Big Ten aiming to dethrone SEC

NEW ORLEANS — Even before the suspensions of six players last week, Ohio State was going to be faced with questions about its 0-9 bowl record against the SEC when it arrived in New Orleans. Now, the Buckeyes will attempt to diffuse the controversy surrounding Tattoo-gate in addition to their winless streak against the SEC. The streak has taken on a life of its own, mainly because of OSU’s recent national title game debacles against Florida and LSU. Senior defensive back Jermale Hines said the Buckeyes’ struggles against the SEC stay with them no matter how much they would like to forget about their past. “It’s always something in the back of our minds because it’s real,” Hines said. “The last couple outings we got destroyed by SEC teams.” Offensive guard Bryant Browning takes a different approach when it comes to the streak: ignorance. “I really haven’t watched too much of that kind of stuff” in the media, Browning said. “You can’t really worry about what people say. We’ve got to focus on ourselves.” Tonight OSU will face off against Arkansas in the 77th Allstate Sugar Bowl, nearly 32 years to the day that the Buckeyes were handed their first bowl game defeat at the hands of an SEC team. On Jan. 2, 1978, Paul “Bear” Bryant’s Alabama Crimson Tide destroyed the Woody Hayes-led Scarlet and Gray, 35-6. The players, including Browning, have echoed the sentiments of OSU coach Jim Tressel, who has implored them to remain focused on the task at hand. “We know if we go in and play any team in the nation and we play our best game, then we’ll come out on top,” Browning said. “We’re just working hard to try to do whatever it takes so that when Jan. 4 comes around we’re at our best.” That may be easier said than done against an Arkansas passing offense ranked third in the nation. Junior quarterback Ryan Mallett has led the Razorback attack, throwing for 30 touchdowns and 3,500 yards in back-to-back years. Although the Arkansas offense will be pass-heavy, it can also run the ball effectively with sophomore running back Knile Davis. When OSU faced Florida in 2007 and LSU in 2008, it went up against balanced offenses and gave up a combined 79 points. The winless streak against the SEC may be very real, but at least one OSU player doesn’t believe in the “SEC speed” theory, which fans and pundits alike claim gives the SEC the ultimate advantage on the playing field. “As far as the speed thing goes, I never have thought that that was the difference-maker,” said senior wide receiver Dane Sanzenbacher. “People don’t just get slower when they come to the Big Ten.” Senior kicker Devin Barclay is looking forward to the opportunity to disprove the doubters, and reminds everyone that OSU is playing Arkansas, not the ghosts of SEC past. “We’ve really got to focus in on doing our thing. Obviously the games in 2006 and 2007 … we remember those games — they sting still, and they were against SEC teams. (But) they weren’t against Arkansas,” Barclay said. “There’s always been the press saying that we can’t compete against these SEC teams. It’s going to feel good to prove them wrong.” read more

Ohio State holds off Illinois 6255 to end 4game skid

Senior guard Aaron Craft (4) goes up for a layup. OSU won against Illinois, 62-55, Jan. 23. Credit: Kaily Cunningham / Multimedia editorA win’s a win.For the No. 17 Ohio State Buckeyes, that’s all that really matters after beating Illinois, 62-55, to put a stop to a four-game losing streak.“We try to do our best to put the losing streak behind us. This game wasn’t about that. It was about trying to come out and find a way to be better than Illinois and that’s our only goal in this game,” senior guard Aaron Craft said after the win. “We wanted to find a way to get better before this game in practice and watching film and we were able to do that. We were a tougher basketball team down the stretch than we have been, and that’s what matters.”A three-point play by junior forward LaQuinton Ross followed by a 3-pointer by senior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. (his fourth of the game) and free throws down the stretch helped secure the win for OSU.“I think it was just everybody being connected tonight. I think we had…it was a lot of togetherness tonight. You see guys jumping up and down, you see fans jumping up and down. We was able to get our crowd into it. It felt good to be playing back at home, too. Having that support for you from the crowd,” Ross said. “I think it was just a group effort tonight, everybody did what they had to and pitched in.”Both teams struggled offensively early on, combining to make just five field goals in the opening nine minutes of play.Smith Jr.’s second 3-pointer of the game gave OSU the lead, 24-23, with 57 seconds remaining in the first half, but a dunk on the other end by Illini junior center Nnanna Egwu helped give Illinois the lead at the break.The Buckeyes had as many field goals (seven) as they did fouls in the first half.OSU was able to gain momentum in the second half thanks to a 9-0 run that was topped off by a 3-pointer by junior forward Sam Thompson. That gave the Buckeyes the lead, 40-34, aided by four turnovers in six possessions by the Fighting Illini.Illinois (13-7, 2-5) would not go away quietly though, as it would make back-to-back 3-pointers to stay in the game.Craft would answer with a 3-pointer shortly thereafter, but two baskets by Illinois redshirt-senior guard Joseph Bertrand and a layup by junior guard Tracy Abrams tied the game at 46.Ross would bury a three from the wing, though, and a steal by Smith Jr. lead to a layup by junior guard Shannon Scott that gave OSU a five-point advantage with 3:31 left.The Buckeyes (16-4, 3-4) were able to make enough plays late to hold off Illinois for the win.“I’m just so excited for my team right now. Got a chance to see guys smiling and I miss that,” Smith Jr. said after the win. “As a senior on this team, obviously you want to see your team smiling as much as possible. I can tell you, prior to this game there was no smiles, there was no laughter. There was none of that. Guys were kind of in their shell. And now I feel like everybody’s out now and I’m just looking forward to going forward and playing the next game with a lot of confidence.”Ross led the way for OSU with 18 points, but Smith Jr. wasn’t far behind with 16 of his own. Craft finished with 11 points, six rebounds and five assists.“I think this. Did we play perfect? No, we did not,” OSU coach Thad Matta said. “The thing I liked was I loved our energy on defense. I thought we played extremely hard. I thought we got back to rotating, seeing things the way we need to see them. And that was something going in…you know offensively, first half I’m just like, ‘here we go again.’ When (junior center) Amir (Williams) missed the dunk I’m like ‘maybe this isn’t supposed to be.’ But to the kids credit they had a different look in their eye down the stretch and give the (Schottenstein Center) a ton of (credit). I mean that crowd was as energetic as it could be and really helped us.”Bertrand scored 19 for Illinois in the loss.Next up, the Buckeyes are set to host Penn State (9-10, 0-6) Wednesday at the Schottenstein Center. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. read more

Cost of living in Dhaka rises 6pc in 2018 CAB

first_imgThe Consumers Association of Bangladesh members speak at a press conference at the Dhaka Reporters Unity on Saturday, 12 Jan 2019. Photo: UNBThe Consumers Association of Bangladesh (CAB) reported on Saturday that the cost of living in Dhaka, in terms of retail goods and services, went up by 6 per cent last year, reports UNB.CAB revealed a report on the cost of living, not accounting for the cost of education, medical care or transport, at a press conference at the Dhaka Reporters Unity.Its chief Ghulam Rahman said the report included data on 114 food products from 15 retail markets and 22 daily necessaries.They took into account the cost of 14 services including gas, electricity and water.Prices of essential commodities and services rose by 5.19 per cent, he said, reading out the report.The cost of living had increased 8.44 per cent in 2017 and the price of commodities and services had gone up 7.17 per cent, he said.According to the report, 2.44 percentage points decreased in the rate at which the cost of living increased.Ghulam said they calculated the cost of living by comparing the “basket” of goods and services purchased by consumers and comparing them to the total cost of the family’s basket according to weight.”The organisation did not have sufficient capacity to calculate their total cost of living because most Bangladeshis live in rural areas. But the report will reflect a partial picture of the situation in the capital,” he said.Ghulam said cost of living won’t be problem if people’s income increased.According to the CAB report, soap prices increased the most in 2018 – 20 per cent compared to 2017. Rice prices increased an average of 8.91 per cent, fish 13.50 per cent, vegetables 9.38 per cent, betel leaves 7.18 per cent and milk 13.33 per cent.On the other hand, prices of pulse, salt, spices and sugar fell in 2018 compared to 2017. The cost of edible oil, powdered milk, electricity, gas, fuel and rail fare were unchanged.Professor Shamsul Alam, energy adviser to the organisation, said the county’s consumers paid Tk1.14 trillion in import duties in the last year, which is much higher than in neighbouring countries.However, 25.64 per cent tariff was imposed on imports to Bangladesh in 2017. The average tariff rate in Southeast Asia in 2016 was 4.74 per cent.The CAB report recommended, among others, to build work-oriented education, make price stable, decrease default loan in banking sector, give priority to farmers; decrease electricity and gas prices.last_img read more

More thunderstorms likely across North Staffordshire as weather warning issued

first_imgDad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Driver named following fatal collision Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailMore thunderstorms are expected across North Staffordshire and South Cheshire later this week as the Met Office issued a new Yellow Weather Warning. Residents across Stoke-on-Trent and surrounding areas were woken up in the early hours of this morning (Wednesday July 24) following an impressive display of lightning across a vast swathe of the country that followed a long hot day as a heatwave continues across the UK. The storm brought down branches and a number of trees across North Staffordshire and South Cheshire – with the heavy rainfall that accompanied it lifting a number of drain covers. Shortly before 11am today the Met Office confirmed they had put a new Yellow Weather Warning for thunderstorms in place for much of England – including Stoke-on-Trent, elsewhere in North Staffordshire and South Cheshire. Read MoreDriver in critical condition after accident on A520 Punter found hiding in bushes Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive Massive thunderstorms erupted across Staffordshire in the early hours of the morning (Image: Judie Tingle) Police search for missing woman What is a Met Office Weather Warning?The Met Office issue weather warnings when there is a risk of weather causing damage, disruption or danger to life. Generally warnings will be issued for heavy rain, wind, ice or snow. They come in three categories. Yellow: The lowest of the three. Yellow means you should plan ahead about potential disruption to travel and other day-to-day activities. These are the most common. Amber: A step up from Yellow, an Amber warning means there is an increased risk of disruption/danger to life and property. Red: These are only issued when ‘extreme weather’ is expected. When one is issued the Met Office advise immediate action is taken to keep yourself and others safe as widespread damage, disruption and risk to life is likely. Red warnings are extremely rare anywhere in the UK and almost unknown in North Staffordshire and South Cheshire.   The warning is in force from 3pm tomorrow (Thursday July 25) until 4am on Friday (July 26). The latest warning states:  “Following a hot day (in places exceptionally so), scattered thunderstorms are likely to break out from late afternoon onwards. While some areas, particularly in the south of the warning area may well avoid the storms, where they do occur they could produce 20-30 mm of rain in less than an hour, along with frequent lightning, hail and gusty winds. “Perhaps the main focus will be later in the evening and into the first part of the night across northern England and southern and eastern parts of Scotland, where storms could be more widespread and locally intense.” Follow StokeonTrentLive Download our app  – You can download our free app for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store , or get the Android version from Google Play .  Follow StokeonTrentLive on Facebook – Like our Facebook page to get the latest news in your feed and join in the lively discussions in the comments. Click here to give it a like! Follow us on Twitter – For breaking news and the latest stories, click here to follow SOTLive on Twitter . Follow us on Instagram – Featuring pictures past and present from across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire – and if you tag us in your posts, we could repost your picture on our page! We also put the latest news in our Instagram Stories. Click here to follow StokeonTrentLive on Instagram .last_img read more

Orange Group reported TV gains in its latest quart

first_imgOrange Group reported TV gains in its latest quarter with its overall customer base climbing to 8.92 million from 8.20 million a year earlier.Announcing its third quarter results, Orange reported gains across all of its TV countries – including its biggest and home market of France.Here Orange’s TV customer numbers climbed from 6.51 million in Q3 2016 to 6.84 million in Q3 2017 – up 5% year-on-year.In Spain its number of TV customers climbed 29.5% to 593,000, while in Poland the number was up 7% to 814,000.In Belgium and Luxembourg TV customers more than tripled from 22,000 in Q3 2016 to 85,000 in Q3 2017, while in Central Europe its TV customer base grew 35.5% to 534,000.Overall Orange reported revenue growth of 0.9% on a comparable basis to €10.27 billion in the third quarter of 2017.Stéphane RichardAdjusted EBITDA grew 2.1% in the third quarter to €3.62 billion, despite the impact of the first full quarter since new European regulations ended roaming charges and increased interconnection costs with operators in other countries.“This quarter demonstrates very good momentum at Orange, supported more than ever by investment in customer experience and our networks,” said Stéphane Richard, chairman and CEO of the Orange Group.“We attracted nearly half a million mobile contract customers and 321,000 fibre customers in France and the Europe segment in the past three months. Despite new roaming regulation in Europe, we delivered revenue growth for the ninth consecutive quarter and adjusted EBITDA growth of 2.1%.“Orange France also confirmed its return to growth and had a particularly strong third quarter in mobile, with 320,000 net additions – its best performance since 2008.”last_img read more

Mayor John hosted a cross party meeting today to d

first_img Mayor John hosted a cross party meeting today to discuss the Medical School at Magee CampusMAYOR of Derry City and Strabane District Council Mayor John Boyle has convened an all party meeting to discuss the proposed medical school at Magee Campus.Recently the University of Ulster bought land from the former Foyle College for the new medical school. The new medical school needs to get approval to proceed from a senior civil servant at the Department of Health before the end of May 2019 as this is a critical deadline for the first student intake in September 2020.Said Mayor John Boyle: “I convened a high level meeting with political leaders today to discuss advancement of the medical school for the North West. “It was unanimously agreed that delivery of this project is in the public interest & senior civil servants have the power to give it the go-ahead.”At today’s meeting were SDLP leader Colum Eastwood, Robin Swann, leader of the Ulster Unionist Party, Lord Hay of the DUP, Sinn Fein’s Northern leader Michelle O’Neill and the party’s Foyle MP Elisha McCallion. DerryELISHA MCCALLIONFoyle MPLeader Robin SwannMagee CampusMayor hosts all party meeting over new medical school at Magee campusMayor John Boylemedical schoolnorth westSinn FeinUlster Unionist Pary The MP said that there was a united voice coming from the city to secure a medical school at Magee in Derry.“I today attended a meeting of party leaders in Derry’s Guildhall alongside Sinn Féin Vice President Michelle O’Neill and the leaders and representatives of other political parties.“We discussed the need to secure a medical school at the Magee campus of the Ulster University in Derry as part of the wider economic regeneration of the city.“Today’s meeting comes ahead of a meeting I have arranged with the permanent secretary of the Department of Health, Richard Pengelly, to which I have invited all key stakeholders and other political parties, to discuss progressing this vital project for the north west.“There is a united voice coming from this city and across the north west for this medical school and we are determined to see it secured for the benefit of the entire region,” she added.Mayor hosts all party meeting over new medical school at Magee campus was last modified: February 7th, 2019 by John2John2 Tags: ShareTweetlast_img read more

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