For the first time in the history of the Indian Premier League, two bowlers managed to take hat-tricks in separate matches on one single day. Samuel Badree and Andrew Tye’s performances certainly made it a Good Friday for cricket fans. (Andrew Tye takes hat-trick on debut for Gujarat Lions, finishes with five-wicket haul)Tye had the good fortune of ending up on the winning side although the same could not be said for Badree. (Samuel Badree takes first hat-trick of IPL 2017 as RCB take charge vs Mumbai Indians)Gujarat Lions made an inspired selection in Tye, who was selected in place of opener Jason Roy, as he became the first bowler to take a hat-trick on IPL debut. Tye also ended up getting a five-wicket haul as Gujarat defeated Rising Pune Supergiant by 7 wickets at the Saurashtra Cricket Association stadium on Friday. It was Gujarat’s first win this season. (Pretty good feeling, says Andrew Tye after hat-trick on debut)Tye (5/17) also finished with a five-wicket haul to record the best bowling figures on debut in the IPL, surpassing the previous best of 4 for 11 by Shoaib Akhtar which he took for Kolkata Knight Riders against Delhi Daredevils in 2008. Tye became the 13th bowler to take a hat-trick in IPL history. (Stats: Samuel Badree 12th bowler to take Indian Premier League hat-trick)Tye dismissed Ankit Sharma, Manoj Tiwary and Shardul Thakur off successive deliveries in the 20th over to restrict Pune Supergiant to 171 for 8. Gujarat then raced to victory with two overs to spare with Brendon McCullum (49) and Dwayne Smith (47) starring with the bat. (Unfortunately it was not a Good Friday for Royal Challengers Bangalore: Samuel Badree)advertisementThe Australian, who is the 13th bowler to take an IPL hat-trick, said that it was a good feeling to start off his IPL career in such a manner.”It was a pretty good feeling (to get the hat-trick). To get my first game today and bowl the way I did was good and hat-trick to top it off was a very good feeling. (Kieron Pollard’s 70 trumps Samuel Badree’s hat-trick as Mumbai defeat Bangalore)”Every surface is different; got to figure out which slower ball was probably going to work best and I did today,” the 30-year-old said. (IPL 2017, GL vs RPS: Match Highlights)Badree’s performance on the other hand, went in vain as Mumbai defeated Bangalore by four wickets at the M Chinnaswamy stadium in the first match on Friday. Chasing 143 for victory, Mumbai rode on Kieron Pollard’s quickfire 70 off 47 balls to finish off the match with seven balls to spare. (Also Read: Virat Kohli hammers 27th fifty on return, becomes leading run-scorer in IPL history)Badree had removed Parthiv Patel (3), Mitchell McClenaghan (0) and Rohit Sharma (0) off the second, third and fourth deliveries of the third over of Mumbai’s chase. He finished with figures of four wickets for nine runs in his four overs. (Kieron Pollard happy to deliver in situation when champions are made)While Tye was adjudged Man of the Match for his bowling effort, Badree was left to rue his team’s loss in front of their home crowd.”Yeah, of course. It is a special day. It was a Good Friday. It was a Good Friday for me. Unfortunately, it was not a Good Friday for the team. I just think we did not have enough runs on board,” Badree told reporters at the post-match press conference.”It is a nice feeling to get a hat-trick. To get three wickets in the Powerplay — normally teams chasing lose games but unfortunately it did not go our way tonight. Tremendous feeling to get a hat-trick but it could have been so much better if we had won,” the leg-spinner added.
NEW YORK — Jose Abreu and Jacob deGrom were far from the major leagues at the start of 2013.Abreu was playing for Cienfuegos in Cuba, and deGrom was in A-ball for the second straight year after coming back from Tommy John surgery.On Nov. 10, the pair were runaway winners in balloting for rookies of the year.The Chicago White Sox first baseman was voted the AL honor unanimously by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, and the New York Mets pitcher won the NL award in a landslide.One year after defecting from Cuba, the 27-year-old Abreu had a .581 slugging percentage to become the first qualifying rookie to lead the major leagues since Oakland’s Mark McGwire in 1987, according to STATS. Abreu was sixth in batting at .317, tied for fourth in home runs with 36 and fifth in RBIs with 107.He said playing in the major leagues “never crossed my mind when I was a kid in Cuba.”“But in 2013, after the World Classic, I realized that I belonged to the major leagues and I am very happy that I’m here,” Abreu said through a translator during a news conference in Chicago. “And I’m very happy that my family’s happy that I am in the major leagues. Of course, now I realize that I could make it.”Abreu received all 30 first place votes for 150 points in balloting by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.Los Angeles Angels right-hander Matt Shoemaker was second with 40 points, followed by New York Yankees reliever Dellin Betances (27), Houston pitcher Collin McHugh (21) and Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (16), who was hurt for most of the season’s second half.Abreu hit .383 with three homers and nine RBIs for Cuba at last year’s World Baseball Classic, then defected that summer and signed a $68 million, six-year contract with the White Sox in October. He became the sixth White Sox player to earn the honor following Luis Aparicio (1956), Gary Peters (1963), Tommie Agee (1966), Ron Kittle (1983) and Ozzie Guillen (1985).“Playing baseball in Cuba made me the whole player I am now,” Abreu said. “I learned baseball in Cuba, and I’m very grateful of that.”DeGrom received 26 of 30 first-place votes and 142 points. Speedy Cincinnati outfielder Billy Hamilton was second with four firsts and 92 points. He hit .285 with 38 stolen bases in the first half, then slumped to .200 with 18 steals after the All-Star break.“I was just thankful to be in the big leagues this year,” DeGrom said. A shortstop in college, deGrom’s career went on hiatus for a year when he needed reconstructive elbow surgery in October 2010.“I just tried to stick with the rehab program that I was given and follow it step by step,” he said. ‘Thankfully I had a pretty smooth rehab process and never had any setbacks, and I was on schedule the whole way.”He made it to Triple-A this year and was a month shy of his 26th birthday when he was called up to pitch out of the bullpen last spring. But an injury to Dillon Gee led to deGrom’s debut as a starter against the Yankees on May 15.“He was very much on our radar,” Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen said. “We were going to find a spot for Jacob deGrom.”With his shoulder-length hair flapping out from under his cap, deGrom was a hit right from the start: His third-inning single in the 1-0 defeat ended an 0-for-64 start to the season at the plate for New York’s pitchers, the worst slide to open a season in major league history.DeGrom went 0-4 with a 4.39 ERA in his first seven starts, then won at Miami with seven scoreless innings on June 21. He went on to win nine of his last 11 decisions, compiling a 1.99 ERA, and finished 9-6 with a 2.69 ERA.On Aug. 2, deGrom took a no-hit bid into the seventh inning against San Francisco before Pablo Sandoval’s two-out double. He also left his mark against the Marlins on Sept. 15, striking out Miami’s first eight batters to tie the record for whiffs at the start of a game. DeGrom joined Houston’s Jim Deshaies in 1986 as the only pitchers to accomplish the feat since 1900.DeGrom became the fifth Mets winner of the award, joining Tom Seaver (1967), Jon Matlack (1972), Darryl Strawberry (1983) and Dwight Gooden (1984).___By Ronald Blum, AP Sports WriterAP Sports Writer Andrew Seligman in Chicago contributed to this reportTweetPinShare0 Shares
Navel-gazing has always been a feature of the academic world, but one is left somewhat aghast at the reputed state of affairs at some universities in the USA today. As I understand it some students, with the complicity of administration officials, are terrified of being exposed to ideas they find uncomfortable and therefore want “trigger warnings” to prepare their delicate psyches for emotional overload.What amazes me is just how much effort is being expended for something so unimportant. These coddled youngsters have no idea what real life will throw at them after graduation. University life is already a bubble where youngsters are shielded from the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune. That bubble is turning into unassailable armor.As an engineering student I took very few liberal arts classes so was not exposed to this sort of thinking. Philosophy 101 struck me as a bunch of arguments tortured into some ghastly form to meet the professor’s ideology. The one English literature class was actually pretty good, though I have to admit attending so infrequently that the teacher once greeted me as a “prodigal son” after a long absence.But back then, in the early 70s, you couldn’t walk across campus without being exposed to all sorts of notions. Religious folk of all sects were pushing their belief systems. Some were pretty odd. Socialists complained about The Man. Marxists wanted to overthrow pretty much everything. Reefer madness proponents competed against the smoke-ins. Route 1 was routinely shut down by war protesters.No one I knew was offended by any of this. Most greeted the ideas with a casual, “weird, huh?” or a “right on, man.”On reflection, though, I now know that I’m living in severe emotional distress from exposure to some ideas back then that weren’t made safe by an appropriate caution that thinking is dangerous . For instance, those tenured guardians of youthful emotions should have given these important trigger warnings:“Trying to understand Maxwell’s Laws might make your head hurt. (And, you’ll never really understand them anyway.)”“The integral of (1/x) dx is WHAT?”“Studying engineering is orthogonal to partying.”“If you’re lucky you’ll squeak through statics. Next semester: dynamics where now everything is moving!” Then there are the microagressions we’re all reading about. Now, “micro” means 10-6 times something, and given how unimportant most of college is, a microagression is obviously a nothing. Nada. QED. (Whoops – sorry! That’s a TLA for a Latin expression, and we know that Latin was spoken by Romans who weren’t always nice, so I profoundly apologize for giving offense).But here are a few microagressions that might be worth issuing warnings for: Log in to Reply Philmac0 says: Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Profession September 13, 2016 at 5:05 am Alas, it’s not enough to defend yourself against microagressions. Some are truly of the macro category and are so offensive one may want to retreat into a fetal position for the rest of the semester. Avoid this as several hours curled up in bed may lead to a serious case of sobriety. For instance, when your roomie spends $1000 for a set of audio cables “with superior bandwidth due to the use of special copper alloys and helically-wound conductors” don’t yell and rant. Don’t whip out an audio analyzer to show, well, actual data. Instead, while he’s in the clinic undergoing shock therapy after learning that there is another political party in the USA, replace one channel with the cheapest Radio Shack crap cable you can find. After his release ask him to do a blind channel A Vs B test. Write down the adjectives he spouts and have fun matching them with the same airy persiflage used by wine connoisseurs.Then there are “safe spaces,” which I assume means a closet under the stairs where one hides from goblins. A bit of advice: dark silicon is NOT a safe space. Despite what the professor says, at some point those transistors will be powered up, and you may find yourself assaulted by all manner of horrifying quantum tunneling. Even Einstein was offended by this notion, and we know what happened to him – he died! You could, too!Digital circuits are also not safe spaces. Perhaps your parents used the birds and bees talk as practice before addressing this delicate subject, but digital is really analog. Resist the temptation to believe that a one is really a one. All sorts of transgressions lurk under that Boolean perfection, and you can be sure that some will make your life a living hell. Usually the Student Union has a support group for those shattered people dealing with 0.5s.Finally, despite the fact that Mom and Dad are forking out $50k/year for tuition, this is your education. Never pass up a chance to skip a class to protest the latest assault by the intellectual elite whose only mission in life is to, well, make you think.(Note: No animals were injured in the writing of this column. Approved by the MPAA for children over 75. At least half of the letters used are open source. Choking hazard. Partially not written on a Windows machine. Gluten free. Do not remove label under penalty of law. Dispose of in accordance with local regulations. Satire may be dangerous to your mental health.) Jack G. Ganssle is a lecturer and consultant on embedded development issues. He conducts seminars on embedded systems and helps companies with their embedded challenges, and works as an expert witness on embedded issues. Contact him at . His website is . Some may forgo caffeine for a week and show off their superior dexterity by using a soldering iron with a 1/64” tip to attach a 0.65 mm-pitch device to a board. Real developers grab a 150 watt soldering gun and smear 63/37 solder (with lead, not that new-age RoHS stuff) on the board. With enough solder wick you might be able to remove some of the shorts. Remember that a short is the most efficient way to transfer electrons from one node to another. Heck, have you ever heard of a “long?” 8th_Dev says: Continue Reading Previous Steampunk Nixie tube clock: The electronics are up and runningNext Learn how to start your own start-up company at ESC Minneapolis 2016 Use of tabs instead of spaces for indentation. Some rubes from unsophisticated areas may use ASCII 9 instead of the proper number of spaces to indent their code. Retreat to a safe space, take several cleansing breaths, and use a text editor to “replace all.” Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Use of spaces instead of tabs for indentations. Those liberal elites from big Eastern cities may demonstrate their pomposity by tediously inserting the proper number of spaces dictated by their prep-school SAT coaches. Hack into their machines, type “rm –r *.*”, and knock off a bunch of $18/six-pack craft beers while watching them wail. Bob Snyder says: Log in to Reply September 14, 2016 at 6:50 pm Log in to Reply “”WARNING! Pressing the trigger may cause a projectile to be discharged at high velocity from this firearm!”” September 15, 2016 at 12:10 pm “Great article Jack. Glad to see someone stand up to all of this nonsense.” “You echoed my thoughts exactly. Unfortunately, the institutions of “higher education” in the USA are continuing down the path you mentioned. In another decade or so, you’ll be hard-pressed to find critical-thinkers in the West.” 3 thoughts on “Trigger warnings”
Italy Nantes will not stand in Ranieri’s way if manager is offered Italy job Harry West 00:33 2/22/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) AFP Italy Ligue 1 Nantes The club insists that there has been no formal approach yet from the Azzurri, but admitted they would not stop the trainer moving on Nantes would allow Claudio Ranieri to follow his dream and speak to Italy regarding the vacant manager’s job, should the Azzurri come calling.Gian Piero Ventura was sacked in November after the 1-0 play-off loss to Sweden meant the four-time World Cup winners failed to qualify for the finals for the first time since 1958.Luigi Di Biagio, the Under-21 boss, has been handed the reins on an interim basis while the Italian Football Federation seeks a permanent successor, with the likes of Carlo Ancelotti, Antonio Conte and Roberto Mancini reportedly in the frame. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Ranieri, who joined Nantes ahead of this season, said he will leave if offered the Italy job, and the Canaries’ president Waldemar Kita says the club will not stand in his way.”If the situation presented itself, which is not the case, I would discuss it with him of course because he is a gentleman who has a huge experience in international football,” Kita said, in quotes reported by L’Equipe.”And I would understand in some way that a high-level career ends on an opportunity that will not be presented twice.”So we would have to analyse it and see how we can organise it to not leave the club in a difficult situation on the day that it would be decided, but for now, that is not the case, there are several candidates. Claudio Ranieri pic.twitter.com/iKlWzbV0OU— FC Nantes (@FCNantes) February 19, 2018″Taking a team from his country is a dream for any coach and I don’t like to curb someone’s career. We would have to adapt, and do what we can do.”
If the poor play continues for these three upperclassmen, it may be time to give a younger corner such as Harper or Williams a shot at some playing time. We’ll learn a lot in a few weeks against Tech in Stillwater.SafetiesThis group, for my money, has played a bit better than the corners. Tre Flowers has been solid, especially lately, racking up eight tackles against Iowa State, to go with two breakups. He continues to be a physical presence at 6’3 and 200 lbs., and will be much needed in the upcoming Big 12 tilts.Senior Jordan Sterns has been a monster in the secondary and helping the running game, with an astounding 39 tackles (12 against Texas!), even missing the Iowa State game. The 2015 All-Big 12 second-teamer is well on his way to an all league honor this year, and the Cowboys will need him to be healthy and at his best if they are to have any shot at the Big 12 title, playing the slew of impressive QB’s they’ll see to end the year.The Pistols Firing Blog staff gave the secondary an aggregate grade of C+, which is the lowest for any positional group on the team. This looks to be the weakest link on the team, and if they play anything like they did the first six games of the season, this Cowboys team will lose several more games, no matter how many they score.I’m concerned about this group but if they can find a way to pull it together and tighten things up, this defense will look completely different and could keep the Cowboys in the Big 12 title race well into November.Secondary Grade: C Alright, take a deep breath and grab an ice cold Coop… because we need to talk about the secondary. Six games in, and I don’t think there’s any doubt which of the positional groups has struggled the most in 2016. The Cowboys, for the most part, roll with two redshirt senior cornerbacks, a junior corner, a RS junior safety, and a senior safety, so lack of experience is not an excuse. Let’s start with the corners, the guiltiest party.CornerbacksComing into this season, I think the combination of a healthy Ashton Lampkin, Ramon Richards in his third season, and grad transfer Lenzy Pipkins (fun to say) seemed like a potentially solid group. They’ve had a boatload of starts between the three of them, and we even had two promising newcomers getting praise from Gundy himself behind them, in Rodarius Williams and Madre Harper.But through six games, this group ranks 103rd nationally in passing yards allowed, at 270 per game, and 14.34 per attempt. Yuck. This is a stat that Glen Spencer may be losing sleep over, because West Virginia, Texas Tech, TCU, and Oklahoma remain on the back end of this schedule. It’s also a group that has just four picks in six games.Lampkin, Richards, and Pipkins have all had their share of the blame, but perhaps the most jarring game of the season was Baylor. Ish Zamora continued his 2016 lifestyle theme of beating anything alive within 50 yards of him to a pulp for the world to see.Additionally, Lampkin and Richards both got beat multiple times on fairly basic double moves, which was kind of shocking for two guys that had multiple years of starting experience in the Big 12. Here’s one of them, with Chris Platt leaving Lampkin in his dust. 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.
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. Three-star defensive back Evan Fields, a rising senior from Midwest City, Okla., has named his top five schools which he released on twitter. Among his top options includes K-State, Oklahoma State, Arizona State, Mississippi State, and Illinois.https://twitter.com/Evan4_/status/802273235131723776The Cowboys entered the conversation late in the recruiting process, and earned an official visit earlier this season which he took alongside well-known Cowboy signee Tramonda Moore, who is currently at a junior college.“That’s family,” Fields told PFB of his connection with Moore, adding that he “loved” his visit to Oklahoma State, and that “it felt like home”.Whether that’s by blood or by friendship, I don’t know. But Tramonda isn’t playing his cards close to the vest in recruiting Fields. Here’s what he tweeted at Fields after he released his top five schools.#GoPokes ? https://t.co/0PQ3nxLA6h— Tramonda Moore⏳™ (@TramondaMoore) November 25, 2016The caveat in Fields list, though, is the fine print at the bottom: List can change with new offers.Fields has had a monster senior year, and it took OSU surpsingly midway through the season before extending an offer — likely to make sure he was back to full health. Now, though, there’s chatter that Oklahoma could get involved late, even though an offer has not been extended. The Sooners seem to have several other prospects on their board, before making a decision on whether to pull the trigger on Fields or not.Oklahoma State recently added a commitment at safety with Texas’ Trey Sterling, but the Pokes also lost the pledge of Tyon Merchant, so Fields would likely secure that final scholarship at safety should he land on the Cowboys. With signing day less than 3 months away, it will be interesting to see if teams jump in late or if he elects to stay with his core 5.
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. It has been discussed at length by now, but late in the second half of Oklahoma State’s 38-20 loss against Oklahoma, Barry J. Sanders took a big kick return to the 50-yard line, giving OSU some momentum and an opportunity for points before the half.But instead of trying to get something, they ran the ball and let the clock run out. Now to the average Cowboy fan, this is no surprise; Gundy decides to kneel the ball just about every time if there’s less than two minutes on the clock. But in this particular situation, it was oddly uber-conservative, even for him.Again, OSU fans have seen this all year. And with how Rudolph played, it’s understandable that they didn’t take more shots throughout the game. But in this scenario, there were a number of different ways that they could have approached this more efficiently without much of an increased risk.First of all — If you have the ball on the 50-yard line, you should at least try and get something. Yes, Rudolph is bad away from home, but at least give him a one-read play, and if it’s not there have him throw it away.Secondly — if you want to run the ball, fine. But don’t run the ball out of the full house; you’re practically telling the defense that you’re running the ball. If you’re going to be that conservative, at least spread out the field to give the illusion that you’re going to pass, and that way a run or screen could catch the defense by surprise.Finally — If you don’t want to pass the ball and instead go with the run, that’s ok. But at least call a timeout with a couple of seconds left and take a shot. Why not? What’s the worst that could happen? He gets sacked? He throws an incompletion or interception in the end zone? Who cares? Everyone knows that Gundy is conservative, especially in Bedlam, but there’s literally no downside to taking a shot.And this is just one example of many. How about late in the fourth quarter with an opportunity to make it a one possession game? Instead of trying to get the touchdown, the Cowboys decide to run it three times in a row, including on a third and 10, and try for the field goal. And Grogan missed it.This game was filled with decisions like these. Running it out of the full house on second down and ten and trying a pass against a max zone coverage on third for an incompletion. Going in four or five deep coverage and letting Mayfield pick your zone apart. Giving cushion to receivers on third and one. It goes on and on. Unfortunately, this is nothing new for OSU. It’s just unfortunate that it all came together at once.
But somehow onlookers make these kinds of conclusions.Chip Brown compared Shane Buechele to Colt McCoy. The Kool aid is getting dangerously strong in Austin.— Carson Cunningham (@KOCOCarson) August 21, 2017The Saga ContinuesBaylor’s legal issues continue to unfold.Federal judge orders Baylor University to release underlying documents in Pepper Hamilton sex assault investigation with limited exceptions— Paula Lavigne (@pinepaula) August 11, 2017The ruling came in a Title IX gender equity lawsuit filed against the school on behalf of 10 women who attended Baylor and claimed that school officials failed to properly respond to and investigate their reports of assault.“This is another very positive step in getting all the truth and information out there,” attorney Jim Dunnam said. He said the judge’s ruling compels Baylor to turn over the “information and the data” that the school gave Philadelphia law firm Pepper Hamilton, which was hired in 2015 to examine the school’s response to sexual violence. “Now we can hopefully determine specifics about who did what and the specific failures.” [ESPN]So Pepper Hamilton’s carefully chosen footnotes aren’t enough.Quick HittersThree Big 12 players made the preseason All-American teamTexas’ starting right tackle underwent ankle surgery and their starting tight end is done for the yearStoops isn’t opposed to a spot on the CFP committeeK-State’s starting center foregoing senior season for health-related reasonsTexas Tech o-lineman is going full Gabe Lindsay – seeking eighth yearThe Big 12 is basically a NFL-farm system for undersized skill players.Had Great talk with the G.O.A.T @DarrenSproles, it’s amazing feeling to finally meet someone that you idolize as a kid. #HeartOverHeight pic.twitter.com/84srzKjqCx— Jakeem Grant (@_TheDreamIsHere) August 22, 2017TCU is on the doorstep of the rankingsTCU, Utah and Notre Dame were the top vote-getters outside the Top 25. pic.twitter.com/eS2GO9FUSj— Dr. Saturday (@YahooDrSaturday) August 21, 2017Briles has surfaced, informally. “I think it’s a bad move. You don’t want to associate yourself with Art Briles right now” @LauraMRutledge pic.twitter.com/5Q02q1KLVZ— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) August 22, 2017And now more formally.https://twitter.com/Ticats/status/902187937382768641 Let’s take a look at some news from around the league over the last week or two.Playoff-Sized ProblemSo what does it take to make sure the Big 12 is viable in the playoff-age?In order to improve its chances at being selected for the CFP, though, the Big 12 must also improve upon its 5-8 record against nonconference Power 5 opponents. Oklahoma has to beat Ohio State. West Virginia has to beat Virginia Tech. Texas has to win at USC.“If the Big 12 wants to kind of up their image,” West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen said, “those types of games need to be won.”There are no guarantees with the selection committee, however. The Big 12’s new championship game has to feature more than its two best teams. At least one of them has to be one of the nation’s top four teams. Only then does any conference championship game matter. Just ask Penn State. [ESPN]And that’s what’s a challenge in setting up the league’s structure (scheduling requirements, champ game, how many league games, etc.) It just comes down to 13 guys in a room saying what they think and not an objective criterion to lean on.But here’s a pretty solid breakdown on the chances of the top teams for the playoff.TCU has finished with a losing record three times under Gary Patterson, most recently last season. What happened the past two times? A year later TCU won its conference. That’s in play for the Horned Frogs in 2017. Quarterback play and the performance of the defensive line are my two biggest concerns.Kansas State resembles a vintage Bill Snyder-coached team, especially if the secondary bounces back from a miserable season to finish in the top third of the Big 12 in the key categories – yards per attempt, opposing completion percentage and turnover margin, most notably. No one will enjoy playing the Wildcats in 2017.Oklahoma State is locked and loaded … but what about this offensive line? And the secondary? A wonderful quarterback, an explosive offense and a just-good-enough defense will put the Cowboys on a course for a New Year’s Six bowl, but the potential sticking points are numerous enough to have me questioning this team’s ability to lose just once during the regular season.That leaves Oklahoma. This isn’t a perfect team, either. There’s a hole at running back. No clear go-to receiver. The Sooners are more experienced on defense, but much does depend on the health of the defensive line. Still, this is the strongest, most cohesive roster in the Big 12; it doesn’t hurt to have the league’s best player in Baker Mayfield. [USA Today]Texas-Sized ExpectationsFinally, someone has a really reasonable perspective on Texas.I will not buy Texas as a top 25 team until I see it. The quarterback play has to get better. The ranking is based on the reputation of new head coach Tom Herman.If we are being honest, last year’s Houston squad underachieved because they didn’t win their conference. Houston didn’t win the division or a bowl game. The September game at USC could be a time where Texas can show us they are different. [SportsDay]Herman managed some blue-chip QB’s masterfully at Ohio State and groomed a blossoming QB at Houston in Greg Ward. If he can do something with Buchele at Texas, they could be poised to be a Top 25 team in 2018. But not today.Sounds like a dude who’s all in on his QB.Here is what Texas football coach Tom Herman said about Shane Buechele starting. Definitely a caveat pic.twitter.com/QtOWrrLyp0— Anwar Richardson (@AnwarRichardson) August 21, 2017 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. 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Ligue 1 The Young Lyon wanted in Liverpool and Barcelona – Meet Ligue 1 Rising Star Houssem Aouar Robin Bairner 20:00 28/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Getty Images Ligue 1 Caen v Olympique Lyonnais Montpellier v Olympique Lyonnais Olympique Lyonnais Coupe de France The multifaceted teenager still lives with his mother, but some of Europe’s top clubs are keen to ensure he moves out sooner rather than later Each season, Lyon seem to have one player to emerge from their academy to become a fixture in their first team. Houssem Aouar is the teenager to have broken through this term.Having debuted last term off the bench in a 2-1 defeat against Monaco in April, he has rapidly established himself as an important member of Bruno Genesio’s squad, pushing more experienced players such as Jordan Ferri, and even Memphis Depay, to the bench at times.Over the course of the next fortnight, though, this versatile performer will likely be given the role of Nabil Fekir, who faces a short spell on the sidelines due to a knee injury sustained during Sunday’s derby draw with Saint-Etienne. 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 It is a critical time of the season for Lyon, with their top-three challenge wavering after a run of five league matches without a win, and with a Coupe de France quarter-final away to Caen and a double header against CSKA Moscow looming in the Europa League.Aouar has already shown that he is up to the challenge, having amassed 17 Ligue 1 starts in 2017-18. He dazzled against PSG as Lyon stunned the champions elect 2-1 in January, while he even scored on his full debut, showing offensive nous to break from his position on the left wing to turn home a Kenny Tete cutback against Dijon.“When I was small, I dreamed of this,” he admitted to L’Equipe in November, having grown up in the era of Lyon dominance in Ligue 1, during which he held Juninho as a role model along with Zinedine Zidane, who is also of Algerian ancestry. But his success has not come naturally.“At training, I had to double my efforts,” he said. “I know that if I was going to play professionally, to take the place of one of my team-mates, I would have to be two or even three times better than them. That’s made the difference.”What has been most impressive about his breakout campaign, though, has been the ease with which he has slotted into a myriad of different positions. The 19-year-old, whose birthday is in June, has been asked to play off the left wing, as a No.10 and as a deep-lying box-to-box player. He has not failed in any of these tasks.“I’ve always played in the middle, so the role of hard-working midfielder is the one that I like the most,” he confessed. “But I like the left wing, too. It allows me to work and to develop other skills. I’ll adapt to anything.“It doesn’t matter where I play, I know it’s my chance and I’ll play anywhere to take it!”Aouar is a player who has long been on the radar of many top European clubs. Liverpool tried to sign him before he turned professional with Lyon, and he remains linked with the Anfield club, but so impressive have been his displays this season that Barcelona have been attributed with a keen interest.Like many of the players who have come through OL’s academy, though, he grew up in Lyon and retains a strong emotional attachment to the city, the kind of which kept Alexandre Lacazette with the Rhone club for so long. For Aouar, though, family is especially important.“I still live with my mum,” he confessed. “She’s done everything for me and I feel great at her place. She brings me equilibrium. “Playing in big matches and having cameras trained on me, afterwards to go back to her place, it allows me to keep my feet on the ground – that’s important.“I give a lot of importance to my family and the city of Lyon, and I’m happy I decided to stay.”Should Aouar continue to turn in the type of displays he has mustered in recent months, he will have more hard decisions to make in the very near future.
Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo: This is what every modern man must have Goal Last updated 1 year ago 18:58 9/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(9) CR7underwear Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid Eibar v Real Madrid Eibar Primera División WTF The Ballon d’Or winner has released his ninth collection of luxury underwear, an item he says is “a foundation to any outfit” Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo has given his guide to the essential ‘must haves’ for every modern man.Fresh from helping his club to the Champions League quarter-finals by netting against Paris Saint-Germain in a 2-1 win in the French capital on Tuesday, the Portuguese sensation is ready for the launch of his new range of underwear.To celebrate the event, the 2017 Ballon d’Or winner gave his opinions on the world of fashion and he has explained what the contemporary gentleman requires to stay ahead of the game. 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 “There are a few luxuries that I think every man should treat himself to…I love music so it’s important to me to have a good pair of headphones, a beautiful watch, smelling great is a must so every man should have a nice signature fragrance and of course, very good quality underwear!” he explained.“I love fashion and like to invest in luxurious items for my wardrobe. I think that the key pieces that every man needs in his wardrobe are a great suit, well-fitting jeans, a crisp white shirt, some good pairs of sneakers and, of course, great underwear.”Clothing doesn’t have to be expensive to feel luxurious – an amazing fit and nice fabrics are what makes items stand out, and are also what makes pieces timeless.”Underwear, of course, plays a vital role to Ronaldo in his day-to-day dressing and he’s not shy about discussing it.“Underwear is the foundation to any outfit, so it’s important to wear quality, premium styles that make you both look and feel good,” he said.”My CR7 underwear luxury lifestyle campaign showcases the collection in a more intimate way than ever before. Since underwear is so personal, I wanted to bring a more personal element to the campaign, which shows me relaxing at home. Downtime in itself is a luxury!“I choose different CR7 underwear styles depending on how I feel each morning, so with each collection I like to design contrasting patterns and colourways to make sure there’s an option for any occasion. “The spring and summer 18 CR7 underwear range includes timeless white silhouettes for a classic look and bold blue and even pinks for when you want to be more adventurous. I love the styles with touches of vibrant colour. To me, that is luxury!”Ronaldo feels that the new collection, which is produced by JBS Textile Group in Denmark, offers a more “mature” style than previous ones.“For spring and summer 2018, I really wanted to create a luxurious feel for the collection,” he said. “Colour still plays a big role, but the colour palette is more refined, we’ve got crisp whites and more sophisticated tones.”I started this brand six years ago and the designs have evolved alongside my own style choices. This collection is more mature, with a real focus on premium, luxury materials.”This is Ronaldo’s ninth season of CR7 underwear, with each item branded with his signature logo.
Transfers ‘Napoli will not be pillaged’ – De Laurentiis yet to hear from Chelsea over Sarri Rob Lancaster 19:49 6/16/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Transfers Chelsea Newcastle United v Chelsea Napoli v Crotone Napoli Serie A Premier League The club have already replaced the Italian coach and are waiting to negotiate with the Premier League side, who have made him their top candidate Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has warned Chelsea he will not allow the Italian club to be “pillaged” as the uncertainty surrounding Maurizio Sarri’s future rumbles on.Sarri still has two years left on his contract with Napoli despite being replaced as head coach by Carlo Ancelotti in May.Amid uncertainty over Antonio Conte’s position, Chelsea have been strongly linked with a move for Sarri, but the £7 million ($9.4m) Napoli are demanding as compensation is proving a major stumbling block.. 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 However, De Laurentiis insists he has yet to have any contact with the Premier League club, even though he is ready to be “reasonable” in negotiations over his former coach.”I never received any calls from Chelsea, even if they are announced via the newspapers,” he said during an interview with Corriere dello Sport.”If that were to happen, I would sit politely and listen, reflect and then give the response that was best for Napoli.”I want to make one thing clear: this is not a club to be pillaged, this is not a club to be underestimated. I am here to discuss and have already said that, if called, I would be reasonable.”@ADeLaurentiis wishes @MrAncelotti many happy returns on his birthday! https://t.co/HJ9WxWbjHV#ForzaNapoliSempre pic.twitter.com/PvS3qHAGPd— Official SSC Napoli (@en_sscnapoli) June 10, 2018De Laurentiis also confirmed he has not spoken to Sarri either since the conclusion of the Serie A season, yet holds no grudge after their working relationship came to a rather abrupt end.”I’ve not spoken to Sarri since then and he never called either,” he added.”After the final match of the season against Crotone, I waited, but neither he nor his manager [Alessandro] Pellegrini made themselves heard.”I took that into consideration and thought about a phrase my father said: ‘In life you should never let yourself be surprised’.”I don’t reproach Sarri, as if anything I should’ve set the rules and objectives at the start of the season. But being great gentlemen is a characteristic in the behaviour of the De Laurentiis family.”
World Cup Shootout loss to England ‘a tremendous blow’ for Colombia’s Mina Tommy Doleman 10:52 7/4/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Matthias Hangst World Cup Colombia Colombia v England England The Barcelona defender believes his team deserved to beat Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions after their elimination from the World Cup on penalties. Yerry Mina believes Colombia deserved to win their round of 16 tie against England, despite their elimination from the World Cup on penalties .The Barcelona defender scored three times during the tournament, including a last minute equaliser against the Three Lions to send Tuesday’s game into extra-time.But the South Americans were eliminated in heartbreaking fashion for the second consecutive World Cup after an unlucky defeat to Brazil in 2014, and Mina said it was a massive disappointment to lose against England. 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 “It was a tremendous blow,” he told Mundo Deportivo .“We did not deserve to lose, we have done more than England and the pity is that we could not decide [the game] before the penalties.“It is a blow for the whole group. I thank God because he allowed me to score another important goal for my country, and I really thought that in the extra time we could win.”Team-mate James Rodriguez, who had to watch from the sidelines as his team were bounced from the World Cup, was also visibly dejected after the match. The forward missed out through injury and tweeted a picture of himself in tears. pic.twitter.com/vnL2yl54ha — James Rodríguez (@jamesdrodriguez) July 3, 2018 With the World Cup over for Mina, who signed for Barcelona from Palmeiras in January, but only appeared five times for them in the back half of the season, his attention will quickly return to his club situation. His performances at the World Cup have caught the eye of several clubs, but he claimed he would take some time to let the World Cup pass before he makes any decisions on his future. “In my head, I’m going back to Barca,” he said.“Now is not the time to talk about my future, but the World Cup has helped me reconnect and reaffirm myself as a footballer.”
COLUMBUS, OH – JANUARY 4: Ohio State Mascot Brutus the Buckeye goofs around with a basketball prior to the start of the game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers on January 4, 20114 at Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State won by a final score of 84-53. (Photo by Ryan Young/Getty Images)On Thursday, we learned that members of the Ohio State football team were working on a dance routine for halftime of today’s OSU basketball game against Wisconsin. The performance has come and gone, so let’s see how things turned out: Our thoughts:Does Ezekiel Elliott wear his crop-top exclusively now? Seems like a poor decision with the winter that we’re having, but whatever works for him.We really appreciate that the players totally went for it. It looks like anyone who was hesitant about dancing in front of tens of thousands of fans stayed home.Aaron Parry: not the best rhythm, but the effort is there.Overall, solid job by the Buckeyes. They’re probably more likely to win another national championship on the gridiron than the dance floor, but they definitely brought it this afternoon.
Government is seeking feedback from Nova Scotians on proposed changes to the Environment Act that would allow new monetary penalties for companies that do not comply with environmental approvals. The penalties would apply to people and companies with approvals for programs with industrial activities, asbestos, dangerous goods, municipal sewage, water treatment, solid waste and registered public water suppliers. The penalties would be levied by the department, rather than through the court system. The province is encouraging those with approvals and the public to review a discussion document and submit comments by June 24. The document is available at http://novascotia.ca/nse/resources/public.consultation.asp . Monetary penalties would provide more options when people and companies are not complying with terms and conditions of operating approvals or those for registered drinking water suppliers.
TORONTO – The Toronto stock index dipped into the red as plunging oil prices outweighed gains in financials on Wednesday, while the loonie fell nearly half a cent following the Bank of Canada’s latest decision to keep interest rates on hold.The S&P/TSX composite index was down 6.90 points to 15,908.70. Gains by several of Canada’s biggest lenders — including Bank of Montreal, Bank of Nova Scotia and Royal Bank of Canada — weren’t enough to compensate for a nose-diving energy sector, which was down more than two per cent at the closing of markets.The January crude contract tumbled US$1.66 to US$55.96 per barrel, a sharp decline that Allan Small, senior investment adviser at HollisWealth, partially attributed to “artificially” inflated prices based on OPEC and non-OPEC members’ manipulation of production levels.The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries cartel and a group of allied oil-producing nations agreed last week to extend crude output cuts until the end of next year, continuing a policy that led to a significant rise in the price of oil over the past year.“If they were producing at normal rates, the price of oil would probably be around US$35 to US$40,” Small said. “But obviously they’re cutting back and trying to keep the price of oil higher.”“Meanwhile, the United States is producing at record levels,” he added.South of the border, American markets — which had held steady for most of Wednesday following drops for markets around the world — finished the trading session mixed.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average fell 39.73 points to 24,140.91. The S&P 500 index was down 0.30 of a point to 2,629.27 and the Nasdaq composite index was up 14.17 points to 6,776.38.In currency markets, the Canadian dollar closed at an average trading price of 78.39 cents US, down 0.47 of a U.S. cent after the Bank of Canada stuck with its trend-setting interest rate Wednesday — but it offered fresh, yet cautious, warnings to Canadians that increases are likely on the way.The central bank has now left the rate locked at one per cent for two straight policy announcements after the strengthening economy prompted it to raise it twice in the summer.“I’m very happy about that. The last thing I think we wanted to do as a nation for the economy is to get in front of the (U.S. Federal Reserve), for us to start raising rates further before the Fed does,” said Small. “Because then you’d see our loonie at 85 cents (US) …. and that wouldn’t do anyone any good.”“The Band of Canada did a wise thing not to raise rates. Let the U.S. raise rates in December. Let our dollar fall down to 75 cents. It’s a good thing for our economy. A weaker dollar makes a lot of sense,” he said.Elsewhere in commodities, the January natural gas contract was up one cent at US$2.92 per mmBTU, the February gold contract added US$1.20 to US$1,266.10 an ounce and the March copper contract was up two cents to US$2.96 a pound.
The Senior Officials further discussed possible areas for future collaboration focussing on defence and combatting transnational crimes, science & technology, agriculture, trade & investment, development issues, and regional cooperation.First Assistant Secretary, South and West Asia Division, Kathy Klugman led the Australian delegation, which also included officials from the South and West Asia Division and Sri Lanka Desk of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Department of Immigration and Border Protection Attorney General’s Department, International Security Division of DFAT, Royal Australian Navy, DFAT’s People Smuggling Task Force and Australia’s Deputy High Commissioner in Colombo. The discussions broadly focussed on the development partnership, trade and economic cooperation, people to people contacts, reconciliation and human rights, transnational crime and human smuggling, defence cooperation and maritime issues as well as the cooperation between the two Foreign Ministries. The Second Round of Senior Officials’ Talks between the Sri Lankan Foreign Ministry and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade concluded in Canberra.The Senior Officials’ Talks is a structured platform to review the bilateral relations between the two countries and to discuss regional and international issues of common interest and concern. Given the number of high level visits that took place between the two countries in 2017, which also marks the 70th anniversary since the establishment of formal diplomatic ties, the Second Round of Talks provided an opportunity to discuss the progress made in the understandings reached during those visits. The Sri Lankan delegation was headed by Additional Secretary Sumith Nakanadala and included Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner to Australia S. Skandakumar, Director General of External Resources Department Priyantha Ratnayaka, Director General, East Asia and Pacific Division of the Foreign Ministry Kapila Jayaweera, Deputy High Commissioner and Minister of the Sri Lanka High Commission. (Colombo Gazette)
UN Photo/Eskinder DebebeSecretary-General António Guterres delivers a major speech on climate change at the UN Headquarters in New York. 10 September 2018.10 September 2018 – The world risks crossing the point of no return on climate change, with disastrous consequences for people across the planet and the natural systems that sustain them, the United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres warned on Monday, calling for more leadership and greater ambition for climate action, to reverse course. Read more…,2. Myanmar military leaders must face genocide charges,3. The Last Swiss Holocaust Survivors: Keeping the memory alive,4. UN mourns death of former Secretary-General Kofi Annan, ‘a guiding force for good’,5. Four countries on track to graduate from UN list of least developed countries,Video1. Governments adopt UN global migration pact to help ‘prevent suffering and chaos’ 10 December 2018 – The Global Compact for Migration was adopted on Monday by leading representatives from 164 Governments at an international conference in Marrakesh, Morocco, in an historic move described by UN Chief António Guterres as the creation of a “roadmap to prevent suffering and chaos.” Watch here…,2. ‘Defend the people, not the States’, says outgoing UN human rights chief,3. Mali: In Mopti, UN chief finds ‘a determination to fight for peace’,4. Babies born of rape, the legacy of Rohingya abuse in Myanmar,5. From low-earth orbit, ‘envoys’ of humanity join UN space forum,Audio1. ‘Free, informed consent’ of Indigenous Peoples over land-use, is key Since 1 January, UN News has covered everything that happens in and around the United Nations, bringing you stories about the impact of decisions made at UN Headquarters, in New York; our Offices at Geneva; Nairobi, and beyond; through to the lifesaving work of our peacekeeping missions and humanitarian operations around the globe.We even went beyond the stratosphere, to cover the work the UN is doing to ensure that outer space is a resource for all humankind, and our coverage continues, every day.In this special edition of ‘In Case You Missed It’, or #ICYMI, check out our multimedia coverage, with the top five most read, heard and watched news stories across our platforms.For full coverage through the year, click here. And from all of us here, have a happy and successful 2019.Stories1. ‘Direct existential threat’ of climate change nears point of no return UN Photo/Mark GartenTadodaho Sid Hill, Chief of the Onondaga Nation, delivers a ceremonial welcome to participants at the opening of the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples.27 April 2018 – The “free, informed consent” of Indigenous Peoples over how their historic territory is used, is a key demand arising from the latest UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, which ended on Friday. That’s according to the chairperson of the Forum, Mariam Wallet Aboubakrine, who is a medical doctor from Mali, who told UN News how the two-week event had gone. Listen here…,2. Digital innovation powering efforts to end refugee hunger,3. It’s ‘high time’ tech community tackled digital challenge together, says expert,4. UN provides a ‘glimmer of hope’ for Israel Palestine conflict: Daniel Barenboim,5. World-beating athlete Paula Radcliffe, sets pace in global push for clean air,2018 in photos
Mr Sheff said that the idea that one has to practice ‘tough love’ to help someone dealing with a drug dependence is one “that is dangerous, because the consequences can be dire, including death. We shall intervene as soon as we can” he appealed, stressing that a whole range of treatment that is now available, it wasn’t 10 or 15 years ago.Adding her personal experience to the discussion was Vicky Cornell, co-founder of the Chris and Vicky Cornell Foundation and wife of late rock icon Chris Cornell. Since her husband’s death in May 2017, Ms Cornell had become an expert and advocate on the whole issue of drug abuse, highlighting the importance of ending misconceptions about what is “a totally preventable and treatable disease”.And we’ll have more on this story in our Lid Is On podcast next week, where we’ll be talking to David Sheff and Vicky Cornell about their work and what the UN can do, to help with the fight against drug addiction. “Treating addiction as something criminal is contributing to this global crisis”, said Nora Volkow, Director of the US National Institute on Drug Abuse. Ms Volkow called on the importance of acknowledging the drug problem “from the perspective of the health system”.“When we understand that people are ill, stigma goes away, and we know what to do, we treat them with compassion and we get them the best treatment we can”, added David Sheff, best-selling author and advocate, who has become an expert on the international opioid crisis, which has become a major public health emergency in the United States.According to the latest World Drug Report launched by the UN agency in 2018, the non-medical use of prescription drugs is becoming a major threat to public health and law enforcement worldwide, with opioids causing the most harm and accounting for 76 per cent of deaths associate with drug-misuse.Highlighting the importance of understanding “brain chemistry” and the role of education in prevention, Mr Sheff added that “much of the drug usage decision comes from stress”, which can result from many factors including family discord, stress at school, or violence, but also simply the day-to-day stress of growing up.Looking at vulnerable age groups, the UNODC report found that drug use is highest among young people, with research suggesting that 12- to 17-year-olds are at particular risk.“This idea that some kids have now in some communities that if they haven’t filled out their college resumes by the time they’re 12, they are going to fail in life, it’s a lot of stress on kids”, added Mr Sheff.His memoir “Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction”, where he shares the heartbreaking experience of survival, relapse and recovery of his son Nic, was recently turned into a film, screened on Wednesday at UN Headquarters.
59 Comments By Cónal Thomas Mar 23rd 2019, 11:05 AM https://jrnl.ie/4551992 Saturday 23 Mar 2019, 11:05 AM Short URL Today I saw them swooping down and taking ducklings from the pond. At this rate there will be no ducklings and the pond in Herbert Park will be full [of] seagulls.”“Can something be done to give the ducklings a chance?”In July, a concerned citizen contacted Labour councillor Mary Freehill in relation to the “growing number of seagulls in the Rathmines area” of Dublin. With the city’s gulls “becoming bigger, bolder and more populous in urban areas”, this person wanted to know if there were measures to be taken to reduce the number of seagulls in urban areas.“They prey [on] food waste and are seen tearing apart bins creating a mess. They also make a tremendous racket as some are perched on house chimneys.“[The] abundance of noise, very early in the morning and late at nights, that is my primary distress.” Source: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie‘Constant droppings’Residents of Marino on Dublin’s Northside experienced similar seagull difficulties last July. “Noise pollution from 5am onwards all day every day [and] constant droppings,” a concerned Marino resident wrote to the council last summer. We even had an episode where a gull flew into our garden and grabbed food from the table which was frightening for our daughter.A Biodiversity Officer at the council’s replied saying that seagulls – or gulls – are a “very visual component of Dublin City’s biodiversity”.They are protected under wildlife acts, legislation which is enforced by the National Parks and Wildlife Service [NPWS].“Dublin City Council does not have a role in the control of gulls,” the officer said. “However, [the council] strongly advises people not to feed the gulls as this influences the interactive behaviour between birds and humans.”Herring gulls – the most abundant roof-nesting species in Dublin – are presently red-listed. In other words, they are of high conservation concern. According to Stephen Newton, senior seabird conservation officer with BirdWatch Ireland, the country’s gull population – including the colonisation of inland towns – has increased largely due to the availability of food. Companies like Diageo have recently been granted licenses to remove gull nests from the Guinness brewery at St. James Gate.The NPWS has also issued several permits to organisations in the past like the Abbey Theatre and South Dublin County Council, as well as private individuals in North Dublin to scare gulls away, relocate chicks, or remove nests and eggs from buildings. Since 2016, NPWS has issued a total of 60 permits to private individuals, state bodies and businesses, according to a spokesperson.Of permits issued to date, 48 were for premises in Dublin. Gulls are a visual component of Dublin’s biodiversity. Source: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie‘Control measures’ At approximately 11.45am on 4 October, a seagull swooped down to a picnic table in Herbert Park and stole a toddler’s croissant. Their parent wrote to the council after the incident, saying that they were “worried that seagulls are becoming increasingly brazen”. The parent also wanted to know what exactly could be done to tackle the problem. Four days later, Labour councillor Dermot Lacey brought forward an emergency motion to draw up a plan to deal with seagull issues across the city and to specifically introduce measures to deal with the specific problem in Herbert Park. Several Dublin councillors have followed suit. Independent councillor Mannix Flynn has described the situation as “totally out of control”. “There’s been no attempt whatsoever to deal with this. Private individuals, firms and businesses are dealing with it in their own way,” Flynn told TheJournal.ie.“In the meantime, it’s getting totally out of control, particularly on the likes of Dame Street.”“They’re free creatures and they need to be protected,” says Flynn. “But the city also needs to manage the seagull population.”‘Intelligent, cunning, motivated’A holistic approach to this issue is what is required, according to Birdwatch Ireland’s Newton.His group is currently pressing authorities to fund surveys in order to update gull population figures and distribution information.“Only when this has been done we can review the population status, and local authorities and NPWS can open a debate about whether ‘control’ measures are necessary and what the impact may be on the national population,” Newton has said. Fingal County Council has funded a survey of roof-nesting gulls in Balbriggan, Skerries and Howth.These surveys, according to Newton, have shown a “considerable increase” since previous surveys which were carried out in 2000-2001. No efforts have yet been made by Dublin City Council, South Dublin County Council or Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council. For one “uniquely placed” and “highly skilled” Dubliner, however, tailor-made solutions are the way forward in tackling the city’s gull problem. “In this instance I can conduct an independent investigation to ascertain the facts which include identifying the specific breed of seagull executing the attacks, the hotspots where those attacks occur, the triggers that drive the attacks and identifying the chain of command within the flock.”All seagulls are “highly intelligent, cunning and motivated and…should not be underestimated”.“Their protective legal status, in the most part, shields them from any drastic measures normally adopted by humans to combat similar aggressive behaviour in other species.”Writing to the council, this savvy citizen pitched their linguistic expertise as a means of understanding the flock. “Once I infiltrate the flock and gain their trust I can gain an insight into the flock hierarchy and the core objectives driving their choice of action.” Share116 Tweet Email5 Source: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ieTACKLING DUBLIN’S SEAGULL problem requires a “viable, practicable and innovative” solution, a Dubliner told Dublin City Council in February. “For too long the streets of Dublin have fallen foul to the menacing, torturous and unprovoked attacks delivered by a gang of feathered brutes,” the concerned local wrote in a letter. “Each day the victim count from these attacks rise with the injuries sustained ranging in severity and the victim profile being as broad and diverse as the attacks themselves.”Protected under wildlife legislation, however – as well as being a core element of Dublin’s biodiversity – there is not much local authorities can currently do to reduce the population of urban gulls.The capital’s gull population has increased as well, according to BirdWatch Ireland, despite companies and state bodies requesting licenses to remove gull nests and chicks in a bit to scare them off buildings.As this avian issue rolls on, some are calling for a different approach than the cold-hearted cull, though – saying that seagull population surveys need to be carried out to properly assess the situation. ‘Very visual component’Concerned Dubliners wrote to the council on several occasions last year to highlight the ongoing problem, correspondence received under the Freedom of Information act show. The birds “have grown more common in recent times but are now a real menace”, said one spotter of the creatures in Ballsbridge on Dublin’s Southside last May. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 40,370 Views ‘Unprovoked attacks by a gang of feathered brutes’: Dubliners cry foul over seagull aggression 48 permits have been granted to tackle Dublin’s seagull issues.