PHILADELPHIA, PA – NOVEMBER 17: A football rests on the pylon prior to the game between the South Florida Bulls and Temple Owls the at Lincoln Financial Field on November 17, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)A college football head coach will be leading his team with a heavy heart in its bowl game.Temple interim head coach Ed Foley will be coaching the Owls in their bowl game on Thursday, but he’ll be doing so after learning some terrible family news.Foley’s younger brother passed away last week.Philly.com had more on the tragic news:Since Friday, the bowl preparation has also provided a sense of refuge after the news that day that Cliff Foley, Ed’s younger brother, had passed away.Ed Foley said on Wednesday the cause of the death was still unknown.Cliff Foley, a 1987 graduate of Cherry Hill East where he starred in football and baseball and then enjoyed an excellent baseball career at Villanova, has been living for years in Plano, Texas.During Wednesday’s final press conference at Independence Stadium, Foley talked about his brother and dealing with the tragic situation. (He was asked before the press conference if he would be willing to discuss his brother and Ed Foley was more than willing to oblige.)Our thoughts are with the Foleys and their family and friends.Temple is set to play Duke in the Independence Bowl on Thursday. Kickoff is set for 1:30 p.m. E.T.
THE UN HAS told Ireland to ban smacking children.The international body’s Human Rights Committee yesterday released a hard-hitting, eight-page document of “concluding observations” which also criticise Ireland’s handling of the symphysiotomy controversy and lack of progress investigating the institutional abuse of women and children in mother-and-baby homes as well as abortion.In their recommendations on children, the UNHRC says:“The State party should take appropriate steps, including the adoption of suitable legislation, to put an end to corporal punishment in all settings.It should encourage non-violent forms of discipline as alternatives to corporal punishment, and conduct public information campaigns to raise awareness about its harmful effects.The recommendations have been welcomed by the Children’s Rights Alliance, who have long called for an outright ban on smacking.“The UN Human Rights Committee has called on Ireland to ban hitting children in all settings,” said Tanya Ward of the Children’s Rights Alliance.“A ban would change attitudes and reduce abuse levels overall. It’s about time that we took action to protect children from all forms of violence. The Committee also called on the Government to encourage non-violent forms of discipline and to conduct information campaigns to raise awareness about its harmful effects.“Once again, the committee has criticised the lack of access to secular education in Ireland for children of minority faith or non-faith families. They recommend that the Government legislate against discrimination in access to schools on the grounds of religion or belief and increase the number of diverse schools and curriculum.”Read: UN: Ireland must take action to decriminalise abortionRead: UN tells Ireland to open an investigation into symphysiotomy