Park should honor Holocaust victims

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion This is in response to the March 26 article about the Holocaust memorial proposed for Niskayuna’s Route 7.While the proponents of this memorial are to be commended for bringing this issue to the public domain, their proposed execution appears to be misdirected. By erecting a death camp gate, a wall, a symbolic oven, and a transportation box car, they are memorializing the tools of the perpetrators instead of focusing on and memorializing the Holocaust victims.Would it not be more appropriate to erect a memorial to these nameless victims? They have no graves or tomb stones; they are forgotten. A simple memorial, with the names of the death camps, since no one is certain in which they perished, would be good. Since there are a number of Capital District residents who have relatives who perished in the Holocaust, a listing of their names on this memorial would be a solemn tribute and connect to the region.Why am I writing this letter? My grandparents and many uncles, aunts and cousins, whom I knew in the 1930s, were deported to a death camp in 1942, according to published deportation lists. So I do have a valid reason to weigh in. I respectfully ask the Niskayuna Town Board and the proponents of this memorial to consider the above.Erwin FriedRexfordMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationlast_img read more

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Digital divide causes disparities in COVID-19 relief distribution: Experts

first_imgAccording to a 2018 survey from the Indonesian Internet Providers Association (APJII), internet usage in the country’s most populous island of Java was 55.7 percent, higher than the rest of the country at just 44.3 percent, with most users living in urban areas.Disparities in internet literacy are also present across generations and occupations, with many people aged 45 years old and older and manual laborers, among others groups, not considering themselves to be internet users.Digital adoption in the country, especially outside Java, has continued to lag, even though the country’s digital infrastructure, such as distribution of electricity and cellular signals, has been deemed adequate, according to the East Ventures Digital Competitiveness Index.Similarly, the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) ranked Indonesia 57th out of 100 countries on its Inclusive Internet Index, scoring lowest for internet affordability and availability. “Therefore, the digital distribution of aid is not suited to the country’s population profile,” Nailul said, adding that the government should prioritize direct cash and staple food disbursement to help those most affected by the pandemic.He further criticized the preemployment card program, saying that eight partner platforms, including Skill Academy by Ruangguru, Pintaria and MauBelajarApa, would receive Rp. 3.7 trillion (US$237 million) in profit collectively.Nailul said that if the Rp 5.6 trillion in spending for online training programs was split evenly by eight, each platform would receive Rp 700 billion. Indef estimated that the budget needed to produce video content was Rp 243 billion, which leaves each platform with Rp 457 billion in income.If the Rp 3.7 trillion in aid was distributed in cash, each person in the preemployment program could receive up to Rp 2.9 million instead of the current Rp 2.4 million, or the benefits of the preemployment card program could be distributed to 6.9 million beneficiaries instead of 5.6 million, he said.Meanwhile, another Indef researcher Izzatun Al Farras Adha said that if the government wanted to increase broadband internet access across the country, it should lower taxes for internet service providers or include telecommunication companies as recipients of the government’s next economic stimulus package.APJII members have previously asked the Communications and Information Ministry to delay payments of telecommunication services fees (BHP) and universal service obligation (USO) until next year, arguing that even though people were spending more time online during pandemic, internet service providers were still losing profits.“Even though people are working from home and internet traffic has risen by 15 percent, we are losing profits from our business-to-business clients as offices and hotels are closed,” said APJII chairman Jamalul Izza on Tuesday.He said that more than half of all APJII members were small-scale internet service providers that mostly served corporations.Similarly, Indonesian Cellular Telecommunications Associations (ATSI) chairman Ririek Adriansyah also said that ATSI members were reporting flat revenue despite the fact the pandemic was seen as a growth opportunity for the telecommunication sector.“We have given many bonuses, such as free internet quota, especially for access to education platforms. We have seen an increase in internet traffic, but not in our revenue,” he said. Indonesia’s low internet penetration rate has impeded the effectiveness of the government’s COVID-19 social assistance programs as the government relies heavily on online platforms to deliver its relief programs, such as online training and cash disbursement.The Institute for Development of Economics and Finance (INDEF) argued that the country’s digital divide could further deepen inequalities during the COVID-19 outbreak as social assistance such cash aid and pre-employment card progams were being delivered via online platforms.“The programs are not inclusive and are more beneficial for the program providers,” said INDEF researcher Nailul Huda during a webinar on April 15.center_img Topics :last_img read more

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Asset management roundup: LGIM modifies target date funds for DC

first_imgThe changes will be fully implemented by the end of the first quarter of 2020. The Pathway Funds are designed to create what are referred to as investment “glidepaths” taking pension scheme members up to retirement and beyond.A spokeswoman told IPE that there are currently £900m of assets under management in the Pathway Funds, “with a strong pipeline”.Alpha FMC launchAsset management consultancy Alpha FMC has launched a dedicated pensions and retail investments practice in response to “convergence accelerating betwen asset and wealth management and the traditional pensions and retail investments sectors”.The launch has led to two new hires as directors – Bruce Davies and Dan Mahony, both from Ernst & Young (EY).Davies previously built and led EY’s life, pensions and investments transformation capability. Mahony started his career with Prudential, helping to launch the UK’s first fixed-term annuity by founding the start-up business, Living Time. He has since led EY’s relationships with a number of prominent clients in the industry.The aim of the new practice, according to Alpha FMC, is to help asset managers transform their business models “and respond to ever-changing client demands and technical innovations”.Davies said: “We aim to provide a different and distinctive set of services, focused on where the market is going and not how it is traditionally structured.”AXA IM’s Rossi steps down as CEOGérald Harlin has been appointed executive chairman of AXA Investment Managers (AXA IM), taking over from CEO Andrea Rossi. Harlin, who is currently group deputy CEO and group CFO, will take up his new role on 1 December, continuing to report to Thomas Buberl, CEO of AXA. He has also assumed the role of chairman of the board at AXA IM, succeeding Christof Kutscher, who had held this role since 2014.Rossi, who had led the asset manager since 2013, will become a strategic advisor to Harlin on December 1. Legal & General Investment Management (LGIM) has made changes to its range of target date funds for defined contribution (DC) schemes, including integrating a multi-asset fund with explicit environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) criteria.It will also be increasing the allocation to growth assets in the earliest retirement savings phase of the Pathway Funds and de-risking at a more gradual pace in a bid to help deliver an improved level of income in retirement.The ESG-related change involves LGIM adopting the multi-asset fund in its Future World range as a core diversified growth component of the Pathway Funds. The fund excludes companies that fail to meet certain business practice standards and also follows LGIM’s targeted engagement process to invest in companies most committed to keeping global warming to 2°C above pre-industrial levels.In a statement, LGIM said the changes were partly a response to direct feedback from its DC members, who had shown greater interest in sustainable investments, as well as wider demographic research conducted as part of the Pathway Funds’ governance process.last_img read more

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Inpex inks MoUs for long-term gas supply from Abadi project

first_imgJapanese oil and gas firm Inpex has signed memorandums of understanding (MOUs) with PT PLN Persero (PLN) and PT Pupuk Indonesia for the long-term domestic LNG and pipeline natural gas supply from the Abadi LNG project offshore Indonesia.MoU signing ceremony; Image: InpexInpex said on Thursday that the MOUs were signed by its subsidiary Inpex Masela, and on behalf of its joint venture partner Shell Upstream Overseas Ltd.The agreements were signed in the presence of Indonesia’s Minister for Energy and Mineral Resources Arifin Tasrif in Jakarta on February 19, 2020.The company added that discussions would now begin regarding sales and purchase agreements for the long-term LNG and natural gas supply from the project.These will include LNG for natural gas-fired power plants operated by PLN and natural gas – 150 million scf per day – to a coproduction plant, which will be constructed by Pupuk Indonesia.Inpex added that the long-term supply of LNG and natural gas from Abadi was consistent with the Indonesian Government’s focus on optimizing domestic natural resource utilization and would provide significant contributions to Indonesia where gas demand continues to grow, including multiplier effects that will benefit the country, particularly in the eastern region.Abadi is the first large-scale integrated LNG development project operated by Inpex in Indonesia and follows on from the Ichthys LNG project in Australia.Inpex and Shell will develop Abadi via an offshore production facility and a 9.5 million tonnes per annum (mmpta) onshore LNG plant, at an estimated cost of $20 billion.As previously reported, Inpex received approval from Indonesian authorities for the revised Plan of Development (POD) for the Abadi LNG project back in July 2019.In October of the same year, Inpex signed a seven-year additional time allocation for the Masela PSC and a 20-year extension for the Abadi LNG project with Indonesia’s upstream oil and gas regulator SKK Migas. Spotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product, or technology on Offshore Energy Today, please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit.last_img read more

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UWP leader levels allegations against ruling DLP

first_imgLocalNews UWP leader levels allegations against ruling DLP by: – October 27, 2011 Share Share 23 Views   one comment Tweetcenter_img Sharing is caring! Share UWP leader Hon. Ronald Green conversating with Opposition Leader Hon. Hector John to his left and Ronald Isidore to his right outside of the Parliament building on Tuesday.Leader of the United Workers Party Ron Green has leveled some serious allegations against the ruling Dominica Labour Party.Green told a press conference on Wednesday that he has evidence that the DLP was involved in “vote buying” during the 2009 general elections.He said the DLP spent a significant amount of money to charter plans with Dominicans living overseas to vote for their incumbent party in 2009.“This is the heart of the matter. We can run we can hide but we all know the truth; the December 18, general elections were a farce. The evidence never reached the courts so I say to Prime Minister Skerrit that you know, you know, you know that there were at least eight charters that arrived at the Melville Hall at a cost of $200,000 each. You know that 1200 came off these charters and each was given pocket money totaling $1.2 million dollars. You know who organized this, you know who the agents were, you know where this was set up, you know where the money came from,” he said.Meantime Green said Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit is preventing the full participation of the members of the Opposition in parliament by holding back electoral reform.“Let us not allow our democracy to further go down the drain by dictatorship. This is what we have been saying over the years. We need to strengthen our democracy,” he said.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

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Bulldogs 5th Graders Capture Cola-Cola Championship At Mason

first_imgThe Batesville 5th Grade Bulldogs traveled to Courts 4 Sports in Mason, OH this past weekend and won the Coca-Cola Cup Championship over the Kentucky Defenders (AAU team based out of Burlington/Erlanger/Florence, KY), in the championship contest 42-25. The Bulldogs were able to gain redemption from a loss to the Defenders in pool play earlier in the day, 25-27.  Most impressive was the fact that all 9 players contributed in many ways to earn the crown.The contest was tight in the first half with the Defenders leading early, before the Bulldogs full court pressure defense forced some turnovers to lead 19-15 at half-time. Pressure defense and the Bulldogs stamina were the difference in the second half.  The squad’s pressure defense led to some easy lay-up baskets to begin the championship frame and the Bulldogs pushed out to a 10-point lead with 6:00 remaining.Playing a huge role in the Bulldogs championship win was their ability to hit free throws, where they were a solid 10-14.  Leading the squad in scoring was the Coca-Cola Cup MVP, Brayden Maple with 11.  Cayden Drake followed with 10 points, on 4-4 FT shooting, William Kuisel and Landon Raver each tallied 5, Caleb Mohr 4, Jaiden Kuria 3, while Owen Enneking 2-2 ft. and Trenton Jordan added 2 apiece.The Bulldogs also defeated ICGC from Cincinnati 42-5 and the Northern Kentucky Kings 43-26 in pool play to set up the 2-game set with the Kentucky Defenders.  For the Tournament the Bulldogs had several key contributions by each player. Drake tallied 39 points and was a key cog in dribble penetration to collapse the Defender’s 1-3-1 half court trap.  The tournament MVP Maple tallied 33 points with solid defense, having many defections and steals, which led to his outstanding individual recognition. Enneking scored 23 on some sharp shooting from the outside and excellent perimeter defense.  Mohr tallied 14, showing excellent control under pressure with the ball and gathering many 50/50 balls, Kuisel had 13 playing key roles defensively against quick defenders, setting screens and rebounding, Kuria was a horse in the paint scoring 11 and grabbing numerous rebounds, Jordan tallied 8 showing defensive tenacity and excellent passing, Lincoln Garret had 7, hitting clutch shots, grabbing rebounds and showing excellent control with the ball under pressure.  Raver also tallied 7 and was huge in the championship half on the defensive boards to limit the opponent to one shot attempt.The Bulldogs, now (31-5) on the 18’-19’ campaign, will next play in the Indiana State Tournament Saturday, March 2nd at St. Mary’s of the Knobs at 12:50 vs. Indiana Gold (Bloomington) and vs. New Albany at 3:00.  Bracket play will conclude the championship round the following day, March 3rd to determine the state champion.Go Bulldogs!!!Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Paul Drake,last_img read more

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Tigers maul Fulham

first_img Huddlestone was the star performer as the Tigers forced home six unanswered goals in a second half that was shamefully mismatched, capping his afternoon’s work by finding the net for the first time in two and a half years. The midfielder has grown an impressive afro since pledging not to cut it until ending his drought and when he drove home his side’s fourth of the day he celebrated by allowing club physio Rob Price to sheer off a lock of hair. Bruce must have come to the same conclusion and his team talk clearly had some effect. The Tigers immediately poured forward, Huddlestone dragging a 20-yard effort fractionally wide before Stockdale made a fine double save. Hull looked certain to score when Yannick Sagbo and Koren broke free on the counter but Stockdale denied both men. First he pawed Sagbo’s low shot away and then stood tall as Koren attempted to fire the loose ball home from a couple of yards. It was a brave intervention but it merely served to delay the inevitable. From the resulting corner Elmohamady managed to bring the bouncing ball under control and lashed into the top corner on the turn. The goal released some of the pressure that had started to build on the hosts and they immediately began to play with confidence. Fulham, in turn, lost their shape and it was no surprise when Koren bagged Hull’s second on the hour. Sagbo, increasingly influential, played provider with a pinpoint cross from the right with captain Koren providing the finishing touch for his first of the season. Fulham’s defence was misfiring badly and there was no respite. Just three minutes later Boyd was joining the fun, collecting Jake Livermore’s through ball and twisting into space as defenders inexplicably backed away from him. He took aim for the bottom corner and found it with aplomb. As Hull celebrated with glee, Fulham heads dropped all around. Hull were eager to cash in and it was with a sense of inevitability that Huddlestone tried his luck from 20 yards after Maynor Figueroa’s drive was charged down. After a season of trying and failing to find the net, his radar finally came good, and he immediately headed to the sidelines where Price was waiting. With Fulham now looking likely to concede from every attack, Huddlestone almost scored a spectacular second. Spotting Stockdale off his line he sent a 40-yard free-kick towards goal and was only denied when the back-pedalling keeper tipped against the bar. Fryatt was on hand to tap home, a matter of minutes after arriving from the bench. Fulham’s ragged back line yawned open one final time to allow Koren a simple second from close range, completing the rout. Tom Huddlestone earned a long-awaited trip to the barber after inspiring Hull to a stunning victory over an inept Fulham at the KC Stadium. Press Association And though Huddlestone stood out, there were heroes all over the park for the hosts with captain Robert Koren scoring twice, alongside efforts from Ahmed Elmohamady, George Boyd and Matty Fryatt. After a dull first half, the battering Hull inflicted on their hapless visitors took on a slightly surreal air and they might easily have reached double figures as the Whites groped feebly for a foothold in the game. Hull are not a prolific side and to sustain such a comprehensive hammering, their worst of the Premier League era, must leave Fulham psychologically scarred in their relegation battle. The man who was at the coal face of this humbling was goalkeeper David Stockdale, who spent the second half of last season on loan at the KC Stadium and shared in the club’s promotion success. Huddlestone soon established himself as Stockdale’s chief adversary, working him with a skiddy free-kick from the left and then rattling the post from a similar position on the opposite flank. Hull were starting to assert themselves by now and moments after hitting the woodwork Boyd met Elmohamady’s cross from six yards. The midfielder did not get the cleanest connection but his effort would still have crept under the crossbar had Stockdale not got a hand to it. Despite scoring three times against Liverpool and twice in the Boxing Day defeat to Manchester United, Hull have struggled for goals against lesser visiting sides and, as Elmohamady shot tamely from 20 yards, a familiar pattern appeared to be unfolding. Fulham managed to push their hosts a little deeper as the match progressed and by the time referee Robert Madley blew for half-time all semblance of intensity had seeped out of the game. last_img read more

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2020 NFL Draft Most-watched in History

first_imgThe 2020 NFL Draft seemed to scratch a nagging sports itch for the coronavirus beleaguered country.The draft saw over 55 million total viewers over the three-day event, which set and all-time high, up 16 percent from 2019.There was an average audience of over 8.4 million viewers all three days across ABC, ESPN, NFL Network, and digital channels, which easily broke the previous high of 6.2 million viewers in 2019.On Thursday, over 15.6 million people tuned into the opening round of the draft, over 8.2 million viewers watched Rounds 2 and 3 on Friday, and over 4.2 million viewers watched the final rounds on Saturday. Three of the top five markets were in Ohio with Columbus checking in at number one with Cleveland right behind at number two and Cincinnati at number five. That came as the Cincinnati Bengals selected national champion quarterback Joe Burrow with the first overall pick and the Cleveland Browns picked players like Grant Delpit, Burrow’s teammate at LSU. Florida football fans also watched as the Miami Dolphins took Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa as the fifth pick of Thursday night’s 2020 NFL Draft, and the first selection made by the Miami Dolphins.Tagovailoa,a southpaw signal caller from Honolulu’s Ewa Beach, was is the fifth quarterback in franchise history selected in the first round, brings a decorated resume to South Florida. The Buccaneers came out of the draft with help for both sides of the ball. The Bucs selected four offensive and three defensive players overall during the NFL Draft this past weekend to protect the GOAT, the team’s new quarterback Tom Brady. After taking Iowa offensive tackle Tristian Wirfs 13th overall in round one, the Bucs added Minnesota safety Antoine Winfield Jr in the second round. They also picked up two running backs including third round selection Ke’Shawn Vaughn out of Vanderbilt.It was the second straight year ESPN and the NFL partnered to present the entire draft.“I couldn’t be more proud of the efforts and collaboration of our clubs, league personnel, and our partners to conduct an efficient draft and share an unforgettable experience with millions of fans during these uncertain times,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement. “This draft is the latest chapter in the NFL’s storied history of lifting the spirit of America and unifying people.“In addition to celebrating the accomplishments of so many talented young men, we were pleased that this unique Draft helped shine a light on today’s true heroes – the health-care workers, first responders and countless others on the front lines in the battle against COVID-19. We are also grateful to all those who contributed to the NFL family’s fundraising efforts.”In addition to raising money, the Draft-A-Thon LIVE also paid tribute to frontline workers in the coronavirus pandemic.As of Sunday, the NFL has raised over $100 million in coronavirus relief.Funds raised during the Draft-A-Thon are set to help support six national nonprofit organizations and their respective coronavirus relief efforts.last_img read more

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Air Force Boosts Personnel Physical Fitness

first_imgChiemelie EzeobiThe Nigerian Air Force (NAF), yesterday boosted the combat readiness of its personnel by engaging them in a 7km physical fitness route march.All units under NAF Logistics Command, led by the Air Officer Commanding, Air Vice Marshal Sani Ahmed, alongside other senior officers walked from Sam Ethan Base to the annex of National Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) and back to the base again.However, before the third quarter route march, the troops had first mustered by 4am where the medical team administered some tests, especially that of High Blood Pressure, before the exercise kicked off by 6am. Ahmed, while charging the troops to be battle ready always, said the essence of the exercise was to ensure that the personnel are fit for duty, especially when deployed to the North-east.In his speech afterwards he said, “I congratulate you for coming out in large number to participate in this exercise. The essence of the exercise is to foster all round physical fitness of the personnel through active participation in group exercises for team spirit.“We must not relent in our effort at ensuring that physical fitness occupies and enviable place in the service training programme.“This will enhance combat readiness, especially at this time when the Armed Forces of Nigeria are confronted with security challenges in the North East.“The best way in which we can serve the cause of peace and defend the territorial integrity of this nation is by making ourselves physically and psychologically fit so that no power may dare harbour any aggressive designs against us.“For sound minds, we should have sound bodies and that is why the military, world over attaches so much importance to the physical fitness exercises and fitness exercises and body building culture.“Let me seize this opportunity to expressmy gratitude to the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshall Sadiq Abubakar for the unquantifiable achievements recorded towards the advancement of the Logistics Command within the past one year of his assumption of office.”On the route march he said, “The NAF places high premium on fitness and have the interest to see personnel represent the nation at national and international events.“I am particularly impressed with the gallantry performance of the command sports men and women during the combat games in Kaduna.“The command had released athletes in preparation for the inter command games scheduled to hold in Katsina next month. The exercise will no doubt aid your preparation for the games.“I enjoin you to take care of your health as it is cheaper to maintain a healthy body but participating in exercises than to regularly visit the hospital for treatment.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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College Football Playoff selection show 2018: Date, time, how to watch

first_imgMORE: Fixing conference title games could solidify CFP for goodOn what channel can I watch the College Football Playoff selection show?The show will be broadcast on national TV by ESPN.Who is favored to win the College Football Playoff national championship?According to VegasInsider.com, Alabama currently has the best odds to win it all at 1/2, followed by Clemson at 7/2 and Notre Dame at 9/1.Who is on the College Football Playoff selection committee?Bill Hancock, Executive director Ron Mullens, Chair Oregon athletic director  Joe Castiglione, Oklahoma athletic director  Chris Howard, Robert Morris University president Herb Deromedi, former Central Michigan coach Jeff Bower, former Southern Miss coach  Ronnie Lott, former USC defensive back  Bobby Johnson, former Vanderbilt coach Scott Stricklin, Florida athletic director  Gene Smith, Ohio State athletic director Frank Beamer, former Virginia Tech coach  Paola Boivin, former reporter for The Arizona Republic  Ken Hatfield, former Rice, Air Force, Clemson, Arkansas coach ​Todd Stansbury, Georgia Tech athletic director Here’s everything to know about the selection process, including betting odds and how to tune into the broadcast on Sunday.MORE: Plotting Playoff paths, from chalk to chaosCollege Football Playoff top sixRankTeam1Alabama (12-0)2Clemson (12-0)3Notre Dame (12-0)4Georgia (11-1)5Oklahoma (11-1)6Ohio State (11-1)No. 1 Alabama, No. 2 Clemson and No. 4 Georgia are in win-and-in situations regarding their respective Playoff spots. Notre Dame, which finished a 12-0 regular season with a win over rival USC, is a lock to make the final four-team Playoff. Oklahoma and Ohio State, however, not only need wins in their conference title games, but also need upheaval at the top of the standings if they want to get in.Aside from the top three, UCF is the only other remaining undefeated team left, coming in ranked at No. 8. The Knights are currently riding the nation’s longest win streak at 24 games and have done everything they can to make their case. Apart from the tough test they face in the AAC championship game against Memphis, the Knights need a lot of help if they want any shot at making the Playoff — most likely losses from Georgia, Oklahoma and Ohio State.Until the last few games are played out, the Playoff picture’s still up in the air. Here’s how to tune in to the selection show.When is the College Football Playoff selection show?The College Football Playoff selection show will air from noon ET till 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2, the day after conference championship weekend. The Playoff committee will announce the four-team Playoff at 12:30 p.m. ET, the complete top 25 rankings at 2 p.m. ET and the New Year’s Six matchups at 3 p.m. ET. The 2018 College Football Playoff selection show is drawing near, and soon we’ll know which teams the committee chooses to play for a shot at the national championship.Seven different teams are vying for one of four Playoff spots, and anything can happen during conference championship weekend.last_img read more

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