Photo Attribution: Icon SMIIn case you missed it on Tuesday I put out my first ten predictions for the 2011 season including one in which Justin Blackmon doesn’t lead this team in catches (you can kill me in the comments). 11. OSU will finish higher in both the AP and Coaches polls than they start – Yes, they’ve started in the top ten before, but this year feels different. It is different. That ’09 team was dazzling and electric, but this team is nasty. There’s a tangible difference.12. Brandon Weeden will break the completion percentage record he set last year of .669 – Last year he shattered the former record, that had only been raised .1% in the last 22 years, by a staggering 2%. That’s going up again. 70% isn’t unattainable.13. Four guys will top 50 catches this year – Last year only two did (Blackmon and Cooper). This year I think they’ll repeat and you can throw Randle and pick one from Anyiam, Moore, Stewart, and Harrison.14. This year’s team will go for it on fourth down at least 20 times – Last year’s squad went 7-15 in such instances. I just think there’s a trust factor between the coaches and the offense that wasn’t there for the totality of the 2010 season. If the ball is past midfield and it’s not a tight game in the 4th, I don’t see Gundy not going for it.15. Jeremy Smith will lead the team in total TDs – I think we’ve already established that I don’t see Blackmon having as big of a year as he did last year (not that anyone should be disappointed with something along the lines of 80 | 1,500 | 14) and I think Smith is going to get a ton of chances to punch it in. I also think he’s one of the five players OSU can least afford to lose. 16. Herschel Sims will rush for more yards this year than Joseph Randle did last year (463) – Monken is going to run it and he’s got a wicked trio of back with which to do it. Sims won’t be as important as Randle was last year, but he’s going to blow people away when he’s in there.17. We won’t see the gray jerseys more than once this year – And I think it’ll be at home against Arizona. 18. Brandon Weeden will be in New York City on December 10 – I know I wrote this summer that OSU should focus its Heisman campaign solely on Blackmon, but the more I think about it the more convinced I am that Weeden is going to have a Heisman-worthy year. 19. Shaun Lewis will lead the team in tackles (but he won’t break 100) – I say that mostly because there’s so much parity at LB. Nobody’s going to pull an Orie and have 133 tackles this year. Lewis is going to be an All-Big 12 player this year though and he’ll have the resume to back it up.20. Mike Gundy will go back-to-back Big 12 coach of the year – It’s one thing to do it from out of nowhere with nobody gunning for you and it’s a completely other to do it with everyone chasing you down. Just ask Bob Stoops.To see the full series of 40 predictions (only 20 of which I’ve published so far) you can go here. To see our series on who’s in the way of #1 go here. And if you’re interested in who I think are the 20 most important people to an OSU title run go here.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!
The Prime Minister, who was addressing a ceremony for the handover of 11 new garbage trucks to the NSWMA at Jamaica House on Tuesday (October 24), pointed out that privatisation of the agency would allow it to focus on being a regulator rather than an operator. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the pre-feasibility study on the divestment of the commercial activities of the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) is now complete.The study was conducted by the Riverton Disposal Site Enterprise Team, which was commissioned by the Prime Minister in October last year.It explored options for public-private partnerships (PPPs), as well as potential changes in regulations, to achieve an integrated solid-waste-management system (ISWMS) in which every type of waste will be transformed into some form of value-added product.The study also looked at an implementation plan that will guide the Enterprise Team in undertaking the PPP.The Prime Minister, who was addressing a ceremony for the handover of 11 new garbage trucks to the NSWMA at Jamaica House on Tuesday (October 24), pointed out that privatisation of the agency would allow it to focus on being a regulator rather than an operator.He argued that garbage collection “is a service that the Government need not provide”.“I strongly believe that whatever service that the private sector could provide more efficiently, more effectively, Government should step back (or) away from that and allow the private sector to provide it. The role of Government is to regulate; the role of Government is to set standards and police those standards,” he argued.Chairman of the Enterprise Team, Lyttleton Shirley, in providing details about the outcome of the study, said it found that waste could be harvested and converted to energy through mechanisms other than incineration, such as anaerobic digestion or landfill gas-to-energy.It was also recommended that some disposal sites may need to be converted into sanitary landfills or closed, and that alternative transfer stations, which are strategically located, could be employed.“A rationalisation has to be done in tandem with the plans for the PPP, to ensure that waste can be moved to treatment sites from the source more efficiently,” he added.Mr. Shirley said that with the completion of the pre-feasibility study, the Enterprise Team has now begun the consultation process to move to the next phase.This, he said, will involve engaging in deeper and more focused due diligence to prepare a PPP transaction.“The due diligence will involve interviews with the private sector to determine their requirements. Additionally, there will be more consultations with the Government to specify the scope and requirements of a request for proposal, and consultations with communities and industry players to ensure a sustainable buy-in,” he said.The pre-feasibility study was conducted with assistance from the World Bank. Story Highlights Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the pre-feasibility study on the divestment of the commercial activities of the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) is now complete. Chairman of the Enterprise Team, Lyttleton Shirley, in providing details about the outcome of the study, said it found that waste could be harvested and converted to energy through mechanisms other than incineration, such as anaerobic digestion or landfill gas-to-energy.