7Precompose the paper layer and add a fast blur. 1Create a new composition and create a new text layer with any words you want. Create a write-on cursive animation in After Effects – great for explainer videos or title graphics.In this Premiumbeat exclusive video tutorial you’ll learn how to create an awesome cursive write-on effect using After Effects. The effect doesn’t look very difficult but it does utilize some upper level techniques. This tutorial covers:Toggling the transparency gridRoving keyframes and temporal lockStylizing graphite streaksThis tutorial is very different from most write-on tutorials in After Effects. Instead of using the built in write-on tool, we’ll use a shape layer mixed with rotational values.Prefer reading to watching? Check out the After Effects how-to below.Click images for larger view. 8Create a pencil on a single shape layer. 6 Add turbulent noise to simulate paper texture. 5 Make a new white solid and apply a grid effect to simulate paper. 11Set the rotation of the pencil to match a natural movement. Hold down ALT and click the rotation of the pencil creating an expression, type:x=2; y=“pick whip to the ‘follower’ position”*.01;wiggle(x,y); 4Add a trim path to the shape layer and set two easy eased keyframes. 3Make a new null object and name it “follower”. Copy and paste the shape layer’s path into the position of the null object. 2Make a shape layer over the text layer with a light stroke. Draw over the word in a cursive manner. 10Pickwhip the position of the pencil to the position of the null object and add “value +” to the beginning of the pencil position expression. Set keyframes to simulate the pencil coming into the scene. 13 Set the text layer to multiply. 12Add a turbulent noise, noise HLS, tint, roughen edges, curves, and fast blur to the cursive shape layer. Stylize. 9 Move the anchor point to the tip of the pencil. If you have any questions regarding this tutorial or if you have any quick tips for using expressions in After Effects please comment below!
The first time you deliver a message to your prospective client or dream client, you should not expect that message to resonate and drive them to take action, regardless of how compelling your case may be. This is true even if you have real influence, and even if you are positioned as a trusted advisor.That first salvo, the first time you say something, barely creates awareness. Your dream client may need time for the message to resonate and before they start to notice evidence, signs, and symptoms that what you are saying is true. Awareness doesn’t happen all at once; it develops over time, and with repetition and variations on the theme.The second time you deliver that same message, it may carry more weight. Because you are continuing to make the case, it proves that you are serious about the change you are recommending. Even if your dream client doesn’t like the idea of change, your consistency and your persistence garners more attention. Your determination gets you heard.To attempt a real change initiative by messaging someone once or twice is not a serious enough attempt for you to expect your dream client abandon what they are doing and shift directions.The third time you recommend the same change, while continuing to point to the mounting evidence that you are correct, providing proof that you are not the only one who recognizes these trends. You explain, again, how what you suggest will improve the results for your dream client. As you do this, you may start developing some real traction around the idea. Maybe you will get your dream client to see your vision on the fourth attempt. Or perhaps the fifth.Too many people place much too much stock in attempting to make a case so compelling and so overwhelming that they can immediately get to “yes” in a single try. If you want a message to resonate and compel action, keep repeating it.
In The Lost Art of Closing, I wrote about the ten commitments you need in a typical B2B sale. In that book, I identified two rules to acquire these commitments, the first of which is that you must trade enough value to create an imbalance in your client’s favor (they gain from the meeting, even if they never buy from you). The second rule is that you need to control the process (the sales conversation).Here are eleven ways you give up control.Not knowing that it is your responsibility to control the process: It is easy to lose control of the process when you don’t know it is your responsibility to manage it in the first place. Improvement here starts with awareness. There are some who believe that buyer should—or does—control the process, and that you should be subservient, waiting for them to direct you. This is wrong, and it will cause limit your ability to win and serve your clients.Not creating enough value in a meeting to earn the next: If you don’t show up prepared, with an agenda, with insights and ideas, and with good questions, you are not going to generate enough value to earn the right to another meeting. Your client is going to decide whether the next meeting makes sense, and that judgment is shaped by how you perform.Leaving a meeting without a meeting: You should never leave a meeting without another meeting. If you do, you are going to find yourself chasing your prospective client for the next meeting, first over voicemail, then over email (two mediums which make it easy for your client to avoid you). Book the next meeting before you end each meeting.Accepting a non-commitment: A non-commitment sounds like this: “We’ll reach out to you in the next couple weeks.” Maybe they mean it. Alternatively, perhaps they’re just nice so that they can get rid of you. One thing is certain, there is no next meeting on their calendar, and there is nothing on yours. You accepted a non-commitment, and you are back to chasing.Making a commitment instead of gaining one: You may have established a few critical follow-up tasks from your meeting. You owe your prospect an email with some additional information. The commitment that you made is not a commitment for the client, and they are in no way obligated to open, read, or respond to your mail. A commitment was made, but your client didn’t make it.Avoiding conflict over next steps: Your client may not want to do what they need to do next. They may not want to bring in other parties. They may not want to commit to a meeting with your operations team. They may not want to let your legal team hash out an indemnification clause with their legal team. When these commitments are necessary, avoiding the difficult conversation to gain the commitment can levy a hefty penalty of your conflict-aversion of your lack of diplomacy.Failing to trade enough value for the commitment you want: If you can’t tell your client precisely what they gain from the meeting you are trying to schedule, they are right to refuse it. They need to know how they benefit from agreeing to the meeting. No value, no commitment.Allowing clients to determine what comes next when it is the wrong decision: Sometimes a client will tell you something that sounds positive, like “Go ahead and get us a proposal and pricing.” But if you haven’t done the work to be able to provide what they are asking for, you have to do what is right instead of what seems easy.Not knowing what commitment you need: It’s possible that you don’t know what commitment you need. Because the sales conversation is nonlinear, it is easy to find yourself outside of your sales process and in a place where turn-by-turn directions are not available. Even if you have to guess, and even if you are wrong, you need a commitment that moves the opportunity forward.Failing to identify the next best commitment: Sometimes the commitment you need is difficult to gain. If you don’t have a backup commitment, something you can ask for that, while not being optimal, still moves your forward. Something is almost always better than nothing.Not asking: If you don’t ask for the commitment you need, you are not going to acquire that commitment. Ask!
Pacer Mohammed Shami shone with the pink ball as he picked up match figures of 7-124 to help Mohun Bagan defeat Bhowanipore by 296 runs in India’s first ever day-night Test under lights at the Eden Gardens on Tuesday.Shami bagged 2-82 in the second innings after a five-for in the first. Seamer Vivek Singh was the pick of the bowlers as he returned figures of 5-32 to skittle out Bhowanipore for 199 in 48.3 overs in the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) Super League final.A top CAB official had earlier said the match was held to show that Eden now is ready to stage a day-night Test match.Shami who was adjudged man-of-the-match, once again gave his nod to the pink ball. (Shami backs day-night Test with pink ball )”I will prefer bowling with the pink ball any day, hope this pink ball match will be a success,” he said.”Once it is under the lights, the ball starts swinging a lot. I got reverse swing in the first innings. I think if the condition is dry, the ball will reverse.”Bhowanipore resumed their innings at 132/6 on the fourth and final day of the game, but it lasted just one hour as Singh cleaned up the tail in quick time.Shami, who recuperated from a knee injury recently said he was focussed to get his rhythm back.Brief scores:Mohun Bagan: 299 all out and 349 all out vs Bhowanipore Club: 1st Innings 153 all out and 199 all out (Subham Chatterjee 50; Vivek Singh 5/32).
He’s got a group full of studs, and for that, he’s an honorable mention winner.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Training camp has come to a conclusion and football season is staring us right in the eyes. Before we start, however, let’s take a stroll down the short term memory lane and sort out who the winners, losers, and others were from fall training camp.WinnersThe running backsA group that received some criticism last year has been bolstered by the addition of both young and old blood. Barry J. Sanders has stepped in and, by all accounts, should prove to be a reliable option out of the backfield. He’s more than just an extra dude at the position, and that’s excellent news for a group that desperately needed an extra guy to count on. The young blood of the group, Justice Hill, is a recent emerger who at this point is chalked in as a *maybe* could play. But I’d be surprised to see him redshirt. He should be ready to play early, and that’s a pleasant, welcome surprise for OSU coaches. (P.S.: Told you so?)Walk-OnsA year ago, it was walk-on tailback Raymond Taylor who came on strong and was a reliable ball carrier for OSU as a walk-on. And this year, the walk-on tradition shall possibly continue. Taylor Cornelius is in line to become QB2, and freshman wide receiver Obi Obialo is apparently the next Marcell Ateman that everyone overlooked because of a dislocated ankle his senior year. Gundy magic!Mike Gundy’s Hair StylistMike Gundy’s hair stylist is probably on a beach in Cabo enjoying the royalties from this beautiful masterpiece.[@AustinChadwick]LosersCornerbacksThe starting group of cornerbacks is fantastic with Ramon Richards and Ashton Lampkin the presumed starters. But beyond that, the depth seems to take a considerable hit. Fortunately, Lenzy Pipkins is in line to become another successful grad transfer under Mike Gundy. But beyond that, it doesn’t sound like many guys are proving themselves to become the next legitimate option. Guys like Madre Harper, Bryce Balous, Rodarius Williams, and Darius Curry will all get their shot. There’s definitely talent and upside to each, but which one will it be? Fall camp is supposed to sort that question out, but it seems to have only complicated things.Marcell AtemanNo, I’m not calling Ateman a loser. But Pro Football Focus grades him as one of the top 30 returning receivers in the nation from last year, alongside his running mate James Washington. He was named to the Biletnikoff Award Watch list in the preseason, but now is sidelined until October thanks to a broken foot. That’s unfortunate news for a guy who is entering his senior year and probably would like to take his talents to the NFL after this season.DrawsThe Offensive LineI struggled writing this in lower caps, but the amount of information and detail surrounding the offensive line is maddening. It’s looking like Marcus Keyes will assume duties at left guard, while junior college transfer Larry Williams will take over right guard. But as far as improvement — does anyone actually know? Last year we thought it would be improved, but it actually got worse. Until we see something tangibly better on the field, I’ll chalk this up to a draw.Jason McEndooThe second year coach from Montana State was able to make a marked improvement last year, helping Blake Jarwin take home All-Big 12 honors as a junior. And now he has Jarwin in the fold again, with plenty of young, ripe talent surrounding him. Former receivers turned cowboy backs Cole Neph and Keenen Brown should make for an upgrade in talent, too. If Brown can figure out how to block, he will be one I’m most intrigued by. He was a freak show coming out of high school at receiver, but one too many trips to Whataburger [Kidding!] helped create a position change that could pay dividends for both parties as early as this year. He’s a big target who is already a natural route runner, and could make Mr. McEndoo’s job a heck of a lot easier once he can put it together.Honorable MentionsKasey DunnWith the Coup De Boot landing Tyron Johnson over the weekend, Dunn is a big winner although he won’t see the fruits until 2017. Adding a five-star talent never hurts; Really, everyone wins in this one.Rennie ChildsChilds was No. 2 in the pecking order last year, but with the addition of Justice Hill and Barry Sanders, I have him sliding as far down as No. 5 on the depth chart. I’m not a coach, obviously, but if that happens, you’d have to feel bad for him — probably not exactly how he’d like to spend his last year on the field. Regardless, he seems to be sliding down past his No. 2 spot from last year. Seems like a loss no matter how you frame it.Depth on the D-LineThere’s so many legitimate contenders who could fill in with the first team that I’m glad Joe Bob is the one sorting out the depth chart and not me. It’s a good problem to have, however, and the defensive tackle position is three-deep with talent who can play. Also, I’ve procured exclusive footage of Joe Bob following a recent scrimmage:
Bayern München Boateng warns Bayern: Defend like that and PSG will destroy us Joe Wright Last updated 1 year ago 19:40 12/3/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Bongarts Bayern München UEFA Champions League Bayern München v Hannover 96 Bayern München v PSG PSG Hannover 96 Bundesliga The Bundesliga champions’ defending against Hannover has their centre-half worried about what sort of damage Paris Saint-Germain could inflict Jerome Boateng has told Bayern Munich to shape up defensively or risked being “destroyed” by Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday.The Bundesliga champions moved six points clear at the top of the table with a 3-1 win over Hannover on Saturday but Boateng was concerned by their display in the first half.Arturo Vidal put Bayern ahead but Hannover levelled through Charlison Benschop after Niclas Fullkrug had missed a penalty. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Jupp Heynckes’ side did not regain their lead until Kingsley Coman struck with 67 minutes played, before a late Robert Lewandowski penalty made the points safe.Bayern host PSG in their final Champions League group game next week looking to avenge a 3-0 defeat in France, but Boateng fears they will suffer a similar fate if they do not improve upon the display against Hannover.”We did not defend very well after losing possession and gave Hannover a lot of space, especially in the first half,” said the centre-back.”In the second half, we had a better organisation but, if you play like this against Paris, they will destroy you.”Bayern must win 4-0 at the Allianz Arena to leapfrog PSG and finish top of Group B.Unai Emery’s side lost their first match of the season on Saturday, as they slipped to a shock 2-1 defeat away to Strasbourg in Ligue 1.
STATE COLLEGE, PA – OCTOBER 13: Miles Sanders #24 of the Penn State Nittany Lions rushes for 78 yards against Joe Bachie #35 of the Michigan State Spartans and Khari Willis #27 of the Michigan State Spartans on October 13, 2018 at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)Penn State finished the 2018 regular season with a 9-3 record. The Nittany Lions are bound for a quality bowl game.ESPN’s final bowl projections were released earlier today. The Worldwide Leader thinks PSU is set to face Kentucky in the postseason.The only question is where they will take on the Wildcats. ESPN’s pair of analysts can’t agree on the destination, even if they both have the same matchup.Here’s what ESPN’s experts are predicting.ESPN’s Kyle Bonagura has Penn State playing Kentucky in the Citrus Bowl on Jan. 1 at 1 p.m. ET.ESPN’s Mitch Sherman has Penn State playing Kentucky in the Outback Bowl on Jan. 1 at noon.Ironically, we’re coming up on the 20th anniversary of Penn State playing Kentucky in a New Year’s Day bowl game. The Nittany Lions beat the Wildcats in the Outback Bowl on Jan. 1, 1999.Tim Couch was Kentucky’s quarterback in that game, and LaVar Arrington was one of PSU’s stars. Yea, time sure does fly.The full bowl slate will be unveiled later today.
Drivers on Trunk 1 between St. Croix River Bridge and Windsor will see improvements to almost eight kilometres of road soon due to a new paving project. The Department of Transportation and Public Works has awarded the road-work contract to Dexter Construction Co., Ltd. who submitted a bid of $1,377,035. The project will be completed by the end of August. “Trunk 1 is a popular route and keeping it in good shape is important to area residents,” said Transportation and Public Works Minister Angus MacIsaac. “We are also continuing our work to twin Highway 101.” The Department of Transportation and Public Works’ highways division manages more than 23,000 kilometres of roads in Nova Scotia. It maintains 4,100 bridges and operates seven provincial ferries. Staff members provide services from district offices in Bridgewater, Bedford, Truro and Sydney.
Sophomore guard Ameryst Alston (14) shoots the ball during a game against Nebraska Feb. 20 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU lost, 67-59.Credit: Daniel Bendtsen / Lantern photographerFor the first time in the month of February, the Ohio State women’s basketball team came away victorious.Putting to rest its five-game losing streak, OSU defeated the Northwestern Wildcats, 71-62, Sunday, its first win since taking down Illinois Jan. 30.OSU also sent five players out with a win in their last home on Senior Day game as Buckeyes as four seniors — centers Ashley Adams and Darryce Moore, forward Martina Ellerbe and redshirt-senior center Aleksandra Dobranic — all went out on top at the Schottenstein Center.It was also the final game at home for redshirt-junior guard Amy Scullion, who elected to forgo her senior season to continue her education in medical school.The Buckeyes (15-15, 5-9) came out on fire shooting 48.5 percent from the field, including five 3-pointers, en route to a 41-21 halftime lead.“That was as good of a half that we have had in a long time,” OSU coach Kevin McGuff said following the win. “We were good offensively and defensively and efficient in both ways.”The second half however, was a different story.OSU nearly let its lead slip away in the final minutes as the Wildcats (14-13, 4-10) trimmed a 24-point, second-half Buckeye lead down to five with 53 seconds remaining.“Our concentration really lacked at times in the second half,” McGuff said. “We got good shots … but we did not make them.”Northwestern coach Joe McKeown said if his team could have played the whole game the way they did in the second half, they would have had a chance to win the game.“We just buried ourselves in the first half,” McKeown said. “We tried to keep fighting back and we (needed a) third 20-minute period but it is a 40-minute game.”OSU was led by sophomore guard Ameryst Alston who scored 18 of her game-high 30 points in the first half hitting 7-9 from the field.It was the second straight 30-point game for Alston, who scored 31 points in OSU’s 67-59 loss against No. 17 Nebraska Thursday.Despite her impressive performance, Alston said she, like most of the team, was focused on sending the seniors out with a win.“The seniors were most important,” Alston said. “Obviously we focused on the game but we really wanted to get that win and make the seniors go out right.”The five Buckeye seniors, who were honored prior to the start of the game, combined for 26 points including 13 from Ellerbe who said she could not believe it was her last game in the Schottenstein Center.“It was really emotional,” Ellerbe said. “It has been four years that we have played here and we have had tremendous support from everybody … to know that this is the last game that we are going to have in this gym, it was like a crazy thought.”With the home schedule concluded, McGuff made a point to thank fans in postgame interviews for their support.“We had a lot of great support this year from our fans,” McGuff said. “With a new head coach and a new staff, I am really appreciative of the fans embracing what we have done and what we are trying to do.”The Buckeyes are set to return to action Thursday against the Iowa Hawkeyes (21-7, 9-5) in Iowa City, Iowa. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.
Ohio State freshman center Kaleb Wesson posts up against Michigan center Moritz Wagner in the matchup between the two teams on Feb. 18, 2018. Michigan won 74-62. Credit: Jacob Myers | Managing Editor for ContentA new season begins for the Ohio State men’s basketball team.That seemed to be the narrative of the team after its loss to Penn State in the Buckeyes’ first game of the Big Ten tournament. It will take time to shake off the loss, but their season is not over.That new season begins at 4:30 p.m. Thursday when the fifth-seeded Buckeyes travel to Boise, Idaho, to face 12th-seeded South Dakota State in Ohio State’s first game in the NCAA Tournament since the 2014-15 season.Should Ohio State advance past the Jackrabbits, it will likely take on fourth-seeded Gonzaga, a team that stomped the Buckeyes 86-59 in the first meeting between the two. After that, it could be top-seeded Xavier. Projected StartersSouth Dakota StateG — Brandon Key — Junior, 5-foot-10, 180 lbs., 6.0 ppg, 1.5 rpg, 3.3 apgG — David Jenkins — Freshman, 6-foot-2, 190 lbs., 16.1 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 1.6 apgF — Skyler Flatten — Senior, 6-foot-6, 215 lbs., 7.0 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 1.2 apgF — Reed Tellinghuisen — Senior, 6-foot-7, 215 lbs., 12.0 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 1.6 apgC — Mike Daum — Junior, 6-foot-9, 250 lbs., 23.8 ppgs, 10.4 rpg, 1.3 apgOhio StateG — C.J. Jackson — Junior, 6-foot-1, 175 lbs., 12.2 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 3.9 apgG — Kam Williams — Redshirt senior, 6-foot-2, 185 lbs., 8.2 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 0.7 apgF — Jae’Sean Tate — Senior, 6-foot-4, 230 lbs., 12.5 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 2.9 apgF — Keita Bates-Diop — Redshirt junior, 6-foot-7, 235 lbs., 19.4 ppg, 8.8 rpg, 1.7 apgC — Kaleb Wesson — Freshman, 6-foot-9, 270 lbs., 10.8 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 1.1 apgScouting South Dakota StateTeams that have given Ohio State issues this season have been teams with large or athletic guards that have been able to challenge the Buckeyes to lean more on their smaller guards — C.J. Jackson, Kam Williams and Andrew Dakich — to step up defensively. That has not been the key to South Dakota State’s success in 2018. One of its starting two guards is under 6-foot, and the other is only 6-foot-2, meaning the Buckeyes should not run into a size mismatch like it has in the past against teams like Penn State.Instead of relying on their guards, the Jackrabbits have received solid production from freshman guard David Jenkins, but they have leaned on junior center Mike Daum when they need production. Nicknamed “The Daum-inator,” the 6-foot-9 center has demonstrated an ability to score from all areas on the court, making 47.4 percent of shots from 2 and 42.9 percent from 3. Ohio State has had mixed levels of success against star centers this season. It held Michigan’s 6-foot-11 Moritz Wagner to a combined 26 points in the two games played and North Carolina center Luke Maye to nine points in the one game between the two teams. However, the Buckeyes allowed Purdue’s 7-foot-2 center Isaac Haas to drop 18, Butler forward Kelan Martin to score 24 and Gonzaga center Johnathan Williams to put up 21 points.However, most of the struggles came earlier in the season. Ohio State freshman center Kaleb Wesson has improved his defense since those games — he was matched up with Williams in his first career start. Though his defense is still far from perfect and needs improving, he should be able to prevent Daum from posting his 13th 30-point game on the Buckeyes.Overall, the Jackrabbits are not a team that would appear to give Ohio State much matchup problems. South Dakota State has struggled to force turnovers this season, which is good for an Ohio State team that has run into turnover issues throughout the campaign. The Jackrabbits have also struggled to defend against opponents who derive most of their offensive production in the post. Opposing teams have generated 52.4 percent of their points from inside the arc and are shooting 49.8 percent inside. Ohio State, on the other hand, has scored 55.4 percent of its points inside this season, 30th-highest in the nation, while shooting 55.1 percent inside, 29th-best. South Dakota State won’t make any mistakes — it has the lowest turnover rate this season. It also has lived and died by the 3 this season, posting a 26th-best 39.2 percent shooting rate from 3 while generating 37.5 percent of its offense from beyond the arc, 37th-highest in the country.Opponents have find about average success against Ohio State from 3, shooting 34.6 percent (149th-best), but have consistently found that to be the way to attack the Buckeyes. Ohio State has seen opposing teams score 35.1 percent of their total points from 3, the 55th-highest rate in the country.The Bottom LineThis game in a way has that feeling of a typical five-seed vs. 12-seed matchup in the tournament. Many are not giving South Dakota State a chance. They don’t have the typical characteristics of a team that has given Ohio State trouble this season and do not have a single Tier-A win — a top-50 win adjusting for location — on their schedule, according to advanced statistics website KenPom.com. The ability of the Jackrabbits to shoot 3s with success should make the game interesting, but outside of Daum, they do not have the interior defense to be able to stop players like redshirt junior Keita Bates-Diop and Wesson from having big games.PredictionOhio State wins 77-68
Welcome to the latest episode of Hot Takedown, our podcast where the hot sports takes of the week meet the numbers that prove them right or tear them down. On this week’s show (Feb. 16, 2016), we take a look at parity in men’s college basketball and the lack thereof on the women’s side, we wonder about the state of defense in the NBA All-Star Game and ask whether it’s always been this way, and we discuss whether the Los Angeles Angels should trade star player Mike Trout. Plus, a Significant Digit on Max Hooper, the Oakland University senior guard who shoots only threes.Stream the episode by clicking the play button, or subscribe using one of the podcast clients we’ve linked to above. Links to what we discussed are here:Ben Morris ranks every NBA All-Star.Neil Paine and Jonah Keri on how to build a great baseball team.Mike Trout wasn’t last season’s MVP, but he might be the G.O.A.T.Why baseball farm systems are important.Kate Fagan tells the Los Angeles Angels why they should trade Mike Trout if they get a haul in return.Significant Digit: 206. That’s the number of 3-point attempts by Oakland guard Max Hooper this year. He hasn’t tried a single 2-pointer.Max Hooper shooting bombs. More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS Hot Takedown If you’re a fan of our podcasts, be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts and leave a rating/review. That helps spread the word to other listeners. And get in touch by email, on Twitter or in the comments. Tell us what you think, send us hot takes to discuss and tell us why we’re wrong.
MARKETS HAVE REACTED positively to Ireland’s crediting rating upgrade by Moody’s on Friday.The yield on 10-year bonds has fallen again, and is approaching levels close to what was seen before the financial collapse, currently lower than 3.45 per cent.The rating agency upgraded Ireland’s credit rating from junk bond status to investment grade with a positive outlook.Speaking to RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, Chief Executive of the National Treasury Management Agency (NTMA) John Corrigan welcomed the sharp reduction in yields, highlighting that each fall of 0.10 per cent represents a million in savings for the state.He noted that Ireland still has €4 billion to borrow to fund 2015, but is now open to a wider range of investors.“Some investors in the Middle East and Far East look for na investment grade rating from all of the three major ratings agency,” he said. The Moody’s rating brings us into the investment universe of a new constituency of investors.He said that the positive outlook puts ‘momentum’ behind the rating, and although hesitant to speculate as to when a future upgrade might occur, he said it is likely over the next 12 to 15 months if Ireland’s fiscal targets are reached.He added that “caution is the byword” when it comes to Ireland’s return to bond market, reiterating that while the post-bailout return earlier this month was significant, the government must borrow at a slow and regular rate.Read: Moody’s restores Ireland’s credit rating to investment grade >More: Ireland’s post-bailout return to the bond markets raised €3.75 bn >
ONE OF THE great fears for Ireland supporters heading into this Six Nations was, and probably still is, the absence of Sean O’Brien.Explosive ball carrying is the most commonly cited attribute in terms of his impact on games, but the Leinster man is a truly complete back row player. O’Brien tackles well, steals possession at the breakdown, hits attacking rucks with ferocity and has good passing and offloading skills too.The fact that his shoulder injury sees him missing for the entire competition means other players are going to have to step up to cover the workload that the Tullow native normally gets through. In that regard, Peter O’Mahony put in a phenomenal shift against Scotland to help Ireland eventually dominate.Here, we detail the Munster captain’s every action on the pitch last weekend. There were countless excellent contributions but there are, of course, areas in which O’Mahony will look to improve against the powerful Welsh on Saturday.TacklingOne-on-one tackling has been one of the relatively weaker areas of O’Mahony’s game since he broke onto the professional scene. Whether it is a technique or confidence issue [we suspect the former], the 24-year-old does not hit with the same level of impact as someone like Stephen Ferris or Chris Henry.That is not necessarily such a bad thing; not every player can be a Brian Lima-style rib-crushing tackler. However, O’Mahony certainly has the power and aggression to contribute a little more in this department. Against Scotland, the Munster back row completed nine tackles, five of which involved another Irish defender.The really positive aspect of the tackling was that three of those efforts were strong, ball carrier-halting tackles, while one of them was truly dominant. That hit [below] was one of those in which O’Mahony was ‘assisted’, with Cian Healy the other defender involved.While Healy possibly played the more prominent role in this tackle, O’Mahony’s extra power certainly made a telling difference in driving Ryan Wilson back into the dirt. The Cork native dips his body before the contact, coiling up and then unloading a nice shot into Wilson’s upper body with his right shoulder.The three other tackles of O’Mahony’s that we counted as ‘strong’ were not as spectacular, but they did demonstrate his developing grappling skills. The 24-year-old’s constantly improving upper body power is helping him to wrestle in contact far more effectively.There were two low tackles from O’Mahony against the Scots, both of them in wide channels where it is far more difficult to be dominant and get good leg drive into the hit. The example below shows the Ireland blindside picking out Sean Maitland, tracking him across the pitch then taking out his legs at the knee.It’s the perfect type of tackle in this situation, where an attempt to go in high on Maitland may have led to being handed off. Again, these are encouraging signs as O’Mahony picks out the ideal tackle in the circumstances and carries it out effectively before springing to his feet to compete for the ball.There were two missed tackles on Sunday from the number six, although one of them was inconsequential and in a difficult situation. Not that missed tackles are to be readily accepted in certain scenarios, but O’Mahony was chasing hard off a loose kick and just slipped off Sean Lamont on his exposed inside shoulder.There was plenty of cover for Ireland and it wasn’t particularly damaging. Little misses such as that one happen all the time in rugby. More concerning was the missed tackle on Stuart Hogg in the 57th minute, where O’Mahony had the opportunity to put in a really dominant hit on the fullback but was brushed off.Hogg is a wonderful counter-attacker and a tricky customer for any defender, but on this occasion he runs directly into O’Mahony. The Irishman appears to get his head on the wrong side of the tackle [something which has got him knocked out in the past] and awkwardly falls off the tackle.This miss is a little more concerning as it’s exactly the type of situation you would want your back rows to find themselves in; a one-on-one chance to smash the oppositions’ best attacking player and possibly even win a turnover. O’Mahony will have studied the reasons for the miss and is certain to have learned from it.BreakdownThis was the area of the game in which O’Mahony really stood out as a leader for Ireland. In defence, the flanker competed at the breakdown on seven occasions and won turnovers on three of those. O’Mahony counter-rucked to disrupt Scotland’s quality of possession once, while he was blasted off the ball another time.The seventh involvement at the breakdown in defence saw him come extremely close to a further turnover, and many referees would have awarded O’Mahony the penalty. Craig Joubert opted to allow Scotland the chance to redeem the situation, which they did by ripping the ball back out of the Irishman’s grasp.O’Mahony’s first turnover of possession came as early as the sixth minute, as he pounced on the briefly isolated Duncan Weir inside Ireland’s 22.It’s an excellent turnover and a very timely one after Scotland have cut Ireland’s defence from a quickly-taken line-out. O’Mahony comes all the way from behind the ball, around the ruck and in ‘the gate’ to beat the Scottish ruckers to the ball [close up below].He snaps down into that ‘jackal’ position and rips the ball clean from Weir’s grasp. We see less and less of this every season as ball carriers choose to hold onto the pill and concede the turnover penalty. While the rucking by Scotland was atrocious in this instance, it was a wonderful effort from O’Mahony and a sign of things to come.The second O’Mahony turnover arrived in the 35th minute and this time the penalty was awarded. As you can see in the video below, it briefly looks as though Ireland will pull off their famous choke tackle, and O’Mahony steps towards the collision with the idea of getting involved in that action.As he does so, the tackle goes to ground and again, the Munster man’s reaction is swift and decisive. He immediately targets the ball and again assumes a powerful jackal position. You can see that Greig Laidlaw feels O’Mahony hasn’t detached after being involved in the tackle, but referee Joubert reads it differently and Ireland get the penalty.Finally, we had another excellent O’Mahony turnover in the 58th minute, literally phases after the missed tackle on Hogg highlighted above. To respond in such a manner is typical of the determined flanker, and he combined that will with strong technique again.Luke Marshall makes a soak tackle on substitute Johnnie Beattie in midfield, allowing Scotland over the gainline and really getting them onto the front foot. However, the No. 8 gets detached from his support and O’Mahony is lighting quick in recognising that.The Irishman spots the opportunity so early that by the time Scotland’s would-be rucking players arrive, the turnover is already as good as completed. They are greeted by the sight of O’Mahony’s back as he leans in over the ball to win the ball, with Joubert awarding Ireland the penalty again.Line-outWhile the Munster man was busy making up for O’Brien’s absence in terms of stealing Scottish possession, the line-out is one area where he is marking himself out as more effective than the Leinster back row. O’Mahony had 12 direct involvement out of touch, including defensive situations and Ireland’s own throw.The blindside claimed the ball thrice, including one steal of Scotland’s possession. One of his catches on Ireland’s throw came at the tail of the line-out, while the other was at the front. There was another occasion on which O’Mahony’s jump was perfect, but Rory Best just overthrew him at the tail of the set-piece.The Munster man’s excellent handling skills and springy leap make him an ideal target for playing directly off the top at the back of the attacking line-out. Backs everywhere in the world crave that kind of possession as it grants them extra time and space on the ball.The example above gives us a strong example of what O’Mahony can deliver in that regard. There are real shades of a classically French back row in his line-out ability; many French teams will select one of their back rows specifically for their jumping skills and some flankers will even call the line-outs in L’Hexagone.Defensively, O’Mahony got into the air properly on two occasions, one of which yielded that steal of the Scottish throw. It was all about his anticipation and reaction again; he reads the line-out particularly well and on this occasion he was accurate in predicting where the Scots would throw to.O’Mahony doesn’t manage to hang onto the ball, but he does knock it back on Ireland’s side. The speed of his reaction actually meant that he didn’t get the strongest lift at the back from Devin Toner. In the shot below, you can see that O’Mahony is already planting his feet to spring into the air while the Leinster man is still trying to follow him to the front.There is more to a functioning line-out than accurate throwing and explosive jumping; the lift is an essential part of the machine. O’Mahony made five lifts against Scotland, all of them behind Devin Toner and all of them resulting in clean possession for Ireland.Toner is a superb jumper and his gangly frame makes him ideal for lifting, but it’s still a laborious task that requires lots of strength. Those five lifts were the least glamorous part of O’Mahony’s afternoon, but they were just as important as his turnovers in helping Ireland to enjoy a stream of possession out of touch.RuckingWhile we have seen that O’Mahony was busy at the breakdown in defence, he also got through a mountain of work at attacking rucks too. We counted 20 rucking involvements from O’Mahony over the course of his 65 minutes on the pitch, with a varying degree of success.There was one really ‘dominant’ clear out [below] of a defensive player, while seven others were ‘effective’ in removing a defender. We marked four of O’Mahony’s rucking efforts as ‘inneffective,’ meaning he either failed to prevent a turnover or was sloppy in removing a defender with optimal speed.On eight occasions, the flanker played the role of ‘guard’ at Ireland’s attacking rucks, not actively engaging with any defenders or clearing out a threat, but instead hovering over the ruck and providing safety for his scrum-half.Overall, it was a good performance from O’Mahony in terms of attacking rucking, although he will look to improve his rate of success as the Six Nations continues. Seeing more aggressive rucking like the example on Duncan Weir in the video above would be greatly welcome.PassingWhen we studied O’Mahony’s performance against Samoa for Ireland in November, one of the key aspects of his role was as a linking player, making passes to draw in defenders before releasing the backs. There was only one example of such an action against Scotland, and a successful one at that as O’Mahony found Jonny Sexton out ‘the back door’ behind two decoy runners.That aside, the Munster captain completed four passes, all of them accurate. One of O’Mahony’s strengths is his handling ability and we have commented before that he could probably do a fine job as a centre. The 24-year-old is entirely comfortable in passing off either side and over lengthy distances.The example above may seem like a simple action to highlight, but O’Mahony’s pass in midfield [he’s the guy who waves his hand in the air at the very beginning of the GIF] is one that other forwards might have struggled with.The fact that O’Mahony is calling for the ball so early is also a sign that he has seen the space wide on the left and understands that Ireland need to attack there. Many forwards, and lots of backs, struggle to really ‘see’ space on the pitch, but it’s not a problem for O’Mahony, a fine footballer.His handling skills were apparent as he ran a little loop move with Jonny Sexton [below] in the second half. It’s also worth noting the nudge O’Mahony gets in on a defender after he has passed to his out-half, looking to disrupt Scotland’s line as much as he can despite play having moved past him.O’Mahony’s other two passes were from the the bases of rucks, hitting a fellow forward on a short line. Both were accurate and in front of the ball-carrier.ScrumThere weren’t a huge amount of scrums on Sunday, with the two sides having four each. While this is generally the domain of the locks and props, the back row can have an effect on the outcome if they are part of a well-timed shove.O’Mahony was involved in seven of the scrums against Scotland, two of which he detached himself from early in preparation for defending or getting in support in attack. On three other occasions, the flanker stayed down with his shoulder binded to his prop, but didn’t appear to make any significant effort to drive.The three times he did drive with power, there was a noticeable improvement on that side of the scrum for Ireland. The video below demonstrates one such example, with O’Mahony dipping his hips and really driving up through the back of Cian Healy.While the loosehead prop and Devin Toner behind him deserve the majority of credit here, every little helps. Ireland go forward on that side of the scrum and cause real problems for the Scots. The tackle O’Mahony then completes is the one we referred to earlier in the article, showing off his grappling skills in the tight.CarryingO’Mahony carried the ball into contact on six occasions against Scotland, breaking through two tackles and doing well every time. We have become accustomed to the Munster man operating in wider channels, but his carries against Scotland were all close to the ruck or in midfield.Twice, Ireland used him in the middle of the pitch after receiving re-starts, including the first kick-off of the game. The second of those carries is shown in the video below. O’Mahony performed well in this mini-role, taking the pass from Sexton, making positive yardage both times and breaking Laidlaw’s tackle here.The other two times O’Mahony was used as an attacking ball carrier were closer in to the ruck, taking the pass off scrum-half Conor Murray and surging forward. Again, these carries were effective and the example below sees O’Mahony using his aggression and upper body strength to fight off Kelly Brown’s tackle.Uncharacteristically for him, O’Mahony didn’t actually rack up many metres gained with ball in hand in this game, mainly because he didn’t feature in those wider channels. The two carries we have not mentioned so far were scrappy ones where the Munster captain was cleaning up spilled possession and wasn’t actually a designated carrier.As we saw for his near-try after that wonderful Sexton linebreak in the first half, Jamie Heaslip is quite often the man who maintains width for Ireland from the back row. O’Mahony is certainly effective in open space, but last weekend he was busy elsewhere.Backing it up against WalesO’Mahony had a superb game for Ireland last weekend, there can be little doubt about that. His work rate was phenomenal and some of the scrapping he did around the ruck area was vital. Similarly, his efforts in the line-out were important, while he demonstrated that he can affect the scrum too.We highlighted his performance against Samoa as quite probably his most dominant in an Ireland jersey, but this display could certainly challenge that assertion. The next test for O’Mahony’s progress is standing out in a game like the one that faces Ireland on Saturday.Dishing out pain to the likes of Scotland and Samoa is crucial, but hammering into a team as good as Wales and making a genuine difference to the outcome is the ideal basis on which to judge O’Mahony’s importance to Ireland. He will launch himself into the challenge with typical aggression, desire and skill.Blackrock and St Michael’s progress to Leinster Senior Cup quarter-finals Plumtree: ‘I just can’t talk highly enough’ about Paul O’Connell
Sylvia Dalais, Christina Betmilik, David Mavroudis, Luiza Zervos and sisters Dimmy Kotronakis and Elizabeth Kotronakis were the six Greek Australians who lost their lives in Australia’s worst overseas terror attack and were remembered as part of memorials all over the world to mark the ten year anniversary of the Bali bombings. Friday marked the ten year anniversary of the bombings in Kuta, Bali which killed 202 people – 88 of which were Australian. The mother of the two Kotronakis sisters and their sister Maria went to Bali to commemorate the deaths of Maria’s twin sister Dimmy, 27, and older sister Elizabeth Kotronakis, 33. The two girls were in Bali celebrating the wedding of their sister, who was also in Bali with her then husband Kosta Elfes. The sisters died in the now infamous Sari Club alongside the two Greek Australians Christina Betmalik, 29, of Croydon Park, and Louiza Zervos, 33, of Marrickville, who were bridesmaids at Maria’s wedding. The group had been out for dinner when Maria and her former husband, then newlyweds, turned in for the night, while the other four women went out to the Sari Club. After the tragic incident, more than 800 mourners packed into Blacktown’s Hellenic Orthodox Church for the sisters’ funeral weeks after the tragedy. All over Australia – and all over the world – tributes flew in abundance for the 202 lives that were lost that fateful day. In Bali, thousands of family members and friends of the deceased, survivors and politicians have flocked to the commemorative monument that lists the name and country of each and every person that lost their life that day. A service was held Friday in Kuta, Bali to remember the fallen, and was attended by Prime Minister Julia Gillard, former prime minister John Howard, along with Opposition Leader Tony Abbott. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A fugitive who was allegedly part of a gang that carried out more than two dozen armed robberies, including one in which four policemen were shot and injured, has been arrested in Athens.The 37-year-old, who was not named, was arrested earlier in the week in Peristeri, western Athens. There were two warrants for his arrest and he had already been convicted, in his absence, to a jail sentence of two-and-a-half years for forgery and smuggling.The suspect and three others, who are already in custody, are alleged to have carried out 29 armed robberies in Attica and other parts of the country. In May last year, they allegedly shot at policemen pursuing them, leading to four officers being injured.Source: Kathimerini.
Netflix bientôt en Grande-Bretagne et en IrlandeDébut 2012, la société américaine Netflix, spécialisée dans la location et la diffusion vidéo, prévoit d’agrandir son marché jusqu’à l’Europe et plus précisément en Grande-Bretagne et en Irlande. Fondée en 1997, Netflix s’est spécialisée sur la location de DVD par courrier et la diffusion en flux continu sur Internet. D’abord aux Etats-Unis, la firme californienne s’est récemment étendue au Canada, à l’Amérique latine et aux Caraïbes par le biais de son service de streaming. Annonçant en 2011, 25 millions de membres dans l’ensemble des territoires couverts, Netflix compte désormais s’implanter en Europe, en passant tout d’abord par la Grande-Bretagne et l’Irlande dès le début de l’année prochaine.À lire aussiHadopi rend un rappport sur le téléchargement illégalSelon les dires de la société, au lancement, les abonnés européens bénéficieront déjà d’un large catalogue de films ou d’émissions de télé qu’ils pourront visionner directement sur leur téléviseur mais aussi sur les différents équipements qu’ils pourraient avoir (PC, Mac, tablette, ou encore téléphone). Néanmoins, aucune indication de prix n’a encore été précisée pour le lancement en Europe, sachant que l’été dernier une hausse de prix (dû au découplage des abonnements sur DVD et ceux sur Internet) avait fait chuter le nombre d’abonnés aux Etats-Unis. Le 25 octobre 2011 à 12:57 • Maxime Lambert
WASHINGTON — One day after winning lopsided House approval, bipartisan legislation to ease across-the-board spending cuts and reduce economy-rattling budget brinkmanship appears likely to command the 60 votes necessary to clear the Senate, officials in both parties said Friday.Yet unlike in the House, significantly more Senate Republicans are expected to oppose the legislation than vote for it, highlighting the different political forces at work at opposite ends of the Capitol.Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., announced a test vote for Tuesday on the measure, which cleared the House on an overwhelming bipartisan vote of 332-94.The Veterans of Foreign Wars joined the ranks of the bill’s opponents during the day, citing a provision to reduce cost of living increases for military retirees until they reach age 62. The result could mean “a cumulative loss in retirement income of $80,000” for a sergeant first class who retires at age 40, the group said.“Although Iraq is over and the war in Afghanistan is winding down, we can’t allow Congress to dismantle the programs they created over the past 12 years,” said William A. Thien, the VFW’s national commander.
Here are the rest of this week’s people on the move: The Washington Post has named Megan H. Chan director of digital operations, effective July 11. Most recently, Chan served as director of digital products at Politico. In her new position, she will oversee the Post’s digital transformation. Snapchat has announced Betsy Kenny Lack will serve as head of global brand partnerships, reporting to Imran Khan, chief strategy officer. Most recently, Lack worked at Condé Nast’s Vanity Fair for eight years, primarily helping make its Establishment List conferences profitable. Most recently, Lee served as vice president, content and audience development, at Hearst Magazines International. In this role, she oversaw video and digital content initiatives across 50 international territories, 70 digital publisher brands, and 430 properties. In her new position, Lee will manage the brand’s nationwide video studios, including in New York, Seattle, and Des Moines. She will also develop video products, partnerships and programming to grow Meredith’s engagement and reach among millennial women. Meredith Corporation has named Melinda Lee senior vice president/general manager, video, effective immediately, and Marla Newman VP of digital sales. Rebecca Bauer has been promoted to executive vice president of editorial at Remedy Health Media, where she will oversee the brand’s editorial efforts across its digital and print consumer health brands and products, and more. Bauer previously served as editorial director at Remedy. Wired has announced several changes to its staff lineup, naming Maria Streshinsky features editor, Richard Dorment senior editor, Nate Goldman social media manager, and Olga Monserrat senior art director, platforms. The brand has also promoted Adam Rogers from story editor to deputy editor, Caitlin Roper from senior associate editor to articles editor, and Ed Sumner from digital planning manager to associate director, audience development. The brand has also announced that Ruth Marcus will serve as deputy editorial page editor, where she will manage contributors to the op-ed pages and lead new projects, effective immediately. Most recently, Marcus covered campaign finance, the DOJ, the Supreme Court and the White House for the Post. Quartz has promoted Matt Quinn from deputy news editor for technology and finance to technology editor, Kabir Chibber from deputy news editor to business editor, and Thu-Huong Ha and Amy Wang from Quartz editorial fellows to reporters. Leslie Josephs has also joined the brand as a travel reporter. Most recently, Josephs was a reporter for The Wall Street Journal. Vulture and New York Magazine have announced Craig Jenkins will join the company as pop-music critic, and Jen Chaney joins as TV columnist and will also work on the Vulture TV Podcast. Jenkins previously wrote for Pitchfork, Billboard, Spin, Noisey, among other publictations. Most recently, Chaney was a freelance contributor for several publications, including the New York Times, Uproxx, Esquire, and The Dissolve. Vice has named Neil Breakwell head of its London office, and Kevin Sutcliffe senior VP, TV and video programming, EMEA. Breakwell joins the brand from BBC, where he was deputy editor of BBC Newsnight. Sutcliffe previously served as Vice News’ head of news programming, Europe. Dana Oliver has been named beauty director of Yahoo Beauty, effective June 13. Oliver joins the brand from The Huffington Post, where she served as executive fashion and beauty editor. MPA – The Association of Magazine Media has named Barry Fleming vice president, digital director, effective immediately. In his new position, Fleming will be responsible for the brand’s website, database, and marketing systems, as well as the liaison for the MPA digital committee and education and event development. He joins MPA from Geometry Global (WPP), where he served as director, performance analytics. Ryan Mannion has been named chief technology officer of Hearst Autos, effective immediately. Mannion will report to Hearst Autos president Nick Matarazzo. Most recently, he served as senior vice president, head of product and technology at OZY. Meanwhile, Newman will be responsible for all aspects of Meredith Digital’s go-to-market sales strategy and execution for brand, agency, and holding company partners. She joins the company from AOL and Microsoft, where she served as global head of agency development. Previously, Newman served as SVP digital sales at Fox Sports and held leadership positions at MTV Networks and MSN. CNN Digital has announced Mitra Kalita will assume the role of VP of programming, where she will oversee the news & alerting, special projects, and mobile & off-platform teams. Kalita joins the company from the Los Angeles Time, where she served as managing editor. Lee will report to Kim Martin, chief strategy officer, who said in a press release, “Melinda brings tremendous experience and skills to this position, particularly in the areas of creating large scale digital video products and distribution strategies across media brands. Her ability to attract the best talent, execute on existing and new platforms, and create highly engaging video products that appeal to a broad range of audiences, especially millennial women, makes her uniquely suited for this role.” The Wall Street Journal has added Tomio Geron and Alec Davis to the subscription-based WSJ Pro. Geron will serve as a reporter for Pro’s venture capitalist team, and re-joins the company from Forbes. Davis, who previously served as managing editor of MarketWatch, joins as a news editor.
The Ezviz DB1 is available now and costs $220. Ezviz CES 2019 CNET Smart Home Share your voice The best of smart home at CES 2019 12 smart doorbells to watch over your front stoop Security Cameras Security Everything we’ve seen at CES 2019 (so far) The smartest video doorbell around Watch your door from afar with Ring’s Video Doorbell Pro Now playing: Watch this: The company also announced a second-gen battery-powered outdoor camera called the C3A. Like Arlo’s outdoor cams, the C3A also comes with a base station. Ezviz claims its W2D helps extend the battery life of the battery-powered C3A. The camera has 1080p resolution, two-way talk and motion detection. The base station has an integrated 100-decibel siren. The C3A and W2D are expected to hit stores by the end of March, with pricing yet to be announced. Tags CES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show.CES schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. 16:33 Other cool stuff Post a comment Ezviz is back with a new home security device, the DB1 Video Doorbell. Available in the US now for $220, the DB1 features a microSD card slot.The microSD card is not included, but the doorbell can support up to a 128GB card. Many smart doorbells require a monthly (or yearly) subscription to a cloud service to access saved video clips.But with a built-in card slot and optional cloud storage services, Ezviz gives you choices.Ezviz also says its new Wi-Fi-enabled buzzer works with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. 13 Photos 0 Google Assistant CES Products Alexa Amazon
JOEY PALACIOS / TEXAS PUBLIC RADIOCity Manager Sheryl Sculley, from left, San Antonio Police Chief Willam McManus and Mayor Ron Nirenberg spoke during a Human Trafficking Awareness Day new conference at City Hall on Thursday.The Texas attorney general is launching an investigation into how San Antonio handled a human smuggling incident last month. The attorney general’s office sent a letter to the city asking it to preserve all records and information related to the release of 12 migrants who were found in a trailer.In the letter sent Wednesday night, Assistant Attorney General Cleve Doty said the Texas attorney general’s office has received several citizen complaints on the release of the migrants who may be in the country illegally.“The Texas attorney general’s office will investigate these complaints and the procedure in Senate Bill 4 contemplates litigation. As a result, we demand that you affirmatively preserve all relevant mater,” he said.On Dec. 23, San Antonio police found a trailer with 12 people inside. Police Chief William McManus charged the driver with a state level human smuggling charge but did not pursue a federal charge. After questioning at police headquarters, the migrants were released and several went with Catholic Charities. This comes several months after 10 immigrants died in a trailer in a separate incident last summer.During a press conference for Human Trafficking Awareness Month on Thursday, San Antonio police and the city confirmed receiving the letter and they would comply with requests to preserve information. San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg said the city had no legal basis to hold the migrants and could have faced legal liability of the police had held them.Mayor @Ron_Nirenberg comments on the city receiving a letter from the Texas Attorney General’s Office about it launching an investigation into @SATXPolice’s handling of a Dec. 23 human smuggling incident and the release of 12 migrants. @TPRNews pic.twitter.com/r8vrAq4mET— Joey Palacios (@Joeycules) January 12, 2018“The attacks on Police Chief McManus are nothing more than political theater based on a fictitious narrative,” Nirenberg said.McManus said homeland security was on the scene but did not take the migrants into custody.“Why they didn’t take custody, I don’t know,” he said. “But we handled the prosecution of the smuggling/trafficking incident under the state statute; there’s a line drawn and on the other side of it is the immigration issue and that immigration issue is up to (Homeland Security Investigations) not SAPD,” McManus said Thursday.He added there was no legal reason to hold the migrants.“I broke no protocols,” he said. “I did exactly what my chiefly prerogatives allowed me to do.”.@SATXPolice Chief William McManus talks about the December 23rd human smuggling incident after the City received a letter from the Texas AG’s office about an investigation into the release of 12 migrants who may be in the country illegally. @TPRNews pic.twitter.com/iF62wtdejb— Joey Palacios (@Joeycules) January 12, 2018Senate Bill 4 blocks police departments and other law enforcement in the state from instituting policies that forbid officers from asking about someone’s immigration status while detained. It also required jails to comply with immigration detention orders, among other provisions. San Antonio was the first major city to file suit, and parts of the law were struck down but litigation is still pending. The law also allows people to file complaints if a jurisdiction violated parts of SB4.San Antonio District 4 Councilman Rey Saldana was also listed as a plaintiff in the lawsuit.“We welcome a complete and swift investigation to further prove that our San Antonio Police Department and Police Chief William McManus are guilty of one thing: doing their job,” Saldana said in a statement. “As state leaders have sought to expand the role of our SAPD officers into the realm of immigration enforcement.“Chief McManus, with 43 years of experience, will continue doing his job leading a department focused on ensuring public safety. The sooner we complete the review, the quicker we can get back to protecting our communities by preventing and combatting (sic) crime.”Joey Palacios can be reached at email@example.com or on Twitter at @joeycules Share