If you remember, ESPN had a massive round of layoffs in the spring of 2017. One of the more shocking names on the list was college football reporter Brett McMurphy, who is widely regarded as one of the best in the business.Wednesday, McMurphy, who is heading to Stadium after his ESPN contract runs up, dropped arguably the biggest college football story of the offseason – an in-depth report into the likelihood that Urban Meyer lied to the media last week when he said he didn’t know about 2015 domestic violence allegations against wide receivers coach Zach Smith.The Worldwide Leader took its time putting its own version of the story up. ESPN definitely independently verifies every story it writes, but it still felt like a longer-than-usual layoff between McMurphy’s reporting and ESPN’s first story on the topic.McMurphy noticed. He clocked them at three and a half hours behind him.ESPN takes flak for taking almost four hours to mention Brett McMurphy’s story that Urban Meyer knew of Zach Smith’s domestic abuse https://t.co/Zko6gBQZhW pic.twitter.com/PQMPq6WzrK— Awful Announcing (@awfulannouncing) August 1, 2018Yes! I had over 3 1/2 hours! https://t.co/SUaIHHSYVA— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) August 1, 2018McMurphy, who technically doesn’t work for anyone right now, actually published his report on Facebook. It included photos of the alleged abuse.As for the report itself – many are now wondering whether Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer will survive its aftermath. The school has yet to release any kind of statement on the matter.
“It is becoming clearer with every large-scale crisis and with the protracted nature of others, that the way we have been doing business is not sustainable,” said Valerie Amos, who is also the UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs.Ms. Amos made this stark observation in a wide-ranging address in New York kicking off the UN Economic and Social Council’s (ECOSOC) three-day Humanitarian Affairs segment, an annual platform for Member States, UN agencies, humanitarian and development partners, the private sector and affected communities to discuss new and pressing humanitarian issues.The theme of this year’s meeting is: “The future of humanitarian affairs: Towards greater inclusiveness, coordination, interoperability and effectiveness.” “International humanitarian assistance is at a crossroads. The way we work must change,” declared Ms. Amos, noting that more and more people are affected by crises that are increasingly complex and protracted. Moreover, the cost of responding to these crises is escalating rapidly.Against such a backdrop, she called for greater action to foresee emergencies, prevent them and mitigate their effects. “And we need to do more to address the underlying drivers of conflict and protect people in the midst of them,” she added. Ms. Amos drew the Council’s attention to the conflicts in Syria, Central African Republic and South Sudan and the widening crisis in Iraq as examples of the urgent for humanitarian assistance, saying that such crises, as well as devastating natural disasters, will continue to proliferate and to worsen due to factors such as growth population, poverty and the effects of climate change.She said the post-2015 sustainable development agenda, the UN World Summit on Disaster Reduction to be held in 2015 asn well as the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), among other forums, offer opportunities to consider these challenges and designing new ways of working in humanitarian aid.In addition, the discussions this week in ECOSOC also would also provide an opportunity to address these crucial issues, including, among others, the necessary changes in the delivery of humanitarian aid, note Ms. Amos.
When TheJournal.ie spoke to Clarke before the results were announced, it was clear he had enjoyed the opportunity to undertake a more niche project for the exhibition.“Pure mathematical subjects are certainly not the most common in these kind of general science competitions – so it’s great to bring some balance to the whole equation,” said Clark, “and get people realising how much pure mathematics actually contributes to their world.”Read: Here’s why you can’t feed hens any food you want>Read: Are redheads more flexible than other people?>Read: How to trick algae to save the planet> THIS YEAR MARKED student Amy O’Donoghue’s second time at the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition, and she’s sad that it will be her last.The 17-year-old hopes to go to university after her time at St Andrew’s College in Dublin comes to an end later this year, but she’ll always treasure her experiences at the exhibition.Here’s what she told us about what it means to Irish students:(Video TheJournal.ie/YouTube)Another student who enjoyed his time there this year was Paul Clark from St Paul’s College in Raheny – who ended up being the overall winner of the competition.His project was on the mathematical subject of graph theory, specifically contributions to cyclic graph theory, and his discoveries hugely impressed the judges.