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Government urged to keep promises made at Inter-American hearing in Washington on press freedom in Mexico

first_img MexicoAmericas Reporters Without Borders hails the undertakings given by the Mexican government at a hearing on press freedom in Mexico that was held by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights in Washington on 18 July. The commission’s special rapporteur is to visit Mexico soon. Organisation Receive email alerts RSF_en 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies Reporters Without Borders and eight human rights groups gave a news conference today about an Inter-American Commission on Human Rights hearing on the press freedom situation in Mexico that was held at their request in Washington on 18 July. They presented their findings at the hearing and submitted detailed requests to the Mexican government, which took part.“We first of all hail the active participation of Mexican civil society and NGOs in this initiative with the IACHR, which had all the more impact for being a joint one,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The support of the other groups was essential for us, and together we must ensure that our requests are acted on. This is the challenge.” The press freedom organisation continued: “The undertakings given by the Mexican government as a result of the 18 July hearing go some way to meeting our expectations. Their implementation depends, among other things, on the government keeping its promise to involve all of us organisations and the IACHR.”Reporters Without Borders added: “The future of press freedom in Mexico depends on the journalists and the media themselves, and their ability to unite in the face of the physical violence targeted against them. Furthermore, we are aware that the fight for press freedom in Mexico is also closely linked to the fight against what endangers it – organised crime.”The eight human rights groups which, together with Reporters Without Borders, presented a joint report to the IACHR were the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC), the National Centre for Social Communication (Cencos), Article 19, Freedom of Information in Mexico, the Manuel Buendía Foundation, the National Union of Press Reporters, the Mexican Network for Protecting Journalists and Communication Media and the Transparency Collective.Among other things, they called for increased resources for the Special Federal Prosecutor’s Office for Crimes against Journalists (Fiscalía Especial para la Atención de Delitos Cometidos contra Periodistas – FEADP), which was created on 15 February 2006, and for a proper follow-up in the investigations into 11 recent cases of murders or disappearances of journalists. They also insisted on the need for Mexico’s legislation to be adapted to international standards on electronic and community media.At the end of the hearing, the Mexican government undertook to:-take all necessary measures to shed light on murders, disappearances and physical violence against journalists, and to study the possibility of reinforcing the prerogatives of the FEADP and the handling of this kind of case at the federal level;-report to the IACHR in the next few months on the progress made in these investigations;-guarantee broad participation by specialised organisations in following up on the investigations;- accept the IACHR’s support in the drafting of a new law on the electronic media;-work to promote recognition of community media in this law, in accordance with international standards.The IACHR requested a full report on the most serious cases from the Mexican government, which agreed in principle to an official visit by the commission’s Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression.Mexico has become the western hemisphere’s deadliest country for the press, with a total of 32 journalists murdered and seven disappeared since 2000. With nine journalists murdered in 2006, it ranked second only to Iraq worldwide. Two journalists have been killed since the start of this year – Televisa’s correspondent in Acapulco, Amado Ramírez, who was gunned down on 6 April, and reporter Saúl Martínez Ortega of the Diario de Agua Prieta newspaper, who was found dead six days later in the state of Sonora. Three others have disappeared – Rodolfo Ricón Taracena, the editor of the regional daily Tabasco Hoy, missing since 20 January, and Gamaliel López and Gerardo Paredes of TV Azteca Noroeste, who went missing on 10 May in Monterrey.Aside from the impunity surrounding these murders and the many cases of threats and attacks on journalists and news media, press freedom is also restricted, especially at the local level, by a high degree of self-censorship, the threat of the withdrawal of state advertising and obstacles to the functioning of community media. to go further May 5, 2021 Find out more July 24, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Government urged to keep promises made at Inter-American hearing in Washington on press freedom in Mexico MexicoAmericas April 28, 2021 Find out more News News Follow the news on Mexico News Reports Help by sharing this information May 13, 2021 Find out more Reporter murdered in northwestern Mexico’s Sonora state NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs saylast_img read more

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US Air Force investigating intruder at Joint Base Andrews, home to Air Force One

first_imgMark Wilson/Getty ImagesBy MATT SEYLER and MORGAN WINSOR, ABC News(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. Air Force is investigating an incident of an intruder at Joint Base Andrews, a military facility in Maryland’s Prince George’s County that houses Air Force One, the aircraft that carries the president.“An unauthorized individual gained access to Joint Base Andrews. The incident is under investigation,” a Joint Base Andrews spokesperson told ABC News in a statement late Thursday. “The Air Force Office of Special Investigations (OSI) is lead on this investigation. Any requests for information related to the incident can be referred to OSI.”The OSI did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment and additional details.It’s unclear when the incident occurred or whether the individual was able to reach any aircraft on the flight line.Joint Base Andrews is located about 14 miles southeast of Washington, D.C.U.S. President Joe Biden is expected to depart Joint Base Andrews on Friday evening en route to Wilmington, Delaware, according to a schedule released by the White House on Thursday night.“Technically, ‘Air Force One’ is used to designate any Air Force aircraft carrying the President, but it is now standard practice to use the term to refer to specific planes that are equipped to transport the Commander-in-Chief,” the White House states on its website. “Today, this name refers to one of two highly customized Boeing 747-200B series aircraft, which carry the tail codes 28000 and 29000. The Air Force designation for the aircraft is VC-25A.”Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Who You Calling Bossy?

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York When Lina Gottesman and her husband opened their construction supplybusiness nearly 30 years ago, she drew plenty of industry attention, none ofit wanted.“There I was, a young woman wearing high heels walking around constructionsites,” Gottesman recalls. “I heard lots of catcalls, wolf whistles and lipsmacking.”Three decades before #Metoo, she reacted from the gut.“I had to prove to them I was one of the guys,” she says. “I’m a pretty feistyperson. I pointed my finger at them and said loudly: ‘F*** you! Get back to work!’”The aggression eased up. A few days later the Smithtown business owner tried getting friendly.“I had bought a supply of logoed windbreakers for my employees and brought a bunch to the construction site,” she says. She handed them out and the men – catcallers included – started wearing them to work.“Now when I visited my client I’d see 20 guys outside wearing ‘Altus Metal Marble & Wood’ on their backs,” she says.The gesture turned into free advertising. Women entering the workforce, starting companies of their own, applying to universities or seeking access to public services have long complained of unequal treatment. Their grievances include bosses and coworkers making unwanted advances; clients and prospects making lewd comments; glass ceilings; and much more. The pushback, often voiced over social media, has become successfully disruptive.“All business owners face certain challenges, but women often have unique obstacles to overcome because of their gender,” asserts the Long Island Center for Business and Professional Women on its website, LICenter.org. “Their male peers are less likely to encounter these issues.”One of the major challenges to women is handling expectations. Negotiating, whether it’s for a salary, an equity stake in a partnership, or division of labor in a household, is where many women struggle most. Men who roar at the bargaining table gain fame, wealth and admiration.Women who assert themselves get called aggressive or pejoratives. Fear of being labeled deters many females from acting in their own best interests at work, in the home, or during divorce proceedings, said Rebecca Zung, a Los Angeles attorney. Zung recently leads online negotiating seminars for women. Her latest event was sponsored by the Ellevate Network, a global women’s networking group with an active LI chapter. Her program: “Essential High-Power Negotiating Skills for Women.”Based on years of experience representing “thousands of clients going through divorces,” Zung concluded that men and women negotiate differently.“The biggest difference is that men can compartmentalize everything,” she says. “In a divorce, they put aside the loss of the marriage and focus on the financial picture – what’s best for them. They can approach the divorce from an unemotional point of view.“Women, on the other hand, tend to think erroneously that they can win through emotional argument,” she continues. “A man will lead with facts and figures. If he wants a raise, he’ll show that he adds value to the company. A woman will make the argument personal, saying, ‘If you appreciate me, you’ll give me that raise.’”Not every woman buys into that.“I remind women that they’re equal to the men they’re negotiating with,” says Mary Hauptman, an owner of Hauptman Realty Management in Melville and president of the Long Island Center for Business and Professional Women. “I encourage them to find out about the customer, go to their website, and try to strike a chord” based on commonality of interest or background.“Most importantly, come to the negotiating table armed with facts.”And if men still treat you boorishly?“You try to work it out,” Hauptman says. “If not, fire them.”Warren Strugatch is a partner at Inflection Point Associates, a marketing, public relations and management consulting firm in Stony Brook. Online at InflectionPointAssoc.comlast_img read more

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Federer wins Nadal thriller to clinch record 18th Slam

first_imgMelbourne, Australia | AFP | Roger Federer defied age and his Grand Slam nemesis Rafael Nadal to win a record 18th Grand Slam title in a thrilling, five-set final at the Australian Open on Sunday.Federer, 35, won a classic encounter 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 to become the oldest major-winner in 45 years and move four titles clear of Nadal and Pete Sampras on the all-time list.The veteran Swiss jumped for joy and cried tears of happiness as he sealed the win on his second championship point, ending a five-year wait for a big victory after Wimbledon in 2012.Neither Federer nor Nadal, 30, was expected to reach the final but both players grabbed their chance after the early demise of top seeds Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic.And it was a final for the ages as momentum shifted from one side to the other before Federer finally seized control in the deciding set.“That is a milestone in my career, they are always epic matches against Rafa,” said Federer, adding: “Rafa has caused me the most problems in my career.”For Federer, it sealed an astonishing comeback from six months out with injury. His fifth Australian title came seven long years after his last, against Murray in 2010.“Tennis is a tough sport, there’s no draws. But if there was going to be one I would have been very happy to accept a draw tonight and share it with Rafa, really,” Federer said.“Keep playing please, Rafa. Tennis needs you.”Federer becomes the oldest major champion since Ken Rosewall won the Australian Open in 1972 at the age of 37.His ranking has dipped to 17 after a knee problem ended last season following Wimbledon, but he will now rise to 10 when the new rankings are released this week.It was the 35th meeting between the two long-time rivals with Nadal now leading 23-12 and 6-3 in major finals, including his five-set win over Federer in the 2009 Australian final.– ‘Just fight’ – “I would have said a great event would be making the quarters,” Federer said of his pre-tournament expectations.“Today I just drove myself forward, I said, “Believe in it, run for the ball. Serve and run, serve and run. Just fight and see if you get lucky.“I did, really got lucky tonight.”Nadal, who has also come back to form and fitness after an injury-ravaged 2016, has held the edge over Federer in major finals, winning their last four.“It’s amazing how well he’s playing after being away for so long. For sure, you have been working a lot to make that happen. I am very happy for you,” Nadal told the crowd.“It was a good month for me, amazing month for me, really enjoyed it. I worked very hard to be where I am today. Probably Roger deserved it a little bit more than me.”“I’m just going to keep on trying. Feel like I’m back to a very high level. I’ll keep fighting this season.”Federer, playing aggressively and with a flatter backhand than normal, took the match to Nadal and got the only service break to take the opening set.Nadal fought back with two breaks to level before Federer got the bit between his teeth with a double break in the third set.The Spaniard hit back in the fourth set with a service break in the fourth game to take the final into a fifth set.He again broke the Swiss early in the final set but Federer stirred himself and broke Nadal twice before serving out for a brilliant and emotional victory.Federer, considered by many as the finest player in tennis history, is now the first man to win five or more titles at three different Grand Slam events.He has collected five Australian Opens, seven Wimbledons, five US Opens and one French Open in a span of victories which now stretches across 14 years.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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Last Chance for Boss of the Year Nominations; Recognize Exceptional…

first_imgSponsored by the Thurston County Chamber and Express Employment Services, criteria focuses on exceptional leadership in the workplace through innovation, communication, vision, execution, ethics, service and/or knowledge. Facebook0Tweet0Pin0Thurston County ChamberNominations are being sought for the second annual Boss of the Year designation. Awardees will be honored at a special December 14 event at St. Martin’s Worthington Center.center_img For a nomination form visit the Thurston County Chamber’s website (hot link to thurstonchamber.com). Nominations due no later than October 31.last_img read more

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GRADE I WINNERS BEHOLDER AND WARREN’S VENEDA FINALLY MEET IN SATURDAY’S GRADE III, $100,000 ADORATION STAKES AT 1 1/16 MILES

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (June 10, 2015)–Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Adoration Stakes at 1 1/16 miles for fillies and mares, three year olds and up has attracted a field of seven competitive older females, but maybe none more so than the two everyone will be trying to beat.Grade I winner’s Beholder and Warren’s Veneda head the Adoration and will be meeting for the first time in their illustrious careers. Though both were slated to run in the Grade I Vanity May 9, Beholder was scratched when she came up with a fever a few days prior, while Warren’s Veneda ran a disappointing third as the 1-10 favorite.Trained by Richard Mandella, Beholder was Eclipse Champion 2-year-old filly in 2012 and 3-year-old filly in 2013. Beholder, who has six Grade I wins, which include the Breeders’ Cup Distaff in 2013, has started only once this year but her 3 ¾ length win in the Santa Lucia Stakes on April 10 resulted in regular rider Gary Stevens saying, “she’s the best filly I’ve ever sat on and I’m not sure she’s not the best horse I’ve ever ridden.”Owned by Spendthrift Farms’ B. Wayne Hughes, the 5-year-old mare by Henny Hughes out of the Tricky Creek mare, Leslie’s Lady. Beholder, back on the work-tab since May 21, has since turned in three strong drills leading into the Adoration including a bullet move on May 27 (six furlongs in 1:11.20).Beholder is 16-11-3-0 overall with earnings of $3,416,600.Trained by Craig Lewis and owned and bred in California by Benjamin C. Warren, Warren’s Veneda comes into the Adoration off a third place effort in the Grade I Vanity May 9, beaten one length. Warren’s Veneda began the year with a bang winning three in-a-row beginning with the Paseana Stakes Jan. 11. She followed that with her first Grade II win in the Santa Maria Feb. 14 and the 5-year-old mare became a Grade I winner in the Santa Margarita on March 14.By Affirmative out of the Flying Continental mare More Cal Bread, Warren’s Veneda is 23-8-3-6 overall with earnings of $863,612. She will retain the services of Tyler Baze who has been up for her last seven races.The complete field for the Adoration Stakes to be run as the 8th race on a nine-race card Saturday, with jockeys and weights in post position order: My Monet, Gonzalo Nicolas, 119; Grandiose Tactics, Drayden Van Dyke, 119; Cast in Silver, Flavien Prat, 119; Beholder, Gary Stevens, 121; Warren’s Veneda, Tyler Baze, 124; Wild in the Saddle, Rafael Bejarano, 119; Oscar Party, Santiago Gonzalez, 119.                 The first post on Saturday is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates will open at 10:30 a.m.–30–last_img read more

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The Dark Side Of The Online Struggle Against Plagiarism

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting brian proffitt Tags:#E-Learning#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img College students are under a lot of pressure, what with classes, resident activities, helicopter parents and a none-too-rosy job market waiting for them after graduation. Add the ease of cut-and-paste to the need to grab the almighty A and it’s no surprise that many students turn to plagiarism. Unfortunately, I’ve seen that the technological war against plagiarism can do more harm than good.As a college instructor, I have seen students with otherwise strict ethical codes panic and turn in work that doesn’t belong to them, just because something in their world blew up and they thought getting something in on time was more important than doing their own work.The Weapons Of WarPersonally, plagiarism is not especially hard for me to detect. Years of professional writing and editing experience makes it pretty easy for me to detect a sudden change in voice. And in my current class there’s not a lot of written assignments, so keeping up with the workload is not that hard.But for my colleagues in other parts of the college, I know that is not the case. Essays and theses are more prevalent, and grading them can be very time consuming part of the job. Which is why online plagiarism checkers look very attractive to many professors.Search-and-comparison engines are relatively common at the class, department or even school level at various global institutes for higher learning. The basic premise of these tools – such as Turnitin, PlagTracker.com and Dustball’s The Plagiarism Checker – is the the same: a teacher uploads the document and the program checks the results against the vendor’s database of submitted works and online sources. If a paper has passages that were also found somewhere else, it flags those passages for the teacher to deal with appropriately.Sounds good, right?Perhaps, but not everyone is convinced.The Problems With The SolutionFirst, there is the cost. Turnitin, which is widely acknowledged to have the most extensive database, does not post its prices, using a private quote system instead. But anecdotal evidence can be found on the Internet: the Financial Times most recently pegged the cost at $2 per student per year. That doesn’t sound like a lot, but if I were to use this service for all the sections of the class I co-teach, that’s $1,400 peracademic year for one class.Dustball’s Premium service is $8 per month, for 50 uses, with each additional use costing $.25. Back to my class, assuming one essay per semester, that’s a more manageable $246 per year, with subscription costs. Three essays per semester would run $311.PlagTracker.com? Free of charge, at least for now. Presumably the Ukrainian-based service is building up its content database for monetization later.There’s also an ethical issue with plagiarism checkers – the questionable use of students’ work as a money maker for these services. Sort of like Facebook, Turnitin and the other services are making money off of content that they did not create. Perhaps worse, unlike Facebook where the content owner typically uploads it willingly, students have no say in whether their paper is uploaded by the teacher to the plagiarism checker.Many students and teachers are less than thrilled by this idea. Turnitin has specifically claimed fair use in defense of its use of this content, and in 2008 Turnitin’s parent company iParadigms won a lawsuit brought against the company by four students claiming copyright violation. In its ruling, the court agreed that the content’s use was indeed fair.“It is clear that iParadigms’ use of the Plaintiff’s works has caused no harm to the market value of these works,” Judge Claude Hilton ruled at the time.That has not stopped faculty and students from having qualms about the use of students’ papers in a for-profit enterprise.Setting Up For FailureThe final issue is the atmosphere of distrust that routine use of plagiarism checkers can create. Assuming all students are guilty until proven innocent is not a healthy start to the student-teacher relationship. It might actually encourage an adversarial environment that pushes sneakier students towards getting more creative with their plagiarism while alienating students that never had any intention of plagiarizing.“While some plagiarism detection software is conceived as helping students identify their own peccadilloes – as if committed inadvertently – the technological campaign to monitor and root out plagiarism is reminiscent of the war on drugs, where a large investment in cameras and dog-squads yields negligible returns in expunging the abhorred dependency,” wrote Robert Nelson, Associate Director Student Experience at Monash University, Australia. “We chase students as if they are crooks instead of looking at why students are tempted to plagiarise.”Is There A Better Way?Nelson’s point echoes strongly with me. I am no naif, and I am fully aware that there will be cheaters every once in a while in my class. I live in a world where essay mills like this one exist; how could I not know bad choices are getting made?When I approach my students’ works, though, I don’t go in thinking about catching a cheater. If there is an issue, it’s usually that something jumps out at me and then I start checking.I have the Honor Code conversation with students at the start of every semester, and I always try to separate ethical concerns from the conversation, just to shake them up. Even in an amoral situation, there’s no long-term percentage in cheating. By skipping the work, all they might get (if they aren’t caught) is a decent grade. But the thoughts they might have had if they had done the work on their own? Never happened.That’s a much greater loss than getting a bad grade.Image courtesy of Shutterstock Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

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‘Mature’ Suarez key for Uruguay – Tabarez

first_imgWorld Cup Suarez has matured since 2014, claims Uruguay boss Tabarez Patric Ridge 00:16 6/15/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Tabarez - cropped Getty Images World Cup Luis Suárez Egypt v Uruguay Uruguay Egypt The striker’s campaign in Brazil ended in scandal after biting Giorgio Chiellini, but his coach believes he has grown up a lot in the past four years Luis Suarez’s controversial actions in Brazil four years ago have helped the Barcelona star mature as a player, according to Uruguay boss Oscar Tabarez.Suarez was suspended from all football activities for four months following his actions in a clash against Italy in the group stages in Brazil, having bitten Giorgio Chiellini on the shoulder.That controversy did not prevent Barca signing Suarez from Liverpool, and the 31-year-old has gone on to enjoy a trophy-laden spell at Camp Nou. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move The forward will lead the line – along with Edinson Cavani – for Uruguay and, speaking ahead of their opener against Egypt on Friday, veteran coach Tabarez insisted Suarez has matured since 2014.”Suarez comes to the tournament as a very mature player. I have known him a long time, since 2006,” Tabarez told reporters. “What happened in Brazil is part of reality and has helped him mature. Luis is very smart and well prepared mentally.”With all the good things he can do, he is key for the team.”16 – The last 16 Luis Suárez’s goals for Uruguay have been scored from inside the box (five of them from penalty spot) since scoring in 2013 Confederations Cup vs Tahití. Killer pic.twitter.com/Bj6vO3ryCd— OptaJose (@OptaJose) 8 June 2018Tabarez is taking charge of Uruguay at a World Cup for the fourth time, and the former Boca Juniors boss believes his side have the experience and quality to enjoy a fruitful campaign.”It’s a very compact group, with a lot of friendship and great leaders,” added Tabarez, who acknowledged that many of his squad have had a tough season with their clubs.”Getting here for us is already important. We arrived with the expectation of enjoying the World Cup and achieving great things.”For that I have a group that is very well and the mentality is also very good.”As for the preparation, we are in a similar situation to that of the European teams. They come after very strenuous seasons.”The players had rest days, according to the requirement they had in their league and team. We never complain about the little time we have, each time it is less for us to be able to work with them.”last_img read more

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22 days ago​Liverpool loanee Wilson settling in well at Bournemouth

first_img​Liverpool loanee Wilson settling in well at Bournemouthby Ansser Sadiq22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool loanee Harry Wilson has no problems settling into life at Bournemouth on loan.The talented winger has been an impressive edition to Eddie Howe’s squad, adding three Premier League goals to his name in six appearances this season.He believes everyone at the club has helped to make him feel welcome, which has aided his acclimatisation.”I feel I have settled in well. The club have been great with that,” he told reporters.”The coaching staff and the players have really helped.”When I first moved here, I was in the hotel and that was near the beach, so I had a good few walks down there which was good.”I’ve got to know the area, so I am enjoying it.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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ESPN’s ‘College GameDay’ Crew Make College Football Playoff Picks

first_imgNational Championship in Tampa Bay for 2017.Who will win enough games to compete for this?The NFL Draft is dominating today’s news cycle but it’s always a good time to make some College Football Playoff predictions. About five months away from the 2016 season, some of ESPN’s College GameDay crew has done just that. ESPN play-by-play announcer Chris Fowler tweeted out the teams himself, Jesse Palmer, Desmond Howard, Joey Galloway and Kaylee Hartung are picking to make the College Football Playoff. Clemson was the only unanimous selection between the five college football personalities, while seven other teams – Oklahoma, Baylor, Alabama, LSU, Stanford, Tennessee and Houston – were picked by at least one of them. fired up panel @JessePalmerABC @DesmondHoward @Joey_Galloway @KayleeHartung making bold CFB predictions at our sponsor summit tonight! 1/2— Chris Fowler (@cbfowler) April 28, 20162/2 our panel’s consensus CFB playoff pick: @ClemsonFB w/ OU, BAY, ALA, LSU, TENN, STAN, HOU also mentioned by at least one of them.— Chris Fowler (@cbfowler) April 28, 2016Some pretty popular choices, but it’s surprising to see no Big Ten teams on their list. Both Michigan and Ohio State are thought to be preseason top 10 teams and it’s tough to imagine a one-loss Big Ten champion getting left out.Who are you picking?last_img read more