Bolsonaro draws battle lines in fight over Amazon indigenous lands

first_imgParintins, site of Brazil’s big annual indigenous festival, is typical of towns in the Brazilian Amazon. The Sateré, and other indigenous groups living or working there, often endure discrimination and work analogous to slavery. Civil rights are few and indigenous populations inhabit the bottom rung of the economic ladder.Now more than ever, indigenous groups fear the loss of their cultural heritage and land rights as guaranteed under the 1988 Brazilian Constitution. New president Jair Bolsonaro wants to achieve indigenous societal “assimilation,” a process by which an ethnic minority group’s traditional way of life and livelihoods is erased.The strongest advocates of indigenous assimilation are the ruralistas, rural wealthy elites and agribusiness producers, who have the most to gain via access to the timber, land and mineral wealth found within indigenous territories. The bancada ruralista agribusiness lobby is strong in Congress, and it supports Bolsonaro.The Sateré, along with other indigenous groups, have endured a long history marked by extermination and exploitation. Brazil’s 900,000 indigenous people are increasingly joining together to fight the anti-indigenous policies proposed by the Bolsonaro administration and supported by the ruralists. Benito Miquiles, a Sateré man. Image by Matheus ManfrediniIn February, a Mongabay reporting team travelled to the Brazilian Amazon, spending time with the remote Sateré-Mawé, documenting their culture and long-time conflict with mining companies and land grabbers. This series looks at new threats imposed on the Sateré and indigenous groups across Brazil as they’re threatened by the ruralist-friendly policies of President Jair Bolsonaro. The trip was funded by the Amazon Rainforest Journalism Fund in association with the Pulitzer Center and Mongabay.PARINTINS, BRAZIL – On the banks of the Amazon River, in the Parintins municipal district of Amazonas state, Benito Miquiles, a young Sateré indigenous man watches boats come and go. Francesa, the port where he stands, is located in a small bay where the district’s untreated sewage flows into the river. It’s also here that boats travelling to and from the state’s interior stop to unload, with Indians and fisherfolk hefting heavy bags of manioc flour, copaíba oil and guarana, then forced to walk down a narrow 15-foot-long plank and on into town to sell their wares.Benito, who accompanied and guided the Mongabay reporting team throughout its trip, knows better than most the happenings, sounds and smells of Francesa. He lived here, out in the open, slinging his hammock among the boats, for two years while studying for a college degree in Parintins. Now age 25, he recently earned a diploma in intercultural indigenous studies from the Federal University of Amazonas.“It was a big achievement,” the young Sateré-Mawé acknowledges.Benito is proud to be Sateré, but people in Parintins frequently comment that he doesn’t look like a “real Indian.” His hair is stylishly coiffed, he owns a smart phone, takes “selfies” and wears a cap and sunglasses, but for Benito indigenous identity is something that comes from inside himself, irrespective of what he is wearing: “I was born Sateré, I grew up Sateré, and wherever I go I am Sateré. I can use a coat and tie, trainers, smart clothes, but I will always be Sateré.”last_img read more

Woman injured during weekend home invasion in Fort St. John

first_imgAnyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Fort St John RCMP at 250-787-8100 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS). FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – One woman was injured during a home invasion that occurred on the city’s east side over the weekend.Sergeant Dave Tyreman with the Fort St. John RCMP said that sometime during the early morning hours of Saturday, September 29th, three armed individuals forced their way into a home in the 8600-block of 76th Street.Once inside, one of the residents was involved in a struggle with one of the gunmen, which resulted in several shots being fired.- Advertisement -As a result of the gun being fired, a woman inside the home received a non-life-threatening injury to her arm.Investigators believe this was a targeted incident and that there is no danger to the public. The residents of the home are known to police.Sgt. Tyreman added that no further information will be released at this time in order to protect the integrity of the police investigation.Advertisementlast_img read more

Honda holds top spot for value

first_imgMedium multifunction: Mazda6 Wagon Larger car: Hyundai Azera Near luxury car: BMW 3-Series Luxury multifunction: Audi A4/S4 Avant Luxury car (3-way tie): Lexus LS 430, Acura RL, Audi A8 Small specialty less than $25K: Mini Cooper Small specialty more than $25K: Chevrolet Corvette Mid-specialty: Honda Accord Coupe Convertible less than $30K: Mini Cooper Convertible Convertible more than $30K: Chevrolet Corvette Convertible Minivan: Kia Sedona Small SUV (tie): Saturn Vue, Hyundai Tucson Medium crossover SUV: Honda Pilot Medium SUV: Nissan Xterra Large SUV: Nissan Armada Near luxury SUV: Lexus RX 330 Luxury SUV: Mercedes GL-Class Compact pickup: Honda Ridgeline Full-size pickup: Nissan Titan Heavy-duty pickup: Chevrolet Silverado Best model: Mini Cooper Most-improved brand: Honda Best corporation (overall): Honda Motor Co. Source: Strategic Vision Inc.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! DETROIT – Toyota Motor Corp. lost some ground to the competition in an annual vehicle-value survey to be released today. Honda Motor Co. held onto its overall ranking as the best full-line automaker, while General Motors Corp., which won in four segments, was the only domestic automaker with any top-ranked vehicles. Toyota, which had seven segment winners in 2005, took only three categories in this year’s study by Strategic Vision Inc. Meanwhile, Hyundai Motor Co. gained ground, with its Kia Optima taking the top spot for medium car, the Hyundai Azera winning for larger car, and the Kia Sedona ranking as the top minivan. The Hyundai Tucson tied with GM’s Saturn Vue for top-ranked small SUV. San Diego-based Strategic Vision surveyed more than 64,000 people who purchased new vehicles from October 2005 to March 2006. Participants were questioned after 90 days of ownership. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsThe study tries to capture whether consumers believe they got their money’s worth and factors in emotional components. Alexander Edwards, president of Strategic Vision’s automotive research group, said Toyota must be careful not to become complacent. Small car: Honda Civic Small multifunction: Scion xB Medium car: Kia Optima last_img read more

Sanchez was always ready to ‘work harder to improve’ and ‘never satisfied’

first_img deals Di Natale, right, scored 210 Serie A goals says Sanchez is the ‘best partner I ever had’ 4 What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas New job Alessandro Del Piero, Luca Toni and Filippo Inzaghi are just three team-mates Antonio Di Natale has partnered on the pitch.And Alexis Sanchez is better than them all. Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Former Crystal Palace and West Brom manager Pardew takes over at Dutch strugglers Getty Images – Getty Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update “When a player thinks he has no need to improve, he’s close to the end, he’s destined to be dethroned,” Di Natale added.“Sanchez, on the contrary, has always shown a hunger to get better, and he’s always been willing to sacrifice the sweat and tears to do so. I never got the sense that he was satisfied with what he achieved,” adding that it is this lack of complacency that has helped him play for Barca, Arsenal and now Man United.Sanchez once locked himself out of his car and used it as an excuse to trainManager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has even tried to rubbish rumours Sanchez has a poor attitude.“Alexis is such a professional and he comes in working every single day, really hard, and he wants to be part of this,” he said ahead of the Premier League game against Wolves.“He’s part of our squad and he’s a very, very good player. He’s had three weeks now, so he’s a few weeks behind the rest but he’s very close to being part of it.” Sanchez has scored 63 Premier League goals in 154 games, but just four since joining Man United in 2018 Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta on target Getty Images – Getty Not only is Sanchez the best partner Di Natale has ever had, he is also one of the hardest working players in training, too Matic one of two players for sale with ‘two Premier League clubs’ interested Sanchez has been hampered by injury during his time as a Man United player It is thought that the 30-year-old, who has scored just three Premier League goals since joining United – on a reported £500,000-a-week – wants to return to Serie A, suggesting that claims he is finished as a top level footballer are wide of the mark.Inter are hoping to agree a season-long loan deal with the option to buy. AC Milan, Napoli and Juventus are also interested. Getty Images – Getty 4 stalemate Redknapp calls Son ‘petulant’, but Holloway says red card for Rudiger kick was ‘soft’ Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship “Alexis was the contrary: I’ve never seen him distracted, he was always attentive and focused, he was always ready to work harder in order to improve, to add some new trick to his natural talent,” he told the Arsenal website in 2015.“He was also interested in those aspects of the game that talented forwards often hate: the tactical aspects, the physical dimension, the way to help the midfielders and even the full-backs.“This is probably his secret, and the thing that has allowed him to become one of the greatest players around today: he combines individual quality with a willingness for collective sacrifice.”Sanchez is now being linked with a move back to Italy where he began his career in Europe and where years of hard work earned him a move to Barcelona. BIG PRESENTS UP TOP 4 That’s according to one of Serie A’s greatest goal scorers himself, who played with Sanchez for three years at Udinese.The Manchester United forward has not had a great 18 months and has been unable to adapt to his new surroundings, while injuries have not helped him settle either.Rumours about a poor attitude have surfaced, but this goes against what those who have played with him say.Di Natale was there when he made the breakthrough at Udinese in 2008 and knew he’d go far, having seen many talented players throw away their chance to make a name for themselves because of a bad attitude. rookie error LATEST AFP – Getty FAREWELL 4 latest LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS OFF And when it comes to another well paid South American wonder, Sanchez trumps Neymar, too, according to Di Natale.Asked how he would compare the two players, he said that he’d love both in his side, but if he had to pick one it would be the United man.“He’s a little more ‘concrete’ than the Brazilian,” he explained.last_img read more

Storms Wreck Havoc On Southern Indiana; Leave Thousands Without Power

first_imgHistory almost repeated itself. Five years ago today, an EF 4 tornado ripped through Washington County and demolished the Henryville High School. This electric tower was destroyed north of Little York, adding to the power outage issues.This chicken house was destroyed along Voyles Road near Pekin.The Washington County Emergency Operation Center was opened at the county’s government building. Circles are made showing the paths of destruction.Washington County Commissioner Preston Shell observes the list of damage in Washington County, listed on a white board. In the early morning hours of March 1, 2017, high winds caused damage along much of the same path. As two groups of storms approached Kentuckiana, the National Weather Service predicted on Tuesday afternoon that overnight tornadoes, hail and strong winds. It was the 2nd round of straight line winds that passed through between 5-6:30a Wednesday that delivered the main punch. Straight line winds of 90 mph were reported in Pekin and Borden, says National Weather Service. Or the equivalent of an EF1 tornado.An EF2 tornado was confirmed near Mitchell.Sites will be reviewed in Paoli and Little York today.A few people are still without electricity and last night local schools were put on a two-hour delay and missed school on Wednesday because of the outage. Washington County sheriff’s department lost power along with the rest of the community, and had a water pump fail on its back up generator. As a result, all 911 calls were routed to Scott County and sent via text back to Sheriff’s Department staff. Officials are still working this morning to get communications back to working order. Damage was reported in the following areas in Washington County:Cole Road – Trailer OverturnedMt. Carmel Road – Trailer Overturned and garage on houseSellar Lane – Trailer overturnedProwesville  – Ridge RoadHunter Road – house damaged335 – Chicken houses down near Trainer Lane335 – barn destroyed Voyles road – building in road Hobbs Road – sawmill downStarr Road – washed outSR 135 S – house destroyedAbout 30 power lines down in the area. Beck’s Mill and Martinsburg Road were blocked off because of downed power lines. Electricity was out on most of the rural providers — Duke, Jackson County REMC, Clark County REMC, Orange and Harrison County REMC and a total of more than 13,000 without power. Thursday morning that number has shrunk to about 2000.Pekin Town Marshall Jeff Thomas said the path of destruction was similar to the one that hit the area in 2012. The only injuries reported were on Sellars Lane near Pekin where, three people were rescued from an overturned mobile home. There were minor cuts and scrapes. Deputy Sheriff Brent Miller said they volunteer firefighters arrived to cut them out of the trailer. “I could hear the people screaming and hollering inside there so I grabbed my phone and called 911 to get somebody out here as fast as they can,” neighbor Steve Pike said.A road was washed out on Starr Road and many roofs were damaged with a few barns and garages destroyed. A two-story poultry barn was destroyed by high winds, scattering debris in yards along Voyles Road in New Pekin.One semi storage trailer was blown off its foundation and blown into a nearby field. Nearby a barn that was rebuilt on Ironically, that same trailer was damaged when storms moved through New Pekin in 2012, almost five years ago to the day. A house that was rebuilt after being destroyed in the 2012 storms was also damaged in Wednesday’s storms. Winds from those storms overturned a travel trailer in the front yard of that home. One of the chicken houses at the Wright Bros. Tyson Chicken operation was hit by lightening and burned. Two other chicken houses flattened and part of one roof was torn off. Those buildings were damaged back in 2012. Most of the county spent the day without power, sending the Southern Indiana communities back into the dark ages. Without power, there was no refrigeration. Walmart Manager Mike King said there was a potential of the store losing over $1 million in frozen and fresh food. Without power, there were no restaurants, no gas stations could pump gas and nobody could cook food, unless it was on a gas or charcoal grill. Earlier in the day, WSLM reported that Jackson County REMC had over 6,300 customers without power. This morning, they had less than 1000 still without power. Duke Energy had about 2000 customers in Salem without power. That’s down to 16 on Thursday, despite most customers receiving word that they wouldn’t have power back until about Noon today.  Most power in Salem was restored before 8p Wednesday. Harrison County REMC had 3,997 without power. They have all been restored. Matt Deaton reported Orange County REMC had more than 1,000 without power. A semi-trailer was blown over near Austin on I-65, causing delays. Trees were also down on I-65 near Sellersburg. Damage was also reported in Austin, and one man said he was saved by devine intervention. Raymond Bowling said he stood up to start getting ready for work but decided to let the snooze go off one more time. “I laid back down and this happened just minutes afterwards. Good Lord was looking out for me for sure,” he wrote on Facebook. A tree slammed into his house and a foot-thick limb pierced the ceiling and rammed into the bathroom in front of the sink, where Bowling would have been standing. “It was divine intervention,” he said. NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICEThe National Weather Service believes an EF-3 tornado touched down, packing winds of 135 miles per hour. Most of the damage is concentrated in Posey and Gibson Counties, especially in Fort Branch, Griffin and Poseyville.The National Weather Service was also surveying EF-2 damage near the town of Ireland in Dubois County and confirmed an EF-2 tornado that touched down near Mitchell in Lawrence County.NWS confirmed straight line winds did damage in the Pekin area and North of Salem. NWS will be surveying damage in Paoli and around Little York today. The National Weather Service is surveying the area in Scott County. Crews are mapping debris and trying to determine if straight-line winds, a tornado or other small rotations caused the damage.“What you have to do to determine if it’s a tornado or a microburst is look to see what the damage path looks like,” said Joe Sullivan with the National Weather Service in Louisville. “Was there any convergence? Was there any rotation in it?”County emergency management officials say only the driver of an overturned semi-truck on I-65 suffered minor injuries.Teams are reviewing two main damage areas. One is located northwest of Austin and the other is south of Scottsburg.Along Stricker Road, residents are without power. They are dealing with downed trees, home damage, and debris all over.A log cabin that was unoccupied was completely leveled. A barn was ripped apart and tossed across a yard. A roof of a home off Stoney Point was peeled off.Because of what Henryville experienced nearly five years ago, the threat of severe weather is taken seriously.On March 2, 2012, Henryville Jr/Sr High School and Henryville Elementary School were distorted when an EF 4 tornado ripped through the town.West Clark will be making up the missed day on Wednesday, March 22. They plan on resuming classes Thursday.Borden received quite a bit of damage and the schools will be closed today. Seymour Community Schools are closed today as well. Scott County District 2 Schools were on a delay Thursday morning.last_img read more

Have Your Processes in Order Before Implementing HR Technology

first_imgOne of the recurring conversations I had during the first day of the HR Technology Conference revolved around using these tools to solve business problems. The issue with that, says Michael Rochelle, Chief Strategy Officer at Brandon Hall Group, is that “HR is a buffet of broken processes.” Applying technology to a misaligned strategy, poor tool selection, or inefficient process isn’t going to magically solve anyone’s problems—in fact, it’s just as likely to exacerbate the problem instead.When we recently did research on talent management systems, more than 1 in 4 companies was actively considering switching to a new system or provider. Consider for a moment how many of those companies might actually have the right solution, but they don’t have the right processes in place to support it. Or the opposite could very well be true: the company doesn’t have the right processes or technology in place and needs to make a change to one or both.So do I think HR technology is a worthwhile investment in terms of time and money? Certainly! But implementing a new tool can’t be done in a vacuum. The decisions we make as a business impact the decisions we have to make as HR leaders, and vice versa.HR needs to make sure it has its house in order process-wise before anything else. In the long run, that will lead to greater satisfaction, efficiency, and effectiveness with the selected tools. HR technology can’t fix HR, but we can. Here are a few questions to consider as you think through how this might affect your organization:·         What problems are we facing that can’t be solved by HR technology?·         What problems are we facing that can be solved by HR technology?·         What process issues are we aware of but haven’t yet fixed?·         What process issues impact our business that we haven’t yet identified?At the end of the day, this is bigger than what we can cover in a single blog post. The key takeaway is to see HR technology solutions for what they are—tools to make existing processes better. If your current process is broken, expect frustrations and dissatisfaction when it comes to your technology.What are your thoughts? Can HR technology solve some of the key problems HR faces? If so, how?last_img read more

Shoplifting Suspect Accused of Hitting Cop with Car

first_imgA suspected shoplifter who police say hit an officer with his car while fleeing from a Coconut Creek, Florida, Walmart last month has been arrested. Avonta Lamar Bailey, 30, was arrested Saturday in Dania Beach on charges including aggravated battery on an officer, grand theft, eluding a police officer, leaving the scene of a crash involving property damage and resisting arrest with violence in the June 29 incident, Coconut Creek Police officials said Monday.Officials said the officer was working an extra duty detail at the Walmart in the 5500 block of West Hillsboro Road when loss prevention associates alerted the officer that a suspected shoplifter left the store with two stolen computers. The officer tried to speak with the suspect, who was putting the items in his car, when the man put his car in reverse and hit the officer with his open driver’s side door, officials said.The impact knocked the officer to the ground and the officer had to roll out of the way to avoid being hit by the car as the suspect fled. The officer was taken to a nearby hospital and later released, and was not seriously injured. Bailey remained behind bars on $47,000 bond Monday, jail records showed. Attorney information wasn’t available.   [Source: NBC6 Miami]- Sponsor – Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Wallabies would be wise to field strong team against Georgia in Rugby World Cup

first_imgThe selectors may be tempted to keep certain players in cotton wool against Georgia, but that will not help them to get ready for the quarter-final. Sure, the Wallabies will not want to see any of their top players injured against Georgia, but the risk of injury is just as great at training. If key Wallabies are rested against Georgia, they will have received either no game time, or very little, since the loss to Wales, diminishing their match fitness.The All Blacks fielded a near full-strength team against Tonga in their World Cup warm-up to prepare for the opening game of the tournament against South Africa. The Wallabies should treat Georgia the same way, a full dress rehearsal for the quarter-final, honing their combinations and skills for the sudden-death game.The question is, what is the Wallabies best team? Do the selectors even know? The tight-five of Scott Sio, Tolu Latu, Allan Alaalatoa, Rory Arnold and Izack Rodda is pretty much settled as it has been the Wallabies’ best-performing area so far in the tournament.But positions from number six to number 10 remain something of a mystery. We can be almost certain the “Pooper” back-row combination of David Pocock and Michael Hooper will start the quarter-final, despite calls for a big blindside flanker. It has been duly noted that Pocock, regarded as the best breakdown forward in world rugby, has not won any turnovers in this tournament.That is largely because of a key law change at the breakdown that favours the team in possession at the tackle contest, making it much more difficult to pilfer the ball. But the real strength of the “Pooper” combination is not so much playing hard on the ball, but their solid defence. Without Pocock and Hooper on the field at the same time, the Wallabies are very vulnerable defensively.As long as the Wallabies have a big number eight such as Isi Naisararni, they should be able to get away with having two shorter flankers. But Naisarani will face a strong challenge from Jack Dempsey for the gold number eight jersey. Dempsey showed brilliant footwork and physicality against Uruguay. If he can’t dislodge Naisarani, he might beat blindside flanker Lukhan SalaKaia-Loto for a spot on the bench.But do the Wallabies want to deny themselves the option of adding size to the back-row should they need it? The pressing question is who will start in the halves? Nic White and Christian Lealiifano or Will Genia and Bernard Foley?Before the World Cup coach Michael Cheika hinted he would adopt a horses-for-courses approach and has flipped the halves combination in each game. It is Genia and Foley’s turn to start against Georgia, but are they the best combination? Probably not. White and Lealiifano should start against Georgia, unless Cheika is keeping Matt Toomua up his sleeve as a number 10 option.The mid-field combination of Samu Kerevi and James O’Connor as well as left winger Marika Koroibete seem the only certain starters in the backline. At fullback, the selectors must decide between the safety-first option of Dane Haylett-Petty and the x-factor of Kurtley Beale. At this stage it looks as if Beale will continue his role as a super-sub.And, of course, the arrival of teen sensation Jordan Petaia has given the selectors something to mull over in relation to the right wing. Petaia, 19, made a wonderful debut against Uruguay, scoring a try, but is he ready to start in the quarter-final ahead of the likes of Reece Hodge, Adam Ashley-Cooper or even Haylett-Petty? There is an old truism in rugby that if you are good enough, you are old enough, and Petaia certainly looked good enough, albeit he was only playing against Uruguay.Whoever the selectors decide to go with for Georgia, they need to pick the best possible Wallabies team to prepare for the quarter-final. Eddie Jones unwittingly tipped the Wallabies into the danger of the draw and they would be wise to listen to the former Australia mentor. Since you’re here… Read more The last thing the Wallabies need is another contributing factor towards a slow start, having begun poorly in all of their games so far against Fiji, Wales and Uruguay.It raises a strong argument that the Wallabies should field their best team against Georgia to help prepare for the quarter-final. The Wallabies selectors made 12 changes to the team that lost 29-25 to Wales for the Uruguay game to rest key players and give others game time. 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Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share via Email Australia sport Topics Support The Guardian Australia must address slow starts before Rugby World Cup quarter-finals begin After England’s 39-10 win against Argentina, coach Eddie Jones touched on an issue which will have important implications for his old team, the Wallabies, as they prepare for the knockout stage of the Rugby World Cup.Jones’ off-the-cuff comment did not pertain to the ill-discipline that has bedevilled Australia, but to the vagaries of the draw. Asked to explain England’s slow start against Argentina, Jones attributed it to rustiness after playing two easy games against Tonga and the USA in Pool C.This has direct relevance to the Wallabies, who will have played two minnows in a row before their quarter-final. The Wallabies defeated Uruguay 45-10 at Oita Stadium on Saturday and will play their final Pool D game against Georgia on Friday. If Jones’ theory is correct, the Wallabies will be underdone when they face the pressure-cooker situation of sudden-death rugby. Bret Harris Share on LinkedIn Rugby World Cup: Cheika says Australia must improve discipline after 45-10 win – video Rugby World Cup 2019 Rugby World Cup features Play Video Share on Pinterest Share on Facebook Australia rugby union teamlast_img read more

The Most Dynamic Players at Oklahoma State in 2017, Ranked

first_imgWhile 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. 6. Dillon Stoner: Ask anyone in the Jenks area who the best athlete to come through the area over the last few years is, and 80% will tell you Dillon Stoner. For Jenks, he was a punter, safety, receiver, wildcat quarterback, and kick-holder for extra points. The man does it all — he even took a snap out of the wildcat last season with the game on the line.5. Mason Rudolph: I wouldn’t consider Mason Rudolph to be an athletic freak, but I also would not say that to his face. At 6-foot-5, he towers over defenses and has every throw in the arsenal ready to unload at a moments notice. If he can perfect his short game (which looks worse than mine at times), he’ll grow into a bonafide first-rounder without question.4. J.D. King: Do not sleep on Georgia running backs. Period. J.D. King is a freak show who can lift heavier weight than the entire PFB team combined, and I can guarantee you he doesn’t skip leg day. He’s a fast runner through the gap, and while he isn’t the make-you-miss athlete that Chuba Hubbard is, he can hold his own by taking blows up the middle and pass-blocking like a pro.3. Tyron Johnson: It’s entirely possible we’ve overblown the Tyron Johnson hype, but it’s also entirely possible that everyone — including myself — absolutely can’t wait to see him take the field. The former five-star recruit is bound to breakout in 2017. It’s “bag year” as he calls it.2. James Washington: Washington returns as the NCAA leader in receiving yards and yards per catch, and with games like this against Pitt in 2016, I’d be stunned if he isn’t the odds-on favorite to win the Biletnikoff in 2017.I think everyone feels happy he chose football over tennis.1. Justice Hill: Mr. All-American himself earns the top spot as the most dynamic player for OSU in 2017. The expectation for Hill last season was to fill a role behind Chris Carson, but he supplanted the veteran early in the season, rushed for 1,000-plus yards, and launched himself into our list at No. 1 among OSU’s most dynamic players. When you can squat 565-pounds, I think that’s an automatic qualifier. Each year Mike Gundy and his staff bring in heavily evaluated (but not always highly-rated) prospects who overachieve on the gridiron. Players like James Washington, Jalen McCleskey and Brad Lundblade all come to mind when I think of players who have outperformed their projections and proven to be dynamic players in Stillwater.With that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of the most dynamic players at OSU entering the 2017 season, ranked. Similar to Bruce Feldman’s annual college football freak list, these are the do-it-all athletes OSU can’t do without.10. Zach Sinor: Name another player in the country who can pin punts inside the 10, launch his own Heisman website, and campaign at a national event like Big 12 media days. I’ll wait …….. OK, no one, right? That, my friends, is dynamic! Yes, I’ll admit I’m pandering to the #SinorForHeisman crowd, but I’m of the belief that he’s going to be one of the most crucial players in OSU’s push to win the Big 12 in 2017.AdChoices广告9. Ramon Richards: We’ve come a long ways from Richards’ freshman campaign that was biting on the pump fake after biting on the pump fake. Now, in 2017, he’s moved over to play safety — which could be huge for the senior in a 3-3-5 scheme, as Thomas Fleming analyzed. Regardless of what you think about his footwork or fundamentals, he always seems to be in the right place at the right time. His feel for the game — and now his ability to play multiple positions — makes him one of OSU’s most dynamic athletes. (Not bad for a high school quarterback turned defensive back!)8. Chuba Hubbard: For your troubles, I’ve listed out all the OSU athletes since 2010 who have run faster than Chuba in the 100-meter sprint:Tyreek Hill, 10.19That’s it. Hubbard’s 10.55 100-meter dash earned him fourth overall in 2015 IAAF World Youth Championships in Cali, Colombia in 2015. He can catch passes out of the backfield, he can get up the field through the heart of the defense, and he’s really, really, fast.7. Calvin Bundage: Bundage, a second-year player from Edmond Santa Fe, has all the physical tools to potentially take over as the No. 1 option at star linebacker. He’s a physical freak who has coverage skills like a safety, rushing skills like a defensive end, and punishing power across the middle like an inside linebacker.last_img read more

OSU’s Offense Needs to Improve in Red Zone Scoring

first_img20134.8610-3 Texas552193.98 YearRZ PassingRZ Pass TDsRZ INTsRZ Rushing TDsRZ TripsTotal RZ TDs 20094.439-4 Kansas321324.12 Iowa State411864.54 20164.5210-3 The 2010-2013 squads were very good which shouldn’t be a surprise because those teams had better offensive lines and, consequently, better running games. The outlier was that forgettable 2014 offense whose inconsistency along the offensive line was only outweighed by its inconsistency at quarterback. Zac Veatch started at guard.Aside from 2014, last year was the worst since 2009 in PPR. That decline can be partially attributed to the lack of a J.W. Walsh who was an ultra-efficient 10-of-22 (77.3 percent) with eight touchdowns and no interceptions in the red zone. He also added 13 rushing touchdowns inside the 20.Walsh called his own number 55 times (passing or running it himself) in the red zone in 2015 and came out with 21 touchdowns to show for it. Last year, Rudolph’s numbers were 68 snaps (excluding hand-offs) for 18 touchdowns and an interception. Nothing against QB1. That’s just not his game. The fact that he got close to Walsh’s numbers is actually kind of remarkable.Now that’s not to say this current version of the offense can’t be effective. It’s just a matter of playing to your potential and your personnel. Here’s the balance of red-zone scores the last two seasons. Oklahoma State may have the best offense in the Big 12. There’s a case to be made for best in the country.Let’s take inventory. You’ve go a senior Heisman candidate under center, a Biletnikoff favorite to one side and a bevy of skilled receivers to the other. An improved offensive line with returning starters and a big-time grad transfer to clear the way for a record-setting Freshman All-American running back who led all rookies in rushing yards last year.But in order to replicate (or exceed) the results of that landmark 2011 season, the offense will have to be elite. When asked about what he and the offense can do to get there, Mason Rudolph didn’t mince words.AdChoices广告“You can always be better in the red zone and the score zone,” said Rudolph. “There’s a lot of times last year, fade balls and incompletions there and different schemes. Decision-making is so key down there.“The ability to extend the play and get a couple of those scramble drill points down there in the score zone is key, and that’s something we’ve worked on.”Rudolph hit the nail right on the head. It’s an understated issue with an otherwise efficient offense. And it’s one that the Cowboys would like to improve on during fall camp.Last year, we talked about a stat I call points per red-zone attempt or “PPR.” It dives deeper into red-zone effectiveness than simple red-zone efficiency — the percentage of red-zone attempts that end in scores. “PPR” takes into account red-zone touchdowns over red-zone field goals. Simply put, six points are better than three. We take total points scored in the red zone and divide them by number of red-zone attempts.Here’s a look at each Big 12 team last season. 20154.7510-3 Baylor602434.05 20104.8711-2 Oklahoma592794.73 20084.749-4 Rudolph is never going to be J.W. Walsh — and that’s quite alright. There are other ways to be efficient in enemy territory. And fortunately for Rudolph his biggest boost in this department is 6-foot-4 and has been on a one-year hiatus.In 2015, Marcell Ateman caught five passes in the red zone and four of them ended with six points. Chris Lacy also fits that role going a perfect 3-for-3 in the red zone last season. Jalen McCleskey, James Washington, Tyron Johnson. We know all the playmaking receivers at Rudolph’s disposal.Add in cowboy backs Britton Abbott and Sione Finefeuiaki who could play the punch-it-in fullback role and Keenen Brown who is another option in the passing game and Rudolph has no shortage of weapons once he sniffs the goal line.There’s not one simple answer and not one simple change. Maybe it comes from a natural progression in the offense. Either way, Oklahoma State needs to be better when it gets within striking distance and that could make all the difference in 2017. 201628/50 – 56%141296943 West Virginia572374.12 YearPPRRecord 20124.798-5 Oklahoma State693124.52 TeamRed-Zone TripsRed-Zone PointsPPR Kansas State623004.84 201540/70 – 57.1%200206040 TCU602434.05 20144.217-6 Texas Tech633094.90 As we see here, Oklahoma State was right in the middle of the pack in 2016. Tech, unsurprisingly, was very good thanks to its offensive system and Pat Mahomes. Kansas was right behind Oklahoma State but only made 32 trips into the red zone all season (yikes) to OSU’s league-leading 69.To put it into perspective, here’s a look at some prior years’ numbers for Oklahoma State. 20114.6112-1 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.last_img read more