Πέμπτη 19 Δεκεμβρίου 2019

Senegal's plastic recycling 'monster' campaigns for a cleaner country

Modou Fall had to get creative to grab people thinking more about plastic waste in Senegal.

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5G: Is it worth getting a new phone?

Rory Cellan-Jones puts 5G to the test in various spots in London - is it worth getting a 5G phone?

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Fall of Ceaușescu: When Romanians stood up to tyranny

In 1989 a wave of protests in Romania led to the fall of the communist dictator Nicolae Ceaușescu

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Nandi Bushell: Meet the nine-year-old drumming sensation

Nandi Bushell has jammed with Lenny Kravitz, and stars in one of this year's biggest Christmas adverts.

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Queen's Speech: What is it and why is it important?

The Queen's Speech will be the second in two months.

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A school looking after its children – and their families

One primary school in Birmingham reveals how it is trying to balance its books, give pastoral care and teach.

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Is the Netherlands becoming a narco-state?

The murder of a prominent lawyer ended a common misconception: that drug cartels only kill their own.

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The Sudanese brides who undergo genital mutilation for love

Women who want to pretend to be virgins before their weddings are opting for "re-circumcision" in Sudan.

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How the scramble for sand is destroying the Mekong

The Mekong river is being damaged by sand extraction, adding to calls for limits on sand usage.

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Θεσσαλονίκη: Κουκουλοφόροι έσπασαν βιτρίνες στο κέντρο (φωτο+vid) - Voria

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Σέρρες: Εκρηξη σε κατάστημα, τραυματίστηκε ο ιδιοκτήτης - iefimerida

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Λαμία: Σοβαρό τροχαίο με μηχανή - Το κράνος του έσωσε τη ζωή (pics) - Newsbomb.gr

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Το βίντεο της ΕΛ.ΑΣ. για τον μηχανισμό-παγίδα σε κατάληψη στο Κουκάκι - Athens Voice Online

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Jaguars Fire Tom Coughlin

December 19, 2019 at 02:50AM

Jaguars owner Shad Khan announced Wednesday that he was relieving Tom Coughlin of his duties "immediately."

The Jacksonville Jaguars have relieved Tom Coughlin

of his duties as Executive Vice President of Football Operations, the team announced Wednesday. The move was effective as of "this evening." 

General manager Dave Caldwell and coach Doug Marrone will now report directly to Jaguars owner Shad Khan on an "interim basis," the owner said in a statement. 

"I determined earlier this fall that making this move at the conclusion of the 2019 season would be in everyone's best interests but, in recent days, I reconsidered and made the change immediately," Khan said

Coughlin's firing comes after the the Jaguars tried to require injured players to get all rehab treatment at the team facility. In 2018, Jacksonville defensive end Dante Fowler was fined over $700,000 for missing "mandatory" appointments with team trainers or physicians in the offseason, but under the NFL's Collective Bargaining Agreement, teams cannot require rehabilitation or medical appointments at team facilities during the offseason. 

The NFLPA won its grievance against the Jaguars after disputing the fines.

A memo sent by the NFLPA to players on Monday noted that "in the last two years, more than 25% of the grievances filed by players in the entire league have been filed against the Jaguars."

"You as players may want to consider this when you have a chance to select your next club," the memo read.

Coughlin has been part of the Jaguars' front office since 2017 as its executive VP of football operations. Prior to that, he was the senior advisor to football operations to the NFL in 2016 and coached the New York Giants to two Super Bowls from 2004-15. He was also the first ever head coach of the Jaguars from 1995-2002.

The Jaguars hold a 5-9 record and are last in the AFC South. 

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The Quandary Facing Recruiting Outlets in a Fluid Era of Transfers in College Football

December 19, 2019 at 02:32AM

Recruiting outlets such as 247Sports and Rivals are searching for a solution to fix what’s becoming a glaring peculiarity: The sites do not include even high-profile transferring players into signing class rankings.

Joe Burrow, Jalen Hurts and Justin Fields have something in common. Well, let’s be honest, they have a lot in common. They’ve captained their teams to the College Football Playoff, were prolific enough to earn a trip to the Heisman Trophy ceremony and each started their careers at another school. There is something else they have in common: They were not factored into the team recruiting rankings of their new schools.

That may be changing soon enough. In an era of college football marked by marquee transfers, recruiting outlets such as 247Sports and Rivals are searching for a solution to fix what’s becoming a glaring peculiarity: The sites do not include even high-profile transferring players into signing class rankings. “I think we are working towards transfers becoming a part of our team rankings,” says Barton Simmons, 247Sports’ director of scouting, “but it’s going to be a challenge.”

During the

opening day of the NCAA’s early signing period Wednesday, thousands of high school and junior college players turned verbal commitments into binding pledges, their individual star ratings creating the all-important team ranking. Clemson brought home the No. 1 class in 247Sports’ composite rankings while Alabama landed at No. 2 and Ohio State No. 3. Recruiting is no exact science, as they say, and that goes for team rankings. After all, these are basically a compilation of predictions. Even worse, the predictions are of teenagers evaluated sometimes from afar by recruiting reporters who can be partial to their region or territory. That said, a team’s final ranking is at least an indicator of its talent haul compared to its peers, stacked side-by-side in a 1-through-130 pecking order.

Team rankings have proven to produce on-field results, too. Of the 11 teams to advance to the first six College Football Playoffs, eight of them signed at least two top-10 classes over the previous four years. The four CFP participants this year—LSU, Ohio State, Oklahoma and Clemson—all rank inside the top 11 of the 2020 team rankings as Wednesday wound down. Missing from those rankings are potential transfers who will join the team in the spring and summer. While transfers don’t impact a team’s ranking, they do affect a team’s roster management. Transfers count as part of the signing class, a reason many coaches avoid using all 25 of their spots during the two signing periods, leaving a couple open for transfers.

That happened in Baton Rouge a year-and-a-half ago. Burrow, recent winner of the Heisman Trophy, transferred from Ohio State to LSU in May 2018 and counted toward the Tigers’ 2018 signing class that ranked 15th nationally. His addition didn’t impact that ranking. Another example is Hurts’s move from Alabama to Ohio State this past year. The Sooners’ 2019 class was ranked sixth nationally—it excluded a quarterback who helped lead the Tide to consecutive national championship games. “The way coaches view it, if you get Hurts, that’s like getting a five-star even if you’re only getting him for one year,” says Woody Wommack, a longtime Rivals recruiting analyst.

Rivals officials have discussed incorporating some sort of “transfer impact rating,” says Mike Farrell, Rivals’ national recruiting director. Farrell, half-joking, says he’s trademarking that name—transfer impact rating—so as to prevent his competition from stealing it. What will the impact rating entail? It’s hard to say, he admits. Rating or ranking transfers is tricky from an evaluation standpoint. College programs are often cloaked in secrecy. Practices are mostly closed, off-the-field behavior is normally buried and game tape is sometimes non-existent. In fact, many transfers have rarely played in a game at all, like Burrow, a third-stringer for the Buckeyes for much of his time in Columbus. “Joe Burrow is a great example,” Simmons says. “What do you do with Joe Burrow? The process has to be using our resources and connections and find out about what a staff thinks about a guy. How much can you really trust that?”

Simmons’s outfit at 247Sports has started rating—not ranking—transfers, he says, but those ratings do not factor into overall team numbers. However, times are changing, and Simmons expects that 247Sports will soon incorporate at least some transfers into a team’s ranking. “We’ve got to find a solution,” he says. “I think probably as much as anything, a transfer would be treated as a regular prospect in how his rankings affects the class.” But there are other things to take into account like eligibility remaining and immediate impact ability, all of which “needs to be baked into a player rating,” Simmons says. That’s why using a prospect’s star rating from high school doesn’t always work. Fields, who has three more years of eligibility remaining after transferring from Georgia to Ohio State this offseason, cannot be ranked the same as Hurts, who is playing his final year.

The bottom line, recruiting experts all agree, is that something must change. The rate of transfers is so high that ignoring them cannot continue. It’s somewhat glaring. This year, Kentucky signed Auburn transfer Joey Gatewood, a 6-foot-5, 230-pound quarterback who signed out of high school as a four-star and top-50 ranked prospect nationally. UK’s 2020 class is ranked 23rd nationally and buried at the bottom of its signees is Gatewood—with no rating or ranking listed, a non-factor in that No. 23. “It’s become such an integral part of roster building,” Simmons says. “The transfer market has become something that changes the fortunes of teams.”

The old motto in college football of “winning signing day” is beginning to shift, experts say—you must win the transfer season, too. The transfers portal, implemented last year, has only increased this trend, one that began more than a decade ago. In 2008, the transfer rate in FBS football was 11.2%, or about 1,225 players. In 2018, the transfer rate was 13.6%, or about 1,604 players. Graduate transfer numbers have ballooned too, from 70 in 2014 to 168 in 2017. Not all of them are successful. Just like high school busts, there are transfer portal misses. Take former Ohio State quarterback Tate Martell, who not only lost the starting QB job at Miami but was moved to receiver. Quarterback Brandon Wimbush, transferring from Notre Dame to UCF, lasted just a couple of games as the starter before seeing the bench.

Many coaches anonymously polled for this story are actually against having transfers count towards a team’s signing class ranking. “They are an instant grab,” says one FBS assistant. “Others you recruit and work for an extended period of time.” However, there are many who believe a high-profile enough player should impact a ranking in some way. “I’ve had some say, ‘Why aren’t we getting credit for this?!’” Wommack says.

Well, maybe soon they will. For now, transfers are unaccounted-for bonuses. And if you got guys named Burrow, Hurts and Fields, the bonus is quite nice.

Coughlin out as Jags' executive VP of football ops

The Jacksonville Jaguars have fired Tom Coughlin, their executive vice president of football operations.

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'Remember the Titans' Coach Boone dies at 84

Herman Boone, the high school football coach portrayed by Denzel Washington in the 2000 film "Remember the Titans," died Wednesday at the age of 84.

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Recruiting rankings: Clemson No. 1


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This Quiz Will Reveal Which Modern Cinderella You Are

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Plan Your Perfect Holiday Party And We'll Give You A Recipe To Try

The holidays are just an excuse to eat.

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34 Beautiful Dresses So Cheap You May Cry Tears Of Joy

Don't worry: You can dry your eyes with all those dollar bills you're saving.

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Racism 'prevalent' in the armed forces, ombudsman warns

Incidents occur with "depressing frequency", the first Service Complaints Ombudsman tells the BBC.

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