Flickers of joy in China’s virus ground zero mask deep fears

first_imgFinal-year high school students in the city and the surrounding Hubei province will return to school from May 6, officials said Monday, while many workers have already returned to their offices.”It may take a while, but things are moving in a good direction,” Bai Xue, a 24-year-old Wuhan resident, told AFP. A bride in a long white gown poses by Wuhan’s East Lake with her groom, face masks off momentarily as a photographer snaps pre-wedding photos.At a nearby park in the central Chinese city, a grandfather swings his tiny grandson in a hammock strung between trees while families with tents and picnic mats make the most of a sunny Sunday afternoon.Signs of life unimaginable during the recently ended lockdown at the coronavirus pandemic’s ground zero have appeared in recent days, as Wuhan returns to work and play days after lifting a 76-day quarantine on April 8. Onlookers join a man singing and dancing near a bridge by the Yangtze river, while swimmers dive into the water elsewhere along the bank, even as public spaces around the world fall silent under the shadow of the pandemic.Wuhan’s malls and convenience stores reopened in late March, initially requiring visitors to submit to strict temperature checks and show a code on a special app that assigns each person a color-based rating depending on their level of infection risk.By Saturday, some smaller stores were allowing customers in without any checks, while boutiques at the Hanjie outdoor shopping mall had stopped checking health codes.Even traffic jams have returned, with cars slowing to a crawl on the way to the Wuhan train station and in tunnels under the Yangtze during rush hour last week. Topics :center_img ‘Staying alive’ After dark, Wuhan remains a shadow of its former self.Most nightclubs and bars are still forbidden from operating, with authorities on Sunday warning against the reopening of “self-contained entertainment venues”.The American-themed Hot & Crazy Sugar Daddy by the Yangtze river was the only establishment open in its neighborhood Friday night — and completely devoid of customers.In the area near Wuhan University, streets were empty Saturday as roadside eateries popular with students remained closed.The Huquan Night Market lay silent behind plastic barricades.Wuhan residents told AFP they were wary of celebrating too much, too soon.”My life isn’t good,” said Li Xiongjie, a 30-year-old local who said the epidemic had left him unemployed.”Just staying alive is a victory, staying alive is the most important thing.” Uncertain future But while new infections in the city have dwindled as the city recovers, fear of asymptomatic carriers and cases re-imported from overseas has stopped Wuhan from fully letting down its guard.Commuters are urged to scan QR codes on subway trains to register the exact car they take, while lines of people seated on plastic chairs a safe distance apart stretch outside banks across the city.Residential communities continue to monitor people entering and leaving compounds, while barricades remain on many streets in the metropolis of 11 million people.Wuhan has reason to be fearful: After emerging in a live animal market late last year, the virus spread like wildfire across the city, infecting more than 50,000 and killing over 3,800 — a toll revised upward last week after authorities admitted errors in counting victims.The industrial city also faces great economic uncertainty, with businesses ranging from wholesale market sellers to cat cafes telling AFP that losses incurred during the lockdown have made rents unaffordable, while continued restrictions on movement within the city are hurting sales.”We have very, very few customers,” said Han, the 27-year-old owner of a soy drink stall in central Wuhan.”Everyone is worried about asymptomatic infected people,” she said. “Business is just not as good as before.”Authorities are trying to boost spending, releasing nearly $71 million of “consumption coupons”, offering discounts at supermarkets, malls, restaurants and bars across the city.But many restaurants have not reopened, and those operating are only allowed to offer outdoor seating or takeout — making post-lockdown celebrations nearly impossible.last_img read more

Carlo Ancelotti told Arsenal he wanted to succeed Arsene Wenger

first_imgCarlo Ancelotti told Arsenal he wanted to succeed Arsene Wenger Comment About Connatix V67539 Arsenal v Napoli: Emery and Lacazette press conferenceTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 11:37FullscreenArsenal v Napoli: Emery and Lacazette press conferencehttps://metro.co.uk/video/arsenal-v-napoli-emery-lacazette-press-conference-1902736/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Ancelotti even told senior figures involved in the search he wanted the job having had a spell as Chelsea boss between 2009 and 2011.AdvertisementAdvertisementThe Arsenal board were tempted by Ancelotti’s offer, but settled on Emery after the Spaniard impressed during the interview process.Emery had a detailed understanding of Arsenal’s squad and came armed with suggestions on how the club could be rejuvenated and improved. by Metro Ancelotti took over at Napoli last summer (Picture: EPA)Carlo Ancelotti told Arsenal last January he wanted to take over from Arsene Wenger, according to reports.The experienced Italian takes his Napoli side to the Emirates on Thursday night in the first leg of their Europa League quarter-final tie with Arsenal.Unai Emery will lead Arsenal out against Napoli, but it could have been Ancelotti in the home dug-out if the 59-year-old had got his way a year ago.The Evening Standard claim Arsenal began looking for Wenger’s successor in January 2018 and Ancelotti was immediately added to a list of candidates.ADVERTISEMENT Full Screen PLAY Ancelotti was keen on a return to London (Picture: PA)Ancelotti was not out of a job for long though, joining Napoli as their head coach last summer.Arsenal are aiming to win the Europa League to guarantee Champions League football next season after slipping out of the top four in the Premier League.Emery has a remarkable record in the tournament, having won it three times in a row with Sevilla.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 moves Emery impressed during his interview (Picture: Getty)Ancelotti and Emery were just two of eight candidates Arsenal seriously considered last year.Emery eventually won the race and continues to have the backing of the club despite several of his supporters leaving Arsenal in recent months.Chief executive Ivan Gazidis and head of recruitment Sven Mislintat were instrumental in the decision to give Emery the job, but both men made shock exits from Arsenal this season.More: 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 Read More Coral BarryThursday 11 Apr 2019 5:45 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link507Shares Read More Read More Skip / center_img Video Settings 1 min. story Read More Top articles SPONSORED Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Read More Advertisement Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE 1/1 Skip Ad Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling Coming Next Advertisementlast_img read more

El Gobernador Wolf anuncia fondos para limpiar y renovar tres antiguos sitios industriales

first_img July 31, 2020 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter El Gobernador Wolf anuncia fondos para limpiar y renovar tres antiguos sitios industrialescenter_img Español,  Press Release En el día de la fecha, el Gobernador Tom Wolf anunció tres nuevos proyectos financiados por el Programa de Reutilización de Sitios Industriales (ISRP, por sus siglas en inglés) que limpiarán los antiguos sitios industriales en los condados de Berks, Bucks y Montgomery para prepararlos para su uso como propiedades residenciales, espacios abiertos para sistemas de parques, fabricación, almacenamiento, distribución, centros de llamadas y espacios de pequeñas empresas en general.“Invertir dinero en dar una nueva vida a las propiedades antiguas y no utilizadas crea espacios limpios y seguros para las comunidades vecinas”, dijo el Gobernador Wolf. “Estos proyectos generarán nuevas oportunidades como opciones de vivienda, espacio para futuras actividades recreativas al aire libre y nuevos empleos para estos tres condados”.El ISRP otorga préstamos y subvenciones para realizar la evaluación y la remediación ambientales por parte de solicitantes elegibles que no causaron ni contribuyeron a la contaminación. El programa está diseñado para fomentar la limpieza de la contaminación ambiental en plantas industriales, y de ese modo llevar la tierra arruinada a la reutilización productiva.Los tres proyectos aprobados son:Condado de Berks: La Autoridad de Reurbanización de la Ciudad de Reading recibió $878,612 para la remediación ambiental del antiguo sitio de Buttonwood Gateway en Reading. La autoridad está colaborando con la Delaware Valley Development Company (DVDC) para revitalizar una propiedad deteriorada desde hace mucho tiempo mediante la construcción de 28 casas adosadas con garajes integrales, 12 apartamentos sin ascensor y seis casas adosadas de tres dormitorios, todas con entradas individuales y estacionamiento en el lugar. Los fondos del ISRP se utilizarán para excavar el suelo y llevarlo a una zona de deshechos fuera del sitio; colocar un recubrimiento para eliminar el contacto directo con el suelo; instalar pozos de monitoreo y tres pozos de recuperación de líquidos en fase separada; obtener muestras trimestrales de aguas subterráneas, obtener muestras de suelos y de líquidos en fases separadas; caracterización y eliminación de residuos líquidos; eliminación de tambores; informes sobre vapores del suelo; inspecciones; abandono de pozos; e informes.Condado de Bucks: La Autoridad de Reurbanización del Condado de Bucks (RDA) recibió $87,600 para llevar a cabo una evaluación en el antiguo Sitio de Descarga de Tambores de Bensalem. El sitio incluye seis acres deteriorados. En 2017, se completó una evaluación de Fase I que reveló concentraciones de varios metales pesados, incluidos plomo, bifenilos policlorados (PCB), hidrocarburos aromáticos policíclicos (PAH), percloroetileno (PCE) y tricloroetileno (TCE). Recientemente se completó una evaluación de Fase II a través de una subvención del Programa de Vías Verdes, Senderos y Recreación (GTRP, por sus siglas en inglés). La RDA continuará evaluando el sitio que se pretende conservar como espacio abierto e incorporarlo al sistema de parques municipales del Municipio de Bensalem. Los fondos del ISRP se utilizarán para actividades de investigación de suelos, obtención de muestras y análisis de aguas subterráneas, pozos de monitoreo de aguas subterráneas, actividades de inspección de pozos de aguas subterráneas, actividades de obtención de muestras y análisis de gases del suelo debajo de la losa, pruebas de acuíferos, modelado del transporte y su destino, informes de investigación correctiva de la Ley 2, y requisitos de procedimiento de la Ley 2.Condado de Montgomery: La Autoridad de Reurbanización del Condado de Montgomery recibió $76,582 para una evaluación de la antigua propiedad de Pottstown Plating Works. El sitio tiene 3.89 acres y contiene un edificio vacío de dos pisos de 46,500 pies cuadrados. La evaluación incluirá muestras de suelo, muestras de agua subterránea, evaluación de intrusión de vapor e informes. La Autoridad de Reurbanización del Condado de Montgomery está trabajando con 215 South Washington Street, LLC, para la evaluación y remediación del sitio para su uso en la fabricación ligera, almacenamiento, distribución, centro de llamadas y pequeñas empresas en general. Se anticipa que el proyecto generará entre 20 y 75 nuevos empleos.Para obtener más información sobre el Programa de Reutilización de Sitios Industriales o DCED, visite el sitio de Internet del DCED y asegúrese de estar al día con todas las noticias de nuestra agencia en Facebook, Twitter y LinkedIn.last_img read more

Broadwater views? Marine Quarter might be just the place for you

first_imgThe living zones at Marine Quarter.Overlooking the Broadwater at Southport, the project will capitalise on the views, with one bedroom apartments starting from $349,000.It is being developed by Melbourne-based company, Three Pillars.“Currently being the only new residential development approved on the BroadwaterParklands gives us a unique point of difference and a rare opportunity for thoselooking to live in the area,” Podium Project Marketing Peter Malady said.The brand new one bedroom apartments will be on the market for almost $40,000 less than the current median unit sales price for Southport, according to CoreLogic. There will be ample room to wind down at Marine Quarter.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus16 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market16 hours agoThe first part of Marine Quarter — the Oceanic Tower — will house 107 apartments over 28 storeys. Levels five to 15 will have fine apartments per floor, with just four units per floor from levels 16 to 28.Mr Malady, said the development was expected to be popular with residents seeking an active lifestyle.“Whether you are into running, cycling, fishing or sailing, you will find incredibly easyaccess to practice any of these activities and more,” he said.“Endless kilometres of running and cycling paths right on the doorstep, and many of Southport’s boat ramps only minutes away give Marine Quarter a huge advantage over other developments.” FLOOR-TO-CEILING glass was a must for the architects behind Marine Quarter, a two tower development that will be constructed on the Gold Coast. “In terms of amenities, we really pushed ourselves to provide the ultimate entertainment and leisure experience while taking advantage of the breathtaking views,’’ Mr Malady said.“An oversized pool, a state-of-the-art gymnasium, BBQ and grill facilities, alfresco dining areas, and a multipurpose deck are surrounded by elegant landscapeand expansive views.“Residents will definitely enjoy a resort-like experience.”center_img >>FOLLOW THE COURIER-MAIL REAL ESTATE TEAM ON FACEBOOK<< Luxurious bathrooms are on offer at Marine Quarter.The project has been designed by WallaceBrice Architecture, with floor-to-ceiling glass to maximise views and promote cross-ventilation in all apartments.Interiors have also been kept bright and airy, with the natural tonal palette to reflect the surrounding environment.A multifunctional benchtop transforms from workspace to breakfast bar, while deep recessed balconies off the living areas offer privacy and protection.The balconies have uninterrupted views across the Broadwater area and out to the Pacific Ocean, with permeable screens running along the edge of all balconies to diffuse sunlight.Two colour palettes are available for buyers to choose from.last_img read more

Survey: Americans Still Value Social Security

first_imgINDIANAPOLIS – A recent survey finds broad support across party lines and age for the value of Social Security – even when it comes to paying a little more to expand benefits.The survey of Americans 21 and older finds 3 out of 4 value Social Security, with 86 percent agreeing that the current program does not provide sufficient income for beneficiaries.Stephen Gorin is a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance, which issued the findings.“Large numbers of people, including many Republicans, who you might not expect, were willing to pay a bit more to ensure that Social Security is solvent well beyond the next 75 years,” he says.The study was based on an online survey in June of more than 2,000 Americans aged 21 and over.Gorin says the survey finds more Americans are willing to make tradeoffs, such as a gradual increase of one percent over 20 years on the Social Security tax rate.“What it breaks down to is for somebody – a worker – who’s earning $50,000 a year,” he points out. “They might wind up paying 50 cents a week more each year, and that would be matched by the employer.“That would go a long way towards ensuring the stability of the Social Security Trust Fund.”Gorin says most of those surveyed want to see a package of fixes that would support and expand Social Security for 75 years and beyond.Mary Kuhlmanlast_img read more

High-class entry for York showpiece

first_imgClassic-winning colts Gleneagles and Golden Horn are among a stellar 42-strong entry for the Juddmonte International at York on August 19. Investec Derby hero Golden Horn, who is a probable for the Eclipse, heads a powerful team from the John Gosden stable. The Newmarket trainer’s four other possibles are Eagle Top, Mahsoob, Maverick Wave and Western Hymn. David Wachman’s 1,000 Guineas winner Legatissimo could also represent the Classic generation. The Grey Gatsby, runner-up to Australia in this race 12 months ago, is likely to try to go one better for North Yorkshire trainer Kevin Ryan. Dermot Weld’s Free Eagle, who just pipped The Grey Gatsby in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot last week, is an interesting contender as is Australian raider, Criterion, who was back in fifth that day. The O’Brien pair of Investec Oaks winner Qualify and last year’s winner Tapestry also feature among 43 entries for the Darley Yorkshire Oaks on August 20. Among 53 entries for the Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes over York’s fast five furlongs on August 21 are Eddie Lynam’s dual winner Sole Power and Goldream, successful in the King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot last week. The Aidan O’Brien-trained Gleneagles, who completed the English and Irish 2000 Guineas double, could step up in trip to a mile and a quarter first in the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown next month. O’Brien has a total of 14 entries – Cougar Mountain, Tapestry, Father Christmas, Giovanni Canaletto, Highland Reel, John F Kennedy, Kilimanjaro, Ol’ Man River, Diamondsandrubies, Found, Qualify, Together Forever and Words. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Chelsea captain vows to prove innocence

first_imgChelsea and England captain John Terry has vowed to prove his innocence after the Football Association launched an investigation into allegations he racially abused QPR defender Anton Ferdinand.Videos circulated on the internet in the aftermath of Sunday’s west London derby, with some viewers claiming the footage shows Terry insulting Ferdinand using racist language.Terry strongly denies the allegations and said: “I welcome the FA enquiry and look forward to clearing my name.”AdChoices广告The Metropolitan Police has announced it is assessing evidence from the alleged incident after receiving a complaint.Earlier, Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas insisted Terry had his club’s full support and that the issue had arisen as the result of a misunderstanding.Villas-Boas said: “We fully back John. He spoke to Anton after the game. For us it was the end of the story.Boss Villas-Boas says Chelsea are fully behind their captain“John is a player of great responsibilities. I find it strange when people don’t trust the words of a representative from your country. For us the matter is over.”Chelsea have been charged by the FA with failing to ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion during the match.Blues duo Jose Bosingwa and Didier Drogba were sent off and seven other Chelsea players were booked in an ill-tempered game, which QPR won 1-0 – their first home victory since returning to the Premier League after a 15-year absence.The FA have also asked Villas-Boas to explain his post-match comments about the officials.The Portuguese revealed he had been “aggressive” towards referee Chris Foy and was angry that Chelsea had two appeals for a second-half penalty ignored.last_img read more

Too much of a good thing?

first_imgJAKE NAUGHTON/Herald photoGood recruiting typically leads to depth on any team’sroster. The 2008 Badgers can go four deep at the running back position, anasset few teams can proudly boast. Whether or not that number is too large willbe determined in the near future, starting with Saturday’s spring game.The backfield is led by junior P.J. Hill, the 2006 NationalFreshman of the Year. The East Elmhurst, N.Y. native rushed for 1,569 yardsduring his redshirt freshman campaign and, despite being nagged by injurieslast season, Hill was still able to accumulate more than 1,200 yards on theground.Injuries have been a chronic issue for Hill since arrivingin Madison, but the junior feels as healthy as he’s ever felt physically andhopes that can carry over into the fall.“Every day I’m just going out there, working hard. I’m notin the training room anymore, and I’m pretty proud of it,” Hill said.“I’m doing things right in the weight room, I’m taking care of my body,stretching a lot, eating right, getting some things in my body that Ineed.”Hill’s hard work and perseverance have paid off over thisoffseason, as his newfound health has equated to added quickness on the field,something both he and the Wisconsin coaching staff have noticed this spring.“P.J. is the guy right now that’s playing as good as hecan play,” said running backs coach John Settle. “He’s physical, andright now he’s showing a lot of burst at the line of scrimmage, which issomething that he showed flashes of last year. But now he looks quicker. He’strusting things to happen, and he believes what he sees.”Hill’s talent, experience and understanding of the game areduly noted by his coaches, which ultimately gives him the edge over the othercandidates vying for touches in the crowded Badger backfield.“P.J.’s probably the most complete back with having themost reps under his belt, but also being conscientious understandingprotections and being our style back,” offensive line coach and run gamecoordinator Bob Bostad explained. “He puts his shoulder down and gets youextra yards, yet is elusive enough and sudden enough to make that next man missin the box.”Close behind Hill on the UW depth chart is junior LanceSmith. Smith showed flashes of greatness last season, but was only able to playin home games after an off-field altercation involving him and his girlfriend.After being given two alternatives of serving his suspension, Smith opted tosit out the Badgers’ five road games as opposed to their first five games onthe schedule, a decision he wishes he could have back.“I suggested that the away games would be best becausethe first game of the season, you need a reliable back at running back, sothat’s how that situation went down,” Smith explained. “I reallywanted to play in the first game. But if I could go back in time, I’d pick thefirst five games because I believe my team needed me in Illinois and against[Ohio] State.”The Badgers lost both games away from home last season.Of the four backs, Smith is the most versatile of the bunch,which has given offensive coordinator Paul Chryst some options with which toplay.“You’ll see me in a lot of different looks (nextseason),” Smith said. “Hopefully, I’ll be able to be successful outof those looks and help the team out.”This spring, Smith has lined up at wide receiver, both outwide and in the slot, and has run some of the spread offense with a few of theUW quarterbacks. Because of his array of skills, Smith isn’t worried about alack of touches come fall.“Last year, I feel like I showed that I have theability to do a lot of special things,” Smith said. “I’m just soanxious to have a full season and show the coaching staff and the fans what Ican do with a full season. Honestly, I feel like Coach Chryst will find a wayto get the ball in my hands, so I’m not worried about how many touches I get. Ihave my own plays and my own sets, so me being on the field won’t be aproblem.”According to Settle, an increase in Smith’s touches couldn’thurt the Badgers’ offensive production.“You do not want to have Lance Smith one-on-one,”Settle said. “If you can get him into one-on-one situations, you’ve got tofeel pretty good as a coach. He’s elusive, he has the ability to make you miss,and he can catch the ball from the backfield and we can spread him outwide.”With Hill’s injury and Smith’s suspension last season, awindow of opportunity opened for then-freshman Zach Brown, one that he tookfull advantage of. The Royal Palm, Fla., native rushed for 568 yards lastseason, including 250 in the regular season finale against Minnesota.Brown has all the tools to become a great Wisconsin runningback, something that his coaches keep stressing.“Zach Brown’s probably our all-around guy,” Settlesaid. “He can play first and second down, he can play third down becausehe understands the pass protection. If he ends up being a third-down guy, we’llplay him in that role. We have no problem getting different guys on the fieldif it’s going to help us win. Zach has shown that he has an all-around game. Heruns the ball well between the tackles and has enough speed to get into thesecondary.”Bostad couldn’t agree more.“Zach Brown has been a great utility back for us,”Bostad said. “The more reps he gets, the more he’s going to step into thatrole of a starter someday. He’s an extremely conscientious kid when it comes topass protection. He’s a patient runner; he runs the ball well to the outsideand he understands the scheme a little bit better. He’s a better perimeterrunner than some of the other guys because he understands blocking schemes andhas natural vision.”Freshman John Clay rounds out the depth chart for theWisconsin running corps. But just because he currently sits at No. 4 doesn’tmean Clay won’t see the field this fall.“He’s beginning to learn the system and put everythingtogether,” Settle said of Clay. “We’re working on consistency withhim. We want him to be able to string five perfect reps together so we candevelop some confidence in him. He’s had some really good days, but we’d liketo see it in scrimmage situations.”If running the football was based solely on physicalabilities, the 6-foot-2, 231-pound Clay would have no trouble finding playingtime on any football team. However, the mental aspects of the game have givenClay some challenges this spring.“John Clay is a guy who doesn’t fully understandprotections as well as we want, but he’s a hard-nosed, downhill runner who willsurprise you with how fast he is and how sudden he is,” Bostad said.“He’s certainly got a tremendous amount of upside. The sky is the limitfor him.”Clay is aware of the necessity for him to improve mentally,and is eager to continue trying and learning.“My time’s going to come,” Clay said. “I needto be patient, know my assignments and make sure I study the playbook. In highschool, I didn’t have to pick up blitzes as much, so I’m learning how to dothat better.”With all the competition and fighting for playing time, itwould be easy for these four backs to be at each other’s throats. But instead,they remain friendly and continue to help each other improve.“We all get along,” Smith said. “It’s notlike, ‘I hate somebody’ or ‘he hates me.’ If somebody does something bad atpractice, we’ll all go up to each other and be like, ‘You need to do it likethis.’ It’s more like a friendly competition. On the field you’re competing,but off the field it’s friendly.”Brown feels the same way.“It’s funny because there’s no animosity,” Brownsaid. “We’re all cool; it’s like a brotherhood, and we’re all out theretrying to help each other. We’re obviously fighting for one position, but weknow that we can help each other out.”The brotherhood is part of the reason why each of these fourdecided to come to Wisconsin in the first place.“That’s one of the reasons why I came here,” Hillsaid. “This school is known for breeding great running backs, so when Icame here, I was like, ‘I want to be the best running back I can be.’ You’vegot Ron Dayne, (Brian) Calhoun and I could be next in line to come out of theUniversity of Wisconsin playing for the Badgers. So, right now, I’m very proudof my decision.”He’s also had some help along the way.“I’m pretty close with Ron Dayne,” Hill continued.“He has my number, and we keep in contact. He told me if I need any adviceto talk to him, and I have no problem talking to him because he’s a veryopen-minded guy, a guy that you can really talk to.”Like Hill, Smith enjoys the tradition of great backs thatexists in Camp Randall Stadium.“It means a lot, that’s honestly why I came here,”Smith said. “Just being able to watch them on TV and be productive on thefield; it’s something I’ve always wanted to do since I started watching them ineighth grade, so I wanted to come here and be successful, too.”For a coach, having too much depth is never an issue. Butfor a player, depth can certainly affect one’s playing time. All four of thesetalented backs are aware of the current situation, but none have shown anysigns of concern or discouragement — even Hill, who’s likely to see hiscarries decrease from the previous two seasons.“I know those guys can do the job,” Hill said.“I’ll cheer them on; those are my teammates. They have to win the game.I’m on the same team, so I want to win with them.”Brown, too, is enjoying the competition.“I look at it as a good scenario,” Brown said.“We’re all talented and we all push each other. Challenge brings the bestout of everybody. Everything is going to work out, so we’re just lookingforward to see what’s going to happen.”That said, playing time is still very much up for grabs,according to the entire UW coaching staff.“[Playing time will] take care of itself,” Settlesaid. “They understand that there’s stiff competition. They understandthat the guys that compete and produce, those are the guys that are going toplay. We play in the Big Ten; it’s a physical conference, so there’s always achance for injury, so we have to prepare all four guys expecting theopportunity to play. There’s going to be a time where all of them are going tobe forced to play.”Being the running backs coach, it’s also Settle’s job tomake sure that each of his four backs stay fresh at all times.“We tell them to make sure that they’re ready,”Settle said. “If you get five opportunities, you’ve got five opportunitiesto make something happen. It’s not about counting the reps; it’s about makingthe reps count. We’re not dumb as coaches; if there’s a guy that’s hot, we’llride him and they know that.”last_img read more

Men’s soccer falls to Northern Illinois

first_imgDefenseman Eric Conklin couldn\’t stop the Huskies from ending the Badgers\’ shutout streak last night.[/media-credit]It was a tense and physical game at McClimon Soccer Complex Wednesday night as the UW men’s soccer team played its final home game of the regular season. Although the Badgers literally struck first blood, it was the Northern Illinois Huskies who walked away with the 1-0 win.The game started off quickly with both teams creating multiple threats to score throughout the first half. As the clock ticked, the game became increasingly physical, and in the 17th minute, Wisconsin midfielder Brandon Miller drew the game’s only yellow card. Although it was the game’s lone caution, the match ended with a total of 11 fouls and several injuries.The first major injury occurred when Badger forward Ata Ozbay struck heads with Huskies defenseman Tim King, causing King to bleed substantially. From there the game only became more intense and physical, but the Badgers and head coach Todd Yeagley anticipated the Huskies rough style of play.“Yeah we expected it to be physical,” Yeagley said. “That’s a big part of Northern’s strength is their physical play.”Despite the intense defense that continued throughout the second half, the Huskies finally took advantage of a scoring opportunity late in the game. In the 85th minute, forward Juan Hoyos found the back of the net for the first time of the night, putting the Huskies ahead 1-0 with only five minutes left for the Badgers to respond.“It was one that a better decision on a clearing situation maybe [wouldn’t have] put ourselves in that predicament,” Yeagley said. “The kid did a nice job of putting it away.”Regardless of the physical defensive fight that dominated the game, it was still a disappointing blow for the Badgers to lose in the final minutes of their last regular season home game. The team had hoped to continue its winning streak and end its home season on a good note.“We said before the game that we’d love to have seniors go out on a real positive note for the last regular season home game and play with a lot of pride and have our young guys give a performance they’ll remember,” Yeagley said. “Some days it’s not there, and it was one of those days.”Senior defenseman Eric Conklin expressed similar feelings but knew he and the Badgers fell short of their goal.“Obviously we wanted to come out with a win,” Conklin said. “We put it all on the field. I thought we dominated chances offensively. It’s too bad we couldn’t come away with the [win].”Although the loss was upsetting, Yeagley is not concerned about his team’s ability to rebound from the defeat. He believes his squad underperformed and couldn’t find its stride against NIU.“We just didn’t perform well today,” Yeagley said. “We can’t afford to have that many players tonight not be near their best and that’s what happened. It was a game where we couldn’t find rhythm. I thought we were slow in transition, not sharp offensively and certainly didn’t give them many chances, but I just felt this game was one that we just didn’t bring the game that we had been bringing the last five or six and before that. … I’m not concerned because I know what we still have to play for in this team. We have had too many good things that we can draw upon to regroup for Saturday for a chance to win a Big Ten championship.”Despite suffering a tough loss, the Badgers are now getting ready for Saturday’s game at Penn State and are hopeful to win a Big Ten regular season title.“Once we leave the field here its full-tilt, getting ready for a crucial Big Ten game on Saturday,” Yeagley said. “We’re a confident group. We know Penn State’s strengths and weaknesses and [to] go in and play with confidence, it’s still our game. Tonight I thought we were passive and our team needs to be the aggressor. I’m confident we can do that at Penn State on Saturday.”last_img read more

Syracuse University hires former Boise State staffer as deputy athletics director

first_img Published on August 12, 2015 at 7:00 pm Contact Paul: pmschwed@syr.edu | @pschweds Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse University has hired John Cunningham as deputy athletics director for administration, according to an SU Athletics release.He joins current deputy athletics directors Herman Frazier and Kimberly Keenan-Kirkpatrick.Cunningham worked previously at Boise State with recently hired athletic director Mark Coyle. At BSU, Cunningham served as the senior associate athletics director for external relations and executive director for NCAA Compliance.During a probational period with the NCAA, Cunningham managed Boise State’s compliance efforts. Syracuse is also currently in a probationary period following the NCAA’s report on the university, which was released in March.“John’s strong background in NCAA compliance and athletics administration will enhance our department,” Coyle said in the release. “He has a broad-based experience in rules education from three different institutions which provides valuable perspective.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textCunningham served in the compliance department at both Texas Christian University and the University of Maryland. He graduated from TCU in 2001 and earned a law degree from the University of Nebraska College of Law in 2005. Commentslast_img read more