Georgia, Oklahoma and LSU are found at No. 4, 5 and 6 respectively. Directly behind LSU is Texas at No. 7. The Longhorns and LSU play each other this Saturday.Up to this point, there’s nothing too shocking in Brando’s ranking. But teams ranked No. 8, 9 and 10 have college football fans scratching their heads.Nebraska, ranked 25th in the AP poll after a unimpressive 35-21 win over South Alabama, is eighth in Brando’s poll. Washington is found at No. 9 (No. 14 in AP poll).Finally, UCF comes in at No. 10. The Knights are ranked 18th in the AP poll.Notice any omissions? Ohio State, Auburn and Notre Dame are the three teams in the AP top 10 who failed to make Brando’s ranking. The Fox Sports commentator lists the Buckeyes, Tigers and Utah as teams who just missed the cut outside his top 10.After week #1 of play this is my Top 10: pic.twitter.com/QFWi6XV2gB— Tim Brando (@TimBrando) September 3, 2019What are your thoughts? Is Brando’s ranking more accurate than the AP poll? WASHINGTON D.C. – JANUARY 06: Sportscaster Tim Brando with Fox Sports looks on during a college basketball game between the Georgetown Hoyas and the Marquette Golden Eagles at the Verizon Center on January 6, 2015 in Washington D.C. The Hoyas won 65-59. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)The Associated Press and the Coaches’ Poll released their new college football top 25s on Tuesday afternoon.There are few surprises regarding the respective polls. Clemson and Alabama held firm in the top two spots at No. 1 and No. 2, respectively. Auburn joined the top 10 after defeating Oregon in comeback fashion.After the poll’s release, Fox Sports commentator Tim Brando released his own top 10 poll. There’s plenty of surprising selections in his, however.Like the AP, Brando has Clemson and Alabama as the top two teams in the nation. Then, Brando lists Michigan at No. 3 compared to No. 7 in the AP poll.
5 March 2007The top United Nations humanitarian official, whose tenure began on 1 March, said today that he is eager to see first-hand the dire humanitarian situation in western Sudan, as well as visit Chad and the Central African Republic (CAR), which are both hosting refugees who have fled the war-torn Darfur region. “I want to get onto the ground soon to see for myself what is happening in some of the critical areas,” John Holmes, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, told reporters in his first press briefing since taking office.In the region, the problems regarding the safety of the displaced as well as of humanitarian workers “are increasing and unacceptable and the problems of access, if anything, are worsening,” he added.To this end, Mr. Holmes, who now heads the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), is currently in discussions with the authorities of the three countries regarding a trip scheduled for 20-31 March, during which he hopes to meet with Government officials, humanitarian workers and those living in camps.In his new position, Mr. Holmes will wear “three separate hats,” each with “various goals.” In his capacity as the Under-Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs, he said that he believes he will play a significant advocacy role to emphasize such issues as the significance of access in humanitarian relief, highlighting neglected crises and the sexual violence in conflict.As the Emergency Relief Coordinator, he hopes to build upon reforms and innovations initiated in recent years, such as the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), which helps countries cope with underfunded emergencies.Finally, of the International Strategy for Disaster Risk Reduction which he will lead, Mr. Holmes noted that he wants to increase the public’s awareness that “money spent on prevention is a better investment than money spent on response after [a disaster].”The new Under-Secretary-General, who replaces Norway’s Jan Egeland, also described what he believes will be his dual approach to his position. “What I will try to do is combine a certain amount of quiet diplomacy if necessary… but also I will have absolutely no hesitation of speaking up in a striking and passionate way.”Aside from Sudan, Chad and the CAR, other countries high on his agency’s agenda are Somalia, where OCHA hopes to increase its activities in the south and centre of the country, Uganda, where the government is currently in talks with the rebel group, the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), and Mozambique, which has been ravaged by both floods and a tropical cyclone.Mr. Holmes also mentioned Iraq as a country whose humanitarian situation OCHA is closely monitoring. Approximately 1.8 million Iraqis have been internally displaced, while the same number of Iraqi refugees now reside outside the country’s borders. OCHA is opening an office in Amman, Jordan, to help coordinate humanitarian efforts to assist the refugees.Mr. Holmes, a veteran diplomat from the United Kingdom, most recently served as his country’s ambassador to France prior to assuming his current position at the UN. In his career with the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office, he has covered and been posted in many regions, including the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Latin America. In 1999, he was awarded a knighthood, largely for the role he played in the Northern Ireland peace process and the 1998 Good Friday Agreement.
Campaigning for the provincial elections will run from 28 September to 27 October, the UN Mission in the DRC (MONUC) announced. The elections, the first round of which was held in July, are the vast country’s first free elections in 45 years and are intended to cement its transition from a disastrous civil war. The six-year conflict cost 4 million lives through fighting and attendant hunger and disease, widely considered the most lethal fighting in the world since World War II. Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative in the DRC, William Lacy Swing, has commended Congolese police and UN peacekeepers for their “prompt and salutary intervention” to contain yesterday’s violent rally by Mr. Bemba’s supporters, who were apparently angered by a fire that destroyed a building housing two television stations owned by their leader in Kinshasa, the capital.MONUC has some 18,000 uniformed personnel in the country to help promote peace and reconciliation in the country.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – The outlook for the U.S. job market is brightening after a government report showed a sharp drop in the number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits.Weekly applications fell 27,000 to a seasonally adjusted 341,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. Outside a few weeks last month affected by seasonal distortions, that’s the lowest level in nearly five years.The four-week average, which smooths week-to-week fluctuations, stayed near a five-year low.Economists were encouraged by the decline but want to see the progress sustained and more jobs created. Since the recession ended in June 2009, the job market has shown brief bursts of improvement in the winter months only to falter in the spring.In addition, the huge snowstorm that affected the Northeastern states over the weekend could push up applications in the coming weeks. The latest report covered the week ended Feb. 9, prior to when the storm hit.“This is tentatively a positive signal for the labour market,” Daniel Silver, an economist at JPMorgan Chase, said in a note to clients.Falling applications signal fewer layoffs. More hiring usually follows, but not always.Since November, the four-week average has declined 5 per cent to 352,500 applications. And job growth has increased to an average of 200,000 net positions a month from November through January, up from 150,000 in the previous three months.But the employment report measures net job gains, which equals total hiring minus layoffs, quits and other separations.A decline in layoffs can boost net job gains even when total hiring is flat or down. A separate Labor Department report earlier this week showed that layoffs fell to a 10-year low in December. Overall hiring, however, also declined.Many companies may be more cautious about hiring now that a 2 percentage point increase in Social Security taxes is cutting consumers’ take-home pay. That could slow growth.Still, if applications remain consistently below 350,000, net job growth should increase, said Carl Riccadonna, an economist at Deutsche Bank. Monthly gains could rise to an average of 225,000 per month, he added.Gains at that level should steadily lower the still-high unemployment rate, which ticked up to 7.9 per cent in January from 7.8 per cent in December.Economists expect the rate will decline if hiring continues at last year’s monthly pace of 180,000. The rate fell 0.7 percentage points in 2012.The number of people receiving benefits has increased. More than 5.9 million people received benefits in the week ended Jan. 26, the latest data available. That was about 325,000 more than the previous week.The economy contracted at an annual rate of 0.1 per cent in the October-December quarter, hurt by a sharp cut in defence spending, fewer exports and sluggish growth in company stockpiles. That’s much slower than the 3.1 per cent growth recorded in the July-September period.Still, economists expect that figure will be revised in the coming months to show a small increase, after more data about last quarter has been reported. Economists at Barclays Capital estimate the economy expanded 0.5 per cent in the fourth quarter.Growth will likely pick up a bit in the January-March quarter to an annual rate of 1.5 per cent, analysts forecast. That’s better than the fourth quarter but below last year’s expansion of 2.2 per cent. Sharp drop in weekly US unemployment benefit applications bolsters outlook for job market by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Feb 14, 2013 3:04 pm MDT