Picture special: Massive turnout for ETB Further Education and Training Fair

first_imgDonegal ETB’s Further Education and Training (FET) promotional event took place in the Radisson Hotel on Wednesday night for Leaving Certificate students and those in employment looking to upskill.A wonderful night was had by all, as Donegal ETB tutors and advisers talked through what Donegal ETB has to offer.The Fair remains the county’s number one opportunity to discover learning, attracting over one thousand adults and young people each year. Information was available on apprenticeships, new and exciting Traineeship courses and industry certified courses.The ETB’s strong links with universities, ITs and Colleges of Further Education mean progression opportunities for learners was also on offer.Many of Donegal ETB’s programmes are co-funded by the Irish government and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning (PEIL) 2014-2020.Clive Wasson was on hand to capture the day … Crona Gallagher speaking at Donegal ETB’s Further Education and Training (FET) promotional event in the Radisson Hotel on Wednesday night for Leaving Certificate students and those in employment looking to upskill. Photo Clive WassonBusy information stands at Donegal ETB’s Further Education and Training (FET) promotional event in the Radisson Hotel on Wednesday night for Leaving Certificate students and those in employment looking to upskill. Photo Clive WassonPictured at Donegal ETB’s Further Education and Training (FET) promotional event in the Radisson Hotel on Wednesday night for Leaving Certificate students and those in employment looking to upskill Guven Faracli, Julie McDevitt and Bridin McMahon. Photo Clive WassonMegan Wilson, Bronagh Wilson and Rose pictured at Donegal ETB’s Further Education and Training (FET) promotional event in the Radisson Hotel on Wednesday night for Leaving Certificate students and those in employment looking to upskill. Photo Clive WassonRose Duffy, Toni Summer, Elena Gill, Lisa Flaherty and Joe Whitlock pictured at Donegal ETB’s Further Education and Training (FET) promotional event in the Radisson Hotel on Wednesday night for Leaving Certificate students and those in employment looking to upskill. Photo Clive WassonEllie McTaggert, Laura Patton and Susan Ramsey pictured at Donegal ETB’s Further Education and Training (FET) promotional event in the Radisson Hotel on Wednesday night for Leaving Certificate students and those in employment looking to upskill. Photo Clive Wassonpictured at Donegal ETB’s Further Education and Training (FET) promotional event in the Radisson Hotel on Wednesday night for Leaving Certificate students and those in employment looking to upskill are Mary hegarty and Louise Hegarty. Photo Clive WassonJack Sharkeya nd Rosemarie Sharkey pictured at Donegal ETB’s Further Education and Training (FET) promotional event in the Radisson Hotel on Wednesday night for Leaving Certificate students and those in employment looking to upskill. Photo Clive WassonThe packed hall pictured at Donegal ETB’s Further Education and Training (FET) promotional event in the Radisson Hotel on Wednesday night for Leaving Certificate students and those in employment looking to upskill. Photo Clive WassonCrowds at Donegal ETB’s Further Education and Training (FET) promotional event in the Radisson Hotel on Wednesday night for Leaving Certificate students and those in employment looking to upskill. Photo Clive WassonTara Maguire, Donegal pictured at Donegal ETB’s Further Education and Training (FET) promotional event in the Radisson Hotel on Wednesday night for Leaving Certificate students and those in employment looking to upskill. Photo Clive WassonBridin MchMahon sharing information at Donegal ETB’s Further Education and Training (FET) promotional event in the Radisson Hotel on Wednesday night for Leaving Certificate students and those in employment looking to upskill. Photo Clive WassonMartin Holmer and Maria McConalogue pictured at Donegal ETB’s Further Education and Training (FET) promotional event in the Radisson Hotel on Wednesday night for Leaving Certificate students and those in employment looking to upskill. Photo Clive WassonCaroline White and Martina Needham pictured at Donegal ETB’s Further Education and Training (FET) promotional event in the Radisson Hotel on Wednesday night for Leaving Certificate students and those in employment looking to upskill. Photo Clive WassonClaire Lernihan with Dean Moore and Sonya Moore pictured at Donegal ETB’s Further Education and Training (FET) promotional event in the Radisson Hotel on Wednesday night for Leaving Certificate students and those in employment looking to upskill. Photo Clive WassonPicture special: Massive turnout for ETB Further Education and Training Fair was last modified: November 7th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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)last_img read more

R2-million injection for SA zoo

first_imgThe national Zoological Gardens in Pretoria is a world-acclaimed conservation and research centre. (Image: Wikimedia)South Africa’s Department of Science and Technology has earmarked R2-million (US$266 306), to be disbursed over the next three years, for the National Zoological Gardens.Most of the funds will go to the organisation’s new Centre for Conservation Science. This modern facility was opened in March 2009 by science minister Naledi Pandor, and aims to become a recognised centre of excellence in the spheres of conservation biology and conservation science.“The establishment of this centre marks a milestone in the history of the zoological gardens and puts it amongst a select few zoos that have dedicated research capacity,” said Pandor during an official visit to the centre in April 2010.“The centre’s focus on conservation medicine and conservation science places it at the forefront of innovation in zoo-based research.”The public are encouraged to visit the centre and observe the researchers at work. This, said Pandor, would help enormously in building awareness of the importance of science in addressing conservation problems, and would also boost youngsters’ interest in a science career.The conservation centre houses laboratory and office space, a library and computer training room, and state-of-the-art medical facilities – including an operating room, isolation ward, pharmacy and radiology unit.Not just a home for animalsSouth Africa’s main zoo is located in Pretoria and was founded in 1899, just after the outbreak of the Anglo-Boer War, by medical doctor Jan Gunning, who was also director of the Staatsmuseum, later named the Transvaal Museum.Gunning took over the farm Rus in Urbe when its former tenants left to join the war, and quickly set about relocating a small collection of animals which were destined for the taxidermist to be put on display in the museum. The zoo received national status in 1916 and is the only facility in the country to have achieved this milestone.The 80ha zoo is a national research facility run by the National Research Foundation, and must comply with strict criteria set by the independent government agency. These include access for researchers to all facilities, the establishment of international links, and the initiation of projects involving fundamental and applied research.Until 2004 it was a cultural institution that fell under the Department of Arts and Culture, but its new designation since then has led to the establishment of a well-functioning department made up of the former research and veterinary divisions.It is expected to contribute immensely to biodiversity conservation research in South Africa, and to serve as a source of future conservation scientists who will participate in the field on both a local and international level.Current director Dr Clifford Nxomani said that the support of the science department and National Research Foundation would give the zoo the impetus to reach its full potential as a world-class research facility.Some of the initiatives currently underway are the maintenance of national genetic databases for wildlife; a disease diagnostics facility and database; and the Shape Africa programme, which runs under the international Shape of Enrichment initiative and works to enhance the conditions of captive animals.Research and conservationOver 7 000 animals, representing more than 600 species of birds, mammals, fish, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates, make their home in the National Zoological Gardens. The collection is made up mostly of African animals, with around 30% representing alien species.The animals live on four different sites which stretch across the Gauteng, Limpopo and North West provinces. They are the Pretoria zoo, two biodiversity conservation centres in Lichtenburg, North West province, and Mokopane, Limpopo, and the Emerald Animal World in Vanderbijlpark, Gauteng.The two conservation centres were established in 1974 and 1981 respectively, while the 203ha Emerald complex, a satellite zoo and game park, was launched in 2001.The South African animal institution is a member of the World Association of Zoos and Aquaria and contributes to a number of management programmes for endangered animals. It has also managed to establish successful breeding programmes for several endangered species – including Arabian oryx, lemurs, black and white rhino, and Cape mountain zebra – at its conservation centres.The National Zoological Gardens is a world-renowned facility, ranked in the world’s top 10. Its fifth director, Willie Labuschagne, was elected as president of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums in 1999. Ten years earlier Labuschagne founded the Pan-African Association of Zoological Gardens, Aquaria and Botanic Gardens, now known as the African Zoo Association.Education and entertainmentAbout 200 000 school children visit the zoo annually, and for those who have no way of getting there, the mobile outreach vehicles connect with a further 5 000 pupils in outlying areas. Around 700 teachers attend workshops in Life Science education every year, while the ZooClub continues to innovatively educate children through activities such as nature trail walks and camping, talks, and visits to areas of natural importance like Maropeng.The institution also offers assistance to undergraduate students for their projects. These include veterinary students from Onderstepoort, where Pretoria University’s Veterinary Science faculty is situated.last_img read more

Tidying Up Your Financial Life

first_img https://pixabay.com/photos/broom-ragpicker-mop-picker-toilet-1837434/ Return to article. Long DescriptionHaving recently gone through a household and financial document purge in preparation for an upcoming move, I can attest to the satisfaction that is experienced when possessions and financial records are prioritized and  organized. Sorting and shredding is just one piece. Below is a list of nine ways to tidy up your financial life:Create a Financial Inventory– List key financial data in one document including bank and brokerage accounts, insurance policies, credit card numbers, loans, names of financial advisors, and the location of important documents. A good template financial inventory form was developed by the Vanguard investment company.Consolidate Financial Accounts– Prepare a net worth statement (assets minus debts) and list all your financial assets. Many people have multiple brokerage and bank accounts, IRAs, insurance policies, and more. Identify assets to be consolidated. The objective is to consolidate similar assets to a minimum number of custodians.Close Financial Accounts– Eliminate and replace accounts that charge high fees and/or do not offer high interest rates. Another good candidate for closure is mutual funds with high expense ratios, often because they include pesky 12(b)(1) fees that are assessed for marketing expenses. Compare at least 3 account providers.Review and Update Beneficiary Designations– Identify financial assets that have a beneficiary designation including life insurance policies, IRAs, and tax-deferred retirement savings plans such as 401(k) and 403(b) plans. List them all in one place on this worksheet. Review your beneficiary designations and revise them as needed. Also be sure to list contingent beneficiaries in case your first beneficiary designee predeceases you.Review Automated Payments– Review recurring bill payments that are automatically deducted from financial accounts and cancel those for discretionary products and services that are no longer used. Common examples include gym memberships, Netflix fees, newspapers, “[X] of the month” clubs, and satellite radio fees.Calculate Your Net Worth– Make a list of everything that you own (assets) and everything that you owe (debts). Assets minus debts are your net worth. Update your net worth statement annually to keep track of balances owed to creditors, how much money you have, where you have it, and how it is doing.Purge and Shred Documents– Save year-end statements for financial accounts, such as mutual funds, and shred the monthly or quarterly statements that came before. Do the same for credit cards that provide an annual summary report. Save paper bank statements for up to a year or electronically. Retain tax records for up to 7 years in the event of an audit and records for capital assets (e.g., stock) as long as you hold them plus 7 years.Open Mail Immediately and Act on It Once– Sort mail related to personal finances into three categories: 1. Discard (e.g., advertisements and certain donation requests), 2. Pay soon or immediately, and 3. File for long-term reference. Avoid making piles of mail that require “revisiting” later and can result in late payments.Actively Solicit Price Quotes- Contact your insurance agent(s) and inquire about money-saving discounts on new or existing policies. Do the same with current or potential utility providers. For example, there may be a better cell phone plan that provides the service that you need for less or energy audits that can save money.For additional information about tidying up your finances, review the University of Wisconsin Extension fact sheet Organizing Your Finances. By Barbara O’Neill, Ph.D., CFP®, Rutgers Cooperative Extension, [email protected] April, two things happen that can motivate people to tidy up their financial lives. First, spring is here and the notion of “spring cleaning” in general is popular. Spring cleaning often involves clearing out clutter in the garage, donating unworn clothing and household goods, re-arranging photo albums and items in storage, and other decluttering and organizing tasks. A second motivation to tidy up personal finances in April is that income taxes are due and many people are actively reviewing their financial records at this time.last_img read more

2nd Test Day 1: India reach 290 for 9 at stumps against England

first_imgIndia’s Ajinkya Rahane celebrates reaching his century with team-mate Mohammed Shami during the second cricket test match against England at Lord’s cricket ground in London on July 17, 2014. Photo: ReutersIndia were 290 for nine in their first innings against England at stumps on day one of the second Test at Lord’s, in London on Thursday.Mohammad Shami (14) and Ishant Sharma (12) were at the crease on the completion of 90 overs.A fine gutsy century from Ajinkya Rahane and his valuable 90-run stand with Bhuvneshwar Kumar helped India recover from a batting collapse to reach a respective 290 for nine against England.On a green top at Lord’s, India suffered a batting collapse, losing four wickets for 42 runs, but Rahane (103) and Bhuvneshwar (36) put on a valiant stand that pulled out India from a precarious 145 for seven to a competitive total. At stumps, Mohammed Shami was batting on 14 and Ishant Sharma on 12.England’s chief destructor was pace spearhead James Anderson, who picked up four for 55 while Stuart Broad got two for 79. Liam Plunkett, Ben Stokes and Moeen Ali got a wicket apiece.Anderson, who is staring at a two-match ban for allegedly “pushing and abusing” India all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja, was the most threatening bowler. He made his bowling do all the talking against the Indian batsmen, who are always vulnerable to seam bowling.India lost both the openers Shikhar Dhawan (7) and Murali Vijay (24) early to reach 73 for two in their first session and then added another 67 runs by losing four wickets in the second session to reach 140 for six at tea.advertisementShortly after tea, Stuart Binny (6) was dismissed after he was trapped lbw by Anderson, who looked as if he was out with a vengeance against the Indians.But what followed next was a great fight-back by Rahane and Buvneshwar, who had also struck a match-saving half-century in the first Test.The duo was fearless in their approach and took the attack to the English bowlers. Both Rahane and Bhuvneshwar took their own time to settle down but once they did they punished the bad deliveries for fours.The boundaries, which had dried up, suddenly started flowing thick and fast. The partnership was finally broken by Broad, who castled Bhuvneshwar to leave India at 235 for eight.Rahane and Shami then added another 40 runs for the ninth wicket. Rahane completed his second Test century in his seventh match, with a crisply time four through the covers of Anderson.The English bowler, however, had the last laugh three balls later as he got rid of Rahane with a brilliantly executed return catch of his own bowling. Rahane struck 15 fours and a six during his 154 ball knock.Earlier after winning the toss, England captain Alastair Cook didn’t blink an eyelid before asking India to bat on a surface that was tailor-made to benefit the English bowlers.The ball swung right from the word go troubling Dhawan and Vijay.Anderson provided England the first breakthrough with an outstanding delivery that pitched outside leg, forcing Dhawan to play at it and the southpaw nicked it through to third slip, a low catch taken by Gary Ballance. Anderson’s 230th Test wicket also took him past England great Fred Trueman as the highest wicket taker on English soil.In the next over, Vijay also got a reprieve as he was dropped off Stuart Broad even before he could open his account. Keeper Matt Prior made a valiant dive to his right and got his glove before putting down what was a tough chance.Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara (28) then added 37 runs for the second wicket to stabilise the innings. But just when it looked that Vijay, who struck four fours, was growing in confidence, he edged Plunkett to Ballance for his second catch of the morning at third slip.Anderson struck soon after the lunch break to get rid of Virat Kohli (25) with some away movement and Prior took it safely behind the stumps.Stokes produced a brilliant delivery that nipped back in to knock of Pujara’s middle-stumps while Broad got rid of India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (1) again caught behind by Prior.Jadeja, who was booed by the Lord’s fans, lasted 11 deliveries for his three runs before he was trapped lbw by part-time Ali. Brief Scores:India 1st innings: 290 for seven in 90 overs (Ajinkya Rahane 103, Bhuvneshwar Kumar 36; James Anderson 4/54).India vs England: Second Test, Day 1, scoreboardThe following is the scoreboard at stumps on Day 1 of the second Test between India and England at Lord’s here Thursday:India (first innings)Murali Vijay c Ballance b Plunkett 24Shikhar Dhawan c Ballance b Anderson 7Cheteshwar Pujara b Stokes 28Virat Kohli c Prior b Anderson 25Ajinkya Rahane c&b Anderson 103Mahendra Singh Dhoni c Prior b Broad 1Ravindra Jadeja lbw b Ali 3Stuart Binny lbw b Anderson 9Bhuvneshwar Kumar b Broad 36Mohammed Shami batting 14Ishant Sharma batting 12Extras (b 17, lb 10, nb 1) 28Total (for nine wickets in 90 overs) 290Fall of wickets: 1-11 (Dhawan, 2.5 overs), 2-48 (Vijay, 21.3), 3-86 (Kohli, 31.1), 4-113 (Pujara, 41.5), 5-123 (Dhoni, 47.2), 6-128 (Jadeja, 50.4), 7-145 (Binny, 57.2), 8-235 (Kumar, 81.6), 9-275 (Rahane, 86.4)advertisementBowlingJames Anderson 22-7-55-4Stuart Broad 22-5-79-2Liam Plunkett 15-5-51-1Ben Stokes 17-5-40-1Moeen Ali 14-2-38-1Match details:Toss: England chose to fieldUmpires: Kumar Dharmasena (Sri Lanka) and Bruce Oxenford (Australia)TV umpire: Richard Illingworth (England)Match referee: David Boon (Australia)Reserve umpire: David Millns (England)last_img read more

Australia announces massive increase in military spending

first_imgFrom Natasha ChakuMelbourne, Feb 25 (PTI) Australia today announced an ambitious plantoboost thecountrys defence capabilities by pledgingto spend USD 139 billion over the next decade in what Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull called “high stakes” and “momentous times” in Asia.The announcement came withthelaunch of2016 Defence whitepaper that includes bolstering thecountrys naval strength by doubling the size of its submarine fleet to 24, as well as commissioning three additional air warfare destroyers, nine anti-submarine frigates and 12 patrol boats.The ambitious plan also includes adding some 2,500 new military jobs to expand the total defence force to 62,400 personnel.”These are momentous times. The stakes are high. And as the opportunities expand, so does the cost of losing them,” Turnbull said, citing increased defence spending in countries across Asia and possible flashpoints for international conflict in South China Sea and Korean peninsula, as well as the increasing threat of global terrorism.The prime minister called the present times in Asia one of the biggest strategic challenge Australia has faced “in peacetime”, even as its closest ally, the US directs its foreign policy pivot towards the Asia-Pacific region, where Chinas increased assertiveness has fueled tensions.In the next two decades, said Turnbull, “half the worlds submarines and half the worlds combat aircraft” would be deployed in the Indo-Pacific region.”We would be concerned if the competition for influence and the growth in military capability were to lead to instability and threaten Australias interests, whether in the South China Sea, the Korean peninsula or further afield,” he added.advertisementAccording to anofficial statement, theWhite Paper has beenthe culmination of detailed analysis of Australias strategic environment, its defence priorities and objectives, and the capabilities required to achieve these outcomes.ThefederalGovernment hasalso set a new benchmark for transparency and funding by releasing an Integrated Investment Program and Defence Industry Policy Statement.The fully costed, ten-year Integrated Investment Program wouldbringtogether all capability-related investment including new weapons, platforms, infrastructure and science and technology.Apart from this, the government would also invest in comprehensive upgrades to defence infrastructure to support its larger future force, including key bases, training and testing ranges and fuel and explosive ordnance facilities and modernised information management, operational communications, and command and control systems.Australia is also participating in the US-led air campaign against the Islamic State terror group in Iraq and Syria. PTI NC SUA AKJ SUAlast_img read more

Michael Bevan finished matches with fours, MS Dhoni does so with sixes: Ian Chappell

first_imgFormer Australia captain Ian Chappell has praised MS Dhoni for his match finishing ability and termed the Indian wicketkeeper-batsman as th world’s best finisher in one day internationals. After a poor 2018 in ODIs, MS Dhoni regained his form in Australia. Dhoni not only ended as India’s highest run-getter in the series, he was also named the player-of-the-series. Dhoni hit fifties in all three matches and played an important role in India’s first-ever series victory in the ODIs in Australia.Chappell saluted the former India skipper’s nerve and longevity.”Nobody has Dhoni’s nerve for finishing off victories. Many times I’ve thought, ‘he’s left it too late this time’, only to be amazed as he produced a couple of powerful shots to bring India a nail-biting victory,” Chappell wrote in his column in ESPNcricinfo.”His outward calm is no illusion since his tactical adeptness in these situations is proof his brain continues to work perfectly.”Drawing a comparison with Michael Bevan, who is considered to be one of the greatest finishers of the game, Chappell said Dhoni has surpassed the former Australian number six.”Where Bevan finished matches with fours, Dhoni does so with sixes. The one area – running between wickets – where you’d expect the fleet-footed Bevan to have an advantage is debatable, because even at age 37, Dhoni is among the quickest in the game,” he wrote.”Even allowing for improved bats and the advantage of playing T20 cricket, statistically Dhoni is superior to Bevan. There can be no argument – Dhoni is the best ODI finisher.”advertisementOf late, Dhoni has often been criticised for his slow innings but the former India skipper silenced the doubters when he unleashed a massive six at Adelaide to seal the second ODI.”His trademark lofted on-drive comfortably cleared one of the longer Adelaide Oval boundaries to settle the issue in that particular finishing effort,” Chappell wrote.”It was a clear reminder that any thought that his power might be waning was only wishful thinking on the part of opponents. That he achieved the feat in stifling heat only added to the lustre of his performance.”KOHLI COULD BE BRADMAN OF ODIsRegarding the ‘best ODI batsman’ debate, Chappell feels Virat Kohli will surpass legends like Viv Richards, Sachin Tendulkar and AB de Villiers and end his career as the ‘Sir Donald Bradman of ODI batsmen’.”Kohli reminds me of Richards in his approach to ODI batting; he eschews fancy shots and relies on a wide range of traditional strokes … As the only one of this quartet still playing ODIs, Kohli already heads some important statistical categories,” he wrote.”If he were to continue at his current rate – an unlikely outcome as he ages – he would pass Tendulkar’s aggregate with more than one hundred innings to spare and nearly 20 centuries in advance of the Little Master.”If he even came close to achieving these amazing feats, there could be no argument: Kohli would be the Sir Donald Bradman of ODI batsmen.”Also Read | Watch: After creating history in Australia, India reach New Zealand for ODIs and T20IsAlso Read | Virat Kohli is the greatest-ever ODI batsman, says Michael ClarkeAlso Read | Hardik Pandya will definitely be part of India’s World Cup squad: Michael Clarkelast_img read more

Tuesday Take Loaded cornerback class expected to step in immediately

OSU redshirt junior cornerback Gareon Conley (8) and OSU redshirt sophomore cornerback Marshon Lattimore (2) celebrate Conley’s first half interception during the Buckeyes game against the Badgers on Oct. 15. The Buckeyes won 30-23 in overtime. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorOhio State’s inexperienced secondary exceeded all expectations during the 2016 football season. All one has to do is look at the success in pass defense — in terms of interceptions, passes defended and passing yards allowed — to understand why OSU has both starting cornerbacks and its best overall player at safety projected as possible first-round picks.Dominance from cornerback Gareon Conley was seen as a possibility before the season. But the emergence of Marshon Lattimore opposite Conley was not as anticipated. Now, both are gone and the Buckeyes will have to reload.They certainly have the class to do that.OSU coach Urban Meyer snagged the top two cornerbacks in the 2017 recruiting class, according to recruiting site 247Sports, in freshmen Jeffrey Okudah and Shaun Wade who have already enrolled.To add to that, Alabama transfer and the No. 1 junior college cornerback Kendall Sheffield will also join the Buckeyes in 2017. Okudah, Wade and Sheffield are all in contention to start at cornerback next year, and all will participate in spring practice which begins March 7. Sheffield is expected to join the program that month.“When me and Jeff (Okudah) talked, we said we are going to push each other no matter who starts or who plays over each other, we are going to push each other,” Wade said on National Signing Day. “That’s really the only thing we were talking about.”The OSU secondary intercepted 21 passes and returned a school-record seven for touchdowns. Conley and Lattimore each had four interceptions while safety Malik Hooker reeled in seven, including three touchdowns. The first-year starting safety was the most athletic of the bunch and will be difficult to replace.It’s probably too much to ask of the four freshmen cornerbacks in the 2017 class — which includes four-star, early-enrollee Marcus Williamson — or the current cornerbacks, junior Denzel Ward and redshirt sophomore Damon Arnette, to duplicate the numbers that Lattimore and Conley produced. But that’s not saying that expectation isn’t there.“We’ve only been here for a month, so we haven’t gotten a chance to feel the expectations but we know what the expectations are,” Okudah said. “With the class like the one we brought in, it’s the highest expectation and that’s to win a national championship.”For beginners, Okudah, Wade and Sheffield — all of which were former five-star recruits — possess the size of Conley, Lattimore and former OSU and New York Giants cornerback Eli Apple. Standing at 6-foot or taller, each of the three already fit into that mold that has become a breeding ground for NFL cornerbacks. That being said, Conley, Lattimore and Apple all redshirted their first seasons in Columbus. It’s not unprecedented for freshman to start at OSU, but to have an opportunity to play immediately for not one, but three players at one position — a chance that often isn’t presented to even the most heralded OSU recruits — is a rarity. However, that’s an even greater tribute to the talent, confidence and maturity the newcomers have before being with the program for a full month.Meyer said that immediate assistance will come in the defensive backfield.“I see those guys (helping),” he said. “We targeted those guys from day one, and we got the three primary guys.” read more

Ohio State mens basketball knocks off previously unbeaten Michigan 5653

The Buckeyes earned some doubters with their early season play after losing to each of their first three ranked opponents. But Sunday, No. 15 Ohio State – at least temporarily – silenced those doubters while simultaneously bringing to life a roaring crowd at the Schottenstein Center, some of which had been camping out for the game since Friday. The Buckeyes’ 56-53 victory against No. 2 Michigan, who with a win against OSU would have been crowned the top team in the land, gave OSU its first win over a ranked team this season. All of that though, was almost taken away when Player of the Year candidate and Michigan sophomore guard Trey Burke’s 3-pointer rimmed out with 14 seconds left in the game. The Buckeye lead was just two at the time – down from the 21-point cushion they had earlier in the game – and free throws secured the victory for the home team. The performance was a stark contrast to OSU’s previous contests against No. 1 Duke, No. 6 Kansas and No. 12 Illinois when the Buckeyes never shot better than 35 percent and struggled to find an offensive rhythm outside of junior forward Deshaun Thomas. Against Michigan, it was far more than Thomas that helped the Buckeyes jump out to a commanding 20-point advantage about 10 minutes into the first half. Junior guard Aaron Craft, who has been criticized for a lack of production on the offensive end, attacked the basket early, scoring from both the outside and in. He stepped into a three in the game’s opening minutes and followed it up by twice slicing to the basket. He finished with nine points and four assists. Sophomore forward Sam Thompson added a spark as well, equaling his season average of seven points before the nine minute mark of the first half. Then there was Thomas, who continued his high-level of offensive play this season, with 20 points including two 3-pointers in the first half – one of which fueled him and many of his teammates to pound their chests on the way down court. The biggest contributor of all though, might have been the Buckeye defense, which smothered the Wolverines from the opening tip. Led by Craft, OSU forced five turnovers in the first eight minutes and nine by halftime, which led to 16 OSU points. By the time the teams headed into the locker room for intermission, Michigan had chipped away at the big lead, but the Buckeyes still held a 34-22 advantage. That lead would shrink to eight early in the second half as the Wolverines threw at least three different defensive looks at the Buckeyes in the period. The switches appeared to slow the Buckeye offense down, but Michigan’s attack wasn’t faring much better. With 10:35 left in the game Michigan had outscored OSU 9-8. It wouldn’t take long for the game’s pace to quicken, though. Out of a media timeout Thomas grabbed Craft’s missed jumper and dunked it in a forest of Wolverine defenders. The play gave OSU an 11-point lead, but Michigan, led by junior guard Tim Hardaway Jr., would respond by scoring the next 10 points to cut the lead to one. The Buckeyes ended the streak when sophomore guard Shannon Scott lobbed a pass to Thompson, who grabbed the ball with one hand in midair and threw it down. Michigan was not finished, though. A 3-pointer on the following possession knotted the score at 46 with 5:59 remaining. But it was OSU that would write the game’s final chapter. Senior forward Evan Ravenel scored back-to-back buckets and Thomas added another to extend OSU’s lead to six. Michigan had a chance to take the lead when it called timeout down two points with 30 seconds left, but Burke’s misfire and crucial free throws from junior guards Lenzelle Smith Jr. and Craft sealed the win. The Buckeyes are now 13-3 on the year and Michigan drops to 16-1. OSU is set to next play Michigan State Saturday in East Lansing. read more

Wrestling Joey McKenna sidelined daytoday with undisclosed injury

Ohio State No. 2 senior Joey McKenna celebrates after defeating Michigan’s No.5 Kanen Storr by tech fall, 18-3, in the 141-pound bout. Credit: Sal Marandino | For The LanternAfter suffering its first loss of the season, the Ohio State wrestling team might be without one of its senior leaders.Ohio State announced that senior Joey McKenna, the No. 2 wrestler in the country at 141 pounds, is day-to-day with an undisclosed injury. “The medical staff said it wouldn’t be in his best interest to wrestle this weekend,” Ohio State assistant coach Tervel Dlagnev said.Dlagnev noted McKenna will face Cornell sophomore Yianni Diakomihalis, the No. 1 wrestler at 141 pounds, on Feb. 22 and did not give any timeline for his status moving forward.This season, McKenna is undefeated with a 14-0 record. He owns a career record of 93-8.According to the depth chart, Ohio State redshirt sophomore Clay Ragon would be next in line if McKenna is unable to go this weekend. Ragon is 6-6 on the season with two wins by technical fall under his belt. Ohio State will face Illinois on Friday in Champaign, Illinois and Northwestern on Sunday in Evanston, Illinois. read more