Flash floods kill four in Assam, water receding

first_imgIn almost a repeat of last year, the tributaries of the Brahmaputra have started rising with the advent of south west monsoon. At least half a dozen tributaries on both banks of the river have risen and officially four persons have been reported dead in flash floods. Many areas in Guwahati city were inundated, but the water fortunately has been receding from most parts since Wednesday night, locals said. Officials said Brahmaputra’s north bank tributaries — Beki, Rangnadi, Subansiri — and the ones on the south bank — Dikhow, Desang and Dhansiri — are rising.In the Barak valley in south Assam, the Barak and Kushiyara could touch the danger levels when the monsoon becomes more vigorous. Officials said about 15,000 people have already been rendered homeless in at least four districts — Lakhimpur, Darrang, Kamrup and Hailakandi — in upper, central and south Assam. Few relief camps have been opened. Assam had one of its worst floods in many years in 2016. Scores of people died, lakhs lost their homes and hundreds disappeared. While the residents returned to resettle later that year, their lives had changed permanently. Korshed Molla of Darrang district, a farmer in his 70s, has moved his home and family thrice in the last couple of decades. “Even our identity is questioned, as every time we resettle in a new village people think we have come from Bangladesh,” he said. The children’s schooling is severely affected due to the constant shifting, he said.Assam is perhaps the most flood and erosion prone State in the country. Its main river, the Brahmaputra, routinely swallows up huge landmass. The Water Resources Department of Assam has described the erratic nature of its main river and its tributaries as “a most acute and unique” problem. About 40% of the total land area of Assam, nearly 79 lakh hectares, is flood prone and, since 1950, some 4.37 lakh hectares [7.4%] of its has been lost to the Brahmaputra.last_img read more

Tokyo won’t make 2020 venue changes but will pare costs: Reports

first_imgTokyo’s government is unlikely to make major changes to the plans for several 2020 Olympic Games venues, including one it had proposed moving elsewhere, but it will make efforts to pare costs, Japanese media said on Thursday.Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike ordered a review of ballooning Olympic expenses that recommended changing three venues in an effort to rein in costs projected to hit 3 trillion yen ($26.6 billion), some four times the initial estimates made when Tokyo won the right to host the Games.Among the proposals was moving rowing and canoe/kayak sprint events some 400 km (250 miles) north of Tokyo to use existing facilities rather than building new ones in the capital, a move opposed by both Olympic and sports officials. (Also read: Poor supervision behind rising Olympics 2020 costs: Tokyo panel head)But the city is now leaning towards building new venues for these and several other events in Tokyo as originally planned, although it would cut the price tags by modifying plans, the Nihon Keizai Shimbun (Nikkei) and other papers reported, quoting people connected with the matter.For the rowing and canoe/kayak site, known as the Sea Forest Waterway, the city planned to cut costs to 29.8 billion yen from 49.1 billion yen by building temporary seats, the Nikkei said.Similar modifications would be made for planned gymnastics and swimming venues, it said, adding that a final decision will be made at a working group meeting of officials from Tokyo, the central government, 2020 organisers and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) at the end of November.advertisementBoth a Tokyo government official and Tokyo 2020 declined to comment, citing ongoing discussions.”As for the process and the details of the working group meetings, all four parties have already agreed that these will not be announced publicly until we reach a conclusion,” Tokyo 2020 added in a statement.Tokyo’s original bid pledged to keep most venues within 8 km of the athlete’s village in downtown Tokyo, though several have already been moved. Cycling will take place in Shizuoka prefecture, about 200 km (125 miles) west of Tokyo.IOC reforms known as “Agenda 2020,” carried out with the aim of keeping the Olympics more sustainable, urge the use of existing facilities when possible – even in other cities or countries – if it makes financial and practical sense.But IOC President Thomas Bach said last month that while the IOC was concerned about rising costs for the Tokyo Games, the experience of the athletes had to be a priority for any planning.($1 = 112.6800 yenlast_img read more

Security personnel deployed outside MS Dhoni’s Ranchi residence after Pakistan wins Champions Trophy

first_imgSecurity personnel were deployed today outside former Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s house in Jharkhand’s capital Ranchi, after India were outclassed by a resurgent Pakistan in the final of the 2017 Champions Trophy.Chasing a mammoth total of 339, India were bowled out for just 158 in the 31st over of the second innings. Dhoni scored four runs before he was dismissed by Hasan Ali.Security personnel deployed outside MS Dhoni’s Ranchi residence after Pakistan wins Champions Trophy While Virat Kohli said he was proud of the way his team had played in the tournament, the news agency ANI reported a protest in Kanpur, and said TV sets were broken there, as well as in Uttarakhand’s Haridwar.India had already beaten Pakistan once in the tournament. But on the day that really mattered, Fakhar Zaman’s maiden ODI hundred and Mohammed Amir’s stellar bowling performance made sure the Men in Blue couldn’t retain the Champions Trophy.(Inputs from agencies) Also read: Champions Trophy Final: Pakistan were more intense and passionate than India, says Kohli Also read: Price of Kohli’s rift with Kumble: Heavy defeat vs Pakistan in Champions Trophy final Also read: India superstars surrender meekly to Pakistan: Are Dhoni, Yuvraj good enough to play overseas? Also read: Shoaib Malik, Imad Wasim dedicate maiden Champions Trophy triumph to billions of Pakistanis Also watch: Watch what happens when Sourav Ganguly drives past a group of Pakistani fans in Englandlast_img read more

Rip-roaring atmosphere at Salt Lake Stadium for FIFA U-17 World Cup final

first_img‘India is Now A Football Country’ flashed displays and banners as over 60,000 football fans gathered at the Yuba Bharati Krirangan in Kolkata for a rip-roaring start to the FIFA U-17 World Cup final between England and Spain, the most attended in the history of the tournament.None of the teams disappointed the massive crowd and while Spain scored two within 30 minutes of the game, England pulled off a sensational comeback to beat Spain 5-2.Sporting headbands, bandanas and sports gear in colours reflecting allegiance to their respective teams (red, yellow for Spain; white for England), a full house of die-hard fans threw their weight behind their favourite football stars with raucous cheers and thunderous applause.Despite splotches of Brazilian yellow and green spotted outside the stadium, the arena presented a divided house for Spain’s tiki taka versus quick passing English play.Posters of England’s pin-up boy Rhian Brewster and Spaniard Sergio Gomez stood out in the throng.Supporters of Indian giants East Bengal and Mohun Bagan too attended the match donning jerseys of their beloved clubs.Mukul Mudgal, who headed the IPL 2013 spot-fixing probe, former Indian cricketer Laxmi Ratan Shukla and former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly joined in the gala event while football giants including Wayne Rooney pitched in via social media.West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and FIFA officials added to the VIP presence.last_img read more

Mirabai Chanu bags maiden gold medal at 2017 World Weightlifting Championships

first_imgIndia’s Mirabai Chanu has won the country’s first weightlifting medal at the 2017 World Championship being held in Anaheim, USA. Chanu won the gold medal after lifting a total of 194 kg in the 48kg competition. She became only the second Indian after KarnamMalleswari to achieve the feat.Chanu lifted 85 kg in Snatch and 109kg in Clean and Jerk for a total of 194kg. This is huge in terms of achievement at the world stage by an Indian weightlifter.This is India’s first medal at the World Championships after Karnam Malleswari’s gold in China in 1995.”I owe a lot to my coach Vijay Sharma for this medal. We have worked really hard for this and hopefully, I will be able to replicate this in Tokyo in 2020,” Mirabai told India Today soon after winning her medal.IWF WWC 2017 Women’s 48kg:?? Chanu Mirabai ???? | 194 ?? Thunya Sukcharoen ???? | 193?? Ana Segura ????´ | 182#2017iwfwwc pic.twitter.com/soupO70zyI- IWF (@iwfnet) 30 November 2017Chanu is currently working with Indian Railways and comes from a humble background in Manipur.Thailand’s Thunya Sukcharoen finished in second place with a total of 193 kg while Colombia’s Ana Iris Segura bagged the bronze with a total lift of 182 kg.India’s Sanjita Chanu however, finished fifth in her category.last_img read more

WATCH: Sakshi Dhoni steals Ziva Dhoni’s pram for a joyride

first_imgThe Indian team escaped a major upset on Saturday by defeating Afghanistan by 11 runs in a last over thriller in Southampton to maintain their winning momentum at World Cup 2019.However, it is not only the Indian team that is entertaining the fans with their World Cup performances, but MS Dhoni’s daughter and internet sensation Ziva Dhoni is also lighting up the social media with her fun activities.A day before India’s win against Afghanistan, Ziva Dhoni, along with her mother Sakshi Dhoni, spent time at Hyde Park, London, in an unsual way.In a video posted on Sakshi Dhoni’s Instagarm account, she was seen sitting on Ziva Dhoni’s pram for a joyride in the park as the mother and daughter duo also had a short race between them.Ziva Dhoni is often seen enjoying with the Indian team players. During the India, Pakistan clash, Ziva Dhoni had her fun time with Rishabh Pant as the two were seen screaming at the top of their voices in the stadium stands. The other day she was seen experimenting with snapchat filters with wristspinner Yuzvendra Chahal.On Saturday, Afghanistan spinners sucked the power out of India’s batting unit on a sluggish Rose Bowl pitch as the Men in Blue managed only 224 in 50 overs. Holding their nerves, the India bowlers, led by Mohammed Shami, shot Afghanistan out for 213 and helped India survive a massive scare.advertisementAlso Read | Heartwarming: Photo of Kane Williamson consoling Carlos Brathwaite hit among World Cup fansAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Memes galore as Virat Kohli pleads with folded hands to umpire over DRS callAlso Seelast_img read more


first_imgOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA A local attorney has announced his candidacy for the Sioux City School Board.Jeremy Saint has previously served on the Sioux City Community School District Budget Review Committee, and says he hopes to see the district continue to grow and improve despite an increasingly challenging budget.Saint is a father of two and a shareholder at Crary, Huff, Ringgenberg, Hartnett & Storm, P.C., where he practices real estate and business law.The school board has three open seats in the upcoming election, to be held on September 12th.last_img read more

Michigan 4-Star Running Back Announces Transfer

first_imgHead coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines leads his team onto the field before the college football game against the Michigan State Spartans.ANN ARBOR, MI – OCTOBER 17: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines leads his team onto the field before the college football game against the Michigan State Spartans at Michigan Stadium on October 17, 2015 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)A former top recruit has announced his transfer out of Michigan’s football program.Kareem Walker, the No. 4 running back in the 2016 class, is transferring out of the Wolverines’ program and heading to a JUCO.The former four-star recruit is heading to Fort Scott Community College in Kansas.The Detroit Free-Press first reported the news:Fort Scott Community College head coach Kale Pick told reporters at the recent Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference football media day event Walker has signed to play with Fort Scott for the 2018 season.Pick said Walker signed with his program Friday.Pick says Fort Scott has also signed former Michigan (and Rutgers) receiver Ahmir Mitchell. Both players signed with the Wolverines during the 2016 class. Both enrolled early and were part of Jim Harbaugh’s first “Signing of the Stars” event in Ann Arbor.Walker never seemed to get going at Michigan and there had been rumors about his potential departure from the program for a while.The 6-foot-1, 220-pound running back totaled 68 yards and 1 touchdown on 20 carries during his career.last_img read more

Search continues for Mildred Flett

first_imgAPTN National NewsWinnipeg police said they still consider the search for Mildred Flett a high priority.Friends and family have not heard from or seen Flett in almost a year. Flett also goes by the name of Mildred Nelson.Originally from Split Lake First Nation, Flett is described as having brown eyes, black hair and weights 140 to 150 lbs.She may have cut her hair short.Roseau River First Nation Chief Terry Nelson, Flett’s ex-husband, said the family is frustrated with the slow progress of police.Nelson said the family is organizing its own search and offering a $5,000 reward.last_img read more

DR Congo UN deplores murder of five humanitarian workers

6 October 2011The United Nations today called on the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to capture and try those responsible for the murder of five non-governmental organization (NGO) staff in the deadliest ever single assault on humanitarian workers in the vast country. The United Nations today called on the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to capture and try those responsible for the murder of five non-governmental organization (NGO) staff in the deadliest ever single assault on humanitarian workers in the vast country.The five, along with several other people, were killed on Monday in Malinda in the strife-torn east of DRC on the same day that another assault was launched against an NGO in nearby Uvira, the latest in a growing number of attacks in recent weeks targeting humanitarian workers and impeding the delivery of vital aid.“We deplore with all our energy this aggression and all the other acts which hamper humanitarian work in DRC,” the UN acting coordinator in the country, Pierrette Vu Thi, said in a statement, stressing that it is primarily the Government’s responsibility to protect both Congolese citizens and members of national and international organizations.“We call on the Government to immediately open an inquiry to find the perpetrators of this odious act so as to bring them to justice,” she added.The attacks, ranging from extortion to hostage taking to using humanitarian vehicles to carry military equipment, are linked to the persistent fighting in eastern DRC and have aroused a growing sense of vulnerability in humanitarian organizations. Since August there have been 25 such incidents in North Kivu province and 15 in South Kivu, where Malinda and Uvira are located. Since January the two provinces have suffered nearly 140 such attacks.“This aggression, which plunges the humanitarian family into mourning and causes the utmost alarm, far from diverting us from our vocation, will strengthen even further our resolve to always bring to the least privileged the aid which they need,” Ms. Vu Thi said.Since 1999 and under various names, the UN has maintained a peacekeeping mission of up to nearly 20,000 uniformed personnel in the DRC to oversee the vast country’s emergence from years of civil war and factional chaos, culminating most notably in 2006 with the first democratic elections in over four decades. A measure of stability has returned to the country, which is as large as Western Europe, but fighting has continued sporadically in the east, where the bulk of the UN mission, currently known as MONUSCO, is deployed. read more

Bombardier gets German 226million order for 35 trains

BERLIN — Montreal based Bombardier says it has an order to supply Germany’s Abellio Rail with 35 of its Talent 2 trains in a deal valued at US$226 million.Bombardier announced in a release Monday morning that it will supply 20 three-car and 15 five-car trains, with the vehicles due to enter service in December 2015.The company develops and manufactures the Talent 2 trains at its site in Hennigsdorf, Germany.Bombardier says the units will be equipped with its MITRAC 1000 propulsion and control system.It says one of the advantages of this system is that it allows the train to accelerate quickly to a constant speed. read more

Why 2015 will be a tipping point for smartphone payments

TORONTO — More Canadians will be reaching for their cellphones instead of their wallets to pay for purchases this year, predicts a report by global professional services firm Deloitte.[np_storybar title=”Nine must-have (and free) financial apps for 2015″ link=”https://business.financialpost.com/2015/01/10/nine-must-have-and-free-financial-apps-for-2015/”%5D If one of your resolutions is to get on top of your finances, here are a handful of financial apps that will make you a money whiz for 2015. [/np_storybar]The report, released Tuesday, sees 2015 as a “tipping point” for retailers, banks and telecom companies to adopt the technology, which allows consumers to make relatively small payments within seconds with their smartphones.Duncan Stewart, a director at Deloitte Canada, said there now are more phone models with the technology, called near field communication, and more retail locations that can accept the payments.The familiarity Canadians already have with using credit cards to tap and pay, whether in a coffee shop or at the drugstore, will make it easier for consumers to transition to using the same technology with their smartphone.If I’m doing it with my credit card, why not do it with my phone?“They think: ‘If I’m doing it with my credit card, why not do it with my phone? It’s basically the same,’” said Stewart.Deloitte’s annual report named smartphone mobile payments as its top technology trend of 2015 — beating out other emerging trends such as 3D printers, click-and-collect retail locations and the Internet of Things — a term used to describe devices that communicate with each other.It estimates that, this year, about five per cent of the world’s 600 million equipped smartphones will be used to make an in-store purchase at least once a month, a 1,000 per cent increase over 2014. By the end of the year, it expects one in 20 smartphone owners to have made a mobile payment with their phone.Although usage will be up, it is not yet “mainstream.”“It will be a long while before the majority of us can jettison our physical wallets,” said the report, although it noted the attraction of a higher spending limit for such payments using smartphones, around $100 versus $50 for credit cards.‘I once made my own laundry detergent:’ Tips from Canada’s most frugal bloggersIt only took Apple three days to sign up one million credit cards on Apple PayStewart said adoption will be driven by retailers who see benefits to promoting contactless smartphone payments, such as the ability to process transactions and to integrate loyalty programs and special in-store offers seamlessly.“The real benefit to the retailer is speed,” he said. “They don’t need to handle cash, or customers typing in a PIN. It moves people through the stores faster.”But the report also noted that one of the impediments for retailers may be the cost of installing new point-of-sale machines equipped to handle the new technology.In addition to smartphone payments, Deloitte forecasted that the popularity of physical books will continue its resurgence in 2015 with more consumers demonstrating that they’re still willing to pay for print books after the sales of ebooks plateaued or fell last year in Canada, the U.S. and the U.K.It also noted that those aged 18 to 34 years will spend an average of US$750 a year on traditional and digital content this year. The report said that translates to nearly US$7 billion in sales for the Canadian media industry for pay TV, music, computer games, books, live sports, streaming video and newspapers.Deloitte’s report is based on interviews and research conducted with more than 8,000 clients, industry analysts and global leaders from June to December. read more

Iraq top UN envoy meets with US administrator

The 30-minute meeting in Baghdad was part of the ongoing, almost daily consultations Mr. Vieira de Mello, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative, has been having with all segments in Iraq since his arrival there at the beginning of June.Tomorrow, he is expected to travel to the city of Al-Hilla as part of his continuing efforts to meet with Iraqis outside the capital.On a related note, the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) opened a three day meeting in Beirut today, entitled ” Iraq and the Region after the War.” Participants were considering possible action by intellectuals and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) aimed at confronting the challenges of economic, social, cultural and humanitarian reconstruction and development in Iraq.ESCWA Executive Secretary Mervat Tallawy, told the opening session the commission would be sending a needs assessment team to Iraq. ESCWA, in cooperation with UN sister agencies and concerned organizations, was trying to re-build Iraqi’s economic and social infrastructure in order to enable the country contribute to growth of Arab States, she said.The Lebanon Country Manager of the World Bank, Omar Razzaz, told the session: “The important question for this meeting is how to frame the development agenda for Iraq given its history and rich base in oil, water and human capital.”In other words, how can Iraq ensure that its medium to long term development contribute to a diversified economy, broad distribution of its benefits, and avoiding the typical incentives for a bloated public sector, excessive consumption at the expense of future generations, and a ‘rentier based’ system of governance,” he added. read more

Withdrawal line between Israel and Lebanon remains calm but tense – Annan

Israel and Lebanon have by and large “exercised restraint,” resulting in a relative calm along the line of withdrawal, but tension between the two parties remains high, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan says in a new report that also recommends a six-month extension of the UN force monitoring the situation in southern Lebanon.“Almost six months have passed since the last violent exchange across the Blue Line, the longest period of relative calm since Israel withdrew from Lebanon more than three years ago after 22 years of occupation,” Mr. Annan says in his latest report to the Security Council on the activities of the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) since last January.“Nevertheless, tension between Israel and Lebanon remains high and the relative calm along the Blue Line is an uneasy one,” he notes. The most significant sources of tensions are the persistent Israeli violations of Lebanese airspace and the Hezbollah anti-aircraft fire directed towards Israeli villages.Stressing the need for both parties to refrain from any action that could destabilize the situation on the ground, the Secretary-General warns: “Both the air incursions and the fire violations carry substantial potential for escalation.”Mr. Annan, who recommends a six-month extension of the UNIFIL mandate, until 31 January 2004, said the mission would continue to contribute to the restoration of peace and security. It would also liase with both Lebanon and Israel to maintain calm.However, Lebanon should continue to deploy armed forces in order to extend its control over the south as agreed upon by the Security Council, Mr. Annan adds. read more

Fox News Kelly gets a broadcast special

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Fox News Channel’s Megyn Kelly is graduating to the Fox broadcast network — at least for one night.Fox announced Tuesday that Kelly will host a prime-time special in May, featuring celebrity interviews from politics and entertainment. One of Fox News’ biggest stars has increased her profile in recent months with her no-holds-barred debate moderating performances.The network said it has hired television executive Bill Geddie, formerly Barbara Walters’ right-hand man at “The View,” to produce the special.It’s not hard to imagine Kelly getting more such opportunities if the May 23 special goes well. With Walters’ retirement, no one has inherited her mantle as a go-to person for celebrity television interviews.For one night at least, the special will put Kelly in direct competition with Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly. Fox News’ Kelly gets a broadcast special by The Associated Press Posted Mar 15, 2016 12:52 pm MDT Last Updated Mar 15, 2016 at 3:41 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this Jan. 28, 2016 file photo, moderator Megyn Kelly talks during a Republican presidential primary debate in Des Moines, Iowa. Fox announced Tuesday, March 15, 2016 that Kelly will host a prime-time special in May, featuring celebrity interviews from politics and entertainment. One of Fox News’ biggest stars has increased her profile in recent months with her no-holds-barred debate moderating performances. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File) read more

SecretaryGeneral appalled by deadly attack on UNAfrican Union peacekeepers in Darfur

“The Secretary-General urges the Government of the Sudan to conduct a full investigation and to ensure that the perpetrators are swiftly brought to justice,” Mr. Ban’s spokesperson told a news briefing at UN Headquarters in New York today.The incident, involving a Nigerian military patrol serving with the UN-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), occurred some two kilometres from the Mission’s regional headquarters in El Geneina, West Darfur. UNAMID personnel, who were heavily fired on from several directions, returned fire, according to a news release issued by UNAMID. Four Nigerian peacekeepers were killed and eight were wounded.“The Secretary-General expresses his condolences to the Government of Nigeria and to the families of the fallen peacekeepers and UNAMID,” the spokesperson added. The Security Council, in a press statement issued on Wednesday, condemned the ambush “in the strongest terms,” and reiterated its full support for UNAMID. It also called on the Sudanese Government to swiftly investigate the incident and bring the perpetrators to justice, and on all parties in Darfur to cooperate with the Mission.“The Mission condemns in the strongest terms this criminal attack on our peacekeepers, who are here in the service of Darfur’s people,” UNAMID’s Force Commander and current officer-in-charge, Lieutenant General Patrick Nyamvumba, said in a statement earlier on Wednesday. “I call on the Government of Sudan to bring the perpetrators to justice.”UNAMID is tasked with protecting civilians, promoting an inclusive peace process and helping ensure the safe delivery of humanitarian assistance across Darfur, which has been the scene of fighting between Sudanese Government troops and their allied militias and rebels since 2003.Since the Mission’s initial deployment at the beginning of 2008, over 40 peacekeepers have been killed as a result of hostile actions. read more

Baseball Ohio State baseball prepares for season opener against Kansas State on

OSU sophomore Seth Kinker (37) fires a pitch during a game against Morehead State at Bill Davis Stadium on April 12, 2016. OSU won 1-0. Credit: Lantern File PhotoThe Ohio State baseball team is coming off arguably its most successful season since 2009. The Buckeyes captured the Big Ten tournament title for the first time since 2007 and made an NCAA tournament appearance for the first time since 2009.This Friday, the Buckeyes will begin their season in an effort to build off that success when they travel to Osceola, Florida, to take on the Kansas State Wildcats in the first of the four-game Sunshine State Classic Series.But this is a new team from last season’s group of players and repeating could be a challenge without veteran leaders Ronnie Dawson and Nick Sergakis.Co-captain and redshirt junior starting pitcher Adam Niemeyer thinks that while this team is young, they are determined and ready to compete again for another Big Ten title.“Last year, we had a lot of position guys returning and not many pitchers at all, pitching was kind of a question mark,” Niemeyer said. “And this year it’s kind of the opposite. But last year it all worked out, pitchers stepped up and this year, I know the hitters are going to step up.”Scouting KSUKansas State is coming off a rough season where they finished second-to-last in its conference with a 26-31 record (8-16 Big 12).The strength of the team last year was in the lineup, where it compiled a team batting average of .284 with 335 runs scored, 30 home runs and 62 stolen bases. They were led offensively by now-senior first baseman Jake Scudder who produced team-bests in batting average (.333) and home runs (7).While the team had no trouble scoring runs, it experienced difficulty in preventing the opponent from doing the same. The pitching staff posted an ERA of 5.06 and only three pitchers had an ERA below 4.00 — none of whom were starting pitchers.Though the Wildcats had their ups and downs last season, the Buckeyes are not taking them lightly. Junior relief pitcher Seth Kinker believes this team could prove to be challenging for a young OSU team still looking to find its feet.“Kansas State’s going to be a wakeup call,” Kinker said. “They’re a good program, they’re Big 12. It’s not like we’re going out there and playing a scrappy scrimmage against a Division III school. This is a Division I school and finding that identity is key.”Fresh-faced rotation looking to get some valuable experienceOSU lost most of its starting lineup from 2016, but the team will also need to replace two weekend starters: John Havird, who graduated, and Tanner Tully, who was drafted by the Cleveland Indians.OSU pitching coach Mike Stafford announced the starters will be Niemeyer on Friday, redshirt junior Yianni Pavlopoulos at 2 p.m. on Saturday against the University of Delaware, sophomore Ryan Feltner at 5 p.m. on Saturday against the University of Pittsburgh and redshirt senior Jake Post on Sunday against Kansas State.Of those four, only Niemeyer and Feltner started in a game last season. Pavlopoulos was serving as the team’s closer while Post redshirted the year as he recovered from Tommy John surgery.Between their lack of experience and adolescence of the season, starting pitchers will be monitored by Stafford and won’t be left in the game for too long.“I’m thinking at the high-end 85 (pitches), 90 most. But hopefully in that 70 to 80 range is kind of how, in a perfect world, we’d like to keep them,” Stafford said.First pitch of the season is scheduled for noon on Friday. The Buckeyes will take the role of the away team on neutral field in Florida against Kansas State. Their first game in Columbus will not be until March 17 against Xavier. read more

Lets enjoy Handball – Sweden vs Chile will open WC 2011

← Previous Story Mladen Bojinović ready for WC! Next Story → Uroš Zorman in Vive Targi Kielce! It is time for the best handball! World Championships in Sweden beginning in Thursday with a match between Sweden and Chile (20.15 hrs). All other matches of the Round 1 will play at Friday. All 24 teams from Australia to Argentina will have a chance to  enter TOP 7 places and enter the qualification for the Olympic Games in London 2o12.Journalist of Handball-Planet.com is already in Malmo, so be ready for all kind of news, interviews and the other interesting topics from the most handballest place in the Earth in 2011.[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n15i2W9fT2Q&feature=player_embedded[/youtube] read more

EHF F4 BLOG Antonio Carlos Ortega The people wanted handball

← Previous Story Atletico Madrid – THW Kiel in the Final of the VELUX EHF F4!!! Next Story → AG Kobenhavn wins third place! SEMIFINALS:The atmosfere in Arena was incredible, The people wanted handball…..The first semifinal, it was not an easy match for Kiel. Kiel’s defense played 5:1 keeping the center behind double pivot, and this made it really difficult for Fuchse Berlin and only find some solutions playing with two pivots and without left wing in the last minutes of first half.Fuchse Berlin was defendíng 6:0, Heinevetter hadn’t had his day and with Petr Stochl getting into his place there was a bigreaction until the end.At The begining of second half THW Kiel started with 6:0 defence  but changed in few minutes. But Fuchse Berlín made a strong push and the last 15 minutos were a big battle where finally Kiel won in the final minutes of the match.The second semifinal was a great match too, not a great handball but lots of emotion from both sides. Atlético Madrid played with all his players with the same rhythm and perhaps the match was too difficult in the end for AG Kobenhavn to contain.Sterbic was very good in the second half and proved of vital importance to Atletico’s victory, as well as Lazarov’s 11 goals.The referees were neutral in the matches, and with high level of arbitrage. atletico madridchampions leagueFuchse BerlinKielkobenhavnortega read more

Montpellier win French Cup 2016

Montpellier won French Cup by beating Paris Saint Germain 31:26 at the final match. Vincent Gerard was the key person who brought trophy in the hands of outsiders in the decisive clash against the superstars from Zvonimir Noka Serdarušić squad. French NT goalie had 17 saves, nine more than his colleague Thiery Omeyer on the other side.Montpellier Agglomeration HB – Paris Saint-Germain HB 31:26 (15:13)PSG : Annonay, Omeyer (8 saves), Melic (4/5), Mollgaard (1/3), Accambray, Vori, Abalo (2/4), Luka Karabatic (2/3), Nikola Karabatic (2/2), Hansen (9/17), Narcisse (4/8), Onufriyenko (1/5), Honrubia (1/2), M’Tima (0/1).Montpellier : Gérard (17 saves), Siffert ; Simonet (6/9), Toumi (1/1), Dolenec (5/8), Guigou (4/4), Costa, Borges, Gaber, Kavticnik (5/8), Bonnefond (3/6), Villeminot, Fabregas (3/3), Gajic (4/5). Montpeller HandballMontpellier ← Previous Story Vardar and Macedonia without Filip Lazarov at least four weeks Next Story → Wisla beat Kielce in Polish “Holy War” read more