Dalai Lama reaches Tawang, to start religious discourses

first_imgTibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama arrived here on Friday along with Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu amid protests by China.The exiled Tibetan leader, who was to reach Tawang by chopper on April 4, travelled over 550 km on the road from Guwahati due to bad weather.He covered 140 km from Dirang in West Kameng district accompanied by Mr. Khandu, with a 30 km stretch of the route at Sela being partly snow covered and having turned muddy and slippery due to the melting snow.State police and paramilitary personnel are keeping vigil between Dirang and Tawang, particularly at Sela (13,700 feet).Tawang has been decorated with colourful prayer flags and flowers with the roads repainted and the drains cleaned. “A series of religious discourses by the Dalai Lama will begin tomorrow. He will stay at the Tawang monastery for four nights before leaving on April 11,” Tawang Deputy Commissioner Sang Phuntso said.His first stop was Bomdila, headquarters of West Kameng district, from where Chinese soldiers retreated after the 1962 war. A day after after delivering sermons in Bomdila, he spent two days at Dirang, about 40 km north of Bomdila, where he consecrated the Thupsing Dhargye monastery.Tight securitySecurity has been strengthened around the Tawang monastery and the Yid-Ga-Choezin ground where the spiritual leader will deliver his sermons.The 336-year-old monastery is the largest in India and second largest in the world after Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet.Perched on a cliff at 10,000 feet, the monastery is known in Tibetan as ‘Tawang Gaden Namgyal Lhatse,’ meaning celestial paradise chosen by the horse. It belongs to the Gelugpa school of Mahayana Buddhism and had a religious connection with Lhasa’s Drepung Monastery that continued during the British rule.Chinese state media said on Wednesday that India was using the Dalai Lama as a diplomatic leverage to challenge China’s “bottom line.”last_img read more

Bad bugs inspire White House task force and $20 million prize

first_imgIn the fight against antibiotic-resistant bacteria, the U.S. government is dangling a new incentive: a $20 million prize for a quick diagnostic test to recognize highly resistant infections. The prize is just one in a slew of actions announced by the White House today to signal its greater attention to the threat of antibiotic-resistant microbes.Alongside the prize, the administration announced a national strategy that sets goals to be achieved by 2020, including better surveillance of highly resistant infections, faster development of new antibiotics, and more judicious use of existing drugs. The president also signed an executive order creating both an advisory council of nongovernmental experts and an interagency task force, co-chaired by the secretaries of the Health and Human Services (HHS), Defense, and Agriculture departments. “This represents a major elevation of the issue, a major upgrading of the administration’s effort to help address it,” said John Holdren, director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, during a press conference today.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)The diagnostics prize, co-sponsored by the National Institutes of Health and the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, will be the subject of an upcoming public meeting, where HHS will ask for feedback to zero in on the kind of test that would be most useful, the White House explained in a fact sheet also released today.Meanwhile, the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) released its ideas on ways to meet some of those broad goals. Their report on combating antibiotic resistance suggests, for example, a national network of laboratories to track highly resistant cases, and the widespread use of genome analysis to trace resistant strains to the origin of an outbreak. They also encourage the Food and Drug Administration to create a new approval pathway for urgently needed antimicrobials. Among their more concrete suggestions: that the administration provide $150 million per year over 7 years for basic research that might lead to new antibiotics or to “non-traditional” ways to overcome infections.The administration, of course, doesn’t have to do any of those things. The newly established task force will address suggestions from the PCAST report, but won’t necessarily accept them, Holdren said. The task force has until 15 February 2015 to offer up its own action plan.last_img read more

Sports Wrap: Sultan Vijender floors PM Modi, Ashwin shines in warm-up and more

first_imgPM Modi to Dhoni: Vijender wins hearts with WBO Asia Pacific titleFaced with the most experienced and highly rated opponent of his fledgling professional career, Vijender carved out a 98-92, 98-92, 100-90 verdict from the three judges to extend his record to seven wins from as many fights.Kerry Hope bout was the toughest, admits VijenderThe Olympic bronze medallist was up against a tough opponent in Kerry Hope and took him 10 rounds to seal the deal. But Vijender admitted that the bout against Hope was his toughest.Berdych pulls out of Olympics over Zika concernsCzech Tomas Berdych has become the third high-profile tennis player to withdraw from the Olympics in two days, saying his concerns over the Zika virus prompted his decision.Ashwin, Jadeja shine as India draw second warm-up matchKL Rahul, Ravindra Jadeja and R Ashwin returned with impressive performances in St Kitts, ahead of the first Test starting July 21 in Antigua.Bhuvneshwar chairman of Kumble’s fine committeePacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been appointed as chairman of the committee. In a video posted by BCCI, Kumar said that Cheteshwar Pujara would be collecting the fines and Shikhar Dhawan will handle appeals.last_img read more

ICC Champions Trophy 2017: Sack Mickey Arthur, says Mohammad Yousuf after Pakistan’s humiliating loss to India

first_imgFormer Pakistan batsman Mohammad Yousuf has called for current coach Mickey Arthur’s sacking post the humiliating defeat against arch-rivals India in their Champions Trophy encounter on Sunday.The highly anticipated match at Edgbaston proved anti-climactic as Pakistan were thrashed by 124 runs (D/L method), extending their winless streak against India to three years. (Also read: Imran Khan pained after Pakistan crash to huge defeat against India)Yousuf said Arthur has not been able to make any positive influence on Pakistan players and thus, the time has come that the country should finally admit why the Men in Green slipped down to number eight in ICC one-day internationals rankings.The 42-year-old said that Pakistan’s bowling order was not chosen correctly for the high octane match against India and was just ridiculous to declare Junaid Khan and Hasan Ali bowlers of same style, as one is a left-arm bowler and the other is right-arm pacer, and both share no similarities, reports DunyaNews.The former Test batsman further said that it was just shameful and unacceptable for Pakistan to such a heavy defeat from India whom they have beaten on numerous occasions in the past.last_img read more

Olympiakos Leads Greek League after Coach’s Winning Debut

first_imgATHENS (AP) — Coach Oscar Garcia made a winning debut with Olympiakos as they beat lowly Lamia 2-0 to claim the lead in the Greek league on Monday.Garcia, the former Barcelona player, is the club’s third coach this season. The defending Greek champion has struggled to cope with strong challenges from AEK Athens and northern club PAOK.Marko Marin scored early, bursting forward to meet a long pass from Kostas Fortounis.Karim Ansarifard punished some sluggish defending, helped by Guillaume Gillet, for the tap-in before halftime.On loan from Everton, winger Kevin Mirallas returned after a five-year absence to Olympiakos at Karaiskakis Stadium.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img

Zidane doesn’t want new signings at Madrid

first_imgReal Madrid Zidane doesn’t want new signings despite Madrid struggles Sacha Pisani 08:19 1/8/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(11) ZinedineZidane-cropped Getty Images Real Madrid Primera División Celta de Vigo v Real Madrid Celta de Vigo Fresh faces are not required to boost the Merengue’s stuttering season, according to their coach following a 2-2 draw at Balaidos Zinedine Zidane insisted he is not interested in making any signings during the January transfer window as he accepted responsibility for Real Madrid’s apparently hopeless La Liga title defence.Stuttering Spanish champions Madrid slipped 16 points adrift behind runaway leaders and bitter rivals Barcelona following Sunday’s 2-2 draw at Celta Vigo.Retaining their crown is all but out of reach for Madrid, who have been linked with Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, Chelsea duo Thibaut Courtois and Eden Hazard, Tottenham star Harry Kane and others. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Asked if Madrid need reinforcements, Los Blancos coach Zidane replied: “No, at the moment I do not want anyone.”Until the 31st [of January] we will see, but not at the moment, why? Because I am happy with my squad.” @GarethBale11 bagged a brace at Balaídos but we had to settle for a share of the spoils against @RCCelta.#RMLiga | #HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/4U2G6rDbL5— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadriden) January 7, 2018Gareth Bale provided a timely reminder of what he is capable of after scoring twice in as many minutes to cancel out Daniel Wass’ opener for Celta.However, the hosts earned a share of the spoils at Balaidos thanks to Maxi Gomez’s goal with eight minutes remaining after Keylor Navas saved Iago Aspas’ penalty 10 minutes earlier.The draw was Madrid’s third consecutive LaLiga stalemate away from home – extending their winless run on the road to four matches.”I have to detect the problem because I am responsible,” said Zidane. “And I’ll try and we will try. “Lately we are not playing regularly. We do not play as we should. We have to have more confidence in our possibilities. Maybe we do not have enough confidence to play 90 minutes well.”The Frenchman added: “We’re not going to talk about the league every weekend, if we lose points we cannot be successful. You have to go match by match and win them.”Madrid president Florentino Perez made his way down to the dressing room post-match, but Zinedine said: “He has gone to the dressing room to cheer on the team, nothing more.”last_img read more

Recapping Week 12 in the Big 12: OU Squeaks by TCU

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. Trevor Knight played the remainder of the game for OU, completing five of his 16 pass attempts for 76 yards and one interception. Early in the third, it looked as though the Sooners might have another player down, as Samaje Perine exited the game with an ankle sprain after catching a short pass from Knight. After being out for some time, Perine returned and broke out for a 72-yard run, the longest of his career. There were no questions about Perine’s health after the play.AND THERE HE GOES!! Touchdown @OU_Football, and a career long rush for Samaje Perine! https://t.co/n4iCBsBbp6— Big 12 Conference (@Big12Conference) November 22, 2015As the fourth quarter winded down, TCU made its biggest push of the game to try and escape with the win. An 86-yard TD pass from Kohlhuasen to KaVontae Turpin made the score 30-20, and then a Jaden Oberkrom field goal pulled the Horned Frogs within one score.He gone! #TurpinTime #BeatOU https://t.co/pdi3f9ntc5— TCU Football (@TCUFootball) November 22, 2015With only 51 seconds remaining in the game, Kohlhausen connected with Emanuel Porter for a 14-yard touchdown that made the score 30-29. Suddenly, head coach Gary Patterson had a big decision to make—kick the extra point and go to overtime, over go for the two-point conversion and win the game.Patterson decided to go for two points and the victory, and the game came down to that one final play. Steven Parker made the play of the day for OU, swatting away Kohlhausen’s pass that was intended for the back of the end zone. Patterson made it clear he didn’t regret his gutsy decision after the game, saying: “Our rule has always been to go get the win on the road.”The 2-pt attempt from TCU is …. NO GOOD!!!! The @OU_Football defense holds on for the 30-29 victory!! https://t.co/kqguNThcCT— Big 12 Conference (@Big12Conference) November 22, 2015The Sooners will move on and head to Stillwater for Bedlam, which is set for a 7 p.m. kickoff with ESPN’s College GameDay in town for the big rivalry. The TCU Horned Frogs will head back home and host the Baylor Bears in another Big 12 showdown.Iowa State-Kansas StateUp next, the Iowa State Cyclones went on the road to Bill Snyder Family Stadium for a matchup with the K-State Wildcats. Although head coach Bill Snyder and his team have been enduring the worst losing streak for the program since 1989, there was finally a different attitude after Saturday’s game.The Wildcats enjoyed a crazy late rally after facing an early deficit and defeated the Cyclones 38-35, improving to 4-6 overall and 1-6 in the Big 12. Respectively, Iowa State fell to 3-8 and 2-6. This win keeps K-State’s bowl hopes alive, but certainly does not guarantee that sixth victory with two games left on the season.K-State’s comeback ignited early during the second half, as Jones rushed for an 8-yard TD to pull his team back in the game. Early in the fourth quarter, Hubener connected with Kody Cook for a clutch TD pass on fourth down to make the score 35-28.It’s a one-score game in Manhattan! Cook converts a #Touchdown on fourth down to pull @kstatesports within seven. https://t.co/AleQ78ZqxH— Big 12 Conference (@Big12Conference) November 21, 2015In the final seven minutes when it mattered the most, Iowa State couldn’t hold on to the football. Three lost fumbles for the Cyclones, two from Warren and one from Lanning, greatly helped K-State seal their comeback. Warren’s second fumble came with 1:31 left to play, when Iowa State was in a situation where taking a knee would’ve been advised. Charles Jones rushed for a 5-yard TD after K-State took over and suddenly the game was tied at 35-35 with 42 seconds left.On the next possession, Marquel Bryant sacked Lanning and forced a fumble. The Cyclones recovered on their own 25, and set up the ensuing game-winning field goal.Comeback = ✔️ Jack Cantele splits the uprights for a 42-yard #FieldGoal as @kstatesports comes from behind to win. https://t.co/ULUcWxx4Ri— Big 12 Conference (@Big12Conference) November 21, 2015Iowa State will move on and travel to Morgantown next to take on West Virginia, and Kansas State will seek a second consecutive win against Kansas.West Virginia-KansasOver in Lawrence, Kansas, the West Virginia Mountaineers were in town to take on the Kansas Jayhawks, with not much on the line. The Mountaineers were hoping to become bowl eligible with its sixth win, and the Jayhawks were trying to win their first game of the season.To no surprise, WVU came out on top, blanking Kansas by a score of 49-0. West Virginia improves to 6-4 overall and 3-4 in the Big 12, and will now be playing in a bowl game. Kansas, however, remains winless on the season and drops to 0-11 and 0-9.WVU quarterback Skyler Howard threw for 133 yards and one touchdown, while also rushing for 129 yards and another TD. Wendell Smallwood had 18 carries for 115 yards and two TD’s, and Rushel Shell ran for another 108 yards and two more scores. For the first time since September 13, 1969, the Mountaineers had three players with over 100-yards on the ground.The West Virginia defense also accomplished an impressive feat, as it recorded its shutout on the road since 2005. An argument could be made that it was done against the Kansas offense, but credit still goes to the defense. The Jayhawks only mustered 221 yards of offense, including just 94 on the ground.The Jayhawks have now lost 14 consecutive games dating back to last season, and fan support is clearly at an all time low. Only a few thousand fans attended the game inside Memorial Stadium, and one count showed just over 400 students at the game. Clearly the students and fans were a part of the majority that expected Kansas to provide another lackluster performance.West Virginia will move and host the Iowa State Cyclones coming up next on the schedule, and the Jayhawks will remain at home and host the K-State Wildcats. The 12th week of the college football season has come and gone, and now only seven Big 12 games remain. In case you missed out on the action, let’s take a look at all of the winners and losers.OU-TCUStarting off down in Norman, the No. 7 Oklahoma Sooners hosted the No. 18 TCU Horned Frogs as Bob Stoops and his team hoped to continue their recent string of success. The Sooners found a way to hang on late as they defeated TCU by a score of 30-29 to improve to 10-1 overall and 7-1 in the Big 12. The Horned Frogs dropped to 9-2 overall and 6-2 in the conference.The Sooners have won six consecutive games, and are now one of the front-runners to win the Big 12 championship. With a victory over Baylor already accomplished, a tough road trip to Oklahoma State is the only thing standing between Oklahoma and the title.AdChoices广告Quarterback Baker Mayfield completed nine of 20 pass attempts for 127 yards and two touchdowns, but left after the first half with an apparent head injury. Running back Samaje Perine rushed for 188 yards and one touchdown, and Sterling Shepard had eight receptions for 111 yards and one score.TD pass No. 2 for Mayfield! Cue the #ShakeNBake GIF @OU_Football. https://t.co/uSzbeDHr1B— Big 12 Conference (@Big12Conference) November 22, 2015The Horned Frogs were nowhere near full strength, playing without star quarterback Trevone Boykin and their star receiver Josh Doctson. Freshman Foster Sawyer replaced Boykin at the helm, and got off to a strong start. Sawyer completed seven of his first eight passes for 103 yards and one touchdown, putting his team up 7-0 early.Foster. Australian for long TD pass. 7-0 @TCUFootball. https://t.co/yY1X5xxVSq— Big 12 Conference (@Big12Conference) November 22, 2015However, Sawyer quickly lost his touch, going just 1-of-10 on pass attempts and also throwing three interceptions. Sawyer was replaced in the third quarter with Bram Kohlhausen, who closed out the game at quarterback for TCU. The Horned Frogs turned the ball over four times on the day, which led to 24 points for OU..@OU_Football was 6th in the NCAA in defensive efficiency. Forcing four turnovers will be probably help that go ⬆️ https://t.co/6URTDHBira— Big 12 Conference (@Big12Conference) November 22, 2015After TCU took a 7-0 lead, the Sooners finished off the first half with a scoring onslaught. Two touchdowns and three field goals gave OU a 23-7 lead at half, but Kohlhausen and running back Aaron Green gave the Horned Frogs a late spark. Kohlhausen went 5-of-11 on pass attempts for 122 yards and two touchdowns, and Green rushed the ball 23 times for 126 yards and one score. 96 of Green’s 126 yards came in the second half.With no Baker Mayfield in the second half, the Sooners did not have as much power at quarterback.Mayfield was rattled after he took a direct helmet-to-helmet hit from lineback Ty Summers early in the second quarter. Summers was ejected from the game for targeting, and even though Mayfield finished the first half, he was unable to finish the game.last_img read more

How Can You Quantify a ‘Bend, Don’t Break’ Defense?

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. You’ve probably heard the term “bend, don’t break” when talking about defenses. It refers to a team that may give up some yards inside the 20-yard lines but can get stops when they need to.Earlier we broke down the Big 12 teams by current PPR or “points per red-zone attempt”, a stat which I explain here that shows how effective an offense is at the most crucial part of the field.We can use the same formula to quantify how good a defense is at not “breaking.” Here are the Big 12 defenses ranked in opponent PPR.How good is each defense at holding an offense to three points (or zero) when backed up to their own end zone? Let’s take a look.screen-shot-2016-11-10-at-3-40-32-pmJust like an offense’s PPR can be coupled with the number of times they get to the red zone, opponent PPR can be better put in context when combined with how many red-zone trips a defense allows per game.Here are those numbers.screen-shot-2016-11-10-at-3-40-32-pmSo we see that West Virginia allows the least points per red-zone attempt (3.97), slightly edging out Oklahoma State (4.00). But the Mountaineers are fifth in allowed red-zone trips.Oklahoma State looks pretty good here giving up just 4.00 points per red-zone trip and allowing only 3.33 trips per game.Allowed zed-zone attempts is obviously impacted by the style of offense a team is playing and how well a defense is at slowing down that offense. More possessions mean more opportunities to get into the red zone.If we combine the two stats we can separate the defenses by who has given up the least red-zone points per game.screen-shot-2016-11-10-at-3-40-22-pmOklahoma State ranks third in points given up inside its own 20-yard line, just behind Kansas State and OU.This does not account for big plays given up for scores that started outside of the 20-yard line, which OSU has had issues with this year (OSU is currently No. 104 in the nation in plays of 30+ yards given up).This is the strategy of pretty much every Big 12 team. Other squads are going to get in your red zone. The question becomes what you do when that happens. Glenn Spencer preaches holding them to field goals.“The double move about got us one time and they busted out on a bunch route when we were in man,” said Glenn Spencer of Kansas State last week. “Which kind of made me uneasy about playing more aggressive.”“That being said, we still needed to force some field goals. If we’d have done that a couple more times, we’d have been in good shape. We gave up touchdowns after long drives, which is not what we like and we got shoved around a little bit.”For as much grief as we have given Spencer this season, it appears that compared to other Big 12 defenses his group is fairly effective at keeping teams out of the red zone and limiting their effectiveness once in the red zone.last_img read more

On The Importance of 10 Wins For Oklahoma State

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. The elusive 10-win season. Oklahoma State has seven of them ever. Ever! Four of those have come in the last seven seasons with a chance on Thursday to make that five in seven as the Pokes try to move to 10-3 in 2016 in the Alamo Bowl against Colorado. A quick look at some of the winningest teams of the last few years reveals good company for Mike Gundy and Co.Here are all the teams with 5+ 10-win seasons in the last seven years (since 2010).Alabama: 7Ohio State: 6Clemson: 6Oklahoma: 6Florida State: 5 (6 if it beats Michigan)Stanford: 5Boise State: 5Wisconsin: 5Oregon: 5Michigan State: 5Northern Illinois: 5OSU is the only team during bowl season that has a chance to join this list. LSU isn’t on it. Neither is USC. Not TCU. Not Baylor. Not Louisville, Georgia or Nebraska.“It’s big,” said offensive lineman Zach Crabtree on Tuesday. “It’s always something. I remember coming in here and Coach Gundy talking about that from day one. Any time you can hit double-digit wins at this level, it’s huge. Not many people in the country win 10 games a year, and so this game has big-time implications on it for us. We want this 10th win. It means a lot. It’s just the middle level of success, just puts you in elite company, and we’re there, and we want to stay there.”“Just for me, being here five years and having a chance to have three 10-win seasons, that’s unbelievable,” added senior receiver Austin Hays. “There’s probably I think Coach Gundy told us the other day, there’s only eight or nine teams in the last four years that have won more games than we have, and to be a part of this has just been so special, and then for the guys coming back, to beat a top-10 team in Colorado and to make that our double-digit win would just be huge for the guys coming back, to create that momentum going forward and to propel them into having a great year next year.”Defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer stunningly downplayed the achievement before it has been completed.“I don’t like to reflect and I don’t like to kind of summarize things until it’s all said and done, because if we don’t do it, we’ll be sitting back and saying, why couldn’t we get 10,” said Spencer. “But without skirting your question, we’ve had a string of success around here, and I try to get these guys just to think about the next game, and maybe when their career is over, look back and kind of see the superlatives.“I guess we just love to do things right. We love to win the right way. I loved for these guys to leave our program knowing that they’ve gained a lot about life, about being a brother, about sacrifice, and then if you can win 10 games and win bowl games, that’s an awesome thing, too. So I don’t want to diminish that at all. But I just love the process to go through with these young men.”When you win it leads to more winning. Success breeds success as Spencer said. Because success is what the future loves.last_img read more

ESPN Ranks Oklahoma State in Top 10 of Way-Too-Early 2017 Top 25

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. The football season is now officially over. Clemson knocked off Alabama in the most dramatic fashion possible with a last-second Deshaun Watson touchdown to down the mighty Crimson Tide.So now we look ahead to 2017.And as we sit in early January, the outlook is bright for Oklahoma State. Athlon Sports ranked the Cowboys as a No. 11 team in its way-too-early 2017 projection.And ESPN has even higher preseason expectations of Oklahoma State, who they ranked as No. 7 in its list released on Monday night. From ESPN:Outlook: The Pokes will have to rebuild their defense after losing top tacklers Jordan Sterns and Devante Averette plus star defensive tackle Vincent Taylor, who is entering the NFL draft as a junior. But with quarterback Mason Rudolph and receiver James Washington announcing they’ll return for their senior seasons, Oklahoma State might have one of the country’s most high-powered offenses in 2017. Coach Mike Gundy has guided the Pokes to 10-win seasons in five of the past seven years, and after back-to-back second-place finishes in the Big 12, they might be ready to challenge Oklahoma for the title. They’ll get to play the Sooners at home in the Bedlam game next season, and the Pokes will also host TCU, Baylor and Kansas State in Big 12 play.Interestingly, ESPN seems to be the highest on OSU in the Big 12. They ranked Oklahoma on down the list at No. 10, noting the losses of Joe Mixon, Samaje Perine and Dede Westbrook being difficult to replace from its most recent Big 12 title season.Expectations for 2017 will be high, indeed. And the media appear to be hopping on board with Mason Rudolph and Co. early.last_img read more

Mkhitaryan, Wilshere start against Ostersunds

first_imgArsenal v Östersunds FK Arsenal team news: Mkhitaryan, Wilshere start against Ostersunds Seth Vertelney Last updated 1 year ago 03:00 23/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Henrikh Mkhitaryan Getty Images Arsenal v Östersunds FK UEFA Europa League Östersunds FK Arsenal With progression nearly assured, Arsene Wenger has named a team made up of both regular starters and reserves Arsene Wenger has named a side mixed with starters and reserves against Ostersunds in the Europa League round-of-32 second leg at Emirates Stadium on Thursday. Jack Wilshere and Henrikh Mkhitaryan are among the Gunners regulars who will get a start against the Swedish side. The Gunners won the first leg 3-0 in Sweden last week, and will be heavy favourites to advance to the round of 16.  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 Several of Arsenal’s biggest stars have been rested with one eye on Sunday’s Carabao Cup final against Manchester City, including Mesut Ozil, who has battled illness this week.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is cup-tied, while Alexandre Lacazette is out with a knee injury. Aaron Ramsey has resumed training but isn’t fit enough to feature yet. Arsenal XI: Ospina; Bellerin, Chambers, Holding, Kolasinac; Maitland-Niles, Elneny, Wilshere, Mkhitaryan; Iwobi, WelbeckSubs: Macey, Mustafi, Monreal, Xhaka, Willock, Nelson, Nketiahlast_img read more

New Governance Model Effective Aug 1

first_imgAfter months of consultation with staff from the Department ofEducation, the Strait, Tri-County and the South Shore Districtschool boards are only days away from the long-awaited move toregional status. “We thank the three board chairs and their staff for all of theirhard work over the year as they worked with the department toplan a smooth transition from their district to regional status,”said Economic Development Minister Ernest Fage on behalf ofEducation Minister Jamie Muir. “We have every confidence thatstudents will benefit from a quality education under the newregional boards, which is the priority for all of us.” Effective Aug. 1, the Strait, Tri-County and the South Shoredistrict boards will complete the move to regional status. Thepilot Strait regional board and the pilot Southwest regionalboard will be dissolved. All three pilot school boards asked to revert to regional boardstatus. The new regional boards will have all the authorities andresponsibilities of regional boards elsewhere in the province. The South Shore and Tri-County boards will share financialservices, human resources services and information technology.Staff providing shared services will be employed by one or theother of the two school boards. Other staff will become employeesof the regional board where they are located. All benefits, pay rates and collective agreements will remain thesame. A management committee consisting of the chair and superintendentof each board will manage and lead the shared servicesarrangement in accordance with a service agreement andregulations. The appointments of the chief executive officer and the directorof education in the pilot Southwest and Strait Regional Schoolwill be revoked effective July 31. The new regional school boardswill announce the new superintendents as soon as possible afterAug. 1. The new board structure was announced in April 2004 after Cabinetapproved the recommendation to move the district boards toregional status in time for the fall 2004 school board elections. In 2000, the former Southwest Regional School Board was splitinto two district boards: the Tri-County and South Shore pilotdistrict educational boards. These district boards shared aregional service provider, which was responsible for managingfacilities, transportation, human resources and providingfinancial services support. The pilot structure was extended to the Strait in 2002.last_img read more

Benefits like employer tips and RRSP contributions to be part of BC

first_imgVICTORIA – The British Columbia government has released the fine print on its new employer health tax as it diverts the cost of medical services plan premiums away from individuals.The tax notice says the annual payroll tax will apply to employers starting in January 2019 and will, among other things, cover salaries, bonuses, vacation pay, tips paid through an employer, and employer contributions to registered retirement savings plans.The NDP government has already said employers with a B.C. payroll of more than $1.5 million will pay 1.95 per cent of their total payroll, while businesses with a payroll of between $500,000 and $1.5 million will pay 2.95 per cent after $500,000 is subtracted from that payroll amount.Firms with a payroll at $500,000 and below won’t pay the employer health tax, which the Finance Ministry says in a news release ensures that 85 per cent of businesses will be exempt.Employers with a B.C. payroll tax over $600,000 and charities with a payroll over $1.6 million will be required to make quarterly instalments.Finance Minister Carole James says the government is eliminating regressive medical services plan premiums and returning about $1,800 each year to families.“While other provinces scrapped MSP premiums, the former government doubled and downloaded these unfair fees into middle-class individuals, families and seniors.”Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version contained incorrect information on how the tax is applied on payrolls between $500,000 and $1.5 million.last_img read more

In states Democrats start delivering on health care pledges

first_imgSEATTLE — Riding the momentum from November’s elections, Democratic leaders in the states are wasting no time delivering on their biggest campaign promise — to expand access to health care and make it more affordable.The first full week of state legislative sessions and swearings-in for governors saw a flurry of proposals.In his initial actions, newly elected California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced plans to expand Medicaid to those in the country illegally up to age 26, implement a mandate that everyone buy insurance or face a fine, and consolidate the state’s prescription drug purchases in the hope that it will dramatically lower costs.Washington Gov. Jay Inslee proposed a public health insurance option for people who are not covered by Medicaid or private employers and have trouble affording policies on the private market.Democrats in several states where they now control the legislature and governor’s office, including New Mexico, are considering ways that people who are uninsured but make too much to qualify for Medicaid or other subsidized coverage can buy Medicaid policies.And in the nation’s most populous city, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a publicly run plan to link the uninsured, who already receive treatment in city hospitals, with primary care.It’s all in keeping with the main theme Democratic candidates promoted on the campaign trail in 2018.They touted the benefits of former President Barack Obama’s health overhaul — such as protections for people with pre-existing conditions, allowing young adults to remain on their parents’ health insurance policies and expanded coverage options for lower-income Americans. At the same time, they painted Republicans as seeking to eliminate or greatly reduce health care options and protections.“Once you give something to somebody, it’s pretty hard to take it away, and I think we see that with how the support for the (Affordable Care Act) has grown over the last two years,” said Washington House Rep. Eileen Cody, who is leading the state’s public option proposal.The actions also represent a pushback to steps taken by the Trump administration and congressional Republicans to undermine the Affordable Care Act.The GOP tax law stripped away the individual mandate, which was intended to stabilize insurance markets by encouraging younger and healthier people to buy policies. And last summer, the Trump administration said it would freeze payments under an “Obamacare” program that protects insurers with sicker patients from financial losses. That move is expected to contribute to higher premiums.The Democratic proposals fall short of providing universal health care, a goal of many Democrats but also an elusive one because of its cost. In recent years, California, Colorado and Vermont have all considered and then abandoned attempts to create state-run health care systems.Still, many Democrats are eager to take steps that get them closer to that.“This is not just a moral right,” Inslee said in announcing his public option proposal this past week. “It is an economic wisdom, and this is very possible.”Some lawmakers in Colorado, where Democrats now control the legislature and governor’s office, are proposing a state-run health insurance plan similar to that announced by Inlsee. It would reach those who don’t qualify for federal assistance or who live in rural areas with few health care choices.Both states plan to rely on their agencies that administer Medicaid, the state-federal program that provides health coverage for roughly one-in-five Americans. Republicans are skeptical about whether the states can afford it, since they already pick up a portion of Medicaid costs.“This is about having the government competing in the private market. Medicare-for-all will be priced out,” Washington state Rep. Joe Schmick said.Taking incremental steps to increase coverage options and make health care more affordable may be a smarter strategy than pursuing a costly and complicated all-or-nothing proposal for universal coverage, said Katherine Hempstead, senior policy adviser at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.“Everybody wants to pay less for health care,” she said.Democrats now have more leverage to experiment. Campaign messaging around health care helped them flip seven governor’s seats to bolster their numbers to 23 across the country and win back several state legislative chambers. They gained full control of state government in several states, including New York and Nevada.That power will allow them to consider health care expansions that Republicans have resisted.In Nevada, for example, the state’s Democratically controlled legislature passed a bill in 2017 that would have let anyone in the state buy into a Medicaid insurance plan, similar to the option being pushed in New Mexico. But former Gov. Brian Sandoval, a Republican, vetoed it.The new governor, Democrat Steve Sisolak, is forming a committee to look at health care options, including the possibility of requiring everyone to have insurance. In addition to the California proposal, that mandate already is in place in Massachusetts and New Jersey, with Vermont following in 2020.It’s a similar dynamic in New Mexico, where Democratic lawmakers have talked for years about allowing people, including non-citizens, to buy into Medicaid if they cannot afford insurance any other way.Colin Baillio, policy director for the advocacy group Health Action New Mexico, said a bill is being drafted with the goal of getting it adopted this year and implemented for 2020. The optimism comes because the new governor, Michelle Lujan Grisham, is a Democrat.“Folks are going to need to have health care one way or another,” he said. “We think health coverage is a good investment for our state.”___Follow Sally Ho at https://twitter.com/_sallyho and Geoff Mulvihill at https://twitter.com/geoffmulvihillSally Ho And Geoff Mulvihill, The Associated Presslast_img read more

UN agencies voice concern over worsening violence in Gaza

13 June 2007United Nations organizations said today that they are “gravely concerned” about the escalating violence in Gaza, where 59 people – including two UN workers – have been killed and 273 others injured since the weekend. This afternoon, a refuse collector with the UN agency tasked with helping Palestinian refugees was caught in the crossfire while on the job and killed in Khan Younis, and yesterday another worker was hit by bullets in Beach Camp and died in hospital.Expressing his deep sadness, John Ging, Director of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East said “we at UNRWA will not forget their bravery and commitment at this most difficult time.”He extended his personal condolences to the families of those who lost their lives while carrying out their duties and “attempting to fulfil their humanitarian responsibilities to the Palestinian people.”Due to the rise in the threat level UNRWA staff face, Mr. Ging said that that agency has “no choice” but to cut back the agency’s operations.UNRWA Commissioner General Karen AbuZayd has temporarily suspended operations, except for the provision of essential medical services and emergency food distributions.“The grave incidents and the increasingly desperate situation in Gaza underline once more the need for all parties to show the utmost restraint and allow humanitarian organizations such as UNRWA to fulfil their responsibilities toward the Palestinian people,” Mr. Ging observed.Kevin Kennedy, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in the occupied Palestinian territory, spoke on behalf of all UN organizations in the area in reaffirming the UN’s commitment to continue its humanitarian work in Gaza to help Palestinians in need.“There is a need for immediate efforts to restore calm, protect the lives of innocent Palestinians and ensure the safe and secure distribution of emergency aid,” Mr. Kennedy said, noting how the ongoing violence is putting the UN’s aid efforts at risk.UN organizations jointly said they were troubled by reports of attacks on hospitals and ambulances as well as extrajudicial killings, which cast into doubt whether international humanitarian and human rights law are being followed.They also voiced concern over the humanitarian effects on the population from the heavy street fighting, which impedes civilian access to and the UN’s delivery of crucial health services and food supplies, with gun battles taking place in two UNRWA facilities. read more

Green campaigner Wangari Maathai to become UN Messenger of Peace

14 December 2009The Nobel Peace Prize laureate and green advocate Wangari Maathai will become a United Nations Messenger of Peace with a special focus on the environment and climate change, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced today. The Nobel Peace Prize laureate and green advocate Wangari Maathai will become a United Nations Messenger of Peace with a special focus on the environment and climate change, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced today.Mr. Ban told journalists at UN Headquarters in New York that Ms. Maathai of Kenya will be inducted as a Messenger of Peace at a ceremony tomorrow afternoon in Copenhagen, where the UN climate change conference is taking place.“Professor Maathai’s long record of achievement in environmental conservation and sustainable development makes her an excellent choice,” the Secretary-General said.Professor Maathai, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004, founded the grassroots group known as the Green Belt Movement, which has planted more than 40 million trees on community lands across Africa and worked to improve environmental conservation and reduce poverty.The only African woman to win that award, Professor Maathai has also served as a Government minister, lawmaker, academic and women’s rights advocate over the past four decades.Messengers of Peace are individuals widely recognized for their talents in the arts, academia, sports, entertainment and other fields who work to help raise worldwide awareness of UN ideals and activities.Through their public appearances, contacts with the international media and humanitarian work, they expand public understanding of how the UN helps to improve the lives of people everywhere.The other Messengers of Peace and their areas of focus include: conductor Daniel Barenboim (peace and tolerance); actor George Clooney (peacekeeping); author Paulo Coelho (poverty and intercultural dialogue); actor Michael Douglas (disarmament); primatologist Jane Goodall (conservation and environmental issues) and violinist Midori Goto (Millennium Development Goals and Youth).The other five Messengers are: Princess Haya Bint al Hussein (Millennium Development Goals and hunger); cellist Yo-Yo Ma (youth); actor Charlize Theron (ending violence against women); Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel (human rights); and singer-songwriter Stevie Wonder (people with disabilities). read more

Highprofile committee to probe Norochcholai breakdown

The Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL) has appointed a high-profiled three member committee to carry out an independent investigation of the recent break down of Lakvijaya coal power plant at Norochcholai.Shibly Aziz, Former Attorney Generaland President Counsel has been appointed as the Chairman of the Committee with R.I. Senaratne, Head of the Department of Electrical Engineering, IESL Collage of Engineering and Professor Kapila Perera, Dean,Faculty of Engineering, University of Moratuwa have been appointed as committee members. The Investigation Team is required to investigate relevant technical and non-technical evidence/information/data that requires ascertaining the causes of the failure, examine the causes for the failure, analyze whether  the failure could have been prevented and make recommendations and advices to prevent similar failures in future. As the Electricity Regulator, PUCSL is obliged to ensure that a coordinated, efficient and economical system of electricity supply is provided and maintained throughout Sri Lanka at all times. Unexpected major failures in the generation plants have a significant negative impact on continuity of the supply.Hence the new committee, appointed by PUCSL, will seek to identify the causes for the unforeseen failure and recommendations to prevent such failures in the future. (Colombo Gazette) A failure of Norochcholai Lakvijaya Power Station has occurred, around 11.00 hrs on 15th October 2016 which resulted power cuts up to one and a half hours in Island wide excluding greater Colombo. read more

Seeking to foster hope UN launches 3 billion appeal to help 50

Seeking to foster hope among people affected by conflicts, natural disasters and other crises, the United Nations today launched a $3 billion appeal aimed at funding relief programmes covering 50 million people in 30 different countries and regions.”We are here to ask for help in providing food, shelter, medicine and other life-saving assistance,” UN Deputy Secretary-General Louise Fréchette said at the appeal’s official launch in Bern, Switzerland. Stressing the need to address the root causes of humanitarian emergencies, she added, “humanitarian assistance is not an end in itself, but must be accompanied by efforts to build a bridge from disaster to development.”Ms. Fréchette appealed to donors to increase their contributions, noting that last year, the UN received just over half of what was requested. Overall levels of humanitarian funding have remained the same for the past decade, despite increasing levels of need.She also called for States to fund all emergency responses, not just those in the media spotlight. Donors, she pointed out, “have demonstrated a real capacity to help roll back human suffering” where the cameras are – most recently in Afghanistan, and before that in Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Rwanda. “But the international community has been far less forthcoming in other cases where there is equal need, but less publicity,” she said, citing the civil conflict in Burundi as an example of a “forgotten emergency” that has elicited scant attention despite having claimed the lives of as many as 300,000 civilians.The appeals cover assistance to hungry, displaced and otherwise vulnerable people living in Afghanistan, Angola, Burundi, Chechnya and neighbouring republics in the Russian Federation, Cote d’Ivoire and its region, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Other countries and regions slated to receive aid include Eritrea, Ethiopia, the Great Lakes Region of Africa, Guinea, Indonesia, Liberia, the occupied Palestinian territory, the Republic of Congo, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Southern Africa, the Sudan, Tajikistan and Uganda.The launch of the “consolidated appeals” – so named because they cover the combined requirements of all concerned UN agencies – is also being held today and tomorrow in seven other cities around the world: Washington, D.C., Brussels, Luxembourg, New York, the Hague, Tokyo and Canberra.In New York today, Carolyn McAskie, the UN Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator, noted that although the appeals cover chronic, long-term emergencies, like that unfolding in the Sudan, the UN was also finding cause for hope that in some cases – such as Afghanistan, Sierra Leone and Angola – the relief effort could move from the emergency to the development and reconstruction phase.”These appeals are the lifeline for millions of people around the world,” she said, echoing the Deputy Secretary-General’s call for funding to countries and regions that are not receiving media attention. Because humanitarian crises are by nature volatile, the UN reviews and updates its appeals throughout the year, adjusting requirements in response to changing needs and launching new requests in response to sudden disasters.* * * read more

UN war crimes tribunal dismisses bid to acquit Miloševic

In a decision handed down in The Hague, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) ruled that Mr. Miloševic must answer charges relating to events in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Kosovo during the Balkan wars of the 1990s. The decision was not unanimous: Presiding Judge Patrick Robinson of Jamaica and Judge Iain Bonomy of the United Kingdom ruled separately against Mr. Miloševic, while Judge O-Gon Kwon of the Republic of Korea issued a dissenting judgment on some of the questions. The ICTY also granted several challenges in favour of Mr. Miloševic, finding there was insufficient evidence to support certain allegations relating to some of the charges. The legal motions for acquittal had been filed by so-called Friends of the Court, lawyers appointed by the ICTY to help ensure Mr. Miloševic receives a fair trial, at the conclusion of the prosecution case in February. The former Yugoslav leader does not recognize the court. In dismissing the motion for acquittal, the ICTY rejected several submissions regarding Bosnia. The judges found there is enough evidence to show that there was a joint criminal enterprise – which included members of the Bosnian Serb leadership – to destroy part of Bosnia’s Muslims as a group; that Mr. Miloševic was part of the enterprise; and that the enterprise committed genocide. The court ruled there is enough evidence to show that there was an armed conflict in Kosovo before the bombing campaign by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) began in March 1999. The judges also ruled against a submission that some of the charges regarding Croatia should be dismissed because Croatia was not an independent state before early 1992 and therefore the conflict before then was not international. But the ICTY found that some of the allegations relating to charges in Croatia and Bosnia could not be sustained by the evidence, and granted the motions confined to them. Mr. Miloševic faces charges of genocide, crimes against humanity and violations of the laws or customs of war. He is expected to begin his defence case next month. read more