Prime Minister Narendra Modi said several women had left an “indelible mark in the history of mankind” through their “exemplary deeds” and paid tribute to the late Kunwar Bai, the mascot of his flagship Clean India mission.In his Twitter posts, the prime minister also urged people to write about women who had inspired them and use the hash tag ‘#SheInspiresMe’.Through their exemplary deeds, several women have left an indelible mark in the history of humankind. They continue to inspire generations. I urge you to write about some women who inspire you. #SheInspiresMe, Modi tweeted on International Women’s Day. Lauding Kunwar Bai, who passed away at the age of 106 earlier this year, the prime minister said she sold her goats, reportedly her only asset, to build two toilets at her home in Chhattisgarh’s Kotabharri village. Her contribution towards Swachh Bharat (Clean India) cannot be forgotten , he said I will always cherish the time when I had the opportunity to seek Kunwar Bai’s blessings during one of my visits to Chhattisgarh. Kunwar Bai lives on in the hearts and minds of all those who are passionate towards fulfilling Bapu’s dream of a clean India. #SheInspiresMe, he added. The prime minister also shared photographs and a video clip of him felicitating Kunwar Bai during a programme in the state two years ago.
Six thousand years ago, Egyptian lions hunted wildebeests and zebras in a landscape that resembled the Serengeti more than the Sahara. Since then, the number of large mammal species has decreased from 37 to eight, says quantitative ecologist Justin Yeakel of the Santa Fe Institute. New research using ancient animal depictions tracks the collapse of Egypt’s ecological networks one extinction at a time, offering a glimpse into how climate change and human impacts have altered the structure and stability of ecosystems over millennia.People in Egypt have been observing the natural world since long before they built the pyramids. Prehistoric rock drawings depict hippopotamuses, giraffes, elephants, hartebeests, and foxes. Ostrich and ibex are carved into a 5000-year-old ceremonial palette. Later, hunting scenes on ancient Egyptian tombs teemed with wildlife. Yeakel created a timeline based on existing records from paleontology, archaeology, and art, which picks up about where the fossils leave off and zooms in on a much shorter time scale. He used it to find out which species died out when and how their loss affected the rest of the ecological network.As Yeakel and co-authors report online today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the most dramatic shifts in climate and land use accompanied the most dramatic shifts in the number of predators relative to the number of prey species. Three of the five shifts happened at the same time as sudden dryings of the Nile Valley that may also have catalyzed the rise and fall of dynasties. 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For each mammal community of the last 6000 years, they assembled possible predator-prey networks based on the body size of the animals (a cheetah is more likely to hunt a hedgehog than vice versa)—a system that correctly predicts who eats whom up to 74% of the time in modern African systems. Then they modeled the stability of each ecological network: How likely is a small change to cause a complete collapse?The most ancient and species-rich ecosystems were resilient. But the networks became less and less stable through time. With each extinction, the mammals that depended on that species become more vulnerable to collapse themselves. The loss of the wild boar, the white antelope, and the leopard in the last 150 years caused the most precipitous drop in stability yet. “As you lose diversity, you lose redundancy in the system, and the importance of each organism becomes magnified,” Yeakel says.As a result, the remaining eight large mammal species in Egypt—including striped hyenas, golden jackals, and the Egyptian fox—are now more vulnerable than they’ve been in more than 12,000 years, Yeakel says. Some of the most important of those eight are already in trouble. By calculating the stability of the modern Egyptian predator-prey network with and without each species, the team found a few whose presence stabilizes the whole system—primarily small herbivores eaten by many predators, including gazelles, ibex, and Barbary sheep. One gazelle species is now critically endangered, and Barbary sheep are less common in the Western Desert than they were even 30 years ago, says Egyptologist Salima Ikram of American University in Cairo, who was not involved in the work.The researchers also used their model to predict extinction risk, a measure that’s important for conservation planning but hard to observe. The artistic record offers an unusual chance to test these predictions on extant species at shorter timescales. Looking back in history, the researchers found that the theoretically more sensitive species did in fact disappear from Egypt sooner.Still, this window on the past is less than perfect, warns Linda Evans, an environmental historian at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia, who studies representations of animals in ancient Egyptian art. Just because an animal appears on a tomb doesn’t necessarily mean it existed at the time, as artists in later periods copied older tombs. Ancient Egyptians “didn’t just depict what they saw,” Evans says. “Egyptian art has a grammar to it. You have to be really careful and guarded about the conclusions you draw.”Ikram agrees that ancient Egyptian artists had more on their minds than what they saw in the real world. But while Yeakel’s timeline may not be perfect, it is probably “a good mapping of what was present when and where, and how the different species affected one another.”
Shikhar Dhawan was left an angry man after his family was stopped from boarding a flight from Dubai to South Africa.Dhawan’s family was stopped from boarding the plane by Emirates employees because he didn’t have the birth certificate of his kids with him at the moment.The Indian team left for South Africa on Wednesday night, where they will play three Tests, six ODIs and three T20Is. An angry Dhawan took to social media to express his disappointment and said that his family was waiting at the airport for their documents to arrive before they can fly off to South Africa. “Absolutely unprofessional from @emirates. Was on my way to South Africa with my family and was told tht my wife and kids can’t board the flight from Dubai to South Africa. Was asked to produce birth certificates & other documents fr my kids at the airport which we obviously didn’t have at that moment,” he wrote.”They are now at Dubai airport waiting for the documents to arrive. Why didn’t @emirates notify about such a situation when we were boarding the plane from Mumbai? One of the emirates’ employee was being rude for no reason at all,” Dhawan added.1/2.Absolutely unprofessional from @emirates. Was on my way 2 SA with my fam & was told tht my wife and kids can’t board the flight from Dubai to SA. Was asked to produce birth certificates & other documents fr my kids at the airport which we obviously didn’t have at that moment.advertisement- Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) December 29, 20172/2.They are now at Dubai airport waiting for the documents to arrive. Why didn’t @emirates notify about such a situation when we were boarding the plane from Mumbai? One of the emirates’ employee was being rude for no reason at all.- Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) December 29, 2017Replying to his comment, one of his followers informed Dhawan that the airlines were just following the norms enforced by the South African government:”This has nothing to do with Emirates by the way, but a law enforced by South African government with effect from 1st June 2016 to carry your child’s original un abridged birth certificate when both parents fly. They are only following the regulations of South Africa government,” he tweeted.This has nothing to do with emirates by the way, but a law enforced by South African government with effect from 1st June 2016 to carry your childï¿½??s original un abridged birth certificate when both parents fly. They are only following the regulations of South Africa government.- Abhinav Joshi (@IceCubeEnix) December 29, 2017Emirates Airline also replied to Dhawan and asked for clarification about the incident.We’re sorry to hear this, Shikhar. We’d like to find out more on a private message. Please include your booking reference or e-ticket numbers starting in 176. https://t.co/67ooSY3Pnf- Emirates Support (@EmiratesSupport) December 29, 2017Earlier, Dhawan’s participation in the first Test against South Africa starting on January 5 became doubtful as he was seen limping while entering the Team India hotel in Mumbai.Dhawan had picked up an ankle injury and was seen with a heavily strapped left-ankle on Wednesday before leaving.He was accompanied by physio Patrick Farhart and had undergone an MRI scan.”Shikhar Dhawans ankle is being assessed. The physio is yet to give any report to the national selectors. As of now, he is travelling with the team. However, it cant be ascertained whether he will be available for the first Test match or not,” a senior BCCI official told PTI on the condition of anonymity.Dhawan has been in good form after making his comeback to Test cricket in Sri Lanka and has hit 550 runs from eight innings, including two hundreds. He was expected to play the first Test alongside Murali Vijay. However, if he is rendered unfit for the first Test, then in-form KL Rahul is expected to open the batting with Vijay.As per the selection pattern of the Indian teams whenever there has been an injury concern, the fourth opener currently would be Tamil Nadu’s Abhinav Mukund, who had scored 82 in his last Test appearance in Sri Lanka.
Prithvi Shaw said he was nervous on the eve of his Test debut against West Indies in the first of the two-match series against West Indies starting October 4 in Rajkot. Shaw, an 18-year-old batsman from Mumbai, has been making headlines in junior cricket for years.After making his first class debut in 2017, Shaw grabbed attention with his consistency and delightful stroke play. In 14 first-class matches, Shaw has scored seven hundreds and five half-centuries.Shaw was named in the Indian squad for the last two Tests of the five-match series against England but he did not play. On Wednesday, the Indian team revealed a 12-member squad for the first Test and the teenager was slotted in to open the innings with KL Rahul.Understandably, Shaw was nervous but added he was feeling good thanks to the comforting words of his captain and coach.Also read – Prithvi Shaw to debut in 1st Test as India announce 12-man squad”I am feeling very good, a bit nervous. When I came to the dressing room, everyone was like there is no senior and junior. Virat bhai (Kohli) and Ravi Sir (Shastri) told me. It felt very nice and I was very comfortable. Everyone was happy to see me.”We just finished our very first practise session, which was very good and I really enjoyed my first day over here in the practise session and it has been going great,” Shaw told bcci.tv.INTERVIEW: Young @PrithviShaw is all set to make his Test debut for #TeamIndia tomorrowWatch the youngster speak about his first stint with the Test side, the dressing room vibes & captain @imVkohli -interview by @28anandFull video – https://t.co/H0DapBamsO #INDvWI pic.twitter.com/CVvFy1dV4WadvertisementBCCI (@BCCI) October 3, 2018Shaw is enamoured by Kohli, who is known to be a tough nut on the field but affable and friendly off it.Also read – Virat Kohli, Prithvi Shaw share a light moment as India get down to practice in Rajkot”I think he is a really funny guy off the field. Obviously we know on the field he is a very tough guy, but off the field he is a nice guy, funny guy. I spoke to him and we shared a few jokes. He was trying to speak Marathi, which was… really funny,” Shaw said.Shaw had led India to glory in the Under-19 World Cup and impressed in the IPL where he played for Delhi Daredevils.Also read – Virat Kohli tells Prithvi Shaw the secret behind his success in EnglandA day ahead of his Test debut, Shaw said he felt settled in the dressing room and talked of his preparations ahead of the big day.”It is (all about) team bonding if you see in Indian cricket, making me comfortable and helping me out when I was nervous and I think I am fine now. Virat Kohli said that the West Indies Tests are an opportunity for the youngsters to shine and show their talent (@BCCI Photo)”When I went out to bat, I was like I don’t have to get out. And whenever I go to net practise I don’t like to get out, because it is very important before the game to bat properly and bat like how you would bat in the match.Also read – We know the Indian conditions and know how to go about our job: Ajinkya Rahane”It was fun, had a few throw-downs with Sanjay Bangar sir and Rahgu (throw-down specialist ) also threw some balls as well. Everything was perfect and I enjoyed my first session here. Ravi sir was saying just enjoy your game and enjoy this practice session and just do whatever you have been doing in the Ranji Trophy since so many years,” he said.Young @PrithviShaw is all set to make his Test debut tomorrow at Rajkot. How well does he time the ball? #TeamIndia #INDvWI pic.twitter.com/5LLvl7GKkQBCCI (@BCCI) October 3, 2018Shaw said getting his first Test cap was a moment of pride and his focus was now on helping India win the first Test. “It is a really proud feeling to get my first Test cap. I am feeling really nice and am looking forward to it and winning the first Test.”This is a golden opportunity for Prithvi Shaw. Murali Vijay lost his place in the Indian Test team during the England tour and the selectors decided against recalling him into the side. Shikhar Dhawan, who struggled against the swinging ball in the England Tests but won the man-of-the-series award in the Asia Cup, too did not find a place for the series against West Indies. If Shaw make an impact, he could be the first choice opener along with KL Rahul for the tour of Australia later in the year.advertisement
MIAMI GARDENS, FL – JANUARY 05: A general view of the exterior of Land Shark Stadium as the Iowa Hawkeyes get set to play against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets during the FedEx Orange Bowl at Land Shark Stadium on January 5, 2010 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)It’s always an exciting time in a high school athlete’s life when he or she gets a scholarship offer for the school they like. But the reaction that three-star cornerback Jermari Harris had when he found out he was getting an offer from Iowa might have been one of the best.In an interview with HawkeyeReport, Harris admitted that he was “speechless” and expressed his belief that he has exactly what the team needs.“I was speechless,” said Harris. “He said I’ve been patient with them and I am what they’re looking for in a Hawkeye.”Harris went on to compliment the coaches and the administration, and said that the school made him and his family “feel at home.”“I really like the professionalism of the program at Iowa where everything’s done for a reason,” Harris said. “The coaching staff really made me and my family feel at home and welcomed us with open arms.”Should he choose to accept the offer from Iowa, he would be joining a unit that ranked 11th in points allowed in the FBS, giving up only 17.8 points per game.The Hawkeyes finished the season with a 9-4 record and an upset win over Mississippi State in the Outback Bowl.247Sports rates Harris as top-2000 prospect, a top-200 cornerback, and the No. 42 prospect from the state of Illinois.Harris made an unofficial visit last year, but is slated to make his official visit to Iowa on Friday. He previously made visits to Ball State and North Dakota State.
Some $13 million has been set aside in the 2013/14 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives, to continue work on the Water Resources Authority’s (WRA) Evaluating Groundwater Recharge in the Upper Rio Cobre Basin programme. The project seeks to assess the potential for water-related developments and the resource capacity to meet present and future demand, as well as the continuous updating of the National Water Resources Master Plan. The allocation for this fiscal year will go towards: providing additional training to other WRA staff members in the application of isotopes techniques in hydrology and the procurement of two battery operated pumps. The funds will also go towards the development of a database with new and existing information pertaining to the recharging of groundwater in the Rio Cobre, consisting of data and groundwater levels, spring and river discharge, isotopes, chemistry and meteorological parameters. Achievements up to February this year include: procurement of current meters and groundwater probes with rainwater collectors; conceptual model of groundwater recharge and flow in the Rio Cobre hydro geological system developed; training of WRA staff in the application of isotopes techniques in hydrology; first set of samples collected and sent to a laboratory in Austria for isotope analysis. The project, which is being administered through the Ministry of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, began in April 2012, and is slated to end in March 2014. By Chris Patterson, JIS Reporter
For more information about water safety, visit www.lifesavingsociety.ns.ca. do not consume alcohol while swimming or operating a boat keep children within arms’ reach when near water never swim alone teach children to swim and be comfortable around water whenever possible, swim in an area supervised by a lifeguard Nova Scotians are urged to practice water safety while swimming, boating and fishing in the province. Premier Darrell Dexter declared July 17-24, National Drowning Prevention Week in Nova Scotia. “The summer is a time for families and children to relax and enjoy the sunshine and great outdoors,” said Premier Dexter. “But with that added freedom comes some responsibility. “I urge all Nova Scotians to take extra precautions, particularly around water, to ensure a safe and happy summer vacation. Always use common sense and practice water safety.” Statistics show that more than 500 people die in Canada every year in water-related incidents. Last year, 19 Nova Scotians lost their lives because of drowning, according to a report from the Lifesaving Society. “Almost every drowning is a preventable death,” said Krista Elvidge, president of the Lifesaving Society. “The best way to prevent drowning is to always wear a lifejacket or use a personal flotation device when working or enjoying recreational activities on the water.” National Drowning Prevention Week in Nova Scotia is organized by the provincial branch of the Lifesaving Society. The following are some tips from the society to help ensure a safe summer:
WINNIPEG – A Winnipeg man has admitted to leaving his 89-year-old mother, covered in her own feces and urine, lying on the floor of the home they shared for several days until she died.Ron Siwicki, 65, pleaded guilty Monday to criminal negligence causing death, which carries a maximum life sentence. The musician is to face a sentencing hearing on June 26.A charge of manslaughter was stayed by the Crown.Siwicki’s mother, Elizabeth, had suffered from dementia since 2012 and had not had a refill of any prescription medications in the nine months before her death, said a brief statement of facts read by Crown attorney Alanna Littman.After falling out of bed in November 2014, Littman said the elderly woman suffered some sort of injury and was unable to get up.Defence lawyer Mike Cook said the mother had told her son she did not want medical treatment and, unable to lift her back into bed, he tried to care for her by giving her nutritional supplement drinks and water.“He was still very attentive to his mom. He provided her with food, hydration. He took care of her basic needs, but there came a point where he was overwhelmed,” Cook said outside court.“His mom had said to him, ‘Ronny, I don’t want to go to the hospital. Keep me at home. Take care of me at home.’”Littman told court that Siwicki left his mother alone on two evenings while he went out to play gigs. There was so much of her own feces and urine around her that the carpet underneath her had buckled. She had bedsores that extended down to her bones in some areas.Only after she had died did Siwicki try to clean her and call an ambulance, Littman said.Siwicki answered “yes” when asked by the judge whether he was agreeing to the facts read in court.Cook said Siwicki had lived with his mother all his life and was probably reluctant to clean her private areas out of embarrassment.The defence lawyer said he will ask for Siwicki to be allowed to serve his sentence in the community, but added that the Crown is going to seek time in custody. Neither side specified how long a sentence each will seek.Siwicki has been out on bail and has received support from friends and fellow musicians.On a Facebook page for Winnipeg musicians, friends said Siwicki took great care of his mother following the death of his father years earlier.
Rabat – Morocco and the European Union will conduct an institutional twinning to improve the Moroccan penitentiary system. The General Delegation of the Penitentiary Administration (DGAPR) launched a ceremony for the institutional twinning on Thursday, October 18, in Rabat, according to state-owned media outlet Maghreb Arab Press. The DGAPR initiative, supported by the EU, aims to improve Moroccan prisons by working in close collaboration with France, Belgium, and Italy on common issues such as overpopulation, rehabilitation, youth delinquency, and women prisoners. The EU is currently financing the project with a €1.5 million contribution. It will also send, for a period of 30 months, 50 experts to Morocco in partnership with the French Ministry of Justice, the Belgian Public Federal Service, and the Italian Ministry of Justice. The experts will come from various institutions, such as penitentiary administrations, regional directorates, and penitentiary training institutions, to train Moroccan prison staff. The general delegate to the penitentiary administration, Salah Tamek, declared the institutional twinning will help DGAPR reinforce its institutional capacity and competencies through a structured and participative quality program. The chief ambassador of the EU delegation, Claudia Wiedey, indicated that the EU is satisfied with the strategic Moroccan cooperation as both parties face complex issues related to penitentiary management and will be able to work towards its modernization. Moroccan prisons have, indeed, suffered many issues, especially the overpopulation of jails. According to Tamek in a speech he gave last year at the Justice, Legislation, and Human Rights Commission in the House of Councilors, Moroccan prisons no longer have the capacity to sustain the growing number of inmates. Last year, Morocco had more than 80,000 prisoners. The penitentiary administration closed 8 prisons in 2015 and 2016 because they did not meet the requirements. The administration built 11 new prisons, which helped ease the overcrowding by 38 percent, and increased the space per prisoner by 0.25 square meters. The prisons remain, however, understaffed. According to Tamek, hygiene and security are also slowly improving. Last year, the administration prohibited friends and relatives from bringing food baskets in all Moroccan prisons to fight the spread of drugs. Each prisoner gets six check-ups per year. Prisons have one doctor for every 820 inmates, 1 dentist for every 1,381, and one nurse for every 162.Despite the administration’s efforts, the state of Moroccan prisons is still alarming, and Moroccans hope the institutional twinning will alleviate the situation.
LONDON — Budget airline Ryanair says its profit fell 29% last year and warns that the grounding of Boeing’s 737 Max planes will limit its ability to cut costs.Europe’s largest carrier by passengers said earnings for the year ending March 31 fell to 1.02 billion euros ($1.14 billion) from 1.45 billion euros the previous year. Strong 7% traffic growth was offset by a 6% decline in fares.Boeing grounded its 737 MAX planes after two crashes raised concerns about flight-control software. It said last week it has finished updating the software, though it remains unclear when the grounding will end.Ryanair had wanted to use the fuel-efficient planes to cut costs. But it delayed delivery of its first five Max planes until the winter so those savings won’t happen until 2021.The Associated Press
As a government labour dispute with foreign service officers continues to slow the issuing of visas for foreign students coming to Canada, Brock’s office of International Services and Programs Abroad and Goodman School of Business have issued the following information for international students and visiting scholars.If you already have a Study Permit, you are OK. And if you are in Canada now and have a valid study permit, you may renew it here in Canada.If you are coming to study at Brock for less than 6 months, you do not need a study permit. However, citizens from certain countries still need a temporary resident visa (entry visa) to enter Canada. If you are unsure if you need such a visa, please check: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/visas-all.aspIf you have applied for a visa and have not yet received it, please read the messages below.If you have any questions, please contact the one of the emails listed. We wish to help in any way possible.ESL Students The Fall 2013 IELP term begins Tuesday, Sept. 3.If you do not have your visa by then, you may start at any time until Oct. 21.If you cannot be here by Oct. 21, you may start in January 2014.If you have any questions, please contact ESL Services at email@example.comUndergraduate Students Classes begin Wednesday, Sept. 4. If you cannot arrive by that date, we will allow you to begin your undergraduate studies as late as Monday, Sept. 16, 2013.If you are unable to arrive by Sept. 16 you may defer the start of studies until January 2014. You must notify us if this is your intention. If you need an official deferral letter to take to the Canadian Visa Office, please contact firstname.lastname@example.orgIf you are an exchange or study abroad student and will study at Brock for only one term, you do not need a study permit.If you have questions, please contact the Brock Admissions office at email@example.comGraduate Students (except Goodman School of Business) Classes begin Wednesday, Sept. 4.If you are unable to arrive by Sept. 4, please contact the Faculty of Graduate Studies at firstname.lastname@example.orgGraduate Students – Goodman School of Business IMAcc and MBA ISP classes begin Aug. 1. Late arrivals are not permitted. To request a deferral to August 2014, please contact the Goodman Graduate Programs Office through https://portal.bus.brocku.caMAcc, MBA and MSc classes begin on Sept. 4. If you cannot arrive by that date, we will allow you to begin your business graduate studies as late as Sept. 16, 2013. If you are unable to arrive by Sept. 16 you may defer your studies to a future term. Submit a request for deferral to the Goodman Graduate Programs Office through https://portal.bus.brocku.ca
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“The 60th General Assembly session’s score-card is a good one,” Mr. Eliasson told delegates this morning. Highlighting areas where progress was achieved, he cited the establishment of the Peacebuilding Commission and the Human Rights Council, as well as last week’s agreement on a UN counter-terrorism strategy.He added that there was now a once-in-a-generation opportunity to “make poverty history,” with greater awareness of the global problem, better aid than ever before, and many governments committed to improving the lives of their peoples.Mr. Eliasson noted, however, that many reforms were not achieved during the 60th session, including strengthening the Economic and Social Council and reforming the Security Council.“More than ever before, we also need to focus on the underlying lack of dialogue among civilizations, cultures and nations,” he said. “There are no fewer tensions in the world of September 2006 than there were in 2005.”Member States must also live up to the “responsibility to protect,” he added. The same horrors that befell Cambodia, Rwanda and Srebrenica while the world stood by should not be allowed to happen in Darfur or elsewhere, he said.He also called for more action to ensure the different parts of the United Nations work together, as well as to build on the potential of regional organizations, the private sector, civil society and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to reach shared goals.“The UN can never be the panacea,” he later told reporters at a press briefing. “The problems are so huge now that the UN can’t deal with them alone.” Noting that the end of his tenure also fell on the fifth anniversary of September 11th terror attacks, Mr. Eliasson paid homage to the victims of that day, “as well as the thousands of others who have been victims of terrorism all over the world both before and since.”He thanked Secretary-General Kofi Annan – whose second and final five-year term ends this year – for his “unfailing commitment to the principles and ideals of the United Nations, for his initiation and support of the reform process – and for his friendship over many years.”And Mr. Eliasson extended the “warmest of welcomes” to his successor, Haya Rashid Al Khalifa, who tomorrow becomes the first female General Assembly President since 1969.
Seattle Marinerschristina_kahrl: The team in the division I really don’t know what to think of is the Mariners. New GM Jerry Dipoto has made the right kinds of gestures to indicate he wants to contend now without spending too much, but is this the year that guys like Taijuan Walker and James Paxton finally break through as rotation regulars? And is everybody sold on Ketel Marte as an everyday shortstop, or is he just the latest young Mariners shortstop who will be touted briefly before bouncing to the Rays (or wherever)?rob: The Mariners seem to me like a mirage. Nelson Cruz had a fantastic year in 2015, slugging .566 at age 34. That cannot continue for long. Robinson Cano saw his WAR fall by about 50 percent from 2014, and I am more sold that his decline is real than PECOTA is (second basemen tend to age quickly). And Marte BABIP‘d .341 on his way to a good year that I don’t think he can repeat (until he goes to the Rays and becomes an All-Star, anyway).neil: Also, haven’t we seen this movie before, with Seattle overhauling the roster and going all-in on pitching and defense?christina_kahrl: Yes, but that’s because Jack Z. was the Bond villain of GMs: He had a new master plan for world domination every year, and he never had a two-year plan, so in his run he had time to try everything at least once. Someone should have just given him a white Persian cat and snapped the picture.rob: As far as the pitching, Paxton and Walker could become great and change the whole trajectory of the Mariners’ season. But I think there’s a roughly equal chance they will become hurt, and Seattle doesn’t have a lot of rotation depth to replace them.As for the Zduriencik comparison, Dipoto actually seems like he’s all about the long-term plan. Why else would you waste a solid chunk of Mike Trout’s prime like what happened during his tenure with the Angels? Ben Lindbergh joins the Hot Takedown podcast to preview the 2016 MLB season. In honor of the 2016 Major League Baseball season, which starts Sunday, FiveThirtyEight is assembling some of our favorite baseball writers to chat about the year to come. Today, we put the American League West under the microscope with ESPN MLB writer/editor Christina Kahrl and our own baseball columnist, Rob Arthur. The transcript below has been edited.Texas RangersHouston AstrosSeattle MarinersLos Angeles AngelsOakland Athletics neil (Neil Paine, senior sportswriter): Who’s ready to talk about the AL West? Am I wrong, or does this look like it might be the most wide-open division in baseball (on paper, at least)?rob: I’m not sure I agree that it’s totally wide open. I see the Astros as a really strong team that is more likely to exceed their projections than fall apart this year. After the Astros, though, I could see an argument that any of the other teams could find themselves in second place.christina_kahrl: With the exception of the Oakland A’s in this very division, I think you can make a reasonable argument that each of the other 14 teams in the AL have a shot at 85 wins (which would equal contention). So I don’t think I’d go there, as far as “most wide open.”neil: But what about the defending division-champ Rangers! The Trout-led Angels! The better-than-their-record A’s! The … you know, the Mariners! Los Angeles Angels of Anaheimneil: About those Angels …christina_kahrl: Doesn’t this have to be a year where, having gotten his way, Mike Scioscia has to get the Angels into the postseason?neil: I mean, with this team, we also have to talk about the collective star power and its failure to really make much of an impact these past few years. Does this serve as an invalidation of the stars-and-scrubs model they’ve built with? Or do we think they have a real breakthrough this season?(And how much more does Trout have to do to make that happen???)rob: I don’t think it invalidates stars-and-scrubs generally, only this extreme version of it. They’ve had literally the best star player in the game and some of the worst scrubs all around him. Unfortunately, that doesn’t seem like it’s changing all that much this year. Andrelton Simmons will help, but their farm system is still in shambles and they weren’t active on the free agent market.christina_kahrl: Maybe the Angels are an elaborate piece of performance art, a commentary on the emptiness of celebrity.rob: Or a counter-argument to the Great Man theory of history.No matter what Trout does, he cannot rescue the team on his lonesome. The Angels are projected by PECOTA for 27.1 combined WARP; Trout alone is responsible for about a quarter of that. Even if he attained prime-era Barry Bonds status, or took to the mound Babe Ruth-style, he can only add a few more wins to the team’s tally, which won’t be enough to make them true contenders.christina_kahrl: I’m reminded of why the “great” Angels teams of the ’70s — which had plenty of famous players — didn’t win while the Oakland A’s did: An absence of on-base percentage. Yunel Escobar and Daniel Nava might help them a lot in that department (especially if the Angels get the good Nava and not the nega-Nava who exasperated Red Sox fans every other season), but I’m still wondering whether this is another Trout-and-Pujols kamikaze run ending in 82 wins and a participation medal.rob: That scenario is precisely what I expect to happen. Merely having Trout on the roster is enough to make them mediocre; not having other good players is enough to stop them from being anything more than mediocre.christina_kahrl: I’m imagining Trout’s plaque in Cooperstown now:“Kept the Angels above .500. ‘Hey, you try it.’ — M.T.”neil: Poor Trout. neil: Is that a “Barton Fink” reference, @christina_kahrl?christina_kahrl: Of course. ;)neil: If this division was a Coen brothers film, which one would it be?christina_kahrl: Well, I’ve tipped my hand already. But when I think of the Rangers beating the Astros, last year and now picking them to do it again this year, I pretty much automatically think of John Goodman shouting, “I’ll show you the life of the mind!” And I know that’s totally unfair to how smart the Rangers are, or how talented the Astros are. Oakland Athleticschristina_kahrl: I guess that brings us to the A’s. I guess they have some fourth-place potential if the Mariners implode. But are they left with “best last-place team in baseball” ambitions? Or will they not even be better than whoever finishes last in the AL East?neil: And, relatedly, why do they continually win less than their component stats say they should? They’re like the anti-Royals.rob: It’s the new market inefficiency.neil: Haha.christina_kahrl: On a practical, non-snarky level, I just want to see guys like Jesse Hahn and Chris Bassitt turn the corner. And find out whether Marcus Semien can stick at shortstop — because the one thing that organization has a lot of is good shortstop prospects, between Franklin Barreto, Chad Pinder, Yairo Munoz and Richie Martin.The guy to really get excited about is Sean Manaea, though. I saw his start last Sunday in Arizona, and he’s going to be fun to watch; lefties who throw that hard aren’t everyday items.rob: Yeah, they definitely have some interesting players. In seriousness, I think they’ve played below their components because of a bad bullpen that doesn’t look to get any better.On the plus side, Sonny Gray is a lot of fun to watch.christina_kahrl: Also yes, I mean, as much as I don’t think they’ll contend, they’re an interesting club with an expanding talent base. Matt Chapman isn’t too far off at third base, either. In the long term, they have to sort out their keepers in the infield and the rotation. This year will help give them clarity.neil: So are the A’s clearly in their own tier at the bottom of this division, then? Or is it fairer to lump them in amongst the Mariners and Angels — with all three solidly below the Rangers and Astros?rob: I see enough downside risk with the Mariners and a lack of non-Trout talent on the Angels to put them down with the Athletics. None of them are truly bad: They all have promising players somewhere, but each is crippled enough that I don’t think they can be a true-talent 88-90-win team, the way the Rangers or Astros could be.christina_kahrl: Quite right. I’d also lean more towards the two-and-three grouping. The A’s might rate below the Mariners and Angels now, but if Gray gets some help in the rotation, they might be better than both. But young pitching and heartbreak go together like Wallace Beery and wrestling pictures; we all know that roadmap. Houston Astrosneil: It does seem like what’s driving the difference between Houston and Texas in the stat projections — which favor Houston probably more than the conventional wisdom would — is the difference in the lineups, not the pitching staffs.rob: Definitely. Both lineups are chock full of interesting young players like George Springer, Carlos Correa, Gallo and Rougned Odor. Younger players are notoriously harder to predict, so I could see the division turning on a couple of huge years from either pair of hitters. All of them certainly have the talent.christina_kahrl: Aye. Although the Rangers’ bullpen does have a few more question marks as well.rob: I also think the Astros will be able to leverage their excellent bullpen to outperform their runs pythagorean record and get an extra couple of wins, which could be all they need to steal the division from the Rangers.christina_kahrl: An entirely reasonable expectation, even though I’m sticking with the Rangers. The other factor is that both GMs are willing to deal to win, and both have full farms to deal from. Who makes that big move in July? Probably both of them.rob: Yep, and I see that as another point of difference between the Astros/Rangers and the other teams in the AL West. Two of those teams have new GMs (Angels, Mariners) who probably wouldn’t go all-out to lock up a playoff appearance (better to build strength for a sustained competitive window). And the other team is run by Billy Beane, who’s been burned by in-season purchases in the recent past.christina_kahrl: One point of contrast with my earlier note about the Rangers’ hidden upside: The Astros’ rotation is a nice unit, but it has less potential for improvement on last year’s full-season numbers — by which I mean, Dallas Keuchel and Collin McHugh probably can’t get better. So they need that ‘pen to be amazing again … and it probably will be. The thing that’s fun for them is what a full year of “Los Dos Carlos” — Correa and Gomez — might mean, and whether Tyler White or Jon Singleton (or the both of them) step up and rake. That’s definitely fun to think about.neil: Any fear about the Astros running afoul of the Plexiglas Principle? They did make quite a leap last year.rob: I’m not worried about the Plexiglas Principle with regard to the ‘Stros. They made a big jump — historically large, in fact — but their runs scored/allowed numbers suggest that they should have done even better. First-, second-, and third-order winning percentages from Baseball Prospectus had them as between a 93-win and 98-win team, which is really amazing. So while I think they will regress slightly, it will be from that lofty peak and not the more modest 86-win total they produced in the standings.christina_kahrl: I think dynamic talent turnover kind of insures the Astros against the Plexiglas Principle. Perhaps more than any other thing, I come back to thinking that we’ve yet to see what this team can do while getting full seasons from Gomez, Correa and Springer. If they do this year, and they all hit the way we think they can, that’s going to be a team that can outscore a lot of problems and play a pretty good brand of defense to boot.rob: That, too. Unlike some other teams “on the rise,” the Astros are in the midst of converting an outstanding farm system over the last few years into major-league talent. We have a legitimate reason to believe that they are going to continue getting more playing time and more performance out of a bunch of young players.christina_kahrl: Yeah, that trio plus Jose Altuve, surrounded by the Astros’ collection of power sources like Evan Gattis and Luis Valbuena? That’s what will sustain their ability to beat teams late, because in close games they have a lineup talented enough, one through nine, to put any mistake in the seats. Embed Code rob: That’s a tough one. I’ll go with “No Country for Old Men”, with Anton Chigurh representing the (in the long-term unstoppable) Astros, Llewelyn Moss as the Rangers, and the trail of violence between them as what happens to the other teams in the division when they have to face the Astros and Rangers.Also, clearly, this is No Division for Old Men. The teams on the rise have young talent by the boatload; the teams falling apart do not.christina_kahrl: Now you’re just making me feel bad for Coco Crisp. More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed A FiveThirtyEight Chat Texas Rangersneil: OK, fine, you’ve convinced me — there are several tiers to this division. So who belongs at the top?christina_kahrl: I’m down with Rob’s point that the Astros have the most upside, even though I’m leaning Rangers as the favorite to win the division. But while the Astros may have upside, there’s also a stampede-of-crowds effect where all the smarties want to call the smart guys’ win.rob: Sure, I can see an argument for the Rangers as well, although last year’s division win seemed a little more luck than skill. Then you have a crowd of mediocrity: Per FanGraphs, the Angels, Mariners and Athletics are all projected for between 79 and 81 wins. Maybe that’s what you meant by wide open, Neil — any of those teams are good enough to launch a playoff run. But it would also be a surprise for each of them.neil: Right, there seems to be at least a semi-plausible case for all of those teams. (But maybe that speaks mainly to the mediocrity factor you mentioned, Rob.)christina_kahrl: The big thing for me, as far as the Rangers go, is that the rotation’s going to get a full year from Derek Holland and Cole Hamels, plus Yu Darvish come May. Their mediocre full-season run differential last year was a reflection of how inadequate that number can be when you’re talking about 162 discrete data points, and the first 80-90 didn’t really have much predictive impact on the last 70-80 because the makeup of the team — and the pitching staff in particular — was so radically different. This season should echo that, and then you add in a much deeper lineup that should armor them against the usual injuries or allow them to live with the projectable absences of guys like Josh Hamilton and Adrian Beltre.rob: You make some good points! I’m convinced that the Rangers belong outside the tier of mediocrity. On the other hand, to play devil’s advocate, the strongest predictor of future injury is past injury, and the Rangers have suffered with that scourge a lot in the last few years. The roster is easy to dream on, but I suspect that we will once again see them losing many players to the disabled list.But, as you alluded to, they have a deep farm system and the capacity to replace some of what they lose.christina_kahrl: Yeah, I mean, we’ve all been dreaming about the best-case scenario for Joey Gallo, but even if he’s Russell Branyan with a glove, that’s a freakin’ valuable thing. And Nomar Mazara is probably the answer to a lot of their outfield injuries, assuming he doesn’t win a starting job outright at some point this season.The thing I keep wondering about is what Elvis Andrus has left in the tank. If he can go back to being an impact hitter with his deadball-era skills and play premium defense, that would be really very nice. The guy’s only 27, but maybe he’s a great example of the argument that we need to revise our expectations about peaks in an era where pitchers seem to be winning the game of adjustments.rob: Andrus is a fascinating player who’s still incredibly variable. By Baseball Prospectus’s Wins Above Replacement Player (WARP), he had his best season last year (3.8 WARP) and his worst season the year before (1.5 WARP). But my hunch is that he’s probably a 2-3 WAR player who never takes the next step we’ve all been waiting for.neil: Time might be running out for that to happen, for sure.christina_kahrl: Yeah, perhaps he spoiled us early with .340 OBPs and double-digit tallies in Defensive Runs Saved.
THE PHOTO-SHARING app Instgram now has more than 100 million users a month.In a blogpost looking back at its two-and-a-half years of business, the company said that it has grown from two staff renting desks at a working space on a pier in San Francisco to its current incarnation.Now, nearly two and a half years later, over 100 million people use Instagram every month. It’s easy to see this as an accomplishment for a company, but I think the truth is that it’s an accomplishment for our community. Now, more than ever, people are capturing the world in real-time using Instagram—sharing images from the farthest corners of the globe.They said that they have 100 million people sharing their photos and connecting on Instagram every month, with love stories, businesses and more all growing out of the app.The company has weathered a number of storms in the past year, including a change of terms and conditions that led some users to believe their photographs would be sold on.The company clarified that it did not intend to sell photographs after a huge outcry from users.Instagram was bought by Facebook for $1 billion in April – despite having no revenue at the time – which cemented its position as one of the world’s top apps.However, a ‘photo feud’ developed between Twitter and Instagram in December, leading to Instagram photos no longer being integrated into Twitter.Read: Dublin restaurant bans customers from Instagramming food>Read: Snap: The top 10 Instagram locations in 2012>Read: Instagram tells users: We don’t want to sell your photographs>
A JUDGE HAS convicted Eircom and imposed €16,500 in fines after hearing that a convent nursing home for elderly nuns was over-charged and left without a phone service for weeks.Eircom Ltd, trading as Eir, was prosecuted after a complaint was made to industry watchdog Comreg. The case came before Judge John Brennan at Dublin District Court today.The company pleaded guilty to four counts under the Communication Regulations Act for providing a service that was not requested and three other charges under European Communities (Electronic Communications Networks and Services) (Universal Service and Users’ Rights) Regulations 2011 for failing to transfer the nursing home’s phone number between May and August last year.Judge Brennan noted that Comreg received a complaint from the Franciscan Missionaries of the Divine Motherhood nursing home in Ballinasloe, Galway. It looks after 27 nuns, aged from their seventies to their nineties, and it also has two other houses caring for seven other elderly nuns.Miriam Kilraine, compliance manager with Comreg, said the nuns’ retirement home had tried to transfer to Eircom from another service provider. The move should have been seamless and done within a few days but after the home was disconnected from their previous phone company it was left without a service for three weeks while one of their smaller houses had none for eight weeks.Eircom incorrectly told the nursing home they could not keep their original phone number. The nursing home was also told it needed a new line which was installed at a cost of €1,200.It later transpired that their original transfer request had gone through and the nursing home ended up getting double billed for their old and new lines. Eircom had also put them on an incorrect price plan. They were charged €700 to cancel the contract for their new line.By then, notification of their new number had been sent out to their circle of contacts, the court was told.Kilraine agreed with prosecution counsel Ronan Kennedy that Eircom has credited the customer for the over-charging but it took significant time and effort to have the problem rectified, involving 50 calls or emails.She also agreed the nursing home was a 24-hour care facility which was severely impacted by having no phone lines and it was a major inconvenience. The customer felt it would not have been resolved if Comreg had not got involved, she said.‘Significant impact’ Kennedy said Eircom has prior convictions under the Communication Regulations Act which resulted in fines totalling €21,000 being imposed two years ago, however, they had no prior convictions under the 2011 regulations. It also has some convictions under the Data Protection Act, the court was told.Defence counsel Joe Jeffers said Eircom recognised that that the customer should have been able to transfer seamlessly and keep its number. The guilty plea was entered on the first date the case was before the court, the judge also noted.Jeffers said technical issues were brought to light by the prosecution and they have been rectified. The wrong price plan was a result of human error, counsel said. Eircom representatives also met with someone from the nursing home and appropriate measures have been put in place.Jeffers said the company was apologetic and had co-operated with Comreg.Pleading for leniency, counsel said Eircom was offering to donate €21,000 to charity.Judge Brennan said that he was not minded to accept that payment and impose the Probation Act or strike out the case. He explained that he was refusing because the case involved a regulatory framework to protect consumers and freedom of choice for consumers.He noted the significant impact on the activities of the nursing home and the efforts required to resolve the problem. The seven offences could have resulted in fines totalling €35,000, the court heard.However, the judge took into account the early guilty plea, that there was a genuine error and the issues have been resolved. He convicted Eircom and imposed fines amounting to €16,500 which must be paid within two months.Read: Dublin Bus and Irish Rail workers to ballot for industrial action> By Tom Tuite Monday 27 Mar 2017, 7:55 PM http://jrnl.ie/3309826 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL Image: Shutterstock/Uminov Vladimir 15,642 Views Mar 27th 2017, 7:55 PM File photo File photo Image: Shutterstock/Uminov Vladimir Eircom fined for over-charging nuns’ nursing home and leaving it without phone service for weeks The judge convicted Eircom and imposed fines amounting to €16,500 which must be paid within two months. Share21 Tweet Email1 25 Comments
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, February 13, 2017 – Turks and Caicos continues to take seriously the potential of the European market, and though the Air Passenger Duty tax imposed by the UK on people flying over 2,000 miles is reported as increased slightly to £73 per person over the age of 16 years, still interest in European tourists has not waned. Courtney Robinson is the Marketing Executive for the TCI Tourist Board in London and represented the country at the recently held, Destination Holiday Travel show. Over 70 tourist boards attend the event, billed as the UKs biggest and longest running travel show. Recommended for you Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Related Items:#magneticmedianews The Destination Holiday travel show was on in London at the Olympia Exhibition Center from Feb 2-5, 2017.#MagneticMediaNews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT The TCI Tourist Board said by exhibiting at the prestigious event, many potential vacationers had a chance to learn more about the Turks and Caicos including world renowned Grace Bay Beach. Also highlighted in the exhibit were the award-winning luxury accommodations and some of the more picturesque scenes from around the country. The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo
There are 58,286 names on the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C., and Janna Hoehn wants a face to go along with every name.o Contact Janna Hoehn at email@example.com Go to www.vvmf.org/thewallHoehn and her fellow volunteers have about 21,000 photographs to go — including the images of about 20 Clark County servicemen.Hoehn is part of an effort to create The Education Center at the Wall, which will expand the scope of the Vietnam Memorial Wall.“We have collected over 37,000 pictures of the 58,300 names on the wall,” Hoehn said.Hoehn has contacted several newspapers around Washington state, providing localized lists of Vietnam casualties who are not in the photo collection.“We will take anything. We have to represent each one,” Hoehn said.Many photos in their gallery are traditional military portraits taken in uniform. However, “People can send senior portraits, prom photos and wedding photos. There have been a few baby photos,” Hoehn (pronounced “Hane”) said.Her search for photographs gets complicated when official military records and local veterans’ memorials don’t match.The military designation of “home of record” doesn’t always indicate where someone came from.To further complicate matters, names listed on local monuments are not always on the Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C. Hoehn sent The Columbian a list of 36 Vietnam casualties identified through a Memorial Wall database as Clark County residents; she said needed photos of nine of the men.But the Clark County Veterans War Memorial lists 63 Vietnam fatalities.After examining those names, Hoehn found she needs the photographs of 19 men.Sometimes, just passing along high school information will help. After seeing one of those names, “Buddies will write me: ‘We went to school at such and such and graduated in 1965,’” she said. That might be enough to get a yearbook photo from the school.
AirAsia Group increased its capacity to nearly 9 million for Q1 of 2011 Source = e-Travel Blackboard: M.H AirAsia Berhad has released its operating statistics for the first quarter of 2011, showing a passenger Load Factor of 81 per cent, a year-on-year increase of 7.7 per cent. The airline group also experienced a 19.3 per cent increase in its total number of passengers carried (7.23 million) as well as a rise of 12.5 per cent in Available Seat Kilometres (ASK) and 25.9 per cent in Revenue Passenger Kilometres (RPK). Malaysia AirAsia experienced a strong first quarter of 2011, with Load Factor up 8.6 per cent, ASK up 7.2 per cent and RPK up 23.3 per cent.Thai AirAsia and Indonesia AirAsia saw Load Factor increases of 4.6 per cent and 8.8 per cent respectively, with the latter experiencing a whopping 33.1 per cent year-on-year rise in RPK.