RUSSIAN President Vladimir Putin says the country’s Paralympics ban is “outside the bounds of law, morality and humanity”.The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) suspended Russia from the Rio Games starting on September 7 because of state-sponsored doping.Putin said the ruling was “cynical” and “humiliates those who take such decisions”.Only Russian track and field athletes were banned from the Olympics.Putin, speaking at an award ceremony for Russian Olympians at the Kremlin, said the country would hold special competitions for banned Paralympic athletes, with the winners awarded the same prizes as in Rio.Foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Russian Paralympians had taken “collective responsibility for an unproven crime”. (BBC Sport)
The University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team (17-10, 10-6 Big Ten) has been mediocre at best on the road this season, but at the Kohl Center, the Badgers play among the best teams in the Big Ten.Across 14 home games thus far, the Badgers have an impressive win percentage of 0.929 (13-1), a record that would place them in a tie for third place in the Big Ten, behind only Maryland (15-0) and Rutgers (17-1). The Badgers’ home resume features wins over Marquette, Maryland, Michigan State and The Ohio State University, all of whom are likely to make the NCAA Tournament come March.Contrary to the Badgers’ impressive record at home, Wisconsin has struggled on the road with a 4-9 record away from the Kohl Center. This includes a 4-6 record in true road games and an 0-3 record in neutral-site games.Men’s Basketball: Wisconsin takes down Purdue at home behind Ford, PritzlThe University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team (16-10, 9-6 Big Ten) extended their win streak to three games Tuesday night Read…Obviously, as most basketball fans know, home-court advantage has a huge influence at both the collegiate and professional levels. Generally, teams have a better win percentage at home than they do on the road — which is the case in the Big Ten this season, where all 14 teams have played better at home than they have on the road.What separates this Wisconsin team from previous Wisconsin teams is just how much better they play at home compared to on the road. When looking at the Badgers’ win percentage differential between home games and neutral/road games, the 2019-2020 season is drastically different from previous Wisconsin seasons.For those of you who like numbers, let me break it down for you — Wisconsin’s 0.929 win percentage at home is a whopping 0.621 percent better than their road win percentage (0.308). The only team in the Big Ten to have a greater margin between home and road win percentage is Rutgers, who has gone 17-1 (0.944) at home and 1-9 (0.100) in road/neutral games — a difference of 0.844, which is simply unheard of.Last season, Wisconsin went 12-4 (0.750) at home compared to 11-7 (0.611) away from the Kohl Center, a difference of just 0.139.Across the past 10 seasons (2009-2010 season to the 2018-2019 season), Wisconsin’s smallest differential from home record to road/neutral record was the 2014-2015 NCAA Tournament runner-up team, which went 16-1 (0.941) at home and 21-3 (0.875) in road/neutral games.Wisconsin’s largest differential across the same 10-year stretch was the 2010-2011 season when the Badgers finished a perfect 18-0 (1.000) at home but went just 9-9 (0.500) when playing elsewhere.Yes, Wisconsin’s quality of opponents at home and on the road differs from year to year, but they’ve played some teams twice this season, both at home and on the road. This includes Ohio State (won on the road and at home), Purdue (lost on the road, won at home), Michigan State (lost on the road, won at home), Nebraska (won on the road and at home) and Rutgers (lost on the road, won at home).So what does all of this mean for Wisconsin men’s basketball this year?On the surface — and most obviously — it means Wisconsin is one of the best teams in the nation at home, but an average team when they are away from the Kohl Center.On a deeper level, there is reason for concern as the Badgers approach tournament season. Wisconsin has just four regular-season games remaining, with two of those taking place on the road — at Michigan Feb. 27 and at Indiana March 7.An axe to grindThe University of Wisconsin and the University of Minnesota have perhaps the most storied rivalry in college sports, as the Read…After the regular season concludes in early March, the Badgers and the rest of the Big Ten will converge in Indianapolis for the Big Ten Tournament, which runs from March 11 to March 15. While no team in the Big Ten is great on the road (Maryland and Penn State are the best at 7-4 in non-home games this season), the Badgers will be faced with tough competition all weekend.Since the Badgers currently sit in a tie for the No. 5 seed in the Big Ten, they will need to win most, if not all, of their remaining games to move into the top four, which would allow them to get a two-round bye in the tournament.With the Big Ten Tournament just a few weeks away, the Badgers need to solve their road struggles before the regular season ends if they want to perform well in the Big Ten Tournament, and further, in the NCAA Tournament. While there will certainly be plenty of Badger fans in Indianapolis for the Big Ten Tournament, there will also be a wealth of fans from the other 13 teams, making it a true neutral tournament.Stay tuned in March to see if the Badgers are able to overcome their road struggles as the regular season draws to a close and the tournament season begins.
MIAMI, Florida – Greetings to my fellow nationals and friends! What a year this has been marked with both challenges and accomplishments. As we give God thanks for the success, we pray for His continued blessings and the courage to pursue our personal development and that of our homeland.My staff and I, at the Consulate express our profound gratitude to each and every one, who has supported our relocation of office in Downtown Miami, the first move since officially opening the Mission in 1974. This move has given us the opportunity to have a more welcoming environment to our many nationals and friends who visit the Consulate daily. We are also grateful to the many companies who have collaborated with us to showcase Jamaica at its best, in our Lobby through the promotion of goods and services. We welcome you to your new home away from home.We are so proud of our performance on the world stage as Jamaica continues to dominate success in sports, education, culture and entertainment. As the old adage goes ‘we likkle but we tallawah”. We celebrate the recent crowning of Miss Toni-Ann Singh as Miss World 2019, the fourth time Jamaica has held this honour. Earlier this year, we hosted the Reggae Girlz in a week long ‘Send-off celebration’ as they headed to Paris for the World Cup series. Across the globe, we also marked the Centenary (100th ) birthday anniversary of our renowned cultural ambassador, the late Hon. Louise Bennett-Coverley, OM, OJ, MBE, (Miss Lou, as she was affectionately called). We recently witnessed the inauguration of our first Jamaican-American Mayor of Broward County, Mr. Dale Holness, as he joined the now 15 elected officials of Jamaican heritage holding public office in South Florida and in Georgia.With the Government’s thrust on investment and economic development, we have taken the show on the road through a series of investment forums in South Florida; Atlanta, Georgia’ and Houston, Texas. Our monthly lecture series at the Consulate has also inspired ongoing conversations about our local communities and about Jamaica. I am excited about the positive trends in the Jamaican economy despite the challenges, and encourage you our nationals, to not only be “good news ambassadors” but to use this as an opportunity to further invest in our country. We thank the many sponsors and companies, who have collaborated with us in this effort, among them, our Legacy partners including Victoria Mutual Building Society, JN Bank, Grace Kennedy Company, JAMPRO and the Jamaica Tourist Board.My heartfelt gratitude to our entire constituency for the success of the recent Jamaica Hi-5K Walk/Run which was held simultaneously on October 5th in five regions across the Southern USA community – Atlanta, GA; Orlando, FLA; and the tri-county area of South Florida (Miami, Broward and Palm Beach). Proceeds from registration of more than 300 persons will benefit the Ministry of Health’s Adopt A Clinic programme, geared towards improving primary health care in Jamaica.Following recent Diaspora elections, we welcome the newly elected Advisory Board Representative for the Southern USA, Dr. Allan Cunningham, and express our appreciation to Attorney Wayne Golding, CD, who has served us with dignity and integrity for the past four years. We will remain united and engaged building better for personal and community development, here in the Diaspora and in Jamaica. Coming out of the recent National Biennial Diaspora Conference in Kingston, Jamaica, we look forward to new and exciting possibilities for our Diaspora communities. We are encouraged by the youth engagement of our second and third generations, as they have taken on a cohesive role in Diaspora activities. We have begun to welcome new candidates of Jamaican citizenship as we recently held the first Jamaican Citizenship Ceremony in Plantation. This is the first of a quarterly installation, the next to be held in February 2020.This year, as we celebrate giving thanks for the greatest gift of all and sharing with others, the Consulate remembers with gratitude the various philanthropic groups who continue to support Jamaica. The hand of support was extended to the Bahamas following the recent devastation dealt by Hurricane Dorian. As you know, there is nothing we can’t achieve, when we come together as Jamaicans. Looking ahead to 2020, we will let kindness be our guide. Let us remain committed to our partnership with individuals, corporations and community groups as we build on Diaspora development and nation building in our beloved homeland.On behalf of the staff of the Consulate General of Jamaica at Miami, and my family, Tanya and Serena, I wish you all a blessed Christmas season of peace, love and joy. As our heavenly Father declares (Book of Jeremiah 29:11), let us call upon Him in prayer as we continue our purpose to serve.Happy holidays!