AROUND THE WORLD: TOUCH GROWTH IN AFGHANISTAN

first_imgIn recent weeks I’ve been writing stories on Touch around the world and how it’s developing. Recently I’ve written a story on Touch in Germany and also in Spain. Now I’m writing on Afghanistan. I think it’s good thing for us Aussie Touchies to know about the sport in other nations, rather than just our own. I’m hoping that it will give us more of an understanding about how lucky we are to have the resources, finances, skills and knowledge that we have in Australia. I’m also hoping that it will help build relationships between us and these developing Touch nations so that we can use our resources and knowledge in the sport and its management to help these nations develop further. Afghanistan is a country that has been in the news in recent years for political reasons, but as I have discovered, they are starting to build a Touch tradition. Chris Mastaglio has been at the forefront of Touch in Afghanistan during his two years living there and describes the Afghani’s as both competitive and hospitable, which he believes is the perfect mix for Touch and signals their huge potential in the sport. From Chris’s description, his players are certainly not short on courage…at their final training session before a game against local ex-patriots; one of the more established players had a collision that badly broke his nose. The first thing he said when he regained his composure was “Chris, I am going to be quite upset if I miss the game tomorrow.” At 1pm the next day, with black eyes and an extremely swollen nose, he was on the ground, warming up and ready to play. Where there is enthusiasm, there is potential. During the last year Chris has been working for the Ministry of Education, running a project to develop physical education. This means that he has built up a network of people involved in sports and physical education, which has given him a clear indication there was a desire to learn about new sports and games. He began by offering a `taster’ day last October, providing people with the opportunity to see if they were interested in the sport of Touch. Because of that one day and the interest and enthusiasm shown there, Touch has kicked off in Herat, in north west Afghanistan, where they have two teams playing. One team trains early in the morning and has around 13 players, while the other trains in the evening and has 17 players. The morning team was set up because of the interest in playing amongst those who are unable to leave their shops or jobs during the day and evening. Chris and his team have also been trying to start a Touch team in Kabul, which is the capital of Afghanistan and is in the north east of the country. However, constant snow for the past two months and a lack of Touch contacts in the city has made that virtually impossible. A fact Afghan life that limits the growth of Touch, is that while there is a great desire to play the sport, there is also the necessity of work. To put it simply, people cannot afford time away from work, two hours away to train means two hours away from their livelihood and making money to support their families. But despite this, they are certainly committed, training three times a week, each for around 90 minutes and sometime supplemented with a game on Friday afternoon. Unfortunately they are hampered by having no one with the knowledge and resources to be heavily involved as a coach, referee or manager. For example, Chris believes that in the military in Kabul there is one qualified referee, but with the gender issue (she is a woman) and also her military background in Afghanistan, it may be difficult to involve her at all. In terms of equipment, Afghanistan is also limited. They were given some equipment such as balls, by the Newcastle Falcons RFC, Gosforth RFC, the RFU and Grange Interiors from the North East of England, but had major problems getting them delivered. The equipment was eventually lost, stolen or given away, so they are starting the process again of trying to find people willing to support them with uniforms and equipment. One main problem facing Touch in Afghanistan is that even in the relatively well-off cities of Kabul and Herat, there is a real lack of appropriate playing space. Amongst the Afghan people they may be generally interested in learning about new games and sports but because there is very little knowledge of Touch, the focus remains on volleyball and soccer. Chris firmly believes that people should be provided with the opportunity to access information and experience different sports; so that they can then make a decision about what they want to participate in. It is this lack of opportunity and focus on volleyball and soccer that holds back the expansion of Touch. Another issue confronting Chris and his group is that people who have heard of the game (or when the see the shape of the ball) assume that it is a dangerous sport (especially as grass is hard to come by in Afghanistan). The support of the ex-patriot community for Touch in Afghanistan has been vital to their kick off. Chris organised a team of ex-patriots to play the evening team in Herat late in 2004. It is even clearer how great the support is when you realise there is only a small ex-patriot community in Herat, some of whom had never played before. And just for the sake of information, Chris is keen to share that the Afghan team won that game! While there are no Juniors involved with the sport to date, Chris is well aware of the potential the Afghan kids have within the sport. Unfortunately he is limited by a lack of people able to help with the organisation of the sport and cannot expand the sport any further on his own. He is also finding that their development is limited by being unable to play against other teams. He is planning to take the two teams from Heart to play against teams from Kabul and also ex-patriot teams later in the year. They have already been offered the national stadium in Kabul to host the tournament, which is a strong start! The ultimate aim of this is that a representative team would be picked to play in a tri-nations tournament with India and Pakistan. Once again however, Touch in Afghanistan is hampered by the lack of time to organise the tournaments and also the lack of funds to finance the endeavor. While it may seem there is a lot holding the development of Touch in Afghanistan back, I want to go back to something Chris said to me…Where there is enthusiasm, there is potential. Afghanistan seems to have grabbed hold of that. By Rachel Moyle, media@austouch.com.au Anyone interested in contacting those playing Touch in Afghanistan should contact Chris Mastaglio cmastaglio@runbox.com For another story on Touch in Afghanistan use the link below: http://www.touchrugby.com/?sec=hom⊂=&LinkCode=&NewsID=202last_img

Some calling for Metis Nation president to resign

first_imgAPTN National NewsIn-fighting within the Metis Nation of Saskatchewan saw a rally outside of their offices Wednesday.They are outraged and calling for the president to resign over improper spending and the way the organization is managed.APTN’s Chris Stewart has the story.last_img

Womens coworking space The Wing set to open first location in Canada

first_imgTORONTO – A co-working space for women that’s drawn the ardour of thousands of Instagrammers and the attention of celebs including Jennifer Lawrence and Lena Dunham is set to expand to Canada.The Wing, a New York-based networking and social club, said Tuesday that Toronto is among the six new locations joining its burgeoning pastel-hued chain.The female-focused company is part of a wave of modern sororities geared to female entrepreneurs, merging a fierce can-do motto with feminist ideals tailor-made for a generation of self-starters.It joins several other Canadian ventures that similarly put career women in their sightlines, including Toronto’s exclusive Verity Club and its luxury spa, the co-working and wellness space Shecosystem with its yoga classes and Madonna dance parties, and the pretty and perky penthouse space Make Lemonade. Other spaces include Montreal’s LORI hub, which stands for Ladies of Real Influence.“It’s important to have the space where we all feel comfortable and that this is ours, that we have ownership as well,” Rachel Kelly, Make Lemonade’s founder and owner, says of her inspiration.“If you start exploring a couple of the co-working spaces you’ll notice there is quite a male-dominated culture in a lot of these spaces and that presence is quite overpowering,” she adds.“Just the overall vibe — the bro vibe — is a big thing.”The Wing’s promotional material includes the taglines: “A home base for women on their way,” “Your throne away from home” and “Say goodbye to the old boys’ club.”It was founded by PR exec Audrey Gelman and business partner Lauren Kassan, and was inspired by the women’s social clubs of the early 20th century.It launched in Manhattan’s Flatiron district in October 2016, expanding to SoHo a year later. Then came a third spot in the DUMBO neighbourhood of Brooklyn in February, and a fourth heads to Washington D.C. this spring.All locations are created by an all-female design and architecture team and feature a menu of food, wine and cocktails created by female chefs, sommeliers and mixologists. There are also showers and lactation rooms.The Wing says its first Canadian outpost is slated to open in early 2019, the address yet to be determined.Other new locations include Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Williamsburg (Brooklyn), and London.There certainly appears to be demand in Canada for such a venture.Twenty-two-year-old entrepreneur Kim Kirton says she joined Make Lemonade after souring on more traditional co-working spaces.“Sometimes I would feel uncomfortable just working, just the way people would kind of look at me,” says Kirton, who too often found professional networking opportunities devolve into social pitches.“(Men were) just coming up and usually asking, ‘Oh, what are your plans today?’ or, ‘What are you doing after work?’ versus ‘Oh, what do you do for work?’”Kirton doesn’t suggest she’s experienced any misconduct, stressing that her concerns were primarily focused on finding the best place to run her online wardrobe business, UnCo.“I have a startup here in the city and I’m trying to be like every other entrepreneur and trying to grow my business.”Although none of the members are men, Kelly says they’re certainly welcome to join Make Lemonade, as long as they adhere to an “inclusivity mandate” that bans “sexist, racist, xenophobic, homophobic, transphobic, ableist, classist or otherwise discriminatory language.”Since launching last September, Kelly says she’s drawn 80 members in various fields including editing, food, publishing, law, fashion and tech. In addition to workspaces, she offers mentoring, workshops, and mixers.But some question whether women-targeted initiatives are the answer.Sarah Kaplan, director of the Institute for Gender + the Economy at the University of Toronto, worries they push women to the sidelines, instead of levelling the playing field.“I’m not a big fan, personally, of cloistered solutions,” she says.“I’m sure it will satisfy the needs of some people who feel like it’s just a more pleasant or safer or more conducive (place) to the kind of work that they want to do. But is this a huge market opportunity because women are so different from men? No. It’s just because the world of work is so gendered masculine that I think the only solution people can come up with is to cloister and I don’t think that’s the right solution.“I think we have to change the world of work. But that’s a bigger project.”Initiatives such as implicit-bias training and diversity workshops clearly have not fixed organizational culture, Kaplan adds.“You have to actually change your processes and practices, you have to change how you think about the work, not just for women but also for men,” she says, seeing the need for men to participate equally at home.She also says corporate and full-time positions must be more accommodating to workers — often women — who need greater flexibility because of family obligations. Many have left the workforce or opted for “Plan B” ventures that have given rise to spaces like The Wing.“They still want to make money and they still want to participate in the economy but they can’t,” says Kaplan, bemoaning a lack of supports such as onsite daycare and lactation rooms.As a young woman, Kirton suggests self-esteem can hold back women, too, admitting, “Outside of certain spaces I definitely feel my self-doubt a lot bigger.”“Men sometimes are a little bit more vocal in their capabilities … or have a high level of confidence. Whereas women, not so much, so I can see why it could be intimidating.”Kaplan doesn’t see the same issues, pointing instead to “a world that isn’t going to fund you.”“Women are plenty confident, it’s just that they’re beaten down,” she says.“We’ve moved beyond mentoring, we know that that’s just giving free advice. What you really need is sponsorship, you need people who are going to stick their neck out, who are going to put their money where their mouth is.”last_img read more

German billionaire family admits to links with Nazis

first_imgBerlin: More than 70 years after the end of World World II, one of Germany’s richest familiy has admitted to its dark links with Adolf Hitler’s regime. Spokesman of the Reimann family, Peter Harf, told Bild am Sonntag of plans to give 10 million euros (USD 11.3 million) to charity after learning of their elders’ support for the Nazis and their company’s use of forced labour during the war. “Reimann senior and Reimann junior were guilty. The two entrepreneurs have both passed away, they belonged actually in prison,” said Harf. Albert Reimann senior died in 1954 and his son in 1984. The company they left behind, JAB Holding, is today a behemoth that owns household brands ranging from Clearasil to Calgon. With wealth estimated at 33 billion euros, the Reimann family is believed to be Germany’s second richest. Harf said the family began digging into their dark past in the 2000s, and in 2014 decided to commission a historian to produce a thorough study into their ancestors’ ties to Nazism. The family plans to make public a full account when the book by the historian, Paul Erker of Munich University, is finished, said Harf. Quoting letters and archival documents, Bild am Sonntag said Reimann senior was a willing donor to Hitler’s SS as early as 1931. His company was in 1941 deemed a “crucial” firm in the war, as it produced items for the Wehrmacht and the armaments industry. In 1943, the company was using as many as 175 forced labourers, and employed a foreman who was known for his cruel treatment of the workers. Harf, who confirmed the conclusions drawn by the Bild report, said there had been no known efforts to provide any compensation to the forced labourers. “But we have since talked about what we can do now,” he said. “We want to do more and donate ten million euros to a suitable organisation.” Many of Germany’s biggest companies have over the decades confronted their Third Reich history.last_img read more

HIDCO set to commemorate 158th birth anniversary of Tagore

first_imgKolkata: Housing and Infrastructure Development Corporation (HIDCO) will organise a programme to celebrate the 158th birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore on Thursday, May 9.Apart from holding the main programme on May 9, HIDCO will also hold programmes on every Saturday and Sunday in May, except May 18 and 19. The State Information and Cultural Affairs department will organise a programme on Cathedral Road outside Rabindra Sadan. The programme He Antaratara will start at 7 am on May 9 at Rabindra Tirtha, when veteran Rabindra Sangeet exponents including Chitralekha Chowdhury, Dipak Rudra, Ashish Bhattacharya, Enakshi Chattopadhyay and Abhirup Guha Thakurata will perform to pay their respects to the bard. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe other singers who will be present at the event are Prabuddha Raha, Suman Panthi, Sayan Bandyopadhyay, Anindya Narayan Biswas, Chandrabali Rudra Dutta and Sinjini Acharya Majumdar among others. Well known elocutionist Pranati Thakur will recite excerpts from the poems of Tagore. Elocutionists Bijoylakshmi Barman, Sovanshundar Basu, Urmila Sen, Arumoy Bandyopadhyay and Soumitra Mitra among others will also recite excerpts from Tagore’s poems. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe evening programme will start at 5 pm, where a chorus song will be presented by Barasat Gitisudha. Rabindra Sangeet will be presented by Ankita Ghosh, Indrani Saha, Arpita Bandyopadhyay, Mandira Ghosh, Mahua Chakraborty, Sinjini Chakraborty and Sutapa Dutta Bhandari among others. Elocutionists including Srimanti Dasgupta, Partha Mukhopadhyay, Mahua Majumdar and Debashis Roy among others will also take part in the event. On May 11, Gitabitan Praktani consisting of the past pupils of Gitabitan will present a chorus directed by Chanda Sengupta. Ektara Pathsala will present a chorus recitation directed by Sovanshundar Basu and presented by Nristi Abritti Sanstha. At 6.15 pm, Thespians will present Tagore’s famous drama Bisarjan, which has been directed by Partha Mukhopadhyay. On May 25 at 5.45 pm, well known elocutionist Bratati Bandyopadhyay will present Nahi Samanya Nari, a chorus recitation directed by her. At 6 pm, Rabindra Sangeet exponents Aditi Gupta, Prabuddha Raha and Subhadeep Chakraborty will take part in a programme. This will be followed by a dance drama. Similar programmes will be held subsequently on May 26, June 1 and June 2 as well.last_img read more

Libya court indicts Kadhafi aides on 2011 uprising charges

first_imgTRIPOLI – A Libyan court indicted around 30 senior Moamer Kadhafi aides, including the dictator’s son Seif al-Islam, on Thursday for a raft of alleged offences during the 2011 revolt, prosecutors said.“The court ordered they stand trial on the main charges against them dealing with the repression of the 2011 revolt,” prosecutors’ office spokesman Seddik al-Sour said after the hearing.“The trial date will be set by the Tripoli criminal court,” Sour told a press conference. The charges pressed against the accused include murder, kidnapping, complicity in incitement to rape, plunder, sabotage, embezzlement of public funds and acts harmful to national unity.Only a dozen of the accused appeared in court, said a lawyer who was present at the hearing, held under tight security at a Tripoli court and prison building.Sour said the law did not require that the defendants all be in court to hear the indictment.The fact that “some of the defendants would have needed exceptional security measures to appear prompted the court to decide to notify them of its decision after the hearing”.“But the presence of all the accused will be obligatory at the trial hearings before the criminal court,” Sour added.last_img read more

Ohio State football to play in at least 3 primetime games in

Junior quarterback, Braxton Miller (5), attempts to run through a tackle by Northwestern defender. OSU won against Northwestern 40-30 Oct. 5.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorGene Smith and Urban Meyer are getting their wish — more primetime football games for Ohio State football.ESPN announced its slate of primetime matchups for the 2014 season, six of which involve teams in the Big Ten. Half of those Big Ten games include the Buckeyes, giving what both Smith and Meyer want for the program — an ability to showcase the team at night.Smith said in an interview with The Lantern Jan. 29 he pushes for ESPN to pick OSU as often as it can when it irons out its night game schedule.“I’m trying to encourage them to pick us,” Smith said in the interview, adding that he would “probably wait till after the Final Four” before talking with the cable sports juggernaut.The Buckeyes are slated to battle Virginia Tech, Penn State and Illinois on either ESPN, ESPN2 or ABC this coming season, with all three games slated to kick off at 8 p.m., according to an OSU press release.The Sept. 6 game against the Hokies in Columbus can be seen on ESPN, while ABC, ESPN or ESPN2 will televise both the Oct. 25 game in State College, Pa., and Nov. 1 tilt against the Fighting Illini at home.The game against the Fighting Illini holds something extra as well, as it is set to be the first night game played in November in Ohio Stadium history.The Buckeyes hosted two night games this past season, both resulting in wins — a 31-24 win against Wisconsin Sept. 28 and 63-14 drubbing of Penn State Oct. 26. Meyer said even before the season got started he had looked forward to the prospect of getting those two games at home.“I’m really excited about that, because that’s recruiting, and especially the night games we have,” Meyer said Aug. 26, just days before the season opener against Buffalo. “The earlier games are a hard time, I didn’t really realize that, but they were hard to get guys here because you’re leaving at 6 a.m., 7 a.m. after a Friday night football game. And a lot of times Saturday, the high school coach has a player, they have to come in and get treatments and all that and the kids can’t make the games. Where night games, you shouldn’t have any issue.”OSU could play in more night games this coming season, but that won’t be decided until the Big Ten Network releases its list of primetime games April 22, according to an OSU release.Ohio Stadium is set to add 2,500 more seats prior to the 2014 season, further preparation for hosting big time programs like Oklahoma in 2017 and Texas in 2023 and beyond, Smith said, which very well could be primetime contests.“Those 2,500 seats will be in the south end zone, you can imagine the tunnels, those seats will go over the top of those tunnels,” Smith said. “So now the teams will come underneath, come out of those tunnels.”Even though Meyer and Smith both said they love night games in Ohio Stadium, Smith did acknowledge that doing so worries him, because of safety concerns.“I think early on I wasn’t comfortable. I think our fans have gotten better, I think we’ve gotten better at working with our fans throughout the day,” Smith said. “The risks are still there. You go to the stadium on Sunday morning and find those little airplane bottles (of alcohol) … It is what it is.”The Buckeyes are 39-22 all-time in night games — those starting after 5 p.m. local time — according to the release. Officially, OSU is 29-19 in games either on the road or played at a neutral site at night and 10-3 at home in primetime games at home.Aside from the wins against Wisconsin and Penn State in Columbus last season, OSU was 1-2 in other prime-time matchups, falling to Michigan State and Clemson in the Big Ten Championship Game and Orange Bowl, while beating Northwestern on the road.But the odds of Meyer continuing to support the idea of home night games for his team are very high.“I think our atmosphere at night is magical,” Meyer said.2014 OSU Football Schedule (as of Tuesday)Aug. 30 — v. Navy, noon at M&T Bank Stadium in BaltimoreSept. 6 — Virginia Tech, 8 p.m. on ESPNSept. 13 — Kent StateSept. 20 — ByeSept. 27 — CincinnatiOct. 4 — at MarylandOct. 11 — ByeOct. 18 —RutgersOct. 25 — at Penn State, 8 p.m. on ABC, ESPN or ESPN2Nov. 1 — Illinois, 8 p.m. on ABC, ESPN, or ESPN2Nov. 8 — at Michigan StateNov. 15 — at MinnesotaNov. 22 — IndianaNov. 29 — MichiganDec. 6 — Big Ten Championship Game read more

Ohio State defense preparing for aerial Cincinnati attack

OSU freshman linebacker Raekwon McMillan (5) pressures Kent State quarterback Colin Reardon during a game Sept. 13 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won 66-0.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorPreparing for an intrastate opponent could easily be an afterthought for the Ohio State football team.The Buckeyes have not lost a game to coach Urban Meyer’s alma mater Cincinnati since 1897. But the Bearcats enter the matchup against OSU with a top tier passing offense, ranking ninth in the country.Meyer said Wednesday that the matchup pitting the Bearcats’ aerial assault against the Buckeye defense will be the key to the game. He added that he has confidence in his secondary that just a year ago ranked 112 out of 125 teams in pass yards allowed per game. “That’s the big one,” Meyer said. “I do (have confidence) from what I see not because I hope. They are highly-recruited kids. I see what I see in practice and this will be the big challenge for them.”The Bearcats’ redshirt-sophomore quarterback Gunner Kiel, who was highly recruited out of high school, earned high praises from Meyer. He said Kiel has impressed him with his play thus far in 2014. “He is big, strong and he runs pretty good when he runs,” Meyer said. “He looks giant on film and on TV. He just looks like a big, gunslinger-type quarterback.”Kiel, who committed to Indiana and Louisiana State University before spending a year at Notre Dame, transferred to Cincinnati in 2013 and sat out all of last season. But just two games into his career, he is already impressing his peers. OSU junior defensive lineman Tommy Schutt said the Buckeye defense cannot let Kiel be comfortable in the pocket, or he will be able to make plays.“We have a lot of respect for Gunner Kiel and he is a great quarterback,” Schutt said Wednesday. “Our job up front is to get after him and disrupt his game. A huge part of our game plan is getting after the quarterback.”Sophomore safety Vonn Bell makes an interception during a game against Virginia Tech on Sept. 6 at Ohio Stadium. OSU lost, 35-21.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorOSU sophomore safety Vonn Bell agreed with his defensive teammate, adding that the Buckeyes will need to disturb Kiel in order to be successful. “He is pretty calm back there,” Bell said Wednesday. “We got to bring a lot of chaos. We are going to bring something for him, so we got to get him mixed up in the head, cover our guys and do our jobs.”Containing the Bearcats’ receivers is something that the OSU defense is also focusing on this week as Cincinnati coach Tommy Tuberville called his receiving corps the best he has ever coached. In comparison, Tuberville has coached at Auburn and Texas Tech amongst other schools, going undefeated at Auburn in 2004. Bell said he knows the Buckeyes will be tested Saturday, but remains confident the OSU defense will hold its own. “It’s a challenge for us, (but) it is a challenge for them too,” Bell said. “We got a good group of guys, they got a good group of guys. It’s going to be a real good contest out there. We are going to fight to the end.” After receiving scrutiny last season, Bell said the Buckeye secondary is excited to prove that they are no longer the weak link on the football team. “We are going to show the world who we are,” Bell said.The Buckeyes will have the chance to do that in their second primetime game of the season and fourth overall contest Saturday, something Schutt said he is looking forward to following a week off. “A bye week is always tough, sitting at home watching everyone play,” Schutt said. “We are definitely eager to get after it.”OSU and Cincinnati are scheduled to kickoff Saturday at 6 p.m. at Ohio Stadium. read more

Baseball Ohio State drops home opener swept in doubleheader in Cincinnati to

Ohio State then-junior catcher, now shortstop, Jalen Washington bats against Northwestern on March 26, 2016 at Bill Davis Stadium. Credit: Edward Sutelan | Lantern reporterThe Ohio State baseball team has never encountered much trouble opening up the season at home. They were undefeated at home under head coach Greg Beals and have not lost since 2004, but that streak ended this weekend, as did their three-game winning streak as they were swept by Xavier. The team is now 8-11 on the season, while Xavier improves to an even 10-10.The team was able to find the power stroke as they received six home runs over the weekend. This home run production was not spread out too far, however, as only three players combined for those six.Junior second baseman Noah McGowan blasted three home runs in Game 3, senior shortstop Jalen Washington knocked two over the fence in Game 2 and junior left fielder Tyler Cowles had one of his own in Game 2 as well.Game 1The Buckeyes took the Musketeers to extra innings, but surrendered a run in the top of the 13th inning to lose their home opener, 3-2.Xavier may have been on the road, but they were still able to get things going early. Their first batter of the game reached first, stole second and later advanced on to third base to give the Musketeers their first scoring chance of the night. Freshman first baseman Nate Monastra was able to come through for his team and delivered an RBI single up the middle to give his team the early 1-0 lead.The second inning started off quite similar to the first. Again, Xavier lead off the inning with a base hit, this time a double. The runner then advanced on to third on a single that put runners on the corners.Senior center fielder Matt Fallon followed that up with a successful squeeze bunt attempt to the first baseman was that pushed across the second Xavier run of the night, giving them a 2-0 lead.It did not take long for the Buckeyes to respond. In the bottom of the third inning, a walk, error and sacrifice bunt put runners on second and third for senior shortstop Jalen Washington, who lifted a sacrifice fly to center field to put OSU on the board.Junior second baseman Noah McGowan then followed up Washington’s sacrifice fly with the Buckeyes’ first hit of the game that knotted the game up at two.The score remained tied at two apiece until the top of the 13th inning. The Musketeers loaded up the bases on a pair of hits and a walk before the Buckeyes struck out the next two batters. With the bases loaded and two away, senior right fielder Joe Gellenbeck took the six-pitch walk that pushed across the would-be winning run and bring the score to 3-2.The most potent force at the dish for OSU was again junior center fielder Tre’ Gantt. The leadoff hitter for OSU continued his hot streak into the home opener by delivering three hits in five at-bats. He has now reached base in all 17 games and owns a team-leading .365 batting average. Game 2Hoping to gain some momentum coming off their home-opener, the Buckeyes led the game late, but blew a 4-3 lead and lost in the bottom of the ninth, 5-4.For the second game in a row, the Musketeers got started early. In the bottom of the second inning, a pair of walks and a single loaded up the bases with nobody out. A sacrifice fly put the team up early 1-0 before a squeeze bunt scored another run. The scoring finished with Gallagher lining only the second hit of the game up the middle to put Xavier on top 3-0.The Scarlet and Gray did not wait long before responding. Half an inning later in the top of the third, junior left fielder Tyler Cowles blasted a home run over the left field wall to bring the score to 3-1.With the score now 3-1, the Buckeyes were looking for some more offense and they found it in the form of co-captain Washington. In the top of the fourth inning, he crushed OSU’s second home run of the game over the left field wall and brought the game to within one.The following inning, the team again found some offense off the bat of Washington. With a runner on first and two away, Washington again connected off Xavier’s starter and sent his second home run of the game out and gave OSU its first lead of the game.After being held scoreless for four straight innings, Xavier lifted a sacrifice fly in the seventh to tie up the game at four.The game stayed tied until the bottom of the ninth inning. A hit-by-pitch, walk and single loaded up the bases with one away for Xavier junior shortstop Mitch Gallagher. Gallagher lifted his second sacrifice fly of the game to center field, bringing home the winning run for the team and sealing the 5-4 victory.This was Washington’s first game batting third in the lineup and he delivered exactly what the team was looking for. The fourth-year co-captain came to the plate four times and finished the game with two hits (both home runs), two runs scored and three RBI’s.Game 3OSU built up three leads against Xavier, but blew all three and lost 6-5 in walk-off fashion for the second-straight game.Coming off a loss in which they gave up three early runs, the Buckeyes were all set to get on the scoreboard as early as possible. With the game still tied at zero in the top of the third, McGowan stepped up to the plate and launched the ball over the left field fence to put his team ahead 1-0.The Buckeyes had the early lead, but it would not take long for the Musketeers to respond. With two outs and a runner on second base in the bottom of the third, junior designated hitter Blaine Griffiths doubled to right field and tied the game up at one.The game stayed tied until the seventh inning when McGowan came to bat with runners on the corners. For the second time, he homered to left field to put the Buckeyes ahead 4-1.Xavier again responded quickly to the offensive strike by the Buckeyes. The first batter of the bottom of the seventh inning homered to left field to bring the game to only a two-run gap.But the Musketeers weren’t done there. The next inning, they put runners on first and second for junior catcher Nate Soria, who singled to left to bring Xavier to within one. Another single loaded up the bases for junior left fielder Will LaRue, who walked to tie the game. Xavier had tied the game up, but the McGowan show was still going on. OSU’s second baseman stepped up to the plate for the fifth time and for the third time, he homered to left field to give OSU the 5-4 lead.Now trailing for the third time in this game, Xavier was down to its final three outs. After the leadoff hitter was hit by a pitch, Gellenbeck homered to right-center field to deliver the Musketeers the 6-5 victory and secure the three-game sweep.This was the clear standout game for McGowan. The third-year transfer from McClellan Community College finished the game 3-5 with three runs scored, five RBI and three home runs in the game. The Buckeyes will take the field again at Bill Davis for only the second time this season when they host Youngstown State on Tuesday, with first pitch scheduled for 5:05 p.m. read more

Iwobi pleased with Wenger sendoff

first_imgAlex Iwobi was pleased to see Arsene Wenger get the big send-off he deserved at the Emirates as Arsenal secured a 5-0 victory against Burnley in his final home matchThe Nigerian ended his goal drought in the Premier League by adding the fourth goal of the game, as Arsenal produced a dominant performance for their departing manager, thanks to an assist from teammate Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for his first league goal since January 2018.After the match, a delighted Iwobi thanked the club for giving the Frenchman the send-off he deserved after 22 years in charge of Arsenal.“This was more than a match! Really pleased we gave you the send-off you deserve. Thank you, boss,” wrote the 22-year-old on Twitter.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…This Was More Than A Match! Really Pleased We Gave You The Send Off You Deserve. Thank You Boss ??#MerciArsene pic.twitter.com/3L8zOXLP1s— Alexander Iwobi (@alexiwobi) May 6, 2018Iwobi is a product of the Arsenal youth academy and was brought into the first-team by Wenger in October 2015 and the young forward has since scored nine goals in his 94 appearances across all competitions for the Gunners.last_img read more

Arda Turan handed 16game ban

first_imgArda Turan has been handed a whopping 16-match ban by the Turkish Super Lig after losing his temper in a bad call made by the refereeThe Barcelona loanee reacted angrily at a linesman in a match between his current team, Istanbul Basaksehir, and Sivasspor.Turan was left frustrated after ex-Real Madrid forward Robinho scored a late equaliser for Sivasspor that all but ended Basaksehir’s title hopes with the hosts having previously been reduced to nine men at the Istanbul Basaksehir Fatih Terim Stadyumu.The 31-year-old then shoved the official with both hands and continued to protest after being given a straight red card.Turan was banned for 10 matches for attacking the assistant referee, three matches for insulting him and another three for threatening him.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.The former Atletico Madrid player was also fined 39,000 Turkish lira.??16 partidos de sanción a Arda Turan por agredir al árbitro asistente en la liga turca!! (10 por empujar, 3 por insultar y 3 por amenazar) #Radioestadio pic.twitter.com/zNcZILWNww— Radioestadio (@Radioestadio) May 10, 2018last_img read more

United boss Solskjaer plans to learn more about Red Devils players

first_imgManchester United will challenge Tottenham Hotspur this afternoon and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer plans to use the match to learn more about his players.Reds Devils will be clashing with third-placed Spurs in the Premier League at Wembley Stadium in today and United coach adds that his team are capable of beating anyone.“Of course it will be tough but, then again, we can make it tough for them,” said Ole, when speaking to MUTV during their warm-weather training camp in Dubai this week.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“They [Spurs] have got strengths and weaknesses, as have we, so it’s one of those games that we’ll need, and the cup game against Arsenal, before we go into the Champions League against PSG because that’s the ultimate test.”So, for me, the Spurs game isn’t the be all and end all. Of course it’s important, but it’s preparation for the rest of the season and the way going forward. We’ve won five games and you learn so much by winning but, when you get these tougher games, then you learn more about the personalities and how they deal with these situations.“last_img read more

Neville fears that Pogba may still leave Man United

first_imgManchester United legend Gary Neville has raised concerns over Paul Pogba’s long-term future at the club.Ever since returning to United in the summer of 2016 for a then-world record transfer of £95m from Juventus, Pogba has been a mere shadow of the player he once was in Italy.But, under caretaker coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Pogba appears to have begun consistently delivering the kind of performances that justify his price tag.The French midfielder has delivered nine goals and six assists in 12 appearances and has played a vital role in United’s climb back into the top four of the Premier League along with booking a quarter-final spot in the FA Cup.But Neville is worried that the influence of his agent, Mino Raiola, will have a poisonous effect on Pogba’s long-term future at Old Trafford.“To be bang honest on Pogba, for two years, for £95m he gave United nowhere near enough in terms of performance levels and contribution,” Neville told Sky Sports.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“In the last two or three months, he’s playing like the player that, to be fair, was bought for £95m. And he’s an outstanding player when he is playing like he is doing at the moment.“If he plays for Manchester United for the next five years at the levels he’s playing now, there will be no one happier than us two [Neville and fellow pundit Nemanja Vidic] watching him out there because he’s absolutely outstanding.“But in the back of my mind, the problems that we witnessed in the first two years will emanate again at some point. Because I think his agent will be onto him, he’ll be wanting his little move away, he’ll be wanting his next pay-off and that’s my problem with it. His commitment to the club has got to be long-term.“At the moment I love the way he’s playing. He’s brilliant, he’s outstanding. He could tear Liverpool apart on his own today if he makes those runs into the box. But this is only three months of football out of two and a half years, nearly three seasons.“So let’s keep it in balance. If he’s playing like this in two years all of us will be saying wonderful, fantastic things.“My personal view is his agent will be onto him in the next transfer window or two or three and be saying to him ‘come on, we need to get over to there now. I need to get over to there.’ And that’s my worry with him. Can he be trusted for the long term at the club? We trust him at the moment. Can we trust him for the long term?”Paul PogbaLONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 13: Paul Pogba of Manchester United celebrates victory after the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United at Wembley Stadium on January 13, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)last_img read more

Mercedes Benz Launches BClass Diesel in India for ₹226 Lakh

first_imgLuxury car maker Mercedes-Benz rolled out the diesel engine version of its B-Class car in India with a price tag of ₹22.60 lakh (ex-showroom Mumbai).Under the hood, the B-Class 180 CDI Style (Diesel) is powered by the same 2.2-litre four-cylinder engine which powers A-Class diesel cars. It delivers a power of 108PS and 250Nm of peak torque and the company claims it gives a fuel efficiency of 18.98 Kmpl. It has a top speed of 190 kmph.”With the B-Class we have pioneered the luxury tourer segment in India and the launch of the B-Class diesel will further enhance the options for the new age customers who aspire to own a luxury brand,” said Mercedes-Benz India Managing Director and CEO Eberhard Kern, reported PTI.The most noticeable aspect about the diesel version is its price tag. By pricing the diesel version lower than its petrol model, Mercedes once again played the same trick that it tried with the A-Class diesel version. The car will come in four colour options which include Jupiter Red,Cirrus White,Polar Silver and Monolith Grey. Unlike the B-Class petrol version, the diesel version is launched only in one variant – Style trim.”We have seen a substantial demand for our new generation cars like the B-Class petrol and the A-class in India and the B-class diesel is a step ahead,” Kern said adding, “We are closely monitoring the developments. If the rupee continues to remain at current level for long, it may be forced to pass on cost pressure to consumers for specific models to protect margins.”last_img read more

Budget 2016 FM Arun Jaitleys nine pillars to tranform India

first_imgPrime Minister Narendra Modi’s key ministers are in “transformation mode”, so to speak. First, it was Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu, who talked last Thursday while presenting the Railway Budget for FY2017 of seven missions to transform the world’s fourth-largest rail network.On Monday, it was Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s turn, as he laid out the broad contours for Budget 2016-17, which he said were meant to “transform India” next fiscal. The all-encompassing nine pillars covered almost everything under the sun â€” from agriculture, social sector spending, education and infra spending, to financial sector reforms, tax reforms and fiscal discipline. AgricultureAllocation for farmers’ welfare was set at Rs 35,984 crore. A long-term irrigation fund will be set up with an initial corpus of Rs 20,000 crore. In case of crop loss, farmers will be compensated with nominal premium and the highest ever compensation under the PM’s Crop Insurance Scheme (PM Fasal Bima Yojana).Rural thrust Allocation to the PM’s Rural Roads Scheme (Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana) will be increased to Rs 19,000 crore. Grants to gram panchayats will see a quantum jump of 228 percent in accordance with FFC recommendations. A 100 villages will be electrified by May 1, 2018. In totality, Rs 87,765 crore will be spent on rural development in FY2017.Social-sector spending A new healthcare scheme will provide health cover of up to Rs 1 lakh per family. Senior citizens will get additional healthcare cover of up to Rs 30,000. Besides, 300 generic drug stores will be opened.Education, skills, and job creation A new scheme of Rs 500 crore has been launched to promote ventures by ST/SC communities. Ten educational institutions in public and private sector each will be made world-class. A digital literacy scheme will be launched to cover rural households. The main objective will be to skill 1 core youths under the PM Kaushal-Vikas Yojana.Infrastructure and investmentThe total infrastructre outlay for FY2016-17 now stands at Rs 2,21,246 crore. For development of highways, Rs 55,000 crore has been allocated.Financial sector reformsThe biggest reform announced in the budget is the amendment to the Reserve Bank of India Act to “provide statutory basis for a Monetary Policy Framework and a Monetary Policy Committee through the Finance Bill 2016.” Besides, Jaitley also proposed to set up  a Financial Data Management Centre under the Financial Stability Development Council to “facilitate integrated data aggregation and analysis in the financial sector.”Tax reforms for easier complianceThe ceiling of income tax rebate under Section 87A for taxpayers up to Rs 5 lakh annual income will be raised to Rs 5,000 from Rs 2,000. This would benefit approximately 1 crore tax payers. Deduction under HRA will be raised from Rs 20,000 to Rs 60,000 per annum. The other two pillars as articulated by Jaitley include fiscal discipline and ease of doing business.last_img read more

Blue moon to rise in the skies today does it have a

first_imgA blue moon occurs once every 2.7 years. (Twitter)ReutersSkygazers have something to cheer, as the full moon in May, popularly known as the flower moon will grace the skies with its full beauty in the night of May 18. However, this year’s flower moon will also be a ‘Blue Moon’, even though our natural satellite will not appear blue in the skies. So, why today’s full moon is called Blue Moon? Let us check it out.What is a Blue Moon?Usually, the term ‘Blue Moon’ is given to a lunar cycle when two full moons happen in a month and it can also be the third of four full moons during a single season. This year, it is the third of four moons this spring, and this happens quite rarely.”The name ‘Blue Moon’ has nothing to do with the colour of the Moon. Every two to three years we have 13 full Moons within a year. This way, we can have four full Moons during a given season or two full Moons in a given month,” said Gianluca Masi, astrophysicist and director of the Virtual Telescope Project in Rome, CNN reports.Brian Murphy, a professor of physics and astronomy at Butler University in Indiana revealed that Saturday’s blue moon will appear as a normal full moon, and he added that there will not be anything odd about it. Murphy added that earth’s natural satellite will appear in its greyish white colour, Washington Post reports.Did Blue Moon has a historical connection?NASA reveals that the Blue Moon has a little historical connection, and interestingly it is linked with a volcanic eruption. As per the United States space agency, the Krakatoa volcanic eruption that happened in Indonesia in 1883 sent plumes of ashes into the skies, and it turned the moon to blue colour for quite some time.”The time was 1883, the year an Indonesian volcano named Krakatoa exploded. Scientists liken the blast to a 100-megaton nuclear bomb. Fully 600 km away, people heard the noise as loud as a cannon shot. Plumes of ash rose to the very top of Earth’s atmosphere. And the moon turned blue. Krakatoa’s ash is the reason,” wrote NASA.Is Blue Moon and the Supermoon the same?Many people often misinterpret a Blue Moon as a Supermoon. However, Blue Moon and Supermoon are entirely different. A supermoon happens when the earth’s natural satellite comes very close to the earth than its average distance. It should be noted that the average distance between the earth and the moon is 238,000 miles, but during a supermoon, this distance gets reduced to 221,000 miles.last_img read more