Bihar prepares new roadmap to woo tourists

first_imgIdentifying around 900 tourism sites, the Bihar government is preparing a new road map to woo tourists from across the world. The new roadmap is likely to be approved by the end of this month or the first week of June.The state government had earlier asked all district magistrates of the State to identify spots in their respective jurisdiction to be developed as potential tourist attractions and send a detailed report to the headquarters. According to state tourism department officials, DMs of all 38 districts have sent their reports under which around 900 such spots have been identified which could be developed as tourist places. These places broadly fall into Buddhist, Jain, Sikh, Gandhi and Ramayan Circuit of the state.“We’ve received details from the district magistrates identifying the potential tourist spots…we’ll first inspect those sites in view of their tourist potential before giving final shape to the roadmap for approval…besides, Buddha and Jain circuit spots, the state has huge potential for other tourism sectors too”, State Tourism Minister Anita Devi said. The MPs, MLAs, and local representatives too have suggested potential spots in their constituencies which could be developed as tourist attractions. “The idea is that visiting tourists should stay in the State for a longer time…it will boost the state’s economy as well”, said a department official. A group of four companies, he said, have been given the task of preparing the roadmap. Meanwhile, the State tourism department has also geared up to showcase major tourist destinations of Bihar at an event organized by the Indo-American Chamber of Commerce in Calcutta on Friday. Besides highlighting the Buddhist and other heritage tourist spots to the visiting dignitaries at the event, the department officials would also showcase the successful celebration of the recently held 350th Prakash Parv in which Sikh devotees from around the world had visited Patna and enjoyed the festival. Earlier, the annual event of Kalchakra Puja too was successfully organized at Bodh Gaya in which lakhs of Buddhist pilgrims from around the world participated.Bihar stands at eighth position as far as foreign tourist footfalls are concerned. Patna, Gaya, Bodh Gaya, Rajgir, Vaishali, Nalanda and Banka are major destinations. Last year, over 10 lakh foreign tourists had visited Bihar while in 2015 their number was a little over 9 lakh. “The number of foreign tourists in the state has been increasing consistently from the last five years and now we want to increase it further”, said the official. When asked whether prohibition has any impact on the flow of foreign tourists in the state, the official quipped, “official figure doesn’t suggest that”.last_img read more

Rajasthan farmers issue ultimatum

first_imgWith the farmers’ protest in Madhya Pradesh spilling over to the border districts in Rajasthan, farmers in Chittorgarh and Pratapgarh served an ultimatum on the State government to meet their demands for better crop prices, loan waivers and agricultural pensions.Amid the mounting anger following the death of five farmers in police firing in Mandsaur, farmers’ bodies agitating under the banner of Kisan Sangharsh Samiti announced that an indefinite strike would be launched in Pratapgarh next week if the government fails to address the issues raised by them.Condolence meetings were organised at Krishi Upaj Mandis and elsewhere in the two districts to pay homage to the deceased farmers. Farmers also halted trucks carrying fruits and vegetables and spilled milk on the streets on Tuesday and Wednesday, while trading activities at the Krishi Mandis were stopped.Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi landed at Dabok airport near Udaipur on Thursday and left for Mandsaur via Nimbahera in Chittorgarh district riding pillion on a motorcycle. He was stopped at Neemuch near the Rajasthan-Madhya Pradesh border and taken into preventive custody.Rajasthan Pradesh Congress president Sachin Pilot and leaders such as Girija Vyas, Digvijay Singh and Kamal Nath accompanied Mr. Gandhi. Mr. Gandhi was later released in the evening and allowed by the administration to meet the family members of farmers at the inter-State border.Mr. Gandhi said Congress was in solidarity with the families of farmers who had lost their lives and he would raise the farmers’ issues in the Parliament. “In [Narendra] Modi’s india, Rs.1.10 lakh crore of bad debts of corporate houses are written off, but not a single rupee of farmers’ loans is waived…Farmers are toiling to produce food for the country,” he said.In a tweet earlier in the day, Mr. Gandhi said the Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh governments were “doing their best to prevent me” from entering M.P. and meeting the families of farmers killed in Mandsaur.Police have increased vigil in Pratapgarh district, which is barely 30 km away from Mandsaur. A delegation of farmers met Pratapgarh Collector Neha Giri and submitted a memorandum listing the demands for higher minimum support prices for their crops, inclusion of local crops in the MSP list and waiver of electricity bills.The All India Kisan Sabha, which is the CPI(M)’s farmers’ wing, has also decided to launch a State-wide agitation in support of the demands of farmers in Madhya Pradesh. “Problems of farmers in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh are identical. We will burn the effigies of M.P. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan in the demonstrations to be held in different towns on Friday,” AIKS joint secretary Sanjay Madhav told The Hindu.Rebel Bharatiya Janata Party leader Ghanshyam Tiwari also warned that the discontent among farmers would create the similar problems for the Rajasthan government as those in Madhya Pradesh. “The farmers will adopt the path of agitation if the government ignores their plight. It is high time proper incentives were provided to the agriculture sector,” he said.last_img read more

June Mar Fajardo has no ill will toward Spider-Man-clad PBA crasher

first_imgView comments Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue MOST READ LATEST STORIES Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—June Mar Fajardo became the unfortunate victim when an intruder dressed up as Spider-Man rushed to the court during Game 5 of the PBA Philippine Cup Finals between San Miguel Beer and Magnolia Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum,The crasher, who was later identified as Paolo Felizarta, collided with Fajardo with 3:06 left in the game, momentarily knocking down the 6-foot-10 giant.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Felizarta was detained at Quezon Police District Station 7 and the earliest he can post for bail is on Tuesday.Fajardo, who finished with 21 points and 22 rebounds in San Miguel’s 88-86 loss, eventually called for peace and that everyone should just leave Felizarta alone.“I hope he learned a lesson from this, he got mugged because of it. I hope he’s okay and I think he doesn’t have any intention of hurting anyone,” said Fajardo. “To the fans, please support your teams, win or lose, because that’s what they want and need from you.”“Us players, we’re doing this because we want to win and please respect the players because we also respect the fans. And to the fans, please don’t patronize what happened. I hope that doesn’t happen again.”ADVERTISEMENT Araneta’s security personnel immediately apprehended Felizarta who also received retaliatory hits from Fajardo’s San Miguel teammates Christian Standhardinger, Chris Ross, and Ronald Tubid.Fajardo, who still finished the game, said that even though he was apparently hurt in the collision he wishes no ill will toward Felizarta, who ran to the court waving a sign that reads “VOTE! LOVE!”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“I was shocked with what happened, I totally didn’t expect it, I think everyone didn’t expect it,” said Fajardo in Filipino. “It’s a good thing this isn’t serious, I only got dizzy because I was hit in the jaw.”“There’s no problem, for me, with what happened. His way of sending a message was wrong and I think he just wants to be noticed it’s just that his way of doing things is wrong.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Read Next Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid On cusp of UAAP title, UST has no time to celebrate just yet Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparc Philippine Arena Interchange inauguratedlast_img read more

Pro Kabaddi League 2019 Live Streaming: When and Where to Watch Haryana Steelers vs Gujarat Fortunegiants Live Telecast

first_img Bengal Warriorsbengaluru bullsdabang delhi kcGujarat Fortunegiants First Published: September 29, 2019, 9:41 AM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Hosts Haryana Steelers will welcome Gujarat Fortunegiants at the Pro Kabaddi League 2019 Season 7 match 114 on Sunday. The Pro Kabaddi League 2019 Season 7 Haryana Steelers vs Gujarat Fortunegiants will be played at the Tau Devilal Sports Complex, Panchkula.  Dharmaraj Cheralathan-led Haryana Steelers will look to produce a clinical show in front of their home crowd. Meanwhile, Gujarat Fortunegiants whose defence section has been inconsistent throughout will look for better prospects. The PKL 2019 Season 7 Haryana Steelers vs Gujarat Fortunegiants will commence at 8:30 pm. On the first day of week 11, the Pro Kabaddi League 2019 has two crucial encounters line-up for kabaddi lovers. Sunday’s game one will be played between Puneri Paltan and Dabang Delhi followed by Haryana Steelers vs Gujarat Fortunegiants.This season 12 teams have participated in PKL 2019. The teams are Bengal Warriors, Bengaluru Bulls, Dabang Delhi KC, Gujarat Fortunegiants, Haryana Steelers, Jaipur Pink Panthers, Patna Pirates, Puneri Paltan, Tamil Thalaivas, Telugu Titans, U Mumba and UP Yoddha. What time will Pro Kabaddi League 2019 Haryana Steelers vs Gujarat Fortunegiants start?The 114th match of PKL 2019 season 7 series is scheduled to start at 8:30 pm. The match between Haryana Steelers and Gujarat Fortunegiants will be played at the Tau Devilal Sports Complex in Panchkula, Haryana.Where to watch Pro Kabaddi League 2019 Haryana Steelers vs Gujarat Fortunegiants on TV?The PKL 2019 Season 7 Haryana Steelers and Gujarat Fortunegiants clash can be viewed on the television sets on sports channel Star Sports 1 and Star Sports 1 HD.Where to watch Pro Kabaddi League 2019 Haryana Steelers vs Gujarat Fortunegiants match on live streaming?The live streaming of the Haryana Steelers and Gujarat Fortunegiants, Pro Kabaddi League 2019 will be available on Hotstar. last_img read more

Started as pacer but coach advised to switch to spin bowling, says Ekta Bisht

first_imgLeft-arm spinner Ekta Bisht, member of the Indian women’s cricket team that reached the final of the World Cup recently, said on Thursday that she learnt bowling with a plastic ball during her initial days in game.However, she was a pace bowler during her initial days before coach Liyakat Ali advised her to switch to spin bowling.Bisht, who scalped five crucial wickets against arch-rivals Pakistan in the World Cup, also revealed that she was also a good batswoman but her decision to focus totally on improving as a spin bowler has caused a sharp decline in her batting skills.”When I used to play with plastic ball, I was a pacer and also a good batswoman but when I went to my coach, he advised me to bowl spin and started giving training to me,” Bisht told IANS.Bisht, who earned her national cap after facing many hardships, said it’s tough to play without proper ground and facilities, especially for those hailing from small towns. But her coach and family helped her a lot during that period.Asked about the final match against England, Bisht said, “It is obvious to be nervous when you play such a big tournament but players like Mithali Raj and Jhulan Goswami helped me a lot which made me comfortable.”The Indian eves appeared in the World Cup final for the second time. Earlier, India played the final in 2005 under the same skipper, Mithali, when they had lost to Australia.Bisht said that now it is important to increase the number of tournaments at the domestic level to promote the game.advertisement”Now in order to promote the game, tournaments at domestic level should be increased because it will help women players a lot,” Bisht said.Despite seeing the increase in the popularity of the shorter format of the game, Bisht backed Test cricket.”To make your base strong, Test cricket is important but twenty-20 gets more limelight than Test. All the formats are important.”last_img read more

Greek League Suspended amid Protest over Attack on Referee

first_imgATHENS (AP) — Organizers of Greece’s top division have called off games scheduled for this weekend after referees announced a two-week walkout to protest the beating of a colleague by unknown assailants.The country’s soccer federation said Thursday that Greek cup matches would go ahead as scheduled. It said top-league referees called the walkout “for psychological reasons” after the “cowardly and unacceptable” assault.Referee Thanassis Tzilos was attacked Wednesday by three masked men near his home in Larissa. He was treated at a local hospital for head and leg injuries and released Thursday.Nobody has been arrested for the attack, which Sports Minister Giorgos Vassiliadis strongly condemned.No top-flight games are scheduled from Dec. 24 to Jan. 11, the league’s winter break. Organizers said games will resume after the protest ends Jan. 4.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami: Trio creates history in 2018

first_img India Today Web Desk MelbourneDecember 29, 2018UPDATED: December 29, 2018 13:10 IST Bumrah, Ishant and Shami took the most wickets by a pace trio in a calendar year (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSJasprit Bumrah has taken 46 wickets from 9 TestsMohammed Shami has taken 46 wickets from 12 TestsIshant Sharma has taken 39 wickets form 11 TestsJasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and Ishant Sharma, with a total of 131 wickets in 2018, and counting, became the most successful pace trio in a calendar year in Test cricket history on Saturday.Bumrah, Shami and Ishant broke the 34-year-old record set by the legendary West Indies trio of Joel Garner, Michael Holding and Malcolm Marshall, who had taken 130 wickets in 1984.Third on that list would be the South African pace trio of Morne Morkel, Makhaya Ntini and Dale Steyn with 123 wickets in 2008.Bumrah has been the most successful of the three Indian pacers with 46 wickets from 9 Tests so far, along with Shami who took his 46 wickets from 12 Tests. Ishant Sharma on the other hand has taken 39 wickets form 11 Tests.The wickets tally of all three pacers is set to increase with the Boxing Day Test still going on between India and Australia.Another feat achieved by the Indian cricket team is the highest haul of wickets ever in a calendar year, with 257 wickets in 14 matches, bettering the previous record of 237 wickets from 17 games in the year 1979.Bumrah, who broke multiple records on the third day with his 6-wicket haul, producing his first 8-wicket haul in a Test match.On Day three, Bumrah surpassed Dileep Doshi’s record of most wickets (40 wickets in 1979) in a debut year in Tests as well.Also Read | Jasprit Bumrah does what Waqar, Wasim and Vaas could not doFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow India vs AustraliaFollow 3rd TestFollow Day 4Follow Jasprit BumrahFollow Mohammed ShamiFollow Ishant Sharma Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami: Trio creates history in 2018The Indian pace trio of Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and Ishant Sharma took the most wickets by a pace trio in a calendar yearadvertisementlast_img read more

Khawaja suffers injury scare in warmup game

first_imgSouthampton: Australia were dealt an injury scare on Monday after top-order batsman Usman Khawaja limped off the field after getting hit on his left knee during their second and final World Cup warm-up match against Sri Lanka here. Khawaja suffered a blow on his left knee while fielding and had to be escorted off the ground by the team doctor. Monday’s injury scare came after Khawaja was forced to retire hurt during Australia’s first warm-up game against England on Wednesday, which they won by 12 runs. During the match against England, Khawaja sustained a blow on his jaw while batting but scans later revealed that there was no break. The left-handed batsman is now uncertain for Australia’s World Cup opener against Afghanistan on June 1.last_img

Chinas controversial premier Li Peng dies at 90

first_imgBeijing: China’s former premier Li Peng, regarded as a staunch supporter of the ruling Communist Party’s iron-fisted clampdown on the pro-democracy student protests at the Tiananmen Square in 1989, died in Beijing, officials said here on Tuesday. Li died of illness in Beijing at the age of 91 on Monday night, an official statement said. Li visited India in 2001 as the Chairman of the Standing Committee of China’s National People’s Congress, the communist nation’s Parliament. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USState-run news agency Xinhua described Li as “a loyal communist warrior” and “an outstanding leader of the Communist Party and the state”. However, he is widely known as the “Butcher of Beijing” for his hard-line approach to quell the 1989 protests at the Tiananmen Square in which hundreds of people were reportedly killed. Born in 1928 in the family of a Communist revolutionary, Li became an orphan after his father was executed by the previous Kuomintang government. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsHe was raised by former Chinese premier Zhou Enlai and his wife Deng Yingchao and grew up to become one of China’s most prominent and controversial leaders. However Li dismissed as rumours that he was the adopted son of the late premier Zhou, although he said he was close to him and Deng. In his memoir published in 2014, Li wrote that his relation with Zhou and Deng was like “a relationship between old comrades and martyrs’ descendants.” “Some say I was the adopted son of premier Zhou. It is not correct,” Li wrote. “Premier Zhou and mother Deng cared about many martyrs’ descendants and I was one of them. They cared just as much about the other descendants of their comrades-in-arms. We all call them uncle Zhou and mother Deng,” he said. Trained as an engineer in the then Soviet Union, Li worked for a national power company after returning to China. He managed to escape the political turmoil during the era of Mao Zedong, including the dreaded Cultural Revolution purportedly due to his political connections. After Mao’s death, he became prominent specially after reformist leader Deng took over power purging the ‘Gang of Four’ led by Mao’s wife Jiang Qing. After that he served as the fourth Chinese premier from 1987 to 1998 and held several influential posts of the Communist Party of China (CPC). It was widely reported that Li was openly at odds with then Communist Party general secretary Zhao Ziyang, who was later purged for siding with the student protesters.last_img read more

RAM Flight Carrying Moroccan Pilgrims Catches Fire at Cairo Airport

Rabat- 275 Moroccans returning from their Hajj in Mecca (Saudi Arabia) had a nightmarish experience on Friday, when the landing gear of their Jeddah-Casablanca flight exploded.According to Anadolu agency, the incident happened as the pilot of the Casablanca-bound flight was preparing to land last night at Cairo International Airport in order to refuel the aircraft. Once on the runway, an explosion blasted the plane, the rear landing gear blew up, and the plane caught fire, according to Turkish news agency Anadolu citing officials from Cairo Airport.Fortunately, the pilot managed to control the aircraft and bring it to a stop, and all passengers were evacuated safely, although not immediately. According to a Royal Air Maroc source cited by Le360, officials of Royal Air Maroc deplored the unwelcoming manner in which the Egyptian authorities dealt with the Moroccan passengers.Cairo’s airport authorities refused to let the returning pilgrims out of the plane while the aircraft was being inspected. The Moroccan carrier mobilized another aircraft, a Boeing 737, to safely carry the Moroccan pilgrims back home.The plane carrying the Moroccan pilgrims is not part of RAM fleet, according to the same source, but a Ukrainian charter used to meet the high demand for return of Moroccan pilgrims. read more

Moroccan Policeman Use Gun to Arrest Man Assaulting Victims With Knives

Rabat – A policeman from the Khémisset police district fired, on Tuesday, a warning shot in order to arrest an ex-convict using two big knives to assault citizens.A statement by the national police (DGSN) said that the suspect (aged 34) has resisted his arrest and wounded the said police officer in the face. The criminal also raided a woman’s house before the police capture and disarm him.The accused was remanded in police custody to complete the investigation conducted under the supervision of the competent public prosecutor’s office.

Participants at UNbacked meeting agree to work towards rules on biosafety

The participants at the fourth meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, held in Bonn, Germany, and said to be the largest ever gathering on the issue, have reached a deal on both a timetable and a framework for negotiating the rules and procedures.The contents of the legally binding instrument for liability and redress for the GMOs, also known as living modified organisms (LMOs), will now be discussed at the next meeting of the parties to the Protocol, itself a supplementary agreement to the Convention on Biological Diversity. That meeting is scheduled to take place in October 2010 in Nagoya, Japan.Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary to the Convention, welcomed the agreement, calling it “great news for the biodiversity family.”While GMOs or LMOs have the potential to increase agricultural yields and to grow in habitats otherwise unfavourable to crops, there are also widespread concerns that they might pose major threats to local ecosystems and therefore biodiversity. 17 May 2008More than 2,000 participants attending a week-long biosafety meeting that wrapped up yesterday have agreed to work towards legally binding rules for liability and redress for potential damage caused by the movements of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) reports. read more

Prof wins coveted national plant science award

A Brock professor whose research examines molecular aspects of disease resistance in plants has been recognized for his work in plant biology.Charles Després, an associate professor of Biological Sciences, was recently presented with the 2011 CD Nelson Award from the Canadian Society of Plant Physiologists.Charles DeprésThe award, established in 1977, recognizes the best emerging Canadian researchers active in the area of plant biology. Després is the 23rd recipient to receive the award in its 34-year history.“This award is important because it demonstrates that excellent research can be conducted in small universities,” Després said.The activities of Després’ research group at Brock are breaking new scientific ground in identifying detailed molecular processes that activate common plant defense responses.“The work coming out of his lab has already had an enormous impact on our understanding of basic disease resistance mechanisms of plants,” said Rick Cheel, Interim Dean, Faculty of Mathematics and Science.Knowledge about these defense systems will help boost innate disease resistance in plants, thus producing crops that require fewer applications of pesticides. This research could impact the development of sustainable and disease-resistant crops, which will also result in cleaner soils and water, and safer food.Després joined the Department of Biological Sciences in April 2002 as a Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Molecular Plant Pathology. During his tenure as CRC from 2002 to 2007, he obtained a five-year Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council Discovery Grant valued at close to $250,000 to set up his lab, conduct research and train graduate students. It was the largest grant given to a new applicant in plant biology in that competition.In April 2007, his grant was renewed for another five years at $290,000.In 2012, Després and his lab will move to the Cairns Family Health and Bioscience Research Complex, which will provide additional space for advanced research at the University and be a magnet for some of the country’s top graduate students. read more

Useless Joyce explores the usefulness of literature

What is James Joyce’s Ulysses about?That’s a question Tim Conley asks students at the end of his fourth-year seminar course on the famous novel, and the answers reflect the profound effect the book has: Life. Existence. Loneliness. Living.“Joyce multiplies and deepens meanings,” says Conley, a professor in the Department of English Language and Literature.Ulysses and Finnegans Wake are often thought to be difficult and impractical texts, but Conley’s new book, Useless Joyce: Textual Functions, Cultural Appropriations (University of Toronto Press) invites readers to think differently about Joyce’s works.“His work is constantly challenging and even overturning what I — and many other readers — think they know about language’s relationship to the world and our experience of it,” says Conley.The professor uses Joyce’s works to explore the question of the usefulness of literature and art. He examines how Joyce challenges what it means to use another’s words, and how processes of editing, translation and annotation affect a text’s dissemination and use.Conley also explores how Joyce’s works can be read as guides to public speaking, diet and even dating.Useless Joyce is Conley’s most recent contribution to the field of Joyce studies. Previous publications include Doubtful Points: Joyce and Punctuation, Joyce’s Disciples Disciplined: A Re-exagmination of the “Exagmination of Work in Progress” [sic], and Joyce’s Mistakes: Problems of Intention, Irony, and Interpretation.“Joyce makes us listen to the world more carefully, to hear all the things that it is saying,” says Conley.And what is Ulysses about?“Ulysses is a universe, a multifaceted experience that cannot be summarized,” answers Conley.Students interested in reading Joyce’s Finnegans Wake are invited to join Conley’s reading group Tuesdays from noon to 2 p.m. in GLN 146. read more

Ohio State mens basketball ends 4game losing streak with 8962 win over

OSU freshman guard Austin Grandstaff (3) dribbles the ball during a game against Virginia on Dec. 1 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU lost 64-58.Credit: Bree Williams | Lantern PhotographerIt might have come against a Virginia Military Institute team picked to finish last in the Southern Conference in the conference’s preseason coaches poll, but the Ohio State men’s basketball team will surely take its 89-62 win on Saturday any way it can get it to snap its four-game losing streak.“I feel like it’s definitely a sense of relief,” redshirt sophomore center Trevor Thompson said. “We’re a young team, but we’re still hungry, and I feel like in this game we grew a lot.”Facing a team that contains no players taller than 6-foot-6, the Buckeyes used their height to great advantage to control the paint on both ends of the floor and open up the outside game on offense.OSU (3-4) held a commanding 40-14 lead in points in the paint, while scoring 29 second-chance points and outrebounding the Keydets (3-4) by a margin of 48-27.Four Buckeyes finished with double-digit points, led by 19 from sophomore guard Jae’Sean Tate and 17 from junior forward Marc Loving.“It’s definitely a different feeling, a different atmosphere in the locker room,” Loving said about getting back on the winning side. “It feels good to get a win under our belt, but we still have a lot to work on to keep the one-game winning streak alive.”The Buckeyes came out of the gates firing, looking to put a kibosh to their losing streak. The home team jumped out to a 19-9 lead in the first six and a half minutes of the game, and put themselves in position to run away with the game.Some turnovers and missed looks fueled a very quick Keydet run, though, which saw them take a 23-22 lead midway through the first half. The deficit snapped OSU back to attention, as it went on a 17-3 run from that point en route to taking a 42-31 lead into the intermission.Loving said when VMI mounted its brief comeback, the team didn’t panic or press it too much.“I feel like we’re a very confident basketball team,” he said. “When moments happen like that, we just try to come together as much as possible, because if we don’t we will end up losing the game.”The Buckeyes shot just 4-of-14 from beyond the 3-point arc in the first half, but made up for it by shooting 12-of-20 inside of it. As a whole, OSU shot 47 percent from the field in the first half, while holding the visitors to 33 percent. Sophomore forward Keita Bates-Diop led the charge in the opening 20 minutes, scoring 12 points on 4-of-5 shooting with two blocked shots.OSU coach Thad Matta said he was happy with the looks that opened up on the perimeter despite the shots not always falling.“I thought that even though we didn’t shoot that high of a percentage, I thought our execution was a little better,” he said.The Scarlet and Gray continued the strategy of utilizing the team’s size to open up opportunities in the second half.OSU bumped its lead up to 18 points midway through the half, with much of the attack centering around the big, physical nature of Thompson, who scored six points in the second half to finish with 13. “He’s shown us, just in terms of his skill around the basket, I think he’s got a pretty good feel when he catches the ball, just in terms of what needs to be done, what he needs to do with it,” Matta said.Loving also played a big role on offense in the second half, with 11 points in the final 20 minutes. Another extended run later in the half, this one of the 11-0 variety, put the contest out of reach and put the nail in the coffin of OSU’s losing streak.VMI junior guard QJ Peterson, who came in averaging 20.2 points per game, was the leading scorer for the Keydets with 23 points, but was only able to shoot at a 6-of-16 clip as he was guarded tightly throughout by Bates-Diop.Two areas of major concern throughout the season for OSU saw improvements for Matta’s squad on Saturday: free-throw shooting and turnovers.The Buckeyes came into the game with the 11th worst free-throw percentage at 59.4 percent and averaging 15.7 turnovers per game, the 32nd worst mark in the nation.On Saturday, however, OSU shot an efficient 15-of-19 at the line (78.9 percent) and only coughed the ball up a season-low nine times.“We cut our turnovers down. We had single-digit turnovers for the whole game,” Loving said. “I feel like we have to carry that out throughout the rest of the season.”Freshman center Daniel Giddens, who leads the Big Ten with 3.3 blocks per game, was unable to play on Saturday as he dealt with an illness, but that didn’t stop OSU from altering five shots. Matta said after the game that he expects Giddens to return on Tuesday.That game on Tuesday is set to come against Air Force. Tip is scheduled for 8 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center. read more

Buckeye football turns attention to Buffalo

Cody Cousino / For The LanternThen-sophomore Braxton Miller evades the defense during a game against Michigan on Nov. 24, 2012, at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 26-21.For the first time in Ohio State football history, eight individuals were chosen to serve as captains for the 2013 version of the Buckeyes.Members of the eight-man leadership crew, along with coach Urban Meyer, addressed the media after practice Wednesday.Senior backup quarterback Kenny Guiton was one of the eight chosen to lead OSU this season, and the news did not come as a surprise to team members, as Guiton received a large portion of his teammates’ votes.“Most votes (were for) (senior offensive lineman Jack) Mewhort, second most was C.J. Barnett and then Kenny was not far behind, he was like third or fourth,” Meyer said.Guiton said he was surprised to receive the honor, but not surprised that his teammates look up to him.“I was surprised that I was a captain, but I’m really not surprised that I’m a leader,” Guiton said.Meyer went on to express more accolades for his backup quarterback, saying “he’s an incredible kid; (his) parents need to be proud of that guy… I think he should be a coach, I really do, I’ve had that chat with him.”Guiton was not the only gunslinger to be named captain, as junior starting quarterback Braxton Miller was also given the honor.Miller said that he has “big shoes to fill,” left by previous OSU captains, but that he is ready to “take charge.”With eight captains, this year’s Buckeye squad tops the previous high of six set in 2010.Now that the captains have been named, the Buckeye players and coaches are ready to shift focus exclusively toward Saturday’s matchup against Buffalo. Meyer said it’s an incredible feeling to represent his home state and that there are a number of tasks to accomplish.“The responsibility (is) you have to put a good team out there, and that’s really all our focus is,” Meyer said. “Yes it’s exciting and we’re fired up and all that. Every Friday night is a tough night to sleep. You just want to put a good product out there.”Senior wide receiver Corey “Philly” Brown said this year’s team is a lot different from last year’s and has the potential to put up more points as a result.“I feel like our tempo this year is so much more flawless, we’re so much more crisp on our assignments, we’ve got way more leaders and playmakers out there,” Brown said. “You’ll see a lot of points if we can execute and do what we do.”The Buckeyes are scheduled to play Buffalo Saturday at noon in Ohio Stadium. read more

Heres What Happened Today Sunday

first_imgHere’s What Happened Today: Sunday Murder probe in Ballincollig, tributes to young GAA player and Trump and Kim arrive in Singapore – it’s the evening fix. By Sean Murray 16,831 Views Sunday 10 Jun 2018, 7:50 PM No Comments Share1 Tweet Email1 A man was killed after a group of armed men entered his home and attacked him in Ballincollig in Cork.Tributes were paid to a young GAA player who died while on holiday in Cyprus.The HSE has denied it’s discriminating against disabled people in Clondalkin.A man was arrested after crashing a car into the gates of the British Embassy in Dublin.Over 2,500 women went skinny dipping on a Wicklow beach and smashed a world record.Gardaí investigated after shots were fired at a home in Shankill.A man who was discovered with serious head injuries in Bray has died.An animal welfare charity has temporarily suspended activities following “unfounded criticism on social media”.Galway clean-up groups said they’re concerned about ‘which roads they’ll be allowed to clean’.INTERNATIONAL Canada’s Justin Trudeau is better friends with South African president Cyril Ramphosa than Donald Trump Source: Jacques Boissinot/PA Images#DIPLOMACY: Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump arrived in Singapore ahead of their historic summit.#BREXIT: A major Leave campaigner donor “met with Russian officials” before the Brexit vote.#GPS: A young woman drowned in Prague while playing a global GPS-based treasure hunt.PARTING SHOTThe very first Bond girl – Eunice Gayson – died this weekend aged 90.She debuted in 1962′s Dr No and met Sean Connery’s suave secret agent over a game of cards in the film, saying her name followed by “I admire your luck, Mr…?” You know what comes next.The Guardian published this obituary today of the woman with a unique place in cinema history. Source: United Artists/Zuma/PA Images Get our daily news round up: Jun 10th 2018, 7:51 PM NEED TO CATCH up? brings you a roundup of today’s news.IRELAND Spot the athlete taking part in the annual Dingle Adventure Race Source: Valerie O’Sullivan Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Pick Your Price Lonely Planet Guides Worth Over 2500

first_imgPay What You Want Lonely Planet & Transparent Language Bundle – $11.70See Deal Like this deal? Check out Vault — you’ll get four premium tools, including NordVPN and Dashlane, to supercharge your online security. Try it free for 14 days now!Prices subject to change. World travel ranks high on most bucket lists. Some, however, avoid certain countries if they’re unfamiliar with the native language or customs. And that’s what makes the Pay What You Want: Travel Guide Bundle Ft. Lonely Planet & Transparent Language, worth over $2,500, so valuable. It features a treasure trove of travel guides and language courses that can turn virtually anyone into a world travel pro, and it can all be yours for a price you get to choose today.Here’s how the deal works: Simply pay what you want, and you’ll get part of the bundle instantly. Beat the average price paid, and you’ll take the entire collection home instead.The bundle’s resources teach students key tips on how to travel the world successfully as well as common international languages such as French, Italian, and Japanese. It features content from both Transparent Language and Lonely Planet, two authorities in the language learning and travel fields respectively.Whether you’re trying to find the right places to visit in Thailand or eat your way through Italy, this massive collection has you covered.Simply go to the deal page at the Geek Shop and check out the current average price. If you beat it, even by just one cent, you’ll get the whole collection for the price you entered. Not interested in the whole bundle? Then submit any lesser dollar figure and you’ll get a portion of the bundle for that amount. Either way, you’ll get loads of travel insights and teaching for a fraction of the usual cost.The average price, though, will trend upwards over time so it’s smart to take advantage of it now. The Lonely Planet and Transparent Language Bundle has a retail value of $2526 but, you can get it now for a price you pick. Stay on target This $500 SEO Tool Is Only $24 TodayThis Easy-to-Fly LED Drone Performs Acrobatic Moves last_img read more

Heynckes on Real Madrid match Its a cracker of course

first_imgBayern Munich manager Jupp Heynckes is excited at the prospect of facing Real Madrid in the semi-finals of the Champions LeagueThe two sides were drawn to face each other earlier today and will meet for the first leg at the Allianz Arena on April 25, before meeting again for the return leg a week later at the Santiago Bernabeu.Heynckes, who earlier today announced he would be stepping down from his role at Bayern for a fourth time at the end of the season, is excited at facing his former club one more time in a clash that he believes will be full attractive football with two quality sides.rb leipzig, bayern munichReport: Bayern are held by Leipzig George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Bayern Munich was held to another draw, this time by RB Leipzig.Bayern Munich finds themselves in the unfamiliar position of sitting third in the…“It’s a cracker of course, a clash of giants in a positive sense. Two teams with great tradition in European and world football face off, both play attractive football and love the sport. It’s a difficult draw for both sides. But we don’t know whether it would have been easier against Roma or Liverpool. We have to take it as it is. I don’t think the draw is particularly inconvenient.” said Heynckes, according to the club website.Bayern Sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic, who used to play for the club during his playing days, was not quite as enthusiastic as the head coach. But the Bosnian was confident that the squad have the talent at their disposal to avoid a repeat of last season’s defeat to the Spanish giants.“They’re top opponents, that’s clear. Real have great qualities. They only have top-class players, but we too have a really good team. I trust our lads. Our coach knows Real best. We were eliminated by them last year, we want to do better this time. We want to make it to the final. We have great respect but no fear. We’ll do everything to go to Kyiv.” said the former midfielder.last_img read more

Bad batch of asphalt prompts SR 14 doover

first_imgA bad batch of asphalt prompted the Washington Department of Transportation to order a “re-do” on a 1,200-foot-long stretch of state Highway 14 near Interstate 5.Kerr Contractors, based in Woodburn, Ore., was due to grind out substandard asphalt in the left-hand eastbound lane Thursday night.The re-do comes as part of a $3.9 million project to repave an eight-mile stretch of Highway 14 in Vancouver, from I-5 to 164th Avenue. The segment in question had been paved on Sept. 8, but DOT spokeswoman Abbi Russell said results of quality-control testing revealed the asphalt failed to meet minimum standard for air voids within this particular batch.“There’s too much air inside the asphalt to meet our specification,” she said. “It wasn’t compact enough.”Workers were to close the left lane of eastbound Highway 14 Thursday at 10 p.m. to grind out the substandard asphalt and repave the lane. The project schedule is not affected by the repair, according to the DOT.Russell added that asphalt pavement normally lasts eight to 15 years, depending on traffic volumes and the weight of traffic using it. Heavy use by trucks will wear it out faster.The Highway 14 resurfacing project, which began Aug. 17 with predominantly nighttime work, is due to be finished next month.last_img read more