As Liberia passed more than one month having been declared free of Ebola transmission by the World Health Organization (WHO), journalist Gboko J. Stewart was confident that the Canadian Embassy in Accra, Ghana would finally see reason to grant him a visa to be able to enroll at Quest University this September. His first attempt at a Canadian visa was made earlier this year when he contacted the embassy to inquire as to whether he could go to Accra to submit his visa application. It was then that he was initially informed that due to the Ebola outbreak, Canada had a freeze on visa applications from all Ebola-affected countries, including Liberia. By then, Liberia had been recording a steady decline in the number of new Ebola infections, well on its way to becoming the first member of the 3 affected Mano River Union countries to be declared Ebola-free by the WHO. The May 9 declaration by WHO that Liberia was finally Ebola-free prompted the Canadian government to lift the restriction on visa applicants from Liberia, only days later. However, No sooner was the restriction lifted that Stewart’s application was denied on June 25. Stewart says he stayed in Accra for about a month during the visa application process. “I’m just so disappointed they have all these hurdles to keep someone at bay so their dreams can’t be pursued,” Stewart told the Squamish Chief, a Canadian newspaper, in an interview from his home in Liberia. “I’m not giving up, but there’s nothing more I can do – maybe some things are just not meant to be.”According to Stewart, the Department of Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) claimed he was a risk of not returning to his home country. “I’ve been to Europe and back on time with no intention on staying there,” he said. “The same would have applied to Canada.” Stewart said he “found it incredulous that they arrived at that decision, including travel history, because I was never granted an interview.”Gboko John Stewart was accepted to enroll at Quest in the fall semester of 2014, with a scholarship to study liberal arts and science. The scholarship is renewable every year upon reapplication and good grades. Quest has stood with Stewart throughout his ordeal with a promise to keep his acceptance (and scholarship) at the university open, should the Canadian government finally decide grant him the visa. “Gboko displayed tremendous perseverance throughout the visa ban on Ebola-affected countries, but the study permit application process is ultimately a matter between the applicant and Citizenship and Immigration Canada in which universities cannot intervene,” said Quest University’s Bradley Klees, senior admissions counselor, who added that Stewart’s acceptance at the university will be honored if the visa is eventually granted. “It is up to the applicant to satisfy the visa officer that they are coming to Canada on a temporary basis and that they are admissible. Visa applications are considered on a case-by-case basis on the specific facts presented by the applicant in each case,” read the statement from Nancy Caron, CIC spokesperson, who said the total number of Liberians granted visas since May is not available to the public.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Moose Country only at the EnCana Events Centre. Moose Country at the EnCana Events CentreMoose FM has your ticket to all the upcoming events at the EnCana Events. Starting September 1st, if you’re a member of the Moose FM Facebook Page, you’ll get to buy tickets to any EnCana Events Centre show before the general public.- Advertisement -This is how it works…as long as you are a member of the facebook page before we announce the next big show, you’ll get an e-mail with a special link and password to buy tickets in the Moose Country Section at the EnCana Events Centre.Moose FM has taken over an entire section at the EnCana Events Centre and we’ll be offering it up to you, our listeners. This means you’ll get the chance to see all the big events at the EnCana Events Centre.The only problem is there are only so many seats available in the Moose Country Section…so get your tickets while you can. With the latest Concert announcement of Lonestar October 2nd at the EnCana Events Centre you must sign up before 9am Wednesday September 2nd. Then check your Facebook inbox for all the details on how you can buy tickets before anyone else. Click Here and join the Facebook page nowJust visit energeticcity-beta.mystagingwebsite.com/moosefm and click on the Facebook link….and that’s it, you’ll now get a private Facebook message the next time there is a show announced at the EnCana Events Centre. This includes all the events and not just concerts.Advertisement
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. The Jacksonville Jaguars have signed fourth-year cornerback Tyler Patmon, the team announced on Monday.Patmon, who began his career with the Kansas Jayhawks, played a graduate transfer season with the Cowboys in 2013 and went undrafted, but later signed with the Dallas Cowboys. Last season he spent the preseason training camp with the Tennessee Titans after being claimed from the Miami Dolphins, and has since served as a practice squad member with the Kansas City Chiefs and Carolina Panthers. He didn’t play in the NFL last season, so he’s relishing his new opportunity.“Every little opportunity you get in this league is big,” Patmon said. “For the Jaguars to bring me in, sign me and give me that chance; it’s a great opportunity for me.”Patmon has appeared in 24 career games with two starts and totaled 21 tackles and seven passes defensed, including one INT in his short professional career. With experience under his belt and a hungry mentality, the Jaguars could be the start of a new beginning for the 26-year-old.“I feel like I can do it all,” Patmon said. “I’m going to come in here and the first thing I’m going to do is work hard, work my butt off for the coaches and do whatever they want me to do. I can play special teams, I can play corner, I can play nickel, so wherever they see me fit is what I’m ready to do.”At the top of the Jaguars’ depth chart is former FSU standout Jalen Ramsey, who was taken No. 5 in the NFL draft last year. Patmon will be competing alongside former Oklahoma Sooners cornerback Aaron Colvin and seventh round selection Jalen Myrick. Patmon fills the final spot of Jacksonville’s 90-man roster.
Houston Texans quarterback Brandon Weeden knows a thing or two about deep receiving corps. During his time in Stillwater, he tossed the ball to the likes of Justin Blackmon, Josh Cooper, Bo Bowling, Tracy Moore and Hubert Anyiam en route to leading the Pokes to a Big 12 championship. But even that group pales in comparison to what 2017’s core group looks like, he says.“I’ve gotta say it’s probably the deepest receiving corps they’ve had maybe ever,” Weeden told the Tulsa World. “They’re deep at receiver.”OSU returns its leading receiver James Washington for his senior season and adds Marcell Ateman, who missed last season due to injury, along with LSU transfer Tyron Johnson. That doesn’t even include Jalen McCleskey or Chris Lacy, both of which had a combined 110 receptions last season. Not to mention, OSU signed two four-star receivers in its 2017 class in Tylan Wallace and Shamond Greenwood.The sky is the limit in 2017 and the hype hasn’t lagged far behind. That leads Weeden to believe a big year is on the horizon—and he’s ready to watch it all unfold.AdChoices广告“I’m excited for them,” he said. “They have a chance to have a pretty special year. They gotta go out and take care of business. It’s gonna be tough on them, but I’m excited to watch them play.” 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.
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. Oklahoma State will host its Fan Appreciation Day on Saturday, August 5, from 2:30-4:30 p.m.The event will take place at Gallagher-Iba Arena and will give fans the opportunity to directly interact with players and coaches and get autographs from the OSU football and soccer teams on the concourse level of the arena.Here’s more logistical details on the event from an OSU Athletic press release.The concourse level will be split into four zones. Zone 1 – accessible from the northwest corner of the arena with the large statue of Pistol Pete – features the running backs, offensive line and safeties. Zone 2 – accessible from the northeast entrance to the arena – features Mike Gundy, the quarterbacks and the Cowgirl soccer team. Zone 3 – accessible from the southeast entrance to the arena – features the cornerbacks, linebackers and defensive line – and Zone 4 – accessible from the southwest corner of the arena – features the wide receivers, Cowboy Backs and specialists.Handicap entrances will be accessible from Zone 1 and Zone 4.The OSU University Store will be located in the southeast lobby with the latest apparel and merchandise for the team to sign on Fan Appreciation Day.The doors to Gallagher-Iba Arena will open at 1:30 p.m. The football and soccer teams will be in place for autographs from 2:30-4:30 p.m.The best place to park is the south lot of Boone Pickens Stadium, but lots will be open all over campus.Fans can enter the arena from any of the standard basketball gameday entry points and proceed up to the concourse.Fans can pick up an OSU football poster or schedule card upon entry into the arena and may also bring in helmets, jerseys or other items to be signed. Players and coaches will have Sharpies and will sign one item per fan.Photos with the players and coaches are not permitted in order to keep the lines moving and provide as many fans direct access to as many members of the team as possible.Strollers will not be permitted into the arena.AdChoices广告Porter and I will be on-site Saturday for media day which begins at 5 p.m., and we’ll be looking to interact with readers beforehand for video stuff that might be featured on our YouTube page. So if you’re in Stillwater, be sure to stop and say hi. We’ll do our best to communicate Saturday on our whereabouts via Twitter (or you could just look for the two misfit media guys walking around with cheese fries stains on our polos.)
Oklahoma State is going to be playing a lot of games as a ranked team this year. Hopefully all of them. We already looked at how Mike Gundy fares as a top 25 team and against top 25 teams, but let’s break that down a little further. Here are some records for OSU in the Gundy era. I used CFB Reference which uses the AP Poll at the time of the game.When Oklahoma State is …Unranked: 43-27 (61%)Ranked in the top 25: 60-23 (72%)Ranked in the top 20: 49-19 (72%)Ranked in the top 15: 33-17 (66%)Ranked in the top 10: 16-8 (66%)Ranked in the top 5: 6-3 (66%)AdChoices广告When Oklahoma State plays …Unranked teams: 84-20 (81%)Top 25 teams: 20-30 (40%)Top 15 teams: 11-25 (31%)Top 10 teams: 6-15 (29%)What about home and away?When OSU is top 25 at home: 30-9 (77%)When OSU is top 25 on the road/neutral: 30-14 (68%)When OSU faces top 25 at home: 12-14 (46%)When OSU faces top 25 on road: 8-16 (33%)MiscellaneousWhen OSU and opponent are ranked: 13-15 (46%)When OSU is top 20 and opponent is ranked: 13-14 (48%)When OSU is top 10 and opponent is ranked: 6-6 (50%)When OSU and opponent are both top 10: 2-4 (33%)There is not a lot that pops here. I suppose you would like to see a better record against top 25 teams. OSU only wins two out of every five games it plays against the top 25. But again, many of those came in the early days of the Gundy era when OSU was lousy. The “when OSU and opponent are ranked” record doesn’t exactly flip the narrative, though.I think the encouraging thing is that OSU has traditionally (under Gundy) been a really good top 20 team. Their loses as a top 10 team have traditionally come when they’ve been a bit overrated (i.e. 2015) which I don’t really think they are to start out the year.Two other encouraging notes: OSU has been good against top 10 teams (compared to what I would imagine the national average is) and good against top 25 teams on the road — teams have only won 23 percent of games against OSU when OSU is a top 25 team at home and OSU has won 33 percent against top 25 teams on the road).The (hopefully) fun part? We’ll be able to update this after the first game as OSU goes into the Tulsa tilt as the AP No. 10 team in the country. 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.
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Mudgee’s Yeo receives NSW Touch Football life membershipMudgee Touch Association treasurer Jim Yeo was made a life member of the NSW Touch Association at their annual general meeting on Saturday.Yeo has been involved in touch football since the mid 1980s.http://www.mudgeeguardian.com.au/news/local/sport/other/mudgees-yeo-receives-nsw-touch-football-life-membership/2545902.aspx Coffs scores National Touch LeagueCoffs Harbour has added another national sporting jewel to its crown with Touch Football Australia announcing the National Touch League will be held at BCU International Stadium for the next two years.The announcement sees the competition return to its spiritual home of Coffs Harbour, which held the first ever National Touch League in 1997.http://www.coffscoastadvocate.com.au/story/2012/05/18/coffs-scores-national-touch-league/ Baggio rated NSW’s best touch refWagga Touch Football referee David Baggio has been rewarded for his fine form this season. Baggio was awarded the Ian Matthew Medal as NSW’s best referee at a recent awards night and has been named the second best whistle-blower in the world.Baggio was awarded the Ian Matthew Medal as NSW’s best referee at a recent awards night and has been named the second best whistle-blower in the world.http://www.dailyadvertiser.com.au/news/local/sport/other/baggio-rated-nsws-best-touch-ref/2553551.aspx Runners Endurance Put To The TestImagine trekking through the rugged Blue Mountains for 100km, lugging a backpack containing no fewer than three spare pairs of shoes and finishing in complete darkness as the race clock ticks past its 16th hour.Can’t do it? You’re probably not alone.University of Wollongong student Michael Chapman knows exactly what it’s like – and he’s set for a repeat dose at the WildEndurance challenge which starts today.http://www.illawarramercury.com.au/news/local/sport/other/runners-endurance-put-to-the-test/2545352.aspx The Fitz Files – Team of the WeekThe Australian men’s, women’s and mixed touch football teams. All won their trans-Tasman Tests against New Zealand in Mudgee last week. RAH!http://www.smh.com.au/sport/the-fitz-files/suicide-a-blow-for-highimpact-sports-20120504-1y3zb.html#ixzz1wUWfF4YHSeven Hills: Touch football victory for Hills Sports HighHills Sports High School at Seven Hills is celebrating after making history at last week’s NSW All Schools Touch Football Championships.The school’s boys’ and girls’ teams won their divisions and became the first school to hold both trophies aloft.http://blacktown-advocate.whereilive.com.au/sport/story/seven-hills-touch-football-victory-for-hills-sports/ Politicians keep in touch with their statesPoliticians swapped their pressed suits for sweaty gym gear this morning to decide who would be the winner of political State of Origin.ACT Labor MP Andrew Leigh, Graham Perrett, Barnaby Joyce, Andrew Laming, Darren Chester, Scott Buchholz, Craig Kelly, Michael McCormack, Shayne Numann, Bert van Manen and Matt Thistlethwaite braved this morning’s chilly morning to find out who could cross the try-line without a touch from the opposition.http://www.canberratimes.com.au/national/politicians-keep-in-touch-with-their-states-20120523-1z4bb.html Mudgee Mudcrabs’ high hopesMudgee Mudcrabs are hoping to come back from Dubbo this weekend with the mixed opens Country Championships trophy in their possession.For the first time in a number of years Mudgee will compete at the Touch NSW event at Dubbo’s Riverside Playing Fields.http://www.mudgeeguardian.com.au/news/local/sport/other/mudgee-mudcrabs-high-hopes/2568218.aspx Touch great to boost TareeA Touch Football hall of fame member will help bolster Taree over 50 men’s side’s campaign at the Country Championships to be held at Dubbo this weekend.One of the game’s greats, Mick McCall, has agreed to play with the Taree squad. http://www.manningrivertimes.com.au/news/local/sport/general/touch-great-to-boost-taree/2569010.aspx Finishing Touches To Help Make For A Successful Carnival It takes a lot of hard work to keep an annual sporting event running for 22 years straight but that is the scenario that faces Dubbo Touch Association this weekend when it hosts the NSW Country Championships.With the finishing touches being put on the association’s new clubhouse, 84 teams will roll into Dubbo to prepare for the two-day event, which will kick off early tomorrow morning.http://www.dailyliberal.com.au/news/local/sport/other/finishing-touches-to-help-make-for-a-successful-carnival/2568314.aspx Mudgee Mudcrabs Anguish LossMudgee Mudcrabs had a heartbreaking exit from the Touch NSW Country Championships in Dubbo on the weekend, losing their mixed open quarter final match in a drop-off.The team, which was a mixture of youth and experience, performed exceptionally well, comfortably winning their pool before losing to Forster Tuncurry 5-4 in a three-on-three drop-off.http://www.mudgeeguardian.com.au/news/local/sport/other/mudgee-mudcrabs-anguish-loss/2572583.aspx Touch Of Genius For AussiesRockhampton’s Daniel Withers is the perfect example of how touch football in Central Queensland is leading the way in Australia.The local touch footballer has scored some winning form for the Queensland Open Men’s Team after helping Australia reclaim the Trans Tasman Title in Mudgee, New South Wales. http://www.themorningbulletin.com.au/story/2012/05/17/touch-of-genius-for-aussies-football-cq/ Harragon And Crew Bring Fine Touch To ClubhouseFormer Newcastle Knights captain Paul Harragon and his Tooheys New Crew will be in Dubbo this week to lend a hand in the construction of the new Dubbo Touch Association Clubhouse, which will be located at Riverbank Ovals.Mr Harragon said along with his team of skilled tradies, he expected a big Dubbo crowd to come and participate in the construction of the club house on the day.http://www.dailyliberal.com.au/news/local/news/general/harragon-and-crew-bring-fine-touch-to-clubhouse/2564388.aspx?src=rss&utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter Jenna’s On A MissionTrinity Catholic College student Jenna Lees is aiming to make the Under-19 NSW Combined Catholic College touch team next month.Lees was picked in the Under-19 Lismore Diocesan team after the championships were held at Hepburn Park, Goonellabah, on Tuesday.http://www.northernstar.com.au/story/2012/05/10/jenna-lees-on-a-mission-touch-foootball/ Lismore Diocesan Touch Champions CrownedHarbour’s John Pauls College has outplayed 11 north coast teams to take out this year’s Under 19 males Diocesan Touch Championships. http://www.nbnnews.com.au/index.php?s=touch Hilder Will Stick AroundNational touch star Kylie Hilder has reconsidered retirement following a successful trans-tasman series as a member of the Australian Mixed Touch team in Mudgee.“I thought it would be (my last time) but I got given the captaincy which was a massive thing and I also got given the flag-bearing duties which is massive as well,” Kylie said.http://www.greatlakesadvocate.com.au/news/local/sport/other/hilder-will-stick-around/2549781.aspx Vying For Higher HonoursMore than 45 touch football teams from the border to Port Macquarie have battled it out in Lismore today.They were all vying for championship honours, but also the chance to represent the zone in Tamworth next month.http://au.prime7.yahoo.com/n3/news/a/-/national/13635346/vying-for-higher-honours-video/ Young Star Already Has The Right TouchThe burning question about Ashleigh Quinlan is this.Will she do a reverse James Tamou with pike?http://www.blacktownsun.com.au/news/local/sport/rugby-league/young-star-already-has-the-right-touch/2572558.aspx Touch titles back where they belongCoffs Coast Advocate, 19/05/2012Top class touch football is returning to the Coffs Coast.It was announced this week that the National Touch League is returning to BCU International Stadium for the next two years.The 2013 National Touch League is scheduled for March with an announcement of the exact dates to be made later this year.Touch Football Australia’s announcement sees the competition return to its spiritual home of Coffs Harbour, which hosted the first ever National Touch League in 1997.Coffs Harbour Mayor Keith Rhoades said the city was delighted to welcome the National Touch League back once more.“The tournament was played here for more than 10 years and became a very popular part of our sporting calendar,” Cr Rhoades said.“Since then we’ve improved the BCU International Stadium even further with the digital TV-standard floodlights and other works.“We are confident that we can offer the players, officials and supporters one of the best regional sports grounds they have ever experienced in regional NSW – and our famous warm welcome.”The hosting rights is a major coup for Coffs Harbour after a competitive tender process saw it beat out multiple submissions from all across New South Wales to hold the 2013 and 2014 events.Coffs Harbour MP Andrew Fraser was also pleased with the news. “I am proud Coffs Harbour has been chosen to host the National Touch League in 2013 and 2014,” Mr Fraser said.“These national events will generate a huge buzz for the town with spectators, participants, family and friends no doubt keen to enjoy the competition, speed and agility of touch football.”Steph On Her Bike In Memory Of UncleNorthern Daily Leader, 17/05/2012Steph Halpin will compete in a charity ride later this year in honour of her uncle Chris.Tamworth’s Steph Halpin is swapping her touch football boots for bike and helmet to help conquer cancer. The Australian touch representative will embark on one of the biggest challenges of her sporting life in October when she competes in The Sunsuper Ride to Conquer Cancer benefiting The Chris O’Brien Lifehouse at RPA (Royal Prince Alfred Hospital).The two-day 200km ride will include a night of camping and take participants through some of the state’s scenic countryside.Their efforts will support breakthrough research and the discovery of new cancer therapies at The Chris O’Brien Lifehouse at RPA. The cause is one one close to Halpin’s heart. “I’m doing it in memory of my uncle Chris,” she said. The local identity was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2010 and over a period of 10 months fought a very brave and courageous battle through chemotherapy sessions and lots of medical testing.Sadly, he lost his fight in December that year. He was an inspiration to his niece in many ways, not only through his fight with cancer and hunger to beat the disease but also through their shared passion for sport and she believes this ride is the perfect way to remember him and actively participate in an event that benefits others and their families who are doing it tough with cancer. She has already started preparing. “I’m training with a good friend of mine from Newcastle who’s doing it with me,” she said. “We do riding during the week then Saturday morning we do a group ride.” At the moment they’re averaging about 60-70km a session. It has been a bit of a sporting release for Halpin. “I had a pretty bad back injury and haven’t played touch since the World Cup (in June last year),” she said. “The only thing I can do is swimming and riding.” She hopes to raise at least $2500.To help her reach this goal, visit conquercancer.org.au to make a donation online, or call 1300 33 RIDE and quote participant number 861900-2.If you see a story from your local media organisations about Touch Football and would like to see it on the Touch Football Australia website, please email [email protected]
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