World must wake up to enormity of Central African Republic crisis warns

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Senior Humanitarian Coordinator Claire Bourgeois visited Batangafo over the weekend to assess the increasing protection needs in the area caused by a continuous influx of newly displaced persons (IDP). There are now more than 30,000 IDPs in the main site of the city, according to the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). After visiting the overcrowded displacement site in Batangafo – which daily receives hundreds of people driven from their homes by violence – Mrs. Bourgeois, in a press release today, stressed the urgent need to restore State authority in the town. While impressed by the way the humanitarian response is organized by the Danish Refugee Council and Médecins Sans Frontières Spain, and by the active role played by the Committee of Wise Men and the Transhumance Committee, she nevertheless emphasized that immediate action is needed to ensure the safety and protection of civilians who are at severe risk of attacks in the region, especially in the western area. “This will stop the daily influx of hundreds of displaced people arriving at the site searching for safety; it will facilitate the return to their places of origins; and, at the same time, will enable humanitarian actors to reach people in need in areas where activities are now interrupted due to safety concerns,” Mrs. Bourgeois said. Mrs. Bourgeois was accompanied on her visit by representatives of the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, as well as the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), UN Population Fund (UNFPA), UN refugee agency (UNHCR), World Health Organization (WHO), and other humanitarian partners. The delegation met with the Committee of Wise Men, representatives of the Pheul community, non-governmental organizations and IDPs themselves in Batangafo, to discuss their basic needs and the challenges impeding their return to their places of origin. OCHA notes that the most urgent needs identified were: improvement of the security and protection of civilians, and assistance to newly arrived displaced people. The mission participants called on all parties to the conflict to respect international humanitarian law and protect civilians and humanitarian workers in CAR. “The world needs to wake up to the enormity of the crisis in CAR. This is one of the most serious humanitarian emergencies in the world. We urgently need more action and more commitment. Action to protect civilians must be the top priority for all actors,” Mrs. Bourgeois added. Her strong call comes following the launch last Friday by UNHCR of its latest funding appeal to help more than 450,000 Central African Republic refugees struggling to survive across the region. The $331 million appeal presented seeks to provide safety, food, clean water, shelter, health and other basic services to people, which the agency expects will be seeking refuge in Cameroon, Chad, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Republic of the Congo by the end of the year. More than two years of civil war and sectarian violence have displaced thousands of people in the CAR amid continuing clashes between the mainly Muslim Séléka alliance and anti-Balaka militia, which are mostly Christian CAR faces a humanitarian crisis of major proportions. Nearly a million people have been displaced and 2.7 million people, over half of the population, are in dire need of immediate assistance. read more

Condemning coup UN officials call for immediate release of Burkina Fasos leaders

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President Michel Kafando, Prime Minister Yacouba Isaac Zida and several Government ministers were detained on Wednesday by elements of the Régiment de sécurité présidentielle while they were at a meeting in the capital, Ouagadougou.“The Secretary-General condemns in the strongest terms the coup d’état in Burkina Faso. He reiterates that all Burkinabé officials under detention must be released immediately and demands the resumption of the country’s political transition, in accordance with Burkina Faso’s Constitution and Transitional Charter,” said a statement issued by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson.“The Secretary-General deplores the violence reported in the country and calls on the Burkinabé defence and security forces to exercise restraint and ensure respect for the human rights and security of all Burkinabé citizens. Those responsible for the coup d’état and its consequences must be held accountable.”High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said in a statement that he is “extremely concerned” at the military coup in Burkina Faso. “The arrest and detention of the President, the Prime Minister and two ministers of the Transitional Government by members of the Presidential Security Regiment is unacceptable.”He stressed that the detainees should be treated with dignity and humanity, and released immediately. “I also urge the coup leaders to avoid any use of force, particularly in the context of anti-coup demonstrations, and to respect the rights of the population to demonstrate peacefully.” The Secretary-General’s Special Representative for West Africa, Mohamed Ibn Chambas, is presently in Ouagadougou and working closely with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the African Union and other international partners to support and safeguard the transition in Burkina Faso.The UN, ECOWAS and AU issued a joint statement in which they demanded that the defense and security forces submit themselves to the political authority and in the current context, to the transitional authorities. They also reiterate their full support to the transition in this crucial period ahead of the elections scheduled for 11 October, and reaffirmed their determination to support the national authorities to ensure the successful completion of the transition process.The members of the Security Council, in a statement issued to the press, condemned the detention “in the strongest terms” and demanded that the leaders be released safely and immediately. “The members of the Security Council expressed their strong support to the transitional authorities of Burkina Faso and urged all actors to comply with the transitional calendar, notably the holding of free, fair and credible elections, scheduled for 11 October 2015.” Meanwhile, the Security Council, which was briefed on the latest developments by Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman in a closed-door meeting, issued a statement to the press in which it strongly condemned “the unconstitutional and forceful seizure of power.”“The members of the Security Council urged the perpetrators to restore constitutional order and return power to the civilian transitional authorities without delay,” said the statement. read more

At governing body UN atomic agency chief highlights agencys priorities for 2017

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Delegates and Member States’ representatives at the Board of Governors Meeting. IAEA, Vienna, Austria. Photo: IAEA/Dean Calma (file) Nuclear power has already made a significant contribution to avoiding carbon dioxide emissions, he noted. “Nuclear power and renewable energy sources complement each other,” he added, noting that there are some 450 nuclear power reactors in operation in 30 countries today and 60 reactors are under construction.He next informed the Board of IAEA programmes on nuclear security as well as in the health and medical sector, including assisting Peru in using nuclear technology to improve the quality of life of patients with severe burns or lesions. Verification and Monitoring in IranMr. Amano said the IAEA continued to verify and monitor Iran’s implementation of its nuclear-related commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). “For the second time since implementation of the JCPOA began, Iran’s inventory of heavy water exceeded 130 metric tonnes,” he said, adding: “Iran has since made preparations to transfer a quantity of heavy water out of the country, under the verification and monitoring of the Agency. Once it has been transferred, Iran’s stock of heavy water will be below 130 metric tonnes. It is important that such situations should be avoided in future in order to maintain international confidence in the implementation of the JCPOA, which represents a clear gain for nuclear verification in Iran.” Concern on the nuclear programme of DPR KoreaReiterating serious concern about the nuclear programme of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), which has conducted two more nuclear tests this year, the head of IAEA called upon the country to fully comply with its obligations under relevant UN Security Council resolutions and to resolve all outstanding issues, including those that have arisen during the absence of agency inspectors from the country since 2009. “The Agency maintains its readiness to play an essential role in verifying the DPRK’s nuclear programme,” he noted. Safeguards implementation in SyriaSpeaking on the implementation of the Safeguards Agreement in Syria, Mr. Amano said that according to IAEA’s assessment, “it was very likely” that the building destroyed at the Dair Alzour site in 2007 was a nuclear reactor that should have been declared to the agency by Syria under the Agreement. “The Agency is still unable to provide any assessment concerning the nature or operational status of three other locations,” he said, urging the country “to cooperate fully with IAEA in connection with all unresolved issues.” Yukiya Amano, the Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) also briefed the Board on the agency’s verification and monitoring activities in Iran as well as on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and Syria. “Together, these [three areas] account for 71 per cent of the core programme budget for 2017,” Mr. Amano said at the agency’s Board of Governors Meeting being held in Austria’s capital, Vienna.He further reported on the agency’s assistance to countries in responding to the Zika virus, its broader activities as well as on management issues. “Our research into ways of further developing the sterile insect technique against the Aedes mosquitoes, which transmit Zika, has been intensified,” he said, noting IAEA’s work with countries in the Western Hemisphere.IAEA had successfully used the sterile insect technique to help the Dominican Republic respond to the Mediterranean fruit fly infestation in 2015. Mr. Amano also updated the Board on the modernisation of IAEA nuclear applications laboratories, near Vienna and on the construction of a new insect pest control laboratory and a flexible modular laboratory. He also briefed them on the agency’s participation at the 22nd Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) (popularly known as COP 22,) in Marrakech and explained that nuclear power produces a steady baseload of electricity while emitting very low levels of greenhouse gases. read more

Worst devastation I have seen says UN refugee envoy Angelina Jolie as

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Mosul was liberated by an Iraqi government-led coalition last July, just over three years after the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, ISIL (also known as Da’esh) seized Iraq’s second city, and following an intense battle which lasted for months.“This is the worst devastation I have seen in all my years with UNHCR,” Ms. Jolie lamented, which is saying a lot, considering that this is her 61st mission – and fifth to Iraq – since she started representing the agency in 2001.She arrived in the city on the second day of Eid al-Fitr, the Muslim holiday marking the end of Ramadan. After walking among the bombed-out buildings and meeting families beginning to return, she urged the world not to forget their agonies nor ignore the struggles they continue to face.“These people have lost everything, and the trauma and the loss that they have suffered is unparalleled,” the Special Envoy said in front of the ruins of al-Nuri Mosque in the Old City.She marveled at the ability of residents to carry on: “I have no words for the strength it must take to rebuild after loss like this,” Ms. Jolie asserted. “They are clearing their homes with their own hands, and volunteering and helping each other. But they need our assistance,” she added.One local family showed Ms. Jolie the damage to their ancestral home, built a century ago. Mohamed, 47, spoke of how he was born and married there, and how a mortar tore through the roof one morning last June, gravely injuring his 17-year-old daughter. When they carried her to get medical care, he said, they were turned away and she bled to death.“I want to rebuild the house and come back here,” Mohamed said. “Even if I have painful memories in this house, where else would I go? I have to come back home.”Throughout Mosul, some 40,000 homes need rehabilitation. UNHCR and its partner, Human Appeal, have begun providing cash assistance to the returning families who are overwhelmed by the lack of shelter, infrastructure, services and jobs – at risk for sliding deeper into poverty.In the al-Zanjely district, Ms. Jolie met Hassan, a 33-year-old vegetable vendor who spoke of losing his home twice: first when militants confiscated it, and then when an air strike reduced it to rubble. He finished the first phase of rebuilding, in time for Eid, erecting several new walls, windows and doorways. Soon he will begin work on the roof, he told UNHCR.He, his wife and their three young children now rent space in a modest house with another family and the children are back in school.“This is my country, my people, my neighbours. Why would I go? One doesn’t leave his home.” Hassan said.Such resolve may be a crucial element in building a stable future in Mosul, Iraq and the region. But people like Hassan will need more support from a world that has turned its eyes away.“It is deeply upsetting,” Ms. Jolie said, “that people who have endured unparalleled brutality have so little as they try, somehow, to rebuild the lives they once had.” read more

As Yemen relief operations face funding gap timing of surge in violence

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“We mourn for the dead and wounded and plead with everyone who is fighting to respect their obligations under international humanitarian law,” she said, lamenting that “the timing couldn’t be worse.”Ms. Grandi elaborated that the country’s humanitarian operation “is in deep trouble” because pledges made at an international conference this past February “haven’t materialized”. “We’ve already been forced to close vaccination and health programmes and scale-back on protection services for the victims of sexual and gender-based violence”, she detailed. “If donors don’t honour the promises they’ve made, 22 major programmes will close in coming weeks”.It has long been said that Yemen is the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. And today, nearly 80 per cent of the total population of 24.1 million people, requires some form of humanitarian assistance and protection. According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), 10 million people are a step away from famine and seven million are malnourished.The 2019 Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan (YHRP) requires $4.2 billion to assist more than 20 million Yemenis, including 10 million people who rely entirely on humanitarian assistance to meet their basic needs every month. Currently the YHRP is 34 per cent funded. At a High-Level Pledging Event for the Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen, convened by the UN Secretary-General in February, the UN and humanitarian partners were promised $2.6 billion to meet the urgent needs. To date, less than half that has been received. “Families are again trapped in their homes by fighting, unable to secure food and reach medical care,” Lise Grande, Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen, said on Thursday, referring to Aden and Abyan. Moreover, some streets in Aden are empty and flights to and from the airport have been temporarily suspended.According to reports from medical facilities, 13 people have been killed and at least 70 wounded in clashes in #Aden and #Abyan since 27 August. More details in the statement by Humanitarian Coordinator in #Yemen, Lise Grande: https://t.co/P9t6bheAt9 pic.twitter.com/glZtofglsU— OCHA Yemen (@OCHAYemen) August 29, 2019 read more

Stateoftheart supercar concept on show at SMMT

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SMMT has welcomed the latest exhibit to its modern Westminster exhibition space this morning: Jaguar’s cutting-edge Project C-X75. The car was originally conceived as a concept to celebrate the marque’s 75th anniversary, but has since been confirmed as a limited production model to be built in the UK.The hybrid supercar aims to be one of the fastest, low-emission vehicles in the world, with the road-going version of the concept car using a highly boosted internal combustion engine in place of the concept’s micro-turbine technology.The production version of Project C-X75 will incorporate a battery Kinetic Energy Regeneration System (KERS), developed in Formula One and now adapted for production vehicles. The car will be a bona fide hybrid, capable of running in electric-only mode for 50km or more. Jaguar expects the car to produce CO2 emissions of less than 99g/km, while being able to achieve a sub-three second 0-60mph time and a top speed in excess of 200mph.Project C-X75 will become Jaguar’s most advanced model to date, incorporating technology and engineering honed at the highest level of motorsport. The vehicle is planned to be built at Jaguar’s Castle Bromwich factory, in association with Williams F1, lending its engineering expertise in areas including aerodynamics, carbon composite manufacture and hybrid technologies.“People expect Jaguar to be innovators − that is when Jaguar is at its best,” said Adrian Hallmark, Jaguar Brand Director. “The C-X75 received an incredible reception as a concept car. We’ve been building on that momentum and there is a clear business case for this exclusive halo model. No other vehicle will better signify Jaguar’s renewed confidence and excellence in technological innovation than this.”Sir Frank Williams, Chairman of Williams F1, added, “Our new association with Jaguar Land Rover provides us with an exciting opportunity to work with one of the motoring world’s most famous and iconic brands. Williams has always considered itself an engineering company and so this project will allow us to combine our technical expertise to create something truly exceptional.”For more information, visit the official Jaguar Project C-X75 website.Click through the slideshow below to see all the photos from SMMT’s exhibition space:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Fraudulent student job postings on the rise

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Staff at Brock University are sounding the alarm on new job scams targeting students which could see them, among other things, being used as pawns in fraudulent activity.In one recent incident, a fraudster posing as an employer at a legitimate organization hired a student via email without any face-to-face interaction. On the student’s first day of work, their job description suddenly changed and they were asked to deposit a cheque and run errands for the employer who was suddenly out of the country.Alarm bells went off and the student didn’t cash the cheque. Instead, they followed up with Career Services staff at Brock who helped to verify with the real employer that no such person worked for the company and that the job offered did not exist.In another similar case, an unsuspecting student cashed a counterfeit employer’s cheque and conducted the errands they were asked to carry out only to be later told by the bank that the cheque was a fake and that they were on the hook for $2,500.“This student cashed a phony cheque that bounced, which is considered fraud,” says Amy Elder, director of Career Services at Brock. “The bank couldn’t go after the individual who issued the cheque, since it was a fake. So the student was unfortunately responsible for paying it back because the bank had no other recourse.”Fraudulent job postings are increasing in number and sophistication. Thieves are using clever tactics and technology to make it more difficult to identify scams. And trusting students are sometimes being lured by promises of high pay and benefits.“These types of scams have always been around,” adds Elder. “Especially when the job market is tight for youth, as it is now.”Brock’s Career Services and Co-op offices, and the Goodman School of Business‘ Career Development Office have stringent mechanisms in place for the approval of employer accounts and postings with the University’s job board system.In light of the recent increase in online job scams targeting students, all three offices are working collaboratively to address issues as they arise. Additionally, these on-campus groups employ trained professionals who are well versed in recruitment practices and available to coach students on all issues related to their job search.“We manage a large volume of postings every day and we ensure we have done our due diligence to verify employers, review postings and look for anything that doesn’t sound legitimate,” says Stephanie Harper, manager of the Goodman School’s Career Development Office. “Some scams are really creative and difficult to identify, so students are encouraged to contact one of the three campus career offices if they are unsure about a job posting or have questions about an employer.”Brock University staff may be diligent about weeding out fraudulent postings on campus, but have no control over what is posted on public job posting sites.“We want our students and any other job seekers to educate themselves and be cautious,” says Lisa Kuiper, who oversees employer development for Brock’s Career Services. “We want students to notify us if they come across something that doesn’t seem right to them. Even if you’re not sure, ask the question. We’re here to help.“We’ve had students come into our office telling us how embarrassed and stupid they feel having fallen for these scams,” adds Kuiper. “But we want our students to know that we and other services at Brock are here as a resource help them out.”Brock’s Career Services has prepared a list of the most prevalent kinds of job scams, as well as a list of red flags to help you determine if an online job posting is legitimate or not. The general public should also be aware and should immediately report anything that does not seem legitimate on any job-posting sites. read more

Education students get a head start at Career Information Day

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For students about to graduate, making the move from classroom to career can be daunting.In hopes of gaining a leg up during the transition, close to 500 of Brock’s graduating Consecutive and Concurrent Teacher Education students attended the Department of Teacher Education’s Career Information Day at the Hamilton Campus on Wednesday, Jan. 17.For teacher candidates, it was a valuable opportunity to make connections and explore their options for the future.“It’s a chance to learn different things you hadn’t heard before that you can prepare for or to learn about initiatives in school boards you’re interested in,” said Stefanie DiSimoni, a second-year Consecutive Teacher Education student who hopes to teach high school math.Students like DiSimoni could explore opportunities with representatives from close to 60 Ontario school boards, private schools, First Nations school boards, out-of-province school boards, international schools, and international hiring agencies.For some students, those opportunities manifested quickly, with interviews happening and offers being made at the event.Brock students and graduates have made a positive impression on exhibitors.Sarah O’Shea of TimePlan, an international recruiting agency, was impressed by the professionalism students displayed while visiting her booth.Natasha Davey (BA ’14, BEd ’14) complimented the skills of the Brock graduates she’s worked with through her role as Teacher Development Manager at Teach for Canada.“Students have an ability to apply what they learn at Brock about pedagogy practices,” said Davey, who graduated from Brock’s Concurrent Teacher Education program in 2014. “They make learning goals visible and use scaffolding to make learning accessible.” Students were carefully prepared for the day by Faculty of Education staff, explains Dorothy Buchanan, Co-ordinator, Professional Development for Students, Recruitment and Retention.“Brock’s success in teacher education is built on having a rich, comprehensive academic program and strong relationships with educational partners,” she said. “Most of our exhibitors say our students ask good questions and are prepared. They have a deep knowledge of teaching and learning that comes through when they are speaking with potential employers at this event. We’re so proud to see them launch their careers.”Brock and Faculty of Education departments were on hand to make that launch easier, whether through information on further education or resumé help from Co-op Career and Experiential Education. Brock Alumni Relations offered free LinkedIn profile headshots as well as information on services available for Brock graduates.As for the students, they’re prepared and passionate about the career path they’ve chosen.“Brock has prepared me to go out as a new teacher,” DiSimoni said. “The experience-based learning has been the best. It’s very hands on. We have great profs who share their real-life examples about how they solve things in the classroom.” read more

Ohio State womens volleyball readying for home tests against Iowa No 4

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Members of the OSU women’s volleyball team during a game against Minnesota on Sept. 23 at St. John’s Arena. Credit: Massarah Mikati / Lantern PhotographerComing off its first conference win against then-No. 16 Wisconsin, the Ohio State women’s volleyball team is scheduled to host two more Big Ten foes in St. John Arena this weekend.No. 13 OSU (12-2, 1-1) will play Iowa (10-5, 0-2) at 7 p.m. on Friday before playing its only game of the season against No. 4 Nebraska (11-1, 2-0) at the same time the following day.While a key match with a top-five team looms, OSU is trying to stay focused on Iowa for now.“I won’t even watch Nebraska until Friday night,” coach Geoff Carlston said. “We don’t talk about Nebraska. It’s pretty much a swear word in our gym right now.”Senior outside hitter Katie Mitchell emphasized that OSU can’t afford to overlook Iowa, citing the Hawkeyes’ upset win over Purdue last season.“Iowa is always a game that we really need to stay focused on,” Mitchell said. “They’re one of those dark-horse teams.”Iowa is coming off a pair of losses against Nebraska but went 10-3 in nonconference play, picking up impressive wins against then-No. 25 Texas A&M and Iowa State. The Hawkeyes aren’t currently ranked in the coaches’ poll, but they have been receiving votes consistently.“They’re playing with a chip on their shoulder like we are,” Carlston said. “And they’ve had a couple big wins, so they believe. It’s a great combination for a program that’s making a mark nationally now.”On Saturday, OSU will finally turn its attention to the Cornhuskers, whose only loss this season was to No. 3 Texas on Sept. 4.“Nebraska’s a team that we know they have some of the best players in the country, and it’s going to be an absolute battle,” Mitchell said.The Cornhuskers had a pair of outside hitters named to the preseason all-Big Ten squad in senior Kelsey Fien and junior Kadie Rolfzen. They also boast one of the best passers in the conference in sophomore setter Kelly Hunter, who averages 11.45 assists per set, the second-best rate in the Big Ten.Senior middle blocker Tyler Richardson said she’s excited about playing a top-five team on OSU’s home floor.“With us beating Wisconsin this past weekend, we just keep pushing for more,” she said. “We’re ready for more.”Big blocksOSU currently ranks fifth in the Big Ten and 42nd nationally with 2.53 blocks per set. In the Buckeyes’ win over Wisconsin on Sunday, they registered a season-high 15 blocks, which helped to slow down a potent Badgers offense.“Having a physical presence on the net does make the hitters worry about not only where your diggers are, but also the block — not just as an area to hit around but an area that we’re going to stop you from even getting a chance to score,” Mitchell said.Despite its success in the blocking game, both Mitchell and Carlston said they feel that OSU can improve.“Wisconsin’s a very strong offensive program, and so to get that many blocks against an offensive unit like that says a lot about our growth,” Carlston said. “(But) our left-side blocking needs to get better … and we’ve spent a lot of time focusing on that this week.”Previous matchupsLast season, OSU only played Nebraska once and was able to pull off an upset in Lincoln, Nebraska, in five sets. The Buckeyes played Iowa twice, sweeping the Hawkeyes both times.Richardson said last year’s success against the two teams helps OSU’s confidence, but her team still needs to prepare as it normally would.“Knowing that we’ve done it in the past means we can definitely do it in the future, but I think we’re preparing for them like how we’re taking any other team in the Big Ten,” she said.OSU has traditionally dominated Iowa, owning a 59-9 all-time record against the Hawkeyes. But things haven’t been so easy against Nebraska, as the Buckeyes are just 5-10 all-time.What’s next?The Buckeyes are set to head to Illinois for a pair of away games next weekend, facing off against Northwestern on Oct. 9 and No. 7 Illinois on Oct. 10. read more

Key to the game Will OSU throw the ball downfield against Nebraska

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OSU Redshirt Junior Quarterback J.T. Barret (16) drops back into the pocket for a pass during the game against Northwestern on Oct. 29, 2016 at Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes won 24-20. Credit: Mason Swires | Assistant Photo EditorThe sixth-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes square off in the biggest home game so far in 2016 against the No. 10 Nebraska Cornhuskers in primetime in Ohio Stadium on Saturday. The Scarlet and Gray are honoring the 1916 Big Ten championship team and Chic Harley, who served during World War I, with a special-edition, throwback uniform.The jerseys will be a new look for OSU, but many rather witness a change in the style of play than what the Buckeye offense has displayed the past four weeks. Enhanced by excellence at times, and marred by stagnation on other occasions, the passing game for OSU has been riddled with inconsistency, which has kept fans on edge. At Wednesday’s press conference, Meyer indicated that a breakout in the downfield passing game is coming from redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett.“I’m ready if you are,” Meyer said.In last week’s 24-20 victory over Northwestern, OSU attempted just a handful of passes downfield and only registered one completion over 20 yards, which set up the game-winning score. Barrett said that it’s difficult for the receivers to run past defenders when they’re playing 10 to 12 yards off the ball — a look that Northwestern often showed the Buckeyes.One of OSU’s touchdown drives against Northwestern took just nine plays to go 94 yards in under three minutes. Two drives later, OSU milked the clock for more than eight minutes and scored after 15 plays. Meyer said whether it be up-tempo or wearing a defense down throughout a drive, he just cares about scoring.“If we’re getting certain defenses that we don’t like (in up-tempo), then you get stuck in a bad play,” he said. “Throughout the course of the game we can go to tempo any time that we want.”Barrett might face his toughest challenge of the year going against a Nebraska secondary that has ball-hawking tendencies. Nebraska leads the NCAA in interceptions with 15, including two returned for touchdowns. Safeties Nate Gerry and Kieron Williams lead the team and the Big Ten with four interceptions, making the Cornhuskers one of the most difficult teams to throw downfield against.Nebraska allowed one pass for more than 20 yards in its loss to No. 8 Wisconsin the previous week. However, The Cornhuskers surrendered 5.9 yards per carry on the ground against the Badgers. Redshirt freshman running back Mike Weber and junior H-back Curtis Samuel have been heavily involved in the passing game and have been given a combined 25 to 30 carries each game.Establishing an effective running game with Weber and Samuel might force Gerry and Williams to play up, therefore opening up the second level for receivers like redshirt sophomore Noah Brown.“We definitely work on the deep ball every week in practice. We try to put it in the game plan every week,” Brown said. “We’re very confident in the deep ball and we’ll get it done.”Kickoff is at 8 p.m. read more