View Gallery (2 Photos)The 2006 Wisconsin volleyball team fell short of its goal to make it to the NCAA Final Four when it lost to Texas in the Sweet 16.Now with more than half the roster comprised of upperclassmen — including five seniors — the team is poised to make a run at the ultimate goals of reaching the Final Four and winning a Big Ten title.”This is something we planned on and have been excited for since this class came in as freshmen,” head coach Pete Waite said of his senior class.”And we had four or five starters at that time, so their experience level has risen each year, their focus has gotten better and now they have an urgency to finish with a great season.”Even with an experienced team, Waite will have to find a way to replace three seniors — Amy Bladow, Maria Carlini, and Katie Lorenzen — who graduated after last season. “You just kind of fill in the hole, and we have people waiting in the wings,” Waite said. “Kat Dykstra is looking really good in practice, as is Morgan Salow. … In the middle, with Bladow gone we got Audra Jeffers, who can be in there or Salow. So we got some nice options. We’re even a little bit bigger.”Also looking to contribute this year are two incoming freshmen: Allison Wack — the sister of senior libero and co-captain Jocelyn Wack — and Kim Kuzma.”The freshmen are awesome,” Wack said. “There are only two of them, which is a little bit different from the last couple of years, but they are very experienced and very mature as players. “They are definitely embracing everything the coaches are giving them, everything the players are giving them. They are doing awesome and the fans are going to see great things out of them this year.”In an effort to gain more experience, Waite took his squad to Europe this summer to play against teams in Italy, the Czech Republic and Slovenia. “We saw a lot of different styles of play out there and different levels of maturity,” Wack said. “They were a little bit older, and you could just tell how experienced and composed and just calm the other teams were. That was something we really wanted to take away from our European Tour, just staying calm while we are playing.”Since getting back from the European trip, the Badgers have been working on taking their game to the next level by becoming more consistent with their play. “Consistency on road matches [is big],” senior co-captain Taylor Reineke said. “In previous years, we have gone away to other gyms, and we didn’t play as well as we had hoped. I think we need to work on being more consistent on the road.”Wisconsin will also need to find a way to top four-time defending Big Ten champion Penn State if it is going to win its first conference title since 2001.”You pretty much are going to have to make it through Big Ten play with maybe at most one loss,” said Waite about what it will take to win the conference. “You’ve got to beat people not only on your own court, but on the road, which is very tough. We split with [Penn State] last year. Now we have to do the same with Minnesota and take care of them and then try and get that win at Penn State.”This team is totally capable of it. I think they have the ability this year more so than in the last four or five years.” Regardless of what this season ultimately becomes, the players and coaches are looking forward to what should be a fun ride.”I’m excited to just get back on the court and play in front of the fans here,” Reineke said. “I’m excited for every match.”Carroll leaves teamSenior middle blocker Maya Carroll decided to leave the team this summer. According to Waite, Carroll was offered an internship with the Big Ten Network where she will be a sideline reporter for football and volleyball games.”That is just a great thing as far as her résumé and the experience she can get for her future career,” Waite said. “We will miss her, but I couldn’t be happier for her for the opportunity.”In her three-year career with Wisconsin, Carroll appeared in 11 games notched 11 kills, with a .333 hitting percentage.
Government has recommitted itself to ensuring that persons at the grassroots level are educated properly about the benefits that could be accrued from the emerging oil and gas sector.While acknowledging that mostly negative things have been said about this sector in Guyana, Finance Minister Winston Jordan has said Government wants the narrative to change.The minister said the administration will begin to exploit the conversation about theFinance Minister Winston Jordanbenefits of oil to the local Guyanese economy, so that ordinary Guyanese would have a better understanding.“…we have not heard in the press a conversation about how we can use this windfall for everybody. So I am happy to hear here at the grassroots level (that) people have areas (they want to see developed),” he said.Jordan said the aim would be to get Guyanese to accept that a huge bonanza is coming, and start the discussion with regard to how these resources could be used to lift Guyana out of the chaos. The minister is hoping that more discussions regarding these positive benefits could start this year. He said Government is looking to build a green economy from finances earned from this sector.In addition to that, Government would be looking to enhance the use of clean energy with the use of natural gas, which would benefit the entire country.Bridging the coast with the hinterland is an important task that Government wants to get done.“As you know, that was inherited at Independence, and it continues. Getting into the hinterland is a major stress, both by road and aircraft,” he complained bitterly.As part of its clean energy programme, Jordan said, Guyana would benefit greatly from natural gas. The plan is to set up an industrial park to utilize LPG gas, which may be distributed locally at a cheaper cost.The money gained from the oil sector would also be utilised in keys sectors, such as education and health. Improvements in information and communication technology could also be achieved.“And, most of all, we are looking to establish medium-to-large-scale industries. Finally, if we get the energy going, we could smelter our own bauxite, instead of selling raw materials all the time.”In agriculture, monies from the sector could be used to improve on valued added.Jordan said that, hopefully, with these additional resources, Guyana could also complete the four-lane road that links Guyana to Brazil, and build a deep water harbour to advance trade between the two countries.Many economists and financial analysts have said that Guyana’s pending oil production would yield significant revenue, which can create a large number of jobs in the manufacturing of value-added agricultural products and the development of its physical infrastructure.The Commonwealth Secretariat, among other major international partners, has been advising the Government — through the Natural Resources Ministry — on the legislative and institutional reforms required to regulate Guyana’s emerging oil and gas industry.The secretariat’s legal and economic experts have advised on draft legislation for the Sovereign Wealth Fund, a draft National Upstream Oil and Gas Policy, and a revision of Guyana’s Petroleum Exploration and Production Act and Regulations. However, the policy is still in its draft stage.Only recently, Government was caught misleading the public when a letter was leaked in the press showing that the Government had set up a private bank account to store US$18 million from ExxonMobil.The Government later came out confirming that the account was set up a year ago, although repeatedly knowledge of its existence had been denied. The US$18 million was a signing bonus received in 2016.ExxonMobil announced it made a fifth new oil discovery after drilling the Turbot-1 well offshore Guyana. Turbot is ExxonMobil’s latest discovery to date in the country, adding to previous finds.
AdvertisementIn recent news , Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey is up for grabs. With less than half a year remaining in his Arsenal contract , and the management having withdrawn from contract negotiations , the Welshman is on his way out soon. Certainly it is a tricky task to replace this midfielder who has made almost 250 appearances for the North London outfit however The Gunners have a name on the list of possible replacements.25 year old Ghanian midfielder Thomas Partey is plying his trade at Atletico Madrid at the moment and Arsenal are eyeing him for good reason. Gunner’s boss Unai Emery is known to appreciate tank like players like Partey who excel is crucial interceptions and fundamental tackling. Having not been a consistent part of Diego Simeone’s side, its a win-win for Arsenal and Partey if the transfer talks take substantial shape.Emery has known Partey since his managerial reign at Sevilla. However, Emery’s former club have similar ambitions of signing the Ghanian who has a release clause of 70 million Euros which is a meager amount for the French capital side.Advertisement