The Wisconsin softball team received a big boost Sunday afternoon, as Karla Powell – the team’s only senior – made the start at the designated player position. The game marked only the 13th time in the 40 games this season that the senior cracked the Badger starting lineup, as nagging injuries have so far limited the senior’s role on the team.Powell, who was named First Team All-Big Ten just a season ago, took a big step towards getting back to form, going 1-for-1 from the plate Sunday with an RBI single in the first inning and a walk in the Badgers (27-13, 10-4 Big Ten) 9-0 slaughter of the Nittany Lions (13-26, 5-10 Big Ten).“It felt great,” Powell said of her return. “It’s been a long process fighting through injuries. I’ve just been working on my swing as much as possible. I’m still fighting through pain, but it’s my senior year; we have a goal in mind to get to the NCAA’s. If I’m in the lineup, great; if I’m not it’s whatever, just as long as we make it to our goal, that’s the big picture.”It’s been a rough road for Powell in her return. During her junior season in 2011, the Badgers’ first baseman made it look easy, starting all 53 of the Badgers games while recording a .313 batting average 10 doubles, nine home runs and 31 RBI’s.However, Powell’s injuries have indeed been showing their effects on her swing. Coming into Sunday, Powell had only managed 41 at-bats in the Badgers previous 39 games, recording just a .195 average with eight hits.Offensively, the Badgers have found a way to make up for Powell’s limited role. The Badgers currently have seven players in their starting lineup with a batting average over .300, as the team is one of the top hitting clubs in the entire Big Ten.But this weekend’s series with Penn State may have been a sign that Powell is on her way to add one more top-tier hitter to the Wisconsin lineup. Powell made five plate appearances in the Badgers’ three games with the Nittany Lions this weekend, going 2-for-2 at the plate with a single, a double, three walks and two RBI’s.“It’s great to have her back,” Healy said. “She’s given us a little boost and has some power. She’s seeing the ball well. She’s been getting on base all year, but for her to come through with some big hits and RBI’s this weekend is great for her confidence and the team’s.”In control of their own destinyWisconsin now finds itself in a unique position after their three-game sweep of Penn State. With a 10-4 record in conference play, Wisconsin has now moved into a tie for second place in the Big Ten standings, as the team has won eight of its last nine conference contests including four straight.“I think it just shows how much hard work pays off,” sophomore Mary Massei said. “We’re all just confident and having fun right now. We know our strengths, and we’re trying to get it done.”While the Badgers entered Sunday tied for third place in the Big Ten with Nebraska, Ohio State was able to defeat the Cornhuskers 4-1 Sunday, dropping them to fourth place in the standings with a 10-5 record in league play.The Badgers also received plenty of help in their quest for the program’s first-ever Big Ten title from Minnesota and Illinois. Minnesota gave first-place Michigan all it could handle this weekend, as the Gophers were able to take two out of three from the Wolverines, dropping Michigan to an 11-3 record in conference play.Purdue, the second-place team in the conference going into the weekend, also faltered away from home, falling twice to Illinois to drop their conference record to 10-4, moving them into a tie with Wisconsin for second place.The Badgers are now in a position in the conference where they control their own destiny. With all of their remaining conference games against the other top three teams in the league – Michigan, Purdue and Nebraska – Wisconsin’s fate in the hunt for the Big Ten title remains solely in its own hands with just nine Big Ten contests left“I think this is where we want to be,” Healy said. “It’s about the Big Ten race and it’s about the NCAA tournament. We definitely have the hardest road ahead, I think, compared to anybody, and that’s right where you want to be. I think we’re going to have to play our best softball late. To see Purdue, Nebraska and Michigan late, with two of those series on the road, it’ll be a good test.”
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAlpena, Mich. — It’s the big white beacon at the scene that law enforcement and firefighters depend on to replenish their energy.It’s the Salvation Army’s canteen and it’s operated by Joe and Joyce Demski.“Our main role is, basically, for the first responders,” said Joe Demski. “When a chief calls or a police chief calls, we go out and offer assistance to them.”Since 2011, both Joe and Joyce have been driving this ambulance–turned–canteen to scenes like fires all over northeast Michigan.“The meals that we would have, we try and get it so that it gives them the protein and sustenance they need to be able to keep going for as long as they need to be there to be able to fight whatever the disaster may be,” said Joyce Demski.The Demski’s handout Gatorade, coffee, and food to first responders on scene. Both are retired, so they have the time and energy to respond to calls, but their canteen is struggling to keep up with them.“We can’t find parts with this thing,” said Joe Demski. “It is very hard find because it’s a ’94, and they just don’t make parts like they used to…”Maintenance work on the engine, springs, and even rusting of the step slow down the Demski’s from responding. Despite these obstacles, the retired couple still finding a way to stay prepared and help those who are willing to risk it all.If you would like to donate to the Salvation Army and help with repairs of the canteen, you can visit or call the Salvation Army of Alpena. Make sure you specify the canteen when making a donation. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: 911, Canteen, Fire Departments, First Responders, Former Ambulance, Law Enforcement, Salvation Army, Salvation Army of AlpenaContinue ReadingPrevious Dr. Brad Barr visits Thunder Bay National Marine SanctuaryNext Photo of the Day for Friday, April 5
ALAMEDA — Through bloodshot eyes and and dealing with jet leg after returning home from London, Raiders coach Jon Gruden greeted the media with a “Good morning” at 1 o’clock in the afternoon Tuesday at his weekly press conference.In the delirious aftermath of a 24-21 win over the Chicago Bears, Gruden gave his players the week off rather than hold any bye week practices. The Raiders are back at practice Monday in preparation for another road game against the Green Bay Packers on Oct. 20.In …
21 August 2014President Jacob Zuma has called on the ministers, premiers and mayors on the Presidential Infrastructure Coordinating Commission (PICC) to work together urgently and creatively to speed up delivery of the country’s infrastructure build.Chairing the first sitting of the PICC under the new administration in Pretoria on Tuesday, Zuma said the commission had been established “to ensure that the delivery of infrastructure does not suffer as departments or spheres of government protect turf, or due to mindless rules and long delays.“The PICC is action-oriented, flexible and focused,” he said. “It must address matters with speed, partnership, and a problem-solving culture. It must attend to regulatory matters if necessary, so that we make decisions and ensure actual delivery.”A high-level government team of ministers, premiers and metro mayors that was first set up in 2012, the commission is chaired by the President himself.The PICC monitors more than 150 infrastructure projects in rail, road, ports, dams, irrigation systems, sanitation and electricity.Zuma said the commission was was beginning to make solid progress in improving infrastructure spending across all three spheres of government, but said there were concerns over limited construction activity.He said the commission was now coming down hard on projects that were not brought to conclusion. “Now we are making sure that dams are opened, that new schools are occupied by learners and that railway carriages are manufactured.“But we recognise that much more needs to be done to generate more energy, develop better logistics and transport systems, ensure that water and sanitation reaches communities, and expand information and communication technologies, including broadband, to strengthen the 21st century economy.“And of course, investment in health, education and rural infrastructure are all critical to the welfare and productivity of our people,” Zuma said.Source: SAnews.gov.za
Twitter/@mattrrenzThe opener of the 2015 Men’s Lacrosse Final Four has been pretty ridiculous. Notre Dame made a crazy comeback to tie things up late, but Denver’s Wesley Berg has the day’s unquestioned highlight, a shot that you’re sure to see on SportsCenter later today.Berg catches a ball in the air after a Notre Dame turnover, and shoots it behind the back, through the legs of Notre Dame goalie Shane Doss’ legs.Wesley Berg pic.twitter.com/StDBmzifhI— matt renz (@mattrrenz) May 23, 2015That goal put Denver up 10-6 with just over four minutes remaining, but Notre Dame came all the way back, tying the game with nine seconds left on the clock to send this national semifinal into overtime.
Two Ohio State football players are no longer with the team. Sophomore linebacker Conner Crowell and freshman offensive lineman Joey O’Connor “will no longer play football for the Buckeyes,” according to OSU athletics news release Wednesday. Crowell, who has had two surgeries to repair damage suffered from a lower-leg injury, will not be medically cleared by the team’s medical staff and O’Connor has requested a transfer to be closer to home, per the release. Crowell came to OSU as a three-star prospect, according to Rivals.com before sitting out the 2011 season as a redshirt. This past season, Crowell totaled one tackle in the three games he played in. A native of Waldorf, Md., Crowell amassed 212 tackles, nine sacks and five interceptions in his junior and senior seasons at North Point High School. O’Connor came to Columbus as a four-star prospect, according to Rivals.com before sitting 2012 as a redshirt.
Carey Fagan was named the Assistant Athletics Director for Ohio State on May 8. Credit: Jay LaPrete | Courtesy of OSU AthleticsOhio State women’s gymnastics coach Carey Fagan is moving on from coaching and will become OSU’s Assistant Athletics Director for Sport Administration and Student-Athlete Well-Being, the university announced on Monday.In her new role, Fagan will be assigned sports to oversee, act as a mentor for student-athletes and coaches and provide guidance and education while maintaining awareness of team cultures and dynamics, the press release said.“Although it was a difficult decision to leave coaching, this is truly an opportunity of a lifetime and I am extremely excited and grateful to be a part of (OSU Senior Vice President and Athletics Director) Gene (Smith)’s vision for our department,” Fagan said in a statement.Fagan spent 13 years coaching the women’s gymnastics team and was named Big Ten coach of the year twice in her tenure. In 2012, OSU reached the NCAA National Championships for the first time in 23 years and she was named NACGC/W National Coach of the Year. In Fagan’s final season as coach, OSU placed fifth at the NCAA Champaign Regional.She is replacing former assistant athletics director Martin Jarmond who was hired as Boston College’s Director of Athletics last month.“She has built this program into a constant contender in the Big Ten and the NCAA overall,” said OSU Associate Athletics Director for Sport Administration Shaun Richard in a statement. “She is leaving the program in great shape for the next leader.”
Maple syrup producers take pride in their pure, natural product. So when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration proposed new labels to say maple syrup contains “added sugar,” producers fought back.The outrage is particularly strong in Vermont, the nation’s top producer of maple syrup, where it’s illegal to adulterate maple syrup with cane or beet sugar and sell it as the real thing.At Slopeside Syrup, in Richmond, Vt., Roger Brown and his brother, Doug, are cleaning up from a season during which they made about 6,600 gallons of syrup.Parts of the operation are high tech. Pumps and tubes help deliver the sap to holding tanks; a reverse osmosis machine concentrates the sweetness in the sap before boiling. But since the sap run ended, they’ve also spent weeks hiking across 600 very steep acres to pull some 23,000 taps from trees by hand.”I think you pull about a thousand spouts per day, per person,” Roger Brown said.”On a long day,” his brother chimed in.The crew moves quickly through the woods, which on this May day are full of birdsong and blessedly free of black flies. Roger Brown uses a long tool with a hammer claw on the end to pull the spouts. He caps the line and it seals with vacuum pressure, which also helps clear the line of old sap.This hard work is at the heart of what make their product different from the other stuff called “syrup” on store shelves.That’s why Roger Brown initially thought the FDA’s “added sugar” label might make sense.”My first reaction when I heard about it was: ‘Boy, great, right?'” he said. “Added sugar is going to have to be labeled, and maple syrup, obviously, there’s no added sugar, so it’s not going to have to have the labeling.””But all the other fluid products that we compete against — Mrs. Butterworth, Log Cabin — whatever,” he said, “those all have added sugars, so they’re going to have to have added sugar labels. So that’s a great differentiator for us.”But the FDA had something else in mind.As part of a campaign to educate consumers about excess sugar in their diets, the FDA wants to label maple syrup as containing “added sugar,” meaning an additional amount of sugar in your diet.”It just became apparent that the FDA wasn’t going to sort of bow to reality, or bow to a standard interpretation of the English language,” said Roger Brown. “And so was going to continue to say, ‘no, added sugar’ doesn’t mean sugar added to food, it means sugar added to your diet in excess of what’s nutritionally appropriate.”The FDA says the proposed label is part of a campaign to educate consumers about how much sugar they eat.”The updated nutrition facts label will really help consumers be aware of added sugars in the diet that are coming from all sources,” said Dr. Susan Mayne, director of the FDA’s center for food safety and applied nutrition.Mayne said federal dietary guidelines say that Americans should get no more than 10 percent of their daily calories from added sugar. Too much sugar, she pointed out, can lead to obesity and diabetes.”This is really aimed at giving consumers information they need to try to stay within that 10 percent of daily calories recommendation that comes out from the dietary guidelines,” she said.But why say on the label that sugar is “added” to maple syrup, when it’s not?Mayne said the FDA has proposed a compromise: It will allow additional language to state the sugar is found naturally in honey and maple products.”And that was our suggestion of how honey and maple syrup producers can explain on food labels that, for example, all of these sugars can come from pure maple syrup,” she said.Roger Brown said the revised label will still leave consumers questioning what’s in their maple syrup.”I think it’s confusing, and confusing labeling hurts everybody,” he said.Roger Brown’s work these days is not all in the woods. He’s traveled to Washington, D.C., to meet with the FDA and to confer with the state’s congressional delegation on a response to the new labeling requirement.Vermont sugar makers and their trade association have found allies among honey producers — who would also be covered by the labeling requirement.Roger Brown says that makes for an interesting political dynamic.”There is more Republican honey production, you could say, than there is Republican maple production,” he said. “Maple is not quite all blue, but it’s more blue than honey. And there’s not a lot of honey in the Northeast where maple is concentrated … So it’s a great kind of team to work on his stuff.”Earlier this week, Vermont’s Attorney General T.J. Donovan visited Slopeside Syrup and called on the federal government to amend its proposed guidance on requiring maple and honey producers to declare “added sugar” on their labels.”I support clear and transparent labeling, and I support common sense,” Donovan said. “That is why I stand with Vermont’s sugar makers to ask the FDA to amend its guidance so that consumers are not led to believe that anything is added to their 100 percent pure Vermont maple or honey products.”Donovan also announced that his office had created a web page where Vermonters can comment on the proposed federal rules.”Vermonters have stood behind maple for generations and sugar makers need their support again,” said Brown. “Please tell the FDA what every Vermonter already knows — pure maple syrup has no added sugar.”The FDA is accepting public comment on the new rules until June 15, and has given maple and honey producers up to three years to comply with the new labeling requirements.This story comes from the New England News Collaborative: Eight public media companies coming together to tell the story of a changing region, with support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. 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