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College Athletics Is Selling Young Black Men a Lie

As the nation gears up for March Madness, a recent news report says college athletics is failing young Black men.The Associated Press reports that Black male student-athletes have lower graduation rates than regular Black male students. According to a study of the 2014-15 academic year by University of Pennsylvania researcher Shaun Harper, only 54 percent of Black student-athletes at Power 5 conferences achieved degrees within six years. The graduation rate for regular Black male students was 58 percent.Harper said the problem is widespread and not just localized at big schools.“It happens just about everywhere,” said Harper. “Generations of young Black men and their parents and families are repeatedly duped by a system that lies to them about what their life chances are and what their athletic outcomes are likely to be.”Black males are being recruited by big-time college programs because of their athletic prowess, not because of their academic abilities. Although they are called student-athletes, they are more athlete than student.“When coaches are looking for the best athletic talent, that’s what they’re looking for,” Harper said. “They’re not really concerned with academic talent.”And while many of the students are sold on the idea of using college as a springboard to a career in the NBA or the NFL, in reality few of them make it to the big leagues.According to data from the NCAA, only 1.2 percent of college men’s basketball players get drafted by the NBA, and only 1.6 percent of college football players are recruited by the NFL.Harry Swayne, who played for Rutgers University and in the NFL, told The AP colleges need to do a better job of telling student-athletes that most of them are not going to have careers in professional sports.“Statistically, more than likely, they won’t make it,” Swayne said. “We don’t want to talk them out of their dreams; we just want to give them some reality, too. We want to introduce them to some other possibilities for when football is over, because it is coming to an end sooner than they think and sooner than they’re ready for.”Dr. Boyce Watkins, a former business professor at Syracuse University, has been a long-time critic of college athletics. He said when you consider the billions of dollars college football and basketball generate, and how little money the players get, the system is exploitative.“The billions generated by March Madness rival the money earned from the post season of nearly every professional sports league in the world,” said Watkins in a Huffington Post article. “At $613 million, the NCAA is earning over 40 percent more ad revenue than the entire NBA playoffs and over 60 percent more ad revenue than the entire post season for Major League Baseball.”Watkins has called on schools to start paying college athletes a salary. He said by labeling players “student athletes,” the NCAA has created a system that denies them the rights of regular workers. College athletics operates, like many American businesses, on low labor costs and huge profits for corporations. The players only get scholarships, but the coaches and administrators get million-dollar and six-figure salaries.“Athletes and their families deserve labor rights,” said Watkins. “The truth is that college athletes in revenue-generating sports are treated as neither Americans nor college students. Their ability to enjoy college is stripped by the rigors of their professional sports schedules and Draconian training regimen, thrust upon them by money-hungry coaches who could care less about education. The idea that Congress has conspired with the NCAA to allow athlete labor rights to be taken away in a manner that would be illegal in nearly any other industry adds insult to injury. Keeping athletes and their families in poverty while coaches and administrators get rich is not only fundamentally un-American, it is an embarrassment to us all.” read more

BAHAMAS Minister of the Environment Announced Landfill Remediation Shortlist

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, February 13, 2018 – Nassau – Minister of the Environment & Housing, the Hon. Romauld S. Ferreira, released the shortlist of seven qualified firms that were chosen from a total of 18 applicants who submitted Expressions of Interest (EOI), to be considered for submitting landfill remediation proposals to the government.A proposal to government would detail how the company plans to deconstruct, remediate, and operate the New Providence Sanitary Landfill, as well as all the Landfills throughout the Bahamian archipelago.On February 8, 2018, Minister Ferreira made the announcement to the press from the Ministry’s conference room at its headquarters on Charlotte Street. The order of the list does not reflect the Ministry’s preference for any company over the other.Companies shortlisted are:* Apapa International (Nassau) Ltd.* Bahamas Waste* Bahamas WPT Ltd.* Eastern Waste Systems Ltd.* Marine Contractors Inc.* Providence Advisors* Valoriza Servicios Medioambientales, S.A.By: Gena Gibbs (BIS) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

Juventus is stronger than Valencia Mohamed Sissoko

first_imgThe former Bianconeri midfielder says the Italian Lega Serie A club is favorite to win the UEFA Champions LeagueMohamed Sissoko played with Juventus from 2008 to 2011.He appeared in 71 matches in the Italian Lega Serie A while scoring three goals.And when asked what does he think about today’s match between his former side and Spanish La Liga club Valencia, he was very clear.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“I think Juventus is stronger than Valencia, it is clearly the favorite for this match but also to win the championship and the Champions League,” he was quoted by Calcio Mercato.“The Spaniards certainly are better than the first leg and will try to win, but at the moment few clubs can compete against Allegri’s formation.”“Juventus will start aggressively and will immediately mortgage the match so as not to repeat the mistake made against Manchester. Juventus will win easily,” he added.last_img read more

Theres a lot of frustration Button

first_imgThe Brighton and Hove Albion goalkeeper believes his team should have done something different in order to beat Premier League leaders Liverpool yesterday.Liverpool barely won 1-0 against Brighton and Hove Albion.And for goalkeeper David Button, they should have gotten more than just a defeat.“We limited their chances and had our own opportunities, so it is quite hard to take,” Button told the club’s official website.“I didn’t feel like I had too much to do either, we have a great defense who set up really strongly – especially at home.”Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“The game plan was always to keep it tight and hit them on the counter – we knew they would have the majority of the possession,” he added.“Then it was about dealing with their movement in attack and not letting them pick out their passes in midfield.”“We executed it for the majority of the game but didn’t get the rub of the green,” he commented.“We’ve got another big and tough game next Saturday now that we have to prepare for – we can take a lot of positives from how we’ve done, and we have to dust ourselves down and go again – hopefully we can get something from the game.”last_img read more

Police searching for two woman involved in armed confrontation at 99 Cents

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: January 4, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A shoplifting incident escalated into an armed confrontation last month at a San Diego discount store, and police Thursday sought the public’s help to locate two female suspects in the case, including one who allegedly held a gun to a store employee’s head before he tackled her and wrestled away the firearm.Police identified the suspects as 25-year-old Ariel Burrus and 22-year- old Irene Lee. The two were allegedly trying to steal several items on Dec. 13 from the Savers 99 Cents Store in the 4100 block of University Avenue when a store employee confronted them and blocked the store’s exit.The employee demanded that Lee show him what she was trying to steal, but both women were uncooperative, San Diego police robbery unit Lt. Eric Hays said.Burrus tried shoving her way past the employee, but was unsuccessful,” Hays said. “Burrus then pulled out a small caliber revolver from the back of her waistband and pointed it at the back of the employee’s head … cocked back the hammer and said `let us go.”’The employee instead turned and tackled Burrus to the ground while taking the revolver from her, Hays said. Lee tried kicking the employee while he tangled with Burrus on the ground, and the combative woman on the ground demanded the gun back, but the employee grasped the firearm until both women fled.Burrus allegedly told the employee that she would come back and kill him, Hays said.Lee is black, roughly 5 feet 8 and 130 pounds. Burrus is black, 5 feet 4, 140 pounds, with a shaved head.Investigators identified the two women from evidence left at the scene and asked anyone who knows their whereabouts to call the SDPD’s Robbery Unit at (619) 531-2299, San Diego County Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477 or contact the agency online at sdcrimestoppers.org. Tipsters may remain anonymous and could be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. January 4, 2018center_img , Police searching for two woman involved in armed confrontation at 99 Cents Storelast_img