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. How about that? Ribbit, ribbit, ribbit. TCU beat Baylor in double overtime in a driving rainstorm and everything is coming up Bedlam. The Frogs’ win means whichever team wins Bedlam will be the 11-1 Big 12 champion.Baylor and TCU couldn’t score on the last 32 (not a typo!) drives of regulation but Baylor scored a TD to start OT. Then TCU came back with two straight that got me off the couch and pumping both my fists. Then Baylor got it back, had a 4th down and couldn’t convert.Here’s the stop that ended it.Here’s the 4th down stop that ended Baylor’s Championship hopes and gave TCU the win. https://t.co/sKCnUFpOfS— ESPN CollegeFootball (@ESPNCFB) November 28, 2015 The game was as sloppy as Big 12 games get (which is to say it was exactly like a Big 10 or SEC game). I’m not sure how TCU held on but I’m pretty sure some Bedlam sorcery was involved.https://twitter.com/kelbeyonce_15/status/670472360932147200The TCU win sets up, yep, the biggest game in the history of Oklahoma football (the state, not the school). I am jacked up. If you aren’t, watch this.The biggest football game in Oklahoma history is tomorrow. What a time to be alive.— Andrew Carter (@Andrew__Carter) November 28, 2015Oh yeah, and Part 1 of the “get OSU into the College Football Playoff” has been completed.Bring on Bedlam.
Left-leaning leaders have called rules and regulations set by the election commission (EC) for registration of new political parties contradictory to constitutional rights of the people, reports UNB.The leaders of Ganasanghati Andolan came up with the observation at a roundtable at the Jatiya Press Club on Wednesday, following rejection of most of the applications for registration by the EC.The terms and conditions of the EC’s party registration rules were set in such a way that new parties would certainly fail to get registered, the leaders alleged at the roundtable chaired by Ganasanghati Andolan convener Zonayed Saki.Such rules, they insisted, are against the people’s right to form political party and contest elections. Certain provisions of such rules have made it difficult get a new party registered.The election commission on 30 October 2016 issued a notice for new party registration for general elections and Ganasanghati Andolan submitted its application on 31 December 2017 as per the rules, they said.On 8 April, the organisation also submitted all the required documents as per the rule of the EC and it was scheduled to conduct field-level inspection, if necessary, they said.But the EC before any field inspection, cancelled the applications of 73 parties among 75 stating that they failed to fulfill the terms and conditions and regulations of party registration and they (EC) did not even give any explanation over it, they added.They also presented some observations about the loopholes of the new party registration rules, and hoped that the EC would take positive decision about Ganasanghati Andolan and other political parties who applied for registration.The programme was also addressed by president of Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) Muzahidul Islam Selim, president of Bangladesh Samajtantrik Dal (BSD), Khalekuzzaman, Nagarik Oikya convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna, Jahangirnagar University professor Anu Muhammad, and journalist and columnist Syed Abul Maksud.
X 00:00 /01:19 Kim Ogg is making her second run for Harris County District Attorney against Republican incumbent Devon Anderson. Ogg spoke with Houston Matters about how she’d run the DA’s office differently if she wins the rematch.Ogg took DA Anderson to task over the pace of bail bond reform. She said the point of bail is to make certain a defendant shows up for trial. But she argued the current schedule for bonds takes little account of that.Houston Public Media’s Coverage of Election 2016“Unfortunately, our system works to keep people who are waiting for their day in court in jail when they’re too poor to bond out, and yet releases anyone regardless of their risk level if they have the money to bail out. So this is not just unconstitutional, it’s unjust,” Ogg said.Harris County’s bail system is currently the subject of a federal lawsuit.Ogg also held Anderson responsible for a scandal involving the Harris County Precinct 4 Constable’s Office. A deputy with the office, since fired, destroyed more than 21,000 pieces of evidence. That put hundreds of criminal cases at risk.“It was known for about seven months that there were massive problems in Precinct 4 with the evidence,” Ogg said. “And yet those accused of crimes out of Precinct 4 were never informed, their lawyers weren’t informed, even the prosecutors handling the cases weren’t informed, that there was missing or destroyed evidence.”Like Anderson, Ogg has worked as both a prosecutor and a defense attorney. She also led the non-profit Crime Stoppers of Houston for seven years.Listen to Ogg’s full interview with Houston Matters: To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen Share
Share AP Photo/Matthew HintonAn SUV travels down Breakwater Drive in New Orleans, La., Friday, July 12, 2019, near the Orleans Marina as water moves in from Lake Pontchartrain from the storm surge from Tropical Storm Barry in the Gulf of Mexico. The area is behind a flood wall that protects the rest of the city.A group of civilian volunteers dubbed the “Cajun Navy” helped rescue thousands of people from Hurricane Harvey’s floodwaters in 2017.Now, with Tropical Storm Barry on track to hit Louisiana this weekend as a hurricane, some Texans are prepared to return the favor.Harvey’s historic rainfall overwhelmed the capabilities of official first responders in Texas and prompted a widespread, grassroots deployment of privately-owned rescue boats, canoes, jacked-up trucks and really anything that could help get people out of harm’s way. The images of “Texans helping Texans” became a bright spot in the storm’s otherwise deadly, disastrous story line, but much of the help also came from across the state line.One Cajun Navy organizer estimated volunteers from Louisiana rescued more than 8,000 people from floodwaters in the Houston area alone. (Others said the broader DIY effort was responsible for as many as 35,000 rescues.)The Houston volunteer group Disaster Rescue Response Specialist is among those now gearing up for a similar, though perhaps smaller, effort in Louisiana.“We are ready to roll,” said the group’s founder Chris Fontaine. “We have not pulled the trigger on rolling yet, because there are already teams there that are kind of feeling it out, and we’re also still watching the radar. But we are getting everything set to deploy if we need to.”Fontaine said his group consists of about eight to ten volunteers, but collaborates with the wider civilian disaster response community, a relatively informal network brought together by social media channels, the walkie-talkie app Zello, mapping technology and a desire to help fill perceived gaps in the government’s response to storms.The online platform CrowdSource Rescue connects volunteers like Fontaine with people who need rescuing after a storm.“A lot of where we come into play is those moments in these big disasters where first responders are overrun,” said Matthew Marchetti, a Houston resident who created the website in the days after Hurricane Harvey. “That is not a knock toward first responders, it’s just simply a reality of things.”Marchetti said the website will be activated for people in Barry’s path this weekend.Texas is deploying official government resources to aid with the response to Barry as well.Governor Greg Abbott said Friday the state is offering assistance to Louisiana and deploying an urban search and rescue team, along with “water rescue assets.”“Texans remember how the state of Louisiana came to our aid during Hurricane Harvey and now we are in turn lending our support as Louisianans face Tropical Storm Barry,” Abbott said in a statement.The City of Houston is offering its help as well, with Mayor Sylvester Turner saying the city’s “Houston Relief Hub” will gather donations for people impacted by Barry. The mayor’s office is calling for donations ranging from diapers to batteries to bottled water that will be delivered directly to New Orleans.George Ruiz, an Alabama resident originally from Houston who runs another small rescue group called Geaux Rescue, said he understands why some local police and fire departments might be wary of volunteer efforts.“You know, there are people that just go out there and put a 12 pack of beer on their boat and go run around and cause havoc,” he said.Ruiz prefers to approach local officials in a storm-impacted area first, to ask if they need his help.“If they say no, I’d shake their hand, thank them for their service, and I’ll just move on to the next town,” he said.Ruiz said he and the volunteers he’s coordinating with, some from Houston, plan to venture into the “outlying areas” of south Louisiana between Baton Rouge and Lafayette this weekend, where smaller cities might not have as many resources to deal with the storm.
Darjeeling: Patti Hoffman, US Consul General, Kolkata made a stopover at Siliguri on the way to Sikkim. In Siliguri, the Consul General met Tourism Minister Goutam Deb and discussed different issues pertaining to tourism on Tuesday.”The Consul General wanted to know about different festivals of the state. I apprised her that Durga Puja is the most important festival. However, festivals like Gangasagar Mela and Rash Mela in Cooch Behar draw lakhs of tourists from all over the country,” stated Minister Deb. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeConsul General Hoffman wanted to know about the tourism potential of the state, the amount of investment in the tourism sector and the foreign tourist footfall in the State. “She wanted to know of the air and road connectivity along with the type of accommodations available for the tourists. I apprised her of the improvement in air and road connectivity in the State. Our Government under the able leadership of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has given a lot of impetus on road and air connectivity for the benefit of locals and tourists alike,” stated Deb. The Consul General suggested that an increase in direct flights connecting Netaji International Airport, Kolkata to important cities throughout the globe would increase foreign tourist footfall. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedIn another development, the Airport Authority of India jointly with the Siliguri Jalpaiguri Development Authority (SJDA) is all set to start a Perishable Cargo unit at Bagdogra Airport. This would be the only Perishable Cargo unit in this region including the North East, Nepal and Bhutan. “No Airport in this region has the capability to handle perishable cargo. The unit will emerge as a very profitable component to Bagdogra,” stated Sourav Chakraborty, Chairman, SJDA.