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first_img News North Korea is ramping up COVID-19 disease control efforts ahead of the Eighth Party Congress that is scheduled to be held in January, Daily NK has learned. “The Central Anti-epidemic Committee’s inspection began early this month,” a source in North Hamgyong Province told Daily NK on Monday. “Members of the committee are being dispatched to each region to educate citizens on the specifics of the quarantine orders issued by the government.”Members of the Central Anti-epidemic Committee closely examined the state of the Sinuiju’s disease control measures as well, according to another source in North Pyongan Province. The committee is conducting an intense inspection of COVID-19 prevention measures in the Sino-North Korean border region. The committee’s focus on the border region may be due to the “Hyesan Incident,” a smuggling incident that occurred in Hyesan, Yanggang Province, recently. The committee’s inspectors are reportedly demanding detailed reports from border region residents on even the most trivial or unusual problems and ordering them to strictly adhere to quarantine and the social distancing rules.covid quarantineDisease control officials testing drivers for COVID-19 symptoms in Pyongyang’s Manggyongdae District. / Image: Rodong SinmunLocal doctors have been ordered to check the temperature of households under their care twice a day, and people have recently been required to keep a two-meter distance from each other in the streets, according to sources in the region. The heads of inminban, North Korea’s lowest administrative unit, are keeping close tabs on hygiene among the households they watch over. In practice, this means that inminban heads are checking that people are abiding by quarantine rules and sanitizing their houses and hands four times a day.Locals have reportedly been ordered to make their antiseptic solution from the extract provided by their inminban. One source said that the head of a local inminban told residents under her charge to boil water with half a spoon of salt for two hours if they are running low on antiseptic solution. Inspectors also urged households to add garlic concentrate to their side dishes every day or even to just “sniff it” to prevent infection. They are spreading other unverified disease control information as well, including the claim that “a nation that eats soybean bean paste and kimchi can get out from under this infectious disease.” As North Korean authorities are ramping up COVID-19 disease control efforts, some North Koreans are saying that “it won’t be long before trade is restarted.” Their reasoning behind this is that “[the North Korean authorities] are taking every precaution and readying themselves to be able to immediately handle any issues that arise because they are planning to reopen [the borders] after the Eighth Party Congress.”*Translated by Susan LeePlease direct any comments or questions about this article to [email protected] in Korean Facebook Twitter News SHARE News center_img North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) AvatarLee Chae Un RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Hamhung man arrested for corruption while working at a state-run department store North Korea hikes “party contributions” Russia-based workers must pay by 30-55%last_img read more

first_imgValero’s Monday night league produced this weeks top female bowler. Sami Jo Williams leads all the lady bowlers for the third week in a row. Sami Jo lit up the lanes to the tune of 256, 246 and 222 for a nice 724 series.Thursday night’s Energy Country Ford/Allstate League some excitement the week of Oct. 8-14. Jeff Witzleben had a near perfect 299 game in the middle of his three game set. Alice Barnes led all the senior ladies with games of 194, 168 and 239 for a 601 series. James Mikel led the senior men with games of 237, 213 and 268 for a nice 718. This week’s top bowler is Branden Powell. Branden hammered the lanes with games of 246, 268 and 236 for a 750 series. Next UpCain Shaw led the youth bowlers this week with games of 256, 245 and 176 for a nice 677 set.I do know we had a group of bowlers in San Antonio this weekend at the Texas Mixed State Championships. If there were any honor scores we would like to spread the news.Until next week good bowling! • 700s: Sami Jo Williams 256-246-222-724, Tyler Combs 214-224-269-707, George Gund 188-279-244-711, Daryl Hughes 256-245-237-738, Branden Powell 246-268-236-750, James Mikel 237-213-268-718, Matt Mannino 247-255-239-741, James Moity 234-245-235-714, Trey Todora 249-255-235-739.• VALERO: Mack McPhatter 226-555, Ryan Smith 278-674, Bob Cullums 182-518, Kurt Cullums 239-634, David Allen 203-558, Demetra 140-378, Chris Heath 158-455, Eloy Santanna 166-466, Will Bailey 192-518, Zach Wiley 210-517, Derrick Rivers 211-620, Jamaal Lowe 229-615, Christie Marcantel 143-395, TroyGirolamo 233-609, Matthew Maxwell 244-630, Justin Cates 183-526, Alan Kay 206-577, Kaci Leatherwood 141-363, Dee Dennis 204-565, Georgeann Richardson 213-576, Austin Arsenault 183-486, Alice Barnes 208-594, John Robison 190-494, James Pitre 221-617, Kirwin Melo 231-592, Alanda Boldt 221-576, BryanBoldt 220-589, Tara Candee 177-457, Ryan Worthy 235-647, Erick Brown 243-602, Chuck Mitchell 233-682, Christ Theal 208-548, Darrel Chance 213-557, Dave Pulver 185-519, Robert Seymour 195-526, Gail Seymour 223-531, Wendy Medina 129-343, RaeAnna Todora 267-673, CJ Moity 236-586, Carlos Medina 198-527, Farrell Menard 168-478, Josh Schoonfield 151-362, Derrick Joyce 168-449, Jeremy Premeaux 206-496, Bruce VanBoskirk 190-474, Murphy Burch 242-656, Steve Schuster 236-664, James Motiv 251-690, Chad Carlson 193-482, Renee Moity 199-529. • QUEEN TUMBLERS: Bel Garcia 135-387, Jenni Beaumont 167-479, June Badon 196-537, Shelia Vaughan 154-440, Lynne Richter 180-458, Emily Davis 112-323, Frances Boudreaux 136-369, Alice Barnes 207-562, Donna Kelly 155-380, Betty Shannon 163-442, Donna Loupe 136-371, Janice Todora 153-438, Dot Font 158-431, Martha Thomasson 144-369, Connie Mathison 191-509, Flo Benoit 188-527, Donna Thomas 140-368, Jackie Schell 161-387, Rene Pulver 200-499.• GOLDEN OLDIES: Blanch Comeaux 160-409, Tommy Girolamo 204-559, Cliff Mosley 187-514, Cynthia Williams 117-311, Gloria Divello 176-496, Betty Sheffield 144-363, Bill Lawless 151-382, Cindy Hebert 123-353, John Anderson 178-478, Randy Zampini 159-402, Charlotte Banks 125-347, Beverly Wallace 172-403, OliverBalagot 177-471, James Pitre 204-562, Mary Kay Rios 146-375, Bruce Powell 169-432, Frank Rios 153-429, Donna Clifton 124-356, Fred Clifton 153-413, V.J. Willis 194-516, Venix Morris 178-470, Mary Gravett 135-358, Rick Hermsen 235-618, Bonnie Timaeus 135-367, Frankie Hall 168-459, Bill Allen 207-523, Robert Seymour 176-476, Paul Vaughan 213-600, CJ Moity 213-524, William Gore 191-464, Hedy Zampini 154-401, John Greig 160-390, Art Leon 138-388.center_img • MID-COUNTY MIXED: Vladie Quirante 181-494, Bruce VanBoskirk 166-411, Rey Diestro 173-478, Resty Baluyot 171-482, Tessie Balagot 160-424.• FUN BOWLERS: Joyce Cialona 191-532, Julie Crane 182-467, Bruce Powell 194-501, Bruce Crane 219-561, Carol Berryman 140-338, Robert Miller 170-434, Erin White 166-452, Steve Killion 174-439, Ron Carlin 179-519, Arnold Jones 190-474, Ed Zuschlag 153-408, Iron Owens 180-498, Charles Venable 220-542, Chris White 202-519, Matthew Linnens 220-541, Craig Castille 150-354, Dee Dennis 233-622, Aubrey McKee 232-605, Wilson Burton 237-586, Dean Salles 225-595, Dolores Rodrigues 158-431, James Pitre 263-666.• ENERGY COUNTRY/ALLSTATE: Belinda Humphrey 234-635, Dennis Humphrey 219-537, Langdon Gund 214-552, Walt Homick 220-589, Michael Peterson 173-436, Chuck Clark 178-404, Kody Rountree 236-537, Griffin Williams 248-651, Sami Jo Williams 249-644, Joann Williams 195-524, Maryana Kimball 175-477, Charlene Wersig 192-501, Avery Henry 254-611, Dean Wersig 237-600, Jamaal Lowe 234-642, Darrel Robinson 221-589, Mike Jacquet 254-631, Chris Edwards 224-572, Mary Jane Parsley 168-474, Janice Todora 170-477, Alice Barnes 239-601, Jeremy Tremonte 212-524, Sandra Windham 236-610, Belinda Powell 223-629, RaeAnna Todora 237-682, John Allen 250-671, James Robinson 204-540, Dennis Thompson 247-677, Leroy Young 196-573, Georgeann Richardson 200-532, Austin Arsenault 206-526, Carlos Medina 193-527, Skipper Arsenault 268-620, Jacob McConnell 221-595, Jeff Witzleben 299-655, David Bruno 255-694, Larry Witzleben 189-503, Erik Postula 211-557, Gary Martin 238-652, Ryan Worthy 204-559, George Parsley 247-684, Charles Mitchell 268-665, Andrew Pridemore 254-653, Tyler Rikoff 208-586, Jake Glenn 197-540, Ray Todora 195-518, Kim Bourque 225-628, Eric Manthei 259-675, Hardy Charles 233-550, Randy Young 175-426, John May 171-435, John Ramsey 223-633, Clay Mayhew 197-476, Ryan Cooper 221-594, Garret Holmes 190-493, Jakeevan Sonnier 212-489, Isaac Rollins 206-505, Marcus Joseph 225-584, Giles Broussard 186-498, Dillon Rankin 192-525, Joe Duke 187-482, Georgia McElroy 130-337, Bob Bellow 246-678, CJ Moity 258-635, Tammy Nick 190-499, Shelly Moity 232-538, Braden Grusecki 183-476, Bob Grusecki 191-525, Casey Smith 213-594, Rusti Girolamo 140-402, Jason Beavens 268-675, Theresa Beavens 155-400, Chris Kaufmann 209-578, Darin Murray 225-598, Alan Kay 234-542, Ben Cortez 207-561, Travis Johnson 211-544, David Gilley 234-568, Michael Morvant 207-576, Shane Harlow 232-654, Gerard Fresnido 159-414, David Pulver 168-459, Rene Pulver 181-427, John Ferguson 189-479.• STARS of TOMORROW Cain Shaw 256-245-176-677, Blaine Seymour 212-571, Rylee 78-173, Brandon Bertrand 224-580, Ryan Thomas 178-460, Anthony Hernandez 129-336, James Andrews 94-200.last_img read more

first_imgThe 2014 winter dredging program at East Cowes Marina in the river Medina is in full swing.Dredging operation are being conducted by the Jenkins Marine with the expected completion date set for November 28th 2014.So far everything is going according to scheduled. The dredging is being carried by a dredge pontoon called Doreen Dorward with the spoil being deposited into two split hopper barges called Nab and Needles.Licence for the project was issued by the Cowes Harbour Commission on November 4th 2014.[mappress mapid=”19276″]Dredging Today Stafflast_img read more

first_img Related TopicsFrancisco LindorIndiansJose Ramirez Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE. The Indians twosome of Francisco Lindor and Jose Ramirez were each awarded Silver Slugger awards on Thursday night, one of three teams to have multiple winners (Boston, Colorado and Arizona also had more than one player win a slugger award).Lindor had a huge 2018, as he collected career-highs in almost every offensive category and earned his third straight American League All-Star bid, batting .277 (183-for-661) with 42 doubles, 2 triples, 38 home runs and 92 RBI in 158 games. He also finished tied for the Major League lead in runs (129) and swiped 25 bases, becoming the first shortstop in MLB history and first Indian with at least 35 home runs, 40 doubles and 20 stolen bases in a single season. Lindor is the first ever Indians shortstop to capture multiple Silver Slugger Awards.For the second consecutive season, he set the single-season franchise record for home runs (38) and extra-base hits (82) by a shortstop as his 129 runs scored were the tenth highest total in club history. He also finished among A.L. leaders in total bases (2nd, 343), multi-hit games (2nd, 58), extra-base hits (T3rd, 82), hits (4th, 183), bWAR (T4th, 7.9) and home runs (T6th, 38) and is now the club’s all-time career leader in homers by a shortstop (96). Francisco connected for a franchise-record & MLB-high nine lead-off home runs and was named A.L. Player of the Month in May.Ramίrez had a monster 2018 as well, as he put up one of the best offensive seasons in Tribe history.The 26-year-old became just the third Indians batter in club history to record 30 home runs and 30 steals in the same season, joining Grady Sizemore (2008) and Joe Carter (1987) as he and Boston’s Mookie Betts became the first Major Leaguers to do so since 2012. For the year he batted .270 (156-for-578) with 38 doubles, 4 triples, 39 home runs and 105 RBI in 157 games. He scored 110 runs and stole 34 bases, recording single-season career-highs in runs, home runs, RBI and steals and will be a top three finalist for the American League MVP award for the second straight campaign.The two-time American League All-Star’s 39 home runs were a single-season franchise record by a switch-hitter (39), breaking Carlos Santana’s mark of 34 in 2016 as he and Lindor became the first pair of switch-hitting teammates in MLB history to each hit 30 homers in a season and also the first switch-hitting duo to record 20 steals and 20 homers. He finished among A.L. leaders in walks (2nd, 106), times on base (3rd, 130), steals (3rd, 34) and finished fourth in the league in slugging pct. (.552), OPS (.939), RBI (105), runs (110), total bases (319) and home runs (39). He is the first Cleveland third baseman in club history to capture multiple Silver Slugger Awards.The last Cleveland hitters to capture Silver Slugger Awards in back-to-back seasons were Roberto Alomar and Manny Ramίrez (1999-2000).center_img Matt Loedelast_img read more

first_imgzoom Entering into ”a strategic cooperation” with Maersk Line and the Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) via their 2M vessel sharing alliance and not becoming a fully fledged member is the best Hyundai Merchant Marine could have hoped for given what ”a traumatic year” this has been for the South Korean container carrier, according to Drewry Shipping Consultants.The carriers have agreed that HMM will become a full member of the 2M network alongside Maersk Line and MSC, but will instead only get access to the two carriers’ East-West network through a strategic cooperation.The three parties have been engaged in discussions since the summer, which at the time Drewry considered to be one of the oddest developments in the industry considering that HMM was still undergoing intensive debt restructuring and that it would only add a bit more scale to 2M’s services.From the outset, it looked like HMM had more to gain from joining 2M as finding an alliance home was one of the conditions laid out by creditors, whereas for the 2M carriers bringing in a third member with financial clouds above its head risked some reputational damage, particularly in light of Hanjin’s bankruptcy, according to Drewry.HMM’s negotiating position with the 2M carriers, which was already weak to start with, suffered again when leaks told of stalling discussions and when the other alliances firmed up their membership the Korean line was very much in danger of being the only one at the prom without a date.Despite the fact the South Korean government – itself undergoing some testing times – has pledged to make HMM its national flag carrier and support the local shipping industry with trillions of Won, ultimately HMM was always going to get squeezed by the world’s two largest carriers. Drewry previously speculated that the Maersk and MSC might be offered the carrot of favourable shipbuilding contracts or banks loans in return for letting HMM join its club, but in the current climate when shippers are fearful of bankruptcy within alliances the chances of full membership were probably always close to zero, no matter what was on the table.According to reports HMM could become a full 2M member in a few years if it can repair its balance sheet, which implies that financial risk was a major consideration, but even if that box is ticked it’s hard to see how such a junior partner would be able to secure equal footing.HMM was left without much bargaining power after a traumatic year, and while it will be diminished in the short term, the strategic cooperation within the 2M network does at least give the carrier the space to grow in the future, according to Drewry.last_img read more

first_imgBALURGHAT: Tension gripped Kushmandi’s Maligaon area on Saturday morning after the body of a local TMC worker was found around 5 km away from his residence by the locals. Murder is being suspected.The deceased TMC worker has been identified as Harihar Das (50), a resident of Panchhata. Police have initiated an investigation. No arrests have been made so far. Das had gone missing since Friday afternoon. As he had not returned till late in the evening, his family members initiated a search operation but in vain. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaIn the morning, the locals discovered his body lying beside a pond with traces of rampant beating on the head. The stick was also found beside the body. Police rushed to the spot after being intimated and faced public demonstration as he was a popular face of the party there. Police, however, managed to recover his body after positive assurances. Later it was sent for postmortem to Balurghat district hospital. A local, named Bachchu Das, said: “I discovered the body in the morning while crossing the field. I screamed for help. The locals from adjacent areas rushed in and later we informed the police and Das’ family members. His body was lying beside a pond with deep head injury, probably from a bamboo stick, that was left next to him and had dry traces of blood.” Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayLocals and Das’ family members demanded immediate arrests of the culprits. Local Trinamool leader and karmadhakshya of South Dinajpur Zilla Parishad, Shyamal Saha said: “Harihar Das was an active Trinamool worker and a popular face of the area. He had close association with the party workers and locals. He also had a lot of responsibilities for the upcoming polls. The locals want quick action and have also demonstrated before the police regarding the same.” A large contingent of police force has been deployed in the area to maintain the law and order situation.last_img read more

first_imgBasirhat: Known as one of Bengal’s most porous border areas with Bangladesh and a hub of illegal migration, Basirhat is set to witness a high octane electoral battle between Nusrat Jahan, Bengali screen actress and Trinamool Congress candidate, and Sayantan Basu, state Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) general secretary, in the final phase of the Lok Sabha polls on May 19. Basirhat town is dotted with sugar mills, metalware manufacturing units and is a major trade depot for rice, jute, mustard, dates and potatoes produced in the surrounding areas. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaIn the semi-urban and rural parliamentary constituency, comprising seven Assembly seats of Baduria, Haroa, Minakhan, Sandeshkhali, Basirhat Dakshin, Basirhat Uttar and Hingalgunj, Muslims dominate by accounting for over 50 percent of the population. In July 2017, Basirhat, located on the southern bank of the river Icchamati, witnessed “communal” tensions following a derogatory social media post on Prophet Mohammad. In the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, Trinamool’s Idris Ali defeated Communist Party of India’s (CPI) Nurool Hooda by over one lakh votes. While Ali secured around 38 percent votes, his nearest rival Hooda received around 30 percent. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayBJP’s Samik Bhattacharya, though a distant third, had secured over 18 percent votes, increasing the party’s vote share by 11.81 percent compared with 2009 elections. In 2019, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee replaced sitting MP Idris Ali with a political greenhorn Nusrat Jahan. The Congress nominee is a veteran local leader Abdur Rahim Kazi, while the CPI has fielded Pallab Sengupta. The choice of Trinamool candidate is being seen as its attempt to project a fresh face with a mass outreach. During her election rally in the constituency, Banerjee termed Jahan as “a young girl who does not have deep understanding of politics” and appealed to the people to render whole-hearted support to Jahan. The BJP candidate has courted controversies by asking the Central Forces to shoot potential miscreants in the chest. “If Trinamool goons come to loot votes on polling day, I will ask the Central Forces to shoot them in the chest and not feet. The state police work for the Trinamool Congress. “We will make sure that they are confined within the police stations, and only CRPF does the poll duty,” Basu said during his campaign. This statement drew sharp criticism and led the Election Commission to issue a show-cause notice against him. On the other hand, Banerjee’s decision to oppose both NRC and Citizenship Amendment Bill is all set to make her party a clear favourite among the Muslims. Jahan, campaigning nearly 12 hours a day, said she was confident that her message of love would win over people across communities as nobody liked violence. “It is not about me. The people know voting for any other party will not cause them any good. I am representing the party that has worked for their good for years,” she remarked.last_img read more

Bengals2013313rd (tied)52610th (tied)3 2018 Blake Bortles compared with his career average prior to this season Cardinals2015332nd6284th (tied)3 Jaguars2017332nd7529th (tied)1 Cardinals2010308th101926th0 QBR48.245.5 Yards per pass play6.415.98 Chiefs2013362nd71430th (tied)1 Source: Pro-Football-Reference.com yearFOllowing year There’s no denying that Bortles and the offense are a problem. But this was perfectly predictable. This year, Bortles is playing exactly like you would have expected. His QBR and passer rating are similar to his career rates, and his yards per dropbacks metric is actually significantly better.Bortles has led his team to only 34 points in four losses, though all of those came without bell-cow running back and 2017 fourth-overall pick Leonard Fournette in action. While the Jaguars have averaged 4.3 yards per rush this year, the same rate as in 2017, it could reasonably be argued that defenses no longer need to focus as much on stopping the run, making the sledding more difficult for Bortles and the passing game.But more importantly, last season the Jaguars could count on getting some offense from their defense. They had a league-high seven return touchdowns on picks and fumbles in 2017. But this year, they have had only one — and none in the games they lost. And their defense is not even setting up their offense with good field position via the turnover, as they had just two takeaways in the four defeats after finishing second in the league last year by averaging more than two per game. Texans2014342nd52512th (tied)3 Packers2011381st (tied)52318th (tied)2 Patriots2010382nd5343rd3 DefenseYearTake-awaysLeague RankDef. TDsTake-awaysLeague RankDef. TDs Bills2011309th62123th (tied)1 2018Career Lions2011343rd (tied)71727th0 Cardinals2013306th (tied)52514th (tied)4 Make no mistake, the Jaguars defense overall is still very good — second in yards allowed and second in yards allowed per pass play. It’s just not supplementing an offense that needs supplementing. So now the Jaguars attack isn’t Bortles-plus — it’s just Bortles. And completely unsurprisingly, “just Bortles” is not a recipe for NFL success.NFL teams this decade that had at least 30 turnovers and at least five defensive touchdowns generally badly regressed — from an average league rank of 3.5 in turnovers to 13.5. But the Jaguars thus far have gone from second to a tie for 29th. So now a team that appeared poised to return to the postseason after reaching the AFC Championship is on life support.Head coach Doug Marrone seemed to concede after Sunday’s game that Bortles wasn’t really to blame for the team’s woes, but he had to do something.“I just literally did it to try to get a damn spark from this football team, to put everyone on notice that they have to focus, and they have to go out there and play better,” he told reporters. “That’s not fair to the quarterback, but that’s the way this business is. … The one thing you do with that position, doesn’t matter the name, doesn’t matter who it is: When you make a move to get a spark, everyone goes on notice. Everyone.”But the spark Marrone was trying to get isn’t really the spark that the Jaguars need. It’s some turnovers.There’s a chicken and egg issue here though. Turnovers are easier to come by when you have the lead. In 2017, the Jaguars forced 41 sacks and 13 picks in 372 pass plays while they were leading — when the opposing offense was more reckless and pass-happy.Those 372 plays were 63 percent of all opponent dropbacks last year and led to 62 percent of the Jags’ picks and 75 percent of their sacks. This year, opponents are throwing only 44 percent of their passes while trailing — and those plays accounted for just 47 percent of their sacks and 33 percent of their picks.So the way for the Jaguars to function better as a team is for someone on either side of the ball to make a play early and give Jacksonville a lead. They’ll get a chance Sunday in London against another team that’s learning that success in the NFL is far from stable, the defending champion Philadelphia Eagles, who are also just 3-4. But if the Jags can’t turn it around, the temperature in their locker room might never go down.Check out our latest NFL predictions. 49ers2013306th (tied)5294th (tied)3 Bears2012441st92813th (tied)6 Bears2011315th (tied)5441st9 Patriots2012412nd52910th (tied)3 Sources: Pro-Football-Reference.com, ESPN Stats & Information Chiefs2016331st5267th (tied)3 The Jacksonville Jaguars’ Super Bowl dreams are turning into a nightmare. And the obvious culprit is quarterback Blake Bortles, who was benched early in the second half of Sunday’s 20-7 loss to the Houston Texans — the team’s third-straight defeat.A civil war appeared to erupt after the game in the locker room, which beat writer Daniel Popper of The Athletic described as having “surpassed 212 degrees Fahrenheit.”“The Jaguars are sinking helplessly into the burning cauldron with no lifeline in sight,” Popper wrote on Twitter.The defensive players were yelling the loudest, so the narrative is that the finger-pointing is at Bortles and the club’s offense. But those fingers may be pointing the wrong way: The real reason for the team’s struggles is that its super-human defense is not merely regressing as expected in forcing turnovers and converting them into touchdowns — it’s collapsing. Passer rating80.380.8 Jacksonville’s defense regressed even more than expectedNFL teams from 2010 to 2016 that had at least 30 takeaways and five defensive touchdowns with how they fared the following year, along with the 2017-2018 Jacksonville Jaguars read more

Ohio State captain and senior Erin Langermeier (10) fights for the puck in the second series game against No. 7 Minnesota Duluth on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018. Credit: Shanti Lerner | Lantern ReporterThe Bemidji State women’s hockey team will try and spoil Ohio State’s senior weekend with an attempt of a season sweep of the Buckeyes Friday and Saturday in Columbus.Meanwhile, No. 9 Ohio State (17-11, 11-9 WCHA) will strive to send its seniors out with a win and protect home ice for the last time in the 2018-19 regular season against Bemidji State (10-16-2, 7-9-2 WCHA), which has gone 10-7-1 since gaining its first two wins against the Buckeyes on Nov. 9-10.“Their goaltending has stepped it up big time,” Ohio State head coach Nadine Muzerall said. Bemidji State redshirt sophomore goalie Lauren Bench might have the second lowest save percentage in the WCHA at .914, but her 29 saves against No. 1 Wisconsin on Feb. 1 allowed the Beavers to prevail in a 2-1 upset win.The Buckeyes know the feeling all too well, for they came into Bemidji, Minnesota, ranked No. 4 before dropping their November road series against Bemidji State, which entered the series winless in its first 10 games.“There’s no reason other than the fact that we weren’t ready,” Muzerall said. “Whether it was we undervalued them because of their record or we just came out to play pond hockey.”Six different Beavers scored against Ohio State in the series, with strikes coming from each of Bemidji State’s top three goal-scorers: sophomore forwards Clair DeGeorge and Paige Beebe and junior forward Jacqueline Kaasa.Ohio State senior forward Erin Langermeier said the Beavers will not be facing the same Buckeye team that took those 2-1 and 4-2 losses.“I think we took them a little lightly,” Langermeier said. “You want to respect them and I think we lacked that a little bit. We’re going to want revenge so bad.”The Buckeyes are coming off a road sweep of St. Cloud State that saw 4-0 and 5-0 Ohio State victories to stop its five-game losing streak.Muzerall said the wins were imperative for getting the Buckeyes back in position to make a late postseason run, for they currently sit outside the top eight NCAA tournament qualifying slots.“It built confidence that we can score, it built confidence that we can play defense and those were the two areas we were struggling in,” Muzerall said. “I think that’s going to give us momentum.”Ohio State senior forward Madison Field said the wins allowed freshman goalie Andrea Braendli to get back in rhythm after the Swiss Olympian had taken the bench amid tumultuous goaltender play during the Buckeyes’ skid.“I think she was kind of getting in her head a little bit,” Field said. “I think she needed those two shutouts to get out of it. It was really big for her to get those shutouts and get back on her feet with some confidence.”Not only did the shutouts and 50 combined saves win Braendli renewed confidence, they also earned her NCAA No. 2 Star of the Week and WCHA Rookie of the Week honors.Bemidji State sophomore defenseman Tina Kampa won an award of her own this week when she was named WCHA Defenseman of the Week after blocking 13 shots in the win against Wisconsin. Kampa is third in the WCHA with 62 blocks this season.Despite Bemidji State’s 2-9-2 season road record, Muzerall said her players need to believe the Beavers are a team to contend with, or else they will face a second sweep to the second-lowest scoring team in the league.“They’re always unpredictable and undervalued,” Muzerall said. “That makes them a little dangerous.”Ohio State’s senior weekend series against the Beavers begins at 6:07 p.m. on Friday at the Ohio State Ice Rink and will continue at 3:07 p.m. on Saturday. read more

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