Wyoming Rescue Helicopter in Rapid Spin before Crash

first_imgJACKSON, Wyo. (AP) – A rescue helicopter turned slightly to the left before it went into a rapid spin and crashed in northwest Wyoming, killing a search and rescue volunteer who was onboard, investigators said.A National Transportation Safety Board preliminary report dated Thursday said the helicopter was 100 to 200 feet above the trees when it began spinning and crashed northeast of Jackson on Feb. 15.The report said the pilot thought he had corrected the left yaw before the Bell 407 helicopter began spinning. Investigators have not determined the direction of the spin.The report does not establish the cause of the crash. That often takes months.Ray Shriver, of Jackson, died from injuries he suffered in the crash, authorities said.Pilot Ken Johnson, 62, of Victor, Idaho, and another rescuer, Mike Moyer, 44, of Wilson, were injured. Johnson is chief pilot for Hillsboro Aviation of Hillsboro, Ore., which owns the helicopter, the NTSB said. Moyer is a battalion chief for Jackson Hole Fire/EMS.Johnson has about 22,500 hours of flight time, including about 4,500 in Bell 407 helicopters, the NTSB said.Moyer pulled Johnson and Shriver out of the wreckage.The crash site was in heavy timber at about 9,350 feet above sea level.Johnson was treated and released at a Jackson hospital on Feb. 15. Johnson was released from the hospital Feb. 16.The helicopter was attempting to find an injured snowmobiler, Steven Anderson, of Morris, Minn. He died of a broken neck after crashing into a tree. Other snowmobilers were leading the search helicopter to Anderson, and the helicopter periodically stopped and hovered to allow the snowmobilers to catch up.The helicopter crashed on either the second or third hover, the NTSB said.Authorities said another helicopter would attempt to retrieve the wreckage on Friday, so it can be moved to a hangar where investigators can examine it. Bad weather halted two previous attempts.last_img read more

Falco: ‘Like Messi and Miccoli!’

first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/ Filippo Falco is inspired by Barcelona star Lionel Messi and ex-Palermo hitman Fabrizio Miccoli, as the Lecce No 10 scored a free kick in the 2-2 draw with Sassuolo. Speaking to DAZN post-game, Falco confessed to watching videos of Miccoli and Messi in an attempt to improve his kicking technique. “I’m used to scoring them in training, I try to take inspiration from the best. I watch tapes of Messi and Miccoli, but it is not easy to imitate them.” Lecce have already faced off against all of the big sides in Italy, with only Lazio remaining, and Falco believes this is the time to put points on the board. “We had a very difficult schedule but we came out quite well. Now we have to try and gain results every game, we want to reach 20 points by January.” Falco’s free kick was his first goal in Serie A, but extended Lecce’s unbeaten run to four, all of them draws.last_img read more

IPL 8: All-round Mumbai beat Chennai to storm into third final

first_imgMumbai Indians put up a superb all-round performance crushing Chennai Super Kings by 25 runs to enter the final of the eighth edition of Indian Premier League here on Wednesday.ScorecardEn route their third entry to the summit round after 2010 and 2013, Mumbai Indians scored 187 for 6 largely due to the brilliant cameo from Kieron Pollard who smashed a 17-ball-41 on the platform laid by Lendl Simmons’ 65 off 51 balls.In reply, CSK’s much vaunted line-up could muster only 162 in 19 overs as none of the top-order batsmen went onto play a match-winning knock. Such was the domination by the home team that CSK never looked a part during better part of the match and ended second best in the process. But the five-time finalists and two-time champions will get another crack during the second Qualifier to be played in Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s hometown Ranchi.The telling blow was dealt by Harbhajan Singh (2 for 26), who removed the dangerous Suresh Raina (25) and skipper MS Dhoni (0) off successive deliveries to swing the match decisively in MI’s favour. Lasith Malinga (3 for 23) and R Vinay Kumar (2 for 26) did play their part as MI have now won nine out of 11 matches.Faf du Plessis (45) played well but just like Raina was deceived by slow nature of the pitch going for a big hit. Opener Dwayne Smith (0) received a rough decision from umpire Richard Illingworth off Lasith Malinga’s bowling and Mike Hussey (16) showed that he is still rusty having not played for better part last month and a half.Dwayne Bravo (20) got a reprieve when Harbhajan dropped him off his own bowling to miss out on a third victim. However the man from Jallandhar made a lot of difference during his four overs as he was slower through the air and tossing the ball up. One such tossed up delivery saw Raina failing to check his shot and offer a simple return catch.advertisementDhoni tried an ambitious sweep shot off the first delivery that was flighted on the off-middle channel and was caught plumb in-front. Bravo averted the hat-trick but could have been gone as he also was fooled by flight but Harbhajan messed it up big time. It didn’t cost them much as a smart piece of work from Parthiv-Pollard duo saw Bravo heading back to pavilion. Once Bravo was back in the dug-out, CSK’s chances were practically over.Earlier, Simmons started in style with a well-crafted 65 while Pollard blasted 41 off 17 balls to finish with flourish as Mumbai Indians scored competitive 187 for six in 20 overs after opting to bat first. Simmons, who notched up his fifth half century of the competition, struck five sixes and three fours in his 51-ball innings. Along with Parthiv Patel (35), Simmons provided a solid opening stand of 90 runs at nearly 9 runs an over before MI lost quick wickets between the 11th and 16th overs to be in some sort of bother at 139 for 4.It was then left to fellow Trinidadian Pollard to smash five huge sixes along with a boundary in just 17 balls to take MI closer to the 200-run mark.For league’s table toppers CSK, Dwayne Bravo was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 3 for 40 and was mainly responsible for MI not reaching a bigger score after their splendid beginning. Ashish Nehra was fairly economical with 1 for 28 from four overs.Opting to bat first, MI were again given a sound start by the right-left combine of Simmons and Patel who first raised 48 by the end of six-over Powerplay. CSK used offspinner R Ashwin to open the bowling with left arm seam bowler Ashish Nehra and had things under control in the first four overs.However, Simmons carted Ashwin in his third over, beyond the straight field and then over the mid-wicket region for two sixes. Simmons, who has been in fine form from the time he came in as replacement for the injured Aaron Finch, then struck a third six ? onto the sight screen ? off Nehra in the last over of play.And when Ravindra Jadeja came to bowl the 8th over, the West Indian smacked him over long on for another six to keep the run-rate hovering around the eight-run mark. Left-handed Patel, kept quiet at the other end, went after Pawan Negi by lashing a six over long on and then striking two more fours in the 9th over to increase MI?s run-rate.Simmons completed his 5th half-century of the season off 38 balls studded with three fours and four sixes, in the tenth over at the end of which MI had advanced to 86 for no loss with Simmons on 51 and Patel on 32. Dhoni summoned his ‘Crisis Man’ Bravo to stem the run flow and the ebullient West Indian all rounder clicked by having Patel caught at long on to reach a landmark of 100 IPL victims in his 89th IPL game overall.advertisementPollard then joined MI skipper Rohit Sharma and immediately started controlling the pace by clouting two sixes in one Negi over as the score leapt to 135 for 2 at the end of 15 overs. It was Pollard who kept hitting big shots as MI reached par score in the end.Teams (from):Chennai: Dwayne Smith, Michael Hussey, Suresh Raina, Faf du Plessis, MS Dhoni(c/w), Pawan Negi, Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ashish Nehra, Ishwar Pandey, Mohit Sharma, Ronit More, Baba Aparajith, Matt Henry, Mithun Manhas, Samuel Badree, Rahul Sharma, Kyle Abbott, Ankush Bains, Irfan Pathan, Pratyush Singh, Andrew Tye, Eklavya DwivediMumbai: Lendl Simmons, Parthiv Patel(w), Rohit Sharma(c), Ambati Rayudu, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Harbhajan Singh, Jagadeesha Suchith, Mitchell McClenaghan, Vinay Kumar, Lasith Malinga, Alex Hales, Colin Munro, Aditya Tare, Jasprit Bumrah, Marchant de Lange, Pawan Suyal, Shreyas Gopal, Pragyan Ojha, Abhimanyu Mithun, Aiden Blizzard, Akshay Wakhare, Nitish Rana, Siddhesh Lad, Unmukt Chand, Ben Hilfenhauslast_img read more

RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan not only keeps his job under the new regime but commands respect with his firm line on monetary policy

first_imgAs a young boy studying in Delhi’s prestigious Delhi Public School, R.K. Puram, Raghuram Rajan, when asked what his ambition in life was, would say: “I want to be the Prime Minister of India”. This when most kids of that generation would answer either doctor or engineer.A few decades later,,As a young boy studying in Delhi’s prestigious Delhi Public School, R.K. Puram, Raghuram Rajan, when asked what his ambition in life was, would say: “I want to be the Prime Minister of India”. This when most kids of that generation would answer either doctor or engineer.A few decades later, there is very little Rajan has not achieved. Only 52, he is not only an Indian icon, but a global one. He is called a “Financial Prophet” and a “Rockstar” in the same breath. His fan following is across the globe, ranging from heads of states to young women who swoon at his very mention. What he says-or does not say-not only moves stock prices on Dalal Street but also on Wall Street. He even has a fan page on Facebook with close to a million “likes”.”I don’t quite recall my ambition of being PM, but I do know that today my ambitions are far more realistic,” says Rajan, with a shy smile, in an inter-view to INDIA TODAY at the Reserve Bank of India headquarters in Mumbai.The RBI has seen many governors with both, the highest intellect and integrity, but none as popular-not just in India but globally. And perhaps none who speaks his mind with the courage of conviction and does so with an air of confidence that surpasses his territory. To show the government and the powers that be, the mirror.Be it questioning “Make in India” and instead suggesting “Make for India”, or telling a room full of journalists the “RBI is not a cheerleader”, Rajan calls a spade a spade. And has the confidence to handle the back-lash, knowing fully well there would be no dearth of organisations and institutions who would grab him the moment he were to raise his hand. His is a CV every young Indian dreams to have-a gold medalist at IIT-Delhi and IIM-Ahmedabad and a winner of countless awards. And yet, despite his stardom, he is a man rooted to the ground. He values his integrity to the point that he tells his college classmates that he won’t be able to come over to their place if those invited include bankers. “The most amazing thing about him is his genuineness.advertisementHe has gone places but even now you meet the same Raghu as he was back in college. Extremely warm,” says the CEO of a leading company who was Rajan’s classmate at IIM-Ahmedabad. Rajan spends a lot of time with his family when he can and is particularly close to his brother Mukund, who is the brand custodian and chief ethics officer of the Tata Group. Integrity obviously runs in the family. He is also seen at malls often, buying groceries over the weekend. He retains his email id from the Booth School of Business, University of Chicago, where he taught before he came back to India in 2012. He married his IIM classmate, Radhika Puri, who is now a Lecturer in Law at University of Chicago Law School.But few know Rajan’s return to India was not an accident. It was not about power and holding a position of authority. He needs no official position to wield authority. Years ago he had decided not to opt for an American passport, because, as he told a friend: “One day I want to go back to India and contribute to public policy in my country. I must therefore retain my Indian passport.” Even as a young man while he was making waves with his lectures, predictions and economic theories, Rajan’s heart was set on returning to his country someday. His wish was to come true.HOMEWARD BOUND In 2007, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was chairing a meeting that included then Finance Minister P. Chidambaram, then Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission Montek Singh Ahluwalia, the PM’s Economic Advisory Council Chairman C. Rangarajan and bureaucrats from the finance ministry.Even as they got down to discussing financial sector reforms, one of those present remarked how once the economics stalwarts gathered around the table fade into the sunset, India would not have a strong economic mind in public policy. Unlike in the US, India had failed to bring bright academics into public policy and there would be a vacuum once the four wise men at the table had finished their innings, it was suggested.The suggestion resonated with Singh. He asked for Rajan to attend the next meeting. Once the meeting was over, an impressed Singh is learnt to have said: “We should bring him to India so he can begin to wet his feet in Indian waters.” Rajan was asked to prepare what is now called the Rajan Committee report on financial sector reforms titled “100 small steps”. “He worked very hard. He would finish his class in Chicago and take the flight out to India. He would head straight to meet-ings and once done head to the air-port and make it back in time for the Monday class,” says a bureaucrat who worked closely with Rajan then. After a stint as an external advisor to the PM followed by a year-long innings as chief economic advisor, Rajan took charge as RBI governor in September 2013. His task was cut out. Inflation had spiraled out of con-trol and the rupee was near Rs 70 to the dollar. Then Finance Minister P. Chidambaram, who shared a very good equation with Rajan and treated him as “an equal”, was simultaneously fighting the battle of bringing the economy back on its feet. The two together succeeded in taking several decisions that led to staving off the threat to the economy. No sooner did the Narendra Modi government come to power, rumours of Rajan, a UPA appointee, being shown the door grew louder every day. His decision to not cut interest rates as swiftly and sharply as the government would have liked him to, made him unpopular with the finance ministry. But then every RBI governor in recent memory has had an issue with the government, especially on the pace of interest rate cuts. His not being from the “tribe”, has seen him battling the bureaucracy, with some wins and some terrible losses too. “He is not a part of the tribe. Unlike his predecessors who had either themselves cut their teeth in the civil services or had a deputy who had done so. He had the choice, but I think he prefers to not be part of the tribe,” says a bureaucrat. Take for example the visit to the annual World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) meetings as part of the Indian delegation. With Finance Minister Arun Jaitley indisposed, the natural choice to lead the delegation would have been the RBI governor, who enjoys a minister of state rank.advertisementBut it was then Finance Secretary Arvind Mayaram who led the delegation. This reportedly prompted the RBI to even send a letter to the government seeking a cabinet minister rank for the governor. It has not been agreed to. Rajan is still governor but Maya-ram has since been moved out to a low-key ministry.IN STEP WITH MODIRajan also ended up picking issues with the government on the extent of dividend the RBI should pay it. Once again, the bureaucracy insisted it was for the government to decide the amount and not for RBI. Eventually, RBI did give what the government wanted. More recently, the government had to beat a hasty retreat on its proposals pertaining to the Public Debt Management Agency that sought to manage government debt in the form of government securities and bonds. This is handled by the RBI. The government also wanted to hand over the regulation of debt market to capital market regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI). Rajan’s concerns were not so much with the broader principle but with the eventual process that would be followed and the autonomy the RBI would enjoy.advertisementLike his predecessors, Rajan is fiercely protective about the autonomy of the RBI, one of the very few credible and respected institutions India has.A recent proposal by the RBI to appoint a chief operating officer of the rank of deputy governor too is awaiting government approval. Rajan’s attempts to usher in dramatic change in the functioning and structure of RBI to bring it in sync with global best practices have been resisted so far. Even within RBI there is a certain sense of resistance to big bang reforms and change.”The ghosts of the Harshad Mehta scam still resonate at RBI. The fear of being left to the wolves when the chips are down still makes the rank and file very cautious and hence while one has seen lots of incremental steps by a Rajan-led RBI, you have not yet seen the big bang reforms,” says a government official. “Rajan is a practical man. He knows which battles to pick and when to back down.”It is perhaps this quality that has resulted in him enjoying the support of Prime Minister Modi. Rajan is completely aligned to the vision of the strongest Indian PM in three decades. Modi believes in infrastructure explosion and so does Rajan. Modi believes in big bang banking sector reforms, so does Rajan. Modi believes in a stable rupee, so does Rajan. Modi believes in a major thrust on manufacturing, so does Rajan. Modi wants inflation to be reined in, so does Rajan, who has picked slaying the inflation demon as his big agenda. Modi wants financial inclusion, so does Rajan. Modi wants to encourage entrepreneurship, so does Rajan.Within this broader alignment of vision, Rajan does from time to time show the mirror to some initiatives of the government. For example, he questioned the “Make in India” slogan and suggested “Make for India” not because he is opposed to manufacturing growth in India. He was only cautioning not to follow a totally export-led strategy that had caused extreme economic pain to many countries in the past, and instead look at India as a big consumption economy. In the same breath, he has also acknowledged the good work done so far by the government and has highlighted the fact that expecting dramatic change is being unrealistic. Being critical is fraught with risk, as this government is more sensitive to criticism. But if he has been critical, he has balanced it with being equally stoic in his strong defence of the government too.And therefore to assume he is not in sync with the government and is on a constant warpath with it is a completely wrong reading. It is instead merely his way of saying there is a better way of achieving the same goal. And which may well be why Modi has backed Rajan to the hilt. At the 80th anniversary celebration of the RBI, Rajan chose to address the audience in Hindi in the presence of Modi. Modi on his part gave a big pat on the back to Rajan, saying he is a great teacher and he enjoys his crisp presentations. Modi perhaps knows Rajan’s value and as long as it is in line with his own vision, he would back him.MAN FOR ALL SEASONSRajan has his fair share of critics too. “While Rajan has scored a big win by signing the Monetary Policy Framework Agreement, that establishes for the first time in RBI’s history, a specific inflation target, his stand on PDMA (Public Debt Management Agency), or on Uber’s cashless innovation or on him opposing voting in a Monetary Policy Committee which would improve decisions, is something one did not expect from someone who had been brought in to change this very mindset of RBI,” says Ajay Shah, an economist and professor at the National Institute of Public Finance and Policy (NIPFP).Rajan is a communicator par excellence and is clear in his mind that RBI needs to not just make great policy but also articulate it. To that extent he has taken the role of the RBI to a completely different level and that has made him a popular governor. And perhaps even more unpopular with the bureaucracy.As he enters his third and perhaps final year as governor-unless he gets a second term-Rajan has many challenges ahead. For one, the likelihood of a failed monsoon and an increase in inflation would severely cramp his attempts to boost growth by further cutting rates. Moreover, any spike in oil prices that Rajan says “worries” him, could negate all the economic benefits India has reaped following a more than 50 per cent crash in global oil prices. He has to continue to give a big push to cleaning up rising NPAs (non-performing assets) in the banking sector and work closely with the government to bring a robust bankruptcy legislation and tackle the impaired balance sheets of PSU banks by recapitalising them. To that extent, forging a close working relationship with the mandarins in North Block will be a necessity and challenge for Rajan. He also has to push through reforms in facilitating payment banks and throwing open doors to more banks, including foreign ones, to make the banking sector more competitive and widespread.”Not only is he someone who knows his subject, he is also someone who is constantly learning and is a very balanced person,” says Ashima Goyal, an economist and professor at Indira Gandhi Institute for Development Research (IGIDR) and a member of RBI’s Technical Advisory Committee. “Let us not forget how fragile our currency was when he took charge and what he did to bring stability to it. He knows what he has to do going ahead.” Rajan has been trying to bring change to the RBI too. Being someone who endears himself to people across ranks helps. “Sir comes to office every day by 8.45 am after his gym and run,” says the lift attendant at RBI headquarters. “It is not just me but the entire RBI staff that will ensure no harm comes to our governor,” says a security officer on the recent threat to Rajan’s life. “He just walks into our room sometimes and chats on any issue. We have never known such a friendly and candid governor,” says an executive director and an old RBI hand.AN ALL-ROUNDERHe works hard. And works fast. Within days of taking over, Rajan picked his IIM classmate and banker Nachiket Mor, now a member of the RBI’s central board, to come up with ways to cover small businesses and low-income households. The Mor committee came up with the concept of “payment banks” with an initial capital of Rs 50 crore, one-tenth of what a full-service bank requires, that would only accept deposits and not do any lending.On his very first day in office, Rajan had talked about a new approach to formulating monetary policy. The same month he picked Deputy Governor Urjit Patel to examine monetary policy framework.Rajan’s two biggest successes have been his persistent attack on inflation and stabilising the rupee that had spiraled out of control at the time he took charge. But bringing in greater competition among banks by throwing open the field, or ushering in big bang mobile payment reforms, or cleaning up the banking system of its ballooning non-performing assets by reigning in big defaulters, are still works in progress.Shortly before Rajan graduated from IIM-Ahmedabad, one of his batchmates wrote that he would earn a slot in the Guinness Book of World Records for the world’s thinnest book: ‘Games I haven’t played’. His father R. Govindrajan, a former RAW officer now settled in Chennai, laughs as he recalls this tribute to his son’s all-round versatility. “He was willing to try out everything that intrigued him,” he says. “Raghu was not just a bright student but an all-rounder, from quiz contests and debates to sports.”Such talent is always rare to find. Manmohan Singh may well have brought him back to India but Narendra Modi may do well to nurture him and preserve his talent. For India.- With inputs from M.G. Arun and Sandeep Unnithan- Follow the writer on Twitter @VivekLawTo read more, get your copy of India Today here.last_img read more

North Dakota Sheriff on pipeline protests My job is to enforce the

first_imgThe Canadian PressMANDAN, N.D. –Don’t look for apologies from the North Dakota sheriff leading the response to the Dakota Access oil pipeline protests, especially for the recent _ and, in some circles, controversial _ action against demonstrators who he believes have become increasingly aggressive.“We are just not going to allow people to become unlawful,” said Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier, a veteran of the North Dakota Highway Patrol and National Guard who was elected to his first term as sheriff about two years ago. “It’s just not going to happen.”More than 525 people from across the country have been arrested during months of protests over the four-state, $3.8 billion pipeline, all here in support of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe that’s fighting the project because it believes it threatens drinking water and cultural sites on their nearby reservation.His department’s job of policing the protesters _ the vast majority who’ve been camping on federal land that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it’ll close in December for safety concerns _ has cost the county more than $8 million, even with help from the state Highway Patrol and officers from various states. Their tactics, however, have drawn criticism from Standing Rock’s tribal leader as well as protest organizers and celebrities.Standing Rock Sioux Chairman Dave Archambault said he and Kirchmeier have met many times and each meeting has been tense and unproductive. “I don’t think aggressive force is necessary and he thinks it’s necessary,” Archambault said.In the most recent clash between police and protesters, which was near the path of the pipeline and spanned Sunday night into Monday morning, officers used tear gas, rubber bullets and large water hoses in freezing weather. Organizers said at least 17 protesters were taken to the hospital, some for hypothermia and one for a serious arm injury, and one officer was injured.Archambault called the confrontation an act of terror against unarmed protesters that was sanctioned by Kirchmeier.“His job is to protect and serve, not to inflict harm and hurt,” Archambault said.But Kirchmeier, who has the backing of the state’s Republican governor and attorney general, defended officers’ actions. He and other authorities said officers were assaulted with rocks, bottles and burning logs.Kirchmeier, a 53-year-old married father, grew up in this county, which has a population of fewer than 30,000 people _ about 15 residents per square mile. He retired from the North Dakota Highway Patrol as a captain after 29 years, and had served in the National Guard for four years.The protests are demanding: Kirchmeier hasn’t had a day off since August, routinely working more than 12 hours a day. The 34 deputies in his department are pulling similar shifts, he said, even with help from more than 1,200 officers from North Dakota and nine other states.Some officers have been targeted online by protesters, Kirchmeier included. He said someone recently posted the location of his father’s grave, which he took as an effort to intimidate.“Social media has been very bad and it has turned out like law enforcement is building the pipeline,” he said. “I can’t stop the pipeline. My job is to enforce the law.”President Barack Obama raised the possibility of rerouting the pipeline earlier this month, and construction on the last remaining large chunk, which is on federal land near the reservation, was halted by the Corps for the time being. But Kelcy Warren, CEO of pipeline developer Energy Transfer Partners, told The Associated Press the company won’t do any rerouting.Kirchmeier, like many other of the state’s elected officials, blame the Obama administration for not stepping in.“The issue of the pipeline is not going to get solved with protesters and cops looking at each other,” Kirchmeier said. “This is bigger and takes way more political clout than what the county has to offer.”Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem said Kirchmeier is in “an incredibly difficult position.”“He has the responsibility to allow people to lawfully exercise their First Amendment rights and he has the obligation to stop it when there is violence contrary to the law,” Stenehjem said. “And now there are a significant number or lawless people and the citizens are worried.”Gov. Jack Dalrymple said Kirchmeier “has done a remarkable job dealing with all the issues brought about by these protests. He has been totally professional in what is not a typical law enforcement challenge in North Dakota.”With winter looming, the Corps has decided to close the land north of the Cannonball River where the Oceti Sakowin protest encampment have flourished on Dec. 5, also citing the confrontations between protesters and authorities, according to a letter Archambault said he received.“To be clear, this means that no member of the general public, to include Dakota Access pipeline protesters, can be on these Corps lands,” the letter provided by the tribe said.But protest organizers said Saturday that they don’t intend to leave or stop their acts of civil disobedience.Kirchmeier said before the Corps’ move that North Dakota residents who have grown tired _ and increasingly afraid _ of the protests are backing law enforcement.“People don’t want their livelihoods disrupted,” he said. “They are not taking this lightly.”[email protected]last_img read more

Ohio State womens basketball look to salvage season against Nebraska

Sophomore guard Cait Craft (13) looks for an open teammate during a game against Penn State Feb. 9 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU lost, 74-54.Credit: Ritika Shah / Asst. photo editorWith just four remaining regular season games on the schedule, the Ohio State women’s basketball team (14-14, 4-8) is attempting to salvage what is left of a disappointing season.The Buckeyes sit at .500 on the season and are set to play their fourth straight game against a ranked opponent while trying to end their four-game skid. OSU is 2-7 against opponents ranked by the AP this season.Coach Kevin McGuff said with the current losing streak, he wants to see more leadership from his players, something he said starts with his upperclassmen.“It is kind of a challenge to our seniors,” McGuff said. “They have to rise to the occasion here and make sure we practice well and make sure we are ready to go in these games.”With the season winding down, McGuff said he would like to send the seniors out on a high note.“They are really good kids and they try to do what they can to help their program be good,” McGuff said. “They have done everything we have asked them to do. I have enjoyed coaching them and hopefully we can find a way to put them in a position to be successful down the stretch.”OSU is scheduled to play the first of their final two home games of the season this week against No. 17 Nebraska (19-5, 9-3) Thursday. Sunday afternoon’s matchup against Northwestern (14-11, 4-8) is the Buckeyes’ home finale and Senior Day.With the only meeting against the Cornhuskers this regular season looming, McGuff said his team needs to come ready to play.“They are playing really well … they seem to be peaking at the right time,” McGuff said referencing Nebraska’s current six-game winning streak. “They score the ball really well and are very proficient on offense.”The Cornhuskers are currently third in the Big Ten in scoring offense as they average 75.3 points per game. Nebraska boasts the conference’s top-ranked scoring defense, allowing just 61.9 points per game, which does not bode well for the Buckeye offense which ranks last in the Big Ten in scoring.Echoing her coach, redshirt-junior guard Amy Scullion said Nebraska’s efficiency on offense will prove to be a challenge, but not an insurmountable one.“Nebraska is tough. They are really disciplined and they execute well,” Scullion said. “But it is a team that — if we defend well — we have a chance (to beat).”For the Buckeyes to be successful, they will need key contributions from role players such as junior guard Raven Ferguson, who said the Buckeyes feel confident against Nebraska’s man-to-man defense.“We enjoy when people play man, because we get a lot of one-on-one situations,” Ferguson said. “We feel like we can beat anybody.”Ferguson, who is OSU’s second-leading scorer with 10.9 points per game despite coming off the bench for most of the season, said one of the biggest challenges for the Buckeyes is their lack of depth.“Our numbers are really low and that affects us as far as subbing goes,” Ferguson said of OSU’s lack of available players. “I know we can still get through that. Those are things that you have to overcome when you play basketball.”Ferguson and senior center Ashley Adams have been the only two constant bench players to see action in recent weeks with junior guard Maleeka Kynard battling a nagging injury, although recently redshirt-freshman Lisa Blair has seen an increase in playing time. The Buckeyes have also been without redshirt-sophomore forward Kalpana Beach for the second straight season after she underwent a second knee surgery in April. Beach has not played since her freshman season in 2011-12, in which she started 30 games.The Buckeyes are scheduled to play Nebraska at the Schottenstein Center Thursday at 7 p.m., and the Senior Day action against Northwestern is slated for a tipoff of noon Sunday. read more

Ohio State wrestler KeShawn Hayes bouncing back after knee injury

Ohio State wrestler Ke-Shawn Hayes rolled into the 2016-2017 season fresh off a 29-1 unattached record in his redshirt campaign. Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsFollowing Ohio State’s Nov. 22 dual meet against Kent State last season, wrestler Ke-Shawn Hayes was back home in Kansas City, Missouri, training over Thanksgiving break when his breakout season was stopped dead in its tracks.“I went to hit a move on bottom, and [my knee] popped real loud,” Hayes said. “Then I couldn’t stand up.”The pop Hayes felt resulted in season-ending knee surgery with an injury that could possibly be traced back to a few months prior.“I think it first happened the end of my redshirt year,” Hayes said. “There was just kind of, like a pop but it wasn’t that bad. I was still wrestling and stuff.”Hayes, a former top-20 overall recruit, was rated as one of the nation’s 15 best wrestlers at the 141-pound weight class entering the 2016-2017 season.Hayes began the season with a 5-1 record, including two wins by technical fall and one by pin. His lone loss was to the second-ranked Kevin Jack. “I thought [Hayes] could have won the nationals,” Ohio State wrestling head coach Tom Ryan said.Learning his season was over soon after it began was a tough blow for Hayes.“It was heartbreaking. I’ve always felt because I came in at 141 after Logan [Stieber], I always kind of felt that pressure of taking over for one of the best college wrestlers in history,” Hayes said. “To not be able to wrestle my first season, I felt I was letting some people down.”Hayes rehabbed well enough to not only return this season, but open it with a 6-0 record, including a win in the 149-pound weight division at the Princeton Open.“He’s just diligent,” Ryan said. “That’s just the way he does things. He’s systematic, consistent, he cares about the sport. So I’m not surprised that he handled his rehab the way he did.”That’s not to say that the process of a full recovery was easy for Hayes.“It was frustrating,” Hayes said. “There was a lot of little details and little exercises that I didn’t want to really do. The frustrating part was that I wanted it to go faster, but it took a really long time. Wil [Turner], our trainer, made sure that he kept me at a good pace, a safe pace, so that I couldn’t re-injure it or anything. But I definitely tried to get him to let me go as fast as I could.”Now back to a 100 percent, Hayes said the injury has helped improve the mental aspects of his game, working this summer to become more aggressive on the attack.With rehab behind him, Hayes expects to make strides in his wrestling style while the Buckeyes contend for a national title.“Improve every time I step out on the mat, and put the best version of myself on the mat that I can,” Hayes said. read more

September Is Suicide Prevention And Awareness Month

first_imgThe highest rates by sex and age were among males aged 20–24 years and 70–74 years and females aged 20–24 years. The highest rates by race were among American Indian/Alaska Native. If you or someone you know is in crisis, you can: call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). The state Department of Health and Social Services released an information bulletin stating that 1,103 people killed themselves between 2012-17. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享September has been declared Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month, and this week has been declared as Suicide Prevention Week. Of the 597 suicide deaths during 2015–2017, 94% included toxicology testing results. Of the 562 decedents who were tested, 70% were positive for alcohol or drugs. Prior to 2015 a suicide toxicology report was not conducted unless it was deemed necessary to establish or support cause and manner of death.center_img The bulletin was accompanied by an additional Suicide Toxicology Report for 2015-17, which outlined  toxicology testing for alcohol, amphetamines, benzodiazepines, cocaine, marijuana, and opiates on all suicide decedents for whom specimens could be collected. During that time frame Alaska’s suicide rate was either the first or second highest in the nation. Suicide was the leading cause of death among Alaskans aged 10–64 years and is the sixth leading cause of death overall in the state, according to the bulletin. Alaska has consistently had one of the highest suicide rates in the nation since the National Violent Death Reporting System began in 2003, and the incidence of suicide in Alaska has increased considerably in recent years. The Yinigheltani program, the Kenaitze Indian Tribe hopes to increase the knowledge and communication about suicide. The Kenaitze Tribe is hosting events and workshops throughout the month of September to raise awareness of suicide, and offer support.last_img read more