NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: The Mississippi Rebels cheerleaders perform before the first quarter against the Oklahoma State Cowboys during the Allstate Sugar Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)The father of a college football cheerleader suffered a brutal injury celebrating her team’s bowl victory on Saturday.A cheerleader for Fresno State revealed on Twitter that her dad broke his leg while attempting to rush the field on Saturday.“My dad was so excited when Fresno state won he jumped from the stadium on to the field and broke his leg he was still chanting Fresno state as he got dragged away in a gurney… talk about a super fan,” she tweeted.My dad was so excited when Fresno state won he jumped from the stadium on to the field and broke his leg? he was still chanting Fresno state as he got dragged away in a gurney… talk about a super fan pic.twitter.com/4hA37JWnxT— Pkay (@paitynboyt) December 16, 2018Fresno State topped Arizona State in the Las Vegas Bowl.Hopefully Paityn’s father can recover in time for the 2019 regular season opener.
- 4 Ridiculously Over-the-Top Villas You Can Rent on Airbnb
SXSW Exclusive/Airbnb Hualalai’s Top Villa/Airbnb SXSW Exclusive/Airbnb Villa on the Rocks/Airbnb 1 of 4 Villa on the Rocks/Airbnb Next It seems just a few short years ago that Airbnb was a scrappy little startup for budget travelers. While plenty of couch-surfing deals can still be had, the site is also home to some of the swankiest crashpads. Here are four of the most ridiculously over-the-top villas you can rent on Airbnb.Villa on the RocksThe South of France Glimpse the Future of Camper Vans in the Stunning Hymer VisionVenture Previous Hualalai’s Top Villa/Airbnb 1 of 4 It’s hard to stand out at South by Southwest. The iconic Austin event brings together some of the brightest, most creative, most interesting people in the world. You might just be able to buy your way into the event’s elite social circle, provided you’re cool with splashing out on a nearly $10,000-per-night villa. The SXSW Exclusive Villa is exactly what it sounds like: a sprawling, three-property estate with every imaginable amenity all within walking distance of the festival. The pictures tell the whole story. Suffice to say, you won’t be wanting for much while you and your 15 closest friends are crashing here. Think multiple gourmet kitchens, media rooms, fur-lined chairs, Roman pillars, and a stunning outdoor party pool. 1 of 4 Hualalai’s Top Villa/Airbnb Editors’ Recommendations Previous Reunion Zero/Aribnb Reunion Zero/Aribnb It’s fitting that Orlando — home of the classic, over-the-top, family-friendly, all-American vacation — would be home to one of the largest vacation rentals in Florida. Reunion Zero is a 25,000-square-foot behemoth of a villa. In fact, with room for up to 34 guests spread throughout 14 bedrooms and 16 bathrooms, it feels more like a boutique hotel. Add to that amusement-park-worthy amenities, and it’s a wonder guests would ever want to leave. Outside is a large, lazy-river-style swimming pool with two bridges, illuminated fountains, and a sunken pool bar, plus a large spa and a second, rooftop pool. Inside lies a gourmet chef’s kitchen, a home theater, a bowling alley, a multi-sports court, and several game rooms. That the garish contemporary decor borders on “Modern Willy Wonka” only adds to the charm.SXSW Exclusive VillaAustin, Texas Reunion Zero/Aribnb In Hawaii, every oceanfront villa seems grander and more luxurious than the last. Hualalai’s Top Villa rises above most — literally. The 6,300-square-foot, five-bedroom, 5.5-bath rental features a custom design that stays out of its own way to ensure the natural Hawaiian landscape is the real centerpiece. Outdoor rain showers, cornerless walls, and an ocean-view hot tub all ensure most guests will never need to leave. Inside is a stunning chef’s kitchen, four master suites, a state-of-the-art media room, and a curated fine art collection. What’s more, guests have access to a personal concierge to customize their vacation itinerary, plus access to all the amenities at the adjacent Four Seasons Resort. Sure, the all-in price is more than five grand per night, but who cares? Two words: Hawaiian sunset.Reunion ZeroOrlando, Florida Villa on the Rocks/Airbnb America’s Oldest City Has a Super-Modern Dining and Drinking Scene SXSW Exclusive/Airbnb Hualalai’s Top Villa/Airbnb Deep Sleep: The World’s Most Incredible Underwater Hotel Rooms Previous Next Rob Lowe’s Montecito Millon-Dollar Manse Hits the Market 6 Fastest Cars in the World Right Now 1 of 4 Next Reunion Zero/Aribnb Villa on the Rocks/Airbnb SXSW Exclusive/Airbnb Next Previous You’d be hard-pressed to find a bad spot to bed down in the South of France. Villa on the Rocks is no exception. The four-bed, 10-guest luxury villa is a beautiful architectural masterwork of modern and natural design. The centerpiece is a 91-foot outdoor lap pool that runs the entire length of the four-story house. Aquarium-style sides ensure indoor guests can easily keep an eye on swimmers. Immediately adjacent is a wide rooftop deck overlooking some of the most beautiful vineyards in the world.Hualalai’s Top VillaKailua-Kona, Hawaii
- Ban pledges to strengthen UN culture of accountability and transparency
“The United Nations is at the centre of the international response to global crises facing the world today. Renewed multilateralism means that more and more people are turning to us for action,” Mr. Ban said in remarks on the 15th anniversary of the Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS). “To keep pace with these growing demands, we need to continually strengthen and improve our own operations. That means greater transparency, increased efficiency and more accountability,” he stated, adding that OIOS is vital to this effort.Mr. Ban noted that in any complex organization with such a broad agenda that affects so many lives, strong leadership and dedicated management are critical. “So, too, is a professional oversight body, working as an agent of change and contributing to the common goal of delivering solid results for the people we serve.”OIOS was established in July 1994 by the General Assembly as an operationally independent entity to assist the Secretary-General in oversight responsibilities with respect to the resources and staff of the Secretariat through monitoring, internal audit, inspection, evaluation and investigation.The Office, headed by Inga-Britt Ahlenius, has the authority to initiate, carry out and report on any action it considers necessary to fulfil its responsibilities regarding its oversight functions.Each year it issues more than 200 reports, and more than 1,500 recommendations to improve internal controls and correct underlying obstacles to organizational efficiency and effectiveness.Mr. Ban highlighted progress on a number of fronts, including the establishment of an Ethics Office that provides protection for whistleblowers and the tightening of rules on procurement and on financial disclosure by senior officials.In addition, the Secretary-General has established compacts with each of his senior managers, with performance published on the Intranet. “Results matter. Performance must be measurable,” he said, referring to the compacts, which cover many aspects of performance such as the implementation of oversight recommendations. “These are just some of the steps we have taken in recent years. But the journey continues. While we have made progress in several key areas, the process of renewal and reform goes on – precisely as it should,” said Mr. Ban.He pledged to continue to extend his full support to OIOS and to the two other members of the UN oversight family, the Board of Auditors and the Joint Inspection Unit. “Let us together pledge to do our utmost to use our resources responsibly; to improve our performance at all levels, at all locations; and, in the broadest sense, to deepen a culture of accountability, transparency and meaningful results.” 15 October 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today pledged that the United Nations will do all it can to deepen a culture of accountability and transparency, highlighting the progress made so far and stressing that the process of reform continues.