WACO, TX – SEPTEMBER 26: A general view as the Baylor Bears take on the Rice Owls in the second quarter at McLane Stadium on September 26, 2015 in Waco, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)The college football world was well-represented in last night’s midterm elections, on both sides of the political aisle. Two former stars were elected to Congress.Former Ohio State standout wide receiver and NFL first-round pick Anthony Gonzalez was victorious in Ohio’s 16th congressional district. A Republican, Gonzalez defeated Democrat Susan Moran Palmer.Gonzalez was an All-Big Ten selection in 2006 before being chosen in the first round of the 2007 NFL Draft by the Indianapolis Colts.He recorded 1,307 receiving yards and seven touchdowns on 99 receptions during his NFL career, which was unfortunately limited by injuries.Thank you!Read full statement here: https://t.co/dDK8WBRFNS pic.twitter.com/YtKTvUTyPH— Anthony Gonzalez (@anthonygonzalez) November 7, 2018Gonzalez wasn’t the only ex-football player to claim victory on Tuesday. Down in Texas, former Baylor linebacker Colin Allred won the seat in Texas’ 32nd district.A Democrat, Allred defeated Republican Pete Sessions.This victory would not have been made possible without you. This people-powered campaign has made history tonight and North Texans made their voice heard. Now the real work begins. Thank you North Texas! #TX32— Colin Allred (@ColinAllredTX) November 7, 2018Allred starred for Baylor from 2002-05 before playing in 32 games for the Tennessee Titans from 2007-10. He recorded 41 career NFL tackles.Congrats to both men on their victories. Best of luck serving in Congress.
“Let Iraqis come together as one people. Let the nations of this region and the world come together to help them,” he told the International Conference on Iraq in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt. “And let us all work towards one goal: a stable Iraq, a peaceful Iraq, a democratic Iraq – a new Iraq,” he added, pledging continued UN aid to the Iraqi people. “Acts of violence and terror are being committed against them and against aid workers too, and they are caught in the cross-fire of deadly conflict,” he said. But, he added: “Who can doubt that they have the courage and the ability to triumph over the challenges that beset them today? The Iraqi people want a better future for their country, and they are determined to achieve it.” The conference participants agreed to a communiqué that affirmed the right of the Iraqi people to a secure and stable life, and to determine freely their future through democratic means and to exercise full control over their natural and financial resources.Mr. Annan said a stable and united Iraq, at peace with itself, and in a peaceful region was a compelling concern for every peace-loving nation, noting that elections due in January are a critical part of the country’s transition, now threatened by insecurity and indiscriminate acts of terror. He stressed that every effort must be made to provide incentives for various Iraqi groups to participate in a national reconciliation process and the broadest possible spectrum of opinion must be persuaded of a shared interest in realizing the potential of a united and peaceful country. Countries in the region should take the lead in helping to normalize Iraq’s regional and international relations and Mr. Annan underlined the world body’s role in the country, where a terrorist bomb last year killed top UN envoy Sergio Vieira de Mello and 21 others, leading to the withdrawal of international staffers. “We cannot ignore the security risks,” he declared. “But nor must we let them deter us from doing all we can, under prevailing circumstances, to help the Iraqi people.” He noted that the UN “did our utmost under difficult conditions” to help form an interim Iraqi government and an electoral commission and was now working to coordinate international aid and assist the electoral authorities. “And we will be at the side of Iraq in the future,” he vowed. “The measure of our success is not the number of staff we have in Iraq. It is the degree to which we translate our commitment into effective support for Iraq’s transition. With support from both inside and outside Iraq, I am confident we can do our part in helping the Iraqi people.” On the margins of the Iraq conference, Mr. Annan had a series of bilateral meetings with European Union High Representative Javier Solana, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Arab League Secretary-General Amr Moussa.In a meeting with German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer, he held a briefing on the timetable of the release of the report of the High-Level Panel on Threats, Challenges and Change.
A NEW SURVEY conducted by an independent research group has found a worrying dive in the public’s trust in charities.The Pulse survey, conducted online by iReach for Carat Ireland, reached 1,000 people nationwide. Of those who donate to charity on a regular basis, nine out of ten said they were less trusting of charities in general as a direct result of the controversy around the Central Remedial Clinic, and more recently, Rehab.Some good news though: 47% of those same people “strongly agreed” that they would still donate, but would look a little closer at each charity’s credentials.Sadly for some charities, 10% of donors surveyed said definitively that they had cancelled charity subscriptions “because of the recent news” – another 12% said they “somewhat agreed” with that statement. Only 6% said that the controversies had no effect at all on their feelings towards charities in Ireland.Click here if you need to see a higher-res version of the table below.via Carat PulseFor brands who support charities, the findings are a little less alarming. While those surveyed seem less inclined to reach into their own pocket because of the revelations, six out of 10 of all those surveyed said that companies should continue to find ways to support charities. Two out of ten would definitely be influenced to buy products or services by brands supporting charities.Charity index reveals Ireland’s top 100 highest-earning charities>