Zach Sinor Explains How His Heisman Campaign Got Started

first_imgAdChoices广告FRISCO, Tex. — Zach Sinor launched his Heisman campaign a few weeks ago, but he kicked it into high gear this week at Big 12 Media Days. He talked about when the idea started (after Central Michigan last year) and why he thinks he has a chance at winning the top trophy in college football (because he loves dogs). The whole thing was lighthearted and fun and hilarious.Zach Sinor’s Heisman T-Shirt. #okstate pic.twitter.com/4D7iLRAlXN— Carson Cunningham (@KOCOCarson) July 18, 2017 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. “The media people did a great job and said, ‘You know, just take off with it and run with it and have fun with it and enjoy it,’ Sinor said on Tuesday. “That’s what I’m doing. I’m going back to my fans. All the people who have been there through the good and bad. I’m sticking with it.”“I went to a store in Stillwater and got my shirt made, and I also got these pamphlets made. I did (the website) on the way down from Stillwater this morning.”Amazing. Oklahoma State has done a great job the last few years of not taking this week too seriously and yet owning it because of that. From Gundy’s hair to Sinor’s Geocities website and brochures, all of it is tasteful and enjoyable and part of what makes college football so great.last_img read more

Carl Albert Safety Jason Taylor II Commits to Oklahoma State

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. .@JTII_25 commits to #okstate on @KFORsports. pic.twitter.com/zl10yR757G— Kyle Boone (@PFBoone) August 5, 2017AdChoices广告Taylor is the 18th commitment of the 2018 class for the Cowboys, and the third at his position. He joins Jarrick Bernard and Kanion Williams among committed incoming safeties.In addition to OSU, Taylor also held scholarship offers from SMU, Memphis and Tulsa. He is the fifth verbal commitment out of the state of Oklahoma for the Pokes 2018 class, which now ranks 25th nationally and fifth in the Big 12. Class of 2018 safety Jason Taylor II has committed to Oklahoma State over SMU and Tulsa.The Carl Albert High School product made his decision on Friday morning and the taped commitment video aired Friday evening on KFOR Sports.“I really came to the decision because it was the best fit for me, it felt like I could really see myself there,” Taylor said while thanking his friends and family who were on hand.last_img read more

Cunningham: Ranking My Top Five Uniform Combinations from 2016

first_imgIs this the year? The season OSU finally gets over the hump?Is this the year they dethrone Oregon for the best uniforms in college football?! With the upgraded jerseys & plethora of helmets OSU is truly close to calling itself the best dressed in the nation. With that, let’s look back at 2016.5. Central Michigan: Black/Black/Gray[USATSI]If the helmet had the brand (chrome!) or the badge, it would be top two. I’ve wanted to see Black-Gray-Black since 2011, and this is a glimpse of its prowess. Black and gray is an awesome look and the orange numbers are a nice compliment.AdChoices广告4. Southeastern Louisiana: White (Brand)/Orange/White[USATSI]Full disclosure: I’m not a White-Orange-White connoisseur. I guess I like the non-traditional looks more because I’ve seen WOW a majority of my life. This is strictly because of the brand – Only worn once the entire season! Is the brand a thing of the past? Is the badge the official logo now? I like the badge and will address it later but I’m worried about the brand, guys. By the way, what if I told you in the mid-2000s about a helmet with a black face mask, black stripe & metallic brand? Would you need CPR? I would. Keep in mind OSU was wearing these monstrosities back then.3. West Virginia (HC): Black (Retro Brand)/Orange/White[USATSI]“BY GAWD!!! THAT’S JIMMY JOHNSON’S MUSIC!!!” The throwback helmet was done so well I think my Dad thought he was watching ESPN Classic. I just wish they could go full-throwback with the jersey & pants, as well. Anyway, the homecoming helmet has become an annual thrill to see what the equipment staff comes up with and this was their best one yet.2. TCU: White (Badge)/White/Black[USATSI]This is a perfect road uniform. There is really no way to understate how crucial the switch to black numbers is. The numeral pops on its own but paired with the black pants is perfection. I was leery at first but it’s really grown on me: I’m all-in on the aforementioned badge. If they aren’t going to wear the brand…Badge > Pete.1. Texas: Black (Badge)/Black/Black[USATSI]All-black is foolproof. When you are one of the few schools with black as an official school color (looking at you, TCU & Baylor. High school move.) you must take advantage. There’s not a more intimidating look than all-black, everything. Throw-in the badge & chrome face mask and this combo is among the best in the nation. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

10 Great Quotes from T. Boone Pickens

first_imgOil baron T. Boone Pickens, a 1951 Oklahoma A&M graduate who later became Oklahoma State football’s biggest donor, passed away Wednesday in Dallas, Texas. His legacy and impact on the football program and the university will forever be remembered, as will his kind spirit and one-of-a-kind personality.Over the years, Pickens displayed that magnetic charisma at media outings, public speaking appearances, and even on social media, where his sense of humor flourished, opening a window to his soul. You could write a book on some of his Instagram posts, which range from videos of him running up hills to memes of him working out to him doing pushups while army men held him upright. Come to think of it, he was a bit of a fitness junkie!He had his serious moments, too, where he revealed his brilliance to the public. We’ve compiled some of the best quotes from a little of both sides of him over the years.1. Boone’s challenge to Barack ObamaNo. 1 on the list, No. 1 in my heart, this video perhaps best represents Boone better than any other quote on this list. In 2014, he challenged sitting president Barack Obama to a fitness competition, a video that included him running hills and issuing this statement:“I challenge President Barack Obama to a 1 hour workout. My cardio is better. Will work out energy plan for America. #nosweat“ On fitness, Pickens once said, “When you are young, fitness is a sport. As you grow older, it’s a necessity.”2. On beating OUNo one wanted Oklahoma State football to flourish more than Boone Pickens. And no one wanted that flourishing to include beating OU more than Boone Pickens. He said this on the topic in 2016 (via the Tulsa World):“I would like to beat OU. Mike has struggled with that game. I think he’s 2-9, so we’re not competitive with OU. By golly, we beat Texas. We’re the only team that has beaten Texas four in a row in Austin. If we can beat Texas, we sure ought to beat OU.”3. On the First BillionThe Drake-Boone exchange on Twitter came in the earlier years of social when stuff like this was still shocking and amazing. It stands the (short) test of time.Screen Shot 2019-09-11 at 2.51.19 PM.png4. On planning“A plan without action is not a plan. It’s a speech.”“A fool with a plan can outsmart a genius with no plan.”“Be willing to make decisions. That’s the most important quality in a good leader. Don’t fall victim to what I call the “ready-aim-aim-aim-aim” syndrome. You must be willing to fire.”5. On Focus“The older I get, the more I see a straight path where I want to go. If you’re going to hunt elephants, don’t get off the trail for a rabbit.”6. On doing things right‘I’ve given the school a lot of money,” he said in 2013. “But if there is any cheating, I’m through.” 7. The eight-hour rule“Work eight hours and sleep eight hours, and make sure that they are not the same eight hours.”8. Not buying green bananasLast year before the start of the football season, Boone, true to form, issued what his people call a “Boone-ism.” In a semi-serious quote about confidence in Gundy and the OSU football program, he ended it with, well ….“I’m in this to win a national championship,” he said. “Turning 90 as I did last May only fuels that fire. Time for me is winding down, but I remain an optimist that Mike Gundy can and will deliver on a national championship. The sooner the better. At 90, I don’t buy green bananas.”9. On Sports IllustratedRemember when Boone tried to end an entire publication with a single tweet? .@SInow The higher the monkey climbs the tree the more people can see its ass. You climbed far up the tree on #okstate.— T. Boone Pickens (@boonepickens) September 18, 201310. Old school communication“Keep things informal. Talking is the natural way to do business. Writing is great for keeping records and putting down details, but talk generates ideas. Great things come from our luncheon meetings, which consist of a sandwich, a cup of soup, and a good idea or two. No martinis.”11. (Bonus) On the FutureHere’s what Pickens said after that remarkable Baker-Justice 2017 Bedlam game in Stillwater. We thought it was a good one for today. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Love direction #okstate football is heading. Best is yet to come.— T. Boone Pickens (@boonepickens) November 6, 2017The best is yet to come …last_img read more

OSU’s Lack of Elite Success in the Red Zone is Nothing New Under Gundy

first_img201410950% Other than two outlier years in 2013 (fire Yurcich!!) and 2014, OSU has been between 62-67 percent every year, which is where they’re at right now at 65 percent through four games.Some of this is misleading, because I’m willing to bet that in that same span of time they’re top five nationally in long TDs of over 30 or 40 yards that never enter the red zone. But some of it is just plain frustrating when your QB is a dynamo and you have one, two, three … four (!) receivers (who play real minutes!) at 6’5 or (much) taller and an OC with a flair for magic.One more from Princeton:Stretch read, boot, throwback in the red zone! pic.twitter.com/2PAyzEIlYV— Coach Dan Casey (@CoachDanCasey) December 7, 2017 20152667% 20122667% 20165862% YearRankTD Percentage 20174365% Mike Gundy made another creative hire for Offensive Coordinator:Sean Gleeson, Princeton OCKnown for his 3 QB system, pre-snap shifts, and spread offense innovations.Princeton scored 47 per game (#1 in FCS), and went undefeated in 2018 pic.twitter.com/opTsQa6JCp— Pick Six Previews (@PickSixPreviews) January 29, 2019Some of this is the unintended consequence of the spread. When your success is predicated on your ability to expand the field, things become much more difficult when it gets contracted for you when you’re inside the 20. You can’t flip from being Oregon to being Stanford just by talking into the headset.“It’s not necessary that we need to do something different,” said Gundy about OSU’s lack of success in short-yardage situations on Saturday. “It just happened in that game that we were in position to score a couple times where. Traditionally, we would score touchdowns. That’s the glaring side of what happened in that game.“Offensively, if we score those touchdowns and don’t kick field goals, it’d be a different game. It’s not necessary one thing or the other. Texas is going to make some plays also, they’ve got good guys and they are well-coached. They made some plays, and they ended up winning the game based on those key plays. Over the last 10 years, we made the majority of those plays, this year we didn’t.”Gundy also emphasized not getting out of their world based on a handful of drives in Austin.“I don’t want people thinking that we didn’t move the ball,” he said. “I don’t know how many yards we had, but I don’t want to hit the panic button and say we didn’t move the ball. We had two opportunities to score touchdowns, and we kicked field goals. That is eight less points. Then we tried a fake field goal when we could have taken more. I think it was just more of us not executing at the goal line.”Being elite inside the red zone will always be an uphill battle for teams as explosive as OSU. But if Sean Gleeson’s past is any indication, he has the playbook (and the stones?) to push OSU into the territory it needs to occupy over that 70-percent mark. With a defense as dodgy as the Pokes’ defense always will be and a QB as complete as Sanders, it might be time for OSU to — inside the 20 anyway — explore that striped bag of tricks he brought over from the Ivy League. 20195465% Oklahoma State got inside Texas’ red zone six times on Saturday evening in Austin and walked away with just three TDs, which made the Cowboys three for their last eight in the red zone. In a TD-scoring league, this is the equivalent of shooting an elk with a nerf gun.It’s also nothing new for the Pokes. They’ve been good but not great at converting red-zone trips into TDs over the last decade. Here’s a year-by-year look at where they’ve ranked nationally and what their conversion rate has been. 20113765% 20102567% 20183467% 2013875% While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Leading Media Outlets Cover the Story of New Maternal Mortality Estimates in a Big Way

first_imgPosted on April 14, 2010July 14, 2014Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)You may have seen our post on Monday that linked to the new maternal mortality estimates published in the Lancet.It is exciting to see that several leading media outlets (both print and online) are covering the new findings of dramatic reductions in global maternal mortality. With an “above the fold” front page story in the New York Times, coverage in the San Francisco Examiner, the Washington Post, and on Sarah Boseley’s Global Health Blog, it is clear that maternal health is gaining long-awaited attention.Staying true to our mandate to share important information as it happens and provide a neutral space for dialogue, we will continue to post links to coverage of this story–and please share your thoughts in the comments section of this post.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

10 months agoCardiff manager Warnock: Solskjaer can’t lose in Man Utd role

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Cardiff manager Warnock: Solskjaer can’t lose in Man Utd roleby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCardiff City manager Neil Warnock says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer “can’t lose” in his new role as caretaker manager of Manchester United.The former Red Devils striker has taken over from Jose Mourinho for the rest of the season.Speaking ahead of Cardiff’s clash with United on Saturday, Warnock said: “I think it needed somebody who’s been there. He’s a legend really.”Four or five names came to my mind, maybe Steve Bruce or Ryan Giggs. It’s a different type of management, with (Mike) Phelan coming back in, Sir Alex’s man. With the players they’ve got, young lads, I bet he can’t believe his luck.”I think it’s the best job Ole will have in his life, because you can’t lose! Hold the fort until the end of the season, if he does well he’ll get a couple of years. If he doesn’t, he’ll go back to where he was enjoying [managing] anyhow.” last_img read more

Offshore – Breakwater Structure to Protect Negril Coastline

first_imgStory Highlights The project is being executed by the National Works Agency (NWA), under the supervision of the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA). The UN-funded programme is being done in three components, the first of which addresses increasing the climate resilience of the Negril coastline. An offshore breakwater system is to be constructed along the Negril coastline, under the Government of Jamaica (GOJ) Adaptation Fund Programme.Grant funding in the sum of US$9.9 million has been allocated to the programme, through the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and some US$5.4 million of that amount will be used to build the offshore breakwater system.This project is being administered by the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), the national implementing entity.The programme, which is funded by the Adaptation Fund, is being done in three components, the first of which addresses increasing the climate resilience of the Negril coastline. This will help to protect a vulnerable section of the coastline as well as the livelihood of the residents who depend largely on fishing and tourism.The project is being executed by the National Works Agency (NWA), under the supervision of the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA).Environmental Engineer at the NWA, Dr. Mark Richards, credits members of the Negril community for taking the initiative to protect their coastline.“The project addresses the issue of erosion of beaches and loss of coastline in Negril. The problem was noticed from as far back as 1996 and the community (members) put together funds to do a study on the reasons for the loss of the beaches, and the findings were that increased storm surges and loss of coral reefs were affecting the beaches. This project is based on the findings of that first study,” he explained.Dr. Richards explained that breakwater structures are needed to reduce the energy of the waves coming to the shore and that the most economical construction methodology option would be to use boulders which would be placed underwater, a mile offshore to the west of Negril. These structures, he said, should enhance the ability of the shore to begin to accrete.Dr. Richards said that prior to construction, scaled models of the structures would be done in a lab and storm surges would be generated to determine their effectiveness. This simulation activity, he added, would take place at the University of Delaware, in the United States, later this month.Tendering for the pre-qualification of contractors and quarry operators to supply boulders has been issued and groundwork has begun regarding the logistics of moving the material.“Such a major project of sea defence has really never been done. A few hotels have put up breakwater (structures) to protect their beaches, but they are close to the shoreline. We are trying to protect about five miles of the area,” Dr. Richards said.He told JIS News that action should begin on the ground in Negril by March next year after the due diligence has been completed, and that construction should take  one year. Tendering for the pre-qualification of contractors and quarry operators to supply boulders has been issuedlast_img read more

Tertiary-level Path Students Receive Scholarships

first_imgPATH is an initiative of the Government with support from donor partners, such as the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank and other multilateral and bilateral agencies. The programme is aimed at delivering benefits by way of cash grants to the poorest and most vulnerable persons in the society. Mrs.  Robinson said she is pleased that PATH has continued this awards programme 15 years after it started, with the main beneficiaries being underprivileged youth who are aspiring for greatness. PATH is an initiative of the Government with support from donor partners, such as the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank and other multilateral and bilateral agencies. The programme is aimed at delivering benefits by way of cash grants to the poorest and most vulnerable persons in the society. Seventeen tertiary-level students who are on the Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH) have been awarded scholarships totalling$15 million by the Ministry of Labour and Social Security.They were awarded by Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Shahine Robinson, at the PATH 15th Anniversary Scholarship Awards Ceremony held on October 27 at the Mona Visitors’ Lodge in St. Andrew.The Minister said she is pleased to award the youth for their outstanding achievements amidst the odds they have faced.“I offer my sincere congratulations to these outstanding PATH scholars, some of whom are the first in their families to attend a university, but are now enrolled in medicine and surgery, civil engineering, pure and applied chemistry, electrical power engineering, accounting, actuarial science, plant biology, science and law programmes,” she said.All 17 students had been recipients of PATH benefits for at least three years of secondary school, have attained grade-one passes in at least eight Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) subjects, including Mathematics and English, and a grade point average of at least 2.5 if they have started a university degree programme. Story Highlights “These awards are being given in recognition of your hard work and achievements. You are being given an opportunity to realise your dreams. Additionally, you are being prepared to be our future leaders. It is important that we invest in our young people, as it is incumbent on us to lay the foundation for a better society, and what better way to do so than through the advancement of our young people,” the Minister said.Mrs. Robinson said she is pleased that PATH has continued this awards programme 15 years after it started, with the main beneficiaries being underprivileged youth who are aspiring for greatness.“I am truly heartened by the strides made by PATH in helping over 350,000 vulnerable Jamaicans each year, inclusive of children, senior citizens, pregnant and lactating mothers, as well as persons with disabilities,” the Minister added.She said that the Ministry of Labour and Social Security remains committed to hosting PATH’s annual Anniversary Scholarship Awards Ceremony.“This Administration is committed to continued investment in the programme, so that poor and vulnerable families can be given the opportunity to be emancipated from dependence on welfare to a position of self-reliance and sustainable livelihoods. We recognise that by empowering the nation’s youth and developing human capital, we will help to shape a better life for all Jamaicans,” the Minister said.Some 70 students applied for the PATH tertiary-level scholarships; 19 were shortlisted for interviews and 17 were awarded. Each awardee is expected to give 40 hours of voluntary service to outreach projects, and they will have to submit a progress report at the end of each academic year. Seventeen tertiary-level students who are on the Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH) have been awarded scholarships totalling $15 million by the Ministry of Labour and Social Security.last_img read more

Ohio State field hockey features foreign flavor

Being a Division I college athlete and balancing classes is hard enough. Now add traveling thousands of miles from your home and family to play in a foreign country. Of the 22 girls on Ohio State’s field hockey team, more than 25 percent of them come from countries outside of North America. Among the six players, they have to travel an average of almost 4,000 miles to return home. Contextually, the distance between Columbus and Los Angeles is almost 2,000 miles. Freshman midfielder Emma Royce, from Kingston upon Thames, U.K., said moving so far from her family never bothered her. “I didn’t have a problem with it because I know they supported my decision like 100 percent, and you get a new family when you play with your team,” Royce said. “I’m just enjoying it so much and I am so busy you don’t even think about it.” The freshman has started in nine of the Buckeyes’ ten games and scored two goals. Junior midfielder Arielle Cowie, from Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, is from the hometown closest to Columbus of the six girls, being just more than 2,400 miles from home. She started at midfield in all 21 games last season, posting two goals and one assist, and has started all ten games this year, but has yet to score a point. Moving away from her home was not as easy for Cowie, she said, but now she feels at home. “My first year was a bit difficult because, I mean, like I just uprooted myself from home and (came) to this strange place. So I was very, very skeptical at first. But as soon as I got here everyone has been so, so welcoming and now this feels like my home,” Cowie said. When it comes to recruiting the international players, the head coach or assistants will take trips to other countries to see talent, like in the case of Royce’s recruitment. “One of the Ohio State’s coaches was at my national final and … when he got back to America he saw my videos circulating as well and that’s when he emailed me,” Royce said. “I had seen a couple of other American universities, but I had never been to Ohio State, but I did my research and it felt like the right place.” Coach Anne Wilkinson said the farthest she has traveled to recruit players was Europe. Sometimes a player will come to the U.S. and the coaches will see them there, like in Cowie’s situation. Her club coach in Trinidad also coached a U.S.-based team and Cowie traveled up with her coach to an indoor tournament in Virginia Beach. While at the tournament, an OSU assistant coach went to see her play. “After that we kept in touch, and I sent in a video, and we just kept talking and they offered me a scholarship,” Cowie said. “But initially, they found out about me because there were two girls from Trinidad on (OSU’s) team before. So I guess when they were looking to recruit people my name came up.” Wilkinson, who is in her 17th season with the Buckeyes, said she has had players from Trinidad on her teams since her first job at American University. Coaches do recruit the players but Wilkinson believes that recruiting is a two-way street. “They pursue OSU. Field hockey is a very popular sport internationally,” Wilkinson said. “There is a pretty good pipeline of players who want to come to Ohio State.” When the players arrive in Columbus there are adjustments that have to be made. For Cowie, the biggest transition was adjusting to the weather extremes. The average high temperature of her hometown is between 85 and 88 degrees all year, while in Columbus, the average high varies from 37 degrees to 86 degrees from winter to summer, according to Weather.com. “The Caribbean is so scorching hot and when I came up it was my first winter. So that was kind of a shock, but by now I am accustomed to it in a way,” Cowie said. For Royce, the biggest difference is the traveling. The U.K. is 94,530 square miles compared to the U.S. which is 3,794,000 square miles. It would take 40 U.K.’s to equal the size of the U.S. “Coming from a small country, the farthest you will go is like three hours, and now I am going on a coach for like seven-and-a-half hours, eight hours sometimes, and getting on planes to go to games,” Royce said. “It’s very, very different.” Other international players on the team are sophomore midfielder Mona Frommhold, from Berlin, junior back Nora Murer, from Luzern, Switzerland, senior forward Berta Queralt and junior midfielder Paula Pastor-Pitarque, both from Barcelona, Spain. read more

Bielsa reveals the day Guardiola praised his knowledge

first_imgDuring his presentation with the EFL, Marcelo Bielsa revealed the time when Pep Guardiola recognized his capacity to store knowledge after a game.After knowing how obsessive Marcelo Bielsa can really get with studying his rivals, it’s fair to say that this is a special kind of manager and it’s easier to understand why Pep Guardiola keeps the Argentine in such high regard.There have been countless times in which the Manchester City manager has spoken about how amazing Marcelo Bielsa really is as a football scholar, but nobody had a clear idea until what we all found out today in regards to his methods.Making his players study each and every one of their rivals match by match, in a four-hour session per video analysis is something that only Marcelo could come up with.These practices are not new for him, as he did the exact same thing when he faced Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona when he had the opportunity to coach Athletic Club Bilbao.When Bielsa’s boys faced the mighty Barcelona in the Copa del Rey final, the Argentine manager made them study the Catalan club thoroughly but they still weren’t able to crack the code.Guardiola’s squad defeated them 3-0, which in Marcelo’s eyes meant that all that information was completely lost.Marcelo Bielsa es tapa en Inglaterra. “Vive y deja espiar”, dice The Daily Telegraph. pic.twitter.com/saiIdrjRLy— TyC Sports (@TyCSports) January 16, 2019During that long press conference in which Bielsa revealed his methods to prepare matches for their players, he dropped that anecdote in which he spoke with Pep Guardiola after losing 3-0 in the Copa del Rey final.The response from Pep after realizing how much time Marcelo had invested in studying the Catalan club, was something that not even the Argentine was expecting.“When I was a coach of Athletic Bilbao we played Barcelona in [the Copa del Rey] final and we lost 3-0,” said Bielsa via Four Four Two.“[After the match] I gave all the information I had on Barcelona to Pep Guardiola. Guardiola had a look at it and he told me ‘you know more about Barcelona than me!’.”“I do this analysis to ease my anxiety, but it was useless information because they scored three goals.” “We watch all the games of 2018-19 of each opponent,” he added.FC Barcelona, Valencia CFMatch 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).“We watched the 51 games of Derby County. They’ve played a 4-3-3 [formation] 49.9 percent of the season… we use this to understand the system and why and when they change the system during a game.”“The analysis of each game takes four hours of work. Why do we do that? Because we think it is professional behavior.”Marcelo Bielsa no renuncia. Llamó a esta conferencia de prensa para que “el tema del espia no acapare la conferencia de mañana previa a la fecha del fin de semana”. “Tal vez no sepa ingles pero se todo de cada uno de nuestros rivales”. pic.twitter.com/WrE5DDTawg— Christian Martin (@askomartin) January 16, 2019To be fair, when the Leeds United manager called for a press conference, most of the media believed it would be to present his resignation and apologize for the acusations made against him.It’s fair to say that absolutely nobody expected the surreal explanation he offered, and nobody thought he would confess to even more cases of football espionage on his behalf.Marcelo does claim that these practices may been regarded as wrong, but he also claims that he doesn’t consider them to be illegal in any way.Recording full matches of their opponents is in no way prohibited by the EFL, if they act against Bielsa with this basis, the manager should be okay and no sanction should come his way.In a sense, all Bielsa did with this presentation was to brag about his very meticulous methods to prepare his players for matches.They don’t call Marcelo Bielsa “El Loco” for nothing, the man does have a loose screw on his head as he proved it today with these new revelations.¡No tiene desperdicio! Marcelo Bielsa habló con determinación en la conferencia al explicar las razones por las que mirá las prácticas de los rivales. pic.twitter.com/kvnFn6OsKJ— SportsCenter (@SC_ESPN) January 16, 2019What do you think about Marcelo Bielsa’s methods to study his rivals, to you agree or disagree and why? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

Eric Dier 2018 has been a very special year for England

first_imgEngland’s exploits in 2018 should go down as one of the nation’s greatest years in history, says Eric DierThe Three Lions reached the World Cup semi-finals in Russia for the first time since 1990 and only narrowly lost out to Croatia for a spot in final.However, on Sunday, England got their revenge by coming back from a goal down to beat Croatia 2-1 at Wembley and book a place for June’s UEFA Nations League’s semi-finals.Aside from that, England also enjoyed memorable victories over Spain and Sweden this year.“2018 has been the best year I’ve experienced as an England player,” Dier told Standard Sport.“It has been very special with what happened at the World Cup and now beating Spain and Croatia. There hasn’t been a year like this for England in a long, long time.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“We are now going to play a second semi-final in the space of 12 months and it’s fantastic for us. The most important thing is we use that knowledge in the best possible way.”Gareth Southgate’s side head into the Nations League finals in Portugal this summer in search of the nation’s first major silverware since 1966.“Our aim has always been just to win this competition. We are really excited now,” added Dier.“We wanted to get through the group and it was an extremely difficult one against two top teams. now we want to win everything we are involved in.“Beating Croatia shows the progress we have made since July. We are constantly trying to improve, this is just another step along the way. But we know we can get even better.“We could have gone in two directions after the World Cup — we wanted to develop and build on it and I feel we have done that. At the same time, we have to continue to do this. Our potential is huge and it is up to us to fulfil it.”last_img read more

80 Earthquake Rattles The Kenai Peninsula

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Update 4:15AM- From the National Weather Service  Kodiak- 3:29-warning has been downgraded- Kodiak Police Department has advised residents  to remain in place at this time. This will be the final U.S. National Tsunami Warning Center message for this region. Refer to the internet site tsunami.gov for more information. According to the warning,  if you are located in this coastal area, move inland  to higher ground. Update- Homer & Kodiak Homer- 3:29- warning has been downgraded to an advisory- Homer Fire Chief Bob Painter says residents are advised it is safe to return home, but remain aware- updates will be made as necessary. A Tsunami was generated by this event but does not pose a threat to these areas. Some areas may see small sea level changes. The decision to re-occupy hazard zones must be made by local authorities. Estimated start time for Homer is 255 AM. AKST. January 23. Tsunami warnings mean that a tsunami with significant inundation is possible or is already occurring. Tsunamis are a series of waves dangerous many hours after initial arrival time. The first wave may not be the largest. Estimated tsunami start times for selected sites are;Kodiak Alaska 145 AM. AKST. January 23.Seward Alaska 155 AM. AKST. January 23.Valdez Alaska 215 AM. AKST. January 23.Cordova Alaska 225 AM. AKST. January 23.Unalaska Alaska 240 AM. AKST. January 23.Homer Alaska 255 AM. AKST. January 23. The tsunami warning will remain in effect until further notice. Refer to the internet site tsunami.gov for more information. Updates will be posted as they are made available. THE TSUNAMI ADVISORY IS CANCELED FOR THE COASTAL AREAS OF ALASKA… Original Post At 12:32 a.m., this morning, an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude 8.0 occurred 175 miles southeast of Kodiak City. The National Weather Service as issued a tsunami warning for the coastal communities of Alaska. At this time there is no tsunami warning for areas north of Anchor Point including Ninilchik, Kenai, Soldotna, and Nikiski Update at 1:40am for HomerAccording to reports the area of the Homer Spit is being evacuated- Homer High School has been opened as a safe shelter. Residents are being asked to move inland.last_img read more

Time Inc Launches a SocialFirst Site for Beauty Content

first_imgTime Inc. is showcasing a commitment to Millenials as the company launches digital-first products. This past January, The Snug made its debut as a décor and DIY social hub for Millennials. Evenlyn Webster, EVP at Time Inc., said it was the first example of the company’s social digital strategy. On March 16, Time Inc. launched MIMI, another product dedicated to the company’s overall digital stance. MIMI is designed as a social-first site that constantly streams beauty content and videos curated from a variety of sources including MIMI writers, Time Inc. beauty editors, bloggers and consumers.  “MIMI represents a substantial opportunity for Time Inc. to attract new consumers, while deepening engagement with our existing audience of 70+ million women,” says Webster in a statement. Consumers also have an active role in the MIMI community contributing their own beauty stories, how-to’s and more. Editors then choose from these to feature as top submissions on the site. The site was built on a digital publishing platform developed by RebelMouse and features display ads for products such as Target’s “latest beauty obsessions.”last_img read more

Deliver consular services 24 hrs FM asks head of missions

first_imgForeign minister AK Abdul Momen. File photoForeign minister AK Abdul Momen has directed all Bangladesh missions abroad to provide consular services for its citizens round the clock, reports UNB.He has already written a letter outlining necessary measures to all the heads of missions abroad with much focus on building stronger relations with Bangladeshi expatriates.In the letter, he directed the mission heads to keep the consular services line open for 24 hours with immediate effect, said the foreign ministry on Thursday.The foreign minister said it is urgent to improve consular services making it friendly for Bangladeshi expatriates through bringing necessary changes.He said the flow of investment and remittance into Bangladesh will increase if the Bangladeshi expatriates can be involved in Bangladesh’s overall development process.The desired success depends on friendly relations with expatriates with required services in place, said the foreign minister.He also directed them to make a database on expatriates as per their professions.last_img read more

Tourists flee Sri Lanka

first_imgA vehicle drives along a street during a curfew in Colombo on April 22, 2019, a day after the series of bomb blasts targeting churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka. The death toll from bomb blasts that ripped through churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka rose dramatically April 22 to 290 — including dozens of foreigners — as police announced new arrests over the country`s worst attacks for more than a decade. AFPTourists are scrambling to flee Sri Lanka and cancelling holidays after a string of deadly suicide blasts that have sparked concerns the lucrative tourism industry could be sent into a tailspin.The attacks on hotels and churches came as Sri Lanka was emerging as a leading tourist hot-spot, named the world’s top destination for 2019 by a major guide book.The Easter Sunday massacre killed nearly 300 people, including 37 foreigners.German schoolteacher Martin Ewest arrived in the island nation two days ago, hoping for a peaceful holiday with his wife and 12-year-old daughter.But all that changed when he heard about the attacks.”We want to leave as soon as possible… but our embassy can’t help because they are on holiday, our airline says they can’t do anything, and our hotel has not offered us any assistance,” the 44-year-old told AFP.”It’s a difficult situation… we are like sitting ducks, waiting until we can leave next week.”Powerful explosions hit three hotels in the capital Colombo — the Cinnamon Grand, the Shangri-La and the Kingsbury Hotel, all of which have closed until further notice.For Pakistani executive Kashif Ali, it was a lucky escape. The 33-year-old had been trying to book his family into the Cinnamon Grand only to be told that no rooms were available.”We had all these plans to travel around the country but now we are scared to go anywhere,” he told AFP, adding that the blasts brought back disturbing memories of Pakistan’s own history of militant violence.”We came here to escape all this — we wanted to relax, not spend all day in a hotel. Now we are just waiting to leave — it’s been a waste of a holiday,” his sister-in-law Sobia Samreen told AFP.At Colombo’s international airport, nervous and exhausted travellers lined up to leave the country as heavily armed soldiers manned the entry and exit points.The sense of anxiety was palpable at hotels lining the capital’s famed beachfront, with five-star properties such as the Taj Samudra Colombo and the Galle Face Hotel putting extra security in place, including armed guards who prevented anyone but guests from entering.- ‘Don’t feel safe’ -The US has revised its travel advisory for Sri Lanka, warning of further possible terrorist attacks, while other nations such as Australia and Ireland have also advised citizens to exercise caution while in the country.Sri Lankan travel agent Morris Bernard told AFP his company had recorded “lots of cancellations — about a quarter of our clients have cancelled or postponed their plans, saying they are scared (to visit)”.Another travel agent Saman Palitha said that “the only group we were expecting later this month has cancelled — 13 people from India who said that for the time being they don’t feel safe travelling here with their family”.A source at the Galle Face Hotel told AFP that while “tourism obviously suffers in a situation like this, we hope it won’t have a long-term impact”.While the lasting implications of the bombings are still unclear, the short-term effect is likely to be devastating for a country that counts tourism as a key foreign exchange earner.A decades-long civil war with Tamil insurgents devastated Sri Lanka’s economy, dealing a massive blow to the tropical island’s tourism industry.But the end of the war in 2009 saw a revival emerge, with more than two million visitors per year since 2016, compared to 448,000 in 2009.Travel guide book publisher Lonely Planet last October named Sri Lanka as its top destination for 2019, praising “its timeless temples, its rich and accessible wildlife, its growing surf scene and its people who defy all odds by their welcome and friendliness”.But for many visitors, including those who have strong ties to the country, the sense of fear will be hard to shake off.”I normally stay at the hotels that were targeted, so I consider myself very blessed… but this is the first time in all my visits here that I have felt afraid” said Australian Manique Corteling.”But Sri Lanka will bounce back — they have gone through terrible times before.”last_img

Grab ecofriendly flags this IDay

first_imgWith the ban on plastic in the national Capital, the manufacturers of Tricolour have created eco-friendly flags in order to celebrate the country’s Independence responsibly. According to traders at Sadar Bazar, the business of small flags is at an all time high as people love to display them on Independence Day.“These flags are made of paper and a layer of varnish has been applied to ensure its shine. These flags can be easily decomposed in soil in a couple of days,” said Chaman Gupta, a flag manufacturer at Sadar Bazar. The flags will fully decompose in soil in two to four days, he said. Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJIUsing Tricolour, the manufacturers have created over hundred items like bands, caps, pens, cross flags, T-shirts, badges, map of India, medal, pen stand, watch and Angrakha.“This year we have seen a big jump in demand. People have realised the importance of the national flag and proudly display it publicly,” added Gupta.“It has now taken the form of fashion. The business this time has increased manifold.  Vendors and shopkeepers earn handsome profits. Besides, we get bulk orders from government offices, schools, children and RWAs for these flags to hold Independence Day functions,” said Anil Gupta, another manufacturer in the area.It is pertinent to mention that the central government had imposed a complete ban on the sale and use of plastic national flags as they pollute the environment and sometimes found under the feet of pedestrians.last_img read more

These Are the Tech Myths That Many People Still Believe in

first_img The folks over at HighSpeedInternet.com took a deep dive on the “mythtakes” (get it?) in tech to see just what the general public really believes. To do so, they created a master list of well-known tech claptrap, as well as some that may have once been grounded in reality but is no longer true.To check them out, it surveyed “hundreds” of people in the U.S. to ask which of the major tech myths we believe. The top picks show just how far we have to go to manage expectations.The most-believed myth: that more megapixels in a digital camera make for an instantly better picture. Eighty-six percent of the respondents went for that one; marketing hype doesn’t help. But what really helps with a better photo is a bigger sensor inside the camera.Next, 52 percent of respondents believe that charging a phone overnight somehow harms the battery. That’s not true, and here are several other battery myths debunked. (Another: Don’t freeze your phone to extend battery life!) We also enlighten the 17 percent of people who think you have to run down your smartphone battery completely before you can charge it. Nope.The third biggest myth: Thirty-one percent believe that an airport X-ray will hurt the stored memory on their phone or laptop. This is a holdover from when people had film cameras, and the X-rays actually could damage the film. But they won’t bother a hard drive. A giant magnet could though, so make sure to keep your phone and PC out of the MRI machine when you’re getting a brain scan.The list goes on, with people thinking you can’t infect a Mac with malware and that overnight shutdown of a PC is a requirement. You should feel pretty superior if you don’t believe any of these.HSI went a little further and checked Google Trends to see what the most-googled tech questions are; and some are on its myth-list. Georgia residents apparently want to know whether baby monitors can be hacked — and that one is very true. But as for falseness, Californians search quite a bit to see whether they can charge their phones in the microwave: That’s a cruel prank gone mythical. Texans want to know whether their phones can listen in on them. Lots of states want to know about putting saturated devices in rice to dry them out — but you’d actually be better off using synthetic silica gel desiccant packets (save all that you get in packages for just such an emergency, or buy a bunch). This story originally appeared on PCMag Enroll Now for Free 3 min read This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now January 24, 2019last_img read more

Caribbean Tourism stakeholders elects Saint Lucia as the new chair of Caribbean

first_imgSaint Lucia has been voted in as chair of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), with the election of its Minister of Tourism Dominic Fedee, ending the two-year term of the Bahamas.His election took place at the Atlantis, Paradise Island resort where the CTO held its annual general meeting ahead of the official opening of the State of the Tourism Industry Conference (SOTIC).Following his election, Fedee said he was humbled and proud that his colleagues had placed their trust in him. The new chairman also stated, “We have an opportunity to advance the strength of our collective purpose. We have to spare no effort to use our collaboration at the CTO level to help to advance the wider integration movement and the CTO can be seen in the same ilk as West Indies cricket and the University of the West Indies as success stories to unite the Caribbean further.”“The Caribbean is one of the strongest and one of the most iconic and aspirational travel brands in the world but also it is the most underutilised and the opportunity exists for us to ensure that we utilise the strength of the brand for the collective good of the destinations of the Caribbean.”The Saint Lucian minister has named Tiffany Howard, the acting chief executive officer of the Saint Lucia Tourism Authority, as chairman of the CTO board of directors, since, according to the CTO constitution, the board chairman and the chairman of the Council of Ministers and Commissioners of Tourism must come from the same member country.last_img read more