Watch the broadcast of Dershowitz’s statements, and the responses by both Morgan and University of Cape Town academic Kelly Phelps on Media Club South Africa 25 March 2014At the start of the Oscar Pistorius trial, celebrity US lawyer Alan Dershowitz suggested on CNN that Pistorius would not get justice as South Africa was a “failed state”, and the trial “racial”. Simon Barber, Brand South Africa’s country manager for the US, wrote this open letter to Dershowitz in response.Simon Barber, Brand South Africa’s country manager for the US, wrote an open letter to Dershowitz.Click here to read Barber’s letter. Read more on Media Club South Africa: Alan Dershowitz: ‘An unworthy set of reflexive assumptions?’
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ever since my junior high days I have been a runner. I joined the track team because it seemed like the thing to do at the time. Since then, I have never stopped running.I cannot say how many of my stories have been mentally crafted during a late night run on back country roads guided by moonlight and accompanied by the crickets and rustling corn leaves in the lonely rural farm fields around me. My running keeps me in reasonable shape (even during farm meeting/banquet season) and helps keep me in tune with the seasons and agriculture around me — whether it is watching planting progress, smelling the corn pollinating, looking on as combines roll through the fields, or running through the frozen, snow-covered landscape in winter. Running also helps me organize my thoughts, plan my day and (believe it or not) relax for a bit.And, although I do not really follow competitive running all that closely, I really have admiration for those who excel at distance running and the unbelievable dedication and hard work required for success. Combine that with my love of watching the Olympics and I could not help but be a bit star-struck when I got the chance to sit down and talk with Clayton Murphy.The 21-year-old Darke County native and University of Akron student is competing in the Rio Olympics this month as a member of the U.S.A. Track & Field Team in the 800-meter run. He is also sponsored by Nike and will be competing internationally in middle distance races well beyond the Olympics.He won the 800 at the Olympic Trials on July 4.“I don’t think I expected to be first, but the goal was to be in the top three to qualify,” he said. “There are not really many words to express that initial feeling when you first realize you’re an Olympian. It was pretty overwhelming.”Of course, along with the information for the story, I couldn’t help but talk about running with Clayton. I was really curious about his training regimen.“I’ll run every day for two weeks and take a day off. I typically get up at 7 and eat a big breakfast and workout at 9 starting with a warm up of a couple of miles. After that I’ll do repeats on the track then cool down for a couple of miles. I do some core stretching too and a lot of bodyweight strength training with push-ups, pull-ups and other things,” he said. “My long runs are 10 miles to work on endurance and maintain a high level of fitness. I do four miles for my short runs. I’ll run twice a day a couple of times a week.”So what does an Olympian eat?“I try to eat three good meals a day: eggs and toast for breakfast, a lunchmeat sandwich for lunch, and maybe meat and pasta for dinner. I love milk, too. I don’t drink quite as much now but I used to drink a couple of gallons a week,” Murphy said. “I really work at eating right and taking care of myself.”But he wouldn’t be a college student without some dietary vices.“I’ll drink a soda every now and then. I’ll eat some Oreos — double stuff — before bed sometimes and splurge,” he said. “I also really like to eat vanilla wafers, Lucky Charms and ice cream. I like chocolate chip cookie dough the best, but if it is ice cream I’ll eat it.”And — a little known fact — though he loves Oreos and milk, he does not enjoy dipping the cookies in the milk. He drinks it separately.One unfortunate circumstance of Clayton’s incredible success is that he will be missing the late-August Great Darke County Fair, an act considered almost treasonous in some local circles.“This will be the second year in row that I have missed the county fair. I’ll miss the shows and the fair food (sugar waffles) at the Great Darke County Fair,” he said. “These are the only two years I have missed it since I can remember.”Despite his absence at the fair, Clayton has gotten tremendous support from his home community.“Darke County now has a personal connection to the Olympics and it is cool to have that,” he said. “Everyone has been so supportive.”While my running accomplishments do not really have that many similarities to Clayton’s, I do plan on drinking more milk, enjoying Lucky Charms and ice cream more regularly and, on my next trip to the Darke County Fair, I will run (or at least jog) to the sugar waffle booth. We can’t all be Olympians, but that won’t stop me from eating like one.
Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#mobile#web marshall kirkpatrick Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Location based social network Foursquare is the darling of the media’s eye these days and appears to be growing very fast. Rumors are growing louder that Netscape co-founder Marc Andreesen’s venture capital fund is about to invest in the startup and the company now reports that it sees “100,000 new users every 10 days.”Is old-school local social network Yelp scared? No, says Eric Singley, Yelp’s Director of Consumer and Mobile Products. Singley told us he finds Foursquare’s user numbers “hard to quantify” and said “they don’t blow my mind.” Foursquare may be fun, he says, but Yelp remains the best place to find good restaurants and bars to patronize. Yelp is also much bigger than Foursquare. Tonight the company is making a number of mobile announcements that seem aimed directly at defending Yelp’s crown.Yelp Mobile is Already BigStarting tonight, local businesses that have created free accounts and claimed their listings on Yelp will receive additional analytics specific to mobile user traffic: the number of times they’ve shown up in mobile search, the number of times mobile users have clicked to call them by telephone and the number of times users have clicked for directions to their business.Yelp says that 2 million unique users searched on a mobile Yelp app last month, performing 27% of the total searches the company saw. The entire Foursquare network claims 1.8 million users. Yelp said this Spring that it sees 31 million unique visitors to its website every month. That means Yelp is probably at least 15 times as big as Foursquare. The tech press is fixated on Foursquare (ourselves included) because it is more social networky, more innovative and may be significantly faster growing. It’s only 15 months old. It’s also a lot less useful than Yelp is. Founded by an ex-PayPal crew more than five years ago, Yelp has raised about $30 million in venture funding itself. Two and a half years ago it had a rumored valuation that was already two and a half times what Foursquare’s reported valuation is today.Possibly as soon as next month, Singley says Yelp will release an Android app with check-ins, a feature clearly modeled after upstarts like Foursquare but that Yelp says is proving successful with its users as well.Foursquare is very interesting, as a multi-purpose location platform it may prove a very disruptive technology. Maybe. But it will be hard pressed to turn the tables between business owners and consumers the way Yelp has in this country and it remains a fraction of the size as a business, despite the hype.Business owners all around the United States will begin getting emails tonight showing them just how important Yelp’s own mobile applications are to their bottom line. Foursquare loyalty programs might be big someday, but Yelp mobile numbers are likely to make a big impression right away. The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Related Posts
Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Here are this week’s best players:(1) CJ Perez – F, Lyceum Pirates24 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists, 4 stealsLast Week: 1CJ Perez. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIf you still don’t know who CJ Perez is at this point, where in the world have you been?ADVERTISEMENT The undoubted leader of Lyceum once again spread his wings, highlighting a dominating 100-63 thumping of JRU with a pair of thunderous slams on Friday.But he’s not just all style as Perez also showed he has substance to nab the throne for the third consecutive week and fifth overall, solidifying his case for the league’s Most Valuable Player award.But the last remaining test for the Pirates will be in this upcoming week as Lyceum and San Beda clash anew with an 18-0 sweep on the line.(2) Lervin Flores – C, Arellano Chiefs11.5 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 4.0 blocksLast Week: N/ALervin Flores. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netTalk about staying alive.Dead and gone a few weeks back, Arellano woke up from its slumber just in the nick of time to make a late case for the Final Four.It shouldn’t come as a surprise, too, that Lervin Flores’ stellar play coincided with the three-game winning stretch as he rekindled his magic and established himself once again as a force to be reckoned with down low.One more win separates the Chiefs from their goal of forcing a playoff, and Flores is once again expected to backstop his side in their all-important clash against Perpetual. Robert Bolick. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netHe’s not going anywhere just yet as Robert Bolick is staying in San Beda.Skipping this year’s draft, the veteran playmaker showed how valuable he is for the Red Lions as he helped his team to pull off the 73-68 win over Letran on Friday.It’s just the kind of performance the San Beda faithful have gotten themselves accustomed to, and something they will look forward to as the Red Lions engage in a collision course against league-leading Pirates on Thursday.(5) Levi dela Cruz – G, Arellano Chiefs10.5 points, 3.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.5 stealsLast Week: N/ALevi dela Cruz. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIt’s easy to see Arellano flop after Kent Salado suffered a slight MCL tear in his right knee.But the Chiefs are still fighting, and one of the reasons for that is Levi dela Cruz.The pint-sized playmaker has taken the baton and ran with it to keep Arellano in the thick of the playoff race.Even dela Cruz would admit that he’s no Salado, but he’s doing an admirable job holding the fort for the Chiefs in this late run as they are just a win away from forcing a playoff for the fourth and final semifinals seat. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC (6) Jayson David – F, San Sebastian Golden Stags13.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.0 stealLast Week: N/AJayson David. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netCoach Egay Macaraya’s secret weapon once again came to play on Friday, unleashing 24 points in San Sebastian’s 97-70 win over Mapua on Friday.Jayson David has shown glimpses of his potential being a game-changing forward for the Golden Stags, but he has to figure things out quick, especially as his team is making a run to get into the final dance.He has one more shot to show that he’s more than just a one-game sensation when San Sebastian ends its elimination schedule against Perpetual on Thursday.(7) Tey Teodoro – G, JRU Heavy Bombers15.0 points (3/11 3PT), 2.5 rebounds, 1.5 assistsLast Week: N/ATey Teodoro. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netTey Teodoro remains to be one of the most deadly snipers in the collegiate level today, but just like what coach Vergel Meneses is asking from him, he has to be consistent. LATEST STORIES (3) Clement Leutcheu – C, College of St. Benilde Blazers24 points, 14 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 blockLast Week: N/AClement Leutcheu. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNot much can be said of College of St. Benilde’s campaign this season, but that won’t stop rookie coach TY Tang from looking for silver linings.And one of the pleasant surprises for him was the improvement of Clement Leutcheu.Without much to fight for, the Senegalese center has been a rock for the Blazers as they seek to finish the season strong, aiding his side to nab the 94-84 win over EAC on Thursday.St. Benilde has already made strides with its four-win output this season, but Tang remains unsatisfied as he hopes his boys learn a lot of lesson from this run and take it in the Blazers’ rebuild for next year.(4) Robert Bolick – G, San Beda Red Lions13 points, 1 rebound, 6 assists, 1 stealLast Week: N/A MOST READ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president One.That’s the number of Final Four spots that’s left to be disputed between the three teams still chasing a playoff berth in the penultimate week of NCAA Season 93.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAnd by the looks of it, whether or not Lyceum completes the 18-0 sweep, we would still go on a stepladder playoff as San Sebastian, Letran, Arellano are poised to finish the eliminations in a three-way tie for the fourth spot, barring any upset against their also-ran foes.That leaves much of the responsibility to the team’s leaders as their play late in the season would very much dictate whether their teams progress or not. 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From their game statistics to their overall impact in the outcomes, everything is weighed to come up with the best players from the week that was.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Stellar in JRU’s 62-58 squeaker over Mapua on Tuesday, he was largely inefficient as league-leading Lyceum bamboozled his side to a 100-63 beatdown.The Heavy Bombers may have already secured their seat in the Final Four, but it doesn’t mean that they can now fall into the trap of complacency, especially with motivated teams raring to upset them on their way to the semifinals. Read Next BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients View comments
India’s Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane has said he believes a good Test player can easily adapt to 50-overs and T20 cricket while insisting on the need for the senior national team to pick a core group across formats.Ajinkya Rahane, speaking to TVTN News Director Rahul Kanwal for India Today’s Jab We Met, said that he endorses Sourav Ganguly’s views on picking more all-format players for India cricket team.Rahane’s comments come after Ganguly said time had come for the selectors to pick a few players and give them opportunities to consistently play all three formats at the international level. The former India captain had expressed surprise at the absence of Ajinkya Rahane and Shubman Gill from India’s limited-overs squads for the ongoing tour of West Indies.Taking to Twitter last month, Ganguly had said: “There are many in the squad who can play all formats ..surprised not to see shubman gill ..Rahane in the one day squad..(sic).”Time has come for Indian selectors to pick same players in all formats of the game for rhythm and confidence.. too few are playing in all formats ..great teams had consistent players ..it’s not about making all happy but picking the best for the country and be consistent.”Good to have a core group: RahaneRahane insisted that players tend to become more confident if they get the backing of the team to play multiple formats and opined that players tend to find it difficult to ajust on return from a 3 to 4-month absence from international cricket.advertisement”It’s very important to be consistent. It’s good to have a core group. Dada had talked about the importance of having a core group across the 3 different formats. I always believed in that. When you have consistency, players tend to become more confident,” Ajinkya Rahane said.”If you have the same core group, it gives the players confidence and belief that the team is backing them. It’s definitely good for the team,” the India star added.”When you’re playing ODI cricket and Test cricket consistently for a few months, you can easily get to know how to adapt and take your game forward. It becomes a different ball game when you’re not playing for 3-4 months at the international formats.”If one can play Test cricket well, he can fit into any format: RahaneRahane, meanwhile, insisted that his approach to the game is unique and added that the selectors need to be consistent when it comes to backing a player at the highest level.”I think my approach is different from the current generation players’ approach. But, I always focus on evolving with the game. You can be stranded behind. I think even Test matches run rate is become important. So you have to play your shots. I know, if one can play Test cricket well, he can fit into any format,” Rahane added.”If your technique is solid, you can easily adapt to to 50-over and T20I cricket. If you’re coming from T20I cricket to Tests, it can be a bit challenging when it comes to controlling shots,”I have always believed in consistency. Consistency is key. If you’re backing a player, you need to be consistent with him.”Rahane, who shone in his maiden county stint for Hampshire in May and July will return to the international fold when India begin their World Test Championship campaign in the West Indies later this month. Rahane has been named as the vice-captain for the 2-Test series, starting August 22.Also Read | Rahkeem Cornwall: Tall and imposing West Indies all-rounder set to face India in Test seriesAlso Read | No Chris Gayle for West Indies in Test series vs IndiaAlso See:
AFA president Tapia: Messi will play again for Argentinaby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArgentine FA president Claudio Tapia believes Barcelona star Leo Messi will return to the national team.Messi has stepped aside from playing for Argentina after a disappointing World Cup.But Tapia says: “Leo Messi never left the national team. I believe for the love he has wearing the Argentinian jersey that when he is summoned, he will answer immediately, I have no doubt. “It depends on the coach, not on him. I hope he will appear in the next games so to be able to take advantage of his talent.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Eden Hazard: Biggest difference between Real Madrid and Chelseaby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveEden Hazard admits expectations at Real Madrid are far greater than he experienced with Chelsea.The Belgian star sealed a £130million move to the Bernabeu this summer and has opened up on one of the most striking cultural differences he has spotted already. “At Chelsea when we lost, we were disappointed, like the fans, but I never felt it was a disaster, it’s different in Spain,” Hazard told the Champions Journal, ahead of Real Madrid’s Champions League opener against Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday.”I think that here the fans are really fans, football is everything to them and they need players to give everything, in England there aren’t so many fans.”Of course, people there like football and everyone be that young people, adults or teenagers are really interested in football, but they aren’t so fanatical about their teams.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
zoomIllustration; Source: PxHere Commodity trading company Trafigura Group has entered into a joint venture agreement with trading and logistics company Altis Group International in an effort to create a commodity petrochemical trading business, with a focus on bulk liquid chemicals.The joint venture has been formed between Trafigura and senior executives from the petrochemical trading industry, including the current management team of Altis.It will include two new trading entities – the already existing Altis Group International for the US, based in Houston and Altis International (Singapore), which will have a branch office in Geneva.Trafigura senior managers Chris Clarkson, Head of Gasoline Trading and Tom Jay, who until recently headed the Deals Desk for refined metals, bulk and concentrates, will join the boards of the new venture.“We believe that the time is right to start exploring the potential of this market,” Tom Jay said.“The market for petrochemicals is expected to grow significantly over the next few years, with Altis well placed to capture a share of this market,” he added.The new venture will be led by a team of industry veterans with more than 100 years of combined relevant experience, according to Trafigura.“The new global venture with Trafigura will be transformative not only for Altis and its employees but for all of our commercial partners. Teaming up with Trafigura will accelerate our growth and ability to expand our trading reach globally,” Jeff McNear, President of the Altis Group International management team, explained.Formed in 2014, Altis focuses on the trade of bulk liquid chemicals. Active in the petrochemical markets on a worldwide basis, with expertise in handling shipping and logistics for a wide range of chemicals, the employees and commercial activities of Altis will transition into the US-based and international companies and serve as the trading platform for the new venture.Founded in 1993, Trafigura is one of the largest physical commodities trading groups in the world. Trafigura sources, stores, transports and delivers a range of raw materials — including oil and refined products and metals and minerals.
Let’s face it: we’re all nerds. WONKA, the maker of NERDS candy, has announced that more than 10,000 fans have joined NERDS Unite! in a nationwide stand against bullying.Natasha Madan, Wonka Marketing Manager, left, Nick Cannon, actor and STOMP Out Bullying Global Ambassador, center, and Ross Ellis, founder and CEO of STOMP Out Bullying join Wonka to celebrate NERDS Unite!Credit/Copyright: Matt Sayles/Invision for NERDS Unite/AP ImagesTo commemorate National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month in October, and to celebrate the success of the first-ever “NERDS Unite!” anti-bullying campaign, WONKA also revealed results from a new national survey that asked 1,000 teens and young adults about their views around bullying and personal identity.Findings of the “NERDS Unite!” survey, commissioned by WONKA and conducted by independent market research firm Toluna, were shared today during a media event at the new Dylan’s Candy Bar store at The Original Farmers Market in Los Angeles. Together with “NERDS Unite!” fans and supporters, including actor Nick Cannon, WONKA presented a check in the amount of $25,000 to STOMP Out Bullying, the leading national anti-bullying and anti-cyber bullying organization.Nick Cannon, actor and STOMP Out Bullying Global Ambassador, left, poses with Mario Lopez after joining Wonka to celebrate NERDS Unite!Credit/Copyright: Matt Sayles/Invision for NERDS Unite/AP Images“WONKA is thrilled by the success of and positive response to ‘NERDS Unite!,’” said WONKA spokesperson Tricia Bowles of Nestlé USA Confections & Snacks. “We’ve been surprised and encouraged to hear from teens around the country about what it means to be nerdy and why embracing their nerdiness or individuality is so important to help prevent bullying.” Bowles added, “Through ‘NERDS Unite!,’ WONKA has built a dialogue with those who are passionate about anti-bullying. We are proud to bring more attention to this important cause on behalf of the entire NERDS community.”Amongst the survey findings: more than 54 percent of teens consider themselves as “nerds” about something, and 57 percent think being a “nerd” is cool, demonstrating today’s teens are open to reinvent the original definition of a “nerd.” Also, 60 percent admitted to having been bullied, with more than 57 percent citing “at school or at a school-related event” where bullying is mostly likely to take place in their community. Teens overall shared, with the help of family and friends as resources for support and help, they are more likely to stand up for themselves against bullying.While teen awareness of anti-bullying efforts steadily grows across the country, the national survey results also found: 86 percent of teens and young adults surveyed believe “differences in people” is a good thing 85 percent of boys/men polled would stand up for themselves against bullying, versus only 69 percent of girls/women 55 percent of all surveyed believe bullies pick on others due to “insecurities, peer pressure and lack of understanding”“What we love about ‘NERDS Unite!’ is that it really empowers teens to embrace who they are, to be nerdy and accept others’ nerdiness, which is a great message to combat bullying,” said Ross Ellis, founder and CEO of STOMP Out Bullying. “With our celebrity advocates embracing their nerdiness, ‘NERDS Unite!’ is really giving teens permissibility to be different, and that’s a wonderful thing.”With its namesake rally cry, “NERDS Unite!” began in late May 2012, and was led by actor and “NERDS Unite!” spokesperson Wilmer Valderrama. He challenged teens everywhere all summer long to join the anti-bullying movement and share online what they are “nerdy for” in order to promote a positive message that embraces individuality, “nerdy” passions, and differences.Bolstered by additional support from celebrity friends who appeared with Valderrama in a “NERDS Unite!” video at the start of summer, including actor Nick Cannon (America’s Got Talent), singer/actress JoJo, actress Francia Raisa (Secret Life of the American Teenager), and actress Erin Sanders (Zoey 101), WONKA had announced that if 10,000 teens joined the movement this summer, WONKA would donate $25,000 to STOMP Out Bullying. During the summer, “NERDS Unite!” was featured backstage at the TEEN CHOICE 2012 and backstage at the 2012 MTV Movie Awards, where even more celebrities signed up for the movement, adding to the growing numbers of “nerds” united against bullying.There’s still time to join “NERDS Unite!” and proudly tell the world what you’re nerdy about by visiting Facebook.com/Wonka and clicking on the “NERDS Unite!” tab.Source:BusinessWire.com
OSU redshirt sophomore middle blocker Blake Lesson goes to serve in the set against No. 4 Long Beach State. OSU won 3-1. Credit: Aliyyah Jackson | Lantern ReporterThe top-ranked Ohio State Men’s volleyball team (13-0, 4-0 MIVA) is set to play two matches this weekend. Friday they will face Quincy University (3-8, 1-4 MIVA) and Saturday they will take on Lindenwood University (0-11, 0-6 MIVA).After setting the program’s longest win streak with its 33rd straight victory, OSU now sits four games shy of Loyola University’s 40-game win streak set in the 2014-15 seasons. Two wins this weekend would bring OSU that much closer to the national mark.The all-time record of 47 straight wins was set by UCLA in 1983-1985.“Honestly, and I don’t know if people believe this, but I don’t think about that at all,” said redshirt sophomore middle blocker Blake Leeson. “It’s not something that I go into each match thinking about. It’s something to defend and we’re going to the best of our ability continue to do that, but I don’t think I add any pressure on myself more than I already do.”QuincyThe Quincy Hawks come to Columbus having only beat the Buckeyes twice in the 53-game history, and having never beat OSU inside St. John Arena. The Buckeyes have only lost 14 total sets against the Hawks since the teams first met in 1993.The trip to Columbus will be a homecoming for Ohio natives redshirt junior setter Thane Fanfulik and senior middle blocker Jarrod Kelso, both from Hilliard, Ohio, and junior outside hitter Anthony Winter from Olmsted Falls, Ohio.Kelso and Winter are slotted in the No. 2 and No. 3 spots in kills per set for the Hawks with 2.10 and 1.70 kills, respectively. Fanfulik comes into the matchup averaging 7.21 assists per set.“I think the challenging thing for us is that we just got to stay focused,” OSU coach Pete Hanson said. “We can’t play down to the level of the opponent. When we talked about that in practice this week about ‘Hey, we got to set a standard and play to our standard.’”LindenwoodIn OSU’s short history with the Lindenwood Lions, the Buckeyes have won all eight matches. Despite its historical dominance against the Lions, OSU is not looking past them this weekend.“They’re young,” Hanson said. “They haven’t won too many matches, but they could come in and just create problems by playing hard and playing with energy if our guys don’t respond. So, we’ve talked more about our response to that physically and mentally and playing our game.”Lindenwood has two players ranked in the top-five in four statistical categories within the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association. Junior libero Ryan Vorderer is ranked No. 4 in digs per set with 2.25. Lindenwood’s freshman middle blocker Sam Schindler has the fifth-best hitting percentage in the conference at .332, and holds the No. 2 spot in blocks per set and aces per set with 1.16 blocks per set and 0.42 aces per set.Schindler trails OSU senior opposite hitter Miles Johnson, slotted in the No. 1 spot, and OSU senior outside hitter Nicolas Szerszen, slotted in the No. 2 spot, in hitting percentage. Johnson, attacking at a rate of .442, earned his third straight MIVA Offensive Player of the Week honor on Tuesday, becoming the first player since Shawn Sangrey in 2011 to win the award in three consecutive weeks.OSU begins the weekend’s play against Quincy on Friday at 7 p.m. in St. John Arena. On Sunday, the Buckeyes take on Lindenwood in St. John Arena at 4 p.m.