HNCA bid for Cargolux stake fades as the government stumbles in election

first_img The likelihood of investment from Henan Civil Aviation Development and Investment Company (HNCA) into Cargolux became more remote this week, after unions stalled a board meeting aimed at discussing the tie-up.Sources in Luxembourg indicated that there was little appetite for the deal among the carrier’s management and staff, but the government was keen to sew-up the share sale.HNCA’s key role is to boost the development of Zhengzhou Airport and build up cargo airlines’ presence, as it is situated in a busy manufacturing region. One source told The Loadstar it was dangerous for an airline to commit itself to one particular airport outside main hubs, and that the deal could have proved fatal for the carrier.While many at Cargolux are said to be keen to end the uncertainty over which new shareholder will take the government’s 35% stake, this week’s elections in Luxembourg have, essentially, postponed the decision following the Christian Democrats’ failure to secure a majority. It is thought that there will be both a new minister for transport and finance at the end of the year, once a coalition government is agreed. Until then, no key decisions on Cargolux’s future can be taken.Along with some of Cargolux’s management who are against a tie-up with HNCA, the OGBL union also has concerns about possible outsourcing of jobs and operations to China, despite a government pledge that it would not happen and a similar promise in a draft commercial agreement.Hubert Hollerich, central secretary for the civil aviation department at the OGBL, told The Loadstar: “We are very sceptical about the deal with the Chinese. There are too many questions. And nobody knows what other offers are on the table. The board was meeting only to vote on HNCA – and even the management of Cargolux came to the conclusion that there was no necessity to have a new shareholder right now.”The union stalled the vote on a technicality. The staff representatives had not received the proper documentation on time, allowing them to block the meeting.The OGBL added that it was “happy” to have the government as the shareholder. “We don’t want to change anything.”Among the carrier’s management, however, there are believed to be two schools of thought.  One source close to the airline said: “Some think Cargolux can be turned around without a new shareholder, if it can raise additional money alone.”But now the government no longer has the power to make a decision, there is little anyone at the carrier can do.The HNCA group sent a delegation to Luxembourg in the summer to tour the cargo facilities and meet government ministers. It hopes to build Zhengzhou, which is already served by AirBridge Cargo and Cathay Pacific, into a “mega hub”, but some observers have cast doubt on the plan.  The city’s exports lag behind those at Chongqing and Chengdu, and exports are dominated bv one manufacturer – Foxconn. In addition, wages in the area are said to be rising fast. The other hi-tech centres boast several manufacturers.Other companies thought to have expressed interest in the government’s 35% stake in Cargolux include HNA, parent of Hainan Airlines; Centurion Cargo; and Volga Dnepr Group. By Alex Lennane 24/10/2013last_img read more

Apple Arcade now has a cut-price annual payment tier

first_imgApple Arcade now has a cut-price annual payment tierNew subscription option gives a year’s access for the price of ten individual monthsMatthew HandrahanEditor-in-ChiefTuesday 17th December 2019Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleAppleApple has introduced an annual tier for its mobile game subscription service, Apple Arcade.The new payment option was added without fanfare, but it was spotted by the German website A screenshot shows the option to purchase an annual subscription to Apple Arcade for €49.99.At present, a monthly subscription in Europe costs €4.99, so the annual tier effectively grants two free months of Apple Arcade.Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games That value proposition is consistent across the US, Canada and the UK, where a year of Apple Arcade is priced at $59.99 CAD, $49.99, and £49.99 respectively.Apple Arcade launched on September 19, on the back of a reportedly huge investment in content by Apple. It currently has a library of more than 100 games, with no ads or in-game purchases.Last month, we talked to a number of developers working with Apple on the Arcade service about its benefits — the reasons ranged from greater freedom to experiment with content, and the chance to focus on gameplay away from the pressures of in-game monetisation.Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Mobile newsletter and get the best of in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesEpic vs Apple – Week One Review: Epic still faces an “uphill battle”Legal experts share their thoughts on the proceedings so far, and what to expect from the coming weekBy James Batchelor 9 hours agoEpic Games claims Fortnite is at “full penetration” on consoleAsserts that mobile with the biggest growth potential as it fights for restoration to iOS App StoreBy James Batchelor 12 hours agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more

‘I can still play in the Premier League’, says Wayne Rooney

first_imgHe helped them achieve a huge turnaround, scoring 12 goals and supplying seven assists in 20 appearances for the club as United narrowly missed out on a place in the play-offs.Rooney’s efforts saw him get named a finalist for the league’s Most Valuable Player award.Speaking to CNN, Rooney said he never doubted himself and believes he still has what it takes to play Premier League football. Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won RANKED 1 He said: “If I’m being honest, quality wise I can still play in the Premier League.“I know that, I’ve always been a confident person, so I have high expectations of myself.“I came here expecting to do well, I think there was a surprise from people who had their opinions which is fair enough but I never doubted myself.” Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade no dice Rooney almost guided United to a play-off spot after arriving with the club near the bottom of the league BEST OF Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? REVEALED Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade center_img Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move REVEALED Wayne Rooney claims he still possesses the quality to play in the Premier League after proving some of his critics wrong with how well he has done in the USA.The former Manchester United and Everton captain left the Premier League to join MLS side DC United in June 2018. huge blow ADVICE MONEY Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card LATEST FOOTBALL NEWSlast_img read more

A Russian Company Is Selling Robot Clones of Real People

first_imgThere’s a company in Russia called Promobot that is making ROBOT CLONES of real people.Seriously.  They can make a robot that looks pretty realistically like ANYONE.  And the robots also have an artificial intelligence system that allows them to talk and interact, too.The robots cost $20,000 to $50,000, depending on how detailed you want them.  And the company says it’s already gotten a few orders.Before you spend your money though, you should know these robots can’t WALK.  But their faces, necks, and torsos can move.The people behind Promobot say that these robots offer people, quote, “Digital immortality.”  Fannnntastic.(CNBC / Futurism)last_img

UX Win: Michigan Audubon Society Kirtland’s Warbler Tours

first_imgIt’s rare that two of my interests, user experience and birdwatching, collide. But they did last weekend, when I decided to go on a Kirtland’s Warbler tour in northern Michigan. Why would I want to go on a guided tour instead of enjoying the beautiful spring weekend at home, gardening?Spring migration is a huge birdwatching opportunity to see birds in their beautiful breeding plumage. I’ve shared photos of migrating birds in earlier posts.With spring migration over, I didn’t want to miss my chance to see my first Kirtland’s Warbler of the year.Since Michigan Audubon Society offers tours in late spring and early summer to catch a glimpse of the bird in its breeding habitat, I decided it was time to take the tour.User Experience and Birdwatching?You might wonder, what does user experience have to do with a birdwatching tour?As Jared Spool mentions in delighting your customers, it’s the little things that made the difference.Beginning with me searching online for Kirtland’s Warbler tour information, which was:Easy to findWritten in plain languageProvided details I was looking forExplained what to expectMore about the tour further on, but if you’re wondering why Kirtland’s Warblers are so special, here’s some background.Kirtland’s WarblerThe Kirtland’s Warbler is an endangered bird, a bird that nests in scrubby Jack Pine habitat of northern Michigan, Wisconsin, and parts of Ontario.The bird is very selective about the type of habitat where it will breed: only Jack Pine forests where trees are 5-6.5 feet tall, or trees that are about 15 years old.When trees are taller, the bird leaves the area.Over the years, loss of habitat caused the number of Kirtland’s Warblers to plummet to around 200 singing males in 1971.Thankfully, focused land management practices and education by government and birding groups over the past few decades have increased the population to 2,365 singing males in 2015.With such small numbers and a limited habitat, seeing the Kirtland’s Warbler is on many birdwatchers’ “must see” lists.Going the Extra MileMy first step was searching online for the Kirtland’s Warbler tour information.I knew the tours were held daily, but didn’t know the time, cost, place, how long the tour would last, and other details.My search for “Kirtland’s Warbler tour” in DuckDuckGo brought up exactly the tour information I was looking for. The tour page answered my questions quickly, in easy-to-understand language. I didn’t have to dig into mountains of text to find the details I wanted.The first paragraph in the Guided Tours section explained:Where guided tours are held: at Hartwick Pines State Park, north of Grayling, MichiganWho leads the tours: Michigan Audubon Society seasonal guideCost: tours are free, but a Michigan State Recreation Passport is required to enter the state park (not a problem, I already had my recreation passport).The second paragraph included information on:When tours begin: May 15, 2017Times for tours: once daily during the week at 7:00amWhether tours happen on the weekends and holidays: yes, and an extra tour is available at 11:00mWhen tours end: July 4, 2017Great way to set expectations for customers.Imagine you’re traveling on a long weekend for a special event, perhaps the Memorial Day or July 4th holiday weekends.Nothing worse than to discover the event information didn’t explain they are closed on weekends or holidays.The tour information continued with details for :Where to meet: Michigan Forest Visitor Center at the state parkShort orientation: about the Kirtland’s Warbler and Jack Pine habitat (fascinating to learn about the bird’s nesting habits, lumber harvesting, and replanting)Caravan to see the birds: you can drive your own car or carpool with others in the groupGroup reservations: recommendations to attend the 11am tour for large groups. Helpful if you’re part of a birding group and want your group to attend the tour.Additional details about the tour made it easy for me to plan my tour: walking to the visitor center (accessible entrance), professional photographers, how much walking to expect, what to bring (insect repellant, sunscreen), what to wear (good walking boots/shoes) make it easy to plan for your tour.It was obvious to me that whomever wrote the content on the tour page understood exactly what questions people would have.Information was easy to find, written concisely, and organized in short paragraphs.Nice TouchBirdwatchers are known for traveling hundreds of miles to see birds. Providing lodging information on the tour page means you don’t have to make a second search to find a local place to stay.The Michigan Audubon Society included information about local lodging, with a link to the Grayling Visitor’s Bureau.Wonderful! A small detail, but it makes a difference.My TourAlong with about a dozen other people, I took the weekend tour at 11:00am. The guide provided excellent information about the Kirtland’s Warbler, its history, and the Jack Pine habitat in a short presentation at the Visitors Center.Afterwards, we took a fun hike in the forest to find the Kirtland’s Warbler.We heard the bird singing within five minutes of entering the forest area, but it took a lot longer to find it.I managed to get a ten-second glimpse of the warbler as we were heading out of the forest, but didn’t manage to take a photo. Darn!The photo on this post is the Kirtland’s Warbler photo, taken by Joel Trick of United States Fish and Wildlife Service Midwest, licensed under CC BY 2.0.SummaryMichigan Audubon Society provided key information about their Kirtland’s Warblers tours, quickly and in easy-to-understand language. Their tour page answered my questions about time, date, place, and what to expect.Kudos to them for having:Designers and writers who paid attention to the small detailsHelpful information about groups and weekend toursGoing the extra mile to give lodging information for birdwatchers who might be traveling hundreds of miles to see the birdThank you, Michigan Audubon Society for making my birdwatching tour more delightful! Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedPhoto of the Week: Kirtland’s Warbler in Northern MichiganIt’s not that Kirtland’s Warblers are shy birds that makes them a bird every birdwatcher wants to add to their life list. Kirtland’s Warblers are one of the most vocal birds in the spring and are often seen singing on a top, outside branch of a tree or shrub. It’s…In “Nature”Enjoying The Biggest Week in American Birding“Do you need an American Redstart?” asked the fellow with the green “Biggest Week” baseball cap as he looked upward at the 25-foot tall tree in front of us. “Yes, I do,” I replied. And he proceeded to tell me where to look. “It’s at 11 o’clock. Look at the…In “Nature”Photo of the Week: Kentucky Warbler Along Lake Huron ShorelineWhether I’m out in nearby woods and marshes, the southern shore of Lake Erie or the shore of another Great Lake, my weekends are spent birding. Peering through leaf-strewn marshland, harvested cornfields, bare shrub branches and leafed out tree canopies in cold, rainy, snowy, and sometimes sunny weather, I search…In “Nature”last_img read more

Marshfield girls basketball bests Auburndale, earns tournament title

first_imgBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARSHFIELD – Two big runs in the middle quarters were enough for Marshfield to separate from Auburndale and defeat the Apaches 58-45 in the championship game of the Marshfield Tigers Girls Basketball Invitational on Saturday afternoon at Marshfield High School.A 7-0 run in the second quarter and an 8-0 run late in the third proved to be the difference for the Tigers, who improve to 9-1 after winning their fifth game in a row. Auburndale drops to 9-2.After a high-scoring first quarter, the Tigers jumped out to a 20-16 lead behind eight points from Caitlin Michaelis and seven from Makayla Scheuer.Auburndale was able to hang around as they dominated the offensive boards. The Apaches finished with 22 rebounds, 14 coming on the offensive end which translated into 14 second-chance points.Baskets by Cheyenne Karl and Paiton Richardson cut Marshfield’s lead to 28-22 before Marshfield ripped off seven points on three possessions to open up a double-digit lead.Two free throws by Ema Fehrenbach, a fast break layup by Ellie Kummer and another 3-pointer from Michaelis put Marshfield up 35-22. The Tigers led 37-24 at halftime.“We know what Auburndale does and that they are going to do a good job crashing the boards and beat us up a littleAuburndale’s Taylor Gotz goes up for a shot over Marshfield’s Hannah Meverden during Saturday’s game at Marshfield High School. (Paul Lecker photo)bit, and they did,” Marshfield coach Heidi Michaelis said. “Overall, we did a lot of really good things. We were fairly efficient. Anytime you can beat a good team like Auburndale, we are happy coming out of this tournament feeling pretty good about ourselves, and hope to build on that.”Taylor Gotz, who had 12 points and eight rebounds for the Apaches, hit a pair of baskets early in the third quarter, and Richardson netted three points as Auburndale closed the gap to 41-33 with 4:28 to go in the period.Marshfield’s second big run was enough to put the Apaches away.Fehrenbach hit inside and Scheuer and Kummer connected on back-to-back 3-pointers to give the Tigers a 49-33 lead with 2 minutes left in the third. Marshfield finished 8 of 15 from 3-point range, including 3 of 4 in the third quarter.“When a team shoots 3s like that, you just hope you can catch them on an off night,” Auburndale coach Scott Meidl said. “You take that stretch out and we basically hung with them for three quarters. That’s something the girls need to be proud of. They’re a great team and a veteran team, and they know how to handle the ball and handle the pressure.”Auburndale was just 3 of 8 shooting in the fourth and couldn’t make up much ground as the Tigers made 7 of 10 shots from the free throw line.Fehrenbach led Marshfield with 16 points, making 10 of 14 free throws. Michaelis added 15 points, Scheuer had 14 and Kummer 11 for the Tigers.“It doesn’t always go well and when it didn’t go well, I thought we found ways to respond,” Heidi Michaelis said. “We didn’t hang our heads or get upset. I am happy with our leadership and the way we are responding when things aren’t going our way.”Marshfield hosts Chippewa Falls in a nonconference game Tuesday, while Auburndale plays at home against Marathon in a battle of two of the top teams in the Marawood Conference South Division. Marathon is 9-0 overall and 4-0 in the conference, while Auburndale is in third place at 3-1 in the Marawood South.“I told the girls that even though we lost, this is one of the best games we’ve played this year,” Meidl said. “It’s definitely something positive to look at going into the rest of the year. They need to take the intensity they played with tonight and take that into every single game. We’ve got a tough game coming up with Marathon this week and we need to come out with the same fire and intensity, and work our butts off.”The all-tournament team consisted of Hudson’s Christie Carli, Wausau Newman Catholic’s Lauren Fech, Yahnke, Kummer and Michaelis.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of 58, Apaches 45Auburndale 16 8 11 10 – 45Marshfield 20 17 12 9 – 58AUBURNDALE (45): Allison Linzmeier 4-10 0-0 8, Cheynne Karl 5-11 0-0 10, Jeanette Pelinski 0-2 0-0 0, Slyviann Momont 0-0 0-0 0, Paiton Richardson 2-5 1-3 5, Shannon Yahnke 2-5 6-8 10, Taylor Gotz 6-12 0-1 12. FG: 19-45. FT: 7-12. 3-pointers: 0-4 (Karl 0-4). Rebounds: 22 (Gotz 8). Turnovers: 13. Fouls: 9. Fouled out: Yahnke. Record: 9-2.MARSHFIELD (58): Makayla Scheuer 4-6 4-4 14, Meg Bryan 0-0 0-0 0, Caitlin Michaelis 5-9 1-2 15, Ana Jensen 0-1 0-0 0, Sara Dasler 0-0 0-0 0, Natalie Zuelke 0-0 0-0 0, Maddie Nikolai 0-0 0-0 0, Martha Kupfer 0-0 0-0 0, Ellie Kummer 4-10 1-2 11, Ema Fehrenbach 3-5 10-14 16, Hannah Meverden 1-2 0-0 2. FG: 17-33. FT: 16-22. 3-pointers: 8-15 (Michaelis 4-6, Kummer 2-5, Scheuer 2-4). Rebounds: 19 (Michaelis 4, Fehrenbach 4). Turnovers: 11. Fouls: 13. Fouled out: none. Record: 9-1.last_img read more

iPad for Business Round-Up: Adobe Photoshop Touch, Oracle Business Intelligence Mobile and More

first_imgThe iPad isn’t just a hot new consumer device, it’s also an increasingly popular tool for business. Each week we take a look at the new or updated business apps for the iPad, and highlight trends in how tablets are being used in the enterprise.This week week we look at the newly released Adobe Photoshop Touch apps, a couple tools for managing your tasks and more.Adobe Photoshop Touch This week we took a look at nine applications for giving presentations on the iPad. So far it looks like Apple’s Keynote is the favorite among readers – what’s yours? klint finley The first of the the Photoshop Touch applications Adobe announced last month are now available: Adobe Color Lava, Adobe Eazel and Adobe Nav. Watch for your design staff to start asking for iPads, if they haven’t already.Oracle Business Intelligence Mobile Related Posts Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… As we reported, the popular task management application Remember the Milk released its iPad app this week. Our John Paul Titlow wrote “Owners of the WiFi-only iPad will appreciate the fact that the app works offline and will sync with Remember the Milk’s servers the next time you’re connected.”ShareTask Last week we mentioned that Oracle had released a tablet-optimized version of its Oracle Business Intelligence Suite. This week the company’s native iOS app Oracle Business Intelligence Mobile was approved and hit the App Store.Remember the Milk ShareTask is a more enterprise-y task management app for iOS. It syncs with your SharePoint installation to provide a mobile task list. If you want more SharePoint features on your iPad, be sure to check out our article “5 Apps That Bring SharePoint to the iPad.”iPad Apps for Giving Presentations Tags:#enterprise#mobile IT + Project Management: A Love Affair 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowlast_img read more

3 Ways NASA’s IT Department is Just Like Yours

first_imgManage Data: Don’t let it manage you. Decide what data to collect, keep, and discard based on business need.Embrace Open Source: Solutions like Hadoop are helping to gain cost efficiencies and analyze new sets of data.Stay constantly curious: Rather than feeling intimidated by the amount and type of data, focus on what it may tell you or help you discover.Using Cloud As An Innovation Platform In June of 2014, NASA launched another program with the goal of tapping into the wealth of knowledge and curiosity shared by the scientific, mathematic, and tech communities. The OpenNex challenge provides public access to a trove of earth sciences data and cloud-based computational resources, allowing people to help solve problems and develop new approaches to use information.Organizations are increasingly using crowdsourcing and gamification as a means to improve services, develop necessary skills, and solve problems. Earlier this year, Intel and Kaggle partnered to sponsor a contest to encourage data scientists to compete for prizes by developing models that would best predict the winners of this year’s NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament.Intel IT also recently implemented an internal crowdsourcing effort by reaching out to our 90,000 employees for ideas. The results allowed our IT department to provide employees with new workplace capabilities and tools they need and want.Aiming Higher for IT Services Ultimately, while NASA’s operations and goals likely differ significantly from those of your organization, I believe that all IT departments – regardless of industry – have more in common than they realize. We all strive to learn from our environment, to enable our company’s employees to operate at the highest level, and to provide “out of this world” experiences for our customers.To help IT organizations tackle these challenges, the Intel IT Center has developed 3-part email series that provide the fundamentals, tools to develop step-by-step plans and evaluate solutions on the following topics:Enterprise MobilityBig Data Hybrid CloudBefore I sign off, I’d like to wish NASA a big congrats on 56 years of technology innovation.Chris This year marks NASA’s 56th anniversary. It’s incredible to look at the speed and significance of the innovation they accomplished in little more than a half-century. In their first year of operations, they launched Explorer-I, the first U.S. satellite. A decade later, they stunned the world by putting a man on the moon. Since that milestone in human achievement, NASA developed the International Space Station, put a roving research tool on the surface of Mars, and they’ve taught us all about the universe, the stars, and our own planet.Despite their massive achievements and contributions to society, their internal IT operations function a lot like yours. NASA is an enterprise-level organization, with just over 18,000 employees, and their IT department deals with common IT challenges, such as BYOD, big data, and cloud computing.Segmenting BYOD ServicesSimilar to their methodical pre-launch checks, NASA takes mobile security seriously. Enterprise Applications Service Executive, John Sprague, recently explained how NASA created different permissions levels based on user demographics, the data being accessed, and considerations for network access points – the who, what, and where of BYOD.Mobile network users fall into four groups:Visiting scientists and expertsInternsVendorsEmployeesEach group is then further categorized based on how and what they are accessing through the network:Duration Vetted identity or not Risk levels Access and usage patterns Data types Increasingly IT organizations have adopted this approach, including Intel’s own IT department, where we established a granular trust model to improve BYOD security. Managing Hundreds of Terabytes an HourAs you can imagine, a large research organization like NASA amasses huge amounts of data – where petabytes are as common as astronaut candidates.(Fun Fact: There were 6,100 astronaut applicants in 2013) While the scale of NASA’s big data challenge can dwarf many enterprise organizations, the challenges (data collection and storage) and opportunities (analysis and actionable insights) are the same. In this recent Information Week article, Chris Mattman, a principal investigator for the Big Data initiative at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory says that while some projects are focused on retention and data stewardship, “[t]here are a lot of active analytics and analysis problems that [researchers] are more interested in than necessarily keeping the data around.”While your IT organization may not be trying to predict global climate change by measuring polar ice thickness or finding ways to improve fuel optimization during a trip to Mars, the ability to streamline warehouse operations, optimize an ecommerce program, or improve customer retention with analytics are vital to your company’s survival.As I discovered NASA’s big data approach, I drew three conclusions:last_img read more

Mamata takes pride in women representaion of TMC in LS

first_imgKolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday took pride in her Trinamool Congress for having 35 per cent women MPs in the 16th Lok Sabha even as the Women’s Reservation Bill was yet to be passed in Parliament. “While the Womens Reservation Bill has not yet been passed in #Parliament, I am proud that our party @AITCofficial has 35% women MPs in the 16th Lok Sabha. We have also reserved 50% seats in local bodies for women candidates #IWD2019,” she tweeted on the occasion of Women’s Day. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellers Describing women as the “backbone” of our society, Banerjee congratulated women across the world on this day. Emphasising that her government is committed to the empowerment of women, the chief minister said the state government has recently launched ‘Swasthya Sathi’ health insurance smart cards for them. “We have decided to issue these cards to a woman member of the family, recognising her as the head of the family. #IWD2019,” Banerjee tweeted. International Women’s Day is celebrated globally on March 8 every year.last_img read more

Opinion Career of Amir Williams is a mystery that will never be

Senior center Amir Williams (23) averaged just 6.4 points in his final campaign at OSU.Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / Lantern photographerWhat comes to mind when I say the name Amir Williams?For me, it’s one word: disappointment.Not in the person, because the senior was always an entertaining interview and more often than not earned high praise from coach Thad Matta. But in the player.A player who was rated higher than the likes of Ben McLemore and Trey Burke and was the fifth-rated center in the 2011 recruiting class averaged just 4.8 points per game in his career and became one of the most criticized players at Ohio State in any sport.Whether it was a missed dunk, putting the ball on the floor despite being wide open under the basket, or celebrating a dunk when it doesn’t matter, the Michigan native will no longer put on the scarlet and gray, and that seems to make OSU fans happy.The only other names that come to mind when it comes to pure fan disdain toward a player at OSU were quarterbacks for the football team: Steve Bellisari and Joe Bauserman.While Bauserman did not come to Columbus as a highly touted recruit, both Bellisari — recruited by Notre Dame, Florida State and West Virginia — and Williams largely disappointed.To Williams’ credit, he stayed out of trouble off the court to our knowledge, while Bellisari’s drinking escapade just hours before his senior day added embarrassment to his lack of production on the field.For Williams, it will always be a case of what could have been, not only for him, but for the team as a whole.The Buckeyes fell to the No. 2 seed Arizona Wildcats on Saturday in the NCAA Tournament, in large part because of a lack of rebounding. The Wildcats pulled down 17 more rebounds than the Buckeyes, and OSU’s leading rebounders pulled down just four boards each.If OSU would have pulled the upset over Arizona, it would have played in-state rival Xavier and who knows what could have happened in that game.The 6-foot-11 Williams pulled down four rebounds in 24 minutes of play against the Wildcats, while 6-foot-5 guard D’Angelo Russell managed seven.Williams, who started 29 of OSU’s 35 games, did not pull down double-digit rebounds in a single game in his final campaign in Columbus.His senior center counterpart, Trey McDonald, who stands three inches shorter and did not start a single game in his OSU career, tallied 14 rebounds in a single game against Sacred Heart on Nov. 23 in 21 minutes of play.So why didn’t Williams pan out at OSU? We might never know.The curious case of Benjamin Button has nothing on Williams, whose best season came in 2013-14 when he averaged a whopping 7.8 points per game.It is hard to believe that 7.8 points per game was the ceiling for Williams in four years at OSU, but we will never know why that ended up being the high point of his career.For OSU fans, there is hope, however, as the football team was able to replace its former fan least-favorites with Craig Krenzel and Braxton Miller, respectively .So, to whomever replaces Williams, no pressure. read more