Chicago Blackhawks fans line up outside Kohl Center for free merchandise

first_imgAlthough there are many sports teams that one could be a fan of in Wisconsin, there is one professional sport that we do not have a team for – hockey.This often leads to many interesting conversations as you wsee people on campus supporting teams from all across the NHL. From Toronto to Anaheim, there is most likely someone else on campus who happens to be a fan of the same team as you, you just have to try and find them.The Chicago Blackhawks, who recently hired former UW assistant coach Don Granato, realized that there was not a good place for Wisconsin Blackhawks fans to get together, so they decided to create an event specifically for that.The Chicago Blackhawks Fan Development situated themselves at the entrance of Gate B, equipped with all of the free merchandise that fans could want, and an inflatable hockey rink. Fans began lining up at 5 p.m. hoping to not only get some gear for the Blackhawks, but also to get prepared for the upcoming Wisconsin hockey season.Granato to depart UW hockey program for coaching position with Chicago BlackhawksOnly a year after the University of Wisconsin’s men hockey program acquired Don Granato, the former associate head coach announced Read…Any Wisconsin students who could attend were invited to stay and participate in a friendly hockey game against the Wisconsin Badgers men’s hockey team, creating a great chance for fans to interact with the players.Students who bought season tickets were also invited to join the Crease Creatures, the official student section of Wisconsin men’s hockey, for pizza and beer. The student organization, which was founded earlier this year, is welcoming all student season ticket holders into the group for free during their first year.The event was organized to give fans of all ages a chance to interact with the team, from coaches to players, and to show their support for both their collegiate team and their professional hockey team (although it was not required for participants to be Blackhawks fans). Fans were also given free t-shirts and could take photographs with any UW personnel who was there.The Wisconsin men’s hockey season does not begin until this weekend, when Wisconsin welcomes Michigan tech to the Kohl Center for the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame game. The match between the two teams starts at 2 p.m. this Sunday.last_img read more

Aubameyang Snatches Victory for 10-man Arsenal

first_imgPREMIER LEAGUELiverpool beat Chelsea to extend lead by five pointsTen-man Arsenal twice came from a goal down to claim a much-needed 3-2 win over Aston Villa in dramatic fashion thanks to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s free-kick six minutes from time at the Emirates on Sunday.The Gunners’ winless run in the Premier League seemed set to stretch to four games when John McGinn gave Villa the lead and Ainsley Maitland-Niles’s sending-off four minutes before halftime gave Unai Emery’s men a mountain to climb. Nicolas Pepe’s first Arsenal goal from the penalty spot briefly brought the Gunners level, but Wesley soon restored Villa’s lead.Arsenal heart and commitment was questioned after blowing a two-goal lead to draw at Watford last weekend.But they showed no little spirit as Calum Chambers looped home an equaliser before Aubameyang took centre stage to rifle home a free-kick from the edge of the area.A vital three points, which lifts Arsenal up to fourth, is a huge boost for Emery, who has faced questions in recent weeks over his ability to lead the Gunners back to the Champions League next season.The Spaniard still has to find the right balance in midfield to protect an ailing defence, but with Aubameyang and Pepe in attack, Arsenal always look capable of scoring.Maitland-Niles’s nightmare afternoon began after barely a minute when he blazed over Arsenal’s best chance of the first half.The right-back then dragged down Anwar El Ghazi for an early booking that was to prove costly.Elsewere at Stamford Bridge, Trent Alexander-Arnold’s thunderous strike inspired Liverpool’s 2-1 win against Chelsea as the Premier League leaders moved five points clear at the top on Sunday.Jurgen Klopp’s side extended their perfect start to the title race as they became the first club to win their opening six games in consecutive top-flight seasons.Alexander-Arnold’s blistering free-kick opened the scoring at Stamford Bridge.Roberto Firmino increased Liverpool’s advantage before the interval and N’Golo Kante’s fine goal was not enough to give Chelsea tangible reward for a vibrant second half.After Manchester City thrashed Watford 8-0 on Saturday, this was the ideal response from Liverpool as they bid to win the title for the first time since 1990.Pipped to the trophy by City on the final day of last season, Liverpool are playing with a burning desire to end their rivals’ two-year reign as champions.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Musa Bility banned for 10 years by FIFA

first_imgExecutive committee member of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), Musa Bility has been banned by FIFA after breaching the code of ethics.Bility will serve a ten years ban and will also pay a fine of $500,000The former Liberia FA president has been found guilty by the world’s football’s governing body FIFA.The ExCo member is “guilty of having misappropriated Fifa funds, as well as having received benefits and found himself in situations of conflict of interest”.FIFA said it has been investigating the 52-year-old since May of 2018 following a forensic audit from the Liberian Football Association.The misappropriation of FIFA funds relates to those granted under the global body’s “11 against Ebola” campaign and as part of its Financial Assistance Programme.Liberia was one of three west African countries affected by an outbreak of Ebola between 2013 and 2016 when more than 10,000 people lost their lives.In a statement, FIFA added that there were also “various payments made by the LFA to (and received from) entities owned by or connected to Mr. Bility and his family”.His ban starts on Wednesday, the statement added.Bility, however, has filled the ban impounded on him to the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS).He is unhappy with what he calls the ‘co-operation agreement’ between CAF and FIFA and wants it to be annulled.The recent agreement will see FIFA Secretary-General Fatma Samoura work with CAF as a ‘General Delegate to Africa’, with the Senegalese starting her role on 1 August.At a Caf ExCo meeting in Cairo last week, Bility was the sole member to oppose the plan – arguing that it contravened both Fifa and Caf regulations. Source: BBC Sportslast_img read more

BRAZIL 2014: Daddy Lumba to entertain fans in Brazil

first_imgLeading Ghanaian highlife musician Charles K. Fosu [Daddy Lumba] will be staging concerts in Brazil to entertain fans during the 2014 World Cup.The initiative which is being put together by Kenpong Travel and Tours (KT&T) is to provide quality Ghanaian entertainment throughout the tournament which kicks off on June 12.The Chief Executive Officer of KT&T Kennedy Agyepong has a long-standing friendship with the ace highlife musician which saw the use of his Accra mansion as the location for Daddy Lumba’s new hit song ‘Ye Nea Woho Beto Wu (Yentie Obiaa)’.The plan by KT&T is to offer quality Ghanaian entertainment for the numerous fans that will be travelling to Brazil to primarily support the Black Stars who will be making their third successive appearance at the World Cup finls.“We want to offer our clients the best of packages, hence this initiative, Lumba has been a very good friend and has decided to support the Black Stars in his own small way by entertaining soccer fans during the tourney,” Kennedy Agyepong said in a statement.Daddy Lumba has several hit songs and albums to his name. Notable of them include Aben Woha, Theresah, Obi Ate Me So Buor, Yene Wu Sere Kwa amongst others.Ex Ghanaian boxing world champion Azumah Nelson will be making the trip to Brazil alongside the highlife musician as part of plans to promote the brand Ghana in Brazil throughout the competition.last_img read more

Christmas ‘Accra Works Out’: Arts meet Sports

first_imgToo much excitement is anticipated at this month’s Accra Works Out, being the last for the year 2014.Organizers of the event – Primeval Media Ghana limited – have intimated that, several icons from the music and sports industry have confirmed their participation in this month’s edition. The likes of sports icons, Stephen “Tornado” Appiah, Assistant coach of the Black Stars Maxwell Konadu, Augustine Arhinful, and FA spokesperson Ibrahim Saani Daara who have become regulars at the monthly aerobic session, will be joined by music icons “Mr. Versatile” Okyeame Kwame, “Borkor Borkor” Mzvee and another surprise artiste on the multi-purpose court of the Accra Sports Stadium on Saturday, December 20, 2014.According to the Communications Director of Primeval Media, Jeffery Asare, Accra Works Out, which is usually held on the last Saturday of each month and initially billed for Saturday, December 27, 2014, had to be rescheduled to 20th December to allow the company space to put finishing touches to the Ghana Golf Awards 2014 – another of its products.  Sportscrusader investigations reveal that, some popular icons from the movie industry are very keen to join.The workout features highly trained and experienced instructors, leading participants from across the corporate world of the country through various aerobic regimes, laced with good quality music, interspersed with health tips from Dr. Pambo of the National Sports Authority and healthy bites, all at NO COST to participants.last_img read more

What are the Impressions of the BiH team from Rio de Janeiro?

first_imgMembers of the Olympic team of BiH reported from Rio de Janeiro. Despite the full schedule, the BiH team and delegation found some time to talk about impressions from Brasil, without any hesitation.The Olympic Games will begin on the night between Friday and Saturday, at 1 am, when the opening ceremony will be held and all countries whose representatives will participate in the 31st Summer Olympic Games that will last from August 5 to August 25 will be presented. BiH will have the record eleven representatives in Brazil: Tatjana Đekanović, Amina Kajtaz, Mihajlo Čeprkalo, Larisa Cerić, Amel Tuka, Damir Džumhur, Mirza Bašić, Hamza Alić, Mesud Pezer, Kemal Mešić and Lucia Kimani.Shot putters Mesud Pezer, Hamza Alić and Kemal Mešić will perform on August 18, when the qualifications and finale in their discipline are scheduled.“We just got back from training. We are still getting used to the time difference. The Olympic Committee of BiH is doing everything they can to provide us with great working conditions, to make this easier for us. We are training hard and waiting for qualifications. We hope for good results,” said Mesud Pezer.Branislav Crnogorac, coach of the judokas Larisa Cerić, believes that the BiH representative can achieve a remarkable result, if health serves her well.“We started training today. We had a morning training, and another one is coming soon. Larisa is feeling well. We will get the draw numbers tomorrow. The draw will be held on Thursday at 4 pm Brazilian time and then we will know who will be Larisa Cerić’s opponent. She will perform on August 12, and that is the last day of the judo tournament in the Olympics. Until then, we will work hard and give our best. When Larisa’s health is okay, she can really do a lot,” Crnogorac said yesterday.The last one to join the BiH team was the tennis player Mirza Bašić, who was late due to the tournament in Spain. He trained together with Damir Džumhur, who believes that the two of them will be all set until August 6, when the tennis tournament begins.“I arrived this morning. I am the last one to join the team, I was a little bit late. When it comes to organization, everything is cool. I did the first training with Damir this morning. The feeling’s great. We will have trainings until Saturday,” Bašić said.BiH Olympic representative from whom the BiH public expects the most is the 800-meter runner Amel Tuka. Last year, he won the bronze medal at the World Championship in Beijing and drew attention to himself. Tuka believes that all BiH representatives will have enough time to get into their best shape prior to their performances.“The body feels better and better. I believe we will all be ourselves soon, in the best shape for the big time shows,” Tuka hopes. He will perform in qualifications on August 12.(Source: Olympic Committee of BiH)last_img read more

Sumner County appraiser: The task of correcting misclassified property and what that means

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Thank you for your input. 0 Vote up Vote down Rick · 385 weeks ago When the appeals process fails 100% of the time, what does that tell you about the system? Report Reply 1 reply · active 385 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down anonymous · 385 weeks ago It tells me you have some land that probably is being used for recreation and dont want to pay the taxes due Report Reply +1 Vote up Vote down Guest · 385 weeks ago We tried an appeals process a couple of years ago and I would have to say it wasn’t an appeals process. No one oversaw the appeal, we just went in to the office and talked with the appraiser. She basically said this was how it was to be. A true appeal would have statements from both sides and someone overseeing and making the decision. The worst part about it was that there is currently land within a couple of miles from ours with the same make up that is still classified as agricultural land and we were told that they did the reclassification one area at a time. I guess they haven’t made it back to our area yet! Report Reply 0 replies · active 385 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down mom2mykids · 385 weeks ago I did an appeal process about 4 yrs ago on our property…we went first in front of appraiser and then in front of the panel of appeals.. didn’t matter…you wil pretty much waste your time because they won’t lower it much…but yet I offered to sell my property for what they appraised it for and that was a NO…lol…sumner county…they are gettng alot of money off the casino…lower our taxes a couple hundred dollars…then make sure they get hiked back up for the next year. Where is our money going? It’s not being used for our roads…and improvements to the community … Report Reply 0 replies · active 385 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. 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Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Submitted to Sumner Newscow by Della Rowley, County appraiser — Over the past few years, Sumner County Appraiser’s Office has been in the process of correcting misclassed property for ad valorem taxation purposes.  What does that mean exactly?All classification for ad valorem taxation is to be assigned to property following the Kansas Constitution, Article 11.  Those classifications are assigned to property when a use of the property is reviewed or changed by property owner and/or tenants. This is usually when a property sells or it is discovered during our 6-year reinspections that are required by law to do.Once a classification is placed on the property, the correct valuation is applied by the county appraiser.  An example would be agricultural land following KSA 79-1476, is to be valued “…upon the basis of the agricultural income or productivity….” at ag-use value.In other words, ag-use land is not on at market value.   Another example is “Other” classification, which is a classification that covers any property that does not qualify under the other classes, such as vacant lots, residential or commercial, etc.  The “Other” classification property is on at fair market value as of January 1 each year.When reappraisal was done in the mid 1980’s, some land primarily along the three rivers, was classified as ag use and valued for the most part as waste.  This was not, as a general rule, the correct classification.  Agricultural use in Kansas is defined in KSA 79-1476 as “land which is devoted to the production of plants, animals or horticultural products.”It further states that “…agricultural use shall not include those lands which are used for recreational purposes,…suburban residential acreages, rural home sites or farm home sites and yard plots…even though such properties may produce or maintain some of those plants or animals listed in the foregoing definition.”  The other classification acres of land were utilized for recreational use, they had cabins, some other use or no use at all.New technology, as in clearer aerial photography, and GIS Mapping, has allowed the appraiser’s office the ability to view these “Other Classification” properties and reclassify them correctly.  This has resulted in valuing land that was misclassed and valued at $10.00 an acre to correcting the classification and putting it on at market value.  Market value on “Other” classification is valued at $2,210 an acre for 2013 tax year in Sumner County.Why not just leave this land on at the improper classification of ag use?  The obvious answer is one of the duties of the Kansas County Appraiser, according to KSA 79-503a, is to place “The proper classification of lands and improvements;” to a property.  The other reason is just to do what is correct and fair to all taxpayers in Sumner County.Two different properties owners have appealed the county’s decision to the Kansas Court of Tax Appeals (COTA) and the county’s classification was upheld.  Both of these cases can be found on line at property owners that have changes occurring in 2013 and the previous years have been communicated with and that line of communications remains open on all types of property in the county.  The appeals process is in place for the property owner to contest the determination of the county.  The county does not always prevail and will assist property owners through the appeal process if assistance is needed.The biggest help to both the property owner and the County Appraiser’s Office is communication between both parties.  If questions or concerns arise, come into the office anytime or set up an appointment so a discussion can ensue on these issues.  Kansas Statutes and guidelines set forth by The Kansas Department of Revenue’s Division of Property Valuation, places some limitations on the county appraiser, but some decisions are judgmental ones based upon experience and knowledge.  No one knows their property better than someone who owns that property.  Sharing that information with us assists in those decisions.last_img read more

U.S. Consumer Spending Up 8.2%, Partly Erasing Record Plunge

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — American consumers increased their spending by a sharp 8.2% in May, partly erasing record plunges the previous two months, against the backdrop of an economy that’s likely shrinking by its steepest pace on record this quarter.Last month’s rebound in consumer spending followed spending drops of 6.6% in March and 12.6% in April, when the viral pandemic shuttered businesses, forced millions of layoffs and sent the economy into a recession. Since then, many businesses have reopened, drawing consumers back into shops and restaurants and restoring some lost jobs.Friday’s Commerce Department report showed that Americans stepped up their spending in May despite a 4.2% decline in personal income, which had soared by 10.8% the previous month. Income had jumped in April on the strength of billions of dollars in support through government payments in the form of unemployment aid as well as one-time $1,200 stimulus checks. In May, those stimulus checks were no longer counted as income for most people.Besides whatever unemployment aid states are providing to the 30 million jobless Americans, the federal government is providing $600 a week in additional benefits. The federal money has pumped nearly $20 billion a week into the economy and enabled many of the unemployed to stay afloat. But the $600 a week in aid will expire after July, and Trump administration officials have said they oppose an extension.Without the stimulus checks or an extension of unemployment aid, it’s unclear whether consumers will keep spending freely. In testimony to Congress last week, Federal Reserve Jerome Powell said he thought Congress should consider providing some form of extended unemployment benefits beyond their typical six-month period, on the assumption that joblessness will likely still be quite high by year’s end.Last month’s rise in consumer spending also coincides with a sudden surge in coronavirus cases that’s forcing states and businesses to consider scaling back or even reversing the re-openings. If an escalation of the pandemic does force another round of widespread business shutdowns, fewer people would shop, travel, eat out or attend large events. That would reverse any rebound in spending and would further weaken the economy.Consumer spending is closely watched because it accounts for about 70% of economic activity. Despite the increased spending in May, economists have estimated that the economy, as measured by the gross domestic product, is contracting at a roughly 30% annual rate in the April-June quarter after shrinking at a 5% percent rate in the January-March period. That would be, by far, the worst U.S. quarterly contraction since record-keeping began in 1948.In February, the economy fell into a deep recession, according to the National Bureau of Economic Research, the association of economists that is the official arbiter of recessions in the United States. Most analysts expect the economy to rebound in the second half of this year before potentially regaining its pre-pandemic level in late 2021 at the earliest.The Trump administration is predicting a relatively fast and robust economic rebound starting this summer. Most private economists are far less optimistic. And they warn that if the pandemic intensifies and forces a second round of business closures, it would set the job market and the economy even further back. The damage could be dire.One hopeful sign, in the meantime, comes from data compiled from Chase Bank credit and debit cards. It shows that consumers have gradually but consistently increased their spending since the government distributed the stimulus checks in mid-April.last_img read more

Athletics: South Africa top World U-18 for first time

first_imgChina finished second in the medals table on five gold, two silver and four with Cuba, in third on eight medals – five gold, two silvers and a bronze.Hosts Kenya finished a disappointing fourth, but with the highest number of medals, 15 – their lowest position in the biennial championships.A capacity crowd of over 60,000 spectators had turned out at the Kasarani stadium to cheer the Kenyan runners win the boy’s 2000m steeplechase and girl’s 800m races, but poor team tactics put paid to the hosts’ hopes of a third world title when they lost the decisive boys’ 3000m to arch-rivals Ethiopia.Ethiopia’s world under-20 5,000m champion Selemon Barega beat two Kenyans to add the 3000m title to his collection.IAAF World U18 Championships Nairobi 2017-Medal Table by The Independent Magazine on ScribdShare on: WhatsApp South Africa dominated the 200 meters final with Retshidisitwe Mlenga (Gold) and Tshenolo Lemao (Silver).Nairobi, Kenya | AFP | South Africa completed a clean sweep in the boy’s sprints to top the medals table for the first time at the World Under-18 athletics championships in Nairobi on Sunday.South Africa, fifth in 1999 and 2005, amassed ten medals including five golds over the five-day championships.They started the final day with a 1-2 in the men’s 200 metres won by Retshidisitswe Mlenga in a season’s best time of 21.03.The 17-year-old Mlenga, who already held the best time at altitude of 21.14secs, held off compatriot Tshenolo Lemao in a reverse result to the men’s 100m.“I came in very focused, having made a mistake in the 100m finals that happens to be my favourite race,” said Mlenga.“I listened to my coaches’ instructions this time, and I am happy to have won the gold medal.”Lemao, who won South Africa’s first ever gold in the 100m, took silver in a personal best 21.12 while Germany’s Luis Brandner (21.23) was third.last_img read more

Ice goalie invited to Hockey Canada National Women’s Goaltending Camp

first_img Newell,a standout in net for the Ice, will be completing high school early to attend Princeton University. The camp will include U18, U22 and Senior aged athletes and is the next phase of Hockey Canada’s summer program following the strength and conditioning camp in May. The Goaltending Camp is being held this weekend, beginning Thursday, in Calgary. Kootenay Ice netminder Kimberley Newell has been invited to the Hockey Canada National Women’s Goaltending Camp. Newell of Burnaby, who spent last year in Nelson as a member of the B.C. Hockey Major Midget team, is joined by Michaela Logan of North Vancouver.center_img “We look forward to welcoming many of our top young female goaltenders from across the country to our brand-new training facilities in Calgary,” said Kalli Quinn, director of female national teams for Hockey Canada.“This camp is an incredible opportunity for them to develop their skills with our top-notch instructors, and will help prepare them for their upcoming seasons.” Instructors for the camp include Matt Cockell (Winnipeg, Man./Brandon, WHL), Joe Johnston (Lower Sackville, N.S./Dalhousie University, CIS), Andy Nowicki (Red Deer, Alta.), Perry Wilson (Windsor, Ont./University of Windsor, CIS), and Canada’s National Women’s Team alumna Danielle Dubé (Vancouver, BC).last_img read more