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first_imgTwo abducted girls held at grim Syria camp must be returned home – UN experts: Switzerland OHCHRUN human rights experts* today called on Switzerland to repatriate two sisters, aged 9 and 14, who are being held at a squalid camp in north-eastern Syria after they were allegedly abducted by their mother five years ago when she went to join Islamic State fighters.The two fathers of the girls, who both live in Geneva, have asked the Swiss Government to take the necessary steps to repatriate their daughters who were ostensibly taken by their mother on a vacation in August 2016, but ended up in Syria.“Children should not have to bear the terrible burden of simply being born to individuals allegedly linked or associated with designated terrorist groups,” the experts said.“Deprived of their liberty for several years already in the camp of Al-Hol and then in Roj, denied of their right to return to Switzerland and be reunited with their families, the detention of these two children increasingly exposes them to all kinds of abuse.”The half-sisters’ medical situation is of great concern, the experts added. The eldest girl has anaemia and is believed to have suffered a severe shrapnel wound to her leg. She is said to have undergone three operations. The youngest girl is also believed to be in poor health. There are serious concerns they might both be lacking necessary medical care, including specific health services and orthopaedic devices for the eldest.The experts expressed deep concern about the humanitarian situation of the girls whose situation of vulnerability is exacerbated by the complex and uncertain environment, and the makeshift, squalid and precarious conditions of the camps in north-eastern Syria.Children detained for association with armed groups should be recognised as victims of serious violations of human rights and humanitarian law; their rehabilitation and reintegration and, if possible, family reunification should always be a priority, they said.The girls’ mother was arrested by the Syrian Democratic Forces and transferred, along with her daughters, to the Roj camp in the summer of 2019, where they are still reportedly being held today.“The detention of these two Swiss girls in these conditions is contrary to their best interests and contravenes international human rights conventions to which Switzerland is a party,” the experts said. “In this respect, Switzerland’s position not to actively intervene to repatriate the mother of the two children should not be a reason to leave these two girls in such a distressing situation in which they are held now.”The Swiss authorities have a duty to ensure effective protection of their nationals abroad, especially those in a situation of vulnerability, including children, and in this case particularly girls, where they are at risk of serious human rights violations or abuses, they said. Several thousand children are still living in camps in north-eastern Syria in similar conditions to those of these two girls. “The return of children to their country of origin is a humanitarian imperative and human rights obligation. The repatriation of these two children should not be further delayed,” the experts said. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:abuse, children, detention, environment, Family, Father’s, Geneva, Government, health services, Human, Human Rights, Humanitarian, Mother, OHCHR, Switzerland, Syria, UNlast_img read more

first_imgPlayers spent $17.5m during Pokémon Go Fest 2020Spending reached $8.9 million on event’s opening day, biggest one-day revenues since 2016James BatchelorEditor-in-ChiefTuesday 28th July 2020Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleNianticLast weekend’s Pokémon Go Fest saw a massive spike in user spending, with $17.5 million spent across the two-day event.Sensor Tower estimates show players spent $8.9 million on Saturday, July 25 and $8.6 million on Sunday, July 25.By comparison, revenues for Friday, July 24 reached $7.8 million.The $8.9 million generated on the first day of the event makes it the most lucrative single day for player spending in the game since July 29, 2016, when players spent $13.3 million.Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games Since the start of the year, Pokémon Go has generated $539 million, bringing its lifetime revenue to almost $3.7 billion across the last four years.Developer Niantic made significant changes to the game earlier this year to account for the COVID-19 pandemic. While the game centres around players going out into the real world and interacting with different locations, the studio made it easier for players to progress while staying at home.This has an immediate effect, with revenues spiking just a week later.Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Mobile newsletter and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesNiantic launches Black Developers Initiative, offers funding and mentorshipPokémon Go developer continues efforts to support underrepresented Black developers in creating new AR gamesBy James Batchelor 3 months agoNiantic acquires community gaming platform MayhemSan Francisco gaming start-up to bring more social gaming experience to Pokemon Go makerBy Rebekah Valentine 4 months agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more

first_imgThese shortages affect the treatment of some of the most critical emergency medical conditions for which EMS is requested. The inability to be able to treat severe pain, for example, due to the unavailability of narcotic analgesics, presents a serious obstacle to EMS systems tasked with mitigating such situations as fractured femurs encountered by young children injured while roller-skating in the park, or the elderly with broken hips who are writhing in agony. What is the cause of this shortage? The federal agencies seem to be blaming each other, support organizations seem to be blaming the manufacturers, and most seem to blame the regulators. All this makes us–administrators of EMS systems–want to go swallow some Mentos and a Diet Coke. Whoever is to blame for these shortages, everyone is EMS is feeling the effects. Patient safety is at risk because of the non-availability of many medications. Third, consider extending expiration dates, though that is a decision that ultimately falls to the Medical Director to authorize. Some companies can examine your medications and extend the manufacturer’s expiration dates based on chemical testing and potency. Consultation with state agencies may be beneficial in the area of extending expirations dates, but even then, what’s the alternative? Suggestions to SurviveFirst, we recommend that all EMS agencies monitor the usage of every medication deployed in their system. Historical data is very reliable on usage and can give you some guiding insight on the “par levels” that you set for each drug box. Crisis WorsensAn Internet search for drug shortages illustrates the extent of the problem. High-cost cancer drugs and therapeutics have the federal officials on the news addressing the shortage issues and acknowledging that this is an unacceptable practice. These medications typically affect only a small fraction of the population. The Major Metropolitan Medical Directors Coalition feels this is an action that EMS medical directors must consider because it’s our responsibility to properly treat our patients and protect our crews and agencies. Finally, medical directors can explore the possibility of using a pharmacy accredited by the Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board (PCAB) that can “compound” medications for their EMS agency. Consult www.PCAB.org for accredited “compounding pharmacies” that may be able to provide many of the medications that are in short supply or unobtainable from existing supply sources. Compounding pharmacies have the ability to turn around orders from approved EMS agencies within one week of an order.–Jeff Beeson, DO; David Lehrfeld, MD; Ray Fowler, MD & Craig Manifold, DO The prehospital population far exceeds the oncology population, and from an EMS perspective, we’re experiencing critical shortages of medications that cost less than $1 a dose (e.g., epinephrine, dextrose and benzodiazepine). These medications are essential to the ambulance drug box.It appears that there’s no easy fix for this problem and that shortages will continue. The most recent report from a national vendor at press time reveals shortages in morphine, fentanyl, midazolam, magnesium sulfate, lidocaine, versed and ketamine, with uncertain future delivery dates. This is a huge problem for us. Don’t Leave Patients Behind. Refusals of care are one of the highest risk areas for liability after crashes. Take your time to ensure that the patient has the capacity to make a decision to refuse care and carefully document your explanations and the patient’s response. Short scene times and poorly written patient care reports and refusals are key indicators of a problem in your system. Consider a medical review of all patient refusal cases, which some EMS systems have already implemented. Slow Down. Vehicle crashes are the biggest risk for EMS liability. Studies show that shaving a few minutes off of response time rarely makes a difference in patient outcome. With the increase in distracted drivers, we need to be more diligent in our defensive driving practices. Remember: If you arrive 30 seconds late, no one will remember, but if you arrive 30 seconds early and kill someone in the process of getting there, no one will ever forget. Although, in the chaotic environment of EMS, we become creatures of habit. Just rearrange the medics’ jump kits and feel the wrath of the troops. We want the epinephrine to be in the same place, in the same box, at the same concentration–every time. These options come with risks due to changes in concentration and usual practices. In hospitals, nurses commonly work with different physicians who order various dosages of the same medication. In the hospital, however, a pharmacist is generally available to change the concentration of a drug in a vial to some other concentration in that setting “¦ carefully and meticulously. Many EMS agencies are negotiating purchase arrangements with area hospitals. Often hospitals are the biggest purchasers of certain medications, and building relationships with the local hospitals may help manage drug shortages. State pharmacy statutes typically allow these purchasing arrangements, as do the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) regulations. On the other hand, don’t expect hospitals to be much help if they’re also running out of medications. It’s often difficult for an EMS operation to completely change any single drug. With providers working different shifts and locations, similarity and consistency are necessities. Multiple training challenges exist and frequent changes are a recipe for disaster, often at the patient’s expense. You might consider reducing the par level for the drug box on certain medications, carrying three ampules of a medication rather than five, thus providing some extra medication to distribute throughout the agency. How much do you keep on hand? What’s your projected time until you run out? Having these answers will help you keep in close contact with your distributor.center_img Don’t Drop People. As patients get bigger, there’s an increase in injury to patients and providers when lifting and moving. Make sure you have a policy on when “extra manpower” should be called, have good preventive health screenings of your staff and follow safe lifting and moving practices. Interestingly, non-emergent ambulance transports and wheelchair van transports seem to place patients at a higher risk for injury, perhaps due to the smaller number of staff who may handle these calls. We must insist on maintaining the same drug concentrations to decrease the potential for errors. To address these shortages, EMS administrators, have, at times, had to trade, promise, cajole and beg to obtain these essential medications. Many EMS systems have been forced to extend expiration dates for a few weeks at a time to avoid a public healthcare crisis. These actions are being taken to be able to treat patients in critical need of these medications. There are many anecdotal stories of medication errors when drug concentrations, methods of delivery (carpujet vs. ampule) or packaging and labeling change. To reduce risk, EMS must take all steps to maintain consistency in drug dosages and packaging, including the training and protocol re-writing that goes into making these changes. It’s very hard to do this overnight. We’re putting both our patients and our providers at risk when we place new concentrations of familiar drugs–or emergently substitute unfamiliar medications–on a continuous basis within our systems. This isn’t acceptable to EMS medical directors. Finally, it’s all about attitude. There was lots of discussion about how a negative attitude is often the “root cause” of most liability. The bottom line is people don’t sue you if they like you. We need to set and communicate expectations to all members of our staff and then call people out on bad behavior when we see it–even if we aren’t a supervisor. We all have a professional responsibility to ensure that safe, competent and patient-centered care is provided to our patients. “What happens in the truck stays in the truck” is an unacceptable approach to managing risk in today’s highly litigious environment. The public, our lawmakers and pharmaceutical company officials need to be aware that EMS crews may soon arrive at homes in which a child is actively seizing, in critical need of midazolam or diazepam to eradicate their condition, and not have these lifesaving drugs available to treat them.These are real shortages, affecting real people and putting our citizens in harm’s way. It’s important that this drug shortage be corrected immediately to avoid forcing EMS systems, and their field personnel, to administer medications in concentrations that vary from existing treatment practices and protocols. PRO BONO If you missed the big show in Baltimore, you missed a great conference. Here’s a glimpse of just a few of the “hot topics” talked about in the EMS law and risk management sessions sponsored by Page, Wolfberg & Wirth, as well as some quick “respected practices” that came out of these sessions: The first indication of the problem began in 2010 when cardiac epinephrine and dextrose 50% (D50) were in short supply. It happened quickly. We suddenly found that we would have been out of these medications in less than a month, with no future delivery date in sight. At that time, many services chose to use substitutions, such as multi-dose epinephrine vials, have crews dilute 1:1,000 epinephrine with saline or use D10% in water. We’re running out of essential medications for the care of our patients. A national shortage currently exists for many of the commonly used medications in EMS. Inform your purchasing department that new emergency procedures need to be in place. If a non-approved vendor has a supply of a needed medication, you don’t have weeks to go out for bids. You need to purchase now. Don’t Commit Fraud. The government has really stepped up its enforcement of the fraud and abuse laws. Ambulance documentation of the patient becomes a key element in these cases. We need to tune up our patient documentation so that it paints a clear, accurate and objective “picture” of the condition of the patient at the time of transport, including such reasons as the patient needs to be transported by ambulance and can’t be safely transported by other means (if that’s the case). Ambulance documentation should always be honest–never make things up or misrepresent the condition of the patient. But on the other hand, the documentation should be complete and unbiased. Don’t let your dislike of transporting a non-emergent patient selectively cloud your documentation. Second, assign someone to make sure that your “soon to expire medications” are used first. Don’t place the newest medications into the drug kit when the stock on the truck, for example, is near expiration. Swap them out, and place the drugs nearer expiration into the drug kit.last_img read more

first_img Nov 23, 2018 Nov 5, 2018 CDB approves funding to expand, rehabilitate Barbados… You may be interested in… CARICOM’s Multilateral Air Services Agreement (MASA) was among matters presented to a meeting of the North American, Central American and Caribbean Directors of Civil Aviation, held this week in Ottawa, Canada. CARICOM Secretariat’s Head of the Transportation Unit, Dr. Pauline Yearwood delivered a presentation on ‘Assistance towards the Finalization of the MASA’.   This Agreement recognizes that the principal means of transport within CARICOM, particularly for persons, is by air, and that there are several airlines operating within the Region and  between the Community and other parts of the world.  Some of the airlines, such as Caribbean Airlines,  and LIAT are also national airlines for some Member States.  The Agreement points to the importance of all stakeholders operating by common rules. CARICOM Meeting with the Secretary General of ICAO, Her Excellency, Dr. Dr. Fang Liu (l-r) Melvin Cintron, Regional Director, NACC; Janice Miller, High Commissioner, Jamaican High Commission, Ottawa Nari William-Singh, Director General, Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority and Director of the Caribbean Aviation Safety and Security Oversight System [CASSOS]; Dr. Pauline Yearwood, CARICOM Secretariat; Dr. Fang Liu, Secretary General, International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).Bahamas delegation’s Meeting with NACC: (l-r) Mr. Melvin Cintron, Regional Director, NACC; Mr. Delvin R. Major, Chief Investigator of Air Accidents, Aircraft Accident Investigation Authority of the Bahamas; Dr. Pauline Yearwood, Deputy Programme Manager, Transportation, CARICOM Secretariat; Mr. Nari William-Singh, Director General, Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority and Director of the Caribbean Aviation Safety and Security Oversight System [CASSOS]; Captain Charles B. Beneby, Director General, Bahamas Civil Aviation Authority and Julio César Siu, Deputy Regional Director, NACC.Dr Yearwood was also expected to facilitate and participate in Meetings with CARICOM Member States. Eleven CARICOM Member States are part of the hemispheric body, which is a part of the International  Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO.) These are:  Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Grenada, Haiti, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and Trinidad and Tobago. SG calls for distinct CARICOM representation on ICAOCaribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque on Wednesday called for a distinct CARICOM voice among the 36 seats on the International Civil Aviation Organisation’s Council. Delivering remarks at the opening of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Air Transport Conference at the Guyana Conference Centre on 21 November 2018,…November 23, 2018In “CARICOM”CARICOM Heads of Government committed to competitive transportation industryHeads of Government of CARICOM are committed to deliver a competitive transportation industry, and are looking for the right model that would be fiscally appropriate for the provision of transportation services in the Region. The CARICOM Heads of Government had extensive discussions on regional transportation during their two-day Intersessional Meeting…March 5, 2019In “Associate Member States”Regional Transportation Commission meets in GeorgetownThe Regional Transportation Commission (RTRC) met at the CARICOM Secretariat in Georgetown, Guyana, on February 1, to continue its work towards the provision of adequate, efficient and safe transportation services at affordable cost to the people of the Community. In July 2013, conscious that transportation services delivered in CARICOM had…February 4, 2016In “CARICOM”Share this on WhatsApp Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago sign CARICOM Multilateral… center_img CARICOM looking to re-introduce single security check Feb 27, 2019 SG calls for distinct CARICOM representation on ICAO Nov 23, 2018 The Canada meeting was also expected to discuss the business plan for the ICAO 2010 – 2011 Triennium, the accountability report of the ICAO/NACC’s “No Country Left Behind Strategy”,  and global aviation needs, challenges and security implementation matters. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… last_img read more

first_imgMinister Catherine Daniel (file photo)Village councils have been encouraged to help build community resilience as it observes Local Government Month.May has been observed as Local Government Month for the past twenty-nine years. The month is set aside to highlight the role that local government plays in national development. This year’s observation will be held under the theme ‘Building Resilience Through Local Government’.In an address to officially open the month-long observation on Tuesday 1 May 2018, Minister for Ecclesiastical Affairs, Family and Gender Affairs, Catherine Daniel said village councils form an integral part in government’s quest to build community resilience.According to Daniel, we are all on a journey to build community resilience and this will be achieved when we ensure that no citizen is left behind or treated with disdain or indifference. “We will achieve community resilience when we ensure than the services we provide reach the most vulnerable among us, that we provide professional services to the elderly and physically and mentally challenged, that our children receive the care and support required to enjoy a decent life and gain a good education,” Minister Daniel stated.The minister expressed the view that village councils can provide community leadership in monitoring the interventions of various organizations that are working within their respective communities.“You must ensure that you provide accurate data and guidance on the needs of the communities. Take the time to communicate with your people and serve well all those who visit your offices. Councils must play their part in networking with other agencies to avert wastage and maximize the use of resources for improvement and rebuilding of our communities,” Minister Daniel indicated.She added that the Dominica Labour Party administration is particularly concerned about communities that are prone to flash flooding and landslides.It is for this reason that government has committed resources and engaged heavy equipment to clean and dredge rivers and waterways, to reduce the risk of flooding.Meanwhile, Minister Daniel said the resilience of communities is not only achieved through investment in livelihoods, housing, bridges, river walls and river dredging.“We must also rebuild our faith and resolve, we must resolve to care more for each other, to love each other and serve each other with diligence and a sense of purpose. This calls for renewing our faith in God, renewing of our attitudes, our hearts, and renewing of our commitment to each other,” she explained.Minister Daniel therefore called on citizens to join hands, hearts and resources towards the goal of achieving resilience.“Let us sound the trumpet and ask with conviction these words well captured in song, ‘what service shall we render thee? Dominica, we love’. It is that resolve that each chairman, councilor, clerk, man, woman and child must make in the pursuit of building community resilience through concerted local effort,” Minister Daniel added. Tweet Share Share LocalNewsPolitics Village councils urged to build community resilience by: – May 1, 2018center_img 83 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Sharelast_img read more

first_img NEO HS Staff Related TopicsBoys High School BasketballNDCL LionsWest Geauga Wolverines By Anthony AlandtCHESTERLAND, OHIO – The West Geauga Wolverines took down the NDCL Lions 56-50 Tuesday night at their home court. The game was as tightly contested throughout as the final score displays.Both teams began with a defensive affair during the first quarter, ending the initial eight minutes with a low scoring 14-12 game that saw West G jump out to the early lead. However, NDCL climbed back to end the first half up 24-22. For the majority of the second quarter, each made bucket meant a lead change among the squads. West Geauga’s small gymnasium provided an electric atmosphere that was promulgated by a physical matchup all night.Students and parents of both schools packed into the small gymnasium Tuesday night, as the two schools are separated by just a 13 minute drive. The second quarter began with a scoreless two and a half minutes, marred with steady defensive stands and a handful of turnovers from either side. The silent streak was broken when Wolverine guard Peyton Bissler landed a floater.Bissler was able to notch 22 points in the game, but did not finish as the highest scorer for Jeff Javorek’s Wolverines. The offense ran through he and junior big man Josh Irwin who remained a strong presence on defense in the paint and was able to knock down a three pointer in each quarter, ending with a double double of 20 points and 14 rebounds.Javorek made sure the plays that were run gave the senior and junior ample opportunities to shoot, and was rewarded when they combined for more than half of the team’s overall points. Despite finishing strong, the Wolverines were unable to find the bottom of the basket during the second quarter, finishing out the half behind the Lions with just 30 points. Coming out of halftime, both teams seemed to still be warming themselves back up from the mid-game cool down. The first three minutes of the third quarter, much like the beginning of the second quarter, went scoreless. The physicality remained in the second half, with both teams fouling themselves into the bonus before the fouling to extend the end of the game commenced. However, West Geauga had control of the pace during most of the third quarter, settling in after a back and forth first half.NDCL slowly climbed their way back to West G, staying within striking distance until the very end thanks in part to Danny Gatto’s 13 second half points. The difference in the final minutes going down the stretch was that West G’s shots fell while the Lions’ shots did not. For the Lions, both Frank Martin and Dane Berschig finished with 14 points, but the sharing of the ball for NDCL was not enough to overcome the now experienced Wolverine team. Notre Dame head coach Nate Vander Sluis must get his eight seniors on the same page if he wants to right the ship moving forwards.The last two minutes of the fourth quarter saw the score jump from a 30-24 West G lead to the third quarter ending with the Wolverines up 40-34. No comeback that NDCL was able to amount would put them ahead of West Geauga who took control of the second half. NDCL looks to rebound after a tough loss and look for their first win of the season Friday night at home versus Holy Name. Meanwhile, West Geauga will look to build off their opening day win with their next game against Orange.last_img read more

first_img Related Cougars renew old rivalry on Islands SALT LAKE CITY — For the only the second time in history and the first time in 18 years, Utah’s three major-college football teams will be going to postseason bowl games the same year.With its upset victory over Nevada last Saturday, Utah State joined BYU and Utah as a bowl-eligible team with six victories. On Monday, the Aggies — who wrap up their regular-season schedule on Saturday at New Mexico State — accepted a bid to play in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. The only other time all three schools went bowling during the same season was in 1993, when the Aggies defeated Bowling Green 42-33 in the Las Vegas Bowl. Both BYU and Utah lost by 28-21 scores that year, the Cougars to Ohio State in the Holiday Bowl and Utah to USC in the Freedom Bowl.Here’s a look at the three schools and their bowl possibilities, which will be determined on Sunday evening:BYUBYU’s bowl destination has been solidified since Oct. 22, the day the Cougars reached six victories with a win over Idaho State. The Cougars have been locked into the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl in Dallas ever since last summer as long as they won six games or didn’t go undefeated, in which case they might have earned a BCS bowl berth.The Armed Forces Bowl is usually played in Fort Worth at TCU’s Amon Carter Stadium, but because it is under renovation, the game will be played at Ford Stadium in Dallas on Dec. 30. Kickoff is set for 10 a.m. MST.The opponent for the Cougars will be the No. 3 team from Conference USA. Most bowl projections have Tulsa being the choice, but other possibilities include Southern Miss (10-2), SMU (7-5) and Marshall (6-6).Tulsa has an 8-4 record and finished 7-1 in league play this year, with its only loss coming in the season finale against highly ranked Houston 48-16. Before that, the Hurricane had won seven straight games. Tulsa’s early-season losses all came to other Top 10 teams — Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Boise State.UTAHThe Utes are still in the running for five different bowl games, but the most likely destination is the Hyundai Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas, on Dec. 31.Until losing to Colorado last Saturday, the Utes had a good chance at landing in either the Alamo Bowl in San Antonio or the Holiday Bowl in San Diego. The Utes would have had the third-best record of Pac-12 eligible teams and would’ve been on a five-game winning streak.Now, however, at 7-5, the Utes have the same record as Cal and Washington and because those two teams both defeated Utah this year, they are likely to be taken ahead of the Utes by the Alamo and Holiday bowls.The next pick after those two is the Sun Bowl and the Utes would be more attractive than either Arizona State or UCLA, assuming the Bruins lose to Oregon in the Pac-12 championship game. Both schools just fired their coaches and ASU is on a four-game losing streak, while UCLA would finish 6-7 with another loss and would have to petition the NCAA to get an exception to play in a bowl game. The Las Vegas and Kraft Hunger bowls would be stuck with those two.This would mark Utes’ first appearance in the Sun Bowl since 1939 when they defeated New Mexico 26-6. This year’s game will kick off at noon, MST.The Sun Bowl opponent is the ACC No. 4, which could be one of several teams with Georgia Tech (8-4), Virginia (8-4) or North Carolina State (7-5), the most likely.UTAH STATEThe Aggies have only been to six bowl games in their 114-season history, with just two bowl appearances in the past 50 seasons — both in the 1990s.In 1993, they represented the Big West Conference in the Las Vegas Bowl, and in 1997, they played in the Humanitarian Bowl in Boise, where they were beaten by Cincinnati 35-19.Now the Aggies will be going back to Boise for what is now called the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. That game will be played Dec. 17 at 3:30 p.m. MST against the No. 3 team from the Mid-American Conference.Possible opponents for the Aggies include Ohio (9-3), Toledo (8-4), Temple (8-4) and Western Michigan (7-5).The proximity to Logan as well as the fact that the Aggies haven’t been to a bowl in 14 years makes Utah State an attractive opponent for the folks in Idaho. WAC champion Louisiana Tech is likely headed to the Poinsettia Bowl in San Diego.All 3 of Utah’s FBS teams get to play in postseason games Aggies accept Potato Bowl invite Y.’s QB situation vs. Hawaii in the airlast_img read more

first_img(Photo by Courier photographer Will McBride)Allderdice defeated Westinghouse, 66-46, at the Petersen Events Center for a fifth consecutive City League boys title, Feb. 17. That accomplishment hasn’t been done since Westinghouse ran off a title run spanning 1950-1954.It was the third time this season that the Dragons (22-2) had defeated the Bulldogs (16-6). Obviously, this time around, the Bulldogs were hoping the third time would be a charm for them, in front of hundreds of spectators on the court where the college men usually play. But it wasn’t to be.Jackson Blaufeld knocked down a trio of 3-pointers and finished with a game-high 21 points for Allderdice. Bobby Clifford was right behind with two 3s and 18 points total.WESTINGHOUSE’S BIG MAN, JAMES ELLIS, grabs a rebound over Allderdice’s Bobby Clifford. The Bulldogs fell to the Dragons of Allderdice, 66-46. (Photos by Will McBride)“We focus on sharing the ball. We focus on making sure the right people get the right shot. Whoever has the hot hand is the player that gets the ball,” said Allderdice coach Buddy Valinsky. “Shawn Morris doesn’t get the ball very often, but he sets the best screen possible and at 6’4” and 220 pounds, he rebounds for these guys. Rob Jones is only a sophomore but has played well. Tyler Williams and Tavonne Davis are our senior leaders. We have six to eight very good players on this team.”The Westinghouse Bulldogs center, 6-foot-11, 235-pound senior “King” James Ellis had a double-double of 12 points and 14 rebounds, but sophomore Troy Lanier was their leading scorer was 13 points.Point guard play has been more important than anything else for Allderdice during its five-year reign as City League champions.ALLDERDICE’S TYLER WILLIAMS drives to the rim on Westinghouse’s Troy Lanier.Ramon Creighton and Jahi Ogbonna were the last two standouts, and Williams is the latest star point guard for Coach Valinsky, who himself played the position in high school and in college.Williams is a 5’10” senior who is in his first year as a starter. He’s averaging 14 points, six assists and four rebounds per game.From sixth through eighth grades, Williams was on teams at Sterrett Classical Academy that won championships, and he won four City League championships at Allderdice.ALLDERDICE’S BOBBY CLIFFORD, guarded by Cameron Gloster of Westinghouse.Blaufeld was voted the game MVP and won the Steel City Sports World MVP Trophy.Two years ago, the Allderdice Dragons’ motto was “Fear Nobody.” This year’s motto was “Strive for Five.”Next year the Dragons will return Clifford, Blaufeld, Jones, and Terrell Childs. So, expect the ‘Dice to be in the “Mix-for-Six.” Like us at https://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Pittsburgh-Courier/143866755628836?ref=hlFollow @NewPghCourier on Twitter  https://twitter.com/NewPghCourierlast_img read more

first_imgby Bill Neal, For New Pittsburgh Courier:10—Now that your Pittsburgh Steelers have leveled off with a 4-4 record with the help of one of the NFL’s all-time greatest place kickers, Adam Vinatieri, let’s take a close look as we move forward to our rightful place in the playoffs regarding those things you think you know…but you really don’t! And don’t thank me, that’s what I am here for. My purpose in life is to help you and my good friend “Carol” really understand the game.:09—Special teams: Part 1, the kicking game—given that he pretty much defeated the Indy Colts by himself, let’s get a true understanding about Chris Boswell. He’s back to glory and meeting expectations. In my humble opinion, last year’s misery was not a mental problem, but rather a physical one. I contend that he was hurt, and the very smart management kept it under-wraps. (Get it…hurt, under-wraps). To that point, his 51-yarder and his booming into the end zone on kickoffs clearly says he’s back. And when there is a run-back on a kickoff, we’ve covered well.:08—Special Teams: Part T, the receiving game—well, it’s Ryan Switzer catching the ball. Clearly all the coach wants is someone that won’t fumble it. Never mind if he can run 20 yards with it. I’m just saying!:07—The Quarterback: Please tell me you didn’t think that Mason Rudolph was going to be the second coming of “Big Ben” Roethlisberger? What…Ben Roethlisberger hasn’t been the second coming of Ben Roethlisberger or are you forgetting his less-than-admirable end of last season and bowing down he was forced into by the once unbeatable Tom Brady. Ben is out, Devlin “Duck” Hodges won’t play unless Mason Rudolph gets knocked cold again, no matter what you wish for. And you have no idea who Paxton Lynch is…oh he is the last QB for the Steelers.:06—Running Backs: A little bit by committee, no matter what James Conner does, some of you just aren’t going to be happy even when he runs up 150 yards, but when he’s not hurt, he’s your man. Yep, I wish he would stop getting hurt, too. But tell you wannabe’s something…you suit up and get back to me. The game is more brutal then you can ever imagine. Also, Jaylen Samuels proved to be a better receiving back than running, but as you know, you take what you can get. Benny Snell Jr. thus far has been reputation and possibility. When you add that to hurt??? Trey Edmunds, a decent showing against the Colts tells me he wants to be the man when the next man is up. And Roosevelt Nix is the bull that leads the stable and is irreplaceable.:05—The “O-Line:” As Cedric the Entertainer would say, “Hey Bro, I don’t know what to tell ya!” By most accounts, the best offensive line in football has become half that. Still a very good pass-blocking group, but they couldn’t open a bag of chips, let alone a hole to run through! Mike Munchak, the former O-Line coach for the Steelers and nine-time Pro Bowler for the Houston Oilers, is clearly the difference. If I am the Rooneys, I open the vault and bring him back. No. 1., everyone has a price, and No. 2, everything starts up front.:04—The Receivers: You heard it all before, but let’s play true and false. JuJu Smith-Schuster is number one but must step it up? True. Diontae Johnson is a start just waiting to happen? True. James Washington is the possible glue that can bring this receiving corps together? True. Ryan Switzer, I already told ya. And last, the Steelers truly miss and need Antonio Brown? Who???:03—The Defense, Mannnn!: The “D” is back in a bit way. Cam Heyward and the D-Line is holding steady, but they’ve got a few notches to go before we can call them a good line. Right now, truth be told, they’re OK. The linebackers…T.J. Watt, about to be D-Player of the year; Vince Williams, strong and steady; Anthony Chickillo, better be careful and watch his back…I am just sayin’). Oh please, you were thinking it, too! And, Devin Bush, without question, is a man on a mission and Defensive Rookie of the Year is in his sights. The strongest part of the Steelers defense are without question the D-Backs—Joe Haden—veteran, smart, and strong; Minkah Fitzpatrick—heaven sent, the second-coming of Troy Polamalu; Mike Hilton—the real deal, physical and lightning quick. Steven Nelson—as steady as they come.:02—Last, but not least, The Coaching Staff: For all you haters out there, Mike Tomlin is not going anywhere and if he gets this team to 8–8 or 9-7, he might be Coach of the Year for this comeback. Randy Fichtner—offensive coordinator, I swear I drew up better plays in the dirt growing up on Banfield Street with my boys in Penn Hills. Keith Butler—defensive coordinator—found the magic water and now he’s getting it done!:01—Vote Him Out, Vote Him Out, Vote Him Out. You know who!!!:00—GAME OVER. Like us at https://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Pittsburgh-Courier/143866755628836?ref=hlFollow @NewPghCourier on Twitter  https://twitter.com/NewPghCourierlast_img read more

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