This raised speculations that the British mogul is turning to his pet boy band in the hopes of pumping up ratings of the Foxs reality competition show. Speaking to Hitflix , Simon confirmed that the English-Irish band agreed to appear on The X Factor USA. His declaration sounded loaded, however, as he insisted that One Direction will just perform on the show, nothing else. “They’re coming in to perform I think on the third or fourth live show, but that’s the only role they’ll play,” Simon said. Knowing the trouble The X Factor USA is facing at the start of the new season, it was suggested that One Direction be tapped to help the show get more buzz this season. “TXFU” is on its third season. The soon-to-be-dad, however, played down any advice to maximise 1D fanbase to benefit his show. “They’re all One Direction fans and I don’t like the idea of databasing and all that kind of stuff, because I like people to make their own mind up,” SiCo added, noted Mirror UK . It is an open secret that Simon plays a big role for the creation of One Direction on the UK edition of “The X Factor. The British mogul suggested that the group be formed. Though Harry Styles gave the name of the group, it was Simons idea that each teen members who auditioned as individuals at that time be organized as a group and the brilliant idea made 1D one of the most successful boy bands today. Billboards 21 Under 21 even listed One Direction as the No. 1 Most Powerful Young Artists today, beating out Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus. SiCo, however, leaves it up to the group to pay forward (should they wish). After all, as SiCo noted, the group knows what hes been up to and the show he has been holding on to.
USA TODAY High School Sports Launches Search For America’s Best High School Football Coach
That depends on who you ask. If you talk to neoconservatives who’ve nursed a decades-long hatred of Iran, you get different answers than if you ask scholars of international law or conflict resolution. So USA Today asked two neoconservatives. First Michael Rubin of the American Enterprise Institute: Those comments show that Rouhani is not serious, said Michael Rubin, a former Middle East expert at the Pentagon under President George W. Bush. “The more you complicate the issue, the more you’re setting up the talks to fail,” he said. And then: Michael Doran, a former Middle East adviser in the Bush White House, said Rouhani’s words about Israel are “a wise negotiating strategy” to present Iran as a victim of a Western double standard. If you didn’t know better, you might take away that Rouhani was sly and intransigent. In fact, what Rouhani is calling for is exactly what the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty calls for. The NPT, signed by the US and Iran, says that Iran, like all signatories, has a right to enrich uranium for peaceful purposes, and that nuclear-armed nations must disarm. Citing an international law expert in the piece might have cleared that up, and perhaps even pointed out that the US is in violation of the treaty. But a look at USA Today’s Iran coverage over time suggests the omission, and the misportrayal of Rouhani’s remarks as obstacles, are not mistakes, but rather part of a pattern of putting Iran in a bad light, sometimes at the expense of the truth. For instance, last June, after Rouhani won Iran’s presidential election, USA Today reported (FAIR Action Alert, 6/21/13 ) that the president-elect “is known for his negotiating skill over the country’s nuclear weapons program.” In fact, Rouhani represented Iran’s atomic energy program, but both Iran and a consensus of US intelligence agencies say Iran does not have a nuclear weapons program (New York Times, 2/24/12 ). Months later, USA Today ( 9/23/13 ) repeated the canard, reporting that Barack Obama was trying to “persuade Tehran to abandon its nuclear weapons program.” And today , USA Today is reporting that Rouhani said he was prepared to open negotiations with the United States and other nations on its nuclear program after years of refusing to allow inspection of its facilities. In fact, UN inspectors have been in and out of Iran for years, doing their jobs, with a few disputes (MERIP, 2/7/13 ), mostly based on Iran’s insistence, in accordance with the NPT, that military facilities with no evidence of nuclear activity are exempt from inspections. As Al-Monitor ( 7/22/13 ) reported: There are two to six IAEA inspectors on the ground in Iran every day, [deputy director of the International Atomic Energy Agency Herman] Nackaerts said, covering 16 Iranian facilities. On average, he said, that means that an inspector visits Irans enrichment plants at Natanz and Fordow once a week.
2, 2013 — /PRNewswire/ — USA TODAY High School Sports the nation’s leading source for high school sports news and informationhas launched the fourth installment of its wildly popular “Best of” contest series, this time asking fans to cast their vote for the Best High School Football Coach in the country. Voters will choose their winner from a pool of 408 active head football coacheseight in each stateselected by USA TODAY staffers after more than a month of conversations with local media and other state/school officials with high school football expertise. The Best High School Football Coach will be determined via three rounds of voting, with state round voting closing on October 8. The 51 winners in each state plus Washington, D.C. will then advance to a regional round which runs from noon (ET) on October 9 until noon (ET) on October 18, where they will be divided among eight regions of six or seven coaches apiece. The eight regional winners then move onto the national round, which starts at noon (ET) Oct. 21 and ends at noon (ET) Oct. 29. The champion is crowned based on most votes in the final round. The coach chosen as America’s Best High School Football Coach will receive $2,000 for his/her athletic department, while second place will be awarded $1,000. Third place will receive $500, fourth will take $250 and fifth will be awarded $100. All eight finalists will receive banners for their schools. The “Best Of” contest series launched last November with the best high school football rivalry competition, won by Brookfield vs. Marceline in Missouri. In January, Hartford (Vt.) was crowned as the People’s Champion high school football team. Last spring, the Centralia (Ill.) Orphans were named the best high school mascot in a contest where 80 million total votes were cast.
Alon USA Announces Third Quarter 2013 Earnings Release and Conference Call Schedule
( ALJ ) (“Alon”) today announced that it plans to release its third quarter 2013 financial results on Thursday, November 7, 2013 after the market closes. In conjunction with the release, Alon has scheduled a conference call, which will be broadcast live over the Internet on Friday, November 8, 2013 at 11:30 a.m. Eastern Time (10:30 a.m. Central Time). What: Alon USA Energy, Inc. Third Quarter 2013 Earnings Conference Call When: Friday, November 8, 2013 11:30 a.m. Eastern Time Where: Live via phone by dialing 1-877-941-9205 or 480-629-9771, for international callers, and asking for the Alon USA Energy call at least 10 minutes prior to the start time. Investors may also listen to the conference live on the Alon corporate website, , by logging on that site, clicking “Investor Center” and then “Alon USA Energy, Inc.” A telephonic replay of the conference call will be available through November 22, 2013 and may be accessed by calling 1-800-406-7325 or 303-590-3030, for international callers, and using the passcode 4642298#. A web cast archive will also be available at www.alonusa.com shortly after the call and will be accessible for approximately 90 days. For more information, please contact Donna Washburn at Dennard-Lascar Associates at 713-529-6600 or email firstname.lastname@example.org . Alon USA Energy, Inc., headquartered in Dallas, Texas, is an independent refiner and marketer of petroleum products, operating primarily in the South Central, Southwestern and Western regions of the United States. The Company directly owns crude oil refineries in California, Louisiana and Oregon, with an aggregate crude oil throughput capacity of approximately 144,000 barrels per day. Alon USA also owns 100% of the general partner and approximately 82% of the limited partner interests in Alon USA Partners, LP ( ALDW ), which owns a crude oil refinery in Texas with an aggregate crude oil throughput capacity of approximately 70,000 barrels per day.