first_img Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Kenyan government to stop obstructing media independence after eight columnists working for the country’s biggest media group resigned en masse yesterday in protest against government and management interference in their journalistic freedom. “We refuse to be silenced,” the eight columnists proclaimed at the head of a joint statement explaining their decision to stop writing for the Nation Media Group (NMG). “I resign to protest the growing infringement on media freedom,” one of the columnists, university academic Nic Cheeseman, wrote in a tweet.Denying the charges, NMG insisted in a statement that, “we have honoured our obligation to respect their views and did not tamper with their positions except to correct basic errors.”The collective resignations followed a series of incidents of which the latest was NMG’s refusal to renew the contract of the Linus Kaikai, the general manager of the NMG-owned TV channel NTV in January. Kaikai had denounced collusion between the government and the owners of media outlets that failed to cover the mock swearing-in of opposition leader Raila Odinga, who claims to have won the 2017 presidential election. Four TV channels that did cover the event, including NTV, were closed by the authorities.“These mass resignations should give pause to the Kenyan authorities and NMG’s management,” said Arnaud Froger, the head of RSF’s Africa desk. “All these columnists chose to leave of their own free will in protest against the frequent political pressure. The independence of NMG’s 17 media outlets is at stake.”Several columnists already sounded the alarm two years ago in a letter to NMG’s management accusing it of bowing to political pressure when it fired Denis Galava, a well-known editorialist and editor at the NMG-owned Daily Nation newspaper, after he denounced President Kenyatta’s mishandling of the economy in an editorial.A few weeks later, NMG refused to renew the contract of Gado, a cartoonist who had worked for the group for 20 years but had been the subject of a complaint from Kenyatta, often the target of Gado’s cartoons.Media independence is often curtailed in Kenya, especially during elections. In January, the Kenya Editors’ Guild said it was “gravely alarmed over a developing trend by the government to gag or threaten the media over coverage of the current political events in the country.”Kenya is ranked 95th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. to go further KenyaAfrica Media independence Freedom of expression KenyaAfrica Media independence Freedom of expression News April 6, 2020 Find out more RSF_en Follow the news on Kenya Help by sharing this information Covid-19 in Africa: RSF joins a coalition of civil society organizations to demand the release of imprisoned journalists on the continent The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africacenter_img Reports Kenyan media group trolled by pro-ruling party activists © AFP Simon Maina Organisation News Receive email alerts November 27, 2020 Find out more June 13, 2019 Find out more News March 28, 2018 – Updated on March 29, 2018 Mass resignations from Kenya’s biggest media grouplast_img read more

first_imgAlthough the Blais-Shewit administration has achieved many smaller goals so far, it has not yet accomplished much of what it promised to have done at this point in its term and has had to re-evaluate and adjust the timeline of several of its major platform points. The group has set a solid foundation for the rest of its term through outreach and relationship-building, but it remains to be seen whether or not it can follow through with the projects it has started.Grade: BTags: 2017 Student Government Insider, blais-shewit, Callisto, sexual assault, Student government, sustainability, University Health Services As the first half of their term draws to a close, student body president Becca Blais and vice president Sibonay Shewit said they have been working hard to integrate student feedback into their initiatives.“We’re still in the process with the [student government] website and a few other things, but just [focusing on] changing the image of student government and going to Moreau classes,” Blais said. “We’ve been working with a lot of business classes now lately and just getting the name brand out there, redoing the social media.”In order to increase their visibility and collect student input, the administration has conducted a “Town Hall On-The-Go” initiative and visited every hall council, Shewit said.“Like we said when we were campaigning, people don’t think student government does anything, and part of us addressing that was focusing more on working on what students are saying that they want,” Shewit said. “ … I think we’ve found if we don’t put so much absolute effort on our communications and getting out to students, we can’t expect them to know what’s going on in our office.”Throughout this semester, student government has also worked to foster connections with the South Bend community, junior and chief of staff Prathm Juneja said.“The area I think we’ve had our strongest focus in is the community engagement and outreach portions,” he said. “Student governments often neglect the South Bend relationship and I think our director, [senior] Adam Moeller, has done just the most incredible job there.”While the administration has not yet reached a partnership with the Awake campaign — a campaign that would donate five cents to a local community partner every time a student brings a reusable cup to a coffee vendor on campus, which was one of the administration’s main platform points — Juneja said student government has accomplished some of its other sustainability initiatives. These achievements, he said, include a Styrofoam ban, and working with campus dining to implement anaerobic digestion, an alternative to composting.“We’re still working on the Awake campaign, but in the meantime, our director of sustainability was able to change the way the Huddle treats plastic bags,” Juneja said. “They were able to get people to stop offering bags. You used to always get a bag with your stuff at the Huddle — we were sending out thousands of bags a week and that’s not happening anymore.”The cabinet has also implemented several of its diversity and inclusion initiatives, such as auditing resident assistant training and hiring a third diversity and inclusion officer, Blais said. In addition, the University’s statement of diversity and inclusion will also be incorporated into prospective students’ acceptance packages.“They do the initial acceptance letter and then they follow immediately with your package and [the statement] is going to be in the package,” Blais said. “We’re still pushing for it to be in the initial acceptance letter, but we have the second one confirmed.”Though the University Counseling Center (UCC) had already begun to discuss internal reviews, Blais said student government also played a key role in ensuring that the UCC underwent evaluation by the Jed Foundation, which is currently wrapping up its review.While they have implemented certain items from their platform, however, many of the administration’s initiatives regarding sexual assault remain in the works.According to their platform, one of Blais and Shewit’s top priorities was to implement Callisto — an online tool which allows students to submit time-stamped reports of sexual assault — by fall of 2017. However, Callisto is still being evaluated by the committee for sexual assault prevention (CSAP) and Blais said they hope to implement it in 2018 at the earliest.“We had to go over the technology logistics and go over data security, over is it is right for Notre Dame?” Blais said. “Are there competing apps or services or anything, which we found there aren’t — things like that. So it is actually moving forward with a decision soon, which is extremely promising and exciting, especially for such a large new service to the University.”Blais and Shewit also planned to create a way for students to call Notre Dame Security Police by typing a key code into buildings. However, they are now instead looking into implementing a safety app which will allow students to contact Notre Dame Security Police (NDSP) on the go, Blais said.“If they don’t pilot a new app — because there are challenges with looking at a new app — then they would either embed it directly into ND Mobile or they want to have a direct call button in ND Mobile for NDSP,” Blais said. “So we’re looking to bring the emergency call system to your pocket.”After further conversations with University Health Services, Blais said, the cabinet also reevaluated its goal of implementing a sexual assault nurse examiner (SANE) rape kit administration program on campus, a platform point passed down from the Robinson-Blais administration.“In terms of safety, it’s actually better to have [rape kits] at the hospital because those nurses are trained to use them,” Blais said. “And we could train our nurses but they administer them more often, so they have experience with them. You can’t mess up a rape kit, and they’re very easy to mess up. But we have transportation from campus to those rape kits that’s free of charge.”Although the cabinet may not accomplish every item on its platform, Juneja said, it will work to advance each initiative as much as possible.“I don’t think we will achieve every single bullet point on that platform, but I do think that we will leave on April 2 and feel like at least we started pushing on everything,” he said. “So I don’t think we’ll have any regrets.”last_img read more

first_imgWest Virginia Regulators Question Alpha’s Apparent Intent to Abandon Mine-Reclamation Liabilities FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Daniel Tyson for the Beckley (W. Va.) Register-Herald:West Virginia filed an objection earlier this week to the proposed sale of Alpha Natural Resources’ assets to a hedge fund, stating the sale could leave the state holding hundreds of millions in reclamation liabilities.The state argues that if the sale is approved, it could tilt the process in favor of the hedge fund and institutional investors, leaving West Virginia to accept costly concessions.“DEP’s own estimates of Alpha’s reclamation and water treatment obligation in the State of West Virginia runs to roughly $1 billion on an undiscounted basis,” the objection reads.The state contends the court should closely consider any business justification Alpha management gave as to the sale.In concluding, West Virginia argued approval of the sale would “appear to contravene Alpha’s fiduciary responsibilities to all of its creditors and parties in interest, not just the most vocal and powerful” in determining whether and how to propose a sale of assets.Earlier this month, the labor agreements covering about 600 active miners and 2,600 retired union miners were dropped by a judge’s order. In March, Alpha filed court papers that the company spent about $53 million in 2015 on health care benefits for employees under the labor contract, which is more than 30 percent higher than on non-union employees.The company successfully argued dropping retiree benefits as a way to eliminate about $60 million to offset the financially strapped company.Full article: State objects to Alpha Salelast_img read more

first_img(Editor’s note: Due to the federal government shutdown, the Appalachian Trail is officially closed along much of it’s length as of 10/10/2013, but is still open where it runs through state parks, state forests, and portions of national forests. Click here for more information on where the trail is open and where it is closed.)Planning an epic hike of the Appalachian Trail? If only doing a short trek, you can bring perishable food, though if the goal begins in Maine and ends in Georgia, it’s best to do thorough trail food research before lacing up your hiking boots. Nutritious food and snacks that are easy to pack and won’t spoil after a day or two are your best bets, so leave the chips and cheese puffs at home! Instead, go for packable proteins, carbs and good fats, all of which will keep you energized and satisfied. Check out a few tips concerning the best food for the Appalachian Trail on what will surely be the trek of a lifetime:Best Dry Food OptionsDried foods are staples of most long hikes, and with good reason — they won’t spoil easily nor do they contain a lot of water, which will only weigh your pack down. Make your own (literal) trail mix with nuts and dried fruit — think walnuts, almonds, dried apricots, cranberries, raisins, prunes, bananas, cashews, peanuts and anything else you want to throw in, such as antioxidant-rich dark chocolate. Granola bars that contain dried fruit and nuts are also a good choice, as are breakfast cereals and seeds. Seed options can include sunflower, pumpkin and flaxseed.Heartier SnacksCrackers and cheese work as heartier snacks that will leave you feeling full and ready to hike another mile or two. Crackers generally last a bit longer than most cheeses, so be sure to eat your cheese in a timely fashion and stock up on more at the next store or service center. Since crackers can break easily, pack them in a safe place where they won’t end up a crumbled mess, and cut cheese into slices or cubes to avoid having to stop for long periods of time while on the trail.Dinner IdeasIt’s doubtful you want to eat trail mix for dinner, however there are hot food options you can bring along and easily heat up. Raman noodles, to-go soup packs and dry pasta cook easily on portable stoves, as will dry rice and oatmeal. Foil packets of chicken or tuna are also often recommended as good protein sources when hiking the trail. Forget about building fires to cook these items, as fires are prohibited in some areas of the trail, and portable stoves make preparing food a lot easier after a hard day of hiking.Additional TipsThe Appalachian Trail Conservancy recommends carrying 1.5 to 2 pounds of high-calorie food per day, unless you’re hiking during colder weather in which case 2.5 pounds of high-calorie food is required. You need more calories to keep warm, after all! If you’re planning on hiking the whole shebang, don’t worry about packing four months of food, as the trail often goes through towns, such as Harper’s Ferry, Virginia, meaning you can easily stock up on what you need. Don’t forget to eat a variety of foods whenever possible, as variety is part of a healthy diet!Use these and other hiking tips to stay healthy and safe while on this historic trail! Happy hiking!Kent Page McGroarty is a blogger for Survivalbased.com whose work has also appeared in the SF Gate and AZ Central Healthy Living. Check out more of her tips on the Survivalbased blog.last_img read more

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Atletico Madrid coach Simeone coy over move for Chelsea striker Morataby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAtletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone is coy over talk of a move for Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata.Atletico are now regarded as favourites to sign Morata, though they only want to take him on-loan.Asked about the reports, Simeone stated: “Morata? I do not think about players who are not with us. “I think of those who can give me solutions before Girona, it is my only concern.”Along with Atletico, Morata is also interesting Barcelona. last_img

first_imgBut that changed last month when TIFF emailed Machado, who identifies as Latinx (a gender-neutral form of “Latina” and Latino”), inviting her to attend as part of its new Media Inclusion Initiative.For the first time this year, TIFF is aiming to grow the diversity of the press corps covering the festival by 20 per cent. That amounts to up to 200 new critics and reporters who offer greater representation in the areas of cultural heritage, gender, sexual orientation and disability.TIFF says it’s responding to requests from the industry to expand the range of the conversation and opinions at the festival.“Often what happens is you get a particular response at a film festival premiere of a film that just reflects the media that happens to be there, the industry that happens to be there,” says Cameron Bailey, the festival’s artistic director.“Then the film goes out into the broader population and the reaction may be different — it might be stronger, it might be less strong, it might be just a different character of a reaction — and that’s because the general populace of filmgoers is often not reflected in who gets to attend the major festivals, and that’s for all kinds of historical reasons.”As part of the initiative, TIFF included a voluntary survey in its press accreditation form this year to get a sense of journalists’ backgrounds and how they identify.TIFF also reached out to entertainment writers and commentators who reflect the range of opinion they’re looking for but hadn’t been to the festival before. They offered them full press passes for the festival.Using funding from a combination of corporate donors, industry donors and public donations, TIFF offered almost 100 of the critics hotel accommodations for four nights during the festival and a reimbursement of their flight costs to get to Toronto.TIFF is also encouraging press to sign up for the Time’s Up Critical database, which aims to create greater diversity among critics and entertainment reporters. The initiative stems from the Time’s Up movement.“Access to these festivals is essential, especially if you want to be considered a professional,” Machado says.“The more access that they give us, the better playing field that we have and the more diverse the film criticism will be.”Danielle Solzman, a transgender freelancer writer in Chicago, says she reached out to TIFF as soon as she heard about the initiative. She now has accreditation to cover the festival for the first time this year.“I think it does make a difference, especially when close to 80 per cent (of film critics), at least on Rotten Tomatoes, are cisgender white men,” Solzman says.“Females, people of colour, LGBTQ — a lot of us don’t get the same amount of opportunities. I feel like I have to scream into the void to be heard…. If you’re not writing for the right outlet, it’s very hard to get on the press list.”Joelle Monique, a freelance film critic in Los Angeles, is also covering TIFF this year after the festival reached out to her.“I know there are so many good writers and strong voices of critique out there, people who are able and willing to do the job but just can’t get into the spaces,” Monique says.“I don’t begrudge anybody who is there — the film community at large is a wonderful place to live and work and thrive in — but to know that there are so many marginalized voices who could do the work who just can’t get into the room, that’s frustrating.”Filmmakers seem pleased with the initiative.“I think it’s a great idea because it’s better than having the bigger players writing about things and getting the credentials where the smaller players are left out,” says two-time Oscar-nominated director Gus Van Sant, who recently released the film “Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot.”“Inclusiveness and opening the doors, finding ways to bring underrepresented people into the industry, we have to do that,” adds Emmy-nominated director Kari Skogland.“The more you do, the more you get to do — so it’s just, what door do you open so you can start the process?”by VICTORIA AHEARN – THE CANADIAN PRESS Advertisement Twitter Advertisement Yolanda Machado is shown in this undated handout photo. Until recently, covering the Toronto International Film Festival was just a pipe dream for Los Angeles freelance writer Yolanda Machado. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO – Yolanda Machado Login/Register With:center_img Facebook TORONTO – Until recently, covering the Toronto International Film Festival was just a pipe dream for Los Angeles freelance writer Yolanda Machado.“I never would’ve considered attending. The cost is crazy,” says Machado, who has written for publications including Marie Claire and Harper’s Bazaar, and runs the entertainment blog Sassymamainla.com.“Writers that go, their outlets pay for everything. For freelancers, which a large group of diverse film critics and diverse film reporters are, we can’t cover that cost.” LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementlast_img read more

WESTERN CONF. TEAMRECORDWIN %EASTERN CONF. TEAMRECORDWIN % Conference48-5447.1Conference54-4852.9 Spurs5-455.676ers5-455.6 Timberwolves2-340.0Wizards4-450.0 Trail Blazers2-340.0Pacers4-450.0 Suns3-442.9Magic4-450.0 INTERCONFERENCEINTERCONFERENCE Source: Basketball-Reference.com Warriors7-277.8Pistons5-183.3 The East is better than the West (for now)Records from games between teams in the Eastern and Western Conferences in the 2017-18 season Thunder5-183.3%Celtics5-0100.0% Nuggets6-366.7Bucks4-266.7 Grizzlies0-40.0Nets3-633.3 Mavericks2-340.0Hornets3-350.0 Jazz2-528.6Heat3-442.9 Lakers3-537.5Cavaliers2-250.0 Kings1-712.5Hawks2-340.0 Rockets6-275.0Raptors6-366.7 For most of this millennium, the West has ruled the NBA with zero debate, boasting a long list of superstar players, including Tim Duncan, Kevin Durant, Steph Curry, James Harden and Russell Westbrook, to name just a few. Meanwhile, in the East, there has been LeBron James — and 14 teams that each year served essentially as LeBron James cannon fodder. The NBA’s lopsided conference balance seemed to grow even more drastic this summer, when we saw a migration of top NBA talent from the East to the West. As we detailed at the time, 22 of the league’s 30 best players started the 2017-18 season out West — the largest such number for one conference since the 1970s — after the likes of Jimmy Butler, Paul George and Paul Millsap were all either traded to or signed with Western teams.But about a month into the season, something odd is happening: The East is flipping the script.When the Celtics beat Golden State on Thursday, they cemented themselves (not LeBron’s Cavaliers — who have been mediocre so far) as the hottest team in the NBA right now.1The Celtics beat Atlanta on Sunday for their 15th straight win. And Boston isn’t the only Eastern Conference team off to a good start this season. So far, the East has a 54-48 record against the West in interconference games — a stunning development after an offseason spent fretting about how the West would dominate to an unprecedented degree.Conference disparity has long been an NBA talking point — in the 2015 playoffs, the No. 8 seed in the West would have been the No. 6 seed in the East, and just a year earlier, the West’s eighth seed had a better record than the East’s third seed. It’s an issue that was a hot topic around the league before the most recent exodus — and one that commissioner Adam Silver has publicly stated will continue to be looked at. Since 1999, there’s been only one season (2008-09) in which teams in the East have finished with a winning percentage above .500 against teams in the West. The player inequality of this offseason appeared to only pile on to the league’s growing problem.But as Silver and his team were mulling possible solutions, the league started playing games — and somehow the East began to hold its own (and then some). Through the opening month of the season, the East has won 53 percent of its games against the West, talent exodus be damned. And it’s not as if the best in the East has just been beating up on the worst in the West: According to our Elo model, Eastern Conference underdogs are 31-30 in cross-conference games so far this season — about 12 games better than the Elo ratings said they “should” be. Pelicans4-357.1Knicks4-266.7 Clippers0-50.0Bulls0-60.0 This isn’t by any means enough of a sample size to conclude that the conference imbalance is over, but you can already say that the East has far exceeded any preseason predictions. Before the season, Elo predicted that certain teams at the top of the East would have enough talent to jostle with the top teams in the West — and sure enough, Boston and Toronto have stood out so far. But others — we’re looking at you, Cleveland — haven’t. Instead, it’s been the likes of the Pistons, the Knicks and the Sixers, whose win totals FiveThirtyEight projected to be in the lower half of the league, that have beaten our projections most and outperformed their counterparts in the West. The dregs of the East simply aren’t the pushovers we’re used to them being in recent seasons.A wild start to the season may have helped as well. So far in 2017-18, Elo favorites have won only 60 percent of their games, which — if it holds up — would shatter the 2001-02 season’s mark (64 percent) for the lowest winning percentage by favorites since the 1976 ABA-NBA merger. This topsy-turvy NBA season has been ripe for conference balance to be flipped on its head.Either way, there’s plenty of basketball left to be played — and reason to think things will even out before season’s end. First and foremost, the talent disparity favoring the West hasn’t really gone anywhere; even though some East players are performing above expectations, all the players who departed the East for the West should start asserting themselves eventually. Another sign the balance may tip back into the West’s favor: The West is still outscoring the East by an average of 0.3 points per game in cross-conference games, despite its sub-.500 record. And we’ve been here before — at this stage of the 2015-16 season, the East was also above water, and it ended up getting humbled over the rest of the schedule.So the East still may not actually be better than the West. But it will only need to finish the season at a .492 clip (roughly 40 wins in an 82-game season) to end with a .500 record against its counterpart. Given all the factors working against it going into the year, that might be the single most astonishing thing that happens during the entire 2017-18 NBA season.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

When Thad Matta spoke into the microphone his voice crackled, often breaking off into a cough. His cheeks were flushed with a slight red hue and the lights from the postgame press conference glistened off of his saturated face. His team had just earned its first legitimizing win of the season – a 56-53 triumph over a Michigan team that was on the precipice of its first No. 1 ranking in 21 years. And Matta’s presence represented the stress that the rest of the sold-out Schottenstein Center felt as it witnessed the home team’s 21-point lead wilt away into a tie game with six minutes to play. Must-wins don’t exist for college basketball teams in mid-January, but the Buckeyes’ matchup against Michigan was as close as it gets. OSU had lost each of its last three games against ranked opponents – a blown lead down the stretch in the always-hostile Cameron Indoor against Duke, a Sahara Desert-esque shooting drought against Kansas and a dud of a performance against Illinois that turned into the worst program loss in more than three years. Three returning starters from a Final Four team the previous year merited OSU a lofty No. 4 preseason ranking, but ever since the Buckeyes had been methodically cascading down the rankings and giving rise to doubts in not just the psyche of the fans, but surely in their own minds as well that maybe this team wasn’t as good as its predecessors. So when Michigan rolled into town with a No. 2 overall ranking, a heralded freshman class and two returning stars in junior guard Tim Hardaway Jr. and sophomore guard Trey Burke, OSU all but needed a win to prove to itself that OSU can compete in the hypercompetetive Big Ten and the NCAA Tournament at year’s end. OSU played like a desperate team in the game’s opening minutes, pressuring Michigan into uncharacteristic mistakes and building a 29-8 lead. The Buckeyes blew that lead, regained a six-point advantage and almost saw that one disappear too when Columbus-native Burke’s three that would have given his team a one-point lead rattled out. “I don’t know how, but I’m not going to give it back, that’s for sure,” Matta said after the game. Michigan wanted the win too, obviously. But they didn’t need it. Burke had a little extra incentive, playing against the team that never offered him a scholarship despite growing up a nine iron away from campus. But he was the only one who had anything extra to play for. (And don’t kid yourself, the Michigan-OSU rivalry is nowhere near what it is in football.) For the rest of the Wolverines, this was the first major road test for a young team. Important yes, but a victory was not instrumental for the team’s long-term success. Michigan coach John Beilein, despite his team climbing a mountain of a 21-point deficit only to lose in the end, did not look or sound like a disappointed coach. On the contrary, he was calm and encouraged. “This is terrific for us,” he said. “Every coach will tell you that. When is the last team that didn’t lose? The teams that really prosper from it are the teams that get better from it. We did not play a top-20 team on the road. “We had five freshmen play almost double-digit minutes, they didn’t have a freshman see the floor.” It would have been great for Michigan to get the win, but the Wolverines – playing on the road – have vastly different goals than the Buckeyes, who have a single freshman on their roster, at this point in the season. So don’t catapult OSU back into the “elite teams” category just yet. This Buckeye team is good. They proved that if their backs are against the wall they can beat any team in the country. But what happens when the other team is desperate for victory just as much as OSU, like say in March? That remains to be seen. read more

Ohio State redshirt senior Billy Price gives his thoughts on battle for right guard at Big Ten Media Days in Chicago on July 24. Credit: Jacob Myers | Managing EditorChicago — A month away from the season opener, the Ohio State football team still has several question marks at key positions.Chief among those open spots is right guard.“It’s wide open as we speak, and obviously right guard is as critical a position as there is, so it’s going to be a big battle this training camp,” coach Urban Meyer said in his opening remarks at Big Ten Media Days.Meyer listed seven names who are going to be battling for that spot: redshirt juniors Malcolm Pridgeon and Demetrius Knox, redshirt sophomores Matt Burrell and Brandon Bowen and freshmen Wyatt Davis, Thayer Munford and Josh Myers. “There’s positives and negatives to having seven guys, but how do you get those guys reps and no one has really stepped up and taken it,” Meyer said. “It’s going to be a street fight, especially the first 10 days because you can’t have seven guys competing for that spot … That’s going to be No. 1 on the hit list as we start practice.”The player they are replacing — redshirt senior center Billy Price — believes that even though they are young players, they cannot be counted out just yet, citing now-sophomore Michael Jordan as an example of a young player who came into his true freshman season and won a starting job on the offensive line.“Josh Myers, Thayer Munford and Wyatt Davis, all three of them have ability. They all each bring something to the table that I haven’t seen before, I haven’t seen in a while,” Price said. “(Jordan) came to work last year, he got the position and that’s why he was playing … Perspective to those guys happening, if you show up, you tighten your shoes and you go to work, the position is yours.”Price knows what it takes to step up and take on the starting role as right guard. And so as a senior captain and former right guard himself, he has taken time in between practicing his new role as center to coach several of the younger players as they battle to be Price’s right-hand man on the offensive line.“It’s my job as an older guy to take a young guy underneath and say, ‘Hey, let’s go play some ball,’” Price said. “I’ve had those conversations. Thayer Munford, Wyatt, Josh Myers in particular just being with the freshmen class to just saying, ‘Hey, I need you guys. We need you guys. You’ve got to develop. We need everybody within that room to have their role running, let’s go play some ball.’”One of the freshmen that has stood out to Price so far this year has been Myers. Nicknamed “Tommy” by some of the players for being a “country boy,” Myers has already started to build chemistry with the team and become familiar with the players and rigors of working with the team since he enrolled in January, which Price said has given the freshman an edge.“Josh went through an offseason and he’s continued to develop there as things have continued,” Price said. “I think that because he had those four extra months and he went through a spring, that name is mentioned in (at right guard). And I think that if he continues to develop, if he goes and puts in all out there 100 percent at camp time, it will raise an eyebrow to coach Meyer.”Another player whose name is frequently linked to the starting right guard position is Burrell, who started with the first-team offense during the spring game. Burrell redshirted his true freshman season in 2015 and emerged as an early front-runner for the starting left guard spot in 2016. However, he lost the position battle to Jordan, and was demoted to a backup role.Losing out the job last season to a true freshman, Burrell could have let the loss get to him and cost him further on down the road. But instead, Price said, he has battled through the loss and gained confidence along the way.“You build confidence as a young man too, and I think for Burrell’s case, he’s built a lot of confidence as well as a lot of the other seven that you mentioned,” Price said. “There’s a lot of things that are starting to click for him as he is the favorite from what you’ve said.”And while Price did not voice his own opinion on whom he deems to be the favorite, he acknowledged that Burrell has been considered the likely starter by some out there.“I think from what coach Meyer has said, an article that had been presented, that yes I think (Burrell) is the favorite according to sources,” Price said. “That is not saying that I said that he’s the favorite or that I think he’s the favorite, I just know if I play next to him, we’re going to be okay.” read more

first_imgLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has revealed that Emre Can will not be available for the squad in their trip to Crystal Palace in SaturdayThe midfielder was withdraw from international duty, earlier this week, after struggling with a back problem that he sustained during Liverpool’s 5-0 win over Watford.While ruling out a long absence from the squad for Can, Klopp did admit that his compatriot will be unavailable for his side against the struggling Palace.“Emre is out for the weekend.” said  Klopp, according to club website.“[He is] getting better and better and better, much better. Hopefully he can have a normal session with us on Sunday morning and then should be fine again.”Joe Gomez will also be out with an ankle problem, while Nathaniel Clyne is now ready to return to the senior side for the first time since pre-season.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“Clyney is back. He played last week for the U23s. One or two games more would be nice but the situation is like it is. We have Clyney.” said the German.“I said yesterday to the boys that we lost Joe but finally we got Clyney back. He has been back for a few weeks already but he has come closer and closer. He is a very good option.”The other good news for Klopp is that both Dominic Solanke and Andy Robertson are expected to be available for Liverpool on Saturday, as well.“He is fine and will be fine today, I hope. After training I’ll know more about that.” Klopp said on Solanke.And of Robertson, he added: “It was a dead leg, no problem.”last_img read more