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Grants to aid refugees with English skills

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event“Getting a good education will help these refugees become self-sufficient and establish a new life filled with dignity and the liberties that the rest of us enjoy,” he added. The United States allows certain individuals who have been persecuted in their home countries to resettle in America as refugees. California houses 6,749 of the 73,851 refugees who arrived in the United States in 2004 – more than any other state, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Refugee Resettlement. NORWALK – More than $350,000 has been awarded to three Los Angeles County school districts – including the Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District – to help refugee students with their English skills, a state education official announced Friday. The California Department of Education and the state Department of Social Services are administering the $1.3 million federal grant for the Refugee Students Assistance Program. Ten school districts received a portion of the federal funding, including $144,870 for the Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District, $150,000 for the Glendale Unified School District and about $59,300 for the Los Angeles Unified School District. “These grants will help students who have had more than their share of hardships at such a young age,” said state Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Holloway praises fans after QPR win

first_imgQPR’s win moved them to the 50-point mark Ian Holloway praised QPR fans after the 4-1 victory over Norwich at Loftus Road.Rangers came from behind after Ryan Manning’s freak own goal, with Massimo Luongo, Matt Smith and Ebere Eze scoring before Manning headed in the fourth.“I think it’s down to the fans,” Holloway declared.”The fans are really appreciating the way the players are working and the skill they’ve got, and that bodes well for the future.“I want to thank the fans, because the atmosphere they’re creating for these young gentlemen is something sensational.“No matter whether they get it wrong or not, they still want the ball and they (the fans) can’t wait to see them do something.#The exciting Ebere Eze impressed again for QPR © Yui Mok/PA Wire“It’s very exciting, so thanks everybody from me – you’ve made us not worry about letting a goal in.”Norwich manager Daniel Farke said his team failed to deal with QPR’s long balls to Smith, but Rangers boss Holloway insisted they are about much more.Teenage forward Eze was a threat throughout and his goal was his second for the R’s.Holloway said: “We’ve got different skill sets. Matt is as good at doing what he does as anyone in our league and in the top league.“And we’ve got Ebere and what he’s got. He’s very exciting. I want him to create goals and score for us.“I’m very pleased with him. He’s a wonderfully balanced, intelligent boy and he wants to learn.“He glides and he floats. Ebere just beats you so easily. I want to encourage him to get in there and the team to give it to him.“We’ve got belief and why wouldn’t you have that with the skill we have on the pitch? I can see us getting stronger and stronger.”Luongo’s goal was his fourth in seven games and, coming straight after Rangers went behind, proved to be a pivotal moment in the game.Holloway said: “I thought the lads showed terrific skill and mentality to score as early as we did. It was a fantastic goal – a couple of little one-twos.“I gave Mass rest the other day. We look fantastic when he’s in there in that form. He’s starting to get prolific.”See also:QPR come from behind to crush NorwichFarke: Norwich failed to deal with QPR’s long-ball tacticsTwo more QPR youngsters in line for first-team chance at HullQPR v Norwich player ratingsPalace and Brighton monitor QPR’s EzeHolloway: QPR youngster Eze still has a lot to learn Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebookby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksRecommended for youAspireAbove.comRemember Pauley Perrette? Try Not To Smile When You See Her NowAspireAbove.comUndoLifestly.com25 Celebs You Didn’t Realize Are Gay – No. 8 Will Surprise WomenLifestly.comUndoUsed Cars | Search AdsUsed Cars in Tuen Mun Might Be Cheaper Than You ThinkUsed Cars | Search AdsUndoTopCars15 Ugliest Cars Ever MadeTopCarsUndoezzin.com20 Breathtaking Places to See Before You Dieezzin.comUndoFood World Magazine15 Fruits that Burn Fat Like CrazyFood World MagazineUndoDrhealth35 Foods That Should Never Be Placed in the RefrigeratorDrhealthUndoHappyTricks.comHer House Always Smells Amazing – Try her Unique Trick!HappyTricks.comUndolast_img read more

Female and rural farmers focus of agro-processing conference

first_imgInsight into the training offered to emerging farmers at Buhle Farmers’ Academy, as well as the potential of indigenous crops to bring food security to African farmers were hot topics at the Agro-Processing Africa Conference.Zamo Shongwe of the non-governmental organisation Buhle Farmers’ Academy is a speaker at the Agro-Processing Africa Conference on 29 and 30 November 2016 in Centurion. (Image: Melissa Javan)Melissa JavanThe story of the success of the Buhle Farmers’ Academy was told on the first day of the Agro-Processing Africa Conference held at Irene Farm in Centurion, Gauteng.Delegates heard how the academy grew from training 50 students in 2000 to 500 a year by 2016. These students were trained to manage their own farming businesses.Discussions at the conference, which took place on 29 and 30 November, explored various initiatives relating to agro-processing on the continent. It also examined the challenges in the sector. One of the topics was “The benefits of capacity building in African agriculture”. It was said that more women should be business owners or in managerial positions, because women paid great attention to detail.Business strategist Maureen Bandama says women should not only be labourers in the agro-processing sector, but business owners and in managerial positions. (Image: Melissa Javan)Maureen Bandama, a business strategist, was the first speaker. She spoke about agro-processing, saying it was not only about processed foods, but about everything you saw around you.For example, a shop owner decides on the number of T-shirts he wants to order for the year. He then has to talk to the seamstress and clothing designer about his T-shirts. The person who creates the materials for the seamstress to use is also involved in this process.In addition, Bandama spoke about the importance of empowering women in farming.Maureen Bandama says 60-80% women globally are landholders, only 15% women in Sub-Saharan Africa #APAC16 @Brand_SA— Melissa Javan (@melissa_nel) November 29, 2016Agricultural Project Consultant, @MaureenBandama: It’s an injustice that women are unable to participate in agro-processing #womeninag— Farmer’s Weekly SA (@FarmersWeeklySA) November 29, [email protected]: women should work towards management & entrepreneurial positions in agro-processing instead of general labour.— Farmer’s Weekly SA (@FarmersWeeklySA) November 29, 2016Buhle Farmers’ AcademySince 2000, the Buhle Farmers’ Academy has trained more than 4 000 emerging farmers. The academy’s Zamo Shongwe said that the board agreed to take in 50 people in 2000. “We didn’t have a Farmers’ Support Office then. This meant that after the courses were done, the graduates could not have the support of farmers in the field nor adjust their business plans.“A lot of them also didn’t understand why certain things were done,” she explained.“Nine years ago we implemented the Farmers’ Support Office. Now if the graduates go home and their community gives reasons to change things, they come back to us to talk about that and there is provision for them to adjust their business plan.”The office lends support to graduates following their courses, and they can return there to ask for help.The Buhle Farmers’ Academy takes in 500 emerging farmers a year to learn about farming of crops and livestock such as vegetables, maize and poultry. (Image to illustrate: Brand South Africa)Buhle had built partnerships with a number of farmers in the vicinity of its campuses, said Shongwe. Through these, students were able to practise their theory by training on these farms.Those who planned to go into poultry farming, for example, had to check up on baby chickens. “You have to check up on baby chickens every two hours, because they are very fragile. They can die of things like suffocation if some of them get on top of each other. There must always be light where they are, so the student learns about making use of solar energy.”Only 500 students are selected for the academy each year. Each student must at least have a Grade 9 school qualification. Each student must also have access to land, even if they don’t own the land.Studies are done on scholarship. Many corporates and individuals pay for a student to take up a course at Buhle. “We then ask the donor if they can sponsor more than one student,” said Shongwe. Buhle also gets funding.Of the academy’s female graduates she said: “Women go back to their communities and share the information they have learned. Many of the men tend to keep the information for themselves.”Using indigenous crops for food securityAdeoluwa Adetunjo, of the agricultural services and food processing company AFGRI, spoke about indigenous crops used by Africans. Food insecurity could be solved if we made use of this produce, he said.Adetunji: Crops that are an answer to food security issues in Africa include Marula, Teff etc @FarmersWeeklySA @AFGRI1 pic.twitter.com/2gOgHvOwzm— Siyanda Sishuba (@ZaSiyanda) November 29, 2016The topic of Adetunjo’s talk was “Unlocking potentials of Africa’s indigenous food crops”. He focused on cassava, a crop grown in his home country of Nigeria. It is produced in 24 of the country’s 36 states.Besides processing cassava to create food products, the crop’s peel could be used for feeding animals.Adetunjo explained that the peels were grated three times before being processed. They were turned into a flour-like mixture for certain farm animals.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa materiallast_img read more

Roundtable: Underwood Love, KSU Fear and Those Throwback Helmets Need To Stay

first_imgHere at Pistols Firing, we use Slack to communicate back and forth. Sometimes this is constructive. Other times we riff for 20 minutes on Mike Gundy’s golf game. It’s going to be pretty slangy and GIF-y and not meant to be anything serious. We’re just here to talk about OSU the way we all do in real life. If you need to brush up on any of the contributors, you can do so here.Kyle Boone (Head of Crootin): Because I am curious, one word to describe your attitude toward OSU basketball?Kyle Cox (Contributor): One word? Optimi-realistic.Justin Southwell (Chief Uni Officer): Stoked. ?Sam Aldrich (Head of Hoops): Rowdy.Thomas Fleming (Xs and Os): Sanguine.Caleb Deck (Intern): Anticipatory? Is that a word? Anticipation-filled.Kyle Porter (Publisher): Mine is thrilled. KB can attest to this, but the last few years of watching and writing about games has been such a slog. It felt like, I dunno, work. Now I’m genuinely excited to tune in.Boone: A basketball post was one of the top reads on the site today!Caleb: I’d also say relief. Watching the Pitt St. exhibition in GIA was great and seeing the ball movement and spread offense and talent of the freshmen is more like what I remember as a kid and less like my collegiate years.Cox: I said this last night but I really think Waters is going to be good. Even with the level of competition plenty of true freshman would have had hesitation or mistakes and I didn’t see that from him one time. Looked like he knew where he was supposed to be on defense and was confident offensively. His length will help him on D as well.Fleming: I really do think they’re going to surprise people. And it’s a win-win because in this non-con schedule, they’ll be underdogs for a good amount of games (WSU, Maryland, etc.) and we’ll get to see how good this team can really be with no pressure or expectations.Aldrich: They’re going to struggle with lack of height inside, but you can go a long ways with that kind of a back court. Mitch is hugely valuable to this team, as terrifying as that is to say. Can’t be on the bench with two fouls five min. into the game like he was so often last yearCox: Right… N’Guessan is not ready, just in terms of size. Solomon still isn’t much of a bruiser anyway. McGriff can be useful cleaning up the boards but, like you said, undersized.Fleming: I think McGriff is the next Kamari Murphy. He’s going to be really important.Cox: He’s going the U? But, yeah I agree he’s important.Caleb: It looks like McGriff could be an amazing 4 if we can pick up a big boy to play the 5 in the next recruiting class or two.Fleming: Yeah the Netherlands transfer is not the answer. Anthony Allen 2016.Porter: @boonek, you know the basketball landscape pretty well — how will they fit in this year in the Big 12?Boone: After one game it’s hard to get a read especially against Pitt State, but they do look improved in pretty much every area. Better disciplined on defense and really good ball movement on offense. They nearly had 30 assists and hung 117 in the first exhibition, so thats encouraging to see team ball return.Southwell: Can we apply for whatever Perry Ellis did for Markel Brown? I feel like he should get another three years at least.Boone: Ha! Kansas is still going to run the show this year though.. I think OSU being picked 7th in preseason may be about right. This is still somewhat of a rebuild.Porter: You say “this year” like it’s not on repeat for the last decade. Does anyone else think we’re going to lose to KSU this week like I do?Cox: I feel like we have to force turnovers to get stops on D. So I’m torn at this point since its KSU.Boone: Nah, I think OSU comes back from Manhattan with a dub, surprisingly. In Mason we trust.Southwell: We have too much momentum to lose to KSUCaleb: I think Pokes can win this weekend. Originally thought we wouldn’t and I still think it will be tougher than it may appear, but with Mason really tightening up those short-intermediate throws I feel more confident.Steven Mandeville (Contributor): Gosh, if they hadn’t given us a run for our money with a wide receiver at qb at home I’d feel pretty good. They always play us well (they win in manhattan, take us to the wire in Stillwater). Scared they won’t pass it enough for Ramon to get enough shots at an interceptionPorter: Does Oklahoma State play OU for the Big 12 title in Norman? (i.e. win out and Baylor lose at least one other game)Carson Cunningham (podcasting): They are already talking about OU.screen-shot-2016-11-02-at-3-44-14-pmCox: Ehhhh… yesssss???Boone: No. I don’t think Baylor will lose again, and I think OSU trips up before their showdown in Norman. TCU in Fort Worth will be tough, with or without Kenny Trill.Aldrich: I’m gonna say no. Pokes lose once more before then, and I don’t know if Oklahoma will lose again (before they get inevitably stomped in a bowl, of course).Southwell: It wouldn’t surprise me if that happened. Maybe I’m too high on the performance against WVU, but if they continue to play like that, OSU can win out.Aldrich: And to answer @porter yeah, I do kind of feel a loss coming this weekend. K State absolutely refuses to turn the ball over, and our defense is pretty reliant on TOss. Mixed with Road Mason, and The Windbreaker at home, not very confident.Caleb: I think it’s definitely possible but I’m not sure of the likelihood. Baylor still has TCU, @OU, KSU, TTU, and @WVU. That’s no cake walk and I think they lose, but I’m not sure about the Pokes. We have the potential but I’m not fully confident in us holding our nerve on the road so much.Thomas: The chances of OSU going big 10 again are high in my opinion. They’re not going to go tempo and let KSU control the clock the entire game. Too strenuous for defense.Cox: That would be good as long as they don’t commit turnovers. Solid strategy… Hope it works.Mandeville: I don’t think so, the league is really open at this point but this feels so much like 2010 it’s not even funny.Porter: Last one — is the Homecoming black helmet your new favorite? If not, where does it rank?Cox: It’s the best one they have in my opinion.Porter: “In our opinion”Carson: “You let us make that decision!”Cox: They could do an orange/white or white orange or even black/orange and make my life complete. Actually, that should be the only helmet design and all others should be considered alternates. Hope I’m not being too vague.Carson: It’s top 5. I’m a matte black homer. Best helmet look they have.Cox: I’m saying make last week’s an orange sticker and it’s all-time. Old School brand > new school brand. Not even close in our opinion.Caleb: Gosh this is a brutal question. I think if it was the classic orange OSU on white shell it would be totally unstoppable for me. I loved the bronco rider helmet too, but i’ve always had a penchant for the Oklahoma A&M era stuff (that was kind of in the transition time of A&M to State). I think the 80s logo is still my favorite though, even in white/chrome on black.Fleming: Top 5. I do love it a lot.Aldrich: Easily top 5. I’m a sucker for anything throwback.Porter: Me too.Southwell: It’s great. I’m ready to rank the helmets again at the end of the season. I’ve really become a fan of the white alt – black brand w/ black stripe. (Iowa St 2013) So that might be my number 1 now. But I’ve always loved the black helmet with the Bedlam win and Fiesta Bowl win. I’d say it’s top 3, and I’d love to see the updated white logo (carbon fiber) on a matte black helmet.Caleb: I would still prefer this over anything ever. Ultimate Oklahoma State logo.screen-shot-2016-11-02-at-3-52-27-pm While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

We Have No Idea What Time The Oklahoma State-TCU Game Will Be

first_imgThe Big 12, confusing its fans since forever!We might not be done with 11 a.m. games as next week’s tilt with TCU was given the ol’ “11 or 2:30 or 6 or 7 on FS1 or ABC or ESPN or ESPN2 or ESPNU” treatment. They might as well have just said. OSU and TCU will play a game next weekend and you will be able to see it on your television. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. #Big12FB: Week 12 (November 19) kickoff times & TV designations dependent on this weekend’s outcomes. Stay tuned Sat night/Sun morning. pic.twitter.com/QibA4erHkA— Big 12 Conference (@Big12Conference) November 7, 2016The game time will be determined on Sunday following Oklahoma State’s game with Texas Tech. TCU is off this week after beating Baylor by 1,000 points last weekend in Waco. Remember, this game could go a long way in determining the Big 12 title.Don’t hate me, but I’m sort of hoping for a 11 a.m. kick on the road. I don’t need a weird night game in Ft. Worth.last_img read more

WATCH: Jordan Sterns Pummels Dede Westbrook Across the Middle

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Oklahoma receiver Dede Westbrook has exited the Bedlam game after suffering a hit across the middle delivered by safety Jordan Sterns. The hit, as bad as it looks, was ruled completely legal. Sterns lead with his shoulder, and was below the head. But it appears that Westbrook may have gone unconscious, perhaps, and he has not returned to the game.Westbrook has done a lot of talking on social media this week, and who knows if OSU has even paid any attention to it. But Sterns delivered quite the hit that seemed to pack an extra punch. It could end up being a huge difference maker in the game.Dede Westbrook Rip? https://t.co/2QU1bnIcLF— Football Is Life (@FootbaIl_Tweets) December 3, 2016last_img read more

George Clooney Donates 1 Million to Counter War Crimes and Corruption in

first_imgToday George Clooney, through the Clooney Foundation for Justice, gave a $1 million gift to The Sentry to kick off its “Making War Criminals Pay” fundraising campaign.With increased investigative capacity, The Sentry – an initiative of the Enough Project and Not On Our Watch – will dramatically increase its production of dossiers focused on war criminals and their financial networks. The Sentry’s dossiers are being turned over to banks and governments in order to lay the foundation for serious action by regulatory and law enforcement authorities around the world, aimed at prosecuting or seizing the assets of those who finance and benefit from genocide or other war crimes.In addition to George Clooney’s generous grant, The Sentry is pleased to announce leadership gifts from: Don Cheadle, Carl Allen, Ruben Vardanyan, the Aurora Humanitarian Initiative, and three major donors who wish to remain anonymous. Including the Clooney Foundation grant, these gifts total $3.45 million. To reach their campaign goal of $6 million, The Sentry will seek to raise an additional $2.55 million.The Sentry is a team of policy analysts, regional experts, and financial forensic investigators that follows the money in order to create consequences for those funding and profiting from genocide or other mass atrocities in Africa, and to build leverage for peace.Announcing his gift, George Clooney, co-founder of The Sentry, said: “Our focus is to make sure that war crimes don’t pay. We want to make it more difficult for those willing to kill en masse to secure their political and economic objectives. When we’re able to go after the warlords’ wallets and bankrupt those who choose the bullet over the ballot, suddenly the incentives are for peace, not war; transparency, not corruption.”Sentry co-founder John Prendergast added: “The Sentry is pursuing a new strategy to counter mass atrocities that would utilize the tools of financial pressure normally reserved for countering terrorism, organized crime, and nuclear proliferation. We aim to undermine the pillars of the war economy and disrupt the financial flows that fuel conflict. Unless the links between conflict and corruption are confronted, peace will remain a distant dream.”With the Clooney Foundation gift and additional campaign donations, The Sentry will also be able to increase its capacity for public reporting based on material from these dossiers. Over the coming year, reports will be published focusing on state looting and illicit financial flows out of the war-torn countries of South Sudan, Sudan, Congo, Somalia, and the Central African Republic.As part of its efforts, The Sentry has also been an active partner in the #KeepThePromise (www.thepromisetoact.org) campaign aimed at countering genocide and educating the world about past atrocities such as the Armenian Genocide. The Sentry and its partners Enough and Not On Our Watch will expand its activities in that partnership over the coming year.last_img read more

HOLY CRAP IT IS ME WOMAN SURPRISED BY PHOTO OF HERSELF AT

first_img Twitter Facebook “I thought, it’s a shame to have this sitting in a closet,” he said in a phone interview from his home in Fredericton, N.B.“I thought I should give it to the woman if she’s still alive and if she’s not, let her family have it.”Foster took to Facebook, hoping someone might know the patriotic mystery woman who attended the Canada Jam rock concert in August 1978.A few days later, in Meaford, Ontario, Noreen McCallum-Fedoriuk received an unusual message from an old friend who was in her Grade 7 class. Noreen McCallum-Fedoriuk, first as a 22-year-old, then at 62, re-creating her photo. Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: It’s a photo that hung on Norm Foster’s wall for decades.A young woman at a rock concert proudly holds up her Canadian flag, using a crutch as a flag pole.More recently, the framed photo taken by his friend at the concert they both attended in 1978 had been relegated to the back of a closet. But he pulled it out and felt the woman in the photo needed to see it.‘It’s a shame to have this sitting in a closet’last_img read more

Ledecky Has Company In A Renewed Assault On Swimmings Records

Given her 100 splits (not reflected), and 200 and 800 races still to come (there is unfortunately no 1,500-meter women’s event at the Olympics), expect this curve to fall even further into the absurd.1. Adam Peaty — 100-meter breaststrokeAdam Peaty may not have the most versatile program, and certainly didn’t generate as much buzz as Ledecky or Hosszu, but for one race at least, he was every bit as dominant. He initially set a record in his preliminary heat, which generally bodes well. His final time of 57.13 won his race by 1.56 seconds and broke his pre-Olympic record by 0.79 seconds, and puts him 1.33 seconds clear of his next-fastest competitor ever.For a 100-meter race, this is crazy good – even against this crazy competition. To show how much so, I plotted the top 50 times since 2010 for each of these four records, in standard deviations from the mean:2Note that since these are the top values of a huge sample of swimmers, these deviations don’t perfectly correspond to the insanely low probabilities you’d expect from 3-4 SD events if the underlying times were normally distributed. The dynamics for the specific probabilities would be governed by a Gumbel “extreme value” distribution. I’m just using standard deviations here to put all of the events on the same scale. Ledecky’s 3:56.46 was 4.77 seconds faster than second-place Jazz Carlin, and nearly 2 seconds faster than her own 2014 record (3:58.37). It’s over 4 seconds faster than any woman has swum in the post-ban era (4:00.65 by bronze-medalist Leah Smith this year). The only other woman ever to swim below 4 minutes in this event is Federica Pellegrini, who did it in 2009. Ledecky is getting closer and closer to making 400 meters a sprint distance: Her speed of 59.1 seconds per 100 meters is closer to the average speed of the 50 fastest 200-meter swimmers than it is to the average of the 50 fastest 400-meter swimmers. Her speed in the 800 is already faster than all but a handful of women in the 400, and her speed in the 1,500 is faster than anyone’s but hers in the 800: We’re on the ground in Rio covering the 2016 Summer Olympics. Check out all our coverage here.While Michael Phelps’s winning of his 19th gold medal may be the feel-good story of the swimming pool not involving Yusra Mardini so far, the most significant development of the opening weekend of swimming is surely the sport’s renewed assault on the record books.The ban of full-body non-textile (“LZR”-style) swimsuits at the end of 2009 had a dramatic effect on the pace of records broken in swimming. Of 32 events contested in the 2008 Olympics, 27 had records broken in 2009; in 2010, none did. But time marches on, and athletes improve. The London games in 2012 saw records broken in eight events — a far cry from the 19 events that saw records fall in Beijing, but a step in the right direction.If the first weekend of action in Rio is any indication, the swimming world has recovered, with a vengeance. Of the eight swimming events completed so far, five have led to world records, including one of two relays (women’s 4×100), and four of the six individual events (all three women’s and one of three men’s). Here are the most dominant individual swims from the first two days of competition, ranked:4. Sarah Sjostrom — 100-meter butterflySwedish 22-year-old Sarah Sjostrom is a name to remember. In particular, she has the fastest 200-meter freestyle time of any woman since 2012, and is thus probably the most likely to play spoiler to Katie Ledecky’s hopes of winning three individual golds when the two face off in that event Tuesday.Sjostrom looks even stronger after kicking off her meet with a world record. She originally set the 100-meter butterfly record in 2009 (at age 15!) but wouldn’t match her pre-ban time again until 2015, when she reclaimed her record from Dana Vollmer (who had taken it in 2012).Sjostrom finished in 55.48, nearly a full second clear of second place, and a half-second clear of the next-fastest woman ever. Usually, that would be a pretty amazing showing, but this was a big weekend for amazing showings.3. Katinka Hosszu — 400-meter individual medleyKatinka Hosszu, the 27-year old Hungarian, is the only swimmer on this list who broke a record that wasn’t already her own. She very nearly broke it in her preliminary heat, and then destroyed it in the final: LOL Katie Ledecky was celebrating and people hadn’t finished yet pic.twitter.com/qCaDbu2kSg— Isaac (@WorldofIsaac) August 8, 2016 Ledecky’s 400-meter race was a thing of beauty, especially considering that 400 meters is supposed to be her third-best distance. But in terms of sheer field-busting dominance, Peaty’s wild win over just two lengths of the pool takes the weekend. Hosszu won the race by nearly 5 seconds – finishing in 4:26.36 – and cleared Ye Shiwen’s record by nearly 2 seconds. Though few expected a performance this great, Hosszu didn’t come out of nowhere. She was world champion in this event in 2009 and 2015, and has held the short-course record1There’s a separate set of records for times set in 25-meter pools, though most major competitions use 50-meter pools. in it on and off since 2013.2. Katie Ledecky — 400-meter freestyleIf there was any distance at which it seemed Katie Ledecky’s best times might have been flattening out, it’s the 400-meter freestyle, where she hadn’t broken the world record since 2014. Following unexpectedly fast 100 meter splits in the 4×100 relays and almost breaking her record in her preliminary heat, however, another record seemed inevitable. And then this happened: read more

Softball Ohio State downs Michigan avoids sweep

OSU then-junior Alex Bayne (2) is welcomed by her teammates at home plate after hitting a home run during a game against Penn State on April 6 at Buckeye Field. Credit: Lantern File PhotoThe No. 21 Ohio State softball team (23-9, 5-2 Big Ten) defeated No. 16 Michigan (28-8-1, 8-1 Big Ten) behind a complete-game shutout from junior pitcher Shelby McCombs, snapping a 21-game losing streak to the Wolverines.“Oh my gosh, I can’t even speak,” McCombs said. “It feels awesome. The rivalry is there, that’s for sure.” McCombs opened the game with three and two-thirds no-hit innings and had four strikeouts against her first seven batters. She finished the game with 10 strikeouts through her seven shutout innings and allowed just three hits in the game.Her success was due primarily to her ability to get players to swing at balls outside of the strike zone which led to softly hit balls, Ohio State coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly said.“Shelby was a master out there at getting them to hit non-strikes,” Kovach Schoenly said. “I think she picked and chose her time to throw a strike and got them to swing at pitches outside the zone. You want every pitcher to do that; it’s ideal.”Though she was undoubtedly the player of the game, McCombs was quick to deflect all praise to her teammates.“If it wasn’t for my teammates — Ashley (Goodwin) hitting that bomb, Anna (Kirk) starting off with a bomb, Becca (Gavin) hitting that changeup to right field — I don’t know what would have happened,” McCombs said. “Props to them. I wouldn’t have to do it without them.”The Buckeye offense supported McCombs with five runs, all coming against Michigan senior Megan Betsa, one of the nation’s top pitchers. Betsa entered the game leading the nation in strikeouts and the Big Ten in shutouts and hit allowed per game, but OSU lit her up on Sunday, forcing a pitching change in the fifth inning.“I honestly think she’s one hell of a pitcher,” said junior first baseman Ashley Goodwin. “She’s great, she throws good and she’s very consistent. We just kind of stuck to our game plan and took it pitch by pitch.”Betsa held OSU scoreless through two innings before junior third baseman Kirk hit a solo home run to give the Buckeyes a 1-0 lead after three innings. OSU added to its lead in the fifth with an RBI single from junior catcher Becca Gavin before breaking the game open with a three-run home run from Goodwin.“I was just trying to honestly get a base hit for my team,” Goodwin said. “We’d been waiting for something like this and it finally happened.”Michigan loaded the bases in the game’s final inning, but McCombs got out of the inning and the game unscathed, finishing the complete-game shutout and giving the Buckeyes a 5-0 win.OSU lost the series 2-1 after Michigan won both games on Saturday, but the Buckeyes were happy to celebrate their first win against the Wolverines in nearly seven years, snapping a 21-game losing streak to Michigan dating back to April 28, 2010.“It was awesome,” Goodwin said. “We wanted to do it for our team, our coaches, our fans. It was the best feeling ever.”With the win, the Buckeyes improve to 23-9 overall and 5-2 in the Big Ten. OSU travels to Penn State Wednesday for a mid-week doubleheader before returning home Friday for a weekend series with Indiana. read more