The One Man Can campaign has people being vocal.Simphiwe Peter (left) and Welcome Witbooi, two ex-inmates who have joined the training staff of Sonke. (Images: Sonke Gender Justice) MEDIA CONTACTS • Emily Keehn Sonke Gender Justice manager + 27 21 423 7088 RELATED ARTICLES • Khulisa reinvents lives • SA’s gallows now instrument of healing • Changed prisoners inspire kids • Local NGO success in the UK Lucille DavieThe One Man Can campaign has a mission – to change the culture in South Africa’s prisons by providing education, support and care, and changing the attitudes of warders and prisoners.The flagship campaign of the Sonke Gender Justice Network, One Man Can has been running since 2006, training prisoners and officers in the Western Cape to become peer educators and providing information on nutrition and HIV/Aids, TB, contraception, sexually transmitted infections, and gender equality.“It is one of Sonke’s first projects, and is recognised as a flagship HIV prevention programme in Western Cape prisons,” says Emily Keehn, Sonke Gender Justice manager.NGO Sonke was established with the vision of creating “a world in which men, women and children can enjoy equitable, healthy and happy relationships that contribute to the development of just and democratic societies”.The organisation works across Africa, “strengthening government, civil society and citizen capacity to support men and boys in taking action to promote gender equality, prevent domestic and sexual violence, and reduce the spread and impact of HIV and AIDS,” indicates the website.Encouraging discussionSouth African prisons are notorious for high HIV rates, violence, gangs, and rape. With some 30% awaiting trial and spending up to two years in prison – 30% of this proportion are young people – the rate of recidivism is high. It is for these reasons that Sonke decided to begin the project, which now works with male prisoners in 12 prisons.Around 300 peer educators are trained every year across the Western Cape, in seven areas in the province. Each is then tasked with doing outreach with 15 of their peers, says Keehn. As it also holds events on Youth Day, Women’s Day and World Aids Day as well as during HIV Prevention Month and the 16 Days of Activism period, the programme reaches thousands of inmates, prison officials, and community members involved in prisons each year, she adds.One Man Can provides a space for prisoners to reflect on their experiences and encourages discussion on how gender inequality affects the HIV pandemic and gender-based violence in the country. Prisoners receive valuable information to protect themselves from the virus.This is complemented by work with warders and correctional officials, providing them with information on HIV and a forum to discuss sexual abuse among prisoners. They are given channels to prevent, detect and respond to such incidents.“Working with officials is crucial, and it is an exercise that often leaves Sonke staff feeling optimistic that, with committed individuals in place, it is possible to stop rape and the spread of HIV in prisons,” states the website.“Officials often reflect that they feel empowered with the knowledge they receive, and that they experience a shift in their attitude towards inmates. Many express that they want to help and provide responsive services, and to protect those in their custody.”The success of the programme is seen in the fact that officials have requested more information and resources after the sessions, asking Sonke and its partners to return to their prisons. The challenge is to get the Department of Correctional Services to promote a supportive environment to help prevent abuse and HIV. A draft policy framework to this end was drafted in 2010, but it still has to be adopted.“Indeed, the National Strategic Plan for HIV, STIs and TB 2012-2016 recognises that to stop the spread of HIV in prisons, we have to stop prisoner rape and enforce sexual offences laws and policies,” says Keehn. “Thus, we seek to workshop, sensitise, and train prisons officials at the local, provincial, and national level to address sexual violence in prisons.”The organisation is to start a master training system for prison officials, kicking off in Gauteng.It will also soon conduct training in more distant rural prisons in the Western Cape, with follow-up support given through site visitsOne Man Can Beyond the BarsIn 2012 Sonke extended its reach to ex-inmates by launching a community action team, called One Man Can Beyond the Bars. Ex-inmates complete a six-month, bi-weekly training schedule and then get involved in the community outreach and mobilisation activities. Future plans will allow them to extend their activities to community corrections offices.Sonke involves ex-inmates in advocacy work. “Our goal is to start bringing them with us when we speak to Parliament about improving services in prisons,” explains Keehn.Outreach is also conducted through the print media and national and community radio, with the goal of changing public perceptions about inmates and the challenges they face while in prison. Sonke is partnering with 12 community radio stations in six provinces, providing staff with training on gender and HIV, to create weekly radio shows that promote male involvement in gender equality and HIV.Sonke recognises that its work will only be successfully implemented by working with a range of organisations, from women’s rights organisations, trade unions and government departments to sports and faith-based organisations, universities and human rights advocates.Minority groups, like lesbian and gay communities, people living with HIV and Aids, and refugees and migrants, are included. These groups are all represented on Sonke’s governance structures.“Our goal is to increase public empathy for inmates, and to reduce the stigma and discrimination that they face. Overwhelmingly, the response from communities is a positive one.”The One Man Can campaign is sponsored by the FNB Fund, The Tides Foundation’s MAC Aids Fund, the Open Society Foundation for South Africa, and the Western Cape Department of Health. The FNB Fund, which has been involved since 2007, has provided some R1-million for the campaign in the past year.“The One Man Can prisons project is a model project for Sonke. It incorporates not only vital training and outreach to inmates and ex-inmates – it’s holistic in its approach and thus also engages prisons officials, media outreach, and advocacy with policymakers,” concludes Keehn.“As a flagship HIV prevention programme, we provide vital life-saving information to inmates and ex-inmates. However we also engage our participants to learn about and practise gender equality in their lives. One peer educator told me that he quit his involvement in a gang once he went through One Man Can. He wanted to be a peer educator, and realised that the change and positive living had to start with him. This peer educator is now on our staff – a testament to the success of our programme.”
Digital Marketing Jobs in the Government Sector Trends Driving the Loyalty Marketing Industry If you’ve been struggling to increase your sales despite creating better offers, raising prices, and offering more value, it’s time to look at your sales funnel. Actually, it’s time to scrutinize your sales funnel with the eyes of a detective.The term “sales funnel” sounds like a strategy that generates automatic or easy sales. However, a sales funnel is an organized system designed to move leads through a step-by-step process that eventually makes the sale. Multiple steps in the sales funnel gives you more control over how and when you present an offer to your leads.No matter how great your offers are, if you’re not extending those offers to the right people at the right time, your sales will remain flat. A well-structured sales funnel will deliver these offers correctly. If you’ve tried everything else but you’re still struggling with sales, your sales funnel might have some leaks or disconnected components.An intentionally engineered sales funnel directs offers to the correct leadsYour sales funnel is what allows you to reach your leads and customers in the most efficient way possible. A properly engineered sales funnel is able to track and identify where each lead is in the customer journey. This, in turn, allows you to market relevant offers and messages to customers based on where they are.For instance, when a lead is still in the research phase, you can market to them with information to help them make the decision to buy. When a lead is ready to buy, you can market to them with more aggressive sales copy. You don’t want to send aggressive sales copy to someone who isn’t ready to buy – that’s a turn off.How do you know who’s ready to buy and who’s not? How do you know what offers each lead should receive? It begins with collecting data and segmenting your leads according to what that data tells you about them. Data is a vital foundation for every sales funnel. A collection of data forms a pattern, and that pattern reveals information that couldn’t otherwise be seen.You need a data-centric sales funnelIn addition to segmenting leads as they come in, you should be collecting data on customer behavior every step of the way. By tracking which links they click on in emails, their browsing history, purchase history, and more, you’ll end up with a pattern that will allow you to accurately categorize them for targeted marking.An interesting example of how analyzing data can provide profound insight is how the KGB accurately identified undercover CIA agents during the Cold War. Their accuracy seemed like magic, but it was just great data analysis. They gathered publicly available information on deployed U.S. Foreign Service personnel, data from allied countries, and learned that their agents’ housing and pay patterns were different from those who were posing as State Department officers. For example, the data showed:Undercover CIA agents had a higher pay scale than real FSOs.Real FSOs usually returned home after a 3-4 year tour while CIA agents didn’t.When CIA agents returned home, they didn’t show up in State Department listings.Real FSOs attended the three-month training session at the Institute for Foreign Service.CIA agents were often reposted within the same country while real FSOs never were.This same level of insight is available to businesses that continually capture data from their leads. Knowing where your leads come from, what they’re interested in, what links they click on, and where they go after being exposed to your ads is priceless to the sales process.Intentionally craft every step in your sales funnelIt’s not enough to create a series of 10 emails that get drip-fed to new leads over a period of two months and hope you get clicks and sales. It’s also not enough to dump leads into a queue for your sales team to schedule follow-up calls.Yes, CRM software like Infusionsoft, Ontraport, and Salesforce make it easy to automate these and other processes, and you should be utilizing this technology. However, to be effective, these separate components need to be integrated into an overarching multi-step strategy. Without the integration of all automated processes, none of these processes are effective.Each step in the sales process is actually an offer, beginning with the opportunity to receive a free download in exchange for an email address. If you don’t have a lead magnet, your sales process starts with whatever step you use to get people interested. For instance, if you’re a mail order business and you offer free information to anyone who writes to you, that ad is your first step in the sales process, even for people who don’t write. When a person received their requested information, that’s your opportunity to present them with a new, more interesting offer.Keep increasing the offers as people move along their journeyOffers often start out free, but gradually require the lead to invest some cash. Even if it’s just $4.95 for shipping and handling to receive another free offer. Make sure you keep increasing the value of the offers you send your leads, and make sure those offers are relevant to each lead.“Every offer is actually a series of offers designed to increase purchase size,” says ClickFunnels marketing expert Becky DeGrossa in an Ultimate Guide to Sales Funnels. This guide is a must-read. It’s packed with valuable information on building effective sales funnels from the ground up and busts some major myths and misconceptions.The guide also describes, in-depth, the AIDA marketing model developed in the late 19th century by sales pioneer Elias St. Elmo Lewis. This model is used by marketing gurus everywhere, for good reason: it works.AIDA stands for Attraction, Interest, Desire, Action. The ideal marketing campaign will grab people’s attention, capture their interest, create a desire for your product or service, and get them to take action to make a purchase.A good sales funnel will continually create interest and desire throughout the various stages and steps. This is accomplished by continually creating new and interesting offers.Some leads need to be gradually encouraged to put some skin in the game through multiple free offers that eventually require paying for shipping. Once they’ve got some money invested in your brand, you can begin presenting them with the offer for your main product or service.As you collect more information about your leads, you can start tailoring your offers to appeal to their specific preferences. For instance, if you’re using Infusionsoft as a CRM, you can automatically tag leads based on the links they click in your emails. Links are one of the best ways to get leads to tell you what they’re interested in.For example, say you sell pet products for both dogs and cats. A powerful and effective marketing campaign not only generates a positive ROI and requires the ability to send ads specifically about cat products to cat owners, and send ads specifically about dog products to dog owners. If you didn’t ask your leads about this when they signed up, just send them an email asking them to click one link if they own a dog, and another if they own a cat. Or, a third link if they own both.You probably want to cloak this in a well-written, entertaining newsletter that makes people want to click. Provided you’ve programmed your CRM to automatically apply tags, those clicks will allow you to start sending further targeted offers.A good sales funnel requires intentionally crafted steps, and isn’t just “set it and forget it.” It’s a continual process of asking for more information, documenting that information automatically, and using that data to continue marketing.The customer journey map is the pattern that emergesThe customer journey map tells the story of the customer’s experience with your brand. “It may focus on a particular part of the story or give an overview of the entire experience,” says SailThru. “What it always does is identify key interactions that the customer has with the organization. It talks about the user’s feelings, motivations and questions for each of these touchpoints.”The journey map also paints the picture of the customer’s greater motivation – the data you need for crafting an effective sales funnel.Always keep segmenting and match offers accordinglyCategorizing leads is essential because it tells you how to interact with them.Although it’s a mechanical process, a properly structured sales funnel doesn’t push all leads through the same steps in the same order. When leads are collected, they need to be segmented or tagged in order to categorize them.For instance, say you get a new lead to sign up for your newsletter. They receive a welcome email and click the link inviting them to download a free ebook. This lead should be automatically tagged for showing interest in your product. As this lead continues to click links in your email messages, they should be further tagged and moved to a segment designated for people who actively take interest in your products (even if they don’t buy). These leads will be easier to sell than those who never click on your links.Tailor your sales funnel components to your product and marketThe traditional sales model involves an assembly-line-style process of gathering leads, performing sales pitches, and following up. This worked great when all decision-makers were in the same house or building. It doesn’t work so well today.Not every business should build a sales funnel based on the traditional sales model. Some products, like enterprise software, don’t benefit from the traditional sales presentation. The geographical distribution of decision-makers renders traditional sales pitches ineffective in this market. Today, many of these businesses expect a collaborative whiteboard experience, not a scripted pitch.Each component you employ as part of your sales funnel should execute data-driven action. Nothing should be random.Prioritize data if you want to see sales soarAccording to ConversionXL.com, a CMO Council study confirmed that “over 50% of global marketers report that they have fair, little, or no knowledge of the customer demographic, behavioral, psychographic and transactional data. Just 6% say they have excellent knowledge of the customer.”To be fair, this study was performed back in 2007-2008. Still, there’s no excuse for businesses to skip this important aspect of marketing.Even as of 2014, according to the article linked above, 8 out of 10 marketers were relying on customer acquisition to generate sales rather than retaining their existing customers – a strategy that’s actually cheaper.Also, the Consultancy’s Cross Channel Marketing Report from 2014 reported that only 2 in 5 companies surveyed “understand customer journeys and adapt the channel mix accordingly.” Unfortunately, this is what happens when you don’t understand the importance of a data-driven sales funnel.Thankfully, most popular applications used by web marketers come with features that capture and categorize data automatically, as long as you program what you want it to capture. The solution is to spend more time strategizing to create offers that appeal to people at various stages in the customer journey. The more accurately you can market to your leads, the more sales you’ll get. Related Posts Frank Landman AI is Not the Holy Grail of Sales, at Least Not… The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Frank is a freelance journalist who has worked in various editorial capacities for over 10 years. He covers trends in technology as they relate to business.
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LOOK: LeBron shouts out PH fans for sprawling mural in Taguig CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA LATEST STORIES Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Read Next QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf PLAY LIST 01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games The world’s first competitive fencer with no arms or legs, Vio uses prosthetic arms but standard foils or epee weapons. While she can walk almost normally on her prosthetic legs, she competes in a wheelchair.“I found hospital to be a waste of time,” she said. In under four months she was back at school, and entered her first parafencing competition just a year after falling ill.She puts her return to “normality” down not just to tenacity but also two decisive encounters, with South African paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius and Italian paracyclist Alessandro Zanardi.“They both said the same thing: ‘You’re an amputee, don’t let it stop you. Get moving and do what you want to do’,” she said.“I met them thanks to my parents, and now I tell myself I’m the one that has to be an example to others”.Already a household name in Italy, Vio’s popularity soared after Rio, where she was the flag-bearer for the Italian delegation at the Paralympic Games’ closing ceremony.Invited on an official Italy-US visit to the White House last year, she snapped a cheeky selfie with Barack Obama.She puts her fame to good use, supporting the art4sport association — which helps young disabled people play sport — and campaigning in favour of vaccines, a hot-button issue in Italy.“I’m fighting for everyone, children and adults, to be vaccinated. It’s an easy thing to do and can avoid a lot of ball-ache,” she quips. View comments Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Italian Paralympic Champion Beatrice Bebe Vio attends a press conference to present the Fencing Worlds 2017, on October 31, 2017 at Rome’s Fiumicino airport. Rome will host the Wheelchair Fencing World Championship from November 6 to November 12, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / TIZIANA FABIParalympic fencer Beatrice Vio is a veritable sports icon in Italy, a model of courage whose battle against disease, infectious enthusiasm and prowess have won her legions of loyal fans.Now the 20-year old ace is in Rome, where on Wednesday she will defend her title as wheelchair fencing world champion after taking home gold in last year’s Paralympics in Rio.ADVERTISEMENT “My motto is, ‘life is too good’,” Beatrice Vio said with a laugh in an interview with AFP, her cheerfulness belying years of physical and psychological anguish, beginning in 2008.“I was 11 years old when I got sick. I was struck down suddenly with meningitis C,” said the blue-eyed blonde from northern Italy, who has been affectionately nicknamed “Bebe” (baby) by her compatriots.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Two years earlier, my mother had asked a doctor if I should be vaccinated because a child who lived near us had meningitis, but he said I was too young and not to worry,” she said.The disease become necrotic, giving her doctors no choice but to amputate both legs and forearms. It also ravaged her face, leaving it deeply scarred. Several months of intensive rehabilitation in hospital followed, during which Vio learned to walk again using prosthetic limbs designed specifically for her.The youngster had first wielded a sabre and donned a mesh mask when she was five years old.“After a difficult time, it was my dream of fencing again that helped shorten my hospital stay,” she said.“I also had the support of my father, who worked with a specialised orthopaedic centre to develop the prostheses with which I was rebuilt — a bit like a lego,” she joked.‘Get moving’ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ
LONDON – The Bank of England warned Monday of “a pocket of risk” in the rapid growth of consumer credit in the British economy, and is compelling lenders to hold an extra 10 billion pounds ($13.5 billion) in capital to cover themselves against potential losses.The fast rise in credit like car loans or credit card debt may not be a threat to the overall economy, accounting for just 11 per cent of household debt, but it represents a risk to “banks’ ability to withstand severe economic downturns, because this asset class is disproportionately more likely to default,” the Bank of England’s Financial Policy Committee said.The committee said lenders have placed too much weight on the recent performance of consumer lending in benign conditions, which has seen default rates fall. As a result, the committee said, lenders “have been underestimating the losses they could incur in a downturn.” Though growth in consumer credit has slowed in recent months, it’s still high — up 9.8 per cent in the year to July 2017.“Growth of consumer credit remains well above the rate of growth in household disposable income,” the committee said in a report on a meeting held Sept. 20.Banks, the committee added, could end up incurring 30 billion pounds worth of losses in the event that interest rates and unemployment rise sharply. That’s around 20 per cent of their outstanding loans and 10 billion pounds more than previously thought under a “very deep recession” scenario.The extra capital they require is relatively small compared with the 280 billion pound that banks already have to keep back against potential losses, a buffer that the regulators hope will prevent a repeat of the financial crisis of a decade ago.Individual banks will be evaluated later this year in so-called stress tests, in which banks’ finances are put through a simulation of economic duress.The warning from the committee, which assesses the financial risks to the British economy on a quarterly basis, comes on the day that Britain’s main opposition Labour Party is calling for limits on credit card interest rates so that no one pays back more than twice the amount of their original borrowing.Though consumer credit has increased over the past year amid low interest rates, Paul Hollingsworth, U.K. economist at Capital Economics, noted the recent slowdown. And with inflation likely to fall back in coming months, and wages set to rise, he said “the foundations for spending growth next year should be stronger, so concerns about consumer credit are likely to diminish, rather than build further.”On Brexit, the committee voiced concerns about the potential financial impact on British firms, saying Britain and the European Union would need an agreement.
Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday slammed the central forces for allegedly firing “inside” a polling booth in Birbhum district and accused the BJP of misusing the forces in the elections. Stating that the law and order is a state subject, she said it is not the job of the central forces to enter polling booths and they should keep vigil outside. In Dubrajpur area of Birbhum constituency, voters allegedly engaged in a scuffle with the central forces when they were barred from entering booths with mobile phones, a senior election official said. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja Security personnel reportedly fire in the air to control the mob, following which polling was stalled in the booths, the official said. “I have heard that the CRPF fired inside a booth in Dubrajpur. I am yet to get the detailed report. CRPF personnel can be deputed outside booths, but they do not have the right to lathicharge or fire,” Banerjee, also the TMC supremo, said. She alleged that the firing was a ploy to rig the polls by the BJP with the help of central forces. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway “Law and order is a state subject and not a central subject. Even if the central forces have to conduct a route march, they are required to do it along with the state police,” the TMC chief said while speaking at rallies in Bagdhah and Swaroop Nagar in North 24 Parganas district. Banerjee accused the BJP of misusing the law and bringing in central forces without depending on the state police and using them in garnering votes for themselves. “We know the law. I have heard that complaints were made (before the EC) that the central force personnel have gone inside booths and asked people to vote for the BJP. This will not help the BJP,” she said. “The BJP do not trust the Bengal police. The police are on security duty during the Durga Puja, during Diwali. They protect us from thieves and dacoits. And during elections, you need policemen from Delhi,” Banerjee said. Asking the BJP to trust the people, she said police will not vote for its candidates but the people will. Violence was reported from several parts of the eight Lok Sabha constituencies where polling is going on Monday. Clashes have broken out between the supporters of rival parties in Nanoor, Rampurhat, Nalhati and Siuri areas of Birbhum seat, injuring several people. The Election Commission has deployed central forces at around 98.8 per cent of the booths in the eight seats — Baharampur, Krishnagar, Ranaghat (SC), Burdwan East (SC), Burdwan-Durgapur, Asansol, Bolpur (SC) and Birbhum. Addressing the rallies, Banerjee called upon the people to vote against the BJP and dethrone Prime Minister Narendra Modi from power. “He (Modi) is adept at lying constantly,” Banerjee said adding “Whenever he comes to Bengal, he provokes his supporters to disrupt peace in the state in order to yield political dividend,” she alleged. The BJP brigade is distributing money to purchase voters and resorting to divisive politics which is in contrary to the state’s culture, Banerjee claimed. The TMC chief expressed confidence that her party will win all the 42 Lok Sabha seats in the state and play a pivotal role in forming the next government at the Centre.
GENEVA- The campaign launches to prevent a “lost generation” in Syria, the group saysThe United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has unveiled a one-billion-dollar aid campaign for Syria one week ahead of a major humanitarian relief conference planned in Kuwait.“Through the $1 billion strategy, the organization is focusing on donor and public support on critical education and protection programs to lift Syrian children out of misery, isolation and trauma,” UNICEF spokesman Patrick McCormick said in a press conference on Tuesday. UNICEF, UN Refugee Agency, Save the Children, World Vision and other partners have called on governments, aid agencies and members of the public to support the cause.The groups promote an aid strategy that they call “No Lost Generation”, which aims to provide those affected by conflict with the chance to chart a more stable and secure future for themselves.McCormick said a major public engagement campaign is also being launched under the hastag #childrenofsyria to enlist supporters and public contributors.UNICEF says over one million Syrian refugees are children, of whom more than 425,000 are under the age of five.The vast majority of these refugees has fled either to Lebanon or to Jordan, Turkey, Egypt and Iraq.UNICEF along with other international organizations will channel one billion dollars into programs that, in partnership with governments and local communities, will deliver safe education as well as protection from exploitation, abuse and violence.
OSU freshman defender Lauren Boyle (6) during a game against Minnesota State on Oct. 23. Credit: Courtesy of OSUThe Ohio State women’s ice hockey team recorded its third series split of the season at the University of Minnesota Duluth over the weekend, continuing the slow but positive steps the team has taken in recent weeks.The Buckeyes (9-18-1, 5-16-1) defeated the Bulldogs (10-17-1, 7-14-1) by a score of 6-4 on Friday with six players for the Scarlet and Gray registering two or more points. Minnesota Duluth snapped OSU’s three-game winning streak the following day, however, as the Bulldogs scored a goal with less than two minutes remaining to win it 4-3.On Friday, the Bulldogs used three different goalkeepers to try to stop the OSU offense. Minnesota Duluth freshman Maddie Rooney allowed three Buckeye goals in the first period, which came from sophomore defenseman Dani Sadek, sophomore forward Lauren Spring and freshman defenseman Lauren Boyle. Both Spring and Boyle’s goals came on Buckeye power plays. The Bulldogs also managed to get three goals past OSU sophomore goalie Alex LaMere during the first period.Minnesota Duluth put Karissa Grapp into goal to start the second period, but she also struggled to stop the red-hot OSU offense. Junior forward Claudia Kepler opened up the second period scoring, lighting the lamp 1:17 into the period. Senior forward Kendall Curtis found the net a little over a minute later, and a fellow senior forward, Melani Moylan, added a power-play goal to stretch the OSU lead to three goals.Minnesota Duluth changed goalkeepers after the three Buckeye goals, but the three-goal lead proved to be too much for the Bulldogs. Freshman Morgan Morse scored halfway through the third period for UMD, which ended the scoring for the game.On Saturday, Minnesota Duluth jumped out to a two-goal lead in the first five minutes of the game off goals from Morse and Katherine McGovern. The Buckeyes were able to answer with less than a minute left in the period with a goal from Kepler to cut the Bulldogs lead in half.OSU senior forward Julia McKinnon scored halfway through the second period to tie the game. About a minute later, Curtis scored for the second night in a row for a 3-2 lead.Stepping it up to avoid the sweep at home, though, the Bulldogs tied the game less than five minutes later off a goal from Ashleigh Brykaliuk. The game remained tied through most of the third period, but Morse scored her second goal of the game and third of the series with less than two minutes remaining to give the Bulldogs the 4-3 win and a series split.The Buckeyes are scheduled to return home next weekend to face the University of Wisconsin (25-1-1, 19-1-1). Wisconsin sits at the top of the Western Collegiate Hockey Standings heading into the matchup in Columbus. The puck is slated to drop at the OSU Ice Rink at 7:07 p.m. on Friday and 4:07 p.m. the day following.
Brutus Buckeye gives a high-five to a student during OSU football’s Student Appreciation Day April 5 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. Approximately 2,500 students showed up to the practice.Credit: Desiaire Rickman / Lantern photographerWhen 2,500 students are on the playing field, it usually means something big has happened for the Ohio State football team.While the Buckeyes did not pull an upset win or beat a highly ranked team, the intrasquad practice drew a large crowd for the team’s third annual Student Appreciation Day at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.The event, started by OSU football coach Urban Meyer in spring 2012, is aimed at getting students involved in the program — as with some of the approximately 2,500 who attended were invited to join the players in their stretching lines prior to practice.Students not only stretched with the team — some even attempted field goals as their peers surrounded the play. Adam Watson, a first-year in biomedical science and Block “O” football director, said plenty of planning went into the event from the student side.“We worked a lot with the football operations director for athletics Fernando Lovo,” Watson said. “We got to come into a practice and talk to a few guys to see what they wanted.”The Block “O” student section tossed T-shirts to the crowd and featured some students with body paint, much like one would see at a game in Ohio Stadium.“Ultimately, we just want to get overall involvement,” Watson said.The finalists in the fastest student competition took their places following practice to compete and see who will race sophomore running back Dontre Wilson and senior wide receiver Devin Smith during halftime of the Spring Game scheduled for April 12. Among the winning finalists were fourth-year in sports industry Mesiah Smith, who was a member of Ohio State’s club football team in 2013.Redshirt-junior tight end Nick Vannett said he appreciated the students coming out to support the football program.“I can honestly say there are very few programs out there that do something like this,” Vannett said. “I think it is good that we have such a good fanbase. I think it is good for the students and for the players. Getting to meet all of the students that support us and I just think all around it is a good event.”One OSU player in particular made his presence felt during his team’s practice, as redshirt-sophomore cornerback Eli Apple intercepted redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett twice. His performance merited the black stripe on his helmet to be removed, fully initiating him as a Buckeye.“He played good,” Vannett said of Apple. “I saw that one hit he had on Jeff Greene and after that, pretty much sealed the deal for his black stripe coming off.”Apple was not the only player who had a big day, as redshirt-freshman tight end Marcus Baugh caught a pair of touchdown passes from Barrett. Baugh said after the practice he is feeling much more comfortable with the offense.“I just try to go out there and go hard … That is what I did on those plays, and J.T. put the ball on the spot,” Baugh said.With senior tight end Jeff Heuerman out for the remainder of spring practice after having surgery on his foot, Baugh said he has the opportunity to work on his game a little more.“It is definitely helping me work on my blocking,” Baugh said of getting more playing time. “With him being out, coach is really giving me a lot of reps on the harder blocks that last year I wasn’t too good at.”After the spring game, the Buckeyes are slated to begin their 2014 campaign Aug. 30 against Navy at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. Kickoff is set for noon.
4. Is there a one-and-done on the roster?With players like Greg Oden, Mike Conley Jr., Daequan Cook, Kosta Koufos and Byron Mullins having already made the jump to the pros after one season under Matta, the OSU coach must know it’s a possibility this season.The only likely candidate to declare for the NBA Draft after his freshman season on the current roster is Russell, and that decision is by no means a guarantee. If he puts up huge numbers, it could happen, but it’d be more likely to see Russell stick around for at least a couple of years.And at the end of the day, there’s no guarantee just yet that he’ll end up being a pro prospect.Outside of Russell, any other non-senior on the roster would have to put up earth-shattering numbers to even consider making the jump. 1. Which freshmen will shine early?The OSU roster features four true freshmen and one redshirt-freshman, just one sophomore who is eligible to play this season and no juniors.In summary — apart from four fourth-year seniors and a redshirt-senior — the Buckeyes will be relying on young talent. And those freshmen are certainly talented.Of the true freshmen, three played in Sunday’s 77-37 exhibition win against Walsh, while the fourth — center David Bell — is set to redshirt, Matta said after the game. Out of the three who took the court, guard D’Angelo Russell and forward Jae’Sean Tate stood out by far.Russell led all players with 17 points and tied for team highs with six assists and eight rebounds. Tate got into double digits with 10 points of his own and added on eight rebounds while shooting five of seven from the field. At just 6-feet-4-inches tall, Tate played well beyond his size and showed off the ability to play in the low post. Russell proved he can be a do-it-all player for Matta and the Buckeyes, and both should see playing time early.In fact, Russell started the exhibition game against Walsh and I’d bet on him being on the court for the tip against UMass-Lowell as well.The third true freshman — forward Keita Bates-Diop — looked somewhat nervous and shot just one of eight from the field while redshirt-freshman guard Kam Williams admitted he came out trying to do everything too fast. But both should still contribute this season. 5. This team can run, but will they win?There’s no doubt a round-of-64 loss to Dayton in the NCAA Tournament last season was a disappointment for OSU.But as the main cogs in last year’s lineup — Craft, Smith Jr. and LaQuinton Ross — have moved on, there’s no point in dwelling a lot on what that edition of the Buckeyes accomplished.The team this year has the talent on paper paired with more athleticism to allow it to get out on run. Leading up to the season, multiple players have expressed their desire to run an up-tempo style this year, and it showed against Walsh.With senior guard Shannon Scott leading the break, the Buckeyes could put up big numbers in big situations. But with such a young lineup, there will be questions to be answered as to how much success they can have through a mostly easy preseason schedule and into Big Ten play. 2. Who will shoulder the scoring load?As a five-star recruit with a smooth shooting stroke, Russell could be the top offensive option for Matta. But don’t count out senior forward Sam Thompson.Thompson scored 13 points in just 20 minutes of action against Walsh, and has the talent, experience and athleticism to put up strong numbers for the Buckeyes this season. If all goes as planned, it’s very possible Matta would prefer Thompson to shoulder more of the load this year as Russell gets acclimated to the college game.Outside of that duo, sophomore forward Marc Loving was OSU’s top scoring threat in the exhibition with 12 points. I’d expect him to put up solid numbers, but he won’t be the one the Buckeyes go to when they need a quick bucket. 3. Who will earn more playing time down low?Senior center Amir Williams is the incumbent starter, but redshirt-senior forward Anthony Lee might be the better player as he enters his first season at OSU.The Temple transfer averaged 13.6 points and 8.6 rebounds per game last season with the Owls and poured in eight points to go with seven boards against Walsh. To accompany his inside game, Lee stepped out and knocked down an elbow jumper, which is a skill Williams hasn’t showcased so far during his time in Columbus.Both bring something different to the table and will likely receive significant playing time, but I wouldn’t count on Williams being in the starting five week in and week out.Senior center Trey McDonald will also see some floor time for the Buckeyes, but Matta might opt to go with a smaller lineup at times, forcing McDonald to wait his turn. OSU coach Thad Matta talks with freshman guard D’Angelo Russell (0) during an exhibition game against Walsh on Nov. 9 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 77-37.Credit: Patrick Kalista / Lantern photographerWhile some Ohio State athletics fans might be hard pressed to focus on anything but football for another month, others might be setting their sights on the hardwood Friday night.The No. 20 OSU men’s basketball team is scheduled to open its 2014-15 season at 7 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center against the University of Massachusetts-Lowell. Coach Thad Matta’s roster is revamped for the season, as the Buckeyes get ready to play without Aaron Craft or Lenzelle Smith Jr. for the first time in well over 100 games.With young faces occupying new places in the lineup, I — as The Lantern’s sports editor — picked five key questions that need answers as the season progresses.
Arsenal striker Alexander Lacazette was an important player as the Gunners closed the gap to Chelsea to three points with a win over the Blues on Saturday.The France international scored the first goal as Arsenal won 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium to move to within three points of Maurizio Sarri’s men who sit in fourth position in the Premier League.Speaking after the game, Lacazette sent a strong message to the Gunners top four rivals.“[We are now] Three points to Chelsea, we are still in the race and we will fight until the end,” he told BT Sport, as quoted by Football.London.“It is what the coach asked us for. We fight all the game.”Premier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“It was not easy for us.”Meanwhile, the former Olympique Lyonnais star said he was delighted to get on the scoresheet as he helped Arsenal into the lead early on in the game with a powerful strike that flew past Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga.“It was a good ball from Hector [Bellerin] and I am happy,” he added.