Heavy rain was raising hopes Friday for an end to Australia’s unprecedented bushfire crisis, as downpours douse blazes that have burned out of control for months. The devastating fires, fuelled by prolonged drought and record-high temperatures, have raged since September, burning more than 10 million hectares (25 million acres) and killing 33 people. An estimated billion animals have perished in the fires that destroyed more than 2,500 homes. The rains in New South Wales (NSW), which began earlier in the week in some areas and are forecast to extend into next week, are expected to drench a number of the remaining fires and help contain others.”It’s breaking the back of this bushfire season, there’s no doubt about it,” said Shane Fitzsimmons, the head of rural firefighters in NSW, the state worst hit by the crisis.By Friday afternoon there were no bushfires burning in NSW at the most dangerous emergency or “watch and act” levels — a situation virtually unseen in almost half a year.Beleaguered volunteer firefighters who have fought the blazes day-in-day-out declared themselves “over the moon” at the rain. Even Fitzsimmons — who became the public face of the crisis through stoic daily TV briefings and consoling children who, like him, lost their firefighting fathers in bushfires — expressed joy at listening to the rain fall overnight and driving with windscreen wipers on.”Obviously we don’t want to see lots of widespread damage and destruction from flooding, but it is certainly a welcome change to the relentless campaign of hot, dry weather” he told public broadcaster ABC.As the bushfire crisis abates, authorities are now bracing for possible flooding.The Bureau of Meteorology issued a string of flood warnings and said some parts of NSW will see their highest rainfall totals in four years.Bushfires are an annual problem during the southern summer, but flared far more widely and earlier than usual following months of severe drought and high temperatures linked to climate change. “Even if we get a return to hot, dry weather, which has the potential as we go through the balance of February and into March, of course, we’re certainly not going to have the underlying conditions of such profound moisture deficit and drought” of past months, Fitzsimmons said. Topics :
The open plan dining room at 20 Rolfe Circuit, UnderwoodThe master bedroom is at the front of the home for privacy and has an ensuite with double shower and a walk-in wardrobe. The remaining bedrooms have built-in robes and a study is tucked away off the dining room. More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020The media room provides a place for the family to come together and watch a movie or two. The kitchen at 20 Rolfe Circuit, UnderwoodThe open-plan living and dining area incorporates the gourmet kitchen with stone countertops, European appliances and walk-in pantry. Stacked sliding doors open the kitchen and dining area to the tiled patio and the lovely Bali-inspired garden. The property has ducted airconditioning, solar power, solar hot water, a security system, ducted vacuum and an intercom. 20 Rolfe Circuit, Underwood is on the market for offers over $799,000A LUXURIOUS low set house is on the market in Underwood for offers over $799,000. Ray White Rochedale marketing agent Lisa Etri said the home at 20 Rolfe St was well constructed and thoughtfully designed. “It has all the features of a luxurious home such as ducted airconditioning, a gourmet kitchen and elegant fittings and fixtures,” she said. The property has a tiled entry, high ceilings, a spacious interior and stylish decor. The main bedroom at 20 Rolfe Circuit, UnderwoodMs Etri said the home had attracted quite a bit of interest from local families as well as older couples looking to downsize to a lowset home. “Buyers love the gourmet kitchen and the outdoor area, which is very private and tranquil even though the home is on a smaller block,” she said. “They also like that the main bedroom is at the front of the home. “This property is certain to delight the most discerning buyer.” The home is being marketed by Lisa Etri and Anita Dunn from Ray White Rochedale.
The new rules, which follow a consultation earlier this year allow charity trustees to treat all investment returns – capital gains and income – as a whole, allocating the total return so as to best further their charity’s aims now and in the future.They will be able to do this by passing a resolution to adopt a total-return approach. At present, they must obtain permission from the Charity Commission.The new power hinges on the so-called ‘unapplied total return’, defined as the portion of the total investment return from the charity’s investment fund that has not yet been allocated to either the income fund or the investment fund.Once the resolution has been passed, unapplied total return may be allocated between capital and income as the trustees consider appropriate.There is, however, a cap on the amount of unapplied total return that can be added to the investment fund.This will be determined by the investment fund’s value at a specific date, indexed in line with inflation.The regulations aim to provide robust safeguards to respect the principle of permanent endowment, while allowing trustees the opportunity to take this new approach to managing their investments.For example, trustees of endowed charities will also be able to allocate a limited amount of their capital – up to 10% of the value of the investment fund – to the income fund.But this amount will have to be repaid over a reasonable period of time.And trustees must be able to demonstrate that they have acted with caution in taking a total return approach, including taking advice where appropriate.Charities that choose not to acquire the new power may still opt to apply for authorisation from the Commission to remove restrictions on spending permanent endowment.Heather Lamont, director of client investments at the CCLA, said: “It’s helpful that endowment trustees will have more flexibility to manage the distributions they make and won’t have to get Charity Commission approval on the details.“However, the arithmetic around transfers between capital and income can get pretty complicated, especially if the trustees want to take advantage of that flexibility to ‘borrow’ from the endowment, or if they later decide that they don’t want to use a total-return approach after all.”She added: “Many trustees may decide that they’ll be more confident of balancing the current and future needs of the charity if they just follow an investment strategy that will generate a reliable and sustainable income stream.“That way, they won’t have to decide how much capital is ‘safe’ to take out of the pot without eroding the real spending power of the endowment.”Peter Knapton, director of charities at M&G, said: “Many trustees dislike the total-return approach, under which any shortfall in income is topped-up by sales of capital assets.“These trustees prefer to monitor income and capital separately so as to ensure the charity does not overspend and that the capital value of the endowment at least maintains its spending power in the face of inflation.”And he warned: “Under a total-return regime, when economic recession hits, any reduction in distributions is topped-up by sales of capital assets at what will, almost certainly, be very low stock market levels.”The regulations and guidelines are available here.The Charity Commission will review the working of the regulations in five years’ time. New guidelines have been published by the Charity Commission – the independent regulator of charities in England and Wales – to enable charities to adopt a total-return approach to investing their permanent endowment.The guidelines accompany the Charities (Total Returns) Regulations 2013, which come into effect on 1 January 2014 and amend the Charities Act 2011, allowing trustees of permanently endowed charities to use a total-return approach to investment without previously seeking permission from the Charity Commission.Normally, capital gains on investments of endowed charities are retained within the charity’s investment fund to provide a permanent source of income.Only investment income such as dividends or rent can be allocated to the income fund for use on the charity’s activities.
The €186m Stichting Co-op Pensioenfonds in the Netherlands has outsourced its administration, board support and pensions communications to Syntrus Achmea as of 1 January.Theo van Gameren, employer’s chairman of at the Co-op pension fund, said: “Syntrus Achmea offered the best price/quality ratio.“Also culture-wise, the deal connects very well, as Syntrus Achmea’s operations are based on a cooperative philosophy. Therefore, we are very confident about the future cooperation.”The Co-op scheme has approximately 9,000 participants, and provides pensions for former employees of Co-op supermarkets and Cuvo funeral services. In other news, SP VNU, the €440m pension fund of publishing company VNU, and Aon Hewitt have signed a contract for outsourcing its pensions administration.Aon Hewitt has already taken over the management of participant and benefit administration, as well as financial administration, including the annual reporting.The administration of SP VNU will be incorporated in Aon Hewitt’s standard platform Lifetime.The pensions adviser will also support the scheme’s board.According to Johan van der Tas, executive director of benefits administration at Aon Hewitt, the scheme’s choice showed the consultant was on track to achieve its growth target.“Over the last three years, we have welcomed 12 new clients,” he added.SP VNU is pensions provider for more than 5,600 former workers at media company VNU.Lastly, Buck Global Investment Advisors (BGIA), the investment practice of Buck Consultants, has been appointed by the Pirelli Common Investment Fund to monitor and evaluate services provided by its fiduciary manager.Under the terms of the mandate, BGIA will be responsible for independent, objective monitoring and evaluation of its fiduciary manager, including customised reporting.BGIA launched its Fiduciary Management Evaluation Service in May 2013.
Sharing is caring! Tweet EntertainmentFaithLifestyleLocalNews Veteran broadcaster recognized by gospel group by: – December 9, 2013 Share 107 Views no discussions Share Share Gairy Didier and his wife Jermainia after the award ceremonyGairy Didier, who has been a broadcaster for over thirty years, was on Saturday, December 7, 2013 honoured by gospel band, Hilltop Singers. The award was presented to Didier during the Hilltop Singers annual dinner and awards ceremony at the Public Service Union building in Roseau. The citation read at the ceremony is as follows;“Gairy Didier grew up in the bayside Community of Pottersville. As a young man, he was very community minded and was instrumental in the formation of the Pottersville Community Development Group. Having nurtured a passion for art, Gairy involved himself for many years in creating his personal works of art.It was through one of his art projects, this time in the area of costume building that Gairy got to attend an activity in Antigua in 1979. His stay in that country was instrumental at the time, for that is where he had an encounter with God. This happened at a crusade in Bethel Church in St John’s, Antigua. Gairy gave his life to the Lord that night. On his return to Dominica, through the intervention of some Christian friends he ended up fellowshipping at the People’s Pentecostal family Church under the leadership of Pastor James Bell. Gairy has always been passionate about music and had at one time been a DJ at the famous Ham Discotheque on Boyd’s Avenue. This would prove an asset to him, when through God’s plan; he was invited by the then manager of VOL, Roland Rusticus, in 1980, to begin work at the station as an announcer. Gairy willingly agreed to try. His familiarity with the art of DJaying and his love for music in general served him well. Gairy moved from just announcer to Program Director over the years, a position which he currently holds. Over the 31 years that he has worked, Gairy has been a great source of encouragement to his listeners through the Voice of Life Radio. He has used his job to do personal ministry throughout the island. Gairy has a tremendous knowledge of Christian music of all genres and a remarkable memory as well.Such knowledge has allowed him to be able to play just the right song at the right time in many circumstances. Gairy has produced many programs over the years but his Saturday morning request program is one of the most popular. He has played a pivotal role in the lives of many churches both here in Dominica and elsewhere in terms of access and awareness of what is current in Christian music. In 2005, Gairy received the Flamboyant Award for Best Gospel Radio Personality.Gairy continues to enjoy his work at the Voice of Life Radio Station and does it with excellence. Gairy is married to Jermainia for over 24 years and is the father of five children: two boys and three girls”.Evangelist Peter R Augustine was the gospel band’s other awardee.Dominica Vibes News
“Jermain is one of the best strikers this league has ever seen and he is a fantastic professional,” Sherwood said. “When he doesn’t start he is always ready to come on and when he does come on he wants to change the game and show that he is good enough. “We have an abundance of options up front. Robbie (Roberto Soldado) has scored goals wherever he has been and Ade (Emmanuel Adebayor) has been good also, so there is competition for places and there will be even when Jermain leaves.” Tottenham made hard work of their win on Saturday. In the first half they were outplayed by Palace, who would have gone ahead had Jason Puncheon not blazed a penalty high and wide following a foul by Mousa Dembele on Marouane Chamakh. Dembele admits Spurs need to up their game in the coming weeks against better opposition if they are to maintain their push for Champions League qualification. The Belgian said: “Against other teams we would have lost the game. It’s difficult to know why we started so slowly. We were not good in the first half. “We played sloppy balls. We weren’t concentrated. In the dressing room the gaffer told us (at half-time) we needed to concentrate more and work harder and I think we did.” Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood is sure Jermain Defoe’s game will not deteriorate when he moves to Canada. Defoe began his Spurs swansong in fine style on Saturday, scoring in a hard-fought 2-0 win over Crystal Palace. After months of speculation, Tottenham confirmed this week that Defoe will leave White Hart Lane at the end of February to join Major League Soccer (MLS) franchise Toronto FC. Press Association David Beckham’s international career began to unravel when he crossed the Atlantic, but Sherwood thinks standards in the MLS have improved greatly since then, and that Defoe will still be good enough to challenge for a place in England’s World Cup squad this summer. “I think we have to give a bit more credit to the MLS. I don’t think it’s a c*** league,” Sherwood said. “I think it’s OK. Jermain needs to play regularly and he sees that as the place where he will get it. “I am sure playing in the MLS won’t hinder him from being in the England squad. Wherever he plays he will score goals.” Defoe is something of a cult hero at Tottenham. The 31-year-old is the club’s fifth-highest scorer of all time with 143 goals in 362 appearances. The England striker, who has been at the club for a total of nine years over two spells, has become something of a peripheral figure of late though. Defoe has started just three Barclays Premier League matches this term, but to his credit he has not kicked up a fuss.
Update on the latest in sports: — The head of China’s football association says teams will implement temporary player pay cuts of 30% to 50% to help teams manage losses from the coronavirus outbreak. The official (Chen Xuyuan) also told state broadcaster CCTV that matches would be resumed on a staggered schedule but gave no specific dates.— Sporting events in Oregon are likely to be without large crowds likely through at least the end of September because of the new coronavirus. Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced steps the state is taking in its reopening next week. Brown asked those planning large gatherings to cancel or significantly modify plans for anything scheduled in September.— The NFL has set protocols for reopening team facilities and has told the 32 teams to have them in place by May 15. Commissioner Roger Goodell mapped out several phases of protocols in a memo obtained by The Associated Press. The first phase to deal with the coronavirus pandemic would involve a limited number of non-player personnel. The individual clubs would decide which employees could return to the facility and when, once the buildings reopen. No players would be permitted in the facility except to continue therapy and rehabilitation for injuries that were underway when facilities were ordered closed in late March.— The Cleveland Cavaliers are one of a handful of NBA teams planning to reopen their training facilities today for individual player workouts. Coach J.B. Bickerstaff said the team has worked with health officials to ensure players and coaches are safe.— NBA teams have been asked to help the Mayo Clinic with a study that could help researchers come closer to finding a solution to the coronavirus problem. Mayo Clinic officials need volunteers for a study largely centered around antibodies. Teams were told that the study would help doctors understand the prevalence of COVID-19 among infected individuals who were asymptomatic or experienced only mild symptoms. UNDATED (AP) — IndyCar has gotten the green flag to finally start its season in Texas.The race will be run June 6 without spectators at Texas Motor Speedway.IndyCar President Jay Frye says IndyCar worked closely with track and public health officials on a plan to “ensure the safety of our event participants.”The June season opener will be on a condensed schedule with practice, qualifying and the race taking place on the same day. There will be strict access guidelines limiting the number of personnel on site, with health screening system administered to all participants and personal protection equipment provided to everyone entering the facility. Social distancing protocols will be in place.In other developments related to the coronavirus pandemic: The tweets weren’t up for long before disappearing from Antetokounmpo’s account. The Bucks said in a statement that an investigation is underway.OBIT-MIKE STORENEx-ABA commissioner Mike Storen, dad of Hannah Storm, dies at 84Mike Storen, a former ABA commissioner and multisport marketing whiz and the father of ESPN broadcaster Hannah Storm, has died. He was 84.Storm says her father died Thursday at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta of complications from cancer. — Fans will be allowed to enter baseball stadiums today for games in Taiwan for the first time this season. It is part of a gradual easing of restrictions amid the pandemic. The China Professional Baseball League said up to 1,000 people would be permitted to enter ballparks after an agreement between the league and Taiwan’s Central Epidemic Command Center.— New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio doesn’t see games returning to Yankee Stadium or Citi Field very quickly, at least not with fans. De Blasio says bigger events are going to be one of the last things that will really fit the equation as the country restarts. He says the perfect time to reopen big events is when the new coronavirus has been “beaten back to next to nothing.”— WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman expects professional boxing to return without spectators and with judges officiating by video from home. Sulaiman said the World Boxing Council has produced a protocol for fights during the coronavirus pandemic that limit, for instance, a four-fight card to about 40-50 people at a venue.— More than 30 workers have accepted voluntary severance packages from the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee. It’s part of the organization’s attempt to trim up to 20% of its expenses in response to shortfalls caused by COVID-19. Furloughs and involuntary layoffs are expected to begin next week.— The televised match involving Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and two of the NFL’s greatest quarterbacks is raising $10 million for COVID-19 relief. Turner Sports is producing the May 24 event that will be simulcast on its networks, including TNT and TBS. Woods and Peyton Manning will take on Mickelson and Tom Brady at Medalist Golf Club. The Texans won a regular-season game at Arrowhead Stadium in 2019, then blew a 24-0 lead in the divisional round of the playoffs.Another highlight of the opening weekend will have Tom Brady’s regular-season debut with Tampa Bay against Drew Brees at New Orleans on Sept. 13 — the first matchup of age 40-plus quarterbacks in NFL history.The opening of SoFi Stadium in the Los Angeles area that Sunday night has the Rams hosting the Cowboys. Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas will debut on the Monday night, Sept. 21, with the Raiders facing Brady and the Buccaneers.The NFL schedule, not to mention offseason activities and the preseason, is considered tentative given the current prohibition on large gatherings.In other NFL news: Officials from Kansas have said coach Bill Self and assistant Kurtis Townsend said they were unaware of the transactions, backing up a statement Gassnola made during sworn testimony.NBA-ANTETOKOUNMPO-ACCOUNTS HACKEDBucks, relatives say Antetokounmpo’s social media was hackedMILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo’s (YAH’-nihs an-teh-toh-KOON’-pohz) social media accounts were hacked on Thursday afternoon and several bizarre and offensive tweets were posted, according to the Milwaukee Bucks, Antetokounmpo’s brother and the player’s representatives.More than a dozen tweets popped up in Antetokounmpo’s feed in the span of about five minutes, and they appeared to clearly be the work of someone other than the reigning MVP. The tweets included racial slurs, profane attacks on other players and a claim that Antetokounmpo had the coronavirus. Associated Press — Soccer teams will be allowed to use two extra substitutes per match to protect players during a backlog of games caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The International Football Association Board says competition organizers can now approve teams making five changes with a sixth in extra time. IFAB says the temporary rule is available to “competitions which have either started or are intended to start, but are scheduled to be completed by Dec. 31.” Leagues which typically end in May face a congested program into July and August to complete their season.CFL-COMMISSIONER-CANCELLATIONCFL commissioner: Canceling season most likely scenarioOTTAWA (AP) — Canadian Football League Commissioner Randy Ambrosie said the most likely scenario is to cancel the season because of the COVID-19 pandemic.Ambrosie made the admission for the first time while testifying Thursday to a House of Commons standing committee on finance. — The New England Patriots have signed four members of their 2020 draft class. Linebackers Josh Uche and Cassh Maluia, kicker Justin Rohrwasser and offensive lineman Justin Herron have all agreed to terms on rookie contracts. The Patriots entered last month’s draft with 12 picks and after making several trades over three days, wound up selecting 10 players.— The lawyer for the wife of Baltimore Ravens safety Earl Thomas said she is being subjected to an “unfounded ongoing investigation” by Texas police after she allegedly pointed a gun at her husband’s head upon finding him in bed with another woman last month. According to a police affidavit, Nina Thomas tracked down her husband at a short-term rental home in Austin in the early morning hours of April 13 and found him and his brother, Seth, in bed with two women.— Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh is pushing for a change that would allow football players to enter the NFL draft after their freshman or sophomore seasons in college. Currently, players are not eligible for the NFL draft until they have been out of high school for at least three years. It is a policy in the collective bargaining agreement that runs through the 2030 season.NCAA-COMPENSATING ATHLETESSenators send letters to NCAA leaders with NIL questions UNDATED (AP) — The chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee has sent a letter to NCAA leaders, conferences and schools requesting details about how college athletes can be compensated for their names, images and likenesses.Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., sent 20 questions to each Power Five conference, dozens of colleges and universities and committees at each of the NCAA’s three divisions.Wicker’s letter comes a day after Sens. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., and Cory Booker, D-N.J., released a letter to NCAA President Mark Emmert urging the association to take further action on name, image and likeness compensation for college athletes.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSIndyCar to open delayed season in Texas Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNFL-SCHEDULEKicking off: Texans at Chiefs to open season Sept. 10UNDATAED (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs will open defense of their Super Bowl championship by hosting Houston on Sept. 10 in the NFL’s annual kickoff game — pending developments in the coronavirus pandemic, of course. News broke last week that the CFL had requested up to $150 million Canadian in assistance from the federal government. During his testimony, Ambrosie said the league’s future is “very much in jeopardy.”KANSAS-NCAA INFRACTIONSNCAA calls alleged Kansas basketball violations “egregious”LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The NCAA struck back at the University of Kansas and its men’s basketball program Thursday, calling five Level I violations that are alleged to have occurred “egregious” and arguing that they undermine and threaten” college athletics.In the latest in a series of back-and-forth filings, the NCAA reiterated in a 92-page response its claim that Adidas representatives were acting as boosters when two of them — T.J. Gassnolo and Jim Gatto — helped to arrange payments to prospective recruits. Those transactions became a central point in a wide-ranging FBI probe into college basketball that has ensnared Kansas, Louisville and several other high-profile programs. May 8, 2020 Known for his hearty laugh and creative mind, Storen rose to executive spots in basketball, football, baseball and tennis during a four-decade career in sports.Storen was general manager of the Indiana Pacers and Kentucky Colonels and president of the Atlanta Hawks. He owned the ABA’s Memphis Sounds, worked for the Cincinnati Royals of the NBA and the Houston Astros.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6
VERONA — Season’s over.Wisconsin’s reigning NCAA national champion women’s hockey team had its season ended in tear-jerking fashion Saturday as the Ohio State Buckeyes did not allow the Badgers a single win in the postseason.After an unstable season, the Badgers were looking at the playoffs as a fresh start. Instead of a second chance they were confronted with nothing but losses, something the team has little experience with in the postseason.“It’s tough, we’re not used to losing our first game in a playoff series and having tough competition like that,” sophomore forward Brooke Ammerman said.Unable to shake the inconsistencies that have plagued them all season, the Badgers found themselves fighting to keep their season alive Saturday night. The seniors led the way, helping drive the game into overtime, but it wasn’t enough as the Buckeyes dominated the extra period.Adjusting to the short playoff run was difficult for the Badgers.In the past four years, Wisconsin has ended its season in the Frozen Four. To not even reach the NCAA tournament was heartbreaking.“It’s really hard,” senior defender Kyla Sanders said. “Over the past four years we’ve always made it to the Frozen Four; it’s very different that’s for sure.”“It’s a little sad,” senior goalie Alannah McCready added. “We definitely didn’t want to end it this way, but it’s how it happens so it’s time to move on.”As the story has been all season, the Badgers were unable to stay consistent throughout both games. Friday they started strong, but blew a 2-0 lead in the second period.In game two Saturday, the Badgers fell into a 0-2 deficit in the first eight minutes. They fought their way back, but still never really clicked at the Eagle’s Nest.The Badgers were simply unable to stay consistent throughout all 60 minutes of the games.“The key word today was consistency,” DeKeyser said. “Almost the entire game aside from those first couple minutes of the first we weren’t coming out very strong, but from then on we figured out you need to be consistent. … That’s something we’ve got to work on. We’ve got to be consistent for 60 minutes; we can’t start strong and then not finish strong. It’s a work in progress.”Senior forward Jasmine Giles credits the inconsistencies to never overcoming the changes the team faced this year.“It’s rough. All of our other seasons have been ended in the Frozen Four, in the final game,” Giles said. “It was a tough year. We had so many new faces and a whole new coaching staff. It was just something we didn’t overcome. We were getting there, but we didn’t do it.”No matter how upsetting the losses are, the squad can only learn from the experience and move forward.“It’s a heavy moment in the locker room right now, obviously for our seniors who’ve had pretty tremendous careers here as Badgers and to have it cut short, this is different for them and it’s tough,” interim head coach Tracey DeKeyser said. “We talked about how losing can help you understand what it takes to win. Hopefully the returners understand that you don’t just get handed trophies or championships.”DeKeyser credits the seniors for the determination they have had throughout their careers.“I thought it was nice fitting that Sanders scored the tying goal and (Emily) Kranz played excellent all weekend defensively,” DeKeyser said. “Giles has contributed tremendously over the past three series with quite a few points, and [McCready] was able to get starts in net both night; just give them credit for surviving right to the very last second.”
UW sophomore center Pete Konz celebrates with Paul Bunyans Axe after the Badgers\’ 41-23 win over Minnesota.[/media-credit]With a second half surge and an eventual 41-23 victory over Minnesota, the Wisconsin Badgers put themselves back in the Big Ten title hunt and kept the Axe in their possession for the seventh straight year.That gives Badger fans the all-important bragging rights over their hated border rivals and UW head coach Bret Bielema was happy to give it to them.“I always get a kick out of this week. Everybody just wishes you good luck for normal games but everyone was saying ‘coach keep the axe’ and it’s just a different week,” Bielema said. “It’s important to anybody that loves Wisconsin, and we do, and it’s great to give it to the fans.”After earning a 14-9 halftime lead, UW (5-1) played with a purpose in the second half, scoring touchdowns on consecutive drives to start the third quarter.James White took a pitch off left tackle and scored from eight yards out to give the Badgers a 12-point lead, and John Clay added another touchdown eight minutes later to establish a comfortable 28-9 advantage.“We always talk about starting fast and we were psyched coming out of the locker room to prove who we are,” sophomore center Pete Konz said. “We didn’t think we did that in the first half.”“We stubbed our toe a little in the second quarter and went in at halftime, and the coaches talked through some things, offense and defense,” Bielema said. “We really came out humming in the third quarter.”The first score of the second half came after a sloppy 11-play, 64-yard drive. UW benefited from a third down defensive holding call and a facemask penalty that occurred on a tackle that brought Scott Tolzien down for a sack.Those two Gopher penalties allowed UW to stay on the field and come away with a momentum-swinging score.“It was crucial to score after half and it wasn’t really a clean drive. There were so many penalties,” senior guard John Moffitt said. “We were given a couple gifts, but I mean it was great it went our way.”UW added a third straight touchdown early in the fourth quarter as Clay rumbled into the end zone for his third touchdown of the day. The powerful score from eight yards out gave Wisconsin a 35-9 lead.But Minnesota finally answered less than a minute later thanks to a jaw-dropping 22-yard touchdown reception from Da’Jon McKnight. McKnight was running stride-for-stride with UW cornerback Antonio Fenelus but the junior wideout laid out and fought off Fenelus to make the catch.But UW had a quick response to that score thanks to the efforts of White.The true freshman tailback, who ran for 119 yards on the day, set the Badgers up on the doorstep after leaving Gopher safety Ryan Collado in the dust. White reached the second level, pulled out an ankle-breaking juke, and sprinted down to the one-yard line.“I just did a little move to freeze the corner and ran right by him,” White said.From there, White finished the drive with a touchdown run straight up the gut.Minnesota added a late touchdown on a fourth-down jump-ball that McKnight brought down in the corner of the endzone, but the Gophers played from behind the entire day and it was an uphill battle for UM throughout.Jared Abbrederis opened the scoring six minutes in and in the process became the first UW wide receiver to score a touchdown in 2010. Tolzien, who finished 17-for-23 on the day, hit the freshman on a quick slant and the connection made for an easy 3-yard score.“I saw the safety was down so I know the pass was coming to me,” Abbrederis said. “I was real excited in my stance and I knew I just had to execute the play.”Clay added a one-yard touchdown toward the end of the first quarter but Minnesota came back with nine unanswered points to end the half. After a Marqueis Gray touchdown grab, Eric Ellestad missed the PAT but it proved to be irrelevant as the Gophers dropped to 1-5 on the season.The victory means UW’s seniors have kept the axe in their possession throughout their entire collegiate careers, and that’s a point of pride for everyone in the program.“It means a lot because this is one of the first things you learn as a recruit and as a player. You’re preached of the importance of that axe,” Tolzien said. “We know how much it means to Wisconsin and the people in this program.”
Madeleine Mullaney, a freshman majoring in environmental studies, participates in the annual Pie-a-Bruin fundraiser at Tommy Trojan Tuesday. The event was organized by the USC and UCLA branches of Camp Kesem, a group that brings summer camp to kids whose parents have been affected by cancer.