EAST LANSING, MI – NOVEMBER 04: Head coach James Franklin of the Penn State Nittany Lions reacts to a first half touchdown by Saeed Blacknall #13 while playing the Michigan State Spartans at Spartan Stadium on November 4, 2017 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Penn State head coach James Franklin was direct to the point after the Nittany Lions’ tough loss to Ohio State at Beaver Stadium a couple of weeks ago.The head coach said that Penn State’s football program was a great one, but it wasn’t “elite” yet.Franklin said he was determined to get Penn State to that “elite” level following his team’s loss to the Buckeyes.Well, it hasn’t happened – yet, anyway.Penn State, the No. 8 team in the country, just suffered one of its most-disappointing losses in recent years, falling to Michigan State at home in the final minute.The Spartans scored a touchdown with about 20 seconds left to win the game, handing Penn State its second loss of the season, basically eliminating PSU from any conference title or College Football Playoff contention.Fans aren’t happy.James Franklin is now 3-11 against Ohio State, Michigan, and Michigan State.— Chris Dokish (@ChrisDokish) October 13, 2018James Franklin just moved Penn State’s program from “great” to “good”— Buckeye Videos+ (@BuckeyeVideos) October 13, 2018Joe Moorhead left. James Franklin looks very September of 2016 again. #Science— Matt Zemek (@MattZemek) October 13, 2018Starting to think James Franklin is a cliche’ machine. Completely mismanaged a lead and lost to Ohio St at home and now they have lost to a horrible Mich St team at home as well. Tired of hearing about Good to Great…….I read that book too! Win games!— Jerry “Big O” Ostroski (@Ostroski_BigO) October 13, 2018Beaver Stadium stunned in back to back games. James Franklin walked back on the field to console CB Amani Oruwarye. D-line coach Sean Spencer was in disbelief. pic.twitter.com/K3pnDvKsVA— Audrey Snyder (@audsnyder4) October 13, 2018Losses happen, of course, but it’s understandable for Penn State fans to be furious after back-to-back heartbreaking losses at home.
The Chief Executive Officer of West Australian iron ore producer, Fortescue Metals Group, Nev Power, has been named WA Business Leader of the Year at the AIM WA WestBusiness Pinnacle Awards. Accepting the award at an event in Perth, Power said this was a testament to the determination and enthusiasm of everyone at Fortescue.“2016 has been a record breaking year for Fortescue, with improved safety performance, consistent production and a focus on productivity and efficiency delivering cost reductions. The success of our business in turn enables our commitment to ensure that our communities benefit from the development and growth of Fortescue,” Power said.“I would like to thank each and everyone one of our great Fortescue family for their passion, innovative ideas and dedication to be the world’s safest, lowest cost, most profitable iron ore producer,” he said.Each award winner was presented with $10,000 to be donated to a charity of their choice. Power chose White Ribbon Australia. “I became a White Ribbon Ambassador in 2015 because I am in a position to influence, educate and show leadership on the issue of family and domestic violence in our workplaces and in the wider community,” he explained. “I encourage everyone to stand up, speak out and take action to end all forms of violence against women.”Since Power’s appointment as CEO in 2011, Fortescue has tripled its production to 165-170 Mt/y and in FY16 generated revenue of $7.1 billion. The company is recognised for its unique culture, innovation and world class infrastructure and mining assets in the Pilbara, Western Australia.Fortescue believes in generating long term value for its stakeholders through empowerment, valuing communities and respecting the environment. Power has led Fortescue’s commitment to safety excellence, and to the Billion Opportunities program which has awarded over A$1.8 billion in contracts to Aboriginal businesses.