Donegal Deputy Pat the Cope Gallagher has raised the issue of the urgent need for a second ambulance to cover South West Donegal, covering the area from Inver Bridge to Glencolmcille, in addition to providing cover for the parish of Ardara.At present, just one ambulance covers the region and communities have raised concerns with delays in call outs.Deputy Gallagher says that cover ambulances have had to be despatched from either Letterkenny, Dungloe or even Ballyshannon to take patients from South West Donegal to hospital on a number of occasions. This has led to time delays of an hour or more in cases. “This is a vast geographical area, with many parts of these communities isolated and far removed from the nearest University Hospital, and as we are all aware, time for emergency call outs is critical and of the essence to safeguard patients recovery,” Deputy Gallagher said.“It is self-evident that there are inherent and clear dangers with the under servicing of Southwest Donegal, with only one ambulance crew covering southwest Donegal it is impossible to provide the service which is directed under the national guidelines for call out times, secondly there is no second call out team based within the locality,” he said.“The current ambulance crews are providing an excellent service; the issue here is the gross under funding of the service providing cover for this area, at present only one ambulance covers this entire area.”Deputy Gallagher said there are areas of serious concern without a second call-out team and called for government action on the issue. “Unfortunately the Government are not listening to the concerns of the general public or communities within southwest Donegal, previous political promises for a second ambulance have mounted to nothing.“It is not acceptable that such a reduced service level continues to be provided for south west Donegal, this matter requires immediate action by both the National Ambulance Service and the Government,” concluded Deputy Gallagher. One ambulance for South West Donegal is ‘dangerous’ and ‘not acceptable’ was last modified: August 20th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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)
It’s tough for a Briton to be playing on the big stage at Wimbledon. As hosts of The Championships, they have been waiting 75 years for a new champion after Fred Perry. In the Pete Sampras era, Tim Henman kept trying and failing.Andy Murray will face Rafael Nadal in Wimbledon semi-finals. APAnd in this era, where there’s still a debate if it belongs to Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray finds himself tackling all the pressure.Britons are quick to adopt any champion in the making, even if he lives in Scotland or Ireland! And that’s exactly the case with Murray, as he faces Nadal in the men’s singles semi-finals on Friday.The other match features Novak Djokovic against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.Ever since Nadal won the French Open, he has not been a 100 per cent fit. As one who plays such a physical game, he knows whatever be the surface, he is going to play the same brand of hard tennis and not gift the opponent any free points.From people in crowded pubs to travellers in the London tube, the talk is of how Murray can beat Nadal this time. Anyone who follows tennis knows this is again putting needless pressure on the contender.And when you also have mom Murray openly admitting she is a fan of Feliciano Lopez, who lost to her son on Wednesday, this becomes a piquant situation for Andy Murray.Having lost to Nadal last year at the same venue and several times before, Murray knows more than the forehands and the backhands, it’s all about winning the battle in the mind.advertisement”I believe I can win against him,” said Murray. “I had chances last year, but I need to have a better game plan. Sometimes it comes down to strategy and sometimes it comes down to having more experience. I just have to go out there and play well and serve well and believe and I’ll have a chance.”Murray pointed out that he had beaten Nadal at the US Open in 2008 and the Australian Open last year, but has lost both matches to him at Wimbledon (in 2008 and 2010).”That’s something I’d like to try to change on Friday. But it’s still an incredibly difficult task,” says Murray.On Wednesday night, Nadal’s rapid- fire media interaction was a delight. The grammar was all mixed up, but you can pardon him because he more than makes up for it when he is on the court.”My foot is not fine. But you know, we are in quarter- finals of Wimbledon. Is an emergency, so I had to play. So we decided to sleep a little bit the zone of the foot to play the rest of the tournament, and that’s what I gonna do,” said Nadal. In simple terms, what Nadal meant was that his foot was numbed because of local anesthesia.”For me is the last tournament in one month, so I have to try my best. Is always for me a dream play here in Wimbledon. I gonna do for the semi-finals, too,” said Nadal. Again, meaning, treating his foot with painkillers and anaesthetic sprays.Nadal, is the foot hurting you? “When you sleep the foot, you don’t feel nothing!” he said.Hopefully on Friday, Murray will not be under the Nadal ‘anaesthesia effect’ as the Spaniard has been simply brilliant.Meanwhile, Djokovic is aware that if he wins his semi-final against Tsonga, he can become the World No. 1.”I really need to work a little bit on my game and I hope I can perform a little bit better. Tsonga is very dangerous and has been playing really well. I know what to expect,” he said.In a match billed as a battle between the baseliners, Tsonga’s variety could come in handy.”I think a lot will depend on our serves, because that’s something he is going to do for sure. If he starts missing his serves, then I can have some more chances in the rallies,” added Djokovic.Djokovic then took away a bit of the pressure by saying: ” Grass is not my favourite surface, but I still know I can play well on it. I will definitely try to get ready for Friday,” was his assessment.
The Run MachineHad there been a Nobel Prize in sports, the committee would not have hesitated in giving it to Sunil Gavaskar (“Making History”, November 30). Statisticians have been amazed more by this ‘Little Master’ than Miss Universe! I for one would rather count the stars than the runs accumulated,The Run MachineHad there been a Nobel Prize in sports, the committee would not have hesitated in giving it to Sunil Gavaskar (“Making History”, November 30). Statisticians have been amazed more by this ‘Little Master’ than Miss Universe! I for one would rather count the stars than the runs accumulated by this run-machine – it is far more easier to do so.Hyderabad N. RameshThe difference between Gavaskar and Bradman is only the difference between super and superb.Gorakhpur Jayant MukherjeeGavaskar provided all the oxygen and blood to the Indian cricket edifice and raised it to the dizzy heights of popularity. Despite being discarded from the captaincy, he remained unruffled. While equalling Sir Don’s record, he underlined the fact that one not only needs skill and talent but determination and the will to reach the top.New Delhi Shashi Kant GuptaAfter breaking so many cricket records, Gavaskar insists that ‘I just go out and play”. This shows his honesty, concentration and dedication to the game. Long live our own Bradman!Bombay Umesh KhugaonkarRaj Kumar Dungarpur has aptly re-christened Sunil Manohar Gavaskar as Sunil Manohar Recordkar. India ought to be proud of the man who has now become the highest scorer of runs in the history of Test cricket.Chandigarh Prem SinghWhen a cricketer is judged by the number of runs scored and centuries made, Sunil Gavaskar’s apex position in the field is unquestionable. However, if it comes to batting under pressure or the number of Tests a batsman has saved, then it is Vishwanath who square-drives Sunny to the (de)fence!advertisementBangalore Ramanand SharmaI appeal to Gavaskar through your columns to think of retiring only after hitting at least 10.000 runs in Tests. I would like him to hit at least 36 centuries. He can do both before he is 38.Madras V.N. NarayanaswamyThe cover story was a real tribute to the Little Master for his magnificent performance.Ahmedabad H.B. AntaniNot CatchingBy publishing eye-catchers like the one on Gauri and Ambar (November 30), you are not giving us the value for our money.Falna Surendra GulzarBig BeefIndian politicians seem to believe that discovering a new controversial issue like beef tallow does more for national unity than coming up with solutions to the Assam and Punjab problems (Comment. November 30). As you’ve pointed out, beef tallow has been in use in India for two decades and most people know about it.The Congress(I) and the Janata Party are blaming each other for it, but what are we supposed to do? It is now up to the politicians to defuse this tallow bomb soon because we can ill-afford a Hindu Bhindranwale. Ahmedabad Ketan YagnikCabinet CapersIt is true that most of the new ministers in Bihar have a sullied image (“‘Expansion Backlash”. November 30). By inducting corrupt people into the Cabinet it seems that the Government is rewarding them for the corruption. Whatever happened to the Government’s recent announcement that all those with tainted reputations will be dismissed from the ministry?Patna Dr K. P. SinghHealth HazardThe only way the Government can stop the so-called health clubs (“Parlour Games”. November 30) from doing a booming business is by restricting flesh trade to one area in Madras, like it is in Bombay’s Falkland Road. Madras M. Haroon RasheedBombay BluesBombay once enjoyed the reputation of being the “Jewel of the East”, but it has lost a II its splendour (“Bombay on the Brink,”November 15). The poor live in wretched slums. The middle class live in murky hovels, eat devitaminised food with no proper place even for relieying.Now that you have brought this to the nation’s notice, maybe somebody will do something about it. Bombay Hasan S. SitabkhanBombay – these days better known as Slumbay – is a nightmare for the rich and the poor alike. Undoubtedly, the Government and the vested interests are responsible for the city’s plight. Decongestion is the only answer. Yet, when the textile mills wanted to shift out, the Government shot down the proposal.Things have come to such a pass that people no longer believe that the authorities are capable of setting things right.Bombay S. E. MeerzaYour cover story has rightly zoomlensed the woes and worries of Bombay. Once a golden city, it has now become a city of slums, sickness and street squatters. Can anybody really save Bombay?Bombay S.G. AgteBombay is a city opposed to all Gandhian ideals. The city’s film industry produces films that depict sex, violence and crime to an alarming degree. Its textile mills produce synthetic cloth which is affecting our village cottage indusries.advertisementIts advertising agencies create ads which show the ideal Indian woman as being one with a fair skin, brown hair and dressed in western clothes. Bombay needs to be saved morally too. But, maybe, it’s too late.New Delhi Aban BanaI have a six-point formula to save Bombay:Stop influx of fresh migrants to the city by enacting suitable laws.Shift all major establishments, like head offices of banks, railways. Life Insurance Corporation, Shipping Corporation of India, the State Trading Corporation of India etc to New Bombay or to the Bandra-Kurla complex.Shift all the worn-out mills out of Bombay and provide accommodation for workers at new locations.Shift rail and truck terminals to Bandra-Kurla-Chembur area.Establish a good railway station and trunk terminal at New Bombay to make it an effective counter magnet. All wholesale markets for cloth vegetables, spices, cereals etc must be shifted to New Bombay.Establish enough schools, colleges, cinemas, shopping centres and recreational amenities.Bombay K. V. SatyamurtyEnragedWas it for lack of something better that “Rage Of The Stage” was featured in the Arts section (November 15)? There is a lot happening in the arts that’s more meaningful than the mundane and gimmick-ridden affair like Amitabh Bahahan’s.You would do well to leave such coverage to magazines of suspect intelligence and give your readers something that has substance. New Delhi Ashish KhokarCardin FantasyJust reading about Pierre Cardin and his creations (November 15) gave me a feeling of elegance. I hope the Cardin fantasy will be a reality in India which has a vast market and resources to be explored. Calcutta Soumitra DeyTreasuring The PastThe Central Government should order an inquiry into why the jewels of Kashmir (November 15) were kept hidden in a vault and remained secret for so many years. There’s no harm in getting them valued by experts but they must not be sold because they represent history and a solid proof of the lifestyle and glory of the days of Indian kings and maharajahs. Bombay Quaid Z. NajmiAesthetic AwarenessYour article on the Belgian Embassy, designed by Satish Gujral (November 15) is a service to society. Public awareness regarding the physical environment, whether it be architecture or its allied fields, is of utmost importance in setting higher standards of excellence.The creation of an awake, opinionated public depends much upon the exposure it receives to such issues as are maligning a large portion of our urban environment. Examples of works contributing to the urban fabric, too, go a long way towards generating a desire to experience a qualitative improvement in the physical setting around oneself.New Delhi Avik RoySatish Gujral’s building is sculpture, not architecture. It is no more than a beautiful piece of jewellery. He says that a building should stand as an image to rejuvenate you. But it is difficult to see what image inspired the design of the Belgian Embassy. Its exterior looks more like a cross between the arches of the Link Road Burning Ghat and the burial tombs of ancient Egypt – buildings to die in rather than sculptures to live in.advertisementThe embassy building represents in all its grossness and vulgarity what a building should not be – an ego trip for the artist and the client. Gujral has very successfully reduced architecture to mere sculpture, an object of art. Devote less space to such frivolous ventures and more to the real issues of architecture.New Delhi Gautam BhatiaRich RewardsThe poverty-stricken countries of Asia, Africa and Latin America have become the hunting grounds for art collectors of the rich countries of Europe and America (“Diamonds Are Forever,” November 15). All the world’s rarest artefacts will inevitably migrate to these countries. The only consolation is that these objects may be better preserved there than in the countries of their origin.Calcutta R. GuhaCourting TroubleApropos the article “Unsettling Precedent”, (November 15) about the transfer of Justice P. Subramaniam Poti to the Gujarat High Court and the boycotting of the court by the lawyers it is very clear that the Congress(I) Government wants a committed judiciary, captive press, yesmen, a spineless bureaucracy, sycophants and politicians loyal only to “her” and her progeny to establish her dynastic rule in the democratic socialist India.Bangalore JayaramFollowing The ChiefYou criticised N.T. Rama Rao for making the party a family concern (“A Crucial Battle,” November 15). But it is nothing new for us. He is just following in the footsteps of the Nehru family who have been making the entire nation and the Congress party a family concern since more than three decades.Why is Rajiv treated as he is… why does the press give the Gandhi family so much unwarranted coverage… why are they telecast on Doordarshan at prime time?The answers to the above questions are in the reply to your criticism of Rama Rao giving room to his family members.Mrs Gandhi defends the monopoly of the Nehru family by saying that they have served India with dedication, sincerity and hard work – as if they are the only people capable of doing this. Why does Mrs Gandhi not put forward into politics any other person (from outside her family) who has the above qualities? Bakhtaran, Iran K. J. ReddiShameless TacticsIn reference to your article “Bidding for Power” (November 15), the shameless and unethical tactics employed to topple any elected government are disgusting and scorn-worthy. Defection is a cancer to democracy. It destabilises the stable government. Hence defection must be banned at any cost and only the people can come to the rescue by forcing the Government to enact legislation to prevent the evil. Mehsana, Gujarat K. K. Chaudhary
Under-16 top seed Bhakti Parwani’s title hopes were given a fatal blow on Thursday after she was handed a surprise exit by 12th seed Vipasha Mehra 6-0, 0-6, 4-6 in the quarter-finals of the National Juniors Open at the DLTA, here.The fourth day of the tournament – which saw last-eight actions in singles – saw another shocker in boys’ under-16, second-seed Sushant Dabbas lost out to ninth-seed Denim Yadav 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 despite taking a big 4-0 lead in the decisive set.In the first upset, Bhakti started her game on top gear as she took the first set without breaking a sweat 6-0. The Gujarati girl’s ease at finding winners in the first set suggested this is going to be a cakewalk for Bhakti into semi-finals.However, Vipasha came with a different game plan and started to engage in long rallies with her compatriot. The plan was on the spot as the game took a 360-degree turn in the second set as the 16-year-old Tamil Nadu girl broke Bhakti’s serve early in the first set. The Southpaw took control of the game from there on and went on to win 10 games on the trot that included 6-0 win of the second set and a massive 4-0 lead in the final set.With her back against the wall, Bhakti finally pulled up her socks and won her first game on her serve to make it 4-1. The point seemed to give her a major boost as she broke Vipasha in the next game and soon the match went down to the wire at 5-4. But Vipasha managed to hold her nerve and served well in the final game to clinch the match.advertisement”She didn’t let me get comfortable in the first set and it was over before I could realise it,” said Vipasha, who trains at AKTA in Pune. “But I told myself that the match is not over until we shake hands and I decided to focus on my game more than what she was doing. Breaking her early in the second set gave me the much-needed confidence.”Moments before the upset, Denim also sprung a surprise defeat on one of the tournament favourites Sushant. The tie seemed evenly matched as both served well to keep the score at 3-3. But Denim, whose forehand and shot angles was creating issues for his rival, broke Sushant’s serve and maintained his serve to take the first set 6-3.Being threatened, Sushant came back strongly in the second set and played some strong forehand and backhand strokes to win second set 6-2. The 15-year-old southpaw was cruising in the final set with a 4-0 lead but gave away the match as Denim broke him thrice to take the game.In other matches, Divesh Gahlot (1) overcame an early threat by Naresh Badgujar after losing the first set by convincingly winning remaining two sets 4-6, 6-1, 6-1.Tournament favourite in boys under-14, Udit Gogoi consolidated his dominance with a comfortable win of 7-5, 6-0, while the third seed Aman Dahiya too notched up a straight-set win over Deep Munin 6-2, 6-2.In girls’ under-14, Vaishnavi Adkar (1) was made to sweat in the first set my Renne Singla but overcame his compatriot 7-6 (3), 6-4. While second seed Renne Singh hardly broke any sweat to beat Suhita Mururi 6-2, 6-2.
United Nations: UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has appealed to India and Pakistan to “exercise maximum restraint” to ensure that the situation does not further deteriorate, his spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said, amidst sudden spike in tensions between the two neighbours.”The UN Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) observed and reported an increase in military activity at the Line of Control in recent days. The UN appeals to both sides to exercise maximum restraint to ensure that the situation does not further deteriorate,” a statement issued by Dujarric said. The UNMOGIP observes and reports on ceasefire violations along and across the Line of Control and the Working Boundary between the two neighbours in Jammu and Kashmir, as well as reports developments that could lead to ceasefire violations. UNMOGIP was established in January 1949. India, however, maintains that UNMOGIP has “outlived its relevance” after the Simla Agreement signed between the two countries in 1972. PTI
APTN National NewsOTTAWA–When it came to detailed questions about First Nations children and youth, Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt drew blanks.Valcourt faced questions from MPs Wednesday evening during Committee of the Whole in the House of Commons which focused on his department. Many of the questions centered on education, child welfare and youth suicide rates.While Valcourt was more than willing to throw around large dollar figures to defend his government’s handling of the Aboriginal Affairs file, the minister repeatedly came up short when faced with specific questions about issues like per capita student funding for on reserve education, literacy rates, child welfare numbers and on-reserve youth suicide rates.At one point, a frustrated Valcourt, facing a question from an NDP MP about suicide rates, blurted that the fate of First Nations children was not the responsibility of the federal Aboriginal Affairs department.“Given the horrific death rates that we have among children who do not have access to schools, if he can tell us what the national suicide rate is on reserve among young people under his watch?” said NDP MP Charlie Angus, whose Timmins-James Bay riding includes the communities of Attawapiskat, Kashechewan and Fort Albany.“The assertion of the honourable member that these children are under the minister’s watch shows a great misunderstanding by the member of the responsibility of the department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development,” said Valcourt. “These children are first and foremost the responsibility of their parents throughout Canada.”The high rate of suicides in First Nation communities is widely linked to the abject poverty on many reserves, which are federal responsibility, and the continuing aftershocks of the over century-long operation of Indian residential schools, which were created by OttawaAngus responded with a cutting retort.“That is not your responsibility? You are a clown. That man is a clown,” said Angus.Valcourt also drew a blank when asked by Angus about the number of First Nations children, under 14, in the care of social services. Aboriginal Affairs, which funds on-reserve child and family services, is facing a human rights complaint over an allegation it underfunds First Nations child welfare.Valcourt said the department has no responsibility for children in care beyond paying for the services.“As the responsibility is delegated to agencies by the provinces, I cannot give the exact figure of the number of children who are in care tonight. These are figures that I am sure we could gather after the fact,” said Valcourt. “However, as the member knows, this responsibility is to the several agencies and the provinces that administer child welfare services on reserves where there are no agencies.”Angus said Valcourt’s department actually keeps readily available statistics on the issue.“Actually, I got it from the minister’s own documents. The number is 30,000 to 40,000. I think the minister does not have his facts right,” said Angus. “Does the minister not keep track of the number of children that are in care that his government is paying for?”Valcourt said he did not check child welfare figures “every day” and repeated that the department has no obligation for child welfare beyond meeting policy requirements to fund the services.“When the member talks about an obligation, I will remind the honourable member that this is a policy matter. This is a policy decision to reimburse provinces and to fund the agencies,” said Valcourt.Manitoba has made national headlines over its overwhelmed child welfare system which primarily seizes First Nations children and babies. Last summer’s Winnipeg murder of Tina Fontaine, who was in the care of the province at the time of her death, revealed a broken system that housed children and youth in hotels.Valcourt also didn’t deny a suggestion from Angus that Ottawa wants to download responsibility of on-reserve child welfare to the provinces and provincial-level agencies.The minister, whose government has claimed First Nations education to be a priority, also drew a blank when it came to on-reserve literacy and numeracy rates for students.“This is information that I do not have in front of me, but we could provide it to the honourable member,” said Valcourt.“I read it in the (department’s) report,” said Angus. “It was the first time that it ever kept those numbers.”Angus said boys in Ontario First Nations had a literacy score of 21 per cent and a numeracy score of 18 per cent.“I do not know if the minister can name a country in the world where those rates would be lower,” said Angus.Liberal Aboriginal affairs critic Carolyn Bennett took aim at Valcourt over the apparent drop in the number of First Nation and Inuit students accessing the post-secondary student support program. Bennett said in 1997, 22, 938 students were in the program, but that number dropped to 18,729 in 2009.“Can the minister tell us what the current total back log for First Nations and Inuit individuals waiting for support through the post-secondary student support program is? What is the wait list backlog?” said Bennett.Valcourt said he didn’t know because the program is administered at the band level.“This is information that they have and we do not,” said Valcourt.Valcourt said between 20,000 to 22,000 students were currently in the post-secondary student support program.Valcourt also dodged a question about his department sharing information on Indigenous activist with law enforcement and intelligence agencies under the Harper government’s proposed anti-terror law. If Bill C-51 becomes law, agencies like the Canadian Security Intelligence Service and the RCMP would be able to access Indian status records, which contain geological information, and other personal information held by Aboriginal Affairs.“(Under Bill-C51), will the department be able to proactively share information that is collected on Indigenous activists with security and intelligence agencies?” said NDP Aboriginal affairs critic Niki Ashton.“Last time I checked, I am not responsible for public safety,” said Valcourt.Ashton then brought up the RCMP’s apology for a comparison likening the Idle No More movement to “bacteria” made by one the force’s Aboriginal liaison officers.“The parliamentary secretary to the minister of Public Safety said that it was absolutely abhorrent that anyone would ask the government to apologize for this kind of discriminatory language,” said Ashton. “Does the minister agree with the parliamentary secretary?”Valcourt said the federal government did not share the bacteria view.“Can I do more than just reiterate that the government of Canada does not share the view of that sole employee of the RCMP who has chosen to characterize the movement that way he has,” said Valcourt. “This is not the view of our government and I repeat, we think that the RCMP has appropriately apologized for the statement of that member of the RCMP.”[email protected]@APTNNews
New Delhi: The Centre on Monday extended the ceasefire agreement by one year with two insurgent groups in Nagaland, while a fresh pact for suspension of operations was signed with another outfit, the Home Ministry said. A ceasefire is in operation between the Union government and the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Neopao Konyak/Kitovi) and National Socialist Council of Nagaland/Reformation (NSCN/R). It was decided to extend the suspension of operation agreement with NSCN/NK and NSCN/R for a further period of one year with effect from April 28 this year till April 27, 2020, a Home Ministry statement said. This was signed on behalf of the central government by Satyendra Garg, Joint Secretary, in the Home Ministry, and Jack Jimomi, Supervisor, GPRN/NSCN, on behalf of NSCN/NK and by Amento Chishi, Supervisor, and Toshi Longkumer, Secretary, on behalf of NSCN/R. Meanwhile, the National Socialist Council of Nagaland/K-Khango has also entered into a fresh ceasefire agreement with the Union government from Monday for a period of one year, the statement said. The new ceasefire agreement and revised ceasefire ground rules were signed by Garg and Newell Naga, Supervisor and Michael Yeptho, member, on behalf of NSCN/K-Khango.
OSU redshirt junior cornerback Gareon Conley picks off Michigan State’s quarterback Tyler O’Connor to seal the team’s 17-16 win at Spartan Stadium.. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorIt’s no secret that this coming Saturday’s game between No. 2 Ohio State and No. 3 Michigan has a lot of implications behind it. It is not just college football’s annual matchup between the two teams, but it is also a game that will potentially decide which of the two teams will make the College Football Playoff. But the rivalry goes beyond just “The Game” itself. It ranges all the way down to recruiting.For years, young football players have looked at both universities as potential options to continue their playing careers, while both programs have pushed to obtain the next best recruit. On the OSU roster, there is no shortage of connections with “That Team Up North,” as a few of its current players have decommitted from Michigan only to commit to OSU. This was the case for redshirt junior cornerback Gareon Conley and redshirt freshman running back Mike Weber.“I was a young-minded person, and really, (Michigan) was my first big offer,” Conley said. “But I wanted to explore my options, and when I came (to OSU) it just felt like going from the same program to a better program of what I already experienced, and it felt like home.”As a four-star prospect out of Massillon Washington High School in Ohio, Conley was a Michigan commit for eight months before he decided to join Urban Meyer’s 2013 class. Meyer said on Monday that he went to watch Conley play basketball when recruiting the cornerback, and that the team thought highly of him during the process.“I went and watched him actually practice basketball, and that’s when I was like, ‘this is a crazy athlete,’” Meyer said. “Then you get to meet him and his family. Major impact. He’s not just a great player, but a great leader as well.”Conley, who made the game-ending interception last Saturday against Michigan State, said that his initial commitment to be a Wolverine was “real fast.” He had only gone to Ann Arbor once to visit and didn’t talk to a lot of people, causing him to make the decision to switch schools.“It was a magnificent decision because, obviously, two years ago we won a championship and last year we had a good season,” Conley said. “Overall, the teams I’ve been a part of (at OSU) and the brotherhood I have experienced — it’s great.”Now one of the Ohio State team captains, Conley was the first player that Meyer would convert from Wolverine to Buckeye in his OSU coaching tenure. Conley wouldn’t be the last player to recommit to OSU, as Weber would do the same just two years later.Unlike Conley, Weber grew up in Michigan as a native of Detroit. After playing football for Cass Technical High School, Weber committed to the Wolverines. However, after Michigan fired then-head coach Brady Hoke, the four-star recruit decommitted from the university, and eventually ended up at Ohio State.Weber said that former Cass Tech teammate and current Ohio State teammate Damon Webb, a junior cornerback, helped him with his decision to join the Buckeyes.“Having people here that I know of, that I can talk to, and that relate to me is always good,” Weber said. “I used to talk to (Webb) in high school about the program, about what to expect, and he always gave me good feedback.”Weber said that with Webb already in Columbus and with redshirt freshman defensive tackle Joshua Alabi, also one of Weber’s Cass Tech teammates, committed to OSU, he was comfortable with his decision.“It feels good to play with guys you grew up with,” Weber said.However, Weber, who joins Maurice Clarett and Robert Smith as the only Ohio State freshman to rush for 1,000 yards, will be playing several of his high school teammates when the Buckeyes and Wolverines take the field on Saturday. “Now it is really personal. A lot of people I played with — Jourdan Lewis, Delano Hill, Mike Onwenu, Lavert Hill — all those guys I played with in high school and won championships with are on the team,” Weber said. “It’s going to be fun playing against all those guys and I’m looking forward to it.”Along with Conley, Weber, Alabi and Webb, true freshman offensive lineman Michael Jordan is also a native of Michigan and will be playing for his home-state rival on Saturday.With each of these players deciding to play for Meyer and the Buckeyes, there is no denying that both teams could look very different for Saturday’s game had Conley and Weber not recommitted to OSU and stayed at Michigan.Conley said that he is looking forward to the game on Saturday, and that he is happy with the decision he made three years ago.“It’s an honor to play in this game. It’s an honor to be a Buckeye in this game,” Conley said. “This is one of the most tradition-rich programs in tradition games, and it’s going to be a great challenge. I’m just glad to be here with my team.”
Ohio State junior swimmer Lindsey Clary competes at the Big Ten championships in February, 2016. Credit: OSU AthleticsThe Ohio State women’s swimming team is set to compete against Wright State in their final dual meet of the season on Friday, just a couple of weeks before heading off to West Lafayette, Indiana, to compete in the Big Ten Conference Championships.Last weekend the team fell to Michigan 212-88. However, OSU coach Bill Dorenkott said he believes that the score doesn’t do the team’s individual performances justice.“If you looked at our results, we got beat by a better team and that’s the long and the short of it … If you looked at our performances, we were actually pretty strong,” Dorenkott said. “We put up some of our fastest times of the season and in some cases, some of the fastest times any Buckeye has ever (swam). That being said, we got broadsided by a team that was ready to roll, and that falls on me. That’s not the team, there’s nothing that they did wrong.”Though the Buckeyes were disappointed with the outcome of last weekend’s meet in Ann Arbor, the team has kept it’s spirits up and use Friday’s competition to prepare for the challenges ahead.“We’re in the middle of our preparation for Big Ten’s, and while we’re disappointed with how we performed at Michigan, it doesn’t change what our ultimate goal is which is to swim well at Big Tens and NCAAs,” Dorenkott said.Aside from last weekend’s meet against Michigan, the Buckeyes are undefeated this season and are planning to use this Friday’s meet as an additional way to fine tune their skills before the post season competitions.“We’ll use this meet as an opportunity to do some hard work, and make sure we’re staying on track,” Junior Liz Li said. “I would definitely say that Friday’s meet is … an opportunity to help us to push ourselves a little bit and be a little bit sharper.”In addition to using this meet to sharpen their skills and shave some seconds off of their times, the athletes are also using this Friday’s competition to showcase the team’s senior class in their final dual meet at OSU.“This meet is our senior night, so I’m really excited … to see all the seniors do all of their little ceremonies, which will be so much fun,” Li said. “This Friday is about trying to swim as a team, so we’ve got one more chance to do that (with the seniors) and have fun together.”Dorenkott said he is looking forward to giving the team’s senior class the praise they earned over the years as well, while also hoping to finalize who will be traveling to West Lafayette in the next couple of weeks.“It’s a special class, and it’s a great opportunity to highlight and showcase them,” Dorenkott said. “We’ve also got a couple of spots that are still to be determined in terms of who is going to travel to the Big Tens, so we’re still trying to figure out who’s going to fill those spots, and this weekend will help us a little bit with that as well.”The competition is set to begin at 5 p.m. at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion.