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Healthy growth and record passenger loads boosted airlines in 2018

first_imgPhoto: O’Hare International Airport. Global passenger traffic growth in 2018 rose by an above-average 6.5 percent compared to the previous year as airlines transported more than 4.3 billion passengers and planes were fuller than ever.The growth was below the cracking 8 percent pace set in 2017 but exceeded a 6.1 percent rise in capacity to push load factors to a record 81.9 percent.Momentum slowed in the second half of the year to see demand growth decelerate to an annualized 5 percent, compared to 9 percent in the first half.December growth came in at 5.3 percent, figures released Thursday by the International Air Transport Association showed.IATA is expecting another good year in 2019 continues to be worried about global trade tensions.“ We expect similar, if somewhat moderating performance in 2019,’’ IATA director general Alexandre de Juniac said.“Nevertheless, slowing growth in the second half of 2018, coupled with concerns over issues including Brexit and US-China trade tensions, are creating some uncertainty to this positive outlook.”International passenger traffic in 2018 climbed 6.3 percent, down from 8.6 percent the previous year. Capacity rose 5.7 percent and the load factor increased 0.4 percentage points to 81.2 percent.IATA said all regions recorded increases in traffic, led by the Asia-Pacific (up 7.3 percent), but only North America (up 5 percent) and Africa (up 6.5 percent) did better than the previous year.The airline trade organization said robust regional economic expansion and an increase in route options for travelers fueled the Asia-Pacific growth and load factors rose slightly to  80.6 percent.READ Thai AirAsia X to connect Brisbane and Bangkok North American airlines recorded their fastest international demand growth since 2011 but IATA said this slackened noticeably in the last two quarters.“This may be owing to increasing concerns over the US economic outlook and trade tensions with China,’’ it said.Middle East carriers (4.2 percent)  saw a second year of moderating demand growth and the load factor slipped 0.7 percentage points 74.7 percent, reflecting policy measures and geopolitical tensions.  Traffic actually declined 0.1 percent in December, but IATA said this may reflect data volatility.Traffic at Latin American airlines rose 6.9 percent, down from 8.8 percent annual growth in 2017 as strikes in Brazil and geopolitical factors came into play.Global domestic air travel climbed 7 percent in 2018 with all markets showing annual growth, led by double-digit increases in India and China. The load factor increasing marginally to 83 percent.Australian airlines proved the exception in December, with both traffic and capacity down.Traffic fell by 1.8 percent in what is traditionally a busy travel period as capacity fell by 0.8 percent to push down the load factor to 81.2 percent.last_img read more

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Twitoaster: Threading, Analyzing, & Searching Twitter

first_imgA Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit jolie odell For the particularly insufferable, Twitoaster also provides badges for blogs and other sites so users can boast about their engagement anywhere on the web.If only more detail were provided in the analytics department – for example, as a professional blogger it’d be nice to know whether I’m engaging more users in the middle of the day (when decent people should be sleeping) or in the middle of the night (when I’m actually most likely to be awake and alert). So an hour-by-hour breakdown of replies would be great.The greater the detail, the more opportunities Twitoaster users will have to optimize their engagement metrics.You can find ReadWriteWeb on Twitter, as well as the entire RWW Team: Marshall Kirkpatrick, Bernard Lunn, Alex Iskold, Sarah Perez, Frederic Lardinois, Rick Turoczy, Sean Ammirati, Lidija Davis, Jolie Oâ??Dell, and Phil Glockner. Related Posts With the fragmentation of Twitter mobile and desktop apps resulting in a great volume of tweets no longer coming through the Twitter web interface, sussing out @replies can be tricky. For example, if @MarshallK sends three tweets with links within an hour and receives 20 @replies congratulating him on his content curation skills, how does he know which of the three links generated the best responses?As with any other question involving Twitter use and measurement, there’s an app for that. Not only does that app, one Twitoaster, conveniently thread Twitter conversations; it also generates charts and statistics, sorts hashtags and link details, and delivers tweets in excess of 140 characters.The product was brought to our attention as a recent solution for gathering @replies to a poll tweet. Here’s a screenshot for you: Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro…center_img The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Tags:#Product Reviews#twitter#web As you can see, all the replies to this exact tweet are prettily aggregated together in an uninterrupted stream. Brilliant!Also, users can check out their Twitter stream stats: Which tweets got how many replies, how many users sent how many replies, how many replies were received on each day of the week, which hashtags were present, and what the user’s ranking is. It’s an @replies-focused power user’s navel-gazing heaven:last_img read more

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AICPA Requests IRS Change, Delay Partnership Audit Rules; More Regulations Expected

first_imgDuring an IRS hearing on  September 18 the AICPA recommended changes to improve the proposed rules on partnership audits. The hearing focused on the centralized partnership audit regime put in place by the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (BBA) (P.L. 114-74 ). The IRS issued the proposed regulations earlier this year NPRM REG-136118-15 The BBA regime replaces the current partnership audit procedures under the Tax Equity and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 1982 (TEFRA). They are effective for tax years beginning after December 31, 2017. Sarah Allen-Anthony, Crowe Horwath LLP testified on behalf of the AICPA that the proposed rules are a significant change from current law. Allen-Anthony is a member of the AICPA’s Partnership Tax Technical Resource Panel.“A bedrock principle of partnership taxation is that all items of income and expense flow through to the partnership’s owners, including adjustments related to IRS audits,” Allen-Anthony said. “The regime replaces this long-standing method with one where the default mechanism requires the partnership to pay any additional tax due, resulting in significant administrative and accounting complexities.”Push-OutsThe AICPA recommends that the IRS allow for the push-out of audit adjustments through a tiered partnership structure. Generally, the AICPA dislikes limitations on tiers or number of partners. Such limitations result in partners paying an inappropriate amount of taxes, Allen-Anthony testified. However, the IRS did not provide rules on tiered partnership push-outs in the proposed regulations.AppealsAllen-Anthony also noted that the current rules do not allow partnerships to challenge IRS determinations with the IRS Office of Appeals. According to Allen-Anthony, the appeals process is a “vital option” because it allows taxpayers to resolve an issue without having to go to Tax Court.Earlier this year, the AICPA sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and IRS Commissioner John Koskinen asking them to work with Congress to enact legislation delaying the new regime’s effective date until December 31, 2018. According to the AICPA, the IRS is not likely to have all the guidance taxpayers will need before the end of the year.More Audit RulesMoreover, the Treasury is expecting to propose more rules on the centralized partnership audit regime before the years end. A Department official, reportedly speaking at an American Bar Association Section of Taxation Meeting in Austin, Texas a few days prior, said Treasury’s goal is to “try to no-brackets propose regulations this year…”The official also commented on a potential partnership audit appeals process, according to several reports. The Treasury will provide guidance in the future on a dispute resolution and appeals process. However, it still grappling with how that process will take shape, according to the official.By Jessica Jeane, Wolters Kluwer News StaffNeed CPE? CCH CPELink has great programs on partnership auditsLogin to read more tax news on CCH® AnswerConnect or CCH® Intelliconnect®.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.last_img read more

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a month agoKlopp upset with Liverpool ‘body language’ for Sheffield Utd win

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Klopp upset with Liverpool ‘body language’ for Sheffield Utd winby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp wanted more bravado from his players during victory at Sheffield United.Klopp saw the Reds beat Sheffield United 1-0 on Saturday lunchtime to maintain their 100 per cent start to the season.The manager said, “You have to respect the opponent, we had good moments and it was one of these games you have to win but not think too much about it. One team deserved to win, which was us, but all respect to Sheffield United, they were tough.”I was frustrated, and at half-time we spoke about it. We started well, but you have to do the same things again and again.”It’s about body language, it starts with the centre halves, it’s the little things. They threw everything at us, they worked incredibly hard, they were a real threat.”I am fine with the game, not overly happy but it happens. We were concentrated at set pieces for 95 minutes the boys were spot on. We didn’t play our best football but there we are.” last_img read more

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11 days agoAgent says Chelsea midfielder Jorginho fancies Italy return

first_imgAgent says Chelsea midfielder Jorginho fancies Italy returnby Paul Vegas11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJorginho’s agent says the Chelsea midfielder has the desire to return to Italy.The Italy international has improved under new Blues boss Frank Lampard this season, but Santos says he could return to a top club in Serie A.”In football everything is possible, the desire to return [to Italy] is always there,” said Joao Santos.”With the experience gained in the Premier could make a great contribution to Serie A.”He could play in the two or three times fighting for the Scudetto.”Santos added: “It’s been a positive year for him, he is doing well in the national team. He always scores penalties… I think Jorginho will do very well in the next European Championships, and why not also in the next World Cup? “On the other hand, there are not so many opportunities in the national team and we always have to be ready for every game.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Gov’t Holds First Conference on Economic Reform Programme

first_img Prime Minister Simpson Miller, is re-affirming the government’s commitment to the ERP Story Highlights Prime Minister, the Most Hon Portia Simpson Miller, is re-affirming the government’s commitment to implementing the country’s Economic Reform Programme (ERP), within the context of the US$932.3 million four-year Extended Fund Facility (EFF), negotiated with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).Speaking during the first of two major ERP stakeholders’ conferences, hosted by the Ministry of Finance and Planning, at the Jamaica Conference Centre, downtown Kingston, on Thursday, September 12, Mrs. Simpson Miller said her administration entered into the agreement with the IMF “fully aware” of the accompanying challenging measures, which must be taken to address Jamaica’s unsustainable debt to gross domestic product (GDP) ratio, as well as to stabilize the country’s balance of payments.She added that, as such, “we accept the need to reduce expenditure so that it is kept in line with available resources.”The Prime Minister said while the administration recognises that “there is no (easier) alternative to the adjustment measures” being embarked on, they are equally aware of the impact these will have on the majority of the population, both the poor and persons with fixed incomes, and underscored the need for this to be kept at the forefront of all deliberations.“It is imperative that we do not simply (only) emphasise the need for tough adjustment measures, but we also put in place specific measures which will lead to increased economic activity and equally important, increased employment opportunities. Simply put, in these deliberations, let us focus on providing a real basis for hope,” she underscored.Against this background, the Prime Minister reiterated the four immediate priority focus areas, which include: reducing the debt to more sustainable levels in a short time frame, through fiscal discipline and other means of prudent economic management; achieving appreciable and sustainable economic growth and job creation; protecting the society’s vulnerable; and providing a realistic basis for hope to persons experiencing the brunt of the adjustments.While acknowledging that the government “has to lead the way” in these efforts, she argued that “the country needs all hand on deck to get it where it wants to and must go.”“Few, if any of us, can have any illusions that the objectives we have set ourselves are difficult ones to achieve. But achieve them we must, as we do not have the luxury of more palatable alternatives,” Mrs. Simpson Miller said.In this regard, she expressed the hope that the conference will “prove to be informative and put each stakeholder in a better position to know what he or she must do to get Jamaica on a path of sustainable and appreciable growth to the benefit of the broad masses of our people.”In his remarks, Finance and Planning Minister, Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips, said the stakeholders conference forms part of the administration’s commitment to transparency in the administration of the ERP and EFF.This commitment, the Minister added, also includes establishment of the Economic Programme Oversight Committee (EPOC), comprising private and public sector representation, including Bank of Jamaica (BoJ) Governor, Brian Wynter, who co-chairs that body; Financial Secretary, Devon Rowe; and trade unions and financial institutions.He advised the non-governmental representatives have been “empowered” to make regular reports to the country, “of their own accord”, on the progress of the ERP’s implementation, adding that “they have done so”.“This conference, and others which we propose to hold, (are) part of that commitment because, I think, it recognizes that the task of economic reform is not a task for government, it a task, indeed, for the entire country. We cannot approach that task with any hope of success unless we are able to be absolutely candid, absolutely open and, indeed, all focused on the same objective, as a country,” Dr. Phillips emphasised.Co-Chairman of EPOC, Richard Byles, explained that, so far the 11-member committee, which meets monthly, has had the opportunity to review data from the Finance Ministry and hear presentations from public sector representatives on several key projects. These include: public sector reform, the agro parks, and the global logistics hub initiative. He advised that the will hear presentation on tax reform at the next meeting.“So far, the process of how the EPOC works has gone pretty well. We have found that the public sector representatives are very cooperative and very transparent and I would just like to thank them, the Governor (and) the Financial Secretary, in particular. I think we have…good…team work going here and I certainly hope it will continue,” Mr. Byles said.Thursday’s conference, held under the theme, ‘Jamaica’s Economic Reform- Going for Growth, Staying the Course, Transforming the Economy’ is the first of two, scheduled to provide updates on the economic reform programme.Minister with Responsibility for Information, Senator the Hon. Sandrea Falconer, who chaired the forum, said it is intended to “share some of the thinking” into the measures being pursued by the government to restructure the economy. This, she said, in order to discuss how the implementation is proceeding, and what is expected from the various stakeholders, adding that “we also want to hear your concerns.” The stakeholders conference forms part of the administration’s commitment to transparency The Prime Minister said “the country needs all hand on deck to get it where it wants to and must go”last_img read more

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Stars Announced For WE Day Illinois

first_imgWE Day, a powerful series of educational events that combines the energy of a live concert with the inspiration of extraordinary stories of leadership and change, announces the initial list of presenters, speakers and performers attending WE Day Illinois on April 28, 2016 at the Allstate Arena.Alongside National Title Sponsor Allstate, WE Day Illinois will bring together 15,000 students in an inspirational setting, celebrating the commitment they have made to take action on local and global causes they care about.Taking the stage this year is a cast of new faces and returning WE Day favorites, including Ciara, Martin Luther King III, Jordan Smith, Paula Abdul, Nico & Vinz, J.R. Martinez, Monique Coleman, Becca Tobin, Kardinal Offishall, Spencer West and more. This star-studded lineup will join international activists and WE Day co-founders, Craig and Marc Kielburger, to share their passion for change, international experiences and energize the crowd with unforgettable performances and motivational speeches.“The determination and passion in young people to advocate for causes they care about is continuously growing and is made visibly noticeable through initiatives like WE Day,” said human rights advocate and eldest son of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Martin Luther King III. “I have spoken at over 10 WE Days in the past and I am always impressed when I learn about the incredible impacts students are creating. Young people from across Chicago are making their collective voice heard – saying ‘We will break down barriers, we will be our better tomorrow.’”Students across Illinois are creating remarkable change. After learning about social justice issues and human made environmental impacts, fifth graders at Chicago’s Deneen School of Excellence decided they could do more to make positive change. Shocked to discover their school had no means of recycling materials, students initiated “Going Green at Deneen,” a school-wide recycling program. Students have collected and recycled over 300 bins of paper and cardboard since beginning this project last fall. Additionally, after researching inequalities in education, the class connected with The Garden Route Primary School in Mossel Bay, South Africa, discovering that students were in classes with over 60 pupils, and did not have enough books or basic school supplies to go around. The Deneen students planned, organized and carried out a coin drive to raise money to buy books and supplies, and in just one week raised $1,160.00.“At Allstate, we believe good starts young,” said Tom Wilson, Chairman and CEO, The Allstate Corporation. “Throughout history, young people have taken action to make the world a better place. We need to listen to them because they have the passion and energy to drive positive change.”The WE Day audience will be made up of representatives from over 400 schools from across the state, more than half will come from Chicago Public Schools, and nearly seventy percent of whom are low-income youth. Making WE Day a true community celebration of youth taking action, young people with inspiring personal stories will join the above lineup on stage, including Joshua Williams, age 14. Discovering his passion for philanthropy at only 4 and a half years-old, Joshua believed no child should go hungry. Now, 10 years later, he is determined to ‘stomp out world hunger’ with his organization Joshua’s Heart Foundation, and is working to end world hunger one community at a time. Empowering and engaging young people ages 2 and up, Joshua helps find their passion and purpose, using it for the better good. Joshua is just one of the many young people who will share their story to motivate their WE Day peers.WE Day is an inspirational event like no other, bringing together like-minded individuals and providing a platform for youth to learn about some of today’s most pressing issues. WE Day celebrates and inspires this generation’s shift from me to we—towards acting with intention, leading with compassion, and a belief in the power of community. Taking the philanthropic world by storm each school year with 14 stadium-sized events in the U.S., Canada and the U.K., WE Day is one of the world’s largest non-profit initiatives on social media, with more than five million followers.More than a one-day event, WE Day is connected to the yearlong WE Schools program, which provides a free menu of hands-on, student-led campaigns designed to enhance a school’s existing social initiatives or to spark new ones. WE Schools helps young people turn the day’s inspiration into sustained action. By taking action on one local and one global cause of their choice, students practice and obtain skills to succeed academically, in the working world and as active citizens. Together, WE Day and WE Schools are a blueprint for building the next generation of change-makers.In the 2014/2015 school year, 83 percent of Illinois educators participating in WE Schools saw an increase in leadership among students; 84 percent believe their students saw themselves as a part of a broader community; and 71 percent feel the program has encouraged previously disengaged youth to become more engaged. Additionally, an independent evaluation of the program’s alumni from across the globe found that five years after participating in WE Schools, 80 percent had donated to a charity in the last year; 83 percent had volunteered an average of 150 hours; and 79 percent had voted in the last national election if they were over the age of 18.A global movement of 2.3 million young people strong, youth involved with WE Day and WE Schools have raised $62 million for more than 2,500 local and global organizations, volunteered 19.9 million hours for local and global causes and collected over 7.6 million pounds of food.“Every year, more than 200,000 students coast to coast and around the world, from over 10,000 schools, earn their tickets to WE Day through the yearlong WE Schools program, creating tangible benefits for the community they serve and demonstrating positive long-term social impacts,” said Craig Kielburger, co-founder of WE Day. “On April 28, we will unite and celebrate thousands of young leaders across Illinois who are working together to create real change in their communities.”You can’t buy a ticket to WE Day — students from across the country earn their way by the actions they take on one local and one global cause of their choice. WE Day is free of charge to the thousands of students and teachers in attendance at the event and statewide, thanks to the generous support of National Title Sponsor Allstate, a company that empowers future generations with the strength, confidence and skills to rise up as leaders and realize their full potential – and to show the world that good starts young.WE Day is supported in Illinois by Co-Chairs Tom Wilson, Chairman and CEO, Allstate; Arne Duncan, former U.S. Secretary of Education and former CPS CEO; Common, award-winning hip-hop artist, actor and founder of the Common Ground Foundation; Alex Gourlay, president, Walgreens; and Jade Greear, WE Day Illinois Youth Co-Chair.Find out more here.last_img read more

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College coaches need lesson in loyalty

When college football coaches go out and recruit high school stars, they promise parents that they will look after the player and be a “father figure” of sorts. Coaches preach commitment and dedication to their players. The players buy into it. Football becomes their life. They believe in the program’s “principles.” Their coaches have lengthy, hefty contracts and tell the players that they aren’t going anywhere. Next thing the players know, their “father figure” is gone.College football head coaches are changing as much these days as health care bill proposals. The eerie thing is that they’re well-versed in the same political cheap talk.Heck, Alabama head honcho Nick Saban, who just recently directed the Crimson Tide to their first national title in 17 years, is no stranger to flip-flopping. On Dec. 21, 2006, Saban said, “I guess I have to say it. I’m not going to be the Alabama coach.” On Jan. 4, 2007, Saban was introduced as Alabama’s next head coach.Within the past few months, the nation’s top programs have been through coaching drama normally reserved for Hollywood stars and “Jersey Shore.” Florida’s Urban Meyer abruptly resigned citing health issues and stated he wanted to spend more time with his family. The next day he had a change of heart, and said he would take a “leave of absence” but still coach the Gators in the Sugar Bowl. It is basically a foregone conclusion that Meyer will be on the sidelines this fall, and ESPN cameras even spotted him texting at the Kentucky-Florida basketball game last week.Coaches spend hours upon hours preaching team unity and forming bonds with their teammates, encouraging them to spend time with one another.Kansas’s Mark Mangino, Texas Tech’s Mike Leach and South Florida’s Jim Leavitt, all of whom recently led their school’s programs to unprecedented success, were all fired for player mistreatment.Mangino, allegedly verbally abused his players regularly, including wide receiver Raymond Brown. After he dropped a pass in a game, Brown claims Mangino told him, “If you don’t shut up, I’m going to send you back to St. Louis so you can get shot with your homies.” Leach reportedly ordered that concussed sophomore wide receiver Adam James, son of ESPN analyst and Southern Methodist legend Craig James, be kept in a dark equipment garage/closet of sorts during practice. Leavitt is accused of grabbing a player by the throat and slapping him in the face at halftime of a Nov. 21 game. Where is the love?Then there’s the disaster that the University of Southern California has become. Ever since Pete Carroll was hired, the Trojans have been at the forefront of college football, but sometimes not for the right reasons. Now reports are out that former USC assistant coach Dave Watson received prescriptions from USC doctors to supply his apparent addiction to painkillers, and claims Carroll allowed him to keep his job. A few months later Watson pleaded no contest to DUI.  Where is Carroll now? He was introduced as the new head of the Seattle Seahawks last week, apparently running away from his problems.As for the players, questions still remain about former running back and Heisman trophy winner Reggie Bush’s relationship with marketing agents and former running back Joe McKnight was forced to sit out of the Emerald Bowl because he could not be cleared by USC’s compliance department following his alleged use of a gifted SUV. I love college football. I love wasting my Saturdays watching it. But the way the sport treats the players is despicable.Coaches have “contracts” that really don’t mean anything. The players put in the work and make their coaches look good, and don’t get paid. Do I know what to do? Absolutely not, but something has to happen. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go vomit; Lane Kiffin was just announced as the new USC coach after spending one measly year at Tennessee. read more

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Urban Meyer Something wrong if JT Barrett is not a Heisman finalist

OSU coach Urban Meyer enters Ohio Stadium before a game against Michigan on Nov. 29. OSU won, 42-28.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorAfter redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett was ruled out for the season due to a fractured ankle suffered against Michigan, the Ohio State football team learned of the death of teammate Kosta Karageorge on Sunday evening.While OSU refrained from commenting on the ongoing investigation surrounding Karageorge’s death or the player’s medical history, coach Urban Meyer addressed the media during his Monday press luncheon to discuss replacing Barrett and the Buckeyes’ upcoming Big Ten Championship Game matchup with Wisconsin.After beating the Wolverines, 42-28, on Saturday, the Buckeyes concluded the regular season 11-1 overall and 8-0 in the Big Ten. OSU sits at No. 6 in the College Football Playoff poll, and a new set of rankings are set to be released Tuesday evening.Meyer started off the press conference by praising OSU’s students and fans after the Buckeyes led the country in total attendance this season.Meyer also praised OSU’s senior class and said those players have earned respect.He noted the one thing this year’s seniors haven’t won is a Big Ten championship. “The one thing you notice I did not mention in there is a championship, and that’s an opportunity to get it done this week,” he said.Meyer said Barrett’s Sunday surgery went well and that he “talked to him last night.” He added Barrett was expected to be at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center sometime on Monday.Meyer said Barrett’s injury is similar to the one suffered by senior wide receiver Evan Spencer during OSU’s Orange Bowl loss to Clemson last season. Spencer has played in every game in 2014.“Obviously Evan’s recovered without any issues whatsoever, and so they’re anticipating the same with J.T.,” he said. “We love J.T., I personally have an incredible amount of respect for him.”Meyer said he doesn’t feel Barrett’s injury should remove him from the Heisman Trophy conversation. “He is a Heisman candidate too, and he should be invited to New York,” Meyer said. “And if he’s not, there’s something wrong.”Despite the Buckeyes’ No. 6 ranking, Meyer referred to his team as a “top-five” team in the nation.He said Wisconsin is an “excellent team” and added Badger coach Gary Andersen is a “great football coach.” The two worked together while Meyer was the head coach at Utah.He noted Wisconsin redshirt-junior running back Melvin Gordon is a Heisman candidate just like Barrett.Meyer said it’s “been a tough week” for OSU.He noted he does not agree with the decision that led to junior defensive lineman Noah Spence being ruled permanently ineligible.“Obviously a young man goes missing, and then obviously we lose J.T. Barrett and then obviously the tragic news last night,” Meyer said of the events unfolding over the past week.He said the Buckeyes are “an extremely close team who leans on each other at tough times.”“Every red flag is up,” Meyer said. “Every excuse to not play well, to not win a game, to lose a game.”He added the Buckeyes have “some really good built-in excuses” and said it’s going to be a challenge to overcome the “incredible tragedy” of Karageorge’s death.“This is so much deeper than lining up on a football field,” Meyer said.Meyer said the reason he was in a good mood Monday is because he’d “seen about 40 players come popping through, ‘Hey coach, how’s it going?’”“That’s what makes coaches’ days,” he said.Meyer said there’s nothing in the “coaching manual” about how to deal with a player’s death. “Just continue to grow and stay on your journey,” he said.On Karageorge’s time as a walk-on at OSU, Meyer said: “He loved it, he loved it. I had dinner with him a couple times, it just was such a short period to spend with him.”While redshirt-sophomore quarterback Cardale Jones is set to start for OSU, Meyer said he hasn’t decided if a Jones injury would mean burning freshman quarterback Stephen Collier’s redshirt.Meyer said Jones has a “very good understanding” of the OSU offense and has taken reps with the starters in the past.He said the coaching staff plans to use Jones how they must in order to win the game, but have had conversations about whether or not they should limit his runs. “We’re not saving him for next week, the week after,” Meyer said. “We’re not saving anything, this is an opportunity to win a Big Ten championship.”The Buckeyes and the Badgers are scheduled to play on Saturday at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Kickoff is set for 8:17 p.m. read more

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