Shocking vandalism at ancient Beltany monument

first_imgOne of Ireland’s most important ancient monuments in Donegal has been damaged in a shocking act of vandalism.It is thought that the impressive Beltany Stone Circle has stood outside Raphoe for between four and five thousand years.But a grim discovery was made on the site last week, just days before Mayday (Bealtaine), which could harm its integrity. Mary Harte, who has been instrumental in researching and protecting the monument, was shocked to find that someone had moved stones and lit a fire on the site.Small stones were removed from the centre of the circle and arranged into a fire pit close by. Glass debris and burnt wood were also left behind.But the seriousness of the fire damage cannot be underestimated, said Ms Harte. “When you light a fire here you interfere with the veracity of the monument. We believe that Beltany is more than a stone circle and we are hoping to establish if there are ancient burial sites. But this burning could interfere with any future studies that are carried out,” she said.The incident has been reported to Gardaí and an appeal is launched for any information regarding who visited the site with the intent of lighting a fire.Mary said: “There are a number of issues with this act, we discovered that somebody was camping in the forest nearby and lighting a fire there too, and that has serious fire potential. It is evident it was the same people who lit the fire on the site because the firepit was the same.”An archaeologist representing the National Monuments Service visited Beltany today (Friday) to analyse the damage caused by the careless vandals.Mary believes it is no coincidence that the fire was lit before Lá Bealtaine, the Celtic festival of fires. Due to its name, Beltany has long been linked with this time of year.Beltany Stone Circle“I don’t think it was a random group of youths who did this, I think it was a visitor who knew and wanted to be there for Mayday,” she said. For Mary, this vandalism is an upsetting mark of disrespect against a priceless piece of history.“I’ve been here 35 years, I know the site very well and I’ve never seen anything like this happening“Whoever did this clearly didn’t care about the protection of the monument and was clearly oblivious to lighting a fire in the dry season.“Not only that, but it is an offence to interfere with a national monument. You cannot light fires, you cannot touch or move the stones.” However, Mary points out that some positive news has come from the events. “With the visit of the archaeologist this week, we hope to continue to work on studies into the ancient burials.“I will be working with the National Monuments Service on a strategy on how we can protect Beltany from this happening again and they are very interested in developing story plaques and signs to tell the story of the ancient landscape.”Anyone with any information which may help identify those behind the vandalism is asked to contact Gardaí in Letterkenny  on +353 74 9167116Shocking vandalism at ancient Beltany monument was last modified: May 3rd, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:beltany stone circlefiremary harteRaphoevandalismlast_img read more

Entertaining TV series visits the heart of summer Gaeltacht

first_imgA new TV series on BBC has is taking a nostalgic trip to the Gaeltacht in Donegal to capture a summer experience enjoyed by many young people.Tír na nÓg is a three-part documentary series set in Machaire Rabhartaigh on the north west coast of Donegal.The programme follows students on a recent course as they meet their Mná Tithe, attend the céilí and get to grips with the rules. Many familiar faces from the locality feature in the light-hearted series.The programme airs on Mondays on BBC 2 NI at 10pm.The first episode is available now on the BBC Player and episode 2 airs tonight (28th October).Entertaining TV series visits the heart of summer Gaeltacht was last modified: October 28th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Tir na Noglast_img read more

How PayPal Innovation Is Driving Online Payments [Sponsored Post]

first_imgReadWrite Sponsors Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#e-commerce#Mobile Payments#online payments#Payments#What’s In Your Mobile Wallet? center_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… As the world moves at the speed of technology, the way you pay for it all needs to be fast, secure and broadly available. PayPal has been filling that role online for more than a decade.Initially launched as a way to let people pay for goods and services online without sharing your credit card information, PayPal has expanded its range of Internet financial services to let people not just pay online with PayPal, but now in stores and via their phones. As currencies continue to go digital, PayPal is helping lead the way toward the digital wallet – and beyond.Available Wherever You AreSheer breadth of availability is one of PayPal’s most alluring but most overlooked features. The service is available in 190 countries and supports payments in 25 different currencies. Millions of merchants in the U.S. and globally accept PayPal. PayPal is also widely accepted by millions of active users, making it a safe bet that you or someone you know has a PayPal account.But that’s only part of the story. Users can also download the PayPal app for mobile phones or tablets to help manage account and receive deals. They can also conveniently make purchases using PayPal when shopping via mobile phone. Thinking about that new set of skis while you’re on the beach? PayPal can help make that happen.Thinking beyond the browser, PayPal has launched an effort to make itself available in other venues. The service can already be used offline at such stores as Jamba Juice, Home Depot, Abercrombie & Fitch and Foot Locker. While shopping at a store that supports PayPal, you can make your purchase in a couple of ways. First, you can type in your mobile phone number and your PayPal PIN to complete the transaction. You can also swipe your PayPal card. It’s automatically attached to your digital wallet.For coupon fans, PayPal has also eliminated the need to clip and carry paper coupons – PayPal sends you relevant coupons for you to choose which ones you want to save to your account, then, they’re automatically applied when you make a purchase using PayPal. With PayPal, all your debit and credit cards, money and bank accounts are stored in one virtual location, giving you the flexibility to pay with the card or account of your choice. You can also set up your PayPal account to link your favorite loyalty cards. When you pay with PayPal, you still get your miles, rewards, or even cash back.Security Where It CountsPayPal is not a bank, but since it’s been the financial platform of choice of eBay for more than a decade, PayPal’s security and privacy systems have been battle tested. PayPal keeps your financial information private and protected when you shop. You never have to give out your financial details to merchants or sellers – because they are secure inside PayPal.To pay with PayPal online, you need only your email address and a password. When paying offline, you need either a mobile phone and a PIN, or a card that is linked directly to your PayPal account. Either way, you don’t have to retype and share your sensitive information at various merchants. Rest assured, this takes nearly all of the security risk out of shopping. PayPal also includes a stringent fraud protection program that protects shoppers from any unsolicited financial transactions.You can also receive payments through PayPal. If friends or family owe you money – or if you’re collecting funds from various people to pitch in on a gift – they can send you the money via PayPal. All they need is your email address linked to your PayPal account. Even better news is that it’s very fast – as soon as the money is sent, it is available for the recipient to use. Unlike waiting for a check to clear or your account to be credited by a card company, you don’t have to wait for funds to be reflected in your account with PayPal.Innovation For E-Commerce – Moving It To OfflinePayPal offers multiple offline solutions depending on the size of the merchant to accommodate their needs. For example, PayPal Here offers solutions for small merchants that don’t have a permanent location, such as home remodelers, caterers, make- up artists, booths at a farmer’s market, etc. PayPal also has a mobile check in solution for small to midsize merchants that do have a storefront and need inventory management – but don’t need the full integration mentioned above where consumers pay using mobile phone and PIN or with a card.In these smaller stores, customers can pay through the PayPal app on their smartphones by “checking in” to the store through the app. The customer’s photo pops up on the cashier’s screen and when they’re ready to pay, the cashier uses the photo to verify identity, taps on it, and the transaction is automatically paid through the customer’s PayPal account. No cash or credit cards ever trade hands.  The company has fine-tuned its financial services to accept payment methods such as bank deposits, checks and money orders, escrow payments and credit cards. Instead of using embedded chips in credit cards to authenticate, PayPal relies on cloud-computing services to secure information and provide always-on access to finances.As the world becomes more digitized, a fast, secure and broadly available financial system is increasingly critical. PayPal is in a unique position to deliver that functionality and help digital wallets become the de-facto standard for even basic transactions. And the new payment options can only help shoppers by making it easier to buy what they want, when they want, where they want, and how they want. Related Posts last_img read more

Recreate Foreign Locations on Set with These Tips

first_imgGeographical AudioWe learn at an early age, watching cartoons, that different parts of the world have different musical cultures. Successful film or video scores rely on these characteristics. While these themes can be cliché, their continued power over our subconscious is undeniable, and they can help sell a location to your audience. These thematic examples come from Sound Design: The Expressive Power of Music, Voice and Sound Effects in Cinema:Middle Eastern: minor key melody with much ornamentation.Indian Territory: 4/4 allegretto drumbeat with accented first beat, woodwinds with simple minor-modal tune.Latin America: rumba rhythm and major melody with trumpet or marimba.Japan or China: xylophones and woodblocks with simple minor melodies in /4, pentatonic scales.Turn-of-the-century Vienna: Strauss-like waltzes with strings.Rome and Paris: accordions, harmonicas.New York, Big City: jazzy or slightly discordant major theme with brass or strings.Pastoral Location: woodwinds in major key.However, a score isn’t always necessary. Using auditory cues such as a passersby speaking in a different language can communicate location subtly. The same goes for vehicles. If you have set up your apartment to look like a Greek villa, and you’ve brought in authentic Greek furniture, and the set design looks fantastic, correct sound from the region will only further sell the location. How would the vehicles driving past outside compare to suburban America? Having been to Greece, I can tell you that for every car on the road there are three scooters.Image via Shutterstock.Research your region and take this into account when adding sound in post-production. You can find a host of European and international background sound effects in PremiumBeat’s SFX library.Matte Paintings and Set ExtensionsMatte paintings are nothing new in filmmaking. Their earliest use was in the 1907 film Missions of California, and since then, they have only become more common. As with VFX, it’s quite uncanny to see how many horizons and distant landscapes are matte paintings.  It’s easy to assume that only fantasy and sci-fi projects use matte paintings — like inserting Winterfell into the Irish countryside, or adding a wrecked Star Destroyer to the Rub’ Al Khali Desert. However, they’re a lot more common than you would think. Take a look at the following reel from Stargate Studios for the first season of The Walking Dead. While the clip focuses on zombie guts, it includes several set extensions.The terms matte painting and set extension have become somewhat interchangeable in the last decade. Initially, a matte painting described the addition of a landscape. The technique is perfect for adding parts of a location that do not exist to your scene. The following tutorial lays out the basics of camera tracking, inserting elements into your shot, and digitally extending your set — all the principal ingredients for a good set extension. Do you have any location-staging tips for budgets of all sizes? Let us know in the comments. Need to recreate distant locations on the cheap? Use these quick and easy production tips.Top image via Shutterstock.It’s not always possible to go gallivanting around the world to film in different locations, nor may you have the budget to dress your set in authentic British furniture if you’re shooting 3,000 miles away in Maine. However, thanks to global trade and furniture stores with an international presence, many modern homes everywhere in the world now look similar. That makes it easier to film contemporary scenes just about anywhere.There are, additionally, small visual and auditory tricks you can use to suggest to your audiences that they are watching a scene inside a New York apartment, when, in fact, you’re filming in London. While these aren’t as elaborate as driving regional cars past the window, they will still help you sell the scene in smaller-budget projects.FoodImage via Paramount.Nothing sells a scene’s location more than food. I’m from Wales, and seeing a box of Lucky Charms is a rare occurrence. Unless I specifically go to a food store that specializes in American foods, I’m not going to see them at all, other than in American TV & film. I would imagine it’s the same for British cereal. So, if we see a location onscreen, say a small back room with a grungy atmosphere, worn floorboards, and peeling paint, we have no idea where the action is unfolding. The character who has not yet spoken gets up from his chair and goes to his fridge, which is all but empty save for an American milk carton. We do not know the specific location, but the audience now knows this scene is taking place in the U.S. and not in a rundown hotel room in Spain.There are plenty of websites that offer food native to a foreign country, which is ideal for populating your set with visual cues. However, be vigilant with licensing issues. If you can’t obtain the rights to show a particular brand, you could always look at creating something that looks similar. For example, many productions that include MacBooks onscreen cover the Apple symbol and replace it with a pear. It’s tongue-in-cheek, but it works.Image via Columbia.I’ve also found that food packaging varies from country to country. For example, a glass milk bottle is more common in Britain than the U.S. On the other hand, plastic gallons of milk are common in the U.S. but rare in Britain. Do a little research, and you can save yourself some effort in post.Digitally Manipulate Your LocationVFX isn’t just a tool for inserting large robots into a scene and making older actors look young. There are dozens, if not hundreds, of small VFX shots in most TV shows and films that go completely unnoticed, mainly because you just wouldn’t expect them to be visual effects. Street signs, building names, iconic backgrounds — the list goes on.Take a look at this visual effects reel for David Fincher’s 2014 film Gone Girl. If you haven’t seen this before, it’ll surprise you to see what didn’t actually exist. Color and Stock FootageIn a video tutorial by yours truly, I discuss how you can use sound design, color, and stock footage to help pass your location off as something else. Posters, Signs, and Local InformationWalk through any city, and you’ll see band posters, political posters, and local interest posters (for example, a missing pet). This sort of addition can help sell the location of your scene. Maybe your characters are walking through the city street, and one of them stops as the conversation gets heated. This scene takes place in Los Angeles, but you’re filming in New York. You’ve found a street with West Coast similarities, but you need something else to sell the location. This would be the perfect time to place a poster of something like “Live Music on 14th at Santa Monica Pier” behind the two characters.Image via Shutterstock.But what if you don’t have permission to slap a few posters onto the building behind you? Or maybe there are posters there already, but behind some Perspex. By combining camera tracking and sign replacement, you can begin adding different geographical elements to your scene.Camera tracking: Sign Replacement:last_img read more

Hell Yeah Space Returns to Purgatory for Season 4 of WYNONNA EARP

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Advertisement Space on FacebookSpace on TwitterSpace on InstagramAbout Bell Media Original ProgrammingBell Media has commissioned some of Canada’s most-watched and most-acclaimed original programming, working with the best Canadian independent producers in the country. Hit series commissioned by CTV include the hit drama CARDINAL, the record-breaking THE AMAZING RACE CANADA and MASTERCHEF CANADA, original series THE DISAPPEARANCE, THE INDIAN DETECTIVE, and the international TV format THE LAUNCH. Among the original series on Bell Media specialty and streaming platforms are Space’s KILLJOYS and WYNONNA EARP; CraveTV hit comedy LETTERKENNY; Bravo’s mystery drama CARTER; Discovery’s first-ever drama FRONTIER; CTV’s satirical news series THE BEAVERTON as well as Comedy’s CORNER GAS ANIMATED; and multiple series and specials for food and lifestyle channel Gusto, including ONE WORLD KITCHEN. Discovery is also home to Bell Media’s hit factual franchise HIGHWAY THRU HELL, HEAVY RESCUE: 401, and CANADA’S WORST DRIVER, among others. Bell Media is one of the first media companies in North America to commit to producing all new original scripted series in 4K.About SEVEN24 FilmsSEVEN24 Films is an independent film and television production company whose work has spanned over two decades. Executive Producers Tom Cox and Jordy Randall have produced dramatic series, mini-series, television movies and feature films garnering over one hundred industry awards and nominations. Current projects include the hit family series HEARTLAND, the longest running one-hour series in Canadian history, now in its eleventh season on CBC and UPtv, as well as YOUNG DRUNK PUNK, a half-hour comedy starring KIDS IN THE HALL alumnus, Bruce McCulloch. Other award-winning projects include the Canadian Screen Award winner, BOREALIS, as well as the Gemini Award-winning movie MAYERTHORPE and Gemini Award-winning mini-series BURN UP (with Bradley Whitford and Neve Campbell). Tom Cox and Jordy Randall were also co-producers on numerous high-profile feature films including the Academy Award nominated Brokeback Mountain, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, and Resurrecting the Champ and are both recipients of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of their contribution to the arts.About IDW EntertainmentIDW Entertainment launched in November 2013 to distribute productions globally as well as to develop film and television properties based on IDW’s extensive catalog. The division is currently in development on a slate of properties including the chilling and realistic vampire thriller, V WARS, by New York Times best-seller Jonathan Maberry with writer/executive producer Tim Schlattmann (DEXTER, SMALLVILLE); political conspiracy series, COBB, with writer/executive producer Thania St. John (CHICAGO FIRE, COVERT AFFAIRS); quirky supernatural mystery, DOUGLAS ADAMS’ DIRK GENTLY’S HOLISTIC DETECTIVE AGENCY, with writer/executive producer Max Landis (CHRONICLE); supernatural action series, PANTHEON, with co-creator Michael Chiklis (THE SHIELD). IDW also has several active theatrical projects in development. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Warner Brothers are producing a film based on Ashley Wood’s Lore and Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes and Sony are bringing Zombies vs. Robots to film.About SpaceSpace is home to phenomenal programming including imaginative dramas, epic movies, engaging reality series. Named “Channel of the Year” in 2013 by Playback magazine, Space is also home to original series WYNONNA EARP, KILLJOYS, and the exclusive Canadian home for signature series STAR TREK: DISCOVERY, DOCTOR WHO, KRYPTON, and THE EXPANSE. Space content is always available on demand at Space.ca and on Space-branded On Demand channels through several of Canada’s TV Providers, and on Facebook, @SpaceChannel, and other social media platforms. Space is part of Bell Media, which is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. As described in recent profile in The New York Times, Andras (LOST GIRL) developed the “comedy-infused, character-driven drama” for television and serves as Executive Producer and Showrunner. SEVEN24’s Jordy Randall and Tom Cox serve as Executive Producers along with Ted Adams and David Ozer, as well as Todd Berger and Rick Jacobs. Brian Dennis is producer.Season 2 of WYNONNA EARP corralled an audience increase of 30% for total viewers compared to Season 1, and was up 33% among A25-54, 46% among A18-49, and more than double for females A25-54 and A18-49. WYNONNA EARP Season 2 made Space the most-watched entertainment specialty channel during its Fridays at 10 p.m. ET timeslot among adults A18-34 and A18-49.In the next episode of Season 3, “When You Call My Name” (Friday, July 27 at9 p.m. ET), the demon who cursed the Earp heir reveals himself in a shocking turn of events that will leave the team forever changed.WYNONNA EARP is produced by SEVEN24 Films in association with Space and Bell Media and distributed by IDW Entertainment. Production Executive for Bell Media is Rebecca DiPasquale. Tom Hastings is Director, Original Programming, Bell Media. Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Original Programming, Bell Media. Pat DiVittorio is Vice-President, CTV and Specialty Programming; Mike Cosentino is President, Content and Programming, Bell Media. Randy Lennox is President, Bell Media.Social Media links LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Twitter TORONTO (July 23, 2017) – As announced at San Diego Comic Con this weekend, Space has renewed supernatural sci-fi series and fan-driven phenomenon, WYNONNA EARP, for a fourth season. Created by Emily Andras, produced by Calgary-based SEVEN24 Films, and distributed globally by IDW Entertainment, WYNONNA EARP stars Canadian actor Melanie Scrofano as the titular demon hunter. With Season 3 of the western phenomenon currently airing on Space Fridays at 9 p.m. ET, production on Season 4 of the one-hour cult-hit begins in Calgary in 2019.“We couldn’t be more excited that WYNONNA EARP is returning to fire up the Space lineup for a fourth season,” said Pat DiVittorio, Vice-President, CTV and Specialty Programming. “This ground-breaking series continues to prove itself to be a wildly imaginative, unconventional program that drives viewership and captures the hearts of critics and devoted fans alike. We’re thrilled to be on board with SEVEN24 Films, and the talented cast and crew for round four.”WYNONNA EARP follows legendary lawman Wyatt Earp’s descendant, Wynonna (Scrofano), who inherits his mystical gun, Peacemaker. With it, Wynonna and her posse of dysfunctional allies must fight against supernatural beings and other paranormal occurrences in a raucous, whisky-soaked struggle to break her family’s demonic curse. Login/Register With: Tim Rozon and Melanie Scrofano in Season 3 of Wynonna Earp. Courtesy, Space.last_img read more

Report Doc Rivers Agrees To Deal To Coach Clippers

Doc Rivers will sign a three-year, $21 million contract to coach the Los Angeles Clippers, according to sources, ending Rivers’ outstanding run as the head man with the Boston Celtics and ushering a new level of hope for LA’s “other” team.The Clippers will send a 2015 first-round pick as compensation to the Celtics, who have agreed to release the coach from the three years, $21 million he has remaining on his deal with the club.Sources close to the process told ESPN that the Clippers believe the deal with Rivers will clinch Chris Paul’s signature on a new five-year max contract. Paul becomes an unrestricted free agent July 1.Contrary to previous reports, according to league and team sources, the Celtics have been complicit all along in assisting Rivers to make the switch from Boston to Los Angeles.Although Danny Ainge, the Celtics’ director of basketball operations, was initially irked that Rivers was lukewarm about returning to Boston, where a rebuilding process soon will be underway, team sources said he recognized the best way to accumulate the first-round draft picks he covets would be to relinquish his two most valued assets — Rivers and Kevin Garnett.Since then, he and Rivers have been working side by side to secure a deal that is best for both parties, sources said.Team sources confirmed Ainge also has been trying to secure a first-round pick for veteran Paul Pierce, who can be bought out by June 30 for $5 million. The Celtics have been unsuccessful thus far, leaving open the possibility they keep Pierce and his $15.3 million contract and attempt to deal him again at the trade deadline next winter, when teams historically look for veteran help and are willing to overpay.Celtics ownership, which blanched at the thought of paying a coach $7 million a season for a team that will not be in contention for a division title, never mind an NBA title, is also on board with Rivers’ departure, sources said.League and teams sources also confirmed that for now, any deal involving Garnett and the Clippers is on hold in light of Commissioner David Stern’s objections to the appearance that the KG deal (for DeAndre Jordan) and Rivers were related.One source with knowledge of the NBA told ESPN.com that the league does not intend to change its stance as expressed by Stern in multiple radio interviews Thursday, meaning that the league would view any subsequent trade agreement between the Celtics and Clippers involving Garnett to be part of the Rivers deal and thus in violation of league rules.Team sources also indicated that Rivers is frustrated with the perception that he was the driving force behind the push to go to the Clippers, or that he was unwilling to coach the Celtics if Pierce and Garnett were not going to be on the roster.“Doc never said any such thing,” a source close to the coach said. “He just wasn’t sure if he could rev himself up for years of rebuilding. He never issued any ultimatums about anyone.” read more

The NFL Is Botching Kickoff Returns

Citing concerns about safety, the NFL adopted a rule change last offseason that moved touchbacks on kickoffs five yards out to the 25-yard line, ostensibly to reduce the number of kick returns, though perhaps with the added benefit of juicing the league’s offense.For its stated purpose, the effect of the rule change has been underwhelming. Of non-onside kickoffs this season, 39 percent have been returned. While this is an all-time low, it’s only down from 42 percent last season, which was already well below the 52 percent average from 2011-14, which was way below the average before the tee placement for kickoffs was moved to the 35-yard line in 2011. It’s not clear that this decline is any greater than what we would have expected if the rule change on returns hadn’t been adopted, based on the ongoing kicker improvement that has been taking place across the board.While there are multiple issues at play, the main reason the change hasn’t been more effective is straightforward: Despite kick returns out of the end zone being rendered a demonstrably worse bet, teams keep trying them.Below is a chart showing the league average starting field position for standard kickoff returns1Meaning returns from non-onside kickoffs kicked from the 35-yard line, excluding returns that ended in a lost fumble. from near the end zone: In 2015, the Jacksonville Jaguars returned 24 percent of kickoffs out of the end zone, and had the seventh-worst average starting field position in the league. In 2016, they have the lowest return rate from the end zone in the league at just under 9 percent3Jacksonville returned 8.7 percent to the Carolina Panthers’ 9.3 percent. and are tied with the Arizona Cardinals for the second-best starting field position after those kickoffs (both 0.8 yards better than if they’d taken the touchbacks). Meanwhile, the Chicago Bears went from returning 37 percent in 2015 to returning 48 percent in 2016. Yet, despite seeing their starting field position improve from the 23-yard line to the 24-yard line, their advantage fell from being tops in the league (by a wide margin) to being 20th — and one of the 25 teams that would have been better off always taking a knee.Further complicating matters, kickoffs that drop short of the goal line seem to be better for the kicking team than touchbacks (as you can see on the first chart above). Before the new rule came into play, the league anticipated that coaches and kickers might try to game the system by kicking just short of the end zone. This seems to have happened, at least somewhat, with 79 percent of kickoffs going into the end zone this season, down from 87 percent last season. That’s a low mark since the kickoff spot was moved in 2011 (in a stat that had been on the rise). But the fact that teams have been willing to inefficiently return out of the end zone may have limited the incentive to try.If this rule stays, it’s likely that teams will adjust eventually on both sides, meaning fewer returns out of the end zone but fewer kicks into the end zone, as well. Kickoffs may essentially go the way of punts, with how often a kicker pins the opposing team inside the touchback line (“In 25”) becoming an important stat for kickoff specialists.Check out our latest NFL predictions. This chart doesn’t give any bonus value to touchdowns, which are slightly more valuable than their equivalent in yardage, though it also doesn’t reflect returns with fumbles lost (which are rare, but still considerably more common than return touchdowns). While some endgame situations may arise where even a bad return is worth trying, and perhaps some of those returns were legitimate responses to openings presented by the kick-coverage unit, ultimately there is no reason to be significantly under the red line save poor judgment. If the entire league had simply taken a knee on these 356 kickoffs it returned out of the endzone, it would have saved a combined 1,108 yards of field position.Kick returners have been more judicious this season — just 23 percent of standard kickoffs have been returned from the end zone, compared with 33 percent last year2That 33 percent was also down from the 42 percent between 2011 and 2014. — but little has changed about the average result of such returns, other than whether they’re worth it.Some teams appear to be figuring this out and have been rewarded as a result. Others have declined the free yards and continued running it out, and they have been punished accordingly: read more

Real Madrid dont need Harry Kane…they have Karim Benzema

first_imgEngland’s captain Harry Kane has been linked with a move to Real after his goal took England to the semi-final but it seems Fernando Morientes does not want Tottenham Hotspur striker, Kane to switch to the Bernabeu.One of best Madrid strikers, Cristiano Ronaldo, just departed Real to Juve and left a space that can only be filled by a skilful striker. However, Morientes believes that Tottenham Hotspur striker Kane does not fit into the shoes but went further to acknowledge the greatness in Kane.“Normally, in Real Madrid, all the Galacticos can arrive to the Bernabeu,” he told talkSPORT.“But now it’s very difficult because Cristiano Ronaldo go out [Karim] Benzema stays up front as a number nine.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“And if Harry Kane comes to Madrid, maybe he’s not the same as Cristiano Ronaldo – we need something special.”“All the people say that the more important player now for Real Madrid is maybe Neymar, [Kylian] Mbappe if Benzema does what people thinks and stay for one more year.“We need another type of player, not a striker, because we have Benzema“And if Harry Kane came, two number nines in one big team is very difficult.”last_img read more

Rudiger backs goalscorer Higuain for todays final

first_imgAntonio Rudiger is confident his “quality” team-mate Gonzalo Higuain will deliver the goals for Chelsea in today’s Carabao Cup final.The Argentine striker ended a disappointing five-month loan spell at AC Milan in January after managing just six goals in 15 Serie A games in favour of a reunion with former Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea.After initially turning down a move to Stamford Bridge last summer, Higuain chose to go ahead with a loan switch to Chelsea this time around in an effort to rediscover the brilliant form he once displayed under Sarri.Aside from a brace in Chelsea’s 5-0 win over Huddersfield Town in the Premier League on February 2, however, Higuain has since failed to find the net in his last two appearances.But Sarri is expected to start Higuain in today’s Carabao Cup final against Manchester City at Wembley and Rudiger is confident the 31-year-old will bring home the goals with the right service from the Chelsea team.“Everyone knows Gonzalo is a goalscorer,” Rudiger told the club website.“You have to adapt to things but he played in Spain and he played in Italy and he has always mainly played for big clubs and he knows the pressure.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“Of course at the moment it is difficult for him because the team has been struggling but still he is for me a quality striker and if he gets the chance and he gets the service, he will be great for us.”The last time Chelsea met City ended in a humiliating 6-0 defeat in the Premier League just two weeks ago.And Rudiger has warned the Blues that a repeat performance is unacceptable given what’s at stake today.“First of all, it is a final, a trophy is on the line,” said the German defender.“In the league, the other week people were not thinking that we would get beaten 6-0, and this is something we need to be careful of because that kills reputations.“In this final, we have to put a different performance than in the last game against City. We have to go with the right approach in this match.”The Carabao Cup final between City and Chelsea will begin at 5:30 PM (CET) at Wembley today.MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 10: Sergio Aguero of Manchester City scores his team’s third goal past Kepa Arrizabalaga of Chelsea during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Chelsea FC at Etihad Stadium on February 10, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)last_img read more

Jamal Khashoggi murder UN journalist blames Saudi Crown Prince for murder finds

first_imgISTANBUL, TURKEY – OCTOBER 25: People take part in a candle light vigil to remember journalist Jamal Khashoggi outside the Saudi Arabia consulate on October 25, 2018 in Istanbul, Turkey. Jamal Khashoggi, a U.S. resident and critic of the Saudi regime, went missing after entering the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul on October 2. More than two weeks later Riyadh announced he had been killed accidentally during an altercation with Saudi consulate officials, however as investigations continue new information surfaced, pointing to a brutal and planned murder contradicting previous claims.Chris McGrath/Getty Images [Representational Image]The United Nation’s (UN) special rapporteur cited credible information in her report on Wednesday, June 19, stating that the crown prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman should be investigated over the murder of slain journalist Jamal Khashoggi.Agnes Callamard, UN investigator on extra-judicial executions, in her report said that Saudi Arabia is responsible for the murder of Khashoggi, who was killed by the Saudi agents inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey. The report said that further investigation should be conducted over Khashoggi’s death as several top-level Saudi officials including the crown prince have a play in it.In her report, the UN investigator said that the evidence collected during her investigation shows that “prima facie case that Mr Khashoggi was the victim of a brutal and premeditated killing, planned and perpetrated by officials of the state of Saudi Arabia”.Callamard said that she could not find the remains of Khashoggi but she and her team of forensic and legal experts had access to a part of “chilling and gruesome audio materials” of his death obtained by the Turkish intelligence agency.The report stressed that “no conclusion is made as to guilt. The only conclusion made is that there is credible evidence meriting further investigation, by a proper authority, as to whether the threshold of criminal responsibility has been met,” reports AFP.She urged the Secretary-General of UN, Antonio Guterres to launch an official international criminal investigation into the case, which she said would make it possible to “build-up strong files on each of the alleged perpetrators and identify mechanisms for formal accountability, such as an ad hoc or hybrid tribunal,” adds the report.Callamard’s report said that the probes conducted by investigators of Saudi Arabia and Turkey so far had failed to meet international standards, regarding the investigation into unlawful deaths.last_img read more