COLLEGE PARK, MD – SEPTEMBER 17: General view of the Maryland Terrapins and West Virginia Mountaineers game at Byrd Stadium on September 17, 2011 in College Park, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)The attorney for the family of late Maryland offensive lineman Jordan McNair has come forward calling for the dismissal of Terps head coach D.J. Durkin.Durkin has been put on administrative leave by the school following an explosive report from ESPN’s Heather Dinich, Adam Rittenberg and Tom VanHaaren. In it there are allegations of verbal and physical abuse against players, as well as accusations that Durkin and his staff did not do enough to help McNair when he collapsed from heatstroke during a May workout.McNair died two weeks later on June 13. In an interview with ESPN, his family’s attorney, Billy Murphy, called for Durkin’s firing.Murphy described Durkin and his staff as having “absolute indifference” toward McNair’s life.Murphy said there are three reasons why Durkin should be fired.“No. 1, what he did,” Murphy said, “No. 2, what he didn’t do, and No. 3, the impact on this football program.”The workout that led to McNair’s death began at around 4:15 p.m. ET on May 29. Murphy told ESPN that McNair had a seizure at around 5 p.m. following a sprint.University officials are reportedly denying Murphy’s account of McNair suffering a seizure at 5 p.m. A 911 call at 5:58 p.m. described McNair as “hyperventilating after exercising and unable to control his breath.”“Had this coaching staff done even minimal heatstroke training, they would have seen immediately that that’s what was going on,” Murphy added. “They would have iced him and called the ambulance immediately, but there was this unexplainable one-hour delay from the time that he had a seizure and the time the ambulance actually came. That’s really concerning.”Murphy said he “absolutely” believed that McNair was not given proper medical care.There’s still plenty to be uncovered in this investigation. As Murphy notes in the interview, the footage of the May 29 workout has not been released yet. Perhaps that could shed more light on the timeline of what happened.In the meantime, Durkin remains on leave. Given the nature of the allegations he’s facing, it seems likely he will not be coaching for Maryland any time soon, and possibly not ever again.[ ESPN ]
Source: FAO Food Outlook – Biannual report on global food marketsDespite a slight reduction in global harvests expected this year – with a 1.5 per cent decline in cereal production from last year’s record output – “exceptionally high” levels of existing stocks will offset the pressure, according to the FAO’s report. The reduction in cereal production remains nearly five per cent above the average of the past five years.Dairy prices fell the most, buoying imports in Africa, while the abolition of the European Union’s (EU) milk quota system was also one of the main drivers of the 6.7 percent monthly drop. Sugar, cereals and vegetable oils prices also declined. By contrast, meat values rose in April, which was their first increase since August 2014.Food Outlook also includes a special feature focusing on price volatility, highlighting a need to investigate whether volatility has returned to normal or not. Food price index | Food commodity price indices “The world food import bill is forecast to reach a five-year low in 2015,” says Food Outlook, a biannual publication by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) focusing on developments affecting global food and feed markets. “Currency movements and macroeconomic developments may have important implications for markets again in 2015-16.”The Food Price Index, a trade-weighted database that tracks and aggregates on a monthly basis the prices of cereals, meat, dairy products, vegetable oils and sugar on international markets, reflected that decline, with a 1.2 per cent overall drop in April from March. The index reached 171 points, its lowest level since June 2010 and 19.2 per cent less than a year ago.Food Outlook says international food prices are likely to stay under downward pressure due to large supplies, low freight rates and a strong US dollar, with import volumes of the five commodities little changed or even rising. The reduction in import bills is likely to benefit low income countries.