The No. 24 University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team (16-6, 8-3 Big Ten) secured another signature Big Ten victory Friday night 69–61 over the No. 21 Maryland Terrapins (17-6, 8-4) at the Kohl Center. After a shaky first half, the Badgers came up with several big shots and hustle plays down the stretch to extend their current winning streak to five games.Though the Badgers were graced with electric performances from both Ethan Happ and Brad Davison, the difference Friday night came from the Wisconsin bench.Sophomore Aleem Ford provided 10 crucial points off the bench, including two second-half three-pointers to help extend the Wisconsin advantage. This, coming off a scoreless three-game stretch in which he went 0-for-7 from beyond the arc, was a testament to Ford’s confidence and the trust that his teammates have in him.“They were always in my ear saying the next one will fall,” Ford said.Men’s basketball: Is Nate Reuvers the real deal?Amid a sophomore season that has seen more efficient offensive production, a 42 percent three-point percentage and the occasional block Read…The three-ball proved to be a deciding factor in Friday’s victory. Wisconsin struggled to defend the perimeter in the first half, as Maryland opened the game 6 of 10 from deep. Poor transition defense and weak closeouts gave the Terrapins plenty of open looks, particularly for guard Eric Ayala, who went 4 of 4 on three-pointers in the first half.Just as important in the game’s outcome, however, was foul trouble. Maryland’s big men — Bruno Fernando and Jalen Smith — dominated in the first half, outmuscling Happ on the block and providing valuable rim protection on defense. But when they were each whistled for their third foul early in the second half, Maryland Head Coach Mark Turgeon was forced to go to his bench.With the Terrapins in the penalty, the Badgers were given plenty of opportunities to score from the free-throw line, but Wisconsin was unable to take control of the game with Fernando and Smith out for nearly six minutes. The Badgers trailed by six with 12 minutes to go.But Wisconsin stood tall thanks to sharpshooting from Ford, Brevin Pritzl (2-of-2 3PT) and Davison — who finished with a game-high 21 points. The Badgers made six of their last eight three-point attempts to take command of a hotly contested conference battle in front of a raucous home crowd.Davison finished 4 of 6 from behind the arc, firing up the intensity late in the game’s tightest moments. Wisconsin finished 9 of 18 on three-pointers.UW posted 23 free throw attempts — 12 coming from Happ — compared to Maryland’s eight. Happ finished with 18 points and 11 rebounds, his 45th career double-double.Women’s basketball: Marsha Howard, Imani Lewis look to maintain consistency against visiting Michigan SundayThe University of Wisconsin women’s basketball team (11-10, 2-7 Big Ten) returns to the Kohl Center Sunday, just one week Read…Turgeon was proud of how his team fought but realized he had limited options down the stretch.“I thought our defense was terrific at times,” Turgeon said. “But when both of your big guys are in trouble and you’ve got an All-American in Happ, they’re hard to guard.”The Badgers held Maryland to 2 of 10 on three-pointers in the second half, while Ayala finished with 18 points. Fernando finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds.Up next, the Badgers travel to Minneapolis for a Feb. 6. showdown against rival Minnesota.
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has assured fourteen Liberian girls who were taken to Lebanon by Lebanese businessmen and were brought back home by her government that they will receive justice.President Sirleaf gave the assurance on Monday at her Foreign Ministry office, saying that her administration will do everything possible to ensure that justice prevails and those responsible for the women’s ordeal face the full weight of the law.The girls, according to the Executive Mansion, had gone to the President’s office to express appreciation for government’s efforts that paved the way for their return home.The President informed the young women that they did not deserve the kinds of treatment meted out to them, especially in light of the circumstances under which they were lured out of the country in search of uncertain greener pastures.She said the government through the Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection will work with them to identify areas of interest aimed at self-empowerment.President Sirleaf called on the young women to exercise patience in view of the usually long drawn out judicial process. She was quick to add that in respect of the independence of that Branch of Government it would be wise to follow the process in order for justice to be served.The President’s assurance comes against the backdrop of many calls, especially from professional women’s groups such as the Association of Female Lawyers of Liberia [AFELL] and the Female Journalists’ Association of Liberia [FeJAL] for the Judicial Branch of government to ensure that the case goes to court soon. The groups have expressed disappointment over the delay in prosecuting those accused of subjecting the girls to ill-treatment.The president of the AFELL, who has been one of the most vocal in this case said more needs to be done to ensure that justice is delivered as soon as possible, although it has become totally embarrassing to hear that the young women, who were returned home over five months ago are yet to have their day in court.“We are calling on the government of Liberia and the judiciary to take full responsibility to send those girls to court. Let us hear their side and the side of the accused. We want to know both sides of the story. As a women’s organization this is a case of interest to us. We want to know who were involved and how those girls were taken (to Lebanon)” Cllr. Esther Seton-Cee of AFELL told reporters in Monrovia.While looking at the legal side of the issue, she was also apprehensive about the well-being and safety of the rest of the girls in Lebanon who are yet to be brought home.The Government of Liberia, since the emergence of the report, had said that it is concerned about the welfare of the Liberian girls and that efforts are being made to get the rest of the girls from Lebanon soon. The Foreign and Justice ministries said that the government is investigating the matter and would ensure that justice is done in the end.Some of the girls, including Rema Nyepan, Ayres M. Jasper, Bernice Gbar, Muffitte N. Panma, Grace K. David, Emma T. Swaber and Patience King, have claimed that they were lured to Lebanon through deception.“We were told by the Lebanese that we would work in Lebanon as clerks in grocery stores and boutiques or waitresses in restaurants, with opportunities to go to school once a day’s work was done,” some of them said.As troubling as their situation is, they are lucky to be alive, as some of their colleagues lost their lives during the struggle in Lebanon. One case in point is one Patricia Joe, who lost her life to injuries she sustained, according to one of her colleagues.“She was just 26 years-old when she died. They raped her too much. She died from all those things they did to her. If we do not get justice her soul will never rest in peace. She is the driving force for our fight,” Panma told a news outlet in Monrovia.Since their return from Lebanon, the women’s parents have not been able to see them because government has kept them in seclusion in Margibi County for their protection.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Jaipur, India – Reported By Coleman Bentley for Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineSwathed in pink terracotta for the arrival of the Prince of Wales in 1876, India’s Jaipur, or “pink city,” can now call itself home to burgeoning hoteliers Fairmont Hotels & Resort’s very first India location; a hotel fit for kings in a city literally built for them.Poised to welcome its first guests on August 9th, 2012, Fairmont Jaipur has opened its arms to India’s famously opulent “Golden Triangle” region with 255 guest rooms and suites. Replete with the services and amenities of Fairmont Gold, a widely-emulated luxury travel experience, Fairmont has outfitted each room with bathrooms as ornate as they are spacious. Glazed sliding-door entryways with intricate, patterned screens lead one onto mesmerizing floors laced with stars and diamonds. It is tempting to say you may never want to leave the comfort of these tranquil baths.The baths are only the beginning, however, as the rest of Fairmont Jaipur bursts forth with indulgent amenities and authentic regional atmosphere. Modeled after the intimate palaces of the Mughal Empire, the constructed-from-the-ground-up architecture elegantly arches and ebbs from room-to-room, providing the perfect backdrop for the hotel’s numerous drinking and dining venues. Inspired by the Mughal’s affinity for extravagant dining, Zarin (meaning “Golden” in the regional dialect) encourages guests to take a bite of ancient India, featuring classic Indian dishes accented with forward-thinking culinary twists, while Zoya offers hungry patrons all-day dining options spread across five-distinct eating environments. Those looking to wash-down the invigorating Indian spices and kick-back before, after, and even between meals, needn’t look far, with Anjum tea lounge, Aza library bar, and even Cigar Diwan, a classic smoking lounge, occupying the elegant grounds.Local entertainment rounds out the Fairmont Jaipur experience. Expected entertainment and relaxation options, such as dancing and spa treatments, exist for those looking for a taste of the familiar but it is the regional activities that truly stand-out. Witness expert falconry displays, climb upon the back of a gentle-giant for a game of elephant polo, and traverse local landmarks, such as the Jantar Mantar observatory, for a truly singular trip.To celebrate their inaugural Indian venture, Fairmont Jaipur is offering the aptly-titled Seeing is Believing package. Available until October, 31st 2012 the package includes cultural activities like traditional folklore storytelling and a Rajasthan dance show, as well as children’s entertainment and a lighting ceremony. Double occupancy rates begin at just $180 (US).www.fairmont.com/jaipur