Hackers accused of stealing Military Police data may be prosecuted under new IT law

first_img Brazil’s new law against information technology (IT) crimes – the Carolina Dieckmann Law – may aid in the prosecution of hackers who allegedly broke into the Military Police of Rio de Janeiro’s network and stole the personal data of 50 thousand police officers. Suspects associated with the Anoncyber & Cyb3rgh0sts hacker groups accessed data in the State Program for Integration and Security and published 8,900 pages containing emails, phone numbers, ID numbers, bank account numbers and home addresses of police officers, prosecutors allege. When captured, the suspects will be prosecuted within the framework of the new law against IT crimes enacted last April. They face prison sentences ranging from six months to two years as stipulated in Article 154-A of the law. The Delegation against IT Crimes (DRCI) is investigating the case as required since the crime was committed against the government, according to lawyer Gustova Teixeira. The law also is known as the Carolina Dieckmann law since the actress was a victim of a cyber attack in which photos and personal information were stolen. It criminalizes breaking into electronic devices such as cell phones, laptops, tablets and other products in order to steal personal data, alter existing information or obtain some type of illicit advantage. The sentence includes a fine in addition to prison time. “We can’t deny that this should have been part of Brazilian law for a long time,” said Renato Opice Blum, a lawyer and president of the Technology Council for Information of the company Fecomercio. Opice Blum agrees with specialists who attended the V Congress on IT Crimes in Sao Paulo, last month: the law isn’t strict enough and sentences aren’t long enough to serve as deterrent for criminals. “Given the frequent news of ruined lives, companies gone bankrupt and firings because of IT crimes, the sentence for this type of crime is not long enough,” said Opice Blum. Others worry that criminalizing general IT practices could limit the fundamental rights and freedoms inherent in the Internet. “The law worries me because there could be broader implications and it could affect the reputation and competitiveness of Brazilian companies and the country in general,” said William Beer, Director General of Information and IT Security at Álvarez and Marsal. “Flexibility is the essence of Internet – the ability to share information to perform research in the broadest way possible,” said Beer. Internet and IT security issues stretch across geographic and political borders, he said. “Precisely because of this, regulation and legislation to control Internet and related matters are difficult to apply and can become obstacles that do not solve current problems,” explained the specialist. Before the current law, the only law that to deal with this type of crime dated from the 1940s. Security problems compelled the creation of a new law. Brazil ranks fourth in phishing crime, for example, which in 2012 cost banks $700 million. During the V Congress on Electronic Crimes, the company Fecomercio presented results from research analyzing the impacts of information theft and IT crime in Brazil. About 33.52 percent of respondents said they were victims of credit card cloning; 17.32 percent reported the theft of personal data; 15.64 percent reported bank account theft during Internet transactions; and 12.85 percent reported purchases from ghost companies. To fight against these problems, William Beer, from Álvarez and Marsal, thinks that a broader approach is necessary. “Brazil needs a national IT security strategy known by everyone. Its creation requires the participation of a broader group that should include businesses, academia, security forces, multinational companies and consumers,” he said. “It is important to realize that more technology will not solve the problem but, instead, it will create greater risks because it will increase the level of vulnerability,” Beer said. The investigation concerning the military police in Rio de Janeiro continues. The group Anoncyber & Cyb3rgh0sts apologized in a note published on Facebook and withdrew the document it had published on Internet. The group claimed it was an isolated action by one of its members and that the group did not support it because it put at risk the lives of police officers By Dialogo September 30, 2013last_img read more

Weekly Update: Protecting Healthcare for Pennsylvanians, Investing in Education, Supporting PA Veterans

first_imgWeekly Update: Protecting Healthcare for Pennsylvanians, Investing in Education, Supporting PA Veterans This bill is an attack on women, and it should never have reached my desk. I will veto it, because all Pennsylvania women deserve to make their own health care decisions. https://t.co/Iyh2QtoSy3— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) December 13, 2017 By: The Office of Governor Tom Wolf The Blog,  Weekly Update On Friday, Governor Wolf was joined by legislators, cabinet officials, health care providers and families at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia to sign legislation to protect children’s health care in Pennsylvania. The governor praised the passing the legislation to reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) at the state level and continued to urge Congress to do its part in ensuring funding for the program. On Tuesday, Governor Wolf had joined bipartisan governors in sending a letter to Congress asking them to reauthorize CHIP to avoid disruption to vital health services for children and pregnant women.It is a top priority of Governor Wolf to ensure that all Pennsylvanians maintain access to the health care options that are decided to be best for them. On Monday, Governor Wolf joined elected officials and women’s health advocates to rally against Senate Bill 3, the anti-choice legislation that would severely limit women’s reproductive rights. In a statement, the governor declared the bill to be an assault on doctor-patient relationships and vowed to veto.Governor Wolf and his administration remain committed to helping consumers understand their health insurance options and helping them to enroll in coverage. Governor Wolf reminded Pennsylvanians that Friday, December 15 is the last day to enroll for 2018 individual health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act.The Wolf Administration has made historic investments in education. On Tuesday, the governor touted the importance of continuing these investments and joined the National Math and Science Initiative to recognize the impressive academic gains made by several Pennsylvania schools. Governor Wolf also announced a $1.4 million grant to increase the quality of early childhood learning.Supporting Pennsylvania’s veterans and their families is important to Governor Wolf. The governor traveled to the Southeastern Veterans’ Center on Thursday for a holiday visit with residents, members of their families, and staff.“No matter how busy the holiday season gets, it is important to carve out time to celebrate with the veterans who have made it possible for us to celebrate,” said Governor Wolf. “It is also important to remember our service members who are currently serving abroad or stateside, and who are unable to be home with their families.”Earlier in the week, the governor announced that the Veteran’ Trust Fund (VTF) is accepting grant applications for programs and services the will benefit veterans in the Commonwealth. Governor Wolf also announced that 205 new jobs for veterans and military families would be coming to the City of Erie through the expansion of Disabled Veterans Solutions.Governor Wolf’s Week, December 10 – December 16, 2017Monday, 12/11/17Governor Wolf Reminds Consumers of ACA Open Enrollment Friday DeadlineGovernor Wolf, Elected Officials Rally Against Anti-Choice LegislationGovernor Wolf Announces Veterans’ Trust Fund Grant OpportunitiesGovernor Wolf Praises Passage of State CHIP Reauthorization, Urges Federal ActionTuesday, 12/12/17Governor Wolf Announces Remediation and Assessment of Former Industrial SitesGovernor Wolf Touts Importance of Education for Pennsylvania’s EconomyGovernor Wolf Joins Bi-Partisan Governors Urging Congress to Reauthorize Children’s Health Insurance ProgramGovernor Wolf: SB3 is an Assault on the Doctor-Patient RelationshipWednesday, 12/13/17Governor Wolf Names Seven New Members to Commission on Asian Pacific American AffairsGovernor Wolf Announces Grant to Support Quality Early Learning ProfessionalsHundred Join Wolf Administration in Lock Haven for Second Cabinet in Your Community EventGovernor Wolf Commends Passage of Legislative Priority to Address Opioid EpidemicThursday, 12/14/17Governor Wolf Announces 205 New Jobs for Veteran and Military Families Through Business Expansion in Erie CountyGovernor Wolf Makes Holiday Visit to the Southeastern Veterans’ CenterFriday, 12/15/17Governor’s Advisory Council Extends Deadline for Opening on Fish and Boat CommissionGovernor Wolf Approves Funding for Abandoned Mine Cleanup Projects in Western PennsylvaniaGovernor Wolf Signs Bill to Protect Children’s Health Care, Urges Federal ActionGO-TIME: Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Launches Online Grant SystemHighlights from The BlogDecember Jobs That Pay Update: Improving Education, Enhancing Communities, Supporting New JobsHighlights from TwitterProud to sign this legislation to renew our commitment to PA kids — thankful to the bipartisan legislators who made it possible. But we need Congress to reauthorize federal #CHIP funding — which covers 90 percent of CHIP’s budget — for this vital program to survive in PA. pic.twitter.com/70yvHEFBRw— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) December 15, 2017 Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf December 15, 2017 SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

LeBron James proves in Lakers’ win over Clippers that he can still be one of NBA’s best defenders

first_imgLeBron James made the NBA All-Defensive Team in six consecutive seasons from 2008-14 (five-time First Team selection, one-time Second Team selection). During his prime years with the Heat, James was a one-man wrecking crew, the kind of player who could put an opposing star in a torture chamber. (Somewhere, Derrick Rose just started shaking.)In recent years, though, James’ focus on the defensive end has been, to put it lightly, inconsistent. His last Cavs team was a mess defensively, and he faced plenty of criticism for his effort during his first season with the Lakers. Without even getting into the stifling on-ball defense, here are a few of the ungodly rotations LeBron made tonight. Absolute genius pic.twitter.com/RXgz7UkBpi— Max Carlin (@maxacarlin) July 31, 2020The numbers back up the eye test. Prior to the suspension of play, James was third in ESPN’s Defensive Real Plus-Minus metric, a significant jump from 2018-19 when he finished 51st. The Lakers are also third in defensive rating, behind only the Bucks and Raptors, compared to 13th last season.James is obviously not the sole reason why Los Angeles is elite on that end of the floor. He’s not even the best defender on his team. That honor goes to Anthony Davis, who should be an All-Defensive Team selection this year.But as he proved against a top contender Thursday, James is still capable of being an incredible disruptor. When it matters most, you can bet he’ll be standing directly across from his opponent’s biggest offensive threat. MORE: What another championship would mean for LeBron’s legacyBut now, with the Lakers sitting atop the Western Conference and chasing a championship inside the NBA’s “bubble,” James appears to have rediscovered his passion for single-handedly destroying an offense. Just ask the Clippers.In the Lakers’ 103-101 victory over their LA rivals on Thursday night, James showed off the athleticism, effort and IQ that made him one of the most terrifying defensive forces the league has ever seen. His most noteworthy stop came on the final possession when he stifled Kawhi Leonard, then switched onto Paul George, forcing the six-time All-Star into an off-balance 3-point attempt.LeBron switching on defense pic.twitter.com/CwlDbpWjos— Ⓜ️arcusD ▶️ (@_MarcusD3_) July 31, 2020That wasn’t even the first time James shut down Leonard. He also stood strong on an isolation play earlier in the game, and Leonard had no choice but to hoist up a fadeaway jumper. No chance.Bron put the clamps on Kawhi 🔒 pic.twitter.com/ePCVV3xVIk— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) July 31, 2020James’ biggest lapses in the past few seasons have come when he’s away from the ball. He often drifted away from his assignment and stood in no-man’s land rather than rotating.Not anymore. James is once again a locked-in free safety, a ball hawk anticipating passes ahead of time and attacking with great vigor.last_img read more

Is Darwinism a Free Lunch Scam?

first_imgNeurobiologist William H. Calvin commented at the AAAS meeting this week about the claim that modern humans lived much earlier than thought (see 02/16/2005 entry).  To him, it means that we need to rethink our assumptions that bigger brains are smarter, according to a report on EurekAlert.  If “Homo sapiens was walking around Africa 200,000 years ago with a brain of our size,” the article paraphrases his comments, “we spent – with a few exceptions – the next 150,000 years doing more of the same.”  Something must have happened that suddenly caused a “spectacular” burst of cultural innovation.  “This creativity probably marks the emergence of the whole suite of higher intellectual functions, each of which requires some structuring to fit everything together,” he said.  What could have triggered it?  Was it the evolution of syntax, multitasking, logical thinking, games with arbitrary rules, or fondness for discovering hidden patterns, or some combination of the above?  “It’s likely that they all are sharing some neural machinery for handling structure and judging coherence.  Improve one by natural selection, and you may improve the others too.  The free lunch is alive and well in biology.”The very thing that should have made him realize Darwinism is so rotten it needs to be tossed overboard caused him, instead,to wave the magic wand of “emergence” and toss it into the salad bowl.  Now, he’s trying to sell this free lunch to his starving Darwin Party comrades.  There ain’t no such thing.  Let’s hope the attendees brought their own, with meat, and that it was intelligently designed.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Board game makes Aids education fun

first_imgThe Gimme 5 dudes represent positiveand negative values. The Gimme 5 board game successfullycombines education and entertainmentand is changing the way in whichchildren and adults learn about HIV/Aids. The game is that it is suitable for all agegroups and it doesn’t havecomplicated rules.(Images: Gimme 5)MEDIA CONTACTS• Dr David Kolnick Gimme 5+27 41 365 4409Wilma den HartighA new board game, designed and developed by three South Africans, is adding some spark to HIV/Aids and life orientation education across the country.When one thinks of board games, memories of game nights battling it out against opponents in a round of Monopoly, Pictionary or Balderdash first comes to mind. But now board games seem to be making a comeback as fun and interactive educational tools.The Gimme 5 board game, now also available online, successfully combines education and entertainment and is changing the way in which children and adults learn about HIV/Aids.Gimme 5 is the result of four years of research and development by Dr David Kolnick, a dentist, dental technician Ernst Linder, and Derrick Nesbit, a well known cartoonist and illustrator.“I want to show the world that a South African product can lead the way in the holistic teaching of ethics and values,” Kolnick says.“It has tremendous potential for the future, enabling us to provide a holistic educational tool to reach anywhere in the world at any level in any language.”A catchy nameNaming the game was important as it had to be something that people could remember. Kolnick chose Gimme 5 as it is a universal catch phrase used by children and adults to acknowledge achievement.A gimme 5, which is also known as a high five, is a celebratory hand gesture that involves slapping together raised flat hands.Kolnick explains that the name identifies with the fun and achievement as players progress around the board.Anyone can playThe beauty of the game is that it is suitable for all age groups and it doesn’t have complicated rules. Gimme 5 can be played by children in grades R to 12 and up, but it can easily be adapted to suit the requirements of any organisation’s aims or training agenda.Gimme 5 has even been used as an educational tool at St Albans prison in Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape Province.Played by four individuals, or two teams of two players, it gives contestant s the opportunity to make choices, strategise and take risks to win. The questions and answers are based on the educational requirements of the school curricula for the relevant age groups.Kolnick designed the game so that teachers, welfare organisations, universities, human resource departments and Aids awareness groups can use the game to communicate information about HIV/Aids in a way that will make a lasting impact.The game starts from four different locations on the board – a hut, house, shack and a mansion – and shows that all people are affected by HIV/Aids. Instead of the usual board squares, stepping stones and bridges portray the hurdles that the players have to overcome as they progress through life.Because the game requires planning to gain advantage and move forward, contestants learn the value of preparation, thinking long term and effective decision making.The board itself has no writing on it so that it can be used for any language group.The dudesKolnick says that an important aspect of the game is introducing good values. He designed easily recognisable characters, known as Gimme 5 dudes, with whom players of all ages can identify.They include the healthy dude; honest dude; caring dude; team dude; safe dude and scholar dude. The characters represent various aspects relating to good and bad social and life habits.Players have to collect the dudes before they can move onto a next level.Kolnick says that even if children don’t remember all the facts, they still benefit from the life skills and values communicated by the Gimme 5 dudes.Without even realising it, people have fun playing the game and at same time they are learning valuable life skills.According to Prof Susan van Rensburg from the faculty of education at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, the dudes are particularly helpful as representations of values.“Their benefit is that they transcend the stumbling blocks of cultural and gender differences as they do not present a threat or offence to anybody,” van Rensburg says. “They are funky and all age groups can enjoy them.”last_img read more

I Was Right – Apple’s Lightning Connector IS A Big Problem

first_imgMassive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Tags:#Apple#iPhone 5 fredric paul Related Posts Last September, when Apple debuted its new Lightning connector to replace the company’s venerable 30-pin connector, I predicted that the move might cause surprising problems. My post attracted a lot of attention and garnered a whopping 135 comments. Many of those commenters agreed that Apple’s move – while perhaps necessary, would have significant complications for the company. But many others said I was crazy to doubt Apple in any way, shape or form.(See also iPhone 5’s New Lightning Connector Is A Bigger Problem Than Apple Thinks.)Well, according to an article by Nick Wingfield and Brian X. Chen in Sunday’s New York Times, the move has indeed given Apple’s rivals an edge in the push toward wireless accessories (Accessories No Longer Tethered To Apple).In my original post, I warned that the peripheral market’s commitment to the iPhone’s 30-pin connector was a big competitive advantage for Apple, because being the one device that could attach directly to external speakers, clocks, stands and chargers added an extra helping of utility for its devices. I said that the new Lightning connector threatened to eliminate that advantage, and that could hurt Apple:“The availability of all those peripherals, in turn, has helped make the iPhone even more popular. iPhone buyers know that no other phone comes close to enjoying the choices and support that the iPhone has – in cars, in hotel rooms, at airports and everywhere else. By carrying an iPhone instead of a competing phone, they have a much better chance of being able to buy and use supporting infrastructure – which can make a big difference in the overall experience. The iPhone 5’s new Lightning connector threatens all that, and not just for iPhone 5 users.”Sunday’s Times‘ article seems to confirm that prediction:“Apple’s iron grip on the digital accessories in hotel rooms, store shelves and living rooms is starting to slip – potentially risking the royalties it earns from accessory makers and, more significant, giving Apple customers more freedom to switch to rival products.”and“Jeremy Horwitz, editor in chief of iLounge, a Web site devoted to Apple accessories, said Apple’s aggressive control over accessories for its products drove many makers to more open means of connecting devices, which helped feed the success of mobile devices made by other companies.”and “Fewer people who buy sound systems that work only with Apple devices, in theory, could mean fewer obstacles for those interested in switching to competing phones and tablets in the future.”To be fair, though, there has been an industry-wide movement toward wireless connections to peripherals, and Apple devices are fully capable of supporting this trend. It’s just that the wireless world is pretty much a level playing field, while Apple used to utterly dominate hard-wired connections. You can’t blame all of that on the Lightning connector, but as the Times pointed out:“‘Even before Apple shifted from the 30-pin connector to Lightning, the market had started shifting,’ said Rory Dooley, senior vice president for music at Logitech. ‘Lightning came in and accelerated some of the change.’”As for me, I couldn’t get my speaker docks to work with my iPhone 5, so I ended up using a “spare” Apple TV device to let me control the speakers using Airplay. Works for me, but probably not a cost-effective solution for most people.center_img IT + Project Management: A Love Affair 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

Lynx beat Mystics for top seed in WNBA Playoffs

first_imgFILE – In this Aug. 3, 2017, file photo, Minnesota Lynx forward Plenette Pierson flexes her muscles to celebrate after a play by center Sylvia Fowles during the third quarter against the Atlanta Dream in a WNBA basketball game in St. Paul, Minn. Minnesota secured the top seed in the WNBA playoffs while the Los Angeles Sparks will be the two seed. (Aaron Lavinsky/Star Tribune via AP, File)ST. PAUL, Minnesota — Maya Moore scored 26 points and Renee Montgomery added 18 to help the Minnesota Lynx secure the top seed in the WNBA playoffs with an 86-72 victory over the Washington Mystics on Sunday.Minnesota (27-7) finished the season a game ahead of Los Angeles (26-8). Both teams have byes until in the semifinals on Sept. 12.Washington (18-16) is the sixth seed and plays the Dallas Wings on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kristi Toliver hit a 3-pointer with 4:28 remaining to pull Washington within 80-71, but Moore answered at the other end and the Mystics didn’t score again until the 2:09 mark.Toliver led Washington with 20 points. Elena Delle Donne added 12 points in just 18 minutes and Krystal Thomas grabbed 14 rebounds.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIt was Minnesota’s final game at the Xcel Energy Center as the Lynx will play their home playoff games at the University of Minnesota’s Williams Arena. The team is moving to accommodate the Minnesota Wild’s preseason schedule.SPARKS 81, SUN 70 LATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses LOS ANGELES — Nneka Ogwumike scored 21 points and Candace Parker had a double-double as the defending champion Los Angeles Sparks closed the WNBA regular season with a win over Connecticut.Los Angeles (26-8) went 15-1 at home, but finished a game behind Minnesota for the top seed in the playoffs. The Sparks have a bye until the semifinals. The Sun (21-13) are the fourth seed and have a first-round bye.Parker had 12 points and 14 rebounds for the Sparks and Odyssey Sims had 16 points.Courtney Williams led the Suns with 19 points. Jonquel Jones had 10 rebounds to finish with 403, the first player in league history to surpass 400. Tina Charles held the old record at 398. With 10 points, Jones had 20 double-doubles this season.LIBERTY 82, WINGS 81ADVERTISEMENT View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Nextcenter_img SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief ROSEMONT, Illinois — Breanna Stewart scored 29 points, making two free throws with 15.6 seconds left for a three-point lead, and Seattle beat Chicago.The Storm rallied to take a 79-78 lead with 3:11 left as Jewell Loyd’s open 3-pointer from the corner capped a 9-0 run.After Stewart’s makes, Allie Quigley curled around a high screen but her long 3 was off the mark. Seattle’s Noelle Quinn sealed it by making two free throws with 11.2 seconds left.Loyd added 25 points for Seattle (15-19), which plays at Phoenix on Wednesday night in the first round of the playoffs. Stewart made 10 of 12 at the stripe as the Storm only missed three free throws in 27 attempts.Kahleah Copper paced Chicago (12-22) with 18 points. Courtney Vandersloot set a WNBA record in the third quarter for the highest single-season assists average. Her eight assists per game surpassed Ticha Penicheiro’s 2002 mark of 7.9. MOST READ ARLINGTON, Texas — Tina Charles had 18 points and 18 rebounds to help New York clinch the third seed in the playoffs with a win over the Wings and extend the Liberty’s winning streak to 10 games.The Liberty (22-12) matched the franchise record for longest winning streak and have a first-round bye. The seventh-seeded Wings (16-18) play at No. 6 Washington in a one-game playoff on Wednesday.Trailing 82-79 after a Charles putback with 22.1 seconds to play, the Wings missed, but forced a turnover and Aerial Powers scored on a putback with 3.7 seconds left. When the Liberty inbounded the ball in the frontcourt after a timeout, they had a backcourt violation, giving Dallas one last shot. Skylar Diggins-Smith’s attempt from the 3-point line bounced off the rim at the buzzer.MERCURY 84, DREAM 70PHOENIX — Brittney Griner scored 30 points as the Phoenix Mercury closed the regular season with a victory over the Dream on Sunday to secure the fifth seed in the playoffs.Phoenix (18-16) will host Seattle on Wednesday night.Griner reached the 30-point mark for the sixth time in her career with a reverse layup with 1:23 remaining in the fourth quarter. She blocked Elizabeth Williams’ shot at the other end. All six of her 30-point games have come this season.Leilani Mitchell added 18 points for Phoenix and Diana Taurasi was held to nine points on 3-of-12 shooting.Rookie Brittney Sykes scored a career-best 33 points for Atlanta (12-22). She was 12 of 19 from the floor and made seven free throws. Tiffany Hayes added 15 points, and Camille Little moved into a tie with Lauren Jackson for 12th place in WNBA history with 2,447 rebounds, passing Yolanda Griffith.STORM 85, SKY 80 WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Sharapova comeback, teen’s dream run end at US Open LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Gameslast_img read more

How OSU Can Use All of Its Receivers In 2017

first_imgThe Oklahoma State Cowboys head into 2017 with one of the best receiving groups in the nation. They have enough players at wideout to employ the same type of hockey-like line changes like Mike Gundy expects at offensive line throughout the year.Since 2012, the Cowboys have used a variant of the two-back spread, with their main personnel package featuring one back, one cowboy back and three wide receivers (11 personnel). The cowboy back is used all over the field, as the Cowboys frequently put him on the line, in the backfield and even split out at wide receiver.But with the departure of seniors Zach Veatch and Blake Jarwin, the cowboy back position heads into the 2017 season with minimal experience. This, combined with how stacked the Cowboys are at wide receiver, should lead to the incorporation of more 10-personnel formations (one back, no cowboy backs, four wide receivers), i.e. the Cowboys using more wide receivers at once.Part of the reason why the the 2010 and 2011 Cowboys were so successful offensively, and why former OSU offensive coordinators Dana Holgorsen and Todd Monken were so heavily lauded, was that the Cowboys used a true version of the air raid offense.The air raid system doesn’t just mean that a team throws the ball down the field. The system specifies the base concepts and philosophies, which includes using a small base of passing plays, doing everything with tempo, and predominately operating from 10 personnel. It would be unlikely for the Cowboys to change their scheme during the offseason, especially considering that their current one has been fairly successful. But that doesn’t mean that OSU can’t focus more on formations with more wide receiver-heavy personnel.With players like James Washington and Marcell Ateman coming back, alongside receivers like Chris Lacy and Jalen McCleskey and newcomers Tyron Johnson and Tylan Wallace, the Cowboy receiving corps. is set to be one of the best in Cowboy history. The question is, will they be properly used? 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

Taylor, Carson, Lampkin All Headed to NFL Combine

first_imgThe Big 12 has a professional football player problem. This is no surprise to people who follow these things closely. Oklahoma State is certainly part of that, but this year the Pokes actually surpassed the Big 12 average in NFL Combine invites.Of the 19 Big 12 players invited to Indianapolis next month, OSU has three of them. Defensive tackle Vincent Taylor, running back Chris Carson and cornerback Ashton Lampkin will all take their talents to the next level to see how high they can move up draft boards.Other Big 12 invites include Rasul Douglas, KD Cannon, D’Onta Foreman, Dede Westbrook, Jordan Willis, Pat Mahomes, Seth Russell and Samaje Perine.I asked Taylor how excited he is to go to Indy.“I’m very excited being one of the guys from OSU to go as a junior,” Taylor told PFB. “I’m looking forward to going out there to do my best and just enjoy the moment because moments like this only come around once.”Lampkin got a 5.12 grade from NFL.com, Taylor got a 5.35 and Carson did not a grade on the following scale:“I think as a pro I will learn from some of the other guys who have been in the league and I think I bring my athleticism as a big guy,” Taylor told me. “I’m just looking forward to going in to contribute to any team that drafts me.”The Combine will take place from Tuesday, February 28 to Monday, March 6. Here is a full list of all the participants. 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

‘Pogba isn’t the next Patrick Vieira’

first_imgManchester United ‘Pogba isn’t the next Patrick Vieira’ – Man Utd star’s role misunderstood, says McClair Chris Burton 23:21 1/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Paul Pogba Manchester United Getty Manchester United Paul Pogba Premier League The Red Devils legend believes an £89 million asset is not being played to his strengths, with his game more about creativity than tough tackling Paul Pogba is misunderstood at Manchester United, says Brian McClair, with the £89 million midfielder not another Patrick Vieira.As one of the most expensive footballers of all-time, much is expected of the 24-year-old every time he takes to the field.He has struggled to convince of late, with Jose Mourinho unceremoniously benching a global superstar amid a long-running debate regarding his best position and contribution to the cause. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp McClair believes those arguments, along with the perception of what a performer boasting Pogba’s physical qualities should be, mean the France international is not being played to his strengths.A former player and youth team coach at Old Trafford told The Telegraph on a player he helped to nurture through United’s academy system: “We viewed him as a creative player.“I think people may get the idea because of his size he is a Patrick Vieira but that’s not what his attributes are about. His is about creating and scoring goals. He’s an old inside left.”While Pogba has struggled to live up to expectations upon his return to Old Trafford, fellow academy graduates have been embraced by Jose Mourinho.Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford are established members of the Red Devils’ ranks, while Scott McTominay has forced his way into the fold over recent weeks after proving his worth.McClair added: “No one would have taken Jesse Lingard when he was 16 because he had the skeletal age of a 13-year-old. We allowed him to take that opportunity.Paul Pogba no Patrick Vieira Brian McClair“Scott McTominay had all sorts of problems with his growth. He was growing too fast and his body had to catch up and he missed time through injury. You support them in a different way. At one point we decided to tell him he has got an extra year because he’s fretting about it all the time.“Jesse was one of the best players all the way through in each age group. He was brave. You just have to wait for them.“They are always going to grow, you just don’t know when. They have all the other attributes. The biggest thing is to be patient with them. You have to be. They are going through all sorts of stuff.“A few have a stellar rise later but you can ask who were the best players in the youngest age groups and the coaches will say Marcus, McTominay, Jesse – even at seven or eight. We had to believe that would continue.“The biggest challenge for any young boy is getting through puberty: looking at themselves in the mirror, styling their hair, putting smelly stuff on and noticing girls. If they get through that and still love football they have a chance.”last_img read more