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Latam Eco Review: Whale attacks, palm oil woes, and hope for vaquitas

first_imgAgriculture, Biodiversity, Critically Endangered Species, Extinction, Illegal Logging, Illegal Mining, Illegal Trade, Palm Oil, Pollinators, Rainforests, Vaquita, Whales, Wildlife Trade, Wildlife Trafficking Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored Article published by Erik Hoffnercenter_img Peruvian palm oil, orca attacks on humpback whales, and mining in an Amazon national park are among the recent top stories from Mongabay Latam, our Spanish-language service.Orcas attack young humpbacks migrating north  For 30 years, Juan Capella and five other researchers analyzed thousands of photos of humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) off Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, Chile and Antarctica. They looked for things like rake marks on the whales’ tails — signs that they had been attacked by orcas (Orcinus orca). Since young humpback whales are less skilled at swimming in the deep, they are easy orca prey; but human activity is still the main cause of humpback whale deaths.The scarred tail of a humpback whale. Image by Juan Capella.Peruvian palm oil company said to have illegally cleared forestFarmers and a local NGO in Peru’s Amazon say a palm oil company illegally cut 27 percent of a rainforest tract before the project was approved. Palmas del Huallaga recently acquired almost 1,900 hectares (4,700 acres) in San Martín province. Without integrated conservation planning in the Amazon, plantations are creating islands of ecosystems no longer capable of providing environmental services.Deforestation on Palmas del Huallaga’s land. Image by Karen de la Torre.Palm plantations in Colombia killing native plants and pollinatorsThe boom in oil palm cultivation in western Colombia has introduced diseases and infestations to the area that are harming native plants. Researchers found that chemicals deemed necessary for the cultivation of oil palms are also affecting pollinators of banana palms and other species in this region of high biodiversity. In some areas, local farmers are turning back to traditional cultivation out of necessity.Oil palm fruit ready for harvest. Image by Palmasur‘Hope dies last’: The last 20 vaquitas can rebound“I’m not saying it will be easy, or that we can do it, but as they say, hope dies last,” says Lorenzo Rojas-Bracho, a researcher of vaquita porpoises. With high genetic diversity and reproduction rates, vaquita (Phocoena sinus) populations can recover from the current 20 that remain, Rojas-Bracho says. He warns that the illegal fishing of totoaba (Totoaba macdonaldi) could sound their death knell. Demand for totoaba bladder, highly valued in Asia, has is believed to be responsible for the death of vaquitas as bycatch.Nets for catching totoaba fish are the biggest threat to vaquitas. Image by Omar Vidal.Costa Rica’s palm oil farmers face five-year crisisDisease and declining palm oil prices have precipitated a five-year crisis for Costa Rica’s palm farmers, who’ve sought government assistance to offset the losses. While fatal yellowing disease is first observed in the leaves, it originates in the roots in response to soil conditions. Local biofuel projects are trying to boost the domestic market without increasing cultivation acreage.Oil palms grow two leaves a month and need 40 leaves to produce fruit. Fatal yellowing disease, which affects the leaves, stops fruit production. Image by Alejandro Gamboa.Illegal mining pictured in Peru’s Tambopata National ReserveMongabay Latam flew over the Madre de Dios region of Peru with the Peruvian Air Force. The resulting high-resolution photos and videos revealed illegal activities inside the Tambopata National Reserve in the Amazon, including illegal mining, logging and coca cultivation.The Peruvian Air Force’s ADS80 cameras captured high-resolution images of the devastation in the Amazon in Madre de Dios. Image by National Amazon Vigilance Center/Peruvian Air Force.Read the original stories in their entirety in Spanish here at Mongabay Latam.Banner image of a humpback whale and calf by NOAA.last_img read more

UCLA professor Friedlander wins German Book Trade peace award

first_imgIsraeli historian and UCLA professor Saul Friedlander was awarded the top prize at the annual Frankfurt Book Fair on Sunday in recognition of his narratives documenting the Nazi Holocaust. The German Book Trade association honored Friedlander with its 2007 peace prize, praising his use of firsthand experiences in telling the history of the Holocaust. Friedlander, a professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, accepted the $35,500 peace prize during an award ceremony at Frankfurt’s St. Paul’s Church on the final day of the annual international book fair. Previous winners of the award, which dates back to 1950, include the outspoken Turkish author and Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk and former Czech President Vaclav Havel. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.William, Kate getting serious? Photographs published Sunday of Prince William’s girlfriend Kate Middleton, clad in khaki on a Scottish hunting trip, have rekindled speculation that the two will soon announce their engagement. British Sunday newspapers ran pictures showing Middleton, 25, on a stag hunting expedition at the royal family’s Balmoral estate alongside William’s father, Prince Charles. The Sunday Telegraph said it was the first time Middleton had been photographed with Charles, “fueling speculation that she is about to become engaged to Prince William.” The Sunday Times said the pictures suggested that Middleton’s “induction into the royal family appears to have stepped up a notch.” Buckingham Palace refused to comment on the trip, saying it was a private activity.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Messaging drives SA mobile internet

first_imgWhile 28% of the urban cellular market is using mobile instant messaging (IM), as many as 65% have the capacity on their phones, meaning that only 4.5-million out of 10.5-million potential mobile IM users actually use it. In many cases, an application has been installed on the phone, and the owner may even have registered to use the service, but is not in fact a user. Use of mobile internet services has exploded in South Africa, even though less than half of urban users with internet-capable phones are using the internet, according to a comprehensive new study. For several years, the question of how many South Africans use the internet from their cellphones has been veiled in confusion, with claimed numbers ranging from half a million to 15-million. 27 May 2010 SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material FNB Cellphone Banking Solutions CEO Ravesh Ramlakan said that while the overall cellphone banking service had grown more rapidly than online banking, the adoption of FNB’s mobile banking WAP site has been relatively slow. “Customers either do not know how to access it via their cellphone, or their phone needs to be configured first in order to access. However, with technology lifecycles, the adoption to internet banking via the cellphone will feature more prominently in future,” he said. The implications of these numbers are significant: in one fell swoop, they would turn the South African internet user base from the 5.3-million reported by World Wide Worx at the end of 2009 to 9.6-million. Add Instant Messaging to the mix, and the total becomes 10.56-million – exactly double that of the internet user base at the end of last year. Tier 2: The Mobile Application Internet – usage of “stand-alone” applications on the phone that rely on data feeds, such as Mxit, Gmail, and Maps; the typical user is aware of using data, but not of fully accessing the internet. Bridging the digital divide The framework consist of three tiers, namely: And, while 60% of users in this market have phones that can browse the internet, only 21% report that they use this form of mobile internet access. Tier 3: Mobile Web Browsing – usage of a web browser to access the internet from the phone – understood by most users to represent full internet access.center_img The study was conducted face-to-face among urban mobile phone users aged 16 and older, representing 16-million South Africans. The Mobile Internet in South Africa 2010 report, conducted by local research firm World Wide Worx, shows that the usage of specific applications like Mxit and Facebook Mobile far outpaces browsing on the phone. The findings suggest, on the surface, that more than half of urban mobile users – 8.5-million – are capable of accessing e-mail on their phones, and as many as 60% – 9.5-million – are able to browse on their phones. “Defining the mobile internet is important,” said Mobile Marketing Association founding chairman Rick Joubert. “Neither one of the mobile internet usage tiers is any more important than the other, but decision-makers and marketers should understand the nature of the end user experience as clearly as possible.” “The truth is, many people with these applications on their phones do not use them and do not even know how to use them,” said Goldstuck. “It is quite startling to find how many have these features on their phones but don’t use them, either out of ignorance or because of cost concerns,” World Wide Worx MD Arthur Goldstuck said in a statement this week. Three tiers of mobile internet During the past year, representatives of two of the key players in the debate, World Wide Worx and the South African Mobile Marketing Association, agreed to a formal framework within which they would report the key statistics for internet usage and access on cellphones. Tier 1: The WAP Internet – access to Wireless Access Protocol gateways, which includes mobile versions of brand sites, mobile versions of traditional and new media publisher sites, downloads of ringtones, games and other content, which may only involve a single link from the phone; the typical user of the WAP internet is not always aware of using the internet. Cellphone banking: brighter future “It is clear that the cellphone has the potential to take South Africans across the digital divide, but the phones themselves need to become more user-friendly, and a vast amount of consumer education is needed.”last_img read more

Making the Case for Pay Transparency

first_imgRecommending to senior leadership that your organization increase pay transparency can be a difficult sell for HR professionals. However, pay transparency is a strategic move that delivers measurable business benefits – and it’s an issue on which HR should lead. It is important to understand that most executives in America today rose through organizational ranks that viewed compensation as a private matter. Few within organizations had access to salary information, and even fewer talked about it. As a result, many leaders still believe it is appropriate to dissuade or prohibit employees from discussing their own compensation with other employees.Yet we now understand these outdated cultural norms have contributed to the wage gap for women and minorities, among other negative outcomes. Pay transparency can help close those gaps and produce benefits for both employers and employees.For example, providing employees with pay ranges for their current position and those positions in their career path sets realistic expectations. This is crucial, as many employees hold unrealistic expectations based on internet salary searches for job titles that often do not account for or accurately reflect important factors such as experience level, geography, company size, actual tasks and responsibilities, or other types of compensation. These unrealistic salary expectations create serious challenges, including employee disengagement, low morale and retention problems.Clearly communicating your company’s pay ranges facilitates an open dialogue about how those ranges are set, when and why they change, and how employees can move up within them. These discussions in turn increase mutual trust and engagement and foster productive compensation communication — all of which help retain employees, which is especially important in today’s tight labor market. Increasing pay transparency also helps businesses attract and retain a more diverse workforce, which numerous studies have demonstrated translates into better business results. Sharing compensation data advances this effort by ensuring women and minorities have a clearer picture of the going rate for their skill sets, education, experience and performance. While many factors contribute to pay gaps, women and minority groups may have accepted lower compensation in the past because they could not access the information necessary to determine what they should be making based on what they bring to the table.While recommending greater pay transparency to senior leadership in your organization may seem daunting, it is an important discussion to have and a compelling case for HR professionals to make. In a highly competitive labor market, businesses that make the right strategic move of increasing pay transparency will ultimately attract and retain the best talent and come out ahead of those that do not.last_img read more

Wine.com Offers RSS-based API

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Today we will look at an example of putting all of these elements together. Wine.com haslaunched an innovative way to expose their catalog – via RSS with the API on top. Evolving the Typical Online CatalogUntil recently, Wine.com was just a basic wine catalog. It was well designed and easy to navigate,but it was definitely a web 1.0 kind of site. As the winds of the new web started to blow, the companyrealized that it needed to stay on top of the wave. With competitors like Corkd,Snooth and the wildly entertaining WineLibrary.tv innovatingin the wine space, the Wine.com team knew that they would have to compete for wine lover’s attention and dollars. When an RSS API Makes SenseWhat Wine.com has done is simple and powerful. They leveraged existing technology — RSS — to deliver valueto both end users and developers. The reason this strategy worked for the wine retailer is because they needed to providea read-only interface to their catalog. Essentially, all the interface does is expose a way to search Wine.com’s database.Because this is the only requirement and there is no need to expose a way to manipulate the catalog by addingor updating information, the RSS API works great.The only downside of using RSS is that all results must be returned at once. If the query isbroad, for example, get me all merlot wines, returning all results is too expensive.In the case of Wine.com, the solution is to just return the most recent wines that match the results.A more generic approach found in relational databases and in services like Amazon S3 is to page throughthe results using a result set iterator.It is clear that the RSS API approach would work for any catalog. It would not work for del.icio.us or Flickrbecause these services offer a way to modify the information, not just query it. But coming back to the conceptof the Web as a database, if every retailer would offer this kind of RSS API, the web would be much more semantic,interconnected and query-friendly.ConclusionWhat Wine.com has done is both simple and interesting and it certainly deserves consideration.One might argue that there is nothing special about augmenting RSS with metadata, but there is nothingspecial about any format. What is special is leveraging existing technologies and making thingscompatible and interoperable.The fact that RSS feed can channel metadata can lead to a lot of interesting applicationsincluding, for example, richer widgets. We hope that these early iterations of web services and APIs willgive rise to a new, more connected and richer web where web sites are also web services. So to the end user the results look like a regular RSS feed. This means that the user canadd the feed to his or her favorite reader and get updates when the new Kendal Jackson wine comes out in California.But if you look inside the source code of the feed, you will find that each item is augmented withcomplete metadata about each wine. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts alex iskold 1 As it turns out, the wine insdustry is highly regulated,and users may not be able purchase a particular vintage depending on where they live.Wine.com’s catalog maps the vast number of wineries to geographies and ensures that the law is followed.When the company looked to leverage their assets against the competition, they realized that exposingthe catalog by state to users, partners and third-party developers can help drive more traffic to the site.Wine.com’s RSS APINot only did Wine.com open up its catalog, the company did it with elegance worthy of modern APIs like del.icio.us and Flickr.The API is implemented via RSS, where each query returns a feed. Here’s a sample query (this is not exact query, it’s just meantto just give you the feel for the API):http://www.wine.com/v6/rss/rss.aspx?Ntt=+Kendall%2DJackson&State=CAWhen you view the results in the browser you get this: Tags:#Analysis#web The included metadata contains a description of the wine, price, winery, year as well as tags done as categories.Note that it would probably be better to use a custom tag instead of overloading the meaning of the category tag.For example, would be better than having year listed as a category. Nevertheless, this feedis essentially equivalent to a results of a query against the Wine.com catalog. Each item represents the matchingwine and contains all of the attributes of this wine.The interface is stateless or REST, since the entire resulting feed is returned at once. There isflexibility in the query, since the query text can be any attribute of the wine, such as name, winery or grape.That means that the query is performed against the entire catalog and is based on text matching. This makesit really easy for the end users, but may present scalability challenges for larger databases. Putting itall together, we get this diagram: We have written here extensivelyabout the rise of web services and the transformation of the web into a platform. In our postWhen Web Sites Become Web Serviceswe argued that more and more web sites will open their information via an interface. In our post about Yahoo! Pipeswe wrote about viewing the web as a massive, and in essence relational, database. And finally in the post aboutthe Future of RSS we looked at the past, present and future uses of the really simple syndication protocol. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

a month agoArsenal academy chief Mertesacker: Edu has been set ambitious targets

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal academy chief Mertesacker: Edu has been set ambitious targetsby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal academy chief Per Mertesacker says new sporting director Edu has been set ambitious targets.Mertesacker says that the brief for Edu, who played for the Gunners from 2001 to 2005, is very simple: Make Arsenal great again. He said: “Edu will make changes.”He has the power to change what he wants around the first team. He’s a very positive guy. First of all, he trusts me! We work very closely ­together, I think we can make a shift to being world-class again.“That’s the responsibility we have and the legacy that Arsene has left. By being so successful he set ­expectations.” last_img read more

The Seattle Seahawks Are Now Underdogs To Make The Playoffs

What opponent would you least want to see on your favorite NFL team’s schedule? Most of you, I’d guess, would want to avoid Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos. But after that?The Seattle Seahawks, despite their 3-3 record, remain a perfectly reasonable answer to this question. When our NFL Elo ratings come out later this week, they’ll have Seattle in third place — just slightly behind New England (and further behind Denver) and just slightly ahead of Dallas, Indianapolis and San Francisco. You could argue these cases — are you more afraid of the Seahawks defense or Colts quarterback Andrew Luck? Are you sure you’d rather play Seattle than Denver when the Seahawks already beat the Broncos this season — and demolished them in last year’s Super Bowl?It’s not as though Seattle’s season has been a disaster. The Seahawks have outscored their opponents by 18 points against a very tough schedule. Jeff Sagarin’s ratings at USA Today have them as the third-best team in football based solely on their performance this year.Our Elo ratings carry over performance from previous seasons, which helps Seattle some. This usually yields more reliable estimates of team strength, especially early in the season (six games is a small sample size). You could argue against accounting for prior years’ performance when a team is old or when its roster had turned over substantially. But Seattle’s hasn’t. It has brought its core back from last year, when it was the third-youngest team in football. Quarterback Russell Wilson is just 25, an age when most QBs are still improving.Nonetheless, the Elo ratings have the Seahawks as underdogs to make the playoffs. In the simulations we ran after Sunday night’s games, Seattle made the playoffs just 46 percent of the time.The Seahawks are harmed by playing in the NFL’s toughest division, in a deep conference and against a very tough schedule. A league-average team playing Seattle’s schedule this year would be expected to go 7-9 based on each opponent’s Elo ratings, so the schedule costs the Seahawks about one win.Seattle will also need to finish with an 11-5 record or better to be assured of making the playoffs. In simulations where Seattle finished 9-7 — its most likely record according to Elo — it made the playoffs just 23 percent of time, well below the historical average for 9-7 teams of about 50 percent.Nor may a 10-6 record be good enough. In our simulations, Seattle won the NFC West only 27 percent of the time with that record. More often, a 10-6 Seattle team made the playoffs as a wild card. But the NFC playoff picture is crowded. Seattle would have to compete for two wild card slots along with whichever team finishes second in the NFC East (probably Philadelphia or Dallas), whichever team finishes second in the NFC North (probably Detroit or Green Bay) and whichever other NFC West team (San Francisco or Arizona) also misses out on the division title.And while an 11-5 record was almost always good enough for Seattle to make the postseason, it only earned the Seahawks a division title 60 percent of the time. That means they’d start their playoffs on the road — depriving them of the benefit of the NFL’s biggest home-field advantage.Perhaps the Seahawks don’t have much right to complain — it was only four seasons ago when they made the playoffs as a 7-9 team in an awful NFC West. But the trend toward smaller divisions in sports makes odd outcomes like this more likely. If Seattle makes the playoffs, it will certainly have earned it. read more

Report Luke Fickell interviewed for Florida Atlantic head coaching position

Defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Luke Fickell celebrates with junior cornerback Doran Grant (12) following an interception during a game against Purdue Nov. 2 at Ross-Ade Stadium. OSU won, 56-0.Credit: Ritika Shah / Asst. photo editorOhio State defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Luke Fickell reportedly interviewed Tuesday for the vacant Florida Atlantic head coaching position, according to the South Florida Sun Sentinel.According to the report, FAU Athletic Director Pat Chun was in Columbus Tuesday morning to conduct the interview, but an FAU spokeswoman did not confirm that to The Lantern Tuesday afternoon.“Pat Chun, Florida Atlantic’s Director of Athletics has stated (publicly) that he will have no comment concerning the coaching vacancy until it is complete,” the spokeswoman said, in an email.The coaching position became available last week, after former Owl coach Carl Pelini resigned following allegations he was seen using illegal drugs.Fickell is set to earn $600,000 in 2013, the highest amount among current Buckeye assistants. He served as OSU interim head coach during the 2011 season, after former head coach Jim Tressel resigned in wake of Tattoo-gate, where several former Buckeyes were found to be receiving improper benefits.An OSU spokesman told The Lantern in an email he is “not aware of personnel plans for other schools.” read more

Commentary Covering the Buckeyes from a new perspective

I have been covering the Buckeyes since the beginning of the 2013 season, and I’ve seen every play through a camera lens. But the Big Ten Championship against Michigan State was different.This time, I was not taking photos on the field, seeing as only two of The Lantern’s three photographers were allowed on the field, per Big Ten rules.It was 12 games into the season, and I have been on the sideline for 11 of them, since I did not travel to California earlier in the season, and it has been all the same to me.It’s my job.I go to each stadium, grab my cameras, head down to the field and do my job before heading to the post game press conference to film OSU coach Urban Meyer, all the way up until the team’s 24th win.But this game was different.Not only did I not have a camera lens in front of me during the Big Ten Championship game, but I didn’t get to see Meyer talk about winning either.It was an entire new experience for me as sports journalist.I stood in the press box as the game began, instead of sitting by the Buckeyes end zone anticipating the kickoff with the rest of Lucas Oil Stadium. Instead, I was with countless other reporters, fingers hovering over their keyboards, ready to analyze the first play of the game.I saw the Buckeyes and the Spartans begin the game from a birds eye view, I could see everything happening, against just what was through the lens of my camera.It was almost like a culminating moment for me, the sign that the season was winding down and my football coverage at The Lantern was coming to a close. As I watched these athletes on the field, each snap was one snap closer to it being over, for me and for them.Regardless of a win or a loss, one more game would be all there was left in this season.One more, and it was over.Time for me to leave the 2013 football season behind, and move on to coverage for other sports and move towards graduation in the spring. It was also time for some of these athletes to finish their college football careers and move onto graduation, and even the NFL for some.If I would have been told a year ago that I would have covered the Buckeyes all season, I wouldn’t have believed it. I’ve been incredibly fortunate for the opportunities working for The Lantern has provided me.And this game pulled it all together for me.I saw the game from high above and even throughout the stadium when I took some time during the second half to go watch the game from the fans point of view.I watched the Buckeyes and their fans look defeated when the clock hit zero and they were handed their first loss in just under two years.I watched players walk into the locker room in tears, something I have never seen while covering this team.I sat front row and watched Meyer tell the media he was proud of his team, despite the loss and the missed chance at the BCS National Championship Game.I covered what was probably my last game for the Buckeyes, and I saw the entire experience from a whole new light.What felt like the end to my football coverage at OSU, I’m sure felt like the end to many players as well. It was almost like a sign for me that while it was great while it lasted, it’s time to see what’s next.It’s time to go see something new, and from another new point of view. read more

Mens tennis No 3 Ohio State has a target on its back

OSU junior Mikael Torpegaard (left) and senior Herkko Pollanen (right) celebrate a point against Georgia on Feb. 12. OSU won, 4-0. Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsThe Ohio State men’s tennis team is firmly positioned as a national championship contender. Following success against nationally ranked opponents, the Buckeyes hope to use that experience with Big Ten play looming in the near future.OSU was ranked No. 1 in the country, but after its recent 4-3 losses to Texas and Wake Forest, the Buckeyes are now No. 3 in country. Wake Forest has since taken the No. 1 spot and Texas is ranked sixth, nationally.The Buckeyes are 8-3 against nationally ranked opponents, which is the kind of schedule OSU coach Ty Tucker said he wanted his team to face coming into the season.“We try and build the hardest schedule we can build,” Tucker said. “The guys realize, when they come to Ohio State, that that’s what we are going to do. When you play some top-10 opponents, you get a little more juiced up.”With constant challenges against some of the best teams in the nation, senior Herkko Pollanen feels like his team can now go up against anyone.“When you know that you can compete against the best teams, you have a lot of confidence going against those guys,” Pollanen said.OSU boasts the No. 1 ranked player in the nation in junior Mikael Torpegaard. In the middle of a 16-match winning streak and having won 16 of 18 matches against nationally ranked opponents, he said team success all depends on the team’s mindset going into the match.“You just have to go into each match thinking that your opponent is good,” Torpegaard said, “Knowing how to play them and treating every match the same way, never underestimating anybody. Going in with the same kind of mindset helps you.”However, becoming the best team in the nation brings its own challenges for players.“As the season progresses, you got to try and not think about playing with a target on your back,” Torpegaard said. “Everyone wants to beat you.”With such a high level of success against the best in the NCAA, Tucker knows that the teams coming in are going to step up and play at the highest level against championship-caliber teams.“As a coach, you know that teams are going to bring it,” Tucker said. “Maybe they get complacent sometimes in other matches, but when they come to Ohio State or when they play Ohio State, we know we are going to see their best shot. They want to have a shot.”With motivation to keep that top spot, OSU is relying on what got it to this level.“It brings motivation, for sure, to keep on practicing hard and putting (in) all of the practice hours,” Torpegaard said. “That’s essentially what got us up there. I think we are one of the hardest-working teams in the country.”The amount of time spent on the courts is what Tucker thinks sets OSU apart.“They have been put in positions and they keep answering the bell,” Tucker said. “That’s what you have to be most proud of, as a coach. They bring it every match that they play.”Coming off two losses against top competition, OSU will try to prove that it’s worthy of the No. 1 ranking again with conference play beginning Friday against Michigan State. read more