GivePenny announces new partnerships with Sue Ryder & RSPCA

first_imgGivePenny announces new partnerships with Sue Ryder & RSPCA  110 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis12 Tagged with: Donation management online fundraising sites GivePenny has announced that Sue Ryder and the RSPCA have both signed up to use its fundraising platform to raise donations online.This makes them the second and third top 100 UK charities to sign up to the platform, following Bloodwise, since GivePenny’s January 2016 launch.As well as upfront donations, the platform lets people give pledged donations, allowing supporters to promise donations against specific personal goals or against something a fundraiser is counting as part of their challenge.The platform also has connections to a growing list of apps, websites and wearable technologies including Fitbit, Runkeeper and Facebook to help engage supporters with fundraisers’ activities.James Wright, Sue Ryder senior events fundraiser said:“We’re delighted to partner with GivePenny to take fundraising for Sue Ryder to the next level. Funds raised from Sue Ryder’s calendar of challenge events help us deliver our hospice and neurological care, which makes a real difference for people at the most difficult time of their lives”.  109 total views,  1 views today Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis12 Melanie May | 12 December 2016 | News About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com.last_img read more

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Williams’ Endorsement Could be Violation of Johnson Amendment

first_imglatest #2 Williams’ Endorsement Could be Violation of Johnson Amendment Preacher endorses candidate from the stage during sermon By ANDRÉ COLEMAN, Managing Editor Published on Monday, March 2, 2020 | 3:46 pm faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes HerbeautyThink The Lost Weight Won’t Be Regained If You Stop Eating A Lot?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWomen Love These Great Tips To Making Your Teeth Look WhiterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWhat Is It That Actually Makes French Women So Admirable?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyCreative Ways To Burn Calories That Require Little EffortHerbeautyHerbeauty 6 recommendedShareShareTweetSharePin it Business News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday More Cool Stuff Make a comment Top of the News center_img Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Subscribe Community News First Heatwave Expected Next Week Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. An endorsement received by Mayoral Candidate Major Williams on Sunday from a pastor of a local church during a service could be a violation of the country’s tax code.Pasadena Now posted a story announcing the endorsement on Monday. That story has been removed.The Johnson Amendment, named after President Lyndon B. Johnson, restricts the involvement in politics of tax-exempt organizations.Pastors cannot endorse or oppose candidates during church services. Williams committed no wrongdoing and said he was surprised by the endorsement.In the video, Harvest Rock Pastor Che Ahn said during a service, “We’re honored again to have Major Williams with us and his beautiful family. And so, Major, would you stand up, would you please stand up with your family, we’ll just welcome you again? And for those who live in Pasadena, Major Williams is running for mayor in Pasadena. And I love the fact that he’s conservative and that I believe that he’ll be a great mayor. So I want to give my endorsement for him. And I know some of you may say, well, what about the Johnson amendment? Are you supposed to do that? But thank God for President Trump who gave an executive order.”But Trump’s Executive Order did not overturn the Johnson Act, instead it calls for leniency when the law is violated.“The Secretary of the Treasury shall ensure, to the extent permitted by law, that the Department of the Treasury does not take any adverse action against any individual, house of worship, or other religious organization on the basis that such individual or organization speaks or has spoken about moral or political issues from a religious perspective, where speech of similar character has, consistent with law, not ordinarily been treated as participation or intervention in a political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) a candidate for public office by the Department of the Treasury,” the Executive Order reads.When contacted by phone and asked if he would like to now turn down the endorsement, Williams requested time to call Ahn. When he called back he said the pastor interpreted things “differently.”Efforts to reach Pastor Che Ahn were not successful on Monday.“I’m rolling with it,” Williams said. “It is what it is.”Pasadena Now has removed the earlier story. Community News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

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BJP looking to garner maximum mileage from Telangana Liberation Day

first_imgHyderabad: Aiming to emerge as an alternative to the ruling TRS, the BJP is looking to garner maximum political benefit from its two-decade-old demand for the official celebration of Telangana Liberation Day on September 17. Buoyed by its impressive performance in the Lok Sabha elections and the support it received for scrapping Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is trying to put Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) on the mat by accusing it of surrendering to All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) by not celebrating the day officially. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ Though the BJP camp is disappointed over Union Home Minister and party president Amit Shah not attending the celebrations, it is expected to make every effort to highlight its demand and corner the mileage by playing the card of polarization. The party has planned ‘tiranga yatras’ across the state and its leaders and cadres will hoist the national flag in all 33 districts to mark the occasion. A public meeting is also scheduled at Patancheru near Hyderabad. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K Union Minister of State for Home G. Kishan Reddy and three other BJP Lok Sabha members from the state will be participating in the celebrations. Preparing the ground for the celebrations, a delegation of BJP leaders led by the party’s state unit chief K. Laxman on Saturday met Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan, urging her to direct the state government to officially celebrate Telangana Liberation Day. BJP argues that in those districts of Karnataka and Maharashtra which were part of erstwhile Hyderabad State, September 17 is officially celebrated and since entire Telangana was under the ‘tyrannical’ rule of the Nizam, the day should be celebrated officially on a grand scale. It was on this day in 1948 that then Hyderabad State was merged with the Indian Union following the Centre’s military action, popularly known as ‘Police Action’. Top leaders of BJP during their visit to Telangana, always mentions that the Nizam of Hyderabad State was not ready to accede to the Indian Union but Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel succeeded in making Hyderabad accede to India with the ‘Police Action’. They also allege that the Nizam’s Army and his private militia ‘Razakars’ committed excesses and tried to suppress the freedom struggle. “It is well known that BJP has been trying to celebrate September 17 from communal angle for last 20 years. The demand this time may be strong in the wake of scrapping of Article 370 but polarisation on this issue is marginal,” political analyst Telakapalli Ravi. He believes that the BJP’s attempts may benefit TRS. Successive governments of Congress and Telugu Desam Party (TDP) in undivided Andhra Pradesh and after formation of the Telangana state, the TRS government ignored the demands for officially celebrating the day to avoid any controversy. Muslim groups have been opposing any celebrations as they claim that Muslims were massacred during the ‘police action’. AIMIM, which is often dubbed by BJP leaders as party of ‘razakars’, maintains that there is only one Independence Day for the entire country and hence there is no need for separate celebrations in Telangana. The Congress, TDP, TRS, Left parties and other groups celebrate September 17 as Telangana merger day by hoisting the national flag. They refrain from calling it liberation day. Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao, while speaking in the Assembly last year, had rejected the demand for celebrating ‘Telangana Liberation Day’. The TRS chief said the historic event can only be termed as “transition from monarchy to democracy” and not as liberation. Stating that the BJP wished to portray the day as “liberation from Muslim rule”, Rao said it was not the government’s wish to antagnoise any particular community. “The demand to celebrate September 17 as the Liberation Day existed for decades, but with BJP emerging stronger politically in Delhi, the party considers it as the right time to play politics around it,” said analyst P. Raghava Reddy. He believes that the approach of ruling TRS in general and the chief minister in particular towards September 17 is providing a good scope for BJP to make the issue political and gain mileage from it. The analyst added that as the BJP is emboldened by the support it received following abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir it would be encouraged to harp on a similar “nationalistic/national integration” card in Telangana too.last_img read more

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Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the

first_imgTORONTO – Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the coming week:Trans Mountain troublesB.C. Premier John Horgan’s government may file a long-promised court reference this week to clarify questions around provincial authority over Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd.’s Trans Mountain pipeline and other such inter-jurisdictional megaprojects. The company is caught in the middle of a political feud among Alberta, B.C. and the federal government over the $7.4-billion project.Steady as she goesBank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz and deputy governor Carolyn Wilkins appear at a Commons finance committee to discuss the central bank’s monetary policy report on Monday. The central bank stuck with its benchmark interest rate of 1.25 per cent last week as it continued along a careful process of determining the appropriate juncture for its next hike.Tims travailsRestaurant Brands International Inc. discusses first-quarter results on Tuesday. Shares for the parent company of Burger King and Tim Hortons have fallen to their lowest point since February 2017 amid a growing spat between the company and a group of restive Tims franchisees over a range of issues including cost-cutting measures and a $700-million plan to renovate restaurants.DisloyaltyLoyalty rewards company Aimia Inc. releases first-quarter results after markets close on Thursday. An activist investor says it plans to vote against the re-election of the company’s board of director nominees later this month over the company’s poor performance and plummeting share price, citing Aimia’s loss of its agreement with Air Canada and the sale of the British program Nectar to retailer Sainsbury.Green light for Keystone XL?Pipeline giant TransCanada Corp. holds its annual meeting on Friday. A research analyst recently told The Canadian Press that U.S. President Trump’s vocal support for the energy industry company’s Keystone XL pipeline should help it avoid the political pitfalls that sunk Energy East and Northern Gateway.last_img read more

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Pompeo hopes India will not buy oil from Venezuelas Maduro govt

first_imgWashington DC: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday hoped that India will not be the “economic lifeline” to the “authoritarian” regime of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro by purchasing oil from the Latin American country. Pompep’s comments came as Washington ramps up actions on Maduro’s regime, which is battling to hold onto power in the face of heavy domestic and international pressure. Venezuela is the third largest supplier of oil to India which is the world’s third-biggest oil consumer. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepThe issue was discussed in a meeting with the visiting Indian Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale, Pompeo told reporters at a news conference here, without providing insight into it. “We are asking the same thing of India as we are of every country: Do not be the economic lifeline for the Maduro regime. So we talked about (Venezuela) I certainly won’t characterise the conversations; they’re private conversations,” Pompeo said in response to a question. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to Customs”In the same way that India has been incredibly supportive of our efforts in Iran, I’m confident that they too understand the real threat to the Venezuelan people. We had a good conversation around that,” Pompeo said. The Latin American country’s Oil Minister and state-run oil company PDVSA’s President Manuel Quevedo told reporters in Greater Noida in Uttar Pradesh last month that his sanctions-hit country wants to sell more crude oil to India. The US has slapped sweeping sanctions on PDVSA with a view to curb Venezuela’s crude exports and put pressure on socialist President Maduro to step down. Venezuela produces around 1.57 million barrels of oil per day, half of what it produced two decades back. With the US stopping imports from Venezuela, PDVSA is seeking to retain buyers in other big consuming countries such as China and India. At the news conference, Pompeo said the nations that support Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro are, by the nature of this “illegitimate” regime, carrying out the very foreign interventionism of which they accuse others. “Today, the United States is drawing a clear line between those who aid the forces of repression and those who give life to the Venezuelan people’s democratic dreams. There is no ambiguity here about the truth,” he said. Similar kind of warning to other nations was issued by US National Security Adviser John Bolton. “The United States will not stand idly by while foreign financial institutions facilitate illegitimate transactions that benefit Maduro and his cronies, and perpetuate the corruption that has devastated Venezuela,” he said. Earlier in the day, the Treasury sanctioned a Russia-based bank attempting to circumvent US sanctions on Venezuela’s state-owned oil company PDVSA. It sanctioned Evrofinance Mosnarbank, a Moscow-based bank jointly owned by Russia and Venezuela, for being involved in facilitating illegitimate transactions that prolong Maduro’s usurpation of democracy, it said. “The illegitimate Maduro regime has profited off of the suffering of the Venezuelan people,” said US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.last_img read more

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Nawazuddin to star in Barrettos next

first_imgMumbai: Actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui will star in filmmaker Glen Barretto’s road trip film, Dusty to meet Rusty. The film choices the journey of a girl who takes a road trip from Mumbai to Dharamshala in search of her childhood sweetheart but finds love on her way. Dusty to meet Rusty will mark his third collaboration with producer Rajesh Bhatia and Kiran Bhatia’s Woodpecker Movies after his upcoming films Motichoor Chaknachoor and Bole Chudiyan. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka”When Nawaz heard the narration, he loved the script instantly. Its an honour to work with talent like him who brings great value to the script with his nuances and outstanding performances,” Kiran said in a statement. The preparation for the film has begun and another hero as a parallel male lead and a female actor are on the verge of being finalised. The shooting is scheduled to start in August this year with a start to finish schedule.last_img read more

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AYUSH Ministry inks MoU with CSIR to boost research

first_imgKolkata: To boost scientific research and education on the traditional methods of treatment, the Ministry of AYUSH signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) on Monday.It aims for further cooperation in research on traditional systems of medicine like Ayurveda, Unani, Sidhha and Homeopathy (AYUSH) and their integration with modern science. There is growing interest among people about traditional medicines across the country and hence the government is adopting multi-pronged strategies and innovative approaches to take the old methods of treatment to the people in the grassroot level. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaA combination of traditional healthcare and modern basic science has a huge possibility to do innovative and path-breaking researches, which can be used for the explanation of various basic concepts, a senior official of the AYUSH ministry said. A senior official of the CSIR appreciated the ongoing projects and programmes between the two organisations, stating that enhancing the collaboration on a range of issues starting from fundamental science to validation and thereafter product development, will significantly help in the growth of AYUSH, not only in the country but abroad as well. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe MoU will help both the organisations put a combined effort in the pursuit of data collection and analytics and also artificial intelligence to enable and facilitate concepts such as “Traditional knowledge inspired drug discovery and development” and “Food as Medicine”. It may be mentioned here that the CSIR, with the help of the AYUSH ministry, had earlier developed the Traditional Knowledge Digital Library (TKDL), a globally recognised proprietary database on Indian systems of medicine for preventing bio-piracy and misappropriation of traditional knowledge. The CSIR also stressed on the necessity of the development of improved varieties and captive cultivation of medicinal plants, including rare and threatened (RET) species. Under the MoU, both organisations will jointly conduct fundamental research, develop AYUSH specific diagnostic tools, link microbiome, gene expression and prakriti and also explore modern scientific methods for integration with traditional Indian Systems of Medicine (ISM). The collaboration also aims to preserve and protect traditional knowledge related to the old forms of treatment and the development of international standardised terminologies (disease-morbidity codes) in Ayurveda, Siddha and Unani (ASU). “It is a great move taken up by the AYUSH Ministry. We welcome it. It will help take our oldest methods of treatment to the international arena,” said Dr Sumit Sur, coordinator, West Bengal and North East States of National Ayurveda Students and Youth Association.last_img read more

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US mulls H1B application fee hike Indian cos to be hit

first_imgWashington DC: The US plans to hike the H-1B visa application fee to increase funding for the expansion of an apprentice programme, Labour Secretary Alexander Acosta has told American lawmakers, a move that would impose additional financial burden on Indian IT companies. Testifying before a Congressional committee on the annual budget of the Department of Labor for the fiscal year 2020 beginning October 1, 2019, he said that the Labour Department has also made changes to the H-1B application forms to ensure greater transparency and better protect American workers from employers seeking to misuse the programme. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraAcosta, however, did not give details of the proposed increase in the H-1B filing fee and the categories of applicants it would be enforced on. But given past experience, the Indian IT companies, which account for a large number of H-1B applications, are likely to face the additional financial burden because of this proposed increase in H-1B filing fees. The H-1B visa is a non-immigrant visa that allows US companies to employ foreign workers in speciality occupations that require theoretical or technical expertise. The technology companies depend on it to hire tens of thousands of employees each year from countries like India and China. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 days Arguing that foreigners hurt American workers by competing for jobs and driving down wages, the Trump administration has tightened the noose around the H-1B visa programme. In his testimony on May 2, Acosta said, “In FY 2020, the Department’s budget includes $160 million to continue our expansion of apprenticeship programmes, along with a proposal to increase H-1B fee revenues to fund additional apprenticeship activities.” The apprentice programme trains American youths in technology related activities. Acosta told lawmakers that last year the Department of Labour had launched the first-ever sector-based apprenticeship grant funding opportunity to invest $150 million to expand apprenticeships in those in-demand industry sectors most often filled by individuals on H-1B visas.last_img read more

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Scouting Wisconsin OSU looking to jump on Badgers early

Michigan State’s Demetrious Cox (7) tackles Wisconsin’s Corey Clement (6) during second-half action on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016, at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing, Mich. Wisconsin won, 30-6. Credit: Courtesy of TNSLast week, even after a 38-17 victory over Indiana at Ohio Stadium, Ohio State coach Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes were disappointed in the team’s performance as a whole. After struggling to find a rhythm against the Hoosiers in the passing game and giving up a few big plays, the Scarlet and Gray will be facing their biggest test of the year this Saturday against Wisconsin.The Badgers have been a tough team to beat this season, losing just one game to Michigan in the team’s last contest. The loss did not force Wisconsin outside of the top 10, and the hard fought 14-7 game against the Wolverines proved the validity of the team in this year’s playoff picture. Presenting one of the best defenses in college football, Wisconsin will be hosting OSU in the comforts of Camp Randall Stadium, home to historically rowdy fans that can create a difficult atmosphere for opposing teams to play in. If OSU wants to keep a perfect record, the errors from the Indiana game will need to be corrected, and the Buckeyes will need a team effort to pick up a win in Madison, Wisconsin.Last time the teams met, OSU put a 59-0 thumping on Wisconsin during the Big Ten championship. This year, the team is different, and Meyer knows it.“(The championship game) really has nothing to do with this one,” Meyer said. “But, obviously, it was a historic moment.”OffenseIn years past, the Badgers have enjoyed a high-powered offense. Most recently, now San Diego Charger Melvin Gordon led the offensive attack for Wisconsin from the backfield, but this is not the same kind of unit that faced OSU in the 2014 Big Ten championship.Wisconsin has depended on the play of both redshirt senior Bart Houston and redshirt freshman Alex Hornibrook at quarterback to lead the offense. Both players have struggled with consistency this season, accumulating a 59 percent completion average and just six touchdowns, along with seven interceptions.Hornibrook was the go-to guy for Wisconsin in its last contest. However, he failed to impress, going 9-for-25 for just 88 yards, one touchdown and three picks. Although he still is listed as the starter, more inconsistent play by the redshirt freshman might pave the way for Houston to make an appearance against the Buckeyes.Wisconsin junior wide receiver Jazz Peavy leads the team in receiving yards and touchdown receptions, but has yet to truly shine with a lack of consistent quarterback play. To score, the Badgers have leaned heavily on the run.Totalling five touchdowns on the ground, senior running back Corey Clement has more scores responsible for than either quarterback from Wisconsin. Averaging 3.9 yards per carry, Clement has the speed to break an outside run, but the strength to push through the trenches. Redshirt sophomore safety Malik Hooker said he feels his unit will be vital in stopping Clement and the rest of the Wisconsin rushing attack.“I feel like we’re a very physical secondary even from the first week of the season,” he said. “I feel like we’re just coming up and making good plays and supporting the run. I just feel like we are doing what we’re supposed to. We’re covering, and we’re coming down and supporting when we are needed.”Wisconsin might have an offense that fails to produce eye popping numbers in major statistical categories, but is more than enough to supplement its stout defense. DefenseThe true star of the Badger defense is junior outside linebacker T.J. Watt, brother of NFL Pro Bowl defensive end J.J. Watt, the Wisconsin native has been a disruptive force off the edge all year long.“He’s a good player; he’s like a walkout linebacker, D-end type of guy” said junior offensive tackle Jamarco Jones. “He’s a pretty good pass rusher. He’s good with his hands and stuff, so we have our work cut out for us. We have to come in with a game plan and execute and use our techniques and stuff.”Watt has earned 5.5 sacks this season, which accounts for a third of the team’s sacks overall. Wisconsin has given up just 61 points through five games this season, averaging out to 12.2 points per game.The Badgers defense gives up fewer than 300 yards per game, and is one of the best defenses in the nation at halting offensive attacks in the redzone. OSU has a high-powered offense that depends on big plays to move down the field, but Wisconsin has the kind of defense that is efficient at limiting long gains and potent scoring.The key for OSU will be to attack quickly, not allowing the Badger defense to dissect each formation and play. Meyer said Wednesday he feels his team has been most successful through the years with an up-tempo approach, but will need to focus on moving the chains.“Probably, historically, that’s been the case,” Meyer said. “We’ve had good conversation about that, so the one thing (is) you better get first downs when you go up-tempo.”A tough run defense for Wisconsin is backed by a more than capable passing defense. Junior cornerback Derrick Tindal leads that unit, having earned three interceptions and five pass breakups to this point. OSU might struggle against the most formidable defense it has faced all year, but look for redshirt freshman running back Mike Weber and junior H-back Curtis Samuel to carry the load for the OSU offense.BreakdownThis game has the making of a knockdown, drag-it-out brawl between two football powerhouses. Two stout defenses that lead the nation will clash against opposing offenses that find success in different ways.While the defense of Wisconsin has the ability to shut down even the most prolific offenses in the nation, the Buckeyes offensive attack is unlike any other in the country.Look for a bounce back game for OSU redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett, who struggled last week. Although the pass rush for Wisconsin might cause problems on deep passes, the athleticism of the Texas native could create coverage problems for the Badgers.The defense for the Buckeyes has forced turnovers in all but one game this year, and this game is shaping up to have more than one change of possession. Whether it be Houston or Hornibrook, the secondary for OSU has a good chance to snag another interception.Even if these elements are in play for OSU, expect this one to come down to wire, with some late game heroics being the deciding factor. Junior defensive end Jalyn Holmes said he’s never been to Camp Randall Stadium, but is excited for the crowd to be against him and his teammates. Feeding off the negativity of the away crowd has been a talking point for many of the Buckeyes all week, and they will need it if they hope to come out on top.Strap in ladies and gentleman, this one is going to be good. read more

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Mens Hockey No 6 Ohio State hoping to use home ice to

Ohio State sophomore forward Tanner Laczynski controlls the puck during a 4-0 loss to Penn State on Dec. 2. Credit: Nick Hudak | For the LanternThe No. 6 Ohio State men’s hockey team made it a goal to earn home ice throughout the Big Ten tournament and reach the championship game for the first time since 2014.With a different format than in the past, this year’s tournament allows the higher seeds to host their games at respective home arenas, which gave the Buckeyes a vision of playoff hockey at the Schottenstein Center early in the campaign.“We’ve talked about it all year starting in August when the team got here that we are playing for home ice this year in the playoffs,” junior forward Brendon Kearney said. “The different format was a big deal for us just to be able to stay in Columbus.”The second-seeded Buckeyes will open the Big Ten tournament at home with a best-of-three series against seventh-seeded Michigan State in the first round. The Buckeyes will not take the Spartans lightly given the result of the teams’ most recent meeting, a 6-3 Michigan State win. Michigan State, the lowest seed in the tournament, used a heavy forecheck to pin the Buckeyes in their own zone. The strategy forced turnovers and pucks piled into the back of their net. Ohio State head coach Steve Rohlik said multiple areas need improvement to ensure a different outcome.“Puck management, number one. I talk about that a lot. We turned the puck over a lot. If they are going to play that style and come down, we just got to make plays,” Rohlik said. “We got to take care of the puck, we got to support the puck. I think that’s the key against this team, and that’s the approach we are taking.”Michigan State has one of the conference’s most talented top lines, which has even earned a nickname of the “KHL line.” Sophomore forwards Patrick Khodorenko and Taro Hirose and freshman forward Mitchell Lewandowski accounted for 42 of the Spartans’ 86 goals this season.Rohlik said Ohio State will not abandon the defensive style that is allowing just the third-fewest goals-against per game in the country (2.06 goals) in order to shut down the Spartans.  “We just got to take care of ourselves. Five-man defense, whoever’s out there, it doesn’t change. We got to stay connected,” Rohlik said. “I talk about this all year, it’s not just our goaltender or defense. We got to play solid five-man defense.”Ohio State could face some daunting opponents in the ensuing rounds if it gets past Michigan State. No team would be more daunting than Notre Dame in a potential Big Ten championship game, but the preceding rounds will not be easy, given the depth of the conference. Five Big Ten teams appeared in the regular season’s final USCHO top-20 poll. “It’s that time of year, and our league speaks for itself,” Rohlik said. “I think anybody could beat anybody on any given night.”With back-to-back 20-win seasons for the first time in 15 years, there is a sense of confidence that Ohio State has emerged as one of the conference’s top programs and will compete for a Big Ten championship beyond just this year.“It’s about our culture. You go out there and expect to win every night you play. It’s not going to happen. We understand that, but I think that’s the attitude that our guys have,” Rohlik said. “Credit to the 27 guys in the locker room, it’s great for the program, but certainly we’ve got a long way to go. We’re not satisfied with where we are at.”Ohio State’s opening game of the tournament against Michigan State will begin at 7 p.m. Friday and the second game will start at 7 p.m. Saturday. If necessary, the third game of the series would commence at 7 p.m. Sunday. All games will be at the Schottenstein Center. read more

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