A College Football Bowl Record Was Broken Today

first_imgGeneric photo of footballs in an end zone.(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)On Friday afternoon the Purdue Boilermakers and Auburn Tigers met in the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl. Unfortunately, only one team truly showed up to play on Friday afternoon.Auburn has dominated the game on both sides of the ball. The Tigers are on pace for nearly 800 yards of total offense and 112 points after racking up 397 yards and 56 points in the first half.Auburn’s 56 points at the half are the most in any first half of a bowl game in college football history. The scoring total passes West Virginia’s 49 points in the team’s first half against Clemson in the Orange Bowl in 2012.Auburn has officially set the FBS record for most points in one half of a bowl game (56).Previous record was WVU’s 49 vs. Clemson in 2012 Orange Bowl.— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) December 28, 2018That same West Virginia program set the all-time scoring mark for a bowl game at 70 points – which was matched this season by Army in the Knights win over Houston.Auburn is on pace to crush that record, though we’ll have to wait and see if the Tigers field their starters in the second half with the game in hand.Stay tuned.last_img read more

New UN rights chief urged to ensure accountability in Sri Lanka

GTF also said that former UN High Commissioner Navi Pillai advocated for the UNHRC to mandate an international inquiry and instrumental in setting up an OHCHR investigation of Sri Lanka (OISL) under the guidance of eminent international jurists. GTF is a global diaspora organization of Tamils based in London. (Colombo Gazette) “In Sri Lanka, the UN system failed miserably in 2009 in preventing the deaths of tens of thousands, mostly Tamil citizens in the hands of the country’s security forces. However, the initiatives taken by the leading UN officials to address this failure are notable and praiseworthy. The then UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon appointed a Panel of Experts to address accountability issues related to alleged war time abuses and an Internal Review Panel to prevent the repetition of the Sri Lanka-type failure,” GTF said. The Global Tamil Forum (GTF) has called on the new UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet to ensure accountability in Sri Lanka.The GTF congratulated Bachelet on her appointment as the seventh UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. “The reports presented by the High Commissioner Zeid and the core group of countries during the UNHRC reviews for monitoring the progress on implementation unambiguously attest to this fact. Frustrated by the lack of will and slow pace of implementation by the Sri Lanka government he argued for the establishment of a specialized court supported by international practitioners and urging member states to act on their responsibility via universal jurisdiction,” GTF added.It is in this context GTF noted that the March 2019 session will be crucial in ensuring Sri Lanka continues to be under the purview of the UNHRC, with necessary arrangements to address the discrepancies between its promises and delivery.GTF warned that any failure on the part of the UNHRC will send a wrong message to countries with despicable human rights record that they can live out a resolution without consequences – an undesirable failure the UN system cannot afford and a major setback to promoting human rights across the globe. “The outgoing UN High Commissioner Zeid was key to monitoring accountability and reconciliation efforts in Sri Lanka. The leadership shown by these UN officials and the support from several countries ultimately led to the passing of the UNHRC resolutions 30/1 and 34/1, in 2015 and 2017, respectively,” GTF added.GTF said that though Sri Lanka co-sponsored these resolutions, its commitment and will to implement them have not been demonstrated in the three intervening years. read more