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  • Marty, Longtime Mascot of Mount Washington Observatory, Dies

    first_imgMarty is survived by dozens of meteorologists and interns who work at the observatory, a nonprofit organization that collects weather data at the summit every hour of every day. “I want to say his eyes were green — I’m pretty sure they were green,” said Ms. Scholand, the summit operations manager for the observatory. “Nice long fluffy tail.”“There were days when he would want to rub up against your leg and sit in your lap when you were doing your work,” she said. Other times, she added, he would greet people “with his tail up in the air, just flaunting the fact that he was the highest cat in New England.” Though as many as a quarter of a million people visit the summit during the summer, by winter it turns into an “arctic island,” Ms. Scholand said. At the observatory, housed inside a large concrete structure built into the side of the mountain, winters are intense. “If you’ve ever watched ‘The Shining,’ it hits a little too close to home on the summit,” she said. During the winters, “we typically see hurricane-force winds about every three days, and usually get 100 mile-per-hour wind gusts at least once a week,” Ms. Scholand said, adding, “We can have visibility as low as you really can’t see anything” as well as “supercooled water droplets that freeze on contact.”Those frozen water droplets can be destructive and disrupt instrumentation. “That’s really the main reason we have such a huge human element on the summit,” she explained, “because we’re there to keep our instruments de-iced to make sure things are working operationally.”- Advertisement – She said details of selecting Marty’s successor, and whether there would be an election, had not yet been finalized. At 6,288 feet above sea level, Mount Washington in North Conway, N.H., is known to countless travelers and bumper-sticker aficionados as the highest point in the Northeast, and, according to meteorologists who work there, “home of the world’s worst weather.” And for nearly nine decades, there has always been a cat in residence. The latest one, a black Maine coon named Marty who arrived at the summit in 2008, died on Saturday of an “unexpected illness,” Rebecca Scholand, an official at the Mount Washington Observatory, said Monday night. Marty was 14, she said. Or 15.- Advertisement – Ms. Scholand, a native of Long Island who arrived at the summit in 2010 as an intern, said Marty would dole out his affections in a uniquely feline way. “He might love you one week and the next week, he wouldn’t come near you,” she said. “Typical cat.” – Advertisement –center_img “You’re very disconnected from people” during long stays at the summit, Ms. Scholand said. “You really rely on internet connections and phone calls to connect with people.” And, as anyone who has quarantined and attended a Zoom party can tell you, that doesn’t quite cut it.Hence, the cats.Ms. Scholand said having a cat around transforms the summit from a place “where you live and work to somewhere where you work and call home in those weeks that you are there.”The origin story of cats at the observatory, which began operating in 1932, is slightly less glamorous. “Back in kind of our beginning stages they were mostly working cats,” Ms. Scholand said; they would help keep the mice out of the food that was stored there for workers and visitors.Over time, the cats became a sort of mascot of the observatory. Before Marty — who won the mascot position in a 2008 election in which more than 8,000 visitors to the observatory’s website voted — there was Nin, who was featured in a children’s book, “Cat in the Clouds.” (The summit is so high that there are days when “we’re actually above the highest level of cloud,” Ms. Scholand said, explaining the book’s title.) Before Nin, there was Inga. Ms. Scholand said cats “retire” from the observatory when they start to falter. Marty was preparing to retire in 2021.Ms. Scholand, who has two kittens that were found on the side of a road (Miss Katie and Dan), a cat (a Himalayan named Yetti) and a dog (a Great Dane named Sully), said of Marty’s temperament, “In some ways it’s that aloofness that lets you know they still love you.” So, as teams of workers hunker down in the summit for a week straight of work — monitoring the weather, protecting the equipment — they try to maintain some connection to the outside world. – Advertisement –last_img read more

  • Virus toll hits record high in blast-hit Lebanon

    first_imgWhile the daily figures are still relatively low compared to some countries, they have risen in recent days, straining health facilities already overwhelmed with the influx of injured from the August 4 explosion.Health officials have warned that the chaos caused by the blast that killed 171 people and injured 6,000 risked leading to a spike in infections.According to an estimate by the Beirut governor, up to 300,000 people were made temporarily homeless by the explosion that ravaged swathes of the capital.At least 15 medical facilities, including three major hospitals, sustained structural damage in the blast, according to the UN. Topics : Lebanon recorded its highest daily number of deaths and new infections from coronavirus on Tuesday, as the country licked its wounds from the catastrophic blast at Beirut’s port a week ago.Seven people died of the novel coronavirus in the past 24 hours, the health ministry said, and 309 new cases were recorded over the same period.That brought the total number of infections to 7,121, and deaths to 87, since the start of the country’s outbreak.center_img The collective trauma that Lebanon’s worst peacetime disaster inflicted on the country caused a temporary loosening of social distancing habits.With the start of the school year just around the corner and the flu season coming soon after, the head of the main public hospital in the fight against coronavirus warned that the next few days would be critical.”The events of the previous week have, understandably, shifted attention away from the pandemic,” Firass Abiad said on social media.But, he added, “we cannot afford to allow the virus to go unchecked.”last_img read more

  • Possible house price drop a risk for Australia’s banks: Moody’s

    first_imgMoody’s says house prices and household debt have risen to unprecedented levels in Australia. Photo: Ramin Talaie/Bloomberg.“We have recently taken rating actions on banks in these systems to reflect this risk, although they remain among our most highly rated banks globally,” the report noted. “While our base case is that house price growth will slow in Canada and Australia, the market may already be turning in Sweden. “We believe that a more substantial correction would lead only to limited losses on mortgages, as the banks benefit from a range of safeguards. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus23 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market23 hours ago“However, the banks would be exposed to second order effects, as falling house prices would likely weigh on consumer sentiment, amplifying the economic slowdown and pushing up losses on corporate and consumer loans.” HOMES MADE FOR CRICKET LOVERS MATCH MADE IN HEAVEN NO HOUSING SHORTAGE IN QLD: ANU The credit rating agency expects the economic slowdown that would likely accompany any substantial house price correction would lead to higher losses on consumer loans, commercial real estate loans, and loans to consumer-exposed corporates.“We expect banks in these systems to absorb loan losses through earnings in most scenarios,” the report said. “Any impact on their capital levels, which we currently assess as strong to adequate, would likely be limited.” Picture: Alex Wisser.In Australia, it estimates loan losses could increase to 1.8 per cent from 0.2 per cent before banks’ capital were affected.But at least one economist isn’t too worried.AMP Capital chief economist Shane Oliver expects home prices in Sydney and Melbourne to fall by 5 to 10 per cent over the next two years, but said a crash was unlikely unless unemployment increased significantly, the RBA raised rates aggressively or the current unit supply surge continued for several more years.Mr Oliver also argues that Australia’s banks have only experienced a modest deterioration in lending standards, with interest-only and high loan to valuation loans falling in recent months. Credit rating agency Moody’s has warned of a possible house price drop hurting Australia’s banks.HOUSE prices and household debt have risen to unprecedented levels in Australia, increasing the risk for the nation’s banks, a global credit rating agency has warned.Analysts at Moody’s Investor Services fear a house price slump could lead to higher loan losses for Australia’s banks, as well as those in Canada and Sweden.Between 2000 and 2016, house prices rose by 113 per cent in Australia, according to the Moody’s report. At the same time, it notes household indebtedness has risen sharply, with mortgages accounting for 63 per cent of the Australian banking system’s loan book. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE last_img read more

  • Luxury Gold Coast home pushes the boundaries with its design

    first_img5022 Emerald Island Drive, Carrara.STYLE and sophistication go hand-in-hand when describing this luxury waterfront villa.Located in Carrara’s sought-after Emerald Lakes, no expense has been spared in the design and construction of the four-bedroom residence. 5022 Emerald Island Drive, Carrara. Vendors Martin and Dina Kenins bought the block in August, 2015, drawn to the spectacular vista over the water. “After an exhaustive search for sites our first visit to 5022 Emerald Island Drive the significant potential of the block was immediately apparent,” Mr Kenins, a developer and builder, said. “Emerald Lakes is somewhat a hidden gem on the Gold Coast; the French Quarter is different to every other suburb and the waterfront block with unobstructed views to a nature reserve was too good to pass up.” MORE NEWS: The home that will save lives They spent six months designing the residences and two years building them.“Both of them were built as if they were our own homes, they have definitely been a labour of love,” he said.They moved into the other property earlier this year and finished No. 1 last month.The two-storey residence stands out with a blend of concrete, glass and timber, black and white hues, and clean lines throughout.The home also features floor to ceiling glazing and sliding doors to allow for breathtaking views of the surroundings area. 5022 Emerald Island Drive, Carrara. 5022 Emerald Island Drive, Carrara. 5022 Emerald Island Drive, Carrara. Address: 1/5022 Emerald Island Drive, Emerald Lakes The pair, who runs Kenins Developments, subdivided the block and built two luxury residences — they had a grand vision from the start. “We wanted the property to be something special where at every aspect and turn there would be details to captivate the eye,” he said. “During the design process we worked to create functional and liveable homes that also include every luxury feature you would want in a high-end product. Our main focus during the build was quality and attention to detail. Engaging subcontractors with a similar mindset and ethic was paramount.” More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa13 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago5022 Emerald Island Drive, Carrara.center_img NRL star’s apartment goes viral These are the Gold Coast’s cheapest beachside suburbs Martin and Dina Kenins. “The property requires several visits to truly capture all the workmanship and vantage points throughout the residence,” he said. Mr and Mrs Kenins say the green rooftop garden is one of the standout features of the home. “The irrigated roof features palms and several hundred carefully selected low maintenance plants,” he said. The ground floor includes an open-plan kitchen, living and dining area that opens out to the patio and pool that wraps around the residence. 5022 Emerald Island Drive, Carrara.A courtyard to the side of the home separates the living areas and the staircase and is easily accessible via sliding doors. There is one bedroom downstairs while the remaining three bedrooms as well as another living area are upstairs. The main bedroom is comparable to a luxury hotel with its dressing room, ensuite with freestanding bath and waterfront balcony. 5022 Emerald Island Drive, Carrara. 5022 Emerald Island Drive, Carrara. Agent: Nicky Cunningham, Harcourts Broadbeach/ Mermaid Waters Features: Tasmanian Oak staircase, study nook, pool, 12.2m of water frontage, waterfront terrace Area: 487sq m Auction: December 8, 11am, on-site Inspections: Saturday and Sunday, 11-11:30am and Thursday, 6:30-7pmlast_img read more

  • Ivy Tech’s Rahschulte Appointed to Serve on AACC Commission on College Readiness

    first_imgLawrenceburg, IN – Dr. Rebecca Rahschulte, Vice President of Ivy Tech Community College’s K-14 Initiatives and Statewide Partnerships, has been selected by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) to serve on the organization’s Commission on College Readiness. Rahschulte’s three-year term with the organization began July 1st, 2020.The Commission of College Readiness provides guidance for the AACC leadership in terms of best practices for advancing college-going rates. The organization helps identify K-12 programs and colleges that have found innovating solutions to preparing students for college.last_img read more

  • Ballydoyle colts sit Dante exam

    first_img Jack Hobbs, ante-post favourite for the Derby, is also one of several highly-rated horses putting their claims for the premier Classic on the line. John Gosden’s colt is taking a big leap in grade, having won a maiden and a handicap in convincing fashion. The Newmarket handler has a second string to his bow in Golden Horn, who is also unbeaten having made a winning reappearance in the Feilden Stakes at Newmarket last month. Jack Hobbs heads the market for the Grade Two trial on the Knavesmire ahead of Elm Park, winner of the Group One Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster in October. He missed the 2000 Guineas because the ground was deemed to be too fast and was switched by trainer Andrew Balding to this race instead. The Barry Hills-trained Nafaqa waited for the Dante after being a late withdrawal from last week’s Dee Stakes at Chester because of the rain-softened ground. Chester Vase third Medrano and Lord Ben Stack make up a field of eight. Ol’ Man River was tailed off in the Qipco 2000 Guineas, won by his stable companion Gleneagles, after being heavily eased down by Joseph O’Brien. John F Kennedy was deposed as Investec Derby favourite after he became stuck in the testing conditions when a well-beaten last of three to Success Days in the Ballysax Stakes at Leopardstown. Press Associationcenter_img John F Kennedy and Ol’ Man River try to redeem their reputations in the Betfred Dante Stakes at York on Thursday.last_img read more

  • Cricket News Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul suspension provisionally lifted pending appointment of Ombudsman

    first_imgPandya and Rahul suspended by BCCI for remarks on Koffee With Karan.Pandya has not played cricket since September Asia Cup.Rahul and Pandya were called back from the tour of Australia. New Delhi: Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul’s suspension has been provisionally lifted by the Committee of Administrators pending a probe. The Committee of Administrators (CoA) had wanted the Supreme Court to appoint an ombudsman to decide the fate of the two players, who have already missed the ODI series against Australia and also the tour of New Zealand. Pandya is now expected to join the team in New Zealand while Rahul might play in either domestic circuit or show up for India A in an ongoing home series against England Lions.  While Diana Edulji wanted the BCCI office-bearers to be involved in deciding the fate of the two cricketers, CoA chief Vinod Rai had dismissed the suggestion as it would have been in violation of the Board constitution.  The CoA said the decision to suspend the two players was taken under “Rule 46 of the approved BCCI Constitution”, which covers players’ conduct that can bring the Board into disrepute.”The matter and decision has been taken with the concurrence of Amicus Curiae, P.S. Narasimha. In view of the above, the suspension orders dated 11.01.2019 is immediately lifted pending appointment and adjudication of the allegations by the BCCI Ombudsman,” said one member of the Committee of Administrators. With the Supreme Court now willing to hear matters related to the BCCI only next week, the wait for the two players had been prolonged. BCCI president CK Khanna had earlier urged the CoA to allow Pandya and Rahul to play while the inquiry is being conducted. Khanna said calling the SGM to appoint an ombudsman to investigate the two players’ conduct, as demanded by Board officials, wouldn’t be right as the Supreme Court was adjourned for a week. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. “They made a mistake, and they have already been suspended and called back from the series against Australia. They have also submitted an unconditional apology. I suggest that pending inquiry we reinstate both the cricketers into the Indian squad immediately and allow them to join the team in New Zealand at the earliest. What Pandya said and Rahul acted as a by-stander to is inappropriate and absolutely wrong, but in my personal opinion, to treat them like lawbreakers is wrong too. Both these cricketers need game time before the World Cup which starts in four months’ time. We should give these growing cricketers chance to correct themselves morally,” Khanna wrote in a letter to the Committee of Administrators (CoA) running the BCCI.Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul’s comments on Koffee With Karan generated plenty of controversy. (Image credit: Twitter)Khanna also added, “Pandya and KL Rahul certainly brought disrepute to the board with their inappropriate comments. For that, the BCCI has already suspended them provisionally. However, I am also of the view that the matter needs to be sorted at the earliest,” he told PTI.Following the outrage, Hotstar removed the episode from the web while Pandya’s father Himanshu has said that the comments should not be taken seriously as his son was indulging in chatter in a light-hearted manner. The situation came into light with this one conversation when Johar was asking questions about not asking women’s name in a night club and what do men talk about. To this, Pandya replied, “I like to watch and observe how they (women) move. I’m little from the black side so I need to see how they move.” Pandya also boasted about how he casually discussed his sex life with his parents. “When I lost my virginity, I came home and said, ‘Main karke aya hai aaj (I had sex today)’. At a party my parents asked me ‘acha tera wala (women) kaun sa hai [who is your interest here?] so I said yeh, yeh, yeh (pointing out women)’ and they were like ‘waah proud of you beta’,” Pandya replied with laughter. highlightslast_img read more

  • Wisconsin looks to extend streak vs Minnesota

    first_imgWisconsin looks to extend streak vs Minnesota ___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMinnesota (13-14, 7-10) vs. Wisconsin (18-10, 11-6)Kohl Center, Madison, Wisconsin; Sunday, 6:30 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Wisconsin looks for its sixth straight conference win against Minnesota. Wisconsin’s last Big Ten loss came against the Minnesota Golden Gophers 70-52 on Feb. 5. Minnesota came up short in a 74-73 game at home to Maryland on Wednesday. February 29, 2020center_img BIG MEN ON CAMPUS: Wisconsin’s Nate Reuvers has averaged 13.3 points, 4.6 rebounds and two blocks while D’Mitrik Trice has put up 10.3 points, four rebounds and 4.1 assists. For the Golden Gophers, Daniel Oturu has averaged 20 points, 11.4 rebounds and 2.6 blocks while Marcus Carr has put up 15.5 points, 5.6 rebounds and 6.7 assists.CREATING OFFENSE: Carr has made or assisted on 49 percent of all Minnesota field goals over the last three games. The junior guard has accounted for 17 field goals and 21 assists in those games.SLIPPING AT 72: Minnesota is 0-7 when it allows at least 72 points and 13-7 when it holds opponents to less than 72.STREAK STATS: Wisconsin has won its last six home games, scoring an average of 70 points while giving up 63.DID YOU KNOW: The Wisconsin offense has recorded a turnover on only 15.9 percent of its possessions, which is the 20th-best rate in the country. The Minnesota defense has forced opposing teams to turn the ball over on just 16.5 percent of all possessions (ranked 328th among Division I teams). Associated Press last_img read more

  • Eagles Reunite Simon, Kalu

    first_imgThe relationship between Moses Simon and Samuel Kalu had come a long way. Both players are products of the famous Golden Boot Soccer Academy of Jos. The two attackers spent two years together at Belgian side, Gent, before departures to Spain and France respectively. However, both had reunited in Uyo ahead of Nigeria’s AFCON qualifier game against Liberia today, but in a different atmosphere as both players would be struggling for one position in the team. They, however, said it would not strain their chummy relationshipSuper Eagles Manager, Gernot Rohr, says he rates Moses Simon higher than Samuel Kalu, despite the latter’s rise to prominence and transfer to French Ligue 1 club Girondins de Bordeaux.Kalu was handed the prestigious number 10 jersey at Bordeaux after completing a big-money move from Belgian First Division A side KAA Gent. Simon himself has also left Gent, signing for Spanish La Liga club, Levante, on a five-year contract.“I never selected him (Kalu). I saw him play, but in his team, I took another, which is Simon Moses. He is in my group since the beginning, two years ago. He is also a winger, fast. He’s almost the same, but I found him better than Kalu,” Rohr told the Girondins4ever website.“Simon Moses was in my group. He was injured, he was the only injured player I had before the World Cup. He played with Kalu in La Gantoise. He missed the World Cup because of a muscle injury.”Simon would be itching at the prospect of linking up with Kalu for the Super Eagles versus Mediterranean Knights. In Simon’s absence due to injury, Kalu got his international debut against Seychelles, impressing Rohr, culminating to suggestions that the Bordeaux winger may have knocked his former teammate off the team with his superb display.However, ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations double-header qualifiers against Libya, Simon believes their reunion will benefit the team.“Kalu is more than a friend. He is my brother; we can’t be seen to be in a competition for a position on the pitch due to our closeness off the pitch. We can play together on either flanks,” Simon was quoted by the Sun.” If we don’t get to play, whoever that is selected will get the backing of the other. My presence will help him a lot, he knows what I can do, so he will be at his best in training and even if he gets selected to play.”Kalu made his international debut last month against Seychelles, playing in Simon’s position on the right and impressed in winning a second-half penalty. However, with Simon back in the fold, Rohr might be tempted to revert to his preferred system and personnel?Simon, aside from his tactical conscientiousness, is reportedly one of the German’s favourites in the national team set-up and will befavourite to regain his position in the side, in spite of the fact he has only played a total of 49 league minutes this term for new club Levante.After injury shattered his dream of being part of Super Eagles’ party to the World Cup in Russia, Simon has since picked up the pieces.When Rohr rolled out his 30-man provisional list for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, with Simon included, the player believed he was just inches away from achieving his long-time dream of playing in the World Cup. But it was not to be as injury has ruined his dream.Simon sustained a thigh injury in his second training session with the Super Eagles in Uyo and report of the scan carried out on Simon revealed the extent of the injury. “It is unfortunate Moses Simon will not be travelling with the team to London because he is down with an injury. The nature of his injury is such that he won’t be recovering quickly enough to make the World Cup. We are looking at three to four weeks and thereafter, rehabilitation training will start before getting to match the fitness level. You can see that the situation is not good for him and for the team as well,” Rohr said.“For a playing player to be ruled out of a major competition like the World Cup when he was already dreaming could be very devastating and the memory is not always a good one,” Nduka Ugbade had told THISDAY in an interview. “I feel very sorry for Simon. I hope he would shake it away with time. But the truth is that it’s not a palatable experience. It was one I went through and till today, it still pained,” Ugbade said then.He received his first call-up by Coach Daniel Amokachi in 2015 and made his debut in an international friendly against Uganda.For Samuel Kalu, it may have been a shattered dream when Rohr did not look at their direction during the 2018 World Cup in Russia, but it was a dream come true when he made his debut for the Super Eagles in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Seychelles last month.Prior to the encounter, Kalu who stars for Bordeaux in France was keen to shine with the team, as he said: “I’m prepared to give everything to the Super Eagles. It’s my first call-up and I want to make the country proud. I’m expecting us to win the game and nothing more. It’s an important game that we cannot afford to lose. We have to work hard and do whatever we can to win the game. “Kalu was very impressive all through the time he was on the field. He showed signs of a player that wants to earn a regular shirt in the team and with the way he played it is obvious he would be the one the players Rohr would be looking up to in future,” former Abiola Babes captain,Tajudeen Disu told THISDAY.With the likes of Odion Ighalo, Kelechi Iheanacho and Ogenyi Onazi failing to truly seize the opportunity to prove critics wrong, Kalu was the standout performer, playing 84 minutes of brilliant attacking football that won the heart of many fans back home.The Bordeaux winger was lively from the blast of the referee’s whistle to his exit, with his pace troubling the Seychelles backline. His quick feet were too hot to handle, and he was fouled in the penalty area just before the hour mark which resulted in Ighalo’s converted effort.Kalu’s deft touches on the ball were a joy to behold, while his dribbling and trickery were also impressive.Kalu will have an opportunity to build on his early impact in the double-header against Libya today.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

  • Ohio State comes to town

    first_imgTo be perfectly honest, there isn’t much left to say about the Wisconsin women’s hockey team. Everything written about the team so far this season has probably been repeated a million times. Which makes writing each article about the team more and more difficult.Here is what you have already heard. The Badgers have an overall record of 19-2-1, are tied for the lead in their division, have held the title of No. 1 team in the nation for more than a month and they cannot stop winning.After every single series the Badgers play, the headline seems to be the same. ‘The Badgers sweep the series.’ Different opponents, same result.One doesn’t have to look very hard at the statistics to see why. Thus far, the Badgers have been utterly dominant, having been unbeaten for nearly two months. UW last lost in late November, when New Hampshire won by the score of 2-1. The New Hampshire Wildcats are now the second-ranked team in the nation.It doesn’t stop there. Ten of the top 30 scorers in the WCHA are Badgers. Wisconsin scores nearly three goals for every goal scored against them, and have both the top point scorer, junior forward Sara Bauer, and the top goal-getter, sophomore forward Jinelle Zaugg, in the conference. Bauer has collected 34 points this season while Zaugg has 18 goals.Of course, if you follow the team at all, you’ve read about Bauer, Zaugg and team captain Sharon Cole more times then you care to remember. The freshmen trio of Angie Keseley, Erica Lawler and Tia Hanson has also received its fair share of publicity. And it’s certainly well deserved.”That’s a sign of a good team when you don’t have to rely on goals from your so-called ‘go-to’ line [of Bauer, Cole and Zaugg],” UW head coach Mark Johnson said. “If someone had told me that Sara Bauer and Sharon Cole weren’t going to get a point in either game … and that we still would have swept them [North Dakota], I would have been like ‘whoa.’ But we had other people step up, and on Saturday night, our freshman line played very well and had a lot of energy.”Freshman players combined for seven points in the sweep over the North Dakota Fighting Sioux last weekend. They will try to play with that same energy this weekend when Wisconsin hosts Ohio State at the Kohl Center.”We’ve been playing on smaller ice rinks for a while now, and the Kohl Center is huge,” UW junior defender Bobbi-Jo Slusar said. “So communication will be huge for us. We’re going to be fast and get right on them, so hopefully they won’t have many opportunities to skate all over the ice.”The Buckeyes sit in the middle of the conference with a record of 10-8-4, despite having scored fewer goals than their opponents this season. They are led on offense by Jana Harrigan, who has the second-highest point total in the conference with 31. Harrigan and junior defender Amber Bowman, who has 20 points, are the only two true scoring threats for Ohio State.The Buckeyes are anchored in goal by junior netminder Erika Vanderveer, who sits in the middle of the Big Ten pack in both save percentage and goals against.No matter how well the Buckeyes play, they will likely need a lot of luck to beat the Badgers, who are 19-3-5 all-time against Ohio State. Wisconsin has not lost to OSU since October of 2004.last_img read more