Expect to connect at Donegal’s 2019 Wainfest!

first_img‘Expect to Connect’ this October as Wainfest, the annual Children’s Arts and Book Festival, makes its highly anticipated return. The festival, organised by Donegal County Council’s Culture Division, is one of the country’s leading children’s festivals. This year, the week-long festival will run from October 5th – 13th 2019.Children and their families are invited to join in on the fun and enjoy top quality events on their doorstep such as magic, high energy story-telling, and visits from best-selling children’s authors. Last year over 11,000 attendees joined us on Wainfest’s ‘wild and wondrous’ adventure. 150 events in total were held in 38 different locations, including libraries, Taobh Tíre centres, Donegal County Musuem, the Regional Cultural Centre, cinemas and partner locations. With plans for this year’s festival shaping up to be bigger and better than ever, 2019 will undoubtedly exceed last year’s attendee numbers.Can you dig it? Archaeological exploration with Dig-It Kids at Buncrana Library during Wainfest 2018.Sinéad McLaughlin, Festival Co-ordinator says: “We are delighted to welcome partners such as Lifford Old Courthouse, Donegal Youth Chamber Orchestra, Glenveagh National Park, Amharclann Ghaoth Dobhair, An Grianán, The Abbey Arts Centre, An Gailéaraí, Inishowen Development Partnership, Oakfield Park, and Eclipse Cinemas back on board for 2019. Their involvement in the Festival adds a wonderful diversity to the programme”. “Books, reading and literacy are highly profiled in Wainfest” says Sinead. “This year we welcome bestselling authors Holly Webb, author of the ‘Animal Magic’ and ‘Maisie Hitchens’ Series, as well as Catherine Doyle, author of ‘The Storm Keeper’s Island’. Both aim to encourage young people and children to read by creating interesting and whimsical stories.”Making it up! A wonderful session of live collaborative storytelling with the Makey Uppers at Wainfest 2018.Returning from last year’s sell out shows are Mr Hullabaloo, the children’s entertainer and Wildlife expert Éanna Ní Lamhna. New and exciting plans are being made for a kid’s art workshop prior to a screening of Disney’s Ratatouille and even a Smartphone Filmmaking event at the Regional Cultural Centre.Sinéad is delighted to announce that the 2019 programme has been enhanced with dedicated autism friendly events across the county. “These events are possible due to funding secured from the Dormant Account Fund. We are currently finalising details for these and all information will be available on Wainfest.ie and in the brochure after the launch in mid-September.”To keep up to date on Wainfest 2019 visit www.wainfest.ie or follow Donegal County Library on Facebook or Twitter. Expect to connect at Donegal’s 2019 Wainfest! was last modified: August 13th, 2019 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:Wainfestlast_img read more

Is Enterprise 2.0 A Crock?

first_imgIT + Project Management: A Love Affair 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Is Enterprise 2.0 a crock? Where are the use cases? Seven enterprise managers spoke about five principles that are emerging around this topic at the Enterprise 2.0 conference today in San Francisco.Moderated by David Berlind, the group, all members of the 2.0 Adoption Council, looked at five issues to answer the question.Topics addressed:Workforce TransformationBusiness Process OptimizationIntellectual Property/Privacy/ComplianceReligious Wars (technology/generational bias)Bottom Line Business BenefitsPanelists:Greg Lowe, social media architect and program manager at Alcatel-LucentBruce Galinsky, director of IT, MetLifeBryce Williams, social media consultant, Eli LillyJamie Pappas, manager, social media, EMCMary Maida, information solutions manager, Medtronics, Inc.Claire Flanagan, senior manager KM and Enterprise Social Collaboration, CSCThis conversation is not a new one but perhaps the difference now is that there are more examples of how Enterprise 2.0 is changing corporate practicesWorkforce TransformationThe group’s general consensus: The goal is to break down the data silos and the walled gardens that permeate the enterprise. Some of the highlights:Murray, BoozAllen: Technologies are changing the business – period. “These technologies are helping us move smarter, faster. The inroads are coming.Jami Pappas, EMC: “We have started a bottom up strategy. ” The company has a few hundred champions who are champions for Enterprise 2.0 technologiesGalinsky, MetLife: “You need drivers.” For example, the ability to collaborate quickly on products to market.Business Process OptimizationMore people do not come into the office for work. The virtual office is such a reality that collaboration tools become increasingly important. This is evident with the announcements such as the one from Second Life today about their enterprise offering and similar products from companies like Proton Media.But still, for Murray of Booze Hamilton, said It comes down to baby steps. The reality, though, is it would never have seemed likely in 2006 that there would be applications plugging into Sharepoint.Intellectual Property/PrivacyData security always elicits fear. It’s no different than how security is viewed in any context. Trust is always the big issue but it is also about keeping some form of control. At Eli Lilly, employees, a lot of them who are scientists, are chomping to use more collaborative tools. Williams, Eli Lilly: The challenge is mitigating risk. “We have to find a way to herd the cats without putting data at risk.”Religious Wars (technology/generational bias)With any movement, revolutionaries have the tendency to make those in power feel a bit uncomfortable. It is no different with enterprise technologies.Galinsky of MetLife said that the issue is often about provincial differences. One group may prefer Microsoft while another group is into IBM, while a third may do whatever pleases them. The reality is it just takes time.Bottom Line Business BenefitsThe reality: Enterprise 2.0 technologies are early in the adoption phase but the soft cost savings are mounting. Microblogging is helping people find information faster and people are questioning the viability of email.For example, Murray said they did a study of the costs to “reply all,” to email. The end savings added up. “It is a toe in the door, an indicator. If I can save that much, what about the big stuff?”What’s striking about asking questions about all of this is the absence of discussions about the monumental waste in IT spending over the years. Hundreds of billions of dollars have been lost to IT projects that have gone hay wire. The new world of enterprise 2.0 technologies are lightweight in comparison and a fraction of the cost. But the answer is readily apparent. The culture takes time to shift. That shift will occur but it’s not going to happen overnight. Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… alex williamscenter_img Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Related Posts Tags:#enterprise#news last_img read more

Pranksters Commandeer Mountain Dew Web Promotion

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#marketing#web#Web Culture fruzsina eordogh Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… By 1am Pacific on Monday, messing with Mountain Dew had become the hottest activity for anyone on Reddit and 4chan’s /b/ board at that hour. It wasn’t long before tricksters added to the Mountain Dew page a link to the rock video for Rick Astley’s 1987 pop hit “Never Gonna Give You Up” (an Internet in-joke known as a rickroll) as well as Web banners “saluting” Islamic extremists. PespiCo pulled the plug on the after-hours fun, but not before someone mirrored its site to memorialize the Web reprobate party.Online promotions staged by commercial entities are an increasingly popular target of online jokers. In July, Walmart’s social media campaign with rapper Pitbull was taken over by Something Awful writers David Thorpe and John Hendren. However, in that case, the prank worked out well for the retailer, in the form of hundreds of free press mentions. Thorpe told ReadWriteWeb the Walmart Pitbull hijacking became popular because it was a “collaborative prank.”Given how easy it is to appropriate crowd-sourced marketing campaigns, perhaps marketers would be smart to design their social media campaigns deliberately to be hijack-able.  A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… It’s a rough time to be a social marketer, and getting rougher: Mountain Dew announced a naming contest for its new Apple flavor over the weekend. As if on cue, Internet pranksters hijacked the contest. Not content with stuffing the virtual ballot box, they defaced the contest website with videos, offensive banners and in-jokes.PepsiCo, maker of Mountain Dew, shut down the “Dub the Dew” contest site early Monday morning. The soft drink company was by no means the first victim of the notoriously juvenile Web community known as 4chan.The hijinks began as a post on 4chan’s infamous /b/ discussion board that put out a call to take part in Operation: Gushing Granny. The operation’s stated mission was to name the new Apple-flavored drink “Gushing Granny.”A /b/ user shared 4chan’s digital mayhem on the social news site Reddit early Sunday evening under the title “/b/ Destroys Another Online Contest.” The post hit Reddit’s front page within hours. From there, the contest attracted a wider audience of miscreants, as reflected by the top contest names. “Hitler Did Nothing Wrong” and “Diabeetus” soon became the top voted names. One audience member offered to raffle a virtual hat in a popular multiplayer online game in return for votes for his Mountain Dew name submission, drawing new waves of voters both for and against it. Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Ramirez gives PH its 2nd gold in Aimag

first_imgPH jiu-jitsu team. Apryl Jessica Eppinger (extreme left), Margarita Ochoa (third from left) and Annie Ramirez (fourth from left).ASHGABAT—Annie Ramirez pocketed a second gold medal for the Philippines in an-all Filipino final in the jiu-jitsu competitions of the 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games at the Martial Arts Arena here.Ramirez ruled the women’s Ne-waza -55kg category at the expense of Jenna Kaila Napolis, 5-0, that pushed the country’s medal production to two gold, three silver and one bronze medals.ADVERTISEMENT Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LATEST STORIES Jiu-jitsu expert Ochoa delivers PH’s 1st gold in Aimag PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’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 Games View comments Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Gian Taylor Dee aimed to make it three in a row but Omar Alfadhli of UAE derailed him in the finals of the men’s -56kg and settled for a silver medal following a similar performance of Marc Alexandar Lim (-69kg) earlier.Overall, Filipino jiu-jitsu fighters ended their campaign with two gold and two silver medals, surpassing the Philippine medal tally of one gold and two bronzes in the 2013 Incheon edition of the AIMAG.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next MOST READlast_img read more

Cojuangco: PH will end Olympic drought with 5 golds in Tokyo 2020

first_img“I already have two sure candidates in mind,” said Cojuangco during the thanksgiving mass and dinner party for the Philippine Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games delegation Friday night at V Corporate building in Makati City.Cojuangco, however, declined to name the athletes and the national sports associations who can make history by delivering the first-ever gold medal for the Philippines in the Olympics.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I have a strong feeling they can win it. But I don’t want to mention the sport; I don’t want to pressure them,” said the POC chief. “We just have to fuel them up with high-octane gasoline and their performances can translate into gold medals.”Cojuangco said the athletes are homegrown but hinted that other potential gold medals could also come from swimmers and tracksters based in the United States. “We need a training center to achieve this. Without a training center, getting those medals will be difficult,” he pointed out.According to Cojuangco, there’s already a masterplan for the construction of a new sports facility in Clark Green City while the POC is also looking at another site in Iba, Zambales, to put up a training center.The Philippines could only settle for another silver medal courtesy of weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz in the 2016 Rio De Janeiro Games, 20 years after boxer Mansueto “Onyok” Velasco delivered the last medal for the country with a silver performance in the 1996 Atlanta Games.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ateneo bags sixth win, hands NU third straight loss BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president POC President Peping Cojuangco. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe Philippines won’t simply end the country’s gold medal drought in the Olympics in the 2020 Tokyo Games. But it’s going to do so in style.Philippine Olympic Committee president Jose Cojuangco Jr. believes Filipino athletes are capable of winning five gold medals in Tokyo, but only if the country puts up the proper training facilities needed for these athletes to succeed.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’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 Games View comments Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Nextlast_img read more

Defending a dynasty

first_imgDA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss EAC stuns NU in Filoil hoops; Cardinals cruise past Chiefs Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting “I couldn’t imagine this kind of success for my team, [for] myself,” Austria said in the postgame press conference. “I never thought that I would become a PBA coach. I never thought I would become a San Miguel coach, [let alone] win a ‘five-peat.’ But God is really good.”San Miguel now has nine Philippine Cup crowns and this latest conquest is the hardest since the team needed to crawl out of a 0-3 deficit to win a seven-game series against Alaska.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsAnd the Beermen did this by pivoting to defense.“I wasn’t buying the trend that whenever we are held to under a hundred points, we would lose. We made 72 a winnable score,” Austria said. San Miguel also won Game 6 after scoring only 98 points. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSan Miguel Beer doubled down on its label as the PBA’s greatest franchise when it dabbed another layer of luster to its pedigree after a 72-71 decision of Magnolia in Game 7 of the Philippine Cup Finals at the Big Dome.Leo Austria and his bevy of stars have helped chisel the Beermen’s legacy on granite with their fifth straight all-Filipino crown—an unprecedented feat.ADVERTISEMENT “I guess this is why coaches say ‘defense wins championships,’” he added. “It happened tonight. We’ve been criticized before that we didn’t have defense. Today, the team showed all the things that makes a champion team.”Veteran Arwind Santos feels the Beermen’s legacy is now safe.“When the time comes when we’re old and being pushed on wheelchairs, when our grandchildren are already the ones playing basketball, we could tell them that we were the only ones able to do that. That’s San Miguel.”And they’re not even done.“It’s harder to play teams with a ‘no-bearing game’ mentality,” he said. “What if we get to compete for another title? We have nothing to lose because we have the ‘five-peat’ already.”ADVERTISEMENT Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transportcenter_img ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP MOST READ Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES View comments Fair warning then to the other teams: “If we get the chance, we’re definitely going for a ‘six-peat,’” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Hip or knee replacement- after- what to ask your doctor

first_imgDefinitionYou had surgery to get a new hip or knee joint while you were in the hospital.Below are some questions you may want to ask your doctor or nurse to help you take care of your new joint.Alternate NamesWhat to ask your doctor after hip or knee replacement; Hip replacement – after – what to ask your doctor; Knee replacement – after – what to ask your doctor; Hip arthroplasty – after – what to ask your doctor; Knee arthroplasty – after – what to ask your doctorQuestionsHow long will I need to use crutches or a walker after I go home?How much walking can I do?When can I begin to place weight on my new joint? How much?Do I need to be careful about how I sit or move around?What are things that I cannot do?Will I be able to walk without pain? How far?When will I be able to do other activities, such as golf, swimming, tennis, or hiking?Will I have pain medicines when I go home? How should I take them?Will I need to take blood thinners when I go home? How long would it be?How can I get my home ready before I even go to the hospital?How much help will I need when I come home? Will I be able to get out of bedHow can I make my home safer for me?How can I make my home easier to get around?How can I make it easier for myself in the bathroom and shower?What type of supplies will I need when I get home?Do I need to rearrange my home?What should I do if there are steps that go to my bedroom or bathroom?Do I need a hospital bed?What are the signs that something is wrong with my new hip or knee? How can I prevent problems with my new hip or knee?advertisementHow do I take care of my surgical wound?How often should I change the dressing? How do I wash the wound?What should my wound look like? What wound problems do I need to watch out for?When do sutures and staples come out?Can I take a shower? Can I take a bath or soak in the hot tub?When can I go back to see my dentist? Do I need to take any antibiotics before seeing the dentist?Review Date:1/17/2013Reviewed By:C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.last_img read more

Womens volleyball Two top25 teams await No 14 Buckeyes in Michigan

Senior middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe (left) embraces senior middle blocker Kylie Randall after OSU’s 3-0 win over Northwestern at St. John Arena on Sept. 28, 2016. Credit: Jenna Leinasars | Assistant News DirectorThe Ohio State women’s volleyball team took down the No. 1 team in the country last weekend — but that doesn’t mean its conference schedule will be getting any easier.The No. 14 Buckeyes will play two more teams ranked in the Top 25 this weekend – No. 21 Michigan State on Friday and OSU rival No. 23 Michigan, on Sunday.On Saturday, OSU stunned fans as it took down undefeated, No. 1 Nebraska in four sets. This was the first time that OSU has won against a top-ranked team on the road and the third consecutive time the Buckeyes have been victorious on the Husker home court. Junior outside hitter Ashley Wenz said the team’s performance in Lincoln, Nebraska, was a great opportunity for people to see what Buckeye volleyball is all about.“The Nebraska match really gave us a chance to prove ourselves, and really bring us together as a team and show what we’re capable of,” she said. Wenz feels that if the team can channel its energy from the match against the Huskers into the rest of its play, the team will be able to have repeated success. “I think that bottling up the feeling and the unity we had during that match, (we’re) trying to replicate it against every opponent,” she said.First, the Buckeyes will have to battle the Spartans on Friday. Over the past two seasons, the series is split between the two teams. Currently, Michigan State holds a 13-3 record. OSU coach Geoff Carlston gave credit to the Spartans for being what he considers one of the most physically dominant teams in the nation.He added that his team’s ability to slow down Michigan State hitters will be key to OSU’s success.“They just hit the ball hard,” he said. “So our ability to slow them down with our block is going to be important.”Currently, both Michigan State and Michigan are ranked above the Buckeyes in blocks for the Big Ten conference.A player that will be imperative to the Buckeyes’ blocking game is senior middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe. She is averaging 1.05 blocks per set, and has combined for 61 total blocks this season. Sandbothe ranks second in most career blocks in OSU history with 481. Sandbothe received both conference and national recognition this week: Big Ten Player of the Week and the American Volleyball Coaches’ Association’s National Player of the Week. She was joined by fellow senior, libero Valeria León, who won the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week and sophomore setter Taylor Hughes, who clinched the espnW National Player of the Week. After their bout with the Spartans, the Buckeyes will have a day off before visiting the Michigan Wolverines. Members of OSU’s team noted that this match always comes with a little extra motivation behind it.“The seniors always talk about it. You can feel it. There’s always a little edge to the match, a little more so than all of the other ones,” Carlston said.One of the members of Carlston’s senior leadership, León, added that she loves the environment of playing at Michigan. “We go out there — you have so many fans against you — and it’s all blue and yellow,” she said.The Wolverines are also carrying a 13-3 record this season. In 2015, OSU was able to pull off a 3-1 win while in Ann Arbor, Michigan, but the Scarlet and Gray were swept by the Wolverines at St. John Arena in the next matchup. Wenz, who hails from Springboro, Ohio, is hopeful that her team can keep their victory train rolling with a win over “That Team Up North.”“Being from Ohio, it’s always great to beat them,” she said. “So hopefully we can continue that streak.”The Buckeyes will first play Michigan State at 7 p.m. on Friday in East Lansing, Michigan, followed by the match against Michigan at 1 p.m. on Sunday in Ann Arbor. read more

Ohio State baseball Thank God we got into this tournament

On the final day of the regular season, the Ohio State baseball team (31-25, 11-13 Big Ten) clinched the final spot in the Big Ten Tournament, but the scene was far from picturesque. The Buckeyes were swept in their final three regular-season series against Indiana, but advanced to the conference tournament because they held a tiebreaker advantage after finishing in the three-way tie for the final spot with Illinois and Minnesota. OSU coach Greg Beals said he was unaware of the tie-breaker scenario and thought the season had ended after his team’s Saturday loss against Indiana. “I did think it was over when we lost,” Beals said. “It was a crazy two-minute period of time when you go from trying to figure out how to tie the game up, then we lose and figuring out what I’m going to say to these guys.” Then, Beals got the good news. “I was met by Brett (Rybak), our (sports information director), and he tells us we’re in,” Beals said. Following this past weekend’s conference action, the Buckeyes had the best record of the three teams against common Big Ten opponents and won the tiebreaker. Sophomore first baseman Josh Dezse said it was incredible to find out the team made it in the Big Ten Tournament. “We thank God we got into this tournament,” Dezse said. “When we found out at the end of the game, we thought we were out and it was not pretty. When we found out we were in there, we couldn’t help but smile even though we were just swept. It was kind of weird because we didn’t know what to do, what coach was thinking. Do we smile? Are we happy or are we not happy? We had mixed emotions.” Players said it was tough playing the Indiana series and they didn’t stay loose as they had throughout the season. “All season we’ve played loose and felt that’s when we play our best baseball,” said sophomore outfielder Tim Wetzel. “Lately we haven’t been doing that. We’ve been pressing a little too hard and you can’t do that in this game. You have to play loose and fast and that’s what we’re going to try to do this tournament.” The Buckeyes finished the regular season with the most walks (264), sacrifice flies (31) and stolen bases (84) in the Big Ten. In addition to team accomplishments, Dezse was named to the John Olerud watch list for the best two-way player in the nation. “It’s like having two players in one,” Beals said about Dezse, who is the team’s first baseman and closer. “You have a limited number of scholarships and when you’re putting a team together, it’s really huge.” Dezse hit .305 with five home runs and 32 RBI, all of which were second-best on the team. Dezse led the team in saves with seven and also posted a 3.08 ERA. Sophomore pitcher John Kuchno led the Buckeyes in wins with an 8-3 record. However, sophomore pitcher Jaron Long led the team in ERA among starters with 2.29 and was the Buckeyes’ Friday night starter throughout Big Ten play. “He’s our guy and he’s proven that he’s our guy,” Beals said. “He’s earned the respect and confidence of our team. We knew that he had the ability and that he has a knack for knowing how to pitch.” The Buckeyes came into the season with what Beals said were “ramped-up expectations.” Beals said before the season, the team watched the movie “Miracle” and players drew inspiration from the story and will use it in the Big Ten Tournament. “With the U.S.A. team, I just keep going back to what did they have to lose,” Dezse said. “They had nothing to lose. Same with us, make us the underdog, whatever. We’re here to play and we’re here to win. We have enough talent here that we’ll be just fine.” The Buckeyes’ first game of the tournament is at 3:35 p.m. on Wednesday at Huntington Park in downtown Columbus. The Buckeyes’ second game will be based on the result of their game and the result of the noon game between Nebraska and Michigan State. read more