Lawyer writes DPP, PCA, Top Cop to initiate inquest

first_imgDeath in Police lockupsAttorney-at-Law Anil Nandlall has written the Director of Public Prosecutions, the Police Complaints Authority and Police Commissioner Leslie James as he requested an investigation into the death of 39-year-old Lallbachan Bachan, who died in Police-lockups on the Essequibo Coast, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam).Deceased: Lallbachan BachanThese letters were written on behalf of the deceased’s wife, Samanta Elizabeth Bachan, who had positioned her determination for justice and to know what happened on the night her husband was killed.These calls mounted after photos of the deceased demonstrated multiple injuries about the body. According to the lawyer, credible sources suggested that officers on duty during the night of Bachan’s death were imbibing at the Suddie Police Station.Therefore, a “comprehensive and professional” investigation would provide clarity into what actually transpired.Guyana Times understands that Bachan was arrested on June 28, 2019, at Maria’s Lodge, Essequibo Coast. He died during the night on June 30.Last week the family of Bachan sought legal assistance from Nandlall to pursue to matter.Samantha stated that her husband was arrested on June 12 for driving under the influence of alcohol. He was placed on $20,000 bail at the Suddie Police Station and was told to appear before the District Court on June 20.However, when her husband appeared at the court on the given date, the matter was postponed to June 28. He was, however, unable to attend court on that date and a warrant was issued for his arrest.She explained that on the said date, the police visited their home, where they allegedly dragged him into the van and transported him to the police station.The widow said her mother-in-law took dinner for him later in the evening but was prevented by the police from visiting him.The widow said she was finally granted permission to see her husband on Sunday, who enquired about his kids and complained again of feeling unwell.On July 1, she recounted that as the family was preparing to visit the police station, they received news that he had died. She explained that she rushed to the Suddie Public Hospital where she observed her husband bleeding from his head, which was also swollen. This left them to believe that the man was beaten.After the incident, Police, in a release to the media, said that the man’s body bore no marks of violence. But contrary to this, the family had photographs showing what appeared to be marks of violence.The police also said that Bachan was the lone prisoner in the cell. A post-mortem examination conducted by Dr Nehaul Singh on the man’s body gave the cause of death as asphyxiation.Meanwhile, the lawyer is arguing that the Guyana Police Force (GPF) is responsible for the safety of persons in custody and must be answerable when such situations occur.Moreover, he told this publication that it is illegal for relatives to be prevented by the police from visiting their imprisoned family member.“It’s an absolute abuse of power and absolute abuse of the constitutional rights of citizens of this country to deny access to them while they are in the lockups…the law will determine what compensation [the family gets]. You ask for an amount and you now have to prove that you are entitled to that. If you prove, for example, the police are liable, right away you get a quantum and then you build on that,” he stressed.last_img read more


first_imgRory Kavanagh wins another ball in midfield for St Eunan’s. Pic Brian McDaid/Cristeph StudioMark Harte, the former Tyrone player and son of Mickey Harte, will be in Letterkenny today plotting to throw the Donegal county champions out of the Ulster Championship.Harte is now in charge of Roslea who have had to wait completion of the Donegal championship.He brings his team to O’Donnell Park to take on a resurgent St Eunan’s, now blessed with a mixture of youth and experience under the watchful eye of Maxi Curran. Mark Harte says the six week wait for Eunan’s hasn’t affected his side.“Since winning the county championship we have also gone on to win the league title and that not only got us another trophy but also provided us with a very competitive fixture,” he said.“Since St Eunan’s were confirmed as Donegal champions last Sunday our lads have been raring to go.”For Maxi, it has been a roller coaster seven weeks – a game in every one of the,. “It’s been rewarding because the players have improved as we’ve gone on,” says the Na Dunaibh man.“For Rory Kavanagh, this will be his eighth game in eight weeks when you factor in the All-Ireland final.“Eamon Doherty was in the Donegal panel while we also have five of the county minor squad who lost the All-Ireland final so that’s a total of seven players who’ve had to quickly get over that disappointment and get refocused on the club.”Curran paid tribute to Donegal veteran Kavanagh who picked up his sixth winners’ medal last week.“Rory is playing the football of his life He has been phenomenal, he’s nearly been man of the match in all of the games and has been a huge factor in our success,” added Maxi. Throw-in today is 2.30pm.MICKEY HARTE’S SON PLOTTING ST EUNAN’S DOWNFALL – BUT MAXI IS READY! was last modified: November 9th, 2014 by John2Share 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:RosleaSt EunansUlster Championshiplast_img read more

9 Cinematographers to Watch Closely in 2018

first_img3. Claire MathonImage via AFCinema.Claire Mathon is an up-and-coming French cinematographer who studied film at the prestigious École nationale supérieure Louis-Lumière. She’s already made waves with her work on four films: Three Worlds (2012), Stranger by the Lake (2013), My King (2015), and Staying Vertical (2016). She is poised for a big jump in 2018. You can check out more of her work on UniFrance’s website here. 4. Andrew Droz PalermoImage by Whitney Hayward (via Filmmaker Magazine).A native of Columbia, Missouri, the young Palermo has broken out in a big way in 2017 by serving as director of photography on David Lowery’s A Ghost Story, which showcased his natural talents and limits in a 1:1 format. Before getting his break with Lowery, Palermo shot documentary content for Independent Lens and worked in the Sundance Documentaries Edit and Story Lab on his film Rich Hill. You can check out the full scope of his work on his website here. 7. Anette HaellmigkImage via IMDB.While not necessarily a new name to those in the know, Haellmigk has been an unsung hero of the vaunted Game of Thrones franchise, with ten episode credits to her name (you can read a great interview about how she landed the GoT gig here). The German-born director of photography is primed for continued TV prominence by jumping into new shows like Insecure and Snowpiercer.8. Ruben ImpensImage via Cinevox.If you go to his filmography (or IMDB page), you’ll see that Impens has been busy over the last few years, shooting a ton of narrative features and shorts. While most notable for his work with fellow Belgian filmmaker Felix van Groeningen, Impens was behind the camera for the breakout sensations The Broken Circle Breakdown and the duo’s upcoming Beautiful Boy — along with Raw. You can check out his full site here. Looking for more on the filmmaking industry? Check out these articles.Exclusive Interview: The Secrets Behind RED Sensors and ResolutionA Conversation with the DP of The Confession TapesInterview: Director of Photography Jake Swantko of Netflix’s IcarusInterview: Director of Photography Behind HBO’s The Defiant OnesInterview: Last Chance U Director of Photography Gabriel Patay 5. Charlotte Bruus ChristensenImage via IMDB.Enjoying her second stint on our list, Christensen deserves the honor based on the strength of her work on Aaron Sorkin’s Molly’s Game in 2017 — and the already-buzzing John Krasinski project A Quiet Place, to go along with her previously mentioned credits for The Girl on the Train and Fences. You can check out all her work here. Take a look at these nine up-and-coming directors of photography whose work you’ll definitely want to follow throughout 2018.Cover image by Bret Curry (via Filmmaker Magazine).It is with great respect and excitement that we get to follow up on our past list of up-and-coming cinematographers with nine new additions for the new year. You may have heard of a few of these men and women before, or at least seen some of their work, but for the ones who seem new, check out their work and keep their names in mind, as they will undoubtedly be tearing it up for years to come.So, let’s meet our fab 9 and highlight some of their outstanding cinematography.1. Alexis ZabeImage via The Lift.With a Moonlight-esque Oscar run potentially in the cards for Sean Baker’s The Florida Project, Zabe, a Mexico City native, is primed for a big year. Zabe has honed his craft over the years since relocating to Los Angeles, DPing commercials for the likes of Adidas, films for lauded filmmakers like Jim Jarmusch, and (perhaps most notably) music videos including Pharrell’s “Happy.” You can check out his full filmography on his Lux Artist page here. 6. Brian BurgoyneImage via Brian Burgoyne.Already an established veteran of comedy and television, with credits that span several series, including SMILF, Crashing, and Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!, Burgoyne has made a major jump with his work on Kumail Nanjiani‘s breakout The Big Sick, which could experience a very celebrated award season. You can see Burgoyne’s full array of commercial, TV, and film work on his site here. 9. Mandy WalkerImage via European Independent Film Festival.Mandy Walker, who has already enjoyed a celebrated career so far, has recently caught fire with some major jobs shooting Hidden Figures and The Mountain Between Us — as well as her recent tapping to serve as director of photography on the live-action remake of Disney’s Mulan. You can check out her full filmography on her site here. 2. Larkin SeipleImage from ASC (via Larkin Seiple).For an established commercial and music video cinematographer like Seiple, his recent narrative feature work has been a very impressive transition — to say the least. In the past three years, he’s DP-ed the indie smasher Cop Car (2015), DANIELS‘ fiercely insane Swiss Army Man (2016), and the recent Macon Blair directorial debut I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore (2017). With two more features already lined up for 2018 (Luce and Kin), Seiple is in a pretty good spot already. You can check out more of his work on his website here.last_img read more

Curry, Thompson find their touch as Warriors beat T-Wolves

first_imgThe good ol’ standbys did their share of dazzling, too.Klay Thompson scored 28 points with six 3-pointers, Stephen Curry had 22 points, eight assists and eight rebounds, and the Warriors beat the Timberwolves 125-101 for their fifth straight win.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutEven without injured KD, the defending champs began to look like their dominant selves behind another strong defensive performance.“Five guys helping and communicating, talking, it was a thing of beauty tonight,” Curry said of the defense. Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry, left, drives the ball up court around Draymond Green (23) during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)OAKLAND, Calif. — Steve Kerr will never wish for a star player to sit injured as Kevin Durant did against Minnesota on Wednesday night.The Golden State coach sure saw a lot of encouraging signs from many in his supporting cast to pick up the slack with the NBA Finals MVP nursing a bruised left thigh.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next LATEST STORIES It’s the first time the teams faced off each atop their respective divisions. Only three times previously had they played both with records of .500 or above.“We got humbled tonight,” Minnesota’s Taj Gibson said. “That’s the kind of level we want to get to, the way they’re playing over there.”Thompson shot 11 for 20 overall and 6 of 12 from long range. Omri Casspi added 13 points, three blocks and two steals.Golden State had to overcome another cold start on offense, shooting 8 for 22 in the first quarter — 4 of10 on 3s. Two days earlier in a win against Miami, the Warriors shot 36.8 percent and 11 of 32 from beyond the arc.CAUTION WITH DURANTDurant categorized his injury as “nothing too serious.” He said he hurt the quadriceps muscle the first play of the game against the Heat on Monday.“If this were a playoff game, he’d be playing, but it’s not, so it makes perfect sense to give him tonight off,” Kerr said. “We have a couple more nights before our next game. He should be fine I would think by then.”KD hopes to play Saturday against the 76ers.“Probably, we’ll see,” he said.ATTLES RETURNS Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Warriors great Al Attles returned to Oracle Arena one day after his 81st birthday and the entire arena sang “Happy Birthday” during the second quarter as Attles waved and smiled. A former player, coach and general manager of the team — he was part of Wilt Chamberlain’s 100-point game — he had missed a night honoring him Oct. 27.FUNNY MOMENTWhen Kerr announced pregame that Iguodala would replace Durant, he stopped and instructed everyone they could tweet out the news before he resumed the media session.“Is everybody ready to tweet?” he said.Then, he began clipping his fingernails and said the media could let him know when ready to proceed.“Hang on, I’ve got a troublesome cuticle,” he quipped.TIP-INSTimberwolves: Minnesota missed all eight of its 3-pointers in the opening period and its first 11 overall before Nemanja Bjelica hit the Timberwolves’ first make from deep at the 7:24 mark of the second quarter. … The T-Wolves lost a third straight and 17th in 22 on Golden State’s home floor.Warriors: Golden State had its fourth 40-point quarter of the season. … The Warriors blocked nine shots, their 11th time in 12 games with at least seven swats. … Six different bench players scored at least six points, Nick Young with 12 and David West 10. … Young had five assists and four steals. … Golden State had 37 assists.UP NEXTTimberwolves: At Phoenix on Saturday night.Warriors: Look to beat Philadelphia for a ninth straight time overall and sixth in a row at home Saturday night. 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Tagalog NPA MOST READ Draymond Green posted another balanced effort with seven points, six rebounds, six assists and two blocks for the Warriors, who played without NBA Finals MVP Durant as he nursed a bruised left thigh.Andre Iguodala started in place of Durant, and the 2015 Finals MVP scored a season-high 11 points. The Warriors notched a season-best quarter with 44 points in the third to pull away after leading 51-50 at halftime.“I actually kind of like these games when we have to sit somebody,” Kerr said. “We have so much talent, we can afford to miss one of our main guys. It’s good for the team, it’s good for morale, it’s good for individual development, and it forces the group to play together when you’re missing one of your main guys.”Andrew Wiggins scored 17 points and Karl-Anthony Towns had 16 points and 12 rebounds as the Timberwolves had their five-game winning streak snapped.This marked the first regular-season matchup between the teams after they played a pair of exhibition games in China last month.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 View commentslast_img read more

James Harden misfires, Rockets still beat Jazz for 3-0 series lead

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Mitchell scored 34 points but struggled shooting, too, making just 9 of his 27 attempts. Derrick Favors had 13 for the Jazz.Royce O’Neale, who played tenacious defense on Harden, made a 3-pointer for Utah’s last lead at 89-88.The Jazz led most of the game, but never by more than eight.The Rockets made their move in the fourth quarter.Gerald Green made back-to-back 3-pointers and Harden added a pair of free throws with 8:33 remaining put the Rockets up, 84-80.ADVERTISEMENT After two slow starts in Houston, the Jazz came out energized with a deafening crowd hanging on every basket. Utah led 11-3 and Harden picked up two fouls in the first 94 seconds, but stayed on the court. He couldn’t find his rhythm until the stretch run.The Rockets have made no secret they are keying on Mitchell and Ingles to take away their playmaking and make other Utah players beat them. So far, no one else has made them pay.Mitchell vowed to be more aggressive and apologized for being a “no show” early in the series. He re-introduced himself to the series in an exuberant show of shot-making and open emotion after big plays. But it didn’t last.Prior to Saturday’s big game, Mitchell was shooting 32.6% and had more turnovers (nine) than assists (six). After his hot start, Mitchell missed 11 straight field goal attempts but never stopped attacking.Harden was missing 3-pointers and floaters, including two that were rejected by Rudy Gobert early in the game, and didn’t convert one until his emphatic fast-break dunk with 7:34 to play. But then he made a step-back 3-pointer to give Houston its largest lead at 89-83.The leading MVP candidate did get to the line — something the Jazz have tried desperately to avoid. But he also spent a lot of time down on the floor as the Jazz were much more physical than in the two earlier Houston blowouts.Gobert had 10 points, eight rebounds and seven blocked shots.Before the game, Mike D’Antoni said all the talk about playoff adjustments is overblown.“It’s mostly going to come down to the heart and soul of the players and if they’re going to come down and force their will, play hard and get into people,” he predicted.TIP-INS SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hasslescenter_img DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Tossed! Umpire flings fan who runs on field in Jays-A’s game MOST READ Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Mitchell had a wide-open look at a 3-pointer on the ensuing possession, but like so many of his shots in the hard-fought contest, it was off the mark.Game 4 of the best-of-seven Western Conference series is Monday night in Utah.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsHarden misfired on his first 15 shots and was 3-for-20 shooting with 10 assists. He was 14 for 16 from the line.Chris Paul scored 18 points and Clint Capela had 11 points and 14 rebounds for the Rockets, who won despite shooting 38.4 percent from the field and 67.6 percent from the line. Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) defends against Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) as he drives up court in the first half during an NBA basketball game Saturday, April 20, 2019, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)SALT LAKE CITY — James Harden overcome a horrible shooting performance and scored 14 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter, leading the Houston Rockets to a 104-101 win over the Utah Jazz for a commanding 3-0 lead in their first-round playoff series.Harden made a 3-pointer and added two free throws with 42.4 seconds left to give the Rockets a 101-97 lead. After Donovan Mitchell made two free throws, Harden missed another 3-point attempt, but P.J. Tucker, who finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds, grabbed the rebound, was fouled and made one of two free throws.ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Rockets: Rivers and Ingles got double technicals in the second quarter for tossing the ball at each other. … In the third quarter, Harden was wrapped up by Royce O’Neale on a fast break and landed awkwardly with O’Neale on top of him in the row of cameras beyond the baseline. … When Harden shot free throws, the crowd often chanted “Flopper! Flopper!”Jazz: Gobert had five blocks in the first half. … Jae Crowder started in place of Favors for the first time in the series. … Jazz missed six free throws in the first four minutes of the second half. … Utah was 12 of 41 from beyond the arc.UP NEXTGame 4 is Monday night in Utah. View commentslast_img read more

The CEO Of JPMorgan Chase Spoke To The Ohio State Football Team Today

first_imgAt Ohio State, head coach Urban Meyer has made it a habit of inviting successful people to speak to his team on topics outside of football. Today, the Buckeyes were joined by Jamie Dimon, the CEO of JP Morgan Chase, and the topic was leadership. Thank you to Jamie Dimon, CEO of JPMorgan Chase, for speaking to the team today on Leadership.— Urban Meyer (@OSUCoachMeyer) February 12, 2015We know it’s Thursday, but today’s appearance by Dimon appears to go in line with Meyer’s “Real Life Wednesdays” tradition that he’s implemented. Ohio State put out a video about it in the fall.last_img read more

Port Kembla Gas Project Readies for Execution Phase

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Hoegh LNG Since its launch in March 2018, Australia’s Port Kembla liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal project has entered the last stage of preparation for the Final Investment Decision.According to the Australian Industrial Energy (AIE), the project is now the most advanced of the proposed LNG import projects in Australia.The site within Port Kembla has been selected, Front End Engineering and Design (FEED) has been completed, the FSRU vessel has been secured, the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) has been submitted and reviewed.Additionally, a number of key commercial contracts, including LNG supply, port access, shortlisted EPC contractors, and customer offtake agreements, are nearing finalization. Based on AIE’s extensive Environmental Impact Statement, the company said it is hopeful of obtaining NSW Government development consent in the coming weeks.“The project sponsors are now establishing an organisational structure to carry the project into its construction and operations phase,” AIE said.last_img read more

By the numbers Ohio State fends off late Minnesota comeback stays undefeated

OSU junior running back Ezekiel Elliott is lifted into the air by senior right tackle Chase Ferris following Eillott’s 15-yard touchdown run in a game against Minnesota on Nov. 7 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorOhio State redshirt junior quarterback Cardale Jones took back the reins for the Buckeye offense, and OSU held off a late rally from the Minnesota Golden Gophers to win 28-14 inside Ohio Stadium on Saturday night.Jones played an efficient game, going 12-of-22 passing for 187 yards and a touchdown while adding 65 yards and another touchdown on the ground against a stout Minnesota defense that nearly upset Michigan in its previous game. However, the offense was still never able to find its groove, leaving a lot of people wondering if redshirt sophomore J.T. Barrett will take over once again next week at Illinois.In all, the Buckeye offense was able to pile up 376 yards of offense, which featured another strong performance by junior running back Ezekiel Elliott, who added 114 yards and a touchdown on the ground. The Buckeyes, despite being held scoreless once again in the first quarter, scored the first 21 points of the game, but the top performers from Saturday night were unquestionably the entire defensive unit.The Buckeye defense played an excellent game, holding Minnesota to only 33 rushing yards on the night. This forced redshirt junior quarterback Mitch Leidner to make plays through the air. Leidner did up passing for 281 yards and two touchdowns, but he also threw a costly interception that was returned for a touchdown by OSU junior safety Vonn Bell. OSU was able to keep the Golden Gophers off the board until the fourth quarter.OSU is scheduled to play its final three regular-season games — two on the road — all against teams with winning records, starting with Illinois last week. Minnesota, after dropping two consecutive games since coach Jerry Kill retired, will hit the road to play at undefeated Iowa next week as it fights to reach bowl eligibility for the year.By the numbers:10 – The current win streak for the Buckeyes over the Golden Gophers.2 – Since 1967, Minnesota has only beaten OSU twice (1981 and 2000).8 and 6 – OSU’s football successes are well known, as it claims eight national titles, the sixth most all time. Minnesota, however, has had some great successes as well and claims six national titles, the eighth most all time.14 – Elliott has now ran for at least 100 yards in 14 straight games, which is the longest active streak in the nation.29 – OSU has now won 29 straight regular-season Big Ten conference games. Not only is it the longest win streak ever in the Big Ten, it is also tied for the longest conference winning streak of all time with Florida State in the Atlantic Coast Conference.22 – The Buckeyes have now won 22 straight games, which is tied for the second longest winning streak in school history. The longest streak in OSU history is 24 straight wins during Urban Meyer’s first two seasons as head coach. read more

Bucks use losses to their advantage

When a team is dominating opponents in basketball, the best thing for it to do to maintain its edge is … lose?That’s right. Losing can be very beneficial to a team that gets too comfortable winning easily.In women’s basketball, some teams have been able to go undefeated and win a national championship, but that is not common. Connecticut is the only team to do so in the last seven years, winning it all while remaining unbeaten last season. Not including Connecticut, championship teams have an average of three losses in each of the last seven years.Ohio State women’s basketball has made it into the NCAA Tournament each of the last seven seasons. Of those appearances, two have resulted in Sweet 16 berths, their deepest runs in the tournament over that span.These seasons occurred in ‘05, with four losses recorded, and ’09, with five losses. Those seasons compare very similarly to this season in the loss column, both in how the team lost and in number. They lost to Duke, a ranked team, after having a big win against California, ranked No. 15 at the time. Their losses against Purdue and Indiana came after a big win against Michigan and a blowout win over Minnesota.Last year’s team won the remainder of its games after two in-conference losses. This year’s team lost two games at about the same point in the year and is doing everything it can to not lose again.Center Jantel Lavender was so intent on improving after the loss to Purdue that coach Jim Foster said she stayed an hour after practice working to get better.“I hate to have a loss to have to learn something or go through ironing out team differences or ironing out little tweaks or minor things that can change the outcome of a game,” Lavender said. “It’s really frustrating to have to go through losing a game and … bringing a lot of things to light that you can really take care of before a loss happens in a game where it can be the difference between winning and losing.”Following the loss at Indiana, the team was more focused than ever. Every answer that players or coaches gave reporters involved improving the team and becoming better players.“We just know that there are things that we need to change and focus in on … we’re making sure we’re doing what we need to do,” center Andrea Walker said. “Attention to detail. We watch ourselves on film and see things we should have done and things that we weren’t doing right.”Since the team lost two of three games a couple weeks ago, it has won both of its games against Iowa and Penn State. More importantly, the Buckeyes are looking like the team that began the year 20-1 by scoring more than 80 points a game and having a sizeable advantage in rebounds.All of this improvement — and it only took two losses that shocked the focus right back into the team. read more