PASADENA, CA – NOVEMBER 23: The UCLA Bruins huddle before the game against the Arizona State Sun Devils at Rose Bowl on November 23, 2013 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)We’re less than 3 months away from the start of the 2018 college football season. The first Saturday of the season is Sept. 1.Which programs are going to overachieve? Which programs are going to underachieve?ESPN’s Football Power Index has made projections for every program in the country.For three major programs with first-year head coaches, these projections are not good.ESPN predicts these three major programs will miss a bowl game and finish with a losing record.ESPN’s Football Power Index is projecting a bad season for all three programs. The predicted records:Nebraska: 5.5-6.5UCLA: 5.0-7.0Tennessee: 5.8-6.2Maybe these three programs will prove ESPN’s computer wrong. Or maybe they won’t…You can view the full projections here.
In remarks to the opening of the World Electronic Media Forum (WEMF) in Geneva, the Secretary-General noted the “power and paradox” facing the producers and consumers of electronic media in the information age.”The power is clear: to educate and entertain; to inspire and inform; to sound the alarm and arouse the conscience; to bring people and places closer together; to shine a light on injustice,” he stressed.But, Mr. Annan added, while electronic media may seem to be everywhere, the paradox is that “there are many millions of people in the world it still does not reach.””Many do not have electricity, let alone electronic media. Others are too poor to buy televisions, radios or satellite dishes,” he said. Furthermore, the barriers were not only technical, as signals are broadcast in a limited number of languages, while in some countries it is not legal to receive signals from abroad.”The digital divide is not just digital; it reflects wide disparities in freedom, wealth, and in power, and ultimately in hope for a better future. We are here together in Geneva to put power and paradox together, and come up with a plan as partners,” he said.Panels, workshops and keynote speeches at the Forum – which runs through Friday and is organized by the UN in cooperation with the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and Switzerland – will explore the enhanced role of the media in the information society, and examine such key topics as universal access to information, freedom of expression, cultural diversity, economic development, social cohesion and education.The Forum, which will be seen live by satellite around the world and include real-time contributions from several continents by television and over the Internet, is a parallel event to the high-level World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), which begins tomorrow. The Summit aims to address the challenge of using information and communications technologies (ICT) towards fighting global problems such as illiteracy and poverty.Mr. Annan stressed that the goal “is not more information in more places, but an information society – open and inclusive – in which knowledge empowers all people, and serves the cause of improving the human condition.”Noting that the media were fellow stakeholders in that effort, he said: “Freedom of the press is essential if you are to fulfil that vital role. It is one thing for Governments to establish regulatory and policy frameworks. But when they go further, further down the slope towards censorship and harassment, all of us – and potentially all our rights – are imperilled. The Summit must reaffirm this fundamental freedom.”With the explosion in knowledge and capacity, we have, more than ever before, the ability to reach development goals we have never had before and goals we have sought for many, many years. Like those who witnessed the dawn of the industrial age, people around the world have been given their first glimpses of exciting new achievements ahead,” he added.”All over the developing world, as antennas and satellite dishes sprout across the landscape – some of them placed there in defiance of the authorities – we can see the immense thirst for connection. Let us show that we are listening and that we are going to help them fulfil their dreams,” he concluded.