Former UK minister elected chair of pensions committee

first_imgFrank Field, a former UK minister and outspoken supporter of pension reform, has been elected chairman of the parliamentary committee on work and pensions.Field, a Labour MP since 1979, was minister for welfare reform within the now-defunct Department of Social Security in former prime minister Tony Blair’s first Cabinet in 1997.He replaces Anne Begg, who lost her seat at the recent election.It remains unclear whether he will champion any of the previous committee’s more recent recommendations to review the rollout of auto-enrolment.  While campaigning for the chairmanship of the committee, which scrutinises the work of the Department for Work & Pensions (DWP), he argued that his job would be to ensure pension savers would not harmed by the new freedoms to draw down their pension from 55, which were “safely delivered” in April.“But there is now a real danger that groups, similar to those who have already ripped off pension savers so consistently over the latter post-war years, will be at it again,” he said.The committee has previously called for a number of significant reforms to the pensions sector, including the abolition of the Pensions Regulator and a regular review of the current 0.75% charge cap on auto-enrolment default funds.During his brief tenure as junior minister, Field was seen as a radical reformer and pushed for workers to provide for their own pension “when they are in a position to do so” – seen at the time as an ultimately failed push for mandatory pension savings.However, Field resigned in 1998, laying the blame at the feet of then-chancellor of the exchequer Gordon Brown, implying he did not enjoy the support of the full Cabinet for his pension proposals.He subsequently founded the Pension Reform Group, campaigning for the reform of the state pension similar to the now-implemented flat-rate state pension.In 2003, he urged the government to introduce a system of pension protection in the years before the launch of the Pension Protection Fund.After the Pensions Commission proposed the launch of auto-enrolment and creation of the National Pension Savings Scheme – which eventually became the National Employment Savings Trust – he argued that critics of the idea should be ignored, as they were “just vested interests scared stiff” of the idea they would lose business.last_img read more

Stottle: Wine Releases & Upcoming Events

first_imgNot a club member yet?  Join our club and receive discounts of 10 – 25% on all of your wine purchases, first access to new wines, invitations to exclusive club events, and free tastings.  You can sign-up online here or stop in. Club MembersWe should have your Spring Allotment ready for you to pick-up by April 28th.  It will include the 2009 Tempranillo & 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon (unless you have made other arrangements with us).  If you have any specific requests for us as to what you would like to be included in your allotment please let us know prior to April 21st.  Once your order has been filled we will not be able to change it.  Remember your credit card on file will automatically be charged for your allotment, please call us or stop in if you have updated payment information. Thank you!Josh & Amy Stottlemyercenter_img Facebook0Tweet0Pin0It’s that time of year again, the trees are blooming, bud break on the grape vines has just begun in the Columbia Valley, and best of all, the new wines are being released.  That’s right we will be releasing the first of our 2009 wines at the end of this month.  2009 was a hot year, these wines are not shy, they are bold, full bodied, and delicious.Stop in April 28 & 29 to be the first to try our 2009 Tempranillo and 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon. Over the course of the next several months will also be releasing the 2009 Malbec, 2011 Rose’ of Sangiovese, 2011 Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon Blend, and 2011 Viognier.  We will release other 2009 varietals as inventories become depleted later in the year.The release of the 2009’s also means we are running low on some of the 2008’s and we will be moving the 2008’s to Library status as we release the 2009’s.  What is a Library wine?  When possible we will be setting aside a certain number of cases of each wine in each vintage for those of you who are a fan of a particular year and will also from time to time, as our library grows, be doing vertical tastings of several vintages. A small amount of these library wines will continue to be available for purchase at a premium.  The 2008 Tempranillo and Cabernet Sauvignon will be available at the regular price until May 13th, after that the price will increase to $31 & $35 respectively.  So stop in to stock up if you are a big fan of our 2008’s, please see below for currently available quantities.  These will run out, so don’t wait.  You can also reserve yours by ordering on our website and specifying pick-up if you do not want them shipped and don’t have time to stop in right away.Low Inventory Wines (Anything not listed has ample inventory remaining)2008 Viognier: 2 cases (limit of 2 bottles per person)2008 Tempranillo: 9 cases (limit 6 bottles per person)2008 Cabernet Sauvignon: 8 cases (limit 6 bottles per person)2008 Malbec: 8 Cases (limit 6 bottles per person)Upcoming EventsSunday April 29, 2012Shellfish SLURP5pm – 8pmFish Tale Brewhouse – Olympia, WAEnjoy a delicious oyster bar, live music and great local wines.  Event and ticket information can be found HERE.last_img read more

Mallard’s Team of the Week — Fifth Annual Christmas Classic

first_imgMallard’s Source for sports, a proud supporter of hockey in the West Kootenay, would like to honour everyone involved in the event with Team of the Week accolades.Right on Gents! Team Price won the game . . . a thriller in overtime.But the big winners during the fifth annual Christmas Classic before Christmas in Castlegar, was the Selkirk Saints and Castlegar Gentleman’s Hockey League as more than $1500 was raised for both organizations.last_img

Keep the Stem Cell News Straight

first_imgStem cell technology continues to make news, but the phrase “stem cells” alone can mask serious ethical issues.  Adult stem cells (AS) and embryonic stem cells (ES) are both being investigated for their ability to transform into any cell type in the body.  Both are advertised as promising dramatic cures for debilitating diseases, with their ability to regenerate damaged tissue.  ES cells are controversial, however, because a human embryo must be created and destroyed to harvest the cells.  AS cells have no such ethical baggage: they can be harvested safely from an individual’s own bone marrow, from skin, from cord blood, from placental tissue and other organs.    News articles about “stem cells” do not always highlight the source of the cells, but the distinction is important in more than one sense.  As the following examples illustrate, ethically-challenged ES research holds only empty promises, while ethically-safe AS research has a growing record of impressive real-world therapies: Amyloidosis:  A debilitating condition known as amyloidosis, which results in organ failure and death from misfolded proteins, has been successfully treated in 31% of test cases at Boston University Medical Center by blood stem cells and chemotherapy, reported EurekAlert.  The patients showed improvement in both organ function and quality of life, the article said.Cornea Defects:  Experiments on rabbits by Basque Research showed that adult stem cells from one cornea can regrow damaged cornea cells on the other eye.  “The aim of the procedure was to regain the damaged epithelium and thus restore transparency to the cornea,” the researchers said, and “The technique is being currently applied to patients with satisfactory results.”Tissue Replacement:  Researchers at UC Berkeley and Stony Brook University achieved remarkable success growing mesenchymal stem cells on a scaffold of biodegradable nanofibers.  The results, published in PNAS,1 not only grew new endothelial cells, they resisted the formation of clots that occurred without the stem cells.Parkinson’s Disease:  In the same issue of PNAS,2 a team of scientists from Yale, Harvard Medical School, UC San Diego and other institutions successfully treated primates suffering with Parkinson’s disease with human neural stem cells.  The cells “survived, migrated, and had a functional impact” in the subjects.  The neural stem cells, however, though not embryonic, were derived from human fetal brains, raising other ethical red flags.  The article did not say if neural stem cells could be derived in other ways.Hearing:  As reported here 07/01/2007, adult stem cells have also shown promise to cure hearing disorders that were once thought beyond the reach of medicine.  Bone marrow stem cells survived and grew in the inner ear, regenerating damaged hair cells.Magic brew:  Nature3 reported on the promising method of obtaining “ES-like” pluripotent stem cells from skin.  The new “induced pluripotent stem cell” technique, tried on mice, is showing promise for getting all the benefits of ES cells without the need for the embryos.  “If this method can be translated to humans,” Janet Rossant wrote, “patient-specific stem cells could be made without the use of donated eggs or embryos.”  The reported cells passed the test of being able to contribute extensively to all cell types, including the germ line.    Next will be the hard task of going from proof-of-principle to actual therapy.  Rossant called the new stem cell elixir a “magic brew” ending with these encouraging words: “direct reprogramming of adult cells is clearly the way of the future, and promises to open up new frontiers in human biology and future therapy.” Slated to die anyway:  Last month, Science reported on the ethical concerns over human embryo use from fertility clinics.4  Acknowledging the “moral concerns” and “contentious debates” over the use of human embryos in research, Anne Lyerly and Ruth Faden made the case that stored embryos from clinics will die anyway, and argued that 66% of the public doesn’t have a problem with using them.  They also cited “mounting evidence that American scientists are losing ground to other countries with less restrictive policies.”Technical progress, but…:  Late in June, Constance Holden expressed the frustration among stem cell researchers at President Bush’s refusal to allow federal funding for ES research.5  (President Bush had just vetoed a second bill on June 18; see Science Daily.)  Although she cited several recent advances in methods for harvesting the stem cells for embryos, no applications or cures were mentioned.  The tone of the article was that the Administration should relent and let the scientists do what they want: “Advocates were outraged by Bush’s second veto and were not mollified by an accompanying Executive Order encouraging the National Institutes of Health to continue to hunt for pluripotent cells that do not entail the destruction of embryos.” Adventure stories:  M. Ian Phillips reviewed a stem-cell book for Science.6  Cynthia Fox’s book, Cell of Cells: The Global Race to Capture and Control the Stem Cell, is mostly an adventure story of the global race to tap the stem cell.  Phillips mentions that the Hwang scandal was nearly as disappointing as if Armstrong had been found to fake the moon landing.  In praising the book’s story, he did not mention any cures that have come from ES cells.  Yet he ended with this criticism of the Bush administration and a plea that the show must go on:Bush has twice vetoed congressional bills to increase federal funding for human embryonic stem cell research.  Cell of Cells illustrates the consequences for global science, states that fund their own researchers, and the dashed hopes of those who need potential treatments.  Fox eloquently chronicles the consequences of this isolationist policy and squarely advocates a rational approach to funding research on both adult and embryonic stem cells.His only reference to ethics was after a sad line about “desperate stories of patients with heart failure, autoimmune disease, kidney failure, and Duchenne’s dystrophy.”  Neglecting to mention whether ES cells provide any plausible hope for curing these, he said: “She [Fox] also warns of the trap of unethical, unscientific stem cell treatments in locations such as Moscow, Ukraine, and the Caribbean.”  In other words, Phillips acknowledged that ES hype is leading to abuses, but he neglected to mention the seriously-held moral qualms of many about harvesting human embryos.  Neither did he distinguish between the ethics of ES vs. AS stem cells.Giving up:  A news item in the same issue of Science7 seems a strange bedfellow to the book review mentioned above.  Dennis Normille reported that a Singapore firm named ES Cell International (ESI) is quitting ES research.  Why?  Investors have decided that “the likelihood of having products in the clinic in the short term was vanishingly small.”    Normille treated this as bad news.  “ESI’s setback may dampen investors’ enthusiasm for stem cell therapies, says Robert Lanza, vice president for R&D at Advanced Cell Technology in Worcester, Massachusetts: ‘What the field badly needs is one or two success stories.’”  This implies that there have been none.  Indeed, Normille had no success stories to tell: only trials using other techniques that American institutions have “in the pipeline.”  The ex-executive of ESI, Alan Colman, admitted to “a tinge of disappointment that the field is moving more slowly than I had hoped.”center_img 1Hashi et al, “Antithrombogenic property of bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells in nanofibrous vascular grafts,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, 104: 11915-11920; published online before print July 5 2007, 10.1073/pnas.0704581104.2Redmond et al, “Behavioral improvement in a primate Parkinson’s model is associated with multiple homeostatic effects of human neural stem cells,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, 104: 12175-12180; published online before print June 22 2007, 10.1073/pnas.0704091104.3Janet Rossant, “Stem cells: The magic brew,” Nature 448, 260-262 (19 July 2007) | doi:10.1038/448260a.4Lyerly and Faden, “Willingness to Donate Frozen Embryos for Stem Cell Research,” Science, 6 July 2007: Vol. 317. no. 5834, pp. 46-47, DOI: 10.1126/science.1145067.5Constance Holden, “Stem Cell Science Advances as Politics Stall,” Science, 29 June 2007: Vol. 316. no. 5833, p. 1825, DOI: 10.1126/science.316.5833.1825.6M. Ian Phillips, “Passage to Global Stem Cells,” Science, 20 July 2007: Vol. 317. no. 5836, p. 322, DOI: 10.1126/science.1146229.7Dennis Normille, “Singapore Firm Abandons Plans for Stem Cell Therapies,” Science, 20 July 2007: Vol. 317. no. 5836, p. 305, DOI: 10.1126/science.317.5836.305.Do you ever wonder how the entire international scientific community can seem to be unanimously in favor of Darwinism, unanimously anti-Bush, and all in agreement that humans are to blame for global warming?  Just look at the “official” party line about stem cells.  Certainly there are hundreds, if not thousands, of ethically-sensitive researchers who are pursuing adult stem cells and legitimate therapies to help the afflicted.  They have made great strides.  Why, then, is the editorial staff of Nature, Science and the other spokespersons for Big Science pursuing the vain hope of ES cells, when they have nothing but scandals and empty promises to show for it?    It is uncanny how they keep pushing their unethical research down the throats of people who think it is wrong to kill one life to save another.  Nobody is even stopping them; they are free to pursue it, if they wish – provided they get their own money.  Instead, they expect the taxpaying public, morally opposed or not, to pay for it.  Why?  Because real investors know how to read the tea leaves, and notice that funding ES research is a bad investment, with a “vanishingly small” hope of success.    ES advocates rarely mention the arguments of ethicists, and never treat them seriously.  Their appeals are invariably based on selfishness or fraud: Americans will fall behind in the race, the embryos are not really human, and the like.  They make tear-jerking commercials with Hollywood actors pulling on our heartstrings about the afflicted (as if ES stem cells would help), promising cures that don’t exist.  One of the biggest scientific frauds in recent history was committed in the pursuit of ES cells.  All the while, adult stem cell research has been galloping ahead with real results with little fanfare from the media.  This puzzling behavior is documented in detail by Anne Coulter in her book Godless (Crown Forum, 2006), pp. 192-198.    This is the only explanation that makes sense, and Coulter makes the connection: the same people who abuse science to promote ES research are the same ones opposing intelligent design to promote Darwin’s theory of evolution (p. 198).  The irrational pursuit of an untenable position in one arena characterizes the same godless, materialistic, amoral liberalism that pushes evolution on students.  It’s done in the name – but not the spirit – of science, but requires allegiance to a liberal agenda that cannot tolerate controversy, questioning, or debate (e.g., 07/13/2007).  Let the evidence speak to a candid world.(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Ubuntu beats Windows and Mac

first_imgSouth African entrepreneur MarkShuttleworth is renowned as the firstperson from an independent Africancountry to visit space, but he is alsorespected in the software communityas the driving force behind the opensource Ubuntu Linux distribution.(Image: Ubuntu)Janine ErasmusSouth African entrepreneur Mark Shuttleworth is renowned as the first person from an independent African country to visit space, but he is also respected in the software community as the driving force behind the open source Ubuntu Linux distribution.Now his Ubuntu operating system has emerged as the most secure at the hacking contest held at the ninth CanSecWest security conference in Vancouver, Canada, in March 2008. The purpose of the hacking contest is to uncover previously unknown bugs in various types of software so that the relevant vendor can rectify them. All registered attendees were allowed to participate, some of them the smartest hackers around.Ubuntu 7.10, running on a Sony VAIO laptop, was pitted against Windows Vista Ultimate SP1 running on a Fujitsu laptop, and Mac OSX 10.5.2 (Leopard) running on a MacBook Air. Each system featured the latest version of all software and was fully patched with the most current security updates.Hackers were required to exploit software vulnerabilities that allowed them to take control of the machines. Once this had been achieved, they had to extract the contents of a specific file on the machine to claim victory. Winners received a cash prize and also took home the laptop.Bringing out the big gunsThe competition took place over three days. On the first day only network attacks were allowed. The cash prize for this achievement was $20 000, but there were no winners at this stage.Day two saw the attack broadened to include default installed client-side applications – applications that are installed with the operating system. These could be attacked by visiting a malicious website, or following a link through email or a vendor supplied instant messenger client. This was the stage at which the first machine went down – the MacBook Air running OSX Leopard. The prize for this stage was $10 000.Security researcher Charlie Miller took less than two minutes to exploit a flaw in Safari, Apple’s native web browser. Miller, who recently hacked Apple’s iPhone, took Safari to a website that contained malicious code and that allowed him to seize control of the machine remotely. Apple has been notified of the bug and is now working on the issue.On the final day popular third-party applications such as Skype and open source instant messenger client Adium were added to the competition. At this stage the second laptop was compromised through Flash, proprietary software from Adobe. The software company is now working on a patch for the bug. The winner, software security consultant Shane Macaulay, took the machine and $5 000.At the end of the three days only the Sony laptop running Ubuntu 7.10 was intact. However, Shane Macaulay reportedly claimed that his Flash exploit could speedily be adapted for any of the three operating systems.The latest version of Ubuntu, 8.04, is set for release at the end of April 2008. Both server and desktop variants are said to be easier to use and to deploy. Security features include a new firewall application and extra protection against malicious code such as rootkits, which are programmes used by hackers to gain access to information contained in operating systems – they can even mask their presence.For the first time the system will include a Windows installation option, which will allow users to install Ubuntu 8.04 from inside Windows just like they would install any other application, without having to set aside a new partition.A born entrepreneurBorn in Welkom, Free State, Mark Shuttleworth holds a Bachelor of Business Science in finance and information systems from the University of Cape Town, as well as an honorary doctorate from that same institution.Shuttleworth founded internet security and digital certificate specialist company Thawte in 1995. He sold Thawte to VeriSign in 1999, earning R3.5-billion at the time. Since then he has founded business incubator HBD Venture Capital, and Canonical Inc, which promotes and supports free software.In 2004 Shuttleworth, through Canonical, funded the development of Ubuntu – he had been involved in the development of another Linux distribution, Debian, in the 1990s. Ubuntu is based on Debian.He has also set up the Shuttleworth Foundation to fund education and open source software projects in South Africa, as well as the Ubuntu Foundation to ensure the long-term maintenance of Ubuntu independently of Canonical.On 25 April 2002 Shuttleworth became a cosmonaut aboard the Russian Soyuz TM-34 mission at a personal cost of about $20-million. His 10 days in space followed one year of training and preparation, including a seven-month sojourn in Star City, Russia.Shuttleworth is regarded as the first citizen of an independent African country to enter space. Patrick Baudry, an astronaut in the mid-1980s, was also born in Africa. At the time of Baudry’s birth, though, Cameroon was a French colony and so the astronaut was classed as a French citizen.Useful linksMark ShuttleworthCanSecWestUbuntuUbuntu FoundationFirst African in SpaceGagarin Cosmonaut Training Centrelast_img read more

Homeless theatre group takes Shakespeare to the streets

first_imgA group of homeless people living on the streets of Johannesburg have found their true calling in theatre. With the help of a dedicated teacher, the group is taking Shakespeare to the streets, using his words to tell their stories.Acting coach Dorothy Ann Gould and her Johannesburg Awakening Minds students use Shakespeare to find their voices and contribute to society. (Image: Johannesburg Awakening Minds Facebook page)CD AndersonFounded in 2012 by South African actress and acting coach Dorothy Ann Gould, the Johannesburg Awakening Minds (JAM) theatre group comprises homeless men and women living on the inner city streets of Johannesburg.The group began as an acting therapy class in Hillbrow, with the intention, as Gould writes on her website, of “[letting] individuals feel that they had the right to speak, the right to be seen and the right to tell their stories in a city which has been very cruel to them”.Classes include vocal training, theatre stagecraft and creative writing exercises. The students quickly began finding their voices in the works of William Shakespeare, with many of them starting to recite some of the Bard’s most famous soliloquies on street corners as their own performance pieces.In Shakespeare, Gould writes, the actors found that “[the words] of Macbeth and Titus were speaking about their pain and that the plays were huge receptacles that could hold all the emotions that they needed to release: the rage, the feelings of abandonment; they began to flex again their intellectual muscle, to debate, have opinions and to become a team that support each other and watch each other’s backs, not only on the streets, but on stage.”The group has performed on stage intermittently since 2013, including performances at the Johannesburg Arts Alive festival, at the Space.com event at the Johannesburg Theatre and as part of the Shakespeare Society of South Africa festival on radio station Classic FM.With their stage productions few and far between, most of the actors still live on the streets or in shelters, but they have found a continued inspiration in performing for the public on street corners. Some of the actors have moved into other artistic pursuits, such as painting, and selling their works at markets.Donations and sponsorships, as well any small profit from the group’s performances, have helped the JAM members slowly re-enter society, enabling some to open bank accounts, begin hawker businesses and help their families.Some of the rising stars of the JAM group have also found work in short student films and as extras in television productions.JAM member Thando Matodlana has been accepted to study at The Market Theatre Laboratory theatre school, while Sibusiso Magubane has acted in television commercials and is auditioning for speaking roles in local and international films being made in Johannesburg.Gould describes her students as “dedicated and passionate… the talent and growth they have displayed is truly inspirational. Proving that Shakespeare is not for the old, stuffy academic types and has a home in Africa.”For more information, join the Johannesburg Awakening Minds Facebook page for photos and videos of the group in action.To support the initiative, contact Dorothy Ann Gould via her Triple Take Studios website here.Source: BBC, News24, Johannesburg Awakening Minds Facebook PageWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

a month agoChelsea boss Lampard rules Rudiger out of Valencia clash

first_imgChelsea boss Lampard rules Rudiger out of Valencia clashby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea manager Frank Lampard has confirmed Antonio Rudiger will miss Tuesday’s Champions League clash with Valencia. The defender made his return from a long-term injury in Saturday’s win over Wolves.But Lampard says he suffered a groin injury in the clash and could potentially be out long-term once again.”Toni is injured,” Lampard confirmed. “At the weekend he bothered a small groin problem that he has been carrying the last couple of weeks so he is out. “He will have a scan later today to see where he is at. Hopefully it is not long-term.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Via Rail warns of delays through Montreal because of infrastructure work

first_imgMONTREAL – Via Rail says passengers travelling through Montreal could be delayed for up to 45 minutes starting Friday because of infrastructure work in the city.The passenger rail company says reconstruction of the Turcot Interchange requires that a portion of the track and signals be relocated.Disruptions will affect travellers on trips between Montreal and Toronto, Quebec City, Ottawa and Senneterre/Jonquiere through Wednesday.Previously booked customers will be notified of the delays and can obtain a refund or change their dates of travel if desired.last_img

Geno Smith Wins 1st NFL Start For Jets in

Photo by espn.com.After all the rumblings in New York that Geno Smith was a disaster and totally ill-prepared to lead an NFL team–the rookie quarterback made a nice account of himself in the Jets’ season-opener, a stunning 18-17 last-second victory over Tampa Bay.Smith, who opened training camp in competition with incumbent and now-injured starter Mark Sanchez, went 24-for-38 for 256 yards, with a touchdown, an interception and a fumble. He also had 47 yards rushing and set up the game-winning field goal by drawing a personal foul penalty in the waning seconds.Down by two with just seconds left, Smith scrambled for 10 yards before running out of bounds. However, the Buccaneers’ Levonte David pushed him when he clearly was out of bounds, drawing the 15-yard penalty, setting up Nick Folk’s 48-yard field goal with two seconds left.“I’m never going to panic,” Smith said afterward. “It’s a game, it’s something that I’ve been playing my entire life, I’ve been in that situation plenty of times.”Not exactly. This was his first NFL game. In New York. And after a preseason effort that, when he was healthy, did not inspire confidence.“We knew that he’s a much better quarterback than he showed in that one preseason game when he was hobbling around,” Jets’ coach Rex Ryan said, referring to Smith’s three-interception performance against the Giants. “I think where he really helped us, he ran, he made some big plays running.”Smith was much better and his poise shone through. “I love playing with a team like this,” Smith said, “because you don’t have to go out there and try to be Superman.”It was not a super play that saved the day for the Jets, but it was one that Ryan said Smith made happen.“No question,” Ryan said. “They had everybody back in coverage, they were deep down the field. At the time we knew we needed to make a play and he did. He stepped up, presence of mind, he was running like crazy and got out of bounds.”“I just go out there and I told those guys ‘it’s never over,’ ” Smith said. “I was on the sideline talking to Kellen (Winslow Jr.) and we were going over situations. Talked with Willie Colon and telling those guys just, ‘Hey, give me some extra protection and we’ll find a way,’ and that’s what we did.” read more

Football Michigan offense starts with the run game

OSU junior defensive end Tyquan Lewis (59) takes his position during their game on Nov. 19, 2016 at Spartan Stadium. The Buckeyes won 17-16. Credit: Mason Swires | Assistant Photo EditorMichigan played its first game of the season without redshirt sophomore quarterback Wilton Speight last week, and if they proved one thing in their 20-10 victory over Indiana, it’s that its offense now relies almost solely on the shoulders of senior running back De’Veon Smith.Even if the injured Speight does return against Ohio State, Smith will still likely be considered the most crucial part of the Michigan offense.The senior running back set a career-high with 158 rushing yards in last Saturday’s victory over the Hoosiers and accounted for both of Michigan’s touchdowns.This trend is not something that has been entirely alien to their offense, however. Of the 60 touchdowns scored this season by the Maize and Blue, 39 have come on the ground while only 17 have come through the air and two have come on defensive plays. Smith is responsible for 10 of those rushing touchdowns.But this style of rushing offense is a bit different from one that the Buckeyes have faced in other games this year. The Wolverines run with a pro-style offense, meaning they rely heavily on the play of the offensive line and count on their quarterbacks being styled more to pass than to run.The play of the running backs is different than that of most other college-style offenses, but junior linebacker Chris Worley knows exactly what to expect out of the running backs.“It’s not going to be guys trying to run around you,” Worley said. “It’s going to be guys trying to run through your face.”OSU redshirt junior cornerback Gareon Conley said in this game, the defense will have to focus more on stopping Smith and the rushing offense than their air attack.“They don’t throw the ball as much because they run the ball a lot,” Conley said. “But we’ll be forced to stop the run and play the pass whenever it comes.”Facing a run-heavy offense, the Buckeyes should feel confident about their chances in slowing down Smith given how their defense has played against the run this year. OSU ranks 18th in fewest rush yards allowed per game and has only allowed four touchdowns to be scored on the ground, tied for second among FBS teams. They have also only allowed opponents to average 3.39 yards per carry, good for 18th fewest among FBS schools. For redshirt junior defensive end Tyquan Lewis, that ability to plug up the run comes down to more than just preparation, it rests on the defensive line’s mentality.“It doesn’t really matter to me, because every team has their scheme with what they’re going to do,” Lewis said. “At the end of the day, it’s about who’s going to put their hand in the dirt and just going. You can play whatever formation you want to play, we’re going to play whatever defense we have to to dominate.”In Michigan’s 14-13 loss two weeks ago to Iowa, Speight suffered a broken collarbone on his left side. Filling in for the redshirt sophomore was redshirt junior quarterback John O’Korn, a transfer from the University of Houston. O’Korn failed to deliver much as he finished the game with only seven completed passes in 16 attempts for a total of 59 yards. He was also only capable of running for 19 yards on six rush attempts.For a time, it appeared O’Korn was headed towards his second career start in a Wolverine uniform as many early reports indicated Speight was unable to play for the remainder of the regular season. However, Speight has not officially been ruled out and now rumors emerge that he could still be Saturday’s starting quarterback.The signal caller at the beginning of the season, Speight had given the Wolverines a starting quarterback with the ability to provide the team with a strong air attack. He had completed 160 of his 257 attempted passes for a 62.3 percent completion rate, thrown for 2,156 yards and had 15 touchdown passes to only four interceptions. Lewis acknowledges that while it isn’t easy to prepare when such an important position remains a question mark, the team will be prepared by Saturday to face whomever is behind center.“It could be rough depending on if one’s a runner or not,” Lewis said. “They have a really solid foundation with what they’re going to do: run the ball, throw when necessary.” read more