Warriors 3 Things: Don’t underrate Steph Curry’s greatness again

first_imgLet’s start with the good stuff for the Warriors — because boy, it’s going to get messy real fast when we’re done with this.Stephen Curry was absolutely, positively stupendous on Wednesday night.Without Klay Thompson. Without Kevin Durant. Without any worthwhile spacing to speak of, he came through.In his team’s moment … The Warriors are down 2-1 in the 2019 NBA Finals after a 123-109 loss to the Raptors Wednesday.Here are three thoughts on Game 3:1. The ultimate Curry flurrylast_img

Public media service and challenges of the digital area

first_imgSpeech by the Minister of Communications of the Republic of South Africa, the Honourable Faith Muthambi, on the occasion of the 2015 World Communication Forum.Minister of Communications Faith MuthambiMinister of Communications and the Spokesperson of the Government of the Kingdom of Morocco, Mr Mustapha KhalfiDr Hassan Falha, the General Manager of the Ministry of Information in LebanonNalin Satyakam Kohli, the National Executive VP of the Bharatiya Janata Party in IndiaDr Refat Alfaouri, the Director General, Arab Administrative Development Organisation in Egypt.Delegates to the World Communication Forum,Distinguished Guests,Ladies and GentlemenI consider it a very special honour to be invited to address this august gathering of trend-makers and influencers from the global communications family. This is indeed an unrivalled platform to discuss and hone in on the future development of communications and their role in business, society and politics.Back home in South Africa I recently announced that our nation would begin the march to digital migration in June this year. This is a ground breaking step in the history of our nation and will open the world of communication to millions.Our Digital Migration Policy will see a roll out of public services channels for youth, women, education and eGovernment services. We are most excited about the potential of eGovernment services which will unlock access to basic internet services and digital information for millions of our people.I know that for many here digital and all its benefits are old hat. I look forward to engaging with many of you later to share experiences and best practice in this realm.For South Africa the significance of this major milestone cannot be overstated. Just 21 years ago this would not have been possible. In 1994 the new democratic government inherited the communication apparatus of the apartheid government which was totally out of touch with the needs of the democratic dispensation and only catered for one section of the population.Before 1994, government was characterised by a culture of secrecy, disinformation and restrictions on press freedom. The birth of our democracy in 1994 changed all this, and ushered in an era where government could no longer hide behind media restrictions and was for the first time fully accountable to the public.The democratic government recognised that freedom of expression had to be an integral part of our new democratic society. At the same time the free and open flow of communication was central in our goal of achieving the vision of a non-racial, non-sexist and prosperous society.In 1994 our nation was for the first time exposed to the wider world and the looming technological revolution. Twenty years ago the Internet, referred to then as the Information Superhighway, was gathering momentum as more and more users came online. Social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook were still only a dream in the mind of developers.Two decades later we are in a vastly different country and world. Things that were impossible under apartheid are now part and parcel of our social fabric. Media freedom is guaranteed, there is increasing media diversity; more community radio stations are on air and journalists are able to work without intimidation or fear.With the revolution in technology we now also live in a world that is unrecognizable from that of 20 years ago. Facebook, Twitter. Instagram – has turned everyone into a reporter. Citizens are taking to social media sites to report, inform, debate, and discuss issues. Journalists are adapting to the new media and media houses are diversifying their print media platforms and entering the realm of cyberspace. Government is also actively engaging with these platforms to introduce policy and programmes and engage with citizens.Ladies and gentlemen,Today government communication is characterised by the free flow of information. We live by the values of transparency and accountability. We utilise the power of communication to serve the community, by informing, educating and providing open access to information.Our public media service is one of the major pillars in this endeavour. The South African Broadcasting Corporation or SABC has a mandate to ensure that all South Africans are informed about government activities.The SABC has a strong radio and television presence in South Africa and has become the voice for millions. It also has begun to develop digital platforms to meet the changing needs of how audiences consume media today.Given its history as an apartheid mouthpiece prior to 1994 the SABC has placed trust at the centre of its relationship with audiences. It continually strives to be the most credible and diverse national media broadcaster.Communication and more especially public service media must transparent and must work towards the common good. The content the SABC generates must do more than just entertain. It must inform and educate the public and just adhere to the highest standards of moral integrity.Programme Director,It is often said that if you fail to learn from history you are doomed to repeat it. Therefore we dare not repeat the mistakes of our tragic past. Public service media must be the voice for the voiceless. Its reach must be universal; for the greatest divide in modern society is not between the rich and the poor. It’s between those with access to information and those who are denied this basic right.However, access is only but one pillar. For information to be meaningful it must be driven by independence, excellence and diversity. This is indeed a global challenge for public service media. The question is how to remain relevant in a fast evolving world. How to be a trusted voice that acts with integrity and professionalism at all times and is diverse and pluralist in its approach.Another challenge is how public service media remains relevant amidst a digital revolution.Ladies and Gentlemen,Our smart phones, tablets, laptops and notebooks have become ubiquitous. The information and communication dividend they provide is unparalleled but so too is their impact on our privacy, society and the economy.This sea change is being driven by social media and the power of the internet. Information sharing has become all pervasive; be it on Facebook, Twitter, Whatsapp, Skype or numerous other platforms.The world has never been more connected. Social media has truly served to make us all part of the global community. When one sits down to take this all in its both liberating and frightening.The incomparable advances in communication, access to knowledge and information sharing lives alongside new forms of abuse and crime.It would be naïve to think that any government or regulating agency has the answers to these complex problems. If we are honest we would admit to government policy is struggling to keep up with the pace of chance.Digital technology and the communication dividend it brings will no doubt change the world. It is however, our task to ensure that this sea change is for the good of mankind.Throughout history whenever mankind has made progress it has come with challenges. The anonymity and overwhelming reach of the internet has fuelled online crime and abuse. Extremists, terror networks and criminals use the online world to further their aims.It is our task as governments and regulators to find a workable medium between the crucial need to ensure freedom of speech and expression, but also to safeguard society.Governments, regulators, police, intelligence and security agencies need to be able to operate more effectively against online threats and abuse.How to do this in a world where information can be spread at the click of a button is the challenge. At the same time we must tread carefully as we dare not trample over our liberties and rights to privacy.Programme Director,No doubt this challenge will require a careful balancing act between our freedoms and the greater good of society. Like the proverbial walker on a high wire, one false step is likely to end in tragedy unless we have a safety net.Many countries have implemented legislation that regulates the use of online and social media in the workplace. There are countries that have implemented legislation that applies to online and social media issues between employers and employees in the workplace.In the United States of America several states have enacted legislation to prohibit employers from requesting that employees or applicants for employment disclose their usernames, passwords or other personal account information used for online and social networking sites.The United Kingdom has the Data Protection Act 1998 in place which requires an employer to obtain consent before they can collect an employee’s online data.In China regulations are in place to prevent anyone endangering the ‘legitimate interests of citizens’ through the use of computer information systems.In South Africa there is currently no legislation that deals specifically with online and social media. However there are Acts such as RICA, the Electronic Communications and Transactions Act and the Protection of Personal Information Bill which will apply to online and social media.In the absence of specific online and social media laws, employers must consider our common law and other statutes in order to determine their online and social media policy, and to balance and protect the rights of both the employer and its employees.Ladies and gentlemen,Perhaps the greatest challenge will be in ensuring social media control measures that encourage free speech yet protect society from various ills. A great chunk of our lives is spent at our places of work. Employers therefore need to implement workable social media strategies and policies. There must also be enforcement mechanisms, coupled with staff training and in the best case scenario having an online and social media manager.In a fast changing world employers are scrambling to protect their business from the theft of trade secrets, theft of client records for client solicitation and defamation. On the other hand their employee’s right to privacy and dignity must be maintained.In closing there are no easy answers. Truth be told there are many more questions than answers. However, certain truths remain constant. The information and digital revolution is gaining pace.Change is literally happening from day to day and we are all scrambling to keep up. We are all therefore uniquely privileged to be part of the 2015 World Communication Forum.Within this room are many of the champions who will shape the digital revolution in years to come. I have no doubt that the World Communication Forum is assured of its place in history as a platform where new solutions for an exciting new world are shaped.I thank you.last_img read more

War on plastic: SA seafood restaurant chain bans straws

first_imgPlastics are the scourge of the ocean, with millions of tons annually finding their way into the world’s open waters and then into the stomachs of marine life.In an effort to help save the oceans from plastic pollution, the Ocean Basket restaurant chain is no longer offering customers straws with drinks and bags for takeaway meals. (Image: Pixabay)CD AndersonOne of the most notorious plastic products, doing the most harm, is the ordinary drinking straw. Popular seafood franchise Ocean Basket has banned the use of straws in all its restaurants.Each day, around the world, more than 500 million drinking straws are used and discarded. While some are recycled, most are dumped in landfills and find their way into the ocean, where plastic pollution is taking its toll on wildlife.One million seabirds die from ingesting plastic every year, in addition to more than 100,000 other marine animals. In one example, inspecting the stomach contents of a sea turtle that died from ingesting plastic refuse, Marine Conservation Institute scientists found more than a hundred drinking straws, alongside plastic bags, cigarette butts and plastic bottle tops.Ocean Basket has now officially implemented a ban on the use of straws – and plastic bags – in all 168 of its restaurants nationwide, rolling out during 2018. The ban is the first step the brand is taking in raising awareness of the effects of plastic pollution on the planet and its oceans. The company will also push for the ban in its restaurants around the rest of Africa, of which there are more than 20 – including in Nigeria and Zimbabwe – during the course of the year.(Image: Ocean Basket)The move follows a global trend by the food and hospitality industry to reduce its plastic use. The US city of Seattle has banned straws and plastic packaging outright, including large fast food franchises; internationally, these large brands have yet to implement a full plastic ban. In 2017, Kenya banned the use of plastic bags completely.Ocean Basket understands the ban is as much a moral decision as it is an economic one, stating in the official announcement of the straw ban on 10 January 2018: “The ocean sustains us with the basic elements of life; it produces half the oxygen we breathe, helps to provide the water we drink and delivers [to] us the very core of our business success – seafood.”The company is the first large food franchise in South Africa to implement the ban, and it hopes the other big names in the industry will take note and follow suit.“Ocean Basket is building a movement… [that] inspires all of us to prevent plastic pollution, reduce waste, improve recycling and live cleaner, healthier lives. Watch this space as we begin the rollout of projects over the next 18 months,” the company said.Smaller independent food outlets around the country, many in the Western Cape, have also effected a ban on straws and plastics in their day-to-day operations.Ocean Basket says the ban has been largely supported by its customers, and has encouraged consumers to take the message to social media, using the hashtag #refusethestraw to spread the word.The company is well known for its corporate responsibility, particularly when it comes to its primary product, seafood. Ocean Basket, as per the guidelines of the Southern African Sustainable Seafood Initiative (Sassi) only uses seafood that has been harvested in a responsible, ethical manner.Greenpeace Africa has applauded Ocean Basket for the ban, welcoming more corporate involvement and responsibility in tackling environmental challenges. It hopes that more South African companies take note of the example set by Ocean Basket and are inspired to meet the same challenge and even take it further towards the ultimate goal: the complete eradication of processed industrial plastics across the board.(Infographic: Two Ocean Aquarium, Cape Town / Marine Conservation Institute)Source: News24, Good Things Guy website, Greenpeace Africa, Marine Conservation Institute Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

City of Aspen Dumps Energy Rating Index

first_imgIf you’re building a new house in a place that’s on one of the recent versions of the IECC, you have a choice of how you show your building department that you comply with the code. The 2015 IECC has three compliance pathways, as a matter of fact. They’re listed right at the beginning of the residential section of the code. To pass, you have to choose one of the three options below and meet all the requirements therein:Sections R401 through R404.Section R405 and the provisions of Sections R401 through R404 labeled “Mandatory.”An energy rating index (ERI) approach in Section R406.The first one has a sub-choice for you to make, too. When deciding on the building enclosure specifications for insulation and fenestration (windows and doors), you can go with the prescriptive values in the tables or you can do some tradeoffs using the UA alternative. In addition, there are requirements for mechanical systems, lights, and other energy-using parts of the building.The second one is often referred to as the performance path. You have to model the home as it is built and compare the energy costs to the same home modeled with a set of design specifications given by the IECC in Tables R405.5.2(1) and R405.5.2(2).The third one is the ERI. The only way to get an ERI right now is to do a home energy rating.OK, now we’re ready to talk about what Aspen is doing.Meet the simplified alternativeThat heading is your clue to the second trend that Aspen is bucking. If you talk to enough builders, code officials, and other stakeholders, you’ll find that a lot of people think codes are too complicated. Now, I agree with Albert Einstein on this subject: “Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.” The electrical code, naturally, has to have enough complexity to keep houses from burning down and people from getting electrocuted. Energy codes, however, certainly have room for simplification.And that’s what Aspen has done. The way they chose to do that is something I’ve written about before. Their list of compliance pathways looks like this:Sections R401 through R404.Section R405 and the provisions of Sections R401 through R404 labeled “Mandatory.”Simplified Equivalent Compliance Alternative in Section R406 [emphasis added]The only thing different is the last one. To the chagrin of HERS raters, Aspen dumped the ERI path. Don’t bring your HERS results to the Aspen building department because they won’t take them. Instead, they’ve created a truly simplified path. You don’t need a HERS rater. You don’t need to make sure you’ve got the proper R-values in the home. You just need to do three things. Make sure the building:has minimal heating and cooling loads;reduces hot water consumption; andcuts energy used for lighting.This compliance pathway in the code is so simple, in fact, I can put the whole thing right here. It’s only 189 words. Ready? Don’t blink.Section R406.1 Equivalent building option. Dwellings that meet both of the following criteria shall be deemed in compliance with this chapter.1. The ratio of the air conditioning capacity to conditioned space is less than or equal to 1 ton per 1000 square feet.2. The ratio of the space heating system capacity to floor area of conditioned space is less than or equal to 32,000 Btu/h per 1000 square feet.Section R406.2 Equivalent hot water.The distance from the hot water supply outlet to hot water pipe to the hot water entry to a room where hot water is used shall be no more than 10 ft. This shall apply to the kitchens, bathrooms with showers or tub, and rooms with a clothes washer.Section R406.3 Equivalent lighting.Dwellings in compliance with at least one of the following requirements shall be deemed in compliance with Section 404:1. Lamps over 15 watts shall be CFL, LED, or have an efficacy not less than 90 lumens per watt.2. At least 90% of the lamps or fixtures shall have an efficacy not less than 75 lumens per watt.That’s it. All you have to do is meet the requirements in those three little sections and you’re in.The part of most interest to me is the first one. (Hey, I’m more of an enclosure and mechanicals guy than a hot water or lighting guy.) That’s what I wrote about before when I posted the video of Chris Benedict and Henry Gifford and their one-act play on what they called the Perfect Energy Code.Now, the trick to doing this kind of code is choosing the correct numbers. Aspen has an insignificant cooling load (says this guy who was born in Houston) so the part about installing a cooling system with a capacity no more than one ton (12,000 BTU/hr) per 1,000 square feet isn’t real important… for Aspen.But the heating part is important. Their number is 32,000 BTU/hr for each 1,000 square feet of conditioned floor area. I asked Stephen Kanipe, head building official for the city of Aspen, how they arrived at that number. “We talked to mechanical engineers with a lot of experience in the area,” he said, “and this was the number they told us would be better than code but still achievable.”Here’s a little background for you, too. This simplified alternative was proposed for the IECC itself during the recent deliberations for the 2018 version. I spoke to someone involved in that proposal and was told that although it didn’t pass, it was well received. The main reason it didn’t pass was that they didn’t have the numbers fleshed out for the different climate zones. I think they’ll probably pick it up again for the 2021 code cycle.Where will this go?This is a big deal in the world of energy codes. It could change the direction things have been going and HERS raters don’t like it. Mark McLain, an architect and HERS rater in the Aspen area, protested the change as a relaxation of energy conservation codes. He wrote about it in his blog, where he also published the letter he sent to the Aspen city council.I think Aspen’s onto something with their new code. I don’t agree that this is a relaxation of the code. If they did get the right number for heating capacity, it should be better than the prescriptive path. I’m sure it’s not perfect, but this is a good way to keep things simple and enforceable.It’ll be interesting to see how many builders choose the Simplified Equivalent Compliance Alternative and what they do to meet it. They’ve got to get the enclosure right, though, to be able to heat their homes within that capacity limit of 32,000 BTU/hr per 1,000 square feet. And as a side benefit, they can save on the cost of strip heating to keep ice dams off the roof. If they truly get the enclosure right, they won’t need them. Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a speaker, writer, building science consultant, and the author of the Energy Vanguard Blog. You can follow him on Twitter at @EnergyVanguard. RELATED ARTICLESStates are Amending, then Adopting, the 2015 IECCICC Approves Changes to Energy CodeThe 2015 IECC Recognizes Home Energy RatingsMore Than You Ever Wanted to Know About the HERS Index Why Is the HERS Reference Home Based on an Outdated Energy Code?New Energy Code Helps Inform Home BuyersAre Energy Codes Working?Could a Bare-Bones Energy Code Work? The city of Aspen, Colorado has bucked the trend. Well, actually two trends, but first things first.The 2015 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) introduced another pathway for code compliance using what’s called the Energy Rating Index (ERI). Since the only thing that qualifies as an ERI right now is a HERS Index, RESNET and HERS raters have been pushing hard to get this into state and local codes. Several jurisdictions have already adopted it and some builders are using it.Aspen, however, just adopted the 2015 IECC but they threw out the ERI compliance pathway. That’s bucked trend number one. Bucked trend number two is the motivation for what they substituted in place of the ERI. Keep reading to find out what that motivation was.IECC compliance pathwaysBefore jumping into the details of the new Aspen energy code, let’s do a quick review of the different ways you can get a new home to comply with the IECC. Also, in case I don’t make it clear in every instance, I’m writing only about the residential energy code, not commercial.last_img read more

4 days agoNewcastle fullback Jetro Willems: We ran Chelsea close

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Newcastle fullback Jetro Willems: We ran Chelsea closeby Paul Vegas4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United fullback Jetro Willems has urged teammates to stay calm after their 1-0 loss at Chelsea.The narrow defeat plunged the Magpies back into the relegation zone and piled the pressure back on the team ahead of next weekend’s tough encounter with Wolverhampton Wanderers at St James’ Park.Willems said: “It was close. I think we had the game under control and we were a little bit unlucky.”If it wasn’t for the goal I think we did good defensively – they have a good team and they are difficult players to play against.”Attacking, we could do more.”In the first half, we could have been more dangerous on the counter attack.”We had some chances – sometimes we were unlucky, but sometimes I think we need to just shoot when we are in front of goal.” last_img read more

Ohio State’s Thad Matta Was Pretty Unhappy With The Referees Following His Team’s Loss To Michigan State Last Night

first_imgThad Matta yells at a referee.Thad Matta did a lot of screaming during his team’s game against Michigan State Friday night. Plenty that yelling was directed at his players, who performed quite poorly in a 76-67 loss to the Spartans in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinal round. But a lot of it was aimed at the officials. Matta, 47, has been coaching in the conference since 2004. He, in a roundabout way, called the officiating during last night’s game the worst he’s ever seen. Matta on the officiating: “I’ve been in this league 11 years and that was amazing.”— Kevin Trahan (@k_trahan) March 14, 2015Matta was mostly unhappy with the amount of physicality the Spartans were getting away with. He believed his players were getting bumped on cuts, hand checked when dribbling and bodied when driving into the lane. Matta says this was one of the most physical games he’s ever seen. My interpretation: “We got hacked to death.”— Jerod Smalley (@JerodNBC4) March 14, 2015To be fair to the refs, there was an even distribution when it comes to the amount of fouls that were called – 20 on Michigan State and 18 on Ohio State. With the win, the Spartans moved on to the semifinal round, where they’ll face No. 2 seed Maryland. The Buckeyes, meanwhile, will find out their NCAA Tournament fate Sunday night. Most projections have Matta’s team seeded on the No. 8/No. 9 line.last_img read more

Over the Rainbow Moving to Manulife Centre in 2018

first_img Twitter Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment TORONTO, May 3, 2017 – Iconic Yorkville denim and clothing retailer Over the Rainbow has announced plans to expand its Yorkville presence with the introduction of a new flagship store in the soon-to-be transformed landmark Manulife Centre located at Bay and Bloor. The new and improved store will feature a larger footprint, innovative design and provide a world class customer experience to Over the Rainbow’s loyal clientele.  Award-winning architectural design firm Giannone Petricone Associates Inc. has been commissioned by Over the Rainbow to carry out the new design for the retail project, which is slated for completion in late 2018.Founded in 1975 by Joel Carman, Over the Rainbow is an independently owned shopping destination, with over 42 years’ experience in the Bloor-Yorkville area and recognized as Canada’s largest independent specialty store for premium denim. Commenting on the re-location and expansion space Joel Carman said: “This new store has been in the making for many years! We are so excited to finally reveal our plans, and we can’t wait to deliver a bigger, modern space for our customers, in what we view to be a crown jewel of a building in the Bloor-Yorkville area.  We believe the dynamic redevelopment plans to Manulife Centre complement our store’s vision for the future. Not to mention being surrounded by great retailers in the building and having direct access to the subway and underground parking facilities. We believe the new store will be a home run for our customers while allowing us to deliver the same comfortable and friendly experience that comes with shopping at Over the Rainbow! It’s an exciting time for our family business!”About Over the Rainbow Ltd.Over the Rainbow is a family-owned business founded in 1975 by Joel Carman. Over the past 42 years, Over the Rainbow has been a landmark shopping destination in the Bloor-Yorkville area, winning the hearts of loyal customers with attentive & knowledgeable service and great product. Over the Rainbow is one the country’s largest independent premium denim destinations, becoming a leader in the constant development of denim and casual wear trends. Joel and his team shop the world for the finest products and take pride in being able to fit anyone in a great pair of jeans. Over the Rainbow also offers in-house tailoring services for denim purchases as well as a fully integrated e-commerce store. http://www.rainbowjeans.com/ | @RainbowJeans416 Login/Register With: About Giannone Petricone AssociatesGiannone Petricone Associates Inc. Architects (GPAIA) is a Toronto-based, interdisciplinary design and architecture firm led since 1995 by Ralph Giannone and Pina Petricone. Recognized internationally, GPAIA is known for award-winning life-style, retail and hospitality environments that set the stage for rich, urban experiences. These alluring spaces are fashioned with a close attention to detail, an innovative use of materials and clear cultural layers which customize each project as unique. Recent GPAIA projects include: Cumbrae’s Butcher Shops; Terroni Restaurants, Toronto and Los Angeles; Sud Forno Bakery and Retail; and Eataly Copenhagen and the upcoming Toronto flagship in the Manulife Centre. http://gpaia.comAbout Manulife CentreManulife Centre, located at 55 Bloor Street West and 44 Charles Street West, was built in 1972 as Canada’s first retail shopping centre with an attached high-rise residential building. Since then, it has turned the corner of Bay & Bloor into a landmark intersection for shopping, eating and city living. Today, Manulife Centre boasts nearly 800 rental suites, a three-floor retail concourse, a three-level parking garage and weather protected access to the Bloor & Yonge subway line. Manulife Centre’s new redevelopment, beginning in 2017, will include an additional 35,000 square feet of retail space and a new glass façade on the exterior of the building. Manulife Centre currently has over 40 retail shops, services and eateries and recently announced the addition of Eataly to the Centre. This new three-level, 50,000-square space is slated to open in 2019. http://manulifecentre.com | @ManulifeCentre Advertisement Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Buckeye baseball tops Toledo 92 for 15th win of the season

Redshirt-sophomore infielder L Grant Davis (right)​ secures first base during a game against Toledo on March 24 at Bill Davis Stadium. OSU won, 9-2. Credit: Stacie Jackson / Lantern photographerAfter a slow start in February, the Ohio State baseball team is surging through March.Balance across the field has continued to be the theme for the Buckeyes, as they tallied their 15th win of the season Tuesday afternoon with a 9-2 win against the Toledo Rockets at Bill Davis Stadium.  Freshman pitcher Jacob Niggemeyer started on the mound for the Buckeyes and picked up the win after giving up just two runs in 6.0 innings of work.The Rockets kept it close through five innings after initially taking a 1-0 lead in the first. But OSU tacked on six runs between the sixth, seventh and eighth innings to seal the win.“We got off to a slow start, but we finished really strong,” coach Greg Beals.The game shifted for the Buckeyes when junior Jake Post took the mound.“Once we went to the bullpen we really gained control of the ball game,” Beals said.Senior catcher Connor Sabanosh was quick to credit Post’s performance after he tossed 1.2 innings and gave up just one hit.“We always have faith in Jake, every time he comes in we feel like we are going to have a shutdown inning,” Sabanosh said. “Once he came in we really added on the last three innings. It allowed us (the field players) to settle and just play and let Jake do his thing.”The Buckeye offensive domination started in the bottom of the fourth with a home run by junior infielder Troy Kuhn.OSU continued to excel in the batters box with a couple two-out hits.“We got quality at-bats late in the game and got a lot of two out hits,” Beals said. “Those are big difference makers on the scoreboard, because you either get the two out hit and score the run or you don’t and the innings over.”The top of batting order has continued to be the offensive leader for the Buckeyes, working off the bats of Sabanosh and sophomore centerfielder Troy Montgomery. Montgomery has hits in 13-consecutive games and has reached base safely in 16-consecutive games, both being the sophomore’s career bests. Sabanosh has also reached base safely in 15-consecutive games.But the stats are not Sabanosh’s main concern, he said.“I try not to look at stats or anything. I know when I feel well and I try to just not think at all and play simple baseball,” Sabanosh said. “But it’s always nice to get a couple hits in a game.”Montgomery added that he too is not concerned with the stats, but more focused on doing his job to help the team win.“I’m the lead off hitter so anything I can do to get on base, maybe steal some bags and score a few runs then I feel like I’m doing my job,” Montgomery said.Even though Montgomery and Sabanosh are clicking consistently with their bats, the true success has come from the Buckeyes’ balance across the offense, Beals said.“All nine spots on our line up got a hit today and that makes it tough on a pitching staff, when you are able to get something all the way top to bottom in your lineup,” he said.OSU will look to continue their offensive momentum as they take on the Akron Zips on Wednesday at 5:05 p.m. read more

Mens Hockey Win streaks on the line when No 6 Ohio State

Ohio State sophomore forward Tanner Laczynski controls the puck during a 4-0 loss to Penn State on Dec. 2. Credit: Nick Hudak | For the LanternThe No. 6 Ohio State men’s hockey team (14-4-4, 7-4-1-0 Big Ten) will try to keep its win streak intact when it travels to State College, Pennsylvania, for a weekend series against a streaking No. 13 Penn State (12-7-3, 5-4-3-2 Big Ten) team Friday and Saturday.Penn State hasn’t lost in regulation in 10 games, with the lone blemish coming in a 2-2 shootout loss to Michigan State. Ohio State has won its past six games, which include series sweeps of Big Ten rivals Michigan State and No. 9 Minnesota. Ohio State’s last two losses came to the Nittany Lions in a series in early December. The Buckeyes lost in a shootout after a 5-5 tie in the first game and were shut out 4-0 in the next game. “We’re different, they’re different from a month and a half ago and what not,” Ohio State head coach Steve Rohlik said. “We’re going in there with the expectation that we got to go in there and play better, be better, to go in there and try and beat a good hockey team.”Penn State boasts the top offense in the nation, averaging 4.1 goals scored per game. The Nittany Lion offense is led by junior forward Andrew Sturtz, who has 10 goals and 28 points in 21 games this season. Penn State sophomore forward Denis Smirnov has nine goals and 17 points in 14 games, while leading the team with five power-play goals.Ohio State redshirt junior goalie Sean Romeo said he is ready for a Penn State offense that averages 40 shots per game. “They shoot a lot, so I know what to expect on that front,” Romeo said. “I just have confidence from how we have been preparing and how we’ve been playing, so definitely feeling good going into the weekend.”Rohlik said Penn State has relentless players who frequently push the puck in front of the net, and Ohio State will have to play strong defense to slow down the Nittany Lions’ attack. “Everything is to the net, they crash the net, they’re relentless, they work extremely hard, they stick to their system. They are who they are. That’s what makes them great,” Rohlik said. “For us, we just need to be disciplined with our five-man defense… I think that’s the biggest thing, we can’t control, you know, Smirnov is gonna get loose and some of those guys are gonna get loose, but again, we’re concentrating on five guys, not just one.” Ohio State holds one of the best road records of any team in the country at 9-1-1. “I think for some reason our team just gets a little excited hearing that student section going against us,” Romeo said. “I think that give us a little boost. I know this weekend will be pretty hectic, so I think we’ll come out flying.” Puck drop for the first game of the series will happen at 7:30 p.m. Friday and the second game will begin at 7:00 p.m. Saturday. Both games will take place at Pegula Ice Arena. read more