Dare we predict an upturn?

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Hong Kong bans restaurant dining as it battles new wave of coronavirus

first_imgHong Kong banned gatherings of more than two people on Monday, closed down restaurant dining and introduced mandatory face masks in public places, including outdoors, as it tries to rein in a new coronavirus outbreak.The measures, which take effect from Wednesday, are the first time the densely populated city has completely banned dining in restaurants. Since late January, more than 2,700 people have been infected in Hong Kong, 20 of whom have died.”The situation is very worrying,” said Chief Secretary Matthew Cheung, adding that the current outbreak is the most severe the city has experienced. The measures will be in place for seven days, he said.The ban on dining at restaurants and food stalls threatens to complicate life for the many people in the city who depend on eating out for daily meals as their tiny apartments lack kitchen facilities.The Chinese-ruled territory, with a population of more than 7 million, in July halted dine-in services from 6 p.m. as concerns grew of a third wave of infections but allowed restaurants and cafes to function through the day as normal.However, the city has seen a spike in locally transmitted coronavirus cases over the past three weeks, with Monday the sixth consecutive day of triple-digit infections. Authorities reported 145 cases on Monday, a new daily record, of which 142 were locally transmitted cases.Authorities have warned that citizens have become too lax about wearing masks and social distancing.Over the weekend, they stepped up controls, sealing off popular beaches and introduced new rules to limit movements of ship and flight crews.Hong Kong’s Hospital Authority has said new cases are being found faster than public hospitals can take them in, according to public broadcaster RTHK.China’s liaison office in Hong Kong said on Sunday that the central government had made clear it would boost the city’s capacity in coronavirus tests and help set up hospitals especially for infected patients.Topics :last_img read more

The Gold Coast suburbs where house prices are climbing in a slowing market

first_imgWongawallan property prices have surged in the three months to May 2018.HOUSE prices on the Gold Coast are starting to dip after years of steady growth, but several suburbs are bucking the trend.CoreLogic data shows median house values have surged in Wongawallan, jumping 20 per cent to $990,000 in the three months to May 2018.Bilinga came a close second with prices climbing 15.8 per cent to $980,000 followed by Yatala (5.8 per cent), Tallai (5.4 per cent) and Coombabah (5.2 per cent).McGrath Surfers Paradise agent Lisa Halpin said buyers were willing to pay a premium to secure the few Wongawallan houses on the market, which was pushing the median up. Wongawallan is known for its acreage properties.“They’re in demand,” Mrs Halpin said.“I think (the growth) will continue too because it’s just a really nice little pocket.”Mrs Halpin said demand was outstripping supply, with one of her properties in the area attracting a prospective buyer before hitting the market.She noticed more buyers hailing from northern Coast suburbs on the waterfront moving to Wongawallan for more space.“It has manageable acreage,” she said.“You feel like you’re country living … but literally, 12 minutes and you’re back at Oxenford.”Harcourts Coastal Broadbeach agent Katrina Walsh said demand was also pushing prices up in Bilinga. The property at 307A Golden Four Drive, Bilinga is on the market.She said house hunters were flocking to the area because it was close to the city but much more affordable than other beachside suburbs.“It’s the next logical place (to live) if you want to walk on the sand,” she said.“It’s been undiscovered for quite some time and it’s a pretty end of the Gold Coast.”She said the majority of her inquiries lately were for the one Bilinga property she had on the market.CoreLogic analyst Cameron Kusher said while the heat had come out of the Gold Coast market in recent months, it wouldn’t slow to a critical point.“There was a lot of talk 12 to 18 months ago that following the Commonwealth Games there would be a big boom on the Gold Coast,” he said.center_img The trophy home at 252 Pacific Parade, Bilinga sold for $4 million last month prior to auction.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa15 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago“I thought there would be a lot of infrastructure and investment coming to the Gold Coast and people were getting into the market before then and now it’s slowed.”“You might see some decline for the rest of this year but I certainly don’t think the Gold Coast is going, at this point, the way of Sydney and Melbourne,” he said.He said the growth of unit prices was slowing more than houses. Top 10 bucking the trend: – Wongawallan 20 per cent – Bilinga 15.8 per cent– Yatala 5.8 per cent– Tallai 5.4 per cent– Coombabah 5.2 per cent– Worongary 4.8 per cent– Tugun 4 per cent– Ashmore 3.9 per cent– Tallebudgera Valley 3.8 per cent– Currumbin 3.4 per cent– Highland Park 2.7 Top 10 slowing: – Surfers Paradise -3.6 per cent– Coolangatta -2.7 per cent– Burleigh Heads and Clear Island Waters -2.1 per cent– Currumbin Valley and Robina -2 per cent– Labrador -1.9 per cent– Parkwood -1.8 per cent– Springbrook and Oxenford -1.6 per cent– Mermaid Beach -1.3 per cent– Bundall and Molendinar -1.2 per cent– Palm Beach -1 per centSource: CoreLogiclast_img read more

Open Season to test customer demand for German LNG terminal

first_imgDutch companies Gasunie and Vopak and Germany’s  Oiltanking are in the process of establishing the joint venture named German LNG Terminal.The purpose of the joint venture is to build, own and operate an LNG import terminal in northern Germany that will also provide LNG distribution services, a Vopak statement reads.To attract interest from the market and to gain detailed insight in customer demand, the joint venture intends to launch an open season starting January 17.The terminal offers the opportunity to further diversify Germany’s sources of gas supply and facilitates access to LNG as an alternative low-emission fuel for ships and trucks, the statement said.The development of the LNG facility is currently focusing on the location Brunsbüttel. The presence of the adjacent port of Hamburg and the industrial companies located in the region represents an attractive business environment, it said.Via the Kiel Canal, in the direct proximity of the intended terminal, the Scandinavian countries and the Baltic States can easily be reached.The start of the open season marks an important milestone in the development of Germany’s first LNG terminal. The aim of the facility is to provide discharge and loading of LNG ships, storage of LNG, regasification and send out into the natural gas network and LNG distribution via trucks and barges.In July 2017, the three companies received EU antitrust approval to establish a joint venture.Subject to, among others, the outcome of the open season start of construction of Germany’s first LNG terminal is envisaged after final investment decision in 2019, to be ready for operations in the fourth quarter 2022, the statement said.last_img read more

GTU/Ministry of Education National Schools Cycling C/ships

first_imgHicks, Poyer hold the key to Dist. 6’s successful defence of championship titleNATIONAL cyclist Andrew Hicks and fellow Berbician Whitney Poyer holds the key for District Six (Corentyne) to make a successful defence of the Guyana Teachers Union/Ministry of Education 56th Annual National Schools Cycling Championship titles.Having won the title last year, the Berbice cyclists are already leading the point standings with 269 points as against arch rivals – District 10 (Upper Demerara/Kwakwani) who are one point adrift.With this in mind, the results of tomorrow’s open road races for both boys and girls will be the main factors to determine the Champion District.This is where Hicks and Poyer come in as Hicks will be contesting the Boys’ open 40K event while Poyer will be a part of the Girls’ open 25K race.A win for both Hicks and Poyer will see the District adding 20 more points to their tally as the winning District will secure 10 points from each category.These valuable 20 points will give District 6 an unassailable lead which will be enough to see them successfully defending their title.Hicks is a very active cyclist who has won several road races for the 2016 cycling season and against tougher opposition. He has also competed at the Regional level with much success and once again, against opposition far higher than what he will come up against in tomorrow’s 40K race.Poyer, on the other hand, though not Guyana’s best female rider, has been very active this year and is by far, more experienced than the opposition and with this in mind, there is no reason why she cannot win the Girls’ 25k race.District 10 for their part will depend on Jernel Yearwood in the Boys’ 40K race but Yearwood is far less experienced than Hicks and does not have the kind of mileage that Hicks has in his legs, and this is very important to note, as the more mileage you have in your legs during a cycling season, the better your chances are of doing well.On the distaff side, for years, District 10 have not produced a top female cyclist and for years also, there were no races staged by local clubs that attracted female cyclists from the mining town, so it is safe to say that Poyer has no sort of opposition, come tomorrow.The two races get underway at 10:00hrs from outside the Ocean View International Hotel, proceed up the East Coast of Demerara and return to the place of origin for the finish.last_img read more

Cricket News Hardik Pandya’s absence will be a big factor for India in Australia Tests: Ian Chappell

first_imgNew Delhi: Ian Chappell, former Australia cricket team skipper, has said Hardik Pandya’s absence for the Test series against Australia starting on December 6 will be a major blow for Virat Kohli’s Indian cricket team. Chappell reckons that Pandya gave the balance to the Indian side and provided a lot more options to Kohli as India search for their first-ever Test series win in Australia. The all-rounder sustained a back injury during the Asia Cup in September and had to be stretchered off the field. The injury forced him to miss the Twenty20 Internationals and the Test series against Australia and there is hope that he could be fit for the ODI series starting in January 2019.Read More |Fakhar Zaman in doubt for Pakistan’s tour of South Africa“He was the balance to the team. If you had Pandya there under Australian conditions, he could perform as your third seamer and you could play two spinners in places like Adelaide and Sydney, where I think it is very handy to have five bowlers,” Chappell told ESPNCricinfo.Read More |Virat Kohli’s India aim to avoid tail-ender woes in Australia TestsHowever, according to a report in ESPNCricinfo, Pandya is undergoing rehabilitation at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) and selectors have told him to prove his fitness in the Ranji Trophy game where Baroda will take on Mumbai on December 14. The reports suggest that if Pandya performs well in the Mumbai clash, he could be included for the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne. With Pandya turning up for Baroda, he will not be part of the three one-dayers for India A against New Zealand A.Surprising if Australia reach 350-400 consistentlyWith Australia missing the services of Steve Smith and David Warner, the Australian batting line-up is fragile. The duo has been banned for one year due to the ball-tampering scandal in Cape Town and Chappell believes the hosts do not have the firepower to build big totals.“I think you have to be a supreme optimist to think about Australia getting 350-400 runs regularly in the Test series. If they can get 350 occasionally, it will surprise a lot of people, me being one of them,” Chappell said.Chappell also said this was the best Indian side to come Down Under and they have a good chance of winning the series. “I think it is one of the better teams to come from India, and certainly, as far as the fast bowlers are concerned, they are better suited to Australian conditions than any other pace-bowling attack I have seen come from India. But while things look good on paper for India, that has got to be translated into form on the field,” the Australian cricket veteran said. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Stage set for second GMRSC drag race today

first_imgTHE stage is set for the second round of the Guyana Motor Racing and Sports Club’s drag race meet. During yesterday’s final practice, several competitors braved the inclement morning weather to have final practice before today’s event.Some fans also came out to get a glimpse of the Team Mohameds/Magnus GTR, who managed just one pull due to a cold track.Much like the GTRs, the higher powered vehicles were unable to put down their full potential.Still GMR&SC president Rameez Mohamed contended that there will be a show for fans tomorrow.“Today (yesterday) we had some bad weather but we checked and we expect a fantastic day of racing tomorrow (today).”“We have more than 50 registered competitors so far and guys were still registering their cars. We expect to start with about 70 tomorrow.”Admission to today’s event stands at $500 for children and $1 000 for adults with action beginning at 10:00hrs.Other sponsors are Platinum Car Show, Supreme Bets, R. Kissoon Contracting Services, Deryck Jaisingh Trucking Service and Machinery Rentals, Del Ice Co., Mohamed’s Enterprise, B.M. SOAT Auto Sales, Prem’s Electrical, E-Networks, Motor Trend, Nexus Machine Shop, Power Line, WindJammer Hotel, Cyril’s Taxi, A&R Jiwanram Printery, Blue Spring Water, Choke Gas Station, Special Auto, First Class Auto Spares and Sales, GT Tuners, Tropical Shipping and Jumbo Jet Auto Sales  West Coast Customs Washbay and Imran Autoworks.last_img read more

Lai Mohammed’s Welcome Surprise On Local Sports Sponsorship

first_imgShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The Minister of Information and Culture Alhaji Lai Mohammed knew what awaited him when he dared last week to counter the rather illogical business strategy that has seen big Nigerian brands pour millions of dollars into sponsoring foreign football. How it makes sense for Nigerian businesses to take out millions of scarce dollars from our desperately sick economy to pump into foreign economies as the way to reach “eyeballs” at home, can only be understood in a Nigerian or sub-Saharan African business school. That the eyeballs have lost their jobs or have had their salaries slashed, or have not been paid in months seems lost on them? “I know they are going to attack me on this but I am not made a minister to sustain the economy of other countries,” said Mohammed defiantly. Sure enough the attacks poured in. Left to me though, I thought the minister was too soft, he should have gone the way of the Chinese. Let me bring you up to speed if you don’t know what this is about. Last week the minister warned that government would move to change broadcast laws in order to discourage Nigerian brands from sponsoring foreign sports at the expense of the local industry. He lamented that a big beverage brand spent $7m dollars sponsoring foreign football clubs last year and vowed to make sure that going forward every $1 a company spends on sponsoring foreign football will attract 30% tax for the development of the Nigerian league.When football clubs in China were blowing crazy sums on buying foreign football talents in the recent past, the government moved in to check the trend by imposing a 100% tax on those clubs. Meaning that if you buy a player for $100m, you also paid $100m for the development of the local game. That would have appealed to me more in this case.center_img Many Nigerian businesses are still clinging onto the habits of the oil boom days when they hardly had to think about building and sustaining industries that create all round societal value and wealth. Most are still hoping to simply milk the little that still trickles down from oil. The tourism industry, a potential multi-trillion naira industry, is flat out on its back despite the wonderful destinations this country boasts of, while we have all pumped our money into overseas tours. It is the same across virtually every sector, but it is in the sports industry where the damage is most telling, because of the massive influence sports has on societies.Sports inspires nations like no other. Humans have found inspiration from sporting heroes since the ancient society. Not only are we enthralled by the spectacle, even when we are not sportsmen ourselves, we seek to ape such triumphs in our different disciplines. Sports also engender camaraderie in society. When we all gather in sporting arenas to cheer our teams and heroes, we feel a sense of kinship, of a united people, of one humanity. In addition, sports allow us to reach levels of self-discipline and physical exertion like no other.For our young, and this is critical in Nigeria today, it has being scientifically proven that sports lead to better academic performance. Sports also enhance social competence, boost problem solving skills, lifts self-confidence and self-efficacy. One sport can engage millions of people in society across all ages – from two years when you begin the quest for global dominance, to your dying days when sports is simply activity that is needed to prolong your days. For all the noise about secession and restructuring as well as political and religious divisions, football teams in Nigeria crisscross the country weekly to compete in peace. There are South East players in northern teams and northern players in Southern teams. It is the same across all sports.So it is critical that we get sports right in this country. In thinking about our post-oil future, sports presents a wonderful opportunity to create thousands of new jobs and to engage people in healthy and productive ways. Sports can smoothen out our differences and help us pull together in one direction. Sports can be as wide ranging in its influence as checking our exploding population and even child marriages. If a young girl of 16 is chasing medals in state, national or international competitions, the last thing on her mind would be fooling around with boys and messing up her career by becoming a teen mum. Many young men will stop roaming our streets, drinking alcohol and smoking weed, because sports teach you discipline in every aspect – your choice of foods, your practice, your sleep time, your habits etc. Sports clean up society.Sports even influence the beauty of our towns and cities. In sports crazy societies regional planning provides for parks, community sports centers, and sports arenas where talents can be discovered, engaged and developed. Lagos, for instance, is our trophy city rendered ugly by the absence of a sports culture. A primary school in the USA has a sports facility that probably would rank better than some of our professional sports arenas. A top US college football team earns more yearly than Nigeria’s annual budget for youth and sports. These people are not stupid, they are the richest and most progressive country in the world. Indeed the five richest countries in the world finished in the top six places at the Rio Olympics.Imagine a world without the Olympics or the football World Cup or other major sports tournaments. We would be a fractured world, a boring and unproductive world lacking in innovation. That is the nightmare Nigeria faces. We are country without a thriving sports industry, disunited, poor, unhealthy and lacking in innovation.In truth there are many people running different sports in Nigeria today that have no business near sports management. An industry so important to nation building, can never, should never, be entrusted to political jobbers and narrow-minded businessmen. The fact is that brands demand and deserve value for their promotional spend and local sports have been so abysmally run that they are unpopular with audiences and sponsors. The solution though cannot be in sponsoring foreign sports. Apart from the billions that go into sponsorship and tourism, Nigerians pay over N20b for the rights to watch the English Premier League on TV. That’s madness! Brands must realise that we live in an ecosystem and that their own businesses are at risk when they idly watch the industry killed by unfit administrators.Sponsoring foreign sports is a suicidal business strategy. A bank that sponsors the English Premier League only promotes business for banks in the UK. A telecoms player that sponsors the EPL loses business to Vodafone and BT. A food company that sponsors the EPL loses business to food chains in the UK. Big brands must realise that they need to put money into sports and wake up this giant industry. They must call government to order and demand for the right people to run our sports. Once that is done, the athletes can grow in skill and stature and start to compete internationally for top prizes that they bring back home to our banks and other businesses. Foreign sponsors like Nike, Adidas, and the like would also start investing in our athletes and local sports stars, while TV networks around the world will begin to fish for Nigerian sports content and pay for them. We have seen this in our music, movie, and comedy industry and we can see it in our sports industry.But this is not just something for the information minister to tackle alone. He needs to rally the federal executive council and form a caucus of ministers whose portfolios will benefit from a successful sports industry. Top on my list would be the ministers of youth and sports, health, labour, industry, aviation, tourism, education, finance, economic planning, internal affairs and agriculture. This group must fashion out a way forward that will benefit all – government, fans and the brands. The country badly needs this.last_img read more

GRIDIRON – Proven schools struggle, face heat

first_imgIn case you’ve been locked in your room with a broken television and no computer for the past 12 days, Michigan and Notre Dame — the two winningest programs in NCAA football history — are both 0-2. Not only that, but they will square off Saturday at Michigan Stadium, “The Big House,” meaning one team has to fall to 0-3. Imagine that. What has been even more shocking is the complete failures that former perennial powerhouses from the not-so-distant past have turned into.Teams that dominated the late ’90s and early 2000s are starting to dig themselves into deeper and deeper holes. Teams like USC, Florida and Oklahoma lose their stud players, yet remain at the top of the BCS food chain on a consistent basis. But what’s happening to the other teams that are supposed to recycle talent as well, teams that should be annual contenders but have fallen out of the Top 25? Let’s take a closer look:Notre Dame Fighting IrishCharlie Weis’ Irish have looked like a JV team scrimmaging the varsity in their first two contests — first, a 33-3 slaughtering at home to a pretty good Georgia Tech team, then another embarrassing loss to a solid Penn State team on the road. Granted, both teams are now ranked, but there’s no excuse for back-to-back performances like that. This is Notre Dame, for crying out loud!The Irish, post-Brady Quinn quarterback situation, have been a complete disaster thus far; sophomore Demetrius Jones and freshman Jimmy Clausen have looked Ryan Leaf-esque (Leaf in the NFL, not college) thus far. What happened to the ’04 and ’05 recruiting classes? The Irish have a quarterback from each class on their roster; are they really that bad? How hard could it be to recruit at least one quarterback every year to play at Notre Dame?However, Notre Dame’s quarterback play hasn’t been the most disappointing part of its short-lived season — that distinction goes to the coaching. Weis’ crew has been beaten in all facets of both games this season. That shouldn’t happen. The Irish have been outscored 64-13 in the losses. The defense has been just as abysmal as the offense, and that’s saying something considering the Irish have a total of minus-8 yards rushing on the season and have yet to score an offensive touchdown. Even if Clausen develops into the player they say he will, the Irish are still in trouble. The glory days of Joe Montana, Rocket Ismail and even Brady Quinn are starting to seem like ancient memories in South Bend. And despite a $30 million-plus contract, Chuck’s seat is starting to get uncomfortably hot.Miami Hurricanes and Florida State Seminoles”The U” just doesn’t have that same ring to it anymore, and Bobby Bowden’s Seminoles hardly strike fear into opponents. The ACC just hasn’t been the same since Willis McGahee’s knee got shattered in the 2003 Fiesta Bowl against Ohio State. With all due respect to the Wake Forest, there’s no way the Demon Deacons, with a student body of about 4,000, should ever be crowned champions of the ACC, but they were just a season ago.The ACC has lost all its credibility as a top football conference in the past few seasons, and it will remain so until the Seminoles and Canes regain their former prowess (Virginia Tech has held up its end of the bargain). The ACC and the Big East (which is merely a basketball conference at this point) are the only two major conferences that have not received an at-large BCS birth (the conference winner receives an automatic bid); the SEC, Big Ten, Big 12, and Pac-10 have combined for the other 15 bids.Again, it all comes down to recruiting — or lack thereof. You mean to tell me “The U” and FSU can’t find enough football players in the state of Florida to assemble a Top 25 football team? Even if the University of Florida fills its entire roster with the 50 top players from Florida (which isn’t the case), those other two Florida schools should be able to field a team that could compete with, say, California, who has to compete for recruits with USC, not to mention UCLA. Obviously Notre Dame isn’t stealing any high-impact players from the Sunshine State. I’m sorry, but there’s no excuse for the drop-off in these former-supreme programs. Wintry weather can’t even be an excuse, like it could be for Notre Dame or Michigan, which is still pushing it.Michigan WolverinesBig Blue’s case is a little different than the previous three. Michigan has no recruiting problems and no lack of talent. Sure, they lost defensive starters Leon Hall, Prescott Burress, LaMarr Woodley and Alan Branch to the NFL, but the trio of Chad Henne, Mario Manningham and Mike Hart should be enough to at least contend for a Big Ten Championship, if not a National Championship, let alone beat Appalachian State or Oregon at home.Much like Weis’ Irish, Michigan has one problem this season: lack of coaching. The Wolverines were completely unprepared in week one against that team from the Southern Conference and were badly out-coached once again by an average (at best) Ducks squad. There’s just no excuse in Ann Arbor. If head coach Lloyd Carr keeps his job through January it will be a miracle.And for those analysts (Bill Plaschke) who claim the Big Ten is a subpar conference, send the Ducks to Madison or Happy Valley or Columbus and see what happens, because the Wolverines no longer deserve to be mentioned in that equation.last_img read more

Women’s tennis celebrates final home weekend with victory over Illinois

first_imgFor the Wisconsin women’s tennis team, its final weekend at home could not have gone any better.The Badgers ended their regular season with a dramatic, emotional 4-3 win over Illinois Sunday. After a strong 4-3 win over Iowa Saturday, the Badgers came out ready to continue the success against the Fighting Illini, a team they haven’t beaten in the last four years.“[This is] probably the best weekend I’ve had since I’ve been here,” head coach Brian Fleishman said. “For four years, this is what I’ve been waiting for, so this was fun today.”Starting off strong, Wisconsin won the No. 1 and No. 3 doubles matches to win the doubles point.Despite losing the No. 2 doubles match, sophomore Hannah Berner and senior Jessica Seyferth kept things close, losing the match 9-7.“I think we played great,” Berner said. “Their second doubles team is really good. I was happy that we got the doubles point, and I was really proud of how [Seyferth] played. It was a great fight. Overall, I think we were both happy afterward and used the momentum of the point and forgot about our loss.”Leading the match 1-0 into singles play, UW started singles play off determined to keep the momentum going.Holding the No. 5 spot for the Badgers, junior Aleksandra Markovic fought to a third set after losing her first set 7-5. Winning her second set 6-4 and forcing a playoff for the match point –  ultimately a win for Wisconsin – Markovic tussled with Illinois’ Leigh Finnegan.Tied at five-all in the playoff, Markovic gained a 6-5 advantage, and after a long volley, forced Finnegan to miss sealing the set and match for herself and her team.At each spot, the Badgers quickly gained a game point advantage over the Illini. But before they could close out a set, Illinois fought back.“It was great,” Berner said of the win. “I looked in every girl’s eyes, and every girl believed that she could win. I think this was weekend for us to go into the Big Ten Tournament.”Seyferth struggled at the No. 4 spot, losing two sets, 6-1, 6-2. Seyferth was honored before the game and failed to win either of her matches Sunday after sealing the win for the Badgers Saturday against Iowa.“You might think that, but she wanted the team to win,” Fleishman said after being asked if Seyferth was disappointed about her results. “That’s what she’s been all about for four years.”With freshman Jenny Hois out with an injury, redshirt junior Alaina Trgovich held the No. 1 spot for the Badgers. Finishing right after Seyferth, Trgovich lost two sets, 6-3 and 6-4, putting Illinois on top 2-1.Fleishman was not entirely surprised by the quick losses at the No. 1 and No. 4 spots.“The ones that finished quickly, both of those players they lost to were really good players – Smutko and White from Illinois – but I knew the matchup at the other spots were good and we could be competitive with them,” Fleishman said.Wisconsin appeared to be losing momentum, but Berner held strong at the No. 3 spot against Illinois’ Allison Falkin. Winning two sets, 6-4, 6-2, Berner helped reignite the momentum for the Badgers.“I’m really happy that I was able to play well at [No.] 3 and show the team that we can all win at every spot,” Berner said. “I’m coming off a loss from [Saturday], but the team won. [Sunday] I definitely wanted to get a singles point to make it a little easier for my team. I think when I came back and got the momentum and we got the second point, I think the team really used the momentum of my match to make them believe that they could win theirs.”Junior Angela Chupa continued to carry the momentum through her third set at the No. 6 spot.Chupa lost her first set quickly, 6-2 to UI’s Annie McCarthy. Much like Markovic, Chupa fought through a back-and-forth match, finishing off the last two sets, 6-4 and 6-3, putting the Badgers ahead 3-2.“I saw that Jess lost and Hannah came through. I wanted to do it for the team and Jess on her senior day,” Chupa said. “I just didn’t really think about the result; I just played for myself and played for the team. I ended up on top, so it was a good feeling.”Led by Berner, Chupa and Markovich, the Badgers showed they can win from all any spot in the lineup.“It’ll give us a lot of confidence in the lower part of our lineup, which really wasn’t as strong earlier in the season, but now I think we’re going into these matches and we believe in everybody no matter what spot they’re playing,” Chupa said. “It’s definitely a huge confidence builder.“The girls know that they can do it even if they’re down – they can come back and win in three sets. It shows the fight of the girls, which is great.”last_img read more