Suzuki cars back in South Africa

first_img27 February 2008Japan’s Suzuki Motor Corporation has announced that it will resume selling its range of cars on the South African market from June, after an absence of four years, and has established a subsidiary company, Suzuki Auto South Africa, to act as its importer and distributor.While an agreement to distribute Suzuki vehicles through General Motors’ dealer network came to an end in 2004, the company says feasibility studies indicated that an expanded range of vehicles being sold by a dedicated dealership network would be well received in South Africa.In a statement earlier this month, Suzuki said the projected growth in the South African economy, and particularly automotive sales, had also prompted it to establish a subsidiary company in the country.“Suzuki Auto South Africa has been jointly established between Suzuki Motor Corporation, who owns 85% of the equity in the newly formed company, and Suzuki South Africa, the authorised importer and distributor of Suzuki motorcycles and outboard motors,” the statement reads.Kazuyuki Yamashita, who has been involved in sales and marketing in several international positions with Suzuki Motor Corporation, has been appointed MD for Suzuki Auto South Africa.“We are confident that the Suzuki automotive brand will do very well in the South African market and are looking forward to introducing the exciting Suzuki Swift hatchback, SX4 Crossover Vehicle, Jimny and Grand Vitara range of Sport Utility Vehicles to this market during 2008,” Yamashita said.“We intend to expand the model line-up during 2009 through importing strategic models from international assembly plants.”He added that dealerships would be established in most of South Africa’s major centres by mid-year, and that the buying public could expect to see the first Suzuki vehicles on the showroom floors by June.SAinfo reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

As maravilhas da vida selvagem da África do Sul

first_imgDos pequenos aos de grande porte, dos carnivoros aos que comem formigas, dos primatas aos repteis… Os nossos animais (e aves) sao selvagens e formidaveis.As cidades cresceram, muita terra foi cedida a agricultura, a caça varreu manadas inteiras e os dias em que uma manada de springboks podia levar dias a atravessar uma cidade em Karoo ha muito desapareceram.E no entanto, graças a prevençao e cuidados dos nossos conservacionistas, passados e presentes, defensores do mundo natural, a África do Sul continua a a ser abençoada por uma fauna abundante.Os Grandes CincoOs grandes felinosA vida selvagem menos conhecidaMais de 200 especies de mamiferosMamiferos marinhos e peixeO crocodilo… e outros repteisO grande mundo dos passarosOs Grandes CincoOs mais conhecidos sao os mamiferos, e entre esses os Grandes Cinco sao de longe os mais afamados: o elefante, o leao, o rinoceronte, o leopardo e o bufalo. Nao e que a girafa, o hipopotamo ou a baleia sejam pequenos…As regioes de mato (bushveld) e de savana sul africanas continuam a ser o lar de inumeros mamiferos universalmente associados a África. So o Parque Nacional Kruger tem mais de 10.000 elefantes e 20.000 bufalos – em 1920 calculava-se que houvessem 120 elefantes em todo o pais.O rinoceronte branco tambem foi recuperado da quase completa extinçao e povoa actualmente tanto o Parque Nacional Kruger como o Parque Hluhluwe Umfolozi, em KwaZulu-Natal. Correntemente a atençao recai no rinoceronte negro.Tanto um parque como o outro sao a casa de qualquer um dos Grandes Cinco, como o sao outras grandes reservas na África do Sul – e o caso de Pilanesberg, na provincia Noroeste.Os grandes felinosAlem de ocuparem o cimo da piramide dos predadores, o leao supera em beleza e fascinio. Tem infelizmente um terrivel inimigo, que o expulsou de quase todo o pais e hoje em dia encontra-se quase que exclusivamente em areas preservadas.O belissimo leopardo sobrevive numa area mais vasta, incluindo grande parte da parte sul do Cabo e mais a norte do pais, apesar de em muito menor numero noutros locais.A chita e a campea da velocidade, capaz de correr quase a 100 quilometros a hora. A populaçao de chitas e comparativamente menor e confinada quase que exclusivamente a parte mais a norte (incluindo o Parque Nacional Kruger), o Parque Transfronteiriço Kgalagadi no Cabo Norte e nas reservas nas provincias de KwaZulu-Natal e Noroeste.A vida selvagem menos conhecidaOutros animais de grande porte intrinsecamente ligados a África sao o hipopotamo, a girafa, o kudu (um tipo de antilope africano), os famosos gnus ou wildebeest e a zebra, todos eles frequentemente observados nas reservas sul africanas.Mas o despertar das consciencias fez com que outros animais, os menos conhecidos, começassem tambem a suscitar interesse. Ver um tsessebe raro (um parente do gnu) pode provocar tanta excitaçao como ver um leao. E ao passo que e impossivel nao ver um elefante perto de nos, vislumbrar um pequeno e envergonhado suni (o chamado antilope de Livingstone) que vive na floresta e certamente motivo de auto congratulaçao.Numa escala mesmo muito pequena, podia-se tentar assinalar as sete especies de musaranho-elefante ou sengi da África do Sul – uma tarefa que nos levaria por todo o pais e certamente muitissimo morosa.Mais de 200 especies de mamiferosCom bem mais de 200 especies, tentar fazer uma pesquisa, por mais pequena que seja, dos mamiferos originarios da África do Sul e em si mesmo uma contradiçao. Alguns exemplos ajudarao.Em termos de atracçao, os primatas vem em primeiro lugar. No nosso pais incluem os bushbabies (ou macacos nocturnos), os macacos simango ou vervet (verdes ou de cara preta), os babuinos chacma, que – devido a uma alimentaçao irresponsavel e a pressao por causa da perda de habitat – se tornaram impopulares como agressores de casas privadas na Peninsula do Cabo.Os dassies (pequenos roedores herbivoros semelhantes as marmotas e que habitam em zonas rochosas) e os meerkats (ou suricatos, parecidos as fuinhas, conhecidos pela sua posiçao erecta de alerta) tem um enorme charme, embora os dassies possam ser um grande perigo para os agricultores.O aardvark nocturno e sigiloso, ou porco-da-terra ou porco-formigueiro (que se alimenta de formigas e e o unico membro da ordem Tubulidentata), e o aardwolf, tambem conhecido por lobo-da-terra ou protelo (que se alimenta de termites e e parente da hiena) sao outras duas cativantes criaturas, sendo possivel encontrar uma e outra literalmente em todo o pais.E para aqueles que apreciam os mamiferos terrestres humidos, temos a lontra-sem-garras ao longo de todo o Cabo, que nada tanto em agua doce como salgada. A lontra-de-pescoço-pintado tem um territorio mais limitado. Mas sao ambas raras e dificeis de observar.Um dos mamiferos de encanto recem-adquirido e o cao selvagem, cao-caçador-africano ou mabeco, uma das especies mais ameaçadas. Uma das especies erroneamente injuriadas como indiscriminados assassinos mas hoje em dia apreciados quer pelo seu valor ecologico quer pelo seu extraordinario comportamento carinhoso em familia, os bandos de caes selvagens requerem vastos territorios.Encontram-se em pequeno numero no Parque Nacional Kruger e cercanias, a norte de KwaZulu-Natal (incluindo o Parque Hluhluwe-Umfolozi), no Kalahari e na reserva Madikwe na provincia Noroeste.Os caninos carnivoros mais comuns sao a hiena, o chacal e a raposa de orelha de morcego (por causa das suas longas orelhas). Os felinos carnivoros – alem dos mencionados acima (leopardo, tigre, leao, jaguar) – incluindo o caracal, ou lince africano, com as suas tipicas orelhas em riste, o gato selvagem africano e o rarissimo gato-das-patas-negras. Outros animais carnivoros incluem o almiscar, o genet (pequeno mamifero da familia das fuinhas e civetes) e varios tipos de animais da familia das fuinhas.Os herbivoros estao bem representados por varias especies de antilopes, desde o pequeno duiker ate ao grande kudu e o soberbamente belo antilope negro, que se encontra em quase toda a regiao norte.Os mamiferos tambem se encontram no ar: A África do Sul esta bem provida de varias especies de morcegos.Mamiferos marinhos e peixeE agora o mar. O maior mamifero de todos – na África do Sul e no mundo inteiro – e a baleia azul, que pode chegar a ter 33 metros de comprimento.Mas das oito especies que se encontram habitualmente ao largo da costa sul africana (incluindo a terrivel baleia assassina preta e branca, que afinal e uma orca), a mais frequentemente vista pelo homem e a baleia franco astral. Esta criatura imponente aproxima-se das baias da costa para parir, permitindo uma soberba observaçao em terra.A baleia franco astral representa uma das historias de sucesso na preservaçao das especies. Considerada outrora como a baleia “certa’ para apanhar, a sua populaçao ficou tao reduzida que foi designada especie protegida. Com a enorme familiaridade provocada pelo seu regresso as baias costeiras, sao actualmente tao amadas como muitos dos golfinhos que alegram as nossas aguas.Os mares sul africanos sao ricos em varias especies de peixe. Talvez o mais temivel de todos seja o grande tubarao branco, mas esta e apenas uma das mais de 2.000 especies, que representam 16% do total mundial. Varios tipos de “peixe a linha”, ou peixe fresco, lagosta e os abalones (um tipo de molusco muito vulgar na costa sul africana) satisfazem particularmente o apetite dos gourmets, enquanto que peixe pelagico (sardinhas e outros do tipo arenque) e pescada tem um imenso valor comercial.O crocodilo… e outros repteisMuito menos favorecida com peixe de agua fresca – 112 especies conhecidas, uns meros 1,3% do total mundial – a África do Sul possui, no entanto, um habitante de rio tao famoso como os Grandes Cinco e tambem ele um simbolo de África. O crocodilo ainda governa alguns braços de rio e estuarios, lagos e lagoas, causando severa mortalidade entre humanos.Outros repteis aquaticos dignos de nota sao as tartarugas marinhas e as tartarugas de couro, centro de um esforço de preservaçao da especie de uma grande comunidade nas suas zonas de postura na costa norte de KwalaZulu-Natal.Entre os repteis terrestres temos as tartarugas de terra e os fascinantes camaleoes. Existem mais de 100 especies de serpentes. Metade destas, a piton incluida, nao sao venenosas, outras – como a Puff Adder, a mamba verde e a mamba negra, a boomslang e a rinkhals ou cobra cuspideira – sao mortalmente venenosas.A relativa secura do pais e responsavel pelo numero comparativamente pequeno de pequenos anfibios – 84 especies. No entanto, a titulo de compensaçao, a África do Sul tem mais de 77.000 especies de invertebrados.O grande mundo dos passarosOrnitofilos vem de todo o mundo para observarem a maior variedade de aves e passaros do pais, tipicamente africanos, aves migratorias e endemicas (as que pertencem apenas a África do Sul).Das mais de 850 especies que foram registadas na África do Sul, aproximadamente 725 sao residentes ou visitantes anuais e cerca de 50 sao endemicas ou quase-endemicas.Alem das aves residentes, a África do Sul acolhe um numero notavel de aves migratorias intra-africanas, como os cucos ou os pica-peixe, bem como aves do Ártico, Europa, Ásia Central, China e Antartica durante o ano.O mundo das aves e dos passaros da África do Sul vai desde a avestruz – criada em quintas no distrito de Outdshoorn no Cabo Ocidental, mas selvagens sobretudo no norte do pais – ate especies notaveis, como os hornbills ou passaros de crista, passando pelos omnipresentes LJB (Little Brown Jobs, parecidos com os pardais).Apenas numa pequena area, em torno da cidade de Vryheid, a norte de KwaZulu-Natal, se podem ver pantanos, savana, thornveld e tanto floresta montanhosa como ribeirinha e cerca de 380 especies foram registadas.Um observador de passaros nao precisa de sair de um jardim tipico de Joanesburgo para deparar com loeries cinzentos, poupas ou hoopoes, hadada ibis ou singanga, barbaças-de-colar-preto, barbaças-de-poupa, olho-branco-do-cabo, tordos-olivaceos… ou um cucal de Burchell a picar desatinadamente em volta de uma arvore. E isso nem de perto nem de longe completaria a lista.Entre os passaros mais espectaculres da África do Sul estao os grous ou garças, mais facilmente observadas nos pantanos – embora ver o grou de carunculas seja um verdadeiro achado porque e extremamente raro. O belissimo grou azul e o passaro nacional da África do Sul, enquanto que o grou coroado e provavelmente o mais espectacular da sua especie com a sua inconfundivel e proeminente crista.Entre as suas aves de maiorporte, a África do Sul tem ainda algumas aguias e abutres. Entre os mais coloridos temos os martins-pescadores ou pica-peixes, os abelharucos, as nectarinas, o lindissimo rolieiro de peito lilas e os loeries ou turacos de Knysna e de crista violeta.Fonte: Turismo Sul Africanolast_img read more

ADDRESS BY PRESIDENT CYRIL RAMAPHOSA AT THE INTERNATIONAL TELECOMMUNICATION UNION (ITU) TELECOM WORLD 2018

first_imgRead the full text of the address by South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Telcom World 2018 on Monday 10 September at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli Convention Centre, eThekweni.Programme Director, Minister Nomvula Mokonyane,Acting Premier of KwaZulu-Natal, Mr Sihle Zikalala,Executive Mayor of Ethekwini, Ms Zandile Gumede,Ministers and Deputy Ministers,Secretary General of the ITU, Mr Houlin Zhao,AU Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy, Dr Amani Abou-Zeid,Members of the diplomatic corps,Distinguished delegates,Esteemed guests,Ladies and Gentlemen,It is a great privilege to address this opening session of the ITU Telecom World 2018.It is an honour as the government and the people of South Africa to host this event for the first time on the African continent.For us, the ITU Telecom World provides a guide to the future.The deliberations that take place here concern the economy and society of tomorrow that we are building today.We are at the dawn of a digital revolution that will reshape the way we work, they way we live and the way we relate to each other.Technological change is proceeding at a pace far greater than anything humanity has experienced before.It is through forums like this that we are able not only to anticipate technological change, but also to harness it for the advancement of humanity.It is through bodies like the International Telecommunication Union that we craft a digital agenda for inclusivity, sustainability and development.We have the means and the responsibility to direct the evolution of information and communications technology towards the achievement of a better life for all the peoples of the world.It is our task to ensure that the 4th Industrial Revolution improves the human condition and that no one is left behind.It is our task to ensure that this digital revolution responds to the needs of the developing world.It must assist in overcoming unemployment, not exacerbate it.It must bridge the digital divide, not widen it.It must employ the latest in communications technology and data analytics to solve some of the world’s greatest development challenges.The decisions we make now, as individual countries and as a global collective, will determine whether the 4th Industrial Revolution is the opportunity that so many people anticipateor the threat that so many people fear.As our economies become increasingly dependent on information and communication techology, it is critical that governments work more closely with industry to maximise the value of digital innovations.It is equally critical that both government and industry develop effective collaborative relationships with the communities they are both expected to serve.It is such relationships that are required, for example, for the accelerated rollout of broadband in areas that are generally seen asnot being economically viable.And yet, the presence of broadband in such areas is vital for the viability of the economy.The rapid expansion of broadband reach and accessibility is a priority in South Africa because it is a key determinant of economic inclusion.There are currently 20 million South Africans who do not use the internet, for a range of reasons such as unaffordable data prices, lack of internet-enabled devices and lack of access.Yet, about 87% of households in South Africa have access to mobile phones, presenting us with a great opportunity to overcome digital exclusion and to drive inclusive growth and innovation.Government has recently decided to accelerate the licensing of the radio frequency spectrum in the 2.6Ghz, 700Mhz and 800Mhz bands to hasten the growth of mobile communications.We have finalised consultations with the telecommunications industry and other stakeholders to ensure allocation of spectrum reduces barriers to entry, promotes competition and reduces costs to consumers.Following a Cabinet decision last month, our regulator ICASA is now preparing to licenceavailable high demand spectrum.In addition, we have begun work in preparation for 5G spectrum licensing as part of our efforts to build a smarter digital economy.Earlier this year, we announced plans toestablish a Digital Industrial Revolution Commission to ensure we are in a position to seize the opportunities of the rapid advances in information and communication technology.We are informed by research that associates investment in ICTs with such economic benefits as higher productivity, lower costs, new economic opportunities, job creation, innovation and increased trade.Information and communication technology also helps provide better services in health andeducation and strengthens social cohesion.Our work in this area coincides with agreement on the establishment of an African Continental Free Trade Area, which will create a single market of over a billion people.At the Plenipotentiary of the African Telecommunications Union held last month in Nairobi, South Africa was mandated to lead a five-country committee to coordinate the development of the continental response to the 4th Industrial Revolution.This is a task that we undertake in support of the African Union’s Agenda 2063, which seeks a continent with diverse and inclusive economies,advanced infrastructure and a skilled and capable population.In promoting this vision, we see a key role for technology.It was precisely this – the developmental role of technology – that South Africa’s founding President Nelson Mandela affirmed when he addressed the 7th World Telecommunications Conference and Exhibition in Geneva in 1995.It was the first year that South Africa participated in the global event as a full member of the ITU.In his speech, President Mandela said it was crucial for South Africa and the entire African continent to be part of the organisation that would drive international policy, technological development, cooperation and skills transfer.Now, in the year of the centenary of his birth, let us be guided by his vision of a world in which everyone is connected, not only by technology, but also by a common humanity.Since rejoining the ITU, South Africa has worked with other member countries to advocate for the transformation of the institution and the entire global communications landscape to promote equality and inclusivity.In the World Summit on Information Society,held in Geneva in 2003 and Tunis in 2005, we advocated for a people-centred and development-oriented information society, where citizens’ lives are enhanced by ICTs and member states are recognised on an equal footing.We continue to champion the internet as a tool for social and economic development.We support universal broadband and universal broadcasting to connect all citizens and ensure that they have access to information.Most recently, we have advocated for the safety of ICT infrastructure and secure use by all online.Important to Africa and developing countries is the need for countries to share manufacturing and localisation opportunities to allow equal access and shared growth throughout the world.We support equitable access to global ICT resources such as orbital slots, satellites and governance of the internet.Distinguished Guests,Ladies and Gentlemen,We firmly believe that there is a strong correlation between innovation and growth.South Africa recently embarked on an investment drive to attract $100 billion in new investment in the country over the next five years.This is part of a broader effort to set the economy on a new path of growth, employment and transformation.We will be holding an Investment Conference on 25-27 October, where we will showcase the country’s lucrative investment offerings.We are determined that the ICT sector be an integral part of this investment drive, with a focus on infrastructure investment, e-commerce, local manufacturing of equipment, and innovation.South Africa has demonstrated its capabilities in the development and deployment of information and communications technology.We expect that the Investment Conference will help to demonstrate the country’s great potential.In conclusion, we are certain that Telecom World 2018 will produce innovative solutions tosocietal challenges and establish a platform for greater inclusive growth.I thank our industry partners and state owned companies that heeded the call to support government in hosting this event for the first time on African soil.Special thanks to the Secretary-General, the entire leadership and officials of the ITU for having shown confidence in our country to host this event.To our guests from across the continent and across the world, we are honoured and delighted to welcome you to our shores.It is my pleasure to officially declare the ITU Telecom World 2018 open.I thank you.last_img read more

On Upselling

first_imgYou must upsell your clients.Upselling your clients isn’t about producing more revenue for you and your company, although it will certainly produce that outcome.Upselling your clients isn’t about improving your profit margins, even though it will absolutely make you and your company more profitable.Upselling isn’t about moving your clients upstream into a high priced solution as part of your sales strategy, even though it’s sometimes the right strategy and it often works.It isn’t about your commission check.Upselling is about creating the maximum amount of value for your clients.Let’s say you walk into your dream client’s office for a meeting. They know what they need and share those needs with you. You have just the solution. It’s what they need and will get them the right outcome. All you have to do is help them buy it. It’s an easy sale. But that doesn’t make it the right sale.What if there is something more your client needs? What if there is a larger, more strategic outcome you could deliver? Selling your client what they need isn’t the same as creating the maximum value that you can create. Stopping short of maximum value creation makes you transactional.So why don’t you upsell your clients? First, it’s easier just take the deal in front of you. Some salespeople just take the easy sale and move on. But the second reason some salespeople don’t upsell their dream clients is because they’re afraid that by increasing the size and scope of the deal they lower their chances of winning it. They also believe that increasing the value created also means lengthening the sales cycle (and it might).Not upselling means not creating the maximum value for your client. It means choosing to be transactional instead of strategic. Not upselling also means increasing the likelihood that one of your competitors (one who isn’t afraid of losing and isn’t afraid of a little longer sales cycle) will win their business—and their mindshare, their wallet share, and their loyalty.Your job is to create the maximum value for your client in every deal. That doesn’t mean selling them more than they need (that’s about you). But it also doesn’t mean selling them less than they need (that’s about you, too). Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

Mercedes, Bharti Airtel team up for Indian GP

first_imgTelecom giant Bharti Airtel and Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team for the forthcoming Indian Grand Prix. The move is expected to help the operator strengthen its brand positioning among youth across India.       The second and 2012 leg of Formula One Airtel Indian Grand Prix will be held on October 28, 2012.Under the race partnership, Bharti Airtel’s logo will feature on the airbox and headrest of the Mercedes F1 W03 car, and the race suits and helmets of drivers — Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg — for the duration of the Grand Prix weekend, Bharti Airtel said in a statement.Bharti Airtel is also the title sponsor of the 2012 Formula One Airtel Indian Grand Prix.”By building on the unique motorsport heritage and strong track record of Mercedes-Benz, we will strengthen brand Airtel’s youthful positioning and appeal to Formula OneTM fans across India,” Bharti Airtel Global Brand Director Bharat Bambawale said.The alliance will also give Airtel access to the team along with rights to develop co-branded merchandise, use the race partnership logo, offer exciting mobile content, organise exclusive driver meet-and-greet sessions for consumer promotions among other initiatives, the statement added.Airtel will also offer its customers mobile content and instant race updates on race orders as well as team and driver standing information.Ross Brawn, team principal of the Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team, said, “The 2011 Airtel Indian Grand Prix was a very successful new adventure for Formula One and we are delighted to now be partnering with Bharti Airtel, who have supported the sport in India from the outset.””Taking our sport to new audiences is vital for our future and we are very much looking forward to working with Bharti Airtel in the run-up to this year’s race, in order to bring our fantastic sport closer to the Indian fans,” he added.Bharti Airtel has a huge focus on sporting events. Apart from exclusive video rights for UEFA Euro 2012, it has similar tie up with Manchester United, under which its subscribers get exclusive access to mobile content related to one of the world’s richest football clubs.It is the title sponsor of Delhi Half Marathon and has a three-year tie up with BCCI for branding activities.With PTI inputsadvertisementlast_img read more

Urban Meyer Braxton Miller different from 2011 Ohio StateMichigan State game

The No. 14 Ohio State Buckeyes travel to East Lansing, Mich., this weekend for its Big Ten Conference opener against No. 20 Michigan State. We check in with both coaches at the weekly Big Ten coaches teleconference. A shot at redemption Last year’s 10-7 loss to the Spartans was historic in many ways for OSU. It marked the first time since 1999 that the Spartans beat the Buckeyes, and the first time an OSU team dropped its conference opener since 2004. It was also the first Big Ten start for quarterback Braxton Miller. The then-freshman Miller struggled mightily in his conference debut, completing just five of 10 passes for 56 yards and an interception. First-year OSU coach Urban Meyer said that his sophomore signal-caller has come a long way since then. “It’s pretty dramatic,” said Meyer. “He’s a lot different now.” Miller will have a shot at redemption against a staunch Spartan defense that has allowed 11.8 points per game this season, 11th best in the country. Ready to ring the Bell? Ohio State ranks last in the Big Ten conference in total defense, which Meyer said is “very alarming.”  They now face their toughest test yet this weekend, in MSU running back Le’Veon Bell. The sophomore Bell ranks second nationally in rushing yards per game, highlighted by a 210-yard outburst in the team’s opener against then-No. 24 Boise State. Meyer said that sophomore linebacker Ryan Shazier is a big part of the defense’s game plan, with the task of plugging holes in the middle to contain Bell. When asked if the sophomore linebacker is up for the challenge, Meyer quipped, “he better be.” “This will be a great test for him,” Meyer said. “I have a lot of confidence in him obviously.” Dantonio Compares Quarterbacks MSU coach Mark Dantonio called Miller a “dynamic player,” while praising the quarterback’s running abilities. But containing mobile quarterbacks is not a foreign challenge for the Spartans. Miller has 441 rushing yards on 67 carries this season, leading all quarterbacks aside from Michigan’s Denard Robinson, who has rushed for the same amount of yards on one less carry. Robinson has been one of college football’s most dangerous duel-threat quarterbacks the past two seasons, but consistently struggled against the Spartans. In the team’s two meetings with Robinson starting under center, MSU prevailed against their instate rival, while holding Robinson below his season average on the ground. While comparing Miller and Robinson, Dantonio said, “there are certainly some similarities, but differences as well. Braxton has more tailback type features back there, he’s a spin runner on contact, but he runs the power at times. He can elude you as well.” Dantonio was the defensive coordinator at OSU from 2001-2003. While at MSU, he has posted a 1-2 record against the Buckeyes, beating his former club for the first time last season. read more

Football Ohio State fires wide receivers coach Zach Smith amid domestic violence

OSU coaches Tony Alford (left) and Zach Smith stand together before the Buckeyes game against Rutgers on Oct. 1. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorOhio State wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator Zach Smith has been fired from the university after his ex-wife filed a domestic violence civil protection order, according to a press release sent out by a university spokesman Monday.“Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer has announced the termination of wide receiver’s coach Zach Smith. Coaching staff adjustments will be announced at a later date,” the team said in the release.According to a report made by former ESPN writer Brett McMurphy, a domestic violence civil protection order was filed against the assistant coach by his ex-wife Courtney Smith on July 20. In 2009, Smith, who was an assistant coach at the University of Florida at the time, was arrested in Gainesville, Florida for the aggravated battery of a pregnant female. The police report states that Smith, “grabbed the victim by her t-shirt, picked her up and threw her into a bedroom wall.” Smith appeared in Delaware County Municipal on July 18 for criminal trespassing and is scheduled to appear again in court on for the final pre-trial on Aug. 22. Smith was in his seventh season as the wide receivers coach and was also Ohio State’s recruiting coordinator. He also spent five years under head coach Urban Meyer at Florida as a graduate assistant and a quality control assistant. Smith is the grandson of former Ohio State head coach Earle Bruce. read more

Baseball Ohio State swept by Northwestern with 104 loss

Ohio State freshman infielder Marcus Ernst (28) swings at a ball during the game against Hawaii on March 23. Ohio State won 7-5. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorNorthwestern did something on Sunday that no other team in the program’s history had been able to accomplish: sweep the Buckeyes in a three or four-game series. Ohio State (16-16, 2-4 Big Ten) dropped its fifth straight in a game against Northwestern (14-14, 4-2 Big Ten) 10-4 that was heavily dictated by the performances of both bullpens. “Our talent is better. Their execution was better this weekend,” Ohio State head coach Greg Beals said. Northwestern’s bullpen had been suffocating. In the first two games of the series, the relief pitchers went nine innings, allowing only one run. On Sunday, the Wildcats pitched 5.2 innings of relief and allowed one run on four hits. On the other side, Ohio State’s bullpen had struggled against the Wildcats. In the first two games of the series, the relievers allowed 14 runs, 12 of which were earned, in five innings of work. The nightmare for the bullpen continued on Sunday, with the relief pitchers allowing nine runs in three innings of work. “None of the straws I pulled worked this weekend,” Beals said. The bullpen would finish the series with a 23.63 ERA.“Everyone is here for a reason. We have a very talented pitching staff,” sophomore pitcher Griffan Smith said. “Guys need to go out there and pitch with more conviction. Just compete, have fun, and play the game.” After winning his first three starts on the year, Smith has not been able to tally a fourth win. In his four previous games before Sunday, Smith had an 0-1 record and an ERA of 5.03. Smith would not be able to break this winless streak, but he did pitch a career-long six innings, allowing only one run. “At the end of the day it’s about the team and getting wins,” Smith said. “As frustrating as it is, the most important thing is that we stick together, especially with a big week coming up.” The efficient outing was partly due to Smith’s ability to reduce his walks allowed. In his previous three starts, he allowed 11 total walks, but only one runner reached base on balls in Sunday’s start. Northwestern decided to start freshman pitcher Tommy D’Alise in the game Sunday. The usual reliever had tallied only one start in his career, and his longest outing was three innings back on March 12. Despite having only pitched 10.1 innings in his career, the right-handed pitcher had an ERA of 2.61. In his first weekend start, the freshman went 3.1 innings and allowed three runs. D’Alise had allowed a total of three runs coming into the game. From the opening at bat for the Buckeyes, the team appeared to have a sense of urgency.Junior right fielder Dominic Canzone was fired up on second base after opening the bottom of the first with a stand-up double. Junior first baseman Connor Pohl would score Canzone on a sacrifice fly to center field later in the inning. A two-out triple from sophomore catcher Dillon Dingler would result in another run. Dingler would come across home for the final run of the inning to make the score 3-0. Ohio State would not be able to score another run until the ninth inning. Northwestern would draw blood in the fourth inning with a solo home run from redshirt freshman center fielder David Dunn, his second of the season.With the Ohio State lead reduced to one in the seventh inning, senior left fielder Brady Cherry was called upon to pitch with runners at second and third with one out. After a hit batsman loaded the bases, a three-run double from senior first baseman Willie Bourbon gave Northwestern its first lead of the gameBourbon would finish the game with two hits and four RBIs. A five-run eighth inning for the Wildcats buried the Buckeyes behind a seven-run deficit. “The biggest thing is that there is no time to point fingers and blame,” Smith said. “Only [time] to get better.”Ohio State will travel to Athens, Ohio to take on Ohio University at 6 p.m. Tuesday. read more

TBDPITL Ep 28 The Ohio State Spring Game preview

Colin Gay and Wyatt Crosher discuss Kaleb Wesson’s entry into the 2019 NBA Draft and why he is not ready to make that jump, as well as what to look for in Ohio State football’s upcoming Spring Game. From Garrett Wilson to Justin Fields to a possible new position on the defense, maybe this year it will be more than a glorified practice? (Probably not though.)