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Seven journalists assaulted and three radio stations torched in a bloody weekend for press freedom

first_img Violence against the press in Haiti: RSF and CPJ write to Minister of Justice Organisation Receive email alerts June 11, 2019 Find out more RSF_en to go further News News Follow the news on Haïti Help by sharing this information Journalists covering events in Haiti are experiencing an alarming descent into violence. Reporters Without Borders appealed to pro and anti-government supporters to put an end to attacks against the media and individual journalists Newscenter_img Seven journalists have come under attack in a bloody increase in assaults on the media, as an uprising spread in Haiti.One journalist was shot and badly injured and six others have been assaulted covering demonstrations. Three radio stations have been torched.Reporters Without Borders called on government and opposition supporters to take all necessary steps to end these attacks.On 21 february, Pierre Eli Sem, owner and manager of Radio Hispagnola in Trou du Nord (27 kms southeast of Cap-Haïtien) and correspondent for the private radio station Radio Métropole in the northeast, was in his car when thugs forced their way in and shot him several times, seriously injuring him in the neck and legs. He was described as out of danger. Elie Sem said he had been threatened for several days since he had begun broadcasting news from Radio Métropole on Radio Hispagnola. He decided to broadcast Radio Métropole news bulletins after the management of Radio Cap-Haïtien suspended the bulletins following threats from supporters of the ruling Fanmi Lavalas party. The following day the offices of Radio Hispagnola in Trou du Nord were torched by supporters of the former deputy Nahoum Marcellus. The commando was driven off by anti-government rebels, who arrived on the scene having taking the town of Cap-Haïtien. Groups of demonstrators, protected by the rebels, then began ransacking and setting fire to Radio Africa and Radio Télé Kombit (RTK), belonging respectively to Nahoum Marcellus and Jose Ulysse, a member of President Aristide’s inner cabinet.Other journalists were targeted on 20 February, including several foreigners. Claude Bellevue of Radio Ibo, was hit in the back by shell fragments fired from a 12 calibre gun when he was covering a peaceful demonstration by students in Port-au-Prince. He was attacked by armed groups supporting President Aristide. During the same demonstration a Spanish cameraman suffered an ear injury as a result of a machete blow and a photographer with Agence France-Presse (AFP) was also injured, the agency said.Associated Press (AP), reported that Roberto Andrade, of the Mexican television channel Televisa, and another reporter working for the Mexican network TV Azteca, had to flee when they were stoned by militants, who then chased and caught up with them and forced them to hand over their film. News HaïtiAmericas November 14, 2019 Find out more February 24, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Seven journalists assaulted and three radio stations torched in a bloody weekend for press freedom Another journalist murdered in Haiti HaïtiAmericas Journalist shot dead amid anti-government protests in Haiti October 11, 2019 Find out more Foreign reporters have recently reported several incidents of having equipment seized after witnessing events that reflected badly on the government of Aristide or his supporters.AP reported that one of its photographers was forced to wipe pictures from the memory of his digital camera and a cameraman from the channel APTN was forced to hand over tapes.These targeted attacks against the foreign press are new. According to the same source this harassment came after the president called on journalists, whom he addressed on 21 February, to show the world how Haitians were ready to fight to defend their democracy.last_img read more

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‘Media Important In Disseminating Information’ : Supreme Court Launches Mobile Facility For Journalists To Attend Virtual Hearings

first_imgTop Stories’Media Important In Disseminating Information’ : Supreme Court Launches Mobile Facility For Journalists To Attend Virtual Hearings LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK13 May 2021 1:34 AMShare This – xThe Supreme Court on Thursday launched a facility in its mobile app for providing links to virtual hearings to media persons.The Chief Justice of India NV Ramana launched the facility in a virtual event which was also attended by Justices DY Chandrachud, AM Khanwilkar and Hemant Gupta. Justice Chandrachud and Khanwilkar are both recovering from COVID-19.Apart from launching the mobile facility, the CJI also said that the Supreme Court was introducing a feature of “Indicative Notes” on its website and mobile app which will summarise landmark judgements.The CJI further noted that he was actively considering live streaming of proceedings for some Courts, but would seek consensus from all Judges before launching the same. He would additionally appoint a senior official to act as the point of contact between the Supreme Court and the media. The CJI also said that he has given directions to rationalize the process for giving accreditation to media persons.The event commenced with the CJI remarking, “Our media friends, you need not bother coming to Court. You can sit at home and watch the proceedings. Everyone has worked hard on this.”Justice Gupta then took over to note that the initiative would increase transparency, but the only caveat would be that the link which would be given should not be shared with unauthorized persons. Justice Chandrachud then took over and said, “One thing I’ll like to say which the Chief won’t say as he is a self-effacing person. When I asked him to set this up, he responded in less than three days and also emphasized on the need to provide access to journalists. There was no need to impress upon the Chief. He readily agreed.”The Judge then observed that he hoped the access to links would ensure the safety of journalists as they are exposed to outer world on a regular basis.Justice Khanwilkar concurred with this and stated that keeping in mind the important association of the media with the Supreme Court, and also because the media is rendering an essential service which has to be harnessed, the institution wanted to pay back to them for their service. The CJI then closed the event by commenting that Supreme Court rulings had an important bearing on the lives of people and the role of media was important for the dissemination of information.”Access to public is important. Unfortunately, COVID has wreaked havoc. The shift to VC hearings is a difficult process and a lot of issues were faced. Former CJI Bobde, Justice Khanwilkar, Justice Chandrachud, worked very hard for the last one year. We must thank them”. “Transparency is a time-honored principle when it comes to the judicial process in our country. Hearing of cases have always taken place in public courtrooms, with access being allowed not only to the lawyers and the litigants in a particular case, but also to the general public. The only restrictions that were ever imposed earlier were because of space and security considerations. This access to the public is important, as the rulings of the Courts of law, and more particularly the Supreme Court, have a bearing on the lives of people throughout this country. The role of the media assumes importance in the process of disseminating information”, CJI said in his speech.The CJI went to observe that the requests had come from journalists to create infrastructure so that did they not need to come to Courts and could report from their homes accurately – “This will allow you to cover proceedings from mobile phones. Only, I must highlight that technology that is newly developed may be susceptible to issues which arise, and should not be unnecessarily magnified. Please be patient and give the system requisite time”.He further acknowledged the effort put in by the Committee to come up with the app within 7 days, despite being down with COVID – “their commitment to their duty deserves appreciation”.”The Secretary General, the Registrar (Computer) Mr. Rajiv Kalra; Senior Technical Director Mr. Manoj Tuli; Technical Director Mr. Pardeep Nanda; and the programmer Mr. Sanjeev were down with COVID. Still, the team worked from home, and came out with this feature within 7 days. Their commitment to their duty deserves special appreciation. It is through all their efforts that today we are able to release this application, which is a platform for media persons to allow them to view proceedings live on the mobile phones”, the CJI said.The CJI also remembered those judicial officers and court staff who lost their lives due to COVID-19.”The first employee of the Supreme Court Registry was reported COVID positive on 27th April 2020. Till date, approximately 800 Registry staff have tested positive. Six of our Registrars and 10 Additional Registrars have tested positive at different times. Unfortunately, we lost three of our officials to COVID. So far as the Indian judiciary is concerned, as per the data available, 2768 judicial officers and 106 Judges of the High Court have tested positive. We are yet to receive the data from two major High Courts. 34 Judicial Officers and three Hon’ble Judges of the High Court have lost their life, battling this pandemic. My heart goes out to the families and the loved ones of those whose life has been cut short by this pandemic”, CJI said. The CJI wound up his speech by appealing to everyone to stay safe and follow all COVID protocols.TagsSuprem Court Media Journalists CJI NV Ramana Next Storylast_img read more

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Attorneys must not take independence for granted

first_img August 1, 2001 Regular News Attorneys must not take independence for granted Eminent lawyer Michael E. Tigar who has represented such famous clients as Angela Davis, H. Rap Brown, the Seattle Seven, the Chicago Eight, Allen Ginsberg, and Terry Lynn Nichols in the Oklahoma City bombing case looked around and said: “There are a lot of gray hairs in this room. How many of you have fired a client?”Most of the hands went up at the joint luncheon of the Trial Lawyers Section and Chester Bedell Memorial Foundation at the Bar’s Annual Meeting in Orlando June 22.And Tigar seized upon that to make his point about the independence of lawyers and how to embrace and preserve that independence that is too easily taken for granted.“Independence of judgment is key to a lawyer-client relationship,” said Tigar, also a law professor at Washington College of Law at American University. “Our brothers and sisters of the bar will not revile us for cases we choose to take.”Or choose not to take.“We’re not as rich as investment bankers or dot-com people used to be. But half the investment bankers are in Club Fed,” Tigar said. “virtue of our good fortune, we have the ability to make independent decisions.”Here was the kicker of Tigar’s speech: “But what are we doing with it? We can wander around transfixed by our independence. Is it heretical to ask: Can the independence of the bar be justified?”As July 4 was the holiday around the corner, he asked: “What is the Declaration of Independence? It is a justification of independence.. . . Suppose those of us in this room would say, `Let us justify the independence of the bar.’ How well is our stewardship?.. . Are enough people getting enough justice?,” he asked, noting the cutbacks in legal aid to the poor and unprecedented numbers of people on death rows without adequate counsel.“How is it that lawyers are not spending enough time on pro bono cases? Could we, in short, write the justification of the independence of lawyers that would command the decent respect of others?”Tigar challenged lawyers to “take seriously and not make it cliche what it means to be an independent bar.” “We do not own and did not invent the law,” Tigar said. “We’ve received it from others before us.”Lawyers’ duty, he said, is to make sure the law is not damaged, and to “make it a little better during the time that we have it.”“If we can do that, like the people who wrote the Declaration of Independence in 1776, we are entitled to our independence.”center_img Attorneys must not take independence for grantedlast_img
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GAP claims rise: What to watch for

first_imgExperian, State of the Automotive Finance Market, Q1, 2017.Edmunds, More Car Shoppers Are Underwater on Their Trade-Ins Than Ever Before, November, 14, 2016. Black Book, Vehicle Depreciation Report, February, 2017. Guaranteed Asset Protection (GAP) provides valuable protection for credit union members by allowing them to cancel the difference between an insurance settlement and their loan balance if their vehicle is stolen or totaled in an accident.However, a “perfect storm” of economic factors and auto trends has converged, increasing the number of total loss declarations filed and pushing GAP claims to record highs. Some of the factors contributing to this unprecedented rise in GAP claims include: Extended loan terms: In Q1 of 2017, lenders reported record-high averages on auto loan terms: almost 69 months for new cars and 64 months for used cars1. Longer terms make payments more affordable, but they also extend the length of time borrowers must pay, leading to many owing more than their vehicle is worth.Higher loan amounts: With the loan-to-value ratio on the rise, many borrowers find themselves under water, longer on their loans (sometimes even for as long as they own their vehicles). In fact, in the first three quarters of 2016, a third of car buyers were still making payments on their trade-ins, with an average of $4,800 in negative equity2. Typically, lenders will add this balance to the next loan, which widens the gap between the loan principal and the value of the vehicle securing the loan.Faster depreciation: Vehicle values have depreciated more quickly in recent years3, extending the length of time during which a borrower owes more than their car is worth. Even slight depreciation can have a big impact on GAP. Higher repair costs: Today, cars are built to last and keep us safe. But these advances come with a price. Higher-cost features, safety mechanisms, and modular components cost thousands of dollars to repair. Minor fender-benders are a thing of the past; the likelihood that a damaged car will be considered “totaled” has risen, which in turn increases the frequency of GAP claims4.More cars on the road and more collisions: Lower unemployment and rising consumer confidence have led consumers to purchase more vehicles. Additionally, reasonable gas prices have encouraged car owners to drive more. Unfortunately, increased traffic means more collisions, especially with drivers distracted by their smartphones and dashboard screens. This “perfect storm” of trends is impacting GAP providers across the industry. Given the steep rise in costs, it is more important than ever for credit unions to work closely with their GAP providers to maintain their competitive advantage, while helping members protect their sizable investment whenever they head out on the road. (View this infographic to see more information on the trends that have led to the rise in GAP claims).Sources: CCC information Services, Inc., What’s Driving Total Loss Frequency?, November, 13, 2015. 70SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jay Isaacson Jay Isaacson is the vice president of P&C Solutions and International Division for CUNA Mutual Group. In this role he leads commercial insurance underwriting, which includes credit union … Web: https://www.cunamutual.com Details CORP-1876013.1-0817-0919©2017 CUNA Mutual Group, All Rights Reserved.last_img read more

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King Ben will likely rule again in theaters

first_imgI’ll bet ya didn’t know this: There are two Ben Stillers. There’s box-office king Ben, who has had such $250 million-plus grossing smashes in recent years as “Night at the Museum” and “Meet the Fockers.” Then there’s box office commoner Ben. Remember “School for Scoundrels,” “Envy” and “Duplex”? Didn’t think so. My strong hunch is that Stiller will be royal Ben once again this weekend with the debut of his new wide-release comedy “The Heartbreak Kid.” It bowed in more than 3,000 theaters today, has an appealing marketing campaign and was directed by Peter and Bobby Farrelly, who also did “Something About Mary” with Stiller. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityI think “Heartbreak” is a shoo-in for a first-place debut with an opening weekend gross of $25 million to $30 million. SEEKING TICKET SALES: I’ve heard zippo buzz about “The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising,” which opened in nearly as many theaters as “Heartbreak” but won’t make nearly as much money. If it takes in more than $10 million today to Sunday, I’ll be seeking a new crystal ball. Holdovers “The Game Plan” and “The Kingdom” should easily edge it out for the second and third spots, but I’m not sure in which order. SLOWLY EXPANDING HORIZONS: The Brad Pitt flick “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford” will be a little easier to find since it expands to 61 locations today while “The Darjeeling Limited” starring Owen Wilson and Adrien Brody will be in 19 theaters. Then there is the new George Clooney thriller “Michael Clayton,” which has him in a more serious “Good Night, and Good Luck” mode than Danny Ocean mode. “Clayton” bowed in 15 locations today. THE OTHERS: With about 1,000 theaters apiece, the drama “The Jane Austen Book Club” expands from extremely limited release today and will try to build on positive word of mouth while the Jennifer Lopez- produced urban drama “Feel the Noise” will do its best to make some box-office noise. Expectations are lower with fewer screens so $5 million or so should be the most either film could hope for. LOOKING UP? Will the Stiller comedy, strong holdovers and the rest of the field be enough to put the domestic box office back on solid footing after a two-week mini-slump? Maybe. It’s no shoo-in since a year ago this weekend, “The Departed” had a $26.9 million bow, “Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning” opened to $18.5 million, and “Employee of the Month” debuted at $11.4 million. These are the numbers the field must top. CRUISE CRED: Tom Cruise knows he’s still on the comeback trail after his “Mission Impossible III” movie bombed and Paramount Pictures severed ties with him. So instead of playing up Tom Cruise, superstar, he is reminding people in initial TV spots for the new war drama “Lions for Lambs” that he is a three-time Academy Award nominee. Cruise is third-billed behind Oscar winner Robert Redford and Meryl Streep. He’s never won the the golden statue but was a strong contender with Best Actor nods for “Born on the Fourth of July” and “Jerry Maguire” and a supporting-actor nomination for “Magnolia.” But then again, Cruise’s Oscar winning ex-wife, Nicole Kidman, has some serious Oscar cred after winning for “The Hours.” That did nothing to help the performance of her summer mega-bomb “The Invasion.” [email protected] (818) 713-3758160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Using Public Data to Fight a War

first_imgThat reveals the explicit information that people have entered, but what’s particularly impressive about Cazoodle’s work is that it also merges in implicit information from sources like Flickr. For example, running a search on the photo service shows hundreds of photos taken within Afghanistan mentioning “mosque” in their descriptions. The coordinates can be pulled out of the geotagged photos, and used as an input to the list of mosques for the town they were taken in. Without realizing it, photographers are helping to build up a crowd-sourced map of everywhere they shoot. This isn’t completely unprecedented; during World War Two the BBC appealed for holiday photos of the beaches of Normandy for an exhibition. In fact, the 9 million snaps received were used to research landing sites for the coming invasion.ResultsThe end result of the gathering process is a console that Army personnel can use to pull up information on towns across the country, giving a detailed breakdown of all the data that’s been gathered on the location: 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… Why You Love Online Quizzes Related Posts pete warden What I find most fascinating about this project is that it’s the first practical application for ‘linked data’. In contrast to the more academic approach, Cazoodle has attacked the problem in a much messier but more pragmatic way. A good example of this is how the system uses “fuzzy matching” to link data from different sources together. That means if OpenStreetMap shows a mosque in a particular location, and a Flickr photo with coordinates a hundred yards away mentions a mosque in the description, then it’s reasonable to assume they represent the same place, even though there’s a small probability that’s incorrect.This means data may not be quite as vetted as a more traditionally sourced gazetteer, but it has much broader coverage and is far more dynamic. In many ways, it’s like the tradeoff between Yahoo’s original hand-edited directory and Google’s chaotic but all-encompassing search index. By lowering the barriers to data entry, and in many cases using public information people don’t even realize they’re revealing, Cazoodle is able to create an effective guide.The project is still being evaluated by the Army right now, and hasn’t been used in the field, but it’s not hard to imagine this approach becoming far more common as public data sources grow and multiply. It also illustrates the conflicts we’ll face more and more frequently as this public data is used for completely unintended purposes. How will local photographers and OpenStreetMap editors feel if their work is reused by the U.S. Army? Christopher Albon, a researcher into public health in warzones also has some cautionary words on the limits of what can be done remotely: While an impressive start, Cazoodle’s approach is missing the data that really matters. A map of a physical space only takes you so far. An Afghan village is no more a collection of mosques and houses than Silicon Valley is a collection of coffee shops and office space. What matters is a location’s social, political, and economic structures; its human terrain. Who is related to whom? Who owns the fertile fields by the river or the rocky fields on the slopes? Who is healthy and who is sick? Cazoodle can not provide this type of information, leaving American soldiers to gather it the old fashioned way: talking to people door to door, face to face.center_img Tags:#Big Data#hack Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid Photo by James Vaughn How does a technology built for apartment-hunting end up being evaluated by the U.S. Army for use in Afghanistan? Cazoodle is using public data sources like Flickr and OpenStreetMap to build detailed guidebooks for American soldiers. Last week at Strata I sat down with company CTO Govind Kabra to find out how they do it.Its project for the Army is to build a detailed database of information about places in Afghanistan, using only public sources on the Web. The goal is to describe in detail the towns and cities including everything from names, locations and populations, as well as lists and coordinates for schools, mosques, banks and hotels. The military already collects this sort of information, but using traditional offline sources through groups like the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. It’s a slow and dangerous process to send personnel door to door for research within war-torn countries, and though the agency’s budget is classified, presumably very expensive. The hope is that by using online, crowdsourced data from sites like Wikipedia and Flickr, it will be possible to gather rich information without putting lives at risk, all at a fraction of the cost.OriginsCazoodle was started four years ago at the University of Illinois – Urbana Champaign. Kubra and his co-founders were graduate students, so naturally the top of their priority list was finding a cheap apartment. As they trawled through Craiglist, following links to other sites, consulting maps and looking up details, they realized that what they really needed was an automated way of pulling the information they cared about from all these disparate sources, and putting it into a single spreadsheet they could use to make their decisions easier. They formed the company to build this system, and created an apartment search engine based on the technology.The founders knew there were lots of other problems that would also benefit from the same underlying technology, so they branched out into shopping and vacations, and also started building custom search engines for enterprise customers. That was when they spotted a Small Business Innovation Research grant opportunity from the U.S. Department of Defense. The task was to curate public information on the Web related to Afghanistan into a single database that Army personnel could use to guide their operations. Their technology already took a soup of unstructured Web pages related to locations and converted it into a spreadsheet of data, cleanly split into labeled columns, so it seemed like a natural fit for this problem.TechnologyTo understand how it works, imagine trying to create a list of mosques in a small town in Afghanistan. There’s no handy Yellow Pages you can refer to, and the maps don’t have that much detail. However, if you go to Wikipedia you can pull out basic information about a town like Pul-i-Alam, and then look through the OpenStreetMap data for Afghanistan to spot locations that are tagged as religious buildings, eg: How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees?last_img read more

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“SIXTY SECONDS IN TOUCH”

first_imgWelcome to the post-Easter addition of 60 seconds in Touch… * Well, taking a break from delving my way through the mountain loads of chocolate I received over Easter, we’re back for another edition of 60 seconds in Touch. (If only writing this burnt off what I’m eating, I’d have no problems.) With the long weekend bringing too many tragedies on the road, I hope that everyone within our sport has had a safe and happy weekend, celebrating the death and resurrection of Jesus. * The Senior sides have been chosen and the letters of offer sent out…the phone is already ringing hot with acceptances and deposits due by April 20th, the sides will be announced on the ATA website on April 29th so make sure you keep up to date on what’s happening via the ATA website. * Congratulations to ATA Media Manager Rachel Moyle and boyfriend Duncan Grant, who have just announced their engagement! Stay tuned for an October wedding! * NSW Touch have bid farewell to Matt Kenny who has resigned from the role of Northern NSW Development Officer. Jarrat Wood has been given the position and ATA would also like to offer their thanks to Matt for the work he has put in and wish Jarrat luck in his position. Development Officers Australia-wide work long and hard hours for the sport, often without recognition and reward. Thank you to all! * There’s a new poll on the ATA website, launched this morning and asking what you think was the most memorable team performance from the 2005 NTL. There are 5 different options, could easily be more in what was the most hotly contested NTL ever, but the poll is limited to five possible answers! Make sure you check it out and get your vote in for your favourite. * The Queensland 2005 Country Cup has been postponed due to teams and officials being unavailable following events such as NTL and the Easter break, in addition the drought is playing havoc with the fields. The event will be held in September/October at a date to be advised. * The 2005 Victorian Touch Team Titles at Stephenson Reserve, Sale (April 2 & 3), are now just a couple weeks away. Interest is mounting for what promises to be another fantastic weekend of Touch footy and socializing hosted by Sale Touch Association. The VTA website has all the info for anyone interested in the event. * For a complete list of where all sides finished at the 2005 NTL and all award winners for both players and referees, check out the following story: http://www.austouch.com.au/index.cgi?sID=20&intArticleID=1173&det=1 For a complete list of all the player and referee awards for 2005, check out this story: http://www.austouch.com.au/index.cgi?sID=20&intArticleID=1174&det=1 * ATA is launching a new online newsletter, run by Lisa Plummer and Rachel Moyle, we’re looking for a name! There’s a $50 merchandise voucher up for grabs, make sure you think of a name and email it to [email protected] * The ATA is calling for nominations for the National Referees Panel, the nomination form is found on the ATA website, with nominations due in by the 13th April. You will find the form on the ATA website from this afternoon. * Remember if you need any help with media or stories written for your local press, please contact Rachel Moyle [email protected]last_img read more

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Video: Tim Tebow Hung Out With Manny Pacquiao This Week Ahead Of Tonight’s Big Fight

first_imgTim Tebow and Manny Pacquiao pose for picture.IG/espnmicheleEven with the Kentucky Derby, NFL Draft, NBA and NHL playoffs, and plenty of early season baseball action, the marquee sporting event of the weekend is the long-awaited Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao fight, which will take place tonight around 11:30 p.m. One of college football’s recent superstars, Florida great Tim Tebow, is in Las Vegas for the bout, and spent time at Pacquiao camp during training this week.Pacquiao and Tebow first met in March, and BehindTheGloves.com caught up with the two stars, who have a lot in common, including their strong faith, and connections to the Phillipines. Pacquiao is a national hero in his home country, and Tebow was born in the city of Makati and spent five years living in the country.Much of the sports world appears to be split over tonight’s fight, but it seems like Tebow is all in on Pacquiao.last_img read more

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Baylor, TCU, Oklahoma Now 1-2-3 In ESPN’s FPI

first_imgA closeup of Bob Stoops wearing an Oklahoma Sooners visor.NORMAN, OK – SEPTEMBER 5: Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops talks on the field before the game against the Akron Zips September 5, 2015 at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma. Oklahoma defeated Akron 41-3.(Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)The Big 12 was the only major conference without a playoff participant last year, but in 2015, it certainly looks like history will not repeat itself. The league currently has three undefeated teams – Baylor, TCU and Oklahoma State – and a fourth, Oklahoma, with just one loss. Furthermore, as you’ll see below, the conference now has the three top spots in ESPN’s FPI. Baylor, TCU and Oklahoma are 1-2-3. Ohio State is the highest-ranked non-Big 12 school, at No. 4. Oklahoma State is No. 14.Here’s a reminder of what the FPI measures.The Football Power Index (FPI) is a measure of team strength that is meant to be the best predictor of a team’s performance going forward for the rest of the season. FPI represents how many points above or below average a team is. Projected results are based on 10,000 simulations of the rest of the season using FPI, results to date, and the remaining schedule. Ratings and projections update daily.Alabama is currently the top-ranked SEC squad. USC, at 5-3, is the highest Pac-12 team, at No. 5. Clemson, the ACC’s top dog, is No. 7.espn FPI baylor tcu oklahomaWhat do you think, college football fans? How accurate is this tool?last_img read more