Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann puts his hands out in the first half of the game against Indiana on Feb. 10. Ohio State won 55-52. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorThere was a lot to be excited about with where Ohio State men’s basketball was headed after the 2017-18 season.Following a 25-9 record, including a 15-3 record in the Big Ten, the Buckeyes won in the Round of 64 against South Dakota State, then put up a fight in a second-half comeback before falling to Gonzaga.The future looked bright for this program after exceeding expectations in head coach Chris Holtmann’s first year.The future, as in the 2019-20 team that will be led by a trio of four-star prospects: guard DJ Carton, forward EJ Liddell and forward Alonzo Gaffney.But not the 2018-19 season. Not with a team lacking Keita Bates-Diop, Jae-Sean Tate and Kam Williams, who combined for 55.3 percent of the team’s points and 45.9 percent of the rebounds in 2017-18.Yet somehow, someway, Holtmann brought this Ohio State team to the NCAA Tournament. Beyond that, the Buckeyes won a game, stunning six-seeded Iowa State before falling to Houston in the Round of 32.But it didn’t go as smoothly as it did a season ago.After hearing his team’s name called on Selection Sunday, Holtmann said he thought if Ohio State played well, that it would be “very close” on if it would make the tournament.To start the season, Holtmann’s team did play well, with the Buckeyes winning 12 of their first 13 games behind dominant play from sophomore forward Kaleb Wesson.That success didn’t last into conference play. Ohio State dropped its next five games, and 12 of its last 18 games to end the regular season, playing much more like the team that many counted out before the season began.A year removed from Bates-Diop, Tate and Williams had Ohio State drop from No. 4 in points per game and No. 1 in points allowed per game during conference games to No. 13 and No. 7, respectively.And yet the Buckeyes were a Big Ten tournament win away from going dancing for back-to-back years.That win would be no easy task: Indiana had won four straight games, two of which came against ranked opponents, and was finally playing to the potential many thought the team had all season long.But Holtmann got his team to do what Holtmann’s teams do the best: lock up.The Hoosiers shot 30 percent in the first half, taking until desperation time to get their offense working. By that time, Ohio State did just enough to get the 79-75 win, ultimately securing its bid to the tournament.A seven-point loss to the top team in the Big Ten later, and the Buckeyes got their No. 11 seed, a win that surpassed most of the wildest expectations for this team.But senior guard C.J. Jackson’s expectations were even wilder.“We are not here just to play one game in the tournament,” Jackson said. “We are here to actually win some games and make a run.”Ohio State is not built like a team that can make a run in the NCAA Tournament. The team’s defense is strong, but the offense is strictly mediocre. The Buckeyes were undersized, inconsistent and lacking in terms of momentum.Iowa State, on the other hand, had one of the best offenses in the country, preferred to play up-tempo and was playing its best basketball of the season on the way to winning the Big 12 tournament.It didn’t matter. Holtmann and Ohio State found a way to get it done.In the 62-59 win, the Buckeyes held the Cyclones to the second-fewest points they have scored all season, while Wesson and redshirt senior guard Keyshawn Woods combined for 40 of the 62 points.The win made Holtmann 5-0 in Round of 64 games, all in consecutive seasons for Ohio State and Butler, but the 11-seeded Buckeyes are the lowest-ranked team Holtmann has worked his magic on thus far.The Ohio State head coach does have something he can improve on: with the loss to Houston, Holtmann moved to 1-4 in the Round of 32, but this Ohio State team had no real business being in the second round to begin with.Nothing about the Buckeyes, from the lack of scoring options to the unimpressive offensive numbers and streaky tendencies, made them seem like a team ready to win an NCAA Tournament game this season.Yet here they are, and Ohio State is only going to get better, much better, in the upcoming season.“Ohio State is back,” Jackson said. “And it doesn’t look like it’s slowing down anytime soon.”
May 17, 2019 Posted: May 17, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Circulate San Diego, Mayor of La Mesa and age-friendly community supporters recently released a new report, “Aging in San Diego.”The report details how San Diego jurisdictions can adapt to the growing senior population by becoming Age-Friendly Communities. The report also includes research on San Diego’s senior population and best practices that San Diego cities can adopt.“In honor of our older adult community, the City will be proclaiming the month of May as Older Americans Month in La Mesa,” said Mayor Mark Arapostathis of La Mesa. La Mesa is hosting public workshops to help the city develop its Age-Friendly Community Action Plan.Mayor Arapostathis also brought up the La Mesa Flag Day Parade on Saturday, June 1, 2019. KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter La Mesa mayor on new age report and city events KUSI Newsroom Updated: 8:04 AM
By the Numbers40 million Americans went camping in 2010.3 billion people worldwide use open fires as a primary cooking source.1 billion tons of carbon dioxide is emitted annually into the atmosphere from open fires. Sources: Outdoor Industry Association, World Health Organization and The World BankProduct designers and avid campers Alec Drummond and Jonathan Cedar were on a mission to develop a better campsite stove–one that would cause less environmental damage than petroleum-based or battery-powered options, not to mention traditional campfires.With the blessing of their then-employer, New York-based consultancy Smart Design, the duo spent nights and weekends using the firm’s resources to develop the BioLite CampStove. Requiring half the wood of an open fire, the CampStove reduces emissions by more than 95 percent and–as a nice bonus for modern campers–can charge cell phones and other electronics. The $129 stoves began shipping in May.But Drummond and Cedar have found another use for their technology. When their prototype won the top prize from collaborative research group ETHOS for low-emission design, they realized they might have a solution to a major global health issue.An estimated 2 million people die annually from the effects of smoke from indoor fires used for cooking and heat. Drummond and Cedar figured that if they could develop a larger stove for home use, it could be a force in reducing air pollution, as well as deforestation.Rather than a charitable model based on fundraising, the founders–joined in 2009 by a third partner, Jonathan den Hartog–wanted to develop a market-based solution that would help even the poorest people buy the product, which they dubbed the BioLite HomeStove.In April 2011, BioLite closed on $1.8 million in Series A funding led by the Disruptive Innovation Fund; the team also secured about $100,000 from sustainable technology awards, including prizes from Scotland’s University of St. Andrews and energy giant ConocoPhillips.The funds have been used for product development and early-stage testing of HomeStoves in India, Ghana, Uganda and Guatemala. Those tests will expand into a large-scale pilot program that continues into 2013. One major project will be a 2,000-home trial in Ghana, funded by the National Institutes of Health, in partnership with Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and the Ghanaian government, to show the long-term positive impact the stoves can have on newborns’ health. Such rigorous trials are necessary to get government support in the form of reduced tariffs, subsidies and public education programs.”Women who used the stoves [in trials] immediately realized the ‘smokelessness’ and asked us, ‘Where did you put the smoke?’ Men were interested in the electricity,” Cedar says. “From surveys we’ve done, we see that people in these regions want to buy the stove.”Getting the word out in remote regions will require creativity: BioLite is developing promotional strategies such as painting wall murals, training door-to-door sales agents and conducting public demonstrations. The company is also testing price points–$40 is the goal–and is considering developing microfinancing models.Entrepreneurial ventures in low-income regions are no different than they are anywhere else, Cedar says: “It’s like any other market–bring your best and find ways to communicate and solve challenges.” 3 min read This story appears in the August 2012 issue of . Subscribe » Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. August 26, 2012 Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Register Now »
By Justin Spittler, editor, Casey Daily DispatchThe smart money’s moving off the sidelines… and into cryptocurrencies.This would be a big deal for any asset. But for cryptos, it’s a game changer.You see, up to this point, retail investors have dominated the cryptocurrency market. In fact, former Wall Street hedge fund manager turned crypto expert Mike Novogratz says retail investors make up 98% of today’s market.In a way, that’s good. After all, cryptos have given everyday people an opportunity to bet on the biggest technological revolution since the internet—ahead of Wall Street.In the process, many folks have turned small sums of money into million-dollar fortunes.But here’s the thing…• Retail investors can only take cryptos so far… For the market to truly go mainstream, it’s going to need institutional investors.And that money is finally entering the space.Yesterday, the global crypto market added $20 billion in value in just 30 minutes.That’s an enormous move… and it was likely due to buying on behalf of major institutions.I’ll explain why this is happening in a second. I’ll also tell you why a lot more institutional money should head into this space. Finally, I’ll show you how to ride this tidal wave to massive gains. But let me first tell you why institutional investors have been avoiding cryptos. Recommended Link — Recommended Link • The regulatory environment surrounding cryptos has been uncertain… You see, it wasn’t clear until very recently how the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) would regulate cryptos. Because of this, many institutional investors took the “wait and see” approach.But that’s no longer an issue.Last month, the SEC declared that bitcoin and ether (another major crypto) are not securities. This means that the SEC won’t regulate bitcoin or ether like it does stocks.This is big news. It brings badly needed clarity to the market, which should get a lot of institutional money off the sidelines and into cryptos.But that’s not the only reason why institutional money could soon start pouring into the space.• Infrastructure to support institutional investment is also being built out… Just look at what Coinbase is doing.Coinbase is an online marketplace for buying popular cryptocurrencies like bitcoin, ether, and Litecoin. It’s also the second-biggest crypto company after Bitmain, a Chinese bitcoin miner.Last month, Coinbase launched its own custodial service.This service will provide institutional clients with secure crypto asset storage, institutional-grade broker-dealer and reporting services, and client coverage. In other words, it will allow institutions to securely buy and own cryptos.So far, the service has been a huge success. In fact, Bloomberg recently reported that Coinbase accepted funds from 10 institutional investors during the first week of operations. By next January, the company hopes to have 100 institutional clients using its custodial service.This is great for the crypto market. You see, in addition to regulatory uncertainty, a lack of secure custodian solutions has been one of the biggest things keeping institutional investors out of the space.But that shouldn’t come as a surprise. — Outrageous! 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Please Note: All attendees will receive 3 free cryptocurrency recommendations for July 2018, and the chance to claim a share of $2 million dollars in bitcoin as part of an exclusive giveaway. • After all, many institutional investors manage billions of dollars… Some manage trillions.Because of this, institutional investors can’t invest money like you and me. The stakes are too high.For them to put money on the line, they must know that their funds will be secure. And the crypto market is finally giving them those solutions. I’m not just talking about Coinbase, either.• Circle is now catering to institutional investors as well… Circle is a digital payments company. Specifically, it operates a peer-to-peer payment network built on blockchain technology, which underpins nearly every cryptocurrency on the planet.It also offers a “Trade” platform that allows institutional clients to buy and sell cryptos.And like Coinbase, it’s seeing a lot of demand for this service. In fact, Circle recently reported a 30% spike in investments for the month of May. It also reported a 15-fold increase in transaction volumes from a year ago.This is a big news, especially considering the timing. You see, bitcoin fell 18% in May.But that didn’t stop institutions from wanting to get into cryptos. Here’s what Circle’s CEO told CNBC in June:In May, which was a challenging month, we saw a sharp increase of unique new counter-parties. A lot of folks on the institutional side are on-boarding, and getting their ducks in the row.• Crypto enthusiasts have been waiting years for this to happen……and for good reason.Remember, hedge funds, family offices, and other institutional investors have extremely deep pockets. They can move entire markets with a single trade.The good news is that we still have a chance to get ahead of these institutions before they push crypto prices much, much higher.That’s because it will take time for Coinbase, Circle, and other companies to convince major institutions that it’s safe for them to invest in cryptos.But once that happens, watch out. The crypto market will likely reach levels never seen before.So, consider speculating on cryptocurrencies if you haven’t yet. Bitcoin and ether are great places to start.Just don’t wait too long to act…That said, don’t forget that cryptos are highly speculative.This means you should keep your position sizes rational… and never bet more money than you can afford to lose. It only takes a small amount to make a fortune in the years ahead.Regards, Justin Spittler Porto, Portugal July 18, 2018P.S. I also encourage you to sign up for tomorrow night’s big event—“The Great Cryptocurrency Conspiracy of 2018”—featuring world-renowned crypto expert Teeka Tiwari and media personality Glenn Beck.It’s completely free to attend—and just for listening, you’ll get three free crypto recommendations… and a chance to claim a share of the $2 million bitcoin giveaway. It all kicks off tomorrow night at 8 p.m. ET, so if you’d like to sign up, don’t delay. Click here to reserve your spot.Reader MailbagAre you invested in bitcoin or other cryptos today? Have you been holding or buying more over the past month? Or are you avoiding the space altogether? Let us know right here.In Case You Missed It…China’s opening the largest factory in world history as soon as August 16…When Tesla opened its $5 billion battery factory—called the “Gigafactory”—prices of one critical metal spiked immediately. And companies who mine this metal saw their shares surge as high as 4,066%.And China’s new battery factory is expected to be 50 times larger than Tesla’s. How much higher could it send the price of this metal—and shares of the companies that mine it?