Is Oklahoma State the quietest top 10 in the history of college football? Could be. Its players think so anyway.“I’ve been feeling like we’ve been getting slept on,” Devante Averette told the O’Colly. “But eventually, they’re going to wake up. I feel like we’re a great team. I always feel like we don’t get as much credit as we should, but we fixing to prove that. But either way it goes, if we get the W, that’s it for us. We don’t care about anything else.”OSU now has the fifth-longest streak in the country even though they’re rarely mentioned among the top dogs of the sport this season. I get that, I suppose. What is OSU’s best win? At West Virginia? At Texas? Are those teams any good? Even though the perception nationally is that they aren’t, road wins in the Big 12 are tough to come by.AdChoices广告If OSU can somehow get by Texas Tech in Lubbock this weekend, it’s all systems go for November.[1. We play at Iowa State in November, I realize it. I’m trying very hard to ignore it.]That quote from Averette, by the way, wasn’t even his best of the last week. Look at what he said after the game on Saturday about his interception.“All I could think was score. I always tell my teammates if I get my hands on it, I’m going to score. It’s the second game in a row, first West Virginia and now Kansas. It sickens me that I didn’t score.” While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.
I recently collected data on recruiting rankings going all the way back to 2005, Mike Gundy’s first year in Stillwater. This week, I’m going to roll out a few interesting things I found and think about what OSU’s position in the recruiting world will be going forward. Hope you enjoy.Yesterday we looked at whether recruiting matters, and I think I struck a bit of a nerve. Here’s the crux of it, people. On an individual level, stars do not matter. Justice Hills happen. Justin Blackmons happen. But to hold these guys up as outliers is to prove the point I’m making: Highly-ranked recruiting classes usually win lots of games. Lower-ranked ones usually don’t.I stated two factual things yesterday:Recruiting wins championships.Mike Gundy is not very good at recruiting (according to the recruiting outlets).There is an argument in here that a lot of times recruiting outlets rank players based on who is recruiting them. That is, if Nick Saban wants a QB from Arkansas who is a three-star, that player conspicuously transforms himself into a four-star within a week on 247sports.com.This is a fair argument. Although I don’t believe it affects the outcome we’re looking at as much as some of you would suggest. A lot of guys are five-stars their entire high school careers regardless of who is recruiting them, and Alabama is getting them, too.Anyway, now that we have laid a foundation that recruiting matters, I want to explore why Oklahoma State is not better at it. This is a complex question with myriad answers. There are two in my mind with a false flag third.First and foremost, Mike Gundy doesn’t try. Oh, I’m sure he recruits hard and has a plan and executes it to the best of his ability. But in his own words, he’s not chasing elite players.“We win 10, 12 games, and we can get in on these [five-star] guys,” Gundy told ESPN in 2015. “We would get in a little bit, but we didn’t finish. So right, wrong or indifferent, we’ve gone right back to know your area, find out who’s out there, this is what we’re looking for to fit our system.“Do they like to play football? Do they have respect for themselves, which gives them a chance to be successful? Do they fit what we’re looking for? Do we believe in them? If so, we’re going to go for them.”I get it. It’s so, so difficult to take that final step from being a Tier 2 program (where OSU is) to being Tier 1. You have to sort of get lucky with a five-star here or a couple of four-stars there. To pull yourself up those last few feet on the mountain is almost harder than scaling from the very bottom to where you are.I talked to Kyle Boone about this, and his explanation on the recruiting side is that Gundy hates going down to the wire with guys who announce on National Signing Day because OSU isn’t an elite enough school to have backup plans on guys who don’t sign. I understand that. And it seems Gundy has completely ejected on grabbing top talent in favor of grabbing guys he wants.“Well, if you go back the last five years, in ’14, ’13, and ’12, then we can somewhat evaluate those classes now based on the success we have had,” said Gundy reiterated last Wednesday.“We have won 21 games in two years. We were ranked average 36th in the country during those five years. There’s one of two things happening. Either we are damn good evaluators and the recruiting services don’t know what they are talking about, or we are damn good coaches. One or the other. I don’t know what it is, but we are not changing what we do.”This was pretty easily the best moment of the day for us. The Kermit meme come to life! ?☕️ pic.twitter.com/9otVVfzaUL— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) February 2, 2017Great evaluators or great coaches. Both are true of course. And both also shine a positive light on Gundy and the OSU program. This is what you’d expect from somebody looking to get a big contract extension. But neither can turn a group of three-star guys into a group of four-star guys.So here is the second reason why OSU isn’t better at recruiting. The Big 12 is drying up as a recruiting hotbed. As a conference it has snagged just seven five-star guys in the last five years. That’s one fewer than the Big 10 grabbed in 2017 alone (that Ohio State-OU game is starting to make more sense, eh?). In those same five years, the SEC has signed 77 five-star players. Seventy. Seven.The SEC and Big 10 send guys to the NFL, and that is literally the only goal of most high school athletes. There is a bit of a veil up on all of this for OSU because the Big 12, as we just saw, is not exactly banging down the door when it comes to national recruiting. OSU can hide a little bit in terms of its strength as a program because it plays most of its games against other teams that don’t recruit very well nationally either.OSU is, stunningly, third in the conference over the last 10 years in average recruiting class. The catch? It is No. 34 nationally in that timeframe. What this means is that OSU gets exposed when it plays the Ole Miss’ of the world.The false flag reason OSU is not good at recruiting is that you just can’t recruit to Stillwater. This is an argument that I’ve made myself in the past, but I think it’s probably horsehockey. If you send dudes to the NFL consistently, you can recruit to anywhere. Nick Saban and Urban Meyer could ask dudes to go to the damn moon and they’d still end up with top 10 classes.Mike Gundy is a great, great football coach. The best OSU has ever had and maybe will ever have. He might be an accidental genius when it comes to forging a football program. He’s done almost everything right in Stillwater. His touch has been perfect.Except for one area.He hasn’t consistently locked down top 25 classes. That might be fine in Big 12 country where you play a bunch of other schools that don’t do it either, but OSU will never become a consistent national powerhouse until he figures out how to do this.Maybe we’re OK with this. It is working to the extent that it is supposed to work. OSU is playing for Big 12 titles because Gundy is recruiting the way he is recruiting. And in the end, maybe it’s impossible to take the next step for a place like OSU. Maybe this is just the ceiling for a college in Stillwater, OK.We’ll look at that as well as where OSU fits in nationally over the next few days. 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. With the personnel that the Cowboys will have next year, many people are calling for a diminished use of the cowboy back. Coach Gundy and Co. initially introduced the position to enhance the run game, but the position also helps the offense in another way.People forget that big-bodied receivers with speed provide a unique problem for a defense, as they are too big for corners and too fast for linebackers. OSU fans saw the position’s potential with players like Zac Veatch, Blake Jarwin and Jeremy Seaton having success at the cowboy back. With their departure, the Cowboys are now in search of their next stud at the position.Incoming freshman and former Oklahoma Super 30 senior Baron Odom has the potential to do that for the Cowboys in the future. Baron has the size (6’5, 225 lbs) and has already proven his receiving capabilities, catching 18 touchdown passes in his senior year at Wynnewood.Odom was frequently used as a flexed receiver for the Savages. Flexed tight ends have become all the rage in the modern spread because of how it creates mismatches. If you flex your linebacker to cover him head up, you leave the box susceptible to the run; if you keep your linebacker in the box, you leave the tight end uncovered before the snap; and if you bring in a different personnel, say a nickel or dime package, you give the tight end a significant size advantage over his defender.Think of a pass-catching tight end like Mark Andrews at Oklahoma:Or a human mismatch like Jace Amaro at Texas Tech:Or even a bigger tight end like Colt Lyerla at Oregon:Tight ends or cowboy backs can survive in an air raid offense. As mentioned earlier, the Cowboys are still in search for a well-rounded cowboy back.Keenan Brown will likely be one of OSU’s starters, but he still has work to do when it comes to blocking. Britton Abbott and Dawson Bassett are both known as blocking backs, although Bassett did play tight end in high school, and they are yet to be used in the passing game.A guy like Odom could do it all. Although he still has work to do in terms of development, and will probably be one or two years before he sees the field on a consistent basis, he could become OSU’s next big-time cowboy back for the future and bring life to an under-appreciated position.
Leicester eyeing several of Guingamp’s prospectsby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City are eyeing several of Guingamp’s young prospects.Foot Mercato says a number of the club’s young players are on the radar of Leicester.Mohamed Ali Gueddar (20, striker), Ryad Hachem (20, midfielder), Mehdi Boudjemaa (20, defender) and Matthias Phaeton (19, striker) are all interesting the Foxes.Ali Gueddar has already refused a professional contract offer from Guingamp.Along with Leicester, Stoke City are also interested in the youngsters. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
LAFC meet the New York Red Bulls on Sunday in a clash between two of the superpowers of MLS.Spearheaded by Carlos Vela, the hosts come into this match the runaway leaders of the Western Conference, having recorded three wins in their last four.Their New York rivals, however, are five points off the pace in the Eastern Conference, despite a 2-0 win over Toronto last time out. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Who will prevail at the Banc of California Stadium? Game LAFC vs New York Red Bulls Date Sunday, August 11 Time 3:00am BST / 10:00pm ET Stream (US) fubo TV (7-day free trial) TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial).New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream Fox Sports 1 / Fox Deportes fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the UK, the match will be shown on FreeSports but will not be streamed. UK TV channel Online stream FreeSports n/a Squads & Team News Position LAFC squad Goalkeepers Miller, Sisniega Defenders Zimmerman, Segura, Jakovic, Batista, Harvery, Beitashour, Blackmon Midfielders Atuesta, Guido, Kaye, Nguyen, Vassell Forwards Rossi, Blessing, Rodriguez, Vela, Perez, Diomande, Zelaya, Perez Mohamed El-Munir and Javi Perez miss out, while it seems highly unlikely that either Pablo Sisniega or Alejandro Guido might play.Brian Rodriguez has been added to the roster from Penarol, while Christian Ramirez was surprisingly traded to the Houston Dynamo.Possible LAFC starting XI: Miller; Harvey, Segura, Blackmon, Beitashour; Atuesta, Kaye, Blessing; Rossi, Diomande, Vela Position New York Red Bulls squad Goalkeepers Robles, Meara, Louro Defenders Parker, Long, Tarek, Nealis, Lawrence, Buckmaster, Murillo, Lade, Duncan Midfielders Davis, Rzatkowski, Casseres, Koffi, Gamarra, Bezecourt Forwards Royer, Sims, Muyl, Ivan, Mines, Wright-Phillips, Jorgensen, White, Barlow, Fernandezz Long-term injury concern Florian Valot continues to miss out for the New York Red Bulls, who will need to check on Alex Muyl late on.Southampton midfielder Josh Sims has arrived on loan.Possible New York Red Bulls starting XI: Robles; Murillo, Long, Parker, Lawrence; Casseres, Davis; Rzatkowski, Gamarra, Royet; WhiteBetting & Match Odds LAFC are red-hot 3/10 favorites to win this match with bet365. New York Red Bulls are out at 8/1, while the draw is on offer at 9/2.Click here to see all of bet365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview LAFC will attempt to continue its dominance of MLS Sunday when the club tackles the New York Red Bulls at the Bank of California Stadium in the highlight clash of the weekend. The Black and Gold is firmly established as the team to beat this season. Having picked up 52 points from a possible 69, they are 10 points better off than any other side in either division – and that is despite playing two matches short of Eastern Conference leaders the Philadelphia Union. In Carlos Vela, LAFC has MLS’ hottest property, with the Mexico international having contributed 22 goals in 22 games this season, while the team’s offense has struck 61 times, again a league-leading statistic by an enormous margin. “Concentration has been high,” Walker Zimmerman said when as to explain the high level of the team. “I think guys are realizing what we’re doing doesn’t happen every year. What we’re doing is special and I think guys notice that. And that kind of helps in our preparation because every game still matters. We’re chasing trophies, we’re chasing records in points and wins. It presents a challenge each and every game. And it helps guys get motivated every game.” But with such a strong record, LA has become a target for opponents, too. It recently lost the derby to the LA Galaxy, their third defeat of the season, and though the team bounced back with wins against Atlanta United and New England, it will face a massive test against a Red Bulls outfit that has specialized in playing the big guns this season. While Chris Armas’ side has been inconsistent, it has typically saved its best performances for the greatest stages. “I think we’ve done well against better teams this year,” midfielder Sean Davis said. “But we have to continue to improve against all teams. It doesn’t matter who we play, we have to show up with the right mentality. It doesn’t matter if we’re playing teams that are just trying to kick it long, we have to show up with the right mentality and how to combat that and play well.” New York boasts wins over MLS Cup champions Atlanta and the LA Galaxy this season, but as Luis Robles admitted, it will have to be at its best to take the points on Sunday. “Something that has become apparent this season is that we play to the level of our opponent,” the goalkeeper said. “So I’m hoping that plays out the same way against LAFC because they’re the top team. They’re the team that everyone’s gunning for. And it’s going to be a really good test for us.” Come full-time, the Red Bulls will know exactly where they sit in comparison to MLS’ star team.
Behold the World’s Most Adventure-Ready Electric Motorcycle Editors’ Recommendations There has long been a trend in the motorcycling community that prays at the altar that is the cafe racer. Cafe-style bikes are aggressive, naked, and, in the immortal words of The Seige, “[They] gon’ take it fast, you can take it slow!”However, until very recently, the cafe style hasn’t evolved — we’ve seen the same stylistic endeavors for six decades. Nowadays we’re finally seeing what a modern cafe racer would look like. Case in point: Yamaha and Velomacchi’s new Rural Racer Project.Image couartesy of VelomacchiImage courtesy of VelomacchiThe Rural Racer is based on Yamaha’s new XSR700 motorcycle. From the factory, the XSR700 dips a toe in the new-age cafe style, but still features many of the same exterior cues from history. Powered by a 689 cc liquid-cooled twin cylinder engine, the XSR700 generates around 67 horsepower and 47 lb-ft of torque. That said, the Rural Racer has a few aftermarket pieces, such as a new catalytic converter and Yoshimura R&D exhaust that likely boost horsepower and torque slightly.The most radical differences, however, can be found on the Rural Racer’s exterior.Both Velomacchi, which makes some of the best motorcycle gear available, and Yamaha wanted to give the Rural Racer a feel that would inspire riders to take risks and go out and explore. For those reasons, the bike has a few technical adaptations that allow it to carry extra gas, tools, and “overnight gear into remote environments.”Image couartesy of VelomacchiImage courtesy of VelomacchiThe brands also gave the Rural Racer a ton of technology, including facial recognition instead of a standard keyed ignition, and a gimbal-stabilized drone mount from noted drone makers DJI on the motorcycle’s fuel tank.“We wanted to build a bike that spoke to the modern urban dweller who uses their bike to both commute to work and escape on the weekends. That’s why the Rural Racer XSR700 is as beautiful and heritage-inspired as it is modernized with technology solutions like drone carry, facial recognition, and precision engineered parts from some of the top component brands in the world.” said Kevin Murray, Velomacchi’s founder and chief designer, as well as this motorcycle’s lead builder,While the Rural Racer remains a one-off machine, we’re hoping that enough people go to Yamaha clamoring to put this motorcycle into production as we’d absolutely love to hop behind the bars and go for an adventure. What Kind of Motorcycle Should I Get? A Comprehensive Guide to Motorcycle Types All 21 Six Flags Parks in the U.S., Ranked If You Haven’t Visited the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, What Are You Waiting For? Talking Food Trucks and Fusion Cuisine with The Peached Tortilla’s Eric Silverstein
The Department of Natural Resources is lifting the ban on Sunday hunting for the first two Sundays of general deer hunting season. The change will apply to all wildlife in season on those dates except moose. In 2015, Sunday hunting will be allowed Nov. 1 and 8. “Nova Scotia’s natural resources are here for everyone to enjoy and use in a sustainable manner,” said Natural Resources Minister Zach Churchill. “After a public consultation and discussions with stakeholders about a range of options, I wanted to find a balance on this issue that would take everyone’s positions into account. Allowing hunting on the first two Sundays of general hunting season achieves this balance.” Amendments to the Wildlife Act regulations will also clarify the distance hunters need to stay back from Christmas tree and agricultural operations. Amendments will also make it easier for hunters to help farmers deal with nuisance wildlife. Public safety was an important consideration in the decision. Hunting accidents are rare in Nova Scotia and almost never involve non-hunters. There will be an awareness campaign closer to hunting season to help ensure Nova Scotians know about the Sunday hunting change. Landowner rights was an area of interest during consultations. Hunters are strongly urged to respect landowners’ wishes about hunting on private property.
Projectors are no longer the boring devices stuck on the office ceiling. The boom of portable projectors adds flexibility to when and where you want to watch a movie or handle a presentation. The ViewSonic M1 projector was the genesis of ViewSonic’s portable projector series. The second iteration, the M1+, brings a few incremental updates to the existing version.The M1+ distinguishes itself through three new features: a new 16GB internal storage, app compatibility, and wireless connectivity. Of course, the projector’s operating system has been overhauled to accommodate these new features.DesignFor a projector, the M1+ looks seriously nice. Its plastic shell features a mesh top that helps draw in more air.The only metal component, the stand, swings out from the front and doubles as a lens protector. A proximity sensor detects when an obstruction is in front of the lens and disables the lamp automatically; saving battery and potential blindness.Both the rear and sides are covered in ventilation grills.At the rear is a simple set of control buttons, the power button, and battery level indicator LEDs.On the left edge is a focus adjustment wheel.It also comes with a handy remote for basic media controls and keystone adjustment.A mounting hole at the bottom is compatible with a standard tripod and mounting screws.Ports and I/ODespite its tiny footprint, the M1+ comes with a plethora of ports. In addition to its internal 16GB storage, it also supports MicroSD card, USB-C, HDMI, 3.5mm audio jack (audio out), and a 5W USB-A port.Wired options aside, the M1+ also supports Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity.Resolution, color, and brightnessWith an 854 x 480p resolution, the M1+ isn’t going to trounce a 4K TV and gets blurrier the further away it moves from the projected surface. I found that it’s usable up to three meters, after which the display becomes too blurry to discern text.According to its specs sheet, the ViewSonic M1+ supports up to 1.06 billion colors, which is around 65 times the sRGB (Rec. 709) color gamut. If it sounds too good to be true, that’s because it is. The 1.06 billion colors rating is the number of colors its Texas Instrument Digital Light Processing (DLP) chip can support. The actual output is heavily influenced by other factors such as optics and color wheel quality.Even if it’s not shining in a billion colors, images and movies still look great. In the vibrant shots below, colors are punchy and saturated, which helps to deliver an enjoyable viewing experience.Brightness, however, is palpably lacking. When used in well-lit rooms in maximum brightness, the M1+ struggles to overpower even a floor lamp. In power-saving mode, it’s only usable in borderline blacked-out rooms.A projector’s projection size is quantified by its throw ratio. The throw ratio is the ratio between the distance of the lens to the projection surface and the width of the projection. A lower throw ration indicates a narrower projection and vice versa. Because the M1+ are likely to be used closer to the projection surface, it has a higher throw ratio of 1.2. Combined with a 3m usable distance, it can produce a projection up to 3.6m wide. Impressive for such a tiny unit.While the projector lamp isn’t interchangeable, it is rated to last for up to 30,000 hours. Beware that the lamp burns out faster when frequently used at peak brightness. Furthermore, all projector lamps dim over time.Since it will often project at an angle, the M1 can “tilt” its projection (called keystoning) to eliminate distortion. Its integrated gyroscope will try to compensate for tilting automatically, but the angle can also be adjusted manually through the remote. This is the single most commonly-used feature besides its power button. Unfortunately, the projection can only be tilted vertically and not horizontally.AudioWhat goes into your eyes matter, but what goes into your ears does too. In addition to supporting audio output through a 3.5mm audio jack, the ViewSonic M1+ also carries a pair of speakers by Harman/Kardon.Its sound is impressive even by portable speaker standards. Audio is sharp, biting, but bass is flat. While dedicated speakers are still better, the built-in speakers still did a fantastic job at filling a small office space with clear sound. Even more impressive, the speaker can act as a standalone wireless speaker without turning on the projector – albeit with the fan still on.SoftwareThe M1+ sports an interface so dummy-proof that a chimp can figure it out. Its starting menu provides a list of all the input sources, which can be selected using the included remote or the integrated buttons on the rear.When connected to the PC, the projector registers as a secondary display. In addition to external input, the M1+ also supports media playback through SD cards. This saves the user from having to carry a laptop when the presentation only involves media files.The app store — a marquee feature of the M1+ projector– resides quietly at the bottom. Once connected to WiFi, the projector can install a handful of media apps like BBC, Spotify, NBA, and so on. The app ecosystem is austere, however.Battery lifeSince I don’t have a baseline to compare it to, I evaluated the merit of the M1+’s battery life based on whether it can get through a movie and a lengthy presentation. My review unit lasted two hours and 12 minutes on a single charge at peak brightness. That’s respectable considering the unit draws up to 45W of power. The lights can also be dimmed to extend battery life further.The projector is set to Eco mode by default. Brightness can be manually adjusted or by changing its power settings to Full.Like the older M1, the M1+ still charges using a dedicated charging port. Just like the older generation, it takes hours to charge.Thermals and noiseFor the most part, the M1+ manages to keep quiet in standard and power-saving modes. Its single fan does ramp up occasionally, but never stays annoying for long, winding down after about 20 seconds or so.ConclusionAs ViewSonic’s updated entry-level portable projector, the M1+ brings a couple of new features to the table for $48 more, bumping the price up from $385.67 CAD to $432.36. Although it seems expensive compared to monitors, it’s a more affordable option in the projector world.Sporting a maximum resolution of just 854 x 480p, texts and finer details can appear aliased when examined up close. With that said, the color saturation is superb, just don’t expect it to actually cover the 1.06 billion colors that it claims to support.Brightness is the M1+’s most prominent drawback. I could give the low resolution an easy pass, but the dimness makes the projector borderline useless in a brightly lit room. When it comes to movies, fine. We watch them in the dark anyway. But in a meeting where people need lights to write down notes, it’s simply inadequate.I’m also especially appreciative of the M1+’s wide gamut of ports. In addition to USB-C and HDMI input, its wireless screen mirroring support is convenient for when you don’t want to transfer the files over to a PC. Abetted by a set of speakers that are great even if it lacks thumping bass. And being able to operate it independently is just icing on the cake. This section is powered by IT World Canada. 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A spokesman added: “In these increasingly violent times the arming of the British police service is a legitimate matter for debate.”Policing by consent is a mainstay of keeping the peace in the UK, so ultimately it is for the public and our elected representatives to decide what sort of policing they want.”Previous research has suggested the majority of police are opposed to any change in approach, but surveys of members of the public have proved less conclusive. Conservative MP Philip Davies said: “In light of the terror attacks we’ve seen in Europe, I would much sooner the people who were armed in the UK were the police rather than the criminals.”More importantly, it’s about keeping the police officers safe, so we should let them decide what protection they need. I certainly believe that they should be routinely armed with Tasers, and as long as they are properly trained they should have the option of hand guns as well.”The Police Roll of Honour Trust, a charity that supports the bereaved relatives of police officers killed in action, said that they would “welcome any measures that would help the police to protect the public and keep themselves safe from harm.” However, police chiefs say they have struggled to recruit firearms officers, claiming that many fear they could spend years under investigation if they used their weapon in the line of duty.Last year, Scotland Yard announced plans to increase the number of armed police in the capital by 600, bringing the total to almost 3,000. Now the Metropolitan Police Federation, which represents 32,000 officers in London, is asking all of its members whether or not they would be happy to be armed on duty.Ken Marsh, chairman of the association, said: “We’ve seen a lot of change in Europe and a lot of different kinds of terror attacks such as lorries being used. “We’re asking our officers if they think they should be armed with Tasers and firearms to get an informed opinion from them so we can tell people what my colleagues are saying.”If it comes back overwhelmingly that they all want to carry firearms we would have to have a very frank discussion about that, but there is no intention as we speak for that to happen.”However, if there was a major incident on mainland England then I think that people’s opinions could change. The terrorism threat in London is constant and our officers must be vigilant and be able to deal swiftly with any scenarios we face.”He said the results of the survey – which runs until the end of January – could have a “lot of implications,” including the prospect of officers having to pass harder fitness tests to be armed. Britain could move closer towards having fully armed police as officers from the country’s biggest force are today asked if they want to carry a gun.The Metropolitan Police Federation will be asking its members whether they would be willing to carry a gun or Taser in the wake of a spate of terror attacks in Europe.They will also be asked if the prospect of being armed would put them off their jobs. Nationally, the number of armed police is being boosted by 1,500 officers, the number that security officials believe Britain needs to help protect the public from the possibility of a terror attack. In light of the terror attacks we’ve seen in Europe, I would much sooner the people who were armed in the UK were the police rather than the criminalsPhilip Davies MP A poll in the wake of the November 2015 Paris attacks, which claimed 130 victims, found that 58 per cent of people believed British officers should be armed on patrol. For more than two years the official threat level for international terrorism in the UK has stood at severe, meaning an attack is “highly likely”.A Scotland Yard spokesman said the survey is not being carried out on behalf of, or in partnership with, the force.They said: “The position of the Met and the Commissioner is clear – we are proud to maintain the tradition that police in this country are not routinely armed. The routine arming of the Metropolitan Police is not supported.”About 92 per cent of the service is unarmed and armed policing is delivered by highly-trained specialist units. There is no plan to seek to change this.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
The entire campsite formed a circle, held hands, and prayed for the family and their lost childevon Narcotics Anonymous Campout Committee spokesman Dusty Miller, thought to be George’s father, is a recovering drug addict who celebrated three years free from addiction last October.Ruth Hill, believed to be his mother, posted a picture of the four-year-old on Facebook in tribute yesterday. Fellow campers joined police and staff in a frantic search of nearby roads, fields and hedgerows but the four-year-old was later found in the site’s pool.A resident living next to the campsite, who joined the search, said she had been told he had been missing for almost 90 minutes. She said: “I was asked to help by staff at the centre. They said the little boy had been last seen by his father at 1.30pm. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. A four-year-old boy drowned at a holiday camp swimming pool during an event organised by drugs rehab charity after staff said something went “horrifically wrong”.The boy, named locally as George Miller, from Weymouth, Dorset was at the end of a week-long holiday with his family organised by Devon Narcotics Anonymous when he went missing.Emergency services were called to Knapp House Activity Centre, in Bideford, Devon, and the boy was taken to hospital, but he could not be saved.In an additional agonising twist for the child’s family, the first ambulance on the scene became stranded with a flat tyre – forcing a second to be called in.The boy was taking part in the sixth annual camp-out for members of Narcotics Anonymous (NA) and their families. “A second ambulance was immediately allocated and was on scene within six minutes. This crew then carried on to the hospital.”Our crews and police officers on scene would have been doing everything they could to treat the patient.” “Somehow he must have wandered into the pool building. From my own knowledge I know that it is not open all the time – only when supervisors and lifeguards are on duty.”The activity centre’s pool is housed in a timber shed with perspex roof and was sealed off yesterday.A spokesman for Devon and and Cornwall Police said: “The boy’s next of kin have been informed and inquiries continue.”Officers are investigating the circumstances and the death is currently being treated as unexplained.”Ashley and Stuart Clements, directors of Knapp House Activity Centre, insisted that the NA group had “self-supervised” use of the pool.”Our deepest sympathies go out to the young boy’s family and friends,” they said.”The group had the use of the pool on a self-supervised basis for recreational use – it was not part of the planned activity program that we provide.”We are fully committed to understand exactly how this could have happened and will continue to liaise with the emergency services, the Health and Safety Executive and Narcotics Anonymous to establish this.”A spokesman for South Western Ambulance Service NHS Trust said: “The first ambulance on scene received a puncture whilst transporting the patient to North Devon District Hospital
An emotional pensioner has seen his lifelong dream fulfilled as a special flypast has taken place to honour 10 airmen who lost their lives 75 years ago. The pensioner believes that the pilot had deliberately steered away from him and his friends, and has dedicated decades of his life to looking after a memorial to the men at the park. Tony Foulds, who is now 82, was just a boy when he saw the B-17 Flying Fortress, nicknamed Mi Amigo, crash at Endcliffe Park, Sheffield, on February 22, 1944. He said the Mi Amigo approached low from the Nether Edge area of the city in… Mr Foulds said he and the other children were in the park 75 years ago because boys from two rival junior schools were fighting. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBody of drowned Abrams Creek boat builder recoveredSeptember 20, 2018In “Crime”Body of Labourer who fell into Pomeroon River foundMarch 22, 2014In “Crime”Essequibo housewife stabbed multiple times by husbandFebruary 13, 2018In “Crime” Scores of persons living in the dense, forested area of Iturbisi, Ikuraka Creek in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) gathered early Monday morning at a camp in the area, after the decomposing body of a pensioner was discovered.The gruesome discovery was made around 10:00hrs by the dead man’s relatives.The body has been identified as that of Robertson Abram, 74, of Ikuraka Creek.It was revealed that Abram was living alone on the left bank of the creek, not far from the Amerindian community of Mashabo. He cultivated a farm in the area. Relatives last saw him alive on December 19, 2016. According to relatives, the man suffered from hypertension and stomach pains, and was being treated at the Mashabo Health Centre.Police attached to G Division (Essequibo Coast and Essequibo Islands) visited the scene and examined the remains. They were, however, unable to determine the cause of death due to the state of decomposition.Police are continuing with their investigations.
BHP Billiton is reviewing its diamonds business, comprising the interests in the EKATI diamond mine and the Chidliak exploration project in Canada. Its strategy is to invest in large, long life, upstream and expandable assets while remaining a simple and scalable organisation. EKATI is a world class operation and Chidliak is a promising exploration opportunity, but many years of extensive exploration suggest there are few options to develop new diamond mines that are consistent with this approach. This review will, therefore, examine whether a continued presence in the diamonds industry is consistent with BHP Billiton’s strategy and evaluate the potential sale of all or part of the diamonds business.As it reviews its diamonds business, BHP Billiton says it “will only pursue those options that will preserve EKATI’s outstanding safety and environmental standards and protect the benefits that the mine has created for local communities. Potential transactions arising from the review will be subject to detailed analysis before a final decision is made. In the event that these criteria are not met, BHP Billiton will continue to operate its world class diamonds business in a sustainable manner.”BHP Billiton Diamonds & Specialty Products President Tim Cutt said: “EKATI has made a substantial contribution to economic growth and development in the North ever since diamonds were first discovered there in 1991. Its success is a credit to the great team working at the mine and the strong partnerships they have built with Aboriginal communities and local businesses. The review we’ve announced today will seek to maintain this legacy so that EKATI continues to bring social and economic benefits to the North while remaining a great place to work.”BHP Billiton’s review of its diamonds portfolio is expected to be completed by the end of January 2012.EKATI is located 310 km northeast of Yellowknife and 200 km south of the Arctic Circle. It is Canada’s first diamond mine and owned by BHP Billiton (80%), Dr Stewart Blusson (10%) and Charles Fipke (10%).EKATI has produced an average of over 3 Mct/y of rough diamonds over the last three years with annual sales representing approximately 10% per cent of global diamond supply by value. EKATI has an outstanding safety and environmental record and a strong history of working with communities in the North. Since operations began in 1998, its total expenditure on goods and services has exceeded $4.2 billion, of which almost 80% has been spent in the North with Aboriginal and Northern businesses.Chidliak is a diamonds exploration project located on South East Baffin Island in Nunavut, Canada. The property consists of 860,000 ha about 140 km from Iqaluit. Chidliak is a joint venture partnership between BHP Billiton (51%) and Peregrine Diamonds (49%) and has been operated by Peregrine since 2006. Exploration is ongoing and seven of 59 known kimberlites have shown economic potential, with others continuing to be explored and assessed. In addition to its diamond potential, the Chidliak property hosts mineral anomalies indicative of platinum/palladium, lead-zinc and copper deposits.Peregrine Diamonds reports that BHP Billiton continues to view Chidliak as a highly promising diamond exploration project and has committed to its share of up to $1.9 million for the mobilisation of materials and equipment that will be used for the 2012 Bulk Sample program. This commitment is not affected by BHP Billiton’s strategic review of its diamonds business. BHP Billiton intends to participate in the Chidliak 2012 exploration program. This commitment is also not affected by the strategic review.As operator of the Childliak Joint Venture, Peregrine has presented BHP Billiton with a preliminary 2012 Chidliak Joint Venture program and budget. The major objectives of the proposed program are the collection of bulk samples from kimberlites with economic potential and continued exploration to discover more kimberlites with economic potential. Peregrine and BHP Billiton expect to approve a 2012 Chidliak program and budget before year-end. Peregrine holds a right of first refusal on any disposition by BHP Billiton of its 51% interest in Chidliak.
It looks like those rumors from earlier in the week ended up being true. Motorola’s delayed, redesigned Droid Bionic is officially hitting stores this September. In an earnings call yesterday Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha stated that the 4G dual-core handset will be landing the month after next and that it will be the first device on Verizon Wireless’ network with both dual-core power and LTE radio.On the call Jha also noted that Motorola had another 4G phone coming in 2011 and that the company was planning to release two more tablets, one of which would be 10 inches and another that was smaller. An upgraded Xoom tablet, complete with 4G connectivity, will be released in September as well. The Xoom release will come after months of delays, which were necessary for Motorola to tweak the 4G radio connection. It’s said that the same problem could have caused the delay to the Bionic as well.Previous rumors had the Droid Bionic slated for an August 4th release, a date that any number of prospective buyers came to expect. By further pushing back the phone (first from April and now to September) Motorola places its release date that much closer to when the iPhone 5 is expected to be released, and then closer to the carrier-sold Samsung Galaxy S II, which just had its pre-order page launched.The Bionic should still be the first to combine LTE and dual-core but other competitive phones will be hot on its heels.via Cnet
Google I/O is coming soon, and it looks like Motorola’s stealth X Phone could be ready in time to make an appearance. Freshly leaked photos have been leaked to Twitter that show this will be a very different device than previous Motorola Android offeringsYes, leaked photos and specs generally need to be taken with a grain of salt. These pics, however, come from the highly-reputable @evleaks, so there’s every reason to think this really is the X Phone.No, that chunky black surround isn’t a final chassis design. It’s merely a case that’s been shipped with the prototype to keep the X Phone under wraps. A single image of the phone’s back was leaked, too. While it’s textured and looks like Moto’s trademark kevlar panels, PhoneArena’s sources say that it’s polycarbonate.There are a couple possibilities here. First, this is still a prototype. The Kevlar back may be coming, but Motorola may have chosen not to include it at this point in the process. Second, it’s possible that the company wants to keep the price of the X Phone down (possibly in the Nexus 4 range?) and has gone with a less premium material.Then there’s the carrier in the status bar: AT&T. Motorola is better known as Verizon’s BFF, so it’s surprising to see Big Blue’s name there. AT&T has also never debuted a Nexus device, so this would be its first (Nexus X has a nice ring to it) . The X Phone will reportedly launch on both carriers, however.One other interesting thing you may have noticed in the photo is that Motorola logo in the top left corner. The dashes and dots surrounding it aren’t identical in every picture. So these are either three different handsets (which would provide ample confirmation that this is a real device) or the logo is somehow dynamic.So what about the X Phone’s specs? The prototype has a 720p display that measures roughly 4.7 inches, though it’s believed that the final version will switch to a 1080p panel. 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage are also in the cards, which make this sound like a high-end device.But with no MotoBlur anywhere in sight, the X Phone could be shaping up to be the next Nexus: a premium device without the premium price tag. Let’s just hope they build enough to keep up with demand.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Australia’s Foreign Minister Bob Carr has poured cold water on a federal Labor MP’s call for Australia to recognise FYROM as ‘Macedonia’.Stephen Jones MP, the federal member for Throsby, made a speech on Tuesday in Parliament House, Canberra, asking for a bi-partisan approach be made by Australian politicians in recognising “the Republic of Macedonia under that constitutional name”. Mr Jones described it as “unfortunate that in Australia we are expected to use the anachronistic name, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, in formal address”.Mr Jones’ electorate has a significant number of people who trace their ancestry to FYROM.After hearing the Throsby MP’s comments, Steve Georganas MP, federal member for Hindmarsh, spoke to Bob Carr on the matter.Mr Georganas told Neos Kosmos: “Minister Carr reaffirmed to me that Australia’s policy on FYROM and the naming issue remained exactly the same, and there are no plans to change it.” “I don’t agree with what Steve Jones said in his speech, and I’ve let him know.”With Bob Carr’s reaffirmation of Australia’s position over the UN-brokered naming process, Georganas says it is important for the Greek Australian community – with a looming election coming up – to make their MPs and those running for election aware of the issue.“Greek Australians need to be asking politicians who want their vote, what that politician’s views are on the subject of FYROM and its renaming,” says Georganas.“Most MPs might not be aware of the issue, and it’s up to the Greek Australian community to inform them. and to let them know what their views are. Sometimes we as a community are falling down in that kind of lobbying.“That’s how you reaffirm and get the federal government to continue its commitment, regardless of who’s in government.”In his speech, Stephen Jones told the House of Representatives that the renaming of FYROM was “unfinished business”, and called upon Australian political leaders “from all sides of politics” to contradict the Australian government’s prescribed position on the naming issue.“Nothing would be more significant that a bipartisan agreement to recognise ‘Macedonia’ by its constitutional name,” he said.The MP alluded to reports that the FYROM government are considering naming prominent streets in Skopje after Bob Carr and Shadow Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, “in recognition of their leadership and their importance”.Mr Jones called on Mr Carr and Ms Bishop to “truly earn this honour” by acceding to Skopje’s wishes. In a statement provided to Neos Kosmos, the Australian Hellenic Council (AHC) said that Stephen Jones had shown a “total ignorance of history” and complete disrespect for UN resolutions over the FYROM naming issue.AHC Victorian State Coordinator, Peter Jasonides described Mr Jones’ actions as “shameless opportunism” and that the Illawarra constituency MP was “trying (unsuccessfully) to undermine Australia’s participation towards a resolution in the ongoing name dispute.“This shows just how opportunistic and shallow a politician he is. His call is contrary to the official policy of his own party; in fact, this policy is one of the few in Australia that has bi-partisan support,” said Mr Jasonides. “He is playing a numbers game, trying desperately to lure voters.”The AHC Victorian coordinator added that he was sure “people from all backgrounds living in Mr Jones’ electorate – Australians who know and respect history – will give him the history lesson that he so desperately needs, between now and election day… or on election day!”
Google dévoile à son tour sa future tabletteUne semaine après qu’Apple a présenté son iPad, Google annonce son intention de concurrencer la marque à la pomme, en dévoilant le concept de sa future tablette.Les développeurs travaillant sur Chrome OS ont présenté le projet d’une Google tablette. La firme de Mountain View ne compte apparemment pas se laisser bien longtemps devancer par Microsoft et Apple sur ce marché qui s’annonce florissant.À lire aussiA 17 ans, il tente de hacker Apple pour décrocher un emploiAprès avoir lancé son premier smartphone, le Nexus One, visant à “tuer l’iPhone” d’après le PDG d’Apple Steve Jobs, Google dévoile les premières images de la tablette Internet qu’il souhaite lancer pour concurrencer l’iPad. Publiées deux jours avant le lancement de ce dernier, les images sont passées presque inaperçues face à la campagne de communication savamment mise en place par Apple. Elles présentent une tablette dotée d’un clavier virtuel et d’un écran tactile permettant de redimensionner les fenêtres. Cette tablette sera bien sûr connectée à Internet et très probablement équipée de Chrome OS, le système d’exploitation de Google.Et le géant de Mountain View de préciser qu’il ne s’agit pour l’instant que d’une ébauche amenée à évoluer au cours des semaines à venir.Le 3 février 2010 à 15:57 • Emmanuel Perrin
Turquie : un séisme de magnitude 6 tue 51 personnesTurquie – Quelques heures après le séisme de magnitude 6 qui a touché l’est de la Turquie, les recherches de survivants ont été arrêtées, le dernier bilan faisant état de 51 morts et plus de 70 blessés.Les 51 victimes du séisme, dont des enfants, ont été recensées dans cinq villages proches de l’épicentre localisé à Karakoçan, dans la province d’Elazig traversée par la faille sismique active d’Anatolie orientale. Survenu très tôt ce matin à 4h32 locales, le tremblement de terre de magnitude 6 a également blessé plus de 70 personnes, a indiqué le vice-Premier ministre turc, Cemil Cicek. De nombreux animaux auraient eux aussi été victimes du séisme.À lire aussiLa tragique histoire de l’homme évacué d’un avion à cause de son odeurDes équipes de secouristes sont arrivées lundi matin dans les zones sinistrées, tentant pendant plusieurs heures de retrouver des survivants. Depuis le village d’Okcular, l’un des trois villages les plus violemment frappés par le séisme, des ambulances ont évacué les blessés vers les hôpitaux d’Elazig. Dans la région, une vingtaine de répliques ont été enregistrées.En Turquie, les tremblements de terre meurtriers sont fréquents, le pays étant traversé par plusieurs failles sismiques actives. Le 17 août 1999, un séisme de magnitude 7,6 avait fait plus de 17.000 morts.Le 8 mars 2010 à 16:40 • Emmanuel Perrin
Des traces d’iode radioactif dans des épinards chinoisDe faibles quantités d’iode 131, un élément radioactif, ont été détectées dans des épinards cultivés en Chine. Les autorités chinoises assurent cependant que le niveau de contamination de ces légumes ne peut avoir aucun impact sur la santé humaine.Les traces d’iode radioactif ont été décelées dans des légumes cultivés dans les régions de Pékin, de Tianjin, dans le nord du pays, mais aussi dans la province du Henan, située au centre du Japon. L’annonce a été faite mercredi soir via un communiqué publié par le ministère chinois de la Santé, rapporte le site 7sur7. À lire aussiEn Chine, la guerre contre la pollution de l’air a un effet désastreux et inattenduCe sont les pluies récemment tombées en Chine qui seraient à l’origine de cette contamination, en ayant engendré une accumulation de particules radioactives sur les feuilles des épinards. Toutefois, les autorités chinoises se montrent très rassurantes, et assurent qu'”il a été prouvé que laver les épinards à l’eau peut efficacement enlever les substances radioactives”. Selon le Comité de coordination national sur les urgences, cité par l’agence Chine Nouvelle, la quantité d’iode détectée ne représente que 1/3.000e de la limite autorisée en Chine. Depuis le 11 mars, jour où un violent séisme suivi d’un tsunami a provoqué l’accident de Fukushima, cette contamination de légumes est la première décelée en Chine.Le 7 avril 2011 à 19:12 • Emmanuel Perrin
Hulk Hogan Says He’s Headed To WWE’s Crown Jewel Event Facebook Now Playing Up Next The banner honoring the career of Hulk Hogan last Friday night at Madison Square Garden during the Hulk Hogan Appreciation Night ceremony was removed the next day for the New York Knicks game according to multiple wrestling media reports.WWE issued a statement noting the banner was never meant to stay permanently.“The banner was a part of our show and was never intended to stay at MSG.”Sources: PWInsider.com, The Wrestling Observer/Figure Four OnlineRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipHulk Hogan Will Host WWE’s ‘Crown Jewel’ Event In Saudi ArabiaVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:28/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:25 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list WhatsApp Pinterest WWE 205 Live Results – 9/10/19 (Kushida debuts, 6-man tag team main event match) Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next Hulk Hogan Will Host WWE’s ‘Crown Jewel’ Event In Saudi Arabia Videos Articles Twitterverse Responds To Hulk Hogan Hosting WWE’s ‘Crown Jewel’ Twitter Boston Celtics center Enes Kanter wins and loses WWE 24/7 Title before RAW started Now Playing Up Next Chris Hemsworth To Play Hulk Hogan In New Biopic Baron Corbin advances to the Finals of the King of the Ring tournament this Sunday Hulk Hogan Now Playing Up Next Google+ Hulk Hogan To Return To WWE At Crown Jewel Now Playing Up Next