Imagine Dragons To Headline Second Annual LoveLoud Festival

first_imgThe second annual LoveLoud Festival will take place in Salt Lake City on July 28.Created by Imagine Dragons singer Dan Reynolds, the festival will feature Imagine Dragons, Zedd, Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda, and Grace Vanderwaal, as well as many others.“All the proceeds raised are distributed to grassroots charities – the Trevor Project, the Tegan and Sara Foundation, Encircle and others – that provide lifesaving services to our LGBTQ youth,” Dan Reynolds wrote in Rolling Stone. “LoveLoud isn’t just for the youth, but also their families and friends. They can attend and become educated on how to truly love and accept our LGBTQ youth. What does that entail? It means that you fully accept their sexuality and even celebrate their love in the same way that you celebrate your heterosexuality. We are excited to hear their stories of love and heartbreak at the dinner table. We should make it such a normal part of our lives and communities – so that one day our youth won’t even need to feel the need to “come out.” It shouldn’t be stigmatized as something that is even a “thing” that requires special discussion. Our LGBTQ youth are tired of explaining themselves and they are at risk. We cannot stand by for one more day and let them feel like they are ‘sinful’ or ‘flawed’.”For tickets and more information, click here.last_img read more

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Alberta could balance its book faster report

first_imgA new report says Alberta could balance its books a lot faster by cutting just a little bit of provincial spending.According to The Fraser Institute, if the province cuts about 1.85 per cent of its spending per year, or just over $1-billion of it’s $57-billion budget, it could balance the books by fiscal year 2020-21, three years ahead of its current plan.Report Author Steve Lafleur said getting back to balance more quickly is important to reduce the amount of accumulated debt.“If we use reasonable assumptions to estimate the amount of debt to be accumulated by the time the government pays off the (deficit) in 2023-2024 — we’d be up to about $62-billion in debt,” he said.The report also questioned the province’s math on reaching a balance by 2023-24 as it has said it would, saying if current revenue and spending trends continue, there will still be a $5-billion deficit that year.last_img read more

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King Mohammed VI Pardons 244 Convicts on Occasion of Revolution of

Rabat – On the occasion of Revolution of the King and the People, King Mohammed VI granted his pardon to 244 people sentenced by the different Moroccan courts, said on Wednesday a statement by the Justice and Liberties ministry.The detained beneficiaries of the royal pardon are 172 and are divided into:– 169 prisoners who had their prison terms reduced. – 3 inmates who had their prison sentences commuted from life imprisonment to fixed prison terms.The free beneficiaries of the pardon are 72 and are divided into:– 14 prisoners who benefited from pardon over their prison sentences or remaining prison terms. – 2 inmates who benefited from pardon over their imprisonment terms while their fines were maintained. – 1 inmates who benefited from pardon over his prison term and fine as well. – 55 prisoners had their fines annulled.  Royal pardon is customary in the North African Kingdom to mark national and religious holidays. read more

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SubSaharan Migrants Auctioned at Slave Markets in Libya

By Sana ElouaziRabat – Many sub-Saharan migrants transiting through Libya to gain access to their “European Eldorado” are being sold and auctioned at “slave markets” in Libya, reveals a video made public by the American channel CNN earlier this week.After obtaining a footage of a migrant auction in Libya, the CNN journalists went on a field mission near the capital Tripoli to conduct an investigation and verify its authenticity. The video dating back to last August, featured a number of sub-Saharan African men being auctioned like merchandise.“They are big boys and strong for the work of the farm, 900 … 1,000 … 1,200 … Sold,” says the auctioneer in the video.For LD 1,200 (Libyan dinars), the equivalent of USD 800, one man is then “bought” by a Libyan.In October, the journalists managed to secretly film a similar auction taking place in a region not far from Tripoli in the middle of the night.In the garden of a suburban house, they witnessed the auction of 12 young men from Nigeria, sold to the highest bidder.The transaction was concluded quickly and the “slaves” were handed over to their “masters,” leaving the journalists  in a state of shock.After the auction, the American journalists went to a migrant detention center in Tripoli, where they met Victor, a former slave.“I was sold, like a lot of people here, look at their bodies, they were beaten and sometimes mutilated,” said the young man.“They were so traumatized by what they have been through that they could not speak, and so scared that they were suspicious of everyone they met,” reports CNN.Contacted by CNN’s team about the auction of sub-Saharans, a Libyan official said that they “hear rumors but nothing is happening” in front of them.Following the broadcast of the video, many people have expressed their anger and indignation on social networks over the inhuman practice.The Libyan authorities have assured that they will open an investigation, which was welcomed by many entities.According to CNN, auctions exist at nine locations across Libya, but many more take place each month. Moreover, the auction sites are not all controlled by the the Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA).Smuggler are taking advantage of the chaos in Libya to illegally cross the sea to people in exile. According to The Guardian, more than 120,000 people have arrived in Europe by sea so far this year and most departed from Libya bound for Italy.At least 2,385 migrants have died attempting the perilous crossing of the Mediterranean sea since the beginning of this year, said the International Organisation for Migration (IOM). read more

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Liberia accords on peace aid signal improvements but great needs remain UN

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported that the situation in Monrovia continues to improve, though great needs created by months of conflict remain. UN humanitarian agencies are steadily increasing the numbers of their staff and quantities of relief supplies in Liberia, and are assessing whether areas outside the capital are now safe enough to conduct humanitarian work.The agencies are moving swiftly to ramp up their activities just two days after Jacque Paul Klein, the top UN envoy for Liberia, secured a signed agreement by the warring parties stipulating that each side will immediately ensure free and unimpeded access to all territories under their control to enable the delivery of humanitarian aid. The deal also guaranteed the security of international aid workers.An inter-agency team comprising OCHA, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and the Office of the UN Security Coordinator (UNSECOORD) went to the Po-Waterside area to determine whether it would be possible to open a humanitarian corridor into Liberia from Sierra Leone. Similar assessments are planned for the towns of Gbarnga and Tubmanburg later this week as UN agencies try to expand their operations into areas that have been too unsafe for aid deliveries.Inside Monrovia, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) is continuing to distribute the 4,300 tons of food that remained in its warehouses after looting last week. WFP is targeting its distributions to roughly 200,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) staying at some 110 spontaneous settlements around Monrovia.The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), meanwhile, has repatriated more than 200 refugees to Sierra Leone over the past few days. UNHCR received a shipment of enough blankets, shelter materials and kitchen sets for 7,000 people. The agency has also received a shipment of 4,000 litres of fuel, which has been in critically short supply.For its part, UNICEF delivered shelter materials, high-energy biscuits and recreational items to a shelter for 450 orphans in the city. It is also working with a non-governmental implementing partner, Merlin, to have basic medicines distributed within Monrovia and at least two sites outside the city. UNICEF has also provided the Liberian National Health Service with some 500 gallons of fuel to power generators crucial for the preservation of vaccines. read more

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US market indexes close higher following encouraging reports on US home sales

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Mar 30, 2015 2:10 pm MDT US market indexes close higher following encouraging reports on US home sales and spending NEW YORK, N.Y. – U.S. stock indexes are closing higher following encouraging news on consumer spending and home sales.Energy stocks and banks had some of the biggest gains Monday.UnitedHealth Group jumped 2.5 per cent after the nation’s largest health insurer said it would buy pharmacy benefits manager Catamaran.The Dow Jones industrial average soared 263 points, or 1.5 per cent, to 17,976.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose 25 points, or 1.2 per cent, to 2,086. The Nasdaq composite climbed 56 points, or 1.1 per cent, to 4,947.Homebuilders rose after a gauge of future home sales surged to its highest level since June 2013.Separately, the government reported that consumer spending edged up in February following two months of declines.Bond prices rose. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note fell to 1.96 per cent. read more

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These boots are made for walking easier Motorfree device will put a

This handout photo provided by Carnegie Mellon University, taken in March 2015, shows an exoskeleton boot on a person walking in a park in Pittsburgh. Engineers at Carnegie Mellon University have developed an exoskeleton boot that makes it easier to walk, burning less calories. When engineers tested the invention they did so by having people wear a pair of the devices, not one. (AP Photo by Lisa Lau/Carnegie Mellon University) (AP Photo, Lisa Lau, Carnegie Mellon University Experimental Biomechatronics Lab) WASHINGTON – Engineers have come up with a motor-free device to make walking more efficient and easier — something scientists once thought couldn’t be done.The prototype exoskeleton boot runs from just below the knee to the ankle, and when you strap on a pair, you can reduce the energy it takes to walk by 7 per cent. That means you won’t burn as many calories.It’s wearable robotics without a motor or a power source. The one-pound device relies instead on a spring to store energy and release it with each step, and a clutch that engages the spring at the proper moment.The device is a little too bulky to fit under pants legs or socks.“It doesn’t look too bad. Looks kind of flashy,” said Carnegie Mellon University engineering professor Steven Collins, lead author of a study published Wednesday in the journal Nature. “When you first put them on, it feels a little bit odd, then after a few minutes you don’t really notice it very much.”With an obese nation, making exercise burn fewer calories may not seem like the best idea, but it’s not as crazy as it sounds, Collins said.Studies show that when walking or biking becomes harder, people do it less. So maybe if it becomes easier, people will do it more and burn more calories in the long run, Collins said.This sort of hydraulic cast could also boost the development of other exoskeleton devices — perhaps for the hips — to help disabled people walk better, Collins and other engineering professors said. The key innovation was coming up with the clutch, Collins said.He said he has no plans to manufacture or market this particular device but will talk to others who want to do so.This was more of an engineering challenge than a plan to create the next hot product, Collins said. For a long time, researchers had figured that evolution had already provided humans with the most efficient means of moving. So the question was: Can scientists improve on nature without using motors to cheat?“Most studies show that human walking is incredibly efficient, so finding a way to make it better is incredibly interesting,” said biomechanical engineering professor Andy Ruina at Cornell University, who wasn’t part of the study.Ruina and other outside engineers praised the new device.“It’s totally cool,” Ruina said in a telephone interview, while walking and a little out of breath. “I wish I had those.”___Online:Nature: http://www.nature.com/nature___Seth Borenstein can be followed at http://twitter.com/borenbears AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Seth Borenstein, The Associated Press Posted Apr 1, 2015 12:02 pm MDT These boots are made for walking easier: Motor-free device will put a spring in your step read more

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National Music Centre monthly construction update

Construction at the National Music Centre is over fifty per cent done, a few cranes have already come down and the building’s inside work is progressing well.Meanwhile, the move of musical instruments is ongoing and some from their current collection have been sent out for restoration.CEO and President Andrew Mosker tells 660News, another very large and major artifact is getting a polish and tune up.“Our really, really famous showstopping Kimball theatre organ, which was built in the 1920s, which you know thousands of school children every year have enjoyed, so that’s in Saskatoon undergoing a restoration right now because it requires a very special hand in restoring that particular instrument; it’s going to live on the third floor, it’s new home will be on the third floor of the east block of the new building,” he said.Mosker adds he’s heard many different songs played on the Kimball theatre organ and is thinking it might be a good idea to break in the instrument with a contest; whomever guesses the first song to be played on it, will be given the chance to play it!He goes on to say that this is the also the time for a historical King Eddy element to be reattached, so to speak.“We are just in the process right now, I just had a meeting with our construction/project manager, Gary Duke and it looks like this week is the week the first historic King Eddy brick will be attached to the exterior of the new King Eddy, so it’s going to be a major milestone for us and certainly a step in the right direction for the rebirth of the King Eddy and I know a lot of people are really excited about it,” he said.Pictures will be taken for Twitter and Facebook, so supporters will see the historic King Eddy, is indeed, coming back to life!The National Music Centre on 9th Avenue and 4th Street, S.E. is hoping to be open and ready for next  year’s Junos in early 2016.For more information and details, log onto nmc.ca. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Apr 3, 2015 9:12 pm MDT National Music Centre monthly construction update read more

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Fed minutes June or later Officials in March divided on timing of

WASHINGTON – Fed officials disagreed widely when they met last month on when they would be ready to lift interest rates from record lows.Minutes of the March 17-18 meeting released Wednesday reveal that several policymakers predicted a rate hike in June, while others concerned about low inflation didn’t think a rate hike would be warranted until later this year. Still others said the economy wouldn’t be strong enough for an increase until 2016.The Fed’s benchmark interest rate has been near zero since December 2008.In the statement the Fed issued after the meeting, it signalled it was moving closer to a rate increase by dropping language it had been using since December that it would be “patient” before starting to raise its benchmark rate.The minutes stated that “almost all” the policymakers agreed on the wording change.With the economy improving, “they preferred language that would provide the committee with the flexibility to subsequently adjust the target range for the federal funds rate on a meeting-by-meeting basis,” the minutes said.But the minutes, which were released after the customary wait of three weeks, showed the group was split over the exact timing of the first rate hike. The Fed said in its policy statement that it wanted to see more improvement in the job market and needed to be “reasonably confident” that inflation would move toward its 2 per cent goal.“Several participants” assessed that an strengthening economy would likely warrant the start of rate hikes in June, the minutes said. Other officials expressed concerns that falling energy prices and a stronger dollar would keep pushing inflation below 2 per cent. They said the central bank should hold off until later in the year.“A couple” of Fed officials said they did not believe economic conditions would justify the start of rate increases until 2016.What they did agree on was that figuring out where inflation is headed would be difficult.“It was noted that there were no simple criteria for such a judgment,” the minutes said, adding that policymakers didn’t necessarily need to see increases in core inflation or wages before moving ahead with a rate hike.Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen told reporters at a news conference following the meeting that just because the Fed had dropped the word patient did not mean the central bank would become “impatient” in deciding when to start raising rates. She also stressed that the Fed’s first rate move would be dependent on how the economy, including the job market and inflation, perform in coming months.In a speech two weeks ago in San Francisco, Yellen reiterated that when rate hikes do begin, they are likely to be very gradual.Many private economists now predict the Fed’s first rate hike will not occur until September, and they expect just two small quarter-point increases this year.Analysts point to a slew of disappointing economic data recently, including Friday’s jobs report, which showed that employers added just 126,000 jobs in March. The data indicate that growth in the world’s biggest economy decelerated in the first quarter.“If we are right and employment growth rebounds in April and May, then a June rate hike might not be out of the question,” said Paul Ashworth, chief U.S. economist at Capital Economics.Once liftoff begins, the pace of rate hikes will likely be determined by how financial markets react, he added.“If Treasury yields soar in response to the first rate hike, then the Fed might pause for quite a while” before raising rates for a second time, Ashcroft said.But if markets shrug it off, the Fed may feel more confident in accelerating its rate increases, he said. Fed minutes: June or later? Officials in March divided on timing of rate hike AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Apr 8, 2015 12:07 pm MDT read more

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Survey US businesses added just 169000 jobs in April fewest in 16

by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted May 6, 2015 6:33 am MDT Last Updated May 6, 2015 at 9:30 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email In this April 2, 2015 photo, David Dunn from Chickamauga, Ga., right, stands in line with hundreds of other job seekers at The Colonnade in Ringgold, Ga. to attend a huge 15-county job fair. Payroll processor ADP reports how many jobs private employers added in April on Wednesday, May 6, 2015. (Dan Henry/Chattanooga Times Free Press via AP) THE DAILY CITIZEN OUT; NOOGA.COM OUT; CLEVELAND DAILY BANNER OUT; LOCAL INTERNET OUT WASHINGTON – U.S. companies hired in April at the slowest pace in nearly a year and a half, as a strong dollar dragged down overseas sales and energy companies cut back on spending in the face of lower oil prices.Payroll processor ADP says businesses added just 169,000 jobs in April, down from 175,000 in the previous month. That was the fewest since January 2014. March’s total was revised down from 189,000.The ADP numbers cover only private businesses and sometimes diverge from the government’s more comprehensive report, which includes government agencies. Survey: US businesses added just 169,000 jobs in April, fewest in 16 months read more

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Survey US businesses added just 169000 jobs in April fewest in 16

by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted May 6, 2015 6:33 am MDT Last Updated May 6, 2015 at 9:30 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email In this April 2, 2015 photo, David Dunn from Chickamauga, Ga., right, stands in line with hundreds of other job seekers at The Colonnade in Ringgold, Ga. to attend a huge 15-county job fair. Payroll processor ADP reports how many jobs private employers added in April on Wednesday, May 6, 2015. (Dan Henry/Chattanooga Times Free Press via AP) THE DAILY CITIZEN OUT; NOOGA.COM OUT; CLEVELAND DAILY BANNER OUT; LOCAL INTERNET OUT WASHINGTON – U.S. companies hired in April at the slowest pace in nearly a year and a half, as a strong dollar dragged down overseas sales and energy companies cut back on spending in the face of lower oil prices.Payroll processor ADP says businesses added just 169,000 jobs in April, down from 175,000 in the previous month. That was the fewest since January 2014. March’s total was revised down from 189,000.The ADP numbers cover only private businesses and sometimes diverge from the government’s more comprehensive report, which includes government agencies. Survey: US businesses added just 169,000 jobs in April, fewest in 16 months read more

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Court orders remains of Batti bomber to be exhumed

The bomber was buried in a Hindu public cemetery after Muslims refused to allow his burial in a community graveyard. The Batticaloa Magistrate’s Court today ordered the Police to exhume and relocate the remains of an Easter Sunday suicide bomber buried in a public cemetery in Batticaloa.Hundreds of people, including the relatives of those killed in the attack at the Zion Church in Batticaloa, protested this week over the burial of the militant in a Hindu cemetery nearby, saying it hurt their sentiments. The Police say following the court order the remains will be exhumed on Monday and kept in a mortuary until the government agent finds a suitable place to bury them. read more

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Suspects arrested over killing of underworld members further remanded

Seven suspects who had been arrested by the Police Special Task Force (STF) and remanded over the killing of two underworld members recently were today ordered to be further remanded.The Colombo Chief Magistrate’s Court ordered that the suspects be further remanded till 19 September. The two underworld members had been killed at the Madampitiya cemetery.Among those arrested and remanded was Prasad Roshan aka Kudu Roshan.

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Sri Lanka denies claims India influenced players on Pakistan tour

A day after 10 Sri Lankan players refused to travel to Pakistan citing security reasons, Pakistan minister Fawad Hussain alleged India had influenced their decision. He said that “informed sports commentators” had informed him the Sri Lankan players were confronted by Indian authorities and were told they would be excluded from the IPL if they went to play in Pakistan.International cricket hasn’t been played in Pakistan since a militant attack on the Sri Lankan team bus during a Test match in Lahore in March 2009. (Colombo Gazette) Sri Lanka has denies claims India influenced Sri Lankan cricketers not to play in Pakistan.Sports Minister Harin Fernando said that some players decided not to play in Pakistan purely based on the 2009 incident. “No truth to reports that India influenced Sri Lankan players not to play in Pakistan.Some decided not to play purely based on 2009 incident. Respecting their decision we picked players who were willing to travel. We have a full strength team & we hope to beat Pakistan in Pakistan,” Fernando tweeted. read more

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Notice served on Gotabaya over citizenship

Viyangoda said a writ application had been filed in court stating that Rajapaksa is not a Sri Lankan citizen as his citizenship certificate is forged and invalid. The writ says a non-citizen trying to become president of Sri Lanka poses a grave threat to national security and the territorial integrity of the republic.When contacted by The Sunday Morning, Rajapaksa’s spokesman MP Keheliya Rambukwella said that he was aware of the writ being filed on Friday but was uncertain if notice had been served.Co-spokesperson MP Dullas Alahapperuma also said he was aware of the case being filed yesterday, but was unaware of notice being issued to Rajapaksa. The writ says the citizenship certificate is not in the format prescribed by the regulations while two people have the same certificate number. Furthermore, there was no secretary to the ministry at the time (21 Nov 2005) and an unknown person had signed as Secretary.The writ also said that Rajapaksa was trying to contest the upcoming presidential election and as a non-citizen if he is allowed to do so, it will disenfranchise all the SLPP voters who have the right to vote for a Sri Lankan citizen who is able to legally take the oath of office. Activists, Prof. Chandraguptha Thenuwara and Gamini Viyangoda had filed the case in the Court of Appeal. Notice has been served on former Defence Secretary and Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa in a case filed by two civil activists over his Sri Lankan citizenship, The Sunday Morning newspaper reported.Rajapaksa was accused of violating the Citizenship Act, the Immigrants and Emigrants Act, and the Elections Act by engaging in political activities back during the 2005 presidential election while holding US citizenship. read more

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Football Fourstar linebacker Kane Patterson commits to Ohio State

After four players committed as a part of the 2020 recruiting class, Ohio State continued to build its 2019 recruiting class Monday after four-star linebacker Kane Patterson committed to the Buckeyes, announcing his intention on Twitter.615614 pic.twitter.com/gjZTZg3sEP— Kane Patterson™ ✞ (@kane_prime4) July 9, 2018One of 11 four-star recruits in Ohio State’s class, Patterson is ranked as the No. 8 inside linebacker in the 2019 class according to the 247Sports composite rankings. A native of Nashville, Tennessee, the 6-foot-1, 225-pound linebacker is the No. 6 recruit in the state. Patterson will join running back Master Teague, running back Mitch Rossi and offensive lineman Max Wray as the Tennessee natives on Ohio State’s roster. Patterson joins four-star defensive end Noah Potter, four-star safety Jordan Battle and four-star outside linebacker Cade Stover as the defensive recruits in the Buckeyes’ 2019 class. Patterson is one of 11 players from outside the state of Ohio in the class. read more

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Womens Basketball Ohio State falls to Washington 6959 on the road

Ohio State freshman forward Dorka Juhasz shoots a jumper in practice. Credit: Daniel McNatt | Lantern ReporterThe Ohio State women’s basketball team traveled to Seattle and was handed its third loss of the season, falling to Washington  69-59 on Wednesday night.Washington junior guard Amber Melgoza led the team with 28 points on 50 percent shooting from the field, one point short of her season high. Melgoza connected on each of her eight free throw attempts in Wednesday’s win, recording six in the first half. “She’s a great player,” Ohio State head coach Kevin McGuff said. “Every time we made a mistake against her she made us pay. You can’t do that against somebody as good as her.”Washington was up by as many as 10 points in the first half despite shooting a worse field goal percentage than Ohio State, 35 percent to 43 percent respectively and left at halftime with a six-point lead. Despite shooting 41.67 percent from the field in the second half, outscoring Washington 37-33, the Buckeyes could not overcome the first half deficit, connecting on 21.1 percent of 3-point shots, including one of nine in the first half.  One of the main problems that has consistently plagued Ohio State this season was a factor against the Huskies, turning the ball over a season-high 21 times, killing the momentum on numerous occasions. Ohio State redshirt senior guard Najah Queenland scored eight points off the bench, making four of her five attempts from the field. Freshman forward Dorka Juhasz scored 11 points, but failed to reach a double-double in the game for just the second time this season, finishing with six rebounds. Redshirt senior forward Makayla Waterman also scored 11 points and notched seven rebounds but recorded four turnovers, tied for the team lead with redshirt senior guard Carmen Grande. Waterman said one of the main focuses going into the game was communication and said it was something that was lacking during the loss to the Huskies. “Just from the beginning of the game we weren’t talking, we weren’t communicating, we just weren’t really ready,” Waterman said. “There’s too many fifth years on the team to be like that. I think coach McGuff really tried to emphasize communicating with each other and we weren’t doing that and I think that’s what lead to a lot of our turnovers.”Ohio State will be back in Columbus on Dec. 16 to face the Florida Gators at 1 p.m. Updated at 11 a.m. with quotes from Kevin McGuff and Makayla Waterman. read more

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Wrestling Martin and Moore build relationship in practice

Ohio State’s Myles Martin wrestles Mitch Bowman in the dual-meet against Iowa on Jan. 21 in the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Managing Editor for DesignOhio State senior Myles Martin and redshirt junior Kollin Moore are undefeated this season, and during this run, the pair has created a special bond.Martin, the No. 1 wrestler in the country at 184 pounds, and Moore, the No. 2 wrestler in the country at 197 pounds, said when they spar each other in practice, it gets intense. But off the mat, Moore and Martin have become friends, a friendship that has lasted since they both started their college careers in 2015.“Kollin is my boy. I love him, and I think our relationship has grown a lot since freshman year,” Martin said. “Since last year, or the year before, us being close to weight, being practice partners, sparring every day, making practice fun — that’s why I love going with Kollin.”Martin and Moore said it’s all in good nature, but competitive words are often exchanged between the athletes about upcoming spars. “We make it fun. We make it a game. If we’re going live, we will talk a little crap to each other just to kind of amp it up,” Martin said. “We try to kill each other, but it’s in a fun way.”Moore said having Martin as a practice partner really benefits him when preparing for upcoming matches.“When I wrestle [Martin], it kind of brings out some of my speed, with the little I have,” Moore said. “That translates to the mat, so the quicker I get wrestling him, the quicker I feel against other 197-pounders.”Both had similar experiences choosing Ohio State despite Moore hailing from Burbank, Ohio, and Martin coming from Penns Grove, New Jersey. They said they picked Ohio State because of the coaches and the wrestlers before them.Moore said it also had to do with the atmosphere. He said his love of Ohio State came long before he ever became a wrestler for the university.“The people that were here were good at wrestling and were also really good people,” Moore said. “All the coaches seemed like they really cared, and I’ve been a huge Ohio State fan my whole life, so it was a dream come true.”Moore said he and Martin were together constantly during their freshman season, and the pair still hangs out all the time outside the ring.But inside the ring, Martin said Moore has made an impact on his own wrestling career as a mentor he can emulate.“[Moore] showing me the ropes and being my friend and just doing the normal things with consistent time together has made us real close,” Martin said.Both Martin and Moore have the same goal: win a national championship as an individual and as a team.Martin said that being undefeated for the entire season would be great, but he has more in mind.“I don’t really care too much about going undefeated or anything like that. My main goal is just to win nationals,” Martin said. “I’ll lose a match, learn from it, and hopefully it will help me to win nationals. Right now, I’m not really worried about losing or nationals. I’m just worried about one match at a time.”Moore and Martin have been important to each other in preparing to meet that goal by sparring against each other in practice, where Moore has seen Martin’s strengths in action.“[His] strength is definitely his quickness and really explosive,” Moore said. “[Martin] kind of almost lulls you to sleep a little bit from staying out of the tie-ups, but next thing you know, you blink, and he has your ankle above your head.” Moore also helps Martin with his weaknesses, saying that if he can get to the senior’s head, he usually comes out on top.As Moore’s sparring partner, Martin does the same thing, helping his teammate to overcome what he struggles with. “When I’m sparring with Kollin, one of his weaknesses is a lot of times is when he tries to engage in a hand-fight, I feel him over pursue sometimes, and that is usually when I can catch an ankle,” Martin said. “[Moore] is really good on bottom; he has a really nice short sit that I literally can’t stop.”This is something both Martin and Moore strive to do: make each other better by giving their all facing each other. Through this, both wrestlers have developed a relationship on and off the mat. read more

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