M23 rebel spokesman apologises for threats against journalists in Nord-Kivu

first_img Related documents Lettre de RSF et JED au M23PDF – 550.9 KB February 24, 2021 Find out more Organisation Help by sharing this information Christophe Deloire Director-General Reporters Without Borders Tshivis Tshivuadi Secretary-General Journalist in Danger Reporters Without Borders and Journalist in Danger (JED) take note of the formal apology that one of the leaders of the M23 rebel movement has given for M23’s death threats against journalists and harassment of media in the territory it controls in the eastern province of Nord-Kivu.M23 political coordinator Jean-Marie Runiga gave his apology during a news conference on 20 October in Bunagana, a locality on the Ugandan border that has been under this rebel military group’s control for several months.”I would like to say that, if this is true, it is not part of M23’s general policies,” Runiga said. “This is not what M23’s leaders have chosen to do. And if it is true, I would like, on M23’s behalf, to present my apologies to the journalists who have been threatened, and I promise to conduct enquiries to verify these allegations, and we will punish those responsible.”Runiga was reacting to the joint letter that RWB and JED had sent him the previous day urging him to disown the threats and comments by certain M23 officials targeting journalists in M23-controlled territory. RWB and JED also asked him to use his prerogatives to guarantee the safety of Jean-Baptiste Kambale, the manager of a community radio station based in Rutshuru.M23 representatives threatened Kambale in September, accusing him of helping the French television station TV5 Monde to make a series of reports showing mistreatment of the civilian population and other human rights violations by M23 troops. February 18, 2021 Find out more News News Congolese reporter wounded by gunshot while covering protest in Goma News RSF_en Download the letter in french (PDF) : Democratic Republic of CongoAfrica to go further Reporter jailed in DRC for allegedly defaming parliamentarian Photos : M23 soldiers (Melanie Gouby / AFP) February 16, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Democratic Republic of CongoAfrica News Follow the news on Democratic Republic of Congo October 30, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 M23 rebel spokesman apologises for threats against journalists in Nord-Kivu —–19.10.2012 – Letter to M23 rebels about threats to journalists in Nord-KivuReporters Without Borders and Journalist in Danger (JED), its partner organization in Democratic Republic of Congo, wrote today to Jean-Marie Runiga, the political coordinator of the M23 rebel movement, voicing concern about the dangers for journalists working in M23-controlled territory, especially Rutshuru, in the eastern province of Nord-Kivu, and asking him to take action to stop the threats and guarantee their safety.Here is the text of the joint letter:Mr. Jean-Marie RunigaM23 Political CoordinatorDemocratic Republic of CongoParis and Kinshasa, 19 October 2012Re: Climate of danger and threats to journalistsDear Mr. Runiga,Reporters Without Borders (RWB) and Journalist in Danger (JED), two organizations that defend freedom of information, are writing to you as head of the armed movement called M23 to express their concern about the climate of danger for journalists working in the territories under your control, especially Rutshuru, in the eastern province of Nord-Kivu.Our two organizations would like to draw your attention to your responsibility to guarantee the safety of journalists as they go about their work and to ensure that media freedom and the right to information are respected in the areas where you operate.RWB and JED condemn and reject the threats that representatives of your movement have been making in recent days against local journalists and reporters working for the foreign media.According to our information, Jean-Baptiste Kambale, the manager of Radio Communautaire Ushirika (RACOU), a community radio station based in Rutshuru, in territory controlled by M23 and located 75 kms from Goma (the capital of Nord-Kivu), was harassed following a series of reports on the French television station TV5 Monde showing mistreatment of the civilian population and other human rights violations by your troops. He was threatened on 25 September by this territory’s administrator, Benjamin Sibomango, who accused him of facilitating the TV5 Monde crew’s work.He also received a call from the administrator of the Rutshuru territory, who expressed the following death threat: “You led the Whites to Rutshuru for them to criticize us. You know we are rebels. For us, killing someone is not a big deal.”The next day, it was M23 spokesman Vianney Kazarama who openly expressed his discontent with the journalist over the French TV channel’s reports, calling him an “enemy” paid by the government in Kinshasa to sully M23’s image. He was back on the offensive against the journalist on 15 October, accusing him of having trapped him and abused his good faith.As a result of all these direct threats, Mr. Kambale is now in hiding and fears for his life and that of his family.In view of the above, RWB and JED urge you to clearly disown the threats that have been made against journalists and to use all your prerogatives in order to guarantee Mr. Kambale’s physical safety. We further ask you to put a stop to all the acts of intimidation and harassment against RACOU’s journalists.Our two organizations will in any case hold the M23 armed movement, which you lead, responsible for anything unfortunate that may befall this journalist and his family.We thank you in advance for taking account of our request.Sincerely, Journalist arrested on provincial governor’s orderslast_img read more

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Xi to meet FIFA boss as China harbours World Cup ambition

first_imgBeijing, China | AFP |  China’s football-mad President Xi Jinping will meet FIFA chief Gianni Infantino in Beijing on Wednesday as the world’s most populous nation harbours ambitions of hosting the World Cup.Xi will greet the president of football’s world governing body at the palatial Great Hall of the People.“We hope we can strengthen our cooperation on football with international organisations, including FIFA, and also with other countries,” foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang told a regular press briefing.“As to whether China will host the World Cup, this is a dream shared by many Chinese. We also hope we can see that happen as soon as possible,” Lu said.The meeting follows widespread speculation that China will bid to host the event either in 2030 or 2034.Xi wants his country to host the global football extravaganza and also hopes China’s national team can one day win the sport’s most prestigious trophy.But China, who languish at 82nd in FIFA’s world rankings just below Benin and the Faroe Islands, look certain to miss out on qualification for Russia 2018. China have appeared in just one World Cup, in 2002, where they lost all three group matches and failed to score a goal.Qatar, who are part of the Asian Football Confederation, are due to host the 2022 World Cup, meaning China will not be eligible to bid for the 2026 tournament because of FIFA’s policy of rotating between host continental governing bodies.Chinese Football Association vice president Zhang Jian, a member of the FIFA Council which devises its global strategy, said last year he would back a Chinese World Cup in 2030.Three major Chinese companies have signed sponsorship deals with FIFA in the space of a year, fuelling speculation that China is preparing a World Cup bid.But the Asian giant already faces stiff competition from Europe’s football governing body UEFA, which is eyeing the 2030 tournament.This would leave 2034 as the next hope for Beijing.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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Things to know: Sharks provide updates on health of injured defensemen

first_imgSAN JOSE — With three games in four nights, the Sharks are hoping their blue line returns to health in the near future.The team is seeing signs of optimism after beating the high-flying Tampa Bay Lightning Saturday with Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Justin Braun and Radim Simek sidelined by injuries.At this point, the Sharks are labelling Simek as questionable for Monday’s showdown with the Los Angeles Kings at SAP Center. Vlasic is still considered day-to-day with an undisclosed ailment and Braun …last_img read more

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Neutral report, South America weather still huge factor

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The long awaited USDA report day is finally here. Some consider this day one of the biggest days for USDA reports for the entire year. Before the report came out corn was unchanged and soybeans were down 4 cents. Just after the report was released corn was down a half-cent while soybeans were up 5 cents.Corn ending stocks were raised 40 million bushels to 2.437 billion bushels. Corn yield for 2017 was put at 176.6 bushels per acre. Corn production was up 26 million bushels at 14.604 billion bushels. Corn exports were unchanged, corn for ethanol was unchanged. No surprises for corn.Soybean yield was lowered to 49.1 bushels per acre, with production at 4.392 billion bushels, down 33 million bushels. Exports were cut 65 million bushels to 2.160 billion bushels. The trade was expecting soybean exports to cut.Brazil soybean production was increased to 110 million tons, up from108 million tons last month. No surprise here either.Short version today: overall the corn and soybean numbers contain no surprise with South America weather still a huge factor in coming weeks. Farmer movement of grains has been light with the weather issues so far this month. Some are expecting movement to increase in coming weeks.last_img read more

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How to Maintain a Resourceful State In Difficult Conversations

first_imgYou cannot afford to be in anything less than your most resourceful state in difficult conversations with the people who work for you and with you. If you are in a foul mood, upset, or impatient, you can’t produce a positive outcome. Your attitude subtracts from your ability to achieve the outcome you need.If you are upset with someone’s performance or something they have or haven’t done, the time to speak with them isn’t while you are angry. Even without meaning to, your focus can easily shift from the outcome you need to the person. And when the person you are speaking to feels like they are being attacked personally, they become defensive. Worse still, you aren’t motivating better performance; you are demotivating the person. Instead of helping them produce better results you cause them to focus on the negative nature of your interaction.If you want to be effective in dealing with people and working through difficult conversations, you have to separate the outcome you need from your desire to give the person sitting in front of you a piece of your mind, teach them a lesson, light a fire underneath them, or whatever metaphor suits you.Here’s how to get back in state.Pause: Covey said all there is to say here. You have a choice to make in the gap between the stimulus and your response. That gap is where your power resides. Blowing over the gap disempowers you and eliminates choices. Take time to cool down before you engage in a difficult conversation.Determine Your Outcome: You may believe that it will give you great pleasure to read someone the riot act, but that probably isn’t the outcome you really need. It’s more likely that the outcome you need is a different result. The results probably require that the person you lead needs a changed belief and a changed behavior. What do you want to be the outcome of the conversation?How You Can Help: What are you going to do to help the person you are speaking with to do better in the future? What do they need to do? Can you be there to provide feedback? Can you encourage them? Can you provide additional resources? Remember, you have a responsibility to the relationship.Plan the Dialogue: When a conversation is important (actually, any time you are having a difficult conversation with someone you lead), invest ten minutes in writing down your outcome, writing down your talking points, and writing your plan to help the person succeed. A good plan can help ensure you get the real outcome you need.People are going to remember how you make them feel. Be sure you deliver the message in a way that adds to your relationship and ensures the person with whom you are unhappy can produce the outcome you need. That means having the conversation when you are best prepared to get those outcomes, not when you are in an unresourceful state. Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

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NCAA Season 93’s Best 7: Week 10

first_imgWith the collegiate season in full swing, INQUIRER lists the week’s top seven performers in the ongoing NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament. 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 MJ Ayaay came up big for Lyceum, dropping 13 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter to help his team rally from 13 points down and preserve its immaculate 12-0 slate with a 94-92 win over Arellano.Though Ayaay’s contributions isn’t surprising, the bigger picture here is the affirmation of what makes the Pirates a deadly team: that anyone can step up at any given day.(2) Javee Mocon – F, San Beda Red Lions17 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 blocksLast Week: 3Javee Mocon. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netWith San Beda engaged in a tight battle against San Sebastian, it was Javee Mocon who stabilized the fort for the Red Lions.Dropping yet another double-double performance, the hardworking forward’s efforts kept the Red Lions’ winning streak alive and extend it to 10 after pulling off a 76-65 win over the Golden Stags.Robert Bolick may be the undoubtful leader of San Beda, but it also has Mocon to rely on in endgames.(3) Jerome Garcia – F, EAC Generals27 points (6/12 3PT), 6 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal (1) MJ Ayaay – F, Lyceum Pirates20 points, 10 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 stealsLast Week: N/AMJ Ayaay. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netCoach Topex Robinson has been stressing it all season that Lyceum is more than just a CJ Perez team.And this past week, the man the Pirates refer to as their glue guy stepped forward and came through.ADVERTISEMENT Ex-PBA veteran Cris Bolado dies in road crash in Cambodia MOST READ Performances like these are expected from Calisaan, but just like Salado, the supporting cast must deliver, especially for San Sebastian which is just on the outside looking in at the Final Four picture with a 5-6 card. No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors Sports 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 Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups Last Week: N/AJerome Garcia. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netEmilio Aguinaldo College just can’t catch a break.After Hamadou Laminou tore his ACL, it was starting forward Juju Bautista who went down with a shoulder injury.Luckily for EAC, Jerome Garcia went on a blaze against Mapua, drilling six treys on his way to a career-high 27 points and help the Generals take an 85-72 victory.Odds may not be on EAC’s favor, but with players like Garcia stepping up, the Generals’ Final Four dreams remain alive.(4) Edward Dixon – F, St. Benilde Blazers21 points, 7 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 stealsLast Week: N/AEdward Dixon. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netWhat a way to silence St. Benilde’s doubters.After winning the first game due to technicality, the Blazers made sure there won’t be any questions asked this time, taking the convincing 83-55 rout of Perpetual. Rain once again wiped away one NCAA gameday this past week, but fortunately for hoop fans, action resumed right away.And with the sun shining, all 10 teams got a piece of the action as the race to the Final Four just gets tougher and tougher.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 openingLyceum averted disaster, San Beda and San Sebastian fought a tough battle in a potential Final Four preview, and College of St. Benilde played to its full potential and to possibly play a possible spoiler for semifinal-dreaming squads.But again, the games are won and lost by heroes and these are the best players of the past week.center_img Last Week: 6Kent Salado. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netArellano guard Kent Salado was on his way to being the biggest villain for Lyceum.Seeking to put the first dent in the Pirates’ seemingly impenetrable shield, the Chiefs banked on its speedy guard to take a 13-point lead.But the fourth quarter was an entirely different story, and though Salado still kept the fight going, it was just too much Lyceum, as Arellano’s roller coaster season continues.Salado’s herculean effort deserved another mention in this list, but his teammates need to step up with the Chiefs (4-7) are in danger of missing the Final Four after settling for a runner-up finish last season.(7) Michael Calisaan – F, San Sebastian Golden Stags23 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assistLast Week: 5Controversy surrounded Michael Calisaan this week after San Beda coach Boyet Fernandez alleged him of being a dirty player, while San Sebastian coach Egay Macaraya was quick to come to his defense.What’s undeniable, though, is the forward being the catalyst for the Golden Stags this season. Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Edward Dixon was the one at the forefront of the fight, scattering 21 points and seven rebounds to shut out the Altas and sweep the season series.More importantly, it kept St. Benilde’s flickering hopes of making it to the Final Four after proving that it is capable of pulling off upsets like these.(5) Tey Teodoro – G, JRU Heavy Bombers15 points (2/6 3PT), 3 rebounds, 3 assistsLast Week: 7Tey Teodoro. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIt may not be a stellar shooting night for Tey Teodoro, but he did enough for Jose Rizal University to eke out the 77-68 win over Letran.Leading the balanced attack for the Heavy Bombers, Teodoro’s decent showing did the trick as they swept their season series with the Knights, and more importantly, tighten their grip of the third place with a 7-4 card.JRU needs to claim more of these tight wins against its fellow middle-ranked teams if it wants to go smooth-sailing to the semifinals again. (6) Kent Salado – G, Arellano Chiefs24 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

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Video: Auburn Offensive Line Coach J.B. Grimes At 1st Practice Days After Cancer Surgery

first_imgAuburn offensive line coach J.B. Grimes at practice days after cancer surgery.YouTube/Phillip MarshallOffensive line coaches are known to be tough, but Auburn’s J.B. Grimes is taking things to the next level. Grimes had surgery to remove a cancerous spot on his tongue last week, and was present today as the Tigers held their first practice of the season. AL.com‘s Brandon Marcello has more:The veteran assistant coach underwent surgery to remove a cancerous spot on his tongue last week, according to the school’s official website. His lymph nodes were also removed as a precaution.…Grimes didn’t slow down much during the first 20 minutes of practice open to reporters. He could be seen giving individual instruction and leading offensive line drills at the indoor facility. “I will not miss practice,” Grimes told AuburnTigers.com Tuesday. “I’m strong. I’ll recover.” Here’s video of Grimes at practice today: We’re very happy to hear that everything went well, and wish Grimes a quick recovery.[AL.com]last_img read more

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Government hiring 50 new pharmacists across BC

first_imgThe team-based clinical pharmacists will focus on working directly with patients with complex conditions, to reduce and manage medication-related problems, such as drug interactions, adverse medication side effects, duplicate medications, and help eliminate unneeded medications. The ministry is supporting this new developmental program with $23 million over three years, and is working with UBC’s faculty of pharmaceutical sciences to manage the program.“Embedding a clinical pharmacist in a patient’s primary-care team reduces the risk of adverse drug reactions, which rises with the complexity of the condition, a patient’s frailty, age and the number of medications prescribed. According to recent figures, over 600,000 British Columbians have a chronic medical condition of medium or high complexity, and 20 percent of those over 70 take at least five or more medications a day.”Through one-on-one patient care, the Ministry says that pharmacists will use their specialized knowledge to optimize their patients’ drug treatments through education and drug regimen adjustments with prescribers. These clinical pharmacists will also be able to promote safer and more appropriate prescribing by reviewing current evidence about different drug options with physicians and nurse practitioners in their team.At the heart of the Province’s new primary health-care strategy is a focus on team-based care that will see government fund these new pharmacist positions, in addition to recruiting 200 family doctors, and 200 nurse practitioners, to provide all British Columbians with faster and improved access to health care. VANCOUVER, B.C. — The Ministry of Health says it will be hiring 50 new clinical pharmacists around the province as part of the new primary-care network teams.Health Minister Adrian Dix announced that the positions are being added as part of government’s new primary health-care strategy to deliver team-based heathcare.“Fully utilizing the expertise of health professions and creating these new clinical pharmacist positions is another crucial step in establishing patient-centred, team-based care that addresses under-met needs, and gaps in care for patients dealing with complex conditions,” said Adrian Dix, Minister of Health.last_img read more

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Sealdah Division train services affected for three hours

first_imgKolkata: Train services were suspended in Barasat-Hasnabad section of the Eastern Railway (ER), Sealdah Division, for more than three hours on Thursday morning after a group of people put up a blockade.The demonstration was held after the death of an under-trial prisoner who was arrested on May 3 when passengers were agitating due to the cancellation of trains owing to cyclone Fani. It is alleged that on May 3, during the agitation, the Railway Protection Force (RPF) and the Government Railway Police (GRP) personnel arrested several persons while clearing the line. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaOne Goutam Mondal (24) who was physically challenged was also held. It is alleged that after arresting him, the RPF and GRP personnel beat him up badly. Later, he was sent to judicial custody at Dum Dum Correctional Home after being produced before the concerned court. While staying in the correctional home, he fell ill on Tuesday and was admitted to R G Kar Medical College and Hospital where he died. After the news of his death reached his home, his family members and neighbours were furious. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayAs autopsy was not done and the body has not been handed over to his family members yet, on Thursday morning a blockade was put up in protest of the incident at Lebutala station. Due to this, train services were affected from 7:41 am onwards. Normal train services resumed after the blockade was withdrawn at around 11:20 am. In the meantime, train services were maintained between Barasat and Sondalia on the Up direction and between Hasnabad and Haroa Road station in the Down line. Also, eight local trains including four Up and four Down trains had to be cancelled while eight locals ran late.last_img read more

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Ohio State football defense taking steps to get back to Silver Bullets

Members of the Gray defense swarm Scarlet H-back Curtis Samuel (4) during the 2014 Spring Game April 12 at Ohio Stadium. Gray won, 17-7.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorWith big-time players like senior quarterback Braxton Miller, sophomore H-back Dontre Wilson and others sitting out the 2014 edition of Ohio State’s annual Spring Game, it was the defense that stole the show.The intrasquad scrimmage Saturday was one of the first chances the Buckeye coaching staff got to show off the revamped unit to the public, complete with two new coaches in defensive line coach and assistant head coach Larry Johnson and co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach Chris Ash, as the group looks to get back to a defense known as the “Silver Bullets.”“Silver Bullets” is the endearing nickname that has been given to the defense of the Ohio State football team. Looking at old tales and folklore, a silver bullet is known as the only weapon that can defeat monsters like witches and werewolves. The past two seasons, though, the Buckeyes’ silver bullet defense had a tough time stopping Hoosiers and Wolverines.While the offense has taken flight under coach Urban Meyer and offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tom Herman, the defense has been left a little bit behind.The defensive problems didn’t seem to be too big of an issue with the offense being able to score consistently, but they reared their ugly heads in the final three games of last season, though, as they gave up 41, 34 and 40 points to Michigan, Michigan State and Clemson, respectively. The latter two games resulted in losses and left OSU with much to work on heading into the offseason.The Spring Game provided fans with their first look at the 2014 edition of the Bullets and redshirt-sophomore safety Tyvis Powell said it was the start of getting back to their namesake.“I knew we were going to lose a lot of key players after last season, but coming in now after going through spring practice, I’m confident we can go out there and compete at the highest level,” Powell said after the game, a 17-7 victory by the Gray team. “We have to get better and all, but now I feel like we’re on our way to being back to the Silver Bullets that everybody watching thinks of.”The game saw both the Scarlet and Gray defensive lines dominate the opposing teams’ offensive lines throughout, putting pressure on anything and everything the offenses tried to do.The Scarlet defense scored the first points of the game when redshirt-senior defensive lineman Rashad Frazier had a strip sack of redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett and recovered the ball in the end zone for a touchdown.The Scarlet team didn’t score an offensive touchdown for the rest of the game, while the Gray team finished with just two.It was a small sample size to work with, but Meyer said his squad showed a vast improvement from where they ended last season.“Defense, I hope the reaction was that they looked quicker, they look faster, they trigger on the ball much better than they have in the past,” Meyer said after the game. “If that’s your perception, that’s mine as well.”The final statistics saw neither team gain 300 yards, with the Gray team earning 262 and the Scarlet team only mustering 185.Redshirt-freshman Chris Worley led the Scarlet team with nine total tackles, including a game-high six solo stops, and redshirt-freshman Tyquan Lewis paced the Gray squad with five tackles, including two sacks.Meyer is one to say that to have a great football team, you need a great defensive line. With all four starters coming back in the form of senior Michael Bennett, juniors Adolphus Washington and Noah Spence and sophomore Joey Bosa, he did not shy away from his expectations for them as a unit.“I’d be disappointed if we’re not one of the better defensive lines in America, with those four guys. They’ve had a good spring and their coach is really coaching them,” Meyer said.The coach he’s referring to is Johnson who took over for Mike Vrabel, who left for the Houston Texans of the NFL in January.Junior defensive lineman Tommy Schutt said the transition to Johnson wasn’t easy at first, but said he has made the unit stronger.“When coach Johnson first came in it was a difficult transition, but we’ve all bought in to what he is trying to teach us and we are playing well right now,” Schutt said. “I think the unit is going to be very successful.”Outside of the four linemen, Meyer said the other players who have earned starting spots are junior Joshua Perry at linebacker, senior Doran Grant at cornerback and Powell at safety.That leaves four more spots open for the Bullets and the competition is sure to be fierce and last all the way through fall camp.No matter who fills those roles, however, Powell said they are ready to change the storyline of the offense outplaying the defense.“See, back in the day it was about the defense,” Powell said. “So that’s what we’re trying to get the theme to go back to. Everybody (saying) ‘Let’s go to the game to see their defense.’”OSU is scheduled to open the season Aug. 30 against Navy at Baltimore’s M&T Bank Stadium, with kickoff set for noon. read more

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