OSU redshirt junior tight end Marcus Baugh finds his way to the end zone against Penn State on Oct. 22. OSU lost, 24-21. Credit: Alexa MavrogianisSTATE COLLEGE, PA. – The cold and dreary weather in State College, Pennsylvania was just enough to keep the Ohio State football team down. After a rough first quarter of little to no offense, the Buckeyes could not find a way to keep Penn State down, falling 24-21 for their first loss of the season.The miserable weather reflected the sad and somber expressions of the Scarlet and Gray team members as they slowly retreated to the locker room following the final whistle. Redshirt junior guard Billy Price held a straight face while talking to the media, but said he was unsure how to feel following the first mark in the loss column for the Buckeyes.“It’s not a good feeling without a doubt,” Price said. “You gotta respect who your opponent is, and you can’t overlook and you have to execute. Tonight is was … (we) didn’t do so much. I’m kind of numb at the moment, but, ya know, we’ll get back to the drawing board in the classroom tomorrow and we’ll get after what we did wrong and we’ll fix it.”As the rain began to fall, Penn State received the first half kickoff. In a defensive affair that only true Big Ten football lovers could appreciate, the teams traded blows, keeping each other within arms reach. Faced with their second rowdy crowd and hostile environment in two weeks, the Buckeyes struggled to contain sophomore running back Saquon Barkley in the first quarter.Barkley ripped off 53 yards on just four carries in the first quarter. Penn State redshirt sophomore quarterback Trace McSorley struggled to find a rhythm in the passing game in the first frame, going 2-for-7 for just 22 net yards, while doing a stellar job of escaping OSU’s pass rush.The second quarter was less about Barkley, and more about the athleticism of McSorley. The redshirt sophomore flashed his playmaking ability. Reeling off a mixture of designed runs and scrambles, while completing his biggest pass of the half, McSorley provided an offensive boost. Lobbing up a 34-yard toss to redshirt junior DaeSean Hamilton, OSU redshirt freshman cornerback Damon Arnette over pursued the route, allowing an easy comeback catch for the receiver.After the chunk play, Penn State junior wide receiver Chris Godwin beat OSU redshirt junior cornerback Gareon Conley in the back right corner of the end zone.Even when pushed hard in the first half, OSU pushed back just as hard. Led by a pounding run game from redshirt freshman running back Mike Weber, and the elusiveness of redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett in the pocket, the Buckeyes were able to find a way to keep the lead in the first half.Weber was given a steady dose of inside-zone runs, rumbling for 61 yards on 12 carries. Weber’s five yard per carry average was right on par for his season mark.Barrett occasionally struggled with his timing on routes, a part of his game he said he wanted to work on this week. Even with the inconsistencies at times, Barrett was able to complete 13 of 24 passes for 125 yards, including a 26-yard strike to redshirt junior tight end Marcus Baugh for a touchdown.“Overall, I couldn’t tell you our effort wasn’t there,” Barrett said. “There were just some things here and there, the little things that became big things and that’s how we lost.”The second half began with an entirely different attitude for OSU. After an early punt, OSU’s defense locked in, forcing Penn State into a punt of its own.On the ensuing drive, it was junior H-back Curtis Samuel’s time to shine. Following an outstanding lead block from Weber, Samuel busted off a 74-yard scamper through the heart of Penn State. Even with such an incredible first carry of the game for the junior, OSU coach Urban Meyer only let Samuel carry the ball once more, possibly hurting OSU’s chances of winning late in the contest. The score promptly put OSU up 19-7, but the game was about to take a turn for the worse for the Buckeyes.A blocked punt gave OSU an easy safety, but the Nittany Lions took the game into their hands.McSorley responded to his unit trailing with a five play, 90-yard drive. Diving for the pylon, the redshirt sophomore pulled his team within a touchdown.Even with another week in a row of the OSU defense looking surprised on certain plays, redshirt junior defensive end Tyquan Lewis said there was nothing up the Nittany Lions’ proverbial sleeve, and the team will need to regroup and focus on its defense to ensure another slip-up is not in the future for the Buckeyes.“Like I said, we just got to come back out and work on it,” Lewis said. “Whatever mishaps we have, we just gotta come back and work on it.”As the special teams unit trotted onto the field, Beaver Stadium fell into a quiet murmur. That low rumble was turned into a roar, as Penn State blocked the punt, OSU’s first blocked punt of the year. The block set up an easy chip-shot field goal for Penn State, bringing the Nittany Lions within four. OSU’s sideline appeared distraught over the sudden energy within Beaver Stadium, looking at each other with empty glares.In an almost cruel twist of a fate, a team known for special teams prowess allowed another blocked kick. This time on a 45-yard field goal attempt. Penn State junior cornerback Grant Haley returned the block for a touchdown, giving the Nittany Lions their first lead of the contest. That lead proved to be enough, as OSU failed to score on its next drive.Barrett was sacked in back-to-back plays to end the game. Meyer said that the lack of protection for his quarterback and push by his offensive line is one of the most glaring issues.“Offensively, we didn’t control the line of scrimmage,” Meyer said. “(Barrett) was under pressure all night when he threw it. And we didn’t move the ball enough with the run game.”OSU returns to Columbus next Saturday to face Northwestern at 3:30 p.m. in Ohio Stadium.
Tavonte Mott is a sophomore sprinter on the men’s track and field team from Nassau, Bahamas. Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsAfter Tavonte Mott stepped out of the airport, he was in shock and thought to himself, “What did I get myself into?”Mott came to Ohio State from Nassau, Bahamas, and since then has had success as part of the men’s track and field team. But his success comes with a lot of adjustment.Mott is a sophomore sprinter on the men’s track and field team who has had to overcome obstacles as an international student-athlete.He started running track in ninth grade but after a death in his family, Mott has seen a lot of success in the track-and-field world. Tevaughn Mott, Tavonte’s younger brother, wanted to run track but was unable to because of sickle cell disease. Although his brother was unable to run, he would brag to all his friends about how Mott would be one of the best, Mott said.Tevaughn died in 2013 at the age of 10.“The last time I saw him, I basically made [the promise to be one of the best] to myself,” Mott said. “[His death] motivated me to be where I am today.” Mott has run on eight different national teams for the Bahamas, which has taken him to track meets in China, Colombia and London. After a visit to Ohio State, Mott said it felt like a home away from home, and that track and field assistant coach Joel Brown reminded him of his coach from the Bahamas.“Recruiting internationally is a bit different than here in the U.S. because in an international kid, you have to look for kids at a certain kind of level who can come in and contribute to the team earlier in their career,” Brown said. “But the transition sometimes doesn’t happen that way, and for [Mott] the transition was a big adjustment.”Mott has traveled alone many times before, but he said the time he traveled to Ohio State he felt excited, nervous and scared. “I didn’t know what to expect,” Mott said. The 85-degree weather is one of the things Mott vividly remembers as he was preparing to leave Nassau.He came to Ohio State in January 2018, the middle of winter in Ohio when most students were starting their second semesters. “He’s coming to a place where it’s already cold. There may have been some snow on the ground, and it’s gray here during that time of the year,” Brown said. The weather was one thing that made the transition difficult for Mott, and after three months at Ohio State, Mott was homesick.“I couldn’t sleep; I just wanted to go home,” Mott said. “I didn’t want to be here anymore.”Mott said the first couple of months at Ohio State were mentally draining, and he felt like he was alone.“Sometimes you just feel like there is no one who can relate to you,” Mott said. Although the first couple of months were tough for Mott, he finally found one thing that was refreshing: a fellow international athlete on the track and field team.Bliss Soleyn, a senior sprinter, is the only other international athlete on the team. Soleyn said that being from St. John’s, Antigua, and Mott being from Nassau, Bahamas, made it easy to relate to each other. “It’s pretty cool having him around, having that one person that I can have that downtime and talk in my natural accent [with], and he fully understands,” Soleyn said. Mott said he has enjoyed traveling to different states and building friendships with his teammates.But after a year at Ohio State, Mott said there are still times when he misses home and wishes he was back in the warm weather. “I wouldn’t say the transition was the smoothest of transitions, but with some perseverance as a young person, he was able to get himself together, and now he’s transitioning well,” Brown said.
#Jamaica, October 25, 2017 – Kingston – The Governments of Jamaica and the People’s Republic of China today (October 23) signed a three-year Letter of Exchange for a Technical Cooperation Project on Sport Coaching.In the first instance, a team of coaches from China will be working with local coaches and athletes for one month to provide technical assistance in the areas of swimming, synchronised swimming, badminton and gymnastics, as well as volleyball, football and basketball. Assignment of coaches will commence in January next year.Additionally, during the life of the project, Jamaica will send 138 athletes, coaches and other support personnel to China for training and competitions for two months.The signing ceremony for the project, which is slated to run from 2018 to 2020, was held at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in Kingston. It was attended by representatives from the Planning Institute of Jamaica, the Bilateral Relations Unit in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, the Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA), the Sports Development Foundation and members of several sporting associations.In her address, Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, said the genesis of the programme is founded in the Government’s objective of improving Jamaica’s performance in those disciplines where, historically, Chinese athletes have excelled.“This will be the first of such programmes, which we will mutually benefit from. We reaffirm our partnership and (friendship) with the People’s Republic of China in the area of sport development,” the Minister said.“We have enjoyed 45 years of diplomatic relations, and it has served us well. We have had very successful arrangements in sport in the past, and we are confident that this new project will bear fruit and will significantly improve our sporting skills and promote our sport industry,” she added.Meanwhile, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Jamaica, His Excellency Niu Qingbao, expressed his desire to see similar exchange programmes in the future between the countries.“I believe people are attaching great importance to sport exchanges, because that is very critical to bridge mutual understanding and friendship between people of different languages, culture and social values. With the signing, I am hoping that each country will be able to share their expertise in their respective areas,” he said.Under the agreement, the Jamaican Government will ensure that all administrative requirements are in place for travel by the Chinese team. The coaches are being provided at the cost of the Chinese Government.That government will also provide international air tickets (round trip), training fees, accommodation and meals for the Jamaican trainees, sports officials and journalists during their time in China as well as training equipment.The project is estimated to cost US$7 million and is being funded by the Government of the People’s Republic of China.Release: JIS Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:
Kolkata: In view of the forecast of rain in Kolkata in the next 48 hours, the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) has decided to intensify its anti-larvae drive.Senior KMC officials said that special cleaning drives will be held in the areas that have recorded more rainfall. Empty plastic cups and bottles, used tyres and empty containers work as mosquito breeding grounds. Despite campaigns to create awareness against dengue and malaria, many people have a tendency to not throw used cups and bottles into waste bins. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsUnused chairs and tables are kept on the rooftops of many offices, despite requests to clean them up. The civic authorities cannot clean the garbage of individual office premises and have to depend on the authorities. “We have requested the authorities to destroy the used and broken furniture kept on the rooftops but our requests have fallen flat. The sweepers can clean the premises but cannot go and clean the rooftops,” a KMC official said. He said cooperation of all sections of people is required to keep the city free from dengue and malaria. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedHe said the KMC Health department teams have been kept ready and they will request people through public address systems, not to store water in containers for more than three days at a stretch. The underground reservoirs and overhead tanks should be properly covered and no empty plastic cups, glasses and bottles should be thrown in the open.The KMC doctors have requested people to visit clinics if they suffer from fever for three days or more. “The examination of blood is free and if either malaria or dengue is found, medicines are given free of cost. The dengue clinics have well trained technicians and doctors,” they said.
As retention of new information typically declines as people age, drawing may make it easier to remember than writing it down, a new study has found. The study, published in the journal, ‘Experimental Aging and Research,’ showed that even if people weren’t good at it, drawing, as a method to help retain new information, was better than re-writing notes, visualisation exercises or passively looking at images. “We found that drawing enhanced memory in older adults more than other known study techniques,” said co-author Melissa Meade from the University of Waterloo. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”We’re really encouraged by these results and are looking into ways by which it can be used to help people with dementia, who experience rapid declines in memory and language function,” Meade added. As part of a series of studies, the research team asked a group of both young people and older adults to do a variety of memory-encoding techniques and then tested their recall. The researchers believe that drawing led to better memory when compared with other study techniques because it incorporated multiple ways of representing the information – visual, spatial, verbal, semantic and motoric. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveAs part of the studies, the researchers also compared different types of memory techniques in aiding retention of a set of words, in a group of undergraduate students and a group of senior citizens. Participants would either encode each word by writing it out, by drawing it, or by listing physical attributes related to each item. Later on after performing each task, memory was assessed. Both groups showed better retention when they used drawing rather than writing to encode the new information, and this effect was especially large in older adults.
January 31, 2014 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals 2 min read You could be forgiven for thinking hackers have been having a field day lately with American companies, from Target to Neiman Marcus and now Yahoo. The internet giant announced Thursday that a coordinated attack had broken into Yahoo Mail accounts using malicious software.Yahoo did not disclose the number of email accounts that were compromised, but the company advised users to change their passwords. It also said its own security was not breached, and that the leak probably resulted from a successful hack attack on another company. That breach would have allowed hackers to access customer information. Since many people reuse passwords for multiple accounts, the hackers were able to use the information to gain entry to Yahoo Mail accounts.Related: Neiman’s Hack Attack Is Looking More and More Like Target’s”We have no evidence that they were obtained directly from Yahoo’s systems,” the company said on its blog. But it admitted that cybersecurity attacks are “unfortunately becoming a more regular occurrence” — telling everyone who hasn’t been living under a rock what they already know.As attacks grow more frequent, companies are no longer able to issue a simple mea culpa to their customers. Indeed, Target and Neiman Marcus, both high-profile recent victims of hack attacks, are now trying to hold onto customers by offering them one year of free credit monitoring and identity-theft protection. The Target data theft reportedly affected some 100 million customers, and the Neiman Marcus attack as many as 1.1 million.Following the attack on Yahoo, the tech company reset affected users’ passwords and assured users that it had implemented additional safeguards to protect their information. It also urged users to create strong passwords, to change them regularly and not to use the same password for multiple accounts.”Using the same password on multiple sites or services makes users particularly vulnerable to these types of attacks,” the company said.Related: Why Your Small Business Is at Risk of a Hack Attack Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right.