Govt announces national holidays, collective leave days for 2021

first_imgSeptember and November next year will be the only months without any public holidays, according to a list on the Cabinet Secretariat’s official website, is a list of public holidays next year as stipulated in the ministerial joint decree:National Holidays:Jan. 1: New Year’s DayFeb. 12: Chinese New YearMarch 11: Ascension Day of Prophet MuhammadMarch 14: Nyepi (Day of Silence)April 2: Good FridayMay 1: International Labor DayMay 13: Ascension Day of Jesus ChristMay 13-14: Idul FitriMay 26: WaisakJune 1: Pancasila DayJune 31: Idul Adha (Day of Sacrifice)Aug. 10: Islamic New YearAug. 17: Independence DayOct. 19: Birthday of Prophet MuhammadDec. 25: Christmas DayMandatory collective leave days:May 12, 17-19: Collective holiday for Idul FitriDec. 27: Collective holiday for ChristmasThe Manpower Ministry is expected to issue a follow-up regulation stipulating mandatory collective leaves for private companies, while a regulation for civil servants would fall under a presidential decree. (mfp)Topics : The government has finalized the list of public holidays and collective leaves for 2021. The list is stipulated in a joint decree signed on Wednesday by the Religious Affairs Ministry, the Manpower Ministry and the Administrative and Bureaucratic Reform Ministry.“There will be 23 national holidays and collective leave days for 2021,” Coordinating Human Development and Culture Minister Muhadjir Effendy said in a statement on Thursday.He said the government determined the holidays following several considerations, including maximizing regional revenue from tourism and planning around traffic congestion.last_img read more

Paul Merson names the three Arsenal fixtures that will decide the top-four race

first_img Metro Sport ReporterSunday 7 Apr 2019 10:13 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link784Shares Sorry, this video isn’t available any more.Merson added to Sky Sports: ‘Arsenal have also got a bit tighter at the back and I think they will get a massive win here.‘They have hard games left with Everton, Leicester and Wolves away.‘They are games you would not be surprised if they lost but you also wouldn’t be surprised if they won quite comfortably.‘That’s Arsenal. If you are a fan that’s what you have to live with for the next six weeks, but they played some good football on Monday against Newcastle and we know they can do that.’More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesArsenal have been in superb form at home this season and Emery says the ‘challenge’ for his side is to replicate those performances on the road.‘For us it’s a big challenge. We want to achieve the same good performances as when we play at Emirates Stadium,’ he said.‘We have confidence now but we know it’s very difficult and I think it’s a long way until the last matches.‘Each match is worth three points, like Sunday against Everton, which is the most important. We know other clubs will take a lot of points.’MORE: Dwight Yorke explains how Manchester United can beat Barcelona Arsenal Premier League fixtures Everton (a) – April 7Napoli (h) – April 11Watford (a) – April 15Napoli (a) – April 18Crystal Palace (h) – April 21Wolves (a) – April 24Leicester City (a) – April 29Brighton (h) – May 4Burnley (a) – May 12 Former Arsenal and England forward Paul Merson (Picture: Getty)Paul Merson believes Arsenal’s away matches against Everton, Leicester City and Wolves will decide the Premier League top-four race.With just over a month of the 2018-19 campaign remaining, Arsenal find themselves fourth in the table, one point behind north London rivals Tottenham.Unai Emery’s side can move above Spurs on Sunday when they travel to Goodison Park to face Everton.And Merson believes Sunday’s fixture is one of three that will determine whether Arsenal qualify for the Champions League or slip outside of the top four.ADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘This is a massive match,’ Gunners hero Merson said when asked about Arsenal’s trip to Everton. ‘Arsenal have got five away games left from seven.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘I think they can afford to lose one game, when you can do that you want to make sure it’s not the first one of the seven otherwise that puts you under real pressure.‘Everton rinsed West Ham last week and if it wasn’t for Lukasz Fabianski I don’t know what the score would have been.‘But I don’t forget how bad Everton were in the first half against Chelsea before and if they play anything like that I think Arsenal will blow them away as they are very good going forward.’ Advertisementcenter_img Advertisement Comment Paul Merson names the three Arsenal fixtures that will decide the top-four racelast_img read more

Brisbane’s hottest home right now has hit the market, sparking a buying frenzy

This home at 7 Ashfield St, East Brisbane, is attracting strong interest. Picture: NGU Real Estate.THERE’S a new kid on the block in Brisbane — and it’s sparked a buying frenzy.This Hamptons-style new-build hit the market at the weekend and saw almost 300 people through its doors during its first open home.The five-bedroom property at 7 Ashfield St, East Brisbane was Queensland’s most popular home listing this week and the second most viewed in Australia, according to figures from than 100 people inspected and 14 made offers on this home in just two daysBrisbane’s hottest home right now has hit the market, sparking a buying frenzyPub prince puts ultimate pool party home up for sale for under $11mThis home at 7 Ashfield St, East Brisbane, is attracting strong interest. Picture: NGU Real Estate.NGU Real Estate CEO Emil Juresic said 295 individuals inspected the home on Saturday, with about 50 groups through the property before the scheduled start time of 11am.“I think this was the biggest open home in the history of open homes,” Mr Juresic declared.He said the inspection was supposed to last an hour, but was extended to over two hours to accommodate the crowd of interested people.GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HEREThis home at 7 Ashfield St, East Brisbane, is attracting strong interest. Picture: NGU Real Estate.By the end of it, Mr Juresic had seven offers on the table.He said 90 per cent of the offers were from local families with children attending the nearby Anglican Church Grammar School or Churchie.But this was no ordinary open home.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home4 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor4 hours agoOne of the 6.5 bathrooms at 7 Ashfield St, East Brisbane. Picture: NGU Real Estate.Mr Juresic anticipated the interest the home would attract and offered wine tasting and a cinematic experience.The house itself is literally brand new — having only finished being built 10 days ago.Mr Juresic bought the 840 sqm site for $1.55 million in December 2016.The block of flats originally on the site at 7 Ashfield St, East Brisbane, before it was demolished.He demolished the block of flats on it and set about building his “masterpiece”.Mr Juresic admits he’s rather emotionally attached to the property, having overseen its creation from start to finish over the past six months.“It’s my baby!” he said.“This is like finding a lady you want to marry and spend the rest of your life with.“I’m attached to every corner of the house because I developed it.”One of the wine cellars in the home at 7 Ashfield St, East Brisbane. Picture: NGU Real Estate.The so-called “smart” home is entirely controlled by iPad or mobile phone, with more than $100,000 spent on the smart wiring technology.The house has not one, but two, wine cellars — a 1000-bottle temperature-controlled triple-glazed glass wine cellar and a second feature cellar at the entrance.It’s adorned with travertine stone tiles — weighing 30kg each.The media room at 7 Ashfield St, East Brisbane. Picture: NGU Real Estate.Each of the five bedrooms has a television and there are 6.5 bathrooms.The outdoor stone patio entertaining area has a built-in barbecue and there’s a covered gazebo and lap pool.A pool house, constructed to reflect the aesthetics of the main residence, includes a bathroom and sauna.Other features include a study, media room, triple lockup garage and imported black chandeliers.The house is being offered for sale with a price guide of offers over $4 million. read more

Quad City Speedway Deery show rescheduled for May 15

first_imgEAST MOLINE, Ill. (May 2) – The Deery Brothers Summer Series show at Quad City Speedway has been rescheduled for Sunday, May 15.Rained out on May 1, the IMCA Late Model tour event at East Moline pays $2,000 to win and a minimum of $300 to start.No change in the daily schedule has been made from the original race date: Pit gates open at 3 p.m. while the grandstand opens at 3:30 p.m. Hot laps are at 5 p.m. with racing to follow.Also on the card are Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds and Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods for all applicable points, along with street stocks.Box seating is $18. Other spectator admission is $15 for adults, $8 for kids ages 6-12 and free for five and under. Pit passes are $30.More information is available by call­ing 309 792-5030 or at the website.Other dates this month for the Deery Series are May 18 at Maquoketa, Iowa, Speedway and Memorial Day Monday, May 30 at Boone, Iowa, Speed­way.Barring any other rainouts, the midway point fund of $9,325 will be paid out following the July 6 show at Independence, Iowa, Motor Speedway.Deery Brothers Summer Series top 20 point standings – 1. Jeff Aikey, Cedar Falls, Iowa, 141; 2. Tyler Bruening, Decorah, Iowa, 139; 3. Ryan Dolan, Lisbon, Iowa, 132; 4. John Emerson, Waterloo, Iowa, 129; 5. Richie Gustin Jr., Gilman, Iowa, 124; 6. Scott Fitzpatrick, Wheatland, Iowa, 120; 7. Matt Ryan, Davenport, Iowa, 119; 8. Joe Zrostlik, Long Grove, Iowa, 112; 9. Darrel DeFrance, Marshalltown, Iowa, 106; 10. Andy Nezworski, Buffalo, Iowa, 105; 11. Joel Callahan, Dubuque, Iowa, and Jeremy Grady, Story City, Iowa, both 93; 13. Chad Holladay, Muscatine, Iowa, 90; 14. Jason Rauen, Farley, Iowa, 89; 15. Cayden Carter, Oskaloosa, Iowa, 81; 16. Denny Eckrich, Tiffin, Iowa, 77; 17. Curt Schroeder, Newton, Iowa, 76; 18. Gary Webb, Blue Grass, Iowa, 75; 19. Jon Merfeld, Dubuque, Iowa, 72; 20. Andy Eckrich, Oxford, Iowa, 66.last_img read more

Guti named new Almeria coach

first_imgRelatedPosts Ejuke: No regrets over Heerenveen move On-loan Liverpool keeper Karius ends Besiktas contract EPL: Wolves dare Mourinho’s Real Madrid legend, Guti, has been named new coach of Almeria.It marks Guti’s first senior coaching position, after he left his assistant’s role at Besiktas last season. He previously had led Real’s youth team to a league title.Guti succeeds Pedro Emmanuel, who left the Segunda Division outfit on Sunday.Tags: AlmeriaBesiktaslast_img

Amazon Warriors group makes timely donation to DCC summer camp organization

first_imgMANAGER of the Guyana Amazon Warriors, Omar Khan, on Friday last presented a cheque towards the Demerara Cricket Club (DCC) annual summer camp, which is currently in its second and final week.The donation was made on behalf of the Guyana Amazon Warriors team as well as its owner, Mr Bobby Ramroop of the Limacol and CPL Group.This is the second consecutive year that the team has supported the summer camp. It should be noted that two players from the Demerara Cricket Club (DCC) represented the local franchise in the 2016 HERO Caribbean Premier League (CPL). They were Christopher Barnwell and Paul Wintz.At the handing-over ceremony, Omar Khan encouraged the youths to make the best use of the summer camp and the opportunity it presents to them.President of DCC, Alfred Mentore, accepted the donation on behalf of the club and extended gratitude to Khan, the Amazon Warriors and Mr Ramroop for their continued support and commitment towards the annual summer camp.He stressed the timeliness of this contribution which will come in very handy in offsetting cost and contributing to the success of this youth camp.last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgPlay-in round team wins draft lottery, shot at LafreniereUNDATED (AP) — Presumptive top selection Alexis Lafreniere will have to wait a little bit longer to find out his NHL destination. Chaos reigned at the NHL draft lottery, with the No. 1 pick still up for grabs in a second lottery drawing. The eight teams that lose in the qualifying round of the playoffs have an equal chance of drafting first. The Kings got the second pick, the Senators the third thanks to 2018 trade with San Jose and the league-worst Red Wings dropped to fourth. Ottawa has the third and fifth picks and is the first team since 2000 with two selections in the top five.As part of the NHL’s 24-team playoff format if it resumes, 16 teams will play each other in best-of-five series to move on — and the losers of those matchups now have a major consolation prize looming: equal 12.5% odds of landing Lafreniere.SPEEDWAY OWNER-ROPE AD June 27, 2020 Two more players withdrew Friday because of the coronavirus, Denny McCarthy for a positive test, and Bud Cauley, who tested negative but decided to pull out after playing alongside McCarthy on Thursday. In all there have been seven COVID-19-related withdrawals from the tournament. In other developments related to the COVID-19 pandemic:— Cleveland Indians president Chris Antonetti said a “couple” of staff members have chosen not to take part in the resumption of training camp due to COVID-19 concerns. Speaking on a Zoom call Friday, Antonetti did not identify the staffers who have opted out or specify their roles in the organization. He added that he’s unaware of any players declining to participate because of health reasons. Antonetti said the club has spoken to “every high-risk individual” about the risks of returning. The Indians are scheduled to reopen camp on July 1 in Cleveland.— Morehouse College has canceled its football and cross-country seasons because of the coronavirus pandemic. President David A. Thomas said scholarships would be honored. The Historically Black College in Atlanta competes at the NCAA Division II in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. In a statement on the school’s website, Thomas wrote about the difficulty in safely travelling and hosting games and events while maintaining social distancing. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSJason Day asks to be testedUNDATED (AP) — Jason Day asked to be tested for COVID-19 just before the third round of the Travelers Championship in Connecticut. Officials decided to have him play as a single Saturday as a precautionary measure. Speedway loses partnerships after ‘Bubba rope’ postPINE HALL, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina racetrack has lost some partnerships after its owner advertised “Bubba Rope” for sale. The online ad was posted days after a noose was found in the garage stall of Bubba Wallace, the only Black driver in NASCAR’s top series.The racetrack owner’s post on Facebook Marketplace sparked a backlash on social media and condemnation from the North Carolina governor’s office. The Winston-Salem Journal reports that a concrete company and a driver series have ended their partnerships with the half-mile, dirt track 311 Speedway in Stokes County.F1-HAMILTON-ECCLESTONEHamilton saddened and hurt by Ecclestone’s racism comments — French soccer club Paris Saint-Germain says three players from its women’s teams have tested positive for the coronavirus. PSG said in a statement Saturday that one player from the main women’s team and two players from the under-19 side returned positive results. The women’s senior team is set to resume training on Monday. Earlier this week, PSG said three players from the men’s side and one member of staff were infected by the virus during the lockdown when they were not in contact with each other. PSG said they are no longer contagious and can train as normal.NASCAR-TRIPLEHEADERNASCAR set for Truck, Xfinity, Cup tripleheader SundayLONG POND, Pa. (AP) — NASCAR is set for a tripleheader of racing at Pocono Raceway from three national series on Sunday.Rain has washed out the Truck Series race on Saturday in what was already a packed schedule. Pocono is the site of a Cup Series twin bill, with one race on Saturday and one on Sunday. Carlos, US athletes take stand to end Olympic protest ruleDENVER (AP) — John Carlos wants to abolish the rule that bans protests at the Olympics. The renowned Olympic protester has written a letter with an influential group of American athletes, calling on the IOC to put in place a new policy done in collaboration with athletes from across the globe. Carlos and Tommie Smith raised their fists on the medals stand at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics to protest racial inequality in the United States. They were sent home for violating rules that ban such protests. Those rules remain in place today, though in the wake of global demonstrations against racial injustice, the IOC has recently expressed willingness to rethink them. Referring to the actions of Carlos and Smith, the letter says “It is time for the Olympic and Paralympic movement to honor their bravery rather than denounce their actions.”Carlos joined the leadership of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee’s athlete advisory council in sending the open letter to the International Olympic and Paralympic committees on Saturday. The letter said the AAC had discussed the issue with the IOC’s athlete commission. WOMEN’S SOCCER-ANTHEM PROTESTNWSL players kneel during the national anthemHERRIMAN, Utah (AP) — Players for the Portland Thorns and the North Carolina Courage knelt during the national anthem Saturday as the National Women’s Soccer League opened the Challenge Cup tournament in Utah. The players wore Black Lives Matter T-shirts in warmups before the game, which was nationally televised on CBS. In addition to the anthem, the players knelt for a moment of silence before kickoff. The teams issued a joint statement saying they wanted to protest racial injustice, police brutality and systemic racism. The NWSL is the first professional team sport in the United States to return amid the coronavirus outbreak. The monthlong Challenge Cup opened Saturday with a pair of games at Zions Bank Stadium in Herriman, Utah. center_img PARIS (AP) — Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton has criticized what he called “ignorant and uneducated” comments by former F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone.Hamilton, a six-time world champion and the only Black driver in F1, was dismayed by Ecclestone’s claim during an interview with broadcaster CNN on Friday that “in lots of cases, Black people are more racist” than white people.On Instagram, Hamilton called the comments “sad and disappointing” and said they “show us how far we as a society need to go before real equality can happen.”Ecclestone made his assertion when he was asked his opinion on Hamilton setting up a commission to increase diversity in motorsport.OLYMPIC PROTESTS-CARLOS LETTER Update on the latest sports Associated Press The Truck Series was scheduled for Saturday and the second-tier Xfinity Series was scheduled for Sunday. The rainout forced the Truck Series to run at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, followed by 225 miles of Xfinity racing and a 350-mile Cup race.NASCAR says it’s the first time three NASCAR National Series races will be raced on the same day at the same track. It will be the fifth time three NASCAR National Series races will be run on the same day but those were at different tracks. The Cup Series race scheduled for Saturday is still on with a green flag start time of 3:54 p.m. Eastern.Sunday’s Cup race comes with a twist. The field will be set by inverting the lead-lap finishers from race No. 1.NHL-DRAFT LOTTERY MLB-DODGERS-TOLES ARRESTEDDodgers’ Andrew Toles jailed in Florida on trespass chargeKEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Andrew Toles was in jail Saturday, charged with trespassing.The 28-year-old player was detained this week at the airport in Key West, Florida, by a Monroe County sheriff deputy. The Miami Herald reported he was found sleeping behind a Federal Express building at the airport and refused to move.Jail records show Toles appeared to be homeless when arrested Monday on the misdemeanor charge. His bond was set at $500 but he remained jailed and is scheduled for arraignment Thursday. Toles rose from the low minors to the majors in just months and became a postseason star for the Dodgers in 2016. He was the starting left fielder in the second half of 2016 and early in 2017. In May of that year, he tore a knee ligament and spent most of 2018 at Triple-A Oklahoma City. The team said Toles never reported to spring training camp in 2019 because of a personal matter. He did not play that year.Toles struggled with anxiety issues even before the Dodgers signed him to a minor league contract. He was Tampa Bay’s minor league player of the year in 2013 but was released in 2015. He was working the early-morning shift in the frozen-food section of a grocery store before the Dodgers recruited him.last_img read more

GMR&SC circuit season opens with a bang

first_imgTENSE battles ensued on Sunday as the first round of the Guyana Motor Racing and Sports Club’s National Race of Champions got going.Sunday’s opening round of the championship set the stage for an exciting year of racing.On the Street tuner end of things, Raymond Seebarran had a constant jostle with Narine Dasrat.Seebarran picked up one first-place finish with Dasrat picking up the other two wins as the charge to that title resumes.Azad Hassan was also in the mix, snagging a second and a third.On the sport tuner end of things, Mohamed Ahmad picked up where he left off last year, dominating that class.The highly\-anticipated group two fight fizzed out after Chet Singh moped the floor with the competition.In the first race, Singh and Rameez Mohamed tore up the track in an enterprising battle but race two saw the latter falling out with clutch problems.The group three belonged to Stefan Jeffrey and his Honda Civic which dominated the class. Jeffrey had an early battle with Danny Persaud who had to fall out after the first race with engine problems.Still, the two long-time competitors, who shared laughs earlier in the day, lit up the track for half of the first race.After that, there was little left for Jeffrey to do in the next race.Group four had two wins from Rameez Mohamed and his Honda Integra after hometown hero, Andrew King, and Kristian Jeffrey both dropped out with problems in the first race.King returned with a vengeance in the second race to sweep the floor with the competition and then opted out of the last race.Presentation of prizes took place at the Windjammer Banquet Hall in Kitty last evening.last_img read more

Gophers keep Badgers winless on season

first_imgView Gallery (2 Photos)This wasn’t the way Badger men’s hockey coach Mike Eaves envisioned the year starting.But after a 2-2 tie Friday and a 5-2 loss Saturday against Minnesota, Wisconsin is still searching for its first win six games into the season.Ryan Stoa did his part to make sure the Badgers remained winless, scoring an unassisted goal just six seconds into Saturday’s game. The goal by the junior forward was the fastest goal scored against Wisconsin in the program’s history.“First of all, I would say that they got the goal, but it wasn’t from a lack of effort on our part,” said Eaves. “It was a real battle going on. It was a 50-50 puck, and they got a hop and a bounce, and they went in to score. But to say that we weren’t battling for that puck wouldn’t be a fair assessment of that situation. . . . It’s not the start we wanted.”“I think it’s obviously tough to give up a goal like that 10 seconds in,” Wisconsin junior captain Blake Geoffrion said.The Badgers were never able to recover from the Gophers’ quick strike.Stoa again found the net midway through the first period, taking a pass from teammate Jay Barriball and backhanding it past UW goaltender Shane Connelly to give Minnesota a 2-0 advantage.“He’s a big, strong, talented, young forward, and he can be a force to be reckoned with,” Eaves said of Stoa.Neither of the WCHA rivals were able to put the puck in the net for the majority of the second period, although the Badgers had a handful of missed opportunities. It would be Minnesota’s sophomore winger Mike Hoffel, however, that pounded the final nail into Wisconsin’s coffin with a goal just a minute-and-a-half before the second intermission.“We had moments when I thought we were going to break through and really capitalize and do something special,” Eaves said. “That third goal at the end of the [second] period kind of took some wind out of our sail.”UW freshman Matt Thurber netted his first career goal at the collegiate level when he beat Minnesota netminder Alex Kangas to cut the deficit to 3-1 early in the third period. But just three minutes later, the Gophers’ Tony Lucia — son of head coach Don Lucia — put his team back up 4-1, silencing the Badgers and the crowd of 15,237.Wisconsin’s fourth line of Podge Turnbull, Tom Gorowsky and Andy Bohmbach provided a small lift for the Badgers both Friday and Saturday, as the trio produced a goal in each game — both off the stick of Turnbull.Saturday, Turnbull fired a shot on net as he spun around at the blue line. The puck appeared to have been deflected by Gorowsky — who assisted on a goal the night before — but Turnbull was credited with the score, cutting it to a 4-2 game.“I think all weekend, we were able to put them out there and they did give us a spark,” Eaves said of the fourth line. “They gave us scoring chances, gave us hits, gave us energy and chipped in a goal. That’s a bonus for us.”A fight midway through the third was the only thing the Badger fans had to cheer for late in Saturday’s game. Ben Grotting got the best of Minnesota’s Patrick White, landing several punches against the sophomore forward. He was hit with a game disqualification and will serve a suspension.Friday was a different story for both teams, but the final score of the 2-2 tie meant the same thing: UW was still without a win.Turnbull put the Badgers up 8:31 into the first period when he took a centering pass from Gorowsky, who found the streaking Turnbull in front of the Minnesota net.“They showed good chemistry and something they can build on,” Eaves said.UW built on its lead in the second frame when sophomore defenseman Brendan Smith fired a shot from the point. Michael Davies and Jamie McBain were credited with assists on Smith’s power-play goal, his second goal of the season.Stoa cut the lead in half with five minutes to play in the second when he was able to beat Connelly on a deflection, but Wisconsin headed into the third period with a 2-1 advantage.“They were doing a good job of tipping the pucks,” said Connelly, who made 34 saves Friday. “The hockey gods aren’t making it easy for us to get our first win.”For the third time in five games, however, the Badgers couldn’t hold a third-period lead. Sam Lofquist, a Somerset, Wis. native, scored the equalizer with under five minutes to play in the third. After his tying goal, Lofquist made a reference to his jersey and put his hand to his ear to listen to the Kohl Center crowd — similar to what Madison native and former Gopher Phil Kessel did two years ago.“People can celebrate however they want,” Connelly said. “I didn’t see it, and it really doesn’t affect anyone in that locker room. … We’ve had to deal with that before with the Kessel situation.”Neither team scored in the overtime period — Wisconsin managed just one shot on net — but the Badgers picked up their first point of the year with the tie.“You look at the outcome today, the 2-1 lead, and we get out of there with a tie,” sophomore defenseman and assistant captain Ryan McDonagh said. “Sure, it’s not a win, but we get a point.”After the weekend series, Eaves’ team sits at 0-5-1 and now heads to North Dakota to take on the Fighting Sioux. As that first win continues to evade their grasp, the Badgers know there is work to be done.“Right now, because of our schedule and the opponents that we’re playing and some of our injuries that we’ve had, it seems like we’re biking uphill into the wind,” Eaves said.“We’re without a win right now, so we’re still trying to figure things out for the better,” Gorowsky said. “But we’re not completely lost. It’s still hockey; it’s not that complicated.”last_img read more

UW Athletics shows support for those affected by Hurricane Irma

first_imgEven though they may have faced each other as opponents on the field, when Florida Atlantic University’s football team stepped off the field and needed somewhere to seek refuge from Hurricane Irma, the University of Wisconsin Athletics Department paid no mind to jerseys.“We’ll take care of you,” was the message athletic director Barry Alvarez had for FAU.It is the Wisconsin Way, a statement used frequently here to emphasize the kindness of Badgers, and willingness to help out those in need. The Wisconsin Athletic Department not only offered any assistance they could to those from FAU, they opened up their doors, making sure everyone could feel at home, even 1,500 miles from their home.UW opened up their facilities, allowing FAU to continue training while waiting for Irma to pass through Florida. They also opened up their dining halls and weight rooms — even the wives of the Wisconsin coaches tried to make the visiting wives feel comfortable by hosting a tailgate.There was some speculation the Wednesday before Irma hit Florida as to whether or not FAU would even come up to Wisconsin. With two major games cancelled and two games postponed because of Irma, many thought Wisconsin would follow suit and cancel their game against FAU.Alvarez had other thoughts, most of which centered around the safety of the players involved. Alvarez thought it would be better to have the team stuck in Madison where they were safe, rather than in Boca Raton where they might be in jeopardy.“[Wisconsin told FAU] come up and play the game at 11 a.m. on Saturday and if you can’t get back, stay here,” Alvarez wrote in a column on UW Athletics. “It may be the safest thing anyhow. We’ll take care of you.”We’ll take care of you. The phrase alone has to be the embodiment of this little thing that we call the “Wisconsin Way.” An extension of our hands with no expectation of anything in return, and we wouldn’t have it any other way.While this might seem silly, and many would think that during times like these, sports are the least important thing in the world, it is athletics that can help bring the world together.Regardless of what jersey you wear, no team should have to go through what a team like FAU did during Hurricane Irma.Wisconsin and FAU might have been competing against one another on Saturday, but the entire UW community stood behind the Floridian school, in admiration of the team’s courage to continue playing despite all that was plaguing their minds. Wisconsin head coach Paul Chryst first commented during his post-game interview and praised the team for their professionalism during such adversity.“I give Florida Atlantic, coaches and players, a ton of credit,” Chryst said. “I know just from talking to our kids from Florida dealing with [Hurricane Irma] being on their minds, I give them a ton of credit. They’re a good football team, and they came out ready.”Fans might not know this, but Hurricane Irma hit close to home for some of the UW players. There are currently eight players on the Wisconsin roster that call Florida home, and all of them come from areas that were directly affected by Irma.Derrick Tindal, a native of Fort Lauderdale, Florida revealed that his parents had not evacuated their home, since they believed it would not be in a highly-impacted area of Florida. Even though Tindal had a brave face during the interview, it was clear that his family back home was on his mind Saturday.“I’ve been nervous a lot,” Tindal said, “but I know my family is a strong family and they stick together. My dad, he’s a strong person, and he’s the leader of the family so I know he’s going to take care of them.”Tindal was not the only one with family who stayed in Florida during Hurricane Irma. Fellow teammate Natrell Jamerson had family that was still in Ocala, Florida hours before Irma was set to reach the shore, yet Jamerson’s mother still remained at home.This was not the first Hurricane that Jamerson has been through, with Ocala also suffering damage from Hurricane Andrew in 1992, and tropical storms Frances and Jeanne in 2004. Since Ocala is so far inland, it is very rare that a hurricane ever gets far enough to reach this town.“We’ve been through a few hurricanes before, so we know how to handle them, but this one is supposed to be way bigger than the ones in the past. I’m going to talk to [my mother] when I get out of here and see what they’re going to do about [evacuating], but for the most part I know that they’re still there.”Despite being so far inland, Ocala was still heavily damaged during Hurricane Irma, with trees falling on top of many houses, flooding and power outages on Friday. Marion County, which houses Ocala, remains focused on repairing all the damage caused by Irma.In times like these, it is difficult to feel as though anything good can come out of these situations. It seems no matter how many articles you scroll past about raising money to help cities in need, or flights of emergency response crews heading towards the affected areas, nothing major has really happened.You still see photos of someone’s house flooded with four feet of water, and you see the lines at shelters of people who need assistance. It might seen as though any effort made during these storms doesn’t matter, but for those involved, every single action matters more than you think.Even something as simple as welcoming a collegiate football team to use your facilities and stay in a safe area might seem small, but to those affected by the storm, it is far from small. FAU head coach Lane Kiffin took out a full page ad in the Wisconsin State Journal on Saturday, thanking UW for welcoming his team with open arms during a tough time for all of them. His message read as follows:Dear Badger Nation,Thank you! You have opened your hearts to our football program during the last six days in our time of need. Every single person on the campus and in the community was kind and courteous. The Badger Football team even shared their home with us and made our stay as comfortable as possible. We are forever indebted to the Wisconsin Athletic Department, Barry Alvarez and Head Coach Paul Chryst for their collective generosity. We wish you nothing but the best with the rest of your football season. On Wisconsin!Sincerely,Lane KiffinFlorida continues to suffer in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, and FAU is picking up the pieces from the storm. FAU has cancelled classes until September 18th, and reported that there is “nominal damage” on their campus.Now more than ever, it is time to live by the “Wisconsin Way” that we all preach on campus. It is time to extend a hand to those in need and let them know that we are thinking of them, and that we are ready to help them in any way that we can.We need to live by those words that Alvarez spoke on Wednesday, before he even knew the damage that Irma would wreak on Florida. We need to let people know that “we will take care of you.”Below are donation efforts for those affected by Hurricane Irma. After all, helping people in their time of need is the “Wisconsin Way.” read more