First Heatwave Expected Next Week 11 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Jacqueline Winspear. Photo by JacquelineWinspear.comMaisie Dobbs has been chosen as the Sierra Madre Public Library 2014 One Book One City choice and an appearance by the author Jacqueline Winspear will highlight a month of exciting free programs at the Library.Winspear will speak on Saturday, February 22 at 2:00 p.m. in the Gooden School multi-purpose room.and will talk about her mystery novel featuring an extraordinary young woman living through epic times in World War I era England and France. A reception will follow the talk and copies of all the books in the Maisie Dobbs series will be available for purchase and signing by the author.2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I and Winspearâ€™s talk caps a month of programs with a World War I theme.Kickoff Event – Saturday, February 1, 2:00 p.m. at the Libraryâ€¢ Childrenâ€™s Airplane Flying Contestâ€¢ Display of artifacts from World War Iâ€¢ Display of World War I award-winning poetry by Christopher â€œKitâ€ Addeâ€¢ Teen Docents will feature virtual tours of Sierra Madre in the World War I periodâ€¢ Music from the eraEvents throughout the monthâ€¢ Tuesday, 2/4, 7 p.m. LibraryTravel in Time and Space. Immerse yourself in Maisieâ€™s world with an armchair travelerâ€™s tour of World War I life. Catherine Adde will take us away to Cambridge, London, an historic house in the English countryside and the battlefields of France where the story takes placeâ€¢ Monday, 2/10 7 p.m. Sierra Madre PlayhouseWings, the only silent film to win the Best Picture Oscar. Wings is an epic World War I action drama that features spectacular aerial sequences of vintage dog fighting and a romantic angle featuring its top-billed star Clara Bow.â€¢ Wednesday 2/ 12 at 7 p.m. LibraryFeatured Book Discussion – Everyone is welcome to attend a special discussion of Winspearâ€™s book.â€¢ Thursday, 2/ 20 11 a.m., LibraryThird Thursday Book discussionâ€¢ Wednesdays, February, 4:00 â€“ 5:00 p.m.Teen Book Club will read Leviathan, a steam-punk novel with a World War I setting. Library basementâ€¢ Friday 2/21, 7:00 p.m. LibraryFriends of the Library Wine Tasting. Actors dressed in the World War I period of Maisie Dobbs will mingle with the crowd. A signed copy of Maisie Dobbs will be featured as a silent auction item. Alverno Villaâ€¢ Saturday, February 22 at 2:00 p.m. in the Gooden School multi-purpose roomAppearance and book signing by author Jacqueline Winspear.For more information, visitÂ www.cityofsierramadre.com/departments/library. Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Community News Make a comment HerbeautyNerdy Movie Kids Who Look Unrecognizable TodayHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyNutritional Strategies To Ease AnxietyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThink Outside The Ordinary: 9 Gifts That Do All The Talking!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Of The Most Notorious Female Spies In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Gorgeous Looks That Have Been Classic Go-tos For DecadesHerbeautyHerbeauty faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Community News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Literary Arts One Book One City in February for the City of Sierra Madre From STAFF REPORTS Published on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 | 2:54 pm More Cool Stuff Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Top of the News Subscribe Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website Business News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena
AC Milan owners willing to hand Higuain to Chelseaby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea have received a boost in their interest in AC Milan striker Gonzalo Higuain.Sky Italia says Milan are pulling back from plans to buy Higuain outright from Juventus.Milan paid £16million to take Higuain on a season-long loan in the summer and can make the transfer permanent at the end of the current campaign by paying a further £32m.However, Milan owners Elliott Management are going cold and Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri is clear to move in to sign a player he knows well.The Argentine striker, 31, played under Sarri at Napoli during a prolific 2015-16 season in which Higuain scored 36 goals in 35 Serie A appearances.Higuain scored six goals in his first seven games for Milan but has since netted only once in nine matches. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Saka steals the show as Arsenal romp past Eintracht Frankfurtby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal manager Unai Emery was pleased with his side’s 3-0 win over Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League on Thursday.Joe Willock’s strike gave Arsenal the lead before half-time when his deflected strike left Kevin Trapp helpless.18-year-old Bukayo Saka was superb throughout the ninety minutes and capped off his performance with a goal and assist, which allowed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to score the Gunners third late on.Speaking after the game, Emery said: “We knew tonight was going to be difficult, they fell back very deep and caused us problems early on.”We recovered the ball well and the young players showed the confidence to take their chances.”Everybody can be happy and continuing in this competition is important, so it was good to get a good win, especially away from home.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Neville insists Man Utd must gamble in transfer marketby Freddie Taylor4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveGary Neville wants Manchester United to invest in reinforcements in the January transfer window.United are suffering a poor start to the season, which sees them just above the relegation places in the league.One of their significant issues involves a lack of goals, which Neville thinks they can only remedy in the transfer market.United sold Romelu Lukaku this summer, but did not replace him.”It won’t be a gamble in January as United need to go into the transfer market at the earliest opportunity because they obviously didn’t replace Lukaku,” the former defender told Sky Sports.”Those young lads out there – Pereira, McTominay, Wan-Bissaka, Rashford – they have to still buy to a style of play. “There would be no point signing a replacement for Lukaku that’s the same type.”
The benefits of diversity in the workforce are known to give companies a competitive edge and this, in turn, enables higher growth. A 2018 McKinsey & Company Report, “Delivering through Diversity”, found out that companies in the top quartile for gender diversity on their executive teams were 21 per cent more likely to experience financial returns above their national industry means than the companies in the fourth quartile. While the research findings point towards a positive correlation between financial performance and greater inclusion of women in leadership roles, it is essential to address the issue of gender disparity in education as this sector helps in developing professional capacities in both men and women. As the world moves closer to covering the gender gap in education, with only 5 per cent of the gap remaining, one of the issues which mask under gender parity in education is the lower participation of both men and women which is preventing the world from fully utilising the human capital. The Global Gender Gap Report, 2018 (WEF, 2018) points out that globally, there were on average 65 per cent girls and 66 per cent boys who were enrolled in secondary education and only about 39 per cent girls and 34 per cent boys who were participating in tertiary education. Thus, gender gaps cannot be completely closed until the participation increases in education at all levels. Further, to the issue of the lower overall participation, particularly in the tertiary sector, is the fact that although there are more females graduating than males globally when it comes to the skills for the lucrative jobs, women tend to lag behind men. According to the Global Education Monitoring Report Gender Review (UNESCO, 2018), in countries such as Chile, Ghana and Switzerland, women account for less than one-quarter of all STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) degrees. Among the South Asian countries, India has about 42 per cent tertiary graduate females pursuing a STEM programme, which is much higher than many developed countries. The only few countries where the majority of STEM graduates are females are Algeria, Tunisia and Albania. In the era of the 4th Industrial Revolution, when the in-demand skills in the job market include Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning, these gender gaps in STEM studies, if left unchecked, will broaden gender disparities across the industries. Currently, there is a significant gender gap among the AI professionals, with only about 22 per cent of them being female and 78 per cent being male. Regional analysis across the globe reveals that the top three countries where AI talent is the most prominent are the United States, India and Germany – along with a significant gender gap in AI skills biased against women (WEF, 2018). Industry-level workforce data for the gender gap indicates that the top three sectors where the proportion of men is much greater than women are manufacturing, energy and mining sector and software and IT services. Out of these, the third sector employs about 40 per cent of the AI professionals in the total workforce, with women accounting for just 7.4 per cent of the AI talent pool. The other two sectors have a very low percentage of AI-skilled workforce. Another sector where the share of professionals possessing AI skills is high is education, accounting for about 19 per cent of the total workforce – of which women account for just one-third of the male talent pool. However, education is also one of the few sectors where the number of women working is greater than men. If the current trend of male domination in STEM disciplines at the college level or in acquiring emerging skills at the workplace continues unabated, it can lead to wider gender disparities across industries due to the rising demand for the AI skills, irrespective of being a traditionally male or a traditionally female-oriented sector. Efforts towards achieving gender parity in education beyond enrolments, to take account of equality in choosing skills which are a gateway to employment opportunities, will help in creating a gender-equal workforce in the future and greater financial gains. Addressing the gender disparity issue in education not just results in financial improvements for businesses, and greater growth, but also helps in achieving better development outcomes. For instance, in the health sector, there is a global shortage of 17.4 million healthcare workers, including 2.6 million doctors, 9 million nurses and midwives (WHO, 2016). While women form the majority of the sector’s workforce, they are primarily clustered in the lower-level positions, with senior positions being held by men. Efforts to attract more males to nursing courses and elevating the status of care-related work can help to break the feminisation of the nursing profession and address the shortage of workforce to some extent. For women to move up to senior positions amidst the rapidly digitising technology, efforts towards reskilling them can close the gender gaps in senior positions. As for improvements on other fronts, the water and sanitation sector, for instance, faces a significant shortage of qualified professionals. While the importance of involving both men and women in management of water and sanitation facilities has for long been recognised globally, mostly men are still seen as the primary decision makers. Thus, alleviating gender inequalities in education can bring out more qualified female professionals in decision-making roles.(Amit Kapoor is chair, Institute for Competitiveness. Deepti Mathur, senior researcher at large, Institute for Competitiveness has contributed to the article. The views expressed are strictly personal)
Islamabad: Pakistan sent a protest letter to Iran on Saturday demanding action against Tehran-based “terrorists” involved in a recent targeted killing of its 14 security personnel, mostly from the Pakistan Navy. Unidentified gunmen donning uniforms of paramilitary soldiers Thursday massacred 14 passengers after forcing them to disembark from buses on a highway in the restive Balochistan province. The victims were not initially identified and it was speculated they could be Shia Muslims and ethnic workers from Punjab. But later it emerged that they were security personnel, most of them associated with the Pakistan Navy. According to the letter sent by the Foreign Office (FO) to Iran, at least 14 personnel belonging to the Armed Forces of Pakistan were offloaded from buses on April 18 in Oramra area of Balochistan and killed. The Foreign Office said the “terrorists” belonging to Baloch nationalist groups were operating from a border region in Iran and has asked Tehran to take action against them. “BRAS, which is an alliance of three Baloch terrorist organisations, has claimed responsibility for this terrorist act,” it said. “Killing of 14 innocent Pakistanis by terrorist groups based in Iran is a very serious incident that Pakistan protests strongly. Pakistan awaits Iran’s response to its request for action against the groups based in Iran, whose locations have been identified by Pakistan a number of times,” the letter said. It asserted that “after the incident, the terrorists who arrived from border region returned to that area”. Baloch nationalists are active in the Balochistan province and often target the security forces and people from other provinces, especially Punjab. The recent killing had occurred just ahead of the first-ever visit of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan to Iran starting on Sunday. Iranian foreign minister Javad Zarif condemned the attack, saying enemies of Pakistan-Iran ties were responsible for it. “Strongly condemning the recent terrorist attack in Pakistan, just as PM Imran Khan embarks on his first, historic visit to Iran. Terrorists, extremists and their sponsors are terrified by close relations between Muslim states,” he tweeted. Balochistan, which borders Afghanistan and Iran, is Pakistan’s largest and poorest province, rife with ethnic, sectarian and separatist insurgencies. In the past, minority Shia Muslims and ethnic workers from the Punjab province have been targeted in such attacks. An ISIS suicide attack targeting Hazara Shias in the provincial capital of Quetta last week killed 21 people and injured 60 others. Armed gunmen kidnapped about two dozen passengers from two Karachi-bound coaches from Balochistan’s Mastung area in 2015, killing at least 19 of them in the mountainous area of Khad Kocha.
NEW DELHI: Day after the election ended in Delhi, the AAP decided a meeting of the top leaders in this week to decide the post-poll action. The sources in the party confirmed that the AAP is in consensus that the party will support non-BJP in the Centre.”We have maintained that this time our fight is against the Modi-Shah regime and we the senior leaders of the parties will decide on the plan soon. We will support any non-BJP formation in the Centre but they have to accept our demand for giving Delhi full statehood,” said a senior leader. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesThe demand for the full statehood was the key demand of the AAP and the party fought the election with this demand. The AAP is also in touch with the regional parties like Trinamool and TDP among others. “The leaders like Mamata Banerjee and Chandra Babu Naidu have already assured us that they are with us in support of the demand of the full statehood.” said a senior leader. The AAP senior leaders also asserted that the party learned that there would be a lesser possibility of a party with a single majority to form a government in the Centre. Recently in an exclusive interview to the Millennium Post, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said, “In this election, AAP’s MPs will play a key role in forming the government. Many opposition parties have already supported our demand and the alliance of these parties will form the government in the Centre this time, therefore, we will not face any issues in passing the bill on full-statehood.” Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarDelhi Chief Minister and the Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) national convener Arvind Kejriwal last week said he would support Congress president Rahul Gandhi as a prime ministerial candidate if he supported full statehood for the national capital. “Whichever party forms the next government, excluding the BJP, will have AAP’s support only if it supports AAP on the issue of full statehood for Delhi,” he said last week. However, the AAP chief earlier also said Congress President Rahul Gandhi will be responsible if Prime Minister Narendra Modi returns to power after the Lok Sabha polls.
Hank AaronA University of Southern California (USC) professor has launched an ambitious project to catalog the thoughts of every Black baseball player who played major league baseball from 1947 to 1971.The 25-year period includes integration and the turbulent post-integration years.Daniel Durbin, the USC professor who created the project, is being assisted by graduate student Neftalie Williams. Although Williams, a skateboarding aficionado, didn’t know much about baseball when he started the project, he has a way of drawing information out of the retired players.“You come away thinking, why did I tell that guy all of that?” said Dusty Baker, who played for the Dodgers, Atlanta, Giants and A’s. He also managed the Giants for 10 years. “He prods without pushing.”Williams said he sees his work documenting the players’ stories as living Black history.“I want to go back and let those dudes say how they felt, what was happening; yalk about how much they loved baseball, talk about how much it meant to them,” said Williams in a Los Angeles Times interview.Durbin said some of the stories revealed painful experiences from the past. Baker recounted a story about being visited by the FBI because of an anthrax scare. He also said Hank Aaron told him not to get too close him when he was about to break Babe Ruth’s homerun record, because he was getting death threats.Don Buford, who played for USC and the Chicago White Sox, tells a story of going into retrieve a teammate, Deacon Jones, who had gone into a gas station in the Deep South. However, the man behind the counter had pulled a shotgun on Jones. Back on the bus, Buford chastised his teammate for forgetting where he was.“Deacon just said, ‘Man, I forgot,” Buford told The Los Angeles Times.Williams said he is able to connect with the players because he shares a similar experience with them. He grew up in Springfield, Mass. and was bused into an all-white school as part of a desegregation program. His mother made him wear a suit on his first day, because she wanted to show white people that Black people could be just as good as them. He was ostracized and spent much of the time fighting, until he discovered skateboarding and bonded with his classmates.“These guys matter,” Williams said. “Black America, they had them on their backs. And the players knew it. They might not say it, because these guys are all really humble, but they know. And I will tell you that when the camera’s off and I’m breaking down and we are talking, that’s the thing, they say: ‘You knew you had it on your backs.’ Just like I had it when I was a kid and my mom said, ‘Hey, you have to wear a suit and you have to do well because you have the culture on your back.’”
TORONTO — With just more than four and a half minutes left and the Toronto Raptors nursing a 97-94 edge over division rival Boston, budding Celtics star Jayson Tatum had a 1-on-1 matchup against Danny Green on the right wing. Green cheated left, allowing Tatum to get to his dominant hand with a potential path to the basket. But the opportunity to trim the deficit or even tie the score on that possession vanished in an instant, when Kyle Lowry, the Raptors’ All-Star guard, swiftly slid in front of Tatum, drawing a charging violation.On the left wing just over two minutes later, with Toronto leading by five, nearly the exact same scenario played out: Tatum got a step on Kawhi Leonard after a well-executed flare screen and barreled into the paint, only to meet Lowry, who’d gotten there a hair quicker. Offensive foul;1The third one Lowry had drawn in a two-minute, 20-second window if we include the illegal shove called on Marcus Morris. Raptors’ ball. The play essentially ended any hope of a Boston comeback in the Oct. 19 Toronto win.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/TATUM.mp400:0000:0000:27Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Somehow, in a league flowing with more 3-pointers than we’ve ever seen, Lowry has found a way to make momentum-shifting plays without hitting dagger jumpers. Instead, he’s taking dagger charges — stifling an opponent’s last-ditch comeback efforts. He all but sealed Wednesday’s victory by taking one against Sacramento’s De’Aaron Fox with a little more than three minutes left. Three days prior, he drew one on the Lakers’ Kyle Kuzma in the final two minutes of an eventual win in Los Angeles.“It just feels like he always takes them at the right moment, when the other team has some momentum going,” point guard Delon Wright, one of Lowry’s backups, told me after the team’s Monday win in Utah. “He steps in there and gets the call, and it’s kind of defeating for the other team.”There’s no doubt that Lowry has impeccable timing on such plays, and not just in the waning minutes of close games. Since the start of the 2017-18 season, Lowry has drawn a league-high 49 charges2In the regular season and playoffs combined. — an eye-popping number for anyone, but especially for someone who earns upwards of $30 million a year and plays a position that isn’t known for welcoming physical punishment. Nonetheless, this past Sunday, he drew one on runaway freight train LeBron James, who enjoys an 8-inch, 45-pound advantage on the 6-foot Lowry.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/LOWRY1.mp400:0000:0004:35Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.“You get hit in the private area. You might get hit in the gut,” said Lowry, who also led the NBA in assists heading into Thursday’s games with 135 — a whopping 38 more than Jrue Holiday, who ranked second. “You’ve just got to be willing to take the hit and can’t be scared of the consequences. You’ve gotta say, ‘All right, cool — I’m willing to do to help my team win games.’”Not everyone is an ideal candidate to take charges. Aside from the fact that certain players are horrible at selling officials on bang-bang plays of that nature, there’s also the possibility of getting hurt, all for the sake of trying to force a single turnover.Raptors coach Nick Nurse doesn’t seem too worried when Lowry puts himself in harm’s way — largely because he’s shown an expertise in knowing how to do it.“His instincts are unbelievable. He sees that stuff coming way ahead of time and gets himself in position. That’s just being a super smart, high-IQ player,” Nurse said. “He’s pretty good at knowing how to take them. Every now and then, he takes a pretty crushing blow. But you know how it is: The good [charge-takers] kind of start to fall just before they take a hit, and hopefully don’t get hurt on those [sorts of plays]. But his instincts to play hard amaze me almost nightly.”While taking that many charges speaks to Lowry’s next-level anticipation, the teamwide strategies of the 11-1 Raptors — still incorporating two-time Defensive Player of the Year Kawhi Leonard — are playing a role here as well. Toronto has had a help defender, the one most often in position to draw a charge, present during an opposing player’s drive to the basket 36 percent of the time, the NBA’s third-highest rate, according to Second Spectrum.When Lowry is the player serving as the help defender, the club allows just 0.86 points per direct drive — a number that would lead the league if it carried over for all team minutes. This is part of why the Raptors figure to be such a tough out, especially now with Leonard in the fold: Lowry, Green, Pascal Siakam and Serge Ibaka3Who, while clearly diminished from his days as a first team All-Defense selection, is still a solid defender. can all slide over and at least hinder, if not completely halt, the progress of a player trying to get to the rim.As for Lowry himself — who’s taken more charges this year than 23 entire teams — his knack for generating these types of turnovers can be traced to Villanova, where he played for Jay Wright. Villanova started a program known as the Attitude Club, a point-based recognition system that rewards players for different types of hustle plays, including diving for loose balls, tapping back an offensive rebound and, yes, drawing charges on defense.4This sounds similar to a college upbringing we’ve reported on in the past, that of perhaps the league’s most efficient charge-taker, Anthony Tolliver.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/LOWRY2.mp400:0000:0004:47Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Lowry said he took charges even during his high school days but became more committed to it during college and upon reaching the NBA, where it’s nearly impossible for him — at his size — to make the sorts of high-flying plays that can truly ignite a crowd.“I can’t normally block a shot, and I can’t energize my team with a crazy dunk,” he said. “But I can take a charge at a big moment in a game, and I think my teammates appreciate me laying myself out there. That’s my energizing play.”Check out our latest NBA predictions.
The accolades just keep coming for members of the Ohio State football team. A day after being named first-team All-Big Ten by the media, sophomore quarterback Braxton Miller and senior defensive end John Simon were recognized as the Big Ten Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year, respectively, on Tuesday. The award comes three days after OSU completed its undefeated season by defeating Michigan 26-21. Miller, who was also named the Greise-Brees Quarterback of the Year for the Big Ten, joins elite Buckeye company in being honored as the Big Ten’s Graham-George Offensive Player of the Year. Former OSU greats Eddie George, Orlando Pace and Troy Smith are the only other Buckeyes to have received the award, established in 1990. Simon sat out the Michigan game with a knee injury, ending his streak of 37 consecutive starts, but his nine sacks and 14.5 tackles for loss were enough to earn him the Nagurski-Woodson Defensive Player of the Year in addition to being named the Smith-Brown Defensive Lineman of the Year. “It means a lot to win this award,” Simon said in a release. “It is truly a great honor, but first and foremost it is a team award. I wouldn’t be given this award if it weren’t for the great play of my teammates … great coverage in the back end and guys taking up blocks on the front end. I praise those guys for helping me get this and that is what it is all about.” Coach Urban Meyer has called Simon “the heart and soul” of his team and said the awards are well-deserved. “I think everyone knows how highly I think of John Simon,” Meyer said of the two-time OSU captain in a release. “He is absolutely one of the finest young men I have had the privilege to coach. His determination and effort and selfless approach are second to none, and there is no better player or person to be honored with this player of the year award.” OSU’s coach was complimentary of his quarterback as well. “Winning this award is quite an achievement for this young man because he can still get better,” Meyer said. “I am happy for him and very proud. This is a terrific honor for a Buckeye to receive.” In his opening season at the helm of Meyer’s offense, Miller thrived while propelling OSU to a 12-0 record – the school’s first undefeated mark since 2002. The sophomore quarterback set a Buckeyes’ record for total offense, throwing for 2,039 yards while running for 1,271, surpassing the former mark of 3,290 yards that was set by former OSU quarterback Bobby Hoying in 1995. Miller had 28 touchdowns on the season, the most by an OSU quarterback since 2006, when Smith, a Heisman Trophy winner, had 31. “I’m appreciative of everything that went down this year,” Miller said Tuesday. “The work we put in in the offseason with coach Mick (Mickey Marotti), it paid off at the end. So I’m pretty appreciative of that.” After a dismal 6-7 season in 2011 that saw Miller and the Buckeye offense put up about 25 points per game, OSU exploded in 2012. Led by Miller, the Buckeyes averaged 37.1 points a game in 2012, a figure that ranked best in the Big Ten. The sophomore quarterback seemed to improve greatly from his freshman campaign, too. He threw for 880 more yards, upped his rushing total by 556 and got in the end zone eight more times, in just three more starts. Miller attributes most of his growth to the new coaching staff, specifically Meyer and offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tom Herman. “Coach Meyer and coach Herman, they helped me a lot since (freshman year),” Miller said. “A lot of things outside of football (too), I learned a lot.” Miller said he got stronger and faster in the offseason, but the sophomore quarterback didn’t truly realize how much better he and the rest of the Buckeyes had gotten until the Nebraska game Oct. 6. OSU blew past the Huskers at Ohio Stadium, 63-38, with Miller accounting for 313 yards of offense and two touchdowns. “It was crazy. The first night game, I believe, the guys were hyped and everybody was excited to get out there (in front of) the home stands and just light it up,” Miller said. Following that performance, Miller started to receive serious Heisman consideration from the media. He said he never really paid attention to it, though, besides the occasional teasing from his teammates. “I heard (Heisman talk) a few times, in the front side of the season. I didn’t really pay attention to it. The guys, they always make a joke about it and see it on TV,” Miller said. Since then, the talk of Miller holding the bronze trophy has quieted, with Texas A&M redshirt freshman quarterback Johnny Manziel, or “Johnny Football,” emerging as the favorite. Miller said he’s seen Manziel play, and that the two young quarterbacks have a similar style of play. Regarding the nickname, Miller said, “it’s smooth.” But does Miller need a nickname to compete with the Aggies’ star? “I don’t know about a nickname,” Miller said. Miller’s first name, Braxton, seems to stand on its own fairly well. “The only person that I know (named Braxton) was one the Jamie Foxx show, the dude, ‘Braxton.’ He’s the only one I know,” Miller said. Nickname or not, Miller’s head coach said there is plenty of room for him to improve next season. “Our quarterback fundamentally, he wasn’t the best fundamental quarterback in America,” Meyer said in his postseason news conference Monday. Miller agrees, saying he needs to improve on his footwork, which is “jittery” at times, along with his passing mechanics. But when he does get technically sound, OSU’s offense – the best in the Big Ten this season – and its quarterback could be even scarier. “I still have no idea where his ceiling is. Pocket awareness, comfort, just the fundamentals of throwing the ball, I don’t see the ceiling yet. He’s got that much further to go,” Meyer said. “Braxton, if he becomes fundamentally the best quarterback in America, I think he will be the best quarterback in America. It will be comical what he’ll do.” Miller’s offensive coordinator feels similarly. “The sky’s the limit for him,” Herman said. Miller recognizes what his coaches see in him, too. “Just the potential I have, I haven’t really reached all the things I can accomplish yet. Just taking it one day at a time and getting better,” he said. When he does get better, Miller and OSU can likely expect a few more awards and trophies to come their way.