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Strategies for Building Parent-Child Relationships During Deployment


first_imgUSS John C. Stennis homecoming by DVIDSHUB CC by 2.0On Nov. 3, the Family Development Early Intervention team held a webinar in which we discussed how professionals could work with families to promote parent-child interactions. A recording of that webinar can be found here. During the webinar, questions arose regarding how a professional might help strengthen the parent-child relationship when that parent is deployed. Here are a few strategies to consider:Build A Stuffed Animal That Talks!When my husband was preparing to deploy when our daughter was four, he recorded a message for her on a device that we tucked inside a teddy bear she made. This was something she treasured throughout that deployment and even still today, seven years later! There are commercial stores where one can buy the recorders and even make the teddy bears. However, the supplies also can be purchased through online retailers.Use Instant Technology!During my husband’s most recent absence we used technology that allowed me to quickly send him pictures and videos of our children. He was able to access these items in almost real time. The kids loved hearing me read back their dad’s responses to whatever funny thing they had just done.Child Directed Videos!If children are old enough, give them access to your phone or digital recording device and allow them to create a video diary for their deployed parent. Some older children can be savvy enough to produce really impressive videos!Read Together!Make use of the program United Through Reading (UTR), through which service members can create a video of themselves reading a book for their child. Find out how UTR works and how to participate today!Make Use of the Moon and Stars!For young children it can be hard to understand how far away their parent is during a deployment. Some children may feel like they are worlds or planets away! With my children, they always felt very connected to their dad when they would focus on the moon or the stars at night. When one of them was having a particularly sad night and really missing him, we would look out the window or even go outside and stare at the sky. We would talk about how bright a star looked or the shape of the moon and I would remind them that their dad was looking at the same stars and moon. It helped to shrink that distance for them and they felt more connected to him even though they couldn’t see or touch him.Celebrate!When possible celebrate holiday or birthday moments together with the deployed parent ‘present’ via online videos. Sometimes this can be done live, but at other times deployed parents can record themselves singing happy birthday to their children. ‘Snail mail’ also will do the trick in helping children connect with their deployed parents. My children really enjoyed receiving gifts and cards from their dad when he was gone. Some years he asked me to buy the kids something very specific and give it to them for Christmas — just from him. I would make a very big deal out of that gift being specifically from their dad. The kids never knew (nor asked) if I had bought it or if he had sent it but they treasured whatever it was because it was from him.This is not an exhaustive list, but rather a few simple ways you can encourage your families to remain connected despite geographical separations. What other ideas do you have? What have you recommended or seen? What has worked? What hasn’t worked? We’d love to hear from you in the comments box below!This post was edited by Robyn DiPietro-Wells & Michaelene Ostrosky, PhD, members of the MFLN FD Early Intervention team, which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, and YouTube.last_img read more


Trinamool leader killed in Bhangar


first_imgFresh violence erupted in Bhangar in South 24 Paraganas district of West Bengal after a local Trinamool Congress leader was allegedly shot dead in the Natunhat market area on Sunday. Locals said the deceased, Ashikur Rehman was a panchayat samiti member and a close aide of former Trinamool MLA Arabul Islam. Contradictory versions were given by locals on the incident. “Trinamool goons have been gathering in the area for the last few days to foil our mega rally [against the proposed power grid in the area]. Mr. Rehman died after being hit by a stray bullet accidentally fired by a Trinamool worker,” a member of the Committee for Protection of Land, Livelihood, Ecology and Environment told The Hindu. However, a section of the residents said the incident was an “outcome of the faction feud in Trinamool.” “Armed Trinamool cadres of several factions had gathered at Natunhat and violence broke out among them,” said a resident. Bhangar has been tense for the last couple of months over the setting up of a power grid.last_img read more


Dale Steyn asks fans to respect AB de Villiers’s decision to retire


first_imgSouth African fast bowler Dale Steyn has asked the fans to respect AB de Villiers’ decision to retire from international cricket.De Villiers retired from international cricket in May this year citing unbearable pressure as the reason behind the decision.”I believe AB doesn’t deserve to get a bad rap. Even though we both made our Test debuts in 2004, him and I are in two completely different boats. He is married with children and I only have dogs. Family time is a big pull for him right now. We spend on average 220 days of the year out of the country. Its a long time to be away from your family especially when your children are growing up,” Steyn told Sport24.”The pleasing aspect is the Proteas have managed to win without him. Its nice that the circle (of talent) is getting bigger and there is hope for the future. Calling time on his international career has also given AB time to recover from a physical point of view. His back had been giving him trouble for so many years. Through sheer pride of representing South Africa he pushed on,” Steyn said.The pacer also added that he wishes to win a World Cup trophy for his side.”I would love to win a trophy for South Africa in white ball cricket. A number of cricketers who have played before me – Jacques Kallis, Mark Boucher and Graeme Smith are legends of the game, but weren’t fortunate enough to win an ICC event during their playing careers. I might join those names, but hopefully I will still be around in 2019 to play in the next World Cup and have a crack at winning the trophy in the UK,” Steyn saidadvertisement”However, I have got to earn my way back into the Proteas ODI team,” he added.Praising the current generation of South African bowlers, Steyn said that they are performing quite well and he would be happy to sit out of the team and watch them shine. He, however, asserted that he is still capable of making a useful contribution to the national side.”Our fast bowlers are doing quite well of late and, if they are in-form and performing, I don’t mind sitting aside and watching them shine. However, I still believe I can deliver the goods and hopefully I can represent my country for a couple more years,” Steyn said.”Hopefully I can get some white-ball games this year and put my hand up for the spot in that World Cup team next year,” he added.The pacer, who made his ODI debut in 2005, played his last one-day match against Australia in 2016.Steyn has played a total of 116 ODIs and has taken 180 wickets with an economy rate of 4.94 while in Tests, he has snared 421 wickets with an economy rate of 3.23 in 88 matches.(With ANI inputs)last_img read more


NSWTA Award Finalists Announced


first_imgThe NSWTA have released the Finalists for the NSWTA Awards. The winners will be announced and presented at the Blues Dinner held in conjuction with the NSWTA State Conference on Saturday July 26. The nominees are:- Affiliate of the Year Six regional winners and one State winner.Suns Wagga TA Kiama Juniors TA (Stingrays) Albion Park TARebelsEast’s TAUNSW TABankstown Juniors TA MetsPenrith TALower Blue Mountains TABlacktown TA ScorpionsManly TARyde Eastwood TANorth’s TA HornetsPeninsula TAParkes TAWallsend TA EaglesGlen Innes TATamworth TAInverell Juniors TA Administrator of the YearJohn Ryan East’s TAJulie Andrews Wallsend TAElijah Van Der Kwast UNSW TALinda Bruce Glen Innes TA Region of the YearSunsHornetsMets Rod Wise Medal- Volunteer of the YearKellie Johnston Wallsend TAChris Dollahenty Wagga TAGary Brickell Wollongong TA Coach of the YearAndrew Hawkins Wallsend TAPeter Forrester Canterbury TAMick McDonald Wests TAAnnette Mounsey Wollongong TA Selector of the YearCraig May Taren Point TABob Monkley Yass TAMel McMah Easts TATim Kitchingham Penrith TA Male Player of the YearJoel Willoughby Canterbury TAGary Sonda Canterbury TAJason Stanton Wests TASteve Roberts Canterbury TA Female Player of the YearKristy Judd Easts TAClare Winchester Canterbury TANola Campbell Wests TALouise Winchester Canterbury TA Junior Male Player of the YearBen Moylan Penrith TAMichael Singh Wests TANick Good Penrith TA Junior Female Player of the YearNicky Albury Wests TAAmy Regal Wollongong TAStephanie Halpin Tamworth TA Also presented on the evening will be the prestigious BLUES AWARDS for individual volunteer recognition from their peers. Tickets for the gala evening, the Blues Dinner, celebrating 40 years of Touch will be available from the office of the NSW Touch Association. Further information and updates will be posted on the NSWTA website.last_img read more


Top 5 Coffee Table Books for the Holidays


first_img 17 Essential Non-Fiction Books to Add to Your Shelves The Best Travel and Adventure Documentaries on Netflix Right Now When in doubt this holiday shopping season, gift an awesome coffee table book. As long as you choose something beautiful, that will retain its relevance for years to come, you can’t go wrong. Fortunately, there is a luscious crop of new releases to choose from right now, from contemporary menswear to the first ever Instagram book. Use our discerning top five selection and make it rain (books). 1. Contemporary Menswear: A Global Guide to Independent Men’s Fashion by Steve Vogel, Nicholas Schonberger and Calum GordonIf anyone can vouch for how exciting menswear is right now, it’s us. And the editors of this poignant overview have captured and collated the major visionaries behind contemporary menswear circa N-O-W. Referencing over 50 international designers, brands, stores, websites and blogs, from Danish label Won Hundred to Jeff Carvalho, the founder and editor of men’s fashion blog Selectism, this volume is packed with insightful profiles and inspiring trend essays. A great gift for sartorial gents. 2. The Instagram Book edited by Steve Crist and Megan ShoemakerInstagram lovers will adore this ode to some of the greatest grams captured since the social network launched in 2010. Featuring imagery from both professional photographers and amateur grammers, the book showcases an artful selection of selfies, snapshots of urban life and breathtaking natural landscapes, which capture the truly revolutionary nature of the image-sharing platform. 3. Robert De Niro: Anatomy of an Actor by Glen KennyWe’re pretty sure Robert De Niro is way up top on most guys favourite actor list. This awesome book by Glen Kenny explores De Niro’s artistic evolution and all round amazingness through his ten most major roles. From Taxi Driver (1976) to Raging Bull (1980) each chapter features film stills, rare set photographs and comprehensive analysis. A sure-fire stocking filler for any cinephile. 4. Palm Beach People by Harry BensonThis sun-drenched homage to Palm Beach provides a fascinating insight into the resort’s glamorous residents and glorious haunts. From captains of industry and politicians to movie stars and artists, photojournalist Harry Benson captures each subject and location with a sense of vivid realism. Benson was the most published photographer in Life magazine and editor, Hilary Geary Ross is the society editor of Quest and Q magazines. This is a great option for glamour-loving girlfriends. 5. Extreme Adventure: A Photographic Exploration of Wild ExperiencesAdventurers will adore this awe-inspiring pictorial of extreme experiences captured across some of the most wondrous corners of the globe. From land yachting over the Mojave Desert to tornado chasing across the Great Plains, award-winning travel photographer Peter Guttman establishes just how epic our planet is and in so doing, instills a sense of raw adventure within even the most faint-hearted readers. The Ultimate Las Vegas Bachelor Party Guide for Grown-Ups Editors’ Recommendations Sip On the Original Stormtrooper Beer While You Wait for the Next Star Wars Movie 6 Classic Tequila Cocktail Recipes You Need to Knowlast_img read more


NAT Ends 1Q in Red


first_imgzoom Still impacted by weak tanker market conditions, Bermuda-based tanker owner Nordic American Tankers (NAT) suffered a net loss of USD 3.4 million in the first quarter of this year, down from a profit of USD 29.3 million posted in the same period of 2016.The company’s net operating earnings for the quarter were USD 5.1 million, considerably lower from USD 33.6 million recorded in the first quarter last year.Although the company saw a loss, NAT said it “is in a solid financial position with a strong cashflow.”The average daily time charter equivalents (TCE) earned for the first quarter were USD 22,700 per day per vessel as against the previous quarter of USD 21,600 per day per vessel. Net voyage revenue stood at USD 55.2 million in 1Q, compared to USD 76.7 million seen in the period ended March 31, 2016.In late February, NAT took delivery Nordic Space, a newbuilding Suezmax.NAT is expected to take delivery of three Suezmax newbuildings ordered at Samsung Heavy Industries shipyard in South Korea, in the second half of 2018. As NAT already paid 30% of the total purchase, it will finance the remaining 70%, which is due upon delivery of the ships, from cash on hand and increased debt.Currently, NAT has 30 Suezmaxes in operation.last_img read more


Demi Lovato Honored At Open Mind Gala


first_imgThe Jane and Terry Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA held its biannual Open Mind Gala on March 22nd at the Beverly Hilton in support of mental health research, education, and clinical care programs at UCLA.Demi Lovato Honored At Open Mind GalaCredit/Copyright: Getty Images for UCLA Semel Institute’s Open Mind GalaThe Open Mind Gala, which was sponsored by both The Friends of the Semel Institute and the UCLA Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital Board of Directors, raised over $900,000 for the cause.Friends Courteney Cox and Lisa KudrowCredit/Copyright: Getty Images for UCLA Semel Institute’s Open Mind GalaThe Open Mind Gala honored three leaders in business, education, and entertainment, for their work in advancing the fields of neuroscience and mental health. Demi Lovato received the Artistic Award of Courage from CAST Centers CEO Mike Bayer for her inspirational leadership, passion, and advocacy in using her platform to heroically speak out about mental health in order to reduce stigma, raise awareness, and help others. Julia S. Gouw accepted the Humanitarian Award, in memory of Dr. Lori Altshuler, from Dr. Peter Whybrow for her deep commitment to improving the lives of those with mental illness through humanitarian efforts and philanthropy. Dr. Kelsey Martin was honored with the Visionary Award, presented to her by Chancellor Gene Block, for her outstanding visionary work in the fields of mental health and neuroscience. Actress Lisa Kudrow hosted the event, while singer-songwriter Chord Overstreet took the stage with his guitar in hand to perform “Homeland” and his new single “Hold On.”Attendees included Vicky Goodman (Founder and President of The Friends of the Semel Institute for Neuroscience & Human Behavior at UCLA), Dr. Nancy Glaser (Founding Chair of The Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital Board of Advisors), event co-chairs Margot Calabrese, Alexandra Dwek, Beth Karmin, and Dana Pachulski, UCLA’s Dr. Michael Gitlin, Dr. Andrew Leuchter, and Dr. Thomas Strouse, along with Dan Bucatinsky, Courteney Cox, Diane Keaton, Andrea and Peter Roth, Jane Semel, Luke Walton, UCLA Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Scott Waugh, and more.last_img read more


LebaneseIsraeli peace threatened by repeated attacks – Ban Kimoon


In his latest report on the implementation of resolution 1701, Mr. Ban says the ongoing instability within Lebanon is limiting progress and posing “a direct challenge… to the stability of the country as a whole.”He cites the fighting between Fatah al-Islam militants and Lebanese security forces at a Palestinian refugee camp, the worst internal fighting since the civil war ended in 1990; the series of explosions around Beirut, including that which killed a Lebanese parliamentarian and nine others; a bomb attack last month on a UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) convoy that killed six peacekeepers; and the firing of Katyusha rockets from southern Lebanon into Israel.The Secretary-General stresses that the deadly attack against the UNIFIL convoy or other incidents will not deter the UN from playing its part to implement resolution 1701.But he emphasizes that greater progress is needed on several key issues – including the enforcement of the arms embargo in Lebanon – if the cessation of hostilities is to become a permanent ceasefire.“I am disturbed by the persistent reports pointing to breaches of the arms embargo along the Lebanese-Syrian border,” he writes, noting that the report of the Lebanon Independent Border Assessment Team, which he commissioned, concludes that the border is not sufficiently secure and that Lebanese capabilities are lacking.Existing border crossing points are not well controlled by Lebanese authorities, and the procedures for these crossings are not uniform, resulting in an unregulated flow of passengers, vehicles and cargo, according to the border assessment report.That report, also released today, recommends a series of measures to “significantly improve” Lebanon’s border security regime, and Mr. Ban urges the country’s Government to implement the report in full.The recommendations include: the establishment of a dedicated border guard agency; the creation of a multi-agency mobile force focused on arms smuggling, with the power to make arms seizures; and the redesign and restructure of border crossing points to ensure there is greater control of the border.In the progress report on resolution 1701, Mr. Ban says he remains hopeful that a long-term solution can be found as the region nears the first-year anniversary of the 34-day conflict, which led to the deaths of an estimated 1,200 Lebanese and 160 Israelis, the destruction of much of Lebanon’s infrastructure and severe damage to both nations’ economies.He stresses that, aside from the enforcement of the Lebanese arms embargo, progress is needed on several fronts, including on the release of the abducted Israeli soldiers and the Lebanese prisoners, the halting of Israeli air violations and the issue of sovereignty over Shab’a Farms.He also urges the international community to provide support to the Lebanese armed forces to make sure that they can extend and exercise full authority over all of the country’s territory. 10 July 2007Lebanon is mired in a debilitating political crisis, facing continuing attacks aimed at undermining its sovereignty and territorial integrity, which makes it harder to fully implement the Security Council resolution ending last year’s war between Israel and Hizbollah, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says. read more


Mandate of UN peacebuilding office in GuineaBissau extended by a year


In an exchange of letters over the last week, the Security Council accepted the recommendation of Secretary-General Kofi Annan that UNOGBIS’ mandate be extended until 31 December next year.Earlier this week, in his latest progress report on the work of the UN mission, Mr. Annan warned that Guinea-Bissau’s reconstruction remains so fragile that the country’s leading political figures must demonstrate to potential international donors and other economic partners that they can put national interests ahead of their own and resolve their disputes peacefully.“Without political stability, development cannot advance and cooperation with international partners, including investors, cannot be guaranteed,” he wrote.After receiving a briefing today from the Secretary-General’s recently appointed representative in Guinea-Bissau, Shola Omoregie, the Security Council issued a press statement voicing members’ concern over “the precarious political, security and economic conditions.”The statement also endorsed Mr. Annan’s appeal for the country’s political leaders to show restraint and focus on development, good governance and reconciliation.Mr. Annan cited an International Monetary Fund (IMF) mission to discuss emergency assistance, planned for next month, as an example of the kinds of outside support that Guinea-Bissau needs. Donors at a round table held last month in Geneva pledged to give $262 million to Guinea-Bissau, well short of the goal of $538 million.Government revenue is also below target because of lower than expected fees from fishing licences, hurt by a delay in negotiating a new agreement with the European Union (EU), and taxes on the export of cashew nuts, which have been hit by the combination of a rise in the producer price and a drop in world prices.Under the streamlined mandate, UNOGBIS will concentrate on promoting mediation and using good offices functions to try to reduce the current divisions in the country.The mission will also, among other tasks, assist with security sector reforms, promote respect for the rule of law and human rights, facilitate efforts to curb the proliferation of small arms and light weapons and spur greater cooperation with the African Union (AU), the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the Community of Portuguese-speaking Countries, the European Union (EU) and other international partners.UNOGBIS was created in 1999 to help Guinea-Bissau emerge from the devastation of a civil war in which thousands were killed, wounded or forced from their homes. read more


Pakistani offensive against Taliban militants uproots over 400000 people – UN agency


According to the latest Pakistani Government registration figures, 435,429 people, including some 183,000 children, have fled from combat zones in North Waziristan agency since mid-June.The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said that most of the families have sought refuge in different parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, with reports of families also now arriving in Punjab and Balochistan. Almost all the internally displaced people are being hosted by local communities.“The Government of Pakistan and our UN and humanitarian community partners expect up to half a million people could be displaced by the current military operations,” UNHCR spokesman Dan McNorton told journalists in Geneva. This would bring the total number of displaced people from the tribal regions of the country to 1.5 million – including 930,000 uprooted in various waves since 2009.UN officials met this week with Pakistani authorities and offered support for humanitarian operations in the area of protection and registration, as well as the provision of emergency relief items. The Government had made a formal request to the UN for assistance.Mr. McNorton said a key challenge for aid agencies is access to the areas where the displaced are arriving. “The UN and partners have called for full and unimpeded access to the affected populations to allow the delivery of humanitarian aid,” he stated.Last week, UNHCR reported it was helping authorities in neighbouring Afghanistan to register and assist thousands of people who fled the fighting in Pakistan’s tribal regions. read more


We are being tested again Ban warns as UN marks 70 years


“More than a million inmates, primarily Jews, were brutally and systematically killed in the place where the Nazis introduced the monstrous concept of ‘industrialized murder.’ Among the other victims were non-Jewish Poles, political prisoners, Soviet prisoners of war, Sinti and Roma, homosexuals, disabled persons and Jehovah’s witnesses,” Mr. Ban said in his remarks on the day. “Unprecedented in human history, this mass killing was motivated by the perverse, race-based ideology of the Nazis, who sought to track down and kill every last Jew and any others they considered to be inferior,” added the Secretary-General. The International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust is marked every year on 27 January, the date on which Auschwitz-Birkenau was liberated in 1945. This year’s observance, on the theme ‘Liberty, Life and the Legacy of the Holocaust Survivors’, coincides with two milestone events: the 70th anniversary of the Second World War’s end and the founding of the UN. “Humankind united to overcome the Nazi menace. Today, we are being tested again. Minorities everywhere often face bigotry. Sectarian tensions and other forms of intolerance are on the rise,” Mr. Ban emphasized as he pledged the commitment of the UN to protecting the vulnerable, promoting fundamental human rights and upholding the freedom, dignity and worth of every person. The overall mission of the United Nations was shaped by the tragedy of the Second World War and the Holocaust, the Secretary-General explained. Both the UN Charter and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights enshrine the principles of human rights for all peoples around the world. “The violence and bias we see every day are stark reminders of the distance still to travel in upholding human rights, preventing genocide and defending our common humanity. We must redouble our efforts to eradicate the deep roots of hatred and intolerance. People everywhere must unite to stop the cycles of discord and build a world of inclusion and mutual respect,” Mr. Ban declared. For the past decade, the Holocaust and the UN Outreach Programme has mobilized students and educators around the world to help us achieve these goals, the UN chief said. “We are grateful to our many partners including Holocaust survivors who have contributed to this work, which spanned 42 countries in the past year alone.” This year’s events include the annual ceremony, exhibits, a film screening, discussions and a special exhibit that recognizes the work of the Holocaust and the UN Outreach Programme since its creation 10 years ago by the UN General Assembly. With UN Headquarters closed today due to inclement weather, the annual General Assembly commemoration of the International Day has been rescheduled for Wednesday, 28 January. The event will feature remarks from, among others, the Secretary-General, Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin, a Holocaust survivor, and a Soviet Army veteran. Mr. Avner Shalev, Chairman of the Yad Vashem Directorate, will deliver the keynote address. Grammy-award winning violinist Miri Ben-Ari and Cantor Shimmy Miller, Congregation Ahavath Torah, will recite the memorial prayers accompanied by keyboardist Daniel Gildar. read more


Gray beats Scarlet 31 in womens volleyball scrimmage


Daniel Chi / For The LanternThen-junior Kaitlyn Leary hits the ball during a game against Northwestern on Nov. 7, at St. John Arena. OSU won, 3-1.The No. 23 Ohio State women’s volleyball team held its annual Scarlet and Gray scrimmage at St. John Arena Saturday, marking the first action for the 2013 freshman class. The Gray team won the scrimmage, 3-1, in four sets.Coach Geoff Carlston said “the game of volleyball doesn’t care how old you are,” and that he expects the freshmen to be ready to contribute.“They’ll all be on the court at some point or another,” Carlston said. “It’s just a matter of how quickly they get into the mix and learn.”Kaitlyn Leary, a senior outside hitter, said she is excited about the group of new players.“I think it’s a really strong group as a whole,” she said. “All of them have stepped up.”Leary called freshman middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe’s play in the scrimmage “outstanding,” but Sandbothe has not been the only newcomer to impress.Both outside hitter Kylie Randall and defensive specialist Valeria León played well in their first organized contest as Buckeyes, according to Leary. She said Randall “stepped up” and León has been developing the serving part of her game well.Sandbothe said the newcomers tended to be nervous, but the scrimmage was still “a lot of fun.”“(I) kind of like getting to walk through what game days are usually like,” Sandbothe said. “It’s definitely a lot different than high school or club.”Beyond the freshmen, Carlston praised the aggressive play of junior outside hitter Erin Sekinger.“I thought she got after it pretty good,” Carlston said. “I’m really happy to see that because it’s something we’ve been pushing everyone to do.”He added that Sekinger has made the biggest strides out of any player on the team since last season.Sekinger recorded 13 kills in three sets for the Scarlet team and added three in one set for the Gray. Leary mirrored those numbers, as the two tied for the match lead with 16 total kills.Sandbothe played on both squads as Carlston switched the teams after each set. Junior setter Taylor Sherwin led all players with 40 assists.The Buckeyes are set to open their season Aug. 30 at the NIU Invitational in DeKalb, Ill. They are scheduled to play three games in two days against Liberty, Green Bay and Northern Illinois before returning to Columbus for an exhibition against the Poland National Team Sept. 4. read more


Kirk Herbstreit talks Ohio State football College GameDay


Fans play corn hole on The Oval during ESPN’s College Gameday on Nov. 21. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo Editor On Saturday, the statue of William Oxley Thompson will have some company, as ESPN’s College GameDay will be broadcasting live on the Oval in anticipation of the game between No. 3 Ohio State and No. 9 Michigan State. Despite all of OSU’s success on the gridiron, it has been years since College GameDay has come to Columbus for a game. “I can’t believe that we have not been here since 2010,” College GameDay analyst and OSU alumnus Kirk Herbstreit said. “We used to come here, kind of like what we are doing right now with Alabama where we would come once or twice a year.”Every week, College GameDay picks a highly touted game where it will broadcast its show live on Saturday morning. The show typically is on the particular campus from Thursday to Saturday.Regardless of whether or not ESPN is broadcasting the game, the show will go wherever the week’s most anticipated matchup is. “We do tend to travel no matter where the game is … we just travel to what we think is the best game,” Herbstreit said. “It’s been a lot of fun to see the fanbases when we show up. It’s like that that campus will become the face of the sport for 48 hours.”With such a popular show finally making a pitstop in at OSU, many students are excited for the chance to witness it in person.Jarrett Forkey, a fourth-year in chemical engineering, students are planning on arriving the Oval, where the set is placed, early in the morning to get hyped for the game, which is scheduled to kickoff at 3:30 p.m.“It will be a lot more rambunctious than people think,” Forkey said. “It’s been awhile since GameDay’s been here. It’s been awhile since Michigan State’s been here. There are a lot of seniors playing their last game.“There is a lot of excitement here at Ohio State.”Herbstreit agrees that the students will be ready for the game come kickoff.“I expect to see that typical Ohio Stadium nutty atmosphere,” Herbstreit said. “You have one or two games a year where Ohio State feels (the Buckeyes could be upset), and then it’s a proactive atmosphere. It’s where you are creating the sacks or you are creating the interceptions. My guess is that’s the kind of crowd it will be and it will help Ohio State’s defense and their cause.”The hype for College GameDay and for the game that afternoon, according to Herbstreit, really shows the growth of college football as a sport.“Fans get crazier and crazier. That just speaks volumes about college football,” Herbstreit said. “The sport has never been more popular and there’s never been more buzz. The passion is universal and we embrace it. That’s what makes this sport so special.” read more


College coaches crossing the line


Ohio State football players don’t know just how nice they have it.Not only do they enjoy incredible practice and workout facilities, a tradition-rich program and prominent national exposure on a weekly basis, but they don’t even get locked in a shed, verbally humiliated or punched in the face when they screw up.That’s a perk worth more than all the training tables, stipends and bowl gifts put together.In a college football environment that has seen Mark Mangino of Kansas fired for physically and verbally abusing his players (allegedly), Texas Tech’s Mike Leach canned for locking receiver Adam James in a darkened tool shed (allegedly) and the dismissal of South Florida’s Jim Leavitt for grabbing a player by the throat and striking him (allegedly) for a miscue on special teams, these Buckeyes should be counting their lucky stars to have a coach like Jim Tressel.Just ask Ray Small.If anyone on this past season’s OSU team could have benefited from a good lock-down or face smacking, it was him. If Tressel’s policy on missed classes, bobbled punts and smoking weed (allegedly) included such humiliations, Small would have looked like Rocky Balboa after 12 rounds with Clubber Lang.My prediction for Small’s career had he played for coaches Mangino or Leavitt?Pain.Probably a better case for comparison would be freshman Duron Carter’s treatment. His case is a little more salient because, like Adam James, he is the son of a former pro football player who now has the national platform provided by being a television football analyst.In light of his academic failures (allegedly), Carter was merely suspended by Tressel before the Rose Bowl rather than locked away in a janitor’s closet at the RPAC.Tressel has had his fair share of malcontents and miscreants to deal with. Early in his career at OSU, Tressel was forced to decide the fate of senior quarterback Steve Bellisari for driving under the influence. The following season, Louis Irizarry and Ira Guilford were arrested for attempted robbery.Each time, Tressel had a hard decision to make. In Bellisari’s case, it meant benching his starting quarterback for the game against arch-rival Michigan. For Irizarry and Guilford, he had to make the difficult choice to sever their ties with the program. For a man of coach Tressel’s integrity and compassion, that was certainly a difficult decision to make.To be fair, OSU is not unfamiliar to the tactics of a harsh disciplinarian. Some of our campus roads and buildings are named after one of the most aggressive coaches ever to stalk the sidelines of a college football game: Woody Hayes.Just ask Charlie Bauman. He was the Clemson nose guard who had the audacity to intercept a pass in the Gator Bowl and was then on the receiving end of a throat punch delivered by Hayes on the sideline.At that point, OSU officials’ hands were tied and they had no other choice then to let the venerable Hayes go. Just as the athletic directors at Kansas, Texas Tech and South Florida had no choice.Gone are the days of mothers and fathers sending their sons off to task-masters such as Hayes or former Indiana basketball coach Bob Knight to be forged into men in a crucible of fire.In their place are parents like Ken Small and Craig James who are laboring under the illusion that just because their sons lit up the scoreboards for their respective high schools they are somehow entitled to being handled with kid gloves on the collegiate level.Given this level of coddling, once these student-athletes are outside of their insulated, athletic bubbles, they can hardly be blamed for thinking that the world revolves around them.Tressel can’t save every soul that comes under his tutelage. Some are beyond redemption before they ever set foot on campus (See: Maurice Clarett). But his track record is better than most, and for that, Buckeye fans should be proud.So three of the more brutish coaches in the ranks of college football are looking for work and the athletes left behind know that they are the ones holding the trump cards if their new coaches tick them off.Allegedly. read more


Wheres the beef Lebanon actually


first_imgTHE LEBANESE GOVERNMENT has sanctioned the resumption of Irish beef into the country.Lebanese authorities had banned the importation of live cattle and beef from Ireland following the BSE crisis in 2001.Prior to that, exports of Irish beef to Lebanon were worth approximately €5m a year.The ban on the importing of live cattle was lifted in May 2001, following high-level contacts between the Department of Agriculture and Lebanese authorities. However, the agreement did not extend to beef.That ban, along with a restriction on sheepmeat and cooked meats, has now been lifted, something that pleased agriculture minister Simon Coveney.“This market will provide another valuable outlet for Irish product and will further enhance Ireland`s reputation as a source of high quality sustainably produced food. It follows the recent re-opening of other markets notably Japan during my recent visit with the Taoiseach there. “These market openings are key to growing Irish exports as seen in last week’s Bord Bia figures for 2013 as well as helping achieve the targets set out in the Food Harvest 2020 Strategy.”Read: IMPACT: Food exports could be hit by industrial action at Department of AgricultureRead: Fed up with the full Irish? Check out these amazing uses for black puddinglast_img

Moving on up Construction startups rise by almost 40 per cent


first_imgNEW FIGURES SHOW an increase in the number of construction and real estate start-ups setting up shop here .There’s been a 39 per cent increase in the number of construction companies being formed and a 32 per cent rise in the number of real estate start-ups.Overall, company start-ups are up 14 per cent on the same period last year, according to business and credit analysts Vision-net.ie.So far this year, 8,684 companies have been formed, compared to 7,642 in the first half of 2013.There was also a 10.5 per cent decline in the number of company insolvencies in the same period, according to Vision-net.Managing Director of Vision-net, Christine Cullen, said that the increase in company start-ups combined with the decrease in insolvencies indicated “the hallmarks of an economic recovery”.“While we no doubt have a long way yet to travel, the first half of 2014 is showing that we are making progress toward an overall economic recovery, particularly with start-ups on the rise and insolvencies in decline.”Read: Asking prices up nationally for first time since peak of property boomlast_img read more


Choice Music Awards This band made the best album in Ireland last


first_imgChoice Music Awards: This band made the best album in Ireland last year According to the RTÉ Choice Music Prize 2018, that is. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Hayley Halpin https://jrnl.ie/4529695 16,726 Views Friday 8 Mar 2019, 7:14 AM Short URLcenter_img O Emperor at last night’s award show Source: Graham KeoghIT’S OFFICIAL – THE best Irish album released last year was Jason by O Emperor, according to RTÉ’s Choice Music Prize 2018. The 10 albums that had been battling it out to be named Irish record of the year were:  Mar 8th 2019, 7:14 AM The Academic – Tales From The BackseatDelorentos – True Surrender Just Mustard – Wednesday Kojaque – Deli DaydreamsO Emperor – JasonLisa O’Neill – Heard A Long Gone SongSaint Sister – Shape Of SilenceRejjie Snow – Dear Annie Villagers – The Art Of Pretending To Swim Wyvern Lingo – Wyvern Lingo O Emperor were announced as the winners at last night’s live event at Vicar Street in Dublin, which was hosted by RTÉ 2FM’s Eoghan McDermott. The band received a cheque for €10,000, a prize which has been provided by the Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO) and the Irish Recorded Music Association (IMRA). “Once again, 2018 was a terrific year for the quality of Irish albums released, and the judging process reflected this,” Chairperson of the judging panel Tony Clayton-Lea said. “Of all the years that I have been chairman of the judging panel, this year was the closet in terms of winner and runner-up, with Kojaque’s album Deli Daydreams pipped at the post by O Emperor,” he said. The award for the RTÉ Choice Music Prize Irish Song of the Year was last night scooped up by Picture This for their song One Drink. Decided by the public via the RTÉ and Choice Music Prize websites, fans were given the chance to get behind their favourite song.RTÉ Two will broadcast a one-hour TV highlights programme of the RTÉ Choice Music Prize featuring performances from the acts on Sunday 17 March at 11.15pm. Share20 Tweet Email1 18 Comments last_img read more


Journalist who survived Chapecoense plane crash dies after playing football match


first_img JOURNALIST RAFAEL HENZEL, one of just six survivors of the 77 people on board the plane that crashed carrying the Brazilian football team Chapecoense in 2016, has died of a heart attack that struck while he was playing soccer with friends, his employers Radio Oeste Capital announced on Thursday.Henzel, 45, had been on the plane to Medellin in November 2016 as a radio journalist when the aircraft ran out of fuel, with 19 members of the Chapecoense team losing their lives.“He was playing football with friends when he had a heart attack. He was rushed to hospital in Chapeco, where unfortunately he was declared dead,” Radio Oeste Capital reported.The Brazilian club said on its website: “Throughout his brilliant career, Rafael told the story of Chapecoense,”“We wholeheartedly hope that the family will have the strength to face yet another difficult time and this irreparable loss. The feelings and prayers of all the Chapecoenses, fans and listeners, are with you.”Henzel published a book in June 2017 titled “Live each day as if it were your last”.“I have two dates of birth,” he said in his book. “I am Brazilian and Colombian and it won’t be enough merely to live, I have to justify it,” he explained.Three footballers and two of the plane crew also survived the crash. © – AFP, 2019Subscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here: https://the42.ie/4565086 Thursday 28 Mar 2019, 2:40 PM Share Tweet Email By AFP Rafael Henzel pictured in January 2017. Image: Imago/PA Images Image: Imago/PA Images Journalist who survived Chapecoense plane crash dies after playing football match Rafael Henzel, 45, was one of six survivors from the 2016 tragedy. 4 Comments Rafael Henzel pictured in January 2017. Mar 28th 2019, 12:56 PM Short URL Subscribe 41,614 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more


New WWE Smackdown Tag Team Champions crowned at the Royal Rumble PPV


first_img Paul Nemer RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest New Smackdown Tag Team Champions CrownedShane McMahon and The Miz defeated The Bar (Sheamus and Cesaro) to become the new Smackdown Tag Team Champions on Sunday night at the Royal Rumble.Recap courtesy of Mike Tedesco’s live Royal Rumble recap:Cesaro holds McMahon up for a Brogue Kick, but McMahon moves. Sheamus inadvertently hits Cesaro with the Brogue Kick. Miz then hits Sheamus with a Skull Crushing Finale. McMahon sets Cesaro up and goes to the top rope. McMahon connects with a SHOOTING STAR PRESS and picks up the win!The just keep piling up for @mikethemiz and @shanemcmahon! #RoyalRumble pic.twitter.com/WRrCxFYNxh— WWE Network (@WWENetwork) January 28, 2019 Facebook Google+ Twittercenter_img WhatsApp Kevin Owens sends cryptic NXT messages after being “fired” on Smackdown Live Chad Gable advances to the finals of the King of the Ring to be held on this Monday’s RAW Cesaro announces that he will make an appearance at NXT UK TakeOver: Cardifflast_img read more