Detectives hopeful of breakthrough over murder of RUC officer

first_img By News Highland – January 21, 2019 Pinterest Twitter Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Homepage BannerNews Detectives hopeful of breakthrough over murder of RUC officer News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Google+ WhatsApp PSNI detectives investigating the murder of Constable Michael Ferguson in Derry in 1993 have made a fresh appeal for information on the 26th anniversary of his murder.The 21 year old from Omagh was shot dead while on duty in Shipquay Street at around 2 o’ clock on the 23rd of January 1993.Detectives say that a number of definite lines of enquiry are being followed in tracing those responsible for the murder of Constable Ferguson. This Wednesday (23rd) will mark the 26th anniversary of his murder.He was attednding a call to the Richmond Centre in the city with two colleagues on the day in question, when a lone gunman wearing a distinctive green jacket approached him and shot him twice in the back of the head.The PSNI have renewed their appeal for information to the local people of Derry who were in the area around 2pm on the day in question.Detectives believe they’re extremely close to progressing criminal justice action against those responsible.center_img Pinterest Google+ Facebook DL Debate – 24/05/21 Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Harps come back to win in Waterford Twitter WhatsApp Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Previous articleGovernment announce extension of Local Link evening serviceNext articleTheresa May to unveil Brexit ‘Plan B’ this afternoon News Highland last_img read more

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Phish ‘Dinner And A Movie’ Episode 18: Baker’s Dozen “Chocolate” Night

first_imgSet One: Chocolate Rain[1], Ass Handed, Free, Weigh > Undermind > The Oh Kee Pa Ceremony, The Dogs, Destiny Unbound, Divided Sky, Things People Do, SandSet Two: Have Mercy, Chalk Dust Torture[2], You Sexy Thing[3] > Mercury -> You Sexy Thing > Backwards Down the Number Line > Rock and RollEncore: Fee[4], Space Oddity[1] Phish debut; a cappella, with Page on a midi controller keyboard.[2] Unfinished.[3] Phish debut.[4] Lyrics changed to “have a chocolate donut and catch your breath.” Phish has announced the details for episode 18 of the band’s weekly Dinner and a Movie webcast/cooking series. Next week’s installment will feature the band’s July 28th, 2017 performance at Madison Square Garden in New York, NY–also known as “Chocolate” night of their historic Baker’s Dozen residency. As per its previous weekly editions, the stream will air for free on the band’s Facebook and YouTube pages exactly three years to the day after it happened this Tuesday (7/28) at 8:30 p.m. ET. Tune in and follow along with our full “Double Chocolate” Stream Companion here.The 18th episode of Dinner and a Movie follows previous editions of the weekly archive webcast series including October 20th, 2013 at Hampton Coliseum; their July 14th, 2019 performance at Alpine Valley in East Troy, MI; the world premiere of a set two video from Universal Joint in Northampton, MA (5/1/89); the third of three nights at The Greek Theatre in 2010 (8/7/10); the 8/31/12 “F— Your Face” show; the 7/27/14 Merriweather “Tweezerfest”; the 7/25/17’s Baker’s Dozen “Jam-Filled” night; Magnaball night two (8/22/15); last year’s first night at Mohegan Sun (7/19/19); the first night of the band’s 2016 Halloween run in Las Vegas (10/28/16); the final night of 2017’s Mexican destination event (1/15/17); the band’s first of three nights in Alpharetta, GA in 2018 (8/3/18); the out-there 1997 U.S. tour opener featuring a guest appearance by LeRoi Moore of Dave Matthews Band (7/21/97); the improv-heavy second night of their 2018 Madison Square Garden New Year’s run (12/29/18); 2013’s Friday night at The Gorge (7/26/13); the classic 1.0 show from Deer Creek Music Center (6/19/95), and 2015’s night two at The Mann Center (8/12/15).Related: Phish Adds Wild 7/21/97 Virginia Beach Show Ft. DMB’s LeRoi Moore To LivePhish CatalogThis week’s episode of Dinner and a Movie will look to raise money for Doctors Without Borders. According to the band’s announcement, the organization provides emergency medical care to millions of people caught in crisis in more than 70 countries around the world.The accompanying food portion of the evening includes the recipe for Federal Donuts’ Double Chocolate Donut, the very same donut handed out to fans on the night of the 2017 show. Also on the menu is the Fried Chicken sandwich also sold at Federal Donuts. Scroll down to read the band’s announcement for more information on the full recipe instructions and scroll down for a setlist from the 2017 performance. Setlist: Phish | Baker’s Dozen Night 6 | Madison Square Garden | New York, NY | 7/27/17last_img read more

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Shortlist shot at Premier’s award

first_imgA Beaconsfield dental clinic and a Phillip Island nature campaign have been shortlisted as finalists in the 2018 Victorian Premier’s…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription. By Kyra Gillespie last_img

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Top 6 Overlooked Restaurants

first_imgAnimal KingdomFirst up, the overlooked restaurant in Animal Kingdom, Yak and Yeti. With all of the publicity of the newly opened Tiffin’s and the standing popularity of Rainforest Café, Yak and Yeti often gets forgotten as a wonderful table service option. As far as atmosphere, there are two levels to the restaurant with multiple rooms on each level, and each room is adorned with unique, ornate decorations. Every detail leaving the guest of an experience of actually eating in a quaint restaurant in Asia.As for the menu, it definitely offers some unique Asian fusion options that you find everywhere. Some guests may pass by Yak and Yeti because the menu seems too ethnic or daunting for their taste buds. Any guest who does venture in will be richly rewarded.  I can honestly account that the Kobe Beef Burger I had here was the best burger I’ve had anywhere. So, if you’re in Animal Kingdom, or looking for a fun and rewarding dining experience, be sure to not to overlook Yak and Yeti.Kobe Beef Burger at Yak and YetiMagic KingdomNext, we explore the overlooked restaurant in Magic Kingdom. Though Sleepy Hollow hardly qualifies as restaurant, in reality, it’s more of a snack stand. But still, the waffles sold here are large enough to be a meal by themselves. While the crowds rush to grab quick (and standard) bites at Cosmic Ray’s and Pecos Bill’s or have strained for months to get reservations at Be Our Guest or Cinderella’s Royal Table, Sleepy Hollow offers delicious and filling fare for a bargain. The menu often changes, sometimes offering spicy chicken waffles or ham and cheese waffles, but the classic that can always be found is the fresh fruit waffle with chocolate hazelnut spread. Located at the edge of Liberty Square, just overlooking the castle and the hub area, this place oozes with magical ambiance as you can munch on your waffle and watch as the Festival of Fantasy parade marches right past you!Sleepy Hollow Fruit WaffleEpcotThere are several dozen restaurant options Epcot, many of them you’ve heard of and have been scrambling to get reservations at (Le Cellier, Coral Reef, Via Napoli, etc). The restaurant I have for Epcot, is truly overlooked as nearly everyone sees it, some people even walk through it – but few people actually stop and eat here! Of course, I’m referring to Tangierine Café, a quick service restaurant in the Morocco Pavilion. I think this is a location that becomes victim of guests being scared that the cuisine might be too ethnic. Like most restaurants in Epcot, the food offerings here are very “American-friendly”. My favorite, the wraps (chicken or lamb) are offered self-assembly style, so you can make sure that your meal reflects your own culinary desires. Tangierine Café is an enclosed café, so it doesn’t offer much atmosphere in the seating area itself, but does offer open windows and doors to really get the unique experience of the Moroccan Pavilion.Morocco Pavilion is filled with beautiful details. Take a seat, enjoy your meal, and soak it all in.Photo courtesy of Disney (c)Hollywood StudiosIt seems like everyone has their favorite at Hollywood Studios, and maybe because it’s the smallest of the four theme parks in Walt Disney World, not a lot of restaurants are overlooked. That being said, I think the most under-recommended restaurant is Mama Melrose. Located near the back of Hollywood Studios in the Muppets Courtyard, Mama Melrose offers what I imagine every Italian mother in Chicago or New York would put on her Sunday dinner table. Options here are heaping portions of hearty Italian cuisine, including favorites like lasagna and spaghetti. Though the word is getting out about the deliciousness of Mama Melrose with its inclusion in the Fastasmic Dining Package, it’s still fairly easy to get a reservation here, or sometimes even walk right up for seat.  Fair warning, though, these meals are not to be taken lightly. Bring someone with you to share your entrees, or plan to take in a couple of shows after eating, because these hearty meals take some time to digest!Mama Melrose Dining room. Photo courtesy of Disney (c)Resort HotelsWith more than 25 Disney Resort hotels on Walt Disney World property, each offering their own dining options, there are more than few overlooked resort restaurants. Ranging from food court-style to signature dining to character meals, there are offerings are unique and special as the resorts themselves. With so many restaurants vying for this spot, it was difficult to come to one answer, but the one that stuck out the most upon my reflecting was The Wave at the Contemporary Resort.Serving primarily sustainable and locally sourced food, the menu changes frequently, but it’s always good! You can usually find a steak option, and a changing sustainable fish offering, along with other delicious but rather traditional side dishes. The theming of The Wave is more of an artistic interpretation of the ocean with waving lines and colorful ranges of blues. It’s a pretty restaurant, but nothing really distinctly “Disney” about it. I’d definitely recommend this restaurant as a restful break from Magic Kingdom, perhaps enjoying a nice dinner here and walking back to enjoy an evening in the park and fireworks. It definitely takes you away from the crowds and helps you relax and enjoy a delicious meal.Beef Tenderloin at The WaveDisney SpringsFinally, my overlooked restaurant selection for Disney Springs. With so many new restaurants seemingly opening every week, it’s hard to keep up with all of the dining options now available at Disney Springs. Though, it’s tempting to follow the crowds and try to get into try the newest, latest, and greatest, don’t forget about some of the classics that still serve up a great meal. My choice for Disney Springs is Wolfgang Puck Express. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, it offers the quality of Wolfgang’s cuisine, but at a price that makes it one of the best values on property. Wolfgang Puck Express has two locations in the The Marketplace area in Disney Springs and the West Side and offers some classic comfort food. From chicken noodle soup, to pizza, pasta, and roast chicken, you and your family will all be pleased with this choice. And bonus, it’s quick service, so no reservations required!Wolfgang Puck Express in Disney SpringsSo, what are your thoughts? Do you have a favorite “overlooked” restaurant? Have you experienced one of these? Be sure to share your thoughts and comments below! Share This!One of the toughest choices to make regarding a Walt Disney World vacation is deciding where to eat. With all the options available at this amazing resort, it’s overwhelming for anyone planning their trip, whether they’re first-time visitors, or seasoned annual passholders. If you’ve done your research, you’ll see the pattern of some of the same names coming up over and over again in reviews and recommendations (Be Our Guest, Chef Mickey’s, Le Cellier, etc).But hopefully, after reading this article, I can introduce to some of Walt Disney World’s unsung restaurant heroes. I have selected my own top six overlooked restaurants at Walt Disney World. Each of these offers great food, value, and even atmosphere but somehow seem to get left out of the top popular recommendations. The plus side, is that because these are often overlooked, that means they are often less crowded and have open reservation availability. These aren’t ranked in any particular order, and range between table service and quick service, but you’ll find one selection from each park, a resort, and Disney Springs.last_img read more

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Loss Prevention and the Pharmacy: Holding the Keys to the Medicine Cabinet

first_imgMost practitioners would agree that there is more to loss prevention than simply ‘minding the store’. With the meteoric growth of online and mobile payments, LP professionals are increasingly stretched beyond the traditional bricks and mortar.But what about loss prevention issues surrounding the pestle and mortar—the ancient method of preparing healing compounds?This is more specifically an area of concern for Luke Hudman, head of profit protection for Celesio U.K., the leading international wholesale and retail company that also provides supply chain services to the healthcare and pharmaceutical sector. He is an outspoken advocate of a more holistic approach to curing loss; and argues that there is more to the science and management of loss prevention than the mainline retail space which, he argues, is focused upon to the exclusion of almost everything else when people talk about asset protection.- Sponsor – A Different Forum“If you watch television or read articles on loss prevention, it is always focused upon retail and shoplifting because that is the popular perception of what the problem is,” said Hudman, who holds the keys to the multi-billion euro drugs cabinet for brands, including AAH Wholesale Pharmaceutical, Lloyds Pharmacy, BetterLife, Evolution Healthcare, Wilkinson’s Healthcare, DrThom and John Bell & Croyden.“You listen to organisations such as the British Retail Consortium and the issues are all retail-orientated, so it feels that the pharmaceutical sector is almost a poor relation. Yet the role we undertake is more far-reaching, complex, and challenging,” said Hudman, who has recently joined the ORIS Health, Beauty and Pharmacy LP Forum to lobby for greater sector recognition.“The heads of pharmaceutical loss prevention should have a place to come together and share best practice, information, and intelligence, and lobby on matters of national importance because our business touches everyone’s lives.”For Hudman, who looks after 1,647 over-the-counter (OTC) retail outlets located in doctor’s surgeries, health centres, and the High Street, and nineteen wholesale branches, the job is more than simply keeping the balance sheet healthy for the board, although that is a major consideration. His role and that of his seven-member team calls upon the “second opinion” of powerful external forces in what is the most regulated market in the world – from the third party manufacturers to the dispensing pharmacists.The supply chain has to be, by its very nature, robust because of the constant threat and inherent dangers caused by the unaccountable loss of prescription stock. Questions are not only asked by the business, but by the Home Office, which regulates the wholesale supply chain, and the GPhC (General Pharmaceutical Council); both of whom have powers to audit a company’s policies and procedures. And this can take place at any time, not just when stock goes missing.“It is a bit like an OFSTED (Office for Standards in Education) inspection report. They come, they audit us, and they leave a detailed report of their findings. This is the daily reality of the licensing and distribution of the stock we manage,” said Hudman.Managing the SystemWorking with medicines presents specific challenges, but it keeps the role interesting.“There is never a dull moment in our role because of the diversity of challenges that we, as a team, face daily. We could be looking at some data-mining anomalies in a small community retail unit, or a stock management inaccuracy in one of our larger dispensaries, or a wholesale branch.”The task is made even more challenging with the relationship with the National Health Service (NHS) and the complex invoicing and charge-back procedures, all of which have to balance against individual pharmacies and the stock files.In addition, the pharmacies are not run by retailers, but pharmacists—the highly-trained and regulated individuals who have fantastic product knowledge and customer care skills, but their stock control management may be in need of some support and guidance from the profit protection team.Again, this is a training requirement for Hudman and the team, who are there as a support function to the business to help pharmacists and wholesale branch managers better manage everything from their outlets to their out-of-date drugs. This is because it is more than an issue of profit and loss (P&L). It is about having important medicines available for patients at the right time, and managing brand reputation.“We also monitor stock movement in relation to drug trends and the markets for them in the public domain. For example we can trigger alerts if we notice unusual movements in those ‘drugs of choice’ and act accordingly,” he said.“If certain types of medicines become the currency of choice, we work with the Police, DAT (Drug Action Team), and other agencies to move one step ahead of the game. This could be that we need to identify unusual stock movement, which could be an anomaly in the system or the potential to be a dishonest colleague that we need to investigate.“There are desirable products, so we keep an eye on stock movement to make sure the supply and demand remains legal. Here, one of our jobs is to sort the malicious from the non-malicious losses.”To many people the issue of needle-exchange schemes where recovering addicts visit health centres and pharmacies to swap hypodermics would seem to pose serious crime issues. For Celesio, however, this is one of the more straightforward parts of the role; in part due to the risk profile of the job and offering full protection for their colleagues working in these pharmacies.“The process is now so slick that it is like every other prescription. We obviously monitor the situation and can deploy additional resources to protect our colleagues, but it is not a major issue for me or the team compared to some of the other challenges in the business,” said Hudman.Stringent DocumentationAll of Celesio’s loss prevention strategies are intelligence-led and rely on comprehensive reporting with either its own home developed spreadsheets or those developed in conjunction with third-party suppliers, including IntelliQ, the data-mining software employed throughout its EPOS estate.“We have created our own reporting system that highlights stock movement of products that we know are desirable,” said Hudman.Holding the keys to the drugs cabinet is clearly a major undertaking that goes beyond managing traditional P&L and shrink and into broader areas of risk, brand protection, and legal compliance. It is not about designer clothes and hand bags, but often expensive designer drugs that have an even higher street value and could create major health risks if they found their way into the wrong hands. Pharmaceutical loss prevention is therefore not just about retail shrink, but in fact, the last line of defence between the legal and the black markets.This article was first published in LP Magazine EU in the Summer edition 2014 and updated in May 2016. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

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Is this solar-powered flexible battery the future of wearables?

first_imgSmall Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to… Researchers have developed a new solar powered battery, capable of changing its shape to fit various flexible forms.The University of Illinois, Northwest University, and researchers in South Korea and China developed the battery. The team says the battery could transform the wearables market by lowering the space required for a battery, a big benefit for e-skin and e-clothes products.See Also: America trumps Europe in fitness wearables“The components are electronically connected via flexible copper-polymer interconnects, mounted on a highly elastic silicone core, and enclosed within a silicone shell,” the team said. “The resulting system could stretch up to 30 percent without detectable loss in solar power generation.”While we have heard of battery breakthroughs in the past that have led to nothing, this team seems confident that companies in the wearable market will look into the new flexible battery.“The authors demonstrated the use of these systems for continual logging and wireless transmission of body temperature data in a variety of realistic scenarios, such as monitoring skin temperature during physical exercise and bathing, and measuring temperature changes during breathing.”Battery to aid discreet health wearables the most?Inconspicuous wearables could be a major benefit in the health market. Products like a smart t-shirt or trousers may provide more information on your health and fitness than a wearable only able to check your pulse.The big step is making those wearables blend into normal clothes, something the e-clothes industry has been unable to do so far. The battery may also be a welcome addition to the e-skin market, with researchers recently creating a much longer lasting tattoo that changes color and can even track things like UV rays and heart-rate.Wearables are still a young market, but with 67 percent growth from 2015 to 2016, more companies are starting to see the potential of devices able to gather more data on the customer. Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts center_img David Curry Follow the Puck Tags:#battery#China#e-clothes#e-skin#smartwatch#solar power#South Korea#wearable last_img read more

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Marie Curie-Skłodowska University Advances Scientific Research with Intel® Xeon® Processor 5600 Series

first_imgDownload Now Poland’s Marie Curie-Skłodowska University recently deployed a high-performance computing (HPC) cluster based on SuperMicro SuperBlade* servers and powered by the Intel® Xeon® processor 5600 series. Intel® architecture provides the performance and flexibility required to support a diverse range of projects, tasks, and software codes. Intel® compilers were also used to optimize code and deliver even greater performance increases. The university is already evaluating the benefits of rolling out another HPC cluster based on the Intel® Xeon® processor E5 family.“Here at the university, we work on a diverse range of projects and tasks that rely on many different types of codes,” explained Paweł Bryk, chemistry lecturer at Marie Curie-Skłodowska University. “For example, the parallel programs that run our molecular dynamics research scale well on multi-core architecture, while our other applications require great single-core performance.”For all the details, download our new Marie Curie-Skłodowska University business success story. As always, you can find many more like this on the Intel.com Business Success Stories for IT Managers page.  And to keep up to date on the latest business success stories, follow ReferenceRoom on Twitter. *Other names and brands may be claimed as the property of others.last_img read more

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To Contain Power Costs, Look First at Your Servers

first_imgAs data centers have grown over the years, server power consumption has taken to center stage in the IT theater. Electricity to power servers is now the biggest operational cost in the data center, and one of the biggest headaches for budget managers.So how do you contain server power consumption? I suggest you begin by looking first at inefficient servers—the elephant in your data center. Old and inefficient servers not only consume more power than newer servers, but they do less work. That means you’re paying more to get less.At Intel, we’ve had a laser focus on this issue for many years now, and the new Intel® Xeon® processor E5 family continues this focus. It addresses the efficiency problem on two key fronts: processor performance and power management.To increase server performance, the Intel architecture builds hyperthreading technology into the processor. In simple terms, hyperthreading overlays instruction paths to double the number of processor cores and deliver a lot more throughput for the same amount of energy.For further gains in power efficiency, the processor includes a turbo feature that allows energy to be focused where it is most needed. If a job running on one core needs more power, it can make use of the extra power headroom available on other cores to accelerate processing.Other automated power management features in the new processor family include Intel Power Tuning Technology and Intel Intelligent Power Technology. Power Tuning uses on-board sensors and to give you greater control over power and thermal levels across the system. Intelligent Power Technology automatically regulates power consumptionWith capabilities like these, the newest Intel Xeon processor products families deliver up to 70 percent more performance per watt than previous generations.[i],[ii] These gains help you flip the inefficiency ratio that comes with older servers. Rather than paying more to get less, you pay less to get more. Please note: This blog originally apeared on Data Center Knowledge as an Industry Perspective. [i] Software and workloads used in performance tests may have been optimized for performance only on Intel® microprocessors. Performance tests, such as SYSmark* and MobileMark*, are measured using specific computer systems, components, software, operations, and functions. Any change to any of those factors may cause the results to vary. You should consult other information and performance tests to assist you in fully evaluating your contemplated purchases, including the performance of that product when combined with other products.[ii] Source: Performance comparison using SPECfp*_rate_base2006 benchmark result at the same TDP. Baseline score of 271 on prior generation 2S Intel Xeon processor X5690 based on best publication to www.spec.org using Intel Compiler 12.1 as of 17 January 2012. For details, please see:  http://www.spec.org/cpu2006/results/res2012q1/cpu2006-20111219-19195.htmlOpens in a new window.  New score of 466 based on Intel internal measured estimates using an Intel Canoe Pass platform with two Intel Xeon processor E5-2680, Turbo Enabled, EIST Enabled, Hyper-Threading Enabled, 64 GB RAM, Intel Compiler 12.1, THP disabled, Red Hat* Enterprise Linux Server 6.1.last_img read more

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Probable line-ups: Roma v Napoli

first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/ Roma could give Mert Cetin his first start as they host Napoli at the Stadio Olimpico, while doubts remain on the visiting front pair. It kicks off at 14.00 GMT, click here for a match preview. There is only one point separating the two sides going into the weekend, with Napoli drawing 2-2 in the controversial game against Atalanta and Roma putting four past Udinese. Federico Fazio is suspended due to his red card in Udine, he joins the lengthy list of absentees from the squad, which include the injured Lorenzo Pellegrini, Bryan Cristante, Amadou Diawara, Nikola Kalinic, Henrik Mkhitaryan and Davide Zappacosta. It means Mert Cetin could be in with a chance of making his full debut for the Giallorossi at the centre of defence. Gianluca Mancini will continue to deputise in central midfield. Edin Dzeko will lead the line, with Justin Kluivert, Javier Pastore and Nicolo Zaniolo expected to be playing just behind the Bosnian. Napoli meanwhile will be without coach Carlo Ancelotti, who was sent off in the draw against La Dea on Wednesday.  Right-back Kevin Malcuit is out for six months following knee surgery, midfielder Allan is also out for four weeks with a sprained knee. The good news is that former defender Kostas Manolas has returned to face his former club, whilst Mario Rui is also expected to return. Elseid Hysaj is struggling with a fratured sternum. Piotr Zielinski is expected to replace Allan in midfield, with Polish striker Arkadiusz Milik and Dries Mertens set to play up front, with Lorenzo Insigne and Jose Callejon on the wings. Mertens has a great record against Roma, scoring five goals from his last five games. However, there are mixed reports on who will lead the line this afternoon, as Hirving Lozano is also in with a shout. Roma: Pau Lopez; Spinazzola, Cetin, Smalling, Kolarov; Veretout, Mancini; Kluivert, Pastore, Zaniolo; Dzeko Napoli: Meret; Di Lorenzo, Manolas, Koulibaly, Mario Rui; Callejon, Zielinski, Fabian Ruiz, Insigne; Milik, Mertens Ref: Rocchilast_img read more

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JaVale McGee Is No Joke

1JaVale McGeeGS7391215.9 This JaVale McGee guy sure can dunk During the 2016-17 regular season, McGee took a career-high 78 percent of his shots at the rim. In 2012-13, rim shots accounted for only 65 percent of his total attempts.2Before this season, McGee’s career high for the share of his field-goal attempts at the rim was 65.4 percent in 2015-16. Similarly, just 3 percent of McGee’s field goals this season were attempted from outside of 10 feet, whereas these jumpers made up at least 10 percent of his shots in each of his previous campaigns. While McGee’s effectiveness at the rim this season (73 percent field-goal percentage) is basically unchanged from the past two seasons, his condensed shot distribution means that he’s more efficient overall.The Warriors have several actions designed to get McGee near the rim. Most reliably they deploy a Curry-Green high pick-and-roll with McGee positioned at the edge of the lane. Curry’s dead-eye shooting tends to demand a double team in this situation, allowing him to slip a pass to Green around the free-throw line. From there, the Warriors gain a numerical advantage with only McGee’s defender remaining to stop Green’s marauding drive down the lane. The ultimate result is a lob to McGee and a slam dunk.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/embedded-video-02-curry-green-pnr-to-green-mcgee-alley-oop.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.The Warriors also use a McGee-Curry ball screen up top. In this variation, McGee picks Curry’s defender and rolls hard to the rim, Curry slings the ball toward Green at the wing, and Green relays it to the cutting McGee for an alley-oop.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/embedded-video-03-mcgee-curry-pnr-green-mcgee-alley-oop.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.McGee gets dunks when he rolls to the basket after setting off-ball screens for Klay Thompson, too. He gets dunks when Andre Iguodala beats his man off the dribble. He gets dunks in transition. He gets dunks on putbacks. He gets all kinds of dunks, all the time. In fact, McGee led the league in dunks per 36 minutes this season.3Among players who played at least 200 minutes. PLAYERTEAMMIN. PLAYEDTOTALPER 36 MINUTES 8Mason PlumleePOR, DEN2,1481312.2 Among the top 15 in total dunks during the 2016-17 regular season.Source: Basketball-Reference.com 14Steven AdamsOKC2,3891121.7 5Rudy GobertUTA2,7442353.1 McGee’s dream season has been about more than just a string of dunks, though. With the encouragement of the Warriors coaches, he has distilled his game down to its essence. “The thing about it is I have to know my role, and my role isn’t to get post-up touches and stuff like that,” McGee told reporters after the playoff opener. “My role is to rebound, block shots and run the floor.”Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/embedded-video-04-mcgee-blocks-rebounds-runs-the-floor.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.McGee is providing a lift on defense, too. He’s tall, long and springy, which allows his teammates to funnel ball handlers in his direction. It’s a perfect responsibility for McGee, who is good at sloughing off his man in search of blocks. During the regular season, McGee contested shots at the fifth-highest rate in the NBA (0.5 contests per minute). One benefit of this McGee-centric Warriors defensive scheme is that his teammates — Curry, Thompson, Iguodala, Durant and Green — each foul at a lower rate when he is on the court to back them up, saving them each an average of 0.6 fouls4Includes shooting, personal and blocking fouls on defense. per 100 possessions.Despite the seeming transformation, McGee told the Post that he hasn’t metamorphosed into some more-mature version of himself. “I’ve been the same goofy guy I’ve been this whole time,” he said. And there have been some goofy moments: missed dunks, behind-the-back turnovers, even one attempt to inbound the ball for the wrong team. But McGee told the Post that his new team recognized that he is also earnest: “They knew who I am and realized, underlying me laughing all the time, I’m actually working hard.” Indeed, many of McGee’s bloopers this season — and even his mishaps from his peak Shaqtin’ years — are errors of overzealous activity and effort.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/embedded-video-05-mcgee-misses-multiple-layups-trys-hard.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.In the opening round of the playoffs, the Trail Blazers were an undermanned and undersized team that offered McGee an ideal opportunity for success. The Western Conference semifinals provide a new challenge for McGee: the Utah Jazz and their likely soon-to-be All-NBA center Rudy Gobert. Gobert demands more attention from McGee on defense and makes it more difficult for McGee to find dunk opportunities on the other end. Indeed, McGee had a very quiet Game 1 against Utah, tallying just one dunk and one block in nine minutes. But I don’t expect that Gobert will be taking him lightly moving forward. McGee has opened eyes and shut mouths all season with his stellar play. And he has long since proved that he’s more than just a 7-foot punchline.Check out our latest NBA predictions. 4Dwight HowardATL2,1991993.3 6Giannis AntetokounmpoMIL2,8451942.5 2Clint CapelaHOU1,5511633.8 The Golden State Warriors have acted out many familiar scenes during this year’s playoff run. Kevin Durant has crossed up big men en route to vicious slams, Draymond Green has continued to revolutionize rim protection, and Stephen Curry has danced his way to almost 30 points a night. But a bit player has elbowed his way into the spotlight, too: Warrior reserve center JaVale McGee.In Golden State’s opening series against Portland, McGee was outstanding in his supporting role, chipping in 10 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 blocks in 12 minutes per game. He also gave the Warriors a decided advantage over the Blazers when he was playing, contributing to a +48 scoring margin for the Warriors during his 48 minutes on the court. In Game 1, McGee stuffed Portland’s Damian Lillard to ignite a fast break, hustled down court to rebound a missed transition jumper, and set up Curry for a corner three that gave the Warriors the lead. The sequence was emblematic of McGee’s play during the series: exuberant and useful. You could describe McGee’s whole season like that. A player who was once derided as a laughingstock of the NBA is enjoying an unexpected breakout year.In the offseason, McGee had to scratch and claw just to earn an NBA roster spot. After a slew of leg injuries limited the big man to only 62 regular-season appearances over the previous three seasons combined, McGee was waived by the Dallas Mavericks in July. He eventually accepted a non-guaranteed contract and a training-camp invitation to audition for Golden State’s final roster spot.McGee’s image wasn’t helping his prospects, either. After years of unwanted attention on “Shaqtin’ A Fool” — the NBA’s blooper show hosted by Shaquille O’Neal — McGee was saddled with a nasty reputation as basketball’s court jester. Warriors coach Steve Kerr told The Washington Post that his view of McGee had been colored from afar — “he’s had the reputation of being flighty.” Speaking to the Mercury News earlier this season, McGee characterized the opinion held by many NBA fans more bluntly: “They think I’m a dumb person.”Once in camp, however, he won over his teammates and coaches with a bevy of high-flying dunks and blocks and earned the 15th spot on the squad. Before a preseason game, Kerr told SFGate that he was optimistic about the player’s fit with Golden State: “He gives us something that we don’t have with our other centers, just with that ability to catch a lob and finish. I think he has the potential to help us. We’ll see how it all goes.” As it turns out, it has gone really well.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/embedded-video-01-mcgee-curry-dribble-handoff-curry-mcgee-alley-oop.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.During the regular season, McGee led all NBA players1Minimum 20 games played. in plus-minus per possession, with the Warriors edging their opponents by an average of 19.2 points for every 100 possessions he was on the court. This impressive stat stands in stark contrast to McGee’s career norms — he’s posted negative plus-minus numbers in nearly all of his previous seasons. In part, McGee’s statistics reflect the strength of his new team. He’s asked to play only about 10 minutes a night, and those minutes rarely come during clutch situations. Still, his plus-minus mark substantially surpassed the numbers of his more-renowned teammates: Curry (17.5), Durant (15.9), and Green (15.5), suggesting that he isn’t just an anonymous extra, either. 3DeAndre JordanLAC2,5702533.5 13Andre DrummondDET2,4091181.8 11Kevin DurantGS2,0701071.9 12Anthony DavisNO2,7081361.8 McGee has been spectacularly efficient with his shots, posting a career-high true shooting percentage of 64 percent this season. And even though he doesn’t play a lot, when he’s on the floor, he’s a big part of the Warriors offense. McGee was one of just 14 players — including superstars LeBron James, James Harden, Kawhi Leonard, Durant and Curry — who combined 60+ percent true shooting with a 20+ percent usage rate this season.Although some of it is a luxury of playing with his talented Warrior teammates, McGee’s improved efficiency is mainly the result of a more disciplined shot selection. Compare his shot chart from this season with the one from the 2012-13 season, when he played for a 57-win Denver Nuggets team. Note that with the Warriors, McGee is attempting nearly all of his shots from inside the paint; whereas with Denver, he regularly stepped away from the basket to shoot. DUNKS 15Karl-Anthony TownsMIN3,0301301.5 10LeBron JamesCLE2,7941451.9 7Hassan WhitesideMIA2,5131632.3 9Tristan ThompsonCLE2,3361221.9 read more

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