Police operation targets adults purchasing alcohol for kids

first_imgHomeNewsCrimePolice operation targets adults purchasing alcohol for kids Mar. 15, 2016 at 6:04 amCrimePolice operation targets adults purchasing alcohol for kidsMatthew Hall5 years agoadults purchasing alcohol for kidsalcohollos angeles police departmentNewsSanta Monicasanta monica newssanta monica policeSanta Monica Police Departmentsanta monica police officersselling alcohol to underage kidssmpdthe westside coalitionunderage drinking The Santa Monica Police Department issued one citation during a recent “shoulder tap” operation that asked 53 individuals to purchase alcohol for a minor.SMPD officers visited four stores on March 12 using an underage decoy. The decoy stood outside of the retailers and asked adult customers to purchase alcohol on their behalf.“Decoy Shoulder Tap operations are geared towards adults who knowingly and willingly furnish alcoholic beverages to minors,” said Sergeant Rudy Camarena in a statement. “The goal is to reduce substance abuse and enhance community welfare by limiting underage access to alcohol.”Sarah Blanch, Regional Director, Los Angeles Projects Institute for Public Strategies said the “shoulder tap” is a significant source of alcohol for minors.“According to the California ABC website, a recent survey by the Los Angeles Police Department indicated as many as 46 percent of all minors who attempt to acquire alcohol use the shoulder tap method,” she said.Institute for Public Strategies operates locally as The Westside Coalition and is focused on preventing underage drinking. The organization sometimes conducts its own alcohol education campaigns and provides resources for the community to prevent minors from access alcohol. The organization had no affiliation with the recent SMPD operation but Blanch said police activity of this type can be very effective.“High visibility enforcement (enforcement coupled with community awareness of said enforcement, typically via media) has been a common tactic of police departments since the mid 90s, when research began to demonstrate that violation rates drop significantly in cities that regularly conduct minor decoy and shoulder tap operations,” she said.“Shoulder taps and minor decoy operations (operations where law enforcement send a minor to into stores to attempt to illegally purchase alcohol) are effective primarily because they’re used in combination with media to create community awareness that the operations are occurring. The primary intent of the operations is deterrence. If adults are aware the potential consequences are high, they are less likely to agree to purchase alcohol for minors.”Blanch said minors get alcohol from a variety of sources and that the community needs to be aware of the comprehensive problem.She said half of students surveyed in a recent project reported getting alcohol at house parties and from friends. Another 21 percent said they could acquire alcohol from adults.“Regardless, since underage drinking is a complex and pervasive problem, it’s important to use a combination of strategies that reduce youths’ access to alcohol in both social and retail settings,” she [email protected] :adults purchasing alcohol for kidsalcohollos angeles police departmentNewsSanta Monicasanta monica newssanta monica policeSanta Monica Police Departmentsanta monica police officersselling alcohol to underage kidssmpdthe westside coalitionunderage drinkingshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentMan taken into custody for stealing necklace from Banana RepublicAn angel turned ‘hero’You Might Also LikeBriefsNewsSEATTLE Feds plan to curtail West Coast salmon fishing to help orcasGuest Author2 days agoBriefsNewsBeach House Begins Community Re-Opening June 15Guest Author2 days agoBriefsNewsInput Invited for Marine Park Improvement ProjectsGuest Author2 days agoBriefsNewsPublic Health Emphasizes the Importance of Vaccinations as Distancing and Masking Guidelines Relax Next WeekGuest Author2 days agoBriefsNews“Righting Our Wrongs” performance on June 11Guest Author2 days agoColumnsFeaturedNewsOpinionWhat’s the Point?whats the pointGAY PRIDE MONTH IS HERE FOR ALL OF USDavid Pisarra2 days agolast_img read more

Celebrate Veterans Day With These Musicians Who Have Served Our Country

first_imgEvery November 11th we observe Veterans Day, honoring those men and women who have served the United States so heroically. Without them, we would not be the “Land of the Free, and the Home of the Brave.” We owe such a great deal of gratitude to them, it can never be underestimated or taken for granted.With that being said, we got to thinking about notable musicians who have served in the military, even for a brief amount amount of time. They may have not been war heroes, but it certainly doesn’t discount their service. Here now is a list of 10 musicians who served our great country, once as Patriots, another as world class musicians.Jerry Garcia – United States ArmySo maybe Jerry Garcia wasn’t cut out to be a solider, but he did join the U.S. Army after his stealing his mother’s car, her punishment to him. After completing basic training at Fort Ord on the California coast, Garcia was transferred to Fort Winfield Scott. However, Garcia didn’t even last a year, receiving a general discharge from the Army in December of 1960.Jimi Hendrix – 101st Airborne DivisionMuch like Jerry Garcia, Hendrix’s entrance into the Army was due to outside influences and also due to vehicle theft. Hendrix was given the option of spending two years in prison or joining the army. He chose the latter and was assigned to the 101st Airborne Division stationed at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. However, due to unsatisfactory performance (although not on the six string) and the occasional butting of heads with ranking officers, Captain Gilbert Batchman relieved Hendrix of his duty after year one of a three year service agreement. The Army’s loss was certainly rock music’s gain!Ray Manzarek – United States ArmyThe Doors’ keyboard player Ray Manzarek was also a member of the U.S. Army for however brief of time. After enlisting and spending some time in Thailand for a year, Manzarek was discharged. The rest is history.Howlin’ Wolf – United States ArmyLegendary blues player Chester Arthur Burnett AKA Howlin’ Wolf was drafted into the Army Signal Corps in 1941 and spent most of his time in the service in the upper Northwest United States. However, after suffering a nervous breakdown in 1943, Wolf was discharged from the service and relocated to the southern U.S. where he would build one of the longest lasting legacies in American music history.B.B. King – United States ArmyDoesn’t it seem like all the great blues players throughout history have in some shape or form served their country? The late great B.B. King was no exception. After a stint in the Army during World War II, in which he spent most of that time driving a tractor, King would go on to become of the most revered musicians in American history.John Coltrane – United States NavyAmerican jazz icon and saxophonist John Coltrane avoided the draft in by enlisting in the Navy on August 6, 1945, the same day the United States dropped the first atomic bomb on Japan. He was trained in upstate New York at Sampson Naval Training Station before being sent to Pearl Harbor where he would work his way up to the bandleader of the base’s swing band, the Melody Masters. After being discharged in 1946, Coltrane moved back to Philadelphia with a new vigor and drive that we’ve come to associate his recordings with.Johnny Cash – United States Air ForceBefore he became one of the greatest Country recording artists in the world, Johnny Cash was a United States Airman. According to Cash’s biography, he completed his training at Lackland Air Force Base and Brooks Air Force Base, both in San Antonio, TX, and was later assigned to the 12th Radio Squadron Mobile of the U.S. Air Force Security Service at Landsberg, Germany as a Morse Code Intercept Operator for Soviet Army transmissions. He was even the first operator to pick up on the message that Soviet leader Joseph Stalin had passed away.John Fogerty – United States ArmyBefore Credence Clearwater Revival’s John Fogerty was “Born On The Bayou,” he was part of the Army Reserve. Drafted to service in 1966, Fogerty served at Fort Bragg, Fort Knox and Fort Lee before being discharged in July of 1967 and resuming his actives with the band.Jason Hann – United States NavyThe String Cheese Incident’s awesomely talented percussion player Jason Hann served in the United States Navy right out of high school. After traveling throughout much of Asia during his time in the service, Hann pursued music seriously, learning and studying all types of world music. Without his service, we might be looking at a very different type of String Cheese today.Thank you to all of our Veterans! We wouldn’t be the greatest country in the world without your sacrifices.last_img read more

Steelers’ trade for safety Minkah Fitzpatrick sends four messages loud and clear

first_imgIt says, loudly:They believe in second-year quarterback Mason Rudolph, in what they saw in his college performances before drafting him in the 2018 third round, what they’ve seen in training since and what they observed when he took over for a little more than a half in Sunday’s loss to Seattle.They expect star QB Ben Roethlisberger to recover at a reasonable pace from elbow surgery that will cost him the remainder of the 2019 season. He’ll have two years remaining on his contract then. If Rudolph excels, they can decide how they want to address the future.They know their defense has been a wreck, particularly in the middle of the field, and Fitzpatrick has excelled in his short time in the league as a slot corner and safety.Most important, they have not surrendered on the 2019 season and believe what remains is salvageable, despite an 0-2 start and the absence of a quarterback who has seen them through 144 wins and two Super Bowl titles since 2004.MORE: Fitzpatrick trade grades for Steelers, DolphinsIt’s a declaration of intent by the Steelers that they refuse to surrender on the season, despite a horrific start in every respect: too many injuries, too many defeats, too few reasons to be optimistic. They perceive no cause at all for surrender.”We feel comfortable with the team we’ve assembled,” coach Mike Tomlin said at his weekly Tuesday press conference. “Obviously, we’ve dealt with some circumstances that will force us to adjust and play a certain style that puts us in position to win. Our level of expectations in terms of our performance will not change, and has not changed.”It is our job to keep this train rolling. … If anything, from a competitor’s standpoint, it energizes me and us. We’re excited about balling up our fists and fighting, and fighting together.”Tomlin said Fitzpatrick will immediately move into the free safety position vacated by an injury to veteran Sean Davis, who was placed on injured reserve. As Fitzpatrick gains familiarity with the Steelers’ approach, however, he also might be deployed as a slot corner, where he last season was regarded as one of the most effective in the league. Trading away a first-round pick can give off the scent of a desperate management team trying to remain relevant by selling the future. In this case, though there is no certainty the trade will be a smash, they have risked little of their future and wheedled some financial flexibility under the salary cap. Because the Dolphins paid his signing bonus, the Steelers get three years of Fitzpatrick at an average annual salary of $1.9 million. There also is an option for a fifth year, in 2022. They would have control of their 2020 pick only a smidge longer, and Fitzpatrick is a proven NFL player, not someone who might struggle with the transition from college.He might struggle with the transition to the Steelers, though, and that’s where this becomes a discussion.There are a few scenarios in which this trade becomes disastrous:1. Rudolph proves not to be a worthy successor at quarterback and Roethlisberger’s recovery does not facilitate his return to the field next September, meaning the Steelers will have blown a chance to find a QB with a high 2020 first-rounder.2. The pieces in place this autumn fail so spectacularly that the Steelers find themselves slotted into one of the prime draft positions — say top five — in 2020.3. The deficiencies in the Steelers’ defensive backfield’s schemes and/or training have the same deleterious effect on Fitzpatrick as on safeties Terrell Edmunds and Davis or an army of drafted cornerbacks, most notably 2016 first-rounder Artie Burns.That last one is the most important factor. The current Steelers have given no one a reason to be confident they can make Fitzpatrick a stellar component of an elite unit.MORE: Steelers’ Rudolph pick now seems shrewd at worst, genius at bestThere is a saying in coaching: “It’s not the Xs and the Os, it’s the Jimmies and the Joes.” But if a Minkah flops, joining all the Jimmies and Joes drafted and undeveloped by the Steelers over more than a decade, the cause will be obvious.The Steelers haven’t drafted a long-term starter at corner since William Gay in 2007. They haven’t selected a reliable safety since Troy Polamalu in 2003.With Fitzpatrick stepping into the free safety position, though, three of the team’s four regular DBs will have been acquired from other organizations and had some measure of success elsewhere. In his third season with the team, corner Joe Haden has been very good. First-year corner Steven Nelson, a free agent signed away from the Chiefs, has been adequate at least.Through two games, however, the Steelers do not have a single interception. With two passes defensed, they rank last in the league. Neither stat is an anomaly. They were 28th in interceptions last season and 14th in passes defensed. None of this is a surprise, because their defensive backs almost never are near the ball.Fitzpatrick had nine PDs last season; among the Steelers, only Haden topped that. So it is up to defensive coordinator Keith Butler to put his secondary into positions where they can more commonly disrupt opponents’ passing attacks. If Fitzpatrick does not make a difference, if the nature of Butler’s schemes does more to vex him than the opposition, we’ll know for certain where the issue rests. The Steelers made official early Tuesday morning what the unofficial reports flooding the media late Monday made real for those who follow the league: Pittsburgh traded its 2020 first-round draft choice to Miami in exchange for young defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick, a revolutionary transaction for a franchise known for its orthodoxy.It was a deal that made several profound statements at once, about what the Steelers think of themselves and their immediate future.center_img WEEK 3 NFL PICKS: Against the spread | Straight-up predictionsWhile the Ravens were dazzling at 2-0 but claiming only the Dolphins and Cardinals as victims, the Steelers were stuck opening against the reigning Super Bowl champion and a near-perennial playoff team. Their horrid defensive performances must be attributed, at least in part, to the challenge of facing QBs Tom Brady and Russell Wilson.The issues at the back end of the Pittsburgh D, though, were not invented by those two stars. It’s an old problem with a potentially new solution.last_img read more

Moral hazard…

first_img…and JordanOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo pointed out that by offering tax amnesties to those folks who haven’t paid their taxes, Finance Minister Winston Jordan was opening up serious “moral hazard” questions. The PPP’s General Secretary also noted this danger was identified by the IMF. Well!! Who told Jagdeo to raise this moral hazard danger!??!! Jordan came out swinging: “I don’t know what’s all this nonsense about moral hazard Jagdeo’s talking about!!”This reaction was so heated and personal your Eyewitness assumed Jordan thought Jagdeo was accusing HIM of some moral lapse…like being caught in flagrante delicto?? But it soon became clear Jordan’s ire was raised because he didn’t fully comprehend the meaning of the term “moral hazard” as used by Jagdeo, who’s an economist. As such, the term refers to a situation when somebody has an incentive to take risks that OTHERS will pay for.It’s like the fella who’s carelessly installing expensive but required electrical wiring because he has big home insurance: he figures he’ll just buy a new home if the place burns down!! In the case of the taxes, all Jagdeo said was, “People know that when you have tax amnesties, anyone can go in there and work out special deals because it is not transparently done.”Now he was talking as an economist who’d been Finance Minister for years and President for another 12!! He KNOWS what goes on with these “amnesties”!! Jordan, however, insisted, “There would be no reduction of tax; none at all…it is just the penalties that would be waived.” From his reaction, it’s even clearer Jordan really doesn’t understand the ramifications of “moral hazard” – which is fatal for a man in charge of our national finances.He should’ve considered Jagdeo’s caution from at least two different perspectives rather than his rose-coloured glasses. Governments in general – and this government in particular – may have policies that are straight up. But the policies have to be executed by INDIVIDUALS – and this is where moral hazard enters the picture. Take the duty-free policy on vehicles for returning Guyanese…the policy’s very clear…but we know about the runnings – like with the Mook’s Lexus SUVs!!So, with the tax amnesties, shouldn’t Jordan conduct a check (an audit!?!) on how the amnesties were applied. The second area’s even more fundamental – and Jordan should be spanked for missing it. In Guyana, taxes have to be paid ahead of time – quarterly. A businessman who’s allowed to NOT PAY ON TIME – with no penalties imposed – will be encouraged to go this route. THAT’s moral hazard!!The Government loses because it has lost the opportunity costs of the taxes not paid up front!And we wonder why the economy’s tanking?!…and Amerindian (under) developmentPM Nagamootoo, in his role as apologist for the PNC-led Government with a column in the Chronic, confronts moral hazard issues every time he writes!! He recently expatiated at length about how much the Government’s done for Indigenous Peoples. One wonders which world he’s living in!! He mentioned the radio station – broadcasting Government propaganda day and night!! He spoke of his visit to the Rupununi last year when he observed the rainy weather flooding – apparently completely oblivious to the same flooding this year. Meaning nothing was done about it!! He went on and on about all kinds of innocuous Government programmes – all part of the Government’s pappy show about “doing something”.But reality kicked in when Allicock, the individual who he boasted invited him to the Rupununi, was quoted in the same Chronic bemoaning that 40,000 out of 48,000 Amerindian youths were unemployed!!So much for the Hinterland Employment and Youth Service (HEYS) programme Nagamootoo boasted about!!The sad fact is Nagamootoo is just a shrill PNC shill!!…in constitutional interpretationThe moral hazard question was raised when former PPP Exec Ramkarran – noting all Richardson had to show was the Parliament’s amendment of Art 90 “adversely affected” Art 1 and 9 to be unconstitutional – yet praised the CCJ’s decision.Denying thousands of citizens from contesting the presidency doesn’t “adversely affect” democracy?last_img read more

Unearthing Africa’s future leaders

first_img30 July 2003Fifteen fellows who will comprise the South African contingent of the African Leadership Initiative (ALI) were announced in Johannesburg last week during the inauguration of the Initiative, which is designed to foster a new generation of community-spirited leaders in Africa.Modelled after the Henry Ford Fellowship Programme of the 53-year-old Aspen Institute in the US, the South African launch of ALI was attended by government, business and civil society leaders from Ghana, Mozambique and East Africa (incorporating Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda), where the programme is already under way.US representatives of the Aspen Institute and sponsors, Technoserve, were also present.“We need as many initiatives as we can possibly have to make a huge difference to the continent and put Africa on the map”, said Isaac Shongwe, the South African chairman of ALI. “If one looks up into Africa, it chills the blood to see what human beings are capable of doing to one another.”Shongwe added that there was a leadership crisis in Africa and that the ALI sought to develop the next generation of values-based, community-spirited leaders by providing them with the necessary tools to meet the challenges of corporate and civic leadership in the 21st century.“If we want this to be the African century, we need to rise to our challenges and emerge as a continent that could take its place in the global community,” Shongwe said, stressing that talk about the African Renaissance and the continent’s home-grown economic recovery plan, the New Partnership for Arica’s Development, needed to be translated into reality.As was the case in Ghana, East Africa and Mozambique, each of the 20-member class of fellows was chosen from young executives and professionals on the strength of their potential or demonstrated leadership “at the highest level of corporate and civic responsibility”. Five more members still need to be added to the list of South African ALI fellows.The South African fellows are mainly representatives of captains of industry, and will attend their first seminar, “The Challenge of Leadership”, in September. Each class will be involved in four seminars and a community leadership project spread over 23 days during the next three years.“Over the next five years, we hope that approximately 400 people will have graduated from the programme”, said Bill Mayer, the chairman of the Aspen Institute.“A significant number of these could have a heavy influence on how your economies have developed, are developing and will develop. They will hopefully succeed in stimulating economic growth on the continent coupled with a strong sense of responsibility to humankind.”The 15 South African fellows announced last week are: LEBOGANG HASHATSE: general manager of corporate affairs, MultichoiceARTHUR MUTAMBARA: director of payments, Stanbic AfricaKETSO GORDHAN: executive director, Rand Merchant BankIQBAL SURVE: chief executive officer, Sekunjalo InvestmentsLESLIE MAASDORP: international adviser, Goldman Sachs InternationalHERMAN STEYN: CEO, Prescient Investments ManagementBRUCE ROBERTSON: managing director, Africa Resources Holdings LtdLINDIWE SANGWENI-SIDDO: general manager, Sandton Sun & Towers IntercontinentalLULU GWAGWA: chief executive, Independent Development TrustTHOLOANE QHOBELA: strategic planning director, Ogilvy & Mather RightfordBERNICE LUE-MARAIS: head of Africa business development, CSIRBONGIWE NJOBE: director-general, National Department of AgricltureHENRY MALINGA: chief director of supply chain policy, National TreasuryRALPH FREEZE: chairman of the board, Spier Leisure HoldingsSANDILE DIKENI: arts editor, This Day SASource: African Leadership Initiative SAlast_img read more

Energy Management vs. Power Management in Data Center Servers

first_imgDoes this mean that it will be possible to cut the electricity bills by one third to one half using DPNM?  This is a bit optimistic.  A typical use case for DPNM is as a “guard rail”.  It is possible to set a target not to exceed for the power consumption of a server as shown in the figure below.  The red line in the figure represents the guard rail.  The white line represents the actual power demand as function of time; the dotted line represents the power consumption that would have existed without power management. Enforcing this power cap brings operational flexibility: it is possible to deploy more servers to fit a limited power budget to prevent breakers from tripping or to use less electricity during peak demand periods.There is a semantic distinction between energy management and power management.  Power management in the context of servers deployed at a data center refers to a capability to regulate the power consumption at a given instant.  Energy management refers to the accumulated power saved over a period of time.The energy saved through the application of DPNM is represented by the area between the dotted line and the white graph line below; the power consumed by the server is represent by the area under the solid white graph line.  Since power capping is in effect during relatively short periods, and when in effect the area between the dotted line and the guard rail is relatively small, it follows that the energy saved through the application of DPNM is small.One mechanism for achieving significant energy savings calls for dividing a group of servers running an application into pools or “platoons”.  If servers are placed in a sleeping state (ACPI S5 sleep) during periods of low utilization it is possible to bring their power consumption to less than 5 percent of their peak power consumption, basically just the power needed to keep the network interface controller (NIC) listening for a wakeup signal.As the workload diminishes, additional servers are moved into a sleeping state.  The process is reversible whereby servers are taken from the sleeping pool to an active state as workloads increase.  The number of pools can be adjusted depending on the application being run.  For instance, it is possible to define a third, intermediate pool of power capped servers to run lower priority workloads.  Capped servers will run slightly slower, depending on the type of workload.Implementing this scheme can be logistically complex.  Running the application in a virtualized environment can make it considerably easier because workloads in low use machines can be migrated and consolidated in the remaining machines.We are conducting experiments to asses the potential for energy savings.  Initial results indicate that these savings can be significant.  If you, dear reader have been working in this space, I’d be more than interested in learning about your experience.If this topic is of interest to you, please join us at the Intel Development Forum in San Francisco at the Moscone Center on September 22-24.  I will be facilitating course PDCS003, “Cloud Power Management with the Intel(r) Xeon(r) 5500 Series Platform.”  You will be the opportunity to talk with some of our fellow travelers in the process of developing power management solutions using Intel technology ingredients and get a feel of their early experience.  Also please make a note to visit booths #515, #710 and #712 to see demonstrations of early end-to-end solutions these folks have put together. There are two technologies available to regulate power consumption in the recently introduced Nehalem servers using the Intel® Xeon® processor 5500 series.  The first is power proportional computing where power consumption varies in proportion to the processor utilization.  The second is Intel® Dynamic Power Node Manager (DPNM) technology which allows the setting of a target power consumption when a CPU is under load.  The power capping range increases with processor workload.An immediate benefit of the Intel® Dynamic Node Manager (DPNM) technology is the capability to balance and trade off power consumption against performance in deployed Intel Nehalem generation servers.  Nehalem servers have a more aggressive implementation of power proportional computing where idle power consumption can be as small as 50 percent of the power under full load, down from about 70 percent in the prior (Bensley) generation.  Furthermore, the observed power capping range under full load when DPNM is applied can be as large as 100 watts out for a two-socket Nehalem server with the Urbanna baseboard observed in the lab to draw about 300 watts under full load.  The actual numbers you will obtain depend on the server configuration: memory, number of installed hard drives and the number and type of processors.last_img read more

Napoli: ‘Not a punitive retreat’

first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/ Napoli have released a new statement, insisting “the training retreat was constructive and not punitive,” though players and Carlo Ancelotti don’t seem to agree. The club remains in chaos after the squad rebelled against orders to continue the training retreat at the Castelvolturno ground, known in Italy as a ‘ritiro.’ Napoli announced they would take legal action against the squad, which may well include docking their wages, but a new statement was released this evening. “With reference to the news stories that appeared today and over the last few days referring to the first team training retreat, the club is surprised at the way some media outlets erroneously qualified it as a ‘punitive retreat.’ “President De Laurentiis stated on Radio Kiss Kiss on November 4 in very clear and unequivocal fashion: “This is a constructive retreat and not a punitive one.” “A ritiro, an expression summing up the complex mode of training, destined to help the players rediscover their concentration and necessary motivation ahead of two important and delicate matches.” However, the memo doesn’t seem to have reached Ancelotti – who said in a press conference on Monday that he did not agree with the decision to impose a retreat – and the players, who rebelled. Sky Sport Italia suggested the anger also came from the fact President Aurelio De Laurentiis imposed the decision upon them with no warning or explanation.last_img read more

Womens soccer team looks for quick jump in Big Ten standings

For the first time since 1993, the women’s soccer Big Ten championship will not be decided with a post-season tournament. The change, which puts emphasis exclusively on a team’s regular season performance, makes Ohio State’s games at Wisconsin and at Minnesota this weekend all the more important.In the past, the league has had two titles, crowning both a regular season and a tournament champion. Now, the conference championship, as well as an automatic berth to the NCAA tournament, will be decided solely on the regular season standings.The elimination of the league’s post-season tournament has brought a noticeable change to the pressure brought on by each game, coach Lori Walker said. “You’re in an ‘every game matters’ scenario right from the beginning,” Walker said. “In the past, there were a few games where you just stay on task … you could always make that one last push using the tournament, and we don’t have that anymore.”Walker, who has always been a supporter of a conference tournament, said its single-elimination style was valuable practice for her team. The tournament represented a chance, the coach said, for her team to prepare for the pressures of playing in the NCAA championship at the end of the season.Junior midfielder Courtney Jenkins said the pressure is still there, it is just a little different.“Each game is a big game,” Jenkins said. “It’s always a battle, and without having the tournament at the end of the year, you can’t wait until the end to prove yourself.”Coming off of last weekend’s victories, OSU is looking to move up the Big Ten ladder this weekend. They currently sit third in the conference, behind their next two opponents, and begin the road trip Friday night to Madison to face the Badgers. The game is one of three consecutive road games for the Buckeyes. It is their longest stint away from Columbus this season. The biggest struggle of playing on the road comes in the team’s energy level, Walker said.“When you’re playing in the [Jessie Owens Memorial Stadium] and all of your friends and family is there, it can be really easy to elevate your excitement and your passion from the get-go,” Walker said. “When you’re on the road it’s got to come from the inside.”Jenkins said the team is aware of how difficult the weekend will be.“Both Minnesota and Wisconsin are going to be tough,” Jenkins said. “But I think we’ll get some good preparation this week and we’ll be ready for it.” read more

Jim Tressel interviewed for Indianapolis Colts head coaching position

Former Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel has interviewed for the Indianapolis Colts’ head coaching job and will learn next week if he is hired, according to multiple reports. Colts owner Jim Irsay has reportedly met to discuss the position twice with Tressel, who served as a game-day consultant for the team this past season. From his Twitter account, @JimIrsay, Irsay tweeted Saturday at about 11 a.m.: “The #1 pick debate will rage on,what a great year to have it..the HC search is wide ranging n thorough,decision by mid 2 late next week.” The Colts did not immediately respond to The Lantern‘s request for comment regarding the team’s head coaching position. Tressel opted to postpone his term of employment with the Colts until Week 7 of the NFL season due to concerns about current and former OSU players who were suspended in both the NFL and NCAA. In Tressel’s final game coaching the Buckeyes, he led the team to a 31-26 victory against Arkansas in the 2011 Sugar Bowl in the Louisiana Superdome. That game, along with the entire 2010 season, was later vacated by OSU as part of its self-imposed penalties for violating NCAA policies. Tressel resigned from his post with the Buckeyes on May 30. This past season, the Colts posted an NFL-worst 2-14 record. read more

Buckeye Brief Slowing down Keita BatesDiop and more notes from Ohio States

Ohio State redshirt junior forward Keita Bates-Diop (33) takes a 3 pointer in the first half of the game against Maryland on Jan. 11 in the Schottenstein Center. Ohio State won 91-69. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorNo. 13 Ohio State (18-4, 9-0 Big Ten) is exactly halfway through its conference schedule with nine games won and nine games remaining. It narrowly edged out Nebraska Monday, 64-59, in its closest conference game of the season. Here are some notes from the postgame press conference. Keita Bates-Diop finding production despite tighter defensive coverageThe cat is out of the bag: redshirt junior Keita Bates-Diop is one of the best players in college basketball. The 6-foot-7 forward averages 19.7 points and 8.8 rebounds per game, shooting 50.5 percent from the field and 36.6 percent from the 3.Earlier in the year, teams played man-to-man against Bates-Diop. It allowed him to easily drive and to shoot high-percentage shots inside or catch wide-open passes from beyond the arc and knock home 3s. But teams have started to press more often in their coverage of him, double-teaming him to prevent him from having those open looks. His current four-game stretch has seen him average his lowest point rate (16.8) since he averaged 15 points per game from Nov. 19-26. The added defensive pressure has made it more challenging for Bates-Diop to find open lanes to drive to the basket. But against Nebraska, he said he was able to stay moving and would eventually find open space without the ball before catching a pass and making a play.“So I started slipping screens and just moving around a little bit more, cutting a little bit more off the ball and all my teammates found me,” Bates-Diop said Monday. “It was mostly just layups to the basket.”He had been off to a slow start, making only 2-of-5 shots from the field and struggling to find open shooting chances given the coverage. Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann said he typically does not have to say much to Bates-Diop when he goes into a bit of a lull and that it is always just a matter of time until his star forward starts putting up points.“I just told him I’d like for you to score a lot more and go get 14 really quickly here,” Holtmann joked. “He’s getting a lot of attention. He missed some open shots, but he made some huge plays for us. And I thought our guys did a nice job finding him in the post late too.”Four games in eight daysWhen the Buckeyes went to the locker room after the game Monday night, they finally had a chance to really catch their breath. They had just wrapped up their fourth game in eight days with the first three coming on the road. “I definitely am a little fatigued,” senior forward Jae’Sean Tate said. “I mean you know that’s just the cards we were dealt. Especially this season with the tournament being moved up, it’s a little tougher. But I think as a team, we’re doing a great job. The coaches are focusing more on film and recovery.”Holtmann said the team did not discuss any change in approach to the four-game stretch, but that the players have worked additionally with strength and conditioning coach Quadrian Banks to avoid getting too worn down.He also said he wanted three of his starters — junior guard C.J. Jackson, Bates-Diop and Tate, who played 37, 37 and 33 minutes, respectively — to get more rest given how much they had played during that stretch. However, given how close Monday’s matchup wound up being, he was unable to rest his starters as much as he would have liked.“We’re going to continue to trust and use our bench,” Holtmann said. “We played seven guys over 20 minutes, which is kind of normal. But we need to continue obviously for Thursday. We need to probably utilize our bench even more if we can.”Andre Wesson and Andrew Dakich providing much-needed reliefPart of those bench players who have helped to provide key relief for starters have been sophomore forward Andre Wesson and redshirt senior guard Andrew Dakich. Wesson, who lost time over the summer due to an undisclosed injury, has worked his way back and has taken the role of the top bench forward. Over the past five games, he has averaged 21.8 minutes per game.Though he has only averaged 2.8 points per game over that stretch, the players and coaches have raved about his passing and defense being valuable coming off the bench. “Sometimes you guys may not see things that don’t show up on stat sheets, but he’s being a great defender,” Tate said. “He’s getting his hands on deflections, he’s boxing out his man, making sure they don’t get the ball, but also keeping balls alive.”Like Wesson, Dakich has not been the most productive scoring guard, averaging just 3.8 points per game over his past five games — with an average of 22.4 minutes per game. Unlike Wesson, he lacks the size to guard taller forwards attempting jump shots. He also lacks game-changing speed, but Holtmann said the 6-foot guard makes up for it with his awareness.“What he lacks in athleticism — and let’s be honest, he lacks athleticism — he makes up for it so much in his IQ and his ability to connect his teammates,” Holtmann said. “I did not realize he’d be this solid for us defensively. They tried to ice him tonight and people shot over at times, but he’s hard to get around.”Up NextOhio State will try to extend its unbeaten streak in the Big Ten to 10 games when it hosts Penn State at 8 p.m. Thursday in the Schottenstein Center. read more