News / Asia-Europe headhaul rates climb, but the transpacific resists price hikes

first_img After several weeks of continued decline, container spot freight rates on the main Asia-Europe trades recovered this week in preparation for carriers’ FAK [freight all kinds] increases next week.Today’s Shanghai Containerised Freight Index (SCFI) saw the spot rate on the Shanghai-North Europe leg increase by 5.7%, a rise of $53 per teu, to finish the week on $977 per teu.The Shanghai-Mediterranean leg also rose, increasing by $31 per teu, or 3.4%, to finish the week on $945 per teu.However, there was a discrepancy with the Drewry-assisted World Container Index, which showed slight declines – dropping $52 to rest at $1,759 per feu on Shanghai-Rotterdam and $13 to $1,824 per feu on Shanghai-Genoa. By Gavin van Marle 26/05/2017 Last week, a number of shipping lines announced new FAK prices from 1 June for both Northern Europe and the Mediterranean. Maersk said its FAK rate from Shanghai to Barcelona would be $1,000 per teu and from $1,125 to $1,175 per teu depending on the North Europe base port.Similarly, CMA CGM has announced a 1,100 per teu Asia-North Europe FAK rate for the same date.However, these gains were not replicated on the Asia-North America trades, which continued to decline, apparently resistant to carriers’ forthcoming attempts to install increases. CMA CGM said that on 1 June it would set an FAK rate to US west coast ports of £1,650 per 40ft and $2,650 per 40ft to the east coast.Current spot rates are some way off that target. This week’s SCFI saw the transpacific Asia-US west coast spot rate decline by 3.5% to finish at $1,264 per 40ft, while the all-water Asia-US east coast port rate fell 3% to finish at $2,229 per teu.The flattening of rates has also coincided with a decline in number of ships currently being idled. According to Alphaliner, the idle fleet this week reached a 20-month low, and was just 2.5% of global capacity.Scrapping levels have also declined, it said, with 19 vessels totalling 61,000 teu of capacity sold for scrap since the beginning of April, compared to 56 vessels amounting to 162,000 teu of capacity scrapped during the corresponding period last year.last_img read more

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NEWS SCAN: Reduced-dose polio vaccine, pertussis vaccine ‘cocooning’ strategy

first_img Using reduced dose of inactivated polio vaccine looks promising in infantsVaccinating infants with a reduced dose of inactivated polio vaccine (IPV) induces a priming response and seroconversion, suggesting that this approach could play a role in preventing a return of polio after its global elimination, according to a report today in the New England Journal of Medicine. The article notes that the World Health Organization has a goal of phasing out oral polio vaccines (OPVs) after eradication of wild polioviruses, since OPVs use live attenuated viruses that in rare cases can turn virulent and spread. Posteradication plans include using IPVs, which are injected and cost much more than OPVs. One strategy for lowering the cost of IPV in developing countries is to reduce the size and number of doses. The authors conducted a trial in which 320 Cuban infants were randomly assigned to receive a fractional intradermal dose or a full intramuscular dose of IPV at the ages of 4 and 8 months. After the first dose, seroconversion rates for all three poliovirus types were significantly lower in the fractional-dose group than in the full-dose group. A priming response was defined as the absence of seroconversion after the first dose and a fourfold increase in antibody titer between the time of the second dose and 1 week later. After the second dose, cumulative two-dose seroconversion for virus types 1, 2, and 3 occurred in 93.6%, 98.1%, and 93.0% of the fractional dose recipients, versus 100%, 100%, and 99.4% in the full-dose group. The authors say the findings show that using a single fractional dose of IPV is a “feasible, lower-cost alternative to schedules in which multiple full doses are used.”Jan 31 N Engl J Med report Study finds ‘cocooning’ strategy inefficient where pertussis levels are low”Cocooning” vaccination strategies—in which parents are vaccinated to protect their infants—are inefficient for reducing infant pertussis hospitalizations in areas where the overall incidence of the disease is low, according to new findings from Italian researchers. They estimated the costs and benefits of the strategy in the Piemonte, Italy, region, where incidence dropped to a low of .85 cases per 100,000 population in 2010. Researchers assessed the number needed to vaccinate (NNV) to prevent hospital admission in infants during the most recent epidemic cycle from 2005 to 2010. They found that the NNV was 5,000 to prevent one infant hospitalization. They wrote that their data confirm recent findings from two Canadian provinces that had low pertussis rates in 2010. Cocooning vaccination programs should take into account the epidemiologic pattern of the disease in the region where officials are considering the strategy, they wrote. For example, in the United States, which is experiencing a spike in cases, the national incidence is much higher, at 11.6 per 100,000 persons, according to late November numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that indicate pertussis cases at their highest since 1955. Infants are at greatest risk for getting pertussis, but they can’t get their first dose until they are 2 months old. Health officials recommend protecting babies by vaccinating pregnant women, preferably in their third trimester, and vaccinating infants’ household contacts.Jan 29 Vaccine abstractCDC pertussis vaccine outbreak page Jan 30, 2013last_img read more

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Prep Sports Scores, Friday January 27

first_img About Connatix V56892 1/1 About Connatix V56892 Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Skip Auto (360p) St. Cloud Apollo – 52Willmar – 63LPGE – 41St. John’s Prep 53Foley – 45St. Cloud Cathedral – 73 GIRLS BASKETBALLFoley – 48St. Cloud Cathedral – 58GIRLS HOCKEYRoseau – 4Sartell – Sauk Rapids – 2Thief River Falls – 2St. Cloud Ice Breakers – 4center_img 360p BOYS BASKETBALL ROCORI -73St. Cloud Tech – 63Sartell – St. Stephen – 70Brainerd -68 720p HD 1080p HDlast_img read more

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South African art gallery looks back 100 years

first_imgRay Maota A bronze sculpture of Eve by Auguste Rodin, created in 1881. Portrait of Kalie by Maggie Laubser will also be exhibited. (Images: Johannesburg Art Gallery) MEDIA CONTACTS • Reshma Chiba Registrar at JAG +27 11 725 3130 RELATED ARTICLES • South African art • Art Bank Joburg: helping local artists • Louis Maqhubela’s art comes home • SA art snapped up at UK auction The Johannesburg Art Gallery (JAG) is marking 100 years of art-collecting with an elaborate celebration and launch of a new catalogue detailing the various works in its possession.The event will take place at the gallery in Joubert Park, Johannesburg, on 28 November 2010 at 5pm. The public is welcome to attend and entrance is free.The catalogue, called One Hundred Years of Collecting: Johannesburg Art Gallery, as well as the launch celebration have been sponsored by the South African division of Anglo American. The gallery will mark another centenary in 2015, when an upgrade of its building will be completed. The art-collection celebration precedes this, as the establishment began accumulating works long before the actual building was constructed.The catalogue features essays by South African writers and artists Khwezi Gule, Nessa Leibhammer and Bongi Dhlomo, among others. It has been edited by Jillian Carman, who is an honorary research fellow at the universities of the Witwatersrand and Johannesburg, and a former JAG curator.“We are celebrating the historic feat by launching a catalogue with essays about collections within the gallery,” said Antoinette Murdoch, the gallery’s curator.“The individual essays are about the gallery’s traditional, historic and contemporary art collections.“The launch is an open invitation event and we are expecting close to 600 people,” she added.Impact on local, global art community“The gallery’s collections have had a significant impact on the local and global art community,” Carman said. “Although initially focusing on western artists, in 1994 a decision was taken to consolidate the South African collections.”These collections are made up of traditional items, modern and contemporary art – including work by international artists with South African links like Marlene Dumas –and artists from other African countries, like the late Nigerian photographer Oluwarotimi (Rotimi) Fani-Kayode.“The purpose of this is to build on JAG’s unique strength: it is ideally placed to be a major international centre and archive of South African art within the country,” Carman added.“JAG is committed to preserving and providing access to our national heritage and giving due recognition to South Africa’s neglected artists through our exhibitions, publications and education programmes,” according to a media statement released by the gallery.“The gallery is the cultural backbone of Johannesburg and our collection has served to open dialogue and make a path for meaningful, intellectual and academic debate, ultimately contributing to change and impacting on society at large,” the statement continued.Diverse line-upThe celebrations on 28 November will centre around an exhibition by women artists called Transformations. Other works displayed in the Foundation Room and pieces belonging to the Matters of Spirit permanent exhibition will also be on view, and there will be a video projection of local artist Stephen Hobbs’ work.Transformations focuses on the various changes women have experienced in the last century and reflects this through artistic works.“Lace-making, embroidery, ceramics, tapestry and beadwork were among the activities women were largely involved in at the turn of the 19th century. However, since the mid-1900s, women artists have developed an increasingly confident and critical vision that is manifested in their subject matter and mode of production,” the JAG statement added.Transformations includes work from the gallery’s various collections that explore this shifting vision. “The idea is to show how women’s place in society has changed,” Murdoch said.The projection by Hobbs will focus on new and old buildings in Johannesburg, and how they can serve as places for aesthetic and political contemplation.History of the JAGIn total, the JAG has 15 exhibition halls and various sculptured gardens. It houses collections of 17th century Dutch paintings, 18th and 19th century British and European art, 19th century South African works, a large contemporary collection of 20th century local and international art, and a print cabinet containing works from the 15th century to the present.The building was designed and built at the beginning of the 20th century by British architect Edwin Lutyens. Art dealer Sir Hugh Lane and Florence Phillips, an art collector, established the first gallery collection from funds given by Phillips’ husband, Lionel, who was a mining magnate at the time.Phillips donated her lace collection, and arranged for her husband to donate seven oil paintings and an Auguste Rodin sculpture.Today, JAG’s collection includes further works by Rodin, as well as pieces by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Pablo Picasso, Camille Pissarro, Claude Monet, Edgar Degas and Henry Moore.There are also works by South African masters like Gerard Sekoto, Walter Battiss, Alexis Preller, Maud Sumner, Sydney Kumalo, Ezrom Legae and Pierneef.The collection is so large that the gallery only exhibits 10% of it at any given time, with the remainder in storage. With generous sponsorship from Anglo American and the City of Johannesburg, and with the help of a trust fund, the gallery is able to regularly acquire new works.last_img read more

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Yes, Employers, Words Really Do Matter

first_imgIt’s easy to underestimate the power of words. Many supervisors fail to appreciate the importance of the words used in a performance review or evaluation, corrective action, termination letter, or other employment-related document. But it can go beyond the obvious instances.In an age-discrimination case, a supervisor had attended a presentation by a contractor who was trying to bid work with the employer. The supervisor wrote in his notes that the type of work would be perfect for “young engineers.” What the supervisor meant was that the work being bid was well suited for entry-level engineers, who could gain valuable experience that, often, was quite difficult to find.You may imagine that the plaintiff’s lawyer jumped on the word “young” from the supervisor’s notes, using it as an opportunity to make it look like the supervisor preferred young engineers over older ones. An age-based preference such as this would, of course, be unlawful if used in decisions to hire, fire, or assign work. As you also may imagine, it made for an unpleasant deposition of the supervisor–an experience he surely did not forget any time soon.On the other hand, it also is possible to get far too caught up in the definition or meaning of a particular word. Lawyers are great at this, as this very funny video from the N.Y. Times makes clear. The lesson to be learned? Words really do matter in every context. Be aware of what you put into writing–generally, less is more and the more specific, the better. But don’t play word games when the basics can get the job done.Documentation in the workplace can be absolutely critical in preventing and defending against claims by employees. It may be time to consider a refresher course about best practices in HR documentation. If so, let us know–we have an excellent training program on this subject. To read the original post on Deleware Employers’ Blog, please click here.last_img read more

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Cairo: ‘Mazzarri not up for debate’

first_imgTorino President Urbano Cairo denied reports Walter Mazzarri could be fired after a 4-0 loss to Lazio. “The coach is the only one not up for debate.” The Granata are sliding down the standings and have been struggling badly ever since their Europa League play-off exit to Wolves. This evening they were flattened 4-0 at the Stadio Olimpico, with Nicolas Nkoulou also sent off in the second half. “Mazzarri is the only one not up for debate,” Cairo told Sky Sport Italia. “The team will go into a training retreat, a necessary step for them to reflect, unite, take a good look at themselves and consider what we need to do next. “What is necessary now is a fair and open confrontation, no holding back, absolute honesty.” Cairo had a long conversation with Mazzarri in the dressing room after the game. “We analysed the match and the situation in general. We didn’t even start the match that badly, but after a while I saw a Toro side that was too ugly to be true. That is not the team I know, the one that beat Atalanta and Milan this season. “We need to get ourselves back on track straight away, because I never want to see another performance like that again. I didn’t sell anyone over the summer, instead I strengthened the squad that had finished seventh last term with a second half of the season worthy of a Champions League spot.” Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/last_img read more

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10 months agoBarcelona encourage Everton, Inter Milan offers for reluctant Malcom

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Barcelona encourage Everton, Inter Milan offers for reluctant Malcomby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton chief Marcel Brands remains in Barcelona contact for Malcom.Mundo Deportivo says Everton, Inter Milan and Lazio are all in talks with Barca for the Brazil winger.Malcom would prefer to stay to the end of the season, feeling the support of his teammates inside the locker room. But Barca management have other ideas and are willing to sell this month.Everton remain keen, having already raided Barca this season for Lucas Digne, Yerry Mina and Andre Gomes.A loan deal with the view to a permanent transfer has been raised by Brands. last_img read more

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23 days agoLuis Suarez: Only right Barcelona Champions League favourites

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Luis Suarez: Only right Barcelona Champions League favouritesby Carlos Volcano23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLuis Suarez says Barcelona are happy to be regarded as Champions League favourites.Suarez struck twice in the 2-1 victory over Inter Milan.Many across Europe see Barcelona as the favourites to win the Champions League this season.”We’re at the best club in the world and everything is scrutinised,” Suarez stated.”Being strong and focused, knowing that we’re the team to beat, is the mentality that we must have in the Champions League [this season].” last_img read more

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Jio Fiber launch on Sep 5 unlimited free calls from landlines hispeed

first_imgMumbai: Billionaire Mukesh Ambani on Monday announced the roll-out of ‘Jio Fiber’ from September 5, promising free voice calls for life from landlines, 100 mbps minimum broadband speed at subscription starting from Rs 700 a month and free HD TV set on a commitment to an annual plan. Speaking at the 42nd Annual General Meeting (AGM), Reliance Industries’ Chairman and Managing Director Mukesh Ambani said Jio will also offer unlimited international calling pack from its landlines to the US and Canada at Rs 500 a month, and that default tariff plans will be one-fifth to one-tenth of existing market tariffs. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details “…voice calls from home to any Indian operator – mobile or fixed – will be absolutely free forever. On fixed-line international voice calling, we are today ending the era of high international calling rates on landline by announcing the lowest fixed line rates for international calling…,” he said. Jio Fiber services would be available on a commercial basis from September 5. “…the average fixed-line download speed in the US which is the most developed economy is around 90 Mbps. In India even the most basic Jio Fiber plan starts with 100 Mbps speed and we have plans all the way up to 1 Gbps or 1000 Mbps,” he said adding that this would improve the quality of fixed-line data in India. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Declaring that the plans will come at less than one-tenth of global rates, Ambani said Jio Fiber plans will be priced between Rs 700 to Rs 10,000 per month “to suit every budget”. The plans, will come bundled with subscriptions to most leading premium Over The Top (OTT) applications. “Also, for the first time in India, we are introducing a disruptive concept for watching new movies. Premium Jio Fiber customers will be able to watch movies in their living rooms the same day these movies are released in theatres,” he said. This service – Jio First Day First Show – will be launched in mid-2020. Over the last two years, the RIL AGMs have been a platform to showcase new and upcoming initiatives of the Group. Last year, speaking at the company’s 41st AGM, Ambani had said the Jio Giga Fiber Service will provide ultra-high definition entertainment on TV, voice activated assistance, virtual reality gaming and digital shopping as well as smart home solutions. It was widely-expected that he would spell out the details of the commercial roll-out of Jio Giga Fiber at Monday’s AGM. Jio has been scaling up Jio Giga Fibre infrastructure in various cities over the last few months, and half a million homes have already been given access to it on a trial basis. Ambani said that since its announcement last year, Jio received over 15 million registrations from nearly 1,600 towns. “And based on these registrations, we have drawn up a plan to reach 20 million residences and 15 million business establishments in these 1,600 towns,” Ambani said. The company will also offer special mobility service for Jio Fiber users to deliver a platinum-grade service and product experience. Jio Postpaid Plus will offer priority SIM-setup service at home. It would also provide data and voice connectivity across all devices, both at home and outside, along with family plans and international roaming at a fraction of a cost. “The experience of Jio Fiber and Jio Set Top Box really comes to life when combined with an LED TV. So, Jio Fiber customers who opt for our annual plans which we call Jio Forever plans, will get an HD or 4K LED TV and a 4K set top box absolutely free,” he said. Ambani said that Jio which has amassed over 340 million mobile subscribers in less than three years, is now ready to fire four new growth engines including Internet of Things (IoT) for the entire country, home and enterprise broadband services as well as broadband for SMEs. Revenue from each of these engines will flow in from this fiscal itself. The investment cycle of Reliance Jio is complete, and about Rs 3.5 lakh crore has been invested in its digital network, he said. Ambani said that India was “data dark” before the entry of Jio, and its launch has made India “data-shining bright”. “The potential for growth is immense and half a billion customers, is now I believe well within our reach,” he said. The investment cycle of Jio is now complete, and only marginal investments would be needed in areas to grow capacity, he said adding that this gives the company strong operational leverage and superior return on investments for years to come. Jio’s IoT platform will be commercially available starting January 1, 2020. “Jio aims to connect at least 1 billion of these (connected devices) on Jio’s IoT platform. This translates into a Rs 20,000 crore per year revenue opportunity for Jio,” he said. The company said it has received strong interest from strategic and financial investors for its consumer businesses — Jio and Reliance Retail. “We will induct leading global partners in these businesses in the next few quarters, and move towards listing of both these companies within the next five years,” he pointed out.last_img read more

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With eight starters departing what will Ohio States offense look like in

OSU then-redshirt sophomore quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) celebrates after a touchdown during a game against Michigan on Nov. 28 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. OSU won 42-13. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorThe window for underclassmen to declare for the NFL draft is officially closing Monday, which means the list of Ohio State football players departing the team for the next level is all but set in stone.And it is an expansive one.In all, 18 seniors, seven of which were starters, and nine underclassmen from the 2015 team will not be back in Columbus for another campaign.The result of this mass exodus of talent is gaping holes across coach Urban Meyer’s depth chart and, for fans, a lot of uncertainty surrounding the future of the team.Meyer is tasked with the onerous operation of filling the voids, which he will do throughout spring practice and fall camp. The first practices for next season aren’t until March 8, and the regular-season opener against Bowling Green is nearly eight months away, but questions about who will be on the field next year are present.In an attempt to provide answers to such questions, The Lantern is taking a look at which players are poised to replace the eight departed starters on each side of the ball, beginning Tuesday with the offense and concluding Wednesday with the defense. Pass catchers In Meyer’s spread offense, four pass catchers top the depth chart — two wide receivers, one H-back and a lone tight end.Michael Thomas, Jalin Marshall, Braxton Miller and Nick Vannett — the four players who occupied those spots last season — all will not be back in 2016, which translates into plenty of playing time for their replacements.The man likely leading the receiver corp in 2016 will be redshirt sophomore Noah Brown. Brown did not play a snap last season, but his name is one that was often talked about.The  6-foot-1, 240-pound New Jersey native was poised for a huge 2015 campaign, according to his coaches, but a broken leg days before the regular-season opener vitiated such plans. Back at full health, Brown should emerge as a trusty target for redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett.At the second starting receiver spot, there is a bevy of potential contributors. It could be redshirt sophomore Parris Campbell, who predominantly saw the field on special teams last season but did play some receiver, or it could be redshirt freshman Torrance Gibson.Gibson, the five-star quarterback-turned-receiver, had a troublesome journey as a freshman and is really raw technique-wise, but he is an elite athlete with great measurables (6-foot-4, 205 pounds). If he has learned the position well enough after a year, he could make a splash. Beyond those three players, redshirt sophomore Terry McLaurin, junior James Clark and freshman Austin Mack could all fill in.Sliding in at tight end for the Buckeyes next year will be junior Marcus Baugh. Praised for his blocking in the run game, Baugh saw the field a decent amount this season. He will, likely, be a part of the passing attack more than Vannett was in 2015.As for who will replace Miller at H-back, that appears like it will be Dontre Wilson. The senior has been a contributor since first arriving in Columbus three seasons ago. He has dealt with injuries off-and-on during his career, but he has all the physical tools to regain his status as an offensive weapon.If Wilson isn’t the H-back, it will probably be junior Curtis Samuel, but Samuel’s more-likely role will be addressed later in the article. There is certainly talent within the pass catchers for next year’s team, but it is fair to say the best thing this group has going for it is that Barrett will be the one throwing the passes.Because of that, the aerial attack should be all right.Ground game The hole in the running game created by Ezekiel Elliott’s departure is massive. Of course, Barrett’s legs will be an asset on the ground for the offense, but he can’t run the ball every down.Who, then, will Barrett being handing the ball off to?It might be redshirt freshman Mike Weber, who battled injuries early in 2015 that set the stage for a redshirt season, but the second option — one that makes plenty of sense — is having Samuel return to backfield, where he played during the national championship run.With Elliott emerging as one of the nation’s premier running backs, Samuel may slide over to H-back in order to see the field with more frequency. A player with the game-breaking ability of Samuel needs to be touching the ball as much as possible, which is why putting him at H-back in 2015 made a lot of sense.But now, with Elliott out of the picture, starting Samuel at running back seems like the best option for Meyer. In two seasons, the Brooklyn, New York, product has accumulated 515 rushing yards on 75 carries. He has 33 catches for 384 yards, too.Samuel is versatile, with a propensity for explosive plays, and Meyer will want him to touch the ball as much as possible, which lends itself to the idea that No. 4 will return to the backfield in 2016.In the trenchesRegardless of who is trying to catch passes or run the ball, if the offensive line does not supply the needed protection in the trenches, it won’t matter.In order for that to happen, OSU will have to find a way to replace three starters along the O-line. Left tackle Taylor Decker, a probable first-round pick in the NFL draft, is gone, as well as center Jacoby Boren and right tackle Chase Farris.Fortunately for the Buckeyes, the two offensive lineman they do have returning are top-tier players. Redshirt junior left guard Billy Price and senior Pat Elflein are both set to be third-year starters.Elflein, who had previously been a right guard, is moving over to center, which is a huge boost for the offensive line, but that means both tackle spots and right guard are the positions that need replacements.Junior Jamarco Jones is pegged to take over for Decker at left tackle. It’s a tall task, no question, as Decker is one of the more well-respected O-linemen in OSU history, but Jones has the makings of a rock-solid replacement.The 6-foot-4 four-star recruit will have a lot of learning to do, but if he absorbed even half of Decker’s knowledge of the position, he should be a sturdy replacement.The other tackle spot will probably be occupied by sophomore Isaiah Prince. The 6-foot-7 Maryland native was a top 10 offensive tackle prospect and saw the field last season, albeit sporadically.Who will be next to Prince, however, is a little less clear. The top two candidates appear to be redshirt freshman Matthew Burrell and redshirt sophomore Demetrius Knox. The four-star recruits will spend spring practice and, potentially, fall camp battling it out for the offensive line’s final spot.The OSU offense finally got clicking in the final two games of 2015 and many of those key cogs will no longer be around. It would usually be safe to assume some drop off in performance when eight players depart, but Meyer is still at the helm and Barrett is back under center, so things might just be OK for the Scarlet and Gray. read more

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