Labor abuses persist in RSPO-certified palm plantations, report finds

first_imgA new report exposes labor abuses on three plantations owned by Indofood, a subsidiary of the Salim Group conglomerate.The report reveals how workers are routinely exposed to hazardous pesticides, paid less than the minimum wage, illegally kept in a temporary work status to fill core jobs, and deterred from forming independent labor unions.Each of the three plantations has been certified as “sustainable” by the RSPO, which bans labor abuses by its members, but is often criticized for failing to enforce its own standards.Advocates have been pushing for the RSPO to improve its handling of labor issues. JAKARTA – For almost a decade, Bambang has labored on an oil palm estate owned by the Salim Group conglomerate in North Sumatra.Every day, he and his wife rise before 6 a.m. to prepare for work. Bambang cuts the palm fruit bunches from high in the treetops, while his wife gathers what falls to the ground. They usually do this until 4 p.m.But while they both work full time, only Bambang is paid by the company. His wife is a kernet — an unofficial laborer who helps harvesters meet unrealistic quotas, but who have no direct relationship with the company.Bambang says he gets penalized if he fails to collect 90 fruit bunches a day, each of which weighs up to 30 kilograms (66 pounds). He says he can never gather more than 70 bunches on his own.Even Bambang’s salary of 2.4 million rupiah ($175) per month is less than the local minimum wage, forcing the couple to supplement their income with side jobs.“If I got to choose, I’d choose for both me and my wife to get paid, but that never happens,” Bambang, whose name has been changed to protect his identity, said in an interview. “Sometimes I want to scream because I’m so angry.”Bambang is one of 8.4 million workers in the Indonesian palm oil industry. The Southeast Asian country is the world’s biggest producer of the commodity, which is found in products ranging from chocolate to laundry detergent to biodiesel.In the past two decades, oil palm plantations have proliferated in Indonesia, fueling deforestation and land grabbing as politically connected companies operate with impunity.Bambang’s story highlights a different issue: the miserable working conditions at many of Indonesia’s palm plantations. These include excessive working hours, occupational health and safety hazards, and, more seriously, child labor, forced labor and the trafficking of migrant workers.Bambang was one of dozens of workers interviewed for a report by the Rainforest Action Network (RAN), an international NGO; OPPUK, an Indonesian labor rights advocacy organization; and the International Labor Rights Forum (ILRF). (RAN set up Mongabay’s interview with Bambang.)“We see that the issues raised in the palm oil industry are mostly environmental issues,” Fitri Arianti, RAN’s coordinator for Indonesia relations, told reporters in Jakarta. “Labor issues are rarely analyzed.”The report exposes labor abuses on three plantations owned by Indofood, a subsidiary of the Salim Group, whose owner, Anthony Salim, is one of Indonesia’s richest men. Anthony’s father, Liem Sioe Liong, grew wealthy as one of the late dictator Suharto’s most notorious cronies.The report reveals how workers are routinely exposed to hazardous pesticides, paid less than the minimum wage, illegally kept in a temporary work status to fill core jobs, and deterred from forming independent labor unions, among other findings.It follows from a 2016 exposé of labor abuses on Indofood plantations, finding that working conditions remain largely the same, with Indofood only adopting cosmetic fixes that fail to address the root causes of the abuse.For example, to address the issue of undocumented workers — often the wives and children of permanent workers — working on the plantation, the company has put up signs saying kernet are banned, rather than formalizing these workers as employees or lowering harvest quotas.Each of the three plantations scrutinized in the report has been certified as “sustainable” by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), the world’s largest association for ethical production of the commodity. The RSPO bans labor abuses by its members, but is often criticized for failing to enforce its own standards.“There are many companies that claim that once they have RSPO certificates, it means they’re sustainable,” Fitri said. “But we see that these are plantations that have been certified by RSPO. Yet there are still many labor violations.”Advocates have been pushing for the RSPO to improve its handling of labor issues. Earlier this year, the roundtable established a task force on labor rights to strengthen its standards and processes.A female maintanance worker sprays pesticides on PT. London Sumatra Plantation in North Sumatra. Phpto by Nanang Sujana for RAN/Oppuk.Critics say the measure is not enough.“In the RSPO’s complaint mechanism, there’s no witness protection,” OPPUK director Herwin Nasution said in an interview. “For example, if a worker reports an abuse, there’s no guarantee that he or she won’t get fired.”Herwin criticized the RSPO’s handling of a prior complaint against Indofood for its treatment of workers, arguing the roundtable should suspend the company’s membership until it addresses the issue.Responding to the latest report, Muhammad Waras, an executive at Indofood subsidiary London Sumatra, said the company had complied with existing regulations on labor in Indonesia, such as minimum wage, child labor, freedom to form labor unions, safety standards and other points.“So far, we haven’t had any dispute with labor unions in North Sumatra and we have a harmonious relationship,” he said in an email. “We also have an internal mechanism of report and complaint if there are violations [of] labor policies. So if there are violations, we could settle them through our mechanism. Our compliance is also monitored by local labor authorities.” Article published by Hans Nicholas Jong Activism, Agriculture, Environment, Forced labor, Indonesia, Oil Palm, Palm Oil, Plantations, Rspo center_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredlast_img read more

Malaysian attempt at Sumatran rhino IVF fails on low quality of sperm

first_imgArticle published by Basten Gokkon Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored Animals, Biodiversity, Captive Breeding, Conservation, Critically Endangered Species, Environment, Ex-situ Conservation, Extinction, Mammals, Megafauna, Rainforest Animals, Rhinos, Saving Species From Extinction, Sumatran Rhino, Wildlife, Wildlife Conservation center_img A recent effort to produce a Sumatran rhino embryo from egg and sperm samples taken from the last of the species in Malaysia has failed, officials said.The low quality of the sperm, extracted in 2015 and 2016 from an aging rhino that has since died, was cited as the main cause of the failure to fertilize the egg.Malaysian officials say they will continue to improve and attempt their in vitro fertilization attempts, and have called on Indonesia to send sperm samples from younger rhinos held in Sumatra.Indonesia has refused to send any samples, citing the need for a formal agreement, but conservationists say that captive-breeding of Sumatran rhinos is the only feasible solution to protect the species from extinction. JAKARTA — A recent effort by scientists to produce a Sumatran rhino embryo using egg and sperm samples taken from the last of the species in Malaysia has failed, according to officials.Those involved in the attempt had previously cautioned that there was a low chance of success, given the poor quality of the genetic samples they had to work with.The egg cell was extracted on Sept. 30 from Iman, the last known Sumatran rhino (Dicerorhinus sumatrensis) in Malaysia. The scientists then injected the egg with sperm from Malaysia’s last male rhino, Tam, who died this past May. His semen had been collected in 2015 and 2016 and preserved in liquid nitrogen.But the in vitro fertilization attempt on Oct. 1 failed to produce an embryo after 72 hours of incubation, Augustine Tuuga, the director of the Sabah state wildlife department, said as reported by the New Straits Time.“What we have gathered from the experts is that possibly Tam’s sperm was not of good quality,” Tuuga said. Tam’s age would have been around 60 years in human terms when his sperm was harvested.Given these circumstances, the rhino experts were not hopeful about the results. “Given that IVF in Sumatran rhino has been tried only about 6 times, we expect a high failure rate,” John Payne, the head of the Borneo Rhino Alliance (BORA), which was involved in the effort, told Mongabay in an email.“Iman’s egg cells are fine,” Payne said. “Tam’s sperm quality is likely to be the main problem. Imagine taking sperm from a 70 year old man with kidney disease — what do you expect? That is Tam.”Iman, the last female Sumatran rhino in Malaysia. Image courtesy of the Borneo Rhino Alliance (BORA).The fact that the team had to rely on “poor quality” sperm from a single aged rhino has highlighted the lack of progress on an agreement between Malaysia and Indonesia that would have allowed Iman’s eggs to be fertilized with healthy sperm from one of Indonesia’s rhinos. At the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary in Way Kambas National Park, Sumatra, Indonesia hosts three young males, including one who has already successfully fathered two calves.However, Indonesia insists that to send sperm samples from its rhinos in Way Kambas to Malaysia, both countries would need to sign a memorandum of understanding for an exchange of specimens of protected species, the transfer of which is regulated under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) and the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).Tuuga said the IVF efforts would continue and be improved, while also urging Indonesia’s help in providing sperm from the Way Kambas rhinos.Christina Liew, the Sabah state minister of tourism, culture and environment, said representatives of both countries have had regular meetings, most recently in August, to discuss the possibility of obtaining sperm from the rhinos in Way Kambas.No more than 80 Sumatran rhinos, a critically endangered species, are believed to survive in the wild, often living in small populations too small and isolated to be reproductively viable. Seven rhinos are held at Way Kambas, one in a sanctuary in Indonesian Borneo, and one in Malaysia. Two calves were born at Way Kambas after being conceived naturally, while previous IVF attempts in Malaysia were unsuccessful.Indonesia’s environment ministry said in August that the two countries had earlier this year agreed on a new partnership that would see eggs shipped from Malaysia for IVF attempts in Indonesia. To date, however, the paperwork to finalize the deal has still not been completed.Iman, the last female Sumatran rhino in Malaysia. Image courtesy of the Borneo Rhino Alliance (BORA).FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page.last_img read more

Activists fighting for their lands swept up in Philippines crackdown

first_imgActivism, Agriculture, Endangered Environmentalists, Environmental Activism, Human Rights, Land Conflict, Land Reform, Land Rights, Law, Terrorism, Wetlands Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored A security crackdown in the Philippines targeting an armed communist insurgency has swept up environmental and land defenders in a raid on Oct. 31.International humanitarian and church groups have also been included in the military’s list of “legal front groups” of the outlawed New People’s Army and tied to terror financing.Security forces rounded up a total of 63 activists: 57 on the island of Negros and six in Manila. They include leaders of peasant groups, farmers, and anti-reclamation activists.At least six of the arrested critical groups are environmental and land defenders advocating for land campaigns on Negros and against the ongoing Manila Bay reclamation. MANILA — Environment and land rights leaders were among the activists rounded up in a new wave of arrests in the Philippines as part of the government’s extensive counter-insurgency campaign to flush out sympathizers of the outlawed New People’s Army (NPA) while international humanitarian groups, alongside local church groups, were accused of being “legal communist fronts” and aiding terrorism.A total of 57 activists were arrested on Oct. 31 in Negros, an island 850 kilometers (530 miles) from Manila, while another six were arrested in Manila on Nov. 5. Among the arrested are farmers and peasant group leaders fighting for their land rights in Negros Island and activists opposing the ongoing Manila Bay reclamation project. They were arrested in security crackdowns on major left-leaning organizations, with search warrants issued by a court in Metro Manila on Oct. 30.Environmental groups have denounced the arrests, which they say involved “planting evidence” in the form of explosives and guns in the homes of activists. Kalikasan PNE, an environmental NGO, says the tactic is similar to President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs, known locally as Tokhang, which has left nearly 6,000 people dead since 2016.“We condemn this recent surge of Tokhang-style raids and arrests against land and environmental defenders and other activists by the police and military forces,” Clemente Bautista, international network coordinator of Kalikasan PNE, said in a statement. He added that the strategy “fits a national and global trend of criminalization of land rights and environmental activism not only in the Philippines but globally,” echoing the findings of the recent “Enemies of the State?” report by the environmental watchdog Global Witness.“[M]any governments are manipulating their legal systems and intimidating defenders with aggressive criminal and civil cases, often to further the interests of big business,” the report says. “This often goes hand-in-hand with incendiary rhetoric that brands defenders as ‘terrorists’ or criminals in other guises, making attacks on them more likely and seemingly legitimate.”International humanitarian organizations and church groups have also been branded by the Philippine military as “legal fronts” for the NPA, according to a list shown to lawmakers in a briefing on Nov. 6. The military identified 18 organizations — including Oxfam Philippines; the National Council of Churches in the Philippines (NCCP), a fellowship of Protestant and non-Catholic churches; and the Farmers Development Center (Fardec), a nonprofit — as “front organizations of local communist terrorist groups (CTG).”In another list, Oxfam International and Oxfam UK were labeled as “foreign funding agencies wittingly or unwittingly providing funds to CTG front organizations.”The Philippines’ national defense department allegedly showed this list of communist terrorist groups in a briefing on Nov. 6, which includes development organization Oxfam Philippines. Image sourced from Rappler“Oxfam categorically denies these accusations,” the organization said in a statement, adding that the new development is a “troubling situation” that places “communities and partners we work with at risk.”“In a country where poverty remains, and poor communities are continually struck by disasters, we strongly believe that organizations like ours should be encouraged, rather than hindered, from undertaking our programs,” Oxfam Philippines said.The Department of National Defense and the military have since clarified that the list is “unverified” and that the organizations listed are “not red-tagged” — that is, not affiliated with the banned Communist Party and its armed wing, the NPA. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said the list was based on “documents captured from all operations in the country,” news outlet Rappler reported.In April, the country’s police warned students about getting involved in potential communist groups outside schools, and the rhetoric heightened in August when the government accused some NGOs and state schools of being hotbeds of subversion. This is the first time, however, that international development organizations and church groups have landed on such a list.Groups were on high alert as early as September after reports of possible raids circulated among them. Kalikasan PNE filed complaints with the Commission on Human Rights (CHR), and the group and its partners, Global Witness and the World Resources Institute (WRI), have also engaged in a series of public forums and dialogues with representatives of the U.S. State Department and U.S. Congress on Oct. 26 over the incidents.Sixty-four local lawmakers, three belonging to the affected party-list groups, have also demanded an end to the government’s crackdown on activists, party-list groups Bayan Muna, Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU), and Gabriela Women’s Party. Both Bayan Muna and Gabriela are left-leaning organizations that currently hold congressional seats in the Philippines’ party-list system, in which underrepresented or single-issue parties receive a quota of congressional seats.In Negros: Land rights leaders, party-list members arrestedThe wave of arrests, however, is not new in Negros, where President Duterte dispatched seven military units and an additional 300 police personnel in August to quell a state of “lawlessness” that saw a spate of killings with 15 people gunned down in July alone.Fifty-seven people were arrested as suspected members of the communist insurgency, while the military raided the offices of groups including the National Federation of Sugar Workers (NFSW). Among those arrested were Danny Tabura of the KMU’s Negros chapter and John Milton Lozande, an NFSW representative who conducts land cultivation campaigns in Negros. These campaigns, locally called bungkalan, are a source of tension as they involve farmers taking over contested farmlands that are covered by the agrarian reform law but have yet to be titled and distributed. Lozande was eventually released alongside 48 other activists, leaving eight others who are still detained.After learning that there might be a potential raid in their office in Quezon City, local NGO Kalikasan PNE hung a banner in their office. Image courtesy of Kalikasan PNENine sugarcane farmers and environmental defenders, including four women and two children, were killed in one such dispute in Sagay, a city in Negros, on Oct. 20, 2018. They were among the 30 environmental and land defenders killed in the Philippines that year, according to Global Witness, which named the country the most dangerous in the world for defenders. Since the Sagay massacre, the island has seen two waves of counter-insurgency campaigns, which the government called Sauron I and Sauron II, that resulted in the arrests of peasant group leaders and the killings of local officials, farmers and social workers.Small farmers and indigenous peoples account for 81 percent of murdered land and environmental defenders under the Duterte administration, said Leon Dulce of Kalikasan PNE. “This shows that the unabated killings of farmers is the single biggest blow to the country’s environmental protection efforts,” he added. “Protecting the lives and rights of farmers will allow them to continue their innate role of protecting watersheds and agricultural lands.”In Manila: Anti-reclamation activists rounded upOf the six activists arrested in Manila, four were opponents of the ongoing Manila Bay reclamation project, which will cover 2,627 hectares (6,491 acres) of coastal and foreshore areas in the capital’s biggest body of water. Among them was Cora Agovida, a spokeswoman for Gabriela, the women’s party, and a campaigner against land reclamation in the capital’s bay. The three other anti-land reclamation activists arrested were Ram Carlo Bautista, Alma Moran and Reina Mae Nasino, all members of the Manila chapter of the Bayan Muna party.All four are part of Manila Baywatch, a watchdog coalition of environmental and human rights groups monitoring the Manila Bay inter-agency rehabilitation program that Duterte created on Feb. 19. The rehabilitation cost of the bay is estimated at 47 billion pesos ($924 million) and includes massive relocation projects for illegal settlers. The grassroots campaign seeks to “ensure that the rehab program addresses the threats of ecological destruction, flooding, and community displacement posed by reclamation projects.”“The Duterte administration is cracking down on Manila-based activists who exposed its sham Manila Bay rehab program for paving the way for reclamation development,” Dulce said. “The Manila Police District must be investigated and held accountable for their attacks are clearly meant to pave the way for reclamation and other infrastructure projects at all costs, including costing people’s rights and lives.”Manila Bay, home to the Port of Manila, one of Asia’s oldest harbors and the heart of the Philippines’ shipping, industrial and commercial activities, is the site of 19 reclamation projects that are under development. Six of these projects are in the “detailed engineering stage,” or close to being implemented, according to data from the Philippine Reclamation Authority (PRA).These reclamation projects include the 148-hectare Manila Solar City project and the contested Manila-Cavite Coastal Road and Reclamation Project (MCCRRP), which will encroach on Las Piñas-Parañaque Critical Habitat and Ecotourism Area (LPPCHEA), a Ramsar site that’s a key stopping point for migratory birds.Banner image of the arrested activists in Manila who oppose the Manila Bay reclamation program. Image courtesy of Defend Negros MovementFEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page.center_img Article published by leilanilast_img read more

Les Roud Léiwen méritaient mieux

first_imgLundi, à 23h35 (heure locale), la Lviv Arena a hurlé sa joie comme si l’Ukraine venait de gagner l’Euro. C’est dire le soulagement qu’elle a éprouvé à ce que cela se termine. Maxime Chanot et Laurent Jans se sont, eux, assis par terre, conscients d’être encore passés à côté de quelque chose d’immense. Comme à l’aller, en somme. Mais n’ayez crainte, messieurs : l’avenir est à vous ! En fonction de ce qu’elle répondra, le classement pourrait évoluer dans des proportions intéressantes et qui vont commencer à faire naître des rêves fous. Trop fous, vu l’âge de ces gamins, mais on s’en moque, puisqu’ils font tout pour que cela soit ainsi. Être capable de cela au début du mois de juin, alors que fut une époque où l’on voyait souvent des corps en souffrance, voire déjà en vacances, en dit tout aussi long sur ce qu’est devenu le Grand-Duché. Une équipe pleine de maturité Lundi, les Roud Léiwen ont joué à l’espagnole, n’hésitant presque jamais à relancer court de derrière. Bon, rien de neuf, puisqu’ils le font depuis quelques mois déjà, nous direz-vous ! Si, justement. Parce que c’est face à l’Ukraine, parce que cette dernière était prévenue et qu’elle s’était déjà fait trimballer en mars au stade Josy-Barthel, parce que les conditions étaient indescriptibles, parce que ces gamins assument de jouer et, surtout, en ont les moyens techniques, parce qu’à certains moments, les hommes d’Andreï Shevchenko ont carrément dû se contenter de regarder. La réaction d’un stade bouillonnant, à la 58e minute, est assez éloquente pour dire ce qu’ont encore réalisé les hommes de Luc Holtz : le public a passé vingt bonnes secondes à chanter le nom d’Andriy Pyatov, son gardien de but, auteur d’une parade phénoménale sur un coup franc de Vincent Thill le long de son poteau. Partager Ce n’est pourtant pas l’injustice qui restera de ce match mais bien la maturité de cette équipe contre ce que Luc Holtz avait qualifié d’adversaire de top niveau mondial. On veut bien lui accorder la pertinence de l’analyse, mais alors où est-ce que cela place le Luxembourg à l’échelle du continent ? Et que faut-il attendre, dès lors, des confrontations contre la Serbie ou le Portugal ? Il y a des défaites qui valent de l’or. Surtout quand elles sont une confirmation de ce qu’une sélection nous a donné à voir au match aller. En trois mois et deux confrontations contre l’Ukraine, il va falloir dissocier le contenu du résultat. Oui, il y a deux défaites au bout du compte mais aussi deux performances d’une sacrée qualité, même dans l’enfer de Lviv. De classe internationale, serait-on même tenté de dire. Messieurs, l’avenir est à vous ! A Lviv, Julien Mollereau Battu mais très bon face à l’Ukraine (1-0), le Luxembourg a encore aligné six joueurs qui n’ont pas 24 ans. Où cette génération en sera-t-elle dans deux ans ? Ce mardi matin, la FLF doit sourire en ouvrant les journaux et en constatant qu’elle est toujours deuxième de ce groupe B extraordinairement relevé. Elle doit se dire aussi qu’il y aurait une petite justice à récupérer l’intégralité des points perdus contre l’Ukraine à l’aller, le 18 juin, dans les bureaux de l’UEFA, où la cour d’appel aura à trancher pour savoir si Junior Moraes avait vraiment le droit d’être sur le terrain. Le reste de l’Europe aurait pu cerner encore un peu mieux le phénomène si le trio arbitral slovaque du match avait laissé l’avantage aux attaquants sur cette tête victorieuse de Christopher Martins à la 38e minute. Mais il faut croire que le statut de nain du football reste accroché à ses basques et le traitement légèrement inéquitable qui va avec, aussi. Luc Holtz s’en est déjà souvent plaint dans le passé. Lundi, il aurait encore eu matière à faire de sacrés reproches à cette désespérante habitude qu’ont les hommes en noir d’oublier que les équipes méritent d’être toutes traitées de la même façon.last_img read more

Join the Geocaching Road Trip ’15 – Earn 6 Souvenirs

first_img[mc4wp_form]By clicking “Sign Up”, you agree to the Geocaching.com Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.Tune into the Geocaching Blog and Geocaching on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for all the latest on Geocaching Road Trip ’15.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedFAQs: The lost treasure of Mary HydeJuly 10, 2017In “Learn”6 souvenirs. 5 Geocaching HQ’ers. 300 miles. 24 hours.August 3, 2015In “Community”You have (1) new message in a bottle!July 17, 2017In “News” Over the next few months, we’ll all be going on a geocaching journey to celebrate 15 years of geocaching. You’ll have the opportunity to complete five geocaching quests, each of which will earn you a special souvenir for your geocaching profile. Complete all five and you’ll earn a sixth, extra special souvenir.After each quest begins, you’ll be able to complete it and earn your souvenir until September 2, 2015. So pack your bag, load up on snacks and set your road trip playlist, because here are your quests and their start dates:June 19 – Sept 2: Find a geocache with 10 or more Favorite PointsJuly 3 – Sept 2: Attend an Event, Mega-Event or Giga-EventJuly 17 – Sept 2: Find a T5 or D5 geocacheJuly 31 – Sept 2: Find an EarthCache or attend a CITOAugust 14 – Sept 2: Find a Mystery CacheBefore you begin…No road trip is complete without a trusty co-pilot. Sign up below and we’ll remind you when each new quest is launched. We’ll also send you helpful hints and tips for this fantastic voyage.Every road tripper needs a trusty co-pilot.Sign up for your Geocaching Road Trip ’15 co-pilot!last_img read more

Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas has surgery on dislocated thumb

first_imgLATEST STORIES SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño The 26-year-old Lithuanian is averaging 12.8 points, 7.2 rebounds and 18.8 minutes in 30 games this season. He has led the team in rebounding 11 times and recorded five double-doubles. The Raptors also announced they have recalled Chris Boucher from their minor league Raptors 905 team. Boucher is averaging 29 points per game with the G-League club based in Mississauga, 28 kilometers (17 miles) southwest of Toronto.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ONE Championships signs US broadcast deal with Turner Sports PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening View comments Jonas Valanciunas #17 of the Toronto Raptors grimaces in pain after hurting his finger against the Golden State Warriors at ORACLE Arena on December 12, 2018 in Oakland, California. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFPToronto Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas will be out at least four weeks after undergoing surgery to repair a dislocated left thumb on Thursday, the National Basketball Association team announced on Twitter.Valanciunas was hurt in the second quarter of Wednesday’s 113-93 win over the two-time reigning champion Golden State Warriors. ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Arsenal hold Chelsea in semi-final first leg

first_imgChelsea 0 Arsenal 0: Stamford Bridge stalemate leaves EFL Cup semi-final poised Dom Farrell Last updated 1 year ago 05:55 1/11/18 JackWilshereCescFabregas - cropped Getty Images Arsene Wenger benched Alexis Sanchez and lost Jack Wilshere to injury but Arsenal held Chelsea to a 0-0 EFL Cup semi-final draw. Chelsea and Arsenal played out a draw for the fourth time in as many meetings this season as the first leg of their EFL Cup semi-final finished goalless at Stamford Bridge.The London teams reconvened seven days on from a scintillating 2-2 Premier League draw at Emirates Stadium but this encounter failed to hit those heights, instead repeating the scoreline from a September stalemate on this ground.Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, who watched the match from the press seating as he continued to serve a touchline ban, deployed reported Manchester City target Alexis Sanchez as a second-half substitute and is likely to be the happier of the two managers. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player An even first half gave way to sustained Chelsea pressure after the interval, with the visitors struggling to stem the tide after an enterprising display from Jack Wilshere was ended by another injury scare for the midfielder.Alvaro Morata probed as Chelsea’s attacking spearhead to no avail and Antonio Conte will regret his side’s two best chances falling to Andreas Christensen – a defender who proved ill-suited to the task.It represented a restoration of pride for Wenger and Arsenal after their weekend FA Cup humiliation at the hands of Nottingham Forest and they will welcome their rivals to north London in two weeks’ time with hopes of a fourth domestic knockout cup in five seasons firmly intact.Fabregas’ corner is flicked on by Alonso… it hits Morata inside the six-yard box and trickles wide#CFCvAFC 0-0 (54) pic.twitter.com/C1sIpbkzwm— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) January 10, 2018Eden Hazard recovered from a calf complaint to start for Chelsea and the Belgium star played in Morata after two minutes, although the angle was against the striker – who endured a torrid outing when the sides met in the league last week – and he shot into the side netting.Victor Moses found joy in attacking inexperienced wing-back Ainsley Maitland-Niles down the Arsenal left, with David Ospina grasping a shot at the second attempt as Morata lurked.In the 28th minute, Maitland-Niles lost his footing and Moses fired against the base of the near post.At the other end, Thibaut Courtois parried away an Alex Iwobi snapshot and Maitland-Niles, with roles suddenly reversed, went down under a challenge from Moses.Martin Atikinson consulted VAR as Arsenal supporters chanted the name of the trialled technology but the referee stuck with his initial decision of no penalty.Cesc Fabregas headed tamely at Ospina when he found space on the end of Cesar Azpilicueta’s cross from deep in the final minute of the first half.Half-time: Chelsea 0-0 ArsenalAll square at the break… #CHEARS pic.twitter.com/eLV3DFGSV0— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 10, 2018Chelsea resumed on the front foot and saw another aerial chance go begging when Christensen nodded over from close range.Morata was unable to adjust his feet and convert when Marcos Alonso flicked Fabregas’ 54th-minute corner in his direction and the forward then tested Ospina from range.Before those attempts, Wilshere injured his leg blocking a firmly struck cross from Moses and an impressive outing as Arsenal captain was curtailed when he limped off to make way for Mohamed Elneny before the hour.A clever turn away from Shkodran Mustafi allowed Morata to test the side-netting from an acute angle once more.In the absence of Wilshere, Arsenal looked even less likely to regain their earlier control and Mustafi blocked from Moses before Christensen again showed himself to be nowhere near as adept in the opposition box as in his own with another limp header.Fabregas’ 88th-minute cross struck the outside of the post before Danny Welbeck correctly survived trial by VAR inside his own area for a challenge on the Spain playmaker, meaning Arsenal emerged unscathed. read morelast_img read more

Roundtable Wednesday: Let’s Fix The CFB Playoffs and Talk Big 12 Hunger Games

first_imgHere at Pistols Firing, we use Slack to communicate back and forth. Sometimes this is constructive. Other times we riff for 20 minutes on Mike Gundy’s golf game. We’re going to try and do an informal roundtable every Wednesday about whatever is going on this week and post it here.It’s going to be pretty slangy and GIF-y and not meant to be anything serious. We’re just here to talk about OSU the way we all do in real life. If you need to brush up on any of the contributors, you can do so here.Kyle Porter: OK @everyone who can do it, let’s roundtable! Question is what would you do to fix/change the playoff, if anything?Kyle Boone: Bring back the BCS system and move it to a playoff format.Sam Aldrich: Expand to 8 teams — 5 major conference winners, 3 wild card spots.Kyle Cox: I have to agree with @sam.aldrich and @porter on that. eight would fix a lot, not all. Maybe just set an actual guideline that makes sense and stick to it? Combine BCS-type system with a committee. Wse the committee only for the tie breakers and to veto any obvious flaws in the system. Has to be high majority to overrule computers.Caleb Deck: Who’s better at math, me or a calculator? Calculator, by a larger margin than I can count. Point being: computers are important and objective instead of biased and subjective. I have no idea why they decided to rebrand the whole championship system for more equality and clarity and removed the most “fair” and objective thing about it all. Makes absolutely no sense. There’s definitely a place for a committee and for a bit of subjective discussion and debate (see OkState vs CMU *loss*) but the computers are important for surePorter: Everybody plays the same number of conference games and has a conference championship. Five conference champs — if the Big 12 is stupid enough to have its teams have a rematch for the conference title, that’s its own problem. Three wild cards so you get the Boise States or this year apparently Ohio State. Top four get home games in first round. Semis and finals are at current bowl sites. $1 trillion idea. Make it rain.Everybody has a path to the title, and you can’t (legitimately) complain if you don’t make it.Aldrich: Texas A&M will still complainPorter: Texas A&M would complain if the national title was an agronomy contest.Justin Southwell: Sorry, @porter, we need a plan that makes a little less sense. It’s too logical. Try again.Steven Mandeville: I like the idea of requiring explanations for placement… at least make them admit the hypocrisy.Cox: How about we take all the schools that are in the top-25 on the last week of the season, give them lottery balls based on blue-blood status. Alabama and Ohio State get more than say West Virginia. Then we do an NBA Draft-style lottery for the rankings. They’ve never had an controversy with that.Porter: What if coaches just competed on Legends of the Hidden Temple and the winners moved on to the playoffs?Chris Knox: screen-shot-2016-11-16-at-3-26-18-pmSouthwell: Any coaches? Like Coach Glass could represent Oklahoma State?Porter: Andre Sexton would crush.Boone: I’d nominate Coach Arroyo…he seems like he could be a warrior in the ring.Aldrich: It’s a Hunger Games scenario, you pick your champion.Porter: Big 12 Hunger Games between football and basketball coaches, who wins?Boone: Bob Huggins would win .. Just sit on his opponents.Cox: I think Shaka would be sneaky-tough to beat.Porter: Bill Snyder wins the Big 12 Hunger Games. Zero doubt.Aldrich: Caleb: Jim Grobe would last a long time. He’s really good at dodging controversial encounters.Porter: Whoooooooo.Boone: That’s fire Caleb. Bringing it!Caleb: I see several Survivor-style alliances starting I’m just not sure who could get more on board or how loyal they would be. Gundy-Stoops-Patterson-Kliff would probably be strong. Underwood-Self-Lon? Not so sure about that….Porter: Who goes out first?Boone: Scott Drew would probably just forfeit. I’ll go with him.Aldrich: It’s not even a question- Bruce Weber immediately eats nightlock berries and dies.Porter: I think everyone would turn on Drew and offer him as a sacrifice to President Snow. Man, how good was the real Hunger Games. I think I got pneumonia because I didn’t sleep for three days because I read through the entire trilogy.Caleb: Can we cite previous coaches? If so, Mangino goes out first. Other than that I’m not sure if Snyder makes it to the start…Aldrich: Is President Snow Bob Bowlsby?Porter: How insane would Dana be in a Hunger Games dome? He’s definitely on point with a bow. Like, in real life. Not in this made-up Hunger Games series.Boone: So Kirby Hocutt is definitely the gamesmaker, right? He just thinks up a bunch of random crap to try and bring down all the participants.Porter: The odds are ever in your favor (if you’re OU and not West Virginia).Aldrich: Too bad the Big 12 Hunger Games would probably get flexed to 11 AM and televised on FS1.Porter: That was a walk off. OK, would you guys rather have Jawun Evans for two more years or Mason Rudolph for one?Aldrich: One more year of Mason — we’ve got a real shot to win the Big 12 next year if he returns, and Underwood will probably need more than this year and next to be a Big 12 title contender in hoops. Plus, we’re in great hands with this guy taking the reins at point.Boone: I’d take Mason Rudolph for one more. BrUnderwood will have Trae Young and Zach Dawson next year, but next year the football team will be ready to take a B12 title. I’m not sure they will be able to do that behind Keondre Wudtee.Southwell: Mason Rudolph for one. We need another Big 12 Championship and he gives us the best chance. Kansas will probably continue to win conference championships in basketball regardless of if we have Evans, as much as I’d like for him to stay.Porter: I’d take Rudolph, too, I think. CFB Playoff is in play next year with Rudolph (unless they change it to Supermarket Sweep rules). That’s not true of OSU in hoops, I don’t think, in the next two years.Aldrich: Rudolph coming back also probably means The President stays. We all know how the stud QB-WR combo returning for one more year turned out in 2011…Boone: With Chuba, Justice Hill and J.D. King next year, he may never even have to throw the ball.Cox: Rudolph for one year  just because he means more to the football team than even Evans does to bball. plus football is king at this point. Who knows if it will ever go back to bball.Porter: I just saw this, I’m in tears!SHOCKING INTERVIEW WITH BIG 12 ASSOCIATE REGARDING OKLAHOMA STATE NIGHT GAMES pic.twitter.com/H71zua9CO4— Zachcoin® (@YaaaBoyZach) November 13, 2016Southwell: Lastly, I just wanted to point out that OkState hasn’t lost a game since being crowned the 1945 National Champions. 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. 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The Reload: OSU Offers Cedar Hill Tailback, Tight End Prospect and Lancaster Defensive Back

first_img2020 Lancaster (TX) defensive back offeredIt’s never too early, apparently, to get involved with recruits. Oklahoma State pulled the trigger on 2020 (freshman) Lancaster defensive back Lorando Johnson — his first Division I offer.Extremely blessed to receive my 1st offer from Oklahoma State University pic.twitter.com/zXdc8poNZ0— ⁴ (@D1Lando) January 25, 2017Another 2020 offer — this one to a tailbackI’m all about early offers out of the OSU staff. It shows a proactiveness and diligence in the coach catching film on prospects and a willingness to give a player a chance he didn’t have before. The second “first” offer went out this week to 2020 running back prospect Quinshone Bright from Cedar Hill, Texas.https://twitter.com/QuinBright3/status/824377812442300429Being from Cedar Hill, Bright is up against some of the top high school competition not only in Texas, but the entire country. This is an offer I love, and one that will make Gundy look smart in the coming months.2019 hoops target decommits from BaylorBrad Underwood is still filling out his 2017 recruiting class, but he’s already made offers all the way out to 2020. And one offer to a 2019 target, Jordyn Adams, was denied quickly after he committed to Baylor. But he announced this week that he was committing from the program and re-opening his recruitment.No questions or interviews please pic.twitter.com/Prim9ihYi4— Jordyn Adams (@jayadams_5) January 23, 2017Adams, a 6-foot-2 recruit from Silsbee, Texas, also has an offer from TCU and is listed as a highly-rated three-star prospect.MULLET POINTSMike Gundy went to Canada this week to visit four-star tailback commitment Chuba Hubbard.2017 tight end commitment Tyler Henderson was offered by Baylor. While I don’t think Oklahoma State has any real reason for concern — anything that threatens the commitment status of a vital recruit a week before signing day is concerning.Oklahoma State picked up a commitment from preferred walk-on Anthony Love-Kemper, a high school all-district QB from Lawton, Okla. With his 6-foot-3, 190-pound frame, and given Oklahoma State’s extremely crowded quarterback room, I’m curious to see if they try and convert him to wide receiver.If you missed it, I dropped a list of the 10 recruits in the state of Oklahoma that you need to know for 2018. The Reload is PFB’s recruiting recap, catching you up to speed on the latest news surrounding Oklahoma State and recruiting, with an ear to the ground for what to expect in the future.2018 tight end prospect from Illinois picks up OSU offerOklahoma State has extended an offer to rising junior tight end prospect Luke Ford, a current unranked — and 6-foot-7! — prospect from Carterville, Illinois.Ford also has offers from Arkansas and Southern Illinois.Extremely Blessed to receive my 3rd official offer from Oklahoma State University!!!! #BIG12 #GOPOKES pic.twitter.com/oVpXoJtWs1— L U K E F O R D™️ (@lukeredx97) January 24, 2017As a high school wide receiver/linebacker/tight end, Ford is an underrated prospect whom Oklahoma State likes at the tight end position. He’s just so tall, it’s almost awkwardly hilarious how dominant he is over other high school competition. 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

Report: OSU Hires John Wozniak as Next Running Backs Coach

first_imgAs well as spending time as a graduate assistant with Oklahoma State in 2004, Wozinak had stops at LSU and Alabama and, of course, Southern Miss, where he served under former OSU offensive coordinator Todd Monken.In 2012, Southern Miss was the 11th-best passing offense in Conference USA with just 2,019 yards, ahead of only Memphis. In Wozniak’s first year, the Golden Eagles jumped to No. 3 in the conference with 2,911 yards and have been in the top four every year since.No official release has come out but when current OSU staffers are retweeting the news it’s likely to be true. The search for Marcus Arroyo’s replacement (it seems) has ended. Lauren Rew of The Franchise Tulsa has reported that former Southern Miss special teams and wide receivers coach John Wozniak will be the Cowboys’ next running backs coach.Source confirms new #okstate RB coach will be John Wozniak , SouthernMiss Spec Team/ Receivers coach. Wozniak was #okstate Off. GA in 2004.— Lauren Rew (@Lauren_Rew) February 14, 2017 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