On senior day at the Kohl Center, the freshmen took over the show.Tara Steinbauer, Lin Zastrow and Alyssa Karel kept the Badgers in the game to the best of their ability, giving the large home crowd a taste of what could be a bright future for the next three years.The trio combined for 43 points, more than half of Wisconsin?s scoring total in the 87-78 loss. The three made up for the seniors? poor shooting but could not help the Badgers overcome a Hawkeye lead that at one point reached 20 in the first half.?It?s certainly exciting for the future,? Wisconsin head coach Lisa Stone said. ?They are three really good players that have walked in and been welcomed by our entire team.?The last time the Badgers faced Iowa, they lost a heartbreaker in overtime. In that game, Jolene Anderson scored a career-high 42 points and dominated the Hawkeyes? defense. On Sunday, however, it was a completely different story for Anderson ? she shot 4-19 from the field and scored only 10 points.?She schooled us the first time we played them and that was a little embarrassing,? Iowa head coach Lisa Bluder said. ?We wanted to make sure that she didn?t have another career night against us. We worked hard in our denial, we worked hard on our pressure when she got the ball, but more than anything it was just awareness of her on the floor.?With Anderson and Janese Banks clearly off their marks Sunday, the Badgers needed the freshmen?s presence on the floor. Steinbauer kept the Badgers in the game early in the first half, driving to the lane and scoring seven points from the free-throw line while the rest of the team was ice cold.With the seniors still struggling in the second half, Wisconsin relied on both Zastrow and Karel to keep the Badgers in the mix. Karel hit two big 3-pointers to keep Wisconsin in the game and Zastrow?s post presence was a major factor, as she led all scorers for the Badgers with 17 points.?I thought it was harder for them to be defended because of the shooting range their posts have,? Bluder said. ?Zastrow and also when Alyssa comes in ? she?s such an offensive-minded point guard that she?s very hard to defend.?The Badgers scored most of their points when Zastrow and Karel were in the game ? the two shot 86.7 percent from the field ? but the freshman duo only played a combined 46 minutes compared to Anderson and Banks? 72.?They did an outstanding job and obviously the future looks very, very bright for the Wisconsin basketball team,? Bluder said. ?Those freshmen did a wonderful, wonderful job for them. I thought they were a lot stronger when those three freshmen were in.?Sunday?s game proved to the Badgers that the departure of Anderson, Banks and Danielle Ward will allow the freshmen to improve even more than they have this season.?They played fantastic. That just shows their talent. I can?t say enough about Alyssa, Lin and Tara,? Banks said. ?They?re not afraid to do anything. ? I expect good things from them.?Going into the Big Ten Tournament, the Badgers will need similar play from their freshmen in order to succeed. Their improvements throughout this past season are clear, and with the team?s top three scorers leaving, the three freshmen will emerge to become the team?s new offensive forces.?Since the beginning of the season until right now you?ve seen the growth in maturity in all three of them,? Stone said. ?They?ve played their roles very well and they?ve been accepted by a family of Badgers that is excited with what we?ve been doing lately.?
After a win over crosstown rivals UCLA, the USC women’s tennis team is ready to leave for Ojai, Calif., to compete in the Pac-12 championships from Wednesday until Sunday. The Women of Troy are seeking their first Pac-12 title since 1985.The No. 19 Women of Troy are currently undefeated in the Pac-12 with a 7-0 record. Overall they are 12-4 on the season, with the last loss coming at the hands of UCLA on Feb. 25.The Trojans currently have three players in the singles rankings. At No. 24 is senior Giuliana Olmos. The senior has an 11-3 record on the season and has a perfect 5-0 record in conference matches, with all wins coming from the top spot. At No. 115 is freshman Rianna Valdes, followed by sophomore Madison Westby at No. 116.In the doubles field the Women of Troy are led by Olmos and her partner, sophomore Gabby Smith, who are ranked No. 7 in the country. They are followed by Westby and junior Zoe Katz, ranked No. 80 in the country.The Women of Troy will face No. 13 Stanford (13-5, 8-1) to decide the Pac-12 champion. It’s the first meeting between the two teams, as their previous match on March 11 was canceled due to weather conditions.Stanford upset Cal last week 4-3 to hand the top-ranked Golden Bears their first loss of the season and set up Wednesday’s title match.In singles, four players are ranked nationally. Junior Carol Zhao is currently at No. 33, followed by junior Taylor Davidson at No. 40. Junior Caroline Doyle is currently ranked at No. 82, followed by senior Krista Hardebeck at No. 93.In doubles, Doyle and Davidson and are currently ranked No. 5 in the nation. Hardebeck also enjoys a spot in the doubles ranking, currently at No. 67 with freshman Caroline Lampl.On Thursday, the singles action will start. The format consists of a 32-player draw, with three players from each of the top-10 schools and two players from the 11th-place team. The Women of Troy will be represented by Olmos, Westby and Katz. The last Trojan to win the singles title is Amanda Fink, who was crowned back in 2009.The doubles draw will start on Friday. The format is a 16-team draw. Each school will have its top pair, plus five additional pairs selected by the Draw Committee. USC will have both Olmos/Smith and Katz/Westby in the draw. Olmos won the doubles crown in 2014, when she partnered with former Trojan Kaitlyin Christian.
By Shemuel FanfairOf the 4763 sugar workers who were made redundant by the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) as part of that State entity’s restructuring programme, more than 350 who formerly were attached to the Wales Estate did not receive severance payment on Friday, as others across the industry did.This was revealed by former Agriculture Minister, Dr Leslie Ramsammy after a careful investigation into the severance payout to Wales Sugar Estate workers.The National Assembly had, in early November, given approval for almost $2.5 billion to be released to cater for the remaining severance due to 4,723 sugar workers.Government had, earlier this year, opted to pay some workers half of their severance, with the remaining half to be paid in the latter part of the year.The Department of Public Information (DPI) announced last week that Government had kept its promise to pay out the remaining fifty percent of severance to those receiving amounts in excess of $500,000 by the end of 2018.In fact, Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo had given all assurances that the Wales workers, who previously were prevented from receiving severance pay by the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU)-filed court action, would receive their outstanding benefits. He also said, via DPI, that Government would respect the ruling of the court and pay interest of between four and six per cent on the outstanding amounts.“Of course we recognise that there is an order from the court which says we pay interest on the amount due, and so we will be paying the interest, which comes up to about $85 million. We are not there to deny the sugar workers…we had to be able to ensure that we have the money, and not dig a deeper hole,” he stated late last month.Contrary to these assurances, Guyana Times has recently been informed that several Wales cane harvesters involved in that very court case were not paid their severance, which has been paid to their other ex-colleagues.Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo“We ain’t get no severance; we really punishing. Right now I only getting two-day work,” a former sugar worker disclosed. A father of three, this worker is one of over 300 workers involved in the court case against their former employer, in which it is contended that GuySuCo was acting unlawfully by compelling employees to travel 22 miles from their point of origin to work at Uitvlugt on the West Coast of Demerara. Accordingly, the workers refused to take up employment at Uitvlugt before the Wales Estate ceased operating in December 2016. As such, they were left both without jobs and severance, as GuySuCo’s timeframe in which they were told to make a decision had passed.President of GAWU, Komal Chand, has confirmed what other sources have relayed to Guyana Times, having noted that, indeed, those former Wales Estate workers have not been paid.“They did not pay them despite [the Prime Minister] saying they would receive their pay. I know that they paid some of them, but those were the ones who had to get the other portion of their severance,” the official disclosed on Sunday.A separate source familiar with the payout revealed that the payments for the unpaid set of Wales cane harvesters have already been calculated, though it is unclear why the ex-workers remain without their legally entitled benefits as outlined in the Termination of Employment and Severance Pay Act (TESPA).In a DPI report on Friday, the entity said it visited Wales and Enmore Estates, where former workers turned out early. At the Enmore Community Development Ground, several welcomed the receipt of severance payments.Clifton Nedd, a retrenched worker, “expressed his satisfaction” with the payment, noting that it came just in time for the holidays. “Well, I feel very good, because I was waiting a very long time, and now everything happened,” he said.“I am happy about it, because when they paid the first half a lot of people comment about it, but I say that every disappointment does be for a good,” said Marlene Licorish, who has started selling homemade chips to make a living.Retrenched Enmore Estate worker Sheldon Younge told the Department of Public Information that, following the closure of the estate, he has been operating his own business.Other workers were quoted as saying that, since the closure of the estates, they have been adjusting, with some of them seeking employment with private companies.Numerous former workers were gathered outside the Wales Estate’s administrative building, including Joseph Persaud, who “welcomed” the final payment and said he was currently doing cash crop farming. Ramphal, who had been employed with GuySuCo for 23 years, said he would still like to get into farming, despite already finding work in general construction.Some of the former workers disclosed that they would be investing their payouts. Rohan Sugrim from Wales Estate, who had been with GuySuco for twelve years, said he would use some for the Christmas holidays, and “invest some” in the New Year.DPI’s report claimed many also benefited from alternative livelihood programmes designed to equip them with skills to seek employment in different areas, such as sewing, cosmetology, caring for the elderly, catering, mechanical and electrical works, and small business management.However, Guyana Times has been reporting that many of these very workers are finding great difficulty in obtaining consistent and well-paying employment.