Comments are closed. Despitethe frequently stated mantra that ‘people are a business’ greatest asset’, nosingle approach exists that enables organisations to consistently quantify thebenefits of their investments in people. Asa business leader, human capital sits at the top of my agenda at Deloitte &Touche. Yet questions of how to assess it can be very difficult to answer, andI’m sure I am not alone in this predicament. Whilethe complexities of how to put a ‘balance sheet value’ on people-related issueshave attracted attention at board level, there is limited consensus as to howthis challenge should be addressed. Human capital is presently the only majorasset that UK listed companies are not required to update their stakeholders onin their annual reports. But in a recent speech, the Secretary of State forTrade and Industry, Patricia Hewitt, suggested such statutory requirements maynot be far away. Researchpublished today by Deloitte & Touche and Personnel Today suggests thatbefore the Government introduces such requirements, techniques for consistentlymeasuring human capital, and the ways in which boards understand and apply suchtechniques, will have to improve significantly.Theresearch examines how companies measure human capital and how these results areinterpreted and used. While the findings show that firms are beginning toembrace this challenge, they also demonstrate that companies are still unclearon how to use these outputs to reliably assist the decision-making process.Theresearch shows that businesses believe in the importance of measuring humancapital, but I expect many would struggle to find a convincing, user friendlyand practical means of doing so. More than half the companies surveyed saytheir most frequently used measurement methods are ineffective, which couldwell explain why current approaches appear to unsuccessful at driving changesin management behaviour.Butthe benefits of meeting these challenges are also clear. A recognised methodthat puts a financial value on the effectiveness of people management willhighlight its real business impact on the company as a whole, and combined withthe consequent interest from stakeholders that this will generate, the boardwill need to quickly develop its understanding of this area. Deloitte& Touche is currently forming a consortium to work towards developing asolution that meets the needs of companies and their stakeholders. Oncea standard is established, the board must partner with HR to improve theorganisation’s return on investment in people, and to increase its competitiveadvantage in the marketplace. ByJohn Connolly, Chief executive and senior partner, Deloitte & Touche Human capital needs a standard measureOn 24 Sep 2002 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article
The Oregon Country Fair is set to return for its 50th anniversary this summer on July 12th, 13th, and 14th. The annual three-day festival in Veneta, Oregon–about 15 miles west of Eugene–offers the finest in entertainment, hand-made crafts, delectable food, and information sharing.The festival recently announced its 2019 musical lineup, with Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band, Jim James (Solo), and The Polish Ambassador sitting at the top of the bill. OCF will also see performances by ALO, The Dandy Warhols, Zero with Melvin Seals, Wildlight, Everyone Orchestra, MarchFourth, Ace of Cups, Swatkins and the Positive Agenda, Midnight North, Scott Law, and many more.Started in 1969 as a benefit for an alternative school, the OCF has a rich and varied history of alternative arts and performance promotion, educational opportunities, land stewardship, and philanthropy.Fans can head here for a variety of various ticketing options.For more information on the Oregon Country Fair, head to the festival’s website.
BackgroundWith significant, ongoing increase in data center workloads, the demands on IT managers to improve their operating efficiency marches on. To support growing workloads, maintaining an ongoing practice of maximizing server density within your existing data center footprint and fully utilizing the power and cooling available in existing servers are effective approaches to getting the most out of your data center. Server power management isn’t new. In a recent survey of data center administrators conducted by Dell, over half of IT administrators are already using some kind of power management solution.Fig. 1 – Power ManagementIn order to pursue the twin goals of increased density and power utilization, it’s important to utilize tools that provide extensive control and rapid, accurate monitoring of server power and thermal characteristics. With that in mind, consider that Dell OMPC is a powerful and practical tool designed to actively monitor, optimize, and control server power utilization and thermal limits. In addition to managing Dell PowerEdge servers, OMPC is also able to monitor third-party devices. With the most recent release of OMPC, version 3.2, support has been added for the latest generation of Dell PowerEdge servers, report templates have been enhanced, and this console now supports up to 6,000 devices.OMPC overviewPower Center is a powerful tool that instruments the datacenter and can support power management, static and dynamic power and thermal policies that include prioritization of server workload, collection and comparison of thermal and power information. OMPC was built to monitor both Dell and non-Dell servers and other devices in the datacenter. In addition, the most recent version, v3.2, supports pre-defined templates to create, customize, run and export reports – so you can manage and compare to previous reports and manage your way through tasks, with results that can be filtered to make them most relevant to the task at hand. OMPC supports multiple generations of Dell servers, giving customers full control over their current and future PowerEdge servers’ power consumption, utilization, and thermal profile through tight integration with the fine-grained instrumentation and embedded intelligence in each server’s integrated Dell Remote Access Controller (iDRAC). This enables better visibility, improved control, greater rack density, faster power-capping, and greater accuracy, all of which leads to better decision-making for data center operators.UsageA recent case study of a Brazilian-based cloud service provider, Mandic Cloud Solutions, describes how they use Dell servers with OMPC to optimize their data center operations. In short, Mandic has been able to:Expand rack density by up to 40%Reduce electricity consumption by 30%Reduce overall environmental impactImprove datacenter space utilizationMonitoring and control server operating temperatureIncrease server availabilityMitigate risks of unplanned stoppages.OMPC gets immediate, precise power and thermal measurement information from monitored servers and can organize that information by row, rack, or individual server. You can utilize real time data to assess the amount of consumed power capacity and the capacity remaining. Knowing what you are really using versus a spreadsheet estimate, for example, means you can more easily identify if a given rack can support additional servers.Fig. 2 – Power & Cooling issue frequencyHow could you use the ability to control the maximum power of a group of servers? You can improve your business uptime and reduce possible power outage impact. By establishing an emergency power reduction policy, OMPC provides an additional, automated safety mechanism, which limits the power consumed by a group of servers and provides ongoing availability in the event of a power anomaly. OMPC policies provide a mechanism to allow critical servers to continue to do useful work during reduced power situations, while less critical systems are throttled back or shutdown in an orderly fashion.ScalabilityTo address the increasing scale associated with larger datacenters, the newest version of the OMPC supports up to 6000 managed devices from an individual console. Even for fairly large data centers, only one instance of OMPC would be needed to monitor all the servers.Putting OMPC to work for youMaking it even better, OMPC’s monitoring functions are part of the free, unlicensed version, so you’re just a quick download away from seeing how Dell can help you keep an eye on power utilization in your data center. With the purchase of an additional “power policy” license, IT administrators can tap into the full management capabilities of PowerEdge servers with an iDRAC Enterprise license. In this scenario, an IT admin can:Enable oversubscribed power supply configurationsSet power consumption limits individually or in groupsUtilize millisecond-fast power capping to avoid tripping breakersSet power limits at the rack/row/room levelImplement dynamic power capping for a group of serversBudget power by grouping servers in whatever manner makes sense – logical or physical and then set a power budgetInvoke pre-defined policies for power reduction in response to power events such as brown outs, loss of cooling, etc.Ensure workload performance by using policies that ensure highest priority servers maintain performance even when power thresholds for a group are reached. Download OMPC todayTo get started with a free download of OMPC click here. And be sure to check out the OMPC page on Dell TechCenter. For a free trial license of OMPC’s power management, please contact your Dell representative. Thanks for reading and keep your servers cool this summer with OpenManage Power Center.
Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker Jason Worilds greets a group of youth football players as he goes to practice during NFL football training camp at the team training facility in Latrobe, Pa. on Saturday, July 27, 2013 . (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic) PITTSBURGH (AP) — Maurkice Pouncey is eager to talk about something other than his questionable choices in headwear.Like his job, mostly.The Pittsburgh Steelers center began training camp by apologizing again on Friday for being pictured wearing a baseball cap earlier this month supporting former college teammate Aaron Hernandez. Pouncey and twin brother Mike — who played with Hernandez at Florida — wore hats that read “Free Hernandez” during their co-birthday party in Miami. Hernandez is currently in jail in Massachusetts facing a murder charge in the death of semi-professional football player Odin Lloyd. He has pleaded not guilty.No matter the context of the picture, Pouncey understands it was a poor choice.“I know I took a lot of heat for it and I probably should have,” Pouncey said.The incident was enough for Pouncey to have a brief chat with coach Mike Tomlin about the situation. While Tomlin declined to get into details about the discussion, Pouncey left little doubt that he will be focused on becoming the unquestioned leader on one of the NFL’s youngest offensive lines and not any push to clear Hernandez’s name.“I understand it was a serious situation,” he said. “I apologize if I offended anybody. You know what? I’m here to play football.”So are the four players he hopes to line up alongside of this season. The Steelers slumped to 8-8 last year thanks in part to a steady stream of injuries to the line and in the backfield. Pittsburgh finished in the bottom 10 in the league in rushing yards, yards per carry and rushing touchdowns last season while missing the playoffs for the second time since Tomlin took over in 2007.“Not making the playoffs is unacceptable here, everybody knows that,” Pouncey said.It’s one of the main reasons most of the line’s young guns — Pouncey, tackles Marcus Gilbert and Mike Adams and guard David DeCastro — spent a lengthy portion of the offseason working out together. The quartet, none of whom are older than 25, understand the ability for the Steelers to bounce back relies largely on their ability to stay on the field.Adams included. The second-round pick in the 2012 draft saw his career jeopardized by a late-night attack outside a Pittsburgh restaurant on June 1. He was stabbed in the forearm and abdomen during the attempted robbery and spent six weeks recovering.Yet Adams was on the field at Saint Vincent College on Friday running alongside his teammates during a conditioning test. He passed with ease and is expected to begin camp as the starting right tackle.“That’s where I’m at right now,” he said.It’s also what the Steelers had in mind when they cut veteran Willie Colon in March in a cost-cutting move and let Max Starks walk during free agency. Now the “old guy” on the line is 27-year-old Ramon Foster, who made the team five years ago as an undrafted free agent but has finally worked his way into a starting role.Not that Foster is ready to say that he’s arrived.“It’s one of those things you can’t relax on,” Foster said. “In my position, it’s one of those things where I’ve got to keep the chip on my shoulder.”Foster will be the only starter not taken in the first two rounds of the draft. The four guys who will surround him have been tasked with keeping quarterback Ben Roethlisberger upright. That was an issue at times last season, as Roethlisberger missed three games with a rib injury that sent the Steelers spiraling to a 2-5 finish.Though the ribs are no longer a problem, Roethlisberger continues to have what Tomlin called “discomfort” in his right knee. He underwent what the team termed a “minor” procedure on the knee on June 5 and Tomlin declined to describe the discomfort as a setback.Roethlisberger will practice when the team holds its first session of training camp on Saturday. He’ll do it behind a center only too happy to trade a baseball cap for a helmet and a more vocal role in the meeting room and on the field.“I think I’m going to do a good job of it,” Pouncey said. “I think the torch has been passed to me (from the) older guys here helping me along my way and we’ll see how things turn out this year.”__NOTES: Tight ends Heath Miller and David Johnson (knee), linebacker Sean Spence (knee) and nose tackle Alameda Ta’amu will begin camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list. … Gilbert passed the conditioning test Friday but spent several minutes on the ground after completing the exercise. He was carted off the field but was sitting upright. … Tomlin has opened his own Twitter account @CoachTomlin. Tomlin said he is venturing into the social media platform because “I spend a lot of time talking to our guys about what to do, what not to do. It might be time for me to show them.” … Defensive end Brett Keisel arrived in camp with a mini-Earth mover. The 12-year veteran also donned a hard hat because the Steelers are “under construction.”
All machines eventually break down. Self-driving vehicles are no exception.Autonomous vehicles pose two problems for the future of vehicles. The removal of the driver means there is no person providing feedback on how the vehicle performs over time. You are removing the point-person who says “something feels wrong, this needs to be checked out.” An autonomous truck could easily arrive at its destination with one fewer wheels than it left with at its origin without recognizing there is a problem.An autonomous truck could easily arrive at its destination with one fewer wheels than it left with at its origin without recognizing there is a problem.See also: Automotive 2.0 – the new road ahead for autonomous vehiclesAutonomous vehicles also create a second maintenance problem – the sensor systems they use can fail. An autonomous vehicle operating with a faulty sensor is an on-the-road hazard. Imagine the wheel-speed sensor that reports the vehicle has stopped when it is actually traveling at highway speeds. A human would know to disregard that faulty input because it “feels” wrong. An autonomous vehicle could respond by continuously accelerating.With the advent of autonomous vehicles, now, more than ever, systems need to be created for advanced diagnostics. AI should not just be used to make vehicles drive autonomously, but also to allow vehicles self-diagnose future and upcoming issues.The new AI for maintenanceThe concept of predicting breakdowns is nothing new. People have been using statistics for decades to calculate mean-time-to-failure – it is how the automotive industry came up with replacing parts based on number of miles driven. However, the ‘mean-time’ means that some parts repaired will have significant useful life yet and others will break before you get around to fixing them. AI allows something to be done that was unfeasible in the past – actively monitor every vehicle while it is in use.Established companies have been working in this place for a while now. They operate on the notion that if you have been collecting data then they can put enough experts on the problem to create a solution. SAP, IBM, and Pivotal Labs are all making plays into the space. The problem is that they require that a company has been collecting data, knew what data to take, and knew to keep it.As the industry matures and companies collect more data and gain large historical datasets, their solutions will be powerful. But nimble startups can use speed to their advantage in this situation by rapidly deploying a solution that will give them a permanent head start on collecting the sensor data needed to train the AI systems.One such company is Uptake. They have had phenomenal growth, breaking a $1 billion dollar valuation within a year of incorporation and being named Forbes’ 2015 Hottest Startup. They did this by collecting a dataset from scratch, first with locomotives and then with other vehicles, through this they ended up with a partnership with Caterpillar. Their future looks to be diverging away from vehicles and towards bringing predictive maintenance to other industries.Preteckt follows Uptakes footsteps in collecting its own dataset, but it targets the vehicles that are more commonly seen on the roads. Preteckt started with 18-wheelers and has already diversified into buses, and the hardware and software architecture that has been developed is portable to smaller vehicles. Preteckt’s technology has already been deployed in an autonomous truck and could be migrated to autonomous cars in the future.The future is not “Star Trek”Science fiction has people asking machines to run diagnostics to see if something is wrong, or what is wrong. The concept is flawed. The machines will know before you ask and will tell you what will go wrong with them next. They will tell you how to best take care of them to ensure that they do not fail on you. This is what you can look forward to with the autonomous vehicles of the future – a peace of mind in that your vehicle will not have any on-the-road surprises for you.But why stop at eliminating surprises. Once vehicles can know their upcoming maintenance needs and drive themselves – why won’t they just take themselves to the mechanic when your schedule says you don’t need it. Maintenance will become an “out-of-sight, out-of-mind” concept making the ownership of a vehicle that much more enjoyable.VB Profiles Connected Cars LandscapeThis article is part of our connected cars series. You can download a high-resolution version of the landscape featuring 250 companies here. IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A… Tags:#Autonomous vehicle#Caterpillar#driverless car#featured#Internet of Things#IoT#Self-Driving#top Break the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and… For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… Related Posts Sasha Kucharczyk 5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle…
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About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Norwich defender Timm Klose: Booze and smoking almost blew careerby Paul Vegas12 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNorwich City defender Timm Klose admits he almost blew his chance of a pro career due to his lifestyle as a teenager.Klose says moving to Germany transformed his life.He recalled to his club’s TV channel: “When I was 13 I still didn’t know what I would do in my life and even though I came from a very healthy family, I encountered several problems. “I had many older friends who drank and smoked and I, despite being a bad idea, decided to follow them. I clearly dreamed of becoming a professional footballer and in those years I played in the Basel youth teams, but I also spent most of my time between alcohol and smoking. “I lived a parallel reality, I didn’t really understand what was happening to me. One night I almost had a heart attack lying on a bench in a park near the lake. I don’t remember where I was exactly. The next morning alone and it was a shock, only later, when I reached the age of 16, did I meet my wife and move to Nuremberg to find support of a mental coach that I still hear from today.”
Trevon GrimesOhio State is the football program five-star wide receiver Trevon Grimes should commit to, according to his Twitter followers. The 6-foot-3, 202-pound prospect out of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. has a final six of: Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Miami and Ohio State. The No. 5 WR in the 2017 class took to Twitter late Wednesday evening to ask his followers which of the schools he should commit to. The results:— GrimeTime™ (@TrevonGrimes7) June 16, 2016 pt 2— GrimeTime™ (@TrevonGrimes7) June 16, 2016Grimes, the No. 29 player in the class, will be committing in August. Ohio State is believed to be the favorite to land the St. Thomas Aquinas product.
Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Toronto-born actress Sarah Gadon has been working in the entertainment industry since she was in elementary school, but she considers her role in Netflix’s adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s “Alias Grace” the first chance she’s had to truly express her range as a performer. “When I read this, I said ‘This is the most complicated, intelligent, difficult job I have ever been presented with, so I should chase it!’ Gadon says. “I’m really grateful for that opportunity because I know they’re few and far between.”What was the biggest allure of the project for you? Were you a fan of the novel?“Alias Grace” was not an Atwood book that I studied in school, so I actually hadn’t read it before I read the scripts. What drew me immediately to the project was Sarah Polley. I was a huge fan of hers both as an actor and as a writer/director. She has been a bit quiet for the past couple of years, and I knew she was going to come back with something amazing that she had been simmering with, and so as soon as I got the call that this was Sarah’s brainchild, I was like “Oh my god, yes yes yes!” She’s so smart and special, and I’ve kind of always felt this weird secret kinship to her because she also grew up in Toronto and came up in the landscape of Canadian filmmaking like me. SARAH GADON – PHOTO BY WESTON WELLS FOR VARIETY What was your first introduction to Atwood’s work?I read “Oryx and Crake” in school, but a lot of what I read of hers were her more sci-fi books and writings.READ MORE Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook Twitter
HALIFAX – Nova Scotia tabled legislation Friday that sets the stage for its promised cap and trade regime, although specific details on the regulations and the effect on consumers are yet to be known.Premier Stephen McNeil’s Liberal government opted for a cap and trade system last November as part of Ottawa’s push to get the provinces to set a price on carbon.It came out of an agreement that saw the federal government recognize work that Nova Scotia has already done on greenhouse gas reductions. The province has already met Canada’s target of a 30 per cent reduction in emissions from 2005 by 2030.McNeil said the goal of the system being set up in his province is to achieve targets for further greenhouse gas reductions with minimal impact to consumers, although he couldn’t say what the ultimate cost to their pocketbooks would be when it comes to things like buying gasoline for vehicles.“I can’t predict what’s going to happen down the road,” McNeil told reporters.“I certainly know that we believe this was the best way for the residents of Nova Scotia to get the benefit of the work they have been doing all along. This smooths it out across all sectors.”Government officials said the goal would be to set declining greenhouse gas caps each year until 2022 that would correspond to projected emissions levels resulting from the federal government setting a carbon price that will rise to $50 a tonne by 2022. That price will be set at $10 a tonne beginning next year.The amendments to Nova Scotia’s Environment Act don’t set caps yet, for a system that is expected to begin in late 2018. Government officials said they would need to set an economy-wide emissions target by 2030.When cap and trade begins, about 20 large industrial players will be mandatory participants and will initially be offered emission credits at no cost.Officials said that’s to guard against industries suddenly picking up and moving, adding that similar regimes set up in Ontario, California, and the European Union have also offered so-called free allowances.Nova Scotia’s legislation also sets out that the province will go it alone, although McNeil said that doesn’t mean there couldn’t be some sort of regional arrangement in the future. Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador have not yet announced their systems.“Those provinces will determine what works for their citizens. If our sister provinces turn to cap and trade I hope they look at what we have done and if there is something we can do we’d be happy to do it.”Ontario and Quebec have a linked cap and trade system with California — something Wayne Groszko, of the Halifax-based Ecology Action Centre, believes only makes sense.“Why are we doing this alone? A cap and trade system works best — this is proven — when it involves a wider jurisdiction and more trading partners, so why not be joining the other Maritime provinces?”Groszko also said that without caps there is no way to tell at this point whether the system will further reduce emissions.He also questioned the offering of free credits up front.“They should be charging money for the permission to pollute . . . and then using that revenue to soften the blow to people who really need it like low income folks, and also investing in green programs like public transit,” he said. “All those things that we need in order to actually reduce our emissions.”Under the regulations, which are a work in progress, a small number of credits will be held in a strategic reserve. Once sold, the money collected would be put into a Green Fund that would support climate change initiatives and innovations.The government said the reserve credits would be sold at a higher price than the market in order to create a cap that would prevent participants from driving up the market price for credits.The regulations would also set penalties for non-compliance.
SAN FRANCISCO – Netflix regained its stride with surprisingly strong subscriber growth in the third quarter, after an unexpected springtime stumble triggered fears that it was losing its allure.The video-streaming service added 7 million subscribers worldwide from July through September, far above the company’s target of 5 million and exceeding analyst projections.Netflix fell well shy of its subscriber goals for the April-to-June period, raising fears that fiercer competition from Amazon, Hulu, HBO and other streaming services was siphoning away viewers.In a show of confidence, Netflix predicted it will pick up another 9.4 million subscribers during the current quarter ending in December — traditionally one of the company’s busiest times because of all the subscriptions given as holiday gifts. Even so, the forecast calls for 1.1 million more subscribers than Netflix gained in the same period last year.Netflix ended September with 137 million worldwide subscribers, including 58.5 million in the U.S.“Netflix’s strong quarter will at least temporarily put to rest questions over the long-term viability of its business,” said eMarketer analyst Paul Verna.Investors lifted Netflix’s stock by more than 11 per cent to $386.30 in extended trading. The stock still remains below its record high of $423.21 in June, just before the subscriber-growth scare Netflix announced in July.Subscriber growth has always been more important to investor perceptions of Netflix than its relatively small profits. Investors are counting on Netflix to grow quickly in order to gain an insurmountable advantage over streaming rivals in an increasingly crowded market.In an effort to be more precise and reduce the volatility in its stock, Netflix plans to exclude people on free trials of its service from its subscriber numbers. In a letter to shareholders Tuesday, Netflix said it believes paid subscribers now are a more stable indicator of how well the service is doing.“I’m afraid the (second quarter-to-third quarter) story is probably mostly an issue of forecasting as opposed to anything changing in the business,” Netflix CEO Reed Hastings said during comments broadcast in an online video.On the financial front, Netflix earned $403 million on revenue of $4 billion in the quarter. But the company continued to burn through cash to pay for its programming, which includes a critically acclaimed selection of shows such as “Stranger Things,” ”Orange Is The New Black,” and “Ozark.”In a coup, Netflix shows won 23 Emmys in last month’s awards ceremony, tying HBO for the most among all TV networks.The laurels are proving expensive. Netflix had a negative cash flow of $859 million in the third quarter, nearly doubling from a negative cash flow of $465 million last year. The trend raises the possibility that Netflix might need to borrow money to pay its bills, something that is getting more expensive to do as interest rates rise.
If you’re travelling in the area, let us know what you see. Send an email to [email protected] FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – We have received reports that a tanker truck has gone off the road at Mile 55 on the Alaska Highway.It is reported that police are on the scene.We will bring you more updates as soon as information is made available.
Current details:Snowfall with total amounts of 20 to 25 cm is expected.Heavy snow will fall through Sunday over Pine Pass.Mild and moist air aloft from a Pacific front combined with an entrenched arctic airmass will continue to produce periods of heavy snow today over Pine Pass.An additional 2 to 5 cm of snow is expected today. CHETWYND, B.C. – A snowfall warning remains in place for the Pine Pass.Environment Canada issued the warning early Saturday and predicted the area would see 20 to 25 cm of snow before the storm moved out of the area late Sunday. Most of the predicted snow fell on Saturday, and the forecast says the region should see another two to five centimetres of snow on Sunday.The forecast is also calling for wind speeds of up to 15 km/h. As of 8 a.m., Drivebc.ca says Highway 97 has limited visibility with drifting snow and strong crosswinds. The snow will finally ease this afternoon.Weather in the mountains can change suddenly resulting in hazardous driving conditions.Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions. ShiftIntoWinter.ca reminds drivers to know before you go. Adjust to winter driving behaviour and use winter tires and chains.Road conditions are available at www.drivebc.ca. For updates on the highway conditions in B.C., visit www.drivebc.caSee the full weather warning below.Pine PassHwy 97, north of Mackenzie Junction at Powder King access road, looking north.Hwy 97 at Wabi Estates Road, east of Chetwynd, looking west. (elevation: 754 metres)Mackenzie JunctionHwy 97 at Hwy 39, about 29 km south of Mackenzie looking east.Issued at 2019-01-20 13:20 UTC by Environment Canada:Snowfall warning continued for:Highway 97 – Pine Pass, B.C. (080030)
Cleveland Browns tackle Joe Thomas (73) blocks the San Diego Chargers’ Joey Bosa during the second quarter on Saturday, Dec. 24, 2016, at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland. Credit: Courtesy of TNSThe Ohio State 2016 NFL Draft class will likely go down in history as one of the best there ever was. Its highest draft pick earned a major achievement on Saturday.Former OSU and current San Diego Charger defensive end Joey Bosa was named the NFL’s Defensive Rookie of the Year. Bosa played just 12 games and had the most sacks (10.5) for a rookie since Aldon Smith (14) in 2011. Along with his 10.5 sacks, Bosa had 41 tackles, 19 tackles for loss and 15 quarterback hits.The game-altering defensive end gained notoriety in his first game wearing No. 99 for the Chargers. He was just the fifth rookie in NFL history to have two sacks in his first NFL game. After a rather lengthy contract holdout, Bosa injured his hamstring which kept him out until Week 4. Even with that, he had arguably the most dominant defensive rookie in a decade.Bosa was the No. 3 pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.The fourth-overall pick, former Buckeye and current Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott finished behind teammate quarterback Dak Prescott for the league’s offensive rookie of the year. Elliott led the NFL in rushing in his rookie season with 1,631 yards and had 15 touchdowns.
OSU Director of Athletics and Vice President Gene Smith in an interview with The Lantern Jan. 29.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorDivision I college athletes are now able to keep their bellies as full as they want with food from their respective institutions, and Gene Smith is pleased to hear they won’t be going hungry.The NCAA Legislative Council approved criteria Tuesday allowing Division I student-athletes an unrestricted amount of meals and snacks in accordance with their respective scholarships, and OSU’s director of athletics and vice president approves.“We have always been supportive of this type of legislation,” Smith said in an email to The Lantern Thursday. “It is deregulation of student-athlete welfare benefits and permissive, meaning schools can choose to do as they please based on their needs and capabilities.”The NCAA’s announcement comes more than a week after University of Connecticut senior guard Shabazz Napier said at times he goes to bed “starving” because he doesn’t have enough money to spend on food.“We as student-athletes get utilized for what we do so well, and we’re definitely blessed to get a scholarship to our universities,” Napier said April 7 after he and his team defeated Kentucky, 60-54, to win the National Championship. “But at the end of the day, that doesn’t cover everything. We do have hungry nights that we don’t have enough money to get food in. Sometimes money is needed.”The rule — which is not to be made official until the Division I Board of Directors meet and vote on it April 24 — not only applies to student-athletes who are on full scholarship, but walk-ons as well. If passed, the rule becomes effective Aug. 1.“The provision of meals approved (Tuesday) is in addition to the meal plan provided as part of a full scholarship,” the NCAA statement read. “Prior to this change, scholarship student-athletes received three meals a day or a food stipend.”Smith did not give the monetary figures requested by The Lantern representing how much is spent on snacks or meals for OSU student-athletes, instead forwarding the question on to Associate Athletics Director for Finance Peter Hagan. Hagan did not immediately respond.The decision to remove the straps and allow Division I athletes full access to as much food as they want also comes nearly three weeks after the National Labor Relations Board’s Chicago district gave Northwestern football players the right to formally establish a union March 26, and could be another step in the movement of college athletes becoming employees.Smith’s comments on the expansion of the food benefits echo what he said in a Jan. 29 interview with The Lantern, during which he said he does “not believe student-athletes are employees.”“But I do believe we need to find ways to continue to provide additional benefits,” Smith said Jan. 29. “For example, I am a big believer in coming up with a cost of attendance model … I believe we need to lift some of the other small restrictions we have in place, whether it’s meals or travel or things of that nature that will help out a little bit.”In an attempt to get a comment from OSU football coach Urban Meyer on the situation, an OSU athletic spokesman told The Lantern in an email Tuesday that since there hasn’t been a vote from the board of directors on the issue, there was no comment. Meyer did not respond to an email requesting comment Thursday.One of Meyer’s players however, senior defensive lineman Michael Bennett, did say he would enjoy getting more of a stipend as a football player.“I mean the cost of living’s going up and I don’t think that our stipend is going up,” Bennett said after practice March 27. “So obviously a little bit more money is nice, but I’m not really in the business of trying to force people to do that.”