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. I think it’s safe to say if I’m picking a home, I probably wouldn’t be too choosy about which home to pick between Mike Gundy and Bob Stoops. [Assuming I have a couple milly to throw away]. But just for fun, how do the two head ball coaches homes compare? Here’s some pictures from Mike Gundy’s abode (Courtesy of extreme campers from 2015):And here’s a few photos from Stoops house, and a slight video tour from a pool party over the weekend:https://twitter.com/RuizMaria15/status/632339499477917696Some fun had @OU_CoachStoops’ house this evening.?? ➡️ https://t.co/jpB2R6EvJlhttps://t.co/KE2SOv82Yt— Oklahoma Football (@OU_Football) August 13, 2016I’d bet that Stoops house probably doesn’t draw comparisons to the Bass Pro House, but either way, it would be preetttyy dang difficult to pick between the two. Fortunately for us all, we’ll probably never have to choose. ?
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#UnitedKingdom, December 12, 2017 – North Caicos’ D.C. Cynclair Musgrove brought to our attention the ambitious, highly commendable work of Raymond Gardiner High School students. Briann Gardiner & Astacio Ariza, together with their fifth form peers, are championing the repairs and refurbishment of their community facility at Horse Stable Beach.This integral landmark not only hosts civic and social functions, such as the annual Rake n’ Scrape, Season Jam, pageants, recitals, graduations and meetings among others, but is also a very popular tourist destination. Though since the passing of Irma and Maria, it has been forced to close. This has already led to two major community functions being affected.In their letter to HIRTAC, they stated that they would like to ‘give back to the island that gave so much to them’. The students’ resourcefulness, compassion and wisdom is beyond their years. We owe it to these future leaders of TCI to encourage and empower their goals.Since then we have been in discussion with officials; the Ministries of Education, Infrastructure, Planning and Public Works are all very supportive of their initiative and for contributions towards the scheme. We would like the pay special thanks to our advisor & TCIG Senior Quantity Surveyor, Dominique Durham, who has been instrumental in assisting the cause. We are all very exited to work together with the students.SO, WHAT ARE WE DOING?HIRTAC are kick-starting their campaign with an initial grant of $20,000! This is thanks to all of your generous donations so far; THANK YOU! Also, thank you for being patient while we ensured that your contributions will be well invested and meaningfully delivered.In order to help make their dream a reality, we still need to do more. We are working alongside the students to help establish and advise on the works. We are committed to realizing their vision for a resilient, celebrated site that seizes the full potential of its location.We will be running a series of community-engagement programmes with local practices and individuals to develop not only the students’ proposal for the site, but also to offer design education outreach. We believe it is important to not only help restore this facility to beyond its former glory, but to also engage and empower this community.With official assessments totaling repairs at over $130k, we need your help.We are seeking monetary or material sponsorship on behalf of the students. You can make donations here, or please get in touch to learn more and find out other ways you can contribute.We will be announcing developments with their project along the way & opportunities to get your sleeves rolled up in 2018.WELL DONE Briann, Astacio & peers! Your determination, and that of your hardworking District Commissioner, is truly inspiring.#TCIstrong #BuildBackBetter #HorseStableBeachPress Release by: HIRTAC THE MONEY BEHIND THE MISSION:WHERE YOUR DONATION GOESSTEP 1 | DONATE |You raise and donate incredible amounts of money to help the people of the Turks and Caicos Islands. For those in the US, please note you can make 501(c)(3) tax-deductible contributions. Fiscal sponsorship has kindly been made available to HIRTAC through the Turks and Caicos Reef Fund.STEP 2 | ALLOCATE |We add together all the money and use it to give grants to organisations whose purpose aligns with our mission of supporting urgent relief and rebuilding opportunities for the youth of the Turks and Caicos Islands.In this immediate period, we are helping to identify suitable proposals and reaching out to the communities in need.Please get in touch to find out how to apply for a grant here.STEP 3 | DISTRIBUTE |It takes several weeks for each batch of funding to be allocated so we can ensure the most efficient use of donations. Money is given out in stages rather than a lump sum so we can regularly maintain its most effective use.During this process, HIRTAC endeavours to obtain sponsorship of every avenue, from transport to external service/administration costs. This means that every penny you give is most efficiently invested in rebuilding opportunities for the Turks and Caicos Islands.STEP 4 | OVERSEE |We oversee projects & provide updates on the success stories of your generous contributions! Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp About HIRTAC: HIRTAC is a non-profit relief initiative, founded by UK-based Turks and Caicos Islanders and past residents.HIRTAC works in conjunction with an advisory panel of varied expertise in the Turks & Caicos Islands (TCI) comprising local non-profit charity Food for Thought, as well as a number of other established individuals in their respective fieldOUR MISSION:To establish a mode of reputable, transparent funding to support the humanitarian response in the TCI following Hurricane Irma. THE METHOD BEHIND THE MISSION1. Short Term: To act as an agentto support emergency relief efforts which assist local communities in restoring their homes & businesses. This includes receiving donations of goods and facilitating outreach programmes/initiatives.Long Term: Invest funds raised in rebuilding opportunities for the youth of the local communities in TCI. Related Items:
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.
Two children embrace after Eid congregation at National Eidgah. Photo: Prothom AloThe Eid-ul-Fitr, the biggest religious festival of Muslims, was celebrated in the country on Wednesday amid religious fervour and enthusiasm after a month-long fasting, reports UNB.The day of this year’s Eid was decided after much deliberation on Tuesday night.Initially, the National Moon Sighting Committee said the Shawwal moon had not been sighted in the country. However, it held a second meeting after reassessing the information and decided to celebrate the Eid on Wednesday.However, the celebration of Eid-ul-Fitr was dampened by incessant rainfall since the morning.On this day, people usually go out in a festive mood but the downpour forced many to stay indoors. Many areas in the capital went under water.In Dhaka alone, 36.6mm rainfall was recorded between 6:00am and 9:00am. The rain was attributed to the influence of a trough of westerly low over Bangladesh and adjoining areas.In the capital, the main congregation was held at the National Eidgah on the High Court premises at 8:30am. President Abdul Hamid joined the Eid jamaat.Five more congregations were held at the National Mosque.There were arrangements at the National Eidgah and the National Mosque for women to offer Eid prayers alongside men.Across Bangladesh, Muslims held Eid congregations in eidgahs, mosques and open spaces.This year, Gor-e-Shahid Baro Maidan in Dinajpur and Sholakia Eidgah in Kishoreganj hosted two of the largest Eid congregations in the country.While 600,000 devotees took part in the Eid-ul-Fitr jamaat at Gor-e-Shahid Maidan, the number of devotees was 500,000 in Sholakia, claimed organisers.President Abdul Hamid and his spouse Rashida Khanom hosted a reception at Bangabhaban on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr.The national flag was hoisted atop government and non-government office buildings. The main city streets and road islands were decorated.Television channels and radio stations aired special programmes on the occasion.Special diet was served in hospitals, jails, government children homes, centres for persons with disabilities, shelter homes, orphanages, vagrant welfare and destitute welfare centres.