ICT is strategic tool for NGO sustainability

first_imgBrand South Africa partners with civil society organisations like SANGONeT to make a difference in communities across the country.SANGONeT recently hosted an ICT summit, looking at how technology can help NGOs do their work better. (Image: Pexels.com)Phindi MadunaBrand South Africa partnered with the Southern African Non-Governmental Organisations Network (SANGONeT) to celebrate 30 years since it was established, hosting a three-day NGO-ICT summit in Benoni this month.SANGONeT is an NGO that was established in 1987 to connect civil society organisations in Africa. It remains one of very few NGOs in Africa involved in the Information Communication Technologies (ICT) field and continues to serve civil society with a wide range of products and services.“Civil society organisations are key channels through which active citizenship is carried out. Brand South Africa’s partnerships with civil society organisations enable us to fulfil our domestic mandate of collaborating with ordinary people who are doing extraordinary things in their communities. Partnerships like these with SANGONet help us enhance the image and reputation of the country,” says Mpumi Mabuza, Brand South Africa’s General Manager: Stakeholder Relations.NGOs have historically played their part in contributing to the reputation of the country through various programmes that were aimed at tackling South Africa’s socio-economic issues. They continue to do this today, but many have not made the necessary adaptions to better equip themselves to meet their objectives.One of the challenges that SANGONet continues to face, since its establishment, is that the civil society sector is made up of organisations that struggle to understand the strategic importance of ICT for the development of relationships, distribution of information and strengthening the impact of the important work that they do. In order to address this, the summit was held under the theme “ICT as a strategic tool towards NGO’s sustainability”. It brought together members of government, civil society and business to discuss some of the challenges and opportunities of using ICT for the advancement of socio-economic development in South Africa.The continuous evolution of the ICT sector has changed the way organisations are run. According to SANGONet, only a small percentage NGOs are equipped with the necessary ICT capacity and expertise required to support their development work. The potential impact of ICT on the work of NGOs remains limited.The use of ICT is a form of capacity building for NGOs in that skills must continue to be improved. This includes governance, administration, programme development and implementation, fund-raising, collaboration, marketing, and planning. When strategically used, ICT can go a long way in strengthening the work of NGOs so that they can reach their objectives and thus be sustainable.last_img read more

Nineteen leaders graduate from AgriPOWER Institute

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Nineteen select leaders and advocates recently graduated from Ohio Farm Bureau’s AgriPOWER Institute Class VII. The intensive, yearlong leadership training program was launched in 2008 to help farmers and agricultural professionals gain influence over public policy issues that impact their businesses.Class VII graduates are Jeff Adams of Urbana, Elaine Beekman of Wellington, Libby Bender of Prospect, Sara Campbell of Ripley, Shelly Detwiler of Marysville, Jessica Elson of Ashland, Josh Henderson of New Concord, Kayla Jones of Newark, Chris Kick of Wooster, Stephanie Leis of Columbus, Jenny Meyer of Bloomingburg, Steven Ruggles of Findlay, Matt Schlegel of Shreve, Victoria Shaw of Medina, Angela Shoemaker of Louisville, Lara Staples of Hamersville, Mandy Way of Chillicothe, Heidi White of Lebanon and Jami Willard of Interlaken, NY.Over the last year, AgriPOWER participants attended multi-day sessions where they learned about public policy issues facing local communities, the state of Ohio, the nation and the world. The sessions helped participants develop important skills necessary to becoming an effective leader and advocate including spokesperson and media training, etiquette training, social networking, communications and more.“These graduates were already leaders in their communities and various organizations, and now AgriPOWER has given them the tools and network to continue to grow and to lead at a higher level,” said Melinda Witten, AgriPOWER coordinator.In addition to Ohio Farm Bureau, AgriPOWER partners include Nationwide Insurance, Ohio Soybean Council, Southern Ohio Agricultural & Community Development Foundation, Farm Credit Mid-America, Ohio Pork Council, Ohio Cattlemen’s Association, Ohio Beef Council, Farm and Dairy, Cargill, Ag Credit, AgriPOWER alumni, and Farm Bureaus in Brown, Fayette, Licking and Union counties.Applications for the next class, Class VIII, are due April 15. Visit ofbf.org/agripower for the application and more information.last_img read more

Agricultural and literary history at Louis Bromfield’s Malabar Farm

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The legacy of Ohio native son, Louis Bromfield, Pulitzer-prize winning author, pioneer in agricultural conservation, and member of Ohio’s Agricultural Hall of Fame, is celebrated at Malabar Farm State Park in Lucas, Ohio.A somewhat obscure name today, Bromfield was a prominent celebrity and artist in the first half of the twentieth-century, gaining international acclaim for his novels. The artist earned much of his fame whilst living abroad in India and France, and when World War II came to France and Bromfield returned stateside, he purchased several farm tracts in the Pleasant Valley area of Richland County and there established and nurtured his dream farm, Malabar Farm.Upon purchase of these lands in 1939, Bromfield became somewhat disinterested in writing fiction when rejuvenating his farm and promoting new agricultural philosophies became some of his main passions and life’s works until the time of his death in 1956.In his book Out of the Earth, Bromfield said that, like much of America’s agricultural lands in the early twentieth-century, at Malabar Farm, “These hills had been corned out, farmed out, pastured out, sheeped out, and abandoned.” And he wrote in the book Pleasant Valley that he “wanted to prove that worn out farms could be restored again.”The Malabar Farm Foundation said that “Bromfield set out on a quest to restore rich fertility to Malabar Farm by applying conservation methods that were mostly unheard of or little used at that time. Bromfield shared these conservation methods with people from all over the U.S. and other countries through speaking engagements, a newspaper column, radio broadcasts, and printed materials including a series of non-fiction ‘farm’ books.”Bromfield’s writings about farm life and public advocacy for new farming techniques spurred the “New Agriculture” movement. Many of the farming techniques championed by Bromfield have become unquestioned common practice, but at the time, these concepts were largely untried and unfamiliar. Bromfield writes in Pleasant Valley that he is an advocate of “contour plowing, terrace ditches, cover crops, strip-cropping, fencing cattle out of wooded areas, disk-plowing, reforestation, farm ponds.”Bromfield used Malabar Farm as a place to experiment with, put into practice, and showcase his farming philosophies. The farm was also used by the government to test soil conservation practices. Bromfield states in Pleasant Valley that he sees Malabar Farm as a “pilot farm” for certain government programs: “demonstration farms privately operated upon which sound conservation practices are used have proved strikingly effective as examples, more effective than pamphlets, books, or even government experimental stations, for on them neighboring farmers are able to see unmistakably the gainful aspect of proper soil and forestry practices.”Clearly, this beautiful farm in the hills of Richland County served several purposes and was more than just a bucolic retreat for a wealthy writer. Contemporary Ohio author Gene Logsdon rightly noted that there were two sides to Bromfield: the reflective writer/farmer and the exuberant, famous, socialite entertainer who used Malabar Farm to host extravagant galas for rich and powerful Hollywood and political elite; additionally, he was visited at the sprawling property by throngs of fans. Bromfield was a showman and his farm was his “showplace.”In its heyday, Malabar Farm was known as “The Most Famous Farm in America.” And indeed, visitors to Malabar Farm State Park see the life and passions of Louis Bromfield showcased for them over the course of an afternoon’s visit. A few short hikes and a couple of naturalist-led tours give visitors insights into Bromfield’s farm life, family life, and star-studded social life.Parts of this state park remain a working farm (as per the Bromfield family’s stipulation when the property was transferred to the state in 1972) and an inexpensive farm tour ($3 per person) on a tractor-pulled wagon ride takes visitors around the beautiful croplands and pastures of the park, where they hear about Bromfield’s agricultural mission and learn about his legacy from a well-informed park naturalist. Meticulously cared for barns and outbuildings, some of which continue to house livestock, dot the grounds, adding to the pastoral feel of this state park. In the gift shop, patrons can purchase select cuts of beef from Malabar Farm cattle and fresh vegetables can still be bought in season from the quaint, shaded produce stand and natural spring that Bromfield himself used to peddle his goods.The Big House, the Bromfield family’s opulent and artful 32-room “farmhouse,” can be toured for $5 per person. While discussing Bromfield’s biography, a naturalist takes group tours through the home, which remains much the same as it would have been at the time of the Bromfield’s residence there. The Big House features unique room design, architecture, and artwork, as well as beautiful views of the farm and countryside from the comfortable studies, libraries, and rooms that were once graced by all of Hollywood’s top stars (Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall were married and honeymooned here, for example). The tour is a lesson in worldly luxury and country charm.For a meal, folks can dine at Malabar Farm Restaurant or pack a picnic lunch, which can be enjoyed in a large, quiet picnic area back in the woods or at the picnic tables by the Visitor’s Center, which has several exhibits devoted to natural history and Bromfield’s agrarian vision. For those wanting to stretch their legs, Malabar Farm has several hiking trails that wind through the hilly, sometimes rocky terrain surrounding the farm, which is just a stone’s throw away from popular Mohican State Park. There is also a seven-mile bridle trail that rings the park and a primitive horseman’s campground and a B&B-style hostel, should visitors want to stay the night.After a trip to Bromfield’s old stomping grounds and a perusal of the author’s books about MalabarBromfield used Malabar Farm as a place to experiment with, put into practice, and showcase his farming philosophies.Farm (which are all available at the gift shop), his profound respect for the farmer and his deep love of the Ohio countryside become clear. Louis Bromfield was a defender of the farmer, a champion of wise use agriculture, and a promoter of the pastoral ideal who believed, from a literary standpoint, “a man writes better in the country.”Throughout Bromfield’s literary canon, he depicts the job of farming as the most honorable and inspiring of professions. In Bromfield’s literature, the farmer is a timeless figure of almost heroic importance that possesses keen insight and intellect.“Rarely does the good farmer long for any immortality better than the rich fields he has left behind him and the healthy, intelligent children who will carry on his work and his name,” Bromfield says in Out of the Earth. “There is in all the world no finer figure than a sturdy farmer standing, his feet well planted in the earth, looking over his rich fields and his beautiful shiny cattle. He has a security and an independence unknown to any other member of society, yet, unlike the trapper or the hunter, he is very much a part of society, perhaps its most important member.”A pilgrimage to Bromfield’s pastoral estate is a venture rich in agricultural and literary history. More information about Louis Bromfield and Malabar Farm State Park can be found at malabarfarm.org.last_img read more

International federations fret over Tokyo Olympics budget cuts

first_imgPhilippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments MOST READ SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LATEST STORIES Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid “There are concerns over cuts in accommodation, transport and venue upgrades,” an ASOIF official told AFP.A series of questions were posed to Koji Murofushi, Japan’s former world and Olympic hammer champion who is Tokyo 2020 sports director.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, logistics“Eight federations, including sailing, judo and tennis, and ASOIF have today asked some questions,” Murofushi told AFP.“They asked questions about accommodation, food at the venues, transportation and the look of the venues. The look is important for the broadcast.”center_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 DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Murofushi added: “Tokyo is reducing the budget as much as possible.“We have to find what the good solution is to optimize the budget.“It’s a good chance to open up discussions with the international federations.”ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games CEO, Toshiro Muto, speaks during a press conference after an executive board meeting of the Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympics and Paralympic Games in Tokyo on March 28, 2018. (Photo by Behrouz MEHRI / AFP)Eight international sports federations expressed their concerns Tuesday at new budget cuts made by the organizing committee of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.The federations were gathered at a meeting of the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF) on the sidelines of SportAccord in Gold Coast.ADVERTISEMENT Game 5s await for Nuggets-Blazers, Raptors-76erslast_img read more

Major League AllStars Host OffSeason Fundraising Golf Tournament

first_imgA pair of Major League All-Stars, Dexter Fowler of the Chicago Cubs and Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals, are looking for a full-house when they co-host the Major League Baseball Players Trust’s 13th annual fundraising golf tournament and third annual MGM Grand Poker Tournament to benefit the Players Trust in Las Vegas, January 11 & 12, 2017.In addition to a day of golf at Bear’s Best Las Vegas on January 12, participating players will join Trust supporters when Tia’s Hope presents the third annual MGM Grand Poker Tournament to benefit the Players Trust on Wednesday evening, January 11. Tia’s Hope is a national nonprofit that provides “Memory Moments” for children and their families who are fighting serious illnesses and forced to spend time in the hospital.Scheduled to join Dexter and Bryce on the course in Vegas are Hall of Famers Eddie Murray, Ozzie Smith and Dave Winfield, as well as current and former big leaguers Marlon Anderson, Richard Bleier, Lorenzo Cain, Chris Capuano, Zach Davies, Rajai Davis, Mike Dunn, Scott Erickson, Jacque Jones, Corey Knebel, Mike Lincoln, Kenny Lofton, James Loney, Scott Moore, Chris Narveson, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Bud Norris, Ryan O’Rourke, Kevin Pillar, Rene Rivera, Reggie Sanders, Hector Santiago, Chasen Shreve, Steve Trachsel, Devon Travis and Randy Winn.Players Trust fund-raising events promise sponsors, their guests and all attendees, unprecedented levels of player access during our memorable hospitality events, including cocktail receptions and meals. Proceeds from the events will benefit local Las Vegas area charities personally selected by the co-hosts as well as other charitable organizations to be determined by the Players Trust.Sponsorship opportunities, foursomes and individual golf spots are now available, and most packages include hotel accommodations at luxurious MGM Grand Hotel and Casino.For more information, please click here.last_img read more

The Scotiabank Giller Prize Presents its 2017 Longlist

first_imgAdvertisement Of the longlist, the jury wrote:“Twenty seventeen was an intriguing year for Canadian fiction. As with any year, there were trends, themes that ran through any number of books: the plight of the marginalized, the ongoing influence of history on the present, the way it feels to grow up in our country, the way the world looks to the psychologically damaged. But 2017 was also a year of outliers, of books that were eccentric, challenging or thrillingly strange, books that took us to amusing or disturbing places. In fact, you could say that the exceptional was one of 2017’s trends. It gave the impression of a world in transition: searching inward as much as outward, wary but engaged.”This year’s shortlist will be announced at a press event to be held at the Scotiabank Centre in Toronto on Monday, October 2.The Scotiabank Giller Prize is delighted to present a series of special readings featuring this year’s shortlisted authors, taking place in Calgary on October 12, Vancouver on October 16, Halifax on October 26, Ottawa on November 1, Torontoon November 6 and London, U.K. on November 9.  Between the Pages: An Evening with the Scotiabank Giller Prize Finalists will take you inside the minds and creative lives of the writers on the 2017 shortlist. For venue and ticket information, please visit:www.scotiabankgillerprize.ca/news-events/events-and-important-dates/The 2017 Scotiabank Giller Prize will air on Mon. Nov. 20, on CBC at 8 p.m. (12 AT/12:30 NT), CBC Radio One at 8 p.m. (9 AT/9:30 NT) and will be livestreamed at CBCBooks.ca.Beginning in 2017, Audible.ca will be the exclusive audiobook sponsor of the Scotiabank Giller Prize.About the PrizeThe Scotiabank Giller Prize, founded in 1994, highlights the very best in Canadian fiction year after year. The prize awards $100,000 annually to the author of the best Canadian novel or short story collection published in English, and $10,000to each of the finalists. The award is named in honour of the late literary journalist Doris Giller by her husband, the late Toronto businessman Jack Rabinovitch, who passed away in August 2017.About ScotiabankScotiabank is Canada’s international bank and a leading financial services provider in North America, Latin America, the Caribbean and Central America, and Asia-Pacific. We are dedicated to helping our 24 million customers become better off through a broad range of advice, products and services, including personal and commercial banking, wealth management and private banking, corporate and investment banking, and capital markets. With a team of more than 88,000 employees and assets of over $906 billion (as at July 31, 2017), Scotiabank trades on the Toronto (TSX: BNS) and New York Exchanges (NYSE: BNS). For more information, please visit www.scotiabank.com and follow us on Twitter @ScotiabankViews.About CBC/Radio-CanadaCBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster and one of its largest cultural institutions. We are Canada’s trusted source of news, information and Canadian entertainment. Deeply rooted in communities all across the country, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight Indigenous languages. We also provide international news and information from a uniquely Canadian perspective. In 2017, CBC/Radio-Canada will be at the heart of the celebrations and conversations with special 2017-themed multiplatform programming and events across Canada. Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitter ST. JOHN’S, Sept. 18, 2017 – The Scotiabank Giller Prize is pleased to announce its longlist for this year’s award. The 2016 prize winner, Madeleine Thien, announced the longlist titles during a ceremony at The Rooms in St. John’s, NL. The twelve titles were chosen from a field of 112 books submitted by 73 publisher imprints from across Canada.The longlist for the 2017 Scotiabank Giller Prize is:David Chariandy for his novel Brother, published by McClelland & StewartRachel Cusk for her novel Transit, published by HarperCollins Publishers LtdDavid Demchuk for his novel The Bone Mother, published by ChiZine PublicationsJoel Thomas Hynes for his novel We’ll All Be Burnt in Our Beds Some Night, published by HarperPerennial, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers LtdAndrée A. Michaud for her novel Boundary, published by Biblioasis International Translation Series, translated by Donald WinklerJosip Novakovich for his story collection Tumbleweed, published by Esplanade Books/Véhicule PressEd O’Loughlin for his novel Minds of Winter, published by House of Anansi PressZoey Leigh Peterson for her novel Next Year, For Sure, published by Doubleday CanadaMichael Redhill for his novel Bellevue Square, published by Doubleday CanadaEden Robinson for her novel Son of a Trickster, published by Alfred A. Knopf CanadaDeborah Willis for her story collection The Dark and other Love Stories, published by Hamish Hamilton CanadaMichelle Winters for her novel I am a Truck, published by Invisible PublishingThe longlist was selected by an esteemed five-member jury panel: Canadian writers Anita Rau Badami (Jury Chair), André Alexis, Lynn Coady, along with British writer Richard Beard and American writer Nathan Englander. 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Draymond Green Is Better Than Ever On Defense

Much like the regular season that preceded it, this NBA postseason has been marked by some eye-popping individual performances. As he tries to reach the NBA Finals for the seventh-straight year, LeBron James has been phenomenal, even by his own ridiculous standards. Meanwhile, point guards Isaiah Thomas and John Wall have been throwing haymakers at one another for the right to face James and the Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals.But perhaps no star has raised the level of his game in the postseason as much as Golden State’s Draymond Green. Yes, he was great on offense in Game 4, recording a triple-double as his team finished a sweep of the Jazz1He averaged 16 points, nearly nine rebounds and seven assists for the series.. But it was his defense — both in this series and all postseason — that made his performance as special, if not more so, as Stephen Curry’s or Kevin Durant’s.Utah scored a meager 95 points per 100 plays with Green on the floor (down from 105 points per 100 with Green on the sidelines), connecting on just 52 percent of its shots inside of five feet with Green on the court (down from a respectable 61 percent with him on the bench), according to NBA.com. But Green’s raw defensive numbers in the series weren’t the real surprise — the Defensive Player of the Year frontrunner was statistically the best interior stopper in the NBA this season2Among players who played at least 50 games and defended three or more shots per game from close range — rather it was the emphatic way in which he repeatedly shut down the Jazz at the rim.On Monday night, Utah tried and failed to score on Green at the basket, shooting just 3 of 10 from close range with him nearby. You would have thought the Jazz had learned their lesson earlier in the series: In Game 2, they tried sneaking three alley-oops past Green, including two to Rudy Gobert, a skilled big and Defensive Player of the Year candidate in his own right. In all three instances, Green snuffed out the play.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/alleyoop1.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/draymondswat.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/greenswat2.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Those plays came on the heels of a series against Portland in which Green had a couple of similar rejections at the rim.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/greenrejection.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/greenrejection2.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.In all, he’s blocked four dunk attempts in 283 minutes this postseason, the most in the league. It’s important to remember here that blocking the dunks of 7-foot-1-inch NBA players is about as hard as it sounds. During the regular season, players were successful on better than 90 percent of their dunk attempts, according to Basketball-Reference.com. To give Green’s postseason performance even greater context, consider this: In his entire career — five seasons and 10,627 regular-season minutes — he had four such blocks, according to ESPN Stats & Information Group. Block percentage is a rate estimate of how many 2-point shots a player blocks while he’s on the court.Source: Basketball-Reference.com 2014-152.92.5 2012-131.83.5 Draymond Green’s block rate usually increases during the playoffs 2013-143.04.5 SEASONREG. SEASONPLAYOFFS 2016-173.4%6.4% 2015-163.03.8 Blocked dunks are not only difficult to accumulate, players also run the risk of becoming a potential poster. “There’s definitely a sense of urgency, but it’s also [me] not caring if I get dunked on,” Green said when asked by FiveThirtyEight about his spike in blocked dunks. “Because every time you do it, you put yourself in that position. I like the reward we can reap from getting a block. That outweighs getting dunked on. The way I see it, it’s still just two points. I try to read what the offense is trying to do and be a step early, if I can.”Green, who’s averaging just under five blocks and steals a game combined this postseason, knows his aggressive approach is inevitably going to cause some embarrassment. And that was on display in Game 4 when Utah’s Derrick Favors got the best of him on one play.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/draymonddunkedon.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.But more important than a few blocked dunks, the Warriors rely heavily on Green’s instincts to read the opposing team’s offense. Many times, his ball denial or ability to close out on someone like Gordon Hayward forces the opponent to look elsewhere to get a shot; a huge accomplishment in the postseason, when teams learn which role players can handle the moment versus which ones can’t.Earlier in the series, acting Warriors coach Mike Brown was asked to compare or contrast Green’s defensive ability with that of Ben and Rasheed Wallace, from the mid-2000s Detroit Pistons teams. In his response, Brown praised Green, saying he was more versatile than those two while saying that Green took a similar leadership role in terms of how much he communicated with teammates on the court.“They anchored whatever defense they were a part of, and they did a lot of things that were kind of on the fly, that they felt,” Brown said. “That’s something Draymond does. I mean, he has carte blanche. Steve [Kerr] has empowered him since day one to quarterback the defense, and he does a heck of a job in that regard.”And as long as Green keeps improvising the way he has, it will be tough for anyone to challenge the Warriors.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

NCAA suspends Posey 5 more games AD Smith calls penalty harsh

Ohio State wide receiver DeVier Posey has been suspended five games by the NCAA beginning with Saturday’s game at Nebraska, the NCAA announced Friday. Posey must also pay back $720 he received for work he didn’t do from former booster Robert DiGeronimo. The NCAA’s ruling comes after OSU athletic director Gene Smith announced Monday that Posey, along with Dan Herron and Marcus Hall, would be suspended for Saturday’s game at Nebraska, also for being paid for work they didn’t do. “I am extremely disappointed with the NCAA’s decision regarding Devier Posey,” Smith said in a statement released Friday. “This penalty is harsh considering the nature of the violation and the five game suspension already served by this student athlete.” Larry James, Posey’s lawyer, said the NCAA ignored documentation that showed Posey worked proper hours, but said the NCAA had made up its mind, according to a tweet from Doug Lesmerises of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “I believe they think he was dirtied by Terrelle Pryor,” he said. “That’s the only thing that could make sense.” Attempts to reach James by phone and email were unsuccessful. Posey’s suspension follows a prior five game suspension for improper benefits in the form of free tattoos. He was scheduled to make his return at Nebraska this weekend prior to the new suspension. The suspension means Posey won’t be eligible to return until OSU hosts Penn State on Nov. 19. The team will finish the regular season by traveling to Michigan the next week, and then could play in the Big Ten Championship and a bowl game afterward, if necessary. DiGeronimo overpaid Posey by $720, being paid for 70 hours of work, despite actually working only 21.5 hours. He also received $102 in impermissible benefits for a round of golf. Herron was overpaid $292.50. He was paid for 104 hours of work, even though he only worked 84.5 hours. Hall was overpaid by $225. He was paid for 66.5 hours of work, despite only working 51 hours. Melvin Fellows and Etienne Sabino were also involved, though Fellows is no longer playing due to a career-ending injury and Sabino has already been reinstated. DiGeronimo has since been disassociated from the university. read more