Kids swap suburbs for township

first_imgBoys taking part in the exchange programme get a chance to attend a school that is very different to their own.“I went from a 10-roomed house in Rondebosch to a three-roomed house in Khayelitsha,” said Jem Wilson, one of a group of children from an elite Cape Town primary school who took part in a unique life-skills initiative.The Luleka Exchange Programme, set up over eight years ago, gives boys from Rondebosch Preparatory School in the upmarket Cape Town suburb of Rondebosch and boys from the no-fees state-run Luleka Primary School in Khayelitsha township a chance to spend a day in each others shoes.“Going to Luleka has really opened my eyes to seeing how differently people live,” Jem said.Rondebosch and Khayelitsha are very different places. The former is a residential suburb in the south of Cape Town city centre, nestling below Devil’s Peak and near the main campus of the University of Cape Town. Khayelitsha, on the other hand, is a sprawling semi-informal settlement on the wide plains of the Cape Flats, far from the affluence of the city.In past years the programme only saw boys from Luleka going to spend a day and night in Rondebosch. This year there was a proper exchange, with boys from Khayelitsha going to Rondebosch and Rondebosch boys going to Khayelitsha.The exchange, held in mid-September, kicked off with children and teachers from both schools having an evening get-together at Rondebosch Prep to break the ice. That night each of the Rondebosch kids hosted one of the Khayelitsha boys at their home. The next day the boys from Luleka Primary spent the day at Rondebosch Prep, after which they all left for Khayelitsha.The process was then repeated, with each Khayelitsha boy hosting one Rondebosch boy at their home for the night. The following day the Rondebosch pupils attended Luleka Primary School.Jordan Corfe from Rondebosch Prep was anxious about spending the night in Khayelitsha.“We hear all these horror stories about Khayelitsha, but when I started talking and walking around I soon got the feel of the place,” he said.His schoolmates also quickly learned that the township was not as bad as they had believed. “I didn’t expect that my perception of Khayelitsha was so wrong,” said Daniel Jollivet de Oliviera. “I thought that the crime would be worse than where I live, but our hosts have never been robbed before and they keep their doors open with confidence.“I was surprised at how [many] people my host knew. It seemed as if the whole family lived there, including aunties, cousins and grandparents. It is very community-based.“The Luleka exchange was an awesome experience.”Chris Verster, a teacher at Rondebosch Prep, said the programme is an extension of existing exchange initiatives at the school. “Our aim was for our boys to experience and understand a little bit of another culture,” he said. “We do a lot of interaction with other ‘of our own’ schools as well as two exchanges abroad, in England and Wales.“We hope for our boys to realise that there are other diverse cultures on our doorstep, that contribute to all of us being South African.”Thandi Matrose, a Luleka Primary School teacher, agrees that the programme helps expose children to other cultures.“We are not that different, even though we eat different food and do different things,” she said.She hopes the exchange will help break what she calls, “the cycle of inferiority, and the race barrier”. She believes that despite 15 years of democracy many black people, especially children in townships, still live with the misconception that white people are better and smarter. The exchange showed that that the children from Khayelitsha never expected to have so much in common with kids from a privileged neighborhood.“It was good to see that he showed respect to my parents,” said Luleka pupil Pabotse Lefatsa of his guest from Rondebosch. “You don’t always expect that from a white person.”Although the boys from both schools discovered they had much more in common than they expected, their experience of education was something else.“The boys from Khayelitsha were amazed by the technology at the school, especially the overhead projectors, and also by the sizes of the classrooms,” said Rondebosch pupil Michael Palframan.Describing Luleka Primary, Jett Rogerson from Rondebosch Prep said: “Their school was very different to ours. The teachers did not seem to care what the pupils did. We could walk around outside, you could throw things, and nothing happened. There was little discipline.”Andile Mamfengu from Khayelitsha said of Rondebosch Prep said: “The school was great, they have good discipline and the classes are also smaller. We have 40 kids in a class, they have only 20.”Verster said the two schools cannot really be compared. “We depend nearly entirely on parents’ school fees. Luleka is a no-fees school. The education department supply schools for basic education; we strive to maintain a school of excellence.”Nonetheless, both groups of boys agreed that the experience had taught them that their differences were mainly on the surface. Behind the privilege and the poverty they are much the same – for the most part, overcoming language and cultural barriers was as easy as grabbing a football.More than that, it broadened their view of human experience. As Rondebosch Prep pupil Michael Palframan said, “I thought this was Cape Town, but it is not. 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Durban’s plan to offset COP 17 footprint

first_img15 November 2011An estimated 15 000 tons of CO2 is expected to be produced during the upcoming United Nations Climate Change Conference, but Durban has a plan to offset the event’s carbon footprint in full – and then some.The 17th Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change takes place in Durban from 28 November to 9 December.The estimate of the event’s footprint is based on the assumption that 25 000 people will visit the city during the conference, along with related factors like accommodation, conference venues, transportation and waste removal logistics.Community Ecosystem Based Adaptation (Ceba)The response takes the form of an initiative called Community Ecosystem Based Adaptation (Ceba), a joint venture between the Wildlands Conservation Trust and the eThekwini municipality. Ceba focuses on the link between communities and the ecosystems and ways in which they can be supported.According to eThekwini Environmental Planning and Climate Protection deputy head, Debra Roberts, the Durban Ceba Initiative is one of the most exciting elements of the city’s broader COP 17 greening programme.Delegates at COP17 will be able to buy “Ceba credits” to offset the carbon footprint of the event.“It has been adopted as the official voluntary offset mechanism for COP 17,” said Roberts. “Delegates, corporates and residents of Durban will be able to contribute towards the project by buying ‘Ceba credits’ to play their part in helping offset the environmental impact associated with hosting COP 17.”National government is said to be focusing on the other aspects of the carbon footprint, such as international air travel. The city has been more concerned with the impact on energy and water resources.uMbilo River catchment projectThe first Ceba project will be the restoration and reforestation of the uMbilo River catchment.Adaptation will be prioritised to counter the effects of the carbon footprint. Ceba will focus on communities restoring their natural ecosystems, creating cleaner and greener neighbourhoods.Each Ceba credit will cost about US$10 (between R80 and R100), and the money raised will be used for the uMbilo River catchment project.Roberts said unemployed people from the neighbouring communities will then be employed as “green collar” workers to first remove alien plants and trees. The project also involves the planting of indigenous plants and trees and restoration of the riverine, wetland and grassland systems.Initial funding for the project will come from the city, the corporate sector and through the Wildlands Conservation Trust.“We want this project to not only benefit the ecological sustainability of the river, but the social sustainability of poor communities along it,” said Roberts.For more information, visit www.durbanceba.org.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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Sensors, Smart Content, and the Future of News

first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#conferences#ETech 2009#Real World#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Nick Bilton from The New York Times R&D Labs was at ETech today, talking about how NYT is preparing for the future of news delivery. His presentation explored how “sensors in every part of our lives [are] helping us aggregate smart content that is relevant to the device we are using”. Bilton said that New York Times is building out more real-time analytics, device detection and granular user interaction, in order to deliver this “smart content” to each user and device. They are focused on the “3 screen” experience: web, mobile, and living room. Bilton said that NYT is also exploring “Newspaper 2.0” and next generation e-ink devices (such as flexible displays). Changes for mobile that NYT is looking at include optimizing for the increasing popularity of touch-screen devices (fueled by the iPhone) and adjusting content on mobile devices based on what the reader clicks on – e.g. if they click for sports news then they know the user is interested in that type of content. Regarding sensors, these devices can be editors according to Bilton. For example if your phone has GPS, then your location can influence what content you see. Or if you’re in your car, your phone could sense that and so NYT could deliver the news to you in audio. It can also change the way NYT does reporting – for example sensors that pick up noise activity could alert reporters to noise problems in NYC (a common problem in that city). Bilton said that NYT has also been experimenting with semacodes, bar codes in the newspaper – although he noted that it has issues, such as it not being understandable for many mainstream people. There are also e-ink and other interactive concepts being tested (example below).CustomTimes interactive newspaper box, photo from NickBilton.comBilton then showed how if NYT was being ‘consumed’ in the living room, they can introduce much more video and use sensor metadata to add to the experience (for example showing content based on location). He also asked the question: why doesn’t my couch have an API? If NYT knew more about the people in the room, how close they are to the TV, etc, then NYT could customize the user interface and content even further.He wrapped up by addressing the so-called death of the newspaper. Bilton argued that “paper is just a device”. He noted that the next generation will be used to accessing content immediately – there will be flexible displays, full immersive video and graphical experiences, more user-generated content. All of these things are just ways of storytelling, he said.Based on this fascinating presentation, we can be sure that newspapers – at least ones with enough money to do this type of research – are far from dead if they evolve with and adapt quickly to technology. NYT is certainly one of the leaders in using technology in news reporting, so it appears to be well positioned.Disclosure: RWW has a syndication relationship with NYT. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img richard macmanus Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Let’s Talk: Quip, Zendesk, and Evernote All Want A Piece Of Your Work Chat

first_imgCognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Tags:#chat#collaboration#collaboration apps#Evernote#QUip#Quip Chat#Slack#work chat#workplace collaboration#Zendesk#Zendesk Inbox owen thomas Quip, an online tool for workplace collaboration, is getting chatty, adding features that let coworkers chat in free-form chatrooms. Chattier, we should say, since Quip launched two years ago with the ability to chat one-on-one or in small groups. But those conversations were always sidebars to the comments and discussion attached to Quip’s documents. Tuesday’s updates to Quip’s desktop and mobile apps allow for freewheeling discussion—with the ability to instantly start a new document when conversation turns serious.The Medium Is The Message“Our product has always had messaging as a central component,” Quip CEO Bret Taylor told me in a recent chat. (On the phone. What can I say, I’m old-fashioned.) “When we launched, the main experience difference, besides being exceptional on mobile devices, was that we integrated messaging with document authoring. We’ve always had messaging as a core part of our product experience, and there’s a lot more messages sent per day than documents, though a lot of those messages are hanging off a document.”One notable thing about chat in Quip is that it’s, well, fun. Taylor and his team noticed that while document-centric discussions were very focused, watercooler discussions were more social in nature. So Quip added some features that seem ripped from BuzzFeed and I Can Has Cheezburger. In Quip chats, you can not just to paste jokey visual memes you find on the Web, but generate new ones on the fly. (My favorite is The Most Interesting Man In The World.)“At first we were a little hesitant and then we really embraced it,” says Taylor of the quirky, GIF-laced nature of online chat. “It’s making the experience of communication more fun and interesting and improving the dynamics of the team that uses it.” There’s serious business at stake, though. Quip has a lot of rivals in harnessing the power of chat—and hoping to have conversations hang off of its core features. Evernote introduced Work Chat in October, to capture discussions around shared notes. Zendesk, which launched an experimental new email-handling offering called Inbox in September, added a feature called Team Talk in March. Zendesk Inbox already let colleagues add internal notes about email sent to group aliases; Team Talk lets them have discussions unattached to particular emails. And then there’s Facebook, which has launched Facebook At Work, a version of its service which lets employees chat with each other using Facebook’s social tools. With Facebook At Work, users set up work accounts which don’t expose any of their personal profiles to coworkers and don’t require adding each other as “friends” to communicate.Talking About BillionsAll of this product development takes place against the backdrop of the runaway growth of Slack, the maker of a team-collaboration tool now used by 750,000 people a day—200,000 of whom are paying something for the privilege. (Rather, typically, their employers are.) Investors recently valued Slack at $2.8 billion. Taylor says he admires Slack for making a “really high-quality product” and notes that many Quip customers use both Quip and Slack together. (Full disclosure: ReadWrite is one of those joint customers.) He believes that what’s driving the addition of chat features into business tools is the deep penetration of mobile devices in the workplace.Push notifications, in particular, have freed up business-software tools from having to rely on email as a channel of communication. And consumer messaging apps like WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger have trained a generation of workers to look anywhere but their email inbox first.This new generation of business tools are creating a new problem, though, as they all add chat, which is that they put a burden on their users to follow conversations from one place to another—or make the hard decision to centralize chatter in one place. That’s difficult if—say, like a certain editor of a certain technology news site—you admire the elegant email handling of Zendesk Inbox, the collaborative document editing of Quip, and the real-time communication features of Slack.“To be perfectly honest, I think we’re in a period of rapid experimentation and innovation in business productivity or business communication,” says Taylor. “Over the next few years, it will be particularly acute.”In consumer social networks, there was a strong winner-take-all effect, as everyone moved to Facebook because that’s what their friends were doing. That seems less likely to happen in social business tools, which tend to be contained within individual, idiosyncratic workplaces. We’ve seen consumer messaging exist in a fragmented state for a while now. Quip—and all of its new chatterbox competitors—may find that it’s hard to talk people into using just one tool.Photo by Drew Stephens; screenshot courtesy of Quip 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowcenter_img IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Related Posts 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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Sarri: ‘Juve couldn’t be beautiful’

first_imgMaurizio Sarri maintains Juventus always planned to take the sting out of Torino before winning late on. “This was not a game where we could try to be beautiful.” The Bianconeri were again far from convincing, but scraped a 1-0 win thanks to Matthijs de Ligt volleying in a Gonzalo Higuain knockdown on a corner. It allowed Juve to stay top of the table, despite Inter beating Bologna 2-1 in stoppages earlier this evening. “This was a very difficult game and it was clear Torino would be extremely determined from the start, so the first phase of the plan was just to contain them and take control of the match later on, then close it towards the end,” the coach told DAZN. “It was a tough game, full of intensity, physicality and tough tackling. It’s not really suited to our characteristics, but we managed to get it done. “This was not the game where we could try to be beautiful. The opposition’s characteristics, current form and the state of the pitch all meant we were forced to play with elements that aren’t our usual approach, so it’s reassuring that we were able to win anyway. Sarri was asked about some of the squad rotation this evening, just days before the Champions League trip to Lokomotiv Moscow. “Bernardeschi has more dynamism and forward runs, whereas Ramsey is better at passing. Ramsey was out injured for a month, but I don’t feel he still has 90 minutes in his legs. It is good to have players who can come off the bench and change gears. “Alex Sandro seemed a little tired and it was only right to give him some rest. Mattia De Sciglio had been out for a while, so he was a little rusty, but once he too got into the rhythm, he did better.” Former Ajax defender De Ligt was at the centre of attention, as he risked giving away another penalty for handball, then scored the winner. “De Ligt struggled in the first 20 minutes, but then got into the game and had a very good second half. He is 19 years old, comes from a much more open and less tactical league than ours, the kind where errors happen and nobody notices. “It’s only natural he’ll need a period of apprenticeship and he is improving.” 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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Referee says ‘air punch, vulgar language’ led to LeBron’s first career ejection

first_imgMalditas save PH from shutout “On that particular play I got fouled all the way up the court, from the time that I stripped him (Johnson) all the way until I got to the rim, and so that’s what it’s about,” James said. “I said what I had to say and I moved on, but he (Fitzgerald) thought that I should get two of them, so it is … we got the win and that’s most important.”James has long complained about not getting calls near the basket, and hinted that his eruption may have been caused by pent-up frustration.“I’m one of the league leaders in points in the paint,” he said. “I drive just as much as anybody. At this point, it’s almost like they’re trying to turn me into a jump shooter. I can’t be a jump shooter. I’m not a jump shooter. I watch games every single night and I see jump shooters going to the line multiple, double-digit times every night.“I’m not a jump shooter and I get fouled just as much as everybody else, so it’s going to the line one time, three times or four times, that’s not what it’s about.”Fitzgerald said he couldn’t let James’ actions go unpunished.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Love scored 32 of his 38 points in the first half and James added 21 as the Cavaliers extended their winning streak to nine.READ: Love scores 38, LeBron ejected as Cavs beat Heat FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingWith the Cavs leading by 23, James, who had attempted just one free throw at that point, drove the length of the floor and drew contact from Miami’s James Johnson and Dion Waiters. When he didn’t hear a whistle, James screamed and gestured toward referee Kane Fitzgerald, who quickly called a technical and pointed for the three-time champion to leave the floor.It was the first time James had been thrown out in 1,082 career NBA games, and he said it was a first since he started playing basketball as a boy in Akron. MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim LATEST STORIES MOST READ The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James leaves the court after being ejected for a double technical in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat, Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017, in Cleveland. The Cavaliers won 108-97. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)CLEVELAND — LeBron James lost his cool. Kevin Love and Cavaliers stayed just as hot.Incensed at not getting a foul called on a drive to the basket, James was ejected for the first time in his illustrious career on Tuesday night, tossed in the third quarter of Cleveland’s 108-97 win over the Miami Heat.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img “It was a culmination of a couple different acts,” he told a pool reporter. “Immediately after the no-call, he turned and threw an air punch directly at me and then he aggressively charged at me and then he used vulgarity in my ear a few times.”Love had his way with every defender Miami put on him, finishing 10 of 16 from the field and 14 of 17 on free throws. He scored 22 in the first quarter and the Cavs opened a 27-point lead before halftime.Dwyane Wade added 17 points for Cleveland, which has shaken off a slow start and is again playing like the team to beat in the Eastern Conference.Wade said he has seen James that mad before.“I just ain’t never seen him get ejected,” Wade said. “But I’ve definitely seen him that mad before. He only got one ejection — 15 years, that’s pretty good.”Waiters scored 21 and Bam Adebayo had 19 for the Heat, who had won three in a row. Goran Dragic finished with just seven points — 12 below his team-leading scoring average.The Heat closed to 93-76 early in the fourth, but Wade scored six straight points and fed Kyle Korver for a 3-pointer to give Cleveland a 102-79 lead.“Felt that I needed to do something to help this team keep our lead,” Wade said. “Just got in an aggressive mindset, got a couple shots to fall and had a nice assist to Kyle for a long three-ball.”TIP-INSSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Notre Dame Wore “Fr. Ted” Patches Last Night Against Louisville To Honor Father Theodore Hesburgh

first_imgA closeup of Notre Dame's mascot during a basketball game.NEW YORK, NY – MARCH 08: The Notre Dame Fighting Irish mascot cheers on the court during a timeout against the South Florida Bulls during the quarterfinals of the Big East Men’s Basketball Tournament at Madison Square Garden on March 8, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)On February 26, the Notre Dame community lost one of its finest members, Rev. Theodore Hesburgh. Hesburgh, or Father Ted as he was known, served as the school’s president from 1952-1987 and had an incredible impact on the community. Wednesday night, the men’s basketball team paid tribute to Hesburgh.The Fighting Irish wore “Fr. Ted” decals on their jerseys, and officially dedicated their win over Louisville to his memory. Check it out:We are proud to dedicate tonight’s win to the memory of Fr. Ted. #ThankYouFrTed pic.twitter.com/QEL8ehGDpq— Notre Dame MBB (@NDmbb) March 5, 2015Our thoughts and prayers go out to Hesburgh’s family and friends.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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