AUSTIN, TX – NOVEMBER 8: A general view of a Texas Longhorns bandmember cheering during the game against the Baylor Bears on November 8, 2008 at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas. Texas won 45-21. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)2021 five-star quarterback Jake Garcia is one of the top quarterbacks in the country and is already drawing NFL star comparisons. With just about every school eager to get him, gave an update that Texas fans will surely love.Speaking to 247Sports, Garcia stated that he had just wrapped up a visit to Miami (FL) and is scheduling a visit to Texas next month. He revealed that he previously saw some of the campus at last year’s Texas-West Virginia game and wants to see the rest.“I’m going to Dallas for an Under Armour Camp on July 20th,” Garcia said. “After the camp, I’m going to drive over to Austin and spend a couple of days on campus. I went to the Texas-West Virginia game last year and that was a great time but I didn’t really get to do the whole campus tour or spend time with the coaches since it was a game weekend.“This time around, I’ll be able to see more of the school and talk with the coaches, see how I fit in there. I went to a Satellite Camp that Texas was at earlier this summer and enjoyed working with the staff and I’m looking forward to building that relationship.”247Sports rates Garcia as the No. 19 overall prospect in the nation. He is the No. 4 pro-style quarterback in the country, and the No. 4 prospect from the state of California.His scouting report draws a pro-comparison to Los Angeles Rams star quarterback Jared Goff. Suffice it to say, Garcia is a player that every team in their right mind wants to get.As for the Longhorns, they face stiff opposition from several SEC and ACC giants in their recruitment efforts. He’s already paid unofficial visits to Alabama, Auburn, Florida State, and Miami (FL).As of writing, 247Sports’ Crystal Ball Predictions have named the Miami Hurricanes as the favorite with 83-percent of analyst predictions. Nebraska comes in second with 17-percent.Will a visit to Texas be enough to tip Garcia to the Longhorns?
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“I am very, very sorry, and I apologize to the Syrian people that…we haven’t helped them very much,” said Mr. Brahimi, the United Nations/Arab League Joint Special Representative, telling a press conference that while no date was set to resume the talks, he presented both sides with an agenda for the next round, “so that we don’t lose another week or 10 days as we have this time.” This is the second round of UN-sponsored direct talks between Government and opposition representatives – the first set of discussions took place in late January – to end a war which has killed well over 100,000 people and driven nearly 9 million others from their homes since the conflict erupted between President Bashar al-Assad and various groups seeking his ouster nearly three years ago. “People are dying, the country is being destroyed. If this track aims at helping the Syrian people, then of course, the faster we achieve tangible results, the better,” Mr. Brahimi said in response to a question, but added he has made it clear that “everybody needs to go back to their base and we will contact each other to determine the date [of the next round]. The talks have so far yielded only modest cooperation between the sides on allowing UN and Syrian Red Crescent relief workers access to thousands of people trapped in the long-besieged Old City of Homs, and Mr. Brahimi said today he felt “the little that has been achieved in Homs gave [the Syrian people] even more hope that maybe this is the beginning of the coming out of this horrible crisis – I apologize to them.” As for next steps, Mr. Brahimi said the parties agreed to his proposal that a new round of talks would focus on violence and terrorism, a transitional governing body, national institutions and national reconciliation. But he acknowledged that the main sticking point persisted: the Government side considers that the most important issue to be combatting terrorism; the opposition considers that the most important issue is forming a transitional governing authority. “We suggested that the first day will be set for discussion on…ending violence and combating terrorism and the second day would be reserved for a discussion on the TGB [transitional governing body],” he explained, but while he had made clear that one day would not give enough time to conclude discussions on either issue, “unfortunately, the Government has refused [this approach], which raises the suspicion of the opposition that in fact the Government doesn’t’ want to discuss the TGB at all.” “I very, very much hope that the two sides will reflect and think a little bit better and come back ready to engage seriously on how to implement the Geneva Communiqué,” he said, referring to the 2012 action plan adopted at the first international meeting in Switzerland on the conflict and the full implementations of which is the basis of the current talks. “The Communiqué helps the two sides, and us sitting between them, to start the long road towards ending this crisis.” Of the fact that the two sides remain at odds over how to tackle his four-point proposal, Mr. Brahimi underscored that while they had “at least” agreed on an agenda: “It is not good for Syria that we come back for another round and fall in the same trap that we have been struggling with this week and most of the first round.” “I think it is better that every side goes back and reflect and take their responsibility: do they want this process to take place or not? I will do the same,” he said, adding that will head to New York to meet with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, as well as United States Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, the initiators of the Geneva talks. He also plans to brief the other permanent five members of the Security Council – China, France and the United Kingdom – as well as the body’s 10 non-permanent members. “So I hope that this time of reflection will lead the Government side in particular to reassure the [opposition] that when they speak of implementing the Geneva Communiqué they do mean that a TGB exercising full executive powers will be the main objective to follow,” said Mr. Brahimi, adding that ending violence and combating terrorism “is extremely important, indispensable.” Asked if he had a specific message for President Assad as the talks wrapped up, Mr. Brahimi said: “My message to everybody involved in this terrible crisis is to think of the Syrian people, to think of the immense suffering that has been imposed on [them], the destruction that has taken place in Syria, and to think of what anyone can contribute to pull Syria out of the ditch in which it has fallen.” To a question about the ongoing commitment of Russia and the US, he said he continued to believe the two countries are important partners with the United Nations. “There is no doubt – and I have said repeatedly- that the United Nations, the Russian Federation and the United States; none of them can turn a blind eye to this huge crisis in Syria.”
Sinclair Knight Merz (SKM) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM) to collaborate to promote excellence in project management. In particular, the two organisations will work together on refining SKM’s internal project management development programs and aligning its internal accreditation process with the AIPM Registered Project Manager (RegPM) accreditation.SKM’s internal project management development program incorporates competency-based assessment at regular intervals, and with the assistance of AIPM, SKM is looking to ensure effective development opportunities are provided for its project managers and directors so that they are capable of meeting the established AIPM certification levels. Ongoing internal promotion of project management skills development and the benefits of recognised accreditation will be a key part of this. “Best practice project management is an essential component of SKM’s continued success, and we welcome this opportunity to strengthen the efficacy of our internal development programs,” said Paul Dougas, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, SKM. “SKM has been a corporate member for some time and through this new agreement we’re delighted to be able to strengthen our commitment to develop and promote excellence in project management.”Commenting on the MoU, Dr Bill Young, National President, AIPM, said, “Partnerships with leading organisations like SKM play a critical role in advancing the profession of Project Management. In strengthening our relationship with SKM I’m very confident we will enhance the career path framework for SKM’s project managers and provide access to continuous professional development at an internationally recognised standard.”