LIVE BLOG: Wisconsin vs. Indiana

first_imgWelcome to the Herald Sports live blog! I’m Mike Fiammetta, and I’m here at the Kohl Center with Herald Sports editor Elliot Hughes.We’re set for what’s sure to be a fantastic night of hoops as the No. 25 Badgers (16-5, 5-3) are set to host the No. 16 Indiana Hoosiers (16-4, 4-4) in a conference battle with plenty at stake in the Big Ten race.Wisconsin is coming off a strong performance on the road Sunday that resulted in a 67-63 win over Illinois. Point guard Jordan Taylor continued his stellar play of late, dropping 19 points while pulling down nine rebounds and dishing out five assists. Taylor’s improved play since the non-confernese season and early Big Ten play has been vital to the Badgers, who are now riding a 4-game win streak.Indiana, meanwhle, has seen its fortunes fade in January, where the Hoosiers are 3-3. Despite losing three of their last four games, the Hoosiers do have a tendency to be somewhat tricky on the road. IU is 3-3 on the road this season, though the Badgers have, as usual, been hard to beat here at the Kohl Center. Despite losing two games at home earlier this season, Wisconsin has rebounded with a 10-3 home record.Tonight’s matchup will be a a battle of clashing strengths, as Wisconsin boasts the Big Ten’s (and the nation’s, at that) stingiest scoring defense at 49.6 points allowed per game. Indiana, meanwhile, is the conference’s top scoring offense (No. 15 in the country) at 79.8 points per game.Anyway, thanks for joining us on the live blog below (we’ll also be on Twitter @BHeraldSports) and have a great Thursday night.<a href=”http://www.coveritlive.com/mobile.php/option=com_mobile/task=viewaltcast/altcast_code=cb9541f7ae” >Wisconsin vs. Indiana</a>last_img read more

February 2 School Reopening Concerns Senate

first_imgThe Senate plenary yesterday voted to set up a joint committee with the mandate to invite officials of the Ministries of Education and Health to ascertain from them whether it was feasible to commence academic activities, and return with their findings to plenary within one week.It is not, however, clear who the committee will be meeting with in committee room from the Ministry of Health, as President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf recently nominated Civil Service Agency Director General George Werner to replace aging and soon-to-be-retired former Minister of Health, Dr. Walter T. Gwenigale. The Senate refused to confirm Mr. Werner, because they claim that he lacks the requisite qualification for the job.The Senators’ action was prompted by a communication from Grand Bassa County Senator Nyonblee Karnga-Lawrence in which she raised a four-point concern that she believes needed to be addressed in the wake of announcement by the Ministry of Education that schools will start classes on February 2.Firstly, Senator Lawrence wants the Senate to ascertain whether schools should reopen before the country is declared Ebola free, and to know if the Ministry of Education has done adequate preparation for the reopening of schools.The Grand Bassa lawmaker is also concerned about parents’ preparation to pay tuition given the short notice ; and whether schools have enough time, especially private schools, to mobilize resources in the absence of salaries for teachers for seven months, for the reopening of schools in February.Senator Lawrence declared: “I therefore wish to request that plenary invite the Education Minister to present a plan of action with a timeline for the reopening of schools in February convincing us that the plan is workable and the Health Minister to report on the status of the Ebola crisis; and to guarantee the safety of our children and teachers for reopening of schools in February.”Senator Lawrence noted that the country has a very poor school system, which she said has resulted into poor performance of students in entrance examinations, West Africa Examination Council exam, and even classroom exams. It can be recalled that seven months ago, all schools and other institutions of higher learning were closed to protect students, faculty and staff against the deadly Ebola virus.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Residents of Kuru-Kururu call on Govt to address road situation

first_imgAfter years of calling on Government to have their roads fixed in Kuru-Kururu, Linden Highway, the residents within the small village are hoping that their cries are not swept under the proverbial rug for yet another time.A member who sits on the Community Development Committee (CDC) explained to Guyana Times that the roads have been getting worse over the years, despite some efforts by the residents to maintain what is left of it.Vehicle exiting the villageThe main roads in the village, specifically through the second bus-shed, are lined with pot holes deep enough to severely damage vehicles.Several drivers have been using their initiative to make use of alternative passageways, but bus drivers are subjected to use this route, which they also have been complaining about.The second bus shed is the main access road used to get to the schools, Police Station and Health Centre.A member of the CDC said that last week the Ministry of Communities met with the team and discussed the possibilities of the road being fixed.That resident said he was made to understand that the village will likely have to wait until next year, when provision would be made for the project in the subsequent budget.While it was acknowledged that the Government had fixed the main road at the back of the village last year, which was then known as the worst road in the village, he said the roads in the front have now become a sore to the community.A villager stated, “We have a perfect road at the back, but leading to it is like driving through hell”.The residents of Kuru-Kururu are therefore calling on the Government to review its plans and have their roads fixed.A source in the village told <> that there is a popular trucker who lives at the back of the community who is known for his reckless driving.The resident said that because that specific driver owns several trucks, he was requested by the CDC to play a role in fixing the roads. However, he responded by saying that he pays for his road services and he is not obligated to provide such community services.last_img read more