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Nick Saban Opened Up About Jalen Hurts’ Potential Transfer

first_imgJalen Hurts points to the sky.TUSCALOOSA, AL – SEPTEMBER 29: Jalen Hurts #2 of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks to the sidelines for the play call against the Louisiana Ragin Cajuns at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 29, 2018 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Today’s Alabama-Georgia SEC Championship Game could be the final SEC contest of Jalen Hurts’ career. Hurts, who dominated the SEC for the first two seasons of his career, has been relegated to backup duty with the emergence of Tua Tagovailoa this season.Hurts will likely still be playing high-major college football in 2019, though it likely won’t be at Alabama. The Crimson Tide’s quarterback is expected to graduate, transfer and play somewhere else in 2019.Alabama’s head coach, Nick Saban, is reportedly on board with the idea of a Hurts transfer.CBS’ Gary Danielson revealed during last weekend’s Alabama-Auburn game that he talked to Saban about a Hurts transfer.From 247Sports:“We were talking to Coach Saban on Friday about the transfers of quarterbacks and he said I really think now Jalen has to think about transferring. And he said I’m for it, right? He said I’m for him to look at (a potential transfer). But look at the success in college football – and these are top rated teams – that transfer quarterbacks have had in football. I mean, right down the list, (they’ve made a) major impact.“And I think a couple guys are going to be sought-after. You know Kelly Bryant is going to be sought-after, Jalen Hurts is going to be sought-after. I mean, you don’t know – and I don’t want to throw anything in the middle of it – but what’s going to happen with Georgia? Jake Fromm’s playing and they’re not gonna bench Jake Fromm, he’s playing too good. And Justin Fields wants to play, too. And if he looks around and he goes, look at what other people have done when they’ve left, it’s hard to say I’m just going to stick it out and play one year.”Saban reportedly said that he would help Hurts make a decision if that’s what he wanted, too.“I asked Nick in that same meeting, I said do you think he will ask your opinion on where he should go if he transfers, or when he transfers?” he said. “And Nick kind of looked at me and he goes well, you know what, we’ve been in this together since I recruited him and now the whole three years and the whole thing this year, I would think that he and his parents would probably ask my opinion at least and want to talk about it.”There will likely be several major programs interested in Hurts if he does decide to transfer. It’s unclear at this point what specific programs might be interested in him, but there would be plenty of potential suitors.There’s still plenty of football to be played, though.Alabama and Georgia are set to kick off at 4 p.m. E.T. The game is on CBS.last_img read more

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Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img LUNENBURG COUNTY: Trunk 3, Gold River Bridge A one-lane bridge is open on Trunk 3 between Mahone Bay and Chester while the new Gold River Bridge is being built. Work is expected to continue until August. Traffic lights are in place. Local Area Office: 902-679-4308 Fax: 902-679-6124 Local Area Office: 902-667-2972 Fax: 902-667-8294 Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 Local Area Office: 902-742-2415 Fax: 902-742-0649 Local Area Office: 902-527-5448 Fax: 902-527-5371 Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 Fax: 902-533-4352 INVERNESS COUNTY: Grand Etang Bridge The Grand Etang Bridge will occasionally be reduced to one lane until Friday, Jan. 30, to replace the bridge. A detour is available on a temporary bridge marked with signs and lighting. Traffic control people will be on site. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Route 344 Route 344 at Middle Melford will have lane closures to construct a detour bridge and approaches at Melford Bridge until Saturday, Jan. 31. The speed limit has been reduced to 60km/h at the site. Drivers can expect delays, gravel on the road, and rough sections. Work takes place from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday and some weekends. YARMOUTH COUNTY: Grey Bridge Grey Bridge on Grey Road, East Kemptville will be closed indefinitely for structural repairs. KINGS COUNTY: Glebe Bridge Glebe Bridge on Route 201 will have a 2.7-metre height restriction and a 15-tonne weight restriction until further notice. CONTINUING WORK CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Thompson Road Thompson Road, between Crowley Road and Pugwash River Road, will be closed for culvert replacement until further notice.center_img Local Area Office: 902-538-3877 Fax: 902-538-8288 INVERNESS COUNTY: Murrays Hill Bridge Murrays Hill Bridge, which crossed the Mabou River near Rankinville Road, is closed because of damage sustained during flooding. The bridge will reopen next summer. KINGS COUNTY: Hantsport Kates Bridge on Tannery Road in Hantsport is closed for repairs until further notice. A detour is available on Avon Street. Local Area Office: 902-543-4671 Fax: 902-543-5596 KINGS COUNTY: Hillaton Road Hillaton Road will be closed for bridge repairs until spring. A detour route is available from Route 221 to Route 358 to Saxon Street. INVERNESS COUNTY: Doyle’s Bridge Doyle’s Bridge on the East Margaree Road will be closed until further notice. A detour is available on East Margaree Crossroad.Crossroad. Local Area Office: 902-295-2700 Fax: 902-295-2617 Local Area Office: 902-755-7152 Fax: 902-755-7184 PICTOU COUNTY: Young Road Access to and from Highway 104 on Young Road in Pine Tree will be closed until further notice for the Highway 104 twinning project. The road remains open to local residents but has no exit. Local Area Office: 902-625-4388 Fax: 902-625-4393 -30-last_img read more

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Three months after Chinese earthquake UN continues to assist recovery

The Wenchuan earthquake not only devastated lives and livelihoods, but also destroyed basic services and infrastructure when it struck on 12 May. In Sichuan and neighbouring Gansu and Shaanxi provinces, an estimated 5 million buildings collapsed, 21 million buildings were damaged and over 40 million people were affected. The area also continues to be jolted by strong aftershocks.According to the Chinese Government, reconstruction could take as long as three years. Permanent structures need to be rebuilt, livelihoods and basic services need to be restored and collapsed schools need to be constructed. UN agencies, including the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the World Health Organization (WHO), the International Labour Organization (ILO), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) all have continuing operations in China.“Our message today is that the United Nations will continue to support the Chinese people in recovering from this disaster,” the UN Resident Coordinator in China, Khalid Malik, said. “The relief phase has come to a close but the medium and long-term needs are immense and it is our hope that the international community will further support the Chinese authorities as they work on helping the people in the quake-hit areas to restore their livelihoods.”FAO is working with local authorities and the local media to provide useful information and technology for the recovery of agricultural activities with the emphasis on building back better.ILO launched a “Start and Improve Your Business” project in cooperation with the United Kingdom, aimed at helping small entrepreneurs and workers whose businesses were damaged or destroyed. This project aims to assist vulnerable groups in rural areas by providing small grants, especially to women, to help them restore their livelihoods.UNICEF announced last week that it will work with the Chinese Government to set up 30 child-friendly spaces for the long-term psychological recovery of children and families affected by the earthquake. These spaces will offer social activities and will help experts identify children showing initial signs of more serious trauma.UNDP is helping conduct a legal assessment aimed at the post-disaster relief and reconstruction process, looking at issues such as property rights, adoption, inheritance and insurance. It is also supporting the creation of a long-term strategy for disaster risk management and backing a rural recovery project in some of the poorest villages.UNESCO is providing assistance to the two earthquake-affected World Heritage sites in south-western Sichuan province, namely the Sichuan Giant Panda Sanctuaries and Mount Qingcheng and Dujiangyan Irrigation System. The agency is also providing equipment and skills training to staff at the Maer’kang television and radio station, which was destroyed by the earthquake.UNFPA is providing $1.2 million for early relief and recovery of health services. The funds will mainly be used to provide hygiene kits, equipment and supplies for essential health services, as well as training in psycho-social support.WHO is providing advice and technical support in planning the reconstruction of the health-care system. The agency brought in international experts on post-disaster reconstruction in response to a request from the Chinese Government for international best practices. WHO is also designing a training programme in psycho-social support and the prevention and control of communicable diseases. 12 August 2008United Nations agencies are continuing to help millions of people rebuild their lives in south-western China, three months after the region was devastated by an earthquake that left more than 80,000 people dead or missing. read more

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Prodigy frontman Keith Flint dies aged 49

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “Our thoughts and condolences are with all his friends and family. We wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for Keith and the life changing music they made and championed. RIP.”Dizzee Rascal paid tribute to Flint on Instagram describing him as “one of the nicest people I’ve ever met”.He wrote: “Today was going so well.”I remember when this video came out and I thought, ‘f— this guy is a lunatic!'”Then I opened up for the The Prodigy in 2009 at Wembley and he was was one of the nicest people I’ve met and always was every time I met him, the whole band were.”When it comes to stage few people can carry a show like him I’m proud to say I’ve seen it for myself. Iconic and a gentleman Rest in peace.”Explosive frontman who carried the sound of British raveAs the lead singer of The Prodigy, Keith Flint carried the sound of British rave music from an insular community of party-goers to an international audience – selling 30 million records worldwide in the process.The explosive frontman – known for his energetic and deranged performance style, shocking green hair and tattoos – has died aged 49. Ed Simons of The Chemical Brothers tweeted: “Oh gosh, so sad to hear about  Keith Flint, he was always great fun to be around and very kind to Tom and I  when we first started doing shows together… great man.” Singer Beverley Knight wrote: “I just heard, and I am heartbroken. Once the most innovative, fearless, ballsy bands to grace a stage and Keith was perfection up front.”We have lost a Titan.”A post from electronic music duo Chase and Status said: “Absolutely devastated to hear the tragic news that the legend Keith Flint from The Prodigy has passed away. Known for their overt anti-establishment stance as much for their music, The Prodigy were vocal critics of the UK’s Criminal Justice And Public Order Act 1994, which banned the raves popularised following the so-called second summer of love in 1988 and 1989. An Essex Police spokesman said: “We were called to concerns for the welfare of a man at an address in Brook Hill, North End, just after 8.10am on Monday March 4.”We attended and sadly a 49-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene. His next of kin have been informed.”The death is not being treated as suspicious and a file will be prepared for the coroner.” The Prodigy enjoyed hits with their tracks Firestarter and Breathe and were known for their fusion of techno, breakbeat and acid house, forged in the UK’s illegal rave scene, and their anti-establishment stance.An East of England Ambulance spokeswoman said: “We were called at 8.08am with reports of a man who was unconscious in Brook Hill, Dunmow.”We sent an ambulance officer, Essex and Herts Air Ambulance and one ambulance. Sadly a man in his forties died at the scene.”Flint was a founding member of the band, having initially started as a dancer when the group formed in Essex back in 1990. He eventually took on the vocals, and was famed for wild performances with matching, colourful mohawks either side of his head. Flint was the frontman for The Prodigy’s biggest hit Firestarter, which was the first single released from the band’s third album – The Fat Of The Land.  Tributes pour in for ‘iconic frontman’ Keith FlintRadio broadcaster Jo Whiley tweeted: “Oh this is sad news. The death of Keith Flint.”Whenever our paths crossed he was an absolute sweetheart. Really lovely. Incredible iconic frontman with a soft centre.” She signed off the tweet with the hashtag RIP Keith Flint.The Chemical Brothers, Kasabian and Emily Eavis are among those paying tribute to The Prodigy’s Keith Flint following his death at 49.Ed Simons of The Chemical Brothers, who rose to fame in the 1990s along with The Prodigy in the emerging rave and electronic music scene, led the tributes with a memory of Flint on Instagram.Along with a picture of himself and bandmate Tom Rowlands on stage with Flint, Simons wrote: “Such sad news about Keith Flint. This is him unexpectedly joining us on stage in 1995.”He managed to kick the power out but no one minded he was Keith from the Prodigy and he could do whatever he liked.”He was a lovely generous man, full of spirit. RIP.”A post from The Chemical Brothers’ official Twitter account said: “so sad to hear about Keith Flint, we played many gigs with the prodigy over the years and they were always friendly and supportive. BBC Radio 1 presenter Nick Grimshaw recalled a “life-changing moment” in his youth when seeing The Prodigy as his first gig.He wrote on Instagram: “Such a big part of my formative teenage years, posters on my wall, learning the lyrics on the bus home from school and torturing my parents with Fat Of The Land.”They don’t make em like that anymore.”Rapper Dizzee Rascal shared a grab from The Prodigy’s music video Firestarter, and wrote: “I remember when this video came out and I thought f*** this guy is a lunatic! RIP Keith Flint. Very sad to hear the news that he’s passed away. I wouldn’t do what I do without him and The Prodigy in my life. A huge inspiration to me and many others 😔 pic.twitter.com/gXb8cHJGbW— Friction (@friction) March 4, 2019 Keith Charles Flint was born on September 17 1969 in Redbridge, East London. As a child he moved to Braintree, Essex, where he met The Prodigy co-founder Liam Howlett at a nightclub.They discussed music and realised they shared a taste for harder, club-ready sounds.Originally a dancer for the group, Flint was promoted to singer after he provided the vocals on the band’s song Firestarter, a track which propelled them to the mainstream.When the band released the video for the 1996 single, Flint’s performance was deemed too scary for children – meaning many music TV stations wouldn’t play it until after 9pm.Alongside band-mates Howlett and Maxim, Flint became the face of British rave.While the group were spoken of as bedfellows with other commercial dance acts like The Chemical Brothers and Fatboy Slim, they pioneered a harsher, more abrasive sound.They reached number one in the singles charts with tracks Firestarter and Breathe in 1996, and went on to score seven number one albums.But these songs were not usual dance pop fodder, instead drawing from sonic sounds inspired by the UK’s illegal rave scene. “he was an amazing front man, a true original and he will be missed.tom&ed x”Rock group Kasabian tweeted: “Keith Flint, beautiful man, incredible pioneer.”Referring to their 2006 album Empire, they added: “Remembering the special times we had together making Empire. Heartbroken. Rest in Peace Brother.”Glastonbury co-founder Eavis wrote that The Prodigy were the first dance act to play the music festival more than 20 years ago as she shared a message on Twitter.She wrote that she was “so saddened” to hear of his death, and added: “He’s played here so many times with the Prodigy and was booked for 2019. What an incredible frontman.”Along with a clip of their landmark set, she said it was a “huge, unforgettable moment”. “Then I opened up for the @theprodigyofficial in 2009 at Wembley and he was was one of the nicest people I’ve met and always was every time I met him, the whole band were.”When it comes to the stage few people can carry a show like him I’m proud to say I’ve seen it for myself. Iconic and a gentleman Rest in peace @keithflintofficial.”Radio 1’s Annie Mac said that “UK music has lost a hero” in a heartfelt Twitter post, in which she added: “My heart goes out to The Prodigy and to Keith’s loved ones.”Stone Roses frontman Ian Brown called Flint a “a beautiful human”. The group released their seventh consecutive number one album in November 2018.All but one of their studio albums hit the top spot in the UK charts, as well as a singles collection released in 2005.This placed them alongside musical heroes including Sir Elton John, Sir Paul McCartney, Coldplay and George Michael, each with seven number one records. We are so saddened to hear about the passing of Keith Flint. He’s played here so many times with the Prodigy and was booked for 2019. What an incredible frontman. Here’s a clip from ‘97 when they were the first dance band to headline Glastonbury – a huge, unforgettable moment. pic.twitter.com/9fxKBonfVa— Emily Eavis (@emilyeavis) March 4, 2019 And despite being accepted by the mainstream, they never submitted to the whims of passing musical fashion.The Essex band has never wholly belonged to any genre. Whether it was the emergent rave scene at the start of the nineties, Britpop later in the decade through to more recent dubstep and EDM – they were lurking, all the time selling millions of records and just as many tickets for their incendiary live shows.During this time, Flint became known for his extreme tattoo and body piercing regime.In an interview, he revealed his most painful tattoo was the word Inflicted across his stomach, designed by Howlett.Flint said the pain felt like he was on an altar being ritualistically scarred by a Satanic beast.He was also a keen motorcyclist.Flint rode 1,500 miles from Britain to southern Spain to attend the Spanish motorcycle grand prix in 2007 and took part in club competitions.His regular riding partner was Lee Thompson, of the ska-punk band Madness.He took his interest further, creating his own racing team, Team Traction Control, which competes in the British Supersport Championship as part of the British Superbike Championship package.In 2014 Flint bought and renovated The Leather Bottle pub in the Essex village of Pleshey. His first performance as the group’s lead singer proved successful, and the record gained international acclaim, staying at the top of the UK Singles Chart for three weeks. The Prodigy are scheduled to tour their latest album No Tourists around the world, starting next month. Starting in Bogota, Columbia, the tour has 11 dates listed in the US throughout May, before returning to the UK via 11 dates across Europe.   He reportedly had a jar that customers had to put a pound into every time they made a “firestarter” joke when he lit the pub’s fire. It is with deepest shock and sadness that we can confirm the death of our brother and best friend Keith Flint. A true pioneer, innovator and legend. He will be forever missed.We thank you for respecting the privacy of all concerned at this time. pic.twitter.com/nQ3Ictjj7t— The Prodigy (@the_prodigy) March 4, 2019 Keith Flint, the frontman of British techno band The Prodigy, has died aged 49 having reportedly killed himself at home. Police confirmed that a man aged 49 was found dead at a home in Essex at 8.10am on Monday morning. The band, confirming his death, described  Flint as a pioneer, an innovator and a legend. In a statement, the group said: “It is with deepest shock and sadness that we can confirm the death of our brother and best friend Keith Flint.”A true pioneer, innovator and legend. He will be forever missed. We thank you for respecting the privacy of all concerned at this time.”Flint’s bandmate and fellow founding member Liam Howlett said he was “shell-shocked, angry, confused and heartbroken” after finding out the news, adding that “our brother Keith took his own life over the weekend”. read more