NORMAN, OK – SEPTEMBER 08: A member of the Oklahoma Sooners spirit squad celebrates a touchdown against the UCLA Bruins at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 8, 2018 in Norman, Oklahoma. The Sooners defeated the Bruins 49-21. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)The Oklahoma Sooners will have a new voice on defense in 2019 with former Ohio State assistant coach Alex Grinch slated to take over. While he may lack the name recognition of some other coaches on the market, or even his predecessor, Grinch has the full confidence of the Oklahoma athletic department – and his salary reflects that.Oklahoma announced this evening that Grinch is slated to make $1.4 million in 2019.The amount would make him one of the highest paid coordinators in all of college football.Prior to joining the Sooners, Grinch served as co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach for the Ohio State Buckeyes in 2018.Alex Grinch will make $1.4 million as the #Sooners defensive coordinator: https://t.co/W5ucG4GaJm— OU Daily Sports (@OUDailySports) January 30, 2019Before serving under Urban Meyer, Grinch spent three seasons as defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach at Washington State.Grinch replaces former defensive coordinator Mike Stoops, who was fired in October following a 48-45 loss to Texas. His interim replacement was Ruffin McNeil, who is slated to return to his former role as outside linebackers coach in 2019.Oklahoma’s defense struggled mightily in 2018, allowing 21 or more points in all but two of their 14 games, and allowing at least 40 points in six of them.The Sooners certainly have high hopes that Grinch can turn the defense around and are paying him like someone who has already done it.Grinch may have his work cut out for him in the pass-happy Big 12 Conference.
Brock President Jack Lightstone at Thursday’s gift announcement from Niagara Recycling.Niagara Recycling has made an operational donation to Brock University that will help to fund seven community programs that support individuals living with disabilities.The $180,000 donation over the next four years will fund a co-ordinator position that will have a direct impact on the operation of the programs administered by Brock.The programs provide children and youth from Niagara with developmentally appropriate physical education experiences that enable participants to utilize their gross and fine motor skills, as well as enhance their fitness and conditioning levels.Niagara Recycling, a not for profit social enterprise company, has been contributing to the success of disability support programs at Brock since 1997. One of these programs, the Special Needs Activity Program (SNAP), has seen more than 25 thousand individuals with disabilities experience the joy of being physically active in a non-restrictive environment.“We are delighted that this donation will help sustain our inclusive and adaptive community programs,” says Maureen Connolly, SNAP program co-ordinator and professor of kinesiology. “This donation is an extension of Niagara Recycling’s on-going commitment to support people with disabilities in our region.”The Niagara Recycling donation will also support the Confident Healthy Active Role Models (CHARM) initiative, the Niagara Penguins program, and the Autism Spectrum Disorder Summer Movement Camp, just to name a few.Niagara Recycling will also continue to be an active supporter of the Autism Spectrum Disorder Summer Movement Camp at Brock. To date, they’ve contributed more than $117,000 to the initiative.“Funding this great program at Brock University has been made possible by our long standing partnership with the Niagara Region through the operation of their recycling processing facility,” says Bill McMullan, chair of the Niagara Recycling Board of Directors. “With this new funding initiative, Niagara Recycling has donated over $1.5 million to support programs for developmentally challenged individuals since 1996.”“Niagara Region enjoys a strong relationship with Niagara Recycling and we are proud of their efforts to support those with disabilities in our community,” said Niagara Region chair Gary Burroughs. “By increasing the amount of materials that we recycle and by continuing to effectively use our Grey and Blue boxes, we allow great opportunities like this to continue.”Niagara Recycling has helped to create a full-circle relationship with the community. Not only do they support the development of individuals with disabilities as children and youth, they also provide employment opportunities that allow these individuals to live fulfilling, active lives in our region.
Six months after the July 9, 2017, major Camp Street Prison break and fire, two hardcore prisoners are still on the run.However, Assistant Commissioner of Police, Clifton Hicken told INews earlier today (Tuesday) that the search for the remaining escapees are still on-going, especially along the East Coast and East Bank Demerara areas.“We’re still working on the clues. It’s still a work in progress,” he said during a telephone interview.The wanted men have been identified as Paul Goriah and Cobena Stephens who were implicated in murder cases in the past.Pandemonium broke out at the Camp Street Prison on July 9 when prisoners set the facility on fire, occasioning its destruction with the exception of a brick building in the compound which remained intact and, after renovations, is now housing “hard core” prisoners.In the ensuing confusion, a number of prisoners managed to escape from lawful custody, including convicted murderer Mark Royden Durant, also called “Royden Williams”; Uree Varswyck and Stafrei Hopkinson Alexander, among others.That incident also resulted in the death of Prison Officer Odinga Wickham, who was shot by prisoners during the breakout.Following that jailbreak, over 1000 prisoners were displaced.While some were moved to the Mazaruni Prison or granted early release or bail, others remained at the Lusignan penitentiary under straightened circumstances.It was then that another contingent of prisoners escaped.Since these two jailbreaks, all but two prison escapees – Goriah and Stephens – have either been recaptured or killed. (Ramona Luthi) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMurder accused among 3 in Lusignan Prison escapeOctober 15, 2018In “Crime”Prison officer killed in Camp Street unrest, conflagration laid to restJuly 25, 2017In “Crime”Intelligence-driven operation ongoing to recapture escapees- HickenSeptember 12, 2017In “Crime”