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PCB fines Umar Akmal for late night outing in Dubai during Australia ODI seriesPCB fines Umar Akmal for late night outing in Dubai during Australia ODI series

first_imgPakistan cricketer Umar Akmal has been fined 20 per cent of his match fee and has also received an official reprimand following his late night outing in Dubai after the fourth ODI against Australia.The Pakistan Cricket Board said on Monday that team manager, Talat Ali had held a hearing at which Umar pleaded guilty and also apologised for his actions.A video clip emerged on social media showing Umar having a late night outing after Pakistan had lost the fourth ODI in Dubai, following which a debate stirred on whether the batsman had shown indiscipline or his personal life should be respected.Video that is allegedly Umar Akmal last night at a concert by Akon in Dubai Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) March 31, 2019The batsman, who has had a history of run-ins with the establishment and disciplinary issues, was recalled for the ODI series against Australia after showing good form in the Pakistan Super League after having spent nearly two-and-half years on the sidelines.Head coach Mickey Arthur, who had a run-in with Umar in Lahore last year, has said that while Umar’s attitude has improved, he needs to work more on his fitness.PCB Managing Director Wasim Khan said: “I am glad that Umar has realised his mistake and has accepted and apologised for his actions, which were clearly unprofessional and in no way can be ignored or overlooked.”The PCB expects a high level of professionalism and commitment from its players, and this action is a reiteration and timely reminder that any indiscipline shall not be tolerated or accepted.advertisementAlso Read | Maybe Brexit will prevent Kolpak deals from happening: Dale SteynAlso Read | Twitter poll instead of coin toss in cricket: ICC announces Test reforms on April 1last_img read more

England’s refusal to be bullied by Cameroon cannot hide concernsEngland’s refusal to be bullied by Cameroon cannot hide concerns

first_img England’s Phil Neville accuses Cameroon of ‘shaming football’ England women’s football team So far so good but Norway scouts separating England’s performance from the Cameroonian farce dominating the headlines will have been left with cause for quiet optimism.Neville’s defence looked shaky at times and appeared consistently vulnerable to long balls and pace. Alex Greenwood scored but got away with a few bad mistakes at left-back, Millie Bright did not always convince alongside the impressive Steph Houghton at centre-half, Fran Kirby sporadically struggled to retain possession in the playmaker role behind Ellen White, and Toni Duggan frequently laboured on the left flank.It seems the French media has fallen more than a little in love with Neville and his team’s composure in the face of such appalling behaviour. Yet it is one thing to draw deserved plaudits for a forthright but measured deconstruction of Cameroon as well as their coach’s behaviour, and quite another to convince everyone that England really are as good as their statistics suggest.Granted, some of their short passing triangles were easy on the eye but, goals apart, they did not create that many chances against a chaotic backline vastly inferior to Norway’s defence.One player almost exempt from criticism is Jill Scott, who in making her 18th World Cup appearance overtook Peter Shilton’s long-standing record. She is the midfielder who, in disrupting opposition attacks and linking play superbly, joins the dots for Neville’s side. At her fourth World Cup, the Manchester City stalwart is a player who invariably appears to have been there, done that and bought the T-shirt – or at least until Sunday.“I don’t think I’ll ever be in another game like that,” said Scott. “There were a lot of incidents and a lot of protests. It kind of had everything, to be honest. I think one thing that I’m proud of is how logical this England team stayed and how we just focused on the next moment that we could control. I thought we did that fantastically well.“We knew it was going to be physical and there were obviously a few rough challenges. I think Cameroon probably knew we were going to be too good for them technically so they played the more physical game you’ve seen.” Share on Twitter Bright proved similarly restrained in her assessment of an extraordinary match which drew a peak BBC audience of 6.9m, a UK record for women’s football, and 40.5% audience share. Yet despite such understatement the subtext was clear. Referring to Cameroon apparently contemplating a walk-off after disagreeing with VAR decisions, she said: “It’s the first time in my career that I’ve experienced anything like that. I was thinking, ‘Get on with it.’”At one point Houghton seemed set to try to mediate, serving as an arbiter between the referee and Cameroon, but Neville almost went ballistic, urging his captain to stay out of it. Bright agreed it was sound advice.“We just have to stay in our little bubble and let the referees do their job,” she said. “I thought we did that really well. That’s what you have got to do in those situations. As soon as you get caught up in things, or get worried about it, you will lose momentum in the game. We stayed away from it and ignored it.”Not that an England side who came away nursing some heavy bruises were exactly shrinking violets. “We pride ourselves on winning the battle,” Bright said. “You win the physical battle first and then you win the football. If you try to do the football first and not the physical stuff, that doesn’t work. You win physically, you get momentum and you get a foot in the game by winning your tackles and being dominant in that area. Then you can start to make your passes.“That’s the first time I’ve played against Cameroon and it was quite an experience – but I’ve never been bullied on a football pitch and I wasn’t going to let it happen.” Pinterest Jill Scott said: ‘I don’t think I’ll ever be in another game like that.’ Photograph: Lynne Cameron for The FA/Rex/Shutterstock Cameroon women’s football team Share on WhatsApp Read more Share on Facebook Twitter Share on Pinterestcenter_img Reuse this content Topics The good news is that, offering a welcome redefinition of grace under pressure, England refused to be bullied by Cameroon’s absurdly depressing antics in Valenciennes on Sunday.Retaining their poise and refusing to be provoked into retaliation, Phil Neville’s side won their fourth game out of four, scored three goals and kept another clean sheet. Share on Messenger Facebook Share via Email Women’s World Cup Share on LinkedIn Women’s football Women’s World Cup 2019 featureslast_img read more

2016 NBA Mock Draft: First Round 2.02016 NBA Mock Draft: First Round 2.0

first_imgNBA DraftTwitter/@NBADraft NBA DraftTwitter/@NBADraftWe’re only one week away from the 2016 NBA Draft. The draft order has long been set, and the Philadelphia 76ers have been on the clock deciding who they will take with the No. 1 pick. As the date gets closer, all of the potential picks begin to crystallize and the draft starts to take shape. Last month, we brought you our first NBA Mock Draft, but now we decided to take an updated crack at prognosticating how the draft will play out. Note, there are no draft-day trades in our scenario. We predicted what every team would do if it stood pat and picked in its designated slot.Without further ado, let’s kick things off.   Get Started: Picks 1-5Pages: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7last_img

Minister Officially Opens École des BeauxMaraisMinister Officially Opens École des BeauxMarais

first_imgStudents and families from Porters Lake, Chezzetcook, and other Eastern Shore communities are celebrating their new French first-language school today, Jan 28. Acadian Affairs Minister Graham Steele, on behalf of Education Minister Ramona Jennex, was joined by students, teachers, parents, the Conseil scolaire acadien provincial (CSAP) and the Acadian and francophone community for the official opening of École des Beaux-Marais in Porters Lake. “This is the twenty-first school in the CSAP system,” said Mr. Steele. “The CSAP is a powerful force in the Acadian community, and this school recognizes the Acadian roots in Chezzetcook and the Eastern Shore.” The new school has been open since September and has 27 students. The school is home to a Grade Primary class, and the Grandir en français program for four-year olds. The school will add a grade level each year so that in six years, it will be a full Primary-6 elementary school. The long-term plan for the school could include adding additional grades earlier depending on the enrollment needs of the area. “It has always inspired me when groups such as the Acadian community of Chezzetcook want to revive their culture and language,” said Kenneth Gaudet, president of Conseil scolaire acadien provincial. “What better way to get back to your francophone roots than to have a French-language school. This community is rallying around their school to bring out their Acadian identity. We are seeing proof of that here today.” École des Beaux-Marais was established in the same building as the former Lakeview Consolidated Elementary school.last_img read more

Facebook seeks help translating its interface into the language of the NorthFacebook seeks help translating its interface into the language of the North

first_imgFacebook is asking Inuktut speakers for their help in translating the social networking site into the language of the North.Starting on Monday, which is also Nunavut Day, Inuktut speakers can access the Translate Facebook app, where they will be presented with words and phrases from Facebook’s interface and asked to provide an Inuktut translation.People can also vote on the suggestions, and the results will eventually be used for an Inuktut version of Facebook that will be launched sometime next year.Kevin Chan, head of public policy at Facebook Canada, said the idea follows a roundtable with Indigenous leaders who said they wanted a Facebook interface in their own language.“It will start presenting to you various words — basically all of the phrases and words that make up the Facebook interface — so what linguists call strings,” Chan explained.“That would mean simple things like the ‘share’ and ‘comment’ buttons, having those read in Inuktut. But there are also more complicated phrases that are part of the Facebook interface as well,” he said.“All of those things would be translated into Inuktut.”Inuktut refers to all languages spoken by the Inuit, including the Inuktitut dialect spoken on Baffin Island.Inuktut speakers on Facebook can already type posts in syllabics, a written version of the language. But Chan said one of the things Facebook heard during the roundtable was a desire for the interface for the site itself to be in Inuktut.The interface won’t use syllabics, however. It will use Roman orthography, the alphabet used for English — a decision Chan explained was based on the recommendations from one of Facebook’s partner organizations in order to make the social networking site as accessible to as broad a group of people as possible.Help on the project is coming from Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated, which monitors the Inuit land claim, and Inuit Uqausinginnik Taiguusiliuqtiit, Nunavut’s language authority.“Facebook’s recognition of their role in the promotion and use of Inuktut is very much welcomed, particularly in Nunavut, where it is the public majority language,” Aluki Kotierk, President at Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated, said in a news release.“This is refreshing because Inuit in Nunavut use Facebook to connect.”Chan said Facebook use in the North is higher than the national average.It’s partly a reason why Facebook has partnered with organizations in the North before. Last year, it hosted the Boost Your Community summit in Iqaluit, where a five-year plan aimed at reducing the number of suicides in Nunavut was launched.Statistics Canada reports the number of Inuit in Nunavut whose mother tongue is Inuktut was 80 per cent in 2011. However, that had dropped from 88 per cent in 1996, and use of the language in homes fell to 61 per cent from 76 per cent during the same period.“Providing an interface and allowing communications in our language is one of the ways we can encourage our people to use our language in all areas, including the very widely used social media,” Mary Thompson, Chairperson of the Inuit Uqausinginnik Taiguusiliuqtiit, said in a news release.—with files from Bob Weber.last_img read more

Adonis Stevensons condition stable but critical after traumatic brain injury DoctorAdonis Stevensons condition stable but critical after traumatic brain injury Doctor

first_imgQUEBEC — The medical team treating Montreal boxer Adonis Stevenson in a Quebec City hospital says he remains in stable but critical condition following his Saturday night knockout.Intensive care specialist Dr. Alexis Turgeon told reporters today that Stevenson underwent surgery soon after he was brought to the hospital from the arena by ambulance.The doctor at the Hopital de l’Enfant-Jesus says Stevenson suffered a traumatic brain injury and has been in intensive care since his surgery.He is sedated, under artificial ventilation and is undergoing specialized neurological monitoring.Turgeon says it is too soon to offer an opinion on the boxer’s short- or long-term prognosis.Stevenson was injured in a knockout loss to Oleksandr Gvozdyk of Ukraine in his WBC light heavyweight title defence.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Taylor Swift Donates 25000 Scholastic Books To New York City SchoolsTaylor Swift Donates 25000 Scholastic Books To New York City Schools

first_imgToday, singer, songwriter Taylor Swift and Scholastic, the world’s largest publisher and distributor of children’s books, announced a donation of 25,000 new, age-appropriate books from the Scholastic Possible Fund to 25 New York City schools in need of more books for their students.Twenty-five schools will each receive 1,000 new children’s books through the Scholastic Possible Fund as a result of Taylor’s support of the Company’s “Open a World of Possible,” initiative, designed to promote independent reading among all children. As a long-time literacy advocate, Taylor hosted a webcast for classrooms during which she shared how books, reading and writing have influenced her and opened her world. Since it first aired in October 2014, the webcast has been viewed by more than 4.5 million students from around the country and is available here.The importance of increasing access to books in schools was highlighted in the most recent Scholastic Kids & Family Reading Report which found that children ages 6-17 from lower-income households are more likely to read books for fun in school and far less likely to read books outside of school than their higher-income peers. Further, having a selection of texts for independent reading can be a powerful tool to encourage kids to pick up a book. The same report revealed that nine in ten kids agree their favorite books – and the ones they are the most likely to finish – are the ones they pick out themselves.“Scholastic is honored to join with Taylor Swift who continues to show a passion for literacy and a commitment to spreading the message of how influential books can be in a child’s life,” said Greg Worrell, President, Scholastic Education. “Through this donation, we aim to encourage independent reading which inspires a love of learning and to ‘Open a World of Possible’ for more New York City students by making sure they have access to the very best children’s books.”“We are really looking forward to receiving these books and incorporating them into our school’s library so that all students in our building can have access to them,” said Principal Nova Xiomara, of PS 132, Juan Pablo Duarte School in Manhattan, NY.last_img read more

Security Council joins UN condemnation of killing of Guinea protestersSecurity Council joins UN condemnation of killing of Guinea protesters

1 October 2009The Security Council has added its voice to widespread United Nations condemnation of this week’s killing or wounding of hundreds of civilian demonstrators at an opposition rally in Guinea, where some of the protesters were raped by members of the security forces. Council members voiced their “utmost concern” at reports that security forces killed at least 150 people when they opened fire at the rally, according to a press statement read out yesterday by Ambassador Susan Rice of the United States on behalf of the 15-member panel.The Council deplored numerous “blatant violations of human rights, including rapes in public streets in broad daylight,” as well as the arrest of opposition party leaders, Ms. Rice said.The statement urged authorities in Guinea to put an end to the violence, bring the perpetrators to justice and release all political prisoners, and it also called for a prompt return to the rule of law, democracy and constitutional order through elections scheduled for next year.The Council statement joins similar expressions of condemnation from Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay, who has described the scenes at the rally in the Guinean capital, Conakry, as “a blood bath.”The International Contact Group on Guinea, which includes Said Djinnit, the head of the UN Office for West Africa (UNOWA) and the Secretary-General’s Special Representative to the region, has also been insisting on a swift return to constitutional order following the seizing of power last December by Army Captain Moussa Dadis Camara in the wake of the death of Guinea’s long-time president Lansana Conté.The Security Council, Mr. Ban and the contact group have also stressed the need for members of the military junta, the National Council for Democracy and Development (known by its French acronym, CNDD), to not participate in next year’s election, in line with an earlier commitment given by the junta. read more

C4 journos refused entryC4 journos refused entry

The Channel 4 journalists were among those blacklisted in Sri Lanka following the airing of the controversial war crimes videos. The military also launched its own inquiry after the LLRC released its final report late last year with a set of recommendations.  (Colombo Gazette) The government had however rejected the allegations and said that the videos were doctored and not authentic.Following international pressure the government later appointed the Lessons Learned and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) to look at some of the incidents which took place during the war including the allegations raised in the Channel 4 video. The immigration and emigration department says it refused entry into the country to two Channel 4 television journalists yesterday.Immigration head Chulananda Perera said that one female journalist, Shirani Sabaratnam, was refused entry at the Katunayake airport. Her husband Stuart Cosgrove, a Director at Channel 4, had meanwhile entered the country and was at a Colombo hotel when he was taken back to the airport by immigration officers and sent back, Perera said. read more

Government insists Galle stadium will remain but MR pavilion will goGovernment insists Galle stadium will remain but MR pavilion will go

The joint opposition raised concerns in Parliament today over moves to remove the stadium as Galle risked losing the UNESCO world heritage site status. The Government today insisted that the Galle stadium will remain but the Mahinda Rajapaksa pavilion will be removed.Minister Sagala Ratnayake said that there was no demand by UNESCO to remove the Galle stadium. He said the concern is over the new pavilion constructed at the stadium when the former Government was in office. Higher Education Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe said that the stadium will not be removed as the issue is only over the unauthorised constructions within the premises.Sports Minister Faizer Mustapha said that the Galle stadium has been a good venue for Sri Lanka cricket and so efforts must be taken to protect the stadium and the world heritage status of Galle. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Global HIV therapy access tripled in past two years but challenges remainGlobal HIV therapy access tripled in past two years but challenges remain

Charting the final progress of the “3 by 5” strategy, launched in 2003 to expand access to HIV therapy to 3 million people in the developing world, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) report also says that the lessons learned in the last two years provide a foundation for continuing global efforts to provide universal access to HIV treatment by 2010.“Two years ago, political support and resources for the rapid scale-up of HIV treatment were very limited,” said WHO Director-General, Dr. Lee Jong-wook. “Today “3 by 5” has helped to mobilize political and financial commitment to achieving much broader access to treatment. This fundamental change in expectations is transforming our hopes of tackling not just HIV/AIDS, but other diseases as well.”Countries in every region of the world made substantial gains during the “3 by 5” period in closing the gap between those in need of HIV antiretroviral treatment (ART) and those receiving it, WHO/UNAIDS said, adding that 18 developing countries had met the strategy’s target of providing treatment to at least half of those in need by the end of last year.“Between 2003 and 2005, global expenditure on AIDS increased from $4.7 billion to an estimated $8.3 billion…During the same period, the price of first-line treatment decreased by between 37 per cent and 53 per cent, depending on the regimen used,” the report stated.“Between end-2003 and 2005, HIV treatment access expanded in every region of the world. Sub-Saharan Africa and East, South and Southeast Asia, the regions most heavily affected by the epidemic, achieved the most rapid and sustained progress.”However, despite the successes, the report also highlighted how the “3 by 5 strategy fell short of its ambitions.” Obstacles to scaling up HIV treatment and prevention included constraints on the procurement and supply of drugs, diagnostics and other commodities as well as strained human resources capacity and other “critical weaknesses” in health systems.“Misinformation about the disease and stigma against people living with HIV still hamper prevention, care and treatment efforts everywhere,” said Dr. Peter Piot, UNAIDS Executive Director. “If we are to get ahead of the AIDS epidemic, we must tackle stigma, ensure that the available funds are spent effectively to scale-up HIV prevention, care and treatment programmes, and mobilize more resources.”UNAIDS estimates that the gap between available resources and those needed is $18 billion for the period 2005-2007, and that at least $22 billion per year will be needed by 2008 to fund comprehensive national HIV prevention, treatment and care programmes.The report highlights the lessons learned since 2003 in scaling up HIV treatment, including the need for more resources and sustainable financing, and notes that both UNAIDS and WHO are intensifying efforts to fight the global scourge of AIDS. read more

HallOfFame Careers That Cooperstown Never Gave The Time Of DayHallOfFame Careers That Cooperstown Never Gave The Time Of Day

SSLuis Aparicio42.224.56198484.6 HOF LIKELIHOOD …ACTUAL BALLOT RESULTS RPBruce Sutter22.66.713200676.9 OFJim Wynn48.444.919830.0 OFKirby Puckett43.323.91200182.1 3BPaul Molitor55.938.31200485.2 HOF LIKELIHOOD …ACTUAL BALLOT RESULTS SPRick Reuschel54.852.219970.4 3BDick Allen53.243.119833.7 RPTom Gordon29.313.820150.4 1BJohn Olerud49.440.420110.7 OFKenny Lofton56.771.720133.2 OFLou Brock37.59.31198579.7 The Hall of Fame’s Anti-One-and-Done teamFor each position, the player who had the lowest likelihood of making the Hall of Fame (based on JAWS) among players who were actually inducted (1979-2017) SSJim Fregosi42.938.319841.0 CTed Simmons44.253.1%19943.7 CCarlton Fisk54.080.6%2200079.6 POS.PLAYERJAWS*HOF %YRS ON BALLOTYR ELECTEDVOTE % OFJim Edmonds53.964.120162.5 Not every player on the team above is worse than his counterpart on the One-and-Done All-Stars. (For instance, Carlton Fisk, the “worst” catcher inducted, was far superior to Simmons.) But most were — and as a result, our team of one-and-done candidates would be favored to beat those Hall of Famers about 52 percent of the time at a neutral field.8According to Bill James’s log5 method of comparing two team’s winning percentages. Based on JAWS, even the second-most unlikely team of inducted Hall of Famers9C Ivan Rodriguez1B Harmon Killebrew2B Craig BiggioSS Ozzie Smith3B Brooks RobinsonOF Dave WinfieldOF Willie StargellOF Billy WilliamsSP Don DrysdaleRP Rollie Fingers is only roughly as good as our All-One-and-Done team, with each clocking in around 100-win talent in a typical season. (That second team is extremely star-studded, and in many cases also beloved by a single team’s fan base, which offers clues into what helps generate Hall of Fame traction — or, in the case of Lofton, who played for 11 teams in his career, helps take it away.)Unfortunately for the Kenny Loftons of the world, there’s little precedent for a player eventually making the Hall through the Veteran’s Committee after going one-and-done in the BBWAA ballot. Longtime Cubs third baseman Ron Santo is the only player since 1979 to pull off the feat, finally receiving a posthumous election in 2011 after years of lobbying from more sabermetrically inclined analysts (and an army of Chicago fans).Perhaps Lofton & Co. will get to tell their own redemption tales at the Hall of Fame podium someday. But for now, remember that even as Raines take his place among baseball’s greatest stars this weekend, there are plenty of other deserving players whose candidacies were dashed in the shadows of the ballot after barely getting a chance. *JAWS measures a player’s Hall of Fame qualification using a combination of his career and seven-year peak wins above replacement.Sources:, FanGraphs, Lahman DB 2BRoberto Alomar53.970.42201190.0 SPCatfish Hunter34.55.53198776.3 Based on the historical relationship between an MLB team’s total JAWS from its starters (at the positions listed above) and its record, our team of snubs would figure to win about 100 games in a typical season, depending on how close the players were to their primes. By comparison, the lowest-probability team of actual Hall members voted in over the same span would figure to win 96 or so games in an average season: The Hall of Fame’s All-One-and-Done teamFor each position, the player who had the highest likelihood of making the Hall of Fame (based on JAWS) among players who dropped off the ballot after only one year (1979-2017) 1BTony Perez47.230.89200077.2 POS.PLAYERJAWS*HOF %YEAR ON BALLOTVOTE % At long last, Tim Raines will officially be a Hall of Famer. The longtime Montreal Expos outfielder was voted into the Hall last winter in his 10th (and final) year on the ballot, after years of lobbying by media members and analysts who emphasized Raines’s advanced stats, rather than his more modest traditional ones. Raines’s induction this Sunday has been hailed as monumental in the effort to populate Cooperstown with more sabermetrically accomplished ballplayers.It’s too bad, though, that so many qualified candidates have already been passed over — and some only lasted a year on the ballot. Take, for instance, former Cleveland Indians center fielder Kenny Lofton, a player with a comparable résumé to Raines. Out of the 569 ballots cast for the Hall in 2013, only 18 (3.2 percent) carried Lofton’s name, causing him to drop off of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America’s (BBWAA) ballot forever. (Players named on at least 75 percent of ballots are elected to the Hall; those named on fewer than 5 percent fall off the ballot.)According to JAWS,1Or the “Jaffe WAR Score system” — so named for its creator, sabermetrician Jay Jaffe. a system that measures Hall of Fame worthiness using wins above replacement,2In this case, I calculated my own version of JAWS using an average of the WAR numbers provided by and FanGraphs. Lofton is the eighth-best Hall-eligible center fielder in modern3Since 1901. baseball history, checking in slightly behind HOF member Duke Snider and slightly ahead of two other members, Andre Dawson and Richie Ashburn. A regression I ran using JAWS4Specifically, I ran a logistic regression between a player’s JAWS components (his career and peak seven-year WAR) and his HOF status, with dummy variables for each position (some positions have a higher or lower JAWS threshold than others). thinks a player of Lofton’s caliber should make the Hall about 72 percent of the time. Instead, he fell off the ballot after just one appearance — a farcical outcome for one of the most electrifying players in the game’s history.And Lofton isn’t even the most egregious one-and-done snub since 1979, when the policy of dropping players with fewer than 5 percent of the vote was enacted. You could build an entire All-Star team of players whose numbers seem Hall-worthy but got booted off the ballot after just one try.There’s longtime California Angels second baseman Bobby Grich, whose JAWS numbers suggest an 89 percent Hall probability. Yet Grich somehow received only 11 votes (2.6 percent) in 1992. Then there’s recently retired center fielder Jim Edmonds (64 percent), whose career was roughly as good as Ashburn’s by JAWS, despite what all but 11 voters thought in 2016. Even the less-probable members of the All-One-and-Done Team were borderline cases, such as catcher Ted Simmons (53 percent), pitcher Rick Reuschel (52 percent) and outfielder Jimmy Wynn (45 percent).Like Raines and Lofton, these players were overlooked because they fell well short of Cooperstown’s traditional stat benchmarks. Reuschel didn’t win 300 games.5He won 214. Edmonds didn’t hit 500 home runs.6 He hit 393. But through the lens of sabermetrics, each player’s Hall candidacy has taken on more legitimacy — albeit far too late. Even with advanced metrics, you can make an argument for why each player shouldn’t be in the Hall, but it’s still tough to justify how they couldn’t even stay on the ballot longer than a year.According to my JAWS-based HOF probability metric, here’s the All-One-and-Done roster:7I excluded third baseman Ron Santo, who was later inducted via the Veteran’s Committee, as well as pitcher Kevin Brown, whose exclusion from the Hall can be explained by being listed on the Mitchell Report for the use of performance-enhancing drugs. 2BBobby Grich60.488.819922.6 *JAWS measures a player’s Hall of Fame qualification using a combination of his career and seven-year peak wins above replacement.Sources:, FanGraphs, Lahman DB OFJim Rice44.126.615200976.4 read more

More contraband items found at Lusignan PrisonMore contraband items found at Lusignan Prison

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedSearch at penitentiaries unearthed more contraband itemsDecember 24, 2018In “Crime”Marijuana, improvised weapons among contraband unearthed at NA PrisonAugust 18, 2018In “Crime”Police, prison officials raid Lusignan PrisonJuly 15, 2018In “Crime” the contraband items found at the prison on MondayA search conducted at the Lusignan Prison on Monday afternoon by members of the Guyana Police Force and the Guyana Prison Service has unearthed more contraband items.Thus far, it has been reported by police that 45 improvised weapons were found, along with six lighters, one metal foil, 36 razor blades, three cell phone chargers, one white cell phone, a quantity of empty zip lock bags, one tattoo machine, a quantity of nails, two headphones, three broken pieces of metal, and a quantity of pallet wood.iNews understands that the search was conducted at 14:15h and lasted one hour. No one was arrested but an investigation was launched. read more

Building costs up 3 per cent as material and energy prices riseBuilding costs up 3 per cent as material and energy prices rise

first_imgNEW FIGURES HAVE shown that building costs continued to recover slowly last year, seeing an increase of almost 3 per cent.The figures from the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland (SCSI) show that construction tender prices increased by 1.8 per cent in the second half of 2012 and 2.8 per cent for the year as a whole.Andrew Nugent, Chair of the Quantity Surveying Professional Group of SCSI said that prices have increased by almost 5 per cent over past two years and which is “primarily due to rising input costs such as building materials and energy costs”.“The gradual increase in tender prices also reflects a growing reality in the industry that recent trends in below cost tendering are unsustainable, as witnessed by the number of company and project failure amongst contractors and sub-contractors”, he said.Nugent also said the construction sector has an important role to play in supporting the smart economy as well as foreign direct investment as the industry evolves and the  focus moves away from building houses and apartments.Read: Planning applications down 17 per cent as construction remains in doldrums>Read: Fewer than 8,500 houses built in Ireland last year>last_img read more

Trailer Watch Which movie should you go see this weekendTrailer Watch Which movie should you go see this weekend

first_img Share1 Tweet Email1 By Paul Hosford Thursday 24 Nov 2016, 8:30 PM Bad Santa 2 (463) 14,481 Views What’s it rated? RottenTomatoes: 6.5/10IMDB: 7.2/10Bad Santa 2 Trailer Watch: Which movie should you go see this weekend? What’s a must-watch, and what’s a miss? We tell you. RottenTomatoes: 4.3/10IMDB: 5.5/10Paterson Source: FilmTrailerZone/YouTubeWhat we knowPaterson drives a bus in the city of Paterson. He’s also a world-class poet.What the critics say“Jarmusch proves that it is possible to make a film in which the everyday can be turned into something mysterious and even transcendent. This a quiet film but ultimately a very rewarding one.” – The Independent“Quiet, thoughtful and deeply human, this is one of Jarmusch’s finest and features Adam Driver’s best performance yet.” – Empire What’s it rated? Source: Movieclips Trailers/YouTubeWhat we knowBilly Bob Thornton is back as mall Santa Billy. This time he’s going to rob a charity with his mother, played by Kathy Bates.What the critics say“Billy Bob Thornton’s grouchy Santa is finally back, but his sequel is pretty ho-ho-horrible.” – NY Daily News“There’s a going-through-the-motions vibe to the whole affair; it’s not a movie that has faith in ill will towards all men and that eggnog is best served spiked with bourbon and arsenic so much as it’s willing to adopt a misanthropic pose in the name of people-pleasing.” – Rolling Stone AlliedBad Santa 2PatersonVote 11 Comments Allied (916) Poll Results: RottenTomatoes: 8.8/10IMDB: 7.7/10Which one would you go see first? Short URL Paterson (957) THE WEEKEND IS coming up, and that means new movies for you to see.But which is a must-watch, and are there any you should avoid?We take a look:Allied Source: Paramount Pictures/YouTubeWhat we knowBrad Pitt and Marion Cotillard look beautiful as spies in World War II. But is all what it seems?What the critics say“Robert Zemeckis lacks his usual fizz in this tourist visit to a heritage-wartime past, in which Pitt and Cotillard look and act like strangers”. – The Guardian“Alive to what’s great about old movies: the supple, nearly invisible craft that allows scenes to throb with emotional suspense.” – Variety What’s it rated? Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Nov 24th 2016, 8:30 PM last_img read more

Theres a new highsecurity €50 note out tomorrow heres a sneak peekTheres a new highsecurity €50 note out tomorrow heres a sneak peek

first_img Share553 Tweet Email343254 Short URL Image: THE BRAND NEW €50 notes go into circulation tomorrow – can you spot the difference between the new and old notes?Today, we got a sneak peek of the new, sturdier fifties. So here’s what to look out for to make sure we’re not getting fake fifties –  or shocked by the real ones.Look, feel, tilt“If there’s one thing I want people to take from this it’s the look, feel, tilt,” the Central Bank’s Paul Molumby tells a roundtable of journalists.They swapped some of our old fifties for a brand new ones (they weren’t handing out free samples, unfortunately) with a warning not to use them before tomorrow.Molumby pauses to spell his surname, and goes on to demonstrate what he calls the ‘level one’ security features of the note – the basic stuff. Source: TheJournal.ieFirst of all there’s the look of the note. In the top right corner there’s a ‘window’, or a panel where light gets through.In the window is the head of the Goddess Europa and in the note itself (on the left side) there’s another image. Away from light, none of those are visible. Source: Paul Molumby compares old with new.And why is all this being done?For security reasons. Even though the level of counterfeit notes isn’t high or common – out of 19 billion notes in circulation, only 0.0001% of them are fake – he says that’s no reason for complacency.What’s the note made of?It’s made of paper and cotton fibres, in contrast with the UK’s new British pound note which raised vegans’ backs when it was revealed that the note was made using animal fat. This new fifty note is vegan-friendly.So how much does this new rollout of notes cost?Each note costs 6-10 cents per note to make – that includes the €5, €10, and €20 notes that have already been replaced with more secure notes, and in the case of fivers and tenners, they’ve been given a protective coating to try and stop them tearing easily.“The new note is a continuation of the Europa series,” he says. Source: European Central Bank/YouTubeAre there more notes on the way?Yes. The €100 and €200 notes are being brought in next year, and the €500 note is out of circulation (meaning they aren’t printing it, and banks won’t hand it out).Although they’re trying to get the €500 note out of circulation, that’s not the aim of introducing the new €50 note.How will banks and retailers know about the change?The Central Bank has been working with the four main partners: Bank of Ireland, AIB, Ulster Bank and An Post to train their staff on what the new notes feel like.For retailers, brochures and information cards were sent out in advance showing the differences between the new and old notes.And finally…Considering Article 50 was recently triggered, we thought we’d ask why they left the UK on the note, as a quick, simple joke.“The design of the note was decided long before Brexit,” Molumby answers seriously, adding that the UK always used the pound, and that it’s more of a geographical image than a representation of the EU. Let’s remember they’re still in Europe.Clearly when it comes to the Central Bank, there’s no joking around.Read: Here’s what the new €20 note looks likeRead: Spot the difference? Here’s what the new €10 note looks likeRead: This is the new €5 banknote which enters circulation today The feel of the note, the tactile edges of the note along the sides, but also if you run your finger over the value – the large 50 – you can feel the lift there, and also over the door.“Finally, if you tilt the note: either the roll of the emerald-green in the number in the bottom left-hand corner, and also on the silver foil as you roll it, you’ll see the image in the window change.”They’re just level one. There are other security features known to professional cash handlers so they can identify them – that’s level two.The level three differences are for Central Bank’s knowledge only.Molumby twirls the note around his fingers – as the Director of Currency at the Central Bank, he could talk about this all day.Which is good, because there are questions. Apr 3rd 2017, 6:01 PM 31,072 Views Monday 3 Apr 2017, 6:01 PM Image: 27 Comments By Gráinne Ní Aodha There’s a new high-security €50 note out tomorrow – here’s a sneak peek There are some interesting security and design features about the new fifty euro note. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

New campaign spruiks multiculturalismNew campaign spruiks multiculturalism

first_imgA national campaign against racism plans to enlist the help of high-profile Australians to stand in as community representatives. The campaign will communicate the benefits of multiculturalism, amid concerns of ongoing discriminations against groups such as Muslims, black Africans and Aborigines. The government has set aside $1.7 million towards the national anti-racism partnership and strategy, spearheaded by federal Race Discrimination Commissioner, Dr Helen Szoke. The Australian Human Rights Commission (HRC) and Federation of Ethic Communities Councils of Australia (FECCA) are also in talks for the campaign. FECCA chairman Pino Migliorino said the campaign aims to “communicate to the public through community activities, the ethnic media, as well as ethnic community organisations”. “We’re also very keen to start campaigning online to broaden our reach. Hopefully the online capacity will encourage more community representatives to be involved.” Migliorino adds that racism is still present in Australian society today and is quite institutionalised, particularly in areas of employment. “We hope to scrutinise straight out racism in the workplace, access to employment appropriate to people’s skill and issues to do with re-employment.” The campaign, which is currently still in its early days, will also address issues on housing and how members of ethnic communities may be disadvantaged in the private rental market, Migliorino says. Dr Helen Szoke recently commented that since 11 September 2001, the backlash against Muslims has been exacerbated and is still considerably high. Victims of racism can make complaints to the Australian Human Rights Commission. For more information go to Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Konami reveals first nonKojima Metal Gear Solid gameKonami reveals first nonKojima Metal Gear Solid game

first_imgAt Gamescom today Konami shocked the world by revealing a brand new Metal Gear game that looks like it has more in common with Left 4 Dead than anything previous.A four-player co-op experience, Metal Gear Survive is set immediately after the events of Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, but it strays from the concept pretty heavily. Here we find out that all the surviving heroes from the finale get sucked through a number of wormholes that lands them in an alternate universe. This wouldn’t be so bad if it weren’t for the fact that this alternate universe is full of zombies with crystals lodged in their heads.As the end of the trailer seems to hint, there might be some kind of Metal Gear to face as well… a giant zombie version, perhaps?(Spoilers for the end of Metal Gear Solid V are to be found here, so watch at your own risk.)As was made very publicly clear, Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojjima has parted ways with Konami and hasn’t been involved in this, so fan reaction has already been mixed to say the least. Besides this teaser trailer there are no (ahem) solid details on the game just yet, except for the fact that Survive is meant to be a co-op experience.We can infer a few things from the trailer, however, such as how it will most likely feature some sort of base-building aspect to it. After all, we see Mother Base being pulled into the wormholes and dropped on the planet, and it seems to become your new safe haven for keeping out the zombie creatures. There also seems to be a reliance on physical, up-close weapons, but we’ll see how that plays out.Expect Metal Gear Survive to hit sometime in 2017. Hey, at least it beats a Metal Gear pachinko game?Here’s some additional speculation as to what this game is courtesy of IGN:last_img read more

Haines marijuana business inches closer to operating brings together grandmother millenialsHaines marijuana business inches closer to operating brings together grandmother millenials

first_imgGorden Julien and Betsy Shiner in front of the Glacier Bay Farm. (Photo by Daysha Eaton, KHNS – Haines) site.Alaska voters approved recreational use of marijuana by those 21 and older in 2014, but it has taken time for businesses in some rural communities to come online.Listen nowGlacier Bay Farms is set to be among the first legal marijuana businesses in Haines.The commercial, recreational marijuana grow operation has brought together an unlikely team of entrepreneurs— a 78-year-old grandmother and a handful of millennials who are hoping to have their first harvest by the end of the year.“We’ve done anything to make a living, that was legal, I guess you could say,” Carol Waldo said.Waldo’s family has dabbled in logging, trucking, construction, concrete, equipment rental, and snow plowing, among other things for over 50 years.“If you live in Alaska, especially in a community like this, where we are kind of isolated,” Waldo said. “You have to be able to do a lot of different things to survive.”And now, Waldo is becoming a pioneer in a new kind of business: the newly legal commercial recreational marijuana industry.It is under construction now and if all goes as planned, Glacier Bay Farms will be up and running by the end of the year.It is one of several marijuana cultivation and retail businesses in Haines going through the lengthy state licensing process.With silver hair cropped just above her shoulders and sparkling blue eyes, the five-foot-one grandmother says she never imagined she’d be growing and selling marijuana.“I’ve never smoked marijuana and I’ve never [e]aten marijuana. I mean it’s not anything that I’ve tried yet,” Waldo said. “That doesn’t mean I won’t try it at some point, I might. I’m 78 years old, I guess I can kind of do what I want.”Waldo explains she does use oil derived from cannabis, CBD oil, orally for her type two diabetes and topically to treat arthritis. CBD is not psychoactive.Waldo talks business around her kitchen table over a batch of freshly-baked chocolate chip cookies.“I just baked them a couple of hours ago,” Waldo explained from a chair in her home dining room, near downtown Haines.Waldo arrived in Alaska from the Midwest via the Alaska Highway as a young child in 1948, the second year the highway was opened to traffic. Her family settled in Haines. Her parents are buried nearby and five generations of her family have lived in the town of about 2,500.Waldo still manages the family business, Waldo Enterprises, which was established in 1964.Waldo says she believes legal marijuana businesses can bring economic development to the town which mostly relies on fishing and tourism.“Haines needs some economy, they need some tax money, they need jobs and one of the things that is important to me is to see young people move here with their families, send their kids to school, buy their groceries at the stores here in town,” Waldo said.Waldo says she has purchased 90 percent of building materials in Haines. She already employs about five young people who live here and hopes to employ many more as her business develops. One of them is 28-year-old Gordon Julian.“We have two buildings. They are going to be identical. Each building is going to have 48 lights.” Julian said.Julian stands in a clearing on nearly 13 acres of land next to the Waldo family salvage yard at the foot of Mount Ripinsky where two long, rectangular windowless buildings are under construction.Julian, who says he worked in the legal medical marijuana industry in Michigan, is putting the grow operation together. He steps inside one building and describes what it will be like once electricity is hooked up.“At any given time we could have, between the two buildings, close to 800 plants going at one time,” Julian said.Betsy Shiner, also 28 and from Michigan, is part of the team too. She actually trained to be a preschool teacher.“I trained at Michigan State University, but the teaching in our country does not pay very well right now.” Shiner said. “So, I have a lot of student loans. I’m hoping to get some money to pay back those college loans.”Shiner says she is excited to be involved in a growing industry that pays well.“This is like an industry where there is promise for a future,” Shiner said.Waldo says she is very interested in eventually expanding her business to focus on medical marijuana products. She also has an interest in developing marijuana tourism and possibly a dispensary in Haines.In a small town, Waldo says there are always skeptics, critics, and detractors, but she wants people here to know that she’s going into the pot business because she cares about the future of Haines.“We’re not fly-by-night. We are not here to make money and leave.” Waldo said. “We’re here to make a living, hire people and better our community.”To better the community and create a business that she plans to pass on to her son and grandchildren here.But for now, the septuagenarian hopes that she and her team of millennials will be wholesaling bud to dispensaries in Juneau by the end of 2018.last_img read more

Newtoks infrastructure erodes like the ground below itNewtoks infrastructure erodes like the ground below it

first_imgBut most of the time residents dump them in the river, which is now less than 20 feet from someone’s home.  In Newtok, there’s no running water. That means you need to walk to the water plant and haul it back, one 5-gallon bucket at a time.  “You gotta be strong for that stuff,” says resident Ashley Tom. About 15 years ago, the U.S. Government Accountability Office called out agencies for funding a million-dollar health clinic in Newtok. They asked if a less expensive, more temporary solution would have been more appropriate. Since then, agencies are more reluctant to fund projects in any village that plans to relocate. George calls it a collaboration between her and her husband. “I thought it up, and I told him to do it for me,” she said.  In Mertarvik there will be a landfill that you can walk to, toilets that flush, a public washateria, and most importantly, running water. Garbage piles up on a dock in Newtok on July 25, 2019. The dump is across the Newtok River from the village. Unreliable water levels make it hard to dispose of the village’s garbage. (Photo by Katie Basile, KYUK – Bethel) There’s a pile of over 100 bags of trash sitting on the dock, and there are more piles strewn across town because the landfill is across the river and the tides make it difficult to cross. “It would be nice to have flushing toilets,” George said. Newtok Relocation Coordinator Romy Cadiente and the village residents work hard to balance the demands of construction in Mertarvik with maintaining infrastructure in Newtok. July 25, 2019. (Photo by Katie Basile, KYUK – Bethel) George says that a few families in Newtok have already followed her blueprint, but she’s not satisfied.  Carolyn George shows her homemade water pump system that connects rain water to her kitchen sink and washer. Newtok has never had running water, forcing residents to get creative. July 25, 2019. (Photo by Katie Basile, KYUK – Bethel) “That’s just a perfect example of a lot of things that need to happen,” Cadiente said. “Construction on Mertarvik site, and taking care of the infrastructure and the residents that are still here.” People end up reusing water for a lot of things, like washing their hands and their clothes. Carolyn George noticed that her kids were getting sick often, and that she had to do something about it. “One time I was right next to the store and they were dumping it right there,” resident Ashley Tom remembers. But that doesn’t explain the garbage.  There is funding available to solve this problem. Newtok’s relocation director, Romy Cadiente, says that they used to have a trash man to help ferry the bags, but the last grant application fell through the cracks. Newtok’s toilets also come in 5-gallon increments called honey buckets. Everyone has to empty their own when they’re full, but where do they go?  Tribal Administrator Andrew John explained,“The funding agencies did not want to invest into a dying infrastructure like Newtok.” The Ninglik River shoreline is mere feet from houses in Newtok on July 26, 2019. As Newtok residents await relocation, the infrastructure erodes as quickly as the land. (Photo by Katie Basile, KYUK – Bethel) Cadiente says that they filled out the application this year, but people are more excited about what will happen once they move across the river. “When it rains, we pour the extra water in here,” George said, pointing to a barrel. A hose runs from the barrel through a water pump, and crawls neatly along the ceiling to her kitchen sink. The result is homemade running water. “We’re heading into an area where this sort of problem won’t happen to the residents in Mertarvik,” Cadiente said.last_img read more