Les telecommunications de l’Afrique du Sud

first_imgCela ne devrait pas etre une surprise que d’apprendre que le pays qui a invente la numerotation a tonalite offre des telecommunications de rang mondial.Les telecommunications sont l’un des secteurs se developpant le plus de l’economie d’Afrique du Sud, refletant la croissance rapide de la telephonie mobile dans le pays. Le secteur des telecommunications ainsi que celui des transports et du stockage representent presque 10 % du produit interieur brut (PIB).Grace a un reseau numerique a 99 % qui inclut les dernieres technologies en matiere de ligne fixe, sans fil et satellite, le pays possede le reseau de telecommunications le mieux developpe d’Afrique.Le monopole de la telephonie fixe de Telkom, une societe cotee en bourse dans laquelle le gouvernement est actionnaire majoritaire, a pris fin avec l’accord de licence de Neotel en tant que deuxieme operateur national d’Afrique du Sud. Neotel possede une licence pour fournir une gamme complete de services de telecommunications a l’exception de la mobilite totale.Le boom du mobile en Afrique du SudL’Afrique du Sud est le quatrieme marche des telecommunications mobiles progressant le plus rapidement au monde. Les trois operateurs de telephonie mobile du pays, Vodacom, MTN et Cell C, possedent plus de 39 millions d’abonnes, couvrant presque 80 % de la population.L’introduction de la portabilite des numeros ainsi que l’arrivee en 2006 de Virgin Mobile, un fournisseur de services de reseau virtuel qui exerce en partenariat avec Cell C, a favoriser une plus grande concurrence.Les societes de telephonies mobiles sud-africaines penetrent en Afrique et au Moyen Orient, Min etant en tete avec plus de 20 operations sur ces marches emergents.Au niveau national, certaines des marques de telecommunications leaders, comme Siemens, Alcatel, SBC Communications, Telecom Malasya et Vodafone, ont procede a des investissements importants dans le secteur local.Acces et couts de la bande passanteUn plus grand acces au haut debit, a l’ADSL et au 3G a fait augmenter la connectivite en fleche, le nombre de surfeurs sur le web sud-africains augmentant de 121 % en deux ans, passant de 1,8 million en mai 2005 a 3,8 millions en mai 2007, d’apres la societe d’etude Nielsen/NetRatings.La bande passante, cependant, reste assez limitee et chere en Afrique du Sud, ce qui freine le rythme de la croissance economique. Mais le gouvernement s’est engage a une plus grande accessibilite et a une reduction des couts.Dans ce but, le parlement a approuve des lois debut 2008 permettant la creation d’Infraco, une nouvelle entreprise publique qui proposera une capacite haut debit par des cables en fibre optique vers d’autres operateurs de telecommunications dans le pays.Le role d’Infraco completera celui du fournisseur public de signaux Sentech, qui fournit une connectivite Internet, axee sur le secteur public, par des systemes sans fil plutot que par des cables de fibre optique.Pendant ce temps, les grandes villes comme le Cap, Durban, Johannesburg et Pretoria ont lance des initiatives publiques pour construire leurs propres reseaux haut debit afin de fournir des services vocaux et de donnees moins chers aux habitants.Et en Septembre 2007, la societe de telephonie mobile MTN a annonce qu’elle s’associerait a d’autres operateurs pour construire un reseau de fibre optique de 5 000 kilometres entre les principaux centres du pays afin de repondre a la demande de bande passante de ses clients.De gros projets sont aussi en cours pour installer des cables de fibre optique sous marins le long des cotes est et ouest de l’Afrique afin d’augmenter la connexion du continent avec le reste du monde.Derniere mise a jour de l’article : Septembre 2008SAinfo reporter. Sources (sites en langue anglaise) :Standard Bank: Economic Profile: South AfricaTelkomCell CMTNNeotelBusiness DayBusiness ReportITWeblast_img read more

The top five reasons to outsource your payroll

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Brian E. RavencraftPayroll… it is a task that sneaks up on you, and as soon as you take care of it, it seems like it is time to do it all over again. No matter what the industry or how large the operation, many business owners find it advantageous to rely on an outsourced accountant to cut their payroll. From accounting firms to payroll companies, many options are available to you so you can spend more time working in your business, instead of crunching numbers and cutting checks. This month, we look at the top five reasons to give an outsourced payroll solution a shot: 1. Reliability and security of your financesThe last thing you want, as a business owner, is to be penalized by the IRS. Alleviate those penalty pains and worries by picking up a reliable, fully-trained accountant to handle your small business finances. An outside professional is contractually obligated to be completely liable for the entire undertaking, that way, in the off-chance that something goes awry, the outsourced team will pick up the foul, not you. 2. Cost EfficiencyOutsourced payroll services are perfect for small businesses who don’t have the budget to handle the task in-house. Simply put, why hire a full-time accountant to handle your finances and contribute to rising overhead costs when you could have a team of professionals take care of it for a lower cost? Take a look at how much money goes into the function of your accounting department. If you’re running a smaller operation, the hiring of an dedicated accounting professional may be the most optimal path to take. 3. Professional insightKeeping yourself in charge of payroll duties is a great way of staying in touch with the financial forecast and current standings of the company. However, with a transparent accounting team, you can keep that inside look with the immense added value of years of accounting experience and knowledge on your side. You’re dedicated to your craft. Accountants are dedicated to organizing finances. They’re able to spot problems before they arise and compile the best solutions. They are well-versed on all IRS requirements, withholding rates and regulation changes so you don’t have to be. 4. Financial information protectionWhen it comes to your internal finances, some things are best kept a secret from the competition. Hiring an outsourced accountant eliminates the risk of a disgruntled ex-employees walking out on the company with important information at hand. This circumstance is an unfortunate one, but can be protected against ahead of time. 5. Free up time and energyWhen it comes down to it, the old adage reigns true: time is money. Don’t waste your most precious resources. If you’re working at max capacity, running on all cylinders, your team may be best served with you controlling the direction of the operation. Do your company justice by leading — not sticking behind a desk, stressing over numbers and figures. Leave those tasks to a trained accountant and relieve yourself of the burden.As always, I am here to help. Should you have any questions about securing an outsourced payroll solution, please feel free to contact me. Brian E. Ravencraft, CPA, CGMA is a Principal with Holbrook & Manter, CPAs. Brian has been with Holbrook & Manter since 1995, primarily focusing on the areas of Tax Consulting and Management Advisory Services within several firm service areas, focusing on agri-business and closely held businesses and their owners. Holbrook & Manter is a professional services firm founded in 1919 and we are unique in that we offer the resources of a large firm without compromising the focused and responsive personal attention that each client deserves. You can reach Brian through www.HolbrookManter.com.last_img read more

Create an outdoor lifestyle in an urban environment

first_img SharePrint RelatedWe’ve Got Urban Geocaching on Lock — QuadLockLog (GC330KJ) — Geocache of the WeekAugust 7, 2013In “Community”How Teens Discover GeocachingJuly 8, 2011In “Community”How to have a ball when creating a geocache: Interview with cache owner Bouncebounce!April 23, 2019In “News” You probably figured out that you can’t always get out to a wooded park or natural area to earn a smiley. Many times, a find is whatever cache is closest or on your way, but urban geocaching can offer much, much more. Plus, it can help create and maintain an outdoor lifestyle while living in an urban landscape.Urban geocaching can be just as amazing as caches hidden deep in the woods—and if you live in a city or urban area, they’re much more accessible for the everyday. Here are seven ways to create an outdoor lifestyle through urban caching: Bike to work and find a cache along the way.Walk instead of driving to a geocache event.Geocache on your lunch break. You may discover wonders you walked past a million times!Have a picnic in a park…you never know what might be under the table. Do an urban hike and explore your neighborhood.Introduce geocaching as a team-building activity with your coworkers. Don’t let your urban surroundings determine what you can do outside, or limit how much time you spend doing it. Urban caching can be much more rewarding than one may think! There’s always a way to integrate both worlds, after all every bit of activity counts and will get you one step closer to a smiley! How do you integrate geocaching into your lifestyle? What has been your favorite urban geocache find so far? Tell us in the comments.Share with your Friends:More Get outside with your pets; they may even help you sniff out the find!last_img read more

How Long Does It Take To Win?

first_img Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now It takes time to nurture and develop your prospects. It isn’t easy to be known for the value you create or to prove you have ideas. The longer it takes you to prove you have the ideas and the ability to help, the longer it takes to create and win an opportunity.It takes time to work through the discovery process with your dream client once they agree to meet with you. Trying to spend less time working to understand your client’s needs–and helping them to understand them–only increases the time it will take you to win that opportunity. If you win it at all.Rushing to present your solution in hopes of speeding things along actually slows the process of creating and winning an opportunity. It doesn’t mean that all the work that you should have completed up to that point doesn’t still need to be done. But it does mean that what you present isn’t going to be dialed in tight enough and that you aren’t likely to have the consensus you need.You can sometimes find an opportunity at just the right time and acquire orders without following your sales process at all. That seems really fast. Until you actually start doing the work and realize that you and your new client didn’t do any of the work together that might have given you a reasonable opportunity to succeed together. Now what you won is at risk of being lost forever. The time you gained is now lost dealing with challenges you hadn’t anticipated.You gain speed by having all the conversations and gaining all the commitments you need to create and win an opportunity. The sooner you have those conversations and the sooner you gain those commitments, the sooner you win your opportunity. Skipping stages to speed things along actually slows things down.In all things with human beings, fast is slow and slow is fast. If you want faster results, do the work.last_img read more

Troy Rosario rejoins Gilas Pilipinas practice

first_imgJohn Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Andray Blatche participated in his second session with the team and was joined by veterans Jayson Castro, June Mar Fajardo, and Gabe Norwood.Also present were Japeth Aguilar, Allein Maliksi, Kevin Alas, Roger Pogoy, Matthew Wright, Roger Pogoy, Carl Bryan Cruz, and Calvin Abueva.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMac Belo also attended but remained in the sidelines, nursing a leg injury.Kiefer Ravena was also present, but sat out due to flu-like symptoms. Cadet Robert Bolick was also inactive due to a minor knee injury. NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netTroy Rosario was a pleasant surprise on Tuesday as he rejoined Gilas Pilipinas in practice at Meralco Gym.Still recovering from his awkward spill in TNT’s game against Phoenix on Wednesday,  the versatile forward was up and about as coach Chot Reyes enjoyed a full attendance for the session.ADVERTISEMENT Other cadet pool members CJ Perez, Arvin Tolentino, Abu Tratter, and Kenneth Tuffin gave the seniors squad a hand in this session.The Philippines is preparing for the second window of the 2019 Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers. Gilas plays Australia on February 22 at Margaret Court Arena before taking on Japan on February 25 at Mall of Asia Arena.The Nationals will fly to Melbourne on February 19.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHcenter_img Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Read Next LATEST STORIES 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting AFP official booed out of forum Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Alejandro responds to the challenge in Go for Gold win View commentslast_img read more

From Red Winter to Indian Summer Drezus ignites with Warpath

first_imgBy Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsDrezus said he painted the white hand across his face in the Warpath music video as an act of defiance.Drezus, also known as Jeremiah Manitopyes, a Plains Cree- Saulteaux veteran hip hop artist, said the war paint symbolizes colonizing European power structures that can no longer silence his people.“They did a pretty good job of it,” said Drezus. “Those institutions are trying to silence me, but they can’t and I’m speaking through it.”Drezus released the song Warpath and accompanying video on July 16. The song is from his latest album, due out on Aug. 5, called Indian Summer. The title of the album is tied to his song Red Winter which he released during the height of the Idle No More movement in January 2013. It became one of the unofficial theme songs for the movement which captured the nation’s attention through its flashmob round dances and Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence’s protest fast on Victoria Island in Ottawa. The video for Red Winter has over 100,000 views on YouTube.“A lot of people say it might have fizzled out or whatever but it still goes strong in a lot of us,” said Drezus, 31.And in his latest release, Warpath, Drezus has taken it to the next level, both politically and aesthetically.The words in the song come loaded with metaphor.“I was almost channeling a spirit in that song. I was channeling my grandfathers and my ancestors,” said Drezus.He traces his genealogy to the renowned Plains Cree Chief Piapot, who made peace with the Blackfoot and led his people through days of hunger and darkness at the dying end of the 1800s.Drezus’ words are laced through a beat composed by 2oolman, a well-known hip hop producer who recently joined A Tribe Called Red as its newest third member, replacing DJ Shub.“When I heard this 2oolman beat, it was crazy, it was booming, with the bass, the strings, the stabbing synth,” said Drezus. “It’s also really sparse so there is room for a lot of content and I started reciting my verse to the new beat and, I was like, ‘this is the one.’”Drezus said Warpath is primarily aimed at First Nation men.“I wanted to represent the Native man and a lot of the ones that fell through the cracks. It’s kind of like a roll call for Native men of who we are and what our roles are as men,” said Drezus. “It is to ignite a spirit in all of us.”He said the song also throws down a challenge to the “Native hip hop world” still fragmented by “petty-ass beefs” leading nowhere.“Never mind this, ‘You looked at me funny I hate you. Oh you made a song with that guy, I hate you.’ There is a lot of that within the Native hip hop community. There are a lot of petty beefs and I have been involved in a lot of that too. I just choose not to get into that, we need to look past that. We need to band together and fight a bigger fight.”Drezus said he can feel something earth-shattering looming on the horizon.“I just know we are in hard times and we are going to face even tougher times,” he said. “I feel really wary about our future as a whole on earth, with the weather. But in particular, what is going to happen when the government decides to really turn on us. It seems like they have been setting us up for something big. We are overlooked, our people are overlooked and we are the people of this land and we’re treated as if we’re nothing. I feel like we are being set up for something bigger, as far as the Harper government goes.”And the times call for a change in the rhymes, he said.“There are a lot of Native hip hop artists out there that not saying a whole lot. They’re talking about their past, the street life, that’s cool. But I think as a culture and even musically we have to move past that message. We beat that horse dead a million times,” he said. “How many times can you say you hustled or lived on the streets? I feel people don’t want to hear that from a Native man. They want to hear the struggle, the pain, the inspiration, the motivation, the growth, the fire.”Then, there is the video. Melding urban-reserve identities, the video, shot across several locations between Edmonton and Calgary, takes the song to a “supernatural” level, says filmmaker Stuey Kubrick, who shot, directed and edited the video.“(Drezus) is basically calling to arms. It seems like a war cry to young men and young people,” said Kubrick, who is also known as Stuart Reaugh. “It is the first time he’s using his voice to call people up. It is almost a war metaphor.”Kubrick said he handled Drezus’ lyrical cocktail with care in crafting Warpath’s video.“I went neutral. Nobody is doing anything aggressive in the video, because it’s an aggressive song,” said Kubrick, who lives in Vancouver and has been filming hip hop videos for about six years. “It’s basically neutral images, with a bit of action. It’s basically a collage of what I saw. I didn’t want to go over the top aggressive.”The video surprises in the end with an appearance by renowned West Coast carver Beau Dick and one of his masks. The sequence was shot at the Fazakas Art Gallery in Vancouver.“It makes the song more supernatural and mysterious in the end,” said Kubrick. “It sends that cool, artistic chill up my spine.”The video was also film on a six-day road trip between Edmonton and Calgary. Parts of it were filmed in Edmonton, Maskwacis (formerly known as Hobbema), the nearby Solomon-Bull ranch and in Tsuu T’Ina Drezus said he rode a horse for the first time in the video.“And it was bareback,” he said.Drezus worked previously with Kubrick, who is known for delivering high-quality music videos, and wanted his talent for the song.“Stuey is not a Native cat himself… I love his visuals, he’s got a crazy mind. He’s a little bit on the dark side. I felt we could capture a little bit of the darkness that I have, that our people have and a lot of Native men have that are going through the struggle,” he said. “But also bringing darkness to the light.”Drezus said he’s hoping to go on tour to promote his new album in September. Plans are in the works to include Lightning Cloud and Inez Jasper on the tour.“It is time, it is heating up, it is heating up for our people,” said Drezus. “I really just wanted to ignite a spark, a fire, whatever you want to call it.”[email protected]@JorgeBarrera WarpathFirst you should know that I have risen through the firein colorful buckskin, the object of my desireis the colour of my skin so divided are my kinwatch me turn the tables ‘til we eating like some kingsin beautiful headdresses the culture is so impressiveI’m just hoping I absorb it when he’s passing me the messagebecause baby it’s depressing, living in this mess we call a homewe should take it back to chokers resting on the collar bone;arrowheads ride along, the enemy’s like Styrofoampiercing through the strongest armor death in genocidal formand still I stand, a singular red manwith Jupiter size heart forever reppin’ my clanthe eagles an old man watching over my plansI’m talking real shit baby, no faking here for the fansI’m shouting out Bobby Jones, my aunties, my Moshom GeorgeI’m drawing all of my strength from my people here before me man.Hook whoh!!! Big chief in the building everybody take your place whoh!!Remove your feelings if you wanna ride with me whoh!!We about to go to war right now, no petty-ass beef whoh!!When it all goes down whose gonna ride with me? Whoh!!When it all goes down whose gonna ride with me? Whoh!!When it all goes down whose gonna ride with me? Whoh!!When it all goes down whose gonna ride with me? Whoh!!When it all goes down whose gonna ride with me?Blessed is the man with sons who walk beside himnot enough leaders out there we should be ridingthey left our people broken but homie don’t play the possumlearn to grow yourself a set because you can bet there’s nothing promised;they saying I’m a problem, they call me public enemybut they don’t understand that, I hold it down for my familyand I hate it when they say that, I won’t be shit cause I’m Nativebecause in my mind we’re the strongestwe were built tough for the ages ( ay ay!!).Give me back mine before I take that,you don’t want that where my braves at?Put’em up high with a braid of the sweetgrass,put a prayer up, if you ain’t gonna ride then get back with your weak ass!No room for the weak or the type of speech that brings us down,We need them soldiers to be strong when the badman comes to town (ride out!)last_img read more

Manitoba chiefs organization says Indigenous women face discrimination from cabbies

first_imgAPTN National NewsStories of discrimination and sexual harassment experienced by Indigenous women in taxicabs have circulated for years in Manitoba.Now a chiefs’ organization is calling for changes.APTN’s Dennis Ward has the story.last_img

Ohio State defense puts on solid springgame showing

OSU junior safety Malik Hooker (24) carries the ball after an interception during the buckeye spring game on April 16 at Ohio Stadium. The grey team beat scarlet 28-17. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorOn a sunny Saturday afternoon in Columbus, Ohio State’s three quarterbacks combined to go just 31-of-56, including four interceptions.On a normal day, it would be fair to see that as a negative for the team. But fortunately for OSU coach Urban Meyer, the defense that was stifling his quarterbacks happened to also be his own.While the final score of OSU’s annual intrasquad spring game is largely irrelevant, there are still various measures of value that the coaches and players take away from the scrimmage.A lot of those gains came from the defense of both the Scarlet and Gray teams. And since that side of the ball lost eight starters from last year’s Fiesta-Bowl-winning team, Meyer and his staff have to be pleased. “I will probably watch the film and get sick to my stomach, but, no, what I saw today was the future is bright at Ohio State,” Meyer said. Defensive lineWith Scarlet starting quarterback J.T. Barrett wearing a black no-contact jersey, the Gray defensive line was reverting to its elementary school recess days, playing two-hand touch. Still, it was an impressive performance, as the defense picked up five sacks.Redshirt freshman defensive tackle Davon Hamilton had three sacks, while fellow redshirt freshman defensive tackle Dre’Mont Jones added another. The fifth did not come from a lineman, but from sophomore cornerback Denzel Ward.Not to be outdone, the Scarlet team picked up four sacks of its own, led by two from redshirt freshman defensive tackle Jashon Cornell. Redshirt sophomore defensive tackle Dylan Thompson tacked on another, while the fourth was credited to the team.“I liked our defensive line,” Meyer said. “(Redshirt sophomore) Mike Hill, Dre’Mont Jones were all over the field today. Jashon Cornell played well.”On a throwing-heavy day, the line also did its part preventing big gains on the ground. Combined, the sides rushed for 129 yards.“I think they’re talented, very eager, we have an excellent D-line coach, and the good thing, they’re allowed to spend time with our players now in the summer,” Meyer said.A highlight in the game came from Scarlet linebacker Jerome Baker, who made an acrobatic, one-handed interception. But despite the gravity-defying athleticism, the sophomore was quick to give the credit to the line in front of him.“Our D-line did their job, and I came up with the pick,” he said.Linebackers Sixty-six percent of the Buckeyes’ starting linebackers from a season ago have bid farewell to the program, opening gaping holes on the depth chart for young players to fill. It just so happened that one of those players looking to fill that spot, Baker, made one of the game’s most electrifying plays, as far as spring games go. Baker’s one-handed snag might have caught OSU fans unfamiliar with the Cleveland native off-guard, but it didn’t shock some of his teammates. “I wasn’t too surprised,” said junior Dante Booker, a fellow linebacker. “I’ve seen him do it before in practice. He’s just an athlete.”Redshirt junior linebacker Chris Worley is another player who will see his workload increase drastically this fall. The 6-foot-2 Worley nearly started two seasons ago, but Meyer opted to start then-redshirt freshman Darron Lee. The rest, of course, is history. Yet Worley was quiet on Saturday, tallying just one tackle. Booker, on the other hand, had an impressive day. He was active throughout the scrimmage, registering seven tackles, four of which were solo. Right now, the linebackers on the roster have the necessary tools, but they’re inexperienced. Barring injury, McMillan will be a mainstay. Other than that, there are players that need to prove themselves. “We’ve got a lot of young guys in the mix,” Booker said. “We have them in the rotation so I feel like they got experience playing in the stadium. We’ll continue working in the summer.” SecondaryBesides the aforementioned Baker interception, the defenses combined to come up with three more: two by redshirt sophomore safety Malik Hooker and another by redshirt sophomore cornerback Marshon Lattimore.With OSU’s two starters at cornerback from last season away from the field on Saturday — redshirt junior Gareon Conley is recovering from an injury and Eli Apple entered the NFL draft — Lattimore said he saw the scrimmage as a chance for the young corners to make a name for themselves.“We’re replacing some pretty good players,” Lattimore said. “But we still can play. We still can be right there with them, I feel like. But we still have a long way to go, you know, they had experience. But I feel like we’re just as good as players they were.” In addition to his two interceptions, Hooker led all players with 10 tackles. With over 100,000 fans in attendance, a national spring game record, Lattimore said coming up big in a game like that means a lot regardless of if the stats are soon washed from the record books.“It’s great, no matter if it’s practice,” he said. “You’ve got to go at it the same way, whether it’s practice or a game. It’s just exciting to have teammates go crazy when you make a play. I love that.” The completion of the spring game also marks the end of spring practice. With a summer of work ahead of them, the Buckeyes are excited about the progress they have made with their lineup of 16 new starters, but they acknowledged that a lot of work still has to be done.“We’re young. We’ve just constantly got to get better. Every position has to get better,” Baker said. “We’re young, inexperienced, but we’re very talented.”The regular season for OSU is set to begin on Sept. 3 with a matchup against Bowling Green at Ohio Stadium. read more

Mens Hockey No 6 Ohio State faces rival No 11 Michigan with

Junior forward Mason Jobst (26) becomes a wedge between Michigan’s Quinn Hughes (43) and Dexter Dancs (90) Jan. 26, 2018 at the Schottenstein Center in Columbus, OH. Credit: Ethan Clewell | For The LanternThe No. 6 Ohio State men’s hockey will battle arch-rival No. 11 Michigan for the fifth time this season when it meets the Wolverines in the semifinals of the Big Ten tournament at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Nationwide Arena.The Buckeyes swept the regular-season series against the Wolverines for the first time since the 1985-86 season. But senior forward Matthew Weis doesn’t see the sweep mattering now with one game separating the teams from the conference final.“Zero. It doesn’t mean anything,” he said. “We got one more game left, it’s do or die. So, I think that’s all our focus is on.”After getting past Michigan State in the quarterfinals, the Buckeyes will go from playing in a three-game series to single-elimination games, which means teams can’t afford a slip-up in focus. Ohio State head coach Steve Rohlik does not foresee that being a problem.“It’s Michigan, that’s really all you got to say,” Rohlik said. “We were fortunate enough to get some bounces and win a few games this year against them. They are playing as well as anybody in the country right now.”The Wolverines are one of the hottest teams in the country, winning seven straight games and taking care of Wisconsin in a quarterfinal series sweep in Ann Arbor, Michigan.Powering Michigan’s recent success are senior forward Tony Calderone and junior forward Cooper Marody. Calderone leads the conference with 23 goals and Marody tops the Big Ten with 32 assists.“Obviously, you look at their top line, Cooper Marody and Tony Calderone. They do a bunch of their scoring,” Weis said. “So, I think, obviously, just be aware when they are out on the ice, but, like I said before, they’re a great team.”A good aspect for any championship-caliber team chasing a title is its depth, and the Buckeyes have six players with double-digit goals. Their top scorers junior forward Mason Jobst (19 goals), sophomore forward Tanner Laczynski (15 goals) and Weis (11 goals) have been difference makers in recent weeks.Even when those players have faltered in scoring, others have picked up the slack with senior forward Christian Lampasso (10 goals) and junior forwards Dakota Joshua (13 goals) and Freddy Gerard (11 goals) giving the team balance.“When those guys are going, we are as confident as any group. When they’re not going we are still pretty confident,” junior defenseman Sasha Larocque said. “We got good depth and we know that, having those guys as hot as they are right now, is huge for us.”This weekend will have a different feel to it than last week because the Buckeyes aren’t playing in the cozy confines of the Schottenstein Center. Instead, they will take on the Wolverines at Nationwide Arena, the home of the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets.“You know it’s an NHL rink and I think, for all us, our goal is to finally hopefully get there,” Weis said. “I mean, it’s pretty cool to play there, but at the end of the day, you just got to look at it as just another game. We got to do our thing to get the ‘W.’”The puck will drop at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and the winner will take on the victor of the other semifinal game between Notre Dame and Penn State. read more

Alaska Governor Wants Law To Limit OilWealth Fund Draws

first_imgThe House budget also proposed taking about $700 million from a state savings account to help fill the deficit but fell short of the level of support needed to tap that fund. Walker said he was “not uncomfortable” with the dividend amount proposed by the House. House leaders believe other measures, such as a broad-based tax and changes to oil taxes, should be part of an overall fiscal plan. The Senate rejected an income tax last year and has been lukewarm to revisiting oil taxes, maintaining that the deficit can be managed with fiscal discipline. “We will evaluate that at the end of the process,” he said. The House proposal would set the dividend at $1,600 per person, compared to an estimated $2,650 had the formula been followed. The Senate has yet to propose its version. House Speaker Bryce Edgmon said there have been preliminary discussions with Walker’s administration on the Legislature’s remaining work. The session is scheduled to end in less than two weeks, but Edgmon said lawmakers probably will need more time. Some use of permanent fund earnings is widely seen as necessary to help fill the budget hole. Walker and legislative leaders have envisioned some type of draw based on an average of the fund’s market value, versus just taking cash out without parameters. On Tuesday, House leaders were noncommittal about Walker’s proposal to set a draw limit in law. In a newsletter Monday, Walker said a draw limit “must be binding in law.” He also said need for government services or an aversion to taxes cannot be allowed to eliminate future dividend funding, and called for an “unbreakable floor” for dividend amounts. Rep. Neal Foster, a Democrat from Nome, said he doesn’t see that as a must-have for ending the session, “under the current circumstances, without a full fiscal plan and so forth.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Gov. Bill Walker favors a law to limit how much lawmakers can pull from the earnings of Alaska’s oil-wealth fund to pay for state government and yearly checks to residents. Traditionally, dividends have been paid with fund earnings, based on a calculation set in law. But that formula has been ignored the last two years, and dividends capped, amid legislative gridlock over how best to fill the deficit. But the House majority, composed largely of Democrats, and the GOP-led Senate have disagreed on what additional actions need to be taken. The amount was based on a draw equal to 5.25 percent of the fund’s average market value over the prior five years, according to the House majority. House Finance Committee Co-Chair Paul Seaton called that level of draw “sustainable on a short-time basis.” The House, as part of the operating budget it passed for the coming fiscal year, proposed taking $1.7 billion from fund earnings to help cover government costs and another $1 billion for the annual dividend check Alaskans receive from the oil-wealth fund. The two versions of the budget are typically reconciled between House and Senate negotiators. Walker told reporters Tuesday that a lack of such a structure could be risky for the fund’s sustainability. He would not say whether he would he would approve a budget that relies on a limited draw from Alaska Permanent Fund earnings if a law making a structured draw permanent isn’t passed.last_img read more