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. Hey, we’ve been there. Everybody has. It’s just that it’s sort of new for Texas so it’s a little bit funnier.The best part of this video? The dude smiling through the “this is Texas’ second TD erased by a penalty” graphic.[Good Bull Hunting]
Championship Weekend is set.See you next weekend. pic.twitter.com/kPiKxCNyTJ— ESPN CollegeFootball (@ESPNCFB) November 27, 2016Here is how I would rank teams’ odds of getting CFB Playoff spots with only the conference championship games left.AlabamaOhio StateClemsonWashingtonBig 10 winner (Wisconsin or Penn State)OUColoradoOklahoma StateMichiganAlabama can lose by 60 to Florida and it is in. Ohio State is in (winning your conference and division doesn’t matter anymore). Clemson is in if it beats Virginia Tech. Washington is in if it beats Colorado. That is the cleanest break for the CFB Playoff committee although Penn State beating Ohio State and potentially winning the Big 10 title but not getting in is amazing to me. Again, why have conferences?It gets messy if Clemson or Washington loses.Let’s look at Clemson first. If Clemson loses to Virginia Tech and Washington beats Colorado, neither Clemson nor Virginia Tech will get in the CFB Playoff from the ACC. Who’s up? It will probably be the Big 10 title winner. Although it could be Oklahoma (probably not Oklahoma State because … brands). So your playoff would be Alabama, Ohio State, Washington and Penn State or Wisconsin (or maybe Oklahoma).Only 2 FBS teams have 5 wins vs. the ESPN FPI top 40. One is Alabama. The other is Oklahoma St. And Pokes have shot at another in Bedlam— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) November 23, 2016What if Clemson wins but Washington loses? Probably the same thing although Colorado would be the Pac-12 champion at 11-2 which would make it interesting between them and Penn State or Wisconsin at 11-2 (as well as a 10-2 OU). I still don’t think a Big 12 winner would get in although those blind resumes would be fascinating. Remember, Wisconsin, Penn State and Colorado were all ahead of Oklahoma State in the CFB Playoff rankings this week. And Wisconsin and Penn State were also ahead of OU.But what if Colorado beats Washington and Virginia Tech beats Clemson. Whoo boy, we got ourselves a situation.If that happened, Alabama would be in. Ohio State would be in. I think the Big 10 winner would be in. And the committee would have to choose between 11-2 Colorado, 10-2 Washington, 10-2 Oklahoma/Oklahoma State and 10-2 Michigan. I am here for that. That’s a fighting chance for the Big 12 although I think Colorado and the Big 10 winner might squeeze in over 10-2 OSU which would be painful.Also. can you imagine if it went with Alabama, Ohio State, Penn State and Michigan??? The Big 10 playoffs! Here is the best I can do for the Big 12 on 538.Not great. Oklahoma State needs Colorado to beat Washington on a terrible call. It needs Virginia Tech to mash Clemson. And it needs to beat OU rather convincingly to have a chance. I also think Penn State barely winning the Big 10 title gives OSU (but more so OU) a hail mary (pun intended). The reality, though, is that the Big 12 is probably buried.However, the Pac-12 title is on Friday night so get your Rashaan Salaam jerseys on and lets throw it back for one of our old Big 8 brethren! 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. The Big 12 champion, whoever that may be one week from today, needed the following things to happen on Friday and Saturday to have a nice shot at the CFB Playoff.Ohio State and Michigan State win OR Michigan winColorado lossClemson lossWashington lossNone of them happened. That’s bad news for a conference that looks like it will get shut out for the second time in three years.Here are your conference title games next week:SEC: Alabama (12-0) vs. Florida (8-4)ACC: Clemson (11-1) vs. Virginia Tech (9-3)Big 10: Wisconsin (10-2) vs. Penn State (10-2)Big 12: Oklahoma State (9-2) vs. Oklahoma (9-2)Pac-12: Washington (11-1) vs. Colorado (10-2)
Optimism for 2017 began last December, before the Cowboys trounced Pac-12 darling Colorado in last year’s Alamo Bowl. And when Mason Rudolph and James Washington announced their intentions to return for their senior seasons, Oklahoma State was automatically a Big 12 contender.The buzz surrounding the duo — and the program — has only gotten louder. The NFL Draft they both decided to sit out of, became a QB-picking frenzy. Several signal callers shot up team’s boards and were picked higher than expected including Texas Tech’s Patrick Mahomes. No. 2 pick Mitch Trubisky had comparable stats to Rudolph in his one year at the helm of North Carolina. Who knows where the South Carolina native would have been picked?AdChoices广告For Rudolph, that may be a moot point anyway.“If I’d have gotten a first-round grade, I would have stayed,” said Rudolph during Big 12 Media Days. Even with a first-round grade? “I think so. I don’t know if I was ready at that point.”If he was not ready this summer, another year should do the trick. At least, that’s the thinking at Bleacher Report, who named Rudolph one of 13 upcoming juniors and seniors tabbed as being the potential No. 1 NFL Draft pick. The group is ranked only by alphabetic order. Here’s what they had to say about Rudolph:Mason Rudolph, who could’ve garnered first-round attention in 2017, has consistently improved at Oklahoma State.After a successful 2015 campaign despite ceding short-yardage work to J.W. Walsh, Rudolph efficiently torched defenses last season. He posted a 63.4 completion percentage with 28 touchdowns and only four interceptions and chipped in six scores on the ground.The 6’5″, 230-pound Rudolph seemingly checks all the scouting boxes (height, velocity, touch, progressions), so another productive year should push the gunslinger closer to the top of draft boards. [Bleacher Report]No. 1 would be something. He would be only the second Cowboy to go with first-overall pick. Bob Fenimore was No. 1 exactly 70 years ago. OSU has had just eight top-10 picks in school history.But Rudolph is not worried about making that type of history, at least not yet. His mind is on another second: Winning his school’s second Big 12 title.“It would mean a lot,” he said “I think with our school, Oklahoma State, only being there one time, it would mean a lot. Our team would go down in history. It would be something to always come back for and remember.”“I want to leave a legacy here at Oklahoma State,” Rudolph said. “I want to be able to enjoy my senior season and then attack the NFL whenever that comes my way.” 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 week we took a look at where Oklahoma State’s 2018 recruiting class stands and which positions they should focus their efforts on with their remaining scholarships. From here I thought it best to break down each of those four positions and look at where OSU is likely to or should focus their efforts.As a recap, OSU still has a maximum of seven scholarships remaining for the 2018 class, but I think they’ll only use four or five. Here are the positions I believe they need to fill:Defensive endCowboy backDefensive tackleLinebackerAdChoices广告We are going to skip the linebacker position, because Kyle Boone already did a great job looking at which recruits Coach Gundy and Co. might focus their efforts on. So first up: the defensive tackle position.OSU’s primary focus should remain on landing junior college standout Tayland Humphrey. We’ve talked about Humphrey, a four-star prospect from Hutchinson Community College, a lot. Earlier this year, Tayland’s brother, John Bolding II, said that he and his younger brother would play at the same school. However, Bolding announced his commitment to FIU back in July. If Humphrey was going to stick to the plan of sticking with his brother, you’d think he would have announced his decision as well.Since it looks like the plan to play together isn’t working out (unless a bonafide blue-chip recruit like Humphrey decides to commit to FIU), where Humphrey ends up is a bit of a crap shoot. However, I do believe OSU is putting a lot of effort into bringing the stud DT to Stillwater.The other name we’ve talked about a lot is three-star local talent Israel Antwine. The former Ole Miss commit has been quiet about his recruitment since decommiting from the Rebels.He currently has offers from more than a dozen teams including OSU, Arkansas, Missouri, TCU, Kansas, and Tulsa. As of now, 247Sports is overwhelmingly predicting Antwine to commit to Texas. The Longhorns made an offer to Antwine when things started looking dicey in Oxford and right before he decommited.Texas may be the “favorites”, but Oklahoma State is likely still in the running. The Cowboys seemed like one of the favorites before he picked Ole Miss, and should still be a team to watch now that he has reopened his recruitment.Oklahoma State is also strongly in the running for three-star DT Moro Ojomo who would immediately win the “best name award” for the 2018 class. Ojomo is 6-foot-2, 267-pound DT from Katy, Texas.Ojomo has offers from 10 schools including OSU, TCU, Arizona State, Ole Miss, Indiana, Houston, SMU, Kansas, Tulane, and Texas State. One 247Sports expert, Jeremiah Glenn of the TCU page HornedFrogBlitz, predicts Ojomo will pick the Cowboys. Glenn has over 71% accuracy on 121 predictions.There is a lot of talk that Ojomo could pick up an offer from Texas if they don’t land another guy or two they’re targeting. If that happens, there would likely be mutual interest. Mojomo doesn’t feel like one that’s going to make his decision soon, so if OSU wants to land him, they’re going to have to keep his attention on Stillwater and away from Austin.Even if OSU lands Humphrey, they would benefit from also adding a four year player at defensive tackle. After watching his highlight reel, I think you’ll agree he would be a welcome addition to the class. Another player of interest for OSU is Sione Vea Kava, an unranked DT at East Los Angeles College. As a freshman last season for the Huskies, Vea Kava totaled 22 tackles, five tackles for a loss, two sacks, and had five blocked kicks, on a team that went 9-2. He also played as both a 3-4 defensive end and a 4-3 pass-rushing defensive tackle.The 6-foot-6, 260-pound Hawaiian native currently has offers from at least nine teams, including OSU, OU, Oregon, Oregon State, Ole Miss, Arizona State, Georgia Southern, Hawaii, and Nevada. I have a feeling, as good as he was his first year, Vea Kava is going to continue to get offers. Getting on Vea Kava and becoming a favorite early, would be a smart move for Coach Gundy and Co.Another solid option at the position is an under-the-radar player in two-star DT Devin Winters.Winters doesn’t currently have an offer from Oklahoma State, but there is interest. He does have offers from 12 teams including Ole Miss, Oregon State, Kansas, Cincinnati, Houston, Tulsa, SMU, UTSA, Louisiana-Lafayette, Kent State, Tulane, and UAB.The 6-foot-4, 245-pound prospect is one on the rise, and likely a priority for Ole Miss. The Rebels offered Winters just a few days before Antwine decommited. With Antwine out, I expect Ole Miss to look to Winters as a replacement for him.While OSU hasn’t looked his way in awhile, Winters feels like a recruit itching to play for a power-5 program over a group-of-5. If OSU were to make an offer and use their Louisiana pipeline to woo Winters, there’s a good chance they could pick up his commitment. Keep an eye on Winters if OSU misses out on multiple other prospects they’re after. 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.
World Cup Brazil pray for Neymar as PSG star faces three-month race to recover for World Cup Miles Chambers Last updated 1 year ago 21:05 1/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(10) Getty World Cup Brazil Neymar PSG Ligue 1 Any setbacks in the forward’s injury recovery could cost him a spot at the tournament in Russia this summer, the national team’s doctor confirmed Neymar faces a race to be fit for the World Cup after Brazil’s national team doctor stated his recovery will take an estimated three months.The Paris Saint-Germain forward suffered a broken metatarsal in Sunday’s victory over Marseille and his club confirmed on Wednesday that he is to undergo surgery on his injured foot.The attacker, who became the most expensive footballer in history with last summer’s transfer from Barcelona, now looks a major doubt to play another game for PSG this season. 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 If Brazil’s doctor, Rodrigo Lasmar, is correct in his prognosis then Neymar also faces an anxious wait to regain full fitness before the World Cup kicks off in mid-June.”It was a small fissure [in the fifth metatarsal of the right foot], a major fracture of a bone in the middle of the foot, and the operation will be on Saturday morning in Belo Horizonte,” Lasmar told Globo TV upon landing in Rio de Janeiro on Thursday.”We do not have the exact time, but the surgery will certainly be on Saturday. It will be two and a half months to three months of recovery for Neymar.”After surgery we will have more details about this time. He is sad, upset, but understands that he has no alternative but to recover as soon as possible “Although Neymar might be heart-broken behind the scenes, he put on a brave face on Instagram this week for his millions of adoring fans at home and abroad.He wrote: “Obstacles can’t hold you down. If there’s a wall in your way, don’t give up. Find out how to climb it.”PSG had reportedly been keen to avoid surgery but the player’s father, Neymar Sr, who is also the 26-year-old’s agent, had pushed for his son to have it.The French club should comfortably cruise to Ligue 1 – they are 14 points clear of second-place Monaco with 11 games to go – but their dreams of European glory have taken a major blow.Real Madrid lead 3-1 heading into next Tuesday’s last 16 second leg at Parc des Princes, and many will have pinned their hopes on Neymar inspiring the Parisiens to a comeback against the reigning champions.Brazil, similarly, had been hoping that Neymar could be the beating heart of a talented squad that includes Barcelona’s Philippe Coutinho, Chelsea’s Willian, Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino and Real Madrid’s Casemiro.The former Santos star had been cruelly denied a chance to lead Brazil to glory on home soil four years ago when injury ruled him out of their semi-final against Germany, which they lost 7-1 to the eventual champions.
Stories are the most powerful form of expression, and as marketers and writers, we should never make a point without telling a story. When one person tells another person a story, the two people are transported together outside the present moment, to another time and place. They are living an experience together as one person recounts what happened and another imagines it in his or her mind. What better way to communicate our cause?If you doubt the power of a story, think about the last time you gave money to a good cause. I’m willing to bet a free copy of my book that a story was behind your gift.I looked at ten charity websites today and not one had a story or link to a story on the home page. Through direct mail, I get some stories, but they tend to sound like they were written from a fundraising 101 template. Where are our stories?! Where is your story? Get one now.Need inspiration? Order Storytelling as Best Practice if you don’t already have it. Or if you don’t want to spend the $15, sign up for a May 24 free training with its author, Andy Goodman, who is its author and the best guy on storytelling for nonprofits, hands down. (It’s free for the first 125, according to Andy’s site, so hurry.)Once you’ve done this, start writing some stories about what you do, why you do it, and how important it is.A really talented writer I used to work with at CARE is Gwendolyn Driscoll, who is now a journalist. She wrote this article in the Orange County Register.I went to the Saddleback Church website and found its story:When Rick and Kay Warren first arrived in the Saddleback Valley in December of 1979, all they had was what they could fit in the back of a U-haul truck. Fresh out of seminary, the young pastor and his bride dreamed of planting a church that would be “a place where the hurting, the depressed, the confused can find love, acceptance, help, hope, forgiveness and encouragement.” With many good Bible-teaching churches already in Southern California, Pastor Rick turned his attention to those who didn’t attend church regularly. Two weeks after Pastor Rick and Kay arrived in the Saddleback Valley, they began with a small Bible study, meeting with one other family in the Warrens’ small condo.On Easter of 1980, Saddleback Valley Community Church held its very first public service and 205 people, most of whom had never been to church, showed up. That began one of the most exciting journeys of growth that any church has experienced in American history. In more than two decades of ministry in South Orange County, God has continued to expand the church’s influence. Currently, Saddleback Church has more than 200 ministries serving the church and community. One in nine people in the area call Saddleback their church home. How do you tell the story of your organization and its start? Is it this colorful? It is this compelling? I’m not a churchgoer, but I’m taken with this story. Not surprising given the man behind it wrote the Purpose-Driven Life, which sold 16 million copies. He is a storyteller. You can – and should – be one, too.
Gregg Berhalter has spent the past nine days in Europe meeting with players in the U.S. national team player pool, and none of those meetings were more important than the new U.S. coach’s first face-to-face interaction with hihs best player.Berhalter met recently with Christian Pulisic, and called it a positive experience as the two had the first of what are sure to be many discussions about how they will work together to help the USMNT rebuld after failing to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.”We had a good meeting,” Berhalter told reporters during a conference call on Thursday. “It was the first time I really sat down and talked to him and heard his views on soccer and his ideas about the game. It was a very productive conversation.” Editors’ Picks ‘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 Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Berhalter said he has met with a dozen players in person during his trip to Europe, and has had phone conversations with a dozen more.Pulisic always figured to be one of the first players for Berhalter to meet with, and the meeting comes at a time when the Borussia Dortmund star has been struggling for consistent playing time with the Bundesliga leaders.Pulisic has failed to earn consecutive starts for Dortmund since September, though he did start in its past four Champions League matches.”He’s doing a fantastic job at Dortmund,” Berhalter said. “At the moment it hasn’t been going the best for him and I think that’s when guys really can show their quality, in how they endure times like this, and we talked about that.”Pulisic had been vocal about his desire to see the national team begin work under a new head coach, revealing some frustrations shared by the USMNT fanbase over the prolonged search that took more than a year before Berhalter was ultimately hired.”I just want to see a guy with a plan,” Pulisic told ESPN in November. “A guy with a great plan moving forward, and having a real style, and planning going into how we’re gonna play — what style we’re gonna be in — and how we’re gonna go about these games and how we’re gonna go about qualifying and just have a real identity as a team.”Berhalter has the task of rebuilding the program, a process that will formally begin with the January national team camp, and while he won’t have Pulisic available for national team duty until the March window at the earliest, Berhalter has already made it clear how important the 20-year-old will be to the USMNT going forward.”He’s a legitimate international star,” Berhalter told Bundesliga.com . “He’s a real quality player, a player that can be the catalyst for our attack, can easily unbalance defenders, has a very good understanding of the game and it’s been really nice watching him progress over the years.”
We realize that you may or may not choose to spend your Friday nights browsing bookshelves for a good read. But what if you could have a beer, chat with friends, and check out your favorite authors at the same time? Not your typical brick and mortar store, Boston’s Trident Booksellers is also a café and bar, serving a full menu throughout the day and late into the night.In a market where bookstores are dropping like flies, Trident has recently expanded to include a spacious second floor. Events and Marketing Coordinator Courtney Flynn explains, “We have more space for the café, more book shelves, and an area for events and meetings. It’s a bit quieter and mellow up there.”We might credit part of the store’s success to the enthused booksellers, experts when it comes to today’s hottest new writers. We might also give a tip of the hat to the cooks running the kitchen, whipping up Tibetan Momos, Fried Catfish Sandwiches, and Cashew Chili on an hourly basis. Trident also brings in plenty of cooking events and readings, depending on whether you want to learn a new kitchen skill, listen to excerpts from indie press authors, or both.Though the place is generally filled with chatter and white noise, it is also a perfect spot to spend a few hours alone working, reading, or people-watching on Newbury Street. Flynn tells us, “I think the store is a place that people can spend a whole day, it’s like an event – they can work, read, eat, and hang out with friends. It’s relaxed, so there’s no feeling that you need to be rushed out. It’s a place to spend as much or as little time as you want.” Books and beer? Count us in. How to Get Rid of Cigar Breath, Smell, and Smoke The Best Labor Day Deals on Outdoor Gear from REI, Backcountry, and More Editors’ Recommendations The Best Kegerators for Serving Fresh, Cold Draft Beer Right at Home A Guide to Bodywork: Massage, Acupuncture, Chiropractic, and More How to Care for Your Houseplants in the Winter
“I am happy to present this cheque of 3.5 million dollars to Netball Jamaica which will be of great assistance as you prepare for the World Cup. Jamaica is fortunate. This is the year of the girls, our Sunshine Girls are going to England in July and our Reggae Girls to France in June. We are looking for great things,“ Minister Grange said. The Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, has contributed 3.5 million dollars to Netball Jamaica to help send the Sunshine Girls to the 2019 Netball World Cup in Liverpool, England. The Minister, the Honourable Olivia Grange presented the cheque to Patricia Robinson, 1st Vice President of Netball Jamaica today. Story Highlights The Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, has contributed 3.5 million dollars to Netball Jamaica to help send the Sunshine Girls to the 2019 Netball World Cup in Liverpool, England.The Minister, the Honourable Olivia Grange presented the cheque to Patricia Robinson, 1st Vice President of Netball Jamaica today.“I am happy to present this cheque of 3.5 million dollars to Netball Jamaica which will be of great assistance as you prepare for the World Cup. Jamaica is fortunate. This is the year of the girls, our Sunshine Girls are going to England in July and our Reggae Girls to France in June. We are looking for great things,“ Minister Grange said.The Sunshine Girls who are ranked third in the world have qualified for the World Cup every year since 2015.The Ministry’s contribution to the Sunshine Girls is being provided through the Sports Development Foundation.
Thelma Minard is one of 36 Nova Scotians in the South Shore area who is closer to a better career, thanks to her hard work and support from the Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning. This year, 450 adult learners in Nova Scotia will graduate with their high school diploma. Ms. Minard is one of those graduates. The Liverpool, Queens Co., resident dropped out of school at 15 and, after being out of school for 30 years, decided to go back. She plans to take office information technology at Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) in the fall. “I went back to better educate myself and secure a job,” said Ms. Minard. “This program has given me a second chance.” The Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning is an initiative of the Department of Education. Since its inception in 2001, about 2,400 Nova Scotians of all ages and backgrounds have graduated with a high school graduation diploma. Fourteen people on the South Shore have already graduated through the Nova Scotia Community College and 22 will graduate from programs offered through the Queens and Lunenburg adult high schools of the South Shore Regional School Board. “The Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning is meeting an important need in our province,” said Karen Casey, Minister of Education. “We know that 38 per cent of Nova Scotia adults have low levels of literacy and we are working to change that. “Literacy skills are not only the key to a better life, they are essential to development of a skilled workforce for our province. I congratulate all the graduates for taking steps to improve their education and career opportunities.” The Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning co-ordinates a range of education programs for adults who want to improve their literacy skills, or complete their high school diploma. Programs are tuition free and offered at more than 150 sites across the province in partnership with NSCC, regional school boards, Université Sainte-Anne, and community-based learning organizations. “The number of students receiving their high school diplomas shows their determination and resolve to finish their education and continue to work toward their education and career goals,” said Gary Mason, principal, South Shore Adult High School. Ms. Minard will receive her diploma at the graduation ceremony for the South Shore Regional School Board on Wednesday, June 27, 6 p.m., at Dr. J.C. Wickwire Academy, 311 Old Port Mouton Rd., Liverpool.
Greek Cypriot leader Tassos Papadopoulos and Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash met this morning for just over two and half hours in the presence of the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Cyprus, Alvaro de Soto.The head of the UN mission in Cyprus, Zbigniew Wlosowicz, also attended the meetings, which took place at the Nicosia Conference centre in the UN protected area.Last week the two leaders agreed to continue negotiations until 22 March on the basis of Mr. Annan’s plan. If an agreement on modifications to the plan can be reached, then the entire proposal will be submitted to separate referenda in April for approval by the Greek Cypriots and the Turkish Cypriots.Speaking to reporters after today’s session, Mr. de Soto described the meeting as “very constructive,” adding that there had been “ample good will and [a] businesslike spirit” shown by the two sides.Mr. de Soto said that both leaders had agreed that they and their delegations schedule meetings with the UN Good Offices team every morning at 9:30, leaving afternoons free “for internal consultations.”Meanwhile, the technical committees of experts dealing with law and treaties also began their work today.
“My name is Junius O. Williams,” the youngster wrote on Friday in a letter addressed to Secretary-General Kofi Annan detailing his contribution and asking that it be used “for clothing.” UN officials supporting the guided tours were moved by the gesture. “This kind of thing really heartens us – it makes our day and gives meaning to our work,” said Dawn A. Johnston-Britton, Chief of the Public Inquiries Unit. She said the tour guide who met Junius, Ulrika Nilsson, was similarly impressed by his sincerity.The standard procedure in all cases where funds are contributed by individuals is to immediately allocate them to the appropriate channel in accordance with the donor’s wishes. The donation from Junius, a student at St. Philips Academy from Newark, New Jersey, was made in line with recommendations in a fact sheet put out by the Public Inquiries Unit describing what people can do – from volunteering to contributing funds – in support of UN aims. In that fact sheet, a message from Secretary-General Kofi Annan addresses children like Junius. “It was said of Eleanor Roosevelt many years ago: ‘She would rather light a candle than curse the darkness.’ One day, I hope, the same will be said about you.” A spokesman for Mr. Annan said Junius is indeed the kind of person who is lighting the way.
The Buckeyes line up to sing “Carmen Ohio” after the game against TCU on Sept. 15. Ohio State won 40-28. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorOhio State released its depth chart on Wednesday ahead of its matchup against Tulane.The major change in the roster comes at defensive end, with junior Jonathon Cooper and sophomore Chase Young both starting in place of the injured junior, Nick Bosa.According to head coach Urban Meyer on Monday, Bosa suffered an abdominal/lower groin injury, and will be out for the game against Tulane. Meyer also said on Tuesday Bosa’s status will be evaluated midweek.Also on the defensive side, redshirt junior Davon Hamilton is listed as a co-starter at nose tackle with junior Robert Landers listed as probable for the Tulane matchup after an injury in the 40-28 victory over TCU.Ohio State faces Tulane at Ohio Stadium at 3:30 on Saturday.Here’s the rest of the depth chart:
Ohio State senior goalkeeper Devon Kerr (1) prepares throw the ball downfield in the first half of the game against Florida Gulf Coast University on Sept. 7. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorWith only four games left for the Ohio State women’s soccer team’s 2018 season, senior goalkeeper Devon Kerr has been the most consistent piece of the team in her final campaign as a Buckeye. The goalkeeper has had seven shutouts, giving her 18 for her collegiate career — the third most in Ohio State history. Kerr holds an .820 save percentage in 2018. Game by game, her consistency is what makes her shine in her last year at Ohio State. On the season, Kerr has allowed more than one goal only three times: in the first two games against then-No. 3 North Carolina and then-No. 9 Duke, and then once more against Penn State, which currently sits atop the Big Ten. Kerr’s success has been the driving force for an Ohio State that sits at 7-5-3 (4-2-3 Big Ten), for Ohio State has only won when Kerr has blanked the opponent.Kerr said looking back on all her achievements throughout the years remains a great feeling for her, and getting the opportunity to play the starting goalkeeper position behind this caliber of a team proved more than she could ask for. “I love that we’ve had such success as a team with not allowing goals against,” Kerr said. “Personally it’s a great accomplishment for me, but I couldn’t do it without the work of my teammates as a whole, and I think all of their efforts go into why we’re so successful with not allowing any goals.”Traveling all the way from Ontario, Canada, Kerr debuted in 2015 against Texas, making six saves in a scoreless draw. In her first collegiate start, Kerr made 10 saves and allowed only one goal in a double-overtime draw to Illinois. Kerr earned a Big Ten All-Freshman Team honor that year after playing in 14 games and starting five that season. In 2016, she entered her sophomore season making five saves in a victory against Michigan, managing a total of 26 saves overall for the year. Although she had much success in her time as an underclassman, it didn’t stop there. In her junior season, Kerr received a Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honor on the way to earning second-team All Big Ten. She started every game in the 2017 season and currently remains one of Ohio State’s strongest players both on and off the field, but she said she won’t take credit as being the only leader on the team. “We have leadership coming from every line on the field,” Kerr said. “I think that the fact that it’s not just one leader on the field and there’s multiple leaders is what helps with our team’s success so much.”Sophomore forward Marissa Birzon said Kerr stands as an incredible role model for the team as a whole and she inspires the younger goalkeepers to take her position when she leaves next year. “She’s been a huge voice in the back line organizing everybody and making sure everyone’s playing together,” Birzon said. “Honestly, her saves have been tremendous in games.”The Buckeye senior said her piece of advice to the younger players on the team would be to try and make the atmosphere as much of a family and learning environment as possible, and to try to focus on making the spaces safe and productive. With only two games ahead of the Big Ten tournament and a potential NCAA tournament bid left in Kerr’s illustrious career, she said she will remember this team as being one of the closest groups of girls that she had in her tenure as a Buckeye.“We bring a sense of competition every day to practice that I think it’s just super healthy for us and great day in and day out to have that competitiveness at practice and during games,” Kerr said. “I’m definitely going to miss that, coming back every day to the same group of crazy girls will be a bit of a change for me, but I wouldn’t have wanted to spend this year with any other group of girls.”
Of more concern to the free-spirited duchess than the cost, however, will be… The private wing The hotel-style birthing experience offered by the private Lindo Wing at St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, with its airy suites, in-house chefs and Champagne teas, starts at a basic rate of £5,900 for a normal delivery in a standard room, and £7,435 for a c-section, with consultant’s fees, anaesthetics and room upgrades extra, and additional nights from £1,175. Baby Sussex’s arrival is imminent, but where will we see that first shot of the beaming duke and duchess: on the Lindo Wing steps, outside their local NHS hospital, or at home with a doula? Whatever they choose, here’s what they can expect…
POLICE IN WALES have been granted a further 24 hours to question the only suspect in the April Jones’ murder investigation.Local resident Mark Bridger was arrested on Tuesday afternoon in connection with the 5-year-old’s disappearance but he is now being questioned about her murder. A Welsh court today granted detectives a final extension for his detention this afternoon and police have until about 5pm tomorrow to charge or release him. He remains in custody in Aberystwyth.The 46-year-old appeared before the court for 25 minutes, entering and leaving the building with a blue blanket over his head.He was initially arrested on suspicion of abduction but the investigation was upgraded to murder today.Speaking at the latest press briefing, Superintendent Ian John said that move, taken this morning, “was the right thing to do”. “It is essential for the integrity of the whole operation,” he added.A lead figure in the inquiry, John said he is “completely overwhelmed” by the support received by local people, as well as those outside the community.“Only a couple of hours ago two ladies from Newport turned up with bags of food and drink which they had bought with money collected from their community,” he said, citing one example. “All the pink ribbons and the balloons around the town show the impact of this tragic incident on everyone.”He thanked volunteers who had taken days off work to help in the search, as well as their employers who facilitated the kindness.John said the focus remains on “finding April and the search continues”.Eight teams of more than 60 specialist officers are still out searching for signs of the young girl across mid-Wales. They are joined by about 150 members of the Mountain Rescue services, the fire and ambulance services, the Coast Guard, RNLI and RAF.Special equipment, including boats with sonar equipment and helicopters with thermal imaging capabilities, have also been deployed.The search will resume at first light tomorrow.Police have again appealed for anyone who may have seen Bridger’s blue Land Rover Discovery jeep in recent days to contact them.Readers in the UK can call 0300 2000 333 with any information.Earlier: Police now treating April Jones disappearance as murder investigation>
A RECENT STUDY in the US has revealed that 58% of swimming pools in Atlanta have poo in them (well remains of fecal matter but whatever).Researchers reckon that this is fairly common in most pools. HORROR TOWNN!But then, swimming pools can be quite gross places and some horrible things can happen in them…1. Hair everywherevia Dairy of a ModelWhy is there always hair in the pool?Why must see clumps in the shower?Why do bits of it keep appearing around your feet as you enter the pool?WHY?2. Peevia SodaHeadWe’ve thankfully never had this happen but apparently if you pee in the pool a blue mist appears around the pee.Not only does it mean the pool staff know somebody peed in the pool, it also marks you out as the person who did it.The fear of this happening to us as children was quite strong and still haunts us when we swim now.3. Changing roomThere’s always somebody walking around in the nip without a care in the world while the rest of just get about the business of drying ourselves or someone using the hair dryer to dry their shoes and causing a stink.We’re basically like this when that happens:We’re not sure what it is about swimming pool changing rooms that make people lose the run of themselves.4. Bandages everywhereWhy, why, why, why are there always big bandages floating around the pool?Despite this man making an appearance constantly:STR/AP/Press Association ImagesGrotty.5. That weird foot cleaning water you have to walk throughWhen you walk through that weird tiny puddle of special foot disinfectant that’s always really cold, that’s when you’ve really marked your pool visit.6. Swimming capDaniel Ochoa De Olza/AP/Press Association ImagesWe’re talking about those weird plastic ones that you invariably end up wearing that make your head feel like it’s shrinking and that you have a condom on your head.Horrible.7. Belly floppersThe people who insist on belly flopping in and out of the pool all day like it’s their own personal diving spot are the worst.We’re trying to work on our breaststroke can you please tone it down.8. Your swimsuit being horrible to youvia ShutterstockLet’s be honest, we’ve all had that horrible moment where our swimming costume has ridden up to reveal a bit too much bum or suddenly slid off to have you accidentally flash your fellow swimmers.Very embarrassing.9. People swimming really slowlyYou know when you have decided to hop in the swimming lane and take your new swimming career super seriously?You will always be stuck behind some super slow swimmer, who you’ll attempt to overtake and then invariably some other person will be swimming down the other side therefore blocking you.It’s like a motorway but with bodies and water instead of cars.10. A narky lifeguardJean Cummings/EMPICS EntertainmentNothing worse than a lifeguard with a superiority complex blowing their whistle non-stop.We’re not on Baywatch, no need to get carried away with yourself.11. Stinking like chlorineYou know how it is. You’ve had a nice swim, perhaps at the start of your day and even though you’ve showered afterwards you realise that you smell like you’ve been steeped in chlorine.People avoid you all day because the slightest whiff of you makes your eyes sting.Strangers on the street sniff you and go:Raging.13 baby animals who don’t get enough cute credit>The 11 people you will ALWAYS meet at the gym>
Chad Gable advances to the finals of the King of the Ring to be held on this Monday’s RAW Google+ Facebook WWE RAW Ratings are in for October 15, 2018.This week’s episode from Philadelphia drew an average audience of 2.40 million viewers on Monday night on the USA Network according to a report by Showbuzzdaily.com.This is up from last week’s show that averaged 2.37 million viewers. WWE came in at No. 5, No. 6 and No. 8 for the night on cable, the same as last week. The first and second hour of the shows each drew the strongest audiences of the night (2.490 and 2.482).Monday Night Football on ESPN won the night on cable (11.881 million viewers).Hourly breakdowns of the WWE RAW RatingsHour 1: 2.490 (down from 2.533 million viewers last week)Hour 2: 2.482 (up from 2.388 million viewers)Hour 3: 2.216 (up from 2.200 million viewers)RAW, headlined by another six man tag team match featuring The Shield vs. Braun Strowman, Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre, averaged a 0.86 rating among adults 18-49 on Monday night. This is up from last week’s 0.82 rating. WWE Smackdown Ratings: Viewership stays over 2 million, WWE stays No. 1 on Tuesday Pinterest Twitter Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp WWE RAW Ratings: Viewership sees a 15% drop against the return of Monday Night Football
Members of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) cordon off a suspected militant den in Ashulia. Photo: Sazid HossainRapid Action Battalion (RAB) said four alleged militants have surrendered to them during a drive of the law enforcement in an Ashulia residence at Savar on the outskirts of the capital.RAB members cordoned off the area early Sunday suspecting it to be a militant den.Sounds of gunshots were also heard in regular intervals in the morning around 11:30am.RAB members take position near a suspected militant den in Ashulia. Photo: Sazid HossainRAB media and legal wing director Mufti Mahmood Khan at noon told reporters that four suspected militants have surrendered.Earlier in the morning, the RAB official said elite force men fenced off the house around 1:00am on Sunday.RAB members take position near a suspected militant den in Ashulia. Photo: Sazid HossainThe RAB media and legal wing director further said, “The area has been evacuated. We will begin a drive shortly.”The owner of the house, Ibrahim, was also under RAB custody for interrogation, he added.
X Listen Wikipedia CommonsThe National Butterfly Center in Mission, Texas is home to hundreds of species of butterflies, including the Mexican bluewing. Share 00:00 /08:29 The National Butterfly Center is a 100-acre wildlife sanctuary in Mission, Texas that’s home to hundreds of species of butterflies.But conservationists say those insects would be harmed should a proposed border wall be built. The nonprofit center, operated by the North American Butterfly Association (NABA), is bordered by the Rio Grande to the south.In July 2017, Marianna Trevino Wright, the center’s executive director, says she discovered government contractors cutting down trees on the property. Later that year, NABA first sued the government to halt that process.Then, earlier this month, the Texas sanctuary asked a court to stop federal officials from building a border wall on its land.Trevino Wright says there’s still a lot of uncertainty about what’s going to happen next for the center. In the audio above, she tells Craig Cohen about the center’s history and what could happen next. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: