Nal’ibali searches across South Africa for its Story Bosso

first_imgNal’ibali is a national reading-for-enjoyment campaign. (Image: Nal’ibali)Nal’ibali invited all South Africans, young and old, to tell their favourite family-friendly story in their home languages and now has a shortlist for its Story Bosso storytelling competition.A national reading-for-enjoyment campaign, Nal’ibali has been running the competition since September and received over 2 000 entries from a full-cross section of South African society. These have been whittled down to just 15 candidates.Story Bosso has been designed as a nationwide talent search to excite people about reading and telling stories. It identifies undiscovered storytellers across the country and connects members of the public with a range of South African stories as well as tips and ideas on how to become better storytellers.It also favours the avid reader as people can access and enjoy all 15 shortlisted stories in the form of audio and video clips on the Nal’ibali website during November.These include original stories, retold stories and stories that have been read aloud by some of South Africa’s most animated storytellers between the ages of five and 51.“As people living in South Africa, we have a deep history of storytelling which reflects our diversity and our common cultural heritage. And, reading and storytelling are, of course, keys that unlock children’s literacy learning potential,” said Carole Bloch, the executive director of The Project for the Study of Alternative Education in South Africa, which drives the Nal’ibali campaign.Celebrity judges will help Nal’ibali literacy activists decide South Africa’s first Story Bosso and two runners-up.The judges include: actress and writer Lebogang Mashile; author and retired teacher Sindiwe Magona; social activist and writer Shaka Sisulu; comedian and author Nik Rabinowitz; actress and author Bonnie Henna; children’s author Alan Glass; new-age performance poet and singer Busiswa; and, TV presenter and radio personality Elana Afrika.The winner will be announced on 30 November and will – along with the title Story Bosso – take home a R5 000 cash prize, a R1 000 Ackermans voucher and a home library courtesy of Bargain Books, Exclusive Books and local publishers. The winner will also receive a visit from one of the celebrity judges.The runners-up will each receive R2 500 in cash, a R500 Ackermans voucher and a home library.THE SHORTLISTThe contenders for the title of Story Bosso are:Lisa Gebe: Story title: The Lion and the Mouse. Category: Read aloud. Language: English. Age: 11Chiara Dover: Story title: Probleme in die Droombos. Category: Read aloud. Language: Afrikaans. Age: 9Atang Makgata: Story title: A Dream about the Enchanted Forest. Category: Original. Language: English. Age: 12Busisiwe Smith: Story title: Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Category: Retelling. Language: isiZulu. Age: 30Edith Makola: Story title: Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Category: Retelling. Language: EnglishOlwethu Peter: Story title: The Hyena and the Seven Little Kids. Category: Read aloud. Language: isiXhosa. Age: 9Sihle Mncwabe: Story title: Everything is Rosy. Category: Read aloud. Language: EnglishNozipho Tshabalala: Story title: The Lion and the Mouse. Category: Retelling. Language: isiZulu. Age: 5Athandiwe Skade: Story title: Umboleki. Category: Retelling. Language: isiXhosa. Age: 7Kholeka Gwendolien Nojilawa: Story title: The Granny with her Grandchildren Living in the Big Forest. Category: Retelling. Language: isiXhosa. Age: 51Nyameka Combi: Story title: Lisa’s First Day at Harare Library. Category: Original. Language: isiXhosa. Age: 33The Bright Sparks Dancing Pencils Writing Club (team entry): Story title: The Golden Thread by Aaliyah Monga (club member). Category: Read aloud. Language: EnglishKerrin Kokot and Jayne Batzofin (team entry): Story title: The Lonely Frog. Category: Original. Language: English and Sign. Age: 33 and 31Funeka Soga: Story title: Lucy Learns her ABCs. Category: Original. Language: English Age: 24Horacio Ngovene: Story title: The Lion and the Little Mouse. Category: Re-telling. Language: English. Age: 21last_img read more

Google’s new My Activity and Ads Personalization seek to make ads better, provide more user control over data

first_imgRoughly a year ago Google introduced “My Account,” a centralized privacy and security center where people could manage their data and information used by Google. Yesterday the company began a global rollout of a new panel within My Account, called My Activity.My Activity extends the mission of My Account and gives users a more holistic view of their search and browsing histories. This is the first time that Google has brought together all the activity data it has on individuals in a single place.You can view the history of videos watched, topics searched and other content consumed across Google, and across the web via Chrome. Particular topics or queries can be removed from your history across Google properties. For example, users could purge all research conducted on “nonprescription weight-loss supplements” or “Solar City” or “Bewitched” to avoid seeing ads or content recommendations tied to those topics.Any particular item of history from any property can thus be deleted. Google does caution users against deleting data, but the process is simple and pretty straightforward.In parallel with My Activity, Google is introducing “Ads Personalization.” This is an evolution of the older “Ads Preferences Manager” and newer “ad settings” manager, which allows people to influence the types of ads they see by indicating areas of interest or disinterest or by entirely opting out.The new Ads Personalization functionality is turned off by default and must be activated by consumers. Google will expose users to the new personalization option and invite them to turn it on. The company promises better and more relevant ads from opting-in. Google hopes Ads Personalization will not only improve the ad experience but give users a better sense of control over the ads they see — across devices.I was told that Google worked hard to make the explanation and language surrounding Ads Personalization clear and easy to understand. Here’s one communication:My Activity and Ads Personalization are overlapping and share themes of transparency and user control. Not everyone will see these as primary motivations however. Splitting the difference, I think we can call it enlightened self-interest.When Google introduces new features or capabilities like this it’s always something of an ink-blot test. If you’re cynical about Google’s motives, as many are, you’d likely see this as a way to incorporate more data for ad targeting while seeking to insulate the company against privacy objections. It’s also fair to say that some of this and other recent Google ad enhancements are a response Facebook’s targeting capabilities.Yet this is also a middle path and way forward — offering enhanced targeting and simultaneously instilling greater user confidence and opt-in participation through more transparency and control over data.While these announcements will probably raise few concerns in the US, they will almost certainly see push-back in Europe. EU Regulators have long objected to broad data collection practices by US internet companies such as Google and Facebook. However, they are also likely to applaud Google’s effort to give users more control over their data.Putting aside second-guessing Google’s motives, a practical question is: how many people will actually investigate and engage with these new tools? For example, the online ad industry initiative “AdChoices” has been a failure. However, Google indicated that it’s going to make a sincere and sustained effort to educate users about the new features.In a broader context, these tools are part of a larger Google project to improve ad quality and the overall ad experience, to combat the rise of ad blocking and increasing consumer ad avoidance.From our sponsors: Google’s new My Activity and Ads Personalization seek to make ads better, provide more user control over data Google’s new My Activity and Ads Personalization seek to make ads better, provide more user control over dataYou are here: Posted on 30th June 2016Digital Marketing FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+share HomeDigital MarketingGoogle’s new My Activity and Ads Personalization seek to make ads better, provide more user control over data Related postsLytics now integrates with Google Marketing Platform to enable customer data-informed campaigns14th December 2019The California Consumer Privacy Act goes live in a few short weeks — Are you ready?14th December 2019ML 2019121313th December 2019Global email benchmark report finds email isn’t dead – it’s essential13th December 20192019 benchmark report: brand vs. non-brand traffic in Google Shopping12th December 2019Keep your LinkedIn advertising strategy focused in 202012th December 2019last_img read more

Pune civic body to blame for poor water management, say activists

first_imgThe delay in onset of southwest monsoon has aggravated the already acute water crisis in the State leading to nearly 4,000 tankers being pressed to service the parched districts in the arid Marathwada region while more than 1,000 tankers are in operation in the Pune and Nashik divisions.Activists in Pune blamed the municipal corporation for mismanagement of water resources, especially in its failure to monitor ‘authorised’ tanker supplies to areas in the grip of acute water scarcity in the district.“Despite the Pune Municipal Corporation mandating installations of general packet radio service (GPRS) systems to monitor tanker movement and closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras to keep vigil on water filling stations, they have failed to translate on ground,” said noted Right to Information (RTI) activist Vijay Kumbhar.He said of the seven authorised water filling stations in the city, a major one at the city’s Ramtekdi area which fills more than 70 water tankers daily is bereft of any CCTV system.In a bid to rein in rampant water theft, the civic body had decided to equip tankers authorised by them with GPS tracking devices. These were to be linked to a control room where the movement of these tankers would be tracked to prevent diversion of water supply.However, the Pune civic body’s control room to monitor these tankers is in a shambolic state, despite claims by PMC officials that the infrastructure was being rapidly set up.Vivek Velankar of the Sajag Nagrik Manch, a citizens’ outfit, observed that the number of tankers plying on the city’s roads had risen steadily to meet the potable water demands of the increasing population. He points out that the dramatic growth of Pune city in the past decade has rendered it impossible for the PMC to provide water to all.In April last year, Mr. Velankar’s group had discovered that monitoring equipment at four of the seven water filling stations was dysfunctional. It was only on their prompting that steps were taken by the PMC to remedy the situation.“The purpose of the GPS tracker to prevent water theft has ultimately come a cropper. While the contractor is happy that he can keep watch on his tanker, the PMC has no control on what the contractor is doing owing to poor monitoring systems. As a result, the black-marketing of water is thriving, with contractors running a merry business outside civic limits by selling water at high rates,” said Mr. Velankar. PMC officials, however, said that 80% of the 600-odd tankers authorised by them had installed GPS systems and that they had ceased supplying water to those tankers who did not have monitoring systems installed.Meanwhile, the cumulative water stocks in the four main dams – Khadakwasla, Panshet, Varasgaon and Temghar – supplying water to the city had plummeted below 3.25 TMC (thousand million cubic feet) of their cumulative capacity of 29 TMC. This is in sharp contrast to the 4.6 TMC water stock available at the same time last year.last_img read more

I don’t consider myself a Marxist: Datta Samant

first_imgDatta Samant: Balance sheets are manipulatedFor a man who can mobilise 15 lakh workers at the snap of his stubby fingers; who is the nemesis of India’s industrial barons and one of the most successful negotiators on the trade union front – Datta Samant hardly lives up to his larger-than-life,Datta Samant: Balance sheets are manipulatedFor a man who can mobilise 15 lakh workers at the snap of his stubby fingers; who is the nemesis of India’s industrial barons and one of the most successful negotiators on the trade union front – Datta Samant hardly lives up to his larger-than-life image. He displays neither the fire-breathing oratory of a George Fernandes nor the suave sophistication of a Sharad Joshi. He is, instead, strangely inarticulate. His answers to questions are contained in jerky, incomplete sentences delivered in an inaudible monotone. Constant interruptions in the form of telephone calls and a steady stream of visitors make it virtually impossible to conduct a normal conversation.A full working day for Samant begins at 7.30 a.m. and winds up late at night – a lifestyle that allows the maverick labour leader little time to spend with his wife Vanita and his five children, and ensures that he travels up to 150 km a day.To pin down the man and probe behind the affable facade he sports, India Today Correspondent Chander Uday Singh joined the Doctor in his gleaming white Premier Padmini gifted by workers, for an entire day. Between negotiations and in the course of the long day, Singh pieced together Samant’s halting responses to questions. To gain a more complete picture, India Today editors invited Samant and his close advisers to the magazine’s New Delhi office where he was grilled all through a two-hour session. Excerpts from both interviews:Q. Your militant methods often result in interminable strikes which hurt the workers involved very severely. Is this uncompromising attitude entirely necessary?A. You must understand that there are no economic changes which come through the Parliament or by talking alone. You have to organise and fight these injustices which exist. It is morchas and agitations which deliver the goods, not talk.advertisementWe are not taking the workers on indefinite strike to prove a point or for prestige: we do it because we want our legitimate share of productivity and profit. This is a mass agitation for pressing demands which no labour leader has been able to get the workers. We have to face these kinds of odds, you can’t expect everything to be sweet and rosy.Q. What about the middle class employees, the clerks, supervisory staff and executives who suffer during your strikes without getting any of the benefits?A. This is not really true. Today even the middle class employees have started joining my unions. In the case of these clerks and supervisory personnel, they are all educated people who know that they are being exploited. But because of their so-called standards of morality and decency they are too weak to resist it.These people actually want the benefits of an agitation without having to fight for them. And when they find that the managements are talking to me and giving my workers benefits, then they suddenly come around and join my unions. Today, in almost 80 per cent of my units, the technical and supervisory staff are my members.Q. An argument frequently used against you is that you disrupt productivity in every unit you enter, thus hurting both the employer and the labour force, who have to forgo their wages for long periods.A. This is not true. Firstly, strikes and violent agitations are not the norm. It is not in more than 1 per cent of my units that the matter escalates into a strike. Secondly, at factories where we have reached a settlement my workers give at least 5 to 10 per cent extra productivity. I tell them that now that you have got your money you have to do your share.In Mukand Iron, Viren Shah has given me Rs 450 to 525 rise in wages, but he will be the happiest person, because he will be getting so much more productivity. And the factory owners know this.Q. Many of the textile mills are in financial straits, and it is possible that your strike will drive them to sickness. Won’t this hurt the labour force in the long run?A. These mills were made sick by all types of malpractices and misappropriations by the owners. People like the Kilachands and Kapadias who mismanaged them deliberately drove them to sickness. It is irresponsible to say that the workers are making them sick by demanding their due; this is all the millowners’ propaganda. The Government should have stepped in and seen that these people did not bleed the mills dry. Why should the workers suffer for this man-made sickness?advertisementQ. Economists argue that due to your frequent wage demands you are infact contributing to inflation because the increased wages are passed on to the consumer.A. Not correct. That statement is absolutely untrue. There is no control whatsoever on the selling price of every item, and the manufacturers are indiscriminately hiking up prices. The price neutralisation given to workers comes only after prices have already risen, and that neutralisation is only a third of the price rise. So to say that the workers’ pay is responsible for inflation is a very bad proposition and I am not going to accept it.Q. You are accused of total non-application of mind to individual negotiations, which hurts the workers interests since you do not pay attention to economic facts or balance sheets. Is this true?A. I may be guilty of doing injustice to a few employers by not applying my mind, but in 90 per cent of the cases my attitude is correct. Balance sheets are all I manipulated by the employers, the laws are all outdated and can give no justice where balance sheets are fabricated. I have got a lot of experience in different industries, and today I can visualise the financial position in different industries. Also, what one employer in an industry is able to pay, the other can certainly pay.You must understand that there are no economic changes which come through the Parliament or talking alone. You have to organise and fight these injustices which exist. It is morchas and agitations which deliver the goods, not talk. In many units the supervisory staff are also with us, so we make inquiries with them about the productivity and financial jugglery. We find out when they are altering their books or indulging in black transactions. Maybe we do an injustice to workers or employers in a few cases by asking for too much or too little, but in 90 per cent of the cases we are eventually proved right.Q. Who do you consider your main rivals in Bombay?A. I have no rivals. Where is the question of rivals. I’m not doing it for my own sake. On the contrary, I want somebody should work honestly with the workers as we are doing. Work should be shared.Q. Do you collaborate with other unions? A. How can I collaborate. The workers leave (other) unions to join me. But in any labour action, mass action, if the aim is the same, we can collaborate.Q. What is your ideology ?Should, for example, private companies be taken over by the Government?A. At present, to take over by the Government, that type of conciousness has not come in our workers. But the Government can immediately do certain things. At present, it is the main financier for industry, all the money given by the banks and financial institutions, land, everything. So they can know the cost price of anything and regulate the selling price. On a broad base it is possible. The Government can then decide how much wage can be given to the workers. The Government should have a broad wage policy, to protect the wages of the worker.advertisementQ. Is the problem then basically of wages?A. As a trade unionist. I’m concerned with wages. Prior to my coming on the scene, wage agreements were of 40 to 50 rupees. Now they are 200 to 300 rupees.Q. Are the demands of workers sometimes unreasonable ? Do you scale them down?A. Sometimes, ten to 15 per cent these things happen. Because of my mass thinking that balance sheets are bad, I may be doing injustice. But hardly 10 per cent.Q. Do you believe there should be a private sector?A. Yes, the private sector should be free, but on that there should be some restrictions on wages and prices.Q. Do you agree that companies must make profit?A. Yes.Q. Do you consider yourself a Marxist?A. No, I don’t consider myself a Marxist.Q. You’re not a Marxist, you believe in private enterprise, then in what way are you left of centre?A. This is the thing. You must see the workers interest. If private enterprise can be properly controlled seeing the interest of the customers and workers, that type of controlled economy the Government can run.Q. You mean socialist control?A. Yes, socialist control, that is a good word you have used.Q. Have you considered joining any political party?A. No, because I’m finding the present parties are not taking up workers’ causes.Q. Are politically controlled unions bad?A. These unions are more interested in politics than in workers’ economic gains.Q. At one time you were in the Congress(I)….?A. That is right, from 1972 to 1977 I was a Congress(I) MLA, but I was the only one who was arrested under MISA.Q. Given a chance, would you join the Congress(I) again?A. No, no, not at all. I have not approached them and they have not approached me. I will not bargain away the workers’ interest with any party.Q. How did you find Antulay as a chief minister. Was he sympathetic to the workers’ plight?A. He was a short-tempered man. We never went to him with our problems. We found that if we went to him, the problems became more complicated.Q. What do you think of Mrs Gandhi?A. As far as labour is concerned, she doesn’t have any policies.Q. Do you believe productivity and wages should be linked?A. Not necessarily.Q. In your negotiations, what pressures do you put on the managements?A. I don’t pressure. The employers realise that if they don’t give money (to the workers) this union will resist, go for strikes, that is why they give in. That may be the pressure.Q. Do you have any national plans in your trade union work?A. No!Q. Why not ? If your formula works in Bombay, Maharashtra…?A. I’m a small man. I can’t manage that. I have no ambition.Q. By doing all the negotiation yourself, aren’t you negating the concept of collective bargaining ? Shouldn’t the workers be learning to negotiate themselves, to gain confidence?A. You’ve raised a very important point. That is my desire for many years. that the worker should study this. It shouldn’t go on behind one individual, that is not correct also. But the whole practical difficulty is that many of my workers are not educated. Second thing is that the educated people in the factory never come forward to give their help because they are fifty-fifty-fifty (per cent) with the management and fifty with the workers. So that type of intellectual will never come forward.Third, my difficulty is that if I leave things to the workers, it is not properly put up. Sometimes they make any demand taking my name, and sometimes the management tackles some of them and starts negotiating from a lower level. And, subsequently I find things difficult to correct.Q. What kind of relationship do you usually have with the employers?A. Very good. In the majority they know they must pay a good share to workers. I tell them if they do, the workers must work well. It is only a handful where they don’t realise this.Q. You have called the Tatas traders? They are not traders. They have investment worth a thousand crore.A. Their mentality is that of traders. I don’t mean in the bania sense. The whole tendency of employers is to keep the wages at a minimum level.Q. What is your idea of a good employer?A. One who gives the worker good things.last_img read more

Video: Dalvin Cook’s Little Brother Meets Ole Miss’ Football Team

first_imgDalvin Cook celebrating with his helmet off.MIAMI GARDENS, FL – DECEMBER 30: MVP Dalvin Cook #4 of the Florida State Seminoles celebrates their 33 to 32 win over the Michigan Wolverines during the Capitol One Orange Bowl at Sun Life Stadium on December 30, 2016 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)Deandre Burnett is a guard on the Ole Miss basketball team. He’s also the brother of Dalvin Cook, Florida State’s top player.Ole Miss and Florida State will hit the field Monday night to open the 2016 season in the Camping World Kickoff. The Seminoles’ best player, running back Dalvin Cook, has a unique connection to Ole Miss: his brother plays basketball for the Rebels.Cook’s brother, Deandre Burnett, will be eligible to play guard for Ole Miss this season after sitting out last year. He’s a transfer from the University of Miami.In this hilarious video released today by Ole Miss basketball, Burnett meets Rebels quarterback Chad Kelly and members of the Ole Miss defense. When he is introduced to the latter, things get interesting.? Our dynamic new guard Deandre Burnett, brother of FSU’s Dalvin Cook, meets Chad Kelly & the @OleMissFB team ???— Ole Miss Basketball (@OleMissMBB) September 1, 2016That’s fantastic social media work by Ole Miss. Well-done.Florida State and Ole Miss kickoff at 8:00 p.m. ET Monday night from Camping World Stadium in Orlando. ABC will have the broadcast.last_img read more

Kevin Love Is Only Following The Same Rubric As Six Decades Of

Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love made news Monday when he endorsed Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder in the NBA MVP race. Now, normally that wouldn’t be much of a story — we’ve made the case for Westbrook ourselves — except for one not-so-tiny detail: Love picked Westbrook over his own teammate, LeBron James.Asked to choose between Westbrook (Love’s old college teammate at UCLA) and James by Dan Patrick on his eponymous radio show, Love said:They’re both having an MVP-type season, but I’m going to go with Russell Westbrook because … every single night you’re looking at his stat sheet, they’re fighting for a playoff spot, with Serge Ibaka going down now, Kevin Durant potentially being out the rest of the year and him still going out there and fighting for his team, and winning, and fighting for that seventh or eighth spot in the playoffs. … I think Russ is arguably having the better season.The supposed slight between teammates was later downplayed by James (“Kevin has his own opinion of who he believes is the MVP. No one should fault him for that.”). But to some, it added to the speculation about a growing rift between the two superstars — and what it could mean for Love’s future in Cleveland. If he chooses to, Love can opt out of his contract and become a free agent this summer.Then again, maybe Love was just following the same rubric that MVP voters have adhered to for over a half-century. Several years ago, Justin Kubatko (then of analyzed historical patterns in NBA MVP voting, attempting to create an algorithm that would predict the front-runners for the award in-season. After going through a variety of statistical combinations, he found that four categories had by far the most influence on MVP results: team wins, points per game, rebounds per game and assists per game.That research forms the basis for’s MVP tracker tool, which currently gives Westbrook about twice as good a shot at the award as James. While James’ team has been better, winning 64 percent of its games — compared with 58 percent for Oklahoma City — Westbrook’s edges over James in points, rebounds and assists per game are traditionally more than enough to offset the difference in team records. The Thunder’s winning percentage would have to drop to 48 percent for Westbrook and James to have the same MVP probability per the model.(For what it’s worth, the metric also lists Houston’s James Harden and — especially — Golden State’s Stephen Curry as overwhelming MVP favorites, with Curry garnering a 41 percent probability of taking home the hardware. So it’s still unlikely that Westbrook or James will win the award.)In other words, Love isn’t necessarily going out of his way to disrespect James here. Perhaps the homer pick — publicly backing one’s teammate despite evidence to the contrary — is still a customary gesture of solidarity among colleagues. But by picking Westbrook instead, Love was at least highly consistent with the way media members have voted for players since the first MVP was handed out. read more

Urban Meyers comfort level improving along with offensive line pass defense needs

Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer made his weekly appearance on the Big Ten teleconference Tuesday afternoon and discussed the improved play of the offensive line, the emergence of sophomore running back Ezekiel Elliott and his comfort level with the team thus far.The Buckeyes are 3-1 on the season following a 50-28 victory over the Cincinnati Bearcats Saturday night.        Meyer said after Saturday’s win over Cincinnati his offensive line has “crossed the barrier” and added he believes the offense has developed depth and more of an identity. He named redshirt-junior Chase Farris as someone who has improved and is earning playing time on the offensive line.        He said that with the return of senior tight end Jeff Heuerman from injury to go along with the improved line play that the Buckeyes have more of an offensive identity now.        Meyer said he believes the performance of Elliott is a product of better offensive line play.        Meyer said the running back position as a unit is the hardest working group on the team. He gave credit to running backs coach Stan Drayton and said Elliott is among the top two or three hardest workers on the team.        He said after evaluating the pass defense, he doesn’t think there is a lack of talent, rather a lack of execution. He said young corners in the secondary simply need to play better, singling out redshirt-freshmen Gareon Conley and Eli Apple as players who need to improve.        Meyer said his comfort level with his team is night and day from where it was week one against Navy.        He said the biggest challenge for the Buckeyes going into Saturday’s game against Maryland will be slowing down the Terrapin offensive skill players. Meyer added that Maryland quarterback C.J. Brown will greatly test OSU as he is the leading passer and rusher for Maryland.The Buckeyes are scheduled to take on the Maryland Terrapins on Saturday at noon at Byrd Stadium in College Park, Md. read more

Football Talent remains with Ohio State defensive ends despite depth departure

Ohio State freshman defensive end Chase Young (2) sacks Maryland quarterback Caleb Rowe and forces a fumble during the Ohio State-Maryland game on Oct. 7. Ohio State won 62-14. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThere was a case to be made that Ohio State’s defensive end depth in 2017 was as strong as any in college football. It could even have been the best of the past several seasons.It not only had the 2016 Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year in Tyquan Lewis, but also the 2017 winner in Nick Bosa, as well as future NFL draft selections Jalyn Holmes and Sam Hubbard. Waiting behind the four starters were a pair of former top defensive end prospects in five-star freshman Chase Young and four-star redshirt freshman Jonathon Cooper, both of whom spelled the starters when needed.That depth was envious in 2017. It will not be there in 2018.Ohio State lost Hubbard to the draft while Holmes and Lewis both graduated, leaving Bosa, Young and Cooper as the only returning players at defensive end.“We’ll find some guys to play with them,” defensive line coach Larry Johnson said after the Cotton Bowl. “We’ll make some changes. We’ll make sure those guys have a chance to be fresh. We’re a long ways away from that, but I think we’ll be OK.”The concern with Ohio State’s defensive end group will not come from the talent present. Bosa and Young could be a dynamic pairing at the top, potentially the most explosive duo in college football, if the talent they have shown in the past continues in 2018. Cooper will present the Buckeyes with a strong third option in the rotation.And even though Young and Cooper have only part of one season full of garbage time minutes under their belts, they both feel ready to step into larger roles in the 2018 season.“I think we were prepared right now,” Young said after the Cotton Bowl. “But even this spring and this winter and the summer, it’s going to get us, and after all three of those [seasons], man, I think we going to be there. Just watch out.”The depth from there takes a bit of a hit and will remain questionable heading into the season.Since the bowl game in December, Ohio State has a clearer vision of who will be able to provide backup to next year’s starters. The Buckeyes brought in defensive end recruits four-star Tyreke Smith, four-star Tyler Friday and three-star Alex Williams. However, Friday will be making the change from defensive tackle to end while Williams might get a shot at playing tight end in college.Even with the recruits coming in, it seems unlikely any of them will have extended roles. None are as highly regarded as Young coming out of high school. Young appeared in 10 games and had 3.5 sacks while Cooper played in nine games.Still, that playing time proved valuable for the pair. It was given chances to play against collegiate competition — though almost always toward the end of blowouts. Bosa remembers that even when the game was not on the line, the playing time was important for his own development.“My freshman year, I was able to play a decent amount,” Bosa said. “Just get that big game experience. Just get used to the speed of the game. It’s a lot different than high school and you just learn a lot when you actually get in there, you can’t really replicate it in practice.”The recruits could be thrust into playing time due to the lack of depth, but none are expected to have Young’s impact. He demonstrated speed and elusiveness during his freshman season that has convinced the Buckeyes he will be a force when he steps into a starting role for Ohio State.Cooper’s name often gets lost in the shuffle — overlooked in favor of Bosa and Young — when looking ahead to 2018. Cooper did not have as much impactful playing time as Young in 2017 and had just two sacks. But the players all believe he has the chance to be another top option for the Buckeyes when they need relief.“If you name me and Nick, you’ve got to name Coop too,” Young said after the Cotton Bowl. “Coop, his motor is unreal and I don’t think guys have seen a lot of him this year, but like I said with [defensive tackle] Davon Hamilton, you going to see a lot of him next year, you going to see what he brings to the table.”Ohio State is going to have to deal with a lack of depth, but there is still plenty of talent at defensive end. With Young, Bosa and Cooper, the Buckeyes have a formidable trio that should present challenges to opposing offensive lines, just like they did in 2017.“I think it could be the best pass-rushing unit ever,” Bosa said on Jan. 19. “I think it could be a step up from last year just because they’ve really set the bar for us and we’re going to enhance it and just so much talent on this D-line right now, even though we’re young. Some of the best talent that I’ve ever seen, so it’s going to be really good once we get all the chemistry together.” read more

Steven Gerrard wants to sign a few more players

first_imgEven after making 10 signings this summer, Rangers boss Steven Gerrard wants “a few” more players, saying “this will be a different team from last year”.The coach say he wants to sign another centre-half during this transfer window to bolster his team’s defence, although he had already signed Connor Goldson from Brighton and Nikola Katic from Croatian side Slaven Belupo.Rangers have had a bid of £200k rejected for Hearts striker Kyle Lafferty, however, Gerrard has refused to be drawn on their interest in the player.“We have tried to add players who are hungry, the idea was to have two quality players in each position,” said Gerrard, according to Sky Sports.Steven Gerrard, Michael OwenOwen reveals why Liverpool didn’t offer Gerrard a new contract Manuel R. Medina – September 6, 2019 According to Owen, the Reds wanted to sell Gerrard two years before he left the club and that’s why they didn’t offer him a contract renewal.“It’s no secret we are still looking to add a few pieces to the jigsaw. This will be a different team from last year.“I can’t speak on last season but the mentality of my players will be there and we will have winners on the pitch and winners on the bench.“We don’t just want numbers, we want quality. We know our targets and who we will go after.”last_img read more

Dyche says Burnley will battle to avoid relegation

first_imgA year after competing in European football, English Premier League club Burnley might get demoted to the Championship.Last season, Burnley was competing in the UEFA Europa League.And this season, the team is battling to avoid relegation from the English Premier League to the Championship.“We are fortunate in the sense other than the last season, which was clearly a strong season, the other seasons we have always been in and around it and searching for wins to make sure we got points on the board,” Sean Dyche told Sky Sports.Burnley FC v Manchester City - Premier LeagueMatch Preview: Burnley vs Liverpool Boro Tanchev – August 30, 2019 Premier League leaders Liverpool travel to Burnley for the Matchday 4 of the 2019-20 Premier League campaign.“It is not new territory. [We have] had a lot of different demands this season. I think we have come through that somewhat.”“[But] there are no guarantees. I mentioned that last week so the next one doesn’t owe you anything,” he added.“We are going down to a decent Watford side. They have had ups and downs in their season so far themselves but they are a good outfit.”“They have potential going forwards and they can open up a game. They have been pretty defensively strong other than the ups and downs that a lot of Premier League teams have so we certainly have got to be right on our performance there,” he commented.last_img read more