UW looks to rebound at LaBahn

first_imgJunior goaltender Alex Rigsby surrendered three goals in the two losses to Minnesota-Duluth.[/media-credit]The Badgers’ offense was nowhere to be found last weekend, as the Wisconsin women’s hockey team not only suffered their first two defeats of the season, but were shutout twice on the road against Minnesota-Duluth at AMSOIL Arena.The 2-0 and 1-0 defeats marked the first time since 2001 that the Badgers (3-2-1, 1-2-1 WCHA) have not managed a single score in back-to-back games. The series also marked the end of a six-game road trip for Wisconsin, one which included games against Minnesota State and Lindenwood.“The toughest thing in our business is to score goals,” head coach Mark Johnson said at his weekly press conference. “We were unfortunate this weekend to come away empty-handed both nights. … Their goalie was good, and we didn’t capitalize on a lot of opportunities, especially on the powerplay.”What the Badgers did get in Duluth were several difficult breaks. In Friday’s game, the Bulldogs’ (2-2, 2-2) first goal came off a botched clear that left an open net for UMD forward Brienna Gillanders. The second goal came after a solid poke check from Wisconsin’s goaltender, Alex Rigsby, which sent the puck behind her into the Badgers’ net. Saturday’s 1-0 defeat was equally disappointing, as UW failed to find a breakthrough despite multiple chances and 25 shots on goal.As Johnson pointed out, the other problem for the Badgers was the lack of scoring on powerplays. While the defense looked impressive, thwarting all eight UMD powerplays, the Wisconsin offense was another story. On Friday, the powerplay unit went 0-for-5, as Bulldogs’ goaltender Kayla Black turned aside all 31 shots. Saturday’s effort was similar as the Badgers yet again failed to capitalize, finishing 0-for-3 on powerplays. Despite their first two losses of the season, UW’s head coach said his team is not panicking.“Everything’s pretty upbeat; everything’s pretty positive,” Johnson said. “The team has played pretty well. Unfortunately, we just came away this past weekend with not scoring the goals we needed to win hockey games.”Instead, they are looking forward to their home opener and the first game ever played at LaBahn Arena. The puck will drop in the brand new 2,400-seat arena Friday at 7 p.m. against Bemidji State, and game two of the series will take place Sunday at 2 p.m.Located directly behind the Kohl Center, LaBahn Arena is a sign of the growth of the Wisconsin women’s hockey program over the last decade. The program has won four national titles since 2006 and also has six Frozen Four appearances over that period.In regard to the new arena and the home opener, Johnson had only high praise.“The future is bright for the young athletes to get a chance to work out of the facility,” he said. “There’s so many wonderful things about it. Now we get to open it up Friday night. It will be a special week. It will be a special night for the hockey program.”Some wonder how long it will take to make LaBahn feel like home for the team, as the Badgers posted a 19-2 record at the Kohl Center last year. Johnson noted that the team is beginning to adjust to its new home.The more we play, obviously, the more comfortable we’ll be,” Johnson said. “But our players, after spending a couple of weeks in the locker room, spending a couple of weeks practicing, those things are starting to come.”The Badgers will look to start turning their new house into a home against a Bemidji State team they beat in all four games last year, and currently sits at the bottom of the conference with a 1-3 overall record. However, there is no guarantee Friday’s game will end with a comfortable victory, as the Badgers only escaped the last meeting with a one-goal victory.But it may take until the first puck drop Friday night for Johnson to fully absorb the changing face of his program. “I had to pinch myself this morning as I drove down to work,” he said. “It’s a reality. It hasn’t really hit me yet.”That’s understandable since the women’s hockey team has called the Kohl Center home since 1998, sharing the venue with the men’s hockey team and both the men’s and women’s basketball teams.Once the game begins, Johnson believes that the “pinch myself” mindset will be gone and “reality will be with us Friday night.”And if they want to open their new arena on a positive note, the Badgers will be needing some goals as well.last_img read more

Roko Construction To Undertake The Civil Works of Raxio Data Centre

first_imgRaxio Director Robert Mullins (left) and Mark Koehler, the Roko Construction Managing Director, exchange signed contracts. Advertisement Roko Construction Limited on Tuesday emerged winner from a total of 6 companies that were invited to bid on undertaking the civil works of Raxio multibillion data centre at Kampala Industry Park, Namanve.The two firms formally signed the contracts on Thursday 14th, March 2019 at Raxio’s offices in Rwenzori Towers, Kampala — making it official on Tuesday 19th, March 2019.Robert Mullins, Brooks Washington and James Byaruhanga from Raxio signed on behalf of Raxio while Mark Koehler and Willie Swanepoel signed on behalf of Roko. – Advertisement – During the signing, Robert Mullins; Raxio Director, said the project received clearance from Mukono Municipality as well as received an Environment Impact Assessment approval certificate from National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) to have the construction start immediately.“We’re not leaving anything to chance. We’ve assembled the best teams and the best contractors and are now good to go,” said Mullins — handing over the construction site to Roko engineers on Tuesday 19th, March 2019.(Left-Right): James Byaruhanga, the Raxio General Manager, signs the contract as Robert Mullins, Director, Raxio as Roko Managing Director, Mark Koehler and Willie Swanepoel the Director, Roko Construction look on.Designed by Future-tech, a UK-based specialized data centre design company, and Symbion Uganda, Raxio Data Centre is being developed to Tier III standards. The data centre will be the first truly carrier-neutral co-location facility of its standard—requiring an investment of roughly USD$15 million (approx. UGX55.7 billion) over its life-cycle.In February Raxio signed Hamilton Cloud Services as its first customer. The company also early this month, co-hosted an event with Oracle Corp. that intends to provide state-of-the-art cloud services solutions within the Raxio data centre. This move is expected to lower the cost of computing to Ugandan businesses.Joachim Steuerwald; Oracle Cloud Platform Sales Director for East Africa said Raxio’s Tier III data centre will be a significant constraint to achieve up-times that a digital economy demands and thus their partnership with Raxio.Joachim Steuerwald, the Oracle Cloud Platform Sales Director addresses business eladers about the benefits of Oracle’s cloud services at the first Oracle-Raxio executive roundtable event at Serena Kampala Hotel, on March 6th 2019.Reduced ICT Related CostsBy enabling businesses to share critical infrastructure and related services, data centres are known to cut ICT related costs for businesses, while allowing them access to the latest technologies at flexible “pay as you grow” models, that are scalable as need arises.86.4% of IT managers working for Uganda government MDAs recently surveyed by NITA-U said that shared services offered in data centres, such as cloud services significantly cut ICT related costs. 77.3% hailed them increased productivity and flexibility amongst a host of other benefits.[related-posts]Dr. Tumubweine Twinemanzi, the Executive Director Supervision, at Bank of Uganda challenged the financial services sector to adopt a shared technology services delivery model, so as to cut down on the cost of doing business and pass on those benefits to customers in form of reduced cost of lending.Dr. Tumubweine Twinemanzi, the Executive Director Supervision, at Bank of Uganda addressing media during the first Oracle-Raxio executive roundtable event at Serena Kampala Hotel, on March 6th 2019.Meanwhile, Raxio are in the process of selecting other contractors to handle electrical and other associated works.“We expect to conclude this process soon. All in all we expect to go live by November 2019,” Mullins said.last_img read more