Jeremy Woolfe: Juncker sings praises of strategic investment fund

first_imgBrussels is increasingly confident of attracting institutional interest in Europe’s ‘strategic’ investments, writes Jeremy WoolfeSuccesses, so far, for the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) are forecast to result in a serious rise of input from the institutional investment sector over the next six months. As portrayed by European Commission sources, the sunny outlook for such funds – currently thought to be a limited to a trickle – is expected to get underway soon.The brightening scene emerged during an announcement by the Commission that overall investment into the EFSI programme was now highly satisfactory. After 18 months, the €315bn Juncker Plan has reached a €100bn estimated to be triggered by the projects already in hand. While no precise figures are available at present, investment flows appear to be taking in funds related to broad-based sources, including venture capital, banks and own-company funds. A proper breakdown of flows is expected in the coming months.As for institutional inputs, such as from the notably diligent pension fund sector, the Commission is taking steps to tackle certain “regulatory or administrative bottlenecks”, to ease the way for their free inward movement.  With this in mind, it refers to the “low degree of efficiency and transparency of public administrations, ineffective judicial systems and weakness in the business environment”. It adds: “These include high regulatory and administrative burdens, the lack of a predictable regulatory framework, and sector-specific regulations (involving cumbersome and lengthy approval procedures), which can hamper investment in large infrastructure projects.”To break the evident logjam, the Commission is putting into effect a series of country-specific recommendations. These set economic-policy guidance for individual EU member states to be implemented over the next 12-18 months.Another remedial feature, expected in the autumn, will be an extension of the lowering of capital charges to investors. These are planned to be on the lines of revised delegated acts in the Solvency II Directive. They came into effect for the insurance sector in April. Then, the risk calibration for investment in unlisted equity shares of such projects was reduced from 49% to 30%.Other critical moves ahead, just announced for the Juncker Plan, include an extension of the lifetime of the whole programme – that is, beyond 2018. There is also to be a rapid scaling-up of investment into the SME sector. Here, the Commission notes that geographical coverage lacks balance. Eastern Europe mainly is benefiting from SME agreements under EDSI so far.It notes that improved allocations can be gained using various tools, such as the European Structural and Investment Funds. Another envisaged plan is the establishment of Investment Platforms, involving actions across borders and in regions. Furthermore, the Commission announced that it was exploring an investment model to bring in private investors into “instruments” outside the EU.As for the Common Consolidated Corporate Tax Base policy, set to offer a single set of rules for cross-border companies to calculate their taxable profits in the EU, the Commission intends to come forward with a “balanced, revised proposal in the last quarter of this year”.Optimism resonated at the Commission’s presentation of EFSI results. It was stated that some original scepticism of the application of a 1:15 leverage has since proved to be not “too ambitious”. Looking at the broader EU economic picture, the Commission states that, over the last 18 months, conditions for an uptake in investment have improved. The EU is now in its fourth year of moderate recovery, with GDP growing at 2% in 2015.last_img read more

Zeebrugge books LNG pair as volumes soar

first_imgThe Fluxys-operated Zeebrugge liquefied natural gas terminal in Belgium is set to receive a couple of cargoes from Qatar over the next two weeks. First of the two cargoes is being transported onboard Teekay’s 165,500-cbm LNG carrier Marib Spirit that departed Qatar on October 21.The vessel is scheduled to arrive at Zeebrugge on November 7, the shipping data shows.The second of the two cargoes is being transported onboard the 155,000-cbm GasLog Salem. The vessel is scheduled to unload its cargo on November 18.The Zeebrugge LNG terminal, that mainly imports LNG from Qatar, has an annual throughput capacity of nine billion cubic meters of natural gas.The facility has seen a significant increase in unloaded and reloaded quantities of LNG year-on-year. Year to date, volumes of reloaded LNG rose to 0.784 million tonnes, eight times over the quantities reloaded over the same period in 2017.Unloaded quantities have reached 2.34 million tons, compared to 0.934 million tons unloaded over the same period in 2017, LNG World News Stafflast_img read more

Casual marijuana use linked to brain changes

first_imgUSA Today 15 April 2014Using marijuana a few times a week is enough to physically alter critical brain structures, according to a new study published Tuesday  in The Journal of Neuroscience.“Just casual use appears to create changes in the brain in areas you don’t want to change,” said Hans Breiter, a psychiatrist and mathematician at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, who led the new study.There is actually very little research on the potential benefits and downsides of casual marijuana smoking — fewer than  four times a week on average.In his study, done in collaboration with researchers at Harvard University, scientists looked at the brains of 20 relatively light marijuana users and 20 people who did not use it at all. All 40 were college students in the Boston area.The study found volume, shape and density changes in two crucial brain areas — the nucleus accumbens and the amygdala — involved with emotion and motivation and some types of mental illness. “This is a part of the brain you do not want to mess around with,” Breiter said. read more

Ivy Tech graduation ceremony planned for Friday

first_imgLawrenceburg, In. — Ivy Tech Community College will celebrate graduates from the Lawrenceburg campus and Batesville site at commencement ceremonies on Friday, May 10 at 6:30 p.m. at Lawrenceburg High School. Students earned 701 degrees and certificates during the 2018-2019 academic year.Some highlights of the 2019 ceremony include:The presence often high school seniors graduating with Ivy Tech credentials under the College’s “Start as a Sophomore” program, also known as the Statewide Transfer General Education Core (STGEC). These students will leave high school with 30 credit hours guaranteed to transfer to public four-year colleges in Indiana. They will walk the stage alongside their fellow college grads in full academic regalia. In all, 270 STGEC certificates will be awarded to Lawrenceburg and Batesville high school students for the 2018-19 school year.Additionally, 17 Ivy Tech industry certificateswill be awarded to high school students sin the areas of information technology, phlebotomy technician, and welding technology. Coupled with STGEC credentials, these students are among the largest class of dual credit/dual enrollment students in the campus’s history. They represent 30% of the total credentials awarded at Ivy Tech Lawrenceburg this academic yearIvy Tech Assistant V.P. Student Success Dr. Cory Clasemann-Ryan and student Hannah Rothwill be the featured speakers.Gary Moeller andLeigh Allen will receive Honorary Degrees for their continued support of Ivy Tech and the Lawrenceburg and Batesville communities.last_img read more

Gabby Agbonlahor red card rescinded

first_img But manager Paul Lambert was delighted at Agbonlahor’s reprieve after he was dismissed – for the first time in his career – by referee Lee Mason. He said: “It is great for us. I said at the time I didn’t think it was a red card and everyone’s assumption was the same. “Ex-referees have come out and said it wasn’t. “So your own common sense told you it wasn’t a red card. “Gabby is playing really well at the minute so we hoped it would be rescinded. “We are still without a few – Westy (Ashley Westwood), Nathan (Baker), (Philippe) Senderos and (Kieran) Richardson – so we didn’t want another one out. “Not one of your big players.” The red was Villa’s second in two games after Richardson was dismissed in their 1-0 defeat at West Brom. Richardson is still suspended but Villa have Alan Hutton back after a ban for their trip to the Liberty Stadium while Tom Cleverley is also available following his fifth yellow card of the season. The striker was dismissed in the second half of Villa’s 1-1 draw with United on Saturday after a 50-50 tackle with former Villa team-mate Ashley Young, but is now available to face Swansea on Boxing Day. Villa, though, have been charged by the Football Association with “failing to ensure that its players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion” during the game and have until 6pm on December 30 to respond. Press Associationcenter_img Gabriel Agbonlahor’s red card against Manchester United has been overturned after Aston Villa won their appeal.last_img read more

Dutch on brink of elimination after wins for Sweden & France

first_imgSWEDEN thrashed Luxembourg to maintain their hopes of automatic World Cup qualification and push the Netherlands to the brink of elimination.Sweden, second in the group, hold a three-point lead and a goal difference that is better by 12 goals over the Dutch, who they meet on Tuesday.The Dutch won 3-1 in Belarus, while France beat Bulgaria 1-0 to maintain their one-point lead over Sweden.France will qualify as group winners if they beat Belarus on Tuesday.Sweden can take advantage if France drop points, otherwise they are likely to have to settle for a place in the play-offs.Marcus Berg scored four times for Sweden as Luxembourg, who drew 0-0 with France in September, were embarrassed.The Netherlands, runners-up in 2010 and third in 2014, also failed to qualify for the 2016 European Championships.(BBC Sport)last_img read more

The Latest: Indy high school to hold graduation at Speedway

first_imgHertha suspended Kalou on Monday after he live-streamed a video of himself greeting teammates with physical contact and bursting in on a teammate’s coronavirus test.Germany’s top two soccer divisions are planning to return this month with a program of regular testing for players. The clubs have also asked players to train in small groups until now and to observe social distancing.There were 10 positive tests from coronavirus samples taken last week from the 36 clubs in the top two divisions.___More AP sports: and,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Associated Press The Global Biorisk Advisory Council will ensure the stadium establishes and maintains a cleaning, disinfection and infectious disease prevention program to minimize risk associated with such diseases as COVID-19, the Dolphins said.“We wanted to be accountable to the most credible third-party standard that exists,” team president Tom Garfinkel said in a statement. “Working with GBAC ensures compliance with critical guidelines for the highest standard of cleanliness, and it is our hope that other venues will follow suit as we navigate through these unprecedented times.”___More than $6 million has been raised by the governing bodies of tennis for a relief fund aimed at lessening the financial effects of the coronavirus pandemic on about 800 players.The WTA and ATP tours, the International Tennis Federation and the groups that run the four Grand Slam tournaments announced the formation of what they’re calling the “Player Relief Programme” on Tuesday. Superintendent Kyle Trebley made the announcement on the town’s Facebook page after speedway officials agreed to host the event.The historic 2.5-mile oval just a short stroll from the high school has an estimated 235,000 permanent seats — and more than enough space to safely social distance.Trebley says other details are still being worked out for the May 30 event.The town on Indianapolis’ west side is run independently of the state’s capitol city, but the ties between the community and the speedway run long and deep. The school system’s four elementary schools are named after the four investors who built the track, and the high school’s nickname is the Sparkplugs.The track’s marquee event, the Indianapolis 500, has been postponed from May 24 until Aug. 23. But track officials could welcome back fans for an unprecedented IndyCar-Xfinity Series doubleheader on July 4, with the Brickyard 400 set for July 5. ___The three biggest races in cycling will take place in a 72-day span and there will be an overlap of the Spanish Vuelta and the Giro d’Italia if competition resumes in August amid the coronavirus pandemic.The Tour de France’s start remains slated for Aug. 29 in the Riviera city of Nice. The season is now expected to end after the Spanish Vuelta on Nov. 8.The Giro d’Italia will run from Oct. 3-25 and overlap with the Spanish Vuelta and prestigious one-day races Liege-Bastogne-Liege, the Amstel Gold Race, Gent-Wevelgem and the Tour of Flanders.The Spanish Vuelta has already been cut short to 18 stages and will start on Oct. 20. That is five days before Paris-Roubaix. It’s the first confirmed case in the German league’s second round of testing. It comes a day before a government meeting on loosening lockdown measures to pave the way for soccer to return in empty stadiums.Aue didn’t name the staff member involved. All players, coaches and backroom staff will stay at home ahead of more coronavirus testing on Thursday.Ten people tested positive last week from the 36 clubs in the top two men’s divisions. That included two Cologne players and a staff member. The club did not put its squad in isolation.___Belgian soccer players and their fans are engaging in a virtual wave to support health care workers and raise money for the Red Cross amid the coronavirus pandemic. The Philadelphia Flyers and 76ers are set to offer refunds or credits for unplayed regular-season games at their shared arena because of the coronavirus pandemic. While neither the NHL or NBA has officially canceled the remainder of the season, or decided when and where the season may resume, both organizations on Tuesday decided to address the ticket status for games scheduled for the Wells Fargo Center.Flyers’ season ticket holders will receive a credit for the six unplayed home games, to be applied to their 2020-21 season payment due in June. They may also opt to receive a refund. Fans who bought single-game tickets will receive an automatic refund. All fans who purchased tickets through a secondary website, such as Stubhub, will need to contact that site for refund options. The Flyers policy is on their website.The Sixers outlined a similar process for their 10 unplayed games. There are rollover and refund options for season ticket holders and single-game holders can request a refund. The Sixers had suspended season-ticket payments during the pandemic and will resume payments on June 12. The team will work with any ticket holders affected with financial difficulties. The NBA will hold its fourth annual Jr. NBA Leadership Summit on May 15, a three-hour event headlined by a conversation between three-time NBA champion Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors and Basketball Hall of Fame honoree Doris Burke of ESPN.NBA Commissioner Adam Silver will also take part, along with NBA coaches Doc Rivers and Rick Carlisle, Hall of Famer Dawn Staley, and former surgeon general Dr. Vivek Murthy. Jay Bilas will host.The theme throughout the event will be the effect the coronavirus pandemic is having on youth sports.The virtual conference will be streamed on and most of the league’s social network platforms.___ Larson immediately left North Carolina and returned to home state California. He raced dirt tracks across the West Coast when he began his career.Larson said he’d be driving the No. 57 at Knoxville, a car that is listed as owned by Sacramento-based Paul Silva. Larson is from nearby Elk Grove.Also scheduled to compete in the Knoxville event is retired NASCAR driver Kasey Kahne.___The Miami Dolphins say their stadium has committed to becoming the first to receive accreditation from a cleaning industry association for infectious disease prevention efforts. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Speedway High School will hold this year’s graduation ceremony at the nearby Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The Latest: Indy high school to hold graduation at Speedway The tennis club where Novak Djokovic broke confinement rules in Spain says it mistakenly authorized the player to practice.The top-ranked Djokovic published a video of himself training in Marbella on Monday, in apparent violation of Spain’s current rules amid the coronavirus pandemic. Spain has eased some of the lockdown measures that have been in place since mid-March, allowing professional athletes to start training again individually. But most training centers and sports facilities must remain closed until next week. The Spanish tennis federation says players are not yet allowed to practice on courts. The club says it was “sorry that our interpretation of the regulation could have been erroneous.”___ May 5, 2020 They say they are “afraid of starting an activity” in which they will not be able to comply with physical distancing.They say they are concerned about getting infected and infecting their family members and friends and worry about the risk of another coronavirus outbreak because of soccer’s return.They demand “guarantees” and “responsibility” and say the return to action should only happen when everyone’s health is prioritized.The club itself did not appear to be involved with the statement.Players from Spanish league clubs are expected to resume practicing this week and matches could restart sometime in June. All players, coaches and club employees must be tested for COVID-19 before training resumes. The International Cycling Union says racing will resume on Aug. 1 with the Strade Bianche in Italy and be followed by the postponed Milan San Remo classic on Aug. 8.Racing was suspended in March because of the pandemic.The UCI says the dates “remain subject to the lifting … of the restrictions relating to the organization of events put in place by the authorities in the concerned territories.”___The players and coaches on Spanish soccer club Eibar have released a statement expressing their concerns about restarting the season. ___Kansas is lowering prices for season tickets at Allen Fieldhouse for next season for the first time in more than a decade in an attempt to help Jayhawks basketball fans who are feeling a financial pinch from the coronavirus pandemic.The school announced Tuesday that it will expand the number of pricing tiers from three to eight, including four levels that will be lower than they were last season. The new structure will drop the cost of tickets almost 45 percent for those who had tickets last year, and it will create a level of tickets at $500 for the upcoming season.Kansas has sold out 306 consecutive games dating to the 2001-02 season. Ticket prices have remained steady or climbed since the 2008-09 season, when the Jayhawks were coming off their most recent national championship.Jayhawks coach Bill Self says that “it is unfortunate to see how this pandemic has hit so many, so hard, but hopefully the addition of tiers and lower ticket prices will allow our fans to enjoy Kansas basketball together again soon.” ___Wondering what the buzz is all about on Washington Wizards coach Scott Brooks’ charity effort for frontline workers during the coronavirus pandemic?He’s offering to let his kid give him a buzz cut.Like plenty of others during the lockdown, Brooks says he needs a haircut — and he’ll let his daughter shave his head if donations to Feeding the Frontlines top $25,000.The group provides meals for first responders and health care staff. Parry also advocated for salary caps. He told legislators that clubs are spending too much of their turnover on salaries as they chase promotion.Clubs are preparing for the loss of ticket revenue with crowds potentially not allowed back into stadiums in 2020.___The French Tennis Federation hopes professional players can resume individual training if the lockdown ends as planned on Monday.FFT president Bernard Giudicelli says the protocol proposed was “favorably received by the sports ministry” and could lead to the resumption of training and other amateur activities. ___The European swimming championships have been pushed back to next year because of the coronavirus pandemic and will be used as preparation for the Tokyo Olympics.The governing body of the sport in Europe says the championships have been postponed by exactly one year to May 10-23, 2021. They will stay in Budapest, Hungary.The final day is two months before the scheduled opening ceremony of the postponed Tokyo Olympics.The European event had been provisionally pushed back to August when the original dates were not possible because of the pandemic. LeBron James promised the Class of 2020 something special for their virtual commencement celebrations, and he delivered.James revealed Tuesday that former President Barack Obama will speak during the one-hour special, “Graduate Together: America Honors the High School Class of 2020.” It will air simultaneously on NBC, ABC, CBS and Fox on May 16 at 8 p.m. EDT.“You all worked so hard the past four years and deserve the best commencement we can bring to you and your family,” James tweeted Tuesday when making the announcement.The event will pay tribute to high schoolers graduating this year. “Graduate Together” will also air on TikTok, Facebook, YouTube, Complex Networks, PeopleTV and other digital platforms.___ They say the money will go to women and men in singles and doubles.The WTA and ATP will oversee the distribution of the money.Players’ eligibility will be determined based on the rankings and past prize money earnings.Most professional tennis players rely on playing in tournaments for income and all sanctioned events have been scrapped since early March because of the COVID-19 outbreak.___ Professional players would train on outside courts only at the national training center in western Paris or other approved training centers if approved. The national training center was made available for COVID-19 patients at the height of the virus outbreak.Social distancing will remain in place with all staff on site obliged to wear protective masks. Players will not be required to wear them under the proposed guidelines.All players must arrive alone and in their tennis gear and with their own rackets. Players will have a maximum of six balls and must serve only with their marked balls. All participants must keep their towels inside a bag throughout their stay.___Second-division German soccer club Erzgebirge Aue has put its entire squad in home isolation after a member of staff tested positive for the coronavirus. ___Kyle Larson plans to race again Friday night in a World of Outlaws event at Knoxville Raceway.The dirt track in Iowa will not have spectators at the event because of the coronavirus pandemic.Larson was fired three weeks ago by Chip Ganassi Racing for using s racial slur while competing in an iRacing event. The slur was publicly heard on a gaming app and went viral. Most of Larson’s sponsors bailed on him and Ganassi had to fire his star NASCAR driver.The 27-year-old Larson is half-Japanese and rose through NASCAR’s ranks in its diversity program. He was suspended by NASCAR and ordered to complete a sensitivity training course. The Belgian soccer association is encouraging fans to upload short videos of themselves doing the wave. Just like Belgium internationals Dries Mertens, Thomas Meunier and Jan Vertonghen.The association is giving fans the opportunity to upload videos until June 13. That is the date Belgium was set to play its first game at the European Championship. The tournament was postponed by a year because of the pandemic.___Health Minister Jens Spahn has defended German soccer’s plans to resume the season with regular coronavirus testing after Hertha Berlin forward Salomon Kalou posted a video flouting social distancing measures.Spahn tells Germany’s Deutschlandfunk radio that “the basic concept makes sense and can also be an example for other pro sports.” The championships include swimming, diving, open water swimming and synchronised swimming.___The head of the three English professional soccer leagues below the Premier League appealed for a “rescue package” during questioning at a parliamentary select committee hearing.English Football League chairman Rick Parry says clubs are facing a shortfall of about $250 million because of the coronavirus pandemic.Parry says “we are heading for a financial hole of about 200 million pounds … by the end of September.”last_img read more

The Latest: Iowa pauses all workouts amid virus uptick

first_imgThe Latest: Iowa pauses all workouts amid virus uptick Associated Press Warner is the third 49ers player to be placed on the list this summer. Receiver Richie James Jr. and running back Jeff Wilson Jr. each had short stints on the list early in training camp.___Paris Saint-Germain says two of its players are suspected of being infected with COVID-19.The French champion cites a “reassuring” state of health for the players, who were not identified. They are said to be following the required health protocols.Eight days after losing the Champions League final to Bayern Munich, PSG is not due to start the French season until Sept. 10. The department says there were 93 positive results out of 815 COVID-19 tests taken between last Monday and Sunday. Since the return-to-campus protocol began May 29, there have been 176 positive results and one inconclusive out of more than 2,700 tests.The Hawkeyes are members of the Big Ten Conference, which announced three weeks ago that it would postpone fall sports until the spring.___NFL Players Association President J.C. Tretter is pushing for daily COVID-19 testing during the regular season.The NFL has been conducting daily testing for players throughout training camp and plans to do so through Saturday. “In the spirit of adaptability, expect the NFLPA to push for modifications or updated recommendations — such as the continuation of daily testing — as the season progresses and new information becomes available,” Tretter, the starting center for the Cleveland Browns, posted on the union website. “We will continue to rely on scientific data to inform our approach for combating this virus. As the science evolves, we will evolve with it.”Tretter added he was pleased with the protocols the NFL and NFLPA agreed on for training camps. The league has reported few positive cases in the past month, though it did have 77 false positives a week ago that resulted from contamination at the testing lab.___The San Francisco 49ers have placed linebacker Fred Warner on the reserve/COVID-19 list.Warner didn’t practice on Sunday and then was placed on the COVID-19 list the following day. The list is used for NFL players who either test positive for the coronavirus or have been in close contact with an infected person. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Iowa athletic department is pausing workouts for all sports until after Labor Day following a major uptick in the number of coronavirus cases. ___More AP sports: and Pollard said if mitigation actions are successful, Iowa State will allow season ticket holders to attend the game against Oklahoma on Oct. 3. He said if it’s determined mitigation measures were not followed adequately at the first game, no fans will be allowed the rest of the season.___North Carolina State says its women’s soccer team won’t play this fall.In a statement Monday, the school said the decision was due to a “depleted roster, the combination of injuries and not all members of its roster returning to Raleigh this semester.” It said N.C. State has notified the Atlantic Coast Conference of its decision.Players will continue to train with a focus on playing in 2021, or for spring competition if that becomes an option. August 31, 2020 ___Champions League quarterfinalist Atalanta says three of its players have tested positive for the coronavirus.The Serie A team says in a brief statement that all three players show no symptoms after the preseason tests and have been isolated.Reserve goalkeeper Marco Sportiello was the only Atalanta player who tested positive during the lockdown.The Italian league starts on Sept. 19. The French league granted PSG’s request for extra days of rest, and the team’s scheduled opening game at Lens was postponed until next week.___Iowa State will allow about 25,000 football fans into Jack Trice Stadium for the Cyclones’ opener against Louisiana-Lafayette on Sept. 12.Athletic director Jamie Pollard wrote in a letter to fans on Monday that the crowd will be made up of season ticket holders only. Fans will be required to wear face coverings at all times and no tailgating will be allowed. Pollard asks that fans respect others’ wishes for physical distancing.“An important factor in the decision to allow fans is our belief that Cyclone fans are willing to adhere to our mitigation measures,” Pollard wrote. “The purpose of this letter is to ask for your support in helping create a safe environment while also providing our team an impactful home field advantage. This is an incredible opportunity for Iowa State University to showcase its ability to successfully navigate the challenges associated with large outdoor events during a pandemic.”last_img read more

Tridents notch first win after Lamichhane, Walsh hurt Patriots

first_imgBASSETERRE, St Kitts (CMC) – Barbados Tridents crippled St Kitts and Nevis Patriots with spin, bringing them back down to earth with a 18-run defeat, to claim their first win of the Caribbean Premier League here Wednesday night.Playing at Warner Park just 24 hours after producing the highest-ever successful run chase in franchise cricket, the jaded Patriots found Tridents’ target of 187 too much to overcome, and subsided to 168 for nine off their 20 overs.Englishman Laurie Evans stroked 64 off 41 deliveries but no other Patriots top-order batsman passed 13 as leg-spinners Sandeep Lamichhane (3-22) and Hayden Walsh (2-33) scythed through the innings.Fast-bowling captain Jason Holder supported well with two for 37, claiming the wickets of in-form openers Devon Thomas (1) and Evin Lewis (12) cheaply.Rookie left-hander Leniko Boucher had earlier top-scored with 62 off 47 balls as Tridents did well to get up to 186 for two off 20 overs after being sent in.Former West Indies opener Johnson Charles gave the innings early impetus with 52 off 43 deliveries while South African star JP Duminy provided the late flourish with an unbeaten 43 off just 18 balls.Englishman Alex Hales never quite got going and eventually edged seamer Rayad Emrit behind for 18 at 28 for one in the fifth over.The 21-year-old Boucher then arrived to anchor two key stands, first putting on 85 for the second wicket with Charles before adding a further 73 in an unbroken third-wicket partnership with Duminy.Boucher smashed four fours and three sixes while Charles, dropped on eight by Shamarh Brooks at point off Emrit in the fifth over, counted four fours and three sixes.Boucher also survived a chance on 15 in the ninth over to notch his maiden T20 fifty off 39 deliveries and after losing Charles to a catch in the deep, joined forces with Duminy, who hit a pair of fours and four sixes, to ensure Tridents gathered 79 runs from the last five overs.In reply, Patriots stumbled early when Holder removed Thomas to a catch at the wicket in the second over and then had Lewis skying to cover in the fourth over.Wobbling on 28 for two, Patriots were steadied by Evans who posted 36 for the third wicket with Jason Mohammed (12) and a further 33 for the fourth with Brooks (13).But Man-of-the-Match Lamichhane turned the game on its head when he removed both Evans and Brooks in the 13th over, and then trapped captain Carlos Brathwaite lbw for one in his next over.In-between, Walsh bowled the dangerous Fabian Allen without scoring, as Patriots capitulated losing six wickets for 22 runs.Dominic Drakes’ created some fireworks late on, belting three fours and sixes in a 14-ball unbeaten 34 but his effort was too little too late.last_img read more

A great weekend for UW hockey

first_imgFirst off, I think if J.A. Adande can stick with his “Adande Lounge” when he wins on ESPN’s “Around the Horn,” I at least deserve a Schmoldt .45 Dive Bar.Hanging out today we’ve got Tucker Fredericks, a former high school classmate of mine who is set to make his Olympic speed-skating debut in Torino later this month alongside fellow-Wisconsinites Kip Carpenter and Casey FitzRandolph.Joining him are Jerramy Stevens, who is drowning his Super Bowl woes and Terry Bradshaw, who I paid a $100,000 appearance fee to be here.Now on with the show.If you got a chance to hear or see what Mark Johnson said at a Monday press conference yesterday, you know that he said “If you’re a Badger hockey fan, it’s a pretty good time of year.” If you’re hearing that for the first time, you may have just reread that sentence a few times over before you moved on.It was a pretty ironic day to be making such a statement.On Monday, the Wisconsin men’s hockey team clung to its No. 4 ranking nationally after losing its fifth game in its last six contests. And this time it wasn’t against fellow WCHA front-runners Denver and Minnesota, it was against a reeling eighth-place Minnesota-Duluth team.On the same day, Johnson’s then-No. 1 UW women’s team lost hold of that ranking following a loss to sub-.500, yet somehow No. 10-ranked, St. Cloud State on Saturday. The Badgers fell to No. 2 in the rankings following the loss.With all due respect to Bob Johnson, Monday didn’t exactly seem like a great day for hockey. Yet, his grandson stepped up to the microphone and, to the appreciation of Badger fans everywhere who have been dismayed with the lack of success in Badger sports lately, shed some positive light on the situation.And he makes a pretty valid point.First, one of the biggest games in college hockey this season — though it’s not the most important of the Badgers’ season — takes place this Saturday when UW takes on Ohio State at Lambeau Field.Even if you don’t like Wisconsin or Ohio State, or hockey in general, you should be at this game. It is taking place at Lambeau Field, a holy shrine in the state of Wisconsin, and it’s not like this game comes around once a year.”I think just being at Lambeau, being outside would probably be number one and two [reasons to go to the game],” head coach Mike Eaves said when asked which reasons were probably most important to the fans. “The game itself would probably be three.”This could either be the start of a longtime tradition or it could be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Either way, why miss it? What’s better that you have going on Saturday afternoon that would keep you from watching a historic outdoor hockey game?If this is the only time a hockey game is played at Lambeau Field, you can tell your grandkids you were there.But if this could perhaps become an annual event, you could tell them you were at the first one.But that is just one of many reasons why it is a great time for Badger hockey.On the women’s side, Johnson’s team will be taking part in perhaps the biggest series of the weekend right here at home. In fact, if you answered my question a few paragraphs back with something like “I won’t be there because I’m going to need to be in town for the women’s game,” then more power to you.If you are just being lazy and not going to Green Bay, or if you miss having a hockey game on a Friday night, check out Wisconsin’s Friday/Saturday series with No. 4 Minnesota.If you’ve never been to a women’s hockey game before, this is the series to see. If you are a regular at the Kohl Center for the women’s games, you already know what I’m talking about.You have a chance to see two teams this weekend that have each been the top-ranked teams in the country this year — one of them in a big-time series with the school’s biggest rival, and the other that is taking on what is a Big Ten rival in almost every other sport at a venue which may never host another hockey game.By now, you should have a nice little weekend planned out.But again, I understand there are some people that need to stay home and study or for whatever reason are locking themselves in their homes this weekend, the Olympics will be starting and several Badgers will be representing the United States in Torino.The U.S. men’s team includes former Badgers Brian Rafalski and Chris Chelios — who is also the team captain.Dany Heatley will also be playing in the Games for Team Canada.Johnson can enjoy some of his former players taking part in the Olympics.Former Badger Molly Engstrom will play for Team USA while Carla MacLeod will play for Team Canada.The opening ceremony is Friday, while hockey begins play Saturday.So, despite the recent stumble by the Badgers, mostly on men’s hockey side, this is no time to give up on the UW hockey programs. In fact, in terms of hockey, weekends don’t get much better than this one.So don’t miss out.last_img read more