Indonesia, 8 IORA countries form working group to protect fisheries sector

first_imgThe newly established working group is expected to roll out concrete programs to support economic recovery after the pandemic, particularly in improving fishermen’s welfare, promoting marine tourism around the Indian Ocean and increasing trade and investment in the fisheries sector.Separately, the Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry’s capture fishery director general, Zulficar Mochtar, revealed that more than 3.5 million Indonesian fishermen had been impacted by the pandemic, which presented a major challenge for the fishermen in addition to illegal fishing, climate change, plastic waste and fish scarcity.“With this collective effort [the initiative] through the IORA forum, we hope to see an improvement in food sustainability and poverty reduction within the marine communities,” he said.Read also: Indonesia, US declare new protected marine areas in North MalukuAccording to the statement, the delegations produced several strategic documents in the meeting, including a draft on work programs that would be implemented in the short, medium and long term under the IORA mechanism.Indonesia has been actively involved in IORA, including as the chair in 2015 to 2017, during which the country hosted the first IORA Summit in 2017 in Jakarta and produced the Jakarta Concord – an agreement to reinforce the commitment of IORA member countries to uphold the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) as the main norm in maintaining peace and stability in the Indian Ocean region.The establishment of this new working group is also a follow up of the Jakarta Concord and the IORA Action Plan for 2017 to 2021. (asp)Topics : Read also: Healthy oceans: Keeping Asia and the Pacific afloatAccording to a statement published on the Foreign Ministry’s website, the cluster group will perform duties related to discussion over the fisheries sector in the Indian Ocean.Through this initiative, Indonesia hopes to manifest its leadership on marine and fisheries within the IORA forum, through which it also aims to strengthen its efforts in performing economic diplomacy, preventing illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, as well as improving fishermen’s welfare.“We are facing COVID-19 as a common enemy. As an organization comprising countries in the Indian Ocean, the IORA must renavigate its focus toward marine cooperation, including in the fisheries sector,” said the Foreign Ministry’s Asia-Pacific and African affairs director general, Desra Percaya, during the meeting.   Indonesia and eight other countries grouped under the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) established on Tuesday a regional working group on fisheries management that aims to sustain marine welfare around the world’s third-largest ocean amid and post COVID-19 pandemic.The initiative came from Indonesia, Bangladesh, Iran, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Oman, Tanzania and Thailand; nine country members of IORA — an international organization comprising 22 states bordering the Indian Ocean — as well as from the IORA Fisheries Support Unit (FSU), a think-tank under the organization that focuses on fishery issues.It was inaugurated on Tuesday through the 1st Meeting of IORA Cluster Group on Fisheries Management (CFGM) held virtually, in which the Indonesian delegation was represented by the Foreign Ministry and the Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry.last_img read more

GOLF NEWS: KEVIN HANNIGAN IN SENSATIONAL FORM AT BARNHILL

first_imgLetterkenny Golf News:Wednesday 3rd June Open competition was sponsored by Mc Donald’s Restaurant, Letterkenny and taking top spot was single figure handicapper Kevin Hannigan [7] who, taking the turn on 19pts. Showed his winning mentality with birdies at 10th and 12th, finishing the inward nine with a one under par score of 35 shots gross 22pts and an overall 41pts to beat runner-up Paul Doherty [21] by just one point. Once again, Paul’s steady “handicap” golf giving him 22pts on front nine for a great stepping stone to the top rung but double bogeys at 10th and 12th saw him losing out. In third place was Robert Brown [14] having a great start with a birdie at first and, with back to back double bogey and birdie at 15th and16th, just lost out this time.  Gross prize went to the ever present juvenile Jack Patton [4] with 32 gross points.Friday 5th saw the highly anticipated and very well supported Charity Golf Classic in aid of the Raphoe Comm. Playgroup and Dromore nat. School organized by Pauline Curran. Following a great day [and evening] by all, the following results: Longest drive, Joan Murphy &Kevin Rafferty; Nearest pin, [ladies] 8th: Joan Murphy; 16th: Marian O Sullivan; [men] 5th: James Grant, 8th: Paul Campbell; 13th: Shane Blake; 16th: Eugene O Donnell;  Best Ladies team: Marian O Sullivan, Marian Keating, Eileen Williamson, Joan Murphy. Best Mixed team: Roy McCrory, Michael Costelloe, Gerry O Sullivan, Celine Bradley. Yellow Ball: V.Blair, Ivor Stewart, Drew Corry, James Wray. 2nd overall winners: M.A.Gallagher, Joe Terry, Graham Donaghy, Gerard Harkin. Overall winning team:Eamonn McDermott, Eamonn Stevenson, Diarmuid Coll, Peter Muldoon.Sunday 7th June was the J.J. Reid Motors sponsored Open and for the second time this season Gerard Harkin [16] was in the frame and this time, indeed, on top rung  taking the winner’s prize with 41pts. Gerard’s birdie at 3rd was a great lift and building on that, he returned a prizewinning 22pts on back nine to pip single handicapper Joe Coyle [6] whose impressive golf at the moment had him returning a one over gross 37 on front nine and, with the help of a birdie at 18th, returnedan overall 74 gross 40pt finish. In third place was the form player at the moment, juvenile member Jack Patton [4]  who, following an untypical double bogey at the par five second, recorded birdies at 8th, 11th and 17th for a one over par gross on back nine and an overall 37pt finish. Gross prize on the day was won by Jamie Foley [5] with 31 gross pts.Have you booked your golfing week’s holiday yet?  Letterkenny Golf Club Open Week will tee-off on Friday 12th June. [See advert for details] Club Captain Mr. Gerard Duffy invites everyone to compete throughout the week and hopes that all will enjoy their day out at the parkland course. Remember that Browns on the Green are open for restaurant and bar food all day, every day.Members are reminded that those who have not yet paid subs or agreed DD or have spoken to subs convenor Dermot Condon, will forfeit any winning prizes. All members are also reminded that personal insurance is now available through the golf club for the meagre sum of only €20! Anyone interested in taking  out insurance should apply their name on the sheet provided in the locker room or contact club Captain, Gerard Duffy. GOLF NEWS: KEVIN HANNIGAN IN SENSATIONAL FORM AT BARNHILL was last modified: June 8th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:golfletterkennyNoticesSportlast_img read more

NCS Playoffs: Eureka shakes off tough start to pull away from Analy for 66-51 win

first_imgEureka >> Sometimes the adjustments are simple.For the Loggers, it was simply about settling down Tuesday night.The Eureka High girls basketball team was able to shake off a six-point first quarter in impressive fashion, as the Loggers found their footing in the first half and subsequently rolled to a 66-51 win over Analy in the first round of the North Coast Section Division II playoffs at Jay Willard Gymnasium.“I feel like we had a lot of silly mistakes at the beginning of the game,” …last_img read more

Stem Cell Headlines

first_img(Visited 66 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Here’s a list of news reports about stem cells for those interested in either health or bioethics.Stem cell research continues to promise amazing treatments, yet the use of human embryos is ethically troublesome. Adult stem cells and induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC) offer ethical workarounds for embryonic stem cells in most cases. Here’s what’s developing on the stem cell front.Researchers take broad look at stem cells (Science Daily). “Sanford Research scientists recently published a review article in an issue of Stem Cells Translational Medicine focused on the study of and utility of adult-derived stem cells.” A new clinical trial opened for patients with rotator-cuff tears, using their own stem cells.Clonal reversal of ageing-associated stem cell lineage bias via a pluripotent intermediate (Nature Scientific Reports). This study looks at the potential for reversing aging with iPSCs treated to heal hematopoietic stem cells in the blood.The stem cell dynamics of wound healing (Medical Xpress). Researchers in Brussels are using mouse models to study how the body’s stem cells work to repair tissues in the skin. The research has been published in Nature Communications. See also Science Daily.Autophagy maintains the metabolism and function of young and old stem cells (Nature). How does the body keep its stem cells healthy over a lifetime? “Our results demonstrate that autophagy actively suppresses haematopoietic stem-cell metabolism by clearing active, healthy mitochondria to maintain quiescence and stemness, and becomes increasingly necessary with age to preserve the regenerative capacity of old haematopoietic stem cells.”Stem cells derived neuronal networks grown on a chip as an alternative to animal testing (Science Daily). Scientists at the University of Bern are experimenting with stem cells assays in “multi-electrode arrays capable of detecting the biological activity of Clostridium botulinum neurotoxins.” This method “could serve in minimizing animal experiments as well as provide a physiological relevant platform for drug-screening of neuroactive compounds.”Findings reveal effect of embryonic neural stem cell development on later nerve regeneration capacity (Medical Xpress).The cells responsible for neurogenesis in the mature brain are called adult neural stem cells, but little is known about their developmental origins. Now an international research collaboration led by Magdalena Götz, Professor of Physiological Genomics at LMU’s Biomedical Center and Director of the Institute for Stem Cell Research at the Helmholtz Zentrum Munich, has demonstrated that the mode of division of stem cells has a profound influence on the numbers of adult neural stem cells formed during embryonic development.Scientists wage fight against aging bone marrow stem cell niche (Science Daily). Scientists at Cincinnati Hospital are also looking at hematopoietic stem cells and how they age. Trouble is, the bone marrow also ages with the HSCs. These scientists “propose rejuvenating the bone marrow niche where HSCs are created.”DNA repair and replication links to pluripotency and differentiation capacity of pig iPS cells (PLoS One). This paper looks into whether iPSCs derived from pig cells are stable enough to be used in human treatments.Bioethics and Genome EditingScientists create artificial mouse ’embryo’ from stem cells for first time (Science Daily). Studying how mouse embryos develop is OK, but if mad scientists start creating human embryos from stem cells some day, it won’t matter if they came from adult stem cells or iPSCs. It will still be morally wrong. These scientists are looking for workarounds to the shortage of human embryos to play with, and the 13-day rule for destroying them.Bioethics: Democracy in vitro (Nature). In this Book Review, “Insoo Hyun weighs up a treatise exploring the ethical deliberations surrounding embryo research.” The book is Experiments in Democracy: Human Embryo Research and the Politics of Bioethics,  by J. Benjamin Hurlbut (Columbia University Press: 2017).US science advisers outline path to genetically modified babies (Nature). This related bioethics story should sound alarms. “Modified human embryos should be allowed if researchers meet strict criteria, says long-awaited National Academies report.”Safe and ethical ways to edit the human genome (The Conversation). Rosa Castro gives 10 guidelines for avoiding the ethical qualms about a brave new world of “designer babies.”First results of CRISPR gene editing of normal embryos released (New Scientist). It’s coming. The Chinese have already started. Is the world ready for direct editing of the human genome? Can ethics keep up with the technology? This liberal news service doesn’t seem overly concerned about it. It’s a way to cure deadly genetic diseases; isn’t that a moral thing? It always starts out that way, but eugenics waits in the wings. What happens to those born with the genetic disease? How will they be treated? Read about other issues, such as “mosaicism” – editing that doesn’t fix all the bugs.last_img read more

Umgeni Water gets €35m European loan

first_img6 December 2011The European Investment Bank (EIB) is to provide €35-million (R385-million) in long-term funding to South African water board Umgeni Water, enabling it to continue providing clean water to about five-million people in Durban and surrounding areas, as well as to provide new water connections to unserved areas.The projects are part of Umgeni Water’s capital expenditure infrastructure programme, and will also involve the installation of new bulk water pipelines and expansion of water treatment plants, pumping stations and service reservoirs.The initiative will involve upgrading water supply networks and treatment facilities to enable increased provision of water.“The Umgeni Water projects will assure and improve access to water for over a million households across KwaZulu-Natal,” EIB vice-president Plutarchos Sakellaris said in a statement this week.“At a time when the world’s leaders are gathering in Durban to address the challenges posed by a changing climate, acknowledging the importance of ensuring the availability of clean water in dry regions is essential.”First loan to a water boardThe granting of the loan to Umgeni Water is historic, as it is the first loan to be made to a South African water board by the EIB.“The European Investment Bank has an in-depth understanding of the pressing service delivery needs of our country and the importance of ensuring water supply in the region,” said Umgeni Water GM Nica Gevers. “We are delighted that the negotiations have been successfully concluded, which will now enable us to move ahead with the projects with vigour.”The loan will complement the financial support provided to the Trans-Caledon Tunnel Authority and funding for the eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality (Greater Durban) for the construction of the Spring Grove Dam and the replacement of water mains and installation of new pipelines in the eThekwini region.Investment in African water projectsThe EIB is working with key partners across South Africa to enable increased investment across the country’s entire water system and contributed towards the achievement of Millennium Development Goals in the country.Previous South African water projects funded by the European Investment Bank include the Berg Water dam supplying Cape Town, Vaal Dam reservoir and pipeline supplying Johannesburg and the South African component of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project.Since 2000, the EIB has provided over €531-million of funding for water projects across in Africa. In southern Africa this has included projects in Lesotho, Mozambique, Tanzania, Swaziland, Botswana and South Africa.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

HIV and Aids: How to get treatment and support in South Africa

first_imgSouth Africa has the largest antiretroviral (ARV) treatment programme in the world, which gives people living with the virus the chance to live full and healthy lives. Here’s more on where to get treatment.Babies whose mothers are HIV positive are tested at six weeks using the HIV PCR method, according to Unicef South Africa. (Image: Unicef South Africa, Flickr)Brand South Africa reporterThere are 3.4-million HIV positive people on antiretroviral (ARV) treatment in South Africa today, according to the government.With the 2016 International Aids Conference taking place from 18 to 22 July in Durban, we bring you a list of free health and social support services for South Africans affected by HIV and Aids. These can help HIV-positive people and their families deal with their situation a lot better.State hospitals and clinicsAsk staff at your local clinic or hospital about the following services if you are HIV-positive or if you know someone living with HIV/Aids.Testing and counsellingThe first step is to get tested for HIV. Knowing your status will help you get the treatment you need. Pregnant women should get tested every three months.The HIV test is provided for free at government clinics.You can also get tested at a local health department office, at your local doctor, at family planning clinics and at sites specially set up for HIV testing. The results of your HIV test will be kept secret.Aids Foundation South Africa advises that you wait for three months after possible infection before you get an HIV test.HIV and pregnancyIf you are HIV-positive and pregnant, your doctor or staff at your local clinic can give you advice on how to make sure the virus is not passed on to your baby.Treatment and medicationIf you are HIV-positive but can’t afford to pay for ARV medicines, you can go to state hospitals and clinics for help. All medicines – the antiretroviral pills and vitamins – are available at government hospitals and clinics.People who are very sick can be treated there, or will be referred to another hospital for treatment.Support groupsIf you need advice and support for living with HIV, counsellors and nurses at your clinic can refer you to a support group.Home-based care and help for familiesAsk at your clinic about how people with HIV and Aids can get treatment for the disease at home. This is known as home-based care.The families of HIV-positive people can be trained on how to care for their loved one if he or she becomes very sick. Clinic staff can also tell families where to go to get training on how to give proper home-based care to people with Aids.Family members over the age of 12 can be trained in basic hygiene, basic nutrition, bed baths and dealing with blood, simple infections and body fluids. For example, covering your hands with a plastic bag when dealing with blood can stop you getting infected.Poverty alleviationThe department of social development is the go-to place to find out about food parcels. A social worker will look into your situation and give you advice on what to do.The government also gives out different grants through the South Africa Social Security Agency. You need different documents for different social grants. A social worker will help you with this. On your first visit you must take your identity document, or ID, with you.The documents you might need to apply for a grant are:IDMedical certificateProof of income and assets. This proof can be a wage slip, shop receipts, your UIF card, bank account statements, or your pension book. If you have no documents to prove your income, you must to go to a police station to write an affidavit explaining why you don’t have the documents. The police will give you advice on how to do this.Marriage certificateDeath certificate of parentsBirth certificates of children you are looking afterAffidavit from birth mother if the child’s real parents are still alive. This must explain why you are looking after another person’s child. It must also say that the parents agree to you looking after the child.Letter from your employer stating your salaryOther supportHere are some of the other places where you can find support:Caprisa – The Centre for the Aids Programme of Research in South Africa (Caprisa) provides comprehensive programmes of HIV prevention, treatment, care and support to those affected. One of their projects educates teenagers on protection against HIV/Aids. They also hold support groups for HIV- positive people.Watch Caprisa beneficiaries in KwaZulu-Natal talk about how the organisation helps them:Nacosa is a network of over 1 500 civil society organisations and individuals working together against HIV/Aids and TB in southern Africa. To find the contact details and address of an organisation working in your area, you can visit their website.Health4Men is an awareness project targeted at gay and bisexual men. The Health4Men initiative and the sexual health campaign We the Brave were founded by the Anova Health Institute in partnership with the Department of Health. Visit their websites to get information on HIV/Aids, and to find clinics specifically for gay or bisexual people.Volunteer to helpIf you want to be a volunteer, you can contact the Department of Health or first aid training organisations. They can help with formal training like basic first aid care.Volunteers can also work hand-in-hand with other institutions like religious groups, clinics and the Department of Social Development.Dealing with deathPeople who are extremely sick and likely to die should prepare for their death. Things to do include naming guardians for their children, writing out a will and testament, sorting out any bank accounts and insurance, and creating a memory box for their children and other loved ones.People who can’t afford a funeral for a family member should ask their municipalities and religious organisations for help. They should work together to give the deceased a pauper’s burial. This is a free funeral paid by the municipality.Sources: South African Government News Agency, Education and Training Unit and Aids Foundation South Africa.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

New Zealand win Men’s Game Two in a thriller

first_imgMichael Cavanagh scored in the corner with seconds left to give victory to the Kiwis in a thrilling Men’s Open spectacle. With Peter McIntyre’s Men putting ten touchdowns past the opposition in Game One, many observers were anticipating a tight encounter and bright future for the talented side.Spectators were also excited to witness one of the great spectacles in sport, the Haka. As the New Zealand contingent performed a rousing rendition of the Haka, hairs stood up on players and spectators alike as the scene was set for an epic Trans Tasman encounter.With the Australian – New Zealand rivalry taking centre stage, it was former Lebanese international Robert Nakhla on debut for Australia, scoring the opening touchdown in the corner.Ruamai Erueti hit right back for the Kiwis and with the game going end to end similar to Game One, it was not long before Drummayne Dayberg-Muir scored after a great ball from Steve Roberts.Captain Nazea Silberry scored for the Kiwis, saying to the Aussies anything they can do, he can do better.Chris Farrow continued his great form for the series with a touchdown but three quick touchdowns by New Zealand gave them a two touchdown lead. Cain Rangi scored, Tame Greensill did likewise after a wonderful long ball with the Kiwi cut-outs hitting the mark with Michael Cavangh also been found on the overlap.The Australians squared the ledger with Jason Stanton scoring and a rocket from long ball specialist, Joel Willoughby finding Matt Prowse.In a super quick half, it was level as the athletes grabbed a well deserve break.Brendon Stewart started the constant flow of touchdowns in the second half with Drummayne Dayberg-Muir, no stranger to the scoreline got another.Chris Farrow added to his tally but the Kiwis were making the Aussies work hard for every touchdown.Cavanagh scored another matched Chris Farrow and with Stewart scoring on the overlap, it was 8-8 with only minutes left to play.The game looked set to go to drop-off but with seconds to go, Michael Cavanagh scored in the corner to give the Kiwis a thrilling last minute victory.The crowd stood as one to congratulate the players on a thrilling match. The young Kiwi team stepped up to the mark on the games biggest stage much to the delight of their coach who had brought many over the players up through the ranks.It was a well deserved victory and with the series well and truly alive.last_img read more

Goodbye Dead Puck Era

It could be that the ongoing analytics boom in hockey has affected a change in the old “get the puck to the net however possible” evangelism that once was pre-eminent. It’s true that the puck won’t go into the net unless it’s guided toward the net, but not all shots are created equal: An unimpeded shot from between the dots has a much better chance of hitting the twine than a shot taken from the blue line and directed toward a bunch of traffic in front of the net, for example. If expected goals are any indication, players are taking smarter shots — not more shots — than they did in the past, and that’s leading to more goals.We might expect that slumping goaltending could also provide part of the answer. The average save percentage (.908) across the NHL is the lowest it’s been in a decade. But if we isolate goaltenders who were roughly in their prime (between the ages 25 and 31) in both 2015-16 and 2018-19 — presumably a group whose inherent skills haven’t changed very much even as the NHL’s goals-per-game average has — their average save percentage has dipped by an astounding 12 points over that span.By comparison, the overall league average in save percentage is down by only 7 points, which indicates that goaltenders who were not in the goalie population in 2015-16 are having a better time adjusting to the league than goalies who were already around — even ones still in their primes. It’s fair to conclude, then, that goaltending has gotten demonstrably more difficult in a short period of time, and veteran goalies appear to have had a hard time adapting to shooters who have figured out how to take smarter and more dangerous shots.This is all in sharp contrast to the amount of scoring that occurred in the past decade-plus. In the past, changes to the NHL rulebook have had a bubble effect: Scoring increases immediately but regresses within a season or two. That was certainly the case in 2005-06, which was defined by a spate of rule changes and a cadre of whistle-happy referees. That season, the size of goaltender equipment was reduced; the two-line offsides rule was abolished; the neutral zone was reduced by 4 feet, expanding the space each team had to mount an offensive zone attack; and goaltenders were no longer allowed to play the puck anywhere they wanted behind the goal line, instead restricted to a trapezoid behind their own net. Power-play opportunities skyrocketed to 5.85 per team per game, up by 1.61 from 2003-04.This all meant that scoring jumped from 5.14 goals per game in 2003-04 to 6.16 goals per game in 2005-06. The boost was short-lived, however. Scoring dipped beneath 6 goals per game the following season, and as the decade post-lockout progressed, scoring continued to suffer. Power-play opportunities declined drastically, goaltenders got better, and the average goals scored per game stayed below 6 for a dozen seasons. Until this season.Whether the scoring uptick can be attributed to a culmination of rule changes, smarter shot selection, worse goaltending or evolved tactics — or some combination of all of that — one thing is certain: The NHL is a scorer’s league again, and the 2018-19 iteration is the most entertaining in nearly three decades. Players in the NHL are scoring at a prodigious pace. Tampa Bay’s Nikita Kucherov is on pace to score 125 points, which would be tied for the highest point tally of the new millennium. If they keep up their current clip, Edmonton’s Connor McDavid would score 122 points, Chicago’s Patrick Kane 119 points and Colorado’s Mikko Rantanen 117 points. All of these point totals would smash each player’s previous career high. This makes sense given the climate of the NHL this season — it’s the highest-scoring season since the one that took place immediately after the lockout of 2004-05. There are currently 40 players scoring at least a point per game.1Among players who have played in at least half of their team’s games. If the season ended today, it would be the highest number since 1995-96, when 42 finished the season with a point per game or better. This is excellent news for a league that’s constantly tinkering with its rulebook to increase scoring.For the first time in more than a decade, the average goals scored per NHL game has surpassed 6. But unlike previous spikes in scoring, there weren’t any sweeping changes made to the rulebook before the season,2The league did reduce the size of goaltending equipment again, but whether that meaningfully affects scoring numbers is up for debate. so what exactly is going on?An obvious stat to look at is the average number of power-play opportunities teams are getting each game. More man advantages, it would seem, might lead to more quality scoring opportunities. But power-play opportunities per game have actually decreased steadily since 2005-06, the season after the lockout, and are static when compared with last season, when the average goals scored per game was below 6.Shooters do appear to be taking better shots in five-on-five scenarios. The average for the league in expected goals per 60 minutes per team3Expected goals functions as a proxy for shot quality. is 2.38, according to data from Corsica Hockey — up from 2.19 in 2015-16. And shooters are actually performing better than the expected goals model suggests they should be: The league average goals per 60 minutes per team is 2.49. A 10th of a goal may not seem like a lot, but it translates to about 254 more goals scored per season. Shots against per game have remained fairly stable since the lockout of 2004-05, which makes it somewhat difficult to explain the sudden glut. read more

Ohio State womens basketball has no problem handling Nebraska 9670

If there is any time to have complete focus on the mission that has been set for the No. 5 Ohio State (22-4, 14-1) women’s basketball team, it’s now, and the players are well aware.With the postseason in the near future, the Buckeyes continue to possess the “one game at a time” mentality that many teams live by, and they had Nebraska (17-9, 8-7) down to a science right from the jump, routing the Cornhuskers 96-70.Both the Buckeyes and the Huskers immediately sprung out to a fast-paced start, with Nebraska scoring within the first 15 seconds and OSU answering right after.Although the Scarlet and Gray controlled the pace of the game and showcased an abundance of energy, senior Ameryst Alston said they still believe they can do better in that realm.“In the first half, our intensity wasn’t quite there,” the guard said after the game. “We weren’t really in the right spots, but in the second half we made adjustments.”Nebraska’s first-half scoring attack was led by its freshman forward Jessica Shepard, who was nothing but smooth on the block, showing that she is one of the top post players in the Big Ten. She scored 12 points prior to the break.Shepard’s 6-foot-4 frame and ability to convert a close-range hook shot with both hands made it difficult for her to be stopped. The Buckeyes’ forwards were able to limit Shepard to 20 points by the end of the match thanks to the tempo that they initiated, forcing Shepard to limit her playing time due to fast-break style that the Buckeyes followed.When the Huskers were able to get the ball into Shepard, they had a lot more productivity within their offensive possessions. Having the basketball IQ of a veteran point guard, Shepard knew when it was appropriate to look for her own shot or to find an open teammate.“Jessica Shepard is so good, that if you are going to let them walk the ball down and pound it in to her, it’s going to be a long night for us,” OSU coach Kevin McGuff said.But as a result of OSU’s scheming to limit Shepard, the night ended up not being all that long.The Buckeyes followed the path of their most recent 2,000-point scorer, Alston, who went a perfect 3-of-3 in the first quarter, later ending the half with 12 points. Alston continued to orchestrate the OSU offense, finishing the game with 16 points and three assists.It was Hart’s 14th consecutive game in double-figure scoring. A Dec. 31 game against Michigan State was the last time she scored in single digits. Sophomore forward Alexa Hart remained an efficient shooter for McGuff’s team, going 8-of-10 from the field and maintaining her No. 3 rank in the Big Ten in field-goal percentage (64.6 percent). Hart completed the evening with 18 points and nine rebounds.In the last 20 minutes of play, it was difficult for the Huskers to come back and make a run on the Buckeyes.The tenacious defense from OSU’s guards forced several Nebraska mistakes and made it difficult for any of the Husker ball-handlers to get the rock in Shepard’s hands.OSU sophomore guards Asia Doss and Kelsey Mitchell were the triggers to the Buckeye defensive energy, tipping and stealing a multitude of balls and creating havoc for Nebraska. Doss would finish the game with four steals, while her and Mitchell combined for a flurry of deflections, a statistic that goes unrecognized by the stat book.On the offensive end, Doss and Mitchell finished with 16 and 13 points, respectively.Besides limiting Nebraska’s Shepard to an average scoring night, the Buckeyes were able to shut down sophomore guard Natalie Romeo, who is No. 2 in the Big Ten in 3-point field goals made with 86 on the season. Romeo went 1-of-6 from behind the arc, having to rush each one of her shots due to the limited space she received from the several Buckeyes who had the opportunity to guard her.“(Limiting Romeo) was one of the goals,” Alston said. “She does a lot for her team hitting her threes.”With only three games left in the regular season, OSU will continue to have the same mentality: one game at a time.On deck, the Buckeyes will host Illinois (9-17, 2-13) at the Schottenstein Center on Sunday. The program will recognize seniors Alston and Cait Craft in the final regular-season home game of the year.The match between OSU and the Fighting Illini is set to tip off at 2 p.m. OSU senior guard Ameryst Alston (14) is honored before a game against Nebraska on Feb. 18 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo Editor read more