Breaking: Man arrested on suspicion of murder following death of Donegal woman

first_img Pinterest WhatsApp Pinterest Google+ Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows A 41 year old man has been arrested in Derry on suspicion of murder following the death of a Donegal woman in Fermanagh earlier this year.35 year old Lu Na McKinney died while on a boating holiday with her family.The PSNI’s Detective Inspector David McGrory said: “Police have carried out a review into the circumstances surrounding the death of Ms McKinney, at Devenish Island, Fermanagh on Thursday 13th April and as a result have arrested a 41 year old man on suspicion of murder.”The man is currently in custody at Omagh PSNI Station where he is helping police with their enquiries.Police are appealing to any witnesses to come forward and anyone who had contact with Lu Na McKinney, who lived in Convoy, County Donegal, in the months preceding her death is asked to contact Police or Gardai.Anyone with information on can contact either the PSNI on 101 ext 40681, confidential Crime Stoppers number on 0800 555 111 or Letterkenny Garda Station on 0749167100 or the An Garda Siochana Confidential line on 1800 666 111. Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Facebook Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Facebook WhatsApp Google+center_img Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Previous articleMain Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Thursday 30th NovemberNext articleHighland’s Farming News – Thursday 30th November News Highland Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By News Highland – November 30, 2017 Homepage BannerNews Breaking: Man arrested on suspicion of murder following death of Donegal woman Twitter Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens furtherlast_img read more

Cape shipwreck adds another chapter to slave trade story

first_imgMore than 200 slaves bound for the cane fields of Brazil died in the icy ocean around the Cape of Good Hope when their slave ship was wrecked. Remnants of the wreckage are being studied by maritime archaeologists and historians in South Africa and the US. Maritime archaeologists, pictured here exploring the wreckage of the the São José Paquete Africa that sank off the Cape coast more than 200 years ago, say the ship will give us a better understanding of the slave trade. (Image: US National Parks Service) By Shamin ChibbaIn 2010, when Iziko Museums’ maritime archaeologist, Jaco Boshoff, saw a few simple looking iron ballasts discovered from a shipwreck near Camps Bay, Cape Town, he knew it could only be one type of vessel: a slave ship, and the first to be found anywhere in the world.On Tuesday, 2 June, members of Iziko Museums, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, and the Slave Wrecks Project officially announced the discovery of remnants of the São José Paquete Africa, a Portuguese slave ship that was wrecked off the coast of Cape Town more than 200 years ago.Lonnie G Bunch III, the founding director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, said the findings would “help people get a better understanding of the slave trade”.The discovery of the wreckage is overseen by the Slave Wrecks Project, which is a long-term collaboration between six partners, including Iziko and the African American museum. The project combines research, training and education to build knowledge about the study of the global slave trade, particularly through slave shipwrecks.Stephen Lubkeman of the Slave Wrecks Project said this was the first documented wreck of a ship that was carrying slaves. The iron ballasts were used to counter the weight of the slaves who did not weigh as much as other cargo. (Image: Iziko Museums)On December 3, 1794, the slave ship left Mozambique for Maranhão, Brazil, where the men and women it was carrying were to work the sugar plantations. But their journey stopped short, only 24 days in, when they were hit by severe storms just off the Cape of Good Hope.According to a New York Times article, the ship was pounded by strong winds while rounding the Cape and broke into pieces on two reefs, in deep and turbulent waters, about 92m from shore.More than 200 of the enslaved Africans drowned, even though the wreck was so close to the shore that crewmen were able to shoot a cannon after hitting the rocks to signal for help.All of the crew and half of the slaves reached the shore and survived, leaving 212 slaves to perish in the sea. Those who survived were sold into slavery two days later.Iron ballasts a major clueBoshoff immediately knew he was dealing with the wreckage of a slave ship when he saw the blocks of ballasts. Ballasts were a signature of slave ships, said the archaeologists. These were used to counterbalance the weight of slaves in the cargo hold as they did not weigh as much as other cargo.Like most wrecks, the São José broke into pieces, making it difficult for maritime archaeologists to determine which ship they had discovered. Boshoff said the crew had to investigate the wreckage meticulously to find clues that it was actually a ship. “The ship broke up completely so there is very little to tell you that it was a shipwreck. So you have got to look very carefully. There were one or two bits of timber, ballast blocks… and mostly sand.”South Africa’s coastline a ship graveyardThe São José was not the only ship to have fallen victim to the vicious storms off the South African coastline. Some 3 000 vessels have sunk off these shores, particularly around what was previously known as the Cape of Storms off the Western Cape.Records of shipwrecks in South African waters date back to the 1500s, with another Portuguese ship, the São João, being the earliest known casualty. In 1552, the 900-ton galleon was carrying pepper, Chinese porcelain and other merchandise from India when its rigging was damaged in a storm near Port Edward, in KwaZulu-Natal. About 120 of 600 passengers died; the survivors set off on foot for Maputo River in Mozambique, a trek that lasted more than five months. Only 25 made it to the river.This was followed by the wreckage of the Santo Alberto (1593) near Umtata River, Santo Espiritu (1608) off the east coast, São Joao Baptista (1622) near Cannon Rocks in Eastern Cape, and Santa Maria Madre de Deus (1643), also off the east coast. This oil painting by George Carter shows the Grosvenor being wrecked off the Wild Coast. Most of the passengers and crew survived but later 105 of them would die while making their way to Cape Town on foot. (Image: Wikimedia Commons)Famous wrecksSome of the better-known wrecks include the Grosvenor, the Arniston, the Waratah, the Birkenhead, the Sacramento and, more recently, the Oceanos. It is even said that the mythical Flying Dutchman met its end off South African shores.The British schooner, the Grosvenor, sank on 4 August 1782, off what is now known as the Wild Coast in Eastern Cape. Captain John Coxon mistook farm fires on the land for something similar to the Northern Lights and misjudged the ship to be 300km away from shore.The ship continued sailing towards the coastline. Coxon only realised his mistake at dawn and ordered the ship to turn, but by then it was too late and the ship hit the rocks. Of the 150 crew and passengers, 123 reached the beach alive. The survivors decided to make their way to Cape Town but only 18 survived that journey.Built in 1794, the Arniston made its last voyage in April 1815. It departed Ceylon, modern day Sri Lanka, carrying 378 people including troops who had fought in the Kandyan Wars. When rounding the Cape on 30 April, the ship had to navigate through heavy storms and strong currents. The captain mistook Cape Agulhas for Cape Point and ordered the ship north towards St Helena, assuming that they had passed Cape Point. It wrecked near Cape Agulhas and only six people survived.More famous than any of the real-life shipwrecks that have taken place in South African waters, however, is the wreckage of the mythical Flying Dutchman. It was even a major plot point in the third instalment of the Pirates of the Caribbean film series that starred Johnny Depp. The Flying Dutchman is said to have an eerie glow and is a bad omen for anyone who sees it. The oil painting above titled ‘The Flying Dutchman’ by Albert Pinkham Ryder is housed in the Smithsonian American Art Museum (Image: Wikimedia Commons)It is said that a Dutch warship was wrecked off the Cape of Good Hope, killing everyone on board. Superstitious seafarers believed the glowing ghost of the ship was doomed to never make port and to sail the seas forever. It was considered a bad omen to see it and could lead to death. The ship was first referenced in A Voyage to Botany Bay by George Barrington in 1795, an Irish pickpocket and author. Several sightings of the ship had been reported.Belief in the phantom schooner persisted into the early twentieth century. A Popular Mechanics article published in August 1923 said stories of the Flying Dutchman were still heard where sailors gathered and that such superstitions defied the age of reason.last_img read more

Find Out Why You Should Stop Using A Gimbal On Every Shoot

first_imgGimbals are one of the best pieces of filmmaking gear to be developed in the last 20 years, but you might be overusing them.Top Image Via Shutterstock.Whenever exciting new gear or technology becomes available, it takes the film world by storm. Just think, before 2013 nobody had ever released a powered gimbal meant for stabilizing footage (the first being the Movi M10 announced at NAB 2013). And cinema-quality drone footage was not readily available to consumers and professionals alike until just around 2014 with the Inspire 1 release. Now these tools are so popular that they often get overused. For a few years, drone footage and gimbal footage appeared in everything.Unlike drone footage, gimbal footage is not something that jumps out at viewers. Gimbals are a different type of support system like a dolly, Steadicam, or tripod that create a natural, dreamy, smooth motion. Even so, there are instances where gimbals are unnecessary.When the first DJI Ronin came out, I saved up as fast as I could and bought a used one on eBay – and I fell in love with it. Everything I shot was immediately transformed, so I started to use it on almost everything. However, it came to a point in my work when I realized I was overusing the gimbal. Not only was I using it at times when it didn’t make sense, but it was also slowing me down at times when I needed to be more nimble and adaptable. As great a tool as it is, the gimbal has some limitations.These are, in my opinion, the times you need to stop using your gimbal.When Consistently Sharp Focus Is CriticalImage via DJI.If you use a camera with great autofocus, like the Sony a6500 (or if you are lucky enough to own a wireless follow focus system) this might not apply to you, but focusing on a gimbal is a huge hassle. In some cases it can be troublesome enough to ruin your shoot.Your subject should be in focus only when you want them to be in focus. This isn’t always possible when using a gimbal.Unless you have some extra piece of gear or a camera with acceptable autofocus, your only option is to set your focus at a certain spot and then maintain that specific distance from your subject. This can become extremely annoying if you’re shooting with a shallow depth of field, or if you’re tracking with a subject and having trouble gauging their speed. These things are all part of operating with a gimbal, and you have to master the technique of balancing them quickly if you want to use one.Image: What it looks like when you have to pull your own focus on a gimbal.Changing focus is also especially frustrating when you’re using a gimbal because you need to either have someone else focus the camera for you, or you have to drop the (usually heavy) gimbal down from your specific framing, kind of guess at your focus, and then re-frame your shot. Changing focus can also throw off the balance of your gimbal depending on what lens you’re using (though this happens less with a gimbal than a Steadicam because of the powered motors), which can mess up the movement of your shot or overload the motors altogether.Times when this is less of an issue:When shooting in slow-motion and going for a dreamy look (where you can move in and out of focus momentarily).When shooting a wide-shot tracking a slowly moving subject.When your shot can start out of focus and push into focus with a camera move.If your camera has good autofocus.If you have a wireless follow focus system (and a camera assistant).When You’re One-Man-BandingImage: Me in a one-man-band gimbal situation. Frustration and all.This is probably an area of filmmaking where I am most guilty of overusing gimbals. I’ve done one-man-band documentary style shooting throughout my career, and for way too long I would shoehorn a giant and heavy gimbal setup into this process. At times, it was almost comical.For example, if you’re using a first-gen DJI ronin with pretty much any camera, the weight of the rig can multiply quickly. This can lead to shaky-armed shots that you completely ruin because you’re either too tired to nail the movement or timing perfectly, or because you’re too tired to even hold the camera up anymore. You can easily combat this by having some nearby help. Once you get the shot, you can hand the rig off to someone else immediately so you can rest your arms.Image: Ursa Mini 4.6k with DJI Ronin and Atlas Support RigPro Tip: If you have a heavy gimbal rig, purchase some sort of support gear like an atlas support system, an easyrig, or an easyrig knockoff. Your arms and back will thank you forever, and your shots will look much better.Another downside of one-man-band gimbal use is the setup time. Gimbals are generally pretty quick to set up, and with each new model they’re getting lighter and easier to rig. Even still, if you’re using a more complicated rig with monitors or separate battery mounts (recommended if you’re going to fly an Ursa Mini or other similarly sized camera), it will take a while to build and balance it. That time could be better spent discussing the blocking or approach with your subject, or the lighting, framing, directing – any number of things.Bring in some help, make sure they know how to set up the rig, and have them take care of it.Times when this is less of an issue:If you have a super light and easy-setup gimbal, like a Zhiyun Crane with a mirrorless DSLRIf you’re shooting more controlled subjects with lots of timeWhen there is a specific shot list and there aren’t as many gimbal shotsYou won’t be switching from gimbal to other support systems oftenIf you set up your gimbal before the shootWhen Being Discreet Is KeyImage via DJI.This is a big one, especially in the documentary filmmaking space. A major benefit of the smaller form factors of cameras is the fact that you can get into pretty much any space with them to do a bit of guerrilla-style filmmaking. A lot of the time you’ll be shooting in public spaces and the thought of acquiring permits or permission hasn’t crossed anyone’s mind. That’s okay – that’s just low-budget documentary filmmaking.However, rolling into a public space with a fully built-out gimbal rig is probably a bad idea. Most non-filmmakers don’t know what gimbals are, so they will garner a whole lot of attention. If you’re trying to shoot somewhere you don’t have specific permission, or a place where the subject matter is sensitive or exposed (perhaps a more emotional subject), your shoot could be blown almost immediately. Security might shut you down, passersby could ruin your shot by looking straight down the barrel of the lens with a bewildered expression, or subjects might find it hard to to be authentic and unaffected by the presence of a camera.Sometimes, being discreet is just as much a functional need as it is a story-driven one.Times when this is less of an issue:If you have absolute permission to shoot at your location.If your subject is familiar with cameras and camera gear.If your gimbal rig is smaller and less noticeable.When It Doesn’t Support The StoryImage via Shutterstock.One of my favorite ways to shoot before I had a gimbal was handheld. Shooting handheld, I was always able to sink into the emotion of the scene, and always found it to be a much more visceral way to shoot. At some point I noticed that almost everything I had shot for a year was either on a gimbal or a tripod. My work had lost much of the visceral feel that once made me proud. The smooth motion of a gimbal isn’t always right for your shot or your story. Shooting on a gimbal can still leave you feeling somewhat engaged as an operator, but on-screen these shots can feel more removed.It’s also important to remember all of the other methods for moving a camera. There are Steadicams, dollies, handheld, tripods, monopods, etc. All of these will lend a different feel or motion to your shot, and they all have their own emotional tone to impart on your scene.Think about how you want your scene to feel, then decide how functional a piece of support gear will be for the shoot and for your story. It might slow you down, and leave you unable to make quick decisions or alter your game plan. Don’t force a certain piece of gear into your shoot. Just because it makes pretty shots, they might not be the right kind of pretty shots.When you’re building out your game plan for a shoot, always consider whether a gimbal is the right choice and whether you’re using it too much.last_img read more

Khali aids Mahal to retain WWE title at WWE Battleground

first_imgFEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ ONE fighter Batolbatol passes away MOST READ It was already a tough draw for Orton, with the Singh brothers interjecting themselves numerous times in the match but tried his best to fend off the interference. He even punched Samir Singh out of his way and forced the latter to crash to the announce table on the outside.But the number’s gain was just too much to fight through, with Mahal keeping the title in his grasp.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsIn the night’s other matches, John Cena bested Rusev in their flag match, finishing his Bulgarian foe with an Attitude Adjustment on a pair of tables before erecting the flag of the USA on the podium.Kevin Owens also reclaimed the WWE United States Championship after turning AJ Styles’ crossface into a pin to stun his fierce rival. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ In the kickoff show, Aiden English beat Tye Dillinger after nailing the Director’s Cut. IDL The New Day became the new SmackDown Tag Team Champions, topping The Usos after Kofi Kingston nailed Jimmy Uso with the Trouble in Paradise, followed by Xavier Woods connecting with the Elbow Drop.Natalya also earned her title shot at SmackDown Women’s Champion Naomi after outlasting four other contenders in their five-woman elimination match.The Queen of Harts got her knees up on Charlotte’s moonsault and followed it with a small package to drive the latter’s head to the bottom turnbuckle, scoring the pinfall. Becky Lynch, Lana, and Tamina were also part of the match but got eliminated early.Baron Corbin disqualified himself in his match against Shinsuke Nakamura, nailing the King of Strong Style with a lowblow before attacking him with his Money in the Bank briefcase and connecting with the End of Days in a post-match attack.Sami Zayn gained a measure of retribution against Mike Kanellis, hitting the Helluva Kick for the three-count.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Jinder Mahal successfully defends his WWE Championship, outlasting Randy Orton in their Punjabi Prison match with the aid of The Great Khali. Photo by WWE.comThe Great Khali made his shocking return and assisted Jinder Mahal to successfully defend his WWE Championship against Randy Orton in their Punjabi Prison match Sunday (Monday, Manila time) at WWE Battleground in Philadelphia.With the Viper sensing victory, the Indian giant came out and rocked the outer cell to force Orton back in the prison. There, Khali choked Orton from the outside, allowing Mahal to climb out of the cell and win the match.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweetlast_img read more

Who Are The NBAs Best Defenders Right Now

For the past few seasons, the best defenders in the NBA have been some combination of Draymond Green, Rudy Gobert and Kawhi Leonard. But with Leonard and Gobert out for all or much of the season so far and Green’s production falling off just a bit, we’ve got some new blood in contention to be the NBA’s best defender.To put a number to this, we’ll use data from Second Spectrum that shows us both the total number of shots defended by a player and how much he affected those shots. There are a few ways to get at this, but we’re going to use “quantified shot probability” (qSP) — which determines the expected value of shots defended using shot distance, shot location and defender position, among other variables — and “quantified shot making” (qSM) — which subtracts the expected effective field goal percentage on those shots from the actual eFG to determine how much of an effect the defender had. In other words, does the defender make shots worse? And if so, by how much?We’ve used metrics like this in the past, but the rub with this set is it adjusts for who’s taking the shot, meaning weak defenders who guard bad shooters don’t get as much credit, and defenders tasked with guarding superstars aren’t punished for their assignment — the star’s excellence is baked into the stat.The per possession numbers will look a little different from the overall effect — players like Tarik Black and Marreese Speights have defended a lot of shots very well in short minutes — but this chart should demonstrate that there is a wide spread on defender effect. What we’re missing here, though, is how many shots a defender actually affects. Here we’ve got total shots as well as the qSM (the difference a defender makes on each shot) plotted against each other to show who’s affecting how many shots to what degree. This isn’t perfect. For one, a great defender doesn’t simply challenge shots — he denies them from happening, forcing a team to reset its offense. But by the same token, great defenders also work their way back into plays, affecting shots by playing smart help defense and covering acres of ground. Another thing these numbers don’t reflect the is overall quality of the shot — there are a few defenders who don’t depress value of each individual shot by as much as others but who force opponents into low-quality shots in general (through hard work and smart positioning) so that the overall effect is the same. Kevin Durant, Golden State WarriorsThe Warriors are unfair. Draymond Green — for my money the best defensive player in the league — has for whatever reason been a little off during the first quarter of the season, possibly because the Warriors can sleepwalk to a bare-minimum 2-seed. He’s not been bad, mind you, just not quite as dominant as usual. That’s left quite a lot of slack in the Golden State scheme, and Durant has picked up more than his fair share of it. Golden State ranks eighth in defensive rating, down from second a season ago, but that almost feels like a threat more than a falloff given how flat the team has looked at times. Beware, it says, this is a top 10 defense even while almost completely half-assing things, just on the virtue of Kevin Durant showing up to work. Durant has been improving as a defender for years, going back to his time with the Thunder. (If you ever go back and watch the 2016 series between OKC and San Antonio, watch Durant on defense — he was the best defensive big man in that series.) His style is also entirely his own: KD gives up relatively “great” shots — ones his opponents would be expected to turn into 52.3 eFG against an average defender, or about what Austin Rivers gives you as a defender. Not great. But because Durant is so long, so mobile and so smart positionally, the actual shots against him fall at a rate of just 45.2 eFG. This still happens within the overall Golden State system — Andre Iguodala and Steph Curry have similar opponent eFG numbers, albeit on fewer shots defended — but Durant’s role has him not only locking down his own man but also covering up for lapses by his teammates.Green may remain the more important defender for the Warriors — he’s the anchor, and what he does from his position is impossible to replicate. But Durant’s play so far has been the strongest on a Golden State defense that should end up being a top-3-type unit, at minimum. Honorable mentionGiannis Antetokounmpo and Joel Embiid have both been outstanding through the first quarter of the season, but they don’t have quite the same track record as some of the players listed above. Just the same, neither seems to be a fluke. We’ll be a little more certain how permanent their new defensive excellence is by the All-Star break. The same goes for Kristaps Porzingis, who last season was in the tier just behind Gobert and Green for overall defensive value, but this year fell off early before making up some ground in the past few weeks.Some others seem more like early-season mirages — Josh Richardson, Gary Harris and Eric Gordon are all having excessively good years by the metrics but are playing way above the levels they had in previous seasons.Check out our latest NBA predictions. Anthony Davis, New Orleans PelicansFrom the time he was a rookie, Anthony Davis has had all the tools. He’d block shots and steal alley-oops and tug on his shorts and check the opposing point guard 30 feet from the basket. He came into the league as a destructive defensive force, but for reasons ranging from injury to scheme to sheer offensive burden, Davis’s aggregate effect on the defensive end hasn’t always lived up to the promise of those moments. This season, it has. Davis ranks seventh in the league in shots defended overall, and the defense gets 12.7 points per 100 possessions worse when he sits down. That’s nearly double his defensive on/off split from last season, which was already by far the best of his career.Partly this is because of his partnership with DeMarcus Cousins. Defensive intensity hasn’t always been Cousins’s strong point, and that’s still true today, but he has defended the most shots in the league, and done so while holding opponents to a middle-of-the-road 51.4 eFG on shots he defends. Not great, certainly, but it’s a respectable backstop for the defense.Because of Cousins’s role as a reliable constant, Davis is free to cover more ground without making risky moves to get back into plays. And because of that, his personal foul rate is at an all-time low (2.6 fouls per 100 possessions). This allows Davis to do what he does best — stick to his man, rotate to help in the paint without overextending, and blitz spot-up shooters on the perimeter faster than anyone else his size in the league. But despite the limitations, these metrics are a pretty good way to look at who’s having the best defensive season. A few players stand out on the list: Marcus Smart, Jaylen Brown and Al Horford, Boston CelticsThe Celtic defense has continued to crush opponents. Boston is 18-4, with a league-leading defensive rating (100), the second-lowest effective field goal percentage allowed (48.6) and a roster full of live-bodied defenders who can switch practically any assignment. Even Kyrie Irving is chipping in on the effort. But while every Celtic is doing his part, some parts are more critical than others. It’s undeniably been the play from Smart, Brown and Horford that has carried the Celts so far.Smart does not possess the most graceful set of skills, but what he provides is unmistakable to anyone watching. He’s all over the floor, hounding ball handlers, bodying up on bigger players in the post and bumping cutting players he isn’t even guarding, like a middle linebacker jamming a slot receiver.Brown is a little different. While the Boston defense is built on interchangeable pieces switching and denying an offense space, it also needs players who can stick to their man across multiple screens, then square up and check their man as he plants and drives. Brown has stepped into that role and dominated so far. He can fight over screens (or just outright avoid them) to allow the defense to keep its shape, and he has the quicks to shut down first steps with the length to challenge pull-up attempts.Horford, meanwhile, does not have nearly the same reputation as the other two, but this season, he looks livelier than he has in the past when making switches, and he has defended the most shots of any Celtic. The newfound agility in space is especially important — because the defense will semi-regularly ask him to survive on an island against a wing, but also because his role at the center of the defense requires him to scuttle shooters who’ve just run over two or three screens trying to escape Smart or Brown. read more

Is This The Year Georgia Finally Wins The College Football Playoff

USCPac 10200512-12,061200611-22,003 *Season Score is a blend of a team’s final end-of-season Elo, its peak Elo and its overall average Elo throughout the season.Source: ESPN Year 1Year 2 SchoolConferenceYearRecordSeason Sc.YearRecordSeason Sc. PittsburghIndep.198011-12,002198111-12,012 UGA has been great … but not great enoughTeams since 1980 with a Season Score* of 2,000 in back-to-back seasons, but no national championship in either season AlabamaSEC201311-22,066201412-22,099 Ohio StateBig Ten201712-22,002201813-12,057 The hallmark of Georgia’s recent run under Smart might be how complete his teams are. According to ESPN’s Football Power Index, UGA had the nation’s fifth-best offense and third-best defense in 2017. They then inverted that with the third-best offense and fifth-best defense last season. The Bulldogs boasted not one but two 1,200-yard rushers (Nick Chubb and Sony Michel) back in 2017, when Fromm was a freshman, but they showcased more passing last season — with Fromm ranking as the third-best QB in the nation according to ESPN’s Total Quarterback Rating, trailing only Tagovailoa and Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray.Georgia does lose five starters apiece on offense and defense from last season, including cornerback Deandre Baker, who won 2018’s Jim Thorpe Award as the country’s top defensive back, and receivers Mecole Hardman and Riley Ridley. But Fromm’s return negates one of the biggest factors in an offense’s demise: losing the starting quarterback.According to data collected from the 2001 through 2017 seasons, a previously average offense that loses five starters including the QB would expect to be about 12 percent less efficient than before. However, if the team retains its signal-caller, it can basically expect to carry on without missing a beat — great news for an offense as strong as UGA’s last season. The same can be said for a defense that loses five starters between seasons; our research says that team can also expect no real drop-off in efficiency between seasons, generally speaking.And this Georgia team might be better equipped to handle moderate personnel losses than just about any other program. According to 247Sports.com’s Team Talent Composite, which adds up the total value of all the players on a roster based on their high school recruiting ratings, the Bulldogs rank third nationally going into the 2019 season with a score of 961.85 points. That’s effectively no different from last season, when UGA ranked third with a composite score of 963.87. Add in another year of seasoning for Fromm, who ranks as one of the top QB prospects in next spring’s NFL draft, and the fourth-most returning experience of any team in the SEC according to Phil Steele’s calculations, and the talent in Athens should rival that of almost any other team in the nation.However, one team that still may be running ahead of Georgia in that regard is the same rival that’s been a thorn in the Bulldogs’ side over the past few years: Alabama. The Crimson Tide have scored better than UGA in the Team Talent Composite for five consecutive seasons, and they are also ahead in ESPN’s early season projected FPI right now. It appears Georgia will need another breakthrough to join Clemson and Bama at the very top of the college football mountain, since the gap between Alabama at No. 2 and UGA at No. 3 (5.6 points) is the same as the gap between UGA and No. 10 Oregon.And that’s to say nothing of the Bulldogs’ crushing schedule strength. With games against Texas A&M and Notre Dame on tap, in addition to a trip to Auburn and what looks like a tougher-than-usual matchup with Florida, all before even potentially reaching the SEC title game for a third-straight season, it’s no surprise that FPI has Georgia’s schedule rated as the fourth-most difficult in the country this year. That’s even tougher than Alabama’s slate (which ranks 22nd), and it’s a big reason why FPI gives Georgia only a 2.7 percent chance of navigating through its regular-season schedule without a loss, while Bama has 15.3 percent chance of doing the same.But Georgia has also shown these past few seasons that it belongs squarely in the College Football Playoff conversation, even if it does lose a game during the regular season. Remember, in order to blow late leads over Alabama in crushing fashion, you first have to get late leads over Alabama — and the only other team that can say it has done that recently is Clemson. The Bulldogs have proven they can hang with the game’s top programs, and they have the talent to do it again. Now it’s up to Smart, Fromm and company to finally turn that potential into championship results this season. FloridaSEC19849-12,03319859-12,017 Florida StateIndep.198811-12,004198910-22,034 It’s hard to come closer to a national title without winning one than the Georgia Bulldogs did over the past two seasons. In 2017, UGA had a 20-7 second half lead over Alabama in the College Football Playoff Championship — at one point, ESPN’s win probability model gave the Dawgs a 92.5 percent chance of winning — before Bama backup QB Tua Tagovailoa led the Crimson Tide to an incredible comeback win. Last season, the Bulldogs were an elite team again, and yet again they had the Tide on the ropes in the second half of a hugely important game (this time the SEC Championship) before ultimately losing when a backup QB helped engineer another Alabama rally.1In Part II, it was Jalen Hurts relieving an injured Tagovailoa, in a role reversal that Hollywood would have laughed at if you’d pitched it in a movie script. UGA ultimately missed the playoff as a result, despite probably having enough talent to deserve inclusion.If, as they say, the third time is the charm, then this is it for head coach Kirby Smart and Georgia. The team has been good enough to win a championship in each of the previous two seasons, only to be thwarted by extraordinary circumstances — and an extraordinary opponent in the form of Smart’s old boss, Nick Saban. With junior quarterback Jake Fromm coming back for what might be the last time, this could be UGA’s most talented team yet under Smart. But can they finally break through in another college football season that figures to be dominated by Clemson and Alabama?Other teams from history have been as good as the 2017-18 Dawgs in consecutive seasons with zero titles to show for it — but it’s pretty rare. For each team in every season since 1980,2The 1980s can be viewed as the decade that kicked off college football’s true modern era; the Ivy League was moved out of Division I-A in 1982, for instance, while powerhouse programs gained more control over lucrative television revenues, making the sport resemble its professional counterpart more and more. I calculated a “Season Score” based on our Elo ratings. The Season Score takes three measures of a team’s performance — its end-of-season Elo; its average season-long Elo; and its peak Elo3The latter two of which are computed excluding a team’s first three games of the season, to avoid undue influence from preseason ratings (which are based largely on the previous season). — and averages them together to create a composite rating on the same scale as regular Elo, where the FBS average is about 1,500.A Season Score of 2,000 is very impressive; only 100 have happened since 1980, and 33 percent of those teams have won the national championship.4Counting split titles as half-championships. (The best Season Score belongs to Alabama in 2016 — ironically, a team that didn’t win the championship — with a mark of 2,229.) But a score of 2,000 in consecutive seasons is even rarer. Last season, Clemson, Alabama, Georgia and Ohio State joined the ranks of just 43 teams since 1980 to have back-to-back Season Scores of at least 2,000. All but eight of those teams — a number that includes both Georgia and Ohio State — failed to win at least a share of a championship in either season. OregonPac 12201112-22,008201212-12,025 GeorgiaSEC201713-22,077201811-32,007 read more

Police update on Friday 13 snorkel death in Provo

first_img Update: Women robbed while exercising (21 year old Arrested) Recommended for you Police get wanted man; Magistrate Court back open Related Items:accident, california, ocean, police, Snorkel, update, water sports Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force’s mission to combat abusive images of children online Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppThe man found floating in Leeward waters early on Saturday morning is identified at this hour, 52 year old visitor from California; his name is David Underwood. Underwood and his family would have left the TCI on Sunday but a scuba diving trip turned tragic on Friday around 3:30pm, when Underwood reportedly left the group to get more weights to do some undersea exploring of a popular dive site called, The Cathedral but he never made it to the boat. Police confirm that a search started when the group noticed him missing around 4pm, that search went on for three hours before it was suspended for the night and resumed on Saturday morning. Minutes after 7am Saturday, David Underwood was discovered about two miles off the Leeward Cut. The man had arrived on the island on Wednesday May 11th 2016 with his wife and a group of friends.Police have not yet ruled on the death; an autopsy will be performed.last_img read more

Pochettino admits Spurs are keen on signing players

first_imgMauricio Pochettino has revealed that Tottenham Hotspurs are only interested to bring in the right players despite their recent injury crisis.Spurs are yet to sign a player since they last secured the services of Lucas Moura a year ago.However, Pochettino believes they would only do business if they identify the right talent irrespective of the loss of key duo Alli and Kane.He told Sky: “I always say I am more than open to add players to the squad. That is so clear. A different thing is if we can find the right player that is going to help us improve.“We are working on a few options. We will see if we are able to deliver. We have one space now Mousa Dembele has gone.Victor Wanyama, Tottenham Hotspur, Premier LeaguePochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.“There’s two different things. One thing is to try to improve our squad with the right profile. Another thing is if you have some problems with players who are injured, and you try to replace them.“We are going to sign if we identify the player that can improve us. We are not going to sign because we have some injuries. We have enough players to cover injuries.“Of course, if you win, OK. But if you don’t win, maybe you need a different way to operate.”Tottenham will face Crystal Palace in the FA Cup Fourth Round on Sunday, just three days after their Carabao Cup hopes were ended in the semi-finals by bitter rivals Chelsea.last_img read more