Investors demand writeoffs as Jet owes over Rs 11K cr outstanding debt

first_imgMumbai: Prospective investors in the temporarily grounded Jet Airways have asked lenders to take a massive haircut or write-off around 80 per cent outstanding debt of the airline which is more than Rs 11,000 crore, document and sources revealed on Monday. According to industry insiders, nine India based banks and two international lenders are expected to suffer major write-off with one of the interested parties asking for over 80 per cent write-off. The latest figure, which includes the interest accrued on lenders loans, external commercial borrowings and non convertible debentures (NCDs) was revealed after IANS accessed the financial obligations document. These figures exclude liabilities to vendors and employees. Accordingly, the airline owes the largest chunk to its lenders at over Rs 7,000 crore (Rs 7,251 crore). The State Bank of India (SBI), itself, has an exposure of Rs 1,958 crore worth of working capital and term loan on its sheet. The nine lenders are led by the SBI. Another public sector lender Punjab National Bank, follows suit with Jet owing an outstanding of Rs 1,746 crore. Last week, Jet Airways announced temporary suspension of all its flight services as it failed to secure interim funding for maintaining even bare minimum operations. On its part, Jet in a regulatory had said that the SBI told the airline that consortium of lenders are unable to consider the private carrier’s request for critical interim funding. “Since no emergency funding from the lenders or any other source is forthcoming, the airline will not be able to pay for fuel or other critical services to keep the operations going,” the filing said. “Consequently, with immediate effect, Jet Airways is compelled to cancel all its international and domestic flights. The last flight will operate today (April 17).”last_img read more

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No BCCI representation in Sachin Laxman conflict matter Rai

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) have decided that there will be no representation from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) when Ombudsman D.K. Jain hears the matter of conflict against the Mumbai Indians mentor Sachin Tendulkar and Sunrisers Hyderabad mentor V.V.S Laxman. Speaking to IANS, CoA chief Vinod Rai said that the board in future would only act as point of reference. “BCCI will only act as point of reference to provide the ombudsman with a clear picture on the issues,” he said. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: Rijiju This is after eyebrows were raised since CEO Rahul Johri was present during the meeting of Jain with Delhi Capitals (DC) advisor Sourav Ganguly earlier this month. In fact, Johri had even presented BCCI’s take on the whole issue of conflict raised against the former India skipper for being a part of the board’s Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) as well as being the advisor of DC. Clearly the same protocol will now not be followed when Tendulkar and Laxman present their cases to the ombudsman. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai Masters A senior BCCI official said it was high time that the CoA realised that they were making a mockery of the concept of the Ombudsman by sending BCCI representatives to the hearings rather than just sending reference documents. “Having a representative during the Ganguly meeting with the ombudsman was absurd. The very idea of having an Ombudsman was to ensure an absence of bias in these proceedings which are in the nature of an inquiry. If someone is being sent to the meetings, one might as well do away with the ombudsman because the presentation of those reference points come with an inherent bias. “Say, if the Rahul Johri matter is given to the ombudsman then will he assist as a person of reference? Can you rule out the chance that the reference points that were given (in Ganguly’s matter) were not being given keeping in mind that his own case may come up in the future and knowing that any precedent set there would affect him too? Where is the need for physical reference? Providing documents is enough, and that too when asked for,” the official said.last_img read more

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Senior UN official cites evidence of growing support for abolishing death penalty

24 February 2010There is evidence of growing global support for the eventual elimination of the death penalty, a senior United Nations official stated today, while acknowledging that abolishing this practice is a difficult and sensitive process for many societies. Sergei A. Ordzhonikidze, Director-General of the UN Office at Geneva, told the Fourth World Congress against the Death Penalty, held at the Palais des Nations, that moving this process forward will require comprehensive and inclusive national debates. “It is my hope that the discussions at this World Congress, which will highlight the practical experiences of countries that have either abolished the death penalty or instituted a moratorium, can help to stimulate such national debates.” He added that the Congress, with its frank and inclusive debates, will serve to raise awareness – in all regions and among all States – of the trend towards abolition of the death penalty and will help consolidate support for this important trend.“Governments, the United Nations, regional and other intergovernmental organizations and civil society need to be involved as partners in support of this process.” In 2007, the General Assembly adopted resolution 62/149, which called on States that still maintain the death penalty to establish a moratorium on executions with a view to abolishing the death penalty. The Assembly considered that the death penalty undermined human dignity, that there was no conclusive evidence of the deterrent value and that any miscarriage or failure of justice in the implementation was irreversible and irreparable.Mr. Ordzhonikidze cited a number of initiatives that serve as evidence of a trend towards the ultimate abolition of the practice, including the large turnout at today’s meeting which “confirms this expanding global support for the eventual elimination of the death penalty.”He also noted that the steady increase in ratifications, now numbering over 70 countries, of the Second Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights – which aims to bring about the abolition of the death penalty – indicates the growing commitment to eliminating this practice. “The introduction of moratoria also plays an important role in facilitating the process in States working towards eradication,” said the Director-General, adding that the steadily increasing number of States that have introduced such suspensions must also be welcomed and encouraged to entrench the trend towards elimination. Some 2,000 participants, including national political leaders, activists and representatives of international organizations, have gathered in Geneva for the three-day Congress. read more

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UN invites all Congolese to avoid violence resolve poll disputes peacefully

Millions of Congolese went to the polls on 28 November last year to cast votes in presidential and parliamentary elections. While the presidential results were announced earlier, the country’s Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) released the provisional results of the legislative polls regarding 162 of the 169 electoral districts on 26 January and yesterday.It recommended to the Supreme Court that the results of the remaining seven electoral districts be nullified, according to a news release issued by the UN peacekeeping mission in DRC (MONUSCO), which took note of the announcement. “MONUSCO welcomes the peaceful atmosphere which has been observed throughout the country since the announcement of these results,” it stated. “It encourages all candidates and political actors to use the legally prescribed channels for the resolution of disputes, and to refrain from the use of force or violence.”The mission also reminded all parties concerned that it is continuing to closely monitor human rights violations and acts of violence committed, notably, in the context of the elections. It called on Congolese authorities to respect human rights obligations, particularly the rights to liberty, to freedom of movement and to freedom of expression. MONUSCO provided technical and logistical support to the organization of the November polls – the second time since independence from Belgium in 1960 that the country has held multi-party elections. 2 February 2012With the provisional results of national legislative elections in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) having now been announced, the United Nations today encouraged all actors to use legal channels for resolving any disputes and refrain from the use of force or violence. read more

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Justin Trudeau sworn in

More than half of Justin Trudeau’s Cabinet Ministers are political newcomers who won for the first time on October 19th – including his Finance Minister.His cabinet is diverse. It includes a mix of fresh faces and political veterans, and fulfills his promise to have an even number of men and women on the front bench. When asked why that was important to him he said “because it’s 2015.”Outside Rideau Hall, hundreds of people lined the walkway to watch the ceremony on large screens. Trudeau has put some veteran MPs in key roles, tapping Stephane Dion as his Foreign Affairs Minister and Ralph Goodale to serve as the new Public Safety Minister. Marc Garneau becomes Transport Minister. But 18 of the newly minted Ministers are rookies. Newcomer Bill Morneau gets the prize portfolio of Finance. The millionaire Toronto businessman is the former head of a human resources company, who has Bay Street savvy.Harjit Sajjan takes on the role of National Defence Minister. He’s a combat veteran, serving in Bosnia and on three deployments to Afghanistan. His Associate Minister Kent Hehr, who is also the new Minister for Veterans’ affairs, is a former lawyer. Catherine McKenna, an Ottawa lawyer focused on international trade, becomes environment and climate change minister. Trudeau is taking on the roles as Minister of Intergovernmental affairs and Minister of Youth. read more

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Prime Minister demands explanation from Ranjan Ramanayake

He said that the views expressed by Ramanayake contradict the views of the United National Party leadership and the party. The Prime Minister said that he works closely with the Buddhist clergy and Buddhist Temples. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has demanded an explanation from State Minister Ranjan Ramanayake over comments he has made critical of Buddhist monks.In a letter to Ramanayake the Prime Minister has said that the United National Party rejects the opinion expressed by the State Minister. Ramanayake had reportedly stated that young monks are sexually abused at temples and that around 90% of Buddhist monks who behave in an aggressive manner had been abused when they were young.The Prime Minister has given Ramanayake time till July 21 to submit an explanation over the remarks he had made. read more

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Security increased in Jaffna after shooting

One youth was killed in the shooting incident while another sustained injuries.The Police said that they suspect the group were part of the ‘Aava gang’ and that they had swords in their possession. Security has been increased along the streets of Jaffna after a shooting incident last night.The Police had opened fire on a group of youth on motorcycles after they had failed to stop at a checkpoint in Manipay.

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Representatives for West Coast dockworkers urge union members to approve hardwon contract

Representatives for West Coast dockworkers urge union members to approve hard-won contract by Justin Pritchard, The Associated Press Posted Apr 3, 2015 1:07 pm MDT FILE – In this Feb. 20, 2015 file photo, people sit on the sand in Sunset Beach, Calif., as loaded cargo ships are anchored outside the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles. A tentative contract agreement that restored the flow of international trade through West Coast seaports earlier this year took a big step closer to becoming official, Friday, April 3, 2015 as representatives of the dockworkers’ union overwhelmingly recommended that rank-and-file members vote to approve the deal. Difficult contract negotiations nearly closed 29 seaports from San Diego to Seattle, causing major delays in the delivery of billions of dollars of imports and exports. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File) LOS ANGELES, Calif. – A tentative contract agreement that restored the flow of international trade through West Coast seaports earlier this year took a big step closer Friday to becoming official, as representatives of the dockworkers’ union overwhelmingly recommended that rank-and-file members vote to approve the deal.Difficult contract negotiations nearly closed 29 seaports from San Diego to Seattle, causing major delays in the delivery of billions of dollars of imports and exports.Negotiators for the International Longshore and Warehouse Union reached the tentative, five-year deal in February with companies that run the massive ships and sprawling marine terminals which are integral to trans-Pacific trade.This week, a caucus of 90 union delegates met in San Francisco to study the offer in detail.On Friday, 78 per cent of delegates voted to urge the broader membership to approve the contract, the union said in a statement. The contract covers about 20,000 workers but only 13,000 have voting rights. Votes are cast by mail and will be tallied May 22, the union said.The tentative agreement restored labour peace on the West Coast waterfront, which handles about $1 trillion of trade each year.At the height of the dispute, three dozen ships stacked with tens of thousands of containers were anchored outside the twin ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, awaiting space at already jammed docks. On Friday, there were 13 vessels, according to the Marine Exchange of Southern California.The executive director of the Port of Los Angeles estimated in February that the traffic jam would take several months to clear.The Pacific Maritime Association, which represents shipping lines and port terminal operators, called the caucus vote “an important endorsement … and a critical step forward,” in a written statement.Neither the union nor the maritime association has publicly released a copy of the contract.In a letter to his members just before the final agreement in February, association President James McKenna outlined what he called employers’ “last, best and final” offer. It included maintenance of nearly no-cost health coverage, an $11,000 increase in the maximum pension benefit to $91,000 a year, and a $1-per-hour wage increase over each of the five years. Though dockworker wages vary by job and skill level, the average exceeds $50 per hour, according to the maritime association.On Friday, U.S. Secretary of Labor Tom Perez — who the White House dispatched to resolve the contentious talks — welcomed the caucus vote but cited reputational damage from yet another major disruption at West Coast ports.Long dominant and still handling about one-quarter of all US international trade, West Coast ports face increasing competition from the East and Gulf coasts, Canada and Mexico.“Moving forward,” Perez said in a written statement, “restoring confidence in the ports must be a priority.”___Contact Justin Pritchard at http://twitter.com/lalanewsman . AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Willie Nelson becomes latest celebrity to enter marijuana business with Willies Reserve

by Nicholas K. Geranios, The Associated Press Posted Apr 20, 2015 2:41 pm MDT Last Updated Apr 20, 2015 at 5:50 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email SPOKANE, Wash. – Country music star Willie Nelson announced plans Monday to roll out his own brand of marijuana, capitalizing on his association with pot and the unofficial stoner holiday, 4/20.The move makes the 81-year-old “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die” singer the latest celebrity to jump into the marijuana marketplace.“Willie’s Reserve” will be grown and sold in Colorado and Washington, where recreational pot is legal. Nelson said in a statement that he’s “looking forward to working with the best growers in Colorado and Washington to make sure our product is the best on the market.”Nelson joins other famous pot personalities, including rapper Snoop Dogg, who endorses vaporizing products; singer Melissa Etheridge, developing marijuana-infused wine; and reality TV star and self-help guru Bethenny Frankel, who is working on a strain of Skinnygirl weed that wouldn’t leave users with the munchies.“Like other industries, branding and creative marketing is a big part of supporting legal cannabis products,” said Vicki Christophersen, director of the Washington CannaBusiness Association.Christophersen said these connections continue a long tradition of celebrities endorsing the use of marijuana — even decades before it became legal for adult use.Nelson, who was not available for comment Monday, is among those with well-established connections to cannabis. He’s been a decriminalization advocate and has been busted for pot possession several times. He also appeared in the stoner comedy “Half Baked.”Washington and Colorado made pot legal for adult use in 2012. Oregon, Alaska and the District of Columbia also have removed legal restrictions, and more states are expected to vote on legalization next year.The moves have created marketing opportunities, but links to celebrity smokers aren’t always considered a positive.This year, the National Cannabis Industry Association decided to drop actor Tommy Chong — co-star of the “Cheech and Chong” comedy team — as it prepared to lobby Congress for pot-friendly regulations. The group wanted to move past the stoner stereotypes they say Chong represents in favour of positioning pot as similar to fine wine.Others see it differently, however.Chong has an endorsement deal with Marisol Therapeutics, a pot shop in Pueblo, Colorado, that sells a strain in his name.Store owner Mike Stetler called Chong marijuana’s equivalent of the Marlboro Man, and when it comes to pot pitchmen, he asked, “Who better?” Willie Nelson becomes latest celebrity to enter marijuana business with ‘Willie’s Reserve’ read more

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Fed up with your bank fees Negotiate and shop around to save

by Craig Wong, The Canadian Press Posted May 7, 2015 8:02 am MDT Last Updated May 7, 2015 at 11:01 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Fed up with your bank fees? Negotiate and shop around to save money OTTAWA – Complaining about bank fees is a bit like complaining about the weather. We all do it.But unlike the weather, those in the know say Canadians can do something about the fees they pay their bank with a little negotiating and shopping around.Alterna Savings branch manager Angela Dzinas said someone with more than one account as well as a mortgage and a line of credit all with the same bank may be in a position to have some fees waived.“Loyalty counts a lot with financial institutions, so the more products and services you have with us does count for something,” Dzinas says.“We typically try to work with our members and customers to deliver a package and a product that suits them and saves them money.”But keeping fees to a minimum means picking the right account and that starts with understanding what you need.Dzinas said you should think about often you use your bank card and what you use the account for. How often do you take out money from a bank machine and how often do you pay using your debit card? Do you need cheques? How many do you write?For some, an account with no monthly fee that offers relatively few free transactions each month might be the right choice, while for others an account with a higher monthly fee, but more or unlimited transactions might end up being cheaper.The editor of RateSupermarket.ca, which helps you compare bank fees and mortgage rates, said while a monthly fee may not seem like much, they can add up over time.“If you’re paying let’s say $10 per account per month and you stay with the bank for a number of years, you’re potentially looking at thousands of dollars that you’re spending on fees,” Penelope Graham said.The Financial Consumer Agency of Canada has an online tool to help you review the various options offered by Canada’s big banks and other financial institutions.The website includes 243 products from 30 financial institutions and is updated regularly by banks and credit unions.Agency spokeswoman Natasha Nystrom says the online tool allows you to narrow your search by account type and feature and then compare them.“It is up to the consumer to really take a look and take an informed decision as to which account would best meet their needs and according to their habits,” she said.Nystrom suggested Canadians looking to save may want to consider accounts that require a minimum balance, but carry no or a lower fee, or look for discounts if you have more than one account or financial product with a bank.She says you shouldn’t be afraid to ask questions about things you don’t understand and be careful to read the fine print for your account.“Really take the time to read your terms and conditions, to understand what you’re getting into,” she said.The Royal Bank sparked outrage earlier this year when it decided to raise its fees including a change that will charge customers a fee to make a mortgage or other preauthorized payment if the customer had already used up all of their free transactions for a month.However, the Royal Bank wasn’t alone. All of Canada’s big banks raised at least some of their fees by a lesser or greater degree in recent months.But there are alternatives to the big banks including credit unions and online banks.“The competitive landscape is much broader than it ever was,” Dzinas says. read more

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Thirteen Sri Lankan illegal immigrants deported by Australia detained at BIA

Australia had warned in June this year that its policy on illegal asylum seekers remains tough as ever and Sri Lankans looking to reach Australia by boat will have “zero chance” of being accepted.Australian Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton had said that following the last elections in Australia the policy against people smuggling had not changed. Thirteen Sri Lankan illegal immigrants were deported from Australia and were detained at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) today.Officials said that the Sri Lankans had reached Australia by boat and were deported on a special flight to Sri Lanka. read more

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Dirty Badger set to hit the trails Saturday

Runners are preparing to lace up for the sixth annual Dirty Badger trail race on Saturday, Aug. 17.Held at Brock University, the event includes five- or 10-kilometre routes and draws more than 70 runners from across Niagara each year.Check-in begins at 9:30 a.m., followed by a start time of 10:30 a.m.The race is open to anyone 16 years of age and older.A post-race barbecue at Isaac’s is included for all racers and volunteers, and will also feature live music and prizes courtesy of North Face Outlet at the Niagara Outlet Collection.There will also be free samples of craft beer for participants who are 19-plus, courtesy of Cameron’s Brewing of Oakville.Registration for the race is available online at brocku.ca/recreation/dirtybadger. The cost is $25 per runnerRace organizers are also looking for volunteers to work at water stations and help at the registration table. Anyone interested can contact race founder and Zone Manager Eric Walter at ewalter@brocku.ca.Volunteers receive lunch and giveaways and will be entered into a draw for a North Face prize pack. read more

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Brock University Niagara Folk Arts partner to help newcomers

Niagara Folk Arts Executive Director Emily Kovacs’ story of immigrating to Canada in the 1980s is a familiar one to Brock University President Gervan Fearon.Kovacs arrived from Romania in 1988, struggled in Niagara in her first two years, and then discovered the services offered by what was then known as the Folk Arts Council of St. Catharines. With the organization’s support, she enrolled at Brock University, graduating with a degree in Psychology in 1998.Fast forward two decades and Kovacs joined Fearon, who himself immigrated to Canada as a young man, in signing a formal agreement Tuesday, Aug. 13 that will see the two organizations working together to improve the well-being of newcomers to Canada in the Niagara region.The Memorandum of Understanding signed at the Niagara Folk Arts Multicultural Centre’s Robertson Hall in St. Catharines strengthens a partnership based on a mutual goal of helping those new to Canada through research, outreach and support services.Fearon said supporting newcomers helps them achieve their own dreams of becoming engaged members of society and helps build strong and inclusive communities that benefit all Canadians.“Brock has a role to play in helping to develop the knowledge and skill sets that will enable individuals to become contributors to and champions of their new home,” he said. “We are pleased to partner with Niagara Folk Arts to help the community embrace new members and welcome new friends and neighbours.”First launched in 1970, Niagara Folk Arts is a charitable not-for-profit organization with a mandate to support and assist the ethno-cultural and newcomer community in Niagara through a broad range of programs and services.“As a newcomer on my journey settling in Canada, receiving service at Niagara Folk Arts and then connecting with Brock were both amazing experiences,” she said. “Tying these two amazing organizations together through this formalized partnership will continue to open doors to newcomers like me and many others to achieve our best selves. That is what both our organizations represent.”Folk Arts has collaborated with Brock on many projects over the years, from research participation to having Brock students complete experiential education placements at the Centre. Brock also hosts a Newcomer and Community Basketball Game each March that provides mentorship and friendship through the annual friendly matchup at the University.Helping out with Niagara Folk Arts’ Mentorship Program has and will continue to be a meaningful aspect of the partnership. Among the faculty and staff who have volunteered to work with new community members is Fearon, who started helping out in the program shortly after he arrived at Brock.“I know how important it is for newcomers to be helped and supported,” said Fearon, who was born in the United Kingdom to Jamaican parents and moved to Canada at a young age. “Canada offered the opportunity to pursue our family’s educational aspirations and the possibility of making a contribution to the betterment of all members of Canadian society. We were fortunate to have been supported and welcomed years ago and more recently when we moved to the Niagara region.”Some of the collaborative projects being planned for the future include enhancing Brock student engagement within Niagara Folk Arts through new volunteer opportunities and awareness building, as well as the two organizations working together to provide support to newcomers looking to upgrade or begin their post-secondary studies.“It is a great strategic opportunity to partner with Brock University,” Kovacs said. “At Folk Arts, we are an inclusive centre for excellence that encompasses both theory and practice supporting newcomers in their journey to settle in Canada.” read more

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Sold out show as Brock Badgers bitten by Guelph Gryphons

The Guelph Gryphons captured their fourth Steel Blade Classic hockey game as they slipped by the Brock Badgers 4-1 in front of a sold out crowd of 4,752 fans at the Meridian Centre in downtown St. Catharines on Friday, Sept. 13.Guelph is now 2-2 against Brock in Steel Blade action at the Meridian Centre, which was sold out for a second-consecutive year.Brock Badgers winger Jared Marino fires the puck at Guelph Gryphons goalie Andrew Masters during the 21st Steel Blade Classic at the Meridian Centre on Friday, Sept. 13.“It was a great atmosphere and that gives you chills when you get out there,” said Brock head coach Marty Williamson. “If you put 4,700 fans in a building cheering on two teams, the emotions are going to go through the roof. They’re going to give it their all.”After a scoreless first period, the Gryphons exploded for three consecutive goals in the second courtesy of Connor Bramwell, Stephen Templeton and Giordano Finoro.Badgers newcomer Jordan Sambrook scored a bomb from the point during a power play to end Guelph’s bid for a shutout in the third, before Andrew Dodson added one for Guelph near the end of the game to make it a 4-1 final.“The Steel Blade Classic sets the tempo for the hockey season,” said Guelph head coach Shawn Camp. “This game means so much to us because it’s historical and it’s a privilege for our team. There’s an education piece to this game.”Williamson said the Badgers left opportunities out on the ice.“I liked our compete and we had our chances, but we didn’t finish,” he said. “The scoring chances were pretty even, but credit to their goalie.”The Badgers will now play a month of exhibition games in preparation for their home opener against Toronto on Oct. 4.Brock Sports Associate Director Emily Allan presented a donation of more than $4,752 to the Brock University Students’ Union Food First Program as a result of student ticket sales to Friday’s game. read more

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Football Urban Meyer looks ahead to Indiana after Penn State win

Urban Meyer prepares to lead the Buckeyes onto the field prior to the the start of the Ohio State-Penn State game on Sept. 29. Ohio State won 27-26. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorUrban Meyer said he does not want to look back at the Iowa game last season. After another 1-point win against then-No. 9 Penn State on Saturday, Ohio State will return to Ohio Stadium in a much similar position to what it was after the win against the Nittany Lions. The Buckeyes prepare for Indiana on Saturday ranked as high as they have been all season, reaching No. 3 in the latest Associated Press Top 25 Poll. With the parallels between last year’s Iowa game and this week’s Indiana game, Meyer said in his weekly press conference the team’s approach will need to be consistent, to stay level headed against every opponent it faces. Meyer said this is not a conversation he has had with his team yet, but it will happen eventually. “That’s real,” Meyer said. “Especially in places like Ohio State where it will be a really good team, and now prepare for another really good team. That will be the message.”Even though Meyer would not acknowledge the Iowa game directly, he said Indiana will bring a dangerous team to Columbus on Saturday, but he does not look to the past in terms of preparing for a game very similarly placed to one of two losses last season. However, when focusing on only his team, Meyer knows one thing. He said Ohio State has not yet hit its ceiling. But it’s not something the head coach is worried about right now. “We went on the road twice, against TCU, a top-10 team on the road and Penn State on the road. I don’t know any school in the country that did that this year. We walked away with wins,” Meyer said. “Also we lost one of the top football players in America on defense. We’re just coaching our tails off to make the guys better. Young players have to contribute. The ceiling here is — we don’t have time. We are just working on what we have to worry about.”Safety position opposite of Jordan Fuller still a competitionAfter sophomore safety Isaiah Pryor was ejected from the second half of Saturday’s win against Penn State for targeting, something Meyer considered as “going for the ball,” but in regards to player safety, “no time to argue,” the safety position opposite junior Jordan Fuller is still up for grabs. Meyer said redshirt sophomore Jahsen Wint, redshirt freshman Shaun Wade — who has been playing as a part of Ohio State’s nickel package — and sophomore Brendon White are all candidates to start the first half for Pryor on Saturday. After allowing Penn State redshirt senior quarterback Trace McSorley to have a career day on Saturday, allowing him to rush for 175 yards and throw for 286 yards and score two touchdowns, Meyer said the defense has to improve in every facet of the game. “You have to play better,” Meyer said. “I think that’s the same conversation we’ve had. Now we have some new players, but it’s Week 6.”Injury UpdatesMeyer said that, like many other teams around the country, Ohio State is a little banged up heading into the sixth game of the season against Indiana.However, Meyer did say redshirt junior running back Mike Weber, who suffered a foot strain against Tulane and battled through it against Penn State, is getting closer to 100 percent heading into Saturday. The head coach said the fourth-year running back did not play to his full potential on Saturday, with sophomore J.K. Dobbins leading the team in carries. Meyer also said redshirt junior defensive lineman Dre’Mont Jones is probable after suffering an ankle injury against Penn State and redshirt junior cornerback Damon Arnette is also probable. He also said redshirt junior defensive lineman Robert Landers did not play to his full capabilities on Saturday, but is on track to be 100 percent against Indiana. read more

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Column Ohio State drowns out the outside noise focuses internally

The Buckeyes leave the field after the game against Purdue on Oct. 20. Ohio State lost 49-20. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorOhio State came onto the field at Ross-Ade Stadium on Saturday night with all of the confidence in the world. As the then-No. 2 team in the country, the Buckeyes came into the primetime matchup against Purdue not thinking about an upset, not thinking about the shortcomings that it had against Indiana and Minnesota, but expecting its eighth win of the season. With this mentality, Ohio State fans remained confident. But as the clock ticked down to finalize the Buckeyes’ first loss of the season, a 49-20 upset to Purdue, the confidence turned to anger. As Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer and a select group of players answered questions about what happened, what Purdue did right and what Ohio State did wrong, fans took to Twitter, calling the team overrated, calling for coaching and personnel changes — normal things to see after a loss for a team expected to make a playoff run. Redshirt junior offensive lineman Branden Bowen did not evade the backlash. Despite not even making the trip, recovering from a broken leg suffered last season against Maryland, Bowen received a direct message from a fan, which he posted on his Twitter page early Sunday morning. “You better tell your O-line to start blocking you m—– f—–,” the direct message read. “I’m sick of seeing you guys lose big game. I want f—— Titles so shut the f— up and perform you f—— goon.”The direct message also went on to call Bowen “soft” and to “Shut up and f—— give a s— and win me a title you p—-.”After Bowen’s tweet was published, Ohio State fans filled Bowen’s direct messages, apologizing for what the offensive lineman proclaimed as the “minority,” saying he wanted to give an idea of what reaction he gets after Ohio State plays. Bowen’s response showed that no matter the amount of positive responses he gets and the number of people who say “this doesn’t represent the entire fanbase,” this is nothing new. He called it a “Yearly PSA that we’re 18-23 years old.”Redshirt senior wide receiver Terry McLaurin experienced both the Iowa and Purdue loss. Even though he said the loss last season hurt, based on being invested as an older guy, as one of the captains, Saturday’s loss “hurts even more.” After experiencing a loss for the first time as a team, McLaurin said the message moving forward is clear. “My main message moving forward is back to treating this like it’s life or death,” McLaurin said. “That type of mentality, where you are going into battle or someone is trying to knock you off. If you don’t come ready to go, this happens.”However, there are fans following Ohio State who consider the performance of the 18- to-23-year-old players on the field as “life or death,” leading to reactions on social media similar to the one Bowen received early Sunday morning. With the expectations that this Ohio State team had at the start of the season — Haskins leading a record-breaking pass offense to the Buckeyes’ third College Football Playoff appearance — McLaurin said plainly, the team was “hit in the mouth.”McLaurin said a few players talked to the team after the Purdue loss, trying to recalibrate the locker room heading into the bye week. “I just hope everybody is in there listening and looking how we are going to get better from this,” McLaurin said.  But the thing is, players aren’t listening to fans on Twitter, calling for personnel or schematic changes. Players are doing what the coaches have taught them all along: drown out the outside noise and expectation and focus on the next opponent. read more

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Football Greg Mattison Jeff Hafley to join Ohio State defensive coaching staff

Head coach Ryan Day speaks during the Ohio State offensive availability at the Residence Inn LA Live on Dec. 29. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorOhio State announced former Michigan defensive line coach Greg Mattison and former San Francisco 49ers defensive backs coach Jeff Hafley will join the coaching staff as co-defensive coordinators. Since 2015, Mattison has served as the defensive line coach for the Wolverines, a line that helped allow opponents to average 3.7 yards per carry and opposing quarterbacks to complete 49.5 percent of passes attempted, No. 1 in the Big Ten. Mattison also served as a defensive coordinator for Michigan from 2011-14. Hafley has been a defensive backs coach at the pro level since 2011, coaching for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Cleveland Browns and the 49ers. The press release listed that Hafley and Mattison join defensive line coach Larry Johnson, who has been named as the associate head coach under head coach Ryan Day, as the only members of the Ohio State coaching staff. The release failed to mention defensive coordinator Greg Schiano, cornerbacks coach Taver Johnson and linebackers coach Billy Davis. read more

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Mens Lacrosse No 13 Ohio State remains undefeated after 117 win against

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 ReporterA dominating third quarter put No. 13 Ohio State men’s lacrosse team ahead of University of Massachusetts on Saturday for its first road game of the season. The Buckeyes’ (3-0) play in the second half was too much for UMass (0-2) as Ohio State rolled to a 11-7 victory.  The game was back and forth in the first half as UMass answered back quickly after each Buckeye goal, heading into halftime with a 6-6 tie. The third quarter was all Ohio State as the Buckeyes scored four goals, two coming from junior attack/midfield Tre LeClaire, who ended the game with four total goals. Ohio State’s defense also shut out UMass in the quarter, with redshirt sophomore goalie Josh Kirson recorded eight of his 17 saves in the period. The Minutemen relied on freshman attack Gabriel Procyk who got a hat trick, each goal coming in the first half, while LeClaire and senior midfielder Jack Jasinski each scored two apiece for the Buckeyes in the first half. Sophomore midfielder Justin Inacio dominated the faceoff play for Ohio State, winning 14-of-22 of the faceoffs. The Buckeyes and the Minutemen each scored a goal in the fourth quarter, with LeClarie scored his fourth of the game and his 11th of the season. Ohio State will return home next week to face Bucknell at Ohio Stadium at noon. read more

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