Gorgeous sunset at halftime in Stillwater! #BPS #OKState #okwx pic.twitter.com/WNU87AviCZ— Tulsa Food Guy (@tulsafoodguy) September 14, 2014 Look into my soul, Mike. pic.twitter.com/wZY3b85YmE— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) September 14, 2014 I wrote up my 10 Thoughts here for your enjoyment but I have a ton of notes, tweets, and videos that didn’t make the cut.Here we go…• Daxx uni thoughts: Lose the glove, keep the black 3/4 sleeves and the clear shield on the face mask. Not Weedenesque or anything that Zac would be proud of but not awful. Room for improvement, like his passing game.• Kevin Peterson played tonight like he knows how much Justin Gilbert got paid earlier this year.• A lot of stones to wear Black-Orange-Black early and in a non-conference game. We’ll chat about this more next week but I was surprised..• OSU fans when Walsh is in: “He can’t throw it far enough!” OSU fans when Daxx is in: “He throws it too far!”• Are we boring now? I don’t think we are — I think the last two games were outliers and it’s hard to not be boring against bad teams — but it’s on the table.• So much happening here.#okstate has Kate Upton and Rickie Fowler on its play-calling sideline boards. pic.twitter.com/MCsP8NeRDk— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) September 14, 2014• Garman is very singular in what he does. In the first half it was only passes over 50 yards. In the fourth quarter it was only passes to Marcell Ateman. He’s probably only dated brunettes since middle school.• I do not say this lightly, I promise, but Daxx throws a Chris Leak-y ball. • ICYM: JW Walsh sitting on top of Boone Pickens Stadium and he was filmed doing something awkward….• I must be super soft (my wife would concur) because every time a punt return team tries to get the punting team to jump offsides by leaping at them I flinch. Mind you, I’m sitting in my office and not in the same state but I still flinch. There was a reason I played baseball, I suppose.• You can throw Marcell Ateman on my list of players I irrationally like. He can have a spot between Justin Gilbert and Wes Lunt.• Tyreek uni thoughts: Keep the QB towel, bring back the gray undershirt.• I liked UTSA’s misdirection on offense. I didn’t work a ton because Emmanuel Ogbah gonna Emmanuel Ogbah but maybe Yurcich should get a crayon out and scribble some notes down.• Daxx Garman turnovers through 7+ quarters: 0.• Why does he make so many throws off his back foot?• Random thought I had during the game: How weird would it be if Gundy grew a beard? What if he vowed to grow his beard until OSU beats OU and then it doesn’t happen until, like, 2017 and he looked like Tom Hanks in Castaway?Yeah, we need to play fewer Conference USA teams.• Well you certainly tried.#OKstate Gundy: We have to take advantage of Garman’s ability to throw down the field— Kyle Fredrickson (@kylefredrickson) September 14, 2014• I mean…• Walsh was still listed on the depth chart which is just the greatest, most Gundy thing ever:Hmmmmm pic.twitter.com/7vQYvCfALS— Colby Daniels (@Colby_Daniels) September 13, 2014Best of Twitter…Shouldn’t take Daxx long to claim his rightful place on throne beneath the neon Murphy’s palm trees. Like Zac before him & Fields before him— Carson Cunningham (@KOCOCarson) September 14, 2014 Sunset in Orange Country. #okstate pic.twitter.com/uPnrnJxWOt— Jordan Smith (@Doafhat) September 14, 2014 If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Vegas has taken the odds of “Gundy drawing up plays on an equipment trunk this season” off the board. #okstate— Carson Cunningham (@KOCOCarson) September 14, 2014
A supporter of ruling Bharatiya Janata Party waves the party flag during an election campaign rally being addressed by India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi.ReutersExit polls after the end of India’s general election on Sunday showed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its allies retaining power with an overwhelming majority.The Hindu nationalist leader will need to tackle a host of issues ranging from unemployment to weak economic growth:JOBSCreating work for an estimated 1.2 million young people entering the market each month will be a key challenge. Economists say the next prime minister will need to encourage businesses to step up investment to create job opportunities.Unemployment rose to 7.6% in April, the highest since October 2016, and up from 6.71% in March, data from private think-tank the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy showed.An official survey that was withheld by the government showed India’s unemployment rate rose to 6.1%, the highest level in at least 45 years, in 2017/18, the Business Standard newspaper reported in January.ECONOMYEconomic growth, which hit a five-quarter low of 6.6% in October-December, appears to be slowing further. Car and motorbike sales have tumbled and industrial output contracted for the first time in nearly two years in March. Rural demand and manufacturing growth have also weakened.Economists have also questioned the quality of the official economic data, saying the on-the-ground situation is far bleaker.The new government will have limited options to boost the economy given the prevalent revenue constraints – it may need to rework its expenditure plans and deploy more funds to schemes that can help boost weak consumption in rural areas.The government will also need support through rate cuts and liquidity measures from the Reserve Bank of India to help bring down the cost of funds for banks and make loans cheaper for consumers.TRADEIndia’s trade relationship with major partners, including the United States and China, remains on a shaky footing.US President Donald Trump’s administration has called out India on its high tariffs, price caps on imported US medical devices and rules around e-commerce trade.Indian government officials say they fear Trump’s administration will soon end preferential trade treatment for India, which allows duty-free entry for up to $5.6 billion worth of its exports to the United States.Adding to India’s troubles is the ongoing trade dispute between the United States and China, which is likely to benefit countries such as Japan and South Korea. India remains vulnerable to the dumping of cheap Chinese imports.PAKISTANNational security issues and relations with arch-rival Pakistan will be high on the agenda. The tension between the nuclear-armed neighbours has been high after Modi this year sent warplanes into Pakistan to avenge the killing of 40 Indian police officers in a militant attack which was claimed by a Pakistan-based group.In recent weeks, Pakistani leaders have suggested that they are tired of conflict, opposed to extremism and open to peace talks with India, but those offers have been met with scepticism.India is steadfast in its demand that Islamabad stops its support for militant groups, particularly those operating in the disputed Kashmir region, and has said it isn’t open to talks until then.RELIGIONAllies of Modi’s BJP will likely renew their controversial demand to build a Hindu temple on the ruins of a 16th-century mosque in the northern town of Ayodhya.A violent Hindu mob destroyed the mosque in Ayodhya in 1992, triggering riots that killed about 2,000 people in one of the worst episodes of sectarian violence since independence from colonial rule in 1947.India’s Supreme Court has set up a panel to arbitrate the decades-long dispute.Modi could also end the special constitutional status given to India’s only Muslim-majority state, Jammu and Kashmir, as the BJP believes the status prevents outsiders from buying property there and hinders its integration with the rest of India.
Jokha Alharthi wins Man Booker International Prize for ‘Celestial Bodies’Google ImagesOmani author Jokha al-Harthi has become the first Arab author to win the Man Booker Prize. The 41-year-old, who wrote Celestial Bodies, has said that she will share the £50,000 prize money with her book’s translator – Marilyn Booth. She is also the first Omani author to have translated her book into English.Celestial Bodies has been called a timeless classic by critics as well as members of the jury. It is based on the story of three sisters and their struggles through which the readers can gaze into the stereotypes that are prevalent in the Arabian society.”It is a book to win over the head and the heart in equal measure, worth lingering over. Interweaving voices and timelines are beautifully served by the pacing of the novel. Its delicate artistry draws us into a richly imagined community – opening out to tackle profound questions of time and mortality and disturbing aspects of our shared history,” said Bettany Hughes, a historian and chair of the judges.Hughes described the style of the book as a metaphor that subtly resists cliches of slavery, patriarchy, and race. The translation has been described as being perfect and lyrical, weaving in the cadences of both poetry and everyday speech. Jokha Alharthi , the winner of Man Booker Prize, 2019 along with the translator of her book, Celestial BodiesGoogle ImagesMaya, Asma and Khawla are three sisters who belong to Al-Awfi village of Oman and are either married by choice, force or longing to meet their beloved. They see through their independent struggles and also witness a change in their homeland from a colonial era to a fairly urbane lifestyle.”How women fare in changed circumstances and what they are and are not allowed to remember is a recurring preoccupation. Alharthi tracks the fortunes of a merchant family with a troubled past in the slave trade and concentrates in particular on the lives and destinies of sisters, Mayya, Asma and Khowla. Ranging across three generations with a crowd of voices tracking Oman’s shift from a typical desert dynasty of the village al-Awafi to the urban oasis of the city Muscat, the novel is a beautifully achieved account of lives pulling at the edges of change,” Michael Cronin, the director of the Trinity Centre for Literary and Cultural Translation, wrote in his review for Irish Times.
US President Donald TrumpReutersUS President Donald Trump again hit out at India over the issue of tariffs on Tuesday, less than a fortnight after he discussed the issue with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Japan and both agreed to address the issue.Trump’s attack in a tweet came just as trade officials of the two countries are preparing to meet to address the issue as a follow up to the talks between him and Modi in Osaka on the sidelines of G20 Summit.In the tweet, Trump said, “India has long had a field day putting tariffs on American products. No longer acceptable!”Earlier, before his meeting with Modi on June 28, Trump had tweeted: “I look forward to speaking with Prime Minister Modi about the fact that India, for years having put very high tariffs against the United States, just recently increased the tariffs even further. This is unacceptable and the tariffs must be withdrawn!”India slapped tariffs on 28 US products including Harley-Davidson motorcycles and US-grown apples after Washington withdrew its long-standing preferential status on June 1 that exempted billions of dollars worth of products made there from US levies.During their meeting, Modi told Trump that India had taken some action after the General System of Preferences (GSP) was revoked by the US and “we should now look forward and we should see how we can resolve some of these issues,” according to Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale.”There was a discussion on trade. Both sides aired their concerns, both sides spoke about the interest of the other side and what was agreed was that the trade ministers of both countries would meet at an early date and would try and sort out these issues,” Gokhale had told the media after the meeting.”President Trump, of course, welcomed this idea,” the Foreign Secretary had added.He had said the two sides would first have technical discussions.External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar on July 4 said that trade officials of the two countries would meet soon to discuss the trade issue.”It is important to understand that in any relationship that is multi-dimensional like India and the US, there are bound to be certain differences and perspectives where we share a different approach. How we handle it is the key. And flowing out of the meeting what we agreed was that on all the issues, we will continue to talk,” he said.