Clemson Fans Are Out ‘In Full Force’ At The National Title Game

first_imgHunter Renfrow #13 of the Clemson Tigers catches a 31 yard touchdown pass from Deshaun Watson #4 in the first quarter against the Alabama Crimson Tide.GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 11: Hunter Renfrow #13 of the Clemson Tigers catches a 31 yard touchdown pass from Deshaun Watson #4 in the first quarter against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 11, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)There have been real concerns about this latest edition of the National Championship Game between Alabama and Clemson.The game is, for whatever reason, being held at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California… not exactly a college football hotbed, and a difficult trip for most of your typical championship-level teams.Ticket prices are well below what you’ll get for most big game.The get-in price has been as low as around $100 at times this week, despite a match-up between the two top teams in the country.The fourth-straight post-season appearance between the Crimson Tide and Tigers probably sucks some of the air out of the match-up as well.Based on those at the stadium and some early shots of the game, it looks like Clemson fans may have the edge of Alabama.We still have some time until kickoff but Clemson fans, at the very least, have gotten into the stadium and ready for action earlier.From The Athletic’s Stewart Mandel:It’s still 45 minutes until kickoff but Clemson fans are out in force. The stands are already at least half orange.— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) January 8, 2019A lot of Clemson fans here but I’m seating in the Alabama section lol not rooting for neither team #Alabama #ClemsonvsAlabama— Johnny Gomez (@johnnysfgiants) January 8, 2019Tailgate looked dead. More Bama fans drinking outside. Seems like all the Clemson fans are in already. Natty. 45 mins to kick.— Sean Gumin (@sgumin) January 8, 2019We’ll see how it looks at game time, but we may have a surprising Clemson fan advantage for this one.Kick-off is just moments away on ESPN.last_img read more

UN agencies unveil initiative to reduce female genital mutilation

9 August 2007Two United Nations agencies have launched a $44 million programme to reduce female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) by 40 per cent by 2015 and to end the harmful traditional practice within a generation. Launched by the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the initiative will encourage communities in 16 African countries with high prevalence to abandon the practice, which has serious physical and psychological effects. Partnering with the agencies will be Governments, religious leaders, reproductive health providers, media and civil society.UNFPA says that annually, between two and three million women and girls are subjected to FGM/C, the partial or total removal of external female genital organs for cultural or other non-medical reasons. More than 100 million women and girls worldwide have undergone the practice.Purnima Mane, UNFPA’s Deputy Executive Director (Programme), urged the international community to “do a better job to protect the millions of women and girls who are at risk every year.”Ending the practice will contribute to achieving international development targets, and will enhance the human rights of women and girls, contribute to their empowerment, improve maternal health and reduce child mortality, she added.In addition to many African nations, various forms of FGM/C have also been reported in parts of some Middle Eastern and Asian countries. It is also practiced in immigrant communities around the world. read more