300 accounts and US$18M bonus cannot be compared – Jagdeo

first_imgGovernment’s attempt to try to compare the US$18 million which was deposited in an account outside of the Consolidated Fund and the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) opening over 300 bank accounts while in Government are not comparable and the comparison was only raised to divert attention from the illegal move.This is the firm view expressed by Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo who said that the two issues were completely different in that the US$18 million signing bonus paid to Guyana by ExxonMobil was placed into an account at the Central Bank, which does not fall under the remit of the Auditor General.Speaking about the 300 accounts, Jagdeo said these were opened at the Central Bank for transactional purposes and all monies were placed in the Consolidated Fund and were subject to audits by the Auditor General’s office. And in addition to that, there has been no move to charge anyone over theft.Government disclosed that examination of the books of accounts and records held at the Bank of Guyana revealed that the previous Government prior to May 2015 followed the practice of opening official and other bank accounts for Government business. This is an established lawful practice in accordance with the Fiscal Management and Accountability (FMA) Act 2003 and the Constitution of Guyana.But Jagdeo said aside from that, Finance Minister Winston Jordan should be questioned in greater detail about the issue. Among the questions, Jagdeo said, that should be asked is how many of the 300 accounts were closed by the current Government? How many are still active? And how many are project related?“Why hasn’t anyone been charged for misconduct related to the operation of these accounts? Why has Government been silent about the Lotto Fund, the Guyana Forestry Commission account or the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) account, despite the claims of corruption prior to May 2015?” he further questioned.Jagdeo added that while Minister Jordan has boasted that interest was being accrued on the US$18 million, none of that goes into the Consolidated Fund. However, he explained, in the case of the 300 accounts, which were all opened for transactional purposes, interest went to the Consolidated Fund.Government had insisted that no laws were broken. Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge had referred to the fact that Section 37 (2) of the FMA Act provides for public monies to be held in extra-budgetary funds and deposit funds that is, until they are credited to the Consolidated Fund.But Jagdeo pointed out that the FMA Act in fact contradicts Greenidge, who is a former Minister of Finance. Section 42 mandates that after a deposit fund is established, the Minister has to inform the National Assembly of the fund’s existence.According to Section 42 (2) of the Act, the Minister also has to specify “the source or sources of the monies in the deposit fund; the purpose or purposes for which monies may be expended from the deposit fund; the banking arrangements for the deposit fund, and the intended investment strategy for the monies deposited in the deposit fund”.The account for the signing bonus was set up at the Central Bank not by an Act of Parliament or legislation, but by request from the Finance Ministry. The transaction first came to light after Guyana Times published a leaked correspondence dated September 20, 2016 and addressed to the Governor of the Bank of Guyana with this subject line: “Signing bonus granted by ExxonMobil – Request to open bank account”.In the letter, Finance Secretary at the Finance Ministry, Hector Butts, had requested that a foreign currency account be opened at the Bank, in order to receive a deposit in the form of a ‘signing bonus’ to be given by ExxonMobil.Amid criticism, Government officials had defended the secrecy by saying the money would be used to pay legal fees in defence of Guyana’s sovereignty, should its case with Venezuela reach the International Court of Justice (ICJ).When asked whether he accepted that placing the US$18 million outside of the Consolidated Fund was illegal, President David Granger himself had professed ignorance of anything illegal with the transaction.The Government has recently committed to having the money transferred to the Consolidated Fund.The Opposition has filed a legal challenge against Government to ensure that it does.The case is pending.last_img read more

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GAA NEWS: NAOMH COLMCILLE CLUB NOTES

first_imgWeekly NotesStrength and conditioning training for seniors and reserves continues Monday 10th December in the Motiv8 gym in Letterkenny (above the Glencar Inn) at 8:10 pm. Bring €5 for the session. A second session is arranged for Fridays at 7:10 pm. Players unable to attend these sessions can contact Nigel Drein at 0879963406 to organise a suitable alternate timeYou can now keep up to date with the latest club news on twitter: Go to https://twitter.com/Naomh_Colmcille and hit Follow. Naomh Colmcille’s Weekly Lotto: The closest match was four numbers and the winner was Anthony Grant who won €75. The Club would like to take the opportunity to Thank Everyone for their continued support of the Lotto as it gives the Club the essential means of continuing to give our local Kids and Adults the chance to avail of a great and healthy pastime.  GAA NEWS: NAOMH COLMCILLE CLUB NOTES was last modified: December 10th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:NAOMH COLMCILLE CLUB NOTESlast_img read more

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Three thoughts ahead of the Athletics’ Wild Card showdown

first_imgClick here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.The A’s won 97 games in the regular season, an incredible number when you consider that the team had the fifth-smallest payroll in baseball this year.And for that tremendous accomplishment after 162 contests, their reward is one more — a winner-take-all showdown against the team with the lowest payroll in baseball, the Tampa Bay Rays, winners of 96 regular-season games.It’s a battle of baseball’s best bootstrappers — …last_img

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Pelicans extend Okafor through the end of the season

first_imgMOST READ Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police 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 AFP official booed out of forum Cavs investigating racial taunts of Spurs’ Patty Mills Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, left, gets a slam dunk over New Orleans Pelicans center Emeka Okafor, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Darren Hauck)NEW ORLEANS — The New Orleans Pelicans have signed center Emeka Okafor through the rest of the season.Terms of the contract, announced by the club before Monday’s night’s game against Phoenix, have not been disclosed.ADVERTISEMENT Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Read Next LATEST STORIES The 6-foot-10 Okafor had been out of the NBA since 2013 because of a herniated disk in his neck before making a comeback this year. The Pelicans brought the 35-year-old back to the NBA on Feb. 3, signing him out of the G League on a 10-day contract. Okafor was signed to a second 10-day deal before his current extension through the end of the season.The former UConn star has played in six games for New Orleans, starting four, and is averaging 3.7 points, 6.3 rebounds and two blocks in 16.2 minutes per game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexicolast_img read more

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Mixed Success

first_img@Eden_RichardsAustralia have made the perfect start to their Mixed Open campaign, downing New Zealand 9-6 in an exciting contest at Sunshine Coast Stadium.The win puts the Aussies up 1-0 in their best of three Trans Tasman Series, but they did not have it all their own way as the Kiwis mounted a late second-half comeback.The match may have opened up in the second stanza, but it was a tight low-scoring affair in the first half as both teams put up huge defensive efforts.Adam Pryde opened the scoring for Australia in the 4th minute, giving his side the perfect start to the match after an even first few minutes.The Aussies doubled their lead just a minute later, with Elin Mortimer crossing after being left unmarked on the left wing to make it 2-0.New Zealand had the better field position for the next 10 minutes, but resolute defence from Australia turned back raid after raid from the Kiwis.It looked as if New Zealand wouldn’t be able to take advantage of their dominant field position heading into half-time, but that all changed when they crossed for a touchdown one minute from the break.Danyon Morgan-Puterangi took advantage of an overlap to dive over, giving New Zealand some reward for their time in Australia’s half.But Australia hit back on the half-time hooter, with Leah Opie-Lukins scoring courtesy of an excellent cut-out ball from Michael Singh.It left the score sitting at 3-1 at the break and the Aussies extended their lead two minutes into the second half when Opie-Lukins crossed for her second.But New Zealand soon replied, scoring a touchdown on the right through Rahera Rauwhero to make the score 4-2 with 15 minutes to play.New Zealand’s Tina Ashworth crossed in the 28th minute to cut the scoreline to 4-3 and make Australia nervous, but seconds later Australian Jayden Benbow scored to restore the two-touchdown lead.With 10 minutes to play James Blackwood crossed for his first, giving Australia a 6-3 lead and some breathing room.Benbow then added another touchdown to his name and it was becoming clear that it would be the Aussies’ night as they jumped to a 7-3 lead.But the Kiwis would not lie down without a fight, crossing in the 34th minute through Mackenzie Haugh to keep his side alive.Yet it seemed whatever New Zealand could do, the Australians could do better, with Zara Nicholas replying in the 35th minute to give her side an 8-4 lead.But the Kiwis soon got a reply of their own, with Morgan-Puterangi crossing for his second touchdown of the night as the game began to open up.New Zealand made it two touchdowns in a row late in the match when Nicole Drummond crossed, but the Kiwis left their run too late and their hopes of securing a come from behind win were all but gone when Justin Costello scored for Australia to make it 9-6 to the home side.That’s how it stayed as Australia secured a vital win over their biggest rivals.Australia 9 (Opie-Lukins 2, Benbow 2, Blackwood, Costello, Nicholas, Mortimer, Pryde touchdowns) defeated New Zealand 6 (Morgan-Puterangi 2, Rauwhero, Ashworth, Drummond, Haugh touchdowns)Related LinksMixed Successlast_img read more

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a month agoNewcastle goalkeeper Dubravka says new deal close

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Newcastle goalkeeper Dubravka says new deal closeby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United goalkeeper Martin Dubravka says he is “close” to agreeing a new contract.Dubravka has three years remaining on his current deal but despite impressing since arriving in the North East, remains one of the club’s lowest earners. Speaking after the defeat to Liverpool on Saturday, the Slovakian goalkeeper said: “We’re in talks. I’m close. We are in contact and hopefully we can sort it out as soon as possible.”I’m happy here so if I can stay longer here, I will be happy. Since I came here, people have treated me really well. I can say that I feel at home here.”I’m glad that people think that I can stay here for the longer term. It’s such a big honour for me.” last_img read more

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Duke Of Cambridge Joins Prince Harry In Lead Up To World Mental

first_imgThe Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry celebrated World Mental Health Day this week.The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry celebrate World Mental Health DayCredit/Copyright: Royal.ukIn the lead up to World Mental Health Day, The Duke of Cambridge visited the Data Observatory at Imperial College London to receive a briefing on the progress the Heads Together campaign and its partners have made towards the national conversation on mental health.The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry founded Heads Together in February 2016, in partnership with eight leading mental health charities to highlight how the power of conversations, being able to talk openly about mental health challenges, can be life-changing.At the Data Observatory The Duke saw the results of the largest ever survey of the British public on mental health.Heads Together is part of The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, and it has been announced that The Royal Foundation will invest £2 million in a new start up for digital mental health innovation.Prince Harry, with the Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon, then launched a new partnership to improve the mental health of current and former Armed Forces personnel.This joint initiative between the MOD and The Royal Foundation, will see the Foundation provide advice and resources to the MOD to improve training, education and information sharing for the entire Armed Forces.“By looking after our mental health we are building a more effective armed forces that helps keep this country safe. Our soldiers, sailors and airmen are the best in the world but we will only maintain that if we are as serious about improving mental health as we are our combat skills and cutting-edge technology. So partnering with key groups like the Royal Foundation is an important part of our strategy to improve the wellbeing of our serving Armed Forces and veterans. ” – Defence Secretary Sir Michael FallonAt the launch event Prince Harry delivered a speech on the importance of the initiative:“I am delighted that we are now going to make the most of what we have learned, and working with the MOD, fundamentally change the conversation on mental health inside the military.”Source:Royal.UKlast_img read more

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Wait … Is LeBron James Actually Going To Miss The Playoffs

2018 Season2019 Season It’s been a tough season for the young LakersPerformance metrics for four Los Angeles Lakers prospects, 2018 vs. 2019 Lonzo Ball+1.7.05310.0+0.7.0568.8 Josh Hart-0.1.1118.8-0.4.0636.4 PlayerBPMWS/48*PIE%†BPMWS/48*PIE%† Brandon Ingram-1.3.0689.6-3.2.0428.4 Average-0.4.0769.8-1.1.0608.7 *Win shares per 48 minutes†PIE% = Player Impact Estimate, a rough measure of the percentage of all positive on-court events (for both teams) the player accounted for.Source: Basketball-Reference.com LeBron James has been so good for so long that it’s easy to forget just how astounding some of his accomplishments are. For example, he currently owns one of the greatest ongoing streaks in sports: His team has made the NBA Finals in eight straight seasons, starting in 2011. That’s mind-blowing in a league where a single finals appearance can be the highlight of a player’s entire career — and he’s done it for two different franchises.Of course, everyone knew it would be hard for James to keep that streak going this season after moving from the Cleveland Cavaliers — and the relative ease of the Eastern Conference — to the Los Angeles Lakers and the scary West. The thing that has taken NBA observers by surprise is the reason why the finals streak might not happen: James’s Lakers are in real danger of not making the playoffs at all.According to our NBA projection model, Los Angeles currently has just a 26 percent probability of making the playoffs. L.A. sits a game under .500 in the West’s No. 10 slot, three games back of the eighth-seeded Clippers with 25 games left on the schedule, and it will face the league’s ninth-toughest schedule down the stretch. The Lakers’ only saving grace is that, at full strength, our model thinks they’re the West’s eighth-best team, significantly better than both the Clippers and the No. 9 Sacramento Kings. But it will be a race to the finish that James hasn’t had to worry about in a very long time.The last LeBron-led team to miss the postseason entirely was the 2004-05 Cavs, in James’s second NBA season. They went 42-40 — which has traditionally been good enough to make the playoffs in the East — but lost out on a tiebreaker with the New Jersey Nets (who beat Cleveland 3-1 in the season series). Talent-wise, that team was a far cry from even later versions of the Cavs that would be prematurely bounced out of the playoffs: Journeyman guard Jeff McInnis was second on the team in minutes behind LeBron, and low-scoring swingman Ira Newble was also a full-time starter. (The next scoring options behind James were Zydrunas Ilgauskas and Drew Gooden.) James himself had not yet fully ascended to GOAT levels of performance, either, posting what would eventually be the fifth-worst Box Plus/Minus and fourth-worst win shares per 48 minutes of his career to date.On paper, this season’s Lakers should not be drawing comparisons to Jeff McInnis and Ira Newble. Although L.A.’s supporting cast didn’t have the same immediate appeal as players in other potential free-agent destinations for James, it was assumed that the young quartet of Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart and Lonzo Ball would build on their promising 2018 performances — particularly by playing alongside James — and mix with the Lakers’ strange mishmash of veterans to make a functional team. But that hasn’t consistently happened during James’s debut campaign in purple and gold. Kyle Kuzma-1.3.07710.4%-1.3.07810.6% Across a variety of metrics, LeBron’s young sidekicks have mostly declined in performance this season, despite benefiting from an extra year of development and getting to play next to one of the greatest offensive creators in NBA history. Only Kuzma can credibly say he has shown any amount of improvement, increasing his usage rate and true shooting percentage while reducing his turnover rate. The rest — particularly Ingram, whose advanced stats have slid into an abyss — have stalled out or worse, and none has even amounted to a league-average player, according to the consensus of metrics.Making matters worse, it could be argued that those four cost Los Angeles a shot at trading for New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis at the deadline (assuming that former Pelicans GM Dell Demps ever actually intended to deal Davis). If even a few of the Lakers’ youngsters had played well this season, showing the requisite star potential to be included in a trade package for Davis, it’s possible that L.A. would have been penciling a LeBron-AD duo into its lineup for a playoff push this year. Instead, it’s left waiting for Hart and Ball to return from injury and hoping the kids can play better down the stretch.The veterans haven’t exactly helped much, either. JaVale McGee and Tyson Chandler are an efficient pairing of defensive bigs, and both are above average in win shares per 48 — the most charitable stat for each — while shooting guards Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and the recently acquired Reggie Bullock are at least in the vicinity of average in the metric. (As is new power forward Mike Muscala.) But Rajon Rondo has shot the ball poorly this season, and Lance Stephenson hasn’t been an effective player in years. All told, James’s supporting cast hasn’t been appreciably better than the one he fled in Cleveland after last season.1On average (weighted by minutes), non-James Lakers this season have a -1.1 BPM and .080 WS/48. Last year’s non-James Cavs had a -1.6 BPM and .086 WS/48.And it bears mentioning that James himself has not been as statistically dominant as in his last few seasons as a Cavalier. His usage rate, true shooting percentage, assist rate, rebound rate, steal rate, block rate and defensive BPM are all down from last year. He’s shooting worse on twos, threes and free throws. And most concerning, the 34-year-old missed 18 games between Christmas and early February with a groin injury, and he’s played only 49.5 percent of the Lakers’ available minutes this season — by far the lowest mark of his career.James did tell reporters over All-Star weekend that he “feels great,” though, and that he’s ready to lead a playoff push for Los Angeles.“[I’m] looking forward to seeing what we can do to get back in this playoff race,” James said. “That’s the only thing that’s going to happen in my mental space for these next two months, pretty much on how I can get this team playing the type of level of basketball we were playing before my injury.”The Lakers will need to summon all of James’s focus and talent to storm back into the playoff picture. It’s more than possible, particularly if James is indeed healthy. But our projections are still low for a LeBron team even after accounting for James’s return to the lineup — and the fact that the Clippers were sellers at the trade deadline. (That’s why we give L.A. a 26 percent chance, while simpler forecasts such as the one at Basketball-Reference.com peg its odds at about 5 percent.) And even if the Lakers do make the playoffs, they would probably end up being heavy underdogs against the Golden State Warriors in the first round.The Lakers’ long-term future should be brighter: The team will have plenty of cap space to use on free agents surrounding James and plenty of superstar options to choose from (in addition to the ongoing potential of a Davis trade). For now, though, James’s finals streak has a real chance of ending far earlier than anybody expected: April 10, the final day of the 2018-19 NBA regular season.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

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Depth Chart Week 2 versus Tulsa

The No. 4 Ohio State Buckeyes welcome the Tulsa Hurricanes out of the American Athletic Conference to Columbus in the first meeting between the two teams in program history.Redshirt junior defensive tackle Tracy Sprinkle underwent season-ending surgery on his patellar tendon in his right knee on Sunday, so the Buckeyes must replace one starter from the season opener. A total of 18 redshirt freshmen or true freshmen are listed on the two-deep depth chart.Week Two offense versus Tulsa Rs. So. DE59 Tyquan Lewis13 Rashod Berry18 Jonathan CooperRs. Jr.Rs. Fr.Fr. WR-Z83 Terry McLaurinOR82 James Clark9 Binjimen VictorRs. So. DE6 Sam Hubbard            OR11 Jayln Holmes          97 Nick Bosa     Rs. So. LS49 Liam McCullough44 Aaron MawhirterRs. Fr.Sr. DT77 Michael Hill             67 Robert Landers       Rs. Jr.Fr. TE85 Marcus Baugh88 A.J. AlexanderRs. Jr.Rs. Fr. QB16 J.T. Barrett10 Joe  BurrowRs. Jr.Rs. Fr. RB25 Mike WeberOR4 Curtis Samuel2 Dontre WilsonRs. Fr. Jr.Sr. CB8 Gareon Conley3 Damon ArnetteRs. Jr.Rs. Fr. WLB33 Dante BookerOR48 Joe Burger47 Justin HilliardJr. SAF7 Damon Webb4 Jordan FullerJr.Fr. SLB35 Chris Worley17 Jerome BakerRs. Jr.Rs. Fr. SAF24 Malik Hooker34 Erick SmithRs. So.Jr. Jr. Rs. Sr.Rs. Fr. DT86 Dre’Mont JonesOR53 Davon Hamilton      Rs. Fr. So. Rs. Fr. WR-X80 Noah BrownOR21 Parris Campbell11 Austin MackRs. So. Rs. Jr. MLB5 Raekwon McMillan38 Craig FadaJr.Rs. Sr. Rs. Sr. H-Back4 Curtis SamuelOR2 Dontre WilsonJr. Rs. Jr.Fr. So. CB2 Marshon LattimoreOR12 Denzel WardRs. So. LT  74 Jamarco Jones75 Evan LisleOR63 Kevin WoidkeJr.Rs. Jr. Sr. WR5 Corey SmithOR1 Johnnie DixonRs. Sr. Rs. So.Fr. Week Two defense versus Tulsa RT59 Isaiah Prince76 Branden BowenSo.Rs. Fr. P95 Cameron JohnstonSr. Jr.Fr. Week Two special teams versus Tulsa LG73 Michael Jordan69 Matthew BurrellFr.Rs. Fr. PR2 Dontre WilsonOR5 Corey SmithOR4 Curtis SamuelSr. C65 Pat Elflein79 Brady TaylorRs. Sr.Rs. So. K92 Tyler Durbin96 Sean NuernbergerSr.Jr. KR2 Dontre WilsonOR82 James ClarkOR1 Johnnie DixonSr. Rs. So. RG54 Billy Price78 Demetrius KnoxRs. Jr.Rs. So. read more

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Ohio State studentathletes receive help transitioning to college classes

Members of the OSU men’s lacrosse team celebrate a goal during a game against Robert Morris Feb. 1 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. OSU won, 11-7.Credit: Ryan Robey / For The LanternThe transition from being a high school athlete to a career in college could be difficult, but the utilization of resources in college could help balance academics and athletics.A senior defender for the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team, Joe Meurer — who is set to graduate in May — said the time and effort he has put in with lacrosse compared to high school has increased drastically.“In high school you’re probably committing, you know, eight hours a week to lacrosse, here you’re committing double,” Meurer said.Some OSU athletes said with practice taking up a large amount of student-athletes’ time, getting support with classwork becomes essential.“I think high school is not nearly as demanding as college is, and you don’t have to make as many sacrifices as you do as a college student-athlete,” redshirt-junior goalkeeper for the OSU men’s soccer team Alex Ivanov said.OSU’s Student-Athlete Support Service Office seeks to aid student-athletes academically. The program supports about 1,000 student-athletes a year, associate director and athletic academic counselor for SASSO Vicki Melnick said in an email. Melnick said the program’s funding comes from the Office of Undergraduate Education, which amounts to about $2.6 million in the current fiscal year.Melnick said that the programs goal is to help students to stay the course.“Our office focuses primarily on academic support, and then also what we call student development support, primarily in the areas of career developments and some personal development along with leadership development,” Melnick said.Athletes are required to attend study table sessions in the Younkin Success Center located at 1640 Neil Avenue, for a time to study and do schoolwork. Requirement hours for study table vary depending on the sport. The head coaches with the assistance from academic counselors decide on the amount of weekly hours needed for study table for that particular athlete. Melnick said in an interview with The Lantern that only freshman are required to have study tables and that the average time spent on the table is six to eight hours a week.“Typically, it’s predominantly first-year students. One of the main purposes of it is to help them transition into college,” Melnick said. “To see the value of making sure they spend the minimum amount of time each week studying.”Ivanov became the first Academic All-American for the men’s soccer program this past season. Even as a fourth-year, he utilizes tutor facilities offered by SASSO to help maintain his grades as an electrical and computer engineering major.“I used to do the study table hours then the other years it’s all been on my own, just trying to meet people in class and stuff, like a normal student would, and if I ever did need a tutor for like a special math class or something, I could go to Younkin or SASSO to set something up for me,” Ivanov said.SASSO not only support student-athletes in the transition into college, but also prepares them for what comes after.“We have two classes that we teach that are designed for student-athletes. One is helping student-athletes transitioning into college, so it covers a variety of topics like nutrition, time management, a little bit of money management, study skills, introduces them to various help services around campus and athletic departments outside our office,” Melnick said. “The other course is designed for upperclassmen and it’s a ‘transition out of college’ class.”Some student-athletes at OSU are grateful for the support given to them.“It’s been really beneficial. Since day one I’ve been here and I’ve definitely utilized it to my full potential,” Meurer said. read more

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