could tip the balance.“The Westminster system of government simply does not serve Scotland’s interests,” she said.“The status quo is broken. Serious change is needed,” added the first minister. The Scottish government will introduce legislation “shortly” as a first step towards another independence referendum to be held by 2021, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced Wednesday. London best pest control last_img read more