Can circle bursts transform your motion design? Let’s take a 360 degree look.There are a lot of trends that come and go in the world of motion graphics, but one such trend that has only grown in popularity in recent years is circle bursts. Circle Bursts are cool on a lot of levels and their simplicity makes them only more desirable to both motion designers and clients.In the following post we’ll take a closer look at circle bursts and examine a few ways that we can integrate circle bursts into our projects. Plus we’ll watch a few quick tutorials about how they’re made and discover a few free and paid places to find them. Let’s dive in:Where to Get Circle Bursts1. RocketStock Price: FreeOur good friends at RocketStock are giving away free circle bursts with no strings attached. Just click the download button on the circle burst blog post. While you’re there check out their freebie section full of awesome After Effects freebies. The circle bursts are pre-rendered footage that can be easily colored in After Effects using the tritone effect. The cool thing about these elements is they can all be integrated directly into After Effects.2. AE Sweets Price: $14.99 a packAE Sweets is a… sweet script designed to help with creating 2D elements. You can simply select the shape you want, hit apply and watch the shapes form before your eyes. There are also a bunch of other cool shape effects on AE Sweets website including a few freebies.3. Create Them YourselfCircle bursts are relatively simple to make, essentially it’s a shape layers with just a few keyframes. The process is simple, but refining the animation is the hard part. In this quick tutorial from Evan Abrams we’ll take a look at how to create Circle bursts in After Effects. It’s really simple and the end result is pretty awesome. The Benefits of Circle BurstsCircle Burst elements are great for multiple reasons:1. They Can Help Add Visual Complexity Without Being DistractingIt is certainly cool to add in grunge or distortion to your projects, but in a lot of circumstances, namely client work, it’s not necessarily ideal when it comes to tone. Circle bursts, as opposed to ink drops or film grains, are neutral and can be easily integrated into most projects. This is especially true if your project is a little too simplistic. By simply adding in a few circle bursts you can breath life into previously boring projects.2. They Can Hide CutsJust ignore the man behind the curtain, and by man we mean edit point… and by curtain we mean circle elements. Can’t think of a great way to transition between two scenes? If you’re stuck try adding in a few circle bursts. They can help ease the audience between two ideas without there being a jarring cut. In this way circle bursts help those artists who prefer to create animations using the “Post to Pose” style of classical animation. More on this in our principles of animation post.3. They Can Create a Custom LookWhen it comes to motion graphics perceived value is one of the most valuable tools when marketing yourself as a motion designer and giving your projects a “custom” look is a quick way to make your work look much more valuable. So if you’re animations are looking too “computery” you can always give your video a more hand-made look by adding circle bursts. Circle Bursts In-ActionHere’s a few examples if good circle bursts in-action.Full Circle Logo Build – Concept B Created By: Miguel ReyesThis lifestyle logo designed by Miguel Reyes is a great example of well thought-out animations with good physics. Notice how each movement is motivated.Tendril Relaunches – Logo AnimationCreated By: Gabriel RochaThis is another great logo example of circle bursts in action. These animations are a little bit more bold, but the animation is none-the-less amazing.Qadrant.io Explanation Animation Created By: Studio FourPlus Explainer videos are a great medium to for integrating circle bursts, and smooth 2D elements for that matter. This awesome video created by Studio FourPlus is a great example of both circle bursts and eased keyframes.Want to learn more about working with flat 2D animation? Check out a few of the following resources:Sliding Intro – PremiumBeatStripes Transition with Shape Layers – PremiumBeat2D Animated Shapes – RocketStockHave any tips for creating circle bursts? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
The Supreme Court on Monday sought a response from former Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar to a plea by the CBI to arrest him in connection with the Saradha chit fund scam.The CBI urged a Bench, led by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, to lift its February 8 stay order against any “coercive action” against Mr. Kumar. The agency said that his arrest was necessary to “unravel the entire gamut of the larger conspiracy in the ponzi scam cases”.The Bench gave Mr. Kumar four weeks’ time to file his response.The CBI also sought the court’s directions to the West Bengal authorities to comply with the court’s earlier orders “in letter and spirit” and not to create any hurdle in the probe or try to “intimidate, harass and scare the agency officials” probing the cases.
One of the deadliest landslides in U.S. history was unleashed when part of a mountain collapsed onto a rain-sodden slope, sending a wall of mud shooting through a Washington state neighborhood, according to a federal landslide expert.The new account from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) differs from the explanation offered by the Geotechnical Extreme Events Reconnaissance (GEER) Association, which on Tuesday unveiled the first published analysis of the 22 March slide. The accident killed 43 in the little town of Oso at the edge of Washington’s Cascade Mountains.The difference revolves around a critical question: What caused a hillside with a history of relatively minor landslides to suddenly turn into a tsunami of mud and debris that sped about a kilometer across a valley? 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In their analysis, first the slope began to slide. The movement, combined with ample water, turned the sliding ground into a fast-flowing semiliquid. The process, known as liquefaction, occurs when water pressure in the soil builds high enough that it pushes particles of earth apart and the slope can’t hold together. Four minutes later, a second portion of the mountain fell after losing support from below. The report pointed to two spikes recorded by nearby seismic devices as evidence of a two-stage scenario.But Richard Iverson, a landslide expert at USGS’s Cascades Volcano Observatory in Vancouver, Washington, says that a closer look at the seismic data tells a different story. “The USGS disagree[s] significantly with several aspects of the GEER report,” Iverson says. According to the unpublished analysis by scientists with the USGS and the University of Washington, all the important action appears to have been compressed into a rapid chain reaction in the first few minutes. The lower slope began to slide slowly, but just 50 seconds after that began, an upper part of the mountain broke loose and collapsed onto it. The violence of that impact could cause the soil to rapidly liquefy and shoot across the valley, much like a foot slamming down into a mud puddle, he said. Iverson and scientists working with him concluded the second incident recorded in the seismic data was an “extremely small event.”Iverson’s explanation relies on a new method of analyzing low-speed shaking in the earth. Newer seismometers capable of detecting slower, less intense motion are enabling scientists to gain a more detailed, second-by-second picture of how a landslide unfolds. Iverson surmised that the GEER scientists relied on a less sophisticated analysis of the seismic data.Responding to Iverson’s critique, GEER co-leader Jeffrey Keaton, an engineer at AMEC Americas, a private engineering firm, says that observations in Oso helped convince them that much of the mountain collapsed a few minutes after the initial slide. Large chunks of relatively intact earth still covered with trees would probably have broken up if they had been part of the first slide, he said. And swaths of sand had flowed up onto the back end of the first slide, suggesting it happened after the first slide slowed to a halt.
Strictest action should be taken against all those people against whom there’re sufficient evidences of breaching the “principles of sanctity of ethical values” and the trust of cricket followers, senior cricket administrator Jyotiraditya Scindia has demanded.Scindia, who chairs the finance committee of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), was reacting to a spate of instances of alleged spot fixing by players and umpires, in India and abroad, that have come to light in the last five months.”It is a grave concern for me as a cricket-loving individual. And I think apart from administrators at the international, national, state, or district levels, every individual who is a fan of this wonderful sport, will be concerned,” Scindia told Mail Today in an exclusive interview here on Thursday.”At the end of the day, it is the sporting environment that holds the highest levels of ethics and morality for people in several walks of life. The spirit of sportsmanship that you learn on the field is something that you carry over to the many aspects of your life,” he emphasised. “And, therefore, it is a grave concern, and strictest action should be taken against people who are found violating principles of sanctity of ethical values.”Many people feel that unimaginably large sums of money on offer in cricket, particularly in the lucrative Indian Premier League (IPL) since 2008, has hit the game like never before. But Scindia, also president of the Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association, says that excess money should not be cited as a reason to take undue advantage to defame the game. He said that the BCCI has been prompt in taking action against anyone who transgressed the line.”We found certain instances in the IPL , where we took very, very strict action. And the minute you take action, the people will think 10 times before doing it again. Or those who will dare to do it will know what the repercussions they would face,” he stressed. Scindia, 41, was referring to the five first-class players banned for various periods by the BCCI in June for their alleged role in spot fixing or “loose talk”, thus bringing the game into disrepute.These players were banned on the basis of a sting operation by a television channel and then an inquiry by the BCCI. However, to be fair to everyone – and like it happened in the Hansie Cronje match-fixing scandal in 2000 – the BCCI didn’t get any irrefutable or hard evidence; only conversations between people and, in some cases, the video footage.Many experts feel that generally sting operations are dubious and only selected footage is shown. A member of Lok Sabha from Guna, Scindia is sure that the BCCI is doing enough to tackle the menace of spot fixing and other undesirable happenings, on and off the field. “I think we are doing quite a lot. And we are doing rather swiftly as well. We saw the example in the IPL,” he said, referring to the banning of five players.One of the five players, Shalabh Srivastava, the Uttar Pradesh pacer who had been banned for five years, has moved the Lucknow bench of Allahabad High Court to have his ban overturned. Sources say he feels he has a strong case against the BCCI as well as the sting operation.Scindia declined to comment on Srivastava’s case. As head of the finance committee, Scindia, the son of late BCCI president Madhavrao Scindia, was happy that the BCCI exceeded its own expectations and made a surplus of Rs 382.36 crore in 2011-12.”Our bottom line has grown by about 85 per cent, based on our projections, and we hope to continue that trend going forward. At the same time, with regard to our processes we try to be as transparent and accountable as possible,” he says. “We hope to continue that track record.”Scindia termed as “a good thing” a change in the BCCI constitution, enabling administrators of any zone to contest presidential election from 2014. “In democracy everyone should be allowed… I don’t see anything wrong with it.”Does he has a desire to head the BCCI some day? “I believe in service. In any walk of life – political, or sporting field, or otherwise – I believe in the process and the path to service. This is something my father instilled in me: that you must work hard, you must work diligently with clean and clear conscience, and leave the rest to God. And that’s what I believe in.”advertisement
TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening The 26-year-old was the 10th overall pick in the 2012 draft by New Orleans. He has appeared in 437 games with 132 starts and has averaged 9.3 points, 2.4 assists and 2.1 rebounds per game in his career.Rivers was with the Clippers from 2015 until he was traded in June to Washington. He had his best season last year, when he averaged 15.1 points with four assists and 2.4 rebounds per games for Los Angeles.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chief Things to know for the NBA’s annual Christmas bonanza Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid ATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 05: Austin Rivers #1 of the Washington Wizards drives against Trae Young #11 of the Atlanta Hawks at State Farm Arena on December 5, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images/AFPHOUSTON — The Houston Rockets have signed free agent guard Austin Rivers.Rivers appeared in 29 games with two starts for the Washington Wizards this season before being traded to the Phoenix Suns on Dec. 17 and being released the next day.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño 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 MOST READ SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue View comments
Till now, Delhi University has received more than 2 lakh applications for its 60,000 undergraduate seats which actually make the students concerned about whether colleges will increase their cut-offs this year. Last year, the first cut-off of for various disciplines like Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, English was above 90 in different renowned colleges like Lady Shri Ram College for Women, Shri Ram College of Commerce, St. Stephen’s College, Hansraj College and other institutes. DU admission: Girls applied more than boysAccording to India Edu News, girls (53,815) have applied more than boys (51,661) and there have been 6 applications from transgender candidates. Last year, 66 transgender candidates had applied for various courses in Delhi University. Last date for submission of online application: June 19This year, for the first time, the application process of Delhi University has gone completely online and students need to visit a college only to verify their documents and confirm their admission. The last date for the submission of online applications is June 19. DU online admission: In briefHere’s how you should apply: Go to the official website Click on the link, ‘Undergraduate Admissions 2016-2017(only Entrance Based)’ Enter the registration number, login id and mobile. On submitting the same, the registration procedure will be completed. The candidates must take a printout for future use.Registration fee:Registration fee for UR/OBC: Rs 100Registration fee for SC/ST/PwD: Rs 50Registration fee for Sports/ECA: Rs 100Note: Registration fee is non-refundable.Documents to be uploaded:Upload copies of self attested class 10 and 12 mark sheets and reserved category certificate (if applicable). The size of the file should not be more than 200 KB. Similarly, the photograph and signature should also not be more than 50Kb each. The university will publish the first cut-off on June 27. advertisementAbout DU:It is one of the largest universities in India with a strength of 77 colleges and five other recognised institutes spreading all over Delhi.Read: Writing with her leg, she dreams to become a Judge Read: UGC ruling: Male students can now file sexual harassment complaints Click here for more education related news.To get more updates on education related news, send in your query by mail to email@example.com.
30th SEA Games cauldron. Photo from BCDAThe Senate will hold further scrutiny on the Southeast Asian Games spending to rally behind Team Philippines in the biennial meet the country is hosting—so said Sen. Juan Miguel Zubiri.“We at the Senate realized that we need to be united for the sake of the national athletes competing in the SEA Games,” Zubiri said on Tuesday night during the send-off for the national arnis athletes.ADVERTISEMENT “But after the SEA Games, we continue,” added Zubiri, the Philippine Eskrima Kali Arnis Federation chief.The questions from the public though keep coming. The latest? Why is the controversial P56-million cauldron located at New Clark City when the opening ceremonies will be held at Philippine Arena on Nov. 30?FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceDeputy chief of mission for Team Philippines Stephen Fernandez, Olympic bronze medalist for taekwondo, said he is also perplexed by the almost 90-kilometer distance, considering that the lighting of the cauldron is the main event for every Games’ opening rites.Philippine Olympic Committee executive board member Steve Hontiveros, longtime bowling chief and now head of handball, speculated that “it would probably be brought in by chopper.” Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Priority legislation in the 18th Congress PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Philippine SEA Games Organizing Committee chief executive officer Ramon “Tats” Suzara’s answer? “It’s a secret.”“It’s all under wraps. We want it to be exciting,” Suzara told the Inquirer.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ LATEST STORIES MOST READ Rice industry paralysis Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Second chances Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ View comments
Indian tennis superstar Sania Mirza has come out in support of German footballer Mesut Ozil, who announced he would not play for Germany again after claiming he faced “racism and disrespect” because of his Turkish roots.Sania Mirza, who is married to former Pakistan cricket team captain Shoaib Malik, is on a break from tennis at the moment due to her pregnancy.”This is the saddest thing to read as a an athlete , and more importantly as a human being .. you are right about one thing @MesutOzil1088 racism should not and will not be accepted under any circumstance.. sad if all this is true,” Sania Mirza wrote on Twitter.Mesut Ozil’s stunning declaration wins him support on TwitterSania Mirza has herself been a subject of social media cruelty. When she burst on to the professional circuit in 2005, a fatwa was issued against her name due to the length of her skirt on court.This is the saddest thing to read as a an athlete , and more importantly as a human being .. you are right bout one thing @MesutOzil1088 racism should not and will not be accepted under any circumstance.. sad if all this is true .. https://t.co/d1MYyYoDYYSania Mirza (@MirzaSania) July 23, 2018Mirza had even mentioned about the incident in her autobiography which came out in 2016.Mesut Ozil, upset with racist abuse, declares he will no longer play for Germany”September 8, 2005 will always remain etched in my memory because the events of that day virtually transformed the course of my life. That was the day when a “fatwa” was reported to have been issued against me for the clothes that I wore on the tennis court. The world’s perception of me changed overnight.advertisement”I received an excited phone call from a friend in the media, asking for my reaction. A Muslim cleric belonging to a religious organisation had reportedly issued the fatwa against me in an interview with a journalist of a national newspaper. He had, in fact, said that Islam did not allow women to wear skirts, shorts and sleeveless tops in public, in response to a query posed by the reporter,” Mirza wrote in her autobiography.Mesut Ozil on Sunday made a startling revelation – he claimed he faced “racism and disrespect” because of his Turkish roots which is why he will no longer play for the national team.”In the eyes of Grindel and his supporters I am German when we win, but I am an immigrant when we lose,” Ozil wrote in a lengthy statement in English posted on his Twitter account.III / III pic.twitter.com/c8aTzYOhWUMesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) July 22, 2018Six hours after making his stance clear on the controversial photograph, Ozil said that the treatment he has received from DFB (German Football Association) and many others “makes me no longer want to wear the German national team shirt”.The past couple of weeks have given me time to reflect, and time to think over the events of the last few months. Consequently, I want to share my thoughts and feelings about what has happened. pic.twitter.com/WpWrlHxx74Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) July 22, 2018Ozil and Ilkay Gundogan, a team mate also of Turkish descent who posed with Erdogan as well, were also jeered by German fans in warm-up games before the World Cup in Russia.
West Indies did fulfill Jason Holder’s wish of scoring over 300 runs as he felt that that would have been the only way to stand a chance against a strong Indian team.Windies batsmen led by Shimron Hetmyer, scored 322/8 from their 50 overs and going into the break, Holder would have been a happy man. Not only that, debutant Oshane Thomas removed Shikhar Dhawan early in India’s chase of 323 as well. But, what followed, was something he would want to forgot as quickly as possible.India’s Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli struck a stand of 246 runs for the second wicket to completely take the game away from Holder’s side as India beat the visitors by eight wickets at the Barsapara Cricket Stadium in Guwahati to take a 1-0 lead in the five-match ODI series.India vs West Indies, 1st ODI: Highlights | ScorecardRohit (152*) and Kohli (140) both scored centuries as India romped home with 47 balls left to spare. Rohit and India’s new No.4 Ambati Rayudu (22*) remained unbeaten to end the game a tad early than many would have expected.The loss would remind West Indies that maybe 322 is not the problem but it is the bowling that needs to fire against an Indian team, that shows no mercy to average bowling.@Paytm #INDvWI pic.twitter.com/8JXdrrpm52BCCI (@BCCI) October 21, 2018Batting first, Hetmyer (106) produced a sensational century as the West Indies bounced back from their Test series debacle to post a challenging 322/8, giving the away side a decent hope going into the break.advertisementThe 21-year-old left-hander, who led West Indies to their first Under-19 World Cup title in Bangladesh in 2016, put to sword an under strength Indian attack to raise his third ODI hundred.He punished the Indian bowlers with six fours and as many sixes in his entertaining 78-ball knock.READ – Virat Kohli scores 36th ODI hundred, breaks Sachin Tendulkar’s recordIn absence of their front line pacers Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah, who have been rested for first two ODIs, India struggled to contain the run-flow against the Caribbean side.The bowling looked lacklustre while the fielding was shoddy as India, on a high after their Test series win, seemed to have underestimated their opponents.The Guyanese lad brought up his half-century in 41 balls and brought up two 50-run plus partnerships with Rovman Powell (22) and skipper Jason Holder (38).Hetmyer notched up his century by lofting Mohammed Shami for a six over extra cover. While he used brute force against the pace, Hetmyer also looked fluent against the spin duo of Yuzvendra Chahal and Ravindra Jadeja before being dismissed by the latter after immediately betting the milestone-mark.Holder on the eve of the match had said 300-plus is the benchmark of ODI cricket and his young batters responded well with Devendra Bishoo taking the team past the milestone in the penultimate over.Opener Kieran Powell set up the foundation with a 39-ball 51 (6×4, 2×6) in a 67-run stand for the second wicket with Shai Hope (32).Powell and his debutant opening partner Chandrapaul Hemraj dealt in boundaries against Shami and Yadav.READ – Rohit Sharma becomes 4th Indian batsman to smash 20 ODI hundredsWest Indies lost three wickets in quick succession but the Guyana youngster came to take charge after Marlon Samuels departed for a duck in his landmark 200th ODI.Coming on to the field, West Indies removed Dhawan early but Kohli and Rohit took the game away from them from the word go.Kohli came out all guns blazing and that allowed Rohit to settle in. The Indian captain smashed the bowlers all around the park and scored his half-century off just 35 balls. Rohit soon joined the party and after a slow start, scored his half-century off 51 balls.We love this sightHow about you?@Paytm #INDvWI #KingKohli #ViratKohli pic.twitter.com/UQL8wEollIBCCI (@BCCI) October 21, 2018And after that, it was more of a Rohit show than Kohli. The Delhi dasher did have his moments and scored his 36th century off 88 balls but the Mumbaikar took over from Kohli and kept mounting on the pressure. He reached his hundred off 84 balls as India completely dominated a tired and hapless Windies attack.At one point, it looked like the match will be over by the 35th over but Kohli’s wicket slowed things down a tad bit. The Indian captain fell for 140 after he missed a Bishoo leg-break and dragged his feet out the crease and was stumped by Shai Hope. But, the damage was done.Following that, Rayudu came in and provided good support to Rohit, who smashed two boundaries in the 42nd over off Thomas to take India’s score to 320/2 off 42 overs. With three runs to win, he smartly finished the game in the following with a six over long off and finished with 152 not out.advertisementKohli and Rohit broke a hoard of records along the way.The hundred was Kohli’s fourth in ODIs in 2018. He had earlier smashed three centuries against South Africa in January.With the century, he reached the landmark of 60 international hundreds (36 in ODIs and 24 in Tests) and became the fastest to do so. He reached the landmark in 386 innings, taking 40 innings fewer than Sachin Tendulkar.This was also Kohli’s 22nd hundred while chasing a target in ODI cricket.Kohli now has 14 centuries as a captain in ODIs and is second in the list behind Ricky Ponting, who has 22 while leading the side.But, Kohli didn’t stop at his hundred. He continued to dominate the bowlers and marched towards 150 but ultimately fell 10 short of it. Kohli missed a Bishoo leg-break and dragged it feet outside and wicketkeeper Shai Hope stumped him out for 140.His innings was studded with 21 boundaries and two sixes.In the course of the innings, Kohli also made the record books. He completed 2000 runs in a calendar year for the third consecutive year when he was on 42. He became the fourth player to do so after India’s Sachin Tendulkar (1996-98), Australia’s Matthew Hayden (2002-04) and England’s Joe Root (2015-17).Rohit on the other hand, became the fourth Indian to score four ODI centuries. Before him, Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and Kohli reached the landmark in ODI cricket.HITMANNNN @Paytm #INDvWI pic.twitter.com/v1E8OCwE8LBCCI (@BCCI) October 21, 2018Not only that, Rohit also overtook Ganguly in the list of most sixes in ODI cricket.Kohli and Rohit also recorded the highest partnership while batting second in ODIs and was also the second-highest second wicket partnership in ODIs.This was the fourth time Kohli and Rohit scored centuries in the same match in ODI cricket.While India will be hoping to continue this run, West Indies will look to find answers to their woes ahead of the second ODI at the Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Visakhapatnam on Wednesday.(With inputs from PTI)
Japan coach Hajime Moriyasu was naturally disappointed that his side missed out on a winning a fifth Asian Cup title on Friday but believes the improvement of the squad augurs well for the future.The Samurai Blue went into the final as warm favourites to clinch the continental crown but went two goals down in the first half an hour before running out 3-1 losers to 2022 World Cup hosts Qatar.Moriyasu, who took over after last year’s run to the round of 16 at the World Cup, had made it clear throughout their time in the United Arab Emirates that his squad was a work in progress.”The goal was to be champions so I’m disappointed,” he said. “But I feel proud at how we developed under pressure. We had a mix of youth and experience and our seven matches we showed development against teams playing different styles.”I wasn’t to thank my experienced players and I hope that today’s result makes the younger players hungry for success.”I think this tournament will be a base to rebuild the Japan team. It’s my job to oversee the process but I want the players to be proud of what we have done in this tournament.”Moriyasu blamed himself for Qatar’s first goal and said once Japan conceded the second, it was always going to be tough to get back into the match.”We made a poor start. We couldn’t get into our rhythm. We conceded the first goal because there was a mis-match between the Japan and Qatar systems,” he said.advertisement”We expected Qatar to play three (central defenders) and I think it’s my fault that the players weren’t able to express themselves.”We were better in attack in the second half and we had the chances to tie the game but the Qatar defence was very tight.”Moriyasu said the players had arrived with different levels of fitness from various leagues around the world and he had been impressed by how the squad had progressed throughout the tournament.”One of our goals was to improve with each match,” he said. “I think in those terms, the players really tried expressed our plan on the pitch.”Also Read | Qatar stun Japan to win the AFC Asian Cup for the first timeAlso Read | AFC Asian Cup 2019 final Highlights: Qatar stun Japan to win maiden Asian CupAlso Watch:
TORONTO – The fate of a Toronto man accused of imprisoning a struggling couple in his home, participating in their abuse and forcing them to give up their baby so he could raise it as his own now rests with an Ontario judge.Gary Willett is charged with assault, abduction, forcible confinement, failing to provide the necessaries of life and theft in a saga that spans more than two decades. He has pleaded not guilty.His wife, Maria Willett, is facing similar charges but will be tried separately after a psychological assessment recently determined she was fit to stand trial. She has also pleaded not guilty.At the heart of the case is the relationship between the Willetts and Tim Goldrick and Barbara Bennett, a homeless couple they took in after finding Goldrick searching for food in a dumpster in the 1980s.Prosecutors allege the Willetts became physically and verbally abusive over time, keeping the pair captive, taking their disability cheques and their first-born son, who grew up thinking the Willetts were his biological parents.Court documents say Bennett left the home four years after giving birth, but Goldrick remained until 2012, when his now-grown son — who had recently been kicked out — and two others took him from the family home.“Tim was, for all intents and purposes a personal servant to Gary and Maria Willett,” Crown attorney Jennifer Strasberg wrote in her closing submissions.“He was, in a lot of ways, like a prisoner in the home. He had no money, had no control over his surroundings, and had to do what he was told by Gary and Maria Willett. If he did not, he was punished,” she said.“He was beaten on a regular basis. He was hit in the head by Gary Willett on numerous occasions. He was bleeding from his head, he had nosebleeds, and he had headaches. He was denied food to the point that he would sometimes hide frozen lunch meat or eat dog food.”The defence, meanwhile, argues Goldrick and Bennett stayed in the home willingly, handed over their cheques to cover living expenses and asked the Willetts to take their son because they didn’t feel equipped to raise a child.Defence lawyer Sam Goldstein alleges the Willetts’ children, including Goldrick and Bennett’s biological child, are in collusion and have tainted the couple’s memories.“This case is about a group of ungrateful children trying to get back at their parents for perceived childhood wrongs by taking advantage of an illiterate, poorly educated, and impressionable Tim Goldrick, and convincing him that all the years he had shared accommodations with Gary Willett he had in fact been treated as a slave,” Goldstein wrote in his submissions.He also alleged that Bennett agreed to hand her baby to the Willetts and later changed her story because it was easier than admitting she had given up her child.The Willetts didn’t go through official adoption channels like they did for several other children because they believed it would be more expedient, Goldstein said. In hindsight, however, his client realizes that was a mistake, he said.Bennett testified that when she went into labour, the Willetts took her to hospital while Goldrick stayed behind, court documents show. Bennett told the court Maria Willett made her use her ID at the hospital and she complied because she feared getting hit, the documents show.Bennett testified the Willetts named the infant, and when they all returned home, the baby lived with the Willetts.Goldrick testified that neither Bennett nor the Willetts discussed the matter with him, and that he had no choice but to go along, documents show.A decision in the case is expected in the next few weeks.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version had an incorrect spelling for Tim Goldrick’s last name.
VANCOUVER — A former Liberal environment minister is urging Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s cabinet to reject the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, arguing there is no economic basis for the project.David Anderson, who served 10 years in the cabinets of prime ministers Jean Chretien and Paul Martin, sent letters to six members of Trudeau’s cabinet this week asking them to dismiss the pipeline proposal.“There is no credible evidence to suggest that Asia is likely to be a reliable or a significant market for Alberta bitumen,” Anderson wrote in the letter dated June 11.Cabinet is expected to announce its decision on the expansion of the Alberta-to-B.C. pipeline by Tuesday. Given that Trudeau’s government bought the pipeline and expansion project for $4.5 billion, it’s widely anticipated to give it the green light.Anderson holds a law degree and served eight of his 10 years in cabinet as the senior federal minister for British Columbia. While he was environment minister in 2002, Canada ratified the Kyoto Protocol on Climate Change. He is now an honorary director of West Coast Environmental Law and has previously spoken out against the Trans Mountain project.His letter doesn’t focus on the climate and environmental impacts of the expansion. Instead, he took aim at the economic argument for the project, which he described as the “perceived need for a pipeline connection with tidewater in order to sell Alberta bitumen in Asian markets, where, so it is claimed, it would find new purchasers.”“With respect, you and other government ministers have yet to provide evidence in support of that hope,” he wrote.Anderson wrote that Asian refineries have better supply options than Alberta. Compared with conventional light and medium crude oil from Nigeria and the Middle East, Alberta bitumen is expensive to produce, hard to handle and provides no security of supply advantages, he said.Further, he said despite access to tidewater through unused pipeline capacity in the existing system and through American Gulf of Mexico ports, Alberta’s bitumen has not found or developed any significant offshore market in Asia or anywhere else.“Why? Because buyers are few and far between. That remains the situation today, and there is little to suggest it will change in the future. Building a new pipeline will not change the market.”Canada’s two major competitors are Venezuela and Mexico and they’ve faced the same low demand and low prices that have eroded the value of Alberta bitumen, he added.Anderson said in an interview that he sent the letter because he is a Liberal and felt the government needed to be reminded that it had not made a business case for the project. He said no one had responded.“You’d think the people who own the pipeline, the Canadian taxpayers, should be informed of what their asset is likely to bring in,” he said.Trans Mountain Corp. has said the expansion will inject $7.4 billion into Canada’s economy, boost federal and provincial tax coffers by $46.7 billion and increase revenues for producers by $73.5 billion over 20 years.Trevor Tombe, an associate economics professor at the University of Calgary, said it’s true that Alberta bitumen is more difficult to refine but that’s reflected in the cheaper price.Producers in Alberta are confident there will be demand and have made contractual commitments to ship through the expanded pipeline, he said. Further, he said all forecasts, including the National Energy Board’s assessment, predict increased oil production in the province.“The only question around the economics of the pipeline that matters is will there be barrels shipped in it, not where those barrels go. That will potentially even change from one year to the next,” he said, adding the United States and British Columbia are other possible markets.An often-cited argument for the expansion is that Alberta’s prices are lower because it can only currently access U.S. markets. But Tombe argued the issue isn’t that America is exercising market power, it’s that Alberta is using high-cost transportation options including rail and truck.“It is cheaper to ship by pipe than by rail. Full stop,” Tombe said.The largest single demand source for heavy crude remains the United States, but the fastest-growing market is Asia, said Kevin Birn, a North America crude oil market analyst at IHS Markit.People sometimes refer to Asia as code for China, but the continent is an immense market containing India, Japan, Korea and others and it’s looking for a variety of crude, both in terms of quality and geographic source, he said.Refineries can be reconfigured to process different oil types but it’s hard to justify doing so for Alberta crude if they can’t get it on a consistent basis, he added.“In the absence of having meaningful export capacity, there is no market for Canadian crude. But if there is meaningful export capacity, there is a market for Canadian crude.”— Follow @ellekane on Twitter.Laura Kane, The Canadian Press
Farm Sanctuary, the organization dedicated to combating the abuses of factory farming and encouraging a new awareness and understanding about farm animals last night hosted their 2018 Gala “Farm Sanctuary On the Hudson” in New York City.Colbie Caillat Performs at Farm Sanctuary On the HudsonCredit/Copyright: Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Farm SanctuaryThe event, hosted by Bellamy Young honored Carol Leifer, Tracye McQuirter and Dr. Kristi Funk.Special guest presenters include: Emily Deschanel, Sandra Lee, Michael C. Hall and Cyndi Lauper. Additional guests in attendance included Gene Baur (President, Farm Sanctuary), President Eric Adams(Brooklyn Borough President), Jennifer Coolidge, Joan Jett, Joe Gatto (Impractical Jokers), Willow Hand (model), and Loretta Swit. The evening featured music by Colbie Caillat and DJ Valida.Founded in 1986, Farm Sanctuary works to change how our society views and treats farm animals through rescue, education and advocacy. The organization provides lifelong care for animals rescued from abuse at sanctuary locations in New York and California; promotes compassionate vegan living; and advocates for legal and policy reforms. To learn more about Farm Sanctuary, visit farmsanctuary.org.
The filing of the Project Description with the EAO and CEAA will allow those regulators to establish the scope of the environmental assessment of the project. Extensive First Nations and community engagement by Kwispaa LNG has already identified areas of particular interest, such as marine shipping, which will be a focus of environmental studies.Throughout the environmental assessment process, there will be multiple opportunities for public participation and input. The Kwispaa LNG team will also continue to engage with First Nations, communities, and stakeholders regarding the project, and welcomes feedback and comments.“We are incredibly proud of the special co-management relationship that we have formed for Kwispaa LNG,” said Huu-ay-aht Chief Councillor Robert J. Dennis Sr. “We look forward to continuing to work together with Steelhead throughout the environmental assessment process to ensure that this project achieves world-leading outcomes for the environment and our people for generations to come.”“We at Huu-ay-aht believe Kwispaa LNG represents a new model for economic success on significant projects in Canada,” said Huu-ay-aht Councillor and Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District Chairperson John Jack. “This project will create meaningful revenues, jobs, and business opportunities for Huu-ay-aht Citizens and our neighbouring communities, as well as generate ongoing tax revenue at a local, provincial, and federal level.” VANCOUVER, B.C. – The partnership looking to build a floating LNG export terminal on the west coast of Vancovuer Island has entered the next phase of the project’s development.Kwispaa LNG, which is being developed through a co-management relationship between the Huu-ay-aht First Nations and Steelhead LNG, announced today that it has made a submission of the Project Description to the British Columbia Environmental Assessment Office and Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency. The Project Description provides a comprehensive overview of Kwispaa LNG and represents the culmination of several years of engagement and planning, the results of which have been integrated into ongoing environmental studies and engineering work.“From the beginning, we have believed in developing LNG projects in Canada that emphasize relationships with First Nations and respect their role as stewards of the environment,” said Steelhead LNG CEO Nigel Kuzemko. “The Project Description that we have submitted to regulators reflects our shared commitment with Huu-ay-aht First Nations to provide Canadian natural gas to global markets in a way that generates long-lasting benefits to First Nations, local communities, British Columbia, and Canada.”
“Australia and Sri Lanka have and will continue to work closely to detect, disrupt and return people smuggling ventures and combat other transnational crimes,” Dutton said.Former President Mahinda Rajapakse was known to have had a very close relationship with Australia which resulted in Australia supporting Sri Lanka against international pressure on the human rights issue. (Colombo Gazette) However Dutton said that on the contrary he was warmly welcomed by the Prime Minister and they had discussed deepening and expanding its ties in various fields including on the people smuggling issue.Hundreds of Sri Lankan had fled to Australia by boat during the country’s 30 year civil conflict but the numbers reduced following coordinated efforts between the two countries. Dutton, the first Australian Minister to visit Sri Lanka since the January 8 Presidential Election had met Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and discussed ties between both countries. Wickremesinghe had earlier been quoted in some media as saying that he will not warmly welcome the Australian Minister as Australia had very strong ties with the former Sri Lankan government. The Australian government today said that its relationship with Sri Lanka has not changed despite a new government taking office in January this year.Australia’s Immigration Minister Peter Dutton who just concluded an official visit to Sri Lanka said that Sri Lanka and Australia will continue to coordinate in fighting human smuggling.
This May 15, 2015 photo provided by Carol Bryant, shows herself with dog Dexter at Mather Point on the Rim Trail in the Grand Canyon in Arizona. Hotels ranging from major chains to small outposts are capitalizing on the wave of travelers who bring their dogs, some by charging for perks that pamper pets and others by expanding fees. (Darlene Bryant/Courtesy of Carol Bryant via AP) LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Having an 80-pound Labradoodle as a travel buddy means B.L. Ochman can quickly separate the hotels that love dogs from those that just put up with them.A bed-and-breakfast she visited north of New York City wouldn’t let her pooch Benny trot around in the main house, among other troubles. Ochman, a Manhattan Internet strategist, has since discovered Audrey’s Farmhouse, a B&B in Wallkill, New York, that caters to dogs and doesn’t charge pet fees that can top hundreds of dollars.“Dog-friendly means your dog is welcome,” she said. “If the dog is welcome, he shouldn’t cost extra money. Of course, I am a dog owner, not an innkeeper.”Hotels ranging from major chains to small outposts are capitalizing on the wave of travellers who bring along their dogs, some by charging for perks that pamper pets and others by expanding fees. What started as a basic, one-time pet fee has blossomed into a per-night charge at many places and costs that can total hundreds.Some properties offer amenities from patches of grass to chew toys, designer bowls and in-room massages — usually for an additional price — while others simply levy cleaning fees, whether your dog makes a mess or not. Those hotels often don’t offer extras or permission for pooches over a certain weight, locking out larger pets like Ochman’s.“There is a huge difference between pet-tolerant and pet-welcoming,” said Carol Bryant, a pet industry public relations strategist from Forty Fort, Pennsylvania.She’s been travelling with dogs for decades and says hotels that simply tolerate animals don’t offer services such as bowls and beds, so dogs might be sleeping on thin carpeting.Perks such as organic treats usually cost more, but “I never forget when businesses extend themselves to my dog,” Bryant said. “Does my dog know? Probably not, but I do. And I do the spending.”Hotels charge a range of prices for pets. More than 120 DoubleTree by Hilton hotels in the U.S. charge a maximum $75 nonrefundable fee used for cleaning, said Maggie Giddens, director of public relations for the hotels.Many chains charge differently by city. In San Francisco, flat fees are common, with the Radisson charging $75; the Marriott, $50 to $100; Holiday Inn, $75; and the Hyatt, $100, according to petswelcome.com, a pet travel services website. But the InterContinental requires $50 a night there.Many properties have no fees, including Motel 6, Studio 6, Red Roof Inn, La Quinta and Kimpton, which has 67 hotels nationwide, said Cindy Dahlen, marketing director for New York-based petswelcome.com.Others charge per night, including Rodeway Inn and Westin hotels at $10-$15; Best Western and Travelodge at $20; and Extended Stay America at $25.Bryant said the highest fee she’s faced was a one-time $250 cleaning charge at the Trump SoHo New York. Dogs staying at the luxury hotel also have to be under 25 pounds.Other pet policies, which exclude service dogs, vary by hotel and can include:— Rooms on designated floors, allowing other customers to avoid pet dander.— Restricting dogs from getting on furniture in rooms and lobbies.— When dogs must be leashed.— Where they can go on the property.— Bans on certain breeds, which generally match the city’s laws.For Ochman, bed-and-breakfasts beat out hotels, because they’re more distinctive and usually have fewer restrictions on pets.“People approach travel in different ways,” she said. “We are just looking for a pretty place where we can relax and take the dogs.” Hotels expand amenities and costs for pets as more travellers bring their dogs along on trips by Sue Manning, The Associated Press Posted May 27, 2015 8:44 am MDT Last Updated May 27, 2015 at 4:51 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
India’s Supreme Court on Thursday struck down a key section of a colonial-era law which made specific sexual acts between adults illegal.“Today is a day of gay pride, a day of celebration, a day when respect and dignity was finally restored in India for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people,” Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of UNAIDS, said in a statement.“I hope this decision sets the trend and is followed by similar decisions in other countries that remove unjust laws criminalizing homosexuality.”UN Secretary-General António Guterres also welcomed the decision by India’s highest court, applauding the verdict of the Chief Justice, who said that discrimination and prejudice are always “irrational, indefensible, and arbitrary.”UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, said: “This is a great day for India and for all those who believe in the universality of human rights. With this landmark decision, the Indian Supreme Court has taken a big step forward for freedom and equality.” She added that she hoped other courts elsewhere in the world where gay rights are being infringed, would follow suit.The UN system in India expressed hope that it will boost efforts to stamp out stigma and discrimination against LGBTI people, which violates their human rights. The UN office in Delhi issued a statement which stressed that “focus must now be on ensuring access to justice, including remedy; effective investigations of acts of violence and discrimination; and effective access to economic, social and cultural rights.”Mr . Sidibé, the UNAIDS chief, explained that besides being a human rights violation, criminalization of consensual same-sex relations, hinders people from accessing and using services related to HIV prevention and increases their risk of acquiring the virus.He said that in India, HIV prevalence among gay men and other men who have sex with men is nearly three per cent, while the rate among transgender people stands at just over three per cent. Meanwhile, the national average among all adults is just 0.26 per cent.“Around three out of ten gay men and four out of ten transgender people in India who are living with HIV do not know their HIV status. Many LGBTI people living with HIV do not have access to HIV treatment,” he added.With gay men accounting for 18 per cent of all new HIV infections worldwide. UNAIDS is calling on countries to ensure the human rights of all people are respected, regardless of their sexual orientation.
Then-junior Kyle Snyder lifts Penn State’s Nick Nevills for a takedown on Feb. 3, 2017 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU lost, 32-12. Credit: Nicholas McWilliams | Former Sports EditorNearly every year, the Ohio State athletics program sends several teams out to compete for national championships. Just as often, it seems those teams come home with those titles. Last season, both the men’s volleyball team and synchronized swimming team proved to be the best in their respective sport, and each secured a championship. However, with so many teams around campus, it can be challenging for students to know which teams to keep an eye on throughout the year. So The Lantern created a list of eight superlatives that match Ohio State teams to help students know which to follow in 2017-18.The juggernaut: Synchronized SwimmingNo school has dominated the sport of synchronized swimming over its history quite like the Buckeyes. The sport has existed since 1977, when it was hosted by the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women until it was taken over by the NCAA in 1983. And over that 40-year stretch, Ohio State has come away with 30 national championships, followed by Stanford, which has won eight. That trend continued in 2017 when the Buckeyes won the national title again — their 30th — with 100 points over Stanford’s 88 points in the overall team standings. The only match the Buckeyes were outscored in was the Trio Finals, where they lost to Stanford by 0.5 (84.1667 to 83.6667). The Scarlet and Gray will lose Solo Finals champion Emma Baranski, and Elizabeth Davidson, who was Baranski’s partner on the Duo Finals, but two members of the Trio Finals group will be returning (seniors Alyssa Hoying and Monica Velazquez-Stiak). Eleven members from last season’s national championship team might be leaving, but there is nothing to indicate the Buckeyes won’t be title contenders again in 2018.Team at its peak: Women’s BasketballThe Buckeyes return four of their top five scorers, including two-time conference player of the year senior guard Kelsey Mitchell. But in her three years at Ohio State, her team has failed to advance past the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament despite being seeded No. 3 (in 2016) and No. 5 twice (in 2015 and 2017)Ohio State then-redshirt junior Linnae Harper takes the ball up the court against Purdue in a Big Ten tournament semifinal game in Indianapolis. Credit: Ashley Nelson | Station ManagerThis upcoming season will be her final opportunity to advance far in the tournament, and it might be her team’s last chance for a couple of seasons. The Buckeyes have just nine players on the roster and five will be seniors, including four projected starters. To make matters worse, two promising freshmen — forward Tori McCoy and guard Kiara Lewis — decided to transfer away from Ohio State in the spring. The Buckeyes do not have any incoming freshman or transfers. Mitchell, a ball-dominant, fast-break-happy guard, will be complemented by forward Stephanie Mavunga (11.4 points, 10.8 rebounds per game last season) and guard Sierra Calhoun (9.5 points per game, 38.6 percent 3-point shooter last season) this season.Team on the rebound: Men’s BasketballOhio State endured its worst season under the guidance of Thad Matta in 2016-17, finishing with a 17-15 record. But with Chris Holtmann now taking the reigns of the team after he took Butler to the Sweet 16, things are looking up for the Buckeyes. Not only will the Buckeyes be bringing in a new head coach, but they also are bringing in three four-star recruits: forwards Kaleb Wesson and Kyle Young and guard Musa Jallow. They also will return a healthy redshirt junior forward Keita Bates-Diop, who played in just nine games for the Scarlet and Gray a season ago.And though the team saw Trevor Thompson, Jaquan Lyle and Marc Loving depart after the end of the 2016-17 season, the team’s leading scorer from a year ago, senior forward Jae’Sean Tate, will be returning, as will the team’s second best 3-point shooter, redshirt senior guard Kam Williams.Youngest team: BaseballThe Ohio State baseball team lost five seniors and a junior at the end of the 2017 season, but the team will be retaining a promising young core of players, including its two leading hitters from a season ago, outfielder Dominic Canzone and infielder Conner Pohl. It is expected that the starting rotation will feature just one senior, and the field will be comprise mostly of sophomores and juniors, with only three seniors on the offensive side of the team.Several of Ohio’s top recruits will join the team as freshmen, including No. 8 catcher Dillon Dingler (Massillon Jackson), No. 15 pitcher Alex Theis (New Riegel) and No. 26 outfielder Jake Ruby (Bishop Hartley).But there might be no bigger addition to the team than southpaw Seth Lonsway. Not only was Lonsway ranked as the top recruit in Ohio by Perfect Game, but he appeared on MLB Pipeline’s top 200 draft prospects as the 148th-best player. He was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the 19th round of the MLB Draft with the 557th overall pick, but opted not to sign.Team on the rise: Women’s LacrosseLast season, Ohio State’s women’s lacrosse team endured an uncharacteristically subpar year, finishing 6-11. Since coach Alexis Venechanos arrived in Columbus seven years ago, the Buckeyes had only finished below .500 once. But there is reason for optimism.Ohio State then-freshman midfielder Liza Hernandez looks to pass in the offensive zone against Stanford on Feb. 24 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: James King | Sports DirectorThe Buckeyes retain much of their talent for 2017-18, including their top seven point-scorers. Senior attack Molly Wood led the team in points (48), goals (42), shots (97) and shots on goal (70). She will be joined by sophomore midfielder Liza Hernandez, who likely would have led Ohio State in points had she not suffered a knee injury nine games into the season. Must-watch team: Men’s VolleyballThe Ohio State men’s volleyball team doesn’t just win, it dominates. Last season, Ohio State finished 32-2 and won the NCAA championship for the second year in a row. It carried a win streak into the season and extended it to 42 wins — the third-longest in NCAA history – before dropping a match to UC Irvine. When the team reached the NCAA tournament, it swept its semifinal match against Hawaii and its title match against BYU. Though Ohio State will have to deal with the key losses of setter Christy Blough, middle blocker Driss Guessous and opposite hitter Miles Johnson to graduation, it returns 2017 Volleyball Magazine Player of the Year senior outside hitter Nicolas Szerszen, senior outside hitter Maxime Hervoir and redshirt junior middle blocker Blake Leeson. The Buckeyes will attempt a rare three-peat in the spring. Most well-rounded team: WrestlingThe conference-champion wrestling team features a talented mix of upperclassmen — led by senior heavyweight NCAA champion and Olympic gold medalist Kyle Snyder – with the help of select underclassmen.Sophomore Myles Martin checks the clock as he looks for back-points against Bo Nickal of Penn State on Feb. 3, 2017 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU lost, 32-12. Credit: Nicholas McWilliams | Former Sports EditorAll four individual Big Ten champions – redshirt senior Nathan Tomasello (133 pounds), redshirt senior Bo Jordan (174 pounds), redshirt sophomore Kollin Moore (197 pounds) and Snyder — return for another season and will be favorites both in their conference and in the country. That quartet will be joined on the mats by junior 184-pounder Myles Martin, who won the national championship at 174 pounds his freshman year, All-American 149-pounder Micah Jordan, who is a redshirt junior, and sophomore 141-pounder Luke Pletcher. Just a season removed from winning the 2016 NCAA championship, Ohio State possesses a deep, talented roster capable of making a run at the 2018 title.Biggest Sleeper: Men’s GolfThe Ohio State men’s golf team did not have the season it had hoped for, finishing ninth in the Stanford Regional. On a promising note, however, a pair of then-sophomores Will Grimmer and Daniel Wetterich placed 12th and 27th, respectively, out of 75 golfers. Both golfers would be recognized after the season with All-Midwest honors by the Golf Coaches Association of America.Each of the team’s top four golfers — Grimmer, Wetterich, sophomore Jeg Coughlin III and junior Caleb Ramirez — will return to compete for a title in 2017-18. The Buckeyes also have two golfers — Grimmer and sophomore Caden Orewiler — who qualified to play in the 2017 U.S. Amateur Championship. So while the team did not end 2017 at the top, it still returns its top performers and are well-positioned for the 2017-18 season.
Ohio State sophomore cornerback Kendall Sheffield (8) takes down Penn State’s Saquon Barkley in the third quarter in the game against Penn State on Oct. 28. Ohio State won 39-38. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOhio State head coach Urban Meyer couldn’t believe what he was looking at on the podium during his postgame press conference.It was the stat sheet from No. 6 Ohio State’s dramatic, come-from-behind 39-38 victory against No. 2 Penn State in front of 109,302 people at Ohio Stadium Saturday. The paper said the nation’s top running back and Heisman Trophy front-runner Saquon Barkley was limited to 44 rushing yards on 21 carries.“Is this right?” Meyer asked. Yes, it was. And it was the performance Ohio State’s defense had to have against the country’s premier playmaker. In a night where so many calls didn’t go the Buckeyes’ way, the defense bent, but never broke and ended up being the force that broke the hearts of the Penn State sideline.“We were shooting ourselves in the foot a lot of the times, so we definitely knew that it wasn’t those guys beating us,” junior linebacker Jerome Baker said. “It was really just beating ourselves.”Two second-quarter pass interference penalties turned into touchdowns on the next play for Penn State. Junior cornerback Denzel Ward’s third-quarter interception in the end zone was overturned for a Penn State touchdown on the most pivotal play at that point in the game. Through all that, the Ohio State defense lit its own light out of darkness.Ohio State trailed 35-20 entering the fourth quarter and couldn’t afford any mistakes. On the first drive, quarterback J.T. Barrett fumbled the ball in Ohio State territory, dimming the outlook of any possibility of a comeback.The next play, redshirt junior linebacker Dante Booker tackled Barkley for a 7-yard loss on first down and the Buckeyes eventually forced the Nittany Lions into a three-and-out. That’s when the defense created its own break. Ward rushed the punter unblocked, stuffing the kick and Booker recovered the kick in Penn State territory, dramatically shifting the momentum.Penn State nearly put the game away on its next drive, marching down to the Ohio State 7-yard line. At a make-or-break point in the game, Ohio State’s defense came through with a goal-line stand, forcing a field goal when a touchdown likely would have dashed the Buckeyes’ College Football Playoff aspirations.Still down 38-27 with 5:37 on the clock, Ohio State’s offense was only going to have a shot at winning the game if the defense forced two straight three-and-outs.That’s exactly what happened.Ohio State junior linebacker Jerome Baker (17) combines for a tackle with redshirt sophomore cornerback Damon Arnette (3) on Penn State’s Saquon Barkley in the second quarter in the game against Penn State on Oct. 28. Ohio State won 39-38. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorRedshirt junior defensive end Sam Hubbard met Barkley and quarterback Trace McSorley at the mesh point for a 7-yard loss on first down, recording one of nine tackles for loss on Barkley to pin the Nittany Lions back to their own 8-yard line and force a punt. Once Ohio State regained the lead with 1:45 remaining, the defense had to make another stop with Penn State starting its drive on its own 41.Defensive end Jalyn Holmes sacked McSorley on second down and the once-undefeated Nittany Lions didn’t gain a single yard.“That last four plays really sums up what we got, four of the best D-linemen in the country,” Hubbard said. “We knew if we got them in that situation, we were going to close the game.”The Buckeyes held Penn State to 4-of-9 passing for 50 yards and 14 rushing yards on 10 carries in the fourth quarter. Ohio State recorded 13 tackles for loss in the game, including five in the fourth quarter.To win, the Buckeyes could not allow Barkley to beat them. He had his impact on special teams, but his impact on the ground was annihilated outside of his 36-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. Barkley’s 2.1 yard per carry average was his lowest of the season. He entered the game averaging 6.2 yards per carry.Meyer said he was worried about Barkley’s catching ability. The Buckeyes held him to 23 yards on four receptions.“We basically wanted to hit Saquon basically every play,” redshirt senior linebacker Chris Worley said. “We knew that give him any type of daylight, if you don’t build that wall, as you seen on the long run he had, don’t build that wall and he’s going to get in the open field and nine times out of 10, score. He capitalized off that and after that, we didn’t give him much. The big thing was stop that.”The defensive line stalwarts of Hubbard, Holmes, Tyquan Lewis, Nick Bosa and Dre’Mont Jones exposed a Nittany Lion offensive line that couldn’t protect its versatile quarterback or invaluable running back. Ohio State made the late-game defensive stops with immense pressure on McSorley, showing that the defensive line’s dominance can subdue any deficiencies the Buckeyes have in pass coverage.The game was far from perfect, but the defensive performance when it counted most was nearly flawless.
DETECTIVES IN NORTHERN Ireland have welcomed the guilty pleas by three men to offences linked to human trafficking.The PSNI Organised Crime Branch investigated a Czech-based crime gang involved in the trafficking of women into Northern Ireland for the purposes of sexual exploitation.Three menUnder Operation Bundaleer the three men, Bronislav Rybensky, Lyle Lamont and Ferhat Ekici, were identified and have pleaded guilty to their parts in the criminal operation.Between May and August 2011, detectives conducted searches at three premises believed to be brothels controlled by this group and recovered four potential victims of trafficking who had been offering sexual services.The women had all travelled to Northern Ireland via Dublin from the Czech Republic. They had to give most of their earnings to Rybensky and had to pay him for the cost of flights and advertising.Home They could only return home once they had earned enough to pay for a return flight.Whilst some of the women accepted they had travelled to Northern Ireland to work as escorts, they claimed they were mistreated and exploited by handing over most of their earnings.Other women claimed they had been lured into coming to Northern Ireland for photo shoots but were then told they would have to have sex with men to pay for return flights. Most of these women did not speak English.Rybensky was arrested in August 2011 and during a search of his property a large number of mobile phones and sim cards were found along with other items used in relation to escort advertising. Rybensky pleaded guilty earlier this month to trafficking into the United Kingdom, controlling prostitution, brothel keeping and possession of criminal property.Brothel Lamont was arrested in June 2011 after he was found inside a suspected brothel in Belfast along with three potential victims of trafficking. Subsequent enquiries established that he had rented this apartment and another one for use as a brothel. Lamont pleaded guilty last week to brothel keeping.The bedroom in the Belfast apartment used as a brothel. (PSNI)Both Rybensky and Lamont will be sentenced in January.The third defendant, Ferhat Ekici, pleaded guilty today to brothel keeping and possessing criminal property. He was fined a total of £500 and had to surrender £670 in cash which was seized during a search of a Belfast property being used as a brothel.Money found in the bedroom of a Belfast apartment used as a brothel. (PSNI)The officer in charge of the investigation, Detective Chief Inspector Douglas Grant said:This was a complex investigation into an organised crime group moving between different jurisdictions, luring and exploiting women in the sex industry. The group profited from the exploitation of the sex workers and trafficked victims, the majority of whom were in a strange country, unable to speak English.The final guilty plea today is welcome. It is an indication of the strength of the Organised Crime Branch investigation and case against the defendants.I would appeal to anyone who has information or suspicions about trafficking or sexual exploitation to contact police so that we can continue to make Northern Ireland a hostile place for organised crime groups to operate in.Read: Appeal for witnesses to early morning attack in Dublin’s city centre>Read: Liam Adams ‘laughs with prison guards’ as he is sentenced to 16 years in prison>