Unions to strike at AkzoNobel over €400m pension payment demand

first_imgIt also argued that the accounting rules of IFRS did not allow for such an additional payment, and that it would jeopardise the fixed premium for the current collective defined contribution scheme, which replaced the scheme’s defined benefit plan in 2005.The unions, however, disagreed, citing the expert opinion of Jaap Koelewijn, professor of finance at Nyenrode Business University. Koelewijn argued that IFRS allowed for a “non-mandatory and one-off contribution”, as long as it was properly accounted for, according to Dutch financial newspaper FD.It said that the unions countered AkzoNobel’s argument that the pension fund’s current coverage ratio of almost 111% was above average, by contending that indexation in arrears for the scheme’s participants had increased to 14% following 10 years without indexation.In a webcast for its staff, Knut Schwalenberg, director of AkzoNobel Chemie Nederland, said that the company couldn’t meet the unions’ demands.“I would like to ask to think properly before they cause damage to the company, mutual relationships as well as our reputation among our clients,” he added.The unions have indicated that strikes at other plants elsewhere in the Netherlands were possible during the coming days. Trade union members have started 24-hour strikes at two Dutch plants of chemicals giant AkzoNobel in an attempt to force the employer to pay an additional €400m into its Dutch pension fund.The unions have demanded the extra contribution as, in their opinion, staff should also benefit from the €7.5bn sale – paid for in cash – of its Specialty Chemicals branch to US private equity firm Carlyle.The board of the €5.3bn company scheme, APF, and a pensioners’ association also backed the request for a €400m cash injection into the pension fund.However, the company has reiterated that the money was not available, as it had already promised the proceeds of the sale to its shareholders.last_img read more

Major surge in Queensland farmland prices

first_imgMore from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus12 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market12 hours ago215 Todds Road, Greenlake, covers 7,278.2ha and is on the market for $20m.The top performing region was West Queensland where the median price per hectare jumped 27.2 per cent, while North Queensland decreased by 0.5 per cent.“The Queensland rural property market experienced steady transaction volumes in 2018. The mix of sales varied, with more activity in North Queensland and slightly less activity across other regions,” he said.“There were fewer sales at the low end of the market which could have been influenced by drought conditions in marginal areas. This was offset by strong demand for quality properties in each region which shifted the mix of sales in 2018 towards the middle and upper price per hectare ranges.” Jailed lawyer sells mega mansion Unusual feature sells house FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK MORE: City pads for less than $150K This massive property at 2521 Kirknie Road, Home Hill, is on the market for $12.2m.It’s been hit by drought, cyclones, floods but Queensland’s farmland continues to hold its own, emerging with the highest price rise of the three major eastern states.A report by Rural Bank found that the median price per hectare for farmland in Queensland jumped 15.7 per cent last year, surging past both NSW (9.6 per cent) and Victoria (14.1 per cent). The amount of farmland that changed hands also jumped to 4.4 million hectares in the Sunshine State, up 10.6 per cent over 2017.The value of the deals in the state also surged a whopping 23.4 per cent to $2.4 billion, according to Rural Bank head of sales, Jonathon Hewitt. Greenlake Station is being marketed as blue ribbon livestock breeding country. 2521 Kirknie Road, Home Hill, covers 708ha.Around $1.1b worth of farmland was sold in Victoria last year (about 198,000 hectares), while in New South Wales $3.4b worth was traded (1.58m hectares).Including the other states, South Australia had the biggest rise in median price per hectare, up 17 per cent, while Tasmania was the only state to see a decline (-5 per cent).Rural Bank CEO Alexandra Gartmann said agricultural land as an asset class has “long term resilience”.“The figures show the remarkable strength and confidence in agriculture’s future, with all states experiencing growth of between 5 and 7.5 per cent since 1998.”She added “we expect farmland values to continue to rise due to tightened supply of available farmland and increased competition for fewer parcels”. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58last_img read more

World-Class Players Who Hung Up Their Boots In 2019

first_img In goal is Petr Cech. The holder of the most clean sheets in Premier League history, Cech’s final game was the Europa League final against Chelsea, though it was already confirmed he was returning to Chelsea as a technical advisor. The Czech Republic legend has also been playing ice hockey for Guildford Phoenix, unsurprisingly remaining in between the sticks. Another former Arsenal and Chelsea player, Ashley Cole finished his career with Derby County before taking up a coaching role in the Blues academy. You’ll do well to find a better left-back in Premier League history. Meanwhile, Juventus legend Andrea Barzagli called it a day after a decorated career that saw him lift eight Scudettos, four Coppa Italias and the World Cup. Patrice Evra had basically been as good as retired ever since he started to kick fans in the head and do weird Instagram videos but the former Manchester United left-back officially announced his retirement in July of 2019. Promoted ContentThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The WorldBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneThe Best Cars Of All Time6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TrueA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This DayWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market Value11 Strange Facts About Your Favorite TV Shows14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now Arjen Robben could probably have continued cutting in from the right and bending one with his left foot but both he and legendary Dutch compatriots Wesley Sneijder and Robin van Persie hung up their boots in the same year. So too did Xavi Hernandez, Barcelona’s all-time appearance maker. The four-time Champions League winner ended his career with Qatari side Al-Sadd, where he was appointed as manager just weeks ago after retiring. Another one of the best midfielders of our generation, Bayern Munich legend Bastian Schweinsteiger, announced his retirement from football in October 2019, seeing out his final playing days with Toronto FC. Read Also:Guardiola praises Man City players for playing  to instruction Finally, Samuel Eto’o and Fernando Torres were the two best strikers to call 2019 their final year of playing, finishing up what is a truly deadly team brimming with world-class players. We wait and see what iconic players finish up in 2020. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… 2019 was the year that a whole host of footballing greats called time and their careers and Transfer Markt have put together what could be the greatest retired XI of all-time.last_img read more

US Open: Djokovic disqualified after hitting official with ball

first_img #Read Also: Ansu Fati becomes Spain’s La Roja youngest ever scorer Sixth seed Petra Kvitova is also in action against unseeded American Shelby Rogers. In the men’s draw Sunday, fifth seed Alexander Zverev became the first German to reach the US Open last eight since Tommy Haas in 2007. Zverev, the fifth seed, bulldozed Spain’s unseeded Alejandro Davidovich Fokina 6-2, 6-2, 6-1 in just 1hr 34 min. Later in the men’s draw, seventh-seeded David Goffin from Belgium goes up against Canadian 12th seed Denis Shapovalov. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 It struck her in the throat and she could be heard gasping. Djokovic rushed over to check that she was okay and after a few minutes she got up and walked off the court. Following around ten minutes of discussions with the tournament referee, the umpire declared that Carreno Busta had won by default. Djokovic shook hands with Carreno Busta before leaving the court. The Serbian star is only the third player in Grand Slam history to be disqualified out of a men’s singles tournament following John McEnroe at the Australian Open in 1990 and Stefan Koubek at the French Open in 2000. Djokovic had been chasing an 18th Grand Slam title at the Billie Jean King US National Tennis Center. He was hoping to close the gap on Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, both absent from the tournament, in the race for the all-time men’s Slam singles title record. Djokovic is on 17, with Nadal on 19 and Federer on 20. Earlier, American Jennifer Brady led a day of upsets in the women’s draw. Jennifer Brady celebrates winning her fourth-round match against Angelique Kerber at the 2020 US Open Promoted Content7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market ValueThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The WorldThe Network’s Greatest Shows On HBOPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D Graffiti10 Dystopian Movie Worlds You’d Never Want To Live InWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?10 Actors That Started Their Careers On SoapsWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?10 Of The Best Places Around The World To Go StargazingThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do Novak Djokovic was sensationally disqualified from the US Open on Sunday after striking a lines official with a ball during his last-16 match. The world number one went 5-6 down in the first set to Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta when he hit a ball in the direction of the female official. Brady, whose previous best appearances at Slams were fourth-round finishes at the Australian and US Opens three years ago, credited her run to becoming fitter. Brady will play Yulia Putintseva for a spot in the last four after the Kazakhstan 23rd seed stunned eighth seed Petra Martic of Croatia elsewhere on Sunday. Putintseva displayed a range of exquisitely placed dropshots as she sent Martic tumbling out 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 in 2hr 37 min inside Arthur Ashe Stadium. Later, two-time Grand Slam winner Naomi Osaka looks to move into the last eight at the expense of Estonian 14th seed Anett Kontaveit. Brady, the 28th seed, stunned three-time Grand Slam winner Angelique Kerber of Germany to reach a Grand Slam quarter-final for the first time in her career. The 25-year-old took just 1hr 29min to sweep aside the 17th seed 6-1, 6-4 to move into the last eight at Flushing Meadows. “It’s awesome. Hopefully I keep going,” she told reporters. Loading… last_img read more

Robert Sonntag

first_imgRobert (Bob) Sonntag, 85 years old, of Lawrenceburg, IN, passed away on June 9, 2020. Bob was born in Atlantic City, New Jersey on September 17, 1934 after his parents emigrated to the United States from Frankfort, Germany.  Bob was a proud soldier of the United States Navy.  He was an active member of the American Legion Post 239 in Lawrenceburg.  Bob was a 4th degree and previous Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus also of Lawrenceburg.He earned a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and a master’s degree in Business Administration from Xavier University.  Bob was a local businessowner and a Certified Public Accountant with Robert Sonntag Accountancy Corporation, for over 30 years. He was also on the executive board of Dearborn Savings & Loan from 1974 – 2009 and became Chairman of the Board in 1996.  He loved his Xavier Musketeers, had season tickets to their basketball games, and followed them religiously. Bob also had season tickets for his other Cincinnati favorites, including the Reds and the Bengals and even attended Super Bowl XVI in 1982 when the Bengals played the 49ers in Detroit.  In his free time, Bob loved to coach, golf, play basketball and softball with his family, friends, players and teammates.Bob will be greatly missed by his wife, Diana, whom he married in 1988 and after 32 years of marriage was still the light of his life. He also leaves behind eight children whom he adored,  Robert (Tamzen) of Gettysburg, Pamela (Hassel) Breshears of Aurora, Steven (Jane) of Indianapolis, Julie (Mike) Douglas of Cincinnati, Christine (Mike) Upton of Aurora, Traci (Andrew) Jansen of W. Harrison, Scott (Abigail) McAdams of Greendale, Jodi Lovell of Independence; grandchildren Angela and Sean Sonntag, Joshua, Brianna, and Brett Upton, Stephanie Curtis, Katelyn Killgore, Laura Campana, Allison Sonntag, Morgan and Andrew Douglas, Luke, Logan, David, and Tug Jansen, Travis and Alyssa McAdams, Natalie and Kaylin Lovell; and great grandchildren Jadalyn Eakins, Nathan Sonntag, Alexandra and Ezra Curtis, Emilia Campana, and Claire Upton. Bob is preceded in death by his parents Anna & Richard Sonntag and brother Richard Sonntag.Visitation will be held at Andres-Wuestefeld Funeral Home on Saturday, June 13 from 10:00am – 11:30am; rosary will begin at 10:00am. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 12:00pm at St. Joseph’s Church of All Saints Parish with burial immediately following at St. John’s. Memorials can be made to the Knights of Columbus #1231 and St. John’s Cemetery. To sign the guestbook or leave online condolences please visit www.andres-wuestefeldfh.com.To keep everyone safe & healthy, and to comply with Indiana’s COVID-19 guidelines, a maximum of 100 people will be allowed in the funeral home at one time. Funeral home staff will be assisting with this so that everyone has a chance to pay their respects in a safe and reverent manner. It is recommended to wear masks and maintain social distancing throughout the day. In addition, only 100 people will be able to attend the funeral mass. People wishing to only attend the graveside service can do so by practicing social distancing or by remaining in their car. Unfortunately, due to statewide guidelines the church will be unable to offer a meal after the graveside service.last_img read more

Mayweather’s ex-girlfriend found dead

first_imgRelatedPosts Kidnappers kill DSS operative after collecting N5m ransom Emir of Biu is dead Four arrested for killing policeman from Kogi in Ogun Floyd Mayweather’s ex-girlfriend and mother of his three children, Josie Harris, has been found dead in her car by police in California. She was 40 years old. Harris was found outside her home in Valencia, Los Angeles County on Tuesday night. Authorities do not suspect foul play and are treating the case like a death investigation, TMZ reports. Mayweather and Harris had a tumultuous relationship when they dated between 1995 and 2010. The boxing icon served two months in prison when he was convicted in 2010 of domestic violence against her. The Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department said in a statement on Wednesday: “Homicide investigators have responded to the death of a woman. “The incident was reported Tuesday, March 10, 2020, at approximately, 10pm, on the 25,700 block of Oak Meadow Drive, Valencia. “The woman was pronounced dead at the scene. There is no additional information available at this time.” Harris claimed that she was abused by Mayweather on six different occasions. In an interview with USA Today in 2014, Harris gave a sorry reflection of her time with Mayweather. “I was a battered woman,” Harris said. “I felt embarrassed about saying I was a battered woman. I felt shame. I felt like it was my fault. What did I do? I didn’t understand what a battered woman was at that time. “Now I know I was in a very dysfunctional, hostile relationship and a victim of domestic violence.” One of their children, their son Koraun, witnessed the assault that saw Mayweather serve time and alerted authorities after sneaking out of his home. He called his father “a coward” in the same interview his mother gave talking of her time with the boxer. “(My dad) said to lock my door and stay in my room,” Koraun said of the incident. “I went back into my room and locked the door and then ran back out my bathroom and then hopped over the gate and went to the main entrance gate. I just told (the guard) that my mom was getting hurt and to call the ambulance and the police.” Harris didn’t see Mayweather much past the jail term he served in 2010, but added: “For some reason I still get anxiety when I know that he is on his way (to collect his children). ‘I have no idea why, but I get really overwhelmed when I know that I have to be around him.” Mayweather, who is unbeaten in his 50 fights in his boxing career, claimed in a 2015 interview that his violence was merely him trying to restrain Harris because she was on drugs. She vociferously denied the accusation and responded with a $20 million lawsuit. Harris was in the process of writing a book about domestic violence survivors and about her relationship with Mayweather when she died.Tags: BOXINGCaliforniadeathFloyd Mayweather JrLos Angeleslast_img read more

Roma ace dismisses Manchester claim

first_img The Belgium international has been linked in press reports with both Manchester United and Manchester City. But Nainggolan, 26, stressed on Twitter that he has been training in Rome, effectively denying claims in newspaper Leggo he made a trip this week to the north of England. He wrote: “To be training and be placed somewhere else is hard.” At the end of his tweet, he including three laughing emoticons. Nainggolan has scored three goals in 28 league appearances for Roma this season. The 26-year-old joined Roma from Cagliari in January 2014 and is under contract until June 2018. Nainggolan is expected to start for Roma in Saturday’s Serie A match against Inter Milan at the San Siro. Roma are third in Serie A and hold the last Champions League qualifying spot with seven games remaining. Roma midfielder Radja Nainggolan has dismissed a report he has been spotted in Manchester.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

F-M baseball makes stunning run to sectional AA final

first_imgThey were 8-11 in the regular season, assigned a no. 7 seed in a seven-team field for the Section III Class AA playoffs. And now Fayetteville-Manlius will be playing for a sectional championship.Having already knocked off no. 2 seed West Genesee 3-1 in 10 innings Tuesday night at Wells College, the Hornets pulled another surprise when it shut out no. 3 seed Cicero-North Syracuse 5-0  in Thursday’s sectional semifinal at Auburn’s Falcon Park.This post-season run reflected the notion that F-M’s record prior to the sectional tournament did not properly reflect how tough it played every single opponent, even as it was dropping series to its league rivals.For example, C-NS had beaten F-M two out of three times when they met earlier in the month, but here the Northstars could do very little against Hornets left-handed pitcher Max Parker.Sharp from the outset, Parker worked through the first two innings, only surrendering an infield hit, while Northstars counterpart Justin Persse did the same.Then, in the top of the third, F-M went in front. Ben Delmarsh led off with a single, Mitchell Seabury reached on an error and Parker delivered a perfect bunt single down the third-base line to load the bases with nobody out.Sean O’Connor’s sacrifice fly scored Delmarsh. Itai Spinoza walked to again load the bases before Sean Arthur’s fly ball brought Seabury home and Tom Coleman’s two-out RBI single made it 3-0.That was all Parker needed, as he retired 10 in a row at one point and did not get affected one bit by a 90-minute rain delay in the fifth inning.In fact, the Hornets added to its margin in the sixth against C-NS pitchers Noah Wieczorek and Carter Wisely, again loading the bases with nobody out helped by a bunt single, this one from Seth Reisman. John Egnaczyk walked to force in pinch-runner Matt Vaccaro and Seabury added a sacrifice fly.Despite allowing two runners to get on base in the sixth and seventh innings, Parker got out of both jams to preserve his shutout and send F-M along to the sectional final.And all of this preceded what F-M did against West Genesee. As with C-NS, the Hornets had lost two of three regular-season meetings to the Wildcats, but won the fourth encounter that meant the most.Spinoza’s RBI in the top of the third put F-M in front 1-0, and for six innings Coleman protected that slim margin, outpitching Wildcats ace Ryan Paige as he only allowed three hits and struck out seven.Yet Paige didn’t let the Hornets build on that lead, either, and in the bottom of the seventh, Tyler Kensey drove home Joe Comins with the tying run, sending it to extra innings, where WG had found frequent success during the season.The eighth and ninth innings went without a run, John Egnaczyk pitching well in relief of Coleman as he and Wildcats counterpart Sam Gallager keeping it 1-1.Then, in the top of the 10th, F-M loaded the bases, and Parker coaxed a walk, followed by an O’Connor sacrifice fly.With that two-run cushion, Egnaczyk got the final three outs, and ended WG’s quest for a first sectional title since 1977.C-NS would then fall, and on Sunday at 6 p.m. the Hornets would get its chance to sweep all three top seeds when it faces defending champion Baldwinsville in the sectional final, the Bees having ripped Liverpool 11-4 in the other semifinal.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Tags: BaseballF-Mlast_img read more

J-D girls survive Ludden; CBA wins big, F-M ousted in overtime

first_imgThroughout the second half, the Gaelic Knights’ trio of Amarah Streiff (18 points), Kaitlyn Kibling (17 points) and Keiara Odune (13 points) combined to match what the Rams produced, and kept the game close to the end.Only up by three as the final seconds ticked down, J-D had to sweat out one more Ludden opportunity and a tying 3-point shot that glanced off the rim as the horn sounded.Momo LaClair carried the Rams’ attack for long stretches, finishing with 26 points off 10 field goals and six free throws. Some help came from Sydney Baker, who had 12 points, but no other J-D player had more than five points. Tags: CBAF-Mgirls basketballJ-D Meanwhile, Christian Brothers Academy, bent on dethroning J-D after a narrow defeat to the Rams in last year’s sectional semifinals, had captured the top seed in Class A with a 16-4 regular-season mark.And unlike J-D, the Brothers would not have much stress during its sectional quarterfinal last Tuesday night, handling no. 8 seed Indian River in a 69-42 decision.Having rolled past Fulton 64-37 in the opening round, IR quickly got itself in trouble, its defense unable to stop anything CBA tried as it steadily increased its production and led 40-27 by halftime.Then the Brothers improved on defense to make sure IR didn’t rally, all the while ably spreading out its offense beyond the program’s all-time leading scorer, Brooke Jarvis, who had 20 points.Leana Heitmann gained 17 points, with twin sisters Emily and Tori Hall each getting 10 points. By contrast, only LaKaya Butcher hit double figures for IR, matching Heitmann’s total of 17 points.Both J-D and CBA advance to sectional semifinals Saturday at Onondaga Community College’s Allyn Hall – the Red Rams against no. 6 seed New Hartford, who ousted no. 3 seed Central Square, and the Brothers against no. 5 seed Whitesboro, who topped no. 4 seed Cortland 41-26.Up in Class AA, Fayetteville-Manlius almost joined its two neighbors in the sectional semifinal round, but the no. 6 seed Hornets lost its sectional quarterfinal to no. 3 seed West Genesee 53-46 in overtime.They had met twice in the regular season, WG winning both times including a 53-43 decision on Feb. 15 where Lexie Roe again was injured, knocking out F-M’s leading scorer for the sectional tournament.Yet the Hornets did not let this setback derail them. Instead, in the playoff rematch it relied on tough half-court defense to force a string of Wildcats turnovers in the first half.Meanwhile, Lily Fish picked up nine of team-high 15 points in the second quarter, and the Hornets led through much of the game’s middle stages, stretching that margin out to five twice in the third period.WG fought back, and it remained tight through the home stretch. They entered the final minute tied, 37-37, but WG appeared to put it away with a Catie Cunnigham basket, defensive stop and Meredith James free throw.Down three, 40-37, F-M worked it to the outside where Lexi Kellish, scoreless to that point, drilled a 3-pointer with 2.0 seconds left, tying the game and sending it to overtime.Somehow, WG regrouped from this blow, scored the first six points of the four-minute extra period and never got caught, led by James, who earned 12 of her 19 points in the fourth quarter and OT, and Cunningham, who got 16 points.Other than Fish, Ava Angello was the Hornets’ top scorer, with nine points, while Kendra Broddus had eight points before fouling out in the fourth quarter.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story center_img Right from the outset of the Section III Class A playoffs, the Jamesville-DeWitt girls basketball team’s eight-year championship run seemed in peril.Unlike seasons past, the Red Rams did not breeze through the quarterfinal round on Tuesday night, instead seeing Bishop Ludden nearly rally to force overtime before J-D held on to win 58-55.Ludden had gone 10-10 against a tough regular-season slate before a 66-47 first-round win over Oswego. So the Gaelic Knights were not rattled when J-D moved out to a first-half lead and ultimately took a 31-24 lead to the break.last_img read more

Past, but still present

first_imgAlando Tucker and Joe Chrnelich are separated by 23 seasons on the UW basketball floor, but the two still share something in common. While Tucker can still be found leaping and looping through the lane for leaners, Chrnelich was the hard-nosed floor leader ripping down rebounds of the Badgers back in the day, as a four-year starter from 1976-1980.However, both are a part of Bo Ryan’s first recruiting class, as Tucker was the cream of the crop in Ryan’s first year as head coach, Chrnelich (pronounced Kren-el-ick) was the gem of Ryan’s freshman corps as a rookie assistant in Madison. That common thread shared between Tucker and Chrnelich is emblematic of the tight relationship the 2006-07 Wisconsin team has created with the Badger hoops alumni, through the unprecedented levels of success the team has been able to reach. “We are all part of one big family,” Chrnelich said. “I might not have ever thrown Tucker one of those lobs, but him and I, we are teammates.”That relationship extends far beyond Tucker and Chrnelich. “There is always a common bond, even if you didn’t play with each other or know each other personally, there is a bond there,” said Dave Vander Meulen, a member of the 1960-61 UW team, who went on to coach UW-Whitewater for 23-years — often butting heads with Ryan, who was coaching at UW-Platteville. The alumni, who have always been close to the program, have been given even more reason this season to bust out the old cardinal and white sweaters. With UW setting records so often it almost feels like a weekly routine, such as the school’s longest winning streak (17), most wins (26) and several highest-AP ranking-ever-achieved moments — culminating in the school’s first-ever No. 1 ranking this week. “I hear it from … alumni, how proud they are to represent the school right now, because of how well we are representing the colors today,” Tucker said. “They are enjoying it almost as much as we are.”The excitement level of the many Badger alumni is higher than a Vegas point-spread featuring Northwestern, being generated by the historic season Wisconsin has put together thus far. Much of that enthusiasm stems from the former players living almost vicariously through the current squad, as they reach levels of success that were only pipe-dreams for many previous generations of UW teams. “I’ve been a season ticket holder for about six or seven years, going back to the last one or two years in the Field House,” said Rod Ripley (1984-87). “I’m just impressed at how the team just keeps getting better. It’s been a blast to watch them.” Once such former Wisconsin hoopster even uses UW’s success as ammo for trash talk, cross-country no less.”It’s been great watching the team. I’ve been gloating a lot out there in L.A.,” said Ike Ukawuba (2001-2004). “A lot of UCLA fans are tired of hearing from me by now.”Even Devin Harris, who starred for UW from 2002-04 finds time in his busy NBA schedule to keep up with his alma mater.”Man, they are just playing so good right now,” Harris said when he returned to the Kohl Center to take in Wisconsin’s game against Michigan Jan. 24. “I truly feel they could go all the way, and man, that would be just amazing.”Many of the Badger hardwood alumni credit Ryan for keeping his ties to the UW varsity basketball fraternity closer than most trout are to water. “Bo Ryan believes in keeping us coming back,” said Rick Olson (1983-86), who also played under Ryan before the coach got his first head-coaching gig at Platteville. Olson, like many, believes the accomplishments of the Wisconsin basketball team are directly attributable to Ryan, who has been a key catalyst in the slow turnaround from perennial Big Ten also-ran to conference power. “Knowing coach Ryan as long as I have, I’m not surprised at all by what he has done and what he continues to do. He’s got guys that come out and play hard, and they’re fun to watch,” said Olson, who currently ranks fifth on the all-time UW scoring list, tallying up 1,736 points. Olson was a necessity on the court for Wisconsin, logging more minutes than any player in history, save Mike Wilkinson. Cylde Gaines (1977-80) is another former Ryan pupil who has had the pleasure of watching his former coach carry the UW program to new heights. “Watching Bo — one of my coaches when I played here — and the whole program mature and have great success this year has just been fantastic,” said the 1978 team MVP. While Olson, Chrnelich, Gaines and many other former Badger ballers realized Ryan’s talent as an assistant, they would have to wait for 17 years for the Chester, Penn., native just to go from racking up national titles at Platteville to finally coming home to Madison.”We just wondered if he would ever get that opportunity,” Olson said. “We could see from the beginning that he that had what it takes, and then we watched how he just raked in titles at Platteville. The only question was when and if.” “It’s kind of a double delight for us, to not only watch the team succeed but to watch Bo be the one leading them,” Chrnelich added. “It draws a direct parallel between us and them.”Chrnelich isn’t the only one who notices that parallel. Tucker, who on his own time attended the annual UW alumni game last month, recognizes that many of the same former players who walk up to him to shake his hand and congratulate him are the same people who made it possible for the Wooden Award candidate to be in the position he is in now. “I always try and pay my respects to the alumni for all the things they have done on the court to pave the way for us to do what we are doing right now,” Tucker said. So how far has the program come, exactly? If you listen to Olson, light years, as just evidenced on Tuesday. “Some of us guys were talking: When’s the last time you’d ever see somebody beat Wisconsin and all the students would come running on the floor?” Olson said. “You can tell that it’s been a long climb back to the top and get the recognition they deserve.”While Tucker and the Badgers are trying to make their own legacy and write their very own chapter in the history books, the senior forward can’t help but feel a strong sense of pride of where he has advanced the program.”For me it feels good to carry on that tradition,” Tucker said. “One day, I’m going to be one of those guys, and I’m going to be just as big into the program.”last_img read more