Several years ago, during a meeting with a group of women at an undisclosed location, former National Commission on Violence Against Women (Komnas Perempuan) commissioner Yuniyanti Chuzaifah had an experience she would never forget.The women were victims and relatives of victims of alleged violence against civilians between 1965 and 1966, which occurred after the assassination of six military generals in an alleged coup attempt on Sept. 30, 1965, that was blamed on the now-defunct Indonesian Communist Party (PKI).The meeting with the victims was part of Yuniyanti’s efforts to help them receive continued medical rehabilitation support from the Witness and Victim Protection Agency (LPSK). However, she said the meeting was interrupted by a group of unidentified people who raided the building and dispersed the attendees after accusing them of discussing communism.“We saw several people raid the building carrying machetes in their hands, while others carried bamboo sticks,” Yuniyanti said during a webinar on Wednesday. “We were perplexed by the incident as we had only talked about health care in the meeting, not even a single word about communism.”“The raid shows that the public still holds resentment against the PKI and those who are allegedly related to the party,” she added.Two decades after the fall of the Soeharto regime, fears of communism remain entrenched in Indonesia, where the ideology has been banned since 1966. Amnesty International Indonesia executive director Usman Hamid said the fear of communism in Indonesia stemmed from anti-PKI propaganda and the “manipulation of history” under president Soeharto’s 32-year tenure from 1967 to 1998. Those included, he said, the use of a movie called Pengkhianatan G30S/PKI (Betrayal of the Communist) which depicted vicious PKI members assassinating generals.Historians are still trying to get better access to materials to understand the violence and examine the historicity of the government’s G30S accounts – or lack thereof. They say the public has the right to know the truth behind what happened in 1965 and therefore historians should be able to publish their findings openly and without intimidation.One such historian is Grace Leksana. She obtained her doctorate in history from Leiden University in the Netherlands in May. Her thesis focuses on a 1965 tragedy in a neighborhood in southern Malang, East Java, a city she believes to be one of the main locations of violence against civilians in the period.“The government always promotes a narrative that the G30S was initiated by the PKI, but it never mentions anything about the violence against civilians that followed the incident,” Grace said in a discussion hosted by history magazine historia.id on Tuesday.In her research, she interviewed villagers to determine the sequence of violence against civilians, the forms of violence and the alleged perpetrators.She came to the conclusion that violence had occurred in the village and that several residents had helped the military screen civilians allegedly affiliated with the communist party. These residents, she said, had done so because the regime had promised them prominent positions in local administrations if they assisted.John Roosa of British Columbia University in Canada discussed violence against civilians in his 2020 book Buried histories: The anticommunist massacres of 1965-1966 in Indonesia. The book follows his previous publication, Pretext for mass murder: The September 30th movement and Suharto’s coup d’etat in Indonesia, which was banned by the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) in 2009.His research found that many civilians were subject to forced disappearances and killings.He said at the Tuesday discussion that many civilians in places such as Riau, Lampung, West Java and Central Java were arrested and placed in detention camps in 1965 and 1966 before being murdered.In a TV appearance on Tuesday evening, Coordinating Social, Political and Legal Affairs Minister Mahfud MD said the government had never forced the public to believe the propaganda in the movie.He said the government had never determined which version of the 1965 tragedy the public should believe. “The history of the tragedy is still debatable, and we’ll leave it to the historians.”He said in a video statement earlier on Tuesday that the government did not oblige people to screen the G30S/PKI movie or prohibit them from screening it. But he noted one condition; everyone should refrain from hosting crowded events to prevent the spread of COVID-19.The National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) concluded in 2012 an investigation into the 1965 communist purge. The commission found that the purge had constituted a gross human rights violation and recommended that military officials be brought to trial. But AGO prosecutors maintained that they were unable to build a case because of insufficient evidence.Topics :
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Given all the excessive rain and cool temperatures this spring, there was some concern about how no-till and strip-till corn yields would end up at the end of the season. Well, the results from the 41st year of our long-term tillage plots near West Lafayette, Ind., are in and they tell an interesting story. These prairie soils (about 4% organic matter) at the site are silty clay loam and naturally poorly drained, but systematically tiled. We didn’t suffer from as much rain as some other counties, but we still had over 10 inches of rain in June and over seven inches in July at this location.The first surprise is that corn yields with no-till were better than chisel plowing in both continuous corn and in the corn-soybean rotation. Yields were 11 bushels per acre better than fall chisel plow and spring secondary tillage when corn followed soybean, and 5 bushels per acre better than the fall chisel plow in continuous corn. Most of the reason for that is the improved soil structure in long-term no-till versus chisel plow system (a system where we did secondary tillage with soil a little wetter than we wanted to simply so that we could accomplish planting by May 23). Figure 1. Preliminary 2015 corn yield results from a long-term tillage experiment at West Lafayette, IN. Corn grain yields are averaged for with and without a nitrification inhibitor (Instinct) when a 200-pound per acre side-dress N rate was applied as UAN at V4 stage. Note: All tillage treatments were planted with the same hybrid (P1498 CHR) on the same day (May 23, 2015). Starter N was applied as 10-34-0 (20 gallons/acre) and sidedress N was applied as coulter-banded UAN to give a total N application of 223 pounds N/acre for all plots. Plant populations averaged 33,600 and were not affected by tillage or rotation treatments. Normally, no-till corn yields about equal to the fall chisel plow system when corn follows soybean, but not when corn follows corn. In fact, no-till corn after corn is usually about 7% lower in yield than the fall chisel system even when we do everything right in terms of best management for no-till.The second surprise is that corn yields with strip-till were better than both chisel plow and no-till when corn followed corn, and about equal to no-till when corn followed soybean. Usually strip-till corn yields equal those with the fall disk-chisel system, but this year they surpassed the chisel system by 18.5 bushels per acre when corn followed corn. The main advantage of seeding into a friable, dry and warmer strip of soil with minimal soil compaction during planting is the key advantage here for the fall strip-till system.Yields with the strip-till system may have been even higher if we had taken advantage of the earlier soil drying to plant even earlier. But, in this research, all tillage systems were planted on the same day. The spring of 2015 was so wet and cool that the fall strip-till system offered a great opportunity for an extended number of planting days between the frequent rain events.The third surprise is that strip-till resulted in higher yields than chisel plowing even when no nitrogen (N) was applied except for the 23 pounds of N in the starter band at planting. The relative yield gain for strip-till when no side-dress N was applied was especially apparent in continuous corn. The results of this table also make it abundantly clear that even 40 years of continuous no-till do not magically result in more available mineral N in soil for corn to use. It is doubtful that farmers can be successful in no-till corn production systems by using lower N rates than they do in conventional tillage systems, and certainly not when corn follows corn or a grass or cereal cover crop.Figure 2. Preliminary 2015 corn yield results from a long-term tillage experiment at West Lafayette, IN. Corn grain yields are averaged for the first time corn had ever been produced on these plots with anything less than 180-240 pounds of N/acre since 1975.Note: All tillage treatments were planted on the same day (May 23, 2015). Starter N was applied as 10-34-0 (20 gallons/ac) and zero sidedress N was applied. Frustrated farmers are understandably strongly tempted to do deep and intensive tillage following a disappointing corn harvest in 2015. But these results, and others like them over the decades in the Eastern Cornbelt provide reassurance that both no-till and strip-till can maintain or increase corn yields compared to the most common fall tillage system. Extreme rain events (such as getting five or more inches in 24 hours) also make soil protection with residue cover even more important. Strip-tillage, done properly, is an even more reliable tillage system than some conventional tillage alternatives in both continuous corn and corn-soybean rotations.Finally, these yield results confirm once again that the benefits of rotating corn with soybean instead of growing corn after corn are particularly obvious when weather conditions during the growing season (and especially the early part of the growing season) are unfavorable. Corn yields averaged 17% lower when corn was grown continuously in 2015; that compares to a 10% yield reduction for continuous corn versus corn after soybean with the same three tillage systems in the last five years (2010-2014). So the bottom line is that crop rotation pays, and adoption of either strip-till or no-till pays dividends despite severe weather challenges.
“I look at bump-and-run corners. Not too much of a zone corner. So if you’re a man corner the Big 12 is the place to be. Not only Oklahoma State, but this is where I’m at so I’m rooting for Oklahoma State.”The Big 12 (and Oklahoma State) have traditionally lacked more compared to other conferences when it comes to interior defenders (although Joe Bob Clements is doing his best to rectify that). But I thought that was such a great point by Williams.If you’re a safety or a corner, why wouldn’t you come to Stillwater or Austin or Norman to play college football? Why would you go to Auburn or Athens or Nashville where you might defend only two or three passes a game?The Big 12’s reputation has a long way to go, but I think it can be a place (just like Stillwater can be a place) where elite offensive players attend school and just-as-elite defenders follow them. As Williams pointed out, it’s a smart route to take if you want to get better and eventually end up getting drafted in the first round like Gilbert. It wasn’t a surprise to us to hear offensive players talk about the allure of playing in a high-tempo offense like the one Mike & Mike have constructed in Stillwater. Oklahoma State’s lineage of elite, NFL-like receivers is growing, and more and more recruits want to be a part of it.“The offense,” said redshirt sophomore transfer Tyron Johnson. “They’re throwing it around. It’s something a receiver like me wants to be in. Any receiver actually. You see a team throwing it around like that it will catch your eye. That expectation has been met. Here they throw it a lot. A lot.”“It’s the offense,” said senior Chris Lacy. “Being a receiver we like to catch passes, and Oklahoma State is known for throwing the ball and putting receivers in the league. That’s what I wanted to do is come here and catch passes so I’m loving it.”AdChoices广告This pair will make up two of the cogs in what should be one of the best passing games in the country. It helps the reputation of your offense and school when you’re catching passes from pros, too. What was a bit of a surprise is that this same high-flying offense that averaged 2.89 points per drive last season tempts defensive players to come to Stillwater, too. Or the fact that other teams in the Big 12 have to toss it all over the yard to keep up with the OSUs of the world does, anyway.“I got to run into (Justin Gilbert) at the spring game,” said redshirt freshman corner Rodarius Williams. “I got to talk to him, him being a first round pick. He told me, ‘It’s a bunch of man to man so you’re going to get a lot of exposure with the ball.’ I was like, ‘I’m that type of corner that wants to be thrown at.’ So I was like, ‘I’m committing on the spot.’ He told me I’m making a great decision.” 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.
Transfers Man Utd hoping to keep De Gea for many years to come – Fortune Chris Burton 02:20 5/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) CRISTINA QUICLER Transfers Manchester United David de Gea José Mourinho Real Madrid Primera División Premier League The Spain international goalkeeper continues to be heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid, but a former Red Devils star is looking for him to stay Manchester United are hoping to keep David de Gea at the club for “many years to come”, says Quinton Fortune, with the Red Devils not in the business of selling the world’s best.Speculation continues to suggest that Real Madrid are preparing another raid on Old Trafford for a long-standing transfer target.The Blancos are willing to spend big on De Gea, despite the Spain international being under contract in England until at least 2019. 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 United have the option to trigger a 12-month extension in the 27-year-old’s current deal, while fresh terms have been mooted for a man that Jose Mourinho and Co have no intention of parting with.Former Red Devils star Fortune told PA Sport on De Gea: “When he arrived at Old Trafford, he was a bit rocky at the start of his career but the improvement he has made has been unbelievable.”When you look at the last couple of seasons, he has been player of the year – which is a little bit weird for a Manchester United goalkeeper.”I think the position we are in the league and all the competition, I think David’s played a big role in that. Look at some of the games this season – he has kept us in games. The Sevilla game, especially, he was outstanding.”In my opinion, he’s probably the best goalkeeper in the world at this moment in time and we hope that continues. He’s been absolutely brilliant, and we hope we can keep him here for many years to come.”United are looking for De Gea to play a leading role in their future plans, with Fortune confident that Mourinho can piece together a Premier League title challenge if given further funds in which to try and close the gap on Manchester City over the summer.The South African added: “It’s a little bit frustrating to see us in second position [sic], but City has been outstanding this season and it will be a miracle to catch them.”They are going to have to lose every single game and we’re going to have to win every single game, but the signs are there for next season and there’s still a lot to play for this season.”The way we’re playing looks very difficult to beat in any competition, so I hope next season we’ll go that extra step further and win the league.”I am sure there will be changes in the summer. The manager will want to strengthen the team and that’s part of being a Manchester United player.”You want to improve, you want to have competition and I am sure the manager will strengthen his team and try to win the league next year.”
Premier League Live football on TV: UK match schedule this week, online streams & free to air websites Goal Last updated 1 year ago 03:20 11/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty/Goal composite Premier League UEFA Champions League UEFA Europa League FA Cup Primera División Bundesliga Serie A Ligue 1 If you are planning to take in some live football on television this week, Goal has a comprehensive guide to what’s on Trying to figure out what football is being shown live on TV this week? Look no further!There is plenty of action taking place across the globe, not least in Europe’s top leagues, with some interesting match-ups that are bound to get you excited.Four Champions League last-16 ties will be decided, with the likes of Real Madrid, Liverpool, Man City and Juventus in action, while Arsenal continue their Europa League campaign against AC Milan. 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 Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United take on Crystal Palace on Monday before heading into a crunch clash against rivals Liverpool later in the week, while Barcelona will look to take a step closer to La Liga glory.As well as that, there are some enticing derby games going on in Scotland, with Edinburgh giants Hibernian and Hearts facing off before the Old Firm between Celtic and Rangers.To help you choose what to watch, Goal has taken a look at all the football on TV in the UK today, tonight and this week, including some that you can watch for free and live stream. All live football matches on UK TV this weekSaturday March 10, 2018 Match Competition Kick-off time (GMT) Channel Western Sydney Wanderers vs Wellington Phoenix A-League 08:50 BT Sport 2 Perth Glory vs Central Coast Mariners A-League 11:00 BT Sport 2 Darmstadt vs Ingolstadt Bundesliga 2 12:00 BT Sport 1 Eibar vs Real Madrid La Liga 12:00 Sky Sports Football Man Utd vs Liverpool Premier League 12:30 Sky Sports Premier League Chelsea vs Crystal Palace Premier League 17:30 BT Sport 1 Aston Villa vs Wolves Championship 17:30 Sky Sports Football Bayer Leverkusen vs Borussia Monchengladbach Bundesliga 17:30 BT Sport 2 Getafe vs Levante La Liga 17:30 Sky Sports Red Button Willem II vs PSV Eindhoven Eredivisie 18:45 Sky Sports Red Button Cardiff Met. University vs The New Saints Welsh Premier League 19:00 S4C Verona vs Chievo Serie A 19:45 BT Sport 2 Malaga vs Barcelona La Liga 19:45 Sky Sports Football Chicago Fire vs Sporting Kansas City MLS 23:00 Sky Sports Football Sunday March 11, 2018 Match Competition Kick-off time (GMT) Channel Espanyol vs Real Sociedad La Liga 11:00 Sky Sports Mix Fiorentina vs Benevento Serie A 11:30 BT Sport 3 Rangers vs Celtic Scottish Premiership 12:00 Sky Sports Football Wrexham vs Chester National League 12:00 BT Sport 1 Arsenal vs Watford Premier League 13:30 Sky Sports Premier League Anderlecht vs Antwerp Jupiler League 13:30 FreeSports Ajax vs Heerenveen Eredivisie 13:30 Sky Sports Red Button Juventus vs Udinese Serie A 14:00 BT Sport ESPN Nottingham Forest vs Derby County Championship 14:30 Sky Sports Football Stuttgart vs RB Leipzig Bundesliga 14:30 BT Sport 3 Atletico Madrid vs Celta Vigo La Liga 15:15 Sky Sports Mix Feyenoord vs AZ Eredivisie 15:45 Sky Sports Red Button Bournemouth vs Tottenham Premier League 16:00 Sky Sports Premier League Lyon vs Caen Ligue 1 16:00 BT Sport 2 Borussia Dortmund vs Eintracht Frankfurt Bundesliga 17:00 BT Sport 3 Genoa vs AC Milan Serie A 17:00 BT Sport 1 Las Palmas vs Villarreal La Liga 17:30 Sky Sports Football Atlanta United vs D.C. United MLS 19:00 Sky Sports Mix Athletic Bilbao vs Leganes La Liga 19:00 Sky Sports Football Inter vs Napoli Serie A 19:45 BT Sport 1 Toulouse vs Marseille Ligue 1 20:00 BT Sport ESPN New York City vs LA Galaxy MLS 21:00 Sky Sports Football How to watch football for free in the UKThere are a number of games throughout the week that can be watched live for free on a variety of different channels.National broadcasters such as BBC, BBC Scotland and S4C occasionally show matches from the UK, with a few available to watch this week.Free-to-air channel Freesports shows games from Portugal’s Primeira Liga and Belgium’s Jupiler Pro League, while BritAsia TV broadcasts games from the Indian Super League.See the table below for the free games on UK TV this week. Match Competition Kick-off time (GMT) Channel USA Women vs England Women SheBelieves Cup Mar 8 / 00:00 BBC Two Cardiff Met. University vs The New Saints Welsh Premier League Mar 10 / 19:00 S4C Anderlecht vs Antwerp Jupiler League Mar 11 / 13:30 FreeSports Furthermore, highlights from all Premier League matches are shown on BBC One’s Match of the Day programme, which generally airs on Saturdays at 22:30 .On Channel 5, you can watch highlights from the Championship on Football on 5: The Championship , which airs on Saturdays at 21:00.Sky Sports News , which regularly shows clips and highlights from games, is available to all Sky and Virgin Media subscribers regardless of package.How to legally stream football in the UKAs well as being able to watch football on TV in the UK, fans can stream games live online and using various apps.Sky TV customers, for example, can access the Sky Go facility, which allows users to stream matches live and on demand on any mobile, laptop or tablet device.BT Sport, similarly, offer the BT Sport app, through which customers can stream games live and on-the-go on a variety of devices.The likes of Sky Go and the BT Sport app are generally available for most Apple iOS and Android devices.Furthermore, for games that are broadcast on BBC, viewers can opt to use the BBC iPlayer, which is a streaming service compatible with Windows, macOS, iOS, Android and a host of other platforms. 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Transfers Sessegnon warned against Spurs switch by Chimbonda Chris Burton 19:01 15/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty Transfers Tottenham Hotspur Fulham Premier League The Fulham star is being linked with several Premier League teams, but a former Tottenham defender feels north London would be wrong at this stage Ryan Sessegnon has been warned off a move to Tottenham, with Pascal Chimbonda urging the Fulham starlet to join a club “below Spurs”.At just 17 years of age, the versatile Cottagers youngster is attracting mounting interest from the Premier League.Spurs and Manchester United are among those reported to be keen on a talented teenager who has 14 goals to his name 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 Chimbonda can understand the scramble for his signature but believes Sessegnon’s development would be better served by taking small steps up the ladders, rather than one giant leap.The former Tottenham full-back told BetStars: “He’s still young, he’s good for the Championship but there’s a difference between being good in the Championship and arriving in the Premier League.“If he comes to Spurs he won’t play regularly or may go out on loan, he will only come on sometimes and that’s really hard for the player.“I think he needs to go to a team below Spurs, where he will play football.”While Sessegnon is being mooted as potential new arrival in north London this summer, speculation continues to suggest that Spurs could lose Toby Alderweireld.The Belgium international centre-back is also being linked with a move to Old Trafford, and Chimbonda believes the defender’s ambition will ultimately determine whether he stays or goes.He added: “In football you have a lot of rumours, like last year [Jose] Mourhino wanted [Eric] Dier, but he stayed at Spurs, so you never know.“He’s a good defender so it will be hard to keep him, but it depends on the other team and what they give him.“He has to choose the best one for him, if he stays at Spurs to play regular football or go to another team only to play some.”
Cristiano Ronaldo FUT Birthday: Dates, features & squad building challenges for the FIFA 18 Ultimate Team event Goal Last updated 1 year ago 06:57 17/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) EA Sports Cristiano Ronaldo FIFA Ultimate Team celebrates another birthday this week and EA have released details of a number of different features It’s that time of year!FIFA 18’s FUT Birthday bonuses have been revealed by Sony and EA Sports to celebrate its ninth birthday.It’s a huge event every year for FUT players, with new and exciting squad-building challenges and a special Birthday Squad included. Here’s what has been revealed so far. 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 What is the FUT birthday week? The FUT Birthday week celebrates, as the name suggests, the birthday of FIFA Ultimate Team. FUT first came into existence on March 19, 2009 for FIFA 09, and though EA tend to mark the anniversary a little later than that so as not to clash with their St Patrick’s Day promotions, this year they have included the holiday in their celebrations!”Even St. Patrick’s Day is included in this year’s massive celebrations! Get in on the Luck of the Irish with Weekly Objectives that reward special Irish player items with upgraded ratings that can be used to complete certain FUT Birthday SBCs,” EA said.When is the FUT birthday week? EA Sports kicked off the Birthday week on March 16 and it will run until March 23.FUT birthday celebrations are coming to #FIFA18 !Stay tuned for details on PlayStation Blog tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/Hrkw9qTIoh — PlayStation Europe (@PlayStationEU) March 15, 2018 What is the FUT Birthday Squad The main attraction of the event is the FUT Birthday squad.Each year, a new roster comprised of players who were popular in previous versions of the game is released.”This year’s FUT Birthday squad is made up of players that dominated at different positions in previous versions of FUT, all of which will be available in packs as special player items for the entire event. These new items open up fresh and inventive ways of FUT squad-building, thanks to position changes and upgraded ratings.FUT Birthday Squad 2018 Cristiano Ronaldo is again pick of the squad with a rating of 95, though Eden Hazard is close behind on 92. Gareth Bale (90), Marco Reus (90), and Javi Martinez (88) have also been included.Other players included are Paris Saint-Germain’s Angel Di Maria (87), Chelsea’s Cesar Azpilicueta (88), and Sadio Mane (86) of Liverpool. FUT Birthday Squad Rating Cristiano Ronaldo 95 Gareth Bale 90 Javi Martinez 88 Moussa Sissoko 81 Eden Hazard 92 Ángel Di María 87 César Azpilicueta 88 Keisuke Honda 84 Cheikhou Kouyaté 81 Kwadwo Asamoah 83 Marco Reus 90 Yannick Bolasie 85 Jordi Alba 88 André Schürrle 83 David Alaba 87 Danilo Pereira 85 Felipe Anderson 83 Julian Draxler 86 Alessandro Florenzi 86 Riyad Mahrez 86 Sead Kolašinac 84 Sadio Mane 86 Bruno Peres 82 FUT Squad Building Challenges 2018 “You’ll discover all kinds of Squad Building Challenges (SBCs) available during FUT Birthday, including the next End of an Era SBC celebrating a top player that retired from professional football in the past year,” the official EA statement reads.”Speaking of retired stars, get ready to beef up your FUT squad with the next batch of Prime ICONS in FIFA 18, which will be released during the Birthday event. Not only available in packs, these items can also be obtained by completing SBCs.”The new Prime Icon cards can be obtained through card packs and through completing FUT Birthday SBCs. Players will also be able to undertake Daily Birthday Wish SBCs to unlock value rewards.”Themed Objectives that reward in-game kits and other club items that you can show off during FUT matches are also going to be available,” EA continues. “As you dig into the festivities, you’ll find SBCs that are repeatable over the course of the event, as well as Daily Birthday Wish SBCs that offer high value rewards.”
2006at Kansas StateL31-27 2019at No. 12 TexasL36-30 There is a lot more that goes into this, primarily the opponent. OSU wasn’t supposed to beat a top-15 Texas squad, and it didn’t. This loss shouldn’t be as concerning as last season’s debacle against Texas Tech or 2017’s two-score loss when OSU was ranked sixth in the country heading into its game against TCU.Still, the OSU faithful won’t be thrilled their team has started six of the past eight seasons 0-1 in Big 12 play. That same eight-year span is how long the Big 12 has had its current iteration of teams.Luckily for Gundy and the program, the Big 12 opener isn’t always indicative of the season. Gundy’s overall record is 124-60, and he is now 72-49 in Big 12 play. Strangely, even though he’s 2-6 in Big 12 openers since 2012, he’s 37-19 in all other Big 12 games in that span.There is also a reason for OSU fans to be optimistic about next weekend, as the Cowboys are 12-2 in the second Big 12 game of each season under Gundy. OSU is also 1-0 on ESPN+, which is where this weekend’s game against Kansas State can be found. 2018vs. Texas TechL41-17 2009at Texas A&MW36-31 2005vs. ColoradoL34-0 2007vs. Texas TechW49-45 2010vs. Texas A&MW38-35 2017vs. No. 16 TCUL44-31 2012vs. No. 12 TexasL41-36 2014vs. Texas TechW45-35 2013at West VirginiaL30-21 Mike Gundy is now below .500 in Big 12 openers in his tenure.The Oklahoma State football team fell to Texas 36-30 on Saturday in Austin, moving Gundy to 7-8 in conference openers. The Cowboys have lost their past four Big 12 openers, last winning one at Texas in 2015.Five of Gundy-era Big 12 openers have come against ranked foes. OSU is 1-4 in those games after Saturday’s loss. YearOpponentW/LScore 2011at No. 8 Texas A&MW30-29 2008vs. Texas A&MW56-28 2016at No. 16 BaylorL35-24 2015at TexasW30-27 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.
Some Big 12 games were closer than expected in the second full weekend of conference play.After a strong nonconfernce showing for the league, the Big 12’s true contenders are starting to show. Here is a recap of this weekend’s action, starting with conference standings.Big 12 Standings Kansas State0-23-2 West Virginia1-13-2 TCU1-13-2 Texas2-04-1 No. 6 Oklahoma 45, Kansas 20This one started out much closer than expected, but OU found its stride in due time.Heisman hopeful Jalen Hurts had 284 total yards and four touchdowns. He did, though, throw his second interception of the season in the third quarter.Junior running back Rhamondre Stevenson was dominant in limited work. In only five carries, Stevenson had 109 yards and a touchdown. A junior college transfer, Stevenson got a tackle on the ensuing kickoff after his 61-yard TD run.Come for Rhamondre Stevenson’s 4th quarter touchdown, stay for his tackle on the ensuing kickoff. pic.twitter.com/MglIUJnV5L— Eddie Radosevich (@Eddie_Rado) October 5, 2019All things considered, the Jayhawk backfield had a decent day. Quarterback Carter Stanley had 230 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions, and Pooka Williams ran for 137 yards.OU has it’s first big test of the year next week in Texas. Kansas has a week off before it plays Texas.No. 11 Texas 42, West Virginia 31West Virginia might have pulled off quite the upset if it wasn’t for Austin Kendall’s four interceptions Saturday.Kendall was also responsible for all four of the Mountaineers’ touchdowns, throwing for three and running for the other.Sam Ehlinger wasn’t outstanding, but he got the job done, completing 18 of his 33 passes for 211 yards and two touchdowns while running for 56 yards and another two scores.Texas running back Roschon Johnson had a nice day, running for 121 yards on 21 carries.Texas will welcome Oklahoma across the Red River next weekend. West Virginia will host Iowa State.Texas Tech 45, No. 21 Oklahoma State 21Like with the game above, turnovers were the story of this one.Spencer Sanders threw three interceptions and fumbled twice, as the Red Raiders upset Oklahoma State. Unlike with Kendall, who wasn’t sacked at all Saturday, Sanders was sacked seven times.It was a big day for Jett Duffey, who started his first game of the season. Duffey threw for 424 yards and four touchdowns. He also ran for another score.It was a career day for Tech linebacker Jordyn Brooks, who had 19 (!!) tackles, three sacks and four tackles for loss.The Cowboys have a week off before hosting Baylor. Tech travels to Baylor next weekend.Iowa State 49, TCU 24Iowa State has been hot and cold this season, but the Cyclones were hot Saturday.Brock Purdy threw for 247 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another 102 yards and two more touchdowns. Ten of Purdy’s 19 completions were to Deshaunte Jones. No other Cyclone receiver had more than one catch.TCU still used both Max Duggan and Alex Delton, but Duggan got much more of the action. Duggan completed 68 percent of his passes for 219 yards and two touchdowns. Both of those touchdowns went to Jalen Reagor.Iowa State travels to Morgantown next week for a game against West Virginia. TCU has a bye week before playing at Kansas State on Oct. 19.Baylor 31, Kansas State 12There are only two unbeaten teams in the Big 12 and one of them is … (checks notes) … Baylor.Charlie Brewer threw for 230 yards on only 14 completions.After struggling against OSU last weekend, the Kansas State offense again had issues against Baylor. K-State was 6-for-17 on third down. Skylar Thompson threw for 218 yards and a touchdown, but he also threw an interception and lost a fumble.The unbeaten Bears host Texas Tech next weekend. K-State is on a bye week before hosting TCU. Baylor2-05-0 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. Iowa State1-13-1 Oklahoma State1-24-2 TeamBig 12 RecordOverall Record Kansas0-32-4 Oklahoma2-05-0 Texas Tech1-13-1