Football: No. 9 Wisconsin projected as heavy favorite against struggling Georgia State

first_imgThe University of Wisconsin football team is expected to discard Georgia State at Camp Randall Stadium Saturday like a can of Natural Light in a freshman dorm room.The No. 9 Badgers (2-0) are favored over the Panthers (0-2) by 35.5 points and have a 98.4 percent chance of winning, according to ESPN.UW released an extensive injury report on Thursday, revealing that the team will have to limp through Saturday’s contest, though it may not seem that way when the clock hits quadruple zeros.Senior running back Corey Clement is listed as questionable, and starting left guard redshirt freshman Jon Dietzen is out. Dietzen’s leg injury caused him to leave last week’s win over Akron early. Clement was limited in practice this week, playing in just the first half after a Zips defender tackle forced him to re-tape both of ankles on the bench.Football: Third-down success on both sides of ball key for No. 9 Wisconsin moving forwardIt’s no secret that third down is the most important down in football. Usually, the team that converts the majority Read…If Clement is not available, he will miss an opportunity to go up against one of the worst run defenses in the country. The Panthers have allowed an average of 394.5 points per game (ranking 128th in the country) on the ground through their first two games this season.The defense also concedes an average of 5.8 yards per carry.“I thought that we were horrible,” Georgia State’s fifth-year head coach Trent Miles said on a conference call with reporters this week. “I didn’t think we played well. We didn’t play good football, [including the] fundamentals and basics of blocking and tackling and kicking and throwing and catching. We’ve got to fix that if we want to be a competitive football team.”On the defensive side of the ball for the Badgers, the Wisconsin secondary continues to take hits. After learning that UW would lose Natrell Jamerson for four to six weeks Sunday, it appeared as though true freshman Caesar Williams could see some reps at the third corner spot. That won’t happen as he will be out Saturday. Expect junior Lubern Figaro or redshirt freshman Titus Booker to take his first meaningful snaps in Jamerson’s place.True freshman wide receiver A.J. Taylor will return kicks for the Badgers Saturday, even after head coach Paul Chryst said earlier in the week that Clement was a “viable option” for the task. Clement was listed above Taylor at the kick returner spot on the team’s depth chart released Monday.The Badger secondary’s biggest challenge Saturday, other than finding a suitable replacement for Jamerson, will be stopping Georgia State receiver Robert Davis. Davis ranks eighth among FBS active leaders in receiving yards (2,563) and 13 in receptions (166).Also out for Saturday’s game are freshman defensive lineman Billy Hirschfield (leg), fifth-year senior wide receiver Reggie Love (infection) and redshirt freshman linebacker Nick Thomas (leg).Georgia State is in just its fifth-year as a Division I FBS program. The Panthers managed only two wins in their first three years of existence but broke out last year with a (6-7) record to earn Miles the Sun Belt Coach of the Year honors along with an appearance in the Cure Bowl.Game information (TV, radio, time)When: 11 a.m.Where: Camp Randall Stadium. Madison, Wisconsin.TV: Big Ten Network (Brandon Gaudin, Chuck Long).Radio: Badgers Sports Network; Sirius 81/XM 81 (Matt Lepay, Mike Lucas, Mark Tauscher).last_img read more

ST EUNANS STUDENTS TO ROCK IT OUT WITH BEO CONCERT

first_imgThe students of St. Eunan’s College in Letterkenny have organised a BEO concert tomorrow, Friday 7th February in the Regional Cultural Centre. Acts performing at the gig are Apollo 6, Jamaican Vampires and the headline act is In Their Thousands.BEO is a national initiative run by Transition Year students all across the country. The main aim of BEO is to promote the Irish language in a fun and friendly manner through music. There will also be three workshops before the concert.Jason Black, the first Donegal man to climb Mt. Everest, Alcoholics Anonymous, the widely known organisation, and In Their Thousands, the headline band, will all be presenting workshops during the day in the RCC, beginning at 11am.The concert will begin at 7:30pm and end at 9:30pm. The admission fee is only €5 for the whole day and can be paid at the door. Alcohol is strictly forbidden. All welcome.  ST EUNANS STUDENTS TO ROCK IT OUT WITH BEO CONCERT was last modified: February 6th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BeoSt.Eunan’s Collegelast_img read more

6 Environment and Development Stories to Watch in 2017

first_imgStory #1: How Far Will Trump Go?In advance of his inauguration as U.S. president on January 20, President-elect Trump has named several climate skeptics to his cabinet. It will be important to watch how these new leaders and their policy decisions affect environmental protections, such as ozone and methane emissions standards, renewable energy fuel and energy efficiency standards and the clean water rule.The role of the United States as a climate leader is also at stake, with an uncertain future for the Clean Power Plan, U.S. commitment to the Paris Agreement on climate change, and the country’s ability to meet its national target to reduce emissions 26-28 percent by 2025.“There’s nothing particularly partisan about protecting God’s creation — traditionally it’s been the Republicans who have often led,” Steer said. “So let’s not assume before we see real evidence, but there’s no question the statements (by Trump) suggest there will be a gutting of some of the environmental protections in this country.”It will be interesting to watch how leaders at the local levels respond. Already, 15 states and 51 cities have called for climate action. In the face of threats at the federal level, will these leaders, those in Congress and citizens step up their game?Story #2: Fossil Fuel Renaissance vs. Renewable Energy SurgeAlthough Trump has promised to bring back coal, he is unlikely to be able to do so given current economic conditions.The U.S. coal industry has slumped since 2008, and clean energy is now one of the fastest-growing U.S. job sectors. Wind and solar power are now nearly cost-competitive with coal and natural gas in many areas. “Coal declining in the United States has almost nothing to do with climate legislation at all,” Steer said. “It has to do with pure economics.”And globally, while one-third of planned power capacity is still in coal, renewable energy investment was double that of coal and gas last year. Will this growth continue? Follow-through on renewable energy commitments from big players like India and China will be strong indications, as well as financial outcomes from July’s G20 Summit.Story #3: Will International Momentum on Climate Action Continue?Last year was a landmark moment for international climate action when 196 countries adopted the Paris Agreement. The only three that haven’t signed are Syria, Uzbekistan and Nicaragua.Many countries are already translating their Paris commitments into action on the ground. For example, 38 nations and eight institutions have joined the NDC Partnership, which aims to accelerate action and raise ambition on implementation of national climate goals.It will be important to watch whether more progress is made in the coming year. Some important moments include: Will India hit its ambitious solar targets? Will China successfully roll out a national carbon market? And, will the new UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres make climate change as high a priority as his predecessor Ban Ki-moon did?Story #4: Tomorrow’s MarketsMany businesses aren’t just moving toward sustainability; they’re leading on it. More than 200 companies have committed to set emissions-reduction targets based on what the science says is necessary to prevent the worst effects of climate change, nearly 600 are working toward deforestation-free supply chains, and 84 have committed to source 100 percent renewable energy.At the same time, investors are increasingly managing funds using environmental, social and governance factors (ESG), and mounting evidence shows that incorporating these screens can have a neutral or even positive effect on returns. “In the old days, the picture image was governments set regulations and the private sector says ‘OK, we’ll fulfill them,’” Steer said. “Today the private sector is really driving the agenda.”The question is whether that momentum will continue in 2017, and will the shift to sustainable investing translate into pressure in C-suites and board rooms?Benchmarks to watch include whether more companies set science-based targets, and if these targets expand to other sectors like land and water use. It will be also interesting to see how businesses and investors respond to the forthcoming Business Commission on Sustainable Development report, due out during next week’s World Economic Forum in Davos.Story #5: The Ascent of Plant-Based FoodsThe consumption of meat and especially beef has one of the biggest impacts on the environment of any sector. Cattle are the single-largest drivers of deforestation and, if all the cattle in the world were their own country, it would be the third-largest emitter. The challenge is to curb this impact while producing the 70 percent more food needed to feed a growing population by 2050.Fortunately, we are seeing increasing interest in plant-based protein, especially in the United States. One-quarter of Americans already report eating less red meat, while one in 10 millennials are vegetarian or vegan. Tyson launched a venture capital fund worth $150 million to explore meat alternatives. As part of the Farm Animal Investment Risk & Return initiative, 42 institutional investors representing $1.25 trillion in assets pressured food companies to futureproof their supply chains by diversifying their protein sources. And Beyond Meat products, including plant-based proteins that taste like burgers, chicken and meatballs, are now sold in 11,000 stores.The question is whether beef producers will begin to diversify and put in place strategies to reduce their impact? And will consumer demand for plant-based proteins and other sustainable alternatives grow?Story #6: Will Innovation in Automobiles Help People and the Planet?Forget the horseless carriage. The new auto trend is driverless cars. More than 30 major companies are currently experimenting with automated vehicles. Meanwhile, ride-sharing services like Uber and China’s Didi are worth tens of billions of dollars, and there are more than one million electric vehicles on the roads globally.The question is whether these three trends — automation, ride-sharing and electrification — will be integrated to reduce cars’ impact on the environment, or whether they’ll operate in silos and increase the number of vehicles on the road? As WRI Board member and Zipcar co-founder Robin Chase said, “Simply eliminating drivers from cars, and keeping everything else about our system the same, would be a disaster.” After all, under the current car-centric model, workers lose about eight days a year in productivity sitting in traffic, and transportation is responsible for 14 percent of global emissions.It’s also important that these new innovations complement rather than compete with people- and planet-friendly mobility options like mass transit and biking.An Exciting Year AheadIt may not be easy to watch how these stories play out over the next year, but 2017 certainly won’t be boring.“Like it or not, real change will happen [this year],” Steer said. “Some changes look like they may not be very good. It’s our job to get a virtuous cycle going, and get really positive change.” Last year brought major political shocks to the world: the election of Donald Trump; the rise of “fake news;” and the emergence of populist, anti-globalization movements in Britain, the Philippines and elsewhere. Many of these were fueled by the growing feeling among certain groups that they are being left out of economic opportunities.The big question for 2017 is: Are these disruptions merely a speed bump for progress toward a more sustainable, equitable world, or will they signal a much larger retreat?WRI President and CEO Andrew Steer addressed this question today in Washington at the Institute’s annual Stories to Watch presentation, highlighting six major topics to scrutinize over the course of this year. How they unfold will help determine whether we continue to curb emissions, expand the economy and foster sustainable development – or not.last_img read more