Things to know: DeBoer provides an update on Joe Thornton’s status

first_imgSAN JOSE — Pete DeBoer is calling Joe Thornton as a game-time decision for the Sharks showdown with the Dallas Stars at SAP Center Thursday.Thornton skipped the Sharks (16-11-5) optional skate Thursday morning after missing practice Wednesday for “maintenance” purposes. DeBoer explained Thornton’s absence Wednesday by saying that he’s “dealing with something.” The Sharks alternate captain also sat out of the Sharks morning practice Monday, but suited up for his team’s 5-2 win over the New …last_img read more

Draymond Green’s mystical, winning powers are peaking heading into the NBA Finals

first_imgTORONTO — Draymond Green once told me that he has never been on a losing team.Not in college at Michigan State, not in high school, not in middle school, AAU, or at the YMCA either. And obviously, he has not been on a losing team at the NBA level.It’s not a totally flabbergasting statement — after all, the middle-school team with the future NBA player should always be favored – but throughout this turbulent and resplendent Warriors postseason, I’ve thought back to it quite often.Because …last_img read more

Ohio veal producers prepared for barn changes

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohio veal producers are ready for the changing livestock housing requirements put in place by the industry about a decade ago. The new housing changes and other requirements were decided by the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board. Veal farms have to comply beginning on Jan. 1, 2018.“Around 10 years ago, the veal industry decided to move away from tethers and stalls and move into group housing,” said Marissa Hake, veterinarian with the American Veal Association. “We’ve achieved that goal with 100% of our barns now group house. Most of those calves are raised in either pens of two to 10 where they can stand up or lay down, groom naturally and interact with other calves.”Ohio is one of the top veal producing states, an industry that trends closely with dairy production.“There’s quite a bit of veal production in Ohio. Indiana is our number one state. Veal production is obviously very closely related to the dairy industry,” she said. “Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York — those are your major veal-producing states.”Those states have been the focus of animal rights groups in recent years, though Ohio set itself apart with the passing of Issue 2 in 2009, which gives power to the Livestock Care Standards Board — a group of 13 members from farming, veterinary, academic, food safety, animal care and consumer interest backgrounds tasked with annually reviewing the standards and recommending any appropriate changes to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. Effective Jan. 1, 2018, veal calves must be housed in group pens by 10 weeks of age. Additionally, whether housed in individual stalls or group pens the calves must be allowed to turn around and cannot be tethered. Also effective Jan. 1, tail docking on dairy cattle can only be performed by a licensed veterinarian and if only medically necessary.The changes were recommended by the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board, submitted to the ODA and ultimately approved by the Ohio legislature’s Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review.Ellen Essman, Ohio State University Law Fellow in the Agricultural & Resource Law Program, summarized the rule changes for 2018. Specifically, the regulations for veal address housing for veal calves weighing 750 pounds or less. Currently, veal calves may be tethered or non-tethered in stalls of a minimum of 2 feet by 5.5 feet, Essman wrote in a recent Ohio Agricultural Law blog. In 2018, the following housing standards will apply:Tethering will be permitted only to prevent naval and cross sucking and as restraint for examinations, treatments and transit, if: the tether is long enough to allow the veal calf to stand, groom, eat, lie down comfortably and rest in a natural posture; the tether’s length and collar size is checked every other week and adjusted as necessary.Individual pens must allow for quality air circulation, provide opportunity for socialization, allow calves to stand without impediment, provide for normal resting postures, grooming, eating and lying down, and must be large enough to allow calves to turn around.By the time they are 10 weeks old, veal calves must be housed in group pens. The regulations currently require that group pens meet the above standards required for individual pens and also must contain at least two calves with a minimum area of 14 square feet per calf, must separate calves of substantially different sizes and that calves must be monitored daily for naval and cross sucking and be moved to individual pens or provided other intervention for naval or cross sucking.“We responded to the market concerns with our housing,” Hake said. “Another thing is that veal size and age has changed a lot over the 10 years. Nowadays cows go to market around four to five months old — sometimes up to six months — and they’re around 450 to 500 pounds. So those older facilities were not made for that size of calf. As an industry, we had to change over our facilities just based on our market changes.“They transitioned those barns so they either remodeled older barns intro group housing pens or a lot of guys have actually built new facilities. They put around $50 million into these new facilities. They’re beautiful, they’re naturally ventilated, they’re open to the outside, we have beautiful stainless steel pens — so it’s a pretty cool story to tell.”From a veterinarian’s standpoint, the pens are advantageous.“Those pens were made to improve the welfare of the calves,” Hake said. “So we were really happy with them. A lot of the flooring that we used is nonslip. It’s really clean so when the calves go to market they’re actually exceptionally clean which is good from a food safety standpoint.”Along with the pen changes, U.S. veal producers are facing other challenges.“One is just our marketing. We’re a very small industry even though we’re really closely related to the dairy industry. So getting out there and telling our story is a big challenge. We’re also always concerned with our market. We want people to eat American veal, but there are always challenges with international markets coming in,” she said.The American Veal Association continues to work closely with producers.“Everyday we’re out in barns working with independent growers. A lot of them are independent growers, so they’re small, family farms with around 200 calves on average for each farm. It’s definitely your smaller, family-raised farms,” Hake said. “Once we get them, we’ll take care of them.”last_img read more

8 Questions to Ask Yourself When Deciding on a Script

first_imgHave you written or received a script for your next project? Here are eight questions to ask before moving into production.There are a tremendous amount of scripts written every year. Conservative estimates began at 30,000-50,000 scripts, and that’s only including those filed with the Writers Guild of America (WGAe & WGAw). If scripts filed for copyright are included, the number can easily go up to 100,000.With all those scripts floating around, it must be easy to find your next project — right? Wrong. According to the latest Scoggins Report, only 90 specs were sold in 2014. Up until March 2015, only 26 specs have been sold.So what does all this mean to you as a filmmaker? If you find a script that you can get behind 100%, then you have found a very rare story. Here are some questions to ask before you get your film moving.1. Why Do I Want to Tell This Story?It seems like an easy question, but it really isn’t. When it comes to deciding on a project, you must be willing to give your whole life to seeing it through. That means you need to be emotionally involved with every character. You need to know every little detail in order to make this project a reality.If you don’ think you need to know every character, just look at D.B. Weiss and David Benioff, the showrunners of Game of Thrones. The duo actually got the green-light for the show when an HBO executive saw Benioff working out in the gym while reading his annotated copy of his Game of Thrones book. That’s the type of dedication a project requires.2. Why Am I the Best Person to Tell This Story?You cannot only dedicate yourself to a script, but you also have to believe in yourself. If you don’t feel like you have the ability to see a project through to its completion the way it should be done, then you’ll begin to question your own abilities. Don’t be afraid to walk away from a project if you don’t believe in yourself. A bad film can destroy your mentality.If you do believe in yourself, don’t just rely on your skill. Really push yourself to do something you’ve never done before. This is a chance to not only hone your skills, but to create a project that you can cherish forever. You need to believe that you are the perfect person for this job, and that no one could ever do it better.3. What Is My Emotional Connection to This Script?Image: Inside Out via Slash FilmAs mentioned in the first question, you need to become emotionally involved with every character. You also need to become emotionally attached to the story itself. What is the true meaning of the film? What do you want your audience to take away after the credits start rolling?This was something incredibly challenging for director Pete Docter as he was re-working his film about emotions, Inside Out.I’ll tell you a story: there was a dark point about three years into the making of the film. The pressure was mounting. We were approaching a screening and I went for a walk the weekend before, going, “Shoot, it’s just not working. What if I just quit and move to Mexico — what would I miss the most?” And I thought, well, my friends. But then I thought, the people I really feel close to are the people that, yeah, I’ve felt happiness with, but also they are people that I’ve been pissed off at, and scared for. The subject matter I’m dealing with in this movie is the key to relationships. So I got electrified, went back, talked to the guys, we rewrote the script, and that was a major turning point in the film. [Wired]4. Am I Willing to Dedicate Months or Years to This Project?Image: Mad Max: Fury Road 1999 storyboard via The NerdistIs the story so great that you are willing to dedicate yourself to the project for years? You don’t know what obstacles await, and your production could be halted. Are you willing to wait to make this film?For a great recent example, let’s look at director George Miller. His 2015 film Mad Max: Fury Road received rave reviews, and the film was heralded as an all-around spectacular action film. You may not know that the film was stuck in “development hell” for 20 years. Miller reacquired the rights to Mad Max in 1995. It took three more years until he had his story in place.He was set to start filming in 2001, and then the events of September 11th postponed the project. Then turmoil in Namibia, the location of the shoot, postponed the project further. Principal photography didn’t begin until July 2012.5. How Long Is the Final Product?Image: Whiplash (Short) via The IndependentIs this a full length feature or a short film? That is one of the first things you need to decided. If it’s still very early in your career, making any film over 30 minutes in length can be an incredibly daunting task. The length of the film will also help determine the length of production. You have to take into account the budget and time you have to make this project. From there you can decide the length you want to aim for.If you can’t afford the project, can you make another version? If you are unable to make the full length feature, try making it a short film first. Short films have successfully turned into features. Look at Bottle Rocket, or last year’s Best Motion Picture Oscar Nominee, Whiplash.Director/Writer Damien Chazelle was unable to secure funding for his film Whiplash. He pulled one of the most prominent scenes from the film and turned it into a short. His goal was to submit the short film to film festivals in hopes of securing the funding for the feature. The short film was so powerful and well done, he not only secured funding, the short won Best Short Film at Sundance.  The next year, the feature was nominated for five Oscars, winning three of them.6. When and Where Is the Film Set?Image: Primer storage facility via The Primer UniverseThe setting of your film is a huge factor. Do you have the budget to shoot an epic in the desert? Is the film a period piece? If so, go ahead and hand over your budget to costumes. Are you able to turn this script into a film you can actually shoot now? The best thing you can do as a filmmaker is embrace your limits.The 2004 film Primer is a perfect example. Not only did the film have a limited budget (approximately $7000), the script called for time travel.  The story and science behind it was so sound, the story actually carried the film. With some creative thinking, nearly the entire film was shot in a storage unit. A perfect example of embracing you limits and working with your budget.7. How Many Actors and Crew Members Will the Project Need?Now that you have looked at the story itself, what about the practical necessities for bringing the story to life? How many characters do you need to cast? How big of a crew do you need? These are major factors. Not only do you need to know how many people you need, you need to know how much each of them will get paid.Will you be able to afford costumes, or even food for the set? Are you still going to have enough left over for your camera, lights, and gear? This leads us to our next point.8. Can You Afford to Make This Film?As any filmmaker can tell you, making a film is incredibly expensive. Every project presents even more expenses you never accounted for. This is why many projects require multiple studios collaborating to make a film. Trying to take on a whole project alone is nearly impossible.Even if you can’t afford it now, you may be able to afford it later. We’ve presented many examples already with making short films first, or even waiting for years.After all of this, you still face your decision to move forward with this project or not. If you have not been swayed at all, and you mind is still set on a project, get to it. Start making the film. Just know challenges will arise, but handling problems is the greatest skill a director can have.Are you ready to turn your script into a feature? Be sure to take advantage of all our post from pre-production to post-production.last_img read more

H.E. Hujjat-ul-Islam Seyed Mohammad Khatami at India Today Conclave 2007

first_imgMohammad KhatamiH.E. HUJJAT-UL-ISLAM SEYED MOHAMMAD KHATAMIFORMER PRESIDENT OF IRAN In the historical view of Iranians, India is the land of the “life tree,” the “elixir of immortality” and the “tree of wisdom”. The tree thus described by Rumi: “Anyone who eats or takes its fruit/ He would never age or,Mohammad KhatamiH.E. HUJJAT-UL-ISLAM SEYED MOHAMMAD KHATAMIFORMER PRESIDENT OF IRAN In the historical view of Iranians, India is the land of the “life tree,” the “elixir of immortality” and the “tree of wisdom”. The tree thus described by Rumi: “Anyone who eats or takes its fruit/ He would never age or die.” I want to base my discussions on that epistemological and historical outlook to reach a defined strategy. It has been correctly asserted that of all ancient Asian civilisations, Indian and Iranian thoughts are closest to each other. Apart from the old kinship that exists between the two civilisations, both share a philosophical and prudent understanding of the world. Besides, the two also share a common spiritual experience-which will ultimately translate into freedom and salvation in the form of Ishraq (enlightenment) and mystical experience. An experience wherein freedom and salvation go hand in hand with love for oneness and the will to get over paradoxes.The power of synthesis, which is a prominent characteristic of the Iranian thought, is distinctively featured in India, embracing everything from myths to philosophical opinions, from experiments to religious convictions, from democracy to development. Dialogue about this cultural heritage and the power to combine paradoxes or contraries is not solely a concern for intellectuals and philosophers, but provokes thought on the driving force that can instigate survival, self-respect and the blossoming of a civilisation in the age of communication and historical swiftness-for which India is a flag-bearer in the wake of its all-out and sustainable development.advertisementBased on this discussion, the obvious question is whether there are common grounds for an Asian thought that can be spoken about-common grounds that are based on cultural heritage and have a thing to say and a plan to act upon in today’s integrated world. As a matter of fact, Asia, which is the cradle of dynamic human civilisations and cultures, and a platform of great religions, can be a place that engenders a generative global thought. Asian cultures, given their deeply shared outlook on living, human beings and society, can make a contribution to generating global forces of civilisation if communication between them continues to grow.Further communication between original and genuine cultures that are based on thought, realism, moderation and aesthetics, will culminate in the enhancement and promotion of a just peace in a broad-based democracy and an all-out development in the whole world. Today the world is in dire need of interaction despite differences, friendship despite competition, and unity despite pluralism. This is why we should reach a new perspective in terms of relations, cooperation, regional and international partnerships-an atmosphere in which the global community can stride on a new path, far away from tension, interference and the domination of the world by the ones wielding power and wealth.THE DIALOGUE MUST BE AIMED AT NEGATING EXTREMISM AND VIOLENCE APART FROM TACKLING DISCRIMINATION IN THE WORLD.Unfortunately, colonialism and historical backwardness have prevented the ancient Asian civilisations from getting to know one another as much as they need to. The image we have of one another is less direct, and through mediators. The image, made by others, through which we look at each other, is not perfect and transparent, if not distorted. The input and the channels through which global communications take place will by no means mirror the full image of any of us. We should seek to discover new strategies and methods that are direct, and work without mediators. Under such circumstances, dialogue between thinkers and intellectuals engaged in any area ranging from culture and knowledge to politics, economics and sociology, can help build new structures and trends that will give rise to development of Asian communication and integration of our civilisations, which will eventually facilitate our contribution to building a better world for ourselves and for the rest of the people in the world.I have spoken quite frequently about the dialogue of civilisations and cultures not only as a notion but as a strategy and a work-plan. If the world is supposed to maximise the helpfulness of its wonderful and creative power in an age referred to as the age of communication, while minimising all its destructive power, there is no method other than dialogue that can make this practical in all cultural and civilisational levels.Let me emphasise a certain feature of the dialogue of civilisations, which has a long and precious track record in India and Iran-an aspect that can be used as a work-plan for following up on the dialogue of civilisations in the world today. In this type of dialogue, the West is not posed against the East, or for that matter Asia against others. Instead, this dialogue is a strategy that can boost the capacity of Asia and the West versus violence, despotism, inequality and poverty. I think of a dialogue in the horizon of global civilisation, which will help keep Asia, the West and the whole world away from the horrendous conditions under which a ‘monologue’ system would be predominant.advertisementThe world today is broader than Asia, Europe, the East, the West, the North and the South. Like in the past, we should have a loving heart and a spiritual thought in order to achieve a synthesis for freedom of humans in the East and the West. Once, when colonialism was in its ascendancy, Rudyard Kipling, a British poet of Indian origin, wrote that the East is East and the West is West, and that the two would never catch up. The piece reflects the arrogance and self-importance of a civilisation, which, despite its great and astounding achievements, sought to dominate the world. Colonialism was engendered by this fantasy and illusion, and held political and economic motivations proportionate to this morale.Today is a different day, however. Today, that western self-importance, which was the source of ignoring and humiliating others, is a plan hardly respected by the world’s intelligentsia. Nevertheless, its remnants are still witnessed in the precarious vision and methods advised by some powerful western politicians-an issue that has not only put the East in trouble, but also endangered the long-term interests of the West.History, after Kipling, has kept in mind Gandhi, who would define the conquered East and the arrogant West in a different paradigm. Gandhi’s grandeur lies in the fact that he even deprived himself of the gaiety of victory over his adversaries so the old wound could heal. He would reckon his victory, which was nothing but the victory of truth and non-violence, with a spectacular gentleness so that his energy, which had driven him out of his homeland, would not feel humiliated.THE EAST NEEDS WEST’S REALISM AND CREATIVE REASON. THE DIALOGUE SHOULD BE A STRATEGY AND A WORKING PLAN.In his view, the East and the West were not the East and the West as defined by colonialists. Perhaps he had a belief in this piece by the German poet Goethe, who said, “East and West both belong to God”. I am certain that Goethe had perceived this from God’s long discourse in the holy Quran that “Allah ul-Mashriq, al Maghrib” (God is there both in the East and the West). Now that horror and terror fills the East and the West of the turbulent world, it is high time we thought of a new approach to save humanity. Dialogue in a framework of the paradigm I just mentioned can make a great contribution to this.We should use the experience human beings have amassed, to realise that the materialistic brain of the West is, more than ever, in need of Eastern wisdom, which is oriented towards elevation and perfection. Equally, the Eastern soul needs the West’s realism and creative reason. The devastating slits in the human body-both in the West and East- should be healed. We should contemplate the experience of human beings so that a part of their fate is composed in the West and the other part in the East.advertisementLet us assert that the optimal human being is a combination of the Eastern soul and Western realism and this would only be accomplished if the West and the East pursue dialogue with a purpose and understand each other. This is a great notion that must be followed even in a small scale wherever possible.We need a developed, progressive and humanistic world for all the people, not for just a certain proportion of the world’s population. Meanwhile, we should do our best to prevent our perfection-oriented and truth-seeking soul from being plagued by the tight and routine curls of materialism. It is only then that we can be released from the troubles caused by poverty, ignorance, despotism and incapacity against nature. Under such circumstances, the expansive soul of man, who is the cream of the crop of all creatures, will not be taken captive by the materialistic demands of his body.It is high time that the West and the East looked into each other as complimentary entities, rather than ones that oppose each other and tend to make the world a scene for a disastrous confrontation. They should learn from each other and see humans in the broad spectrum of perfection within their souls, and make globalisation translate into the humanisation of the world.It is from this perspective that I lay emphasis on a dialogue of civilisations and cultures in the context of a conversation that is aimed at isolating and negating extremism and violence, and tackling insecurity and discrimination in all corners of the world. This will then help thinkers and intellectuals to join civil, national, regional and international organisations to pool ideas and think of ways to change the status quo of the world. They should help make a transition from a paradigm, the consequences of which, in the contemporary age, have been world wars, regional wars, cold war, occupation, repression and terrorism- into a paradigm of peace, security and democracy, both at the national and international levels. You and we have looked at the world compassionately. Then what could be better than us building the human world on the basis of compassion and tolerance enamelled with justice? Your thinkers and artistes, and ours, who have envisioned and led these mysterious perspectives, can open the horizons in the media or organisations in which they are involved. DiscussionQ. Today Iran is facing international isolation over its nuclear ambition and is on the path of confrontation with the world again. If you were the president today, how would you guide your country? Khatami: Iran has huge oil and gas reserves, but these are going to be exhausted very soon. The other issue is that fossil fuels are harmful to the environment, and there is a need for finding a good replacement for these fuels. So nuclear energy is important, as it is the most accessible kind of energy. Iran has the legitimate right to think about future sources of energy and have nuclear energy for peaceful purposes. We are very much concerned about the proliferation of nuclear arms. It is a major concern for every one. I had proposed in the UN that the Middle East should be a nuclear-free zone. And we have stated that we do not see any place for nuclear weapons in Iran. Iran is a member to NPT and it’s our right to have nuclear energy for peaceful purposes. We would be able to resolve the dispute through negotiations so that Iran’s legitimate right is accepted. We would also give objective guarantees that Iran would never go towards nuclear weapon technology.Q. Would you guarantee that Iran would neither develop nuclear weapons nor help others to do so? Khatami: I would give you the guarantee that Iran would never help any country to be a threat to any other country and I would guarantee that Iran would never seek access to nuclear weapons.Q. What is the state of women’s empowerment in your country, especially in terms of politics and business? Khatami: We have made great progress in human rights and in many areas, men share their rights with women. In my time as president, the number of girls admitted to the universities was 60 per cent, as compared to boys, who constituted only 40 per cent. Women do occupy positions in government and in business. But there are some limitations and restrictions based on the Iranian Constitution, which do not allow women to stand for presidency. In future we will remove these obstacles. I believe that from the Islamic and human point of view there is no obstacle to having a woman as a president.Q. Iran is an Islamic republic based on an absolute faith which does not brook dissent. Pluralism requires that we respect and accept people’s right to dissent. How do you reconcile these in terms of living in a pluralistic and globalised world? Khatami: Islam respects all religions. Establishing an Islamic republic does not deny people belonging to other faiths the rights they deserve. In our Constitution, we have recognised the rights of other religions with freedom of thought, activity, speech and access to some posts. Pluralism depends on the culture of the society. In some countries there may be an improper understanding of religion that says we have the right to exist and other don’t. In the Islamic republic of Iran it is not like that at all.last_img read more

3 days agoMan Utd hero Fletcher: Pereira’s best position…

first_imgMan Utd hero Fletcher: Pereira’s best position…by Paul Vegas3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester United captain Darren Fletcher says Andreas Pereira is a natural No10.Pereira impressed in the draw with Liverpool before he was taken off for Brandon Williams in the closing stages.”He’s an out-an-out number ten,” Fletcher said.“It has been difficult for him to fit in the formation sometimes.”The back five with the two holding midfielders allowed them to do that.“He was leaving something on players and he will be annoying and he was a threat.”I think he has been a little frustrated playing in wide areas.“His natural game is to come inside and he was a big reason behind what United did well.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

UAB Shows Us How To Revive A College Football Program

Just six months after UAB President Ray Watts made what he termed an agonizing decision to shut down the school’s football program because of its pending financial insolvency, he announced Monday that Blazer football is back. Sometime in the next couple of years — once UAB has re-recruited its players, reassembled its coaching staff and regained admission to the Football Bowl Subdivision — Birmingham will once again have a (relatively) big-time college football program.A whole lot changed in the interim, including the data being used to back up the decisions. In his announcement of the reversal, Watts cited an influx of outside financial pledges to the football team as the key reason a program is once again viable. Some observers, including Paul Finebaum, a popular sports-talk-radio host in the South, point to the fervent outpouring of support for the team after its demise. (Online, the #freeuab movement has been particularly impressive and has often been coupled with the #fireraywatts hashtag.) Local politicians have also been pressuring Watts into reinstatement, perhaps because much of the pressure behind the decision to shut down the program seems to have come from Tuscaloosa, where the University of Alabama football program has often been hostile toward UAB’s. But the biggest change seems to be which model of Blazer football’s financial future Watts and UAB are choosing to trust.Over the past year, entities within UAB have commissioned three separate forecasts from three consulting groups to analyze the financial prospects of its athletic department with and without football. Universities often lean on projections from outside consultants when making major decisions, but these projections are controlled by the formulas the consultants use — formulas that aren’t always statistically rigorous. In this case, despite having access to much of the same data, the reports contain completely different projections about the program’s impact on the university. One says it will cost the university millions of dollars a year. Another says the program will roughly break even. And another — the one UAB tried to cancel midway through — says football will be a huge financial boon. Small differences the consultants made in the assumptions behind the models created huge effects in the data sets. As a result, their recommendations were completely different.When Watts announced the death of the program in December, he cited a report from CarrSports Consulting projecting that if the athletic department kept football, it would lose more than $5 million a year and would need to spend an additional $20 million to improve facilities. CarrSports got those numbers by pairing generous calculations for the cost of fielding what it termed a competitive Conference USA team with modest increases in ticket sales, donations and student fees. “When considering a model that best protects the financial future and prominence of the athletic department, football is simply not sustainable,” Watts wrote at the time.Pushback in the wake of the decision, combined with complaints over the discovery that some may have been planning for the cancellation before the review even started, led UAB’s Athletic Assessment Task Force to commission another study. This time the consultants were College Sports Solutions (CSS). CSS said that although an athletic department with a football team would lose roughly $3 million a year compared with a department without football, mainly because of financial aid for players, almost all of that would be made up by increased enrollment, donations and other revenue resulting from the national prominence a football team brings. The study concluded that either resurrecting the program or leaving it for dead were “viable options”; Watts leaned on this report when announcing football’s return.There was another study, too, that fell between CSS’s and CarrSports’s. The task force had originally engaged a firm called OSKR to lead the review before the administration vetoed its hiring in March. Allen Bolton, UAB vice president of financial affairs and administration, said he was worried that the OSKR team had already made up its mind that UAB should keep the sport, explaining that “due to their very own comments this firm does not meet the critical threshold for many of providing a fresh, new, unbiased analysis.” OSKR finished its review anyway and found that keeping football would add an additional $2 million a year to the university’s coffers once benefits from donations and exposure were accounted for. OSKR’s projections are the most optimistic, and they seem to be the most rigorous. They model not only expected changes in the athletic budget over time, but also the impact of the team on the university’s media coverage, out-of-state enrollment and conference affiliation.Two major factors caused the $7 million swing in annual projections that led to the disparate recommendations: First are projections on how fast football-related revenue will grow. CarrSports projects that with football, the athletic department’s revenue will grow a measly $300,000 or so a year, while OSKR and CSS both project more than $1 million each year in added revenues. The larger forecast makes sense considering that Conference USA’s TV deal with Fox Sports alone is worth more than $1 million a year to each team.Second are assumptions about expenses. Both the CarrSports and CSS reports treat athletic scholarships as, basically, gifts that cost the university about $4 million to give each year. In his Tumblr, OSKR consultant Andy Schwarz argues that this is willful manipulation because the actual expense to the school to feed, educate and house its players is much, much lower than the projected $52,000 each scholarship “costs.” In addition, he notes that the program attracts full-tuition-paying walk-ons who are transferring out now that the program has been shuttered. By OSKR’s math, scholarships cost the university only about a million dollars a year.Once you add in the reports’ different assumptions about football’s impact on student enrollment and alumni donations and the need to upgrade facilities to be competitive, you’re left with the final mess, in which UAB’s president can totally reverse course — and still have a model that backs him up. read more

So far so good for Shayla Cooper and Ohio State womens basketball

Sophomore forward Shayla Cooper (32) attempts a shot during a game against Iowa on Feb. 21 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 100-82.Credit: Ryan Cooper / Lantern photographerDecember brought a joyful celebration season for the Ohio State women’s basketball team, even before Christmas rolled around.Dec. 22 marked the first time 6-foot-2 sophomore transfer Shayla Cooper took the court dressed in the scarlet and gray.The 96-54 drubbing of West Virginia was a turning point in the season for OSU as Cooper became the root of much improvement to follow.“We have gotten more tough rebounds and our post defense has been better since her addition,” coach Kevin McGuff said of Cooper. “She is a good player and has really helped us, that’s for sure.”Cooper, who transferred from Georgetown, joined the Buckeyes last spring. NCAA regulations forced her to sit out the first 11 games this season before joining her new team on the court.“When the season started this year, I was just more anxious to play,” Cooper said. “We had a countdown, every game, it was one less until I could play.”Coming from a private Catholic school like Georgetown to a large public school like OSU has been a surprisingly easy transition for Cooper, she said, in large part because of her teammates, coaches and the great people she has met in Columbus.“It’s more about the people,” Cooper said. “The people here are way nicer than back in D.C. and the environment is just different.”Cooper attributed much of her success in making the transition to junior guard Ameryst Alston and the overall closeness of the Buckeye team.“Ameryst and I have gotten really close,” Cooper said. “She was one of my hosts when I came to visit and I could tell from just interacting with her those first couple days that she would be someone I would get close to.“We tend to laugh around all the time,” Cooper said of the team. “We get on each other and joke around a lot, but that is what makes it fun. It’s a fun, happy environment to be around.”The transition on the court has been just as easy for Cooper as it has off the court. It has been her intimidation factor and aggressive play that has lifted the Buckeye defense since she became eligible, freshman guard Kelsey Mitchell said.“When she is aggressive, it makes it easier for everybody else,” Mitchell said. “She is a dirty type of player, a trash talker. You are never going to find a person like that, let alone a player like that. I’m grateful and I’m glad to have her on the team.”McGuff said it is Cooper’s aggressive nature that has allowed the team to get better defensively because she can match up with the bigger players OSU has faced.“She gives us different options on how we want to play defensively,” McGuff said. “We put her on the bigger player because she is a little bigger and stronger and does a good job pushing opponents out of the paint.”Although she’s not the biggest at her position, Alston said she believes it’s the intimidation factor that allows Cooper to have so much success down low.“She is really strong, I think she intimidates a lot of players,” Alston said. “She is definitely someone we need.”Cooper has solidified her spot as the sixth man for the Buckeyes and unlike most players who would rather be in the starting lineup, she said she has relished the opportunity.“It’s fun,” Cooper said of her position in the OSU lineup. “My sophomore year of high school, I came off the bench, and then the next year I started. I am fine coming in as a sixth man and cleaning up everything and always knowing what I need to do.”Since her addition, OSU has gone 14-5 and secured the third seed in the upcoming Big Ten Tournament.Cooper said she believes she made the best choice of her career in coming to OSU and thinks this is just the beginning of her efforts to change the Buckeye program around.“I thought this could be my second chance in having the opportunity to change a program around,” she said. “So far, so good. I am loving every minute of it.” read more

Football Ohio State drops six spots to No 8 in latest AP

Wide receiver K.J. Hill (14) and coach Urban Meyer sing Carmen in front of the student section following their 31-16 loss to Oklahoma. Credit Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorFollowing Ohio State’s 31-16 loss to Oklahoma at home Saturday, the Buckeyes have dropped six spots from No. 2 to No. 8 in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll. The victor in that game replaced Ohio State as the No. 2 team.The top five consists of No. 1 Alabama, No. 2 Oklahoma, No. 3 Clemson, No. 4 USC and No. 5 Penn State. Michigan is the only other Big Ten team besides Penn State to be ranked ahead of Ohio State at No. 7.In total, the Big Ten has four teams in the top 25. After Penn State, Michigan and Ohio State, Wisconsin placed at No. 10, moving down one spot from last week. Three teams in the conference received votes as Maryland received 42, Iowa had two and Michigan State had one.Ohio State will look to rebound next Saturday when it hosts Army at 4:30 p.m.AP Poll Alabama (58)Oklahoma (2)Clemson (1)USCPenn StateWashingtonMichiganOhio StateOklahoma StateWisconsinFlorida StateLSUGeorgiaLouisvilleAuburnVirginia TechMiami (FL)Kansas StateStanfordTCUWashington StateSouth FloridaTennesseeFloridaUCLA read more

Ronaldo is advising Neymar in Russia

first_imgNeymar is under heavy pressure to impress his nation by bringing the 2018 World Cup trophy home and, in order to help him cope with this burden, he has been receiving advice from Ronaldo Nazario.Ronaldo who understands what it’s like to be in Neymar’s position, because he went through similar experiences in 1998 and in 2002, experiencing tremendous heartbreak in France and then incredible joy in South Korea and Japan. Neymar and Ronaldo have been friends for several years and are regularly talking to each other during this World Cup.Ronaldo’s visits to the Brazil camp have become regular, with the legendary striker greeting the whole squad and then spending some private time with Neymar.As well as this, Ronaldo has been publically backing the PSG star during his appearances as a pundit for O’Globo.“We cannot forget that Neymar is just back from a very significant foot injury and that he is regaining his confidence right now,” he said at the end of the Costa Rica win via Marca.Neymar responds to PSG criticism with a stunning winner Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Despite all the backlash he got today at Parc des Princes, Neymar responded by scoring a stunning winner vs Strasbourg.We all knew that Neymar’s…“I am sure that his goal will help to boost his morale and that things will go better for him now.“He is trying everything, as he dribbles, runs, fights and looks for solutions.“His goal will give him a lot of strength to be the leader of the Selecao.”Also, Neymar’s father is also offering support to the player and has regularly been visiting the hotel.last_img read more