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first_imgCllr. Michèal Naughton is calling on Minister Shane Ross to reinstate the 9% VAT for the tourism sector. The county councillor says competitiveness and investment at this time of uncertainty is necessary in order to support Ireland’s largest and indigenous industry and biggest regional employer.Ireland’s tourism and hospitality sector is the largest indigenous industry and biggest regional employer the country has employing 270,000 people.After a number of strong years 2019 is far more challenging with latest available data from the CSO showing expenditure by overseas visitors down by 4% with all markets in retreat with the exception of North America, said Cllr Naughton. This period represents a key juncture for Irish Tourism with Brexit, increased VAT, rates, unsustainable insurance increases and rising cost of business with regards to labour, energy, water and waste all making trading conditions much more difficult for the 20,000 tourism and hospitality businesses throughout the country, he added.At a time of great international uncertainty Irish Tourism must be protected and supported. Cllr Naughton said “Tourism growth is one of the most effective ways to create a more balanced economy aimed at spreading employment opportunities and growth across the entire country, the majority of the near 80,000 jobs created by the tourism industry nationwide since 2011 have been outside Dublin and in the regions.” Budget 2020 is a critical opportunity for the Government to prove its commitment to Irish Tourism and support Ireland’s largest indigenous industry and biggest regional employer. Pro-competitive policies and strategic investment is required more than ever as Ireland’s tourism faces a challenging period. Irish Tourism is uniquely exposed to Brexit with 39% of all international visitors coming from Britain, and the Northern Ireland market is hugely important to us here in Donegal, said Cllr Naughton.He added “It is estimated that a hard Brexit will cost Irish Tourism €260 million in the immediate aftermath with an impact on aviation, tourism demand and cross border movements. Such a period of uncertainty demands stability and the retention of the tourism VAT rate of 9% is critical. “Ireland’s tourism industry can continue to deliver jobs, regional development and strong exchequer returns but only if growth is enabled by the right policies and investment decisions by Government. The Tourism VAT rate at 9% is right sized for Ireland as 16 of the 19 Eurozone countries have VAT rates of 10 or lower. “Cllr. Naughton calls on Minister to reinstate the 9% VAT rate was last modified: September 29th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgSAPS new vehicles were paraded in Sandtonto show that South Africa’s security agenciesare prepared the 2010 Fifa World Cup. Crime Line’s Yusuf Abramjee, PoliceMinister Nathi Mthethwa and national SAPScommissioner Bheki Cele. Colonel Lieutenants Motlalepule Maota andTshidi Falata are part of South Africa’ssecurity force. (Images: Bongani Nkosi)MEDIA CONTACTS• South African Police ServicesColonel Vishnu NaidooSpokesperson+27 82 567 4153• 2010 World Cup Organising CommitteeJermaine CraigMedia Manager+27 11 567 2010+27 83 201 [email protected] ARTICLES• Interpol: a safe World Cup• Police hard at work for a safer SA• Cracking down on 2010 crime• New unit to crack down on crime• Choppers to curb 2010 crimeBongani NkosiSouth Africa’s security agencies will do their utmost to ensure fans are protected and the country remains safe during the 2010 Fifa World Cup, the country’s government has promised.The agencies, which include police and various emergency services, have been ready for some time now, National Police Commissioner Bheki Cele said at a parade in Sandton, Johannesburg, on 17 May. “We are ready to host the World Cup …”Local and international journalists, many of whom are already stationed here for next month’s tournament, were in Sandton to witness the display of high-tech armoured police and traffic vans, chase helicopters and ambulance fleet to be used during the June-July period.The display should give overseas reporters a good indication of the country’s security preparations, Cele said. “The international media must tell the world what they see,” he added.The nation’s expertly trained soldiers also showed off their skills during the parade, as the South African Police Service (SAPS) and the army will work together on various operations during the World Cup.Government had allocated R1.35-billion (US$179-million) to these two forces to ensure maximum security for the month-long tournament.As the country counts down the 23 days remaining until kick-off, the display was “a show of strength of all agencies”, Cele said. “Definitely, South Africa is ready. We’re ready to secure all stadiums …”Some R665-million($88. 2-million) has been spent on World Cup security equipment, which – in addition to the armoured vehicles and helicopters – include sniper rifles, surveillance cameras, advanced bomb-disabling equipment and water cannons.About 41 000 SAPS officers will be deployed during World Cup operations. The group will consist of 31 000 permanent officers and 10 000 reservists, with a combined budget of R640-million ($85-million).Joint forcesPolice and intelligence officers will also work with Interpol and the Southern African Regional Police Chiefs Cooperation Organisation (SARPCCO). Ronald Noble, Interpol’s secretary-general, announced in April that about 25 of its member countries will supply additional security personnel to South Africa for the World Cup.While Interpol will provide top-notch intelligence and surveillance equipment, SARPCCO is expected to play a critical role in helping South Africa secure its borders and ensure that people don’t enter the country illegally during June and July.The remaining 31 teams that have qualified for the World Cup will also send their own security officers to deal with any terrorism or general crime threats.International security agencies have given a “thumbs up” to South Africa’s World Cup security plans, Cele said.Lasting legacySouth African forces have received training in crowd control management from the French National Police Force. Thanks to the leadership and expertise of French General Herve Niel, among others, SAPS members are now well equipped to deal with violent outbreaks.“The resources that have been put in place and the training will be there to benefit the people South Africa long after the World Cup,” Cele said.“South Africa will never be the same again after the World Cup,” added Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane.The South African Football Association is satisfied with World Cup security plans, said its CEO Lesley Sedibe. Security of all 32 participating teams will be prioritised, he added. “We’re confident that the security of all the teams is in good hands.”last_img read more


first_img SharePrint Related Attention film-making geocachers and geocaching filmmakers! You now have 58 days to plan, write, film, edit, and submit your original short film to the Geocaching International Film Festival! That’s less time than you had yesterday and more time than you’ll have tomorrow.The film submission deadline is August 1, 2018. Learn about submitting a film.Before you perfect your plots and acquire your actors, read on to learn about five film genres that made successful showings at GIFFs of the past. Of course, your film need not fit perfectly into any of these categories, but we suggest using them to kick off your GIFF brainstorming session.#1 | You Might Be a Geocacher If…This type of GIFF film is built around an inside joke or experience that only a geocacher understands. It invites the audience to laugh along—or groan in sympathy—with the narrator as she encounters a comical, frustrating, charming, or eyeroll-inducing situation, one that most geocachers encounter at some point during their geocaching careers. Here are some examples from previous years: Geocaching Is Free (2017)A Cacher’s Worst Nightmare (2016)It’s Not About the Numbers (2016)NYC Caching: Muggle Madness (2016)My Geocaching Addiction (2013)The plots in the five films above could be summarized in a single sentence that begins with, “You might be a geocacher if…”. For example, with the film Geocaching is Free, the sentence would be, “You might be a geocacher if you end up spending half your monthly paycheck on geocaching gear.” Of course that’s not true for all geocachers all the time, but many a cacher has faced the temptation of buying the newest GPS, the most waterproof hiking boots, or the latest in tupperware technology in pursuit of a cache. The key is that the audience can participate in a collective giggle at the humor, a groan at the irony, or a head shake at the folly of the situation the narrator has encountered. Note that this genre of film is the least interesting to muggles… at least until they’re converted!#2 | What if?In November 2015 the world asked, “What if ballerinas geocached?” and California cacher stingrayabbray answered. Her film, How to Geocache Like a Ballerina, was a huge international hit. The film genre we’re calling “What if?” is the polar opposite of the “You might be a geocacher if…” genre. It takes a familiar part of geocaching reality and inventively twists it on its head. What if one day all bison tubes turned into bisons? What if the cachers become the cached? What if two geocachers got married, had a kid, and that kid was actually a lock-n-lock? (FYI, that last one is already taken!)Check out these imaginative finalist films from recent years:The Future of Geocaching (2017)Little Geo-rge (2017)5 Lesser-Known Souvenirs (2016)Geocaching, Orchestrated (2016)How to Geocache Like a Ballerina (2015)The Future of Geocaching (2015)Signal (2015)GeoDouble (2014)This genre is inexhaustible, so it’s a pretty great one to start with if you’re in the beginning stages of brainstorming. The only limits you’ll face are technical, logistical, and of course, those set forth in the submission rules.#3 | Personal Story / DramaNot every film has to be funny. (You’re joking! No, I’m literally not. That’s the point.) The GIFF finalist films from the past few years might make it seem like comedies are received better than serious films, but the list of finalists is often more a reflection of submission trends than an audience preference for comedy. Geocaching HQ receives far more submissions of humorous films than serious ones, so most of the finalists have been comedies in recent years. That being said, we truly love watching earnest stories about geocaching, and if they elicit more tears than laughter that’s fine with us too. The 2016 Signal Award Winner was an uplifting story about how geocaching changed one woman’s life. It joined a strong contingent of lovely and sometimes intense films that show off why geocaching is special.The Art of Geocaching (2017)A Life of a ‘Change’ (2016)GeoLove (2015)The Ubercache (2013)Remember the Fallen (2013)The Two Mountains (2013)We called this genre “Personal Story / Drama” because it sounds classier than “not funny”. But “not funny” is actually what we mean and we’re excited by the breadth of sub-genres. Documentaries, romances, fantasies, biographies… all contain an untold number of fresh plots that are ripe for the picking.#4 | MusicalNot everyone is singing the praises of musicals, and we haven’t seen too many of them pass the judges’ table. But we think there’s a real chance this year for someone to make it to the finals with geocaching’s next big dancing or singing hit. (The author of this article would like to disclose at this time her complete and unequivocal enthusiasm for all musical GIFF submissions. She is not, however, a current GIFF judge). Only five musical films have ever made the finalist list in the past:That’s Not Trash (2016)When I Geocache (2016)How to Geocache Like a Ballerina (2015)Geocaching Freak (2015)Spend a Little Time With You (2014)Why so few? Probably because adding an original musical score (or original choreography!) to a film requires a daunting additional modicum of effort. It can also be difficult to seamlessly layer music and/or dancing over an element of geocaching without it feeling forced. An effective option for someone creating a musical submission might be to choose a particular element of the game as their focus, then add music or dancing. For example, That’s Not Trash is a catchy pseudo-rap that pokes fun at the fine line between discarded objects that can be used for making geocaches, and pure garbage. If you’re going this direction with your submission, it’s important to remember that the musical part of your film should be able to stand on its own without the backdrop of geocaching. In other words, the song should be pleasant, interesting, or entertaining to listen to and the dance performed well enough to be enjoyable or interesting to watch. #5 | The FTF HuntLet’s talk briefly about the FTF hunt as a plot tool in GIFF films. It’s been done. Great, now that that’s taken care of, let’s move on to the next genre…Alright, alright. Of course you can still make a creative and finalist-worthy GIFF film about an FTF hunt. But we’re telling you right now—it’s not going to be easy. Because it really has been done before. Eight times in four years, in fact:FTFever (2017)The Art of Geocaching (2017)Spitting the Dummy (2016)The FTF Hunter (2016)The Deadliest Cache (2014)First to Find – The Woodland Hunt (2014)FTF (2013)FTF Huntress (2013)It’s easy to understand why an FTF hunt makes a good film plot. There’s built-in tension, because the fate of the FTF is hanging in the balance. There are heroes and anti-heroes. And it’s a plot that’s easy to twist: there was a third geocacher all along, and he’s first to find; the cache itself was muggled, and nobody’s first to find; the final cache is up a tree and our hero is afraid of heights! No denying it, FTF hunts are fun to imagine on the screen. But because we’re so intimately familiar with how FTF hunts work both on screen and off, anyone pursuing this as a film idea really needs to do something totally unique. Maybe the production quality is stunning and the acting and dialogue exemplary. Maybe it’s based on the true story of an FTF hunt that went totally wrong in a way we’ve never seen before. Perhaps it imagines what an FTF chase might be like with a very specific and unique cast of characters. Whatever the case, if you submit an FTF hunt film to GIFF, know that it may be judged against all other FTF hunt films ever submitted. Do your research. Watch previous FTF-themed finalists to know what’s been done. Good luck!Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more


first_imgThe customary sacrificial animal for Id is unavailable at all major traditional grounds in the Valley.The main market of sheep and goat at Eidgah here is empty and walled by security forces’ vehicles.Qasim Samad of Nawa Kadal said Kashmir would celebrate no Id this year. “There is an onslaught on our identity. New Delhi’s move has saddened us. Our Id will be when the Centre restores status quo and works towards a political solution,” he said.Besides, Srinagar’s well-known baker, Mughal Darbar, has decided against baking bakery for this year. “Who will buy it and how?” asked Jamsheed, a bakety outlet owner in the old city.Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, Baseer Khan, said the administration was facilitating mobile delivery of essentials on Id. “Bazaars of mutton, vegetables will be set up. Medicine will be made available from Friday,” he said.He said sub-district magistrate and tehsildars have been provided with transportation to shift medical cases to hospitals.Due to downed communication lines, patients are not able to get in touch with hospitals for any ambulance services.last_img read more


first_imgA day after the joint Lokpal panel meeting ended in a deadlock, anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare said the government had no intention to fight the graft and that he would start another satyagraha on August 16. Team Anna has said there are no discussions at the meetings and the govt is simply trying to push its version through. “What is the point of a joint panel, if there are two drafts,” Hazare, who was flanked by other civil society members, including RTI activist Arvind Kejriwal and lawyer Prashant Bhushan, said on Thursday. “I was surprised by the government stand on the Lokpal bill,” said Hazare, who has threatened to go on a hunger strike again accusing the government of being uninterested in a strong bill. Referring to the government announcements on two drafts in case of disagreements, Hazare had stated earlier that he was not optimistic about expecting anything from the government anymore. Hazare had led a mass indefinite hunger strike at Delhi’s Jantar Mantar in April.  Kejriwal said the government has refused to listen to the arguments of the civil society members, saying even 20% of the basic issues were not discussed at the meetings. Calling the Lokpal meetings a farce, Kejriwal said if the Lokpal bill was introduced in Parliament without civil society’s grievances being addressed, it would be ‘a jokepal bill’. He said the government has also refused to give any promise on sharing the audio recordings of the meetings.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.advertisementlast_img read more


first_imgFOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Tom Brady smiled away the Tuck Rule on the way to his first Super Bowl victory, flashing that dimple-chinned grin that said, “I had it all the time.”The New England Patriots’ illegal videotaping. His name popping up in baseball’s steroid investigation. Shenanigans with the NFL injury list. An out-of-wedlock child with the actress he jilted before marrying the world’s richest supermodel.Nothing stuck to Teflon Tom.But the league investigation into the deflated footballs used in this year’s AFC championship game might do what none of the other controversies and near-misses could: tarnish the legacy of Tom Brady, a four-time Super Bowl champion and the title game’s reigning MVP.“What I see is that he goes from being ‘Tom Perfect’ to ‘Tom Not-So-Perfect’ in some people’s eyes,” Marc Ganis, President of sports business consulting firm SportsCorp, said Wednesday after the release of the NFL’s report on the scandal that came to be known as Deflategate.In a 243-page report, NFL investigator Ted Wells found that Patriots employees violated the league rules covering game balls, and that Brady was “at least generally aware” of the plans to doctor the footballs to his liking.The report found some of Brady’s claims were “implausible,” adding: “It is unlikely that an equipment assistant and a locker room attendant would deflate game balls without Brady’s knowledge and approval.”The findings were forwarded to the league’s disciplinary chief for potential punishment. Brady could be fined or face a suspension that would keep him out of Week 1 — the marquee league opener at which the Super Bowl banner would traditionally be raised.The Patriots did not respond to a request for a comment from Brady or coach Bill Belichick, who was exonerated in the report. The team canceled a previously scheduled availability for May 7.Owner Bob Kraft issued a spirited statement in defense of his team and questioned Wells’ conclusions. “To say we are disappointed in its findings, which do not include any incontrovertible or hard evidence of deliberate deflation of footballs at the AFC Championship Game, would be a gross understatement,” he said.But Wells concluded there was no plausible explanation for the deflated footballs except deliberate tampering. And text messages to and about Brady led the investigator to conclude that he was aware, if not more actively involved, in the scheme.Regardless of his punishment, Brady’s legacy is now tied to the scandal. But the main effect of that, Ganis said, could be to solidify opinions that are already largely entrenched: opposing fans will continue to doubt him, and fans in New England, where he was once seen as a candidate for the U.S. Senate, will rally to his defense.“As far as his marketability goes, he is still arguably the most marketable player in the NFL,” said Ganis, who grew up a New York Jets fans and is now based in Chicago.“Tom Brady has been the face of the NFL, with Peyton Manning, for a number of years. He has been an extraordinary ambassador, with cross-over popularity,” he said. “If this is all there is, it will be something that is talked about him when he is elected to the Hall of Fame.”(JIMMY GOLEN, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more


first_imgMan City boss Guardiola: Fixture bosses must be Liverpool fansby Paul Vegas7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola has joked the Premier League fixture compilers must be Liverpool fans.City accused the Premier League of threatening the “sporting integrity” of the competition after handing the champions a fixture schedule that could give rivals Liverpool a big advantage in the title race. City’s chief operating officer, Omar Berrada, claimed the fixture scheduling undermined the integrity of the Premier League, with Guardiola joking the authorities were not fans of the double champions.“Maybe the broadcasters are fans for some clubs,” joked Guardiola.“We have meetings with Premier League, managers, UEFA, they are so glad, nice pictures, it doesn’t matter, we have to play.“It is what it is. Since I came here, every season it’s the same, the broadcasters are the bosses, it’s not about us.“But I love to play boxing day, when the families go to the stadiums, the players travel, but the system does not protect the players too much.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more


My laptop and the brains of those around me liked moving the rook over to h2. From there, it would stare down the juicy far-right column (h-file in chess parlance), which provides a useful conduit into black enemy territory and could have come wide open if some pawns were exchanged. Carlsen did, more or less, the opposite. He moved his king down a square, to g2.Carlsen may have thought that the game was a dead draw and that any move would be a means to that end. He was wrong. The white king on g2 blocked the white rook’s access to the right edge of the board and, possibly, to black’s king. This swung the pendulum swiftly in Karjakin’s favor. “Carlsen played with his hand and not with his brain,” Robert Hess, a grandmaster and chess.com contributor, told me.The Norwegian champ agreed with Hess. “King to g2 is a huge blunder,” a visibly upset Carlsen said at the postgame press conference. Up to this point in the match, Carlsen had generally seemed calm and comfortable, but after this game, he sat disturbed, face in hand, brusquely and testily answering questions. He’d have been halfway to his hotel already, one felt, were it not for his contractual obligations.This blunder may have been due to a clerical error by Carlsen, NRK, Norway’s national broadcaster, reported after the game. Tournament players are required to record on a scoresheet all the moves played during a game. Carlsen, who’s done this many thousands of times, told NRK that he forgot a move earlier in the game. Once a player makes his 40th move, he receives 50 minutes of additional time on his clock. Carlsen received his extra time but initially seemed confused as to why. The king-to-g2 blunder came immediately after, on his 41st move.After Carlsen’s mistake, the players had a full role-reversal, with the Norwegian playing Houdini and the Russian the stifled aggressor. But as the game progressed, Karjakin’s advantage fizzled, Carlsen’s defenses held, and the players agreed to a draw after 51 moves over five hours. The score is tied 2.5-2.5 in this race to 6.5.1Wins are worth 1 point, draws are worth half a point for each player, and losses are worth 0 points.It’s been an impressive streak of draws, but there have been more to open a world championship. Garry Kasparov and Viswanathan Anand fought to eight in a row in 1995, the last time the championship was in New York. But those — only one was longer than 30 moves — pale in comparison to the legendary draws this year. “Gonna be a draw,” a grandmaster texted me as the setting sun cast a red tinge on the East River off lower Manhattan. It was around 5 p.m. on Thursday, and my attention was split between the light filtering through the masts of the tall ships at the pier outside the window and the crucial but lumbering game of chess being played by two geniuses on the other side of the hall. Shortly after 6 p.m., a commotion broke the calm. An official with the World Chess Championship rushed into the press room. The game would end soon, he said, and we should be ready. Sergey Karjakin, the Russian underdog, was winning.This was exciting news indeed. The first four games of the match had ended in draws — two of them epic — between Karjakin and his opponent, the defending world champion and No. 1-rated Magnus Carlsen of Norway. In Thursday’s fifth game, it seemed, there would be blood.In the previous three games, the two players had opened the game with a set of moves called “the Ruy Lopez” — also known as “the Spanish.” On Thursday, they moved across the Mediterranean to play the “Giuoco Piano,” also known as “the Italian.” “Giuoco piano” means “quiet game,” but the opening is known for creating a tense, maneuvering contest. White aims to control the board’s center while black tries not to lose the battle for space.Karjakin, handling the black pieces, came out of this opening battle slightly ahead, according to the computer chess engine Stockfish and a preponderance of onlookers in New York. This was a rarity, as the Russian had previously been relying on costive, defensive goal-line stands simply to stay alive in the championship match.But on the 20th move, a minor theme of the previous games re-emerged, blunting Karjakin’s edge. He faced the following position: Stockfish thought the better play for Karjakin was to move the black bishop back a square, from f5 to g6, which would reveal the black rook and apply further pressure on an already strained board. Karjakin’s human brain, however, preferred trading a bishop for a knight by capturing on c5. As in previous games, Karjakin played more passively than might have been optimal, going with the move that released some of the game’s tension but also perhaps some of his advantage along with it.Nevertheless, the Russian would get another unexpected crack at victory. The game proceeded, quite level, for another 20 moves — solid grandmaster chess — and another draw seemed inevitable. (Hence the text and my staring at the ships.) Eventually, however, Carlsen (playing white) erred when facing the following position on the 41st move: Viswanathan Anand contemplates his move against Gary Kasparov at the World Chess Championship in 1995. JON LEVY / AFP / Getty Images I’d witnessed some 18 hours of play over the previous three game days. On the train on my way home from the venue, the man sitting next to me was staring at his smartphone. He was playing chess.Game 6 begins Friday afternoon. I’ll be covering the rest of the games here and on Twitter.CORRECTION (Nov. 18, 10:47 a.m.): An earlier version of this article misstated the amount of additional time players receive after their 40th move. It is 50 minutes, not an hour. read more


OSU defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Luke Fickell yells at his players during The Game Nov. 30 at Michigan Stadium. OSU won, 42-41.Credit: Ritika Shah / Asst. photo editorIn the game of college football, a win’s a win, no matter how or at what cost.For the No. 2 Ohio State Buckeyes (12-0, 8-0), their 24th victory in a row might have been the toughest of the streak to date, a 42-41 win on the road against archrival Michigan (7-5, 3-5) that saw the OSU defense give up a season-high 603 yards to the Wolverines.Such a performance garners questions to be directed at the team’s defensive coordinator, and OSU’s Luke Fickell was no exception Monday.When asked about what he thought went wrong in Saturday’s win, Fickell didn’t take kindly to the question.“What do you mean what went wrong? Did we win? Did we win?” Fickell said. “I’ve been up (in Ann Arbor) quite a few times in my 18-year career here … We know there’s things we have to correct, momentum and things happened and we didn’t play great on the defensive side of the ball so there’s a lot of things to correct. Every single week we have objectives and the last objective last week was win, and we came away with a win.”Don’t tell that to junior linebacker Ryan Shazier, though, who called the unit’s performance Saturday “bittersweet” even though the team won the game.“The most important thing at the end of the day is getting a ‘W,’” Shazier said. “But we (are) still pretty mad … the whole defense is pretty pissed off about how many yards we gave up rushing and passing. It’s just not acceptable.”Even though the Buckeye defense struggled all game, it did make a big play when it mattered most as redshirt-freshman cornerback Tyvis Powell picked off Michigan redshirt-junior quarterback Devin Gardner’s two-point conversion pass attempt with 32 seconds left to ice the game.Powell said after the game he knew that play was coming thanks to cornerbacks coach and special teams coordinator Kerry Coombs, which Fickell said is all part of weekly preparation.“You prepare. You don’t know exactly, but when you do your studies and you have an idea,” Fickell said. “Obviously, you see the things that we rep we do a lot better job of … but that (play) was one of the things that we had repped and had a good idea but it comes down to the guy making the play.”OSU’s defense gives up an average 255.8 passing yards per game, tied for 101st in the country with Northwestern. The whole season, the team has been able to compensate for the lack of consistency on that side of the ball, but coach Urban Meyer remains confident in them.“(The) pass defense surfaced again, and (a) lack of contact on the quarterback,” Meyer said Monday. “We just had some guys running open … I trust that we’ll get it fixed, and I trust that these guys will be locked and loaded and have a good week of preparation.”The Spartan offense ranks third to last in the Big Ten in total offense with 380.2 yards per game, but is better than that number indicates, Shazier said.“They have playmakers out there,” Shazier said. “They would not have went undefeated in the Big Ten so far if they weren’t (good) so I feel like they’re doing a great job right now.”After watching the film of Saturday’s win against Michigan, sophomore linebacker Joshua Perry said the defense was “really close” to stopping the Wolverines from a lot of their big plays. The mistakes, though, were pretty evident.“When you turn on the film you gotta face the facts and realize that there were some mistakes made,” Perry said. “We got a chip on our shoulder, but it’s nothing that’s too urgent like we gotta throw out the whole defense and start over again. It’s just that we gotta correct up what we know to do.”Whether there are questions about the defense as a whole or specifically about their performance against Michigan, Fickell said it all comes back to one thing.“You have a standard, and that’s what’s been set around here. And I think that’s the beauty of it,” Fickell said. “You’re never satisfied with what you got.”The Buckeyes and No. 10 Spartans (11-1, 8-0) are set to face off for Big Ten supremacy Saturday at 8:17 p.m. at Lucas Oil Stadium. read more

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