Glenn Spencer Is Always Watching

first_imgI thoroughly enjoyed this exchange between Glenn Spencer and Kevin Henry on Twitter on Friday. It’s 50 degrees and rainy in Stillwater on Friday so Henry kind of has a point on not going to class (IMO). But Spencer came back strong because Glenn Spencer is always watching.this weather is a valid excuse not to go to class son— ⚜ (@kevinhenryy_) April 21, 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. say no more? pic.twitter.com/nNsptBhqTH— ⚜ (@kevinhenryy_) April 21, 2017center_img Amazing. Also, I don’t know (or want to know) what “the 300” is.Gundy did say recently that adding a 10th assistant (which schools will be able to do starting January 2018) will help out with monitoring stuff like this.“For us, the biggest impact is being able to regulate our players, stay on top of their academics, their social lives, things like that, more so than anything,” Gundy told the AP. “It certainly helps to have coaches on the field, but for us, we spend a lot of time trying to regulate these guys in the different areas other than football.”Like with whatever the 300 is.last_img read more

League Wide: Baylor’s Reform and the Big 12’s Graduate Transfer Trend

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. Let’s take a look at some news around the league from this week. Reforming the BearsTram highlighted some positive news coming out of Waco on Monday.They want governmental involvement. They want to tear back the shroud that accompanies private schools. That shows the seriousness with which some Baylor supporters view the scandal.That’s a very good thing.The Baylor group staged town hall meetings in February, urging support for reforms.“The root of all this is lack of leadership, and we believe there needs to be major changes to leadership,” Williams, whose group organized in November, said in February. “I will say I’m encouraging those on the board who feel the way that we do to stand up to the rest of the people on the board and say, ‘It’s time to have full transparency and accountability and not to have this attitude of coverup and dribbling out facts on a narrow basis.’”This Baylor group offers hope that reform will come to Baylor, and that the culture will change. [NewsOK]Private universities are allowed to operate under a shroud of secrecy because they don’t receive (as much) public funding as state schools do. Now the fact that they do receive some funding for scholarships and such leaves them in a gray area, where taxpayer insight is fair to ask for.Here is an example of a Baylor alum and leader (the playing surface in McLane Stadium is named after him) stumping for public oversight to avoid covering up the truth in the future. Not for the demise of the school but for truth to come out so that victims can be vindicated, miscreants to bear the full weight and for the university to rebuild and move on.Stuck DoorsThe Sooners could use the excuse that the Big 12’s perception is holding them back but good luck doing anything about it.President David Boren has taken his shots at the Big 12 at different times. But exiting a power conference isn’t easy. There’s the granting of rights that runs through 2024-25 and coincides with the Big 12’s TV contracts with Fox and ESPN. Challenging a grant of rights could be expensive and time consuming legally. Does Oklahoma want out badly enough to force the issue? And what about Oklahoma State, which has been viewed as partner with OU in any realignment? [SportsDay]Porter had some great thoughts on the topic, namely the long-term unstable environment that is media deals and in turn, how the green on the other side of the fence may not be that color forever. As a fan of a non-helmet school, the idea of landing somewhere sooner than later seems ideal but the question for all involved is when can they get there.Until the grant of rights is broken (or the mid 2020s), this flying-the-coop business is just off-season fodder.Free Agent SigningsGundy provided some good thoughts on graduate transfers in college football.If signing day is college football’s version of the draft, the grad transfer practice has become its free agency.“These young men who come in, they know everything,” Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said. “They’re smart. They’re college graduates. They know this is their last year and are looking for somewhere where they can fit in.”The grad transfer rule, adopted in 2006, allows players — already physically developed and usually rather seasoned — who earn their undergraduate degree before completing their eligibility to transfer without having to sit out. Quarterback Russell Wilson became the cover boy for grad transfers when he left North Carolina State in 2011 to play his final season at Wisconsin, and led the Badgers to a Big Ten championship.The movement has since ballooned.“It’s changed in the last couple of years,” Gundy said. “It’s become so popular now.” [ESPN]The Pokes have had a defensive player per grad transfer since 2013 (Tyler Patmon from KU, Josh Furman from Michigan, Michael Hunter from Indiana, Lenzy Pipkins from UL-Monroe and this year’s Adrian Baker from Clemson) to go with Barry J. Sanders and Aaron Cochran, a boon for the Cowboys.Other teams in the league have benefitted as well: OU has had a receivers (Kentucky’s Jeff Badet this year, Penn State’s Geno Lewis) and Texas recently made a play for LSU quarterback Brandon Harris as a grad transfer. We have yet to see a Russell Wilson-to-Wisconsin magnitude of transfer in the Big 12 but it’s a trend to watch.The Right QuestionBerry Tramel gets to the heart of the issue of what’s ailing the Big 12: recruiting.All of the Big 12’s recruiting has suffered since the conference was raided by other leagues. In the six drafts from 2006-11, Texas had 32 draft picks, but just the 13 since. OU had six first-round picks, with just Lane Johnson since.Television money has been the driving force of conference realignment. But when the Big 12’s talent doesn’t trump the American Conference’s talent, when the dregs of the SEC are recruiting better than some of the Big 12’s better programs, when Texas is getting lapped by Texas A&M in recruits’ homes, when OU is getting outrecruited not just by Alabama and LSU, but by Ole Miss and Florida and Florida State, the football people jump on the bean-counters’ bandwagon.Recent NFL drafts tell us the sobering truth that Big 12 recruiting must pick up, or the conference is doomed. [NewsOK]Berry discerned that the right question is how in the world the Big 12 is remaining so competitive with so little NFL production. Reading the absurd but true facts that Western Michigan tied Big 12 draftees in the first two rounds this year and that the American had more players drafted than the Big 12 makes you really wonder.The bitterest pill to swallow is that there’s hardly a positive conclusion to come to – just do what you can with what you can get.last_img read more

Justice Hill Named to Doak Walker Award Watch List

first_imgOklahoma State has been in the public eye this summer. And it’s not just because of its head coach’s antics or hairstyle. The Cowboys’ offense could be otherworldly with Heisman candidate Mason Rudolph and maybe the best receiving corps in the college football.But the biggest reason for optimism for 2017 and beyond is the rising star of Justice Hill.The Freshman All-American became the Cowboys’ first 1,000-yard rusher since Joseph Randle in 2012, effectively reviving a downtrodden ground game. When he broke Thurman Thomas’ freshman rushing record in Week 11, OSU fans knew they had something special.AdChoices广告Now Hill’s star has been recognized by college football’s awards committees. Hill was named as a candidate for the Doak Walker Award this week, given annually to college football’s best running back. The list includes 61 returning college running backs but only seven underclassmen.Hill led all FBS freshman with 1,142 yards and added six touchdowns while starting only 10 games. That was the fifth-highest rushing season for any Big 12 freshman and earned him Big 12 Newcomer of the Year and second-team All-Big 12 honors. He was voted a Freshman All-American by the Football Writers Association of America and USA Today.“He’s been huge for us,” said Mason Rudolph recently. “He added some weight this offseason, squatted like 560 pounds this morning. He’s hovering about 200 pounds. He’s a lot bigger than last year.”Other Big 12 running backs included were Kyle Hicks from TCU and Alex Barnes and Justin Silmon from Kansas State. Ten semifinalists will be announced on November 15 and three finalists on November 20. The winner will be announced during The Home Depot College Football Awards on Thursday, December 7 on ESPN. 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

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

Vela’s World Cup form earns MLS respect

first_imgWorld Cup Why Carlos Vela’s World Cup form should earn MLS some respect Ives Galarcep 01:47 6/25/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Carlos Vela 1 Mexico World Cup South Korea 06222018 Clive Brunskill World Cup Mexico Los Angeles MLS The Los Angeles FC star has been one of Mexico’s best players during its strong World Cup run, and that form is making Major League Soccer look good Carlos Vela has been one of the key contributors in Mexico’s impressive start to the 2018 World Cup, with his strong showing against South Korea on Sunday following up a pivotal performance in the 1-0 upset of Germany.Vela’s efforts have made it easy to forget that it wasn’t too long ago that there were real questions about what sort of form he would be in after making the surprising decision to leave Spanish side Real Sociedad to sign with Major League Soccer expansion team Los Angeles FC.The move was seen as a step back for Vela, who at 29 could have still found plenty of teams in top European leagues to play for. Would the quality of play in MLS slow him down and maybe even cost him a starting role at the World Cup? Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Among those concerned was Mexican national team coach Juan Carlos Osorio, who has made no secret of his preference to have El Tri’s best players playing in top European leagues over moves to MLS and Liga MX. Though he didn’t criticize Vela’s MLS move publicly when it happened, Osorio expressed real concerns privately about what the move might mean for the form of a player who was supposed to be an important piece in the El Tri attack.Those fears were put to rest once Osorio had Vela in camp and saw a player not only brimming with confidence, but also one who was in peak physical condition, something that was vital to the plans Osorio had for his team in Russia.”You can see the improvement in his condition and it is a testament to the physical demands of the MLS,” Osorio told Goal before the start of the World Cup. “Playing for a good coach like Bob Bradley has clearly helped him adapt and you can tell he is enjoying his football.”That much has been clear to anyone who has seen Vela’s World Cup performances. On the ball, the forward has been clinical and effective. Defensively, he has been relentless, as evidenced by his outstanding work to help neutralize Toni Kroos in the win against Germany.That performance caught the attention of many, including former Arsenal teammate Cesc Fabregas, who pointed out that fears about MLS hurting Vela’s game appear to have been misguided.”In terms of the individual players who have impressed me the most, Vela deserves a mention for what he did against Kroos,” Fabregas wrote in a recent column for the BBC . “Vela left Real Sociedad to join Los Angeles FC at the start of the year and people seem to think that when you go to the MLS, or that type of league, your level drops.”That was not the case when he played against Germany, because Kroos could not shake him off. He tried but he could not influence the game.”Vela was at his best again on Saturday, working both ends of the field, putting in the effort defensively while also delivering dangerous passes. His converted penalty kick capped another strong showing to pull Mexico to the brink of the knockout rounds.Carlos Vela 2 MLS LAFC 03312018In the process, he has provided some pretty convincing evidence that moving to MLS doesn’t have to mean a player will see their impact diminish on the international level. It is a stigma that has existed for some time, and one that continued to circulate as U.S. national team stars like Clint Dempsey, Jozy Altidore and Michael Bradley returned to MLS.The reality is that there have been several foreign players who have been able to maintain or boost their international careers after moving to MLS. Four years ago, Costa Rican defender Giancarlo Gonzalez joined the Columbus Crew before going on to star for the Ticos during their impressive run to the 2014 World Cup quarterfinals. His form earned him a summer move to Italian side Sampdoria that same year. This time around, Seattle Sounders defender Gustav Svensson is part of Sweden’s World Cup team and played a role in Sweden’s successful qualifying campaign. Vela’s LAFC teammate Laurent Ciman is in his fourth season in MLS and was the final cut from Belgium’s stacked World Cup squad.That doesn’t mean there haven’t been MLS players whose international careers were hurt by the stigma surrounding MLS’ quality. Toronto FC’s Italian star Sebastian Giovinco is a prime example of a player who has thrived in MLS but hasn’t been able to translate that into a return to the Italian national team, though given Vela’s success at the World Cup you can’t help but wonder if some in Italy aren’t looking at Giovinco’s absence from the Azzurri’s failed World Cup qualifying campaign through a different lens now.Vela’s form in Russia should help foreign MLS players generate a bit more respect and consideration from their national teams, and should serve as evidence to players considering moves to MLS that they don’t necessarily have to see their international careers wane or end because they decide to play in the league. It should also help the league make that very case to prospective players as teams continue to scour the international market for higher-level talent, as the money being spent on MLS salaries continues to grow.last_img read more

Rajya Sabha passes National Medical Commission Bill

first_imgNew Delhi: Rajya Sabha on Thursday passed the National Medical Commission Bill for replacing the corruption- plagued MCI with a new body, in what was described by the government as one of the biggest reforms for medical education in the country. It was passed on a day when doctors are on a countrywide strike against the proposed legislation. The bill that seeks to repeal the Indian Medical Council Act 1956 was approved by a voice vote in the Upper House, amid a walkout by AIADMK. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details The bill will now go to the Lok Sabha again as two amendments need to be approved by it. The Lower House had already passed the National Medical Commission Bill 2019. In his reply, Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said “in no way the bill intends to promote quackery” as apprehended by a few members and added NEET is already an institutionalised body which is conducting examinations in 13 languages. He said quacks are not being promoted and the legislation has strong provisions against wrong practices that include one year imprisonment and Rs 5 lakh fine as against a nominal fine by the MCI. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday “Once the NMC Bill is approved, exit examination will be implemented in the next three years,” the Minister said. He said 40,000 of the total 80,000 of MBBS seats are under government institutions and there will be a cap on fees too. “The 40,000 seats under government has nominal fee…MCI had no provision for regulating fee or cap for private sector but now 50 per cent of the 40,000 seats with private colleges will be regulated with cap,” he said. The Minister said state governments can regulate the remaining 50 per cent seats. He added: “MPs said the representation of states is less in the NMC. Of the 25 members of the council, 11 are state representatives. He said: “Syllabus takes into consideration the syllabus of various boards”, adding National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) Counselling is completely transperant. He also thanked senior Congress leader Ghulab Nabi Azad for his valuable suggestions and said that the good ideas of the previous govenrment have been implemented.” Harsh Vardhan said: “National Medical Commission Bill is a major reform and is scripting a new history for medical education.” The bill also has a provision for making national standards in medical education uniform by proposing that the final year MBBS exam be treated as an entrance test for PG and a screening test for students who graduate in medicine from foreign countries. This exam, called the National Exit Test (NEXT), would ensure that the proposed National Medical Commission (NMC) moves away from a system of repeated inspections of infrastructure and focuses on outcomes rather than processes, Vardhan said. Allaying doubts of MPs on the Bill, the Minister said that community health providers is a concept which has been adopted by even developed nations. “Twenty one of the 25 members of the NMC are doctors and they will decide what will be the minimum qualification required to be a community health providers. This is a WHO- approved practice,” he said. The bill was brought in the wake of allegations of corruption against the 63-year-old Medical Council of India (MCI) and shortcomings in the process by which it regulated medical colleges. Vardhan said by bringing the bill, the basic intention of the government is to ensure and restore utmost standard of integrity in medical education. Participating in the debate, D P Vats (BJP), who is a former director of Armed Forces Medical College, said that MCI inspections used to be a nightmare even for government colleges and had resulted in closure of good medical institutions. AIADMK’s Vijila Sathyananth said the medical entrance examination was a burning issue in her state Tamil Nadu. “Our children are forced to attempt the exam in the CBSE syllabus. Bring a common syllabus for whole India and then have a common entrance examination. So, we completely oppose, we reject the already institutionalised National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) in our country,” she said. Sathyananth said NEET and NEXT (National Exit Test) should not be enforced in the country. Sasmit Patra of the BJD proposed setting up of a National Medical Education Scholarship Fund to be operated by the Centre and states in conjunction to ensure that meritorious students are not deprived of their rightful share of attaining medical education. In his maiden speech in the Rajya Sabha, Santanu Sen from All India Trinamool Congress said the entire medical fraternity was on roads since last two weeks to oppose the “draconian” Bill. He said the provisions of the Bill are such that it will lead to complete corporatisation of the medical education in the country. He demanded that the Bill be sent to a Select Committee. Ram Nath Thakur of the JDU supported the Bill and said the number of medical colleges in the country should be increased so that more doctors can be produced. Manoj Kumar Jha of the JDU said lakhs of doctors are on strike against the Bill and their concerns should be looked into. He said the Bill will lead to brazen privatisation of medical education in the country. Tiruchi Siva of the DMK claimed that the government initially attempted to encroach upon the powers of the states, and now it was taking away the powers of the states. He demanded that every state have a representation in the Commission. He stated that after introduction of NEET, students belonging to backward communities were not able to get admission in medical colleges, saying they cannot afford to pay the high fee charged for enrolment in coaching centres. Nominated member Narendra Jadhav supported the Bill. Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad also strongly opposed the provision in the bill that aims to provide license to 3.5 lakh unqualified non-medical persons to practise modern medicine. He said,”I strongly opposed this clause. You are replacing the earlier Cabinet decision of a three and a half year science course (for medical practitioners) by a mid level health professionals (like nurse, blood sample collector, compounder.” Criticising the government,he said: “Are we making 70 per cent of population Guinea pigs.” Earlier the Congress as well as Samajwadi Party on urged the government to withdraw a provision in the Bill which aims to provide license to 3.5 lakh unqualified non-medical persons to practise modern medicine, saying it will “institutionalise quackery.” On the exit test, Azad asked,”If a students qualifies the EXIT test but does not come on merit for post graduation course then what would he do? Whether he would again appear for the test to qualify the entrance for PG course.” He also expressed concerned over lower than expected rise in medical seats in the country despite some administrative decision taken by erstwhile UPA government. K K Ragesh CPI (M) said education is in the concurrent list and this bill will take away the right of states for fixing fee and registration of medical colleges. He said,”You are making the body as central government department…send it to select committee.” S K Gupta of AAP described it as undemocratic bill. A Navaneethakrshnan (AIADMK) also strongly opposed the bill. Sanjay Raut (SS), Ashok Siddharth (BSP), Gopal Narayan Singh (BJP) and K Keshava Rao (TRS) alsdo participated in the discussion on the bill.last_img read more

BUSH Headlines VH1 Save The Music Foundation 2014 Noteworthy Concert

first_imgOn September 18th multi-platinum rock band BUSH will give a special acoustic performance at VH1 Save The Music Foundation’s Noteworthy benefit concert at William Hill Estate Winery.The evening will feature an intimate performance in the vineyard to raise money and awareness for music education programs.“The work of VH1 Save The Music Foundation is invaluable,” says BUSH frontman Gavin Rossdale. “Music has always been an important part of my life, and now that I have children of my own I’m even more aware of the significance of music education in schools. I’m honored to be supporting VH1 Save The Music’s Noteworthy event.”VH1 Save The Music Foundation is a non-profit organization that partners with America’s public schools to bring the power of music back into the classroom, giving every child the same opportunity to be successful in school and in life. The Noteworthy event takes place at William Hill Estate Winery, a proud supporter of music and the arts and the official wine sponsor of the VH1 Save The Music Foundation. Additional sponsors for the evening include Avnet, RAYMOND WEIL and Alex and Ani, who together have raised nearly 1.2 million dollars in support of the Foundation’s work to ensure that music is a core and critical component to a complete education. Gift bags will once again be generously provided by Copper River Bag Company.“We are thrilled to have BUSH perform as part of the Noteworthy series,” said Paul Cothran, Vice President and Executive Director of the VH1 Save The Music Foundation. “They are incredibly talented musicians with a long-standing and revered history in the industry and we could not be more grateful for their support in furthering the important mission of the VH1 Save The Music Foundation. I look forward to enjoying the performance while taking in the breathtaking views at the vineyard.”Throughout their career BUSH has sold close to 20 million records in the U.S. and Canada alone. The band has produced 17 consecutive Top 40 hit singles on the Modern Rock and Mainstream Rock charts, six of which shot to number one. On October 21st BUSH will release their highly anticipated 6th studio album, Man On The Run, via lead single “The Only Way Out,” which hits radio, iTunes, Amazon and all major retailers on September 9th.For more information, visit www.vh1savethemusic.org.last_img read more

Environment Canada predicts warmer than normal summer for Northeastern BC

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – With the start of summer just over a week away, Environment Canada has provided an outlook as to what we can expect for weather in Northeastern B.C.According to Environment Canada Meteorologist, Bobby Sekhon, the seasonal forecast models say we can expect to see a warmer than normal summer not only in the Northeast but all across the Province.“We are predicting a warmer than normal summer, so that’s in June, July, and August for all of B.C., actually.” Sekhon says while we did experience a relatively dry winter and spring, it is hard to predict if July and August will be dry even with the temperatures expected to be above the 20°C average.According to Sekon, July is usually the month when Fort St. John receives the most rain.“For July and August, we can’t say at this point how much precipitation we are going to have. We can tell you that, climatologically, on average July is the wettest month of the year for Fort St. John.”Within the past few months, Fort St. John has only seen 6.2 mm of precipitation, making it the fifth driest spring on record.Environment Canada is expecting rain to come through the area later this week and periodically throughout late June.last_img read more

Obsidian Energy launches formal strategic review including possible sale

first_imgCALGARY — Obsidian Energy Ltd. says it has launched a formal process to explore strategic alternatives, including the possible sale of the company.Formerly known as Penn West Petroleum Ltd., Obsidian says the process is intended to maximize shareholder value.Obsidian cautioned that there could be no assurance of any particular outcome as a result of the review. Last month, a sale of Obsidian’s 55 per cent interest in the Peace River Oil Partnership to Highwood Oil Co. Ltd. was called off.The deal required the company’s partner, China Investment Corp., to consent to the transfer of the company’s partnership units and the transfer of operatorship, but it was denied.Shares in Obsidian closed at $1.35 on the Toronto Stock Exchange on Monday.The Canadian Presslast_img

New Zealand PM pays grocery bill of woman

first_imgWellington: New Zealands Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern paid for a mother-of-twos grocery bill at a supermarket after the woman forgot her purse at home. Ardern, whose compassionate response to the Christchurch mosque shootings last month was praised around the world, confirmed making the payment and said during a press conference on Thursday that she paid for the woman’s shopping “because she was a mother”. “Just when you think Jacinda Ardern couldn’t get any more lovely, low key and authentic…. she goes and pays for your groceries at the supermarket, because you’ve got your shopping, have two kids with you and are about to put it all back as you forgot your wallet,” the unnamed mother wrote in a now deleted Facebook post, stuff.co.nz reported. In the post, the woman also said she tried to explain to her children how the Prime Minister had just bought their groceries. “All they cared about was how silly mummy was forgetting her wallet. Totally lost on them,” she was quoted as saying by stuff.co.nz. The woman’s friend, Helen Burness, took to Twitter to reveal the Prime Minister’s good deed. “Like we didn’t love her enough, Jacinda Ardern paid for my friends’ shopping in the supermarket the other day when she had forgotten her purse and had two screaming kids in tow.”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

Kroos defends Low of Ballacks comments

first_imgAccording to Deutsche-Welle, Michael Ballack said he was “surprised” to see that Joachim Low was still in charge of GermanyReal Madrid footballer Toni Kroos has come out in defense of his manager Joachim Low after former Germany national team captain criticized him.According to the Deutsche-Welle, Ballack said he was surprised that Low was still in charge after the 2018 FIFA World Cup fiasco.“I was surprised as well as many other people that he kept his job,” Ballack told the DW.“For a long time, he worked with the team and sometimes you should say that things don’t work anymore when you’re so long with a certain team.”“Perhaps he just wanted to take his job,” said Kroos to the DW.Top 5 Bundesliga players to watch during the weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Bundesliga’s Top 5 players to watch next weekend.The German…“I’m convinced that we can get back on track with Jogi Löw.”“He’s proven over many years that he’s willing to refine himself. He absolutely deserves another chance,” he added.💬 @ToniKroos: “The fixtures are very promising. We are motivated and targeting six points.” #NEDGER #FRAGER #DieMannschaft pic.twitter.com/bBcUV3TxVj— Germany (@DFB_Team_EN) October 11, 2018last_img 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