TORONTO – Newstrike Resources Ltd. has confirmed that it has entered an exclusivity agreement with CanniMed about potentially combining the two businesses.The Tragically Hip-backed company (TSX-V:HIP) says it will continue to negotiate the proposed deal, which would see Newstrike shareholders receive 3.3 CanniMed shares for every 100 they hold in Newstrike.News of the proposed deal surfaced after Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB) made an unsolicited takeover offer for CanniMed late Tuesday, giving the company a Friday deadline to decide.CanniMed (TSX:CMED) responded coldly to the all-share offer, saying it inflated Aurora’s value and urged shareholders not to tender their shares until the board has time to consider the offer.Aurora said the all-share deal could be worth up to $24 a share for CanniMed shareholders and that it already has support from shareholders representing 38 per cent of CanniMed’s outstanding shares.Newstrike’s share price was down about $0.10 or 16.4 per cent to $0.49 in midday trading on the TSX Venture. CanniMed’s share price was down $1.08 or 5.5 per cent to $18.72 on the TSX on a down day for cannabis stocks generally.
Rabat – Enterprise Florida (EFI), the state’s principal economic development organization, “will lead a business delegation of small and mid-sized Florida manufacturers and services providers on an export sales mission to Casablanca,” EFI said in a press release on January 10.The trade mission is scheduled for April 14-18 with the aim to facilitate business cooperation between the Florida delegates and their counterparts in Morocco.“Morocco has become a top destination for foreign investments and trade,” said Manny Mencia, senior vice president of international trade and development for EFI. “Morocco has increased investment in its port, transportation, and industrial infrastructure to position itself as a center for business throughout Africa. Florida companies in industries like energy, infrastructure, agricultural equipment, and healthcare can find great new opportunities there.”Read Also: European Parliament Passes EU-Morocco Agriculture AgreementThe EFI, which is a public-private partnership between Floridian business and government leaders, touted Morocco’s strategic location and favorable business environment.“With a total population of 35 million people and having the sixth-largest economy in Africa, Morocco is seen as the gateway to sub-Saharan Africa with its developed trade environment.”The organization also noted the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) signed between Morocco and the US in 2006, “the only U.S. FTA with an African nation.”The FTA eliminated a 95 percent tariff on traded consumer and industrial goods exported to Morocco.Read Also: Morocco’s Economic and Social Progress is an opportunity for the WestFlorida companies’ high-quality goods and services, said EFI, “have a significant competitive advantage and are well-suited for the types of industries being pursued by businesses in Morocco.”As part of the export sales mission, EFI will set up “pre-screened, one-on-one Gold Key meetings” with interested Moroccan companies, in coordination with the US Commercial Service.Based on a first-come, first-served rule, the organization will select only 12 small and mid-sized Florida companies for the Gold Key package. Other companies may qualify for a Gold Key Grant.
The wife of the policeman killed while giving protection to a judge in Jaffna, has been reinstated to the Police service.The National Police Commission said that it had recommended that the wife of policeman Sarath Premachandra be reinstated to the Police service. Mrs. Premachandra was in the police service earlier but was unemployed at the time her husband was killed.Premachandra was killed during a shooting incident in Jaffna when he was giving protection to Jaffna High Court judge M. Ilancheliyan. (Colombo Gazette)
The Consul General also spoke about the two seasonal monsoons in Sri Lanka, on which the country depends for her annual rainfall, and agricultural needs. She further stated that a changing environment can influence the management of resources and infrastructure in Sri Lanka.Secretary of the Ministry of Fisheries & Aquatic Resources Development, W.P. Sandanayake and Director of the China-Sri Lanka Joint Centre for Education and Research Prof. Dongxiao Wang also addressed the gathering. Consul General in her address said that conducting regular workshops would help ‘find solutions’ to important areas of global interest and ‘update our knowledge on the changes taking place in our environment.” China and Sri Lanka has discussions on climate change and marine environment issues.On the invitation of the China-Sri Lanka Joint Centre for Education and Research, the Consul General of Sri Lanka in Guangzhou, Priyangika Dharmasena, attended the inauguration ceremony and the Workshop of the 5th China-Sri Lanka Joint Workshop on Monsoon Climate and Marine Environment Change, which was held for the first time in China. The previous joint- workshops were held in Sri Lanka. Sri Lankan Scholars and officials attached to the universities of Ruhuna, Sabaragamuwa, Peradeniya, Open University, Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development, Meteorological Development, and relevant Chinese scholars participated at the workshops, which consisted of presentations and question and answer sessions. The developments in the areas of climate change and marine environment were discussed and reviewed upon during the presentations.
A Fundamental Rights petition filed on behalf of Dr. Mohamed Shafi Shihabdeen of the Kurunegala Teaching hospital has been fixed for September 27.The Supreme Court fixed the date to hear the revised petition when the matter was taken up in court today. Mohamed Shafi filed a Fundamental Rights petition against his detention and arrest. Dr. Shafi was taken into custody on suspicion of links to a terrorist group, amassing of wealth and subsequent allegations that he forcibly sterilised women during C-section surgeries.He was later released on bail and he was ordered to produce himself at the CID on every Sunday between 9 a.m and 12 p.m. (Colombo Gazette) Lawyers appearing on behalf of Dr. Shaf sought to revise the FR petition which was approved by the Supreme Court.
by Paul Wiseman, The Associated Press Posted Apr 14, 2015 7:02 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Citing strong US dollar, IMF cuts US economic forecast for 2015, upgrades Europe and Japan In this Thursday, April 9, 2015 photo, International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde speaks at the Atlantic Council in Washington. The IMF predicted Tuesday, April 14, that the American economy will grow 3.1 percent this year and next, a performance the fund characterized as “robust.” But the U.S. outlook was down from the IMF’s January forecast of 3.6 percent growth in 2015 and 3.3 percent growth in 2016. The American economy advanced 2.4 percent last year.(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) WASHINGTON – The International Monetary Fund, citing the consequences of a strong dollar, is downgrading its outlook for the U.S. economy but raising its forecast for Europe and Japan.The IMF predicted Tuesday that the American economy will grow 3.1 per cent this year and next — a performance the fund characterized as “robust.” But the U.S. outlook was down from the IMF’s January forecast of 3.6 per cent growth in 2015 and 3.3 per cent growth in 2016. The American economy advanced 2.4 per cent last year.The IMF forecast that the 19 European countries that use the euro currency collectively will expand 1.5 per cent in 2015 and 1.6 per cent in 2016, up from a January forecast of 1.2 per cent growth this year and 1.4 per cent next. The eurozone grew just 0.9 per cent last year.The fund expects Japan to grow 1 per cent this year and 1.2 per cent next year, versus an earlier forecast of 0.6 per cent this year and 0.8 per cent in 2016. The Japanese economy shrank 0.1 per cent in 2014.The IMF expects the world economy to grow 3.5 per cent in 2015, barely up from 3.4 per cent last year and unchanged for its January forecast. It raised the outlook for global economic growth in 2016 to 3.8 per cent, up from a January forecast of 3.7 per cent.The international lending agency also left unchanged its prediction that the Chinese economy will grow 6.8 per cent this year and 6.3 per cent in 2016. That marks a sharp deceleration from last year’s 7.4 per cent expansion, already the slowest for China in two decades. But Gian Maria Milesi-Ferretti, the IMF’s deputy director for research, told reporters the slowdown in China reflects the country’s transition from growth built on often-wasteful investment in factories and real estate to slower but steadier growth built on spending by Chinese consumers. “We think it is a good slowdown for China,” he said.Most of the world’s economies are benefiting from sharply lower oil prices. The price of a barrel of oil has plunged to less than $52 a barrel, half what it was a year ago.Since June 30, the U.S. dollar has climbed 29 per cent against the euro and 19 per cent against the Japanese yen. A strong dollar makes U.S. products more expensive, giving European and Japanese exporters a price advantage.Moreover, the Federal Reserve is expected to raise short-term U.S. interest rates this year after keeping them near zero for more than six years. The European Central Bank and the Bank of Japan are moving the opposite direction, pursuing easy money policies meant to stimulate economic growth.The IMF warned that the U.S. faces long-term challenges, arising from low population growth and unimpressive productivity gains.
Shanghai auto show bans female models, automakers respond with dancers, tablet bearers by The Associated Press Posted Apr 20, 2015 3:26 am MDT SHANGHAI – The Shanghai Auto Show banned female models and automakers responded with dancers and fresh-faced young women holding tablet computers.Organizers of China’s biggest auto show announced in February that models in slinky dresses who usually adorn the stands of some auto brands would be banned. It said it wanted visitors to focus on cars.The use of female models at Chinese auto shows already had dwindled as automakers tried to set themselves apart. But the show’s decision comes as China’s government under President Xi Jinping increases efforts to crack down on prostitution, online pornography and what it considers racy or improper programming on TV.In December, the broadcaster of a historical drama that included women in low-cut dresses took it off the air temporarily and returned with images cropped to conceal actresses’ cleavage. The change prompted mockery by members of the public and complaints about the prudishness of government censors.On Monday, Luxgen, a joint venture between state-owned Dongfeng Motor Co. and Yulon, a Taiwanese partner, opened its display with a performance by a chorus line of dancers.At other stands, young women in sleeveless but more business-like dresses carried tablet computers to show visitors the details of cars.Auto brands have had rock bands perform at their displays. At the Shanghai show in 2011, a Chinese automaker, Chery, had a modern dance troupe perform. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
The Supreme Court gave the order after accepting the rejected nominations list of the Democratic United National Front.The nominations list of the Democratic United National Front had been rejected at the last local council elections. The Elpitiya Pradeshiya Sabha elections will be held on the 11th of October.The Supreme Court had recently ordered the Elections Commission to hold elections for the Elpitiya Pradeshiya Sabha.
With the date for the Presidential election expected to be announced soon, Premadasa said the UNP needs to show more urgency in announcing its Presidential candidate. United National Party (UNP) Deputy Leader Sajith Premadasa today announced that he is prepared to face a secret vote in the UNP for the party to decide on the Presidential candidate of the United National Front (UNF).Addressing a special media conference today, Premadasa called for the UNP Parliamentary Group and Working Committee to meet and decide on the Presidential candidate. Premadasa said that he had written to UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday and expressed his views on the election. He said that he will follow the democratic process in the party for the party to decide on the most suitable candidate to contest the election.Premadasa also said that he has had talks with the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and others to obtain their support at the election. He said that he has already announced his intention to contest the election and if there are others in the party who are keen to contest then they must be named.
The Police recovered a T-56 assault rifle, a magazine and other material used for explosives. The Police recovered a stash of weapons, including a T-56 assault rifle hidden in Palamunai, Ampara.Based on information received by the State Intelligence Service, the Police recovered the items buried under a goat cage in a property at Palamunai, Oluvil.
“The fact that fistula persists primarily among the poorest and most marginalized women and girls in the world is an egregious outcome of social, economic and gender inequalities, the denial of human rights and inadequate access to quality reproductive health services, including maternal and newborn care,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in his message on the Day, marked annually on 23 May. “We have a moral obligation, as a global community, to complete the unfinished agenda of eradicating fistula,” he added. Obstetric fistula is one of the most serious and tragic injuries that can occur during childbirth. It is a hole between the birth canal and the bladder or rectum caused by prolonged, obstructed labour without treatment. Sufferers often endure depression, social isolation and deepening poverty. Many women live with the condition for years – or even decades – because they cannot afford to obtain treatment. And up to 100,000 new obstetric fistula cases occur every year.International Day to End Obstetric Fistula, marked worldwide on 23 May and with this year’s theme, ‘End fistula, restore women’s dignity’ serves as an opportunity for world leaders to commit to ending the scourge of fistula in our lifetime. Every fistula-affected nation needs to develop an inclusive and time-bound national strategy, Mr. Ban said, calling on the international community to significantly intensify support to nations with the greatest need. An estimated 2 million women in sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, the Arab region, and Latin America and the Caribbean are living with this injury, and some 50,000 to 100,000 new cases develop each year. Yet fistula is almost entirely preventable. Its persistence is a sign that health systems are failing to meet women’s essential needs.Eradicating the scourge needs to be part of a far-reaching and inclusive sustainable development agenda to improve sexual and reproductive and newborn health, strengthen health systems, eliminate health inequities and increase levels and predictability of funding. The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and its partners launched the global Campaign to End Fistula in 2003. In the 12 years since the effort began, UNFPA has supported over 57,000 fistula repair surgeries for women and girls in need, and Campaign partners have enabled many more to receive treatment.Speaking on the ahead of the Day, UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin said that while significant gains have been made, many people, especially the poor and vulnerable, still lack access to quality sexual and reproductive health services, including life-saving emergency obstetric care. “Women and girls living with fistula are among the most marginalized and neglected, and the persistence of fistula is a grave illustration of serious inequalities and the denial of rights and dignity,” he said.As the world shapes a new development agenda, a new opportunity has presented itself to put the rights and dignity of women and girls – including the invisible, disenfranchised, and voiceless – at the heart of a people-centred and rights-based agenda, he said. Dr. Osotimehin said that with the right combination of political will and leadership, financial commitment and scaling up of evidence-based, cost-effective, quality interventions, ending forced marriage and ensuring girls education as well as voluntary family planning, it is possible to end the needless suffering of millions of women and girls. “Let us decide, as a global community, that the world we want is one where fistula no longer exists,” he said, adding: “Let us, once and for all, put an end to this assault on women’s and girls’ health and human rights, which steals from them their very dignity and destroys the most fundamental of human qualities: hope.”
The co-op connection doesn’t end at Welcome Week for first-year students.Those entering the co-op stream received a warm welcome at a gathering to start the term Tuesday Sept. 3, kicking off a series of events throughout the year designed to discover their talents and better prepare them for their co-op career journey.“We’ve put together a set of diverse sessions to help our students feel involved in the co-op program from the start,” said Brock’s Co-op Transition Advisor Candice Edwards. “Each time they meet, the students will explore different aspects of their own growth to develop a well-rounded skill set that will set them apart when they compete for their work term opportunity.”The University sees about 3,000 students participate in co-op annually.Students will attend sessions this month designed to further prepare them for the co-op process and familiarize them with resources the co-op office provides, including helpful job-search strategies and messages from senior co-op students. They will also learn more about a new partnership between co-op and Student Wellness and Accessibility Services that ensures students requiring accommodation receive the same consideration and resources while on co-op that they would while on campus.“Students’ need for accommodation sometimes applies differently in the co-op context,” said Associate Director of Co-op Education Julia Zhu. “We want to make sure those accommodations are translated into the workplace to ensure our students experience success.”When the September sessions finish, Zhu says the focus will shift to skill development.“We want to scaffold their knowledge by highlighting experiential learning opportunities both in and out of the classroom,” said Zhu. “We will continue to follow our career development model, which encourages students to be flexible, stay organized, ask for help and take manageable risks.”Students will take on a Lego Serious Play workshop in October, where they will zero in on their talents and strengths by building a literal and figurative career path from building blocks.After exploring additional skill-building techniques to prepare for the workplace in a November session, students will practise their networking skills at a mixer event in January.Students will wrap up the academic year’s activities in March when they engage in conversations with employers, upper-year students and alumni during National Co-op and Work-Integrated Learning Week.Cara Krezek, Brock’s Director of Co-op, Career and Experiential Education, said the expanded first-year programming will help students maintain focus on their long-term co-op goals throughout a busy year of transitions and new experiences.“We wanted to find additional ways to enhance our students’ co-op experience and provide them with resources that would drive them to evaluate and grow their personal and professional skills,” she said. “The lessons they learn this year will shape the rest of their time at the University and lay the foundation for long and successful careers when they graduate.”To learn more about Brock’s co-op programming for first-year students, contact Edwards at firstname.lastname@example.org or x6756.
Ohio State added a safety to its 2020 recruiting class on Wednesday with four-star prospect Lejond Cavazos, who announced his commitment on Twitter.C O M M I T T E DO H I O S T A T E U N I V E R S I T Y#GoBucks pic.twitter.com/CEDFZeiQQN— Lejond Cavazos (@lejondaryy) June 27, 2018Cavazos is the No. 10 safety in his class and the No. 197 prospect overall, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. He said on Twitter that received offers from schools including Wisconsin, Florida State and Notre Dame.The 30th highest recruit out of Florida in his class, the six-foot, 186-pound safety plays out of IMG Academy in Bradenton. He will be joined in the 2020 class by Jake Wray, a four-star offensive tackle who committed to Ohio State in April.
Dwayne Haskins and J.T. Barrett take a photo with Brutus at the 2018 Spring Game on April 14. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Managing Editor for DesignFor the past four seasons, Ohio State has been J.T. Barrett’s team. In 50 career games for the Buckeyes, the Wichita Falls, Texas native broke 25 school records at quarterback, including career passing yards (9,434) and touchdowns in a single season (47). He also holds the Big Ten conference record for career offensive yards (12,697), passing touchdowns (104) and career touchdowns (147). Going into the 2018 football season, Barrett will be donning black and gold for the New Orleans Saints instead of scarlet and gray. With former Ohio State quarterback Joe Burrow transferring to LSU during the offseason, the Buckeyes will have redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins as the primary signal caller to start the season. The former four-star recruit out of Potomac, Maryland, has had limited playing time throughout his college career. Last season, Haskins played in eight games for the Buckeyes, completing 70.2 percent of his passes for 565 yards, averaging 14.1 yards per completion. He also threw four touchdowns, including two against UNLV on Sept. 24, and one interception. Haskins will bring something Ohio State has not seen much of during head coach Urban Meyer’s tenure: a pass-heavy offensive approach. Haskins is the first pro-style quarterback to begin the season as the starter outside of the 2015 season in which Barrett and former Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones shared first-team reps. Ohio State caught a glimpse of what Haskins could be like as the starter in big-game situations last season against Michigan.After Barrett left the game with a knee injury in the third quarter, Haskins completed 6-of-7 pass attempts for 94 yards and recorded 24 rushing yards on three carries, helping give the Buckeyes a 31-20 win against the Wolverines despite coming in with a six-point deficit. However, even with the ability to scramble inside the pocket to evade defenders, Haskins has never been a quarterback to tuck-and-run at the first sign of trouble. This will be different for those used to Barrett, who had 12 rushing touchdowns last season. When asked about how the offense would change if Haskins were the starting quarterback during spring practice, offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Ryan Day said there would always be an element of the run-pass option in the Ohio State offense. However, he said he would use the plays and playbook that fit him best. Haskins will not have to do it alone though. All six of the receivers that led Ohio State in yards per game will return for the 2018 season, including redshirt senior H-back Parris Campbell and redshirt senior wide receiver Johnnie Dixon. In the running game, Ohio State will still have two backs to choose from in sophomore J.K. Dobbins and redshirt junior Mike Weber who, along with Barrett, helped the Buckeyes to the best rush offense in the Big Ten during the 2017 season by averaging 243.2 yards per game. Even if Meyer wants a dual-threat option at quarterback at points during the season, Ohio State has redshirt freshman quarterback Tate Martell. As the No. 2 dual-threat quarterback recruit in the 2017 class, the Las Vegas native recorded 35 rushing touchdowns along with 113 passing touchdowns in his high school career at Bishop Gorman.Going into fall camp with the Sept. 1 game against Oregon State approaching, Haskins will enter the season as the guy for Ohio State. However, with his highly anticipated throwing ability and leadership, even in his first ever stint as the starter, the expectation still remains where Barrett left it: to lead a playoff contender.
Ohio State fans wait for the Buckeyes to arrive at Ross-Ade Stadium for the game against Purdue on Oct. 20. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorThe No. 2 Ohio State Buckeyes faced off against Purdue on Oct. 20 in Ross-Ade Stadium in West Lafayette, Ind. The Buckeyes lost 49-20, making their overall record 7-1. Photos by Casey Cascaldo.
Ohio State senior point guard C.J. Jackson (3) looks to drive the ball to the basket in the first half of the game against Purdue on Jan. 23. Ohio State lost 79-67. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorFor the first time in six games, Ohio State is preparing for its next opponent with a win after defeating Nebraska 70-60 on the road behind a career-best performance from freshman guard Luther Muhammad.But the Cornhuskers were losers of four of their past six. Michigan, the Buckeyes’ next opponent, has three fewer losses throughout the entirety of the season, and comes in as the No. 3 scoring defense in the country, allowing 56.5 points per game.For Muhammad and redshirt senior guard Keyshawn Woods, both of whom are not from Ohio, the rivalry between Ohio State and the Wolverines is new.Woods, a Gastonia, North Carolina, native, said it took seeing the football team defeat Michigan 62-39 on the football field to really let the rivalry sink in.“Being at that football game, you really understand,” Woods said. “You really understand that Ohio State and Michigan don’t like each other, and you know how serious it is for both ends, so this game is serious for us to get this win.”Projected StartersOhio State (13-6, 3-5 Big Ten)G — C.J. Jackson — Senior, 12.6 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 3.7 apgG — Musa Jallow — Sophomore, 3.4 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 0.3 apgG — Luther Muhammad — Freshman, 9.9 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 2.1 apgF — Andre Wesson — Junior, 8.5 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 1.6 apgF — Kaleb Wesson — Sophomore, 14.9 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 1.6 apgNo. 5 Michigan (19-1, 8-1 Big Ten)G — Zavier Simpson — Junior, 8.8 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 5.6 apgG — Charles Matthews — Senior, 13.1 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.2 apgG — Jordan Poole — Sophomore, 12.6 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 2.2 apgF — Ignas Brazdeikis— Freshman, 15.2 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 1.1 apgC — Jon Teske — Junior, 9.2 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 0.9 apgThe Wolverines hold teams to the third-fewest points per game in the nation, and do so by forcing opponents to shoot 39.4 percent from the field and 29.7 percent from 3, No. 20 and No. 26 in the NCAA, respectively.Head coach Chris Holtmann said the defensive success comes from the talent Michigan holds in its starting five.“Great individual defenders, they’ve got a great system, but any elite defensive team, you’re gonna look and you’re gonna find great individual, versatile defenders,” Holtmann said.Holtmann complimented junior guard Zavier Simpson, calling him “as good of an on-ball defender as I can remember seeing in college basketball.”In Michigan’s most recent game against Indiana, the Wolverines trusted senior guard Charles Matthews to cover Indiana freshman guard Romeo Langford, the Hoosier’s leading scorer. In Michigan’s 23-point victory, Langford scored nine points on 3-of-12 shooting, and was a minus-24 for the game.Wolverines head coach John Beilein mainly avoids using depth, with the top seven in the rotation each clocking more than 300 minutes. The lowest eight players in minutes do not combine for more than 250 minutes between them.Freshman forward Ignas Brazdeikis leads Michigan with 15.2 points per game, and shoots 46.4 percent from the field.Holtmann said his opponent’s success comes from the combination of added youth with the veteran presence that sent Michigan to the NCAA Tournament final a season ago, notably with the return of players like Poole, Matthews, Teske and Simpson.“They’ve got great versatility,” Holtmann said. “Those four guys won a lot, played in a lot of games that have been very important, and then you add some depth, and obviously a freshman in Brazdeikis, who can create some real matchup issues, so obviously a great challenge.”Michigan comes in winners of 33 of its past 35 games dating back to the past season, and Ohio State comes in winners of one of its past six.The Wolverines haven’t lost a game at home in more than a year, losing to then-No. 5 Purdue 70-69 on Jan. 9, 2018.For Muhammad, none of that matters. The rivalry, the recent games, it’s all just background to the game that’s ahead.“I don’t really try to pay too much attention to the rivalry; it’s next game; they’re a great team, they’re a top 10 in the country right now,” Muhammad said. “We’re just focused on trying to come together and get another win.”Ohio State takes on No. 5 Michigan on the road at 9 p.m. Tuesday.
Almost two years after “Tattoo-Gate” shook Ohio State’s athletic department to its core, changes to the way it monitors violations are being implemented. But one official says no matter how good compliance may be, there might always be a chance that a player or coach slips through the cracks. In December 2010, a scandal surfaced that rocked Buckeye Nation, ultimately resulting in the resignation of former OSU football coach Jim Tressel, a bowl ban for the 2012 season and vacating the 2010 season. Five OSU football players were suspended for improperly receiving benefits in the form of tattoos in exchange for autographs and OSU memorabilia, and since what has come to be known as “Tattoo-Gate” has surfaced, OSU has experienced a compliance shift. In an 805-page report sent to the NCAA this August, the Buckeyes’ athletic compliance staff presented its plans to make itself more apt to handle and prevent a scandal like the one that made national headlines almost 24 months ago. The Buckeyes football team now faces preventative measures, some of which OSU athletics director Gene Smith said are a novelty. OSU football players will randomly be audited by compliance staff to ensure they still have all the memorabilia they’ve collected throughout their careers at OSU. “There’s time when you have to bring them in to certify that you’ve retained them and, or certify where they are,” Smith said in an exclusive interview with The Lantern on Oct. 3. “Because you may give them to your mom, you might have a divorce situation and your mom is somewhere else. We gotta certify that she’s got it. So we periodically do those spot checks. That’s an audit to make sure you still have the things that we gave you.” The process is entirely random, Smith said. “It could be tomorrow, so it’s just kinda like drug testing,” Smith said. Going forward, OSU will limit the opportunity for athletes to take home their memorabilia. Smith said OSU will store memorabilia for the players and give it to them when they leave the university. “We retain a lot of things, so we build a locker room in our equipment room,” Smith said. “So for certain jerseys and helmets, we keep those here until you graduate or your eligibility expires because, you know, somebody may leave and we give them their stuff.” Auditing, however, isn’t limited to memorabilia. Players’ cars are subject to the practice, too. “You have a car, you register that car with us,” Smith said. “We check it every now and then just to make sure there’s no change. “We’ll go over to the parking lot, walk around, check cars, check their numbers, things of that nature, just to make sure nothing’s changed or see if there’s any new cars that pop up.” OSU associate athletics director for compliance Doug Archie said the compliance office puts a sticker on registered cars. “You have to remember that parking lot is a public parking lot … so by putting the sticker in the car, we can easily identify a car that we already knew about,” Archie said. Smith said the university is very vigilant in checking cars. “We check them all out, just to be sure that nobody got a loaner that they shouldn’t have,” he said. Archie said while auditing cars is something they’ve “always done” to an extent, it’s being enhanced and performed more than before. Josephine Potuto, Nebraska’s faculty representative for the NCAA, said the process of auditing is a “necessary requirement of an effective compliance system.” Potuto, who spent the NCAA’s maximum nine years on the NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions, said institutions typically “do a pretty good job of educating student-athletes and staff and boosters and others about NCAA rules” in addition to “maintaining records that need to be maintained from student athletes and staff.” Where they don’t do as well, she said, is tracking the records for accuracy and following up with those who submitted the records. “Nobody expects any institution is going to be able to do a one-on-one, you know, running around after everything, checking-everything system,” she said. OSU’s increased focus on auditing, however, seems to be just a small part of a much larger renovation. OSU merged all of its compliance program – including athletics – into one system. The university also increased the athletics compliance staff from seven members to 12. Archie said some members of the staff focus on specific sports. The best example of this, arguably, is the addition of Brad Bertani, OSU’s assistant athletic director for compliance who was hired in March. Bertani, who was Tennessee’s associate athletics director for compliance since 2004, is assigned specifically to the Buckeyes’ football team and is paid $90,000 annually. “He handles all of their immediate compliance needs and he’s right there,” Archie said. “He’s housed in football and travels with them with the idea of them getting so familiar with him that they’ll just view him as an extension of their staff.” Bertani did not respond to The Lantern‘s request for comment. Archie said having five more compliance staff members allows them to “make each compliance staff member’s world smaller” with less sports to focus on and “help them to get to know the student-athletes better.” “Brad knows that whole team by face and by name and is able to interact with them and have down moments with them where they can share stuff and laugh,” Archie said. “I think that goes a long way to when they’re more comfortable with us, they’re more apt to ask questions, and that’s the biggest thing the additional staff members have done.” But Potuto said a close relationship is not something she would recommend. “It’s not that it can’t work, but for me, it’s something of a risk to have somebody assigned to a particular sport, because you can get too close to the sport,” Potuto said. Compliance’s role, she said, is “best maintained when the compliance people are officed with each other and working with each other.” “It doesn’t mean it can’t work, but as a structural matter,” Potuto said, “I’m more comfortable with putting something of a wall between compliance or academic services and individual sports.” That said, the consensus between Potuto and Archie is that OSU has effectively positioned itself better than before “Tattoo-Gate.” “I think we’re in a lot stronger place,” Archie said. “I think that we’re in a much better place than we were two years ago.” Potuto said the NCAA can only expect so much. “What the NCAA infractions committee has always said is you need reasonable compliance measures and you need to show that you’re doing reasonable outreach or effective stuff to assure that the compliance is adequate,” she said. “Bad apples can flip through the holes no matter how tiny the hole is. And everybody recognizes this.” While she said she doesn’t know OSU well enough to speak directly on the matter, Potuto said part of the battle is creating a culture of compliance among the students, staff, boosters and fans with “people wanting to do the right thing.” But no system is perfect. “Adam and Eve ate that apple; we don’t get perfection,” she said. “I think it would be foolish of me to say that (a scandal) could never happen either at Ohio State or Nebraska or anywhere else.” The infractions committee, she said, looks for a university to have systems in place with “reasonably calculated” measures to deal with potential claims. Potuto said that’s the “best you can ask from any program.” “Nobody can control everybody,” Potuto said. “It doesn’t matter what your system is, somebody can get around it for a while.”
The march to a season with individual and team national title hopes starts Thursday for the No. 5 Ohio State wrestling team, as it travels to Davidson, N.C., for its first dual match of the season. The Buckeyes, which have made appearances at the Eastern Michigan Open on Nov. 3, the UB Invitational in Buffalo on Nov. 4 and the Michigan State Open on Nov. 11, will put their national ranking to the test against the Wildcats. And while OSU came in first place at the Buffalo Invitational, Buckeyes coach Tom Ryan said some early season inexperience is showing. “Obviously it depends which weight class you are talking about, but overall there’s a lot of work to be done and it’s a good thing it’s November and not March,” Ryan said. Some younger wrestlers, however, might be excited for the challenge. Redshirt freshman Kenny Courts, winner of the freshman and sophomore division of the 184-pound weight class at the Michigan State Open, is ready for the trip. “This is going to be a good experience, it’s good for growing,” Courts said. “By the end of the season I have a lot of experience and put it all together for a big tournament.” Davidson is a team that has already won three dual matches against Spartanburg Methodist College, Belmont Abbey and Anderson University. Philip Elias, a 125-pound sophomore, has one of Davidson’s best records this season, 5-2, and scored 5.5 team points for the Wildcats at the Wolfpack Open on Nov. 11. Redshirt senior Nikko Triggas, who placed fifth in the 125-pound weight class at the Michigan State Open, will be taking on Elias in the meet. “They are supposed to have a decent 125-pounder, so I’m not looking over anybody and just got to get prepared for the match,” Triggas said. Another Davidson wrestler is 184-pound junior Scott Patrick, who currently holds a 9-1 record. He placed fifth and scored 18 total team points at the Wolfpack Open. “Although Davidson doesn’t have the support we have from an athletic department standpoint, we know that the nice thing about wrestling is you can field three or four tough guys in a lineup of 10 people,” Ryan said. “So we are certainly not taking them lightly.” Ryan said the Buckeyes’ goals are the same as any other match. “We want to see guys wrestle hard, build leads, get out and score points from the bottom position, make sure we aren’t giving up any points from the riding position,” Ryan said. Another challenge both teams will face is a weigh-in process one hour before the match to see if the wrestlers are eligible at their respective weight classes. Triggas said one-hour weigh-ins are much more difficult than tournament style. “Tournament style there’s a two-hour weigh-in, you give your body a little more time to recover, you can cut weight a little bit easier,” Triggas said. “With a one-hour weigh-in, literally you step on the scale and (wrestle) one hour from then … your body is not ready at that point.” Ryan said the team is going to leave Thursday morning and drive more than six hours to Davidson, N.C., in a bus that will allow them to lie down and relax. They will arrive at the campus at about 3:30 p.m. and compete at 7 p.m. “It’ll be a challenging day for them in a lot of ways even before the competition. These guys are ready for it,” Ryan said. “Hopefully, for lack of a term, it’ll toughen them up a little bit.” The Buckeyes will then travel to Blacksburg, Va., on Friday for a match with No. 12 Virginia Tech at 7 p.m., and finish the week with their home opener versus Pittsburgh Sunday at St. John Arena at 2 p.m.
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