Lynx beat Mystics for top seed in WNBA Playoffs

first_imgHotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Kristi Toliver hit a 3-pointer with 4:28 remaining to pull Washington within 80-71, but Moore answered at the other end and the Mystics didn’t score again until the 2:09 mark.Toliver led Washington with 20 points. Elena Delle Donne added 12 points in just 18 minutes and Krystal Thomas grabbed 14 rebounds.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingIt was Minnesota’s final game at the Xcel Energy Center as the Lynx will play their home playoff games at the University of Minnesota’s Williams Arena. The team is moving to accommodate the Minnesota Wild’s preseason schedule.SPARKS 81, SUN 70 LOS ANGELES — Nneka Ogwumike scored 21 points and Candace Parker had a double-double as the defending champion Los Angeles Sparks closed the WNBA regular season with a win over Connecticut.Los Angeles (26-8) went 15-1 at home, but finished a game behind Minnesota for the top seed in the playoffs. The Sparks have a bye until the semifinals. The Sun (21-13) are the fourth seed and have a first-round bye.Parker had 12 points and 14 rebounds for the Sparks and Odyssey Sims had 16 points.Courtney Williams led the Suns with 19 points. Jonquel Jones had 10 rebounds to finish with 403, the first player in league history to surpass 400. Tina Charles held the old record at 398. With 10 points, Jones had 20 double-doubles this season.LIBERTY 82, WINGS 81ADVERTISEMENT NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Sharapova comeback, teen’s dream run end at US Open Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ FILE – In this Aug. 3, 2017, file photo, Minnesota Lynx forward Plenette Pierson flexes her muscles to celebrate after a play by center Sylvia Fowles during the third quarter against the Atlanta Dream in a WNBA basketball game in St. Paul, Minn. Minnesota secured the top seed in the WNBA playoffs while the Los Angeles Sparks will be the two seed. (Aaron Lavinsky/Star Tribune via AP, File)ST. PAUL, Minnesota — Maya Moore scored 26 points and Renee Montgomery added 18 to help the Minnesota Lynx secure the top seed in the WNBA playoffs with an 86-72 victory over the Washington Mystics on Sunday.Minnesota (27-7) finished the season a game ahead of Los Angeles (26-8). Both teams have byes until in the semifinals on Sept. 12.Washington (18-16) is the sixth seed and plays the Dallas Wings on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES MOST READ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters ROSEMONT, Illinois — Breanna Stewart scored 29 points, making two free throws with 15.6 seconds left for a three-point lead, and Seattle beat Chicago.The Storm rallied to take a 79-78 lead with 3:11 left as Jewell Loyd’s open 3-pointer from the corner capped a 9-0 run.After Stewart’s makes, Allie Quigley curled around a high screen but her long 3 was off the mark. Seattle’s Noelle Quinn sealed it by making two free throws with 11.2 seconds left.Loyd added 25 points for Seattle (15-19), which plays at Phoenix on Wednesday night in the first round of the playoffs. Stewart made 10 of 12 at the stripe as the Storm only missed three free throws in 27 attempts.Kahleah Copper paced Chicago (12-22) with 18 points. Courtney Vandersloot set a WNBA record in the third quarter for the highest single-season assists average. Her eight assists per game surpassed Ticha Penicheiro’s 2002 mark of 7.9.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ARLINGTON, Texas — Tina Charles had 18 points and 18 rebounds to help New York clinch the third seed in the playoffs with a win over the Wings and extend the Liberty’s winning streak to 10 games.The Liberty (22-12) matched the franchise record for longest winning streak and have a first-round bye. The seventh-seeded Wings (16-18) play at No. 6 Washington in a one-game playoff on Wednesday.Trailing 82-79 after a Charles putback with 22.1 seconds to play, the Wings missed, but forced a turnover and Aerial Powers scored on a putback with 3.7 seconds left. When the Liberty inbounded the ball in the frontcourt after a timeout, they had a backcourt violation, giving Dallas one last shot. Skylar Diggins-Smith’s attempt from the 3-point line bounced off the rim at the buzzer.MERCURY 84, DREAM 70PHOENIX — Brittney Griner scored 30 points as the Phoenix Mercury closed the regular season with a victory over the Dream on Sunday to secure the fifth seed in the playoffs.Phoenix (18-16) will host Seattle on Wednesday night.Griner reached the 30-point mark for the sixth time in her career with a reverse layup with 1:23 remaining in the fourth quarter. She blocked Elizabeth Williams’ shot at the other end. All six of her 30-point games have come this season.Leilani Mitchell added 18 points for Phoenix and Diana Taurasi was held to nine points on 3-of-12 shooting.Rookie Brittney Sykes scored a career-best 33 points for Atlanta (12-22). She was 12 of 19 from the floor and made seven free throws. Tiffany Hayes added 15 points, and Camille Little moved into a tie with Lauren Jackson for 12th place in WNBA history with 2,447 rebounds, passing Yolanda Griffith.STORM 85, SKY 80 Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side View commentslast_img read more

Belagavi tense over hoisting of religious flag

first_imgTension prevailed in the communally-sensitive northwestern city of Belagavi (Belgaum) in Karnataka, on Monday, as people belonging to two different religions, clashed over hoisting a religious flag in the Khadakgalli area.On Monday, while the festival Shivaratri was being celebrated, a house-owner allegedly deliberately hoisted a green-coloured flag atop his home leading to an argument in the neighbhourhood. Subsequently, another group hoisted a saffron-coloured flag in the locality.This escalated into a fight with men from two different religions trading blows. The police intervened in time and put the clash to an end. The police removed flags hoisted by the two different groups. Additional policemen were deployed in the locality to prevent any untoward incident.last_img read more

Mukherjee lists 8 steps to resolve issues between India, China

first_imgFrom V S ChandrasekarBeijing, May 26 (PTI) Outlining eight pillars for the future of Sino-India ties, President Pranab Mukherjee today underlined the need for resolving challenges like the boundary question through “political acumen” and “civilisational wisdom” so that the coming generations are not “burdened” by unresolved issues.Delivering a lecture at the elite Peking University here, Mukherjee noted that there is bipartisan commitment to strengthening partnership with China, and said political understanding between the two countries is vital for “closer developmental partnership”.He said he was “confident that by placing these eight pillars at the foundation of a people-centric approach, we can sufficiently enhance and strengthen our cooperation to the mutual benefit of both our peoples”.”One of the ways it could be done is through enhanced political communication. In India, we have a bipartisan commitment to strengthening our partnership with China. The frequent contacts between our respective leaders bear testimony to this.”We have broadened the common ground and learnt to manage our differences. There are challenges – including the boundary question – that still need to be addressed comprehensively,” he said while addressing the gathering on the topic “India-China Relations: 8 steps to a people-centric partnership”.India and China have differences over the 3,488 km-long border. While Beijing says that the boundary dispute is confined to 2,000 kms, mainly in Arunachal Pradesh in eastern sector which it claims as part of southern Tibet, India asserts that the dispute covered the whole of the Line of Actual Control including the Aksai Chin occupied by China during the 1962 war.advertisementMaking his first state visit to China as head of the state, Mukherjee said while it was natural for neighbours to have differences of views on certain issues from time to time, “I consider it a test of our political acumen when we are called upon to draw upon our civilisational wisdom and resolve these differences to the mutual satisfaction of both sides”.”Both sides should work with the aim of ensuring that we do not burden our coming generations by leaving our unresolved problems to them. I am confident that by ensuring that these matters are not aggravated and by remaining sensitive to mutual concerns, we can minimise our differences and maximise our convergences,” he said.As part of his eight principles, he stressed on the need to enhance contacts among the youth of the two countries through festivals and sports contacts, digital technology, intellectual and cultural exchanges and travels, especially the Kailash Mansarovar and Buddhist pilgrimage centres.Collaboration of civil societies on both sides and a common approach to global and developmental issues that facilitate strong cooperation in multilateral fora including the G20, BRICS, East Asian Summit, Asian Infrastructure and Investment Bank (AIIB) and Shanghai Cooperation Forum (SCO) will enthuse people of the two countries to support and contribute to the achievement of the shared goals, Mukherjee said. PTI VSC SAI ASK AKJ ASKlast_img read more

Red Sox Sweep Sad Yanks, 8-7

first_imgBOSTON — Alex Rodriguez had already driven in four runs against David Price with a homer and a double.So when the New York Yankees’ designated hitter came up again with the game tied in the seventh inning, Red Sox Manager John Farrell wanted to have a chat with his ace.“David’s not going to say he doesn’t want to face anyone,” Farrell said May 1 after Price retired Rodriguez and picked up the win in Boston’s 8-7 victory over the Yankees.“That was a pivotal moment,” Farrell added. “He’s a big-time performer, despite some of tonight’s outcomes.”Price got Rodriguez on a groundout, and Christian Vazquez hit a two-run homer over the Green Monster in the bottom of the inning to break a 6-all tie as the Red Sox completed a three-game sweep of their arch-rivals.Dustin Pedroia and Xander Bogaerts each had three hits and Travis Shaw homered for Boston, which has won seven of eight to move into first place in the AL East.Rodriguez homered for the third time in four games and added a two-run double for the Yankees, who have lost a season-high five in a row.“It is frustrating, no question about it,” Rodriguez said. “We expect better things from ourselves.”Price (4-0) earned the win despite allowing six runs and eight hits in seven innings. He gave up Rodriguez’s 692nd career homer in the third and then a two-run double in the fifth.“He’s tough, he’s got 3,000-plus hits,” Price said. “For them to stick with me then, I definitely appreciate it.”Craig Kimbrel pitched the ninth for his eighth save.Dellin Betances relieved Ivan Nova (1-1) with one on and two outs in the seventh, but Vazquez hit the first pitch over the left-field wall for his first homer of the year, and just the second of his major league career.“I pretty much lost these games; I’ll take the responsibility on myself,” said Betances, who gave up a tie-breaking homer to David Ortiz on April 30. “It’s tough. We put up a lot of runs and I tried to come in and do my job. Unfortunately, I didn’t.”Nathan Eovaldi, who took a no-hitter into the seventh inning at Texas in his previous start, gave up hits to the first two batters as the Red Sox took a 1-0 lead in the first.(JIMMY GOLEN, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Sam Curran rewarded with first Test contract after stellar series vs India

first_imgEngland all-rounder Sam Curran received his first central contract for Tests from the board after putting up England’s man-of-the-series performance against Virat Kohli-led Indian cricket team.The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced on Friday that Curran has been rewarded for his display against India with a central contract.Curran was selected as England’s man-of-the-series by India captain Virat Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri was pitching in 272 runs and 11 wickets throughout the series, which Joe Root’s side won 4-1.Following the struggles of Keaton Jennings during the India series and the retirement of Alastair Cook, there are no opening batsmen among the 10 players awarded with the 12-month central contracts for Tests.”Surrey’s Sam Curran receives a Test contract for the first time,” the ECB said in a statement.Also read – England vs India: Ben Stokes joins elite list, Sam Curran creates history”Jos Buttler and Adil Rashid join Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Ben Stokes and Chris Woakes as players awarded contracts covering both Test and white-ball cricket.”England next play five one-dayers and a Twenty20 International in Sri Lanka before the three-Test series gets underway on November 6 at Galle.Also read – Watching Virat Kohli bat was an eye-opener for young Sam CurranThey then travel to West Indies early next year before hosting Australia next summer in England.England central contracts:Tests: Moeen Ali (Worcestershire), James Anderson (Lancashire), Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire), Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire), Jos Buttler (Lancashire), Sam Curran (Surrey), Adil Rashid (Yorkshire), Joe Root (Yorkshire), Ben Stokes (Durham), Chris Woakes (Warwickshire).advertisementAlso read – England win Test series vs India: Ben Stokes, Sam Curran savour special dayODI/T20: Moeen Ali (Worcestershire), Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire), Jos Buttler (Lancashire), Alex Hales (Nottinghamshire), Eoin Morgan (Middlesex), Liam Plunkett (Surrey), Adil Rashid (Yorkshire), Joe Root (Yorkshire), Jason Roy (Surrey), Ben Stokes (Durham), David Willey (Yorkshire), Chris Woakes (Warwickshire), Mark Wood (Durham).(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

‘Sanchez needs to play, at Man Utd or elsewhere’

first_imgAlexis Sanchez needs regular match action either at Manchester United or elsewhere, says Chile great Ivan Zamorano.Sanchez left Arsenal for United in January 2018 but has struggled to find his best form at Old Trafford, starting just nine Premier League games last season and scoring once.The 30-year-old has continued to score for Chile, though, netting twice so far at the Copa America, yet Zamorano believes the rust from his club campaign has still been evident in the wins over Japan and Ecuador. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? And the former Chile star wants Sanchez, who has been linked with Juventus, to be a starter wherever he begins next term.”What’s best for [Sanchez] is to play – wherever he can, be it at Manchester United or any other team,” Zamorano told Omnisport.”The important thing is for him to be constantly competing. I talk from my experience. Sometimes when you’re abroad and you’re not playing, it is hard to regain the level.”We’ve seen it. Alexis hasn’t played in Manchester for a long time, but the second he puts on the Chilean shirt, he’s different. That’s what we like.”No matter how you are doing at your team, we hope at the moment you put on the Chilean shirt you give your best, and that’s what Alexis is doing.”I’m very happy to see him regaining his level and to see him being a vital part of Chile, being a protagonist in South America again.”Sanchez was set to be assessed for an ankle injury ahead of Monday’s clash against Uruguay, with Chile having already sealed their progression out of Group C.Man Utd have already brought in Daniel James from Swansea after the 21-year-old impressed with his pace in wide areas for the Championship side last season.James will provide extra competition for Sanchez next term with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said to be keen to reshape his squad with young players. Senior players Romelu Lukaku and Paul Pogba could to depart Old Trafford this summer, with Ander Herrera having already departed following the expiration of his contract.James could get his first competitive opportunity for the Red Devils in their opening Premier League game against Chelsea on August 11.last_img read more

Injury Update For Penn State RB Miles Sanders

first_imgMiles Sanders runs with the ball for Penn State.GLENDALE, AZ – DECEMBER 30: Running back Miles Sanders #24 of the Penn State Nittany Lions rushes the football against the Washington Huskies during the second half of the Playstation Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium on December 30, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona. The Nittany Lions defeated the Huskies 35-28. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)The Penn State Nittany Lions are locked in a tight contest with the Michigan State Spartans as the game heads to the fourth quarter. Penn State held a 14-7 lead at the half, but the Spartans battled back and the game is tied at 14.The Nittany Lions have struggled in recent history against the Spartans and are in danger of dropping yet another to the division rival. What’s worse for Penn State is the team may have just lost starting running back Miles Sanders to an injury.Sanders ran for a short gain but got rolled up on and could be seen limping off the field.Cameras caught Sanders on the sideline and he seemed to be testing out his left leg.Miles Sanders appears to be in discomfort heading toward the sideline.— Tyler Donohue (@TDsTake) October 13, 2018The star tailback picked up right where former Penn State star Saquon Barkley left off with the Nittany Lions. He leads the team in rushing and had 152 yards on just 11 carries before leaving the contest.UPDATE: It appears Sanders is good to go.Miles Sanders was ready to check back in if Michigan State accepted penalty, re-played third down. https://t.co/PMRwLCDgxI— Tyler Donohue (@TDsTake) October 13, 2018That’s good news for the Nittany Lions moving forward.last_img read more

Half of First Nations children living in poverty should shock Canadians report

first_imgAPTN National NewsHalf of First Nations children in Canada are living below the poverty line a new study indicates.The number jumps to nearly two thirds in Manitoba and Saskatchewan according to a study released Wednesday by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and Save the Children Canada.“The report’s findings that half of status First Nation children live in poverty should shock all Canadians,” said Patricia Erb, President and CEO of Save the Children, in a statement. “Looking beyond the numbers to the impact of poverty on the lives of Indigenous children explains why Save the Children is currently growing our programming in Canada.”The number drops when looking at Metis, Inuit, and non-status Indian children to 27 per cent and brings the total to nearly 40 per cent for all Indigenous children living in poverty compared to 15 per cent of non-Indigenous children.Some of the differences in child poverty appear to be where they are from. Federally funded on-reserve children faced the most hardships compared to those who lived off reserve.The federal government funds on-reserve social services, health care, education and income supports.According to the study transfer payments for these social services on-reserve have increased two per cent a year since 1996 and isn’t adjusted for population growth or need.“The removal of this cap on funding growth and an adjustment of transfers for need could reduce the alarming rate of status First Nations households living in poverty. It is a matter of choice,” said a portion of the study’s executive summary. “The failure of ongoing policies is clear. The link between the denial of basic human rights for Indigenous children and their poverty is equally clear.”The study examined child poverty statistics from the 2006 census, the most recent data available according to the authors.According to the statistics Indigenous children fall behind on family income, ability to receive an education, crowding and homelessness, poor water quality, infant mortality, health and suicide.“The Indigenous population is the fastest growing in Canada. With adequate and sustained support these people will become an integral part of society and the workforce–particularly as baby boomers retire,” said Daniel Wilson, Indigenous rights advocate and co-author of the study. “But if we refuse to address the crushing poverty facing Indigenous children, we will ensure the crisis of socioeconomic marginalization and wasted potential will continue.”Nearly $7.5 billion would be need to bring all children up to the poverty line suggested the study.news@aptn.calast_img read more

UN conference on natural disasters opens with call for better mitigation measures

Three weeks after a devastating Indian Ocean tsunami killed at least 160,000 people, the United Nations World Conference on Disaster Reduction (WCDR) opened today in Kobe, Japan – site of a disastrous earthquake that claimed 40,000 lives 10 years ago – with a clarion call for better measures to mitigate the effects of natural hazards.“All disaster-prone countries should adopt clear, goal-oriented disaster reduction policies and action plans underpinned by dedicated structures and resources,” UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Jan Egeland told over 4,000 participants from more than 150 countries, urging them to turn commitments into action and increase funding.At the top of the agenda is a tsunami early warning system for the Indian Ocean, which experts say could have saved scores of thousands of lives when gigantic waves from an undersea earthquake battered a dozen countries on 26 December, injuring more than half a million people beyond the death toll and leaving 5 million others in desperate need of basic services and at risk of deadly epidemics.“We must draw and act on every lesson we can, and prevent such tragedies from occurring in the future,” Secretary-General Kofi Annan said in a videotaped message after the conference opened with a minute of silence in memory of those who perished in last month’s disaster.The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has already laid out plans for a warning system, including deep water buoys, tide gauges and a regional tsunami alert centre at a cost of $30 million to be operational for the Indian Ocean by June 2006, expanding worldwide a year later. The system would alert people in coastal regions in a tsunami’s path to evacuate hours before the devastating waves struck.In 1968 UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) launched a successful International Tsunami Warning System for the Pacific, presently the only one in the world.But tsunamis will not be the only disaster high on the agenda of the five-day conference as it draws up a 10-year global action plan to mitigate the worst effects of other catastrophes, too, such as hurricanes and quakes, through early warning systems, quake-proof buildings, accelerated response units and other measures to reduce the toll.“Technology is not a cure-all. From Singapore to South Africa, experience shows us that people, not hardware, must be at the centre of any successful disaster warning and preparedness measure,” Mr. Egeland said, stressing the need for disaster education. “Children everywhere should be learning about living more safely with the natural hazards around them, as a part of their basic life skills education.”He proposed new funding, recommending that countries earmark a minimum of 10 per cent of the billions spent on disaster relief for disaster risk reduction.Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi pledged his Government’s support in enhancing regional cooperation and promoting partnerships to help build a global culture of disaster prevention while Emperor Akihito, referring to Japan’s own long-standing expertise in disaster reduction, outlined the need to cross natural boundaries to assist more vulnerable communities in preparing themselves.The conference presented “a precious opportunity to share mutual experiences, to protect lives and livelihoods of people from natural disasters, by aiming to strengthen preparedness and to create a society where people can live in safety and security,” the emperor said. Various UN agencies will put forward specific mitigating strategies related to their sector during the week.World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director James T. Morris, for example, is slated to address the gathering on measures to augment emergency preparedness for food relief, while the Director of the Office for Outer Space Affairs (OOSA), Sergio Camacho-Lara, will highlight the important role of space-based technologies in managing natural disasters.OOSA is playing a key role in facilitating capacity-building in developing countries to enable them to use space technology during all phases of disaster management – from early warning to disaster reduction, rescue and rehabilitation. read more

UN health agency gathers data on new human bird flu cases in

“Such data are urgently needed at a time when many countries are intensifying their pandemic preparedness activities,” the World Health Organization (WHO) said of the disease, which has so far infected more than 50 people in the past year, mainly in Viet Nam and Thailand, killing over three dozen of them and leading to the deaths or culling of nearly 140 million birds. The four new cases, one of them fatal, developed in the latter half of February, and WHO continues to work closely with the Vietnamese Ministry of Health to further investigate additional cases which may have occurred since 2 February. The agency has repeatedly warned that the bird flu virus, H5N1, could mutate into a new human virus with pandemic potential. The so-called Spanish flu pandemic of 1918-20, which was not related to the present virus, is estimated to have killed between 20 million and 40 million people worldwide. read more

Ohio State mens volleyball coach Pete Hanson still aiming for championships after

Men’s volleyball coach Pete Hanson has more than 600 wins and one national title in his 30 years with the Buckeyes.Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsAs his players shook hands following a sweep of IPFW on Friday, Ohio State men’s volleyball coach Pete Hanson had claimed the 603rd win of his career.Hanson, who has coached the Buckeyes for 30 years, holds a career record of 603-324. Hanson and the No. 11 Buckeyes have passed several milestones this season, including the program’s 1,000th overall win and its 500th victory at St. John Arena. Hanson’s OSU career spans 18 20-plus win seasons, 10 national semifinal appearances, a runner-up finish and one national championship.Before beginning his illustrious coaching career, Hanson played volleyball at the collegiate level at Kellogg Community College in Michigan then spent his last two years at Ball State University, up until 1979. Upon graduation, Hanson took his first position as an assistant coach for Ball State men’s volleyball team.He then spent time as a women’s assistant and head coach with Wyoming before joining the Buckeyes’ men’s program in 1985.“I just felt like it would be a great way to give back and to help continue to grow men’s volleyball, and so it kind of led me here and I have been here for 30 years,” Hanson said.Hanson said he thinks the most passionate aspect of his job is watching young players succeed.“The thing that keeps me coming in every day and keeps me looking forward to next year is to bring in a young man and to convince him that Ohio State would be a great place for him to go to school, to get his education, to play volleyball, and then to help him through that journey,” Hanson said. “At the end of the day when they walk out of here with a degree in hand, and maybe they’ve already got a job lined up, that’s the really cool part. To think that myself, my two coaches and Ohio State had a part in that is a really, really neat feeling.”While the Buckeyes finished last season with a losing record for the first time since 1992, Hanson’s squad has started fresh in 2015 with an 11-3 overall record and a 5-1 mark in conference play.The ultimate goal he sets for his team is the same on the yearly basis: winning the national championship.“I think the long-term goal is to try to do the necessary things that are going to allow our team to compete for an elite championship and hopefully a national championship,” Hanson said. “Even though we’ve got this goal and 99.9 percent of the time we’re not going to reach it, it certainly is a goal worth having.”Hanson learned what it takes to make a championship run before he even joined the Division I volleyball ranks.“My senior year (at Ball State) we won the MIVA championship and qualified to go to the NCAA national championships,” Hanson said. “Just having successes along the way which is what we’re trying to do here with our guys, I was able to experience that and those are memories that I’ll have for a lifetime.”As he hunts for a second title as a coach, Hanson said he is grateful for his wife and two sons, ages 20 and 18, who have been supportive of his career.“There are times when you miss some of the kids’ activities and you’re not there at all the right times that you’d like to be,” Hanson said. “I think the big thing was that my wife and the two boys understood and they dealt with it as positively as they could.”Off of the court, Hanson enjoys playing golf in addition to spending time on the water.“Here in the past five to seven years, I’ve become really enamored with fly fishing,” Hanson said. “For the last six or seven summers, my wife and I go to Wyoming to visit one of her brothers, and he got me turned onto fly fishing in the backcountry. It is just the most relaxing and just a time that I can’t put a price on.”Hanson will have to put his next fishing trip on hold as the Buckeyes get set to take on Grand Canyon on Saturday and Sunday in Phoenix. read more

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge awarded gold Blue Peter badges for work

first_img“It was lovely to show them how much we value our audience getting involved with the show through letters, Fan Club comments on the website and the fantastic artwork they send to us every week.”His Royal Highness was particularly impressed with a drawing of his grandmother wearing a tiara that one of the children had sent in.”Viewers can see William and Kate being presented with their badges in Thursday’s live Blue Peter Christmas special at 5.30pm on CBBC. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have followed in the footsteps of the Queen by being awarded a Gold Blue Peter badge.They received their badges at the Blue Peter studios in Salford for their campaign work around mental health and mental health issues affecting children.The Queen was awarded a Gold badge – the programme’s highest award – during her Golden Jubilee year in 2002.Sir David Attenborough, JK Rowling, Steven Spielberg, Mary Berry and David Beckham are among the small number of people to have been presented with the accolade, for role models who show great expertise in their field and inspire children across generations.Receiving his badge, William said: “That’s very touching. Thank you very, very much.”Wow, that’s amazing … We have won a badge!” He said of the couple’s work on mental health: “We’ve still got a long way to go yet but we are getting there. A shift is happening and we will hopefully crack a problem that should have been cracked a long time ago.”Joking about his grandmother also having a badge, he added: “We’ll compare!”Kate told the BBC show’s presenters: “It’s hugely special. Mental health has been a learning process for us too … We want to get everyone talking about it so it hasn’t got that stigma it’s had.” Blue Peter editor Ewan Vinnicombe said: “It was a real honour to welcome the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to the Blue Peter studios in our 60th year. The couple received their badges at the Blue Peter studios in Salford for their campaign work around mental health and mental health issues affecting childrenCredit: BBC/Dan Vernon The couple received their badges at the Blue Peter studios in Salford for their campaign work around mental health and mental health issues affecting children Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Woman killed in Kerry motorbike crash

first_imgDESPITE NATIONAL EFFORTS by gardaí, it has been a bad long weekend on Irish roads so far.Yesterday afternoon, a woman in her 50s became the fourth victim of collisions since Friday morning.The motorcyclist was fatally injured when her bike left the road at Lissvieen in Killarney at about 4.50pm. She becomes the 79th person and ninth motorcyclist to die on Irish roads this year.The road was closed for some time to facilitate technical and forensic exams. Witnesses have been asked to contact the local garda station.A man in his 30s died in a separate road crash in Kerry on Friday evening, while two people were killed in a serious collision in Kildare.Gardaí make fresh appeal about fatal Kildare crashMan in Kerry crash is 78th person to die on Irish roads in 2013Operation Slow Down: 321 vehicles caught speeding in 24 hourslast_img read more

Poll Do you ever cycle

first_imgPoll: Do you ever cycle? Give it to us straight. Honest answers only. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL Jun 12th 2017, 12:45 PM Occasionally, but not often (2269) DUBLIN HAS THE highest percentage of people who cycle every day, according to new research by the Department of Transport.With cycling getting more popular in recent years, the study found that the main reasons people cycle are for health and fitness, fun, and to help the environment.Over to you: do you ever cycle? Image: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ie Poll Results: 19,437 Views Yes, at least several times a month (1407) Image: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ie Yes, at least several times a weekYes, at least several times a monthOccasionally, but not oftenNoVote No (4238) Yes, at least several times a week (3141) http://jrnl.ie/3439578 By TheJournal.ie Team 66 Comments Share7 Tweet Email Monday 12 Jun 2017, 12:45 PMlast_img read more

Winterhawks shut down Kamloops in Game 2

first_imgPORTLAND — Seth Jones saw open ice and took it.Brendan Leipsic saw open teammates and found them.And the Kamloops Blazers had trouble finding space to do much of anything.The result was a 4-0 win on Saturday for the Portland Winterhawks that gives them a 2-0 lead in the Western Hockey League’s Western Conference finals, and plenty of momentum as the series shifts to Kamloops.Leipsic and Rattie each had a goal and a pair of assists, and goalie Mac Carruth stopped all 27 Kamloops shots for his sixth career playoff shutout in front of 9,132 fans at Veterans Memorial Coliseum.Games 3 and 4 are Tuesday and Wednesday in Kamloops. Game 5, if needed, will be on Friday at the Rose Garden.Goals by Jones in the first period and in the second by Rattie had Portland up 2-0. The Winterhawks added a pair of power-play goals in the third period to seal the deal.Kamloops hasn’t scored a goal since getting one at 2:08 of Game 1 on Friday. The Blazers are now scoreless on 10 power plays through two games, and Portland was sometimes more dangerous than the visitors when Kamloops had a man advantage.“That’s a good power play on their side. It’s not easy to stop them,” acting Winterhawks coach Travis Green said. “We stick to our system. Our guys are smart players. They’re smart penalty killers. They understand their roles and they’ve done a good job so far.”last_img read more

Bigg Boss Marathi season 2 Vidyadhar Joshi aka Bappa gets eliminated

first_imgVidyadhar Joshi gets eliminated from Bigg Boss Marathi 2?Colors MarathiBigg Boss Marathi season 2 has once again reached its elimination phase where among 5 of the nominated contestants – Surekha Punekar, Parag Kanhere, Vidyadhar Joshi, Shiv Thakre and Veena Jagtap – will have to leave the house in tonight’s Weekend Cha Daav episode.On Saturday, Mahesh Manjrekar announced that among the nominated contestants, Veena has been saved from this week’s elimination while Parag has landed in the danger zone.And though Manjrekar had decided to reveal the name of the Bigg Boss Marathi 2 contestant who got the least votes from the viewers on tonight’s episode, according to The Khabri, Vidyadhar Joshi aka Bappa has been eliminated from the show. Bigg Boss Marathi 2 contestantsColors Marathi#EXCLUSIVE #BBMarrathiFirst only on THE KHABRIVIDYADHAR has been ELIMINATED— The Khabri (@TheKhbri) June 22, 2019Meanwhile, Abhijit Bichukale has been sent to judicial custody at Central Jail in Satara for his involvement in 2012 extortion case after he was granted bail in another cheque bouncing case that has been going on in the court since 2015. It now remains to be seen if Abhijit would be replaced with a new contestant and it will be interesting to know who will take his place in the Bigg Boss Marathi 2 house.last_img read more

Apan Jewellers owners sued for money laundering

first_img.Customs intelligence on Saturday filed five separate cases against three owners of Apan Jewellers under Money Laundering Prevention Act on charges of being in possession of 15 maunds of gold, and diamonds illegally, reports UNB.Five assistant revenue officers (ARO) of customs intelligence filed the cases with Gulshan police station, Dhanmondi police station, Ramna police station and Uttura police station against Apan Jewellers owners — Dilder Ahmed, Gulzar Ahmed and Azad Ahmed, said Mainul Khan, director general of the Customs Intelligence and Investigation Directorate.The cases were filed following the direction of National Board of Revenue (NBR), Mainul added.Customs intelligence will investigate the cases under section 2 of Money Laundering Prevention Act, 2012 and section 156 (5) of Customs Act, 1969.On 8 June the CIID filed five cases with Dhaka Customs House against the three owners of Apan Jewellers on charges of dodging customs duty on 15.13 maunds of gold seized from its branches.Apan Jewellers is in the limelight after the rape of two private university girls by Shafat, son of Dilder Ahmed, and his cohort in a Banani hotel came to the fore.One of the rape victims filed a case with Banani police station on 6 May accusing five people, including Shafat.last_img read more

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first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Mirvish cancels plans for Toronto screech-in after complaints from Newfoundland TORONTO — Mirvish Productions says it’s cancelling plans to attempt the world’s largest screech-in at a Toronto performance of “Come From Away” due to complaints from people in Newfoundland.The theatre company said earlier this week that it wanted to celebrate the province’s unique culture by staging “a big group screech-in” at a performance of the Newfoundland-set musical, “Come From Away.”Since then, Mirvish says “many people in Newfoundland” took exception to the ceremony occurring outside of the province that created the tradition.A screech-in is a traditional Newfoundland welcoming ceremony that involves downing a type of rum, kissing a codfish and reciting a short speech full of local expressions.Mirvish says it has heard the concerns “loud and clear” and apologizes.Instead, Mirvish says it will send one couple from each of the four performances running July 5 to July 7 to Gander, N.L., to experience an official screech-in on Newfoundland soil.“In our enthusiasm we took a misstep and we apologize,” Mirvish said Friday in a statement.“Come From Away,” written and created by Canadian couple Irene Sankoff and David Hein, tells the true story of how the tiny town of Gander welcomed more than 7,000 stranded airline passengers after 9/11.Mirvish had planned to enlist the entire audience following the evening performance July 6 at the 1,000-seat Elgin Theatre, saying every audience member would get a small fake plastic cod to kiss and a shot to drink at the end of the show. The shot options were to be real screech or ginger ale.Brian Mosher, a former Gander teacher/broadcaster who inspired the character of Janice Mosher in the musical, was set to officiate and have a bag of soil from the province during the ceremony to make it legitimate, said Mirvish.After the ceremony, participants were to receive certificates saying they’re honorary Newfoundlanders.The formal ceremony largely evolved in the 1970s as a form of entertainment for tourists.Some consider the screech-in a manufactured tradition, but folklorist Philip Hiscock argues its roots go farther back, to informal guest ceremonies in the 1940s and initiation rituals performed on sealing vessels and other ships.The Canadian Press The cast of “Come From Away,” is shown in a 2016 handout photo. Mirvish Productions says it’s cancelling plans to attempt the world’s largest screech-in at a Toronto performance of “Come From Away” due to complaints from people in Newfoundland and Labrador. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Matthew Murphy, *MANDATORY CREDIT* by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 14, 2019 1:18 pm PDTlast_img read more

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