Baseball Positions Are Starting To Lose Their Meaning

This means that individual defensive efforts are becoming less and less involved in the outcome of games. For example, the combined assists and putouts of shortstops have declined by 13 percent since 2007, from 21,495 in 2007 to a projected mark of around 19,000 this season. Second basemen saw 23,704 combined chances in 2007 compared with 21,057 last season. Center fielders caught 12,829 fly balls in 2007. They grabbed 11,437 last season.If there are fewer defensive chances available, teams can make the argument that it’s more valuable to chase runs, particularly in an era of launch angle, juiced balls and smaller stadiums.This season, 68 players have made “primary” position changes, playing the majority of their innings at a different position than they played last season. Thirty of those players graduated to more difficult defensive positions — both of those marks are five-year highs. Players who moved up the defensive spectrum include Manny Machado, who moved from third base to shortstop in Baltimore earlier this season and stayed at short when he was traded to Los Angeles last month. The Cubs at times dispatched Kris Bryant to center field in 2015, ’16 and ’17. The Reds experimented with moving their top prospect, Nick Senzel, from third to shortstop this spring. The Indians, whose pitchers set a record for strikeouts last season, played second baseman Jason Kipnis in center field at the end of the regular season and in the American League Division Series against the Yankees — Kipnis hadn’t played center regularly since he played at Arizona State.The Indians have also sent Lonnie Chisenhall and Brandon Guyer to center field over the past two years. “There are always trade-offs between offense and defense,” Bloom said. “When there are trade-offs, you try to take note of all those factors, including the environment, and make the best assessment you can.”The decline of balls being put in play is not the only leaguewide trend testing the traditional value and labels of defense. This era of specialization has required the erosion of primary positions.Individual pitchers are absorbing fewer innings. Roles are changing. They Rays introduced “the opener” earlier this season, a new label attached to a relief pitcher who starts a game but only appears for an inning or two. For several seasons, the Rays have rarely let their starting pitchers work through an opposing lineup three or more times. Only 15 pitchers reached 200 innings last season, which tied 2016 for the all-time low mark. More roster spots are being occupied by bullpen arms to absorb innings and seek favorable in-game matchups. Position-player roster spots are further stretched by the popularity of platoons.“You see teams using more platoons, defensive replacements late in games,” Kipnis said this spring. “You put in the offensive guy early, you get the lead … and he comes out for a better defensive player. It’s kind of the reverse of having a pinch-hitter come in late, basically.”The Cubs’ Ben Zobrist is the 21st-century poster child of defensive versatility. He wasn’t just a glove-first utility player asked to fill in around the diamond earlier in his career in Tampa Bay; he was a star-level bat who could play about anywhere on the field.“I think one of the things that made Ben so successful here was his willingness and selflessness to go do it and be an upper-echelon player,” Bloom said. “It set an example for a lot of guys in the league.”This season has seen a record number of Zobrists. Six players have appeared in at least one game this season at every position other than pitcher and catcher: Marwin Gonzalez, Enrique Hernandez, Yadiel Rivera, Sean Rodriguez, Andrew Romine and Hernan Perez.Last year, 25 players played at least 10 games in left, right and center field, an MLB record. The number of players to play at least 10 games at second, third and shortstop in a given season is on the rise, too, with a record 20 players doing so in 2016. The top 12 such seasons have all occurred since 2000. A record 27 players played at least 10 games at third and shortstop in 2016, and the 24 players to do so in 2017 tied for second all-time.Oakland infielder Jed Lowrie has played every infield position in his career and both second and third this season. “You are still going to want your elite defenders in the middle of the field,” he told FiveThirtyEight. “That’s where the majority of the action happens. But versatility allows a team to match up in more favorable ways.”Also warping the traditional idea of positions and labels is alignment.Defensive shifts have become a common part of the game and changed the meaning of what it is to play second base or shortstop. This trend began when the Brewers and Rays ushered regular infield shifts into the game in the early 2010s. When shortstops are routinely playing on the right side of second base and second basemen are sometimes playing shallow right field, they cease to become traditional shortstops and second basemen. And alignment has only become more extreme, creative and aggressive. In April, Seattle second baseman Robinson Cano began a pitch 221 feet away from home plate against Texas slugger Joey Gallo, which was the farthest back an infielder had aligned in the Statcast era, according to Daren Willman of Baseball Savant.2The average second baseman stands 151 feet from home plate.In 2015, MLB teams played four-man outfields on 17 occasions, according to Statcast data. There were nine instances of four-man outfields in 2016 and seven last season. This year? The number has jumped to 194. The Rockies, Cubs, Twins, Dodgers, Orioles, Mariners and Astros have all experimented with this tactic.There are limits to versatility and stretching labels. Russell Carleton found for Baseball Prospects earlier this month that the defensive spectrum might need rethinking, arguing that positions are skill-specific and that the penalty of moving some players to more challenging positions is greater. “Each position is its own box and the boxes are a lot less similar to each other than we might have thought,” Carleton wrote. Carleton found that over a 162-game season, sliding an “emergency” shortstop up the spectrum cost a club about 26 runs — more severe than the generally accepted penalty of 20 runs surrendered between position leaps on the spectrum.Certain positions require certain skills and physical traits. Second baseman and shortstops require quick and capable hands to turn double-plays and react to line drives and grounders hit in excess of 110 mph off the bat. To competently man the position, shortstops should be able to make a throw to first from the deep hole between shortstop and third. Still, given the right strikeout and ballpark environment, and with enough offensive production, moving certain players up the spectrum can add value.“I don’t think we’ll get to the point where those elite skill sets and athleticism won’t be prized,” Bloom said. “It think that’s always going to be something teams look for.”But where those players play, and what we label them, will likely continue to evolve. The game is changing more quickly than ever, and so are positions as teams attempt to adapt. Just as the Brewers brought defensive shifts to the NL earlier in the decade, they now have the game thinking about the nature of positions, labels and trade-offs once again.Check out our latest MLB predictions. On Aug. 3, shortly after being acquired by Milwaukee in a deadline deal from Baltimore, Jonathan Schoop found himself in an unusual position on the Miller Park infield. For just the third time in his six-year career, he was starting at shortstop. He wasn’t alone that day. His middle-infield teammate, Travis Shaw, was starting just his fourth game at second base — a position he had never played as a professional before this season.The Brewers had a surplus of corner bats entering the year, and they added even more at the trade deadline, bringing aboard third baseman Mike Moustakas from Kansas City. At this point, they have more starting-caliber infielders than positions available. This is all part of a grand Brewers experiment as they chase a playoff spot: Trade defense for offense and cram as much power into their infield as possible.In other major sports, positional labels have become less and less important, so why not baseball? In the NBA, centers and power forwards now routinely shoot threes, in part to increase their offensive efficiency. Defensive versatility, the ability to switch, is more and more valued. In the NFL, teams like the Patriots have valued positional versatility. And position labels are increasingly becoming irrelevant in professional baseball.“I do think you are seeing a greater willingness by teams to expand the definition of what’s possible and not be as bound by the way things have always been,” Chaim Bloom, the vice president of player development for the Tampa Bay Rays, told FiveThirtyEight.This is more feasible now in part because of the current baseball landscape. Strikeouts continue to climb: 22.1 percent of plate appearances this season have ended in a K, which would set a new record. Strikeouts are up half a percentage point over last season — equivalent to more than 800 balls taken out of play. Moreover, a record number of home runs were hit last season, and while while home run rates are down, 5,000-plus balls will be hit out of ballparks by the end of this year.Strikeouts and home runs are putting a considerable damper on the number of batted balls put in play, which were down 14.5 percent last season compared with 1980.1Adjusted for the number of teams in the majors. Since 1998, when the game expanded to 30 teams, there’s been an 8.8 percent decline, and the decline was 7.8 percent since 2008. The trend is expected to continue again this season. read more

FLOW celebrates Education Week 2017 giving back to over 500 kids

first_imgFacebook 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 Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo Related Items:#magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppcenter_img Turks and Caicos, March 6, 2017 – Providenciales – In honor of Education Week 2017, FLOW TCI has partnered with the largest public school in the TCI, Oseta Jolly Primary, to provide lunch packaged in FLOW branded lunch kits for the lower grade students and drawstring backpacks for the higher grade students.Present at the school was Mrs. Delleriece Hall, Country Manager for FLOW TCI, Mr. Darron Hilaire, Marketing Communications Executive and other excited and enthused team members.  “In order to ensure success, you have to be equipped with the right tools. We as a team, therefore, thought it necessary to celebrate with the little learners at Oseta Jolly during EW17 to equip them be successful in their learning process,” says Hall.The students and teachers were thrilled for their presence and partnership as the team is always a source of motivation to the school family.   Hilaire added, “It is a joy to be able to see the humility and appreciation from students when we do our part in giving back. We were delighted to able to bring such an experience to the students at Oseta Jolly to kick of EW17.”Principal Mrs. Rachel Handfield, thanked Flow for their continous support of the school and their support of Education Week 2017.  We would like to take this opportunity to wish all students and teachers throughout the TCI, a joy filled and encouraging week.#MagneticMediaNews Recommended for you Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meetinglast_img read more

Fundraiser for the upcoming Chula Vista Starlight Parade

first_img October 14, 2018 Fundraiser for the upcoming Chula Vista Starlight Parade 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The Starlight Parade in Chula Vista is an annual holiday tradition, and it’s just around the corner.Chula Vista City Councilmember Pat Aguilar visited the studio on Sunday to share the details of this beloved event and how you can help raise money for it.The Chula Vista Starlight Parade is back Saturday, December 1 at 6 p.m. in the historic Third Avenue Village. This free family event is the perfect way to kick-off the holiday season!Back by popular demand, kids of all ages can enjoy the free Children’s Faire before the parade. Here are a few Faire activities:Real snow hillPictures with SantaOrnament creation stationLetters to Santa workshopHoliday story timeGingerbread bounce house Updated: 10:54 AM Posted: October 14, 2018center_img Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Jason Austell, Jason Austell last_img read more

Editors Note On Base Looks Forward to Hearing From You

first_img ADC AUTHOR I would like to share a quick note with ADC’s membership as the Managing Editor of the association’s On Base newsletter. As a recent member of the team, it has been a busy period learning about ADC and the interests and activities of the communities that make it a great organization.My background includes diverse work in communications and media, and includes performing writing, communications, editorial, and other media services for a range of corporate, technology and start-up firms.Most notably in regard to On Base, I have served as a Navy Journalist assigned to two U.S. aircraft carriers – the USS Midway (now a museum in San Diego), and the USS Nimitz our of Bremerton, Wash. In these roles I wrote, edited and published a command newspaper; produced on board news broadcasts; and wrote, edited and published public affairs collateral, including press kits, press releases and informational materials.As On Base evolves, we would like to share that ADC is interested in hearing quality of life stories and other activities happening in your communities that make them great places for our military to work and live. Send items for possible coverage to: gtraweek@defensecommunities.orgIn the meantime, we look forward to seeing you at this week’s Defense Communities National Summit.Greg TraweekADC photo by Will Noonanlast_img read more

NOW HIRING 60 New Job Openings In Wilmington Week of March 3 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are job listings previously published on Wilmington Apple during the week of March 3, 2019:Full-Time Quality Technician at Analog DevicesFull-Time Buyer at Georgia-PacificFull-Time Customer Sales & Service Rep at Applied Industrial TechnologiesFull-Time Product Test Engineering Tech at Analog DevicesFull-Time Production Floor Worker at 3STEP Sports Apparel Full-Time Accounts Payable Specialist at UniFirstFull-Time Corporate Credit Card Program Administrator at UniFirstFull-Time Odwalla Route Sales Representative at Coca ColaFull-Time Commercial Insurance Assistant Account Manager at HUB InternationalFull-Time Customer Development Assistant Rep at PepsiFull-Time Marketing Project Manager at AmetrosFull-Time Customer Advocate Specialist at AmetrosFull-Time Mechanical Inspector at TecometFull-Time Production Control Assistant at TecometFull-Time General Manager at Super Service TodayFull-Time Heating & Cooling Technician at Super Service TodayFull-Time Multi Tenant Sales Representative at SpectrumFull-Time Service Technician at Cochrane VentilationFull-Time Floating Counselor at May InstituteFull-Time water Mitigation Technician at Response Team 1Part-Time Guest Service Team Member at TargetPart-Time Logistics Team Member at TargetFull-Time Relationship Banker at SantanderFull-Time Assistant Manager at Dollar TreeFull-Time Engineering Technician at SymboticFull-Time Technician I at Charles River LabsFull-Time IT Information Security & Compliance Co-Op at Charles River LabsFull-Time Sales Operations Specialist at Ametros FinancialFull-Time Project Estimator at American TechnologiesFull-Time Restoration Supervisor at American TechnologiesFull-Time Long-Term Substitute Speech Language Pathologist at Wildwood Early Childhood CenterFull-Time Buyer at Pacific Packaging Products, Inc.Full-Time Customer Service Rep at Parts4HeatingFull-Time Quality Technician at Analog DevicesFull-Time Receptionist at Stuffed FoodsFull-Time Digital Marketing Content Specialist at AmetrosFull-Time Commercial Insurance Assistant Account Manager at HUB InternationalFull-Time Warehouse Parts Administrator at Service Quick, Inc.Full-Time Teacher at May Institute Full-Time Dispatcher at Super Service TodayFull-Time Accounts Payable Clerk at Analog DevicesPart-Tme Dietary Aide at CareOne at WilmingtonPart-Time Housekeeper & Laundry at CareOne at WilmingtonFull-Tme Benefit Analyst at HUB InternationalFull-Time Strategic Resource Assistant at HUB InternationalFull-Time Association Business Account Manager at HUB InternationalFull-Time Commercial Insurance Account Manager at HUB InternationalFull-Time Cyber Insurance Marketing Representative at HUB InternationalFull-Time Project Sales Representative at Limbach Facility ServicesFull-Time Customer Account Representative at Serur Group Financial ServicesFull-Time Projects Administrator at UniFirstFull-Time Technician I at Charles River LabsFull-Time Direct Mail Quality Control Specialist at Kirkwood DirectFull-Time Optical Assembly Technician at RigakuFull-Time Sales Associate at Locus RoboticsFull-Time Home Health Aide at Assisting Hands of WilmingtonFull-Time Engineering Technician at SymboticFull-Time Early Education & Child Care Teacher at Little SproutsFull-Time Landscaping Foreman at Gallugi Landscaping Full-Time Shift Supervisor at Panera Bread(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: 60 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of August 4, 2019)In “Business”NOW HIRING: 60 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of July 28, 2019)In “Business”NOW HIRING: 60 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of July 21, 2019)In “Business”last_img read more

Get Apple discounts at Best Buy with these tradein offers

first_img Read full review Sprint MacBook Air, $1,000 (with $200 trade-in discount) See at Walmart See at Best Buy CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Sarah Tew/CNET Apple iPhone XS The entry-level 64GB iPad Air carries a list price of $500, which you can bring down significantly with a $150 Best Buy gift card by trading in your old iPad. Again, the caveat applies that you’ll get less than that if your current iPad is in less-than-great shape. You could also get the much roomier 256GB iPad Air for $500 — again, if you are able to max out the trade-in offer.The iPad Air sits between the 9.7-inch iPad introduced last year, which starts at $329, and the 11-inch iPad Pro, which starts at $799 and has a more powerful A12X processor. The iPad Air is essentially a refresh of the 10.5-inch iPad Pro from 2017, which Apple has discontinued. It has a nearly identical design — and accessories will be interchangeable between the two — but a few newer components, including the same A12 Bionic processor used in the iPhone XS. See at Best Buy Sarah Tew/CNET Thinking of trading in your current Apple Watch for a model from the latest Series 4 line? If your current Apple Watch is in good condition, then you can get up to $100 in the form of a Best Buy gift card to apply toward the purchase of an Apple Watch Series 4, which starts at $400 before any discount. A quick scan of Best Buy’s site reveals that you could get $40 for a Series 1, $65 for a Series 2 and $100 for a Series 3. See It See at Best Buy reading • Get Apple discounts at Best Buy with these trade-in offers See it This trade-in deal is in-store only, but you can save up to $575 on the purchase and activation of an iPhone XR, XS or XS Max if you combine the current discount of up to $200 off of one of the new iPhone models (minimum discount is $50) with up to $375 via a Best Buy gift card when you trade in your current iPhone. Don’t have a phone to trade in? Sprint is running iPhone discounts at Best Buy: save $150 on an iPhone XS or XS Max or $390 on an iPhone XR. Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 iPhone XR or XS: Save up to $575 $999 Tags Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Apple Comment See at Best Buy Read more iPad Air, $350 (with $150 trade-in discount) Apple Watch Series 4, $300 (with $100 trade-in discount) Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Read full review The entry-level model usually costs $1,200 but can be had for only $1,000 if you trade in a working MacBook, which can fetch up to $200 via a Best Buy gift card. (Of course, you’ll get less for a banged-up MacBook.) The entry-level model features a 13.3-inch Retina display along with an eighth-generation Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD. You could also use the trade-in for pricier MacBook Air models, including the step-up model that lists for $1,400 and bumps you up to a 256GB SSD or the $1,600 model that supplies a 512GB SSD. Sarah Tew/CNET Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) $999 Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Apple Read full review Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Angela Lang/CNET See All See at Best Buy $999 Boost Mobile iPhone X, $750 (save $150) Apple Watch Series 3, $199 (save $80) It’s not the latest series, but the Apple Watch Series 3 is still a stellar smartphone. And a great deal at $199 for the 38mm model or $229 for the 42mm model. Apple Watch Series 3 sale at WalmartTo round out the Apple deals this week, Walmart is running a deal on Apple Watch Series 3 models. Mobile See It Apple Best Buy See It Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. $999 Share your voice Read full review Read more Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it 1 With its gorgeous 5.8-inch OLED screen, dual rear-facing cameras and Face ID, the iPhone X is still a contender. It is still fairly spendy at $900 for the 64GB model, but you can get it for the more reasonable sum of $750 right now at Best Buy. • Sarah Tew/CNET Apple discounts, generally speaking, are rare, but they are currently abundant at Best Buy by way of trade-in offers, which can help bring down the prices of a MacBook Air, iPad Air and Apple Watch. There’s also a few iPhone deals worth investigating if you are in the market for a new phone. Of course, the usual caveat applies that you’ll get less than maximum trade-in value for your current Apple gear unless it’s in good shape.Here are the highlights of Best Buy’s Apple Shopping Event.Note CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page.Top 5 Apple deals at Best Buy Walmart Best Buy Intel Applelast_img read more

Everything we know about Thor Love and Thunder

first_img She’s bi. And yes, she cares very little about what men think of her. What a joy to play!— Tessa Thompson (@TessaThompson_x) October 21, 2017 Marvel’s Phase 4 plan explained The complication for Thor 4 is separating Thor from the Guardians: He seemed set to travel with them, and an alternate timeline Gamora, at the end of Avengers: Endgame. He’d then presumably be reunited with them at the end of Thor 4 for Guardians 3.Meanwhile, there’s nothing official about Hemsworth’s involvement in Guardians 3 yet, and the Aussie is fairly busy too, set to play Hulk Hogan in an upcoming biopic, as well as starring in Thor 4 and being involved in Marvel’s What If… animated TV series. But who knows, Marvel might just send people into a frenzy all over again by making a big Guardians announcement.Thankfully, while we wait for Thor 4, there’s plenty more Marvel goodness to keep us going. Or just go back and watch the 23 previous films!Note: This article was originally published July 23 and will be updated as news rolls in. Plot and release dateWe know the release date is Nov. 5, 2021. But maybe a more crucial point is that Thor: Love and Thunder, if nothing is shifted, will be the last film in Phase Four. It will directly follow the Hawkeye Disney Plus series starring Jeremy Renner, but the next movie it will follow is the Doctor Strange sequel, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.Spider-Man: Far From Home, the last film in Phase Three, explored a world post-Blip (the five years that passed since people disappeared and returned from the Snap). So Thor 4 may have to deal with the aftermath of events in Doctor Strange 2. Those events could be immensely complicated, given the full on embrace of the multiverse. Or, given that the Disney Plus shows look to tie in to the movies (and therefore entice people to sign up to Disney’s streaming platform) events in Hawkeye may also affect the plot of Thor 4.nullThor, Star-Lord and Gamora. Marvel But this is all speculation of course. Other than that, Thompson commented at Comic-Con on what Valkyrie might be up to other than finding her Queen: “Asgard is not a place but a people. I think just reinvesting in her people. A cool thing is to create refuge for any person that might need it. That to me is the idea of a perfect Asgard.”As for Thor’s adventuring with the Guardians of the Galaxy, director James Gunn cleared up the question of whether Thor 4 happens before or after that.”Before,” Gunn replied to a fan in the comments on his Instagram post celebrating Avengers: Endgame finally overtaking Avatar as the biggest movie of all time. 2 Mentioned Above Misfit Phase (gray) A scene filmed for Thor: Ragnarok showed a woman walking out of Valkyrie’s bedroom, but it was cut “because it distracted from the scene’s vital exposition,” Thompson told Collider in 2017.After the Comic-Con panel, Kevin Feige confirmed to io9, “The answer is yes,” when asked if Valkyrie would have an LGBTQ storyline. “How that impacts the story remains to be seen with that level of representation you’ll see across our films, not in just Thor 4.”People (on Twitter) have some ideas about who should be Valkyrie’s queen. (Thor handed the legendary warrior the reins to Asgard before he went off galavanting with the Guardians of the Galaxy.) Candidates include: Female Thor and Carol Danvers aka Captain Marvel. Misfit Phase Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings confirmed at Comic-Con for Marvel’s Phase 4 Marvel’s Eternals movie with Angelina Jolie, Richard Madden explained Marvel’s WandaVision, Loki, Falcon and Winter Soldier show details revealed Tags The very best cosplay we saw at Comic-Con 2019 More on Marvel $69 prayer circle 🕯 🕯 🕯 🕯 valkyrie and 🕯 female thor 🕯 end up together 🕯 🕯 🕯 🕯— ⍟ maria ⎊ (@cevanschild) July 22, 2019 Now playing: Watch this:center_img Culture TV and Movies yeah i definitely ship thor with carol and valkyrie— sprinkles gets into lesbi (@spacelesbiam) July 22, 2019 See it CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Comic-Con Preview • ​The Misfit Phase is another classic-watch-meets-fitness tracker, coming November 7 for $175 3:04 Share your voice Comments Those aware of the controversy surrounding Portman’s hiatus from the MCU probably didn’t see this one coming. After playing Thor’s girlfriend Jane Foster in 2011’s Thor and 2013’s Thor: The Dark World, Portman was absent from Thor: Ragnarok, reportedly because Marvel gave the screenwriters permission to write a story that didn’t include Earth-based characters. How did they paper over her disappearance?In 2017’s Thor: Ragnarok, the break up happens off screen. Thor encounters a group of fangirls while he and Loki search for Odin in New York. The girls mentions they heard Jane dumped Thor, and he yells that he was the one who dumped her. That’s it.thor-jane-fosterA poster for Thor: The Dark World. Marvel So basically, Thor and Jane broke up.The news may have come as a surprise since most traditional superheroes fall in love and remain with their partners for good (unless one of them dies).For her part, Portman seemed well and truly done with the character.”As far as I know, I’m done,” she told The Wall Street Journal in 2016. “I don’t know if maybe one day they’ll ask for an Avengers 7 or whatever, I have no idea. But as far as I know, I’m done.”Three years later, Portman stepped out on stage at Comic-Con, where Waititi handed her Thor’s hammer. In introducing her, he said, “When we were shooting Ragnarok, I was reading one storyline by Jason Aaron called The Mighty Thor, and for those of you who know that storyline, it’s incredible, it’s full of emotion and love and thunder. And it introduces for the first time, female Thor.”For us, there’s only one person who could play that role.”81791441-thor-2048Lady Thor from the Marvel Comics storyline The Goddess of Thunder. Marvel Comics How Jane Foster becomes female ThorComic book writer Jason Aaron relaunched the Thor comic book series with Thor: God of Thunder in 2012. In 2014, he brought The Goddess of Thunder, the first of an eight-issue storyline focused on “new Thor,” a mysterious woman who turns out to be none other than Jane Foster.The storyline follows the original Thor at a point when he’s no longer worthy enough to wield Mjolnir, his trademark magical hammer. This leaves Asgardia vulnerable, until a new Thor proves herself worthy of taking up the hammer. She becomes the Goddess of Thunder, and fights Frost Giants attacking Earth. It leads to a Thor vs. Thor situation, while everyone tries to figure out who the new Thor is.First official LGBTQ herof06fa198-6196-11e9-b745-17e2afcf325c-image-hires-164746Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie in Thor: Ragnarok. Marvel Tessa Thompson made her own big announcement among the many at Marvel’s Comic-Con panel. When asked on stage what her character Valkyrie’s first decision would be as King of New Asgard, Thompson answered, “First of all, as New King, she needs to find her Queen. That would be her first order of business. She has some ideas.”The MCU has hinted at LGBTQ characters before. Well, one LGBTQ character in Avengers: Endgame. After the Snap, Captain America holds a counselling session for those affected. A character credited as “grieving man,” played by co-director Joe Russo, brings up his date with another man.Thompson had already confirmed that Valkyrie, like in the comics, is bisexual. Natalie Portman wields Mjolnir at San Diego Comic-Con, 2019. Getty Images Thor movies are quickly becoming some of the most exciting titles in the MCU. The Hawaiian shirt-wearing Taika Waititi directed Thor: Ragnarok, arguably one of the funniest (and best) Marvel films. He’s back for Thor: Love and Thunder, the fourth in the series, and he’s brought a huge amount of news.The latest came out of D23, Disney’s big biennial fan expo, which brought Comic-Con level announcements. A new poster teased Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, Kit Harrington joined The Eternals, a Black Widow trailer slid in, Tom Holland kind of addressed the Spider-Man controversy and we got a first look at Emma Stone as Cruella de Vil. That was very cool.Waititi, meanwhile, clarified a few details about Thor 4, including Natalie Portman’s role as another Thor.Let’s unpack everything we know about Thor: Love and Thunder below.There will be two ThorsWe learned a few details at Comic-Con this year about the return of Natalie Portman as Jane Foster. But now we know her female version of Thor won’t be exclusively taking over the Thor mantle. She’ll be a Thor alongside Hemsworth’s original Thor, and her name will be Mighty Thor.”[She’s] a Thor. There’s still the other Thor, the original Thor [played by Hemsworth],” Waititi told Entertainment Tonight at D23. “She’s not called Female Thor. In the comics, she’s called the Mighty Thor. It comes from that comic run. I couldn’t be more happy and excited.”Taika Waititi returns2019 Comic-Con International - Marvel Studios PanelTaika Waititi presents Portman Mjolnir at San Diego Comic-Con. Getty Images Waititi and Chris Hemsworth had been discussing where Thor could go ever since they reinvented the hero into somewhat of an outright comedy character in Thor: Ragnarok. Days before Marvel’s Comic-Con panel, it came out that Thor 4 would be happening with Waititi returning to both direct and write. The film would be playfully titled Thor: Love and Thunder, suggesting more psychedelic costumes, music and comedy are on the way.Thank the Norse gods Waititi did come back. Hemsworth’s contract ran out after Avengers: Endgame, but if the right script came along, he would be sold to play the Norse god for a ninth time. Waititi brought that script.Natalie Portman is female ThorNatalie Portman is going to play female Thor in Thor 4. Her response to the Comic-Con announcement is pretty darn good.”Remember this as the before picture for when I get jacked,” she wrote on Instagram with a picture of her on stage with Mjolnir, Thor’s enchanted hammer. 62 Photos Marvel Target Disney Thorlast_img read more

JaPa decides to join AL govt

first_imgJatiya Party Parliamentary Party on Thursday decided to join the Awami League-led Grand Alliance government to ‘contribute’ to the country’s further development under the leadership of prime minister Sheikh Hasina, reports UNB.Party co-chairman GM Quader came up with the announcement after its parliamentary party’s meeting in parliament.”All of our MPs wanted us to join the AL-led Grand Alliance to form its government, and we also carried out our electioneering in that way,” he said.GM Quader further said, “We didn’t think BNP’s election results would be so poor. Now we all agreed to remain in the Grand Alliance government. We would like to keep contributing to building the country and taking it forward under the leadership of Grand Alliance leader Sheikh Hasina.”He said their party delegation will soon meet the prime minister to discuss the issue with her.Asked which party will be there in the opposition if they join the government, the Jatiya Party co-chairman said it is not their concern. “The way people cast their votes there is no situation for making any party the opposition.”He said their leaders and activists worked together with Awami League to ensure the victory of the Grand Alliance and form a government together. “So, people may not accept it if we now play the role of the opposition. It’s a practical problem.”last_img read more

Britain now to vote for stay in the EU new poll shows

first_imgAnti-Brexit protesters sit on a wall after demonstrating outside the Houses of Parliament in London, Britain, 5 September 2018. Photo: ReutersBritons would choose to stay in the European Union if given the option, according to an opinion poll on Wednesday that showed a six-point swing away from Brexit and the highest support for EU membership in such a survey since the 2016 referendum.The author of the poll urged caution over the finding, however, saying the interview panel was skewed towards remain, and that some of the shift was among those who did not take part in the original Brexit referendum.In the 23 June 2016 referendum, 17.4 million voters, or 51.9 per cent of the votes cast, backed leaving the EU while 16.1 million voters, or 48.1 per cent of votes cast, favoured staying. Many opinion polls were wrong about the result.The new polling showed 59 per cent of voters would now vote to remain in the bloc, versus 41 per cent who would opt to leave. The findings were published in an academic-led report on Wednesday by research bodies NatCen and The UK in a Changing Europe.That is the highest recorded support for ‘remain’ in a series of five such surveys since the 2016 referendum and a large reversal of the actual 52-48 per cent vote to leave.Polling expert John Curtice, the author of the report, cautioned that those interviewed reported they had voted 53 per cent in favour of remain in the referendum — a 5 percentage point higher proportion than the actual vote.”Nevertheless, this still means that there has apparently been a six-point swing from Leave to Remain, larger than that registered by any of our previous rounds of interviewing, and a figure that would seemingly point to a 54 per cent (Remain) vote in any second referendum held now,” Curtice said in the report.No dramatic shiftSpeaking at an event to launch the report, he said the findings were broadly in line with those of other pollsters, whom he said showed an average of 52.5 per cent support for remain.”Don’t get excited as to think this is some poll that shows a dramatic shift to remain,” Curtice said. “The apparent thin lead that remain have is at least in part built on the potential sand of the responses of those who did not vote two years ago.”Britain is due to leave the EU on 29 March 2019 but has yet to secure an exit agreement to define future relations with Brussels and manage the economic impact of ending over four decades of integration with the world’s largest trading bloc.The government has ruled out holding a second referendum, and the opposition Labour Party is not advocating one either.The survey interviewed 2,048 subjects between 7 June and 8 July. That means the survey does not fully reflect any change in opinion brought about by the publication of prime minister Theresa May’s negotiating strategy, published in early July.That negotiating strategy has split May’s Conservative party at every level and drawn heavy criticism from both Brexit supporters and those who want to retain close ties to the EU.Nevertheless, the poll shows voters thought the negotiations were going badly even before the publication of May’s so-called Chequers plan. Curtice added that subsequent polling data, not included in the report, had shown the plan had little support from the public and was unlikely to have reversed voters’ pessimism.He said the results of the polling showed that the most influential factor over whether voters will support the conclusion of the negotiations is their perception of its economic effect rather than the details of any deal.last_img read more

7yrold girl raped in Feni

first_imgA seven-year-old girl has allegedly been raped by a youth in Chhagalnaiya upazila of Feni.Police arrested the alleged rapist, Mohammad Bahar, 25, son of Ruhul Amin of Shilua village in the upazila, on Saturday after a case was filed over the incident.MM Murshed, officer-in-charge of Chhagalnaiya police station, said the girl, from Kishoreganj district, had been living with her family at a rented house at Shilua.Bahar took her to a nearby shop on Friday noon and raped her there, he said.The victim’s mother and sister found the girl in the shop after a hectic search when the ‘rapist’ managed to flee seeing them.last_img read more

Broccoli City Weekend Fun for Everyone

first_imgBy George Kevin Jordan, AFRO Staff WriterThe walk to FedEx Field is a long one- no matter which way you came. The trek was made more difficult by the sun that beamed down with a vengeance and wind that blew with a will. Still, that did not stop the mass of people making their way to the Broccoli City Festival on Sunday. And once they got there, it was like Mecca.In the end more than 30,000 people attended the star-studded extravaganza, filled with performances, local vendors and food, food and food.Childish Gambino entered in the center of the crowd on a platform that rose far above the audience at the 2019 Broccoli City Festival at FedEx Field in Landover, MD on April 27. (Photo by Micha Green)Broccoli City is a social enterprise co-founded by Darryl Perkins and Brandon McEachern. BC has a mission to “build thriving urban communities that sustain future generations by mobilizing and educating millennials through social impact campaigns and major events.” In 2017 BC expanded programming to a year-round schedule.There was absolutely something for everyone during Broccoli City Weekend, which spanned from Thursday until Sunday. During the week over 500 people attended a plethora of panels and events during Broccolicon, a gathering meant to inspire people to find solutions to challenges in urban communities. Thought leaders from around the world attended.(L-R) Ryan, Austin and Collin Gill are ready for business at Broccoli Festival. (Photo by George Kevin Jordan)There was a 5K run and Fitness festival at Gateway Pavillion, encouraging exercise and healthy living. The festival itself was star power on 100, with Childish Gambino and Lil Wayne as headliners with 6lack, Lil Baby, Ella Mai, Teyana Taylor and City Girls and a host of other acts, who all to the stage all Saturday.“I’m here to have fun to see Childish Gambino, Teyana Taylor, Wizkid,” Danielle Wallace, a D.M.V. resident, said Sunday. “This is like my second time. Honestly it was much more intimate last year because it was in D.C. But it’s okay to upscale.”Upscale indeed. The crowd swelled over the afternoon with thousands of people pouring into the venue up until late in the evening. But the festival was not just a chance for D.M.V. residents to turn up. It allowed many small businesses and organizations and opportunity to connect with the people.“One of our biggest things is to bring the rural to the urban,” said Xavier Brown of the Black Dirt Farm Collective. “The rural is where our grandparents came from, and the urban space is where the people are, the money and where the young people are. So we are trying to bridge that gap.”Brown and his colleagues were at the festival to introduce people to the benefits of farmers and reconnecting with the land. The Black Dirty Farm Collective hosts Black farming gatherings with the ultimate goal, “to get land and to have safe spaces for Black people, growing our agricultural knowledge.”Instead of playing video games or seeing the “Avengers” movie this weekend, Collin, Ryan and Austin Gill set up their tent and got to work. The brothers are the owners of Freres Branchiaux Candle Co., handmade candles and fragrances that are organic and non-toxic.“Me and my brothers want games, and our mom said no,” the eldest, Collin said. “She said get a job and start a business.” The boys asked their mom what was her favorite thing to buy and she told them candles, and their business was born. The boys said it only takes five to ten minutes to make the candles, and they have a host of other items for sale as well.Collin said they decided to sell their wares at the Broccoli City Festival because, “everybody said it was a big event plus, we heard it on the radio.”The Broccoli City Weekend may have culminated with the concert, but the organization has many activations and initiatives throughout the year. For more information please go to: www.broccolicity.comlast_img read more

Implementing Green IT

first_img 9 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global March 25, 2008 By Jennifer ZainoRichard Baughman, director of IT at Shentel Telecommunications, a diversified communications company, hasn’t thought about Green IT yet. Not that there isn’t plenty of talk about the topic from the media, analysts, and advocacy groups, but for many IT leaders in smaller businesses, such as Baughman, the trend hasn’t gained traction.Shentel Communications, for example, has between 30 and 40 servers in its production, failover, and test/development environments. The total cost of running the data center where most of those servers are co-located is relatively minor and Baughman has bigger fish to fry than cutting data-center power consumption. Shentel’s business is growing. To support that the IT group is now overhauling the infrastructure from a 15-year old green screen application, built primarily to run a telephone company, to a system that can easily scale to support new services. Baughman and his team are focusing on that project to provide the business with better CRM functionality, an integrated dispatch application for orders and tickets, a flow-through provisioning system, a self-care platform, and a customer care dashboard.”As a small company, our resources are limited and focused on a couple of higher-priority projects that will have significant value to the business — going green with our data center would not have that big of an impact to our business costs,” says Baughman. “I can see us doing something in the future about this, but as of right now, it’s not a priority.”Nor is it likely to be a priority for most smaller companies in the immediate future. Some experts speculate that it will be a good five years before smaller businesses start feeling pressure to green their data centers. In contrast, large companies increasingly are all too aware of the toll their expanding data centers are taking on their organizations: a study released by AMD found that in 2005, data centers and their associated infrastructure consumed the energy equivalent of five 1,000 MW power plants — that’s 5 million kW. Not only does that have an impact on the environment, but also it adds up to real money in power costs.In smaller companies, data centers may be running in an inefficient way that introduces unnecessary costs. However, some recommended practices that work for larger companies may be overkill in these environments. For example, if your data center has less than five server racks, following hot aisle/cold aisle practices — a method of cooling servers that produces constant air circulation through the racks — isn’t necessarily pragmatic. On the other hand, even an organization with just a few servers in a closet may realize some small but happy returns — not only in energy efficiency, but also in reliability and business continuity — by virtualizing them down to a single physical system.The key to reaping the benefits of green IT is to think smartly about where it makes sense for your organization — if not today, then in a very near tomorrow, and if not in your data center, elsewhere within the company. With that in mind, here are some questions to consider as you contemplate a potentially greener future.1. Do you know what your data center costs are now?The answer is, probably not, because very few organizations have discreetly metered their data center and data center infrastructure. “But it can be 20 to 60 times as much per square foot as the rest of your commercial space,” says Deborah Grove, principal at Grove Associates, an advisory services firm that specializes in global innovation, sustainability, and green IT strategies.By installing a data-center power meter, you can begin looking at how much power your data center is consuming. How you’ll put that knowledge to work is another question. Organizations such as The Green Grid, a global consortium dedicated to advancing energy efficiency in data centers and business computing ecosystems, are trying to develop some useful power efficiency metrics, but they’re not finalized yet. “I would say they’re about a year away from critical mass,” says Aaron Hay, research consultant with Info-Tech Research Group. Still, it’s worth being ahead of that curve. “Until you can get a kilowatt/hour rating on the data center and find out what you have consumed in the last year, it will be difficult to use their metrics at all,” he says.2. Can you take simple steps to a greener data center?The data center doesn’t have to be a little slice of the Arctic in your office building. “Bring the temperature up four or five degrees in the room — that’s a good start,” says Grove. In fact, current recommendations from the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers put data center temperature in the allowable range of 59 F to 89.6 F, meaning that a temperature in the high 70s is acceptable, provided relatively humidity stays between 20% and 80%.And, instead of running air conditioning systems 24/7, most data centers in most parts of the country can implement “free cooling” strategies. Free cooling is the use of air-side and water-side economizers — using outside air directly when it is cool enough and using cooling towers when it is somewhat warmer. Chillers or compressors are then used only when outside conditions can’t support the other two strategies. For example, “in coastal areas of California, data centers can reduce compressor or chiller operation by 6,000 to 8,000 hours per year using free cooling,” according to Mark Bramfitt, principal program manager of Pacific Gas and Electric. “We provide financial incentives to support implementation of the systems, making the return on investment extremely attractive.”3. Have you considered all the economic benefits of technologies that promote energy efficiency, such as virtualization?”Given the three bottom line goals of the green computing initiative — social responsibility, environmental impact, and economic viability — the economic viability is a limiting factor. Most people want to do everything to make our environment better, but we cannot economically justify spending $1,000,000 for a $0.01 environmental return,” says Michael O’Dell, CIO at Pacific Coast Companies, the subsidiary that acts as the central service provider to the Pacific Coast Building Products group of companies that manufacture and distribute building materials to manufacturers. The company’s virtualization of its servers is good for the environment, but an important reason for taking the step was that four servers take up less electricity and are less of a heat load than the 115 servers they replaced.The power cost savings for servers, however, is just one aspect of the picture around virtualization, says Hay. “Severs may consume a significant amount of energy, so that of course leads to savings on your power bill.” Not only are you cutting the power bill for servers, but also because you’re generating less heat, the AC doesn’t have to work as hard and the ventilation systems don’t have to be working to the same level of performance. But the main source of savings is far-reaching, in its effect on an IT organization’s maintenance load. Take a hypothetical company running 10 servers: “If those 10 could be consolidated into two, with 10 server instances on those two machines, that right there is eight servers turned off. So even on that scale there are some fairly significant cost-savings to be had,” he says. “But the main source of savings is not having to maintain, replace, and support 10 [physical] systems.”4. Can you make green IT someone else’s problem?If you take advantage of software-as-a-service applications, for anything from CRM to Office-like productivity products, then you can, at least to some degree. “There are lots of Web-based companies providing alternatives [to traditional on-premise software] at a very low cost per month, and that’s a great boon to SMBs,” says Grove. “They may find they need less computing power on site because they can use these software-as-services, and then [energy-efficiency] is their providers’ problem.”5. Can you make a difference outside the data center?Yes, and in ways that don’t cost a lot or require a ton of effort. Regardless of the fact that there are still questions around data center metrics, “it doesn’t mean that right now small to medium companies can’t make gains. Most SMBs probably aren’t even turning off computers when employees go away from their desks,” says Grove. And not just at night, but when they go to lunch, too. “A lot of PCs use 60% of energy when they are in sleep mode, and most people don’t realize that.”It may take IT a day or two to set up a PC power management policy and software across the network, says Hay, but organizations usually realize a payoff on the license for each PC in just eight to 20 weeks, and shave $50 to $75 off the power bill per PC per year, says Hay.Other easy-to-take steps include making smart buys the next time you’re upgrading PCs, notebooks, or monitors. Check out the EPEAT (Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool), a government rating of environmental attributes sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency that will be expanded to include servers next year. Participation is voluntary by vendors, and products can earn gold, silver, or bronze ratings, based on how they conform to various environmentally sensitive criteria. Hay says it’s very rare for a silver or bronze rated model to cost more than an unrated model, so, “if you’re going to do a refresh, get at least a silver EPEAT-rated PC, so there’s less environmental impact from cradle to grave, at no additional cost,” he says.Another no-brainer: Check for Energy Star compliance — there’s a new ranking about every two years and each time around the rating gets more aggressive about power consumption.Hay also cautions IT leaders not to be discouraged if they’re not wowed upfront by the savings they’ll reap from whatever green IT efforts they try to implement. “In a small business, because their power consumption compared to a Fortune 500 is not that great, you may not see a significant savings. Five hundred dollars per month for power — if you get to $400 a month, that $100 seems like a drop in the bucket,” he says. “But if every SMB made that 20% improvement in its power bill, think about how much better off the entire spectrum of business would be, in terms of power costs, energy demand, and environmental impact.”Jennifer Zaino has served in senior and executive editor roles at publications including InformationWeek, Network Computing, HomePC, and PC Magazine. Currently, she is a freelancer covering business technology issues, including IT management and best practice frameworks, IT architectures, and virtualization. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now »last_img read more