Fulham are in danger of a fifth consecutive defeat following Mo Diame’s goal shortly after the interval at Upton Park.Diame’s effort from near the edge of the penalty area deflected in off Whites defender Fernando Amorebieta, giving West Ham a deserved lead.With both teams’ under-pressure managers needing a victory, the Hammers dominated the early stages and almost went ahead when Mark Noble’s right-wing free-kick was headed against the post by Modibo Maiga.Martin Jol’s struggling Fulham team were also relieved to see James Collins’ header from Stewart Downing’s corner drift wide.Adel Taarabt started for the Whites in place of the absent Dimitar Berbatov and the visitors are again without Brede Hangeland.Taarabt looked dangerous at times as Fulham threatened on the counter-attack, but Sam Allardyce’s side continued to have the upper hand and Downing brought a save from Maarten Stekelenburg with a fierce 25-yard strike.Diame and Kevin Nolan then missed decent chances to put the hosts in front before the break.However, Diame broke the deadlock less than two minutes into the second half.The midfielder dispossessed Scott Parker and then nudged the ball away from Steve Sidwell, who should have done better, before trying his luck with a shot which struck Amorebieta, leaving Stekelenburg wrong-footed.West Ham remained on top after the goal, with Stekelenburg denying Maiga and Downing firing over.And they went close to doubling their lead when James Tomkins’ header from Matt Jarvis’ corner was cleared off the line by Darren Bent.Fulham (4-4-1-1): Stekelenburg; Zverotic, Hughes, Amorebieta, Richardson; Duff (Ruiz 60), Sidwell, Parker, Kasami; Taarabt; Bent.Subs: Stockdale, Senderos, Kacaniklic, Karagounis, Boateng, Dembele.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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
(Visited 274 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 The incontrovertible leftist bent in academia once in awhile runs against facts of human nature. Studies show individual liberty is often better than government or globalist control.Without doubt, humans do some dastardly things to the planet: depleting resources, polluting, and causing extinction. The question is what to do about it. Those with a leftist bent tend to have a knee-jerk reaction to any problem: big government or, even more ominous, global governance. Here are three recent studies that appear to contradict that intuitive reaction.When residents take charge of their rainforests, fewer trees die (Science Daily). Researchers from Ohio State examined the situation in Guatemala where deforestation is of critical concern. What they found contradicts the impulse to have big government or the U.N. interfere. “When the government gives citizens a personal stake in forested land, trees don’t disappear as quickly and environmental harm slows down,” the article summarizes. That’s because landowners are more prone to protect the trees when they have pride of ownership. “What happens is you allocate property rights to groups of people — from 30 residents to hundreds of people — and they organize themselves and manage the land,” one researcher said. The worst results came from lands controlled by distant managers.Though the timber industry doesn’t disappear in these rainforests, fast and indiscriminate removal of trees subsides while sustainable forestry increases. These arrangements in Guatemala also have led to a rise in non-timber business, including ecotourism and harvesting, and sales of plants including palm fronds used in floral arrangements, Sohngen said.Banning shark fin soup in the US is bad for shark conservation (New Scientist). Sharks are imperiled. People are cutting off their fins and letting them die so that some people can have exotic soup. This must stop! Government must ban shark fin soup! Perhaps that would be the first reaction of do-gooders in academia, but New Scientist sees the law of unintended consequences at work: “A proposed US ban on the sale of shark fins could backfire and make life worse for some of the planet’s most imperilled species, says Lesley Evans Ogden.”It’s a seemingly counterintuitive requirement for a conservation measure designed to combat not just inhumane treatment, but unnecessary waste. The risk is that sustainable US shark catches will decline and unsustainable ones in other nations will take up the slack. And those fisheries are more likely to be catching species of shark that are facing extinction.What’s more, a US ban, assuming fishermen elsewhere don’t fill the supply gap, would barely impact global shark mortality. The country produces about 1 per cent of the shark fins sent for global trade, and buys in 0.2 per cent from this market place (some being US fins that were processed abroad).“You’re taking away the livelihood… of people that were fishing sustainably and doing it right, and possibly giving increased market share to those that are doing it wrong,” says Hueter. He advocates stiffer penalties for lawbreakers caught finning, and favours replacement legislation in development: the Sustainable Shark Trade Act of 2017.‘Keep it local’ approach more effective than government schemes at protecting rainforest (Phys.org). Similar to the first story, this study concerns Amazon rainforests and was conducted by UK and Peruvian teams.Researchers from the University of Cambridge, the University of East Anglia (UEA) and the Peruvian Ministry of Environment assessed the effectiveness of different approaches to conservation in the Peruvian Amazon between 2006 and 2011. They found that while all were effective at protecting the rainforest compared with non-protected areas of land, the areas protected by local and indigenous communities were on average more effective than those protected by the government.Studies such as these should inform policy makers to avoid the common assumption that government control is the best way to stop environmental damage. When individuals have a stake in the sustainability of their land, and when their livelihood depends on it, they are likely to protect it better than bureaucrats in a distant office might. These issues are complex, and one approach may not fit every situation. But as William Bradford discovered in the Plymouth colonies, private property – not socialism – usually provides the best solution for avoiding the “tragedy of the commons” (see Prager University video).Questions to Consider:Is there a better way to stop the perpetrators of illegal poaching of rhino horns, elephant ivory, and shark fins than trying to catch them in the act and punish them? What is the impact of the U.N. declaring more and more places “World Heritage” sites? Who would likely provide the best management of these places?Should the federal government divest its vast holdings in the western US back to state and local control? (see WND article).What is the best balance between private property rights and public access, such as in national parks? What criteria should govern the decisions?
Khanyi MagubaneThere have been few moments in my life that have made me stop dead in my tracks, to think.But one of those moments has stayed with me. It was the reaction of a homeless man when I gave him my leftover food.I was in Newtown, inside my car at the Market Theatre’s parking lot, early for a play. While I was faffing about in my car, he came to my window.I wasn’t surprised. I had seen him going to other cars to ask for food and I knew that he would eventually come to mine.He asked me for something to eat, in such a humiliatingly humble way I was embarrassed for him. I could have saved him all that begging if I had simply gone to him and given him my leftovers.But still, I waited for him to come to me.I reached over to pick up a polystyrene take-away box and, as I picked it up, the lid flew open and he looked inside.His eyes widened and he gave a toothless grin … He couldn’t believe what he was seeing. I briefly thought I had offended him with my offering, but his smile was genuine and he eagerly reached for the box.“Oh my goodness, it’s wors!” he said with an enthusiasm that made me think he had been dreaming about it. For him, the true joy within that moment was to eat wors, something that he perhaps hadn’t had in a long time. He put away the packet of cold, old chips he was holding, saying he could eat those the next morning. Tonight he was having wors.His reaction reminded me of a song:Here, have a dollarIn fact, no, brotherman, here have two.Two dollars means a snack for meBut it means a big deal to you.So go the lyrics of 1990s Afro-soul band Arrested Development’s hit song Mr Wendell.Mr Wendell, that’s his name.No one ever knew his name coz he’s a no one.Never thought twice about spending on an old bum,until I had the chance to really get to know one.The singer saw the humanity in Mr Wendell, as I saw the homeless man’s simple joy at being given food he rarely got to eat.And it had been nothing to me. I could have taken that wors home and perhaps eaten it the next day, or given it to my helper, or simply left it in the fridge for a few days before throwing it away.Our concepts of joy are different, I thought. His causes of joy are not the same as mine.I would be happy if the man of my one day confesses underlying love for me, or if I finally got this side-mirror fixed and my traffic fines paid up. His joy was based on that moment. He knew he would eventually be hungry again, but for that night he would be able to forget hunger for a while.I learned a lesson that day. I’ve slowed down a bit, and learned to appreciate the kindness I am shown by others. But I also learned, more importantly, that any kindness shown to others should never be mentioned and no appreciation must ever be expected, because none may ever be shown.I’ve learned to appreciate the ability to have a conversation with anyone, about anything. Whether I know something or nothing about it, I can at least try to listen and understand, put in my two cents’ worth and just have a moment with another human being.There is a lot of warmth in a lot of people, although we live in a world that discourages us from showing it to others and feeling it from those who show it to us.These moments of connection can happen every day. In heavy traffic, I catch the smile of a child in a passing car. Sitting at the back, parents oblivious in the front, the child just smiles at me and, as the car turns the corner, waves goodbye.Or catching the kiss of a construction worker sitting at the back of a truck, facing me. It’s embarrassing to try not to look at workers in the back of trucks or bakkies as they unashamedly stare at you, so sometimes it’s best to humour them. I blow the kiss back. He catches it with a smile and yells something back at me as I zoom past the slow, heavy truck packed with cement, ladders, toolboxes, pipes – and him.It feels good to share these moments with perfect strangers, in a sincere and pure way with other motive than to make them smile. That’s when joy comes naturally from within, and is shared with another.Khanyi Magubane is a journalist, published poet, radio broadcaster and fiction writer. She writes for Media Club South Africa, and brings with her an eclectic mix of media experience. She’s worked as a radio journalist for stations including Talk Radio &702 and the youth station YFM, where she was also a news anchor. She’s been a contributing features writer in a number of magazines titles including O magazine and Y mag. She’s also a book reviewer and literary essayist, published in the literary journal Wordsetc. Magubane is also a radio presenter at SAfm, where she hosts a Sunday show. She’s currently also in the process of completing the manuscript of her first novel, an extract of which has been published in Wordsetc.
I love insulation. It’s a wonderful thing because it saves energy. It makes buildings more comfortable. And it’s pretty inexpensive considering how long it lasts (or should last). I get asked a lot for my opinion on the best insulation to put in a building and my answer is straightforward: A well-installed insulation is the best. I like fiberglass. I like cellulose. I like spray foam. I like mineral wool. I like blown, sprayed, batt, and rigid insulation.Yeah, different materials have different properties, with their advantages and disadvantages. But if it’s installed well and protected by good water and vapor control layers, it should do its job for a long, long time.So, what are my two ways to make sure you get the most out of your insulation? Both have to do with installation.1. Request a minimum thicknessWay back in 2011 I wrote an article called “Is There a Downside to Lumpy Attic Insulation?” I refer to it now and then but it’s important enough to make it the highlight of this article. The point of the article was that if you install insulation uniformly, as in the lead photo above, you’ll get much better performance than from insulation installed (or later disturbed) like you see in the photo reproduced as Image #2 at the bottom of the page. Flat beats lumpy. In that article, I showed an example of an attic done two different ways. First, you insulate the attic uniformly to a thickness that gives you R-30 everywhere. You can’t do this in a typical attic because the roof framing doesn’t give you enough space over the eave walls to get full thickness so you’d have to do something like use raised-heel trusses. But we’re going to assume here that you get full thickness everywhere because that’s what you should be doing, even if it’s not required by code.In the other scenario, I looked at what happens if you take the same amount of insulation and install it so that you have enough thickness for R-10 on one side of the attic and R-50 on the other side. Your first guess may be that the average resistance to heat flow would be R-30 since 10 and 50 average to 30.But you’d be wrong. In the article about lumpy insulation, I showed the calculation and it comes out a lot less than R-30. In fact, at R-17 it’s about half. That means you have almost twice as much heat flow even though you have the same amount of insulation.So, rule number one is to make sure your insulation contractor isn’t selling you on average thickness. That means they’re getting away with selling you less R-value.Where this matters the most is when you have less thickness of insulation. For example, if you’re using closed-cell spray polyurethane foam, you’re getting an insulation with a much higher R-value per inch than many of the other insulation types. So you usually get less thickness.In a 2×4 wall where you need R-13 to meet code, spray foam contractors usually install two inches of closed-cell spray foam. Since it’s usually rated at about R-6.5 per inch, that means if, say, 25% of your wall has only 1.5 inches, you get about R-10 there instead of R-13. If the rest of the wall is right at 2 inches thick, your average R-value in the cavities is 12, not 13. You’re not getting what you paid for.2. Request Grade I installation qualityIn addition to making sure you get the thickness to achieve the R-value you’re paying for, you should also make sure the insulation is installed in other ways that ensure it achieves maximum R-value. RESNET created an insulation grading protocol back in 2006 and certified home energy raters have to use that protocol for every rating they do. When they’re inspecting a house, they have to determine the R-value for each insulated assembly and also the grade (Grade I, II, or III). Grade I is the best, Grade III the worst.The protocol is based on looking for two things. First, the amount of missing insulation determines what grade it might be. The RESNET illustration is reproduced as Image #5 below. The dark areas represent gaps in the insulation.Officially, Grade I means essentially no gaps, Grade II can have up to 2% gaps, and Grade III can have no more than 5% missing insulation.The other factor is compression and incomplete fill. The insulation might fill the cavity completely from side to side and top to bottom but still have a reduced R-value if it’s compressed or doesn’t fill the cavity completely from front to back. (I’m thinking of walls when I use those directional terms. Adjust as necessary for ceilings and floors.) I wrote a thorough explanation of the grading protocol back in 2012, so check it out for more detail.And yes, Grade I is possible with fiberglass batts, too. I’ve seen it done a few times, as in the photo below (Image #6) from a Habitat for Humanity project in Nashville.TakeawaysWhen you get insulation, you want to make sure you get the full R-value you’re paying for. Do these two things:Insist on having the insulation installed to a minimum thickness, not an average thickness.Insist on Grade I installation quality.By the way, if you read the manufacturer’s instructions for installing insulation, they generally align with Grade I installation quality — so you’re not really asking for anything special here.This certainly isn’t all there is to getting a good insulation installation. Before you ever get to the installation part of the job, way back in the design phase, it’s a good idea to see what you can do to eliminate thermal bridging and make sure you can get full thickness everywhere (as with raised-heel trusses). Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a speaker, writer, building science consultant, and the author of the Energy Vanguard Blog. You can follow him on Twitter at @EnergyVanguard. RELATED ARTICLESIs There a Downside to Lumpy Attic Insulation?The Fundamentals of Series and Parallel Heat Flow Three Code-Approved Tricks for Reducing Insulation ThicknessWhat’s the Definition of an ‘R-20 Wall’? Installing Closed-Cell Spray Foam Between Studs is a WasteGrading the Installation Quality of Insulation
What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts There has been much handwringing over this past summer about how Apple’s new iOS 7 will affect people’s favorite apps. Apple changed the design of iOS this year to feature more colors and have a sleeker, flatter design. Apps that do not conform to Apple’s new aesthetic will seem out of place in the latest version of iOS.Hence, there has been a rush among top developers over the past several months to be ready with hot, new versions of their apps when iOS 7 officially ships. That day has finally come with the public version of iOS 7 available for download and installation tomorrow, September 18.But what about people who can’t or won’t download the latest version of iOS 7? Those people do exist, no matter how much Apple wants them to upgrade. Will their trusted apps stop working when the iOS 7-ready versions become available? People still use older iPhones, iPod Touches and iPads they don’t bother to upgrade to the latest iOS version—often enough because they can’t be bothered, or because upgrading would break some work-related app they need for their job, or simply because they can’t. For instance, the original iPad won’t be able to receive the iOS 7 update. Neither will any iPod Touch prior to the fifth (most recent) generation. Any iPhone before the iPhone 4 will be left out as well.Apple’s Solution For The iOS 7-lessFor users who do not have iOS 7, Apple has created the ability to download the most recent older compatible version of an app. One user on Reddit reports getting a message on his second-generation iPod Touch when downloading an app that would only work with iOS 5 or later. A test with an iPod Touch running iOS 3.1 by ReadWrite confirmed the result. This is new for Apple. In the past, if an app was not compatible with a user’s version of iOS, the app simply wouldn’t work. Yet, as the iPhone grows in age (the iPhones 5s/5c are the sixth generation), Apple recognizes the increasing importance of supporting older devices with compatible apps. The company has built-in features for developers in iOS 7 that allow them to support both the newest version of the operating system as well as iOS 6, which includes Apple’s old design aesthetic and functionality.In iOS 7, Apple has instituted auto-updates for apps meaning that apps will upgrade themselves in the background as opposed to making the user manually download new versions. Older versions of iOS will not have this feature. Tags:#app development#iOS 7 dan rowinski Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad “At this point, all we can play for is pride and have that level of togetherness which we’re gonna use as a platform for next year.” Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Gavina had sensed the turnaround even before the game as he saw how focused his players were in practices in leading up to the duel.“Going into this game, our focus in practice, the way guys have the mental approach coming in, I knew we were gonna play well. I told my guys that you just showed against a really tough Alaska team that we can compete,” he said.“I told them if you guys keep believing, keep turning this corner, stay together, you guys will be able to compete against anybody.”And that strong belief is exactly what Kia needs to have as it seeks to upset San Miguel on Saturday and finally end its dry spell in the season-ending 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup.“I know we have a really tough opponent against San Miguel coming up on Saturday, but like what Russell Westbrook says, ‘Why not?’ As long as you put in the work, and you’ll learn from our mistakes in this game where we didn’t fold in the last minute and a half, and keep our composure, who knows? We’d pull out a win. So let’s hope everybody will keep their heads up and their spirits high,” Gavina said.ADVERTISEMENT Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president View comments LATEST STORIES Read Next WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Kia Picanto coach Chris Gavina. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netKia coach Chris Gavina said that he could not ask for more from his wards after their gallant stand in a 102-94 defeat to Alaska on Sunday.“Amazing effort from my guys. Despite all that’s happening, we’re 0-9, I couldn’t be proud of my guys tonight,” Gavina said.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary The Picanto were in control for the majority of the game and even held a 10-point advantage, 77-67, going to the fourth quarter.And even if Calvin Abueva imposed his presence late in the game, Kia refused to wilt as import Geron Johnson gave his all and poured 39 points, nine rebounds, and seven assists before faltering in the end game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSeeing how hard his team fought, Gavina noted that the effort the Picanto had especially their import Geron Johnson, who collected 39 points, nine rebounds and seven assists, against the Aces was a huge jump compared to how they played in their past outings.“The effort that we gave, this is a game I could take. Majority of our games, I couldn’t take it because there was no effort, there was no heart. But today, all our guys were fighting for each other,” he said. Fajardo says Slaughter ‘got stronger’ since return from injury
Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, is encouraging residents of Hanover to adopt healthy lifestyle practices to prevent the risks of obesity and non-communicable diseases (NCDs).Speaking at the Ministry of Health ‘Taking Responsibility Road Tour’, at the Walter Hall Anglican Parish Church in Lucea, Hanover, on February 21, Dr. Tufton said the Ministry is at the forefront in improving the health and wellness profile of the parish, through additional resources to include infrastructure and personnel.He said that curative healthcare needs to work in unison with preventative health practices and this is where the people of Hanover come in, as they need to take a new approach to overcome obesity and lifestyle diseases for a healthier life.“One in two Jamaicans, according to the recent health and lifestyle survey, are obese and it’s a disease that develops other critical life-threatening complications,” said Dr. Tufton.He also noted that one in three Jamaicans is hypertensive, and one in eight Jamaicans is diabetic.“The reality is that as a country, we are, by virtue of our actions, eating and drinking ourselves sick. It should start with all of us now taking responsibility and understanding our health status,” the Minister said.Dr. Tufton pointed out that the Ministry will be implementing a number of critical plans this year to bolster the current growing health services in the parish. “This will include personnel and building infrastructure,” he noted.The Minister explained that the initiative is about “how we get people to change habits”.“It is a psychological sort of behavioural change and, in reality, is the core approach to how we enhance people’s lives, and that is one of the reasons why we established a food industry task force. The task force will look at a couple of things, such as the consumption of sugars, salts, fats, alcohol and tobacco as important policy positions to create greater awareness and to let consumers know what they are eating and the consequences of overconsumption,” he added.The event also featured addresses by a number of health practitioners, including Dr. Alfred Dawes, Senior Medical Officer at the Savanna-la-Mar Hospital in Westmoreland. He said that curative healthcare needs to work in unison with preventative health practices and this is where the people of Hanover come in, as they need to take a new approach to overcome obesity and lifestyle diseases for a healthier life. Story Highlights The event also featured addresses by a number of health practitioners, including Dr. Alfred Dawes, Senior Medical Officer at the Savanna-la-Mar Hospital in Westmoreland. Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, is encouraging residents of Hanover to adopt healthy lifestyle practices to prevent the risks of obesity and non-communicable diseases (NCDs).
Cheryl Burke (“Dancing with the Stars”) served as the honorary host for “WE RUN THE GROVE”, a free 10K or 13.1 mile run / walk to support the American Heart Association, LA’s fight against heart disease, on April 26, 2014 at The Grove.Cheryl Burke hosts We Run The Grove at The Park at The Grove on April 26Credit/Copyright: Paul Archuleta/FilmMagicAfter the run, the 400 participants were able to enjoy a complimentary breakfast, post-run activities and a photo op.The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – America’s No. 1 and No. 4 killers. They team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or join them, call 1-800-AHA-USA1 or any of their offices around the country, or visit heart.org..
The Ohio State women’s tennis team closed out the 2010 regular season this weekend winning one of two matches at home to finish at 18-8 overall and 5-5 in conference play.Coming off a hard-fought victory at Indiana the previous weekend, OSU welcomed the Wisconsin Badgers to Columbus Friday night for the first match of its final homestand.Able to carry over the momentum from the previous weekend, the Buckeyes made quick work of the overmatched Badger squad with a 7-0 victory.The convincing victory marked the team’s record-best ninth shutout of the year, surpassing its previous best of eight attained in both the 1978-1979 and 2006-2007 seasons.“It was a big match,” coach Chuck Merzbacher said. “We needed to get that win for Big Ten seeding and NCAA purposes, so that was an important match and fortunately we were able to get it.”Following Friday’s strong showing, the Buckeyes returned to the OSU Varsity Tennis Center on Sunday afternoon hoping to take down Goliath in the form of the No. 6 Northwestern Wildcats.Despite being backed by an enthusiastic, packed house, Northwestern proved to be too much to handle, downing the Buckeyes with relative ease 5-2.One of two seniors playing her final home match in scarlet and gray, Christina Keesey provided one of OSU’s few bright spots of the day downing her opponent in straight sets 7-6, 6-2.“Northwestern is a great team, and we knew we had to fight hard today,” Keesey said. “I was glad I was able to end the way I did, and the team battled as hard as we could so that’s all you can ask for.”With the regular season now behind them, the team has its sights set on Iowa City, where it will travel for the Big Ten Tournament on Thursday with high expectations. “I was pretty pleased with the whole weekend,” Merzbacher said. “We competed pretty well and the Big Ten is wide open, so when we go to the Big Ten tournament I think we can play with anybody.”
At the conclusion of the 2012 NFL Draft April 28, former Ohio State center Mike Brewster was still waiting on the phone call that could change his life. At the time, his NFL dreams were on hold. All 253 draft selections had come and gone, and he was not among the players selected. But Brewster did not have to wait much longer for his opportunity to play in the NFL. By the end of that same Saturday night, Brewster signed as an undrafted free agent with the Jacksonville Jaguars. As an undrafted free agent, Brewster had the opportunity to choose which team he would sign with. He told The Lantern that the Jaguars were the right team for him. “It was the best situation, as far as they didn’t draft any linemen,” Brewster said. “Their (offensive line) coaches had been in contact with me probably more than anybody. That made me feel comfortable.” As a four-year starting center for the Buckeyes, Brewster started 49 consecutive games, the second-longest streak in school history. Brewster’s former coach Luke Fickell has the longest streak at 50 straight games. In 2010, Brewster was named to the Football Writers Association of America All-American Team, and was named first-team all-Big Ten by the media. Jaguars offensive line coach Andy Heck told The Lantern that the Jaguars were “fortunate” to be able to sign Brewster as a free agent. “Every guy we bring in here is a guy that we believe can compete to make our team,” Heck said. “Mike is a guy that I think has a legitimate shot to make a team, to develop into a solid pro, and he’s going to get that opportunity here to compete, to take his game to another level. If he earns it, he’ll make the team and play.” Brewster, a native of Orlando, Fla., said returning to his home state was a big factor in his decision to go to Jacksonville. “I prayed to come home, and it happened in a mysterious way,” Brewster said. “I’m as happy as I could be. Nobody loves the state of Florida as much as I do.” Brewster could have declared for the 2011 NFL Draft following his junior season, but said he has no regrets about his decision to return to OSU for his senior year. “I grew up, learned a lot, I got smarter, I got a lot stronger, and then things just didn’t really go my way,” Brewster said. “I don’t regret it … I could have left after my junior year, but it was important for me to come back and try to help the program.” Brewster said ending up with the right team was more important to him than being drafted. “(Being drafted in the) fifth (round) and before, it’s a pretty decent signing bonus, but other than that, you just want the right fit,” Brewster said. “I was nervous that someone was just going to snatch me up in the sixth or seventh, just to take me.” Heck said Brewster will play multiple positions on the interior offensive line during this summer’s training camp and preseason as he attempts to make the Jaguars’ final 53-man roster. “We’ll give him a lot of work at center,” Heck said. “I think he’s a guy that’s got the physical makeup and mental makeup to be a center in this league. He’ll also cross-train as a guard.” Heck said he believes Brewster has the necessary mental attributes to succeed as an NFL center. “I like Mike’s intelligence, I like his demeanor,” Heck said. “I think that both of those things suit him playing an interior line position, particularly center where he’s got to really be the quarterback of the offensive line.” Heck also addressed the areas of Brewster’s game where he must improve. “He needs to work on being consistent with his gun snaps, keeping himself in better balance,” Heck said. “These are things that everybody needs to work on.” Even after going undrafted, Brewster remains confident that he will have a successful NFL career. “At the end of the day, you can either play or you can’t,” Brewster said. “It doesn’t matter if you’re a fourth-, fifth-, sixth-, seventh-round pick, undrafted … the best players are going to play. I’ll make it work, and I guarantee you I’ll be playing football for years to come.”