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Year kicks off with office take-up boom in M25 area

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Mandate roundup: IPE-Quest, Kent, Interface, KPMG

first_imgInterested parties should apply by 4 November, stating net-of-fees performance to the end of September.In other news, a European institutional investor is looking to invest in infrastructure equity, again using IPE-Quest to appoint the manager.According to search QN1345, the listed equity infrastructure portfolio would seek exposure to projects globally, although the European investor has yet to decide how much it would like to invest.It has further asked interested parties to propose a benchmark and said any asset manager should have at least $100m in infrastructure equity under management.Firms should manage $1bn in total assets and have a three-year track record.Applications, stating gross-of-fees performance to the end of September, should be submitted by 25 October.The Kent County Council Superannuation Fund has appointed four managers to a global equity framework worth up to £200m (€235m).The mandate, first tendered in February, said it would consider both segregated and pooled mandates outperforming the MSCI All Countries World index by 2.5-4% on a rolling 3-5 year basis.M&G Investments, Longview Partners, Sarasin & Partners and Australia’s Magellan Asset Management were appointed to the framework, attracting interest from three further managers.Lastly, the £100m (€118m) Interface Europe Pension Scheme has appointed KPMG to provide it with full trustee services.The consultancy will provide actuarial and investment consulting services, as well as administration and payroll.The news team is unable to answer any further questions about IPE-Quest tender notices to protect the interests of clients conducting the search. To obtain information directly from IPE-Quest, please contact Jayna Vishram on +44 (0) 20 3465 9330 or email A UK multi-manager is seeking to invest $50m (€36.8m) in global large-cap equity, using IPE-Quest.According to search QN1343, the actively managed portfolio should invest in growth and value equity.Managers should have at least a year of experience, but preferably three, while employing a bottom-up, fundamental approach.The non-benchmark-orientated manager should measure performance against the MSCI World TR GDDUWI index.last_img read more


Polish roundup: Ernst & Young, OFE advertising ban, Confederation Lewiatan

first_imgAs Poland’s controversial pensions overhaul starts taking effect, its Social Insurance Institution (ZUS) is gearing up to take over 51.5% of the second-pillar fund (OFE) assets, estimated at some PLN150bn (€36bn).ZUS has awarded the mandate for advising on and auditing the transfer to Ernst & Young, which won the tender against KPMG and PwC.According to the Polish newspaper Rzeczpospolita, Ernst & Young submitted the lowest bid, of almost PLN390,000.Meanwhile, the software vendor Asseco Poland, as the only bidder, has won the PLN46.6m contract to modify ZUS’s IT system. The assets’ movement will be a complex operation.The OFEs will have to complete their portfolio valuations as of end of Friday, 31 January, for transfer on the following Monday, 3 February.Each fund will have to cede all its Polish government bonds, and if these are insufficient to cover 51.5% of its portfolio, make up the difference with road bonds, Treasury-guaranteed securities, bank deposits and finally bonds issued on foreign markets – all within the hourly deadlines earlier specified by the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy.The government will freeze the Polish sovereign bonds and redeem them, ultimately reducing the country’s public debt.The first leg of the pensions overhaul legislation – the ban on OFE advertising – came into effect on 15 January.Although the government eventually backed off from making a breach an imprisonable offence, the fines are still a hefty PLN1m-3m.While the Finance Ministry has confirmed that press interviews and expert opinion do not constitute advertising, the law itself does not specify whether this prohibition extends to funds publicising their returns in any way – for instance, on their websites.The website of the Polish Chamber of Pension Funds (IGTE), with the exception of some archive material, now reads “under construction”.The advertising ban lasts, in the first instance, until 31 July – the end of the four-month period during which Polish workers decide whether to continue paying further contributions to the second pillar or switch to ZUS.So sensitive is the government about getting across its message that ZUS is the safer option that it has even complained about the “I’m staying with OFE” television advertising campaign run between December and 14 January by the Polish private employers group Confederation Lewiatan.The ministry argued to both the Polish Financial Supervision Authority (KNF) and the Competition and Consumer Protection Office (UOKiK) that the campaign misled the public by failing to mention the investment risks run by the funds and the cost of the system to the budget.Neither body is taking up the complaint.The KNF explained that its new role as OFE advertising adjudicator only took effect the day after the campaign ended, while UOKiK argued that compulsory systems such as the second pillar were outside its remit.last_img read more


Coronavirus: Chelsea to pay casual workers April wages in full

first_img Promoted ContentWorld’s Most Delicious FoodsTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World9 Iconic Roles Nobody Wanted To PlayFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread ArtPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D GraffitiWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?This Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hysterical10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do7 Worst Things To Do To Your Phone6 Best Natural History Museums In The World6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TrueHow Couldn’t You See The Impact Of These Women On Our Lives? Chelsea have confirmed that they will help their casual working staff by paying them in full for fixtures that have been postponed, including the matches against Aston Villa, Bayern Munich and Leicester City. Chelsea’s Russian owner Roman Abramovich will fund accomodation for NHS staff at a hotel at Stamford Bridge The payments will be funded entirely by the club and will go to the support staff who help on matchdays, with the decision set to benefit stewards, hospitality, ground staff and the raffle sellers outside the ground. Various club legends who work in the premium seating areas including the likes of Ron Harris, Gary Chivers, Paul Canovile, Kerry Dixon and Bobby Tambling will also receive payment. Chelsea will not require their staff to work any extra days for zero pay when football returns and they have also issued an advance on accrued holiday pay. Indeed, a likely scenario upon the return for Premier League football is that games will be played behind closed doors to limit conditions for Covid-19 to spread at major sporting events. This could lead to some casual workers going without pay even when the sport returns, meaning there are further difficult decisions to come in the next few months. Still, the latest gesture from the club will be well received by those concerned about the financial difficulties of coping with the ongoing public health crisis. Chelsea have decided against using the UK government’s furlough scheme, with the likes of Liverpool, Tottenham and Bournemouth having all made u-turns after criticism over exploiting the system. The Blues are also one of only four clubs in the Premier League which are accredited by the Living Wage Foundation. Chelsea have also been cautious in their approach to asking for pay cuts, with some players still unsure about what might happen. Cesar Azpilicueta was involved in the scheme led by Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson that formed the #PlayersTogether initiative, where financial contributions from players will go directly into the NHS frontline. Frank Lampard has been impressed with the charitable response of his club, meanwhile, and commented: “I have been watching it closely with a lot of people talking about it, and I completely understand what a lot of prominent people in football have said: that players will do the right thing. “They needed some time, and I think the politicians jumped the gun while things were being prepared. People behind the scenes knew that. It was unfortunate that picture got painted. “But since then a lot of players and clubs have stood up in a good way. Not every situation has been perfect, but knowing players and how they think, that’s been a very good reaction. It’s ongoing, and it shouldn’t stop. That reaction needs to continue. read also:Chelsea place €70m price-tag on French midfielder “If there is a light at the end of this tunnel, if there are things we can all learn, it’s how we give back and how we stick together. It’s very easily said, it’s much harder done, and I think there have been a lot of good gestures that have shown that.” The Blues players are training at home with the club’s coaching team offering advice over video conferencing calls. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Loading… last_img read more


Rushville-based petroleum company buys four Kelly Oil locations

first_imgRushville, In. — Rushville-based Herdrich Petroleum Corporation has recently purchased four retail convenience and gas locations from Kelly Oil based in Milan Indiana. The four retail locations are located in Dearborn and Ripley counties. The purchase allows Herdrich Petroleum to expand its market presence with the QUICKPIX convenience store brand to southeastern Indiana.Herdrich Petroleum currently operates 20 QUICKPIX convenience stores in central Indiana. “We are excited to acquire these stores and build upon the great work Kelly Oil has done with the sites over the years. It is our intent to maintain the very competitive fuel pricing structure Kelly has become known for while investing and enhancing the convenience store offering. We’re grateful to the Kelly Oil team for making this a smooth transition and looking forward to being introduced to a very loyal customer base and becoming part of the community.”Herdrich Petroleum is family owned and operated, and began its operations in 1953 in Connersville, Indiana. Today, in its third generation of leadership, HPC operates 24 QUICKPIX convenience stores in Indiana and employs over 250 employees.last_img read more


Malaga sign up Santa Cruz

first_imgRoque Santa Cruz has signed a three-year contract with Malaga, the Primera Division club have confirmed. Press Association The 31-year-old Paraguay striker spent last season on loan with Malaga, scoring eight goals in 31 matches, and has decided to commit his future to the Andalusian outfit after leaving Manchester City this summer. A statement on read: “Malaga and Roque Santa Cruz have reached an agreement for the Paraguayan-born striker to continue with the Blue and Whites. center_img “Following the end of his previous contract with Manchester City, Santa Cruz has signed with Malaga for the next three years, and will travel to Germany this afternoon (Thursday) with Ignacio Camacho and Bobley Anderson, to join the rest of the first team for pre-season training with coach, Bernd Schuster.” Santa Cruz, who is Paraguay’s record goalscorer, began his professional career with Olimpia in his homeland before moving to Bayern Munich in 1999. After eight years in Germany he moved to England, first with Blackburn and then City, who he joined in 2009 for a fee in the region of £18million. During his time at City he played only a handful of times for the first team while spending time out on loan at Blackburn, Real Betis and Malaga. last_img read more


Martinez savours stylish win

first_img He said: “In the league I like to work towards the last third of the season and when you go into the last nine games of the campaign that is when you get the significance of every point, of where you are in the table and how the results affect your position. “At the moment we are still just trying to get as many points as we can.” Norwich struggled to make an impression in the game until belatedly starting to make some headway when already 2-0 down in the final half-hour. They did create some chances but the closest they came was when Robert Snodgrass headed against the post. The Canaries are now without a win in the league in seven matches but manager Chris Hughton denied he was feeling any extra pressure. He said: “There is always pressure on managers at whatever stage of a season. “We want to win games and football matches. There is no greater pressure on myself at this moment than there has always been.” But with his side slipping towards the relegation zone, Hughton accepts results need to improve. He said: “Yes, very quickly. That is something we are aware of. “With how the league is we need to start winning games and that means scoring goals. “I take pride from the fact in the last half-hour we made a real good game of it. We certainly didn’t shy away from trying to get back into the game and having opportunities. “I was a little bit frustrated we didn’t show enough in that first period because, for the amount of possession they had, they never really tested John Ruddy to the degree they would have liked.” Midfielder Wes Hoolahan, a reported target for Aston Villa, remained on the bench throughout but Hughton insisted the player was staying at Norwich. He said: “There is no situation. He is a Norwich City player. He was very much in my thoughts to play today and is a strong part of my squad.” ends “I thought Norwich were very brave, playing with two strikers to try to hit us on the counter, so I thought we balanced that really well. “The amount of opportunities we had, the clinical touch in front of goal was probably missing. “But when Norwich had a proper go in the second half, we defended well and we kept an important clean sheet. “I thought we controlled the game really well and we got three important, and well deserved, points. “Some phases of our game were fantastic and some of the play we had was electrifying.” The result ended a positive day for the Toffees after they completed the signing of former Celtic star Aiden McGeady. Martinez’s men were also back above neighbours Liverpool – at least for one night – in the Champions League places. The Spaniard, however, insists he is not yet looking at the league table. Gareth Barry and Kevin Mirallas struck either side of half-time as the Toffees lifted themselves back into the top four of the Barclays Premier League with a dominant display. Martinez said: “I thought it was going to be a very difficult game and it proved to be. Everton boss Roberto Martinez hailed his side’s “electrifying” football after a comfortable 2-0 win over Norwich. Press Associationlast_img read more


Student alcohol abuse is a familiar demon

first_imgIn the United States, college life and alcohol consumption are seemingly inextricable. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, heavy drinking rates among college students, defined as the two-week prevalence of five or more drinks in a row, have changed little in the last 30 years, dropping from 45 percent in 1979 to only 41 percent in 2007.This plateau in statistics has occurred despite outreach efforts, but USC officials said they remain committed to keeping students safe and informed while still encouraging them to have a memorable college experience.Nathaniel Gonzalez | Daily Trojan“Although the majority of our students drink on some level, most of our students drink moderately or responsibly most of the time. Excessive drinking is not as pervasive as the perception would suggest it to be, but it does happen,” said Jenny Attanasio, a health educator for Health Promotion and Prevention Services at USC. “There’s policy pieces that fit into [addressing] it, there’s programmatic pieces that fit into it, there’s individual concentration and more of an educational focus.”This interaction of the university environment with enforcement and educational efforts is the focus of a recent study conducted by Outside the Classroom, a company dedicated to addressing public health issues affecting education, government and corporate institutions.The study attributed the continued presence of high-risk drinking on college campuses to the failure of many university administrations in making alcohol prevention an institutional priority. Outside the Classroom found that alcohol prevention, unlike sustainability initiatives, tends to receive little in terms of resources, funding, educational programs and support from senior administrators. According to the study, most universities assign the task of alcohol prevention to just one department, usually student affairs, instead of making it a campus-wide initiative.“With most university strategic plans, you’ll see messaging in there about sustainability, but it’s almost an entire rarity that you will read anything about tackling high-risk drinking,” said Brandon Busteed, founder and CEO of Outside the Classroom. “We’re at a point now where everyone knows what their responsibility is for sustainability, and we don’t have that shared accountability for alcohol abuse. It’s a big difference between the two examples.”The perception that many universities, including USC, direct more resources toward going green than toward alcohol prevention is common among students like Natasha Zouves, a sophomore majoring in broadcast journalism.“USC stays pretty uninvolved when it comes to students drinking. I think it’s a ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy,” Zouves said. “The administration is aware that underage drinking is going on, but they don’t intervene.”USC’s policies on alcohol use align with state and local statutes regarding alcohol consumption, and the Department of Public Safety along with Student Judicial Affairs and Community Standards are responsible for enforcing those rules, DPS Capt. David Carlisle said. Like most universities, USC does its best to curb underage drinking, but carding students at large parties and tailgating events is both difficult and impractical, he added.“Underage drinking is inappropriate, but realistically we know it occurs, so we try and regulate the consumption of alcohol as much as we practically can,” Carlisle said. “Picture three or four DPS officers and 300 students [at a party]. What in all practicality is the best way to handle that situation? Our goal is to get everyone safely home and make sure no one gets hurt, but sometimes it’s appropriate to cite students.”SJACS Director Raquel Torres-Retana said alcohol-related violations, which range from underage possession of alcohol to disorderly conduct, comprise about one-third of the cases SJACS has handled so far this year. Many students are cited not for violating USC’s alcohol policies but for engaging in unruly behavior as a result of their alcohol consumption, she added.As for punishing students who are cited, Torres-Retana said SJACS typically turns to educational programs before taking more serious action.“Education is much more preferred than punitive [repercussions]. We do have standards we want our students to live up to, and if they violate those, we will work with them to try to get them back to good behavior,” she said. “But if the student keeps coming back to our office, then there may be punitive consequences.”Even though the administration receives information from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism about how to address high-risk drinking on campus, the task of educating students and implementing other alcohol prevention strategies falls on HPPS, Attanasio said.“If you had an ideal campus, I think it would be safe to say the upper administration should be able to set an agenda and then allow the folks in the workable places of whatever the subject matter is to do the work, but I really think it comes into play with resource allocation — whether that’s staff time, the number of staff who are professionally trained and capable and have the time in their day to focus on these areas, [or] actual dollar funds,” Attanasio said. “It’s just where priorities lie and what administrations think needs to happen on campus. I don’t think the involvement piece is so much in the tangible aspects but in the resource allocation.”Currently, in conjunction with Student Affairs and DPS, HPPS promotes safe alcohol consumption practices through educational programming; counseling services and partnerships with local treatment centers; communication with senior administrators and annual distribution of USC Drug Free, a document detailing USC’s policies concerning alcohol and drug use, to students, staff and faculty, Attanasio said.The most recognizable aspect of HPPS efforts for many USC students is Outside the Classroom’s “AlcoholEdu for College,” an online alcohol prevention program designed to inform college students about the dangers of high-risk drinking and to encourage them to make wise decisions about alcohol consumption. USC requires that all freshmen and transfer students complete the course.According to an AlcoholEdu executive summary of key findings at USC, 72 percent of freshmen completed the entire course in 2007, with the percentage of students reporting they knew more than a “moderate amount” about the effects of alcohol increasing from 39 percent pre-survey to 77 percent post-survey.But the report also indicated that 54 percent of drinkers who completed the course believed they did not need to change the way they used alcohol.Vanessa Hyde, a freshman majoring in psychology, said she understands the university has a responsibility to educate students about alcohol consumption, but that students will ultimately decide for themselves if they want to alter their behavior.“They can only do so much, but people will still do what they want. Everything depends on the individual and how much help they’re willing to take,” she said.Most USC students’ drinking habits may help to explain the finding regarding behavior change, Attanasio said. Seventy-five percent of USC students reported having zero to four drinks the last time they socialized, and this number of drinks is not concerning as long as students pace their rate of consumption, Attanasio said.Meng Yang, a second-year graduate student in landscape architecture, said he believes most students know how to regulate their drinking habits wisely.“We can handle it. Alcohol is not our lives,” Yang said. “Everybody should know that because we’re all adults and we’re in college. We all have to take personal responsibility.”But Zouves said she often sees students drinking to excess and that initiatives like AlcoholEdu are not enough to combat the problem.“A lot of students don’t know their limits and think they’re invincible. I’ve seen a lot of parties where both guys and girls are drinking to a point where it’s unsafe,” Zouves said. “I do sometimes wish that students were safer, but I’m not sure it’s so much a USC problem as it is a problem of education.”Attanasio said she believes USC’s efforts to inform students about safe alcohol consumption are far-reaching but that the dissemination of information does not fully address the issue of alcohol prevention. A lack of sufficient funding for HPPS to implement strategies aside from AlcoholEdu has limited how much the department can do, she added.“Where I think things are lacking is the ability to have a completely comprehensive program at the level that would be needed for a population of 34,000 students,” Attanasio said. “There’s a piece of it that can be information-related, where if [students] know this information they may make a different choice, but the complicating piece in that is what will be the expectations in the environment.“It’s not peer pressure, but it’s the norm with the folks they’re with or this is the norm in their culture. It’s situationally related and not necessarily this particular place, and students are having a hard time with that because they want to do what’s expected. But how do they do it safely?”last_img read more


Initial thoughts on Big Dance bracket

first_imgFor college basketball enthusiasts and bracketologists, last night was the greatest day of the year. Every time Selection Sunday rolls around, everything around seems to stop for an hour as the 65-team bracket is announced excruciatingly slowly on CBS.Personally, I watched the broadcast from the media room of the Kohl Center, which was a distinct change from my typical viewing spot on the couch. Afterward, Wisconsin senior guards Jason Bohannon and Trevon Hughes were available along with head coach Bo Ryan to answer questions about their seeding.Ryan’s reaction had the typical simplicity I’ve come to expect from the Chester, Pa., native.“Our name went up there, they spelled it correctly and they had another team with us,” Ryan said. “That’s my initial reaction.”Although Ryan’s initial reaction was decidedly simple, mine was not. Each matchup that went on the screen sent my mind racing with the possibilities of a game between the two teams. I certainly cannot share all of those thoughts with you here, so I’ve picked out the best ones.Here are my initial thoughts on the 2010 NCAA Tournament field, beginning in the Midwest and ending in the West:MidwestWe’ll start with the No. 1 overall seed in Kansas, because frankly, they got screwed.While the matchup against Syracuse in the Final Four as the No. 1 versus No. 4 matchup in terms of No. 1 seeds seems appropriate, the Jayhawks might be lucky to get there.Potential matchups with fifth-seed Michigan State, second-seeded Ohio State or No. 3 seed Georgetown would all be tough for the Big XII conference champions.Kansas is still my favorite to win this region, simply because I think they’re without a doubt the best team in the nation. If they slip up, expect the Buckeyes, led by the Big Ten Player of the Year Evan Turner, to continue to find ways to win and book a ticket to Indianapolis.In this region, I like two upsets: No. 13 seed Houston over fourth-seeded Maryland and No. 11 seed San Diego State over sixth-seeded Tennessee.Houston was seeded seventh in the Conference USA tournament, yet managed to upset both the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds en route to the league’s automatic bid. The Cougars should carry that momentum into this weekend, giving them a shot to knock off the Terps.The Aztecs, which defeated UNLV to claim the Mountain West tournament championship, beat New Mexico two out of three times this season, with the only loss being a two-point overtime defeat in The Pit. Tennessee may have beaten Kansas and Kentucky this season, but they will be headed home early after a tough first-round draw.WestSyracuse fans may not be happy with the lowest No. 1 seed, but when a player like Arinze Onuaku, the team’s fourth-leading scorer, is questionable, you deserve to get bumped down a bit. The committee could, however, have split the difference with Duke and Syracuse, giving the Blue Devils the “better” seed while sending them out west to Salt Lake City.While I love to watch the Orange play, I don’t see them reaching the Final Four, even if Onuaku is expected back for the opening weekend. Instead, I like Kansas State — which was a candidate for a No. 1 seed at one point this season — to square off with in-state rival Kansas for a fourth time this season.Out West, I’ll take a classic five over 12 with UTEP over Butler. Aside from Butler, the Horizon League is weak. As such, the Bulldogs will be prime candidates to fail to reach the second round. It doesn’t help that they’ve been pitted against the CUSA’s best team.EastThis region probably has the greatest potential to turn your bracket into a complete mess. The first round should be simple, though Cornell could knock off Temple in another 12 over a five, but the second round is where things get interesting. Cornell could take out the fourth-seeded Badgers and Marquette could knock off New Mexico. Regardless, both games should be great second-round matchups.My early upset pick is Cornell. Although Temple is a great team, a No. 12 seed is quite low for the Ivy League champions. They should easily have been anywhere from a No. 7 to No. 10 seed. And while I certainly see the potential, I do not see Wisconsin or New Mexico falling in the second round.My pick to advance from the Carrier Dome to Lucas Oil Field is No. 2 seed West Virginia. It was a popular pick from the “experts” last night and I agree. Kentucky is great, don’t get me wrong. But it’s about who’s playing better right now, and that absolutely goes to the Mountaineers.SouthPerhaps the least controversial of the four regions, the South is the Blue Devils’ region to lose. Of course, a favorable draw for another team in the region could lead to Duke’s demise. Another intrigue factor for the region is the inclusion of three Big East teams and more specifically, Notre Dame as the No. 6 seed.Which brings me to my upset pick for the South: No. 11 seed Old Dominion over No. 6 Notre Dame. They were one of the last teams in the bracket, but the Monarchs are one of the best teams no one is talking about.Additionally, I like Siena over Purdue in the No. 13 versus No. 4 slot and No. 12 seed Utah State over fifth-seeded Texas A&M. But those aren’t really upsets in my book as Purdue is looking worse every game and Utah State has the “home court” advantage in Spokane.True home court advantage will belong to third-seeded Baylor, though, if the Bears can reach the Houston-based regional. It’s just a three-and-a-half hour drive from Waco, TX to Reliant Stadium. With that, Baylor would have a distinct advantage over Duke.Final FourSo, there you have it; my Final Four includes a No. 1 seed, pair of No. 2 seeds and a No. 3 seed. If it were to go in such a fashion, I’d take Kansas over K-State and West Virginia over Baylor, with the Jayhawks winning their second national championship in three years.Of course, this is just my initial reaction, so it’s subject to change several times over the next week before the Tournament tips off Thursday morning.Jordan is a senior majoring in journalism and bracketology. Will you be traveling to Jacksonville with the Badgers? Let him know at read more


UW rights ship in Denver series

first_imgJunior center Mark Zengerle was the nation’s leading returning scorer coming into the season but was sidelined with a broken finger suffered against Colorado College Nov. 3.[/media-credit]After winning just one of its first 10 games this season, the Wisconsin men’s hockey team doubled that total over the weekend with a 3-1 win over No. 5 Denver, the team that still sits atop the WCHA standings.The Badgers also notched a 1-1 tie against the Pioneers (9-4-1, 7-2-1 WCHA) at Magness Arena Friday. If some saw UW (2-7-3, 2-5-3) as a sinking ship through the first 10 games of the season, head coach Mike Eaves said he thought his squad righted the ship while gaining some momentum over the weekend.“From the coaching standpoint, it was the exact medicine we needed to get ourselves going in the right direction,” Eaves said at his weekly press conference Monday.“Maybe that ship is starting to come around, and we’ve got some wind at our back now,” Eaves added.The Badgers’ record now stands at 2-7-3 overall, and Eaves laid out a new goal over the weekend – reaching the .500 mark, an unexpected goal given the team’s No. 15 preseason ranking.“We can pull up and get in closer to .500,” Eaves said. “I think that’s our next, most tangible goal is to do that. If we can play well and get some wins, we have a chance to do that.”Those wins could come easier for the Badgers with the return of preseason all-WCHA center Mark Zengerle from a broken index finger. Despite playing in only half UW’s games this year, Zengerle is tied for second on the team in points with six, and he is tied for second in goals with two.The nation’s leading returning scoring from last season, Zengerle has not seen the ice since he suffered the injury against Colorado College Nov. 3.“Mark is closer to playing this weekend,” Eaves said. “We’ll put him in regular gear today and see what he can handle. He joined us on the road trip. I think the mindset was to be around the team and get him ready. … He wants to get back in the lineup.”Additionally, freshman forward Nic Kerdiles returned from a 10-game suspension for breaking the NCAA’s code of amateurism Friday. Kerdiles recorded two assists and four shots on goal against Denver.Eaves lauded the highly-touted recruit’s playmaking ability and his propensity for always being around the puck.“You could see the energy he brought to the ice,” Eaves said. “He won battles. He had a couple of assists on Saturday because he was around the puck. … He has that intangible as a hockey player; it was very much a positive weekend from that end.”Eaves also noted his squad’s improved defensive play, especially against a high-powered Denver offense that ranks second in the league in goals per game at 3.7, an area where UW sits last at 1.9.Over the weekend, however, the Badgers outscored Denver 4-2, and Eaves extolled the defensive play on the road. It marked Wisconsin’s first series of the season in which they have not lost at least one of the games.Eaves credited the 35 blocked shots by goaltender Landon Peterson Saturday (highest on the season), better scoring opportunities in the offensive zone and the defense’s ability to prevent scoring opportunities even when out-numbered on the ice for the successful weekend.Eaves said it is necessary for the Badgers to carry that momentum to the Kohl Center this weekend when Michigan Tech visits. UW is still winless at home, having lost all four of its games in Madison, and has been outscored by an average of two goals per game on its home ice. “There are a lot of reasons that these next four games are important,” Eaves said. “… We’ve had some challenges at scoring goals and winning games, especially at home.”That said, Eaves said he remains hopeful his team can continue to turn in solid performances through the remainder of the season. He noted improved play dating back to the home series against Minnesota State-Mankato two weekends ago.“Our last home game against Mankato, we felt the ship was turning somewhat, and then we carried it on to this week,” Eaves said.“Friday was on a national stage, and people were pumped up to see us play well against a top-ranked team. Let’s let our own fans see that live and score some goals,” he added.Continuing the ship metaphor throughout the press conference, Eaves contended that his team needs to keep sailing, steadfastly optimistic Wisconsin can turn the wind now at its back into wins on the ice.“That’s the most important thing, is to keep that wind at our backs,” he said.last_img read more