TN farmers to double up as Aghoris in UP to take on

first_imgTiruchirappalli: Over 100 Tamil Nadu ryots will dress up like Aghori sadhus (Shiva followers) and seek alms in Uttar Pradesh to pay for filing their nomination to the Varanasi constituency from where Prime Minister Narendra Modi is contesting, farmers’ leader P Ayyakannu said Sunday. This plan is to try and bring back focus on the plight of farmers besides collecting money (about Rs 25,000 for each nomination) for filing papers, Ayyakannu said. “We plan to dress up like Aghori sadhus and seek alms,” Ayyakannu, president of the National South Indian Rivers Inter-Linking Farmers Association, told PTI in an interview. Ayyakannu had said on Saturday that 111 farmers from Tamil Nadu would contest against Modi from Varanasi if the BJP does not assure them of fulfilling their demands such as profitable prices for farm produce and include it in the party manifesto. Had the Centre fulfilled their demands following several protests in Delhi in 2017, he said they would not have been forced to resort to such “methods.” Ayyakannu said “our Aghori sadhus protest mode will help people realise that our demands are just and fair.” “We are also thinking of holding a nude protest to highlight our demands like we did in Delhi,” he said. The farmers leader had held various forms of protest including entering the sea in Tamil Nadu to highlight their demands. In November 2018, farmers led by Ayyakannu had gone to Delhi with two skulls, to take part in a kisan rally, alleging it belonged to their colleagues who had allegedly committed suicide over debt. A key demand, loan waiver, is doable if only the government has the will to do it, according to him. “The total farmers loan outstandings is only about Rs 75,000 crore across the country,” Ayyakannu said. He claimed that very huge corporate bad loans were being waived by banks. Ayyakannu wanted to know if farmers who fed the country did not deserve a better deal from the government. “Our demand for loan waiver is just and fair. We don’t have profitable prices for our produce. How do you expect us to clear up our crop loans?” he asked. Loan waiver from all banks, pension for farmers over 60 years, a complete ban on genetically modified seeds and food products,linking rivers, comprehensive personal insurance are the key demands, the farmers leader added.last_img read more

Moroccan Beaten to Death in His Home in Italy

Rabat – A Moroccan man died after he was found “beaten to a pulp” and with his feet bound in his own home in Italy, Italian news source, ANSA, reported on Thursday. The man’s Moroccan neighbors in the town of Scafati in southern Italy called the police after finding the door of the victim’s home unhinged.Sources cited by ANSA believed that the victim was attacked on Tuesday, but was left to suffer in his injured state for 24 hours. The victim, who was an occasional day laborer, had no prior conflicts with the law and no criminal records.The town’s mayor, Pasquale Aliberti Scafati condemned the attacks, according to Moroccan news website Yabiladi.“Violence is not our way of life, he said. “Our community has always demonstrated its ability to interact with all who respect our laws and to take a distance, but with a democratic attitude, with those who refuse to integrate. Our solidarity is with the Moroccan community.”The police are currently investigating the case and an autopsy will be carried out.The news follows a string of reports from the European Union and the United States about Muslims, Moroccans, and other Arabs beaten or found dead in their homes or in public places.Last week, an Imam in England died after he was “badly” beaten in a children’s playground while walking to a nearby mosque from his friend’s house.Earlier this month, a British court heard a case about an elderly Muslim man who died after he was beaten by two drunk 30-year-old men in August while on his way to morning prayers at a local mosque.In January, a Moroccan man was reportedly beaten in Philadelphia for greeting a woman “Massa al Khair,” or “Good Evening” in Arabic. read more

Moroccan Girls Score Higher on Baccalaureate Exams Than Boys

By Rim ElbelkacemiRabat – Moroccan girls exhibited incredible success on this year’s baccalaureate exams.Across the Kingdom, girls achieved the highest baccalaureate scores, with a 48.69 percent success rate among female high school graduates, compared to 39.69 percent among their male counterparts. Girls scored higher nationally in both private and public schools.Many people in the education field have attested to the noticeable difference between the attitudes that girls and boys adopt towards schoolwork and responsibilities, which significantly affects the outcome of their academic achievements.Specialists have attributed this gap between female and male academic success rates to social psychological and culture.In Moroccan society, lifestyles of young men and women are different in many ways. While boys are usually allowed to experience a number of social practices which take place outside of the house, girls usually lead a lifestyle which is more or less confined to the four walls of their homes. This allows the girls to spend more time focusing on their schoolwork and the boys more time to spend on hobbies and activities.This phenomenon has also been explained from a psychoanalytic perspective as being a kind of effort subconsciously made on the behalf of girls as an attempt to change the reality that they live of a male dominated world.Much researches and analysis still needs to be conducted on the causes and consequences of this difference, but there are no foreseeable changes expected in the upcoming years when it comes to gender gap of high school graduate scores in Morocco.Edited by Timothy Filla read more

Escalating Conflict Pakistan and India Shoot Down Each Others Jets

Rabat – Early Wednesday, Pakistani officials reported they had shot down two Indian military jets and taken an Indian pilot into custody. India’s Ministry of External Affairs spokesman confirmed the loss of an MiG 21 fighter jet and pilot and stated Indian forces had shot down a Pakistani fighter jet as well.Pakistani Major General Asif Ghafoor stated the Indian pilot in custody was being “treated as per norms of military ethics.” However, prior to the arrival of Pakistani soldiers at the scene of the plane, a video portrays residents of the region beating the pilot. In another video posted by Pakistan’s Information Ministry, the pilot is shown blindfolded and bloody. This video has since been deleted.There is only one pilot under Pakistan Army’s custody. Wing Comd Abhi Nandan is being treated as per norms of military ethics. pic.twitter.com/8IQ5BPhLj2— Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor (@OfficialDGISPR) February 27, 2019Pakistan’s Information Ministry also tweeted a video of the wreckage from one of the Indian jets. Wreckges of Indian fighter planes burning. Well done Pakistan Air Force. The entire nation is proud of you. pic.twitter.com/TTIb1zvNZS— Information Ministry (@MoIB_Official) February 27, 2019Pakistan closed its entire air space early Wednesday morning and residents living along the border have been asked to leave. World powers such as the United States, European Union, and China have all called for peace in the region in response to fears of an all-out war between the two nuclear-armed nations.In turn, Sushma Swaraj, the Indian foreign minister, stated that India would act, “with responsibility and restraint,” during a meeting with Russian and Chinese foreign ministers. “India does not wish to see a further escalation of the situation,” she continued.Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan also called for talks between the two countries. “History tells us that wars are full of miscalculation. My question is that, given the weapons we have, can we afford miscalculation?” Khan asked in a televised broadcast. The military strikes are the most recent acts of violence which stem from the ongoing conflict between the nuclear-armed states over the region of Kashmir. Both countries claim all of the Kashmir region, but in reality, only control certain parts of it. The area is divided by a de facto border called the “Line of Control.”On Tuesday, India carried out aerial attacks on Pakistani territory for the first time since 1971. India claimed the air strikes in Balakot were targeting a Pakistani militant training base and killed many militants. Swaraj asserted Tuesday’s air strikes were “not a military operation” but “a preemptive strike against the terrorist infrastructure of Jaish-e-Mohammed.” On February 14, a Pakistan-based group carried out a militant suicide bombing in the Kashmir region, killing 40 Indian troops. India blames the militant group Jaish-e-Mohammed for the deadly attack and believes Pakistan played a key role.A long-running conflictSince their independence from Britain and subsequent partition in 1947, the two countries have fought three wars, two of which were regarding Kashmir. Morocco has strong diplomatic and economic relations with Pakistan, in part due to a common faith and similar history. Morocco also has friendly relations with India.Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj visited Morocco last week to discuss counter-terrorism efforts. Swaraj signed an agreement with Moroccan foreign Prime Minister Nasser Bourita to form a joint working group on counter-terrorism, as well as three other agreements. However, Swaraj arrived in Morocco with a “heavy heart” just two days after the February 14 attack in Kashmir, which killed 40 Indian nationals.Swaraj revealed that after the attack she intended to cancel her trip to Morocco. However, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi encouraged her to make her two-day visit, stating, “Morocco always stood with us against terrorism. It’s going to sign an agreement with us on counterterrorism. It’s fighting radicalization. So, please go there.” read more

Ban urges investment in women and girls particularly during economic crisis

In his report on the girl child, Mr. Ban noted that economic crises can exacerbate the impacts of poverty on the lives of children, particularly girls, who are highly vulnerable to their negative effects. In previous financial and economic crises, such as those in Asia and Latin America during the 1980s and 1990s, child mortality rates rose and school enrolment dropped. Past crises have also witnessed higher levels of crime and violence, child labour and other forms of hazardous work, including sex work, and infants being placed in institutions. “Already limited legal benefits and protection, lack of decision-making authority and limited control over financial resources are likely to leave girls and women even more vulnerable to the impact of crises than boys and men,” he wrote.Therefore, a gender-sensitive response to the current economic crisis is “essential,” Mr. Ban stated. “National commitments that support and protect girls’ rights through basic health care and nutrition, clean water, basic education, child protection services and aid flows must be upheld and, where possible, expanded.”The Secretary-General said investing in and ensuring human rights for girls and women is not only a legal and moral obligation but is also likely to prevent intergenerational cycles of poverty and yield high economic and societal returns. “Maintaining national commitments to children and women and enhancing social protection will not only help to ensure a more rapid recovery from the crisis but will also build a foundation for equitable growth and sustained progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs),” he added, referring to the set of globally agreed targets reduce poverty, hunger and other ills by 2015. Mr. Ban’s wide-ranging report also addressed progress and challenges regarding discrimination against the girl child, including in the areas of the right to education, health and adequate food, HIV and AIDS, and violence and exploitation.In addition, it highlights efforts undertaken to end female genital mutilation, a harmful practice that three million girls and women endure each year. The procedure is the partial or total removal of the external genitalia – undertaken for cultural or other non-medical reasons – often causing severe pain and sometimes resulting in prolonged bleeding, infection, infertility and even death.According to the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), although the practice is in decline, it remains prevalent in many countries and often against national laws, particularly in Africa and the Middle East. Mr. Ban stated that ending this practice will contribute to achieving the MDGs, including promoting gender equality and empowerment of women, reducing child mortality and improving maternal health. In February 2008, 10 entities within the UN launched the Inter-agency Statement, setting out the elements to support the overall abandonment of this practice in one generation, with demonstrated success in many countries by 2015. This goal can be reached with strengthened support and collaboration, said Mr. Ban. 2 October 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged countries not to waver in their commitments to women and girls in the midst of the ongoing economic crisis, particularly in ensuring their basic human rights. read more

Security Council mission heads to West Africa to observe peace operations

Video of press briefing [11mins] Among the mission’s goals was to observe the UN peacekeeping operations in Côte d’Ivoire, Liberia and Sierra Leone, Ambassador Emyr Jones Parry of the United Kingdom said at a press briefing. The other countries in the itinerary are Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau and Nigeria. The Russian Federation was not being represented, according to a list Mr. Parry issued, but the Chairman of the UN Economic and Social Council’s Ad Hoc Advisory Group on Guinea-Bissau, South African Ambassador Dumisani Kumalo, would join them in that country. The 20 to 29 June mission would raise awareness of all UN activities in the region and ensure that the removal of a problem in one country did not result in its arrival in another, Ambassador Jones Parry said. In Nigeria, the group would discuss West African issues with President Olusegun Obasanjo, but would not meet with exiled former Liberian President Charles Taylor since the Council’s views on the need to bring Mr. Taylor to justice were fairly clear. In Côte d’Ivoire, the Council would deliver a tough message that all signatories of the Linas-Marcoussis peace agreement must live up to their responsibilities and keep the national reconciliation process on track. In Liberia, the Council would discuss the criteria the Transitional Government needed to meet to have Security Council sanctions lifted. read more

A corny tribute Red Sox slugger immortalized in corn maze

A corny tribute: Red Sox slugger immortalized in corn maze STERLING, Mass. – Nothing quite measures up to the latest tribute to retiring Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz.A corn maze dedicated to the player known as Big Papi was unveiled at a ceremony Tuesday in Sterling, Massachusetts.Ortiz had a message for his legions of fans at the unveiling: “I love corn.”The 8-acre maze was created by Davis Mega Maze and features a cornstalk rendering of Ortiz’s trademark home run pose of pointing two fingers to the sky. It’s accompanied by the phrase “Thanks Big Papi.”The maze opens to the public on Saturday.Davis Mega Maze has been carving a different design into the field every year for about 20 years. This year marks the first time a living celebrity has been featured. by The Associated Press Posted Aug 30, 2016 1:45 pm MDT Last Updated Aug 31, 2016 at 6:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz talks to his fans during an unveiling at a ceremony of a corn maze in his likeness Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016, in Sterling, Mass. (Christine Hochkeppel/Worcester Telegram & Gazette via AP) read more

Fewer than 30 doctors left in wartorn Aleppo UN health agency warns

“Up until the last few days, there had been eight hospitals partially functioning in Aleppo, but a few days ago, the two largest hospitals [were] deliberately targeted and are now not functioning, drastically reducing the capacity of health workers in the city to provide life-saving medical care for many innocent civilians,” Dr. Rick Brennan, the Director of Emergency Risk Management and Humanitarian Response of the World Health Organization (WHO), told reporters in Geneva. “There has been a reduction in the number of health workers able to stay at their posts, and those who did are exhausted, drained physically and emotionally,” he said. “The work they are doing is beyond heroic. For them to stay at their post under those conditions deserves unending admiration and respect,” he added. Because the supply lines are cut off, and with 270,000 people besieged in east Aleppo it is difficult to get medical supplies, equipment and fuel to the remaining health facilities, and no patients are able to get out. Dr. Brennan said that he has been working in humanitarian assistance for 23 years, has been to conflict zones on four continents, but has rarely seen conditions as severe as those in east Aleppo today. Out of over 100 public hospitals throughout the country, only 45 per cent are fully functional now, another 35 per cent are partially functional, and 25 per cent are not working, he said. In Aleppo, the situation is significantly worse, he said. A few days ago, with the two main hospitals still functioning, there were 135 hospital beds available in east Aleppo. With the recent destruction of the two hospitals, the capacity to treat patients has been drastically reduced.Children and other civilians treated in corridorsChildren and other civilians are being treated on the floor in corridors, he said. There are not enough intensive care beds. Four children have died in the last few days according to medical representatives on the ground, because the intensive care unit in one of the hospitals was full, he added. WHO is also calling for the sick and injured to be let out. There are more than 800 injured people in Aleppo, including many children, many of them with life-threatening injuries, in need of access to essential health care. Access is needed to east Aleppo to bring in drugs, essential medical equipment and other medical personnel to relieve the brave doctors, nurses and other health care providers who have stayed at their posts throughout this recent escalation, Dr. Brennan said, expressing hope that this appeal will not fall on deaf ears, as it consistently did in the past. read more

Roundtable All Of Baseball History Should Get An Asterisk

It always comes back to the use of performance-enhancing drugs. The “steroid era” may be over, but Major League Baseball is still dealing with its consequences. At the National Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony over the weekend, Craig Biggio was the only batter among the four new inductees. Although some of the greatest hitting records in the history of the sport occurred in the past 20 years, many position players can’t catch a break with Hall voters.So we ran a SurveyMonkey Audience poll asking Americans how they feel about steroids, amphetamines and the pre-integration era and then gathered FiveThirtyEight’s baseball fans to talk about the results (the following transcript has been lightly edited for length and clarity):Walt Hickey: It’s pretty clear the vast majority of people — even baseball fans — are not comfortable with just letting the records stand. Of everyone surveyed, 88 percent thought the records should be struck down entirely or have an indicator that there was some funny business going on.Neil Paine: I’m not surprised the majority of those polled want something — anything — to be done about the numbers compiled during the steroid era. Baseball is the most statistical of all the major sports, and it has always loved to foster the notion that you could compare, say, Honus Wagner’s stats to those of Alex Rodriguez side by side, without any adjustment, and still make a meaningful comparison. Sabermetricians have long acknowledged this as naive; between park effects and era adjustments, there are plenty of ways baseball stats need to be tweaked to level the playing field between different generations of players. But even for the lay fan, the age of PEDs [performance-enhancing drugs] destroyed any pretense that unadjusted numbers could be freely compared between eras, and I think that fact alone upset traditionalists as much as anything else.Harry Enten: I must admit that steroids to me is a highly emotional issue. Many of the players we associate with steroids are people we also associate with being jerks — people like Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and A-Rod. But the real question is: Where does it end? Is it that stats are changed? Are champions changed? There can be no doubt that many, if not all, of the champions for a period in the 1990s and 2000s had steroid users. We’re not going to go back and change winners. In a lot of this polling, people are making an emotional argument.Walt: I, on the other hand, could not care less about steroid use. I feel like this notion of the game as some platonic ideal that existed prior to the big bad performance enhancers showed up is patently false. Every era had its own competitive advantages, as we’ll talk about in a second, but it’s only the steroid issue — and not, you know, the players who had the competitive advantages of rampant stimulant use and not having to compete with black players — that seems to make people think The Game is not somehow Pure.Rob Arthur: I’m under no illusions the game of baseball is Pure (nor will it ever be), but I also don’t know if it was ever dirtier than it was during the steroid era. Cheating is and has always been rampant, both on and off the field, but with steroids, we have a means of cheating that seems particularly effective. You can see that both in the scientific literature, where steroids seem to improve strength by as much as 20 percent, but also on the baseball field, where we had some notable steroid users like Bonds smashing records left and right.Harry: But what about during the “deadball era” — specifically between 1912 (I think) and 1920, when you had the spitball among other things? Offensive numbers took a dive. There is clear physical evidence that a spitball (or scuffing the ball) is a big deal. Now using that wasn’t illegal when it first started, but neither were steroids. They are now, yet people look at them so much differently than the pitching statistics that were occurring in the 1910s.Rob: Harry, you definitely have a point. But I think one of the reasons steroids are so objectionable is because of the asymmetry they created between players: Some players who used them seemed to become almost inhumanly effective, others didn’t use them at all and gained no benefit, and still others used but didn’t improve substantially. When the spitball was legal, it was available to all pitchers, and I doubt that any pitcher’s spit was 50 percent more effective at decreasing offense than any other pitcher’s spit. (I am aware that once the spitball was banned, some players were grandfathered in and still allowed to use it. Obviously, that wouldn’t fly in the modern era.)Neil: And don’t even get me started debating whether Lasik surgery counts as “unnatural” and “performance-enhancing.”Walt: Yeah, Tommy John called — he wants his pitching speed back. We will get back to the 1920s era of baseball soon enough, Enten. For now: My favorite part of this was comparing how different fan bases cared about steroids based on how much their teams gained from steroid use.Editor’s Note: On Friday, we introduced the idea of a steroid “discount” — a penalty in percentage terms that would be deducted from players’ individual statistics if they were found to be using PEDs. Our poll asked respondents to recommend said discount, which we can also break down by team fandom.The following table is color-coded by how much (red) or how little (white) each team’s fans would penalize steroid-using players.1Specifically, players who were suspended for PED offenses, were linked to the Biogenesis scandal, were named in the Mitchell Report or whose failed drug tests were leaked to the media. Because some teams had far more fans respond than others — and some teams’ fans hardly voted at all — the columns have been color-coded to represent a combination of average response and the number of respondents. In other words, results have been regressed to the mean based on sample size. Likewise, the correlations at the bottom of the table were weighted by the number of respondents from each fan base.Walt: Hot damn, Giants.Neil: It’s interesting that, as fandom intensifies, a relationship does begin to materialize between how much the voter’s favorite team relied on steroid users and how much tolerance he or she has for steroid users’ stats.If we look at all of our survey’s respondents — including those who were and were not self-professed baseball fans — there’s essentially no relationship between team steroid reliance and how much steroid-tainted stats the voter would recommend taking away. But when you throw out non-fans, a small2Correlation: -0.2 relationship emerges. Fan bases whose stars used steroids to generate more wins, whether on a per-season basis or as a percentage of the team’s total, tended to want steroid users to be punished less.Then again, it’s a slight relationship at best. While San Francisco Giants fans — hello Barry Bonds! — wanted juicers dinged much less than the average fan base, fans of the Oakland Athletics and Chicago Cubs (who rank fourth and fifth in the degree to which they were helped by steroid-using batters) asked for some of the highest penalties of any group of rooters.But that’s not the only way to measure the cognitive dissonance between a fan’s acceptance of steroids and the degree to which his or her team benefited from them.Walt: I whipped this up really quickly: It’s the scatterplot of teams, with that “how much did they gain from PEDs” metric plotted against the percentage of their fan base that said they thought the records of steroid users should be struck. What an interesting relationship:Walt: It’s a small sample size, but I really love that fans of teams that didn’t gain a lot from PEDs seem more likely to desire retribution against players who did.Rob: The relationship between steroid contribution and desire for retribution is really fascinating and upholds a long-held suspicion of mine. It also suggests (again) that these attitudes are largely driven by emotions: If my team benefited, then steroids were OK, but if not, steroids were terrible! It shows that fans, in particular, have a hard time divorcing their own fandom from the questions about how much steroids benefited particular players and how much we should care as a result.Walt: So then the question becomes where do we draw the line when it comes to performance-enhancing things in each era? I personally think it’s bullshit that people get so riled up about steroids and not, for instance, the widespread amphetamine use in MLB in the era prior to it.It turns out America agrees!Walt: So, Neil, who would this affect?Neil: Like you said, it’s pretty widely acknowledged that amphetamine use was prevalent in MLB throughout much of the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. During a 1985 drug trial, former Mets and Pirates first baseman John Milner testified that he had received “greenies” (amphetamines) from Hall of Famers Willie Mays and Willie Stargell at various times during his career, and Hall of Fame third baseman Mike Schmidt said the substance was “widely available in major-league clubhouses” when he played.So it’s at least possible — if not probable — that some of that era’s greatest superstars used a now-banned substance to sharpen their focus and boost their energy levels. (Even if the evidence is mixed over whether greenies actually even help athletic performance.)Walt: I feel like higher focus and higher energy is probably a nice thing for batters to have. I imagine their record collections were remarkably well-organized as well.I’m pretty happy to see some consistency here. I compared how people answered the steroid question with how they answered the stimulant question, and 88 percent of respondents (and 86 percent of fans) stuck to their guns and replied with the same answer they gave for steroid policy. It seems like at least among the general population there’s a lot more consistency with how to handle the policy than there is in the league.Still, it’s surprising that at the end of the day, 44 percent of Americans would strip away statistical accomplishments from amphetamine users in the era of Willie Mays, Hank Aaron and Mickey Mantle.Neil: Agreed. The general attitude among sportswriters — even if it doesn’t necessarily make sense — is that there’s a distinction to be drawn between the supposedly widespread amphetamine use of the 1970s and the supposedly widespread steroid use of the 1990s. But according to those surveyed, there shouldn’t be. The moral judgment of the people appears to fall on both groups with equal fury.Harry: I really do wonder whether most people know that Mays may have used greenies. I tend to think not. If they did, there is no way that the polling numbers would look the way they do. I also tend to think that there is nothing ridiculous that Mays did in the sense that he looked normal, unlike Bonds who looked like someone shoved some orthopedic pillows in his arms. Not to mention that his head grew bigger than Donald Trump’s ego. It seemed natural. We tend to think of unnatural in how someone looks, not how they think.Neil: Right, and the bulked-up players and shifting head sizes gave fans and analysts a smoking gun of sorts. It added to the theatrical nature of the steroid hysteria. With a pill that doesn’t change appearance, you’re reduced to poring over stats and wondering whether a player’s out-of-the-blue power spike is just a career year or something much more sinister.Walt: But enough with the pharmaceutical advantages. What about the bigoted regime that kept black players out of the leagues? What about the competitive advantage conferred by excluding athletes based on the color of their skin?Walt: Kind of odd that baseball fans are nowhere near as mortified with pre-integration records standing than they are with stimulants. Neil, what’s the word on the effect that segregation had on baseball?Neil: One of the biggest tragedies of baseball’s color line is that we can’t know precisely how much the game’s pre-1947 stars benefited from only playing against white opponents. But we can certainly estimate how much more shallow the pool of available players was before the game was integrated. (As well as before the rise of Latin America and, now, Asia as a source of baseball talent.)As FiveThirtyEight editor-in-chief Nate Silver notes in “Baseball Between the Numbers,” MLB was only drawing from a population of about 300,000 people per player in 1930. By 1960, when baseball was finally fully integrated, that number had more than doubled to 625,000, and it was a whopping 900,000 when Nate crunched the numbers in 2005. The bigger the talent pool, the tougher the competition, so it’s clear that pre-integration players had a major advantage in terms of the relative caliber of talent they played against.(A related note: Baseball’s level of talent is steadily increasing anyway as humans push the boundaries of athletic performance, which is another great reason statistics from the past can’t be compared to modern numbers straight-up.)Harry: My opinion on this is fairly simple: You can’t penalize players for things they didn’t control. Babe Ruth couldn’t play against a black player in the MLB even if he wanted to. It’s a tragedy that we were robbed of seeing Josh Gibson against Carl Hubbell, but we can’t go back and readjust the records.Walt: I don’t think it’s so much about penalizing players for things beyond their control as it’s about knocking down the idea that baseball was somehow defiled by pharmaceuticals. This nostalgia for baseball is wholly misguided — the Boston Red Sox integrated after Southern public schools! In 1959! — it’s not like this was an antiquated part of baseball history.Baseball’s commitment to some idyllic game that never existed — something that also manifests itself in a knee-jerk opposition to potential ways to improve the game, like the DH, speedier play and other experimentation — by now constitutes what I think is (on a long enough timespan) an existential threat for the league. The fact that more people aren’t more willing to look back in anger is a symptom of a much larger problem.Not to mention that at least the other two advantages at least made the game more interesting to watch. Segregation, if anything, made the game less interesting for fans out of mere spite. My main line? If you’re going to get indignant about steroids — something that unambiguously made the game more interesting — at least have the decency to be just as indignant about letting those segregated records stand un-asteriskedBut guys! We’re missing the point here. About 10 percent of Americans would strip Babe Ruth of his records! Including 8 percent of baseball fans. That’s awesome.Harry: What percentage of people believe we didn’t land on the moon?Walt: I mean Kubrick basically admitted as much in “The Shining,” man — learn how to read subtext. read more

Surrey train stabbing Darren Pencille charged with murder after father killed in

Neighbours described Mr Pomeroy and his Russian born wife, Svetlana, as a quiet couple who were devoted to their son.Mrs Pomeroy was too upset to comment on Sunday at their semi-detached home in Guildford. But it has emerged that after moving to Britain she had told friends back home how impressed she was with the decency of the British people. A man has been charged with the murder of a 51-year-old man who was stabbed to death on a train in front of his 14-year-old son.Darren Shane Pencille, 35 from Farnham, was charged on Sunday night with the murder of Lee Pomeroy and possession of an offensive weapon in connection with the attack on board a train from Guildford to London on Friday.Chelsea Mitchell, 27, also from Farnham, has also been charged with assisting an offender.Mr Pomeroy was travelling to London with his only son from their home in Guildford when he got into a trivial row with another man.Police said that within minutes the argument had exploded into extreme violence and Mr Pomeroy, a maths graduate and IT consultant, had been stabbed multiple times.It emerged on Sunday night that his 14-year-old son was cradling him as he lay dying. The teenager, who had been looking forward to spending some “quality time” with his father, was continuing to receive care from specially trained officers. Police have charged two people in relation to the incident  Chelsea Mitchell of Farnham who has been arrested following the murder of Leo Pomeroy on a train at Horsley, Surrey Chelsea Mitchell, 27, has been charged with assisting an offenderCredit:Facebook Police have charged two people in relation to the incident  In a message posted online she wrote: “I love how people here wish to be hospitable, how they smile, how they take care of nature. People still tend to build families, plus there are laws to support women.”It is thought the row, which led to Mr Pomeroy’s death, began as he and another man bumped into one another as they were boarding a train at Guildford’s London Road station. The family statement went on: “He was a devoted family man and did everything for his family. “He was an honourable man and would always help somebody who was in trouble. He was a loving husband and father, he will be deeply missed by all his family.”Police said they were not looking for anyone else in connection with the killing.Detectives were continuing to appeal for information and asked anyone who was on the train at the time or who has dash-cam footage of the Clandon area after 1pm on January 4 to get in touch as soon as possible. Mr Pomeroy was described as a devoted family man, who would always stand up for those in trouble.In a statement his devastated family said: “Lee took his son on a trip to London hoping to spend some quality time with him which was cut short by an horrific and pointless attack.”The maths graduate was described as an “honest, bright person” who loved music and art. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

L3 ACCOLADE mine safety system receives additional MSHA certification

first_imgL-3 Global Security Solutions (GSS) announced today that its ACCOLADE Mine Safety System has received an additional certification from the US Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA). This certification covers the new Miner Mesh Locator (MML) component of the previously certified L-3 ACCOLADE System. MML is an intrinsically safe tracking and emergency status indicating device tailored for use in mines that do not require two-way voice communications for all miners. Designed as an integrated part of ACCOLADE, the MML continuously tracks underground miners, allowing them to initiate and receive emergency status warnings. It also provides an audio alert when the MML is out-of-network. The MML is compliant with MSHA’s Program Policy Letter and is an economical complement to the existing Miner Mesh Radio.“We are excited to provide this new enhanced capability to our ACCOLADE System,” said Victor Young, Vice President of mine solutions at L-3 GSS. “The MML offers an additional means for operators to satisfy mandated safety requirements while reducing overall system costs for new ACCOLADE users.”The L-3 ACCOLADE System was developed under a competitively awarded research and development contract from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health to meet the enhanced safety requirements of the 2006 MINER Act. ACCOLADE provides a self-healing, redundant, and survivable voice and data network, allowing peer-to-peer communication among miners underground and communication between below- and above-ground personnel. The system also provides a real-time situational awareness capability and can be tailored for mines of all sizes. The ACCOLADE System is approved for use by MSHA, the state of West Virginia and the commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and has been deployed to mining companies throughout the US.last_img read more

CRCMining research centre to be fully controlled by members

first_imgCRCMining will be making the move from an Australian government CRC program, to a research centre fully supported and controlled by members next year. For over 20 years, as a cooperative research centre (CRC), CRCMining has provided strong research capability for its members and the mining industry generally, supported by both the mining industry, and the Australian government. In June 2014, the centre will shift to being wholly funded and controlled by the mining industry, including OEMs, and its research provider members.CRC reports “the new structure will be more agile and responsive, and will enable us to be even more attuned to our members’ needs, challenges and prospects. In addition, we will be able to access new types of government and commercial funding. The ongoing success of CRCMining is largely attributed to our deep understanding of mining, due to our long history within the mining industry, our strong relationships with both mining companies and mining equipment manufacturers, and the unique role of our industry members in the direction of Centre activities.“This won’t change. CRCMining provides a unique forum for a significant portion of the world’s largest mining companies and OEMs, and leading universities, to come together to focus on addressing the major challenges the mining industry faces. We truly understand the needs of the mining industry. Combined with our leading research provider partners, we know how to deliver high-value outcomes from university-based research. Part of our enthusiasm about the future is that as a fully member-controlled research centre, CRCMining can now expand business operations beyond the constraints of the Australian Government CRC Program. This means we can:Participate in a broader range of Australian federal and state government research funding opportunities that were not accessible as a CRCParticipate in funding opportunities from international research funding sources, as an industry representative organisationDevelop multiple, more flexible and unique partnerships with other research organisations (both domestic and international) – to ensure our research is carried out by top-rated researchers across the globe.”CRC Mining will also be able to reduce costs and other requirements, allowing a more efficient and agile research centre. The benefits of being a CRCMining member will increase significantly once we transition to a fully member-controlled centre. Our members will be even more involved in directing how CRCMining operates, with more control over the research strategy and the terms to convert research outputs into useful products.last_img read more

Farmers Encouraged to Participate in Survey on Cover Crops

first_imgA nationwide survey of farmers on cover crop use is seeking insight from growers — even those who don’t plant cover crops.“This survey provides us with a great perspective on why farmers do or do not plant cover crops, what they expect to gain from the practice, and what their concerns are,” said Chad Watts, executive director at the Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC) in West Lafayette, Ind., which administers the survey. “Results from the survey help guide policy, research and education on cover crops. In recent years, data from cover crop surveys has been used in testimony on Capitol Hill, featured in the New York Times, and cited in academic journals. People are very eager to hear how farmers view cover crops.”The survey can be taken online here until May 31, 2017. All answers to the survey are anonymous. The process for completing the survey is fairly simple and should take participants no more than 15 minutes, and even less depending on your crop rotations and diversity.This is the fifth annual cover crop survey conducted by CTIC in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program, and the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) with help from Penton Media.Anyone interested in seeing results from the 2013, 2014, 2015 or 2016 crop year surveys and other related projects, click here. For more information, visit click here.last_img read more

Hundreds of boats come to Ft Lauderdale boat show

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – The largest in-water boat show in the world returned to South Florida, Thursday, bringing hundreds of boats and yachts with it.More than 1,000 exhibitors from 30 countries will display hundreds of boats and yachts the annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, which set sail from seven sites across the city, Thursday.Six “super” yachts, measuring more than 200 feet long, are among the dozens of luxury boats on display.The show will continue until Monday.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Researchers demonstrate highest reported conductivity for organic radical polymer

first_imgA team of researchers with Purdue University has demonstrated the highest reported conductivity for an organic radical polymer to date, moving another step closer to their use in electronics. In their paper published in the journal Science, the group describes the technique they used and offer an opinion on why it produced the results they found. Jodie Lutkenhaus, with Texas A&M University writes a Perspectives piece on the work done by the team in the same journal issue, and discusses further possible research in the area. © 2018 Phys.org More information: Yongho Joo et al. A nonconjugated radical polymer glass with high electrical conductivity, Science (2018). DOI: 10.1126/science.aao7287AbstractSolid-state conducting polymers usually have highly conjugated macromolecular backbones and require intentional doping in order to achieve high electrical conductivities. Conversely, single-component, charge-neutral macromolecules could be synthetically simpler and have improved processibility and ambient stability. We show that poly(4-glycidyloxy-2,2,6,6-tetramethylpiperidine-1-oxyl), a nonconjugated radical polymer with a subambient glass transition temperature, underwent rapid solid-state charge transfer reactions and had an electrical conductivity of up to 28 siemens per meter over channel lengths up to 0.6 micrometers. The charge transport through the radical polymer film was enabled with thermal annealing at 80°C, which allowed for the formation of a percolating network of open-shell sites in electronic communication with one another. The electrical conductivity was not enhanced by intentional doping, and thin films of this material showed high optical transparency. Journal information: Science Electrically conductive plastics promising for batteries, solar cells Explore furthercenter_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. As Lutkenhaus notes, organic radical polymers (ORPs), flexible plastics, have properties that could make them suitable for use in a wide variety of applications, such as battery storage, electronics and memory devices. But that requires a technique to make them run faster. ORPs are made up of a hydrocarbon backbone and radical function groups that hang off of them like bulbs on a string of Christmas lights. Currently, they are used mainly in batteries, and perform almost like capacitors. This is because they work as conjugated polymers—charges move along the backbone due to electronic delocalization. In this new effort, the researchers took a new approach that they believe allows the charge to move directly between the radical function groups, which produces much faster movement.The researchers started with traditional strands of PTEO ORPs, which they refer to as random coils. In such a configuration, they note, the radical groups were initially too far apart to carry a charge very far. To bring them closer together, the team applied thermal annealing (heating them and then allowing them to cool). Doing so, they report, caused a dramatic speed-up of the charge when it was applied. The team does not yet know for certain why, but they have a theory. They believe the annealing process caused different parts of the strand making up the coil to bend closer to one another, bringing them close enough together so that the radical groups from both parts of the strand could share electron transport.The work represents a step toward using ORPs in electronics, though there is one major obstacle yet to overcome—the technique only works for very short distances. To be used in applications other than batteries, ORPs will need to carry a charge much farther. The monomer synthesis and ring-opening polymerization-based synthetic scheme used to generate the PTEO radical polymer. Credit: Science (2018). DOI: 10.1126/science.aao7287 Citation: Researchers demonstrate highest reported conductivity for organic radical polymer (2018, March 27) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-03-highest-radical-polymer.htmllast_img read more

Masked gunmen kidnap assault Malian publisher

first_img New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Camara said that when the reporters at the paper tried to stop the gunmen, they opened fire in the air, damaging a part of their building. They then threw Haidara into the back of their pickup truck.The Committee to Protect Journalists said in a statement that Haidara suffered a head wound and a broken hand. The incident comes after The Independent published articles critical of the government.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Comments   Share   Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family BAMAKO, Mali (AP) – The editor of a Malian newspaper says masked gunmen stormed the paper’s office and abducted its publisher, who was later assaulted and dumped on the side of a road about 25 miles (40 kilometers) outside of Bamako.Youssouf Camara, editor of “The Independent” told The Associated Press by telephone Friday that the paper’s publisher, Saouti Labass Haidara, was taken from the office at around 9 p.m. on Thursday night.center_img Quick workouts for men Sponsored Stories 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Top Stories More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvementslast_img read more

FirstQuarter Refinance Stats Point to Equity BuildUp

first_img May 1, 2014 418 Views in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Headlines, News, Origination Freddie Mac Home Equity Home Values Refinance 2014-05-01 Tory Barringer Freddie Mac released Wednesday the results of its first-quarter refinance analysis, with findings showing a growing number of borrowers choosing to refinance into shorter loan terms as home equity grows nationwide.According to the enterprise’s report, 39 percent of refinancers last quarter chose to shorten their term, up slightly over the prior quarter and the highest share since 1992.At the same time, an estimated $6.5 billion in net home equity was cashed out during conventional prime-credit refinances in Q1, flat from Q4 2013 and down from year-ago levels—even as the share of borrowers extracting home equity rose, notes Frank Nothaft, chief economist for Freddie Mac.“Roughly 17 percent of borrowers who refinanced in the first quarter chose to extract home equity versus 14 percent from the same time last year,” Nothaft said. “However, even with the slight increase in the cash-out share, it’s still $2 billion less compared to the first quarter of last year simply because the refinance share of originations continues to plummet.”Together, the rise in shorter terms and the relatively low cash-out share suggest borrowers are seeking to strengthen their own equity positions as home values continue to rise. In total, U.S. home equity expanded by an estimated $2.1 trillion over the course of 2013, according to the Federal Reserve.The average mortgage interest rate reduction in Q1 was 1.4 percentage points, meaning a savings of about 24 percent on average. On a $200,000 loan, Freddie Mac estimates refinancers taking the average interest reduction will save $2,800 over the next year.For those who refinanced through the Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP), the average reduction was 1.6 percentage points, creating average savings of $3,200 over the year.Overall, the company says borrowers will save on net more than $1 billion in interest payments in the next 12 months.center_img First-Quarter Refinance Stats Point to Equity Build-Up Sharelast_img read more

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the situation but if their communications are not solid "it definitely warrants more caution"David Gomez a former FBI counterterrorism executive and Los Angeles police detective said the first officers in such a situation have to ask themselves "’Do I kick the door Do I wait for SWAT’ I think the prudent thing for the officers is to wait for some direction They have to ask how much risk do they want to put themselves into You don’t just go willy nilly into something like that without a plan They don’t know if it’s one guy [shooting] Is it five guys Is he waiting for us to enter Is there a better way tactically They may have been armed but I highly doubt they were carrying long weapons of the type you’d need"While Blair and Gomez counseled caution others felt that the first responding officers needed to try to interrupt Paddock by any means necessary They were also critical of MGM and Mandalay Bay for not being ready for such a situation in an age when mass shootings are sadly commonplaceTom Conley head of a private security firm in Des Moines and counterterrorism instructor for the US Department of Defense wrote an article in Security magazine blistering Mandalay Bay for not stopping the attack "I was confused how it was that the killer could have been allowed to keep shooting seemingly unhampered for 11 to 12 minutes My first thought was ‘Where the heck was hotel security’ while all this shooting was happening and while people were dying"After his article appeared MGM released its statement indicating their security people were there Conley said the hotel’s first mistake was sending an unarmed security guard to check the unsecured fire door Conley said Campos was a contractor from a "yellow t-shirt" concert event-type security company not a full-time Mandalay Bay employee He said there also didn’t appear to be any way for Mandalay Bay to communicate its situation to the concert security across the streetConley said MGM should have had an armed response team ready to roll in such a situation that they would have rushed to the 32nd floor and carefully moved toward the shooter’s suite "If the person starts firing through the door" Conley said "you fire back and the problem’s eliminated For them [MGM] to be somehow taken off guard or surprised by this is really criminal" He said if Campos had been armed "he could have immediately returned fire He only has to keep the guy busy until backup arrives If they had trained professionals where the hell were they on the 32nd floor when Campos was shot The police respond and they don’t know what floor to go to " He credited hotel and casino owner Steve Wynn with taking aggressive security steps which other Las Vegas hotels have notLawyers representing victims of the shooting expressed similar sentiments "They know this kind of event is possible" said attorney Richard Bridgford representing the family of Andrea Castilla "It’s like earthquakes they’re inevitable and buildings are earthquake-proofed These shootings are the lead story for the last year and a half They knew the ‘earthquake’ was going to occur They need to have a security protocol designed to stop something like this from occurring"Attorney Catherine Lombardo who has filed a class action suit in California on behalf of the victims said that MGM had claimed it didn’t want to try the case in the press but then released that statement While she wanted to wait for a full report from the authorities before giving her opinion she wondered about the actions of those who responded first "Aren’t they supposed to go toward the shooter" Lombardo asked "Isn’t that what cops do They run towards the danger"Here is the full statement issued by MGM Resorts International on Oct 12:"Although we prefer not to comment on the details of the investigation we are issuing this statement to correct some of the misinformation that has been reported The 9:59 pm PDT time was derived from a Mandalay Bay report manually created after the fact without the benefit of information we now have We are now confident that the time stated in this report is not accurate We know that shots were being fired at the festival lot at the same time as or within 40 seconds after the time Jesus Campos first reported that shots were fired over the radio Metro officers were together with armed Mandalay Bay security officers in the building when Campos first reported that shots were fired over the radio These Metro officers and armed Mandalay Bay security officers immediately responded to the 32nd floor We will continue to work with law enforcement as we have from the first moments of this tragedy as they work toward developing an accurate timeline"According to a post on the Coon Rapids Police Department Facebook page:On Nov 9 2017 an officer with the Coon Rapids Police Department made a traffic stop Inside the vehicle the officer found a mother and father with five small childrenThe family told the officer they were homeless and were planning 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