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Norway said Wednesday that its salmon was not the source of the recently discovered outbreak of the new coronavirus in Beijing, after many Chinese restaurants and retailers stopped selling imports of the fish. Norwegian salmon came under scrutiny in China after a recently discovered cluster of new coronavirus cases was reportedly traced to the Xinfadi meat market in Beijing and a chopping board used for cutting up imported salmon.”The issue is being resolved. We’re working out the details today,” said fisheries minister Odd Emil Ingebrigtsen, quoted by TDN Finans. Contacted by AFP, the Chinese embassy in Oslo did not provide any immediate comment. According to experts, salmon were most likely not the vector of the disease. “I think it’s unlikely,” Bjorn Olav Kvamme, head of the disease and infection section at Norway’s Institute of Marine Research, told AFP. “I would think that the infection is not coming from salmon but rather from contamination of the product or tools by people,” he added, but pointed to the absence of studies on the possible propagation of the virus by fish. In China, the chief epidemiologist of the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, Wu Zunyou, said the discovery of the virus on a cutting board “is not enough to certify that it comes from imported seafood”. “It could have come from an infected person,” he said on Chinese television. China, considered a very promising market by the industry, last year imported around 23,500 tonnes of Norwegian salmon.Shares in salmon producers, who have previously suffered from the diplomatic spat between Beijing and Oslo over the award of the Nobel Peace Prize to Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo in 2010, were boosted by the latest news. Shares in Mowi, the world’s leading salmon producer, were up by 3.7 percent around midday on the Oslo stock exchange.Producer Salmar was up 2.9 percent and Bakkafrost 2.3 percent.Topics : Ingebrigtsen said Chinese and Norwegian officials had met on Tuesday and concluded that Norwegian salmon was unlikely to be the source of the virus detected last week at the Beijing market.At least 137 people have been infected since last week in China’s capital, a resurgence of infections that has led to the lockdown of several neighbourhoods and the cancellation of more than a thousand flights.Major supermarket chains including Wumart and Carrefour removed all stocks of salmon in the capital, but said supplies of other products would not be affected, Beijing Daily reported Saturday.Some Beijing restaurants were not serving any salmon last weekend, according to AFP reporters.
INTRO: Italian State Railways is implementing a four-year business plan aimed at driving the business into the black. With many projects already under way, the 70000bn lire plan means that 150000bn lire will have been invested in 1994-2006THIS MONTH sees Italian State Railways take one more step towards a commercial future. Chief Executive Giancarlo Cimoli confirmed in November that FS would introduce market pricing on main line trains from January. Subject to approval by an interministerial committee, travel on high speed and inter-city services and other principal trains is to be priced according to speed, frequency and quality of service, and in many cases supplements will be incorporated into the new fares structure. Fares for travel on regional and commuter services will for now still be calculated on a distance basis.Market pricing is just one of many changes that Cimoli’s management team plans to implement as it strives to nudge FS into the black. Another factor driving Cimoli’s strategy is the need to raise productivity to ensure that FS can compete with other operators under European open access legislation.The 1997-2000 business plan for FS approved by the government last year aims to lift revenue by 1900bn lire in the final year. Nearly one-third is to be generated by higher levels of traffic, 16% from improvements to the range of services and 53% from the fares reform and better service quality. Expansion of the Eurostar network, which is expected to carry 24million passengers a year by 2000, will see current Intercity rolling stock cascaded to other routes. FS expects its wage bill to have fallen by 2720bn lire by 2000, with other operating costs remaining at 1996 levels, or falling in real terms.FS core activities are currently organised as five Strategic Business Areas: Network; Traction (including rolling stock acquisition and maintenance); Passenger (long and medium-distance); Transport (regional and urban); and Integrated Logistics (freight). By 2000 FS hopes that the Integrated Logistics and Passenger areas will have become free-standing businesses with their own rolling stock and staff, no longer in receipt of subsidy. Under Law 59/97 (the Bassani Law), regions will become responsible for specifying and funding local transport, with current FS contracts transferred by central government from June 1 1999. Local services will be put out to competitive tender, and by January 1 2000 the ratio between receipts and costs net of infrastructure charges must be at least 0.35. FS expects these changes will cut public support for rail operations from the 1996 level by 1700bn lire.Investment in labour-saving technology will permit economies to be made, and up to 1800bn will be raised through the sale of surplus property and assets, as well as holdings no longer deemed essential to core activities.By July 31 FS is required to present a plan for the separation of its infrastructure activities by the end of 1999, in line with EU policy. The state will continue to fund the management, upkeep and development of rail infrastructure. Investment programmesCrucial to these organisational changes is an investment programme requiring 7000bn lire a year in public funds over the next 10 years. With projects already in hand under the 1994-2000 contract plan, this means that 150000bn lire will have been invested by 2006.Investment to be funded by the public purse is broadly divided between the Alta Velocità programme (19%), capacity enhancements on the conventional network including a wide-ranging programme of quadrupling (25%), safety (9%), modernisation (6%) and maintenance (37%). Public funding for the Torino – Milano – Napoli, Milano – Venezia and Milano – Genova AV programme represents 40% of the 40000bn lire required, with the other 60% raised from the financial markets.Around 600bn lire of special funding has been allocated by the transport ministry for rail investment in the south of Italy. This will include infrastructure improvements to raise speeds and improve safety (200bn lire), new rolling stock (300bn lire) and level crossing elimination (100bn lire).Freight challengesThe business plan calls for freight market share to grow from 12.5% in 1996 to 14.4% in 2000. This would require a 20% increase in traffic carried by the Integrated Logistics SBA, which achieved a record 2.5billion tonne-km last July, after carrying 77.8million tonnes and generating 23.4billion tonne-km in 1996. Between 1996 and 2000, freight income is to rise from 1382bn to 2025bn lire, and train-km from 78million to 90.7million.With these challenges ahead, SBA Director Maurizio Bussolo has adopted a new structure that aims to bring Integrated Logistics closer to customers and provide the strength required for success in the increasingly competitive world of European rail freight. Regional directorates in Milano, Venezia, Bologna, Roma and Napoli are complemented by Commercial, Development & Investment and Purchasing & Resource Planning functions.CAPTION: Latest rolling stock to enter service on FS are the ETR480 trainsets designed to run on new lines electrified at 25 kV 50Hz as well as the existing 3 kV DC networkLe plan stratégique pour les FS sera soutenu par un programme d’investissementsLe directeur général des Chemins de fer de l’Etat Italiens, Giancarlo Cimoli, est en train d’exécuter un plan stratégique de quatre ans qui sera soutenu par un programme d’investissements de 70 000 milliards de lire. En 1999 il est prévu que les contrats réglant les services régionaux passent aux régions. Entretemps les travaux avancent sur deux tronçons du réseau Alta Velocità et la première partie de la ligne Passante de Milano s’est ouverte en décembreDie Geschäftsstrategie für die FS wird durch Investierungsma·nahmen unterstützt Giancarlo Cimoli, Generaldirektor der Italienischen Staatsbahnen, ist dabei, eine vierjährige Geschäftsstrategie durchzuführen, die durch eine Reihe von wichtigen Investierungsma·nahmen im Wert von 70 000 Milliarden lire unterstützt wird. Währenddessen schreiten die Arbeiten auf zwei Abschnitten des Hochgeschwindigkeitsnetzes Alta Velocità fort, und der erste Abschnitt der Stadtdurchfahrtsstrecke Passante in Mailand wurde im Dezember er
JP Morgan Global Maritime is said to have set sights on buying the 2012-built Supramax bulk carrier Ocean Symphony.The company allegedly entered into a sub-sale agreement with Japan-based United Ocean Group, according to information provided by VesselsValue.Once the transaction is completed, the 58,100 dwt Ocean Symphony will be bought for USD 15.2 million.Currently, the market value of the 32,311 gross ton bulker stands at USD 16.06 million.Featuring a length of 190 meters and a width of 32.3 meters, the ship was built at Tsuneishi Cebu shipyard in the Philippines.Earlier this month, World Maritime News reported that JP Morgan Asset Management raised USD 480 million from insurers and pension funds aimed at investing into distressed shipping assets. The fund sparked considerable interest as the shipping sector proved to be one of the sluggish ones abounding in cheap assets.World Maritime News Staff
Share LocalNews First trial of January Assizes begins by: – February 13, 2012 Sharing is caring! Share Tweet 22 Views no discussions Share The first trial of the January Criminal Assizes has begun at the High Court of Justice in Roseau.Kenrick Tyson has been charged with causing the death of Cecil James between 9th to the 10th of May, 2009 at Concord and was not allowed to plead as murder is an indictable offence.On Monday, a nine member jury was impaneled comprising of two males and seven women were instructed by both Justice Stephenson Brooks and Director of Public Prosecutions Gene Pestaina.One witness has already testified and the matter has been adjourned to Tuesday morning.Meanwhile 5 matters on the January Criminal Assizes Cause List have been traversed to the May Criminal Assizes.Justice Bernie Stephenson Brookes explained in Court on Monday that based on the number of trials which had already been fixed for this assizes these 5 cases had to be traversed.In the matter of the State vs Clive Edwards for kidnapping and assault on Leston James on 9th August, 2008 at Canefield, that matter will be heard when the May Assizes gets underway.The trial involving Steven Wyke for the theft of items worth EC$18, 245.00 from the home of Patrick Simeon of Sultan, St. Joseph including; 1 Plasma Television, 1 mobile telephone charger, 1 pair of handcuffs, 1 wireless modem, 1 Sebago Dogside, 1 black Nike Air Max sneaker, 1 bullet proof vest, 1 satellite remote control, 1 red tool box kit with tools, 1 gold chain and 1 gold earring among others, that has also been traversed to the May Assizes.The trial involving Dean Davis for the murder of Ashton Gibbs has been traversed to the May Assizes as well as the trial involving Clement Labassiere for the murder of Ambrose LeBlanc of Vieille Case and Jackie Languedoc for the murder of Gerald Dover Junior on the 29th of October, 2008. The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions also filed Notices of Discontinuance in respect to Robert Ross Bellot, Kironie Sandy, Chris Thomas and Sammie Harve.Justice Stephenson Brooks admonished Kironie Sandy, Chris Thomas and Sammy Harve to “go out there and find a J-O-B, get yourselves occupied”.She further cautioned them to do all within their power to remain out of trouble.“This is Carnival time, you’ve been in trouble before and this means that the police has an eye on you therefore, I’m advising you to keep a low profile. If it means staying home and listening to the activities on the radio do that. Keep a low profile and behave yourselves.”In related news; the trial involving Albert Stevens Junior has been adjourned to the 12th of March, 2012 and the trial involving Stebin Valentine has been adjourned to the 23rd of February, 2012.Dominica Vibes News
PAHRUMP, Nev. – Jake Pike’s first goal for his rookie season was just getting comfortable behind the wheel of his IMCA Modified. Well-traveled Jake Pike earned rookie of the year honors in the Shaw Race Cars Western Region for IMCA Modifieds. He is pictured with IMCA President Brett Root. (Photo by Bruce Badgley, Motorsports Photography) “I’ve always wanted to race a Modified and follow in my dad’s footsteps,” Pike said. “We had some ups and downs but it was a pretty good season. We traveled 18,000 miles and met a lot of nice people.” HIS CREW: Parents Jason and Tanya, sisters Jacey and Jaiden, grandfather Jim Pike, cousin Ryan Pike and Bill Tognetti. His second goal quickly became getting comfortable in victory lane. “I did not expect to win that soon. I was still trying to get comfortable in the car and everything fell into place,” said Pike, a sophomore at Pahrump Valley High School and son of 2001 regional champion Jason Pike. “I started sixth, got to the lead and held on. My first IMCA Modified win is the biggest thing I’ve done in my life.” The 15-year-old from Pahrump, Nev., took the checkers in just his fifth start in the division, at Mohave Valley Raceway on March 16. He won at the same venue two months later and raced at 19 different tracks in five states on the way to earning the Shaw Race Cars Western Region rookie of the year award. He’d raced in local modlite and mini dwarf classes before stepping up to a Modified, a 2010 Hughes Chassis purchased last fall out of Oklahoma. “We had a few guys from Pahrump who’d gone up there and told us what a good time it was,” said Pike. “We got to race eight times in 10 nights, learned a lot about the car and got to run with different people. We did great for never having been to any of the tracks. We won some heats and made all the mains except one. It was pretty fun.” Starts 41 Wins 2 Additional Top Five’s 9 Those travels took him to northern California and Oregon for the Wild West Modified Shootout. Pike qualified for seven of the eight features and finished 12th in point standings for the June 21-29 series. HIS SPONSORS: Jim Pike Well Drilling and JP Trucking, both of Pahrump.
The 49ers confirmed a report of the injury by NFL Network on Friday and said they will have a better idea of how long James will be sidelined after he reports to training camp next month. NFL Network said James is expected to miss at least two months.James is the second receiver lost to injury this week for the defending NFC champion 49ers. No. 1 wideout Deebo Samuel underwent surgery Thursday to repair a fracture in his left foot suffered during informal player workouts in Tennessee.In other NFL news:— The New York Jets have agreed to terms with Baylor wide receiver Denzel Mims, their second-round draft pick in April, according to a person with knowledge of the deal. Mims fits a major need for a Jets offense that lost its top wideout, Robby Anderson, to Carolina in free agency. Chosen 59th overall, Mims will get a four-year deal worth about $5.5 million.— NFL Network and NFL RedZone went dark on DISH Network and Sling TV last night as both sides try to reach a new distribution agreement. The lack of an agreement impacts 11.32 million subscribers. DISH has 9.01 million and Sling TV accounts for another 2.31 million. The NFL is still deep into the offseason with preseason games not scheduled to begin for another two months. UNDATED (AP) — Bradley Beal grabbed a microphone and asked the crowd that joined the Washington Wizards and WNBA’s Washington Mystics on a march to collectively raise a fist into the air and join together in saying “Together we stand.” And they did.Such was the sentiment across sports on Friday, as many teams from the major U.S. pro leagues stopped to commemorate Juneteenth — the celebration of what occurred June 19, 1865, the day that all enslaved Black people in the U.S. learned they had been freed from bondage.The day carried particular importance this year, with teams recognizing the day as important enough to declare it a paid holiday for workers — acknowledging the problems the country is facing after several weeks of protests demanding the elimination of police brutality and racial inequality.Many pro athletes, Black and white, have taken part in those protests.The NBA gave its employees paid time off on Juneteenth for the first time and Commissioner Adam Silver urged league personnel to take the day and think about race relations. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSAP source: MLB spring training sites close amid virus worryEvery team in Major League Baseball will shut its spring training camp over concerns about the coronavirus pandemic, a move that came in the wake of the Philadelphia Phillies announcing five players had tested positive for COVID-19. Associated Press The closures come while MLB owners and players try to negotiate a deal to begin the season and raise the possibility the virus outbreak could scuttle all attempts at starting up this year.A person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press the spring complexes in Florida and Arizona will temporarily close because of recent events. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because there wasn’t an official statement.The facilities will undergo a deep cleaning and disinfecting. No one will be permitted back inside without a negative test for the virus.Soon after the Phillies became the first known team to be affected by the outbreak, Toronto shuttered its site in Dunedin, Florida, about five miles from Philadelphia’s camp in Clearwater. The Blue Jays said one player showed symptoms consistent with the virus.The San Francisco Giants’ facility in Scottsdale, Arizona, was shut after one person who had been to the site and one family member exhibited symptoms Thursday. Texas closed its camp about 30 miles away in Surprise, saying no one had tested positive but that it wanted to expand testing protocols. In other developments related to the COVID-19 pandemic:— A shortened baseball season would result in some temporary rules changes. Extra innings that start with runners on second base, games ending in ties and re-entry are among the possibilities. And the season may be limited to a maximum 60 games by teams that claim they can’t afford more due to the coronavirus pandemic. MLB included the controversial extra-inning runner rule in its proposal Wednesday for a 60-game season, down from an initial 82, and also wants it for 2021. The players’ association accepted the rule Thursday for 2020 only in its counterproposal for 70 games, down from an initial 114.— Five-time PGA Tour winner Nick Watney tested positive Friday for the coronavirus, the first player with a confirmed infection since golf resumed its schedule last week. Watney withdrew immediately from the RBC Heritage and must self-isolate for at least 10 days under the PGA Tour’s protocols. Watney played the opening round with Vaughn Taylor and Luke List. As part of the contact tracing plan, Taylor, List and their caddies were to be tested immediately.—The NASCAR Cup race at Texas will have thousands of spectators in the stands. Texas Governor Greg Abbott has approved a comprehensive action plan submitted by the track to allow fans for the July 19 race. While the state allows 50% capacity for outdoor sporting events, track president Eddie Gossage says it’s too early to know how many fans will be able to attend. With social distancing protocols in place, the speedway first must reassign seating for people who had already purchased tickets for the race that was originally scheduled for March 29. The track capacity is about 135,000.— An unidentified San Francisco 49ers player has reportedly tested positive for COVID-19 after an informal workout with teammates in Tennessee. The NFL Network reported that one player who took part in the workouts this week in Nashville has tested positive. All the players who were there will now get tested to see if there is any spread. The team declined to comment, citing federal and state privacy laws about the personal health of employees. — The Tampa Bay Lightning closed their facilities Thursday after five team employees tested positive for the coronavirus, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. The person tells The Associated Press the team and the NHL haven’t announced the closure. The NHL is also no longer announcing which teams’ individual players tested positive. The developments come some two weeks after players could return to their respective facilities to take part in voluntary on- and off-ice workouts.— Canada has approved a National Hockey League plan to play in Canada amid the coronavirus pandemic. The plan required an exemption as the U.S.-Canada border is currently closed to all non-essential travel until at least July 21 and those who enter Canada must self-isolate for 14 days. The league plans to have training camps open in July and to play games without spectators in a couple of cities in late July or August. Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland says Canada’s top public health officer as well as the top health officers of Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario and Toronto worked closely with the NHL to approve the plan.— A person with knowledge of the decision tells The Associated Press that Albert Pujols (POO’-hohlz) will pay the salaries of the Los Angeles Angels’ furloughed employees in his native Dominican Republic for five months. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because Pujols didn’t publicly announce his commitment to pay roughly $180,000 to cover the salaries. The strict budget cuts made by Angels’ owner Arte Moreno during the coronavirus pandemic have included extensive furloughs for scouts, player development staff and minor league employees.SPORTS-JUNETEENTHAround sports world, Juneteenth celebrated like never before The Astros lost their first- and second-round picks this year as part of the penalty issued by Major League Baseball for their sign-stealing scandal.TRANSGENDER-SPORTS BAN-IDAHO-LAWSUITTrump administration backs Idaho transgender sports banBOISE, Idaho (AP) — A recently passed Idaho law banning transgender women from competing in women’s sports — the first such law in the nation — received backing on Friday from the administration of President Donald Trump.The support came in the form of a court filing submitted by the U.S. Department of Justice, saying a federal judge considering a lawsuit challenging the ban should conclude that the law does not violate the U.S. Constitution. AMERICA PROTESTS-SPORTSTwins remove ex-owner Griffith statue over racist remarksUNDATED (AP) — The Minnesota Twins have removed a statue of former owner Calvin Griffith at Target Field, citing racist remarks he made in 1978.Griffith’s statue was one of several installed when the team opened its ballpark in 2010. Griffith moved the Washington Senators to Minnesota for the 1961 season, and the team was renamed the Twins. During a 1978 speech to a Waseca Lions club, Griffith said he decided to make the move when he found out there only had 15,000 blacks there. The team says it “cannot remain silent and continue ignoring the racist comments he made in Waseca.”Spokesman Dustin Morse said the removal was an internal decision, but the team had “certainly heard from outside fans and the community over the years” about Griffith’s remarks. MLB-ASTROS-CORREA’S BROTHERAstros sign Correa’s brother as undrafted free agentHOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Astros have signed second baseman J.C. Correa (kor-AY-ah), getting the brother of star shortstop Carlos Correa on the third try.The Astros signed the younger Correa for $20,000, the maximum allowed for an undrafted free agent.Houston had picked Correa in the later rounds of the last two drafts. This year’s draft was drastically cut to only five rounds because of the coronavirus pandemic. Correa hit .245 in 14 games as a senior for Lamar University this year before the season was shortened by the virus. In 2019, he led the school with a .332 batting average, 10 home runs and 44 RBIs. — A group of Black Major League Soccer players has formed a coalition to address systematic racism in their communities and bring about change within the league. The coalition is the result of an Instagram group that began after the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police, which spawned a wave of nationwide protests against racism and policy brutality. Started by Toronto FC defender Justin Morrow, the group grew to some 70 MLS players, who decided to act and the Black Players Coalition of MLS was born. — The NCAA is expanding its policy banning states with prominent Confederate symbols from hosting its sponsored events. The current ban, in place since 2001, prevents states from hosting what the NCAA calls predetermined sites, such as men’s basketball tournament games. Mississippi is the only state currently affected by the policy. The expanded policy means that even when sites of games are determined by performance as they are in sports such as baseball and women’s basketball, Mississippi schools will not be permitted to host NCAA tournament games.NFL-NEWS49ers wide receiver Richie James Jr. breaks right wristUNDATED (AP) — San Francisco 49ers receiver Richie James Jr. has broken his right wrist during offseason workouts and won’t be ready to return to the field until after the start of training camp. The ban prohibits transgender students who identify as female from playing on female teams sponsored by public schools, colleges and universities. The ban does not apply to men’s teams.The American Civil Liberties Union and Legal Voice women’s rights group that filed the lawsuit in April, contending the law violates the 14th Amendment’s Equal Protection Clause because it is discriminatory. Griffith sold the Twins to banker Carl Pohlad in 1984.In other developments related to the national protests against racial injustice:—The Washington Post editorial board is calling on Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder to change his football club’s name. Under the headline, “Change the name of the Washington NFL team. Now,” the newspaper says in an editorial posted online Friday that if Snyder won’t switch the nickname, the professional football league itself ought to do so. The Post says, “This should be an easy call” and urges Snyder or the NFL to “get on the right side of history.” Snyder has owned the team since 1999 and steadfastly refused to consider a change to the nickname.— The agency that manages RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C., removed a statue of George Preston Marshall, who moved the team from Boston to Washington. Marshall resisted integrating the team with Black players until “forced to do so” in 1962, according to his biography on the Pro Football Hall of Fame website. Marshall was inducted into the Hall in 1963; he died in 1969. Events DC officials called the removal on Friday “a small and overdue step on the road to lasting equality and justice.” A Redskins spokesman did not immediately comment.— Former NFL quarterback and civil rights activist Colin Kaepernick (KAP’-ur-nihk) is helping to fund the cost of legal representation for some protesters who were arrested during demonstrations in the days after George Floyd’s death. The Star Tribune reports that Kaepernick’s Know Your Rights Foundation has donated what’s described as a “substantial” sum to attorneys nationwide. Kaepernick is the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback who took a knee in 2016 during the national anthem to protest police brutality. June 19, 2020 Update on the latest sports
With the 2005 fall crew season underway, the UW men’s and women’s rowing teams are looking forward to a weekend of competition together at the 17th annual Head of the Iowa regatta in Iowa City, Iowa.Wisconsin will be bringing more than a hundred participants to the race in which the men’s and women’s varsity, the women’s lightweights, and novice rowers will all be competing. Women’s head coach Bebe Bryans called it “one big Badger extravaganza.”Both teams have started strong this fall season, having competed against not only other collegiate teams, but also very skilled club teams, many made up of past collegiate rowers and even Olympians.The men’s team and women’s lightweight varsity team raced last weekend at the prestigious Head of the Charles regatta in Boston among fierce competition in cold and rainy weather conditions.In the men’s season-opening event, the team brought only two boats, one eight and one four. The Badgers placed 6th overall and 2nd behind Harvard, among the collegiate teams, in the Championship Four race. In the Championship Eight race, Wisconsin placed 9th overall and 4th among the collegiate competition.Considering sophomores don’t usually compete in such elite races this early in the season, Clark was particularly impressed with the performances of sophomores Derek Rasmussen in the four boat and Joe McMullin in the eight boat.”Everybody rose to the occasion,” men’s head coach Chris Clark said.The women’s lightweight eight team placed 1st among collegiate teams — edging out Wisconsin’s rival Princeton — and placed 3rd overall.”I was very happy with the team’s performance, especially for an early season race,” varsity lightweight coach Mary Shofner said. “It is a testament to their work offseason with conditioning and their strength of stroke this early on.”Shofner has four seniors who were members of both the 2003 and 2004 lightweight eight national championship teams returning this year for the Badgers, including coxswain Erin Specht, Anaya Drew, Mary Higgins and Andrea Ryan.”They’re currently as fast as last year’s team and on target to possibly be faster,” Shofner said. “There’s always room for improvement.”The last time the women’s openweights competed was Oct. 9 at the Head of the Rock regatta. After a slow start to the day, Wisconsin’s “A” boat recorded a big win over Big Ten rival Minnesota in the openweight eight. The Head of the Rock also marked the first opportunity for the novices to see action in a race this year.”It was really exciting to watch,” Bryans said. “They looked fabulous for this time in the season … a great addition to the team.”Based on the race setup at the Head of the Iowa, both the men’s and women’s teams plan on racing in many of the events, with most of the Badgers competing in multiple events. “We want to get as many people as we can to get good, quality racing,” Clark said. “As much as we always want to win, this is more about getting everybody in the water and getting a chance to race.”The Wisconsin men will see their toughest competition on the water this weekend in Colorado and Minnesota. The women’s openweight team expects a challenge from Big Ten rival Iowa.”We’re just going to race our brains out, we are our toughest critics,” Bryans said.The competition is more of a challenge for the lightweight team, considering most lightweights don’t compete in these types of races in the fall, meaning the Badgers will be racing against mostly openweight boats.The Head of the Iowa is the first opportunity for the men and women’s teams to race at the same event this season.”The new boathouse has really brought us together,” Clark said. “It’s the first time for everybody to see each other race … there are six separate teams, but each is part of a much bigger picture.”
The side will be captained by Quirke of the Moyle Rovers club.Tipp Manager Liam Cahill says they learned from last years opening defeat to Limerick that a win is vital to get their season on track and allow them to build their squad.Tomorrow nights game throw’s in at 7 o’clock in Semple Stadium. The Tipperary team to play Waterford in the Munster Minor Hurling Championship quarter final tomorrow night includes a number of players who played in last years competition.It features four of the side that played against Limerick in the opening tie last year.Stephen Quirke, Darragh Peters, Jack Skehan and Alan Tynan all bring experience to the side.
The West Tipp club were beaten 18-12 in Bandon in a 3rd Round tie.The victors go on to play UCC in the next round.