Ernst van Dyk: King of Boston

first_img19 April 2005South African wheelchair athlete Ernst van Dyk has won the famous Boston Marathon for a record fifth consecutive time, coming home almost six minutes clear of his nearest challenger.It was the realisation of a dream for Van Dyk who, after winning the race for the fourth time in a row in 2004, said he wanted the record of consecutive victories all to himself. Until this year, he had shared the record with Switzerland’s Franz Nietlispach, who who took victory from 1997 to 2000. Nietlispach also has five Boston wins under his belt – but not five in a row.Van Dyk’s winning time of one hour, 24 minutes and 11 seconds was some way off the world record 1:18:27 he posted in 2004.Another South African, Krige Schabort, claimed second in 1:30:03, just over half a minute ahead of Nietlispach.Just a week prior to the Boston Marathon, Van Dyk won the Paris Marathon, in a contest he described as a warm-up for his primary goal, the Boston Marathon, which he has described as “the granddaddy of all marathon races”.Trains like a TrojanVan Dyk trains seven days a week, four hours a day, covering as many as 400 kilometres in that time. But it can be rewarding financially; his world record effort in 2004 won him US$27 000.It seems like he has been around forever – he competed in the Barcelona Olympics in 1992 – but Van Dyk is 32 years of age, which is ideal for distance athletes.Van Dyk used to be a top swimmer before concentrating his energies on wheelchair racing. At Barcelona he competed in both swimming and wheelchair racing. He picked up a fifth place in the pool, and made the semi-finals in his wheelchair events, but it was the track that captured his heart.He reckons the effect of the cheering crowd as he circled the track led to his decision to quit the pool and take on wheelchair racing alone.Paralympic successAt the 2004 Athens Paralympics, Van Dyk picked up two silver medals and a bronze. He settled for a controversial second to Mexico’s Saul Mendoza in the 1 500 metres – by just 0.41 seconds – after the Mexican cut in front of him with 200 metres to go, forcing Van Dyk’s left wheel off the ground.He finished second in the 800 metres, too, and took third in the 5 000 metres. The demands of his strenuous programme took its toll in the marathon, where he finished eighteenth, 16 minutes behind the winner, Kurt Fearnley.In Boston, however, Van Dyk has reconfirmed his status as possibly the best wheelchair marathon athlete in the world.He will be in action on the track next, competing in the 1 500 metres pursuit at the Paralympic World Cup in Manchester, England from 12 to 15 May. Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Mining Indaba 2016

first_img(Image: Getty Images)The annual Investing in African Mining Conference – commonly known as Mining Indaba – is being held between 8-11 February in Cape Town this year. The event is a key feature on Team South Africa’s calendar. It presents an opportunity for South African investors and stakeholders in the mining sector to connect with international roleplayers and facilitate opportunities for growth and development.It also presents an opportunity for South Africa to position itself as a competitive destination, in a range of areas, that is open for business.Below are Brand South Africa’s eight key messages that it will take to the event in Cape Town. Follow the Mining Indaba on Twitter using #SAMining2016.South Africa is open for businessSouth Africa is a dynamic and stable economy with solid economic fundamentals.Our prudent fiscal management and monetary policies have created macroeconomic stability.The country’s sound financial system, highly regulated banking sector and world class infrastructure supports investment.South Africa is a competitive business and investment destination.The country recently climbed seven places to take a spot in the top 50 out of 140 countries in the Wworld Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Index.  South Africa stands at number 49.South Africa is also ranked number 4 of 54 African countries in the Ibrahim Index on African Governance.South Africa has recently experienced challenges in terms of economic growth underpinned by global economic challenges.South Africa is in the process of implementing a 9 point plan towards economic recovery and growthSouth Africa is welcoming to investors and visitorsThe Department of Home Affairs has identified priority areas for consideration and/or implementation in the short, medium and the long term. These include but are not limited to:A long-term Multiple Entry Visa for a period exceeding three months and up to three years for frequent travellers (for business meetings), business people and academics.Extending the validity of the parental consent affidavit to 6 months.A visa-waiver for India, China, Russia and other countries.Looking at issuing visas on arrival for persons travelling to South Africa having in their passports valid visas for the UK, USA and Canada or any other country that applies stringent checks on visitors to their countries, to ease travel for tourists.Opening two Business Visa Facilitation Centres in Durban and Port Elizabeth, in addition to the centre recently opened in Sandton.The South African economy will be driven by public-private partnershipsThere are a number of interventions aimed at promoting and facilitating private investment in the economy.At a national level, the Department of Trade and Industry has created a new Investment Promotion and Inter-departmental Clearing House division aimed at providing better investor support services.The new Protection of Investment Bill ensures that SA is open to FDI, balances the rights and obligations of investors and Government while also preserving the right of Government to regulate in the public interest. This is in line with the changing global landscape of investment policy making.Incentives and support services for investors in the Special Economic Zones programme are also being developed by the DTI.South Africa is currently implementing policies and programmes to drive economic growth and developmentSouth Africa is currently implementing the National Development Plan and supporting programmes to drive economic growth and development.This includes the 9 point plan and Operation Phakisa.Operation Phakisa was launched in 2014 to ensure rapid economic development in key sectors.Operation Phakisa is a results-driven approach, involving setting clear plans and targets, on-going monitoring of progress and making these results public. The methodology consists of eight sequential steps. It focusses on bringing key stakeholders from the public and private sectors, academia as well as civil society organisations together to collaborate in.Mining Phakisa is currently underway which will contribute to South Africa’s drive to add more value to its mineral resources. This could be achieved through the beneficiation of our mineral resources (focussing on 5 value chains i.e. Platinum group metals, iron & steel, titanium, polypropelene and capital equipment for the mining sector)Current contribution of the mining sector to the economyThe mining industry contributes approximately 7% to South Africa’s GDPThe mining sector supports the fiscus by paying all taxes and other state revenues. Annual company taxation paid by mining companies over the last 10 years has averaged between R15 and R20 billion per annum. Additionally, since 2010 the mining industry pays – on average – an additional royalty to the state of R5 billion per annum. Further, the industry is one of the largest contributors to capital investment in the country, having invested between R60 and R70 billion on capital per annum in the past decade. This is about 20% of total private sector investment in the economyIn the decade 2003-2013, the mining sector has contributed just over R2.4 trillion to the country’s GDP and R2.4 trillion to the country’s export earnings, in real money termsThe mining sector attracts 15-25% of total FDI into South AfricaThe sector creates between 8-15% of jobs in the country.South Africa’s industrialisation programme will ensure modernisation of the mining sectorThe mining sector has historically made a significant contribution to the South African economy. Much of the country’s economic infrastructure is based on the mining sector, the industry’s supply chain and the beneficiation of minerals mined. Well considered policies will no doubt enhance value-addition of the entire mining value chain in our economyThe South African mining sector is currently facing challenges due to the falling global prices of commodities.  Modernisation of the mining sector is important to ensuring the profitability of the sector as well as the retention of jobs.The long term intensification of South Africa’s industrialisation process is important to move the country into the knowledge economy.Government is not the sole custodian of the industrialisation of the South African economy.  This will require the participation of a range of stakeholders in the country including organised business and civil society.Industrialisation must be supported by the necessary and complementary policies:A stable and supportive macro-economic and regulatory environmentAppropriate skills development and education systems which are increasingly integrated with the needs of the industrial economySufficient, reliable and competitively priced traditional and modern infrastructureAdequate support for various forms of technological effort within the economySouth African identified priorities for industrialisationDevelopments in the mining sector must be supported by new growth sectors such as oil & gas, metal engineering and capital equipment and agro-processing will be targeted for intensive government support.Recalibration of industrial finance will aim to strengthen the package of Government and DFI support for the productive sectorsGrowing the oceans economy with a focus on marine transport and manufacturing remains a central component of South Africa’s industrial imperativesThe Lodox Scanner as an example of innovation in the mining sectorThe Lodox Scanner is an excellent example of innovation pioneered in the mining industry that has contributed to other sectors and demonstrates the competitiveness of South Africa.The Lodox Scanner was developed by De Beers to detect theft of diamonds by its miners.It has morphed into a machine that has saved lives and radically changed the way doctors in South Africa and across the globe deal with traumatic injury.The Lodox Scanner is a full-body, digital X-ray scanner that is extremely low dose (90% less radiation) and produces diagnostic-quality images equivalent to, or better than, those taken by conventional X-ray machines, in a fraction of the time.Modernisation of the mining industry will drive the development of South Africa’s human capitalModernisation of the industry will facilitate greater development of South Africa’s human capital since higher skills levels will be required to drive the economy.The long term improvement of South Africa’s human capital is a key component of the country’s National Development Plan.Education is absolutely key to South Africa’s future, to enhance opportunities for our citizens and to grow our industry.The Chamber and its members are committed to developing the skills of both current and future employees and, in particular, those of the youth. In the 2014 financial year alone, the Chamber and its members invested R5 billion in skills development and education projects. The focus areas range from tertiary education bursaries for scarce skills, through technical and artisan skill training programmes and ABET initiatives.In the past 10 years the members of the Chamber have supported approximately 10 000 students per annum through bursaries at a number of tertiary institutions. A focus on the youth means that one third of the professionals employed in the mining industry are below the age of 35, as are 37% of clerical and support workers and 38% of artisansMining companies have made significant strides in their contribution to improving the lives of their employees, their families, communities living around mines, and the wider population.Data from Stats SA indicates that mineworkers are amongst the top 25% of wage earners in South Africa and have access to benefits that are lacking in many other labour intensive industries.Greater beneficiation of South Africa’s mineral resources will contribute to the value of the industry to the economySouth Africa and ManufacturingSouth Africa has introduced a Manufacturing Competitiveness Enhancement Programme (MCEP) to enhance the value of the country’s raw materialsSince its introduction, this programme has approved 562 projects with a projected investment value of R15.9bn.The programme helped to sustain 139 911 jobs since its inception in agro-processing, metals, chemicals, plastic, electro technical, printing, pharmaceuticals, film and wood.Total grants under this programme include:R136 million in Agro-processing sector with an investment value of R453 million and 4,101 jobs retainedR106 million in the chemicals sector with an investment value of R 339 million and 1, 395 jobs retainedR164 million in Metals sector with an investment value of R549 million and 2,646 jobs retainedR1.5 million the Wood sector with an investment value of R 3.3 millionThe Manufacturing Investment Programme (MIP) approved 1856 projects, with projected investment of R35.4 billion and 43, 570 jobs, and a total incentive value of R4.9 billion.498 (27%) projects in Agro-processing,462 (25%) and 418 (22.5%) in Metals and Chemicals subsectors, respectively.The IDC has increased funding to boost youth entrepreneurship to up to R2.7 billion.The IDC has also invested R45bn in the past four years into projects in the form of equity or loans, also in the services sector, infrastructure development, and the green economy.The economy is supported by investment in infrastructure, with a particular focus on energy supplyAs part of government’s nine point plan, South Africa remains committed to resolving energy challenges to enable, amongst others, industrialisation.Public sector infrastructure investment is projected to exceed R800m over the medium termEnergy securityEfforts to increase and stabilise energy supply have produced positive results. The first unit of Medupi has come online in 2015, adding 800 MW to the grid.The permanent appointment of the CEO and the CFO for Eskom have brought stability in the governance of the institution. Government recapitalised Eskom with R23 billion from the sale of none core assets. This brings financial stability and allows Eskom to keep the lights on.Other notable achievements include the commercial operation of the SERE wind farm in the Western Cape, which saw 100 megawatts added to the grid.South Africa has also embarked on diversifying its electricity supply with the success of its renewables independent power producers programme. The 2014 United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) put SA among the top 10 countries for renewable energy investments.Private sector investment in clean energy will see 4000 megawatts added to the national grid. The government has commenced with the procurement of 2400 megawatts coal fired energy from private sector.South Africa and the renewable energy programmeSouth Africa is succeeding in diversifying its energy mix through its renewables Independent Power Producers programme.Private sector investment in clean energy has seen more than 6000MW of renewable energy projects awarded under the government’s REIPPP.  Thus far, 1800MW of renewable energy power has already been connected to the national grid.  Further determinations for the rollout of renewable energy will see an additional 6300MW being procured as well as new determinations for gas to power, co-generation and coal based load.  The 2014 United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) put SA among the top 10 countries for renewable energy investments.A practical example of showcasing how innovation can contribute to energy security: the offices of the Chamber of Mines are powered by a fuel cell using just 40 ounces of platinum and low-pressure natural gas.  The fuel cell, installed in December 2014, was the culmination of a four-year initiative to demonstrate the applicability of fuel cell technology in South Africa, in a partnership between the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), Egoli Gas and Mitochondria Energy Company. The partnership aims to demonstrate the potential for local fabrication and the industrial use of platinum in a significant new market; for the partners to gain local experience with fuel cell plants; to act as an industry leader on fuel cell deployments and influence the development of African fuel cell markets; to create jobs through the implementation and servicing of the technology.TransportSouth Africa is committed to investing in more integrated and efficient public transport. Government is also investing in infrastructure to enhance efficiency in the transport of goods to improve overall competitiveness.Better transport networks will facilitate better value chains which will support the growth and development of the industry.ICTSouth Africa’s improvements in this sector have contributed to the country’s increased competitiveness.  South African telecoms companies spend about R20 billion a year on infrastructure.Government is in the process of rolling out its digital migration programmeAfrica is open for business as an investment destination, particularly in the mining industryAfrica is among the fastest growing regions in the world and strengthened engagement presents major growth opportunities for trade and investment by South African firms, as well as firms that want to use our country as a gateway to the continent.The African market presents many opportunities for exploration of mineral resources.Africa is the third in the world in terms of global share of the exploration budget (Eurasian countries taking are in second position.)The global share of Africa’s exploration remained unchanged at 17% in both 2012 and 2013.Major African exploration destinations included Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Burkina Faso, South Africa, Zambia, and Ghana.A continued focus on West Africa, Burkina Faso in particular, resulted in gold receiving the largest allocation in 2013. The budgets for base metals fell only 14%, raising their share of the overall budgets from 22% to 27%Integration and industrialisation will contribute to Africa realising its fully potential in terms of the exploration and beneficiation of its mineral resources Efforts towards market integration through SADC, and the Tripartite Free Trade Area will address the challenges of small and fragmented markets in the region. The Tripartite Free Trade Area is expected to create a market of US$2.6 trillion, with a combined population of over 600 million.South Africa is working with SADC to support regional value chains to enhance the region’s competitiveness and promote inclusive growth and development in the region. In April 2015, SADC heads of states approved the SADC Industrialisation Strategy and Roadmap.The industrialisation agenda will require a focus on building infrastructure necessary to support trade.South Africa is championing infrastructure development in Africa through the continental north-south rail and road links, as part of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development. South Africa is committed to the reformation of the global economic and political architectureSouth Africa is working to improve global financial stability and increase financial resources available for development in Africa though, amongst others, collaboration with BRICS and the G-20BRICS has set up a New Development Bank (NDB) with an authorised capital of US$100 billion. Each country will have a 20% shareholding in the Bank.The Bank will be head quartered in Shanghai, China; and the Africa Regional Centre (the first regional office of the NDB) will be established in Johannesburg, South Africa.BRICS countries have also established a Contingent Reserve Arrangement (CRA) under which they agree to provide financial support to each other in the event of balance of payments problems. The CRA will complement the financial resources that the participants can obtain from the IMF.last_img read more

11 stunning EarthCaches and how to find them

first_img11. GC1JY47 at Grand Prismatic Hot Spring, WyomingRainbow’s End: Grand Prismatic Spring, Wyoming, GC1JY47 2. GC20010 at Lake Baikal, RussiaLake Baikal, Russia GC20010 4.  GC25643 at the Blue Lagoon, IcelandBláa lónið – Blue lagoon – Blaue Lagunem, Iceland GC25643 3. GC14W63 in Namib Desert, NamibiaNamib Desert, Namibia GC14W63 Share with your Friends:More 10. GC23HNZ near Darvaza, TurkmenistanThe Door to Hell, Turkmenistan, GC23HNZ 6. GC2PFGZ at Iguazu Falls, ArgentinaFallas do Iguaçu / IGUAZU Fault, Argentina GC2PFGZ Which EarthCaches are on your bucket list? 7. GC4CNMG in Western AustraliaKooling off in Karijini, Australia GC4CNMG Namib Desert, Namibia GC14W63EarthCaching is the magical combination of geocaching and geological discovery. EarthCaches are meant to teach geocachers about particular (and typically jaw-dropping) geological features. EarthCaches do not contain physical containers like most geocaches. They do, however, carry a piece of geological history that can date back millions and millions of years… which is certainly a treasure of sorts.How to Find an EarthCacheCustomize your geocache search. Select Filters to see advanced search options. Under Geocache Types, select EarthCache only.Premium Members can search for EarthCaches using the Geocaching® app.Navigate to the posted coordinates of the EarthCache site. Bring a camera since EarthCaches tend to be photogenic!Once at the EarthCache site, take in the scenery, the geological marvels or oddities, and read the cache description. The cache owner will likely ask you to answer some questions about the site. You can email the cache owner or use the Message Center to send answers to the required questions.Now that you know how to find an EarthCache, check out these 11 stunning EarthCache locations to add to your geocaching bucket list.  1. GC111XM in Pamukkale, TurkeyPamukkale, Turkey GC111XM 8. GC13D90 near Monsanto, PortugalCruziana [Penha Garcia], Portugal GC13D909. GCPCPX in Northern IrelandThe Giant’s Causeway Earthcache, Ireland GCPCPX 5. GC11A56 at Jellyfish Lake, Ongeim’l Tketau, in PalauJellyfish Lake – Ongeim’l Tketau, Palau GC11A56 SharePrint RelatedDiscover EarthCaching and 11 Stunning LocationsAugust 5, 2014In “Community”Geocaching Bucket List: Greatest Hits EditionMarch 6, 2016In “Community”Tips on Developing EarthCaches in U.S. National ParksSeptember 14, 2012In “Community”last_img read more

Does Your Social Media Strategy Include Africa and China?

first_imgIT + Project Management: A Love Affair The upshot? You should be spending time looking at emerging markets. “Formerly, a lack of engagement with netizens could be considered a lost opportunity,” writes Crampton. “Now, the penetration and impact of social media is such that failing to understand what consumers are saying about a company online has become a business risk.”According to Socialbakers, Egypt, Nigeria and South Africa are the countries with the fastest Facebook adoption. The fastest growing country for Facebook in Asia is India. And although Facebook is becoming increasingly more popular around the world, there are many homegrown social media sites that are worth paying attention to. Crampton writes:China’s social media platforms and online behaviors vary in important ways from those that may be considered their international equivalents. This variation is not all due to censorship. In China, as elsewhere in Asia, local variations of internet usage are driven by language, culture, levels of economic development, and the underlying digital ecosystem.Crampton explores many of the differences between Chinese social media users and users elsewhere. For example:Chinese users generally spend more time on social media than users in the rest of the world. For example, Chinese users often spend up to an hour per day on video sharing sites. Americans only spend about 15 minutes per day on YouTube.Young people in China report having more online friends than offline friends.Nearly half of the messages sent on Sina Weibo, a popular Chinese microblogging service, are sent by mobile phone. Only about 20% of Twitter updates come from mobile phones.Old school bulletin board systems (BBS) are still popular in China.Each culture has its own unique profile of usage. Researching these cross-cultural differences and local social media platforms should be a part of every business’s social media strategy.Lead image by by Peter Kaminski. 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now klint finley Related Posts Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Facebook use is growing faster in Africa than on any other continent, and the Chinese are some of the most active social media users in the world.The first fact comes from Socialbakers, a Facebook analytics company, which found that Africa gained more than 50% of its Facebook users in the last six months. The company also looks at other growing markets. The second comes from a Memeburn article by Thomas Crampton, which points out that although many Western social media services are blocked, the Chinese equivalents are extremely popular. And, according to Crampton, “A recent study by OgilvyOne in China found that 55 percent of China’s netizens had initiated or participated in online discussions about companies.” Tags:#enterprise#Trends Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

Video: Lou Holtz Pulled The Ripped Newspaper Trick On The Texas Football Team

first_imgLou Holtz on the field before a game.GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 10: ESPN reporter Lou Holtz looks on during the Tostitos BCS National Championship Game between the Oregon Ducks and the Auburn Tigers at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 10, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Texas head coach Charlie Strong served as an defensive assistant for Lou Holtz – both at Notre Dame and later at South Carolina. This week, Holtz stopped by Austin, Texas, to help out Strong and his staff ahead of the 2015 season. Holtz gave an inspiring speech to the team, and focused on what it takes to win a national championship. He also showed that he’s rather gifted when it comes to magic.Around the 3:30 mark in the below video, Holtz pulls the famed ripped newspaper magic trick on the squad. He actually does a really solid job, and the players are clearly impressed.Holtz certainly has his detractors, but it’s pretty cool that he’s willing to help out former staff members. If you’re looking to wow a crowd and learn the trick yourself, here’s a decent walkthrough.last_img read more

Report: Iowa Players’ “Endorsement” Of Donald Trump May Be NCAA Violation

first_imgDonald Trump gives speech during campaign.YouTube/Right Side BroadcastingOn Tuesday night, members of the Iowa football and wrestling teams presented Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump with a Hawkeyes jersey. During the event, after inviting members of the team to the stage, Trump stated that they endorsed him.Obviously, that could just be bluster on Trump’s part, but Iowa athletes’ representation on the campaign trail could be an NCAA violation. The Daily Caller points out the language from NCAA guidelines.According to the NCAA’s Advertising and Promotional Guidelines, student athletes are not allowed to appear in any advertisement that “endorses a political candidate or party, or … advocates a viewpoint on controversial issues of public importance.”This probably won’t result in anything major, and odds are Trump and the players may be unaware of the violations here, but for college athletes, it is almost always best to avoid things like this.[The Daily Caller]last_img read more

Commentary Even without game could be deciding weekend for Ohio State football

Oregon senior wide receiver Josh Huff (1) dives for the end zone during a game against Washington Oct. 12 at Husky Stadium. Oregon won, 45-24.Credit: Courtesy of MCTAs we head into the 11th week of the college football season, the No. 4-ranked Ohio State football team is facing what is perhaps the most important weekend of its season — despite the fact that the Buckeyes aren’t even playing.Next weekend, OSU will aim to get healthy and stay refreshed for the home stretch of the season with just three regular season games remaining.But although making sure players like sophomore right tackle Taylor Decker and junior linebacker Curtis Grant are fully healthy is vital to the Buckeyes’ success for the rest of the year, that isn’t what makes this weekend so important.In week 11, there are two top-10 matchups, and another game that might be arguably more intriguing.Thursday No. 6 Baylor (7-0, 4-0) is set to host No. 10 Oklahoma (7-1, 4-1) at 7:30 p.m. Later that night, No. 3 Oregon (8-0, 5-0) is set to travel to Stanford, Calif., to take on the No. 5 Cardinal (7-1, 5-1).Saturday, No. 1 Alabama (8-0, 5-0) is set to take on No. 13 LSU (7-2, 3-2) at 8 p.m.If the Buckeyes want to have any shot at playing in the BCS National Championship Game, they have to hope one or more of the undefeated teams fall this weekend.At the moment, OSU is waiting to see if two of the top three teams will fall by the end of the year in hopes of making a push for the title.Each of these three marquee matchups will prove a test for the higher ranked teams involved.Baylor, historically, struggles mightily against the Sooners, only having one win to their name in 22 tries. The one win did come the last time that Oklahoma visited Waco, Texas, in 2011, but that was when the Bears had eventual Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III to lead the way.The Crimson Tide, who have already beaten two ranked teams this year, have also struggled in recent years against their opponent this weekend. Since 2003, Alabama is 4-7 against LSU, including going 1-4 in Bryant-Denny Stadium, where this year’s game will be played.Although the Tide have won the previous two matchups with the Tigers, including a 21-0 victory in the 2012 BCS National Championship Game, it remains to be seen if they can rise above their struggles against LSU.Then there’s Oregon.In 2012, the then-No. 2 Ducks were 10-0 in early November and looked to be on their way to a shot at the national championship. However, Stanford had different plans, with the then-No. 13 Cardinal beating the Ducks, 17-14, in overtime and dashing any title hopes Oregon had.It is always said November is the most important month in college football, with many teams facing the meat of their conference schedule. Last season alone, three of the teams that were ranked in the top five in the BCS standings entering week 11 lost, including both Alabama and Oregon.This weekend is vital to the Buckeyes national title aspirations. OSU has been doing its part by winning all of its games so far, but unless something can happen in the next couple of weekends, the Buckeyes will be on the outside looking in for the national championship.So if a few top teams fall this weekend, the Buckeyes could come out big winners ­— even on a weekend in which they don’t play. read more

Mens Lacrosse No 14 Ohio State stunned in 76 overtime loss to

Then-sophomore attackman Jack Jasinski heads for the goal in the fourth quarter during the first round of the NCAA tournament against Loyola Maryland on May 14, 2017. Credit: Sheridan Hendrix | Oller ReporterA somber Ohio State lacrosse team made its way out of Ohio Stadium after suffering a stunning 7-6 defeat to Towson in the final seconds of overtime Saturday.After giving up three straight goals to the Tigers (3-3) in the first period, the No. 14 Buckeyes (5-2) scored five goals in a row and held Towson scoreless for two quarters to take a commanding lead. The Buckeyes had seemingly secured the win against the Tigers until an illegal body check from Ohio State sophomore defenseman Jeff Henrick in the final minutes of the fourth period aided Towson, giving it a chance to score with a man-up. The Tigers converted, tying the game late.“We’ve got to play with a little bit more discipline, you know, too many penalties is something that we’ll have to look at. But at the end of the day I thought we did enough down there to put us in a position to be successful,” Ohio State head coach Nick Myers said. In recent seasons, Ohio State’s matchups against the Tigers have typically been decided by a single goal. Saturday’s game was no different. In overtime, the two teams went shot-for-shot, both unable to crack the 6-6 tie. In the final seconds of the extra period, Towson junior midfielder Jon Mazza dove to escape the Ohio State defense and rattled off a close-range shot past senior goalie Matthew Smidt with seven seconds left on the clock. Despite the loss, the Buckeyes dominated much of the stat sheet. The Ohio State offense kept Towson redshirt freshman goalie Shane Brennan busy, attempting a season-high 40 shots and going 11-of-17 in the faceoff x. The Buckeyes also collected 25 groundballs to Towson’s 20, and forced 12 turnovers. Brennan made a career-high 16 saves, seven of which were made in the game’s final 35 minutes, to keep the Tigers in the game while a tight defense stifled Ohio State’s offense in the extra period. In the wake of their defeat, the Buckeyes said they weren’t going to dwell on the result, and were choosing instead to turn their attention to next week’s matchup against No. 4 Denver.“This week in practice, it’ll be turning the page on a disappointing loss and getting focused on another big game and another great opportunity in a chance to compete with Denver,” Myers said.From the standpoint of an Ohio State player, a loss in the team’s first game of the season in Ohio Stadium meant even more. “Too much history has gone down on that field to lose like that,” junior attack Jack Jasinski said. “We didn’t hold up our end of the bargain today, but we’re going to get back to work next week and try and rectify it and make it right. We’re just looking forward to Denver now.”  The Buckeyes travel west to Denver Saturday to play the Pioneers at 3 p.m. read more

Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez insults and humiliates Californians concerned about mandated vaccines

first_img KUSI Newsroom, pic.twitter.com/VPXAwt6Xlw— Rob Schneider (@RobSchneider) July 18, 2019 Posted: July 22, 2019 Updated: 11:33 AM 1/3This is the PEOPLE’S HOUSE!Thank YOU for ALL your Direct Messages & Photos & emails exposing the shenanigans and corruption in the Cal State Legislature in Sacramento.I will be vetting them & releasing them starting with Members on the Appropriations Committee.#NoOnSB276 pic.twitter.com/rzQ7h5dsSt— Rob Schneider (@RobSchneider) July 19, 2019 2/3By early next week we will have a web site dedicated to collecting and receiving ANONYMOUS tips and SUBMISSIONS EXPOSING GOVERNMENT MALFEASANCE of our state Legislators.Sunshine is the best disinfectant. We want an open and transparent GOV for the PEOPLECAL VOTERS DON’T PLAY pic.twitter.com/2mVbwlmIdS— Rob Schneider (@RobSchneider) July 19, 2019 Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez insults and humiliates Californians concerned about ‘mandated vaccines’ KUSI Newsroom center_img In a California State Assembly hearing on SB 276, Chair of the Assembly Appropriations Committee, Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez insulted and humiliated members of the public who were in attendance to voice their concern on the immunization bill.Actor Rob Schneider then called out Lorena for this behavior on Twitter writing, “How do the good people of San Diego vote for this DESPICABLE & RUDE “Servant of the People?” Please CALL CAL Assemblywoman ⁦@LorenaSGonzalez⁩ & remind her this is not the SOVIET UNION & YOU ARE NOT THE CZAR OF CALI! 619-338-8090 or tel:(916)319-2080″ with the above video.Gonzalez is a supporter of SB 276, the bill would instead require the State Department of Public Health, by January 1, 2021, to develop and make available for use by licensed physicians and surgeons an electronic, standardized, statewide medical exemption request that would be transmitted using the California Immunization Registry (CAIR), and which, commencing January 1, 2021, would be the only documentation of a medical exemption that a governing authority may accept.Schneider continues to tweet out his complaints with the California “Super Majority” and what they are able to.Schneider has dozens of tweets criticizing Assemblywoman Gonzalez and her husband, County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher. You can look through them here: twitter.com/RobSchneider Thank YOU, KUSI for calling a BULLY a BULLY! SomeONE in the MEDIA GETS IT!Please add that she is a paid Pharma Shill and Baffoon! “Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez insults and humiliates Californians concerned about ‘mandated vaccines’ “ https://t.co/qRn58Ae3sE— Rob Schneider (@RobSchneider) July 23, 2019 3/3The State of California Cannot Practice Medicine! The absurd idea that some bureaucrat in Sacramento is going to make what could be a LIFE OR DEATH decision over the health of a child THEY’VE NEVER MET WITH ZERO LIABILITY is nothing short of MEDICAL TOTALITARIANISM#NoOnSB276 pic.twitter.com/hWLqYj02n9— Rob Schneider (@RobSchneider) July 19, 2019The full  26-minute video of the Assembly Appropriations Hearing on SB 276 is below. Hey⁦@LorenaSGonzalez⁩ ur not ur usual combative deflecting self. Can’t you just accuse @KUSInews of being Anti-Vaxxer,orAnti-Woman,Anti-LatinA? Or maybe they are just a news org that is calling you out on ur Despicable UnAmerican Authoritarianism. https://t.co/qRn58Ae3sE— Rob Schneider (@RobSchneider) July 23, 2019 July 22, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics Tags: Lorena Gonzalez FacebookTwitterlast_img read more