Butane Gas Cylinders Still Wreaking Havoc in Morocco

Rabat – The Ministries of the Interior and Energy, Mines, Water and Environment warn of the dangers associated with the misuse of butane gas cylinders.Following the increase in accidents due to the misuse of bottles of butane gas, which usually serious injuries and deaths, as well as lead to material damage, the Ministry of Interior and the Ministry of Energy, Mines, Water and the Environment have decided to react. In a statement issued this Sunday, the ministries have warned custodians, transporters, sellers and users of butane gas cylinders for domestic or professional use against the danger of certain practices.The statement also mentioned that national awareness campaigns have been scheduled along with joint efforts from provincial and local committees to identify dangerous practices and uses of bottles of butane gas take regulatory action against their perpetrators. Regarding the danger posed by such practices on the safety of citizens and their property, the Ministries of the Interior and Energy, Mines, Water and the Environment called “upon the concerned parties to respect safety measures, and to take the necessary precautions during the storage, transport, handling and use of butane gas cylinders to avoid any incorrect and dangerous practices.”The statement also cited some of these incorrect and dangerous practices, in particular, the storage and transport of butane gas cylinders, full or empty, without respecting the required safety measures.The ministries also warned against the sale and use of deformed or defective butane gas cylinders, the improper connection of butane gas cylinders, and the use of defective valves, piping, and fittings, which may cause gas leakage.The statement also cited the use of matches or lighters to detect possible gas leakage and reheating butane gas cylinders by applying a direct heat source or immersing them in hot water to accelerate the discharge of the gas.These practices also include the use of butane gas cylinders and gas-fired equipment in confined or insufficiently ventilated spaces, the assembly and use of several interconnected butane gas cylinders, usually for professional purposes,; and the use of butane gas cylinders as a fuel source for cars and transport vehicles.The ministries statement came after the gruesome accident of Ain Aouda last week, where a butane gas cylinder exploded in a restaurant, resulting in the death of one woman and injury of 54 other people.One of the victims, a 13 years old girl, passed away this Sunday at Ibnu Ruchd Hospital in Casablanca, after suffering severe burning due to the explosion. Three other children are still receiving treatment at the Children’s Hospital in Rabat. read more

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Top Moroccan Achievers of 2018

Rabat – From literature to science to technology, Moroccans young and old have shown the world their talents and skills in 2018.Moroccan child prodigiesNine-year-old Mariam Amjoun shined in the world of literature.Mariam AmjounAmjoun won the 2018 Arab Reading Challenge in Dubai on October 30, outperforming 10.5 million participants from 40 countries. At a young age, Amjoun developed a love for reading which made her the eloquent child she is.The young girl who goes to a public school has read 200 books and participated with 60 books in the reading challenge launched by the Emirati prince, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum.Amjoun, who had received a personal call from King Mohammed VI and met with Said Amzazi, the minister of education, has become an inspiration to many. Crowds of Moroccans welcomed her at the airport when she returned from Dubai.“I advise Arab children to read because reading is the lighthouse of civilization,” Amjoun said.Another child prodigy has excelled in mental arithmetics.Eight-year-old Malak Belarbi won first place in a global mental arithmetic competition in Turkey, only a few days after Amjoun received the Arab Reading challenge award in October.Malak BelarbiBy solving 160 problems in 7 minutes, Belarbi received the highest score in the competition.Among other Moroccan children, she competed with children from 30 countries for the prize.Belarbi, who is from Morocco’s port city of Essouira, also goes to a public primary school.Like Amjoun, Belarbi has also become the “pride” of Moroccans.Belarbi said: “I advise children to believe in themselves, and advise parents to encourage and support their children to accomplish their goals.”Idder Motii, an 11-year-old Moroccan, is a self-taught programming prodigy. Idder Motii.At such a young age, he is fluent in three programming languages: Python, C++, and SQL.Motii is also a self-taught English speaker who learned the language from watching movies.Motii became famous after his participation at a Google Developer Group (GDG) event in Agadir early in December.At the event, called DevFest Agadir 2018, Motii was the youngest speaker. He gave a presentation about Python, his favorite programming language.Zakaria Jaiathe, a senior software engineer who met Motii at the event, said that he was so amazed by Motii’s technical background and ability to discuss very advanced topics at such a young age.In the spiritual realm, a teenager has excelled in tajweed, Qur’an recitation.Abdeljalil BouskiAbdeljalil Bouski, won the 16th annual International Competition for Holy Qur’an Memorization, Interpretation, and Recitation in Tunis in mid-December.Bouski outperformed 31 participants from 22 countries.Read Also: A Modern-Day Fatima al-Fihriya: The Woman Who Founded Oujda’s ENCGTop Moroccan adult male achievers Karim Touijer is a model for all Moroccan doctors.Karim TouijerTouijer, a urologist at New York’s MSK Cancer Center and an oncology specialist for 26 years, was named the 2018 Top Doctor in New York by Top Doctor Awards in August.Dr Touijer’s dedication and expertise make him “a very worthy winner of a 2018 Top Doctor Award,” the award statement said.Touijer is known across New York as a specialist in the treatment of patients with genitourinary cancers, including cancers of the prostate, kidney, bladder, and adrenal glands.The renowned doctor told Morocco World News that he performs about four to six prostate cancer surgeries a week and about 150 to 200 each year.Charif Hamidi, 29, is a hardworking Moroccan teacher who strives to make school a better place for children to enjoy learning.Charif Hamidi with studentsThe year 2019 may have more success in store for Hamidi because the British Varkey Foundation nominated him for the prestigious $1 million Global Teacher Prize 2019.The nomination acknowledges Hamidi’s efforts to promote education, build libraries, and improve standards for underprivileged children in Morocco.Hamidi is the founder of an ambitious and innovative project, Education 4.0, that aims to leverage fourth industrial revolution technologies across young populations to empower and develop their creativity.Another talented achiever, Mouad Boukioud, is a Moroccan religious singer who won the 11th annual Munshid Al Sharjah competition.Mouad BoukioudBoukioud won the competition at the final ceremony on December 14. The munshid (religious singer) outperformed 21 talented participants from various countries, including Algeria and Tunisia.Majidd El Bouazzaoui, is an outstanding inventor who won seven distinct awards in Canada and China in 2018.Majid El BouazzaouiBouazzaoui, the founder of the OFEED innovation association, won a gold medal at Taiwan’s International Innovation and Invention Competition (IIIC) in November with an “automatic guidance system of photovoltaic panels” which cleans solar panels without using drinking water.The young inventor has won more than 10 gold medals in China, Canada, Taiwan, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Poland, and South Korea.His OFEED association also won a Korean medal early in November at the international invention exhibition of BIXPO 2018 in Gwangju.Moroccan poet Mohammed Bennis won the 2018 Arab Creativity Award by the Lebanese Cultural Forum in France with only a few days left until 2019.Mohammed BennisThe award recognizes Bennis’ valuable literary works.Born in 1948, the poet published his works in several newspapers all over the Arab world and won several awards throughout his career, including the el Premio Feronia International for literature.Successful Moroccan womenAmong the Moroccan female achievers who shined in 2018 is Ihssane Elidrissi El Hassani who was shortlisted for the highest legal award in England and Wales.Ihsane Elidrissi El HassaniThe London-based Law Society’s Excellence Awards nominated Elhassani in October for the “Woman Lawyer of the Year Category” award, along with 10 others, of more than 90,000 female lawyers in England and Wales.El Hassani, who came from a legal household, grew up in Marrakech and studied law at the Cadi Ayyad University. In 2016, Elhassani became the first female Moroccan lawyer to open her own legal office in England.El Hassani’s encouraging word to all is: ”If you put in the effort, talent and hard work, you will be recognised, regardless of your nationality, skin colour or religion,” she told MWN.Read Also: Belgium’s Solvay Appoints Moroccan Woman, Ilham Kadri, as CEOA brave Moroccan adventurer is also deserving of a tribute.Moroccan mountaineer Bouchra Baibanou finished off 2018 with a life-changing adventure. Bouchra BaibanouBailbanou became the first Moroccan woman to climb the highest peak in the world, Mount Everest. She climbed the 8,848-meter mountain on December 17, sharing pictures on her Facebook.Read Also: Moroccan Woman Wins ‘Best Model of The World 2018’ Title read more

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Despite insecurity Afghanistan peace process on track Brahimi tells Security Council

“The peace process is on track,” Lakhdar Brahimi said at the outset of a daylong open meeting of the Council, which heard statements from representatives of some 30 countries. “To be sure, it is a fragile peace, which must be handled with great care so that it does not unravel.”Mr. Brahimi, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative for Afghanistan, highlighted several areas of progress over the past few months, including the holding of the Emergency Loya Jirga, as stipulated in the Bonn Agreement.He noted that the country had also seen a restart of primary education, the return of more than one million refugees and internally displaced persons and a modest but determined poppy eradication campaign, as well as a successful locust control programme and a series of nationwide vaccination campaigns that reached millions of children.Despite those achievements, countless challenges and problems remained, with security the foremost among them, the UN envoy stressed. The assassination of Vice President Haji Abdul Qadir served as a tragic reminder that, “whatever successes we may have witnessed so far in Afghanistan, a singe act or event can send fear down the spines of the most powerful people in Afghanistan, and has the potential to seriously destabilize the situation,” he said.While the real key to the restoration of security lay in the creation of a national army and police force, Mr. Brahimi urged that the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), currently operating only in Kabul and which has been instrumental in stabilizing the capital, be expanded to other parts of the country. Such an expansion would have an “enormous” impact on security, and could be achieved with relatively few troops, at relatively little cost, and with little danger.Turning to the work of the Afghan Transitional Authority and the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), Mr. Brahimi said the Afghan leadership would have to translate the priorities outlined by President Hamid Karzai into achievable objectives and that over the next 18 months, the UN would help the Government build national capacity and confidence in “governance systems” so that international assistance will flow more directly to the Administration.”The challenge before us now is to prove to the people of Afghanistan that we will not disengage until we have made good on our promises to them, and that we will not allow setbacks to reverse our course,” Mr. Brahimi said. “We owe this to the Afghan people, and to regional and global security, for we know all too well that instability in that remote part of the world can have grave repercussion far beyond the borders of Afghanistan.”Video – Briefing by Lakhdar Brahimi read more

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UN rights expert says torture other abuses persist in Mongolia

Manfred Nowak, Special Rapporteur dealing with torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment for the Geneva-based UN Commission on Human Rights, visited Mongolia from 6 to 9 June at the invitation of the Government.In a statement issued yesterday, he applauded efforts aimed at eradicating torture and other abuses, but he noted that the deplorable conditions on death row and the lack of notification of families, among other things, amount to cruel treatment. He also he voiced concern about secrecy surrounding the application of the death penalty.Mr. Nowak also noted that the treatment of prisoners serving 30-year terms in isolation is inhuman. However, the “ordinary” prison regime was found generally to be in line with international standards.The Special Rapporteur issued preliminary recommendations to the Government, which included the criminalization of torture in accordance with the definition contained in article 1 of the Convention against Torture, and the imposition of appropriate penalties.He recommended that the Government entrust the National Human Rights Commission with the task of carrying out preventive visits to all places of detention. The Special Rapporteur expressed his appreciation to the Government, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, and the United Nations Country Team for their assistance in organizing the visit to Mongolia.The report on Mr. Nowak’s visit to Mongolia will be presented at the sixty-second session of the Commission on Human Rights. read more

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EU and Sri Lanka discuss GSP Plus and future cooperation

They also discussed cooperation in multilateral fora and regional cooperation. He particularly discussed with Ambassador Asirwatham ongoing cooperation in the political, security and economic spheres including the support being extended to Sri Lanka following the Easter Sunday attacks as well as ways and means to further expand bilateral trade through better utilization of the GSP+ facility. Ambassador-designate of Sri Lanka to the European Union Grace Asirwatham met Gunnar Wiegand, Managing Director for the Asia Pacific Region of the European External Action Service (EEAS) following her assumption of duties in Brussels.Wiegand noted the positive trajectory in EU – Sri Lanka relations in the last few years and expressed confidence that these relations will continue to grow and be further strengthened. Wiegand announced that he would visit Sri Lanka next year and co-chair the  EU – Sri Lanka Joint Commission thereby elevating relations to a new level. read more

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Goldcorp to sell 40 stake in South Arturo joint venture to Premier

by The Canadian Press Posted Apr 6, 2015 6:05 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Goldcorp to sell 40% stake in South Arturo joint venture to Premier Gold VANCOUVER – Goldcorp Inc. (TSX:G) has a preliminary agreement to sell its 40 per cent interest in a Nevada project to Premier Gold Mines Ltd. (TSX:PG).Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX) owns the other 60 per cent interest in the South Arturo mine project, which is eight kilometres from Barrick’s Goldstrike mining operation, and has right of first refusal.Premier has agreed to pay Goldcorp US$20 million at closing and to transfer five per cent of its interest in the Rahill-Bonznsa joint venture in Red Lake, Ont., where Goldcorp has one of its major mines.In turn, Goldcorp has agreed to invest C$12.5 million in Premier. It has also agreed to pay Premier a break fee if Barrick exercises its right of first refusal on the South Arturo project.Goldcorp would pay Premier US$1.1 million or five per cent of the price that Barrick pays Goldcorp, whichever is greater.Vancouver-based Goldcorp and Toronto-based Barrick are Canada’s two-largest gold producers, and among the largest in the world. read more

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Union questions CBC camera crew cuts Whos going to shoot the pictures

Thursday’s cuts at the Canadian Broadcast Corporation (CBC) have left the head of its union with a lot of questions on how the CBC plans to do newscasts. Marc-Philippe Laurin, president of the CBC branch of the Canadian Media Guild (CMG), confirmed all of the videographers in Alberta have been fired, among many other staff members in the latest round of job layoffs.Laurin told 660News Alberta was easily the hardest hit among all the provinces.“With close to 60 jobs across Alberta, in Edmonton, 26 and another 27 I believe in Calgary,” Laurin said.He said the CMG has requested a meeting with management to see if they can get answers to their many questions. “How is the work going to get done? How is news gathering going to get done? who is going to be out there shooting pictures if its the people that are there then obviously that would mean less news coverage and one of our worries is the increased workload on the folks that are there.”Laurin called Thursday “another dark day at the CBC”, with the latest cuts bringing the total of people let go to just under 1,400 since April, 2014. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Union questions CBC camera crew cuts: Who’s going to shoot the pictures? by News Staff Posted Apr 16, 2015 9:44 pm MDT read more

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Canadian beef demand expected to increase report

Thinkstock Canadian beef demand expected to increase: report AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Summary by Mike Tarasko Posted Apr 28, 2015 7:18 am MDT Report projects 12 per cent increase in beef demand in next decade Canadians still love beef, even if consumption has been sliding in the past decade.Farm Credit Canada has released a report that says demand will increase by 12 per cent over the next 10 years, driven by emerging markets like Hong Kong and China.J.P. Gervais, Chief Agricultural Economist, says lower demand is being driven by a number of factors that have nothing to do with appetite for beef.He says Canadians have been willing to pay more for the stuff since 2011.While Canada has hurdles to overcome: like low cattle numbers, and labour shortages, Gervais says identifying successful ways to grow as a world supplier will secure the industry’s future. read more

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CA orders Magistrate Court to acquit Rajapaksa

The Colombo Chief Magistrate’s Court had also rejected a request to clear Rajapaksa from all the charges in the Avant Garde case. The Court of Appeal had earlier suspended orders issued by the Colombo High Court and the Colombo Chief Magistrate’s Court rejecting a petition filed by former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa in the Avant-Garde case. The Court of Appeal today directed the Colombo Magistrate’ Court to acquit former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa and the other suspects charged in the the Avant-Garde case filed by the Bribery Commission.The order was given after Rajapaksa filed a revision application in the case at the Court of Appeal. The petition filed by Rajapaksa seeking to be discharged from the Avant-Garde case was rejected by the Colombo High Court. read more

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Suspect arrested for extorting money from woman befriended via FB

A suspect has been arrested for extorting money from a woman he befriended via Facebook.The Police said that the 28 year old man had befriended the women and obtained nude photographs of her. He had later threatened to publish the photographs online and demanded money.Following a complaint that was made the man and another woman were arrested by criminal investigators and handed over to the Mirihana Police. It was revealed that they had extorted over Rs. 2 million from the victim.

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UN agriculture agency and IKEA join forces for sustainable forest management

The joint effort – rolled out earlier this morning with the signing of a cooperation agreement – will see the two partners undertake an initial analysis to evaluate options for advancing forest certification schemes and sustainable forest management in the Southeast Asian country’s northern regions. “Millions of people rely on forests for their food and incomes, and certification schemes can offer them a tool for safeguarding their interests and preserving their forests, as well as fairer access to new markets,” FAO’s Assistant-Director General for Forestry, Eduardo Rojas-Briales, said in a press release. According to the UN food agency, certification can also provide an additional mechanism for monitoring the sustainability of forest management and for tracing timber and other forest products through supply chains before they are used in a wide-range of products, including furniture. Mr. Rojas-Briales noted, however, that certifications often pose “special challenges” to small-growers and communities for whom the cost of the certification process may be too high. As a result, the planned IKEA-FAO joint venture will explore options and barriers to effective forest certification, including assessing local legal and regulatory frameworks and the quality of local forest resource assessments; locating communities and producer organizations that could potentially benefit from participating in a certification scheme to access IKEA supply chains; and identifying barriers to the certification process and issues which have been or are currently hindering it. The initial study will also probe the potential for scaling up and replicating the initiative elsewhere. “We are glad to be partnering with IKEA to look at how hurdles to forest certification can be overcome, with the wellbeing of forest communities featuring front-and-centre,” added Mr. Rojas-Briales. read more

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Womens Soccer Ohio State eyes turnaround for Michigan games

Ohio State sophomore defender Izzy Rodriguez (9) scores a goal off a penalty kick in the second half of the game against Iowa on Sept. 27. Ohio State won 2-0. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorAfter a tie in the last match with Nebraska at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, the Ohio State women’s soccer team will aim for better results when it faces Michigan at 7 p.m. Friday and Michigan State at 1 p.m. Sunday. With the tie, the Buckeyes sit at 6-4-1, with a 3-1-1 record in the Big Ten. The Wolverines are coming off back-to-back losses against Minnesota and Northwestern, tallying an overall record of 6-6-0 on the year. Last season, Ohio State won a home game against Michigan 1-0.After scoring the goal for Ohio State that tied up the game with Nebraska, sophomore defender Izzy Rodriguez is looking forward to competing against two teams on the road once again. “We’ve had a lot of road trips,” Rodriguez said. “So I think we’re pretty comfortable this year with playing away. Obviously we love being home, but I think with the experiences we’ve had in our nonconference, being away a lot, that’s helped us prepare to be away also a lot in the conference.”Sophomore midfielder Alia Martin notched the only goal for Michigan in the previous game against the Wildcats, during which Northwestern came away with a 4-1 victory. Michigan’s strength this season is its offense, which scored a total of six goals against Central Michigan, had nine saves against Purdue and eight corner kicks against Boston University. Sophomore midfielder Nicki Hernandez has been a vital player on the Wolverines offense, totaling six goals, five assists and two game-winning goals so far this season.Ohio State and Michigan will battle out the rivalry, this time in Ann Arbor, Michigan.   The last time Ohio State met Michigan State, the match went into double overtime at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, where the Buckeyes won against the Spartans 1-0.Michigan State currently sits at 5-4-3, 0-3-2 in the Big Ten, shining in nonconference play and winning five consecutive games.However, the Spartans continue to compete in rough matchups in Big Ten play, recently coming off two consecutive losses to Wisconsin and Illinois.Freshman forward Camryn Evans seems to be Michigan State’s star player this season, scoring six total goals — four against Oakland and two against Purdue.The Spartans will look for a victory against the Buckeyes this weekend, following their defeat here last year.Senior goalkeeper Devon Kerr said the team was happy coming off a tie with Nebraska, despite not getting the results it wanted. She also said her teammates showed a lot of resiliency and fight by coming back to tie the game.“I think we’re really motivated this week,” Kerr said. “This weekend especially since because we’re going to be playing both the teams up north, so that’s kind of enough motivation in itself.” After a shaky start to the season, Ohio State sees the pair of Michigan matchups as a chance to turn around its start, hoping to take each game at a time and focusing on coming away with a win.“After the last couple of games, I think our biggest thing is to take each game one at a time and not really focus on the big picture at the time,” Rodriguez said. That’s what’s helped us succeed in the past couple of games is we really focus on the details of each game, and then hopefully that will create the bigger picture of success.” read more

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Football Three takeaways from No 3 Ohio States 4926 win over Indiana

Ohio State redshirt sophomore linebacker Tuf Borland (32) takes down Indiana quarterback Peyton Ramsey (12) in the second quarter of the game against Indiana on Oct. 6. Ohio State won 49-26. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorOhio State earned its sixth win of the season on Saturday, beating Indiana 49-26 at Ohio Stadium. With many of the same storylines that have followed the Buckeyes from game to game, such as redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins’ dominance in the passing game or struggling secondary play, the Buckeyes move to a Week 7 game against Minnesota with a perfect record. Here are three takeaways Ohio State can take from its win on Saturday. Running game still has work to doAs Haskins nearly broke the record for passing yards in a game, throwing for 455 yards, three yards away from the record Art Schlichter set in 1981, the Ohio State offense still had a game plan to follow against the Hoosiers. Along with passing 44 times in Saturday’s 23-point win, Ohio State backs recorded 48 rushes, the most the unit has recorded since the season opener against Oregon State. Even with the amount of carries, Ohio State could not get its running game going consistently. With sophomore running back J.K. Dobbins and redshirt junior Mike Weber taking 81.3 percent of all carries, Ohio State backs averaged 3.2 yards per carry. Weber recorded the only three runs of 10 yards or longer, recording a 21 yard rush in the second quarter. Dobbins led the team in carries, recording a season-high 26 touches, but averaged, like Ohio State as a whole, 3.2 yards per rush, recording his fourth touchdown of the season, his third since Sept. 22. With the balanced offense that head coach Urban Meyer preaches, Ohio State has relied on Haskins and the passing game through the first six games of the season. However, Meyer said after the game the running game is still an important part of the offense, calling the performance at this point in the season “alarming.” Tuf Borland continues to shine After returning from an offseason Achilles injury originally expected to sideline him for the first part of the season, redshirt sophomore linebacker Tuf Borland has come back to full strength over the past two weeks and has shown he is healthy in the middle. In Saturday’s game, Borland had three tackles, two of which were for loss, including a sack. He also recorded a forced fumble in the second quarter that was significant in terms of momentum for the Ohio State defense. It was the second game in a row Borland had made such an impact. In the game against Penn State on Sept. 29, the redshirt sophomore tied for the team lead with eight tackles, recording a 5-yard sack and forcing a fumble. Even though the second level of the defense has been one of the main storylines as to how Ohio State must improve in the near future, Borland has been one of the bright spots over the past two games. Redshirt senior receivers set the tone in the passing game Redshirt senior wide receiver Terry McLaurin is not only a pass blocker. He said he enjoys doing that, saying at one point in Saturday’s win over Indiana, he helped block two defensive ends. However, McLaurin showed that he is still a valuable receiver in the passing game. He recorded four catches for 59 yards, bringing in his fifth and sixth touchdown receptions of the season against his home state Hoosiers, one on a 7-yard crossing route and the other a 17-yard pass play in the third quarter. McLaurin said his play was helping Haskins with the amount of blitzes Indiana was showing up front, allowing the quarterback to be able to get the ball off quickly to open receivers in the secondary, who used their speed to get into open space. This has been the made strategy for the pass offense through the first six games, something that worked for redshirt senior Parris Campbell as well. In Meyer’s words, Campbell had “a hell of a day,” leading the team with 142 yards and two touchdowns on nine catches. Redshirt senior Johnnie Dixon also brought in a touchdown, bringing in 73 yards on five catches. The veteran Ohio State wide receiver room continues to help Haskins as he gets more national recognition for his play over the first six games of the season. read more

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Womens Hockey No 7 Ohio State drops series finale 52 to Wisconsin

Ohio State then-junior forward Charly Dahlquist (5) send the puck down the rink in the first period of the game against Minnesota on Jan. 19. Credit: Will Sharp | For The LanternThe No. 7 Ohio State women’s hockey team (15-7, 9-5 WCHA) couldn’t get it done in the second game against No. 1 Wisconsin (19-2, 10-2 WCHA), falling 5-2 in a game controlled by the Badgers throughout.After winning a nail biter against the top team in the country on Friday, Ohio State came with momentum on its side for a series sweep, but penalties killed any chance at a Buckeye victory. Wisconsin had a power play six times throughout the game, resulting in two power play goals for the Badgers and a substantial discrepancy in shots on goal, outshooting the Buckeyes 46-14.Ohio State head coach Nadine Muzerall was frustrated by the lack of discipline from her team. “We stopped moving our feet and we drew four penalties yesterday on Wisconsin because we were moving our feet,” Muzerall said. “Today, we put ourselves in a bad position, which made us have to reach and pull down. We did it to ourselves and a lot of those penalties were unnecessary. You can’t go against the No. 1 power play unit and No. 1 team in the country with six penalties.”The Buckeyes found themselves in a hole early. The Badgers came out with a vengeance after being shut out the night before, scoring 52 seconds into the first period.Freshman forward Britta Cull scored for Wisconsin to give the Badgers an early 1-0 lead. Cull was assisted on the goal by junior forward Abby Roque and freshman forward Sophie Shirley. The Buckeyes managed to tie the game up halfway through the first period when sophomore forward Emma Maltais caught a pass from senior forward Charly Dahlquist and snuck it by redshirt junior goaltender Kristen Campbell. The goal was No. 10 on the season for Maltais and Dahlquist’s 10th assist. Muzerall praised the effort on Maltais as one of the bright spots for Saturday’s game.“The effort that they had in front of the net was Emma’s doing,” Muzerall said. “We know that we’re going to get some dirty goals and get the puck deep on her.”With time winding down in the first period, Wisconsin took advantage of a power play with less than three minutes left and took the 2-1 lead when Shirley got the puck off a rebound from Buckeye freshman goaltender Andrea Braendli and shot it in for their first power play goal. Moving into the second period, Wisconsin again scored on the man advantage extending its lead to 3-1, this time on a power play goal less than six minutes into the second period from freshman forward Annie Pankowski with an assist coming from senior defenseman Mikaela Gardner.Wisconsin dominated the rink with 17 shots on goal in the second period, but a timely power play gave Ohio State all the advantage it needed to cut the lead to 3-2. It was freshman defenseman Sophie Jacques who found the net for the Buckeyes with a power play goal. Redshirt junior defenseman Jincy Dunne and sophomore forward Liz Scheppers assisted Jacques on the goal. “There was good rotation and puck movement on that power play,” Muzerall said. “We utilized all five people on the ice. We had been working on that play, so it was very nice to see some payoff there.”That goal by Jacques was also the only shot on goal by the Buckeyes in the entire second period. Heading into the third period, Wisconsin led in shots on goal 33-8. “We gave them gifts today and it was more on our end than their end today,” Muzerall said. “I thought they played well yesterday too, but we didn’t make mistakes yesterday. We made too many today with some selfish plays and bad rotations. It was very uncharacteristic of us, especially after yesterday.”The Buckeyes had a chance to even things up with another power play, but the Badger defense held on strong. With momentum on its side, Wisconsin attacked and regained their two-goal lead off a shot from Cull for her second goal of the game more than eight minutes into the third period. Cull was again assisted by Shirley.Wisconsin continued to press their attack and effectively ended any chance of an Ohio State rally when senior forward Sophia Shaver scored to give the Badgers a 5-2 lead three minutes after the Cull goal. Muzerall says the keys to success in the future is focusing on the good from this weekend.“We have to watch on film the good that we did and continue to do that,” Muzerall said. “The errors and mistakes we made are very obvious and uncharacteristic, so we will nip that in the bud to make sure that doesn’t happen again.” Ohio State travels on the road for a rematch series against WCHA conference opponent Minnesota Duluth. Games will be played at 8:00 p.m. on Friday and 5:00 p.m. on Saturday. read more

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Mens Volleyball Ohio State regroups before road trip against No 5 UCLA

Freshman outside hitter Sean Ryan (10) attacking the ball against Loyola on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019 at St. John Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Credit: Kaycie Golic | For The LanternAfter splitting a home series with McKendree this past weekend, the Ohio State men’s volleyball team heads to Los Angeles having brought back a few key players in preparation for weekend matchups against No. 5 UCLA and No. 11 USC. The Buckeyes (6-12, 2-6 MIVA) enter the road trip having reinserted sophomore outside hitter Jake Hanes into the lineup. Hanes has accrued 47 kills in his first two matches since coming back from injuring his foot in the Jan. 26 match against Ball State. Also back for the Buckeyes are junior setter Andrew Hillman, who returned on Sunday from an injury he sustained in December during training, and sophomore outside hitter Martin Lallemand, who missed Sunday’s match against McKendree due to illness. Ohio State head coach Pete Hanson said trying to find consistency has been extremely difficult with a lineup that seems to change every weekend. “It’s been a real challenge, but I think the guys have handled it as well as they could,” Hanson said. “Not to let them off the hook and say, ‘Hey, it’s a real anomaly,’ but at the same point and time, we’ve also tried to tell them, ‘Hey, there aren’t many teams that are down three or four starters, let alone, sometimes just one starter,’ and that’s what we’ve had to deal with.” Among the starters still injured, junior outside hitter Reese Devilbiss is working through an undisclosed injury, while senior setter Sanil Thomas is working to return to the lineup after injuring his hand in late January. While the Buckeyes have struggled with consistency for much of this season, UCLA (14-4, 6-0 MPSF) has been drowning in it. The Bruins are on a four-match winning streak and their Jan. 19 loss to No. 1 Long Beach State is their only loss at home this season. Junior middle blocker Daenan Gyimah leads the Bruins offensively, totalling 234 points on 190 kills, 17 aces and 48 total blocks. Defensively, senior setter Micah Ma’a is a top contributor, providing 129 digs and 35 total blocks in support. On the other hand, USC (9-7, 3-3 MPSF) has had an up-and-down season thus far. After opening the year with a 7-4 record, three-straight losses to then-No. 9 Stanford, then-No. 8 BYU and then-No. 6 UCLA brought the Trojans even before winning their past two matches against Concordia and then-No. 4 Pepperdine. The Trojans are led by redshirt senior outside hitter Jack Wyett with 181 kills, adding 10 aces and 44 digs. Senior Ryan Moss leads the team defensively with 34 total blocks and 76 digs. Ohio State is hoping the offensive production from Hanes and Lallemand, with 180 kills and 137 kills, respectively, can power the Buckeyes to a couple of road victories. But to have success, they’ll have to get used to being set by Hillman, who has taken over as Ohio State’s full-time setter in the absence of Thomas. Despite the tough competition and the constant lineup changes, Hillman said the team will be ready to play this weekend. “We’re excited,” Hillman said. “We really have nothing to lose right now. We’re going to go out there and play as hard as we can.” Ohio State will face No. 5 UCLA at 8 p.m. Friday and No. 11 USC at 11 p.m. Saturday in Los Angeles. read more

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Football Ryan Day talks offense skirmish in practice ahead of Ohio State

Ohio State head coach Ryan Day speaks to the media on National Signing Day. Credit: Colin Gay | Sports EditorRyan Day is eight days away from unveiling the first Ohio State team under his helm as head coach at the Spring Game. Day is not the only thing new about this Buckeyes team, as the two quarterbacks competing for the starting job, sophomore Justin Fields and redshirt freshman Matthew Baldwin, would be first-time starters come fall.Despite Fields running with the first team for much of Friday’s open practice, Day said there is not much separation between the two in terms of metrics.“I think the completion percentage is pretty close right now with those guys,” Day said. They’ve been playing a little bit more zone coverage, so the completion percentage is kind of on par with what Dwayne was last spring.”Day added that due to the zone defense his quarterbacks have faced in spring practices, he would expect higher completion numbers and “they’re not there yet.”Ohio State has worked to implement more under-the-center action in spring practices for the upcoming season, which Day said will utilize two-tight end sets that play to the strength of a group he said is the most experienced returning.Seniors Luke Farrell and Rashod Berry and sophomore Jeremy Ruckert combined for just 30 receptions out of the tight end core last season, but have figured prominently in the screen game for the Ohio State offense this spring.If the returning tight ends are a strength for the Buckeyes, Day said the offensive line may be a weakness with its lack of depth. Junior offensive tackle Thayer Munford has been ruled out of spring practices due to injury, leaving the Buckeyes with 11 offensive linemen, while Day said he would like to have 16 on scholarship.Day said the light depth on the line will impact how the Spring Game is run next Saturday.“We’ll probably go with a running clock in the second half, something we’ve done in the past before, so that we get some of the guys that are a little more veteran like [senior offensive lineman Branden Bowen] and some of the guys that have played some more, out of the game,” Day said.Despite clock modifications to allow a quicker game, Day said he still finds the Spring Game crucial for giving young players experience playing in front of thousands at Ohio Stadium.As the Spring Game looms closer, the intensity of practice on Friday, which Day said was one of the most energetic the team has had, was ratcheted up.Senior cornerback Damon Arnette and junior wide receiver Jaylen Harris exchanged swings with their helmets off near the sideline after a scrimmage play Friday, but Day was unconcerned.“I like the fact that they’re going after it,” Day said. “I think that if you don’t have any kind of scuffles, then maybe you don’t have the right team.” read more

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Football No 2 instate recruit Darrion Henry commits to Ohio State

Ohio State received a commitment from the No. 2 recruit in Ohio on Saturday when defensive tackle Darrion Henry announced his intention to sign with the Buckeyes.Henry plays alongside five-star offensive tackle and Ohio State commit Paris Johnson at Princeton High School in Cincinnati, Ohio, which means the Buckeyes have secured the top two in-state players of the 2020 class.Committed #GoBucks pic.twitter.com/K81KJA8oZo— D Hen (@darrion_henry) June 29, 2019After holding commitments from two defensive prospects prior to June 21, the Buckeyes have secured verbal pledges from three four-star defenders in the eight days since. Four-star corner Clark Phillips and four-star linebacker Cody Simon join Henry in this regard.Standing at 6-foot-4, 279 pounds, Henry is a four-star prospect recruited by associate head coach and defensive line coach Larry Johnson, who has coached five All-Americans on the defensive line in his tenure with the Buckeyes.Henry is the No. 11 defensive tackle in the country per 247Sports, and the No. 121 overall prospect in his class.Henry previously visited LSU in May and Tennessee just a week before his official Ohio State visit on June 21. read more

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Commentary Big Ten finally remedies mistake of Leaders and Legends

We’ve all made bad decisions. Remember your freshman year when you wore an Ohio State shirt, OSU hat, OSU lanyard and cargo shorts around campus every day? That was brutal. We knew you went here. Or remember that one time when you decided to participate in extracurricular activities a little too much and had to miss out on Mirror Lake Night because you needed to lie down early? It’s OK. We’ve all been there. Admitting you erred and moving on is the best course of action when you make mistakes. Thankfully for everyone involved with Big Ten football, Jim Delany, the conference’s commissioner, is finally making that realization about a mistake that most people recognized the moment it happened in 2011. Leaders and Legends was a galactic, humongous, fill-in-your-own-superlative-here failure. As if everyone wasn’t laughing at our brand of Midwestern football already, we had to pile on by trying to be “edgy” and “creative.” Instead, we came off as “hilarious” and “trying way too hard.” Honoring legends and building leaders, they said. This is completely dumb, I said. But good news, folks. With the recent ESPN.com report that the Big Ten has stopped huffing glue and come to its senses, deciding to change the names of its divisions to “East” and “West” for the 2014 season, we can finally be proud of our conference again. Not only are the names changing, ESPN is reporting the alignment is changing, too. Finally, and most notably, Michigan will be moving to OSU’s division. This is good news for two reasons. First, “The Game” will still mean something. Could you imagine both teams having their divisions locked up and resting their starters in the regular season to prevent injuries before meeting in the Big Ten title game? It would be a travesty, and it is possible under the current alignment. Also under the reported new alignment, a win against Michigan will mean more for OSU in preventing the Wolverines from becoming conference champions because divisional losses impact the standings more than cross-divisional ones. Ruining Michigan’s season twice as hard? Sign. Me. Up. I praise Delany for this. It takes a lot of guts to tell everyone, “Hey, I blew it the first time, but I’m fixing it now.” Don’t get me wrong, Delany still has made some huge errors (Rutgers and Maryland) but for the most part, he has improved the Big Ten tremendously. He added a football power in Nebraska. He made the Big Ten conference the land’s richest with a way-before-its-time TV network. No one remembers how much backlash he faced when he basically started the Big Ten Network from scratch before the 2007 season. No one thought a single conference could support a TV network. Now? The Pac-12, SEC and Big 12 have all followed suit. Big Ten football might still be lagging behind nationally, but hey, Delany’s vision has made the Big Ten the richest conference in the country. The Leaders and Legends experiment was horrifying. Delany was to blame. But, with the news that its three-year run is mercifully coming to a close next year, I can praise Delany again for coming to his senses. He listened to his conference’s fans and made the change. Good for him. Better for us. And don’t get me wrong, I like the names East and West, but I’d like to use this space to propose a different pair: Teams Decimated By Urban Meyer Often and Teams Decimated By Urban Meyer Less Often, But Still Often Enough. Has a good ring to it, eh? I guess we’ll have to wait until 2015 for that fix. read more

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Freshman defensive lineman Joey Bosa listed as starter for game against Iowa

Freshman defensive lineman Joey Bosa (97) celebrates during a game against Northwestern Oct. 5 at Ryan Field. OSU won, 40-30.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorFreshman defensive lineman Joey Bosa is listed as a starter ahead of sophomore defensive lineman Adolphus Washington on Ohio State’s most recent two-deep depth chart, released Tuesday.Bosa has filled in admirably for Washington, who injured his groin against San Diego State Sept. 7. The freshman from Florida has 16 tackles on the year, two sacks and recovered a fumble for a touchdown against Northwestern.Coach Urban Meyer said on the Big Ten teleconference Tuesday Washington was close to 100 percent healthy after hurting his ankle.Senior running back Carlos Hyde is also listed as a starter ahead of redshirt-senior Jordan Hall, who is coming off a joint issue in his knee that caused him to miss the Oct. 5 game against Northwestern. Meyer said Hall practiced Monday, and that he “could certainly complement” Hyde in the backfield. Meyer also mentioned getting Hall on the field on third downs.Hall is also listed as the starting kick returner with freshman running back Dontre Wilson for Saturday’s game.Senior wide receiver Corey “Philly” Brown is listed as the H-back for the offense in place of regular starter redshirt-senior Chris Fields, with Wilson backing him up. Brown was listed earlier in the season as a co-starter with junior Devin Smith at the X receiver position.The Buckeyes are scheduled to play Iowa Saturday at 3:30 p.m. at Ohio Stadium. read more

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