BJP, RSS activists wearing uniforms of central forces & entering Bengal: Mamata Banerjee

first_imgIterating that the BJP government was using the central forces to influence voters in West Bengal, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Sunday said she feared that BJP and RSS activists have entered the state, sporting the uniform of the forces, to conduct polling.”I do not disrespect the central forces. But they are being instructed to influence the voters. On the pretext of deploying central forces in West Bengal, the BJP is forcefully pushing BJP and RSS activists here.”I doubt that some RSS activists in (central forces’) uniform are being pushed into West Bengal,” Banerjee said while addressing a rally in Basanti area of South 24 Parganas district here.Banerjee also said that a Trinamool Congress worker was injured in the firing by the central forces’ officers in-charge of the security of BJP candidate Bharati Ghosh in Ghatal constituency.”Today, there was a firing by the central forces inside a booth. I have heard that one of my brothers, belonging to the minority community, was injured,” she said. Banerjee also alleged that central forces personnel were asking voters standing in queues to exercise franchise in favour of the saffron party.”How can they do that? Is this the job of the central forces to ask voters to cast vote for the BJP? A few retired officers are being used by the Modi government to conduct polling here and they are doing whatever they feel like,” Banerjee said.”You should be ashamed of doing this (asking people to vote for Modi)… You are here to do a job. Today you are under Modi, tomorrow you will be under somebody else. Then what will you do?” She said.advertisementIn Sunday’s sixth phase of polling in eight Lok Sabha constituencies in West Bengal, around 770 companies of central forces were deployed to ensure free and fair elections.Also read | LS polls Phase 6 voting: Another polling day but same story of firing, clashes, lathicharge in West BengalAlso read | Outrage as BJP worker arrested for Didi memeWatch | Mamata Banerjee picks up fans who were pushed by security personnellast_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

How OSU Can Use All of Its Receivers In 2017

first_imgThe Oklahoma State Cowboys head into 2017 with one of the best receiving groups in the nation. They have enough players at wideout to employ the same type of hockey-like line changes like Mike Gundy expects at offensive line throughout the year.Since 2012, the Cowboys have used a variant of the two-back spread, with their main personnel package featuring one back, one cowboy back and three wide receivers (11 personnel). The cowboy back is used all over the field, as the Cowboys frequently put him on the line, in the backfield and even split out at wide receiver.But with the departure of seniors Zach Veatch and Blake Jarwin, the cowboy back position heads into the 2017 season with minimal experience. This, combined with how stacked the Cowboys are at wide receiver, should lead to the incorporation of more 10-personnel formations (one back, no cowboy backs, four wide receivers), i.e. the Cowboys using more wide receivers at once.Part of the reason why the the 2010 and 2011 Cowboys were so successful offensively, and why former OSU offensive coordinators Dana Holgorsen and Todd Monken were so heavily lauded, was that the Cowboys used a true version of the air raid offense.The air raid system doesn’t just mean that a team throws the ball down the field. The system specifies the base concepts and philosophies, which includes using a small base of passing plays, doing everything with tempo, and predominately operating from 10 personnel. It would be unlikely for the Cowboys to change their scheme during the offseason, especially considering that their current one has been fairly successful. But that doesn’t mean that OSU can’t focus more on formations with more wide receiver-heavy personnel.With players like James Washington and Marcell Ateman coming back, alongside receivers like Chris Lacy and Jalen McCleskey and newcomers Tyron Johnson and Tylan Wallace, the Cowboy receiving corps. is set to be one of the best in Cowboy history. The question is, will they be properly used? While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Hodgson ‘very sad’ for Palace players

first_imgCrystal Palace v Manchester United Hodgson in a state of ‘total sadness’ following Palace loss to Man United Dejan Kalinic 11:02 6/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Crystal Palace v Manchester United Crystal Palace Premier League Manchester United After seeing his team lose after being two goals ahead, the former England boss was saddened for his squad Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson was left saddened after his side let a lead slip in a 3-2 loss to Manchester United on Monday.Goals from Andros Townsend and Patrick van Aanholt had given Palace a 2-0 lead at Selhurst Park, but they failed to take anything out of the clash.Chris Smalling and Romelu Lukaku struck before Nemanja Matic scored a 30-yard winner in the 91st minute. 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 Hodgson, whose team are a point adrift of safety, leaving the former England boss in a state of “total sadness” after his side were unable to take at least a point.”Sadness. Total sadness,” he said of his emotions post-game.”I saw a group of players give their all for the club, for their team-mates against – on paper at least – overwhelming odds and to come away with nothing from the game, as we did on Sunday against Tottenham Hotspur, for the second time in a row… I feel very sad for them.”I’m proud of the performance and I can’t criticise any player for the effort or the work they put in, their discipline tactically. It’s just one of those things, Lukaku scores a great equaliser and then in the very last minutes of the game the ball falls kindly and Matic scores a worldie from 25-30 metres which leaves the goalkeeper with no chance.”If that ball goes over the crossbar or hits the crossbar and comes out or goes wide of the goal, I’d have been sitting here saying ‘well done guys’ and what a good performance, what a good point. As it is, you lose, so everything gets changed as a result.”RH: “I saw a group of players give their all for the club and their team mates. To come away with nothing like we did against Spurs for the second time in a row…I can’t criticise any player. It’s just one of those things.” pic.twitter.com/cUl7vwjIoj — Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) March 5, 2018 Palace are winless in six games, including losing their past three in the Premier League.Hodgson still believes in his side’s chances of remaining in the top flight. “We’re in the relegation zone, but after seven games everyone told me that we were relegated. At the moment we aren’t relegated, we’re in the relegation zone, so I think that’s a positive,” he said.”We were eight points adrift of any sort of safety, now I think we’re one point adrift of safety and there’s lots of games to go.”I don’t think I should need convincing that the team has qualities. The team has determination and enormous fighting spirit.”Palace are next in action with a trip to Chelsea on Saturday, with matches against Huddersfield and Liverpool also in line before the end of March.last_img read more

Five Things We Learned from OSU’s Season-Opening Win, and One We Didn’t

first_imgIn case you were not one of us reluctant night owls who stayed up into the wee hours of the morning, or you haven’t checked your Twitter feed, Oklahoma State won its season opener against Oregon State, and it was a mostly fun evening.As I slurp down my second cup of coffee, I’ll attempt to meander through the fog of last night’s memory and punctuate five things we learned from OSU’s exhilarating opener, and one we didn’t.1. Oklahoma State Has Found its QBAdChoices广告For all the conjecture and prognosticating about who would start at quarterback, Mike Gundy played his hand right before kickoff and he may never have to look back.Spencer Sanders’ debut rivaled that of some of the most prolific passers in the Gundy era statistically, and felt even more special.He wasn’t perfect, but he was electric and he showed off the type of game-changing talent and athleticism that doesn’t come around all that often.By the way, Sanders’ 79.2 completion rate from Friday lands at T-8th all-time at OSU (with at least 20 pass attempts). Brandon Weeden only topped that three times in his career. Mason Rudolph, Zac Robinson and Mike Gundy each only had one game where they were more accurate.2. OSU’s Defense Hasn’t Arrived but Its Future Looks BrightComing into this year, the assumed strength of the defense was its seasoned secondary. But it was the younger defenders who impressed in Corvallis while its back end gave up a handful of chunk plays. Isaiah Hodgins is still open.We saw flashes of ability from guys like true freshman Trace Ford and sophomore safety Tre Sterling. And Amen Ogbongbemiga looked more than comfortable taking over at starting Mike backer. It’s just one game, but it’s nice to see those young guns making some plays.3. Chuba Hubbard is Still a Bad ManThe Cowboys rode their bell cow back often and especially early as Sanders got acclimated to the game. Chuba was dynamic and when the offensive line made a hole, he found it and made a play.Spencer Sanders may very well be the future of OSU football, but this team will go as far as Chuba can drag it.And I’m here for the hyperbole. Start prepping for the Heisman ceremony.4. Sean Gleeson Has Put His Imprint on the Offense When he wasn’t stuck in an elevator, OSU’s new OC had a nice debut of his own. Gleeson’s offense scored six touchdowns on its first seven drives and didn’t punt until the third quarter when things were mostly settled.And it’s nice to see that he’s brought his own wrinkles to the offense.Here it is from #okstate last night. pic.twitter.com/xIAPQxKPXq— Dustin Ragusa (@DustRagu) August 31, 2019 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. 5. This Team Is Going to Be Fun to WatchI don’t know how good Oklahoma State will be once Big 12 play starts or how high its ceiling is, but I’m pretty stoked to be able to cover it and see more plays like this.And this.And this.6. What We Didn’t LearnThis really was the perfect tune-up game for Spencer Sanders and this offense. You get to beat up on a team with the guise of a Power 5 defense on the road, and build some confidence along the way. But it’s important to remember that the same Beavers, who Oklahoma State casually hung 52 points on, finished 129th out of 130 teams in scoring defense last season.The real test won’t come until Big 12 play starts in Austin in three weeks, but for now you’ve got to love that OSU is 1-0 with a good chance of starting 3-0 and has some built momentum to start the year.last_img read more

Oklahoma State Has the Leading Rusher and Receiver in the Nation

first_imgWe had to wait until the numbers were tallied at the end of another week of college football, but it’s now official. After three weeks of (mostly) non-conference play, Oklahoma State has the No. 1 rusher and No. 1 receiver in the nation.Here are your top 10 receivers in yards per game.Screen Shot 2019-09-15 at 6.45.21 AM.pngAnd your top 10 rushers.Screen Shot 2019-09-15 at 6.45.36 AM.pngThese are astonishing numbers, especially Chuba’s. He’s on pace for nearly 2,300 yards. Even if he doesn’t reach anything close to that unlikely mark, he’s still nearly halfway to a top-20 season in OSU history.Let’s say he averages a pedestrian 75 yards a game the rest of the way (including the bowl). This is hard to imagine with OSU riding him like Seabiscuit. He would still end the year with 1,271 yards, which would be the 17th-best year in OSU history.Screen Shot 2019-09-15 at 6.47.18 AM.pngThe yards-per-game numbers are a tad more sobering. Chuba is still currently second to the goat, but he’s not likely to remain there. Here are the 10 best seasons in OSU history in terms of rushing yards per game.Screen Shot 2019-09-15 at 6.50.56 AM.png“I told [our offensive line] all week and all year that they’re the best in the nation,” said Hubbard after posting 256 on the ground against Tulsa. “I truly believe that. Those guys are special. Our offense — we’ve got playmakers — they’re going to double Tylan, and stuff just opened up.”As for Tylan, last season only one player averaged over 120 a game. Tylan finished third nationally at 115 a game. He’s currently on pace this time around for 1,690 yards, which would be the third-best season for a receiver in OSU history.The concern here, I suppose, is overworking both horses. And allowing teams to zero in on not what you do best, but the only thing you do. Though Chuba and Tylan have both seemed up to the challenge through three games. It’s not as if Oregon State, Tulsa and McNeese didn’t know who they are. They’ve still posted 911 combined yards (a fitting number) against teams that watched their film.So while it’s maybe a bit soon to lionize this pair in the OSU record books, it’s not to soon to call them what they’ve been so far in 2019. Oklahoma State’s defense might not be what we want it to be and Spencer Sanders might have a lot of room to grow. But as we head into the end of September, one thing is undeniable. To this point in the season, Oklahoma State has the best WR-RB combo in the country. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

OSU Linebacker Blake Barron Entering Transfer Portal

first_imgBarron signed with OSU in the 2018 recruiting class and looked like a building block at linebacker for the defense in his first fall camp until he tore his ACL and MCL during the lead-up to the season-opener, cutting short his freshman season and forcing him to redshirt. He underwent surgery later. As he entered his second season this fall, he fell behind on the depth chart and was not listed at all before the first game.Barron, from Rockwall, Texas, was a three-star prospect who was recruited by Glenn Spencer before his ouster.As a recruit, he committed to OSU over Houston and North Texas. Second-year linebacker Blake Barron announced on Monday that he’ll be entering the NCAA’s transfer portal and leaving the Oklahoma State football program.“This has been the hardest decision I’ve had to make in my life,” he said. “In my best interest, I will be entering the transfer portal and leaving Oklahoma State University.”New beginnings! pic.twitter.com/7J1GChqghM— Blake Barron (@BlakeDynomite) September 16, 2019 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Spencer Sanders Makes Bold, Tebow-Like Prediction After OSU’s Loss to Texas Tech

first_imgAny way you slice it, Spencer Sanders was bad on Saturday in Oklahoma State’s 45-35 loss. He threw three picks, fumbled twice and struggled to go through his progressions — often locking on his first read and telegraphing his every move.Sanders knows it, too. And after the game, he made a bold prediction that can only mean he expects himself to never play that poorly again.“I’m not losing again,” he said, via 247Sports. “We’re going to come back better.”Not losing again … this season? The rest of the month? Forever? I need to know! Regardless, I imagine those words rolled off the tongue exactly like this Tim Tebow promise more than a decade ago:Those are some big words. It’s not totally fair to hold him accountable for them, because, well, he’s a freshman. But if nothing else it’s reason for optimism. In the face of adversity, OSU’s franchise quarterback isn’t shying away. He wants to be better. He vows he will be better, and he’s taking responsibility for his sluggish start in Big 12 action.“That is my fault. I, Spencer Sanders, am taking full credit for that,” he said via 247Sports. “Nobody else had five turnovers. I did. So that’s my fault. I can’t do that.”“I’m always 10 toes behind these guys,” Sanders added to the O’Colly. “No matter what battle or war we go through. Even if they’re wrong. I’m gonna fight until you put a bullet in my head. That’s my team.” While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

National Library to Mount Windrush Exhibition

first_img It will be showcased throughout Jamaica’s public library network and will also be displayed on the websites of the British Library, which is the national library of the United Kingdom; and Black Cultural Archives, which is dedicated to recording, preserving and celebrating the history of people of African descent in Britain. Story Highlights This was disclosed by Chief Executive Officer of the NLJ, Beverley Lashley, during a recent interview with JIS News. The National Library of Jamaica (NLJ) will be mounting an exhibition from May 23 to October 15 to mark the 70th anniversary of the Empire Windrush’s historic voyage to England in 1948.This was disclosed by Chief Executive Officer of the NLJ, Beverley Lashley, during a recent interview with JIS News.She said the six-month travelling exhibition will feature the cultures of nationals from Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, and other islands who made the historic journey from the Caribbean to England.It will be showcased throughout the Jamaica Library Service (JLS) network and will also be displayed on the websites of the British Library, which is the national library of the United Kingdom; and Black Cultural Archives, which is dedicated to recording, preserving and celebrating the history of people of African descent in Britain.Ms. Lashley said the exhibition will showcase the impact that Jamaicans and other West Indians have had on the cultural landscape of Britain.“Caribbean nationals were visionaries and artists whose music, art and social contributions are aspects of pride coming out of the Windrush generation. The intention of the National Library is to reach audiences who have been impacted by this momentous journey made in 1948,” she explained.The Empire Windrush, a passenger liner, is regarded as the symbolic starting point of a wave of Caribbean migration between 1948 and 1971 known as the ‘Windrush Generation’.Many were enticed to cross the Atlantic by job opportunities amid the UK’s post-war labour shortage.The ship, which sailed from Jamaica on May 27 and arrived in London almost a month later on June 21, was carrying 1,027 passengers according to the UK National Archives.More than half of the passengers on board (539) gave their last country of residence as Jamaica, while 139 said Bermuda and 119 stated England. There were also people from Mexico, Scotland, Gibraltar, Burma and Wales.The exhibition involves partnership with the RJRGleaner Communications Group and the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, which is also marking its 70th anniversary this year.The Empire Windrush, originally MV Monte Rosa, was a passenger liner and cruise ship launched in Germany in 1930. The ship is synonymous with post-war immigration of West Indian people to the UK. The National Library of Jamaica (NLJ) will be mounting an exhibition from May 23 to October 15 to mark the 70th anniversary of the Empire Windrush’s historic voyage to England in 1948.last_img read more

Partnership With Native Americans Receives 25000 Grant From Newmans Own Foundation

first_imgPartnership With Native Americans (PWNA), a nonprofit organization committed to championing hope for a brighter future for Native Americans, has been awarded a $25,000 grant from Newman’s Own Foundation, the independent foundation created by the late actor and philanthropist, Paul Newman.Newman’s Own Foundation made the award to PWNA as part of a broader commitment to support programs that increase access to fresh food and nutrition education in underserved communities. This funding will help PWNA promote healthier diets for Native Americans living on remote and often impoverished reservations through its Project Grow service.Project Grow utilizes a Native American chef/nutritionist to teach healthy cooking and food preservation skills to people across Arizona and New Mexico. Once trained, the students will be able to instruct their own tribal communities about critical daily needs such as healthy eating habits, food preparation, etc.“Many people may not realize that nearly one in four Native American households experiences food insecurity,” said PWNA President and CEO Robbi Rice Dietrich. “Through the generous support of Newman’s Own Foundation, Partnership With Native Americans can continue our mission of supporting long-term solutions for strong, self-sufficient Native American communities, and help tribal residents maintain sustainable nutrition programs in their own communities. We are incredibly grateful for their support.”Native Americans living in remote areas face many food security issues, including scarce access to grocery stores, inflated prices and limited selection of quality food in geographically-isolated communities. PWNA’s Project Grow will equip local trainers and build local capacity that is critical to helping Native communities make healthier lifestyle choices and combat nutrition-related diseases.“We are proud to fund Partnership With Native Americans as they work to make a difference in our communities,” said Bob Forrester, President and CEO, Newman’s Own Foundation. “They are one of the many organizations helping to identify needs and fill the gaps for children and families who lack access to healthy foods.”Newman’s Own Foundation has been supporting food and nutrition programs for more than 30 years and has given more than $11.5 million to nutrition-focused organizations since 2014. The Foundation continues Paul Newman’s commitment to give all net profits and royalties from the sale of Newman’s Own food and beverage products to charity. Since 1982, more than $475 million has been donated to thousands of charities around the world.last_img read more