OSU then-freshman Erik Evans (43) defends a Maryland player in a game on April 18 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Lantern File PhotoThe Ohio State men’s lacrosse team is looking for payback from last year as it gets ready to square off against Detroit on Saturday at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center for the Buckeyes’ home opener.Saturday’s game marks the first time the two teams have faced each other since the last year’s regular-season opener. Although the Scarlet and Gray put up a late fight, Detroit came out on top in that game, 9-8.OSU coach Nick Myers said he realizes his team will be looking to harness its hunger for payback and use it for extra motivation against the Titans.“I’d be lying to you if I told you the kids weren’t excited to get the opportunity to play Detroit,” Myers said. “That’s the beauty of sports, when you get (that) opportunity.”Senior midfielder and co-captain Kacy Kapinos shared his coach’s sentiments, knowing this game will be a battle.“Last year, that game didn’t turn out the way we wanted it to,” Kapinos said. “We know that any team can beat any team, any week, so we play every game like it’s a championship.”OSU will face a Detroit team that has certainly improved over the last few years, thanks in large part to the efforts of coach Chris Kolon. In his first year with the team in 2015, Kolon led the Titans to the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference championship semifinals and the program’s first-ever winning record of 8-6.Detroit returns four starters, including sophomore attacker and 2015 MAAC Rookie of the Year Mark Anstead and two-time All-MAAC junior goalie Jason Weber. Anstead was second on the team in points in 2015 with 38, and Weber led the country for the second straight year with 14.43 saves per game.The Buckeyes are hoping to start the regular-season home schedule off right with a win. Redshirt junior midfielder and co-captain Tyler Pfister said he knows how important this game is.“Playing in front of a home crowd is obviously huge for us,” Pfister said. “We not only want to make our fans proud, but prove to ourselves what we know we can do.”Myers acknowledged the importance of the first home game, but he said he doesn’t want the team to get too ahead of itself.“The fact that we’re at home, in front of a home crowd, is something that adds to it,” Myers said. “I think at the end of the day, you have to focus on the task at hand.”Momentum after win at FurmanThe Buckeyes will look to capture the same magic they were able to harness in their 8-7 win at Furman.Junior midfielder John Kelly scored with four seconds left in the game to give OSU the win in the regular-season opener. Kelly caught the pass from junior attacker Austin Shanks and threw it in the back of the net while falling to the ground to complete the game-winner.“We know what (Kelly) can do, so it wasn’t a surprise necessarily,” Pfister said. “We had drawn it up in the huddle and knew what was going to happen — we just didn’t know how it was going to happen.”Though OSU did get the win, Myers said he realizes his team could have played better and has focused in practice this week on getting the team to play more up-tempo.“One of the themes this week for us has been playing more between the lines and creating more transition goals,” Myers said. “I’m really happy with the way the men have responded to it, and I feel like we’ve made some improvements.”An up-tempo attack, coupled with the Buckeyes balanced offensive attack, could prove to be the right formula to exact their revenge against Detroit in their upcoming game.Big Ten Players of the WeekJunior Jake Withers and sophomore Brendan Barger were recognized as Big Ten Players of the Week after the Buckeyes’ win at Furman.Withers was honored as the Big Ten Specialist of the Week after winning 14 of his 19 faceoffs, including all nine in the second and third quarters of the game. He also picked up a team-high nine ground balls in the win. This is Withers’ first time receiving the award.Barger was awarded the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week after causing three turnovers in the game at Furman. He played a major role in the Buckeye defense that only allowed seven goals on 19 attempted shots. This is also Barger’s first time receiving the honor.What’s nextAfter Detroit, OSU is scheduled to travel to Amherst on Feb. 20 to go up against Massachusetts. The game is set to begin at noon.
Rutgers coach Chris Ash looks on during a game against the Washington Huskies at Husky Stadium in Seattle, WA on Saturday, Sept. 3.Credit: Courtesy of Rutgers Athletic CommunicationsThe Ohio State football team has prided itself on its defense since the days of Woody Hayes. The 2013 Buckeyes failed to win the Big Ten Championship, a de facto play-in game to enter the national championship game, primarily on the play of a below-average secondary that ranked 112th in the country in passing defense.Coach Urban Meyer decided to make a change and brought in then-Arkansas defensive coordinator Chris Ash. In just one season, Ash played a significant part in the transformation of the OSU defense, the “Silver Bullets,” into a menacing takeaway machine. Primarily overseeing the defensive backs at OSU, the Buckeyes forced 26 turnovers in 2014 and ranked 29th in pass defense.Now, Ash is attempting to transform another defense in his new job as head coach of Rutgers, OSU’s opponent in the Buckeyes’ Big Ten opener on Saturday at Ohio Stadium.Redshirt junior defensive end Tyquan Lewis said Ash taught the defense a new style of tackling during his two seasons in Columbus. Ash preached the importance of keeping their heads up and driving through the ball carrier’s legs during a tackle.“(The tackling) shows up more on the perimeter,” Lewis said. “They’re coming up and hitting the right way. It makes a big difference as far as missed tackles.”Rutgers is Ash’s first job as a head coach in Division I college football. Before Arkansas and Ohio State, Ash spent two seasons with Wisconsin as the Badgers’ defensive coordinator. All too familiar with his former colleague’s play calling and coaching style, Meyer said that he has changed a lot of his defensive signals for this week given the similarities in the Scarlet Knight defense.“It’s our defense. I mean, like, exactly,” Meyer said during Monday’s press conference. “Their defensive line is much improved and the guys are bigger and stronger.”Not only is Ash a part of the Meyer coaching tree, Rutgers offensive coordinator Drew Mehringer, special teams coordinator Vince Okruch, defensive backs coach Bill Busch, running backs coach Zak Kuhr and strength and conditioning coach Kenny Parker worked under Meyer in some capacity at OSU. Mehringer even worked with former OSU offensive coordinator Tom Herman at Houston in 2015.While Ash is beginning to create his own coaching carousel, his teachings still reside within the OSU program. Redshirt junior linebacker Chris Worley said co-defensive coordinator Greg Schiano, who replaced Ash in the offseason, has nearly the same defense so there has not been a learning curve this season.Worley is in his first season as a starter and experiencing the most success he has had at OSU. While Schiano and co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Luke Fickell are certainly due credit for Worley’s success, the linebacker said Ash had a large contribution to his maturation into a more intelligent football player.With the implementation of the targeting rule in 2013 that protects an offensive player from a head injury, Worley, who used to be a guy that looked for the big hit, is a more fundamentally sound tackler than he was his first year in Columbus.“It’s the greatest way of tackling in the game of football today. It helped me, but it helped everyone who came through here and played defense,” Worley said. “Just knowing when I can take those shots and when I can’t, being comfortable and tackling in that way has helped me a tremendous amount.”For the offense that will actually be facing the Scarlet Knight defense, redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett has great familiarity in competing against a Chris Ash defense. Barrett battled in practice against Ash and OSU’s first and second team defense for the better part of two years.When the Buckeyes trot out on Saturday, Barrett said the offense has some comfortability facing a familiar defense. But knowing Ash, Barrett and the coaching staff expects him to implement schemes he has not shown through Rutgers’ first three games.“It’s a funky mix between the two … he’s not going to let our base things try to happen,” Barrett said. “At the end of the day we have to be prepared for what he’s going to throw at us and making adjustments on the fly.”
The Columbus Clippers finished off their season-opening series against the Indianapolis Indians with another impressive offensive performance, winning 9-4.Brian Buscher led the offensive output with three hits, an intentional walk, an RBI and one run scored.Yohan Pino earned a win in his first start of the season. Pino allowed six hits through five innings with five strikeouts and one walk.“I feel good about our starting pitching,” Clippers manager Mike Sarbaugh said. “Some of the conditions the first few games had some things to do with the offensive numbers that were put up, but I think the last two nights, the ballpark played the way it’s going to play for the rest of the year. We used the bullpen more than we would’ve liked to, but we made it through so far, and we’ll come back tomorrow and get after it again.”Carlos Santana homered in the first inning to put the Clippers up 1-0. Santana’s home run was his fourth in the first four games of the season. The Indians came back with two runs in the fourth inning. Steven Pearce hit a triple to start the rally. Neil Walker and Luke Carlin both had RBI singles to give the Indians a 2-1 lead.The Clippers responded in the bottom of the fifth inning with two runs to regain the lead. Buscher started the inning with a double, and scored on a single by Damaso Espino. After Jose Constanza hit a double to send the runners to second and third base, Trevor Crowe hit a sacrifice fly to center field to score Espino.Frank Herrmann entered in relief for the Clippers in the sixth inning. Herrmann pitched two scoreless innings, allowing one hit and one walk. He displayed a very strong arm, at one point reaching 98 mph on the radar. “Herrmann came in with a 3-2 lead, any time you can come in and put up zeros it really gets us back into the dugout ready to add on to the lead, which we did in the seventh inning,” Sarbaugh said.The Clippers blew the game wide open in the bottom of the seventh inning, scoring six more runs as they batted around the order. The Indians went through three pitchers in the seventh inning, allowing six hits, a walk and an error in relief pitcher Steven Jackson.Carlton Smith pitched the eighth inning for the Clippers, allowing one hit but holding the Indians to no runs.Jess Todd pitched the ninth inning, giving up three hits and two runs, one unearned.The Clippers scored 41 runs in the four games. They entered Sunday’s game leading the International League in batting average, runs, hits, RBIs, slugging percentage and on-base percentage.“I think we have a good offensive club, and at the same time, field conditions helped us out the first couple nights,” left fielder Trevor Crowe said. “We’ve been getting good pitches to hit and hitting them well.”The Clippers showed some explosiveness with a 17-4 win over Indianapolis on Thursday night. Carlos Santana showed why he is considered a top prospect with four hits, including two home runs and four RBIs.On Friday, the Clippers and Indians broke the record of most home runs in one game at Huntington Park. The teams combined for nine home runs, nearly doubling the previous record of five. The Clippers lost the game 14-12.On Saturday, the Clippers fell to the Indians 4-3. A 3-3 tie was broken in the top of the eighth inning when Brandon Moss hit a solo home run to take the lead. The Indians held off the Clippers for the final two innings and earned the win.The Clippers continue their homestand Monday against the Louisville Bats. Louisville is off to a 3-1 start after defeating the Toledo Mud Hens on Sunday.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA Recommended for you Photo credit: Jamaica Observer Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKingston, Jamaica, January 20, 2017 – The Social Development Commission (SDC) has secured $5.1 million under the Government of Jamaica Administrative Grant Fund for some 170 community development committees (CDCs) across Jamaica. This was disclosed by Executive Director of the SDC, Dr. Dwayne Vernon, as he addressed a recent JIS Think Tank. The grant is a dedicated source of funding available to all CDCs to be used for administrative support, once they meet the established criteria. Dr. Vernon said the money, which was disbursed up to December 31, 2016, was used to help the groups to strengthen their administrative capabilities and undertake measures to increase “people participation” in their community.He informed that another 178 applications are being processed for grant assistance under the Governance Capacity Grant Fund (GCGF). He said that $1 million is to be disbursed “so they can implement projects they believe can strengthen their organisation, consistent with the themes of the SDC.” Governance structures can access funds under the GCGF to improve their sustainability and viability, to make more effective and meaningful contribution to parish and national development.Dr. Vernon also disclosed that the SDC is taking steps to introduce a grant facility to support new small and micro-enterprises. This facility, he said, will be implemented through the Local Economic Development Support Programme (LEDSP) and will have specific focal points to aid and support the beneficiaries into a stronger operational position. “We’re going to be putting in place this grant facility and we’re very confident that this will happen. The facility will… allow them to strengthen their productive base and also to support their registration. We also want to support them with money to help them to take their products to market,” he indicated.Meanwhile, Dr. Vernon informed that the SDC has relaunched 19 community groups, bringing the total number of active bodies to 577 island wide. “We have strengthened 193 of the 577 community groups through the implementation of training strategies to enhance their community operations,” he said. Related Items:#MagneticNewsMedia Nearly 30 Haitians caught following illegal landing in Nassau, says Defence Force Bahamas Police Commissioner Greenslade gone to UK, appointed as High Commissioner
Senco Gold and Diamonds, the largest jewellery retail chain from Eastern India, drew up a noble way to pay homage to the martyrs of India by organising ‘Youth talent hunt’ contest in Bengaluru recently. Christened ‘An Ode to the Nation’, the contest – being held in memory of the 41 CRPF jawans who gave up their lives to protect the nation – not only presented the students and youths of Bengaluru with an opportunity to showcase their talents, but also to pay their tributes to these brave souls. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfPresent at the occasion, Suvankar Sen, Executive Director, Senco Gold and Diamonds, said: “These brave jawans have made the sacrifice, laying down their lives to protect us and our nation. It is our way of saluting these martyrs, however small it is.” “The platform aims to bring together children, women and especially the youth and mobilise them by inspiring them to contribute to our nation,” he further added. The fbb Colors Femina Miss India South 2019 winners walked hand-in-hand with the children from Gifts of God (Sri Sai Krupa Charitable Trust), to spread the message of unity and show the world that little children are future of our country. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveSt Joseph’s College (Autonomous), Bangalore received a cheque of Rs 50,001 towards mid-day meal for the needy students, Vasantharatna Foundation received Rs 1 lakh for the stronger future of martyrs’ families and empowering veer naris (war widows) of our nation, Honour point received Rs 50,001 for the development of online memorial for Indian soldiers and creating support system for martyrs’ families and Sri Sai Krupa Charitable Trust received Rs 70,001 for development of education system for orphaned children. To show solidarity and pay homage to martyrs, various people from different walks of life were present at the event including Major Aditi Mohan (Retired), Lady Indian Army Major, Major Pankaj Adhar (Retired), Saurabh Mukherjee, Deputy commandment of CISF, Regional Head CISB, Col Sandeep Sirohi (Retd), Paratrooper 7 Paras officer, Dr K V Jagadeesh, IPS, DCP (Traffic East), Bangalore, Rudra Shankar Roy, Convener, SXCCAA – South Zone Chapter and Chief Coordinator – ‘An Ode To The Nation’, along with families of martyrs.
It’s the old-as-dirt 1 Percent RuleIn the broad strokes of Far East and early London trading, the gold price really didn’t do a lot when all was said and done, even though I was making a big deal out of it in The Wrap in yesterday’s column. The low tick occurred on Wednesday morning in New York at the same time as it bottomed on Tuesday—8:30 a.m. EDT. From there it rallied a decent amount until shortly after 2 p.m. in electronic trading—and it quietly sold off a few dollars going into the 5:15 p.m. close.The low and and high ticks were recorded as $1,188.30 and $1,204.40 in the June contract.Gold finished the Wednesday trading session at $1,201.50 spot, up $9.60 from Tuesday’s close. Net volume wasn’t overly heavy at 116,000 contracts.Here’s the 5-minute tick chart for gold courtesy of Brad Robertson. The dark gray line is midnight EDT and, as usual, most of the price/volume action that mattered occurred during trading in New York. Add two hours for EDT, as this chart is for Denver time—and the ‘click to enlarge‘ feature is a must.Silver’s price during the Wednesday trading session followed a similar path’s to gold and, once again, the charts are virtually interchangeable.The low and high ticks were reported by the CME Group as $16.045 and $16.37 in the May contract.Silver closed yesterday in New York at $16.305 spot, up 18 cents on the day. Net volume was very light at only 23,500 contracts.Platinum and palladium prices followed a somewhat similar chart pattern, except their respective lows came at the London p.m. gold fix. Platinum closed at $1,160 spot, up ten dollars—and palladium finished the Wednesday session at $768 spot, up 6 bucks. Here are the charts. The Oldest Bird in the Northern Hemisphere Raises a ChickBelow is a photo of “Wisdom”. She’s a female Laysan albatross—and was first banded by USGS scientist Chandler Robbins in 1956 as she was incubating an egg. This is a picture of her brooding her month-old chick on Midway Island in early March of 2011. Since then, she has raised another chick on Midway Atoll, this time in 2014. These birds must be at least five years old before they’re capable of breeding, but they more typically breed at 8 or 9 after an involved courtship lasting several years.So, assuming the egg she was sitting on in 1956 was her first one, and that’s no guarantee—and adding eight years to that, you come out with a hatching date for Wisdom somewhere in very early 1948. That means that when she raised her latest chick in 2014 she was 65 years old.I was born in October of 1948—so it’s a near certainty that Wisdom is older than I am.The photo credit belongs to John Klavitter—and you can read more about Wisdom here. If you want to follow these birds from egg to adult, there’s live webcam for that linked here—and I have it on audio background to listen to the adult birds as they carry on until the sun sets in Kau’i in the Hawai’ian Islands, where a small portion of this years brood is currently being raised. The dollar closed late on Tuesday afternoon in New York at 98.78—and made it to 99.04 by noon in Hong Kong, before selling off a bit. Then twenty minutes before the London open—2:40 p.m. Hong Kong time—away it went to the upsides, topping out around 99.35 at 9:45 a.m. BST in London. It was all down hill from there, with most of the damage occurring between 12:30 p.m. EDT—and the 1:30 p.m. COMEX close. After that it traded flat for the remainder of the Wednesday session. The dollar index closed at 98.40—which was down 38 basis points from Tuesday.The gold stocks opened up a bit—and rallied until gold’s high tick, which came minutes after 2 p.m. in New York—and they slid a hair from that point into the close. The HUI finished up a respectable 3.42 percent]It was the same story in the silver stocks, as Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index closed up 3.48 percent.The CME Daily Delivery Report showed that 334 gold and zero silver contracts were posted for delivery within the COMEX-approved depositories on Friday. The big short/issuer was HSBC USA with 333 contracts—and the two big long/stoppers were Canada’s Scotiabank—and JPMorgan in its in-house [proprietary] trading account—with 171 and 161 contracts respectively. Along with their obvious grab for every ounce of silver in any form they can lay their hands on, it appears that JPMorgan is now “going for gold” as well. The link to yesterday’s Issuers and Stoppers Report is here.The CME Preliminary Report for the Wednesday trading session showed that gold open interest for April dropped by 2 contracts—and is now down to 2,146 contracts, minus the 334 posted above for delivery tomorrow. Silver’s April o.i. dropped by 23 contracts—and is now down to 170 contracts still open.There were no reported changes in GLD yesterday—and as of 9:28 p.m. EDT yesterday evening, there were no reported changes in SLV, either.There was no sales report from the U.S. Mint.There was no in/out activity in gold at the COMEX -approved depositories on Tuesday but, once again it was a different story in silver, as 1,073,627 troy ounces were reported received—and another 1,109,627 troy ounces were reported shipped out the door. The largest withdrawal was from the CNT Depository—and it didn’t quite match the almost identical number of ounces that were received by JPMorgan, which was the 1.073 million ounce number shown above. You can check out all the silver action here.Ted Butler mentioned in his mid-week column to paying subscribers yesterday that JPMorgan has take delivery of almost 6 million ounces of physical silver during the past week. How much physical silver have you added to your own personal warehouse lately, dear reader???Over at the ‘gold kilo stock’s COMEX-approved depositories in Hong Kong on Tuesday, Brink’s, Inc. reported receiving 1,773 kilobars—and shipped out 1,377 of them. The link to the troy ounces is here.I have a decent number of stories for you today—and I hope you have the time to read the ones that most interest you.Along with the growing awareness of the COT report and what that portends for the termination of the manipulation, there are other strong signs that even those not well versed on the intricacies of the report are seeing that something is very wrong with the price discovery process in silver. Back in the fall, the CEO of silver miner First Majestic, Keith Neumeyer, made waves when he suggested the price of silver was too low and openly suggested that silver miners band together to restrict production to counterbalance what he thought was too low of a silver price. I remember writing about it at the time and both congratulated and encouraged Mr. Neumeyer to continue pursuing the artificial pricing issue in silver, but to shy away from attempting to form a producers’ cartel as that appeared to be against antitrust law. While silver is clearly manipulated in price, you shouldn’t try to manipulate it higher – two wrongs don’t make a right and all that.I hadn’t heard much from Mr. Neumeyer on the artificial pricing of silver since then, so I was somewhat surprised when I ran across a very recent interview in which he discussed his opinions in straightforward terms. He questioned the price discovery process for silver on the COMEX and characterized the process in terms that should be familiar to anyone reading these pages. In the interest of time and to drill down to the price discovery discussion, you can fast forward to the 21:25 minute mark.The important point is that here we have the CEO of an important primary silver producer deeply questioning how silver prices are derived. According to Mr. Neumeyer, actual supply and demand have little to do with current silver prices and I, for one, would not argue with him. Although Mr. Neumeyer, much to his credit, has spoken to the issue of artificial pricing in silver previously, I must point out just how rare and unusual it has been for a primary silver miner to raise such concerns over the past 30 years in which I have alleged a COMEX silver manipulation has existed. I’m still shaking my head in disbelief that silver miners heretofore always denied prices were manipulated, even though their shareholders were obvious victims, but I am more encouraged by Neumeyer’s words than anything else.Taken with the growing attention being placed upon the COT Report and the Managed Money category, Mr. Neumeyer’s sentiments are reason to believe the ongoing silver manipulation is on its last legs. It’s hard to run any scam where the scam becomes common knowledge. I’ve always maintained that in matters related to the price of silver, all roads lead to the COMEX. I would revise that to all silver roads lead to the COMEX and JPMorgan, but that is a distinction without a real difference. I actually look forward to the day when someone admits that paper speculators on the COMEX do set and have every right to set the price of silver and that actual producers should butt out and be happy with the prices given to them by the speculators. It has become nearly that crazy. – Silver Analyst Ted Butler: 15 April 2015I was certainly happy to see the precious metal price action when I got up yesterday morning, but it was far from the spectacular variety, as gold wasn’t even allowed to rise one percent. It’s the old-as-dirt “1 Percent Rule” that my compatriot GATA Chairman Bill Murphy over at lemetropolecafe.com likes to mention at moments like this—and he’d be right on the money once again.Here are the updated 6-month charts for all four precious metals once again—and the charts, as usual, are courtesy of stockcharts.com. And as I write this paragraph, the London open is five minutes away. Three of the four precious metals are in positive territory—and only palladium is down on the day, but only by a buck. Net gold volume is already sky high at 36,000 contracts—and silver’s net volume is a hair over 4,000 contracts. The dollar index, which got smoked at 8:00 a.m. Hong Kong time on their Thursday morning, has now rallied back into positive territory—and is currently up 9 basis points.I would guess that a lot of yesterday’s price action was currency related, but not all of it. Behind all of this is a precious metal market that would explode in price to the outer edges of the known universe if given the opportunity. Someday it will, but it wasn’t yesterday.And as I send today’s column off to Stowe, Vermont at 5:15 a.m. EDT, I note that gold rallied a bit more going into the London open, but appears to have been capped [at least for the moment] as of 9:00 a.m. BST. Whether that was the end of it all, or there’s more rally to come, is hard to say—so we’ll have to see what the rest of the Thursday session brings, especially the New York session.It’s the same chart pattern in both silver and palladium as well—and palladium is still chopping sideways, a dollar or so either side of unchanged.Net gold volume is just north of 52,000 contracts—and it’s fairly obvious that this Far East/early London gold rally has run into pretty impressive resistance from “da boyz”. Silver’s net volume is around 5,800 contracts, which isn’t a lot—and a decent amount is roll overs as well. The dollar index is now up 25 basis points in an almost straight-line move from its 8 a.m. Hong Kong low.It beats the hell out of me as to how the rest of the Thursday trading session will unfold—and after yesterday’s price action, it’s probably best that I make no prediction at all, and let the chips fall where they may.That’s more than enough for today—and I’ll see you here tomorrow.