Sr. Sandra Schweitzer O.S.F.

first_imgSr. Sandra Schweitzer, formerly Sr. Mary de Paul, age 76 of the Srs. of St. Francis in Oldenburg, died Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at St. Francis Hospital in Greenwood, Indiana.  Born May 19, 1942 in Cincinnati, Ohio, she is the daughter of Doris (Bruening) and Vincent Schweitzer.  She was the second of three children.At the age of six, her father died during World War II.  Widowed at age 32, Sr. Sandra’s mother worked hard to provide for her family as single parent.  Growing up in the Northside neighborhood of Cincinnati, they would later move to the Monfort Heights neighborhood, where she would attend Our Lady of Angels High School and meet the Franciscan Sisters.  She entered religious life hoping to use her skills as an artist.  Making her final vows in 1966, she would earn a bachelor’s degree in art from Marian University, a master’s degree in art from Temple University and a liturgical design consultant certification from the Catholic Theological Union.  Later she completed additional coursework in studio art at the University of Notre Dame and in liturgy and liturgical art at St. John’s University.Sr. Sandra taught at St. Mary’s Academy and at Marian University in Indianapolis, where she was chairwomen of the art department.  Eventually she would accept the position of director of liturgical art for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis in addition to being an artist and liturgical design consultant at Studio Tau in Indianapolis.Her paintings have been exhibited across Indiana and the east coast, her graphic artwork has been featured in numerous publications and she has written several articles on liturgy art.  Some of her greatest achievements, however, are her endeavors in liturgical design as she has collaborated in new architectural design and renovations in over 60 churches and chapels throughout the United States.  The focus of her work has been on visual access to the divine, whether it is in paintings or where people gather to pray.In reflecting on her life as a Franciscan, Sr. Sandra once commented, “I recall the story of St. Francis of Assisi who heard the call “rebuild my Church” and then took to rebuilding churches, stone by stone.  I do that now, as he did, only in the technical age which puts much of the rebuilding in the hands of architects and artists.  Through blueprints and graph paper, committees and documents, I help to put the stones in place which form the environment in which people of God meet Him and one another in prayer.”Sr. Sandra is survived by her sister Mary Schweitzer and brother Michael Schweitzer.  She is preceded in death by her parents.  Visitation is Tuesday, May 14th from 1 -3 p.m. at the convent chapel. Funeral services follow at 3 p.m. with Rev. James Farrell officiating and burial will follow in the convent cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Sisters of St. Francis, P.O. Box 100, Oldenburg, Indiana, 47036 (www.OldenburgFranciscans.org).  For online condolences got www.weigelfh.com.last_img read more

Burke settles for bonus point

first_imgLeicester assistant coach Paul Burke was pleased to leave Ravenhill with a losing bonus point after Owen Williams kicked a late penalty in the 22-16 defeat to Ulster. “We know what Paddy is capable of and as a team we have all the confidence in the world in the guy, he is only human and you don’t put A-grade performances in week in week out,” Anscombe said. “He started the season a little slow but he is hitting his straps at the right time, he is 22 and he is growing into a very good fly half. “He was good, we played at the right end he kicks his goals only missed one, we played at the right end of the park and we left a few tries out there, we created some good opportunities but we’re not having the luck but we have to keep positive and keep playing rugby and we know those opportunities will stick sooner or later. “They might be happy with a point but our objective was to get four points and we achieved that, each week and each game we play that is our objective and if we stick to doing that we’ll come through. “We’re happy with the four and there is only six games and you have to win your home games to be there at the end of the day and we have won our first one, we’ll enjoy that and then we’ll start to think about our trip to France next Saturday.” “Any point at Ravenhill we’re really pleased with, to come to Ravenhill it is a difficult to play, previous years have proven if you don’t win your away games you need to pick up a bonus and we did that,” Burke said. “It is probably what we deserved out of the game after going nine points, the resolve and the character we showed to get ourselves back and for Owen to kick that penalty to get us that bonus point was an outstanding effort from everyone.” Burke was disappointed that Leicester could not turn their scrum dominance into points in the first half. “That was an area that we really tried to target and we probably didn’t get enough field position at times to exert that pressure, Ulster are quality side and they have some big men in their pack,” he added. “I thought at the scrum we had dominance early on then it tended to level itself out and now we’ll look ahead to Treviso next week and take the positives out of this game. “We targeted the start and knew it was really important to get a good start because we know how loud the local support can be. “We targeted the first 15 to 20 minutes and I was really pleased with the start and our first 40 minutes and I don’t believe going in three points down was a really reflection of the first half.” Ulster coach Anscombe was delighted to kick off the Heineken Cup with a victory over the Aviva Premiership champions and praised Irish half Jackson, who kicked 17 points. Five penalties and a conversion from the in-form Paddy Jackson, alongside a first-half try from Tommy Bowe – a score which was also created by Jackson – sent Mark Anscombe’s men on their way to victory. The Tigers scored a first-half try through Logovii Mulipola, while Toby Flood nailed two penalties and a conversion before replacement Williams kicked a late penalty to earn Leicester their first ever point from Heineken Cup rugby in Belfast. Press Associationlast_img read more

Forster blow for Southampton

first_img Press Association England goalkeeper Fraser Forster has been ruled out for the rest of the season following surgery on a knee injury, Southampton announced on Wednesday evening. Southampton confirmed on the club’s official website: ” Forster will be ruled out for the rest of the season. A long-term prediction of when he will return will be made in due course.” Forster, who joined Southampton from Celtic for £10million last August, had been replaced in the England squad for the upcoming internationals by Robert Green of QPR. Southampton’s medical staff are confident the goalkeeper, who had been in good form, can make a full recovery in time. The club’s executive director of football Les Reed said: “Fraser is an outstanding goalkeeper and has been a huge part of our success this season. While this is a challenging situation, we look forward to him returning to action as soon as he is fully fit. “I am sure he will go on to make a significant number of appearances for Southampton and for England, and will get the best support available to help him recover to do so. “No one will be any sadder than Kelvin Davis, who did an outstanding job replacing Fraser in such circumstances. Nobody could be better to step into the fray in terms of experience and ability. “Kelvin is a big-game player, who will be ably supported by Paulo Gazzaniga and Cody Cropper. I am sure the team will now be even more motivated to ensure we stay miserly in front of our goal and ruthless at the other end.” Southampton are in sixth place and will resume their quest for European qualification after the international break at Everton on April 4. center_img The 27-year-old was taken off on a stretcher during Saturday’s Barclays Premier League game against Burnley at St Mary’s Stadium following an awkward fall after colliding with Sam Vokes. Scans showed damage to the player’s left patellar tendon, with the usual time-frame for recovery from this type of injury between nine months and a year. last_img read more

Raydara primed for Guineas tilt

first_img Sunday’s race at the Curragh cannot come quick enough for the Doneany handler, whose Aga Khan-owned daughter of Rock Of Gibraltar brings solid form to the table from her juvenile campaign. The winner of two of her four starts, Raydara beat English Guineas runner-up Lucida in the Debutante Stakes at the Curragh in August. Speaking at the Goresbridge TB Sales at Gowran Park, Halford has been bouyed by the prospect of drying conditions and told At The Races: “We look like being busy enough (with runners on Guineas weekend), the horses are coming into form, the sun is starting to shine and the ground is getting good so we’re looking forward to it. “We’ve been waiting all winter to run her (Raydara), so we’re nearly there. She had a breeze on the Curragh early this morning and she was in good form. “I walked a couple of furlongs of it and it’s drying up nicely. Hopefully it will stay that way to the weekend. “Her form is there, obviously it’s the 1,000 Guineas and there’s plenty of dangers, but she’s in good form so we’ll hope for a good draw and a bit of luck.” Press Associationcenter_img Mick Halford reports it is all systems go for Raydara as he counts down the days to the Tattersalls Irish 1,000 Guineas.last_img read more

Cricket News Virat Kohli on cusp of equaling another blazing record in Pune ODI

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: If the Vizag ODI against West Indies was any indication of how effortlessly Virat Kohli breaks records, then the Pune ODI offers another opportunity for the Indian skipper to add to his burgeoning tally of world records.With scores of 140 and 157*, Kohli needs one more century to not only complete a hat-trick, but also equal South African sensation AB de Villiers’ record of four consecutive centuries in ODIs in India.Read More | Aaron Finch replaces Tim Paine as Australia ODI captain for South Africa seriesPrior to his knock of 140 and 157*, Kohli had smashed 113 against New Zealand in Kanpur in October 2017. Incidentally, the knock in Kanpur had made him the fastest to get past 9000 runs in ODIs. De Villiers had achieved the feat in the 2010/2011 season. In the three ODI series in 2010, the South African right-hander blasted 114* and 102* in Gwalior and Ahmedabad.He carried the form right to the World Cup and he responded with 107* against the West Indies in the encounter at Feroz Shah Kotla Delhi and blasted 134 against the Netherlands in Mohali.Read More | Baazaar actor Rohan Mehra is the son of THIS famous superstarRecord-breaking machineVirat Kohli broke plenty of records in the Vizag ODI against West Indies. In addition to becoming the fastest to 10,000 ODI runs beating Sachin Tendulkar’s mark, Kohli went past 1000 runs in the calendar year in just 11 innings at an average of close to 150.Kohli also went past 4000 ODI runs at home in quick time and also became the second captain since Andrew Strauss to hit two 150+ scores. The Indian skipper also overtook Tendulkar’s tally of most runs against West Indies in ODIs. The crowd in Pune will be gearing up for yet another exhibition by Kohli. last_img read more

Update on the latest in sports:

first_img— All referees in Italy’s top soccer league have tested negative for the coronavirus. The Serie A referees and some from the second division were tested at the Italian federation’s training headquarters on the outskirts of Florence. They will remain there until June 10 to have further tests and continue training and preparing for the resumption of Serie A on June 20.— The International Olympic Committee is in talks with insurers over compensation for the postponed 2020 Tokyo Games. The IOC pays for insurance against the cancellation of an Olympics, but it is unclear if its policy covers a one-year postponement. The IOC said last month it set aside $650 million to cover potential extra costs for the postponement. Costs for organizers in Japan are expected to run to billions of dollars.— Rafael Nadal says if he had to decide right now he wouldn’t play in the U.S. Open, but he wants to wait and see what happens with the coronavirus pandemic. The 19-time Grand Slam champion thinks it’s important that there be two requirements for tennis to return: assuring everyone’s health and making sure players from all countries can travel. All sanctioned tennis has been on hold since March.BREES-SOCIAL MEDIABrees says he ‘completely missed the mark’ in flag comments June 5, 2020 The original June 3 deadline was set to come 10 days after the completion of the combine, but the NBA postponed the combine amid the coronavirus pandemic and has yet to announce a new date.VIRUS OUTBREAK-NHLNHL OK’s opening of team facilities, finalizes playoff format as Pens player tests positiveUNDATED (AP) — The National Hockey League is allowing team facilities to reopen and players to take part in voluntary on- and off-ice workouts beginning Monday.Players can skate or work out in groups of up to six at a time. Unlike training camps scheduled to begin sometime in July, these workouts are not mandatory for players. IndyCar drivers uncertain how aeroscreen will work at TexasINDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Some IndyCar drivers are nervous heading into Saturday’s season-opening race at Texas.They will be racing on one of the series’ trickiest tracks, in stifling heat and with the new windscreen for the first time.The protective device was supposed to make its debut on a road course in March. But when the pandemic shut down the sports world, series officials revised the schedule.Now, the introductory race will take place on a high-speed, high-banked Texas oval, where it has not been tested. Crawford is free on $50,000 bond.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 That’s the judgment of former Japanese Olympic minister Toshikai Endo. Japanese television NHK quoted him at a meeting of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party.The Tokyo Olympics are to open on July 23, 2021. They were postponed this year because of the coronavirus pandemic.Endo is the latest powerful politician to speak out this week about the games, bracing the Japanese public for possible changes and costs.Tokyo Governor Yurkio Koike said Thursday the games were likely to be downsized and undergo many changes.MLB-SEASON NEGOTIATIONS COLLEGE SPORTS-CENTRAL MICHIGAN-NCAA WAIVERCentral Michigan gets NCAA waiver to reduce men’s athletic programsUNDATED (AP) — Central Michigan says it has received a two-year waiver from the NCAA regarding the minimum Division I sports sponsorship requirements.Division I schools are not supposed to have fewer than six sports for male athletes. CMU announced last month it was dropping men’s track and field, citing university-wide budget cuts. That leaves the school with five men’s teams: baseball, basketball, cross country, football and wrestling.Central Michigan requested the waiver after losing revenue due to the coronavirus pandemic. NCAA-COMPENSATING ATHLETES-CONGRESSUNDATED (AP) — Federal legislation setting guidelines for college athletes to pursue money-making opportunities could be proposed within a month.Ohio Rep. Anthony Gonzalez plans to introduce the bill and says there will be no blanket antitrust exemption for the NCAA. The Republican congressman says it’s imperative for Congress to act in time to render moot the array of state laws that are being considered or already have passed and are slated to go into effect as soon as next year.The NCAA announced five weeks ago that it would move forward with a plan to allow athletes to earn money for endorsements, personal appearances and social media content, among other things.Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith has said there will be no caps on how much an athlete can earn. Smith led the group that produced the recommendations approved by the NCAA Board of Governors. Testing providers must be authorized by the FDA or Health Canada.In other sports developments related to the coronavirus outbreak:— Seven Arkansas State athletes have tested positive for COVID-19 and are self-isolating for 14 days. Chancellor Kelly Damphousse said the seven athletes are from three sports, and all were asymptomatic so far. Damphousse said contact tracing has begun, and anyone who has been exposed to any of the seven athletes will be required to quarantine for 14 days.— Premier League club Tottenham is borrowing $220 million by using the Bank of England’s emergency pandemic loan scheme to cope with the absence of spectators from its stadium and the cancellation of two NFL games it was to stage this year. The north London club revealed the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic as the Premier League advanced plans for the competition to end its 100-day shutdown in two weeks.— Premier League clubs have agreed to allow five substitutions per match but allowing for only three pauses to bring on substitutes. They will adopt the temporary change when the league resumes on June 17 amid the pandemic. Premier League clubs have also agreed to temporarily increase the number of substitute players from seven to nine. The board also released a set of recommendations for coaches, including holding in-person or virtual meetings to discuss current events and racial injustice; stressing a team’s commitment to diversity and inclusion; establish Election Day as an annual team day off; and encourage meetings with law enforcement leaders and others outside the department.COLLEGE FOOTBALL-FLORIDA STATE-NORVELLCoach apologizes for misstatementUNDATED (AP) — Florida State football coach Mike Norvell has apologized after a star player accused him of lying about personally connecting with each player to discuss the police killing of George Floyd and ensuing protests against racial injustice.Defensive tackle Marvin Wilson said last night on Twitter that he and his teammates were “outraged” by Norvell’s characterization of the contact the white, first-year coach had with the players. Wilson, who is black, went back to social media on Thursday to say the matter was settled. Players holding firm on stance for prorated payNEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball is no closer to framing an agreement for starting the season.Players have reaffirmed their stance for full prorated pay, leaving a huge gap with teams that could scuttle plans to start the coronavirus-delayed season around the Fourth of July and may leave owners focusing on a schedule as short as 50 games.More than 100 players, including the union’s executive board, held a two-hour digital meeting with officials of the Major League Baseball Players Association on Thursday, a day after the union’s offer was rejected by Major League Baseball.Management on Sunday pitched an 82-game schedule that included a sliding scale for prorated salaries, with the richer players receiving a reduced share. The union countered on Tuesday with a 114-game schedule with prorated salaries and no adjusted scale. Still, the issue of a possible antitrust exemption for the NCAA has been raised because some states suspect the NCAA will use “guardrails” to put limits on athletes and their ability to maximize their earning potential in a free market.NABC-RACIAL RECONCILIATION COMMITTEESouth Carolina’s Martin to chair hoops committee on raceKANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — South Carolina coach Frank Martin will chair a new committee formed by the National Association of Basketball Coaches to address issues of race and discrimination not only within intercollegiate athletics but society at large.The NABC’s board of directors announced the new committee Thursday, saying in a statement that “coaches can and should lend their voices to making a difference on the national, regional and local levels.” But the college coaching association also wants to ensure that the concerns of student-athletes also are being addressed. Update on the latest in sports: The league also has nailed down the final details of a playoff format if the season can resume.Every playoff series will be a best of seven after the qualifying round and teams will be re-seeded along the way instead of bracketing.The announcement came on the heels of the Pittsburgh Penguins revealing one of their players tested positive for the coronavirus. The team said the unidentified player was not in Pittsburgh, was isolated after experiencing symptoms and has recovered.The NHL has not yet announced the start of voluntary workouts or a firm timeline for training camps and the resumption of games.Each conference will play its postseason games in a separate hub city to be announced. The top four teams in each conference will compete in a round-robin to determine seeding, while the next eight teams in each conference will battle for a spot in the opening round. The seven other teams have received spots in the draft lottery. The players association has a call on Friday to approve the plan as well, the final step as the league attempts a reboot.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-NBA DRAFTNCAA sets deadline for withdrawal from NBA draftUNDATED (AP) — The NCAA has set a new schedule for early entrants to the NBA draft to withdraw and return to school.Players will now have until 10 days after the NBA scouting combine or Aug. 3, whichever comes earlier. NASCAR makes final alterations to scheduleCHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR is set to run its All-Star race on a Wednesday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway and added one more weeknight Cup Series race as part of its latest revised schedule through July.The All-Star race is now slated for July 15, two months after it was scheduled to be run before being postponed by the coronavirus pandemic.NASCAR will keep its scheduled twin-bill weekend later this month at Pocono Raceway. Kansas Speedway will host the Cup Series for a Thursday night race July 23.NASCAR-VIRUS OUTBREAK-INDIANAPOLIS Indianapolis Motor Speedway slams door on fans at BrickyardINDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indianapolis Motor Speedway will hold the July 4 IndyCar-NASCAR doubleheader without fans.Track officials had been optimistic it could be the first major sporting venue to have fans back in the stands this summer. Instead, the stands will be empty much like the rest of the tracks since major racing resumed in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic last month.IMS officials made the decision after consulting with local and state officials.INDYCAR-WINDSCREEN CARL CRAWFORD ARRESTEx-Dodgers star Carl Crawford arrested on assault chargeHOUSTON (AP) — Former Los Angeles Dodgers star Carl Crawford has been arrested after his former girlfriend accused him of assaulting her during an argument over a man she had begun dating.An arrest affidavit filed by Houston police states Crawford went to the home of Gabriele Washington on May 8, produced a handgun from which he unloaded the ammunition in her presence, then demanded information on her latest dating relationship.Washington told investigators that he pushed her to the floor, slammed her head against a wall and choked her. TRACK-BERRY’S PROTESTBerry ‘disappointed’ with USOPC in aftermath of Floyd deathUNDATED (AP) — Olympic hammer thrower Gwen Berry wants an apology from the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee for shaming her last summer.She captured headlines when she used her turn on the gold-medal podium at the Pan-Am Games to raise her fist as a show of her frustration with America’s treatment of blacks. The USOPC put Berry on a 12-month probation for her gesture.It is a gesture that has taken on new meaning in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death and the protests that have followed. Berry found it galling the USOPC recently issued a statement saying the organization “stands with those who demand equality.” Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditTOKYO DEADLINEFormer Olympic minister says March is deadline for TokyoTOKYO (AP) — Next spring has been set as a possible deadline by a local lawmaker for deciding if the postponed Tokyo Olympics can go ahead. NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Drew Brees is apologizing for comments that he now says were “insensitive and completely missed the mark” when he reiterated his opposition to Colin Kaepernick’s kneeling during the national anthem in 2016Those remarks, in an interview with Yahoo, drew sharp criticism from fellow high-profile athletes and others in the wake of George Floyd’s death.Los Angeles Lakers great LeBron James, New Orleans Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins and former NFL player Martellus Bennett were just some of the high-profile athletes to criticize Brees on their Twitter feeds.James says he couldn’t believe Brees was still confused about what Kaepernick was trying to do. The Lakers’ star says kneeling was not about showing disrespect to the flag or the military but instead about police brutality.In an Instagram post Thursday, Brees said he was apologizing to his friends, teammates, New Orleans, the black community, the NFL community and “anyone I hurt with my comments.” He says his words “lacked awareness and any type of compassion or empathy” and had become “divisive and hurtful.” VIRUS OUTBREAK-NBAAP source: NBA owners approve 22-team season restart planUNDATED (AP) — The NBA continues to take positive steps toward resuming a season that was suspended in March because of the coronavirus pandemic.The league Board of Governors has approved a 22-team format for restarting the season in late July at the Disney campus near Orlando, Florida. The format calls for each team playing eight games to determine playoff seeding plus the possible utilization of a play-in tournament for the final spot in each conference postseason field.The 22-team plan includes all teams that were holding playoff spots when the season was stopped, plus all other clubs within six games of a postseason berth. That means 13 teams from the Western Conference and nine from the East. Associated Press SPORTS-VIRUS OUTBREAKMLS: training can resume; 7 Arkansas St athletes positive; Tottenham borrows $220MUNDATED (AP) — A day after announcing a deal with its players’ association to resume the season with a tournament in Florida, Major League Soccer says teams may resume training.MLS says each player and staff member must complete two tests for the coronavirus 24 hours apart, 72 hours ahead of the start of training.Every player also must have a test for antibodies and a physical. Testing for antibodies will take place every three months. VIRUS OUTBREAK-NFLNFL coaches allowed to return to team facilities on FridayUNDATED (AP) — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has told the 32 clubs in a memo obtained by The Associated Press that coaching staffs may work from team complexes starting Friday.Previously, only up to 75 people per day could be at the facilities, with coaches and players not seeking treatment for injuries barred. The maximum number of club employees in each facility will be increased to 100, subject to governmental regulations and implementation of health protocols developed by the NFL’s medical staff.NASCAR-SCHEDULE CHANGESlast_img read more

Andersen, new staff ready to get to work for Badgers

first_imgNew Wisconsin head coach Gary Andersen is already setting the foundation for next year\’s season.New Wisconsin head coach Gary Andersen is starting off his coaching career with words that harken back to his identity as a players-first coach.Andersen repeatedly stressed when meeting with the media Thursday afternoon the most important goal for him before the start of spring football was his entire staff and himself earning the trust of and getting to know the team.“Getting to know the kids is number one,” Andersen said of his priorities at this point of the offseason.With his staff almost assembled, Andersen cited the newly hired assistant coaches on his staff have contacted most of their returning players for the 2013 season, with the lone exception being the wide receiver spot – no hire has yet been made to replace the departing Zach Azzani, who took the same job at Tennessee.Andersen had an opportunity to watch the Badgers practice in Madison and Los Angeles during their preparation leading up to the 2013 Rose Bowl and came away impressed with the team’s chemistry and their love for the game.“They just like to be around each other,” Andersen said. “This is just a group that loves football.”Andersen talks new hiresWisconsin’s new offensive and defensive coordinators both share strong ties to Andersen. Offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig spent time at the same position under now-head coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes Urban Meyer from 2005-2008, the same time Andersen was with the program as the defensive coordinator.On the defensive side of the ball, coordinator Dave Aranda served 2012 at the same position at Utah State under Andersen. A 2012 nominee for the Broyles Award, given to the best assistant coach in college football, Aranda led an Aggies defense ranked in the top 10 nationally for touchdowns allowed and points allowed per game.“The biggest thing with [offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig] and with [defensive coordinator Dave Aranda] is they do a tremendous job of identifying the talent. They’re tremendous teachers, I think they’re on the cutting edge with scheme both offensively and defensively.”On top of that, Andersen brings offensive line coach T.J. Woods to Wisconsin from Utah State, joining Aranda and safeties coach Bill Busch as Aggie transplants with their head coach.The Wisconsin offensive line job is largely considered one of the best in the nation, but the players went through quite a bit of adversity the past few years as far as coaching. After the departure of long-time coach Bob Bostad for Pittsburgh and eventually the NFL, former head coach Bret Bielema hired Mike Markuson, whom he promptly fired after two games when the Badgers struggled to produce a push up front.Bart Miller took over as the interim line coach, helping turn around the struggling group and was considered a key component in the Badgers making it to a third-straight Rose Bowl. Wisconsin Athletic Director Barry Alvarez endorsed Miller as a candidate for the opening on Andersen’s staff as the tight end coach, but Andersen decided to go a different direction, hiring Auburn University’s Jay Boulware.“What Bart did was impressive, there’s no question about it,” Andersen said. “It came down to there was a special teams part of that that was a big factor. And the way this staff is broken down there’s nine coaches, there’s five on one side, there’s four on the other. We have four on defense and five on offense and we needed that special teams coordinator to be on that side of the football and that fell in the hands of the tight end position at this go-around.”Besides serving as the tight ends coach at Auburn, Boulware was the special teams coordinator, a position he will also hold at Wisconsin, leading a group in 2012 that only allowed four punt return yards on 70 punts and allowed just 16.6 yards per kickoff return.A New Recruiting OutlookAfter a few years at Utah State, Andersen began to win recruiting battles against traditional state powers Utah and BYU, something that was unheard of in Logan, Utah.But with a 2013 signing day approaching rapidly with recruits brought in by the departing coaching staff, Andersen and his assistants face the challenge of reaching out to each individual commit and reassuring them that their right choice remains at Wisconsin.Andersen cited a preference to be honest with each recruit as to where he thinks they sit in the future of Wisconsin football with him at the helm and already has created a needs list based on his evaluation so far of the returning roster for 2013.“The important part for us right now is to let them know who we are,” Andersen said. “Plans for the program, let them understand who we’re going to be as a coaching staff, kind of put our money where our mouth is if you will as far as what we’ve presented to them so far.”“A chance for their mentors, their parents, their grandmothers or their grandfathers to sit in a room and look us in the eye and ultimately, me, to be able look them in the eye and walk out of the room and say, ‘I’m here to turn this young man into a man and with his help and your help I believe we can get this done and five years from now, hopefully that’s the case, with a quality degree. And he’s ready to move on into life and be successful.”last_img read more

EDITORIAL: Time to legislate

first_imgDepending on who or what side their support is on, Americans are either elated or disappointed by the summary of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on the alleged collusion by the Donald Trump campaign with Russia during the 2016 general elections.On Sunday, the US Department of Justice through Attorney General William Barr, released a four-page summary of the report, which seems to vindicate President Donald Trump and members of his 2016 campaign from criminal involvement and collusion with Russia. In the summary, however, Mueller was unable to exonerate Trump from possible obstruction of justice.Summary is inconclusiveCritics of the summary of the 22-month investigation find it inconclusive. There are also concerns that Mueller left the investigation to the Attorney General, the president’s political appointee, to conclude there was no collusion; while leaving the matter of obstruction of justice vague. Mueller has been criticized for “shunting” his ultimate responsibility. On the other hand, there’s also confusion and concern among some of Trump’s supporters regarding the report’s statement that it “does not exonerate the president from obstruction of justice”.Release full Mueller report to Congress Clearing some of the questions raised from the brief summary seems dependent on Congress being made privy to Mueller’s full report. Already, Democrats and Republicans in Congress are requesting the full report.Could lead to more polarizationNot having access to the report only leads to speculations and misinterpretations, and even more polarization in an already polarized nation. Americans deserve full disclosure, not more doubt and innuendos.  Since Trump’s election in November 2016, the country has been embroiled in persistent controversy as to the legitimacy of the election. A special counsel was appointed to investigate the possibility of collusion and interference, and finally their investigation is over. Nonetheless, a welcome reliefBut despite the limited information from the report, it is a welcome relief that Mueller at least has finished his portion of the saga.  However, there is likely to be fallout from the summary put out by AG Barr as people anticipate the full disclosure of the report.It’s fair to say months of speculating on the possible outcome of Mueller’s investigation has sacrificed attention to issues that directly address the daily life of most Americans.Crucial issues not being dealt with effectively Critical issues including immigration, affordable healthcare, minimum wage, education, women affairs, Social Security, infrastructural repairs and manufacturing, have not been given the full attention due. During this period, the nation have been held hostage by hullabaloos between Democrats and Republicans, and controversies involving the Trump administration.Last November, Democrats won a significant majority in the House of Representatives, with the new representatives promising to address these and other issues when seated. Speaker Nancy Pelosi seems she is keen on getting legislation done but to some extent its being over taken by the specter of the investigations.With the 2020 election campaign underway; and the likelihood that Democrats will be pressing for release of the Mueller report, there’s a real possibility the interests of voters could continue to be left unresolved. But the election campaign must be left to those members of Congress who are seeking reelection or the presidency. And, while the importance of getting access to Mueller’s report is understood, this mustn’t be prioritized over the people’s interest.Politicians should always be aware that if issues affecting the people are not addressed, they risk the people not voting, or if they do, voting against them.last_img read more

Boys & Girls Club ‘Youth of the Year’ dedicated to volunteering

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAlpena, Mich. — This past weekend, Boys & Girls Club Volunteer Anthony McMath was recognized with hundreds of other ‘Youth of the Year’ for their service to community.The ceremony hosted by the Boys & Girls Club of Michigan and Ohio provided an opportunity for volunteers like Anthony to give a speech, talk about commitment to service, and celebrate their achievements.Fast-forward to Wednesday where Anthony was back at the Boys & Girls Club of Alpena, shooting hoops with kids after school. The Alpena High School senior has been coming to the Boys & Girls Club since he was young. He has been volunteering for the past 5 years, hoping to make kid’s lives a little brighter.“Growing up with not much, I can help people who also don’t have much at the moment, so it just gives me that relatability and just tells me that, “hey, you’re doing a great thing because you’re helping others that were like you at one point,” said McMath.His dedication to the Alpena community youth is unmatched, and his presence is always felt.“Anthony means a lot more than a club member,” said Jennifer Dingman. “He’s become part of the Boys & Girls Club family, and we really have looked at him as one of our ‘go-to people’ when it comes to needing volunteers.”McMath will graduate from Alpena High School this year. He has quite a few plans to look forward to as graduation inches closer.“[I’ll be] looking for a job while attending ACC [Alpena Community College] for two years, and I want to become a 2D animator,” said McMath. “If that doesn’t work, I plan on falling back, and becoming a math teacher for Alpena High School.”AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: alpena, alpena community college, Boys & Girls Club, Boys & Girls Club of Alpena, community, Service, Volunteering, Youth of the YearContinue ReadingPrevious Spring clean-up day scheduled for may in Alpena CountyNext Alpena named a Tree City USA Community for 20th timelast_img read more

Zwennes, Spain step up bid to win GBA presidency

first_imgTwo of the leading faces of boxing on both the local and international scene, Lawyer Peter Zwennes Jnr and Manly Spain are touting their credentials ahead of the Ghana Boxing Authority elections slated for March 8th.Both aspirants go into this election on the back of very impressive CVs having been involved with the sport for many years.Laywer Zwennes, whose dad Peter Zwennes Snr was also one of the leading faces of the sport says his long association coupled with his drive, passion, ability to deliver and credentials as a man who can turn around the face of the sport puts him in very good stead for the vacant position.He was particularly delighted that for the very first time in the sport, elections are being held to elect officials for the Ghana Boxing Authority.“I have been involved in the sport for a very long time from the days when my dad used to take me to the various boxing bouts. Those were the days when unheard of crowds made their way to see bout after bout. For a sport that had a world Champion as far back as 1975 (David Kotei Poison) way before Ghana made it to its first football world Cup, I think the Sport deserves better that is why I am availing myself to serve the Boxing constituency.In fact the various Stakeholders called on me to consider taking up this mantle since they believe in my ability to transform the sport. All this and more have compelled me to challenge for this position and I believe I will emerge victorious after the elections.”He added that he intended to broaden the horizon of the sport beyond its base in the Greater Accra Region as the other regions also do have a wealth of potential if they are given the much needed attention and support.On his part, Manly Spain who doubles up as the promoter of Braimah Kamoko (Bukom Banku) believes the time has come for a new direction for the GBA and he is the right man for the job. He touted his credentials as one of the best promoters on the boxing scene and added that his connections in the world of boxing and his passion for the sport in the last four decades and more would be enough to get him elected come Election Day.“I already have a few world title promotions with the big organizations in the sport like WBC, WBA and WBO coming up shortly and Ghanaians should be looking forward to that including one that is planned for Bukom Banku. This is only the beginning and you would see a lot more after March 8th when I assume the presidency.”Boxing Stakeholders will elect the next President of the GBA on March 8th which will herald a new beginning for the sport after the Sammy Captan led administration was asked to stand down a couple of months ago.last_img read more