PREMIUMJakarta floods hit street vendors hard despite minor impact on city’s growth

first_imgLOG INDon’t have an account? Register here floods Jakarta-flood disaster Jakarta-administration bank-indonesia Statistics-Indonesia economy economic-growth Facebook Forgot Password ? Topics : Log in with your social account Linkedin Google Rosuli, the owner of a small kiosk in flood-stricken Kayu Putih in East Jakarta, had to move the goods from the shelves to the loft as water inundated his shop on Feb. 25, forcing him to close for the whole day.“The rain was too strong. It did not stop overnight”, the 68-year-old, who has been running the kiosk together with his wife Fatimah for five years, said on Wednesday.He said closing his shop that day had cost him Rp 300,000 (US$21.19) as that was what he usually made a day by selling daily necessities such as snacks, bottled beverages and cigarettes.The floods also forced him to make a bulk purchase worth around Rp 5 million to replace goods ruined by floodwater, said Fatimah. They were also forced to replace their refrigerator twice, as it broke in the New Year’s Day flood and then again in late February.”I could not eat and sleep f…last_img read more

Study panning anti-malaria drug Trump took against COVID faces new questions

first_imgNearly 150 doctors signed an open letter to the Lancet last week calling the article’s conclusions into question and asking to make public the peer review comments that preceded publication.”This is not some sideshow or minor issue,” said Dr. Walid Gellad, a professor at University of Pittsburgh’s medical school, who was not a signatory of the letter but has been critical of the study.”We’re in an unprecedented pandemic. We’ve organized these enormous clinical trials to figure out if something works. And this study stopped or paused a couple of those trials, and changed the narrative around a drug that no one knows if it works or not,” he said.The observational study published in the Lancet on May 22 looked at 96,000 hospitalized COVID-19 patients, some treated with the decades-old malaria drug that Trump said he took and has urged others to use. Several clinical trials were put on hold after the study was published.The study, using data provided by healthcare data analytics firm Surgisphere, was not a traditional clinical trial that would have compared hydroxychloroquine to a placebo or other medicine.The Lancet’s editors said in a note that serious scientific questions about the study were brought to their attention and an independent audit of the data has already been commissioned.Surgisphere said in a statement that the audit “will bring further transparency to our work (and) further highlight the quality of our work.”Earlier on Tuesday, the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) said it was concerned about the quality of the data behind a different study it published in May that also used data from Surgisphere and had the same lead author.Dr. Mandeep Mehra, the lead author and a professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, defended the use of the Surgisphere dataset as an intermediary step until clinical data is available.”I eagerly await word from the independent audits, the results of which will inform any further action,” Mehra said in a statement after the Lancet note.The World Health Organization (WHO) suspended hydroxychloroquine’s use in a large trial on COVID-19 patients after the Lancet study. Following the WHO trial suspension, the governments of France, Italy and Belgium halted the use of hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19 patients.Among the critics of the study to sign the letter last week were several academics from the University of Oxford and Mahidol Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit (MORU) in Bangkok, which had been conducting the global “COPCOV” trial of hydroxychloroquine as a treatment of COVID-19.The trial was paused last week, after the Lancet article.In March, Trump, with little scientific evidence, said hydroxychloroquine used in combination with the antibiotic azithromycin had “a real chance to be one of the biggest game changers in the history of medicine.” He later said he took the drugs preventively after two people who worked at the White House were diagnosed with COVID-19.Trump and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro discussed a joint research effort on using hydroxychloroquine as both a prophylaxis and treatment for the coronavirus, the White House said on Tuesday.  British medical journal the Lancet on Tuesday said it had concerns about data behind an influential article that found hydroxychloroquine increased the risk of death in COVID-19 patients, a conclusion that undercut scientific interest in the medicine championed by US President Donald Trump.Hydroxychloroquine – which has anti-inflammatory and antiviral properties – inhibited the coronavirus in laboratory experiments but has not been proven effective in humans, particularly in placebo-controlled, randomized clinical trials considered the gold standard for data.The debate has become highly politicized, and many scientists have voiced concern.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Air Products to build Saudi Arabia tech center

first_imgAir ProductsUS-based LNG equipment maker, Air Products signed an agreement with Dhahran Techno Valley Company to build and develop a technology center to serve Saudi Arabia and the Middle East region.Air Products’ new technology center is currently being designed and is expected to be fully operational by 2019.As the company’s new technology center and primary base for technology support in Saudi Arabia the center will ultimately become a base for collaboration with regional universities, as well as for supporting all of Air Products’ technical activities in the region, the company said in a statement.During design and construction of the new center, Air Products will base its operations from offices in Al Khobar.last_img read more

Bob McCoskrie: Due diligence on today’s cannabis—a response

first_imgA response to “What we know, and don’t know, about cannabis, psychosis and violence”,1 Boden and Spittlehouse (26 July 2019).In May 2019, as calls for the legalisation of cannabis grew ever louder, and with the upcoming referendum on legalisation in 2020, Family First launched a petition asking the government to first investigate the possible link between cannabis and violence. Emphasis on ‘possible’. We raised the issue for good reason.Over the past couple of decades, studies around the globe have found that higher levels of THC—the active compound in cannabis—is strongly linked to psychosis, schizophrenia, and violence.And with increasing THC levels being found in marijuana products consumed via edibles, vaping and dabbing, the risk is growing. In Colorado the average THC content of all tested flower in 2017 was 19.6%, and for concentrated extract products, 68.6%.2 Potency rates can now be as high as 99.9%.3Researchers have studied alcohol and violence for generations, proving that alcohol is a risk factor for domestic abuse and assault. Far less work has been done on cannabis. And that’s effectively the work that we’d like to see done—before we move to legalise it. We would argue that the evidence is already building.A recent study in The Lancet concluded that “people who smoked marijuana on a daily basis were three times more likely to be diagnosed with psychosis… For those who used high-potency marijuana daily, the risk jumped to nearly five times.”4,5This follows research last year which found that frequent marijuana use was associated with intimate partner violence,6 similar to a 2011 study.7Research published in 2016 in the journal Psychological Medicine concluded that continued cannabis use is associated with seven-fold greater odds for subsequent commission of violent crimes.8As with all research, there are limitations in the studies mentioned above. But those same limitations also apply to studies which say there is no association.The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) summed up the issue in their 2012 report, saying that the increasing potency of cannabis can increase psychotic symptoms in regular users.9The new paper “Cannabis use and violence in patients with severe mental illnesses: A meta-analytical investigation” is the most comprehensive survey yet on the issue.10 Findings showed a moderate cannabis-violence association in severe mental illness. What’s also striking is how recent most of the papers examined are—10 of the 12 papers are in the last decade, and 7 of the 12 since 2016.Just this year, more than 40 clinicians, researchers and scientists from Massachusetts, including many from Harvard Medical School, released a Statement of Concern, highlighting negative effects of THC—“Increased risk of serious mental health problems including acute psychosis (eg, hallucinations, delusions), paranoia, schizophrenia, depression, anxiety and suicide, with growing scientific evidence that daily use of high THC products bring greater risk”.11They highlighted 2018 research from the Copenhagen University Hospital which found that “41% of those who experience cannabis-induced psychosis later convert to schizophrenia.”12Recently in Vermont, the Department of Mental Health warned legislators, stating, “…multiple studies have linked regular cannabis use to an estimated doubling of the risk of a psychotic illness… Violent behaviour as a result of cannabis-induced paranoia and other psychotic symptoms is also an increasing concern”.13In Maryland, neuroscientist Christine Miller warned legislators, “The causal link between marijuana use and the development of psychosis is quite simply the most well-replicated, high-impact finding in schizophrenia research today. Given current use rates and the strong potency of the drug available, it stands to be responsible for a larger proportion of schizophrenia cases than any other established factor…”14In the same way that there is some real evidence that components of marijuana can be made into medicine, there is building scientific evidence suggesting that components of the plant can at times lead to mental illness, at times severe, that can lead to violence.It is interesting that Boden and Spittlehouse agree with Family First that “more research is needed on the possible linkages between cannabis exposure and violence.”We are simply asking for research and scientific consensus, before moving forward as a country with a change this massive. We believe this to be a responsible and thoughtful way to move forward.https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal-articles/due-diligence-on-todays-cannabis-a-response The New Zealand Medical Journal 25th October 2019, Volume 132 Number 1504Family First Comment: In a first for us, we had a letter published in the New Zealand Medical Journal It explains the reason for our calls for an investigation into the possible link between cannabis, psychosis and violence. Emphasis on ‘possible’. Drug proponents like Alison Mau, Chloe Swarbrick, the Drug Foundation and even members of the Prime Minister’s ‘expert’ panel investigating legal cannabis hate even the mention of this topic. Why are they so opposed? Read our letter.last_img read more

Fifth Circuit Denies Standford Appeal

first_imgNewsRegional Fifth Circuit Denies Standford Appeal by: – March 15, 2011 34 Views   no discussions Share A federal appeals court has ruled that it will not allow R Allen Stanford to be granted bail pending his trial. News on Monday said the New Orleans-based 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals announced on Monday that it does not have jurisdiction.The embattled financier’s lawyers told the court two weeks ago that Stanford should be allowed his freedom to assist in his own defense.They also argued that the charges should be dropped since he has been denied his right to a speedy trial following his arrest in 2009.Prosecutors have however noted that some of the delays in the case have been requested by Stanford.Source: Caribarena Antigua Sharecenter_img Tweet Sharing is caring! Sharelast_img read more

Juventus plot high-profile swap bid for Man Utd star Pogba

first_imgJuventus are ready to make a high-profile swap offer for Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba. Paul Pogba’s Man Utd future is unclear Tuttosport says Juve management are determined to bring Pogba back to Turin this summer – though are reluctant to pay straight cash. Given the suspension of Europe’s season and the uncertainty around the finances of clubs, Juve believe their best option to re-sign Pogba would be to set up a swap arrangement with United.Advertisement Promoted ContentHere Are The Best Movies Since 1982 You Should Definitely SeeWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year6 Unusual Facts About Bollywood, Pollywood And Tollywood11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top7 Reasons It’s Better To Be A Vegan10 Awesome TV Series That Got Cancelled Way Too SoonA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This DayBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?You’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way As such, the Bianconeri would be willing to offer one of Paulo Dybala or Miralem Pjanic in exchange for United’s No6. Read Also:COVID-19: New-look Pogba provides update from quarantine (Video) And it would be a deal that tempts United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who had approved the signing of Dybala last summer before the Argentine pulled out of the transfer at the last minute. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Loading… last_img read more

Business as usual for O’Neill

first_img However, as O’Neill prepared to cross the Atlantic ahead of friendlies against Costa Rica and Portugal, he was a happy man. Asked about Keane’s decision, he said: “I’m naturally very pleased and delighted that he’s done so. Maybe we might just get on with things now. “It’s obviously good news for us, for everyone concerned, I think. The players in particular are delighted, and so are the rest of us. “I think that he has enjoyed it here immensely – that obviously plays a part in his thinking. I’m sure there were quite a number of factors, but that was pretty important too. “At this minute, he is enjoying it – he has just got started – and hopefully that might continue.” O’Neill is well aware that Celtic’s interest – he revealed last week that the 42-year-old had held informal talks with the Scottish champions – is unlikely to be the last approach for Keane. O’Neill said: “Celtic is a great club, it’s a fantastic club. In the future, he will have loads of offers, as he has had in the past and in the immediate past. “Things like this here will crop up again, with a wee bit of luck. I’m not saying Celtic will, but that type of job will.” Republic of Ireland boss Martin O’Neill jetted out to the United States on Wednesday insisting it was business as usual after holding on to assistant Roy Keane. The 62-year-old Ulsterman was delighted at Keane’s decision not to pursue Celtic’s interest in him as their new manager, which he revealed on Monday after days of speculation that he was bound for Parkhead. Keane has since been linked with a role at Aston Villa, working alongside Paul Lambert in conjunction with his Republic duties. Indeed, the link with Villa is evidence that Keane remains a man in demand. That said, O’Neill for one is drawing a line under that particular topic until after he and his assistant have run the rule over the players in the Republic’s remaining summer friendlies. The former Celtic and Sunderland manager said: “I wish I could predict the future – I might be in better shape than I am. “But everything now at this minute is on the back-burner in terms of all speculation, all that type of stuff. I don’t really want to continue on with this until we come back from the United States.” Keane’s presence within the Ireland set-up was designed to give them a higher profile, but the former Manchester United captain has found himself in the headlines repeatedly since accepting O’Neill’s offer of work in November last year. But the manager insists he can handle the interest his number two has sparked. O’Neill said: “Actually, it isn’t really a problem to me. It will happen again, there’s no doubt at all about it, and I will deal with it accordingly at that time, or Roy will deal with it accordingly.” In the meantime, the pair will attempt to put together teams to face the Costa Ricans in Philadelphia on Friday night and the Portuguese in New Jersey four days later, having been hit by a series of withdrawals. Ciaran Clark has a niggling knee problem and has not travelled, and the same applies for fellow defenders John O’Shea, Seamus Coleman and Damien Delaney, while striker Jon Walters is recovering from a virus which at one point left him on a drip in hospital. Walters’ condition has improved markedly since and he, like full-back Stephen Ward, who is nursing a knock, could join up with the squad ahead of the Portugal game. Press Associationlast_img read more

Zebo hoping to keep Ireland spot

first_imgIreland winger Simon Zebo is determined to hold on to his place in the squad after making his first international appearance in a year in their 29-17 win over Argentina last weekend. The 24-year old missed out on this year’s RBS 6 Nations triumph after a spell on the sidelines with a foot injury, but is hopeful he can do enough on the two-match tour to Argentina to claim a permanent spot. “It’s always a pleasure and an honour to get to wear the green jersey and I was just grateful that I had got the chance to get back and play,” said the Munster player. “It’s been a while through injury and other things that I’ve been out. To come back and get in the shirt and get a win as well has been special. “It’s always going to be tough with the competition we have. There are some world-class operators in the back-three department for us and we’re blessed to have that. “Competition drives players on to perform even better so it’s better for the squad as a whole. “Hopefully the strong competition drives me on and drives all our other players on, and come the World Cup and the Six Nations we’ll have a very, very strong squad, plenty of strength in depth to operate with.” Zebo won his seventh cap against the Pumas at the weekend and was pleased with how the match went for him. He said: “I was relatively happy. It’s been a couple of weeks since I’ve last played and I was a little rusty in a couple of areas but generally happy with the few touches I had. “The most important thing was to get the win and hopefully now we can do that again against Argentina, but we know it will be very tough. “We are looking forward to and it should be good.” Ireland face Argentina on Saturday in the second Test in Tucuman. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

The Latest: UNC fall sports still on despite remote learning

first_imgThe Latest: UNC fall sports still on despite remote learning Associated Press Johnson announced on Twitter that he’ll sit out the season and focus on completing his master’s degree in criminal justice in December.The Southeastern Conference allows players to opt out of the season because of COVID-19 and remain on scholarship.Johnson started all 12 games last season, allowing only one sack. His father, David, was hospitalized this summer because of the virus.“I will be forever grateful for my time here at Ole Miss,” Johnson wrote Sunday night on Twitter. “God bless and Hotty Toddy.”___ More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The Kansas City Chiefs will limit capacity of Arrowhead Stadium to 22% when they begin defense of their Super Bowl title, which equates to about 17,000 fans at what is considered one of the toughest environments in the NFL.The club announced its plans along with ticketing information for its first three games on Monday after consulting with officials from The University of Kansas Health System. Tickets will be sold in “grouped pods of seats” beginning next week. Only the first three home games — against the Texans, Patriots and Raiders — will go on sale initially to season ticket holders. The Chiefs said guidance from local and public health officials will determine capacity all the season.While the Chiefs plan to allow tailgating, fans will be limited to the area directly behind their vehicle and with fans who have tickets in their pods. They are encouraged to wear face coverings, which are mandatory inside the stadium, and to use proper social distancing throughout game days.___ The teams that were invited to participate this year will be invited next year instead.There is no decision yet on how to allocate the CONCACAF Champions League slot that typically goes to the tournament champion.___Kansas State will allow 25% capacity at its football stadium for games this season after getting approval Monday from the county commission. That means a maximum crowd of just under 15,000 fans.The Big 12 Conference is allowing schools to set their own attendance policies based on local jurisdictions. Due to the situation surrounding COVID-19, the United States Tennis Association has canceled all national junior events through Oct. 12.The USTA also has canceled all adult Category 1 events, comprising the Adult, Open, Family, and Age divisions, through the end of the year.The decision to cancel was made to ensure the health and safety of all those involved since interstate travel required for the tournaments carries an increased risk of contracting the disease. The USTA said different regulations, restrictions and quarantine periods at the sites of the events and in the home states of the players were considered. ___ Auburn football coach Gus Malzahn says his players have had 33 positive tests for COVID-19 this summer.Malzahn says one staff member also tested positive earlier this summer. The Tigers and other Southeastern Conference teams opened preseason camp Monday ahead of a season scheduled to start on Sept. 26.Malzahn says Auburn had no positive tests last week, but four players are still going through the testing protocols. He expects results back by the end of the week.He says the school has administered 863 tests among players, an average of more than seven times each. Staffers have had five tests each.Linebacker Chandler Wooten and backup defensive back Traivon Leonard have opted out playing this season. The school announced the move to online-only instruction on Monday after reporting four coronavirus clusters involving student housing or a fraternity since Friday. UNC’s athletics department later issued a statement saying athletes will continue to take classes online and be able to participate in workouts while following safety protocols.Athletes can choose to remain in current residences either on or off the Chapel Hill campus.UNC is a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference, which has announced plans to begin its football and other fall sports seasons the week of Sept. 7.“We still are expecting to play this fall, and we will continue to evaluate the situation in coordination with the university, the ACC, state and local officials, and health officials,” UNC’s athletics department said in the statement. “The health and safety of our student-athletes, coaches and staff, and community remains our priority.”___center_img There will be no fans at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium for NFL and MLS games played in September. The Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta United say the coronavirus pandemic forced the decision.The teams say they will continue to collaborate with local and national health officials before deciding on the possibility for fans in games after September.The Falcons will play at least two home games without fans — against Seattle on Sept. 13 and against Chicago on Sept. 27.“The health and safety of our fans is our top priority,” said Steve Cannon, CEO of the Falcons and Atlanta United owner Arthur Blank’s sports and entertainment group. Cannon said the decision was made “after thoughtful consideration and collaboration.”Atlanta United previously announced there would be no fans for three games: Aug. 22 against Nashville SC, Aug. 29 against Orlando City SC and Sept. 2 against Inter Miami CF. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The University of North Carolina says it still plans to play sports this fall after canceling in-person undergraduate classes in favor of remote instruction amid the coronavirus pandemic. ___Furman of the Division I Southern Conference is postponing all fall nonconference sports due to the coronavirus pandemic.Athletic director Jason Donnelly said Monday the decision came after last week’s announcement that the league was pushing all its fall conference athletic competition and championships to the spring. Furman plays football in the Championship Subdivision.Donnelly says the school in Greenville, South Carolina, made the decision to protect the health and safety of student-athletes, coaches and staff, and fans.___ The Riley County Commission reviewed the rest of Kansas State’s return-to-play protocols, too. Fans will be required to wear face coverings where 6 feet of social distancing cannot be maintained. Tailgating will not be permitted in parking lots controlled by the school. There will be no reentry. There also will be hand sanitizing stations and other protective measures.One plus for fans: With the elimination of tailgating and reentry, the school will allow beer and wine to be purchased in general seating sections for the first time. Alcohol sales had been limited to luxury suites.___The CFL has canceled its 2020 season because of the COVID-19 pandemic. It marks the first year the Grey Cup won’t be presented since 1919.The nine-team league announced the move Monday, dashing hopes of a shortened season in the hub city of Winnipeg, Manitoba. The decision comes after the CFL couldn’t solve a number of issues in an effort to try to salvage a season. ___Soccer’s U.S. Open Cup has been canceled this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.The 2020 tournament was suspended in early March shortly before it was supposed to kick off. The final was to be held on either Sept. 22 or 23.Officially called the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, it is the longest-running soccer tournament in the United States and gives amateur teams a chance to take on the pros, setting up the chance for an intriguing Cinderella team to advance far into the tournament. The winner earns a spot in the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football’s Champions League.The U.S. Soccer Federation announced Monday that the Open Cup couldn’t be staged this year because the pandemic affected teams’ ability to travel, limited or eliminated fans at games, and necessitated strict testing protocols. “Our league governors decided today it is in the best long-term interests of the CFL to concentrate on the future,” Commissioner Randy Ambrosie said in a statement.“We are absolutely committed to 2021, to the future of our league and the pursuit of our vision of a bigger, stronger, more global CFL.”Unlike other major leagues in North America, the CFL does not have the luxury of a billion-dollar television contract. While its deal with TSN has become more lucrative over the years, the CFL remains a gate-driven league — a major problem when fans aren’t allowed in the stands.___Mississippi starting center Eli Johnson says he won’t play football this season. August 17, 2020last_img read more

Women’s hockey: Top-ranked Badgers tested but emerge victorious against North Dakota

first_imgSaturday night was a prime example of a heated rivalry between the University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team and the University of North Dakota Fighting Hawks.Traditionally, the history between these two teams has always led to a fierce battle, but there was something different about Saturday’s matchup. From the moment the puck dropped, it was clear both teams were fighting to keep their Western Collegiate Hockey Association reputation in tact.The battle between the No. 1-ranked Badgers (22-2-1-0, 17-2-1-0 WCHA) and the No. 4-ranked Hawks (12-8-5, 9-6-4 WCHA) was intense, and closely matched, which resulted in a lack of quality scoring opportunities throughout most of the first period. It would be during the second half of the first period that Wisconsin’s Sarah Nurse would help get her team on the board for the night.But, unlike many Wisconsin games in the past, UW had a hard time pulling away from the Fighting Hawks entirely. It would be shortly after Nurse’s goal that North Dakota would answer back with one of their own, tying up the game heading into the second period.Elliot Moormann/The Badger HeraldWomen’s hockey: No. 1 Wisconsin battles Ohio State in final series of 2016The University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team will finish off their fall chapter of the 2016-17 season this weekend against Read…With such evenly matched rosters, and a rivalry that dates to the beginning of the WCHA, tensions rose entering the second period. Play began to get chippy between the two teams, and penalties were handed out left and right through the remainder of the game. Most of the penalties would see a player from both team taken out, resulting in fewer power plays on the night.Senior defenseman Jenny Ryan certainly saw an intense game, since Saturday’s matchup was highly reliant on a Wisconsin defense keeping the game in check. But, even with the standard of play dropping with each passing period, Ryan knew the Badgers still had the skill to topple North Dakota.“We keep reminding each other to stick to our game,” Ryan said. “We don’t usually play a physical game like that. We know that we’re strong enough to [play a physical opponent] and we know that we’re faster than them, so we just started to use that to our advantage.”When all was said and done, the Badgers finally managed to secure their win, thanks to a third-period goal by Annie Pankowski. With such a physical game behind them, Wisconsin head coach Mark Johnson was proud of how his team handled one of their hardest matchups to date.“It was a physical game, and I give them credit,” Johnson said. “They came in and they played hard, and they gave themselves an opportunity. It was a pretty good college game. There was a physical component that we haven’t seen a lot this year, but I thought that we battled through and fought through it.”Elliot Moormann/The Badger HeraldWomen’s hockey: No. 1 Badgers record first sweep over No. 9 North Dakota since 2010The No. 1 University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team swept the No. 9 University of North Dakota Fighting Hawks in Read…It was clear from the moment the puck dropped again Sunday afternoon that a physical battle was about to ensue.While both teams might have left Saturday’s contest with some unresolved issues between them, it was clear only one team had let their issues go. North Dakota was aggressive, to an almost astonishing level, from the minute the clock started.While North Dakota’s style of play might have been uncalled for, there was also a clear lack of control from the referees officiating the game. Both Saturday and Sunday’s contest showed a clear absence of authority from the officials, and tensions continued to climb with each missed call.In a rivalry game as fierce as this, good and timely calls are the difference between an organized battle of skills and mutiny on the ice. The disorganized and unpredictable calls from the referees did not mitigate frustration between the two teams.The lack of calling resulted in the injury of two key Wisconsin players.A North Dakota player hit Mellissa Channell hard against the boards during period one. While Channell did come back later that period after seeing UW athletic trainer Dennis Helwig, she would not return after the first period intermission.As if losing Channell wasn’t enough for this defensive core, Helwig would also escort Lauren Williams off the ice at the beginning of the third period. Williams was injured behind the play and was immobile on the ice for a few minutes, before finally getting up and skating off to the tunnel.Women’s hockey: Wisconsin graduates trailblazing future of professional women’s hockeyBefore 2015, there was nowhere for members of Wisconsin women’s hockey team to take their talents once their time in Read…With two defensemen out, and only Maddie Rowe left to put in the lineup, Johnson was forced to move Sam Cogan to defense, in hopes of rescuing an out-of-control game. Even with the last-minute changes, the Wisconsin defense core handled the situation well, managing to hold North Dakota back for the final 20 minutes of play and sealing the 2-1 victory on the night.“The best part is we won the game,” Johnson said. “They’ll be tired and they’ll be bruised up, but generally if you win those games it doesn’t hurt as much as if you lose them. They should be walking out of here with their heads held high, feeling proud of themselves.”last_img read more