AMBER Alerts available through text messaging

first_imgPASADENA A new system will allow authorities to send AMBER Alert notices of a child abduction via cell phone text message to any member of the public who wants to register for the service. “The first three hours after a child’s abduction are most critical to recovery,” Pasadena police Chief Bernard Melekian said. “The reality is that an abductor’s vehicle is not necessarily going to be on a highway where the AMBER Alert message boards are most visible.” AMBER Alert is a proven success and has helped rescue more than 300 children nationwide in the last 11 years, according to Pasadena police Cmdr. John Perez. The system, which started as single local program in Texas, is designed to be an early warning system to help find abducted children; it has now grown into a nationwide network, Perez said. The addition of the Wireless AMBER Alert messages has the potential of reaching 190 million people through cell phone messages, he said. Residents interested in receiving the wireless messages can register at www.wirelessamberalerts.org or visit their wireless carriers’ Web site, Perez said. Registered subscribers will be able to designate up to five ZIP codes for which they want to receive the alerts, he added. The service is free and AMBER Alert messages only will be sent to subscribers. “Making child abduction information immediately available to anyone in possession of a cell phone is monumental and certainly narrows the opportunity for and abductor to move around, hide or blend,” Melekian said. For more information on the Wireless AMBER Alert Initiative, go to the U.S. Department of Justice Web site at www.amberalert.com. – From staff and wire reports160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Poll Results: Majority Of OSU Fans Give OSU a ‘B’ At Halfway Point

first_imgI was surprised that only 2 percent of fans gave OSU an ‘A’ for the season it is having so far. I actually considered it, and I consider myself to be, if not cynical, then definitely in the “realistic” category. In fact, I saw more people wishing there was a button for ‘F’ than those who voted for an ‘A.’This is all about expectations though. OSU is three plays from being 6-0, and people want to give them a ‘F’? The only logic I can see behind this is that your expectations were that OSU would actually be 6-0 over the first half of the season. You came in expecting a Big 12 title. These certainly were not unrealistic expectations, and maybe OSU hasn’t lived up to what we thought it would be so far this year.But I’m also interested in how differently we would grade a 5-1 team than a 4-2 team. Same exact team, but those look like vastly different records. Anyway, I’m with the majority and give the team a B thus far. Have they looked stellar? No. But they are a blown call and two fumbles from 6-0.I think maybe expectations are a little out of whack when it comes to OSU football. Your poor grading should actually come for the way OSU recruits. It almost always gets the most out of its talent, and a lot has to break OSU’s way to win 10 ballgames. A lot has to break anyone’s way to win 10 ballgames. Maybe I’m just getting soft as I get older, but I don’t really think this team has been that bad so far.Am I frustrated that it doesn’t house teams it should house? Yes, I am. But I have also gotten used to the fact that it is just going to play a lot of (and win most) close games. That just sort of is what it is at this point. Anyway, comments and reaction below (the last one killed me!)Poll question Tuesday: What grade do you give #okstate’s football team halfway through the year?— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) October 11, 2016Justin: B- is my grade. I think we’re a nice team and in the upper half of the Big12, but this team hasn’t shown that its ready to step up and be the big dog in the conference, which was my hope given what we returned this year.Adam M: It has everything to do with how you saw this team coming into the season. Initially I thought 9-3 was attainable. After the CMU debacle and losing to Baylor I’d be realistically happy with 7-5/8-4 and a bowl game. I assumed all the loses would be toward the end because I can’t remember the last time the team got to the end of a season without taking significant injuries and losing noticeable stamina.This usually translates to losses on the back end (not to mention the schedule in recent years gets increasingly difficult as the season wears on, this year doesn’t seem to be much different) . C- seems appropriate here based on my initial expectations of overall performance. I’d be wildly ecstatic if they ended 9-3 this year.Ferguson: Another mediocre-coached Cowboy squad. We all know what to expect, they’ll win most of the games left on the schedule and then get blown out it Bedlam (or lose a close one they shouldn’t). We’ll give Mike Gundy a 50 year contract extension and call Boone Pickens an idiot.Clint: I’d say right now we’re the B kid who sits in the back of class, doesn’t try hard until the end of the semester, then surprises everyone with a 3.75. But, hopefully that kid eventually realizes he could be a really good student if he’d just focus…I don’t know where I’m going with this anymore…JT: C. Defense leaves way too much to be desired. We let trams like Pitt and Iowa St surpass 450 – 600 Yards of offense on us. Not good. I was confident in an 8 – 4 season before it started. 7 – 5 seems more realistic at this point until we get a Defense. Looking at you Glenn.T-Bone: I thought we were going to have a really good team this year. I have not been impressed. Rudolph is throwing a lot of floater balls that don’t have a good spiral on them. He can drop some good ones but overthrows and wobbly throws don’t inspire confidence. We do have good receivers to catch them. Hill shows us why Childs and Carson couldn’t make it. They were just a step slow and could not make that cut inside. Hill gives us that and Sanders gives us some experience. Se we have a semblance of a run game. The play-calling is still suspect.The defensive line does pretty god but the secondary is appalling. I also don’t get why we are so slow in making adjustments on the field. I thought Spencer in the booth would help but I see the same thing. All game long they burn us repeatedly and then we make the adjustment in the 4th quarter and stop them. Why not in the second or third series?At this rate we will beat most bad teams (KU), toss up with mediocre teams like ourselves (KSU, TCU, TT) , and lose to the good teams (WVU, OU) with maybe an occasional lucky win. So that means 3-4 more losses and a 4th or 5th place finish out of 10 teams. Mediocre.Mark: Well, if A+ is Alabama, and F is Kansas, Then I’d have to give the Pokes a B- or C+. The win against Texas is quickly becoming not-so-special, and the rest of the games have been frustrating even in victory.Jason Sutton: I’m so confused by this team I cannot even offer a grade 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

Sinor, Taylor Grab Big 12 Player of the Week Honors

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. Finally Zach Sinor is getting some respect!Sinor joined Vincent Taylor as a Big 12 Player of the Week this week. Sinor for special teams. Taylor on the defensive side. Sinor downed three of his four punts inside WVU’s 20 and Taylor had 2.5 sacks and a forced fumble to bring his yearly sack total to 4.5.The lateral king causes a fumble. #okstate in business. https://t.co/7utSiCk45e— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) October 29, 2016 Vincent Taylor, beast. https://t.co/kktJ0wRIcZ— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) October 29, 2016Both players have been absurd all year. Sinor’s numbers are pretty staggering. He’s punted 39 times, has 13 fair catches, 23 punts inside the 20 and just one touchback. One! Sinor for Heisman!“Our coverage units were excellent, our punter was excellent,” said Mike Gundy on Saturday after OSU’s 37-20 win. “We missed one field goal, but our return game was good. If you’re sound in special teams and you don’t turn the ball over, then you get a chance each week.”This is Sinor’s second selection this season and the duo represents OSU’s seventh and eighth selections for a weekly Big 12 honor this year. Here is that list:Sept. 19 – James Washington – Big 12 Offensive Player of the WeekSept. 19 – Zach Sinor – Big 12 Special Teams Player of the WeekSept. 26 – Justice Hill – Big 12 Newcomer of the WeekOct. 3 – Justice Hill – Big 12 Newcomer of the WeekOct. 24  — Justice Hill – Big 12 Newcomer of the WeekOct. 24 – Ben Grogan – Big 12 Special Teams Player of the WeekOct. 31 – Vincent Taylor – Big 12 Defensive Player of the WeekOct. 31 – Zach Sinor – Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Weeklast_img read more

Throwback Thursday: When Barry Refused a Record at Kansas State

first_imgBarry Sanders rushed 37 times for 320 yards and three TDs in 1988 at Kansas State as Oklahoma State thrashed the Wildcats 45-27. The Cowboys have beaten KSU just once in Manhattan since that game. It was a special game, too, as Mike Gundy and Pat Jones recall.“It was another man among boys deal,” said Pat Jones. “It was always big when Barry went back to Kansas. Because more of his family was around him. He is a native of Kansas. Once it started with him, he just literally ran wild.”Barry’s numbers are astonishing no matter how you look at them, but Gundy said what left a lasting impression on him that day was something Barry didn’t do.How good was Barry Sanders?2016 #okstate team: 304 rushes for 1,091 yards1988 Barry: 373 rushes for 2,850 yards— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) November 3, 2016“In the middle of the third quarter there were 8-10 minutes left,” said Gundy. “We were way ahead, and they came over and told him if he went back out he could break George Rogers rushing record at South Carolina.”Note: I don’t know what record Gundy is talking about here. Rogers didn’t even hold the single-game record at his own school much less the NCAA. And Sanders had already surpassed Rogers’ best single-game total by 80 yards. Maybe it was a single-season mark? Rogers ran for 1,894 yards in 1980, but that certainly wasn’t a NCAA record. Anyway …“We were so far ahead he said he didn’t want to go back in the game, just let the other guys play,” added Gundy. “Records didn’t mean anything to him. Individual accomplishments weren’t important to him.“All he had to do was go back out for one more series and he would have gained another 50 or 60 years because they hadn’t been able to tackle him the entire game. He didn’t even go back out or he would have broken George Rogers’ record at that time.”The highlights are amazing. The GIFs even better. Hopefully it’s a Throwback Thursday that will stir OSU’s chances in Manhattan this weekend a little bit. It is 1-8 since that day. 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

Mike Gundy Tabs Ace Recruiter Josh Henson As New Offensive Line Coach

first_imgHenson was a four-year letterman for Oklahoma State from 1994-1997. Since that time, he has been at numerous coaching destinations, most notably at Missouri where he served under Gary Pinkel as an offensive coordinator.“Josh is highly intelligent and he knows the things that need to happen for us to be successful at Oklahoma State,” Mike Gundy said in the statement announcing Henson’s hire. “We know him well and we’re excited about what he brings to our team.”The offensive line recruiting has been a cause for concern over the last few years, with zero high school players signing in the 2017 class. The goal for Gundy to hire a stud recruiter appears to have been met. Henson was twice selected as one of the top 25 recruiters in the nation, and not only has the upper hand having been in the program for the last year, but is more than qualified to lead the recruiting efforts and development of the big men up front. Just less than a week after offensive line coach Greg Adkins and OSU parted ways, Mike Gundy has his spot filled. The school announced on Friday that Josh Henson, an offensive analyst with the Cowboys last season, has agreed to rejoin the staff as the offensive line coach.  Henson reportedly agreed to take a job at Arizona State as the Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Line Coach and Run Game Coordinator.Josh Henson tabbed as offensive line coach #okstate #GoPokes https://t.co/KZd8qKKkQZ pic.twitter.com/uh2eZKQrxt— Cowboy Football (@CowboyFB) February 10, 2017 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 vs. the Big 12: Where the Cowboys Recruiting Class Stacks up in the Conference

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. With the new signing period enacted and set to go into effect in December, the option for prospects to sign is bumped up by two months. That means signing day can be just seven months away for those that wish to ink with the Pokes early.As it stands in mid-May, OSU’s recruiting class is ranked second in the Big 12 behind the surging Texas Longhorns, who bumped Mike Gundy off the top spot recently despite a strong April. But star rankings don’t exactly tell the whole story of the strengths (or weaknesses) of the entire class, and that’s especially true of Oklahoma State.So with that in mind, we’ll break down each position group and how OSU stacks up among the conference elite.QuarterbackOklahoma State: Mike Yurcich reeled in Denton Ryan dual-threat quarterback Spencer Sanders as the first commitment of the 2018 class, and it couldn’t have been a better grab for OSU. He’s a strong runner and downfield passer, and he’s ranked as the No. 1 quarterback in Texas by ESPN.Rest of Big 12: The best quarterback recruit in the 2018 class committed in the Big 12 outside of OSU is Cameron Rising, a former Sooners commit who recently flipped to Texas. That gives the Longhorns two four-star quarterbacks in their 2018 class to go alongside Southmoore’s Casey Thompson. I think Sanders is the better prospect between the two, but my basic math skills tell me two four-stars is better than one four-star.Winner: TexasRunning backOklahoma State: After bringing in two big-time talents for 2017 under Marcus Arroyo, OSU is switching gears with a new running backs coach. New relationships and some new targets is a big reason why OSU has yet to land a running back in the 2018 class.Rest of Big 12: Not many schools have a well-rounded recruiting class at this stage in the game, but without question the best prospect committed to a Big 12 school is four-star IMG Academy all purpose back T.J. Pledger — an Oklahoma commit. Pledger is a 5-foot-8 190-pound prospect who packs a punch and is ranked as the 37th overall prospect in the 2018 class.Winner: OklahomaWide receiver/tight endOklahoma State: OSU has reeled in two pass catchers to this point — Union wide receiver C.J. Moore and Frisco area tight end Nic McTear. OSU has the luxury of selecting quality over quantity in that department, as Moore picked OSU over Ohio State, and McTear is committed despite offers from Baylor, LSU and a slew of others.Rest of Big 12: Baylor is the only school that can compete in this department to this point. With four commitments at wide receiver, it certainly has the quantity. However Baylor does not have a tight end in the fold, and the overall talent of those four isn’t anywhere near Moore, who is as close a can’t-miss prospect OSU has landed at receiver since Dez Bryant.Winner: Oklahoma StateOffensive lineOklahoma State: Josh Henson has already earned a year’s salary in three months landing four high school linemen and filling out his class for the 2018 cycle. He’s got a center in Tyrese Williams, he a guard in Bryce Bray, and he has landed two tackles in Hunter Anthony and Hunter Woodard.Rest of Big 12: The best overall prospect committed to a Big 12 school is Southmoore’s Brey Walker, a Sooners commit. But he’s the only offensive lineman in the class for Bob Stoops.Winner: Oklahoma StateDefensive lineOklahoma State: OSU’s 2018 defensive line class likely won’t be deep, as most of its major contributors will remain on the roster after this season. Joe Bob Clements has landed one defensive end in the class — Sachse prospect Tyler Lacy. He has several other big names he’s eyeing.Rest of Big 12: Oklahoma landed Union defensive tackle Jordan Kelley over the Cowboys, but at this point the West Virginia Mountaineers boast the deepest D-line group. WVU has just five commitments in its class, but three are defensive linemen who chose to commit despite multiple offers to other Division I programs.Winner: West VirginiaLinebackerOklahoma State: Depending on where recent commit Kolby Peel plays (he plays safety but might be better suited at outside linebacker), OSU might be the only school with multiple commitments at linebacker. Inside backer Blake Barron is a solid inside run stuffer similar to Chad Whitener with solid lateral agility and an ability to run the field.Rest of Big 12: Texas commit Byron Hobbs was a wanted man before opting to stay in state. But he’s the only linebacker recruit in Texas’ 2018 class.Winner: Oklahoma StateDefensive backOklahoma State: Brownfield athlete Jaelyn Nolan plays quarterback in high school and has the athleticism to play defensive back for Oklahoma State, but at this point it’s unclear where he’ll line up in Stillwater. That leaves OSU defensive back-less for the class.Rest of Big 12: Texas flipped one of the top safeties in the 2018 class from LSU recently — Jordan Sterns younger brother, Caden Sterns. He’s the only defensive back committed to the Longhorns, but he’s going to be an absolute nightmare for Big 12 quarterbacks for years to come.Winner: TexasSpecialistsOklahoma State: Nada.Rest of Big 12: Texas is the only school with a kicker in the fold — three-star prospect Cameron Dicker.Winner: Texaslast_img read more

Will James Washington Run Down Rashaun Woods?

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. James Washington had 71 catches for 1,380 yards last season which puts him at nearly 3,000 for his career. That’s good for 4th on the all-time OSU receiving list. He trails Hart Lee Dykes and Justin Blackmon by about 600 yards and Rashaun Woods by 1,500.Today’s poll question: Will he catch Rashaun?It’s an interesting proposition. On one hand, it’s pretty easy to see Washington improving upon last season’s numbers. On the other, it’s easy to see his receptions and yards get swiped by a litany of OSU wideouts including Marcell Ateman and Tyron Johnson.Tuesday poll question: James Washington has 2,923 career receiving yards. Will he catch #okstate record holder Rashaun Woods at 4,414?— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) May 23, 2017As always, your comments will be included in the poll result tomorrow.last_img read more

Know Before You Go: Building Confidence On Both Sides

first_imgNican aims to create active and dynamic national links between people, places and resources that improve access to recreation experiences for people with disabilities and their communities. Know Before You Go is a new, joined up approach which works to address barriers faced by providers and people with disabilities themselves. A series of learning circles has worked to encourage participants to investigate their own barriers to engagement, develop strategies and take action to get out and involved in the community in the activities that they love. These learning circles have assisted the development of a tool kit of information, facts sheets, checklists and resources that can be used by mainstream recreation providers to build their organisation’s confidence in becoming more inclusive and accessible for people with disability. There are two parts to the resource, with part two being for sport and recreation organisations. To view this resource, please click on the link below. http://www.nican.com.au/node/15103 Please also find attached a copy of the research report ‘Getting involved in sport: Participation and non-participation of people with disability in sport and active recreation’ from the Australian Sports Commission. This research report examines the factors that influence the participation and non-participation of people with disability in sport and active recreation. Over 1000 people with disability, who were both participants and non-participants in sport and active recreation, provided results for the report. The aim of the research was to provide validated data and information to sport sector partners to help them plan and implement quality programs. Attached is a copy of the full report, as well as a summary outlining the key findings.Participation and non-participation of people with disability in sport and active recreationSummary of disability research reportlast_img read more

Work Underway On Kintyre Bridge

first_img Like us on Facebook Preliminary work has started on the construction of a new bridge in the community of Kintyre, Eastern St. Andrew. It will replace the structure that was destroyed during the passage of Hurricane Sandy on October 24. State Minister for Transport, Works and Housing, Richard Azan, toured the area on Thursday, where work is underway on a detour road, in the vicinity of the old bridge, which will maintain access for motorists and pedestrians, during the construction phase. “We are going to remove this (destroyed) structure we have here now, so we have to put in a detour road…before we can start the actual (bridge) work here,” Mr. Azan said. The Kintyre bridge is the central route used by residents of Hope Flats, Cosmo Mews, Clarke Street, St. Joseph’s Road, Bedward Pastures and surrounding areas, to get in and out of their areas. A budget of $100 million has been set aside to carry out the work. Of the total, $65 million will be used for the installation of the new bridge, and the remaining $35 million will be spent for river training and associated roadway works. Mr. Azan said that the overall construction process is expected to be completed within six months.  Member of Parliament for St. Andrew Eastern, Andre Hylton, who was also on the tour, said he is “very pleased” that the work has started. He commended all the relevant stakeholders for listening to the cries of the residents and ensuring that they will have a satisfactory structure and access to their communities. “As you know, this bridge joins Kintyre with Tavern and people in Kintyre, when there is no way of getting their produce out, their children out, their sick out to the hospitals etcetera, it is very difficult, so this is a very essential bridge and we are very happy that work has in fact started,” he said.last_img read more