After delays, construction on Obama library to start in 2021

first_imgCHICAGO (AP) — The groundbreaking for the Obama Presidential Center in Chicago can proceed this year after a four-year federal review and other delays. Obama Foundation officials said Wednesday that construction could start as early as August. Former President Barack Obama chose a South Side lakefront park as the site for his presidential library in 2016, not far from where he began his political career and lived. But the planning hit numerous snags including a legal battle with park preservationists and protests from neighborhood activists who feared the planned $500 million center would displace Black residents.last_img

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Indonesian Military deployed for coronavirus fight

first_imgThe government has increased the deployment of police and military personnel to improve compliance with health protocols as the nation struggles to control the rising number of COVID-19 cases and deaths.Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister Luhut Pandjaitan said the Indonesian Military and the National Police were joining forces to “get people to wear masks and maintain their distance”, saying that higher compliance with health protocols would curb virus transmission.Luhut is among the officials tasked by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo with bringing down infections in nine of the country’s hardest-hit provinces. The President announced the plan after Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan reimposed large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) in the capital city on Sept. 14. Read also: Fears of repression as police move to repurpose civil security apparatusThe joint team conducted raids between Sept. 14 and 17 and dealt with over 450,000 cases of health violations in 30,000 locations.Gatot said in the same teleconference that around 50,000 police personnel were deployed in the operation, which issued verbal warnings to over 379,000 violators, written warnings to over 56,000 violators and fines totaling Rp 399 million to over 16,000 violators. The team has shuttered 63 businesses that have failed to comply with health protocols.”We are also mobile […] through teams that hunt down violators. The targets are places where there are crowds, food spots and places where regional regulations are enforced,” he said.While many experts deem the police and military’s involvement as necessary to a degree, they also believe that the government has yet to deal with the root cause of the public’s low compliance with health protocols, which is ineffective public communication.”Misinformation about COVID-19 spreads more rapidly than the right information on COVID-19,” Masdalina Pane of the Indonesian Epidemiologists Association (PAEI) said.Airlangga University epidemiology lecturer Laura Navika Yamani said that synchronizing policies and the enforcement of protocols remained unfinished business for the government. She warned about the risk of crowds becoming infection clusters during the upcoming regional elections.”Personnel in the field should also have the same understanding of the policies [and the nature of virus transmission], instead of just acting as enforcers. Recent cases of people being punished for not wearing masks properly while in their car alone is an extreme example of this,” Laura said, adding that monitoring should be prioritized in crowded places, especially those indoors.Read also: Too close for comfort? BNPT wary of military’s proposed counterterrorism roleCivil society organizations grouped under the Civil Society Coalition have criticized the military’s involvement in the enforcement of health protocols, saying the military were acting beyond “their role and expertise”. They also urged the government to allow experts to take the lead on health measures and emphasized the use of persuasion in spreading awareness on health protocols.”We demand that the military chief return the military to their role as the country’s defense institution by not meddling with non-defense affairs such as the pandemic response, except with limitations in sectors as regulated in Article 7 of the [2004] Indonesian Military Law,” the coalition said in a statement.However, Andika said that the military, since it first started “disciplining” in March, made an effort to respect boundaries.”We’re trying to help as much as we can, without taking a frontline position because this falls under the auspices of our fellow police officers,” he said.The police and the military will continue with their respective roles when the country rolls out its mass vaccination in December, according to Luhut.He did not disclose which vaccine he was referring to, as the Sinovac vaccine candidate is still in its trial phase, with interim analysis of the results expected in early 2021.Topics : Other officials include Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto and National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) head Doni Monardo, who, like Luhut, are all active or retired military personnel.”Each military command is tasked with [providing] guidance to neighborhood units using assertive messages and health protocols,” Luhut said during a teleconference on Friday.The military’s expanded role in the government’s COVID-19 response began in August when the President issued Presidential Instruction (Inpres) No. 6/2020, ordering the military to provide support to local leaders by monitoring public compliance with health protocols along with the police.Jokowi also appointed Army chief of staff Gen. Andika Perkasa and National Police deputy chief Comr. Gen. Gatot Eddy Pramono the deputy heads of the COVID-19 handling and national economic recovery committee.last_img read more

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Seven bedroom Brisbane family home tops list of the biggest sales in Queensland: CoreLogic

first_imgThis property at 5067 Emerald Island Drive, Emerald Lakes, has sold for $2.4 million. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE The preliminary clearance rate in Brisbane this week fell to 30.7 per cent — down from 46.4 per cent over the previous week. Auction volumes were lower this week with 129 auctions held, down from 151 last week. Across the Gold Coast, 31.8 per cent of the 22 reported auctions were successful. This home at 39 Ray St, Wilston, was the biggest sale in Queensland in the past week, according to CoreLogic.IT was a dud weekend for auctions in Brisbane, but that didn’t stop a massive seven-bedroom home on a quarter acre block from selling under the hammer for $3.851 million. The home at 39 Ray Street, Wilston was the biggest sale in Queensland in the past week, according to CoreLogic — and it’s not hard to see why. The rooftop deck at 39 Ray St, Wilston, which was the biggest sale in Queensland in the past week, according to CoreLogic.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor3 hours agoThe Gold Coast had the second biggest sale of the week with a six-bedroom, five-bathroom house changing hands for $2.4 million.An aquarium separates the formal living area from the kitchen and dining areas in this luxurious home at 5067 Emerald Island Drive, Carrara. The sale of this home at 5067 Emerald Island Drive, Carrara, was one of the biggest in Queensland in the past week, according to CoreLogic.And if that’s not enough to boast about, the waterfront haven also features four living areas, a media room, pool room and 12m pool.The sale was negotiated by Genc & Co Bundall. The pool at 39 Ray St, Wilston, which was the biggest sale in Queensland in the past week, according to CoreLogic.The renovated, four-level Queenslander has it all — seven bathrooms, a rooftop entertaining deck with city views, a custom designed pool, a spa, a tennis court and a cabana with a barbecue, separate shower and powder room.The property was marketed by Douglas Tonkin and Stephen Weber of Queensland Sotheby’s International Realty.last_img read more

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Pension funds warned over wait for UK Gilt real-yield improvement

first_imgJonathan Crowther, head of LDI, said because index-linked Gilts remained expensive and yielded negatively, some schemes were intentionally, or unintentionally, exposed to interest rate and inflation movements.“When real yields do start rising, we only expect demand for long-dated, index-linked Gilts to rise,” he said.“This wall of demand will continue to put pressure on the long-end, thereby anchoring yields.”AXA IM predicted long-dated real-yields to remain below 0.5% for the foreseeable future and, given the supply and demand dynamics, unlikely to rise above 0% in 2015.“Negative real-yields may persist for much longer than many pension schemes might think,” Crowther said.“Consequently, those waiting for real-yields to rise significantly before hedging their risk may have to wait rather a long time.”The warning comes after the yield on a 2068 index-linked Gilt hit -0.6% last month and was followed by the announcement from the UK government that borrowing would fall over the long term.In chancellor George Osborne’s Autumn Statement, an update to Parliament, it was said Gilt issuance as a whole would decrease after 2015, only hampering rising yields from a supply perspective.Earlier this month, research backed by Pension Insurance Corporation revealed UK defined benefit (DB) funds would experience a £500bn shortfall in index-linked Gilt issuance, leaving many schemes unhedged.It said funding levels would improve by the end of the decade due to rosy economic circumstances.However, it said pension funds would be unable to hedge away interest rate and inflation risks due to the shortfall in supply.The UK National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF) previously criticised and lobbied the government over its index-linked Gilt issuance, suggesting DB funds remained overly exposed to risks.However, in an interview with IPE, Robert Stheeman, chief executive of the Debt Management Office, said index-linked Gilts remained a core strategy for the government, but it could not issue these exclusively. The real yield on index-linked UK Gilts is expected to remain low longer than pension funds anticipate, warns AXA Investment Managers (AXA IM), meaning schemes waiting to hedge liabilities may be disadvantaged.In a white paper, the asset manager said it was not uncommon to hear index-linked Gilts described as expensive, particularly as real-yields remain negative.However, despite this, strong demand remains, evidenced by over-subscriptions for two long-dated, index-linked Gilt auctions in recent months.This could result in an even stronger burst in demand from waiting schemes should real-yields creep above 0% through a longer-term recovery – but this would, in turn, cause demand pressure to push yields back to the status quo, AXA IM said.last_img read more

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Reg’l police records sharp drop in crimes; quarantine plays a big factor, says PRO-6

first_imgTheir rates of decline were as follows: * murder (by 40 percent) – from 70 to 42 “We encourage the cooperation of the public. Report any incident to the nearest police station. We urged for community discipline in this time of crisis,” said Pamuspusan. ILOILO City – From March 17 to May 10 when Western Visayas was under a community quarantine (first general, then enhanced), crime incidents, most especially “focus crimes”, dropped by 65.92 percent from last year’s during the same period, according to the Police Regional Office 6 (PRO-6). The “focus crimes” were murder, homicide, physical injuries, rape, robbery, theft, and hijacking of vehicles. He also cited the checkpoints that policemen set up. From 628 incidents last year, crimes had a sharp plunge to 214 this year, said PRO-6 spokesperson Police Lieutenant Colonel Gilbert Gorero. * homicide (by 33.33 percent) – from 30 to 20 * physical injuries (by 57.31 percent) – from 164 to 70center_img * robbery (by 74.02 percent) – from 77 to 20 * rape (by 75 percent) – from 96 to 24 Iloilo Police Provincial Office director Colonel Paul Kenneth Lucas (right) gives instructions to policemen manning a quarantine control point at the national highway in Barangay Talanghauan, Santa Barbara, Iloilo. Policemen are key in enforcing the quarantine, and specifically in limiting the movement of people to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN * hijacking of vehicles (by 84 percent) – from 25 to four * theft (by 79.51 percent) – from  166 to 34 According to Police Brigadier General Rene Pamuspusan, regional police director, the community quarantine which limited the movement of people was a big factor in the crime drop. He was referring to the ongoing coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic that triggered the community quarantine./PNlast_img read more

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US Reinstates Federal Death Penalty, 5 Executions Immediately Ordered

first_imgThe Justice Department announced Thursday that it will reinstate the death penalty after nearly two decades.Attorney General Bill Barr immediately ordered the death penalty related to five death-row inmates convicted of murder, and in some cases raping children and the elderly.“The federal inmates whose executions have been scheduled are Daniel Lewis Lee, a member of a white supremacist group convicted of killing a family of three, including an 8-year-old girl; Lezmond Mitchell, convicted of stabbing to death a 63-year-old woman; Wesley Ira Purkey, convicted of raping and murdering a 16-year-old girl; Alfred Bourgeois, convicted of sexually molesting and beating to death his 2-and-a-half-year-old daughter; and Dustin Lee Honken, convicted of shooting five people to death,” NBC news reports.The executions are set to take place in December 2019 and January 2020.Barr said in a statement the Justice Department owes it to the victims and their families to “carry forward the sentence imposed by our justice system.”According to reports, there are currently 62 inmates on federal death row including convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof.The last federal execution occurred in 2003.last_img read more

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The Latest: Rockies reliever Tim Collins decides not to play

first_imgDelaware state officials denied the track’s request to host a limited number of fans Aug. 21-23 in the interest of public health and safety. The track is to host a NASCAR Xfinity Series and NASCAR Cup Series on Saturday and Sunday of that weekend.NASCAR has run race weekends without fans with limited exceptions, notably at tracks in Tennessee and Texas.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The USTA says ATP Challenger 150 tourneys that were supposed to start on Aug. 22 and Aug. 29 at its national campus are being scrapped.The USTA said the sort of “proper risk mitigation” that it plans for the U.S. Open — the Grand Slam tournament scheduled to begin in New York on Aug. 31 — “would logistically and financially be difficult to create” for smaller events.The group also cited “the current rates of COVID-19 in Florida.___The Great Lakes Valley Conference is the sixth NCAA Division II league to suspend its football season because of the coronavirus pandemic. ___IndyCar is set for another schedule revamp, with races scheduled for Portland International Raceway and a doubleheader weekend at Laguna Seca in California both canceled.The series will now run doubleheaders at Mid-Ohio, in the St. Louis area, and at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The series will run Aug. 8-9 at Mid-Ohio; Aug. 29-30 at World Wide Technology Raceway; and Oct. 2-3 at the IMS road course.IndyCar is still scheduled to run 14 races this season.___ ___Saints quarterback Drew Brees and his wife, Brittany, say they’re donating $5 million toward a partnership with a Louisiana health care provider to build “numerous” health centers in economically struggling communities around the state. Brees said in his announcement on social media that the first center will be built later this year in eastern New Orleans in partnership with Ochsner Health. This marks the second multimillion donation Brees has made to benefit Louisiana since the coronavirus pandemic spread to the United States. In March, he donated $5 million to assist food banks in the state as people began losing jobs because of businesses closures or staff reductions stemming from government restrictions aimed at curbing the virus’ spread.Louisiana, with a population of nearly 4.7 million, has been hard hit by the virus. As of Sunday, state health department figures showed a total of 107,574 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 3,651 deaths. The NCAA has reduced the minimum number of contests required of Division I fall sports teams, excluding football, by 50% this season.The decision by the Division I Council coordination committee to grant a blanket waiver for any school that needs it affects men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s soccer, field hockey, men’s water polo and women’s volleyball teams.Some conferences, like the Big Ten and Pac-12, have already announced they will play nothing but conference schedules in their fall sports.The oversight committee also agreed to suspend the criterion requiring teams to have at least a .500 record to be considered for at-large selections into a championship field. A previous decision by the Division I Council allows conferences to determine how their automatic qualifiers are chosen for NCAA championship events up to two weeks prior to selections.___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Colorado Rockies say left-handed reliever Tim Collins has decided not to play this season because of concerns over the coronavirus pandemic. The GLVC announced its regular season and championship would move to the spring. Also considering football in the spring are the Great Northwest, Northeast-10, Southern Intercollegiate, Central Intercollegiate, and Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference.Six of the other 10 Division II conferences are delaying starts to their seasons. The Rocky Mountain Athletic, Great Midwest, Great Lakes Intercollegiate and Northern Sun still plan to play full seasons in the fall.In Division III, the Midwest Conference became the 23rd league to postpone or cancel its season. The only Division III conferences planning to play all or part of their seasons this fall are the American Rivers, Michigan Intercollegiate, Minnesota Intercollegiate, Upper Midwest and USA South.More than 1,700 NCAA games across three divisions are known to have been canceled or postponed, according to Associated Press research. The breakdown: 114 in the FBS, 317 in the FCS, 445 in Division II and 889 in Division III.Several dozen games have been cut from the 95 football teams in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. All junior college games have been canceled. ___The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference has decided to cancel fall sports competition due to continuing health and safety concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. MAAC Commissioner Rich Ensor says there are simply too many factors that prohibit the conference from safely delivering a competitive atmosphere. A decision on whether fall sports competition would be feasible in the spring will be determined by the conference presidents at a later date. MAAC student-athletes whose seasons have been canceled will still be permitted to train when they return to campus, and institutions will be responsible for implementing their own training guidelines in accordance with state and local COVID-19 regulations and guidance provided by the NCAA.The Collegiate Commissioners Association is working with the NCAA on a series of waivers related to fall sports eligibility and competition. Collins was part of Colorado’s 60-player pool and was assigned to the alternate training site in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He’s the second member of the Rockies organization to opt out of the 2020 season.Outfielder Ian Desmond said earlier this month that he would skip the season to focus on his young family and to help revitalize youth baseball in his home state of Florida.Collins has played six major league seasons. Last year he appeared in nine games with the Chicago Cubs between stints with the Twins and Reds organizations.___The U.S. Tennis Association has canceled two lower-tier tennis tournaments in Orlando, Florida, saying that the coronavirus pandemic makes it too dangerous to hold the events without a bubble setup. Associated Press The Latest: Rockies reliever Tim Collins decides not to play The National Hockey League reported zero players tested positive for the coronavirus last week.The league says it administered a total of 4,256 tests to more than 800 players from July 18-25. Two players tested positive during the first week of training camps July 13-17.Players and staff from the 24 teams participating in the expanded Stanley Cup playoffs traveled to the hub cities of Toronto and Edmonton, Alberta, on Sunday. They’re now in a quarantined bubble and will be tested daily after every other day testing during camp.___The NASCAR weekend in late August at Dover International Speedway will take place without fans. July 27, 2020last_img read more

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Fiammetta: Seniors lead way for Badgers

first_imgWith age comes … Rose Bowls?Maybe that’s not exactly what all the wise men and women responsible for coining all those old-people phrases had in mind. But for the 2010 Wisconsin Badgers, nothing could be truer.On head coach Bret Bielema’s roster – one that has just tied for the Big Ten title and, barring any BCS tomfoolery, earned UW its sixth Rose Bowl berth – there are 13 seniors. Four are true fourth-year players, while the remaining nine are redshirt seniors. Of these 13, nine were regular starters this year. Of the remaining four, two still played crucial roles – offensive lineman Bill Nagy and receiver Isaac Anderson.So with everything Wisconsin has to be thankful for this season – stunning victories over Ohio State and Iowa, a dominant rushing attack and a playmaking defense, to name a few – this senior class just might be the most significant.Left tackle Gabe Carimi has started 48 games at UW, 32 consecutively, and is an Outland Trophy finalist, given to the nation’s top interior lineman. Monday night, he was also announced as the Big Ten’s top offensive lineman. Left guard John Moffitt was also a consensus All-Big Ten first-team selection, and started every game this season. Tight end Lance Kendricks – again, a consensus All-Big Ten first team selection – is the Badgers’ leading receiver with 39 receptions, 627 yards and five touchdowns, an invaluable blocker and a finalist for the John Mackey award, given to the nation’s top tight end. All three have majorly contributed to a powerhouse offense that features three players (running backs John Clay, Montee Ball and James White) with at least 800 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns.Middle linebacker Culmer St. Jean is third on the team with 59 tackles and is in charge of getting the Badgers’ defense (third in the Big Ten) set on every play. Linebacker Blake Sorensen is one of those four true seniors, and he led the team with 60 tackles after filling in for the injured Chris Borland – the reigning Big Ten Freshman of the Year. Cornerback Niles Brinkley and safety Jay Valai transformed Wisconsin’s secondary from the team’s most maligned unit to one of its strengths – Brinkley was second on the team with nine pass deflections and Valai recorded 39 tackles, three pass breakups and four deflections, a forced fumble and a blocked kick that came on extra point attempt against Arizona State.So far, that’s seven of the Badgers nine starting seniors. Yet, what about the starting quarterback and the kickoff returner who keyed the Badgers’ upset of the Buckeyes? Scott Tolzien, the quarterback, is the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week after completing 15 of 19 passes for 230 yards, four touchdowns and zero interceptions. For the year, Tolzien has completed 74.3 percent of his passes for 2,300 yards, 16 touchdowns and only six interceptions. His 169.80 quarterback efficiency rating is the nation’s fourth-best. David Gilreath, meanwhile, is the team’s fourth-leading receiver with 21 receptions for 347 yards and one touchdown. However, his biggest contributions have come as the Badgers’ deep threat – 16.5 yards per reception, tops on the team – and as a returner. Gilreath is the Big Ten’s all-time leading kick returner, which he became in the Ohio State game, the one where he began the Badgers’ 31-18 upset of the then-No. 1 Buckeyes with a 97-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.And what of those four seniors who weren’t regular starters? For Nagy, he still started nine of Wisconsin’s 12 games – all along the offensive line, and even at blocking tight end. The 6-3, 318 lb. lineman epitomizes versatility, and while his personality might be modest, his achievements are anything but. After a July 2009 moped accident, Nagy broke his right wrist and right heel, suffered ligament damage in his foot and bruised his ribs. Thankful just to be alive, Nagy made his first career start at center Nov. 13 against Indiana, less than 18 months after that brutal accident and was twice UW’s co-offensive player of the week.Anderson, meanwhile, hauled in the third-most receptions on the team (23) and contributed 223 receiving yards. Kyle Jefferson, a 6-5, 180 lb. receiver also doubled as a UW track & field star. Jefferson finished the year with four catches for 65 yards. Wisconsin’s final senior, running back Zach Brown, will redshirt this year and return in 2011. However, in his first three years at UW, Brown compiled 1,152 rushing yards, 11 rushing touchdowns, 20 receptions and 105 receiving yards.So while this laundry list of Wisconsin’s most experienced players might just seem to be a story of numbers, it’s anything but. Rather, this senior class has done so much more. First and foremost, it’s keyed the Badgers’ success this year. Without Carimi and Moffitt, there’s no way Wisconsin produces the nation’s 11th-best rushing attack. Without Tolzien, there’s no way the Badgers escape Ohio State and Iowa in consecutive weeks – and without those wins, there’s no way Wisconsin rebounds from the Michigan State loss to recapture the Big Ten’s highest BCS ranking.And without the less heralded Badgers like Nagy and Anderson, there’s no way any of that happens. Clay, Ball and White have justifiably garnered so much attention for Wisconsin’s offensive prowess this year, but without the aforementioned seniors, the offense is mediocre, at best. And without St. Jean, Brinkley, Valai and Sorensen, the defense doesn’t allow the Badgers to finish 11-1.Therein lies the key – no matter the stats, the recognition and the attention, Bielema’s seniors have one singular contribution that has meant the most to Wisconsin football in 2010. They’ve won ball games, and come New Year’s Day, they’ll likely have a chance to win the Granddaddy of Them All.Mike is a junior majoring in journalism and communication arts. Have a favorite Wisconsin senior? Love the whole class? Let him know at mfiammetta@badgerherald.com and follow him on Twitter @mikefiammetta.last_img read more

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Ramage getting chance to be ‘golden’ boy again

first_imgSophomore John Ramage won the gold with Team USA in the 2010 WJC and could get a chance to repeat in the 2011 tournament.[/media-credit]One year ago, John Ramage was an unheralded freshman defenseman at Wisconsin. Even as the Badger men’s hockey team gained notoriety, it was Ramage’s defensive partner, Brendan Smith, that got the attention on the blue line.But while Smith was on his way to a remarkable offensive season, Ramage got his own chance to do something noteworthy – play for Team USA at the IIHF World U20 Championship.The World Junior Championship, as it is colloquially called, pits the top 10 under-20 national teams in the world against each other. Last season, Ramage, along with UW teammate Jake Gardiner and former Badger Derek Stepan, won the gold medal over Canada on Canadian soil.This season, Ramage could get the chance to repeat as champion in Buffalo. Yesterday, he was announced as one of 29 players named to the U.S. preliminary roster for the 2011 WJC.“It’s definitely an honor, and I’m very excited,” Ramage said.In a way, the 2010 WJC was the St. Louis native’s coming out party. Ramage made the roster largely at the insistence of then-UW assistant coach Mark Osiecki, who was an assistant for Team USA as well. The move didn’t sit well with some fans, who questioned the decision, citing favoritism.All Ramage did in response was play terrific defense as the Americans won the gold, posting a plus-5 rating and assisting on John Carlson’s game-winning goal in the final.In his short time at UW, Ramage has established himself as one of the league’s steadiest stay-at-home defensemen. At six-feet tall and 201 lbs., the 19-year-old knows how to use his body to his advantage, something Team USA relished.“I think what helped John in this case, is the fact it was played on a small sheet of ice,” UW head coach Mike Eaves said. “That helps John – he’s not quite the open ice skater that maybe a Jake Gardiner is. But he’s such a competitor that he becomes effective on a small sheet of ice, because you’re going to bump into more people.“They needed his type of defenseman to shut down the other team’s best players, to block shots, to bring that physical element on a small sheet.”The performance got Team USA noticed. Stepan made such an impression on NHL scouts that, when combined with his season at Wisconsin, the New York Rangers, who drafted him, pushed hard for him to leave for the pros, which he did.In Ramage’s case, it got him drafted, as he was taken in the fourth round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft by the Calgary Flames.For Eaves, it was clear the showing at the WJC got his defenseman noticed.“No question. I think that that’s a world stage,” he said of Ramage. “The National Hockey League is certainly going to be there and with the success of the team and the way that he played, were all contributors to him being drafted.”Eaves noted all three of his gold medal-winning players returned displaying a lot of confidence.That confidence was on display as Ramage helped anchor a talented Badgers defensive corps all the way to the national title game. Even as a freshman, Eaves and his staff trusted Ramage to be the defensive anchor to protect Smith’s overwhelming offensive tendencies.“Obviously experience, winning games, winning championships… is huge for your confidence,” Gardiner said.The two big stages Ramage performed on last year have only helped him grow. Right now, he’s third on the team in plus/minus with a plus-9 rating, and Gardiner is the only defenseman with a better number.And while he’s only one-for-two in championship games in 2010, there was a lot to take away from both experiences.“Being with the world juniors and being able to win it, [knowing] what it took to win,” Ramage said. “And also with going to the NCAA title, going that far and seeing how close it could slip out of your grasp, it gave me two aspects that I really, just take those both and move on with those.”So while it currently looks like the chances of the Badgers making a repeat appearance in the title game are slim, Ramage could get the chance to add to his gold medal collection.Team USA will whittle its roster size down to 22 before the tournament and of the 10 defensemen on the roster, maybe only seven will be kept, if not just six.But it speaks volumes that Ramage was one of eight eligible players from last year’s championship squad to be invited back for a chance to compete this December.“There’s not too many guys that have done that,” Eaves said. “It speaks to how they felt about John’s contributions last year.”And given a chance to don the red, white and blue again, there’s no question Ramage would jump at it.“It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” Ramage said. “Luckily I got to do it last year, hopefully I can do it again this year.”last_img read more

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Syracuse reaches No. 14 in AP Poll, highest rank in program history for 3rd consecutive week

first_img Related Stories No. 2 Notre Dame snaps No. 17 Syracuse’s 11-game win streak in ACC championship gameBriana Day scores 17 points despite No. 17 Syracuse’s 68-57 loss to No. 2 Notre DameGallery: Syracuse falls short in bid to capture 1st ACC titleCornelia Fondren and Alexis Peterson propel Syracuse to the ACC championship with 80-75 win against LouisvilleNo. 17 Syracuse buries N.C. State with 12 3s in 80-61 win to advance to ACC tournament semifinals One day removed from an appearance in the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game, Syracuse jumped three spots in the Associated Press Top 25 poll to No. 14 in the country Monday — setting the program record for highest ranking in history for the third week in a row.SU (25-7, 13-3 ACC) lost to No. 2 Notre Dame on Sunday, 68-57, ending its quest for just the second conference title in program history, but will enter the NCAA tournament having won 11 of its last 12 games.Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch gave the Orange its highest vote at No. 6.Syracuse beat North Carolina State handily in the quarterfinals on Friday and upset then-No. 7 Louisville, 80-75, on Saturday. SU avenged its blowout loss to the Cardinals on Jan. 25 — its last regular season loss before its late-season run — and played closer with the Fighting Irish than it did in the 90-62 Jan. 21 meeting between the teams.“We’re very satisfied and I think we’re peaking at the right time,” Syracuse guard Alexis Peterson said after the game on Sunday. “No one thought we would get here. No one thought we would beat Louisville. No one thought we’d beat N.C. State again. No one thought we’d compete with Notre Dame, so I think we’re just starting to take strides in the right direction.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textPeterson was named to the All-Tournament first team and guard Cornelia Fondren was named to the second team.On Monday, the coaches voted Peterson to the All-ACC first team and All-Defensive team. Guard Brianna Butler earned second team honors and center Briana Day made it on the All-Defensive team.Syracuse has a week until it’ll find out its postseason fate on March 14 at 7 p.m. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Published on March 7, 2016 at 2:24 pm Contact Jon: jrmettus@syr.edu | @jmettuslast_img read more

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