Booking now open for The Santa Express at Oakfield Park!

first_imgDid someone say Santa? Yes it’s still September, but bookings are already filling up for The Santa Express at Oakfield Park – a magical Christmas experience for all the family.Amidst the twinkling of Christmas lights and joyful singing of happy elves, The Santa Express Train at Oakfield Park awaits to take you through glittering forests to visit Father Christmas. Running from Sunday 1st December, and with new and exciting features this year, The Santa Express at Oakfield Park is now open for booking at www.oakfieldpark.com/santa. Booking now open for The Santa Express at Oakfield Park.Children and families of all ages will enjoy a festive train ride under thousands of lights before meeting Father Christmas in his cosy grotto. Receive your Elf School Diploma from Mrs. Claus by completing the Christmas challenges as you go. Enjoy decoration making in the new elf craft workshop, play the Reindeer Games championships in the igloo and find hidden clues the elves have laid out along the way. Booking early is strongly advised, as in the past, The Santa Express has sold out before December. David Fisher, Estate Manager of Oakfield Park is looking forward to another magical Christmas: “The Santa Express is always the most magical time of year at Oakfield Park and we’ve introduced a host of new features for 2019. The overall experience encapsulates the Christmas spirit and children love the train ride through the park with thousands of lights and installations, lighting up the way. “This event sells out every year with weekend slots already selling fast, so we highly recommend booking early to avoid disappointment and to secure your preferred date. Buffers will also be open so guests and families can enjoy our delicious festive menu and children can post their Christmas letter to Santa in the special post box. Don’t miss this magical Christmas experience with festive fun for all the family.”Booking now open for The Santa Express at Oakfield Park.Described as one of Donegal’s hidden gems, Oakfield Park is home to a 4.5km narrow gauge railway and has over 100 acres of manicured parkland, making it the ideal venue for a truly magical Christmas event to share with family and friends.For Christmas party bookings or group discounts (for 28+) or for carriages with wheelchair access, please book by calling our Reservations Hotlines on 00353 (0) 74 9173068 or 00353 (0) 74 9173922 or email [email protected] These booking lines are open Monday to Friday, 9am – 4pm. Any other special information can be included on the online booking system under ‘Special Requirements’. Full details, terms and conditions are available on the booking page. To book The Santa Express at Oakfield Park visit www.oakfieldpark.com/santa.  Booking now open for The Santa Express at Oakfield Park! was last modified: September 3rd, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:BUFFERSchildrenCHristmasfamilyOakfield Parksanta expresslast_img read more

Reinardt races to Cycle Challenge victory

first_imgThose overseas wins include the overall title in the Tour de Bretagne, the Ronde van Overijssel, the Circuit de Wallonie and the Ronde van Zeeland, as well as the points’ title in the Tour of Portugal. Little wonder then that he has been signed up by an overseas team. Laws, who recently signed with Momentum Toyota, South Africa’s leading women’s professional road race team, took the fight to the rest of the field, breaking away with 50 kilometres to go, and going on to win by over five minutes in a time of two hours, 39 minutes and 34 seconds. Excellent resultsThe MTN Qhubeka star’s results in 2012 have included winning the national time trial title, becoming only the second rider after his team-mate Arran Brown to win the Cycle Challenge and Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour in the same year, and 14 overseas victories. Fellow Brit, Catherine Williamson of team bizhub FCF claimed second place, with South African time trial champion, Cherise Stander (Momentum Toyota), the 2010 Cycle Challenge winner in third place in her last competitive road race for the foreseeable future. From next year she will follow in the footsteps of her husband, Burry, and concentrate on mountain biking. Women’s raceBritish road racing champion Sharon Laws, who was a controversial omission from the British team for the London Olympics, convincingly ended Ashley Moolman-Pasio’s bid to become the first rider to win the Argus, the South African Road Championship, the African Continental Championship and the Cycle Challenge in the same year. The Cycle Challenge was, however, the last race for Janse van Rensburg with MTN Qhubeka. After an excellent season, he has signed a two-year contract with the Netherlands-based Team Argos-Shimano. Second place went to Johann Rabie of Team Bonitas, two second behind the winner, with defending champion Arran Brown of MTN Qhubeka in third a further six seconds off the pace. Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio had said she was tired when she returned from the African Continental Cycling Championships on Burkina Faso on Wednesday, but she nonetheless managed fourth place ahead of Joanna van de Winkel, giving Momentum Toyota four of the top five finishers. ‘It was great to win’“It was great to win today for my new team. We went into the race with no chosen leader, but decided to make the pace as hard as possible. I was just fortunate that my move stuck and I was the one that could win today,” Laws said afterwards. It was an emotional victory for the 23-year-old, who crossed the finishing line in two hours, 10 minutes, and 19 seconds; he rode the race in memory of his father, who had passed away two weeks before the event. Over 25 000 riders took to the roads of Johannesburg on Sunday, with Reinardt Janse van Rensburg capturing the men’s title in the Momentum 94.7 Cycle Challenge and Sharon Laws becoming the first non-South African to win the women’s race. 20 November 2012 “Although I had a long solo ride, I must thank my teammates for their role in my win. It was most certainly very much a team success today.” “I’m not a great sprinter and breakaways suit me better. It wasn’t planned that I’d go so far out though, but when I realised I was making good progress over the hills and into a rather disconcerting headwind, I just kept at it. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Sans Fernandez and Bolick, San Beda hammers Mapua for 9th straight

first_imgSan Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 93 PLAY LIST 02:12San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 9300:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief San Beda’s AC Soberano. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSan Beda bucked the absence of coach Boyet Fernandez and Robert Bolick to cruise to an 88-70 beatdown of Mapua Friday in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.AC Soberano stepped up for the Red Lions as he went 3-of-5 from three to wound up with 17 points and two rebounds, while Javee Mocon continued to churn out double-doubles, this time, racking up 11 markers and 10 boards in the win.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Donald Tankoua also had nine points and eight rebounds, as all 13 San Beda players were able to score a field goal in the tiff.“I’m happy with the way we played despite the absence of Robert Bolick and Clint Doliguez who are two of our best players. What was noticeable was everybody stepped up, we had a ball movement and I’m happy that they didn’t look for a go to guy today. Everybody was able to score because of our ball movement,” said team manager Jude Roque.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMVP contender Bolick was banned from the game after his scuffle with St. Benilde guard Carlo Young in the Red Lions’ last game, as well as Clint Doliguez, who entered the court during the melee.Fernandez was serving his one-game suspension for issuing comments detrimental to the league after the fracas, leaving the coaching to deputy and Red Cubs mentor JB Sison. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses UST’s Akomo, UP’s Ouattara eligible for UAAP Season 80 MOST READ LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games But Roque shared that the multi-titled mentor was still on top of San Beda’s preparations in the buildup for the tiff against the Cardinals.“Coach Boyet always prepares the team and he was still very much on top of the preparations. When our appeal got denied, coach Boyet gave the gameplan to coach JB and he came in prepared as well,” he said.San Beda survived its poor 39-percent shooting from the field as they turned a close 58-49 edge to a blowout thanks to its 30-point fourth quarter finishing kick to rise up to 10-1.Leo Gabo paced the cellar-dwelling Cardinals with 17 points, four assists, and three rebounds, while Denniel Aguirre had 16 markers and two boards in the loss, which was their ninth straight defeat that sent them to a paltry 1-10 slate.ADVERTISEMENT E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  View commentslast_img read more

IPL 2011: India gears up for IPL after World Cup glory

first_imgJust six days after its national team sparked nationwide celebrations by winning the World Cup, India’s obsession with cricket will switch to the start of the money-spinning Indian Premier League when the Twenty20 event gets under way on Friday.The euphoria since India beat Sri Lanka to secure the 50-over world title on Saturday can only be good news for the fourth edition of the IPL, which starts in Chennai after allegations of corruption prompted a change in management.The league’s former head Lalit Modi has been suspended since April 2010 by the Board of Control for Cricket in India, which has been investigating bribery allegations in the 2008 auction for new IPL teams. Modi was later replaced by Indian cricket board vice president Chirayu Amin.The IPL is the world’s richest cricket tournament, worth $4 billion in franchise fees and television rights. It has some of the best-known Bollywood cinema stars and billionaire tycoons among its owners, while several of the world’s top cricketers play in its teams.Two new franchises – Kochi and Pune – joined in 2011 after bids worth a combined $703 million. The newcomers will increase the league to 10 teams and the number of matches from 60 to 74 for the April 8-May 28 event.Sahara Adventure Sports, part of the diversified Sahara Group, bought the rights for a team in the western city of Pune for $370 million, and called it Pune Warriors. A consortium called Rendezvous Sports World won the franchise for the southern city of Kochi for $333 million and named it Kochi Tuskers Kerala.advertisementTeams have also undergone an overhaul following the second player auction in January. Only 12 players were retained by five of the eight teams from their original squads.Defending champion Chennai Super Kings retained Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, his compatriots Suresh Raina and Murali Vijay, and South African Albie Morkel – as it parted with half of the $9 million salary cap available to teams.The 2010 finalist Mumbai Indians kept India stars Sachin Tendulkar and Harbhajan Singh, Sri Lankan pace bowler Lasith Malinga and West Indian allrounder Kieron Pollard for $4.5 million.India batting star Gautam Gambhir was the most expensive player at the auction, picked up for $2.4 million for two years by Kolkata Knight Riders. The team also bought Indian allrounder Yusuf Pathan for $2.1 million.Among other top internationals at the high end of the bidding were Sri Lanka vice-captain Mahela Jayawardene, bought by Kochi for $1.5 million, Australian David Hussey, hired by Punjab for $1.4 million and a South African trio – Dale Steyn, netted by Deccan Chargers for $1.2 million, AB de Villiers by Bangalore and Jacques Kallis by Kolkata for $1.1 million each.Mukesh Ambani, who controls India’s most valuable company, Reliance Industries, and film actors Shah Rukh Khan, Preity Zinta and Shilpa Shetty, all own teams in the IPL.last_img read more

Spotted New Bitumen Tanker Joins Thome Group

first_imgImage Courtesy: Thome GroupSingapore-based ship manager Thome Group has welcomed to its fleet Star River, a bitumen tanker newbuild.The naming and delivery ceremony for the vessel took place at Chengxi shipyard, part of China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC), on February 5, 2018.The 37,000 dwt Star River departed the shipyard on February 6.The vessel is the first 37,000 dwt asphalt tanker built for Japanese ship owner Kumiai Senpaku by Chengxi, the shipbuilder said.Star River, which flies the flag of the Marshall Islands, currently has a market value of USD 44.21 million, VesselsValue’s data shows.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Expand The College Football Playoff

Ohio State’s national college football championship might seem to vindicate the playoff selection committee, which chose the No. 4 Buckeyes over two teams with similar resumes, No. 5 Baylor and No. 6 TCU. But there probably weren’t a lot of people in Waco or Fort Worth, Texas, celebrating the Buckeyes’ Monday night win. Instead, Baylor and TCU fans have every right to think their teams deserved the same opportunity.1The argument is particularly strong for TCU, which, after being leapfrogged in an unprecedented way in the committee’s final standings, went on to crush Mississippi 42-3 in the Peach Bowl. In fact, the Horned Frogs entered Monday with nearly the same Football Power Index rating (23.6) that Ohio State had (23.8).It has sometimes been stated — I’ve said it myself — that a four-team playoff is inherently flawed when there are five major conferences. The truth is a little more complicated than that. Sometimes a “Power 5” conference champion won’t have much of a beef with having been excluded from the playoff. In 2012, for instance, Wisconsin was the BCS representative as the Big Ten champion despite just a 4-4 conference record (and an 8-5 record overall). It was a wacky case — Ohio State and Penn State finished ahead of the Badgers but were ineligible for postseason play — but it’s not so uncommon to have an “ugly duckling” major conference champion.But pretty much every other contingency complicates the committee’s job and adds to the list of teams it might consider:Sometimes there will be an undefeated team from a “minor” conference, like Boise State.Sometimes independent Notre Dame or BYU will be undefeated or will have one loss against a strong schedule.Sometimes a second team from a power conference will have a powerful argument for being among the top four nationally. In 2011, for example, Alabama ranked No. 2 and was chosen for the BCS title game; its only loss had come against No. 1 LSU.In other words, this year wasn’t an outlier: A four-team playoff is liable to produce similar controversies more often than not. It may not be the particular controversy we had this year. But there’s liable to be some type of controversy.This is usually the point at which someone asserts the problem is infinitely regressive. With four teams in the playoff, there will always be an argument over Nos. 4 and 5. With six teams, there might be the a debate over Nos. 6 and 7. Or with 68 teams, you’ll have a fight over Nos. 68 and 69.I don’t find this case entirely convincing; you’re going to hit the point of diminishing returns eventually. In 2012, I participated in a mock NCAA basketball selection committee for media members. When filling out the last few slots in the 68-team bracket, we were presented with some incredibly unappealing options: For example, a team that went 1-6 against top 50 opponents against another that had a losing record in conference play. Neither team had a snowball’s chance in hell of becoming national champion.What you don’t want to do is exclude teams that can make a credible case for being the best team in the country. It’s hard to put this philosophy into practice, of course. In a perfect world, you could permit a flexible number of teams into the playoff. One year, a team might be so far ahead of the pack that you’d be tempted to crown it national champion and cancel the playoff. The next year, the top group might run a dozen teams deep. Unfortunately, the NCAA and our corporate overlords ESPN aren’t likely to tolerate that sort of uncertainty when they need to set schedules months or years in advance.So, we need to settle on a particular number of teams. The most important objective is to avoid “false negatives” — that is, to keep from omitting teams like Baylor and TCU, whose resumes are hard to distinguish from the teams ranked first or second in the country. The next priority is to avoid “false positives,” like a three-loss team getting into the playoff when it doesn’t belong there. It might help to break the teams into tiers:The first tier consists of undefeated teams from major (“Power 5”) conferences.2In the chart after this first bullet point, we’ve treated Notre Dame as a major conference team.The second tier includes one-loss teams from major conferences, along with undefeated teams from minor conferences.The third tier consists of two-loss teams from “Power 5” conferences and one-loss teams from other conferences.The fourth tier includes everyone else.The former BCS system, with its national championship game, seemed to be based on the hope that there would be exactly two top-tier teams. Unfortunately that almost never worked out. Only four times in the 16 years of the BCS were there exactly two major-conference undefeateds. The years in which there were three such teams, like 2004, were especially controversial. The more common problem, however, is that there was often just one of these teams or none at all.So reaching into the second tier is a necessary evil if you’re going to have any type of playoff. That being the case, I’d argue that you’d rather not have to make extremely fine distinctions within the second tier. Perhaps you’re OK omitting some one-loss teams with gross deficiencies on their resumes (like those that both played poor schedules and failed to win their conference titles). But you’d rather not have to distinguish the Baylors of the world from the Ohio States.The problem with a four-team playoff is that it will often require the committee to make exactly those distinctions, splitting the second tier right down the middle. Let’s look at some historical data. In the chart below, I’ve listed the teams since 1998 as they were ranked in the final AP poll before bowl participants were chosen. (This serves as a good proxy for how the playoff selection committee might have ranked the teams.)3You could use the BCS standings or the Coaches Poll as the reference point instead; they would lead you to pretty much the same conclusions. The teams are color-coded based on which tier they belonged to.As you can see, these tiers do a reasonable job of reflecting how poll voters think about the teams. Sometimes the tiers get mixed up around the margins, but these are usually relatively obvious cases involving teams with especially strong or weak schedules.But you can also see the problem. In an average year, there are one or two first-tier teams and four or five second-tier teams. A four-team playoff will wind up splitting the second-tier teams right down the middle.What if you’re willing to omit one-loss teams that didn’t win their conference championships? In the chart, I’ve also indicated whether a team won its conference title. (I’ve listed just one champion per major conference — the team deemed as the conference champion by the BCS in the event of ties.4In 2014, the BCS was no longer active. I consider Baylor to have been the Big 12 champion over TCU by virtue of its head-to-head victory against them. There’s special handling for teams from the former Big East conference, which no longer exists for football.5Big East teams are classified based on the conference they belong to currently. If a former Big East team ranked higher than the top team from the conference it now belongs to, it is considered the champion of its current conference. For instance, Miami is classified as the 2002 ACC champion, because it ranked ahead of the actual ACC champion that year, Florida State.) This gets you closer, but you’ll still run out of space fairly often unless you’re also willing to kick out undefeated teams from minor conferences.Besides, it’s not clear that a conference championship ought to trump everything else. It’s great when, for example, the No. 3 and No. 5 teams in the country square off in their conference championship, making it serve as a de facto play-in game. But this rarely happens. Often, the two best teams in the conference are in the same division and won’t play for the conference title. Or there are cases like 2003, when Kansas State, which had two conference losses, beat undefeated Oklahoma in the Big 12 championship game. Would Kansas State really deserve to make the playoff ahead of Oklahoma? AP voters didn’t think so. (They ranked Oklahoma No. 3 and Kansas State No. 8 the next week.)What if we expand the playoff to six teams instead?Now we’re able to accommodate the clear majority of the second tier. One-loss major conference champions will just about always make it. One-loss non-champions from major conferences will make it about 80 percent of the time. Undefeated teams from minor conferences still struggle a bit, but overall this seems to strike a good balance. As a major conference team with just one loss, you’ll make the playoff unless there’s a lot working against you. With two losses, you’ll won’t make it unless you have a lot working for you. There are still some tough decisions to be made, but the committee won’t have to cleave the second tier in half, as it often will under a four-team playoff.If you expand the playoff to eight teams, you’re able to accommodate almost all of the second tier. However, about 75 percent of the additional teams you’d add with the seventh and eighth slots are from the third tier instead. This may be too tolerant, placing too little pressure on teams to perform and schedule well in the regular season.An alternative would be to include eight teams, but with automatic bids for major conference champions. (Technically you could do this under a six-team playoff, too, but it might not be advisable.6It provides for too little flexibility. What happens when in addition to the five major conference champions, there’s an excellent Notre Dame team and an undefeated Boise State? And by placing so much emphasis on the conference championship game, this system would serve to make the rest of a team’s schedule all but irrelevant.) Presumably, teams from outside of the power conferences would object to this, but you could accommodate them by guaranteeing a sixth slot to the best independent or minor conference team. That would leave two at-large positions.I’ve run the numbers on how this would work out — and it seems like another good option. By definition, we’re now including every major conference champion. While you’d have the occasional fluke conference champ like the 2012 Wisconsin team, that might be an acceptable price for reducing the subjectivity in the process. Non-champion teams from major conferences would sometimes make the playoff but would have a lot of pressure to schedule well and perform well. The majority of one-loss teams from major conferences would make it, but they’d be at risk if they fail to win their conferences. And taking a second loss would knock a team out the vast majority of the time.No system is going to end the debates; people still argue about which teams ought to be No. 12 seeds in the NCAA hoops tourney so they can lose to Kentucky in the Sweet 16. But expanding the football playoff to six teams — or to eight teams with some automatic bids — would do a better job of rewarding the most deserving teams while preserving the importance of the regular season. It would help to ensure the most important decisions of the college football season happen on the field and not in a conference room. read more

After being relegated to the sidelines Etienne Sabino is making noise on

Redshirt junior linebacker Etienne Sabino had an interesting road to a starting job for the Ohio State defense. After Sabino lost the job to current senior Andrew Sweat last spring, he and the coaches decided a redshirt might be in the his best interest. The decision was difficult for Sabino to cope with. “I would say it was probably one of the hardest years of my life,” Sabino said. “The toughest part was sitting on the sideline on Saturday and not being able to play.” Injuries to OSU’s defense and special teams units almost forced Sabino to give up his redshirt and play, but the team held out, giving him more time to grow. Despite his yearlong hiatus being difficult, Sabino said it helped him develop as a player. “I think I really got a better grasp of the defense as a whole,” he said. “As far as with me redshirting last year, I really think that helped me in that sense.” With another year in the system, Sabino is projected to be a starter at middle linebacker this season, replacing last year’s leading tackler, Brian Rolle, who recorded 76 tackles. Sabino said learning the defensive schemes has helped him progress as a linebacker. “It actually slows the game down for you when you’re out there and not thinking, and you can just react and know what you have,” he said. “It just helps your game and your overall football knowledge.” As a junior, Sabino is expected to take on a leadership role for the Buckeye defense, and junior defensive back Orhian Johnson said he thinks Sabino has blossomed into someone the defense can rely on. “He’s definitely stepped up into that leadership role,” Johnson said. “He’s been showing his dedication a lot, and I just really feel like he’s ready to let it all go and go out and perform.” Junior defensive lineman John Simon said Sabino’s presence on the defense makes the group better. “He’s a physical player and he gets the whole defense riled up,” Simon said. “We love having him out there when he’s making plays for us.” Spring practice has proven Sabino is ready to contribute to the defense, Simon said. “Right now is probably the best I’ve felt,” Sabino said, “and I feel very comfortable out there.” Johnson said he thinks Sabino has always had the talent but that he has become even better this spring. “We saw bright spots for him in his future,” Johnson said, “but he’s definitely stepped up a lot.” Even with the progress he has made in the system and the talent he has, Sabino said there is room to improve. “I’m really just trying to work on my little techniques and really just trying to get better in that sense,” he said. “I’m just focused on every day — I’m trying to get better every day.” With a young defense and the departure of starting linebackers Rolle and Ross Homan, Sabino said he is working to be a force on this year’s version of the Silver Bullets. “I’m just trying to be a playmaker,” he said, “and just help this team win in any way that I can.” read more

Womens basketball Former Duke transfer Sierra Calhoun finding her niche at Ohio

Ohio State redshirt junior guard Sierra Calhoun takes a shot during the Buckeyes’ game against Washington on Nov. 19. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorMoving from one place to another can be a difficult process.In redshirt junior guard Sierra Calhoun’s case, however, it was not.  When Calhoun decided to transfer from Duke to Ohio State in 2015, she felt she had an idea of what awaited.Having already known some of the players and coaches at Ohio State, it only made the move that much easier. “I really liked the culture at OSU,” Calhoun said. “I knew a couple of players prior to transferring here, so it didn’t take long to gel with them. I also knew a couple of the coaches here prior to my visit. I thought it was a good fit in terms of coaching staff, personnel, atmosphere, stuff like that.”A product of Christ the King High School located in Queens, New York, Calhoun was the top prospect in the state and committed to Duke in 2013. As a freshman, she posted 10.1 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game. Despite starting the first 13 games for the Blue Devils, Calhoun abruptly left the program midseason, deciding Ohio State would be the best place for her. “It was a lot of things, but it just didn’t work out,” Calhoun said. “It wasn’t a bad transition at all. It was actually pretty easy. The universities are very different. Obviously, coming from a small university to a bigger university is a change. I’m from New York, so moving to a bigger university wasn’t really that hard of a transition.”After sitting out the 2015 season due to transfer rules, the former Blue Devil emerged as one of Ohio State’s best players during her first season in Columbus. She started every contest during the 2016-17 season for Ohio State, averaging 9.5 points per game as the Buckeyes’ resident sharpshooter. Calhoun averaged a team-best 38.6 percent shooting from beyond the arc and made the second-most 3-pointers (68). Watching the previous season unfold beforehand wasn’t easy for Calhoun, but it not only provided invaluable experience, it helped her see the game from a different perspective. “Last year, sitting out a while was hard, but I also got to look at the game from a different perspective,” Calhoun said. “I feel like that helped me last year in terms of looking at things from a different angle and seeing what other people are doing well, so I can help my teammates out more. This year, I definitely have more experience under my belt. We’re gelling more.”The 2017-18 campaign began inconsistently for Calhoun in her second season on the court as a Buckeye. She hit worse than 27 percent of her shots in four of the first five games of the season. But as the season has progressed, so has her shooting stroke. Calhoun has hit 12-of-27 triples in her last four games.Through 10 total games this season, Calhoun is averaging 10.8 points — on 37-of-111 shots from the field for a 33.3 percent field goal percentage — and three rebounds, while shooting 29 percent from 3-point range (18-for-62). At this point in her Buckeye career, Calhoun is more than proving her worth to the 12th-ranked team in college basketball.In a starting lineup featuring seniors at every position except her own, Calhoun has managed to carve out her own niche as a leader, which can only help Ohio State in Calhoun’s eyes. “I definitely want to show that I have more experience,” Calhoun said. “I don’t want to make any sophomore or rookie mistakes. I just want to be a leader out there. We have a lot of leaders on our team. I think it’d be a great to have a lot of coaches on the floor. It’ll help us have a great season.” read more

De Jong unsure of his stay amid Barca City and PSG

first_imgAjax midfielder Frenkie De Jong is uncertain of his club future beyond the 2018/2019 Eredivisie campaign as Barcelona, Manchester City and French Giants Paris Saint-Germain are reportedly keen on signing him.“It’s difficult to say what will happen,” De Jong told the Guardian via FourFourTwo.“I want to finish this season well with Ajax. Then we will see.“Maybe I’ll stay for another year, maybe I’ll leave. But I am not sure.”On the ongoing speculation, De Jong added: “I don’t pay attention to it.PSG, Neymar, Ligue 1PSG ultras sent a warning letter to Neymar Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Brazilian superstar Neymar might play today his first game of the season for Paris Saint-Germain and the team’s ultras have warned him.“I hear the stories but I just want to finish this season well.”The Netherlands international did not hide his admiration for City boss Pep Guardiola and his style of football.“I love this style. Get the ball back quickly, then play possession with so many combinations,” De Jong said.“When you watch that, you get the feeling you want to go out on the pitch and play football with your friends and just enjoy yourself. City and Barcelona are great examples.”last_img read more

Eusebio craves for a solid Roma

first_imgEusebio Di Francesco praised Roma’s effort and unity in their win against ChievoStephan El Shaarawy, Edin Dzeko and Kolarov were all on the scorers’ sheet at the Bentegodi, to wrap a 3-0 win.“We started strong, Chievo fought back and gambled everything, but we were always in control and could’ve had a few more goals,” the Coach told Football Italia.💬 | Tonight’s captain – and goalscorer – on the performance… #ASRoma #ChievoRoma pic.twitter.com/cSC97QTVAY— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) February 8, 2019“You can leave 20 minutes to the opposition during a 90-minute game, no matter who you are up against, as long as you defend well and remain solid. We didn’t do that.“Chievo were very aggressive and ran big risks at the back as a result, so we had to make more vertical passes and cut their defence open. I have told the players that in those situations, if there is the option for a through ball, we should take it.“It’s fundamental to play this way that the forwards help the team, that we remain solid and don’t leave gaps between the lines. There are risks with through balls, we often read it well tonight and caught Chievo offside repeatedly.”Chris Smalling open to a permanent AS Roma deal Andrew Smyth – September 6, 2019 Chris Smalling can “definitely see a longer-term future” for himself at AS Roma should things work out on his loan spell from Manchester United.Kolarov bowed to the fans. Was it sarcastic or a genuine attempt to make up with the ultras?“I think it was a great gesture, to apologise to the fans after what happened, but once again I need to point out this lad played for a month with pain-killing injections. He could barely walk when he arrived at training and would play because we needed him.“He can say the wrong thing sometimes, but he’s a great professional and nobody can complain about his approach on the field.”Dzeko found the net and hit the crossbar, but still has only five Serie A goals this season.85′ | ♻️ | Third and final substitution for the Giallorossi…⬅️ Stephan El Shaarawy➡️ Justin Kluivert0-3 | #ChievoRoma pic.twitter.com/kvD7gWsR5h— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) February 8, 2019last_img read more

Heavy Use for New Heavy Weapons Range at Ft Bragg

first_imgAfter the opening of a new multipurpose machine gun range at Fort Bragg was delayed for four years, soldiers have been keeping the training area busy as they attempt to qualify on the service’s biggest weapons.Range 66A — which was built for soldiers to train using the M249 squad automatic weapon, M2 .50-caliber machine gun, MK 19 grenade launcher and M240 machine gun — has been used every day since it opened in September. The range is the first of its kind at the North Carolina post and is booked through the next four months, reported the Fayetteville Observer.With 87 live fire ranges, Fort Bragg has more training ranges than any two other installations put together. But without a range to qualify on heavy weapons, soldiers needed to secure a waiver to count their qualification scores from other ranges.The range was scheduled to open in 2011, but contractor issues pushed back the opening until last fall, according to the story. It was built at a cost estimated between $3 million and $5 million.The range features 150 automated targets and sensors to provide soldiers’ scores in real time. The targets range in distance from 100 yards to almost one mile away, and appear and disappear as part of a synchronized display.Having the ability to program different scenarios allows staff to essentially create a new range.“We have the options,” said Master Sgt. Kris Barnette. “That’s great. They won’t become familiar with one thing.” Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Gay couples too face domestic violence

first_imgWhile intimate partner violence is a prevalent and pressing concern in heterosexual relationships, gay couples too may be at an increased risk of physical and sexual violence, emotional abuse as well as controlling behaviour, finds a study.According to researchers, the violence links back to HIV prevention because men in abusive relationships may find it hard to negotiate for condom use or even when and how they have sex. A gay man who is struggling with his identity might lash out at his partner with physical or emotional abuse as a stress response behaviour – similar to heterosexual couples, where an unemployed man lashes out at his female partner because he feels inadequate. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe study makes a strong connection between internalized homophobia and violence, the findings showed.”If you just looked at physical and sexual violence in male couples, it’s about 25 to 30 per cent, roughly the same as women,” said Rob Stephenson, Professor at the University of Michigan in the US.”We’re stuck in this mental representation of domestic violence as a female victim and a male perpetrator, and while that is very important, there are other forms of domestic violence in all types of relationships,” Stephenson added. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe research is important because it debunks that stereotype, and accounts for controlling and isolating behaviours as well as physical abuse, Stephenson said.For the study, published in the American Journal of Men’s Health, the researchers recruited 320 men (160 couples) to independently complete individual surveys measuring demographic information, partner violence experience and perpetration, and individual and relationship characteristics that may shape the experience of violence. They found that 46 per cent of the 320 men (160 couples) experienced some form of intimate partner violence in the last year – physical and sexual violence, emotional abuse and controlling behaviour.The Supreme Court in India has began hearing a number of petitions challenging Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code which criminalises consensual homosexuality for people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender.last_img read more

Rep Brann invites local school superintendent to State of the State Address

first_img12Feb Rep. Brann invites local school superintendent to State of the State Address Categories: Brann News,Brann Photos PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Tommy Brann of Wyoming welcomed Godwin Heights Public Schools Superintendent Bill Fetterhoff to the House floor for Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s State of the State Address.last_img