Robin Wright To Headline Premier Tech Gathering For Social Good

first_imgBlackbaud, the world’s leading cloud software company powering social good, today announced that Robin Wright will join the lineup for bbcon 2017, the leading tech conference exclusively for the social good community, being held in Baltimore, October 17-19 at the Baltimore Convention Center.Robin Wright to Headline Premier Tech Gathering for Social Good“Each year, bbcon hosts a cross-sector community of change agents to explore the latest tech innovation, big ideas and partnership opportunities that can strengthen the collective pursuit of global good,” said Blackbaud senior vice president Catherine LaCour. “We are thrilled to have Robin Wright join us for bbcon 2017 because her words and actions authentically reflect a commitment to building a better world. Attendees will undoubtedly benefit from her unique perspective as a public advocate, head of a high-impact foundation, philanthropist and leader of a premier social enterprise brand.”Wright is a four-time Emmy-nominated Actress, and 2014 Golden Globe award winner for her role as first lady Claire Underwood in the highly-acclaimed Netflix original series “House of Cards.” She is also known for her leading roles in various major motion pictures, including her iconic turn as Jenny Curran in “Forrest Gump” and her acclaimed role as Antiope in the blockbuster “Wonder Woman,” which is currently in theaters.Wright’s activism and passion for helping women around the globe will resonate with the bbcon audience. She is known for her far-reaching philanthropic work, including the Enough Project’s Raise Hope for Congo campaign that encourages various international companies to ensure the precious minerals used in their products do not come from conflict mines where women are abused. In 2014, Wright launched Pour les Femmes, a socially-conscious sleepwear company designed to give back. Founded by Wright and designer Karen Fowler, the company has one goal: to make simple, beautiful and quality pieces while creating economic opportunity for women in conflict regions around the globe. After Wright visited Congo and learned firsthand of the unimaginable struggles of many women in the area, she was compelled to create a product that would not only provide comfort for customers, but also security for women living in conflict regions. Pour les Femmes supports two nonprofits — Action Kivu and Synergies des Femmes — for their economic empowerment of women, particularly those who have experienced sexual violence.“I’m excited and honored to participate in Blackbaud’s bbcon 2017 conference — it’s such an important event that brings together thousands of passionate people who have devoted their careers to driving positive change in the world,” said Wright.Each year bbcon convenes thousands of change makers, fundraisers, marketers, administrators, technologists, executives and industry thought leaders from across the social good community to share the latest insights, trends and innovation. Attendees have access to dedicated tracks for various roles and markets — from arts and cultural organizations and cause-based nonprofits to educational institutions, healthcare organizations, foundations, corporate giving and more.For more information or to register, visit www.bbconference.com. Follow the conference news on Twitter with #bbcon or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/blackbaud.last_img read more

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CANADIAN SANDRA OH WINS BEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA TV SERIES AT

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Canadian actress Sandra Oh has won best performance by an actress in a television series, drama, for her work in Killing Eve.Congratulations to Sandra Oh (@IamSandraOh) – Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama – Killing Eve (@KillingEve). – #GoldenGlobes pic.twitter.com/I08OzzUM0R— Golden Globe Awards (@goldenglobes) January 7, 2019The Golden Globes Awards co-host, Oh’s opening monologue shifted from jokes to real emotions when she talked about the show’s diverse set of nominees from films including Crazy Rich Asians. Oh teared up next to co-host Andy Samberg during the Globes opening bit on Sunday as she talked about saying yes to hosting despite her fear.She said she “wanted to be here to look out on this audience and witness this moment of change.”Oh said she’s not fooling herself, and next year could be back to the status quo.But right now, she said, looking to various members of the audience, “the moment is real. Because I see you. And I see you. All these faces of change. And now so will everyone else.” Facebook Login/Register With:center_img Advertisement Twitter Sandra Oh arrives at the 76th annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Jordan Strauss/InvisionAssociated Press) Advertisementlast_img read more

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UN official urges more relief aid to Myanmar

Just back from Myanmar, a senior official from the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today called for an increase in the level of humanitarian assistance to the country while urging its Government to undertake reforms that will help the poor.WFP Regional Director for Asia Tony Banbury said current aid levels are unable to meet the needs of the people of Myanmar and urged the country’s Government to undertake “critical reforms for the benefit of the country’s desperately poor and needy people,” the agency said in a news release.At least 5 million vulnerable persons in Myanmar are short of food, and many suffer needlessly from diseases and live in poverty, according to WFP, which said it can presently only provide food to about 500,000 vulnerable persons – far less than is needed.“Humanitarian organizations can help, but we are faced with insufficient funding, and whatever we manage to accomplish in the current circumstances will only scratch the surface,” said Mr. Banbury. The WFP operation in Myanmar is presently less than one third funded.“Myanmar and its people have tremendous potential. But the government’s policies, its harsh travel and trade restrictions, unnecessarily trap millions in lives of poverty and malnutrition, even in food surplus areas such as Shan State,” said Mr. Banbury. “WFP food assistance is desperately needed by so many people, but it is only reaching a fraction of them.”Even with greater funding for aid agencies, humanitarian assistance alone will not be enough to transform the lives of the millions of vulnerable persons in Myanmar who need help, he said, calling for the Government to “immediately pursue the reforms needed to lift Myanmar’s people out of poverty and hunger, and allow them to reach their full potential.”Operating in Myanmar in collaboration with its partners, WFP currently provides food assistance to vulnerable persons in Myanmar, including HIV/AIDS and TB patients under treatment and school children in marginalized areas of the country. A programme giving nutritionally-enriched foods to mothers and children addresses acute malnutrition rates that prevail in several areas. 18 October 2007Just back from Myanmar, a senior official from the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today called for an increase in the level of humanitarian assistance to the country while urging its Government to undertake reforms that will help the poor. read more

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GM VP Pence was mistaken about funds for buying idled plant

COLUMBUS, Ohio — General Motors says U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence was incorrect in saying that a fledgling electric vehicle maker and a new affiliated company have secured funding to buy GM’s shuttered Lordstown plant in Ohio.Pence made the comments Tuesday while visiting Lancaster, Ohio.GM spokesman Jim Cain tells The Vindicator in Youngstown that $25 million obtained by Workhorse Group Inc. from private investors is not directly related to a sale of the Lordstown plant.The newspaper reported that Pence’s office and a Workhorse spokesman didn’t immediately respond to follow-up inquiries about the vice-president’s comments.Cain says discussions about the details and conditions of a potential purchase are ongoing between GM, Workhorse and its new affiliated company. Cain says the buyer would be that affiliate, not Workhorse.___Information from: The Vindicator, http://www.vindy.comThe Associated Press read more

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Boris Johnson wins race to be Tory leader and UK PM

In his victory speech, Mr Johnson promised he would “deliver Brexit, unite the country and defeat Jeremy Corbyn”. The former London mayor takes over from Theresa May on Wednesday. Speaking at the Queen Elizabeth II centre in London, he said: “We are going to energise the country.“We are going to get Brexit done on 31 October and take advantage of all the opportunities it will bring with a new spirit of can do. Boris Johnson has been elected new Conservative leader in a ballot of party members and will become the next UK Prime Minister.He beat Jeremy Hunt comfortably, winning 92,153 votes to his rival’s 46,656. “We are once again going to believe in ourselves, and like some slumbering giant we are going to rise and ping off the guy ropes of self doubt and negativity.”Foreign Secretary Mr Hunt said he was “very disappointed”, but Mr Johnson would do “a great job”. He said he had “total, unshakeable confidence in our country” and that was a valuable quality at such a challenging time.Mr Hunt added: “It was always going to be uphill for us because I was someone who voted Remain and I think lots of party members felt that this was a moment when you just had to have someone who voted for Brexit in the referendum. “In retrospect, that was a hurdle we were never able to overcome.” US President Donald Trump also sent his congratulations to Mr Johnson, tweeting: “He will be great!”Almost 160,000 Conservative members were eligible to vote and turnout was 87.4%.Mr Johnson’s share of the vote – 66.4% – was slightly lower than that garnered by David Cameron in the 2005 Tory leadership election (67.6%). (Courtesy BBC) read more

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Speaker does not anticipate another constitutional crisis

However, the Speaker’s office said that Jayasuriya had not made any comment to that effect. The Speaker’s office also said that Jayasuriya will ensure Parliament defeats any attempt to go against Parliament democracy. Speaker Karu Jayasuriya does not expect another constitutional crisis like that what occurred on 26 October 2018.There have been reports circulating that the Speaker is prepared to resign if another constitutional crisis occurs. The constitutional crisis on on 26 October 2018 saw President Maithripala Sirisena sacking Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and appointing Mahinda Rajapaksa as the new Prime Minister.The move was however challenged in court and in Parliament and by December Wickremesinghe was reappointed as the Prime Minister. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Georgette Gagnon Raising the bar on respect for human rights in Afghanistan

Georgette Gagnon, temporary with the UN in Syria (UNSMIS), interviews families from the towns of Ltamneh and Kafer Zaita on 9 June following a Syrian government attack on the area. Photo: Austin Tice/Demotix Georgette Gagnon visited the towns of Ltamneh and Kafer Zaita on 9 June, to assess the aftermath of a fierce battle that raged for five days. The photographer, Austin Tice, went missing near Damascus last August. Photo: Austin Tice/Demotix “The human rights situation here is fraught with challenges,” she told the UN News Centre in a recent telephone interview, raising concerns ranging from the continuing armed conflict to violence against women.Ms. Gagnon, who is also the Country Representative for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, faces a daunting task in bringing human rights issues up to speed in a country dealing with the challenges stemming from decades of conflict.Based in the Afghan capital, Kabul, Ms. Gagnon oversees a mostly Afghan staff of 71 human rights officers across eight UNAMA regional offices. These human rights officers monitor, document, report and advocate for improved human rights protection in four areas: the protection of civilians in armed conflict; violence against women; arbitrary detention and torture; and peace and reconciliation.“The challenge has been attempting to document very clearly and accurately what the situation is for the Afghan people; what types of human rights violations they are experiencing,” she said. “And then taking that to the Government and international partners and working with them on agreeing to different kinds of recommendations and solutions and then trying to implement them.”Among the most pervasive and serious human rights violations that Ms. Gagnon and her team regularly confront are issues relating to women and, in particular, violence against women.Despite a 2009 Elimination of Violence Against Women law, which criminalized many harmful practices, including domestic violence, as well as forced and child marriage, she pointed out that gender-based violence still remains “very well entrenched in the culture and society.”With the law in place, the UNAMA human rights officers monitor its implementation by the police, judges, prosecutors and other Afghan institutions, and whether it is leading to a reduction in the level of violence women experience. Their work also involves documenting claims made by civilians about human rights violations committed against them by combatants in volatile areas of the country. ‹›“A routine day for our human rights teams across the country is meeting a steady stream of people from the community who have been experiencing human rights abuses,” Ms. Gagnon said.“We spend several days interviewing men, women and children who have been affected by or fled the conflict, some of them with just the clothes on their back,” she added. “And they tell us about how the fighting occurred, whether they had family members who were killed, whether a mortar landed in their yard, whether those detained experienced abuse.”The result of much of this frontline, on-the-ground documentation and analysis ends up in UNAMA reports which seek to impact how the Afghan Government and allied international forces approach human rights issues in the country. Ms. Gagnon recalled that a decree issued by Afghanistan’s President, Hamid Karzai, against the use of torture in Afghan detention centres was consistent with the UN’s own recommendations. “In my experience, what I’ve seen in working with the UN, especially in Afghanistan, if it’s done properly, is that UNAMA can get changes in policy and practice because the Government often acts on the UN’s findings and recommendations,” Ms. Gagnon said.“We’ve been able to develop a team that’s very agile, committed, professional and expert in what they do, and over the last three years we’ve been able to do what I consider to be excellent human rights work which has achieved improved human rights protection for Afghan people.”At the same time, amid continuing conflict between Government forces and insurgents, the withdrawal of most international troops by the end of 2014 has raised the question over whether gains made in human rights protection can survive what may be a difficult period of transition.Afghanistan is currently undergoing political and security transitions widely seen as crucial for the country’s future. The former includes the holding of a presidential election, slated for April next year, marking an end to the second term of the incumbent, President Karzai. The latter involves Afghan security forces taking over security responsibilities from their international allies, who are ending their combat mission in the country by the end of next year.Ms. Gagnon is worried about a “possible disintegration” of the human rights situation following the withdrawal, which only highlights the key role of carried out by UNAMA’s human rights team.“We’re working with the Afghan security forces,” she said, “to put in place mitigation measures to protect civilians and ensure that the procedures, systems and the training are there to protect civilians, who often suffer the most from conflict-related violence.” As head of the human rights at the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), Georgette Gagnon meets regularly with her staff and local communities in the regions. UN Photo read more

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Collaborative partnership means more help for those who need it most in

Each year, dozens of Brock University faculty, staff and students volunteer their time to help with one of the many services offered by Community Care, St. Catharines and Thorold.The collaborative partnership between Brock and Community Care was formalized today, Tuesday, May 28, with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding at the community organization’s St. Catharines headquarters.It will further strengthen an alliance between Community Care, which has been serving St. Catharines and Thorold for 100 years, and Brock, a local institution for more than half a century.Brock University President Gervan Fearon and Betty-Lou Souter, CEO of Community Care, St. Catharines and Thorold, sign a Memorandum of Understanding Tuesday, May 28 that will see the two organizations working more closely together.While many Brock students and staff volunteer at Community Care sites on an ongoing basis, students have also been involved in their own dedicated projects in support of the organization. The annual Trick or Eat Campaign involves students collecting canned goods each Halloween, while the 5 Days for the Homeless event sees students from Brock’s Goodman School of Business sleeping in the cold to raise money and public awareness about some of the most vulnerable members of the Niagara community.“Strengthening this partnership will greatly enhance the services and supports to the agency, not only through experiential learning, but also through the active research component which will inform our future program delivery,” said Betty-Lou Souter, CEO of Community Care, St. Catharines and Thorold.Every month Community Care helps about 2,000 households in St. Catharines and Thorold access food security. It also provides housing and utilities assistance, back-to-school support, ID replacement services, youth sports opportunities and many other supports.Today’s development is the latest in a series of commitments by Brock to enhance its work with significant regional partners, such as Niagara Health and Pathstone Mental Health.Brock President Gervan Fearon said the MOU is consistent with the University’s strategic priority of helping to advance the health and vitality of local communities.“Indeed, this partnership enables us to make further contributions to supporting vulnerable populations in St. Catharines and Thorold,” said Fearon. “It will allow us to build on our existing partnership with Community Care and expand positive outcomes for the Niagara community.”More of these Memoranda of Understanding between the University and community partners will be announced in the coming weeks and months. read more

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Zone fitness centre closure extended to Sept 9

Continued work on the Zone fitness centre expansion will mean an additional week of closure. It is now scheduled to re-open Monday, Sept. 9.Walker Sports Complex members will continue to have access to the dance, fitness and spinning studios; gymnasiums; squash and tennis courts; as well as the running track and stretching area. The Eleanor Misener Aquatic Centre is currently closed for annual maintenance and is also expected to reopen Monday, Sept. 9.  The year-long construction project will triple the size of the Zone, transforming it into a state-of-the-art, two-level, 15,500-square-foot complex, up from its current 4,300 square feet.  Construction project updates will continue to be posted to brocku.ca/recreation/zone-expansion read more

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Why engineers in Alberta think theyve found a way for the oilsands

Ian Gates, shown in his lab at the Schulich School of Engineering at the University of Calgary, is working on a way to extract hydrogen gas from oil and bitumen. (Tony Seskus/CBC)As the world reaches for cleaner energy, hydrogen has long been viewed with a lot of hope. Often called the fuel of the future, the gas can be used to generate electricity and power vehicles. It produces water — not carbon — when burned. But among its challenges is the economics of producing the gas in a large-scale and environmentally friendly way. One of the least expensive methods for doing so, for example, using methane, has drawn scrutiny for its carbon emissions. How hydrogen could shake up Canada’s energy sector Now, engineers in Alberta believe they could have an answer — a method capable of extracting hydrogen from underground resources like oilsands deposits while leaving the carbon emissions it produces below the surface.  The team turned heads with their work this summer at the Goldschmidt Geochemistry Conference in Barcelona, making headlines from Britain to Japan. A hydrogen dispensing pump is seen at the Washington Auto Show in 2015. Hydrogen is a potential fuel for the transportation sector. (Reuters) Hydrogen can be found in many different organic compounds, including hydrocarbons like oil and gas. One of the most common ways of producing hydrogen from natural gas is called steam-methane reforming, which uses methane and very hot steam under pressure to create a chemical reaction freeing the hydrogen and capturing it in special filters. The waste emissions are carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide. BlogHydrogen continues to be a fuel of the future: Bob McDonald “That’s been an industrial technology for over 80 [years],” said Grant Strem, CEO of Proton Technologies, the private company commercializing the new process for creating hydrogen. “What we’re doing is very similar, but the big difference is, we’re using the ground as a reaction vessel, so our capital cost is a lot lower, and instead of buying natural gas to fuel it, we use the unswept oil in the reservoir as our fuel.”  How the process works Through lab work and small-scale field testing, the researchers say they found injecting oxygen into the fields raises the temperature and creates a reaction that frees the hydrogen. “You can envision that the reservoir is simply a hot, bubbling mix of oil, which some fraction of it is now combusting,” said professor Ian Gates, from his lab at the University of Calgary’s Schulich School of Engineering.  “And as it is doing so, it simply keeps producing more and more hydrogen as a consequence of its reactions.” Gates said palladium alloy filters then allow the hydrogen to come to surface while filtering out the other gases, like carbon dioxide or hydrogen sulfide, which stay below ground. Conceptually, Gates said, the oil in the reservoir could later be produced. But the expectation is the process can draw up “huge” quantities of hydrogen relatively inexpensively.  And Canada would be able to tap its resources. “There’s a lot of work toward renewables, hydro and all those other things, but you still have a huge amount of assets, chemical energy, stored in oil,” Gates said.  “What this is about is how do we make use of oil reservoirs — or even gas reservoirs — and get pure, clean energy out of it.” Gates said after proving the concept in the field last year, they will soon begin testing to see how it works on a larger scale. A semi-commercial pilot project is in the works for next year. Science behind NB Power’s hydrogen venture too good to be true, critic says Proton Technologies is working with an engineering firm to design a scaled-up version of their demonstration facility at its site in Kerrobert, Sask.  Now, the challenge will be to see how the process works in the field with all of the complexities of a reservoir.  “Does [the hydrogen] really transport as effectively as you predicted in your models, as you’ve estimated from the lab?” he said. “Everything so far is supportive. Yes, we should be able to access it, but we do need to verify that.” CBC ExplainsCarbon capture: What you need to know about catching CO2 to fight climate change Reservoirs that are open to the surface or very shallow would not likely be good candidates for such a system, he said. Field testing needed After the team’s work was presented at the Goldschmidt conference in Barcelona last month, some experts responded with cautious optimism, emphasizing the need for extensive field testing of the technology to assess how well it could work on an industrial scale and over time. Oilsands research could be ‘game changer’ for renewable energy In Canada, Warren Mabee, the director of the Queen’s Institute for Energy and Environmental Policy, said having a large source of hydrogen that’s relatively easy to access would be an important step toward a cleaner energy future. “There are some technologies that can use hydrogen really well,” Mabee told CBC News. “It’s very, very clean as long as there’s not a lot of greenhouse gas associated with producing it, which, in this case, it sounds like there isn’t. Which is a wonderful technology, if we’ve gotten to that point.” A Shell executive demonstrates a hydrogen refuelling station in Vancouver while a photographer takes a photo during the station’s launch last year. (Rafferty Baker/CBC) Significant research is being done on developing new ways of producing hydrogen, including microbes and solar technologies, among others. China, Japan and South Korea have big plans to put millions of hydrogen-powered vehicles on their roads in the coming decade. Hydrogen has had false starts Hydrogen was also a key topic of conversation during a July meeting hosted by the International Energy Agency. The Paris-based body, which advises on energy policy to its 30 member states, said hydrogen was enjoying “unprecedented momentum,” offering ways to decarbonize a range of sectors, including long-haul transportation. MUN profs’ ideas for post-carbon economy start in their classroom “But it has experienced false starts in the past and still faces big challenges to scale up infrastructure and bring down costs,” the IEA said in a release. A lack of refueling stations for hydrogen fuel cell vehicles is often pointed to as a major barrier to the technology taking off. The delivery process for the hydrogen — including pipelines, storage facilities, compressors and trucks — is also a work in progress when it comes to widespread consumer use. Gates and Strem hope they can do their part to move things forward. “I’m very motivated by the idea of taking these [hydrocarbon] resources, which are of incredible value to Canada, and pivoting their use toward hydrogen production and ultra-clean energy outcomes,” Gates said. “In my view, this is something that’s quite exciting.” read more

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Womens Hockey No 4 Ohio State splits road series with No 3

Ohio State then-redshirt sophomore defender Jincy Dunne (33) gets back on defense in the first period of the game against Minnesota on Jan. 19. Ohio State won 3-2. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Managing Editor for DesignThe No. 4 Ohio State women’s hockey team (6-2, 3-1 WCHA) traveled up to Minneapolis to take on the No. 3 Minnesota Golden Gophers (6-1-1, 4-1-1 WCHA) in an early Top 5 matchup that saw a series split. The first game was won by Minnesota by a score of 3-0 and the Buckeyes won the second by a score of 3-2. Game 1Ohio State found themselves overmatched on the road against a tough Minnesota team and despite its efforts, lost 3-0.The first period saw Ohio State coming out hot, getting the first three shots on goal of the game, but none of them found the net and the same went for Minnesota throughout the first period. Both teams notched 10 shots on goal but remained scoreless after 20 minutes. Minnesota took the lead more than 11 minutes into the second period when senior forward Taylor Williamson shot one past freshman goaltender Andrea Braendli off a rebound that got away from the goalie to give the Golden Gophers a 1-0 lead. Senior forward Tianna Gunderson and junior defenseman Patti Marshall earned assists on the play. Throughout the second period, the Buckeyes were outshot by the Gophers 18-5. Momentum did not shift to Ohio State’s favor as the Gophers extended their lead off another rebound shot, this time by freshman forward Catie Skaja with assists by redshirt senior forward Nicole Schammel and sophomore forward Gracie Zumwinkle. In an attempt to mount a late comeback, Braendli was pulled in favor of another attacker for the Buckeyes, but it resulted in an empty net goal with just 32 seconds left for Williamson’s second goal of the game to clinch the victory for Minnesota. Ohio State was severely outshot by Minnesota 19-3 in the period.Fresh off winning player of the week for her efforts against Minnesota State, Braendli notched a career high 44 saves. Game 2On Saturday, Ohio State held off a late Minnesota comeback to win the game 3-2, splitting the series. The Buckeyes took the lead just 5:10 into the first period when freshman defenseman Sophie Jacques scored her first career goal. Minnesota struck back when Schammel got one by Braendli later in the period to tie it up, 1-1. Schammel was assisted by Zumwinkle and freshman defenseman Gracie Ostertag. Moving to just past the halfway point of the second period, sophomore forward Emma Maltais scored a power play goal to shift momentum back to Ohio State and give them a 2-1 lead. Redshirt junior Jincy Dunne recorded an assist on the goal. The Buckeyes extended their lead early into the third period when senior forward Madison Field scored an insurance goal to put Ohio State up two. Maltais and Dunne assisted Field on the play. Minnesota was not to be deterred, and a shot by senior forward Taylor Williamson with just under three minutes left in the game cut the lead to 3-2. However, that one goal was all that the Gophers were able to muster as Braendli put together another strong performance, this time saving 40 shots to give Ohio State the victory.Minnesota outshot the Buckeyes 42 to 27, but Ohio State took advantage of scoring opportunities when they presented themselves, and Braendli and the defense combined to clinch a tough away victory against a Top 5 Minnesota team. Ohio State remains on the road for next week as they travel to Canton, New York for a non-conference matchup against St. Lawrence. Puck drop for the series opener is set for 6 p.m. on Friday. read more

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Mens Hockey No 7 Ohio State returns to form in 10 win

Senior goalkeeper Sean Romeo (30) makes a save during the first period of Ohio State’s game against UMass on Oct. 19. Ohio State lost 6-3. Credit: Nick Roll | For The LanternThe goaltending of redshirt senior goaltender Sean Romeo led the No. 7 Ohio State men’s hockey team to a 1-0 victory on the road against No. 5 Notre Dame.Ohio State (4-2-1) was looking to turn its season around after a shaky start, including a series tie with UMass and a blowout at the hands of Bowling Green, and everything clicked for the Buckeyes on the road against Notre Dame (3-3-1). The Buckeyes came out hot against Notre Dame, registering eight shots in the first period before scoring the first and only goal of the game.The first period score came with just under nine minutes into the game off a power play goal by senior forward Mason Jobst. He was assisted on his fourth goal of the year by redshirt junior defenseman Wyatt Ege and freshman forward Gustaf Westlund, who each notched their third points of the season.Freshman forward Quinn Preston, still awaiting his first point for the Buckeyes, turned in a good performance on the second line with junior forward Tanner Laczynski out for Friday night’s game. Preston had two shots on goal and was often there to confront Notre Dame when it had control of the puck.Romeo had a challenging season leading up to the Big Ten opener, allowing 11 goals on 60 shots faced in the three games he appeared in. Friday night, however, he showed signs of returning to form against one of the best teams in the nation.He didn’t allow a single goal on the 23 shots sent his way by the Fighting Irish, good for his third career shutout. Notre Dame pressured Ohio State on defense, imposing itself in the Buckeyes’ territory, but Romeo responded to the challenge and turned in his best performance of the season.Ohio State had positive developments on its special teams, which so far this season had been a struggle on both ends of the power play. The Buckeyes converted on one of their three power plays and killed Notre Dame’s only opportunity of the night.The Buckeyes showed improvement in discipline, only earning two penalties all night after previously earning 34 penalties in their first six games.The Buckeyes will return to Compton Family Ice Arena to face Notre Dame at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday. read more

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Football Ohio State moves forward to Michigan State healthy and determined

Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano celebrates in the third quarter of the game against Nebraska on Nov 3. Ohio State won 36-31. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorOhio State sophomore linebacker Pete Werner said the defense has had its best week of practice heading into Saturday’s game against No. 18 Michigan State. The defense, as a unit, feels a level of pressure to perform against the Spartans, showing that with the effort put forth in practice, he said. “I think we just want that impact game,” Werner said. “We just want that game to show it all and it starts in practice, what you do in practice kind of shows what you have in the game.”For head coach Urban Meyer, the increased performance of his defense in practice this week has a simpler explanation: health. He said Wednesday the secondary will have all three cornerbacks ready to go and that the Buckeyes will have good depth at safety against the Spartans.  “We felt better because they are healthy,” Meyer said. “For this time of year and the schedule we play, we are pretty healthy.”  For redshirt junior defensive tackle Dre’Mont Jones, minor injuries add up throughout the season for defensive players, taking a toll on the preparation of the unit as a whole each week. “When you are all hurt and banged up, we don’t have the motivation and the drive because you can’t do anything, so it’s hard really to get to it,” Jones said. “But now it’s starting to change.” Not for Jones: He is still trying to overcome a foot injury suffered in Ohio State’s win against Penn State. He acknowledged that it’s something that will linger for the remainder of the season. “Part of football. I mean, you are going to get those little injures,” Jones said. “I’m not really injured though. It’s like, I’m just hurt, like I’m not really injured. I’m not going to be off my game or anything, so I’m not really too ticked off, but it’s annoying that it’s there.” Jones said, even though he feels pain in his foot at times during the game, “if you are going to play, you are going to play.” This is something the defensive tackle has taken to heart, recording a team-leading 10 tackles for loss, including 6.5 sacks, the most on the team. But this is just in response to the approach opposing offenses have had against Ohio State this season. “It kind of feels like everybody we plays just somebody,” Jones said. “Every game’s a championship game it seems like.” So, as the Spartan offense prepares for the Ohio State defense like it is “a championship game,” the approach for the Buckeyes does not change moving forward, junior defensive tackle Davon Hamilton said. He said Ohio State already has the pieces to succeed against Michigan State. “I’m not going to say we are missing anything,” Hamilton said. “We just have to make some more emphasis on focusing on what we have to do. That’s really the only thing I really feel like is ‘missing.’” With that mentality, Hamilton said the Ohio State defensive leaders have shifted the focus more on celebrating the progress and “having fun” in practice.For Hamilton, Ohio State’s approach defensively will be focused on making that impact the Buckeyes need.But it’s also to let the players enjoy football. “Football, it’s a tense game,” Hamilton said. “You should be really focused and you should go out and try your hardest. But at the same time, if you are not having fun, you are not going to want to do it.” read more

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Mens Basketball Ohio State appears at No 23 in Associated Press Top

Ohio State freshman forward Jaedon Ledee (23) dunks the ball during the second half of the game against South Carolina State on Nov. 18. Ohio State won 89-61. Credit: Amal Saeed | Assistant Photo EditorDefying expectations has become somewhat of a trend for the Ohio State men’s basketball team.The Buckeyes entered the 2018-19 campaign with unflattering predictions from media outlets, with most estimating the team to be among the bottom half of the Big Ten conference.Yet, Monday, in the latest updated of the Associated Press Top 25 Poll, the Buckeyes sit at No. 23 in the rankings, ahead of No. 24 Purdue and No. 25 Wisconsin. Among conference teams, Ohio State sits behind only No. 9 Michigan and No. 11 Michigan State.In the second season under head coach Chris Holtmann, Ohio State has jumped out to a 4-0 start, with wins coming against Cincinnati and Creighton. Ohio State reached the NCAA Tournament in its first season under Holtmann, finishing in the final poll before Selection Sunday as the No. 17 team in the country and receiving an at-large bid to be a No. 5 seed in the West region. The Buckeyes beat South Dakota State in the first round, but were eliminated by Gonzaga in the second.Despite the success, Ohio State was not expected to repeat in 2018-19, losing reigning Big Ten Player of the Year Keita Bates-Diop, as well as captain Jae’Sean Tate and guard Kam Williams, all of whom were starters. However, the Buckeyes have been carried by strong early season performances from senior guard C.J. Jackson, as well as freshman guards Luther Muhammad and Duane Washington, with sophomore forward Kaleb Wesson leading the team in rebounds thus far.The Buckeyes will compete for the first time in the 2018-19 season as a ranked team at 7 p.m. Tuesday when they host Samford at the Schottenstein Center. The team will then face Cleveland State at 8 p.m. Friday at St. John Arena, in a game Ohio State has already announced will be sold out. read more

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Mens Basketball Ohio State ends win streak falls 6356 to Illinois

Ohio State freshman guard Duane Washington finishes a dunk against Illinois on Feb. 14 at the Schottenstein Center. Photo: Cori Wade | For The LanternWIth a six-point deficit heading into the final two minutes of the game, senior guard C.J. Jackson was unfazed with the rest of his game. Going into the possession, he had seven turnovers, leading a Buckeye team that had been plagued by turnovers.As he took the ball out, trailing 57-51, Jackson found a hole, driving to the hoop and drawing a foul, bringing the Buckeyes to within four. Two free throws by freshman guard Luther Muhammad lessened Ohio State’s deficit to three with 57 seconds remaining in the game. But Jackson’s seven turnovers ended up as more detrimental than the sign of life the Buckeyes had in the final minute, as Illinois beat Ohio State 62-56 in its first road win of the season. Illinois forced 18 turnovers in Thursday’s game, coming in as the best in the Big Ten in both steals and turnovers. The Fighting Illini finished with 14 points off turnovers. In the first half, the Buckeyes, averaging 13 turnovers per game, recorded 10 turnovers, as the Fighting Illini scored 10 points off Ohio State’s mistakes. Senior guard C.J. Jackson recorded four of Ohio State’s 10 turnovers in the first half.He finished the game with a team-leading 17 points, making only 4-of-9 from the field while connecting on 8-of-11 from the free-throw line. Illinois continued to force Ohio State to make mistakes  in the second half as the Buckeyes recorded eight turnovers in the second half. The Fighting Illini scored only four points off those turnovers. Junior forward Andre Wesson credited the Illinois defense for the kind of pressure it put on Ohio State, forcing them to improvise on the offensive end. “It’s real tough,” Wesson said. “They are always in the passing lanes. It’s hard to reverse the ball and, kind of, get to the other side. That’s kind of what we predicate our offense on, so it was hard for us.”  After making 10-of-28 attempts in the first half of its 55-52 win against Indiana on Sunday, the Buckeyes came out to a slow start again against the Fighting Illini. Ohio State shot 38.1 percent from the field in the first half, making 2-of-6 from 3. But the last 3 was an important one. Playing with a six-point deficit heading into the final minute of the half, sophomore forward Kaleb Wesson pulled up for a 3, his second attempt of the day, and drilled it, cutting the  Illinois lead to 30-27 heading into halftime. However, in a tight game, Andre Wesson said a team cannot play from behind trading shots with the opponent. “We just couldn’t get stops,” Andre Wesson said. “It was just back-and-forth there for awhile. When you are down, you can’t go back and forth. You have to get stops.”  Wesson was the only bright spot for the Buckeyes in the first half. He led the team with nine points, shooting 60 percent from the field and recording three rebounds. With 2:19 remaining in the game, Wesson fouled out, the fifth time he has done so in the past 10 games. He finished the game with 11 points, making 3-of-7 from the field with five rebounds. Wesson has finished with four or more fouls in 11 of the past 14 games.Other than Wesson, Ohio State made five of its 16 shot attempts from the field in the first half.After making 8-of-21 attempts in the first half, the Buckeyes overcame a seven-point second half deficit, tying the game at 40 on a 7-0 run. Trailing Illinois 44-40 with 10:04 left in the game, the freshman guard recorded a dunk to bring the Buckeyes to within two. A minute later, Washington, on a fastbreak, soared for a dunk, earning a trip to the line, giving Ohio State the 45-44 lead. But the Ohio State cooled off, ending the half shooting 36.2 percent from the field and missing all seven attempts from 3. Holtmann said he felt the 3s were the end result of Illinois making Ohio State change its offensive approach. “I thought some of them were clean and I felt some of them were rushed,” Holtmann said. “I thought they did a good job taking us out of our offense.”  In his 15 minutes off the bench, sophomore forward Kyle Young fouled out with 8:40 left in the game. He finished with four points, five rebounds and an assist. Ohio State and Illinois combined for 45 fouls on Thursday night. The Buckeyes hit 80 percent of their free throws while the Fighting Illini made 9-of-17. Even though Holtmann saw glimpses of what Jackson could be, saw a glimpse of what a comeback would be in the final minute of the game, the previous 39 minutes and his struggles with turnovers were what led to the loss. “Seven turnovers is a lot, I don’t question how hard he competed,” Holtmann said. “I thought he competed, it was just those turnovers were critical.” Ohio State will travel to East Lansing, Michigan to take on Michigan State Sunday at 1 p.m. Updated at 10:23 with quotes from junior forward Andre Wesson and head coach Chris Holtmann. read more

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Mens Lacrosse No 9 Ohio State looks for redemption against Marquette

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 ReporterOhio State is not dwelling on last season’s loss against Marquette.The No. 9 Ohio State men’s lacrosse team will attempt to get redemption as the team heads to Dallas to face Marquette on Saturday. The previous season, Ohio State came into Pontiac, Michigan, with a 4-0 record before an undefeated Marquette team outplayed the Buckeyes on March 2 to win the game in overtime. The Buckeyes went on to lose five of their next six matchups following the defeat to the Golden Eagles.“It’s an entirely new season. I don’t think we reflect too much on that scenario. We are where we hope to be at this point in the season,” Ohio State head coach Nick Myers said. Myers expressed, however, that there is still a long way to go for his team.Senior midfielder Jack Jasinski said that the team is viewing this game as “kind of the reset mentality.”“The only game that is important is the next one,” Jasinski said. “If you’re thinking about the last one or last year, you probably don’t have your head in the right place.”The Buckeyes (4-0) come into Texas undefeated off the heels of a close game against Bucknell after Ohio State came out firing, but had to survive late-game heroics from the Bison.“We talked this week about wiping the slate clean and coming into this week with an 0-0 mindset,” Myers said. Marquette (2-1) suffered its first loss of the season this past week against Detroit Mercy 15-12. But high scoring is nothing new to the Golden Eagles as they have scored at least 12 goals in all three games this season. Marquette has junior midfielder Peter Henkhaus, who scored five goals against Detroit Mercy. Henkhaus leads the team with nine goals on the season.Redshirt senior attack Andrew Romagnoli is another crucial player for the Buckeyes to watch for. Romagnoli has six points and has received Big East Midfielder of the Week honors this season.“Not just against Ohio State, but across the board, this is a team that has proven itself under Coach Amplo,” Myers said. “They’re very well coached. They’re a gritty group and they play very hard.”Freshman attack Jack Myers was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week as well as Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week, scoring eight points — seven goals and an assist — against Bucknell.Sophomore midfielder and faceoff specialist Justin Inacio also took home Big Ten honors this week, securing the specialist of the week award after winning a career-high 20-of-27 faceoffs against the Bison and playing a critical role in the Buckeyes’ win.Ohio State will be a test for the Golden Eagles, as the Buckeyes will be the first ranked opponent that Marquette has faced in the regular season. With the game being played in Texas, Jasinski, from Birmingham, Alabama, talked about coming from an area that is not known for lacrosse.“I try to set a good example for what it means to be from a smaller area and show that we can get to this level and play [Division I] lacrosse, but you have to work hard,” Jasinski said.No. 9 Ohio State takes on Marquette in Dallas at noon on Saturday. read more

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Roger Khan applies for early release from US prison

Shaheed Roger Khan has filed a petition for early release from prison in the United States, where he is serving a 15-year sentence for drug trafficking.He is scheduled for release on July 8, 2019.However, Khan, who prepared the petition himself, is challenging the Federal Bureau of Prisons’ (BOP’s) failure to properly calculate and award his good-conduct credit and as such, filed an emergency petition for a writ of habeas corpus, which is a writ requiring a person under arrest to be brought before a judge or into court, especially to secure the person’s release unless lawful grounds are shown for their detention.According to the petition, Khan wants the US court to order the BOP to recalculate his good-conduct credit under the First Step Act, which would see him being released earlier than July.Khan was sentenced in 2009 to 15 years’ imprisonment after he pled guilty to arms trafficking, drug trafficking, conspiracy and witness tampering. He was nabbed in neighbouring Suriname back in June 2006 after fleeing Guyana illegally.Khan had made claims of working to curb an out-of-control crime situation during that period by using extrajudicial methods of execution. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedRoger Khan released from US prisonJuly 10, 2019In “Court”Roger Khan expected to arrive in Guyana “any day now” – lawyerSeptember 6, 2019In “latest news”Guyana will take up U.S. offer on Roger Khan’s testimony – GrangerMarch 13, 2016In “Politics” read more

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Strip club owner charged for human trafficking

Popular business owner and known character to the police, Freeman Fordyce once again found himself in hot water, after he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on Monday to face charges alleging that he trafficked two female foreign nationals.Fordyce, owner of the Diamond Strip Club, stood before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan and denied the two charges which stated that between September and November of 2018 he transported and harboured the two Venezuelan women for sexual exploitation.The 41-year-old defendant of Nandy Park, East Bank Demerara was represented by Attorney-at-law Nigel Hughes who made an application for bail, but was unsuccessful.Police Prosecutor Neville Jeffers objected to bail being granted, as he informed the court that Fordyce poses a flight risk, since he stated that the defendant has not been reporting to the Police station after being released on bail for gun possession charge.Police reports indicate, that the victims were arrested during a Police roadblock on November 3, 2018, and were escorted to the Criminal Investigation Department after they failed to provide their identification cards to police ranks.While in Police custody, the women claimed that during September of 2018, they were seeking employment when an employee of Fordyce offered them a job, to work as prostitutes at the night Club.The victims’ passports were allegedly ceased by the defendant, who told them that the documents would be returned when they repaid they’re travel expenses.Chief Magistrate after summing up the matter, upheld the prosecution’s submission and remanded Fordyce to prison until May 8, 2019.Only recently, Principal Magistrate Faith McGusty handed down a four-year suspended sentence to the defendant after he was convicted on charges of gun and ammunition possession. In addition, Fordyce is on trial for allegedly assaulting and resisting arrest from police officer. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBusinessman, alleged accomplice charged with abducting female friendMarch 23, 2015In “Crime”Labourer accused of stealing canter batteries gets $40,000 bailNovember 16, 2018In “Court”Linden teens facing murder charge remandedJuly 8, 2016In “Court” read more

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Handyman remanded for several armed robberies

Cheddie Bacchus, a handyman of Norton Street, Georgetown, was today remanded to prison for several armed robberies.He appeared before Magistrate Faith McGusty where he pleaded not guilty to the charges.The first charge alleged that on May 12, 2019 at Cemetery Road, Georgetown while being in company of others and armed with a gun, he robbed Basil Agar of a gold chain worth $150,000 and a cellular phone worth $10,000.It was further alleged that on the same day and at the same location as the previous charge, while being in the company of another and armed with a gun, he robbed Annette Ferguson of a motorcycle valued at $275,000, a phone valued at $10,000, and $3,000 in cash.The third charge stated that on June 20, 2019, at Princes Street, Georgetown, while being in the company of another and armed with a gun, he robbed Onika Hinds of a gold chain valued at $46,000.The last charge stated that on the same day and at the same location as the previous charge, he robbed Ashanti Wilson of a phone valued at $46,000, a gold chain valued at $120,000, and a watch valued at $15,000.Police Prosecutor Ceon Blackman objected to bail being granted to Bacchus, saying that when the defendant was arrested he admitted in a caution statement to robbing the victims and selling their articles.The Prosecutor also based his objections on the grounds of the serious nature of the allegations, the penalty the charges attract, and the fact that a gun was used to commit the offences.Bacchus, while addressing the court, stated, “Is one particular officer keep locking me up. Look at my foot, it ain’t good, I can’t even walk properly much less run. Why would I rob people in my own neighborhood?”Magistrate McGusty, after listening to both sides, remanded Bacchus to prison until July 3. (Story by Oma Pierre) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedWanted man remanded on armed robbery chargesJanuary 11, 2019In “Court”21-Y-O charged for robbing, shooting Kristian JefferyJuly 17, 2019In “Court”Teen admits to committing armed robberies, to be sentenced tomorrow  August 5, 2019In “Court” read more

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