The Big 12 Did Not Expand, But It Got What It Wanted (More Money)

first_imgThe end game in this Big 12 expansion charade all along has been what the end game almost always is: More money. Once the Big 12 started down the path of potential expansion, it was going to get paid either way. Either it was going to get $500 million – $1 billion by adding teams or it was going to see what the TV networks would give the Big 12 to not add them.Joel Klatt mentioned this a few weeks ago in an interview with the Oklahoman.“So far, I think they have gone back and looked at that after the television partners told them that we would not like them to expand,” said Klatt. “I think the television partners are even willing to pay a little more to keep them at 10. … I don’t think they are going to expand because I don’t think it behooves the television partners, which is the lifeline of any conference.”So now that the Big 12 has decided to not expand, the question becomes how will ESPN and FOX pay them more? Dennis Dodd of CBS Sports laid that out on Monday, and it makes a lot of sense.It would be wrapped inside the negotiation for the price of the reinstated championship game that begins in 2017. That game was once said to be worth $3 million annually to Big 12 schools. Don’t be surprised if it ends up being worth, say, $5 million.Ahh the reverse quid pro quo. You don’t do something (expand) and we’ll give you something in return (more money for your title game).Expansion doesn’t even have to enter the conversation. It’s a negotiation. In reality, it’s $50 million per year ESPN and Fox are paying instead of the $800 million to a $1 billion. That’s what they would have been on the hook for if the Big 12 expanded by four. Overpaying for the championship game actually becomes a net “savings” of $750 million to $950 million.It actually makes a ton of sense for it to play out like this.In that scenario, ESPN and Fox come out less pissed had the Big 12 exercised the Big Pro Rata.Perfect. Maybe the Big 12 brass is a bunch of geniuses after all. They didn’t stupidly add Rice and Houston and bumped the payout for each team by (potentially) $5 million? That sounds pretty good to me. Your entire conference only gets $6 million if one of its teams makes it to the CFB Playoffs.This was the sort of unwritten plan all along. Do I think the Big 12 was earnest about wanting to add a couple of teams? Sure. But do I think it always had in the back of its mind that ESPN and FOX would probably give them additional more money to not add teams and the idea of more money and no headache of diluting the conference with Cincinnati and Colorado State was appealing? Yes, I do.OU president David Boren and Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby were asked about the ESPN/FOX money on Monday.“I’m not going to get into a whole lot of specifics on our negotiations,” said Bowlsby. “We have a new piece of inventory with our championship game, so we’re in the process of discussions with both FOX and ESPN on that.”Translation: Dodd was right!“There are components of the contract that we also talk about in the context of those changes, and we’re going to continue to talk about those. But I think when those things are completed, we’ll go about the process of announcing them. Until then, I’m not prepared to talk about the specifics of any of them. In fact, they’re works in progress. Anything I would say would be highly preliminary.”“I would endorse what the commissioner just said,” added Boren.So the Big 12 might have lost out on teams on Monday but it padded itself where it matters most showing that though the future of the conference is not sparkling, there’s still hope for some sort of future. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

What Are The Best Defensive Performances of The Gundy Era?

first_imgI started wondering after the Oklahoma State-TCU game on Saturday what the best performances of the Mike Gundy era are. This is impossible to determine, of course, because it is all subjective, and not one stands out above all the others.There was the 2011 OU game. The 2013 Baylor game. The 2013 Mississippi State game. But these are all just anecdotes. All just games I have at the forefront of my mind. What about numbers, though? You guys know I love points per drive, but there is not a great way to look at individual games so we will have to measure by points scored and average yards gained.By those standards, and using the TCU game as a barometer, here are all the games in the Gundy era in which OSU has given up 10 or fewer points and allowed five or fewer yards per play. I also threw in creating two or more TOs on defense.screen-shot-2016-11-22-at-1-48-06-pmThere is some interesting stuff in here. You can throw out all the non-Power 5 games which leaves you with exactly 10 games in the Gundy era that fit the criteria. Three of those were against Kansas and Iowa State which leaves us with:Georgia (2009)Arizona (2010)Texas Tech (2011)Oklahoma (2011)Mississippi State (2013)TCU (2013)TCU (2016)That Georgia game was big time. The Arizona game was the Alamo Bowl. The Tech game resulted in the famous guns up picture. The OU game was the Big 12 title. The Mississippi State game opened the 2013 season. The TCU 2013 game was the famous Josh Stewart punt return photo game. And then this year.#TBT Josh Stewart took a punt return 95 yards to the house vs TCU last season in a 24-10 Cowboy victory!— Kyle Boone (@PFBoone) October 16, 2014That’s quite a collection.You probably have to say the OU 2011 game tops the list just because of what was at stake and the fact that OSU created five turnovers that night. Also, this TCU offense certainly wasn’t the best of the bunch, but it was still a crazy good outing by Glenn Spencer’s boys. His boss agreed.“First I’m going to say that was the best defensive effort, game plan, execution, tackling against some pretty elusive skill players, that I’ve seen in a long, long time,” said Mike Gundy on Saturday. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Here Is What The 2017 College Football Playoff Committee Will Look Like

first_imgOklahoma State is a legitimate 2017 College Football Playoff contender which means we will likely have to sit through weeks and weeks of inane drivel from the College Football Playoff committee come October. We have done this for the last two years, of course, but possibly not to the extent we will have to this year because of how highly the Pokes will be ranked to start the year.So who is going to run that committee? Well, Kirby Hocutt was re-named the CFP committee chair, but there are a few additions and a few folks gone from the old committee. Here’s who’s in and who’s out (members have a maximum of three years to serve on the committee).InOhio State athletic director Gene SmithFormer Virginia Tech head coach Frank BeamerRobert Morris University president Chris HowardOutWisconsin AD Barry AlvarezFormer U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza RiceFormer Michigan coach Lloyd CarrNew committeeTexas Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt (chair)Former Southern Miss head coach Jeff BowerFormer Central Michigan head coach Herb DeromediFormer NCAA executive VP Tom JernstedtFormer Vanderbilt head coach Bobby JohnsonArkansas athletic director Jeff LongOregon athletic director Rob MullensClemson athletic director Dan DarakovichFormer CFB reporter Steve WiebergFormer Notre Dame head coach Tyrone WillinghamOhio State athletic director Gene SmithFormer Virginia Tech head coach Frank BeamerRobert Morris University president Chris HowardAnd a look at the first time Frank Beamer is presented a list of how S&P rankings. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Oklahoma State Will Rely on Youth At Running Back in 2017 and Beyond

first_imgSeniorsJuniorsSophomoresFreshmen2018 Offers Jeff CarrJustice HillChuba HubbardJaelen Gill As you can tell, the oldest scholarship player on the roster is none other than Jeffrey Carr — a junior. So the running back stable is young. Carr has made just one career start. And Hill, despite his breakout freshman campaign, didn’t even start in every game last season. Help from the youngsters coming in should help lighten what should be a full workload for him in year two.Chuba Hubbard and J.D. King bring two dynamic, and totally separate, running styles. Chuba, a more elusive, speedy back, will come in around 205 pounds and in my estimation will break into the depth chart in the top-3. King on the other hand, runs with a more power style. He’s a physical back who reminds me of Ezekiel Elliott with his ability to burst through holes. He’s a 6-foot, 205-pound back with good top-end speed who I also think will break into the depth chart in some capacity. His running style complements Hill nicely.As for 2018 offers … here’s a look at the radar.James Graham — 6-foot-1, 180-lbs.This is perhaps the most intriguing of the standing scholarship offers. Graham, a Fitzgerald, Georgia recruit, is the teammate — and quarterback! — of J.D. King, who is expected to sign in two weeks with OSU.A dual-threat quarterback at the high school level, Graham projects as a high-level running back prospect at the next level with his shiftiness and agility in the open field. Schools already in the mix with OSU include Arkansas, Virginia Tech, Miami, and Maryland.Tae Provens — 6-foot, 190-lbs.Provens, a three-star prospect from Gurley, Alabama, is a high-end prospect from SEC country already garnering offers from Tennessee, Auburn and USC of note.Oklahoma State is considered a contender at the moment, but pulling him out of SEC country will be difficult.Jaelen Gill — 6-foot-1, 182-lbs.The Westerville, Ohio native picked up an offer from the Cowboys and Marcus Arroyo last summer. Since then, Ohio State, Texas, Florida, Notre Dame, and a whole bunch of others have hopped on board for the speedy four-star recruit ranked as a top-50 player in the 2018 class.Being an Ohio native, this one may sway towards Ohio State, as you can see 247 experts predict he’s headed to Columbus. However an injury ended his junior season early, so many blue-blood schools will likely re-evaluate him after he returns from injury. That could help give OSU a chance.Jawhar Jordan — 5-foot-10, 165-lbs.At one point in his recruitment, Oklahoma State was considered to be a favorite. He had a phenomenal sophomore season that earned him national attention out of Chandler, AZ. However his junior campaign wasn’t as productive, and his somewhat lanky size may be a concern for schools.Oklahoma State hopped on board early because of his play-making ability, as did New Mexico State and Idaho. Schools have cooled on him lately, but don’t be surprised to see him take off in his senior season. OSU will likely stay in the mix.Jaylen Waddle — 5-foot-10, 175-lbs.Waddle is listed by many as a wide receiver, where he could certainly find time playing at the next level. But Oklahoma State likes Waddle as a hybrid receiver/tailback that they would use as a swiss-army knife. In the slot, out of the backfield, Waddle is an electric playmaker who can do a little bit of everything. The big players of the region are already on board, and he’ll no doubt be a national recruit very soon.Running backs coach Marcus Arroyo has been on him early, and he’s proven his ability to pluck off top recruits (from Canada and Georgia). Pulling off one from the heart of Texas would be a huge feat. Jaylen Waddle La’Darren Brown (RS)Jawhar Jordancenter_img J.D. KingTae Provens Barry J. Sanders, Rennie Childs, Chris Carson. Three veteran tailbacks who combined for nearly 900 yards rushing in 2016, all three of which have burned through their eligibility at Oklahoma State.Moving forward for the Cowboys in 2017, freshman tailback Justice Hill established himself as the clear-cut No. 1 option in the backfield last season — and has entrenched himself as the starter for 2017.But with so many question marks behind him at the running back position, where does OSU turn to, and how does the future look at the position from a scholarship standpoint?Here’s a look at what 2017 will look like (with 2017 recruits being those already committed but not signed) and what recruits OSU is targeting for the future of the position: While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Penn State Lands Commitment From Top QB Recruit

first_imgA fired up James Franklin cheers on his team.EAST LANSING, MI – NOVEMBER 04: Head coach James Franklin of the Penn State Nittany Lions reacts to a first half touchdown by Saeed Blacknall #13 while playing the Michigan State Spartans at Spartan Stadium on November 4, 2017 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)The 2018 college football season is just a few weeks away. While teams are gearing up for a new season, the Penn State Nittany Lions will be rejoicing in the latest college commitment.One of the top recruits in the 2019 recruiting class has arrived at his decision. He’s heading to the Big Ten.Michael Johnson Jr., a four-star quarterback from Eugene has committed to Penn State. He chose the Nittany Lions over basically every other major program.The soon-to-be high school senior held offers from 30 colleges across the nation including Alabama, Florida State, and Michigan.The 6-foot-2.5 quarterback announced his decision on Twitter.C O M M I T T E D #InGodsHands— Michael Johnson Jr. (@m_johnsonjr1) August 1, 2018Johnson’s father is a wide receivers coach at Oregon. The Ducks were considered contenders to land the top quarterback, but James Franklin and company won out in the end.Johnson is the No. 1 recruit from the state of Oregon, and the No. 6 dual-threat quarterback in the 2019 class, according to 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.last_img read more

Discussions Advanced for Filming of Bond Movie

first_img The studios have been the base for a number of productions over the years and are well-known as the home of the James Bond franchise. The Government will be meeting with the producers of the 25th James Bond movie in England next week, with a view to having some parts filmed in Jamaica.Speaking to JIS News, Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, confirmed that he and Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Minister, Hon. Olivia Grange, will be travelling to Pinewood Studios to meet with Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson.The studios have been the base for a number of productions over the years and are well-known as the home of the James Bond franchise.Minister Bartlett explained that the discussions with the producers are very advanced.The international media have reported that principal filming will take place in Jamaica and at studios in the United Kingdom.Jamaica will feature as part of the yet-to-be-titled film, which is expected to be released in 2020.It is not the first time that Jamaica has been featured in a James Bond flick, as the country was showcased in the 1962 film, Dr. No, and in Live and Let Die.Mr. Bartlett said that showcasing Jamaica once more in such an iconic franchise as James Bond will have an impact on Jamaica’s tourism industry, providing “enormous eternal marketing” for the island. The Government will be meeting with the producers of the 25th James Bond movie in England next week, with a view to having some parts filmed in Jamaica. Speaking to JIS News, Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, confirmed that he and Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Minister, Hon. Olivia Grange, will be travelling to Pinewood Studios to meet with Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson. Story Highlightslast_img read more

Funding for Recreation Facilities

first_imgHealth and Wellness Minister Leo Glavine announced funding today, June 22, for recreation projects that will support fun and physical activity for Nova Scotians. “Sport and recreation facilities are important for Nova Scotians to lead healthy lifestyles,” said Mr. Glavine. “We’re investing nearly $1.7 million for 65 new and upgraded facilities around the province to help people make physical activity a part of their daily lives.” The announcement was made in Berwick, where the town is building a splash pad in Rainforth Park for children and families to play and cool off on hot days. “Last fall, our community came together to develop a comprehensive plan for future development of Rainforth Park,” said Berwick Mayor Don Clarke. “This splash pad was identified as a priority, and the provincial assistance brings us a step closer to completing this project.” Recreation Facility Development Program grants help community groups, municipalities and other not-for-profit organizations develop facilities to increase public participation in sport and physical recreation. Examples include renovations to buildings, developing and maintaining walking trails, and building and upgrading fields for sport and recreation. The grants support Thrive!, the province’s plan for a healthier Nova Scotia. The plan aims to create supportive environments for healthy eating and physical activity. Learn more at .last_img read more

Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Service to Move Forward

first_imgThe province and Nova Scotia Health Authority have issued a request for proposals for an expanded sexual assault nurse examiner service in eastern and western Nova Scotia. The successful bidders will offer service at multiple sites in Cape Breton, Annapolis Valley, Southwestern and South Shore areas. Sexual assault nurse examiners are registered nurses specially trained to help people who have been sexually assaulted. They are also trained to collect medical evidence, which may be used should the person choose to press charges. “This is an important service, and I’m pleased we are moving forward,” said Health and Wellness Minister Leo Glavine. “People are at their most vulnerable after a sexual assault. This program ensures that they can be cared for by nurses who know how to provide vital medical care, emotional support and crisis intervention at a time when they need it most.” The province and health authority have worked with the current service providers to understand how service is now delivered, and how best to design the program in future. The request for proposals reflects the results of those discussions. The contract will be awarded by late spring. Once that happens, the health authority will work with the successful providers to launch the service promptly. There are currently two provincially funded sites in Nova Scotia that offer this service. One serves the Halifax area and West Hants and is run by the Avalon Sexual Assault Centre. The other is the Antigonish Women’s Resource Center and Sexual Assault Services Association, which covers New Glasgow to Port Hawkesbury.last_img read more

Trudeau to raise abortion laws with Pence amid final push to ratify

first_imgThe Canadian Press OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence are expected to discuss the ratification process for the new North American trade agreement when they meet today in Ottawa.But Trudeau says he also wants to talk about what he calls the backsliding of women’s rights in the U.S. with Pence, who is a well-known opponent of abortion.Some states have recently passed anti-abortion laws, attempting to force the U.S. Supreme Court to reconsider its decision in the landmark 1973 Roe vs. Wade case that provides constitutional protection for a woman’s right to choose.Trudeau says he is concerned about how women’s rights have been affected by conservative movements in Canada, in the U.S. and around the world.He says he will have a broad conversation with the vice-president.Trudeau is to welcome Pence before they meet with the Canadian Council for the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement.The Liberal government introduced its legislation to ratify the new trade deal on Wednesday.Trudeau said earlier this week that Canada intends to align its ratification process with the time frame of the U.S. Congress.Pence is also to take part in a wreath laying ceremony at the National Military Cemetery before returning to Washington.last_img read more

Compensation assured to families of Jaffna shooting victims

The Minister went to Jaffna to visit these families as it has been one month since the death of the two students. Vice Chancellor of the Jaffna University and representatives of the student unions of Jaffna University were also present when the Minister met with the families of the deceased students. (Colombo Gazette) The Government has assured compensation to the families of the victims of the recent Jaffna shooting incident.Minister of Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs D.M. Swaminathan visited the families of the two students of the Jaffna University who were killed in Jaffna during a police shooting incident. After inquiring about their wellbeing the Minister promised to build two houses for the deceased students’ families. He also promised to provide them with compensation and told them that he will be discussing the matter with the Cabinet to provide compensation. read more

German jobless rate slips to 49 in September

BERLIN — Germany’s unemployment rate slid to 4.9% in September, helped by a traditional uppick in hiring after the summer vacation.The Federal Labor Agency said Monday that the unadjusted jobless rate — the headline figure in Germany — declined from 5.1% in August. Some 2.234 million people were registered as unemployed, 85,000 fewer than the previous month and 22,000 fewer than a year earlier.In seasonally adjusted terms, the unemployment rate was static at 5% for the fifth consecutive month.Germany, Europe’s biggest economy, has seen gloom over its outlook increase over recent months.The economy contracted slightly in the April-June period and is considered likely to shrink again in the current quarter, which would put it in a technical recession.The Associated Press read more

UN agencies aid millions affected by flooding landslides in South Asia

Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). Nearly a thousand people have been killed, and tens of thousands of homes, schools and hospitals have been destroyed in Bangladesh, India and Nepal. “There is the possibility that the situation could deteriorate further as rains continue in some flood-affected areas and flood waters move south,” the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) today said in an updated note. In Bangladesh, nearly 2,000 local medical teams have been deployed, even as one-third of the country is reportedly underwater. Aid workers are concerned about waterborne diseases, such as diarrhoea and malaria. “Their most urgent concern is to accessing safe water and sanitation facilities,” OCHA said earlier this week, citing national authorities. It also warned of dangers to women and children, who are at increased risk for abuse, violence and sexual harassment. In India, rescue operations are ongoing in many flood-affected areas, with those stranded being rescued by helicopter. Flood relief camps have been established for those displaced by the disaster where they are being provided with food and shelter, OCHA said. The Government recently announced additional funding for relief, rehabilitation, reconstruction and flood mitigation. In addition to people suffering, Indian authorities also reported large parts of a famous wildlife reserve park destroyed, with endangered animals killed. read more

THW Kiel director Thorsten Storm about bad start Team has to work

THW Kiel director Thorsten Storm is still ambitious regarding current season in which “Zebras” are defeated twice in the first ten days of September against “non-TOP 3” teams. Firstly Hannover at home, and then, MT Melsungen in Kassel, were strong for Alfred Gislason and his boys, which are looking for DKB Bundesliga title after two years of Rhein Neckar Lowen domination.Storm gives support to Icelandic coach and his work:Team and coach didn’t make tactical mistakes. They need to work harder. There is no discussion about personalities. The whole team has to perform better, left wings than rival’s right wings, goalkeepers better than both from other side, nevermind, will they play five or 55 minutes – said Storm for Kieler Nachrichten.DEFEATED AGAIN: MT Melsungen beat THW Kiel! ← Previous Story RK CELJE PL: Over 1.300 members of Veszprem’s “Red Army” coming to Zlatorog! Next Story → Hungarian Handball Federation to make registration for player’s agents Thorsten StormTHW Kiel read more

10 PLAYERS ENOUGH PGE Vive Kielce easily beat Gornik Zabrze

PGE Vive Kielce beat Gornik Zabrze 32:23 in the first home match in the new season. Only 10 players (due several injuries) in the squad of Polish champions has been enough for Talant Dujshebaev to secure routine win. PGE VIVE Kielce – NMC Górnik Zabrze 32:23 (14:9)VIVE: Cupara (11/29 saves), Ivić (3/8 saves) – Dujshebaev 5, Fernandez Perez 5, Jachlewski 5, Janc 5/1, Lijewski 5, Moryto 4/1, Karalek 3, AguinagaldeGórnik: Kornecki (5/31 – 16 proc.), Kazimier (2/8 – 25 proc.) – Sluijters 4/2, Daćko 3, Gluch 3, Bąk 2, Gliński 2, Gromyko 2, Tatarincew 2, Tomczak 2, Buszkow 1, Czuwara 1, Gogola 1, Adamuszek, Pawelec ← Previous Story SG Flensburg beat THW Kiel for perfect season intro! Next Story → Tobias Karlsson to end career in “rainbow shoes” NMC Górnik ZabrzePGE Vive Kielce read more

Serious concerns about risks for HSE paramedics sent to incidents alone

first_imgIf you’re in a pub or a bar room brawl and someone has been stabbed or assaulted, one can be treating and the other can be watching your back.He said these solo responders “shouldn’t be sent to houses where there has been violence or where there has been alcohol taken” and “there should be no lone workers in an ambulance after 8pm at night”.Rapid Response VehiclesFigures show a greater number of instances where lone responders were sent to attend in the summer months. In May the number is 826, in June it was 807 and in July the total was 630, with numbers dropping in the three following months.The figures provided to only include responses by an advanced paramedic who is sent in a car, known as a ‘rapid response vehicle’ (RRV), and not those attended by a community first responder – volunteers trained in basic first aid.Community first responders are not recorded on the National Ambulance Service’s electronic dispatch system and the NAS said the records “are not easily accessible” and so were not provided through the request. However Gregg said that most lone responders would fall into that second category and “if you get an advanced paramedic, you’re doing well”.Moral conscienceAlthough there is a system of risk assessment in place for these solo responders, part if this involves the worker making a decision after weighing up the risks at the scene and Gregg said these paramedics are “motivated by their moral conscience as well”.”If someone has been assaulted or they’re in cardiac arrest, it’s difficult to stay at the end of the road and wait for backup,” he explained.Uncovered leaveIn a recent incident, a paramedic was injured in a fall at an ambulance base and had to call 999 for help. He was working alone because there was no cover provided for a colleague on leave, according to reports.Gregg said this system is not only putting the paramedics at risk but the public as well. He said a lone paramedic is often sent out in one of these RRVs even though they are supposed to work on a people-carrying ambulance because their colleague is out sick or on leave and this is not covered due of cutbacks. (Image: Shane Casey/Flickr)”The purpose of the RRV is supposed to be to compliment the ambulances but they’re using it as an alternative to the ambulance,” Gregg said.Response timesUnder HSE rules, a first responder is required to be at the scene in 7 minutes and 59 seconds, with a patient-carrying vehicle at the incident in 18 minutes and 59 seconds.Gregg claimed the National Ambulance Service is using the RRV system to meet the lower time target but with the local ambulance off the road because staff leave is uncovered, it means “the other ambulance will take longer to get to them because they have more distance to travel”.”We have a situation now where two vehicles are doing the work of four vehicles,” he said.This month it was reported that an ambulance took 40 minutes to get to a serious road collision. Two advanced paramedics were sent to the scene in Portlaoise but could not transport the patients to the hospital, which was only ten minutes away, because they were travelling in cars.I think we need to look, where an intervention was put in place by a first responder, how influential it was in the recovery of that paramedic – would it have been better to wait for an ambulance?’Significant investment’In its response to’s request for information, the NAS said there are two indicators that determine whether to dispatch a solo responder:Being the nearest available resource to an incident;Where the advanced clinical skills, only provided by an advanced paramedic, are required for the circumstances of particular incidents.The HSE said that a review of recent incidents reported in the media has shown that at some emergency departments, ambulance vehicles have been delayed for longer than the 20 minute target time.”An enhanced escalation procedure is being developed in relation to delays beyond 20 minutes,” they said. “This enhanced escalation procedure will provide for a RAG (Red, Amber and Green) rating whereby such delays can be treated as an adverse incident.”The HSE said there has been “significant investment in ambulance services” in 2013 and this year with €25 million allocated in 2013 and a further €3.6 million in 2014 for the single national control centre.”These investments will allow for significant improvements in response times as well as being able to cater for an increase in the volume of emergency DELTA calls which are currently about 10 per cent more than the same period last year circa 1,000 extra calls per month.”Read: Targets for ambulance response times ‘impossible’ to meet>Read: Midleton ambulance call ‘did not follow procedure’ in the lead-up to 2-year-old’s death> THE PRACTICE OF sending a lone paramedic to incidents has been criticised due to the potential threat to their safety and to the well-being of patients, as new figures show almost 3,500 of these incidents across the country in a six month period.Figures provided to through a Freedom of Information request reveal that 3,475 calls were attended by a solo responder in the six month period from May to October 2013.This system is not one supported by the National Ambulance Service Representative Association (NASRA), according to general secretary, Tony Gregg.“We have serious concerns of people being deployed as lone workers in rapid response vehicles,” he said. “The scenarios they are deployed into are unpredictable up to a certain point. It can be violent and aggressive and indeed people are assaulted on a regular basis.”last_img read more

The Pointe ready for phase two 200 Bahamian jobs touted

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #Nassaudevelopment, #newconstructionjobsNassau, #ThePointeNassau Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, March 14, 2017 – Nassau – November 2018 is the projected full opening date for The Pointe which on Saturday saw ground broken for its next phase at the site on West Bay Street.   The resort, a $250 million investment by China Construction America and its subsidiary company New World One Bay Street, will not only offer a 150 room resort, 900 space parking garage, jobs for 500 people upon completion and a savvy new entertainment-business hot spot for down town New Providence, but says the company and Minister of Works, Deputy Prime Minister, Philip Davis it will revitalize Lighthouse Beach and down town Nassau.  Phase one is completed and the soil was turned on Saturday for phase two of the project to begin.It has been five months since The Pointe started and its President Daniel Liu, said they are resolute on providing a world class residences and resort retreat and will bring their flavor to Bay Street, adding to the energy of the strip.   Once completed, The Pointe will feature 50,000 square feet of retail and office space, upscale shopping, restaurants, spa, performing arts center, movie theatre, night club and roof top bar.   There will be 200 construction jobs for Bahamians during this phase two of development.#MagneticMediaNews #ThePointeNassau #newconstructionjobsNassau #Nassaudevelopmentlast_img read more

640 Haitians intercepted at sea in 2017 says Bahamas Defense Force

first_img Recommended for you Dorian downgraded, Ports and Shipping back to normal Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, August 15, 2017 – Nassau – More than 150 Haitian migrants were captured in waters of the Southern Bahamas last week, and the Royal Bahamas Defense Force reveals that over 640 migrants have been intercepted at sea so far for 2017.    Joint Operations involving the US Coast Guard led to the captures on August 9 where 73 Haitians were found on a freighter and on August 11, where 78 Haitians were caught in waters north of Ragged Island; again spotted by the US Coast Guard and arrested by the Defense Force.A media release explains that a #DefenceForce ship-rider supported the first arrest aboard the #USCoastGuard craft; a provision of the Comprehensive Maritime Agreement between the US and The Bahamas where our marines are permitted to conduct tours of duty aboard US Coast Guard vessels and to make arrests in Bahamian waters.    The 151 undocumented migrants arrived in Nassau on Sunday morning at Coral Harbour and are currently under the supervision of Immigration officials for further processing. Seven TCI men ‘lost at sea’ found safe on Fish Cay Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#DefenceForce, #magneticmedianews, #USCoastGuard TCI on Alert as riots rage in Haiti, two-year president asked to resignlast_img read more

Owner of South Florida assisted living facility charged with manslaughter

first_imgHALLANDALE BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Police have arrested the owner of a Hallandale Beach assisted living facility.Sixty-four-year-old Victor Gail faces a charge of aggravated manslaughter of an elderly person by culpable negligence.According to officials, doctors noticed the patient had a largely untreated medical condition that eventually led to that patient’s death.Investigators believe Gail covered up the victim’s condition while she was at Bernadette’s Assisted Living Facility.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Defense Strategy Focuses on Great Powers Competition

first_imgThe Pentagon’s main focus will be staying ahead of other world powers, primarily China and Russia, under the new national defense strategy (NDS) unveiled Friday, marking a contrast to the Obama administration’s approach, which put a greater emphasis on counterterrorism. “We will continue to prosecute the campaign against terrorists, but great power competition — not terrorism — is now the primary focus of U.S. national security,” Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said in a speech at Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies.The 11-page, unclassified summary of the document also calls for building a larger, more agile military and reforming the department’s acquisition processes to field equipment more quickly. The NDS is the second of three linked documents intended to guide the nation’s strategic posture. In December, President Trump released the overarching national security strategy. The NDS focuses on DOD’s goals within the first document and is driven by Mattis, reports Defense News. That will be followed later this year by the national military strategy, which will be crafted by Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford and outline how the military will carry out the NDS.Friday’s document cites Mattis’ three priorities for the department — restoring readiness while building a more lethal force, strengthening alliances and attracting new partners, and reforming DOD’s business practices. The third priority will include an effort “to reduce excess property and infrastructure, providing Congress with options for a Base Realignment and Closure,” according to the document. The streamlining effort also will be aimed at reducing management overhead and the size of headquarters staff. “We will reduce or eliminate duplicative organizations and systems for managing human resources, finance, health services, travel and supplies,” it adds.DOD Photo by Navy Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Kathryn Holm Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more