SMRU Consulting has been monitoring marine mammals around marine renewable energy projects since 2006. Their experience includes the SeaGen device in Northern Ireland at (the world’s first grid connected tidal turbine), the DeltaStream device in Wales, the MeyGen array in northern Scotland (the world’s largest planned tidal turbine project), and since 2009, in the upper Bay of Fundy, where world record tidal ranges occur and Canada’s first grid connected turbine was deployed in 2016.SMRU uses a variety of methods to understand marine mammal-turbine interactions (such as collision risk and acoustic disturbance), from animal tagging, and land-based observations to sonar and passive acoustic monitoring (PAM).One long-term PAM study focused on Bay of Fundy harbor porpoise has been published in the Journal of Ocean Technology.Using C-POD click train detectors, SMRU Consulting North America, working with colleagues at SMRU Consulting Europe, Acadia University and Fundy Ocean Research Center for Energy (FORCE), collected multi-year data on harbour porpoise echolocation activity before installation, during installation and during operation of an OpenHydro 2 MW turbine at the FORCE demonstration area in Minas Passage, Nova Scotia.Overall, porpoises were detected on 99% of days across 1,210 study days, at a median of seven minutes per day. Statistical models (GAM-GEE) predicted that click detection rates varied significantly by time of year (peaks in mid-June and early November), by tidal current speed and tidal height (preference for 0-2.5 m/s ebb tides), by time of day (higher click activity at night), and across the lunar cycle (see figure below). The PAM surveys were affected by sediment transfer noise during high tidal speeds which led to the C-POD memory maxing out and therefore lost monitoring time (see % Time Lost in figure below). This baseline data helped SMRU to understand the baseline porpoise activity, as well as the limitations of the monitoring methodology.A second statistical model was then developed to take these environmental factors into account during five months of turbine operations. This new analysis highlighted that there was no evidence of porpoise exclusion in the mid-field range (200 – 1,700m) during turbine deployment and operations (presence detected on 98.5% of days), but click activity was significantly reduced at the C-PODs closest to the turbine (200 – 230 m) and increased at the site 1,700m away, suggesting short range acoustic effects on activity and spatial use by porpoises.This study highlights the value of using PAM to monitor dynamic tidal sites across long time periods and importantly develops new methodologies for robust turbine noise environmental effects studies. These studies (combined with new drifter and on-turbine near-field monitoring) continue as new turbines are deployed at the FORCE site.A full version of the paper by Tollit, Joy, Wood, Redden, Booth, Boucher, Porskamp, and Oldreive is found here.Source: SMRU Consulting
Former Golden Eaglets coach, Emmanuel Amuneke, has revealed that the presence of Nigeria’s Victor Osimhem, in Napoli will in no doubt, lift the strength of the Italian club. Overwhelmed by the record signing transfer if his former player in the Golden Eaglets, Amuneke expressed optimism that Osimhen would paint the Italian league with goals. He however observed that Osimhem’s switch from Lille to Napoli in a deal that makes the former Sporting Charleroi star the most expensive Nigerian footballer in history. Amuneke brought Osimhen and several other talented youngsters, including Villarreal’s Samuel Chukwueze, to international limelight when he guided the Nigerian national under-17 side to triumph at the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Chile. Osimhen has grown from claiming the Golden Boot and Silver Ball award at that tournament to sealing his reputation as one of the most exciting strikers in Europe at the moment. The 21-year-old has smashed in 38 goals over the last two seasons for both Charleroi and Lille, a prolific streak that has convinced Napoli to put together an €80 million deal for him.Advertisement “I’m excited and very happy that Victor has finally signed for Napoli, and this is remarkable particularly at these challenging times,” he said. “Of course, I’m happy with the progress being made by the boys we picked in 2015 for the Golden Eaglets; you talk about Samuel Chukwueze in Villarreal; Kelechi Nwakali recently gained promotion to La Liga with Huelva, and there are others in other clubs in Europe too. read also:With Osimhen in Napoli’s attack, Gattuso can go to bed, says Giuntoli “This is an exciting time for Nigerian football, and I’m so pleased that Victor’s transfer to Napoli is now sealed; I wish him well. “He’s a kind of player with hunger to win, and he will be a great asset to Napoli.” Osimhen is contracted to Napoli for the next five years and is expected to earn between €4m and €4.5m per season. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way6 Apocalyptic Scenarios That Could Happen Today”Chronicles Of Narnia” Fans Were Bemused To See How She Looks NowWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooReal World Archaeological Finds That Would Stump Indiana JonesWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemSome Impressive And Almost Shocking Robots That Exist11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top Loading…
As the final night of the Democratic National Convention wrapped up in Charlotte, N. C. on Thursday, students and faculty gathered in the lobby of the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism to watch President Barack Obama accept the Democratic presidential nomination.Captive audience · Dozens of students congregated in the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism lobby Thursday to view the Democratic National Convention. – Austin Vogel | Daily TrojanAfter viewing the speech, attendees watched a panel discussion sponsored by the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics and moderated by its director, Dan Schnur. Panelists included Matt Rodriguez, former western states regional director of Obama for America 2008, Kaya Masler, president of USC Trojans for Obama, and Geneva Overholser, director of the School of Journalism at Annenberg.The nearly 6,000 delegates attending the convention formally nominated Obama and Vice President Joe Biden for re-election on Wednesday night following a speech by former President Bill Clinton.Obama emphasized the idea that voters are not choosing between two different candidates or two different parties, but two different paths for America.“The path we offer may be harder, but it leads to a better place. And I’m asking you to choose that future,” Obama said. “I’m asking you to rally around a set of goals for your country — goals in manufacturing, energy, education, national security and the deficit; a real, achievable plan that will lead to new jobs, more opportunity and rebuild this economy on a stronger foundation.”Not all students believe that Obama offers the best path for the future of the nation, however.“We are facing the worst economic recovery in American history,” said Alex Yebri, a senior majoring in political science and president of USC Trojans for Romney. “President Obama is a nice guy and a good public speaker, but the reality is that Americans do not believe that they are better off than they were four years ago.”Obama acknowledged the economy still needs work, but laid out his plan for reducing the national deficit and decreasing unemployment if re-elected.“Now you have a choice: we can give more tax breaks to corporations that ship jobs overseas or we can start rewarding companies that open new plants and train new workers and create new jobs here, in the United States of America,” he said.Though Obama spent much of his speech reminding voters of the accomplishments of his first term, Masler said voters might be focused on more recent developments such as the monthly jobs reports.“Do people care what he’s done for the past four years?” Masler asked. “I don’t know if people care about that as much about what he has done recently.”[Correction: A previous version of this article misrepresented the context of Kaya Masler’s quote with the description: “Obama spent much of his speech reminding voters of the accomplishments of his first term. Some questioned whether this is an effective strategy for him, though.” The text of the article has been updated.]
Syracuse senior defender Megan Quinn lofted a clearance towards center ice, but it was intercepted by Clarkson junior forward Lauren Gabel. Two passes later, Gabel had an opportunity to extend Clarkson’s one-goal lead.Skating toward the Orange defense, she easily placed the puck between the defender’s legs, setting up a chance on net. While senior goaltender Abbey Miller was able to deflect the first attempt, the puck bounced to freshman Elizabeth Giguere who pushed the Golden Knight’s ahead by two scores.Syracuse (5-9-2, 4-1-1 College Hockey America) was able to keep the game even for the first 16 minutes, but defensive lapses and turnovers at the end of the first and the beginning of the second period were its undoing in a 5-0 loss to No. 3 Clarkson (15-3-1, 6-2-0 Eastern College Athletic Conference). Allowing two of five goals directly off turnovers in the neutral zone, the Orange struggled to keep the No. 4 offense in the nation away from the net.“We did not do what we were supposed to in the neutral zone,” SU head coach Paul Flanagan said. “We turned the puck over and then we did not play our system. We just allowed them to get into our offensive zone … Turnovers, whether directly or indirectly, lead to a few of their goals and some other chances.”SU played the Golden Knights fairly even for more than half of the first period, but it was laziness in the defensive zone that hurt the Orange, SU senior forward Steph Grossi said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSixteen minutes into the first period, a misplaced puck by the Orange in the defensive zone saw Clarkson junior defender Josiane Pozzebon slide the puck over to senior forward Amanda Titus. After shifting over to the point unchecked, her wrist shot fired into the back of the net, beating Miller easily.This was the first of a three-goal burst in less than three minutes during the first period that pushed the Golden Knights ahead for good.Especially late in the first period, the Orange showed no ability to stop the puck at the point of attack, leading to goals and easy chances for the reigning national champions, Quinn said.After Miller was pulled for sophomore Ady Cohen, the Orange still found no answer. Even with Cohen’s 23 saves in the final two periods, SU still allowed two more goals, including a second by Giguere.After Clarkson’s initial attempt from the point was saved by Cohen, the deflection dropped right to Giguere’s stick and she capitalized on the opportunity.“A lot of the goals resulted from not stopping pucks in the neutral zone,” Cohen said. “They are a good turnaround team and their transition to offense is awesome, so they were just able to cash in on our mistakes.”With three players who have scored at least 13 goals, Clarkson is fourth in total offense with an average of 3.83 goals per game. Facing a team of that offensive quality, SU needed to keep the Golden Knights away from its strength and out of transition, Flanagan said.Now having lost to No. 1 Wisconsin, No. 2 Boston College, No. 3 Clarkson, and No. 8 Providence, SU has struggled to translate its play against weaker team to its ranked opponents. While the penalty kill issues that plagued it against Boston College or Northeastern were not the issue Tuesday, the struggles with holding onto the puck in the neutral zone were SU’s undoing, Grossi said.“You can’t make too many mistakes against good teams like we did tonight,” Flanagan said. “It’s hard to pinpoint who did what, but Clarkson took what we did wrong and capitalized on it.” Comments Published on December 5, 2017 at 10:57 pm Contact Adam: firstname.lastname@example.org | @_adamhillman Facebook Twitter Google+
Jon Budmayr (No. 5) has the early nod to replace the graduated Scott Tolzien as the Badgers’ signal caller. Curt Phillips, now healthy, also will challenge for the spot.[/media-credit]Wisconsin football head coach Bret Bielema wasn’t expecting Curt Phillips to do much this spring while recovering from a second ACL injury to his right knee.But lo and behold, Phillips is back on the practice field, whipping the ball around in skeleton passing drills.“He’s kind of a genetic freak,” Bielema said. “He has probably surprised himself.”Saturday’s practice was the first one open to the media, and it was also the first day the Badgers were back in full pads since their Rose Bowl defeat.Phillips remains limited and will not participate in contact portions of practice, but the redshirt junior quarterback saw plenty of action taking snaps from the shotgun during throwing drills.Phillips is still not comfortable dropping back and planting firmly with the injured right knee, but he’s shown the ability to throw quick passes from the shotgun.“He basically does all skele. A lot of times when you come back from an ACL, it’s actually the pivoting movements that scare you the most,” Bielema said. “We are trying to be really cautious, but as you can tell, he is healing very quickly.”While Phillips continues to work his way back to full strength, redshirt sophomore quarterback Jon Budmayr is working extensively with the first-team offense.Budmayr completed about 50 percent of his throws during the skeleton drill – many of which were short throws underneath. Senior defensive backs Aaron Henry and Devin Smith each recorded interceptions during the session, with Henry returning his for a touchdown.Budmayr had a couple of nice throws during the 11-on-11 portion of practice, and his longest completion came on a deep throw to tight end Jake Byrne over the middle. But the 6-foot Budmayr also had some trouble getting the ball past the line of scrimmage at times, as a few throws were knocked down by the outstretched arms of the defensive line.Still, Bielema was encouraged by Budmayr’s performance and acknowledged he’s looking forward to seeing him compete when the team scrimmages next week.“He’s got a little moxie to him,” Bielema said. “He’s a competitor, and my guess is next Saturday when we scrimmage, that’s when it is really going to come out.”True freshman quarterback Joel Stave certainly isn’t expected to compete with Budmayr and Phillips for the starting job, but he’s taking advantage of every rep he gets.Stave displayed a strong arm and had some of the more impressive throws of the day, completing several impressive out routes to tight end Manasseh Garner.Spring starting lineupThe UW depth chart may fluctuate throughout the spring, but as of now, here is how the first-team offense and defense looked during practice Saturday.From left to right, Ricky Wagner, Travis Frederick, Pete Konz, Kevin Zeitler and Casey Dehn served as the top offensive line. Jake Byrne worked as the first-team tight end, with Jared Abbrederis and Jeff Duckworth seeing extensive action at wideout. Fifth-yera senior Nick Toon, one of the Badgers’ starting wideout last year, will miss all of spring practice after undergoing foot surgery.Bradie Ewing worked as the top fullback, while James White and Montee Ball alternated touches as first-team running backs with Budmayr under center.On defense, Louis Nzegwu, Patrick Butrym, Jordan Kohout and David Gilbert rounded out the starting defensive line.Mike Taylor and Kevin Claxton worked at outside linebacker with redshirt freshman Marcus Trotter manning the middle in Chris Borland’s absence.In the secondary, Antonio Fenelus and Smith were the first-team cornerbacks with Henry and Shelton Johnson at free and strong safety respectively.Running backs off to quick startBielema mentioned earlier that Ball had lost weight and gained quickness.It showed Saturday.The junior tailback broke off a couple long runs and also caught a few passes out of the backfield.Not to be outdone, White displayed the athleticism Badger fans have become accustomed to witnessing. White juked his way past defenders and had a few long scampers in his own right.White did have one fumble, however, and the sophomore got some extra running in for new position coach Thomas Hammock as a result.Groy shows his versatilityRyan Groy may not be a member of the first-team O-line at the moment, but his versatility could prove to be a major asset down the road.Groy worked as the second-team center Saturday, and he and quarterback Joe Brennan had some issues with fumbled snaps.Overall, though, Bielema was encouraged by Groy’s ability to provide depth along various parts of the line.“Ryan can probably play center, guard or tackle,” Bielema said. “We just want to be able to have quality depth at that [center] position and Ryan is very intelligent, so we are giving him some reps at that spot.”Full pads bring out intensityThe players were noticeably energized to put on the pads and hit someone for the first time in months, and that over-excitement usually leads to some rough stuff after plays.Ewing, a fullback known for playing with a physical edge, lowered his shoulder and delivered a heavy blow to Fenelus while finishing a run. The senior cornerback wasn’t too pleased with that, and the two exchanged some shoves.Tight end Brian Wozniak then entered the fray to defend Ewing, and he and Fenelus had some words until Claxton arrived to stand up for a fellow member of the defense.Claxton got right up in the face of Wozniak until teammates separated them and practice resumed.“We knew they were going to be a little rambunctious,” Bielema said.Badgers’ land 2nd verbal commitKenosha Bradford running back Vonte Jackson was in attendance to watch practice Saturday, and the junior ended up verbally committing to UW during his visit.Jackson is now the second verbal commit in Wisconsin’s 2012 class, joining Barrington, Ill. offensive lineman Dan Voltz.Jackson is also the second Bradford running back to commit to UW in two years, following the path of Melvin Gordon, who is set to join the program for his freshman season this summer.
COMMENT “India is a huge market for the sport which is evident from the wrestling lovers who turn up in thousands for the dangals and kushtis in remote villages in Haryana, Maharashtra, Himachal Pradesh or any other state in the country. However, they are deprived of quality international wrestling content. This has strengthened our resolve to bring all the major international and national wrestling competitions to millions of wrestling fans in India and the sub-continent Live,” said Ashish Chadha, CEO, Sporty Solutionz, WrestlingTV’s parent company which holds United World Wrestling’s exclusive media and broadcast rights for the Indian sub-continent. WATCH US LIVE LIVE TV 10 months ago WWE RAW: Seth Rollins defeats newcomer Carrillo in a close fight After senior wrestlers’ excellent performance at the World Wrestling Championships, where the grapplers from the country secured an unprecedented haul of five medals, it’s now the turn of the young Turks as India to field a 30-member strong squad for the Freestyle, Greco-Roman, and women’s events at the U-23 Wrestling World Championship slated to be held from October 28 to November 3, in Hungary, Budapest. The competition will feature 631 athletes from 64 countries across the world as 10 wrestlers will be bidding to defend their U-23 World Wrestling Championships titles.READ | Sushil Kumar slams Mary Kom, says no one is above rules and trialsThe Indian contingentInspired by Ravi Kumar, who brought a silver last year from the Under-23 World Wrestling Championship, the likes of Sajan Bhanwal, Sharvan and Vicky will be the ones to watch out for in this edition. While Bhanwal is a three-time World Junior Championships medallist, Sharvan too has established his immense talent with a gold medal in Junior Asian Championship in 2017.Vicky, meanwhile, has already attained the sixth position in seniors in 92kg and will be hungry to make his mark. After the successful launch of Wrestling TV during the World Wrestling Championships, where 6.5 million users tuned in, WrestlingTV will stream all the Under-23 UWW World Wrestling Championship action Live in the Indian sub-continent for the very first time. The sport scaled a new high in India during the UWW World Wrestling Championships, when 11 million users engaged in live streaming and video content on WrestlingTV during the 9 days of action. READ | NBA: Referees question travelling call on Rockets’ star James HardenThe scope of wrestling in India 10 months ago WWE RAW: Becky Lynch defeats Charlotte to earn RAW’s 1st draft pick Last Updated: 22nd October, 2019 19:22 IST 30-member Squad For U-23 World Wrestling Championships In Hungary India will be taking a 30-member strong squad for the Freestyle, Greco-Roman, and women’s events at the U-23 Wrestling World Championship in Budapest, Hungary First Published: 22nd October, 2019 19:22 IST Suman Ray SUBSCRIBE TO US WE RECOMMEND 11 months ago Wrestling Rankings: Deepak Punia becomes World No.1 in 86 kg category FOLLOW US 11 months ago India’s best-ever medal haul coincides with record viewership Written By 10 months ago Syria crisis tests Trump’s global religious freedom vows “Wrestling has a bigger number of committed fans than most other sports in the country. With each major bout streamed LIVE this fan base will strengthen further. Players will get better recognition and wrestling will grow faster in all aspects of a modern-day sport. WrestlingTV has come up as a major turning point to boost our grand program for wrestling,” said Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, President, Wrestling Federation of India.READ | UFC: After a feud with Khabib, Conor McGregor is going to MoscowREAD | NBA News: New Orleans Pelicans to open season without Zion Williamson
Former football strongman, Jeff Webb, has had his sentencing on corruption charges put back for the sixth time.The former CONCACAF president and FIFA vice-president was expected to be sentenced on Wednesday but the courts earlier this month, pushed the date back until March 7.The latest delay marks over two years since Webb pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy, three counts of wire fraud conspiracy and three counts of money laundering conspiracy.Forfeiting over US$6.7 million Webb, a former head of the Cayman Islands Football Association, has already agreed to forfeit more than US$6.7 million in cash and assets as part of an agreement with the courts.He is reported to have recently sold his near million-dollar Georgia mansion, with proceeds expected to have been turned over to the court as part of the agreement.Webb, at one point tipped to become FIFA president, was one of several high-profile football officials arrested during a pre-dawn raid in Zurich in May, 2015, as FIFA staged its annual meeting at a plush hotel.Included in 47-count indictmentHe was subsequently included in a 47-count indictment announced by the US Department of Justice, with Trinidadian former Jack Warner – a former CONCACAF chief and powerful FIFA vice-president – also named.“The indictment alleges corruption that is rampant, systemic, and deep-rooted both abroad and here in the United States,” then US Attorney General Loretta Lynch said.“It spans at least two generations of soccer officials who, as alleged, have abused their positions of trust to acquire millions of dollars in bribes and kickbacks.”Webb had assumed the role of CONCACAF president following the cash-for-votes scandal that shook Caribbean football and led to Warner’s resignation.He has been banned for life by FIFA, football’s world governing body.
GiG lauds its ‘B2B makeover’ delivering Q2 growth August 11, 2020 StumbleUpon Robin Reed – GIGMarked as a major corporate milestone, Gaming Innovation Group (GIG) will begin trading as a Stockholm Nasdaq enterprise today (Tuesday 26 March), having secured main market listings approval.Moving forward, GIG will now operate as a dual-listed enterprise, with its shareholding maintained on the Stockholm Nasdaq (ticker – GIGSEK) and Oslo Børs (ticker – GIG).GIG’s Stockholm IPO has been assisted by Scandinavian investment bank ABG Sundal Collier as lead broker.Supporting the firm’s existing shareholder base, ABG is set to offer a share transfer scheme for Oslo investors, who are allowed to swap their Børs shares for GIG’s new Stockholm listing.Updating investors, Robin Reed, CEO of GiG, detailed that the firm had accomplished a major corporate directive, aiding its long-term strategy:“GiG is delighted to announce that Nasdaq Stockholm has approved our company for listing with first day of trading tomorrow.“Stockholm is the hub and centre of excellence for the igaming industry, this will put the company closer to its peer group with increased visibility in the market.“We have many shareholders in Sweden, and look forward to welcoming existing and new shareholders to join us on Nasdaq Stockholm.” Esports Entertainment bolsters tournament capacity by acquiring EGL August 27, 2020 Submit Related Articles Share Kambi and DraftKings agree on final closure terms July 24, 2020 Share
New ADM chief: Italy to keep strictest monitoring on gambling incumbents July 6, 2020 Italian betting begs for mercy on final Revival Decree conditions June 18, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit Related Articles Italian bookmakers face cruel summer as ADM sanctions shop closures July 27, 2020 Share Share Italy’s DP-5Star coalition government has moved to restructure the leadership of federal advertising and communications agency AGCOM by confirming the appointment of Giacomo Lasorella as new President.This story featured in today’s SBC News 90. To view the latest round-up, watch today’s edition hereThe appointment of Lasorella has been branded as a further coalition victory for the ‘anti-establishment’ 5-Star Movement, as he maintains a close friendship with Italian Foreign Affairs Minister Luigi Di Maio (pictured).A proud anti-gambling campaigner, Di Maio is the former leader of 5Star, recognised as the author of Italy’s new punitive gambling code formed under the mandate of the 2018 ‘Dignity Decree’ sanctioned by the former governing Lega-5Star coalition government (2018-2019).A reform of AGCOM had been anticipated following 2019 disputes, as senior executives of the agency spoke out against the Dignity Decree’s flagship blanket ban on betting advertising and sponsorship, siding with Serie A clubs who demanded a formal review of new laws.AGCOM leadership had stated that Di Maio’s advertising orders were ‘unconstitutional and incompatible’ with Italy’s business laws, a reaction which led to 5Star’s leader demanding an overhaul of the agency’s board.Di Maio’s order takes shape with the appointment of Lasorella, a 20-year Italian civil servant who most recently served as deputy secretary-general for parliament since July 2015.Lasorella’s appointment will likely change how AGCOM enforces Dignity Decree advertising penalties, which have been prudent thus far.During the course of 2020, only two licensed incumbents NetBet and Eurobet have been fined by the communications agency for breaching Decree advertising terms by promoting the use of a ‘welcome bonus as a player incentive’ on their websites.Both operators chose to settle their penalties without contesting AGCOM’s assessment, paying the agency €17,000, a fee well below the €50,000 penalty charge summoned by the Dignity Decree’s mandate on advertising breaches.Last July, the DP-5Star coalition confirmed the appointment of Marcello Minenna as new Director-General of Italy’s ADM – customs and monopolies agency, the federal department overseeing the regulatory governance of Italy’s gambling industry.Asserting no reprieve for embattled bookmakers coming back from national lockdown, Minenna’s first orders saw the ADM and Guardia di Finanza (Italy’s financial police unit) ‘begin a process’ to close down ‘non-compliant betting shops and retail points for failure to pay their betting duties’.Minenna underlined that his department held the right to close down betting shops as the government had authorised new gambling laws sanctioned under Italy’s ‘2020 Budget Law’, which parliament approved last December.Taking leadership of the ADM, Minenna warned Italy’s licensed operators that he would ‘maintain the strictest monitoring of gambling activities’.
Legendary NBA player Kobe Bryant has died in a California helicopter crash, reports said Sunday.He was 41.The retired Los Angeles Lakers star was traveling in his private helicopter over Calabasas when a fire broke out, sending the chopper spiraling from the sky, according to TMZ Sports.The crash occurred around 10 a.m. local time amid foggy conditions in the hills overlooking Calabasas, with the Sikorsky S-76 chopper sparking a brush fire on impact that hampered initial rescue efforts, according to The Los Angeles Times, which confirmed the deaths of Bryant and four others aboard the craft.Authorities later revealed that nine people are believed to have died in the crash. There were no survivors, and the cause of the crash is under investigation, according to TMZ. Bryant’s wife, Vanessa, was not among those aboard the chopper, but his 13-year-old daughter Gianna was, according to reports.He is survived by the couple’s other three daughters: Natalia, 17; Bianka, 3; and Capri Kobe Bryant, born just last June.Bryant, a Philadelphia native, starred for two decades with the Lakers, winning five championships and making 18 All-Star Games before hanging up his basketball shoes following the 2016 season.The stunning death of the sweet-shooting guard came just hours after he toasted fellow NBA icon and current Laker LeBron James for passing him for third place on the league’s all-time scoring list. “Continuing to move the game forward @KingJames,” wrote Bryant on Saturday night in what would prove to be his final tweet. “Much respect my brother.”Bryant concluded the message with an emoji of a bicep flexing, and the hashtag “#33644,” one point more than he scored in his illustrious career.Bryant was considered a lock to be among the next class inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, set to be announced next month.