Multinational Operations Improve Defense in the Amazon Region and Provide Care to Riverine Populations

first_imgBy Andréa Barretto / Diálogo September 16, 2019 “The goal is to improve the level of training, interoperability, and integration among naval forces for the security of the Amazon region,” said Brazilian Navy Vice Admiral Paulo César Colmenero Lopes, commander of the 9th Naval District, the military institution responsible for monitoring the more than 13,500-mile waterway in the Amazon region.The 2019 edition of the exercise is split into three phases, bringing together about 400 navy service members from the three nations. The first and second stages of the operation took place July 9-August 9, between the ports of Leticia, in Colombia, and Iquitos, in Peru, in the waters of the Marañon River, a stretch of the Amazon River within Peruvian territory. During these phases that included the use of ships and aircraft, service members implemented maneuvers to counter common problems in this part of the border: drug and arms trafficking.Some of the activities included leapfrog and light-line transfer, where ships participating in the operation are positioned side-by-side to move cargo between them, which requires precise ship maneuvering. Communication and information exchanges, rapid response to attacks and patrolling, with the latter aimed at monitoring and identifying suspicious activities on the water, were some of the other operations carried out.The Brazilian and Peruvian navies provide medical and dental services to riverine populations during a binational operation conducted on the Javari River, in May 2019. (Photo: Brazilian Navy)The third phase took place in Brazil, September 2-9, near the Negro and Solimões rivers, which are tributaries of the Amazon river. Marines participated in this stage and trained on how to disembark in a riverine region.“Naval operation procedures have evolved due to advances in technology. Each operation brings new lessons as planners face different situations given the characteristics of the region,” said Vice Adm. Colmenero.In 2019, Brazilian and Peruvian service members provided medical and dental services to more than 3,000 individuals, both on the Peruvian and Brazilian side of the riverbank.last_img read more

Pope Francis Calls for Compassion in Historic Speech to Congress

first_imgView image | Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Congress on Thursday got a lesson in morality and compassion from His Holiness but how long that message resonates once the pontiff leaves Capitol Hill is anyone’s guess.Pope Francis, the shepherd of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics, stood before members of Congress and offered an impassioned plea for lawmakers to unite in raising families out of extreme poverty and reciprocating the openness that immigrants in the past were met with, while reminding them of their duties to those they serve—“especially those in situations of greater vulnerability or risk.”Francis, who made history as the first Pope to address a joint meeting of Congress, spoke passionately about a number of hot-button issues engulfing America today, including climate change and income inequality. Perhaps his most forceful plea came when he called for the “global abolition of the death penalty.”“I am convinced that this way is the best, since every life is sacred, every human person is endowed with an inalienable dignity, and society can only benefit from the rehabilitation of those convicted of crimes,” Francis said.The pontiff prefaced his death penalty remarks by talking about the world’s “responsibility to protect and defend human life at every stage of its development,” prompting sustained applause from lawmakers. His remarks appeared to be a veiled reference to abortion, but his quick transition to the death penalty left everything up to interpretation. Afterward, Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford) told the Press by phone that the overall consensus was that Francis was speaking about abortion.The Pope, who remains very popular in the US and around the world, did not deviate from addressing poverty and the plight of immigrants–issues that have made him such a worldwide favorite, even among people who lost faith in the Catholic Church or never showed much interest in its teachings.“I would encourage you to keep in mind all those people around us who are trapped in a cycle of poverty,” Francis said. “They too need to be given hope. The fight against poverty and hunger must be fought constantly and on many fronts, especially in its causes. I know that many Americans today, as in the past, are working to deal with this problem.”On immigration, he spoke about how being a son of immigrants has influenced him. He likened the current Syrian refugee crisis to the movement northward of South and Central Americans fleeing gang violence and brutal drug wars.Mentioning immigrant parents seeking a better life for their families, Francis said: “Is this not what we want for our own children?”“We must not be taken aback by their numbers, but rather view them as persons, seeing their faces and listening to their stories, trying to respond as best we can to their situation, to respond in a way which is always humane, just and fraternal,” the pontiff said. “We need to avoid a common temptation nowadays: to discard whatever proves troublesome. Let us remember the Golden Rule: ‘Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.’”The Pope’s whirlwind US tour began Wednesday. He arrived in Washington D.C. to the type of pageantry and pomp that in retrospect does not represent the spirit he has embodied since his papacy began two years ago—as a champion of the poor and the marginalized. But with the palpable excitement that has engulfed the US since his long-awaited trip was announced, it’s difficult to imagine holding a more subdued celebration for a man so revered by millions worldwide.From coast to coast, the Pope’s visit has drawn interest from Catholics and non-Catholics alike.At St. Peter of Alcantara Roman Catholic Church in Port Washington Thursday about a dozen people, mostly parishioners, eagerly peered at the television as they waited to hear Francis’ remarks.They washed down bagels with coffee and listened to every word of newscasts covering the joint meeting of Congress. The media coverage gave the event the air of a Super Bowl pre-game show, replete with analyses and a breakdown of Francis’ brief period as the shepherd of the Catholic church.The Pope makes a historic visit to New York City Friday and Lourdes Taglialatela, 50, of Medford, will be among thousands at Central Park in Manhattan seeking to catch a glimpse of Francis.Taglialatela, the director of the parish social justice ministry at St. Peter of Alcantara, said she sees the face of Jesus Christ in Francis.“He has breathed new hope and a new passion into the Church, into the Catholic Church, into the Christian faith,” she told the Press. “And I think he’s going to be a remarkable force in uniting the Church.”“He is a man who is for the poor; his heart is for the poor,” she added. “That’s his plight. His plight is for justice for the poor, and that’s really our mandate as Christians: to reach out and take care of the poor.”Taglialatela could hardly contain her elation over Francis’ pending visit. When someone poked her head into the room, she loudly exclaimed: “There’s coffee and bagels—and the Pope!” View image | The Francis viewing party was organized by Long Island Jobs with Justice, a workers’ rights and economic justice advocacy group based in Hauppauge.Victoria Daza, 27, the immigrant rights organizer for the group, appreciates Francis’ encouraging nations to be more accepting of immigrants.“I see it as more of a moral question,” Daza told the Press. “The fact of the matter is that if you are someone who values kindness, if you’re someone who values solidarity with those who are disenfranchised, then you cannot take a neutral stance on immigration because one of the most moral figures in our world is taking a stance on it.”Daza can sympathize with families seeking a new life. Daza left Peru with her grandmother when she was six years old. They crossed the US border together while her mother was being held as a political prisoner. One year later, Daza’s mother was able to secure political asylum in the US, she said.Seated in upholstered chairs in a semicircle facing the television, the group quietly watched Francis speak. Certain moments, like when Francis touched on family and faith, drew soft applause from some viewers.Afterward they briefly answered questions about his address. The majority were impressed with Francis’ ability to raise important issues without preaching or waving a finger of discontent.“He brings out the best even through his gestures,” said one woman. “He gives you many things to aspire to.”Daza said she was moved by the Pope’s comments on abolishing the death penalty.Another woman noted that his presence in America is important because the country is a “fire keg” right now.“He’s unifying everybody,” offered Taglialatela.Father Patrick Whitney, who’s been the priest at St. Peter of Alcantara Roman Catholic Church for nine years, reflected on Francis’ overall theme of compassion.The pontiff, he said, delivered a message of encouragement and the importance of “talking to each other and really respecting each other, no matter what religious background or no religion…that there’s a dignity about every human being and we need to begin to respect each other.”Parishioner Kathy McIntyre is hopeful Francis convinced people to be more tolerant of each other.“There will be differences on every single issue,” she told the Press, “but the challenge is to find the common ground and make it better for society.”With a potential federal government shutdown looming and an already vitriolic presidential race in full swing, the question is how lawmakers will use Francis’ message to better society.“Just being there was exhilarating, very moving as a Catholic,” Rep. King told the Press by phone after the session ended with the pontiff. “But a majority of the Congress is not Catholic, and it just seemed to be that reaction through the entire hall. But I certainly was very moved by him just being there.”King said the big takeaways were the moral issues the Pope raised, specifically about immigration and the environment.“We do have to look at foreigners being the same as ourselves, and we have to realize that immigrants are good people,” said King, the former chairman of the House Homeland Security committee. “At the same time…I also believe that we have to find a way to control our borders, and we have to have a much better idea of who’s in the country and who’s not. Otherwise, why have passports and visas and everything else? But again, I think it’s important that when we debate these issues, we do it honestly, and we try not to demonize and not try to attack the other side or somehow dehumanize the immigrants that we’re talking about.”The Congressman noted that Francis’ message appeared to resonate in Congress, but he’s not sure how long that will last, given the pressing issues rippling through the legislative body.“I think it did among some, but already there’s talk about shutting the government down on our side, and I think some Democrats almost relish the thought of the government being shut down so that they could say that we’re morons,” he said. “But it did have some sort of calming effect anyway.”Despite never having set foot on US soil before, Francis did not waste time ingratiating himself with his guests. He spoke about President Abraham Lincoln—”the guardian of liberty”—and Martin Luther King Jr., and his dream for a more inclusive America.“The challenges facing us today call for a renewal of that spirit of cooperation, which has accomplished so much good throughout the history of the United States,” Francis told the lawmakers. “The complexity, the gravity and the urgency of these challenges demand that we pool our resources and talents, and resolve to support one another, with respect for our differences and our convictions of conscience.”The Pope’s America tour continues in New York. He’s scheduled to perform mass at Madison Square Garden and parade through Central Park, where more pomp and circumstance no doubt awaits.last_img read more

Central Islip Teen Killed in Crash

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 17-year-old driver was killed when he crashed his car in his hometown of Central Islip on Monday evening.Suffolk County police said Anthony Fucci was driving a Honda Civic northbound on Lowell Avenue when he lost control of his vehicle and struck a southbound Toyota Sequoia near Satinwood Street at 6:55 p.m.Fucci was ejected from his Honda. He was taken to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore, where he was pronounced dead.The other driver, a 33-year-old Central Islip man, and his 4-year-old and 9-year-old sons, were treated for minor injuries at the same hospital.Third Squad detectives impounded the vehicles, are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information about this crash to call them at 631-854-8352.last_img read more

Flu vaccination benefits for elderly called modest

first_imgSep 23, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Researchers who reviewed 64 studies report that influenza vaccination is only modestly beneficial for elderly people overall, with nursing home residents benefiting more than people living on their own.”Our findings show that, according to reliable evidence, the effectiveness of trivalent inactivated influenza vaccines in elderly individuals is modest, irrespective of setting, outcome, population, and study design,” says the report by Tom Jefferson and four colleagues, of the Cochrane Vaccines Field, based in Alessandria, Italy. The study was published online yesterday by The Lancet.The researchers found that flu vaccines, when well matched to circulating flu strains, reduced the risk of hospitalization for flu or pneumonia by 45% for elderly (65 or older) nursing home residents. For people living at home, flu vaccines were 26% effective in preventing hospitalization for flu or pneumonia. However, vaccination didn’t significantly lower the risk of laboratory-confirmed influenza in either group.The team searched five databases for studies of the effectiveness of flu vaccine in preventing influenza, flu-like illnesses, and related hospital admissions, complications, and death. They found 64 studies from the past four decades, including five randomized trials, 49 cohort studies, and 10 case-control studies, that met their criteria.For elderly residents of nursing homes who received vaccines well matched to circulating flu strains, the vaccines yielded risk reductions of 23% for flu-like illness, 46% for pneumonia, 45% for hospitalization for flu or pneumonia, 42% for death from flu or pneumonia, and 60% for death from any cause. However, vaccination yielded no significant benefit when the match with circulating flu strains was poor or unknown.The benefits were smaller for elderly people living in the community, according to the authors’ analysis of 20 cohort studies. Vaccines didn’t significantly reduce the participants’ risk for flu, flu-like illness, or pneumonia. With well-matched vaccines, risk reductions were 26% for hospitalization for flu or pneumonia and 42% for all-cause mortality. Vaccines did not reduce the risk of hospitalization for heart disease or the risk of death from respiratory disease.However, vaccination looked somewhat more beneficial for community dwellers when the authors adjusted for confounding variables, including sex, age, smoking, and other illnesses. In that analysis, vaccines reduced the risk of all-cause mortality by 47% and lowered the risk of hospitalization by 24% for heart disease and 22% for respiratory diseases.The authors write that no firm conclusions could be drawn from the five randomized controlled trials they analyzed. However, in analyzing the two trials that had “adequate” randomization and blinding, they found that vaccines were 43% effective in preventing flu-like illness and 58% effective against flu in community-dwelling older peopleThe study’s main findings show somewhat smaller benefits than those cited by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Information on the CDC Web site says that for older people in nursing homes, flu immunization can be 50% to 60% effective in preventing flu-related hospitalization or pneumonia and 80% effective in preventing flu-related death. Also, the CDC says that community dwelling older people who get flu shots can lower their risk of hospitalization for pneumonia or flu by 30% to 70%.In response to the new study, the CDC issued a statement today emphasizing that vaccination remains the best way to protect older people from flu and its complications. The agency acknowledged that flu vaccines are not 100% effective and that older people and those with chronic diseases may develop less immunity than healthy young adults.The CDC said the finding that flu vaccination is more effective for nursing-home residents than for community-dwelling older people “is unexpected and not consistent with other data, including information on immune response to vaccination.”The study authors write that on the basis of their findings, “We believe efforts should be concentrated on achieving high vaccination coverage in long-term care facilities coupled with a systematic assessment of the effect of such a policy. One possible way to improve this strategy might involve the vaccination of carers [caregivers] in an effort to reduce transmission.”The federal government took steps in that direction last month, announcing that nursing homes that serve Medicare recipients would be required to offer flu shots to residents. The government also wants to increase vaccination coverage for nursing home staff members, but there are no plans to require vaccination for them.The new report was published little more than a week after the CDC urged older people and others in high-risk groups to get their flu shots soon. The agency has recommended that flu shots be reserved for the high-risk groups until Oct 24.Jefferson T, Rivetti D, Rivetti A, et al. Efficacy and effectiveness of influenza vaccines in elderly people: a systematic review. Lancet 2005;Sep 22 (early online pubication)See also:CDC information on efficacy and effectiveness of flu vaccine read more

Aker BP takes Prosafe flotel for Ula platform support

first_imgSafe Scandinavia – Image source: ProsafeOffshore accommodation specialist Prosafe has won a contract for one of its flotels in Norway.The Safe Scandinavia accommodation unit will be working for Aker BP in the Norwegian part of the North Sea. The flotel will be providing accommodation support at the Ula offshore platform.The firm duration of the contract starting in mid-August 2018 is seven months with eight one-month options.The total value of the contract, excluding the option periods, is around $25.5 million. The option periods, if exercised, have a total value of approximately $36.7 million.The contract will ensure employment of the Safe Scandinavia soon after the expiry of her previous contract that concluded end-June 2018.Jesper Kragh Andresen, CEO of Prosafe says: “Prosafe is very pleased with this contract, as it provides employment for the Safe Scandinavia for up to 15 months. We are also proud to again be chosen by Aker BP, this time to deliver first class safe and efficient accommodation services at the Ula platform.”According to info on Prosafe’s website, the Safe Scandinavia has been operating as a Tender Support Vessel since March 2016. The company has said that with minor modifications, the vessel will also be capable of conducting Plug & Abandon, Well Intervention and Decommissioning projects.last_img read more

ATV benefit in honor of former police chief

first_imgRising Sun, IN—An ATV benefit ride is being held to honor Officer David Hewitt, the former Rising Sun Police Chief who died in a car accident in February 2019. The Chief has been awarded inclusion to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington DC and all proceeds from the benefit will help with travel expenses for his family to attend the dedication.  The cost is $25 per unit and includes two meal tickets.  $10 for each additional rider and kids 12 and under are free.  The event will be held at the Ohio County Fair Grounds on April 18.  Registration starts at 9:30 a and the ride begins at 12:15 p.last_img read more

Napoli step up Fellaini interest

first_img Fellaini has only been at United for a year, but his future is in doubt following the arrival of Ander Herrera and the pursuit of Kevin Strootman. Big things were expected of Fellaini following his £27.5million transfer from Everton, but he failed to score in 21 appearances last year. Napoli have confirmed their interest in signing Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini. Press Associationcenter_img Now Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis says he is ready to offer the Belgium international a way out of the Premier League club. “Fellaini is one of the names on the table, but not the only one,” the Napoli president told Italian radio station Kiss Kiss when asked about potential transfers for the upcoming season. De Laurentiis thinks Fellaini and Gokhan Inler would make a good centre-midfield pairing for Napoli, not because of their playing styles, but because of their respective hair styles. “They would make a nice pair,” said the Napoli president, who bizarrely made Inler wear a lion’s mask at his unveiling in 2011. “Fellaini has long hair, and the Swiss (Inler) is shaven. “Together they have a hairstyle that looks like a lion’s mane and three years ago I presented Inler with the mask of a lion!” Napoli won the Coppa Italia, finished third in Serie A and reached the second round of the Champions League under former Liverpool and Chelsea manager Rafael Benitez last season. last_img read more

Bentelimar scores for Barry

first_imgThe Shay Barry-trained Bentelimar claimed Listed honours in the I.N.H. Stallion Owners European Breeders Fund Novice Hurdle at Punchestown. A winner at Killarney, Wexford and Leopardstown in 2014, Bentelimar was 4-1 shot stepped up in class in the hands of Brian O’Connell. After tracking the pacesetting O Ceallaigh for most of the way, Barry’s charge found top gear and swept to the lead rounding the turn for home. Press Association Open Eagle was unsurprisingly all the rage as the 8-13 favourite for Willie Mullins and Ruby Walsh, but did not jump with great fluency and had to make do with minor honours behind 11-2 chance Total Recall. “He’s very tough. He needs a good gallop so Bryan went on – he stays forever,” said Hughes. “He doesn’t mind that ground and will have no problem stepping up in trip. “We’ll see how he is after that and then make a plan.” Embracing Change (7-2 favourite) was a comfortable winner of the Claim Your Free Trial At Grand National Trial for trainer Robert Tyner and jockey Phillip Enright. The trainer’s wife, Mary Tyner, said: “If we can find another long-distance race, something similar, he’ll go for it. “He enjoyed it today on the ground. The bit of extra distance makes it easier for him – it’s the trip he needs.” Lean Araig (11-1) edged out hot favourite Mydor in a pulsating climax to the Pertemps Handicap Hurdle, while Gordon Elliott’s point-to-point winner General Principle annihilated his rivals as the even-money favourite for the bumper. “He’s a lovely horse and obviously has a big future,” said Elliott’s assistant Olly Murphy. “We haven’t had him very long. He may have one more run in a bumper as we wouldn’t want to lose his novice status (over hurdles) this season. “I wouldn’t imagine he’d go to Cheltenham.” Odds-on favourite Quantitativeeasing proved a bitter disappointment as Peter Maher’s point-to-pointer Ballyboker Bridge clinched a 20-1 victory in the P.P. Hogan Memorial Cross Country Chase. He was a little slow at the final flight, but quickly picked up again and was well on top at the end. All Hell Let Loose was best of the rest in second, with the Mullins pair of Aminabad and Avant Tout both failing to get competitive. “He was getting under them a bit today. I think he’s a fairly nice horse,” said Barry. “He came on a good bit from Leopardstown. He was dropping back to two miles and Brian said he’s not slow. “He’s got a few entries at Cheltenham in the novices and we’ll see. I think the handicaps close next week and we might put him in a couple of them. “He’s a lad to look forward to. He wouldn’t want it too deep and likes a bit of nice ground. “Fair play to Philip (Fenton) for sending him my way.” November Handicap hero Open Eagle could finish only third on his jumping debut in the Michael Fitzpatrick Memorial Maiden Hurdle as the Sandra Hughes-trained Total Recall claimed victory under Bryan Cooper. last_img read more

Football News Women’s team better than Men’s: Sunil Chhetri

first_imgSunil Chhetri believes Women’s football is better than men’s. The women’s side is currently at 62nd out of 152 nations.The men’s team is currently ranked 103rd out of 211 countries. India have been clubbed with hosts Myanmar, Nepal and Indonesia. All India Football Federation (AIFF) president Praful Patel also congratulated the women’s side on its success.”Congratulations to our women’s football team for winning the SAFF Championship. You have once again proved that you are the true champions. Keep up the good work and add many feathers of success to your crown. Best wishes,” he said. For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.center_img New Delhi: The world ranking says so and India football captain Sunil Chhetri too has no qualms in conceding that the national women’s team is better than the men’s side. The men’s team is currently ranked 103rd out of 211 countries. It was in the top-100 last year. The women’s side is currently at 62nd out of 152 nations.Chhetri, the poster boy of Indian football with second-most goals among active international players, praised the national women’s team for its fifth consecutive SAFF title win.”Extremely proud of all of you. I have always maintained that the women’s team is much better than the men,” Chhetri said in a release from the All India Football Federation.”Go there, and give your best in Myanmar. I have been keeping a track of all of you playing. Keep up the good work,” Chhetri said. The women’s team will feature in the round 2 of the Olympic qualifiers which which kick off in Mandalay, Myanmar from April 3.last_img read more

Welcome to Herald Sports, world of UW athletics

first_imgWelcome home, friends.That’s directed at everyone, not just returning Badgers. And for you freshmen and transfer students, it will sound right soon enough.Hopefully you’re reading this because you’ve got a love for Wisconsin sports. And hopefully you will continue to pick up this paper because we here at Herald Sports are striving to bring you some of the best sports coverage this city has to offer. Whether it’s football, basketball, soccer or tennis, we’re confident you can count on us to cover it better than anyone else.That’s really the beauty of it; no matter what sport you’re interested in, chances are the Badgers are performing well in it and will continue to do so.CBS Sports recently ran a series it called “The Flourishing Five.” Sportsline looked at the nation’s Division I schools and tried to rank the top five schools with the best combined football/basketball programs. To the surprise of some and outrage of others, UW clocked in at No. 4 in those rankings, behind Florida, Texas and Ohio State.Judging by the comments left by the all-knowing sports gurus that populate the CBS Sports community, there is some discontent when it comes to Wisconsin’s spot on that list.Haters gonna hate, I suppose.But the more you examine it, the more UW’s ranking makes sense. You might not put the Badgers that high on a football-only list, or on a basketball-only poll. But how many schools have the rare one-two punch of successful programs in both sports?If you’re building a short list, it probably looks about the same as the one CBS published. You could make cases for West Virginia or Oklahoma maybe, or USC, but where to after that?You can argue the Badgers are never in the national title discussion in either sport; UW hasn’t been to a BCS Bowl since 2000, or to a Final Four since that same year. Wisconsin is never a sexy pick, often because running the ball up the gut is about as attractive as the swing offense, which is about as attractive as a block of cheddar cheese (Some people really like cheese though – I don’t judge).On the other hand, UW has averaged 9.5 wins since Bret Bielema took over the football team. Wisconsin has played in four January bowl games since 2005 and dominated a hyped Miami team in last year’s Champs Sports Bowl.On the hardwood, all Bo Ryan has done is make the NCAA tournament, year after year after year. Ryan took over where Dick Bennett left off, and UW’s tournament appearance streak is at 12 straight years now. For reference, the only teams with longer active streaks are Kansas, Duke and Michigan State.An important thing to remember is these rankings took into consideration the past five years and the outlook for the next five. Yes, Bielema needs to legitimize Wisconsin football by winning a BCS bowl – and he could do that this year. Sure, Ryan hasn’t gotten the Badgers to the Elite Eight since 2005, but as long as he keeps making the tournament, he gives UW a chance to do so. There are few reasons to assume UW won’t at least maintain the same level of success. The Badgers might not be the first team you think of when talking about college football or basketball, but there’s something to be said of consistent successuccess.All things considered, Wisconsin packs a pretty powerful double-whammy. But what’s even better is the Badgers boast the vaunted trifecta, once you add men’s hockey to the list.Forget for a second the Badgers looked like the JV squad from the Minnesota School for the Blind against Boston College in the national title game in April. Instead, recall how Wisconsin owns six championships in men’s hockey — only three schools boast more, Minnesota notably not one of those three. And while the Badgers don’t overwhelm you with alumni in the NFL, and are especially sparse in the NBA, Dany Heatley, Joe Pavelski and Adam Burish can tell you a few things about succeeding at the next level.Keep looking and it gets more impressive. Mark Johnson and the women’s hockey team own three of the 10 national titles in the sport, and were close to winning four in a row. Ed Nuttycombe has made the Badgers the standard for Big Ten success in men’s track and field since he took over the program – winning the track triple crown (cross country, indoor and outdoor titles) in nine of the past 14 years. In 2007, UW became the first Big Ten school to win a national title in track and field, notching the indoor championship.Over in the Field House, Pete Waite looks to be on track to get Wisconsin back into the NCAA tournament groove in volleyball and UW is a trendy pick this year in women’s soccer. And if for whatever reason, you happen to be a fan of rowing, UW gives you ample opportunity to cheer on that front as well. As far as atmosphere, Badger fans not only come in droves to games, but bleed cardinal and white. UW consistently ranks tops in attendance in men’s and women’s hockey, volleyball and sells out Camp Randall regularly.There’s a lot to love about Wisconsin athletics, no matter what you’re into. And even better, there’s a lot to brag about when it comes to the Badgers, so you’re covered there as well. There are few schools as well-rounded as UW when it comes to sports — and here at the Herald, we’re hoping to be just as balanced in our coverage. Whether it’s in print or online, we’re going to do our best to give you the most extensive coverage of the Badgers — all of the Badgers — you’ll find. So crack open an ice cold Genny Light, sit back and enjoy the semester.Adam is a senior majoring in journalism. Want to debate UW’s athletic success? E-mail him at read more