COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 09: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes stands with his players before the game against the Oklahoma Sooners at Ohio Stadium on September 9, 2017 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)The official Associated Press preseason top 25 poll is set to come out in about 24 hours. The 2018 preseason poll will be released on Monday afternoon.The poll is comprised of dozens of voters from across the country. They’ve all already turned in their top 25 ballots and some of them are starting to make them public.Dave Briggs, a college football writer for The Blade, recently shared his top 25.Alabama, unsurprisingly, is on top.AlabamaClemsonOhio StateGeorgiaWisconsinWashingtonMichigan StateMiamiOklahomaMichiganPenn StateNotre DameAuburnStanfordWest VirginiaSouthern CaliforniaTCUVirginia TechUCFBoise StateFlorida StateMississippi StateOklahoma StateLSUSouth CarolinaThe biggest question marks surrounding a top team right now are probably regarding Ohio State. What will the Buckeyes look like this fall with everything that’s gone on with Urban Meyer?Here’s the latest on the school’s investigation into the head coach.You can view the full explanations for Briggs’ top 25 here.
Former cricket star-turned politician Imran Khan has promised to build a “new” Pakistan after declaring victory in the country’s general election.The leader of Pakistan’s Tehreek-e-Insaf party gave a live-televised address, a day after tens of millions of people cast their ballots in an election marred by violence. “We were successful and we were given a mandate,” Mr Khan said. An official result has not yet been announced following delays in counting the votes and allegations of vote rigging. “All our policies will be focused on bringing up the poorest segment of society.“No political leader has ever been a victim of as many personal attacks as I have over the last few years but our mission is much bigger than me. “I say to the people of this country today, we will govern Pakistan like it has never been governed before.”The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), the party of jailed ex-prime minister Nawaz Sharif, has called the count an “assault on democracy” in a country which has a history of military rule.The election was hit by violence after a suicide bombing outside a polling station in Quetta on Wednesday killed at least 31 people – including five policeman and two children. (Courtesy SKY News)
“If we work together, we can be an effective force in strengthening the rule of law. If we forge a common approach, we can build solid foundations for peace and security in post-conflict States,” he said in a presentation, delivered at UN Headquarters in New York, to the UN System Chief Executives Board, which brings together the heads of UN organizations with the aim of enhancing cooperation and coordination amongst them.Mr. Eliasson said that to strengthen the work of the UN, it is necessary to “break down the walls” between its activities in the three pillars of peace, development and human rights, and adopt a holistic and integrated approach. “The rule of law can help us solve concrete problems, cutting across all three pillars of our work,” he noted.The UN is currently assisting 150 Member States on various aspects of the rule of law, ranging from advice and assistance in constitution-making processes to reforming justice and security institutions and dealing with legacies of atrocities.The need for an integrated approach, said Mr. Eliasson, can be seen in conflict-torn countries, where functioning institutions and transitional justice help stabilize security. “By prosecuting perpetrators, we begin the process of healing. By facilitating truth and reconciliation, we allow communities to re-unite,” he said. “By fostering reparations and restitution, we plant the seeds of economic growth and empowerment. The rule of law is more than laws and courts, he stated, noting that it is about helping countries to develop norms, social practices and institutions which prevent the arbitrary exercise of political power. “It is about empowering people by providing access to public services, and by strengthening mechanisms to enforce their basic rights,” said the Deputy Secretary-General.“Working to strengthen the rule of law creates the foundations for growth opportunity and equity,” he added. “Ultimately, this helps create better conditions for our broader work for the UN.”He noted that, within the UN, the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) will now form joint global focal points for the police, justice and corrections areas in post-conflict and other crisis situations. This will help provide integrated headquarters responses to requests for support from the field.Also, the Rule of Law Coordination and Resource Group, the group of executive heads which the Deputy Secretary-General chairs, will act as the strategic body on these matters, ensuring that the rule of law is mainstreamed across the UN. The Group may now expand to include other members of the UN family active in the field of the rule of law. Mr. Eliasson also pointed out that the rule of law has an important bearing on economic development, on labour protection, on the delivery of public services, on land and property rights, all of which are central to sustainable development. “We therefore have to see how we integrate the rule of law into the post-2015 development agenda, either through a specific target or goal, or through a set of indicators attached to other targets or goals,” he stated.