COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 19: Head Coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes prior to the game Northern Illinois Huskies at Ohio Stadium on September 19, 2015 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Andrew Weber/Getty Images)Ohio State’s Board of Trustees were verbally briefed on the findings of the investigation into Urban Meyer and his handling of domestic violence allegations against now-fired assistant coach Zach Smith on Monday. Wednesday morning, the BOT will meet to discuss personnel decisions.There has been some talk on social media of this “verbal briefing,” with some questioning why a written report wouldn’t be published.College football insider Brett McMurphy said it was “troubling” that Ohio State was doing this.“What I find there to be very troubling is that Ohio State is using a verbal recap of their investigation so that nothing will be available via public records, I give credit to Maryland who’s on record saying they will be transparent in their investigation,” McMurphy said this morning.”What I find there to be very troubling is that Ohio State is using a verbal recap of their investigation so that nothing will be available via public records, I give credit to Maryland who’s on record saying they will be transparent in their investigation” – @Brett_McMurphy— Peter Burns (@PeterBurnsESPN) August 21, 2018Ohio State, though, does plan to release a public report on its Urban Meyer investigation.ESPN’s Dan Murphy shared this news this afternoon.“Ohio State does plan to share a written report and the public records the investigative group used in its review when a decision is made, or perhaps even before the final decision comes. Verbal recap was only for Monday’s informal meeting,” he tweeted.Ohio State does plan to share a written report and the public records the investigative group used in its review when a decision is made, or perhaps even before the final decision comes. Verbal recap was only for Monday’s informal meeting. https://t.co/9Mk2yOZvj3— Dan Murphy (@DanMurphyESPN) August 21, 2018Ohio State’s Board of Trustees meeting regarding Urban Meyer is taking place at 9 a.m. E.T. A decision on Meyer is expected to be announced either later that day or on Thursday.The Columbus Dispatch has reported that the “likely recommendation” for a punishment is a suspension.“Two sources connected to the investigation said the likely recommendation is a suspension for Meyer. Drake and the board could also opt for a “time served” punishment since Meyer has been removed from football activities for more than two weeks,” The Dispatch reports.Stay tuned.
Nova Scotians planning to build a new home can benefit from generous rebates, permanent energy savings and reduced greenhouse-gas emissions with the help of a new energy efficiency rebate program. The PerformancePlus program provides builders and homeowners with expert advice on new home plans to help build in better energy efficiency choices. “Energy-efficient homes make life more affordable for Nova Scotians by permanently reducing energy use and protecting against future energy price increases,” Bill Estabrooks, Minister responsible for Conserve Nova Scotia, said today, Sept. 7. “They also reduce the environmental footprint of housing, and will help the province achieve its commitment to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions.” “The program also encourages new home construction, creating more local jobs for skilled trades and strengthening our province’s economy,” said Mr. Estabrooks. Rebates ranging from $3,000 to $7,000 will encourage Nova Scotians to build more energy-efficient homes. Rebate amounts are based on a home’s energy performance, as indicated by its EnerGuide rating. Homes must achieve a rating of 83 or above (on a scale of 0 to 100) to qualify for PerformancePlus rebates. “By participating in the Performance Plus EnerGuide evaluation process, homeowners and builders will be in a position to make informed decisions about the energy-efficiency features which will effect affordability, their comfort level and energy costs today and over the life of the home,” said Terry Watters of Sustainable Housing and Education Consultants. “You wouldn’t buy a car today without knowing the fuel mileage so why would you build a new house without knowing how well it’s supposed to perform?” An additional $200 rebate is available for PerformancePlus homes that are solar ready, and a $1,000 rebate is available if solar equipment is installed. PerformancePlus homes may also qualify for rebates through the province’s Solar Rebate Program and from Nova Scotia Power’s rebate program. PerformancePlus registration begins immediately. The program is capped at 1,200 homes, on a first-come, first-served basis. PerformancePlus replaces the EnerGuide for New Homes program for new entrants. “Our company has been building energy-efficient homes for a number of years and we see the value it provides to our clients,” says Tamara Barker Watson of Whitestone Developments. “Each home we build is EnerGuide rated and this shows our clients the commitment we have to providing them with energy savings. We are pleased to see the government further promote energy-efficient housing.” Nova Scotia is one of the first provinces in Canada to incorporate energy-efficiency requirements in the building code for new homes. This program encourages builders and Nova Scotians to build even more efficient homes. A PerformancePlus toolkit is available at www.conservens.ca/performanceplus or by calling 1-800-670-4636. The toolkit provides eligibility criteria and registration information, as well as useful information on a range of topics, including building an energy-efficient home, choosing a builder, and designing your home to use passive solar energy. To register for the program, contact AmeriSpec Home Inspection Service at 1-877-734-4674, the Nova Scotia Home Builders’ Association at 1-800-668-2001, or Sustainable Housing and Education Consultants Inc. at 1-877-722-2842.