Saint Lucia shines at Caribbean Week in New York

first_img Tweet Share Share NewsRegional Saint Lucia shines at Caribbean Week in New York by: – June 16, 2011 Sharing is caring!center_img 9 Views   no discussions Share Flag of St. Lucia. Photo credit: caribbeantour.comNEW YORK, USA — A hardworking team from Saint Lucia recorded successes at the annual Caribbean Week in New York.The team, which was led by Senator Allen Chastanet, Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation, and Director of Tourism Louis Lewis, promoted the delights of the Eastern Caribbean island to the multitudes as well as to the travel specialists who flocked to the week-long showcasing of the Caribbean’s many tourism products.Chastanet represented Saint Lucia at official Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) gatherings as well other meetings designed to position Saint Lucia as an ideal destination for both vacationers and investors.The Saint Lucia contingent, which included Permanent Secretary Titus Preville and US marketing executive Lorine St Jules, participated in numerous events, including the consumer-focused Caribbean Travel and Cultural Fair at New York’s iconic Grand Central Terminal.Representatives of the world’s media capital were drawn to the Media Marketplace where Saint Lucia marketers updated the media on the island’s newest offerings.Lewis hosted a reception for 15 top-producing travel agents in New York and Connecticut, thanking the specialist agents for their continued support of Saint Lucia’s product.Chastanet, who serves as chairman of CTO’s advocacy and cruise committees, reported productive talks between the regional tourism organization and cruise line representatives.He also traveled to Washington DC to meet with investors, development specialists and addressed an investment forum at the Inter-American Development Bank.To cap the week, the minister delivered a commencement address at one of three graduation ceremonies for Monroe College’s Class of 2011.“Step out of the box and don’t be afraid to make mistakes,” said Senator Chastanet.He applauded the success of the class but also asked them to use their talents and efforts to make the world a better place: “Don’t waste your energy on what you cannot change. But use all of your energy to change the things you can.”“To the students from the Caribbean: We need you. Come and help build and use your talent,” said the senator to the Caribbean students in the graduating class.Caribbean Week in New York took place during June’s Caribbean American Heritage Month as proclaimed by US President Barack Obama.Caribbean News Nowlast_img read more

Looters Fatally Shoot Retired Police Captain on Facebook Live Video

first_imgA retired police captain was fatally shot by looters in St. Louis, Missouri on Tuesday, and the entire incident unfolded on Facebook Live.The victim, 77-year-old David Dorn, was killed on a sidewalk in front of a pawn shop Tuesday morning, during violent protests over the police killing of George Floyd in Minnesota.Several people, including a state pol, reportedly watched Dorn’s murder take place in a clip on the social media platform, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.“I just seen a man die on live man! Smh,” state Rep. Rasheen Aldridge wrote on Facebook. The video has since been taken down, and Facebook told the Post-Dispatch that it was trying to gather information about the incident.Dorn’s wife told the paper that her husband was a friend of the pawnshop’s owner and would check on the property, including when its burglar alarm went off. There were widespread violent protests in St. Louis overnight.Courtesy: Rep. Rasheen Aldridge/Facebook Another person commented that as Dorn was dying, no one helped him but chose to instead record the man’s death.The video has since been removed. Facebook informed the Post-Dispatch that the social media outlet is gathering information about the incident.Dorn’s wife told the newspaper that her husband was a friend of the pawn shop’s owner and would often check on the property when the burglar alarm would sound. He spent half of his life on the Missouri police force.There have been widespread violent protests in St. Louis this week, as in other locations across the country.No arrests have been made in Dorn’s killing.,A retired police captain was fatally shot by looters in St. Louis, Missouri on Tuesday, and the entire incident unfolded on Facebook Live.The victim, 77-year-old David Dorn, was killed on a sidewalk in front of a pawn shop Tuesday morning, during violent protests over the police killing of George Floyd in Minnesota.Several people, including a state pol, reportedly watched Dorn’s murder take place in a clip on the social media platform, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.“I just seen a man die on live man! Smh,” state Rep. Rasheen Aldridge wrote on Facebook. The video has since been taken down, and Facebook told the Post-Dispatch that it was trying to gather information about the incident.Dorn’s wife told the paper that her husband was a friend of the pawnshop’s owner and would check on the property, including when its burglar alarm went off. There were widespread violent protests in St. Louis overnight.Courtesy: Rep. Rasheen Aldridge/Facebook Another person commented that as Dorn was dying, no one helped him but chose to instead record the man’s death.The video has since been removed. Facebook informed the Post-Dispatch that the social media outlet is gathering information about the incident.Dorn’s wife told the newspaper that her husband was a friend of the pawn shop’s owner and would often check on the property when the burglar alarm would sound. He spent half of his life on the Missouri police force.There have been widespread violent protests in St. Louis this week, as in other locations across the country.No arrests have been made in Dorn’s killing.,The video has since been taken down, and Facebook told the Post-Dispatch that it was trying to gather information about the incident.Dorn’s wife told the paper that her husband was a friend of the pawnshop’s owner and would check on the property, including when its burglar alarm went off. There were widespread violent protests in St. Louis overnight.Courtesy: Rep. Rasheen Aldridge/Facebooklast_img read more

Consistent Orrin tops 2012 Boys Order of Merit

first_img Although the ‘major’ home titles eluded him, Max Orrin (North Foreland, Kent) has won the Titleist/FootJoy England Golf Boys’ Order of Merit for 2012. The 18 year old from Birchington in Kent totalled 595.65, just under 50 more that England under 18 champion Patrick Kelly (Boston West, Lincolnshire), and more than 100 ahead of third placed British Boys champion Matthew Fitzpatrick (Hallamshire, Yorkshire). Although Orrin (Image Copyright Tom Ward) won the Thunderbird International Junior Tournament in America and the Kent Championship, most of his points were gathered from runners-up spots in the McEvoy Trophy, the South East Boys Qualifying and the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters, while he also reached the last 16 of the British Boys, underlining his consistency. “It is a massive honour to win the Boys Order of Merit and I thank Titleist and FootJoy for their support,” he said. “This is a gauge to where you are against the other players because there are so many good players around. “I’ve had a good season and really enjoyed it. I’m a lot more of a solid player than in previous years, I’ve worked hard on my game, got rid of a few weaknesses and it’s paid off. “I’ll do a lot more work over the winter and I’m looking forward to next season with confidence.” Kelly’s victory in the Carris Trophy, an event also supported by Titleist, brought him the bulk of his points while he also won the Fairhaven Trophy and was seventh in the McEvoy. Fitzpatrick’s victory in the British Boys at Hollinwell hauled him up the order, while he was also runner-up in the Berkshire Trophy and equal third in the Carris Trophy. 12 Nov 2012 Consistent Orrin tops 2012 Boys Order of Merit last_img read more

Google Takes First Shot at Facebook Search Results

first_imgAs of today, Facebook Fan Page status updates will begin appearing in Google search results, according to a tweet by Google. The announcement means that we will begin seeing results from the nearly 3 million fan pages, but not from the more than 400 million users.Google currently controls around 90% of the search engine market, according to StatCounter, with Yahoo and Bing its closest competitors. Will Bing’s exclusive access to Facebook user updates change this at all?Google first announced the expansion of its real-time Web search last December, noting that it would include data from Facebook, MySpace, FriendFeed, Jaiku, Indenti.ca and Twitter. And, of course, Buzz is now included in that list. Since then, Bing and Yahoo have made deals to step up their real-time Web search as well. Yahoo recently brokered a deal with Twitter, and Bing expanded its partnership with Facebook to become the default on-site search engine for the social network. Also included in the Bing deal was the ability to fully index public user updates, but this functionality is not yet available. While it may be true that having access to only Facebook Fan Page updates puts Google at a disadvantage in terms of the sheer volume of content indexed, do we really want to have every piece of content shared by those 400 million users in our search results? A recent post here on ReadWriteWeb garnered a large stream of traffic from the more technologically inept portion of Facebook’s user base – and the resulting comments were less than intellectual. As Brandee Barker, a spokeswoman for Facebook, told us the other day, “Facebook Pages are designed to provide authentic voices for public figures, celebrities, and organizations.” While some are arguing these new results will just be a stream of advertisements and self-promotion, they will focus on official voices from organizations and the content they want to share. We’re not sure about you, but maybe we don’t want to hear every little thing every person on the planet has to say about everything. Although the Internet is a great and democratizing force, perhaps having some filters remain in place isn’t the end of the world. It can be hard enough just keeping up with the stream of updates as it is. Adding the daily chatter of 400 million may just go one step too far – although we’d still like the option.Maybe, in the end, this will give Bing a bigger share of the search engine market, and that isn’t a bad thing. Just like a multi-party political system offers more choices, maybe a more balanced search engine market would be better for us, too. When we want the official word from official organizations, we can go to Google. When we want to put our finger on the pulse of the 400 million users, we can go to Bing. Tags:#Facebook#Google#Microsoft#Real-Time Web#web#Yahoo A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videoscenter_img mike melanson Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Related Posts last_img read more

Frugal Filmmaking Techniques You Can Learn From Better Call Saul

first_imgHave some more tips on frugal filmmaking? Let us know in the comments. Saul Goodman is a masterful commercial director. Learn from this frugal Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul filmmaker.All images via AMC.AMC’s Better Call Saul is best known for its portrayal of lawyers, but the most realistic characters in the show are the ragtag college kids shooting commercials for Jimmy McGill — a.k.a. Saul Goodman.The techniques the crew in the show uses are true to life — most likely based on the real experiences of the show’s writers and crew. I know it certainly takes me back to my college days shooting any project I could, paid or unpaid — usually unpaid. I recall one of my biggest paydays was enough to cover my share of one month’s rent.Let’s take a look at a few filmmaking tips you can learn from Saul Goodman and crew.The Art of Guerrilla FilmmakingThe one thing you need to know about Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk) is that he is always willing to bend the rules. Goodman and his video crew are classic guerrilla filmmakers, operating with minimal equipment and never with any type of permit or permission.Guerrilla filmmaking is all about getting the shot and getting out before anyone questions you. It’s a run-and-gun style of shooting that doesn’t cost anything. That being said, it certainly doesn’t mean you can shoot anywhere, anytime. If you are caught somewhere you shouldn’t be, you are subject to the laws of that area. You can easily face fines for trespassing, but it’s often a risk guerrilla filmmakers are willing to take.Go Undercover With These 5 Guerrilla Filmmaking TacticsShooting Guerilla Style (At Your Own Risk): The 8 Tips You Need to Know — IndieWireHow to Steer Clear of the Pitfalls of Guerrilla Filmmaking — No Film SchoolGuerrilla Filmmaking is Inherently Risky — Huffington PostRun And Gun / Guerilla Filmmaking Tips — FilmRiotLocation Is EverythingA great location (and perfect timing) can really make your project. Like Saul Goodman shooting an old war plane with the sun setting in the background, you too can find the perfect location for your project. It requires plenty of location scouting and planning.Here are some tips on location scouting — and some free templates for location release forms. If you can get permission to shoot on a location, it can actually give you and your crew time to set up and get the perfect shot.3 Guerrilla Filmmaking Locations That Increase Production Value Every Time5 Tips For Getting Great Film/Video Locations For FreeLocation Scouting Tips: The Whys and Hows of WhereScoring Great Film Locations On A Budget5 Tips for Finding a Great Film LocationFree Location Release Form for Film and Video ProductionsWheelchair DollyThe wheelchair dolly is a tried-and-true camera stabilizer. It’s the perfect frugal rig. Wheelchairs offer smooth rides over nearly any surface, armrests to help hold the camera, and handles for pushing. They’re tough to beat. You can check online for used wheelchairs in your area, and you’re bound to find a cheap one. I found several for $40 – $60. Need some more frugal tips on camera movement? Check out these helpful articles.5 Simple Cinematography Hacks for Under $50Pocket Stabilizers for VideographersCreate a Handheld Camera Rig for Less than $5Traditional Camera Moves Made Easy With DJI DronesDSLR Slider Guide For Solo ShootersStabilizer Rigs for Run and Gun Gigs Get a Sound Person — or at Least a MicrophoneThe biggest mistake every first-time filmmaker makes is focusing too much on video and not considering audio. Bad audio can ruin any video. If you aren’t an expert sound guy, you can try to find a friend who is. If not, you can always learn the basics in articles like the following.The Indie Filmmaker’s Guide to Recording AudioHow to Set Audio Levels for VideoGet Great Location Audio When Working as a One Man Band9 Helpful Audio Tricks for Recording Documentary Interviews17 Ways to Hide a Lavalier MicAudio Tips for DSLR FilmmakersHow to Capture High Quality Audio for Low Budget FilmsHack Your H1 Audio Recorder for $1510 Audio Accessories Under $100Piece Together a Pro Boom Mic for Around $500The Best Audio Recorders for Under $300Turning Old iPhones Into Wireless MicsCut with Exciting Transitions and Video AssetsYou don’t have to use star wipes, but you can add some production value to your projects with cool transitions. You can certainly purchase awesome transition packs, but the real frugal filmmaker is here for free stuff. Here are some links to free assets and tutorials on creating your own transitions.Video Editor Toolbox: Over 1,000 Free Video Assets, Plug-ins, LUTs, SFX, and More!10 Free Packs: Over 125 Must-Have Assets for Video EditorsHow to Fake a VHS Look in After Effects13 Free 4K Light Leaks7 Free Filmmaking Books and GuidesPaydays are Hard to Come By — Pay Your Crew AnythingWhen you are starting out in this industry, it can really suck. I can’t emphasize that enough. So much of advancing your career comes from your work ethic and dedication to the craft.No matter how frugal you are, pay your crew something — even if it isn’t very much. They are much more likely to come back and work for someone who pays anything vs. someone who always asks them to work for free.Keep your budget in order by putting together the right kind of crew, and don’t hire unnecessary crew members.Small Budget? Producer Jason Blum’s 5 Rules for Lean FilmmakingThe 5 People Filmmakers Need for a Tiny Skeleton Crew — IndieWire7 Tips for Low-Budget FilmmakingHow to Create a Low-Budget Film That Feels Like a Blockbuster5 Ways To Give Your Low Budget Film More Production Valuelast_img read more

What Analytics Can Teach Us About the Beautiful Game

Sports analytics, no matter the field’s renegade posturing, has now been around long enough to have its own pieces of conventional wisdom. Baseball’s cognoscenti know all about the primacy of on-base percentage over batting average, and they’ve also come to realize once-treasured strategies like bunting and stealing bases are best used sparingly. In basketball, the mid-range jump shot is slowly being phased out as an inefficient relic of antiquity. Spreadsheets are shaming football coaches into rolling the dice more often on fourth downs.But for many American fans tuning into the World Cup this month and next, soccer’s nuggets of analytic insight remain as foreign as the game itself. There are set pieces to orchestrate, attacking strategies to plan, areas of the defense to exploit — and it isn’t always apparent which tactics are best. But analytics has clear advice on how to do some things right.Soccer analytics is very much viewed as a discipline in its infancy. And the sport itself is often described as especially resistant to the pull of number-crunching, whether due to its fluid nature, its sportocratic establishment culture, or a fear that the unsentimentality of data will rob the Beautiful Game of its celebrated elegance.There’s not much truth to that. Off and on, people have been tracking relatively detailed soccer data in some form for more than six decades, up to and including the modern companies that exhaustively log every event on the pitch.That said, WAR isn’t coming to soccer anytime soon. Most attempts to create an all-in-one statistical index for soccer players (like we have for basketball and baseball) have suffered from a distinct lack of transparency1Generally speaking, no formulae for these indices have been released to the public — just vague assurances like this: “The Castrol Index tracks every move on the field and assesses whether it has a positive or negative impact on a team’s ability to score or concede a goal.” and a noticeable bias toward strikers and other scorers, whose output is most readily quantifiable. There are a number of interesting metrics at fans’ disposal, but no magic algorithm that accounts for a player’s role on his club, the system he plays in, the quality of his teammates and countless other factors. By necessity, even the individual plus/minus ratings ESPN uses for the talent portion of our Soccer Power Index fall prey to this phenomenon — we simply have to be more conservative when assessing the impact of a fullback than of a prolific goal-scorer. That makes it hard to distinguish between the value of, say, Manchester United teammates Wayne Rooney and Nemanja Vidić.At the team level, though, the numbers offer more hope. They have the potential to provide soccer with broad strategic conventions comparable to the sabermetric-minded rules of thumb in other sports. None of these is a hard-and-fast decree, but they offer guidelines generated by actual data instead of blind hunches.In “The Numbers Game” by Chris Anderson and David Sally — probably the definitive volume on statistical analysis in soccer — the authors tell the story of Charles Reep, a former Royal Air Force Wing Commander who was tracking play-by-play data for matches and serving as a quantitative consultant for Football League teams as early as the 1950s.Reep’s research was quite groundbreaking for its time, even if it was fatally flawed. The Wing Commander gathered data on how often a given number of successful passes were strung together, and how frequently goals resulted from those sequences, broken down by length. Reep determined that a team’s probability of retaining possession dropped precipitously with each consecutive pass attempt, and that most goals were scored on possessions of fewer than three passes — often originating from quick counterattacks.In Reep’s mind, this meant teams should abandon trying to control possession and maneuvering through the defense with endless passing. Instead, they should focus on getting the ball downfield in as few movements as possible on offense, and applying pressure on defense to generate opportunistic counter-rushes. The numbers seemed to suggest that the long game was the most efficient tactic for soccer success.But subsequent analysis has discredited this way of thinking. Reep’s mistake was to fixate on the percentage of goals generated by passing sequences of various lengths. Instead, he should have flipped things around, focusing on the probability that a given sequence would produce a goal. Yes, a large proportion of goals are generated on short possessions, but soccer is also fundamentally a game of short possessions and frequent turnovers. If you account for how often each sequence-length occurs during the flow of play, of course more goals are going to come off of smaller sequences — after all, they’re easily the most common type of sequence. But that doesn’t mean a small sequence has a higher probability of leading to a goal.To the contrary, a team’s probability of scoring goes up as it strings together more successful passes. The implication of this statistical about-face is that maintaining possession is important in soccer.2As analysts have also recently discovered it to be in hockey. There’s a good relationship3Correlation coefficient in last season’s English Premier League: 0.78. between a team’s time spent in control of the ball and its ability to generate shots on target, which in turn is hugely predictive of a team’s scoring rate and, consequently, its placement in the league table. While there’s less rhyme or reason to the rate at which teams convert those scoring chances into goals, modern analysis has ascertained that possession plays a big role in creating offensive opportunities, and that effective short passing — fueled largely by having pass targets move to soft spots in the defense before ever receiving the ball — is strongly associated with building and maintaining possession.As for the long ball, it’s proven futile in today’s game. During the 2013-14 English Premier League season, the percentage of a team’s passes classified as “long” by Whoscored.com’s data was very negatively correlated4Correlation coefficient: -0.8. with how many goals it scored.5If you’re concerned that the EPL isn’t representative of worldwide soccer, the numbers are essentially identical in Spain’s La Liga, Germany’s Bundesliga, and Italy’s Serie A.The same goes for trying to spearhead an offense from the wings instead of attacking up the middle. In their book, Anderson and Sally write about a seminal piece of quantitative analysis on the 1986 World Cup from researcher Mike Hughes: “Successful teams played a passing game through the middle in their own half and approached the other end of the pitch predominantly in the central areas of the field, while the unsuccessful teams played significantly more to the wings.” The numbers from the 2013-14 season in Europe’s “Big Four” leagues6England’s Premiere League, Spain’s La Liga, Germany’s Bundesliga and Italy’s Serie A. bear this out as well. The percentage of a team’s attacks made up the middle did have a moderately positive7A correlation of 0.32. relationship to its scoring rate relative to the league average, while the relationship between wing attacks and scoring was of the same magnitude and in the negative direction.This, coupled with the fact that corner kicks are surprisingly ineffective at generating goals, is probably related to the negative correlation between a team’s propensity for winning aerial duels8That is, battles for possession strictly on balls played in the air. and its overall goal-scoring rate. By the numbers, it’s a losing bet to count on goals in the air via set pieces — or even off crosses in open play — as a steady way to generate offense, just as it is to rely on the long ball to consistently produce chances. Instead, the statistics seem to support an approach more in line with the artful tiki-taka style exemplified most notably by FC Barcelona and the Spanish national team. In soccer, data and aesthetics are not mutually exclusive, just as they aren’t in any other sport.That’s the one bit of analytics wisdom that could stand to become more conventional. For now, though, we have a reasonably good idea of which metrics correlate with a team’s success more than others. Keep those in mind as you gorge on soccer over the next month. read more

Suarez got the right mindset for this World Cup Uruguay

first_imgBarcelona forward Luis Suarez who was suspended from all football-related activity for four months after the incident in Brazil four years ago will face Egypt on Friday.“What happened in Brazil is part of real life and of course it’s been a lesson for him to achieve greater maturity,” said Tabarez, according to BBC.Even though Suarez escaped being given a red card for the bite, he did not feature in Uruguay’s next game, a 2-0 defeat to Colombia in the last 16. Four years before the infamous bite, Suarez was also at the centre of the goal-line handball that earned him a sending-off in the quarter-final against GhanaHowever, Tabarez is confident the 31-year-old will let his quality shine as Uruguay look to make an impression in Russia.samuel umtiti, barcelonaBarca’s Umtiti out for weeks with broken bone George Patchias – September 13, 2019 Barcelona’s Samuel Umtiti has been ruled out for up to six weeks with a broken bone in his foot.Last week, Samuel Umtiti withdrew from…“He’s prepared a lot, he’s got the right mindset for this World Cup, and I do believe he’s meeting all my expectations,” added the Uruguay boss.“In addition to being a great player, he’s very smart, very intelligent, and he comes to the World Cup with a great deal of maturity so we are going to really capitalise on him.”Suarez is Uruguay’s all-time leading scorer and, with strike partner Edinson Cavani, is expected to pose the biggest threat to Egypt’s defence in Yekaterinburg.last_img read more

Germany coach lavish praises on Toni Kroos

first_imgGermany manager Joachim Low has poured praises on Toni Kroos for striking a late winning goal in Saturday night’s 2-1 victory over Sweden at the 2018 World Cup.Ola Toivonen sent Sweden into a first-half lead in the Group F clash, but Marco Reus leveled the scores early in the second period before Kroos netted a winner for Germany in the fifth minute of added time at the end of the 90.With this win, Germany have restored their hope the World Cup and will South Korea next week ahead of their final group game, and Low has hailed Kroos for bouncing back from an early mistake to make the difference late on.Top 5 Bundesliga players to watch during the weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Bundesliga’s Top 5 players to watch next weekend.The German…“I was very pleased for Toni Kroos because he was involved in that mistake that led to their goal. But he did very well with the free-kick in the dying moments. I was very pleased he was able to turn his game around and score that vital goal,” Low told reporters via Sportsmole.Kroos entered this summer’s World Cup off the back of helping Real Madrid land their third successive Champions League title.last_img read more

2018 Top Story Rebecca Zahau wrongful death case evidence review

first_img Sasha Foo, December 27, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: December 27, 2018 Sasha Foo center_img Updated: 10:58 PM 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI)- From the moment that 32 year old Rebecca Zahau was found nude, bound and gagged and hanging from a balcony at her millionaire boyfriend’s Coronado mansion in 2011, there were questions about how she died.On her death certificate, the manner of death is listed as suicide. But seven years later, in a San Diego courtroom last February, the family of Rebecca Zahau set out to prove she was murdered.The defendant in the case was 54 year old Adam Shacknai, the younger brother of Rebecca’s boyfriend. Keith Greer, the attorney for the Zahau family argued that Adam Shacknai killed Rebecca after some type of confrontation in the mansion and staged her death to look like a suicide.Each side brought in their own expert witnesses with conflicting interpretations of the evidence; the knots in the rope around her hands, the mysterious message painted on the door and the injuries to Rebecca’s body.Of all the evidence presented to the jury, attorney Keith Greer believed a knife handle covered in Rebecca’s menstrual blood convinced the jury that Rebecca was sexually assaulted.However, Adam Shacknai’s defense attorney said in court that there was no evidence, no DNA and no telltale fingerprints to show that Adam Shacknai had any sort of involvement.One of the trial’s most dramatic moments came during closing arguments, when Greer displayed a life sized mannequin and played a recording of Adam Shacknai’s call to 911 that morning. The family’s attorney argued that Shacknai did not act like someone who had just discovered a suicide.It took less than four hours for the jury to come back with a verdict: Adam Shacknai was responsible for the death of Rebecca Zahau. The jury in the civil trial ordered Shacknai, a tugboat captain, to pay $5 million to the Zahau family for the loss of Rebecca’s companionship.It was a verdict that surprised Sheriff Bill Gore. “I have to say I was shocked when they came back and found Adam Shacknai somehow responsible,” Gore said.Although the trial was over, the Zahau family was not ready to accept the sheriff’s conclusion that Rebecca died by suicide. The family asked for a second review of the evidence, which the sheriff agreed to conduct with a new set of investigators. The results of the review were announced in December. The review resulted in the same finding as the initial assessment seven years ago.“There’s no doubt in my mind that Rebecca Zahau committed suicide,” Gore said.While the sheriff acknowledged there will always be those with questions and doubts, attorney Keith Greer said the evidence clearly showed that Zahau’s death was not a suicide.“The evidence here shows that the sheriff made an initial decision that is clearly wrong and stuck by that decision later. The only way that happens in my mind is one of two things or a combination of two things- one is incompetence and two is corruption,” Greer said.Gore said he did not think the attorney was able to argue the facts of the case “and so he comes out with ‘There’s some sort of conspiracy or corruption.’ Yeah, I take that personally. I think it’s offensive and inappropriate.”The family of Rebecca Zahau has not collected any money to date. Greer said the civil lawsuit was not about money, but an effort to get the Sheriff’s Department to re-open an investigation.In the coming year, Greer plans to petition the Medical Examiner to change his finding of suicide. The legal team for Adam Shacknai also has plans for 2019. In January, his attorneys will return to court in San Diego to ask a judge to reverse the jury’s verdict and grant Shacknai a new trial. 2018 Top Story: Rebecca Zahau wrongful death case, evidence reviewlast_img read more