Cruise tourism in Donegal under threat by limits at Dublin Port

first_imgCruises will be discouraged from visiting Killybegs from 2021 due to planned limitations at Dublin Port, a leading Irish tour operator has warned.The Dublin Port Company announced earlier this year that is planning to cut the number of cruise ships from 172 in 2018 to 80 in 2021.This cutback is set to have a serious effect on cruise tourism at all Irish ports, warns Excursions Ireland, who have called on the Government and Irish tourism bodies to act immediately to address the threat. Niamh McCarthy, MD of Excursions Ireland, said the planned decrease in cruises visiting Dublin is leading to a decline in bookings for 2021.Excursions Ireland ran nine cruise calls to Killybegs this year. The company works with local businesses and tourist attractions in the surrounding areas to send guests on shore excursions.Ms McCarthy said that the Dublin Port’s decision will create a negative overall impression of welcoming cruises to Ireland.“Removing Dublin from cruise itineraries may ultimately sway cruise lines away from Ireland completely – if they cannot include the capital city, chances are they will go to a country/region where they are welcomed with open arms across cities. We have already seen cases of this from 2021 onwards! “CLIA (Cruise Line International Association) estimates that the average spend per cruise guest when they are travelling a country before or after their cruise is approximately €250.00/day. “Guests travelling around Ireland spend time in places such as Donegal and this type of client will return to see more of Ireland after visiting. As there are no turnarounds in Dublin allowed from 2021, this business is lost.”Excursions Ireland have called on the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport to tell the Dublin Port board that “Tourism is of vital importance to Ireland and that Cruise ships and their passengers are of more value to the Irish economy than a ship full of imported goods.”Cruise tourism in Donegal under threat by limits at Dublin Port was last modified: September 24th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:cruise tourismcruisesexcursions irelandKillybegslast_img read more

If Giants’ front office is convinced by team’s success, Zaidi can’t trade Bumgarner

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — If the Giants truly believe they can shock the rest of baseball and storm their way into the playoffs, then Madison Bumgarner isn’t going anywhere.There’s no doubting the significance of what Bumgarner means to the franchise, where he stands in the club’s storied history and how much his postseason performances resonate with Giants fans.But for the first two months of the season, there was concern over what type of value a free agent-to-be held on a team that appeared destined …last_img read more

Projecting the Depth Chart at Quarterback

first_imgI think it is safe to presume that Mason Rudolph is a shoo-in for QB1, but how will the depth chart behind Rudolph play out as we head towards the season? Here’s my thoughts on how the QB competition will shake out:QB4: John Kolar, (R-Fr.)Kolar is entering his second year in Stillwater, and hasn’t stepped on the field … Yet. He redshirted last year and ideally, was able to put on some valuable pounds and gain some experience. However, from his recruiting profile in HS saying he was 6-3, 195lbs. to the current OSU roster, he’s only gained five pounds.He does bring a level of versatility to the QB position with his ability to pull it down and run. But I’m not sure OSU is going to want to trot him out just yet until he puts some more weight on, unfortunately.As far as his goals, he’s just trying to better himself. “My emphasis this summer was just getting better in every aspect,” Kolar told The Oklahoman this week. “Learning more, getting bigger, stronger, faster. And also getting a head start on the mental part of the game.”QB3: Keondre Wudtee, (Fr.)I’m not ruling out that Wudtee won’t play this season, but I think it’s reasonable to have him sit this season and not burn a year of eligibility only to use him in spot duty. Being a summer enrollee, he seems to have come in well prepared and knows the game. But even then, it’s a difficult ask to take over a backup QB position with only a month to really prove yourself.“He understands football,” Gundy told Mark Cooper of the Tulsa World. “He has a quick release and gets rid of the ball fast. He’s a true freshman; he’s got a way to go in throwing, just like all of them have ..  I think he’s going to be able to figure out the offense fairly quick, which then allows him to improve at a faster rate because he understands like all of us, if we understand what direction we are going in, we will get there faster.”QB2: Taylor Cornelius, (R-Soph.)The Oil Baron is the only player here with true game experience, sans Mr. Rudolph. And despite his added dimension to be mobile like Wudtee, I think gaining the trust and learning the offense is something that is overlooked. The coaches have trusted him to hit the field before, so I think the path for Cornelius to assume the QB2 role is nearly paved. He’s had an entire spring and summer to prove he is ready, whereas Wudtee was a summer enrollee, which didn’t exactly play in his favor.QB1: Mason Rudolph (Jr.)No surprise here to expect QB1 to stay QB1. Not only is he QB1 between the 20’s, but if Taylor Cornelius does indeed become QB2, that likely means the coaches aren’t preparing for a Walsh goal-line package using Kolar/Wudtee. He’ll have the reigns all over the field — Which means we should see a lot of this on goal-to-go situations:Rudolph ➡️ Seales. #okstate pic.twitter.com/8ou1U3aidp— Cowboy Football (@CowboyFB) August 6, 2016 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

Three Things We Can Learn About OSU From Win Predictor Percentage

first_imgI broke this down a bit for the Iowa State game, but I think the Win Predictor for ESPN is a underutilized tool that deserves a double-take for the season so far.We are now three quarters of the way through the football season and I would say the success of the team in the minds of most fans falls somewhere between “most terrible nightmare” and “beyond wildest dreams” which, while not ideal, is not the worst place to be.While being fairly consistent performance-wise this Cowboys team has given us more than our fair share of ups and downs (I’m of course speaking in terms of both emotion and blood pressure).I talked in the earlier article about how fandom tends to live in this instantaneous reality where each game or drive or down is the highest or lowest moment we could ever comprehend but in reality life is much more consistent. This is superbly easy to see in this Win Probability chart and so I figured I could help us navigate our way through the three final and most treacherous games by looking back and taking three main lessons from earlier in the season.Let’s get to it and may all our cardiologists have slightly less business this year through the benefits of just a bit of perspective!The Three LessonsMason Rudolph has become one of the most clutch quarterbacks in OSU history.You can see the “chameleon offense” of OSU through these charts.Oklahoma State is a real contender for the Big 12 title.So obviously the Pokes struggled at end of game situations through the first few games, but around the Baylor/Texas games it seems like a switch flipped in Mason’s brain and he is a closing machine now.Pay special attention to the last 25 percent of each chart and you can see the improvement that is driven by QB1. You can also see the way Oklahoma State plays offense differently in each game as far as setting up slow drives in games like Baylor and WVU.This also gives us a decent potential gameplan for success against our last three teams. Other than Baylor which was pretty close to 50 percent through the game, OSU has been favored pretty heavily throughout the entire rest of the season. This is a good team that can play with the best of them.VS SELAscreen-shot-2016-11-08-at-7-14-52-amSo this was pretty standard as far as wins over non-FBS schools go. Not much to look at here overall. I have no clue about that uptick at the end but I’m pretty sure OSU was up 50 at that point so safe to ignore the anomaly.VS CMUscreen-shot-2016-11-08-at-7-15-12-amThis is still pretty upsetting. The bottom section with the score, time, and probability. Ugh. But as we can see before the end, there were several large spikes in favor of CMU.Fourth quarter was obviously the first example of end-of-game difficulty for OkState and regardless of the way the game did *should* have ended they left the opportunity there for the Chips. Not the best look for OSU regardless.VS PITTscreen-shot-2016-11-08-at-7-15-24-amSo OSU played a fairly strong game here, though you can see there is another bit of trouble at the end of the game once again.This is the most sporadic of all the win probabilities so far. The line is not smooth and it seems as though the win probability system may have taken a page from the fans! The jump towards the 50 percent line near the middle of the game is Mason’s fumble in the end zone which tied the game. Not yet very clutch.The last half of the game was fairly competitively even and it took a massive heave from Rudolph to Seales to finish off this game.@ BUscreen-shot-2016-11-08-at-7-15-37-amWell that’s not good. Lots of green on this line. The Pokes held up early and caused Baylor a few problems throughout the game, but for the most part, the Bears seemed to dominate this game. It felt that way while watching as well.You can see some interesting line movement here throughout the game. You can see the Cowboys’ drives are more of a slow upward slope, then Baylor gets the ball and there are large drops down.We know OC Mike Yurcich tried to take it B1G style to the Bears with slow grinding drives which kept the Pokes in the game for a while, but Baylor’s quick strike offense was just too powerful and took over the game by the end.VS UTscreen-shot-2016-11-08-at-7-15-49-amThis is one of the Cowboy’s best Win Probability lines. This is also the first game which has shown the Pokes extending their lead near the end of the game and solidly defeating an opponent.What had been a struggle for OSU early in the season has begun to turn into an asset as we move towards the second half of the season. Up to this point they have faced tremendous pressure right to the wire and it appears the Pokes and Mason have finally found their recipe for “Clutch Mason.”VS ISUscreen-shot-2016-11-08-at-7-16-06-amYeesh. Remember that thing where we learned how to finish? Well, I suppose this is a scary yet good example of that. With 3 minutes left in the 3rd quarter Iowa St. had a 92.2 percent (!!!) chance to win. Then Clutch Mason happened.Three touchdowns and a drive resulting in a field goal to finish the game and steal the victory for the Pokes. While I would have liked the Pokes to have made this easier on my heart, their close finishes in the earlier weeks paid off and Mason Rudolph had plenty of confidence to grab a win here.@ KUscreen-shot-2016-11-08-at-7-16-18-amThe worst Win Percentage the Pokes had in Lawrence was 80.3 percent. That seems fair. Has Bill Self ever considered coaching the football team?VS WVU (Homecoming)screen-shot-2016-11-08-at-7-16-31-amPokes were favored from the start and, though they struggled at the beginning of the game a bit, OSU clearly came out and shut this game down in the second half.Against a highly ranked West Virginia team Oklahoma State showed that they could both outplay and outlast their opponent without needing to give fans a heart attack at the finish!@ KSUscreen-shot-2016-11-08-at-7-18-11-amA crazy back and forth game in the Synder’s version of Hogwarts ended in victory for the Cowboys. Honestly I don’t know how this happened and it still doesn’t feel real.KSU got all the way up to 94.1 percent chance of winning when they punted and pinned OSU at their own 8 yard line with eight minutes left and a nine-point deficit. But again, Clutch Mason. Wow.We’ve discussed if Mason is elite, and we have (and will probably again) talk about records he can break at OSU, but holy cow this dude can ball.There is enough on Mason Rudolph second half comebacks for its own post but this is one guy who does not bat an eye no matter the pressure. We’ve also talked plenty about our confidence level in Mason and how he stacks up to other historic OSU quarterbacks with the ball in his hands and the game on the line.There have been times when his short-intermediate passes have worried me, but gosh, seeing his composure there’s no one I’d rather have back in that pistol with the game on the line than No. 2.Looking ForwardSo what does all this tell us about the rest of the season? We play Tech in Stillwater, at TCU, and at Mordor Norman. Three tough games with three teams that can put up some points.If you quickly scroll through the win percentages so far this year, OSU has improved dramatically in 4th quarter and end-of-game situations. Gundy recently said his goal for the last four games is to be close in the fourth quarter and I fully agree with that idea at this point in the season.Mahomes, Hill, and Mayfield are all good QBs, but when it comes down to it, I have faith that Clutch Mason can pull off a win in just about any situation.Now if we can just get QB1 in a courtroom with some MAC officials to get us one more win….. 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

Daily Mullets (New Year’s Eve)

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. And this!Mike Gundy’s living my white trash dream: get into a fight w/ your boss, grow a mullet, and kick so much they ass they can’t fire you— BUM CHILLUPS (@edsbs) December 30, 2016On the Alamo Bowl’s economic impactOklahoma State wasn’t the only winner at the Alamo Bowl. The city of San Antonio made out pretty good, as well…The 24th Alamo Bowl attracted nearly 60,000 fans. Bowl officials said the weeknight game, which did not feature a Texas team, still drew the fifth largest turnstile count in the nearly quarter-century history of the event. BizJournals.comA look back at the outgoing seniors on offense/special teams.Grogan missed a chip shot in San Antonio but is still OSU’s all-time leading scorer.Grogan has had games with more field goals, but none were bigger than the two he made against Texas in 2015. After hitting a 41-yarder with 1:33 left to tie the game, OSU got the ball back in Texas territory after a whiffed punt. After going backwards on two plays, Grogan kicked a 40-yard field goal to get the win. CRFFOn OSU’s defensive effort…Oklahoma State: The Cowboys delivered one of the best defensive performances from a Big 12 team all season. The Cowboys beat up the Buffaloes quarterbacks and gave up a few big plays but didn’t break near the goal line. Yahoo SportsHoopsUnderwood on the sellout crowd against West Virginia…“To do it without our students, a big thank you goes out to our athletic department and marketing people for what they did with the tickets and all of those people are to be commended,” OSU coach Brad Underwood said. “It was breathtaking for me, and almost emotional, because that is one of the main reasons why I came here.” Tulsa WorldOther FootballThe Orange Bowl was the type of bowl game you want to watch if you aren’t personally invested in either team. ESPNOther HoopsAs Kyle Boone writes, John Calipari was given a dead stuffed squirrel by Ole Miss. CBS SportsMore PFBCheck out the best plays from the Alamo Bowl… Gundy says the OSU defense is “unbelievable”… and check out OSU players’ reactions to the win… Vincent Taylor will be playing on Sundays next year… even after Gundy’s plea… Justice Hill had six (!) 100-yard games this season… Mason throws up the “X”… and Jordan Sterns closes the book on a brilliant career… There’s a reason Huggie Bear is the Teacher and Undie is the student… we’ve got Five Thoughts on it… and regardless of the loss, it looks like the Rowdy is Back…  Trae Young skipped the Sooners’ beat down to watch the Cowboys get beat down… Kyle Cox here. Filling in today. Thanks for checking in and everyone have a safe and Happy New Year’s Eve!ESPN’s Jake Trotter did a Big 12 mailbag on Friday.He ranked the Big 12 bowl-game appearances (so far)…1. Oklahoma State, 2. Kansas State, 3. Baylor, 4. TCU, 5. West Virginia. Oklahoma State might have the most impressive bowl performance of anyone in college football so far. ESPN More from Jake on OSU…The Cowboys are going to be loaded offensively, with the best receiving corps in school history, a four-year starter at quarterback in Mason Rudolph and the reigning Big 12 Offensive Freshman of the Year in running back Justice Hill. This will be as talented as any offense that Oklahoma State has had under Mike Gundy, and that includes the 2011 Cowboys, who were a field goal away from playing for the national championship.Uh oh! It’s too early in the off season for my current level of optimism.Pro Football Focus grades for the Alamo BowlThe offensive line did allow 8 pressures to Rudolph, but it didn’t matter much if it was a clean pocket or not, as the junior quarterback was in a rhythm from the first snap. On plays under pressure he was 5-of-9 for 107 yards and a touchdown, and when presented with a clean pocket he was 17-of-23 for 207 yards and two touchdown passes. Pro Football FocusA look towards next year’s offensive lineBut there will be holes to fill come 2017 with Salako, Wilson, Veatch and Jarwin fulfilled of eligibility. The personnel for those fits aren’t fully clear yet, but OSU carries confidence in the depth its building on the practice field come spring ball. NewsokThe #SinorForHeisman campaign will be around for another year.Good to know.Statement pic.twitter.com/I3LpYeEhjW— Zach The Punter (@ZachSinor29) December 30, 2016last_img read more

Poll Results: Slight Majority Think 2017 More Loaded Than 2011

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. Hey, it’s the offseason … we have nothing better to discuss! On Tuesday I threw out the poll question of whether the 2011 offense or 2017 offense was more loaded. Carson and I discussed it more in-depth on the podcast on Wednesday, but I’m voting in favor of 2011. I’m in the slight minority, though, as 54 percent of you took this year’s offense.All of it sort of comes down to how you view the term “loaded” — this year’s team is probably deeper, but I trusted the top talent in 2011 more than I trust this year’s top talent. Joe Randle was better than Justice Hill. Justin Blackmon was better than James Washington. Brandon Weeden was better than Mason Rudolph. That 2011 team was legit.So again, quantity or quality? This year’s squad has a lot of both, but I think the 2011 team — especially on the offensive line — was just slightly better when it comes to the best players. If football was a 18-player game on offense instead of 11, I might have voted differently.Tuesday poll question: Which #okstate offense was more loaded?— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) May 16, 2017Comments from readers are below.JT: 2011. Better O-line, depth at RB, and a OC who coached with 2 middle fingers extended.Laith: Preseason, 2017. My guess is after this season is over and yards per play, 2011. We have more studs this year but we knew going into 2011 we were going to be great. Do we feel that way this year? We seemed unstoppable back then. Not quite as unstoppable this time around. 2011 had a better o-line, and a proven 1 and 2 at RB.Guest: 2011. They played more consistent than this team has. Consistently blew teams out with high scoring. The current team has had to claw their way back to win multiple times during the last two seasons. The 2017 WR corps is absolutely insane, and as a whole is better than 2011 team. However, that does not make up for everything else though.Ryan O: Could be premature, but I will go with 2011. That team was special, and we may never see anything like it again at OSU. While in BPS that season, my cousin and I would place an O/U bet prior to a series on how many plays it would take us to score … that is how good that offense was. I had a supreme confidence that Weeden would make the throw when we needed it. Case in point, the 4th down slant to Blackmon in the Fiesta Bowl. Everyone in the stadium knew where it was going and they completed it like they were in practice. Just an outstanding season full of incredible talent.Chris Saxon: The fact that this is a legit debate is a really good sign. 2011 team was national Champion caliber.James: This is a really good question! Keeping in mind that hindsight is 20/20 is really important here. So you have to look at this from the timing perspective of going into 2011 vs today. For example, we all know that Joe Randle was immense that year, but we didn’t know for sure going in that he would be.QB – Push – This is a good debate by itself, I think.HB – 2017 – Hill and Co. trumps Randle and Smith here I thinkWR – 2017 – Let’s be real, Cooper and Moore wouldn’t start on this teamOL – 2011 – Given a draft of both units, I’m not sure I take anyone from this year’s team other than CochranOC – 2017 – Not even close. Sorry to all of the haters. It was Monken’s first year and Yurcich has had more than 1,000 days with his QB.Now, let’s revisit this in about 7 months and see what we say about the performance.last_img read more

Poll Results: Majority Think Rashaun Woods’ Record is Safe

first_imgThis one turned out closer than I thought it would. James Washington needs nearly 1,500 receiving yards in his senior season to surpass Rashaun Woods’ career record of 4,414, and 43 percent think he’ll get it.That 1,500 yards would be the 4th best single season in school history (two Blackmons and a Rashaun). I’m with the majority here. I just don’t think he’s going to be able to do it, although with the benefit of a couple extra games (Big 12 title? Playoff?), it becomes more feasible.Washington would have to average 107 yards a game on a 14-game schedule. He averaged 106 last year. I think between the depth of OSU’s receivers, the uncertainty of a Big 12 title appearance and the threat of injury, the safer bet is that he doesn’t get to 1,500 and surpass Rashaun. I’ll go with that, but I also won’t be surprised if it happens.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, 2017Here are your comments.Trigiddy: I say no because we have too much firepower to have to force it to James for 1500 yards next season. He’ll see safety help all year, and the rest of the receiving corps will produce in spades.Lokeasy: If we can make it to the Big 12 championship and then both rounds of the CFP, sure. Those extra opportunities might get him there. Otherwise, nah.Clint: Don’t think he’ll get there – and that’s NOTHING against him. He’s going to be covered up and he’s going to have #2 slinging the ball to a slew of other Cowboys. Weeden2Blackmon was great! But, Rudolph2Washington has solidified an era!Nate: 2002 (Rashaun’s best year) “other” WRs:John LewisTD BryantGabe Lindsay(No other WR had more than 10 catches)Night and day difference between the supporting WRs in 2017 and 2002. Washington won’t come close to breaking Woods’ record.Sonny: With the plethora of talent at receiver, it’s unlikely he’ll catch Woods. IMO, the better question is, how many yards can Justice Hill rack up as opposing linebackers are forced to drop into coverage? Or better yet, how many team rushing yards could the RB’s grind out? Opponents, like voters in a national election, are going to be required to pick a poison.Matt B: I could see him getting the 1500 simply because we start beating defenses over the head with our other receivers and at least once or twice a game James catches a deep ball for a TD or close to it. Assuming at 13-game season, James needs to average just under 115 yards a game. If we make it a 15 game season, that number drops to about 99.5 yards/game. While there’s a lot of potential for fewer receptions and therefore yards, team won’t be able to double team him without giving up regular chunks of yards.I’d also argue that our receiving corps was pretty good last year and he still grabbed over 1,300 yards. We forgot about a few of the misses Mason tossed James, but they were there and it’s likely that there will be fewer such missteps this time around. Also, James had to leave the Texas game and Colorado game, and only had 9 yards against Kansas. Just things to think about. 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

Weekday Update: Tre Flowers Talks Family and Nose Rings

first_imgWe introduced the Six Shooter on Friday with Zach Crabtree. Here is part II: A laid-back conversation with those guys and gals you just crave a little more information about. With that, here’s your Weekday Update with Tre Flowers.Flowers has been known to let the hair rage. It was at an all-time high Friday.Topped with a Chicago White Sox flat bill and bottomed by a pair of red and black Jordans, Flowers was in full bloom before Week 1. There was one more addition though. A silver ring wrapped around Flowers’ left nostril. A new touch for an old player.AdChoices广告“I always told my mom I was gonna get it,” Flowers said. “I turned 22 in June, and she kinda motivated me to get it, so I went and got it.”I thought that was extremely interesting. I don’t know how many moms want their sons to get nose rings, but Mrs. Flowers sounds pretty awesome. There was a problem though. The ring was jagged. The outside of it was bent, like it got caught in a box fan or something.“I broke it during camp,” he said with a little laugh. “It’s kinda bad right now.”Mrs. Flowers needs to come bend that thing back into place, and she probably will, too, Thursday when she and the rest of the family comes up for Flowers’ last first game at OSU when the Cowboys face Tulsa at 6:30 p.m. in Boone Pickens Stadium.Flowers is from Judson High School in Converse, Texas, just outside of San Antonio. The drive for the family is about eight hours, but phone calls are only seconds away and come every couple of hours, Flowers said.“They call me every day, probably every 2-3 hours I have a phone call from my mom, my dad, my sister and my brother,” he said. “It’s fun, and it enlightens me, man. They keep me happy.”It has been my ironic experience that it gets easier to stay in contact with family as you get older and go deeper into college life. Flowers said he has found it to be the same way.“It’s a lot easier now, especially for me, everything my family and I have been through,” he said.Like most of us, I’d say, family is first or at least near the top for him. In December 2015, it became an even deeper root for Flowers when his dad was in a bad motorcycle accident that caused broken bones and internal problems as well.Then in late March, he became a dad. And in May, he graduated from OSU. And well, there’s something you should see.YOUR DADDY DID IT BAILEE ? pic.twitter.com/MgDHHiayP7— Tre Flowers (@_Slimm7) May 14, 2017Hold the tissues. There’s more.“This year, I’m playing for more than I ever have before.” Hear how Bailee changed @_slimm7‘s life. #okstate #GoPokes pic.twitter.com/nmJZNXn64p— Cowboy Football (@CowboyFB) July 25, 2017All right, just let it all out.With all that, he said he is closer with his family now than he’s ever been.“It’s the most important thing, other than faith,” Flowers said. “My family always has me, no matter if I was playing good or bad. They just always keep me motivated and keep me striving.” 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

Sharks win fifth NTL Men’s Open title

first_imgDrumayne Dayberg-Muir has starred for the SQBD Sharks in their grand final win over the Sydney Scorpions in the Men’s Open final at the 2009 X-Blades National Touch League in Port Macquarie.Muir had a hand in almost all of the Sharks tries as he guided them to their 5th NTL title in this division, with the final score being 10 touchdowns to 8. He was deservedly named Player of the Final, while Sharks were also named the Champion Permit of this year’s NTL.The Sharks were on the scoreboard after just 3 minutes, through Damian Moar, after the Scorpions dropped the ball 5 metres out from the Sharks line.Jonothan Palau leveled the score for the Scorpions in the fifth minute and an Adam Fahim touchdown, off a great Troy Malcolm long ball, giving them the lead for the first time in the game. Aaron Swan hit back for the Sharks, from another Dayberg-Muir pass, to level the score. Two more quick tries to the Sharks at the midway mark of the first half, to Kristopher McMurdy and Troy Skinner, gave the Sharks a 4-2 lead.In the 12th minute, Palau scored his second try for the Scorpions, which included some great acrobatics in the touchdown scoring process, to bring the Scorpions to within one touchdown of the Sharks.In the 13th minute, James Harrington scored next for the Sharks out on the wing, and Ryan Pollock crossed soon after, after another great pass from Dayberg-Muir. The Scorpions had two disallowed tries in the last five minutes of the first half, which cost them dearly.  Ryan Shibashaki scored, through some great team work, to take the lead out four touchdowns.Nathan Wong and Troy Malcolm both scored for the Scorpions in the last three minutes of the first half, to bring the score to 7-5 at half time.The Sharks started the second half of the match with some good defence, and they soon turned this hard work in points, with McMurdy scoring his second touchdown off a scoot from dummy half from Dayberg-Muir .Scorpions’ Drew Davies got sent to the sin bin in the 6th minute, and Leon Skinner from the Sharks capitalised on this, scoring in the next set of six.Scorpions then scored three consecutive tries, to Sam Brisby, Harry Berryman and Davies, to get within one touchdown of the Sharks.Pollock made sure that the Sharks would take out the title with his second touchdown in the 17th minute, set up yet again by Dayberg-Muir, to take the final 10-8.last_img read more

8 Tips for a Mobile-Friendly Nonprofit Website

first_imgThe team here at Network for Good has been working on our new mobile-friendly donation services lately so I thought I’d pass on our tips for making your site more mobile friendly. Don’t worry – you can start with baby steps. You don’t need a special mobile version of your site or an custom-built app to improve how mobile visitors experience your site overall. With a few simple design tweaks, you can make your nonprofit website much more usable on a mobile device – and improve your visitors’ experience across all platforms.Try these best practices from my colleague Caryn Stein to help optimize your nonprofit website for mobile use and make your pages smartphone friendly:1. Make it snappy.Keep your website’s page load times under 5 seconds – under 3 seconds is even better for mobile delivery. Remove anything that makes your pages stall or fail to load.2. Minimize data entry.Whether it’s on a donation form or a newsletter sign-up box, try to minimize the amount of typing your visitors will have to do. It’s already a best practice on a desktop (they’ll be more likely to fill out your form or complete the action they’re trying to take), and it’s absolutely critical for mobile users, since typing in a lot of information can quickly become a drag on even the smartest of phones.3. Your copy must be short and sweet.Remember: online visitors don’t read, they skim. Reduce the amount of text you have on each page and break up longer blocks of text with headings. Use an easy-to-read font size and type. Choose shorter sentences and clear calls to action over long paragraphs.4. Focus on one high-quality image.Images can help quickly communicate a story or call to action, but make it your mission to focus on one high-quality photo rather than using multiple images on a page. More images will take longer to load and they won’t look good on a smaller screen.5. Remove the roadblocks.Website roadblocks can make your site virtually unusable on a mobile device. Reduce your dependence on Flash, JavaScript, popups or other animations for best results – most mobile devices can’t correctly display content in these formats. Swap them out in favor of static images and clear, compelling copy.6. Keep relevant content front and center.Don’t force mobile users to scroll across three columns and all four corners of your site to find what they’re looking for. Make it easy to access the key pages of your site by placing them prominently near the top and center of your page.7. Make links and buttons easy to use.Review your links and buttons: are they large enough to click on from small screens without zooming? Be sure to provide enough space between links or buttons to prevent a wayward thumb from clicking on something by accident.8. Keep it simple.A simple, clean design is a good idea for any site, whether it’s accessed on a desktop browser, tablet or smartphone. Embrace the use of white space, clear the clutter and narrow your visitor’s focus to one or two clear calls to action. This not only improves the usability of your website, but it will improve your conversion rates by removing unnecessary distractions.last_img read more