BLACKSBURG, VA – NOVEMBER 21: Head coach of the Virginia Tech Hokies Frank Beamer addresses the media following the game against the North Carolina Tar Heels on November 21, 2015 in Blacksburg, Virginia. (Photo by Michael Shroyer/Getty Images)The final College Football Playoff rankings are due in just over one hour, and it’s fair to say that this year, the committee has its toughest decision to make. There are six seemingly deserved teams that could make the field.So who is on the committee to make this decision? Per usual, it’s a collection of current athletic directors, former coaches and other influential people in the sport.This year’s committee is chaired by Oregon’s AD Rob Mullens.The other members are former Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer, Arizona State professor Paola Boivin, former Southern Miss head coach Jeff Bower, Oklahoma AD Joe Castiglione, former Central Michigan head coach Herb Deromedi, former Clemson/Arkansas head coach Ken Hatfield, President of Robert Morris Chris Howard, former Vanderbilt head coach Bobby Johnson, former USC star Ronnie Lott, Ohio State AD Gene Smith, Georgia Tech AD Todd Stansbury and Florida AD Scott Stricklin. According to ESPN’s Heather Dinich, the committee stuck around until 1:30 AM last night to try and decipher differences between the teams. They’ll put in a few more hours today to finish up.I’m told the selection committee met until 1:30 a.m. CT following the conference title games, and that while they felt good about where they left the discussion and votes, there is still a lot more to talk about this morning. They will probably start shuffling in for breakfast…— Heather Dinich (@CFBHeather) December 2, 2018We’ll know the final answer on the four teams shortly.
In a report to the General Assembly measuring the progress achieved on the issue since 2001, Mr. Annan says the work of United Nations agencies has helped many mine-affected countries to respond more effectively and quickly to the problem.In Afghanistan, for example, the UN Mine Action Service managed the centre that runs the country’s anti-mine programme. Last year about 78 square kilometres of land were cleared, more than 22 square kilometres returned to local communities for their use and another 160 square kilometres were surveyed.Mr. Annan says countries are now more willing to work collaboratively against landmines, consulting and sharing information not just with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and civil society groups but other nations as well.States are also more pro-active about educating their citizens about the dangers posed by landmines, which kill or injure between 15,000 and 20,000 people every year. In April and May this year the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) ran a project in eastern Chad that taught some 100,000 people about the risks.For its part, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) helped many governments, including those of Iraq, Mozambique and Yemen, construct their national strategies, including details about mine clearance and survivor assistance.Mr. Annan adds that donors increasingly recognize the value of supporting mine action work from development and reconstruction budgets, instead of only through humanitarian and emergency budgets.