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First Woman to Command Uruguayan Army Unit

first_imgBy Juan Delgado / Diálogo April 17, 2020 For the first time in the history of the Uruguayan Army, a woman is commanding a basic combat unit. On February 13, Lieutenant Colonel Lorena Cardozo took over as chief of the 8th Armored Cavalry Regiment, located in Cerro Largo department.Lt. Col. Cardozo’s promotion is a milestone for the Uruguayan Armed Forces, which opened its doors to women in 1998. Lt. Col. Cardozo was one of the first two candidates.“I’m a service member by vocation, and I chose to join to protect my country,” said the officer, who is in charge of 259 elements. “The relationship I have with subordinates is very good, and their response to me is excellent, which to me means an even greater responsibility.”Following the promotion of Lt. Col. Cardozo, the Uruguayan Ministry of Defense declared that it reaffirms its commitment to continue enforcing policies of equality, no discrimination, and respect for women’s rights. In 2018, the ministry made the recruitment of women into the Armed Forces a priority. According to official sources, the Army, the military institution with the most personnel, has more than 15,000 men and more than 2,000 women.“It should be no surprise that a woman is a chief; we understand that we’ve all worked for what we know is the culmination of the work a person has done for many years; we prepare for this, we dream of this, and it is a dream come true,” said Lt. Col. Cardozo, who, in addition to her new role, is a member of the Armed Forces’ Commission against Gender Violence.Cerro Largo is located in Uruguay’s northeast and borders Brazil on the east, forming part of a border area where authorities fight against transnational crimes such as human, arms, and drug trafficking, as well as smuggling. Among other tasks, Lt. Col. Cardozo’s unit conducts border and reconnaissance patrols by jeep, on horseback, and on foot, the officer said, adding that the task entails an enormous responsibility.If she chooses to continue with her military career, Lt. Col. Cardozo might achieve another historical milestone: being the first woman in the Army to reach the rank of general.“There has never been gender preference to allow women to be promoted, and I would never allow that. As such, I know that I rightfully deserve the roles I’ve had, as well as my current rank, and nobody gave me anything,” Lt. Col. Cardozo said.last_img read more

Barrage of preseason injuries continues

first_imgReplacing All-Pac-10 forward Nikola Vucevic — the 16th overall pick in the 2011 NBA draft — will not be the USC men’s basketball team’s only challenge this season.Tough act to follow · Sophomore forward Dewayne Dedmon (right) is expected to replace former forward Nikola Vucevic’s at forward. – Carlo Acenas | Daily TrojanThe Trojans, who began official practice last Friday, are missing several key players because of various injuries.Senior guard Jio Fontan, who suffered an ACL tear during the exhibition games in Brazil, and sophomore forward Curtis Washington, who has a torn labrum, are not practicing, and both players could be sidelined the entire season.Sophomore forward Dewayne Dedmon, who sustained a non-displaced fracture of his right hand, was limited but practiced with a large cast, and will likely be available when the Trojans open their season at home against Cal State Northridge on Nov. 11.“Injuries are a part of the game,” USC coach Kevin O’Neill said. “We have to move forward.”Fontan, who led USC in assists and finished second in scoring last season, was expected to provide leadership as the only eligible senior on scholarship.Sophomore guard Maurice Jones who started alongside Fontan for much of last season, is expected to slide over to play point guard. The Trojans will also rely on 6-foot-2 freshman guard Alexis Moore, from Long Beach, Calif. The only other guards on scholarship are Greg Allen, a transfer from Navarro College, and Byron Wesley, a freshman from Etiwanda High School.“It gives another guy the chance to step up,” O’Neill said.Washington, who played sparingly last season and did not score a point, was expected to provide depth in the frontcourt. In his absence, the Trojans will count on junior center James Blasczyk, a transfer from Lee College, and redshirt junior forward Aaron Fuller, who transferred from Iowa, in addition to Dedmon.Dedmon is practicing, although the large cast on his right hand prevents him from shooting the ball. Trainers covered the cast with bubble wrap and tape so it would be safe enough to play with.“It is like playing with a boxing glove,” Dedmon said. “It is hard but you have to make do.”Other minor injuries include Fuller’s dislocated finger, but it has not caused him to miss any practice time.“He has not said a word, and that is what I like about [Fuller],” O’Neill said. “You are not supposed to sit on the side with the sniffles.”Jones has been bothered by a minor ankle injury. He has not been sidelined, but O’Neill stated he might rest Jones at times because he is valuable to the team.“The crippling injury would be to [Jones],” O’Neill said. “If [he] gets hurt, I am in front of a bus.”With Fontan out, Jones, who averaged 9.9 points per game last season, and sophomore forward Garrett Jackson, who contributed an average of 3.2 points per game, are the only two returning players to score for the Trojans last season.O’Neill, however, insists he won’t use the numerous injuries to key players as an excuse for any potential obstacles this season.“Basketball is full of challenges, especially the situation we took over,” O’Neill said. “We have to endure a few more bumps in the road, and we will do that.”last_img read more

Korger: Open letter to B1G as superconferences near

first_imgDear Big Ten Conference Council of Presidents and Chancellors,Come this time next year, Texas A&M will leave the Big 12, lawsuit or no lawsuit, and the SEC will add another team to its ranks on the march to become the first super-conference in college football. The Big 12 is crumbling; the Pac-12 and the Big Ten helped kick start the fall of a shaky structure by removing Colorado and Nebraska from the conference ranks.As the Big 12 falls apart, conferences are hot on the chase for new teams to add, meaning new money, new television contracts and new markets. What will the Big Ten take from the Big 12 when the smoke clears? Only time will tell, but our conference must make a strong pull to add as many teams as it can when the Big 12 falls apart to keep up with the frantic pace of the Pac-12 and the SEC.Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops said the formation of super-conferences “seems the direction the world’s going,” in an interview with the Associated Press. Stoops words ring true in the time we live in. In a country of Wal-Mart, the success of large franchises crushing all smaller business in its path seems to validate that bigger is indeed better. More teams in a conference mean more money, more publicity and a stronger brand of football to sell to the athletic market.The super-conference direction makes sense. Fourteen to 16-team conferences will only solidify the major programs and the BCS automatic conference bids. TV contracts will be larger and television channels will be created (The Pac-12 announced the creation of several regional and one national channel this past summer, while the Longhorn Network solidifies Texas’ independence from the Big 12). Smaller schools like Baylor and Iowa State will lose huge amounts of revenue and relevance as their conference dissolves. But just as the United States is an open and competitive market, so too is college football.Let’s be honest here. Texas A&M is a solid football program, but in the SEC they will be a doormat. As I see it, the SEC only wants to crack open the recruiting strongbox of Texas and the state’s exclusive affair with the Big 12.With the Big 12 schools constantly gobbling up the top-tier Texas high school players, the SEC would very much like to have a school in Texas to play against and thus effectively reach millions of eyes that do not witness the SEC on a weekly basis. The SEC is brilliantly using Texas A&M as a marketing tool to expand its national grasp on football by infiltrating one of the last remaining large markets to withstand the powerful reach of the SEC.When the rest of the Big 12 teams leave, where will they go? With the SEC and Pac-12 looking to absorb the remaining teams and expand their grip on college football, here are a few things the Big Ten should look at changing as well as making a play at expanding the conference once more.Step 1: Legends and Leaders? Yawn.I have to say the first time I heard the names of the Big Ten divisions I felt the conference was playing a bad joke. Did someone come up with these names while on a Keystone Light drinking binge? The names reflect zero creativity or relevance, and when the news of the names went public message boards across the Internet were mocking the anemic name choices, effectively ridiculing the Big Ten.Here’s a better name for the divisions, “The Heartland” and “The Great Lakes.” Both names are more marketable and creative than what currently exists, and they actually have a relevant meaning to the pride of the Midwest.Do you think the teams in Legends and Leaders fit their titles? Someone explain to me what makes Minnesota a legend? They claimed national championships in the 1930’s and ’40s; now only the memory of Minnesota winning is the stuff of legends. Did it actually happen? No one really knows.Step 2: Realign the DivisionsPut the big rivalries in the same divisions. I understand you had enough foresight to continue the Wisconsin-Minnesota and Michigan-Ohio State games, but what about Iowa-Wisconsin? The Heartland Trophy I’m sure is more comfortable staying in Madison for the time being, but why have you deprived the fans of this game?And pardon me for saying this, but I think you separated Ohio State and Michigan in different divisions to give them a chance to play each other twice a year. I think these respected rivals should be in the same division, just as Wisconsin and Minnesota. Separate the divisions according to location. I’m not sure why you did it the way you did, but the separation of perennial rivals in different divisions displays no leadership. It’s a legendary grievance.Step 3: Add Missouri and Iowa StateAdding these two schools makes sense. Before the Big Ten announced Nebraska was to become its 12th member, Missouri’s name was all over the rumor mill.A natural fit because of the high level of their sports programs, academic prowess – ranked in the top 50 of public universities – and geographical location, Missouri is a promising school to add to the Big Ten. Iowa State is an odd pick I admit, but they will be one of the easiest pieces to grab once the Big 12 ceases to exist. Our conference already has one team in Iowa; why not bring in another?While other conferences continue to expand, we must make every effort to keep pace. Reckless expansion is not what I’m advocating. What I’m advocating is expanding with an already proven program and a team that already lies within the reach of the Big Ten market. Clean up the names of the divisions to something more respectable and understandable than “Leaders and Legends,” and realign the divisions to bring back yearly rivalry teams to the same conference.By adding Nebraska and a championship game you have already taken steps to increase the relevance and prosperity of the Big Ten. Now continue it by absorbing parts of a crumbling conference before other conferences do it first and put the Big Ten in the national spotlight as the premier conference once more.On Wisconsin,Nick KorgerHave your own opinion about better names for the Big Ten divisions? Better ideas to help the Big Ten keep up with the other conferences? Email Nick at [email protected] and tell him your ideas.last_img read more

Badgers head west to try to add to strong start

first_imgAfter starting the year off with four straight wins at the McClimon Soccer Complex, the Wisconsin women’s soccer team is hitting the road for the first time, as the Badgers head out west to a tournament in Seattle.Wisconsin will go up against Washington (4-0) in its first Husky/Nike Invitational game Friday night, and finish the tournament Sunday afternoon taking on the Portland Pilots (1-2).  Dartmouth College will also be participating in the four-team tournament, but will not face the Badgers.The last time Wisconsin made an appearance in the Husky Invitational was 2010, when midfielder Kodee Williams was a rookie. Williams is one of the only players still on the roster from that season.“I went to this [tournament] my freshman year. It was really exciting,” Williams said.  “It’s definitely nice to get some out of conference play.”Williams has been off to a tremendous start this season, with two assists already under her belt, along with an overtime goal against Tennessee a couple weekends back, proving herself to be a clutch player.  But the fifth-year senior said that she, along with the rest of the roster, is going to be exposed to a very new kind of soccer this weekend.“The style of soccer is different out there,” Williams said.  “They’re a lot more tactical and use smaller players, whereas the Big Ten is known for being a pretty physical conference.”Head coach Paula Wilkins added that a tactical team is typically more aggressive on the ball and boasts a strong offense.“They can hold the ball individually and keep possession well, so we have to be really good at team defending,” Wilkins said.  “They’re a little more attack oriented, whereas I think sometimes the Midwest is a little more defensive oriented.”The attacking style of play has worked well for Washington so far this season, as they have defeated top contenders such as Kentucky and Pittsburgh. One specific offensive threat is senior forward Jaclyn Softli who has been the key player in each of those wins, scoring four of the team’s eight total goals so far this season.Wilkins said when an opponent has standout players like Softli, it’s important to keep an eye out for them, but to not lose sight of others on the field.“Obviously when someone scores a bunch of goals, we’re going to have to spend a little more time focusing on them,” Wilkins said.  “But [Washington] has a good group of attacking players, so if you focus in on just one, somebody else will exploit you.”And if the Badgers have proved anything this season, it’s that they don’t underestimate any one player or team.  In just the first four games, the Wisconsin bench already looks like a completely different group from last year, when they finished with a 10-7-2 record.Badgers continue to dominate with pair of weekend victories Coming into the weekend with an undefeated record, the No. 19 Wisconsin women’s soccer team kept the good times rolling Read…The key in these early victories, according to both Wilkins and Williams, has been a focus both on and off the field that allows them to adapt to each team they play.  Wilkins pointed out that against Tennessee back in late August, her squad took a defensive approach to counter Tennessee’s strong offense, but last weekend, against two weaker opponents, the Badgers stepped up and attacked the ball more, leading to 5-0 and 3-0 victories.What’s more, this taste of success has not resulted in Wisconsin lowering its defenses; the focus is still there, each practice and game, and has only left the roster hungry for more.“We’re not content with our start,” Williams said.  “We know that we have bigger teams to play and bigger battles to win.”And the Husky/Nike Invitational is definitely a good time for the Badgers to have that mentality.  Both teams they’ll face, especially Washington Friday night, will pose a challenge that the team hasn’t yet seen.“Obviously we don’t expect to win every game 5-0 and 3-0 like we did this weekend,” Williams said.  “Portland and Washington will definitely be some of the teams that will be able to put our backs up against the wall, and hopefully we can step up to that challenge.”last_img read more