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ESPN’s Poll Reveals Alabama Perceived As College Football’s Best Coaching Job

first_imgESPN SportsNation poll about the best college football coaching job.It’s always fun to debate which college football program is the most prestigious in the country. There are a number of ways to measure such an honor, including determining which head coaching job is the most coveted in the country. We went through and named our 16 most desirable head coaching gigs this past November. This week, ESPN asked the general public to chime in.In an ESPN SportsNation poll, Alabama was voted as the best coaching job in college football. The Crimson Tide received 35% of the vote, ahead of No. 2 Ohio State by a decent margin. Texas and USC came in third and fourth, though, to be fair, there were only four teams listed. “Other” took home 26% of the vote.Fans in specific regions made it clear that they believe their program should have been listed. It’s obvious that supporters of Oregon, Michigan, Nebraska, Oklahoma, LSU, Florida and Florida State felt that they should have been options as well. ESPNESPNDo you agree with the poll? Is Alabama really the best job in the country, or has Nick Saban’s success made it that way?last_img read more

Here’s The Favorite To Win Every Power 5 Conference, Per ESPN’s FPI

first_imgPower 5 conference logos.Predicting every team’s first loss. ESPN’s FPI, a statistics-based projection model that is supposed to be “the best predictor of a team’s performance going forward,” updated today. It has win-loss projections for every team, toughest schedule rankings, and a ranking of every team in the country, among other things. It also has the statistical favorites to win every Power 5 conference. Here are the favorites to win each league this fall. ACC Florida State – 43.8 percentClemson – 31.2 percentUNC – 8.2 percentLouisville – 6.4 percentMiami – 4.7 percentBig 12Oklahoma – 65.4 percentOklahoma State – 13.2 percentBaylor – 9.9 percentWest Virginia – 5.7 percentTexas – 3 percentBig TenMichigan – 29.3 percentOhio State – 22.6 percentNebraska – 18.8 percentWisconsin – 10.3 percentIowa – 6.4 percentSECLSU – 38.8 percentTennessee – 28.3 percentAlabama – 10.8 percentGeorgia – 10.5 percentOle Miss – 5.7 percentPac-12USC – 30.4 percentWashington – 23.4 percentUCLA – 18.4 percentStanford – 12.3 percentOregon – 6.7 percentYou can view the full percentages here.last_img read more

Maersk Honam to Anchor off Jebel Ali in 2nd Half of April

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Indian Coast Guard Maersk Line’s containership Maersk Honam, which is being towed to an anchor at Jebel Ali, has reached the Gulf of Oman, based on its latest vessel tracking data from Marine Traffic.“We have received the permission from the port authorities in Jebel Ali to anchor the vessel off Jebel Ali, and we expect it to reach the anchorage in the second half of April, all going well,” a spokesperson from Maersk Line told World Maritime News.The ship, which was hit by a major fire on March 6 while underway in the Arabian Sea, continues burning, according to an update from MSC, Maersk Line’s 2M Alliance partner.“The firefighting and cooling operations are ongoing, with various hotspots remaining,” MSC said on April 12.The vessel was halfway between Muscat and Karachi, in the northern Arabian Sea, at the time.The fire broke out in one of the ship’s cargo holds while the vessel was sailing some 650 nautical miles from Kochi. The fire has since claimed five lives of the crew.“At the anchorage, hot spots in the affected areas will be cooled down and completely extinguished. Further necessary work to bring the vessel alongside will be performed to ensure safe cargo discharge operations and the stability of the vessel, ” Maersk Line spokesperson said.Once these activities are completed, the vessel will move from anchorage to the Jebel Ali terminal to commence the discharge operations. However, the time of the arrival depends on a variety of unknown factors and can possibly change, the spokesperson explained.“We will only be able to clarify the situation once the cargo has been discharged and inspected but we can now provide to the owners of cargoes that were stored in the holds 1 to 3 some certificate of total loss if requested.“For the other cargoes, insurers should prepare the required GA and Salvage security bonds (when supplied by the General Average Adjusters), as those documents will be essential for the cargoes to reach their final destinations and be released under General Average,” according to MSC.The berthing and discharging operations of the fire-ravaged boxship are expected to result in high extraordinary costs, as confirmed by Maersk Line.The company has declared General Average, under which all parties with a financial interest in the voyage are to proportionally share the losses resulting from the incident.World Maritime News Staff; Image Courtesy: Indian Coast Guardlast_img read more

Organic dairy farmers vow to compete in changing industry

first_imgFAIRFIELD, Iowa – Small family operated dairy farms with cows freely grazing on verdant pastures are going out of business as large confined animal operations with thousands of animals lined up in assembly-line fashion are expanding into the organic market.Many traditional small-scale organic farmers are determined to fight back against the industry transformation by appealing to consumers to look closely at the organic milk they buy to make sure it comes from a farm that meets the idyllic expectations portrayed on the cartons. While the large operations say they’re meeting U.S. Department of Agriculture standards for organic milk, the smaller farms say federal regulators under Republican and Democratic administrations have relaxed enforcement of strict organic standards for dairy farms, allowing confinement dairies to grow and put intense competition on small family operated dairies.“There’s a higher authority than the USDA. There’s a higher authority than the federal courts where we’ve litigated some of these issues. And that’s the consumer. Their dollar has power,” said Mark Kastel at the Wisconsin-based Cornucopia Institute, a non-profit public interest group focused on farm policy.The dairy industry, like much of U.S. farming, has trended toward fewer but larger farms since the 1980s, when organic milk was available only at farmers markets or specialty grocers and the milk came from small-scale dairy farms selling to a local co-operative. Now organic dairy products are widely distributed by mainstream grocers and mass retailers including Costco, Target and Walmart. But much of those companies’ store-brand milk comes from dairies with thousands of cows maintained in immense confinement operations.Kastel says that style of farming is contrary to what the founders of the organic movement envisioned and what consumers believe they’re buying. His group on Thursday is releasing an updated Organic Dairy Scorecard , which will rank 160 brands evaluated for their organic practices including quality of pasture, how frequently cows graze and how often they’re milked.A spokeswoman for Aurora Organic Dairy, the industry’s largest supplier to grocery chains such as Costco, Safeway, and Walmart, said activists who believe organic food should come from only small producers are the primary critics inaccurately portraying large-scale organic production.Sonja Tuitele said the company’s farms have more than 10,000 acres (4,046 hectares) of organic pasture for grazing and the farms exceed minimum requirements for grazing days and per cent of diet from grazing.The company has nine barns in Colorado and Texas with about 26,000 cows. The largest has 4,400 cows and the smallest, 900 cows. Aurora CEO Scott McGinty said in a statement released in April that the company maintains two USDA accredited certifiers for each farm.“A second organic certification is a voluntary quality assurance step to ensure our farms receive more frequent inspections and measurement of compliance,” he said.Competition from large operations combined with plummeting dairy prices in the past four years have left organic dairy farmers either barely squeezing out a profit or in most cases losing money. It has accelerated the loss of smaller farms.The U.S. Department of Agriculture reported in February that the number of U.S. dairy farms, including organic and conventional fell nearly 4 per cent last year from the previous year to 40,219. The number of dairy farms declined 32 per cent in the last decade.For Patti and Brian Wilson, the changing industry has soured the profitability at their 600-acre dream dairy farm in Orwell, Vermont, they converted to organic 16 years ago. Milking their 50 cows has become unprofitable, said Patty, who was an agronomist with the USDA before she began farming full time.“We just put an ad out listing our herd for sale,” she said. “It’s been a slow decline, kind of a slow death.”Southern Iowa organic dairy farmer Francis Thicke’s strategy is to work with other farmers to create the Real Organic Project , an effort to create an additional label that will be placed on packaging to tell consumers that the products meet traditional organic standards. A pilot project this year will have 50 farms with products carrying the Real Organics label.In addition to meeting USDA certification requirements, they must meet the project’s standards, including that produce has been grown in soil and not hydroponically and that animals have access to the outdoors.Thicke, who has been in organic farming since the 1970s, walks among 85 docile Jersey cows on his 730-acre (295-hectare) Radiance Dairy farm near Fairfield as they lounge under a grove of trees on a sunny summer day, casually walking and grabbing mouthfuls of thick green grass. He sells 2,000 gallons (7,570 litres) of organic milk a week in the form of milk, cheese and yogurt to nearby restaurants, grocery stores and a private college.“Basically, it’s just bringing organic back to the roots that the pioneer organic farmers envisioned,” Thicke said of the Real Organics label effort.___Follow David Pitt on Twitter: https://twitter.com/davepitt___This story has been corrected to remove reference to Organic Farmers Association, which is a separate group from those working on the Real Organic Project.last_img read more

Feds restarting Indigenous talks over pipeline wont appeal court decision

first_imgThe Trans Mountain pipeline expansion plan to triple capacity of the existing pipeline between Edmonton and Burnaby, B.C., is in limbo while Ottawa attempts to fulfil requirements to consult Indigenous communities and consider the environmental impact the pipeline will have from additional oil tankers off the coast of British Columbia.Last month, Sohi ordered the National Energy Board to go back and do a better environmental review of the risk of oil spills and the impact on marine life when the number of oil tankers in the Burrard Inlet rises to 35 a month from about five.Sohi gave the NEB until the end of February to report back on the environmental review but is not putting a deadline on the Indigenous consultations.“We believe that meaningful consultation can be undertaken in a focused and efficient manner,” he told a news conference today.“We are not going to put a timeline on these consultations because we feel that it is our duty to faithfully engage with the Indigenous communities to get this right.”(THE CANADIAN PRESS) OTTAWA, O.N. – The federal government will not appeal the court decision that tore up cabinet approval for the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion and is appointing former Supreme Court justice Frank Iacobucci to oversee a new round of consultations with Indigenous communities.Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi says the government does not intend to start the phase-three Indigenous consultations from the beginning but will use them to address the weaknesses that led to the Federal Court of Appeal decision in August.The court found that while the government did spend several months in 2016 meeting with Indigenous communities concerned about the pipeline, those consultations were largely note-taking exercises and the government did not do anything to address the concerns that were raised.last_img read more

Trai studying global best practices … to fix OTT views by May: Centre

first_imgNew Delhi: Telecom regulator Trai hopes to finalise, by May-end its views on whether Over-The-Top (OTT) services like Whatsapp and Skype should be brought under the regulatory regime, an issue on which it has kept an “open mind” and studied global best practices and European model, a top official said. Telecom Regulatory Authority of India Chairman R S Sharma said that the regulator has also studied the European Electronic Communications Code (European Union is amending the common rules regulating the telecom industry) and will keep global best practices in mind while formulating its opinion. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalOTT services refer to applications and services that are accessible over the Internet and ride on an operator’s network. Skype, Viber, WhatsApp and Hike are some of the popular and widely-used OTT services. “We have studied the European Union’s model…they have come up with Electronic Communications Code. We have also studied global best practices and we will keep those in mind,” Sharma said. The European Electronic Communications Code outlines updated rules for providers of mobile and fixed-line services, moots regulations for new online communications services and is a move towards harmonising a single European telecom market. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostTrai is holding an open house discussion on OTT issues in Bengaluru on Wednesday and plans to have a similar one in Delhi soon. “We have an open mind, like in all consultations where we follow a set process … By May-end we should be able to formulate our recommendation or regulation on the matter,” Sharma said. Last year, Trai had issued its consultation paper — Regulatory Framework for Over The Top Communications Services’ – to debate whether OTT players should be brought under the regulatory regime. Of late, many of these platforms have come under greater scrutiny, and the Indian government is also proposing changes in IT rules to seek greater accountability from these firms. Trai has, however, made it clear that the scope of its current consultation would be regulatory issues and economic concerns pertaining to those OTT services that are “same or similar” to the services provided by telecom service providers (TSPs). Its discussion paper is aimed at analysing and discussing “changes that may be required in the current regulatory framework to govern these entities; and the manner in which such changes should be effected”. The regulator had sought the industry’s views on which OTT services should be regarded as the same or similar to those offered by telecom operators, and if “substitutability” should be the main criteria for comparison of regulatory or licensing rules applicable to TSPs and OTT service providers.last_img read more

Scouting Michigan What to watch for from the Wolverines

Michigan running back De’Veon Smith (4) goes over Illinois defensive back Stanley Green for a touchdown on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016, at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich. Michigan won, 41-8. Credit: Courtesy of TNSIn a game filled with years of ill-will and hatred for the other side, the stakes are high in the 112th all-time meeting between the No. 2 Ohio State Buckeyes and the No. 3 Michigan Wolverines. Some of college football’s most recognizable names — Woody Hayes, Bo Schembechler, Charles Woodson, Troy Smith, Desmond Howard, Archie Griffin to name a few — have been a part of the most storied rivalry in college football.When asked about his earliest memory of the rivalry, OSU coach Urban Meyer talked about having to skip watching the game for a trip to the mall with his mother. Even from a young age, he knew he was a Buckeye.When asked if there was ever any doubt in which side he would cheer on, Meyer said, “None.”Playoff implications are on the line in Columbus, and each team has arguably its best group on the field in recent history. Michigan, with the dynamic ability of junior linebacker Jabrill Peppers and the hard-nosed running of senior running back De’Veon Smith, have been a dominant force on defense and in the run game all season. A loss to the Iowa Hawkeyes hurt playoff aspirations, but did little to deter the Wolverines and coach Jim Harbaugh from the ultimate goal of the team’s first national championship in nearly 20 years.OSU, with a memorable national championship run just two seasons ago still fresh in the minds of fans, is led by the steady hand of redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett. The cool head of Barrett, mixed with the freak athleticism of redshirt sophomore safety Malik Hooker on defense, has thrust the Buckeyes into the No. 2 spot in the College Football Playoff poll. It’s about more than just pride and bragging rights for a year. It’s about playoff hopes, a chance to hoist a golden trophy and the right to call yourself the best in the country. This time, The Game is more than just a rivalry.OffenseWhile Michigan has struggled at times in the passing game, the experience of redshirt sophomore quarterback Wilton Speight has helped guide the Wolverines down the field and into the endzone on 16 occasions. The 6-foot-6 Virginia native has thrown for 15 scores, and even trotted in for his first touchdown of the year against Maryland earlier this season.The problem for the Buckeyes in preparation for The Game has been decided which quarterback to prepare for. Senior transfer quarterback John O’Korn started last Saturday for Michigan after Speight reportedly broke his collarbone in the team’s lone loss of the season against Iowa. In his fill-in role, O’Korn was far from impressive, picking up just 78 total yards without a score.OSU redshirt junior defensive end Tyquan Lewis remained defiantly confident, no matter who is in at quarterback for Michigan on Saturday. “It doesn’t really matter to me because every team has their scheme with what they’re going to do,” he said. “But at the end of the day, it’s about who’s going to put their hand in the dirt and just (go). You can play whatever formation you want to play, we’re going to play whatever defense we have to to dominate.”Regardless of who is chucking the ball down the field for Michigan, Harbaugh’s team benefits from a group of wily veterans at wide receiver with Amara Darboh and Jehu Chesson. Darboh, a redshirt senior born in Sierra Leone, leads the team with six touchdowns and will test OSU’s secondary with his large frame and physicality. Chesson, also a redshirt senior, was a force for Michigan last year with nine touchdowns. Since then, the 6-foot-3 wideout has been quiet in terms of scoring with just two touchdowns in 2016, but torched the Buckeyes last season with 111 yards and a score. These two receivers, paired with the ability of redshirt senior tight end Jake Butt to get open downfield, could cause OSU to play catch-up all day long.Against Indiana last weekend, Michigan took to the ground instead of the air, and leaned on one of the team’s best players in Smith. Smith, an Ohio native, is a bruising force out of the backfield and has picked up 22 career touchdowns with the Maize and Blue. Smith has carried the ball 25 times over the last two weeks, compiling 186 yards and a pair of touchdowns.A darkhorse in the run game for Michigan is senior fullback Khalid Hill. With 22 carries for nine touchdowns this year, he truly embodies the nickname of “Michigan’s Human Battering Ram.”DefenseIt’s difficult to label Peppers as just a defensive player with his ability to line up basically anywhere on the field. The jack-of-all-trades lined up in 10 — no, that is not a typo — positions against Michigan State, and plays multiple positions in nearly every game. He is predominantly a linebacker but causes matchup problems wherever Harbaugh places him, so expect to hear his name a few times on Saturday.Even with his big play ability, Barrett said he will not be concerned with just Peppers.“I think he’s a really good player but I mean I guess last year I didn’t seek him out,” he said. “This year, I know he’s playing a different position, but I think what we’re going to do is going to be effective. It’s not going to be me trying to figure out where he is at all times.”Michigan junior linebacker Jabrill Peppers (5) pushes Michigan State safety Chris Frey away during a run in Michigan’s 32-23 victory in Spartan Stadium. Credit: Courtesy of U-M Photography.Senior cornerback Channing Stribling leads the Wolverines with four interceptions in 2016, while he and senior safety Delano Hill have each returned picks for touchdowns this season. “It’s going to be man coverage,” Meyer said. “There’s no secret. It’s what they play, and they’re very good players.”Michigan’s secondary is filled with quality players, but this unit is far from the most intimidating group on the Maize and Blue defense.The defensive front-seven of the Wolverines has been as dominant a unit in the NCAA as any this season. Senior defensive end and Ohio native Taco Charlton has taken the quarterback to the turf six times this year, with Peppers right behind at five sacks. Allowing just 108 yards rushing per game, Michigan’s defense will be an interesting test for an OSU offense that racks up an average of 263 yards on the ground per game.What Michigan’s defense has in keeping opposing offenses from moving the ball, it lacks in creating turnovers. The Wolverines average just 1.5 turnovers per game, grabbing one pick in each contest. While OSU has been careful with the ball for most of the season, the Buckeyes should have no problem in giveaways on Saturday.BreakdownCalling this game is never easy and this year makes things that much more difficult given how well each side has played. With Speight in, Michigan’s offense has functioned at a much higher level. Without him, the Wolverines lose a dynamic ability. Whether or not the redshirt sophomore plays could dictate the outcome.OSU has struggled to slow run games as of late, and having a running back like Smith who can carry a team might give the Buckeyes a nightmare scenario. Expect Harbaugh to put it on the ground as much as possible.Michigan’s defense is hungry to get to quarterbacks, and has injured an astounding five starting signal callers for opposing teams this season. That, paired with the implications of the game, would make any player nervous. That is, except for Barrett, who has his eyes set on the Wolverines.“I don’t even think that far,” he said. I’m just trying to play my best so we can win the game.”Even if Barrett brings his best game, and the Silver Bullets can create a few turnovers, it might not be enough to overcome a powerful Michigan team. Look for a game to remember, but one that might end the playoff hopes for the Buckeyes.Prediction: Michigan 21 – OSU 17 read more

Aubameyang Arsenal havent seen the best of me yet

first_imgArsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang teased that he’s still not at 100% peak performance, despite a stunning start to the seasonThe Gabon international’s brace in Arsenal’s 4-2 derby win over Tottenham on Sunday made him the sole leader of the Premier League scoring charts with 10 goals.However, Aubameyang reckons there is still more left in the tank from him.“It’s early in the season and I know that we have good strikers in this league,” Aubameyang told Arsenal.com.“It will be tough, but I am happy that we won against Tottenham. I think the most important thing, as I always say, is the team.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“I think I’m not at my 100 per cent, but it is coming. It’s coming. Against Tottenham, I felt very good on the pitch and I am really happy. But my best form is coming.“It’s the best league in the world so it’s a great challenge for me. Of course I prefer playing centrally, but I know that I am can help the team and sometimes the coach puts me on the left side. But as I said, it’s my favourite position, so on Sunday it was good.”Since his club record arrival of £56m from Borussia Dortmund in January, Aubameyang has scored 22 goals in 32 games for Arsenal.The Gunners will next face Manchester United away at Old Trafford on Wednesday night.last_img read more

Ranieri highlights Fulhams inexperience in late defeat

first_imgClaudio Ranieri pin-pointed Fulham’s lack of experience for their loss to Tottenham Hotspur in Sunday’s clash at Craven Cottage.Fulham were closing in on a point in the bid for survival after Fernando Llorente’s own goal was cancelled out by Dele Alli.But Ranieri’s men showed a poor knowledge in game management when they failed to run down the clock, allowing Harry Winks to power in the header to give Spurs all three points in the dying seconds.“It was a good match,” Ranieri told Sky Sports. “The first half was fantastic for us. We scored, maybe there was a penalty too after our goal.FC Shakhtar Donetsk v TSG 1899 Hoffenheim - UEFA Champions League Group FOfficial: AS Roma appoint Paulo Fonseca Taimoor Khan – June 11, 2019 AS Roma have announced the appointment of Paulo Fonseca as the club’s new manager after Claudio Ranieri’s interim sojourn comes to an end.Roma have…“The second half they tried to do their best but the two goals, we lack experience.“With one minute at the end we have a free-kick and put it in the box, why? Take it to the corner.”The crushing late defeat leaves Fulham seven points from safety at the bottom of the Premier Leaguelast_img read more

New courses in affordable housing policy

first_imgNew courses in affordable housing policy KUSI Newsroom, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The San Diego Taxpayers Educational Foundation offers affordable housing policy courses are available through Point Loma Nazarene University and coming soon through UCSD extension.Registration closes for the online course through PLNU on March 7. The course begins on March 11, and is open to anyone, according to the SDCTA.The for-credit UC San Diego extension course, which will launch later this spring, is a hybrid online and in-classroom class with pre-course and post-course online work modules. We designed this course for government agency staff and professionals working in government agencies that focus on housing services, so they can do a deeper economic dive into the subject that helps them come up with ideas for improving housing availability.For more information on the courses and the SDCTA click here. KUSI Newsroom Posted: March 4, 2019 March 4, 2019 Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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