A Donegal grandmother is the latest Donegal person to make an appearance on the National Lottery Winning Streak TV game show on RTÉ One this Saturday.Mary Doran from Newtowncunningham in Donegal was watching Winning Streak last weekend with interest because of the recent luck of Donegal people making it on the show over the past couple of months.Last week alone there were two players from Donegal and another with an address in Donegal on the show. Mary also knew she had a scratch card sent into the National Lottery herself. When she heard her name come out, it was just her alone in the house with her grandson who she was minding. By the time the show was coming to a close the house was full of her family all keenly waiting for the full address to be shown at the end of the show to confirm that it was her that was going on the show.Mary’s eight adult children will be in the audience to cheer her on. They are Vanessa, Marian, Elizabeth, Gillian, Amanda, Anne Marie, Sandra and Steve. As well as their dad Stephen and seven of their 19 grandchildren, the entire family will be celebrating Mary’s Winning Streak appearance this weekend.Mary has been married to Stephen for the past 47 years, with their anniversary falling last week and Mary admitting that both of them forgot the day when it came around and only realised it when the kids wished them a happy anniversary!The Winning Streak National Lottery game show, co-presented by Marty Whelan and Sinead Kennedy, will be broadcast this Saturday evening at the earlier-than-usual time of 19:35 on RTÉ One. The show features games such as Play or Pay, Roll for Riches, WinFall and Electric Dream – where one player will win an electric car worth €25,000. As ever one of the lucky five players will get the chance to spin the wheel and win up to €500,000. Throughout this series a €100,000 segment will be added to the iconic Grand Prize Wheel every show if less than that was won in the previous show, improving players chances to win a massive prize.Winning Streak scratch cards are available in the 5,900 National Lottery retailers all over the country, where as well as the chance to appear on the Winning Streak TV game show if you get three stars, players will also be in with a chance to win some great cash prizes up to €5,000.The popular gameshow first appeared on our screens in September 1990 and since then a more than 6,000 people have taken part, winning in excess of €170 million in prizes. Winning Streak is the second longest running game show in Europe.Nearly 30 cent in every €1 spent on Winning Streak and all National Lottery games go back to Good Causes in the areas of sport, youth, health, welfare, education, arts and heritage. In total more than €5.4 billion has been raised for Good Causes since the National Lottery was established 31 years ago. In 2018 alone, the National Lottery raised over €227 million for such good causes.Newtowncunningham grandmother hoping for a spin of the wheel was last modified: April 26th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
The Intsomi Project brings literacy education into the home by making books and other useful resources available to workers at Rhodes University and their children.The Intsomi Project brings families and communities together through reading. (Image: Brand South Africa)Hunter Nestadt“Since joining the Intsomi Project in 2015, I have discovered the joy of reading with my child. My daughter and I have so much fun reading together. When you find a story you enjoy together, it’s like magic. My little girl now insists on a bedtime story every night,” said Lush Mhleli, one of the first participants in the Intsomi Project.Forming an integral part of the Vice Chancellors Education Initiative, the Intsomi Project founded at Rhodes University has already had a profound impact on the lives of many families.It was originally aimed towards the workers of Rhodes and their children but due to its success, it has spread to the greater community. By showing how important Home Literacy Programmes (HLPs) can be in a child’s education, the Intsomi Project brings education into the home, in a fun and interactive way.Intsomi parents express great pleasure at the positive outcomes of the Intsomi Project. (Image: Intsomi Parents Grahamstown, Facebook)The isiXhosa word, intsomi directly translates to “traditional story”, which is an appropriate name as the project focusses on the importance of reading in a child’s education.By allocating children books according to their age groups, the programme is made personal to each participant, which makes a positive result more likely.Split into three different packs that are collected from the Rhodes University Community Engagement (RUCE) offices on a weekly basis, the books vary considerably as the student progresses through the programme. Books are written in English and isiXhosa.A pink shweshwe bag is given to children between the ages of zero and five. This contains six books. Between the ages of six and nine, children are given a blue bag containing six slightly more complex books. The final stage is aimed at children between the ages of 10 and 13, where the content’s complexity increases.Radio packages contribute to the Intsomi Project spreading further than just the workers at Rhodes University and into the greater community. (Image: Intsomi Parents Grahamstown, Facebook)Due the enthusiasm of the participants and a small group of Rhodes students, Intsomi has spread further than what was previously expected. Radio and television coverage have made the material widely accessible to the greater Grahamstown community.Another participant, Siphokazi Yako, said: “The children in my home love the books I bring home to read. It’s a great way of spending time together and they all join in now, even the ones that were shy in the beginning. It is also helping them with their language skills at school where they have to learn in English.”It is in projects like Intsomi that we find hope for a future where there is equal access to education for all in South Africa.Source: Grocott’s MailWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Joel Penhorwood, Ohio Ag NetIt’s hard to go to a tractor pull and see those souped-up machines barreling down the track without thinking “what could those actually do on the farm?” The Metzger family of Shelby, Ohio recently had fun trying that out with their pulling tractor ‘Alcoholic Harvester.’ You may have seen it yourself as the video posted by Jim Metzger of the super-class tractor pulling a grain cart through a field currently holds well over two million views since it was posted about three weeks ago.“It’s actually my brother’s tractor and he’s the one driving it,” said Jim Metzger. “We pull the tractor all over the state of Ohio and for the sixth out of seventh year that happens to be the number one tractor again in the state of Ohio in the alcohol super class. We run at Bowling Green, a few NTPA hooks, but mostly OSTPA hooks. We decided one day that it would be nice to hook that thing to the cart so just so maybe if one day the tax man says why do you spend that kind of money on the tractor, maybe we did a little bit of work with it.“I was on my way home from work and my brother called me and said hey, bring the tractor out to the field. We’re going to hook it to the buggy.”Watch below the original video.Though pulling tractors are made for heavy sleds, they aren’t exactly set up for regular hitches.“We took a couple clevises and made our own hitch for it and hooked her up to the buggy.”The hitch isn’t the only thing different than the pulling track, as the brothers found out.“You don’t realize the ground — when you run on a track it’s all packed down. The field is not packed. When he went to take off, I even said something to him that now when you go to slow down you might want to not hit the brakes because it’s going to want to push you. There was about 330 bushel of corn in the buggy. It will push you when you can’t get her stopped so I just told him let it ride it out and that’s what he did.”Even with the cart getting a bit squirrely after the short run, all turned out just fine. After posting to the internet, quite a few others enjoyed the video as well.“A lot of people said it looked somewhat dangerous and a lot of people said it looked fun. One guy said he would love to be able to do it. He would love to be our buggy man anytime we needed somebody to run the buggy. I had a lot of comments from all over the world. People from all different countries.“I never counted them all but I bet I had close to 5,000 friend requests. Everybody wants to be your friend now.”Jim helps his dad and brother on their 1,800-acre farm when he’s not busy with his full-time job working with locomotives. Down the road, he said there are thoughts of bringing out the pulling semi for another fieldwork adventure.More exclusive video from the Metzgers here as they prepare for the pull.
Sam Rashkin is a man with a mission: a mission no less ambitious than to change the way American homebuilders conceive, construct, and promote their products.As the father of the Energy Star Certified Homes Program, and now as chief architect of the building technologies office at the U.S. Department of Energy, his day-job description involves promoting super-energy-efficient construction. As a designer with businessman’s heart, he prefers to call it high performance construction. Building FerrarisIf you resent increasingly stringent energy codes, which now address indoor air quality concerns and incorporate a whole-house, engineered-standards approach to construction, then Sam Rashkin would challenge you to move beyond mediocrity and embrace the trend toward higher building standards. He would convince you by showing you the numbers, gathered over two decades with the Builder’s Challenge and now with the Zero Energy Ready Home program.Sam will guarantee that if you build high-performance homes, you will be more profitable. Branding is bragging“When I buy a Lexus or a Prius, it does not perform or look like a Toyota Corolla,” says Sam. “High-performance homes, like Ferraris, define an architectural brand. To be successful in marketing high-performance homes, you cannot keep making the same-looking house, but better — it has to have an elite look that brands it as something more desirable. Yeah, it costs a little more, so make it distinctive so people know it’s something special.”Sam gets excited as when he makes his pitch: “Work with me,” he says, urging builders to join him in the Zero Energy Ready Home program, “and do a few — just 15 to 20 of these high-performance homes — and you will see such a radical change in your profit margins. You’ll be convinced it’s the strategy for you.” RELATED ARTICLES Fernando Pagés Ruiz is a developer and author who speaks, writes, and consults on how to build high-quality, affordable, and energy-efficient homes. A builder with 30 years of experience, Pagés is the author of two books published by the Taunton Press: Building an Affordable House (2005) and Affordable Remodel (2007). Two books worth readingSam wrote a book about it, Retooling the U.S. Housing Industry, in which he examines the five critical components of our industry: land development, design, construction, performance, and sales. Published in 2010, it’s only slighted dated. Sam is a home building futurist, so most of us have not yet caught up to his old standards. It’s brief and practical. I do recommend it.To help you sell your product, I also recommend Sam’s book for home buyers, How to Avoid the 10 Biggest Mistakes Buying a New Home. Not that you’ll learn something new as a builder, but this book, inspired by questions from friends and family, addresses the most common pitfalls in selecting and negotiating for a new home. It will certainly help you in conveying the benefits of your high-performance home over the competition. “If you think only about first costs, and plan to compete with fire-sale homes, you have an old and now-defeated business model,” he told me. Then he fleshed it out with an example: “I’ve been working with builders for the last two decades or so, and I have built long-term relationships with a whole cadre of builders, in different markets — maybe 60 or more — and in my mind it’s like a secret club. These builders each put up about 20 homes a year, and what they experience is near zero callbacks and no marketing expenses, because they have a very loyal following. And they have higher profit margins because their customers know the value of their product.”Sam was struck by the business angle of building high-performance homes. He realized that “high performance” could be an effective message to promote better building standards: in effect, setting a high bar as a standard, in the same way that successful manufacturers not only provide a commodity service, such as transportation, computing, or phone calls, but also establish an aura of exceptionality that defines the marketplace. Think Audi, Apple, and, well … Apple. Zero Energy Ready HomesThe Zero Energy Ready Home program is a Department of Energy (DOE) initiative to encourage builders to construct now what we will all be building by 2020 — that is, homes that are so energy-efficient that a renewable energy system, such as a roof-mounted solar array, can offset all or most of the annual energy consumption.Sam’s program at DOE goes beyond energy to incorporate just about every high-performance standard, such as indoor air quality, 300-year durability, and natural disaster resistance — rigorous requirements that the DOE says will ensure outstanding levels of water and energy savings, comfort, health, and durability. If you partner with the DOE, they will provide plenty of promotional material.In fact, Sam suggests that builders get involved in any and all the builder programs, from Energy Star to LEED for Homes, as a means of marketing by association with established brands that represent high quality standards, along the lines of “Intel Inside.” Involvement in multiple programs also assures a well-rounded approach to construction that leads to better quality than any single-focus program can supply.But keep in mind that while a Ferrari represents high performance, it also represents social status, high design, and economic success, in the same way that a Rolex wristwatch represents much more than a timekeeping instrument. So it pays to partner with an excellent architect who can provide the chic necessary to showcase high style, not just energy performance. People still want to embody their green moral values and long-term energy-saving goals in elegant wrappings. 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Most Americans think of cities as noisy places — but some parts of U.S. cities are much louder than others. Nationwide, neighborhoods with higher poverty rates and proportions of black, Hispanic, and Asian residents have higher noise levels than other neighborhoods. In addition, in more racially segregated cities, living conditions are louder for everyone, regardless of their race or ethnicity.As environmental health researchers, we are interested in learning how everyday environmental exposures affect different population groups. In a new study we detail our findings on noise pollution, which has direct impacts on public health.Scientists have documented that environmental hazards, such as air pollution and hazardous waste sites, are not evenly distributed across different populations. Often socially disadvantaged groups such as racial minorities, the poor, and those with lower levels of educational attainment experience the highest levels of exposure. These dual stresses can represent a double jeopardy for vulnerable populations. Mapping city soundsIn 2015 we stumbled across a Smithsonian Magazine post about the National Park Service sound map. The sound estimates are meant to represent average noise levels during a summer day or night. They rely on 1.5 million hours of sound measurements across 492 locations, including urban areas and national forests, and modeling based on topography, climate, and human activity. National Park Service colleagues shared their model and collaborated on our study.By linking the noise model to national U.S. population data, we made some interesting discoveries. First, in both rural and urban areas, affluent communities were quieter. Neighborhoods with median annual incomes below $25,000 were nearly 2 decibels louder than neighborhoods with incomes above $100,000 per year. And nationwide, communities with 75% black residents had median nighttime noise levels of 46.3 decibels — 4 decibels louder than communities with no black residents. A 10-decibel increase represents a doubling in loudness of a sound, so these are big differences. FHB: The Quest for a Quiet Room FHB: Quiet, PleaseInterior Walls and Floor FramingQ&A: How do I Soundproof a Bedroom?SonicLQ: Reconnecting Acoustics and Airtightness Curbing noise pollutionThe U.S. government has done relatively little to regulate noise levels since 1981, when Congress abruptly stopped funding the Noise Control Act of 1972. However, Congress did not repeal the law, so states had to assume responsibility for noise control. Few states have tried, and there has been scant progress. For example, in 2013-2014 New York City received one noise complaint about every four minutes.Without funding, noise research has proven difficult. Until recently the United States did not even have up-to-date nationwide noise maps. In contrast, multiple European countries have mapped noise, and the European Commission funds noise communication plans, abatement, and health studies.A highway noise barrier in Croatia.In 2009 the World Health Organization released a report detailing nighttime noise guidelines for Europe. They recommended reducing noise levels when possible and reducing the impact of noise when levels could not be moderated. For example, the guidelines recommended locating bedrooms on the quiet sides of houses, away from street traffic, and keeping nighttime noise levels below 40 decibels to protect human health. The agency encouraged all member states to strive for these levels in the long term, with a short-term goal of 55 decibels at night.Nonetheless, inequalities in exposure to noise still exist in Europe. For example, in Wales and Germany, poorer individuals have reported more neighborhood noise.The most successful U.S. noise reduction efforts have centered on the airline industry. Driven by the introduction of new, more efficient and quieter engines and promoted by the Airport Noise and Capacity Act of 1990, the number of Americans affected by aviation noise declined by 95% between 1975 and 2000.Moving forward, our findings suggest that more research is needed for studies on the relationship between noise and population health in the United States — data that could inform noise regulations. Funding and research should focus on poorer communities and communities of color that appear to bear a disproportionate burden of environmental noise. Our research shows that like air pollution, noise exposure may follow a similar social gradient. This unequal burden may, in part, contribute to observed health disparities across diverse groups in the United States and elsewhere. By Joan Casey, Peter James, and Rachel Morello-Frosch RELATED ARTICLES Joan Casey is a postdoctoral scholar at the University of California, Berkeley. Peter James is an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School. Rachel Morello-Frosch is a professor of environmental science at the University of California, Berkeley. This post originally appeared at The Conversation. Segregated communities are louderWe also found higher noise levels in more racially segregated metropolitan areas, such as Milwaukee, Chicago, Cleveland, Trenton, and Memphis. This relationship affected all members of these communities. For example, noise levels in communities made up entirely of white Americans in the least segregated metropolitan areas were nearly 5 decibels quieter than all-white neighborhoods in the most segregated metropolitan areas.Segregation in U.S. metropolitan areas is a process that spatially binds communities of color and working-class residents through the concentration of poverty, lack of economic opportunity, exclusionary housing development, and discriminatory lending policies. But why would even all-white neighborhoods in highly segregated cities be noisier than those elsewhere? Although we did not find conclusive evidence, we believe this happens because in highly segregated cities, political power is often unequally distributed along racial, ethnic, and economic lines.These power differences may empower some residents to manage undesirable land uses in ways that are beneficial to them — for example, by forcing freeway construction through poorer communities. This scenario can lead to higher levels of environmental hazards overall than would occur if power and the burdens of development were more equally spread across the community.Segregation can also physically separate neighborhoods, workplaces, and basic services, forcing all residents to drive more and commute farther. These conditions can increase air pollution and, potentially, metro-wide noise levels for everyone. Why worry about noise?A growing body of evidence links noise from a variety of sources, including air, rail and road traffic, and industrial activity, to adverse health outcomes. Studies have found that kids attending school in louder areas have more behavioral problems and perform worse on exams. Adults exposed to higher noise levels report higher levels of annoyance and sleep disturbances.Scientists theorize that since evolution programmed the human body to respond to noises as threats, noise exposures activate our natural flight-or-fight response. Noise exposure triggers the release of stress hormones, which can raise our heart rates and blood pressure even during sleep. Long-term consequences of these reactions include high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and lower birth weight.As with other types of pollution, multiple factors help explain why some social groups are more exposed to noise than others. Factors include weak enforcement of regulations in marginalized neighborhoods, lack of capacity to engage in land use decisions, and environmental policies that fail to adequately protect vulnerable communities. This may lead to siting of noise-generating industrial facilities, highways, and airports in poorer communities.
Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Setters usually take a backseat when it comes to being the face of a team, but Rhea Dimaculangan is no ordinary playmaker.Dimaculangan steered Petron to the title-clinching Game 3 win, 25-22 26-24, 25-23, over rival F2 Logistics for Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference title Thursday at Filoil Flying V Center.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ Not again: Rockets’ Chris Paul strains another hamstring Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Generika-Ayala had the most players who won individual awards with Marivic Meneses taking the 1st Best Middle Blocker Award with Patty Orendain being named the 2nd Best Outside Spiker, and Kath Arado as the Best Libero.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “This award is for all members of the team because each and every one of us worked hard and sacrificed for the championship,” said Dimaculangan.And it wasn’t just Dimaculangan who featured in the individual awards table with teammate Aiza Maizo-Pontillas joining her Petron teammate.Maizo-Pontillas, who was also Dimaculangan’s teammate in University of Santo Tomas, was named the Best Opposite Hitter of the league.Cignal hitters Mylene Paat and Rachel Anne Daquis were named Best Scorer and 1st Best Outside Spiker, respectively.Cargo Mover Kim Fajardo was named the Best Setter of the tournament while her teammate Mary Joy Baron was awarded the 2nd Best Middle Blocker.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño She is just second setter to win an MVP in a PSL conference after the legendary Tina Salak, who led the Philippines to a bronze medal in the 2005 Southeast Asian Games, won the award in the 2014 All-Filipino Conference.Dimaculangan said her MVP plum is not just an award for her individual skills, but a testament to their team’s cohesiveness and willingness to help each other.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chief“I’m ecstatic because I know I wouldn’t have done this without the help of my teammates,” said Dimaculangan in Filipino. “We’re a family and we help each other through the ups and downs.”Dimaculangan had 31 excellent sets, on top of her three points, to lead the Blaze Spikers to their fourth title in the PSL—the most in the league. TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion View comments
Instagram/Taylor LewanMichigan State has owned Michigan on the gridiron in recent history, winning seven of the last eight matchups between the two programs. But one prominent former Wolverine is tired of living in the past, and Wednesday he had a little fun at the expense of his new Tennessee Titans teammate – a former Spartan.Former Michigan offensive tackle Taylor Lewan, who was drafted 11th overall back in 2014, apparently wasn’t a fan of what former Michigan State offensive tackle Jack Conklin, who was drafted eighth overall this year, had hanging in his locker room. Lewan, after seeing Conklin’s Spartans jersey, playfully told him to “grow up” on Instagram. He added a “Go Blue” for fun too. Lewan and Conklin are both expected to play prominent roles for the Titans this year.
Advertisement Advertisement Watching all the golden hardware being handed out last Sunday at the Canadian Screen Awards brought another image to mind.It was of financial reports being distributed at a meeting of corporate shareholders — and not just because the Canuck film and TV event still uses the nickname “the CSAs,” which would be a great handle for accountancy prizes but not artistic ones.The money image resonates because we’ve reached the end of the movie fiscal year, so to speak. All the major awards for the films of 2016 have now been handed out, unless I’ve overlooked some impending galas in Tasmania, say, or Kazakhstan. Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement We don’t have to argue about La La Land anymore, but hopefully we still have lots to discuss about Moonlight.We’re done, finally, but only briefly. The next movie fiscal year commences on April 13, when Cannes Film Festival chief Thierry Frémaux and his team unveil the official selection for their 70th edition, which will run May 17-28. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter
OSU freshman wide reciever Johnnie Dixon (1) practices kick-return duties while freshman running back Curtis Samuel (4) and junior linebacker Cam Williams (55) block during fall camp at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center Aug. 6 in Columbus.Credit: Tim Moody / Lantern sports editorIn the world of college football, returning contributors often find themselves with a leg up on younger players, but that isn’t necessarily the case at Ohio State.The Buckeyes will be forced to replace their top running back and top pass catcher from 2013, and a plethora of young talent has gained praise from the coaching staff throughout the offseason. OSU offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tom Herman said the added youth combined with returning players has given the team depth at skill positions it may not have had in years past.Herman said that depth will lead to a more competitive feel around those position groups, and will force every player to earn their right to touch the ball.“You want to go on that field and touch the football, you’re going to have to prove everyday in practice that you deserve it and that you deserve it more than these 10 guys,” he said Sunday at the annual OSU football media day.In 2013, the Buckeye offense relied heavily on then-senior running back Carlos Hyde, who carried the ball 208 times for 1,521 yards and 15 touchdowns. Wide receiver Corey “Philly” Brown has graduated as well, leaving the Buckeyes without his production of 63 receptions for 771 yards and another 10 scores.The 2014 OSU roster features experienced players at both running back and wide receiver, but that doesn’t mean the coaching staff will rule out freshman and sophomores who have seen less time on the field to replace those players.Two true freshmen in running back Curtis Samuel and wide receiver Johnnie Dixon have repeatedly been praised by OSU coach Urban Meyer and other members of his staff. While those two may be leaned on more than other newcomers, it may be a sophomore expected to step into Hyde’s shoes –– at least to an extent.Ezekiel Elliott has been pegged as a potential starter at running back for his second season in Columbus, and Meyer even said he is the current No. 1 despite a continuing competition. Elliott himself said his top priority is to simply make sure he is the first man up come Aug. 30 when OSU is scheduled to open the season against Navy.“The first thing first is just securing the starting spot,” Elliott said. “We’ve got a lot of great backs in our backfield and everyone works hard, everyone brings a little bit something different to the table.”OSU running backs coach Stan Drayton said he recognizes the need to replace Hyde, but added to expect that same exact production is “unfair.”Even though Elliott seemingly sits ahead of Samuel and others on the depth chart, Drayton said his work ethic is rubbing off on the other running backs and helping to fuel the competition for carries.“That alone, and the way he goes out and works, he’s constantly creating a competitive environment in that group,” Drayton said. “As long as you can keep that type of fire going, everybody in that room improves.”Regardless of Elliott or any other running backs, Meyer made it clear that Samuel is 100 percent in the picture going into his freshman season.“I’ve got to be careful because I do this, but I love that kid, and man, oh man, does he go hard,” Meyer said during his Sunday press conference. “He is talented and he will play this year.”Outside of Elliott and Samuel, Meyer said redshirt-senior Rod Smith and redshirt-sophomore Bri’onte Dunn are in the running for more carries this season.As far as the receivers are concerned, there’s a long list of players who expect to have an impact in 2014.Senior Devin Smith had 44 catches for 660 yards and eight touchdowns last season, and senior Evan Spencer and sophomore H-back Dontre Wilson each had 22 receptions. While they contributed, none of that trio had the same impact as Brown in 2013.Wilson, for one, said he is confident in his role replacing Brown going forward.“As of now I start at the slot position, I’ve been starting since spring, so I’m pretty comfortable with that,” Wilson said. “I’m glad I start, I worked hard for the position, I feel like I’m really a big part of the team.”With that slot position locked up, the outside spots would seemingly be left to Spencer and Smith. Spencer said he simply wants to “play and compete at the highest level that I am able to do,” but said he always wants to stay motivated with the competition behind him.“I always try to keep the fire under myself…just to keep me…going and keep performing,” he said. “But I mean, yeah, competition is always there, it’s what drives out great players.”Yet another player hoping to make his mark on the receiving corps is redshirt-junior Corey Smith, who sat out last season after transferring from Grand Rapids Community College in Michigan. Smith said he wants to have a role, but is willing to do whatever is asked of him.“I plan on having a big role, just do my best in whatever role it is to contribute,” Smith said. “But I plan on having a big role.”The Buckeyes will have the remainder of fall camp to sort out these competitions before taking the field for the regular season. OSU is scheduled to return to the practice field Monday for its second two-a-day session of the fall. After that, there are 11 more practice days on the schedule for camp.OSU’s opening game against Navy is scheduled to kickoff at noon Aug. 30 at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.
Ohio State sophomore forward Kaleb Wesson defends a shot against UNC Pembroke on Nov. 1 in Value City Arena. Ohio State defeated UNC Pembroke 81-63 Photo: Amal Saeed | Assistant Photo EditorLuther Muhammad, receiving the first start of his collegiate career in the exhibition game against UNC Pembroke on Thursday, is in the middle of a learning process. He said he’s learning the offense, learning how to be a great teammate and how to come in and work every day. But that wasn’t the first thing he mentioned. “It’s been a learning process,” the freshman guard said. “Learning how to play our defense, the type of defense we play, staying in the gap.” As the Ohio State men’s basketball team prepares for its season, defeating the Braves 81-61 in the final exhibition before the season starts against Cincinnati on Wednesday, defense has been one of the main priorities for second-year head coach Chris Holtmann. For Holtmann, it’s more about what he does not have that he did have last season. “We don’t have the versatility that we had with last year’s group with [Jae’Sean Tate] and Keita [Bates-Diop]. And that’s significant,” Holtmann said. “We are going to have to figure some things out as coaches because we don’t have that versatility. But those guys care on that end.” Ohio State showed its aggressiveness defensively immediately after tip-off. With a starting lineup of Muhammad, senior guard C.J. Jackson, junior forward Andre Wesson, sophomore forward Kyle Young and sophomore forward Kaleb Wesson, what Holtmann considers his top defensive lineup, the Buckeyes forced UNC Pembroke to a shot-clock violation, a strip and a travel on the first three defensive possessions of the game. Ohio State allowed the Braves to shoot 32.8 percent from the field, out-rebounding the team 56 to 35, including 21 offensive rebounds, showing an aggressiveness in the post by Kaleb Wesson and junior center Micah Potter. Muhammad said starting the game with sound defense sets the tone for the rest of the game, setting the expectation for the Buckeyes. “Those first five minutes dictates just about most of the first half,” Muhammad said. “If you come out with the right intensity, right energy, it trends down to everyone on the team. And it just uplifts everyone on the court and off the court.” While Holtmann said his team cared about its performance defensively, highlighting the effort of Jackson specifically postgame, he said his team was especially careless with the ball on Thursday night. The Buckeyes recorded 21 turnovers in Thursday’s 18-point win over the Braves, with sophomore guard Musa Jallow recording five turnovers and Andre Wesson recording four. When asked if this had been a problem in practice, Holtmann did not hold back, saying there are certain players that struggle with turnovers more than others. “We just have to help them make better decisions and, you know, if not… I’m not playing guys extended minutes if they can’t take care of the ball,” Holtmann said. “Not doing it.” Freshman guard Duane Washington Jr. said ball security is something his head coach is very passionate about, especially with the guards on the rosters. He said Holtmann tallies up the turnovers made in practice and forces them to run depending on the total. But, for Washington, this just shows the importance of ball security, especially with Ohio State’s past. “Every possession matters,” Washington said. “They talked about last year how most of their games were between eight-to-10 points, so a turnover and a bucket could be that game decision.” Statistically, the Buckeyes also struggled with scoring from deep, making five of 25 attempts from three-point range. Washington and freshman forward Justin Ahrens combined to make just two three pointers in 10 attempts. Holtmann said he is not as worried about this aspect of Ohio State’s offense, citing “jitters” and not giving players extended and consistent minutes as reasons behind the struggles. However, that does not take away Holtmann’s urgency for improvement. Especially with the schedule that is coming up for the Buckeyes, opening the season on the road against CIncinnati, his team has work to do. “We have some significant, significant areas that need improvement,” Holtmann said. “Significant areas.”