Rewarding performance

first_imgAcross-the-board pay rises are a thing of the past in the Asia Pacificregion. Ed Peters looks at how employers are now rewarding only the best staffEmployees in the Asia Pacific region hoping for a bumper pay rise or bonusin 2001 might do well to look for jobs elsewhere around the world. The hangoverfrom the economic crisis of the late 1990s continues to exercise its presencein the form of single-digit salary increases. With business still a way off from booming, Asia Pacific remains anemployers’ market. And now that the dot-com bubble has burped (rather thanburst), the previously voracious demand for high-tech, computer-related skills hasdecreased significantly. Hong Kong, one of the leading business players in the Asia Pacific region,is a sure indicator of what is going on elsewhere, from mainland China to theslower-developing countries such as Indonesia and the Philippines. According to the findings of the Pay Trend Survey 2000 conducted by the HongKong Institute of Human Resource Management (IHRM), the predicted increase for2001 in the Special Administrative Region is less than 3%, although thiscompares favourably to the overall increase of 0.8% in 2000. The survey covered some 114 companies, with a total workforce of about133,000. Roughly half promised a pay increase in 2001, one said there would bea definite freeze and the remainder were still considering their options.”Pay adjustments in 2000 picked up slightly from 1999,” said IHRMpresident P.O. Mak, noting that 73 companies (64%) gave an average pay rise of1.9% and the number of companies who froze their salaries dropped by half, to41. The overall average increase of all the companies surveyed in 2000 was0.8%, compared to 0.3% in 1999. The analysis by business sector showed that 50% or more of the companies inbanking, construction/property development, hotels, public utilities and theretail sectors froze salaries in 2000. “Workers in the insurance, trading and high-tech sectors got relativelyhigher salary increases last year, possibly because these businesses were lessaffected by the sluggish recovery of internal consumption,” Mak explained.However, the survey showed that even companies who gave pay rises, did notgive them to all staff. Nearly three-quarters of employees did not receive anincrease in 2000. Virtually no companies gave across-the-board pay rises. The survey also asked employers for their budgeted pay adjustments for 2001.”Initial indications were that about 50% of the companies in the surveyplan to give a positive salary increase in 2001,” said survey chairmanPatrick Maule. “Many companies have yet to decide on what to do, especially those whosereview dates fall in the second or third quarter of 2001.” Overall, the projections for 2001 are more upbeat, albeit still constrained.Unless – and until – the economy shows more reliable signs of full recoverythis constraint is likely to continue. “Our forecast is less than 3%, withseveral companies predicting less than 2%,” added Maule. The findings in Hong Kong were duplicated in other major industrial centresin Asia Pacific. Analysts agreed that in the coming year, companies are almostcertain to give pay rises only to the better performers, so many staff mayexperience another year of pay freeze. Non-contractual bonuses have also beenused more generally to reward the highest-performing staff. The economic downturn has illustrated the advantage of moving away from thetraditional practice of having a 100% contractually guaranteed salary package,as non-guaranteed bonuses provide the simplest method for flexing payroll costswith business fortunes. “In years gone by, staff simply expected to get a month’s bonus ormore,” said Connie Wang, HR director of Kuala Lumpar-based chemicalsconglomerate Phortone Ltd. “But now we and other corporations right acrossAsia are looking at rewarding just the best workers. This improves productivityfrom top to bottom and is a natural cost saver for the company too.” Wang said possibly the greatest long-term benefit of the economic downturnlay in the impact it had had on salary inflation, causing it to become morerealistic and more in line with regional competitors. Employers in Asia Pacificare starting to realise they should focus on their best performers and restrictthe limited salary budget increase to them, citing good management based onfair and objective measurement of performance as the best way of improvingeffectiveness and enhancing the quality of work. Comments are closed. Rewarding performanceOn 1 Feb 2001 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

GSA girls take first at Hancock County track championships

first_img Part 1: Invisible, incapacitating concussions are sidelining high school athletes – July 19, 2016 Part 2: When the injury is inside your head, some “don’t get it” – July 26, 2016 Latest Posts Latest posts by Taylor Vortherms (see all) Taylor VorthermsSports Editor at The Ellsworth AmericanTaylor Vortherms covers sports in Hancock County. The St. Louis, Missouri native recently graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism and joined The Ellsworth American in 2013.center_img EHS names new boys’ soccer coach – July 13, 2016 Bio BAR HARBOR — The George Stevens Academy Eagle girls placed first at Friday’s Hancock County Outdoor Track Championships at Mount Desert Island High School.The GSA girls collected nine wins and 152.50 points. MDI placed second with 108.50 points; Bucksport was third with 43, followed by Ellsworth with 38 and Sumner with seven.GSA’s Mazie Smallidge notched two individual first-place finishes, winning the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 17.78 seconds and the long jump with a distance of 14 feet, 01.75 inches.The GSA girls also won the following events:This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text100-meter dash: Taylor Venema (14.45).1,600-meter run: Zeya Lorio (5:43.65).300-meter hurdles: Bella Cimeno (51.40).400-meter dash: Madison Cole (1:08.55).4×400-meter relay: Zeya Lorio, Madison Cole, Bella Cimeno and Alice Dillon (4:39.91).800-meter run: Alice Dillon (2:32.38).Pole vault: Ava Sealander (6-00.00).Ellsworth’s Elizabeth Perry, who recently set two track records in the shot put and discus throw at an Ellsworth meet, took first in both shot put (37-03.75) and discus (115-00.00).Also for Ellsworth, Kiona Osterlin won the 3,200-meter run (12:29.33), and Rachel Bunker won the high jump (4-06.00).For Bucksport, Mavis Taungatu’a took first in the javelin (85-09.00).Boys’ trackThe GSA boys placed second with 115 points behind MDI’s 192. Ellsworth took third with 40, Sumner, fourth with 19 and Bucksport, fifth with one.GSA’s John Hassett took first in the 1,600-meter run (4:41.60) and the 3,200-meter run (11:02.43).GSA also placed first in the following:1,600-meter race walk: Erik Taylor-Lash (9:13.73).Triple jump: John Larson (37-07.25).Javelin throw: Finn Davis-Batt (159-01).For Ellsworth, Jack Weeks placed first in the 800-meter run (2:05.70).For Sumner, Baramee Janla took first in the 100-meter dash (11.76).last_img read more

Young chef bags Michelin Star Award

first_imgHighly esteemed Donegal chef Roisin Gillen and her team have bagged themselves Ireland’s prestigious Michelin Star Award of 2016!Roisin, a third year Culinary Arts student at Dublin Institute of Technology has recently been working with Andrew Heron and Damien Grey at Heron & Grey in Blackrock for the past eight months.With Roisin and Damien cooking up a storm in the kitchen, and Andrew looking after the Front of House, the restaurant has quickly established itself as one of Dublin’s greatest gems. Heron & Grey pride themselves on using local Irish produce and change the menu every two weeks!Damien first spotted Roisin at Broiche in Ranelagh when she was only in first year, and immediately knew she would be a great addition to his restaurant once opened due to her natural flare for the culinary arts.A busy woman, in first year after winning a Tabasco competition, she won a trip to Avery Island in Louisiana, and in her second year tutors chose her to represent DIT at a catering college just outside Toronto. We’re sure we’ll hear much more from this amazingly talented young chef.Well done Roisin from the team at Donegal Daily!Young chef bags Michelin Star Award was last modified: October 15th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Brighton v Fulham line-ups: Whites’ defence reshuffle, Man Utd loanee in for Albion

first_imgFulham make three changes from the side that beat Cardiff for their visit to Brighton.Ryan Fredericks and Tim Ream start in the full-back positions, replacing Michael Madl and Luke Garbutt, with Richard Stearman shifting across to centre-back.Rohan Ince, on loan from Brighton, is ineligible, so Jamie O’Hara takes his place in what appears to be a diamond midfield.Scott Parker will play the holding role, with Emerson Hyndman – match-winner against Cardiff – at the apex.Brighton, unbeaten in nine matches and chasing promotion to the Premier League, have made two alterationsAnthony Knockaert comes in for Kazenga LuaLua while Manchester United loanee James Wilson returns at the expense of Jamie Murphy.Their side includes former Fulham players David Stockdale and Liam Rosenior, while Steve Sidwell is on the bench.Brighton: Stockdale; Bruno, Dunk, Goldson, Rosenior; Knockaert, Stephens, Kayal, Skalak; Hemed, Wilson.Subs: Maenpaa, Greer, Bong, Sidwell, LuaLua, Murphy, Baldock. Fulham: Bettinelli; Fredericks, Stearman, Amorebieta, Ream; Parker; Tunnicliffe, O’Hara; Hyndman; McCormack, Dembele.Subs: Lonergan, Richards, Garbutt, Baird, Christensen, Woodrow, Smith.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Solar System Update

first_imgWhat’s happening at Mars and Saturn?  In this golden age of planetary science, the extraordinary has become commonplace.  Let’s check in and see what the spacecraft have found lately.Mars.  The Mars Exploration Rovers Spirit and Opportunity are still going strong, well past their nominal mission.  Despite a few minor problems (and decreasing sunlight as winter sets in), they both are in exciting locations that are giving the scientists new thrills.  The latest major announcement (see New Scientist) is that water not only appears to have existed in the past, but persisted for some time.  Spirit is now climbing the Columbia Hills in Gusev Crater, while Opportunity a hemisphere away is tantalizing scientists with geological layers in the crater named Endurance.  The MER website now posts interesting slide shows of each week’s activities so that earthlings can follow the adventures.    Fascination with rovers should not make us forget the three Mars orbiters that continue to send back more fascinating imagery than a human mind can process.  The venerable Mars Global Surveyor posts its latest images here, and the stalwart 2001 Mars Odyssey, well past its 10,000th orbit, posts its latest infrared images here.  Not to be outdone, the European Mars Express continues to churn out high-resolution, color stereo images from orbit, including this latest shot of a fractured crater near Vallis Marineris.Saturn.  Since its arrival at Saturn July 1, Cassini is healthy on its first long, elliptical orbit.  Though the next close encounter isn’t till October 26, when it flies past Titan at only 750 miles, the spacecraft is not idle.  New images of the moons Mimas, Enceladus, Iapetus, Tethys, Dione and Rhea have trickled in, though not as yet better than Voyager’s 1981 images because of the distance.  Much, much better ones are in the mission plan.  The nicest color image recently was this color composite of the rings.  At full resolution it would make nice wallpaper.  The Huygens Probe operations team had a successful risk review and probe checkout in preparation for their nail-biting January 14 parachuted descent to the surface of Titan.  Meanwhile, the instrument teams (magnetometer, plasma wave, cosmic dust, ultraviolet and infrared, radio science and, of course, visible light imaging) are all busily taking data about Saturn’s winds and magnetic field, rings, moons and space environment.  Some of it is surprising and should be announced soon.  Note: NASA headquarters maintains its own Cassini website.Mercury.  A new mission to Mercury named MESSENGER – the first since Mariner 10 in 1975 – is due to launch next month, August 2.  The mission designed by Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory will take a long time to get results, though; the complex gravity-assist trajectory requires seven years before orbit insertion in 2011.  Only about half of the planet was seen by Mariner 10 so there is a great deal more to learn about the innermost planet.Earth.  Other planets are interesting, but we have to (better, get to) live on this one.  The AURA mission just launched successfully on July 15 to study the upper atmosphere, especially the dynamics of the ozone layer that protects us from dangerous ultraviolet radiation.Interpreting this wealth of data from these exotic places will take years, but the new observations are certain to help answer old questions while stimulating new ones.  Meanwhile, we need to keep the Darwin Party in line.  Help your local Darwinist break his or her bad habit of equating water with life, a non-sequitur if there ever was one (e.g., from New Scientist, “The actual time span has not been estimated, but it reveals enough time to strengthen the possibilities that life could have evolved on Mars.”)  A worse habit is thinking the discovery of life in space means the death of God.  Apparently, they do not understand just how big God is; some creationists think life might be found on Mars or beyond.  And who knows?  Maybe the first incoming SETI message will be John 3:16 in Vulcan.  For now, don’t let the Darwinese hype bother you.  Raw data belongs to everyone.  Just because a fat spectator is belching hot air and making himself a nuisance doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the game.(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Top sponsors for Unity Cup in SA

first_imgSpecial Olympics athletes look forward torunning onto the field with President JacobZuma at the Unity Cup match on 3 July.(Image: Special Olympics) MEDIA CONTACTS • Ancilla SmithSpecial Olympics+27 11 783 8533RELATED ARTICLES• SA pride in World Cup at 90%• Natalie wins Human Values award• Cape Town ready for 2010 draw• Fever pitch at Green PointJanine ErasmusCoca-Cola and the Special Olympics have teamed up to bring the inaugural Unity Cup to South Africa. The event will take place in Cape Town as a curtain raiser to the Fifa 2010 World Cup quarter-final in that city on 3 July.The Unity Cup will be held in the spectacular new Cape Town stadium, formerly known as Green Point stadium. The venue was rebuilt virtually from the ground up for the World Cup, and since completion has successfully hosted a range of events.According to Coca-Cola, the event will see Special Olympics athletes – who are intellectually disabled – entering into the World Cup spirit, playing football with local and international greats of the Beautiful Game.The World Cup gets underway on 11 June and the quarter-finals take place on Friday 2 and Saturday 3 July.Coca-Cola is a sponsor and partner of both the World Cup and the Special Olympics.“The Unity Cup is an incredible opportunity to showcase the abilities of our Special Olympics athletes on a world stage,” said Special Olympics CEO Timothy Shriver.The game will fall under the Special Olympics’ Unified Sports programme, and aims to show that the world’s most popular sport can be played and enjoyed by anyone.The Unified Sports programme allows Special Olympics and higher ability athletes to play in equal numbers on the same team. This gives each the opportunity to learn valuable life lessons from the other.“The Unified Sports experience benefits not only our athletes, but also the partners involved without disabilities as we promote a global community of inclusion and acceptance.”“The Unity Cup is a testament to that power as we have brought together our partners at Special Olympics and Fifa to shine a spotlight on the important values of understanding, acceptance and inclusion that we all share,” added Coca-Cola CEO Muhtar Kent.Download the 2010 Fifa World Cup schedule here (PDF, 232KB).Top teamUnity Cup participants include popular stars of the game such as former Bafana Bafana and Leeds United captain Lucas Radebe, former captain of women’s national team Banyana Banyana Desiree Ellis, and Clarence Seedorf of AC Milan.South African Special Olympics athletes Arnold Ngqulunga and Philane Ngwane will represent the organisation. President Jacob Zuma is also expected to don his football boots and step onto the field, wearing a number one jersey, in the hope of scoring a goal or two.Inclusive approachAlthough the Unity Cup is just one match, said Coca-Cola, it will raise awareness of the need to include athletes with intellectual disabilities in sport and society.In September 2009 the global organisation’s local chapter hosted a Unified Sports football day at the end of the Special Olympics Fifa Football for Hope Soccer Week, with staff from Absa Bank joining the grand finale.South Africa has taken part in every Special Olympics since 1993 and has a number of Unified Sports initiatives on the go, such as the successful St Benedicts–Nokuthula Unified Sports basketball team, based in Johannesburg. The team is made up of children from St Benedict’s private school in Bedfordview and the Nokuthula Special School in Marlboro, both east of Johannesburg.Since they teamed up in 2004 the two schools have built a strong basketball squad and have become so good that they represented South Africa at the Special Olympics Summer Games in 2007. They also participated in the Global Youth Summit held during the games, and came home with a bronze medal.last_img read more

On the Shoulders of a Giant: Lessons from the life of Oliver Tambo

first_imgThe Oliver and Adelaide Tambo Foundation hosted the Oliver Tambo Centenary Memorial Lecture under the appropriate theme “On the Shoulders of a Giant” at the University of the Witwatersrand On 27 October 2017.Former President Thabo Mbeki delivered the keynote address to a full-house made up of the Tambo family and friends, liberation struggle stalwarts, government and business leaders, students, and members of the media, among others. (Image: Supplied)Phindi Maduna“For the revolutionary movement, anniversaries cannot only celebrate the past. We must recall and acclaim our history, but more importantly, we must use the past to arm ourselves for the future; to learn lessons and to strengthen our resolve and commitment”Oliver Reginald Tambo spoke these words at the meeting to observe the 60th anniversary of the South African Communist Party in London on 30 July 1981. On 27 October 2017, when the Oliver and Adelaide Tambo Foundation hosted the Oliver Tambo Centenary Memorial Lecture under the appropriate theme “On the Shoulders of a Giant” at the University of the Witwatersrand, the intention was to reflect on the past, draw lessons from it and arm ourselves for the future of South Africa.Tambo‚ the longest-serving African National Congress President who died in 1993‚ would have been 100 years old on 27 October 2017. Brand South Africa was honoured to partner with the Oliver and Adelaide Tambo Foundation to celebrate the life of Tambo and his great contribution to the South African liberation struggle.In closing, Mbeki said, “History will answer the question unequivocally whether we had the courage to live up to the extraordinary legacy which Oliver Tambo left behind!”Former President Thabo Mbeki delivered the keynote address to a full-house made up of the Tambo family and friends, liberation struggle stalwarts, government and business leaders, students, and members of the media, among others.He opened by saying “Today, October 27, 2017 our people, joined by the people of the rest of Africa and the world, stand up and say in unison – happy birthday our dear and respected Oliver Tambo, our beloved OR”. Tambo was a committed Pan-Africanist and this according to Mbeki, “helped further to entrench this outlook throughout the ranks of the ANC and contributed in no small measure to the development of the attitude among millions throughout our Continent that the struggle to defeat the apartheid system was as much ours as it was theirs.” Tambo is certainly respected world over for his human rights activism, internationalism, and futurism. There is so much that leaders young and old, across South Africa, Africa and the world can learn from the way that Tambo led the liberation struggle and united the international community against the apartheid government.The audience listened attentively as Mbeki reflected on his relationship with Tambo and shared some of the of the lessons that can be taken from Tambo’s leadership style in order to move South Africa forward. He candidly emphasised the importance of taking lessons from those who came before us in order to continue to make progress in South Africa.Tambo‚ the longest-serving African National Congress President who died in 1993‚ would have been 100 years old on 27 October 2017.Mbeki said that he believed that the best way to honour Tambo as we mark the Centenary of his birth would be to live up to the example he has set by being loyal to the truth; encouraging a spirit of unity to achieve the goal of a better life for all; helping to ensure the full functioning of our country as a constitutional democracy; and, “reasserting in practical ways the principle and practice that we share a common destiny with our fellow Africans, including those in the African Diaspora.”In closing, Mbeki said “History will answer the question unequivocally whether we had the courage to live up to the extraordinary legacy which Oliver Tambo left behind!”It is while standing on the shoulders of a giant like Tambo, that South Africans and South African leaders can realise a future built on consistent perseverance and resilience; because South Africa’s tumultuous past and the manner in which it was overcome is a lesson that we cannot take for granted in the on-going exercise to build a better South Africa, Africa and world.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

16 days ago​Krawietz: Klopp feels same about Liverpool as BVB, Mainz

first_img​Krawietz: Klopp feels same about Liverpool as BVB, Mainzby Ansser Sadiq16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool assistant manager Peter Krawietz believes that he and boss Jurgen Klopp found an instant connection with the club when they joined.Fans were unsure of what to expect of Klopp when he arrived, given the way his tenure at Borussia Dortmund ended.However, he managed to take the club to new heights, winning the Champions League last season.And Krawietz believes that part of the success is due to the incredible feeling that he and Klopp have for the club, which is similar to how they felt about previous clubs Mainz and Borussia Dortmund.”We always felt something like an identity with the club we were working for. In Mainz, it was our hometown where we grew up – so obviously it was easy because it was natural,” Krawietz told the Liverpool website. “We found this in Dortmund pretty quickly. And it is, and was, the same here in Liverpool. The more you learn about this city, of course adapting a little bit, and learn how people think and what they expect…of course, it helps if you have a little bit of success! “Then people can see from the outside things are going forward. This is what we always wanted. We thought the things we want to invent take a bit of time – a long-term idea – and we’d come somewhere where we’d try to make an impact for the whole club, something that stays for longer even if you are not here anymore. “Something which stays – not only trophies and a good time – and that it can go on. It worked in Mainz, it worked in Dortmund and I hope we are in a good way to do it as well in Liverpool.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Video: Oklahoma State Was Given A Phantom First Down Against Kansas State, Scored 4 Plays Later

first_imgOklahoma State coach on the sideline against Kansas State.oklahoma state phantom first downIt’s been a tough year for the the Big 12’s referees. It’s about to get worse.During Saturday’s contest between Oklahoma State and Kansas State, it appears that the Cowboys were given a phantom first down when they should have been four yards short of the line to gain. Facing a 3rd and 23 from Oklahoma State’s 42-yard line, Mason Rudolph connected with Marcell Ateman for a 19-yard gain. Fox Sports 1 showed a replay of the play, and when they panned back to the live action, OSU had somehow been given a first down.A user took video of the entire sequence. The play in question comes at around the 2:30 mark.Jake Trotter, who covers the Big 12 for ESPN, confirmed that the officials made a mistake. As he notes, Oklahoma State scored a touchdown just four plays later.Big 12 officials did in fact award Oklahoma St a phantom first down when it should’ve been fourth-and-four. OSU scored TD four plays later— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) October 4, 2015How does this happen? We’re not sure. But with the Cowboys eking out a two-point win over the Wildcats, there are going to be lots of questions here.last_img read more

Mens basketball Keita BatesDiops injury could have been worse now ahead of

Sophomore forward Keita Bates-Diop talks to the media on Feb. 23 for the first time since his surgery on his left shin. Credit: Jacob Myers | Assistant Sports EditorNot much has gone right for the Ohio State men’s basketball team this year, making it all the more difficult for sophomore forward Keita Bates-Diop as he goes through rehabilitation after surgery on his left shin.The Buckeyes lost arguably their most dynamic player following a 76-75 loss to Purdue on Jan. 5. Bates-Diop sat out that game and coach Thad Matta informed the media in the postgame press conference that the forward would redshirt and be out for the year. Since that game, Bates-Diop has had surgery and his recovery is ahead of schedule.But the injury could have been devastating.“It was getting close to what could’ve been a compound fracture, which — Kevin Ware, Paul George — that’s what would’ve happened,” Bates-Diop said. “Don’t know when it would’ve happened, but if I would’ve kept playing, it was a possibility. It was already decided I wasn’t playing, but when they said that, there was no chance I was coming back.”The 6-foot-7 forward from Normal, Illinois, had been dealing with the injury since the summer when another player made hard contact with his shin. He came back and still wasn’t 100 percent, so the team mandated that he receive X-rays. “(The coaches) could tell something was wrong,” Bates-Diop said. “I wasn’t playing like myself. I was playing at a high level in the summer, until I did something wrong.” Bates-Diop then suffered a right ankle injury against Providence on Nov. 11. He missed five games with that injury, but it wasn’t until December that his shin began bothering him again. Bates-Diop recalled stopping abruptly versus Youngstown State on Dec. 20 when he felt a pain shoot through his leg. From then on, his injury didn’t progress any and he was shut down for the season.Through the season Bates-Diop said he was near full health. He admitted on Thursday that wasn’t the case.“I told you guys that I was close to being 100 percent. I was not,” he said. “I lied. I was never 100 percent. I was never close.”Bates-Diop said that he had a rod placed in his left leg from just below the kneecap down to just above the ankle. He has two screws in his leg, one in each spot to anchor the rod. He said that the one near his ankle will likely be taken out. He was supposed to be on crutches for two to three weeks but was only on them for one week.As far as conditioning and lifting is concerned, Bates-Diop is working on upper-body strength, so by the time summer rolls around he can jump into skill drills.On top of all that, two weeks ago, Bates-Diop’s brother collapsed during practice and was transported to the hospital, causing the Buckeye to head home. His brother was discharged from the hospital days later and Bates-Diop said his brother returned to school Thursday for the first time.While that was going on, OSU has fallen to 15-13 and 5-10 in the Big Ten before it plays No. 16 Wisconsin on Thursday night. Bates-Diop said one of the most difficult aspects of his injury is knowing he can’t contribute to a team who’s struggling mightily. “It’s been very hard,” he said. “Just dealing with everything I’ve been personally through and then the team. It’s been a rough few months … since New Years.”Bates-Diop was averaging 9.7 points and 5.2 rebounds before the injury. He said that he has taken a new role on the sidelines and has a new perspective outside the game that other players don’t have — something he’s hoping to carry over to next year.“I think mental preparation toward the game. I was playing at a high level. I can get that back,” he said. “But looking from the outside in, now I can change my mentality from the game. All that stuff I can teach these guys, especially the younger guys on what to do and what not to do.” read more