€170K funding boost for six pier and harbour communities

first_imgSix pier and harbour communities received a boost on Monday as €172,500 of government funding to upgrade and repair the areas across Donegal was announced. Darney Pier, Curransport, Inch Pier, Creevy Pier, Leharden Newbridge and Rutland Aids to Navigation will all benefit from the funding.“The works will play a valuable role in bringing these locations up to a higher standard and developing them as amenities for fishing and leisure at sea,” Minister McHugh said. The Local Authority funding programme forms part of the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marines’ 2019 Fishery Harbour and Coastal Infrastructure Development Programme.The Department co-funds up to 75% of the total cost of approved projects with the Local Authority providing the balance.Mr McHugh, Minister for Education and Skills, said: “These piers and harbours play a key part in supporting rural and coastal communities. The construction work will help sustain local contractors and the finished works will be vital for the development of fishing and marine activities.“With this work, we are supporting local business, helping sustainability and opening the door to more tourism and leisure options on the Wild Atlantic Way.” The following locations have been approved by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine funded Local Authority works 2019 and can be seen in more detail below. Darney Pier, Bruckless – Re-grade and re-deck the slipway, safety signage and railings – €30,000Curransport – Funding for repairs on shore for the ferry service, safety signage and railings – €45,000Rutland Aids to Navigation – Provide 1 Starboard Hand marker and light to mark submerged rock outcrops in the channel at Rutland and indicate safe access to Burtonport – €22,500Inch Pier – Repairs to structure, signage and railings – €12,000Leharden Newbridge – Improve berthing facilities, safety signage and railings – €45,000Creevy Pier – Repairs on pier deck, signage, toe rails and railings – €18,000€170K funding boost for six pier and harbour communities was last modified: April 1st, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click 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 share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:harbourspierslast_img read more

Spectacularly-Preserved Fossil Shrimp Look Modern

first_imgMore Fossil Evidence Again Fails to Show Evolution; Instead, It Shows No Evolutionby Jerry Bergman, PhDMost evidence used to document evolution is based on fossil bones and teeth. When a new fossil trove of shrimp was discovered recently, amazing detail of the creatures’ external morphology was revealed, giving researchers a close picture of what the living animal looked like eons ago. Darwin complained about the poor fossil record as one of the most serious problems with his theory, and assumed, as more fossils are discovered, it would vindicate his theory of evolution. He said,the number of intermediate varieties, which have formerly existed on the earth, [must] be truly enormous. Why then is not every geological formation and every stratum full of such intermediate links? Geology assuredly does not reveal any such finely graduated organic chain; and this, perhaps, is the most obvious and gravest objection which can be urged against my theory.”[1]The find reviewed here is important because, as the peer-reviewed article explained:Cumaceans are a group of small, extant peracarid crustaceans (1–35 mm long) consisting of eight families and over 1900 species worldwide, commonly found in marine sediments from the intertidal zone to deep-sea trenches. Surprisingly, despite their modern diversity, abundance and global distribution, almost nothing is known about the cumacean fossil record and thus their evolutionary history. This is intriguing because cumaceans are largely benthic crustaceans that live in the sediment–water interface, mostly associated with fine sands and muds, which have a high fossilization potential.[2]The statement “almost nothing is known about the cumacean fossil record and thus their evolutionary history” means scientists believe they evolved, but have no good fossil evidence to document what they know (actually believe) has occurred. Has this new important find remedied this major problem? It certainly seems it should have.The FossilsExquisite details of hundreds of shrimp were found. Photo: Javier LuqueThe “discovery of hundreds of finely preserved … fossils in South America” has allowed “paleontologists to discern eyes, antennae, mouth parts and even fine hairs, and create a 3-D reconstruction of what the creatures might have looked like while alive.”[3] What we see is a creature claimed to be 90 million Darwin years old and, when examined in detail, has shown no evidence of change in the 90-million Darwin years it was alleged to have lived in the past.  The detail was so great that the team was able to create a very realistic 3-D movie of the creature which is available on-line.[4]The discovery was important because “shrimp are small, delicate crustaceans with one of the poorest fossil records among marine arthropods—which is shocking as they are abundant today and live in soft sediments with good fossilization potential.”[5] The research even further found details of the gut, mouth parts, thoracic legs, pleopods [swimming legs used for brooding eggs, and catching food which these arms sweep the food into their mouth], uropods [posterior appendages that typically function in locomotion] bearing setae [both mechano- and chemosensory hair-like appendages present on the mouthparts of crustaceans], antennal flagella and even small eyes bearing ommatidia.”[6] The discovery of hundreds of finely-preserved fossils in South America has revealed these and more details of the oldest direct ancestor of the comma shrimp, dubbed “comma” because their shape, which resembles a comma. The species is very common today.Common shrimp, Crangon crangon (Wikipedia). Shrimp are complex crustaceans with numerous organ systems. The fossil shrimp look the same as modern shrimp despite 200 million alleged years.No Change at AllWhat Yale paleontologist Javier Luque, lead author of the study, learned from these enormous details is, “We are amazed by how similar Eobodotria muisca is to today’s species” of shrimp.[7] Furthermore, “the similarity between Eobodotria muisca and its modern relatives suggests that the rates of external anatomical changes over millions of years in this group was low.”[8] The word low does not really describe the difference. Nonexistent is a better word. The authors were unable to note a single difference between their fossils and the living shrimp in spite of the fact that the level of detail preserved was enormous. If differences existed, the authors did not identify them, and they would have if they found such to support what they openly stated was the goal of their research, to document evolution.Most of the Eobodotria muisca fossils found were part of large aggregations of males. We know they were males due to their large antennae that they use for smelling, and their flappy tail appendages used for swimming—both structures that females lack. The researchers concluded that males gathered in the water column for the purpose of searching for females.[9] The hundreds of adult males likely died suddenly in an unexpected water column while the creatures were swarming during mating season. The victims that fell through the water sustained very little, if any, water damage.Lying for DarwinMost of the articles about the shrimp claim that the discovery fills in a huge fossil gap, but not one article mentions where that gap is that it supposedly fills.[10] Their claim implies that some very ancient pre-shrimp existed and the new find lived and died between this ancient pre-shrimp and a modern shrimp. One article stated “One of the most incomplete fossil records of marine life is being filled in by a new find by a team of paleontologists from the University of Alberta, Yale University, and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute,”[11] yet never mentions where the big hole is that the fossil supposedly fills.One other claim is that a shrimp, called the tadpole shrimp, which “may be the most ancient animal species on Earth is alive and well in Britain.” According to researchers from the University of Glasgow, the “Fossil finds show that the shrimp is virtually the same today as it was 200 million years ago, when the first dinosaurs evolved” [12] No evolution at all is seen!The name tadpole shrimp comes from where the shrimp live, namely in temporary water pools. When the water dries up, all of the adults die, but leave behind eggs that are able to remain dormant for years until the wet conditions return. Amazingly, these shrimp contain both male and female reproductive systems. Consequently, only one egg needs to survive to regenerate the entire population.[13]The shrimp fossil record, as described by the authors of the paper reviewed here, is very poor:The oldest alleged cumacean-like fossils known are a handful of incomplete and poorly preserved specimens from the Permo–Carboniferous of the USA, the Permian of Germany and the Middle Jurassic of France However, none of the Palaeozoic fossils show the diagnostic features of true cumaceans, so their stem-group cumacean affinities are still unclear. The only fossil known assignable to the crown-group Cumacea is Palaeocuma hessi from the Callovian (approx. 165 Ma) of France. Yet, the type material is poorly preserved and represented by …  few specimens.[14]Consequently, the new find could not fit into any hole between a pre-shrimp or less-evolved shrimp and a modern shrimp. There was no hole to fill because no clear evidence of an earlier shrimp exists.SummaryThe statement “almost nothing is known about the cumacean fossil record and thus their evolutionary history” is no longer true. We now have a good fossil record, what the authors describe as the “first unambiguous fossil record,” of shrimp. But instead of documenting evolution, it supports the opposite worldview: creation, and stasis ever since. From what we know from the find, the first known shrimp was a complete, functional shrimp almost identical to those swimming in the waters today.A major reason given by paleontologists for the supposed lack of evolutionary evidence in the fossil record is fossilization problems, especially of anatomical minutiae such as mouth details, thoracic legs, antennae, fine hairs of the antennal flagella, and compound eyes with ommatidia. All of these details have been unambiguously identified by seasoned paleontologists involved in the fossil find reviewed here, and the researchers were unable to identify a single structure they concluded provided evidence of evolution. They believe their fossil is 90 million years old, but it shows no evidence of evolution. Instead, it shows rather good evidence of stasis (no evolution) in the enormously long time span they believe it lived. These  “Exceptionally preserved fossils provide a crucial glimpse into the Earth’s past” and the message it shouts is clear: No evolution has occurred![15]References[1] Darwin, Charles. 1859. On the Origin of Species. London, UK: John Murray, p. 280.[2] Luque, Javier and Sarah Gerken. 2019. “Exceptional Preservation of Comma Shrimp From a mid-Cretaceous Lagerstätte of Colombia, and the Origins of Crown Cumacea,” Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 286(1916): 1-8, December 4.[3] Lyle, Andrew. 2019. Tiny well-preserved fossils discovered in South America reveal oldest known relative of species that still thrives today. 90-million-year-old ‘comma’ shrimp fossil sheds new light on modern species. https://www.folio.ca/90-million-year-old-comma-shrimp-fossil-sheds-new-light-on-modern-species/[4] See https://scitechdaily.com/paleontologists-discover-odd-shrimp-that-fills-hole-in-fossil-record/[5] Lyle, 2019. Ref. 3.[6] Javier and Gerken, 2019. Ref. 2.[7] Shelton, Jim. 2019. World’s oldest comma shrimp was way ahead of the curve. https://phys.org/news/2019-11-world-oldest-comma-shrimp.html.[8] Shelton, 2019. Ref. 7. Emphasis added.[9] Shelton, 2019. Ref. 7.[10]  Paleontologists Discover Odd Shrimp That Fills Hole in Fossil Record. https://scitechdaily.com/paleontologists-discover-odd-shrimp-that-fills-hole-in-fossil-record/[11] Ref 10.[12] Shrimp ‘is world’s oldest surviving animal’ https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/earth/wildlife/7916880/Shrimp-is-worlds-oldest-surviving-animal.html[13] Ridley, Kimberly. Extreme Survivors: Animals That Time Forgot. Thomaston, ME: Tilbury House Publishers, p. 12.[14] Luque and Gerken, 2019. Ref. 2.[15] Lyle, 2019. Ref. 3.Dr. Jerry Bergman has taught biology, genetics, chemistry, biochemistry, anthropology, geology, and microbiology for over 40 years at several colleges and universities including Bowling Green State University, Medical College of Ohio where he was a research associate in experimental pathology, and The University of Toledo. He is a graduate of the Medical College of Ohio, Wayne State University in Detroit, the University of Toledo, and Bowling Green State University. He has over 1,300 publications in 12 languages and 40 books and monographs. His books and textbooks that include chapters that he authored are in over 1,500 college libraries in 27 countries. So far over 80,000 copies of the 40 books and monographs that he has authored or co-authored are in print. For more articles by Dr Bergman, see his Author Profile.(Visited 226 times, 14 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

London Olympics: Parupalli Kashyap was smart and clever

first_imgThe beauty of this format is that it always gives underdogs a chance. It is like One-day cricket where a team dominating in the beginning holds the advantage. Similarly, in this format of badminton, a lead by few points at the start puts the opposition under real pressure.This is why you see so many upsets these days, unlike in the past when a player had to win service and then score points. Here, a top-rung player cannot breathe easy. If he is pushed behind at the start, he can be shaky and it opens up the game for an underdog.All said and done, gameplan and proper execution are central to an unfancied player’s chances over his rival. The way Parupalli Kashyap played against higherranked Tien Minh Nguyen, it was clear that he has done his homework well. I had said in my earlier column that Kashyap needs to plan his game against Tien Minh, vary his pace, mix his variety of strokes and patiently wait for the defensive Vietnamese to crack.Kashyap did exactly that. He was smart and clever and played a tactical game. Tien Minh is a very defensive player. He likes to retrieve against a faster player. He would return each and every shuttle and wait for the opponent to commit mistakes.Kashyap kept the shuttle low and was not giving enough space to Tien Minh. In the long rallies, he would increase the pace, slow it down and then hit straight that caught his opponent totally off guard.advertisementThe shuttles being used are extremely slow and this should suit the game of someone like Tien Minh. But once Kashyap got off to a good start he played freely, and without any pressure.Now, Kashyap has a god chance of moving into the quarter-finals. He will meet Sri Lankan Niluka Karunaratne in the pre-quarters, whom he beat earlier this year.Karunaratne has often come to train at our academy in Bangalore. He is a physically strong and attacking player. He would be high on confidence after knocking down eighth seed Japanese Kenichi Tago to top Group C. But Kashyap would fancy his chances.Lang Ville of Finland stretched world No.2 Lee Chong to three games in the group stage. If Indonesian Simon Santoso upsets Chong Wei in the prequarters, Kashyap will face the former.Coming to the women’s doubles match of Jwala and Ashwini, it was pleasing to see that the two have started to get their act together.Ashwini was at her attacking best and did a lot of hard work. The Chinese Taipei pair tried to put Jwala under pressure, but she stood up to the challenge. The Indians should be confident when they take on Singapore’s Shinta Mulia Sari and Lei Yao next.(The writer is a two-time national champion and former India coach)last_img read more

Oklahoma State, Big 12 Playoff Hopes Took a Huge Hit On Saturday

first_imgChampionship Weekend is set.See you next weekend. pic.twitter.com/kPiKxCNyTJ— ESPN CollegeFootball (@ESPNCFB) November 27, 2016Here is how I would rank teams’ odds of getting CFB Playoff spots with only the conference championship games left.AlabamaOhio StateClemsonWashingtonBig 10 winner (Wisconsin or Penn State)OUColoradoOklahoma StateMichiganAlabama can lose by 60 to Florida and it is in. Ohio State is in (winning your conference and division doesn’t matter anymore). Clemson is in if it beats Virginia Tech. Washington is in if it beats Colorado. That is the cleanest break for the CFB Playoff committee although Penn State beating Ohio State and potentially winning the Big 10 title but not getting in is amazing to me. Again, why have conferences?It gets messy if Clemson or Washington loses.Let’s look at Clemson first. If Clemson loses to Virginia Tech and Washington beats Colorado, neither Clemson nor Virginia Tech will get in the CFB Playoff from the ACC. Who’s up? It will probably be the Big 10 title winner. Although it could be Oklahoma (probably not Oklahoma State because … brands). So your playoff would be Alabama, Ohio State, Washington and Penn State or Wisconsin (or maybe Oklahoma).Only 2 FBS teams have 5 wins vs. the ESPN FPI top 40. One is Alabama. The other is Oklahoma St. And Pokes have shot at another in Bedlam— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) November 23, 2016What if Clemson wins but Washington loses? Probably the same thing although Colorado would be the Pac-12 champion at 11-2 which would make it interesting between them and Penn State or Wisconsin at 11-2 (as well as a 10-2 OU). I still don’t think a Big 12 winner would get in although those blind resumes would be fascinating. Remember, Wisconsin, Penn State and Colorado were all ahead of Oklahoma State in the CFB Playoff rankings this week. And Wisconsin and Penn State were also ahead of OU.But what if Colorado beats Washington and Virginia Tech beats Clemson. Whoo boy, we got ourselves a situation.If that happened, Alabama would be in. Ohio State would be in. I think the Big 10 winner would be in. And the committee would have to choose between 11-2 Colorado, 10-2 Washington, 10-2 Oklahoma/Oklahoma State and 10-2 Michigan. I am here for that. That’s a fighting chance for the Big 12 although I think Colorado and the Big 10 winner might squeeze in over 10-2 OSU which would be painful.Also. can you imagine if it went with Alabama, Ohio State, Penn State and Michigan??? The Big 10 playoffs! Here is the best I can do for the Big 12 on 538.screen-shot-2016-11-26-at-11-14-17-pmNot great. Oklahoma State needs Colorado to beat Washington on a terrible call. It needs Virginia Tech to mash Clemson. And it needs to beat OU rather convincingly to have a chance. I also think Penn State barely winning the Big 10 title gives OSU (but more so OU) a hail mary (pun intended). The reality, though, is that the Big 12 is probably buried.However, the Pac-12 title is on Friday night so get your Rashaan Salaam jerseys on and lets throw it back for one of our old Big 8 brethren! While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. The Big 12 champion, whoever that may be one week from today, needed the following things to happen on Friday and Saturday to have a nice shot at the CFB Playoff.Ohio State and Michigan State win OR Michigan winColorado lossClemson lossWashington lossNone of them happened. That’s bad news for a conference that looks like it will get shut out for the second time in three years.Here are your conference title games next week:SEC: Alabama (12-0) vs. Florida (8-4)ACC: Clemson (11-1) vs. Virginia Tech (9-3)Big 10: Wisconsin (10-2) vs. Penn State (10-2)Big 12: Oklahoma State (9-2) vs. Oklahoma (9-2)Pac-12: Washington (11-1) vs. Colorado (10-2)last_img read more

Projecting the Ceiling for OSU Freshmen in 2017

first_imgMalcolm Rodriguez, safety: Rodriguez has a high ceiling, but I think he’ll remain on the floor as a redshirt in 2017 with the depth OSU has.Thabo Mwaniki, safety: Mwaniki, too, is a highly talented player with big upside. But I’d be stunned if he plays in 2017.Tre Sterling, safety: I won’t budge from this: any safety OSU signed is likely to redshirt. Maybe that changes depending on depth and injuries, but Sterling likely won’t play as a freshman.Brayden Johnson, wide receiver: Given the depth at receiver, Johnson is a redshirt candidate.Brock Martin, defensive end: Call me crazy, but I think Brock Martin sees the field as a freshman. He’s a wildly talented pass-rusher with good hands he developed as a wrestler, and uses his leverage to his advantage. I think he’ll earn some buzz in fall camp similar to what Justice Hill and James Washington have over the past few years.Brendon Evers, defensive tackle: Just like Martin, I think the door is open for Evers to make an impact as a freshman. He’s built like a MACK truck and has the mindset needed to compete at the Division I level.JD King, running back: I don’t mean to sound hot-takey, but King reminds me a lot of Ezekiel Elliott. He’s got a quick burst through the gaps, he’s a solid pass-blocker, and he’s a heckuva runner in the open field. If someone told me that King, not Hubbard, has more rushing yards as a freshman, I wouldn’t be shocked. I think he’s going to be a beast.Brendan Vaughn, linebacker: Linebacker depth is almost always a concern, but this year might be the exception. Vaughn, an early enrollee, could be part of a rotation as a third man. But if he plays more than that, injuries will have a big role.Kris McCune, safety: Of all the freshman safeties, I think I like McCune to contribute early the most. Like I said above, I think all safety signees will redshirt. But McCune is a freak athlete who could see the field and it wouldn’t surprise me.Jelani Woods, quarterback: A battle for the backup position might be won by Taylor Cornelius, but Jelani Woods will have his shot, too. The 6-7 athlete will compete against Keondre Wudtee and John Kolar for the gig. But I think the plan is for him to redshirt next season.Tracin Wallace, quarterback: After two brutal ACL tears, OSU has the luxury of redshirting Wallace and rehabbing his knees. He’ll do well as a scout-teamer in 2017.LaMarcus Morton, cornerback: Morton was an early enrollee and could be an early contributor, given the lack of depth at cornerback.Shamond Greenwood, wide receiver: For as good as Greenwood is, his best option will be redshirting and waiting to replace Marcel Ateman in 2018. 6-foot-4 receivers don’t grow on trees, and he’s in for a solid college career if he can stay healthy. 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. With 12 returning starters on offense and defense combined, OSU’s roster for 2017 is loaded with experience and explosiveness on paper.Mason Rudolph, Justice Hill and James Washington form a lethal big three on offense that proved to be unstoppable at times last season. And on defense, Chad Whitener and Jarrell Owens headline what should be a formidable front line that finished on a high note last season.Regardless of how far the returning starters can propel the team in 2017, though, it seems every year there’s a newcomer that makes a bigger-than-expected impact at a position of need. Just a few seasons ago, it was James Washington who caught 28 passes for 456 yards as a freshman. Last season, it was Justice Hill running for over 1,000 yards and earning freshman All-American honors. So who might it be this season? I’ve got some ideas.AdChoices广告Let’s take a look at the ceiling of impact for each incoming freshmen.Baron Odom, tight end: Odom was a late addition to the 2017 recruiting class after a late flip from long-time pledge Tyler Henderson to Baylor. As such, I don’t see Odom contributing — and he likely won’t be expected to. A former Rice commit, Odom will likely redshirt in 2017.Tylan Wallace, wide receiver: Even with Tyron Johnson, James Washington, Jalen McCleskey and Chris Lacy, Wallace has a shot to make an impact in 2017. He’s a fast, shifty receiver who Gundy says is “tremendous in a phone booth.” I think his ceiling is a 25-catch season for ~400 yards — similar to what James Washington accomplished as a freshman.Chuba Hubbard, running back: In any other scenario, Hubbard might be an auto-redshirt. But behind Justice Hill there’s no real quality depth that’s been developed outside Jeff Carr. I think Hubbard is due for a breakout season as a true freshman. He won’t have the same year Hill had (rushing for 1,000+ and earning All-American honors), but I think he’ll grab 600 rushing yards and be a threat as a pass-catcher out of the [email protected]_RMN: V fast. pic.twitter.com/bhmCtYDosD— Kyle Boone (@PFBoone) July 25, 2017last_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

2017 OSU Football Social Media Guide

first_imgNathan Gilsleider DEJarrell Owens Adam Lunt QBTaylor Cornelius QBKeondre Wudtee Shane Hatfield RBJ.D. King KOCOCarson Cunningham Phillip Blochowiak Matt Mauldin Tulsa WorldMark Cooper WRTyron Johnson CBMadre Harper Pistols FiringKyle Cox Paddle People WLBKevin Henry Pistols FiringKyle Porter WRJames Washington RBChuba Hubbard Pistols FiringHayden Barber OKSTATE Probs WRDillon Stoner SLBKenneth Edison-McGruder Pistols FiringJackson Lavarnway OFFENSENAME WRChris Lacy CBAJ Green Pistols FiringJustin Southwell CBrad Lundblade RGLarry Williams And last but not least, some of my favorite personal follows related to OSU that give a good mix of entertainment/news. Pistols FiringThomas Fleming CWSione Finefeuiaki DTEnoch Smith DTDeQuinton Osborne FSJerel Morrow SLBCalvin Bundage LTAaron Cochran RBLD Brown WRMarcell Ateman WLBJustin Phillips Travis Burns FSTre Flowers MLBGyasi Akemcenter_img MLBChad Whitener CWKeenen Brown Pistols FiringKyle Boone DEVili Leveni Royal John CWBritton Abbott Cowboys Ride for FreeCRFF RBJustice Hill Matt Fletcher RTZach Crabtree DEFENSENAME DETralund Webber The 2017 football season will be underway days from now, and if you’re like millions of Americans, you probably enjoy following along with all the action on social media.We’ve created a handy-dandy guide for you to do just that. Just click on the player/person/media member’s name and it will direct you to their twitter handle. Enjoy. Tulsa WorldKendrick Marshall SSZa’Carrius Green DTDarrion Daniels The OklahomanJohn Helsley Tyler Segraves The OklahomanScott Wright OKState Gents OSU Students DECole Walterscheid RANDOM LGMarcus Keyes RBJa’Ron Wilson DTTrey Carter Gundy’s Visor The OklahomanBerry Tramel Pistols FiringPhillip Slavin WRJalen McCleskey QBMason Rudolph Gavin Gundy Tulsa WorldBill Haisten Evan Epstein Eddy Mcdaniels MEDIA OUTLETNAME CBMalik Kearse AdChoices广告 CBRodarius Williams SSRamon Richards Ben DeWalt 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

Police officer dies after fans clash in Bilbao

first_imgUEFA Europa League Police officer dies after Athletic and Spartak Moscow fans clash in Bilbao Goal Last updated 1 year ago 06:15 23/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Basque autonomous police officers ANDER GILLENEA UEFA Europa League Athletic Club v Spartak Moskva Athletic Club Spartak Moskva Fans of both teams came to blows outside San Mames ahead of their Europa League last-32 match One police officer, 50-year-old Inocencio Arias Garcia, has been left dead in Bilbao after fans of Spartak Moscow and Athletic Bilbao clashed in the streets ahead of their Europa League last-32 match on Thursday. Fans of the Russian and Spanish sides clashed with members of the Ertzaintza – the local Basque police force – near San Mames ahead of the second-leg meeting.Around 200 Spartak fans made the trip from Russia and arrived early near the stadium. Those supporters and Athletic fans were involved in altercations, with bottles and flares being thrown.   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 The Ertzaintza stepped in to keep the fighting from getting out of hand, and one of their members died of a heart attack following the conflict. VÍDEO. Incidentes con los aficionados rusos. pic.twitter.com/cPFkoeBNrK— Radio Bilbao (@radiobilbao) February 22, 2018The Spanish Football Federation confirmed in a statement that the officer fell after a flare dropped close to him and suffered the heart attack, passing away at the Basurto Hospital. The federation also expressed its condolences to the friends and families of the deceased and strongly conmdemed violence surrounding sporting events. The Spanish national police also confirmed the officer’s death in a tweet. Un abrazo y todo nuestro cariño a la familia y compañeros del agente de @ertzaintzaEJGV fallecido en incidentes #AthleticSpartak en San Mamés.NO a la violencia, las agresiones y la barbarie en el deporte.https://t.co/58Sv4Jo9MI pic.twitter.com/CXh3VWNqXU— Policía Nacional (@policia) February 22, 2018Reports also suggest that at least four other people have suffered injuries in the fighting, and that multiple arrests have been made.last_img read more

Fiorentina captain Davide Astori dies aged 31

first_imgDavide Astori Fiorentina captain Davide Astori dies aged 31 Robin Bairner Last updated 1 year ago 19:13 4/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(23) Davide Astori: 1987-2018 Getty/Goal Fiorentina Udinese v Fiorentina Udinese Serie A The Italy international had been capped 14 times by his country and was a vital member of the Viola’s squad Fiorentina have confirmed that club captain Davide Astori has passed away. The 31-year-old centre-back had been capped 14 times by Italy and had enjoyed a professional career spanning 12 years.Astori and his team-mates were preparing to face Udinese in a Serie A fixture on Sunday before Fiorentina announced the tragic news ahead of the game, which has now been cancelled. 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 “Fiorentina are profoundly shaken and forced to announce that their captain Davide Astori has died,” a statement posted on the club’s official website reads.”For this terrible and delicate situation, and above all out of respect for his family, we appeal to the sensitivity of the media.”Astori started out at AC Milan, where he never played a Serie A match, before moving to Cagliari, the club where he made his big breakthrough.He turned out 174 times for the Sardinians in a six-year spell, during which he made his national team debut with the Azzurri.In 2014, he was sent on loan to Roma and then a year later made a similar transfer to Fiorentina, but with an obligation to buy at the end of the season.Astori had established himself as a vital member of the squad and had turned out 27 times for the side ranked 10th in the Serie A standings this term.The news has been met with huge shock and messages of condolences from the football world , with clubs and players from across the globe sending words of support to Astori’s family.It has also been confirmed that, as well as the Udinese vs Fiorentina game, the remaining six Serie A matches due to be played on Sunday have been cancelled as a mark of respect following Astori’s death.last_img read more