12 Jun

Mexico: Another journalist murdered in Veracruz

first_imgNews April 28, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders (RSF) urges the Mexican authorities to lose no time in identifying those responsible for website editor Leobardo Vázquez’s murder yesterday in the eastern state of Veracruz and to provide his family with protection. to go further Reporter murdered in northwestern Mexico’s Sonora state Reports Follow the news on Mexico NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say MexicoAmericas Condemning abuses Violence Organisation March 22, 2018 Mexico: Another journalist murdered in Veracruz Aged 42, Leobardo Vázquez was gunned down last night outside his home in Gutiérrez Zamora, a municipality in the northern part of the state, which is regarded as the western hemisphere’s most dangerous region for journalists.Until last year, he worked for La Opinion de Poza Rica, a local newspaper, but he was currently the editor of Enlace Informativo Regional, a Facebook page providing news about the region.Ana Laura Pérez, the head of the Veracruz State Commission for the Attention and Protection of Journalists (CEAPP), said Vázquez had not contacted the commission to report receiving threats. But colleagues of Vázquez said he had been threatened by local officials and had been about to file a complaint and seek protection.“With three journalists murdered in Mexico so far this year, the situation is becoming untenable for the Mexican media, especially those in Veracruz,” said Emmanuel Colombié, the head of RSF’s Latin America bureau. “The local police and judicial authorities must quickly identify those responsible for Leobardo Vázquez’s murder and provide his family with protection.”In a report published in February 2017, entitled “Veracruz: journalists and the state of fear,” RSF examines the critical situation of journalism in Veracruz and the flaws in Mexico’s mechanisms for protecting journalists in danger, and offers detailed recommendations for improving the situation.Vázquez was the third journalist to be murdered this year in Mexico, following Pamika Montenegro and Carlos Domínguez Rodríguez.The producer of El Sillón, a satirical news channel on YouTube in which she made fun of local politicians, Montenegro was shot by two unidentified gunmen in a restaurant in Acapulco, in the southwestern state of Guerrero, on 5 February. Domínguez was stabbed to death in the centre of Nuevo Laredo, in the northeastern state of Tamaulipas, on 13 January.Mexico is ranked 147th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. News MexicoAmericas Condemning abuses Violence May 13, 2021 Find out more May 5, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies News Receive email alerts RSF_en last_img read more

24 May

Pike County a stop over for whooping cranes

first_img Pike County a stop over for whooping cranes Email the author Published 11:00 pm Wednesday, December 18, 2013 By The Penny Hoarder Seven states and 1,285 miles separate this year class of young whooping cranes from their summer home in Wisconsin and their wintering grounds at St. Marks National Wildlife Reserve in Florida.There are 21 planned stops along the way, with Pike County as Stop 19.Mother Nature and the willingness of the cranes to lift off dictate the timeline for the journey. Sponsored Content Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits By Jaine Treadwell Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Skip Why the young cranes would refuse to follow, Condie said, no one knows.“They haven’t told us that,” she said, laughing.The next stopover in Alabama will be in Walker County, and then Chilton County and Lowndes County before the cranesstop in Pike County. The cranes will fly a total of 324 miles over Alabama.Just when the whooping cranes will stop over in Pike County is “up in the air” so to speak. And, just where they will overnight is a well-kept secret.“Migration stopovers are listed by county name only so as to protect the identity of the migration hosts,” Condie said.L&L Lakes near Springhill as been a stopover point but not on this migration route, Condi said.However, Condie said there is a possibility that a viewing site will be designated in Pike County so people can watch as the young whooping cranes take flight on the last two legs of their long journey to their winter home.The public will be informed through local media.The Whooping Crane is the most famous endangered bird in North America. In part because it is large, distinctive and photogenic and partly because, since 1967, Canadians and Americans have cooperated in a successful recovery program to safeguard it from extinction.Pike County is Stop 19 on the Ultralight-guided Whooping crane Migration Route. The last stop, Stop 21 at St. Mark’s Nationa Wildlife Reserve in Florida will complete the flight from the White River Marsh training site in Wisconsin. Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Book Nook to reopen Print Article The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson On Friday, Operation Migration was on the ground at Stop 15 in Winston County.According to Operation Migration’s Early Bird Migration News conditions on the surface appeared to be calm. The update read: Aloft there may be a headwind. The pilots will be getting airborne shortly after sunrise to check conditions and to determine how long it would take to fly the 37 miles to the next destination in Walker County.Liz Condie, Operation Migration spokesperson in the field, said the ultralights were able to take off with the young cranes following.“However, the whooping cranes kept turning back and turning back so we’re back on the ground,” Condie said. “Sometimes that will happen.” You Might Like Brundidge Rotary is updated on Pike County Schools The promise of the Pike County School System is to provide clean and safe schools, friendly and courteous service, academic… read more Latest Stories The whooping cranes are in flight, but when they might fly over Pike County remains a mystery.Operation Migration, which has played a lead role in the reintroduction of endangered whooping cranes into eastern North American since 2001, took flight from The White River Marsh training site in Green Lake County, Wisc., on Oct. 2, 2013.Using ultralight aircraft, Operation Migration pilots act as surrogate parents and guide captive-hatched and imprinted whooping cranes along the planned migration route. Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthBet You’re Pretty Curious About Jaden’s Net Worth Right About Now, HuhBradofoThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

24 May

Nationally acclaimed guitarist Michael Kelsey performs at local schools

first_imgMessenger photo/Jaine TreadwellNationally acclaimed guitarist Michael Kelsey performed for students at Pike County Elementary School and Pike Liberal Arts School on Wednesday. At left, Kelsey steps into the student section at PCES and interacts with the young students The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Local candidates make cases for office at Pike County Republican Women meeting Twelve candidates vying for various offices representing Pike County told constituents about themselves and their campaigns Wednesday at the meeting… read more Arnold said she and her staff are in the process of writing a grant to bring more arts education programs to the school.“We need more programs like this for our students,” she said. “The experiences broaden our horizons.”Arnold expressed appreciation to Kelsey for a great arts experience for her students and to the Troy Arts Council for making the program possible.Kelsey also performed at Pike Liberal Arts on Wednesday and will be at Troy Elementary and Charles Henderson High School today.A public performance will be held at 7 p.m. tonight at The Studio in downtown Troy. Tickets are $25 and will be available at the door.Michael Kelsey in Concert is sponsored by the Troy Arts Council with support from the Alabama State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. You Might Like Book Nook to reopen By The Penny Hoarder Published 3:00 am Thursday, September 28, 2017 Print Article Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson By Jaine Treadwell This is what the press kit says about award-winning guitarist Michael Kelsey: Michael may make use of technology, his improv skills, objects in the room and audience interaction to make music for the ears; but more importantly, a musical experience for the senses.This is what Pike County Elementary School Principal Tracey Arnold said about Michael Kelsey: “All that and more.”Kelsey performed for the elementary students in Brundidge Wednesday morning and the gymnasium was packed and everyone “had a blast.”center_img Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Latest Stories Email the author Sponsored Content He asked the students to describe the different moods they feel from time to time and with each mood, he expressed it with music. Happiness, sadness, anger, fear, love. Each mood he expressed with a few chords on the guitar and the students’ responses indicated instant recognition.“Music is about feelings and emotions,” Kelsey said. “And you can write a song about anything.”Kelsey composed songs on the spot. He borrowed a girl’s purse and sang a song about it. He turned a cell phone into a song, much to the delight of the young students and their teachers.“We were so excited that Michael Kelsey was coming and we were just as excited to have him,” Arnold said. “It was a great experience for our students and we are anxious to have more programs like this.” Nationally acclaimed guitarist Michael Kelsey performs at local schools Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthGet Fortnite SkinsTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Arnold said the performance was exactly what she had hoped it would be and more, knowing Michael Kelsey’s reputation as one of the great guitarists and musicians.“Michael Kelsey is an outstanding musician and performer and he has the ability to relate to young people,” Arnold said. “The exposure the students got to music, to sounds, to images and to a performer who can turn anything into a song was a unique educational experience.”Kelsey said music, whether it’s a guitar, a piano or drums, creates feelings and emotions. And, music tells stories. That’s what he hopes to convey when he presents school programs. Plans underway for historic Pike County celebrationlast_img read more

17 Sep

Syracuse trails USC 14-3 in low-scoring first half

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ UPDATE: The start of the second half was delayed due to severe weather. The third quarter kicked off at 6:25 p.m.EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — One week after thrashing Hawaii by 39 points, the Southern California team that had been dubbed essentially invincible seemed to have lost its way.One week after being gashed by Northwestern for 42 points, the Syracuse defense that appeared porous seemed to have risen to a new level.The result was an offensive stalemate in the first half at MetLife Stadium on Saturday, with the 25-point underdogs from Central New York hanging in against the juggernauts from the West Coast. And though USC eventually took a 14-3 lead into halftime, the game remained much more hotly contested than many would have believed possible.Matt Barkley, USC’s golden-armed quarterback, looked unimpressive at best. He finished the half 13-for-17 for 112 yards and two touchdowns, but the majority of his completions came on bubble screens and quick passes that relied on his receivers to run after the catch.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHis lone attempt downfield, however, was an exquisite touch pass that All-American receiver Robert Woods wrestled away from SU cornerback Ri’Shard Anderson and produced the Trojans’ second touchdown of the half.He connected with Marqise Lee on a short slant route earlier in the second quarter to put USC on the board after nearly 18 minutes of scoreless football.For Syracuse, the chances were certainly there — the Orange just failed to capitalize. Ryan Nassib, who entered the weekend leading the nation in passing after an unflappable 470-yard performance against Northwestern, seemed flustered in the pocket.He was flushed out of the pocket to his left on SU’s third play from scrimmage and forced an ugly throw downfield while being dragged down from beyond. It was nowhere near an Orange receiver, instead settling into the gut of USC linebacker Dion Bailey. And later he missed a wide-open Marcus Sales in the middle of the field, sailing a ball high above the arms of the 6-foot-tall receiver.But his worst blunder of the game came on SU’s final drive of the half. After navigating downfield quickly with less than two minutes remaining, Nassib put too much air under a ball intended for Jeremiah Kobena, who had shed the coverage of USC’s Brian Baucham and was open in the left side of the end zone.It allowed Baucham to recover and knock the ball away, forcing the Orange to settle for a field goal. Comments Published on September 8, 2012 at 5:20 pm Contact Michael: [email protected] | @Michael_Cohen13last_img read more

14 Aug

What channel is 49ers vs. Seahawks on today? Schedule, time for ‘Sunday Night Football’ game

first_imgMORE: Watch 49ers vs. Seahawks live with fuboTV (7-day free trial)Due in part to the injuries impacting the Seahawks heading into Sunday night’s game, Seattle is a three-point home underdog. If the Seahawks upset the 49ers and win the NFC West, chances are quarterback Russell Wilson will be a big reason. With a win over San Francisco, Wilson would earn his 87th regular-season win, surpassing Tom Brady (86) for the most regular-season wins by a QB through his first eight seasons in NFL history.Wilson’s QB counterpart enters Sunday night’s game on a bit of a hot streak, as well. The 49ers’ Jimmy Garoppolo needs 307 passing yards against the Seahawks to become the third San Francisco QB (Jeff Garcia and Steve Young) with 4,000 or more passing yards in a single season.Below is all the info you need to watch 49ers vs. Seahawks on Sunday night, including the TV channels and kickoff time.MORE: Full betting preview for 49ers vs. SeahawksWhat channel is 49ers vs. Seahawks on today?TV channel (national): NBCTV channel (San Francisco): KNTVTV channel (Seattle): KINGLive stream: fubo TVAs is the case for all “Sunday Night Football” games on NBC this season, Al Michaels will call the 49ers vs. Seahawks play-by-play action, and Cris Collinsworth will provide analysis. Michele Tafoya will report from the sidelines, and NFL rules analyst Terry McAulay will explain penalties and other officiating rulings throughout the game.For those who can’t watch 49ers vs. Seahawks on TV and wish to find the game on the radio, the San Francisco call can be heard on Sirius channel 81 and XM channel 225, and the Seattle call can be heard on Sirius channel 83 and XM channel 226.MORE: Watch every NFL game and RedZone on DAZN (Canada only) 49ers vs. Seahawks: What time is kickoff?Date: Sunday, Dec. 29Start time: 8:20 p.m. ETThe 8:20 p.m. ET start time for 49ers vs. Seahawks marks a league-high sixth prime-time game for San Francisco this season. Like this game against the Seahawks, the 49ers’ game against the Rams last week was flexed into a prime-time slot.The Seahawks also are making their sixth prime-time appearance this season.MORE: NFL TV coverage map for Week 1749ers scheduleWeekDateOpponentKickoff timeTVWeek 1Sept. 8at Buccaneers4:25 p.m. ETFoxWeek 2Sept. 15at Bengals1 p.m. ETFoxWeek 3Sept. 22vs. Steelers4:25 p.m. ETCBSWeek 4BYE—Week 5Oct. 7 (Monday)vs. Browns8:15 p.m. ETESPNWeek 6Oct. 13at Rams4:05 p.m. ETFoxWeek 7Oct. 20at Redskins1 p.m. ETFoxWeek 8Oct. 27vs. Panthers4:05 p.m. ETFoxWeek 9Oct. 31 (Thursday)at Cardinals8:20 p.m. ETFox/NFLNWeek 10Nov. 11 (Monday)vs. Seahawks8:15 p.m. ETESPNWeek 11Nov. 17vs. Cardinals4:05 p.m. ETFoxWeek 12Nov. 24vs. Packers8:20 p.m. ETNBCWeek 13Dec. 1at Ravens1 p.m. ETFoxWeek 14Dec. 8at Saints1 p.m. ETFoxWeek 15Dec. 15vs. Falcons4:25 p.m. ETFoxWeek 16Dec. 21vs. Rams8:15 p.m. ETNFLNWeek 17Dec. 29at Seahawks 8:20 p.m. ETNBCSeahawks scheduleWeekDateOpponentKickoff timeTVWeek 1Sept. 8vs. Bengals4:05 p.m. ETCBSWeek 2Sept. 15at Steelers1 p.m. ETFoxWeek 3Sept. 22vs. Saints4:24 p.m. ETCBSWeek 4Sept. 29at Cardinals4:05 p.m. ETFoxWeek 5Oct. 3 (Thursday)vs. Rams8:20 p.m. ETFoxWeek 6Oct. 13at Browns1 p.m. ETFoxWeek 7Oct. 20vs. Ravens4:25 p.m. ETFoxWeek 8Oct. 27at Falcons1 p.m. ETFoxWeek 9Nov. 3vs. Buccaneers4:05 p.m. ETFoxWeek 10Nov. 11 (Monday)at 49ers8:15 p.m. ETESPNWeek 11BYE—Week 12Nov. 24at Eagles8:20 p.m. ETNBCWeek 13Dec. 2 (Monday)vs. Vikings8:15 p.m. ETESPNWeek 14Dec. 8at Rams8:20 p.m. ETNBCWeek 15Dec. 15at Panthers1 p.m. ETFoxWeek 16Dec. 22vs. Cardinals4:25 p.m. ETFoxWeek 17Dec. 29vs. 49ers8:20 p.m. ETNBC Good news for those looking to find the TV channel for 49ers vs. Seahawks on “Sunday Night Football”: This game, scheduled to kick off at 8:20 p.m. ET, is being nationally televised by NBC in Week 17. So yes, you get the game on TV.The NFL made the easy call to flex this matchup into the “Sunday Night Football” window and tee it up as the last regular-season game of the year. The scenario is simple: This is the NFC West championship game, and while the winner will get a top three seed in the playoffs (potentially the No. 1 overall seed and/or a first-round bye), the loser will be forced to hit the road for the wild-card round.last_img read more

28 Dec

NOT GUILTY: JURY ACQUIT DONEGAL MAN ON 34 SEX ABUSE CHARGES, NO VERDICT ON 12 OTHERS

first_imgA County Donegal man has been acquitted by a jury of 34 counts of raping and indecently assaulting a woman when she was a child.The jury in the case failed to reach a majority verdict on 12 other counts of indecent assault and rape, they told Mr Justice Paul Carney at the Central Criminal Court.The accused man, now 62, had pleaded not guilty to all charges relating to alleged abuse between January 1965 and June 1975. The man told gardaí that he “feelings” for the woman but they never had a sexual relationship.He told gardaí his foster mother, who was the complainant’s guardian, “became aware of feelings between us and she wanted to interrupt this”.He claimed he was 23 at the time and the complainant was 15 or 16.NOT GUILTY: JURY ACQUIT DONEGAL MAN ON 34 SEX ABUSE CHARGES, NO VERDICT ON 12 OTHERS was last modified: March 30th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:NO VERDICT ON 12 OTHERSNOT GUILTY: JURY ACQUIT DONEGAL MAN ON 34 SEX ABUSE CHARGESlast_img read more

21 Dec

Cllr Paul Canning elected Leas Cathaoirleach of Inishowen

first_imgFianna Fáil councillor Paul Canning has been elected as Leas-Cathaoirleach for Municipal District of Inishowen. Cllr Canning topped the poll in south Inishowen during last month’s election with 1,720 votes.He will work closely with party colleague, Martin McDermott, who was elected as Cathaoirleach of the peninsula on Monday.  Cllr Paul Canning elected Leas Cathaoirleach of Inishowen was last modified: June 17th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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)last_img read more

28 Nov

Scrapped event ruins Sudha’s quest for Olympic berth

first_imgIn a bizarre development, the 3,000m steeplechase at the National Open Athletics Championships was cancelled due to a lack of participants.Apart from the embarrassment it caused the organisers, it also deprived Asian Games gold medallist Sudha Singh of an opportunity to qualify for the London Olympics.The Railways runner will now have to participate in events outside India to make it to the quadrennial extravaganza.According to the original starting list there were 10 competitors but only two Sudha and teammate Kiran Tiwari – reported for the event.According to the rules, more than two competitors from different teams should be involved for an event to go ahead.Sudha’s coach JS Bhatia came down hard on the organisers for their alleged mishandling of the matter. “Sudha is in a great form right now. Recently she eclipsed her own national record effort of 9:55.47 during practice in Bangalore and she could have reached the Olympic qualification mark of 9:48 minutes. Now we will have to wait till next year,” he said.”This kind of occurrence is highly unexpected, especially in an event like this where Olympic qualification is at stake.” Sudha echoed her coach’s sentiments.”This is the last domestic event this year and I have to wait till next year just because there were not enough competitors,” she rued.There were further glitches on the part of the organisers as the initial starting list had four names which appeared twice. So in effect, there were only six competitors instead of 10.”There were some organisational glitches. Those names should not have been repeated. We will definitely look into the matter,” CK Walson, chairman of the technical committee, said.advertisementThe penultimate day threw up another curious case in men’s 400m hurdles as Satender Singh and Avin A Thomas were adjudged gold medallists after a dead heat.In a rare case, they could not be separated in the photo finish and both were awarded a gold each after clocking an identical 51.49s.Railways lead the medal tally with nine gold, nine silver and six bronze while ONGC have won five gold, two silver and one bronze medal for a tally of eight. Punjab are placed third place with four gold and one bronze medal.last_img read more

28 Sep

The College Football Playoff Picture Looks Tidy Now But That Will Probably

For instance, our model says there’s only about a 1-in-5 chance that all four current major-conference undefeateds make the playoff in the end. Some of that comes from the possibility of losses — according to our simulations (based on ESPN’s FPI ratings), there’s a 96 percent probability that at least one of the four loses before the playoff field is set — and more still comes from the uncertainty of how the committee eventually will sort out the top four.Texas A&M’s dropping out of the conversation — their CFP odds fell from 19 percent to 2 percent — helped crystallize the playoff picture over the weekend. Alabama, Clemson, Michigan and Washington also saw their CFP chances rise because they either scratched a difficult opponent off of their schedule (the Tide squeaked past LSU) or improved their FPI with dominating wins (the Tigers and Wolverines won by 54 and 56, respectively, while the Huskies dropped 66 points on Cal).But there are still plenty of paths for teams currently on the outside looking in. Washington’s remaining schedule is notably difficult, starting with a matchup against FPI No. 12 USC on Saturday. A slip-up could open a window for, say, Louisville — if it keeps winning. Meanwhile, Ohio State would likely play its way in by beating Michigan in their annual tilt on Nov. 26, and two-loss Wisconsin could still feasibly make it by winning the Big 10’s opposite division and the championship game over the Michigan-Ohio State winner. (Our model gives conference champions a slight bonus.)With only two of the top eight in our current CFP odds having anything less than an 88 percent chance of winning their next game (according to FPI), this weekend might not make for many wild swings in the playoff odds and rankings. But soon enough, the chaos will set in — perhaps even for that neat, tidy four-team group atop the committee’s standings.Check out our college football predictions. Things have been relatively easy for the College Football Playoff committee so far this season. There are four remaining undefeated major-conference schools — Alabama, Clemson, Michigan and Washington — which slide neatly into the top four slots of the rankings. Meanwhile, a couple of dominant one-loss teams — Ohio State and Louisville — wait in the wings, just ahead of the gnarled mass of two-loss teams in the field at large.Even when the committee invited controversy in its initial 2016 rankings, slotting then 7-1 Texas A&M ahead of unbeaten Washington for the No. 4 slot, it was quickly given the opportunity to fix the mistake when the Aggies lost at Mississippi State. And with the committee’s rankings aligning with outside opinion, our College Football Playoff prediction model sees more certainty in the “Final Four” than a week ago. Four slots, four undefeated teams — it seems as if things are shaping up to work out unusually well in the CFP’s normally chaotic world.Well, maybe. If those four teams win out, things would indeed be convenient for the committee. Our model even thinks a team as dominant as Alabama could afford to drop a game and still be more likely to make the playoff than not. But, as is often the refrain when peering into the college football crystal ball, a lot can happen between now and when the final rankings are released on Dec. 4. Will your favorite team make the College Football Playoff? See all of our predictions for the 2016 season » read more