IOC-UNESCO and ECO Magazine to publish Special Edition on UN Ocean Decade

first_imgIOC-UNESCO and ECO Magazine to publish Special Edition on UN Ocean Decade On December 5, 2017, the United Nations proclaimed the Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, to be held from 2021 to 2030. The Decade will provide a common framework to ensure that ocean science can fully support the actions of government and diverse groups of other partners to sustainably manage the ocean and, more particularly, to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.To mark the start of the Decade, ECO Magazine and IOC-UNESCO have partnered to produce a digital magazine to showcase upcoming activities that contribute to the Decade’s seven outcomes that characterise the ocean we want by 2030.“After three years of intensive and inclusive preparations, we are excited to start the Ocean Decade together with partner governments, philanthropies, businesses and scientific institutions whose commitment and innovative actions will use ocean knowledge to address major challenges we face, from the decline in the ocean health to climate change. Partnerships like the one with the ECO Magazine are crucial to strengthen humanity’s relation with the ocean, reflecting its key role in maintaining a more sustainable world,” emphasized Vladimir Ryabinin, Executive Secretary of UNESCO’s IOC.Available in May 2021, the edition will be distributed at Decade-related conferences between May and September 2021, including the 2nd UN Ocean Conference which will be held in Lisbon, Portugal.“We are incredibly excited to be supporting the Ocean Decade by providing a global platform for ocean stakeholders to share impactful stories about their activities. This coming Decade will be vitally important for progressing ocean science and developing an effective framework that helps us achieve a truly sustainable blue economy,” said Kira Coley, senior editor of ECO Magazine.ECO and IOC-UNESCO invite ocean stakeholders participating in activities in all fields related to the Ocean Decade to submit an interest to contribute.How do I contribute?ECO and IOC-UNESCO are interested in written, video, and audio submissions related to initiatives, new knowledge, partnerships, or innovative solutions that are relevant to the following seven Ocean Decade outcomes:A clean ocean – whereby sources of pollution are identified, quantified and reduced, and pollutants removed from the oceanA healthy and resilient ocean – whereby marine ecosystems are mapped and protected, multiple impacts (including climate change) are measured and reduced, and provision of ocean ecosystem services is maintainedA predicted ocean – whereby society has the capacity to understand current and future ocean conditions, forecast their change and impact on human wellbeing and livelihoodsA safe ocean – whereby human communities are protected from ocean hazards and where safety of operations at sea and on the coast is ensuredA productive ocean whereby the ocean ensures the provision of food supply and alternative livelihoodsAn accessible ocean – whereby all nations, stakeholders and citizens have access to ocean data and information, technologies, and have the capacities to inform their decisionsAn inspiring and engaging ocean -whereby society understands and values the oceanPlease submit your 150 word story summary via this link https://forms.gle/k9FRpBYHxiKoGksT8 by January 25, 2021. We will aim to contact you during the week commencing February 1, 2021 to inform you if your story has been accepted into the edition.On acceptance, we ask that you submit your completed article by March 08, 2021.“We have been delighted to collaborate with ECO Magazine since mid-2019 to raise awareness about the Ocean Decade, and now I am thrilled to work with the magazine to showcase exciting stories about the people across the globe who are already generating science-driven impact and helping deliver the Decade’s vision of The Ocean We Want,” stated Vinicius Lindoso, Communication Officer of UNESCO’s IOC. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:climate, climate change, communication, conference, digital, Economy, Government, Humanity, outcomes, pollution, Portugal, science, Secretary, sustainable, Unesco, United Nationslast_img read more

PhD research fellowships in political theory, Norway

first_imgPhD research fellowships in political theory, Norway Similar Stories Assistant Position at the University of Graz Tweet Pocket Reddit Institutional Development Internship in Brussels ← International Technology, Education and Development Conference 2011, Spain October 12, 2010 Published by Site Default center_img Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYou must be logged in to post a comment. Deadline: 15 November 2010Open to: holders of Master’s degree in social or political theory and those who have academic experience in international political economy or European lawScholarship: 377,500 NOK (46,345 EUR)The Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) invites applications for two doctoral researcher positions in the field of political theory with special emphasis on political economy and European law, respectively. The doctoral researchers will integrate and support PRIO’s EU funded research on European security.The candidates will be selected on the basis of academic record, experience, and the quality and relevance of the proposed doctoral research. Applicants must account for their qualifications in the following areas:1. Academic background: Candidates must hold a two-year Master’s degree in social or political theory, and have academic experience in international political economy or European law.2. Area competence: Candidates should possess broad knowledge of the organization and structure of the European Union, its institutions and politics, particularly in the area of security.3. Language skills: English is the working language at PRIO and fluency in English is required. Mastery of other European languages is an advantage.4. Professional skills: The doctoral researchers will share responsibility for the success of the overall project and work closely with other members of the project team. Excellent writing skills, strong IT skills, administrative experience and ability to produce results under pressure are important assets.5. International cooperation: The project requires significant travel within the European Union and collaboration with several European partners. Collaborative skills are essential.The projects will be carried out in PRIO’s Security Programme under the leadership of Prof. J. Peter Burgess. PRIO is an independent, international and interdisciplinary research institute that combines academically oriented research with short-term policy-oriented projects. Security research at PRIO takes place within a forward-looking, theoretically innovative unit with emphasis on European security research.PRIO will be the doctoral researchers’ workplace and employer. PRIO is an independent, international and interdisciplinary research institute that combines long-term academi-cally oriented research with short-term policy-oriented projects (website). The institute encourages academic publishing of research results at the highest international level and has a strong publication record. PRIO is located in attractive premises in central Oslo, with a staff of about 70 people and a friendly, inclusive and professional work environment.The PhD degree must be awarded by a university, and each doctoral researcher will be responsible for applying to, and enrolling in a compatible PhD programme at a Norwegian university. A two-year Master’s degree in the same discipline is generally required for enrolling in such programmes. Candidates with an interdisciplinary Master’s degree should make enquiries about eligibility for enrolling in a relevant programme. To facilitate integration in the overall project, the dissertation should be written as a compilation of journal articles.PRIO is committed to promoting the careers of female researchers and to foster a more ethnically diverse work force at the institute. PRIO is not required to publicly announce vacancies but uses open, merit-based competitions to find the best possible candidate for each position.The initial salary for a doctoral researcher without relevant seniority is step 47 in the Norwegian state salary system (currently NOK 377,500). The starting date for both positions is 1 February 2011.Essential guidelines for each of the positions should be requested by sending an e-mail to [email protected], stating clearly which position you are interested in. These guidelines include further details about the EU project(s) that the doctoral project will be part of, as well as  guidelines for what should be included in the Description of doctoral research. Other questions about the position can be directed to J. Peter Burgess ([email protected]).Applications should include the following:* Application form (download)* Covering letter, thoroughly accounting for the personal qualifications numbered 1–5 above.* CV, including a list of publications* Copies of certifications of university exams* One recent sample of academic writing (e.g. master thesis)* Description of doctoral research (see guidelines)* Names and contact details of two referencesThe application should be sent by e-mail, preferably as one PDF file, to [email protected] The application deadline is Monday 15 November 2010. If you have not received an e-mail confirming that we have received your application within two working days, please contact PRIO immediately.The official page. Advanced Programme in European Law and Economics Share 0 LinkedIn 0 +1 Two junior researcher job positions, Macedonia →last_img read more

Missouri cornerback Penton arrested on drug charge

first_imgCOLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri starting cornerback Aarion Penton has been suspended indefinitely after he was cited with a misdemeanor count of marijuana possession on campus.Columbia police records show the 20-year-old sophomore was cited about 1:40 a.m. Friday with possessing 35 grams or less of marijuana.Penton also was among four Missouri athletes arrested on suspicion of marijuana possession in March.School spokesman Chad Moller says Penton, who has started all nine games this season, is suspended indefinitely.Missouri has a bye this week. It isn’t clear whether the St. Louis native will play against Texas A&M on Nov. 15.Penton doesn’t have a listed phone number, and didn’t immediately respond to an email message Saturday from The Associated Press.last_img read more

SA, Somalia meet on xenophobia

first_img3 July 2013 The Somali government has expressed satisfaction with the efforts that the South African government has made to address the recurring attacks on Somali nationals, especially shop owners, in the country. “A lot has been done to address the problems … We found common [ground], common action and common sentiments on how we can avert such incidents in the future,” Somalia Deputy Foreign Minister Jamal Barrow said following talks with South African Deputy International Relations Minister Ebrahim Ebrahim in Pretoria on Tuesday. Barrow was in South Africa to assess the situation on the ground and to engage with the South African authorities. Residents in the Diepsloot and Orange Farm townships near Johannesburg recently rioted against the Somali community, while tensions were also reported in Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape. This prompted members of the Somali community to march to Parliament in protest, and to ask the authorities to do more to protect their nationals. The police have made several arrests, while the government has condemned the attacks.Attacks ‘criminal in nature’ Barrow, who met with Somali nationals in various townships to get a first-hand account of the conditions under which Somalis live in South Africa, said the attacks were criminal in nature. “The Somalis I met said they feel at home,” he said. At the same time, Barrow raised other issues such as problems with identification documents. Not having such documents, he said, had led to some shop owners keeping their earnings instead of banking the money, which in turn attracted criminals. Shop owners were also targeted because they set up shops in poor communities, where they were in competition with local businesses.Meeting with Home Affairs, Police Barrow met with Home Affairs Minister Naledi Pandor and Deputy Police Minister Maggie Sotyu on Monday. The meeting with Home Affairs looked at the legal repatriation of Somalis who wished to relinquish their asylum status as there was now peace and stability in their country. The South African government, however, said this would be done in line with the provisions of various international treaties and protocols. Ebrahim said Pandor had indicated that once the South African authorities had received the necessary documents from the Somali government, official recognition would be given to Somali travel documents and passports, should they be verified as legitimate and secure. The meeting with the police centred on the safety of Somali nationals and efforts by the police to identify the perpetrators of violence against them.‘We owe a debt to the continent’ Ebrahim said the government continued to be concerned about the tensions. “We are appalled by the criminal acts of violence, looting and displacement of people who come here with the hope for a better life … We owe a debt to the continent, including our brothers and sisters in Somalia, who supported us in our darkest hour of apartheid.” Ebrahim added that in terms of the Constitution, South Africa belonged to all who lived in it. Ebrahim said neither the violent incidents in South Africa against Somalis nor the terrorist attacks in Mogadishu, which saw 15 people – including two South Africans – killed when the UN base was attacked in April, would affect the government’s commitment to strengthening relations between the two countries. The South African Cabinet extended its condolences after the April terrorist attack. It called on all political groups outside the political process in Somalia to denounce violence and raise their concerns with the government in a constructive and reconciliatory manner. “South Africa has been consistent in pledging support to the new Federal Government of Somalia,” Ebrahim said, “and we have been working closely with Dr Barrow’s office to ensure that the work South Africa undertakes in respect of Somalia is directly linked to the vision that the Somali people have for themselves, as embodied in President Hasan Sheikh Mohamoud’s Six Pillar Policy.” Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

#NEXTCHAT: HR Leadership in the 21st Century: He Said — She Said

first_imgQuite often, we get stuck in quicksand in the human resources profession while we endlessly gaze at our navels and debate whether we are in the Strategic vs. Tactical, or the Traditional or Cutting-Edge camps. We read, we discuss, we talk…but at the end of the day it becomes the ACTION we take, as individual practitioners and leaders, that can define HR for now and the future. There are a number of authors, academicians and pundits who write about the human capital space. In June of this year, the group of Dave Ulrich, Jon Younger, Wayne Brockbank and Mike Ulrich released HR from the Outside In: Six Competencies for the Future of Human Resources, the latest book encapsulating research into HR competencies which they’ve undertaken over the past 25 years. The current book outlines what the authors have defined as the six competencies for HR professionals/leaders:  Strategic Positioner, Credible Activist, Capability Builder, Change Champion, HR Innovator and Integrator and Technology Proponent.  And while human resource professionals may sometimes be chastised for having too many self-indulgent discussions about what they do, or (heaven help us) where they want to sit, these conversations remain an important undertaking.  Without an awareness of what we as HR professionals must focus on to contribute to business (and people!) success, there can be no resulting ACTION! Several months ago Bill Boorman and I (Robin Schooling) began a series on our respective blogs (He Said/She Said: HR Edition) where we discuss an issue by approaching it from our specific frames of reference — SHE as an HR Leader working day-to-day for a mid-sized organization in the U.S. and HE as someone who lives in the global space where he sees and experiences firsthand the changes brought about by a connected world where people in HR and Recruiting are doing “cool things.”   At the intersection of traditional and cutting-edge lies the future of Human Resources, and so we’re asking, as we discuss HR leadership in the 21st Century:  “Is HR ‘New Cool’ or ‘Old School?” Please join @weknownext at 3 p.m. ET on Wednesday, October 3 for a “He Said/She Said” #NextChat with @BillBoorman and @RobinSchooling.  We’ll explore the questions surrounding HR’s movement along the continuum of change as the profession continues to evolve, as well as the competencies needed to deliver success. Q1.  Where does HR begin and where does it end? Q2.  Can a set of competencies be defined that covers ALL HR practitioners or does this vary based on location, size, or industry? Q3.  What should HR professionals be doing to create and deliver value?  How has this changed over the years? Q4.  How can HR pros simultaneously manage tactical duties while also responding to future strategic and technical expectations?  Q5.  Do today’s students want to work in HR? Do they consider it cool? Or do they view it as old school Q6.  Are there “cool” new ways of doing things that allow HR professionals to look forward rather than looking backward?last_img read more

No Need to Increase Food Imports – Hayles

first_imgMinister of State for Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Ian Hayles, says here are no plans to increase imports of agricultural produce in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. He said that despite the estimated $2 billion in damage to the sector, adequate foodstuff will be available to meet the needs of consumers. “Let me make it quite clear, there will be no importation…in terms of the shortfall, the consumers of this country will have no problem,” he stated at a press conference at the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) office in Claremont, St. Ann, today (Oct. 31), prior to touring the parish. “We cannot continue to import day after day, month after month, it has to come to a stop” he stated, noting that the country’s high import bill for food far exceeds its export earnings. He noted that while the parishes of Portland and St. Mary were severely affected, and preliminary reports are showing some $50 million worth of damage in St. Ann, other food-producing parishes were not as badly affected by the hurricane.  These parishes, he assured, will be able to meet needs, while the Ministry works quickly to put the affected farmers back into production. “So, in terms of imports, we are going to contain it, and at the same time, it is critical that we do everything now to put the farmers back into production as soon as possible,” he stated. The tour was to see firsthand, the damage to farms in the parish as a result of the hurricane, which hit the island on October 24.  Some 1, 500 farmers in St. Ann were affected and 70 hectares of crops damaged. Mr. Hayles issued an appealed for all affected farmers to report the extent of their damage to their RADA office, so that any available assistance can be channeled to them as soon as possible. He said this is very important in ensuring that they get back into production early.last_img read more

This is about preserving democracy Ford defends moves on councilcutting plan

first_imgTORONTO – Ontario’s legislature plunged into chaos Wednesday as protesters and most of the Opposition were ejected for disrupting the government’s efforts to revive a bill slashing Toronto’s city council nearly in half just days after a judge found the legislation unconstitutional.Shouts erupted from the public gallery and some hecklers were led out in handcuffs as Premier Doug Ford argued he was protecting democracy by invoking a constitutional provision to override the court decision, which found his plan to cut council during an election campaign violated freedom of expression rights.“This is about preserving the will of the people, this is about preserving democracy,” Ford said, citing his Progressive Conservatives’ victory in the spring election.Asked whether he believed in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the premier said a democratically elected government should not be derailed by a “politically appointed” judge. Ford has maintained cutting Toronto city council to 25 seats from 47 is necessary to streamline decision-making and save taxpayer money.The council-cutting bill and the notwithstanding clause that will ensure its implementation were introduced by Ford’s government Wednesday afternoon following a commotion from the Opposition benches.The New Democrats attempted to drown out the reading of the bill by banging on their desks, prompting the Speaker to kick most of their ranks, including Leader Andrea Horwath, out of the house. Horwath said her party members had launched their protest to show they wouldn’t accept Ford’s “heavy-handed” decision lightly.Earlier in the day, members of the public in the legislature voiced their own discontent by coughing in unison to drown out the premier when he tried to speak. That disruption quickly turned into a series of shouts and heckles.“Shame on you, this is not democracy,” one man shouted at the premier. “We are the people.”The commotion drew repeated reprimands from the Speaker, who briefly recessed the house. The public gallery was cleared of all spectators and at least two protesters were handcuffed and taken away by security officers.Laura Barrett, a Toronto supply teacher who lined up to watch the debate but couldn’t make it inside before the gallery was shut down, said she wanted to show her disapproval at what she called a “constitutional tragedy.”“It’s totally antithetical to the idea of democracy and it’s a real mess,” she said, calling it absurd to reduce democracy to voting every four years.“That’s the whole point of the charter, it outlives and outlasts any one political movement or party…it goes to our fundamental rights as people. So don’t trample on those, but especially not for this, this is the pettiest thing.”The action at the legislature took place during an emergency session called by Ford — his second since taking office in June — after the court decision that went against his government earlier this week.The province’s use of the notwithstanding clause — a provision being invoked for the first time in Ontario — has drawn condemnation from critics, who’ve said it was not designed to deal with this kind of issue.Toronto Mayor John Tory has said invoking the notwithstanding clause is a “gross overreach” of the province’s powers, adding city staff will advise councillors at a special meeting on Thursday how the municipality can proceed with the upcoming Oct. 22 election.Horwath accused the premier of trampling people’s rights to pursue a personal vendetta against Toronto, where Ford served one term as a city councillor and unsuccessfully ran for mayor.“It’s a black eye for our province,” she said. “It’s a shame that our premier is such a petty, vindictive human being whose focus is on himself and his own quest to show those folks in Toronto that he’s the boss of them.”Interim Liberal Leader John Fraser said his party would introduce an amendment to the bill that could delay its passage after it is reintroduced.“There was chaos inside here today,” he said. “The premier has made a decision that has created instability and uncertainty and divided people.”Green party Leader Mike Schreiner said the premier appears to believe that winning a majority means he is above the law.“It is wrong for the premier to attack our fundamental charter rights for political gain,” he said. “He is bringing a dangerous view of democracy to Queen’s Park, predicated on his belief that he can rule by decree.”Ford does, however, have his supporters, some of whom have voiced their approval of the premier’s moves.“Your voters are 100 per cent with you Premier Ford,” one person tweeted in response to a message from Ford about the reintroduction of the bill. “We elected you to save the taxpayers money and to fix the huge mess the Liberals left the province in. And that is just what you are doing.”Political analysts said it’s difficult to gauge just how the move is playing out among residents in the absence of public opinion polls on the issue, but predicted it would have a polarizing effect.Jonathan Rose, an associate professor of political science at Queen’s University, said the decision may appeal to some of Ford’s base because it targets “many people’s favourite whipping-boy,” the City of Toronto. But he said Canadians consistently rank the charter as one their most prized institutions and some may conclude the premier is against it.“I think more reasoned, moderate conservatives might wonder why the premier is using such a powerful instrument on an issue that’s … not important in the minds of voters,” he said.Ford has said Tory legislators will be free to vote as they wish on the council-cutting bill and a major public service union urged them to break from party lines and oppose it.But it’s unlikely any will break ranks on this issue, said Genevieve Tellier, a political science professor at the University of Ottawa. The government is still new and legislators won’t want to jeopardize their futures by publicly opposing their leader so early on, she said.She said Ford’s assertion that the courts are interfering with a democratically elected government goes too far, since democracy depends on the checks and balances provided by an independent judiciary.“An elected official doesn’t have full power to do whatever he wants, she wants — there are some rules to follow, those of the constitution,” she said. “The judge reminded him about that.”last_img read more

Alberta government to review vaping rules as number of young users grows

first_imgCALGARY — The Alberta government says it will consider adding rules for vaping when it reviews the province’s smoking and tobacco legislation next month.Health Minister Tyler Shandro says he’s particularly concerned about the growing number of youth who vape.But he adds there’s evidence vaping can be helpful for adults who are trying to quit smoking conventional cigarettes.The review will be led by legislature member Jeremy Nixon and is to seek feedback from school districts, municipalities, retailers and others.It is to begin Nov. 1 and be completed by year’s end, with a goal of having any changes brought before the legislature next spring.Some acute lung illnesses have been reported as a result of vaping in Canada, but Shandro says no cases have come up in Alberta.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 2, 2019. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Alabamas Offense Is Now As Terrifying As Its Defense

92016Baker MayfieldOklahoma91.8 12018Tua TagovailoaAlabama97.8 For years, Alabama’s offensive blueprint seemed like a relic from the 1980s: Run the ball on the first few downs, attempt a short- to moderate-length pass, and move the chains or punt to play the field-position game. It was a Ritz Cracker offense that, at times, appeared premeditated to suck the entertainment out of the sport entirely. It worked: Alabama has had 11 running backs/fullbacks and 13 offensive linemen drafted over the past 12 years. RKSeasonPlayerTeamTotal QBR Tagovailoa vaulted into Alabama lore last season when, as a freshman, he was inserted into the national championship game after halftime and led the Tide to a come-from-behind win over Georgia in overtime. Now the front-runner for the Heisman Trophy, Tagovailoa has performed like a video game character in his sophomore campaign, accounting for 1,033 passing yards, 14 total touchdowns and zero interceptions. He can feather a ball onto the chest of a full-sprint receiver 40 yards downfield and Houdini his way around would-be tacklers bearing down on him in the pocket — execute and improvise. ESPN has been calculating Total Quarterback Rating, which seeks to value quarterback play on a 0-to-100 scale while adjusting for the strength of opposing defenses faced, since 2004. The left-handed Hawaiian is in line to produce the top single-season figure ever — by nearly four points. 82008Sam BradfordOklahoma91.9 52018Dwayne HaskinsOhio State93.7 32011Russell WilsonWisconsin94.1 72017Khalil TateArizona92.0 22018Kyler MurrayOklahoma95.6 Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group Tua is on historic paceSingle-season leaders in Total Quarterback Rating, 2004-18 The engine powering college football’s pre-eminent outfit over the past decade has typically been a blue chip-laden, pressure-oriented, versatile defense. In Tuscaloosa, where Nick Saban has helmed the Alabama Crimson Tide since 2007, that engine has only gained steam in recent years. The winner of 87.2 percent of its games and five national titles since the diminutive kingpin’s arrival, Alabama is the only program to qualify for the College Football Playoff in each of the first four years.Much of that sovereignty is attributable to the historically great fortresses that Alabama closes off its end zone with. There have been six instances since 2007 of a team holding opponents to five or fewer rushing touchdowns over an entire season. Alabama accounts for four. Some have even claimed the team’s stockpile of 18- to 22-year-olds could be competitive on Sundays. Baseless claims notwithstanding, the Tide have sent more talent to the NFL than any other team over the past decade. Since Saban’s arrival, 41 members of the Crimson Tide have been selected in the first two rounds of the NFL draft. More than 60 percent of that pool came from the defensive side of the ball. All 11 defensive starters in Alabama’s 2016 season opener were selected in the past two drafts.However, four games into the 2018 season, all anyone can talk about is the Crimson Tide offense — and for good reason. Saban, it would appear, finally has an offense as ostentatious and dynamic as his defense, a horrifying development for the rest of the country.Spearheaded by starting quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and under the direction of first-year offensive coordinator Mike Locksley, the Tide offense is crashing down on its competition like a tsunami. Alabama has outscored its four opponents by an average margin of 41 points. The Tide have played 16 quarters of football and failed in just two to put more points on the scoreboard than their opponent, and in both cases it was the fourth quarter of a blowout.1A 7-7 fourth-quarter tie against Louisville when Alabama led 44-7 entering the fourth, and the final frame of its blowout win over Texas A&M, when it ceded a touchdown while leading 45-16.Locksley’s offense has been so devastatingly effective that Saban, a well-established curmudgeon who cares not for style points, beseeched the press to “look at some of the things we didn’t do so well” following Saturday’s 22-point win over then-No. 22 Texas A&M. One can only be so sated by a unit averaging 53.8 points and 539.5 yards, after all.Alabama’s offensive efficiency — a metric graded 0 to 100 that controls for quality of opponent and “garbage time” — scores a 98.02. That’s the top mark of any team measured by ESPN Stats & Information since Saban’s arrival. Its defensive efficiency of 94.24 ranks a lusterless fourth since 2007, behind the current Georgia team and two other versions of Bama. According to College Football Reference’s Simple Rating System, Alabama is 49.71 points better than the average Football Bowl Subdivision team this season. However, in Saban parlance, “our team needs to do a lot of things to improve.” 102014Marcus MariotaOregon91.3 42010Andrew LuckStanford93.8 2012Johnny ManzielTexas A&M91.3 62017Baker MayfieldOklahoma92.3 However, that bland cadence hasn’t manifested under Locksley. Considering the second half of Alabama games have largely been a formality — the Tide have outscored opponents 148-20 in the opening 30 minutes — let’s assess first-half play calling. Alabama is taking to the air on 53.9 percent of plays, which ranks 38th nationally. That mark is 13.9 percentage points higher than last season’s average, which ranked 110th nationally. On first and second downs, Alabama’s pass percentage is 40.5 percent, up from 34.5 percent a season ago. Compared with previous seasons under Saban, this year is a clear aberration, like the Indiana Pacers suddenly learning the value of the three-point shot.“(Locksley) really is doing a good job of mixing up the run, the pass, the play-action screens,” tight end Hale Hentges said. “And he’s making a very natural flow to all of our plays and that’s what has made us have success. … He’s an offensive genius.”What once were almost always Mark Ingram carries on second down have been replaced by deranged sequences of Tagovailoa evading a pass rush to heave a cross-body rocket to the back of the end zone for a touchdown.Alabama has already attempted 17 passes that traveled at least 20 yards downfield, in line to finish the regular season with 51, according to data provided by TruMedia. Last season, the team accounted for 50 in 14 games. Only Hawaii (with 27) has accounted for more passing plays of 20-plus yards this season than Alabama’s 25. In turn, the Tide rank third in expected points added on passes (79.34) and second in adjusted offensive expected points added (98.2), according to data provided by TruMedia.“We feel like as a group, collectively, when we go out, we’re unstoppable,” wide receiver Henry Ruggs III said.Unstoppable isn’t far off. Alabama has scored a touchdown on 48.1 percent of its drives, the top mark of any SEC team. Locksley’s unit has only gone three-and-out eight times, in line to produce the lowest three-and-out percentage (15.4 percent) by an Alabama offense since Saban’s arrival by nearly three percentage points, according to data provided by ESPN Stats & Information.The onslaught of points hasn’t gone unnoticed by pundits like Kirk Herbstreit and Tim Tebow, who knows a thing or three about leading an explosive offense in the SEC. Both have posited that this year’s Alabama offense has the makings of the best in program history. Alabama no longer just suffocates its opponent with defense; in 2018, its offense brings the reckoning. read more

Depay refuses to rule out AC Milan move

first_imgLyon’s Memphis Depay has refused to rule out a move to AC Milan in the upcoming summer transfer windowThe former Manchester United forward has revitalised his career at Lyon after a disappointing spell at Old Trafford and has reportedly emerged as one of the primary targets for Milan technical director Massimiliano Mirabelli.The Dutch international has been watched by the Serie A side in recent weeks with Milan rumored to be prepared to launch a summer bid for Depay, according to multiple reports in the Italian press.Depay played for Holland in their recent 3-0 win over the Euro 2016 champions Portugal and refused to close the door on the prospect of lining up for Milan at the San Siro in the future.Opinion: Neymar will earn respect back from the PSG fans Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After completing his incredible return to Parc des Princes, we predict that Neymar will earn the respect back from PSG supporters.The situation between Neymar…“I’m focused on Lyon. I live day by day. I get up every morning and thank God for giving me the opportunity to play football,” said the 24 year-old, according to Eurosport.“If clubs are interested in me, this is certainly not the time to talk about it.“But AC Milan are a great club and a great team with a great history, but there are a lot of big clubs around the world.”last_img read more