President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has met with the new Special Representative of the United Nations (UN) Secretary General and Head of the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER), Mr. Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed.The Liberian President received Mr. Ahmed and his delegation at her Foreign Ministry office during a courtesy call on Tuesday, January 6, 2015, where brief acquaintance pleasantries were exchanged. Mr. Ahmed, a Mauritanian, replaces Mr. Anthony Banbury. Special Representative Banbury was the first envoy appointed by UN0 Secretary Ban Ki-Moon during the heat of the Ebola crisis in the sub-region. He initially noted that his mandate was to eradicate the virus from the sub-region. Mr. Banbury’s tour of duty ended over the weekend, thereby ushering in the new envoy.President Sirleaf welcomed the new Head of UMEER to Liberia and described the work of his predecessor as excellent and very supportive of the country’s fight to contain the deadly ebola virus disease.“Your predecessor effectively spearheaded the operations of UMEER with huge progress. Even though the country still has a lot to be done with regards to Ebola, much was achieved with the assistance and cooperation of UNMEER,” President Sirleaf indicated.She pledged her government’s support to the transitional process in UNMEER and emphasized the need for improved and strengthened regional collaboration and cooperation in the continued fight against the further spread of the deadly Ebola virus disease.She named exchange of information, experiences and best practices as important elements required to enhance regional cooperation and collaboration in the Ebola fight, thereby acknowledging that some level of regional collaboration is taking place, but still below the level it ought to be and stressed that the regional dimension of the virus makes it difficult for progress to be made in one country without the corresponding progress in the others.The new UNMEER Head, Cheikh Ahmed, expressed appreciation for the leadership and commitment of the Liberian government, which he considers the main factor responsible for the level of progress made in Liberia’s fight against the further spread of the Ebola virus disease.He pointed out that the mechanism for coordination may not be perfect but has impacted the Ebola fight in Liberia and the region very efficiently.Mr. Ahmed indicated that UNMEER will also focus on helping government reactivate the educational system and declared the mission’s support to the back to school effort. He, however, advised that appropriate measures and processes be put into place to protect both the students and staff as Ebola is still active in Liberia.Mr. Ahmed was accompanied by the Secretary General’s Special Representative of the UN Mission in Liberia, Karin Landgren; UN Ebola Envoy, David Nabarro; and Mr. Peter Graff; while Health Minister, Dr. Walter Gwenigale; Minister of State Without Portfolio, Mr. Sylvester Grigsby; and Dr. Emmanuel Dolo, were also in attendance.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
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. Are we having fun yet?Oklahoma State flipped the 2011 script almost exactly on its head and did to Iowa State what Iowa State did to it during the final sweet days of Brandon Weeden to Justin Blackmon four years ago. Don’t believe me? How about this stat?In the OSU-ISU meetings in Ames in 2011 and 2015, the eventual losing team held a 24-7 lead. #okstate @OSUAthletics @CowboyFB— Kevin Klintworth (@KKlintworth) November 15, 2015AdChoices广告Oklahoma State opened the game on Saturday in Ames with an atrocious defensive attack and a plodding, grinding offense that it really needed to be explosive. Then it did what this Oklahoma State team seems to do every single week and closed like its season depended on it (which it did).The Cowboys allowed just seven second-half points and got some big boy drives from Mason Rudolph and Co. capped by a couple of J.W. Walsh rushing TDs that made me want to run a few laps around the DFW metroplex. Mike Gundy went full Donald Trump at the end with two minutes left and gave Iowa State a last gasp effort, but the curse of 2011 was officially buried with a Jordan Sterns pick as the clock wound down on OSU’s 12th straight win.What a night. What a team. What a season. Here are my 10 thoughts.1. This team is relentlessly goodI believe it was Evan Epstein who tweeted that Mike Gundy-coached teams never quit earlier this season. This game epitomized it. They had chance after chance to throw in the towel against an ISU squad that was clearly having its once-every-three-seasons performance, and they never did. One of the main reasons is this dude (more on him in a little bit).They just keep coming at you. They don’t play 54 minutes or 58 minutes or even 59 minutes. If you want to beat this year’s Oklahoma State team, you’re going to have to go lights out for all 60 until they have no pulse. Otherwise, they’ll bury you at the very end.2. Marcell Ateman, the dudeOklahoma State probably isn’t even in that game if it’s not for Ateman’s show in the first half. Rudolph went into “welp, guess I’m just throwing it up to No. 3 because nobody else is doing anything” mode early, and it worked. Ateman had eight catches for 132 yards and surpassed his previous best game of 130 yards against Texas Tech last season. He was straight man on a day OSU needed one on the offensive side.3. New week, same story on defenseIowa State’s first half: 32 plays for 307 yardsIowa State’s second half: 28 plays for 104 yardsIt’s pretty much the same thing every week. My question is why OSU has to wait until halftime to turn the thing on defensively. If Glenn Spencer is that good coming out of the locker room, he should be a consultant for the Patriots next season instead of coaching kids for $400K a year.Also, it really felt like you could tell which team defended 110 plays last weekend against TCU. OSU was slower than Jermaine Gresham at a Scrabble competition in the first half on defense. The offense hung around, though, and Spencer cast his spell in the locker room for the 10th straight week. We might need to check his blood to see if there’s any Bill Snyder in there.Also, what was Iowa State doing on its second-to-last drive? Throwing at Kevin Peterson on third and one after you’d basically just run it down OSU’s throat all game? That’s Mike Yurcich 2014 stuff!4. J.W. Walsh has found his life’s callingIt’s pretty well-documented that I haven’t always loved J.W. Walsh. I thought he was a pretty mediocre starting QB and, although a great leader, not necessarily who you wanted steering the ship with all the chips down. I still think that, but boy has he found his life’s calling. I’m not saying OSU wouldn’t have won that game if he wasn’t involved, but it certainly would have been a lot dicier.If you were to tell me all 85 guys plus the coaches just jumped on his back and he ran them back to Stillwater from Ames after the game, I would believe you. Mason Rudolph handed him the opportunity and he violently slammed the door on 2011 and all the emotions and memories that flowed.He also had the sweetest moment of the game. When he went “shhhhhhhh” late, you knew it was only a matter of time. Long live The General.The game tonight was pretty much the exact opposite of 2011. Brutal start, close like a boss. Shhhh! pic.twitter.com/st1lNAdv0Y— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) November 15, 20155. Wait, was that a run game?The stats will tell you that was OSU’s seventh-best rushing performance of the season from a yards per carry standpoint. That seems pretty low for how many times Mike & Mike fed its trio of backs (plus the QBs). Perhaps the stats got a little bogged down by those late-game victory formation kneel-downs, but the most telling thing was that OSU went to the run in some of its biggest moments of the game.Case in point right here on 3rd and six late with OSU still trailing by 10. OSU desperately needed a first down and Mike & Mike went to their backup RB with the season pretty much hanging in the balance. The entire run game certainly had a different feel in this outing than it has over the rest of the Big 12 schedule. I presume that was by design, although the way this year is going, I’m not sure it’s wise to presume anything is “by design.”6. Emmanuel Ogbah’s second halfThere are worse players to turn the second half of games over to than Emmanuel Ogbah (like all of them). It seemed like OSU *finally* went away from the all-out blitz late in the third quarter (and into the fourth) and let Ogbah do what Ogbah does. He was immense all day and with a pair of sacks became the active NCAA leader in them.Gundy said he screwed up with two minutes left by going into the victory formation while ISU still had three timeouts. He’s probably not wrong about that, but when you see how Zach Sinor has punted lately and think, “we can either try for a first down here and potentially turn it over or give ISU the ball inside its own 20 with a minute left and no timeouts and possibly the greatest defensive player we’ve ever had leading the charge,” I’m actually OK with the latter choice.7. Mason Rudolph let ’em hangThe stay-at-home mom gets forgotten about with Walsh doing WWII stuff and Glenn Spencer leading the cavalry through the Iowa corn fields. That’s unfortunate because he put up another stellar performance going 24/36 for 327 yards and a touchdown and slid into the third slot for most prolific seasons by a QB in Oklahoma State history (Brandon Weeden has the top two).Oklahoma State was 12/18 on third and fourth downs and Rudolph’s arm is a big reason why. He threw some grown man passes late on the road in a November game with the whole deal on the line. This season has aged him three years and I mean that in a good way.He’s now 12-1 as the starter. That seems good. So does this.Mason Rudolph has beaten every Big12 team except Baylor. He has a chance next week at Boone Pickens Stadium. (8-1 in conf games since ’14)— Southwell (@JustinSouthwell) November 15, 20158. Road game heart attacksMike Gundy said after the game in his on-field interview that winning road games is always tough. He’s right. OSU will get dinged by the CFP committee because it didn’t house a team it was favored over by two touchdowns. Consider this, though. In three of its four Big 12 road games, OSU has either trailed or been tied with under three minutes left in the game. It won them all.That’s special and it goes back to OSU being relentlessly good and led by No. 4. This team just doesn’t get rattled and you (the CFP committee) can keep seeing that as a negative, but going undefeated on the road in a Power 5 conference is no joke. I thought Walsh summed it up best.#okstate J.W. Walsh after being reminded that OSU trailed for 52 of the 60 minutes played: “That’s crazy. Our team is unbelievable.”— Bill Haisten ?? (@billhaisten) November 15, 20159. The 2011 curse has been shedIt’s finally over. There will always be a part of my fandom that will have ended with that 2011 Friday night in Ames, but on the whole, you can take that freaking cardboard sign upon which an Iowa State fan wrote “remember 2011” and ESPN felt compelled to show every other play and toss it in a bonfire.That 2011 team was special in a way that no other OSU team has ever been special. It had clout. It had an attitude. It had more swagger than the previous 109 teams that played before it in OSU’s history combined. It knew it was going to win games.I’m not sure this team knows it’s going to win games as much as it simply believes that if it plays all 60 minutes as hard as it can, it is going to be a hell of a thing to overcome. Two separate friends have suggested that this year’s team is like one of those classic Eddie Sutton overachieving squads that you’re not sure if you totally trust but is an absolute blast to watch. They exude overachievement. Who doesn’t love that?2011 was performance art at the highest level. 2015 is like watching somebody walk across the Grand Canyon on a tightrope. It’s not always very fun, but after it’s over, you’re glad it happened (you think).10. All the breaks? All the breaksAll of them. Off the top of my head: The ISU TD in the first half that got overturned, the Marcell Ateman pass interference that wasn’t called (but could have been), multiple spots on third and fourth downs and the greatest false start in school history. In a vacuum, each break doesn’t feel like that big of a deal (other than the false start), but when you add them all up and look at what’s happened the rest of the season (the Texas game, the schedule etc.), everything is bending the Pokes’ direction.It’s a pretty strange feeling, to be honest.11. Two more to perfectionCan you imagine telling late-October 2014 you that OSU would be two games from perfection in the middle of November 2015? Heck, can you imagine telling late September 2015 you that OSU would be two games from perfection in the middle of November 2015? The road weariness is put away for good in 2015 and OSU now has Baylor and OU for its first 12-0 season in school history. Both in Boone’s house. Both will be monumental affairs.I cannot wait.