After much speculation, presidential hopeful Mitt Romney selected Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., to join his bid for the White House as his running mate. Differing opinions are emerging as to whether the addition to the GOP ticket will bolster or weaken public favor. Journalism professor Jack Colwell said the Ryan pick was made with the intention of reinvigorating the conservative base. “I think [the selection] helped initially by energizing the base, especially the very conservative and Tea Party voters, who were suspicious of Romney, and thought that maybe he was a moderate,” Colwell said. “[Romney] wanted to have the campaign focus on economic issues … he thought Ryan was kind of the ‘fiscal guy,’ chairman of the House Budget Committee.” Colwell said voter participation is likely to be the determining factor in the race. “That’s the key,” he said. “The country is pretty well split down the middle. Whichever side gets their voters to the polls could decide it.” Although the GOP ticket with Ryan stands to make gains from the right, Colwell said Ryan’s past stands on social programs and economic issues may hurt Romney’s prospects with senior citizens. “You have Medicare in the budget that [Ryan] initially passed through the House,” he said. “His proposal to have a voucher system is having real problems, especially in Florida.” Women, Colwell said, will be hesitant to vote for a ticket with the ardently pro-life candidate attached. “The big problem is that it’s not helping with women, and there’s already a big gender gap, with women, by a sizable margin, for [President Barack] Obama,” he said. Colwell said the media’s associating Ryan with recent comments made by Rep. Todd Akin, R-Miss., regarding abortion in the case of rape has created an additional challenge with the women’s vote. Ryan previous co-sponsored a bill with Akin that included an exception on prohibiting government funding of abortion in the case of “forceable” rape, Colwell said. “The worst thing is Todd Akin’s [comments],” he said. “That’s something that Romney couldn’t have envisioned. It brought up the whole abortion issue.” Sophomore Patrick Butler, director of political affairs for Notre Dame’s College Republicans, said he expects the debate to refocus on the economic issues, where the Ryan pick is bound to make a strong statement. “They want to make a very bold contrast between the current administration and how Romney will handle things,” Butler said. “It’s a very bold statement about the economy and Medicare.” Butler admitted Ryan’s tight fiscal policies are unlikely to win over many seniors, but said they may attract younger Americans concerned with the deficit. “It might help among students like us. This is our future. We kind of have to worry about [the deficit]. I’d say it really depends on how much of Ryan’s plan Romney endorses.” College Democrats president Camille Suarez said Ryan’s policies could isolate an even larger portion of the populace. “I think the Ryan pick is definitely going to lose the lower-middle class,” she said. “If you look at his budget plan, it’s going to make taxes go up for Middle America.” Suarez said his very conservative views might have more impact on the campaign process than simply winning or losing votes. “He’s kind of representing the Republican economic plan, and it’s doing a lot to polarize the election,” she said. “That isn’t good for either party, and it gives the independent voters a harder choice.” After the media frenzy surrounding the vice-presidential nomination of the then-Alaska governor Sarah Palin in 2008, Colwell said Ryan is a more reliable choice. “Ryan is no Sarah Palin,” he said. “She was not ready for primetime. I think Ryan is … If someone asks what newspapers he reads, he’ll be able to name one.” Butler said Ryan is more dependable and independent than his opposition, the sitting vice president. “Ryan can definitely hold his own,” he said. “You don’t have to be worried about what he says, unlike Joe Biden.” Butler said the Ryan choice served as a reminder for his club to stay on point. “I think it energized at least our leadership,” he said. “We have to realize we have an election coming up, and I think the Paul Ryan pick has gotten us to realize this is the home stretch.” Suarez said her club is now more driven to keep the administration in office and prevent Ryan’s policies from being implemented. “I think we’re going to focus more on the national election now he’s been nominated,” she said. “Even the [U.S. Conference of Catholic] Bishops spoke out against [Ryan’s economic plan] which raises a red flag … We need to do all we can to make sure he’s not in office.” Though Colwell said he believes Ryan is a good strategic choice for Romney, his viability as a running mate won’t be clear until November. “I thought he was a good choice, and ultimately, if Romney goes on to win, it will be analyzed as a good choice,” he said. “The jury’s out on this, the focus for weeks now is on these social issue and on what ‘legitimate rape’ is and things like that, that will just kill the Republican ticket … They’ll certainly try to avoid that, and possibly, they can get the focus on the economy.”
Feeling lost in London? Need to connect with other South Africans, find a job, hear about home or just wake up and smell the boerewors? Check out our comprehensive guide to South African news, services, social clubs, communities, business networks and entertainment in London. AaardvarkSoos baie van julle seker al gehoor het, het daar ‘n nuwe Afrikaanse pub oopgemaak in Surray Quays. Kom maak gerus ‘n draai. Oop elke aand vanaf 18.00.The Africa Centre The heart of Africa in the heart of London.African South Portal and forum for Saffers in the UK. AfricaUKNews, entertainment, business, networking, discussion forums, listings of African service providers and organisations in the UK. AntipodateSite for Aussies, Kiwis, Saffas, Zimbos or other southern hemisphere expats in the UK and Ireland who are looking for a friend, date, travel partner or serious relationship. Black PepperBlack Pepper provides entertainment for South Africans in the UK. The company organise concerts, parties, comedians, golf days, DJs, corporate events, outings, sporting events and coach trips. The Bok BarThe Springbok Bar has been renamed and refurbished. There are two Bok Bars in London, offering South African beers and wines, as well as plasma TV screens for sporting events. Braai ClubA free social club that organises braais for South Africans in the UK, “and shares our braaing expertise with our UK hosts”. The club offers discounts and other services to members. Community HeartCommunity Heart is a Manchester-based charity focused on health, education and reconstruction training projects in South Africa, based on the principle of self-help. Volunteers collect books for SA schoolchildren and raise funds for Rape Crisis and HIV/Aids-orphan projects, among others. GumtreeGumtree was started in London in 2000 as a community site designed to connect people who had just arrived in the city and needed help with accommodation, employment and social opportunities. It’s now London’s largest flat share and job site, and one of the city’s best local buy-and-sell forums. There are also Gumtree sites for Birmingham, Brighton, Bristol, Guildford, Manchester, Reading, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Cardiff and Dublin, as well as at home in Cape Town, Durban and Joburg. Homecoming RevolutionAn independent non-profit organisation aimed at encouraging and helping South Africans living abroad to return home. Organises numerous events and seminars. JislaaikPortal for South African expats offering news, jobs, e-mail, a dating service and more.KaeKapaKaeNews and event links, plus a gadget/CD/DVD store, for South Africans in London and the UK.Radio SA Radio station for South African expats, broadcast from London. Listen online. Rainbow NationAn advice and information portal for South Africans living and working in the UK. Links to forums, immigration advice, clubs and societies, recipes, online shops and more. SA Business ClubThe South African Business Club was launched in September 1993 as a meeting point for South African business people in the UK. The club allows South Africans and those with South African connections to network and pool resources for business development both in the UK and abroad. An online directory of members is maintained with members-only access. Saffers UniteA social club for South Africans, Australians and New Zealanders in London. Organises drinks and parties in London via an e-mail database. It’s a fun, non-commercial service so, unless otherwise stated, there is no cost. SanzaA site for Sanzas (South Africans, Kiwis and Aussies) living in the UK. Offers a range of information, news from home, a chat forum, competitions, an events diary and an online shop for goodies from home.SA PROMO Home-based South African? Make sure South Africans living in the UK don’t forget about your products and services. UK-based South African? Get quick access to world-class products and services by South Africans, for South Africans. SA ReunitedTrack down your long-lost South African school, university and army friends. Read their notes and view their photos. Includes a dating service. South African TimesThe South African Times has been the voice of South Africans in the UK since 1993 and has recently been re launched on a monthly basis. It is a free magazine available on the last Tuesday of every month, from branded bins and promotional teams at South West tube stations, as well as South African shops, bars and supermarkets in the South West. The new South African Times website offers the latest news, expat events, visa advice, discussion forums and a jobs section.SlapchipsA comprehensive directory of South African businesses and clubs in the UK and across the world.South Africa HouseThe South African High Commission to the UK, based in London. The South AfricanAnother free newspaper, read by an estimated 80,000 South Africans throughout the UK and Europe on a weekly basis. It is distributed every Wednesday and available at a range of tube stations, restaurants, pubs, travel agents and other South African hot spots in greater London, Edinburgh, Cardiff, Reading, Oxford, Cambridge and Brighton. Springbok Supporters ClubThe official Springbok Supporters Club in the UK. UpnUnder ComedyBased in London, UpnUnder is the northern hemisphere’s only South African promoted comedy touring and productions agency. It brings the best international touring comedians from South Africa to audiences in the UK, South Africa, Europe and the world. VoetsekBiltong, news, opinion, flights, info, jobs e-mail, visa help, advice and many other services for South Africans in London, the UK, Ireland and Europe.WORKgateways Helps organise engineering, town planning, construction, nursing and other jobs in the UK for travellers from South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and Canada.Yebo Africa Cheap phone calls from the UK to South African landlines and mobiles, and to Zimbabwean landlines. Zulus BarZulus Bars are South African themed bars, one in Leytonstone (east London), and one in Fulham (southwest London).
In trouble for five more IPS officers from West Bengal cadre, the Centre has decided to strip them of their medals and debar them from being empanelled for Central deputation, a senior government official said on Thursday.The officers had participated in a sit-in with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on February 4. Ms. Banerjee had sat on a dharna after a team of CBI officials had arrived at the residence of Kolkata commissioner of police Rajeev Kumar to question him in the Saradha chit fund case. Earlier, Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) had asked the West Bengal government to initiate disciplinary proceedings against Mr. Kumar, a 1989 batch IPS officer, for participating in the protest with the chief minister.Prakash Singh, former DGP of Uttar Pradesh who moved the Supreme Court on police reforms said the officers violated conduct rules but the Centre would expose themselves of being “vindictive and petty” to debar them from central deputation. He said the officers were caught in crossfire and they were pawns in a high voltage political drama between Centre and the State.“Central government has taken a dim view of serving officers of uniformed forces taking part in sit-ins, dharnas etc. With respect to the officers who had participated in a dharna in Kolkata on 4th February, MHA is reported to have asked the W.B Government to take action as per All India Service conduct rules,” the official said.The five officers apart from Mr. Kumar who participated in the sit-in are- Virendra (85 batch), DGP W.B; Vineet Kumar Goel (94 batch), ADG, Director, Security; Anuj Sharma (91) ADG Law and Order; Gyanwant Singh (93), CP, Bidhannagar – he was in uniform and Supratim Sarkar (97) Additional CP.“In addition a number of measures are also being considered to be initiated against defaulting officers such as withdrawing medals or decorations which were conferred on them like meritorious service etc. Centre may also remove names of the delinquent officers from the empanelled list and bar them for a certain period from serving in the Central government,” the official said. Centre is contemplating issuing an advisory to all the States to ensure that officers of uniformed forces adhere to the conduct rules and maintain decorum.Out of the five officers, Mr. Virendra received President Police Medal for Gallantry in 2010 and Mr. Sharma got the President’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service in 2016. “I entirely disagree with any such course of action against All India Services officers, you (Centre) are guilty of being vindictive and petty. You don’t develop mechanism to insulate officers from political interference. I don’t recall any one being punished severely for such action,” Mr. Singh said. Former Delhi Police commissioner Ajay Raj Sharma he doesn’t recall any such instance in the past where such punishment was contemplated for the officers. “The IPS is a disciplined service, there are certain rules which should be followed, it for the government to decide the quantum of punishment,” Mr. Sharma said.
Jocelyn Gonzaga wins PSL Invitational MVP/CONTRIBUTED PHOTOJovelyn Gonzaga on Wednesday was named to yet another national team lineup, and as an enlisted personnel in the Philippine Army, she knows she’s playing for more than the country’s pride.The outspoken opposite hitter said her stint as a national team player isn’t only for herself, but for also her comrades who are out in the field.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken READ: Volleyball’s reluctant starThe former skipper of the team that played in the 2015 SEA Games said she’s overwhelmed by another opportunity to continue her national career.“There’s pride but at the same time there’s pressure,” said Gonzaga. “I will have an opportunity to continue my dreams.”ADVERTISEMENT 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 Lassiter nails clutch 3 as Beermen slip past Hotshots 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire READ: Reyes, Valdez headline PH volleyball team roster“As a soldier, you’re affected with what happens to your fellow soldiers who are out there fighting,” said Gonzaga. “When a soldier is hurt, you also feel their pain.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“So that is why I’m offering whatever I achieve as a national team player to my fellow soldiers.”Gonzaga is part of the 12-woman lineup the Larong Volleyball ng Pilipinas Inc. tasked to take part in future international tournaments. World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide MOST READ What ‘missteps’? LATEST STORIES View comments
The upcoming La Liga fixture will see Atletico Madrid meet Espanyol on Sunday, November 10, at the Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid. Atletico Madrid, who on a three-game winless streak, will be looking for a change in momentum to get them back on track. Meanwhile, Espanyol, who are yet to make a mark in the tournament this season, will try to turn the table of fortune. The La Liga fixture Atletico Madrid vs Espanyol will commence at 8:30 pm.Speaking to the media after Wednesday”s 2-1 loss at Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League, Atletico coach Diego Simeone said, “The first person responsible is me.” La Liga 2019-20 Atletico Madrid Possible Lineup vs Espanyol: Oblak, Jesus Gamez, Godin, Gimenez, Filipe Luis, Tiago, Gabi, Koke, Oliver Torres, Griezmann, Vietto.La Liga 2019-20 Espanyol Possible Lineup vs Atletico Madrid: Pau Lopez, Javi Lopez, Roco, Gonzalez, Ruben Duarte, Diop, Sanchez, Alvarez, Asensio, Perez, Caicedo.Where to watch La Liga 2019 Atletico Madrid vs Espanyol live in India?Atletico Madrid vs Espanyol will commence at 8:30 pm on Sunday, November 10. The La Liga 2019 Atletico Madrid vs Espanyol match will be at the Wanda Metropolitano. The La Liga Atletico Madrid vs Espanyol match live telecast will be on Facebook.How and where to watch online La Liga 2019 Atletico Madrid vs Espanyol live streaming?The Atletico Madrid vs Espanyol live stream will be available on the Facebook app and facebook.com website in India. atletico madridEspanyolfootballla liga First Published: November 10, 2019, 1:04 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Everton STUNNER! UK government blocked sensational Ferenc Puskas dealby Paul Vegas13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveIt’s been revealed Everton made a sensational attempt to sign Hungarian and Real Madrid great Ferenc Puskas.The move is confirmed in Gavin Buckland’s book on Everton in the 1960s “Money Can’t Buy Us Love”.The Liverpool Echo reports the book reveals that John Moores, the benefactor of the Mersey Millionaires, tried to use his financial muscle to sign the Real Madrid magician in 1960, the year Puskas scored four goals in the famous European Cup final against Eintracht Frankfurt at Hampden Park.Moores’ words delivered to Everton shareholders in December 1960 are published:”It is no use people telling us to go out and buy world-class players like Real Madrid can do. The League rules will not allow it.”If I had offered Puskas a £15,000 signing on fee when he left Hungary, and made him a director of Littlewoods at £10,000 a year, I still could not have signed him for Everton because the Home Office would not have admitted him into the country as an alien, the Players’ Union would have objected and the League would have vetoed it too.”The Everton chairman then bitterly fired off his frustrations to Mike Langley of the Daily Express in August 1962.”Real Madrid, with naturalised Hungarians and Argentinians, are almost helped by the Spanish government to build the world’s best team.”Our government has no interest in football apart from taking millions in pools money out of the game and putting none of it back.”
Fast-growing Aurora Cannabis Inc. struck twice Thursday, announcing the purchase of greenhouse design firm Larssen Ltd. in the morning and medical marijuana applicant H2 Biopharma Inc. of Lachute, Que., for up to $25 million in stock after markets closed.The Alberta-based cannabis producer said in the later news release that Larssen’s expertise will “play an instrumental role” in the final design of H2’s 4,300-square-metre cannabis production facility in the Montreal area, which it said is 80 per cent construction complete.Aurora said it intends to use its ownership of Larssen to pressure other cannabis producers to enter partnerships.Larssen is involved with more than 15 cannabis industry clients globally, including five Canadian licensed producers, but its Canadian deals will be reassessed once the buyout announced Thursday is completed, it said.“We’re going to certainly encourage those to proceed but we’re going to require some level of partnership, whether that be an equity stake or a supply agreement or other things,” said Aurora (TSX:ACB) executive vice-president Cam Battley.“We’re open to various formulae.”He wouldn’t name the five Canadian companies but said they don’t include CanniMed Therapeutics Inc., against which it is pursuing an all-stock hostile takeover bid, or Newstrike Resources Ltd., a company CanniMed is attempting to buy.According to its website, cannabis producer The Green Organic Dutchman Holdings Ltd. is working with Larssen to build a large greenhouse in Quebec. It did not return a request for comment Thursday.Analyst Russell Stanley of Echelon Wealth Partners, who covers CanniMed but not Aurora, said he doesn’t know which Canadian companies Aurora is referring to in its release.He said it’s highly unusual for the buyer of a service company to so publicly declare that it will revise its deals with competitors.“I think in the context of also announcing plans to launch a hostile (bid) for CanniMed, clearly Aurora is being very aggressive in its growth strategy,” he said.He said the rapid rise in share price for Aurora and other cannabis companies means they can afford to make acquisitions very cheaply through stock offers.“You’re going to see M&A activity pick up, scale is going to become increasingly important,” he said.Aurora shares gained 32 cents or about five per cent to close at $6.74 on Thursday.Financial terms of the Larssen deal were not disclosed, but Aurora said they include performance-based milestone payments.Larssen, which has offices in Denmark and Burlington, Ont., is designing, engineering and overseeing construction of the half-built Aurora Sky cannabis greenhouse near the Edmonton International Airport which will have capacity to produce 100,000 kilograms of cannabis per year.Battley said the facility will be a closed system hybrid greenhouse capable of precise control of light, heat, humidity and nutrients to produce “ultra low cost” cannabis. To ensure no contaminants enter the system, the air system is designed to be overpressured and overhead robotic cranes will help to replace humans in the growing areas.Thomas Larssen, principal owner of Larssen Ltd., is to head up a new subsidiary called Aurora Larssen Projects Ltd.Aurora said Larssen is on pace to generate about $6 million in revenue in the next 12 months.H2 Biopharma is a late-stage medical marijuana licence applicant, Aurora said. Its facility is to produce up to 4,500 kilograms of cannabis per year and is situated on property that will allow expansion.Aurora said it will make an initial payment of $10 million in shares, with further payments dependent on completion of the facility, granting of cultivation and sales licences by Health Canada and municipal approval for expansion of the facility.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.
The biggest killers of wildlife globally are unsustainable hunting and harvesting, and the conversion of huge swathes of natural habitat into farms, housing estates, roads, and other industrial activities. There is little doubt that these threats are driving the current mass extinction crisis. Yet our understanding of where these threats overlap with the locations of sensitive species has been poor. This limits our ability to target conservation efforts to the most important places. Also Read – A special kind of bondIn our new study, published today in Plos Biology, we mapped 15 of the most harmful human threats – including hunting and land clearing – within the locations of 5,457 threatened mammals, birds and amphibians globally. We found that 1,237 species – a quarter of those assessed – are impacted by threats that cover more than 90 per cent of their distributions. These species include many large, charismatic mammals such as lions and elephants. Most concerningly of all, we identified 395 species that are impacted by threats across 100 per cent of their range. Also Read – Insider threat management Mapping the risks We only mapped threats within a species location if those threats are known to specifically endanger that species. For example, the African lion is threatened by urbanisation, hunting and trapping, so we only quantified the overlap of those specific hazards for this species. This allowed us to determine the parts of a species’ home range that are impacted by threats and, conversely, the parts that are free of threats and therefore serve as refuges. We could then identify global hotspots of human impacts on threatened species, as well as “coolspots” where species are largely threat-free. The fact that so many species face threats across almost all of their range has grave consequences. These species are likely to continue to decline and possibly die out in the impacted parts of their ranges. Completely impacted species certainly face extinction without targeted conservation action. Conversely, we found more than 1,000 species that were not impacted by human threats at all. Although this is positive news, it is important to note that we have not mapped every possible threat, so our results likely underestimate the true impact. For example, we didn’t account for diseases, which are a major threat to amphibians, or climate change, which is a major threat to virtually all species. Hotspots and coolspots We produced the first global map of human impacts on threatened species by combining the parts of each species range that are exposed to threats. The overwhelmingly dominant global hotspot for human impacts on threatened species is Southeast Asia. This region contains the top five countries with the most threats to species. These include Malaysia, Brunei, Singapore, Indonesia, and Myanmar. The most impacted ecosystems include mangroves and tropical forests, which concerningly are home to the greatest diversity of life on Earth. We also created a global map of coolspots by combining the parts of species ranges that are free from human threats. This map identifies the last vestiges of wild places where threatened species have shelter from the ravages of guns, snares, and bulldozers. As such, these are crucial conservation strongholds. Coolspots include parts of the Amazon rainforest, the Andes, the eastern Himalayas, and the forests of Liberia in West Africa. In many places, coolspots are located near hotspots. This makes sense because in species-rich areas it is likely that many animals are impacted whereas many others are not, due to their varying sensitivity to different threats. What next? There is room for optimism because all the threats we map can be stopped by conservation action. But we need to make sure this action is directed to priority areas, and that it has enough financial and political support. An obvious first step is to secure threat-free refuges for particular species, via actions such as protected areas, which are paramount for their survival. To ensure the survival of highly impacted species with little or no access to refuges, “active threat management” is needed to open enough viable habitat for them to survive. For example, tiger numbers in Nepal have doubled since 2009, mainly as a result of targeted anti-poaching efforts. Tackling threats and protecting refuges are complementary approaches that will be most effective if carried out simultaneously. Our study provides information that can help guide these efforts and help to make national and global conservation plans as successful as possible. (The authors of this article are James Allan, Christopher O’Bryan, and James Watson. They acknowledge the contributions of Hugh Possingham, Oscar Venter, Moreno Di Marco and Scott Consaul Atkinson to the research on which this article is based. This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Views are personal)
Then-redshirt-junior cornerback Bradley Roby (1) lines up in coverage during a game against Penn State Oct. 26 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 63-14.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorFormer Ohio State football player Bradley Roby pleaded guilty to having “physical control” of a vehicle while impaired, reduced from a charge of operating a vehicle under the influence, Tuesday.According to the Franklin County court report, Roby was fined $375 in addition to court fees.Roby was also sentenced to 180 days in jail, a sentence that was suspended on the condition that Roby participate in a three-day driver intervention program. He was given 30 days of probation as well.The former OSU cornerback was charged with OVI April 20.Roby’s agent Michael Perrett issued the following statement to The Lantern following Roby’s plea deal Tuesday.“Though my client, Bradley Roby, maintains his innocence and feels he would have been completely exonerated had he taken this matter to trial, Bradley has accepted the prosecutor’s offer of a reduced charge to ‘physical control’ to bring closure and finality to this situation ahead of next week’s NFL draft,” Perrett said in an email.“A ‘physical control’ citation is a non-moving violation that will not result in any points being added to his driving record and there will be no license suspension. Bradley is scheduled to complete a three-day alcohol educational class this week which will effectively terminate the case. This plea was accepted by the judge and entered into the record today … Bradley is very focused and is excited about starting his NFL career.”Roby, who was a three-year starter for the Buckeyes, voiced his frustration with the matter last week.“I was not driving . I did not get arrested . Was not in a cell . No finger prints . No mugshot,” Roby tweeted April 25 from his personal account, @BradRoby_1.Roby did not immediately respond an email requesting comment Tuesday.He was suspended the first game of the 2013 season after an incident at a bar in Bloomington, Ind., in July. The charges in that case were later dropped.Roby, who redshirted the 2010 season, recorded eight interceptions and 179 total tackles in his time at OSU and was named an All-American by ESPN in 2012. He is one of 30 NFL prospects scheduled to attend the NFL Draft in New York May 8.
Former Buckeyes Marshon Lattimore, Tyvis Powell and Darron Lee catch up during the Spring Game on April 15. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Former Photo EditorFormer Ohio State football players were in action in Week 4 of the NFL season. Of league rookies, sophomores and veterans, here are a few of the latest performances from former Buckeyes.New York Jets LB Darron LeeThe New York Jets faced the Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday, and second-year linebacker Darron Lee had an impressive game after struggling to start the season. He tallied seven tackles (four solo, three assists) including a key tackle during the Jaguars’ drive in overtime. __________________________________New Orleans Saints WR Michael ThomasIt was just another day at the office for Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas against the Miami Dolphins in London Sunday. Thomas caught eight passes for 89 yards and a touchdown in a dominant 20-0 win.__________________________________New Orleans Saints CB Marshon LattimoreMarshon Lattimore shined Sunday as the Saints’ defense shut out the Dolphins in a 20-0 blowout. Lattimore had five tackles and a forced fumble in a dominant defensive performance. For the first time in a few seasons, the Saints have a potential star on the defensive side of the football, an encouraging sign for a team that consistently produces offensively.__________________________________Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel ElliottDallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott had a strong performance Sunday as the Cowboys sprinted to an early lead against the Los Angeles Rams. Elliott did a little bit of everything, rushing 21 times for 85 yards and catching four passes for 54 yards. He scored a rushing and receiving touchdown. __________________________________Pittsburgh Steelers LB Ryan ShazierThe Pittsburgh Steelers and linebacker Ryan Shazier rocked their rival, the Baltimore Ravens, 26-9. Shazier was all over the field, totalling 11 tackles along with an interception and three passes defended. The Steelers’ defense has been somewhat inconsistent on a week-to-week basis. However, Shazier has been one of the team’s more consistent performers.__________________________________Other notable players:Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa: six tackles against the Philadelphia EaglesIndianapolis Colts safety Malik Hooker: one interception against the Seattle SeahawksSan Francisco running back Carlos Hyde: 16 carries for 68 yards against the Arizona CardinalsCarolina Panthers wide receiver Curtis Samuel: Did not play against the New England Patriots