Gundy’s One Goal: ‘To Win a Conference Championship’

first_imgWhen somebody tells you you have the ninth-best winning percentage of Power 5 teams over the last 10 years.— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) November 29, 2016“I think the benchmark is to win it,” said defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer. “Maybe six, seven or eight years ago, to play was good, but the benchmark has changed. How you are evaluated has changed. The way this team is critiqued has changed. That just means we’ve gotten to this point. A lot of people have done great things to get to this point.”Yes they have. And so while a CFP Playoff berth might be the dream, a Big 12 title is all you can control. Sixty minutes to your second one of the decade. Sixty minutes until OSU-OU enters a new phase as a rivalry. You do it once with a NFL QB and first-round pick at receiver, and it’s considered a one-off. You do it again five years later on OU’s home field with their perfect Big 12 season hanging in the balance and, well, we have a full-blown conference war on our hands.Four 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. There has been a lot of hand-wringing about the College Football Playoff this fall from Big 12 country. Yours truly has been the chief culprit. We have thought and argued and debated and been more frustrated than humans should be over amateur athletics. And the conclusion for Oklahoma State (and Oklahoma) in a lot of ways is this: None of it matter.The CFB Playoff is an entity that exists independent of the way the rest of college football operates. It is almost disassociated from the ecosystem of the sport altogether except in the way it affects postseason bowl berths. So let’s put that to the side for now and talk about just how much Bedlam means. Mike Gundy, you’re up first.“Our goal each year is to get our team prepared so that when we step on the field the fans can be proud of the product that’s on the field,” said Gundy on Monday. “We’re going to play hard, we’re going to do it respectfully. We’ve been in that situation every game this year. That’s always been our goal.”“It’s extremely difficult to predict wins and losses or to see how the game is going to go — any game. But our goal is to win a conference championship. We have always felt like if we can win the conference championship that would allow us an opportunity to get to the playoff.“The only thing we can control is what we do tomorrow and each day in practice and how we play Saturday. What I mentioned to them is that I want them to continue with what they’ve done over the last two months, because for a coach, it’s just enjoyable to watch them. They play for each other. There’s not any selfish players on the field. And I would fully expect them to play that way Saturday. We can worry about the playoff system next Monday.”Well said. And good advice for fans, players and media members alike. We have talked a lot about how Bedlam this season is the conference championship for the fourth time in six years for Oklahoma State. That’s true, but it sort of veils the fact that OSU has only won one of those.Lot of consternation via OSU fans about CFP. OSU has 1 conf. title in 40 yrs. Playoff or not, Bedlam win would be massive moment for program— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) November 28, 2016For all the winning OSU has done — and it has done a LOT of it since Mike Gundy arrived — it still only has one banner hanging from the east end of Boone Pickens Stadium on the side of Gallagher-Iba Arena. A banner that could use a cohort.last_img read more

Hoops Preview: Oklahoma State Welcomes No. 11 West Virginia

first_imgOklahoma State welcomes No. 11 West Virginia into Gallagher-Iba Arena on Friday afternoon. They’ll do so with a sold out GIA — the first since Bedlam in Jan. 2015. It’s Oklahoma State’s Big 12 Conference opener, and boy should it be fun.Here’s a preview for the game, along with viewing information and more.Viewing informationTV: ESPN2Time: 3:00 p.m.Location: Stillwater, Okla.Line: WVU -5.5Statistical matchup (via Porter: OSU: 90 | WVU: 80Sam Aldrich: OSU: 89 | WVU: 85Caleb Deck: OSU: 84 | WVU: 79Kyle Boone: OSU: 79 | WVU: 77Kyle Cox: OSU 92 | WVU: 87Thomas Fleming: OSU: 82 | WVU: 77 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 Hosting Three Official Visitors This Weekend

first_imgWhile 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. Sione Finefeuiaki — Tight endMike Gundy made a visit to see Finefeuiaki earlier this week to make sure he’s still solid. The College of San Mateo recruit, who is built in the mold of a fullback, will play at the versatile cowboy back position in Stillwater. Although he does have experience as a pass-catcher, he will be one beast of a blocking tight end that OSU will likely put to use immediately.Tyler Henderson — Tight endAfter picking up an offer from Baylor late in the process, Henderson made an official visit to Waco this past weekend. But his final is to Stillwater, where is currently committed to OSU.Hanging on to him will be critical to a strong finish to this class. With Blake Jarwin now off to the professional ranks, OSU needs a pass-catching tight end. At 6-foot-4, 225-pounds, he fits the bill to slide in and make an impact in that area. A big sports weekend on tap this weekend in Stillwater is overshadowing a mildly large recruiting weekend for Mike Gundy and Co. The football program will host junior day on Saturday (which we’ll have more coverage on Sunday), but three official visitors will be on campus today to check out the OSU basketball game, check out the football facilities and get their final officials out of the way before signing day on Wednesday.Here’s the three official visitors on tap for the weekend. All are current commits to OSU.Enoch Smith, Jr. — Defensive tackleEnoch Smith, Jr., a former Michigan State defensive tackle, was once a heralded recruit who opted to transfer and could be an immediate impact player along the defensive line.See you in a few days Chicago! Wheels up to Stillwater, OK @CowboyFB ? ? ?⚪⚫— Mr. Meeseeks ? (@ESmithJr_56) January 27, 2017He is currently at Butler County Community College and will be eligible for the next two years. He picked OSU over Kentucky and Michigan State. Here’s some film on him from 2013 when he was invited to participate in the prominent “The Opening” camp hosted by Nike that features the top prospects across the country.last_img read more

10 months agoBayern Munich striker Lewandowski ends Real Madrid talk

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Bayern Munich striker Lewandowski ends Real Madrid talkby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski has ended talk of a move to Real Madrid.Lewandowski says he may never leave Bayern Munich.”For me, it’s definitely an option to end my career at Bayern,” Lewandowski told SportBild. “A change is not in my head. I admit in the summer other things were an issue but that’s over.”It is quite possible that I will stay here for a very long time. I fully identify with Bayern. I feel that, since all the rumours and problems are off the table, I am wholeheartedly with FC Bayern, 100 per cent.”Lewandowski is 30 and has a contract with Bayern Munich until 2021. last_img read more

a month agoEx-Ajax youth chief Tevreden hails Chelsea whiz Castillo: He returns stronger

first_imgEx-Ajax youth chief Tevreden hails Chelsea whiz Castillo: He returns strongerby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Ajax youth chief Brian Tevreden is delighted seening Juan Familia-Castillo back in Amsterdam.The wing-back has joined Ajax on-loan from Chelsea for the season.And Tevreden told Ajax Showtime: “Juan has done well at Chelsea. “He skipped teams there and was also known as a great talent within the program. Of course, it is difficult to break through there. He did train with the A-squad.”It didn’t turn out bad for Juan. He has become even stronger physically and technically by training at a high level, with high intensity.”I think his future is on left back. “There are few left backs with all those qualities at the moment. He is certainly a boy with potential.”Tevreden added: “I don’t see Juan’s return to Ajax as a sign of failure. If Juan hadn’t become a good player, Ajax would have also no effort to get him back.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a month agoThe next one? Largie Ramazani exciting Man Utd management

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say The next one? Largie Ramazani exciting Man Utd managementby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United management are delighted with the progress of Largie Ramazani.For the U23s win over Fulham, it looked to be heading for a draw until Belgian winger Ramazani beat two men down the right flank before crossing for Dylan Levitt to turn home in the 85th minute.Ramazani has scored four goals and notched two assists in six appearances this season and Wood is urging the 18-year-old to continue his fine form.”He’s really improved,” U23 coach Wood said of Ramazani. “He had a really good pre-season, he’s come back and he seems to have matured his game on the pitch and he’s producing goals, he’s producing assists.”We thought his second half compared to his first half was really good and when he’s on that kind of form you kind of see what he can do, but it’s about getting him to maintain that level.” last_img read more

Kenyan Drake Trolls Michigan State Hard On Twitter

first_imgMichigan State player on the Alabama sidelines.kenyan drake trolls michigan stateAlabama running back Kenyan Drake just landed a zinger on Michigan State and its fans. Early in Thursday night’s Cotton Bowl contest, Drake, after catching a pass and running for a short gain, flopped on the sideline after being brushed by a Michigan State defender. As a result, he’s been getting a lot of hate online.And you thought soccer players were dramatic! #CottonBowl @AlabamaFTBL #Flop #Drama #Alabama— Dan Smith (@Gofrogs987Smith) January 1, 2016 His response? Drake took to Twitter to start a poll for his followers – who flopped worse? Him or Michigan State? Obviously, it’s a shot at the Spartans, who were thoroughly outplayed in a 38-0 loss.Screen Shot 2016-01-01 at 11.17.11 AMIt’s a safe bet Drake will eventually delete the tweet, but the damage has already been done. Nick Saban’s on line one.last_img read more

Professor suggests profound culture shift needed at Canada Post

first_imgCALGARY (660 NEWS) – With rolling strikes continuing to put mail carriers on the picket line around Canada, citizens may be concerned about the future of mail.Canada Post is still negotiating with the Canadian Union of Postal Workers, after a strike stopped deliveries on Thursday in Calgary before moving to British Columbia on Friday.Earlier in the week, massive delays were caused by strikes in Ontario which closed off the crown corporation’s main distribution centre.CUPW says Canada Post is not listening to their concerns over health and safety, payment to rural mail carriers and other issues.But it’s possible this latest dispute is another symptom of the times we live in.“Canada Post is going to have to undergo a profound culture shift,” said Ian Lee, Associate Professor at the Sprott School of Business at Carleton University.Lee has written several papers on Canada Post, and says one problem is they continue to treat their service as if it were the same as it was 200 years ago.“Canada Post has to be reinvented as a valuable part of e-commerce companies.”Lettermail continues to decline sharply — to the tune of a $123 million loss in revenue in 2017 — but parcel deliveries are rising.CUPW contends staff are overworked as they balance traditional lettermail delivery with increased parcel drop-offs. Lee said parcels are easier to deliver, because you don’t need to service every address every day.“An e-commerce shipper only goes to an address when they have something to take. They don’t walk to that address five days a week.”Canada Post has an advantage, with access to over 16 million addresses around the country. However, the fact is the majority of those addresses do not need any more traditional letter mail. Along with that, most of the ones who do need it are older customers.“So how do I put this delicately,” said Lee. “These people are going to depart from this Earth in the relatively near future, and that issue will go away.”It’s a symptom of our digital age, Lee believes, as companies tell us to stop getting bills delivered on paper because it’s much quicker to get information sent through the internet at the speed of light.Speaking of age, returning to employee concerns with Canada Post, the average age of employees is also going up. In 2014, CUPW reported the average age of benefit plan participants had gone up to 48.7 and the amount of incident reports are going up with them.Right now, there are over 60,000 employees at Canada Post, with numbers dwindling. Their 2017 annual report says over 15,000 employees will leave in the following five years, and Lee said more cuts will be needed if the organization and the CUPW union can survive.“I think that the future for CUPW is pretty bleak. Because it’s going to be a much smaller union. If Canada Post survives at all, it will be a much smaller union because you need a smaller head count to deliver e-commerce parcels. So its best days are behind it.”Then, there are the pensions. There’s $6 billion in unfunded liability, and Lee said there could be a scenario where the government of the time rolls that pension into the much larger public service pension, which funds MP and other government pensions.Simply put, the business of mail is changing and Canada Post could be left in the dust as people go online for more products, and continue to move away from the traditional deliveries. That would mean CUPW members lose out on benefits and market access.“Millennial’s aren’t going to suddenly start writing gazillions of letters to mom and dad and grandpa. We’re so deep into the digital age — people with their smartphones, and social media and texting and so forth — it’s not coming back,” said Lee.Without any sort of shift, a strange scenario would be presented.“Where you pay 60,000 people to show up to work and drive down the streets with imaginary letters and envelopes that do not exist because nobody’s writing them anymore, and then pretend to deliver them all over the country.”Lee said no government would support that sort of situation.At the end of the day, it’s an uncomfortable prospect to face, but Canada Post and CUPW are working against their own customers if they stay the course and make only small adjustments.“So Canada Post is being incrementally privatized as we speak. By whom? By all of us.”last_img read more

Highway 97 closed between MacKenzie and Prince George

first_imgUPDATE #2: Cpl. Madonna Saunderson with North District RCMP said that the collision involved a single vehicle, and occurred at approximately 6:50 a.m. A tractor-trailer b-train carrying wood chips overturned on Highway 97, spilling wood chips all over the highway. Cpl. Saunderson said that the driver of the tractor-trailer was uninjured in the collision.UPDATE – Officials believe the Highway will re-open at 11:30 a.m.FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Highway 97 is closed between MacKenzie and Prince George due to a vehicle incident. According to, Highway 97 is closed 20km north of Bear Lake.  There is no detour around the collision and there is no estimate on when the road will re-open.#BCHwy97 Closed 20km North of #BearLake due to vehicle incident. Assessment in progress. #CityOfPG #MackenzieBC— Drive BC (@DriveBC) June 28, 2018The next update on the status of the Highway will be shared at 9 a.m.  For updates, watch this page, or visit www.drivebc.calast_img read more

PNB sanctions loans worth Rs 689 cr to 1600 MSMEs via psbloansin59minutescom

first_imgNew Delhi: State-owned Punjab National Bank (PNB) has sanctioned loans worth Rs 689 crore to over 1,600 Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) through the portal as part of its effort to promote such industries. Under the Mudra Yojana, the bank has offered loan to over 2.69 lakh small entrepreneurs this fiscal (till February 14, 2019). “In November 2018, Hon’ble Prime Minister announced the launch of the 59 minute loan portal to enable easy access to credit for MSMEs. Under this initiative, the bank has sanctioned loans to over 1,600 accounts with total sanctioned amount of Rs 689 crore (till February end),” PNB managing director Sunil Mehta said. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepMSMEs through this portal can avail loans of up to Rs 1 crore in 59 minutes or less than an hour. MSMEs apply for loans using their GST registration as the portal is integrated with GST server at the back-end as well as IT, credit bureaus and banks. It is able to quickly score the applicant on individual models of lenders (currently only public sector banks). It is a strategic initiative of SIDBI led PSB consortium incubated under the Department of Financial Services (DFS), Ministry of Finance. Other partner banks are the SBI, Bank of Baroda, PNB, Vijaya and Indian Bank. With regard to the Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana, Mehta said since the inception of the scheme, PNB has sanctioned loan to over 17.16 lakh accounts with total amount of 21,019 crore till December 31, 2018. PNB has bagged many awards last month under the Enhanced Access and Service Excellence (EASE) reforms agenda. The bank won the Reforms Excellency Award.last_img read more

Lazios loss is cruel and undeserved – Garcia

first_imgOlympique de Marseille manager Rudi Garcia has described his team’s defeat to Lazio as ‘cruel and undeserved.’The French club suffered a 2-1 loss to Lazio at the Stadio Olimpico in their fourth game of this season’s UEFA Europa League, a result which leaves them with only one point so far and no chance of making it into the second round.“We played very well this evening and were up to the task,” insisted former Roma boss Garcia on Sky Sport Italia, as quoted by Football Italia.“It’s incredible how Lazio went into the break 1-0 up, totally undeserved. Lately we just aren’t very fortunate, as we concede chaotic goals.”Fonseca hints Smalling could debut tomorrow Manuel R. Medina – August 31, 2019 AS Roma manager Paulo Fonseca has hinted Chris Smalling could debut in tomorrow’s Derby Della Capitale between his team and Lazio.“We were unable to score when we had the chance. I admit in the first game with Lazio, we simply weren’t up to the task, but tonight the lads gave their all.”“It was a cruel and undeserved defeat. The problem is that we conceded right on the stroke of half-time with Lazio’s first chance. We conceded on a ball that floated down from the sky like a snowflake.”“I compliment (Lazio goalkeeper Thomas) Strakosha for preventing us from scoring more goals. The truth is we weren’t eliminated today, as if we’d played like this in the previous games, we would still be in it.”“Now our objective is to qualify for the Champions”last_img read more

Small brush fires in San Ysidro causes road closures

first_img KUSI Newsroom, Small brush fires in San Ysidro causes road closures Posted: April 22, 2018 KUSI Newsroom SAN YSIDRO (KUSI) — Multiple small brush fires in San Ysidro Sunday forced authorities to shut down lanes and connector ramps of two freeways before firefighters could get the situation under control.The brushers were first reported at 2:35 p.m. near Via de la Bandola, according to San Diego Fire-Rescue spokesperson Monica Munoz. The street runs adjacent to the eastbound lanes of State Route 905, just west of its junction with Interstate 805.California Highway Patrol officers began shutting down eastbound SR-905 about 10 minutes later and also closed transition roads from Interstate 805 and Picador Boulevard onto SR-905.The fires were knocked down by 3:25 p.m., Munoz said.No structures were threatened and no one was injured, she said.Munoz said there was no word on what may have caused the fires. A CHP incident log indicated that officers made contact with a possible suspect, but it’s unclear if anyone was arrested.All lanes were reopened by 4:12 p.m., according to the CHP. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter April 22, 2018last_img read more

Gregoire urges tax hike reform in her final annual speech

first_imgThe video of Chris Gregoire’s speech: Zarelli’s comments on the speech: Chris Gregoire in her State of the State address on Tuesday said she hopes lawmakers in Olympia can fix the $1 billion budget crisis, pass a temporary half-cent sales tax increase, reform education, approve a $3.6 billion transportation package and legalize same-sex marriage during the 60-day legislative session.Republican legislators from Southwest Washington agreed that the budget must be cut but criticized other aspects of the Democratic governor’s agenda.“While we must cut, we must also find real reforms,” Gregoire said. “We must look for new revenue for the state of Washington.”Regarding the half-cent sales tax increase, Gregoire said that the state’s portion of the sales tax has not been increased since 1983, when a Republican governor passed a 1-cent increase to fund education during the worst recession since the current recession. Gregoire said $411 million of the $492 million in annual revenues from her proposed sales tax increase would go to K-12 and higher education.Gregoire’s sales tax proposal has a referendum clause, so if passed by the Legislature, it would have to ultimately be approved by the voters in November.State Rep. Ann Rivers, R-La Center, said she was encouraged by the governor listing education and safety nets for the vulnerable as top priorities. “I think that’s what most people really, really expect of us,” Rivers said. But Rivers said it is a bad idea to leave education funding up to a public vote. If the public does not approve the half-cent sales tax increase, then “we’re in the same boat that we’re in right now.”State Sen. Joe Zarelli, R-Ridgefield, gave the Republican rebuttal to Gregoire’s address and said he disagrees with a sales tax hike. He said reforming taxes and prioritizing spending would be enough to fix the crisis. At the top of the spending list should be “education, and public safety, and services for the most vulnerable,” Zarelli said.last_img read more

WILMINGTON AROUND THE WEB The Best Stories From Wilmingtons Newspapers

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are recent articles about Wilmington — published online between December 16, 2018 to December 23, 2018 — that residents should consider reading:Wilmington Town CrierLights, Christmas, action by Cassia BurnsStill no vote on detox facility on Middlesex Avenue by Lizzie McDermottDawn Martell recognized by the Daughters of the American Revolution by Lizzy HillWilmington Town Crier sports stories can be read HERE.Wilmington AdvocateNoneWilmington PatchNoneLowell SunWilmington man dies scuba diving by Robert MillsWoman gets 5 years in human-trafficking case with ties to Greater Lowell by Aaron CurtisLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email Thank You To Our Sponsor:Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWILMINGTON AROUND THE WEB: The Best Stories From Wilmington’s NewspapersIn “Community”WILMINGTON AROUND THE WEB: The Best Stories From Wilmington’s NewspapersIn “Community”WILMINGTON AROUND THE WEB: The Best Stories From Wilmington’s NewspapersIn “Community”last_img read more

Bangladesh women suffer at overseas workplaces

first_imgRahima from Keraniganj in Dhaka (2nd from the right) briefs newsmen at a press conference organised by Occupational Safety, Health and Environment Foundation (OSHE) Bangladesh at Dhaka Reporters Unity on Sunday Photo: Prothom Alo”Whenever I wanted to talk to my relatives, my employers misbehaved with me. They did not pay me. They did not give me enough food. I had to slog hard day and night. At one point I fled and went to the Bangladesh embassy,” said Rahima Khatun, a migrant worker who returned from Saudi Arabia a few months ago, narrating her ordeal abroad while speaking to Prothom Alo.Rahima, from Keraniganj in Dhaka, was talking to this correspondent on the sidelines of a press conference organised by Bangladesh Occupational Safety, Health and Environment Foundation (OSHE) at Dhaka Reporters Unity on Sunday morning.Rahima said a large number of Bangladeshi women migrants are allegedly tortured and abused in Saudi Arabia.The Bangladesh embassy is doing nothing for them, she alleged.”I stayed at the embassy shelter home for 20 days. There were about 5,000 women. I saw two women giving birth and around 250 women pregnant,” said Rahima who managed to return home as one of her relative in Saudi Arabia bought her a ticket. “Those who have no relatives in Saudi Arabia can hardly return,” she said.”When I was at the shelter home, a woman from Sylhet said her employer took her to different hotels at night. One day she fled and came to the shelter home,” Rahima Khatun added.Rahima, who now works as a day labourer in her locality, also alleged she did not get any money in five months although she spent Tk 150,000 to go to Saudi Arabia.Like Rahima, many female migrants face the same fate in the destination countries including Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Qatar, Malaysia and Oman.According to the government statistics, a total of 973,000 migrants have gone abroad between January and November 2017. Of them, a total of 118,000 are women.OSHE executive director AR Chowdhury Repon said the migrant workers bring in a huge amount of foreign currency by dint of their labout abroad. They contribute to the development of the country.While working abroad, the migrants suffer from various health complications and they have to work under stress and in an unhealthy environment, he said.In a written statement, OSHE vice chairman SM Morshed said a total of 3154 dead bodies arrive from different countries between January and November 2017.”We think these are not normal deaths. We think the government should investigate the main cause of deaths of the migrants,” he added.Morshed said the health officers of factories generally put down cardiac arrest as the cause of death.Bangladesh Occupational Safety, Health and Environment Foundation at the press conference made a 9-point demand to ensure safety and security of the migrants.The demands are: Health and safety issues have to be included in the training and briefing of the bureau of manpower, employment and training, aspirant migrants have to be informed about their rights in the destination country, health of out-bound migrants and returnees have to be checked at government hospitals and occupational safety and health helpline has to be launched at the labour wings.last_img read more

Greater Houston Job Growth Will Keep Improving in 2017 Greater Houston Partnership

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /01:14 Listen X Florian MartinPatrick Jankowski reveals the Greater Houston Partnership’s 2017 employment forecast during a luncheon at the Royal Sonesta hotel in the Galleria area.Greater Houston will create 29,700 net jobs next year, according to the Greater Houston Partnership’s employment forecast.Compare that to 104,700 jobs in 2014 and 15,200 last year.The organization’s regional economist, Patrick Jankowski, who prepared the forecast, said most new jobs will come in the healthcare sector.“As healthcare becomes more important just in society and the economy, we’ll continue to see growth in healthcare,” he said. “We’ll see 9,800 jobs added at least in healthcare next year.”Other sectors that he expects to add many jobs include accommodation and food services, government and retail.Only three sectors are forecast to lose jobs – one of them is energy.Jankowski said the industry needs oil to reach $60 a barrel to do well, and he doesn’t see that coming in 2017.“If the oil and gas industry is still losing money, they’re not going to be hiring,” he said. “They’re going to need to do something to try to continue to cut costs, so still restructuring. They’re not going to hire when they’re losing money. We’ll probably see about a 3,500 job loss next year in energy.”The biggest job loss – 16,000 – will occur in construction, according to the forecast, because activity in that sector is expected to go down significantly next year. Sharelast_img read more

Federal Judge Throws Out Effort By UT Professors To Overturn Campus Carry

first_img Share This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune at Texas Tribune is a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues. Bob DaemmrichStephanie Odam of Austin marches in a campus carry protest in Austin, Jan 8, 2015.A federal judge has dismissed a longshot lawsuit filed by three University of Texas at Austin professors seeking to overturn the state’s 2015 campus carry law, which allows people to carry concealed handguns inside most public university buildings.  District Judge Lee Yeakel wrote in his decision that the professors — Jennifer Lynn Glass, Lisa Moore and Mia Carter — couldn’t present any “concrete evidence to substantiate their fears” that campus carry would have a chilling effect on free speech.  The professors claimed, among other arguments, that the law violated their First Amendment rights, since the possibility of a gun being in their classrooms might make them hesitant to discuss controversial issues. In dismissing the suit, Yeakel said the professors didn’t have standing to sue.  But Renea Hicks, the attorney representing the three UT professors, said the specifics of the ruling leave the case’s future uncertain. While Yeakel threw out the case entirely, he only only addressed one of the legal arguments, the question of a First Amendment violation. “We had other claims in the lawsuit beyond that — a Second Amendment claim, an equal protection claim. The order accompanying his dismissal doesn’t seem to address those issues,” Hicks said in an interview Friday. “So there’s a bit of confusion on our part.” Hicks, who had not yet conferred with his clients when reached Friday, said he is not sure what course of action he and the plaintiffs will take. They have 28 days from July 6 to ask Yeakel for clarification, and 30 days to file an appeal to the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals. The ruling was issued late Thursday, exactly one year after the original lawsuit was filed. On Friday, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, whose office defended the state in the case, praised the decision. “The court’s ruling today is the correct outcome,” Paxton said. “The fact that a small group of professors dislike a law and speculate about a ‘chilling effect’ is hardly a valid basis to set the law aside.” Campus carry became law in 2015, but didn’t go into effect until Aug. 1, 2016. It stirred up widespread opposition among faculty and many students — especially on the UT-Austin campus. But so far, there have been no major incidents and protests on campus have all but disappeared.  Emma Platoff contributed to this report. Disclosure: The University of Texas at Austin has been a financial supporter of The Texas Tribune. A complete list of Tribune donors and sponsors can be viewed here. last_img read more

4 Big Stories To Watch This Week From Taxes To The Russia

first_img Share Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., left, President Trump, center, and House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., will have their relationships tested by the a legislative push on a tax overhaul this week.There is lots to watch this week, from a potentially make-or-break stretch on the tax overhaul President Trump so badly wants to social media network officials testifying about what they knew and when they knew it about Russian-linked ads that may have helped influence the 2016 presidential election.There might also be more that’s learned about the Niger ambush — the substance of which has been overshadowed by President Trump’s feud with a Gold Star widow, whose husband, Sgt. La David Johnson, was one of four soldiers who died in that ambush earlier this month.Defense Secretary James Mattis and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson testify before a Senate committee Monday and are expected to be asked about what happened, why American troops are there and the extent of the operations. Some powerful and important members of Congress have accused the administration of not being very forthcoming about it all.And worth watching: we could get a preview of the next judges Trump might hope to nominate to the Supreme Court.— Domenico Montanaro, lead political editorHere’s what to watch for in these four storylines:1. Big week for the tax overhaulThis week will be one of the most consequential moments to date for President Trump and congressional Republicans, who are set to unveil the most sweeping tax overhaul since the Reagan era.The goal is to cut taxes for individuals and U.S. businesses, while simultaneously overhauling the complicated American system of tax breaks and deductions, and to do it without adding more than $1.5 trillion to the deficit over the next 10 years.Republicans maintain that ballooning the deficit in the short-term with revenue cuts will be mitigated by faster economic growth delivered by those same cuts — but many economists (and Democrats) dispute that theory.The broad outlines of the plan have been circulated for months. On the business front, Republicans want to cut the corporate tax rate from 35 to 20 percent, with a 25-percent rate for smaller businesses in which owners pay taxes through the individual tax return system.It will also include a repeal of the estate tax, which only affects a small number of the wealthiest Americans. On the individual side, Republicans want to collapse the seven tax brackets down to three or four, lower rates and double the standard deduction.Those are the popular selling points, but what Republicans have kept closely guarded is which tax breaks they’re willing to sacrifice — and which Americans and corporations might have to pay more. Republicans have not ruled out keeping tax rates at the same or slightly higher levels on the wealthiest of Americans.On the corporate side, K Street is girding for a fight between multi-national companies, who shelter money overseas to avoid paying taxes, and domestic companies, who can’t enjoy those same tax shelters.Politically, this could be more consequential than health care, especially following the high-profile repeal-and-replace failures over the last several efforts. Most Republicans see tax legislation as their redemption for those failed efforts.Imagine if, after pushing health care and a tax overhaul, that Republicans can’t get something through — even needing just a majority of votes. (For both, Senate Republicans are operating under special budget rules that allow them to bypass the traditional 60 votes needed to end a filibuster and advance legislation.)Tax cuts are also a bedrock issue for Republicans and failing on this bill could threaten not just their congressional majorities next year, but any semblance of a working relationship between President Trump and congressional Republicans led by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis.— Susan Davis, congressional reporter2. The social networks come to Washington — and hope to go quietlyThere are now a total of three hearings scheduled for this week on the role that social media and Big Tech played in the Russian attack on the 2016 presidential election.The Senate Judiciary Committee’s panel on Crime and Terrorism has confirmed that it plans to convene a hearing at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday with Google, Facebook and Twitter officials as witnesses, ahead of two more sessions that were already scheduled the following day.On Wednesday, the Senate Intelligence Committee is scheduled to convene its hearing at 9:30 a.m. and the House Intelligence Committee has said it would convene its hearing at 2 p.m.As we wrote over the weekend, previewing the hearings:“Don’t expect the hearings to match the spectacle offered in June by former FBI Director James Comey. Instead, the representatives of Google, Facebook and Twitter — men whose faces you don’t recognize, with names you don’t know — are expected to try as hard as they can to be boring.“They don’t want histrionics. They don’t want to be ensnared into soundbites. They want to comply with their invitations to appear, restate their earnest commitment to playing ball and then get safely back over the battlements into Silicon Valley.”And:“Each company has acknowledged selling ads to Russian-linked buyers or, in the case of Facebook and Twitter, the presence of fake or automated accounts that wrought all kinds of interference within the U.S. What is in dispute is what action to take now.“[Sen. Mark] Warner, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., have a bill that would mandate disclosure about online political ads. But Facebook and Twitter say they’re already planning to take industry-leading new steps on transparency.”– Philip Ewing, national security editor3. More scrutiny on Niger ambushThe Senate Foreign Relations Committee originally scheduled a hearing on Monday to discuss a topic that nobody in Congress wants to talk about: passing a new bill that authorizes use of military force overseas.But the conflicting stories and unanswered questions about the deadly ambush in Niger that killed four American troops has suddenly turned the hearing into a hot ticket.Defense Secretary James Mattis and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson can look forward to tough questions about exactly what American troops were doing there, whether they were set up and why deployments in remote Africa are worth the danger to American lives.Also: The committee’s chairman, Tennessee’s Bob Corker, is one of a number of old-line Republicans who have broken hard with Trump in recent weeks.Although Corker’s gavel won’t fall until 5 p.m., there could nonetheless be quite a bit of attention focused on this hearing.— Philip Ewing4. Passing judgmentNot to be overlooked this week, while everyone’s focused on taxes, McConnell has filed cloture on four federal appeals court nominations. This will take up the entire week — on purpose. First, here are the judicial nominees:Amy Barrett, of Indiana, to be U.S. circuit judge for the 7th CircuitJoan Larsen, of Michigan, to be U. S. circuit judge for the 6th CircuitAllison Eid, of Colorado, to be U.S. circuit judge for the 10th CircuitStephanos Bibas, of Pennsylvania, to be U.S. circuit judge for the 3rd Circuit.Republicans are going to focus the week on these judicial nominations — and Democrats’ slow-walking of confirmations. Republicans say they will work through next weekend to confirm them if Democrats don’t yield time.They’re girding for a fight, but expect Democrats will probably yield time because, well, senators don’t do weekend work if they can avoid it.On the nominees themselves, it’s an interesting crop that includes three prominent conservative women. That’s something Republicans are trying to tout loudly.Two of the nominees — Larsen and Eid — were also on Trump’s Supreme Court nominee list during the campaign. Eid is filling Neil Gorsuch’s vacancy on the 10th Circuit. Gorsuch was elevated to the Supreme Court earlier this year.Barrett was the subject of a controversial hearing that got a fair amount of attention last month in which her Catholic faith became an issue. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., accused her of adhering too strongly to “dogma” when it comes to abortion rather than precedent and law. That raised the ire of Notre Dame’s and Princeton’s presidents, who saw bias in Feinstein’s pointed questioning.Expect a religious liberty press event timed to these nominations.Any of these four could one day well be Supreme Court nominees, making them notable to watch this week.All of it has the makings of a red-meat-kind-of-base-victory week in the Senate for the GOP.— Susan DavisCopyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit read more

UPDATE Bus Drivers Autopsy Report Could Help Explain Deadly Bus Crash Involving

first_img– / 9Autopsy results on a bus driver who died while taking a high school band from Florida to Texas may help show why the vehicle careened wildly across a highway before plunging down a steep embankment, police said Wednesday.The driver, 65-year-old Harry Caligone, was the only person killed in the crash, and a medical examiner’s report could reveal whether he had a health problem that could be a factor in the crash, said Capt. John Malone of the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency.About three dozen people went to hospitals after the accident, and nine remained hospitalized Wednesday.The bus, carrying 46 students and adults from Disney World to Channelview High School in suburban Houston, unexpectedly left the westbound lane of Interstate 10 before dawn Tuesday.Malone said the bus veered across the median into the eastbound lane before shooting back into the grass median and driving off the ravine.“It actually hit the guard rail on the eastbound side and was directed back into the median,” he said.There were no signs of skid marks, Malone said, indicating the driver didn’t apply the brakes in a hurry.“It just rolled,” Malone said.The National Transportation Safety Board said the bus was new and making only its second trip.Pete Kotowski, an investigator with the agency, told a news conference that Caligone was on his way to meet a relief driver less than an hour away in Mobile, Alabama, at the time of the crash. Switching drivers is a normal procedure, he said, and the driver had not exceeded the total number of hours he was allowed to drive.The crash occurred on a rural stretch between Pensacola, Florida, and Mobile, Alabama.A student told the media that the band director called the driver called out “Harry” several times before the crash, but Malone said investigators haven’t determined what happened aboard the bus.Caligone’s sister-in-law, Angela Caligone, 58, of Houston, said Caligone had been a bus driver for more than 20 years, the last 15 years with First Class Tours Inc. of Houston.Caligone said her brother-in-law had just passed a physical with “flying colors.” A company spokesman said Caligone had a checkup earlier this month but didn’t provide details of the results.___At least nine people remained hospitalized early Wednesday after the bus carrying the Channelview ISD high school band plunged into a ravine so steep rescuers had to rappel down to them.The crash tossed students around the vehicle and killed the driver.Relatives identified the driver, Harry Caligone from Houston, as a caring man who was “dedicated to his job.” About three dozen others on the bus were hurt, six seriously, authorities and the bus company said. Interstate 10 was blocked for hours where the accident occurred between Mobile, Alabama, and Pensacola, Florida.Hospitals said two of the most severely injured were listed in serious condition, while the other seven were in good or stable condition.The cause of the crash wasn’t immediately known, but survivors from Channelview High School in metro Houston described being asleep one moment and tumbling through the air the next.Student DeWayne Benson, 15, told KTRK-TV by telephone he awoke to hear the band director repeatedly say “Harry” before the bus hit a series of bumps followed by one “huge bump.”“Some students were stuck under seats, some were on top of other students and there’s a lot of panic to get people out,” said Benson, who was taken to a hospital but wasn’t injured.Students used cellphones as lights to get out and grabbed blankets to help people outside, he said. Temperatures were in the 40s at the time of the wreck, which happened around 5:30 a.m.First responders used ropes to rappel down the more than 50-foot (15-meter) ravine in the middle of I-10 and then had to cut some of the victims from the wreckage, said Baldwin County Sheriff Huey Hoss Mack. The bus could be seen on its side at the bottom of the ravine, part of its undercarriage and wheels mangled.The Channelview Independent School District said 40 students and six adults from the school were on board. Medical officials said at least 37 people, most of them teenagers, were treated at hospitals or other facilities in Pensacola and southwest Alabama for injuries that ranged from minor to very serious.The sheriff said it wasn’t immediately clear what caused the bus to enter the grassy median, which abruptly ends at a steep embankment where the interstate passes over Cowpen Creek. First Class Tours Inc., the bus operator, said Caligone was a longtime driver with the company.His sister-in-law, Angela Caligone, 58, said Caligone had been a bus driver for 20-plus years, the last 15 years with this same company. She said he had just passed his physical with “flying colors” and recalled him as “dedicated to his job, dedicated to his kids.”Bus wreck on I-10 near Florida carrying Channelview high school students. 1 dead. Several injured. Video: Jesus Tejada #KHOU11— Shern-Min Chow 🙋🏻 (@ShernMinKHOU) March 13, 2018Channelview High’s graduates include University of Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts, who tweeted: “Wow, praying for everyone involved! #PrayforChannelview.”Josh Torres said his 17-year-old sister, Bianca Torres, was sitting at the rear of the bus when the impact of the wreck tossed her forward several rows. She had pain in her legs and bruising but was otherwise unscathed and taken to a hospital for evaluation, he said.“All that she remembers is that she felt a bump, then a crash and then the bus flipping onto its side,” Torres said.Chris Elliott, a county commissioner where the crash happened, said everyone was taken to the hospital to be checked out.Torres said his brother, also a member of the Channelview band, was on another bus not involved in the accident. That bus stopped after the crash, but did not allow the students to get off, and eventually continued on to Channelview, a Houston suburb of about 38,000. It arrived at the high school there Tuesday afternoon with a police escort. The bus drove past a throng of reporters and into a part of the campus out of public view.Only hours before the crash, the band’s Facebook page had been updated to show a large group posing outside Disney World, where the band performed at a music festival Saturday.DeWayne Benson’s mother, Frances Dodson-Benson, said they left last Thursday and had been expected to arrive home Tuesday afternoon. She said her son had been excited about the upcoming trip and right up until he called her in the minutes after the crash, everything had been going well.“The first words out of his mouth were ‘Mom, I’m OK,’” she said. “I just think they are all going to be somewhat traumatized.”The bus charter company pledged to help local authorities investigating the crash in a statement that offered prayers for the injured and their families. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration gives First Class Tours a satisfactory rating, meaning records show no evidence of substantial non-compliance with safety requirements.Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration records show that in the last two years, the carrier has been involved in four crashes prior to Tuesday’s crash, with one of those one involving one fatality. Sharelast_img read more