Sibling love Hill joins brother in Columbus

Ohio State basketball is betting on the fact spectators will be seeing a lot of the Hills this season.  No, not the brain-numbing, MTV reality show featuring Lauren Conrad and her catty band, but rather the sibling duo of P.J. Hill, a guard on the men’s basketball team, and his sister Tayler, a newcomer to the OSU women’s basketball team.There are undeniable similarities between the two. Both play guard and took the number four for their jerseys.P.J. Hill has long been a favorite of Buckeye fans. The 6-feet 1 inches guard has made a name for himself by coming off the bench and instantly raising the team’s intensity level with a key steal or assist. This year, Hill is being counted on this season to expand his role.“Last year, a lot of teams got away with not guarding me,” he said. “I took that personally, like ‘you can’t shoot, you’re not effective on offense, you’re not a threat.’ So I took that stuff personally. When I get in the games, I’m going to step up and knock those shots down with confidence. I’m going to be an impact player. I’m going to be a threat on both ends of the court.”While senior Hill enters the final act of his career with the OSU men’s basketball team, freshman Tayler Hill begins hers with the women’s team.Tayler Hill comes to the Buckeyes as one of the most decorated players in Minnesota basketball history. She is Minnesota’s all-time leading scorer in high school basketball, boys and girls, and was selected as a 2009 McDonald’s All American. While leading her team to a state high school championship, she averaged 31.4 points, 7.6 rebounds and 5.7 steals per game. She finished her high school playing career with 3,894 points. She joins a deep, veteran women’s basketball team that has already established leadership. “If Coach [Jim] Foster wants me on the floor, that’s where I’m going to be at,” Hill said. “If he needs me on the bench cheering my team on, then that’s what I’m going to do.”Rather than be daunted by the prospect of becoming another cog in the machine, as opposed to its centerpiece, she is embracing the positives that come with it.“I’m excited,” she said. “There were times when games got tough in high school when I had to have the ball in my hands at all times. I can rely on other players on this team, I can pass and screen away.”The pride Tayler has for her older brother shines through when she speaks of him. His non-traditional path to the OSU basketball team, which saw him transfer before his sophomore year from tiny Midland College, is a lesson to her in persistence.“My brother is my role model,” she said. “Seeing him work every day and keeping the faith that he has, I know that if he can do it, than I can too. If it wasn’t for him, I wouldn’t be where I am right now.”There’s a double meaning in that statement. Although the particulars of P.J.’s role in helping bring Tayler to OSU are unclear, his influence is not.“He was a big factor in this because my brother and I are best friends,” Tayler said. “Knowing I can count on him when things get hard was a really big deal for me.”Foster was guarded in his praise of Tayler Hill.  “She’s talented and she can go up and down the floor,” Foster said. “When you’ve scored 4,000 points in your high school career, how many times have you been on the floor with players better than you?”But her freshman status does not necessarily exclude her from cracking the starting lineup in her first year, as evidenced by the playing time given to Jantel Lavender and Sammy Prahalis in their freshmen campaigns.“If you’re a great player or have the potential to be a great player, room is made for them because they earn it,” Foster said. “We’ll find out.”When asked about P.J.’s role in recruiting Tayler to OSU, Foster was glib.“I would say that he’s not disappointed that his sister’s here,” he said.Junior center Jantel Lavender, the team’s leader on the floor, likes what she sees in Tayler.“She’s a great shooter, she’s a great passer, she’s a great leader and she works extremely hard all the time,” Lavender said of Hill. “Those are the attributes that you need.” read more

Grounds crew game day Behindthescenes of game day with the Ohio State

River Wicker grooms the softball batting cages at Buckeye Field. Credit: Collin Ginnan | Lantern ReporterThe snow had just started to fall on the cold February morning when the carts began traveling across the athletic campus to lay down a layer of salt.Later that day, a women’s lacrosse match would be played at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center, and walking paths needed to be clear.The softball team might not have a home game, but the batting cages needed to be cared for. And something had to be done about the new cryotherapy chambers blocking the path of the lacrosse nets.It’s just another gameday at Ohio State University.Behind the sports people love is a different kind of team. The grounds crew at Ohio State works year-round to ensure that the university’s athletic facilities are in peak condition for competition. Monday’s team consisted of four student assistants: River Wicker, a recent graduate in sustainable plant systems; Nick Gauthier, a fourth-year in mechanical engineering; Nate Grady, a fourth-year in accounting; and Kacey Browning, a third-year in sustainable plant systems.The noon shift began with a trip to Buckeye Field, the home of Ohio State softball. First up was to tend to the indoor batting cages. Embedded in the turf are rubber pellets that fill the playing surface. With repeated wear and tear such as pivoting in the batter’s box, the pellets are displaced, and divots are created. Once per week, the crew has to fill these spots to create a level surface.“It just depends on softball and how much the [women] are out here,” Wicker said. “We do mounds every day though.”Next up was Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. There, the team worked on cleaning up trash and dirt from the locker rooms to prepare for the impending women’s lacrosse season.On the way to the Woody Hayes Athletic Center, the crew took a pit stop at the fences surrounding the football practice fields. The tarps covering the fence had taken a beating in the recent winter storms, and the team had to repair them. It was a quick job, but was just another addition to an ever-changing to-do list.Once they reached the WHAC, it was finally time to prep the field for women’s lacrosse. For the indoor game, the traditional football field was painted with standard lacrosse lines two days prior. To set up for the match, the grounds crew worked in a rather choppy process — fast-paced and relentless at times, and slower with moments of anticipation while the crew waits for instructions. The main objectives were to set up practice goals, game nets and protective screens for the sandwiched crowd, while also checking goals for tears and grooming the turf.Of course, there are often hiccups along the way, such as unexplained wooden pallets, which held new cryotherapy chambers. Not exactly part of the typical description for a grounds crew, but these units were in the way of their setup process. So, the answer was naturally a forklift.Keep in mind, this was only February. With baseball and softball on the road, the brunt of spring sports has yet to hit.In February, the crew is caught between caring for winter facilities and preparing for the spring season.When spring sports are in full stride, the process is even more hectic. The day of the 2019 football spring game, the grounds crew is also responsible for baseball, softball and women’s lacrosse.“That day gets really interesting because of [the potential of] rain,” Brent Packer, Ohio State athletic grounds specialist, said. “We’re trying to keep softball dry. Meanwhile, we’re trying to get lacrosse set up and baseball — we’re communicating with coaches.”With spring sports, a challenge for the grounds crew is getting the grass ready shortly after winter. To do this, the fields are painted green.“The real reason we’re doing it is to make that surface darker, so it attracts more solar heat,” Brian Gimbel, superintendent of athletic grounds, said. “To heat the ground up underneath there and get the roots growing sooner than they would by nature.”Bending to the will of scheduling and mother nature, Ohio State’s grounds crew’s work looks different day to day. In April, the crew may be working the fields for four sports each day. In July, it could be maintaining Bill Davis Stadium for external tournaments. The job is always changing, and the crew is always on its toes. read more

Roma make enquiries about Suso Fernandez

first_imgAS Roma have reportedly made enquiries about AC Milan’s midfielder Suso Fernandez, as they see the Spanish player as a potential alternative to Malcom.The Giallorossi had agreed on a deal with Bordeaux to sign Malcom, but the Catalans made an 11th hour move to hijack the transfer.Sporting director Monchi is still looking for someone to play on the right flank, and calciomercato.com reports that he met Suso’s agent Alessandro Lucci today.Rick Karsdorp, Roma, Serie AKarsdorp reveals he had too much stress at Roma Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The Dutch defender has been with the Gialorrossi since 2017, but he has not enjoyed his time in the Italian Lega Serie A.The former Liverpool player has a release clause of €38m, but it’s only valid for foreign clubs and expired on July 15.The Rossoneri are asking for around €40m, but at this stage, Roma are only making enquiries and aren’t ready to submit a bid.Alternatives include Leon Bailey of Bayer Leverkusen, Ajax’s David Neres, Mikel Oyarzabal of Real Sociedad, RB Leipzig’s Emil Forsberg and Domenico Berardi, the Sassuolo forward who worked with Eusebio Di Francesco at Mapei Stadium.last_img read more

Sen Sanders and Rep Cummings Call on Justice Department to Investigate Generic

first_imgBy AFRO StaffSen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, and Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.), Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, wrote to Attorney General William Barr to urge him to investigate 20 generic drug manufacturers for allegedly engaging in an unprecedented, multi-billion-dollar price-fixing conspiracy in violation of federal antitrust law. “It is sick and disgraceful that generic pharmaceutical executives, who should be making medicines affordable for the American people, were instead busy coordinating a cover-up scheme to hide the truth about their price-fixing conspiracy when we asked about their skyrocketing prices,” Sanders said. “In my view, their ‘polite f-u’ letters designed to obstruct our investigation were clearly illegal. The Department of Justice must hold these bad actors accountable to the fullest extent of the law.”(Stock Photo)“I am deeply troubled by the allegations that Teva and its peers conspired to inflate the prices of lifesaving generic drugs, and that they obstructed our investigation in the process,” said Cummings. “We cannot stand for this type of harm to the public or this interference with Congress’ oversight responsibilities. We will take all appropriate actions to ensure that generic manufacturers are held accountable for misconduct.”A civil lawsuit filed last month by a coalition of 44 state attorneys general against 20 generic drug manufacturers and more than a dozen executives followed Sanders’ and Cummings’ original 2014 investigation into 14 generic drug companies’ suspicious price increases. The attorneys general alleged that these companies and individuals participated in a massive scheme to defraud the American people, engaging in a coordinated effort to artificially inflate prices for more than 100 generic drugs and destroy evidence of criminal conduct.  “Civil enforcement will not be sufficient to protect consumers,” wrote Sanders and Cummings. “We write to urge the Department of Justice to prioritize criminal enforcement of federal antitrust laws against generic drug manufacturers.” They emphasized that, “vigorous antitrust enforcement is vital to ensuring that millions of Americans can afford the medications they need.”Sanders and Cummings also called on the Department of Justice to open an investigation into whether Teva Pharmaceuticals and its co-conspirators unlawfully obstructed their 2014 investigation.In response to the 2014 investigation, generic drugmakers cited the costs of regulatory compliance, drug shortages, and user fees—explanations that were “at best, grossly misleading, and at worst, intentional lies to Congress,” wrote Sanders and Cummings.The state attorneys general have uncovered evidence that these companies coordinated with each other to obstruct the 2014 investigation. An unredacted copy of the states’ complaint, released to the media, reveals the below email suggesting coordination between Mylan, Teva, and Heritage:“Executives deleted text messages, coordinated their responses, and lied to our offices in order to conceal a massive conspiracy to fix prices for generic drugs, raising them by as much as 1,000 percent,” the Members said in response.last_img read more

Industrial domestic power consumers increased in WB minister

first_imgKolkata: The number of electricity consumers in both industrial and domestic sectors has increased in West Bengal which is now a power surplus state, state minister Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay said here today. The number of industrial consumers has gone up from 78,074 in 2011 to 99,505 now, proving that demand for power from industries has increased, Power and Non-Conventional Energy Sources Minister Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay said. Following the ‘Power to Everyone’ slogan coined by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee after coming to power in 2011, the number of domestic consumers of power (domestic) has also increased to 1.2 crore from 86 lakh in 2011, he said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life “We can now say that with regards to infrastructure – roads, technical institutions, power – Bengal is ready to extend all help to industry houses,” Chattopadhyay said at a programme of the Bengal National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BNCCI). On the sidelines of the programme, he said West Bengal is a power-surplus state where the demand does not cross the threshold limit of 8,500 mw daily. On Bhangar sub-station project in South 24 Parganas where work was stopped by agitation by local people for over a year, Chattopadhyay said “It is a Power Grid Corporation project. Work for sub-station has started and all the complications have now been resolved.” He said the government was taking steps to stop power thefts and aim to generate additional 2,000 mw in the next five years from the thermal, hydel and non-conventional energy resources. At the BNCCI event, its newly appointed president Satyam Roychowdhury said a delegation of the chamber would visit Russia by the end of this month to discuss business opportunities.last_img read more

Swiss service provider Sunrise has announced plans

first_imgSwiss service provider Sunrise has announced plans to launch an initial public offering in the first half of this year. The firm plans to list on the SIX Swiss Exchange and said that the IPO would “substantially strengthen” its balance sheet and allow it to exploit future growth opportunities.Sunrise added that going public would support its strategy of investing in integrated mobile and fixed network technology and underlined its commitment to the Swiss market.“I am enthusiastic about the prospect of welcoming public shareholders into the Sunrise family and enabling them to invest in the largest fully-integrated challenger in the Swiss telecommunications market,” said Sunrise CEO Libor Voncina.“The planned IPO will underpin the execution of our strategy and facilitate our ongoing investments into technology, customer care and network to continue the improvement of customer experience and service quality for our valued Swiss customers.”Sunrise is Switzerland’s second largest telecoms operator and has more than 3.3 million customer relationships across mobile, landline, fixed internet and IPTV services.The firm claims a 27% marketshare in mobile and 9% in fixed broadband and said it is strongly positioned to “capture the convergence opportunity in the consumer segment” and to grow its market share in the B2B segment.Sunrise reported revenues of CHF2 billion and EBITDA of CHF 621 million for the twelve months ended 30 September.last_img read more

Mediaset has acquired the 111 stake in its pay T

first_imgMediaset has acquired the 11.1% stake in its pay TV unit, Mediaset Premium, that was owned by Spanish telco Telefónica, giving it 100% control of the operation.Mediaset did not disclose financial details of the deal, According to a Reuters report, citing an unnamed source, Telefónica is in line to receive part of the damages Mediaset hopes to secure from its legal dispute with Vivendi over the latter’s decision last year to pull out of a deal that would have seen it take control of the unit.According to Reuters’ source, Mediaset had previously reached an agreement with Telefónica to buy its stake for about €70 million and then sell it on to Vivendi as part of the agreement between the Italian broadcaster and the French media giant. However, that deal fell through when Vivendi pulled out.Telefónica originally bought its stake in Mediaset Premium in 2015 for €100 million.Vivendi meanwhile has filed a plan with Italian regulator AGCOM to explain how it will comply with the latter’s ruling that it could not simultaneously hold sizeable stakes in Mediaset and Telecom Italia because this was in breach of Italy’s Testo Unico dei Servizi di Media Audiovisivi e Radiofonici (TUSMAR) regulation. This determines that electronics communications companies with a market share in excess of 40% cannot control more than 10% of a Sistema Integrato delle Comunicazioni (SIC) – meaning a large TV, radio and publishing outfit, such as Mediaset.The AGCOM ruling came after Vivendi acquired a significant stake in Mediaset in a series of moves at the end of last year.The plan filed by Vivendi to comply with the ruling has not been disclosed. AGCOM will now consider the proposal, which, if accepted, is expected to be made public. On June 28 Mediaset’s board is due to submit a plan to shareholders to buy back up to 10% of its own capital, which could enable its main shareholder Fininvest to strengthen its grip on the company.Vivendi is separately continuing to contest the ACGOM ruling, last week filing an appeal against it with the Tribunale Administrivo Regionale (TAR).last_img read more

Frances Ligue de Football Professionnel LFP has

first_imgFrance’s Ligue de Football Professionnel (LFP) has become the latest sporting body to line-up behind Qatar-based pay TV outfit BeIN Media’s campaign to combat what it sees as a deliberately targeted attack on it by a Saudi Arabia-based pirate broadcaster and streamer.Following the Ligue 1 Conforama season kick off, the LfP confirmed that its matches were being broadcast illegally by BeoutQ. The French sporting body has sent a letter to the EC’s trade directorate-general seeking support for investigating the pirate streamer and has demanded that pressure be placed on Saudi Arabia to act.The LFP has also written to Saudi-based satellite operator Arabsat, which BeIN Media accuses of supporting BeoutQ by allowing its signal to be distributed on Arabsat satellites.“The LFP continues to take all necessary action to defend its interests and the interests of its broadcasters,” said Didier Quillot, executive director-general at the LFP.“Last January we participated in the creation of the Association for the Protection of Sporting Programs (APPS) with the broadcasters, the professional leagues and the sports’ federal bodies. Pirate broadcasts attack directly at the economic heart of the sport and we must unite in our struggle against this practice. We ask Arabsat and Saudi Arabia to intervene to stop the piracy of our content.”This week BeIN Media enlisted the support of technology companies Cisco, Nagra and Overon in its campaign to force Arabsat to stop broadcasting the BeoutQ signals. BeIN Media maintains that BeoutQ’s broadcasts are supported by the Saudi authorities as part of its campaign to isolate and blockade Qatar.last_img read more