Director of folk choir speaks at Saint Mary’s

first_imgComposer Steve Warner said it is exciting to watch different communities adapt and work with his song “Cross of Our Hope” in a lecture at Saint Mary’s Wednesday evening. “Once you write a piece, it belongs to the Church. They take the insight and wrap it around their own flavors,” he said. “That’s the Holy Spirit at work.” Warner, the founder and director of the Notre Dame Folk Choir, composed the piece in honor of the beatification of Blessed Basil Anthony Moreau, who founded the Congregation of Holy Cross. “When I was asked to write a song to honor Blessed Moreau, I had to fulfill several things,” Warner said. “First, I was asked not to use his name in the piece, but rather look to his writing to find and write his message. I was also asked to write it in as many languages as possible.” Warner said that “Cross of Our Hope” exists in English, Spanish and French. “The Holy Cross family embraces several continents and many cultures,” Warner said. “Linguistically, the text had to be spot on. The liturgical and musical parameters had to be respected.” Warner said that one of the hardest parts about writing the song was finding texts of Moreau’s to work with. “I finally stumbled upon a letter about the glory of the cross and sufferings of the world,” Warner said. “Reading his letters, there is an unabashed zeal that he constantly shared with his community. It was my goal to create a piece that reflected that zeal.” Warner said that the refrain of the piece reflects that sense of unbridled joy found in Moreau’s writing. “From the first note of the song, it tells you that we are moving forward. It is gospel-oriented and evangelical,” Warner said. “We are spreading the gospel.” The writing process behind “Cross of Our Hope” took three and a half months, Warner said. “Writing a song is not just writing music. You are rearranging people’s spiritual furniture,” he said. “You put prayer on their list. It’s very humbling.”last_img read more

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Have You Voted for the Audience Choice Awards Yet?

first_imgThe deadline to vote for the 2015 Audience Choice Awards is fast approaching! It’s the only major theater awards voted on by you–Broadway’s biggest cheerleaders. Did your favorite belter turn it out on the Great White Way this season? Let us know! Is there a new show tune that you can’t stop humming? Let your voice be heard! The polls are open until May 10 at 11:59 PM, so act fast!Polls are now closed. Thanks for voting!See below for a full list of nominees.Favorite New MusicalAn American in ParisFinding NeverlandFun HomeIt Shoulda Been YouSomething Rotten!Favorite New PlayThe AudienceConstellationsThe Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-TimeHand to GodThe RiverFavorite Musical RevivalGigiThe King and IOn the TownOn the Twentieth CenturySide ShowFavorite Play RevivalThe Elephant ManThe Heidi ChroniclesIt’s Only a PlayThis Is Our YouthYou Can’t Take It With YouFavorite Long-Running ShowA Gentleman’s Guide to Love and MurderThe Book of MormonHedwig and the Angry InchLes MiserablesWickedFavorite TourThe Book of MormonCinderellaNewsiesPippinWickedFavorite Leading Actor in a MusicalMichael Cerveris, Fun HomeCorey Cott, GigiBrian d’Arcy James, Something Rotten!Matthew Morrison, Finding NeverlandTony Yazbeck, On the TownFavorite Leading Actress in a MusicalKristin Chenoweth, On the Twentieth CenturyLisa Howard, It Shoulda Been YouVanessa Hudgens, GigiLaura Michelle Kelly, Finding NeverlandKelli O’Hara, The King and IFavorite Leading Actor in a PlayBradley Cooper, The Elephant ManJake Gyllenhaal, ConstellationsHugh Jackman, The RiverNathan Lane, It’s Only a PlayAlex Sharp, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-TimeFavorite Leading Actress in a PlayGlenn Close, A Delicate BalanceMaggie Gyllenhaal, The Real ThingHelen Mirren, The AudienceElisabeth Moss, The Heidi ChroniclesCarey Mulligan, SkylightFavorite Featured Actor in a MusicalChristian Borle, Something Rotten!David Burtka, It Shoulda Been YouKelsey Grammer, Finding NeverlandAndy Karl, On the Twentieth CenturyMax von Essen, An American in ParisFavorite Featured Actress in a MusicalSierra Boggess, It Shoulda Been YouCarolee Carmello, Finding NeverlandVictoria Clark, GigiAlysha Umphress, On the TownTeal Wicks, Finding NeverlandFavorite Featured Actor in a PlayIan Barford, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-TimeMatthew Broderick, It’s Only a PlayRupert Grint, It’s Only a PlayJames Earl Jones, You Can’t Take It With YouBryce Pinkham, The Heidi ChroniclesFavorite Featured Actress in a PlayAnnaleigh Ashford, You Can’t Take It With YouRose Byrne, You Can’t Take It With YouStockard Channing, It’s Only a PlayPatricia Clarkson, The Elephant ManMegan Mullally, It’s Only a PlayFavorite Diva PerformanceKristin Chenoweth, On the Twentieth CenturyTyne Daly, It Shoulda Been YouHelen Mirren, The AudienceKelli O’Hara, The King and IChita Rivera, The VisitFavorite Funny PerformanceAnnaleigh Ashford, You Can’t Take It With YouKristin Chenoweth, On the Twentieth CenturyKelsey Grammer, Finding NeverlandRupert Grint, It’s Only a PlayNathan Lane, It’s Only a PlayFavorite Onstage PairSierra Boggess & David Burtka, It Shoulda Been YouKristin Chenoweth & Andy Karl, On the Twentieth CenturyCorey Cott & Vanessa Hudgens, GigiLaura Michelle Kelly & Matthew Morrison, Finding NeverlandKelli O’Hara & Ken Watanabe, The King and IFavorite Breakthrough Performance (Male)Steven Boyer, Hand to GodRobert Fairchild, An American in ParisRupert Grint, It’s Only a PlayAlex Sharp, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-TimeMicah Stock, It’s Only a PlayFavorite Breakthrough Performance (Female)Megan Fairchild, On the TownVanessa Hudgens, GigiSydney Lucas, Fun HomeAshley Park, The King and IEmily Skeggs, Fun HomeFavorite Replacement (Male)Gavin Creel, The Book of MormonDarren Criss, Hedwig and the Angry InchNorm Lewis, The Phantom of the OperaJohn Cameron Mitchell, Hedwig and the Angry InchAndrew Rannells, Hedwig and the Angry InchFavorite Replacement (Female)Caroline Bowman, WickedCarol Burnett, Love LettersRebecca Naomi Jones, Hedwig and the Angry InchKara Lindsay, WickedEmma Stone, CabaretFavorite New Song“All That Matters,” Finding Neverland“A Musical,” Something Rotten!“Believe,” Finding Neverland“God, I Hate Shakespeare,” Something Rotten!“Neverland,” Finding NeverlandShows with multiple nominations:Finding Neverland – 11It’s Only a Play – 10Gigi – 6It Shoulda Been You – 6On the Twentieth Century – 6Hedwig and the Angry Inch – 5The King and I – 5Something Rotten! – 5You Can’t Take It With You – 5The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – 4Fun Home – 4On the Town – 4Wicked – 4An American in Paris – 3The Audience – 3The Book of Mormon – 3The Elephant Man – 3The Heidi Chronicles – 3Constellations – 2Hand to God – 2The River – 2 View Commentslast_img read more

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Branch customers continue disappearing act

first_img 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Despite a significant drop in branch transactions, increased cost of processing and minimal improvement in productivity, the reduction in the number and size of bank branches has not kept W. Michael Scott, President and CEO, FMSITime and technology have a way of changing people, for better or worse. When things change for the better, it usually means something or someone is getting left out. Remember when cell phones became the next big thing? People laughed, but soon land lines were obnoxious and “old school”.Or what about old analog TV, with the roof antenna versus cable’s offering of a few additional channels when it first came out? The major TV networks didn’t predict how the public would handle a slight variation in the shows available to watch. They thought they would rule forever … but they were wrong.Likewise, in the not so distant past, the majority of the population was moaning about the hours of banks and credit unions. There’s no way the younger generation will remember this, but bank teller lines and drive-thru tellers were chock-full of account holders. Sometimes a single trip just to deposit a check or withdraw money for the coming week could take as much as thirty minutes or more!Fast forward to today, and the entire banking scene has changed. At any given time, branches can be empty. Front-line employees appear to wait mindlessly behind their terminals, waiting to work. Something doesn’t seem right. How did the system go from not enough branches to way too many branches? continue reading »last_img read more

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Red Cross offers virtual assistance to those coping with loss from COVID-19

first_img“Many people can’t be with their loved one as they die, when they die, and that is horrible for families,” said Tara Hughes, a disaster mental health advisor for the Northeast Division of the Red Cross. “Then they have to immediately shift into trying to work these processes and figuring out, ‘What am I going to do?'” English: To apply to the program, you can visit the links below: Volunteers will be assigned to each case, offering guidance through every step of the process. Hughes says all information will remain confidential, and volunteers are highly committed to offering as much help as possible. (WBNG) — According to the CDC, there have been nearly 70,000 deaths from COVID-19 in the United States. In the midst of this mass casualty event, the Red Cross has launched a virtual Family Assistance Center to help those who have lost loved ones to COVID-19. If you do not have access to the Internet, you can call the Family Assistance Center at 585-957-8187.center_img Hughes says the program has 30 volunteers specially trained in mental health and spiritual care. They can offer guidance on funeral services, legal resources, travel services, and more. “The volunteers we have are amazing people and they have been stepping up to the plate to do this,” said Hughers. “Volunteers can stick with them, really, until they have supported them through the processes they and their family are going through.” “Our program is about support, and that support is on an emotional level and sometimes on a spiritual level as well,” said Hughes. Hughes says a Red Cross volunteer should reach on the same day an application has been filed.last_img read more

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Dominicans saddened by death of Shernel Prince

first_img Tweet Sharing is caring! Share Share Sharecenter_img LocalNews Dominicans saddened by death of Shernel Prince by: – March 27, 2012 61 Views   5 comments Dominicans are still grief stricken by the death of 20 year old Shernel Prince of Wesley who was flown to Trinidad to undergo heart surgery.Shernel Prince. Photo via: Facebook profile.Parliamentary Representative for the Wesley Constituency Gloria Shillingford has extended her sympathy to the family and relatives of Shernel Prince.In a press statement Shillingford said; “I don’t think that there is anything more painful than the loss of a child. My heart goes out to the family and friends of Shernel Prince”. Shillingford who taught Prince described her as “quiet, respectful and always full of God’s joy”.She explained further that Shernel “kept active in her church and was loved by us all. Who can forget that smiling face or her love of dance?”According to Shillingford, “When she left for Trinidad I stayed out on the porch so I could say a prayer as the plane took off asking God to be with her” and that Prince seemed “resolute and focused on making it through” when she last spoke to her “less than two weeks ago.” She said however that “her suffering is done, no more tears, no more pain, no more sorrow” recognizing that it had been a long battle for Prince and her family. Shillingford also noted that during Prince’s illness “she was always so hopeful, always pleasant and focused on her Lord” and calls on the villagers to continue supporting the family with love and prayers.“My sincerest sympathies go out to the Prince and St. Amie family of Wesley; the friends, classmates and fellow villagers of Wesley who mourn her loss along with you. Let us be comforted though knowing that she now rests safe and at peace in the arms of her father”.BackgroundShernel Prince had surgery last week to repair a leaking valve in her heart, the doctors found other complications. The story of Prince hit the airwaves of a local radio station when they launched a radio thon to assist her financially with the cost of the surgery.At a press conference on Monday morning, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit explained that contrary to reports the government of Dominica did assist the family with TT$185,000.00 to assist Prince with her surgery.He said however the family required additional funding for another surgery which the government was not informed about until they arrived in Trinidad, but based on government’s policy for assistance with medical funding, one must provide doctor referral letters and proformer invoices among other documentation. “The government’s policy is that for us to provide you with assistance to go out of Dominica for medical services, you must get a referral from a consultant doctor resident in Dominica. The persons who have to go for medical services must also write a letter making a request so that there is proper accounting. A proformer invoice is also needed from the hospital so we can trace the money. They second time the persons went, the persons went without the government knowledge and is only when they go there they contacted us. With no documentation, I cannot instruct the public service to make payments,” he said.Through the radio thon spear headed by United Workers Party Senator Ezekiel Bazil, $48, 000.00 was raised to assist Prince and an EC$50,000 loan was also granted to her father Mathew Prince to assist her with the surgery.Prince died at about 11 o’clock last night at a Trinidadian hospital.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

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Mancini: United not 15 points better

first_img “The last 18 (unbeaten) – the last time they lost was Norwich. They deserve to stay on the top, but not 15 points. It is not a true table. Now we have eight games. If we play well, if we win a lot of these games, maybe we can reduce this gap. This should be our target in this moment.” City memorably thrashed United 6-1 when they visited Old Trafford last season. Mancini is certainly not expecting a repeat, saying: “This is impossible. This can happen every 100 years.” But he does expect his team to give everything, even though the title seems out of reach and they face Chelsea in the FA Cup semi-finals the following week. He said: “If it is not important for the table or the title race, I think the derby is always a derby. It is important for us and for them. We have pressure, always. It will be like the first (derby). I think every derby is important. We want to show we don’t deserve to stay 15 points behind and we can reduce the gap from now to the end. But the title race is finished.” Meanwhile, Mancini does not expect Carlos Tevez’s community service order to hamper the club in any way. The Argentinian striker was this week ordered to undertake 250 hours of unpaid community work after being found guilty of driving while disqualified. The punishment comes at a time when Tevez has been in fine form on the field having scored six goals in his last seven appearances. When asked if the community service was likely to cause a problem for City, Mancini said: “I don’t think so, no. I didn’t speak with him about this. I think that Carlos made a mistake and he will pay for this. But usually he has good behaviour.” Press Association Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini claims Manchester United’s sizeable lead in the Barclays Premier League exaggerates the difference between the two sides.center_img United hold a 15-point advantage over their rivals heading into Monday’s derby clash at Old Trafford. With just eight games remaining, Mancini has already conceded the title but the Italian is determined to cut the deficit to a figure he believes more accurately reflects the on-field gap. “We don’t deserve to stay 15 points behind. They have played very well, they have won a lot of games,” Mancini said. last_img read more

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Football News Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay and Chile to present joint-bid for 2030 Football World Cup

first_imghighlights Uruguay won the inaugural World Cup in 1930.Chile was the venue in 1962 while Argentina hosted the tournament in 1978.The 2030 World Cup will be the 100th year of the tournament. Santiago: Argentina, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay are to submit a joint bid to host the 2030 World Cup, Chile’s President Sebastian Pinera has announced. Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay had already submitted a joint bid to host the centenary edition of football’s most prestigious tournament, but Pinera said on Twitter on Thursday that those countries’ presidents had agreed to Chile’s participation in the “joint candidacy”. Argentina and Uruguay originally announced their intention to submit a joint bid in 2017 before Paraguay joined the coalition later that year. In December last year, Bolivia’s football-mad president Evo Morales offered those three countries help in their bid, proposing “two or three departments as sub-seats” for the competition.     Had his offer been accepted, it would have meant the Hernando Siles Reyes stadium in La Paz potentially included as a host venue. Pinera said he had been touting his idea to the presidents of Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay for several months. Uruguay hosted and won the inaugural World Cup in 1930, Chile was the venue in 1962 and Argentina emulated its neighbor’s achievement by lifting the trophy on home soil in 1978. Like Morales, Mauricio Macri of Argentina, Uruguay’s Tabare Vazquez and Paraguayan Mario Abdo Benitez are all passionate about football having all been president of a club in their countries. Pinera is a billionaire businessman who started out as a teacher and has no previous connection to football.The South American bid faces competition from Morocco and potentially several other joint bids, including one from Britain and Ireland and another by an eastern European confederation of Greece, Serbia, Bulgaria and Romania.Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has even mooted a joint bid with Morocco, which has failed five times in bidding to host the World Cup, and Portugal. For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

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Enrique says needs to ‘disconnect’ from Barca’s constant pressures

first_imgBy Richard MartinBARCELONA, Spain (Reuters) – The crushing weight of expectation that comes with managing Barcelona eventually proved too much for Luis Enrique, who said yesterday he felt a sense of relief after announcing his plans to walk away at the end of the season.“It’s evident that there are some clubs with a bigger impact than others. I am switched on for too many hours of the day and I need to disconnect,” Luis Enrique told a news conference yesterday ahead of Barca’s La Liga game with Celta Vigo.“This is a unique profession in which you have to take decisions constantly; it’s something every coach has to accept. Some coaches can handle it and can stay in their jobs for a very long time and be happy but that’s not the case with me.”The coach, who has won eight out of 10 trophies since taking charge in 2014, echoed the words of current Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola, who also quit Barca after a trophy-laden era in 2012, declaring: “I’m empty and I need to fill up”.Luis Enrique had previously said he would decide his future at the end of the season but explained a weight had been lifted off his shoulders in announcing his departure on Wednesday, saying he felt “elated” about his final few months in the job.“I haven’t lost any strength in the last four days and in one sense I feel a little relieved but focused on the objectives we set for ourselves at the start of the season,” he added.Barca are one point clear at the top of the standings and with fixtures against title rivals Real Madrid and Sevilla to come their hopes of lifting a third La Liga crown under the coach are in their own hands.The Catalans have also reached the final of the King’s Cup although their chances of remaining in the Champions League hang in the balance after losing their last-16 first-leg game to Paris St Germain 4-0, with the second leg coming up next Wednesday.Athletic Bilbao coach Ernesto Valverde is reported to be the number one choice to take over at Barca next season with Sevilla’s Jorge Sampaoli also in the running. Luis Enrique said he would have no say in picking his successor.last_img read more

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Batting collapse sends Windies to depressing defeat against Aussies

first_imgNOTTINGHAM, England (CMC) – Shai Hope and captain Jason Holder struck half-centuries but a late batting collapse sent West Indies to a hugely disappointing 15-run defeat to Australia, squandering an ideal opportunity to notch their second straight win of the ICC World Cup here yesterday.In pursuit of 289 at Trent Bridge in a contest marked by poor officiating, West Indies were well placed at one stage on 190 for four in the 35th over but then watched as five wickets tumbled for 66 runs, as the Caribbean side paid the price for injudicious strokes late in the innings and ended on 273 for nine off their 50 overs.Hope top-scored with a patient 68 off 105 balls that included seven fours, and appeared to be steering West Indies to victory but his demise in the 35th over sparked the West Indies slide, handing Australia their second straight win of the tournament.Holder struck 51 off 57 balls with seven fours and a six and hopes of a Windies victory were kept alive once he remained at the wicket. Mitchell Starc’s return for a final spell, however, sounded the death knell, as he knocked over Carlos Brathwaite (16) and Holder in the 46th over to quickly end the Windies bid.Left-hander Nicholas Pooran struck 40 while Chris Gayle and Shimron Hetmyer both got 21, but West Indies lost wickets at key moments which hurt their run chase.Left-arm seamer Starc claimed five for 46 while fast bowler Pat Cummins supported with two for 41.Andre Russell (right) celebrates one of his two wickets during yesterday’s 15-run defeat to Australia at Trent Bridge. (Photo courtesy CWI Media)Tail-ender Nathan Coulter-Nile had earlier struck a career-best 92 and stroke-maker Steve Smith, 73, as Australia recovered from 38 for four in the eighth over to reach 288 all out off 49 overs.Coulter-Nile, batting at number eight, struck eight fours and four sixes in a robust 60-ball knock which dug the Aussies out of trouble while Smith faced 103 balls and counted seven fours.Brathwaite got wickets at the back end of the innings to end with three for 67 while fellow pacers Andre Russell (2-41), Sheldon Cottrell (2-56) and Oshane Thomas (2-63) finished with two wickets each.West Indies drew first blood in the encounter after choosing to bowl first, unleashing a hostile pace assault on the reigning World champions which left them stunned early in the day.Thomas produced an absolute beauty to remove captain Aaron Finch for six to a catch at the wicket in the third over with the score on 15, the right-hander edging a quick length ball which shaped away.In the very next over, a frustrated David Warner steered Cottrell to Hetmyer at point to fall for three and left-hander Usman Khawaja (13), struck a fierce blow on the helmet by Thomas in the third over, edged Russell for wicketkeeper Shai Hope to take a brilliant one-handed catch diving low to his left in the fifth over.When Glenn Maxwell top-edged a pull at Cottrell off the second ball he faced and was caught off a skyer by Hope in the eighth over without scoring, Australia looked in danger of collapse.However, Smith came to his side’s rescue, first in a fifth-wicket stand of 41 with Marcus Stoinis (19) before adding a further 68 for the sixth wicket with wicketkeeper Alex Carey whose 45 came from 55 balls and included seven fours.Stoinis pulled captain Holder to Pooran at short mid-wicket in the 17th over and Carey feathered a catch to Hope in a new spell from Russell in the 31st over but Smith combined with Coulter-Nile to further frustrate West Indies in a pivotal 102-run stand for the seventh wicket.The partnership was ended in the 45th over by a superb running catch at backward square by Cottrell, who raced around the boundary to pluck Smith’s flick off Thomas out of the air. With the momentum taking him over the ropes, he released the ball just long enough to leap back on-field to complete the catch.In reply, West Indies’ start was less than ideal as they lost both Evin Lewis (1) and Gayle cheaply to be two down for 31 in the fifth over.The left-handed Lewis edged Cummins to second slip in the second over while Gayle, who was twice reprieved by DRS after being erroneously given out in successive deliveries by New Zealand umpire Chris Gaffaney in the third over, finally fell to a marginal lbw decision to Starc two overs later.TV replays revealed the standing umpire had missed a huge no-ball off the previous delivery, however, meaning Gayle should have instead benefitted from a free hit.Hope then repaired the Windies innings in a 68-run, third wicket with Pooran before adding a further 50 for the fourth wicket with Hetmyer.Pooran looked untroubled in his 36-ball innings which included five fours and a six before miscuing a heave over the top and falling to a catch at point by Finch off leg-spinner Adam Zampa in the 20th over.Hetmyer, meanwhile, blasted three fours and was just moving into another gear when he was sent back by Hope in a mix-up over a single in the 28th over and was run-out at the non-striker’s end.Hope, who counted seven fours, then combined with Holder to post 41 for the fifth wicket but his soft dismissal, caught at mid-on off Cummins, sparked the slide for West Indies.Russell blasted two fours and a six in an 11-ball 15 but then unnecessarily holed out to a running catch at point by Maxwell off Starc with West Indies needing just 73 runs off 67 balls.And all hope evaporated when Brathwaite drilled a Starc full toss to long on and Holder – twice reprieved by DRS after being mistakenly adjudged lbw on seven and 23 – pulled an innocuous delivery to short fine leg off the same bowler three balls later. AUSTRALIA innings Warner c Hetmyer b Cottrell 3 Finch c wkp. Hope b Thomas 6 Khawaja c wkp. Hope b Russell 1 Smith c Cottrell b Thomas 73 Maxwell c wkp. Hope b Cottrell 0 Stoinis c Pooran b Holder 19 Carey c wkp. Hope b Russell 45 Coulter-Nile c Holder b Brathwaite 92 Cummins c Cottrell b Brathwaite 2 Starc c Holder b Brathwaite 8 Zampa not out 0Extras: (b-1, lb-1, w-24, nb-1) 27Total: (all out, 49 overs) 288Fall of wickets: 1-15, 2-26, 3-36, 4-38, 5-79, 6-147, 7-249, 8-268, 9-284.Bowling: Thomas 10-0-63-2 (w-8, nb-1), Cottrell 9-0-56-2 (w-3), Russell 8-0-41-2 (w-5), Brathwaite 10-0-67-3 (w-2), Holder 7-2-28-1, Nurse 5-0-31-0.WEST INDIES inningsC Gayle lbw b Starc 21 Lewis c Smith b Cummins 1 Hope c Khawaja b Cummins 68 Pooran c Finch b Zampa 40 Hetmyer run-out 21 Holder  c Zampa b Starc 51 Russell c Maxwell b Starc 15 Brathwaite c Finch b Starc 16 Nurse not out 19 Cottrell b Starc 1 Thomas not out 0Extras: (lb-9, w-11) 20Total: (9 wkts, 50 overs) 273Fall of wickets: 1-7, 2-31, 3-99, 4-149, 5-190, 6-216, 7-252, 8-252.Bowling: Starc 10-1-46-5 (w-4), Cummins 10-3-41-2 (w-3), Coulter-Nile 10-0-70-0, Maxwell 6-1-31-0, Zampa 10-0-58-1, Stoinis 4-1-17-0.Points: Australia 2, West Indies 0.Man-of-the-Match: Nathan Coulter-Nile.last_img read more

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Zetlin: UW outdated, change needed

first_imgAs Bob Dylan would say, “The times, they are a changing.” We have iPhones, wireless internet, podcasts and DV-R.Someone needs to remind the Wisconsin football coaching staff of that.If there’s any team in college football that has an excuse to be old school, it’s Penn State. Why? Because its 81-year-old coach makes your grandfather look like he still needs a pacifier.But the Nittany Lions are everything but old school. They run the “Spread HD” offense, part defenders like Moses did the Red Sea and allow junior quarterback Daryll Clark to run, pass and put crooked numbers up on the scoreboard.The results: 6-0, 2-0 in the Big Ten and a No. 6 national ranking.Here in Madison, the outcome has been a bit different, as the Badgers have dropped their first two conference games, erasing all hopes of a Jan. 1 Rose Bowl berth.This summer, head coach Bret Bielema was certain that a pro-style offense featuring a fullback would give his team an advantage because so few defenses practice against anything like it. Wisconsin and Iowa are currently the only two Big Ten teams that do not run some form of the spread. The truth is, their decision makers are being stubborn and out-coached, their offenses are more outdated than Atari, and neither team has yet to win a conference game this season.What was glaringly obvious in the Badgers’ last two affairs was that they lack playmakers at the quarterback and wide receiver positions. And it’s not just the starters, either. The whole depth chart at those positions lacks true big play ability.Why, you ask? It’s simple. Why would top wide receiver and quarterback recruits — like a Terrelle Pryor, for example — want to play in this kind of offense? It’s built for offensive linemen, running backs and 1960s football.Like it or not, new age college football is about spreading the field and airing it out, with more speed than Talladega. Instead, the UW offense is in neutral because it doesn’t have enough firepower to move the chains on a consistent basis.If the Badgers want to compete with the NCAA elites, they need more talent at the skill positions. But the only way to accomplish that is to change the system.In other words, Bielema needs a new blueprint if he wants long-term success in this conference.In terms of the rest of this year, it’s easy to blame Allan Evridge for the 0-2 conference start; he touches the ball on every offensive play. But quite frankly, although he’s been mediocre at best, he’s played well enough to win at least one of the past two games. He didn’t drop half a dozen passes in Ann Arbor, and he wasn’t responsible for tackling Pryor and Beanie Wells Saturday night.That said, it’s time to pull the plug on No. 4 anyway.This is Bielema’s third season coaching the Badgers, and for the third straight campaign he’s started a different quarterback, all of whom have been seniors. This year it was Evridge’s turn after waiting patiently behind John Stocco and Tyler Donovan. Again, you can’t fault Evridge for the last two overall team performances; he was thrown into an unfair situation, his duty merely to lead a team after growing mold on the pine for two long years. Oh, and don’t lose because the bar of expectations is set higher than the top of Yao Ming’s door frame.Quarterback is arguably the hardest position in all of sports to learn. Reading defenses, memorizing playbooks and leading an 11-player unit: all near-impossible feats to master, especially for someone with only a little more collegiate game experience than I have.Does Evridge deserve another chance? Of course he does. Will he improve? No question. But when all chances of a legitimate bowl berth this season have flown out the window, there is no room for sympathy or emotions, and there’s only one goal: rebuild for next season.So this Saturday No. 6 Penn State comes to town. Which UW quarterback gives the Badgers the best chance to win? Evridge, simply because a debut against Penn State on national TV is too much to ask of anyone else. But for what, a winter trip to Detroit, San Antonio or Orlando if they’re lucky? We’ve seen that for longer than any of us would like.What Evridge could have used was some experience last season, after the Badgers dropped back-to-back games against Illinois and the same (only now they’re 10 times better) Nittany Lions they’ll see three days from now. But he sat behind Donovan all Outback Bowl-bound season, and now there’s a glazed doughnut in Wisconsin’s Big Ten win column.Coincidence? Don’t think so.Next season, Juice Williams will be back for the Illini, and Pryor, Clark and Steven Threet (Michigan) will all have a year under their respective belts when their teams hit the gridiron come fall. You think the Badgers stand a chance against any of them with a quarterback going through the same growing pains we’ve seen with Donovan and Evridge?Unless Brett Favre comes back to the Dairy State dressed in cardinal and white, I wouldn’t bet on it.You’ve got to feel bad for Allan because he was thrown into a near-impossible situation and was the product of significant injuries to his tight ends and poor play around him.Nevertheless, the time has come to make the switch. Either that, or get used to offensive mediocrity a year from now, too.Derek is a junior majoring in economics. Agree? Disagree? Agree to disagree? E-mail him at read more

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