This past October, a buddy of mine and I landed some club-level tickets from a mutual friend and season-ticket holder for a fantastic Homecoming win over West Virginia. It was a blast.But the 11 a.m. kickoff time left us baking in the sun of an unseasonably warm October morning from our borrowed north-side seats. And it was a bit cramped. Elbow-to-elbow, we did our best to avoid offending the regulars. Had it been more of a “sit-down game”, things could have been worse.You’ve heard the expression “standing room only.” Well, if you’ve ever been to a Cowboy football game you’ve experienced the meaning of the phrase in the form of the average 12-16 inches of designated seat width. Let’s do an exercise. Put a ruler down on your chair. Sit on it. Yeah. Most of us won’t have much real estate to work with.But there’s good news.Oklahoma State has finally decided to act on their longtime intentions to make some changes to what the university’s website calls “the coziest 60,000-seat stadium in America”.According to Andy Sumrall, OSU’s assistant athletic director of ticket operations, OSU plans to give fans a little more elbow room. Here he is from an article by Mark Cooper of the Tulsa World.“Some of the biggest issues we have come from someone sitting on my seat or half of my seat,” said Sumrall. “Seats are just too close together.”The change will take place over the offseason and is scheduled to be complete before the Cowboys’ home opener against Tulsa on September 2. It entails extending that varying, narrow seat width to a uniform 20 inches in most of the 200 and 300 level seats on the south side of the stadium and some on the north side per the Tulsa World.The biggest difference other than increased personal space and comfort will be a decreased maximum capacity from 60,218, down to 56,790. But there has only been one true sellout — that frigid rout against Baylor in 2013.Next year’s capacity was exceeded once last season — that homecoming game. But prior to 2016, that number was beaten 15 times in the previous four seasons. Below are are the home ticket sales for the last five seasons.There will be a few of us left to tailgate or watch from home but overall, it sounds like these changes are for the better.2016 12/7/2013OklahomaL 24-3358,520 10/27/2012TCUW 36-1457,183 09/03/2016Southeastern LouisianaW 61-750,079 2013 09/13/2014UTSAW 43-1354,577 10/19/2013TCU (HC)W 24-1059,638 10/05/2013Kansas StateW 33-2958,841 2012 10/01/2016TexasW 49-3153,468 11/23/2013BaylorW 49-1760,218 10/24/2015Kansas (HC)W 58-1059,486 09/19/2015UTSAW 69-1454,351 09/14/2013LamarW 59-359,061 09/25/2014Texas TechW 45-3555,958 09/01/2012Savannah StateW 84-055,784 11/21/2015BaylorL 35-4558,669 DateOpponentResultAttendance 11/17/2012Texas TechW 59-2155,341 11/28/2015OklahomaL 23-5858,231 11/07/2015TCUW 49-2959,061 10/04/2014Iowa StateW 37-2052,608 DateOpponentResultAttendance DateOpponentResultAttendance 10/25/2014West Virginia (HC)L 10-3459,124 DateOpponentResultAttendance 09/29/2012TexasL 36-4156,709 09/10/2016Central MichiganL 27-30*52,523 10/20/2012Iowa State (HC)W 31-1057,019 11/15/2014TexasL 7-2852,495 2014 10/03/2015Kansas StateW 36-3457,618 10/29/2016West Virginia (HC)W 37-2059,584 09/17/2016PittsburghW 43-3853,514 DateOpponentResultAttendance 2015 11/09/2013KansasW 42-658,476 11/12/0216Texas TechW 45-4454,288 09/15/2012Louisiana-LafayetteW 65-2456,062 09/12/2015Central ArkansasW 32-856,262 10/08/2016Iowa StateW 38-3153,239 11/10/2012West VirginiaW 55-3457,799 09/06/2014Southwest Missouri StateW 40-2351,562 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.
Piqué Barcelona and Spain star Pique’s group Kosmos to invest €3 billion and set to revolutionise Davis Cup Jon Fisher Last updated 1 year ago 19:11 27/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Barcelona Primera División The defender’s investment group has teamed up with the International Tennis Federation in a lucrative new 25-year partnership Barcelona ace Gerard Pique’s group Kosmos has teamed up with the International Tennis Federation (ITF) to revamp the Davis Cup with the introduction of an annual World Cup of Tennis Finals from 2019.There have long since been calls for a Davis Cup shake-up and the ITF board of directors have endorsed a 25-year $3billion partnership with Pique’s investment group Kosmos for that to come to fruition, subject to approval at the governing body’s annual general meeting in August.Spain defender Pique, 31, founder and president of Kosmos. last year emerged as an unlikely key figure in proposals to introduce the new competition amid concerns over the absence of high-profile players from Davis Cup contests. 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 Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal backed Pique’s plans and the ITF on Monday revealed that 18 nations are set to compete in a one-week tournament staged at a world-class location in November, with the winner crowned Davis Cup champions.If the proposals are passed, the event would be staged in the same week that the Davis Cup final is currently held, with a round-robin format followed by knockout stages and ties consisting of two singles and one doubles match.There will be no change to the format of zone group competition.Pique said: “Kosmos is thrilled to join in this exciting partnership with the ITF. Together we can elevate Davis Cup by BNP Paribas to new heights by putting on a must-see World Cup of Tennis Finals featuring the top nations and top players.teamsdaysworld-class venueThere are some big changes proposed by @ITF_Tennis and Kosmos for #DavisCup!Full storyhttps://t.co/NKbCxmYHg5 pic.twitter.com/ApthQl6oMP— Davis Cup (@DavisCup) February 26, 2018″Kosmos will also invest $3billion over 25 years into tennis that will help develop the game worldwide.”ITF president David Haggerty said: “This is a complete game-changer for the ITF and for tennis. Our board has supported a bold and ambitious plan for the future of Davis Cup by BNP Paribas, one of the sport’s most cherished and important events and a key cornerstone in our ITF2024 strategy.”Our vision is to create a major season-ending finale that will be a festival of tennis and entertainment, featuring the world’s greatest players representing their nations to decide the Davis Cup champions.”This new partnership will not only create a true World Cup of Tennis, but will also unlock record levels of new investment for future generations of tennis players and fans around the world.”
Last year at this time, Baylor’s football program looked destined to inhabit the Big 12’s basement for years to come. Now it’s one big season away from being closer to meteoric than mediocre.Oklahoma State will end its bye week with a Homecoming matchup against the Bears in a game that should grab our attention for a handful of reasons. First and foremost is the fact that the last time they met OSU players, coaches and fans were left with a bad taste in their mouths.Let’s start there.1. The Revenge Tour ContinuesBy the time the Bears come to town, Mike Gundy’s squad will be smack dab in the middle of the longest revenge tour in the head coach’s 15-year tenure.In succession, the Cowboys will face five teams that got the best of them the last go-round, from late September to early November, with a slate of Kansas State, Texas Tech, Baylor, Iowa State and TCU. That’s a month and a half straight of vengeance-fueled football.In the spring, OSU players donned shirts listing the six Big 12 schools that beat them last year as a source of motivation.While the prospect of marking names off your year-old hit list sounds romantic, one wonders if that can involve too much emotion. After all, it was a lack of discipline — namely a season-high 12 penalties and overall sloppy execution — that sunk the Cowboys’ ship in Waco, as well as in a couple of other head-scratching losses last season.Motivation is good, execution is better. Hopefully this team has figured out how those two can co-exist and commingle.2. The Charlie Brewer Show[USATSI]The Big 12 is brimming with young QB talent, and names like Brock Purdy and Alan Bowman seem ready to build off breakout rookie seasons. But maybe the most intriguing returning passer is Baylor’s Charlie Brewer.Brewer burst onto the scene in 2017 slinging it for 1,562 yards, 11 touchdowns to seven interceptions — while completing 68.1 percent of his passes — which earned him the Big 12’s Co-Offensive Freshman of the Year honors.Then as sophomore Brewer mustered 3,019 yards, 19 TDs to nine INTs and added seven more scores on the ground despite dealing with injury and having to share snaps with transfer Jalan McLendon. Entering his junior season, it appears that the conference’s No. 2 returning passer (behind only Sam Ehlinger in career Big 12 passing yards) has been given the keys to the offense.At Big 12 Media Days, Matt Rhule talked about Brewer building off his strong 2018 season.“I thought at the end of last year Charlie really settled into playing quarterback and not feeling like he had to do everything himself,” said Rhule. “I put Charlie in hard positions last year, making him rotate early in the year and that wasn’t easy on him.”But Rhule said he liked what he saw from his QB late in the year “once the light bulb went off.”Brewer totaled nearly 700 yards and five TDs to just two interceptions over his final two games, both wins over Texas Tech and Vanderbilt in the Texas Bowl. In the bowl game he also rushed it for a career-high 109 yards and a score. That’s some good momentum to take into the offseason.But a lot will depend on this next question.3. Can Baylor’s O-line Protect Him?The Bears have allowed the most sacks in the Big 12 in each of the last two seasons — 39 last year and 38 the year before. That’s 2014 OSU territory when the Cowboys gave up 40 sacks. Only eight teams in the FBS allowed more QB takedowns than Baylor last season.Now Baylor has to replace the entire right side of your O-line from a year ago. Right guard Blake Blackmar and right tackle Patrick Lawrence were fifth-year seniors who started all 13 games in 2018.With its star QB and several playmakers returning, the line is the biggest question mark for the Bears’ offense in 2019, and could be the one thing that holds it back.4. The Exception That Proves the RhulePrograms aren’t supposed to bounce back this quickly.In his first two years at Baylor, Matt Rhule has turned an 1-11 team into a 7-6 team with a Texas Bowl win. That’s a huge leap, or for Rhule, par for the course. In his first two seasons at Temple, his teams went 2-10 and 6-6 before rattling off back-to-back 10-win seasons.The Bears probably won’t reach double-digits in 2019, but Rhule’s proven he can rebuild a program.And Baylor’s schedule sets up nicely for a fast start and some built momentum with its only road games being at Rice and at K-State before its Week 7 trip to Stillwater. There’s a very realistic scenario where the Bears are 5-1 or, at worst, 4-2 when they face the Cowboys — which probably puts them square in the Big 12 title hunt heading into Halloween.That’s a team that had 70 scholarship players three years ago!This is all hypothetical and I’m the fool gifting wins to a college football team in early August.But if Baylor can finish in the top 3-4 of the league — and that’s a moderately-sized IF — it will not only frustrate a half dozen other fanbases, Rhule will have cemented himself among the top CEOs in a conference famous for its head-coaching prowess. 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Michelle Murrain at Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology is hosting a carnival on “Nonprofit Data Management: from slips of paper to CRM.” I think that’s a good topic, so I’ve asked my esteemed colleague Cheryl Gipson who is Network for Good’s Director of Nonprofit Services to contribute the following post. When the full CRM carnival goes up on Monday, I’ll link to it so you can read what other folks think!Before I turn things over to Cheryl, I’d like to cover the basics. CRM means “customer resource management” — it’s software that allows you to centrally store and access information about donors or other constituencies. Why do you need this? So you can better organize fundraising data and more easily build a long-term, personalized relationship with donors. You can learn more at TechSoup about why you might want to get a database. If you’d like to get on Network for Good’s email list of free tips on CRM, email me at robinhood at networkforgood.org.Here’s Cheryl on how to actually get your donor database in place successfully. She offers a helpful checklist.Steps to a Successful CRM implementation from Cheryl GipsonConverting or implementing a CRM database is a big step for a nonprofit organization. Generally a conversion or implementation represents a sea-change within the organization, brought on by management changes, fundraising need, programmatic expansion, or extreme discontent with current systems. The data within a database is one piece of the data conversion pie, as the steps surrounding the data, and what the data represents (donors, money) are the life-blood of a nonprofit organization.A successful data conversion/implementation has several component parts:*If an implementation, a plan to establish workflow and data structures for processing incoming gifts and reconciling data with accounting *If a conversion, an established plan for how to maintain current workflow and data structures while the data is being converted.—Parallel processing: two systems are run simultaneously (legacy/new) parallel to one another with duplicate gift processing—Gradual Legacy Switch: the new system is established and people work in the new system with new data after processes have been established, keeping the legacy system running for old data. Legacy data is imported on a time-based plan—Planned Legacy Switch: a date is set for the new system to go live. Legacy data and systems are re-worked, a cut-off time is established for the old system, several test conversions are conducted, and the new system goes live. *A strong internal champion for the database project with a database administration background. This individual will work closely with the implementation consultant to implement new procedures, train themselves in the new product, document the procedures within the nonprofit organization and train other staff *A strong executive champion for the database project willing to understand the importance of investing time, money, and human resources into the success of the project *A fundraising database implementer who understands fundraising strategies, gift processing workflow, nonprofit accounting laws, and best-practice coding structures for development reports. They must also be technically savvy in multiple fundraising databases and understand how to write queries, import and export data, manipulate and “clean” data using tools such as Excel or Data Junction *A mutual understanding between the nonprofit organization and the database implementer that converting a database involves organizational change, and this can be stressful and threatening for employees. Both the database implementer and the nonprofit organization will need to establish in the project plan the metrics and deliverables that comprise success *Detailed procedures/documentation on the part of the database implementer for contact and gift counts. Verifiable data transfer is the metric that can be used for the client to understand the success of the conversion and helps to create confidence from both sides *Training of new procedures and workflow. This will be specific to each organization It is also worthwhile to note that the size of the database or the size of the organization do not diminish the complexity of a database conversion, because the issues of coding structures, workflow, fundraising practices, and accounting reconciliation are all the same. What’s different is scale. Small nonprofits are in the uncomfortable position of having to handle these issues without the same level of human or monetary resources enjoyed by large nonprofits.THE FULL CARNIVAL IS HERE if you’d like to read it.
As an update to my post on the RED and anti-RED campaigns, I wanted to provide links to the latest debate.Bobby Shriver wrote this letter to AdAge, in response to their story characterizing the RED campaign as a disappointment. Meanwhile, TIME picked up on the AdAge story here. The RED Blog has also responded. And, finally, the anti-RED campaign has posted a mission statement on their site. They’ve also responded to Bobby Shriver’s letter here (you have to register to see this).The mission of BUY (LESS) on an individual level is to provide a means for people to donate directly to charity, to remind them that this is the most efficient way to support a cause, and to inspire less consumption overall. On a policy level, our mission is to raise causumer awareness and provoke public discussion — resulting in explicit transparency standards, the adoption of best practices for all cause-related marketing efforts, and leading to greater causumer confidence and more assured revenue streams for charity.Nope, that’s not a typo. BUY (LESS) is seeking to coin the word “causumer” to mean people who “look at how their purchases effect not just themselves, but the world around them,” Ben Davis of the anti-RED campaign says. I think the word is interesting, but it’s an odd match with the site, which is postioned as anti-cause-related-marketing and really, anti-causumerism (though they say that’s not the case, that’s what comes across to me).I think the issue has been covered exhaustively at this point, but if you are contemplating causerism, so to speak, here are some tips:1.) Check out Cause Marketing Forum.2.) You might want to think about Buy (LESS)’s idea of printing on price tags how much of the price of a product goes to charity. At any rate, be as transparent as possible.3.) Be sure you align the message, cause and products to the same audience. The more targeted the audience, as always, the better.4.) Segment your audiences. There are givers and shoppers out there, and some overlap. Offer many different ways to support your organization, based on your audiences’ desires. I agree with Buy (LESS)’s recommendation to put direct donation links on cause-related marketing sites so people have that option if they want it. I recommend tracking the total collective donations too through any links for further transparency.5.) Have a plan for following up with people who buy stuff. Reach out and cultivate relationships with them and the cause after they buy (a smart thought from the Spare Change blog.)[Note: this entry edited to add links to Buy (LESS)’s letter and recommendations.]
Rangers Gerrard learns first competitive opponents as Rangers draw Shkupi in Europa League Bima Said 00:09 6/21/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Rangers UEFA Europa League The manager now knows who his first adversaries will be when he makes his debut as manager of the Scottish Premiership side Steven Gerrard will begin his Rangers managerial career with a match up against FK Shkupi in a Europa League preliminary round contest.The Liverpool legend was appointed head coach to the Scottish Premiership club after a year in charge of the Reds’ Under-18 side for the 2017-18 season, and last week learned the order in which he’ll face his new rivals in Scotland’s top-flight, opening their domestic campaign against Aberdeen on August 5.But with the compeletion of the Europa League preliminary first and second round draw, Gerrard now knows he will face last season’s fourth place side in Macedonia’s top-flight in his first competitive fixture as Rangers boss. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar The first leg of the playoff will take place on July 12 at the Ibrox Stadium with the return leg scheduled to take place a week later in Skopje.Provided Rangers advance, the club will either face Moldovan side CS Petrocub or Croatian club NK Osijeck in the second preliminary round.Meanwhile, one of Gerrard’s former coaches believes the retired midfielder has the qualities necessary to become a strong head coach in the future.Former United States national team boss Bruce Arena managed Gerrard for a season and a half with the LA Galaxy after the midfielder departed Liverpool for the MLS side in 2014.Though Gerrard was unable to match the levels of success for the Galaxy that he had previously enjoyed at Anfield, Arena believes that his former player has the character traits necessary for success and received valuable experience in the U.S. that helped going forward. “Well being a manager or a coach at any level requires some experience. Steven Gerrard’s only a couple years out of playing, he’s had some time at the academy level at Liverpool. I think in time he can become a strong manager,” Arena told Omnisport when promoting his new book.”I think Rangers are a club with a lot of tradition in Scotland, as of late they have not been a strong club – they were relegated some years ago because I think of some financial irregularities, I’m not exactly sure.The hard work continued on day three of pre-season training camp.Full Gallery: https://t.co/Ovfxy5wsN7 pic.twitter.com/VMvrTt8ZhJ— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) June 19, 2018″But now they’re back in the first division, they’re way behind Celtic but it’s going to be Steven’s job to get them back up and competitive with Celtic.”I think Steven Gerrard’s always wanted to stay involved in the sport his whole life. His background is a strong one as a player, got some good experience in the United States as well, it helps him grow.”It remains to be seen what he’ll be like as a manager but one would think he’s got a lot of the characteristics you need to be successful.”Outspoken, honest, and game changing—Bruce Arena’s memoir What’s Wrong with US? is available now wherever books are sold. For more information, visit https://www.harpercollins.com/9780062803948/whats-wrong-with-us/.
Barcelona coach Valverde calls up Dembele for Villarreal clashby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona coach Ernesto Valverde has called up Ousmane Dembele for their clash with Villarreal.The France forward injured his hamstring against Athletic Club in the first game of the season but returned to training last week and has been cleared fit to make a competitive comeback. Dembele has taken Carles Perez’s place in the squad and will compete with Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Antoine Griezmann and Ansu Fati for a starting berth. “Dembele’s a player that can unbalance the opposition, he can give us a lot of things,” Barca coach \Valverde said. “He has quality and we hope that he shows us all that talent he has on the pitch.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
zoom Trailing suction hopper dredger named Werner Mobius arrived at the Port of Damietta, Egypt on Tuesday, May 6th to start the process of dredging and removing sediment in the access channel of the port, Adm. Abdul Kader Darwish, Chairman of Damietta Port Authority said.Chairman Abdul Kader added that the process of dredging carried out in the port of Damietta comes within the framework of annual maintenance, which had been contracted this year with Altemsah Shipbuilding Co, a subsidiary of the Suez Canal Authority.The maintenance will ensure that the depths of the access channel are kept at the designed level of the global navigation standards, thus enabling ease of entry and departure to giant ships and attracting new shipping lines to the port.The capacity of the new dredger is 7350 m 3 and it has a dredging depth of 30 m.Press Release, May 8, 2014; Image: Wikimedia
Premier John Hamm is offering the province’s condolences to the family of the late Terry Donahoe, who died Tuesday night, Nov. 29, in Halifax. Mr. Donahoe had been battling cancer. He was 61. “Terry Donahoe will be remembered as a statesman and a distinguished advocate for his constituents and for all Nova Scotians,” said Premier Hamm. “I had the good fortune to serve alongside Terry and benefited immeasurably from his experience, his wise counsel, and his wit.” Mr. Donahoe served as an MLA from 1978 to 1997, and as a former cabinet minister he held a number of portfolios, including attorney general, minister of education, chair of the policy board, and chair of the management board. He was also interim leader of the official opposition. “Throughout his time as a member of the legislature, he brought compassion, intelligence, and dignity to politics in Nova Scotia,” said Premier Hamm. “Terry elevated the level and quality of public debate. On behalf of all Nova Scotians, I send deep condolences to his family, particularly his wife Lynne and daughter Moira.” Mr. Donahoe was part of a family of Nova Scotia politicians. His father, Richard, was attorney general and minister of health between 1956 and 1970. His brother, Art, served in the House of Assembly from 1978 to 1991, including a decade as Speaker. The flags at Province House in Halifax and on provincial buildings in Mr. Donahoe’s former constituency have been lowered to half-mast in his memory.
Improving a local park in Bible Hill is one of six projects in the Fundy region receiving grants totalling nearly $238,000 to help Nova Scotians stay fit and have fun. The region’s grants were announced today, June 20, through the Recreation Facility Development Program. “Community organizations and recreation facilities like parks offer Nova Scotians a wide variety of ways to get active and lead healthier lives,” said Truro-Bible Hill MLA Lenore Zann, on behalf of Health and Wellness Minister David Wilson. “The province is providing nearly $2 million toward 59 projects provincewide so children, youth, and families can stay fit and have fun.” The Village of Bible Hill is getting $70,000 to upgrade the Bible Hill Recreation Park. “The village is very pleased that the Province of Nova Scotia has provided funding for the upgrades at the Bible Hill Recreation Park,” said Tom Burke, chair of village commission. “This grant will help fund the completion of washrooms, a splash pad, and a gazebo this summer for the enjoyment of our community.” The grants help community groups, municipalities and other not-for-profit organizations develop facilities to increase public participation in sport and physical recreation. Examples include renovations to buildings, developing and maintaining walking trails, and building and upgrading fields used for sport and recreation. The grants support Thrive!, the province’s plan for a healthier Nova Scotia. The plan has 34 actions to create supportive environments for healthy eating and physical activity. Learn more at thrive.novascotia.ca .
Government is reminding parents, students, teachers, administrators and employers to complete an online questionnaire by Friday, July 8 to help develop a student attendance policy to increase student success and achievement in the classroom. The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development is looking for input on key issues and ideas to help improve overall attendance. Based on the information gathered from the online survey, focus groups, consultations and research, the department will develop a new policy to provide a consistent approach in schools in the fall. “I want to thank those who have already expressed their views, and I encourage more Nova Scotians to share ideas on how we can better support student learning through improved attendance,” said Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Karen Casey. “We know this is a complex issue with many reasons why students are missing class. That is why we need to have this conversation with students, parents and teachers to help develop a policy that is flexible to recognize students’ individual needs and respects the professional judgment and knowledge of our teachers.” The Action Plan for Education is designed to help students do better and that includes supporting regular attendance at school through a provincewide student attendance policy. The questionnaire is available at http://www.ednet.ns.ca/attendance .
Washington DC: The United States and Iran said Tuesday they were not seeking war with each other as tensions simmered between the two in the Persian Gulf and President Donald Trump vowed the US would respond to any attack. “We have a lot of things going with Iran,” Trump told reporters as he left the White House for a campaign event in Florida. “We’ll see what happens. Let me just say this: We are very prepared.” Trump’s comments came just hours after he announced the sudden departure of acting Pentagon chief Patrick Shanahan, jolting the Defense Department only a day after he signed off on sending an additional 1,000 troops to the Middle East to counter Iran. Also Read – Merkel warns UK Brexit deal ‘unlikely’ without compromise: LondonOn a visit Tuesday to US Central Command in Florida, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he was confident the US is taking the necessary steps to confront any challenge from Iran. He said the military is ready to respond to any attack by Iran on U.S. interests or Iranian disruption of international shipping lanes through which much of the world’s oil supplies flow. Pompeo said Trump only wants to reestablish a deterrent to Iranian threats. “President Trump does not want war, and we will continue to communicate that message, while doing the things that are necessary to protect American interests in the region,” he told reporters. Also Read – India, China should jointly uphold peace and stability, resolve disputes through dialogues: Chinese ambassadorPompeo said he made the trip to meet with commanders who would be responsible for any operations in the Gulf to ensure that America’s diplomatic and military efforts are coordinated “to make sure that we’re in the position to do the right thing.” The “right thing,” he said, “is to continue to work to convince the Islamic Republic of Iran that we are serious and to deter them from further aggression in the region.” Similarly measured sentiments of resolve came from Iran, where President Hassan Rouhani said, “We do not wage war with any nation,” but Iranians will withstand mounting US pressure and prevail in the brinksmanship. Iran announced on Monday that it could soon start enriching uranium to just a step away from weapons-grade levels, a challenge to Trump’s assurances to allies that the US withdrawal from the deal last year made the world safer. The Pentagon responded by ordering the additional troops to the region, including security forces for added surveillance and intelligence-gathering. The US accuses Iran of attacking two tankers near the Persian Gulf; the Iranians deny responsibility. With details murky and no one owning up to the attacks, the Pentagon released new photos intended to bolster its case. In Congress, some lawmakers expressed worry that the gradual buildup of US troops in the Middle East could become a slippery slope. “We expect the administration to seek authorization (from Congress) prior to any deployment of forces into hostilities or areas where hostilities with Iran are imminent,” said a statement from a bipartisan group of senators led by Democrat Tim Kaine of Virginia and Republican Mike Lee of Utah. Yet some Republicans argued that rising tensions necessitate a more forceful response from the White House. “You can’t have provocative acts by a rogue regime go unanswered,” Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina said, adding that he doesn’t believe the president would need to come to Congress before striking Iran. Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas said he favored a “retaliatory military strike.” In announcing the new deployment before he resigned, Shanahan said the forces are “for defensive purposes to address air, naval, and ground-based threats” in the Mideast.
YRB is advising drivers to plan this delay in their commute.Check DriveBC for updates, or you can call the after-hours line at 1-888-883-6688. TAYLOR, B.C. – Yellowhead Road and Bridge North Peace have announced more dates for deck maintenance to be performed on the Taylor Bridge.YRB says deck maintenance will be taking place on the nights of February 11 and 12, from 7:00 p.m. to 3:30 a.m.Traffic will be single lane alternating with up to 20-minute delays.
Beijing: Two Indian battle ships, including the biggest indigenously built stealth destroyer INS Kolkata, have arrived at the port city of Qingdao to take part in the Chinese Navy’s fleet review while the Pakistan naval ships will be conspicuous by their absence at the event. China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) is celebrating its 70th founding anniversary on April 23 with a grand fleet review. Ten countries, including India, Russia, Thailand and Vietnam, will deploy 20 vessels to join a naval parade. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’INS Kolkata, which is the first of a new class of three destroyers built by India, is accompanied by tanker INS Shakti, a fleet support ship, to take part in the event. However, PLAN’s naval fleet review will be held without the ships from its closest ally Pakistan. Though there is no official announcement, official sources told PTI that no Pakistan ships are expected to take part in the fleet review. Instead, Pakistan navy will be represented by a high-level delegation at the Qingdao celebrations being held from April 21-26. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KBesides being an all-weather ally of China, Pakistan is the biggest procurer of Chinese weapons systems. China is currently building four most advanced naval frigates for Pakistan. INS Kolkata is commanded by Captain Aditya Hara. It is equipped with the latest weapons including the supersonic Brahmos missiles and sensors. It is capable of simultaneously engaging multiple threats from the air, sea and underwater. INS Shakti is commanded by Captain Sriram Amur and its role is to provide fuel, provisions and munitions to warships whilst underway at sea. Both ships are capable of operating large helicopters for tasks such as anti-submarine warfare and search and rescue. More than 60 countries will send delegations to join multinational naval events marking the anniversary and over 30 countries of them will send major navy leaders, PLAN’s senior navy officer Qiu Yanpeng told a press conference at Qingdao on Saturday. Observers say international naval fleet reviews are generally meant for showcasing each country’s modern naval ships. For its part, China which is expanding its navy to increase its strategic presence around the world, will deploy its modern ships including the aircraft carrier. The first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, and latest nuclear submarines, destroyers and fighter jets will be among the 32 Chinese vessels and 39 warplanes to be displayed in the parade, Yanpeng said. “Some vessels will make their debut for the first time,” he added. The Indian naval ships significantly arrived through the Taiwan Strait, the narrow strip of waters of the Pacific that separates China and Taiwan, which Beijing claims as a part of it. China protested to America on March 25 when two US naval ships sailed through the Taiwan Strait.
TORONTO — Barrick Gold Corp. says it expects to take a US$429-million charge following an order by the Chilean government to close all surface facilities at its troubled Pascua-Lama project high in the Andes mountains.The gold miner says it is reclassifying Pascua-Lama’s 14 million ounces of proven and probable gold reserves, which are based on an open pit mine plan, as measured and indicated resources.Barrick is studying the potential of developing Pascua-Lama as an underground mining operation, rather than an open pit.It says the change would address a number of concerns by reducing the overall environmental impacts.The project, which straddles the Chile-Argentina border, has been criticized for threatening water supplies and glaciers.Barrick says it will provide a further update on the Pascua-Lama project at the company’s investor day on Feb. 22.Companies in this story: (TSX:ABX)
The two Halo Trust staff members were working in Grebnik in western Kosovo when the incident occurred on Friday. The injured worker remains in hospital today. Halo Trust says that the problem of contamination resulting from NATO cluster bomb strikes remains a major problem in the area.Meanwhile, it was announced today that the international prosecutor in Mitrovica has abandoned the genocide charges against Igor Simic, a Kosovo Serb man accused of helping to murder 26 ethnic Albanians in April 1999. A UN spokesman said Simic had been held in prison since August 1999.In another development today, the international security force in Kosovo (KFOR) announced that one of its helicopters went down five kilometers west of Kacanik in southern Kosovo near the border with the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. Seven KFOR personnel were aboard the British helicopter. No details on casualties were available, a UN spokesman said early this afternoon.
Within hours of LeBron James’s announcement that he’d be going home to Cleveland, Kevin Love was already musing about how “intriguing” it would be to play alongside James if the Minnesota Timberwolves traded him to the Cavs. In Minnesota, Love was opposing defenses’ chief concern. In Cleveland, next to James, he wouldn’t be. James has made terrifying strides in offensive efficiency and returns a better, more-dominant player than when he left.Earlier FiveThirtyEight analysis didn’t pick the Cavaliers as James’s ideal destination if his goal is to quickly win more titles, but Cleveland has some solid pieces already in place. And those pieces are going to get even better.In 2010, James left a Cavaliers squad that scored 102.1 points per game, tied for ninth in the NBA. That year Cleveland won 61 games en route to the Eastern Conference semis and featured a deceptively useful supporting cast; members of the squad who weren’t James shot a combined 48 percent from the field and 40 percent from beyond the arc. Nine players returned for 2010-11, the first season without James, and they all shot worse. The table below shows how these players’ true shooting percentage (which accounts for threes and free throws) performed in James’s absence:That’s an annihilation. Without James, all nine players saw a drop in true shooting and the team finished with only 19 wins. We can’t chalk up all that difference to James’s absence; the Cavs also dropped an old but effective Shaquille O’Neal, role players Delonte West and Zydrunas Ilgauskas, and five bit players. But much of the core was still there; Mo Williams, Anthony Parker, Anderson Varejao and J.J. Hickson were second only to James in minutes played the previous year. If they were good enough to keep the team afloat, we would’ve seen it.Cleveland’s loss was Miami’s gain. The Heat squad that James (and Chris Bosh) joined included seven players from the previous season, who had accounted for 53 percent of that squad’s minutes. Here’s how these seven players improved upon James’s arrival:Although these improvements weren’t as dramatic as the Cavs’s losses, there was still an across-the-board bump in true shooting. Presumably, Kyrie Irving, Varejao and Tristan Thompson will get the same kind of help when James takes the court with them next season.But that change may be dwarfed by the one in Miami. Whoever’s left in Miami when the dust clears — as of now, the Heat only have Bosh and Norris Cole under contract — should expect more defensive pressure in James’s absence. If the 2010-11 Cavs are any indication, it might get ugly.
A major whistleblower complaint at the US’s top spy agency involves a Trump phone call with a ‘promise’ to a foreign leader 10 things in tech you need to know today The USADA released a mountain of evidence against Lance Armstrong today, and the allegations look pretty ugly.But one question remains: If he was doping for the better part of a decade, how did he manage to never test positive?This has been Lance’s go-to defense since allegations against him began to surface in the mid-00s. Yesterday, the USADA explained exactly how Lance managed to avoid a positive test for all those years.First of all, the USADA challenges the assumption that Lance never tested positive. In 1999, he allegedly tested positive for cortisone on the first day of the Tour de France. But the report says he got out of it: Since right after World War II, the president’s national security adviser has an unparalleled ability to influence events worldwide Contaminated tap water could lead to 100,000 cases of cancer in the US if people drink it their whole lives. Here’s how worried you should be. “Emma O’Reilly was in the room giving Armstrong a massage when Armstrong and team officials fabricated a story to cover the positive test. Armstrong and the team officials agreed to have Dr. del Moral backdate a prescription for cortisone cream for Armstrong which they would claim had been prescribed in advance of the Tour to treat a saddle sore.”Then in 2001, fellow riders Tyler Hamilton and Floyd Landis say Armstrong told them he tested positive for EPO (a performance-enhancing drug) at a race in Switzerland. But Landis alleges that Armstrong told him he later “made a financial agreement to keep the test hidden.”So the notion that Armstrong never tested positive for anything is wrong, at least according to the USADA. But still, how did he never have an unquestionably positive test?The USADA breaks it down into four parts, but in short: He was smart. He took drugs they couldn’t test for. And when things got hairy, he dodged the testers.Here’s a full explanation of those parts:1. Avoiding the testersIt sounds absurd, but the USADA says it happened.“The riders were advised to not answer the door if a tester came after they had used EPO,” the report says.In addition, in 2000 fellow rider George Hincapie testified that Armstrong dropped out of a race in Spain because there would be drug testing. Other avoidance measures included having a look-out team to spot approaching testers, and retiring to remote locations like Puigcerdà, Spain to make it almost impossible for testers to come out and test you.Lastly, according to the report, “the team staff was good at being able to predict when riders would be tested and seemed to have inside information about the testing.”2. Using undetectable drugsThis gets at a larger issue: it’s simply hard to test people for performance-enhancing drugs. From 1998-2005, they couldn’t test for blood doping or HGH. In addition, EPO “has a very narrow testing window” and wasn’t even testable until 2000. Testosterone is notoriously hard to detect as well.These are all drugs Armstrong allegedly used.Most of the cyclists who have been taken down by doping scandals haven’t had glaring positive tests, they’ve been hunted down in meticulous investigations like this.3. Having a really good doctor who knew how to beat the testsArmstrong had a long relationship with Dr. Michele Ferrari, who allegedly knew what he was doing when it came to doping. Here’s an example of how complicated things got in the USADA report:“Dr. Ferrari recognized that the EPO testing method works through separating and measuring the quantity (known as “intensity”) of various types of EPO and comparing the ratio of EPO bands in what is known as the “basic” region (where the bands tend to be caused by the administration of synthetic EPO) to bands in the acidic region (where the bands are naturally produced). However, because the test operates by measuring a ratio, the test can be fooled to a degree by increasing the amount of EPO in the acidic region (i.e., those produced naturally),which can be accomplished by stimulating natural production of EPO either through going to altitude or by sleeping in an altitude tent (also known as a “hypoxic chamber”). Dr. Ferrari advised the use of hypoxic chambers to reduce the effectiveness of the EPO test in detecting the use of synthetic EPO. Regular training at altitude (such as at St. Moritz, Tenerife or Aspen) would achieve a similar result.”4. SalineThe report says the team injected its riders with saline in order to trick the test. An example:One of the bolder examples of the use of saline to fool the testers was at the 1998 World Championships when Armstrong’s doctor literally smuggled past a UCI official a liter of saline concealed under his rain coat and administered it to Armstrong to lower his hematocrit right before a blood check.So even though the “he never tested positive” excuse looks good on paper, the USADA has a pretty convincing answer for why that doesn’t matter.Check out a breakdown of the USADA evidence here
Ahmet Sik, a prominent Turkish journalist, holds his head after being hit by a tear gas canister after riot police clashed with demonstrators last Friday. (AP/Press Association Images)TURKEY’S GOVERNMENT HAS apologised for the use of force against protesters in the biggest mass demonstrations of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s decade in power.Deputy Turkish Prime Minister Bulent Arinc said earlier that the government had “learnt its lesson” and regretted using security forces against people with “rightful demands.”Arinc said clashes had left about 300 people wounded in five days although rights groups and doctors have put the number of injured in the thousands and said two people have been killed.He called on “responsible citizens” to stop the protests, but hundreds of demonstrators defied his message and returned peacefully within hours to Taksim Square, the cradle of the protests in Istanbul.Turkish youths shout anti-government slogans as they march in Ankara, Turkey, Tuesday, June 4, 2013.Protests continueA flag-waving crowd of mostly left-wing political activists had gathered in the afternoon and was joined at nightfall by a swarm of football supporters who marched from the stadium of local football club Besiktas.Turkish pipe music and singing blared over speakers as the crowd clapped and danced in a markedly more festive atmosphere than the tense rallies of the past five days.In the capital Ankara meanwhile, residents reprised their nightly protest ritual of banging pots and pans, leaning from their windows or marching in the street.Some waved red and white Turkish flags and drivers honked their horns.“Tayyip, resign!” they yelled.They repeated their charges that Erdogan was imposing conservative Islamic reforms on the predominantly Muslim but constitutionally secular nation.- © AFP, 2013Explainer: What is going on in Turkey?Read: Two dead in government crackdown as Turkish union calls two-day strike
Facebook Bully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On Twitter Google+ Pinterest WhatsApp Wrestleview Weekly: Predictions for tonight’s Clash of Champions event in Charlotte Now Playing Up Next Shaun The Sheep Movie: Farmageddon: Alarm (German Spot) Now Playing Up Next WWE RAW Preview: King of the Ring Final Match, Fallout from WWE Clash of Champions Now Playing Up Next The 5/25 WWE RAW drew an average audience of 3.60 million viewers on Monday night. The first hour drew 3.79 million viewers, the second hour drew 3.59 million viewers and the third hour closed out the night with 3.42 million viewers.This is down from last week’s show that drew 3.99 million viewers. Last year’s show on Memorial Day also did 3.60 million viewers, the May 26, 2014 edition of RAW.Source: Showbuzzdaily.comRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipBully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On TwitterVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:26 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next WWE Draft confirmed to be taking place as a two-night event starting on October 11 Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Velvet Sky NFL Week 2 Preview With Mike Lombardi, Will Antonio Brown Play? Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Roman Reigns is in Remission Twitter Videos Articles