Introducing North Carolina Military Outreach

first_imgToday’s Friday Field Notes features the North Carolina State University Cooperative Extension Military Outreach program, as described by J. Scott Enroughty. The program’s mission focuses on creating awareness and understanding of the issues and stresses faced by military families and youth while building community partnerships to increase capacity for youth, families, and veterans.NC Cooperative Extension Military Outreach exists to design programs that help North Carolina military youth, families, and veterans find positive ways to cope with stress of military life.North Carolina State Extension Military Outreach is proud to support the more than 138,867 active duty, reserve and guard troops who call our state home. Particularly during this time of global deployment, service members need to know that their families here at home are surrounded by supportive citizens, offering a cadre of services and resources to help ease the stress of pre-deployment, deployment and post-deployment. More than 109,000 military youth from the ages of 0 to 18 call North Carolina home.Active Duty, National Guard, and Reserve service members live throughout North Carolina – they are in our backyard. Some counties have a higher concentration of families, while others have only one. Because these families are spread throughout the state, they all do not have the support systems that are typically available as active duty military families who live on or near military installations.North Carolina State Extension Military Outreach is a collaborative effort with North Carolina communities to support children and youth impacted by deployment. Regardless of whether families are experiencing deployment for the first time, second time or another series of multiple deployments, NCSEMO’s goal is to connect military children and youth with local resources in order to achieve a sense of community support and enhance their well-being. We offer a variety of programs and activities to support the military families in North Carolina.  A few of the programs and activities:NC Cooperative Extension Military Outreach “Red, White & Blue” 5KNation Youth Science DayNC Zoo Snooze“Rock the Wall” at Triangle Rock ClubScience Day at Morehead PlanetariumWolfpack Leadership & College ExperienceMilitary Appreciation Day Baseball Game & Run with the PackMilitary Appreciation Day Football GameA Day at the Theatre (Raleigh Little Theatre)CSI Camp at Catawba Science CenterBugFest – North Carolina Museum of Natural ScienceAmerican Indian Heritage Day – North Carolina Museum of HistoryFor more information or if you have questions, contact J. Scott Enroughty or 919.515.8500.last_img read more

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It’s Just a Phone Call

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now The reason you are negative on cold calling is not because it doesn’t work.You are negative on cold calling because you are afraid to engage with people directly, you fear rejection, you aren’t confident in what you are going to say, you don’t know what you want out of the conversation, you’re not sure how to create value, you’re petrified of asking for the commitments you need, you want people to like you, it makes you feel bad about yourself, you’d prefer to be rejected in some other way, you believe that somehow your emailed requests are less offensive (even though they betray your fears and your lack of confidence), you think it’s more effective to hang around and wait for your clients to raise their hand and ask for your help, you believe the lie that your dream clients spend all of their time researching potential partners, you don’t know that no one makes calls without doing research first, you don’t understand that it’s only one part of larger campaign, you aren’t in sales and never have been, and you don’t carry a quota.It’s just a phone call. You’re just asking for an appointment. You’re only trying to help your dream client produce better results.last_img read more

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Ten Mistakes That Kill Sales Opportunities

first_imgHere are ten mistakes you can make that will cost your deal.Taking Shortcuts: Anything that you believe leads to a faster deal leads to a no deal. You can’t rush your buyer through the process because you are in a hurry or because you are behind on your number.Asking for Unearned Commitments: You can’t ask for commitments that you haven’t earned. If you haven’t created the value to deserve the next commitment, pressing for that commitment will shut your deal down.Poor Follow Up: Failing to follow up on the little commitments you make only proves you don’t care, that you aren’t detail-oriented, and you can’t be counted on. Deal-breaker.Selling Without Dissatisfaction: If you can’t find or create a compelling reason for your prospective client to change, you aren’t going to make a sale. No deal.Not Doing Discovery: If you don’t do the discovery work necessary to know exactly how to help your prospective client, you aren’t going to create or win an opportunity. It’s over.Not Building Consensus: You have to believe me here. You aren’t going to win with a single stakeholder. You will lose if you can’t help your client build consensus. No votes.Failing to Make the Ask: If you don’t ask for access to the people and information you need to win a deal, you will lose that deal. You cannot fear “the ask.” Not asking is the same as no.An Inability to Articulate Value: You must be able to articulate the value that you and your solution creates. If can’t tell your client how they will be made better, you have no deal.Failure to Provide Proof: Your prospect is going to want some proof that you are who you say you are, that you will execute. Maybe you need a fancy ROI calculator. Or maybe you need a reference. Zilch.Being Transactional: Treating your prospective client as a means to an end is the fastest way to alienate them. And it’s a surefire way to lose. Brick.QuestionsWhat do you do that causes you to lose deals?What have you seen someone else do that cost them a deal?Which of these ten mistakes are you most at risk of making?  How do you change that? Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

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Maharashtra, where farmers marched for land rights

first_imgOver 30,000 farmers marched to Mumbai, from different parts of Maharashtra, for five days from March 7 to 12 to draw the State government’s attention to their demands, that included transfer of forestland to tribals who had been tilling it for years.What happened?The protest began in Nashik on March 7 and was organised by the All-India Kisan Sabha (AIKS) affiliated to the Communist Party of India (Marxist). The Kisan Long March started with over 10,000 farmers. Over five days, more farmers from Nandurbar, Palghar and Thane joined in. By the time they reached Mumbai, the number swelled to 40,000, by some estimates.Why are farmers so distressed?Farmers in the State are distressed for a host of reasons, the key being rising debt. Barring 2016-17, Maharashtra has had negative agricultural growth since the current government took over in 2014. According to estimates, the State will register negative growth this year too. Maharashtra has seen high farmer suicides. Last year, it is estimated that over 2,000 farmers committed suicide for reasons such as debt and land acquisition. Farmers have been plagued by a variety of issues over the last couple of years. These include pest attacks, hailstorms, drought, falling market prices, land acquisition for infrastructure projects, poor irrigation facilities and lack of access to credit. Over 40 lakh cotton farmers were affected by a pink bollworm infestation last year, with around 50% of the State’s crop being ruined by it. Hailstorms in the Vidarbha and Marathwada regions in February destroyed crops on several hectares. This is not the first time farmers have protested in the State. Farmers staged a massive State-wide protest last June, where they refused to sell their produce in protest against the rising debt and deteriorating conditions. The State announced a farm loan waiver scheme.Didn’t the loan waiver help?The ₹34,000 crore farm loan waiver declared last year came with several conditions. For instance, only one member per family was allowed a debt-waiver and a ceiling of ₹1.5 lakh was prescribed. Because of the conditions, a majority of farmers were unable to benefit from it, and have continued to reel under debt. The key demands of this march were a complete farm loan waiver, the effective implementation of the Forest Rights Act, 2006, implementation of the Swaminathan Committee’s recommendations on the fixing of Minimum Support Price (MSP) for crops, compensation of ₹40,000 per acre to farmers hit by hailstorm and pink bollworm, and projects to link the Nar-par, Damanganga and Girnar rivers. A large section of the farmers that marched to Mumbai were Adivasis from Thane, Palghar, Nashik and Nandurbar. They were demanding that they be given rights to the land they have been tilling for generations as prescribed under the Forest Rights Act. The farmers were upset at the slow pace of approvals. In the cases where farmers had received land, they got only a fraction of what they had been tilling.What is the government’s stand?The government conceded most of the demands such as reducing conditions for loan waiver, making loans taken between 2001 and 2009 eligible for waiver (the earlier cut-off was 2009), and sorting out appeals and claims under the Forest Rights Act within six months. A maximum of four hectares will be allotted in the cases where land transfer is less than the land being tilled.What are they planning?Many of the demands are not new, and the government had made assurances after farmers took to the streets earlier. This time, the farmers wanted an assurance ‘in writing,’ which the government gave. However, it remains to be seen if the government implements the farmers’ recommendations, which include a complete loan waiver and increasing the MSP of milk and crops. A steering committee of 40 farmers’ organisation, of which the AIKS is a member, has called another round of protests across the State starting March 19. including a ‘jail bharo’ on April 30.last_img read more

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Haryana Khap felicitates para-athlete Deepa Malik

first_imgRohtak, Nov 30 (PTI) Top Indian para-athlete Deep Malik has been felicitated by a Khap Panchayat here for her achievements at the Rio Paralympics where she had won a silver medal. Deepa was honoured by Malik Gathwala Khap at Swami Nitya School in Rohtak. Deepa, who won a silver in the shot put F53 event in Rio in September, is the first Indian woman para-athlete to win a medal at the Paralympics. Calling her the pride of the community globally, the Khap elders asked her to wear her silver medal as a moment of pride. Speaking at the felicitation ceremony, Deepa said, “Who says the Haryana rural heads are not progressive. I have been time and again encouraged and felicitated by the village khap and given a mace (gadda), a male dominated trophy. They call me apni beti (daughter) and not bahu (daughter-in-law), they call me gaaon ka sher (Lion of the village)…. I see so much acceptance.” Deepa has her own NGO Wheeling Happiness which works towards promoting sports for differently-abled individuals. PTI PDS PDSlast_img read more

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OSU Defensive Analyst Eric Henderson Headed to UTSA

first_imgIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Footballscoop.com reports that defensive quality control coach Eric Henderson, an integral figure in recruiting the southeast and more importantly, the Louisiana area, will be headed to UTSA to join the staff and newly hired head coach Frank Wilson.No official announcement has been made but Henderson has been active on twitter by “favoriting” OSU fans and friends saying congratulations on the new gig. Here’s an interview from 2014 with Henderson and the OSU athletic department.last_img read more

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Emmitt Smith’s Son, A Major RB Recruit, Sets A Big Visit

first_img Smith will be visiting Florida for the Auburn game.EJ Smith, son of Gator great Emmitt Smith, sets visit to The Swamp for Florida game https://t.co/JN0GH0WTMV— SEC Football News (@SECfootball) July 18, 2019Florida is not the clear favorite to land Smith, however.“I hear that all the time,” Smith told 247Sports’ Damon Sayles. “But at the end of the day, it all depends on how I feel. My dad’s always open to whatever school I go to. My family will always be there. Not everyone in my family went to Florida, so I’m just try to make my own decisions.”Stanford is actually listed as the favorite for the 5-foot-11 running back, per 247Sports’ “Crystal Ball.”Smith is ranked the No. 4 all-purpose back in the country. Emmitt Smith running the ball for the Florida Gators.GAINSVILLE, FL – SEPTEMBER 9: Running back Emmitt Smith #22 of the Florida Gators runs with the ball during a game against the Ole Miss Rebels at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on September 9,1989 in Gainsville, Florida. The Rebels defeated the Gators 24-19. (Photo by Allen Dean Steele/Getty Images)EJ Smith, a four-star running back in the 2020 class, is one of the biggest recruits in the country. The elite prospect also happens to be the son of Emmitt Smith, one of the greatest players in NFL history.The four-star prospect has received interest from nearly every big program in the country and named his top five schools earlier in the summer.EJ Smith is still considering: Texas A&M, Ohio State, Georgia, Stanford and Florida, where his dad played.The elite recruit has set a big visit for the fall.last_img read more

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Nick Saban Has Message For People Criticizing Alabama’s Schedule

first_img “I think the culture of college football would benefit if we said Power 5 teams have to play all Power 5 teams. I’ve been an advocate of this for several years,” Saban said on ESPN’s Golic and Wingo show, per 247Sports. “I’ve been an advocate of playing more SEC games. Well, I think you should do it like basketball, they have RPI, or whatever it’s called. And basketball says these are the teams that played the best schedule and won the biggest games. So that’s how you qualify for a bowl game, not how many games you win. So that it would be better for fans, it would be better for fan interest.“So we’ve tried to schedule two opponents — Power Five opponents — every year. We have one time in the next 10 years, we’ve succeeded at doing that. So unless we change the culture of how we all agree to schedule, I don’t think that’s going to happen.”That’s a fair explanation.Alabama has more difficulty scheduling top non-conference opponents than other schools, as prospective teams know a loss is probably coming.All of the Power 5 schedules need to get on the same page when it comes to scheduling, that is for sure. A closeup of Nick Saban wearing a headset.NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts in the second half of the AllState Sugar Bowl against the Clemson Tigers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)Alabama head football coach Nick Saban had a strong response to people criticizing the Crimson Tide’s schedule in 2019.The Crimson Tide play a tough SEC schedule, though this year’s non-conference schedule is among the country’s easiest.Alabama gets Duke in a neutral-site game to open the season and also faces New Mexico State, Southern Miss and Western Carolina at home.Saban appeared on ESPN this week and discussed college football scheduling and the criticism of his schedule.last_img read more

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Audit of Children’s Homes Underway

first_imgThe Ministry of Youth and Culture has commenced an audit of the children’s homes and places of safety so as to identify the needs of these institutions. This was disclosed by Portfolio Minister, Hon. Lisa Hanna, following a visit to the juvenile sections of the Fort Augusta Correctional Centre in St. Catherine and the Horizon Remand Centre in Kingston on Sunday (January 13). She stated that assistance will be provided for the girls being housed at the facilities, many of whom she said, suffer from schizophrenia, bipolar disorders and epilepsy. Others, she said, have been abused and orphaned. “We are going to have to embark upon psychological assessments in the homes and the places of safety and also embark upon teaching our staff how to deal with children that have schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and get more social workers in the places of safety,” Miss Hanna said. “They are all contending in the same spaces and the same staff has to learn how to operate. While we embark on what we are doing, we ask the nation to also realize that our children need more love. This is not only a Ministry of Youth and Culture issue, it’s a national issue. If we don’t give them the kind of care that they need now, we will not have enough resources to build facilities to put them in,” Miss Hanna stated. Meanwhile, in a statement issued to the media on January 13, Miss Hanna informed that she had instructed the Child Development Agency (CDA) to forge a closer working relationship with the Department of Correctional Services (DCS) to do case work for juveniles remanded to correctional centres by the courts. [RELATED: CDA to help with case work for juveniles in remand] The intervention of the CDA will include the agency seeking review and possibly variation by judges of some court orders, which could be regarded as confining children to correctional institutions for excessively long periods for uncontrollable behaviour. The statement noted that discussions have started with the Minister of Health, Dr. Fenton Ferguson and with National Security Minister, Hon. Peter Bunting to have more psychiatrists, counsellors and other child health professionals available to serve juveniles in the justice system. During Sunday’s visit, Minister Hanna spoke at length with 39 girls housed in juveniles-only dormitories at Fort Augusta, and 17 at Horizon. The visit was in keeping with efforts by Minister Hanna to encourage increased medical and therapeutic intervention for children in the care of the state including those in children’s homes and places of safety under the jurisdiction of the Ministry and the CDA. The team, which accompanied the Minister on her visit, included President of the Medical Association of Jamaica and noted Psychiatrist, Dr. Aggrey Irons; Psychiatrist, Dr. Myo Kyaw Oo, who currently works with the juveniles in incarceration; Chief Executive Officer of the CDA, Carla Francis Edie; Social Worker with the CDA, Beverly McHugh; Acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Youth and Culture, Sydney Bartley; and Commissioner of Corrections, Lt. Col. Sean Prendergast.last_img read more

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Bluenose II to Get Test Drive

first_imgBluenose II will go for a test drive to check a number of systems before its sea trials. “There is concern about the performance of the vessel’s steering system, and we need to get these issues resolved,” said Communities, Culture and Heritage Minister Tony Ince. “Although we’ve been advised the system should meet regulatory requirements, we need to be satisfied with it. “After consulting with the builders, project managers and designers, we have decided we need to take Bluenose II on a test drive before sea trials.” The test drive in Lunenburg harbour will assess how the steering gear and other ship systems perform when the ship is in motion. It will also help determine if it is ready for sea trials, the final phase of the project. “While this project is already late, we’re not willing to compromise on safety and quality,” said Mr. Ince. “Once the tests are finished, we’ll move ahead and address any issues that are identified.” The test drive is weather dependent, but will likely take place in the next few weeks. The province will provide an update after the test.last_img read more

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Sikka group raises Rs 130 cr from NBFC to complete Noida housing

first_imgNew Delhi: Realty firm Sikka group has raised Rs 130 crore from a non-banking finance company (NBFC) to complete its ongoing housing project in Noida, a top company official said Thursday. NBFCs have been a major source of funding in the last few years for cash-starved real estate firms, which are facing huge demand slowdown. Of late, even NBFCs have restricted lending to this sector because of liquidity crisis post default by IL&FS. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepThe company said the NBFC is a Reserve Bank of India registered Alternative Investment Fund (AIF) but did not disclose the name. The Delhi-based Sikka group said that the fund has been raised in the form of debt and the same will be utilised to complete its housing project Sikka Kaamna Greens, comprising 13 towers and 1850 units, in Noida, Uttar Pradesh. The project is about 80 per cent complete and the company needed some last mile funding to fully execute the project. It will deliver about 750 units by December this year and the remaining by end of the next year. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to Customs “We are committed to deliver all our projects to home buyers and are taking every possible step to make things work. The Rs 130 crore fund that we have raised will be utilised to pace up the construction at Sikka Kaamna Greens being developed in Noida,” Sikka group MD Harvinder Singh Sikka said. He said the company is completely focusing on giving possessions. Sikka group has so far developed 3 million sq ft housing and commercial projects, mostly in the national capital region. At present, the group has 10 ongoing residential and commercial projects in North India. Under hospitality, the group has hotels in Gurugram and New Delhi. It plans to open more hotels in Bareilly, Dehradun, and Muzaffarnagar.last_img read more

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Leonard Cohens son says the singer was confident Donald Trump would be

first_imgCohen died in California a day before Trump stunned his country and the world, defeating Hillary Clinton. Though he was closely associated with Montreal, his hometown, he also lived and worked on the American west coast. They assumed the medical marijuana he was ingesting clouded his logic, he says. Cohen’s son says the notion of Trump winning seemed “absurd” to everyone around his father. Advertisement “He was one of the only people I know, who had the most absurd prediction that anybody in my midst would dare have: he predicted Donald Trump was going to be the president of the United States, which of course made us all laugh hysterically.” Advertisement OTTAWA — Leonard Cohen told his family, in his final days, he was confident Donald Trump would be elected president of the United States. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment “I’m a captive, I’ve got no other purpose or mission,” he says. Twittercenter_img Facebook “He was stoned out of his mind,” Adam says. “What did he know, we thought. But it turns out the old man was right.” Adam says his father knew 2016’s “You Want It Darker” would be the final album he produced. He recalled once asking him how he was producing such “astoundingly clear and powerful vocals.” Advertisement Login/Register With: In his 1990s song, “Democracy,” Cohen sings: “From the fires of the homeless/From the ashes of the gay/Democracy is coming to the USA.”His Juno win marks the second time Cohen has received the artist of the year award, after winning in 2013. “This is my message, this is my last message.”BY David Friend – The Canadian Press The Montreal singer-songwriter’s son Adam recalled the prediction at Saturday’s Juno gala dinner, where his father received a posthumous artist of the year prize.last_img read more

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Prince Albert police make arrest in connection with savage attack on Marlene

first_imgAPTN National NewsPolice in Prince Albert, Sask., have made an arrest in connection with a savage attack on a Cree woman earlier this month.Police issued a statement Sunday saying a 29 year-old man had been charged with attempted murder and aggravated sexual assault. The man was arrested Saturday evening and police executed a search warrant at his residence.The arrest was made in connection with the attack on Marlene Bird, 47, who was found on June 1 in a Prince Albert parking lot with her face mutilated and body burned. Doctors were forced to amputate both of Bird’s legs and skin grafts have been used to help reconstruct her face which was peeled back from chin to forehead on one side. Bird is from Montreal Lake Cree Nation.The police statement did not say what investigators were seeking at the residence. The man, whose name was not released, is in custody and is scheduled to appear in Prince Albert provincial court on Wednesday, the statement said.An officer with the police service told APTN National News more information would be unveiled at a press conference Monday.Bird is still recovering in hospital.news@aptn.ca@APTNNewslast_img read more

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Over 1500 migrants storm across Spainoccupied Melillia

Nador – Some 1,550 illegal migrants, divided into five groups, tried on Wednesday to storm the Spain-occupied city of Melillia in the Moroccan northeastern locailities of Morales, Kalita, Iyassinene, Mari Wari and, says a release of local authorities.“The groups did not heed the warnings and threw stones, injuring four security agents and damaging three vehicles”, the source explained.A total of 500 persons were arrested, including 10 wounded persons who were taken to the Nador hospital.

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NTSB investigates American Airlines flight tipped by wind

NEW YORK — Federal safety officials are investigating an American Airlines flight in which the plane tipped in strong wind and a wingtip hit a runway marker during takeoff from New York’s Kennedy Airport.The pilots cut short the flight to Los Angeles and landed back at JFK about 30 minutes later. No injuries were reported.The National Transportation Safety Board said Wednesday that it is investigating the April 10 incident with help from the Federal Aviation Administration, American, and the union for the airline’s pilots.On a recording by LiveATC.net, one of the pilots is heard telling air traffic controllers that the plane banked sharply to the left during takeoff, apparently from a strong crosswind.American says there were 102 passengers and eight crew members on the Airbus A321 jet.The Associated Press read more

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Commentary New York Giants rough start hard to watch for lifelong fans

Chicago Bears linebacker Lance Briggs (right) sacks New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning at Soldier Field Oct. 10. The Bears won, 27-21.Credit: Courtesy of MCTTwelve dollars. That’s all I spent on a New York Giants football sweatshirt that I’m truthfully too scared to wear at the risk of being ridiculed. It’s hard enough being a fan of a football team in a different state, but it’s even harder when that team has yet to win one of its six games this season.I was born and raised in New Jersey, so being a New York Giants fan is all I’ve ever known. I was taught that the Giants are the best and that I’m supposed to hate the Philadelphia Eagles … which I do. Being a fan of the G-men has never been a problem until this season.Coach Tom Coughlin is 67 and is in his 10th year coaching the team. He’s one of the oldest NFL coaches ever, but after earning a pair of Super Bowl rings for the Giants, it doesn’t appear he’ll be going away anytime soon.The Giants have won two Super Bowls in the last six years (2008 and 2012). With a history like that, you would think that they would be a team to fear. This year, not so much. They’ve had their worst start to a season since 1976 and quarterback Eli Manning has had arguably the worst season of his career, currently leading the league in interceptions with 15. Ouch. That’s gotta be rough while his big brother Peyton and the Broncos are having an awesome season, winning their first six games and leading the league in total offense, passing yards and points scored.Since I’m a fan of Ohio State football as well, I can’t imagine how current Giant players, former Buckeyes Jonathan Hankins and Jim Cordle feel right now. Playing on the OSU football team has spoiled them into not really knowing what a losing consistently feels like. In Cordle’s five years at OSU (he redshirted in 2005), the team was a combined 54-10, and in Hankins’ three years, the Buckeyes were 30-8, including the 12 vacated wins in 2010.My goal is not to bash the team I’ve grown up watching, it’s to share a little bit of my disappointment OSU fans might not understand. This is the first time my friends who are Cleveland Browns (3-3) fans are laughing at me.In my mind, this season is over for the Giants. Will I still watch the games? Yes. Will I still have hope that they can win a game? Of course. Will I wear that $12 sweatshirt anytime soon? To be determined. But I’m pretty sure it’s impossible to come anywhere close to the playoffs at this point, so my heart is a little broken for them. read more

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Leadership contributing to No 13 Ohio State womens volleyballs hot start

OSU freshman setter Taylor Hughes (6) sets the ball during a match against Florida State on Sept. 6 at St. John Arena. Credit: Ashley Roudebush / For The LanternThe Ohio State women’s volleyball team has started off the season going 8-1, including three victories over top 25 teams in then-No. 14 Florida State twice and then-No. 13 Arizona.Before the 13th-ranked Buckeyes open conference play with No. 11 Wisconsin and No. 23 Minnesota next week at St. John Arena, the team has three final nonconference matchups in Rochester, Michigan, against Eastern Illinois, Western Michigan and Oakland.OSU plays in statistically the toughest conference and has the ninth toughest schedule overall in the NCAA.A key contributor to OSU’s success so far this season has been junior middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe. The third-year starter put together strong performances in the D.C. Koehl Classic tournament, including a match against Florida State in which she tallied zero hitting errors. Sandbothe is second on the team in kills with 110 kills, and has a .419 hitting percentage through nine matches, 33rd best in the country.       “You need players like that,” coach Geoff Carlston said about the Big Ten co-Player of the Week. “She’s certainly one of the kids we’re looking to for those moments.”Sandbothe said she sees herself as a player who likes to lead the rest of her team by example.“All of us have a passion for the game, and if I can influence my team by having that swagger and confidence on the court, that’s the player I want to be,” she said. “And if my teammates can look to me to be that kind of player consistently, I feel like that’s a privilege for me.”With two freshmen and four sophomores on the roster, Carlston said he looks to the seniors for leadership but has equally been impressed by the juniors.“I think our younger players tend to gravitate toward other people,” he said. “Our juniors have really stepped up in terms of taking on that leadership role. I’ve seen them keeping our team relaxed and in the moments.”Along with Sandbothe, junior libero Valeria León — the team’s defensive leader — said she takes on some of the responsibility of assisting the freshmen and sophomores in understanding how to play in big games.“We always talk about staying in the moment,” León said. “Don’t get excited, don’t get too nervous.”OSU returned most of its key players from last year’s squad that was a set away from an Elite Eight appearance — which would have been the first in Carlston’s tenure at OSU — and an improved 12-8 conference record from the 2013 season, when the Buckeyes were 6-14 in Big Ten play.León said she sees the team continuing its strong start through conference play and into the NCAA tournament.“After this year, I’m going to be a senior so right now, I’m approaching this year like it’s my last one,” León said. “I think we have a pretty good chance to make it far this year. I’m really excited for this team.”Sandbothe echoed the libero’s enthusiasm about the team.“Our team definitely has a dynamic and chemistry unlike we’ve ever had,” Sandbothe said. “Don’t count us out for being a Final Four team — and winning the Big Ten.” read more

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First direct verification of carbon dioxide successfully sequestered in underground rock

first_imgThe test involves injecting over 13,000 t of carbon dioxide into stacked unmineable coal seams at depths of 900 to 2,000 ft with the goal of storing carbon dioxide while simultaneously enhancing natural gas recovery. “Carbon sequestration in geologic formations is our best way to slow and reverse climate change,” said John M Pope, PhD, Chief Executive Officer of WellDog. “But understanding how, where and for how long sequestration occurs in rocks thousands of feet below ground is difficult.”“In this project the carbon dioxide flowed into the wellbore, but until we took direct downhole measurements in each coal seam, significant uncertainty persisted regarding which coal seams the carbon dioxide had sequestered,” explained Pope. “We are pleased that WellDog’s technical services and Carbon GeoCycle’s sequestration expertise were able to help Virginia Tech’s experts confirm that all of the coal seams took up carbon dioxide. This result represents an important step for sequestration efforts worldwide.”“Results from the test are very promising,” said Nino Ripepi, PhD, Associate Professor of mining and minerals engineering at Virginia Tech and a manager of the project. “We have shown that coal seams can safely store carbon dioxide while at the same time enhancing gas. This is one of the first steps toward commercialisation of these technologies.” WellDog, Virginia Tech and Carbon GeoCycle have announced that they have collaborated to deliver the world’s first successful direct verification of carbon dioxide sequestered in an underground rock. The verification, made using WellDog’s proprietary Reservoir Raman System, reveals that carbon dioxide injected over the last two years successfully flowed into all of the targeted coal seams. The $15.5 million sequestration project is located in Buchanan County, Virginia.  The project is funded by the US Department of Energy, Virginia Tech, and private industry.last_img read more

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The Chronicles of Rick Roll Coming to a Theater Near You

first_imgIn a world where Internet memes come in and go within days, a few brave souls have gathered together to keep their memes – and their 15 minutes of fame – alive. Antoine Dodson, the Double Rainbow Man (Bear Vasquez,) Ben Schulz (Leeroy Jenkins,) Gary Brolsma (The Numa Numa Kid,) and more have joined forces to star in an upcoming film – if the indie filmmakers can drum up enough support – loosely based on the life and rise of one of the Internet’s first true heroes: Rick Astley. The film is called The Chronicles of Rick Roll, and the producers promise it’s not a big hoax, and it won’t be effectively a 2-hour rickroll: it’ll actually be a film jam packed with viral video actors and they’re aiming for a theatrical release if they can afford it. If you think this is all too good to be true, then the Internet has trained you well. Even so, the first trailer for the film is behind the jump, and it’s full of familiar faces.  [via Business Insider]last_img read more

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