RSF unveils 22 nominees for 2016 Press Freedom Prize

first_img Receive email alerts News Related documents nomines_gb.pdfPDF – 132.69 KB News RSF_en News AfricaAmericasAsia – PacificEurope – Central AsiaMiddle East – North Africa Events RSF Prize Organisation Reporters Without Borders rallies former hostages in Paris, following the kidnapping of journalist Olivier Dubois. Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Africa to go furthercenter_img June 8, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders (RSF) today released the names of the 22 nominees for the 2016 Reporters Without Borders-TV5 Monde Prize for Press Freedom, which will be awarded to three laureates – a journalist, a media outlet and a citizen journalist – at a ceremony in Strasbourg on 8 November. This is the 25th year running that RSF has awarded this prize. Twitter blocked, journalism threatened in Nigeria Many journalists and bloggers have continued to distinguish themselves in 2016 by the immense courage they display in their daily reporting despite the risks to their lives. Many of this year’s nominees, who are from 19 countries, are being prosecuted or are in prison for refusing to censor themselves. Others are exposed to threats and physical violence from those they dare to criticize.Read the profiles of all the nominees here“Authoritarian regimes cracked down harder on journalists and bloggers in 2016,” RSF secretary-general Christophe Deloire said. “It is no coincidence that nearly half of the nominees work in the bottom 20 of the 180 countries in RSF’s World Press Freedom Index. RSF hails the courage and determination of all these women and men with a common commitment to fighting for freedom of information.”“A significant number of the nominees are unfortunately in the process of being prosecuted or are languishing in jail solely because they wanted to inform their fellow citizens about matters of public interest,” RSF programme director Lucie Morillon said.“Those in prison include Egyptian journalist Ismail Alexandrani, Azerbaijani journalist Seymour Khazi and Chinese citizen journalists Chinois Lu Yuyu and Li Tingyu who, like many other citizen journalists all over the world, took over when the authorities stifled the traditional media. We call for their unconditional release and the withdrawal of all the charges against them.”Nine journalists who take risksA 29-year-old former nurse from Homs, Hadi Abdullah has had many brushes with death as a freelance reporter who became a target for both government forces and armed extremist groups and saw his cameraman killed. Afghan journalist Najiba Ayubi, the head of the Killid Media Group, has also been threatened with death but continues her fight for media freedom.Colombian investigative reporter Jineth Bedoya continues to defend women who have been the victims of violence while Maldives Independent editor Zaheena Rasheed embodies tenacity in the fight against impunity for crimes of violence against journalists. Rasheed covers highly sensitive stories in her now Islamist country and has been outspoken in her criticism of the authorities since one of her reporters, Ahmed Rilwan, disappeared in 2014. Fearing arrest, she finally fled Maldives in September.Judicial harassment is a problem shared by Alfred Taban, the well-known founder and editor of South Sudan’s first newspaper, The Juba Monitor, Mahfuz Anam, the editor of Bangladesh’s Daily Star, and French investigative journalist Edouard Perrin, who helped to expose the LuxLeaks scandal in Luxembourg. But none of them is in prison. Egyptian investigative reporter Ismail Alexandrani and Seymour Khazi, a well-known reporter for Azerbaijan’s sole remaining opposition daily, Azadlig, are not so lucky. Both are jailed on trumped-up charges.Seven pioneering independent media outletsSeven media outlets distinguished themselves by their exemplary reporting in the face of constant harassment. Azamn, the Sultanate of Oman’s only independent newspaper, paid a high price for its independence this year. A court closed it down and imposed jail terms on its three most senior editors. The local correspondents of Fergananews.com, the website of Central Asia’s independent news agency Ferghana, are exposed to similar risks and its reporters in Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan have to operate clandestinely.The citizen journalists who report for Chinese human rights website 64Tianwang are still systematically persecuted but show no sign of giving up. As their editor, 2004 RSF Cyber-Freedom Laureate Huang Qi explained: “In 18 years of activity, none has ever agreed to sign a confession drafted by the authorities.” He was referring to the “confessions” that CCTV and Xinhua broadcast with the aim of discrediting government critics.In Algeria and Libya, two media outlets that emerged just three years ago have made a name for themselves by being outspoken and resolutely defending media freedom. Radio M, the first Algiers-based independent web radio, airs a wide range of opinion in a country that gags the media. The Bawabat Al Wasat website has established itself as an essential source of news and information amid the chaos and mounting concern about security issues in Libya. It was blocked for nine months from February 2015 because of its coverage of the talks leading to the creation of the Government of National Accord.Founded by Adam Michnik, the pro-European daily Gazeta Wyborcza has become a symbol of opposition to the excesses of the ruling Law and Justice Party, which is waging an all-out crusade against the media. Since its creation in 2011, the Brazilian non-profit news agency Agência Pública has produced many reports on environmental and human rights issues, some of them winning awards.Citizen journalists step upWhen the traditional media are unable fulfil their role properly, citizen journalists and bloggers take over the job of providing independently-reported news and information, often eliciting an angry response from the authorities. This is what happened to Chinese citizen journalists Lu Yuyu and Li Tingyu. After they suddenly stopped sending messages on 15 June, it emerged that they are being held for documenting unrest and work protests – taboo subjects for the ruling Communist Party.Blogger Ali Al-Mearaj was arrested in June for criticizing the Bahraini regime and is now charged with supporting terrorism. Roya Saberi Negad, a Facebook user with British and Iranian dual nationality, has been detained in Tehran’s notorious Evin prison since October 2013, where she is serving a five-year sentence for criticizing the Iranian regime on Facebook. Tania Quintero and her son, Ivan García Quintero embody journalistic resistance and illustrate the difficulties of free speech in Cuba. She is now a political refugee in Switzerland while he has stayed behind and continues to write blog posts about censorship and the fight for independent journalism.Former war reporter Leonardo Sakamoto keeps a blog about human rights in Brazil and the fight against modern-day slavery. He has often been defamed and threatened and was the target of major smear campaign in April 2016. Created in the space of a day when Burundi’s political crisis erupted in May 2015, SOS Média Burundi consists of a news website and a Facebook page where journalists posts news reports anonymously. It is come to be the main source of information about the crisis.Now partnered with TV5 Monde, RSF’s annual Press Freedom Prize has been drawing attention to the importance of freedom of information since 1992 by honouring journalists and media outlets that have made a noteworthy contribution to the defence or promotion of this fundamental freedom. Each award comes with 2,500 euros in prize money. June 10, 2021 Find out more AfricaAmericasAsia – PacificEurope – Central AsiaMiddle East – North Africa Events RSF Prize October 24, 2016 – Updated on August 23, 2019 RSF unveils 22 nominees for 2016 Press Freedom Prize News Time is pressing, 20 years after Burkinabe journalist’s murder June 7, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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Students irate at slow alert time of DPS

first_imgStudents expressed outrage that Dept. of Public Safety took 36 hours to send out a crime alert after two USC students were shot early Sunday morning outside of a party at an apartment complex at 1241 West 37th Place.Crime · The suspect fired a gun at the victims after the suspect was accused of stealing a pair of headphones from the male victim. – Photo courtesy of Timo YatesA male undergraduate student was shot in the chest and a female graduate student was shot in the hand and suffered a bloody finger, said Capt. Melissa Zak of LAPD’s Southwest Division.Students, including those who live near the apartment complex, were angered that DPS did not send out a Trojans Alert.“Students’ safety should come first,” said Sullivan Brown, a junior majoring in animation and digital art who lives on the 1200 block of West 37th Place. “DPS should have texted us as soon as the incident occurred, especially those people who live on the west side of campus.”After consulting with LAPD, DPS chose not to issue a Trojans Alert because it determined the community was not in any immediate danger and the suspect was no longer at large.“The two or maybe three suspects [involved in the incident] immediately left the scene and walked away,” DPS Chief Carey Drayton said. “It was determined that there was not an ongoing threat and people didn’t need to do anything special. We didn’t need anybody to hunker down because we had police canvassing the entire area looking for witnesses at the time.”The shooting occurred when the suspect was accused of having stolen a pair of expensive headphones. The female victim attempted to help settle the altercation between the male victim and the suspect, according to Gueston Cordae Smith, a sophomore majoring in architecture who attended the party.“We were dancing and having a good time, and all of a sudden the [male] victim turned on the lights and was acting really angry,” Smith said. “[The male victim] said that his headphones were stolen … and then walked up to the shooter.”In response to the accusation, the suspect pulled out a handgun and fired a round at the victims going through the female victim’s hand before hitting the male victim’s chest, according to Sgt. Will Smith of LAPD’s Southwest division.“An argument came up and, not even a minute later, the [shooter] pulled out a gun,” Gueston Cordae Smith said. “I saw that gun in his hand, so I grabbed two of the girls who were with me and just ran out. As soon as I was running down the hall, I heard a gunshot.”If the bullet had not first gone through the female victim’s hand, the bullet probably would have killed the male victim, Zak said.Both victims were immediately taken to California Hospital Medical Center, where the male victim was listed in critical but stable condition and underwent surgery Sunday morning, Sgt. Smith said.The female victim is in “OK” condition, according to the Dept. of Public Safety on Sunday. She underwent surgery Sunday night on her hand, Zak said.Both victims are expected to make a full recovery, said Vice President of Student Affairs Michael Jackson.The suspect is a black male who is believed to be 6-foot-3 and weigh 180 pounds. He is also described as having protruding front teeth, a tattoo across his chest with a cross and unidentifiable tattoos on his biceps.Students were also concerned that DPS did not send out a Crime Alert until 36 hours after the incident occurred.Under the Clery Act, passed in 2007 in wake of the Virginia Tech shooting, universities are required to issue Crime Alerts when the community should be aware of a crime or crimes that have occurred in a specific geographic location. The Crime Alert is also required to provide tips to prevent members of the community from being victimized by the suspect or suspects.DPS decided not to release a Crime Alert until it had a more accurate description of the suspect to ensure that people were not incorrectly profiled as a suspect. They also needed permission from LAPD and the FBI to release more specific details regarding the shooting.“A Crime Alert was not issued right away because we have found in the past that non-specific descriptions can be offensive to groups of people because they inappropriately become suspects,” Drayton said. “The delay in the Crime Alert was a delay to get the right information, a more laser-focused description, and the approval of [LAPD and the FBI] to release more specifics.”In the coming weeks DPS will review its process of informing members of the community about crimes in the area, Drayton said.“There needs to be a real conversation between students, faculty, parents and staff about the insatiable desire to receive news and the legal requirements and obligations [DPS has] to protect the community,” Drayton said.Police interviewed witnesses at the party and have begun searching for the suspect. Police performed a comprehensive search of the premises Sunday afternoon and found the headphones in question.An investigation into the shooting includes members of LAPD, DPS, the FBI and members of the South Bureau’s Criminal Gang/Homicide Division, according to Sgt. Smith.Although the handgun has not  been found, LAPD is currently following several solid leads, Zak said.last_img read more

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Alvarez outpowers Cotto for middleweight title

first_img READY TO RUMBLE “With all due respect, if he wants to fight right now, I’ll put the gloves on and fight him,” Alvarez said. Alvarez won by scores of 117-11, 119-109, and 118-110. The Associated Press had him ahead 116-112. Alvarez, whose only loss came to Floyd Mayweather Jr., set the tone early, winging big left hooks in the first round that Cotto largely avoided. As the fight went on, though, he began landing more of his punches as he patiently stalked Cotto around the ring. Cotto boxed well at times and landed flurries of punches, but his didn’t seem to have nearly the same power as those thrown by Alvarez. In the final rounds, Alvarez caught Cotto with a series of punches that seemed to shake him, though he was never down and never appeared in real trouble. “It’s an emotion I can’t put into words,” Alvarez said. “I’m very happy and much respect to Miguel Cotto. I will always respect him, and he’s a great champion, but now it’s my era.” Cotto expressed disappointment in the judges’ decision but left the ring before speaking. “We thought it was much closer than the scorecards showed,” said Cotto’s trainer, Freddie Roach. “It was a competitive fight.” Alvarez went into Cotto’s locker room after the fight, saying “I admire you” to the fighter he just beat. Alvarez was a 3-1 favourite coming into the bout, largely because he is 10 years younger than Cotto and a bigger puncher. The ages didn’t seem to make a difference, but the ringside judges were surely influenced by the harder punches that the red-headed Alvarez landed. Cotto was credited with throwing 629 punches to 484 for Alvarez, but Alvarez landed 155 to 129 for Cotto. Cotto had vowed to pull the upset by using his boxing skills, and at times he was quite effective. But by the third round, Alvarez was landing some of the big punches he was winging at Cotto. Cotto, who earned $15 million, fell to 40-5, while Alvarez improved to 46-1-1. LAS VEGAS (AP): Canelo Alvarez made a case for himself as boxing’s next star Saturday night, landing the bigger punches to take a unanimous decision over Miguel Cotto and win a piece of the middleweight title. Alvarez took the fight to Cotto from the opening bell, winning rounds with big right hands and uppercuts. Cotto tried to box and had his moments, but Alvarez was clearly ahead as the crowd stood on its feet as both fighters traded punches in the final rounds. Alvarez won the WBC version of the title that Cotto vacated days earlier for not paying sanctioning fees. His win set up a possible megafight with Gennady Golovkin, the middleweight champion who was watching at ringside.last_img read more

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CONFIRMED: Sam Allardyce appointed England manager

first_imgSam Allardyce has been appointed England manager, the Football Association has confirmed.The 61-year-old leaves Sunderland after guiding them to Premier League safety, with the aim of leading the Three Lions to the 2018 World Cup.He has agreed an initial two-year deal, which takes him through to the end of the 2018 World Cup, and is set to take charge of his first game at Wembley, against an as yet unknown opponent.David Moyes has been touted as Allardyce’s successor at the Stadium of Light, although there is still no confirmation that the Scot has agreed a deal with the Black Cats.It is believed the manager knew the job was his on Wednesday, but a compensation package with the Black Cats needed to be finalised before the announcement could be made.Allardyce, who begins work immediately, said: “I am extremely honoured to be appointed England manager especially as it is no secret that this is the role I have always wanted. For me, it is absolutely the best job in English football.”Allardyce, who missed out on the job to Steve McClaren in 2006, was the unanimous choice of a three-man selection panel comprising FA chief executive Martin Glenn, technical director Dan Ashworth and acting chairman David Gill.Roy Hodgson’s successor continued: “I will do everything I can to help England do well and give our nation the success our fans deserve. Above all, we have to make the people and the whole country proud.“While my main focus will be on the senior team and getting positive results, I want to add my influence to the great work being done across the development teams at St George’s Park – a facility I have used with my previous clubs.“I know we have talented, committed players and it is time for us to deliver.”In their search for Hodgson’s successor Glenn, Gill and Ashworth also interviewed Steve Bruce, reported to have left his job with Hull earlier on Friday, and considered Arsene Wenger, Eddie Howe and Jurgen Klinsmann.But Allardyce emerged as the clear favourite and the trio presented their findings to the FA board on Thursday.Glenn said: “Sam Allardyce is the right man for the England job.“His excellent managerial credentials, including his ability to realise the potential of players and teams, develop a strong team ethos and embrace modern methods that enhance performance, made him the outstanding choice.“That was underlined when we sat down to talk and we could not help but be energised by his personal perspective on England’s future and how it complemented the extensive work that we are looking to build on at St George’s Park.“Dan Ashworth, David Gill and I have carried out a thorough process in the last three weeks and ultimately we could not look beyond Sam as the ideal candidate.” 1 Sam Allardyce last_img read more

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Happy mice at Microsoft SA

first_img29 September, 2004It may be a case of when the cat’s around, the mice still have whale of a time, if a ‘best company to work for’ survey for 2004 is anything to go by.The survey, conducted by Deloitte & Touche and the Financial Mail, has found that Microsoft SA rules the roost as far as employment satisfaction goes.The wide-ranging survey placed a major emphasis on employees’ perspectives. It measured their views of change management, communication, diversity, job satisfaction, leadership, management information, policies, recognition and performance and training and development, amongst them.Employee surveys counted for 75% of the companies’ score, employers 15% and 10% for the wider market, Moneyweb reports.The publication reports that employers were judged on criteria such as employee welfare, pay ranges and special recognition awards. The wider market weight came from market questionnaires that were completed by executives, tertiary institutions and trade institutions.According to Deloitte & Touche, by participating in the survey companies are able to benchmark themselves against competitors. They also get an opportunity to reassess their working environment, and set goals for improvement.The top ten companies that are guaranteed to keep you happy are:1. Microsoft2. Pretoria Portland Cement3. SA Breweries4. Flight Centre5. Absa6. Rand Merchant Bank7. Wesbank8. Sabinet Online9. Hollard10. Network BDBOThe best companies to work for by sector are:Advertising and media: Network BDBOBanks: AbsaConsumer goods: SA BreweriesGeneral finance: Rand Merchant BankIT: MicrosoftInsurance: HollardLeisure, entertainment, tourism: Flight CentreManufacturing: Pretoria Portland CementMining: KumbaProfessional services: Emmanuels StaffingRetail: EdconMost improved: SA TourismSouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

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An OEFFA 2018 Conference preview

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association’s (OEFFA) 39th annual conference, A Taste for Change, will run Thursday, Feb. 15 through Saturday, Feb. 17 at the Dayton Convention Center in Dayton.“The conference is three days of learning, networking, sharing, and breaking bread with an inspiring and growing community of farmers and local food advocates,” said Renee Hunt, OEFFA Program Director. “Each year, we draw more than 1,200 attendees, and our diverse schedule offers something for all tastes.”Friday keynote speaker is Jeff Moyer, a world renowned authority in organic agriculture. He conceptualized and popularized the No-Till Roller Crimper and wrote Organic No-Till Farming. He is the Executive Director of the Rodale Institute, which helps farmers make the transition from conventional, chemical-based farming to organic methods. He is a past chair of the National Organic Standards Board.“This country is in the midst of a food fight in both the production world and the consumer world,” Moyer said. “As consumer demand for organic grows, there is a lot of pushing and pulling on the food dollar in the marketplace. Right now the organic food industry is around 5% of the food dollar in the United States, but only about 1.2% of the farmland in this country is being farmed organically.”Moyer says the result of that data is that a lot of organic product is coming in from international or offshore enterprises. He is working very hard to change that scenario and encourage more farmers to transition to organic to take advantage of an opportunity to be more profitable and at the same time improve the health of the soil and change the way that resources are being managed on the farm.AUDIO: The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins visits with Jeff Moyer of the Rodale Institute about organic agriculture, how it can be a great starting point for beginning farmers and what he hopes attendees will take away from his talk at the upcoming OEFFA Conference.Rodale Institute Jeff Moyer ShortSaturday keynote speaker Stacy Malkan is an author, journalist, and leading consumer advocate for safer products. Stacy is co-founder and co-director of the nonprofit group U.S. Right to Know, whose mission is to educate and inform consumers about the often hidden practices that shape the food system. She served as media director for the 2012 ballot initiative in California to label genetically engineered foods.Find out more about the OEFFA Conference 2018, February 15th – 17th, in Dayton.last_img read more

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World Cup match preview: Drogba likely to start on bench against Colombia

first_imgIvory Coast football team at the Estadio Nacional in Brasilia, Brazil, on June 18. (AP PhotoIvory Coast coach Sabri Lamouchi believes his team’s second match against Colombia is shaping up as “a final of the group.”Both teams won their openers, with Colombia beating Greece 3-0 despite the absence of star striker Radamal Falcao and Ivory Coast scoring a 2-1 comeback win over Japan.Teofilo Gutierrez has stepped in as Colombia’s chief striker – scoring the second goal against Greece – while playmaker James Rodriguez had an outstanding game against Greece.Didier Drogba’s entry against Japan sparked the turnaround – the Ivorians scored twice within four minutes after he went on as a second-half substitute.Despite Drogba’s impact, Lamouchi is again likely to keep the 36-year-old on the bench at the start, with Wilfried Bony likely to start.last_img read more

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10 months agoAtletico Madrid chief Berta: Lucas wants to stay

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Atletico Madrid chief Berta: Lucas wants to stayby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAtletico Madrid chief Andrea Berta insists Lucas Hernandez won’t be leaving next month.The defender is a target for Bayern Munich.And Marca claimed that the German club would pay the defender’s €80m release clause next month. But Berta says: “I can’t say anything, you will have to ask [Karl-Heinz] Rummenigge [about Bayern’s interest]. “Lucas told me he wants to stay with Atletico. Lucas is a very good player. He’s an important player.” last_img

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Mens hockey set to start season with young roster

The Ohio State men’s hockey team only has a single senior on their roster opening the 2009 campaign, but a core of juniors and sophomores should help stop talk of 2009 being a rebuilding season. Despite losing their leading scorer, Corey Elkins, all but one of their 15 highest point scorers from last season are returning.The 12 juniors and seven sophomores look to build off of last season’s 23-15-4 overall record and 13-11-4 conference record. Their premature exit from the NCAA tournament last year should put an extra fire under the experienced Buckeyes.A stepping-stone season    Looking back on last season, head coach John Markell said he believes that the previous year was a great stepping stone season for his team.“We were very close to being a top four team in this league,” Markell said. “With the youth we had, I like the strides we made. I think we established some positions. Our goal tending and defense were solid and we were a good goal tending team.”Last season, the team started off to an adequate 3-5-1, but a 13-game unbeaten streak midway through the season brought them into national contention. The streak was a symbol of consistency, something that Markell is preaching to his team this season.  Their successful season ended in disappointment with a loss, 8-3, to No. 1 Boston College in the first round of the NCAA tournament. “They took the loss the right way and really worked this summer,” Markell said. “I’m waiting to see what that gives them.”Progressing toward this season, Markell said he wants to improve on a few aspects of his team from last season.“The concerns I have for this team is that our power play has to work better if we are going to make even greater strides,” he said. “We need to get a guy on the anchor of our power play and we also have to defend a little better.”Filling the gapsMarkell knows he lost three talented seniors this season, but he believes his team can fill in the gaps.“We lost Corey Elkins, physical players Nick Biondo and Zach Pelletier, that we are going to have to replace,” he said. “We have all the makings with our junior and sophomore classes. The character that we added with our freshman class can fill the holes.”Dustin Carlson, the starting goaltender and a member of this year’s talented junior class, said he believes that this year the team can make great strides with their experienced returning players.“I think we are going to perform a lot better than last year,” Carlson said. “We have a huge returning class and pretty much everyone started.”Carlson said he also believes that even though Elkins was such an important component of last season’s team, someone could easily fill his role.“I definitely think someone is going to step up and fill his shoes for sure,” he said. “We have a lot of depth in scoring and I think everyone is going to step up again.”Junior forward Peter Boyd agreed with Carlson’s assessment.“There’s quite a few guys that can put the puck in the back of the net,” Boyd said. “Corey was a good player obviously, but I definitely think there are guys that can fill into that role.”Other notable returning starters are junior forwards John Albert and Sergio Somma. Albert, who was only two points away from being last year’s lead scorer, looks to improve on his 39 point total and 11 goals. Two sophomores who look to build upon their successful first seasons are forwards Zac Dalpe and Ian Boots.Carlson will return as the team’s starting goalie this season where he posted a 21-12-3 record and allowed only 2.5 goals per game.“Taking it in small blocks”Looking to the upcoming season, Markell said he could not wait to start.“I love the character of our young freshmen,” he said. “Our nucleus is sophomores and juniors, and if they are tight-knit it could take you a long way. They feel like a family and they are playing for each other.”The Buckeyes will face tough opponents this season such as Notre Dame, Miami University and Michigan, but Markell is not focused on any particular opponent.“In college hockey the parity is unbelievable,” he said. “There’s 58 Division 1 hockey teams and everybody can beat everyone. You have to be prepared to play each and every game.”Carlson also believes in the parity theory emphasized by his head coach.“Obviously we want to beat the big teams like Michigan and Miami,” he said. “But we can’t overlook anyone at all. We need every game this year. [We need to] just take it in small blocks a weekend every time. We are looking for consistency and a 20-win season that I think we are capable in having.”OSU kicks off the season with a game at home against Western Ontario Sunday at noon. [email protected] read more

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