NCC to grow, change training syllabus

first_imgThe National Cadet Corps (NCC), India’s military youth movement in schools and colleges, is all set to grow with the defence ministry planning to increase its sanctioned strength from the existing 13 lakh to 15 lakh cadets.The outfit is also readying to change its training syllabus, refining the philosophy to make it contemporary and meet the aspirations of the country’s youth.These issues were discussed at the NCC Central Advisory Committee (CAC) meeting chaired by Minister of State for Defence M.M. Pallam Raju recently.”The important issues discussed during the CAC meeting included introduction of a new syllabus based on the refined training philosophy to make it contemporary and meet the aspirations of the youth of the country.””In addition, an increase in authorised strength of cadets to be enrolled in NCC, raising of additional NCC units and enhanced role of NCC cadets in social and community development programme were also discussed during the meeting,” defence ministry officials said.Addressing the meeting, Raju complimented the NCC on the excellent performance of its cadets in various activities pertaining to training, sports, adventure, social service and community development.Describing the NCC cadets as “leaders of tomorrow,” Raju said since they are the key instruments of social change, economic growth and technological innovations, there is an urgent need to channelise their energy in proper direction with care.On the occasion, NCC Director General Lt. Gen. P.S. Bhalla presented a detailed update on NCC activities in the past two years to the members of the CAC.CAC is the apex body that advises the government on policies regarding the constitution and administration of NCC.The CAC also consists of nominated members of parliament, the tri-services chiefs, and eminent educationists.- With inputs from IANSadvertisementlast_img read more

Sangrur MP Bhagwant Mann of AAP

first_imgSangrur MP Bhagwant Mann of AAP. Photo by Rajwant Rawat.Bhagwant Mann, 41Constituency: SangrurDefeated: Shiromani Akali Dal veteran and former union minister Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa by 2,11,721 votes.He joined Anna Hazare’s movement against corruption with 400 other young men sporting basanti pagris (yellow turbans) in 2011. “We went there to mark Bhagat Singh’s attendance,” says forty-one-year-old Bhagwant Mann who has just completed a seamless transition from being Punjab’s most loved comedian and satirist to becoming the new kid on the block who recorded a slam-dunk victory over one the Shiromani Akali Dal’s tallest stalwarts S.S. Dhindsa in Sangrur.Mann, who made his political debut as a nominee of Manpreet Badal’s Peoples Party of Punjab (PPP) against former Congress CM Rajinder Kaur Bhattal from Lehra (Sangrur) in February 2012, chose to go with Aam Aadmi Party in Lok Sabha 2014.This after Manpreet tied up with the Congress and subsequently even contested the Bathinda seat against Harsimrat Badal on a Congress ticket. “Bhagat Singh opposed the Congress so how can his followers join them in an election,” Mann says not in the least trying to mask his aversion for the path his former mentor chose.Employing his full repertoire – his ever-ready repartee, incredulous wit and decidedly deft turn of vernacular phrase, the comedian, a household name and face in Punjab, captured the collective imagination of Sangrur’s electorate.Using the invariable presence of young people at his poll rallies he would routinely crack a joke or two but always end on a serious note that struck many raw nerves: “Why are there so many young people here.. do they expect that I will give them tickets to contest the coming assembly elections? They are here because they don’t have jobs,” Mann would say. And the youth. They loved him.advertisementAnd they loved it even more when he took on the Badals – chief minister Parkash Singh and his son Sukhbir. Village women at his nukkad sabhas were in fits when he suggested that they “scrub hard” to erase the CM’s image from the utensils being distributed by the SAD-BJP government at a pre-poll freebie. “Comedy is very serious business because it is much easier to make people weep than get them to smile or laugh,” Mann says happily elaborating on the “boundless capacity of politicians to bring tears to people through price rise, unemployment, pollution, corruption.” And now that he will be in Parliament, all of us can expect a good measure of cheer around the Lok Sabha sessions.last_img read more


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Red Sox End Mets’ Streak, 6-4

first_imgNEW YORK — If this had been a playoff game, New York Mets Manger Terry Collins would have let Matt Harvey pitch one more inning. But it wasn’t, so he took his ace out after the sixth.Harvey, throwing for the first time in 11 days after the NL East leaders skipped his turn in an effort to manage his innings, blanked Boston on two singles and struck out eight Aug. 28.Too bad for Harvey, he needed 103 pitches to go that far. And he could only watch after that as the Red Sox 6-4 in 10 innings, ending the Mets’ seven-game winning streak.“He wanted to throw another inning,” Collins said. “I said we can’t do it, that’s why we gave you time off.”Harvey exited with a 2-0 lead. “In my mind, in a close ballgame like that, I feel like I need to be out there for the seventh and eighth inning,” Harvey said. “Unfortunately, I just couldn’t quite keep the pitch count down.”Collins then turned the game over to his tired bullpen, which was unable to protect the two-run lead and then completely fell apart in extra innings.Red Sox rookie Blake Swihart led off the 10th with an inside-the-park home run. Boston, visiting the Mets for the first time since 2001, scored three times in the 10th.Swihart led off with a drive that appeared to clear the center field wall and bounce back into play, but the ball was ruled in play.There was no indication from the umpires that it was a home run, and the ball caromed back past center fielder Juan Lagares.“I don’t think he planned on an inside-the-park home run,” Boston interim manager Torey Lovullo said. “But we run hard until our base coaches stop our guys and he did exactly what he was supposed to do.”Lovullo indicated that the team planned on having the play reviewed if Swihart had not crossed the plate.The Mets rallied in the bottom half when reliever Junichi Tazawa walked four straight batters with two outs to force home a run. Craig Breslow replaced Tazawa and retired Yoenis Cespedes with the bases loaded on a fly ball for his first save.Tommy Layne (1-1) got the win. Carlos Torres (5-6) took the loss.“My job is to go out there and get outs,” Torres said. “I didn’t do that today, and that’s all that really matters at the end of the day.”Josh Rutledge added a sacrifice fly and Xander Bogaerts had an RBI double later in the 10th.After Harvey came out of the game, Collins turned to Logan Verrett.Verrett made the spot start in Colorado in Harvey’s turn in the rotation. He was successful in the start but was not as sharp this time.David Ortiz and Jackie Bradley Jr. homered off Verrett in a three-run seventh.Travis d’Arnaud and Michael Cuddyer each had RBI singles for New York, which had scored 73 runs during its winning streak — a team record for a seven-game span.Mets captain David Wright went 2-for-5 in his first game at Citi Field since April. He returned from a long stint on the disabled list earlier in the week during a sweep in Philadelphia.The crowd gave Wright a standing ovation when he came to bat for the first time. Boston rookie Henry Owens gave up one earned run in five innings.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Odom Drug Overdose Seen

first_imgLOS ANGELES — Lamar Odom is believed to have overdosed on cocaine and other drugs before he was found unconscious in a Nevada brothel, according to search warrant records.The court document includes testimony to a Nevada state judge from Michael Eisenloffel, a Nye County sheriff’s detective, on Oct. 13 after the former NBA star was found at the Love Ranch in Crystal.“I believe that Mr. Odom may be — or may have been — under the influence of a controlled substance,” Eisenloffel told Fifth Judicial District Judge Robert Lane.The document was obtained Oct. 22 by The Associated Press.Odom was hospitalized in Las Vegas and transferred to Los Angeles, where his family said he was undergoing therapy and is showing improvement.“He is beginning to gradually flourish both mentally and physically,” said a statement from Alvina Alston, publicist for Odom’s aunt JaNean Mercer. “His use of speech has increased, and he’s more cognitively responsive.”Alston called Odom’s therapy regimen “aggressive” but did not elaborate.On Oct. 21, Odom and reality star Khloe Kardashian filed a court petition dismissing a divorce filing from December 2013. A clerk granted the request in such a way that the divorce papers can be refiled at a later date.Kardashian has been by Odom’s side since he was found in extremely critical condition at the brothel.Brothel officials have said workers saw Odom drink alcohol and take supplements sold as “herbal Viagra” but no employees saw him take illegal drugs.The Food and Drug Administration issued a warning in 2013 against one brand of supplement they said he took, Reload, after it was found to contain sildenafil, the active ingredient in prescription Viagra.A six-page transcript of the detective’s request for the search warrant said Odom was seen by witnesses and on security video taking an unidentified pill from an unmarked plastic bag in his pocket, and two prostitutes told police they had “vague knowledge” that Odom was using illicit narcotics.The court document said the women told police they believed Odom snorted cocaine in a bathroom while they were in the adjacent bedroom.Love Ranch owner Dennis Hof has said Odom arrived Oct. 10 for a four-day stay and spent $75,000 on two women who accompanied him in a VIP suite.The Nevada judge issued a search warrant authorizing police to obtain a blood sample from Odom after he was taken to the Las Vegas hospital but test results are pending.Authorities have not ruled out the possibility of taking action against the brothel or Odom.Odom spent most of his 14-year NBA career in Los Angeles with the Lakers and Clippers.___By Christopher Weber. AP Entertainment Writer Anthony McCartney in Los Angeles and writer Sally Ho in Las Vegas contributed TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

YSRC ahead in 143 seats in AP assembly pollsTDP leads in 25

first_imgAmaravati (AP): The Opposition YSR Congress seems to be heading for a landslide victory with the party leading in 142 seats, leaving the ruling TDP way behind in the assembly elections, according to the latest trends. Of the data available for 173 seats of the total 175, the Telugu Desam Party is leading in 29 seats with Pawan Kumar’s Jan Kalyan in two. TDP supremo and Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu and YSR Congress chief Y S Jaganmohan Reddy are leading over the respective rival candidates. Naidu initially trailed by 67 votes but bounced back to secure a lead over his nearest YSRC rival.last_img

Government gives OK but companies must actually build pipelines minister

first_imgOTTAWA – Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr defended on Tuesday his government’s ability to get major resource projects moving, saying the government has approved a number of proposals and it’s up to their proponents to get them built.Carr was speaking at the end of a meeting of federal and provincial energy ministers in New Brunswick, where TransCanada’s Energy East pipeline project was an unofficial topic of discussion.It has been almost a year since the first round of National Energy Board hearings on Energy East collapsed after protesters shut down Montreal hearings and accused the panellists of bias in favour of the oil industry.In January the board started the whole review process from scratch and appointed a new, three-member panel to conduct the hearings. New hearings haven’t yet been scheduled as the NEB is still designing how the new hearing process will work.Energy East is a 4,500-km pipeline to carry 1.1 million barrels of oil a day from Alberta and Saskatchewan to refineries in Montreal and New Brunswick. The project includes converting an existing natural gas pipeline to carry crude and building new segments of pipeline to complete the route.Carr said the government has now provided certainty to the review process.“We’ve given the NEB the resources it needs. We have appointed new commissioners. They’re in their midst now, we’ll wait until they make their recommendations. That’s restoring confidence among Canadians that the process is working.”He denied that the government’s requirement to balance the economics of oil and gas development with environmental protections and indigenous consultation was grinding things to a halt.He listed five projects the Liberal government approved or has supported since taking office, including the Pacific Northwest Liquefied Natural Gas pipeline and terminal in B.C., Kinder Morgan’s TransMountain pipeline expansion between Alberta and B.C., Enbridge’s Line 3 replacement, expanding TransCanada’s Nova Gas Transmission gathering system in Alberta and the Keystone pipeline proposal awaiting approval in the U.S.He said the government believes all of them are “good for Canada.”“We believe we made those decisions in the balance of interests for Canada,” he said. “We stand by those decisions. It’s now up to the proponents to determine the timing of construction and eventually what will flow through the infrastructure.”However three of the five projects he listed have either fallen apart or face significant hurdles.Earlier this summer, Malaysian energy giant Petronas pulled up stakes on its planned liquefied natural gas pipeline and terminal in British Columbia, citing poor market conditions.Kinder Morgan’s TransMountain pipeline expansion between Alberta and British Columbia was given the green light in the fall of 2016 and was supposed to start construction next month. However the new NDP government in B.C. moved last week to join legal challenges against the pipeline, after campaigning on a pledge to do whatever it took to stop the project.Nebraska is currently holding hearings to determine if it will allow Keystone to proceed across its territory.Battles over pipelines in Canada are largely at the provincial level. B.C. and Alberta are on opposite sides when it comes to the TransMountain project. Ontario and Quebec don’t support the Energy East pipeline, which is backed by Alberta, Saskatchewan and New Brunswick.New Brunswick Energy Minister Rick Doucet said Energy East was on his mind at the meeting and he raised it with a number of his provincial colleagues.“This is a nation-builder. This pipeline is an opportunity for all of Canada and we all understand the importance of this project,” said Doucet.-follow @mrabson on Twitter.last_img read more

Spring shaping up to be more ideal than years past for area

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — After a snowy start to Spring in the Peace Region, the return of warm temperatures and sunny skies means good news for area farmers.Kelly Kassian, manager of Viterra in Fort St. John, says that though some areas are still quite muddy, if the forecast holds out for the next week, some farmers might be able to start plowing their fields as early as a week from now. Kassian explained that there is still a decent amount of snow in the bush, and farmers will have to contend with muddy field edges and standing water in low spots. But, he said some farmers in the river valleys might even be able to start seeding just after this coming weekend.Kassian said that nearly all farmers were able to get all of last season’s harvest off the fields, despite the late start to the season. He said that the only issues with last season’s harvest revolved around the delays in getting grain from Northeast B.C. to port. Kassian added that though January and February were slow, rail traffic has greatly increased in Fort St. John, meaning a large amount of the backlog has been taken care of. Kassian said that as long as things don’t get too wet or too dry, this season is shaping up so far to be pretty decent.last_img read more

BC government First Nations talk to avoid court action over Site C

first_imgThe two nations lost a bid last year to secure a court injunction that would have stopped work on the dam project because the judge said if the First Nations lost the challenge, the project would be needlessly put in disarray.The latest figure on the cost of the dam is $10.7 billion and when complete on the Peace River in northeast B.C. it would power the equivalent of 450,000 homes a year.The release says the parties will continue trial preparations while talks proceed. VICTORIA, B.C. – The British Columbia government, BC Hydro and two First Nations have entered talks to avoid court action over the massive Site C hydroelectric dam.The parties were in B.C. Supreme Court on Tuesday to set a 120-day trial that was expected to start in 2022.However, a government news release says the West Moberly First Nations and Prophet River First Nation have agreed to enter into confidential discussions to find alternatives to legal action.last_img read more

NASA SpaceX approve test flight next week of crew capsule

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA and SpaceX have approved a test flight next week of the new commercial Dragon capsule designed for crew.No one will be aboard. But the capsule will still fly to the International Space Station, following its planned March 2 liftoff from Cape Canaveral, Florida.Officials gave the green light Friday after conducting a safety review.Space X has been making space station shipments since 2012. The private company had to overhaul its cargo capsule for astronauts. If the upcoming demo goes well, two NASA astronauts could strap in for the next test flight this summer.It would be the first launch of U.S. astronauts from U.S. soil in eight years.Boeing is also in the commercial race to transport space station astronauts. Its first Starliner demo is in April.Marcia Dunn, The Associated Press read more

Cousins separated in Sixties Scoop to reunite this weekend

The last time her birth family saw Lee Deneka she was a one-year-old in diapers. Her Auntie Phyllis told her this week in a phone call that everyone called her “DDD”, her initials.Then Deneka’s mother died in a house fire, and like many Indigenous children of the 1960s, Deneka was apprehended by the government and adopted out. For years Deneka’s family searched for her, while Deneka followed false trails trying to find them.Now in her 50s, Deneka will reunite with extended family on Sunday in Nipawin, the meeting place chosen between her home in Yorkton, and her new-found family members on Shoal Lake First Nation.It’s all thanks to Facebook and the persistence of Deneka’s friend Becky Musqua.“I have so much to say about Becky, so many good things I wouldn’t know where to begin,” said Deneka. “She’s now family, let’s put it that way.”Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.Deneka and Musqua met through Deneka’s adult daughter about five years ago. Deneka’s daughter was co-workers with Musqua and confided to her that her mom thought she might be a Sixties Scoop survivor and hadn’t been able to track down her birth family.Musqua started reaching out to her friends and family and phoned the government to initiate document searches — a process that took years.In early August, as a result of inquiries by Musqua, Deneka received a letter from the federal government saying she was a full-registered status Indian from Shoal Lake Cree First Nation. It was a big surprise to her, because her adoptive parents had believed she was from Mistawasis First Nation and she had based her previous searches off that information.“I absolutely was blindsided, happy for her she has an answer in life, she knows where she comes from, but after a couple hours I didn’t feel at peace any more, I needed to phone around,” Musqua recalls. She sent Facebook messages to dozens of members of Shoal Lake First Nation, seeking a way to reunite Deneka with lost family members.Bonita Cook, a member of Shoal Lake First Nation who received the message, thought of her co-worker, Annel Bear, who had previously mentioned she’d spent years looking for a cousin.“She had went everywhere to try and find her, had no luck and thought she was never going to find her and so I told her there’s a lady out there who’s 50-years-plus and looking for her family. She just started getting excited.”From there, Bear connected with Musqua, then Deneka.“I was so excited. I was just in tears,” Bear said. “We were always searching for her. She had changed her name totally, that’s why we couldn’t find her. It means a lot to me because … we’ve been searching for her my whole lifetime.”Bear is also a Sixties Scoop survivor who was taken at age 12 and remembers her mother talking about her lost cousin. She describes the Scoop experience as isolating.“It’s a lot of loneliness, missing your own community, trying to escape and get back home, missing relatives and friends, not fitting in the white world, just totally shut out,” said Bear. “I recall in the yearbook they labelled me as ‘the silent one.’ ”Bear says social media has made reunification possible for so many and encourages other Scoop survivors to look to social media platforms to find lost relatives.As for Musqua, she says her grandparents taught her to always help others in need.“I knew how to reach out to elders and talk to the band office and I know that it can be really long and hard,” said Musqua. “My advice for other Sixties Scoop kids would be just to never give up no matter how frustrating it feels.”Deneka says the government should provide researchers like Musqua to all of the thousands of survivors because it’s an uphill battle to find information, although things are slowly improving. The day she connected with Bear, she received a letter from the government with her birth mother’s name, her original name and date of birth, and other details. She says she feels 95 per cent complete, but on Sunday she will be 100 per cent whole.“My heart is full. After five decades I’ve finally made contact with blood family,” Deneka said.“I’ve learned things I’ve never known before and I’m going to know more Sunday. I’m so excited to meet them all.” read more

Zimbabwe UN expert urges release of detained law society officials

Dato’ Param Cumaraswamy, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers, was reacting to charges lodged against the President of the Law Society, Sternford Moyo, and its Executive Secretary, Wilbert Mapombere. The two are being held for alleged possession of “subversive” documents relating to a mass action allegedly planned by the Movement for Democratic Change.In a statement released in Geneva, the Rapporteur said that none of these alleged documents were found during police searches of the suspects’ homes. “Both the President and the Executive Secretary are charged under the draconian Public Order and Security Act for an offence which provides for a maximum 20 years imprisonment,” he noted.Based on information he has received, Mr. Cumaraswamy voiced his conviction that both Law Society leaders “have been arrested, detained and charged for expressing their association’s concerns over the deterioration of the rule of law in Zimbabwe.”The Special Rapporteur, who has previously expressed concern over the acceleration of “governmental lawlessness” in Zimbabwe, said today this latest incident “further reflects the continuation of the systematic attacks on the independence of judges and lawyers by the Government and its agencies.” He called on the Government to comply with its international obligations, respect the role of lawyers, release the two leaders of the Law Society, and unconditionally withdraw all charges against them. read more

Baseball Ohio State begins ninegame homestand against Northern Kentucky

Then-junior outfielder Tre’ Gantt is greeted by teammates outside the dugout after scoring a run over the weekend in the Big Ten/Pac-12 Challenge in Surprise, Arizona. Credit: Courtesy of Press Pros MagazineOhio State (15-21, 4-8) has been on the road for a while.It’s had some midweek home games mixed in there, but the past two weekend series have been on the road for the Buckeyes.Now OSU is getting a chance to enjoy some home cooking with its second nine-game homestand of the season, which will kick off on Wednesday with a matchup against the Northern Kentucky Norse (12-22, 6-6 Horizon League).The Buckeyes found little success the last time they played nine consecutive home games, amassing a 4-5 record and a 1-4 record in conference games. Scouting Northern KentuckyThe Norse have had a rough time getting things going this season, compiling a 12-22 record that includes an abysmal 6-19 road record. The one thing that has gone well for the Norse this year has been their ability to produce at the plate. As a team, they are batting .275 with 36 home runs so far this season, including a pair of hitters with eight home runs and four regulars batting above .300. The team has scored a total of 211 runs, averaging 6.21 runs per game. Its star bat this season has been junior first baseman and pitcher Trey Ganns. Ganns has eight home runs, while his .310 batting average is sitting as the team’s second-highest among starters. Ganns, the team’s cleanup hitter, has demonstrated an acute ability to clean up the bases, leading the Norse with 32 RBIs this season.Scoring runs has not been an issue for the team. Rather, the issue has been keeping the opponents from scoring runs of their own. Across 287.2 innings the season, the Norse have posted a team ERA of 6.41, which ranks 260th out of 295 Division I programs. Pitchers have struggled to limit contact, having surrendered 364 hits this season (.370 opponents’ average). Finding More Consistency in the OffenseThe Buckeyes’ inability to keep the bats going for extended periods of time has been cited by coach Greg Beals as the chief issue for the team.After the team took two of three against Penn State with a combined 16 runs over the final two games of that series, the OSU offense mustered just two combined runs against a pair of midweek opponents in Cincinnati and Eastern Michigan, and was shut out by Michigan State in its first of the three games in the past weekend’s series. “We’ve been working really hard just with our offensive approach,” Beals said in a press conference last Thursday. “The two midweek games, we didn’t score enough runs to win the game, especially Wednesday night’s game, we pitched the ball really, really well.”Though his team has shown a lot of signs of struggle, Beals said he believes the talent is there for his team to start putting it all together, and he hopes his bats can click in opportune moments.“Each of the guys in our offensive lineup have shown signs of greatness, and we’ve got to find a way to get that out more consistently, and it’s an approach thing that we’ve got to do,” Beals said. “We’ve got to make sure that we are locked in on the pitches we are going to get and be consistent in that approach throughout an at-bat and be able to string some quality at bats together to produce some runs.”The Buckeyes hope to get that offense going again when they take on Northern Kentucky on Wednesday with first pitch scheduled for 6:35 p.m. read more

Sullinger gets 1st team JaJuan Johnson takes Big Ten Player of the

Two days after missing out on the opportunity to earn a share of the Big Ten title, Purdue senior forward JaJuan Johnson learned he won’t walk away from this season empty-handed, as he was named the Big Ten Player of the Year for the 2010–11 season. Johnson beat out Ohio State freshman forward Jared Sullinger, who appeared to have a lock on the award for the first three months of the season before seeing stat lines decline in February. Sullinger won four Big Ten Player of the Week awards this season. Johnson finished the regular season as the Big Ten’s leader in scoring and blocks, with averages of 20.5 points and 2.4 blocks per game. He was also the conference’s No. 4 leader in rebounds, pulling down 8.1 per game. A native of Indianapolis, Johnson’s top scoring performance — 31 points — came in Purdue’s Dec. 18 win against Indiana State; however, his best all-around performance came in the Boilermakers’ Feb. 27 win against Michigan State, when he scored 20 points and posted season highs in rebounding and blocks, with 17 and seven, respectively. In winning the award, which has been given out annually since the 1984–85 season, Johnson became the third Boilermaker to be named the Big Ten’s top player, joining Steve Scheffler (1989–90) and Glenn Robinson (1993–94). Besides winning the Big Ten Player of the Year award, Johnson was an All-Big Ten first-team selection, and was named the Big Ten’s Player of the Week on Feb. 28. Johnson wasn’t the only Boilermaker to beat out a Buckeye for an award, as Purdue coach Matt Painter was chosen as the Big Ten’s Coach of the Year. The Buckeyes, however, didn’t walk away empty-handed, as Sullinger was named the conference’s Freshman of the Year, and freshman point guard Aaron Craft was named the Big Ten’s Sixth Man of the Year. Craft downplayed the individual significance of the award. “I am fortunate to play on a team full of incredibly talented players,” Craft said in a press release. “I am grateful to have had the opportunity to contribute this season.” Sullinger echoed the humbleness of his classmate’s reaction. “I was honestly surprised to hear I was named Freshman of the Year,” Sullinger said in the press release. “There are a lot of talented freshmen in the Big Ten.” Besides their individual awards, Sullinger was named to the All-Big Ten first team, and Craft was named to the All-Defensive team. Both freshmen were also named to the All-Freshman team. Other Buckeyes honored Monday include fifth-year senior forward David Lighty, who was named to the All-Big Ten second team and All-Defensive team; junior guard William Buford, who was selected to the All-Big Ten second team; senior guard Jon Diebler, who was named to the All-Big Ten third team; and senior center Dallas Lauderdale, who was named the Buckeyes’ Big Ten Sportsmanship award honoree. “We are fortunate to play in a tremendous league with outstanding players,” Matta said in the press release. “To have five of our top six players recognized with postseason honors is a tribute to their hard work.” Big Ten action resumes Thursday with the Big Ten Tournament in Indianapolis. read more

Womens volleyball takes three matches in Tallahassee

Shelby Lum / Photo editorJunior setter Taylor Sherwin serves the ball during a match against Dabrowa Sept. 4, at St. John Arena. OSU won, 3-2.The beat rolls on for the No. 23 Ohio State women’s volleyball team.The Buckeyes picked up three wins at the Four Points By Sheraton Seminole Invitational over the weekend to win the tournament, pushing their record to 6-0.OSU earned a five set victory against No. 16 Western Kentucky and then beat No. 15 Florida State 3-1 on Friday before sweeping unranked Florida Gulf Coast Saturday. It’s the first time the Buckeyes have started 6-0 since 2006.Coach Geoff Carlston said OSU “showed a lot of toughness” to beat Western Kentucky and that he was happy with how his offense performed on Florida State’s home court.“(I’m) just really happy with how our offense played against Florida State in a hostile environment,” Carlston said.The Buckeyes were led by outside hitter Kaitlyn Leary against the Hilltoppers, as the senior recorded her second double-double of the season with 20 kills and 10 digs.Freshman middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe and classmate Kylie Randall, an outside hitter, added 15 and 11 kills respectively. Another freshman, defensive specialist Valeria León, played in four of the five sets.Randall said in an email it was a huge accomplishment for her and her classmates to play a role as freshmen.“It was a huge accomplishment for all of us,” Randall said. “It felt really good to contribute and make an impact on and off the court.”Junior setter Taylor Sherwin tallied 47 assists and senior libero Davionna DiSalvatore added 16 digs.Against the Seminoles, Leary picked up a career high 27 kills while Sandbothe and Randall tied for second on the team with 11 kills apiece. Sherwin added 55 assists and senior defensive specialist Julianne Mandolfo had a team best 18 digs.Even though OSU won in straight sets, Florida Gulf Coast kept the second and third sets in question until the very end. The Buckeyes finished with 25-15, 28-26 and 26-24 set victories.Carlston said the match showed his team is able to keep up a high quality of play in tight situations.“We were down 24-21 in the third set and won the next five points straight,” Carlston said. “We are able to play well under pressure.”Leary again led the match with 19 kills and Randall completed 10 of her 16 attacks with two errors for a .500 attacking percentage.Sherwin continued her strong play with 34 assists to finish the tournament at a total of 136 after being named the tournament MVP and Big Ten setter of the week at the NIU Invitational to open the season.Carlston said Sherwin showed great decision making ability throughout the tournament.“Taylor Sherwin’s choices this weekend were as good as they’ve been since she’s been here,” he said.Junior setter Gigi Meyer, the daughter of OSU football coach Urban Meyer, had 30 assists and three service aces for Florida Gulf Coast.The Buckeyes return to Columbus this weekend for the Sports Imports DC Koehl Classic. They are scheduled to play Indiana University, Purdue University at Indianapolis Friday at 7 p.m. before matches on Saturday against Southeast Missouri at 12:30 p.m. and Xavier at 7 p.m. read more

Karamanlis addresses Eastern Partnership Summit

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greek Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis addressed the inaugural session of the Eastern Partnership Summit, organised by the Czech European Union Presidency in Prague on Thursday.Karamanlis stressed the importance of energy interdependence between the European Union and its partners in eastern Europe, as well as the need for the creation of a legally binding framework guaranteeing the security of investments and market deregulation.Karamanlis reminded that last January the EU had faced the most serious crisis in its history concerning the supply and transfer of natural gas, and stressed that the EU’s current summit with its eastern partners is coming at the most suitable moment for an improvement in energy cooperation and the strengthening of energy security.The prime minister pointed out that energy security constitutes one of the main challenges of our times and that, regardless of the varying importance that the issue has in each country, joint perception and consensus exists among Europeans.The demand for natural gas is not expected to decrease in the coming years according to Karamanlis and for this reason he expressed clear support for promoting investments in infrastructures with the aim of achieving better diversification of energy sources in Europe. The importance of developing regional electric power markets was underlined by the Greek Prime Minister, stressing at the same time that the deepening of the EU’s energy cooperation with its eastern partners is of fundamental significance.“This is also the reason why Greece supports the creation of a targeted regional Action Plan for Energy Infrastructures,” pointing to the need for widening liquefied natural gas imports in the EU.Lastly, Karamanlis stressed that the importance of the EU’s strategy for the Eastern Partnership Summit lies in the possibilities that this strategy provides for strengthening the regional stability, the relations of good neighbourliness, and the economic progress of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia and Ukraine.Addressing reporters on the sidelines of the Summit the Greek prime minister stressed the special importance of maintaining good relations between the European Union’s member-states and its eastern partners.Karamanlis said that Greece desires special relations with the eastern partners, stressing the need for the promotion of political and economic reforms in these six countries, namely Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Moldova, Belarus, Georgia and Armenia.last_img read more

Première grande opération de vaccination antiméningite à Lille

first_imgPremière : grande opération de vaccination anti-méningite à LilleLille, France – Après que plusieurs cas de méningites se sont déclarés sur le campus, une grande opération de vaccination contre la méningite C a été organisée auprès des étudiants de l’Université Catholique de Lille. 22.000 jeunes sont concernés. Face au nombre de jeunes à vacciner, l’Agence régionale de santé (ARS), explique a l’AFP que la campagne de vaccination ayant lieu a Lille est la plus grande jamais organisée pour les étudiants. Cette vaste campagne anti-méningite C a été décidée après que quatre cas d’infection invasive à méningocoques ont été diagnostiqués en moins d’un mois, dont trois chez des étudiants de la Catho. Et l’Agence France Presse de préciser que dès les premiers cas identifiés, une enquête a été menée afin de déterminer quels étaient les autres étudiants susceptibles d’avoir également contracté la méningite. Environ 450 étudiants se sont d’ores et déjà fait vacciner au Centre polyvalent de santé universitaire, depuis le mercredi 27 octobre.Le 29 octobre 2010 à 09:18 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more