In its first match in a string of four consecutive road matches, the Wisconsin volleyball team defeated No. 13 Purdue (18-5, 8-3 Big Ten) Wednesday night in three sets.The No. 4 Badgers (19-2, 9-1) fell behind early in the first set and were down to 21-14 at one point. UW battled back though, rattling off six points in a row to cut the Boilermaker lead to one. Wisconsin staved off four Purdue set points, and eventually tied it up at 26.Sophomore setter Lauren Carlini ended the set with two straight kills, catching the Boilermaker defense out of position. Carlini, who was named Big Ten Player of the Week Monday, leads the Big Ten in assists per set (11.4) and maintained that pace with 42 assists Wednesday.The Badgers handily took the second set 25-16. The third set was more tightly contested. With the Boilermakers up 18-17, the Badgers went on a 8-1 run to take the set and the match, en route to its tenth straight victory.Senior outside hitter Ellen Chapman led the way for the Badger offense with a match-high 16 kills. She leads Wisconsin in kills per set, averaging 3.05 kills per set before Wednesday’s match.Dominique Thompson led the Badger block with seven total blocks. She added 11 kills and hit at a .786 percentage. The senior middle blocker went into the match ranked sixth in the Big Ten in hitting percentage at a .356 clip.Reigning Co-Defensive Player of the Week, Taylor Morey, had a team-high digs against Purdue. The junior libero averaged 5.52 digs per set entering Wednesday’s match.The victory over Purdue distances the Badgers’ lead over the Boilermakers in the conference standings, as they now lead them by two games in conference play.Penn State defeated Ohio State Tuesday night, keeping themselves within a game of the Badgers.Carlini said her team relishes having the target on their backs.“I think we’re embracing that. We’re not shying away from it and getting nervous about games,” Carlini said. “We’re just going into every game and focusing on the other side of the net. We’re not looking ahead; we’re not looking in the past.”Being at the top of the conference halfway through Big Ten play is something Chapman didn’t experience her first three seasons at Wisconsin, but doesn’t mean anything just yet.“Even though we are at the top of the Big Ten I don’t think that’s something we spend time thinking about,” Chapman said. “I think it’s just staying competitive and staying hungry to beat our next opponent.”Looking AheadThe Badgers haven’t just been squeaking by in their wins. They’ve been dominating. Since losing to Penn State Sept. 24, not only has Wisconsin not lost, but they’ve won 33 of their last 34 sets. The last time they lost a set was the third frame Oct. 4 at Illinois, meaning they’ve won 22 sets in a row.UW head coach Kelly Sheffield said he has no trouble keeping his team grounded throughout their torrent stretch.“Our [strategy] is trying to play the game the right way and trying to get really, really good at the game,” Sheffield said. “So we’re constantly finding things we just gotta get better at and we gotta fix.”Sheffield said one thing the team has been working on is adding a variety of shots, trying different servicing patterns (as well as defending serves) and perfecting the timing of the block.In the first half of conference play, seven of Wisconsin’s 10 matches were played at home. The schedule flops for the second half, as the Badgers play seven road matches in the next 10 to close out the regular season.“We know that the second half of this conference is gonna be more challenging than what the first part of it was,” Sheffield said. “We’re on the road a lot more. That’s going to make it a heck of a lot tougher.Sheffield said that while match preparation slightly varies, there are components other than volleyball that arise with frequent travel.“I think a big part of it is taking care of the rest of the stuff in your life,” Sheffield said. “Managing your time because you’re gonna be missing more school, you’re gonna be missing more things here. You got to take care of stuff outside volleyball.”One of the primary points of emphasis is making sure his players are healthy, Sheffield said, citing the importance to keep the teams immune system strong as the weather gets colder and the team travels.Carlini voiced the team’s commitment to staying healthy and efficient time management.“It’s hard combining school, travel, games, all of these things,” Carlini said. “You gotta be great at time management and knowing how to get things done … planning ahead and knowing we gotta take care of our bodies and getting things done in a timely manner is going to be super important.”Chapman said that even thought the team faces a strenuous road schedule ahead, the team employs a one-match-at-a-time mentality to make it easier on them.“I think that’s one huge way that we keep our focus,” Chapman said. “Just learning the tendencies and everything of our opponent and just trying to get the next win is what we’re doing.”Other than a pair of tournaments to start the season, Wisconsin is amidst its longest road-trip of the season. The team will head back to the Hoosier state Saturday to take on Indiana. With no weekday game next week, the squad will do a Michigan-swing next weekend to take on Michigan and Michigan State.For Sheffield and the Badgers, it’s a one-game-at-a-time approach.“You just take every match that’s in front of you and you prepare like crazy,” Sheffield said. “You get ready to play the match of your life each and every time you take the court.”
MIAMI, Florida –Question: Me and my husband went to my immigration appointment last month and even though the officer was not friendly, she said she had everything she needed for now and gave us a paper that said they couldnt make a decision and have 120 days to do it. The officer asked us for our lease, but we didn’t have one because we live with my sister, but we had a few other papers we brought showing our marriage documents like our current car insurance and joint bank account we got together last month that has a hundred bucks in it and tried to give it to her but she didn’t take it. She said it was strange that we don’t have a lease and live with my sister and asked us why we didn’t have utility bills there and we said it was because the house is in my sister’s name. I had 2 affidavits one from my aunt and one from my husbands mom, but she didn’t look at them either. Also my husbands driver license is from his old address. Now its been a month gone by and nothing. My husband called the immigration number and tried to make an appointment to go to the office where we had our interview to get a status but the immigration lady on the phone said no we have to wait for a decision. Now we are wondering what to do should we wait or what? Is there anything you can do to speed the process up?Answer: Sorry to hear that you didn’t have a pleasant experience, but it is very common these days to encounter USCIS officers who are seemingly applying stiffer standards in marriage immigration cases and are more skeptical about whether or not a marriage is real these days. The main issue in marriage-based immigration cases, is the critical necessity for a couple to clearly establish that the marriage is real – by providing extensive documentation from the time of the marriage until the interview, not just for the past month (for example Joint: lease, bank statements, driver’s license or state ID at the same address, auto insurance, utilities, both names on the lease, tax return “married filing jointly”, lots and lots of photos, etc. the list goes on and on. Affidavits attesting to a genuine marriage are usually not given much weight by an officer and are generally used as a last resort when a couple does not have enough other “real” documentary evidence to show. USCIS officers have a lot of discretion to decide whether a marriage is real or not, based upon the totality of all the evidence presented by the couple, as well as the way a couple presents themselves and especially the way they interact together at the immigration interview.There are many factors which immigration officers consider when making a determination about whether or not a marriage is real. Officers like to see lots of photographs of the couple with other people and family members at celebrations or events (not selfies), a joint lease or a home deed to show that one of the spouses owns the property and utilities from each spouse at the same marital address. Officers have a mental check off list of certain factors which tend to show a marriage is more real than not and the lack of these items tends to show that the marriage may be fake. High on the list of fake marriage “red flags” is a couple who does not have a joint lease and who instead live with relatives and do not have any utilities in their names. Similarly, spouse’s who’s driver’s licenses do not match the marital address cause heightened suspicion that a marriage is not real. Joint bank accounts are also important, but can also be a cause for concern. For instance, officers are looking for the couple to have joint bank accounts for a long period and to show that it is the only account both spouses use, deposit funds into and pay bills out of. Couples who open a joint account and put a $100 in which stays in every month looks more suspicious than anything else, leading to the belief that each spouse has their own separate account which they use, not the joint one. Especially since officers know that fake marriage partners do not trust each other enough to actually share a bank account.With all of that said, it is becoming more and more common in recent months for officers to issue notices to couples at the end of the interview which says that a decision cannot be made at this time and the officer has 120 days to make a decision. This just gives the officer time to adjudicate that case, perhaps have a supervisor review it and in many cases, issue an approval with a month or so. On the other hand, some couples often receive a Request For Evidence (RFE) to submit more marital documents, certified police reports and court dispositions for any criminal incidents or any other document the officer believes is missing to complete the case. In any event, if nothing is received within 90 days, it might be wise to contact your local congressional office to get assistance. This sometimes gets the case “out of the crack” and makes the officer either issue an RFE, schedule a second interview or approve the case. I hope this is helpful to you. Question: hi I got my green card from my parents about 8 years ago. I met my wife a few years ago and got married. She had came here on a student visa then overstayed for 3 years. We want to file her immigration papers but I heard that since I just have my green card she cant get her green card through me until I get my American citizenship. I filed my citizenship papers last month, but we know it takes a long time and we are wondering if I can go ahead and file for her residency and work permit now even though im not a citizen to get her started, then later once I get my citizenship, she will be eligible. We just want to get her papers in and get her work permit since she has been waiting all these years. What do you think?Answer: No, not a good idea, since your wife must establish eligibility at the time the residency application (form I-485) is filed, not later during processing. If you were to mistakenly file her case now when she is not eligible, then to naturalize (become a U.S. Citizen) during the process, her application would not be approved, since you would have had to be a U.S. Citizen before she filed her adjustment of status application. The result would be that you would need to refile her application all over again, another $1,225 USCIS filing fees and likely even a referral to deportation. So be patient, wait until after you swear in as a citizen before filing for her residency. Question: my boyfriend is a green card holder since 2017 (through his aunt who filed for his parents). I recently came to the us to visit him and we heard through a friend that if we get married, I can stay here and file for my green card. We decided to do it, but I have a question about travelling. My sisters wedding is coming up in January and I need to go home to be a brides maid. If I file for my green card once we get married next week, will I be able to go home in January for the wedding?Answer: Good question. It is very important for immigrants who are filing for adjustment of status (residency) in the U.S. to understand that once the application is filed, they cannot leave the U.S. until they receive their travel permit, called “Advance Parole”. Under delayed Trump processing times, this is now often taking 6+ months to receive! If an immigrant leaves the U.S. after filing for adjustment, without the travel permit, the entire residency case is automatically cancelled. So, in your case, if your residency case is filed next week, it would likely take until May of next year to receive your work and travel permit. That means you will not be going home for the wedding. The other option is to leave the U.S. and come back for a visit after the wedding.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – After a successful amateur run which saw her win gold at the World Championships of Amateur MMA, Jamie Herrington is turning pro. Herrington will be making her pro debut at Fivestar Fight League’s “Relentless” card in Fort St. John in April.With options at amateur starting to thin out as a consequence to her success the decision to turn pro was an easy one for Herrington as it opens doors to more fight possibilities.“For as successful as my record has gone in the last year, and the limited amount of fighters that are in Canada alone, to go pro has given us a lot more women wise,” she said. “I’m pretty confident in turning pro. At the end of the day a fight is a fight whether it’s an amateur or a professional. It’s what you know in the cage and what you bring,” she said.- Advertisement -She added that after going on a brief hiatus after her gold medal win in Las Vegas she resumed training last year with a focus on becoming a more well rounded fighter.“I took a little bit of a break after the world championships just to get back into work mode and normal life. I got back into training in late October and have been going constantly working my hand game and stand up and hopefully I’ll be more than ready come April,” she said.Another change for Herrington aside from turning pro is fighting at a lower weight class. She’ll be fighting at 125 pounds, down from her past fights of competing at either 135 or 145.Advertisement Tickets for Fivestar Fight League’s “Relentless” are expected to go on sale in early March.
It’s no secret that agile has dramatically sped up the software development life cycle. But faster development means less time to test, and with the rise of mobile, it also means tests have to done at a larger scale. To help simplify and speed up testing in the agile world, HP is releasing a new performance testing solution.“We see a large percentage of our customers doing some form of agile methodology; they may not be doing pure agile, but they are doing some form of it,” said Genefa Murphy, director of mobile product management, analytics and user experience at HP. “The goal of StormRunner Load is to really help teams who are looking for agile solutions and who also want to leverage the cloud.”(Related: HP focuses on mobile and cloud testing in ALM revamp)Unlike HP’s LoadRunner and Performance Center, StormRunner Load is exclusively focused on Web and mobile and is hosted in the cloud, instead of being an on-premises solution.“As enterprises continue to migrate applications and solutions to the cloud, they need to ensure that the performance of their applications will not degrade as the volume of uses increases,” Raffi Margaliot, general manager of application delivery management at HP, said in the company’s announcement. “HP StormRunner Load is designed specifically to help agile teams deliver scalable, high-performing cloud-based modern apps while also helping them capitalize on their existing investments in HP.”