Aerial encounters abound during curious time for drones

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Agriculture’s infatuation with unmanned aerial systems (UAS) technology is at an all-time high with no sign of that passion wavering at any point in the near future. Just as ag is actively exploring the new technology, so is the general American public. Now though, some negative incidents for the revolutionary equipment are making their way to the forefront of the drone discussion.A new report recently released by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) at ( showed the amount of possible encounters with unmanned aircraft by pilots, air traffic controllers, and citizens have risen sharply through Aug. 20 of this year. Though numbers are up, a closer look at the figures show the encounters are heavily focused on five states in particular.Slightly more than half of the total 952 reports received by the FAA since the beginning of 2014 were from five states. California led the pack with 196 reports (21%), Florida noted 110 reports (11%), New York had an even 100 reports (10%), Texas tallied 48 reports (5%), and New Jersey rounded out the top five with 37 reports (4%).Eight incidents were reported in Ohio.Significant concern has been brewing over the failure for operators to follow basic rules set forth by the FAA — the paramount fear being collisions with human-operated aircraft. There were 138 pilots who reported seeing drones at altitudes of up to 10,000 feet during the month of June, and another 137 in July. Some such incidents have even gained national attention.Aerial firefighters taking on blazes in the western states are, from time to time, being temporarily called off of their airborne duties due to drones flying too close for comfort. There’s also the story of an Ohio crop duster and an incident involving a drone flying just feet over his wing while well above the ground, requiring him to postpone that application to that field until a later time. Even more recently, the U.S. Open found there was more flying through the air than just tennis balls as an errant drone held up match play after it crashed into fortunately empty seats at the event. The New York Police Department said the operator of that drone was arrested on charges of reckless endangerment, reckless operation of a drone, and operating a drone in a New York City public park outside of prescribed area.Those incidents are just a sample of the exponential increase in encounters with UAS in a not-so-favorable manner over recent months. In the wake of so many close calls, the FAA has taken the step of issuing a strongly worded statement to those ignorant and irresponsible operators.“The FAA wants to send out a clear message that operating drones around airplanes and helicopters is dangerous and illegal,” the agency said in a mid-August announcement. “Unauthorized operators may be subject to stiff fines and criminal charges, including possible jail time.”Why are these FAA reports important to agriculture? It’s an uneasy time with regard to aviation guidelines and regulators are attempting to make crucial decisions promising to heavily influence the future of drone use within the United States — something that will undoubtedly change the way drones are utilized above farm fields.The FAA has noted that hobbyists racing drones and others operating UAS for commercial applications are likely not the main culprits who are approaching too close to airports and other breaches of government protocol. The statutory parameters of a model aircraft operation are outlined in Section 336 of Public Law 112-95 (the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012). A quick review of those points for operators is as follows: Fly below 400 feet and remain clear of surrounding obstacles.Keep the aircraft within visual line of sight at all times.Remain well clear of and do not interfere with manned aircraft operations.Don’t fly within five miles of an airport unless you contact the airport and control tower before flying.Don’t fly near people or stadiums.Don’t fly an aircraft that weighs more than 55 pounds. Helping to determine the uncertain future of unmanned aerial systems will be two newly announced “unmanned aircraft executives.” The FAA has selected Marke “Hoot” Gibson and Earl Lawrence for two executive-level positions “that will guide the agency’s approach to safe, timely and efficient integration of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) into U.S. airspace.” Gibson will become the Senior Advisor on UAS Integration. Lawrence will assume the position of Director of the UAS Integration Office within the FAA’s Aviation Safety organization.Many inside and out of the aviation world are eagerly awaiting the FAA’s final rules for commercial drone use. FAA Deputy Administrator Michael Whitaker told the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee said, “The rule will be in place within a year. Hopefully before June 17, 2016.” Bumping up previously held expectations for finality in late 2016 or early 2017.In the meantime, UAS operators have to follow specific rules set forth by the FAA and must file for an exemption if using such equipment for commercial purposes. The future seems bright for drone technology, but storms are on the horizon before the destination will be reached.last_img read more

Lackey trip report: GeoWoodstock XVII

first_imgGeocaching has enabled me to experience new nooks & crannies of neighborhoods I’ve known all my life. It has empowered me to go beyond my comfort zone and discover new worlds. It has made it possible for me to work my dream job. It’s broadened my definition of community, and I feel like I’ve got friends all over the world through it. Attending Geowoodstock and exchanging stories of what geocaching means for me and for you was a sweet reminder to all of that.Share with your Friends:More Thank you to The Crazy Eight for organizing and hosting this forever-memorable event. Everything was so well-coordinated; from the corn maze to midnight madness, and of course, the main Geowoodstock event itself. My favorite moments were when I got to strike up conversations with the event volunteers and exchange stories of what geocaching means to us—all your hard work truly paid off and I can’t wait to see you all again soon!  Geocaching HQ staff will attend dozens of Mega and Giga-Events around the world, shaking hands, sharing stories of adventure, and of course, geocaching! Eileen (eileenk9) is the Human Resources Manager (or should we say Lackey Resources Manager?) at Geocaching HQ. She recently traveled to Texas to attend the GeoWoodstock XVII Mega-Event (GC7NBWQ). Here’s her trip recap.“For a person your size, you sure can eat a lot,” my fellow Lackey said to me over a Reviewer dinner. With my mouth full of Texas-style barbecue, it wasn’t lost on me that I’ve always been one to bite off more than I can chew. So when I had the privilege of addressing the community at Geowoodstock and exclaimed, “I’ve got 200 lackey tags I don’t want to bring back home,” I had no idea I’d be swarmed by the hundreds who wanted to interact with little old me! To my pleasant surprise, I got to spend a few precious moments with each individual who I handed my lackey tag, and each interaction felt like I was talking to a cherished friend. It was at that moment I remembered to not underestimate the power of community-building over a shared experience — and I soaked it all in! center_img SharePrint RelatedGeoWoodstock IX 2011 – A Lackey Report from PennsylvaniaAugust 19, 2011In “Community”5 Lackeys. Approximately 7,000 geocachers. Moin moin!June 25, 2019In “Community”GeoWoodstock X – A Lackey’s JournalJune 1, 2012In “Community”last_img read more

Release of Google’s Ghonim Rejuvenates Protesters in Cairo

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… curt hopkins Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Tags:#Google#international#politics#web The notion of the distant, uninvolved and uninvested nerd has taken a well deserved beating in the last few years. But archetypes have an amazing tenancity, even when they’ve outgrown their value. I wonder if the notion of the empathy-free computer weirdo will survive the Egyptian uprising. Geeks have helped cut off Egyptians get back online and remain witnesses during a trying time; they’ve arranged crowdsourced translations of tweets sent in via another geeky guerrilla tool; and now, one of them has single-handedly resuscitated a flagging uprising. Google‘s head of marketing for the MENA region, Wael Ghonim, was released on February 7 after a week and a half of imprisonment. During his imprisonment, the executive could not communicate with anyone. Once he was released, however, he talked with a number of independent Egyptian television news channels. His example and words seem to have had a tangible effect on the commitment of the protesters. The hundreds of thousands in Cairo’s Tahrir Square is apparently the largest turnout yet. The numbers of people out in Egypt had tapered off the previous few days. Ghonim would be the last one to credit himself with “single-handedly” doing anything. He cautioned anyone against calling him a hero. And he’s right. Not only is this not Ghonim’s revolution, it’s not Twitter’s either, not Facebook’s not even the geeks’. It’s the people’s uprising in as pure a form as anyone could hope to see it. That said, however, individuals, as well as groups, have their parts to play. Anyone who favors a deterministic view of history would probably find Ghonim something of a fly in the ointment. But, it really is the Egyptian people responding to something of themselves they see in the Google exec. Ghonim’s emotional honesty, his criticism of the interior minister who facilitated his release (no Stockholm Syndrome for Ghonim), his refusal to allow himself to take the place of the people in the media consciousness – all of that seems to have inspired the better angels of the Egyptian people. If Ghonim is kept blindfolded and incommunicado for over a week in a security service cell and come out a functional human who still believes in the power of the people, can they do any less? We attempted to ask Mr. Ghonim a few questions, but he tweeted that he does not speak to foreign media. Regarding the video below, Alive in Egypt is working out some bugs. If the subtitles don’t appear in the clip, please visit the original. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

No imminent First Nations policy changes says Bennett promising UNDRIPrelated cabinet directive

first_imgJustin BrakeAPTN NewsCanada won’t be introducing new comprehensive land claims and inherent rights policies just yet, Crown-Indigenous Relations Carolyn Bennett told the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) Thursday.The announcement comes a day after hundreds of grassroots people, chiefs and Elders marched on an AFN policy forum to demand their involvement in any changes to federal policies impacting their rights.Demonstrators condemned a June deadline by which government previously indicated to some First Nations it wanted to have the two key policies replaced.The comprehensive claims policy applies to cases where Indigenous rights and title haven’t been addressed by treaties, while the inherent rights policy addresses the right of Indigenous peoples to govern themselves in their own communities and nations.For weeks Bennett’s office has tried to appease concerns about the deadline, saying the government “will take the time to get it right.”On Thursday Bennett reiterated that talking point, saying new policies by June are “not happening”.Instead, she announced, the Liberals will issue a cabinet directive to federal officials by the end of June, “in which we would ensure that cede and surrender and extinguishment are no longer part of the conversation as we work on the path of self-determination.”She said the directive will respect the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and that government will support a process “that is led by First Nations rights and treaty holders [to] co-develop rights-based policies that can replace the comprehensive land claims policy and inherent right policies.”Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett announced Thursday that the Liberals will issue a cabinet directive on Comprehensive Land Claims and Inherent Right Policies. Justin Brake/APTN.Bennett also said government will work with First Nations to improve the specific claims and the additions to reserve policies.More than half of the 634 First Nations are currently in dialogue or negotiations with the government, Bennett said, explaining that in ‘getting it right’ government will “uphold and affirm First Nations’ rights, title and jurisdiction.”For its review of the four key First Nations policies, the feds are engaging the AFN and First Nations Canada are currently engaged with.Others, such as member nations of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs (UBCIC) and the Association of Iroquois and Allied Indians (AIAI), say the government’s efforts to overhaul rights-based legislation and policies have fallen short of the minimum international Indigenous rights standards.Some chiefs criticized the 10 principles developed by former justice minister and attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould, saying the government should have asked First Nations to develop the guidelines for negotiations around legislation, policy and Indigenous rights, title and jurisdiction.Some, including many who demonstrated in Edmonton Wednesday, condemned the AFN’s role in negotiating the policy changes while the majority of those who will be impacted have little to no input.Others, still, questioned the need to engage with Canada at all, and suggested First Nations simply begin, or continue, to assert their own rights, title and jurisdiction within their communities and territories.Chief Dean Sayers of Batchewana First Nation addressed Bennett Thursday, asking rhetorically why First Nations are “asking Canada to return something that they’ve stolen?”He encouraged First Nations to “reclaim and take back what is yours — put the onus on Canada to make a specific claim to us for lands.”Bennett said that by the end of June, when the cabinet directive is issued, the existing comprehensive claims and inherent rights policies will be removed from the government’s [email protected]@justinbrakenewslast_img read more

Mens basketball Six years and 80hour weeks Kyle Davis became Ohio States

Ohio State video coordinator Kyle Davis spent six years with the program without salary, now he’s living his dream as video coordinator. Credit: Courtesy of Sam HollingsheadOn Feb. 27 inside the Schottenstein Center, Ohio State men’s basketball video coordinator Kyle Davis made the final preparations needed for the next day’s game at Penn State. The day’s practice was scheduled for 3 p.m., and less than three hours later, the entire staff and team would board a bus routed for the airport, then fly to State College, Pennsylvania.At 1 p.m. Davis was approached by associate head coach Dave Dickerson. He asked Davis to compile an organized database that lists every game remaining, through the state championship, for each high-school prospect OSU is recruiting.“When do you need it?” Davis asked. Dickerson answered, by the end of practice. So Davis grabbed graduate assistant Chris Logsdon, who helps with the bulk of the video responsibilities, and the two sat in the video room inside the practice gym and compiled the database for the next four hours. Logsdon found all matchups for the in-state recruits the program is looking at and Davis covered the rest of the recruits. The spreadsheet, which included nearly 70 prospective recruits, was done by 5 p.m.“That’s what you got to do, though,” Davis said.After sifting through complicated state tourney brackets, Davis spearheaded a project that enabled the coaching staff to know who they can visit on certain days and who to send messages of encouragement to on their game days.“There’s no one that can spoonfeed you this information,” Davis said. “This information is out there, but it’s in 17 different places. Every college basketball program needs someone that is capable of finding all this information, putting it together and making sense of it in a way for your whole staff to understand.”For OSU’s program, that someone is Davis, who has been with the organization for seven seasons — four as a student manager, two as a graduate assistant and one in his current role. The three video coordinators before Davis are all current assistant coaches. Kevin Kuwik is at Dayton, Greg Paulus is an assistant at OSU and Jake Diebler just finished his first season as an assistant at Vanderbilt.Davis doesn’t have the coaching experience or playing experience that those in the role before him had, so the path to becoming video coordinator was even more difficult. For six years, his only income was per diem for road trips and holiday breaks as he continued to rack up student loans from undergraduate and graduate school. He spent 30-40 hours each week for four years and 60-plus hours per week for two years at the Schott. But becoming an official member of the OSU coaching staff was always the end goal. Davis’ career has been defined by doing the jobs few would want to do.A startDavis’ passion for coaching began during his sophomore at nearby Hilliard Darby High School when he needed volunteer hours for a class he was taking. He reached out to a local recreational league to help with a sixth-grade team. Then, two weeks before the season, he suddenly became the head coach.The original coach quit and left 16-year-old Davis with a group of kids and parents he had never met.“I loved it. But my team stunk,” he said. “Ironically enough, the guy who was the coach of my team, no one really liked him. So the commissioner of the league purposefully gave him the worst kids in the league. We weren’t very good. I think we won one game all year.”The losses didn’t matter. Davis couldn’t get enough.Davis, back right, started coaching sixth graders when he was 16 years old. Credit: Courtesy of Kyle DavisSo when the commissioner asked him back as a coach, he agreed. That next season, Davis said his team of sixth graders was undefeated. However, some of the parents voiced concern regarding his coaching style after Davis ran a zone that resulted in allowing just two points.Davis said that’s when he learned he was a little too competitive for that league.But before he left, Davis made a valuable connection with OSU’s strength and conditioning coach Dave Richardson; Richardson’s son was on Davis’ team. He also met then-OSU assistant coach — now the team’s director of recruiting and player development — Alan Major, who was watching Richardson’s son play.“I’ll never forget Alan Major, I talked to him after the game and he said, ‘Well, if you’re not a player, you can come be a manager if you want to get involved with coaching,’” Davis said. “From that day forward I thought that would be a pretty cool thing to do.”But he wasn’t done coaching just yet. He still had two more years of high school.At the time, Davis’ brother was in seventh grade and 6-foot-4. Davis knew a few of his brother’s friends and knew them to be pretty good athletes for their age. So, that spring after he concluded coaching in rec league, he began to recruit some of them and other kids at his brother’s middle school and founded an AAU team — at age 17. The 13-and-under Ohio Havoc played their first games that summer.“I’m sitting there and I had like $11,000 in my hand (for team fees),” he said. “I’m just thinking like, I’m 17 years old. I have $11,000 in my hand to spend on uniforms, travel, tournament fees and all that. What am I doing with my life? This isn’t something a 17-year-old gets to do.”That summer and the next, Davis took his team to compete in tournaments throughout Ohio and in nearby states like Indiana — some of which his team won. He also coached at nationals.Through that experience, watching the competition at that level and finding a passion for coaching, Davis took Major’s advice and became a student manager at OSU when he enrolled Fall 2010.The journeyFreshmen managers are given the duties not sought after by anyone else. Carrying towels and water, mopping up puddles of sweat, dragging Gilman dummies from the main court to the upstairs court along with the cart full of other practice necessities, and staying late to rebound for players are the basic on-paper duties they have.Being a basketball manager is a fraternity with a rite of passage — one where respect isn’t easily earned. There’s not a lot of glory that goes with it either. It’s not a paid position. Managers still have to go to class, then it is right to the Schottenstein Center six days a week for at least three hours (in the preseason, it’s more like four hours). On game days, managers have to be there dressed and ready to hit the floor five hours before tip for shootaround. Managers receive stylish team-issued gear, including a pair of Lebron-brand shoes, but when adding all of it with two games per week, it gets to be roughly 30-40 hours a week outside of the classroom.“No one asked us to do this. This is just something that over the years I learned how to do it, I thought it could be a cool thing. I thought it could be more efficient and it allowed me to extend myself to do other things.” – Kyle DavisBut that didn’t matter to Davis. Being a part of the men’s basketball program at OSU was a title he held with pride. After all, Davis had higher aspirations. From the first day, Davis would do anything possible to become the video coordinator at OSU.OK, well, the second day. The first day, then-senior manager Bryce Crawford, now-assistant coach at Division I University of Maryland Baltimore County, told Davis and each freshman manager privately, “Listen, I don’t like any of you. You haven’t done spit for this program, and I’m not going to like any one of you until you can prove you can do something around here.”“I loved that he did that because it created the most amazing work ethic in us,” Davis said. “And we all thought Bryce was this biggest (jerk) in the world … but it was really cool because we were like, ‘Man, this guy’s legit.’”Davis, back right, coached the Ohio Havoc AAU team for two years before becoming a manager at OSU. Credit: Courtesy of Kyle DavisKuwik, the Dayton assistant, was the video coordinator when Davis joined the program. Davis walked into the video room inside the practice gym and asked Kuwik to help with the video responsibilites, which is work normally reserved to the senior managers and graduate assistants.In the room were four DVRs the staff used to record every game of any team that OSU would play against that year. Kuwik told Davis his tasks involved recording all of those games, which required him to know the TV schedules of those games, find the channels and tape them. Then, he would transfer it to a DVD, catalog it and store it.Kuwik left for Dayton after Davis’ freshman year — when OSU lost to Kentucky as the No. 1 overall seed in the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Tournament — and Paulus entered the role. That same year, OSU hired Chris Jent, a former NBA assistant, for a similar role. Davis continued to work around the video department with Paulus at the helm. After that first season, Jent requested to change from the DVSport video software to Sportcode, which he used in the NBA.With the addition of Sportcode, Davis and the entire video team were able to finish video work in half the time. It’s as if they traded in a 1989 Honda Civic for a NASA space shuttle, Davis said.Through his four years as a manager, Davis became the low-level busybody member in the organization that the staff would turn to when things needed to be done. As senior manager, he spent more time in the film room and was in charge of a staff of a dozen or so managers. He was the main point of contact between the staff’s needs and making sure there were managers at the gym for rebounding, opposing team shootarounds and any other task — often with less than two hours notice. Davis helped coordinate official visits, assisted in setting up the team tailgate before football games. He even helped change a tire on State Route 315 on the vehicle of former OSU guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. to ensure he would be on time for practice. Davis made it his job to do any menial task possible to be recognized as a reliable member of the program.“He was always around. He was very adamant about getting involved and tried to figure things out,” Crawford said of Davis. “He was just very locked in and it was very clear that he wanted to get into the business.”Following Davis’ final season in 2014 as a manager, he and then-graduate assistant Weston Strayer made it a mission of theirs to memorize the Sportscode manual from cover to cover.Now, after two years, Davis said he and Strayer designed 16-20 different programs on the Sportscode software to use and relay information to the coaches.“No one asked us to do this,” he said. “This is just something that over the years I learned how to do it, I thought it could be a cool thing. I thought it could be more efficient and it allowed me to extend myself to do other things.”Davis continued to work on these programs through Diebler’s final two years with OSU, which made the video department even more valuable.“It’s so hard to do your job to the best of your abilities as video coordinator if you’re doing it by yourself,” Diebler said. “You need great, great help and those guys were the best in the country, in my opinion at what they did.”Outside of games is when Davis does most of his work, finding new trends that can help coaches make educated decisions for on-court personnel. During road trips, Davis had to have the entire game with individual stats coded by the time the plane landed, which led to Davis frequently being told by flight attendants to turn his laptop off. In game, Davis designed programs that can give OSU its best small and big lineup in the middle of a game. He also charted each shot a player takes on particular plays and paired it with live video that is being coded in the team locker room, and has that ready for coaches to view at halftime and end of the game.“The money didn’t matter, the title didn’t matter, but to know that I had a future within our staff just meant the world to me. I told everyone from the beginning, I’m here for Ohio State basketball. Whether that means I’m wiping the floor, cutting video or recruiting, just whatever it is, I’m happy to be here.” – Kyle DavisHe said sometimes information on paper can be misleading and cannot accurately tell the staff why the team was shooting poorly from a particular spot on the floor. Therefore, he linked all of the stats to video for evidence that can help with development.“I’m not really an analytics guy. I’m more of an analytics ‘make you look at things in a different way’ sort of guy,” he said. “Numbers are great but until you can actually see why those numbers came to be about, it really doesn’t help you as a coach. You can’t coach numbers. You have to coach basketball things. That’s what this allows you to do.”In the 2015-16 season, Davis was the chief graduate assistant receiving some much needed help in the video room from walk-on-turned-graduate assistant Andrew Goldstein, team videographer David Aaron, head manager Robbie Rucki and others. Diebler, still the video coordinator at the time, was often in the video room compiling anything the staff needed at the last minute, but also knew Davis was available at a moment’s notice and had the assurance that Davis and Goldstein were getting the work completed well ahead of time. With that belief in Davis, Diebler was able to spend more time on the court with the staff and players, and Davis was able to do much of the video coordinator role before he was promoted.Davis, who estimated he worked 75-88 hours per week in his last year as a graduate assistant, said Diebler was the greatest thing to have happened to his development in the way he empowered the video staff.“He’s got a great feel for what’s necessary in that area of preparation and things like that,” Diebler said of Davis. “I thought it was very valuable to help me do my job and (he) worked really hard, spent long hours, wasn’t afraid to stay up late or get up early.”On top of the strides he made in the video room, Davis took on some, if not all, of the responsibilities dealt to the role of recruiting and operations coordinator, which was vacant during the 2015-16 season after Christopher Spartz left the program.“When he left — not like I was going for his job or anything, but it was around this time last year … and I was like, well, someone has to do some of the stuff he was doing,” Davis said. “And I wasn’t sure what we were doing or who we were going to hire so I just started sitting at his desk and doing his job, and nobody said otherwise.”Davis began handling logistics for official visits, helping coordinate prospects with faculty advisors, coaching staff and touring the campus. He also prepared recruiting packets and any other task the program needed done.He wasn’t instructed to do more work than he was given as a graduate assistant, but as was the case as a manager, Davis never shied away from the opportunities available, which were mostly the undesirable tasks that someone had to perform.Through all of that effort came an unexpected moment.On Feb. 28, 2016, OSU hosted No. 8 Iowa as a last-chance effort to back itself into the NCAA Tournament. Dickerson walked over to Davis during the under-eight media timeout while the team was down five and asked for the team’s best small lineup throughout the season. Davis had the info and gave it to him. The lineup, which Davis can’t explicitly remember, went into the game halfway through the second half and cut into the Hawkeyes lead. The Buckeyes earned their second top-10 victory that season, 68-64 over Iowa.It was trial by fire for the work Davis had put in for the past year and a half.“That was so frickin’ scary because if something went bad, (Dickerson) was never going to trust me again,” he said. “It was the stress test. This wasn’t the last minute or last possession, this was towards the end of the game but it was one of those things where it was really cool for me to see that I put all these hours into something, not knowing if it was ever going to be used or not, and it got used.”That hard work, however, nearly didn’t earn him a job on the staff. Davis had a decision to make about his future with the program.A decisionAs mentioned before, managers and graduate assistants aren’t paid and there isn’t time for a second job if you want to advance to be a coach. On top of that, the basketball program does not pay for tuition of graduate school. For Davis’ second year as a graduate assistant, he didn’t have the funds to pay for housing around campus, so he was forced to move back in with his parents in Hilliard. Sometimes, he would even sleep at the Schott if he was there late and needed to be there early the next morning.“It got to the point where I realized I’m 24 years old. I have a lot of student debt. I’m living at home with my parents. I’m chasing this coaching dream, and I love it,” Davis said. “But ultimately, the programs I have built on a platform called Sports Tech … they were rapidly expanding.”Patrick Ford, a former manager and Davis’ friend, worked at Sports Tech’s headquarters in Lincoln, Nebraska, and set Davis up with an interview. Sports Tech, the company that bought the popular football video service Hudl, was looking for people who already knew the software; Davis fit the bill.A year before, Davis saw Strayer struggle to get into coaching before Strayer took a job at Lake Superior State in Michigan, which left doubt in Davis’ mind about his chances. Coaching was Davis’ dream but maybe it wasn’t meant to be. After all, he had to start making money.Davis said he once sat down and calculated how much money he would have made if he were paid minimum wage for every hour he worked through his six years with the program. The number after taxes: $111,973.23.“It made me want to f—ing puke,” he said.In the middle of the 2015-16 season, all Davis had to do in order to accept the Sports Tech job was make a trip to Nebraska. However, by mid-April, Diebler left the program for Vanderbilt, which resulted in Davis taking on his responsibilities.Davis was about to make a call to Sports Tech to schedule his visit when David Egelhoff, the director of basketball operations, tapped Davis on his shoulder and asked to meet with him in his office. Davis asked to make the phone call first, but Egelhoff told him that’s why he needed to talk to him.Egelhoff offered Davis his first paid position on staff as the recruiting coordinator. He started to run through the details of the offer and the job, but Davis accepted before Egelhoff could finish.“That’s what I had always wanted,” Davis said. “The moment that presented itself, I was all in. Everyone on the staff knows I’m a two-feet-in guy. I’ve given everything I’ve had to this program for six years. It hasn’t always been the work on the front page. It’s been the work behind closed doors, and I’m cool with that.”“The money didn’t matter, the title didn’t matter, but to know that I had a future within our staff just meant the world to me. I told everyone from the beginning, I’m here for Ohio State basketball. Whether that means I’m wiping the floor, cutting video or recruiting, just whatever it is, I’m happy to be here.”Less than three months later, OSU hired Alan Major — the one who first planted the idea of being a coach at OSU into Davis’ mind — as coordinator of recruiting and player development, and Davis was promoted to video coordinator.One of the first things Davis did as video coordinator was call his mentor, Diebler. Davis told Diebler that when he took the job at Vanderbilt, that was one of the best things that could have happened to Davis. Davis said he was able to prove his worth to the staff with Diebler’s absence, which contributed to his promotion.Davis was in charge of the entire official visit of now-junior point guard C.J. Jackson, who will likely be the starting point guard in the 2017-18 season.“I think he’s got a bright future in coaching because he works hard, he cares about the guys on the team and wants to see them succeed,” Diebler said. “I think he’s going to be a good coach and I’m excited to have worked with him for three years and excited to see what the future holds for him.”Davis sits beside the coaching staff and players during the Indiana game on March 4 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Courtesy of Sam HollingsheadThe job he wants to doSince taking over as video coordinator, Davis has taken on projects that he saw needing improvement and has applied lessons from Diebler on staff management.Davis began to reshape the team’s social media presence this season with the help of David Aaron, the team’s videographer, and Joe Gemma, who works as a graphic designer for the men’s and women’s basketball programs.Davis has also become more involved in official visits. He coordinates how the recruit is getting to Columbus, how is he going to be picked up, when is he arriving for practice, when will he meet with the Student Athlete Support Service Office (SASSO) and what the presentation will entail.“All the little things from golf carts to making sure you can get a private room at a dinner. All those little things, that’s my life,” he said. “The coaches are going to deal with the nitty gritty stuff, but I’m trying to provide the examples with my academic career and my career around the program, how they can relate to kids too.”He also has taken on some operations functions to allow Egelhoff to focus on big picture items for the program.And video — he still does plenty of that.Davis no longer counts the hours he works at home because he understands it’s the nature of the job.“What makes the video coordinator job so tough is that when you go home — you may take a breather to make some dinner — there’s more film to watch,” Diebler said. “That’s like the video coordinator’s nightmare is that you didn’t do enough preparation going into a game to where there’s a surprise. Only way to do that is to make sure you watch all the available film.”Davis had been doing that well before he was named the team’s video coordinator.The only difference now is Davis is performing in the role he has always wanted to.“I love Kyle just from the standpoint of where he started and he’s worked his way up,” OSU coach Thad Matta said. “He’s one of those guys that the technology portion of his position is so important. What he can do in terms of how quick he can get the edits done and he’s spot on with everything. He’s figured me out in terms of what I like and what I don’t like. “He’s a guy that when we lose, he’s as sad as anybody in our program, and when we win, he’s as happy (as anyone). He’s a Buckeye.”So, was the journey worth it?“Absolutely. There’s no question,” Davis said. “If you would’ve asked me six years ago, what’s the realistic dream, I would have told you: to be the video coordinator of Ohio State basketball.” read more

Baseball Ohio State rallies from down 61 wins 108 to move to

Ohio State senior Nate Romans (7) swings at home plate in the Buckeyes’ home opener against the Lipscomb Bison on March 15, 2019 at Bill Davis Stadium. Credit: Sal Marandino | For The LanternThe Ohio State baseball team overcame an early 6-1 deficit to claim its second-straight victory. Ohio State (10-10) rallied to beat Northern Kentucky (4-13) 10-8. The Buckeyes produced 14 hits, including two home runs, in the win. After trailing 6-1 heading into the bottom of the fourth inning, Ohio State cut into the deficit to just a run by the bottom of the seventh inning. With one man on, redshirt sophomore catcher Brent Todys lifted a home run over the left field wall to give the Buckeyes their first lead of the game. “[The mindset was] just competing. I’d been struggling of late. Just going out there and putting that bat to help the team string together something,” Todys said. Five Buckeyes recorded multi-hit games, including a three-hit, two-RBI game from senior left fielder Brady Cherry. The freshmen especially shined, combining to hit .417 with five RBI. After a pair of hard groundouts started the game for Northern Kentucky, redshirt senior designated hitter Will Haueter hit a two-out double down the third base line to give his team a runner in scoring position. The Norse capitalized with a two-run home run by sophomore first baseman Griffin Doersching.Following a quick two outs in the Buckeyes’ half of the inning, Cherry snuck a ball down the third base line. Junior first baseman Conner Pohl drove home Cherry with a single to right-center field, cutting the deficit to 2-1 after one inning. Following a hit batsman and a wild pitch, a single to center put runners on the corners with one out in the top of the third inning. A strikeout got the second out, but a fielding and a throwing error by Ohio State freshman third baseman Zach Dezenzo allowed the Northern Kentucky runner from third to score. On the same play, junior right fielder Dominic Canzone roped a throw from right field to record the final out at the plate and keep the score at 3-1. Ohio State head coach Greg Beals noted the importance of the play to bail them out of the inning and prevent further damage. “That’s what you expect out of your big-time players though. Dom’s a big-time player for us. We needed him to make big plays,” Beals said.  Junior pitcher Jake Vance recorded two strikeouts in the fourth inning, but two doubles put another run on the board for the Norse. A two-run home run from redshirt freshman left fielder Sam Hedges put Northern Kentucky ahead 6-1. Vance exited the game after four innings. He allowed five earned runs with four strikeouts. But Todys said the team kept its head up even with the five-run deficit.“We felt like we were still in it, and we felt like our bats are good enough right now to where we can get ourselves back into the game when we are down like that,” Todys said. Ohio State freshman designated hitter Marcus Ernst was able to immediately respond with a leadoff single in the bottom of the fourth. Freshman center fielder Nolan Clegg launched the first home run of his collegiate career to reduce the Norse lead to three.“Just chip away at their lead,” Clegg said. “We were still very early in the game, so we had plenty of time.” A fielding error and a hit batsman kept the inning alive for the Buckeyes with two outs. Cherry took advantage with a two-RBI double to deep left-center field to make the score 6-5. “That four runs in the fourth for us kind of put us back in the mix and gave us that believing feeling,” Beals said. Northern Kentucky started the sixth inning with a pair of walks, and a bunt by Northern Kentucky advanced the runners into scoring position with one out before a sacrifice fly by Hedges moved the score to 7-5. Ohio State freshman pitcher Bayden Root stepped on the mound in the seventh inning and he struck out three, surrendering one hit. Pohl was able to hit a double in the gap in right centerfield to open the bottom of the seventh. Dezenzo drove a hard liner to third base, which bounced off the diving third baseman’s glove for a double, bringing home Pohl to cut the Ohio State deficit to one. This set the stage for Todys to lift the Buckeyes ahead with his two-run home run. Following a strikeout to record the second out of the bottom of the eighth inning, a pair of bases-loaded walks pushed the Ohio State lead to 10-7. The ninth inning proved difficult for the Buckeyes for the second-straight game. Northern Kentucky loaded the bases with two outs, and a passed-ball strikeout reduced the deficit to two. Junior pitcher Andrew Magno struck out the final batter to earn his second save of the year, as the Buckeyes survived another late-game scare.“Those experiences, I think, are thickening our skin a little bit, toughening us up. Our guys again survived,” Beals said. Root earned his first collegiate win with a four-strikeout performance in 2 2/3 innings of relief. “This was a big game, because this gets us back to even ground. Now we just go in and never look back,” Todys said. Ohio State will return to start a four-game series with Hawaii at Bill Davis Stadium at 5:05 p.m. Thursday. read more

Barcelona to wait for next summer to launch full bid for

first_imgThe Spanish giants Barcelona have finally given up on their chase for Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba this summer having seen that United won’t sell the World Cup winner before the summer transfer window closes by month end.The France international who is valued at around £89million, has three years left on his £290,000-a-week contract.Barcelona had offered Manchester United £50m plus two players was rejected out of hand to secure Paul Pogba. However, Express Uk reports that United are unlikely to entertain a January bid for the 25-year-old, which means that Barcelona will have to wait until the end of the season.Pogba fueled the conversation concerning his relationship with his club Mourinho last Friday night’s after win over Leicester by hinting all is not well between himself and Jose Mourinho. However, Mourinho trashed the speculation of a rift with the player saying:Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedSolskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.“The truth is we are together for two years and a couple of weeks and I’ve never been so happy with [Pogba] as I am now, that’s the truth,”“I cannot demand more from him, I cannot ask more from him, he came here on a Monday, trained three days, I asked for his support for his contribution in an important match for us when the team had difficulties.“He did it better and for more time than we could expect, when he says he did it for the fans and for the team is exactly what I want, is exactly what I demand from my players.“He’s working well, playing well, he does for the fans, he does for the team and that’s what I want, to play for the team and I couldn’t be happier than what I am.”last_img read more

Ramsey Next chapter at Juventus

first_imgAaron Ramsey has officially said goodbye to Arsenal fans after 11 years of service to the club.The Wales international’s contract with the Gunners expires in June and he has already signed a new deal with the Bianconeri.Ramsey joined Arsenal from Cardiff FC back in 2008 and has gone on to win trophies with the club.“As you may have already heard, I have agreed on a pre-contract with Juventus Football Club,” wrote Ramsey on Instagram and cited on Football Italia.“I wanted to issue a personal statement for all the Arsenal fans who have been extremely loyal and supportive.“You welcomed me as a teenager and have been there for me through all the highs and lows I’ve encountered during my time at the club.“It is with a heavy heart that I leave after 11 incredible years in North London. Thank you.English Premier League flops of the week Taimoor Khan – August 25, 2019 The third round of English Premier League football is pretty much over and we need to take a look at players and coaches who…“I will continue to give the team 100% and hope to finish the season strongly, before heading on to my next chapter in Turin. Kind regards, Aaron.”His contract with Juventus runs to June 2023 and there is a €3.7m signing on fee.Arsenal are currently in a fierce three-horse race with United and Chelsea for a Champions League position.last_img read more

Digicel Donates To TCI Diabetic Association

first_img Related Items:digicel, donates, tci diabetic association, world diabe TCI Govt meets with Digicel and Carnival Cruise Lines Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppWednesday, November 18th, 2015 – Providenciales – In honour of World Diabetes Day, which took place on November 14th, and in the spirit of goodwill, Digicel donated much needed patient supplies to the TCI Diabetic Association. The supplies, which consisted of Glucose & Ketone meters, testing stripes and Glucose control solutions, were handed over, on November 16th, to Ms. Angela Williams and Nurse Elaine Clare of the association, who were most appreciative of the gesture by Digicel.“We, of the Diabetic Association, are truly grateful for the gift of the Glucometers and strips that we received from Digicel. We know that there are diabetics in need of meters, so we will forward the meters to them. Once again, thanks very much for your generosity,” remarked Nurse Elaine Clare, President, TCI Diabetic Association.Digicel Head of Marketing, Ms. Trina Adams, said: “Digicel is always looking for ways to give back and help those in need in our communities, whether it’s through donation like this one, or through community events, we truly believe that it is important for us to play our part in the TCI. Diabetics is a huge health issue here in the TCI and around the world, the supplies are enough for four patients, and we truly do hope that our small gesture goes a long way in assisting those patients to live the best possible life.”Digicel also sponsored the recent Wrightfully Fit Charity Walk/Run, which took place on Saturday, November 14th, in support of the Diabetic Association. Several Digicel team members came out to run in full support of the charity. Digicel encourages everyone throughout the TCI to take all necessary steps to ensure that they live a long, happy and healthy life as best they can. Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Digicel T&T Donates Supplies to Anguilla and British Virgin Islands Thousands without power in TCIlast_img read more


first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, June 30, 2017 – Nassau – Police took two males into custody, in connection with an armed robbery that occurred on June 29.According to reports, shortly after 12:00 noon, a woman was leaving her home located on Oak Hill Road off Skyline Drive, when two males armed with a handgun accosted her and forced her into her home. The two males then searched the woman’s home and left in her white Chevy Equinox vehicle license plate number188701. Police later arrested two males in connection with this incident.#magneticmedianews#armedrobberyonoakhillroad Recommended for you Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Related Items:#magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provolast_img read more