TUSCALOOSA, AL – OCTOBER 02: A fan of the Alabama Crimson Tide holds up a sign about head coach Nick Saban during the game against the Florida Gators at Bryant-Denny Stadium on October 2, 2010 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)We’re exactly one month away from the first college football Saturday.The 2016 season is set to get fully underway on Saturday, Sept. 3.Who will be bringing home this year’s national championship?Alabama, Clemson and Oklahoma appear to be the three main favorites.We’ve made a prediction for this season – and the eight seasons that will follow.Looking at teams’ depth charts, head coaches, recruiting classes (and some creative thinking) we’re predicting who will take home college football’s national championship through the 2024 season.Get started with 2016.College Football’s Next 9 National Champions
Story Highlights Governor of the Bank of Jamaica, Brian Wynter, says that while challenges remain, the business climate in Jamaica is conducive to attracting increased private sector investment.“We need all our entrepreneurs to see it, understand it, and believe it. We need for them to believe it will last and to also have the faith to start investing or to invest even more,” Mr. Wynter said.He was addressing journalists and members of the business community during a media briefing held at the Hilton Rose Hall Hotel, Montego Bay, on May 19.He also encouraged the private sector, notably those engaged in tourism, exports and competitive import substitution, to “create more jobs and more sustainable growth.”Mr. Wynter said he fully expects the Montego Bay business community to grasp and appreciate the moment, considering that the city, once the poorest part of the island, was built on faith.He cited successful risk takers such as Jamaican hotelier, Gordon “Butch” Stewart and Entrepreneur, Tony Hart, who was responsible for starting the Montego Freeport industrial hub in 1967.“When American Oscar Hammerstein wrote the famous words…for the iconic musical, the Sound of Music in 1959, he was staying at his Jamaican property Highland House, right here in Montego Bay. Now, in 2017, the hills are reverberating with the rhythms of economic possibilities, because Jamaica is no longer a long shot; it is now the smart money,” Mr. Wynter stated.In the 2016 Doing Business Report of the World Bank, Jamaica was named among the 10 most improved economies for doing business in the world.The country’s ranking moved from 71st to 64th in the world, placing Jamaica as first in the Caribbean in respect of the ease of doing business, and sixth in Latin America and the Caribbean. He cited successful risk takers such as Jamaican hotelier, Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart and Entrepreneur, Tony Hart, who was responsible for starting the Montego Freeport industrial hub in 1967. Governor of the Bank of Jamaica Brian Wynter, says that while challenges remain, the business climate in Jamaica is conducive to attracting increased private sector investment. “We need all our entrepreneurs to see it, understand it, and believe it. We need for them to believe it will last and to also have the faith to start investing or to invest even more,” Mr. Wynter said.
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) will provide an opportunity to raise awareness of the importance of gender equality at this year’s World Maritime Day with the “Empowering Women in the Maritime Community” theme.In line with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, the theme would also highlight the important, yet under-utilized, contribution of women within the maritime sector.It gives IMO the opportunity to work with various maritime stakeholders to foster an environment in which women are identified and selected for career development opportunities in maritime administrations, ports and maritime training institutes and to encourage more conversation for gender equality in the maritime space.“Empowering women fuels thriving economies across the world, spurs growth and development, and benefits everyone working in the global maritime community in the drive towards safe, secure, clean and sustainable shipping,” IMO’s Kitack Lim earlier said.A series of activities and events will be held during 2019 related to the theme Empowering Women in the Maritime Community. Events will include the 3rd International conference on Empowering Women in the Maritime Community at the World Maritime University, Malmö, Sweden, to be held in April, World Maritime Day Parallel Event 2019 in Cartagena, Colombia, and Celebration of World Maritime Day at IMO Headquarters, both scheduled in September.
(Image: Human Rights Tribunal chair Shirish Chotalia. APTN/ file photo)APTN National NewsOTTAWA–The Federal Court issued a stinging rebuke to the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal Wednesday in a ruling overturning a decision to dismiss a discrimination complaint against the federal Aboriginal Affairs department over its funding to First Nations child and welfare services.Federal Court Judge Anne Mactavish ordered the tribunal to again hear the complaint, but with a different panel.Mactavish found that Conservative-appointed tribunal chair Shirish Chotalia committed a litany of errors when she decided to dismiss the complaint which was launched by the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society and the Assembly of First Nations.Mactavish found that the tribunal erred when it failed to provide its reasons for deciding the complaint could not proceed under the Canadian Human Rights Act. The judge also found that the tribunal erred when it found there was nothing to compare Aboriginal Affairs department’s handling of child and welfare services, despite the federal government’s own internal use of provincial standards as a benchmark.“The process that (the tribunal) followed in this case was not fair,” wrote Mactavish.The society and the AFN have argued that Aboriginal Affairs discriminates against First Nations children by failing to fund First Nations child welfare services at the same level as the provinces.Chotalia ruled on March 14, 2011, that First Nations on-reserve child welfare services could not be compared to provincial child welfare services. Her ruling handed a victory to the federal government which had been vigorously fighting the complaint.Amnesty International and the Chiefs of Ontario are also backing the complaint.Chotalia has been beset by troubles of her own. An internal investigation upheld claims of harassment leveled by tribunal employees against Chotalia.Aboriginal Affairs was also forced to launch its only internal probe after it emerged department officials were spying on Cindy Blackstock, the head of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society.
New Delhi: After the successful anti-satellite missile test by India, concerns are being raised from some quarters, including the United States and the UN Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR), over creation of space debris.The United States on Thursday said it will continue to pursue its shared interests with India in space and technical cooperation, but expressed concern over the issue of space debris. “The issue of space debris is an important concern for the US government. We took note of Indian government statements that the test was designed to address space debris issues,” a State Department spokesperson said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’After the missile test on Wednesday, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) here had sought to assuage such concerns stating that the test was done in the lower atmosphere to ensure there is no space debris. Incidentally, the United States was the first country to test ASAT. In September 1959, a High Virgo missile was launched by the US from B-58 aircraft targeting an Explorer satellite. However, it was unsuccessful, according to a paper presented by Anatoly Zak at the UNIDIR. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KA month later, a Bold Orion missile launched from a B-47 aircraft at an 11-kilometer altitude passed within four kilometers from the Explorer-6 satellite at an altitude of 251 kilometres. Further as latest as 2008, during Operation Burnt Frost, the US destroyed its own satellite, USA-193, with an SM-3 interceptor creating 174 pieces of trackable debris, plus non-trackable shards. In 2007, China destroyed its FengYun 1C weather satellite with an SC-19 missile, leaving behind space debris consisting of 3,280 pieces of trackable debris, as well as up to 32,000 pieces that are non-trackable. The UNIDIR too raised concern over the space debris. “Testing anti-satellite weapons in space can create damaging debris. Guidelines on testing these systems can prevent collateral damage and the escalation of tensions in outer space,” the UNIDIR tweeted with a video on the subject. Matthias Maurer, a European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut, said shooting down a satellite and voluntarily creating space debris is not a sign of being a responsible space power. “Shooting down a satellite to prove you’re a space power only shows that you’re not. No responsible space power contributes to creating voluntarily space debris! Space belongs to all mankind. Let’s use it for peaceful purposes and for the benefit of the people. @esa @dlr,” Maurer tweeted. On Wednesday, Daniel Porras, Space Security Fellow, UNIDIR, said conducting the tests at an altitude of 300 km does not augur well for satellites in the Low Earth Orbit . “It was not a good sign for LEO (low earth orbit)… which has telecommunication and earth observation satellites and also the International Space Station,” which cruises at a height of 400 km, he said. “The test was done at 300 km, so pretty low, meaning most of the debris will slowly come down. However, lots of objects near that altitude…. Not a good sign for all those LEO constellations. Also, if any debris damages other objects, India will be liable under the Liability Convention (if attribution is established),” Porras had tweeted. The MEA, in Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) released on Wednesday, said “whatever debris that is generated will decay and fall back onto the earth within weeks”.
Ahmedabad: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said the voter ID (identity card) is more powerful than the IED (improvised explosive device) of terrorists.He was speaking after casting his vote during the single-phase polling for Lok Sabha in his home state Gujarat. After casting his vote, Modi walked some distance from the polling booth and interacted briefly with mediapersons. “Indian democracy presents an example before the world. While on one hand, an IED (improvised explosive device) is the weapon of terrorists, on the other hand, the voter ID (identity) is the weapon and power of democracy,” he said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”I am confident that the power of voter ID is much more than the IED and we should understand the importance of the voter ID card and come out to vote in large numbers,” he said. Modi said he feels fortunate to participate in “the great festival of democracy” in his home state Gujarat. “The third phase of polling is taking place today in the country. I am fortunate that I also got the proud moment to fulfil my duty by voting in my home state Gujarat and to have an active participation in this great festival of democracy,” he said. “By voting, I feel the same sense of purity that one gets after taking bath at the Kumbh mela,” he told reporters. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KUrging people to vote with full enthusiasm, he said, “The intelligence of Indian voters to understand whom to vote and whom not to vote is a matter of case study.” He also welcomed the active participation of young voters, born in the 21st century, who are exercising their franchise for the first time in the ongoing Lok Sabha polls, and conveyed his best wishes to them. “This entire century belongs to those who are voting for the first time. They have to vote for the bright future of this century. Therefore, I would especially urge the new voters to commit to hundred per cent voting,” he said. “I am grateful to all the lovers of democracy who voted in large numbers in the first and second phases of the Lok Sabha elections,” he said.
Former Ohio State men’s basketball strength and conditioning coach Dave Richardson won’t be leaving the university for his next opportunity as he has been hired as the Buckeyes’ men’s lacrosse strength and conditioning coach, the school announced Wednesday afternoon.“Coach Richardson brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our program. He is an incredible leader and builder of young men,” men’s lacrosse coach Nick Myers said in a release. “We look for him to make an immediate impact as we prepare for the 2018 season and beyond.”Richardson was hired in 2005 by former men’s basketball coach Thad Matta as the program’s head strength and conditioning coach. He spent the past 12 season with the men’s basketball team.When Matta was fired and Chris Holtmann was hired as head coach, Richardson was not retained. Ohio State announced former Indianapolis Colts performance and conditioning coach Quadrian Banks would be Richardson’s replacement as men’s basketball strength and conditioning coach Friday.Last season, the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team reached the national championship for the first time in program history, falling 9-6 to Big Ten rival Maryland.“I have known coach Myers for a number of years and have a ton of respect for how he runs the program and the passion he has for building and teaching men,” Richardson said in a release. “I am excited to get going with this team and have high expectations for what we can achieve.”Richardson has never worked as a strength and conditioning coach with a specific focus on a lacrosse team.Prior to his time at Ohio State, Richardson spent five years as assistant strength trainer at the University of Miami (Fl.). He became the Hurricanes coach after working for six seasons as head strength and conditioning coach for the University of Louisiana at Monroe.
Real Madrid attacking midfielder Isco is yet to feature under new club boss Santiago Solari because he is overweight, according to Dani Ceballos.Isco had appendicitis surgery but rushed back into the starting lineup by former Real Madrid boss Julen Lopetegui, in the team’s 5-1 El Clasico thumping away to Barcelona, which proved the final game of the former FC Porto manager’s tenure.But Solari, who was recently appointed full-time manager, is yet to select Isco since taking over, with the former Real Madrid Castilla manager leading the first team to four straight wins during his time as interim coach.Ceballos explained the ongoing fitness issues currently affecting Isco after his operation.Mourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“He is a player who came from a major injury and went through surgery,” Ceballos told El Chiringuito.“With Julen, he played two consecutive games and with Solari, he said he saw him a bit out of shape, but he is training 100 per cent.“He knows the importance of managing a dressing room and has the philosophy of Madrid’s values.”
According to Andreas Herzog, both teams need a win to get promoted to the UEFA Nations League B and a chance for a playoff spot for the 2020 EuroIsrael and Scotland are tied on first-place in the UEFA Nations League C Group 1 with six points.But thanks to the tiebreaker rule, Israel only needs a tie with the Scotts to get promoted to League B.On the other hand, only a win gives Scotland a chance for a playoff spot for the 2020 Euro Championship.“First we have to go out and give the Scottish team a real battle,” said Israel manager Andreas Herzog according to Sky Sports.Scotland needs a hero: Billy Dodds Manuel R. Medina – September 10, 2019 According to former striker, Billy Dodds his country needs a hero to inspire future generations as the team’s hope to qualify to the EURO 2020 is small.“That is what’s key at Hampden Park.”“If we are not aggressive and cannot match the energy then it will be a tough game for us. We all know it is a great chance for us,” he added.“We are in first place in the group and we want to keep that position. We have to be ready for a lot of different circumstances and we have had a good preparation so far.”“From the beginning, we expect Scotland to put a lot of pressure on us and that’s why we need to be confident, calm and smart in possession,” he explained.“If we are able to create chances it will be a different thinking from the Scottish team and then it is an open game.”
The German Bundesliga giants defeated Nurnberg 3-0 today, just four days before their last UEFA Champions League group matchTwo goals by Robert Lewandoski and one by Franck Ribery let Bayern Munich win 3-0 against Nurnberg today in the German Bundesliga.And for Bavarian coach Niko Kovac, today’s performance is very satisfying.“We allowed them hardly anything over 90 minutes today. We created a lot of chances,” Kovac told the club’s official website.Crouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“It was important to keep a clean sheet, not to squander the lead and hurt our confidence by conceding goals.”“Positive results are always important. We’ve won our last three matches, and I’m satisfied with the way we did,” the Croatian added.“I haven’t seen a season like this before. We were lagging a bit last season but the gap is bigger this term. Dortmund won again today,” youngster Joshua Kimmich added.“So the season is really exciting because we aren’t on an upward trend all the time. We’re in a different situation now, and we’ll see if we have the right character in the team.”
Texas Department of Criminal Justice 00:00 /00:55 Share X Listen In 2018, after a years-long lawsuit, the state of Texas installed air-conditioning at the Wallace Pack prison southeast of College Station, as part of a settlement with inmates. But within the Texas Department of Criminal Justice system, there are just 29 facilities with air-conditioned beds. TDCJ spokesman Jeremy Desel said the other facilities have some air-conditioning in designated respite areas.“That includes having unit-based command centers that are activated during and National Weather Service deemed heat emergency,” he said.The Lychner state jail in Humble is one of those facilities without air-conditioned beds. The facility 20 miles northeast of Houston can house more than 2,000 inmates.“The Lychner state jail, it’s on our list as a partially air-conditioned unit, which means there are respite areas, education areas, chapel areas, those sorts of places that are air-conditioned,” Desel said.This year, state lawmakers considered a bill calling for a study on reducing the air temperature in TDCJ facilities. The bill did not pass, but Texas Criminal Justice Coalition policy analyst Douglas Smith said it’s significant that it was heard by a committee. “To my knowledge, there’s never been a hearing on air-conditioning or temperature standards inside of Texas prisons,” Smith said. “It’s something that people have talked about, but to my knowledge no one’s offered that bill and gotten that bill to a point where it can be debated in a committee.”Smith said one obstacle to air-conditioning prisons is the high cost. “I don’t see the Legislature ever willingly allocating those types of funds. There needs to be further success in the courts,” he said. “There needs to be something that forces the Legislature to act and go ahead and allocate those funds.” As of the 2019 legislative session, the state now requires TDCJ to file an annual report to lawmakers on temperature complaints from inmates. They are not required to report the temperatures inside prison cells. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: