Complexities of Due Diligence

first_img in Daily Dose, Featured, News The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Complexities of Due Diligence Alex Goldovsky distressed asset space Due Diligence HOUSING mortgage ProTitle USA Residential Single-Family Rental Market title search 2018-11-11 Radhika Ojha Share Save Related Articles Complexities of Due Diligence About Author: Radhika Ojha Sign up for DS News Daily Subscribe The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Radhika Ojha is an independent writer and copy-editor, and a reporter for DS News. She is a graduate of the University of Pune, India, where she received her B.A. in Commerce with a concentration in Accounting and Marketing and an M.A. in Mass Communication. Upon completion of her masters degree, Ojha worked at a national English daily publication in India (The Indian Express) where she was a staff writer in the cultural and arts features section. Ojha, also worked as Principal Correspondent at HT Media Ltd and at Honeywell as an executive in corporate communications. She and her husband currently reside in Houston, Texas. Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Previous: Five Minutes With Next: Home Point Names Managing Director-Regional Manager Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Tagged with: Alex Goldovsky distressed asset space Due Diligence HOUSING mortgage ProTitle USA Residential Single-Family Rental Market title search  Print This Post November 11, 2018 1,022 Views DS News spoke with Alex Goldovsky, President and CEO of ProTitle USA,about due diligence strategies in the single-family rental market. ProTitle US is a leader in the nationwide title search market, servicing both residential and commercial performing and distressed asset space.last_img read more

Jonathan Groff Sounds Off on Hamilton Drag, Sex Scenes & More

first_img from $149.00 View Comments Jonathan Groff Related Shows Jonathan Groff took New York by storm in 2006 in Spring Awakening, the musical that earned him a Tony nod and will return to Broadway this year. Nearly nine years later, he’s gone from schoolboy heartthrob to out-and-proud screen favorite. “Heartthrob” still applies. After several small screen stints, including the HBO series Looking (which, despite cancellation, is not gone for good), Groff will return to Broadway this summer in Hamilton, reprising his performance from the downtown engagement at the Public. The incoming king recently sat down with FourTwoNine’s Kevin Sessums and discussed everything from simulated sex scenes (straight and gay) to Looking’s final chapter to his equal-opportunist dating philosophy. Here are seven quotes (and two photos) that caught our eye.On Being In the Closet & Stage Sex with Lea Michele“We never talked about it… We were having such a deep and intense experience doing that show together. But we never talked about my personal life. It is amazing to me, now that I made that part of myself so off-limits that even Lea didn’t ask me about it.”On Being Out of the Closet & Screen Sex with Russell Tovey”It’s so funny to me, because doing a gay sex scene and doing a straight sex scene—except for the different equipment—is the same. Although Russell did fuck me in the show, so I guess that’s a little different. And I fucked him too, yeah. But for me, sex scenes are more about intimacy than they are about sexuality.”On Not Saying Goodbye to Looking Just Yet”I don’t want to let it go yet. I’m not ready to. I am grateful that we at least get to come back and put a little closure on the experience. Because I didn’t get to say goodbye to the experience when I heard the news. We’re all experiencing this together as a group.”On Standing Out in Hamilton”I wear the most ridiculous costume you’ve ever seen. It’s so fucking fun. When they asked me to do it, I just said sure because I love those guys—Lin and Andy and Thomas. I hadn’t even seen it, so I wasn’t even sure what I was saying yes to. It’s basically a cameo. I’m only in it for nine minutes. But the moment pops because of the costume, and I’m white, and no one else is in the cast.”On Madonna’s iPhone Fiasco”That bitch was on her phone. You couldn’t miss it from the stage. It was a black void of the audience in front of us, and her face there perfectly lit by the light of her iPhone through three-quarters of the show. What was funny about it was that she was there that Saturday night, but at that Saturday matinee Michelle Obama was there. We were collecting for Broadway Cares after the show, and Mrs. Obama stayed in the audience, and Lin called her out and the audience applauded for her.”On Dating Zachary Quinto & Gavin Creel (and Civilians!)”I feel like in dating actors the nice thing about it is they understand the schedules involved or having to leave for three months to shoot something and all of that. But when I was dating Gavin and dating Zach, it was more about the people they were instead of the actors they were, which is the same about the people who aren’t actors that I’ve dated. It’s about them as people and not about any careers or jobs they have.”On Not Playing the Conventional Romantic Lead”When I came out, I understood that maybe I wouldn’t be the male romantic lead in a Nicholas Sparks movie. But I’d rather be a working actor and not hiding anything in my personal life. Weirdly, after I came out, I began to get a lot more film and television work. That’s all a way of saying that the reason I don’t mind talking about it over and over is because that is the way acceptance happens, and that’s the way you break down those walls.” Star Files Hamiltonlast_img read more

Wolf Administration Sends Holiday Cheer to Hundreds of Families, Seniors at 30th Annual Holiday Wish Program

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter December 11, 2019 Wolf Administration Sends Holiday Cheer to Hundreds of Families, Seniors at 30th Annual Holiday Wish Programcenter_img Holidays,  Press Release Governor Tom Wolf today joined representatives from the departments of Aging, Human Services, Labor & Industry, and Military and Veterans Affairs, and the Pennsylvania National Guard to support the 30th Annual Holiday Wish Program, which sends gifts to more than 900 people, including more than 200 families and 100 seniors across Pennsylvania.“The generosity of the commonwealth’s employees will provide nearly 1,000 people with at least one gift this year,” Gov. Wolf said. “This is what the holidays in Pennsylvania are all about – sharing in the spirit of giving. I’m immensely proud of the selfless employees who have given so much to ensure their fellow Pennsylvanians know they are cared for this holiday season.”The families and older adults sponsored for the Holiday Wish Program were identified by a senior citizen complex serving older adults in need and caseworkers at county assistance offices across the state. Holiday Wish families request a few gifts they need or would like to receive, and state employees sponsor a family or individual to ensure they receive special gifts during the holiday season. For example, some families identified a need for clothing, shoes, toys, a Christmas tree, or even a bed.The Department of Labor & Industry also wrapped and donated 900 inspected toys that passed the department’s safety measures. Volunteer state employees and members from the Pennsylvania National Guard loaded hundreds of wrapped gifts into military vehicles and delivered them to participating county assistance offices for distribution to the families and individuals while children from a local child care provider sang carols and were visited by Santa.The Holiday Wish program was started in 1989 by a small group of employees from the Department of Human Services (DHS), known then as the Department of Public Welfare. Over 30 years, it has grown to include hundreds of employees in several departments, allowing the program to reach thousands of individuals in need around Pennsylvania during the holiday season.“The generosity from this small group of human services employees truly captures the essence of what we do every day – help Pennsylvanians access basic needs and achieve a better life,” said DHS Secretary Teresa Miller. “We recognize the hardships and barriers that many of the people we serve face and hope these gifts are able to bring so much joy to the many seniors, families, and children selected across our commonwealth. It’s a privilege to represent the department today as we continue to make a difference in the lives of Pennsylvanians near and far 30 years later.”last_img read more

Terry Pheto is worth it

first_imgActor Terry Pheto has been announced asthe new face of L’Oreal’s latest skincare range.(Image:L’Oreal)Tamara O’ReillyTerry Pheto, the South African actor best known for her role in the Academy Award-winning movie Tsotsi, has joined the bevy of beauties endorsing product ranges for cosmetics giant L’Oreal.In late July the company announced that Pheto would be spokesperson for the Even Perfect range, a new skincare collection developed for dark complexions. The deal will see her feature in television commercials flighted across the world, as well as print advertisement and billboards in South Africa.“I can’t tell you what an honour it is for me to be invited to lend my name to such a prestigious brand,” says Pheto. “I think it will give a lot of girls out there hope that no matter how bad your circumstances may seem, they can’t inhibit your dreams.”L’Oreal is the world’s largest cosmetics house, and the parent company for high-profile brands such as Lancôme, Ralph Lauren and Maybelline.Born and raised in Soweto, the sprawling township in the south of Johannesburg, Pheto lived in a shack until the age of 21. Growing up, she had a deep passion for the movies and acting. In her late teens she joined the Positive Arts Society’s theatre group in Soweto, a non-profit organisation that drew kids off the street and onto the stage. After briefly studying engineering at technical college, Pheto dropped out to try her hand at acting.“Growing up I loved the movies,” she says. “I loved the glitz and glamour and the fantasy of it all. I would go to the cinema to see all sorts of films, from horrors to romance.”She is best known for her leading female role as Miriam in Tsotsi, winner of the Best Foreign Film Oscar at the 2006 Academy Awards. The film tells the story of the redemption that follows when a vicious young criminal known as Tsotsi – which means “hoodlum” or “thug” – hijacks a car, only to find a baby has been left in the back seat. Realising that he cannot take care of the baby, he forces Miriam, who has a baby of her own, to breastfeed and take care of the child.The role of Tsotsi is played by Presley Chweneyagae, who in 2006 beat Hollywood heavyweights Denzel Washington and Cuba Gooding Jnr to walk off with the award for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role at the Black Movie Awards.From the street to the red carpetAlthough the beauty industry is obviously focused on appearance, Pheto thinks was her background, which has given her the ability to relate to people both on the street and on the red carpet, that gave her the edge L’Oreal was looking for.Her three weeks since the announcement have been nothing short of hectic – a sure indication of things to come. “It’s just busy, busy, busy,” she says. “I have been doing interview after interview, photo shoots and appearances. This appointment is a huge responsibility for me, which I embrace by making sure that my behaviour and appearance live up to the brand at all times.”This shouldn’t be too difficult, as Pheto has effortlessly maintained a sophisticated good-girl image all her life. She hasn’t let the fame get to her head in the way it does with other young stars suddenly plunged into the limelight.“When I go home I still sweep the house and wash the dishes. My family are proud of me, but they keep me grounded,” she says.Being worth itPheto joins names like Beyonce Knowles, Jennifer Aniston, Penelope Cruz and Andie McDowell saying the L’Oreal slogan, “Because I’m worth it” – a slogan coined in 1973.“Terry Pheto undoubtedly embodies the L’Oreal Paris brand philosophy of beauty, glamour, innovation and technology, and we are delighted to have her on board representing our products to the younger market,” says Han Lorskens, general manager for L’Oreal Paris Consumer Division.“She will be an inspiration to all young people wanting to achieve their goals and we look forward to a successful relationship in the future.”Billion-dollar beautyAccording to a survey by global industry and market analysts Euromonitor International, the worldwide beauty industry is worth about US$265-billion (R1 986-billion) a year, and has been growing exponentially for over a decade. It has been identified as one of the few luxury consumer industries in the world that buyers continue to spend their money on regardless of the economic environment. The largest numbers of consumers come from the US, who bite off a whopping 67% or $177-billion (R1 327-billion) of the pie.As the pressure to maintain a youthful appearance prevails, health, beauty and fitness manufacturers will be driven to meet the needs of consumers which in turn will see the beauty industry grow even further. Euromonitor International predicts that this growth will become increasingly apparent in developing markets such as China and India, as consumers become more affluent and can spend more money on self-improvement.According to the survey, the South African cosmetic and toiletries industry grew by some 45% in the last two years. Currently it has an estimated value of over $3.4-billion (R25.5-billion) and it is predicted to grow by 15% to 20% in the coming year.Locally there continues to be a growing interest in international brands, but imported products remain unaffordable for most South Africans. There is therefore a demand among lower income groups for cost-effective but quality products. The industry is set to continue to grow for the coming five years, with the hair colour and maintenance, hair colour and maintenance for hair pieces, anti-aging, ethnic skin care ranges and spa products in particular showing the greatest potential.South Africa has more than 140 health spas offering half-day, full-day and evening packages to middle- and high-income consumers. According to research by Intelligent Spas, some 1.1-million people visited local spas in 2007, with the industry expected to grow by 8% between 2008 and 2010.Do you have any comments or queries about this article? Email Tamara O’Reilly at [email protected] articlesSouthAfrica: a top film locationMore Oscar glory for South Africa Useful linksL’Oreal Euromonitor South African Spa Associationlast_img read more

Dusi K4 crew to ‘Paddle for a Limb’

first_img18 January 2012Four intrepid paddlers will take part in The 2012 Unlimited Dusi canoe marathon in a K4 canoe in a bid to raise money for prosthetic limbs for needy youngsters living in the Valley of a Thousand Hills.The idea is the brainchild of Craig Gibson, who has co-opted the services of friends Shane Wright, Craig Wright and Clint Lawson to try and navigate the long, unwieldy craft through the 120 kilometres of tight rocky rapids along the river between Pietermaritzburg and Durban.Only once before in the history of the race has a K4 finished the race, but the boat took a pounding from repeated contact with rocks. Conventional wisdom says the task is extremely difficult; even the popular K3 craft shy away from the race.‘Paddle for a Limb’ project’The “Paddle for a Limb” project aims to raise enough money to provide new prostheses for four youngsters living in poor homes in the valley who otherwise would never be able to afford the artificial limbs. Outdoor power product manufacturer Husqvarna has stepped in to back the initiative.Craig Wright, one of the four brave paddlers, runs a prosthetics business in Pietermaritzburg and has undertaken to make and fit the artificial limbs for the youngsters, who will be selected by former Dusi champ and Change-A-Life Academy head Martin Dreyer and the head of the race committee Cameron Mackenzie.“We know it is a near impossible task and one heck of a challenge, but we decided to take it on because we feel so strongly about this cause,” said Shane Wright.‘It is going to be tough’“Depending on the river conditions we are going to have to portage a lot more than other paddlers, so we know it is going to be tough,” he added.He urged fellow paddlers and supporters of The Unlimited Dusi to back the fundraising initiative by making a donation to the trust set up for the project, which will be audited by CA Guy McEwan.Banking details for those wishing to pledge their support in the form of donations are:Craig Gibson Family TrustAcc no: 62179904175Branch: Midlands Mall/Branch code: 257355(Fax proof of payment to 086 613 6444)The Unlimited Dusi canoe marathon takes place from 16 to 18 February, starting at Camps Drift in Pietermaritzburg and finishing at Blue Lagoon in Durban.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

The Hustler’s Playbook: Planes and Trains

first_imgBoth a plane and a train can transport you from point A to point B. But there are differences in how they get you there.Planes and FlyingA plane is always “off course.” The pilots have to make constant adjustments as they fly. They have to change the speed as they climb and descend. They also have to change the pitch and the altitude to stay at the proper elevation for the direction in which they are traveling. The wind is always shifting the plane’s direction.Pilots need dozens of instruments to help them know where they are, what’s around them, and where their destination is.When you are flying, you are moving fast and mostly out of control. You have to make constant decisions and adjustments between the place you left and the place you land.Trains and Well-Worn TracksTrains are different. They are never “off course.” Trains don’t have to make any adjustments, other than the occasional change in speed. A train conductor, unlike a pilot, doesn’t need many instruments.The path between point A and point B is well-traveled. The tracks were laid down long ago, and trains have made countless journeys along those tracks. There are stations that serve as milestones along the track because people are jumping on and off the train all along its route.The only thing a train has to worry about is an unexpected obstacle.The Difference in Flying and Traveling by TrainSometimes success is more like flying. You are out of control, moving fast, finding your way, and making dozens of adjustments as you go. You don’t know how to get where you are going, but the most important thing is that you take off.But much of the time, the results you want are more like traveling by train. The tracks have been in place for centuries. All you need to do is hop on the tracks and turn up the speed. You know what you need to do, and you know how to do it. You just need to do more of it.Hustling is a lot of times more like traveling by train than plane. Make sure you are on track and turning up the steam.last_img read more

Watchdog calls for ethics inquiry into allegations involving PMO WilsonRaybould

first_imgFormer Justice Minister and Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, pictured here in 2015, are at the centre of an unfolding controversy surrounding allegations of political interference.Justin BrakeAPTN NewsA government watchdog is calling on the federal ethics commissioner to delegate an inquiry into the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) after allegations surfaced Thursday of political interference by the PMO in a matter under the authority of Canada’s former Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould.Democracy Watch says the allegations warrant an official investigation.But the Ottawa-based group says Canada’s Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner, Mario Dion, should not lead the inquiry.The commissioner “should not be ruling on any situations involving Liberals as he was hand-picked by the Trudeau Cabinet through a secretive, very questionable process,” Democracy Watch co-founder and University of Ottawa law professor Duff Conacher said in a statement Friday morning.Instead, Dion should “delegate the investigation to a provincial ethics commissioner,” Conacher wrote.The call comes just 24 hours after the Globe and Mail published allegations by an unnamed source that Wilson-Raybould—of the We Wai Kai Nation and Canada’s first Indigenous justice minister and AG—“blew off the PMO” after Trudeau’s office allegedly pressured Wilson-Raybould to intervene in the Public Prosecution Service of Canada’s handling of Montreal-based engineering giant SNC-Lavalin’s fraud and corruption charges stemming from the company’s work in Libya.“It is a violation for anyone covered by the federal Conflict of Interest Act, including the Prime Minister and PMO staff, to ‘use his or her position as a public office holder to seek to influence a decision of another person so as to… improperly further another person’s private interests,’” the Democracy Watch statement reads, citing Section 9 of the federal Act.“If anyone in the PMO tried to pressure the Attorney General to intervene and stop the prosecution of SNC-Lavalin, they violated the federal ethics law, and so a full, independent investigation is needed,” Conacher said in the statement.According to the federal lobbyist registry, SNC-Lavalin representatives have met with MPs and government officials dozens of times on issues related to “justice” and “law enforcement”, including 14 with PMO staff.Democracy Watch is also calling for an investigation into “whether anyone in the PMO used secret information they learned” from the meetings “in an effort to influence the Attorney General, and whether anyone from SNC-Lavalin has a relationship with anyone in the PMO that would cause them to give them preferential treatment by trying to influence the Attorney General.”If either of these were true, they would violate Section 8 and Section 7 of the Conflict of Interest Act, Conacher explained.Conacher told APTN News Friday that Dion “can delegate authority” to a provincial commission, and that the transfer of authority has been done in provinces like Alberta, where that province’s ethics commissioner, Margeurite Trussler, recused herself from investigating a complaint because she personally knew individuals she would have to investigate.Democracy Watch co-founder Duff Conacher says an investigation from the federal ethics commissioner only requires Dion to have “reasonable belief that there’s been a violation based on the evidence presented.” APTN photo.In its letter to Dion, Democracy Watch asked the commissioner to step aside and delegate the inquiry to a provincial authority.“If we disagreed with his ruling and wanted to challenge it in court, it puts us in a better position if we asked him to step aside in advance as opposed to after the fact complaining about him not stepping aside,” Conacher explained.The group has previously argued in court that Dion’s appoint was unethical, “because the Office of the Ethics Commissioner was investigating Trudeau and other cabinet ministers at the time they hand-picked Dion through a secretive process,” Conacher said, explaining Democracy Watch is currently challenging a federal court ruling on the matter.He said in order for Dion to launch or delegate an inquiry into the new allegations against the PMO, the commissioner “has to have a reasonable belief that there’s been a violation based on the evidence presented.”Conacher said though the Globe and Mail’s sources are unnamed, that “doesn’t mean they aren’t real.”On Thursday Trudeau repeatedly denied his office “directed” Wilson-Raybould on the SNC file.But the allegations published by the Globe never specified “direction” from the PMO, only that Wilson-Raybould “came under heavy pressure” from Trudeau’s office.“Trudeau didn’t deny that there was influence, yesterday,” Conacher told APTN.“All you have to do is attempt to influence someone. That’s all you need to violate section 9 [of the Act].Instead of denying the allegations, Wilson-Raybould told the Globe she would not discuss the matter.“That is between me and the government as the government’s previous lawyer,” she said in an interview.Asked by the Globe if she had refused a request from the PMO, she reportedly said, “I cannot comment on that. That is legal advice between me and the government at the time.”Conacher wonders why, if the allegations are false, Wilson-Raybould didn’t just say they were false.He said Wilson-Raybould’s response that she can’t comment because it would constitute sharing “legal advice between me and the government” doesn’t hold up in this instance.“It’s not a situation where it’s solicitor-client privilege,” he said. “This is a situation of whether they called her, not about what advice she gave them.”“There’s nothing preventing her from saying it’s false, no one ever contacted me.”Following her move from the justice and attorney general portfolio to veteran’s affairs last month, Wilson-Raybould penned a lengthy statement on her webpage.In it she said that “the role of the Attorney General of Canada carries with it unique responsibilities to uphold the rule of law and the administration of justice, and as such demands a measure of principled independence.“It is a pillar of our democracy that our system of justice be free from even the perception of political interference and uphold the highest levels of public confidence,” she continued.“As such, it has always been my view that the Attorney General of Canada must be non-partisan, more transparent in the principles that are the basis of decisions, and, in this respect, always willing to speak truth to power. This is how I served throughout my tenure in that role.”APTN requested comment from Dion on Democracy Watch’s call for a delegated inquiry into the allegations but had not received a response by the time of publication.Also on Friday, Conservative leader Andrew Scheer announced his party and the NDP are jointly calling for a committee investigation into the allegations.The opposition parties have “called for an emergency meeting of the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights to question Trudeau’s PMO and other government officials over their potential interference in an ongoing criminal prosecution,” Scheer said in a written statement.“If the Prime Minister has nothing to hide, then members of his government should have no reason to oppose these officials from testifying. Members of Parliament, and all other relevant authorities, have a responsibility to determine what happened here, and both Trudeau and his officials must be forthcoming. We believe this committee investigation is a necessary first step.”The committee would invite as witnesses Wilson-Raybould, current Justice Minister and AG David Lametti, Trudeau’s Chief of Staff Katie Telford, Director of Public Prosecutions Kathleen Roussel, Privy Council Clerk Michael Wernick, Trudeau’s Principle Secretary Gerald Butts, senior PMO advisors Mathieu Bouchard and Elder Marques, and Veteran Affairs Chief of Staff Jessica Prince.The committee would report to the House of Commons “no later than February 28, 2019,” Scheer’s statement said.The NDP are also calling for an investigation by the ethics commissioner.Party leader Jagmeet Singh said in a statement Friday that if Trudeau “truly believes there is no wrongdoing here, he should invite the Ethics Commissioner to investigate his office’s dealings with SNC-Lavalin and whether or not that was a factor in the removal of Ms. Wilson-Raybould from her position as Attorney General.”[email protected]@JustinBrakeNewslast_img read more

Womens World Cup Preview The US And Sweden Have A Score To

Check out FiveThirtyEight’s Women’s World Cup predictions.“Dancing Swedes Shock USA” is how FIFA described the last World Cup result between the U.S. and Sweden in 2011. FIFA, the U.S. and the rest of the world were understandably shocked — the U.S. had never lost a group-stage game at the World Cup before. Four years and one head coach swap later, the teams meet again tonight in their second Group D games. Can Sweden shock the world again?According to FiveThirtyEight’s forecast, the chances that Sweden beats the U.S. aren’t great. The USWNT has a 58 percent chance of winning and a 22 percent chance of drawing — pregame odds not dissimilar to the team’s first game against Australia. The U.S. won its World Cup opener 3-1, but the final score doesn’t reflect its early struggle to settle the ball and connect in the final third, two things that will be important against a better Swedish team, and for the rest of the tournament (solo runs by Megan Rapinoe will take the U.S. only so far).On the other side of Group D, Sweden was also favored to win its opening match — 59 percent to Nigeria’s 20 percent — but the Swedes were outpaced and out-hustled by the Super Falcons. In that game, Sweden was shocked, drawing 3-3. Sweden coasted on an early lead, but looked flat in the second half as Asisat Oshoala came flying down the flanks and Ngozi Okobi threaded balls between the seams. Nigeria scored three times in the second half against a shaky Swedish defense. Sweden is still likely to advance from Group D (67 percent), but its mediocre result against Nigeria means it’s far from safe.Tonight’s match is huge for both teams, with Sweden looking to solidify a spot in the knockout rounds and the U.S. women looking for redemption after the last World Cup and against their former coach (who hasn’t hesitated to say how she feels about her former players). There’s a lot at stake in this game, so we’ve made another in-game cheat sheet — a guide to when U.S. fans should start to worry and when it’s safe to relax. (You can read more about the in-game win probability model we made for women’s soccer.)If the game is tied, the USWNT’s chances of defeat hold steady around 20 percent for most of the match. Like we said before, loss probability is largely fixed, so the U.S. is trading win probability for draw probability the longer the game remains tied. If the U.S. hasn’t taken the lead by about 55 minutes, a U.S. win and a draw become about equally likely, and after that a draw becomes the most likely outcome.In the event that the U.S. trails Sweden by one goal, the stress should start to kick in around 73 minutes. With that score, the probability of a U.S. loss is just slightly greater than that of a draw for most of the first half. But at about 73 minutes, the loss probability shoots up above 60 percent. If the Americans are still down by a goal then, they might need another hail-Abby. read more

Ohio State field hockey set to hit the road for opening Big

Senior forward Peanut Johnson (3) surveys the field during a game against St. Louis on Aug. 28. OSU won, 5-0.Credit: Kevin Stankiewicz / Asst. Sports EditorThe Ohio State field hockey team is set to hit the road this week for East Lansing, Michigan, to face off against Michigan State.The Buckeyes and Spartans are scheduled to step on the field on Friday at 3 p.m. in the Big Ten opener.After last Friday’s 3-2 home win against Ball State, OSU (3-2) is now on a two-game winning streak with an offense that has come on strong recently. However, OSU coach Anne Wilkinson said she is cautious about getting too confident heading into conference play.“Once you get the Big Ten, it’s a whole new ballgame, and they know that,” Wilkinson said.Following in the footsteps of last week’s recipient, sophomore goalie Liz Tamburro, senior forward Peanut Johnson was named Big Ten Player of the Week on Tuesday for her strong performance last week against Ball State. Johnson earned her team five points by scoring twice and adding two assists, which brought the Dayton, Ohio, native’s season total to 10 points.Johnson said she looks to the individual accolade as a welcome recognition, but she still sees the team as a support system and large factor in her triumph.“It’s such an honor,” Johnson said. “But it’s definitely a team effort in the end, and I’m just really grateful.”Johnson and her co-captain, senior back Emma Royce, said they see Friday’s first conference game as a chance for the Buckeyes to truly shine following their winning streak.Royce said that when going up against the Spartans, the team has to be in the right mindset above anything else.“The skills are all there, it’s a lot about mentality at this point,” Royce said. “We just know that Michigan State is a very passionate and aggressive team so we’re looking to win our individual matchups and 50-50 balls.”Wilkinson said she looks for Friday’s game to be an opportunity for the Buckeyes to work on locking down the ball.“Possession is really going to be key,” Wilkinson said. “Michigan has a style where they really like to break up your plays…because we’re a fast team, they like to break that up so we need to work on playing small but opening up also.”Michigan State will go into the game tied for sixth place in the Big Ten alongside Maryland after their loss to Columbia last Sunday, bringing them to 3-3 overall on the season.Last meetingLast season’s matchup between the Buckeyes and Spartans ended in overtime at 4-3, with Michigan State taking the victory on a goal by forward Abby Barker.Players to watchWhile Tamburro and Johnson hold the consecutive titles of Big Ten Player of the Week, sophomore forward Maddy Humphrey holds team leads for Buckeyes with 12 points (five goals, two assists). read more