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Sinn Féin candidates promise radical action on housing issue

first_imgTwitter Facebook Advertisement TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites Previous articleMunster Rugby Special -The Limerick Post Show with Meghann ScullyNext articleKeep an eye out for the bees in Limerick Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie NewsPoliticsSinn Féin candidates promise radical action on housing issueBy Alan Jacques – May 15, 2019 380 Limerick Sinn Féin local election candidates with Deputy Martin Ferris (second from left) and Deputy Maurice Quinlivan (right).RADICAL changes to Limerick City and County Council, as well as a much greater spend on local authority housing and maintenance, were among the election promises made by Sinn Féin.At the party’s city campaign launch in the Pery Hotel, proposals announced included a pledge that all Sinn Féin candidates will be full-time councillors for their wards.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Candidates also pledged to demand much greater spend on public housing and housing maintenance, alongside progressive measures to tax vacant sites, and a renewed focus on tackling anti-social behaviour.Sinn Féin will be running Cllr Séighin Ó Ceallaigh in Limerick City East, Cllr Malachy McCreesh in City West, and three candidates in City North including Cllr John Costelloe, Sharon Benson and John Nugent.“We’ve made progress, managing to secure housing for many deserving families, but really there’s so much more that could be done. What has been missing is the political will to prioritise families in working class areas of our city,” Cllr Costelloe commented.Also speaking at the campaign launch, Cllr Malachy McCreesh stressed the need for the Council to show more ambition with regard to the provision of housing.“The council needs to be much more ambitious, including with regard to leveraging funds from the European Investment Bank. They have shown they can do this for the needs of private business, now we need to see the same determination to build houses for our people,” he said. Email RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Linkedin Sinn Fein plans for ‘all female’ election candidates are sexist and discriminatory, says male party member snubbed for election run TAGSLimerick City and CountyLocal Elections 2019NewspoliticsSinn Fein WhatsApp Print Limerick on Covid watch list Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow Local backlash over Aer Lingus threatlast_img read more

When Is It Better to Buy than Rent?

first_imgFacebook47Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Chris Johns for On Q FinancialTwenty or thirty years ago, if you asked the question, “Is investing in real estate a good idea?”, the answer was most likely a “Yes”. With the great depression long faded from memory, it wasn’t until the crash in 2008 that people began to question whether a real estate purchase was always the right thing to do.I am the first to admit that buying is not always right for everyone.But there are times when buying a home is an undeniably better option than renting. I’ll discuss those below to help you determine if now is a good time for you to invest in a home.The decision to buy a home, rather than renting, is one that should be taken seriously, considering all factors.When You’re In It for The Long HaulThe New York Times says buying is better than renting after five years. If you plan to stay in your house at least five years, then the best option for most people is to purchase a home. Conversely, if you want to be able to pick up and go every few months, buying might not be the best choice for you right now.If you plan to put down roots, look into how long it will take for buying to be better financially than renting. Check out an interactive rent-buy calculator to see if it’s a better value to buy based on how long you intend to be in your house.When You Don’t Want to Pay MoreIf you’ve been in the same rental house or apartment for a while, you’ve probably seen prices increase. In fact, last year, rental prices rose twice as fast as inflation. This isn’t likely to slow down anytime soon. Rental vacancies are the scarcest they’ve been in 20 years, according to a Harvard report. The increasing number of renters has driven down the supply of rental properties, which has in turn increased prices for rentals.If you don’t want to continue to pay more for the same rental property, you should consider purchasing a home. When you buy, your equity increases as you pay down your debt, rather than your payment increasing as is happening with rentals.Chris Johns has a strong background in real estate and the Thurston County area where he lives with his family.When You Can Afford ItUse On Q’s mortgage calculator to determine what your mortgage payment would be. Of course, affording a home purchase isn’t just about being able to make the monthly payment. You also need to have money to cover a down payment, closing costs and other fees.If you are looking at buying a $250,000 home, a 20% down payment is $50,000. Not all buyers require a 20% down payment, however. In fact, many can pay 10%, 5%, or even 3% down on that same $250,000 home.Not only that, but Washington State has some Down Payment Assistance options that many buyers may qualify for.So, can you foot the bill and afford to purchase a home? If so, now is likely a good time to buy a home. But don’t empty all your savings to do it. Even new homes will require fix-ups and maintenance over the first year, as well as homeowners’ insurance and property taxes. So make a purchase that allows you to keep an emergency fund in your savings.It’s also important to note, you may be able to deduct the interest you pay on your mortgage from your taxable income. This will help offset some of the costs of home ownership.When You’re Up for the MaintenanceOwning a home requires more maintenance than renting. However, if you don’t mind doing some small maintenance on your home (or you have a good handyman), now is a great time to buy. Perform your own preventative maintenance like painting the siding every few years, cleaning your air ducts, and tuning up your plumbing, and you’ll save bundles down the road.Chris Johns – On Q Financial(360) [email protected] Chris on LinkedInFollow Chris on Facebooklast_img read more

GIZZY® Super Fake Hair Scrunchy On A Ponio Loop – ) nice quality, nice colour selection

first_img Feel like a million dollars wearing this so natural all my friends love it too. Happy with service and purchase. Features of Super Fake Hair Scrunchy On A Ponio Loop. Large Size – Light Blonde.Good quality fake hair ScrunchyLight Ash blonde hair with very fine slightly darker low lightsSynthetic hairLarge size – hair approx. 16cm longHand washablePerfect for adding volume and fullness to a bun or a ponytail Indeed this is a super scrunchy . Didn’t expect much for the price but this is great, even ordered another for best . Great colour match with very pale blonde hair and people have complimented me on it, looks very real, really pleased. Value for money just what ive been looking for. For what you pay they do the job. ) nice quality, nice colour selection. Arrived before due date 🙂 nice quality, nice colour selection, this is my second one i’ve bought as my first is lovely and i wear it often. Easy to use and have had nice compliments :). This item is a perfect match with my hair so i’m very pleased with the product. Scruffy looking tangled and lasted about 3 times before pinging off into the street i would not be buying another . Happy with service and purchase. It was value for money just to see her satisfied with something. Value for money just what ive been looking for. It was value for money just to see her satisfied with something. I have not yet used this item but on sight it seems a great colour match for my own hair its extremely good value and arrived quickly. I actually have long hair but sometimes when putting it up my own ends dont sit right so when this piece is pinned on hopdfully it will save me time and look right. Great for a quick up do when your in a hurry. Very light in colour as stated. Good value for money, looks good goes in easy. For what you pay they do the job. Feel like a million dollars wearing this so natural all my friends love it too. This item is a perfect match with my hair so i’m very pleased with the product. Great for a quick up do when your in a hurry. Very light in colour as stated. I have not yet used this item but on sight it seems a great colour match for my own hair its extremely good value and arrived quickly. I actually have long hair but sometimes when putting it up my own ends dont sit right so when this piece is pinned on hopdfully it will save me time and look right. SummaryReviewer Nathalie DuboisReview Date2017-12-29 12:53:48Reviewed Item Super Fake Hair Scrunchy On A Ponio Loop. Large Size – Light Blonde.Rating 4.0 / 5  stars, based on  33  reviews Good colour match, good value for the money. Indeed this is a super scrunchy . Didn’t expect much for the price but this is great, even ordered another for best . Great colour match with very pale blonde hair and people have complimented me on it, looks very real, really pleased. Good value for money, looks good goes in easy. Indeed this is a SUPER scrunchy !) nice quality, nice colour selection Posted on December 29, 2017Author Nathalie DuboisCategories Ponytail HoldersTags GIZZY®last_img read more

Tooble.tv: 5 High School Students Stick It to the Man with Online Video Downloader

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… So, Sony BMG doesn’t want you to embed that AC/DC concert footage in your blog or grab the audio from that footage as an MP3? They’d probably have a fit if if you stored that footage as an MP4 on your computer and distributed it wherever you liked or – worse yet – remixed it to your heart’s content.Thanks to Tooble.tv, a fascinating tool that plays footsie with all kinds of copyright law, you can do all of the above and more. Only high school students would have the audacity (or sheer naivete) to pull off a stunt like this.That’s right: Tooble was developed by five high school students in Wallingford, Connecticut. We applaud their ingenuity and hope for their continued success, but we are rightfully concerned about the potential uses and the future of this product.Tooble runs as a desktop app. It makes downloading online video and converting it to MP4 files as simple as cutting and pasting a URL. The app also allows for conversion of audio tracks in the videos to stand-alone MP3s. The free version of the software runs on Mac and Windows and allows for YouTube downloads; the Pro version, priced for impulse purchases at around $6, works for a multitude of video-hosting sites.Users can search for videos or browse through the prescribed YouTube categories in the free version of the software.To test the app, we downloaded an embedding-disabled video of Johnny Cash’s The Wall, a song that details a prison experience we hope the creators and users of Tooble won’t have to replicate. Grabbing the MP4 took about a minute. We were able to open the file in our video editor and play around with it a bit. After our remixing was done, we were moreover able to upload our creation to Vimeo: Related Posts jolie odell Tags:#start#startups We’re hard pressed to think of more than a handful of legal use cases for this software. Much like P2P or BitTorrent software, this app creates a maelstrom of legal and moral questions. And calling to mind the sufferings of the Pirate Bay team and Napster, we wonder what’s in store for the kids who created Tooble.What do you think? As much fun as it is to grab others’ videos, do you think users have a legal right to be able to store, remix, and redistribute online video and audio content created by others? Is Tooble.tv essentially software that encourages and enables illegal behavior? Let us know in the comments. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Draw Your Own iPhone Game With Pencil and Paper

first_imgIt would be great to see other classic game-types that could be created using this same process (those old Nintendo hockey games would be fun to draw players for), but there’s no indication yet whether that’s part of the plan. SketchNation is also on Twitter, where we’re sure they’ll announce the availability of the app as well. Tags:#mobile#Product Reviews#web The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Related Posts Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Sketch Nation is a forthcoming iPhone app that takes iPhone photos of drawn images and uses them as avatars, obstacles and enemies in a customized fly-and-shoot mobile game. It’s pretty sweet and was the winner of the recent AppsFire AppStar Awards for unlaunched iPhone apps. I was one of 20 judges for that contest and yes, I voted for SketchNation. Check out these demonstration videos below and keep your eyes peeled for Sketch Nation to go live in the App Store. We have no idea if and when that will happen, but hopefully soon. This looks awesome. marshall kirkpatrick What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaceslast_img read more

PBA to implement new rules on goaltending review, traveling, timeouts

first_imgSEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? View comments San Miguel still consensus team to beat for PBA Season 44 “Goaltending will be reviewable from start to finish like how we review if a basket is three-points or not. On traveling, we will adopt FIBA rules because we’re not taking advantage of that extra step. The NBA and FIBA have been doing it and we’re now going to do it too,” he said.The PBA Leo Awards will kick off the new season followed by an opening day showdown between rivals Barangay Ginebra and TNT at Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ LATEST STORIES LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Several significant rule changes that will take effect this upcoming PBA Season 44 which kicks off on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue The league aims to make the games better with the implementation of the new rules.“The new rules have been already approved by the PBA Board and we’ve already talked to the coaches about it,” said PBA commissioner Willie Marcial on Tuesday during the preseason press conference at Conrad Hotel.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThere are three new rules that will be implemented at the start of the 44th Season on Sunday which are the review of goaltending calls, adoption of FIBA rules on traveling and leeway for coaches to verbally call a timeout without the need to gesture for one. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 Krausslast_img read more

College Football Playoff Preview Clemsons OneMan Offense vs The Balanced Sooners

Johnny ManzielTexas A&M20137593286.7 392005USC95.878.717.1 402014Oregon91.369.921.4 432006BYU90.064.525.5 352010Stanford91.976.415.5 Johnny ManzielTexas A&M20121,41045%91.3 Denard RobinsonMichigan20121,2665382.7 Cam NewtonAuburn20101,4733790.0 202005Penn State74.083.49.4 Matt JonesArkansas20046223081.7 Tim TebowFlorida20078953486.5 Dak PrescottMississippi St.20138293486.5 422015Alabama70.892.922.1 162012Oregon88.381.76.6 RANKSEASONTEAMOFFENSEDEFENSEGAP 82014Alabama84.982.52.4 282009TCU70.282.612.4 Greg Ward Jr.Houston20151,0343381.1 Chase ClementRice20086933778.8 Collin KleinKansas St.20129203783.1 QUARTERBACKTEAMSEASONRUSH YARDSSHARE OF TEAM RUSHINGQBR Denard RobinsonMichigan20101,7025579.9 322015Ohio State67.080.613.6 262008Texas89.077.611.4 362008Oklahoma95.379.216.1 Terrance BroadwayLA-Lafayette20127693175.0 42010Boise State87.886.90.9 92008USC89.486.62.8 Watson’s excellence under a heavy all-around workload puts him in rare company. He is one of 14 quarterbacks over the past 11 seasons (shown in the table below) to post a season QBR of 75 or higher while also rushing for at least 30 percent of his team’s total yards on the ground. The only quarterbacks to post better QBR numbers while running as much: Manziel (twice), Pat White and Newton. And Watson is a sophomore, meaning that — like Manziel — he could end up on this list again. 122008Florida91.486.45.0 Cody FajardoNevada20121,1213278.2 Pat WhiteWest Virginia20071,3353583.3 132007Kansas74.179.25.1 342011Alabama80.494.514.1 62007West Virginia78.577.60.9 222011Oklahoma State88.178.49.7 22015Oklahoma83.383.00.3 Tyler MurphyBoston College20141,1843680.2 Dak PrescottMississippi St.20155413281.3 112011Boise State82.477.54.9 412009Texas67.489.121.7 Deshaun WatsonClemson20158873186.6 32006USC79.079.60.6 152009Florida80.186.05.9 52012Alabama90.391.20.9 172010Ohio State80.087.07.0 EFFICIENCY 242013Baylor87.977.810.1 272014TCU75.888.012.2 312009Alabama77.389.912.6 382012Texas A&M91.374.616.7 Balance of elite college football teams, 2005-15 182005Texas92.085.07.0 192010Alabama87.779.18.6 252005Ohio State73.383.710.4 212012FSU74.383.89.5 Oklahoma: The balanced Sooners are favoritesOklahoma is our model’s favorite to win the College Football Playoff, with a 41 percent chance at the national championship. If the Sooners do take home the trophy, it will likely be due to a stellar effort on both offense and defense. This isn’t exactly a novel conceit — every team needs both units to play well to succeed at the highest levels — but it’s particularly true for Oklahoma, one of the most balanced teams in recent college football history.Overall, Oklahoma is very good, rating well in all the fashionable advanced metrics. The Sooners sit at No. 1 in ESPN’s Football Power Index, which FiveThirtyEight’s college football model uses for game predictions. Oklahoma is also the top team according to Football Perspective’s Simple Rating System. And according to our Elo ratings, the Sooners are the fifth-best squad.That’s all remarkable, in the usual ways a championship-level team is remarkable; what’s less common, though, is Oklahoma’s balance. The Sooners are the only team in the country to rate in the top 10 in both offensive and defensive efficiency. On offense, quarterback Baker Mayfield leads a sharp passing attack, with heavy utilization of All-American receiver Sterling Shepard. Buttressing that efficiency through the air is an impressive running back duo of Samaje Perine and Joe Mixon, who have combined for more than 2,000 yards this year. The Sooner defense, led by standout linebacker Eric Striker, can crimp offenses in several ways — it’s in the top 10 among all FBS teams in both sacks and interceptions.One way to look at team balance historically is to define it as the absolute gap between a team’s offensive and defensive efficiency ratings. Going back to the 2005 season among teams in the top four in overall efficiency, these Sooners are the second-most-balanced team of the decade. Only the 2013 Alabama squad had a smaller gap between its offense and defense. 332011LSU76.690.213.6 302014Ohio State87.574.912.6 Source: ESPN, TRUMEDIA Is Deshaun Watson the new Johnny Manziel? 292007USC71.183.512.4 Source: ESPN 72006Ohio State83.382.11.2 When Oklahoma faces Clemson on New Year’s Eve, its defense will have to confront a passing and rushing attack orchestrated by a quarterback with myriad skills — ranging from a dangerous deep passing ability to sharp scrambling instincts. Deshaun Watson is the rare QB who excels at being a one-man offense. 372013Oregon87.771.316.4 Clemson: Deshaun Watson is a one-man offenseUndefeated, No. 1-ranked Clemson enters the College Football Playoff with two major advantages: a top-notch defense and a star quarterback. The Tigers’ offensive attack is led by Deshaun Watson, a Heisman finalist and electric dual-threat quarterback in the vein of Johnny Manziel and Cam Newton. And like Manziel and Newton, Watson has carried his team into the national spotlight seemingly by himself.According to ESPN’s Total Quarterback Rating (QBR), Watson is the third-highest-rated quarterback in the nation. (By adjusting for opponent strength, QBR aims to be a comprehensive measure of QB performance.) The only QBs to rate higher than Watson are Brandon Allen, of five-loss Arkansas, and Baylor’s Seth Russell, who suffered a season-ending injury after seven excellent games. Watson’s raw stats are also impressive: He has accumulated more than 3,500 yards and 30 passing touchdowns through the air, along with another 887 yards (5.4 yards per carry) and 11 rushing touchdowns on the ground.Overall, Watson is responsible for 66 percent of Clemon’s total offensive yards (passing and rushing combined). Considering how efficiently he has played (shown by QBR) and how much of the offensive burden he has shouldered, Watson’s season is quite the outlier. 232006LSU85.075.19.9 102013FSU93.589.24.3 12013Alabama85.785.90.2 142015Clemson81.387.15.8 Pat WhiteWest Virginia20061,2193190.5 Clemson and Oklahoma square off on New Year’s Eve in a matchup that pits the nation’s only remaining undefeated team (the Tigers) against the favorite according to FiveThirtyEight’s college football model (the Sooners). Both teams have a strong defense, but on offense they’re a contrast. Clemson has a one-man scoring machine in dual-threat quarterback Deshaun Watson. Oklahoma, on the other hand, is evenly balanced between a nifty passing attack and two strong running backs. In fact, the Sooners are one of the more balanced teams in recent college football history. 442007Florida93.149.843.3 Of course, offense and defense aren’t all there is to football. And on special teams, the Sooners aren’t quite so intimidating or balanced. Frankly, they’re bad. Oklahoma is ranked No. 93 of 128 FBS teams.At least broadly, it looks like Oklahoma is on to something here. The correlation between overall efficiency and the gap between offense and defense among all teams is strong and negative,1Specifically, it’s -0.195. meaning the less balanced a team is, the worse it performs. This isn’t an effect of talent imbalance among worse schools, either: Among the top 25 teams in overall efficiency in each season since 2005, the more efficient teams have been slightly more balanced as well, though the relationship is weaker here.If Oklahoma wins out and reconfirms FiveThirtyEight’s soothsaying abilities, it will likely go down as one of the least one-dimensional teams that college football has seen in quite some time. Perhaps this style doesn’t produce the same thrilling, back-and-forth games the best imbalanced squads play, like that ridiculous 2007 Gators season (Tim Tebow’s first as a full-time starter), but its effectiveness isn’t in doubt.Read more: Alabama’s Dominant Run Attack vs. A Lucky Michigan State Team read more

Five Questions to ask about Ohio State – Arkansas

1. Will the suspended players start in the Sugar Bowl or have their playing time limited in any way? It’s doubtful anyone will know the answer to this question until minutes before kickoff. There are arguments for and against the players even participating in the game. However, if Terrelle Pryor, Dan Herron, DeVier Posey and Mike Adams even miss a few possessions, that could give the Razorbacks a lead they may never relinquish. If coach Jim Tressel decides to bench the suspended players for any amount of time, it would be beneficial for the Buckeyes to go on defense in the beginning of the game to try to set the tone against the high-scoring Arkansas offense. 2. Can Pryor put up Cam Newton-like numbers against the Arkansas defense? Back in mid-October, Auburn and Arkansas put on an offensive exhibition for the ages. The two schools combined for 108 points, 1,036 yards and 55 first downs. Auburn quarterback and Heisman winner Newton accounted for a total 329 total yards and four touchdowns. Ohio State would be in very good position to win the game if Pryor approached Newton’s staggering numbers. And although Pryor and Newton play the game differently, despite their similar size and stature, Tressel plans on paying close attention to the Auburn game in his preparation for Arkansas. “We’ll study that one for sure because we always love to steal ideas from anybody,” Tressel said. “And most especially when you think you have similar capabilities.” 3. How will Arkansas try to crack the nation’s No. 2-ranked defense? The obvious and most probable answer is that the Razorbacks will rely on the arm of quarterback Ryan Mallett, who has passed for more than 3,500 yards and 30 touchdowns in consecutive seasons. The 6-foot-6 Michigan transfer also spreads the ball around — six of his teammates have 27 or more catches — but tends to favor D.J. Williams, who has 49 receptions this season. Williams, who won the John Mackey Award, which is given to the nation’s top tight end, presents a unique problem for the OSU defense: It hasn’t faced a tight end of Williams’ caliber all season long. A case could be made that the Razorbacks and their No. 3 passing offense haven’t seen a defense like the Buckeyes, who are not only atop the Big Ten in many defensive statistics but are also No. 5 nationally in third-down conversion percentage and No. 9 in red-zone defense, two critical defensive statistics. 4. Which team will win the special teams struggle? Deciphering the differences between the team’s two kickers is akin to distinguishing between identical twins. Devin Barclay and Arkansas’ Zach Hocker each have three misses on the year, and both have made all of their extra points. Thus, field position could come down to kick- and punt-return coverage. The OSU special teams, which hit rock bottom after allowing the opening kickoff to be taken for a touchdown at Wisconsin, has steadily improved over the last half of the season as the team has gotten players back from injury. Glancing over the statistics, each team appears to have an edge in the return game. OSU is No. 3 in the country in kick returns, as the tandem of Jordan Hall and Jaamal Berry has averaged nearly 27 yards per return. Meanwhile, Arkansas averages a little more than 17 yards on punt returns, good for fourth in the country. 5. Is this the year OSU snaps its bowl game losing streak against the SEC? A lot has to go right for the Scarlet and Gray to snap its 0-9 bowl game record against the SEC. But the main area OSU needs to focus on is something it’s done well in all season: forcing turnovers on defense and limiting them on offense. OSU is plus-14 in turnover margin, good for third in the country. Arkansas is plus two. It’s a cliché football adage, but whoever wins the turnover battle will win the Sugar Bowl. read more

4 former Ohio State football players set for Super Bowl XLVII

Four former Ohio State football players will be playing in Super Bowl XLVII Sunday, and they all happen to be playing for San Francisco. The 49ers, which are set to square off against the Baltimore Ravens at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, will feature some familiar names from Buckeye Nation: former OSU offensive lineman Alex Boone, wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr., linebacker Larry Grant and safety Donte Whitner. Alex Boone (2005-2008) Boone, who went undrafted in the 2009 NFL draft but got picked up for the 2010 season, has been with the 49ers his entire career. The Lakewood, Ohio, native started all four of his years in Columbus and played in the 2007 and 2008 BCS National Championships. As a 49er, he was a pro bowl alternate last season. Tedd Ginn Jr. (2004-06) Arguably, Ginn Jr. was one of the most exciting Buckeyes to watch in the Jim Tressel era. A Cleveland, Ohio, native, Ginn also returned kickoffs and punts for touchdowns. He even returned the opening kickoff in the 2007 BCS National Championship against Urban Meyer’s Florida Gators. Ginn was the ninth overall pick in the 2007 draft by the Miami Dolphins and was traded to the 49ers for a fifth round draft pick in 2010. Larry Grant (2006-07) Grant, who originally attended City College of San Francisco, transferred to OSU in 2006 before becoming a full-time starter in 2007. Grant, who like Boone appeared in back-to-back national championship games for OSU, was drafted in the seventh round of the 2008 NFL Draft by the 49ers before being traded to the St. Louis Rams. In 2011, Grant re-signed with the 49ers and has been with them ever since. Donte Whitner (2003-05) Whitner, another Clevelander, has played every level of football on the same team as Ted Ginn Jr., including stints at Glenville High School and OSU. As a Buckeye, Whitner was first-team All-Big Ten in 2005 and was drafted eighth overall in the 2006 NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills. After playing four seasons in Buffalo, he signed a three-year contract with 49ers. Whitner was named to the Pro Bowl last season. read more

Football The curious case of Demario McCall Ohio States enigmatic playmaker

Ohio State freshman running back Demario McCall (30) runs in a touchdown in the fourth quarter against Rutgers on Sep. 30. Ohio State won 56-0. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorNot many people can slow Demario McCall down.The sophomore H-back has dazzling speed. He averaged six yards on 63 carries and 22.5 yards per catch on six receptions in his first two seasons at Ohio State.But last year, McCall dealt with an obstacle that not only slowed him down, but shut him down, ending his season nearly before it even began. A day after the 2017 spring game, he underwent groin surgery to repair a sports hernia. He never fully recovered and said it continued to bother him “on-and-off.”After serving as running back Mike Weber’s backup as a freshman, many people expected McCall to take a significant offensive role in 2017. H-back Curtis Samuel and wideouts Dontre Wilson and Noah Brown left for the NFL, opening extra touches for playmakers like McCall. His anticipated leap never happened, though.McCall’s health prevented him from taking a major role in Ohio State’s offense. Instead, the Buckeyes relied upon Weber and freshman J.K. Dobbins at running back and Parris Campbell and K.J. Hill at H-back. The team also relied on Campbell and Weber as primary kick returners, and Hill as the primary punt returner.McCall did not touch the ball for the first three weeks of the season, then he caught one pass against UNLV in the fourth week of the season. The next week against Rutgers, McCall racked up a team-high 103 yards on 11 carries, including a 48-yard touchdown, and a 35-yard touchdown catch. Even after his dominance of the Scarlet Knights, head coach Urban Meyer expressed skepticism about McCall’s health.“He’s got more in the tank than what I saw,” Meyer said after Ohio State’s game against Rutgers. “So, you know, in that one where he broke away, usually he’s out. We’re still fighting through that thing. He’s doing a good job trying to fight through it.”McCall had three carries the following game, but never played again the remainder of the season. The Buckeyes opted to use a medical redshirt on McCall instead of hoping he could finally overcome the groin injury, Meyer said.Ohio State redshirt freshman running back Demario McCall (30) waits to return a kick in the third quarter of the Ohio State- UNLV game on Sep. 23. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe health issues were exacerbated by the difficulties McCall was already experiencing as he attempted to transition to H-back from running back, the position he played in high school. McCall said the coaching staff caught him off guard a few weeks into the season when he was told he would move away from running back to become a full-time slot receiver. That shift required a mindset adjustment because, as McCall said, “Once a tailback, always a tailback.”“I still had to work on myself becoming a receiver and not a tailback because I had the mindset of ‘I’m a tailback, but I’m going to help the receivers.’ That’s one thing that I had to change,” McCall said after the Cotton Bowl. “Now that I know that I’m a receiver, I had to put more work into jugs, route-running, top ends, just things like that.”Whether McCall will be able to show off those improvements remains uncertain. The same players as last season — Hill and Campbell — will presumably remain ahead of him on the depth chart entering next season. And given his diminutive 5-foot-9, 195-pound frame and Meyer’s penchant to play receivers who have blocking skills, McCall must overcome inexperience, injury and stature to earn playing time.The Buckeyes struggled to find a consistent top option in the passing game last season. Not many players have a higher top-end speed than Campbell, but he struggled to catch the ball. Hill has great hands, but lacks explosion. On the outside, wideouts Terry McLaurin, Austin Mack, Binjimen Victor and Johnnie Dixon each had standout moments, but no one made consistent plays. McCall might be the missing playmaker if given the opportunity. But regardless of the amount of touches he receives, McCall has only one goal in 2018, and it does not involve carries, catches or returns. “Physically, I want to be 100 percent healthy,” McCall said. “Without being 100 percent healthy, you’re a step behind. And that’s one thing I don’t want to be is a step behind because I was a step behind or two this year. It’s not a good feeling.”The speedy McCall is not used to being a step behind. Against Rutgers on Sept. 30, the only players a step behind wore Scarlet Knight uniforms. He might not have a clear path to playing time, but McCall’s inarguable talent with a regained burst offers Ohio State an intriguing weapon in 2018 it could not unleash last season. read more