Daily Bullets (October 14)

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Football newsOSU-West Virginia got half the rating OU-Texas got. (NewsOK)Mike Gundy: ““I’ve never been a fan of (using) two quarterbacks, but I think there’s a need for that with this football team.” (Tulsa World)Good recognition here by Kyle Fredrickson about how key Zach Sinor was on Saturday. Also, Gundy rocking a favorite quote of mine and Carson’s.“He’s got good work habits and the game is important to him. He puts a lot of time and effort into it.” (NewsOK)I’m glad Glenn Spencer isn’t on this, but ………………. (Yahoo)AdChoices广告I finally looked at this. I wish I hadn’t. (ESPN)The two plays that made the difference against WVU. (NewsOK)Weeden out in Big DBerry Tramel breaks down his press conference from Sunday.[1. As an aside, how crazy is it that we break down press conferences of folks played to achieve athletic feats for entertainment. I do it. Berry does it. Everyone does it. It’s entertainment. It’s just weird and bizarre when you step back and think about it.] (NewsOK)And Weeden loses his job. (PFB)The national reaction to Weeden and Matt Cassel is fun. (Dallas Morning News)Around the countryWhy the HBC is out. (Yahoo)This is the article you’re looking for, though. The best of all his quotes. (CBS)Texas dramatically won the battle in the trenches and limited OU to dinks and dunks. You can win a lot of games doing that. (Football Study Hall)Berry Tramel on why everyone loves Bill Snyder. Really good. He has 15,000 pieces of mail in his office! (NewsOK)Texas and Nike are close — this is probably for the best. (LGG)Hoops newsO-State ranked No. 76 in this insanely deep CBS poll. (CBS)Bill Self in an old OSU jersey and short shorts? Sure! (PFB)Pistols FiringWhich conference has the best OSU in the country? (PFB)Carson and I on the podcast talking OSU-WVU and OU-Texas. (PFB)OSU’s odds to make the College Football Playoff are improving. Now 25/1. (PFB)How does 2015 J.W. Rudolph compare to 2011 Brandon Weeden? (PFB)Mike Gundy to USC? Nah. (PFB)J.W. on close games: “They’re hard on our fans.” (PFB)Tyreek Hill makes one-handed catch, playfully talks trash to Ryan Simmons. (PFB)last_img read more

Watch: Oklahoma State-Kansas Highlights

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. AdChoices广告There were a lot of highlights from Saturday. Most of which I don’t even really remember because of everything else that transpired. Here’s a look at OSU’s rout of KU.last_img read more

Larry Fedora Honors the Late Jeff Naple

first_imgFormer Oklahoma State coordinator Larry Fedora has elected to honor his late friend Jeff Naple, who recently passed away after a battle with pancreatic cancer.Naple passed away in September, and Fedora is honoring Naple by sporting the “Pitt” decal that the Cowboys have worn on the back of their helmets.AdChoices广告 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

NFL Draft: Lenzy Pipkins Signs as Undrafted Free Agent with Green Bay Packers

first_imgThe Packers finished last season with a 12-7 record and, after opening the season 4-6, rode an 8-game winning streak that ended in a loss in the conference championship to the Atlanta Falcons.A former Louisiana-Monroe cornerback, Pipkins jumped into OSU’s rotation at cornerback last season at a time it desperately needed experience. He was a mainstay in the defensive backfield and another in a long line of graduate transfers to make an impact for OSU. He recorded 24 solo tackles, 14 assisted tackles, one tackle for loss, one interception and one pass breakup in the 2016-17 season. Lenzy Pipkins has joined the fraternity of former OSU players who were not selected in the NFL Draft but have since signed as an undrafted free agent, joining Jordan Sterns, Blake Jarwin, Ashton Lampkin and Jhajuan Seales. Pipkins, who spent just one season in Stillwater, announced the Green Bay Packers are giving him a shot at the next level.For those teams that passed me up thank you bc its go time now thank you Green Bay Packers organization for the opportunity ??— Lenzy Pipkins (@Pippy_LONGsock) April 29, 2017 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Oklahoma State Can Join 100/10 Club With Historic Season

first_imgLouisville49-16-075% Georgia48-18-073% Kansas State43-22-066% Penn State87-42-067% TeamRecordWin Percentage USC44-23-066% Wisconsin49-19-072% Oregon102-30-077% Stanford53-15-078% Notre Dame43-21-067% Texas A&M44-21-068% Alabama64-7-090% Oklahoma104-29-078% LSU98-32-075% Michigan State46-20-070% We all know Oklahoma State has been one of the best teams in the country over the last five and 10 years, but do you know just how good the Pokes have been? Because of a leaky 2014 season OSU has fallen out of the prestigious 50/5 club (50 wins over the last five years), but they’re still one of just 18 Power 5 schools to win two-thirds of their games over the last five seasons.Records in last five years (Since 2012) LSU45-18-071% Oklahoma State93-37-072% Florida State59-9-087% Ohio State61-6-091% Clemson102-34-075% TeamRecordWin Percentagecenter_img Alabama119-19-086% Florida91-40-070% Clemson60-9-087% Michigan State90-42-068% TCU95-34-074% Oregon49-17-074% Ohio State111-21-084% Utah88-40-069% Wisconsin97-37-072% AdChoices广告Better than USC, Notre Dame and Texas A&M? I’ll take it. Also, how insane is the 60/5 club that Clemson, Ohio State and Alabama are in? My gosh. Now let’s take a look at the last 10 years. Again this is Power 5 teams only (TCU and Utah cross both lines, but I decided to keep them in).Records in last 10 years (Since 2007) 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. Baylor47-18-072% Georgia93-39-071% Oklahoma51-14-079% Stanford93-38-071% Florida State101-33-075% Oklahoma State45-20-069% Virginia Tech92-43-068% There are six 100/10 clubs, and they’re all elite programs.When I talk about how we maybe underrate what Mike Gundy has done in his time at OSU, this is what I’m talking about. Consider this: Since Gundy took over in 2005 Oklahoma State and Texas (Texas!) have the exact same record. Can you imagine telling the version of yourself watching that Texas-SC Rose Bowl that this would be the case in 2017?“It’s an exciting time for all of us,” Mike Gundy said last week. “I was thinking flying down (to Big 12 Media Days) this morning just how we evolved at Oklahoma State and the culture that we’ve created with the young men and how fun it is for myself and our staff, the guys that were on the plane. They’ve been such great leaders for us. We’ve evolved into something really special at Oklahoma State.”This is true. Gundy went on to explain just how OSU has done this.“At first when I got this job, I guess I wasn’t smart enough to realize how hard it was,” continued Gundy. “So we just never stopped. We moved forward. We tried to make the best decisions with the resources we had. We tried to be on the cutting edge, not only Xs and Os-wise, but from the science behind football, different ways to do things, cutting back on practices, not having full-scale tackle practices or scrimmages in the fall and spring.“But then as we matured as a program, I realized that the most important thing we’ve done is we’ve created a culture at Oklahoma State for success in all different areas. We have some structure. We have certain ways that we expect our players to operate to be a part of our team and that we’re all lucky that we’re here, myself included, and that Oklahoma State football is by far bigger than any one person in our program, and we live by that.“We’re very disciplined. We’re very structured. Accountability is important. We’re unselfish. We respect our opponents, but we don’t fear anybody. I think that we’ve stayed with that, and we’ve created a culture where players understand success.”This is apparent, and don’t look now, but with a 14-win season this year (???) OSU can join that aforementioned 100/10 group next year (they’re 86-31 in the last nine years).A hundred wins in 10 years. That would have seemed laughable just a decade ago. But now OSU is one historic season from making it happen. USC94-37-072%last_img read more

How Texas Once Held Oklahoma State’s Future in its Very Wealthy Hands

first_imgI’ve written on the Big 12-Pac-12 near alignment extensively, but David Ubben recently wrote and reported the most thorough piece I’ve ever seen on the topic that nearly torpedoed this conference back in 2010. And OSU is at the heart of it. Though there aren’t many OSU-specific nuggets, the entire thing is fascinating to think back on and read about.Texas was the summer’s biggest and most crucial prize, and the Pac-10 also zeroed in on Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech and Colorado. Texas A&M was a potential partner, but SEC membership was something many university power brokers had coveted for decades, as was a split from rival Texas. Still, Texas A&M entertained early discussions from the Pac-10. [The Athletic]You should read the entire thing (here) because it’s great. The part that was maybe most interesting to me was about just how much power Texas wielded at that time (and even now, I guess). This part about how OU thought they had power, but it was almost nothing next to Texas made me laugh. This was post-Texas turning down the Big 12.By then, Oklahoma had pushed out [Dan] Beebe as commissioner, turning to [Chuck] Neinas to guide the league into its new era. Representatives from Oklahoma declined to be interviewed for this story.“Boren acted like Oklahoma could go to the Pac-10 without Texas. They couldn’t do that, but he felt like he wanted to show Oklahoma had enough power to have the commissioner removed and then they’d stay,” Beebe said. “And that was how it ended for me there.” [The Athletic]Many levels of humor if you’ve been following the Big 12 for a long time. And who knows how close it all was to happening. Texas’ then-AD, DeLoss Dodds, acts like it never really got that close.“Bottom line, every time we met as a staff and talked about our kids having half of their competition on the West Coast and being on airplanes all the time, we just felt like that wasn’t the right thing,” Dodds said. “I never got to the point where I thought (the Pac-16) was the right move. We had staff meetings with 10 or 12 people in a room. We started every meeting by asking, how would this affect the kids? And the end result was just not good.” [The Athletic]But Ubben’s article makes it seem like it got a lot closer than that (one reporter even insinuated that if Texas A&M had bailed for the SEC first, it probably would have happened). All of the what-ifs, including the following: What if OSU’s magical 2011 team had played in the Pac-16 instead of the Big 12? Colorado moved that year, and presumably OSU could have, too.Regardless, one thing is undoubtedly true: Oklahoma State is better off — financially and otherwise — that Texas stayed and kept everyone else with them. Even if their leverage resulted in a tidy little $15 million bonus from ESPN. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Power to the People: How to Use Policy and Advocacy Tools to Improve Maternal Health

first_imgPosted on August 30, 2010June 21, 2017By: Janna Oberdorf, Communications Manager, Women DeliverClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)At today’s session on “Policy and advocacy tools,” panelists presented on web-based and new media options for disseminating maternal health research and messages. Though online technology is an often-untapped resource for the maternal health field, the panelists laid out specific ideas and strategies that have the potential to catalyze policy change.Panelists discussed:•    Leveraging new and online technology for maternal health advocacy and communication; Mari Tikkanen, M4ID•    An Atlas of Birth: mapping the global challenges and solutions to maternal mortality; Sarah Neal, University of Southampton•    Lives Saved Tool: influencing maternal and child health policy; Koki Agarwal, MCHIP“Maternal health doesn’t have a global movement,” said Tikkanen. “We need these tools to reach out to a broader audience.”It was interesting to hear the panel talk about the need to present evidence in ways that capture attention and provoke action among a diverse array of stakeholders. It’s true. Research is incredibly important. But we also need to take scientific research, like the data used in the Lives Saved Tool (LiST), and make it accessible. Data visualization and creative maps, like those created in the Atlas of Birth, are fantastic ways to capture policymakers and express complex issues quickly.But maps are a natural next step for researchers and academics. What else can we be doing? We can be blogging, updating our Facebook pages, tweeting, downloading iPhone apps, sending text alerts, and more. I am a strong supporter of all new media initiatives, but I think it’s important to remember the difference between awareness-raising and advocacy. Though raising awareness is a step towards advocacy, we should be mindful that our social networking and online tools have an intended impact on policy change. It is not enough to just exist on social networks; we must strategize and use tools that benefit our organizational mission and the broader maternal health cause. And we must tailor our messages to specific audiences.We also need to work hard to combat those who think online tools are trivial. Betsy McCallon of the White Ribbon Alliance and moderator of the session gave a great example: “In the US, where global development aid support is sliding, policymakers need to hear from their constituents that these issues are important,” she said.I encourage maternal health organizations who look down on new media, or who fear the rapid pace and inherent transparency, I encourage you to join the movement. Social media and online tools put the power in the hands of the people. It’s our job, as maternal health advocates, to make sure that power is maximized and targeted.Stay up to date with the conference happenings! Follow the Maternal Health Task Force and EngenderHealth on Twitter: @MHTFand @EngenderHealth. The conference hashtag is #GMHC2010.For more posts about the Global Maternal Health Conference, click here.For the live stream schedule, clickhere.Check back soon for the archived videos of today’s presentations.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Kroos stuns Sweden with dramatic late winner

first_imgGermany 2 Sweden 1: Late Kroos winner brings Low’s men back from the brink Stephen Creek Last updated 1 year ago 04:16 6/24/18 tonikroos-cropped Getty Images Germany’s hopes of reaching the World Cup knockout phase were hanging in the balance before Toni Kroos scored a stoppage-time free-kick. Germany came back from the brink of a humiliating World Cup exit as Toni Kroos scored a sensational stoppage-time winner to secure a dramatic 2-1 victory over Sweden.Kroos found the net with a wickedly curling set-piece in the 95th minute of a game that brought out the best and worst of Joachim Low’s world champions, who were reduced to 10 men when Jerome Boateng was sent off with eight minutes remaining.It capped a dramatic turnaround in a match that Germany could not lose after Die Mannschaft were beaten by Mexico in their opening Group F game, but such a scenario was on the cards when Ola Toivonen’s superb lob gave Sweden a lead they held until half-time. 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 But Low’s team-talk at the break obviously struck a chord with the world champions, who levelled early in the second half through Marco Reus’ scrappy effort.Boateng’s dismissal threatened to unravel their efforts to get back into the match and it looked as though they would have to settle for a point that would have left their hopes of progressing from the group hanging in the balance. However, with the clock winding down, Kroos’ stunner sparked jubilant German celebrations and simultaneously broke Swedish hearts.The result leaves Group F wide open with no team yet mathematically through. Mexico lead the way on six points, while Germany and Sweden are on three, and South Korea still on zero.95 – Toni Kroos’ strike (94:42) was Germany’s latest ever World Cup goal scored during regulation time (excluding extra time). Poise. #GERSWE #GER #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/n6yomGJSAx— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 23, 2018Germany dazzled Sweden with lightning-fast passing in the opening exchanges and Julian Draxler had a shot blocked from close range before he toe-poked a left-footed effort narrowly wide from a tight angle soon after.Emil Forsberg was pulled back by Thomas Muller on Sweden’s first foray into German territory but no free-kick was given and, after Victor Lindelof cleared a Reus cross away from danger, Janne Andersson’s men were denied what looked like a clear penalty.Viktor Claesson’s pass put Marcus Berg through one-on-one with Manuel Neuer when Boateng appeared to bundle the Sweden striker to the ground without playing the ball, but referee Szymon Marciniak ignored Sweden’s ardent protests.Germany lost Sebastian Rudy when he left the field with a bloody nose after a collision with Toivonen moments before the Sweden forward landed another blow as he burst into the box to control a Claesson cross on his chest and lift his shot over Neuer into the far corner of the net in some style.Substitute Ilkay Gundogan and Berg exchanged dangerous long-range shots at the end of the first half and Low sent on Mario Gomez for Draxler at the start of the second half.Less than three minutes later Germany drew level when Timo Werner’s cross evaded Gomez but found Reus, who met it with his knee and turned the ball beyond Robin Olsen and into the bottom corner of the net.Low’s men did not stop there, and Muller headed narrowly wide before Jonas Hector forced Olsen into a good save to keep the scores level.Reus should have made it 2-1 when his attempted back-heel failed to connect with Joshua Kimmich’s low cross.With just under 10 minutes left, Boateng was dismissed after picking up a second yellow card for a dangerous tackle on Berg, and Neuer then made a dramatic one-handed save to deny substitute John Guidetti a winning goal with a downward header.Olsen pulled off an even better save at the other end, parrying Gomez’s powerful header over the crossbar, and Julian Brandt crashed a thunderous shot onto the post from an offside position as time looked to have run out on Germany.But Kroos hooked a sweetly struck effort from a well-worked free-kick with Reus on the left into the far corner of the net from a tight angle to allow his country to breathe a huge sigh of relief.BEST NEVER REST! Kroos puts the @DFB_Team_EN in the lead – the dream of the round of 16 is back alive! #GERSWE pic.twitter.com/tuzsZHC8NZ— Mercedes-Benz & Die Mannschaft (@mbfussball_en) June 23, 2018Key Opta stats:- Germany came from behind at half-time to win a World Cup match for the first time since 1974 – which was also against Sweden.- Toni Kroos’ winning goal after 94 minutes and 42 seconds was the latest goal scored by Germany in World Cup history (excluding extra-time).- Sweden’s Ola Toivonen failed to score in 23 Ligue 1 games for Toulouse in 2017-18, attempting 19 shots without success – he scored with his second shot at the 2018 World Cup.- This was the first match at a major international tournament (Euros and World Cups) that Mesut Ozil had not started for Germany since he made his debut in 2010, ending a run of 26 consecutive starts.- Sweden have lost a World Cup group stage match for the first time since June 1990, when they lost to Costa Rica – this defeat ends a run of 10 group games unbeaten. read morelast_img read more

Man arrested for making hoax call at IGI airport

first_imgNew Delhi: A man was arrested for allegedly making a hoax call on August 8 saying his wife was planning to trigger a bomb at the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport here, police said on Saturday. The police said that the man, Nasiruddin (29), made the hoax calling stating that his wife was a “fidayeen” member and was on her way to set off the bomb at the airport. “Nasiruddin was arrested from Delhi’s Bawana area. He made the call in order to prevent his wife from leaving the country,” said a senior police officer. On August 8, the authorities at the airport had to temporarily suspend operations of international flights. “During investigation, the accused revealed that he married Rafiya, his employee, who was now planning to leave India to work in the Gulf. When his attempts to stop her from leaving the country failed, he decided to make the call,” the officer added.last_img read more

NB council mum on Halloween rules setting trickortreat age limit curfew

first_imgBATHURST, N.B. – A city council in northern New Brunswick is staying tight-lipped about changes to a contentious Halloween bylaw that puts an age limit on the pursuit of sugary loot and sets a curfew for anyone in disguise.Bathurst Coun. Samuel Daigle confirmed that amendments easing an existing Halloween bylaw passed final reading during a council meeting Monday night, but declined to comment further.“The communications director asked us not to comment on anything,” he said Tuesday. “Each time we say anything it turns into a circus.”Bathurst spokesman Luc Foulem said in an email Tuesday that the mayor and councillors “will not be making any further comments” regarding the Halloween bylaw amendments, which have received international attention.The new rules ban trick-or-treating for anyone older than 16 and set an 8 p.m. curfew for all, relaxing the old bylaw forbidding teens over age 14 from collecting candy door-to-door with a 7 p.m. cut-off.The bylaw also prohibits anyone from wearing a facial disguise in public after curfew. Anyone spotted donning a zombie mask or a witch’s veil after 8 p.m. can be fined up to $200.It also stipulates that Halloween is to celebrated on Oct. 31.While many towns and cities have issued Halloween-related policies or guidelines to protect little ghosts and goblins or step up police patrols, a bylaw restricting trick-or-treating and enforcing an early curfew is an unusual step.Although the changes in Bathurst relax existing restrictions, the bylaw has generated intense controversy — the city’s deputy mayor wants it should be scrapped altogether. Kim Chamberlain calls it an overreach for city councillors to impose Halloween rules.Bathurst police say they’ll use common sense enforcing the Halloween bylaw.“If some child is walking around at 8:05 p.m. and has a mask on, we’re not necessarily going to give them a ticket,” Const. Jeff Chiasson said in an interview Monday. “But if we do find people over the age of 16 throwing apples or stealing candies from other kids or things like that, that’s where the imposition of the fines would be put into place.”The bylaw gives police a tool to prevent and stop mischief, he said, adding that fines would be used only as a last resort.“I think the spirit of this is to prevent any mischief,” he said.— Story by Brett Bundale in Halifaxlast_img read more

Alan Bleviss legendary Edmonton actor who voiced trailers for Scarface and Dirty

first_img“I know he was invited to the Clinton inauguration twice and he decided not to go to keep the mystery, which I think is kind of funny,” Sarah Bleviss said Wednesday in a phone interview from New York.But she said her father’s struggles with chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy were debilitating and nearly robbed him of his career.“He went through a period of complete paralysis, including his vocal chords,” she said.“In his recovery, he ended up with a damaged peripheral nervous system, so for 30-something years of my life, he couldn’t feel his hands, legs, arms or feet.“He worked with a vocal specialist here in New York, who was a former Israeli drill sergeant, and she taught him to regain his voice and recontrol his voice using, I believe, his diaphragm.”She said the same woman helped him regain his voice when chemotherapy and radiation damaged his vocal chords during treatment for lung cancer. He died at his home in New York City on Dec. 30 after a two-year battle with the disease. He was 76.He was born to Jewish parents and studied at the University of Alberta. To appease his father, who wanted him to become a lawyer, he said he was studying law — when in fact he was studying theatre.“When his father found out he was so upset and he actually stopped funding my father’s education,” Sarah Bleviss said.“My father actually was an incredible card player and he played poker and bridge and things like that to fund his education.”He went on to study at the National Theatre School of Canada, where he became a lifetime governor and has a library named after him and his family.“Thank you, Alan, for your unparalleled altruism and for having dedicated your time and financial leadership to helping NTS reveal the talent of so many young theatre artists, on and behind the stage,” the school said in a statement.“Your voice and passion will always echo through the halls of our school and continue to inspire students to persevere and follow their dreams.”Sarah Bleviss noted his theatre education was a great influence on his work.“His training, which I think is unusual for voiceovers, came not from broadcasting but from a theatre background. So even watching him in the booth, you could see him emoting. He was really acting, in a sense,” she said.Blevis spent his later years in Arizona and then New York. He won six Clio awards, which honour creativity in advertising, as well as a trophy from the Cannes International Film Festival in 1985.“People from all over the world can recognize the voice of Alan Bleviss,” Stephen Waddell, national executive director of Canada’s performers’ union, ACTRA, said in a statement.“That’s a great legacy, but we also remember (the) talented performer, beloved father and the engaged passionate member of ACTRA who gave so much back to Canada’s performing community.”Bleviss is survived by his children, Sarah, Joshua and Lisa.“My dad has an incredibly strong will, so even the day before he passed, he was still up at the computer, he was talking to us,” Sarah Bleviss said.“He said some really incredibly powerful things that night that I will never forget. He wasn’t the kind of person that ever wanted to give up. I think his body gave out before he did.” Login/Register With: TORONTO — Renowned Canadian voiceover artist Alan Bleviss won industry acclaim for bringing a sonorous, honeyed tenor to blockbuster film trailers and TV commercials.And then he lost his dulcet tones.Reflecting on the legacy of her father, whose recent death made international headlines, Sarah Bleviss says there was a point in his life when he could barely speak due to a neurological disorder. Advertisement Canadian voiceover artist Alan Bleviss is shown in a handout photo supplied by his daughter Sarah. Bleviss, who lent his dulcet tones to everything from presidential campaigns to blockbuster film trailers and TV commercials, has died. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO Twitter Advertisement Advertisement “It’s a bit like a Greek tragedy to have this profoundly beautiful and commanding voice and to lose it,” she said.The Edmonton native, who narrated the trailers of films including “Scarface,” “Dirty Dancing” and “Ragtime,” was eventually able to recover vocally and went on to become the signature voice of the Democratic Party on election campaigns for Bill Clinton and Joe Biden. Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

Toronto stock index sets record high Wall St mixed after Fed raises

first_imgTORONTO – Canada’s main stock index hit a record high, while American markets were largely ahead following the U.S. Federal Reserve’s widely-expected decision to raise short-term interest rates for the third time this year.The S&P/TSX composite index was up 22.56 points to 16,136.59, after a record intra-day high set earlier in the morning at 16,187.85.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average advanced 80.63 points to 24,585.43. The S&P 500 index was down 1.26 points to 2,662.85 and the Nasdaq composite index was up 13.48 points to 6,875.80.Fed policy-makers ended their two-day meeting today by raising the federal funds rate — what banks charge each other for short-term loans — by 0.25 percentage points to a still-low range of 1.25 to 1.5 per cent.The Canadian dollar closed at an average trading price of 77.81 cents US, up 0.12 of a U.S. cent.In commodities, the January crude contract was down 54 cents to US$56.60 per barrel and the January natural gas contract was up four cents to US$2.72 per mmBTU.The February gold contract added US$6.90 to US$1,248.60 an ounce and the March copper contract was up three cents to US$3.05 a pound.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version said the loonie was down from Tuesday’s close.last_img read more

Meknes Universitys Vice Dean Suspended For Threatening Teachers with a Knife

Rabat – The Vice Dean of the School of Arts and Humanities at Moulay Ismail University in Meknes was reportedly suspended after allegedly threatening a group of teachers with a knife on Thursday, July 2.According to the Moroccan daily Al Massae, the Vice Dean interrupted a group of teachers who were preparing to hold a union meeting, threatening them with a knife.In his statement to Al Massae, the Vice Dean claimed that he had not threatened anyone. He added that he had indeed used his knife to cut down a banner that he considered illegal since “it contained insulting words including “Get Out!” According to the daily, the teachers who are members of the “National Union of Higher Education” said that this was not the first time that they had had issues with the behavior of the dean who previously called them “rats.”The suspended dean was said to be a victim of a political settling of accounts, and that the protest is the result of ideological battles facing the campus of the University.The Ministry of Higher Education has decided to suspend the dean while an investigation being conducted to uncover the details of the incident. read more

Mexican privacy watchdog criticizes government over spyware

MEXICO CITY — Mexico’s privacy watchdog says the Attorney General’s Office stonewalled it for more than a year as it tried to investigate the government’s use of powerful Israeli spyware against journalists, lawyers and activists.Commissioners of Mexico’s Institute for Transparency, Access to Information and Protection of Personal Data say that just this week the Attorney General’s Office provided for the first-time licensing contracts from 2016 and 2017 for the Pegasus software from Israel’s NSO Group.Initially, the office had denied the contracts existed, then had refused to divulge them before eventually capitulating.Commissioners were incredulous Wednesday at the idea that the government would spend $32 million on software and then maintain that it hadn’t used it. Yet the government earlier told them it had no records of the software being employed.The Associated Press read more

European foreign policy chief reaffirms commitment to strong UN

“Regional organisations are building blocks for global governance, with a dual responsibility –first, a responsibility to enhance security, development and human rights in their own region, and second, to support UN efforts to promote these goals around the world,” the 27-member Union’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Catherine Ashton, told the Security Council.Addressing the 15-member body as part of its periodic review of cooperation between the UN and regional organizations, she highlighted the many convergences of ideals and collaboration in work between the EU and the world body. Citing the EU’s participation with the UN, Russia and the United States in the Quartet, which seeks a two-State solution to the Middle East conflict based on Israel and Palestine living side by side as sovereign nations in peace and security, Ms. Ashton stressed that Europe is at the forefront of providing budgetary support and assistance on security to the Palestinian Authority to lay the foundations of a future Palestinian State. On Gaza, which is under Israeli blockade, she reiterated calls, also made by the UN, for unconditional opening of crossings while addressing Israeli legitimate security needs.“This Council knows well the great needs of the people of Gaza. The European Union is fully committed to support them. I have proposed a comprehensive package of EU support for the Gaza crossings, focusing on infrastructure, equipment and training,” she said.Turning to demonstrations in North Africa and the wider Middle East demanding political participation, fundamental freedoms, social justice and economic development, Ms. Ashton delivered a message that Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has made frequently in recent weeks.“Our position is clear: the democratic aspirations of citizens must be met through dialogue, genuine political reform, and free and fair elections that are well-prepared,” she said.Addressing concerns in the wider world, she praised the political leadership that the UN has shown in the peace process in South Sudan, which culminated in last month’s vote for independence. “We now have to stay focused so that the region doesn’t slip back into the violence that has marred it for decades,” she said. “The European Union contributed to the referendum through the deployment of an important observer mission. We will continue to engage with the North and South alike – including on the crucial task of building the vital democratic institutions – in full cooperation with the UN and other partners.”On Côte d’Ivoire, where former president Laurent Gbagbo’s refusal to step down despite his electoral defeat has led to violence and the displacement of tens of thousands of people, Ms. Ashton voiced full support for the “key role” played by the UN mission there in support of opposition leader Alassane Ouattara, the clear winner in November’s run-off elections. “There are many others [cases] in which the EU is engaged, with, and in support of, the UN, to protect the vulnerable and ensure that genuine democracy can take root,” she concluded.“Let me end by acknowledging the great responsibility of this Council in steering the international community away from conflict and confrontation. In carrying out its tasks, it can count on the full commitment and support of the EU.” 8 February 2011The European Union (EU) today reaffirmed its long-standing commitment to effective multilateralism with a strong United Nations at the core. read more

Former Maldives President Nasheed arrested

Clashes have been reported between opposition supporters and police deployed near the ex-president’s residence. The last two arrest warrants issued against Nasheed could not be executed by police as the ex-president took refuge inside the Indian High Commission in Male.Nasheed sought refuge at the High Commission for 11 days to evade arrest following his failure to attend court for what he called a “politically motivated” trial to bar him from contesting in the presidential election slated for September 7. Police have taken former president Mohamed Nasheed into custody after the Hulhumale Magistrate Court ordered the Police to produce him in court for a hearing on Wednesday of his trial over the arrest and subsequent detention of Chief Criminal Judge Abdulla Mohamed.Police confirmed that the ex-president had been arrested from his residence and taken to Dhoonidhoo detention facility. A judiciary official said the hearing of Nasheed’s case has been scheduled at 4:00pm on Wednesday. read more

US House passes bill giving pot businesses access to banking

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a bill that would grant legal marijuana businesses access to banking, a measure that would clear up a longstanding headache for the industry.The bill passed 321-103 on the strength of near-unanimous support from Democrats. Republicans split on it.Thirty-three states have legalized cannabis for medical or recreational use, but the federal prohibition on the drug has made it difficult for businesses to get bank accounts, loans and other financial services.Many have relied on cash, making them potential robbery targets.Supporters of the banking bill, including Democratic Reps. Denny Heck of Washington and Ed Perlmutter of Colorado, characterized it as a public safety measure.Its prospects in the Senate are uncertain, but supporters said the amount of Republican support in the House was a good sign.Gene Johnson, The Associated Press read more

Annan to attend African summit on AIDS infectious diseases later this month

Spokesman Fred Eckhard said Mr. Annan would address the African Summit on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Other Related Infectious Diseases, which will be held in Abuja on 26 and 27 April.African heads of State, heads of United Nations agencies and private sector executives are expected to attend the Summit, which is being convened by the Nigerian Government and the Organization of African Unity (OAU).According to the OAU, key issues on the Summit’s agenda will include the development of a continent-wide policy on prevention as well as access to care, drugs and support. Participants are also expected to address research in Africa on HIV/AIDS and TB vaccines. In addition, the meeting will include a session commemorating the first anniversary of African Malaria Control Day.12 April – Spokesman Fred Eckhard said Mr. Annan would address the African Summit on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Other Related Infectious Diseases, which will be held in Abuja on 26 and 27 April.African heads of State, heads of United Nations agencies and private sector executives are expected to attend the Summit, which is being convened by the Nigerian Government and the Organization of African Unity (OAU).According to the OAU, key issues on the Summit’s agenda will include the development of a continent-wide policy on prevention as well as access to care, drugs and support. Participants are also expected to address research in Africa on HIV/AIDS and TB vaccines. In addition, the meeting will include a session commemorating the first anniversary of African Malaria Control Day. read more

After fourweek sea odyssey Liberian refugees seek asylum in Lagos UN agency

The passengers, who had left Monrovia on board a Swedish-registered ship named Alnar on 1 June, had been refused entry in Ghana, UNHCR spokesman Ron Redmond told the press in Geneva. Continuing along the coast, the boat moored off the coast of Benin and later Togo without obtaining authorization to dock. The Government of Nigeria then agreed on “humanitarian grounds” that the ship could dock in Lagos and indicated it would be willing to grant asylum to its passengers. Passengers coming off the ship on Tuesday morning received food, water, blankets, and kitchen tools from UNHCR and other relief agencies at the port. After a medical examination, which revealed their overall condition to be “satisfactory, ” they were transported by bus to Oru refugee camp, some 120 kilometres west of Lagos. According to UNHCR, Oru already has close to 2,000 refugees, all of them from Sierra Leone. Overall, Nigeria is hosting 7,200 refugees – mainly from Sierra Leone, Liberia and Chad. read more