RIVERA: What I learned sitting in a car with Joe TorreBut the truth is this: That 10.2 percent number is incredibly misleading. It’s not that only 10.2 percent of the voters thought Walker’s resume was Cooperstown-worthy in 2014. It’s that only 10.2 percent of the voters checked the box next to Walker’s name. And even though it seems, on the surface, that’s the same thing, it’s really, really not. And while I can’t definitively tell you what every single BBWAA Hall of Fame voter was thinking in 2014, I can speak from my perspective as a voter. The 2020 ballot will be the fourth I’ve had the honor and privilege to submit to the Hall of Fame. The first three years, I’ve placed an X in the box next to the names of 10 players, the maximum number of votes allowed by the rules set up by the Hall of Fame. All three years, I have felt there were more than 10 players on the ballot who belonged in Cooperstown, or at least deserved to stay in the Hall of Fame conversation based on how their outstanding careers stacked up with the players already enshrined in the Hall. My first year, I ranked the players and voted for the 10 I felt had the resumes most worthy of a spot in the Hall of Fame. I did not vote for Walker that year, even though my research convinced me he belongs in Cooperstown; my final spot was a choice between Walker and Vladimir Guerrero, and I went with Guerrero. Walker, who was at 15.5 percent in 2016, finished with 21.9 percent in the class of 2017 voting. After that first experience, though, I realized my priority shouldn’t be strictly ranking and voting, but finding the best way possible to use my 10 votes. I won’t wade deep into the details here — check out my full explanations in my 2018 and 2019 ballot columns — but Walker easily made the cut both years. Essentially, I felt a vote for Walker was important to build momentum toward his eventual election. In 2018, Walker jumped up to 34.1 percent, and he leaped to 54.6 percent in last year’s voting. My individual votes, of course, weren’t responsible for the big gains in Walker’s percentages. The ballot, most importantly, is finally clearing up. In the past three years, 11 players — Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines and Ivan Rodriguez in 2017, Chipper Jones, Vladimir Guerrero, Jim Thome and Trevor Hoffman in 2018 and Mariano Rivera, Edgar Martinez, Roy Halladay and Mike Mussina in 2019 — have been voted in by the BBWAA. That represents the most ever for a three-year stretch, ahead of the nine from 2014 to 2016, nine from 1954 to 1956 and nine from 1936 (the first election!) to 1938. The logjam, which was caused by a frustrating combination of an abundance of qualified candidates, the arbitrary 10-vote limit and a steroid era that made it tough to figure out which players did and did not meet the vague “character clause” on the voting guidelines, wrecked havoc on the ballot. The ballot was already full, but reached a breaking point in 2013, when Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens, along with controversial-for-other-reasons Curt Schilling, all became eligible for the first time (five years after their last game). The question wasn’t “is this player a Hall of Famer, yes or no?” The task given to the voters was “pick only 10 of the however many players you feel are Cooperstown-worthy and vote for those players.” It’s hard enough to get opinionated baseball writers to agree even on simple things, so getting any worthy-but-not-no-doubt player to the 75 percent needed for election was damn near impossible. MORE: Derek Jeter is the only sure thing on 2020 Hall of Fame ballotIn the first year of Bonds/Clemens/Schilling, 11 players received at least 33.6 percent of the vote, and not one single player was elected. In 2016, when Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza went in, 11 players were named on at least 40 percent of the ballots, which is crazy. In 2014, when Greg Maddux, Frank Thomas and Tom Glavine were elected in their first years of eligibility, 15 players were picked on at least 20 percent of the ballots. Of those, 12 have already been enshrined in Cooperstown, with Bonds/Clemens/Schilling as the three outliers. Oh, and that year four other players received at least 10 percent of the votes — Jeff Kent, Fred McGriff, Mark McGwire and, yep, Larry Walker. This does a great job showing the crowded ballot Walker has faced. Hall of Famers on the ballot with Larry Walker.2011: 102012: 72013: 8+Clemens/Bonds/Schilling2014: 12+CBS2015: 11+CBS2016: 9+CBS2017: 8+CBS2018: 6+CBS2019: 4+CBSDon’t hold Walker’s early low totals against him. The ballots were insanely crowded.— Craig Edwards (@craigjedwards) November 19, 2019There’s another reason Walker was steadily in the above-10-percent-below 25-percent club. His Cooperstown candidacy isn’t an open-and-shut case. He’s not a first-ballot, no-doubt candidate like others who have been elected on their first try during Walker’s nine years on the ballot, players such as Griffey, Maddux, Thomas, Jones and Rivera. And there are some voters who want the Hall of Fame to be only the elite-of-the-elite. They’re the small-Hall proponents, and I understand their thinking. In my perfect world, the Hall probably would be only super-duper stars like Babe Ruth, Willie Mays and Stan Musial. Walker doesn’t make that cut, and not even his most ardent defenders would claim he does.But the actual Hall of Fame isn’t just the elite-of-the-elite. The actual Hall has 329 members — 132 elected by the BBWAA and 197 elected by various other committees. The goal, of course, isn’t to cast a vote for every single player who surpasses the totals of the “worst” player already in Cooperstown. But supporting the candidacies of the players who meet or exceed the statistics for the average Hall of Famer at a position seems like a reasonable standard, right? And Walker easily hits that bar. Walker’s bWAR (72.7), peak WAR (44.7) and JAWS (58.7) all exceed the numbers for the average Hall of Fame right fielder — 71.4, 42.1 and 56.8. Again, not to belabor the point here, but if you’d like to read my full Larry Walker thoughts (including the Colorado factor), you can read my 2019 ballot explanation column. Walker won’t be the only beneficiary of the breaking up of the logjam, of course. Chances are, the totals for Clemens (59.5 percent in 2019) and Bonds (59.1 percent) will stay relatively similar — both have undeniable historic numbers, but strong PED connections that have cemented voting opinions regardless of how many votes are available — but it will be interesting to see what happens to Schilling (60.9 percent), considering his “character clause” voting pauses aren’t related to on-field issues. The decade-long Hall of Fame ballot logjam has almost fully cleared up, and no player will benefit more than Larry Walker, the Canadian-born star who is in his 10th and final year of eligibility on the BBWAA ballot. Don’t be surprised if Walker hears his name called when the results are announced live on MLB Network on Jan. 21. I’m expecting it, quite honestly, which seems like a strange thing to say for a guy who received as little as 10.2 percent of the vote in 2014, his fourth year on the ballot, and still fell more than 20 percentage points short of the 75 percent necessary for induction last year (he was at 54.6). Do Omar Vizquel (42.8 percent) and Jeff Kent (18.1 percent) get nice bumps up? Scott Rolen (17.2 percent) has a case similar to Walker’s, in that he was a brilliant player who had his counting stats curtailed by injuries. And what about Billy Wagner (16.7 percent), not only because the ballot is a little clearer, but because closers Mariano Rivera (BBWAA) AND Lee Smith (committee) were inducted last summer? If Walker gets more support toward election, does that help the case for his longtime Rockies teammate, Todd Helton (16.5 percent)?Manny Ramirez (22.8 percent) and Gary Sheffield (13.6 percent) are in the PED boat along with Bonds and Clemens. And do Andy Pettitte (9.9 percent), Sammy Sosa (8.8 percent) and Andruw Jones (7.5 percent) get a little more breathing room away from the 5 percent drop-off point? But those aren’t the vote totals we’ll be watching develop, during our annual obsession with Ryan Thibodaux’s Hall of Fame ballot tracker. They all take a backseat to Larry Walker.
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Gardai are investigating the sudden death of a man in his 30s at a house in Letterkenny.The man suffered a serious injury after apparently falling down a flight of stairs at a house at Sylvian Park.Gardai sealed off the scene of the incident and launched a full investigation into the incident. The victim was rushed to Letterkenny University Hospital but died later from his injuries.The man, who is originally from Poland, had been living locally for a number of years.A Garda spokesman said “A full investigation has been launched into the circumstances surrounding the sudden death of a man in his 30s.“He was found at a house in Letterkenny but died later as a result of his injuries at Letterkenny University Hospital.” Gardai launch investigation after man dies after fall at house was last modified: November 3rd, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:bodyGardaiinvestigationletterkenny
12 October 2004South African National Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi was elected the new president of Interpol at the end of the international agency’s 73rd general assembly in Cancun, Mexico on Friday.Interpol, founded in 1923 to help police fight trans-border crime, is the world’s largest international police organisation, with 181 member countries on five continents.Selebi, who was Interpol vice-president for Africa, was elected by a vote of 89 to 31 over Mexican nominee Genaro Garcia Luna, director of the Mexican Federal Agency for Investigations.Selebi is the first African to hold the post, taking over from Spaniard Jesus Espigares Mira, who was at Interpol’s helm since 2000.Selebi’s role during his four-year term will include chairing meetings of Interpol’s executive committee, which supervises the implementation of decisions taken at the body’s general assembly.In accepting his election, Selebi said one of his priorities would be to help strengthen weaker regions among Interpol’s 182 member countries.“We need to ensure that areas such as the Caribbean and Africa become part and parcel of the organisation, and we need to accrue benefits from their membership”, Selebi said.“As President of Interpol, I am ready to serve all members of the international police community in every area of crime-fighting.”Interpol ended its general assembly with a call for wider data access for the world’s police, saying the fight against international crime and terrorism would be more efficient “if international police information can be shared at all levels – local, regional and international”.Interpol offers police in its member countries a range of services and databases to fight international crime, including wanted persons notices, a variety of databases – including fingerprints, stolen travel documents, stolen vehicles and child abuse images – criminal analysis services and anti-terrorism programmes.SouthAfrica.info reporter
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest From decreasing input costs to increasing on-farm sustainability, biotechnology is an important part of many farming operations across the country. Biotechnology provides another tool in the toolbox to help farmers meet the needs of the future sustainably.There is no question biotechnology gives farmers additional profit opportunities, but any delays in the biotech approval process will also have an economic impact, according to the United Soybean Board (USB).“Biotechnology allows U.S. farmers to evolve to meet changing end-user needs sustainably and these new technologies require a rigorous approval process to insure they are safe,” said Keith Kemp, USB farmer-leader from West Manchester, Ohio. “As both a farmer and consumer, I am dedicated to making our food more sustainable and with the regulatory process taking eight to 10 years to get an approval of new technology, it is a very lengthy and costly process for the American farmer.”One of the most frustrating approval processes as of late has been for high-oleic soybean varieties. This biotechnology produces oil with increased functionality that has benefits for food and industrial users and could increase the value of all U.S. soybeans. But one of the U.S. major trading partners is hindering the process.“We do not want to put anything in the export chain that messes up trade with any foreign countries,” Kemp said. “We scale up and then scale back and it is a very difficult situation for farmers to deal with but we just have to have some patience and wait for the approval process to play out.”Biotechnology made headlines over the 2017 growing season as farmers began noticing the ill effects of dicamba drift damage across the country, making many wonder if farmers are ready to handle new technology coming down the pipeline.“All of U.S. farmers want to be good stewards of the technology that will benefit our operation, but that doesn’t mean technology won’t give us some challenges,” Kemp said. “It also doesn’t mean we should give up on something if we hit a speed bump. We are committed to working with industry partners to make biotech work. We will learn from what went wrong with dicamba, improve upon it and have it as a tool down the road.”The majority of the soybeans grown in the United States are from seeds that have been enhanced through biotechnology. And this science has allowed U.S. soybean farmers to grow more crops on fewer acres using fewer resources. The need to understand biotech’s positive impact on agriculture has never been more important, so, Kemp said, it’s smart for U.S. soybean farmers to stay up-to-date on this critical topic.
With as many as 67.2 million viewers worldwide, the latest round of U.S. presidential debates were the most closely watched since 1980, when Ronald Reagan delivered a crushing blow to then-President Jimmy Carter.Yet with that great an audience, in all three appearances, President Barack Obama made one of only two brief mentions of information technology as an American asset. “If we don’t have the best education system in the world, if we don’t continue to put money into research and technology that will allow us to create great businesses here in the United States,” stated the President toward the end of the third debate Monday, “that’s how we lose the competition.”Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney followed up, literally in the last few minutes, by framing U.S. digital technology in terms of its value to China: “They’re stealing our intellectual property, our patents, our designs, our technology, hacking into our computers, counterfeiting our goods,” Gov. Romney said.Regardless of one’s feelings of how the candidates performed over the past few weeks, the absence of any substantive discussion of the key success story of American industry — information technology – makes the divide between politics and reality crystal clear. The debates offered more than ample opportunity to frame this country as the champion of free information and the harbinger of the fastest growing industry since petroleum. Big data, the cloud, and information services delivered over the Web are the key to small business growth. But it was as if neither candidate had time enough to glance at the world outside their jet cabin windows.Virtual Product, Real IndustryThe rise of big data as big business points to the urgent need to restructure data centers. This comes in response to three factors that have completely changed in just five years:The almost inconsequential cost of data storage, precipitated in no small part by the declining cost of overseas manufacturing labor;The explosion in processing power per megawatt, which led to rapid deployment of parallelism that enables analytics functions that were impossible for single-threaded processors;The sudden appearance of Web-based languages that enable lightweight apps to perform the same tasks that, just a few years ago, required mainframes and even supercomputers.It may be difficult to calculate the value of big data contribution to the nation’s gross national product. But the longer we go without including data as an economic product, the more we may be blinding ourselves to an aspect of true American recovery – along with the jobs and brighter futures that come with it – happening right in front of our faces. Jack Norris, who’s the VP of marketing for San Jose-based MapR — which I introduced you to last December – leads the promotional efforts for one of the commercial vendors of Hadoop, the open source big data technology. As Norris helped verify, a recent Indeed search for full-time Hadoop-specific jobs advertised as earning at least $100,000 per year, yielded 1,377 results. At the top of the list: Hadoop Deployment Manager for Intel. Norris has been generating these searches over the past year, and has noticed an exponential job demand curve, from literally nothing to colossal.Norris agrees with IBM’s Anjul Bhambri, whom I interviewed last February, about the growing necessity among businesses for a new kind of role called the data scientist. “It’s not the statistician/PhD, necessarily, that will be the data scientist of the future,” remarked Norris in an interview, citing Google’s now-classic principle that simple algorithms in bulk can outperform complex arithmetic. “What we’re seeing is, when you throw data at simple algorithms, you don’t have to have complex models to approximate what the truth is. You take all the data, and you find where the patterns are, the issues – that’s the wave of the future.”Rethinking The Database ApplicationHadoop has come unto its own as an analytics resource, for observing patterns in huge collections of data across multiple volumes, and reducing those patterns to explainable variables and formulas. One tool in Hadoop’s toolkit, called MapReduce, is the origin of MapR’s brand name.Because big data methodologies, including Hadoop, are transforming the data center, research that years or even months ago could not have seemed feasible, are now not only conceivable but remakably inexpensive. One example Norris cites comes from Ancestry.com, which now offers customers an at-home DNA sampling kit. Through the compilation of an unfathomably massive genetics database, Ancestry.com is uncovering thousands of genetic links between distantly related individuals – links that history alone could never have illuminated.Consider if the same resources were applied to highly important, federally funded projects that mostly or entirely rely upon database analysis, such as comparative effectiveness research. This is the long-term historical evaluation of medical diagnosis and treatment strategies. Specific aspects of this research qualify for federal grants, including $1.1 billion in funding to the National Patient Advocate Foundation just for the database. Big data technologies could conceivably reduce the costs required to run this database by three orders of magnitude.Which would be more than enough to save Big Bird.Unifying The Unifiers The types of innovations necessary to facilitate such cost reductions are being unveiled literally by the day. Just Tuesday, MapR announced the M7 edition of its database architecture, which reduces the number of engine components yet again. The company’s goal is a unified database structure where “big data” and “data” are essentially the same – where HBase and dBase, if you will, are mere format distinctions.“The premise, driven by the original Web 2.0, that Hadoop can be its own ecosystem with its HDFS [file system] API to which you rewrite everything, doesn’t really recognize what’s happening in a lot of organizations,” explained MapR’s Norris. “The ability to take Hadoop and open it up through open standards like NFS, ODBC, or REST for management, or Kerberos for security, so it can easily integrate with existing processes and solutions, is a huge step.” He cites the case of one MapR customer, aircraft maker Boeing, which reduced the cost of a database integration project to near-zero. Instead, it used M7 to avoid rewriting a million lines of legacy code in Java (which would have been required for M5), and integrate existing data with M7’s big data store.“Big data is an approach where you’re doing compute and data together,” he continued, “and you’re not concerned about the data that you’re handling. You don’t have to pre-process it, segment it, decide what type it is and then route it to different clusters or silos. It’s just there. The developer doesn’t have to understand what his limitations are; he can just process the data.”So if anyone out there is looking for suggestions to fill in those missing details on how the budget cuts Obama and Romney keep arguing about can be implemented… we’ve got our hands up over here. 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The flood situation in Tripura improved on Saturday after the incessant rain abated. As many as 9,000 people, rendered homeless in the flash floods in the State, are housed in relief camps, said officials of the disaster management authority.The Opposition BJP alleged that the flood-hit were not provided adequate food and drinking water. “They are almost starving and government is reluctant to check their needs,” party’s State president Biplab Kumar Deb told newsmen. He said lack of proper provision to pump out stagnant water and unplanned sewerage systems were responsible for the floods in Agartala city. Brahmaputra in spateFloods in Assam claimed five lives on Saturday, taking the flood toll this year to 89. Nearly 11 lakh people across 19 districts have been affected. As many as 1,752 villages are under water and crops in over one lakh hectares has been damaged, the Assam State Disaster Management Authority said.Brahmaputra is flowing above the danger mark at Nimatighat in Jorhat, Dibrugarh town, Tezpur in Sonitpur and Dhubri town.Three dead in BengalFloods in north Bengal has not only affected the lives of lakhs of civilians but also the personnel of the Border Security Force.The Punarbhaba river, which runs parallel to the international border, has breached its banks resulting in knee-deep to waist-deep water in some areas in Malda district. Senior BSF officials said its personnel were guarding the posts in waist-deep water in two battalion areas. In Cooch Behar district alone, about 1.86 lakh people have been affected and about 500 flood relief centres have been set up. In Darjeeling district, two deaths have been reported. One woman was swept away in Sukhiapokhri, while another casualty was reported in a building collapse in Darjeeling. Several tea gardens of north Bengal are also under water.
Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp will drop any player he feels is showing signs of complacency in the side’s assault on the Premier League title but the German remains confident that none of his squad are taking anything for granted.Liverpool are searching for a first league crown since 1990 and are well-placed to launch a serious bid for the title as they sit second in the standings on 27 points from 12 games, a point behind Chelsea, who replaced them at the top last weekend.”If somebody is a character and wants to celebrate position one in November then he will not play in December anymore because I see it pretty quick,” Klopp told British media. (Also read: What others think of Liverpool doesn’t matter: Juergen Klopp)”But these things usually don’t happen. The players are here in this situation because their character is really good. It is a long way to get here. It is not like they are surprised about success whether it is individual or as a team.”This is success but if you then celebrate this and don’t be professional anymore then you have a problem.”Klopp, however, said he has yet to see any sort of complacency from his squad this season. (Also read: EPL: Yaya Toure double gives Manchester City three points, Liverpool held at Southampton)”It is not too difficult. Nothing has happened until now. It is better to be one time in first place than never in your life but it is not really important in this moment. There is nothing to think about,” he added.advertisement”If I went to the players and said ‘Don’t think we are first’ or ‘We are first but nothing has been reached’ they would think I’m silly because they know this already. Stay cool, play football and see what happens.”Liverpool host second-bottom Sunderland at Anfield on Saturday.
New India cricket coach Ravi Shastri plans to adopt a more hands-off approach to the role than his predecessor Anil Kumble, with the 55-year-old saying he has no intention of trying to act as a tutor the players.Kumble stepped down last month citing a breakdown in his relationship with skipper Virat Kohli, who according to media reports, resented the former captain’s ‘headmasterly’ methods.WATCH FULL INTERVIEW HEREShastri was handed the coaching reigns on Tuesday, a year after losing the job to Kumble, and the former all-rounder promised a fresh outlook to the job.”At the highest level, cricketers are more or less settled,” Shastri told the Times of India newspaper.”So it is more to do with working on their mental strength, helping build their confidence, helping them stay organised in their daily activities as against tinkering with their style of play.”It’s not about ‘tutoring’ them about everything and telling them what and what not to do. There’s very little coaching at the highest level. It’s about fine-tuning and mentoring, about effective communication.”Shastri, who has served as team director in the past, enjoys a good rapport with Kohli and said he had no issues with players having more freedom off the field.”Why should I change anyone’s style, or for that matter, why should anyone change his own style of doing things?”As long as there’s a level of commitment, the hard yards are being put in and results are showing, why shouldn’t there be fun?”advertisementThe Indian cricket board has also named former seamer Zaheer Khan as the team’s bowling consultant, while Rahul Dravid was appointed as batting consultant for overseas test series.The first challenge for the new coaching set-up will begin later this month when India tour Sri Lanka for three tests, five one-dayers and a sole Twenty20 international.
India’s Test captain Ajinkya Rahane has been put on standby for England tour as Rohit Sharma prepares to take the all-important yo-yo test on June 19.Yo-yo test is the fitness test that is compulsory for all players to pass in order to get a place in the Indian national team.Considering the developing intensity of the game of cricket and the culture of fitness coming in the dressing room, with captain Virat Kohli leading from the front, Ravi Shastri and the Indian team management have set their yo-yo parameter on 16.1.A player must clock at least 16.1 in the test to be eligible to play for Team India.With the long overseas tour of England coming up, all the players selected for the tour are undergoing the Yo-Yo test. Rohit is preparing to take the test at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru amidst clouds of his fitness. He had taken prior permission from BCCI for it to be done on 19th. Rohit Sharma will undergo the fitness test ahead of India’s gruelling overseas tour of England. (Reuters file Photo)Reports suggest that Rohit failed the yo-yo test twice during the Indian Premier League last month and that is why Rahane has been asked to stay ready in case Rohit needs to be replaced.Recently, Suresh Raina was called in as replacement for Ambati Rayudu for the ODI series against England after the latter failed to clear the fitness test.Rayudu had forced his way back into the Indian team after a spectacular IPL season where he scored where he scored 602 runs. But it was the fitness test that pushed him back into obscurity.advertisementHowever, Rayudu was not the first big name to have failed the yo-yo test. Before Rayudu, Mohammed Shami failed the test and was dropped from India’s squad for the one-off Test versus Afghanistan. Navdeep Saini had replaced him in the squad.Even Sanju Samson was dropped from India A’s squad for the England A tour and was replaced by Ishan Kishan in the touring squad.At a CoA (Committee of Administrators) meeting, General Manager Saba Karim was asked why the yo-yo tests were being conducted after the selections, given how big names have failed the test.It was then explained that the situation had risen because tests could not be conducted in middle of IPL and the selections had to go ahead in that time itself.However, CoA has now decided that yo-yo tests will be conducted before the selection meeting in future so as to avoid the situation where players have to be dropped on the basis of their fitness.(With inputs from Rasesh Mandani)