Badgers, Leuer dominated in border battle

first_imgWisconsin guard Trevon Hughes and the Badgers shot just 30.5 percent for the night in a loss to UM.[/media-credit]MINNEAPOLIS — Physically dominated.Those are not words often associated with head coach Bo Ryan’s Wisconsin basketball team.But the statistics, final score and even bruised egos will bear out that this is exactly what happened to the Badger basketball squad Thursday night in a 68-52 drubbing against Minnesota in Williams Arena.The “U” pounded UW 41-28 on the boards, attempted 21 more free throws than their Badger counterparts and drew 24 fouls against Wisconsin’s 11.Any follower of Badger basketball knows Wisconsin’s goal is to make more free throws than its opponents attempt — a target the team missed by 23 Thursday night.“You have to get a lot more free throws,” senior guard Jason Bohannon stated bluntly.“We certainly haven’t been doing that the last couple games, and it tells us we need to get the ball in the paint, pump fake, get the guys in the air and do a better job of that.”Bohannon had 18 points on 6-of-12 shooting, including 4-for-7 from 3-point land.Possessing a height advantage nearly across the board, Minnesota consistently attacked the lane with deep post touches and the Gophers dropped in 22 points in the paint while holding the Badgers to a mere 11.Playing as they have every game since forward Jon Leuer was sidelined with an injury, Wisconsin was content to swing the ball around the perimeter against both zone and man defense and fire up 3-pointers. The Badgers attempted 30 from beyond the arc — opposed to 29 two-point shots — and connected on 11. The much more aggressive Gopher offense took merely nine shots from deep, burying five.Ryan, however, is not buying that UW settled for any outside shots.“I would love to have those shots. I would love to have them,” Ryan said.“We didn’t finish on some shots inside.”Having trimmed the Minnesota lead to 45-42 on a Bohannon 3-pointer with 9:40 left in the game, UW seemed poised to come back as they have against Northwestern, Penn State and Michigan this season.Instead, what followed was a nearly eight minute scoreless stretch where the Gophers extended the lead to 16, sealing their third straight victory over the Badgers. During the stretch, UW hucked up three-pointer after three-pointer, coming up empty most of the time.Sucking both the momentum and energy from the Badgers was a series of missed 3-pointers and offensive rebounds just 30 seconds after Bohannon’s deep bomb. In comically sad fashion, The Barn exploded as Leuer missed from deep, was rebounded by Mike Bruesewitz, followed with misses from Bohannon, Tim Jarmusz and Trevon Hughes as well as rebounds from Nankivil and Hughes.Hughes was 7-for-17 from the field, finishing with 19 points. He also added four steals.The empty possession deflated UW and primed Minnesota for a game-clinching run.“We had an open look, and we got another open look and that third one was an open look too,” Bohannon said. “Anytime you get those open shots and keep getting those offensive rebounds you have to make them pay somehow. We got to get some points out of that possession.”Unwilling to criticize his team in almost any facet, Ryan gave away perhaps a hint of frustration in his praise of freshman rebounding fiend, Mike Bruesewitz.On the floor for only 20 minutes, the St. Paul, Minnesota native pulled down four boards — three offensive — and kept numerous other possessions alive with his activity under the glass. Though inconsistent with the ball in his hands (zero points to five fouls), Bruesewitz was the only Badger to match the intensity of the Gopher team digging in for rebounds.In the post game press conference, Ryan made sure his freshman’s hard work did not go unnoticed.“Mike Bruesewtiz was again all over the place,” Ryan said. “If he wasn’t getting the rebound he was getting his hand on it. He is so active. We need more of that.”“He is just hungry,” Ryan continued when asked if others needed to follow Bruesewitz’ lead. “You have to be hungry to be a good rebounder.”last_img read more

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GRDB dropped the ball – former Minister

first_imgRejected Guyana rice…urges authorities to act swiftly to keep market secureThe Panama rice market was established under the previous Administration through Government to Government negotiations but for the years of business between the two countries, only recently was a large shipment of rice rejected.Rice packed and ready for shipmentIn an interview with Guyana Times, former Agriculture Minister Leslie Ramsammy made it clear that someone in authority – more so the Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB) – dropped the ball by allowing the wrong rice to be shipped to Panama.He expressed fears that by so doing, the market has now been put in jeopardy and Government is not acting proactively enough to fix it.Ramsammy recalled that he visited Panama as the then Agriculture Minister in 2014, where he entered discussions on Guyana exporting rice to the country. He noted that at the time, Panama’s rice came largely from the United States and the country importing directly from Guyana would have positive effects on the price to consumers.“The new Panamanian President had not yet taken over. The transition was going on for the swearing in of the new President. A mutual friend introduced me to the man who was leading the transition. We had a discussion about trade with Panama and general collaboration in agriculture.”Former Agriculture Minister Leslie Ramsammy“In particular, we talked about rice. At the time, almost all of the rice Panama was importing came from the USA. We discussed the possible import of rice from Guyana. Since Panama was part of the Central America free trade arrangement with the USA, we recognised that there would be some difficulties overcoming the limitations that the free trade arrangement posed.“The President of Panama met with me personally and invited his Minister of Agriculture to attend the meeting. After meeting for about an hour, the Panamanian President instructed the Minister of Agriculture to immediately take me to meet with other officials and to ensure that arrangements are completed to import rice from Guyana.”“He also insisted that we meet with him again that afternoon to report on progress. We completed all arrangements for Panama to initially import packaged rice amounting to 50,000 tons annually in the initial period and for this to be increased in subsequent years,” Ramsammy explained.ShockedRamsammy also noted that the Private Sector was invited to visit Panama in order to negotiate deals for themselves. Some took that option. The arrangement, according to Ramsammy, included pre-shipping testing for quality. Fast forward to today and the former Minister expressed shock at what is happening now. He noted that if he was the current Agriculture Minister, he would “be on the next flight to Panama to provide assurances.”Current Agriculture Minister Noel Holder“I am shocked that more than 20 containers of rice shipped to Panama was rejected. Someone dropped the ball and risked a critical market for our rice. With the loss of the Venezuelan market in 2015, the Panama Market was not a perfect replacement but was a good buffer. We can expand this market and provide a relatively good price. In my time, I ensured that there was someone dedicated to ensuring all the prerequisites were met. I wanted to make sure that nothing represented a risk.”“It is a market that should be rigidly monitored to make certain that Panama is happy.  I sent an officer to Panama every time a shipment was made. He worked with Panamanian officials to ensure things were seamless. We invited and hosted Panamanian officials in Guyana before any shipment was made. All of these arrangements have been discontinued. The Panama market is of critical importance and our nonchalant approach is risking this market. For a (Government) so obsessed with frivolous [Commissions of Inquiry] CoI’s, this requires a CoI.”It is understood that another shipment is expected to leave these shores soon for that country. This was related to Guyana Times by the President of the Guyana Rice Exports and Millers Association (GREMA), Rajindra Persaud following a meeting with rice millers held at the John Fernandes head office on Water Street, Georgetown on Monday.According to Persaud, in about another two weeks, Guyana will be required to resend some 20 containers of rice to the foreign country. The initial shipment of rice was rejected on arrival in Panama since it did not meet the stipulated specification as was outlined by that country.Since the story exploded on the front pages, GRDB General Manager Nizam Hassan has maintained that the Panama market is not under threat and steps to strengthen systems are being taken. However, stakeholders have called for a comprehensive investigation and the resignation of the GRDB board and current Agriculture Minister Noel Holder over the debacle.last_img read more

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MORE THAN €700,000 ALLOCATED FOR DONEGAL PIERS AND HARBOURS

first_imgA total of €705,000 is to be allocated to Donegal for its piers and harbours.Deputy Joe McHughThe money will be used to boost marine and leisure tourism and for the ongoing maintenance and development of piers and harbours.The allocation has been welcomed by Deputy Joe McHugh. “Donegal piers and harbours are set to receive €516,240 from the Department of Agriculture and the Marine, with Greencastle receiving in total €150,000 under the Harbour Development Scheme and €200,000 under the Marine Leisure and Marine Tourism scheme.“This funding, for ongoing maintenance and development of piers and harbours, is crucial for ensuring their long term sustainability. This infrastructure is essential to the local fishing industry, which plays such an important role in our communities right across the County and the livelihood of those who work within this area.”Today’s funding announcement comes on top of a grant in February 2014 where 28 harbours, piers and slipways around Donegal received €751,000 for damage repairs caused during the storms last winter.2014 Harbour Development Scheme & Marine Leisure & Marine Tourism Scheme DonegalBurtonportRepairs to quay wall€100,000€75,000 GreencastleRepairs to quay wall€150,000€112,500 GreencastleDeploy 90m of pontoons and 60m of floating breakwater€200,000€137,500Rannagh PierConstruct sea wall to connect boat yard wall to pier wall and prevent waves washing across the pier and boat yard deck€25,000€18,750Curransport slipwayErect 2 No. public lights at slipway to enhance safety for night time landings€10,000€7,500LugnadruanConcrete deck adjacent to pier€10,000€7,500Inishbofin IslandInstall winch at top of existing slipway to enable the haulage of boats for storage€30,000€22,500Teelin PierProvision of pontoon and access gangway to facilitate transport of visitors to view cliffs at Slieve League€80,000€60,000Mountcharles PierProvision of pontoon and access gangway to facilitate rowing events. Provision of fenders at side of slipway for rowing skiffs and provision of steel stairs for accessing shore from the pier€100,000€75,000Donegal Co. Co Total€325,000€380,000€516,250MORE THAN €700,000 ALLOCATED FOR DONEGAL PIERS AND HARBOURS was last modified: July 8th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:deputy joe mchughdonegalharbourspierslast_img read more

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