Another miner killed after pit collapses

first_img…Minister orders immediate enforcement operation to address mining issuesAnother miner died in Guyana’s interior after the mining pit in which he was working collapsed at Issano Backdam, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni).Dead is Lennox Douglas, 33, of Canvas City Wismar, Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice).Speaking with Guyana Times on Tuesday, the miner’s younger brother, Jermaine Douglas, said his brother recently started working at the location and was self-employed.He said the family received sketchy information about what transpired from the Police. According to the young man, the Police said they are questioning other persons who were also working at the location when the tragedy occurred.Jermaine said he was told that while working, “very hard mud” fell on his brother, which pinned him to the ground. The younger Douglas further related that hisDead: Lennox Douglasbrother was later taken for medical attention but was pronounced dead on arrival. “At this time, we don’t have much information. We are still waiting on the young men to come out of the lockups to say what really transpired,” he told Guyana Times. He added that his brother has three children.Meanwhile, on Tuesday, the Natural Resources Ministry said it has taken note of this most recent mining tragedy. It added that Minister Raphael Trotman has ordered an immediate enforcement operation to be conducted jointly by the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission and the Ministry’s Compliance Division’s Corp of Wardens, to address problems of this nature in the mining areas where there has been an increase in legal and illegal mining activities and accidents. The agencies are expected to provide a report upon completion of the operation, the Ministry added.In September, two miners lost their lives after they were covered by mud when a pit in which they were working caved in at the Mowasi Backdam, Konawaruk, Potaro, Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni).Dead are Deon Sproston, called “Jersey Joe”, 36, of Lot 133 Mon Repos, East Coast Demerara (ECD), and a miner only known as “Shawn”. The incident occurred at about 20:00h on September 17.This publication understands the two men and other persons were working the walls of the pit with metal detectors searching for gold while it was raining heavily.While working, a large portion of the pit wall suddenly broke off and fell on both men, covering them alive.In January, 23-year-old Handel Payne, also called “Daggie”, of Kaneville Housing Scheme, East Bank Demerara (EBD) died after the mining pit in which he wasA mining pit in Guyana’s interiorworking at 35 Miles, Konawaruk Backdam collapsed.Information reaching Guyana Times revealed that Payne and others were working in the mining pit when a piece of the mud wall collapsed behind them, striking Payne in the mid-section. He reportedly fell unconscious by which time the water began to rise rapidly. He was submerged and subsequently drowned. He was later pulled out and rushed to the Mahdia Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.In April, a miner named Kevin Adams, 25, of Linden, Region 10 died at Chinese Creek Backdam, Mazaruni River, after a pit caved in and buried him alive.One month later, in May, Ken Ranny, 20, a resident of Kamarang, Upper Mazaruni River, died after he was covered by mud after the wall of a mining pit in which he was working collapsed at Pepper Camp Backdam, Upper Mazaruni River.Again, one month later, in June, miner Elmo Adams died after he too was covered alive after the walls of a pit in which he was working caved at Imbaimadai, Upper Mazaruni.Back in 2015, 10 persons died in a mining pit in the Konawaruk area after it collapsed. The incident saw 17 miners being buried under a pile of dirt and rubble but seven managed to escape alive with varying injuries.The others remained trapped under the dirt where they perished. The 10 miners were Leyland Jones, Jason Trotman, Vick Bernard, Frank Bernard, Desmond Martins, Raymond August, Brian Bank, Trevon Phillips, Nanmore Kurt and another man identified only as “Michael”.The deaths were blamed on heavy rains in the area, improper mining design and poor safety practices at the mining camp.last_img read more

Kalamazoo: SA’s soccer ‘Maserati’

first_imgWhen President Thabo Mbeki handed out the newly conceived Order of Ikhamanga – South Africa’s highest honour for achievement in the creative and performing arts and sport – for the first time in 2003, only two sportsmen received the award in the gold class. It came as no surprise that one of them was Steve “Kalamazoo” Mokone.Mokone, who represented his country at the age of 16 before becoming the first black South African to play professional football in Europe, was South Africa’s first soccer superstar.After signing up for English club Coventry City in 1955, Mokone went on to achieve superstar status playing for the Dutch side Heracles and later for Torino in Italy, becoming one of a few players in Europe to earn £10 000 a year. By 1959 he was rated as one of the best soccer players in Europe, and was being compared to the all-time greats of the game.‘He is surely the Maserati’Italian soccer writer Beppe Branco famously wrote: “If Pele of Brazil is the Rolls-Royce of soccer players, Stanley Matthews of England the Mercedes-Benz and Alfredo di Stefano of Argentina and Spain the Cadillac of soccer players, then Kala of South Africa, lithe and lean, is surely the Maserati.”The man who’s had a street in Amsterdam named after him – and a book written and film made about him – was born in Doornfontein, Johannesburg in 1932. His family moved to Sophiatown when he was six before settling in Kilnerton, north of Pretoria.According to Horatio Motjuwadi, writing for the Sunday Times, Kalamazoo’s father sent him to Ohlange High School in Durban “to make him forget soccer and concentrate on becoming a lawyer. But long before he passed matric he had become a national superstar with Bucks. Scouts from Newcastle, England, urged him to move over, but his father refused.Conventry“A year later Mokone’s father relented when Coventry pleaded for the services of his son”, Motjuwadi relates. “It took months for him to get his passport because of the apartheid system.“Team-mates at Coventry knew he was something special at his first training session when he sent their national goalkeeper, Roger Matthews, the wrong way from the penalty spot. ‘Do it again’, they urged. Once more Matthews dived the wrong way.“Mokone became an overnight sensation, prompting a journalist to report that ‘I haven’t seen such clamour in Coventry since the end of World War Two’.”The NetherlandsDisheartened by the style of football at the club, Mokone moved to Dutch side Heracles in 1958, where he was an instant hit, scoring two goals on debut, helping Heracles take the Dutch league trophy and being voted the club’s player of the season. By 1959 he was rated one of Europe’s best players.He signed for Spanish giants Barcelona in 1959, but because they had their quota of foreigners, was loaned to French side Marseilles before moving to Torino in Italy.“Like everywhere Mokone played,” writes Motjuwadi, “the people of this northern Italian city swore by his soccer boots. That was where, in 1961, he was dubbed the Maserati of soccer players. He made another spellbinding first appearance for Torino, scoring all five goals in a 5-2 victory against Verona.“Months later, on tour in Russia, he became the first foreigner to score a hat-trick in a game against the biggest team in the land, Kiev.”A beautiful goalOne of those goals prompted a Russian commentator to write: “In all my 40 years of reporting soccer from different parts of the world I have never seen a player score a more beautiful goal than the one Kala scored with a deflection off his chest, save for Pele’s goal against Sweden in the World Cup final in 1958.”Kalamazoo ended his playing career with a stint in Australia and then in Canada in 1964. In the same year he enrolled at Rutgers University in the US. Seven years later, after completing his doctorate in psychology, he was appointed assistant professor of psychology at the University of Rochester.A street and a bookMokone’s life – and especially his time in Holland – led to an Amsterdam street being named after him, and provided the inspiration for the book and subsequent film De Zwarte Meteoor (The Black Meteor).The author of De Zwarte Meteoor, Tom Egbers, has since published a further book, Twaalf gestolen jaren (12 Stolen Years), based on his investigation of Mokone’s arrest and imprisonment in New York in 1977.Mokone was arrested – and reportedly brutalised – by police in 1977 on a charge of credit card fraud which Mokone says was fabricated. A day after his release, police arrested him at his Rutgers office and charged him with assaulting his wife. Mokone was found guilty and served nine years in jail. He has maintained his innocence all along.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Emirates crash report suggests engine power came too late

first_imgA Boeing 777-300 destroyed in a fiery crash landed long and its engines were still in idle power as its pilots attempted to perform a go-around last month in Dubai, a preliminary report has revealed.The report by Dubai’s General Civil Aviation Authority on the August 3 service from Trivandrum International Airport in India to Dubai found that the captain took over flying the plane from the co-pilot when an eight-knot headwind turned to a gradually increasing tailwind.As the aircraft’s rear landing gear touched down about 3600ft (1100m) from the threshold of runway 12L, the pilots received an aural runway advisory system warning of “long landing, long landing’’.The nose wheel remained in the air and four seconds later the aircraft became airborne in an attempt to do a go-around (rejected landing). The flaps were raised from the original position of flaps 30 to flaps 20 and two seconds later the landing gear lever was moved to the up position.As the landing gear unlocked and began to retract, the crew responded correctly to an air traffic control clearance to fly straight and climb to 4,000ft.But as the aircraft reached an altitude of 85ft, with an indicated airspeed of 134 knots, it began to sink back towards the runway.Both crewmembers saw the airspeed decreasing and the co-pilot called out “check speed.” “Three seconds before impact with the runway, both thrust levers were moved [manually] from the idle position to full forward,’’ the report said. “The autothrottle transitioned from idle to thrust mode. “Approximately, one second later, a ground proximity warning system aural warning of “Don’t sink, don’t sink’’ was announced.’’By the time the engines responded to the thrust changes , one second before impact, it was too late.The rear of the aircraft hit  the runway at 125 knots with a rate of descent of 900 ft per minute and nose up pitch angle of 9.5 degrees. The engines hit next with the three landing gears still moving towards the retracted position, one of the engines was ripped from the wing and aircraft burst into flames.The plane came to rest adjacent to a taxiway and the passengers and crew evacuated via slides with 23 sustaining minor injuries and a cabin crew member seriously injured. A fire-fighter was also killed fighting the blaze.The does report does not say if or when the crew hit the take-off, go-around (TO/GA power) switches, which activate an automatic go-around, but points to a Boeing 777 flight crew operations manual on the subjectThe Boeing document says the mode remains active “even if the airplane touches down while executing a go-around’’. However, it also notes that TO/GA switches are inhibited on the ground and an automatic go-around cannot be initiated after touchdown.“If a go-around is initiated after touchdown but before thrust reverser selection, continue with normal go-around procedures,’’ it says. “As thrust levers are advanced, auto speedbrakes retract and autobrakes disarm. The flight director go-around mode will not be available until go-around is selected after becoming airborne.”Under the Boeing 777 go-around procedure, a pilot flying pushes the TO/GA switch and call “flaps 20’’ before verifying the rotation to go -around altitude and that the thrust is increasing.The pilot monitoring verifies that the thrust is sufficient for the go-around and adjusts as needed before verifying a positive rate of climb on the altimeter and calling “positive climb’’.The captain then verifies a positive rate of climb and calls “gear up’’ and the pilot monitoring sets the landing gear lever to up.last_img read more

FCC Proposes New Rules to Ensure Net Neutrality – Launches OpenInternet.Gov

first_imgTags:#news#NYT#web frederic lardinois Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market FCC Chaiman Julius Genachowski outlined a number of new principles today that will guide the commission’s rulemaking with regards to net neutrality. As Genachowski points out, openness was a key factor that made the Internet the success it has become. While the FCC never adopted any formal rules with regards to net neutrality, the commission adopted a set of four policy principles in 2005. Today, Genachowski announced that the FCC will begin the rulemaking process to formalize these principles and also announced two additional principles that should guide this process: non-discrimination and transparency. In addition, the FCC also announced the launch of, a site that will track the progress of this undertaking. Why Do We Need Net Neutrality?In his speech, Genachowski lists three reasons for why we need to be concerned about the future of the Internet: limited competition among service providersbroadband providers, who generally sell phone service and cable TV subscriptions, and whose “rational bottom-line interests may diverge from the broad interests of consumers in competition and choice”as the Internet has grown, technologies for managing networks have become more sophisticated, but these tools “cannot by themselves determine the right answers to difficult policy questions — and they raise their own set of new questions”Back in 2004, then-Chairman Michael Powell proposed a set of four principles (PDF) based on the idea that ISPs should not be allowed to prevent users from accessing any lawful part of the Internet or from attaching “non-harmful” devices to the network. Today, Julius Genachowski proposed to add two more principles to this list. Principle of Non-DiscriminationThe fifth principle is one of non-discrimination — stating that broadband providers cannot discriminate against particular Internet content or applications.This means that ISPs would not be allowed to block or degrade lawful traffic over their networks or favor some content or applications over others. An ISP could not, for example, give its subscribers faster access to its own streaming video site, but slow down similar content from another site that is owned by a competitor.Principle of TransparencyThe sixth principle is a transparency principle — stating that providers of broadband Internet access must be transparent about their network management practices.Today, we often have to wonder if our ISP is actually shaping traffic and purposely slowing our torrent downloads. Google even got so worried about this topic that it released a number of tools that allow consumers to check if their ISPs are engaged in traffic shaping. If adopted, this would mean that broadband providers will have to disclose what kind of protocols they are blocking and how they are managing traffic on their networks.According to Genachowski, the FCC has “an obligation to ensure that the Internet is an enduring engine for U.S. economic growth, and a foundation for democracy in the 21st century. We have an obligation to ensure that the Internet remains a vast landscape of innovation and opportunity.” While he acknowledges that some parties would argue that innovation and investment are exactly the reasons why the government shouldn’t adopt open Internet rules, Genachowski argues that an open Internet will ultimately benefit both consumers and businesses and that an open Internet “is the best thing we can do to promote investment and innovation.”As Kevin C. Tofel notes on jkOnTheRun, it is important to note that all of these principles will apply to platforms that have access to the Internet – including mobile devices. This could have major ramifications for mobile ISPs. For more about this, see Tofel’s blog post which focuses on exactly what these rules could mean for mobile service providers and consumers.Join the DiscussionIf you want to join the discussion, the new site allows for (moderated) comments. What’s your point of view? Should the government take a more active role in keeping the Internet free and open, or is this an oxymoron and we should just let the market regulate itself? last_img read more

Is Virtualization to Windows what Windows was to DOS?

first_imgmike kirkwood Hay Group’s lifeblood is its IT infrastructure. It has adopted vSphere 4 to build an internal cloud where users can get access to infrastructure and provision servers as needed, and then extend the cloud by leveraging VMware vCloud providers – tapping into additional computing resources when needed. For instance, if its business processes require additional resources, but only require them every 30 days, Hay Group can just lease those extra resources from a vCloud provider once a month for a day.This makes computing resources much more like a utility where when you want more, turn it on, and when you don’t, turn it off. We wonder what it would be like if it were that easy to manage people resources.The FutureWith companies going full-on virtual, it seems like a new pattern will emerge as the dominant path in the next several years. We’ll see companies stand up virtualization-powered data centers for each computing resource with private cloud resources standing by to handling the extra load when needed.If you had the budget and time to start fresh with a new data center architecture, would you virtualize your computing resources end-to-end?Photo credit: slworking In May 2007 for example Gartner predicted that virtualization will be part of nearly every aspect of IT by 2015. In April 2008 Gartner also said that 4 million virtual machines were expected by 2009, while we would have 611 million virtualized PCs by 2011. Gartner released a press announcement in October 2009 disclosing that only 16% of workloads run inside virtual machines.Recently, Gartner predicted that this amount is going to reach around 50% by 2012, which is equal to 58 million deployed virtual machines.The analysis firm suggests starting small and growing as your team gains experience. “Gartner advocates a ‘start small, think big’ approach to virtualized server deployments that begins with a specific project but builds towards a wider strategic plan that includes management and process changes.”However, once that is behind you, sometimes it is best to just go all the way.One Company Goes End-to-End Hay Group is a global management consulting firm with 85 locations in 47 countries. The company has partnered with Forbes Magazine to help craft the “World’s Most Admired” list. Evolution happens.When Windows first arrived on the scene, there were lots of questions in the industry, like “Will people use it?”, or “I prefer command line”, or “Does it take up too much processor?”. Similar questions have been asked to the virtual server. “Is it secure?” and “Is it easy to manage?” are common questions for IT leaders considering virtualization today. With the constant state of technology evolution in mind, will the virtual server win the day and become de-facto pattern for software to run in the datacenter?Taking the Pulse of the is a site that has been aggregating news and trends for the last several years and keeping track of the industry predictions, especially as they change from year to year. For example: Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#cloud#Virtualization A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Silicon Sisters Launches First iOS Game, Made By Women For Girls

first_imgTags:#gaming#web 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… audrey watters 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe Appcenter_img Related Posts The stereotypical gamer is male, in his teens or early twenties, devotedly gaming from his parents’ basement. The actual make-up of the gaming population, however, is strikingly different. The average gamer is 34. And 40% of all players are women over the age of 18 – the industry’s fastest growing demographic.Whatever the actual composition of the gaming population, there’s still very much the sense that gaming is a man’s world – both in terms of audience and in terms of developers. This isn’t to say, of course that there aren’t women playing and building all sorts of games. Oh the tales I could tell of raiding in Everquest! Oh the chainmail bikinies! Oh the princesses I have rescued! Oh, I do wonder sometimes, what would video games for women, by women look like? Would they be different? If so, how?That’s something that the new Vancouver-based gaming studio Silicon Sisters is tackling. The first female-owned and run video game studio in Canada, Silicon Sisters is committed to building games for women and girls – and building these games by women and girls. Formed by former Radical Entertainment executive producer Kristen Forbes and former Deep Fried Entertainment COO Brenda Bailey Gershkovitch, the studio releases their very first game today, School 26, available for iOS.Games for Girls: Emphasis on the SocialThe game is geared for tweens and teens and its storyline is built around the complicated social hierarchy of high school. You play the game as a young girl who’s a newcomer to school. She comes from a nomadic family, something that has made it difficult for her to maintain long-term relations. As she enrolls in this, her 26th school, she strikes a bargain with her parents: if she can make friends, they’ll stay put. So the player of School 26 must help the character do just that: build friendships and navigate the sticky, awkward and sometimes awful moral dilemmas of school. These range from power struggles to peer pressure, romance, betrayal, alienation, acceptance – all real and relevant situations that girls face every day.The gameplay involves the player selecting the appropriate emotional responses to certain scenarios and answering quizzes that provide insights into players’ personalities. The emphasis here is on emphathy and networking.What Message Does a Girl-Focused Game Give?That’s a very different set of goals and behaviors than most video games. There isn’t swordplay here. No princesses to rescue. No alien invaders to vanquish. There isn’t “action.” There’s “talk.” The rewards aren’t cash or weaponry. The skills honed in School 26 aren’t the ability to time your jumps or dodge bullets or land killing blows. As a long-time gamer, I have to say that this isn’t the sort of gameplay that interests me. I like killing things. In games, of course.But not everyone does — girls and boys alike. There are plenty of casual games aimed at tweens that aren’t action-oriented, and there are lots aimed at girls. But unlike many that target this market, there is no emphasis on shopping, fashion, or beauty. Silicon Sisters plans to release more broadly-focused games soon, but says that all their games will all emphasize this sort of “social engineering” — an emphasis on relationships and communication. These are legitimate skills for girls and women to develop, the studio argues, and something that will give them a competitive advantage in life. 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex…last_img read more

FIR filed against Srinagar Deputy Mayor

first_imgThe Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB), constituted by the Jammu and Kashmir Governor’s administration, on Saturday registered an FIR against Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) Deputy Mayor Sheikh Imran, officers of the J&K Bank and State government officials for “misappropriating subsidies worth crores of rupees to benefit Imran’s firm, the Kehwa Group”.A spokesman for the ACB said the FIR was lodged under the Prevention of Corruption Act for “illegal appropriation of subsidy with inflated project cost for establishment of a cold storage at Lassipora, Pulwama.”“An enquiry revealed that to usurp the subsidy component under the garb of promoting horticulture, with the connivance of the Horticulture Department officers and bank officials, the proprietor and his partners declared the facility as a non-performing asset without paying even a single instalment towards the bank. The cost of the project assessed was found much lower than the projected cost,” said the ACB. The project was submitted by Mr. Imran, also the director of Kehwa Square Private. The FIR said the company “inflated the project cost in connivance with the officers to misappropriate government subsidy of ₹16.50 crore”.The ACB said the group got its loan of ₹138 crore from the J&K Bank restructured to ₹78 crore. After a one-time settlement, surreptitiously approved by bank officials, the group’s second instalment of ₹55 crore was further reduced to ₹27 crore, the Bureau added. “The involved bank officers and a joint inspection team of government officials misused their position to confer undue monetary advantage to Kehwa group and help it illegally appropriate crores from the State exchequer,” ACB officials said.last_img read more

Change in demeanor turns things around for NU libero Jennifer Nierva

first_imgMOST READ Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Khabib Nurmagomedov doubts Conor McGregor’s retirement is for real Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Jennifer Nierva. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—National University maintained its place in the race for a Final Four spot in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament and a large part of that is thanks to young libero Jennifer Nierva.The Lady Bulldogs fended off Adamson University, 28-26, 30-32, 25-21, 25-22, on Sunday to keep their hopes alive for the semifinals with their 3-7 record giving them a mathematical chance of entering the grand ball.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Nierva did display her calmness on the court with 44 excellent digs and 33 successful receptions leading the Lady Bulldogs to break their three-game skid.“My goal before the start of the game is to be the source of positivity, the source of energy, the source of happiness,” said Nierva, 19. “Since I’m the libero, I have to be stable.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Nierva said that even though she’s a rookie, her team relies on her to bring the stability on and off the floor.After NU’s three-set loss to De La Salle, 25-20, 25-18, 25-10, Nierva left the playing floor in tears, but she changed her demeanor heading into the match against the Lady Falcons.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“After that, I thought to myself that I had so much drama,” said Nierva in Filipino Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena. “I said that I should’ve never cried after our loss and I should always be happy and enjoy the game.”“If I have that kind of demeanor, the happiness will eventually translate to the game because if I’m overly emotional you’ll limit your performance and you won’t play at the best of your abilities.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess View commentslast_img read more

Beyond the Chalk: Why the Term ‘Spread’ Has Lost Its Meaning

first_imgModern offenses have become the proverbial melting pot of college football. Teams are constantly changing and stealing from others in an effort to find success, which has in turn made offenses too complicated to label.Still, many fans or broadcasters will often use terms without actually knowing what they mean (Brent Musburger — not everything is an end around; please stop misusing it like Ron Burgundy’s “When in Rome”).In the world of the spread, teams’ philosophies often get categorized in an effort to help one understand what they are. But due to the nature and prevalence of the spread, this isn’t an accurate way of describing an offense. This directly applies to Oklahoma State, who has long been a chameleon, as Porter calls it, in a world where people are constantly trying to put things in boxes.AdChoices广告The nature of identifying an offense by a title is accurate when a team is running it in the purest form, like June Jones’ erstwhile “Run n’ Shoot” at Hawaii or Mike Leach’s “Air Raid” at Washington State. But modern offenses no longer rely on one overarching concept. The spread, which has become the craze of football at all levels, is a perfect example of this. The spread itself isn’t a particular set of plays or even a philosophy. The spread is an amalgamation of concepts and ideas that have accumulated from the beginning of football. Two teams might run the “spread,” but they might run it completely differently, The term might give you an idea of a team’s offense, but it doesn’t give you much of one. Additionally, with the media and fans constantly using the term “spread,” it’s created an effect of semantic saturation, meaning the term has been used so many times that it has lost its meaning.Oklahoma State is a perfect example. They have a number of different influences. They have an air-raid influence from their days of Dana Holgorsen, who was a direct air-raid disciple from his days as walk-on and eventual assistant coach for Mike Leach and Hal Mumme. They still have many of the same formations, concepts and signals from their Fiesta Bowl days, but they’re not the exact same offense. Now, the Pokes incorporate a cowboy back into their scheme, often moving it around the field in a number of different positions. In that sense, the offense frequently operates as pro-style or two-back, as OSU used 11 personnel (one back, one tight end, three receivers) on roughly one third of their plays last season. The offenses during 2014 and 2015 could be seen as a more true pro-style offense because of their use of gap schemes (power, counter, etc.). There’s even a west coast influence, as the Cowboys use a handful of west coast concepts, including “sluggo seam,” which they installed last season.The point is that offenses, and specifically OSU, have become ineffable in a sense. They are too varied and their origins are too expansive to be accurately described by a single title. In the era of the spread, teams are actually often identified by the coach, and more importantly the coaching tree, that the offense operates under. Chip Kelly has his own offense while Urban Meyer has his, and so on. Mike Gundy is a wild card because he’s brought in offensive coordinators from a number of different backgrounds, and OSU is constantly evolving to both adapt to personnel and stay ahead of the curve. Gundy, who (don’t forget) is an intelligent offensive mind, has said in the past that he’s also constantly bringing new plays to the table.Expect the Cowboys to keep changing their version of the spread, just like they’ve been doing in the past. Fans are constantly worried about coaches not properly adjusting to the personnel as if they care less than the fans do. The Pokes will be fine this season. But when it comes to a name, does OSU fall under any particular title? What’s the most accurate name you can give to OSU’s offense? Successful. That’ll be plenty accurate, or at least we hope so.Writer’s note: This article was written in response to the great feedback I’ve received asking what offense OSU runs. This, combined with our devoted readership and constant drive to create original content, motivated me to write on the subject. Thank you to all the devoted fans of the Chalk Talk series — let’s have a fun season this year, shall we? 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

MLS has banner day in CCL

first_imgChampions League MLS has banner day in CCL but must get results next week to keep flag flying high Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author @ArnoldcommaJon 14:29 8/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Michael Bradley Enner Valencia Toronto FC Tigres CONCACAF Champions League Dan Hamilton Champions League MLS Toronto v Tigres UANL Seattle Sounders v Guadalajara Guadalajara Toronto Tigres UANL Seattle Sounders Liga MX Toronto FC and the Seattle Sounders topped their Liga MX visitors but have work to do to make the semifinals of the tournament It is a banner day for MLS.All three teams remaining in the CONCACAF Champions League beat their Liga MX opponents in the first legs with Toronto FC topping Tigres 2-1 and the Seattle Sounders getting a 1-0 result over Chivas. The New York Red Bulls did it on the road, withstanding a furious effort from Tijuana to escape Estadio Caliente with a 2-0 victory on Tuesday. MLS fans have been waiting for this moment. Well, not exactly this one. They’ve been waiting to have this moment, but next week. After the second legs. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp These advantages are nice, but the celebration will become embarrassment if, say, the Red Bulls slip up at Red Bull Arena or Tigres flex their muscle at home and roll into an all-Mexican semifinal.Fans with long memories will recall both feelings – that MLS is finally going to break through and the crushing disappointment of another failure in Mexico. The 2013-14 CCL quarterfinals saw all three MLS teams get results against Liga MX opposition. Then, Cruz Azul beat Sporting Kansas City 5-1 in Mexico City, Tijuana topped the LA Galaxy 4-2 at the Caliente and Toluca beat the San Jose Earthquakes in a penalty shootout.Things are different this time around, though. MLS really has grown and done so in ways that make the league more competitive in international club competition. Some of the main issues that were keeping MLS teams from having any chance at regularly getting past Mexican competition have become less significant.TAM, the latest method permitting teams to spend more on individual player salaries and spend on the team in general, has been flowing – especially with the teams at the top. Toronto FC is the most expensive MLS team in history. It shows. Not only does TFC boast stars like Wednesday’s Man of the Match Michael Bradley and Sebastian Giovinco, it also can afford to bring in a player like Gregory van der Wiel to defend Tigres’ left side even with other former European club players like Javier Aquino and Eduardo Vargas included.The other issue has been depth. The money helps there, too. More relevant, though, is that MLS teams are beginning to see fruits of the seeds planted years ago. Jonathan Osorio, whose spinning backheel winner should be put on a lenticular postage stamp if TFC wins the CCL, is a TFC youth product. Marco Delgado, who set up Jozy Altidore’s equalizer, is a Chivas USA refugee.The Sounders also had a mix of stars, like scorer Clint Dempsey, and youth products who coach Brian Schmetzer felt comfortable tossing into the mix against Chivas (the Mexican one, which still exists). Handwalla Bwana, who joined the Sounders Academy in 2015, didn’t look out of place at all going at the Chivas defense while it was homegrown Henry Wingo who set Dempsey up for the tally.The gap is closing between MLS and Liga MX. That’s been true, though, regardless of results in a tournament. The true test will be results over time. For now, that still heavily favors Liga MX.This matchday, though, gave fans in the U.S. and Canada positive evidence that things are changing, that their sides won’t be steamrolled every time. The Red Bulls, TFC and the Sounders can have hope that they’ll keep the MLS flag flying high throughout the CCL. Instead of another entry in the book like the 2013-14 tournament, 2018 may be a new chapter.last_img read more