OXFORD, MS – OCTOBER 01: Head coach Hugh Freeze of the Mississippi Rebels reacts during the second half of a game against the Memphis Tigers at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium on October 1, 2016 in Oxford, Mississippi. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)Hugh Freeze is still recovering from a recent surgery, but that won’t stop him from coaching his team in their season opener.Liberty’s new head coach suffered from a herniated disk in his back which eventually led to surgery. Shortly thereafter, doctors discovered a serious staph infection.Seeing as Freeze is just two weeks into a 4-6 week recovery time frame, many expected the head coach to sit out tonight’s game. But to the surprise of many, Freeze will coach tonight. But with a couple of logistical changes.Freeze will work from a hospital bed in the coaches’ booth as Liberty plays No. 22 Syracuse. The plan is for Freeze to video-conference the team before the game and at halftime.Here’s a look at Hugh Freeze’s seat in the coaches’ booth.Freeze will essentially videoconference with his team pregame and at halftime and do so during postgame press conference.The plan is to fly him to Louisiana next week to be with the team on the road. pic.twitter.com/YA1HAXiQ43— Nate Mink (@MinkNate) August 31, 2019Here’s Hugh Freeze coaching from his hospital bed pic.twitter.com/SSURR2KErM— Yahoo Sports College Football (@YahooSportsCFB) August 31, 2019The photos of Freeze’s coaching situation are going viral. The Liberty head coach is clearly dedicated to his team.Seeing as this is a home game for Liberty, the traveling aspect doesn’t have to be dealt with. But what’s the plan for Freeze next week when his team goes on the road?“The plan is to fly him to Louisiana next week to be with the team on the road,” Nate Mink said, via Twitter.Will Freeze’s dedication motivate Liberty to potentially pull of an upset of Syracuse? Either way, the commitment is admirable.
SARAJEVO — Several thousand people marched in Bosnia’s first Gay Pride on Sunday, protected by a major security operation including anti-sniper units after some conservative Muslim groups organized counter-rallies.The parade in the capital Sarajevo ended peacefully despite fears of violence prompted by aggressive hate speech online in a country where anti-gay sentiment can often be heard in public.“I have always thought that basic human rights should exist for all and when I saw all those hate comments against the Pride march, I felt it was my obligation to come and show support,” said Sanja, 54, from Sarajevo, who joined the march with her husband.More than 1,000 police officers secured the event, shielding the walking area with fences and concrete blocks. Anti-sniper units were placed on the roofs of buildings along the main route in the city center.Bosnia is the last Balkan country to hold a Pride parade, seen as a test of tolerance of minority rights as it seeks to join the European Union. EU diplomats and the U.S Ambassador to Bosnia, who is gay, joined the march in support of LGBT people.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.Organizers from across the ethnic divide – in a country that went through a devastating war in the 1990s – carried a pink banner with the slogan ‘Ima Izac’ or ‘I Want Out’ in both Latin and Cyrillic scripts.Activists carried placards reading “Love is not a Privilege” and “Queer Resistance,” waving rainbow flags and singing anti-fascist songs.“We, LGBTIQ persons, fight every day for our existence, identity and love,” said Branko Culibrk, an organizer, adding that passivity of institutions in Bosnia, where discrimination against minority groups is legally banned, had encouraged violence from homophobic groups.Earlier on Sunday, several hundred opponents of the Pride march held a peaceful meeting and a walk, carrying placards condemning homosexuality. On Saturday, several conservative groups organized another march devoted to “traditional family values.”Homophobia and discrimination, often fueled by religious leaders and right-wing political parties, is widespread in the Balkans.All religious communities in Bosnia condemned the Pride parade but advised followers against resorting to violence.Many famous Bosnian artists also attended the parade, including music star Bozo Vreco, known for wearing dresses and acknowledging his desire to express both the male and female sides of his personality.“This is a big step forward for Bosnia and Sarajevo, opening the doors towards Europe and the world,” Vreco told Reuters. “I am so proud and happy, I think that love has won today.”(Reporting by Daria Sito-Sucic; Editing by Ros Russell)
In recognition of an imaginative campaign for water conservation, an Indian daily newspaper today received the $20,000 biennial prize for rural communications awarded by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).Malayala Manorama, published in Kerala, launched its Many a Drop campaign in May 2004 to disseminate a new perspective on water to the local population through articles, seminars, workshops, videos and brochures, with schools targeted by a contest for students.Water conservation is a concern of the World Water Forum currently underway in Mexico, UNESCO said.The prize was awarded during a meeting of the Intergovernmental Council of the International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC), the a forum within the United Nations system organized to promote the development of independent media in developing countries.The meeting of the IPDC, which since its creation in 1980 has provided financial aid to over 1,100 projects in 137 countries, continues through 23 March.