Filipino Olympian Ian Lariba passes away at 23

first_imgLATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lariba, known fondly as “Yanyan,” made a name for herself as one of La Salle’s greatest athletes, winning three UAAP MVPs in the table tennis competition and two Athlete of the Year awards.In 2016, Lariba was chosen as the Philippines’ flag-bearer in the Rio Olympic Games after earning the spot for the Olympiad in a qualification tournament in Hong Kong.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Aces’ Compton, Manuel marvel at ‘special player’ Brownlee Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Our deepest condolences to the family of Olympian and Table Tennis national athlete Yanyan Lariba (@supersaiYAAAN) who passed away tonight after a brave fight against cancer.You are truly loved and shall be greatly missed. pic.twitter.com/B37CbtQNqtFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’— Philippine Sports Commission (@psc_gov) September 2, 2018 ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewcenter_img Ian Lariba during the 2017 Philippine Sportswriters Association Awards Night. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFilipino Olympian Ian Lariba has passed away after a long bout with leukemia. She was 23.The Philippine Sports Commission expressed its condolences on its official Twitter account late Sunday night. Several De La Salle-based publications have also reported Lariba’s death past midnight.ADVERTISEMENT View comments MOST READ Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’last_img read more


GTT makes $2M donation to GuyExpo

first_imgGTT on Friday again threw in its support for celebrations to mark the nation’s jubilee anniversary programme, this time through the presentation of a million cheque to the GuyExpo 2016 Committee at the National Exhibition Centre, Sophia.GTT Director (Marketing) Daniel Jilesen hands over the cheque to Chairman of the GuyExpo Committee Dawn HolderChairman of the GuyExpo Committee Dawn Holder who accepted the cheque on behalf of the Committee expressed great satisfaction at GTT’s continued support.GTT’s sponsorship of GuyExpo comes two weeks after the company donated $1 million to the Telecommunication and Tourism Ministry, in support of Guyana Festival Fashion Extravaganza – one of the events planned as part of the golden jubilee.GTT’s Director (Marketing) Daniel Jilesen stated that as a company, GTT is pleased to contribute in a major and demonstrative way to the national and significant celebration in the country’s history.He also indicated that GTT will participate as an exhibitor at the expo, adding that visitors can look forward to very exciting offers. The company promises to announce several new initiatives in the weeks to come.last_img read more


Busy day in SA for Charles, Camilla

first_img4 November 2011The Prince of Wales, Prince Charles, and the Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla Rosemary, had a busy first day of their trip to South Africa on Thursday, paying a visit to Soweto and to the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Johannesburg.In Pretoria, Their Royal Highnesses paid a visit to Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe, who is hosting them as President Jacob Zuma is attending the G20 Summit in Cannes, France.Prince Charles also attended a meeting with business leaders to discuss climate change ahead of the upcoming UN Climate Change Conference in Durban, while Camilla visited a women’s refuge project in Pretoria.Freedom Square, SowetoThe royal couple started off the day in Walter Sisulu Square, also known as Freedom Square, in Kliptown, Soweto, where a gospel choir dressed performed traditional songs and the Duchess was given a brown and black headdress by Nthabiseng Dibakoane, a local businesswoman who specialises in hand-made bags, hats, shoes and ethnic dresses.Dibakoane insisted on giving the hat to the duchess for free after The Duchess told her she wanted to pay for it.The Prince and Duchess were given a performance of the South African national anthem by toddlers from a creche that cares for Aids orphans and other vulnerable children in the township.They were then given a tour of the Freedom Charter Monument by Kwezi Gule, the chief curator, who spoke to them about the significance of Freedom Square, site of the signing of the Freedom Charter at the Congress of the People on 26 June 1955.Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory, JohannesburgLater in the day, Charles and Camilla were hosted by Graca Machel, wife of Nelson Mandela, at the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Johannesburg.The head of the Memory Programme at the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory, Verne Harris, told their Royal Highnesses that his staff had put together a display of some of the “gems” in the Mandela archive for them.They were shown the oldest items in the archive: Mandela’s Methodist Church membership cards, dated from 1929; the warrant of committal from when he was sentenced to five years in prison on 7 November 1962; as well as a selection of his prison desk calendars and notebooks.Prince Charles pointed out a young Mandela in the earliest photograph of him, with a group of his classmates at Healdtown College, taken in the late 1930s.Potter’s House, PretoriaIn Pretoria later in the day, while the Prince met with business leaders to discuss climate change, Camilla visited Potter’s House, a centre for abused and destitute women.There were waves and smiles as she entered the humble home, where she met and greeted some of the residents and former residents, among them 28-year-old mother of two Andisiwe Njaba.Andisiwe sought refuge in the home after she was beaten and stabbed while pregnant with her second baby by her then boyfriend and father of her children.“I knew I had to turn my life around … I could no longer stand being in an abusive relationship, so I turned to Potter’s House. I came here pregnant with my second child, from 2009 to 2010,” said Andisiwe, who had a long conversation with the Duchess.When she came to Potter’s House, Njaba said she had no purpose in life, had anger management issues, was unemployed and had no self-confidence.“But now I’m alive, I’m working, living in my own flat and supporting both my kids. I’m more focused in life – and it’s all thanks to Potter’s House,” said Njaba, who shared a joke with the Duchess about how naughty her kids are at this age.Potter’s House was established in 1993 as the first non-racial shelter for abused and destitute women in the city of Pretoria. It is hosted by Yeast City Housing and can accommodate 24 women at a time with their children, averaging about 100 women and 50 children per year.During the remainder of their visit, Charles and Camilla will visit Kwazulu-Natal and Cape Town before leaving South Africa after a church service on Sunday, en route to a four-day visit in Tanzania.The Prince of Wales visited South Africa in 1997 when he introduced his son, Prince Harry, to southern Africa. His last official visit to Tanzania was in 1984.This is the Duchess of Cornwall’s first official visit to southern Africa, though she has visited privately. She has never visited Tanzania.SAinfo reporter and BuaNewslast_img read more


SA Airways, Etihad in codeshare pact

first_img7 May 2013 South African Airways (SAA) and Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, on Monday signed an agreement to introduce a comprehensive range of codeshare and interline air services. The agreement will see SAA placing its “SA” code on 12 Etihad Airways destinations from Abu Dhabi, while Etihad Airways will place its “EY” code on flights from Johannesburg to 10 SAA destinations across South Africa, Africa and South America. This will allow for seamless air travel connectivity between the destinations. The agreement also makes provision for passengers to earn and redeem miles through the two airlines’ frequent flyer programmes. Etihad Airways will place its code on SAA flights from Johannesburg to Cape Town, Durban, East London and Port Elizabeth, as well as to Livingston, Lusaka and Ndola in Zambia, to Harare and Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, and to Sao Paulo in Brazil. Secondary phases of the cooperation agreement will explore code sharing to more cities, and closer synergies and efficiencies in the areas of procurement, ground handling and training. “This extensive commercial agreement will enable SAA to access the vast majority of Etihad Airways global markets,” said SAA acting CEO Nico Bezuidenhout. SAA acting chairperson Dudu Myeni said the partnership would provide SAA customers with seamless access to 12 key destinations in the Middle East and beyond, while broadening SAA’s strategic partnership network. Etihad Airways CEO James Hogan said the partnership would enable the two airlines “to achieve significant goals in several different global markets, as well as collaborate on a number of key commercial initiatives”, adding that Etihad was looking forward to extending its footprint in the “strategically critical African market”. Between them, the two airline groups expect to carry more than 20-million passengers in 2013. In April, SAA and Indian airline Jet Airways announced a similar codeshare agreement that will facilitate smooth air travel connectivity to several business centres in India and South Africa. Under the agreement, South African Airways, the only airline with non-stop flights between Johannesburg and Mumbai, will codeshare on Jet Airways’ operations between Mumbai and Delhi, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chennai and Thiruvananthapuram. Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more


Improvements to the Edit Cache Listing page

first_imgToday, we’re excited to announce big improvements to the Edit Cache Listing page! It’s now easier to create cache pages with fewer issues so that caches are published more smoothly. For cache owners who have used the page for a long time, the changes might take some getting used to. But we’re confident that once you’re familiarized with the new page, you’ll find it much easier to get your cache pages ready for the community.It’s not just cache owners who benefit from the improvements, but also the geocaching community’s amazing volunteer reviewers. Many of them review hundreds or thousands of caches each year. These changes will reduce the issues that come up during the review process, allowing the reviewers more time to…well…go out geocaching!So, if you’ve ever considered hiding a geocache, we encourage you to join the 360,000 plus cache owners who’s creativity and inspiration give us over 3 million reasons to keep exploring.Among the updates to the Edit Cache Listing page:Waypoints and attributes are integrated into the page. That means there’s no need to visit a separate page to add/edit waypoints or attributes!The page’s map is much more useful. You can now see posted coordinates and waypoints on the map. Also, we’ve switched the page’s map to OpenStreetMap, which allows cache owners to zoom in and out, as well as double-check that the coordinates are at the correct location.The Submit for Review process is simplified.You can read tons more about the improvements in the official Release Notes in the Geocaching Forums, where you can also share feedback about the release.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedIntroducing Virtual Rewards 2.0!May 14, 2019In “News”Introducing Virtual Rewards!August 24, 2017In “Community”9 Tips for responsible cache maintenanceJune 6, 2017In “Learn”last_img read more


China Discourages ‘Weird’ Architecture

first_imgUnhappy with the direction that modern urban architecture has taken, Chinese leaders have issued a directive that prohibits the construction of big, strange-looking buildings that are too obvious about their foreign design influences. The New York Times reports that the State Council, China’s cabinet, and the Communist Party’s Central Committee issued a directive that seeks to reel in projects that are “oversized, xenocentric, weird” and instead encourages designs that are “suitable, economic, green, and pleasing to the eye.”China already has three reproductions of the Arc de Triomphe, an Eiffel Tower, and ten White Houses. But enough is enough, the party leader said.President Xi Jinping called for an end to “weird architecture” in 2014, and the People’s Daily later predicted that would spell the end to modernistic designs like “Giant Trousers,” the nickname for the building housing the China Central Television headquarters in Beijing.Chinese leaders have now followed up with this formal directive. The Times said that experts expect stricter design guidelines for public buildings — guidelines that favor functionality over wild flights of architectural fancy. “We shouldn’t go overboard in pursuit of appearances,” said Wang Kai, vice president of the China Academy of Urban Planning and Design.The move comes two months after a conference called to address problems associated with China’s urbanization. More than 56% of the country’s 1.3 billion population now live in urban areas, up from 18% in 1978 when the last conference of its kind took place.Patrik Schumacher, director of Zaha Hadid Architects, which has designed some of Beijing’s modernist buildings, said that the directive is an attempt to make the country more reliant on its own architectural talent and to prevent foreign design firms from trying out their brash design ideas on Chinese soil.In addition to pushing more conservative building designs, party leaders also called for an end to gated residential communities. Those already built will gradually be opened to traffic, with the goal of reducing traffic congestion.last_img read more


Got a hot body? Now you can charge your device

first_imgOne of the biggest wearable bugbears, in my opinion, is the constant need to charge a smartwatch or fitness tracker every few days. Luckily, a new research project from North Carolina State University has shown a possible way to charge wearables without having to take them off everyday.The researchers, led by associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, Daryoosh Vashaee, developed a new design for harvesting body heat and converting it into electricity.See Also: Audi says relax: Wearables to make your drive calmer“Wearable thermoelectric generators (TEGs) generate electricity by making use of the temperature differential between your body and the ambient air,” said Vashaee. “Previous approaches either made use of heat sinks—which are heavy, stiff and bulky—or were able to generate only one microwatt or less of power per centimeter squared (µW/cm2). Our technology generates up to 20 µW/cm2 and doesn’t use a heat sink, making it lighter and much more comfortable.”NCSU integrated the technology into a t-shirt, which provide 16 µW/cm2 when the wearer is active. That could open the door to health tracking inside smart clothes, powered directly from a user’s activity.But really, is being hot enough?The power generation, while significant compared to past results, is still not enough for most devices. Some low-power sensors might be able to get by with the juice from a human body, but for wearables that track a multitude of things, there isn’t enough energy conversation available in the current design.The researchers believe the new technology can generate more electricity, if the size of the material is enlarged. Currently, the material is 1cm2, but a smart clothes manufacturer could potentially fit larger amounts of the material onto a t-shirt or jacket; the manufacturer might also make the material thicker to capture more heat.We are still far off a Matrix world where a human body can power a machine empire, but NCSU is taking the first steps to what could be a charge free world. Tags:#Internet of Things#IoT#NCSU#smart clothing#wearable David Curry Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfacescenter_img Follow the Puck Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to… Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You…last_img read more


Audio Automation Can Save You Hours in Premiere Pro

first_imgMake audio editing a breeze with automation modes in Premiere’s audio track mixer panel.Top image via Shutterstock.Working with automation modes is a somewhat advanced topic. Let’s go over a few of the fundamentals of working with audio in Adobe Premiere Pro, and then dive into the five different automation modes. The FundamentalsEach channel in the Audio Track Mixer corresponds to an audio track in the timeline. If I change the name at the bottom of a channel in the mixer panel, it will change in the corresponding track of the timeline.The automation modes drop-down menu is located at the top of the fader bars in the Audio Track Mixer panel. You have five different automation modes to choose from.Three of the five automation modes in the Audio Track Mixer record changes on the fly. Premiere records these changes as track keyframes in the audio tracks — it doesn’t make changes to the source clips themselves. It’s important to understand the difference between clip and track keyframes. I can switch between clip and track keyframe view in the audio header area of the timeline panel.Now that we’ve covered some of the basics, let’s take a closer look at each automation mode in more detail.OffWhen set to Off, Premiere ignores the track’s stored settings during playback. Off enables real-time use of the Audio Track Mixer controls without interference from existing keyframes. However, Premiere does not record changes to the audio track in Off mode.ReadThe Read mode is the default automation mode. It reads the track’s keyframes and uses them to control the track during playback. If a track has no keyframes, adjusting a track option (such as volume) affects the entire track uniformly. If you adjust an option for a track that’s set to Read automation, the option returns to its former value (before the current automated changes) when you stop adjusting it. The Automatch Time preference determines the rate of return.WriteWrite mode records adjustments you make to any automatable track settings that aren’t set to Safe During Write, and creates corresponding track keyframes in the timeline panel. Write mode writes automation as soon as playback starts without waiting for a setting to change. You can modify this behavior by choosing the Switch To Touch After Write command from the Audio Track Mixer menu. With this command selected, Premiere will automatically switch the automation mode from Write to Touch after playback stops.TouchThis mode is similar to Write, except that automation doesn’t start until you begin adjusting a property. When you stop adjusting a property, its option settings return to their previous state before the current automated changes. The Automatch Time audio preference determines the rate of return.LatchThe Latch mode is also similar to Write, except that automation doesn’t start until you begin adjusting a property. The initial property settings come from the previous adjustment.Note: Change the Automation Keyframe Optimization preference to minimize the number of keyframes. If you’ve ever gone back and tried to edit audio keyframes created in an automation mode, you’ll find that it’s nearly impossible due to the number of keyframes automation mode creates.How do you prefer to edit audio in Premiere Pro? Let us know in the comments.last_img read more


Chesss New Best Player Is A Fearless Swashbuckling Algorithm

Chess is an antique, about 1,500 years old, according to most historians. As a result, its evolution seems essentially complete, a hoary game now largely trudging along. That’s not to say that there haven’t been milestones. In medieval Europe, for example, they made the squares on the board alternate black and white. In the 15th century, the queen got her modern powers.1Long ago, the queen could move only one square diagonally at a time.And in the 20th century came the computer. Chess was simple enough (not many rules, smallish board) and complicated enough (many possible games) to make a fruitful test bed for artificial intelligence programs. This attracted engineering brains and corporate money. In 1997, they broke through: IBM’s Deep Blue supercomputer defeated the world champion, Garry Kasparov. Humans don’t hold a candle to supercomputers, or even smartphones, in competition anymore. Top human players do, however, lean on computers in training, relying on them for guidance, analysis and insight. Computer engines now mold the way the game is played at its highest human levels: calculating, stodgy, defensive, careful. Or at least that’s how it has been. But if you read headlines from the chess world last month, you’d think the game was jolted forward again by an unexpected quantum leap. But to where?The revolutionary is known as AlphaZero. It’s a new neural network, reinforcement learning algorithm developed by DeepMind, Google’s secretive artificial intelligence subsidiary. Unlike other top programs, which receive extensive input and fine-tuning from programmers and chess masters, drawing on the wealth of accumulated human chess knowledge, AlphaZero is exclusively self-taught. It learned to play solely by playing against itself, over and over and over — 44 million games. It kept track of what strategies led to a win, favoring those, and which didn’t, casting those aside. After just four hours of this tabula rasa training, it clobbered the top chess program, an engine called Stockfish, winning 28 games, drawing 72 and losing zero. These results were described last month in a paper posted on arXiv, a repository of scientific research.Within hours, the chess world descended, like the faithful to freshly chiseled tablets of stone, on the sample of 10 computer-versus-computer games published in the paper’s appendix. Two broad themes emerged: First, AlphaZero adopted an all-out attacking style, making many bold material sacrifices to set up positional advantages. Second, elite chess may therefore not be as prone to dull draws as we thought. It will still be calculating, yes, but not stodgy, defensive and careful. Chess may yet have some evolution to go. For a taste of AlphaZero’s prowess, consider the following play from one of the published games. It’s worth emphasizing here just how good Stockfish, which is open source and was developed by a small team of programmers, is. It won the 2016 Top Chess Engine Championship, the premier computer tournament, and no human player who has ever lived would stand a chance against it in a match.It was AlphaZero’s turn to move, armed with the white pieces, against Stockfish with the black, in the position below: In the middle of the AlphaZero paper is a diagram called Table 2. It shows the 12 most popular chess openings played by humans, along with how frequently AlphaZero “discovered” and played those openings during its intense tabula rasa training. These openings are the result of extensive human study and trial — blood, sweat and tears — spread across the centuries and around the globe. AlphaZero taught itself them one by one: the English opening, the French, the Sicilian, the Queen’s gambit, the Caro-Kann.The diagram is a haunting image, as if a superfast algorithm had taught itself English in an afternoon and then re-created, almost by accident, full stanzas of Keats. But it’s also reassuring. That we even have a theory of the opening moves in chess is an artifact of our status as imperfect beings. There is a single right and best way to begin a chess game. Mathematical theory tells us so. We just don’t know what it is. Neither does AlphaZero.Yet.DeepMind was also responsible for the program AlphaGo, which has bested the top humans in Go, that other, much more complex ancient board game, to much anguish and consternation. An early version of AlphaGo was trained, in part, by human experts’ games — tabula inscripta. Later versions, including AlphaZero, stripped out all traces of our history.“For a while, for like two months, we could say to ourselves, ‘Well, the Go AI contains thousands of years of accumulated human thinking, all the rolled up knowledge of heuristics and proverbs and famous games,’” Frank Lantz, the director of NYU’s Game Center, told me. “We can’t tell that story anymore. If you don’t find this terrifying, at least a little, you are made of stronger stuff than me. I find it terrifying, but I also find it beautiful. Everything surprising is beautiful in a way.” AlphaZero is already behind by two pawns, and its bishop is, in theory, less powerful than one of Stockfish’s rooks. It’s losing badly on paper. AlphaZero moved its pawn up a square, to g4 — innocuous enough. But now consider Stockfish’s black position. Any move it makes leaves it worse off than if it hadn’t moved at all! It can’t move its king, or its queen, without disaster. It can’t move its rooks because its f7 pawn would die and its king would be in mortal danger. It can’t move any of its other pawns without them being captured. It can’t do anything. But that’s the thing about chess: You have to move. This situation is known as zugzwang, German for “forced move.” AlphaZero watches while Stockfish walks off its own plank. Stockfish chose to move its pawn forward to d5; it was immediately captured by the white bishop as the attack closed further in.You could make an argument that that game, and the other games between the two computers, were some of the strongest contests of chess, over hundreds of years and billions of games, ever played.But were they fair? After the AlphaZero research paper was published, some wondered if the scales were tipped in AlphaZero’s favor. Chess.com received a lengthy comment from Tord Romstad, one of Stockfish’s creators. “The match results by themselves are not particularly meaningful,” Romstad said. He cited the fact that the games were played giving each program one minute per move — a rather odd decision, given that games get much more complicated as they go on and that Stockfish was programmed to be able to allocate its time wisely. Players are typically allowed to distribute their allotted time across their moves as they see fit, rather than being hemmed in to a specific amount of time per turn. Romstad also noted that an old version of Stockfish was used, with settings that hadn’t been properly tested and data structures insufficient for those settings.Romstad called the comparison of Stockfish to AlphaZero “apples to orangutans.” A computer analysis of the zugzwang game, for example, reveals that Stockfish, according to Stockfish, made four inaccuracies, four mistakes and three blunders. Not all iterations of Stockfishes are created equal.DeepMind declined to comment for this article, citing the fact that its AlphaZero research is under peer review.Strong human players want to see more, ideally with the playing field more level. “I saw some amazing chess, but I also know we did not get the best possible,” Robert Hess, an American grandmaster, told me. “This holds true for human competition as well: If you gave Magnus [Carlsen] and Fabiano [Caruana] 24 hours per move, would there be any wins? How few mistakes? In being practical, we sacrifice perfection for efficiency.”Chess.com surveyed a number of top grandmasters, who were assembled this month for a tournament in London (the home of DeepMind), about what AlphaZero means for their profession. Sergey Karjakin, the Russian world championship runner-up, said he’d pay “maybe $100,000” for access to the program. One chess commentator joked that Russian president Vladimir Putin might help Karjakin access the program to prepare for next year’s Candidates Tournament. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, the top French player, said it was “worth easily seven figures.” Wesley So, the U.S. national champion, joked that he’d call Rex Sinquefield, the wealthy financier and chess philanthropist, to see how much he’d pony up.“I don’t think this changes the landscape of human chess much at all for the time being,” the grandmaster Hess told me. “We don’t have the ability to memorize everything, and the games themselves were more or less perfect models of mostly known concepts.”In some aesthetic ways, though, AlphaZero represents a computer shift toward the human approach to chess. Stockfish evaluated 70 million positions per second, a brute-force number suitable to hardware, while AlphaZero evaluated only 80,000, relying on its “intuition,” like a human grandmaster would. Moreover, AlphaZero’s style of play — relentless aggression — was thought to be “refuted” by stodgy engines like Stockfish, leading to the careful and draw-prone style that currently dominates the top ranks of competitive chess.But maybe it’s more illustrative to say that AlphaZero played like neither a human nor a computer, but like an alien — some sort of chess intelligence which we can barely fathom. “I find it very positive!” David Chalmers, a philosopher at NYU who studies AI and the singularity, told me. “Just because it’s alien to us now doesn’t mean it’s something that humans could never have gotten to.” read more


Urban Meyer praises Larry Johnson hire breaks down keys to Penn State

Four days before the Buckeyes are scheduled to take the field against Penn State, Ohio State coach Urban Meyer took to the Big Ten teleconference to discuss a quality coaching addition, keys to the Penn State matchup and the development of some young Buckeyes.OSU (5-1, 2-0) is set to take on the Nittany Lions (4-2, 1-2) after beating Rutgers, 56-17, last weekend.Meyer said losing Mike Vrabel to the NFL was like losing a key player. “You can’t replace him with a lesser quality coach.” He added that he “pinpointed” Larry Johnson when he first got to OSU, and brought him in after Vrabel left. “He’s done a great job for us.”Meyer said he talked to Johnson about Penn State junior defensive lineman Anthony Zettel. He said Zettel is “a great inside player, pass rusher, spins on contact. He’s an athletic guy playing inside.”He said redshirt-freshman H-back Jalin Marshall wasn’t a good practice player last season, and was lazy in the classroom. Meyer said he’s now one of the Buckeyes’ “better practice players” and added that he “does well in school.”More on Marshall: “A gentleman, a guy who represents Ohio State the right way.”Meyer on redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett: “He’s saved our bacon a few times” with his scrambling ability.He said quarterbacks need to have escapability, but don’t need to have world-class speed. “We cannot not have that kind of player again,” he said.Meyer said “everything starts” with the matchup in the trenches. He had specific praise for sophomore defensive lineman Joey Bosa.He said there are “a bunch” of guys on the defensive line who need to earn more playing time. “It’s time for them to start contributing more,” he said.The Buckeyes are scheduled to face-off with Penn State on Saturday in State College, Pa. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. read more