By the way, Risnjak covers an area of over 6.000 ha in the area of Gorski kotar, and includes the Risnjak massif, Snježnik and the hydrogeomorphological monument of nature – the source of the river Kupa with its upper course. The spring of Kupa is an extremely attractive area and still an unsolved riddle because it is one of the deepest springs on Croatian soil. In the middle of 2018, a newly renovated pyramid was opened on Ivančica, the highest mountain in northwestern Croatia. Ivančica is a beautiful destination for pleasant walks from the gentle south sides of Budinščina, Zlatar and Lobor. The northern slope that descends into the valley of the river Bednja has a distinct mountainous character, it is steep and poorly branched. EU support can also be obtained by a natural person (citizen) who is registered in the Register of Forest Owners The public institution Priroda and the City of Vrbovsko applied for the tender from measure 8 of the Rural Development Program and established a tourist-educational trail along the Kamačnik stream with a total length of about 1.600 meters. The project created a pleasant and somewhat fairy-tale ambience for walkers. The themed trail has been enriched with educational panels, rest areas and a space intended for playing with wicker tunnels, and builds on existing themed and walking trails. Provision of services in tourism in the forest of forest owners The mentioned cultural and natural heritage creates a unique tourist potential, which is recognized as such by the local self-government unit. This is confirmed by the capital city project for the construction of the Mountaineering Museum, the only one of its kind in the country. The implementation of the project in question completes the century-old mountaineering story of Ivanec. The forerunner of the pyramid that is the subject of restoration in the project was built back in 1893 and was wooden, and the pyramid that was restored in its metal form dates from 1929. Otherwise, in addition to the request for support, the forest owner is obliged to enclose a conceptual investment plan which must be prepared by an authorized person of the appropriate profession, eg certified civil engineer, certified forestry engineer, certified landscape architect, etc. The objectives of this type of operation (8.5.2) are monitored, namely: to make the recreational, tourist and health benefits of forests more accessible to the rural and other population, and to contribute to raising public awareness of the importance of forest conservation and biodiversity. Near the settlement of Vrh, in a location known for its truffle habitats and in the vicinity of which the construction of a center for mushroom and truffle farming is planned, there is recently a 500 m long educational trail “Truffle Road”. You guessed it, the funds for the project came from the EU, and in the process the great credit goes to the LAG Northern Istria. “In June this year, the educational trail Put truffles was officially opened. A 500-meter-long promenade through the forest area above the valley of the river Mirna, otherwise a well-known habitat of the Istrian truffle, has been arranged. ”, we learn from the head of the LAG, Isabela Knežević. The trail aims to increase awareness of the importance of preserving this valuable mushroom, preserving its habitat and developing an additional tourist product that is associated with the rich eno-gastronomic offer of this area. Prior to this project, the musical-didactic Pan’s path was completed and presented to the visitors, where several instruments were set up: gong, bell with notes, xylophone, horn and stream organ. So if you haven’t already had a chance to hit the gong on the beautiful Kamačnik, it’s definitely time to do so! Without fear of meeting large carnivores, if you find yourself nearby, we recommend a walk through the spacious meadow Lazac, but also the Leska Educational Trail, which is considered the first such trail open in protected areas. Risnjak is a very accessible area for visitors, all attractions can be reached easily and without special preparations or equipment. NP Risnjak offers numerous promenades, but also new educational trails The restoration of the Ivanec and national symbol of mountaineering, more than 90 years old, was also carried out thanks to a grant from the Rural Development Program. The beneficiary of the support is the Croatian Mountaineering Association Ivančica Ivanec. The implementation took place on the top of the mountain Ivančica, at 1.061 m above sea level, in the area of the ecological network. The importance of the project is manifested primarily in the preservation of the cultural heritage of the Ivanec region, which is inextricably linked with the largest and most beautiful natural potential – Mount Ivančica. Risnjak is a real forest kingdom and it was the dense forest communities that provided it with a ticket to enter the society of national parks, and now it is possible to enjoy educational trails there. Namely, JU NP Risnjak, which manages the park, applied for the tender from the Rural Development Program of the Republic of Croatia 2014-2020. to measure 8 for the project Educational trails in the Risnjak massif. The locations of the project are hiking trails from the administrative building in Bijela Vodica (Crni Lug) to the top of Risnjak and the trail from the entrance to Villa also to the top of Risnjak. Through four educational units, visitors can learn interesting facts about the flora and fauna of the canyon and the flow of the Kamačnik as well as the phenomenon of karst springs. The Kamačnik watercourse is over 3 km long, adorned with numerous cascades, rapids and smaller waterfalls. At several locations along the trail, panels have been set up describing the natural features of Kamačnik. There are also benches for relaxing and enjoying the landscape and the sounds of nature, and right next to the stream on the meadow there are didactic elements for play. An increasing number of urban residents are looking for peace and quiet to take a break from the accelerated pace of everyday life. Some will be happy to spend a holiday relaxing on the terrace of a holiday home in untouched nature, others will enjoy walks along landscaped promenades or educational trails. Those more active will look for something third though. The project was also supported by the Croatian Mountaineering Association, whose representatives attended the grand opening of the newly renovated pyramid on the occasion of the 120th anniversary of the HPD Ivančica Ivanec. The local cultural and artistic society magnified the opening ceremony of the pyramid by dancing and singing on a 10-meter-high building, from which the view extends all the way to the Kamnik and Julian Alps. The lookout is unparalleled in terms of view due to its central position in Zagorje, and you can see for yourself. Boots, backpack and way under your feet! Photo: JU Nature Educational trails and hiking trails along the Kamačnik Canyon Photo: NP Risnjak Questions and answers related to the mentioned operation can be found on the pages of the Rural Development Program (measure 8, sub-measure 8.5, operation 8.5.2 – Establishment and arrangement of educational trails, lookouts and other smaller infrastructure). The lowest value of the aid is € 5.000, and the highest is as much as € 100.000 with an aid intensity of up to 100% of the total eligible costs. Some of the realized projects are described below. For many, the Kamačnik Canyon is one of the most beautiful pearls of Gorski Kotar. It is also a place where, believe it or not, you will be able to cool off even in the hottest weather! Due to its gentle ascent, the promenade in the Kamačnik canyon is an ideal picnic spot for families, individuals of all ages and all lovers of preserved natural heritage. By investing in the arrangement of trails, setting up information and educational boards, setting up signposts and investing in rest areas and canopies, a higher level of education and dissemination of knowledge about forests, sustainable forest management and environmental protection has been achieved. The trail design project was designed by Ivan Juretić, B.Sc.Arch., Otherwise a mountaineer and naturalist. It was he who introduced the special look of the benches placed along the paths that are intended to be placed in the future. Source:: Blanka Kufner, blog Tourist stories The Rural Development Program of the Republic of Croatia for the period 2014-2020 provides the possibility of granting EU support to projects that enable the availability of recreational, tourist and health functions of forests for public purposes. The funds are intended for the construction of educational trails, small recreational facilities, shelters, lookouts, for setting up information boards, etc. Forest owners, forest owners’ associations, legal entities, associations and other entities working in the direction of nature and environmental protection are applying. Restored Ivanec pyramid with a view all the way to the Alps Vrh is a small place in the interior of Istria, known as the Istrian belvedere. From an altitude of almost 400 m on a clear day you can see the Alps on the border of Italy, Austria and Slovenia. There are many smaller towns and Lake Butoniga in the area. Not far away is Motovun, which dominates the landscape like a crown on a hill. A larger place nearby is Buzet, a town recognizable as the only Croatian truffle town. Photo: Buzet Tourist Board According to the Forest Act, a forest owner is defined as a legal or natural person, owner and / or owner of a forest, who manages the area. The Forest Owners’ Register is a system that contains various information on forest owners, which are used in the implementation of forest policy measures, but also for keeping statistics. Photo: NP Risnjak Kamačnik is visited by many lovers of preserved natural beauty, recreationists, mountaineers – all who want to escape from the hot asphalt or hectic lifestyle. In order to provide visitors with additional interesting facilities, along the watercourse itself, footpaths are being arranged and improved. Did you know that you, as a private person (citizen), can receive EU support from measure 8? You don’t even have to be the owner of the forest, it’s enough to own it. Most owners and possessors of forest areas are not familiar with the advantages of registration in the Register, so it is worth mentioning them. The advantages are: the possibility of using subsidies, the possibility of using funds from the Fund for Public Benefit Functions (OKFŠ), less administration and lower costs when applying for remittances or accompanying documents, the possibility of selling wood and non-wood products from your own forest (legality) and the possibility of providing services. tourism in the forest area. Risnjak National Park is a favorite destination for lovers of active holidays with more than 100 km of marked hiking trails. This park is home to large carnivores like bears, wolves and lynx, which are really rare, but if you were born under a lucky star, it is possible to experience that as well. It was declared a national park back in 1953. NP Risnjak abounds in deep sinkholes, karst slopes and beautiful untouched forest because nature is its master here. It was named after its most famous, but also very endangered inhabitant – the lynx. Fortunately, several years ago, they were actively working on increasing the number of this endangered species. Why register in the Register of Forest Owners? Educational trail “Truffle Road” in the interior of Istria Facilities for children in KamačnikPhoto: Vrbovsko City Travelers today are increasingly interested in various special forms of tourist offer, they like to try novelties and will always be attracted by the original offer, something they have not yet had the opportunity to try. Special experiences are what hosts should offer more often. Those more active will look for excitement in classic or adventure sports, and experienced hunters and anglers will find services and places specific to this type of vacation and recreation. But we are referring here to those who simply like to enjoy nature and learn something. The highest point of the park, the peak of Veliki Risnjak, rises to 1.528 meters above sea level, and the lowest is located at 290 meters above sea level in the Kupa Valley. The mountain massifs Risnjak and Snježnik offer a beautiful view of the Kvarner Bay, Istria and the Julian Alps in neighboring Slovenia. These two massifs represent a natural bridge between the Alps and the Dinaric Mountains and are therefore considered a significant ecological corridor for plants and animals. Questions and answers regarding grants can be found on the pages of the Rural Development Program. Here are just a few interesting things about acceptable costs. Under precisely defined conditions, the following are acceptable: arranging an educational trail; production, design and arrangement of educational and informative indexes; procurement and installation of a solar panel on the lookout; procurement and installation of a children’s playground; arranging a place for heating; construction of sanitary facilities or procurement of chemical toilets, etc. In case we are interested in you, be sure to visit the official website of the Ministry of Agriculture for more information. What is it about?
Former CIA director and Price School of Public Policy Judge Widney Professor David Petraeus was sentenced to two years probation and ordered to pay a $100,000 fine on Thursday.In February 2015, Petraeus pleaded guilty to sharing classified information with his biographer and former mistress, Paula Broadwell, in 2011.According to CNN, the 5-by-8 inch notebooks Petraeus provided Broadwell included information from national security meetings and the identities of covert officers.Petraeus avoided jail time as part of his plea deal with the Department of Justice because the information he provided Broadwell was never revealed to the public or published in her biography of him.Petraeus’ original sentence ordered him to pay $40,000 until federal Judge David Kessler increased the amount to $100,000 in order to “reflect the seriousness of the offense,” according to CNN.Michael O’ Hanlon, a close friend of Petraeus said that the former military leaders’ actions regarding the leak should not define his career.“The personal shortcomings ultimately, I would hope, will be seen as in the same light as Grant’s whiskey or Eisenhower’s mistress, or whatever else,” O’Hanlon told CNN. “The inevitable human dimensions of people who are still great Americans.”Petraeus retired as a four-star general and leader of U.S. troops in the Iraq War to become the head the CIA in 2011. He retired one year later after his affair with Broadwell was revealed.Petraeus joined the USC faculty in October 2013 and serves as a faculty adviser for the USC Veterans Association.
The Broward Sheriffs department is currently investigating a death that was reported just outside of a daycare in Oakland Park.The investigation was reported at Ceressa’s Day Care in the 3100 block of N.W. 21st Avenue.Not much is known about the incident at this time, however, it has been reported that the death occurred inside of a van in the parking lot of the daycare.It is unclear if the deceased is a child.This is a developing story!
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“This is a proactive step to help our universities meet critical research and development skills essential to the future growth and prosperity of our industry and our nation,” Sasol CEO Pat Davies said at a hand-over event in Johannesburg this week. “Sasol has established a number of academic centres of excellence and advisory boards, enabling us and students to work with global experts in a variety of science and engineering fields,” Eloff said. “Sasol also provides grants to boost academic salaries.” The initiative will also contribute to the Engineering Council of South Africa’s commitment to growing the engineering profession by increasing the number of engineering practitioners to ensure sufficient future capacity to stimulate the economy. He said that the global skills shortage had resulted in many experienced academics opting to work in more lucrative private sector jobs, while ageing equipment and research facilities negatively impacted on the quality of teaching. South African petrochemical giant Sasol is to spend R25-million a year helping the country’s universities develop world-class science and engineering graduates, attract and retain talented academics, and grow the engineering profession. Developing engineering skills The investment forms part of a greater R250-million initiative, spread over 10 years, to ensure world-class teaching in the disciplines of chemistry and engineering. Safeguarding teaching quality North-West University Vice-Chancellor Dr Theuns Eloff said it was essential for industry as a whole to invest in tertiary institutions to safeguard the quality of teaching and to attract and retain skilled and experienced academics. “Sasol’s investment in research projects, the upgrading of research facilities, the deploying of highly qualified Sasol personnel in participating universities and rotating young South African academics abroad and locally within its plants, helps us to increase resources of research and development better to achieve the goal of modernising the South Africa economy,” Science and Technology Minister Mosibudi Mangena said in a video message. Sasol has already spent R75-million upgrading research facilities and equipment at nine participating universities over the past three years, the company said in a statement this week. The natural science and engineering faculties of the universities of Cape Town, Stellenbosch, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan, KwaZulu-Natal, Free State, North West, Witwatersrand, Johannesburg and Pretoria are participating in the programme. “The significance of their science and engineering experts teaching on rotation levels at collaborating universities is immeasurable.” 24 October 2008 SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
A series of new incentives to help tourism establishments grow their businesses and to improve South Africa’s tourism attractions were announced by Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom in Johannesburg on Tuesday.The investment of around R600-million will help establishments to become graded and seek new markets for their products, and will later include retrofitting key tourist attractions with renewable energy sources.South Africa’s tourism sector had performed very well in the past two decades, Hanekom said. “The pace of growth in the tourism sector has outstripped the growth in the overall economy significantly. We are now well positioned to do more, to continue growing, and to transform the sector by making it more inclusive and sustainable.”It is estimated that tourism supports 1.4-million direct and indirect jobs and contributes 9.5% of South Africa’s total Gross Domestic Product. “”Tourism has enormous transformative power,” Hanekom said. “Tourism has a very strong multiplier effect on host communities and has a supply chain that extends deep into the economy.”The Tourism Incentive Programme represents an investment of R557-million over the medium term to support tourism enterprises to reach their full potential, Hanekom said.The programme will put tourism businesses in a better position to make sustainable contributions to the growth of the industry and to the country’s economy, making South Africa a more competitive global destination, Hanekom said.The programme will start by focusing on creating better access to new markets and customers, encouraging greater participation in the grading system, and making catalytic investments in key tourist attractions.The programme comprises:A subsidy towards the costs incurred by tourism establishments to participate in trade exhibitions and marketing roadshows. This will include a capped reimbursement towards pre-determined expenses such as airfare, accommodation and exhibition fees for participation in marketing platforms supported by South African Tourism.Support for owners of establishments who want to be graded by the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa in the form of a structured system of retroactive discounts or rebates on the assessment fee for grading. This aims to make grading more affordable for smaller businesses, and encourage more establishments to become graded.A pilot project to retrofit facilities at state-owned destinations and attractions such as World Heritage sites and National Botanical Gardens with renewable energy technology. This will guide the design of a programme to help make establishments, including those in the private sector, more environmentally sustainable.The Tourism Incentive Programme supports the objectives of South Africa’s overall industrial policy, which includes creating jobs, building the local industrial base and transforming to a green economy.Source: Department of Tourism
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Before 3-on-3 basketball debuts in the Olympics, USA Basketball took it to Las Vegas.The men’s and women’s national championships went full-blown show time in looking for the four best athletes who hope to represent the U.S. in the 2020 Olympics.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Ionescu scored 17 points to lead Oregon to its second straight 3×3 national championship. The win helped Ionescu, Lydia Giomi, Ruthy Hebard and Otiona Goldon take the sting out of losing to eventual national champion Baylor in the Final Four.“We got this far, we wanted to get that win,” said Ionescu, who was named MVP of the event for the second consecutive year. “We were a little bit down in that last game, but we battled and I’m super proud of us. Lydia’s first time doing this, so I’m just really happy.”On the women’s side, all eligible athletes are in consideration for the U.S. team that will play in the Pan American Games, which will be chosen by a selection committee and will be announced following the May 16-20 trials for the women’s 5-on-5 Pan Am Games squad. The Pan American Games 3×3 competition is being held July 27-29 in Lima, Peru.FIBA also anticipates launching a FIBA 3×3 world tour for women this year, and should that happen, athletes would also be in consideration for a berth into the women’s world tour.If the U.S. teams qualify, a selection committee will determine which four players will represent the team at the Olympics, based on national rankings. Two of the players on the team must be ranked in the top 10 in the country in points earned, with the other two ranked in the top 50 overall.The U.S. women currently have no one ranked in the top 250 overall. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Olympic boxing body mulls legal fight against IOC inquiry SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Other eligible athletes remain in consideration the 2019 USA Men’s 3×3 World Cup and 2019 USA Men’s 2019 U.S. Pan American Games 3×3 Basketball teams.The 2019 FIBA 3×3 World Cup for Men will feature 20 men’s teams and will take place June 18-23 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Joining Hummel were Damon Huffman (Brown), Kareem Maddox (Princeton) and Daniel Mavraides (Princeton).USA Basketball and Red Bull have scheduled more than 20 tournaments this summer to help the Americans qualify, beginning in Detroit on June 22.Qualifying as a country is based on a point system, which can be earned by playing in FIBA-sanctioned tournaments around the world. The top three point-earning countries by Nov. 1 will automatically qualify for Tokyo. The U.S. men are currently ranked eighth and the American women are 33rd. If the Americans aren’t in the top three by that date, there will be a last-chance tournament held next spring for the final few spots.Only seven teams per gender will join Japan in the Olympics.With the win, Slow & Steady qualified for a berth in the 2019 FIBA 3×3 World Tour Masters stop held July 20-21 in Saskatoon, Canada.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES MOST READ Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid More than 130 men’s and women’s players held court at Las Vegas’ outdoor Downtown Events Center, with a live DJ blaring hip hop and the glow from the Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino shining down from high above.Ariel Slow & Steady defeated Ariel NYAC 21-12 to win the men’s title, while All-American Sabrina Ionescu led Oregon past Drive, 21-20 to win the women’s title Saturday night.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe event, formerly held in Colorado Springs, Colorado, was the first step toward qualifying and selecting a team for Tokyo, where the newest basketball discipline will debut.“There’s a lot of unknowns because this is the first year it’s ever going to be an Olympic sport,” said former NBA player Robbie Hummel, who won the MVP award after scoring 16 points for Slow & Steady in the championship game. “We’re kind of going through a period where we’re feeling some things out. It’s been a lot of hard work, a lot of miles flown in some airplanes to some places you never thought you’d visit. But it’s a way to still play basketball, it’s a way to travel, it’s a pretty cool experience.” Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
Ohio State senior guard Kelsey Mitchell takes a shot during the third quarter of the Buckeyes’ victory against Penn State on Jan. 31. Credit: James King | Sports DirectorIt seemed like the No. 16 Ohio State women’s basketball team had righted a sinking ship. After dropping three games in a row to No. 23 Michigan, No. 10 Maryland and Iowa, the Buckeyes responded with four straight victories in which they held opponents to fewer than 68 points. Redshirt senior guard Linnae Harper said the team used the losing streak as motivation and it showed in the past four games.But the only thing that showed during Ohio State’s game against South Florida Sunday afternoon was an overmatched Buckeye team getting beat in every phase of the game, resulting in an 84-65 loss.Ohio State (20-6, 9-3 Big Ten) has a prime chance to bounce back facing Illinois (9-17, 0-12 Big Ten), the lowest-ranked team in the Big Ten, at 8 p.m. Tuesday in Champaign, Illinois. Projected StartersOhio State:G — Asia Doss — Senior, 5-foot-7, 8.4 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 3.5 apgG — Kelsey Mitchell — Senior, 5-foot-8, 24.4 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 4.1 apgG — Linnae Harper — Redshirt senior, 5-foot-8, 15.1 ppg, 8.6 rpg, 2.5 apgG — Sierra Calhoun — Redshirt junior, 6-foot, 11.7 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 1.2 apgF — Stephanie Mavunga — Redshirt senior, 6-foot-3, 16.1 ppg, 10.7 rpg, 0.7 apgIllinois: G — Brandi Beasley — Sophomore, 5-foot-6, 11.8 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 3.6 apgG — Cierra Rice — Redshirt sophomore, 5-foot-9, 5.8 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 0.9 apgG — Kennedy Cattenhead — Redshirt senior, 5-foot-10, 5.4 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 0.5 apgF — Courtney Joens — Sophomore, 5-foot-10, 3.5 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 0.4 apgF — Alex Wittinger — Sophomore, 6-foot-1, 13.8 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 0.8 apgScouting IllinoisSimply put, Ohio State should crush Illinois. The Illini have not lost a conference game by fewer than eight points and do nothing that will scare Ohio State. Illinois has a minus-9.7 scoring margin, the worst in the Big Ten and 5.5 points worse than the second-lowest scoring margin.Opponents have a better shooting percentage from 3-point range (38.2) than the Illini have from the field (37.9 percent). That will pose a problem Tuesday night since the Buckeyes shoot more 3-pointers than any other team in the Big Ten. Four Ohio State guards — Asia Doss, Kelsey Mitchell, Linnae Harper and Sierra Calhoun — average at least 3.4 3-point attempts per game, and Mitchell broke the NCAA record for most career 3s attempted last game.Sophomore guard Brandi Beasley and sophomore forward Alex Wittinger have been the most consistent producers for Illinois. They are their team’s only two players who average more than 10 points per game. No one else scores more than seven points per game. But neither player should do much damage against Ohio State. Wittinger will need a big game for her team to hang with the Buckeyes, but she has scored at least 20 points just four times this season. Beasley shoots just 35.8 percent from the field and 25 percent from beyond the arc. Though Ohio State should easily leave Champaign, Illinois, with a victory against the Illini, it will be looking for certain areas of improvement.The Buckeyes have struggled rebounding this season, leading to teams dominating them with second-chance points. Last game, South Florida outrebounded Ohio State by 20.“Bad defense and rebounding for us usually run together. You’ll see us over-helping, which means we’re not blocking out,” Ohio State head coach Kevin McGuff said. “When we’re bad defensively, we’re usually bad on the boards as well because it usually means we’re not matched up with the right people.”Illinois has somehow struggled more on the boards. The Buckeyes average 0.2 more rebounds per game than their opponents, while the Illini average a 2.6-rebounding deficit, tied for last in the conference.Cinderella story?At the beginning of the year, Ohio State had Final Four dreams. Those aspirations have since taken a massive hit given its four losses in the past eight games. The dreams seem so far-fetched that Harper believes the team is seen as more of an outside contender“The good thing about it is we still have a lot of basketball to play and we still have a good chance to turn it around,” Harper said. “We can use it as motivation for our next game and try to come together as a team and hopefully make it a Cinderella story or something like that.”If anything, a team destined to be the subject of a Cinderella story certainly would have seemed to be the Ohio State men’s basketball team. But instead, the women’s team is searching for answers.As McGuff has said in the past, Ohio State just needs to get hot at the right time. But the slipper becomes a looser fit with each passing loss.
Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer answers questions during his first press conference back from suspension. Credit: Amal Saeed | Assistant Photo EditorGoing into Big Ten Media Days, Urban Meyer’s name meant many things.One of the winningest coaches of all-time, three-time national champion and the Ohio State head coach that brought the program back up following a 6-7 season in 2011.Now, less than two months later, Meyer’s name brings mostly one thing: controversy.“This is a window of time that I made an error,” Meyer said. “I’ll keep saying it, really, for the rest of my life — this was about trying to help a troubled employee with work-related issue.”That troubled employee is Zach Smith, the former wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator who was fired on July 23 following allegations of domestic violence involving his ex-wife, Courtney Smith.Meyer, who also had Smith on staff during his tenure in Florida, hired Smith at Ohio State in 2012, keeping him on staff despite knowing about the allegations from 2009 and 2015.The lack of action Meyer took back then, along with his words at Big Ten Media Days, caused him to miss the first three games of the season from suspension.Meyer apologized for his answers at Media Days, and said that he had no intent of lying, that he misspoke after being ill-prepared for the questions on July 24.“I want to be really clear that there is zero intent to mislead,” Meyer said. “I did not answer questions with the accuracy that I should have.”But after eight weeks of allegations, statements on Twitter and a 12-hour meeting involving the fate of the coach that has led the Buckeyes to a 73-8 record in his tenure, Meyer’s record on the field has vanished from relevancy.Meyer said this is something with which he is struggling.“It’s tough to take. I’ve spent 30-plus years in coaching. Never been perfect. Tried extremely hard,” Meyer said. “I did not lie to the media. I did not do a very good job. Now everybody has a decision to make and a choice to make. I was very clear about why I was doing, why I said what I said. And I apologize for that. If that destroys a guy’s credibility, then I apologize for that.”At the press conference on Monday, Meyer’s first appearance since his suspension on Aug. 22, the head coach answered questions for 56 minutes, with the focus rarely reaching the subject of football.The topics Meyer discussed went from his knowledge of the Zach Smith case, to if he lied at Media Days, to if he regrets his decisions from the past and to what he can do to avoid this happening again.Now, after a coaching career with more acclaim than almost any before him, Meyer’s reputation remains tarnished, and could continue to be tarnished for the foreseeable future.“I’m hoping that people listen. And I can only say the truth. I can only let you know. I’d like to say over 30 years that I — I have been accused of helping players too much, giving them too many opportunities. That’s an accusation I accept,” Meyer said. “I understand that this will take time. Maybe never. But that’s my job in a press conference like this.”Meyer takes back the role from acting head coach and offensive coordinator Ryan Day, and he returns to an Ohio State team that is 3-0 with a win against a ranked opponent.But, much like the press conference, the focus won’t be on football for Tulane. Instead, it will be on the 56 minutes Meyer used answering questions on everything that has diminished his reputation that was once focused on a team striving for a championship a mere two months before.