28 09 19

Redshirt sophomore Nathan Tomasello competes in a match against Arizona State on Nov. 13.Credit: Courtesy of OSUDespite two Buckeyes collecting individual titles, the Ohio State wrestling team couldn’t replicate that success across the board this weekend at the Big Ten championships, as it finished third at the two-day event hosted by the University of Iowa. Penn State ran away with the victory, while Iowa squeaked by OSU to grab second place.The Buckeyes earned top-five finishes in five weight classes but could not pick up enough points to catch the Nittany Lions. A win in the heavyweight class pushed OSU close to Iowa, but ultimately the team still came up one point short. Redshirt sophomore Nathan Tomasello continued his dominance in the 125-pound weight class, as the Parma, Ohio, native swept the field on his way to his second straight Big Ten individual title. Tomasello faced a familiar opponent in the finals in Nico Megaludis of Penn State. The two met in a dual-meet earlier this year when the Buckeyes traveled to State College, Pennsylvania. Both times Tomasello was able to walk away with a 3-1 win, but he needed overtime to hold onto his conference title. A strong takedown midway through the extra period gave the redshirt sophomore the win. Redshirt sophomore Bo Jordan failed to decipher his cousin, Isaac Jordan of Wisconsin, for the third time in 12 months in the 165-pound weight class. Much like the two Jordans’ previous matches, there was little action in the first. Bo Jordan scored an escape in the second, but he was on the wrong side of riding time, which made the score technically 1-1. A quick takedown late by Isaac Jordan caught OSU’s wrestler off guard, and Bo Jordan lost 3-1.Even with the loss, which was his second of the season, Bo Jordan will be representing OSU at 165 pounds in the national championships. World champion and sophomore Kyle Snyder ended the tournament with a bang for the Buckeyes against Adam Coon of Michigan. The 7-4 decision for Snyder gave the Woodbine, Maryland, native his first Big Ten title.Snyder had a dominant first two matches, picking up two technical falls. The final match was not as easy for the sophomore, as he had to go through Coon, a runner-up at heavyweight from last year’s national championship.Freshman Myles Martin had a strong showing in his first Big Ten tournament on his way to a third-place finish. After earning a fall in his first bout against Shane Shadaia of Michigan State, Martin earned an 8-2 decision win before running into top-seeded Bo Nickal of Penn State.Nickal pinned Martin, but the freshman recovered to win his next two matches and earn a third-place finish. Redshirt freshman Micah Jordan also finished in third.A No. 1 seed for Micah Jordan did not make things anything easier for the St. Paris Graham High School product. After a 5-3 decision in the first bout, the redshirt freshman dropped an overtime decision to Jimmy Gulibon of Penn State. Micah Jordan would recover in a convincing manner, picking up two major decisions, a technical fall and a fall in his next five matches. The fall came in the third-place match after Micah Jordan was trailing heading into the last period.The 157-pound weight class was a bit of a tough go for redshirt freshman Jake Ryan. After a first-round bye, Ryan was on the wrong end of a close 2-1 decision against Iowa’s Edwin Cooper Jr. Ryan won his next two matches, but he came up short against his last two opponents. The redshirt freshman ended the tournament in sixth place. The Buckeyes had two seventh-place finishers with senior Mark Martin and redshirt senior Johnni DiJulius. Neither wrestler was able to capture a Big Ten individual title in his tenure at OSU.Martin won two matches on the weekend, including the key bout to earn a seventh-place finish. The senior picked up a late takedown against Purdue’s Drake Stein, which gave Martin a 4-3 decision win. DiJulius fell to the seventh-place bracket after losing to Jordan Conaway of Penn State. Even so, the tournament ended on a high note for DiJulius with a 19-2 technical fall. The last two wrestlers from OSU finished in eighth. Both senior Kenny Courts and redshirt freshman Cody Burcher fought hard, but ultimately they couldn’t find the answer.Burcher earned a fall in his third match, and Courts picked up a major decision in his first match of the tournament.This is the fifth straight top-five finish for the Buckeyes as a team in the Big Ten tournament, and the seventh top-five finish overall for the Scarlet and Gray under coach Tom Ryan. OSU will now set its sights on the NCAA national championships in New York City. The tournament is scheduled to be held from March 17 to 19 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. read more

28 09 19

Aaron Craft knows the Ohio State basketball team needs another scorer. Outside of junior forward Deshaun Thomas, the Buckeyes don’t have another proven option to put the ball in the hole on a consistent basis. Against Albany Sunday, Craft tried – and succeeded – in fulfilling that void. He hit a career-high five 3-pointers on his way to 20 points and seven assists in OSU’s 82-60 victory. To be fair, fellow junior guard Lenzelle Smith, Jr. also chipped in 18 points and sophomore forward LaQuinton Ross scored 10 in addition to Thomas’ 19, but Craft was the most consistent option. It’s something Matta hinted was coming in the preseason and Craft said he’s been working on all summer. “He spent a lot of time in the gymnasium,” Matta said. “Aaron is such a smart kid. He knows what this team needs and having another guy that can put the ball in the basket is obviously something this team needs.” Before the game, Craft warmed up differently than he has in previous years. Instead of taking set shots, the vast majority of his pregame reps simulated a situation where he’d come off a screen, catch the ball in stride and fire up a quick jumper. The junior guard was comfortable taking shots from standstill positions last year, but the ability to catch and shoot coming off screens is something Craft said adds another dimension to his game. “That was the biggest thing we tried to work on, just shooting behind screens and things like that,” Craft said. “Teammates got to trust me to shoot the ball as well. So throughout the summer, throughout the fall, just trying to get their confidence in me as well.” Albany coach Will Brown said that if Craft can score like he did Sunday, it makes the Buckeyes a different animal offensively. “Like I said to my staff coming into the game, if Craft hits five or six threes then it wasn’t meant to be, and sure enough he hit five threes. You know he’s going to play in the NBA for 10 years,” Brown said. “If Craft is scoring on that level he did tonight – I know it will be a lot tougher in the Big Ten – but he just keeps getting better every year. He’s already the best defensive guard in the country.” The Buckeyes are looking for more than just another scoring option though. With the departure of former Buckeye big man Jared Sullinger to the NBA, Matta is searching for a dominant presence inside. Senior forward Evan Ravenel and sophomore forward Amir Williams received the most playing time Sunday, but did not have much production. In a combined 31 minutes of playing time, the pair collaborated for zero points and six rebounds. “We were on them at halftime for rebounding. Amir and Evan played 20 minutes in the first half and had a combined three rebounds,” said Matta, who added he would like to see them get more involved offensively. Brown said the center position is key to the Buckeyes’ future. “I think if they get any consistency from the five spot, the center spot, they can go very, very far this year,” he said. It might not be safe to take too much away from the Buckeyes’ performance Sunday, though. Albany plays in the America East Conference and, as Brown openly admitted, is nowhere near the Buckeyes in terms of talent and athleticism. “(OSU’s) got McDonald’s All-Americans coming off the bench,” he said. “My guys go to McDonald’s to eat.” OSU is scheduled to play Rhode Island on Saturday in Uncasville, Conn., at 5 p.m. read more

28 09 19

The Ohio State women’s volleyball team celebrates after defeating No. 4 Penn State in four sets on Sept. 23. Credit: Miranda Lipton | Lantern ReporterAfter recovering from a 2-0 deficit, the Ohio State women’s volleyball team (10-6, 1-3 Big Ten) fell to Maryland (11-5, 2-2 Big Ten) in five sets (25-22, 25-22, 15-25, 22-25, 17-15) on Saturday night. Freshman opposite hitter Vanja Bukilić topped both teams with a career-high 19 kills and 19.5 points. Junior middle blocker Madison Smeathers contributed 13 kills and redshirt sophomore middle blocker Jordan Fry struck nine. Sophomore middle blocker Lauren Witte had eight kills, seven blocks and two aces and Junior outside hitter Ana Beatriz Franklin nailed three aces.Sophomore setter Becca Mauer clocked 48 assists, 13 digs and five blocks for her third straight double-double. Sophomore defensive specialize Hannah Gruensfelder had a team-best 20 digs.The Buckeyes had an initial lead in the first set and were up 12-11. The score remained tight throughout the set but Maryland closed the set at 25-22. Ohio State also started the second set off strong, managing a lead throughout the set until the Terrapins tied the score at 17-all and continued to win the set 25-22. Ohio State came back strong in the following two sets, leading with a wide gap throughout the set before a 25-15 win.  They continued this trend into the fourth set with a steady lead and while the Terps nearly caught up at the end, the Buckeyes clinched the set with a 25-22 final score. Ohio State still got ahead in the fifth set and were up 13-12 before the Terps tied the score, eventually winning the set and the match at 17-15. The Buckeyes get back on the road to visit Rutgers on Friday, Oct. 5 at 7 p.m. read more

11 09 19

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Board of Health held a brief 30-minute meeting on Tuesday, September 3, 2019 at Town Hall.EEE & West Nile VirusWilmington Health Director Shelly Newhouse reported that there’s been no positive tests for EEE or West Nile Virus in Wilmington mosquitos this summer.“We do typically get a positive West Nile Virus positive. We have in years past. Testing is still ongoing. We could still wind up with one, but Wilmington is currently considered low risk. There’s been no positive tests in town and we hope it stays that way,” Newhouse told board members. “The town’s Animal Control Officer has visited all the horse owners in town. All horses are inoculated. Owners have been given fact sheets and are aware of the seriousness.”Newhouse noted that the Central Massachusetts Mosquito Control Project is continuing to conduct regular sprayings in Wilmington, but will stop once the night temperature drops to 55 degrees.Highland Estates Subdivision Plan ApprovedThe Board approved a modified subdivision plan for Highland Estates. Highland Estates is a conservation subdivision on Hopkins Street, near Sarafina Way, with 17 houses proposed next to 7 acres of open space along Lubbers Brook. The developer made changes to lot lines as a result of relocating a septic tank, which necessitated the Board of Health to reapprove the plan before the Planning Board is able to proceed.Update On New RestaurantsHealth Director Shelly Newhouse updated the board on new restaurants opening in town. Newhouse recently conducted a first wave of pre-opening inspections of Michael’s Place Bar & Grille on Lowell Street and Tremezzo Pizzeria on Shawsheen Street (formerly Uncle Mickey’s).“I think Michael’s Place Bar & Grille will be opening soon,” said Newhouse, noting she was just in last week to conduct an inspection of the equipment and new bar. “And Tremezzo Pizzeria is moving right in shortly.” Newhouse says she will need to conduct additional inspections at each restaurant prior to their openings.In response to a question from Board of Health Chair Elizabeth Sabounjian, Newhouse revealed she was as much in the dark as residents are regarding the status of Casa Blanca, which is slated to move into the old Chili’s location at the Wilmington Crossing. Casa Blanca was originally eyeing a September 2018 opening, but the Mexican chain was affected by the Merrimack Valley gas explosions, closing its Andover location for two months.“I haven’t heard anything from [Casa Blanca] in awhile. It seems like they’ve stopped doing any work in their building,” responded Newhouse.Newhouse also noted that the Wilmington Farmers Market’s fall season runs until Sunday, October 13, 2019 on the Swain Green. And organizers will likely again hold a monthly indoor Winter Market similar to last year.The Board of Health also reviewed several food inspection reports and approved their August Meeting minutes. The Board next meets on Tuesday, September 17, 2019 at 5:30pm in Town Hall’s Room 9.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Board Of Health Urges Residents To Use Caution As Mosquitos Test Positive For EEE In AndoverIn “Government”BREAKING NEWS: More Mosquitos Test Positive For West Nile Virus In Wilmington, This Time Off Of Adams St.In “Breaking News”ALERT: West Nile Virus Confirmed In Mosquitoes From WilmingtonIn “Government”last_img read more

3 09 19

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh Hasina administers the oath of newly elected Panchagarh District Council chairman Md Anwar Sadat Samrat at the prime minister’s office (PMO) in Dhaka on Wednesday. Photo: PIDPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday asked the authorities concerned to undertake development projects in such a way so that arable lands are not damaged for it.“You’ll have to remain careful always so that cultivable lands are not destroyed in any way while undertaking any development scheme,” she said during the swearing-in ceremony of newly-elected Panchagarh District Council chairman Md Anwar Sadat Samrat.After the function, the prime minister’s press secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed newsmen.He said the prime minister also instructed the authorities concerned to undertake development projects as per the need of all places including districts and upazilas.“You’ll also have to prepare a master plan to this end,” she said.Sheikh Hasina also said mills, factories and other establishments will have to be built by protecting the environment.Earlier, the prime minister administered the oath of office to the newly-elected Panchagarh district council chairman.Local government division senior secretary SM Ghulam Farooque conducted the function.LGRD and cooperatives minister Md Tazul Islam, railways minister Nurul Islam Sujon, LGRD state minister Swapan Bhattacharya, PM’s principal secretary Md Najibur Rahman and PMO secretary Sajjadul Hasan were present.The by-elections to Panchagarh district council were held on 28 February in which Anwar Sadat Samrat was elected as the chairman.The post of the chairman fell vacant following the death of former chairman Md Amanullah Bachchu on 9 January this year.last_img read more

3 09 19

first_imgBangladesh Awami League general secretary and the road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader. File PhotoTerming the allegation made by Priya Saha to US president Donald Trump about Bangladesh ‘absolutely false’, ruling Bangladesh Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader on Saturday said she will be sued on sedition charges, reports news agency UNB.”Priya Saha’s allegation was absolutely false. No one will agree with her. A sedition case will be filed against her. The process is underway,” said Quader, also the road transport and bridges minister, while talking to newsmen at AL president’s Dhanmondi office in Dhaka.Priya Saha, one of the organising secretaries of Bangladesh Hindu-Bouddha-Christian Oikya Parishad, was seen telling US president Donald Trump, among other things, that 37 million Hindu, Buddhist and Christian people have been disappeared from Bangladesh. She also told president Trump that her land has been grabbed by Muslim fundamentalists and sought his help so that Hindu, Buddhist and Christian people can live in Bangladesh.The Bangladesh government on Saturday said it appears that there was an ulterior motive behind Priya Saha’s “absolutely false and concocted” stories that were targeted to malign Bangladesh.”Bangladesh is a beacon of religious freedom and communal harmony, where people of all faiths have been living in peace for ages,” said the foreign ministry, strongly protesting all the “blatant lies” Priya Saha told US president Donald Trump.The government also condemned her remarks in the strongest possible terms.Bangladesh national Priya Saha took part in the Second Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom held at the US Department of State in Washington, DC on 16-18 July.Bangladesh foreign minister AK Abdul Momen also attended the meeting.Delegates from 106 countries, including about 40 foreign ministers, took part in the meeting at the invitation of Mike Pompeo, the US Secretary of State.last_img read more

2 09 19

first_img X Listen 00:00 /01:24 Share Florian MartinBruce Rutherford, international director with JLL, left, moderates a panel discussion on energy and real estate on Monday, Oct. 3, 2016.Bruce Rutherford, an international director with real estate advisory firm JLL  in Houston, said there will be more bad news for energy in the short run and as a consequence, for real estate.“But we are coming to the end of this cycle,” he said. “And we will see a dramatic improvement in demand for real estate from energy companies probably in 2018, 2019.”JLL will publish the 2016 edition of its energy outlook in a few weeks.Rutherford said despite Houston’s economic diversification, more than half of its economy is still directly or indirectly connected to energy. And the industry tends to pay its employees well, so the many layoffs have a big impact on real estate.Some experts estimate that the price of oil will normalize by next year. But Rutherford said Houston’s housing and office market will not immediately pick up.“First they will hire people in the oil field, out in the field,” he said. “And only later will they hire people to fill office space – and we have a lot of office space to fill here in Houston.”He said the current market does provide opportunity for companies that are doing well to acquire cheap real estate.But those that are not doing well are better advised to get rid of theirs now, Rutherford said, because they may not survive until the market gets better. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: last_img read more

1 09 19

first_imgBy The Associated PressA publicist for the once-beloved Bill Cosby complained that his conviction and three- to 10-year prison term for sexual assault stem from a racist and sexist justice system, as the defense vowed to appeal the first celebrity trial of the #MeToo era.Cosby, 81, spent his first night alone in a Pennsylvania prison after being accustomed to a life filled with handlers and household help. He could eventually be sent to a state prison that has separate units for geriatric prisoners and programs for sex offenders.A spokesman for Bill Cosby said the comedian was subjected to the “most racist and sexist trial in the history of the United States.” (Montgomery County Correctional Facility via AP)Cosby spokesman Andrew Wyatt said September 25 after the comedian’s sentencing that Cosby was “one of the greatest civil rights leaders in the United States for over the past 50 years,” while decrying the trial as the “most sexist and racist” in the country’s history.The judge, prosecutor and jury saw it differently.“No one is above the law. And no one should be treated disproportionately because of who they are, where they live, or even their wealth, celebrity or philanthropy,” Montgomery County Judge Steven O’Neill said in sentencing Cosby to an above-average sentence for a 2004 sex assault.Cosby’s defense team has raised the racial issue before, in 2016, before quickly scrapping it.“We prosecute where the evidence takes us and that was done in this (Cosby) case. When (U.S.) Judge (Eduardo) Robreno released the deposition and said that this is perhaps criminal, we’re obligated to look at that and we did and we worked through the case and we got to where we are today.”Cosby was found guilty in April of drugging and sexually assaulting a woman at his gated estate in 2004 after being barraged with similar accusations from more than 60 women over the past five decades.“It is time for justice. Mr. Cosby, this has all circled back to you. The time has come,” O’Neill said. He quoted from victim Andrea Constand’s statement submitted to the court, in which she said Cosby took her “beautiful, young spirit and crushed it.”In her statement, Constand, 45, wrote of Cosby: “We may never know the full extent of his double life as a sexual predator, but his decades-long reign of terror as a serial rapist is over.”On NBC’s “Today” on Wednesday morning, prosecutor Kristen Feden reflected on the difficulty of the case, which included a first trial in 2017 that ended in a hung jury, and said Constand told her she was happy with the sentence.“I always look for my strength in the victims, and Andrea Constand was amazing,” Feden said. “Her courage and her strength was enough for me to say, ‘Let’s keep going.’”Cosby declined the opportunity to speak before the sentence came down, and afterward sat laughing and chatting with his defense team. His wife of 54 years, Camille, was not in court. Constand smiled broadly on hearing the punishment and was hugged by others in the courtroom.In a blistering statement, spokesman Wyatt said the comedian was subjected to the “most racist and sexist trial in the history of the United States.” Wyatt said all three of the psychologists who testified against Cosby were “White women who make money off of accusing Black men of being sexual predators.”Women’s advocates hailed Cosby’s sentence as a landmark #MeToo moment.“Bill Cosby seeing the inside of a prison cell sends a strong message that predators — no matter who they are, from Hollywood to Wall Street to the Supreme Court — can no longer be protected at the expense of victims,” said Sonia Ossorio, president of the National Organization for Women of New York.Cosby’s lawyers asked that he be allowed to remain free on bail while he appeals his conviction, but the judge ordered him locked up immediately, saying that “he could quite possibly be a danger to the community.”Cosby — who is legally blind and uses a cane — removed his watch, tie and jacket and walked out in a white dress shirt and red suspenders, his hands cuffed in front of him. He appeared downcast, his eyes failing to meet the camera, in a mug shot released by authorities.Cosby must serve the minimum of three years before becoming eligible for parole.Cosby’s punishment, which also included a $25,000 fine, came at the end of a two-day hearing at which the judge declared him a “sexually violent predator” — a designation that subjects him to monthly counseling for the rest of his life and requires that neighbors and schools be notified of his whereabouts. A psychologist for the state testified that Cosby appears to have a mental disorder characterized by an uncontrollable urge to have sex with women without their consent.Once known as America’s Dad for his role on the top-rated “Cosby Show” in the 1980s, the actor was convicted of violating Constand, Temple University women’s basketball administrator, at his suburban Philadelphia mansion in 2004.Constand testified that Cosby gave her what she thought were herbal pills to ease stress, then penetrated her with his fingers as she lay immobilized on a couch. Cosby claimed the encounter was consensual, and his lawyers branded her a “con artist” who framed the comedian to get a big payday — a $3.4 million settlement she received over a decade ago.The AP does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they come forward publicly, which Constand and other accusers have done.Five other accusers took the stand at the trial as part of an effort by prosecutors to portray him as a predator.Cosby faced anywhere from probation to 10 years in prison. His lawyers asked for house arrest, saying he is too old and vulnerable to go to prison. Prosecutors asked for five to 10 years behind bars, warning that he could still pose a threat to women.Steele said Cosby could be sent to Laurel Highlands , a state prison for lower-risk inmates on the other side of the state, about 70 miles southeast of Pittsburgh.Constand went to police a year after waking up in a fog at Cosby’s estate, her clothes askew, only to have the district attorney pass on the case. Another DA reopened the file a decade later and charged the TV star after stand-up comic Hannibal Buress’ riff about Cosby being a rapist prompted other women to come forward and after a federal judge, acting on a request from The Associated Press, unsealed some of Cosby’s startling, decade-old testimony in Constand’s related civil suit.In his testimony, Cosby described sexual encounters with a string of actresses, models and other young women and talked about obtaining quaaludes to give to those he wanted to sleep with.last_img read more

31 08 19

first_imgKolkata: The ignorance of BJP leaders about Bengal continues to come to the forefront as the party’s state president Dilip Ghosh said Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar had written Sahaj Path.BJP national president Amit Shah, while addressing an election rally some days ago, had said Rabindranath Tagore was born in Santiniketan. The latest statement of Ghosh has come as a shock to the people of Bengal. Sahaj Path was written by Tagore for children. Vidyasagar had written Barna Parichay to introduce Bengali alphabets to children. He wrote several books for children which include Kathamala, Botrish Singhasan, Betal Panchabingsati along with a Sanskrit grammar book called Byakaran Kaumodi. “This is the culture of BJP. They do not know Bengal and its rich heritage and speak without sense,” said Partha Chatterjee, Trinamool Congress secretary general. He further added: “The way BJP workers desecrated Vidyasagar’s bust may not have ashamed them, but it has made all of us bow our heads in shame. They will only destroy our history and culture.”last_img read more

9 08 19

first_img06Apr Yaroch bill allows drivers to opt out of MCCA fee Categories: News,Yaroch News The time is now for no-fault reform as MCCA announces increase in feeState Rep. Jeff Yaroch of Richmond has introduced an auto insurance reform bill, which allows motorists to opt out of paying the Michigan Catastrophic Claim Association (MCCA) fee by allowing drivers a choice on the level of personal injury protection (PIP) coverage.The MCCA, the entity that reimburses car insurers for personal injury benefits exceeding $555,000 per claim, announced recently that it would raise the fee it charges drivers to $192 dollars per year. House Bill 5552 would give drivers more choice and flexibility on coverage by introducing a new level of PIP coverage. Drivers will be able to opt out of paying the MCCA fee and see real savings on their premiums by choosing a coverage level of $555,000, or they can continue to purchase the unlimited medical coverage required by current state law.“Michigan is the only state in the country that forces people to have unlimited medical benefits, regardless if they have other insurance coverage,” Yaroch said. “I have heard loud and clear that the people are upset about their car insurance rates and the latest increase by the MCCA in the fee it charges drivers. I want to give people another option.”House Bill 5552 has been referred to the House Insurance Committee for consideration.#####last_img read more