First Lady lauds CIOG’s advocacy for children

first_imgIn recognition of its efforts in supporting the country’s vulnerable children for over 20 years, First lady Sandra Granger lauded the Central Islamic Organisation of Guyana (CIOG) at its annual Orphans and Vulnerable Children Fun Day on Sunday.Also present at the event was Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo and United States Ambassador to Guyana, Perry Holloway.At the fun day, Mrs Granger observed that the advocacy employed by CIOG has been “valuable”.“I want to commend [the] CIOG for its very valuable work among our vulnerable citizens,” the First Lady told the gathering at the CIOG’s Woolford Avenue complex.The event included children from Kamal House, the Joshua House, the Guyana Red Cross Children’s Convalescent Home and the Shaheed Girls and Boys Orphanages.The First Lady also praised the children, who obtained success at the recent National Grade Six Assessment (NGSA) and the CaribbeanA student receives a certificate of achievement from First Lady Sandra GrangerSecondary Education Certificate (CSEC) exams. Additionally, bursary awards were distributed to children who performed excellently at the NGSA and CSEC.“It is important that you know that you are recognised as valuable people, as valuable citizens and that… you have people that care about you and who are interested in your growth and development… I want to congratulate those who have completed their CSEC and Grade Six exams and those who are continuing to go through the system, entering and completing their tertiary education with support from CIOG,” she stated.The First Lady made clear her satisfaction with CIOG expanding its reach to include children from other faiths, with it now serving “over 500 children” across the nation.“Children are left with their parents and their communities because the belief is that they do better there than in an institution, which means that Islam is also supporting the building of strong families,” she remarked.CIOG Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Sheikh Mooen ul-Hack pointed out that “all of the major religions of the world prescribe that their followers show kindness to orphans, but Muslims pay particular head to this edict as the Prophet Mohammed was himself an orphan,” he noted.“We are happy and we are thankful to the Lord that he has chosen us to be of service to his creation, especially you, our children,” ul-Hack stated.The CEO noted that over the years, the CIOG’s programme for children has benefited from the support of the Zakat House of Kuwait, sponsors from the United States, Canada, the West Indies and Europe. He added that the $1 million allocation given to the organisation by President David Granger was being used to “subsidise the children’s tuition fees”.Meanwhile, Prime Minister Nagamootoo posited that the event was a “demonstration of the Muslim community’s dedication to serving the underprivileged”.“It is a tribute, generally, to the Muslim community and organisations that they have taken, initially, a bold step to accommodate children, who might have lost one or both parents,” Nagamootoo outlined.The Prime Minister told the orphans that Government wanted to ensure that they were supported, adding that “a meaningful contribution to nation building” could be made through unity.“We want to make sure that you take your rightful place in the society, that you contribute to building harmony in Guyana, cohesion, unity. We are all Guyanese, whether we are born in divided homes or troubled homes… The only way we can overcome our difficulties… is if we achieve unity, love and cohesion,” expressed Nagamootoo.US Ambassador Holloway also applauded CIOG for its efforts.“I applaud the Central Islamic Organisation of Guyana (CIOG) for all [its] efforts in supporting the youths in all 10 regions of Guyana by sending young people to school, providing health care at clinics and hospitals, alleviating poverty and essentially making sure that these kids know that there is someone out there that care about them,” Holloway indicated.The Prime Minister’s wife, Sita Nagamootoo, and Member of Parliament Bibi Shaddick were also present at the CIOG event.last_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

Karel Benadi: master of the bush

first_img5 December 2013 Karel Benadie is a master tracker, one of only a handful of people in South Africa accorded this status. These skills have led to him being featured as a “South African icon” in 21 Icons, a nation-building project that aims to celebrate “extraordinary South Africans who have captured the global imagination with their dignity, humanity, hard work and selfless struggle for a better world”. The 50-year-old Benadie is one of the few practitioners of an almost-dying art and “without people like him passing on this tradition of showing others how to track, how to understand their natural environment, we will lose a part of us”, photographer Adrian Steirn, the person behind the 21 Icons concept, said in a statement this week. Benadie is the subject of a short film that will be screened in South Africa on Sunday. A black-and-white portrait of the conservationist will be published as a commemorative poster on the same day in the Sunday Times. The 50-year-old is “a magician of the bush”, said Steirn. “I see grass, I see rocks, I see sky; he sees a complete wonderland and he can read that location like a book.”Instilling a love of nature Benadie was born on a farm in Beaufort West in the arid Karoo region of the Western Cape. As a young child, Benadie helped his father look after sheep, learning to track the jackal and caracal that had escaped their traps. Benadie says it was this time spent walking in the arid Karoo with his father that instilled in him a love of nature. Benadie worked for what is today known as South African National Parks (SANParks), starting off as a general worker until his apparent knowledge of animals and the veld soon led him into work as a field ranger, researcher and tracker. He spent 16 years of his 33 years at SANParks tracking the black rhino. While at SANParks, he met Louis Liebenberg, the co-founder and executive director of CyberTracker Conservation, a non-profit organisation that promotes a worldwide environmental monitoring network. Liebenberg proposed that trackers such as Benadie be trained to use handheld devices to capture their observations – information of great benefit to conservation and scientific research.‘We are all one’ Although Benadie was illiterate, the icon-based interface allowed him to capture as many as 100 minute observation details a day. These included the black rhino’s behaviour and the seasonal variation in its feeding pattern. This is something Benadie had suggested, based on his year-round observation of the animal. The result was a scientific paper in the journal, Pachyderm. As far as Liebenberg has been able to ascertain, it was the first time that an illiterate tracker co-authored a paper based on data he had collected to substantiate a hypothesis he himself had proposed. In 2010, Benadie was appointed as the principal trainer for the Tracker Academy, near Graaff Reinet in the Eastern Cape. The academy is a division of the South African College for Tourism, which operates under the auspices of the Peace Parks Foundation. Benadie now shares his extraordinary knowledge with young trackers from disadvantaged rural communities. He says he is proud of his work at the academy, and rightfully so: almost 95% of the graduates find permanent employment in the tourism and conservation fields. Even more importantly, perhaps, is the transfer of scarce indigenous skills to a new generation. “People must get involved in nature,” he tells the interviewer, “because if you look at all the things in nature sticking together – the plants and animals, and human beings – we are all one. It’s our family.” The original, signed portrait of Benadie will be auctioned at the end of the series and the proceeds donated to a charity of his choice. Source: 21icons South Africa and SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

We’re ready for Afcon 15, says Mashaba

first_img16 January 2015Bafana Bafana head coach Shakes Mashaba has declared himself happy with the team’s preparations for the 30th edition of the African Nations Cup, which starts in Equatorial Guinea on Saturday.The South African team will take on top-ranked Algeria on Monday at the Estadio do Mongomo in the first Group C match. Senegal and Ghana are the other teams in the “Group of Death” group.But the national team is boasting a 12-match winning streak, with their latest 3-0 win over Mali on Wednesday a great confidence booster. They held Cameroon to a 1-1 draw in a warm-up match in Libreville on 10 January.“I think we are ready and looking forward to the start of the tournament,” Mashaba told Safa.net. “We are happy with the preparations, especially in matches against Cameroon and Mali. We now know what we are going to face in Equatorial Guinea and, yes, it is going to be tougher than this.“But I would like to say to our boys – job well done. Mali had almost all their players from abroad, which is clear indication that it was not an easy game.”Mashaba, who has recorded 10 straight wins with the team, says the team is “comfortable” with their chances ahead of the tournament.“The more you win, the more enemies you create for yourself and I can tell you now that in the Afcon we will give a good account of ourselves,” the coach said.“When we started nobody gave us a chance, now people are starting to raise eyebrows and asking who are these ones coming from the South Africa? But they will know when we play them.”Squaring upBafana Bafana have played the Algerica twice before at the Nations Cup. In 1996, South Africa won 2-1 in a quarterfinal on home soil, before going on to beat Tunisia 2-1 in the final.They played to a 1-1 draw in 2000, allowing South Africa to qualify for the quarterfinals. SA finished third that year.Second favourites to win the tournament, the Desert Foxes have only won the Afcon Cup once before, and that was in 1990. However, they had a cracker of a World Cup in Brazil last year, making the last 16.Three players in the 23-man Algerian squad have been withdrawn due to injury. The latest is goalkeeper Mohamed Lamine Zemmamouche, who injured his shin at training this week. He will be replaced by Cedric Si Mohamed from CS Constantine, the team’s management said.DeterminedIn a round-up of the South Africans, Just Football says the players have their eyes set on a place in the latter stages of the tournament, despite the tough group.“The players will also be looking to honour the memory of goalkeeper Senzo Mewiya who was shot dead in October 2014 – and the memory of their former captain will be a real driving force and potential inspiration in Equatorial Guinea.”While determined, the squad of 23 is an inexperienced one, with an average of just 17 caps per player, Nick Said writes in Business Day on Friday.The most experienced players are Bernard Parker, with 70 caps, and Reneilwe Letsholonyane, with 52. The least capped player is Ayanda Gcaba, who is a replacement for the injured Patrick Phungwayo, who has been sent home.South Africa have played 35 matches at the Nations Cup finals since 1996. They have recorded 14 wins, 12 draws and 9 losses.FULL BAFANA SQUADGoalkeepers: Brilliant Khuzwayo, Darren Keet, Jackson MabokgwaneDefenders: Siyabonga Nhlapo, Anele Ngcongca, Thulani Hlatshwayo, Mulomowandau Mathoho, Rivaldo Coetzee, Thabo Matlaba, Ayanda GcabaMidfielders: Themba Zwane, Andile Jali, Reneilwe Letsholonyane, Bongani Zungu, Thamsanqa Sangweni, Dean Furman, Thuso Phala, Mandla Masango, Oupa ManyisaStrikers: Bernard Parker, Tokelo Rantie, Bongani Ndulula, Sibusiso VilakaziWithdrawn from squad due to injury: Patrick Phungwayo (returned home)GROUP C FIXTURESJanuary 19 – South Africa v Algeria – Estadio de Mongomo: 9pmJanuary 23 – Senegal v South Africa – Estadio de Mongomo: 9pmJanuary 27 – Ghana v South Africa – Estadio de Mongomo: 8pmAFCON 2015 FIXTURESAll times CAT (SA, GMT+2)Saturday 17 January 2015Equatorial Guinea v Congo – Estadio de Bata: 6pmBurkina Faso v Gabon – Estadio de Bata: 9pmSunday 18 January 2015Zambia v Congo DR – Nuevo Estadio de Ebebiyin: 6pmTunisia v Cape Verde Islands – Nuevo Estadio de Ebebiyin: 9pmMonday 19 January 2015Ghana v Senegal – Estadio de Mongomo: 6pmAlgeria v South Africa – Estadio de Mongomo: 9pmTuesday 20 January 2015Cote d’Ivoire v Guinea – Nuevo Estadio de Malabo: 6pmMali v Cameroon – Nuevo Estadio de Malabo: 9pmWednesday 21 January 2015Equatorial Guinea v Burkina Faso – Estadio de Bata: 6pmThursday 22 January 2015Zambia v Tunisia – Nuevo Estadio de Ebebiyin: 6pmCape Verde Islands v Congo DR – Nuevo Estadio de Ebebiyin: 9pmFriday 23 January 2015Ghana v Algeria – Estadio de Mongomo: 6pmSouth Africa v Senegal – Estadio de Mongomo: 9pmSaturday 24 January 2015Cote d’Ivoire v Mali – Nuevo Estadio de Malabo: 6pmSunday 25 January 2015Gabon v Equatorial Guinea – Estadio de Bata: 8pmCongo v Burkina Faso – Nuevo Estadio de Ebebiyin: 8pmMonday 26 January 2015Cape Verde Islands v Zambia – Nuevo Estadio de Ebebiyin: 8pmCongo DR v Tunisia – Estadio de Bata: 8pmTuesday 27 January 2015South Africa v Ghana – Estadio de Mongomo: 8pmSenegal v Algeria – Nuevo Estadio de Malabo: 8pmWednesday 28 January 2015Guinea v Mali – Estadio de Mongomo: 8pmCameroon v Cote d’Ivoire – Nuevo Estadio de Malabo: 8pmSaturday 31 January 2015Group A Winner v Group B Second Place – Estadio de Bata: 6pmGroup B Winner v Group A Second Place – Nuevo Estadio de Ebebiyin: 9pmSunday 1 February 2015Group C Winner v Group D Second Place – Estadio de Mongomo: 6pmGroup D Winner v Group C Second Place – Nuevo Estadio de Malabo: 9pmWednesday 4 February 2015Quarterfinal 1 Winner v Quarterfinal 4 Winner – Estadio de Bata: 9pmThursday 05 February 2015Quarterfinal 2 Winner v Quarterfinal 3 Winner – Nuevo Estadio de Malabo: 9pmSaturday 07 February 2015Semifinal 1 Loser v Semifinal 2 Loser – Nuevo Estadio de Malabo: 8pmSunday 08 February 2015Semifinal 1 Winner v Semifinal 2 Winner – Estadio de Bata: 9pmSAinfo reporterlast_img read more

California Moves to Ban Chlorpyrifos

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Todd NeeleyDTN Staff ReporterOMAHA (DTN) — California regulators are moving to cancel chlorpyrifos registrations in the latest of a series of moves targeting a key insecticide used by farmers.The California Environmental Protection Agency announced in a news release Wednesday its decision came following a state scientific review panel’s findings that the pesticide causes “serious health effects in children and other sensitive populations at lower levels of exposure than previously understood.”Chlorpyrifos use in California has been on the decline since 2005, according to the state’s department of pesticides registration. About 2 million pounds of the insecticide was used in 2005, but that fell to about 900,000 pounds in 2016.“California’s action to cancel the registration of chlorpyrifos is needed to prevent the significant harm this pesticide causes children, farm workers and vulnerable communities,” CalEPA Secretary Jared Blumenfeld said in a press statement. “This action also represents a historic opportunity for California to develop a new framework for alternative pest management practices.”On a national level, the U.S. EPA has until July 18 to address objections to its 2007 decision to reject a petition asking the agency to ban chlorpyrifos as a result of an order issued by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco.On Nov. 10, 2016, then-President Barack Obama’s EPA announced plans to ban chlorpyrifos. That was reversed by the Trump administration.In August 2018, the Ninth Circuit ordered EPA to ban the use of chlorpyrifos. That was reversed by the full Ninth Circuit as a result of an en banc hearing.In April 2019, California formally listed chlorpyrifos as a “toxic air contaminant.” State law defines that as “an air pollutant which may cause or contribute to an increase in mortality or an increase in serious illness, or which may pose a present or potential hazard to human health.”The California Department of Pesticide Regulation is required to develop control measures to protect human health.In California, chlorpyrifos is used to control pests on alfalfa, almonds, citrus, cotton, grapes and walnuts.The state said in a news release Wednesday it plans to convene a working group to identify alternatives to chlorpyrifos.In 2015, the state designated chlorpyrifos as a “restricted material” that requires a permit for its application.Chlorpyrifos is the main ingredient in what was Dow AgroScience’s — now Corteva Agriscience’s — Lorsban insecticide, which also targets pests such as soybean aphids, spider mites and corn rootworm.Corteva said in a statement to DTN it will continue to evaluate the situation in California.“We are disappointed in this proposal that would remove an important tool for farmers and undermines the highly effective system for regulating pesticides that has been in place at the federal level and in the state of California for decades,” the company said.“Chlorpyrifos is one of the most widely studied crop protection products in the world and is currently registered in roughly 100 countries, including the U.S., all major U.S. trading partners and in the EU. This proposal disregards a robust database of more than 4,000 studies and reports examining the product in terms of health, safety and the environment. A predictable and transparent regulatory review process based on sound science is not only critical for maintaining grower access to existing tools, but is also a requirement for the kind of continued innovation that California’s regulators are encouraging.”The national legal pursuit began in 2007 when the Pesticide Action Network North America and the Natural Resources Defense Council petitioned EPA to cancel chlorpyrifos registrations.A Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health study has been widely used as support for a ban, despite divergent scientific views among EPA scientific review panels, and former President Barack Obama’s administration’s USDA questioning the study and its data.A 2016 EPA scientific advisory panel indicated some members of that panel said they had difficulty assessing the study, because the raw data from the study was not made available.On July 30, 2018, the California Department of Pesticide Regulation released a scientific assessment that concluded chlorpyrifos should be listed as a toxic air contaminant in the state based on evidence of its neurological effects and exposure risks.Todd Neeley can be reached at todd.neeley@dtn.comFollow him on Twitter @toddneeleyDTN(SK/CZ)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.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

Georgia Athlete James Graham Names OSU in Top 10

first_imgThree-star Georgia quarterback/athlete James Graham dropped his list of top 10 schools on Friday. Oklahoma State made the cut, along with Michigan, Alabama, Miami, West Virginia, Virginia Tech, Ole Miss, Auburn Georgia Tech and Georgia.Graham, who plays quarterback for Fitzgerald High School in southern Georgia, held 18 offers as of Friday. But he whittled down his list to a manageable 10, eliminating Arkansas, Appalachian State, Cincinnati, Kentucky, Maryland, Tulane, UCF and Georgia Southern. 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. OSU could have a backdoor into Graham’s recruitment that only Virginia Tech can boast, as two teammates from last year’s team signed at Division I schools (running back J.D. King signed with OSU, tight end Lecitus Smith signed with the Hokies.)Graham is a star dual-threat quarterback, but is being pursued by the Pokes as a running back to play alongside his former high school teammate in the same backfield.As a junior last season, Graham threw for 950 yards in seven games and rushed for 330 on just 54 carries.last_img read more

Gundy Now Third-Longest Tenured CFB Coach at Same School

first_img3Kyle Whittingham2005Utah Utes 6Pat Fitzgerald2006Northwestern Wildcats 8Troy Calhoun2007Air Force Falcons 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. 8David Bailiff2007Rice Owls 3Mike Gundy2005Oklahoma State Cowboys 8Ken Niumatalolo2007Navy Midshipmen 3Frank Solich2005Ohio Bobcats 6Rick Stockstill2006Middle Tennessee Blue Raiderscenter_img With the news that Bob Stoops is stepping down from OU this week, Mike Gundy has inched closer to being the longest-tenured college football head coach with the same team in the entire sport.He’s now tied for third on this list.Here are all the coaches who were hired in the year 2007 or earlier. Frank Solich was hired to Ohio in December 2004 but his first season was not until 2005. Same for Kyle Whittingham and Utah. Gundy was hired just after New Year’s 2005. 8Mark Dantonio2007Michigan State Spartans 8Nick Saban2007Alabama Crimson Tide RankCoachYearSchool 2Gary Patterson2000TCU Horned Frogs AdChoices广告It’s insane to me that Gundy, once thought to be a bit of a loose cannon in the sport (see: The Rant), has settled into being one of the most reliable, consistent forces in the coaching world. He has even talked about how he had to learn to not micromanage and become more of a CEO over the last decade plus.Even more impressive for both him and Gary Patterson is that despite the success they’ve had at not-Tier 1 schools, they’ve never left.The Stoops news is stunning, but I think it’s probably a preview of how Gundy is going to eventually exit Stillwater. It won’t be next year or the year after that, but after 15 or more seasons at the same place, you’re ready to do something different.For Stoops that is apparently buy up real estate in Chicago. For Gundy it will probably be as an Animal Planet host or sidekick to Guy Fieri in “Snake Eats 2” or something like that. 1Kirk Ferentz1999Iowa Hawkeyeslast_img read more

Five Questions for Mike Gundy and Co. on Tuesday

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. With Day 1 of Big 12 Media Days in the books, we turn our attention to Oklahoma State’s appearance on the second day. Mike Gundy will close out the festivities with his press conference (hopefully a metaphor for the season, yes?) and we will hear from Chad Whitener, Zach Sinor, James Washington and Mason Rudolph as well.Here are a few questions we have for them entering the second day of fun in Frisco.1. How do you run a high-level organization on a start-up budget?Wins in the last eight years: Oklahoma State (77-27) | Oklahoma (81-24)Revenue last year: Oklahoma State ($93.7M) | Oklahoma ($150.4M)How is this possible, and how is Mike Gundy (of all people!) so good at it?AdChoices广告2. Where can Mason Rudolph most improve?The soon-to-be first rounder is the complete package, but I’m curious about where he (and his coach) thinks he has the most room to improve. I have a hunch about what the answer will be, but I’m still intrigued by the question.3. Has Gundy accidentally stumbled onto the cutting edge?Think about all the trends Gundy has been out in front of. From not hitting in practice to satellite camps to uniforms to leveraging social media to creating an app to contorting an offense to fit his personnel to hiring Dana Holgorsen. Gundy, for as conservative as he’s been in play-calling, has been stunningly liberal elsewhere. I’m curious if he had a vision for all of this or if he just sort of fell backwards into it.4. How does Bob Stoops’ leaving affect the way Gundy sees the Big 12?We probably won’t get a straight answer for this one, but I’d still like to ask it. An offshoot of this one would be what he would tell the 33-year-old Lincoln Riley embarking on the toughest journey of his professional life.5. Why does nobody seem concerned about the defense?OSU is operating with corners who have never started at OSU, a safety who has never played the position and a host of new players up front on the defensive line. And yet everyone seems pretty … unaffected by it all. What do they know that the rest of us don’t?last_img read more

Sounders, USMNT lose Morris to ACL tear

first_imgMLS Sounders, USMNT lose Morris for 2018 with ACL tear Ben Valentine Last updated 1 year ago 05:41 27/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Jordan Morris Seattle Sounders Mike Dinovo MLS Seattle Sounders The forward will require surgery after suffering a torn knee ligament in a CONCACAF Champions League match Thursday Jordan Morris’ 2018 MLS season is over before it even began.The Seattle Sounders forward will miss the entire season with a torn ACL, the MLS side announced Monday.”We are going to rule him out for the season,” Sounders general manager Garth Lagerwey said in a statement. “We are going to do what is best for Jordan’s career long term. We think he is a Sounder for the long term, he is in the club’s long-term plans. 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 “Jordan is part of the Sounders, that has not changed, that will not change. We are going to do what’s best for him long term, which may mean a longer recovery.”Morris was injured in CONCACAF Champions League play Thursday in El Salvador, going down in the 83rd minute of a 2-1 loss to Santa Tecla.The 23-year-old forward was a member of the Sounders’ MLS Cup-winning side in his rookie season of 2016, and also a part of the team that lost to Toronto FC in the 2017 MLS Cup final.Morris’ debut season saw him score 12 goals for the Sounders, though his total fell off in a difficult sophomore campaign that saw him find the back of the net just three times in 23 games.The Stanford product also has scored five goals in 25 caps for the U.S. national team, including the game-winner in last summer’s Gold Cup final against Jamaica.The Sounders will try to overturn their deficit against Santa Tecla in the CCL last-16 clash at home Thursday before getting their MLS campaign underway Sunday against expansion side Los Angeles FC.last_img read more