If you?ve been too busy studying for organic chemistry orwatching ?Lost? on your laptop to catch the excitement of college hoops thissemester, you?ve really been missing out. Although I think you?ve poorly prioritizedyour daily schedule, I?m not going to berate or chastise you for missing one ofthe most electrifying college basketball seasons in recent history. Instead,I?m here to inform you: It?s not too late!The conference championships are already underway andSelection Sunday ? my favorite holiday of the year ? is only four days away. (Iknow, I can hardly believe it either).So, in case you?ve been in hibernation since New Year?s orstill think the Badgers are an unranked, middle-of-the-Big-Ten caliber team,I?ll give you my two cents on the teams to keep an eye on before the mayhemtruly begins in eight days.Championship contendersNo. 5 KansasAnyone who watched the Jayhawks demolish (and even that worddoesn?t give the win the justice it deserves) Texas Tech 109-51 on March 3understands why Kansas is a legitimate title contender.The Hawks are athletic enough to run with teams like Memphisand Tennessee, they can shoot the three-ball, and they play tough on thedefensive side of the court.Junior Mario Chalmers has become one of the top point guardsin the league. He and his backcourt mate Brandon Rush really cause problems foropposing defenses.Can KU head coach Bill Self finally get over the hump? RoyWilliams (North Carolina) did it against Self (Illinois) just three years ago.Anything?s possible.Kansas is my team to beat.No. 1 North CarolinaIt?s hard to bet against a team with the name TylerHansbrough on the roster. If you look up the word ?gamer? in the dictionary,Hansbrough?s picture sits alongside the definition.The Tar Heels looked rejuvenated Saturday night against Dukewith the re-entrance of point guard Ty Lawson into the lineup.UNC is athletic both around the perimeter and under the rim.They can shoot from deep, run-and-gun and bang inside. Plus, everyone knows howimportant coaching is amidst the madness, and there are few coaches I?d ratherhave on my sideline than Williams.No. 3 UCLAThe Bruins have a combination of talent and experience(after making it to the Final Four the past two seasons) that could be deadlycome tournament time. Darren Collison runs the point about as well as anyone inthe country, and freshman sensation Kevin Love dominates the glass.With the parity that currently exists in college basketball,back-to-back-to-back Final Four appearances is a near impossible feat toaccomplish. Nonetheless, don?t be surprised if UCLA makes the trip to SanAntonio come April 5.No. 2 MemphisTigers? head coach John Calipari has only made the FinalFour one time in his 17-year collegiate coaching career. There?s just oneproblem ? because then-UMass Minuteman Marcus Camby illegally accepted moneyfrom an agent, the NCAA doesn?t recognize the team?s 1996 Final Fourappearance, so technically, he?s never made the final weekend of the tourney.This season, Calipari may just have the team to go all the way.Memphis is probably the most athletic team in the nation.The duo of Chris Douglas-Roberts and Derrick Rose is a lethal one. And don?tthink playing in Conference USA hurts the Tigers? chances in terms of seasonexperience. Remember, they beat UConn, USC, Georgetown and Tennessee thisseason.Under the radarNo. 15 ConnecticutThis year?s Huskies team reminds me a lot of last year?sGeorgetown squad. 7-foot-3-inch Hasheem Thabeet ? the best pure shot-blocker inthe land ? is an asset every team would love to have (does last year?s RoyHibbert ring a bell?).UConn has five players who average in double figures. JeffAdrien is simply a beast in the paint.Don?t sleep on the Huskies.USCIn keeping with the recent-memory theme, this year?s Trojansremind me a lot of last year?s Texas Longhorns, simply because O.J. Mayo couldvery well be this year?s Kevin Durant. That, and their uniform colors are quitesimilar.But seriously, USC is getting hot at the right time. Lookout.Kansas StateFreshman Michael Beasley: 26.5 points, 12.5 rebounds, 1.7blocks per game. Fifty-four percent from the field, 40 percent from 3-pointrange. ESPN?s Jay Bilas put it best: Beasley?s not a man among boys, he?s a manamong men.Enough said.Early upsets?No. 7 DukeI have trouble believing a Mike Krzyzewski-coached team canbe eliminated early from the tournament two years in a row (they were ousted byVCU in the first round last season), but it might just happen. These BlueDevils rely too much on the 3-pointer. A 10-minute cold streak could end theirseason because they don?t have much of an inside presence.Duke will get by the first round, but don?t be surprised ifthe Devils fail to make the Elite 8, or even the Sweet 16.No. 22 IndianaThe loss of head coach Kelvin Sampson seemed to have takenall the wind out of the Hoosiers? sails. A near loss to lowly Northwestern anda loss to pitiful Penn State is unacceptable for a team that talented.They have the players, but do they have the will to win?Doesn?t look like it.No. 17 PurdueHere in Madison, we all saw what Robbie Hummel and Co. cando, as the Badgers lost twice to PU. But if the Boilermakers run into a teamwith a legitimate big man, they could be in trouble. Plus, their youth andinexperience may finally catch up with them this postseason.Keep this in mind when filling out your brackets. Get your popcornready ? it?s madness time!Derek is a sophomore majoring in economics. Send him yourthoughts about the Big Dance at [email protected]
With cocktails in their hands, architects Chris Briley and Phil Kaplan discuss green building and design issues in a casual, pithy formatJoin the guys for a drink as Chris and Phil look at air barriers — one of “The Big Three” topics (along with insulation and windows) of green construction.Sit back, relax, and be “edutained” — while you work, drive, exercise or do whatever you do while you podcatch. This week, Chris and Phil discuss:Two ways to install an air barrier: on the outside, using the Huber Zip system; or on the inside, using the Airtight Drywall Approach.Why you might want to use both systems to build a house with both an interior and an exterior air barrier.How to “plan for failure” by providing a way for damp walls to dry out.How to install exterior foam insulation according to an Alaskan system called REMOTE (the Residential Exterior Membrane Outside Insulation Technique).To design your wall assembly, you not only need to “be the water drop” — you also need to “be the water vapor.”Why you should test your home for airtightness with a blower door.How to convert cfm50 to ach50 — and why.Why you should aim for no more than 1 ach50.Why these Maine architects prefer an HRV to an exhaust-only ventilation system. ½ oz. Amaretto½ oz. Cognac½ oz. Kahlua1 tbsp. heavy creamCinnamonCombine liquors ina cocktail glass. Float cream on top. Sprinkle with cinnamon. Chris Briley is the principal architect at the Green Design Studio in Yarmouth, Maine, where he practices “architecture for life.” He is a LEED accredited professional and specializes in energy efficient, environmentally friendly design, focusing mostly on residential architecture. His accomplishments include the first LEED Gold certified home in New England, helping to found the Maine Chapter of the USGBC, and most recently, receiving a LEED Platinum rating for a spec home in Portland.Phil Kaplan is an award-winning and oft-published architect whose Portland, Maine, firm, Kaplan Thompson Architects — with the motto “Beautiful, Sustainable, Attainable” — is committed to designing only vibrant, healthy, and low-energy buildings. He also serves as Professor at UMA’s School of Architecture. His firm’s recent accomplishments include the LEED for Homes Innovative Project Award for 2009 as well as three LEED Platinum homes.About the “Green Architects’ Lounge” seriesImagine going to a green building forum, putting on your name tag, sitting in a large class room, getting your fair dose of PowerPoint, and taking notes. This Podcast is nothing like that. This is like going to a cocktail lounge afterward with a couple of green architects who then talk about the forum you all just attended.Join Chris Briley and Phil Kaplan as they discuss green building topics while sharing cocktail recipes, music preferences, and their professional experiences. This podcast is for those seeking “edutainment” while they work, exercise, travel, or sketch the beginnings of their next great project.EDITOR’S NOTE:Because Green Building Advisor doesn’t like to publish information that we haven’t tested, my wife and I decided to field test Chris and Phil’s concoction. I was surprised at how easy it was to float the heavy cream over the liquor, and how much it did in fact look like a stout beer. My wife thinks the Simple Charm “is warm and dreamy. I could sip this all night.”—RW Cocktail of the Week:Simple Charm
India’s Saina Nehwal looks dejected after losing to Hong Kongs Yip Py during the quarterfinal match of the women’s singles badminton event of 16th Asian Games at Tianhe Gymnasium in Guangzhou, China on Thursday. PTIIndia’s gold medal hope Saina Nehwal suffered a shock defeat in the women’s singles quarter-finals as country’s campaign ended in the badminton event of the Asian Games in Guangzhou on Thursday.World number three Saina lost 8-21 21-8 19-18 to last edition’s silver medallist and world number 12 Yip Pui Yin of Hong Kong in the fiercely fought quarter-final, which lasted 46 minutes.Saina was carrying millions of Indian hopes as all of her compatriots had already crashed of their respective events early in the day.The second seed Saina came back well after surrendering the opening game but her weak net-play, in comparison to her sixth seed rival, dented her chances severely.The Indian saved a match point in the decisive game but a service error at crucial 19-20 stage sealed her fate.Both the players fought their hearts out in the third and final game. Even till the deep end the scores were tied 18-18.Yip attacked Saina’s backhand throughout the match and earned her first match point with the same strategy with a smash winner.Saina managed to save that and got her service back but unforced error on the next point brought curtains on her campaign.At Beijing Olympics also Saina had lost at the same quarter-final stage.Early in the day, men’s singles player Aravind Bhat and mixed doubles pair of Jwala Gutta and V Diju also crashed out.advertisementBhat lost 19-21 12-21 to world number sixth Boonsak Ponsana of Thailand in his second round encounter at the Tianhe Gymnasium here.Jwala and Diju further plunged the Indian camp in dismay as they squandered a first game advantage to lose a gruelling battle against Koreans Baekcheol Shin and Hyojung Lee in the mixed doubles event.The Indian pair lost 21-17 13-21 16-21 against the Korean combination in a 36-minute match.Bhat, who had got a walk over in his opening round match against Niluka Karunaratne of Sri Lanka, found it tough to negotiate the smashes of Poonsana as the Thai player scored 20 smash points compared to Bhat’s seven.In the first game, Bhat caught up with Poonsana after trailing 5-10 to make it 12-12 and moved neck-to-neck till 17-17 but the Thai shuttler marched ahead from there on.In the second game, Poonsana opened a six point lead and did not allow the Indian to come back as Bhat’s game crumbled.Bhat’s compatriot and Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Parupalli Kashyap had made a first round exit on Wednesday.With inputs from PTI
ESPN national recruiting analyst Gerry Hamilton may be in a bit of hot water after making an incredibly embarrassing mistake Wednesday afternoon. Hamilton, attempting to tweet out a link with video highlights of four-star linebacker recruit Roquan Smith, instead included a link to a PornHub video. He quickly deleted the post and replaced it with the correct link, but the damage was already done – numerous users screenshotted the transgression and began circulating it.Hey @Kmarkobarstool That link is NOT Roquan Smiths highlight tape FYI pic.twitter.com/cyJBEDyxmB— ElOsoBlanco (@BSElOsoBlanco) January 21, 2015The only saving grace? The link didn’t include any kind of clue as to what the video actually contained. Still, Hamilton is bound to hear about this from those higher up.
Ohio State women’s swim team competes against Wright State during a meet at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion on Feb. 3. Credit: Fallon Perl | Lantern reporterFollowing the completion of a nearly undefeated regular season and an impressive turnout at the Big Ten Championships, the No. 22 Ohio State women’s swimming team is set to travel to Indianapolis to compete in the NCAA Division I Women’s Swimming National Championships beginning Wednesday evening.The Buckeyes enter this meet ranking behind four of their Big Ten competitors, including Michigan, Wisconsin, Indiana and Minnesota, who are ranked at No. 6, 12, 15 and 19 respectively. Though there will be many fierce competitors from these teams as well as others, the Buckeyes remain focused on their own performances.“We don’t spend a whole lot of time talking about other teams or schools or athletes. We really put the focus on us,” OSU coach Bill Dorenkott said. “That being said, to reinforce the point of what an amazing meet this is, you have Katie Ledecky, Simone Manuel, and Lilly King who are Olympic medalists and world record holders. It’s an honor to compete against the best not just in the country, but in the world. This is why we do what we do every day — it’s to get this opportunity.”Ledecky and Manuel will both be competing for top-ranked Stanford. Both athletes were medalists at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, with a combined seven gold medals, as well as two silver. King, who swims for No. 15 Indiana, earned one individual gold at the Rio Games in addition to a gold in the 400-yard medley relay.Athletes from Stanford, including Ledecky and Manuel, are the top seeds in 10-of-13 events. King fills two of three No. 1 seeds in the remaining events, while Olympic medalist Kathleen Baker from No. 2 California Berkeley fills the other.The adversaries OSU will face this week might seem intimidating on paper, but they have not deterred OSU from continuing to put in countless hours in the pool and the weight room in order to fine tune their techniques before the big meet.“We’ve been focusing on the fine details, and honing in on the smaller things,” senior Taylor Vargo said. “We’ve been working on technique and enjoying the process as well as the last few weeks of swimming.”Vargo will be competing in both the 200-yard and 400-yard medley relays, as well as the 100-yard and 200-yard breaststroke. This will be her fourth and final year competing in the NCAAs, and said she can’t wait to experience the competition one last time.“My sophomore year, we were No. 41, I believe, and last year we were No. 14. It’s just exciting to be able to go and compete against some of the fastest swimmers in the world,” Vargo said. “It is the fastest meet in the world, and it’s just nice to be able to go up and be recognized, and to be considered at the highest level.”Vargo will be joined by nine other teammates, two more of which are returning NCAA competitors as well.“We have a nice combination of youth and experience. We return Liz Li and Lindsey Clary, who were both Top Eight a year ago, and then we return Taylor Vargo who has been there four times,” Dorenkott said. “We also have a nice group of freshmen going, probably as good a group as anybody in the country.”Molly Kowal and Kathrin Demler are the two freshmen that will be competing in the meet, each competing in three events. Kowal will be swimming the 1,650-yard freestyle, along with the 500-yard freestyle and the 400-yard individual medley. Demler will be joining her teammate in the 500-yard freestyle and 400-yard individual medley, in addition to competing in the 200-yard backstroke.“It is a meet that rewards experience, and so for some of those kids it’s the opportunity to get there and see what it’s all about. For some of them, I keep telling them how good they are and sooner or later they’re going to start believing me,” Dorenkott said. “We have a couple of freshmen who are world class, they’re just not there today, but they’re going to be special and the sooner they believe it the better we’ll all be.”One of those freshman is Kowal, who said her nerves will be undeniable in her first NCAA appearance.“I think it’s going to be fun to go with the group of girls that are going. I mean, I’m pretty nervous because it will definitely, by far, be the biggest meet I’ve ever gone to,” she said. “There are also going to be some really big names there like Katie Ledecky, which will be cool, but it’s also kind of intimidating. But I get nervous for every meet so it’s nothing I can’t handle.”Junior Meg Bailey will compete in the 200-yard and 400-yard individual medleys, as well as the 200-yard butterfly.Vargo — being an experienced NCAA competitor — said the team’s goal is to compete at the highest level in each race.“We want to move up spots, move up places, get some points, and represent Ohio State,” Vargo said. “It’s okay to be nervous, though. Everyone’s a little bit nervous when you go, but just realize that you represent The Ohio State University and I don’t think there’s a better feeling in the world.”The Buckeyes would be grateful to earn some winning titles, but they are just as grateful to compete and improve both individually and as a team.“In terms of winning — whether it’s an individual title or a team title — that’s something that’s out of your control,” Dorenkott said. “The only thing you can focus on is the effort you put into winning, and that’s really where our minds are right now. We’re focused on getting some rest, getting sharpened up, and getting ready to roll.”The competition begins Wednesday night at the Indiana University Natatorium in Indianapolis, and will continue through Saturday.
OSU coach Urban Meyer looks out to the field before the Spring Game on April 15. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo Editor
Nicole Jontony competes on the balance beam for Ohio State gymnastics. Credit: Courtesy of Nicole JontonyThe Ohio State women’s gymnastics team (0-3, 0-2 Big Ten) will return home after three straight road meets to begin the year for its first tri-meet of the season against Minnesota (4-0, 2-0 Big Ten) and Illinois State (1-2) Saturday at St. John Arena.“We’re really excited to be home for once, and really show the crowd and our fans like what we’ve worked throughout the whole preseason for,” senior Stefanie Merkle said. “Being a home meet, we’ve been on this equipment before, so you don’t have to adjust to it. That’s one good thing. I think the home schedule of vault, bars, beam, floor, is always a nice rotation to go to.”The Buckeyes have seen the same challenging away rotation of events for the last three meets, starting the competition on uneven parallel bars and ending with balance beams. The change of pace of beginning on vault and ending on floor exercise might come to an advantage for the team this weekend at home.Ohio State might benefit from the return of senior Kaitlyn Hofland, who has been out of competitions to begin the season while she recovers from shoulder surgery. Head coach Meredith Paulicivic said she hopes to have her senior “back on bars” this weekend. Hofland earned a career-best score of 9.925 on uneven parallel bars on Feb. 11, 2017, against Penn State.Though it has not won yet this season, Ohio State has seen steady improvement from each competition, increasing its final scores by an average of 1.05 points per meet. Finishing its last competition against Iowa with a final tally of 195.300, its highest score of the season, Ohio State hopes to reach the 196 points this weekend.“I think right now, we’re starting to get a little more comfortable,” Paulicivic said. “We don’t look so nervous in a meet, which is great. Now it’s the details, getting after the handstands, getting after the sticks, the splits, all the little half-tenthers.”The team practices this week were aimed to focus on improving details in every routine. Being three meets deep in the season, and as the newcomers have gained experience, the standards for the team are rising. “I feel like with three meets under our belt, yeah, we’re definitely hitting our groove,” Paulicivic said. “For this team, every meet that we have, everything that they do in front of a judge and in an arena, I feel like they’re going to learn something from it and get better and better.”Ohio State’s home-opener against Minnesota and Illinois State begins at 4 p.m. Saturday.
Recommended for you MPs say they know nothing about pay raise Related Items:Atheena harvey, integrity commission, Permanent Secretary of Finance Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp TCI’s Community College’s Dismercy Lugo wins Integrity Commission’s College Speak Off Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 7 Nov 2014 – One resident lashing out and calling the charges against the Permanent Secretary of Finance Athenee Harvey wrong and the Integrity Commission’s process a kangaroo court… saying this is an undemocratic system set up by the British and that it is terrorizing the best of the best in the country; speaking about the now instituted Integrity Commission. “Everyone who has dealt with Athenee knows she is gentle and kind and thoughtful. And now she is tarnished for no good reasons and so we are all tarnished and divided and the British can sit back as they have done for 100s of years, and see how their rules make us easier to control, even while it’s destroying innocent lives..” Harvey had apparently been under investigation by the Integrity Commission since August for allegedly refusing to pay customs duty on some items brought in on a cruise line to the Grand Turk Cruise Center. This writer, who preferred to remain anonymous, explained that this is all bogus and even if she did do something wrong, there are ways to deal with matter. I quote again: “Customs’ has many rules and penalties it can impose on anyone from the Premier down if they think there has been a breach of the rules. Why were these penalties not imposed if there was something wrong? We go all the way to arresting a woman who has never had a traffic ticket, and destroy her reputation? Why?” Harvey, who has been in the Ministry of Finance for ten years and has been PS of finance for two years, will have to face two counts of violating the integrity commission ordinance in court on December 1st. The writer concluded in that Thursday letter to media with encouragement for Athenee Harvey and a warning to the Integrity Commission to, “go lightly” as they put it. Governor lauds Bien-Aime & Integrity Commission at anti-corruption meeting