Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next Ayaay added they hoped they would learn from their first trip to the Finals as they look forward to Season 94.“The past two years for us were really a struggle,” said Ayaay of the Pirates who won a combined 10 games in Seasons 92 and 91. “I never expected that we would be in the Finals, maybe just the Final Four. I hope we would learn from this loss.”And the familial bonds Ayaay talked about came in full display when the Pirates huddled up in Topex Robinson’s final timeout with 22.5 seconds left.The Pirates gathered together as Robinson reminded them to be gracious in defeat and that they would congratulate San Beda for winning the title.ADVERTISEMENT QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe 93rd season of the NCAA almost became the year Lyceum finally rose as one of collegiate basketball’s elite programs.After an 18-0 sweep of the eliminations, hype surrounded Lyceum but in the two games of the Finals the Pirates faltered against 21-time champion San Beda.ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. View comments Bolick hopes to win one more championship with San Beda Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA All the ballyhoo came crashing to the depths of history when the Red Lions mauled the Pirates, 92-82, in the title-clincher Thursday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Although the loss was a gut-wrencher, wingman MJ Ayaay said it wasn’t the end of the Pirates.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“This loss doesn’t mean that the whole world came crashing down on us,” said Ayaay in Filipino. “I told my teammates that whatever happens we’re brothers.”“Win the championship or not, we’re still a family, we’re still brothers.” LATEST STORIES
November 30, 2019
November 18, 2019
NEW YORK — Even with a winless team coming to Madison Square Garden, there was no chance of the New York Knicks being overconfident.“For us, right now, it’s not like we were playing great,” point guard Jose Calderon said. They were good enough to beat Philadelphia.Carmelo Anthony scored 25 points, Amare Stoudemire added 16 points and 11 rebounds, and the Knicks dropped the 76ers to 0-13 with a 91-83 victory on Nov. 22.Calderon made his season debut for the Knicks (4-10), who had lost consecutive games but jumped out to a big early lead and had an easy time against a team that was every bit as bad as its record for most of the game.“You don’t want to give a team like that no type of edge, no type of confidence, because when you do it can be a dangerous night for you,” Anthony said.The 76ers are the first team to drop their first 13 games since the 2009-10 Nets lost 18 straight during the worst start in NBA history. The Sixers are nearing their franchise-worst start of 0-15 in 1972-73, when they finished 9-73 for the worst 82-game mark in league history.They played hard to keep from getting blown out but couldn’t overcome three quarters of dismal shooting that had them trailing by as many as 21 points.“We all are sticking together,” forward Nerlens Noel said. “We feel like we’re getting closer to our first win.” Noel had the best night of his young career with season highs of 17 points and 12 rebounds.“That was Nerlens’ best game. So everybody in Philadelphia is seeing what we’re seeing. It’s slow but it’s coming,” coach Brett Brown said.Calderon finished with three points and three assists in 21 minutes. The Spanish veteran strained his right calf during a preseason game on Oct. 20, and the Knicks are hoping he can help the flow of their triangle offense.New York was still without Andrea Bargnani, who was nearing a return from the strained right hamstring that has sidelined him all season when he strained his right calf in practice on Nov. 21.The crowd was announced at 19,812, a sellout, but fans were largely silent during play, as if beating up on the dismal Sixers wasn’t worth cheering.Philadelphia did manage to get it to 85-77 with under two minutes left, but Anthony made consecutive baskets.(BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
October 26, 2019
Troy has been one of the fun non-Power 5 teams to watch so far this college football season. However, the Trojans have suffered a major injury loss.Troy head coach Neal Brown announced this afternoon that starting quarterback Kaleb Barker will miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL. Barker suffered the injury during Thursday’s win over Georgia State.Redshirt sophomore Sawyer Smith will take his place in the starting lineup. Smith is 22-for-34 for 213 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions on the season.He has also rushed for 153 yards.Troy HC Neal Brown announced at his press conference Monday that quarterback Kaleb Barker has suffered an ACL injury and will miss the remainder of the season.Sawyer Smith will start Saturday’s game at Liberty.#RTW #OneTROY— Troy Trojans Football 5x⚔️ (@TroyTrojansFB) October 8, 2018Barker was off to a fantastic start to the 2018 season. He has completed s 92-of-126 passes for 1,013 yards, 10 touchdowns and two interceptions while adding 261 rushing yards and two touchdowns.With Barker’s help, Troy is off to a 5-1 start, including a win at Nebraska. The Trojans are one win away from being bowl eligible for a third-straight season.Barker is scheduled to have surgery on Friday.
October 23, 2019
zoomImage Courtesy: Lloyd’s Register Chinese shipbuilder Jiangnan Shipyard has received an Approval in Principle (AiP) from Lloyd’s Register for its 7,500 m3 LNG bunker vessel (LBV) design at this year’s Gastech, taking place in Barcelona, Spain.The vessel is intended to supply gas for ships using LNG as fuel in support of the rapid growth of LNG fuel demand in the marine market, connected to the approaching global sulphur 2020 limit.“The 7,500 m3 LBV has a compact design that is compatible with quays and ships, a well-developed hull to reach economical speed-power performance. A dual fuel diesel-electric (DFDE) propulsion system, two azimuth thrusters and one bow thruster to provide excellent manoeuvrability and safety while in port/at anchorage,” Hu Keyi, Jiangnan Technical Director, said.The vessel is equipped with two IMO type C LNG tanks and a modern cargo handling system.“Jiangnan prepared the concept design and outline specifications and LR provided assistance and support in terms of the specification review. LR also checked the design against IGC code, LR Gas Ship Rules as well as other relevant applicable standards,” David Barrow, LR Commercial Director – Marine & Offshore, commented.This design is a member of the LNGRELAY family, the family of LNG bunker vessels with different cargo capacities developed by Jiangnan, which include a 5,500 m3 LBV, 7,500 m3 LBV, 10,000 m3 LBV, 12,000 m3 LBV, and 20,000 m3 LBV.Separately, Jiangnan has secured AIP from ABS for its LNG Jumbo, 175,000 cbm Mark III Flex LNG carrier.The “LNG JUMBO” design specifies a WINGD X-DF low-pressure, low-speed two-stroke dual-fuel main engine propulsion system that meets IMO NOx Tier III requirements without the need for exhaust gas treatment systems. The design also includes a United States Coast Guard (USCG) certified ballast water treatment system.
October 22, 2019
The Nova Scotia Public Prosecution Service has appointed two newCrown attorneys to its special prosecutions section and two newCrown attorneys to the Halifax Region. Frank Hoskins, Chief Crownattorney of the Public Prosecution Service’s Halifax Region andthe special prosecutions section made the announcement today,March 30. Diane McGrath and Craig Botterill are the two new Crown attorneysin the special prosecutions section. A native of Chatham, New Brunswick, Ms. McGrath is a 1992graduate of the University of New Brunswick Law School. She wascalled to the Nova Scotia Bar in 1993. Ms. McGrath was a lawyerin the Sydney office of Nova Scotia Legal Aid and later in aprivate law firm before joining the Truro office of the PublicProsecution Service in 1996. In 1999, she was seconded to thePublic Prosecution Service’s special prosecutions section inHalifax. In 2003, Ms. McGrath was designated a Senior Crownattorney. Also a Senior Crown attorney, Craig Botterill is originally fromMoose Jaw, Saskatchewan. He graduated from Dalhousie Law Schoolin 1983 and then joined the Edmonton Crown Prosecutors’ office.Mr. Botterill returned to Halifax in 1987 to join the HalifaxRegion Crown attorneys’ office, transferring to the Supreme Courtsection in 1988. Mr. Botterill has prosecuted many complex casesincluding murder cases. From 1992 to 1996 he was responsible forthe Prostitution Task Force. Mr. Botterill has particularexpertise in cybercrime prosecutions. Len MacKay and Alonzo Wright are the two new Crown attorneys inthe Halifax Region. Mr. MacKay is a Halifax native. He graduated from Dalhousie LawSchool in 1993 and was called to the Nova Scotia Bar a yearlater. Mr. MacKay spent seven years as a criminal defence lawyerwith the Halifax law firm of Garson, Knox and MacDonald beforejoining the Dartmouth office of the Public Prosecution Service asa term Crown attorney in 2001. Also a native of Halifax, Alonzo Wright graduated from DalhousieLaw School in 1994 and was admitted to the Nova Scotia Bar in “Each of these Crown attorneys is an able prosecutor with uniquestrengths,” said Mr. Hoskins. “These individuals are a valuableasset to the special prosecutions section and the Halifax Regionrespectively.” Mr. Wright has been a night court prosecutor for the Halifax Regional Municipality and enjoyed a brief stint as a federal prosecutor before joining the Dartmouth office of the Nova Scotia Public Prosecution Service in 1999 as a term Crown attorney.
October 17, 2019
VICTORIA – The appearance of discriminatory posters at the University of Victoria campus are stark reminders of the need to fight racism in its overt and subtle forms, British Columbia’s attorney general told law students Friday.David Eby denounced the posters found on university bulletin boards that called for a fight against “anti-white hatred,” saying they are reminders of the work that must be done to identify and prevent racism.“The posters here at the University of Victoria remind us that there is important work to be done in identifying and rooting out racism and discrimination and also in educating the broader public who may not face this as part of their day-to-day reality,” he said.Eby said racism and discrimination can be overt in the presence of hate-filled posters, flyers and public protests, but there are also subtle forms where people are denied opportunities due to their ethnicity or economic standing.He said as a young lawyer working in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside he offered advice to Indigenous clients who were regularly turned down by landlords despite their solid qualifications. He also encountered clients on welfare who couldn’t get housing because landlords wouldn’t offer them places to rent.“That’s what discrimination looked like to my clients,” Eby said. “It was a much more subtle kind of discrimination.”Eby’s appearance at the law class is part of the New Democrat government’s promise to re-establish the B.C. Human Rights Commission, disbanded 15 years ago by the former Liberal government. A public meeting and submission process is open until Nov. 17 and human rights legislation is expected next year.“It is, in my opinion, critically important to reassure communities targeted by these kinds of posters, flyers and other attacks that government is engaged in this, that we care about it, we want to address it and that this is a place that supports them as a critical piece of our diverse province,” said Eby.The University of Victoria said the posters were removed immediately, but they are examples of the many forms of racism and discrimination that exist on the campus and in society.“Unfortunately, we also know that discriminatory, racist and anti-Semitic attitudes continue to exist; and this reinforces the importance of education and the responsibility of educational institutions like ours to confront ignorance and actively promote respect, inclusiveness and better understanding’” university president Jamie Cassels said in a statement.B’nai Brith Canada spokesman Daniel Koren said in an interview the posters seek to embolden white supremacists.The posters included coded signs and messages to people in underground movements who espouse hatred against Jewish people and others, he said.“When you’re promoting imagery that says to people who understand what it means — Jews will not replace us — and all those connotations, especially given recent neo-Nazi rallies, yes, I would say definitely the work of white supremacists,” Koren said.
October 16, 2019
Here’s your chance to join Charlize Theron at the premiere of The Fate Of The Furious in New York – and help charity at the same time.Join Charlize Theron at The Fate Of The Furious premiereOmaze is giving you and a friend the chance to: *Join the Fast family at the premiere of The Fate of the Furious *Snap a photo with Charlize Theron and Dwayne Johnson on the red carpet *Get a drink (or two) with Charlize at the VIP after-party *Get flown out to New York and put up in a 4-star hotelAll you need to do is head over to omaze.com and donate to the Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project. The more you donate, the more entires to win this fantastic experience. Plus, there are all sorts of goodies available as extra incentives to give.Founded by the Academy Award winning actor and UN Messenger of Peace, the Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project’s (CTAOP) mission is to invest in African youth to keep themselves safe from HIV/AIDS. Primarily focusing on Charlize’s home country of South Africa, which has the largest HIV positive population in the world, the Project supports community engaged organizations that use innovative and community specific programming to work with youth between the ages of 10-20 years old. These organizations provide critical resources like access to youth friendly health care, sexual and reproductive health education, life skills, and psychosocial support – all of which empower young people to keep themselves and their peers HIV free.
October 12, 2019
Los Angeles: Actor Elle Fanning has revealed she decided to boycott ‘Friends’ after she could not clear the audition for a role in the cult show and her sister Dakota made the cut. In an interview with the PorterEdit, the 20-year-old actor said, “I might be remembering this wrong but I think I was gonna be one of Phoebe’s triplets. I auditioned for it but I didn’t get it and I was like, ‘I’m boycotting the show, I’m never watching this again’.” Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka”Then my sister was on it and I refused to watch the episode. I was like, “I am not watching this!” she added. The very popular series – ‘Friends’, which started airing in 1994, was a worldwide phenomenon and even today, continues to have a large fanbase. The show, which features Hollywood celebrities like Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer, enjoyed a decade long run on NBC. There were reports that the cast will reunite once again.
October 12, 2019
New Delhi: ADB committed to provide USD 3 billion in sovereign loans to India in 2018, the highest level of assistance since sovereign operations began in the country in 1986, said the annual report of multilateral lending agency. In all, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), owned by 68 member countries, committed a total of USD 3.88 billion, including sovereign loans and co-financing during the year ended December 2018. The demand for ADB assistance continued to grow in 2018. New commitments included USD 21.6 billion in loans, grants and investments from ADB’s own resources, exceeding the target of USD 19.71 billion and up 10 per cent from 2017, said the report released on Tuesday. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalPrivate sector operations reached USD 3.14 billion, a 37 per cent increase from 2017, which is 14.5 per cent of ADB’s overall commitment. ADB also successfully mobilised USD 14 billion in co-financing from bilateral and multilateral agencies and other financing partners, including USD 7.17 billion in co-financing from ADB’s private sector operations. “In India, ADB committed USD 3 billion in sovereign loans in 2018, the highest level of assistance since sovereign operations began in the country,” the report said. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostThe Manila-headquartered ADB committed several projects in India, including in Bihar, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Assam and Odisha. The report also noted that in India, ADB provided a USD 100-million loan to Ostro Kutch Wind, a renewable energy company owned by investment funds under the management of Actis Capital, for constructing and operating a 250-megawatt wind power project in Gujarat. Among others, it also provided USD 30 million in equity and USD 20 million in debt security to Annapurna Finance, a microfinance company. In March 2018, ADB signed a cooperation arrangement with the International Solar Alliance, headquartered in India, to promote solar energy deployment across Asia and the Pacific, particularly in South Asia. The arrangement includes support for solar power generation, solar-based minigrids, and transmission systems for integrating solar energy into grids. The alliance’s major objectives include global deployment of over 1,000 gigawatt of solar generation capacity and investment of over USD 1 trillion into solar energy by 2030.
October 12, 2019
3 December 2008The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) today called for concerted action by the Security Council to enforce any arrest warrant against Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir for allegedly committing war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide in Darfur if the judges issue one. “Genocide continues. Rapes in and around the [internally displaced persons’] camps continue. Humanitarian assistance is still hindered. More than 5,000 displaced persons die each month,” ICC Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo said in a briefing on the west Sudanese region, where more than five years of fighting between Government forces, allied Janjaweed militia and rebel groups have killed an estimated 300,000 people and driven another 2.7 million from their homes.“The international community cannot conceal the crimes. President al-Bashir’s criminal actions should not be ignored, statements of ceasefire followed by bombings, denial of massive rapes or promises of justice while torturing the witness should not be supported,” he added, citing numerous such examples that he said had occurred over the past year. “The international community cannot be part of any cover-up of genocide or crimes against humanity.”Mr. Moreno-Ocampo requested the arrest warrant in July. “The Council must be prepared. If the judges decide to issue an arrest warrant against President al-Bashir, there will be a need for united and consistent action to ensure its execution,” he told the 15-member body, whose decisions are binding.Asked at a news conference later what could be realistically expected if a warrant was issued, he replied: “Realistically, I think he will face justice, I don’t know if in two months, or two years.” He said that in the case of a warrant, within Sudan it would be up to the courts to act, but Mr. al-Bashir would be arrested if he flew around the world. Referring to the joint UN-African Union mission in Darfur (UNAMID), the prosecutor told the Council peacekeepers and aid workers should not be forced to work in an environment where the crimes they are trying to prevent are ordered by Mr. al-Bashir himself. “In such an environment, their efforts will never be enough,” he added.The prosecutor said three human rights defenders were arrested in Khartoum last week and tortured for giving information to the ICC and that so-called “suspected ICC witnesses” are arrested and tried for treason. Mr. al-Bashir used the illusion of militia/Janjaweed autonomy for years to disguise the Darfur conflict as a tribal one and “this helped him to continue to carry out the genocide in the face of international scrutiny,” he added.The ICC has already issued arrest warrants for Ahmad Muhammad Harun, former Minister of State for the Interior and currently Minister of State for Humanitarian Affairs, and Janjaweed militia leader Ali Kushayb. Mr. Moreno-Ocampo has also requested arrest warrants for three rebel commanders, whose names have not yet been disclosed, for their role in last year’s deadly attack against peacekeepers in Darfur.
October 8, 2019
He also said that he was glad that Gotabaya Rajapaksa accepted the invitation to attend the event. Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa today insisted that there was no rift between him and his brothers as the three top Rajapaksas got on one stage.Rajapaksa was speaking at an event held at the headquarters of Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) which was attended by former Defense Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa and former Minister Basil Rajapaksa. Mahinda Rajapaksa said that there was clear unity among his brothers to take forward the ‘Mahinda Chinthanaya’ policies. He said that the joint opposition showed what it can do at the last local council elections in February and was not preparing to face its second innings. (Colombo Gazette)
October 6, 2019
As he prepared to attend the first high-level meeting of heads of the UN’s West African peacekeeping missions on Friday, Special Representative Ahmedou Ould Abdallah said, “Insecurity has become widespread in West Africa and is one of the most critical cross-border issues in the sub-region.”The elements of insecurity included cross-border movements of combatants, mercenaries, child soldiers and small arms, as well as a culture of impunity for offenders, Mr. Ould Abdallah said.Roadblocks and health and environment issues were among the other cross-border problems, he said.“These are all regional problems that need a regional approach to be addressed effectively” and his office in Dakar has prepared proposals to remedy these situations, he added. “The response must be to ensure the well-being, prosperity and overall security of the populations of West Africa.”The meeting in Freetown, Sierra Leone, will include heads of the UN missions in Sierra Leone, Liberia, Côte d’Ivoire and Guinea-Bissau.
October 2, 2019
Sweden’s development agency has provided 1.6 million SEK, valued at $183,000, to the International Organization for Migration (IOM). “These funds have come at a time when most humanitarian actors have pulled out of many displacement sites in eastern DRC due to security and funding issues, leaving thousands of displaced people even more vulnerable,” said Boubacar Seybou, Head of IOM’s Office in Goma, in a press release. The funding has been crucial to enable IOM to construct and rehabilitate basic water and sanitation infrastructure and provide 4,000 households with shelter kits. In the first three months of 2017, IOM constructed 324 latrines with hand wash stations, 120 showers and 35 rubbish pits in four targeted displacement sites. Over the next 12 months, IOM will continue to provide life-saving assistance and protection to vulnerable people in displacement sites in North Kivu, thanks to additional financing from Sweden.For decades, DRC has experienced conflict and instability, triggering mass displacements and abuses of human rights at the hands of warring factions against innocent civilian populations. By the end of April 2017, there were 3.7 million internally displaced persons in the DRC, making it the African country most affected by internal displacement. North Kivu remains the province with the most population movement. Unlike in other provinces, armed violence represents the sole cause of displacement.
September 29, 2019
Welcome to the latest episode of Hot Takedown, FiveThirtyEight’s sports podcast. On this week’s show (Feb. 21, 2017), we revisit how the Kings got fleeced in the DeMarcus Cousins trade with FiveThirtyEight’s Kyle Wagner. Next, we call up bracketologist Chris Dobbertean of SB Nation to break down the stakes in men’s college basketball as March Madness approaches. Finally, is James Harden as good as he says he is? We investigate.Links to what we discussed this week: FiveThirtyEight Embed Code More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed The New York Times’ Benjamin Hoffman reports on the details of the DeMarcus Cousins trade.ESPN Stats & Information takes a look at the numbers behind the trade.Kyle Wagner wrote about whether the trade made sense for the Kings.Chris Dobbertean’s latest analysis of the NCAA men’s field.The NCAA is looking at changing the way it chooses teams for March Madness, writes FiveThirtyEight’s Neil Paine.In a profile in TIME, James Harden makes the claim that he’s the NBA’s most valuable player.Significant Digit: 110, the number of points that Grinnell College scored against Illinois College last Saturday. Grinnell employs the Grinnell System, the hallmarks of which include shooting a lot of threes, subbing entire lineups in and out at once, and employing a full-court press.
September 28, 2019
But let’s say we give in and run the same exercise without giving extra weight to the most thrilling years of Griffey’s career. In that case, we find Roger Maris, whose single-season home-run record Griffey flirted with in 1994 before labor strife brought the season to an abrupt halt. This is a telling comparison. Over their respective careers, Mays and Maris boasted nearly identical marks in power, contact and plate patience, but they differed greatly in the most dynamic areas of the game: speed and defense.Likewise, late-career Griffey retained much of his familiar hitting profile, but he became unrecognizable in the field and on the basepaths. After stealing 167 bases in the first 11 years of his career, Griffey swiped only 17 over his final 11 seasons. He also joined the likes of Adam Dunn and Manny Ramirez as one of baseball’s least valuable fielders over his final major-league decade, an outcome that seemed unthinkable when Junior was pulling fly balls off the wall at a dead sprint and doing his “I got it” routine across the Great Lakes. The effect is so extreme that if we invert the prime-weighting scheme from above, instead giving excess weight to a player’s worst seasons, Griffey suddenly profiles like a lumbering slugger in the mold of Kevin Mitchell or Prince Fielder — a far cry from the sprightliness of his ’90s heyday.But here’s the thing: While Kevin Mitchell and Prince Fielder were and are, uh, hefty, they’re also pretty good players. Among non-pitchers since 19133The earliest season, continuous from 2015, for which FanGraphs tracks strikeout rate for batters. with 3,000 or more career trips to the plate, each ranks in the top third in WAR on a per-plate appearance basis. His skills may have been undermined by constant injuries, an ill-fated contract and geriatric napping, but even in winter, one of Griffey’s closest comps was a 31-year-old six-time All-Star.There are many faces to Griffey’s stardom. He might have been baseball’s last truly mainstream superstar, which takes on even more meaning in a sport with an ever-dwindling base of African-American players. The iconography of Griffey — the fun-loving, video game-endorsing, steroid-free natural athlete — always meant his case for the Hall rested on more than mere numbers. But as we all celebrate Griffey’s career this week, it’s worth remembering that Griffey’s numbers are no mere thing, and his statistical legacy isn’t so fragile as to topple over at the first gust of scrutiny. Even during his worst days, Griffey remained an All-Star-caliber player; during his best, he really was the second coming of Willie Mays.Read More: Mike Piazza Was More Than A Big BatBaseball’s Hall Of Fame Is Stuck In The ’60s One hundred percent of public ballots have Ken Griffey Jr. going into the Baseball Hall of Fame, which should surprise exactly no one. The only suspense Junior’s election year was ever going to see was the question of how close he comes to unanimity, and whether or not the Baseball Writers’ Association of America conscripts an ordained bishop and a team of surveyors to find and consecrate center field at the site of the old Kingdome.It’s been a while since a position player of Griffey’s caliber went into Hall of Fame Day so certain of induction — Rickey Henderson in 2009 was probably the last — and a lot of the ink that’s been spilled over Griffey focuses on the more ethereal qualities that made him the face of a generation (a generation starving for Hall of Fame consideration, I might add): his style; his athleticism; that grin; that effortless, fluid, magisterial swing.If hall voters could vote in a GIF, I swear to God this thing would have a plaque by the second ballot.Statistically, though, Griffey isn’t talked about in exactly the same way as most players. His artistry was so unimpeachable, his heights so dizzying, and his fall so precipitous, it seemed, that talking about the full measure of his career in the persnickety, CPA-hued style of the modern baseball apparatus not only feels like stapling together two completely different players — The Kid and a mere, fallible mortal — but also carries a certain inevitable, Nearer, My God, to Thee sadness about the career he might have had.This is a mistake. The mystique of Ken Griffey Jr. doesn’t diminish any when held up to the lamp. If anything, panning reality out of myth only seems to grow the myth.Consider: If we break down Griffey’s skills1Adjusted for park effects. relative to the major league average — giving excess weight to his best wins above replacement seasons, to better capture what he was like in his prime — and look for players with similar profiles in their best years,2Generating similarity scores by summing the squared differences of any two players’ percentile ranks in five skill categories — contact rate, isolated power, walk rate, running ability (which includes speed score and baserunning runs) and defensive WAR — and weighting the differences according to each category’s influence on overall WAR. the prime version of Griffey was the closest thing the majors have ever seen to the great Willie Mays. Mays had a slightly better eye at the plate, made more contact and was a better runner. Otherwise, peak Griffey was the spitting image of the Say Hey Kid’s best years: a profanely powerful hitter and elite defensive outfielder with great speed and patience, and solid contact skills.(Griffey’s second-most similar prime-to-prime player was his former Mariners teammate Alex Rodriguez — no slouch in his best years, either.)
September 28, 2019
We’re all aware of Ohio State President E. Gordon Gee’s propensity for regrettable one-liner remarks, but first-year OSU head football coach Luke Fickell unleashed a howler of his own during a Tuesday press conference. “We hope we get better,” Fickell said during his first visit with the media since the Buckeyes’ 24-6 loss at Miami. Is that so, coach? You “hope” your team gets better? President Gee couldn’t have said it better himself. Fickell’s remark strikes me as troubling because any coach on any football team, especially a first-year coach attempting to uphold 122 years of Buckeyes football tradition, needs to be proactive in improving their team, not hoping. What the Buckeyes need right now is a clear plan and discernible end in mind, especially with regard to the team’s dilemma at the quarterback position. Fickell said that while the media may tend to focus on quarterback play, he focuses on every facet of his team. “It’s focused on the quarterbacks, but we’ve got to do a better job all-in-all,” he said. “Whether it’s offensively or defensively… we’ve got to find a way to get our best 11 on the field.” Whew. That’s more like it from the Buckeyes’ head coach. He’s talking about improving the team and finding the pieces to the puzzle that will help the team succeed. But wait! Fickell produced another gaff as his press conference ended while explaining why he didn’t use a timeout during a fourth-quarter Miami drive that lasted 8:48 and bled the game clock down to less than one minute. “It ultimately didn’t end up hurting us,” Fickell said. What do you mean it didn’t hurt the team, coach? You didn’t utilize your timeouts, a valuable tool at your disposal, which, aside from stopping the clock earlier in Miami’s drive, could have served the Buckeyes in several ways. At the very least, you could have given your defense a breather since that particular Hurricanes’ drive lasted for the better part of ten minutes. Only a select group of people gets to see the team at every practice and team function, so I, along with all of Buckeye Nation, must give Fickell the benefit of the doubt when it comes to helping the Buckeyes improve. Fickell needs to do a little better than hoping his team will improve, as well as kidding himself that his team wouldn’t have benefitted from the use of a timeout at some point in the fourth quarter against Miami. With that attitude, Fickell could be hoping for a new job at another program in the near future.
September 21, 2019
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Greek parliament voted to adopt a law providing for the dismissal of 15,000 civil servants as part of austerity measures imposed by the country’s international creditors.After heated debate during an emergency session, 168 deputies voted for the bill, with 123 voting against and one abstaining as the opposition proved powerless to stop cuts the government insisted were needed to keep the country afloat.The new law overturns what had been a guarantee of a job for life for workers in Greece’s notoriously bloated civil service. Around 800 people turned up outside the parliament to protest against the measure in a demonstration called by trade unions. The bill provides for the dismissal of 15,000 civil servants by the end of 2014, including 4,000 this year, to meet terms set by Athens’s creditors for billions in bailout loans.Civil service trade confederation ADEDY condemned what it called the “politicians who are dismantling the public service and destroying the welfare state”.Private union GSEE said the bill would only worsen Greece’s dire unemployment rate, which currently stands at 27 per cent. Slashing an unwieldy public service is a condition set by Greece’s so-called ‘troika’ of creditors – the International Monetary Fund, European Union and European Central Bank – to unlock loans of 8.8 billion euros ($11.5 billion).The EU and IMF have committed a total of 240 billion euros in rescue loans since 2010, with the heavily indebted country obliged to pursue austerity measures in exchange for the international aid it needs to avoid bankruptcy.The new law will speed dismissal procedures, which previously made it impossible to sack civil servants and saw the public sector swell over the years as every new administration brought in its own people.Employees who have been disciplined for corruption or incompetence and those working for one of dozens of shuttered government agencies will be the main targets.The law, which was written in a single article to force lawmakers to adopt all its provisions together, also extends weekly working hours for teachers, opens a number of professions to competition and reduces a controversial property tax by 15 per cent.Another section creates new payment terms for unpaid taxes, intended to help the government recover billions of euros owed by indebted companies and households.The main opposition, radical leftist party Syriza, tried unsuccessfully to block the use of an emergency session to adopt the law, which it argued was unconstitutional.Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras said the emergency session was necessary because his eurozone counterparts “must come to a decision Monday on continuing loan disbursements… that Greece needs to pay salaries and pensions”.Opposition parties also condemned what they said was a last-minute amendment introduced by Stournaras, slashing the monthly minimum salary from 580 euros to 490 euros.
September 6, 2019
BRASILIA: Brazil on Monday rejected aid from G7 countries to fight wildfires in the Amazon, with a top official telling French President Emmanuel Macron to take care of “his home and his colonies.” “We appreciate (the offer), but maybe those resources are more relevant to reforest Europe,” Onyx Lorenzoni, chief of staff to President Jair Bolsonaro, told the G1 news website. Also Read – Pakistan test-fires 290-km range missile Advertise With Us Lorenzoni was referring to a $20 million pledge made at the G7 summit in France to fight the rainforest blaze. “Macron cannot even avoid a foreseeable fire in a church that is a world heritage site. What does he intend to teach our country?” He continued, referring to the fire in April that devastated the Notre-Dame cathedral. The presidency later confirmed the comments to AFP. Also Read – Imran calls on Pakistanis to take part in ‘Kashmir Hour’ Advertise With Us Brazilian Environment Minister Ricardo Salles had earlier told reporters they had welcomed the G7 funding to fight the fires that have swept across 950,000 hectares (2.3 million acres) and prompted the deployment of the army. But after a meeting between Bolsonaro and his ministers, the Brazilian government changed course. “Brazil is a democratic, free nation that never had colonialist and imperialist practices, as perhaps is the objective of the Frenchman Macron,” Lorenzoni said. Tensions have risen between France and Brazil after Macron tweeted that the fires burning in the Amazon basin amounted to an international crisis and should be discussed as a top priority at the G7 summit. Bolsonaro reacted by blasting Macron for having a “colonialist mentality.”
August 15, 2019
in Headlines, journal, News Stern & Eisenberg Begins Operations in New States Stern & Eisenberg has announced the firm’s expansion into Tennessee and Alabama. With this expansion, Stern & Eisenberg now operates in twelve states and the District of Columbia. The firm’s other states of service are New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, West Virginia, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia. Stern & Eisenberg maintains GSE-compliant, brick-and-mortar operations in each of its twelve states of service and has large, regional processing hubs in Baltimore, Maryland and Warrington, Pennsylvania where the firm is headquartered.“We’re thrilled with the new legal talent that our expansion into Tennessee and Alabama is bringing Stern & Eisenberg and our clients,” Chief Value Officer Kathy Brady said. “The quality of attorneys that are joining our team is an exciting development and adds to our already industry-leading team of legal minds.”As part of the expansion, the firm has announced that Zachary H. Champion, Esq. has joined Stern & Eisenberg’s Alabama office. Champion is an expert on U.S. bankruptcy code and has extensive experience with the federal government, having advised on regulatory, evidentiary, and policy matters. In the firm’s new Nashville, Tennessee office, Stern & Eisenberg has announced Carolee Berasi, Esq. has joined the firm’s Tennessee team. Berasi brings nearly a decade of creditors’ rights experience to her new role with S&E. She is also licensed in Georgia, North Carolina, and Virginia where the firm also operates.“Moving into Tennessee and Alabama is a natural fit for Stern & Eisenberg,” said Founder and Executive Steven K. Eisenberg. “Our footprint has grown to meet client demand and to on-board new sources of business across our key practice areas which cover mortgage default, title, real-estate owned (REO) closings, real estate transactional work, litigation, business law, and estate planning and administration. We’re truly a multi-practice law firm and our growing footprint allows us to better meet demand for our services.”An updated firm matrix will be distributed to clients reflecting the new office locations, attorney and non-attorney support staff contact information, and escalation routes for files.The firm is also a member of the Legal League 100, a premier professional association of financial services law firms in the United States, with more than 100 member law firms spanning nearly 50 states and an organic, firm-driven leadership structure. The Legal League 100 is uniquely positioned to drive progress and its mission of leadership, advocacy, and education in the mortgage servicing industry. July 27, 2018 450 Views 2018-07-27 Kristina Brewer Share
February 28, 2019
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