Real Estate Crowdfunding Earns $10 Million in First Week

first_imgSubscribe The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago David Wharton, Managing Editor at the Five Star Institute, is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington, where he received his B.A. in English and minored in Journalism. Wharton has over 16 years’ experience in journalism and previously worked at Thomson Reuters, a multinational mass media and information firm, as Associate Content Editor, focusing on producing media content related to tax and accounting principles and government rules and regulations for accounting professionals. Wharton has an extensive and diversified portfolio of freelance material, with published contributions in both online and print media publications. Wharton and his family currently reside in Arlington, Texas. He can be reached at [email protected] Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago  Print This Post Home / Daily Dose / Real Estate Crowdfunding Earns $10 Million in First Week Real Estate Crowdfunding Earns $10 Million in First Week Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Tagged with: Crowdfunding Tulsa Real Estate Fund Previous: Texas City Tops U.S. Migration Destinations Next: The Week Ahead: FOMC Meeting to Announce Rate Hike? Atlanta-based real estate mogul Jay Morrison recently launched a new real estate crowdfunding program, and it’s finding some strong early success, having raised nearly $10 million in its first week.The Tulsa Real Estate Fund is described as “the first African-American owned Regulation A+ Tier II crowdfund designed to revitalize urban communities across the U.S.” According to the group’s press release, the Tulsa Real Estate Fund “allows both accredited and non-accredited investors to collectively invest and own real estate projects around the country that are unique, diversified, and yield a reasonable rate of return.”The Fund is seeking to raise as much as $50 million in equity capital during its initial public offering, which launched on June 1 and raised $8 million in its first weekend alone. By the end of the first full week, that number hit $9.6 million.”Tulsa Real Estate Fund was created for the sole purpose of the revitalization of urban communities across America, as well as a means for working class people to own shares and equity in a portfolio of real estate assets that will combat gentrification,” said Jay Morrison, CEO and Manager of the Tulsa Real Estate Fund.As described in the press release, the Fund will work to “perform comprehensive redevelopment of both people and real estate in key urban areas” and allow for “socially conscious individuals and financial institutions the opportunity to invest in the people and real estate in local communities that matter most to them.” Projects will include single-family, multifamily, commercial, and agricultural projects.”Tulsa Real Estate Fund is the perfect economic vehicle for the urban community to collectively pool its more than $1.3 trillion in spending power to effectively control and revitalize our neighborhoods,” Morrison continued. “With the current tone in Washington, D.C., urban neighborhoods across the country will not have control of their dollars, real estate, or small businesses for the foreseeable future. As a result, urban neighborhoods across the country are being redeveloped by individuals who do not have the best interests of the community in mind, which often leads to the displacement of longtime residents due to increased property values, thus making the cost of housing in our communities unaffordable. We believe Tulsa Real Estate Fund is the solution to this rapidly growing problem.”You can view a short video explaining the Fund below. Related Articles June 10, 2018 3,581 Views Share Save Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily About Author: David Wharton Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Crowdfunding Tulsa Real Estate Fund 2018-06-10 David Wharton in Daily Dose, Featured, Investment, News Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days agolast_img read more

Deschamps relishes chance to overcome Euro 2016 pain at World Cup

first_img“I am very happy for my players,” Deschamps said. “It was hard against a very good Belgium team.“I take my hat off to my players and my staff.”France lost 1-0 to Portugal in the Stade de France in Paris in 2016.Deschamps said: “Finals have to be won because we have still not got over the one we lost two years ago.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Deschamps embraced his central defender on full time after the French held off a late rally from the Belgium teamSAINT PETERSBURG, Russia, July 10 – France coach Didier Deschamps said he was delighted to reach the World Cup final and relished the opportunity to do better than at the Euro 2016 final, when France lost on home soil.A header from Samuel Umtiti gave France victory over Belgium in Saint Petersburg.last_img read more

How Cells Build Hard Parts

first_imgYou have rocks in your head, and it’s a good thing, or you would die of starvation and imbalance.  Living things have need of inorganic structures for various functions.  Can you name the mineral structures in your body?  The answer is: bone, dentin, enamel and otoliths.  The last three are specific to your head.  Dentin and enamel help us chew our food, and otoliths help us know which way is up (see 10/10/2003 headline).  Vertebrates have bones and teeth, birds lay eggshells of calcium carbonate, and many marine and terrestrial animals build mineral shells.  Scientists and engineers are drawn to the skill organisms exhibit in the construction of hard parts (called biomineralization), and they want to imitate it.  We’ve drawn attention to the amazing capabilities of the conch shell (see 06/26/2003 headline) and diatoms (see 07/21/2004 headline).  Two recent articles in science journals discuss the human fascination with biomineralization.    A book review in Science last week1 opens with praise for the lowly diatom:The abilities to design and construct inorganic materials with specified atomic structure, size, shape, orientation, and number of defects and to integrate these architectures into functioning devices form the foundation for advances in technologies that rely on the devices’ electrical, optical, magnetic, and chemical outputs.  However, assembly methods that allow simultaneous control of these features at lengths from the nanometer scale to the macroscale continue to elude scientists and engineers….    What if there were constructors that could sequester inorganic ions from water, accumulate and concentrate them to produce architectures controlled over length scales from nanometers to tens of centimeters, and do all of this in a matter of hours at ambient temperatures?  Such constructors are not inventions of science fiction novels but rather single-cell plants called diatoms…. Biomineralization processes can form structures that are the envy of all of us who strive to understand molecular mechanisms of the assembly of inorganic materials.The book Mark E. Davis is reviewing is Biomineralization by the Mineralogical Society of America and Geochemical Society, 2003.  He was especially impressed by the complexity of the molecular mechanisms organisms use to build their hard parts, mechanisms that show mastery of molecular biology, protein chemistry, nucleation thermodynamics, and crystal growth.  Some organisms build minerals inside cells, outside cells, or between cells.  Davis found one example particularly attractive to the materials scientist:Nacre, the mother-of-pearl layer found on the inner surface of shells, has a fracture toughness approximately 3000 times that of the synthetic analogue aragonite (calcium carbonate).  Nacre is composed of thin (circa 30 nm) layers of a protein-polysaccharide intercalated between 0.5 micrometer-thick layers of aragonite tablets.  The weak interface between the organic and inorganic layers is thought to dissipate the energy of crack propagation and thus strengthen the composite structure. This sophisticated architecture provides clues as to how man-made structures could be improved.How could such capabilities evolve?  “The evolution of mineralized tissues has been enigmatic for more than a century,” says a team of three Penn State scientists writing in PNAS2 on the subject.  Feeling that comparative genetics could help solve the enigma, they undertook a search for homologous genes and proteins between disparate groups.  “Mineralized tissue is a critical innovation in vertebrate evolution,” they begin, “offering the basis for various adaptive phenotypes: body armor for protection, teeth for predation, and endoskeleton for locomotion.”  Certain “primitive” fish have dentin-like body armor covered with an enameloid substance that the team believes evolved into fish scales.  Their previous work suggested that mammalian teeth and agnathan body armor are homologous.  This time, they examined the genome of a teleost fish and failed to find any homologous proteins for mammalian tooth enamel.  Though dentin in teeth seems homologous with body armor that formed on skin collagen of fish, their analyses “suggest that mammalian enamel is distinct from fish enameloid.”  Instead, they believe “Their similar nature as a hard structural overlay on exoskeleton and teeth is because of convergent evolution.”1Mark E. Davis, “How Life Makes Hard Stuff,” Science, Vol 305, Issue 5683, 480, 23 July 2004, [DOI: 10.1126/science.1099773].2Kawasaki, Suzuki and Weiss, “Genetic basis for the evolution of vertebrate mineralized tissue,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, 10.1073/pnas.0404279101, published online July 22, 2004.These two articles illustrate the disparity between hard science and soft, mushy, slippery Darwinian scientism.  It goes like this: (1) The organism excels at an engineering feat.  (2) It must have evolved, but we don’t know how.  To the extent the organism elicits admiration, the Darwinian explanation elicits disgust.   The PNAS article is a useless hodgepodge of storytelling, attempting to force uncooperative facts into a predetermined plot.  In one place, they “calibrate” their Darwinian tree based on Darwinian assumptions.  When that produces anomalous results in another part of the tree, they simply adjust the rate of evolution on that branch.  When another branch has trouble, they rearrange the branches and invoke the magic trick of “convergent evolution” to explain similarities that did not appear to have a common ancestor.  All through, there are wiggle words like must have, might have, quite possible, suggests, possible, co-opted, although there is no direct fossil evidence to date… may not have, probably, assumed to etc.  The data are only secondary props in this tweakfest to keep Charlie as the national idol.  Do they ever explain how multiple genes produced multiple proteins by accident that work biomineralization wonders?  No; it is all an exercise in reassuring the reader that the Darwin Party is not really lost.  For baloney detectors who are not intimidated by the bluffing of technical jargon or prestigious journals, it makes no sense.  Try this howler for fun:Together these facts make it likely that the developmental mechanism of mammalian tissue mineralization was elaborated during bony fish evolution in actinopterygians or sarcopterygians.  Although the genetic tools of tissue mineralization are totally unknown for chondrichthyans, it is quite possible that they have developed their own tools through independent gene duplications and functional selection histories.What a total whitewash; do you see what they did?  They just swept a huge problem under the rug.  When the data were missing or contrary, they ascribed it to evolution anyway.  They personified fish, turning them into materials engineers and tool inventors.  And that ending phrase, “independent … functional selection histories,” should be framed as a classic euphemism for Darwinian dogma. (Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Transport investment a must

first_imgMore investment and consistent attention to the condition of the continent’s transport network will result in economic growth.(Image: Prasa) Swaziland’s minister of transport, Ntuthuko Dlamini, was a guest at the event, and also participated in the ribbon-cutting ceremony. The China South Locomotive and Rolling Stock Corporation Limited, the world’s largest manufacturer of electric locomotives, was one of the exhibitors.(Images: Janine Erasmus)MEDIA CONTACTS • Mayihlome TshweteSpokesperson, Minister Malusi Gigaba+27 72 869 2477• Gugulethu ZuluMarketing executive, Terrapinn+27 11 516 4014 or +27 11 516 4000RELATED ARTICLES• R2.2bn upgrade for SA’s rail system• Gautrain’s Pretoria route rolls out• Japan assistance for Southern Africa• Grand opening for Port of Ngqura• Talks to launch African trade blocJanine ErasmusThe 2013 Africa Transport and Infrastructure Show brought rail, road, shipping and air experts together, to discuss ways of boosting the transport sector and its economic and social impact on the continent.The 16th edition of the show, which ran in Johannesburg from 24 to 27 June, featured presentations, panel discussions, workshops and an exhibition aimed at helping to solve the challenges involved in growing Africa’s transport network to a competitive level.This year’s event featured some 100 exhibitors from as far afield as China and India, and delegates from Botswana Railways, the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority, Central East African Railways, Rift Valley Railways, Nigerian Ports Authority, and more.One of the event’s main goals, said organisers, was to empower attendees to be able to address “some of the most pertinent issues facing the industry in Africa today”, namely:Increasing skills development and a local engineering base to support what will one day become a first-world network;Creating bankable projects that are based on supply and demand and that will attract investors;Determining realistic time frames and support partners to best implement current and upcoming projects.The consensus was that investment and consistent attention to the condition of the continent’s transport network will reap the desired harvest of economic growth.Public enterprises minister Malusi Gigaba was named the Transport Personality of the Year at the event. He was recognised for his leadership and vision in debates on rail, transformation in the industry, promoting safety and ensuring that the highest standards are maintained.Gigaba thanked his department as well as the state-owned enterprises which fall under it, for their contributions.Poor infrastructure the stumbling blockAfrican industry is predicted to grow to trillion-dollar levels over the next decade, but the transport infrastructure must grow equally, or industry will suffer.“Africa is rich in minerals, but poor infrastructure lets us down,” said South Africa’s deputy minister of public enterprises, Bulelani Magwanishe. He was participating in the opening panel discussion, held under the theme Innovation, trends and opportunities – improving Africa’s transport sector and moderated by Pierre di Borgo, principal investment officer with the International Finance Corporation, a member of the World Bank Group.“Transport costs are generally high, which limits intra-African trade,” he said, adding that this problem should be tackled on a national as well as a regional and continental level. Since transport by road is more expensive than rail, the latter should be used whenever possible.Countries should work harder to promote intra-continental trade, he said, mentioning that South African president Jacob Zuma has been named the AU’s champion of the North-South development corridor – a trade and transport route that extends some 8 600 km from Dar es Salaam in Tanzania to Durban in South Africa, moving through eight countries in East and Southern Africa on the way.With regard to aviation, Magwanishe suggested that safety levels be improved to “counter the perception that African skies are unsafe”. Operating costs should also be lowered.“If we can successfully attend to these issues, we will awaken the African giant,” he stated.Swaziland’s minister of transport, Ntuthuko Dlamini, added his voice to the discussion, saying that transport is the catalyst for economic growth and development. He also advocated for more growth in aviation.“We need capacity building in all countries, as well as improved efficiency and service delivery especially in the airlines – this is key.”Dlamini said that air travel is vital for transporting high-value and perishable goods, while rail is better suited to bulky or hazardous goods. Land development around airports will generate additional revenue, he added.The use, whenever possible, of rail and air reduces congestion and accidents, and increases public safety on the roads.“Landlocked countries such as Swaziland depend on reliable transport channels to get our goods to export markets. If the SADC network is inefficient, we will lose out to other regions selling the same goods to global markets.”In 2012, he said, Swaziland signed a memorandum of understanding for the development of a main line linking the little country to Mpumalanga province in South Africa, and from there to Mozambique and Richards Bay, one of South Africa’s important ports. This will provide rail access for Swazi goods to major trade routes and centres.In terms of road transport, Dlamini noted that infrastructure development must be integrated. ”We need harmonisation of standards, for example, in the construction of flyover bridges, which may be of varying heights in different countries and may prevent a truck, which can go under bridges in its own country, from going under a bridge somewhere else.”Relaxing of the cross-border permit procedure will also be beneficial, and the facilitation of one-stop border permits.“Together Africa will prosper – divided we will fail,” Dlamini declared.Capacity in transport sector is insufficientJeff Nemeth, CEO of Ford Southern Africa, said that 75% of his company’s products are transported from Gauteng province to 148 different countries, and this, as well as imports, depends on efficient infrastructure and procedures.“Rail drove the American industrial revolution, and let’s not forget that the early transcontinental American railways were built by Chinese labourers,” he said, alluding to the fact that China is heavily involved in African infrastructure projects at the moment.Locally, Nemeth named lengthy border crossings as one of the challenges to be overcome. “We fitted one of our trucks with a camera that took a photo every 15 minutes, and sent it from Johannesburg to Nairobi. When we analysed the footage we found that 90% of the truck’s images were taken at border crossings. This is a huge waste of time.”If access to other markets is made easier with, for instance, quicker border procedures, he said, growth will accelerate. “The return on foreign investment in Africa is the highest of any continent. GDP growth as a whole is faster than that of Asia – the opportunities are endless.”It’s also important that governments recognise that logistics are key to economic growth, Nemeth added. “We send 4 000 trucks a month to the Durban port, and for this we need seven trains a week. In a good week we’ll get four, in a bad week two, so we send the rest by road, which is less efficient. There is not enough capacity in the rail system – it needs more investment.”Hamadou Sali, chairperson of Cameroon’s Camrail, which operates that country’s national railroad, said that rail is the greatest development tool for Africa. Since Camrail began operations in 1999, passenger volume has grown by 30% and passenger travelling distance by 66%. The amount of goods shifted has also increased, and the investment in freight and passenger capacity has also resulted in job creation.Piet Sebola of the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa said that transport underpins economic growth, and that investment into the movement of people and goods is essential. He felt that this could be accelerated with more private-public partnerships.The dilapidated state of much of the continent’s transport infrastructure is a result of what he called the boom-bust approach, which saw a peak in investment and construction in the 1970s but had quietened by the 1990s.“Now we must recover that under-investment over the last few decades,” he stated. “The sector must evolve – the rail network, especially, has not changed much even since the arrival of democracy in 1994.”If there is inefficiency in one sector, manufacturers will turn to another sector, he said – “So what should not be on the roads, is now on the roads.”Technology must also evolve with the times – no country can rely on decades-old technology. “We saw this with the boom-bust approach – you can’t invest and then take a break for 20 years. It needs to be consistent.”With the help of aggressive investment from the private sector, he said, this is possible. “There is a huge economic benefit that comes with such investment. The reality is that the fiscus can’t sustain investments on its own.”Di Borgo mentioned that a recent McKinsey report revealed that private-public partnerships can generate, on average, about 10% of needed investment – therefore the government’s role remains critical.Sebola agreed with Dlamini that development around transport nodes will bring added revenue. “Along the line there will be development where the private sector can benefit.”last_img read more

Watch for wet weather challenges

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The growing season of 2017 continues to be a challenge for management and forces work to be done in between torrential rainfall events. Some areas of the state have already received more than 20 inches of rain since planting which is more than 8 inches above the 10-year average. This above average rainfall may seem like a huge relief, especially to those areas of the state that were in a drought last growing season, but it creates its own agronomic challenges as well.In corn fields, the excess moisture and warm temperatures have created the perfect environment for fungal growth. Gray leaf spot, northern corn leaf blight and common rust can be found in most corn fields around the state. With the disease present and a conducive environment, the last side of the disease triangle — a susceptible host — is also needed to drive rapid infection. Product disease ratings from the seed companies would be the first place to start evaluating which products in the fields may be the most susceptible to which diseases. Products vary in their tolerance to different diseases. While a product may rate very strong against gray leaf spot, it may be weaker when it comes to northern corn leaf blight, so it is important to scout products in the field to assess which disease is present. Field conditions such as crop rotation, tillage system, planting date, and field topography can greatly influence the amount of disease present, so it is also important to scout the same product in multiple fields.The excessive moisture and saturated soils may have caused nitrogen loss in some areas of fields as well. While at this point in the growing season it is very difficult to apply additional units of nitrogen from an operational standpoint, it is a good idea to scout those areas of suspected loss to help manage later season issues. Corn plants that exhibit nitrogen deficiency will not only limit grain fill potential, but may also have issue with stalk integrity leading to standability problems this fall. Identifying those acres now will help prioritize harvest schedule and reduce harvest problems. Nitrogen deficiency and loss can be influenced by nitrogen rate, source, timing, stabilization, drainage, soil texture, soil organic matter, and the plant’s ability to uptake nutrients. While scouting, look for the inverted yellow V pattern starting on the lower leaves of a corn plant. This is indicative of nitrogen deficiency.Ohio’s soybean crop also has some continued agronomic challenges due to the wet growing conditions. Agronomic problems that are occurring in some soybean fields include frogeye leaf spot, white mold, bacterial blight, downy mildew, Septoria brown spot, Cercospora, and Phytophthora root and stem rot. Although diseases like Phytophthora and white mold cannot be reduced, or managed at this point of the growing season, identifying high-pressure fields can help improve management of future growing seasons. Leaf diseases of soybeans can vary greatly by product tolerance, crop rotation, tillage system, planting date, field topography and field history. So, scouting and proper disease identification can help determine if any management is needed to positively influence yield in the future.last_img read more

‘Regional Conference on Fistula’ in Karachi: Call for Abstracts

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on January 18, 2011August 18, 2014Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)The upcoming “Regional Fistula Conference” is requesting abstracts from interested presenters. The conference will be held at Sheraton Hotel in Karachi, Pakistan from 4-6 March 2011 in collaboration with UNFPA. The last date for submission is 20th February, 2011.For additional details:website: www.pnfwh.org email: [email protected] the conference flyerShare this:last_img read more

Football How will Ohio State stop Maryland running back Ty Johnson

Ohio State junior linebacker Jerome Baker (17) sacks Army senior quarterback Ahmad Bradshaw during the second quarter of the 2017 OSU- Army game on Sep. 16. OSU won 38-7. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorWith just over one minute to go in a tie game, Maryland junior running back Ty Johnson took a handoff at the Minnesota 34-yard line, spotted a hole and raced through it past defenders for the game-winning touchdown.This is the exact type of rush Ohio State will attempt to prevent Saturday when the Buckeyes face off with the Terrapins at Ohio Stadium. This season, Johnson has 46 carries for 411 yards, an average of 8.93 yards per carry, which ranks him No. 4 in the FBS. A big-play threat, Johnson has gained at least 34 yards on a carry five times in his team’s four games this year, including a 74-yard touchdown in Week 2 against Towson. “He’s got great acceleration, he really can go,” Ohio State linebackers coach Bill Davis said. “When he gets going, he’s got great acceleration and he’s got good vision and patience. He’s a good back.” Johnson rushed onto the scene as a freshman when he averaged 7.1 yards on 35 carries. The 5-foot-10, 208-pound running back followed up his debut last season with 110 carries for 1,004 yards, an average of 9.1 yards per carry, the most by a Terrapins player in a season with at least 100 rushes. Prior to this year, Johnson was placed on the Doak Walker Award watch list.“He’s a real good back,” senior defensive end Jalyn Holmes said. “He’s got a big heart, man. He plays a lot bigger than what he actually is, so we’ve got to be ready for him.”Johnson is tied with sophomore running back Lorenzo Harrison III with a team-high 46 carries, but Johnson averages twice as many yards per carry as Harrison. The Buckeyes defense has not given up many long runs this year. The only 34-plus yard rushes came against the second-team defense in the third quarter of blowouts of UNLV and Army, both of whom are top 10 rushing offenses in the FBS. In the season opener, Indiana averaged 0.6 yards per carry without a rush over nine yards and the next week, Oklahoma averaged 2.8 yards per carry and did not run for a gain of more than 13 yards.In order for the success against the run to continue, Ohio State understands it must play disciplined as Johnson and Harrison are apt to bounce plays to the outside if they do not see holes in the middle. “They bounce it out, they run around, they don’t even hit their hole, they sometimes bounce it out and those are fast guys and we’re just going to have to contain them,” redshirt senior defensive tackle Tracy Sprinkle said.Davis and defensive line coach Larry Johnson emphasized defenders at all levels of the defense must maintain their gap responsibility and not over-pursue, noting it would be the key to victory.“I think the two running backs are dynamic,” Larry said. “I think they’ve both got great vision. They can cut on a dime.”Johnson’s speed is even more important now than in the first couple weeks of the season due to Maryland’s struggle to keep quarterbacks healthy. The Terrapins are down to third-string quarterback Max Bortenschlager as Tyrrell Pigrome and Kasim Hill suffered season-ending torn ACLs. Therefore, they will likely rely heavily on their run game to produce scoring drives and churn the clock against Ohio State.A unit featuring five players who are at least 6-foot-3 and weigh more than 300 pounds will pave the way for Johnson. Though the Terrapins do not have a single senior on their offensive line, all linemen are in their second seasons as starters. Redshirt junior right tackle Damian Prince, who stands 6-foot-3 and weighs 315 pounds, leads the line as this is his third season as a starter.“It’s going to be a good test for us,” Holmes said. “They have a great offensive line. They’ve got a great running back.” read more

Mens Basketball Ohio State ahead of schedule going into next season

Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann yells onto the court after a Buckeye turnover in the second half of the game against Indiana on Feb. 10. Ohio State won 55-52. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorEntering his first season as Ohio State men’s basketball head coach in fall 2017, Chris Holtmann went to Barnes and Noble to pick up a preseason college basketball preview from a local publication. To his surprise, no Ohio State players were featured on the cover.“To me, that was a statement about how relevant the program was at the time,” Holtmann said.Now, going into his third season with the Buckeyes, Holtmann and the nation’s No. 9 recruiting class have been top 10 selections in both ESPN and Sports Illustrated’s “Way-Too-Early” Top 25 rankings for next year.“I think we’re ahead of schedule,” Holtmann said. “I wasn’t sure, this quickly, we would be in a position to where we would have guys that have had early tournament success. Both getting there and competing.”Finishing 20-15 overall and just 8-12 in the Big Ten, Ohio State squeaked into the NCAA Tournament as an 11-seed, but still managed a victory over No. 6 Iowa State in the Round of 64.That upset was an impressive feat for a team without any All-Big Ten performers. To get there, it survived a five-game losing streak and a three-game suspension for sophomore forward Kaleb Wesson.Still, Ohio State will be without a couple key pieces come next season.Senior guard C.J. Jackson was the team’s second-leading scorer at 12 points per game and senior guard Keyshawn Woods nearly doubled his average of 8 points per game in four postseason games for the Buckeyes this year.Taking their place, however, are three top-50, four-star recruits in DJ Carton, Alonzo Gaffney and E.J. Liddell.The highest rated of the bunch is Carton, an athletic point guard hailing from Bettendorf, Iowa, who Holtmann said is “hard-nosed.”Gaffney, a forward standing at 6-foot-9, adds height to a team that sorely missed it in stretches this past season with no player on the team being taller than 6-foot-9 in 2018-19.Holtmann said Liddell brings versatility and a winning pedigree to the Buckeyes, having won two state championships in Illinois.The expectation is that these three will play heavy minutes right away, which is a prospect that Holtmann said is exciting.“What you really hope is the youth we played this year and the youth that we’ll play this coming season will provide benefits for us here moving forward,” Holtmann said.One young player that Holtmann said made significant strides this year was Wesson, who led the team in points at 14.6 and rebounds with 6.9.Wesson entered his name in the NBA Draft last Wednesday, but the current rules allow players to retain college eligibility if they go undrafted.Without Wesson this past season, Ohio State was a shell of itself, losing all three games and nearly its chance at an NCAA Tournament berth during his suspension, including a 35-point demolition by Purdue.Wesson is expected to return for his junior season, and Holtmann said the team needs a backup for down low. That need became even greater with freshman forward Jaedon LeDee’s intention to transfer out of the program.Holtmann got his wish Sunday, as 7-foot center Ibrahima Diallo out of Senegal committed to Ohio State.The four new commits give Ohio State its best recruiting class since 2015, but Holtmann and the Buckeye coaching staff will spend the next several months trying to duplicate that success with the class of 2020.“It’s always a challenge when you have a good recruiting class, in some cases a really good recruiting class, and then back that up with another really good recruiting class,” Holtmann said. “That’s what we need to do. That is absolutely what we need to do.”Ohio State will be doing so without assistant coach Mike Schrage, who took the head coaching job at Elon on April 5. Schrage coached for Holtmann in his last year at Butler before following him at Ohio State for the past two seasons.Holtmann said special assistant Mike Netti and director of recruiting and player development Scoonie Penn are among his top candidates to fill the open position for next season.For the past two seasons, Holtmann and the Buckeyes have overachieved.With the early hype already rolling in for next season’s team, however, Holtmann knows the bar will not be set as low.“I didn’t get into coaching at the highest level of college basketball to be fearful of expectations,” Holtmann said. read more

Being more social this New Year may improve health

first_imgLeveraging existing relationships with friends and family may be a more effective way to improve patients’ health than increasing interactions with physicians or other clinicians, scientists say.In a new study, researchers suggest a five-step ladder to effectively engineering social engagements that promote health and to test their acceptability and effectiveness.“Spouses and friends are more likely to be around patients when they are making decisions that affect their health – like taking a walk versus watching TV, or what to order at a restaurant,” said David Asch, professor at the University of Pennsylvania in the US. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf“Patients are also more likely to adopt healthy behaviours – like going to the gym – when they can go with a friend,” Asch said.“Though people are more heavily influenced by those around them every day than they are by doctors and nurses they interact with only occasionally, these cost-free interactions remain largely untapped when engineering social incentives for health,” he said.Due to these lost opportunities, and the high costs when doctors and nurses keep tabs on their patients, the researchers said it is important to engineer social engagements that enlist the social support patients already have and allow organisations to test their acceptability. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive“Concerns about privacy are often the reason doctors and hospitals avoid organising social support,” Asch said.“But while privacy is very important to some patients under some circumstances, more often patients would love if their friends and family helped them manage their diabetes, and those friends and family want to help people get their health under control,” he said.“Although we don’t normally think of competition or collaboration among patients as a part of managing chronic diseases like high blood pressure, heart failure, or diabetes, research shows that behaviour is contagious, and programmes that take advantage of these naturally occurring relationships can be very effective,” said Roy Rosin, chief innovation officer at Penn Medicine.The study was published in the New England Journal of Medicine.last_img read more