Looking for a unique Christmas gift that really makes a difference? WaterAid has the answer…Make someone’s Christmas this year by giving them a gift from their favourite musician or actor. Official Q Awards charity, WaterAid, is holding a Christmas Ebay auction full of goodies signed by Q award-winning artists.Get your hands on a ‘Les Paul Classics Plus’ Gibson guitar signed by The Killers’ star, Brandon Flowers, worth over £1,600.Also up for grabs is a selection of men and women’s clothing from fashion label Merc, with gift tags signed by the likes of The Smith’s guitarist Johnny Marr, Emeli Sandé, The Cribs, Motown legend Dionne Warwick, Radio One DJ Nick Grimshaw, Keane, and Hobbit star Martin Freeman. Items for auction include Harrington Jackets, Rude Boy Hats, shirts and a selection of women’s wear.Award-winning artist, Emeli Sandé said: “I’m delighted to support the Q Awards and WaterAid auction. Water is essential for life, and millions of people around the world don’t have access to this basic service. Every penny raised from this auction will go towards bringing clean water to some of the world’s poorest people, so please bid today and help to transform someone’s life forever.”To enter the auction, go to www.ebay.co.uk/wateraid. The auction is open until the 16th December – just in time for those last minute Christmas gifts! All proceeds raised by the auction will help some of the world’s poorest people gain access to safe water and sanitation through WaterAid projects across the world.So log on to beat the queues and bag a gift with a difference this Christmas season!
Musicians on Call recently rang in the holidays in Nashville with The Script and honored some of their own Holiday Heroes, volunteer guide Melinda Dale, and volunteer musicians, The Shuggah Pies.The Script with MOC staff James Howell, Dana Sones, Katy Epley and Pete GriffinCredit/Copyright: Musicians on Call via FacebookThe event raised nearly $60,000!Musicians on Call thanks partner 107.5 The River and sponsors: Musicians On Call Jason Pollack Bedside Performance Program, CAA, City National Bank, Grand Ole Opry, and Onsite Workshops.
A Sri Lankan sniper arrested in Maldives was hired and brought into the country as part of a plot to assassinate President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom, the Maldives police announced, according to Haveeru Online.Confirming the arrest for the first time, police said in a statement that the 27-year-old man was arrested on October 24. He has been remanded by the Criminal Court for 15 days, the police added. “We can confirm that these weapons would be used in a general attack or utilised to launch an attack on particular individuals,” Ihsan said, during the press conference held a few minutes before the declaration of state of emergency on Wednesday. The police, however, did not reveal any further details. Haveeru first reported the Sri Lankan sniper’s arrest last week. Reports of the Sri Lankan sniper’s arrest came a day after Maldivian security forces confiscated assault rifles and hand guns in what has been the biggest weapons bust in the country’s history. The weapons had been seized from Hibilhadhoo island in Baa Atoll being developed as a resort.The army had confirmed that two assault rifles found in the weapons bust belonged to the state armoury. The items showcased during a press conference last week included several hand guns, a T56 assault rifle and a MP5 sub-machine gun. In addition, a large quantity of bomb making material were also displayed at the press briefing.Security forces cautioned the public Wednesday to be wary of more illegal weapons on the loose.At a joint press conference with the police, Captain Ali Ihsan from the Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF) said there was credible intelligence to suggest some people were in possession of more weapons. Those weapons had the potential of endangering the lives of the people, he warned. Maldivian authorities, however, neither confirmed nor denied the arrest at the time. Assistant police commissioner Abdulla Nawaz assured that every effort was being made to find those weapons. He asked the public to notify the police of any information that could lead to the discovery of those weapons.The joint warning by the armed forces and the police came a few minutes before the Maldives declared a month-long state of emergency in what has been extraordinary security measures following an explosion on a speedboat carrying the president and subsequent discovery of an arms haul.In the declaration of emergency, which was read out to journalists at the President’s Office by Attorney General Mohamed Anil, President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom said he had reached the decision after consultations with his national security council. Several explosive devices have been discovered in two separate operations carried out by the army and there is credible intelligence of an imminent attack using explosives and weapons, he added. Such an attack would endanger the lives of the public, the president said.The declaration of emergency came a day after security forces discovered an explosive device near the presidential palace.Maldives military had confirmed that the suspected device found in a vehicle parked near the presidential residence of Muliaage in capital Male was an improvised explosive device which had been subsequently been diffused.The discovery of the IED came just over a month after an explosion aboard the presidential speedboat carrying President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom now confirmed as an attempt to kill the president.President Yameen was unhurt but his spouse and two others were hurt in the explosion.The primary suspect in the blast appears to be former Vice President Ahmed Adheeb Abdul Ghafoor who was arrested on October 24 as soon as he arrived from an official trip to China.He is accused of high treason, a charge he denies. The government has intensified its crackdown on the former vice president and his associates.Before and since the former vice president’s arrest, police jointly with armed soldiers have been carrying out raids across capital Male. Most of the houses and offices searched so far had direct links to the former vice president.Parliament, meanwhile, voted unanimously Thursday to impeach Adheeb. (Colombo Gazette)
It is suspected that the apprehended persons had attempted to smuggle the haul of cannabis into the country from India using a small boat. The suspects aged 29 and 19 are residents of Madagal in Jaffna. The suspects and the the haul of cannabis and the dinghy were handed over to Kankesanthurei Police for onward legal action. (Colombo Gazette) Two suspects have been arrested with 151.7kg of Kerala cannabis (Kerala ganja), during a patrol carried out by a group of naval personnel attached to the Fast Attack Craft, Inshore Patrol Craft and the Special Boat Squadron yesterday (22ndOctober).The suspects with the haul of Kerala cannabis were apprehended in the sea area about 02 nautical miles off Madagal, the Navy media unit said today.
Sri Lanka is making an aggressive push to recapture the Chinese tourist market.Just days after inviting several Chinese journalists to visit the country, Sri Lankan authorities have now invited a large number of Chinese travel agents. A Chinese delegation consisting of 100 travel agents will be in Sri Lanka from the 1st -7th July 2019, on a familiarization visit to experience Sri Lankan culture and also to help to increase the Chinese tourist arrivals to the island, the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau said today. The Tourism Promotion Bureau said that the Chinese market is a very important market for tourism and is one of the key markets bringing in a large number of tourists each year. With their experience during their stay, these travel agents will also be able to convey the message that Sri Lanka has regained its place as a number one travel destination in the world and is also safe to travel.During their stay the Chinese delegation is scheduled to visit cultural sites, and also participate in a charity project at the Sri Jinananda Children’s home, Sri Sugatha Viharaya , No : 01, Dharmarama Rd, Colombo. A welcoming ceremony will be held in this regard, at the Hilton Colombo, with distinguished guests including Kishu Gomes, Chairman Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau and Ms. Madhubani Perera, Director Marketing, Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau. (Colombo Gazette)
by The Canadian Press Posted May 1, 2015 3:09 pm MDT Last Updated May 1, 2015 at 6:13 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Most actively traded companies on the TSX Some of the most active companies traded Friday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,339.77, up 115.25 points):Pacific Rubiales Energy Corp. (TSX:PRE). Oil and gas. Up 29 cents, or 7.11 per cent, to $4.37 on 8.5 million shares.Macarthur Minerals Ltd. (TSX:MMS). Miner. Up one cent, or 16.67 per cent, to seven cents on 6.6 million shares.Eldorado Gold Corp. (TSX:ELD). Miner. Up 14 cents, or 2.33 per cent, to $6.15 on 5.9 million shares.Ram Power Corp. (TSX:RPG). Utilities. Unchanged at half-a-cent on 5.3 million shares.Lundin Mining Corp. (TSX:LUN). Miner. Up 30 cents, or five per cent, to $6.30 on 4.5 million shares.Lake Shore Gold Corp. (TSX:LSG). Miner. Up one cent, or 0.84 per cent, to $1.20 on 4.2 million shares.Companies reporting major news:National Bank of Canada (TSX:NA). Bank. Up 15 cents, or 0.31 per cent, to $48.90 on 393,848 shares. Canada’s sixth-largest bank is looking to increase revenues by $500 million over the next three years by expanding its reach outside of Quebec and using technology to bolster sales.TransCanada Corp. (TSX:TRP). Oil and gas. Up 25 cents, or 0.45 per cent, to $56.25 on 953,890 shares. The company says it expects B.C.’s oil and gas commission to decide soon on two pipeline projects that the company wants to build. One of the projects is a 900-kilometre pipeline to move natural gas from the Montney gas-producing region near Fort St. John, in northeastern B.C., to a connection near a proposed liquefied natural gas terminal near Prince Rupert, B.C.
DETROIT – Ford says its U.S. sales rose 5 per cent last month for its best April in nine years.The Dearborn, Michigan, automaker sold more than 222,000 cars and trucks last month, led by small and midsize SUVs.The revamped Ford Edge midsize SUV posted its best April sales ever at just over 13,000. That was a 78 per cent increase over a year ago.Ford Escape small SUV sales were up nearly 5 per cent to almost 26,000.Sales of the F-Series pickup, Ford’s top-selling vehicle, fell 1 per cent as the company continued to ramp up production of a new model with an aluminum body.Industry analysts expect total U.S. sales to rise about 6 per cent over April of last year when automakers report their numbers on Friday. Small and midsize SUVs push Ford sales up 5 per cent last month for best April in 9 years by The Associated Press Posted May 1, 2015 7:43 am MDT Last Updated May 1, 2015 at 10:41 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
Head of the Dawoodi Bohra community, His Holiness Dr. Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin arrived in Sri Lanka today for the Ashara Mubaraka congregation and was received as a State Guest with a Guard of Honour.He was received by Minister of Tourism Development, John Amaratunga. He also acknowledged the warm welcome and the arrangements made for his visit and the overall Ashara Mubaraka congregation.His Holiness counseled community members to always remain loyal to their homeland and prayed for peace, harmony and prosperity in Sri Lanka. During his stay in the city Syedna will also interact with local community members and look into their affairs. Senior Government officials of the country and leaders of other faith communities are expected to meet with Syedna and discuss topics pertaining to the betterment of the city and society at large.Colombo is home to a Dawoodi Bohra community numbering around 2500 members. The Bohras in Sri Lanka, like the community at large, are mostly businessmen and traders.Of the four Bohra Masjids in Sri Lanka, Husaini Masjid in Colombo is the largest and will be the centre for this year’s Ashara Mubaraka sermons. Syedna addressed the audience briefly and thanked the Sri Lankan Government, especially President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe for inviting him as a State Guest to Colombo. His Holiness Dr. Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin arrived at Burhani Park where thousands of Dawoodi Bohras accorded him a warm welcome. After many years of preparatory work, Colombo was finally chosen as the venue for this year’s Ashara Mubaraka, an honour it has had six times in the past. The last occasion was when His Holiness’ father the late Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA conducted the sermons here in 2008.This will be the first Ashara Mubaraka for His Holiness Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin TUS in Sri Lanka after his ascension to the leadership of the community. As the head of the community, Syedna Saifuddin has so far conducted Ashara sermons in Surat, Houston, Dar es Salaam, Karachi and Indore.
Sri Lanka today rejected concerns raised over the appointment of Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva as the Army Commander.Ambassador A.L.A. Azeez, Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva told the UNHRC in Geneva during the 42nd session today that Silva’s appointment was an internal matter. He also noted Sri Lanka’s disappointment at concerns being raised by some countries over Silva’s appointment based on allegations. “With reference to the recent appointment of the Army Commander it must be noted that this is a sovereign decision taken by the Head of State. External attempts to influence decisions and internal administrative processes of public service promotions in Sri Lanka are unwarranted and unacceptable. Articulating a position of concern on this appointment by certain bilateral partners and international entities, based on allegations, is regrettable and contrary to the principles of natural justice,” he said. Yesterday the Core Group on Sri Lanka raised concerns at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) during its ongoing session on the appointment of Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva as the Army Commander.In a statement made on behalf of Canada, Germany North Macedonia, Montenegro, and the United Kingdom as members of the Human Rights Council core group on Sri Lanka, the UK’s International Ambassador for Human Rights, Rita French outlined that the UK remains steadfast in its commitment to help Sri Lanka deliver peace, reconciliation and prosperity for all communities. “We hope that Sri Lanka will put this in place as a matter of priority. Madame High Commissioner, we share the concern expressed in your statement of 19 August that the appointment of General Silva as Army Commander severely compromises Sri Lanka’s commitment to promote justice and accountability and undermines reconciliation efforts. The core group believes that it is vital for peace and prosperity that Sri Lanka builds confidence in its commitment to protecting political space and human rights,” the Core Group had said.
The President also instructed officials to obtain the assistance of the armed forces for the relief operations.The President had a discussion at the Presidential Secretariat today with the relevant officials on the relief operations. The families are from the Colombo, Galle, Kalutara, Matara and Gampaha Districts. As it was forecast that the showery weather will continue at least for two months the President noted the importance of working strategically with the coordination of all the sectors and the relevant ministries to face the situation.Furthermore, the President pointed out the need of managing the relief programmes without any hindrance during the upcoming Presidential Election period.Meanwhile, the Disaster Management Ministry pointed out that the Ministry had launched a programme to supply drinking water to people affected by a drought in 15 districts. Nearly 50,000 people have been affected by the adverse weather affecting most parts of the country.The Disaster Management Centre said that 45,091 people from 11,387 families have been affected as of this afternoon. Minister of Disaster Management Ranjith Maddumabandara, Secretary to the President Udaya R. Seneviratne, Defence Secretary General Shantha Kottegoda, Secretary to the Ministry of Disaster Management, public servants, the Chief of the Defence Staff, tri-forces commanders, Acting IGP and others participated in the meeting. Meanwhile, President Maithripala Sirisena today instructed the relevant officials to take swift measures to provide relief to those who have been affected by the severe weather conditions.
“Our world faces multiple armed conflicts, rising extremism and the widening impacts of climate change. One hundred and thirty million people need life-saving humanitarian assistance. War and persecution have forced 60 million people from their homes,” Mr. Ban told world and regional leaders gathered in Qatar for the opening of the annual Forum. Indeed, he continued, in the Middle East and Gulf region, millions of people are suffering the consequences of conflict, terrorism, inequality, regional rivalries and severe deficits in basic freedoms. “The scale of these challenges demands a more concerted global response,” he said. Stressing that encouragement could be drawn from recent landmark agreements, including the Paris Agreement on climate change, and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which he called an “integrated and inspiring blueprint for peace and prosperity on a healthy planet,” that takes aim at many of the drivers of instability and anger around the world. “It calls on us to fight corruption and joblessness, and to ensure that natural resources are managed for the many, not the few. It highlights the importance of building accountable institutions capable of providing services and justice for all,” said the UN chief, adding that at its core, the Agenda’s commitment is to leave no one behind. “[Yet] as we set our sights on the year 2030, we must do far more to end conflict and suffering in 2016. We are striving to build a culture of prevention by stressing the peaceful resolution of disputes, and by focusing early on violations of human rights before they escalate,” the Secretary-General underscored. On one of the major prevention challenges of our times – violent extremism – he said the international community must avoid “short-sighted policies and heavy-handed approaches” that only exacerbate the problem and give terrorists their best recruitment tools. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon greets General Assembly President Mogens Lykketoft and his wife, Mette Holm, at the opening of the sixteenth Doha Forum. To the left is Chang Wook-Jin, Special Assistant to the Secretary-General. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left) meets with Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Thani, Prime Minister and Minister for the Interior of the State of Qatar. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left) greets President Mahamadou Issoufou of Niger at the opening of the sixteenth Doha Forum. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left) meets with Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, Amir of the State of Qatar. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe A view of the audience at the opening of the sixteenth Doha Forum, Qatar. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe General Assembly President Mogens Lykketoft speaks at the opening of the sixteenth Doha Forum. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe ‹ › Mr. Ban said that the UN is also strengthening peace operations to deploy quickly, with the right mandate at the right time, and with the necessary capabilities to make a difference. The Organization is also placing new emphasis on sustaining peace by addressing root causes, promoting reconciliation, and moving towards recovery, reconstruction and development. “It is crucial to bring more voices to the table. Women have a vital role to play, not just as recipients of protection but as agents of peace. Young people are seen too often today as potential threats; we must empower them to realize their potential as peacebuilders,” he stressed, adding that civil society must also play its crucial role and he expressed his profound concern about new laws and attacks that infringe on the rights of non-governmental organizations. “Finally, we must do all we can to end the conflicts and violence that have set this region aflame, from Syria and Yemen to Libya, Iraq and Palestine,” said the Secretary-General, noting, specifically on Yemen that the talks in Kuwait are critical for peace and he strongly urged the leaders of all parties to show the flexibility and wisdom needed to reach an agreement that will allow Yemenis to “heal the wounds of this war” and look ahead to a better future. Turning to Syria, Mr. Ban said the country’s Government “continues to drop barrel bombs on civilians,” and place unconscionable and unlawful obstacles in the way of humanitarian aid. A few days ago, even a consignment of baby food to a desperately deprived besieged area was deliberately blocked by the Government, he recalled. “My Special Envoy continues to work intently with the parties towards meaningful talks. We need a full and immediate cessation of hostilities. Just as important, we need to begin discussions on the transition. I fear that without such a political horizon, a further escalation is all too likely,” warned the Secretary-General, calling again on all regional and international actors to use their influence on the parties, and to persuade them to negotiate in good faith on transitional arrangements. Finally, Mr. Ban told the Forum that tomorrow will head to Istanbul for the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit. And with humanitarian needs rising, outpacing the global response, and disaster striking with greater frequency and force, “the Summit is a chance for all of us – Governments, humanitarians and business leaders – to agree on ways to better protect people, ensure access to those in need and build resilience.” “Vulnerable people across the world are rightly asking, ‘where is the humanity? The World Humanitarian Summit is our opportunity to show we are listening – and acting to uphold it,” the UN chief emphasized, adding: “Together, we can move from aspiration to action, and set the world on a path towards the theme of this forum: stability and prosperity for all.” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks at the opening of the sixteenth Doha Forum. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe
Brock University Spring Convocation 2019Monday, June 10: Faculty of Applied Health SciencesTuesday, June 11: Faculty of Social SciencesWednesday, June 12: Faculty of EducationThursday, June 13: Goodman School of BusinessFriday, June 14 (10 a.m. only): Faculty of Humanities; Faculty of Math and ScienceConvocation ceremonies are open to the public and tickets are not required. A reception for graduates, family and guests will follow each ceremony. Those unable to attend can watch a broadcast of each ceremony at brocku.ca/livestream Reggie Leach played 13 years in the National Hockey League, won a Stanley Cup and is one of the most prolific goal scorers in Philadelphia Flyers history. But if you ask him what his greatest accomplishment in life is, he’ll tell you it’s the work he’s done encouraging Indigenous youth to make smarter choices than he did.On Monday, June 10, the Riverton Rifle, as he’s known in hockey circles, will receive an honorary doctorate and give the Convocation address during the opening ceremony of Brock University’s Spring Convocation.This year’s Spring Convocation will include nine ceremonies over five days from June 10 to 14 in the Ian D. Beddis Gymnasium at Brock University’s Walker Sports Complex. Ceremonies will take place at 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. each day except for Friday, June 14, when only a morning ceremony is scheduled.“It’s quite an honour,” said Leach, who is of Ojibwe descent and a member of Berens River First Nation in Manitoba. “The things I have done over the years since I retired are about giving back and steering people in the right direction.“I try to explain to kids about the mistakes I made as a teenager and young adult. It’s our responsibility to guide these young people in the right direction,” he said.Leach now lives on Manitoulin Island, but it was during his time as a teammate of Bobby Clarke while playing with the Flin Flon Saskatchewan Bombers that his star first began to shine. After a stellar junior career, he was drafted by the Boston Bruins and played there and with the California Golden Seals before being traded to Philadelphia, the defending Stanley Cup champions, in 1974.Leach helped the Flyers successfully defend their Stanley Cup championship in 1975, and nearly again in 1976, but they were beaten by the Montreal Canadiens. Despite the loss, Leach was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the playoff MVP after a season that saw him set Philadelphia’s all-time single-season scoring record of 61 goals, a mark that still remains today.Leach was an NHL All-Star in 1976 and 1980, and was inducted into the Philadelphia Flyers, Manitoba Hockey and Manitoba Sports halls of fame. He was a recipient of an Indspire Award in 2008 and was named to the Order of Manitoba in 2016.Today, Leach is a motivational speaker and plans to encourage the Brock University graduands to make the most of their lives.“Life today is all choices,” he said. “For young graduates going into this big, big world, remember why you went to university. Keep that focus going in the right direction.”He said young people today need to remember the power they hold to change lives.“My biggest thing is to be kind and gentle to everyone. Treat everyone the way you want to be treated,” he said.
Films from across the globe will grace the big screen in northern Ontario this weekend as the Weengushk International Film Festival (WIFF) returns for its second year. The Indigenous-focused, Brock-sponsored event opens Friday, July 12 and wraps with a closing gala Sunday, July 14 at Aundeck Omni Kaning’s Four Directions Complex on Manitoulin Island.Hosted by the Weengushk Film Institute (WFI), the festival was created to highlight Indigenous talent, including actors, writers, directors and filmmakers from around the world.The event was created by WFI founder and Brock Chancellor Shirley Cheechoo to explore Indigenous topics while breaking down stereotypes and racial barriers. The festival opens with a screening of Waru, a powerful film created by a group of Māori female directors of New Zealand. The women share insights into the complexity of child abuse through a sequence of eight short films that seamlessly become one. The story surrounds the funeral of a small boy named Waru, whose death at the hands of his caregiver creates a lasting impact on his community.Throughout WIFF’s three days, a wide range of films will be screened from emerging and experienced filmmakers, including feature, documentary and student films. The weekend also includes a series of workshops touching on topics such as music, documentaries, acting and the Māori language.Proceeds raised by the festival, which includes a fundraising red carpet gala on Sunday evening, support WFI programming and its Brock-affiliated students.For more information, visit the WIFF website at weengushkfilmfestival.ca
Ohio State then-head-coach-in-waiting Ryan Day answers questions from the media during a press conference at the Fawcett Center on Dec. 4. Credit: Amal SaeedFour-star offensive guard Enokk Vimahi announced Wednesday that he would sign with Ohio State in the 2019 recruiting class. Vimahi is the first offensive guard recruit in the class, joining five-star center Harry Miller and four-star tackle Ryan Jacoby as offensive line recruits. Vimahi hails from Kahuku, Hawaii and is the No. 2 recruit in the state in the 2019 class. According to the 247Sports composite rankings, he is also the No. 7 offensive guard in class. The 6-foot-4.5, 263-pound guard is one of 16 players in Ohio State’s 2019 recruiting class and is one of nine four-star recruits head coach Ryan Day has secured in his first recruiting class.
Ohio State redshirt senior guard Carly Santoro (10) controls the ball in the Buckeyes’ game against Indiana on Jan. 10. Ohio State won 55-50. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorRivalry games are a constant. Regardless of the trajectory of a team, players will get fired up and ready to play when they see certain teams on their schedule. The Ohio State and Penn State women’s basketball teams are no exception.The Buckeyes beat Penn State 76-71 on Jan. 17 in overtime after coming back from down double digits. Since then, Ohio State has gone 2-3 while the Nittany Lions have dropped three of their past four games. While the teams have faced similar struggles since their past matchup, their rivalry was the only thing that mattered Wednesday night when Ohio State (10-11, 6-6 Big Ten) beat Penn State (10-12, 3-8 Big Ten) for a second time 78-73.Averaging more than 15 turnovers per game, ball control has been a point of emphasis for the Buckeyes as of late. With a Penn State team averaging 7.7 steals per game coming to town, the Nittany Lions stingy defense was a tough test for Ohio State.“Penn State is good,” Ohio State head coach Kevin McGuff said. “They’re talented, they’re a hard matchup because they’ve got some really fast, athletic guards. They were beating us off the dribble early, one guarding the ball and one in the gaps to kind of help each other.”The Nittany Lions forced five turnovers in the first quarter, but a strong defensive performance gave Ohio State the 16-12 lead heading into the second quarter.Penn State searched all night for the 3-ball in an attempt to jump ahead of the Buckeyes, but poor shooting and strong pressure from Ohio State limited the Nittany Lions to just 5-of-19 from deep, with eight of their attempts coming in the first quarter. The Buckeyes connected on 5-of-13 of their attempts from 3.The teams continued going back and forth in the second quarter with neither gaining more than a three-point advantage. After a missed layup by Penn State with less than 30 seconds remaining, the Buckeyes quickly made their way back down the court and freshman forward Dorka Juhász found the basket as the buzzer sounded to tie things up 29-29 at halftime. Juhász notched a double-double, scoring 14 points and earning 11 rebounds.“I think [Dorka] is getting back closer to 100 percent, we needed her tonight, obviously,” McGuff said. “She’s a difference maker for us and it’s great to see her play so well.”Coming out of the locker room, the Buckeyes went on a quick 6-0 run to take the lead again 35-29, though it didn’t last as the Nittany Lions responded with a 6-2 run of their own to make it a two-point game.The Buckeyes later took a 49-39 lead with less than four minutes remaining in the third quarter, but Penn State refused to go away, finishing the quarter on a 12-2 run to tie things up heading into the fourth.Ohio State made its living at the free throw line on Wednesday, connecting on 25-of-32 attempts at the charity stripe and hitting 18-of-22 in the fourth quarter. The first eight points for the Buckeyes in the fourth quarter came from the free throw line, which wasn’t broken until a layup from redshirt senior guard Carmen Grande with 5:26 remaining. Adding 14 points and four assists, Grande said she knew fouls and free throws would be an important part of the game for the Buckeyes. “We were in the bonus early in the fourth quarter, so it was either get some layups or some free throws and just rack up points because we were having some trouble moving,” Grande said. The back and forth continued late into the fourth quarter, as neither team was able to put the other away. Penn State took a three-point lead, its largest of the game, with 3:30 remaining, but Ohio State quickly responded with a 3-pointer by Grande to tie things up. Freshman guard Janai Crooms stole the ball by deflecting a Penn State pass and Grande quickly found the basket at the other end to give Ohio State a 72-68 lead, but Penn State junior guard Jaida Travascio-Green responded with a 3-pointer to make it a one-point game. After a miss by Grande on the ensuing possession, Penn State junior guard Siyeh Frazier hit a jumper to take 73-72 with just 30 seconds remaining. Despite the earlier miss in crunch time, Grande came back and scored on a layup to give Ohio State the 74-73 lead.Penn State missed on its possession and the ball went out, and after a review possession was given to Ohio State and the Nittany Lions were forced to foul. Santoro was fouled twice in the final seconds and made all four free throws to make the final 78-73.Santoro finished with 20 points on 4-of-8 shooting, going 11-of-13 from the free throw line.Redshirt senior Makayla Waterman, who finished with a career-high 19 points and seven rebounds on 4-of-6 shooting, knocking down 10 of her 14 free throw attempts, said the team knew it would come down to its defense.“We knew that eventually it was going to come down to getting a couple stops in a row regardless if we’re scoring or not,” she said. “I put that in my mind and I think our whole team did, and we ended up getting a lot of good team stops at the end.The Buckeyes shot 49 percent from the field and tied a season high in points scored with 78. Four players reached double digits.Ohio State will stay home to take on Iowa at 4 p.m on Sunday.
Senior goalkeeper Sean Romeo looks down the ice during the second period of Ohio State’s hockey game vs. Minnesota on Feb. 15. Ohio State lost 4-3. Credit: Nick Hudak | For The Lantern The Ohio State Men’s Ice Hockey team took on Minnesota on Feb. 15 and Ohio State lost 4-3 Photos by Nick Hudak
Then-sophomore attackman Jack Jasinski heads for the goal in the fourth quarter during the first round of the NCAA tournament against Loyola Maryland on May 14, 2017. Credit: Sheridan Hendrix | Former Oller ReporterThe Ohio State men’s lacrosse team will face its biggest test of the season to this point when it travels to take on No. 11 Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, on Saturday.Despite being the only undefeated team left in Division I, the Buckeyes (6-0) have yet to face a ranked opponent this season, and the Fighting Irish (4-2) will be the first.“To beat a team like Notre Dame, you’re going to have to be pretty buttoned up in almost every area, so that’s where our focus has been,” Ohio State head coach Nick Myers said.The No. 5 Buckeyes come into the game with some rest after their game scheduled against Denver last Saturday was canceled due to weather conditions.Myers said he was disappointed in not being able to play, but said the team used its break to come together as a team. But not playing a game since March 9 could prove to be costly for the Buckeyes.“Having two weeks off presents some positives but also so some challenges,” Myers said. “There’s a rhythm that you lose.”Notre Dame got back to its winning ways against Michigan on Tuesday, winning the contest 12-9 off the heels of senior Brendan Gleason’s two goals and an assist. The Fighting Irish also have two ranked wins against No. 4 Maryland and No. 13 Denver.The matchup between the two teams look very similar on paper. Ohio State and Notre Dame have a nearly identical scoring defense, with the Buckeye ranked 12th and Notre Dame ranked 13th. To Myers, the X play will be crucial to the overall success of Ohio State.Ohio State’s sophomore midfielder Justin Inacio has been dominant this season in the faceoff circle with a 63.6 win percentage. Inacio has also been massive on the ground game, ranking No. 5 in ground balls, recording 10.17 per game.Ohio State junior midfielder Christian Feliziani has helped a lot with the faceoff unit, not only with his on-field performance, but through his leadership.“Because of an injury, I couldn’t do a lot in the fall physically, so I tried to use my voice and what I could from the sidelines,” Feliziani said. “I would like to say I was a coach kind of.”Notre Dame junior faceoff specialist Charles Leonard picked up a career-high 16 ground balls last week against Michigan, and was also dominant in the faceoff play, winning an impressive 20-of-24 faceoffs.Saturday will be the 44th matchup between the teams, with Notre Dame leading the series 34-9.No. 5 Ohio State will take on No. 11 Notre Dame on the road at 1 p.m Saturday.
Ohio State freshman forward Jaedon Ledee (23) shoots a free throw during the second half of the game against Purdue-Fort Wayne on Nov. 11. Ohio State won 107-61. Credit: Amal Saeed | Assistant Photo EditorAfter being a part of head coach Chris Holtmann’s first recruiting class at Ohio State, forward Jaedon LeDee is reportedly leaving the program. Ohio State confirmed Thursday LeDee has entered the transfer portal after one season with the Buckeyes. The Athletic’s Bill Landis was the first to report the transfer.“Jaedon is a terrific young man,” Holtmann said in a statement. “We appreciate the contribution he made to our team and wish him the best going forward.”In his freshman season with Ohio State, LeDee played in 26 games, starting two, and averaged 3.0 points and 1.7 rebounds per game. LeDee shot 38.3 percent from the floor. LeDee did not play a minute for the Buckeyes in either the Big Ten tournament or the NCAA Tournament, last playing five minutes against Wisconsin on March 10.
Ohio State senior outfielder Bri Betschel (11) prepares to hit the ball against Indiana on March 24 during Ohio State’s 2-0 win. Credit: Gretchen Rudolph | For The LanternOhio State softball suffered the first loss during the Big Ten season, losing the second game of the series against Rutgers 8-6. The Scarlet Knights (17-19, 1-7 Big Ten) defeated the Buckeyes with an 8-6 win in an eight-inning game, leaving the Buckeyes at 22-11 in the year and 6-2 in the Big Ten. “We need to be a little more clutch in certain moments,” Ohio State head coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly said. “I thought that Rutgers played a great game. When they got their moments, they took care of moments.”Ohio State got on board in the bottom of the first inning. Sophomore designated hitter Kallie Boren recorded a two-run homer to left center to start the game off with a lead. “It’s not really about me,” Boren said. “I hope to keep it up, keep producing offensively. It’s about how our team does.” In the second inning, Rutgers countered with a single down the left field line. Senior pitcher Morgan Ray recorded a strikeout, limiting the damage. Sophomore first baseman Niki Carver blasted a solo home run to left center, recorded her second home run, extending the lead to 3-1 for the Buckeyes. Rutgers gradually caught up with runs in the third and fourth innings, tying the game at 3-3. Senior second baseman Emily Clark broke the tie. She doubled down the left field line, bringing the lead to 4-3 in the bottom of the fifth inning. Rutgers turned the table in the sixth inning. Rutgers player shortstop Jess Hughes recorded a two-run homer to right center, giving the Scarlet Knights a 5-4 lead.Freshman center fielder Meg Otte blasted a solo home run to right center, tying the game again in the bottom of the sixth inning. Sophomore pitcher Lauren Rice opened the seventh inning with a strikeout. In the eighth inning, Rutgers player Katie Wingert and Nicole Bowman recorded three RBIs for Rutgers in the win. “We are gonna come back better than ever, stronger than ever, and we are gonna fight back,” Piper said. The final game against Rutgers Sunday has been changed to 11 a.m. due to weather condition.
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