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  • SIngapore Airlines conducts wide-ranging review as profit falls

    first_imgSingapore Airlines is conducting a wide-ranging review of its operations as it became the latest Asian carrier to post a substantial reduction in annual net profit.The SIA Group on Thursday announced a 55.2 per cent fall in annual net profit, to $S360m ($US258.5m), after posting a surprise fourth-quarter net loss of $S138m.The group’s operating profit fell 8.5 per cent, or $S58m, to $S623, as weakness in its mainline operations overshadowed improvements in its other flying businesses, particularly in the low-cost market.“Intense competition arising from excess capacity in major markets, alongside geopolitical and economic uncertainty, continue to exert pressure on yields,’’ the airline said, adding that fuel prices had also risen $US37.90 per barrel in January, 2016, to $US61.90 in March, 2017.SIA is adding fuel-efficient aircraft and new cabin products it expects to foster growth and improve competitiveness. Planned aircraft deliveries in the 2017-18 financial year include 10 A350-900s and three A380s. The mainline airline will remove two A330-300s, four A380s and three Boeing 777s to bring its fleet to 109 aircraft by the end of the financial year. It also has 20 777-9s and 19 787-10s, plus six options for each aircraft type, due for delivery in the next decade.SilkAir, currently operating 30 Airbus and Boeing single-aisle aircraft, will get its first four 737 MAX 8 aircraft in 2017-18, while Budget Aviation Holdings will add four 787s. The addition of the 787s to its current fleet of 12 Dreamliners, along with changes in its A320 fleet, will see it operating 40 aircraft at the end of the financial year.SIA said the new aircraft would enable the group to expand its network and boost competitiveness in both the full-service and low-cost segments. It also expected its decision to operate Scoot and Tiger under the Scoot brand to deliver advantages. “The many strategic initiatives implemented to address structural changes in the industry are now showing positive results,’’ it said. “Building on this foundation, the next phase of the SIA Group’s transformation has been launched.“A dedicated Transformation Office is conducting a wide-ranging review, encompassing network and fleet, product and service, and organisational structure and processes, to better position the Group for long-term sustainable growth across its portfolio of full-service and budget airline operations.“The review is aimed at identifying new revenue-generation opportunities and reshaping the business into one that continues to deliver high-quality products and services, though with a significantly improved cost base and higher levels of efficiency.”A breakdown of the annual results showed SIA’s mainline operation, dubbed “the parent airline company’’, hardest hit with a 20.4 per cent fall in operating profit from $S485m in 2015-16 to $S386m in 2016-17.Total revenue fell $S592m, mainly due to a $S51m reduction in passenger flown revenue. SIA said this was affected by a 3.8 per cent contraction in passenger yield and a 1.4 per cent decline in passenger traffic. The carrier’s load factor fell marginally to 79 per cent as capacity cuts lagged passenger falls.SilkAIr improved its result from $S91m to $S101m, backed by a 9.5 per cent increase in passenger traffic. A $25m increase in revenue was partially diluted by a 7.4 per cent fall in yield and increased expenditure as the airline expanded capacity by 10.6 per cent.Low-cost unit Budget Aviation Holdings boosted its operating profit by $25m to $S67m as passengers carriage grew by 21.2 per cent and capacity by 23.3 per cent. Revenue grew by $169m but this was again partially offset by a 6.3 per cent drop in yield.The group’s cargo operations moved back into the black with a $S3m operating profit as freight carriage grew by 5.9 per cent. Revenue fell $S89m as cargo yield slid 10.7 per cent but expenditure fell a higher $S142m due mainly to lower fuel costs.last_img read more

  • Kanana Park housing project launched

    first_img15 August 2012 Timred Jabaza has been waiting 22 years for a decent home – his long wait finally came to an end on Friday when President Jacob Zuma handed him the key to his new, fully furnished two-bedroom house. Jabaza was one of the first beneficiaries of the more than 200 new houses that Zuma handed over in Kanana Park, south of Johannesburg on Friday. Others who will be benefiting from the new homes include those were found living in uninhabitable conditions when the President visited Sweetwaters and Thulamntwana in 2010. Following that visit, the Gauteng provincial government and the City of Johannesburg began developing the Kanana Park housing project, which will incorporate the settlements of Thulamntwana, Sweetwaters and the two smaller informal settlements of Doornkuil and Bhekaphambili. A total of 3 101 houses are being built, 1 793 of which are government subsidised housing units, 756 social-rental units, and 552 bonded units. Parks, two sports grounds, two primary schools, a high school, a clinic, and commercial and light industrial sites are also being planned for the area. Jabaza’s daughter Kholeka Jabaza said it was wonderful to see one of her father’s dreams finally realised. “It wasn’t nice staying in a shack, especially at his age. It was not easy. My father has been waiting for 22 years, and his day has finally arrived,” she beamed. Kholeka was particularly pleased that Zuma, who had promised better living conditions for residents during his 2010 visit, had kept his word. “It’s been less than two years and already it’s happened. I’m so grateful. I just hope that he can do the same for everyone who has been living in those conditions,” she said. Patience Mehlomekhulu also spent the first night in her own decent home on Friday. The 74-year-old had been living in a shack with her grandchildren, where conditions were far from ideal. “It was so cold I could not sleep at night. Tonight I will sleep in my new house for the first time. I am very happy,” she said. Zuma, who was accompanied by a number of representatives from national and provincial government, also addressed a community meeting after handing over the houses. He said he was touched when he visited the area in 2010 and found that people were living in dire poverty. Plans were in place to develop the area and those plans were speeded up after his visit. “Everyone on the list will get a house … Everything takes time … things will not happen in one day, but at the end everyone will have a house,” Zuma assured residents. He also promised that there would be electricity and other services in the area. Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane said the Kanana Park housing projects would be a mixed development. Apart from the “give away houses”, houses would also be built for affordable rentals. “We are providing for families,” she said, adding that millions had been earmarked to build houses and develop the area. Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

  • Six SA firms named ‘global growth companies’

    first_img9 May 2014 Six South African businesses were among 16 dynamic, high-growth African firms named as “Global Growth Companies” by the World Economic Forum (WEF) on Tuesday. Making the announcement on the eve of the WEF on Africa summit in Abuja, Nigeria, the Switzerland-based organisation described the 16 companies as “trailblazers, shapers and innovators that are committed to improving the state of the world”. Global Growth Companies “are fast-growing companies with the clear potential to become global economic leaders,” the WEF said in a statement. “The 16 nominated African Global Growth Companies … share in common a track record in exceeding industry standards in revenue growth, promotion of innovative business practices, and demonstration of leadership in corporate citizenship.” The six South African companies on the list are property investment holding company Growthpoint Properties, low-cost retail bank Capitec, law firm Webber Wentzel, black-owned fuel reseller KZN Oils, technology firm Net1 UEPS Technologies, and shoe retailer Tekkie Town. Nigeria also has six firms on the list, namely Nagode Group, UAC of Nigeria, Computer Warehouse Group, Interswitch Limited, Notore Chemical Industries, and Seplat Petroleum Development Company. Kenya’s Nation Media Group and Bidco Oil Refineries, along with Uganda’s Simba Group and Mauritian company GML, complete the list. David Aikman, managing director at the World Economic Forum, said the WEF was “proud to recognize these 16 champions that are at the forefront of driving responsible economic growth, job creation and entrepreneurism in Africa”. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

  • Mikmaq Grand Chiefs life celebrated as he is laid to rest

    first_imgJustin Brake APTN NewsFamily, friends, and leaders descended upon We’koqma’q First Nation in Cape Breton from all over Mi’kma’ki and beyond Saturday for the funeral of late Sante’ Mawi’omi Grand Chief Ben Sylliboy.Sylliboy passed away Nov. 30 at the age of 76.His family, members of his community and Mi’kmaq leaders described the chief as both an ordinary and extraordinary man.“He was the face of who we are, and now with him being gone I think it leaves a tremendous void,” We’koqma’q First Nation Chief Rod Googoo told APTN News outside Sylliboy’s wake ahead of a procession to the St. Kateri Parish where a funeral mass was held. “And also he was a wonderful human being too, eh: a good father, good husband, good grandfather, good uncle.”Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde travelled from Ottawa to attend the funeral.He remembered Sylliboy as being “all about unity” and “working together.”“He was all about rights, treaty rights. He was focusing on nationhood, sovereignty, jurisdiction,” Bellegarde said, describing Sylliboy’s death as a “big loss.”He left behind a legacy of “creating a better life for Mi’kmaw people, and for all First Nations people.”Sylliboy was born in We’koqm’a in 1941. He attended the Indian Residential School in Shubenacadie, Nova Scotia from ages six to 10.After returning home he battled tuberculosis for 18 months.In 1968 he was chosen to represent his community as a Keptin on the Mi’kmaq Grand Council. Two years later, in 1970, he was elected to the We’koqma’q band council, where he served nine terms.In 1991 Sylliboy was appointed grand chief of the Sante’ Mawi’omi after former grand chief Donald Marshall Sr. passed away.He served as the Mi’kmaq Nation’s head of state for 25 years until his death. The hereditary position is bestowed only to individuals who embody Mi’kmaq values and demonstrate great honour in their daily lives.Outside the funeral mass Saturday, his great nephew Christian Phillips described Sylliboy as a “good family man.”“I didn’t see him as a Chief, I always seen him as Uncle Ben,” Phillips told APTN. “He was always nice — a nice guy. Loved his Church, loved his community, loved his people.”Christina “Duce” Sylliboy, one of the late Chief’s two daughters, describer her father as being “all about love.”A vice-principal at the We’koqma’q Mi’kmaq School, Duce said when she was teaching Grade 6 back in 2007 she asked her father for advice on what to teach her students.“Regain the language, make relationships, and learn the traditional knowledge,” she recalled him saying.“He worked so hard in our community,” she said, describing his legacy. “And to see the honour that’s given to him — I said he’s looking down upon us. And to see all these people — it’s really emotional to see.”As Sylliboy was laid to rest in the Parish cemetery family, friends and colleagues laid tobacco on top of the chief’s casket.“In our culture every person is important, every person has a role, and Grand Chief made sure that everybody is heard — and that’s the Mi’kmaq way,” Sante’ Mawi’omi Grand Keptin Andrew Denny said. “And no one is above anyone else. And that’s why when I gave thanks I gave thanks to the fact that his family loaned us him for a number of years for this position.”After the burial the community attended a Salite at the school — a custom in Mi’kmaq culture where people share food and celebrate the life of a loved one lost. The event also included an auction, where community members and chiefs bid on donated artwork and other items to help the family pay for the funeral costs.At the event, Sylliboy’s sister Margaret Poulette said she recalled writing her brother a letter as he ran for the local band council the first time.“I told him not to forget who he was, or where he came from.”Poulette said Sylliboy never faltered in his devotion to his family, his faith, and to the Mi’kmaq people.last_img read more

  • GAIL finishes contract award for Pradhan Mantri Urja Ganga gas pipeline project

    first_imgNew Delhi: State-owned gas utility GAIL India Friday said it has completed awards for all major contracts for the ambitious Pradhan Mantri Urja Ganga natural gas pipeline project that transverse from Jagdishpur to Haldia and Bokaro (Jharkhand) and Dhamra in Odisha. In a statement, GAIL said it has placed a Rs 475 crore order for steel pipes of about 280-kilometers to provide pipeline connectivity from Durgapur to Haldia, including spur lines to Kolkata in West Bengal. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraThis completes contracting for the 3,400-km Jagdishpur (Uttar Pradesh) -Haldia (West Bengal) & Bokaro – Dhamra Natural Gas Pipeline (JHBDPL). “Till date, the company has committed over Rs 12,500 crore for the project,” GAIL said. The pipeline has already reached Barauni in Bihar and GAIL is ready for supplying gas to a refinery and upcoming fertiliser plant. The pipeline also supplies natural gas for Patna city gas distribution network (CGD). “This is a major milestone towards providing green fuel to the eastern part of the country,” it said, adding the work for balance portion is going on in full swing and is scheduled to be completed by December 2021 in a phased manner. The construction work of Dobhi-Durgapur Pipeline section is likely to be completed by December 2019 for supplying gas to Matix Fertilizers, Durgapur, West Bengal. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 daysThe PSU is currently executing around 5,500 km of pipeline costing Rs 25,000 crore to provide gas supply largely to areas of eastern and southern parts of the country. Another 1,400 km pipeline involving capex of Rs 7,000 crore is under evaluation which is targeted to be completed by 2023. GAIL Chairman and Managing Director B C Tripathi said the company is committed towards creating the National Gas Grid to provide natural gas connectivity throughout the country.last_img read more

  • Ohio State mens basketball looks to get back to 500 against Air

    OSU sophomore forward Jae’Sean Tate (1) during a game against VMI on Dec. 5 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Lexus Robinson | Lantern PhotographerIt took more than two weeks, but on Saturday, the Ohio State men’s basketball team finally picked up its third win of the season by topping the Virginia Military Institute 82-69.After the sourness of a four-game losing skid, the taste of victory was sweet for the Buckeyes, but that doesn’t mean the attitude around the Schottenstein Center is changing anytime soon.“We haven’t deviated from one thing that we’ve been doing the last week and a half in terms of watching film, how we’re watching, how we’re practicing,” said coach Thad Matta.The persistence by Matta and his players to keep hitting the rock, hoping it will eventually crack, seemed to work against the Keydets because many things inhibiting OSU during its losing streak went by the wayside. For the first time all season, the Buckeyes had single-digit turnovers with just nine, and for the first time since the season-opening victory over Mount St. Mary’s, they shot more than 70 percent from the free-throw line (78.9). Those areas have been the targets of heavy attention for Matta, especially the turnovers. To work on making smarter decisions with the basketball during the games, the coach had instituted a little disciplinary incentive during practice after the early-season struggles. “If we turn the ball over, there’s discipline issues,” sophomore forward Jae’Sean Tate said. “It really keeps in the back of your head, like, ‘I don’t wanna turn this over or I might have to run sprints on the side.’” The fear of additional running appeared to translate into results on the court against VMI on Saturday, and Tate said the team has no intent on returning to its old, careless ways with the ball.As a result of the win, Tate said positive vibes have been more abundant, and players have exhibited signs that they’re “getting their confidence” back. But even so, he added that the win doesn’t satisfy them or cure any ailments. “At the end of the day, we still have a losing record,” Tate said. “That’s still in the back of our heads. We still got a lot of work to do and everybody knows that.” A peek at Air ForceLooking to erase the losing record that it has, OSU is set to welcome Air Force to Columbus for the first meeting on the hardwood between the teams. The Falcons fly into Ohio’s capital city with a three-game winning streak and 6-2 record overall. Matta said Air Force will be a good test for the Buckeyes because of the offense it runs. The Falcons operate a variation of the Princeton offense, the coach said, which involves lots of movement and screens to try to clear space for guys to operate. “They’ve got guys that can take it off the bounce, their post is very effective inside,” Matta said. “They can put 90 (points) on the board, as they’ve done this year.” Leading the solid Falcon offense is sophomore guard Trevor Lyons. The 6-foot-3 left-hander attacks the rim fearlessly, while also complementing his game with a decent outside stroke. Lyons averages 15.3 points per game, while bringing in 4.4 rebounds per contest and handing out 4.1 assists. The Virginia native, whose older brother is the fourth-leading scorer in Air Force history, doesn’t take a break on the defensive end either, as he averages 2.8 steals per game, which is in the top 20 in the country. Lyons isn’t the only positive part of the Air Force defense, as Matta complimented the unit as a whole. The coach said the Falcons often rotate the defensive scheme that they use, going from different zone coverages to man-to-man principles. This can cause problems for young teams like the Buckeyes, but Matta said so far this season, he’s liked what he has seen from his guys when facing similar defensive approaches, which they did on Saturday. “I think we’ve been pretty decent with it,” he said. “We were a little bit slow reacting at the beginning, but once we got the right guys in the right spots, we had the ball moving and were getting wide-open shots.” Grateful for Giddens Matta mentioned the effective post player for Air Force, who happens to be senior center Zach Moer. The 6-foot-11 Texan is a solid scorer down low with a soft touch. He puts up 10.4 points per game, while also shooting an impressive 84 percent from the free-throw line. Fortunately for OSU, it will have its best low-post defender back in the lineup to help counteract the offensive abilities of Moer. Freshman center Daniel Giddens missed the game against VMI with an illness, but Matta said he will be good to go Tuesday night. Giddens changes nearly every shot that comes his way, as the 6-foot-10 Oak Hill Academy product is sixth in the nation with 3.33 blocks per game. Having him down low to block shots is key to disrupting opposing offenses, Tate said. “(Giddens) knows how to time up those blocks incredibly,” he said. “It definitely puts a little pressure on the offense, them driving in there just knowing (Giddens is there).” Tate said it also helps wing defenders like himself to know that if an opponent is able to beat a Buckeye off the dribble, Giddens is there as a “safety net.” Against a team such as Air Force that likes to slash to the hole and has a post player like Moer, getting Giddens back comes at the right time for OSU. The Buckeyes and Falcons are set to tip off at 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Schottenstein Center. read more

  • Commentary Ohio State footballs tarnished reputation worst punishment for NCAA infractions

    Vacate the games. Slash scholarships. Fire the coach. However the NCAA decides to punish the Ohio State football program can’t be worse than the damage that’s already been done. The program’s previously impeccable reputation is dead, or at best, is on life support. OSU hasn’t always been considered the best team in the country, but it was always considered clean and transparent. Sure, there were a few bumps in the road, such as Troy Smith taking money from a booster and Maurice Clarett’s litany of offenses — but the issues were always dealt with and appeared to be isolated incidents. The overall reputation of the program was upheld. Until recently, the lowest I ever saw OSU fans was walking out of the Horseshoe after the Buckeyes lost to USC in 2009. After losing back-to-back national championships and a series of big games, OSU and coach Jim Tressel had the reputation that they couldn’t win the big one. They beat up on the weaker Big Ten teams, but when put on a big stage with some real competition, they choked because they just weren’t good enough. Buckeye fans hated that reputation. It ate them up. The USC game in 2009 was a chance for redemption and the Bucks lost on an 86-yard touchdown drive led by a kid fresh out of high school. It broke hearts. Walking out of that stadium, I remember OSU fans yelling and groaning in utter despair. One image that’s burned into my memory is two middle-aged OSU fans with their faces completely covered in scarlet paint nose-to-nose, ready to fight. I thought that was rock bottom for OSU. It couldn’t get any worse than that. I was wrong. At least OSU still had dignity. At least it still ran a clean program. Or so we thought. The Buckeyes might have had the reputation that they couldn’t win the big game in 2009, but it was still better than having the reputation of cheaters. Winning a few prime-time games and consecutive BCS contests can eliminate the “can’t win the big game” stigma, but cheating is an entirely different issue. Not only are the fans left to wonder if what they’ve cheered so passionately during the past 10 years was real, but the program’s reputation has been tarnished. In college football, reputation matters. OSU has seen the benefit of a good reputation in the past. The Buckeyes have received BCS at-large bids over teams with similar résumés, and they often have gotten the edge in the polls over unproven teams with identical records. Other factors obviously are in play, but reputation is a factor. Now that OSU’s image is in the gutter, these benefits may start to disappear. OSU will truly have to earn everything. Nothing will be handed to the program. It seems inevitable that the NCAA’s punishments will have some effect on the program’s future, but the damaged reputation will have lingering effects long after the punishments expire. The cheating reputation is now a permanent facet of OSU football history, and that’s what hurts the most. read more

  • Ohio State running back Jordan Halls 2touchdown outing not enough for Buckeyes

    WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Junior running back Jordan Hall’s two touchdown receptions in Ohio State’s 26-23 overtime loss to Purdue on Saturday were his first two of the season. But it wasn’t supposed to be that way. During spring practice, Hall was being used as a primary target in the passing game, often lining up as a slot receiver or catching passes out of the backfield. Many thought Hall, who ESPN NFL analyst Jon Gruden called OSU’s best player during a spring visit with the team, would be used to help offset what the coaches considered a very young and inexperienced receiving core. Former OSU coach Jim Tressel said that it was known the team was thin at the wide receiver position before the start of spring practice. With injuries, suspensions and a freshman quarterback, OSU has produced only 117.1 yards passing per game, which is ranked 117th nationally out of the 120 FBS teams. Hall had just two receptions for 12 yards heading into Saturday’s game, and it appeared the OSU coaching staff had abandoned its original plan to incorporate him into the passing game. But Hall exploded for three receptions for 58 yards and two touchdowns Saturday against the Boilermakers and seemed an integral part in the OSU game plan. He totaled 150 all-purpose yards and provided a spark for the Buckeyes offense all day. Hall’s first touchdown catch came with 11:42 remaining in the second quarter when OSU trailed, 10-0. OSU hadn’t had much success moving the ball, but on a third-and-10, Hall caught freshman quarterback Braxton Miller’s pass, eluded two Purdue defenders and ran 38 yards into the end zone to put the Buckeyes on the board. It was OSU’s only score of the first half. His second touchdown catch came with just 55 seconds remaining in the game and tied the score at 20. Hall escaped out of the backfield, caught an unbalanced throw from Miller across the field, and fell into the end zone. “I was blocking the edge on the play and I told (Miller) if you scramble I was going to leak out,” Hall said. “He scrambled and I raised my hands and he threw it into that spot.” Redshirt sophomore offensive lineman Jack Mewhort said he wasn’t surprised Hall was able to make a play in a big moment. “I saw Jordan grab it,” Mewhort said. “The kid’s a playmaker. I ran over there and gave him a big hug. It was the best thing ever.” The excitement was short-lived. A blocked extra point kept the game tied and sent the contest into overtime, and a 1-yard touchdown run by Purdue senior quarterback Robert Marve ended the game and sent the Buckeyes home with a loss. Next on OSU’s schedule is Penn State. Kickoff is set for Saturday at 3:30 p.m. at Ohio Stadium. read more

  • Ohio State womens basketball loses leading scorer Alston to injury in 6561

    Sophomore guard Ameryst Alston (14) takes a shot during a game against Michigan State Jan. 26 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU lost, 82-68.Credit: Kaily Cunningham / Multimedia editorThe Ohio State women’s basketball team fell to No. 25 Iowa Thursday, 65-61, but that might not be the worst loss stemming from the game for the Buckeyes.With just under two minutes to play and her team trailing by four, OSU sophomore guard Ameryst Alston drove down the lane to the hoop. After missing a tough layup, Alston fell to floor in obvious pain as the Hawkeyes (22-7, 10-5) pushed the ball up the court.After a Hawkeye foul on the opposite end of the court, Alston remained on the floor seemingly motionless as a team trainer came to her aid. She was eventually helped up and seemed to be favoring her right shoulder as she left the court. She would not return for the remainder of the game.Alston, who came into Thursday’s game with back-to-back 30-point performances, finished with 18 points and five assists.Despite outshooting and outrebounding the Hawkeyes, OSU could not make enough plays down the stretch to pull out the victory.The Buckeyes came out hitting on all cylinders in the first half, shooting 51.9 percent from the field including hitting four 3-pointers, yet trailed 36-34 after 20 minutes.OSU built a seven-point lead with 12:05 remaining in the game when senior center Ashley Adams scored two of her 12 points on an easy layup and it seemed as though the Buckeyes were going to pull away.This was not the case however, as Iowa’s lone senior, guard Theairra Taylor scored a season-high 21 points on Senior Night to lead the Hawkeyes to their second win against the Buckeyes this season.A bright spot for the Buckeyes was that four players scored in double figures including sophomore guard Cait Craft, who scored seven of her 10 points in the second half. Craft also assisted in holding Iowa junior guard and Lieberman Award finalist Samantha Logic to just five points on 2-9 shooting.The Buckeyes are scheduled to face the Minnesota Golden Gophers (17-11, 6-8) in the regular season finale for both teams Sunday afternoon at Williams Arena in Minneapolis. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m. read more

  • Softball Ohio State takes on Penn State in double header Tuesday

    Ohio State freshman outfielder Kaitlyn Coffman (55) dives to get the out against Indiana. Ohio State won 2-0. Credit: Gretchen Rudolph | For The LanternAfter winning two of three games against Rutgers at home this past weekend, the Ohio State softball team (23-11, 7-2 Big Ten) is on the road again, heading to State College, Pennsylvania, to take on Penn State (19-20, 3-6 Big Ten). Despite the road trip, the Buckeyes come into the two-game set against the Nittany Lions with the hot hand, winning eight of their past 10 games dating back to March 22. On the other hand, Penn State has struggled of late, losing six of its past eight games. However, the Nittany Lions returned to the win column Saturday with a 7-4 win against Purdue. Ohio State head coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly said Penn State has shown improvement, especially in its recent win against the Boilermakers.“They have better pitchers this year. There are some new people. They are doing a good job,” Schoenly said. “In general, between two of us, this is always a competitive series.”In the past three seasons, Ohio State has won five of its six total matchups against Penn State. But this season, the Nittany Lions have talented freshmen that the Buckeyes have not seen.Freshman infielder Chelsea Bisi is No. 2 on Penn State with a .356 average, recording a team-leading 24 RBI with nine home runs, tied for the team lead. Freshman outfielder Melina Livingston leads the team with a .364 average. On the mound, freshman pitcher Kylee Lingenfelter has a team-best 2.28 ERA with 45 strikeouts in 58.1 innings of work.Penn State senior outfielder Toni Polk is also performing well, hitting nine home runs with a team-high 31 runs scored.On Sunday, Ohio State showed off its offensive ability, blanking Rutgers 8-0 in five innings. Freshman infielder Ashley Prange, who recorded her first career grand slam in the game, said she is excited about continuing that success against the Nittany Lions.“I think it will be a good day, another conference game. So, just got to be prepared to go,” Prange said. Ohio State freshman outfielder Kaitlyn Coffman is aware of what Penn State can do, but is more aware of her team heading into the two-game midweek doubleheader. “I think they will be an OK team,” freshman outfielder Kaitlyn Coffman said. “We will still do the thing [that] we’ve been doing.” Ohio State will face Penn State April 9 at 5 and 7 p.m. read more