Today, The Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park has officially announced their newest event, Suwannee Rising Music Festival. Following the cancellation of Wanee Music Festival, which typically took place in mid-April, loyal fans can now look forward to the new festival that will take place from April 4th through 6th, 2019 at the beloved Live Oak, FL location that plays host to Hulaween, Roots Revival, Brainquility, Purple Hatters Ball, and more.Headlining the inaugural event will be Lettuce (two sets), moe., and Oteil & Friends, as well as Dumpstaphunk, The New Mastersounds (two sets), Ghost-Note (two sets), Melody Trucks Band, and more bands to be announced in the coming weeks.While the legacy of the Allman Brothers Band‘s festival will continue with Live Nation in Fort Lauderdale, this new event will seemingly take the familiar shape of former Suwannee event, Bear Creek–a short-lived but legendary funk festival that took place for several years in the fall. With the spirit of Wanee still lingering, fans can rest assured that the funk and jams will continue with Suwannee Rising, and hopefully for years to come.Camping passes for Suwannee Rising are now available. Tickets to the Suwannee Rising Music Festival will go on sale Friday, February 15th on Etix.com.
Fulham want to pip Bolton to the signing of Stoke City striker Cameron Jerome, according to The Sun.It is claimed that the Whites are competing with Wanderers in an effort to capture the former England Under-21 international, who has scored seven goals this season and is apparently rated at £4m.Terry is nursing an injury.The Guardian report that Chelsea’s interim boss Roberto Di Matteo may be forced to risk John Terry despite doubts over the defender’s fitness.Terry is struggling with a rib injury but with some vital matches approaching, Di Matteo is desperate to include him.The Italian said: “It all depends on how quick he can heal and the pain level he can sustain. As soon as that is possible to do he will train.”Meanwhile, The Sun declare that Di Matteo believes he needs to achieve a top-four finish and win the Champions League to be considered a success.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Chelsea have been told by Wigan that they can have Victor Moses for £10m, according to the Daily MirrorIt is claimed the Latics want a straightforward fee for the forward and are not interested in an exchange deal involving Josh McEachran.The Mirror also report that Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo is closing in on the £7m signing of Marseille’s Spain Under-21 right-back Cesar Azpilicueta.The Daily Mail say Jose Bosingwa, recently released by the Blues, has been made an offer by Anzhi Makhachkala.Meanwhile, QPR could avoid paying a fee for Junior Hoilett, with Blackburn ready to offer Jamie Mackie up to £2m a year – making him the highest-paid player in the Championship – to go to Ewood Park in exchange, the Mirror claim.Hoilett looks set to reject Newcastle and Borussia Monchengladbach in favour of a lucrative deal at Rangers, said to be worth £50,000-a-week.The Canadian is out of contract but, at 22, cannot move on a free transfer, so Rovers will be entitled to compensation unless they accept an offer.And it is suggested that although Mackie is not overly keen to leave Loftus Road, the cash on offer at Blackburn may persuade him to go there.The Mail say Rangers are trying to secure a work permit for Hoilett before completing his signing, while The Sun claim the club are interested in Getafe right-back Miguel Torres.This page is regularly updated.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
The … PHILADELPHIA — When the Toronto Blue Jays shipped their staff ace, Marcus Stroman, to the New York Mets on Sunday, the first reaction of many players, managers and executives was the exact same.“What?,” they asked at once.Considered one of the top pitchers available on the trade market, Stroman was expected to move from the Blue Jays to a contending club with a legitimate need for a frontline starter come October.In all likelihood, the Mets’ season will end in September.
27 February 2013 The government is planning to introduce a biometric log-in system to combat unacceptably high teacher absenteeism at South Africa’s schools, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga said on Tuesday. Speaking at a post-State of the Nation Address media briefing in Cape Town on Tuesday, Motshekga said a recent survey had shown that South Africa had the highest teacher absenteeism rate of all Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries – with about 10 percent of SA teachers absent for an average of 19 days annually.‘Serious neglect of responsibilities’ A biometric electronic system would allow the department to collect real-time data on what schools were affected by high teacher absenteeism, and to address what she said was the main reason behind the country’s high absenteeism rate, namely poor administration, lack of management and a “serious neglect of duties and responsibilities”. “As a teacher, I find it extremely embarrassing for professionals to be told that they should be in class the whole time teaching and that’s the basic thing they are employed for.” Motshekga said the department would inform teachers’ unions, but hastened to add that the biometric system wasn’t a test, but a biometric log-in system. “It’s not anything that really affects [teachers’] conditions of service, because it is there already that they have to report – like all of us have to report for duty, [going] in and out and explain our whereabouts.” Motshekga said that what President Jacob Zuma had meant by making education an essential service, was that education was critical to the future of the country and that no one, from the department to teachers and parents, should do anything to disrupt pupils from learning. Teachers would still be permitted to go strike, she stressed.Eradicating ‘mud schools’ She expected that by 2015, all remaining “mud schools” in the country would be eradicated. By September, her department would be able to present a full report on the progress to eradicate mud schools. In the Eastern Cape, a team is currently conducting a headcount of pupils and teachers in the province, after Motshekga had instructed the provincial department to rationalise the number of schools in the province. She added that often the department built a school on the basis that there were 500 pupils, only to find out later that the school only had 50 pupils. The department therefore could end up building fewer new schools than planned in its Accelerated School Infrastructure Delivery Initiative (Asidi) to eradicate mud schools. Deputy Minister of Basic Education Enver Surty said his department had already made significant progress in the Eastern Cape, since the province’s department of education was placed under administration two years ago. Surty said when his department intervened, a number of issues had plagued the provincial department, including a lack of nutrition, transport for pupils, delivery of textbooks, administration issues and poor financial systems. He said progress had been made after decentralising procurement for school-feeding programmes, which had allowed local communities to run them. While Surty said the department had helped to boost district education authorities, the biggest challenge that remained was that of poor administration, which has been a problem in the province for years. Teachers’ unions were also against relocating teachers to regions where there were shortages or dismissing teachers who didn’t perform. He said the Eastern Cape had shown an improvement in learning outcomes, while the matric pass rate had passed the 60% mark for the first time. Source: SAnews.gov.za
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Learning to Do. Doing to Learn. Earning to Live. Living to Serve. Ohio FFA members embody the final line of the FFA motto, “Living to Serve.” Despite living thousands of miles from the island of Puerto Rico, members of the Cardington FFA Chapter in Morrow County have decided to step up and serve those in need. Upon hearing about the devastating impact of Hurricane Maria, chapter officers MaKenna McClure and Daniel Kill knew their chapter needed to do something. So they approached their advisor about hosting a service event to raise items to donate.McClure and Kill first developed the idea to host a hunger simulation dinner at their school while attending the Washington Leadership Conference last summer. Their initial goal was to educate fellow students about the issue of hunger in their community by having them experience what it looks like to live in hunger. But after learning about the storms that shook the island of Puerto Rico, they knew this event could serve a much larger audience.“When Hurricane María hit, our chapter decided we needed to do something. So we decided to focus on the relief efforts in Puerto Rico,” said Kill, who serves as the chapter vice-president.The officers got to work on deciding how their hunger simulation dinner could educate their school AND provide a much-needed service to the people of Puerto Rico. Their hope is that the simulation dinner will create compassion among students and community members and encourage them to donate items for those in need.Regarding their plan of action, McClure, the chapter president said, “The week following [the simulation dinner], we will have a drive to collect supplies to send to Puerto Rico. Daniel and I, along with fellow leaders in our chapter, will facilitate the banquet. We are hoping to host the hunger banquet in December or January and send the items down in January.” McClure said they are lucky to have fellow chapter members who are also eager to serve.The students and their advisor, Miss Erin Wollett, have been in contact with a former Puerto Rico FFA member who plans to collect items donated by Cardington FFA and distribute them to areas in need. Wollett said the chapter plans to collect primarily food and hygiene products during their event.In the eyes of McClure, “Living to Serve” is more than a line in the FFA motto.“’Living to serve’ is a phrase that I’ve really taken to heart lately. I was lucky enough to be born into a place with so many opportunities. I am constantly surrounded by loving and supportive people. But most people aren’t as lucky as I am. Through FFA, I have developed a passion for service. Helping those who are less fortunate gives purpose to life. Living to serve means devoting your life to making others’ lives better. This project will not only impact the people of Puerto Rico, but will provide my fellow classmates with a way to serve,” McClure said.Kill agrees with McClure that FFA has allowed him to develop a passion for service.“To me living to serve means that you are willing to be unselfish and dedicate time and energy to help others,” Kill said.Wollett is proud of the dedication McClure and Kill have shown to with this service project.“To see these two create such a global service project and execute it so diligently, all the while making plans to attend college and further their careers and education, is truly a proud moment for me as an educator. I am so excited to see who these young people continue to become, graduate and leave their mark on Cardington with their eyes set on impacting the rest of the world,” said Wollett, who began teaching at Cardington in 2015.Wollett is excited for the chapter’s desire to serve and the chapter is hopeful that by “Living to Serve” they will leave a lasting impact on the people of Puerto Rico.“Their eyes are on the moon and they’re shooting high, but I have no doubt that they will see great successes with this project,” Wollett said.
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 ESPN gameday crew makes their picks each week on marquee games of the week, and the OSU vs. Baylor matchup was one of the hot games to pick this week. The crew was mixed on who they’re going with in Waco on Saturday evening, but Baylor eeked out the edge with three of the five crew members picking Baylor.Desmond Howard, Steve Spurrier and Lee Corso all picked Baylor to win at home.Former Tennessee head coach Phillip Fulmer picked OSU, adding that they’re back on track after an emotional win over Pitt and have moved past what he called the CMU game as a “debacle.”And Kirk Herbstreit also went with the Pokes: “I think OSU can ride Mason Rudolph and the deep ball,” adding that he likes the Cowboys in an upset in Waco.The two teams are set to meet on Saturday night at 6:30 on Fox at McClane Stadium in Waco, Texas.
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’s October 8 matchup next weekend in Stillwater will be a 2:30 kickoff, it was announced on Monday. The matchup is in a television window with ABC/ESPN or ESPN2 and will likely be decided following this weekends game against the Texas Longhorns.KICK TIME ANNOUNCEMENT – #okstate vs. Iowa State set for 2:30 p.m. CT kick on Oct. 8 in BPS. pic.twitter.com/Kb1O7TDfDT— Cowboy Football (@CowboyFB) September 26, 2016Oklahoma State has won four straight matchups with the Cyclones dating back to 2012, including a 35-31 nail biter in Ames last season that helped the Pokes advance to 10-0. The Cowboys lead the all-time series with the Cyclones, 29-18.
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 Cowboys bring it home this week to face a well-rested no. 22 Texas Longhorn team coming off a bye week. College football analyst Phil Steele picked the talent-rich Longhorns as his most improved team for the 2016 season and while there’s a lot of football to be played, this underclassmen-laden team has an offense that is humming and a very talented defense.OffenseWhile the Cowboys had to adjust quickly from the Pitt ground-centric offense to the Baylor offense, this week will be much less of an adjustment as the Longhorns run the same style of attack as Baylor. “Two weeks in a row we’ve seen that same style of offense” says Coach Gundy as Art Briles’ disciple and former University of Tulsa offensive coordinator Sterlin Gilbert has really changed the offense in Austin.Against mostly Power 5 competition, the unit is scoring 44.7 points per game (13th in FBS) and racking up 500 yards of total offense, up from 26.4 points and 370.8 yards per game in 2015. So what’s changed? Stop me if you’ve heard this before, but the Horns may have found themselves a quarterback. True freshman Shane Buechele is averaging 240 yards per game while throwing for seven touchdowns to two interceptions and has twice been named the Big 12 Newcomer of the Week in this young season.The comps to a recent Longhorn legend are rolling in and combined with the 18-Wheeler package for Tyrone Swoopes, the QB play has really looked different in Austin lately.Buechele has spread the ball around well, but senior slot receiver and top punt returner Jacorey Warrick has the most catches (13) at this point. Starting with Warrick are outside receivers junior Armanti Foreman (twin brother of RB D’Onta) and sophomore John Burt, the top target from 2015. An X-factor in the receiving group is QB-turned-WR Jerrod Heard who has a couple of scores and is prime for some wildcat packages and reverse passes.The two-headed monster in the UT backfield is likely the most talented the Cowboys will play outside of Norman as D’Onta Foreman and Chris Warren are an absolute handful. They run behind a very solid offensive line, even without senior captain Kent Perkins who was suspended for the OSU game. On the left side of the line is a pair of all-conference sophomores who lead the way in tackle Connor Williams and guard Patrick Vahe. Junior right tackle Tristan Nickleson is supposed to return for conference play as he was hurt in the opener. The tandem of solid runners and a solid line play has racked up 238.3 yards per game on the ground (23rd in FBS), put mildly as a good test for the deep Cowboy front seven.DefenseLed by former OSU assistant Vance Bedford at defensive coordinator, the Longhorns defense is full of talent and “have a lot of big guys up front that are strong and can certainly hold their gap…. and they have speed on the perimeter” per Coach Gundy. With that being said, after getting exposed by Cal in week 3, there was wide speculation that Charlie Strong would be letting go of Bedford, but those rumors were put out and Strong will have a stronger influence on personnel and play calling moving forward.The unit is similar to OSU in that they’ve had more success stopping the run than the pass and that will be something to watch for. While historically a strength of Charlie Strong teams, the problems against Cal were primarily allowing big plays with several completions over 20 yards. Losing all-conference corner Davante Davis early in the game surely played a role but so far allowing a league high nine passing touchdowns and forcing no interceptions, Mason and the General may be in line for a field day.Similar to Baylor, the Horns run a 3-4 defense that occasionally turns into a 3-3 stack. Up front are veteran tackles Poona Ford and Paul Boyette who both put up a solid four plus tackles a game. A major strength of the front is a solid pass rush that leads the conference with 3.67 sacks per game. You can expect to see plenty of defensive end/outside linebackers Breckyn Hager and Malcolm Roach, who both have a couple of sacks to their name.The leader of the defense is 2015 Big 12 defensive freshman of the year, linebacker Malik Jefferson, affectionately referred to as “the Predator” . Beside Jefferson is leading tackler Anthony Wheeler who has a great nose for the ball, averaging almost seven and a half tackles per game. The other guy in the unit is “fox” linebacker (DE/LB hybrid) Naashon Hughes who has played consistent football.In the defensive secondary, sophomore Devante Davis is the playmaker and former walk-on Dylan Haines, starter of 25 games at safety, led the team a year ago with five interceptions. Cornerback Sheroid Evans leads the team with three pass break ups and is another encouraging story: as a sixth-year senior he hadn’t played a game before starting against Notre Dame since being sidelined in October 2013 when he tore is ACL, recovered, and then tore his ACL again.An X-factor for the defense could be releasing 2016 five star safety recruit Brandon Jones into the secondary. A special teams ace thus far, he’s blocked two punts and with recent issues in the secondary, don’t be surprised to see Jones getting some good time in the defensive backfield. Another player expected to be worked in is talented sophomore safety DeShon Elliott to try and right the ship.While the questions are well detailed, one Texas writer put it best when asking “is the defense fatally flawed, or is it inexperienced potential waiting to harden into realized greatness?”A question that Saturday in Stillwater will bring us one step closer to answering.
One of Oklahoma State’s sleeper recruits in the 2017 class is no longer under the radar. Senior wide receiver Shamond Greenwood, who has emerged as one of the top prospects in Texas, jumped into the top 300 national prospects with a four-star ranking in Scout.com’s new rankings.Greenwood is a 6-foot-3, 200-pound prospect from Lakeview Centennial, who has exploded on the scene this season. He’s an freaky athlete who not only has an incredible frame for a receiver, but also runs a 4.41 40-yard dash. He has an ability to stretch the field and could evolve into an elite deep threat for OSU. 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.