About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City midfielder Foden in awe of senior teammate Sterlingby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City midfielder Phil Foden admit he’s in awe of senior teammate Raheem Sterling.Foden is still finding opportunities limited in City’s star-studded side but he played the full 90 minutes in Tuesday’s comfortable 3-0 Carabao Cup win at Preston.He said: “Raheem, is just – every time I watch him, I think ‘wow’ and (he’s) a better player every time I see him.”When he gets the ball he just glides past players and gets in the right places to score goals. He is always assisting.”He has got a lot more to come and that is what is good about him, he is still young and improving and wanting to improve. He has high standards and that is the level he has set.”He is a role model and he helps me out a lot, in the game and in training, and overall – helping me with my game, giving me tips and that is what a young lad needs coming through.”
phil steele toughest schedules 2015Alabama’s path to the College Football Playoff this fall will be a tough one. The Crimson Tide open their season against Wisconsin, host Ole Miss, Arkansas and LSU, and travel to Georgia, Mississippi State and Auburn, among others. Noted college football expert Phil Steele has Alabama’s schedule ranked as the country’s toughest. Top 10 toughest schedule 2015 1. Alabama 2. USC 3. Arkansas 4. California 5. Washngton 6. Auburn 7. Texas 8. Utah 9. Stanford @Pac12Networks— Phil Steele (@philsteele042) May 14, 2015This doesn’t seem to faze Crimson Tide five-star running back commit Damien Harris.Let’s get it https://t.co/WJGmR8mbzE— Damien Harris (@DHx34) May 14, 2015A 11-1 season and a win in the SEC Championship Game is likely what Alabama needs to make the College Football Playoff? Can the Crimson Tide get there?
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Province of B.C. will hold a public meeting on Tuesday, April 2, at 5:30 p.m. about the draft Caribou recovery program.The meeting will happen at the Pomeroy Hotel and Conference Centre in Fort St. John. Energeticcity.ca will be streaming the meeting when it starts at approximately 5:30 p.m. The meeting will be live streamed below or on our Facebook and Youtube pages.Video is not published or doesn’t exist.
Beijing: India, Pakistan and the other members states of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) will take part in a joint anti-terrorism exercise to be held this year by the grouping. The decision to hold the joint exercise ‘Sary-Arka-Antiterror 2019’ was announced during the 34th meeting of the SCO’s Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure (RATS) council held in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Xinhua news agency reported. The SCO, in which China plays an influential role, is also comprised of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, India and Pakistan. India and Pakistan were admitted into the bloc in 2017. Also Read – Squadrons which participated in Balakot air strike awarded citations on IAF Day Delegations of the competent authorities of India, Kazakhstan, China, the Kyrgyz Republic, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and the RATS Executive Committee attended the meeting. Chaired by Russia, the meeting also declared plans to hold the first stage of the joint border operation “Solidarity 2019-2021,” the 7th meeting of the heads of the border services, and training workshops on identifying and preventing the use of the Internet for terrorist, separatist and extremist purposes. RATS is a permanent organ of the SCO which serves to promote cooperation of member states against the three evils of terrorism, separatism and extremism. It is headquartered in Tashkent. The next meeting of the Council of the RATS SCO is scheduled to be held in Russia in September 2019.
New Delhi: Delhi Police on Monday said that the interrogation of the accused in the NCERT textbook piracy case has revealed details on how he operated his illegal publishing syndicate, by procuring illegal printing plates of the books and using an offset printing unit to maximise his profit margin.According to police, the Crime Branch arrested the accused from his printing unit located in Gazipur village after conducting a coordinated raid with the vigilance officer and production officer of Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderNCERT. The police immediately started investigating in the case after they registered an FIR on March 13 based on the statement given by the aforementioned officials. Police said that during sustained interrogation of the accused, who they identified as one Abhishek Chaudhary (28), it was revealed that he learnt printing from his father’s press. Eventually, police said Chaudhary admitted to coming in contact with one Rahul Jain of Karawal Nagar who also ran an offset printing unit of his own. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsDuring Chaudhary’s confession, he said that he came to know about the huge profit margin in pirating NCERT books only after when Jain asked him to print some title pages of the national council’s textbooks. The accused subsequently set up his own publishing establishment and started printing NCERT textbooks which are being used to teach students of 6th to 12th Standards. Additional CP (Crime Branch) Rajiv Ranjan said that they recovered a total of more than 3,000 finished copies of 9th and 10th standard’s Hindi, English, and Mathematics textbooks; nearly 700 unfinished copies of 9th standard’s Hindi and History books; several printing plates and reel papers with NCERT watermark. Speaking to Millennium Post, DCP (Crime Branch) Rajesh Deo said that the accused made printing plates of the textbooks from material available online and bought NCERT watermarked reel papers from Chawri Bazar. When asked about whether the role of Rahul Jain is also being probed, DCP Deo added, “We cannot name any person as the investigation is ongoing. I can say that we are looking at all persons involved in this piracy racket.” A case against Chaudhary has been registered under relevant sections of the IPC and Copyright Act.
Chennai: The Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court on Monday granted anticipatory bail to actor-politician Kamal Haasan in the case filed against him for his Hindu extremist comment. Campaigning for his party Makkal Needhi Maiam’s (MNM) candidate in the bye-election for the Aravakuruchi Assembly constituency, the actor speaking about the killer of Mahatma Gandhi, said: “The first extremist of independent India was a Hindu — Nathuram Godse. It all started from there.” Haasan made the comment in a locality were Muslims lived in large numbers. His comment created a huge row nationwide and police complaints were filed in Aravakuruchi against Haasan for trying to create enimity between communities.
MADRID – Spain has installed barbed wire on the triple border fence that separates its north African territory of Melilla from Morocco, a key entry point into Europe for illegal migrants.Barbed wire started being placed on the top of several sections of the seven-metre (23-foot) high fence last week to “reinforce security a bit”, a spokesman for government of Melilla said Monday.Barbed wire had been used before in Melilla but was removed from the top of the border fence in 2006 after causing injuries to migrants as they tried to illegally enter the territory. Forty-eight surveillance cameras already watch over the 11-kilometre (seven-mile) long fence which loops around the city until it reaches the Mediterranean coast.At night the fence is lit up along its entire length to help spot migrants trying to enter the Spanish territory, which has 80,000 inhabitants.The Spanish branch of Amnesty International said it was “deeply worried” over the installation of barbed wire on the border fence.“The response of the Spanish government to the migratory pressure is moving away from the respect of the rights of people who try to enter our country and is a serious step backwards,” it said in a statement.About 3,000 migrants tried to scale the border fence between January 1 and September 17, compared to 1,610 during the same period last year, according to Spanish interior ministry figures.Nearly four-fifths, 77.3 percent, were prevented from entering the territory by Spanish and Moroccan security forces.Melilla and Ceuta, another Spanish territory on the north African coast, have the European Union’s only land borders with Africa.
Anyone looking to knock off Roger Federer at Wimbledon will first need to break his serve. And if they have any hope of breaking his serve, it may die with the first point.Simply stated: Federer loves being up 15-0.When Federer wins the opening point of his service game, that pretty much means it’s already over. In his matches this year up to the start of Wimbledon, Federer won the first point in 278 games while serving, according to data from ATP. And in those matches where he served and scored first, he went on to win the game an overwhelming 270 times. That’s a success rate of 97.1 percent. Through the first three rounds of this year’s Wimbledon, the 36-year-old Federer did even better, winning 100 percent of the 33 games in which he served and won the first point.Although scoring first naturally increases a player’s odds of winning because it means that they held a lead at least once, for Federer, something about that first point on his serve seems to give him an outsize advantage. It’s possible that for Federer, winning the first point helps establish his service rhythm.How does he compare with the other top men in tennis? Favorably, of course. He’s Roger Federer, the winner of 20 Grand Slam singles titles, including eight at Wimbledon. He’s also one of the greatest servers in the history of the sport. Dominic Thiem38734990.2 Rafael Nadal24222593.0 John Isner25224296.0 Alexander Zverev34230589.2 Juan Martin del Potro30928592.2 Kevin Anderson32830693.3 In the 52 weeks heading into Wimbledon, Federer has been a maestro at holding serve — winning 92.1 percent of his service games, good for third best on the ATP Tour.For reference, Rafael Nadal, the world’s top-ranked tennis player, has won his service games 89.1 percent of the time, which is stellar but not on Federer’s level.The two players ahead of Federer in percentage of service games won are serving powerhouses John Isner and Ivo Karlovic.However, Isner, Karlovic and Kevin Anderson, who ranks just behind Federer in service games won, are all flamethrowers. They regularly serve at speeds in excess of 135 mph. Federer’s serves aren’t slow, but he’s a different kind of server than the other guys at the top of this list, whose height gives them a superior trajectory on that stroke. Rather than blasting his serve past opponents who can’t catch up, Federer hits his spots. He uses a variety of spins and placements to hang with the ATP Tour’s most successful servers.Through Week 1 at Wimbledon, Milos Raonic had recorded the tournament’s fastest serve, at 147 mph, according to statistics from IBM. Isner was second at 144 mph. Federer was way down the list, tied for 39th, with a max speed of 128 mph.Even without otherworldly speed, when it comes to holding serve after taking a 15-0 lead, Federer is outperforming even dominating servers like Isner.Still, critics will point out that Federer’s recent success rate in games where he leads 15-0 while serving has been made possible by his skipping the clay court season entirely this year and sticking to his favored surfaces. Rallies are longer on clay, which reduces the importance of the serve. In fact, anyone surprised to see Nadal and his sterling service stats hanging back in fifth place on the table above would do well to remember that he plays many of his matches on clay.But Federer has always done well on Wimbledon’s grass. During the first week of the tournament this year, Federer won the first point of his service game 80 percent of the time. Between 2004, when he first ascended to No. 1 in the world, and 2017, Federer was winning the first point of his service games 75 percent of the time at Wimbledon. And while he’s topping himself this year, he’s also crushing the field: Last week, all the men in the competition won the first point of their service games only 66 percent of the time, on average.This is not to imply that there’s only one way Federer can win — he also holds serve plenty of times when he loses the first point of his service game. In 2018, up to the start of Wimbledon, he lost that first point 80 times. In 62 of those games, he went on to win anyway. That’s 77.5 percent to the good for Federer. Not bad, considering he started the game behind, but still nearly 20 points worse than when he wins that point.That gap may offer his opponents an opportunity. Knowing that, statistically speaking, they have a much better shot at breaking Federer’s serve if they can steal the first point, they might choose to be more aggressive on the opening point of his service games, particularly if they see a second serve. It’s worth a try.But if an ambitious opponent looking to break Federer does lose the first point, that opponent better make sure he wins the next point or he’ll be left with only the barest sliver of hope. When Federer has won the first two points on his serve this year, up to Wimbledon, he went on to win the game 99.5 percent of the time.So what happened when he won the first three points? Federer went up 40-0 while serving 151 times, and he won every one of those games. Up 15-0 On Serve Grigor Dimitrov29626489.2 David Goffin21718886.6 PlayerGamesWinsWin rate Roger Federer27827097.1% Source: ATP Marin Cilic33431995.5 When the first point decides the gameRate of holding serve when taking a 15-0 lead in 2018, entering Wimbledon, for the ATP’s top 10 men’s tennis players
There sits in Cleveland, Ohio, a high school by the name of Glenville Academy, a school that’s become a veritable pipeline filled with talented football players ready to don scarlet and gray. Jermale Hines, who is currently the Buckeyes starter at free safety, knew coming into college that a spotlight would be shining on him. After all, he was a former Tarblooder. “Anytime a player comes in from Glenville, it puts added pressure on you. Everyone expects you to do great things,” Hines said. “So it definitely put some added pressure on me, but I knew coming in that I had to work hard, and everything would take care of itself.” Before transferring to Glenville in his junior year, Hines played both basketball and football at Berrien County High School in Nashville, Ga. “I actually liked basketball better, but being my size, I always felt like I had a better chance at succeeding in football,” Hines said. After transferring to Glenville, the head coach of the football program, Ted Ginn Sr., wondered when Hines would start to open up and become a vocal leader. In an interview with The Plain Dealer in 2006, Ginn was quoted saying, “Jermale’s a quiet kid who we’re trying to make a leader out of with some kind, any kind of emotion.” Ohio State safeties coach Paul Haynes implied that even today, Hines doesn’t speak much. “He doesn’t say a whole lot but when he does talk, people listen, and when says to do something, people do it,” Haynes said. After his high school career ended, Hines chose to play for the Buckeyes. But a few academic issues made it appear as if Hines would never see the field of play. Due to the fact that he transferred from a Georgia school to an Ohio school, Hines had to take the Ohio Graduation Test before he could receive academic certification. The academic issues didn’t end there. As a freshman at OSU, Hines was ruled ineligible for the first half of the season. “Basically something didn’t go through with my Clearinghouse, so it held me back a little bit,” Hines said. “I was just a regular student at one point. But they got it together half way through the season and I was able to get back on the team.” Now a senior, Hines is stepping up and growing more mature with every game. While he’s not a team captain, he has become a coach on the field for the defense. Recently, he’s had the task of instructing freshman and former Glenville player Christian Bryant on where to be on the field during certain defensive sets. “The thing about Jermale is, he’s a great leader,” Haynes said. “He’s a very instinctive and aggressive football player, and his maturity has grown a great deal.” Hines is being projected as potential third- or fourth-round pick in the upcoming NFL Draft. And while the draft isn’t for another seven months, he admits there are some parts of his game he’d like to improve upon before the end of the season. “I’d say the strongest parts of my game are my physicality and tackling ability,” Hines said. “But I’d like to work on my one-on-one coverage, and just understanding the game of football more.” Haynes added, “There’s a lot of things that he has to improve on, starting with just getting better every day. I could for sure see him playing at the next level, but it’s not a perfect science. But with his work ethic, and his love and passion for football, I could see him playing at the next level.” And while it may be true that Hines doesn’t talk very much, he isn’t opposed to talking a little smack and challenging the offense during practice. “I just pick on them, basically call out their plays and try to punk them as much as I can,” Hines said while laughing. “I try to make it hard on them because when it’s game time, it’s definitely going to be hard on them.” Even Heisman Trophy candidate Terrelle Pryor isn’t safe from a verbal lashing. “Yeah I talk stuff to Terrelle, a few words that might get bleeped out,” Hines said, laughing again. “I know I’m going to need those guys so I might make it tough on them, but in the end I know they’ll come through for me.”
Antoine Griezmann’s solitary strike earned Atletico Madrid a first win of the Liga season on Saturday as they defeated local rivals Rayo Vallecano 1-0.Atletico Madrid endured a frustrating evening against their rivals before the Frenchman’s intervention on the hour mark wrapped up the win for Simeone’s side.A Stefan Savic’s header from close range following a corner in the 63rd minute was expertly turned in by Griezmann.Angel Correa had Atletico’s best opportunity in the first half, but Rayo keeper Alberto Garcia did well to keep the Argentine’s effort out.La Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…Shortly afterward, the Wanda Metropolitano got its first taste of VAR as Diego Costa’s screams for handball was confirmed to be false by referee Jose Luis Gonzalez Gonzalez.Atletico will, however, be sweating on the fitness of fullback Juanfran, who hobbled off after half an hour with what the club described as a muscle problem.The win lifts the Europa League champions on to four points after two games, while Rayo is still without a point.
France midfielder Blaise Matuidi believes international teammate Kylian Mbappe has the kind of personality ‘every great player’ requires to fulfill their potential.Matuidi insists the Paris Saint-Germain star needs his great personality to become as successful as Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.Mbappe has become one of the best attacking players in the world over the past three years and was nominated for this year’s Ballon d’Or award, having lifted three domestic trophies at club level and the World Cup in Russia, earlier this summer.Matuidi believes the former AS Monaco youngster has the self-confidence and persona to become a true great in the game.Match Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).“It is his personality. It’s the player he is,” Matuidi told a news conference, according to FourFourTwo.“He is a great player; he is very talented. Every great player has a great personality. I’ve known that with Zlatan. I see that with Cristiano. Messi is also like that.”“Kylian will be a great player. He is already. He is doing big things. It’s good; we need players like him. So, I encourage him to stay like that.”
Bob Daemmrich for the Texas TribuneDallas Mayor Mike Rawlings was among a group of Texas mayors at a Feb. 17, 2017, news conference discussing their unified agenda in working with the 85th Texas Legislature.DALLAS — It began with a wave of state legislation taking aim at city ordinances and policies involving issues like anti-discrimination rules, property tax collections and ride-hailing regulations.Then came newly elected President Donald Trump’s initial ban on travelers from seven countries that led to the detainment of several people at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.At news conferences and before scrums of television cameras, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings derided several of those state and federal initiatives that he said could undermine his city’s already troubled economic health and belie Dallas’ diverse and accepting personality.The second-term mayor, who is a Democrat, swears he’s not suddenly trying to insert himself into state and federal politics.“But what I realize is the fight is coming more to me and coming more to the city,” Rawlings said.That has become a common refrain among urban mayors across Texas and America, who feel that officials in higher levels of government are increasingly passing budgets and laws that tear at the economic and social fabrics of big cities.Much of the tension in Texas centers on disagreements over what “local control” means — and who should have it and when. City leaders across the state say it should mean leaving as much power in their hands because they are closest to the issues affecting Texans.“They elect us to make those decisions, and we need the flexibility to be able to govern our cities,” said Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price, a Republican.State Rep. Jeff Leach, R-Plano, says that Texas created its cities so state lawmakers should be able to “rein them in” when they overstep bureaucratic boundaries. Bob DaemmrichTexas legislators, though, often point out that the state created and decided what powers to give its local governmental entities. They argue that it’s their responsibility to protect constituents from cities that overstep bureaucratic boundaries or enact rules that lawmakers deem to be infringements of liberty.“When cities or political subdivisions go outside those boxes, we have an obligation to rein them in,” State Rep. Jeff Leach, R-Plano, said last month at a meeting of the Texas Lyceum.As some mayors continue to look at the new presidential administration with trepidation, their brewing battle with state leaders will play out on multiple fronts this week as several controversial local control bills are debated in the Texas Capitol. Lawmakers from both chambers will vote on or hear testimony about the controversial “bathroom bill,” ride-hailing regulations, anti-“sanctuary” bills, short-term home rentals and legislation that would limit how much property tax revenues local entities can collect without an election.“It’s like the state trying to be the mayor and city council,” said Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, a Democrat.Does local mean cities or states?Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner says that Texas lawmakers should be weary of hamstringing cities that he says are the economic engines of the state. Bob Daemmrich for the Texas TribuneBrooks Rainwater, an executive with the National League of Cities, an advocacy group, said that it used to be commonly accepted that local control meant municipalities should decide many issues for themselves.“This used to be something that was much more commonly believed across the political parties,” Rainwater said.That began to change about a decade or so ago, he said, and there’s now a growing school of thought that local control means letting states decide issues.“Texas is a perfect example,” he said.Partisanship isn’t the only factor, and isn’t always at play. But it undoubtedly contributes to the divergent opinions. Most big cities and their leaders (though not all) tend to be Democratic. Meanwhile, the White House, Congress and the Texas Legislature are all controlled by Republicans.Rainwater said the increased polarization of politics, Americans self-sorting themselves geographically into big cities or suburban and rural areas, and lawmakers drawing their own districts have helped the chasm widen.“So the politics don’t line up between what’s happening in the cities and at the state level,” Rainwater said.That infuriates Turner, the Houston mayor. He spent decades as a state representative before taking his city’s top post in 2016. He said that for many years, even his colleagues across the aisle thought of local control as meaning cities could largely decide issues for themselves.“If it is your conviction, then that doesn’t change with time, it doesn’t change with the wind, it doesn’t change with the personalities,” Turner said.Economic enginesAustin Mayor Steve Adler worries that the state’s “bathroom bill” could impact his city’s economy. Shelby Knowles for The Texas TribuneMuch of Texas mayors’ frustrations with higher levels of government has to do with economics more than anything. More than half of the average monthly number of Texas jobs during the third quarter of last year were located in the state’s five biggest urban counties, according to the Texas Workforce Commission.And big-city mayors are quick to point that job concentration out.Austin Mayor Steve Adler fears that a bill pre-empting his city’s ride-hailing regulations will hurt the innovation he said the free market has shown as new nonprofit companies have filled a void left by Uber and Lyft.Adler, Rawlings and Turner fear that the “bathroom bill” will repel companies, conventions, tourists and even potential new residents. Texas lawmakers in support of the bill have said there’s no evidence that the bill will be bad for business in the state.Adler said his city’ reputation for being an accepting city helps it draw corporations that provide residents jobs and the city and state tax revenues.“They’re here in Austin because the people they want to have work for them want to live in Austin, Texas,” said Adler, a Democrat.Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings fears that President Donald Trump’s approaches to immigration and trade could hurt the economy. Brandon FormbyRawlings and Turner, meanwhile, are weary of several federal measures coming from the White House and working through Congress. They feel the repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act will leave constituents without health care, putting more financial stress on county hospitals. Turner also worries about what a potential cut to the federal Housing and Urban Development budget will mean for affordable housing in his city. And Rawlings fears that Trump’s attempts to tackle immigration and alter international trade pacts could have a chilling economic effect in Texas.Adler, Price, Rawlings and Turner also worry that amid all this, Senate Bill 2’s new property tax rules would hamstring their ability to provide essential services while saving the average Texan just a few dollars a month.“You cannot choke local governments like cities and expect the state to thrive,” Turner said. “We are the economic engines of the state. If you turn off the engine, you may as well put up a sign that says, ‘The state of Texas is no longer open for business.’”But backers of the legislation say it is key to providing relief to property owners in Texas.Diversity and divisionFort Worth Mayor Betsy Price is a Republican, but she doesn’t always agree with conservative lawmakers on local control issues. Bob DaemmrichPrice also thinks that state lawmakers often try to solve isolated problems with sweeping bills that have unintended consequences. She also doesn’t think that the conservative-controlled Legislature should look at metropolitan areas as hotbeds of political opposition. She is excited about some of Trump’s plans, particularly his intent to increase infrastructure investments and defense spending. And, after all, her city anchors the country’s most conservative urban county. “It’s always interesting when they start painting every city with the same brush,” Price said.Like officials from several small towns and big cities, Price will be in Austin testifying on bills that are before lawmakers. And while Leach, the Republican state representative, and scores of his colleagues defend their approaches to local control, he acknowledged last month that the tension has grown palpable.“It’s unfortunate it’s become so divided,” he said.Read more of our related coverage:As budget writers and lawmakers eye billions in voter-approved highway money for other matters, transportation officials are touting high-profile projects that will benefit from those funds. After 13-plus hours of emotional testimony, largely in opposition, the Senate State Affairs Committee voted 7-1 to advance the so-called Texas “bathroom bill” — a legislative priority of Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick. Disclosure: Steve Adler, a former Texas Tribune board chairman, has been a financial supporter of the Tribune. Uber and Lyft have also been financial supporters of the Tribune. A complete list of Tribune donors and sponsors can be viewed here.This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune at https://www.texastribune.org/2017/03/13/mayors-say-texas-us-politics-increasingly-undermine-city-needs/.Texas Tribune mission statementThe Texas Tribune is a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues. Share
Laura IsenseeThe nonprofit EMERGE, which focuses on intensive college counseling, recently recognized its largest class ever of seniors headed to top-tier schools. Most of the students are their first in the families to attend college and are from high-poverty communities.This month Alex Vazquez will graduate as valedictorian from Northbrook High School in Spring Branch.He also takes care of his two younger brothers ever since his dad was deported to Mexico and his mom moved to Dallas for work a few years ago.As for college, he had it in his sights, with a basic goal.“I always thought college is college. I’m not really picky where I want to go to college. I just want to go to college,” he recounted.Last year, his thinking changed. Alex joined the group EMERGE when it expanded into Spring Branch. The nonprofit gives intensive college counseling to high-performing students from under-served communities. Research shows that top tier colleges often overlook some of those top students. Many of those students never apply and end up under-matched. Only 8 percent of high-achieving, low-income students with the record to study at selective colleges ever submit an application.“After experiencing what EMERGE has given me, I started to dream big. I started to go all out,” he said.Now Alex is headed to Pomona College in California with almost a full ride scholarship.He’s part of the largest senior class of EMERGE with nearly 300 students from Houston and Spring Branch school districts.Trisha Cornwell is the group’s executive director.“So it’s really exciting to look out in the audience and think, ‘Do we have a future president sitting in the audience? Is there the next mayor of Houston sitting in the audience? The next superintendent of HISD public schools?” she said.Cornwell said that the nonprofit hopes to expand to even more school districts next year. 00:00 /01:12 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share X Listen