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The Community Development Institute makes a presentation to City Council

first_imgNext Morris, addressed the Social and Economic Development Framework and its purpose, to provide guidance, focus, and the tools to build a strong foundation that will support the future social and economic development of Fort St. John. The framework is like a roadmap, to help things keep going, having indicators to where you may have gone wrong and to help navigate detours.Advertisement For the Development to be realized, capacity must be built, develope connections and build resilience, as well as fostering flexibility and adaptability. Fifteen aspects where you see the two facets working together in Fort St. John include; – Advertisement -The Social and Economic parts of the Framework are interwoven and work together in order to work. Making the presentation was Marleen Morris a Co-Director of the CDI. Morris started her presentation with a refresher to date of the research and the community engagement the CDI has done to gather information from the community and what has been learned. HousingWorkforceInclusion and BelongingPersonal and Family ServicesVulnerable people and familiesArts and CultureSports and RecreationInfrastructureOils and GasForestryAgricultureRetail and ServicesTourismTransportationPublic and Government Services Morris says, Social and Economic Development takes place on three levels, individual, group and community. To watch the presentation you can; CLICK HERE Advertisement FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Community Development Institute (CDI) made a presentation to Council on the Social and Economic Development Framework. Once the final report is prepared it will be presented to the public and Council the report will include more information and provide questions that will help determine which initiatives are a good fit for the city.last_img read more

Astro the Eyepiece: The Tale of a Travel Bug® on a Mission

first_imgShare your Trackable stories for a chance to win the rare and coveted Moun10bike coinShare your Trackable stories for a chance to win a rare and covetedMoun10bike Trackable.Teile jetzt Deine Trackable-Geschichten mit anderen und habe die Chance auf diesem seltenen und begehrten Moun10Bike Trackable.Shop Now to Find Trackable Week Discounts of 10% or MoreFinde jetzt Rabatte von 10% oder mehr während der Trackable-Woche(Für Trackables von teilnehmenden Anbietern)Learn and share Trackable EtiquettePrüfe und schaue Dir die Trackable Etikette anCheck out the Travel Bug that’s traveled far enough to circle the globe 8 times… and is still moving (and moving, and moving…)Schau Dir den Travel Bug an, der so weit gereist ist, um den Globus 8 Mal zu umrunden… und er ist immer noch unterwegs (und bewegt sich und bewegt sich…)Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedTrackable Stories of the WeekSeptember 16, 2011In “Community”Sea Shells – TB Stop & Go GCNWBC GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – February 6, 2012February 6, 2012In “Community”MAT – the Travel Bug® that TeachesSeptember 18, 2012In “Learn” Where Astro was picked upHappy Cache Inn, der Ort an dem Astro wieder in Empfang genommen wurde.The Travel Bug® that traveled 63,000 miles is back home in the U.S. state of Oregon.Astro the Eyepiece, a telescope eyepiece, was on the move for eight years before it was retrieved by its owner at Shelrik’s Happy Cache Inn (For TB’s & GC’s) this July 5th.Geramy, a.k.a. CrazyGAF, released the Travel Bug in 2004 with this mission: “Astro’s mission is to travel East…a long ways East! You see, Astro is a telescope eyepiece and would like to travel to Greenwich, England…home of the Greenwich Royal Observatory and Greenwich Mean Time! After his trip he wouldn’t mind traveling the world a little more before, hopefully, coming back to his hometown of Portland, Oregon. He knows this may be a very long trip, but he’s ready! So…if you’re traveling East, please take him with you. If you’re traveling West, please let him stay. Thanks!!” -Cacheopia (now CrazyGAF).The journey began when bbmagic grabbed Astro the Eyepiece on February 14, 2004, a few days after it was placed in the Cascades Parkway cache.Astro at the Greenwich ObservatoryAstro beim Greenwich ObservatoriumGeramy says, “this was our first bug that we ever released. Its original goal was to make it to the International Date Line. It did that and then it continued around the globe and made it back into our hands. We kept it for a little while and then let it go again. It traveled around again for quite some time before it got stuck in South Korea where we thought it might have been lost or stolen…but then it started up again and made it the rest of the way around the globe a second time.”At this time Astro the Eyepiece is back home and getting some well deserved rest and relaxation.According to Geramy, “We’re not sure we are going to send it on a third journey or if we are going to let it enjoy a life of retirement after such an active life. It seems to quite like our home here in Gresham, Oregon. After all… it has seen the whole world and always comes back.”To learn more about Travel Bugs or to live vicariously through each Travel Bug’s adventures, visit the Latest Travel Bug Reports page.Astro’s trip across the globeAstro das Okular: Die Geschichte eines Travel Bug® auf einer MissionDer Travel Bug® reiste 63.000 Meilen zurück nach Hause nach Gresham, OR, USA.Astro das Okular, ein Teleskop Okular, war acht Jahre unterwegs, bis er von seinem Eigentümer in Shelriks Happy Cache Inn (ein Travelbug Hotel) am 5.Juli wieder in entnommen wurde.Geramy, a.k.a. CrazyGAF, schickte den Travel Bug im Jahr 2004 mit dem Ziel auf Reisen: “Astro‘s Mission ist reise nach Osten…den langen Weg nach Osten! Astro ist ein Teleskop Okular und möchte nach Greenwich, England…Heimat des Greenwich Royal Observatorium und der mittleren Greenwich Zeit reisen! Nach erreichen dieses Zieles, möchte er sich noch ein wenig die Welt ansehen, bevor er wieder zurück in seine Heimatstadt Portland, Oregon kommt. Er weiß dies kann eine sehr lange Reise sein, aber er ist fertig für den Trip! Wenn… Du also in Richtung Osten unterwegs bist, bitte nimm Ihn mit. Wenn Du nach Westen reist, dann laß Ihn bitte liegen. Vielen Dank!” –Cacheopia (jetzt CrazyGAF).Die Reise begann als bbmagic Astro das Okular am 14. Februar 2004, aufnahm und wenige Tage später im Cascades Parkway Cache ablegte.Geramy erzählt: “Dies war unser erster Travel Bug, welchen wir auf die Reise geschickt haben. Ursprünglich war sein Ziel, dass er die internationale Datumsgrenze überschreiten sollte. Es tat dies, dann ging es einmal um die Welt und wieder zurück in unsere Hände. Wir behielten Ihn für eine Weile um Ihn dann wieder loszuschicken. Es reiste wieder für einige Zeit, bevor er länger in Südkorea verweilte. Wir dachten, daß er verloren oder gestohlen wurde…aber dann begann er wieder zureisen und vollendete den Weg um den Globus ein zweites Mal.”Momentan ist Astro das Okular wieder zu Hause und genießt seine wohlverdiente Rast.Geramy: “Wir sind uns nicht sicher ob wir Ihn auf eine dritte Reise senden oder ob wir Ihn seine wohlverdienten Ruhestand nach solch einem aktiven Leben genießen lassen. Es scheint so, daß er sich ganz wohl hier in seinem Zuhause in Gresham, Oregon fühlt. Nach allem…er hat die ganze Welt gesehen und ist immer wieder zurückgekommen.”Für weitere Informationen zu Travel Bugs oder um weitere Abenteuer anderer Travel Bugs zu erleben, besuche die neuste Travel Bug–Berichtsseite.ADDITIONAL TRACKABLE STORIES:Zusätzliche Trackable Geschichten:last_img read more

Son of former BJP MLA shot dead in U.P.

first_imgThe son of a former BJP MLA was shot dead close to the Uttar Pradesh legislature complex late on Saturday night. The issue is likely to rock the State Assembly and the Legislative Council on Monday. Speaker Hriday Narain Dixit said if members were bent upon derailing the listed business, stopping the live telecast during the pandemonium may be considered.Vaibhav Tiwari, 36, son of former Domariyaganj MLA Prem Prakash Tiwari, was allegedly shot at from point blank range barely 300 metres from the U.P. legislature building, police said.last_img read more

Separatists slam unfurling of IS flag

first_imgCondemning the unfurling of the Islamic State (IS) flag at the historic Jamia Masjid here on Friday by a youngster, the Kashmiri separatist leaders said “such anti-Islamic acts would not be tolerated at any cost”.“Some masked elements have violated all Islamic teaching, values, sanctity of the mosque and attempted to desecrate the pulpit of Jamia Masjid,” said a joint statement of the Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL), comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik.A video that went viral on the social media in Kashmir on Saturday showed a masked youth scaling the pulpit inside the mosque and unfurling an IS flag. Others are seen raising slogans.‘Bid to dent movement’The pulpit is traditionally used by the Mirwaiz, the head priest of the Valley, for Friday sermons. “In the past too, some elements at the behest of certain agencies and handlers have indulged in rowdyism and hooliganism inside and outside the Jamia Masjid. The motive is to weaken the ongoing people’s movement for the right to self-determination,” said the separatist leaders.Terming the bid “unfortunate”, the separatists claimed it was a well-planned design to damage this religious centre. “Also, it is aimed at changing the course of the ongoing movement and create an atmosphere of confusion and anarchy,” they added.The separatists asked the youth in the Valley “to be cautious of this propaganda of vested elements and understand the motive behind such acts”.A spokesman of the Anjuman Auqaf Jamia Masjid, which is a caretaker body of the 14th century mosque, said the incident took place in Jamia Masjid on Friday late in the afternoon after the devotees had left. “A group of masked boys entered the mosque and rushed to the pulpit when one among them stood atop the pulpit with his shoes on, screaming slogans and creating ruckus,” said the spokesman.In the meantime, his associates videotaped it and the video has been put on the social media. “It has sent shock waves and deep resentment among people,” said the spokesman.He said the Auqaf would not allow anyone to violate the sanctity of the mosque and the pulpit at any cost. “Jamia Masjid is the spiritual religious and political centre of the people of Kashmir and representative of our collective cultural heritage and any attempt to harm it will be dealt with firmly,” the spokesman added. In the past few years, Islamic State and Al-Qaeda affiliated group Ansar Ghazwatul Hind, have succeeded in recruiting a few youth in Kashmir. However, the police said the ranks of both the organisation have shrunk to single digits. Six militants of Ansar Ghazwatul Hind were killed recently in Pulwama’s Awantipora, including the deputy of Zakir Musa, who heads the group.last_img read more

2012 New South Wales Country Championships

first_imgThe event will be the first time that Dubbo Touch Association will use their brand new clubhouse after receiving help from the Tooheys New Crew in recent weeks. The Tooheys New Crew will be helping put the finishing touches on the clubhouse this Thursday and Friday, before the venue is officially launched at 10.00am on Saturday morning. The 2012 event will see teams compete across seven divisions for nine titles at the championships – Men’s Open, Women’s Open/Women’s 20’s, Mixed Open, Men’s 35’s, Men’s 40’s/45’s, Women’s 40’s and Men’s 50’s. The 81 teams, representing 30 affiliates across the state, will make the trip to Dubbo in the hope of returning home with the title of New South Wales Country Champions. The Wollongong Devils will be hopeful of taking out back-to-back titles in 2012 after winning four titles at the 2011 event. 2012 Australian Open representatives Dylan Hennessey (Peninsula), Matt Tope (Wollongong) and Dylan Thompson (Central Coast) will be three of approximately 1,000 participants to take part in the weekend. The Dubbo Devils will have five teams competing in the championships, in the Men’s Open, Women’s Open/20’s, Mixed Open, Men’s 35’s and Women’s 40’s divisions. Games will commence at 8.15am on Saturday morning, with finals to be played at the following times on Sunday: 1.50pm – Women’s Open, Women’s 20’s2.25pm – Mixed Open, Men’s 30’s, Men’s 40’s3.00pm – Men’s Open, Men’s 40’s, Men’s 50’s, Women’s 40’s  To keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the 2012 New South Wales Country Championships, please click on the link below:www.nswcountrychamps.mytouchfooty.comlast_img read more

a month agoBarcelona chief Abidal unimpressed by Fabian Ruiz after Napoli scouting trip

first_imgBarcelona chief Abidal unimpressed by Fabian Ruiz after Napoli scouting tripby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona chief Eric Abidal was left unimpressed by Fabian Ruiz during a weekend scouting mission to Italy.Abidal traveled to Italy last weekend to see Napoli defeat Lecce at the Stadio Via del Mare.And the subject of his trip was Napoli pair Ruiz and Kalidou Koulibaly.However, Abidal came away unimpressed by the antics of Spanish midfielder Ruiz, says Mundo Deportivo.He scored the third goal for Napoli and could not think of anything better than celebrating in the face of angry local fans – a gesture that did not go down well with Abidal. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Trelawny Community Hails School Upgrading

first_imgResidents of Sawyers in Trelawny are hailing the upgrading work done on the community’s primary school by the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF). The project, undertaken at a cost of $21 million, included construction of a new sanitation block and reading room, erection of perimeter fencing, provision of water tanks, and an industrial stove and freezer for the canteen. Clevy Armstrong, who was one of the first students to attend the school when it opened in 1948, expressed gratitude to JSIF. He said the improvements will enhance learning at the institution. “The community boasts a splendid refurbished building to accommodate our children in a clean, hospitable, sanitary and healthy learning environment. It is also a conducive environment for our teachers, who are now more energised to work with our children so that they can learn better,” Mr. Armstrong said at the recent handing over ceremony. He noted that the community has been given a lasting legacy. “JSIF, you have made our dream come true; you have left us a legacy. We will stand by the teachers to see to it that no vandalism takes place, and that everything is maintained and kept to the best,” he stated. “We want you to know of the great significance this is to us in Sawyers and surrounding communities. This is a very valuable gift which will be highly cherished at all levels, and we are grateful to all who contributed,” Mr. Armstrong added. Principal of the institution, Shelly-Ann Griffiths, said the school is a “beacon” in the community and has vowed to protect it for the lasting development of the area. Longtime teacher at the school, Patricka Clarke, stated that the improved and secure environment will provide a boost for the 106 students and six teachers. “I am truly happy. Children will be coming to a very safe environment, bathroom facilities are here, and a kitchen, where they will get warm meals every day,” she noted. Meanwhile, Education Officer with the Ministry of Education, Linda Miller, urged the school community to take responsibility for the “wonderful, new learning environment” which they have been provided. “We are going to protect Sawyers Primary School and we are not going to destroy it. This new school belongs to the community, and we have to take the very best care of it,” she stated. By Garfield Angus, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

Chinese armed drones now flying across Mideast battlefields

first_imgDUBAI, United Arab Emirates – High above Yemen’s rebel-held city of Hodeida, a drone controlled by Emirati forces hovered as an SUV carrying a top Shiite Houthi rebel official turned onto a small street and stopped, waiting for another vehicle in its convoy to catch up.Seconds later, the SUV exploded in flames, killing Saleh al-Samad, a top political figure.The drone that fired that missile in April was not one of the many American aircraft that have been buzzing across the skies of Yemen, Iraq and Afghanistan since Sept. 11, 2001. It was Chinese.Across the Middle East, countries locked out of purchasing U.S.-made drones due to rules over excessive civilian casualties are being wooed by Chinese arms dealers, who are world’s main distributor of armed drones.“The Chinese product now doesn’t lack technology, it only lacks market share,” said Song Zhongping, a Chinese military analyst and former lecturer at the People’s Liberation Army Rocket Force University of Engineering. “And the United States restricting its arms exports is precisely what gives China a great opportunity.”The sales are helping expand Chinese influence across a region vital to American security interests.“It’s a hedging strategy and the Chinese will look to benefit from that,” said Douglas Barrie, an airpower specialist at the International Institute for Strategic Studies. “I think the Chinese are far less liable to be swayed by concerns over civilian casualties,” he said.At the start of the year, a satellite passing over southern Saudi Arabia photographed U.S.-made surveillance drones at an airfield, alongside Chinese-manufactured armed ones.According to the Center for the Study of the Drone at New York’s Bard College, that was the first documented example of the two drone systems being used in the war in Yemen. The country has emerged as a “sort of a testing ground for these strike-capable drones,” said Dan Gettinger, the co-director of the Center for the Study of the Drone. “There’s a rapid turnaround from delivery to deployment.”U.S. drones were first used in Yemen to kill suspected al-Qaida militants in 2002.One of the biggest Chinese exports is the Cai-Hong, or Rainbow, series made by the state-owned China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp., or CASC, the largest contractor for the Chinese space program.CASC’s CH-4 and CH-5 models are on a par with San Diego-based General Atomics’ Predator and Reaper drones, and much cheaper. Independent analysts say the Chinese models lag behind their American counterparts but the technology is good enough to justify the price tag, which might be half or less.A CASC executive, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to journalists, said cutting-edge U.S. models like Boeing Co.’s Stingray, introduced this year for the U.S. Navy, still hold a technological advantage.And while price is an advantage, so too is a more relaxed attitude toward how drones are used, said Ulrike Franke, an expert on drones and policy fellow at the European Council on Foreign RelationsSince 2014, China has sold more than 30 CH-4’s to countries including Saudi Arabia and Iraq in deals worth over $700 million, according to CASC. Ten countries are currently in negotiations to purchase the CH-4, according to the firm.Last year, China sold to the UAE the Wing Loong II, an armed unmanned aerial vehicle roughly equivalent to the American MQ-9 Reaper.“In recent years, all types of drones have proven their value and importance through a high degree of use in warfare, and the military has noticed,” said the top CASC executive. “Many countries are now speeding up the development for these weapons systems, including China.”During President Xi Jinping’s five years in power, China has stepped up spending on stealth fighters and aircraft carriers for its own military, while boosting sales of advanced equipment such as attack submarines to close allies like Pakistan.China still lags behind the U.S., Russia, France, and Germany in total arms sales but it’s catching up. Chinese arms exports rose by 38 per cent between 2008-12 and 2013-17, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, which tracks the global arms trade.Mounting criticism over the rising civilian death toll in Yemen prompted the U.S. to impose restrictions on drone sales, forcing foreign countries to go through the U.S. government to buy armed drones, including those with laser-guidance systems.The Washington-based New America Foundation estimates more than 240 drone strikes in Yemen have killed more than 1,300 people, including at least 111 civilians.But with China’s drone sales booming, there’s growing pressure from U.S. arms makers to remove restrictions to let them catch up.After some U.S. lawmakers urged President Donald Trump to loosen controls and let General Atomics sell its armed Reapers to Jordan and the UAE, the administration on April 19 permitted U.S. manufacturers to directly market and sell drones, including armed versions.The government must still approve and license the sales, which are also contingent on human rights and proliferation reviews and congressional authorization.General Atomics did not respond to a request for comment.China doesn’t routinely announce arms sales like the U.S. and others, but a review of drone spottings gives some indication of who its customers are.— In Iraq in October 2015, the country’s then-defence minister inspected a CH-4 drone at an air base in the city of Kut.— Chinese armed drones have been operating at Jordan’s Zarqa Airport, at an air base in Pakistan and from bases in Egypt in the Sinai Peninsula and near its border with Libya, according to satellite photos analyzed by the Center for the Study of the Drone.— Satellite photographs taken of a mysterious air base in the United Arab Emirates’ deep south — a desert area known as the Empty Quarter — appear to show three Wing Loong IIs, IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly reported in January.— Two CH-4s were spotted by satellite alongside surveillance-only Predators purchased by the UAE at Jizan Regional Airport in southern Saudi Arabia, near the kingdom’s border with Yemen, according to the Center for the Study of the Drone.— Outside of the Mideast, Nigeria has used Chinese armed drones against the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram.___Shih reported from Beijing.last_img read more

CPSEs contributed Rs 35 lakh crore as dividend tax to Exchequer in

first_imgChennai: To showcase the contribution made by the Public Sector Organizations in nation-building and social progress, NLC India Limited celebrates 10th Public Sector Week from 10th to 16th April, 2019, organized under the ageis of Standing Conference of Public Enterprises (SCOPE), an apex professional organization representing the Central Government Public Enterprises. NLCIL observed the 10th ‘Public Sector Day’ in a befitting manner at the function organized at Corporate Office premises, Neyveli, on 10.04.2019, wherein Rakesh Kumar, CMD, NLCIL and also the Chairman of SCOPE, hoisted the Public Sector Flag and NLCIL Flag in the presence of Functional Directors of NLCIL. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalRakesh Kumar recalled the background and necessity regarding evolution of Public Sector Enterprises. The PSUs were incorporated after Independence to create employment opportunities, to develop infrastructures, to improve industrialization and to solve the socio-economic problems prevailing at that time. Started with five PSUs, today the country has 339 PSUs, of which 257 are in operation and others are in the construction stage. As on 31.03.2018, the total capital employed by CPSUs are Rs. 13.73 lakh crore and CPSUs have witnessed a growth of 4.5 times over a period of past 20 years, he added. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostRakesh Kumar also informed that the Central PSUs contributed Rs. 3.50 lakh crore as dividend and tax to the exchequer during the Financial Year 2017-18. As on 31.03.2018, the CPSEs gave direct employment to 15 lakh employees and the volume of indirect employment will be manifold, he said. While highlighting the performance of NLC India Limited, he said that NLCIL officers are able to install 2.50 MW of Solar Power Project in the Andaman Island in a record time of two and half months and NLCIL’s first coal mine is almost ready for operation at Talabira, Odisha. The NLCIL CMD has appreciated the employees of NLCIL as they are well equipped to face the challenges, manage the changes in the industry and are able to deliver results with maximum speed. Earlier, N Muthu, ED/HR welcomed the gathering while S Gurusaminathan, CGM/HR rendered vote of thanks. R Vikraman, Director (HR), N N M Rao,Director (Planning & Projects), Prabhakar Chowki, Director (Mines) and Shaji John, Director (Power) – designate of NLCIL, officials, staff, TUs, engineers and officers associations participated in the event.last_img read more

LeVeon Bell Is Irreplaceable The Steelers Have Yet To Notice

Le’Veon Bell was born in the wrong decade. The Pittsburgh Steelers running back is the best player in the NFL at his position, but he’s playing at a time when that distinction has never been less valued. On Thursday, Bell didn’t report to camp (and was under no obligation to do so), having yet to sign his franchise tender for $12.1 million. Earlier this month, negotiations between the All-Pro and the Steelers broke down without Bell signing a long-term contract after he reportedly sought $15 million per year. Assuming Bell does sign the tender, he’ll still play this season for the Steelers as the game’s highest-paid back. But the Steelers can’t resume negotiations on a long-term deal until 2018, meaning Bell will be a free agent once again.Put another way: This could be Bell’s last season wearing black and gold. In another era, when running backs like Earl Campbell, Franco Harris and Walter Payton were the gods of the gridiron, this would be unfathomable. But in the modern NFL, any running back, regardless of his ability, may be viewed as replaceable simply because he doesn’t throw or primarily catch the football. Despite this new line of thinking, Pittsburgh could still be making a huge mistake.Local papers have noted that Pittsburgh has won at a higher rate without Bell the past two years (11-5 including playoffs) than with him (12-7). But Bell played in five games without quarterback Ben Roethlisberger during that span, compared with just one for his backup the past two years, DeAngelo Williams, who is no longer with the team. The Steelers went 10-3, meanwhile, when Bell and Roethlisberger both played.1 This is excluding a 2015 game against the Bengals in which Bell suffered a season-ending injury early in the second quarter and January’s playoff loss against the Patriots when Bell left the game in the first quarter.In addition to durability risk, the knock on running backs is that they are interchangeable –that their success is based more on a team’s offensive scheme and run blocking than any innate ability. But that doesn’t seem to be the case with Bell. WSHR. KelleyC. Thompson4.25.2-1.1 CLEI. CrowellD. Johnson4.84.9-0.1 The 25-year-old averaged 4.86 yards on 261 carries last season — or 1.36 yards more than Williams averaged in 98 attempts while running behind the same offensive line. That differential was the fourth in the NFL when comparing primary ball carriers to their best backup with 50-plus carries, according to Pro-Football-Reference.com. That means Bell gained 355 more yards on his 261 carries than his backup would have, and those extra yards are worth 23 points, based on the league rate of a point every 15.4 yards from scrimmage. That was bested only by the Chicago Bears’ Jordan Howard (1.98 yards better per carry), San Francisco 49ers’ Carlos Hyde (1.90) and Cowboys rookie Ezekiel Elliott (1.55). But in those three cases, the 2016 backups — Jeremy Langford, Shaun Draughn and Alfred Morris, respectively — are nowhere near the caliber of Williams, one of only three backs since 2000 who have matched Bell’s active streak of averaging at least 4.7 yards in three consecutive seasons (minimum 100 carries).2 The other two are Tiki Barber (2004 to 2006) and Jamaal Charles (2012 to 2014). No back this century has ever done it four straight years.If you look at the list across the league, you begin to see why an NFL front office might think twice about giving big money to a first-string running back. There were 11 teams in 2016 in which the difference in efficiency between the starter and the backup was separated by less than half a yard per attempt. What’s more, there were 16 backups who were actually more efficient in less work, perhaps because of fresher legs. And the four backs who averaged at least 1 yard more per rush than the man they were behind on the depth chart are backups again this year. That includes the best backup rusher last year, Oakland’s Jalen Richard (1.88 yards per carry more than the now-departed Latavius Murray, who was replaced by Marshawn Lynch). More mysteriously, the Jets’ Bilal Powell (5.51 per carry) is expected to back up the same starter, Matt Forte (3.73), as is Washington’s Chris Thompson (5.24) behind Rob Kelley (4.19).Bell’s teammates, at least, seem to appreciate his value. “We need him,” star wide receiver Antonio Brown told ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler on Monday. “He’s a special piece.” But on Wednesday, prior to training camp, Brown expressed dismay on Instagram over Bell’s anticipated absence, saying the “First rule to getting better is showing Up!”Brown was rewarded for his stellar output with a four-year, $68 million deal in February. But Bell’s best offer from the Steelers didn’t approach that, according to Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network, which is instructive in showing how much more the NFL values passing over the ground game. But Bell is arguably the team’s second-most important receiver behind Brown, too. Last year, he became the first player in NFL history to average more than 50 yards receiving per game in addition to 100 rushing yards. And his total of 157 yards from scrimmage per game was third-most in league history.Yet despite their arguably equal importance to the team, it’s Bell who is skipping camp while he waits on his payday. Brown, meanwhile, arrived at camp on Thursday chauffeured in the backseat of a 1931 Rolls Royce. MINJ. McKinnonM. Asiata3.43.3+0.1 PHIR. MathewsD. Sproles4.34.7-0.4 BALT. WestK. Dixon4.04.3-0.3 NOM. IngramT. Hightower5.14.1+1.0 Not every running back is replaceableDifference between teams’ primary and secondary running options by yards per attempt, 2016 CINJ. HillR. Burkhead3.84.7-0.9 TEAMRB1RB2RB1RB2DIFF. SDM. GordonK. Farrow3.93.2+0.7 CARJ. StewartF. Whittaker3.84.7-0.9 DETT. RiddickZ. Zenner3.93.8+0.1 KCS. WareC. West4.33.3+1.0 TEND. MurrayD. Henry4.44.5-0.1 NYJM. ForteB. Powell3.75.5-1.8 JAXT.J. YeldonC. Ivory3.63.8-0.2 DALE. ElliottA. Morris5.13.5+1.6 NEL. BlountD. Lewis3.94.4-0.5 TBD. MartinJ. Rodgers2.94.3-1.4 HOUL. MillerA. Blue4.04.2-0.2 SFC. HydeS. Draughn4.62.7+1.9 ATLD. FreemanT. Coleman4.84.4+0.3 NYGR. JenningsP. Perkins3.34.1-0.8 CHIJ. HowardJ. Langford5.23.2+2.0 GBT. MontgomeryE. Lacy5.95.1+0.9 PITL. BellD. Williams4.93.5+1.4 BUFL. McCoyM. Gillislee5.45.7-0.3 DEND. BookerC.J. Anderson3.54.0-0.5 OAKL. MurrayJ. Richard4.05.9-1.9 RB2 is the teams’ best backup running back with at least 50 rushing attempts.Source: TruMedia YARDS/ATTEMPT read more