Coach Urban Meyer stands in front of the team before the Buckeyes take the field against Rutgers on Oct. 1. The Buckeyes won 58-0. Credit: Mason Swires | Assistant Photo EditorOhio State was left out of the top tier of four teams reserved for playoff-bound teams, according to an initial College Football Playoff poll released Tuesday at 7 p.m. The move was predictable by the playoff committee that made the selections after a string of rough games for No. 6 ranked OSU.The top spots belong to Alabama, Clemson, Michigan and Washington, in that order. The Buckeyes will be facing Michigan later this season in a matchup that could potentially decide the fate of each team’s chance of reaching the playoffs. OSU redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett said on Monday before the release of the rankings the spot the Buckeyes are in holds no merit to him.“I don’t care about it too much being that there is still a lot of football left to play,” he said.The committee for 2016 is comprised of an array of members, including long-time Wisconsin head coach and current director of athletics Barry Alvarez and former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. While the selections show who the committee feels are the best teams in the nation, the poll will be updated throughout the next few weeks until the end of the regular season. The next playoff rankings will be released next Tuesday at 7 p.m.OSU coach Urban Meyer said he agrees with Barrett on Monday, and would be doing his best to stay away from the polls, even though they set a precedent for the rest of the season. He might be able to stay away, barring any interference from those close to him.“Oh, it’s important. Not for us. It’s important,” Meyer said. “I won’t look at it. I’m sure people will tell me about it, including my person of 27 years of marriage will tell me about it when I get home.”
When Rich Rodriguez first arrived on campus in December 2007, the Michigan football program had plenty of reason for optimism. The Wolverines were coming off a bowl win over the Florida Gators and welcoming in a coach who had amassed a 60-26 record in his seven years at West Virginia. In the last two-plus years, that optimism has turned to impatience. Expectations are high in Ann Arbor, Mich. In 13 years under Rodriguez’s predecessor, Lloyd Carr, the Wolverines were 122-40, never missing a bowl game. Their worst season under Carr was 7-5, and they never won fewer than five conference games in a season. In his third year, Rodriguez has yet to reach the five-win plateau. He has a 15-20 record heading into Saturday’s season finale, committed NCAA violations and failed to guide his team to a winning record until this season. “When I took the job, I thought about building the best program in America,” Rodriguez said Monday during his weekly press conference. The Wolverines have taken a step in the right direction in 2010. At 7-4, Michigan is bowl-eligible for the first time in Rodriguez’s tenure. Ohio State coach Jim Tressel said he has been impressed by Rodriguez’s work. “I think, just from a universal standpoint, there’s always unrest if you don’t win every game at this level,” Tressel said. “Secondly, the thing that is impressive to me is that I’ve watched them for three years and I haven’t seen them blink. I mean, they have gone out and they’ve played every game to the end, and that means something good is going on.” Nonetheless, at just 6-17 in Big Ten play, Wolverine fans are becoming weary. Some see Saturday’s contest as a litmus test for the Michigan headman, but Wolverine players don’t see it that way. “I don’t think about that really,” senior offensive lineman Stephen Schilling said. “I think we’ve shown progression the last three years under coach Rod and no, I don’t think that way.” OSU captain Bryant Browning said the Buckeyes will not look at the game like that from the opposite sideline either. “That’s not something that we try to think about. We know that he is going to have his team ready to go and try to get his first win in the rivalry,” Browning said. “That is something that he has on his team’s mind to stay focused on, and I know the players and their seniors and everyone at the university is going to be fired up for it.” Although Michigan sophomore defensive end Craig Roh said they are not playing as if their coach’s job is on the line, he did say, “It would be a great win for Rich Rod.” Amid the uncertainty, Rodriguez remains for now, and his players wouldn’t have it any other way. “I love Rich Rod as a coach,” Roh said. “He’s just a tough-working guy and through all that he’s been in he’s kept such a positive attitude. He’s really affected me and a lot of other guys with the way he comes in and just kind of emits positivity.” But the players aren’t the ones who sign his paycheck. With a big test ahead for the Wolverines and his job security in limbo, Rodriguez might be undergoing an employee performance evaluation Saturday in the Horseshoe.
Then-freshman defensive specialist Hannah Gruensfelder (7) makes a dig for the ball at the Ohio State women’s volleyball game against Michigan atSt. John’s Arena in Columbus, Ohio on Oct. 22. The Buckeyes lost the match 3-1. Credit: Maggie Jones | For The LanternAfter back-to-back matches on Friday and Saturday, the Ohio State women’s volleyball team ended the weekend with a win against Rutgers and a loss to Penn State. On Friday the Buckeyes dug their way out of a 2-1 deficit and beat Rutgers in five sets (18-25, 25-19, 23-25, 25-18, 15-9), and the Scarlet Knights dropped to 6-12 and 0-5 within the conference. The Buckeyes had strong offense against the Scarlet Knights. Sophomore middle blocker Lauren Witte and freshman outside hitter Adria Powell both struck 17 kills, which was a career high for Powell. Freshman opposite hitter Vanja Bukilic had 13. Junior outside hitter Ana Beatriz Franklin led the team with 11 kills the next night against Penn State. Rutgers boasted its defense with 13 total team blocks compared to Ohio State with seven. Witte and Rutgers freshman middle blocker Merle Weidt each led their respective teams with 19 points.Sophomore defensive specialist Hannah Gruensfelder tallied a match-best 14 digs, followed by Franklin with 13. Freshman defensive specialist Camryn Moeller dug a career-high nine balls.The Buckeyes fell to No. 9 Penn State on Saturday at University Park in three straight sets (25-13, 25-22, 25-22), following their win against the Nittany Lions at home two weeks ago. Following the match, the Buckeyes stand at 11-7 and 2-4 Big Ten, and the Nittany Lions at 13-3 and 4-2. Redshirt sophomore middle blocker Jordan Fry succeeded in nine of 15 error-free swings for a career-high .600 hitting percentage.Ohio State doubled Penn State in service errors 10-5.Penn State freshman defensive specialist Jenna Hampton put out four service aces, more than the Buckeyes had altogether. Redshirt senior outside hitter Nia Reed led both teams in kills with 15.The Buckeyes will return home to St. John Arena to host Michigan on Oct. 12 and Michigan State on Oct. 14.
Ohio State coach Chris Holtmann puts his hands up after questioning a call in the second half of the game against Michigan State on Feb. 17. Ohio State lost 44-62. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorMichigan State head coach Tom Izzo did not forget what former Spartan Magic Johnson told his team. After the Spartans’ win against No. 20 Wisconsin on Feb. 12, Johnson asked the locker room “Who’s going to stay consistent the longest?” As Izzo reminisced on this moment, Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann was already gone, his team having lost to No. 11 Michigan State 62-44 after holding a 31-25 halftime lead. Instead of consistency, Holtmann saw irregularity, watching an offense that had shot 40 percent from the field in the first half come out of the locker room and make 4-of-21 from the field and 1-of-9 from 3-point range. This was a challenge the head coach expected heading into the season, seeing a roster turned over with the loss of five of its top seven leading scorers. But that does not mean Holtmann is accepting the struggles as the reality for his team. “It’s frustrating when you are struggling to score as much as you are struggling to score,” Holtmann said. “I think that is frustrating for guys because you tie so much of yourself to your offense.” In each of the past two games — both losses for Ohio State — the Buckeyes have struggled with second half scoring. They have combined to shoot 26.7 percent from the field, making only one of their 16 3-point attempts in the final 20 minutes. To sophomore forward Kaleb Wesson, the offensive inconsistency has not been because of the offense itself. He said the Buckeyes play in a difficult league, leading to no easy shots. He said that part’s fixable. What isn’t fixable to Wesson is the inconsistency on offense leading to points in the other basket. “Defense wins games, defense wins championships. There’s not a team that’s going to win any game without defense,” Wesson said. “If shots aren’t going to fall, they aren’t going to fall. But they got to score on the other end.” In Ohio State’s two consecutive losses to Michigan State and Illinois, the Buckeyes have allowed opponents to shoot 47.1 percent from the field in the second half, making 15-of-27 from inside the 3-point line. Wesson said this defense is where Ohio State’s game starts. And it’s something that both the Fighting Illini and Spartans saw in the first half, as each shot a combined 36 percent from the field in the first half, scoring 55 points between them. With the implosion of the defense comes the implosion of the offense, showing a lack of size against opponents, including the Spartans, who recorded eight blocks against the Buckeyes on Sunday.“I’d like our fours to be a bit longer, but that’s not going to happen,” Holtmann said. “We were not great in finishing in transition and that’s where we get some of our shots blocked, but I want us to continue to be aggressive.” Size and physicality is something that teams have taken advantage of against Ohio State all season.Holtmann said Wesson, who played 29 minutes, but was limited to 13 second-half minutes, was fatigued during the game, more so than he has ever seen from the sophomore forward. Facing Michigan State junior forward Nick Ward and freshman forward Thomas Kithier, after Ward was sidelined with an injury for the majority of the second half, Wesson scored 12 points, the only Ohio State scorer in double-digits, and made 5-of-11 attempts. But the physicality proved too much for Wesson at times, something he is used to, but is tired of. “I’m not used to getting calls anyways,” Wesson said. “I get fouled almost every possession if you look at the film.” Holtmann said it was not just Wesson who looked fatigued. It was the entire team, saying Ohio State looked slow in terms of its pace against the Spartans. Ohio State had a three-point deficit in its seven-point loss to the Fighting Illini. The Buckeyes has a six-point lead against the Spartans in its 18-point loss Sunday. “It leaves a bad taste in your mouth because we knew this was a winnable game,” sophomore guard Musa Jallow said. “We just didn’t do enough to pull it out in the second half.” Whether it’s fatigue or just momentum shifting to the opponent, this storyline has been the only consistent thing for Ohio State in the past two games.
Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The endangered Cook Inlet beluga whale calf that was rescued last fall swam into his new home on Friday at Seaworld San Antonio. Tyonek, the now 5 month old calf has been cared for by the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward, since he was rescued at one month old. SeaWorld San Antonio has nine beluga whales, including young male calves. NOAA officials said SeaWorld could accommodate Tyonek’s social and medical needs and contribute to scientific research that will help conservation efforts for wild belugas. Roughly 330 beluga whales live in Alaska’s Cook Inlet, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The population is listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act. According to a statement Friday from Orlando-based SeaWorld, Tyonek is the first Cook Inlet beluga calf to be successfully rescued and rehabilitated. Tyonek will remain behind the scenes at the park’s zoological support area for several weeks as he acclimates to his new home. Tyonek could not be released to the wild because he lacks the survival and social skills needed to thrive on his own, NOAA officials said in a statement in February. NOAA’s fisheries service chose SeaWorld San Antonio for Tyonek’s new home because the Texas park was the “location best suited for Tyonek to thrive.”
The operating budget included $10 million above what Walker proposed for the University of Alaska. It included funding for additional prosecutors and law enforcement positions and for 20 positions to address a backlog in public assistance applications. Despite running long, the session lacked the drama of the past several years, which were marked by drawn-out special sessions and bitter fights over the budget and taxes. The budget bills now go to Walker for review. The end of session merited a “fist pump in the air for everybody,” Edgmon said. Senate discussion on the budget included hopefulness about a recent rise in oil prices and the positive impact that could have on the budget. North Slope oil was about $77 a barrel on Thursday. It was around $50 a barrel at this time the past two years. Saturday started slowly, with lawmakers meeting behind closed doors and trying to reach final agreement on what would be needed to finish up. Floor sessions scheduled for the morning started hours late. The operating budget that was ultimately approved Saturday would be paid, in part, using Alaska Permanent Fund earnings, an outcome lawmakers were essentially forced into after years of drawing down on savings to fill a budget deficit that has persisted amid slumping oil revenues. When Edgmon announced on the House floor Saturday that it would be last day of work, it drew a smattering of hands pounding on desks — the legislative equivalent of applause. The package also includes another $28 million for Medicaid, though Walker’s budget director Pat Pitney said that falls short of what is needed and could lead to delays in provider payments. Lawmakers chose to cap dividend checks at $1,600 for this year, a level Gov. Bill Walker has said he supports. The dividend calculation in state law already had been ignored the past two years amid gridlock over how best to fill the deficit. Legislation passed, too, setting up a raffle to benefit schools, which Alaskans could enter using all or a portion of their Permanent Fund dividend checks. Seventy-five percent of entry dollars would go toward public schools and a new education endowment. The remaining 25 percent would go toward a prize fund. Legislative leaders have said there was insufficient support this year to pay out a full dividend under that calculation, which would have been about $2,650. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska lawmakers ended the extended legislative session early Sunday after passing state spending plans and a flurry of other bills in the waning hours. Senate Majority Leader Peter Micciche said lawmakers wanted to complete their work and get back to their districts. He said he wasn’t happy with the outcome but said compromise was needed — and demanded by Alaskans tired of gridlock. Lawmakers also passed a flurry of other bills, including a statewide smoke-free workplace bill that had languished for months in the House despite widespread support. Walker told reporters he had no plans to call a special session, which he said was a testament to the work lawmakers accomplished. On the House side, Republican critics of the budget said the package was too large and unsustainable. The permanent fund is a nest egg, seeded with oil money, which has grown through investments. The fund’s principal is protected, but fund earnings can be spent. Use of earnings in the past, however, has been limited to things like paying out dividends.Lawmakers also agreed to use money from the constitutional budget reserve, a state savings account, to help fill the deficit. Lawmakers worked past the 90-day, voter approved-session limit in mid-April. They finished within the constitutional time limit; the constitution permits sessions of up to 121 days, a limit that would have been reached Wednesday. The measure calls for a withdrawal of $1.7 billion from Permanent Fund earnings to help pay state government costs and another $1 billion for the yearly dividend checks residents receive from the oil-wealth fund. House Speaker Bryce Edgmon said legislators in both chambers decided they would have to trust one another, work together and compromise “in order for us to get out of here in an orderly manner.”The Senate has a Republican-led majority. The House majority coalition is composed largely of Democrats. The capital budget, which emerged from House Finance late Saturday, isn’t solely an infrastructure package. It also includes health and safety projects and school funding — an additional $20 million for public schools for the fiscal year starting July 1, and $6 million over two years for pre-kindergarten programs. Heading into the day, the major unresolved pieces were the operating and capital budgets. A tentative agreement had been reached on the operating budget earlier in the week but needed House and Senate approval. The capital budget was being worked on in the House Finance Committee. The capital budget also puts money toward two projects Walker had previously halted: a bridge over Knik Arm to provide another way of connecting Anchorage to the state’s fastest-growing area and a project to help connect Juneau to the road system.
Dan Cohen AUTHOR The Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments is seeking a consultant to prepare a joint land use study (JLUS) for Colorado Springs to provide guidance for addressing incompatible land uses to installations, communities and the private sector.For the Colorado Springs Regional Joint Land Use Study to successfully identify the issues and appropriate strategies to resolve them, a robust public process is critical. Transparency in developing community plans and a concerted effort to identify and address the concerns of all stakeholders is critical to building mutual trust and gaining buy-in for the ultimate product.The RFP can be found on the PPACG website.Questions concerning the RFP will be accepted until 12 p.m., March 9, and should be sent to Angela Essing, JLUS Program Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org. Questions will be answered within 24 hours and posted on the website.Submissions must be received by 12 p.m. on March 14 to Angela Essing.
American auto major Ford has begun shipments of its much awaited EcoSport SUV to dealers across the country from its Chennai facility.The company, which is yet to confirm the pricing of EcoSport for the Indian market, aims to grab greater footholds with the launch of the vehicle in the nation’s sluggish auto sector.”We are on the verge of something exciting for Ford India. As you know the next game changer for us, and we believe it is not only a game changer for Ford in India, but we are going to set a new standard in the industry as well,” said Ford India President and Managing Director Joginder Singh.”As you know, our shipments have begun and our dealers are accepting bookings as we speak.so, we see a very clear milestone in the launch of Ecosport.”Ford’s Chennai unit is the third of five manufacturing capacities where EcoSport is being built. While the manufacturing in Brazil and China has already started, the Thailand and Russia production capacities are in line to begin production. An earlier report also suggested that the company is planning to explore the potential markets of 62 countries across the globe for its new EcoSport SUV.India is all set to become the export hub for the vehicle. Ford, which foresees a greater potential for the SUV in the domestic market, has invested $142 million for the production of the vehicle.”India is a great market and is the lead edge indicator as to what people want in the world,” said Ford Motor Company President and CEO Alan Mulally. “We are going to pay more attention to this segment. You will see more products in that segment.”Taking note of the reactions from EcoSport aficionados, the delay in the launch in India has come as a major disappointment.
More information: Corey J. A. Bradshaw et al. Minimum founding populations for the first peopling of Sahul, Nature Ecology & Evolution (2019). DOI: 10.1038/s41559-019-0902-6 Michael I. Bird et al. Early human settlement of Sahul was not an accident, Scientific Reports (2019). DOI: 10.1038/s41598-019-42946-9Press release Two teams of Australian researchers working independently have found that there were likely more first arrivals to Australia and New Guinea than previously thought—and it was not by accident. The first team created a model showing that a large number of people must have made the trip to have survived the migration. They have published their results in the journal Nature Ecology and Evolution. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. The second team began by looking at climatic conditions during the periods of migration, along with population estimates, to make probabilistic assumptions about the likelihood of people in boats randomly reaching Sahul. They found that the most likely scenario was intentionally sailing from their homeland to Sahul. They also found that the migrants also clearly had the wherewithal to make such a journey.Taken together, the results by the two teams suggests that the initial migrants to Sahul were purposeful and large in number. Journal information: Nature Ecology & Evolution The emergent picture of regional Pleistocene complexity from genomes, fossils and material culture. Credit: Nature Ecology and Evolution, DOI: 10.1038/s41559-019-0928-9 Island-hopping study shows the most likely route the first people took to Australia The second team found that multiple crossings must have taken place for the population to survive in their new home. They published their results in the journal Scientific Reports. Michael Westaway with the University of Queensland has published a News and Views piece outlining the work by the two teams in Nature Ecology and Evolution.Prior studies based on genetic analysis of the original migrants to New Guinea and Australia has shown that the earliest migrations occurred approximately 60,000 years ago. And some evidence has indicated that as few as 35 to 50 female migrants made the trip. Also, prior research has shown that during the time of the migration, ocean levels were low enough that New Guinea and Australia were connected by a land bridge; the collective land mass is called Sahul. In this new effort, both teams were interested in learning more about the people that migrated to Sahul, and the size of the population.To make a reasonable estimate regarding the number of migrants, the first team built a model that accounted for such factors as fertility rates, mortality rates of modern hunter-gatherers, climate, and survivability in a new environment. The model showed that approximately 1,300 people must have migrated, either as part of very large migration efforts or as part of multiple smaller migrations over several centuries. The model also showed the most likely route was via island-hopping from what is now Indonesia. Arrival of First Australians infographic Credit: Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage (CABAH) Explore further © 2019 Science X Network , Scientific Reports Citation: Studies suggest more original migrants to Australia than thought—and they came on purpose (2019, June 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-06-migrants-australia-thoughtand-purpose.html
August 26, 2009 This report continues from 8/24. Here we see the pour of the heat duct tunnel wall in full swing. The construction crew laid a bridge on the scaffolding to facilitate the workers and equipment during the course of the pouring process. Many people came from different departments to help with the pour. [photo & text: Anna Tran] The mixed concrete was placed into wheelbarrows and buckets and shuttled down to the scaffolding to be poured into the formwork. Here we see the entire work in process. [photo & text: Anna Tran] The crew disassembled the wall forms after the concrete cured. The next section of the wall will be under way with erection of the formwork and we will continue to report on this next week. [photo & text: Anna Tran]