Demitri Patterson runs for nearly 300 yards as Arcata beats Central Valley

first_imgARCATA >> In a game that was littered with penalty flags left and right, the only thing that was more frequent than yellow laundry on the field was Demitri Patterson running the ball.Over and over and over again, it was Patterson shouldering the brunt the Tigers’ offensive play calls. And he was more than able to keep things going even as his number of carries went up and up.Patterson carried the ball a whopping 48 times to the tune 294 yards and three touchdowns as the Arcata High football …last_img read more

Ubuntu is about relationships

first_imgThe concept of ubuntu is complex, and is difficult to nail down. There is some consensus though, that it relates to how one operates in the world on a moral and humanitarian level. Practised with the good of all in mind, it can help individuals and the community.For many, ubuntu is defined as “a person is a person through other people”. (Image: Brand South Africa)Shamin ChibbaLive with ubuntu – the plea has been made by leaders across political, religious and social lines as a means of marking Heritage Month this year.The month is held each September, with Heritage Day, a national public holiday, celebrated on 24 September. It has become something of a tradition for South Africans to have a braai on this day, and most museums and memorials offer free entry.This year, ubuntu is the focal point. The president of the ANC Veteran’s League, Sandi Sijake, wants all South Africans to restore ubuntu in society; and Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town Thabo Makgoba has asked that we begin the month with ubuntu instead of a braai. It is an inspiring call in a country riven by division, but it is difficult to answer when people are so odds as to what the term really means.Goodness Ncube, a shoe salesman in Killarney, Johannesburg, defines ubuntu are the ability to relate to each other. Tabitha Mahaka, a Zimbabwean expatriate, believes it is about feeling at home in a foreign country. And Ismail Bennet, a store manager, has not even heard of the term.For many, ubuntu is defined as “a person is a person through other people”. Originally a South African concept, it became globally recognised after Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu referred to it during his anti-apartheid campaign in the 1980s. In 2008, he explained that ubuntu was the essence of being human, meaning that a person could not exist in isolation. “We think of ourselves far too frequently as just individuals, separated from one another, whereas you are connected and what you do affects the whole world.”According to Wits University associate lecturer in philosophy, Jason van Niekerk, there is more to ubuntu than its oft-repeated phrase or Tutu’s musings. Though the word is derived from the Nguni languages of Xhosa and Zulu, the philosophy is not exclusive to these two cultures. Instead, it encapsulates numerous sets of values that have their roots in various African cultures. Van Niekerk explains that ubuntu is better defined as the nurturing of relationships with other people. “Ubuntu is a feature we take on by interacting with others like ourselves. It is about showing empathy and putting effort into building relationships.”Van Niekerk, who recently completed his doctoral thesis on ubuntu, says philosophies that come directly from small-knit societies are focused on communities and why they matter, unlike Western philosophy, which is concerned with the individual’s place in the world. Most cultures in Africa emphasise a number of moral duties, including safeguarding tradition so as to maintain a connection to community, refraining from being too competitive so as not to harm relationships, and the obligation to marry and have children. “These are a set of claims, characteristic in many African cultures, which are bundled up into ubuntu.”Van Niekerk’s enquiry into ubuntu came out of a personal need to connect with the world. While in high school, he fell ill and was bedridden for months. When he returned to school, he felt isolated and had to relearn how to interact with people. And then, during his years as a student at Rhodes University in Grahamstown, he learned the significance of community. “There is something damaging and valuable [about] being isolated. People do not know how valuable and rich relationships with each other are.”OriginsThough it is widely accepted that ubuntu originated in South Africa, it is unclear when the philosophy was first recorded. According to associate professor Christian BN Gade at Aarhus University in Denmark, some suggest the word was brought to public attention by novelist Jordan Kush Ngubane, whose writings on the subject appeared in The African Drum magazine and in his novels, which were published between the 1950s and 1970s. In Conflicts of Minds, Ngubane defined ubuntu as “the philosophy which the African experience translates into action”.Professor Gabriel Setiloane once thought the term was first used at the South African Institute for Race Relations conference in Durban in 1960. However, during his research, Gade discovered 31 texts published before 1950 that used the word, the earliest of which is I-Testamente Entsha by HH Hare. Published in 1846, the word “ubuntu” appears four times in the book. Today, the document can be found in the New York Public Library.But Van Niekerk points out that most African philosophy has been passed down orally, implying that the concept of ubuntu existed long before the word was written down.Beyond human relationsMotlatsi Khosi, a lecturer in African philosophy and ubuntu at the University of South Africa, says ubuntu’s focus on relationships goes beyond those that are between humans. It also relates to the way people interact with both the natural and metaphysical worlds, the latter consisting of unseen elements such as ancestors and God. “Present day ubuntu takes away metaphysical aspects. It should be about how to make sense of the connection with the universe, animals, nature and humans.”Khosi explains that ubuntu structures every living being in a hierarchy and allocates particular responsibilities to each of them. Only once they undergo a rite of passage will their roles change. For instance, a boy may initially take on a minor role within his family but after undergoing an initiation into manhood, he will be obliged to marry and have children, and provide for them.Her exploration of ubuntu stems from her experiences as an adolescent who floated between two different worlds – one as a city girl who lived in a Johannesburg suburb and attended a private school, and the other as a child who shared a close bond with her extended family from the township of Sharpeville. “From a young age you have to act in a certain way to access these different spaces. If you are not playing the game, your humanity can be taken away from you.”Intentionally vagueAll attempts to define ubuntu have only made the philosophy more unclear. When referring to ubuntu, Van Niekerk says most people would quote Tutu. However, the archbishop had simply bundled together a number of African values. “There are many definitions and it is a term used to bring out a set of values that are incorporated with one another.”Through his research on ubuntu, Van Niekerk hopes to get rid of the haziness associated with the word and provide a clear definition for it. It is intentionally made vague in public discussions, he believes, and as a result it has been loosely used to describe any African philosophy or values. He refers to an incident in which the Department of International Relations and Co-operation (Dirco) used the term irresponsibly. “Dirco put out a white paper saying that ubuntu was the driving feature behind its foreign policy. But they could not define ubuntu themselves so they withdrew the paper.”Khosi points out that some philosophers use this lack of clarity to discredit ubuntu. Others, she claims, recognise similarities between ubuntu and Western philosophy and conclude that the former is not needed if the values already exist in another philosophy.Van Niekerk echoed her sentiments, saying that in philosophical circles, there is a move towards making it a part of a philosophy everyone recognises. Yet Khosi feels that finding a definition for ubuntu should not be a philosopher’s purpose and they should instead concentrate on the values it entails. “We should stop focusing on the name and look at the philosophies as they are actually actions dealing with humans.”Are South Africans practising ubuntu?For most of the time Khosi studied ubuntu, she sought the answer to whether South Africans were practising it or not. For her, it does exist, but only in places where it is most needed, such as in settlements and poor rural areas where people are tired of being treated as commodities.She speaks of Abahlali baseMjondolo, a shack dwellers’ movement that aims to improve living conditions for the poor, as an example of where ubuntu is thriving. Established in Durban in 2005, the organisation has grown to tens of thousands of supporters from over 30 urban settlements across the country. Through this movement, the ideas and voices of the poor are taken seriously. “These people are living in horrible conditions. Their houses are constantly taken away. But through Abahlali, they are reclaiming their humanity.”This ties in with her claim that ubuntu is not merely an idea but an action as well. She adds that ubuntu is at play when we approach a person and ask ourselves how we can act in a way that will increase their humanity and in turn our humanity too.Mahaka holds that many South Africans are ignorant of ubuntu, driven by a fear of the unknown. “We fear other cultures and other religions. But when you get to know somebody you realise we are all the same.” The way one can learn about it, she adds, is by visiting the homes of work colleagues and seeing how they live. Mahaka recently visited a co-worker at her home in Diepsloot for Sunday lunch and admitted that all her preconceived notions of the township were shattered. “There are lots of shacks and people, but this was her home, and it was beautiful.”Ncube says that ubuntu in South Africa is not where it should be but there is potential to make it work for us. “We are not where we need to be, but we are trying.”Bashier Percuis, a resident from Eldorado Park in Johannesburg, says people in his community lack ubuntu as they live for themselves. “They do not care for one another. If we communicate and neighbours talk to one another about the problems in our area then we can come to a solution.”Bennet, originally from Cape Town, adds that he cannot believe in a philosophy that states a person is a product of his or her community; he is his own self-made person. Each decision he makes is done for his own good and is not influenced by community. “Whatever decision I make is not because of other people but because I made the decision myself.”For Van Niekerk, the answer to whether South Africans practise ubuntu or not is ambivalent. Though few people uphold it, most do not have the moral ideals to practise it. He also implies that the philosophy can be manipulated to achieve a community’s aims.Philosopher and clinical psychologist Dirk Louw referred to the 2008 xenophobic attacks in his study titled Power Sharing and the Challenge of Ubuntu Ethics as an example of where ubuntu was warped to target a certain group of people. He stated that the overvaluing of community can lead to hurting others in the name of community. He also noted that ubuntu could degenerate into “totalitarian communalism”, which could also be understood as a tendency to isolate and exclude a certain group of people. He added that when ubuntu was derailed, it could fortify an identity through limitation and segregation.Ubuntu and globalisationOne of the reasons ubuntu is taken seriously today is because it conflicts with globalisation and capitalism, says Khosi. This economic system de-humanises people as it forces us to judge others by their money and education. “Ubuntu is here but it is fighting against very powerful forces that keep people poor and de-humanise them.”Having visited Abahlali baseMjondolo, Khosi realised that there is a form of knowledge that exists outside of academia, which has to be taken seriously. Its source can be found in informal settlements, among the poor whose experiences are just as valuable as those of any academic. “Ubuntu is an everyday struggle. It is a reaction to the dehumanising world of individualism, materialism and isolation.”But contrary to what Khosi believes, globalisation could work in favour of ubuntu, especially when taking pan-Africanism into consideration. The idea is to unite Africans on the continent and those of the diaspora and eliminate any remnants of colonialism and oppression experienced in the past.About ubuntu’s role in pan-Africanism, author Mfuniselwa John Bhengu says that unity can only be achieved through internalising and infusing the philosophy in all pan-African processes. The provision of ubuntu within the context of pan-African world views will help to drive the African renaissance on the continent and in the diaspora. “Ubuntu provides Africans with a sense of self-identity, self-respect, dignity, unity and achievement. It enables Africans to deal with their problems in a positive manner by drawing on the humanistic values they have inherited and perpetuated throughout their history.”Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Naomi Osaka battles back to reach Porsche Grand Prix semifinals

first_imgDuterte wants probe of SEA Games mess But Osaka, who twice was two points from defeat, regrouped to win five straight games and force the tiebreaker, which she wrapped up after two early mini breaks. The win sends her into her first semifinal since winning the Australian Open in January.“It means a lot I think, especially since it’s clay,” Osaka said. “I spent a really long time after Miami just training on clay, trying to get comfortable with it, and I’m really happy that that paid off.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsOsaka will next face eighth-seeded Anett Kontaveit of Estona, who moved on when Victoria Azarenka retired with an injury.Kontaveit led 3-0 in the third set when Azarenka was forced to quit with an injury that affected her service motion. Third-seeded Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic came from behind to beat Latvia’s Anastasija Sevastova 2-6, 6-2, 6-3 and reach the semifinals for the third time.“It’s nice to be in the semifinal again. It’s still a lot of work to do,” Kvitova said. “I didn’t reach the final here yet, so hopefully this time will be better.”Kvitova will play Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands, who beat Germany’s Angelique Kerber, a two-time champion in Stuttgart, 6-3, 6-4.___ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Philippine Arena Interchange inauguratedcenter_img PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japan’s Naomi Osaka serves to Croatia’s Donna Vekic during their Porsche tennis Grand Prix match in Stuttgart, Germany, Friday April 26, 2019. (Marijan Murat/dpa via AP)STUTTGART, Germany — Top-ranked Naomi Osaka came from behind in the final set to beat Donna Vekic 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (4) on Friday and reach the semifinals of the Porsche Grand Prix.Osaka easily won the first set before Vekic looked to have seized control of the match by winning the second and building up a 5-1 lead in the third.ADVERTISEMENT DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Mexico’s Estrada dethrones Thai champion Srisaket for super flyweight belt Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

Indians spend 33.4 minutes playing Android games daily: Report

first_imgOn an average, an Android gamer in India spends 33.4 minutes daily, playing games on their smartphone or tablet. For comparison, the global average for daily time spent playing games on Android devices is 37 minutes according to mobile analytic research by Flurry.The global average is 37 minutes daily On the basis of this research by the firm, American top the list of global gamers and spend 51.8 minutes as a daily average. The data was collected from 60,000 android devices and provides insight into the habits and preferences of gamers worldwide.Germany, Russia, Italy and South Korea follow the U.S. in terms of time spent on gaming and India is placed 6th according to this research. China closes the top 10 with a score of 28.6 minutes spent daily.The research also reveals that Action and Arcade games are the most popular category across the board with more than half the gaming population engaging in these games and as high as 3 in four people in South Korea, for instance, playing these games.Indians play two times more Casino and Card games than others Exception to the rule also reveal tidbits about various countries. India, for instance recorded an average of 68 sessions per month on Cards and Casino based games (more than double the global average) and got its kicks from games like Teen Patti and Poker. Germans in comparison, would much rather play Brain and Puzzle games (66 monthly sessions).In terms of sports based games, national passions again sway decisions, with the UK audience preferring Football, and Indians choosing to play -no runs for guessing- Cricket even while on their smartphones.advertisementThe research depicts the latest situation in the Android based mobile gaming industry which is expected to grow to $27 billion by 2017. The Android population itself has crossed 1 billion this year, according to Google, almost double from 530 million last year.last_img read more

Russians hail ‘triumph of justice’ as IOC doping bans are overturned

first_imgRussia has hailed a decision by the court of arbitration for sport to overturn Olympic doping bans on 28 of the country’s athletes, with the sports ministry declaring that “justice has finally triumphed”.Cas ruled on Thursday morning that there was insufficient evidence that 28 Russians, including several medallists, had broken anti-doping rules at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi.“This, of course, cannot but give us joy,” Vladimir Putin said. “It confirms our position on the fact that the vast majority of our athletes are clean.”On Tuesday the Russian president had admitted that some Russian athletes had been involved in doping, but he portrayed allegations of a state-sponsored doping programme at the 2014 Sochi Games as a politically motivated attack on Russia by western countries. Read more Quick guide Why were the Russia doping bans overturned? Hide What is the IOC’s response?Resistance – for now. The result of the Cas decision does not mean that athletes from the group of 28 will be invited,” it said.  Russia’s lawyers may be able to barge the door open regardless. Europe Share on Pinterest Since you’re here… Winter Olympics But haven’t the IOC banned the Russian Olympic Committee from the Winter Olympics for state sponsored doping in Sochi?Indeed. The Russian whistleblower Grigory Rodchenkov provided testimony and thousands of documents to support his claims, which were accepted by the IOC and the World Anti-Doping Agency. However Cas says it did not look at systematic doping – just the 39 appeals against lifetime bans from Russian athletes. Drugs in sport Athletics Topics Why did Cas overturn the lifetime Olympics bans on 28 Russians?It says there was “insufficient” evidence to establish that an anti-doping rule violation had been committed in 28 of the 39 cases it investigated. IOC dismayed after doping bans on 28 Russian athletes overturned by Cas Mikhail Degtyarev, chairman of the Russian parliament’s sports committee, urged the athletes whose bans were overturned on Thursday to take IOC to court for slander and to “defend their honour”.Match TV, a Kremlin-funded sport channel, celebrated the court’s decision by broadcasting in full the almost two-hour-long men’s 50km freestyle cross-country skiing competition from the Sochi Olympics, at which Russia swept the podium. The TV channel also described the ruling as a “bang on the nose” for the IOC.“I’m happy like I’ve won that medal again,” Yelena Nikitina, whose bronze medal for the women’s skeleton at Sochi was reinstated, told the Sport Express newspaper. “We were waiting for this decision for a long time. This was a normal court and not some kind of incomprehensible committee. This time they took facts into account and not speculation.” Share on Messenger … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Was this helpful? Show Share via Email Winter Olympics 2014 What is the International Olympic Committee’s reaction?It expressed surprise that Cas had used a higher standard of proof than in previous doping cases, and said the rulings damaged the fight against doping. Alexander Zhukov, president of the Russian Olympic Committee, told Interfax: “We insisted from the very start that our athletes are not involved in any doping schemes, and, of course, we are now just happy that their honest name has been reinstated by court and all their awards have been returned to them.”A total of 43 Russians were given life bans from the Olympics after an International Olympic Committee (IOC) investigation into allegations of state-sponsored Russian doping at the 2014 Winter Olympics. The ruling was based largely on evidence from the former head of the Moscow anti-doping laboratory Grigory Rodchenkov, who detailed an alleged scheme involving the FSB security service.Maxim Belugin, a bobsleigher, was the only athlete not to lodge an appeal with Cas. Three other cases – biathletes Olga Zaytseva, Olga Vilukhina and Yana Romanova – have been suspended.The appeals of 11 other Russian athletes were upheld by Cas on Thursday, but their life bans were reduced to a ban from the upcoming Pyeongchang Games alone. The court’s ruling on the 28 athletes reinstates their results at the 2014 Olympics, returning Russia to the top of the Sochi medals chart. Those whose medals will be returned to them include skeleton gold medalist Alexander Tretiakov and cross-country ski gold medalist Alexander Legkov.Tretiakov told Russian media that he had been training and was ready to compete at the Pyeongchang Winter Games, which begin next week. Although Russia is banned from the 2018 Games, over 150 Russians are to take part as neutral athletes. Russia Russia doping scandal And in the longer term?As things stand, around 160 Russians have been granted permission to compete as neutral athletes under the banner of Olympic Athlete from Russia after being cleared of doping by an IOC anti-doping panel last week. However some of the 28 “cleared” athletes are preparing an appeal so that figure could rise. Share on Facebook Support The Guardian What are the immediate consequences?The Sochi medal winners among the 28 “cleared” Russians get their medals back – returning Russia on top of the medal table. Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Share on Twitter Thank you for your feedback. Reuse this contentlast_img read more

9 days ago​Southend move on from Henrik Larsson

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Southend move on from Henrik Larssonby Freddie Taylor9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthend have lost out on the chance to make Henrik Larsson their next manager.The Swedish legend was seen as the favorite for the job, but it appears that any deal is now dead in the water.Sportbladet says Tommy Johnson was set to take over as the head of recruitment at the club.It was part of the deal to bring Larsson as manager.Johnson is backing out and is taking another job, which means Larsson is reconsidering as well.Larsson told the Swedish newspaper: “I was ready to sit down on a plane, fly over and sign on. Everything was basically clear.”Johnson felt important because he knows this league.”Of course it’s sad. At the same time, I know how this business works. Nothing is done until everything is signed.” last_img read more

Netanyahu looks to form rightwing govt in Israel

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KVIC created over 20L new jobs in last 5 years Chairman

first_imgNew Delhi: The Khadi and Village Industries Commission has created over 20 lakh new jobs in the last five fiscals under the ambitious Prime Minister Employment Generation Programme (PMEGP), the commission’s top official has said. KVIC chairman Vinai Kumar Saxena said the Commission has always achieved more than 100 per cent success rate in execution of the PMEGP. He said that prior to 2014-15, the achievement rate was never over the stipulated target. But in the last five fiscals, due to the push given by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, to digital India, the KVIC succeeded in surpassing the targets. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”Incredible it may sound, amid much debate about job crisis in the nation, the Khadi and Village Industries Commission, leading from the front, has created 20,63,152 new jobs and set up 2,67,226 new projects under its ambitious Prime Minister Employment Generation Programme (PMEGP) in the last five fiscals, i.e. between 2014-15 to 2018-19,” Saxena told PTI. In 2018-19, the KVIC, the nodal agency of PMEGP, had been given a target of setting up 70,386 new PMEGP projects disbursing margin money of Rs 1,968.80 crore for creating 5,62,351 employments, he said. “Surprisingly, the KVIC achieved 105.05 percent success in this process as it had set up 73,408 new projects, disbursing margin money of Rs 2068.31 crore and creating 5,87,264 new employments,” He said. “Surpassing the target, however, is not a new phenomenon for KVIC in the last five financial year. Barring 2015-16, it has always achieved more than 100 percent success in execution of PMEGP,” He said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KWhile in the 2014-15 the achievement percent was 102.70 per cent, it was 118.29 and 112.17 per cent in 2016-17 and 2017-18 respectively. “Success in PMEGP is manifestation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of Digital India. The KVIC as the nodal agency of the PMEGP scheme, had taken various steps of digitalisation to increase organisational capacity to meet the various requirements towards implementation of this scheme. “Earlier PMEGP was implemented off-line. But from July 1 2016, KVIC launched online portal. The software used for digitalisation of PMEGP was developed in-house by the IT team of the KVIC, saving approximately Rs 20 crore of the government exchequers as some external agency could have charged this for it,” Saxena said. He said The online portal has brought transparency and expedited disbursement of margin money subsidy under the PMEGP. “The KVIC has introduced online submission of application by the prospective beneficiaries and the payment of Margin Money subsidy is directly made into the beneficiary account through Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT). With the digitalization of the whole process, not only the applicants can now track the status of their applications at any point of time, it had also taken out even the minor chance for middlemen to bluff the applicants,” he said.last_img read more

No players from Ohio State or USC will sit out Cotton Bowl

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Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer and University of Southern California head coach Clay Helton take a photo with the Cotton Bowl trophy on Dec. 28 in Dallas, Texas. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorDALLAS — College football players sitting out bowl games in order to prepare for the NFL has become a trend in recent years. Last year, Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey sat out the Sun Bowl and LSU running back Leonard Fournette did not play in the Citrus Bowl.The trend has not reached this year’s Cotton Bowl.Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer and USC head coach Clay Helton said they both anticipate all their athletes to play in the game.“We anticipate we’ll be full, ready to go play,” Meyer said. “Everybody’s playing.”Ohio State has multiple players who will enter the NFL draft after their senior seasons, including defensive ends Tyquan Lewis and Jalyn Holmes, center Billy Price and left tackle Jamarco Jones. Others will forgo their final season or two to leave for the NFL. Defensive end Sam Hubbard and cornerback Denzel Ward are likely candidates to become NFL draft early entrants.The Trojans also have a selection of players who will enter April’s NFL draft. Quarterback and potential No. 1 overall pick Sam Darnold and running back Ronald Jones might decide to enter the draft, but opted to play in the Cotton Bowl.“I think each case is in its own individual nature,” Helton said. “But I’m so thankful in this realm of having made decisions whether to play or not play, we’re going into the second year of this and being able to say, ‘You know what? Every guy that has the ability to play is going to be out there playing.’”No player on either Ohio State or USC has sat out a bowl game to prepare for the NFL draft in recent years.Though the trend of players skipping bowl games has not extended to the Cotton Bowl, other games this year were affected. Texas offensive tackle Connor Williams and cornerback Holton Hill sat out the Longhorns’ victory against Missouri in Wednesday’s Texas Bowl. Florida State safety and likely top-10 NFL draft pick Derwin James did not play in the Seminoles’ Independence Bowl, and Oregon running back Royce Freeman opted not to suit up for the Las Vegas Bowl. read more

South Midwest Provide Best Rental Home Investments in Defense Communities Analysis Shows

first_imgThe best returns for investors in single-family rental properties located in defense communities occur in the South, Midwest and in Texas, according to a new analysis.HomeUnion, an online real estate investment management firm, ranked communities based on average cap rates — the relationship between an investment property’s net operating income in the first year of ownership and the purchase price of the property. The firm only ranked installations with 15,000 or more active-duty personnel and dependents.Warner Robins, Ga., the host for Robins Air Force Base, had the highest average cap rates, 7 percent, according to a news release. Rental housing in Watertown, N.Y., home of Fort Drum, is also an excellent investment with cap rates of 6.9 percent on average. Single-family rental properties in Fort Jackson in Columbia, S.C., have average cap rates of 6.3 percent. See the release for the rest of the most highly ranked communities.One California base made the list — Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms in the Inland Empire.“Acquiring SFRs [single-family rental properties] near military bases may be one of the best real estate investment strategies, for a variety of reasons,” said HomeUnion CEO Don Ganguly. “Military service members are employed by the federal government, which provides greater employment certainty than the private sector. … In addition, the military compensates service members based on market-rate rents, rank and dependents, giving landlords incentive to lease to military personnel and their families,” Ganguly explained.“The transient nature of serving in the military also means that there is a substantial population of government workers that prefer to rent rather than buy, driving demand over the short and long term,” said Steve Hovland, the firm’s director of research. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

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