Oklahoma’s Lincoln Riley Has A Telling Comment On NFL Speculation

first_imgLincoln Riley staring across the field as Oklahoma's head coach.MIAMI, FL – DECEMBER 29: Head coach Lincoln Riley of the Oklahoma Sooners looks on prior to their College Football Playoff Semifinal against the Alabama Crimson Tide at the Capital One Orange Bowl at Hard Rock Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley has been mentioned as a possible candidate for an NFL job, with the Cleveland Browns being named as a potential destination.Riley, though, doesn’t appear to be interested in leaving Oklahoma anytime soon.The Sooners’ head coach said following his team’s loss to No. 1 Alabama that he doesn’t view the NFL as a “step up.”“I don’t see that as a step up, not in this profession. It’s not a burning desire of mine by any stretch right now. Not even close. It doesn’t even compare to my burning desire to win a national championship here,” Riley told reporters.Riley understands his name will come up for NFL jobs.”I don’t see that as a step up, not in this profession. It’s not a burning desire of mine by any stretch right now. Not even close. It doesn’t even compare to my burning desire to win a national championship here.”#Sooners— Eric Bailey (@EricBaileyTW) December 30, 2018Riley, 35, is in his second season as Oklahoma’s head coach.The Sooners have gone 24-4 in Riley’s two seasons as head coach, making the College Football Playoff both years.Oklahoma will likely be a championship contender in the Big 12 again next season, though the Sooners will need to replace Kyler Murray.Georgia five-star freshman quarterback Justin Fields is reportedly considering Oklahoma as a transfer option.last_img read more

Govt to set up central room to respond to panic alarms of

first_imgNEW DELHI: After the new buses hit the road from the next month, the Delhi government is also planning a central monitoring room for these buses as each of these new buses will have panic buttons for women. From the central control room, the officials will respond to the siren which will ring for four seconds after a panic button is pressed.The sources in the Delhi government said the Chief Secretary took a meeting with the Transport Department and also with the Home Department in order to decide on the matter. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal Nagar”Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal after the Lok Sabha election directed all the department to end the pending works by 2020, thereafter the meeting was held in priority. The new buses will start to come from the next month. These buses will have a panic button and also GPS,” said an official. The transport department recently opened bids to run low-floor buses on three different routes and shortlisted companies on the basis of their technical and financial capabilities and rates offered. The department will soon put up the details for the consideration of Delhi Cabinet and, once approved, the agreement will be signed with the private players. Also Read – Two persons arrested for killing manager of Muthoot FinanceThe number of DTC’s operational buses was 3,974 in 2017-18. The target was to raise it to 4,176 in 2018-19, but it remained stagnant 3,897. The average daily ridership of the public transporter improved slightly as it stood at 33 lakh as against a target of 32.93 lakh in 2018-19. It is targeted to be raised to 33.50 lakh in 2019-20. But, the average fleet utilisation dipped from targeted 87% to 84.63 % in 2018-19. The target for 2019-20 is 90% fleet utilisation. The operating cost per km of DTC buses in 2018-19 was targeted at Rs 88 but it stood at Rs 97.12. The corporation would try to bring it down to Rs 95.99 per km in 2019-20. Meanwhile, sources claimed that the meeting was held on January 15 under the chairmanship of the Principal Secretary (Home), GNCT of Delhi. The meeting was attended by senior officials from the Delhi Police, Delhi Government and other important persons. “Principal Secretary (Home) sought details about the action taken on the installation of GPS, CCTV and a panic button in all DTC, cluster buses and private carriages,” sources added. Sources further disclosed that Special Commissioner (Transport) informed that the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MORTH) has notified that all public transport vehicles will mandatorily have panic buttons before they are registered. An official said that the tender has been issued for the installation of panic buttons in existing buses.last_img read more

Climate change fund must spur private investment in poorer countries UN says

29 April 2011A new fund aimed at mobilizing resources to help developing countries mitigate the impact of global warming must encourage private sector financing in an effort to tackle its most devastating effects, the top United Nations climate change official said today. Speaking after the first gathering of the Green Climate Fund’s transitional committee in Mexico City, Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), said private sector investment is essential for ensuring a low-carbon future for poorer countries. “To get government and private capital flowing freely on this scale, the Green Climate Fund needs to become a trusted avenue for deploying climate funding to the best effect and it needs to offer a compelling route for private sector capital to engage in bigger climate investments in the developing world,” said Ms. Figueres.Composed of finance and climate change experts, the transitional committee’s task is to propose an effective design for the fund in time for the next UN Climate Conference in Durban in December. The committee’s 40 members were announced earlier this month. “The launch of the Green Climate Fund is one of the significant decisions that nations reached in Cancún, which show that governments can take repeated steps forward, including this year in Durban,” she said. The fund is being launched as part of long-term financial support agreed last year at the UN climate change conference in Cancún, Mexico, under which industrialized countries committed to a goal of jointly mobilizing $100 billion per year by 2020.The fund’s finances would be raised from both public and private sources and directly linked to meaningful climate change mitigation actions and transparency on implementation. read more