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Harvard, HUCTW agree on new contract

first_imgHarvard University and the Harvard Union of Clerical and Technical Workers (HUCTW) are pleased to announce that they have reached a tentative agreement on a new three-year contract to provide employees in HUCTW with an annual pay increase program, changes in health plan design, and other policy initiatives.“We resolved challenging issues in a constructive way to the benefit of HUCTW members and the University,” said Katie Lapp, Harvard executive vice president. “Both parties came to these negotiations in good faith and we are pleased that our work produced an agreement acceptable to both sides. We value the work of HUCTW members, and we look forward to our continued collaboration on behalf of the Harvard community.”“Our union and the University have been wrestling with issues related to health care for quite a long time,” said HUCTW Director Bill Jaeger. “This agreement represents a very good outcome on those tough questions, and we’re hopeful it will usher in a new era of collaboration.”The agreement, which is subject to ratification by union members, would be effective retroactively from Oct. 1, 2015, and remain in effect through Sept. 30, 2018. The ratification vote is expected to take place Feb. 25.Key issues addressed in this contract include:Ensuring fair pay increases for employees in HUCTW, with raises scheduled for Oct. 1, 2015, 2016, and 2017;Implementing new health plan features that strike a balance between University and patient costs;Supporting HUCTW with a new health plan premium contribution tier for those earning less than $55,000 (FTE);Strengthening the workplace through policy initiatives in the areas of flexibility and career development.The prior HUCTW agreement with the University expired on Sept. 30, 2015, but its terms remained in effect throughout the negotiating period.Negotiations with the union began in the spring of 2015. Representatives of the University and the union met more than 40 times, in full-table negotiations and, starting last fall, with mediators engaged at the request of both sides.Mediators Lawrence Katz, the Elisabeth Allison Professor of Economics at Harvard, and Robert McKersie, professor of management emeritus at the MIT Sloan School of Management, played a crucial role in reaching this agreement, and the parties said they are very grateful to them for their hard work and their fair and thoughtful assistance.last_img read more

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Students broadcast campus radio shows

first_img“Sound of Notre Dame” (WSND) and “Voice of the Fighting Irish” (WVFI) broadcast an range of student radio shows that cover music, sports, politics and more. WSND airs on FM station 88.9 to serve both Notre Dame and the surrounding area, and WVFI streams online for students at nd.edu/~wvfi Senior station manager Patrick Brown said WSND is a classical radio station during the day and a college rock station at night. “We pride ourselves in offering a very wide variety of music,” Brown said. “You won’t just hear the ‘1812 Overture’ 24/7.” Both Notre Dame students and South Bend residents work at WSND, and Brown said the station unites these two groups. “We [are] a meeting place for both Notre Dame and the South Bend community,” Brown said. Brown said WSND garners 8,000 to 10,000 listeners at a time because it spans a wide audience. WSND broadcasts from the clock tower of O’Shaughnessy Hall, and according to Brown, this vantage point is an asset for those who work at the station. “Not that many people know we’re up there but … we have this great view of South Quad,” Brown said. “Every time the sun sets, we watch that over campus, and we’re really lucky to have that view. It’s definitely a benefit of working at WSND.” Sophomore Kate Johnson hosted a classical request program Sunday afternoons and a specialty “Taffelmusic” show Friday afternoons on WSND last semester. Johnson, a music major, wanted to exercise her appreciation for classical music through her shows. “It’s expanded my knowledge of music a hundred times more than I would get in the classroom,” Johnson said. The WVFI office in LaFortune Student Center offers diverse student-run programming that included 70 different shows this semester. Senior station manager Nicolle Walkling said she joined WVFI her freshman year because she wanted to share her love of music with students. “[WVFI] seemed like the perfect outlet for me to share my music with others and discover new kinds of music,” Walkling said. “I hoped to find a community that loved music as much as me and an activity that I felt was worthwhile.” Unlike WSND, WVFI is completely student-run. Walkling said the station garners only 550 listeners per week because it only appeals to Notre Dame students. WVFI broadcasts a range of niche shows hosted by different students. This semester’s lineup included a dating advice program hosted by a graduate student under the alias “Emma Woodhouse,” a college rock show called “Werewolf Bar Mitzvah” hosted by senior Brooke Healy and “Hungover,” a music show with weekly themes hosted by seniors Colin Rich and Kennedy Collins. Collins said his show’s title was inspired by his former Sunday morning timeslot at 10 a.m. The show now streams online at 11 a.m. Friday mornings, but Collins said “Hungover” is still an applicable title for the program. “We cover elaborate themes that we usually come up with at trivia night at Legends the night before,” Collins said.last_img read more

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CUNA calls for increased CDP funding for CUs in developing countries

first_img This post is currently collecting data… This is placeholder text continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrcenter_img CUNA wrote to Congressional leadership Tuesday in support of increased funding for the Cooperative Development Program (CDP), and specifically for community-based credit unions in developing countries. The CDP is a global initiative administered by the U.S. Agency for International Development that focuses on building capacity of cooperative businesses and cooperative systems.The program was funded at $17 million in FY20, and that amount is raised to $20 million in Senate Appropriations Committee legislation.“During discussions with the Senate regarding omnibus spending legislation, we respectfully urge you to adopt this increased Senate funding level for the Cooperative Development Program,” CUNA’s letter reads. “In addition, we urge you to accept the corresponding report language that funds enacted in FY 2021 for the CDP that are in excess of the FY 2020 level be directed to ‘community-based credit unions in developing countries.’”last_img read more

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Jakarta MRT developer keen not to dig up trouble in route expansion

first_imgThe expansion of the Jakarta MRT line is under way, building on a successful launch last year. But unlike the first phase of development that resulted in a 15.7-kilometer line connecting South and Central Jakarta, phase 2A offers a bigger and more unlikely challenge.With the next phase of development set to happen entirely underground, PT MRT Jakarta is wary of accidentally excavating historical artifacts and other archeological findings in the digging process, possibly resulting in delays.The construction of an underground tunnel along the route, believed to be blanketed in historical value, will require special care so as not to cause any delays for the project, said William Sabandar, president director of the city-owned transportation company. Furthermore, the planned route will run through Kota Tua, formerly an administrative center of the city under Dutch colonial rule, which experts believe may hold numerous historical riches underneath.“[The next phase] has a different scale because the level of difficulty is [exceptionally high], with issues like land subsidence and soft soil, the environment and cultural heritage,” William said earlier this week.Archaeologist Chandrian Attahiyat, a member of the Jakarta Cultural Heritage Experts Team (TACB), acknowledged that the second phase of development would be more challenging.“The MRT phase 2 route presumably contains many artifacts, especially from Monas [ the National Monument] to Kota Tua. Monas alone was situated within the Weltervreden area, which was once the site of the new capital city that was relocated from Kota Tua or Batavia,” he said on Wednesday. But Indonesia won’t be the first country to deal with such concerns.The completion of an 8.5-mile undersea rail tunnel, part of the Marmaray intercontinental railway network in Istanbul, Turkey, was originally scheduled for completion in 2009. But the project was delayed for four years due to the discovery of archaeological artifacts from the fourth century Byzantine Era, the New York Times reported.The development of MRT phase 2A in Jakarta, funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), is scheduled to be completed by March 2026. It has been delayed three months from the original plan due to the COVID-19 outbreak.The plan spans 5.8 kilometers from Bundaran HI Station in Central Jakarta to the Kota Tua district in West Jakarta. It will consist of seven underground stations: Thamrin, Monas, Harmoni, Sawah Besar and Mangga Besar stations in Central Jakarta, as well as Glodok and Kota stations in West Jakarta.In an effort to prevent any more delays, the company put together a team of experts, including archaeologists and cultural heritage experts, before construction commenced on July 15.The firm, in consultation with the team, has since performed an archaeological test pit, a method which aims to identify heritage remains through small-scale excavation.“[We did this] because we know it usually takes time to gather experts, conduct examinations and make decisions on whether an object is classified as a piece of cultural heritage,” MRT Jakarta construction director Silvia Halim told journalists on Tuesday.“The team will investigate and conclude the status of the findings – including where to preserve it – within 21 days. With this approach, we can take action without compromising progress in the project,” she said.The company is examining several fragments of ceramics that its construction workers and the expert team recently found while digging along Jl. MH Thamrin and through a structural brick near Monas, Silvia said.In the 19th century, a residential area was once situated on the site where Jl. MH Thamrin runs through, right in the vicinity of Sarinah. Meanwhile, before Monas was erected, a number of large buildings, including a police station and church, were situated there.The discrepancies in land use have contributed to the historical characteristics of remains that may potentially be found in said areas, Chandrian said.“[Artifacts] in Monas could probably be found in the form of structures. The soil [in Weltervreden] often gets heightened due to floods,” he said.Heading toward Kota Tua, the archeologist said there might potentially be a discovery of remains of wooden foundations. He said people in the past would have set up wooden foundations first to distribute strength equally for a building’s structure due to the unstable soil on site.Depending on the significance of the archeological findings, the company may choose to alter its plan for the MRT line.“If a significant archaeological finding is discovered, [the expert team] will give its recommendations to MRT Jakarta to change their project plan. This could be done by shifting or deepening the track because artifacts are commonly found 10 meters underground,” Chandrian said.The significance of the discovery will depend on a number of factors, such as its notable relevance to history and the size of the object found, among other things.The Jakarta Cultural Agency’s protection department head, Novriandi S. Husodo, said the team of experts was likely to suggest thorough documentation – called preservation by record – even if the findings turned out not to be of significant historical value.More importantly, he said the establishment of an expert team and its corresponding work procedures would prove to be a good example for future large-scale infrastructure projects and provide a “win-win solution”.“The findings won’t hinder development and the development won’t erase historical information.. Both aspects can work together,” Novriandi said.Topics :last_img read more

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Explainer: All you need to know about the govt’s food estates

first_imgFood distribution improvementThe food estates are deemed essential as the COVID-19 crisis has aggravated Indonesia’s food security issues.In late April, a month after the outbreak in the country, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo reported that key commodities, such as garlic, sugar, chili and chicken eggs, were in short supply in more than 20 provinces, while rice, a staple food for Indonesians, was lacking in seven provinces.The World Food Programme’s (WFP) Indonesia office has estimated that the country experienced a 13.2 percent year-on-year decline in rice production to 16.1 million tons in the first half of 2020.Making matters worse, the dry season looms on the horizon and may impact overall output of the agricultural sector, which employs more than a quarter of the nation’s workforce. Haunting mistakes of the pastDwi Andreas Santosa, an agriculture expert from the Bogor Institute of Agriculture (IPB), told the Post that history showed a series of government’s failures in developing food estates in at least the past 25 years.In the mid-1990s, President Soeharto’s administration sought to develop a similar project called Peatland Development (PLG) comprising around 1.4 million ha in Central Kalimantan. The Jokowi administration will use some of the former PLG land to develop its food estate.“I was part of the environmental risk analysis team. We had warned [the government] about the possibility of failing. And it totally failed,” Dwi said in a phone interview.“All of them failed because they ignored the scientific principles in their development,” he added. “To develop a food estate for food crops on a large scale, four important [requirements] must be met.”They are land and climate suitability, infrastructure for irrigation and transportation, cultivation and technological feasibility, as well as social and economic feasibility, according to Dwi.Dwi also said the food estate needed to produce at least 4 tons per ha to prevent losses, otherwise farmers would leave the project. Moreover, the government also needed to take into account the necessary labor.Each hectare will require at least four people, according to Dwi’s estimate.The Agriculture Ministry is providing production tools worth Rp 379 billion (US$25.4 million). The ministry has offered 98 four-wheel tractors, 150 two-wheel tractors and 35 rice transplanters.The Center for Indonesian Policy Studies (CIPS) lauded the government’s efforts to boost food production, but did not necessarily support the food estate program, it said in a statement provided to the Post on Thursday. The CIPS is of the view that the program, which involves peatland development, could have a negative impact on the local environment and the peat forest ecosystem.“[The program] could result in losses for farmers and certainly for the government, since it is not spending the budget properly,” CIPS researcher Galuh Octania said by text message on Sept. 26.The government should instead focus on policies to attract greater investment and encourage agricultural innovation to support domestic production, the think tank said in its statement. The Indonesian government is pinning its hopes for bolstering the nation’s food security on the development of food estates in Central Kalimantan and North Sumatra, despite a similar project having failed in the past and COVID-19 disrupting logistics today.In Central Kalimantan, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s administration plans to develop around 164,600 hectares of food estates for crops like rice, which is part of its National Strategic Projects for the 2020–2024 period.In the first phase, which commences this year, the government aims to develop around 30,000 ha, two-thirds of which will be located in Kapuas regency and the rest in Pulang Pisau regency. The Central Kalimantan food estate is estimated to produce 7 tons of rice per ha, Agriculture Minister Syahrul Yasin Limpo said in July.“Even though it started in September in two regencies, namely Pulang Pisau and Kapuas, we have developed around 4,200 ha as of today. The initial target for September was only 1,921 ha,” Indonesian Army chief of staff Gen. Andika Perkasa said in a statement on Tuesday.The Army has been helping the ministry with the food estate project in Central Kalimantan. On Tuesday, it inked an agreement with the Agriculture Ministry to partner on agricultural human resource development, among other things.Meanwhile, in North Sumatera, the government wants to develop a total of 61,000 ha of food estates for horticulture including potato, shallot and garlic, in the regencies of Humbang Hasundutan (Humbahas), Central Tapanuli, North Tapanuli and West Pakpak.The first phase of development of the North Sumatera food estates will cover 4,000 ha, which has been surveyed by the government from Sept. 20 to 24.This year, the government said, it would focus on developing a 1,000 ha center for agriculture training and technology in Humbahas, which would serve as a partnership model between farmers and investors.The Agriculture Ministry will handle 215 ha, and private investors will take 785 ha. According to the Office of the Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister, food manufacturers PT Indofood Sukses Makmur, PT Champ Resto Indonesia and PT Calbee Wings Food have expressed interest in the project.“After we managed the food estate in Humbahas, our next big plan in 2021 will be developing the North Sumatra food estate not only in one regency, but we also want to support other regencies with this program,” Nani Hendiarti, the deputy of Environment and Forestry Management at the Office of the Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister, said in a statement on Sept. 25. Read also: Pandemic disrupts food distribution across country, minister saysThe projects were also aimed at overcoming food distribution issues across the archipelago, land use change, especially in Java, and the increase of the country’s population, said Andriko Noto Susanto, the head of food availability and risks at the Agriculture Ministry’s Food Security Agency (BKP).“One of our approaches is to develop new food production centers outside the existing ones,” Andriko told The Jakarta Post in a phone interview on Monday.“So the Central Kalimantan food estate for food crops and the North Sumatra on for horticulture are the measure we take to provide new sources of food there.”The food estate in North Sumatera is expected to ease the country’s dependency on imports of garlic and other commodities where national production currently fails to meet national demand.For the May–December period, the Agriculture Ministry estimated Indonesia’s garlic imports would reach around 604,000 tons, mostly from China. It would add to the expected domestic production of 17,600 tons that could not meet the estimated demand of 377,500 tons on the period.“The one for horticulture in Humbang Hasundutan, North Sumatra, is very important for shallots, garlic and chili,” said Andriko. “We have a national surplus of chili, but since it is perishable, there will be a problem if the distribution gets disrupted. Developing new production centers is therefore important,” he added.The logistics disruption caused by restrictions enforced to contain COVID-19 has affected food delivery to many regions in Indonesia, particularly the eastern parts, Minister Syahrul also said earlier in July.Andriko also said the Central Kalimantan food estate was expected to improve rice distribution, which was presently too heavily concentrated on Java, with some other big production centers in Sumatra and South Sulawesi.The three main rice producing provinces of East Java, West Java and Central Java produce a combined 37 million tons a year, according to data from the Agriculture Ministry. The three provinces accounted for 67.8 percent of last year’s rice production, according to data from Statistics Indonesia (BPS). Editor’s note: This article has been revised to correctly state Center for Indonesian Policy Studies (CIPS) researcher Galuh Octania and CIPS statements.Topics :last_img read more

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Racism still rife in South Africa despite the fall of apartheid

first_imgRace relations are a critical fault line in South Africa, with over 500 racism-related cases reported to the South African Human Rights Commission in the past year alone.The United Nations has recently warned that racism, intolerance and discrimination are increasing in many parts of the world. There has been a resurgence of overt racism in South Africa.The Nelson Mandela and Ahmed Kathrada Foundations – both with long histories of facilitating critical dialogue on issues of race relations – have partnered with other civil society organisations to respond to and better understand race relations in the country. Both organizations want to ensure that anti racism strategies are mainstreamed across all sectors of the country. The anti racism network’s ultimate vision is of a South Africa free of racism.last_img read more

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Jamaica to create single anti-corruption agency

first_imgNewsRegional Jamaica to create single anti-corruption agency by: – March 22, 2012 39 Views   no discussions Tweet Share Sharing is caring!center_img Share Share Minister of Justice, Senator Mark Golding, makes a point as he addresses an anti-corruption forum held on Monday in KingstonKINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — Minister of Justice, Senator Mark Golding, said that the government is considering the creation of a single anti-corruption agency as part of measures to combat the scourge of corruption within Jamaica.Speaking at an anti-corruption forum held on Monday in Kingston, Golding explained that the agency will provide “a concentrated focus on the problem” and more optimal and synergistic use of the available anti-corruption resources.The creation of this entity, he said, is in keeping with the government’s recently announced national security strategy, which focuses on going after the money and profits made from crime. This will be achieved by assembling an anti-corruption task force resourced with the required skills to effectively use the Proceeds of Crime Act and the proposed anti-gang legislation to combat organized crime and high level corruption.“This is not going to be an agency like the many we have had in the past, which involves basically a paramilitary force used to tackle street level crime. This really is a more cerebral approach where we are trying to put together the necessary intellectual resources and experience that can really use these pieces of legislation effectively to dismantle the upper echelons of that type of crime in Jamaica,” Golding stated.The justice minister noted however that the success of this initiative will be impacted by the efficiency and effectiveness with which cases can be prosecuted in the courts. To this end, he said, consideration is being given to the establishment of a court specialising in cases involving corruption and financial crimes.“Jamaica’s track record in enforcing the law to bring corrupt public servants to justice is not impressive. Corruption is still rampant as evidenced in instances where apparent malfeasance in high places receive press coverage, but instances of effective corrective action have been few and far between,” he stated.According to Golding, corruption is the antithesis of a secure, cohesive and just society, said it will negate the country’s ability to attain its most desirable goals.He said that tackling the problem will require courage and fixity of purpose on all sides. “We must all look into ourselves and commit to ensuring that we are not accomplices in the spread of this cancer in our society. We must rid ourselves of our national bad habits, which have led to this dire state of affairs. Let us commit that we will no longer “let off a money” to pass our driving tests, or to get our cars passed for fitness, or to have our building plans approved, or to avoid a traffic ticket,” the justice minister said.He stated further that until the country commits to abiding by the proper rules and procedures in everyday activities, the accumulation of multiple small acts of corruption will result in a society that continues to score embarrassingly poorly on the international corruption indices.“This is therefore truly a national effort, and the sooner we all get on board, the better our chances of building the brighter future that Jamaica wants and deserves,” Golding stated.Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index 2011 ranks Jamaica at number 86 out of 183 countries, with a score of 3.3 (on a scale of 0 to 10 where the lower the score, the more corrupt the country).The World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Index 2010/11 also ranked Jamaica at 95 out of a total of 139 countries, four places down when compared to the 2009/2010 Index, when Jamaica was ranked at 91. This is well below the levels of Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago, which are ranked 43 and 84.By Latonya LintonCaribbean News Nowlast_img read more

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Boeheim refuses to discuss NCAA Tournament chances after loss to Miami

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 24, 2015 at 7:53 pm Contact Phil: [email protected] | @PhilDAbb All Jim Boeheim was willing to discuss were free throws.After his Syracuse (14-6, 5-2 Atlantic Coast) team made just 8-of-19 from the line in its 66-62 loss to Miami (14-5, 4-2) on Saturday in the Carrier Dome, Boeheim didn’t expand much in his postgame press conference on topics other than SU’s woeful free-throw shooting.Until a reporter asked if the head coach thought his team has fallen behind in terms of building a resume worth an NCAA Tournament bid. The Orange, at 14-6 with a demanding ACC schedule ahead of it, is in danger of missing the NCAA Tournament for the first time since the 2007-08 season.“Ridiculous. You’re the worst I’ve ever been around,” Boeheim said to the reporter. “We do not talk — maybe you’re new, I don’t know. We don’t talk about postseason. We don’t think about it. We play the next game. You guys, that’s your job. Don’t ask me that because I won’t answer it.”Another reporter chimed in and said that ESPN play-by-play broadcaster Sean McDonough, on the air, spoke about a conversation he had with Boeheim in which the longtime SU head coach discussed the NCAA Tournament.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“All I said to him was that every game is important,” Boeheim said, referring to McDonough. “You have to win every game. You have to win to get in the Tournament. We’re not in and we’re not out. That’s all I said to him.”“… But I never talk about the Tournament, never speculate about it, in or out,” Boeheim continued. “That’s for somebody else to decide that at the end of the year. They’re always tough calls. We’ve just got to play, win as many as we can and put ourselves in position and whatever happens happens. That’s always been my policy. That’s all I’ve ever said.“I might’ve said it’s not going to be easy, but that’s not a revelation. I think if you watch us play, it’s not going to be easy. But we’ll see what happens.” Commentslast_img read more

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Women of Troy to face Utah, Colorado

first_imgAfter splitting a pair of home games against Pac-12 opponents last weekend at the Galen Center, the Women of Troy now look to strongly finish off their four-game home stand against Utah on Friday at 7 p.m., followed by No. 22 Colorado on Sunday at 10 a.m.Pushing ahead · Sophomore guard Ariya Crook is averaging 16 points per contest since USC’s 67-62 win on the road against the Oregon Beavers back on Jan. 6, 2013. The Women of Troy are 4-3 over that span. – Joseph Chen | Daily TrojanOn Jan. 25, USC (8-11, 5-3 Pac-12) fell 60-53 to Arizona State at the Galen Center. The Women of Troy led by 16 points at halftime, 36-20, before the Sun Devils rallied in the second half, outscoring USC 40-17 to hand the team its third consecutive loss.In the defeat, junior forward Cassie Harberts hauled in her seventh double-double of the season with 24 points and 14 rebounds. The Sun Devils’ comeback was primarily because of their hot shooting, as they heated up from 32 percent in the first half to 59 percent in the second half, finishing the game shooting 45 percent from the field.The Trojans were able to rebound from their previous loss and put a stop to their three-game losing skid with a 74-57 win over Arizona on Jan. 27, shooting 50 percent from the floor in the first half to jump out to a 43-22 lead at halftime. Unlike the Arizona State game, the Women of Troy would secure the large lead and not look back, holding Arizona to only 29 percent shooting compared to their 48 percent.“We were able to put the Arizona State game behind us, rally together as a team and close out the game,” Harberts said.The Trojans were also able to force plenty of Wildcat turnovers with 15 steals and moved the ball well as the team finished with 20 total assists. Once again, Harberts led the way with 26 points. She wasn’t alone in double figures this time, as four USC players scored at least 10 points. Sophomore guard Ariya Crook added 15, sophomore guard Kiki Alofaituli had a career-high 11 and junior forward Kate Oliver put in 10.“Arizona is a very good basketball team, better than their record indicates, and it took a maximum effort to beat them,” USC head coach Michael Cooper said. “We had a little chip on our shoulder from the Arizona State game and I felt that we learned from our mistakes.”Utah (10-9, 1-7) and No. 22 Colorado (15-4, 4-4) are coming off a pair of games against No. 4 Stanford (18-2, 7-1) and No. 6 Cal (17-2, 7-1).The Utes dropped both games by sizable margins, losing 65-44 to Stanford and 71-54 to Cal. The Buffs played the games a little closer, but finished with the same results, falling to Cal 59-56 and Stanford 69-56.The Utes’ Michelle Plouffe leads the team in scoring and rebounding, averaging 16.7 points and 7.5 rebounds per game.Meanwhile, Colorado is led by Chucky Jefferey, who is averaging 12.3 points and 8.2 rebounds per  game.USC lost to both teams in their lone meetings last season, falling to Colorado in Boulder 69-67 and to Utah in Salt Lake City 63-55.last_img read more

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Despite battling injuries, Prince making quick impression on UW

first_imgChris Prince had a standout freshman season last year, leading the Badgers with 14 goals and 26 shots on goal.[/media-credit]While Chris Prince’s 14 points as a freshman may have come as a surprise to many Badger fans, the Wisconsin coaching staff knew he was the rare player ready to make an immediate impact.Prince, a highly touted player from Naperville High School – outside Chicago, started 18 of his 20 games a freshman and showed he was more than prepared for Big Ten soccer, netting seven goals for the Wisconsin men’s soccer team last year. Coaches note that Prince was ready for college soccer before camp even started his freshman year, a testament to his toughness and skill.UW head coach John Trask said he felt the superior coaching and extremely high level of play Prince experienced as a member of the Chicago Fire academy club – a team known for producing high-level college players – were critical to his quick transition in Madison.Despite his quick impact for UW, the sophomore forward has battled through injuries in his first two years with the Badgers, suffering a separated shoulder last season and nursing an ankle injury in 2011.Yet, Prince still has a reputation as one of the toughest players on the team and refuses to sit out for any extended period. “He was ready for Big Ten soccer before he got to us, so therefore he was successful immediately,” head coach John Trask said. “He has a bright future; it’s been a tough go around for him for two years now. … I don’t think Wisconsin fans nor our opponents have seen the best of Chris Prince on a consistent level.”Though just in his second year, Prince is expected to be one of Wisconsin’s top scoring threats alongside Tomislav Zadro and Josh Thiermann. In last week’s matchup with UC-Irvine, Prince drew the penalty kick that got the Badgers back in the game and then scored his first goal of the year to tie it up. His performance against the Anteaters showed that he has the ability to single-handedly bring UW back into any game.In addition to his technical skills with the ball, Prince identifies his physicality as another key to making an early impact. The Big Ten seems known for its bruising play in all sports, and men’s soccer is no different.“I’ve always been more of a physical player; I got in the weight room about a year-and-a-half ago, and I feel like it helped my game immensely, and especially in the Big Ten for how physical it is,” Prince said. “I had my head on right; I didn’t come out all cocky – and some of the freshmen are like that. I came in, listened to the captains, let them give me as much work as possible and just worked off of that.”While his technical ability and physicality are certainly a key to Prince’s success, another aspect of his game allows him to be a complete player – his mindset. Despite setting school records for goals in a season, career goals and career points in high school, the sophomore arrived on campus realizing he still had much to learn.His 2010 performance drew plenty of accolades, as Prince was named to the All-Big Ten Second Team, All-Freshman Big Ten Team and the Big Ten All-Tournament Team last year.“He’s skilled, he’s fast, he’s strong, but he’s a confident player and you have to have it up there, you have to have it in your head,” Zadro, a junior midfielder, said. “I think he just wants to succeed and always wants to improve.”In Trask’s second year at the helm of the men’s soccer team, the Badgers are hoping for significant improvement this year with the goal of qualifying for the NCAA Tournament, and Prince will be a major factor in just how far this year’s squad goes. With Prince not off to an incredible start individually, the coaching staff feels that the ankle injury is what’s keeping him from truly taking off in his second year.“Chris, easily if he were 100 percent healthy, we think he’d be at three or four goals right now,” Trask said. “He’s that level of player; he’s a marquee player in Division I soccer.”If Prince continues to develop and turns into the player coaches foresee, he could bring a new element to the Wisconsin men’s soccer program. On a team full of young players, Prince is one of the most proven and still has three years to build his game.“Last year, I felt like I became much more of a possession or one-two touch player,” Prince said. “I understand the game well, and I’d like to get our team a lot more involved going forward.”last_img read more