Relationship Fundraising: A Donor-Based Approach to the Business of Raising Money (The Jossey-Bass Nonprofit and Public

first_img Howard Lake | 27 October 2007 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving. Tagged with: Individual giving AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThiscenter_img Relationship Fundraising: A Donor-Based Approach to the Business of Raising Money (The Jossey-Bass Nonprofit and Public  24 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

South Sudan blocks two news websites

first_img August 21, 2020 Find out more South SudanAfrica Condemning abusesOnline freedoms Internet July 20, 2017 South Sudan blocks two news websites News News South SudanAfrica Condemning abusesOnline freedoms Internet Receive email alerts News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is alarmed to learn that South Sudan’sgovernment has for the past three days been blocking Internet and mobile phoneaccess to two reputedly reliable news media. Follow the news on South Sudan Help by sharing this information Online memorial and writing prize launched to mark 30th birthday of slain journalist Christopher Allencenter_img to go further December 23, 2020 Find out more Internet and phone users in South Sudan have not able to access the Sudan Tribune and Radio Tamazuj since 17 July because the National Communications Authority, which regulates the media, ordered them blocked.Information minister Michael Makuei Lueth told Reuters that they were being blocked because their reporting was “hostile” towards the government.“This blocking of two major news websites is intolerable and we ask the authorities to restore access at once,” said Cléa Kahn-Sriber, the head of RSF’s Africa desk. “Access to news and information is a fundamental right guaranteed bu South Sudan’s 2011 provisional constitution.”The Sudan Tribune, a Paris-based news site, and Radio Tamazuj, an independent news radio station, are respected sources of news about Sudan and South Sudan that circumvent efforts by the governments of both countries to censor the media.According to Radio Tamazuj, the South Sudanese government is using ZTE, a Chinese communications company and Internet service provider, to block access both its website and its mobile phone service. However, its shortwave broadcasts can still be heard.Adil Faris Mayat, the head of South Sudan’s state-owned national TV broadcaster, has meanwhile been detained for the past ten days without being allowed access to a lawyer.South Sudan has fallen 20 places in RSF’s World Press Freedom Index since 2015 and is now ranked 145th out of 180 countries.More information about South Sudan here. Organisation Red alert for green journalism – 10 environmental reporters killed in five years August 25, 2020 Find out more Information Minister,Michael Makuei Lueth, Photo credit: AP Photo/Elias Asmare RSF_en News RSF welcomes UN Special Rapporteur’s statement calling for justice for Christopher Allen three years onlast_img read more

Trump: US states, not federal government, must improve testing

first_imgPublic health experts and some state governors have said businesses could only safely restart with a comprehensive testing program.Trump dismissed the response to his plan as political posturing.”Following the announcement of our reopening guidelines, there have been some very partisan voices in the media and in politics that have spread false and misleading information about our testing capacity,” Trump said.US Vice President Mike Pence said later at the briefing that states could double daily testing by “activating all of the labs” and that states had enough tests to launch phase one of the economic re-opening plan if they chose to do so.Topics : Trump has repeatedly said that states – not the federal government – need to step up testing against the novel coronavirus, as the nation battles an outbreak that has sickened nearly 700,000 people and killed more than 35,000 people in the United States alone.The virus has also paralyzed the US economy, shuttering businesses and leaving 22 million Americans seeking unemployment benefits.As a result, the president, who had touted the strength of the US economy as central to his Nov. 3 re-election bid, has been eager to reopen the country as soon as possible.On Thursday, Trump unveiled federal guidelines for a three-stage process under which states could lift restrictions on commerce and public life as the pandemic retreated. US President Donald Trump, whose administration has faced criticism over a shortfall in coronavirus testing capacity, said on Friday that individual states were responsible for developing testing capabilities.”It’s going to be up to the states to use that capability,” Trump told reporters at a White House briefing.”The states have local points where they can go and the governor can call the mayors and the mayors can call representatives and everything is perfect and that’s the way it should work and always should work,” Trump said.last_img read more


first_imgThe final of the An-Cu Veterinary 525 is the feature race on tonight’s greyhound card at Lifford Stadium.There are were races down for decision.The runners are (first race 8.00pm): Race 1 (350 yards): 1, Friend of Jack; 2, Ballougry Bound; 3, Rodneys Babe; 4, Killuran Way; 5, Candys Pride; 6, Pollys Ace.Race 2 Buy a Buster 350 (350 yards): 1, Mullrook Lornie; 2, Hillcroft Lass; 3, Giltiaero; 4, Monacetta; 5, Tydon Marquis; 6, Fridays Berlin.Race 3 The Try a Trio 525 (525 yards): 1, Hather For Luck; 2, Mullrook Kofi; 3, Tommylees Buddy; 4, Coolcholly Kate; 5, Ballyhill Civi; 6, Maid of More.Race 4 The Booking Office 525 (525 yards): 1, Doctor Bill; 2, Tullna Island; 3, Whoop Whoop; 4, Lillie Mais Boy; 5, Longrange Bazie; 6, Ballybun Glen. Race 5 “Like” Us on Facebook 525 (525 yards): 1, Townsend Panter; 2, Barberfort Rock; 3, Quare Flame; 4, Local Whitesocks; 5, Drumsna Royal; 6, Crashball.Race 6 The Lifford €10 Sizzler Deal 350 (350 yards): 1, China Moments; 2, Quare Evening; 3, Saberry; 4, Backdoor Bucko; 5, Fridays Hondo; 6, Beraghill Monty.Race 7 The Upcoming Sweepstakes (525 yards): 1, Tahina Sabrina; 2, Thrill Me; 3, Mongys Flyer; 4, Farloe Pixie; 5, Hather Bonnie; 6, Do It Boy.Race 8 The Lifford €15 Special (525 yards): 1, Goodinthehood; 2, Tahina Keavey; 3, Smurfing Manx; 4, Corrin Gooch; 5, Shanmoyle Legend; 6, Hather Lock.Race 9 The Ultimate Dining Experience 525 (525 yards): 1, Fridays Maybe; 2, Ill Get That; 3, Hather Two Bake; 4, Mongys Girl; 5, Colarhouse Lady; 6, Dartrey Snow. Race 10 The An-Cu Veterinary 525 Final (525 yards): 1, Drumbee Shadow; 2, Sunrise Belle; 3, Fridays Brett; 4, Turbine Tulip; 5, Quare Lemon; 6, Rampant Razzle.Race 11 525 (525 yards): 1, Harebell; 2, Varra Nifty; 3, Fridays Warsaw; 4, Bua Pakie; 5, Mullrook Dabhoyo; 6, Myre Willow.Race 12 The Getting Out 575 Bumper Stakes (575 yards): 1, Drumsna Prince; 2, Take Cover; 3, Storm Warrior; 4, Do It Kim; 5, Budders Reward; 6, Another Choice.GREYHOUND RACING: TONIGHT’S LIFFORD CARD was last modified: July 25th, 2014 by johngerardShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:cardgreyhoundLiffordlast_img read more

SC Villa’s hunt for a maiden League pits them away to Nyamityobora

first_img Tags: Douglas BamweyanaNyamityobora FCSC VillaStarTimes Uganda Premeir Leaguetop SC Villa are still winless this seasonStarTimes Uganda Premier LeagueNyamityobora FC vs SC VillaBetway Mutessa II Stadium, WankulukukuFriday, 30-11-2018 @04:30pmWANKULUKUKU – SC Villa will be hoping they can register their first league victory of the season when they visit debutants Nyamityobora at the Betway Mutessa II Stadium in Wankulukuku.The 16 time record league champions are currently enduring their worst start to a league campaign, winning none of their first eight games. The run has seen them lose 4 and draw as many and also led to the departure of Moses Basena and was replaced by Douglas Bamweyana as the head coach.Bamweyana’s first task will be to negotiate past a Nyamityobora side who have also been woeful since day one, registering only a single victory in 8 games.The Jogoos have been banging in the goals but conceding too many at the other end, something which is promising according to Bamweyana.“I am lucky that i have watched several Villa game before taking over, said Bamweyana ahead of Friday’s game.“The team has not been playing poorly and the goals have been going in which is a good sign.“However, the only issues are tactical and am already working on them.“All i can say is that we are ready to try and fight for our first three points on Friday.For the Ankole based side, they have so far managed one and drawn as many in their first eight games. They will also have a new manager in the dug-out as Asaph Mwebaze replaced James Odoch on Thursday.They will still be without Captain Henry Wamala who is suspended by the club. That means Alex Komakech will continue donning the armband.Match Facts:This will be the first top flight meeting between the two sides.Nyamityobora are in terrible form going into the game having won only one of their last 9 games in all competitions (D1 L7).In the StarTimes Uganda Premier League (SUPL), they have won one and drawn one of their first 8 games. The other six have all ended in defeat.At home, they have lost three of their four SUPL games of the season including both of the last two. The only game that they did not lose at home this season was the 2-1 come-back victory over eternal rivals Mbarara City on the 24th of October.For Villa, they head into Friday’s fixture winless in their last 14 fixtures in all competitions (D7 L7).In the SUPL, they are also winless in their last 12 games (D6 L6).Away from home, they are on an 8 game winless run (D2 L6). The last time they won a league game away from home was in the 2-0 victory over Tooro United in April (last season).The Other League game on Friday:-Police FC vs Mbarara City, StarTimes Stadium-Lugogo @04:00pmComments last_img read more

Limpopo gets R7.4bn water project

first_img28 May 2008The government has signed a memorandum of agreement with 23 mining companies to jointly invest R7.4-billion in the Olifants River water project, which aims to unlock mining opportunities and increase water provision in the Limpopo province.Addressing delegates at the signing of the agreement in Johannesburg this week, Water Affairs and Forestry Minister Lindiwe Hendricks said the projects were to ensure an increased capacity in the country’s water resources and alleviate concerns that water was running out.She warned, however, that much greater priority needed to be given to water conservation and water demand management that as South Africa was a water scarce country and only a limited number of dams could be built.“We have a joint responsibility to manage our natural resources in a sustainable manner for our future generations and protect them,” she said in a department statement.“Water, offers us life, it brings with it possibilities of social development and economic opportunities.”Human developmentThe major component of the Olifants River water project is the De Hoop Dam, which will firstly store floodwater for bulk supply to residential and commercial users as well as poorly serviced rural communities in the Limpopo province, and secondly to supply the platinum group metals mines in the area.Hendricks said the memorandum paved the way for the development of these mines, due to conclusion of water supply agreements, and the addressing of key risks through ensuring suitable project design and appropriate financing instruments.“The mutual benefits of bringing private sector finance into these projects allows us to concentrate the public sector resources on investment in human development and in overcoming enormous inequalities in the provision of basic services such as water, sanitation and waste management,” Hendricks said.Work on the De Hoop Dam started in July this year and the dam is scheduled to start delivering water to industrial, commercial and residential users by April 2011.“The project will bring a number of business and job opportunities, with related skills training opportunities during the construction period,” she said.Broad benefitsApart from the direct permanent employment opportunities that will be created by the project, it has been estimated that mining and its support industries will stimulate investment of several billion rand and create hundreds of jobs.The mining companies operating locally have also invested millions on the Lebalelo water pipeline, which runs from the Olifants River to the Steelpoort area and further southwards to the Mototolo mine, to ensure increased water provision for mining activities.In addition, the mining companies have also invested over R200-million into raising the Flag Boshielo Dam in exchange for an increased assured supply of water, further highlighting the growing cooperation between the government and the private sector.The water affairs department is also working with state-owned power utility Eskom to investigate the possibility of constructing a new pumped storage scheme to provide an additional 1 500 megawatts to the national grid and provide potable water to about 800 000 people in the Nebo Plateau in Sekhukhune.SAinfo reporter Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Broadband centre launches in SA

first_imgA map of the internet. The broadbandphenomenon will connect people aroundthe world in a matter of seconds.Image: Wikimedia A broadband cable modem for home use.Image: WikimediaKhanyi Magubane As South Africa enters what’s been termed the “broadband boom”, internet company Cisco, is leading the way with the creation of an information and communication technology (ICT) innovation hub centre.The innovation hub, billed at about R215-milion (US$ 26-million), is set to be an advanced technology incubation centre aimed at fostering and developing local skills, intellectual property, entrepreneurship and solution development capabilities in the local ICT sector.Although the centre comes with a hefty price tag, Cisco says that the initiative is expected to contribute more than a R1-billion ($ 124-million) to the economy over the next five years.The hub aims to empower individuals with the needed skills when the broadband revolution kicks off in the country.According to Cisco South Africa managing director, Steve Midgley, South Africa is not far from joining the international community that has woken up to the benefits of broadband.“South Africa is on the brink of entering a broadband boom,” he said. “This will change the way people live and work – giving the public sector and business the opportunity to gain significant efficiencies.”Various programmes will run from the innovation hub, which is expected to create a minimum of 200 direct and 800 indirect employment opportunities.Initiatives to be based at the hub include InnovationLab, which will focus on developing the necessary technology solutions to solve common business challenges in South Africa.Also based at the centre will be the Cisco global talent acquisition programme (GTAP) aimed at tackling the growing shortage of skilled IT networking professionals in the country.The GTAP has already absorbed the first group of students who will be trained up to high-level network entrepreneurs, and eventually qualify as a Cisco Certified Internetwork Experts.Another skills development programme, Cisco Netversity, aims to create some 150-network design engineers through an experiential architecture and design programme.Midgley says Cisco has high hopes for the project, “[We aim] to drive productivity enhancements, to achieve cost reductions and to gain access to new market segments within their existing business models. [The innovation hub] will also create an enabling platform from which new business models can be created.”What is broadband?Broadband is a technological revolution on its own. Broadband enables the high-speed transmission of large amounts of data using cable technology. It’s basically a type of fast internet connection with an increased bandwidth.It increases the number of services that can be offered via the internet and digital television.High-capacity optical fibre networks may be used or, if there are existing phone networks, a technique called multiplexing allows more information to be carried through the old copper wires.According to, a beginners’ guide to using broadband in the United Kingdom, broadband enables the internet user toWatch video clips and listen to music in real time, including live broadcasts.Download music, software, film trailers and other files faster and more effective.Play games online.Do everything you could do before, just much faster.Other features of broadband include; not having to log on or off to your internet connection and eradicating fears of high call costs, as is the case with many dial-up connections.Broadband and AfricaITU telecom, a United Nations agency for information and communication technologies, says whilst broadband has been swift to take off in the developed world, Africa has been a different story.According to the agency, fixed line penetration is the lowest in the world, with only 2.8% at the end of 2002. This is in stark comparison with Europe’s 41%.The broadband market in Africa is currently at a budding stage with a number of Africa’s public telecoms operators beginning to deploy broadband services between 2002 and 2003.The agency argues that despite some growth and developments on the African broadband “scene”, the market remains at very early stages in its development, and its reach is limited to a minimal target market.It states that it’s easy to view broadband internet access as some sort of a luxury,“Broadband may be considered a luxury to many African governments whose citizens still lack access to basic amenities such as clean drinking water” says Avita Dodoo, project officer for Internet Policy at ITU.BMI-TechKnowlege (BMI-T), a Johannesburg-based telecommunications, internet and financial services consulting agency on the other hand, says there might be too much broadband in Africa.The company has written a report on undersea and land infrastructure on the continent. Research director, Brian Neilson, said it seemed unlikely that all of the projects aimed at carrying the broadband cables would come to fruition.According to Neilson, Seacom, a cable carrying line that runs along the east coast of Africa should be operational from 2009. He said that it was ahead of the race and should emerge as the winner.Neilson also noted that Seacom had simple ownership structures, supply and finance agreements in place, which was not the case with some of the other potential projects.The report also notes that the four most likely projects to come to fruition, according to BMI-T’s analysis of their business case and project management approach, were Seacom, The East African Marine System (or teams, spearheaded by the Kenyan government), the SA government’s Infraco (it plans a west African cable) and pan-African initiative Eassy (the eastern African submarine cable system).The rest of the projects that were deemed to never see the light of day, were bogged down by the complexity of multi-government involvement. Such a project, Neilson said, was the Nepad (New Partnership for Africa’s Development) led UhuruNet project.Africa has been rated fourth in broadband penetration among six continents that were sampled by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) in the 2007.According to the website: South Africa – the good news, in 2007 Africa was rated by the Economist Intelligence Unit as fourth in its uptake of broadband services. Africa was rated along with the Middle East region. The continent scored 7.4 behind North America 10, Western Europe 9.9, Central and Eastern Europe 7.6.Scores are on scale of one to 10, with 10 representing the highest level of affordability.South Africa was reported by EIU as an example where broadband deployment progress has made broadband access much more affordable in recent years.“South African e-commerce consultancy World Wide Worx reports that online sales of consumer goods grew by 25% in 2006 to the tune of R688 million (US$86-million.” EIU added in its report.Broadband and South AfricaSouth Africa has an increasing broadband market. In 2005, a number of broadband product categories were released in the country, with South Africa’s fixed land line operator Telkom’s ADSL programme seen as the most successful.Although Telkom, a government parastal company is currently enjoying a monopoly in the ICT sector, it isn’t the only provider of broadband solutions.Vodacom and MTN, South Africa’s two leading cellular providers also joined the broadband market with their 3G services in 2005. 3G refers to the third generation of cellular data transfer, giving users a faster download rate.Other broadband providers in South Africa include the wireless providers, Sentech and Wireless Broadband Solutions Pty ltd, which currently offer a service commonly known as iBurst, a broadband wireless internet service.The South African government is also part of a number of programmes, most notably, UhuruNet.UhuruNet was established on 15 October 2007, when ministers responsible for ICT and/or Telecommunications in countries that are signatory to the Kigali Protocol, met in Johannesburg, South Africa. This was done under the auspices of the Nepad-eAfrica Commission.The participants of the meeting approved the construction of a high capacity submarine cable system with the potential to connect each and every coastal and island African country, and connecting the continent to the Americas, Europe, Middle East, and India.The east coast cable will allow for links that will enable landlocked countries to be connected to the cable system, which will make connectivity through Africa much easier and at a significantly reduced cost.Do you have queries or comments about this articles? Email Khanyi Magubane at [email protected] linksCiscoITUMy BroadbandNepad eAfrica Commission Economist Intelligence UnitUhuruNetDepartment of CommunicationBmi-Tlast_img read more

Quebec nurse donates Taylor Swift tickets to Michigan teen with brain injury

first_imgDETROIT – When Taylor Swift takes the stage at Detroit’s Ford Field Tuesday night, tens of thousands of fans will likely be singing along to every word.For one 15-year-old fan who’s attending the show with the help of a nurse from Quebec, that would have been impossible just a few months ago.Tiffany Kleinschmidt of Waterford, Mich., is a lifelong “Swiftie,” as the pop star’s legions of fans are known. Before she suffered a traumatic brain injury in April, Kleinschmidt could easily sing along to hits like “Shake It Off” and “Blank Space.”But since that day when she went into cardiac arrest during class, depriving her brain of oxygenated blood, Kleinschmidt has had to relearn basic skills like how to walk, talk and eat. It’s been a painstaking ordeal, but Swift’s music has been a major boost throughout her recovery so far.So when Quebec-based nurse Laken Tiller donated two tickets to Swift’s Tuesday concert to the Children’s Hospital of Michigan, it didn’t take long for officials there to decide who would get them.Tiller grew up in Windsor, Ont., just across the river from Detroit, but now lives in Granby, Que. She bought two tickets to the Detroit concert during a presale period about a year ago, but later found out her work schedule conflicted with the show. Thankfully, she had backup plans.“I went to her Chicago show and her New York show,” the 26-year-old Tiller — another confessed “Swiftie” — said in a phone interview from Windsor on Saturday.“I’m a big fan.”Tiller could have put her tickets up for sale on the secondary market, but she said it was an “obvious choice” to donate them to the children’s hospital instead.“I see tonnes of families who are consumed with their health. When they’re sick and they’re in the hospital, your life is completely turned around. So I wanted a child who’s been in the hospital for a while to be able to relax and take a night off and forget about what’s going on,” she said.Since that initial donation, which will allow Tiffany and her recreational therapist to attend the show, Tiller has bought and donated an extra pair of tickets so that Tiffany’s mother and sister can go, too.“That donation that Laken made means a lot to us,” said Dawn Kleinschmidt, who added her daughter “lit up” when she learned she would get to see her idol in person.Even that basic expression of joy points to the progress Tiffany has made since her injury, which dramatically altered not only her physical and language abilities, but also the way she shows her emotions, according to her recreational therapist.Dawn Grenier said Tiffany is “beyond thrilled” about the show, and while she can’t jump up and down to show her excitement, “She’s got the best smile. Her smile is what shows us.”Tiller and Grenier have also been co-ordinating on a plan to get Tiffany to meet Swift face-to-face, even holding a T-shirt decorating contest at the hospital in an effort to make the teen and her family stand out in the crowd.“I guess Taylor’s mom and her people wander the crowd before the show and during the opening act and look for true Swiftie fans to invite backstage,” said Grenier, who credits Tiller for leading a social media push to make the meeting happen.“Just going to the concert is a dream for Tiffany…. The topper, obviously, would be if she could meet Taylor.”— By Adam Burns in Torontolast_img read more

College Football Playoff Preview This Is Not Last Years ClemsonAlabama Matchup

Like any good trilogy, we’ll get a high-stakes finale when the Tide and Tigers face off in the Sugar Bowl on New Year’s Day. For us fans, we can only hope it’s more Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and less Godfather Part III. So what differences should we be on the lookout for this time around?Clemson changed its game plan — and got betterAs my colleague Dan Levitt and I wrote about early in the season, Clemson had to revamp the way it played this season after losing quarterback Deshaun Watson to the NFL. Watson’s replacement, Kelly Bryant, wasn’t as polished a passer as his predecessor — he averaged about 95 fewer yards per game through the air than Watson did in his final college season1All of the numbers referenced in this story use pre-bowl statistics. — but he was more proficient with his legs, racking up more rushing yards than Watson and scoring nearly twice as many touchdowns on the ground. 201612-1+10.8+2.4+13.7+7.3+1.4+7.5+0.4 Bryant wasn’t a Watson clone — but he was almost as goodKey statistics for Clemson starting quarterbacks in 2016 and 2017 EPA = Expected points added, a measure of offensive productivity that accounts for the value of yards gained, field position and down/distance.Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group OffenseDefense 201711-1+5.4+10.1+15.7+7.7+4.7+11.2+0.6 All numbers are before bowl games. Total EPA on offense and defense may not equal sum of rushing plus passing because of penalties.Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group 2017Kelly Bryant43.580.7+4.5+1.4-0.9+0.3+5.3 201712-1+4.8+5.4+10.9+7.6+4.8+12.4-0.9 2016Deshaun Watson51.082.3+6.3+0.5-0.5+0.6+6.9 201613-0+4.4+6.4+10.1+11.8+6.6+18.3+0.7 YearRecordPassRushTotalPassRushTotalSpecial Tms Over the last two seasons, the Clemson Tigers and Alabama Crimson Tide have faced each other twice for the College Football Playoff championship. To say the rivalry has been as close as it gets would be an understatement: The teams split the national championships at one apiece and were nearly even on total points as well. (Alabama has a slim 76-75 lead in aggregate scoring.) In terms of total contributions, Bryant wasn’t quite able to match Watson’s output of a year ago. But in combination with the Tigers’ other skill-position talent (specifically running backs Travis Etienne and Tavien Feaster), he led a Clemson offense that compiled over 30 more rushing yards per game in 2017 than it had the year before. In turn, that improved run game helped the Tigers’ offense absorb Watson’s departure with a loss of fewer than 3 expected points added (EPA) per game. OffenseDefense That dominant 2016 Alabama squad was built around a fearsome defense that ranked among the best in college football history, allowing a paltry 248 total yards per game during the regular season and holding opposing passers to a Total Quarterback Rating of 11.4 — both marks ranked No. 1 in the FBS. This season, those numbers are up to 258 and 20.9, respectively, which still count among the best in the country, but also helped contribute to a defense that was more than a touchdown worse per game by EPA than it had been in 2016.Fortunately for Alabama, its offense nearly improved enough to offset that defensive decline. According to EPA, QB Jalen Hurts and the Tide passing game was worth a full point per game more this year than last, with Hurts rising from 41st nationally in QBR to sixth, and receiver Calvin Ridley cracking the top 40 in receiving yards per game. Moreover, the Crimson Tide rushing attack churned ahead for more than 20 extra yards per game this season, with a greater depth of contributions (eight separate Alabama rushers gained at least 100 yards) that amounted to nearly 4 extra points per game by EPA. Overall, the Alabama offense was second only to Oklahoma’s in efficiency, a year after it ranked only 24th in the country.In other words, both Alabama and Clemson have altered their strengths since the last time we saw them face off in the College Football Playoff. Whether things will play out more like they did in 2016 (an Alabama win) or 2017 (a Clemson victory) is still up in the air — but with greater balance from both teams, the ingredients might be in place for Part 3 of the trilogy to somehow surpass the all-time classics we saw in Parts 1 and 2. More importantly, Clemson’s defense made major strides in 2017, led up front by a unit composed exclusively of first- or second-team All-ACC linemen. Tiger defenders recorded 3.4 sacks per game (third-most in the Football Bowl Subdivision), held opponents to 3.1 yards per rush (ninth-lowest in FBS), yielded the sixth-fewest total yards per game in the country and improved their overall performance by 4.9 points per game according to EPA.Clemson wasn’t an awful defensive team the last time it faced Alabama, but this regular season the Tigers might have had the best defense in the nation. That defensive development helped Clemson post a superior point differential (adjusted for schedule strength) than the Watson-led national championship squad did a year ago. In other words: This is probably the best of the three Clemson teams that have appeared in the College Football Playoff.Alabama isn’t the best ever anymore, but they are better on offenseUp until they faced Clemson in the championship game, the 2016 Crimson Tide were riding high. In fact, according to our Elo ratings, they’d put together the greatest peak performance of any college football team since the AP poll began2In 1936. when they defeated Florida in last year’s SEC championship (and then increased their Elo record when they beat Washington in the playoff semifinal). But we all know how that ended for them — with Nick Saban shaking his head in disbelief as Watson produced a comeback for the ages and delivered the Tigers their first national title in 35 years.Alabama regrouped in the way Alabama usually regroups, which is to say they shot right back up to No. 1 for most of 2017 as well. But, statistically, they were not quite as dominant as a season ago: Going into the playoff, Elo considers the 2017 Tide to be 29.9 points per game better than an average FBS team, which is not only a far cry from their mark this time last year (40.2) but also ranks just fourth in the country this year, behind Clemson (32.6), Georgia (31.3) and Oklahoma (30.0). According to Sports Reference’s power ratings, this is Alabama’s worst season since 2010, a year they were relegated to the unacceptably non-prestigious Capital One Bowl. Although most programs would kill for a “down season” like the one Alabama is having, it’s still worth noting that this rendition of the Crimson Tide has been less dominant than usual.But like their counterparts at Clemson, the Tide have also tweaked their playing style in a way that makes their continued greatness especially impressive. All numbers are before bowl games. Total EPA on offense and defense may not equal sum of rushing plus passing because of penalties.Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group YearRecordPassRushTotalPassRushTotalSpecial Tms YearPlayerPlays/GmQBRPassingRushingSacksPenaltyTotal How Clemson shifted its strengthsExpected points added per game by category for Clemson, 2016 and 2017 EPA/Game How ’Bama changed its focus from defense to offenseExpected points added per game by category for Alabama, 2016 and 2017 read more


first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp FortisTCI reveals Education Week winners Recommended for you TCI Police looking for candy & electricity thieves Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 26 Nov 2014 – While there are residents making spot of the fact that the fuel factor rate on their electricity bills is higher most times that the actual consumption charge… Fortis TCI is revealing that the continuing downward trend of cost for oil is going to cause another reduction in the fuel factor rate in the Turks and Caicos Islands. Corporate Communications Manager, Talisha Simons explained: “This decrease reflects in this month’s Fuel Factor calculation. Customers are reminded that the Fuel Factor is based on the price of fuel at the time it is purchased from Sun Oil Ltd., and is subject to fluctuating prices in the world market. While the cost of fuel may remain lower than recent averages, customers are still encouraged to continue practicing energy conservation methods.” Ms. Simons added that Fortis continues to explore other sources of power. Related Items:fortis tci, fuel factor rate, low, talisha simons Rave Reviews for National Science Fair ideaslast_img read more