TV ratings for OU and OSU football telecasts are down significantly since 2013, the highest-rated season in recent years. Early kickoffs and FS1 telecasts have hindered the school’s ratings. OSU’s average rating in kickoffs before noon this season, excluding Bedlam, was 12.7. The Cowboys’ four FS1 telecasts averaged just 11.4. FS1, which launched in August 2013, is in fewer homes than ESPN and ESPN2 and is generally not competitive with those networks in the ratings. [NewsOK]The Thunder also likely play a role here (you only have so much screen time in you, right?), but this will also be part of the narrative when The Ringer publishes a 16,000-word oral history of the Big 12’s demise in eight years.Kansas on Thanksgiving?Berry Tramel notes that while all the 2017 Big 12 games are currently slated on Saturdays, some of them could potentially be moved, including OSU-Kansas.The Nov. 25 games that could be moved a day earlier, to Thanksgiving Friday, are West Virginia at OU, Kansas at OSU, Baylor at TCU, Iowa State at Kansas State and Texas Tech at Texas. The Longhorns for many years have reestablished their tradition of playing on Thanksgiving night or Thanksgiving Friday. [NewsOK]Sitting for four hours in the freezing cold the day after Thanksgiving to watch OSU-Kansas?Colorado DC hired to OregonColorado is losing the leader of its best unit right before the bowl game.Leavitt joined Mike MacIntyre’s Colorado staff before the 2015 season. In MacIntyre’s first two seasons at Colorado, the Buffaloes had gone 6-18 and allowed 38.6 points per game. Then Leavitt showed up to fix the defense, and his presence paid dividends right away. [CBS Sports]Also, this is nuts.How great a job did Jim Leavitt do at CU? Buffs ranked No. 8 in fewest yds per play. 2 years ago, before Leavitt arrived, CU ranked No. 120.— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) December 14, 2016Highlights from last night.More PFBSpencer Sanders junior highlights.More Stuff I’m ReadingEvan McMullin on the Keeping it 1600 pod was great … A look at OSU’s early enrollees … Five thoughts on OSU’s win over APB … Notebook on the APB game … OSU jumps to No. 21 in 2017 basketball recruiting 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. Where does Vegas rank Oklahoma State?Barely in the top 25.While analytics certainly affects the betting markets in 2016, the closing spreads also consider a vast array of subjective knowledge about football. People who invest in the betting markets watch football and make the appropriate adjustments. This inclusion of subjective knowledge is most interesting in evaluating teams like Penn State who have greatly exceeded their preseason expectation. We’ll see how the Nittany Lions rank below. [Football Study Hall]Vegas also has Penn State at No. 20. I vote that we start using this method to determine our playoff teams because why not?OU’s prioritiesAn evisceration.Do I think David Boren hates women? No. Do I think Joe Castiglione hates women? Bob Stoops? No and no. But they’re doing a damn poor job of showing people how they really feel. Instead, they’re sending a message to all women that is so clear it might as well be on the giant new video board everyone is so proud of. We. Don’t. Care. [OU Daily]I still think Mike Gundy booting Tyreek as soon as he found out the details is one of his most underrated great moves.The Best Big 12 performances of 2016No. 5 on the list is Mason Rudolph against WVU.This wasn’t Rudolph’s highest-graded game, or even his second-highest. But it makes it this high on the list because of the opponent. West Virginia was unbeaten going into this game and had gotten that record by shutting down opponents’ passing attacks. All Rudolph did was go 26-for-32 on aimed passes for 286 yards and three touchdowns in leading his team to a 37-20 victory. He didn’t make a single dangerous pass all game. In fact, of those 32 aimed throws he was only downgraded on a single one, missing in front of his receiver. He picked apart the Mountaineers when they blitzed him, completing 12-of-17 passes for 130 yards and all three touchdowns. [PFF]I would have ranked his Kansas State game ahead of this, but he was pretty awesome on Homecoming.TV Unkind to Bedlam foesSome pretty startling numbers here for OSU and OU.
Jhajuan Seales had an underrated career at Oklahoma State. He finished with 1,785 receiving yards (No. 11 all-time at OSU) and 12 touchdowns and became a game changer for the Cowboys in 2016.Although his big-play potential may overshadow it, he was also the Cowboys’ best blocker from the wideout position. A fact which earned him plenty of on-field time as a senior while Marcell Ateman missed 2016 with injury.Enjoy some awesome highlights from Seales’ four-year career as a Cowboy. 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.
Both of the Oklahoma State football team’s two glaring holes coming into the 2017 season were filled in exactly 13 hours.ESPN’s Jake Trotter reported at 7:10 p.m. Tuesday that Adrian Baker, former Clemson cornerback and graduate transfer, had committed his final year of eligibility to the Cowboys. Then at 10:10 a.m. Wednesday, he reported that Aaron Cochran, fellow grad transfer and former Cal offensive tackle, decided on Stillwater, too.Had neither chose OSU, freshmen Rodarius Williams (corner) and Dylan Galloway (tackle) would have probably been the projected starters in 2017.With recent non-traditional commits such as Baker, Cochran and Tyron Johnson, who is eligible this season, coach Mike Gundy and his staff have clearly placed added emphasis on using diversity in their recruiting to bolster or fill spots on the depth chart.It not easy though, he said; graduate transfers are smart. They know what they want, and they know what they are looking for in a program, he said. Some, probably like Cochran, are looking for more wins and a bowl game. Others, probably like Baker, are after more playing time, especially after tearing his ACL last year.“It’s a completely different world in so-called recruiting them than a high school player – because they know, and they know exactly what they’re looking for,” said Gundy.Gundy has clearly figured out how to live in that world. Here is a list of the non-traditional proven standouts on the OSU roster for the past three seasons as a reference:Larry Williams (Transferred from East Carolina/Hutchinson CC)Chad Whitener (Transferred from Cal)Tralund Webber (Transferred from Blinn College)DeQuinton Osborne (Transferred from Kilgore JC)Barry J. Sanders (Grad transfer from Stanford)Lenzy Pipkins (Grad transfer from Louisiana-Monroe)Jordan Burton (Transferred from Kilgore JC)Chris Carson (Transferred from Butler CC)Derrick Moncrief (Transferred from Auburn)Devante Averette (Transferred from Ellsworth CC)Victor Salako (Transferred from UAB)Motekiai Maile (Transferred from Tyler JC)Michael Hunter (Grad transfer from Indiana)This doesn’t even include Johnson (LSU) and Patrick Macon (Arizona Western), both of whom could factor into OSU’s rotation this season. Of course if the right voice leads the way, preferably a player, that school is going to have a better chance at landing him. But that means an honest voice, not a PR-type one.Gundy said he tells recruits to visit with as many current players as possible on their visits because they are the ones who can give the most accurate representation of the school and what it has to offer athletically. Again, that’s not to say if you talk to enough people, eventually one is going to say the right thing.“We’re not and the players probably aren’t smart enough to program them into saying what we want them to say,” Gundy said. “They’re gonna tell it like it is.”Senior safety Tre Flowers is one of those guys. He said he hosted Baker on his visit before he committed Tuesday. He was as honest as he could be, he said. He tells recruits, especially Baker, that the coaches are bringing them to Stillwater for a reason, and it’s not to ride the bench. He said that’s why he is at OSU.“(My hosts) told me it was a family atmosphere,” Flowers said. “I wouldn’t want to build anything off any lies.”He said he feels like the culture at OSU provides recruits the best opportunity, “in the big picture,” which is why the Cowboys have signed so many fifth-year players.The first relationship is always the most important. Gundy said for visits, he pairs graduate transfers, and all other recruits for that matter, with players from the team based on hometown, position and background. With an emphasis on the third item in that list.If the Cowboys have a two-year player who has made the adjustment, he will likely be called to show another potential two-year player or graduate transfer around.“You’re coming into a new culture, and a lot has to happen in a short amount of time for a fifth-year guy to adjust and play and have success,” Gundy said. “He only has two months to get used to it.” 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.
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea striker Abraham: Ajax clash massive, massiveby Paul Vegas3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea striker Tammy Abraham has declared their Champions League clash with Ajax as “massive, massive”.Abraham insists they’re capable of winning in Amsterdam.He said, “We know it’s a massive game for us. “Massive, massive. Ajax are like us, they have a lot of young players who like to keep the ball and play good football. Off the ball as well they like to win it back quickly.”We know it’s not going to be easy, but I believe in myself and my team that we can hopefully get a result there.”We got ourselves back on track in Lille. It’s not an easy place to go to, we dug deep and got that win. Who says we can’t do the same at Ajax?”
minnesota frogger tcuThe Big Ten just released its prime-time schedule on ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC for the 2015 season. The Minnesota Golden Gophers will host a pair of night games, including their season opener against TCU on Thursday, Sept. 3. Minnesota promoted its prime-time contest against the Horned Frogs with this humorous graphic based on the classic 1980s arcade game, Frogger. Round One. Primetime on @ESPN. pic.twitter.com/0e4k11ixHC— Minnesota Football (@GopherFootball) April 23, 2015Pretty cool, and Minnesota didn’t stop there. For their Halloween night game against Michigan, they used a Gopher in a Jason mask from the Friday the 13th movie series.Happy Halloween, #Gophers. Primetime on @ABCNetwork, @ESPN or ESPN2. pic.twitter.com/5AMcXj3EHM— Minnesota Football (@GopherFootball) April 23, 2015Nice touch again, but perhaps a Mike Myers mask from the old Halloween movies would have been better.
Jonathan Williams missed the 2015 season at Arkansas, but the former Razorback star did not go undrafted as a result. Williams went in the fifth round to the Buffalo Bills, and at today’s NFLPA Rookie Premiere, we got our first look at Williams in his full Bills uniform. Williams was an immensely popular Razorback. The Bills will definitely have a few more fans down in The Natural State, especially if Williams carves out a significant role with the team.
APTN National NewsAn Alberta First Nation that lost its land a century ago took their case to a busy stretch of highway Wednesday.They wanted to show how local issues are being drawn out under the Idle No More movement and what could be at stake for other bands.APTN National News reporter Keith Laboucan has this story.
APTN National News A six-month police investigation into an alleged drug distribution network into northern Ontario communities has led to 55 people charged and a large amount of drugs seized.The OPP and Nishnawbe-Aski police led the investigation, dubbed Project COAST, that focused on the Timmins and Chapleau area and James Bay coastal communities.Investigators found drugs sold in the remote communities could sell at four times the price compared to urban centres.Twenty-one search warrants were executed earlier this month in northern and eastern Ontario.Police seized: • 57,792 methamphetamine tablets,• 7,229 oxycodone pills,• 706 grams of cocaine,• 476.6 grams of marihuana, and• 154.25 fentanyl patches.Police also seized more than $250,000, a shotgun and a bulletproof vest.
TORONTO – Volkswagen has reached a $290.5-million deal to settle claims in Canada covering 20,000 3.0-litre Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche diesel vehicles that were caught up in an emissions cheating scandal.The agreement was reached by Volkswagen and Canadian class counsel in consultation with the Commissioner of Competition.In addition to the proposed class settlement, which is subject to court approval, Volkswagen Group Canada has agreed to pay a $2.5-million civil penalty.If approved, cash payments will be made to roughly 15,000 owners and lessees of model year 2013-2016 Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche 3.0L diesel vehicles who receive the recall for an emissions repair as well as an extended emissions warranty.Payments will also be made to owners and lessees of affected model year 2009-2012 vehicles, as well as additional options that include buyback, trade-in, early lease termination or, if approved by the U.S. EPA and available by recall in Canada, a modification to reduce emissions.The agreement follows a settlement deal last year covering Volkswagen and Audi vehicles with 2.0-litre diesel engines.
KITIMAT, B.C. – On Monday, the Minister of Finance, Bill Morneau, on behalf of Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, confirmed that the Government of Canada will be investing $275 million to support LNG Canada.According to the Government, this investment will go towards the development of the major liquefied natural gas complex in Kitimat.Morneau says the Federal Government is proud to support this $40 billion project as it will get Canadian resources to new markets, grow the economy, and create many employment opportunities for those in the middle-class. “The Government of Canada is proud to support this historic $40 billion project that will get our resources to new markets, diversify our trade, grow our economy and create middle-class jobs for Canadians, including First Nations and other communities in northern British Columbia. It’s a vote of confidence in Canada’s resource industry and is good news for Canadians right across the country.”Out of the $275 million investment, $220 million will go towards highly energy-efficient gas turbines, with the additional $55 million going towards the replacement of the Haisla Bridge in the District of Kitimat.The investment in the LNG Canada facility will create 7,500 direct construction jobs and at least 300 permanent jobs in the new facility once completed.
Former Premier League referee Dermot Gallagher has declared that the penalty VAR awarded to France was wrongly given during their 2018 World Cup final match against Croatia on Sunday.During the match, Referee Nestor Pitana had first missed Ivan Perisic’s handball inside the France box, but the official opted the award the spot-kick following a VAR review.Perisic’s view seemed to be blocked by Blaise Matuidi just before the ball struck the Inter Milan winger’s arm, and Gallagher has believed that it was “100% not a penalty”.Report: Euro 2020 qualifying Group H George Patchias – September 11, 2019 Euro 2020 qualifying Group H is being controlled by France and Turkey, but Iceland is still in with a shout.Reigning world champions France ran…“100% not a penalty. He’s far, far too close to the ball as it comes over the forward’s head,” Gallagher told Sky Sports as quoted by Sports Mole.“It just strikes him – he doesn’t move his hand to the ball, he’s got no intention of handling the ball. The law says it has to be deliberate. His arms aren’t in an unorthodox position – it just doesn’t tick any boxes.”Antoine Griezmann netted the penalty to give France a 2-1 lead against Croatia in Moscow, and Les Bleus ultimately claimed the trophy with a 4-2 success over Croatia.
Manchester United captain Antonio Valencia will be unavailable for the club for the start of their Premier League campaign, confirmed Jose MourinhoThe Portuguese coach confirmed the setback earlier today and announced that Valencia sustained the injury in their goalless draw with San Jose Earthquakes this week.As a consequence, the right-back will miss United’s opening Premier League game against Leicester City next month.New signing Diogo Dalot, from FC Porto, is also injured at the moment and the 19-year-old is not expected to return until September.Meanwhile, the versatile Ashley Young could be an option for Mourinho but he is yet to return to training after playing a part in England’s run to the World Cup semi-finals this summer and may not be ready for competitive action by the time the Premier League season starts on August 10.“Valencia is injured, you are right,” said Mourinho, according to Sky Sports.“He will be injured for the beginning of the Premier League, Diogo Dalot is also in a recovering phase, he will not be ready for the beginning of Premier League.Maguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“Ashley Young is a possibility to play right-back, but is on holiday. I don’t know if he fancies being back for that and put himself to be available for the team or stay on holiday.”But another option for Mourinho could be centre-back Victor Lindelof.“Victor Lindelof is a possibility, he is not a right-back but is a possibility, he starts training next Monday. I will send people to Manchester to train with Victor, it makes no sense for him to come to the United States,” he said.Matteo Darmian, who is expected to leave this summer after a troubled spell at Old Trafford, may not have to stay a while longer.“So if Matteo leaves he leaves because the right offer arrives and if he stays, yes you are right, he can be important for us,” added Mourinho.United will next face Liverpool on Saturday at the Michigan Stadium after beating AC Milan on Thursday 9-8 on penalties.
Lyon have confirmed the signing of defender Jason Denayer from Manchester City on a five-year dealThe City academy graduate failed to make a single appearance for the senior side following his arrival in 2013.Due to this, Denayer has now agreed to join Lyon for an undisclosed fee and is honoured to be there.“It gives me great pleasure to come and play for Lyon. After several attempts, this time was the charm,” he told the club website.“The club followed me for three seasons. This shows that they really wanted me and they know my game perfectly. It’s an honour to play here.”Premier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…The 23-year-old has had loan spells at Sunderland and Celtic in the past, where he was named as the PFA Scotland Young Player of the Year and the club’s Young Player of the Year while with the latter.More recently the Belgian centre-back has been at Galatasaray on another loan spell, that saw him score one goal in 22 appearances to help the Turkish giants to a domestic double last season.Denayer has also made eight appearances for Belgium at international level.
Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi is fuming over the persistent speculation linking Neymar with a move to Real MadridThe Brazilian forward has been constantly linked with a switch to Los Blancos ever since completing his world-record €222million in 2017.This summer both Real and Neymar publicly denied that any move was to materialise.But the rumours have remained, much to Al-Khelaifi’s frustration.The Qatari businessman has even held talks with Real president Florentino Perez over the matter.Zidane hails ‘quality’ James Rodriguez after Real Madrid’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane reserved special praise for James Rodriguez after his starring role in Real Madrid’s 3-2 win over Levante.“We don’t like it at all and we have spoken to Real Madrid,” Al-Khelaifi told Marca.“It’s a bit frustrating, it’s not fair that other clubs talk about our players.“We have a good relationship and they respect PSG, and I hope that’s the truth. We respect Real Madrid, their president, Florentino Perez, but I think that it’s important for everyone not to work behind the scenes.“I don’t know if he understands me. If there is something, we speak, speak with Florentino Perez or whatever it is and we speak about what we like and what we don’t like.“It’s what we want with all clubs, not just Real Madrid. Fighting amongst each other is not the way PSG works and I hope other clubs don’t do that to us.”
Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi has fuelled transfer talks after he was reported to have flown to England after recent links to Chelsea and Real Madrid.The Argentine has been in an impressive run of form in Italy scoring nine times this term in the Italia Serie A.The 25-year-old was on target for Inter Milan last weekend after scoring the winner from a spot kick to gift the Nerazzurri three points and keep them third in Serie A table.Mourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.A current release clause for the Italian is set at €110 million (£98 million) and that is affordable for most of Europe’s biggest clubs and with the exit of Inter in the Champions League group stage, Icardi could be on his way to one of the teams hoping to lift the coveted Champions League trophy, according to the Mirror.The January transfer window could spring up surprises across Europe as a number of clubs look to strengthen their team.
Dan Cohen AUTHOR Washington, D.C. — With the Trump administration’s decision not to request additional base closures with this year’s budget submission, the Pentagon’s uphill battle to demonstrate the benefits of a new BRAC round to lawmakers has been placed on the back burner, but the discussion can be expected to return to Capitol Hill eventually. At some point, DOD will need to rebalance its infrastructure, Todd Harrison, director of defense budget analysis at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, told the audience Wednesday at the 2018 Defense Communities National Summit. “[That] will have to occur through a BRAC,” Harrison said.That time likely could come when lawmakers realize the rising defense budget is not translating into a significantly larger force structure. The need to curb spending as the nation’s debt grows could provide a strong push in that direction as well. “Then BRAC will come back up,” Harrison said.An additional factor at play is the dispute between the Pentagon and Congress over DOD’s estimate of its excess capacity. Lawmakers, along with a recent Government Accountability Office report, have called for a more precise estimate of the military’s unused capacity. In response, defense officials point out that is only possible when Congress authorizes a new BRAC round. Both sides have a point in this standoff, but lawmakers will be hesitant to jump into a new round in the absence of better data, said Mackenzie Eaglen, resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute.“It certainly helps forestall the next BRAC round,” Eaglen said.
Shakib Al Hasan found himself in a controversyIANSA controversy erupted in Bangladesh’s cricket circle after former captain and one of the most important members of the national team, Shakib Al Hasan missed the official photo-shoot for the World Cup-bound squad. The entire group of cricketers selected to represent their county in the mega event had gathered at the Sher-e-Bangla stadium in Dhaka along with officials from the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB). However the left-handed all-rounder left the venue before the shoot commenced and received flak for it.Now, his wife, Sakib Ummey Al Hasan, has come out in his defence through a Facebook post where she lashed out at the media for targeting her husband. In a long statement on the social media site, she claimed that some journalists have ‘hatred’ against her husband and are therefore vilifying him.”I really have nothing to say about the journalists (on) why they have so much hatred against Shakib Al Hasan. I think it’s actually our fault (that) we failed to invite them over for dinner or lunch to butter them (up or) chat with them for hours or give them inside news,” she wrote.BCB chief expresses disappointmentMeanwhile, the chief of BCB, Nazmul Hasan Papon expressed his disappointment with the no-show of the former skipper. “It is disappointing, what else can I say? It was the team’s photo session. I called him and he said he is going to come to my house at night. I said to him to come to the ground. He said he had already left. I asked everyone here, and they said Shakib was informed of the photo session. He didn’t turn up for training but we hoped for his presence in the photo session. But he wasn’t here,” he explained. Shakib Al Hasan is, possibly, the most valuable player in the entire teamIANSExplanation by wifeBut the wife of the 32-year old cricketer asserted that he missed the photo-shoot due to a misunderstanding. “Now the topic is why wasn’t he in the World Cup photo session? First of all it is his miss but he did not do that on purpose. He has (sic) misread the message that was sent! And he apologised to the officials, sorry we didn’t make any videos to prove!” she claimed.Her ire was also directed towards a particular show on a television channel where the famous cricketer was criticised. “Second topic, Channel24 the (sic) show ‘Beyond the Gallery’ put up a show with 2 journalists strictly to put him down saying many absurd things. One of the many is that, ‘he’s doing this to gain fame.’ Are bhai, if I’m not wrong that’s the last thing he needs. Maybe it’s the other way around. Maybe you wanna gain fame by talking negative because businesswise, that’s profitable and (good) for your profile also! Now if it’s about his behaviour, ask any player how he is personally and internally, out (of the) field and on field! World Cup is in near future. Let him be there (and there are) many other things, I think, is (sic) going on for you to talk about!”This will be the fourth World Cup for the veteran Bangladesh cricketer. In the past, his left-arm spin and middle-order batting exploits have played a key role in helping Bangladesh become a force in international cricket. Having him in good form is a must for the Tigers’ success.
By James Wright, Special to the AFRO, firstname.lastname@example.orgOne of the District of Columbia’s most active political and cultural wards has a Black population over one-third and yet there are no Black candidates for that council seat this year.Ward 6 encompasses the U.S. Capitol, the popular Eastern Market, gentrifying Shaw and the booming Southwest Waterfront that includes the Nationals Major League Baseball Stadium. It is 51 percent White, 35 percent Black and the rest Latino and others. The ward is represented by Charles Allen (D), who is White, and he believes his jurisdiction has matured beyond voting for candidates based solely on race.Charles Allen represents Ward 6 on the D.C. Council. (Courtesy Photo)“I appreciate the strong African-American leadership that is in my ward,” Allen told the AFRO. “As a council member, I am supposed to represent all of my constituents regardless of their race and deal with issues that matter to all residents.”Allen has supported strong criminal justice reform on the council, making the system more humane for juvenile offenders, and wants more affordable housing in the District and modernizing school buildings. “These are issues that resonate for all Ward 6 residents and for working families and that includes African-American families,” he said.Allen is seeking re-election to a second term on the D.C. Council and faces one opponent, Lisa Hunter in the June 19 Democratic primary. Allen will face a Republican, Mike Bekesha, in the Nov. 6 general election.Hunter, who is part Jewish and part Latina, told the AFRO she will focus on affordable housing, job training and attainment and improving access to the District’s maternal and prenatal care system for African Americans in Ward 6.African-American Nadine Winter (D) was elected as the first Ward 6 council member in 1974 and she served until 1991 when she was defeated by another African American, Harold Brazil (D). Brazil ran for an at-large position on the council in 1996 and served in that capacity until 2005.When Brazil was elected at-large, his Ward 6 position was won by Sharon Ambrose, the first White woman to hold the position. Ambrose was followed by Tommy Wells (D) and Allen, who was elected in 2014.In 2014, Allen defeated African-American Darrel Thompson in the Democratic Primary. Thompson chose not to seek a rematch this year but said the lack of a Black candidate is less a matter of race than an issue of getting involved in the political process.“If people want to run for political office, they should run regardless of race,” Thompson told the AFRO. “It is good when people of different backgrounds become candidates. It makes the political process competitive and the voting public is exposed to a full range of ideas.”Francis Campbell, a former advisory neighborhood commissioner in Ward 6, told the AFRO he hasn’t decided who he will support for the Ward 6 position. “Many of the newer residents of the ward, who tend to be White, aren’t cognizant of the contributions of the long-term residents,” he said. In District lingo, older residents tend to mean Blacks and newer mean White and younger.Campbell said when his Black neighbors go to meetings in the ward they become frustrated when there is talk about dog parks and not about economic development and public safety issues that should be addressed. In some ways, Campbell doesn’t blame the new residents entirely. “The new residents do have more resources and the African Americans in the ward aren’t as cohesive as they should be,” he said.
Australian and U.S. researchers studying the movement of ostriches have discovered the giant flightless birds can store double the elastic energy per step in their tendons than humans can. This considerably reduces the effort needed by the muscles, and enables the ostrich (and perhaps also the emu) to run twice as fast as humans while requiring only half the energy. China hatches 150 African ostriches Human and ostrich hind-limb postures during mid-stance of running: (a,b) sagittal plane; (c,d) frontal plane. Image: [i]Journal of the Royal Society Interface[/i], doi:10.1098/rsif.2010.0466 Citation: Ostriches run fast because of ‘springy’ tendons (2010, October 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-10-ostriches-fast-springy-tendons.html Leader of the study, Assistant Professor Jonas Rubenson of the School of Sports Science, Exercise and Health at the University of Western Australia, said the aim of the research was to find out what mechanical adaptations were made by species able to run fast and efficiently. He said that while lions and cheetahs can outrun the ostrich on short sprints, they use a great deal of energy, and other species such as ostriches, antelopes and horses, can run fast over long distances.Two hypotheses had been proposed to explain how some animals are able to run economically: the first was that they used a particularly efficient mechanical action in their limbs, and the second was the animals were able to store more elastic energy in their joints than sprinters.To test these hypotheses the researchers fitted reflective markers to the joints of five humans and five tame ostriches to enable them to carry out a detailed analysis of their gait and movements as they ran on a custom-built running track 50 meters long. They also measured the forces applied to the ground during running. They selected the ostrich rather than the lighter Australian emu because the ostrich and humans have a similar mass, and because the ostrich is the fastest bird on the land.The results demonstrated that both humans and ostriches need the almost exactly the same amount of mechanical work to swing their limbs during running, and the major difference was in the storage and release of energy by the tendons. They calculated the release of this elastic energy generated 83% more work in the ostrich than in the human, which meant the ostrich uses less metabolic energy and is less fatigued.The findings of the research, described in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface, may enable engineers to design better prosthetic limbs by focusing on elastic propulsion. They could also help robot researchers to design more agile robots. The results could also provide some insight into the evolution of bipedalism. More information: Adaptations for economical bipedal running: the effect of limb structure on three-dimensional joint mechanics, Journal of the Royal Society Interface, Published online before print October 28, 2010, doi:10.1098/rsif.2010.0466 © 2010 PhysOrg.com This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further