Supreme Court rules in favour of Tennis Ja

first_imgThe Supreme Court of Jamaica has dismissed an application made last Friday for interim injunctions against Tennis Jamaica brought by one of its members, Joseph Dibbs, to restrain the holding of an extraordinary general meeting (EGM).The EGM which was scheduled for yesterday was postponed by the board of Tennis Jamaica at a special emergency meeting on Monday shortly after the ruling was made. According to a release from Tennis Jamaica a new date for the EGM will be announced shortly. The meeting was postponed, the release said, to allow members to be apprised of the situation and to participate fully in the process of selecting a new administration.The injunctions were sought in a claim which was seeking, among other things, a determination that John Azar was duly and validly elected president of Tennis Jamaica arising out of the annual general meeting of Tennis Jamaica held on November 19 last year.last_img read more

Are Reasons for the Mo Ibrahim Award to Former President Sirleaf the Reality on…

first_imgThe Mo Ibrahim Award for African Leadership/Governance for 2018 has been given to former Liberian and first female African President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.The former Liberian President is the fifth to receive the US$5 million prize award on the African Continent since it was established in 2007.  Other recipients have been Joaquim Chissano, former President of Mozambique; Festus Mogae, former President of Botswana; Pedro Verona Pires, former President of Cape Verde; and Hifikipunye Pohamba, former President of Namibia.The Mo Ibrahim Prize, according to its objective, is meant to recognize and celebrate African leaders, who have developed their countries, lifted people out of poverty and paved the way for sustainable and equitable prosperity.  It also highlights exceptional role models for the continent and ensures that Africa continues to benefit from the experience and expertise of exceptional leaders when they leave national office, by enabling them to continue in other public roles on the continent.Criteria for the Mo Ibrahim Prize dictate that one must be a former African Executive Head of State or Government, must have left office in the last three years; democratically elected, served his/her constitutionally mandated term, and demonstrated exceptional leadership.In compliance with their goals and criteria, a member of the vetting committee, speaking on the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) Sunday night, said President Sirleaf took over a failed state and maintained peace there for 12 years.  The committee member went further to say that the former President rebuilt a war-ravished country and led the process to reconciliation, served her terms within the confines of the Liberian Constitution and fought the Ebola virus without having to go anywhere.But are reasons stated by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation for awarding the US$5 million prize to former President Sirleaf the reality on the ground?The President, in her final State of the Nation Address in January  2017, admitted that she had failed to reconcile Liberians following years of war.  This statement reflects her failure to implement the Truth and Reconciliation (TRC) Final Report.  How will Mo Ibrahim reconcile the former President’s failure to reconcile Liberians with a statement that she led a process of reconciliation?For completing her constitutionally mandated term, Mo Ibrahim Foundation would not worry since the Liberian Constitution gives two terms to a sitting President.  The question that remains is whether or not the Mo Ibrahim Foundation cares about morality in its judgment in granting the prize to a former President.  President Sirleaf before taking over in 2006 promised to go for only one term, but prior to completing her first term; she twisted the tongue to two terms.It was during the second term that corruption and nepotism rose to the highest peak in Liberia; with the President’s son, Robert Sirleaf, placed over one of Liberia’s most lucrative entities, the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL).  There he emptied the coffers of the company causing the country to lose tens of millions — some say hundreds of millions — of US dollars.  President Sirleaf then exited him from NOCAL, praising him for his work there but later, when the truth of NOCAL having gone bankrupt emerged, she said she took responsibility for her son’s actions and left the matter unresolved.She again admitted in that same last State of the Nation Address that she had failed to fight corruption, as promised in her 2006 Inaugural Address.  Corruption, nepotism, and continued marginalization of Liberians in their own economy were some of the factors that led to Liberia’s 14-year civil war, and most, if not all, of what led to the war was repeated by the Sirleaf Administration. What then, is the “exceptional leadership” Mo Ibrahim will dwell on to award its prize to former President Sirleaf?Another objective of the prize is to see a leader lifting his/her citizens out of poverty.  Here in Liberia, poverty is made manifest not only about the tens of thousands of people, especially young people between the ages of five to 25-40, roaming the street without food, proper healthcare, shelter or proper upbringing; it is also about thousands of Liberian youth without solid education, left to experience one of the worst forms of poverty, poverty of the mind.In addition to her dismal failure to empower Liberians to control their own economy, the former President admitted that Liberian education was “in a mess,” which she did little or nothing to improve up to her departure from office.As current reality shows, the President left the country in complete economic shambles; huge internal and external debts, a woefully depreciating local currency and a bankrupt economy, to quote her successor, President George Weah, an economy that is “broke.”Furthermore, the peaceful transition of power as underscored by Mo Ibrahim in its criteria could be challenged.  The electoral process leading to the transition began with confusion where she compromised the Constitution and appointed an Election Commissioner with a questionable citizenship.The entire election process was marred by fraud and irregularities, leading Counselor Charles W. Brumskine and others to challenge them in the Supreme Court.  Had Brumskine and others not taken a civil approach to challenge the results in the Supreme Court, we doubt whether there would have been a peaceful transition.If the credit of sustaining peace should properly be attributed, it should go first to God Almighty and second, to Liberians who resolved to maintain peace and harmony.We laud the Mo Ibrahim Foundation for this motivating award that helps some African leaders to be guided by their constitutional mandate.We are also appreciative of the Foundation’s selection of our former President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, but we believe it would have been fairer had she been awarded the prize for being the first elected female African President who broke the glass ceiling.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

HEARTACHE AS SOCCER CLUB’S U-16 TEAM PLAYS AT HOME FOR LAST TIME AFTER LAND DISPUTE

first_imgBallybofey United Under-16 team who play Cappry Rovers todayTHIS is the U-16 Ballybofey United team – the last from the historic club to play at Finn View today after 85 years.The club must leave their grounds after being ordered by a judge to make way for a new Aldi supermarket in the Twin Towns.United – founded in 1928 – played at Finn Park until 1971 before moving home next door to allow Finn Harps to enter senior football. The ground is owned by the Butt Hall Trust, founded to promote education and community development.It has sold the ground to Aldi who handed over €1.6M for it.“We never objected to that,” said Gary Foy from the club.“We would never object to job creation in the Twin Towns; however we have a sporting lease and we expected to have been offered a new ground. After today’s last United game on these fields, we will be homeless and that is very sad for all the boys and girls who play from U-8 level right up to our men’s team.” The trust disputes the claim that United teams have played at Finn View since 1971.A judge has set aside €200,000 from the sale in case United take a new legal case for compensation.For the teenagers taking on Cappry Rovers today, they aren’t interested in legal disputes.They just want to play football.And today will be their last ever game at ‘home’. HEARTACHE AS SOCCER CLUB’S U-16 TEAM PLAYS AT HOME FOR LAST TIME AFTER LAND DISPUTE was last modified: November 16th, 2013 by John2Share 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:Ballybofey UnitedHEARTACHE AS SOCCER CLUB’S U-16 TEAM PLAYS AT HOME FOR LAST TIME AFTER LAND DISPUTEsoccerlast_img read more

Raiders’ Kyle Wilber is leader of rebuilt special teams

first_imgGet Raiders news in your inbox. Sign up now for the free Raiders HQ newsletter.ALAMEDA — The roll call of team captains contained few surprises with the exception of Kyle Wilber.The seven-year veteran is listed as a linebacker by the Raiders and may play there on occasion, but his calling as an NFL player has been special teams.“It’s called the all-trust team,” Wilber said as the Raiders completed their final practice Saturday before their regular-season opener against the Los Angeles …last_img read more

Top Stories of 2015

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Our web site keeps track of the stories that generate the most interest and at the end of the year we like to review the top stories to gain insight into how to better serve readers of our web and print content and our radio listeners. Plus, it is always fun to see which story comes out on top. To revisit all of these favorite web stories and videos in the last year, visit ocj.com and look for “2015 top stories of the year” on the right side of the page. In addition to these top posts, other noteworthy drivers of web traffic in 2015 included the Ohio and Pro Farmer crop tours, the Ohio State Fair livestock show results, and Between the Rows. Weather challenges, unusual Ohio wildlife, all things draft horse, and farm technology also garnered major web traffic in the last 12 months. Here are the 10 most popular stories of 2015.1. Which cat are you actually seeing in the woods in Ohio?Reports of unusual sightings of big cats are not uncommon throughout the United States and Ohio. From celebrities like Uncle Si of Ducky Dynasty professing to have seen a large panther-like black cat to friends and neighbors quietly professing to have seen such a cat or its tracks in Ohio, it is certain that the Buckeye State is not excluded with regard to sightings of large cats in the wild. Kim Lemmon’s late 2014 look at the mysterious large cats apparently prowling around Ohio generated an incredible response from Internet readers topping all other stories from 2015. The story itself is quite interesting, but the comments that follow are priceless and well worth reading to see just how many Ohioans have spotted a mysterious feline in the wilds of Ohio.2. A farmer’s storyThis straightforward story from Richard Flax from Clark County about his life-threatening experience in a grain bin last winter is a must read for anyone working around grain storage facilities. It only takes a moment to unwittingly put your life in danger. The story covers what Richard admits he did wrong, but also what was done right to turn a possible tragedy into a success story and a warning for others. Thanks to Richard for sharing his powerful story.3. Update on Coy Wolf sighting in OhioAre there crosses between coyotes and wolves roaming the rural areas of Ohio? There is evidence to suggest that is the case and we have photos to prove it. There are clearly plenty of people around the state interested in the topic and other mysteries of Ohio wildlife.4. Farmer uses comic relief to overcome challengesWhen Ross County farmer Adam Garman was growing up, if someone was laughing around him it was usually at his expense due to his speech impediment. Now he uses his stutter that was the source of his former ridicule to bring laughter to others as he has begun a secondary career moonlighting as a comedian around his day job at his family’s feed and supply business. “I’d be a lot funnier if I didn’t have this speech impediment,” Garman said. “But since I do have it the audience just has to wait a bit longer for that punch line.”5. Advice from grandpa keeping many farms in businessAs tough times continue for agriculture, there is much to be learned in sage advice from yesteryear. Multi-generational farm operations have some inherent challenges, but there are plenty of benefits to having grandpa around for advice. For Niese Farms in Richland and Crawford Counties, having the experience of three generations is paying dividends as the farm navigates these challenging times.6. Still farming at 88 with no signs of stoppingAlthough we can never stop thinking about how agriculture needs to look in the future, some of the greatest assets have been around for a while. Ty Higgins stopped by a half-harvested soybean field in Shelby County this fall and jumped in a John Deere combine that was being piloted by 88-year-old Bernard Clinehens. In his lifetime, Clinehens has seen a Great Depression, a Dust Bowl, a Prohibition, multiple wars, two new states, and a boom in technology — both on and off of the farm — that changed the way we live today. Who wouldn’t want to learn from someone like that?7. Confessions of a former tree huggerAlan Walter refers to himself as a “tree hugger” when he first purchased his hilly, heavily wooded property in Harrison County. Since then, with all of the time Walter spent in the woods, he had plenty of opportunities to ponder his long-term objectives for the property. He wanted to manage the woods to produce big trees, improve water quality, stabilize the soil, increase wildlife and plant diversity, and improve the aesthetics. With these goals in mind, Walter found himself implementing management practices and making on-farm decisions that would have been unthinkable during his former “tree hugger” mindset.8. The Buckeye Cowboy — Kirby HidyIn 2015, we lost our friend and co-worker Kirby Hidy, who was clearly loved by many in agriculture. After his passing, Ty wrote a beautiful tribute for Kirby that was read and enjoyed by his many friends in Ohio agriculture.9. FAA proposes rule for small drone operationThe last year was one of technological changes in agriculture. New technology, including drones, offers nearly limitless opportunity, but also new challenges. How do we manage all of this data effectively and responsibly to derive actual on-farm improvements? This story focused on the confusing rules and legalities of drone use on the farm as laws are struggling to keep up with rapid changes in technology.10. Not-so-scenic drive around NW OhioIn July, Ty and I got the chance to do an impromptu tour of some of the worst hit areas of Ohio after a soggy, flood-filled spring and early summer. The resulting pictures looked very bad, but still could not fully capture how awful the crops looked in some areas after some of the most challenging conditions seen in a lifetime on farms in the area.Field along the Miami River. Photo by Doug Longfellow.last_img read more

How to get more out of your pastures and improve water quality

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Improving your pasture management skills will grow more forage that will have higher quality that will better feed your livestock and make you more money. A better pasture should just keep getting better year after year including; improving the environment; improving the soil, water, air, plants, and animals; and reduce your energy requirements. Healthy soils can grow healthy plants that can allow animals to grow quicker, stronger and healthier, which will reduce the cost of production.There are ways to improve the water quality in the runoff from your grazing system and improve the soil fertility in your pasture that will improve the pasture plant composition and help improve the health of your pastures. Good managers know how to measure the things that they can change that will have a positive impact on their production system. You cannot manage things that you do not measure. How many things have you be monitoring, measuring in your pastures? This can include things like weekly growth rate, production, plant composition, carrying capacity, stocking rate, and soil fertility.In addition, water quality has been a hot topic in Ohio agriculture. The 4Rs of soil fertility and the effect on water quality should be familiar to all of us. The Right Source, Right Rate, Right Time, and Right Placement of fertilizer are not just a crop land issues. We should be looking at the same principles on our pasture and hay fields as well. It is also more than just fertilizer.Where is the manure from your grazing animals this winter? We have control over the distribution of fertilizer and manure when we spread it with a fertilizer spreader or manure spreader. But when the animal is doing the spreading, do we control were those nutrients getting distributed by the grazing animal? We should and can if we are managing the grazing system. Farmers can effectively manage soil fertility by understanding the functions of the plants and the animals living in and on the soil. Good grazing management helps distribute the nutrients by locating the water, mineral, and shade in different places so to discourage nutrient concentration. The shorter the grazing duration, the better the manure distribution. Controlling the access of environmentally sensitive areas with managed grazing addresses the Rs of Right Time and Right Placement.Fertile soils grow more grass and better livestock feed than soils with low or unbalanced soil fertility. Just because the grass is growing does not mean that it is providing high quality and balanced nutrition to the grazing animal. Grassland farming like crop farming without consideration of the soil is a fallacy. All plants interact with the soil. Do you have a current soil fertility test? Do you know your soil type from the soil survey?Supplementing the soil fertility according to a current soil test with commercial fertilizer, compost or additional manure can increase both plant and animal production and is the Right Source.When forages are harvested and removed from the field to be fed in another location, nutrients are also relocated. One ton of dry forage contains the same amount of phosphorus as 35 bushels of shelled corn or 16 bushel of soybeans. Harvesting forages is an excellent way to lower very high levels of soil phosphorus from fields that are sensitive to runoff.Applying the plant nutrients as close to when the plant needs them has the least amount of risk of loss to the environment. Forages’ largest nutrient need is in the late summer and early fall when they are growing new roots and storing energy for the winter and following spring green up. Spring applications are not as effective at growing root mass, but do encourage stem elongation and seed production. If the soil test levels are low, applying small amounts of nutrients several times during the growing season is a good way to increase forage production and animal performance, build a sustainable production system and serve as the Right Rate.Calcium and phosphorus are typically the two nutrients that are limiting in Ohio pasture fields. Lime the primary source of calcium is necessary for raising the soil pH. It can also help prevent weeds, improve the absorption of other nutrients like phosphorus and nitrogen, benefit soil microbiology life, helps legumes fix nitrogen, encourages deeper and more root development that helps drought proof a pasture and improves the palatability of the forage.last_img read more

LOOK: Kyrie Irving is cover athlete of NBA 2K18

first_img“It is well known that I’m an avid player of this series and I am honored to be the cover athlete of NBA 2K18,” he was quoted as saying in the report.  “It’s surreal to be featured on the cover and I can’t wait to dominate on the virtual court with all of my fans this fall.”NBA 2K18 is set to to invade video game stores on Sept. 19.  Khristian Ibarrola /raRELATED STORY:Curry, Durant power Warriors past Cavs in Game 1Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Durant makes his mark in Game 1 of NBA Finals for Warriors BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR LATEST STORIEScenter_img Alfie Brody, vice president of marketing for NBA 2K, shared why “Uncle Drew” was bestowed the honor to grace this year’s cover.“It’s obvious that Kyrie isn’t disappearing from the spotlight anytime soon, so we’re thrilled to have him as our cover athlete, alongside Shaq for the NBA 2K18 Legend Edition,” he said in a statement, as relayed by Fox Sports.“He’s a more-than-worthy recipient of this honor, and joins so many other greats who were cover athletes before him.”Irving has remained a fan-favorite since arriving in the league in the 2011-2012 NBA season. He won the Rookie of the Year Award the same year, was named All-Star MVP in 2014 and was a vital piece to the Cavs’ NBA Championship run last year.Currently the ball-handling savant out of Duke is focused on winning another title for Cleveland, but also expressed his gratitude upon being chosen for the cover.ADVERTISEMENT Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV MOST READ Just in time for the NBA Finals, Cleveland Cavaliers superstar point guard Kyrie Irving was named as the cover athlete for the the hit hoops simulation game. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds After revealing that NBA Hall of Famer and current Turner Sports analyst Shaquille O’Neal will represent the NBA 2K18 Legend edition, the famed basketball video game franchise unveiled its latest poster boy.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutWATCH: Shaq, Kobe reunite in hilarious video for NBA 2K18ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Reyes to pick just 2 players even as Gilas reps from GlobalPort grow to 4

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netSamahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) president Al Panlilio shed some light on GlobalPort’s situation for the Gilas Pilipinas program, with the team housing four players who are part of coach Chot Reyes’ pool.Originally, Terrence Romeo and rookie Von Pessumal are the Batang Pier representatives to the pool.ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Panlilio added that the move is aimed to keep the parity between the 12 teams and avoid GlobalPort from being forced to give up four players once the pool members are called up for national team duty.READ: Ex-NBA vet Greene open to playing for Gilas“It’s going to be unfair for GlobalPort because the commitment is a minimum of one (player). So we’ll have to ask Chot who among the three he will choose. Your guess is as good as mine whoever that is and I think it’s obvious. Chot will then choose from Meralco and NLEX on who he feels should be part of the pool. For that, it will have to be a question that you will ask Chot,” he said.Panlilio reiterated that the partnership between SBP and the PBA is still going strong, and the two parties just need to hash out some issues in preparation for the upcoming international tournaments, especially the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup in Lebanon.READ: Fajardo all ears as he sits out Gilas practiceADVERTISEMENT Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP View comments “It was reinforced in the board meeting that the commitment of both the SBP and the PBA is the same and we’re on the same page. We want to work together and really build the best competitive team we can come up with to join the important tournaments. The objective hasn’t changed, and so is the desire. The spirit is there to help each other out,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds LATEST STORIES Lassiter heats up as San Miguel cruises to PBA semiscenter_img Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games MOST READ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games But the list was expanded after the three-team trade involving GlobalPort, Meralco, and NLEX led to Bradwyn Guinto and Jonathan Grey changing jerseys to neon green.READ: Greg Smith welcomes naturalization for GilasFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe affable executive explained on Monday that Reyes will drop two players from the four and will pick the replacements for Meralco and NLEX, the two teams which were left with just one representative to the pool.“The spirit of the agreement is sacred. One player per team is committed to the pool, together with the cadets which were picked in the draft. It’s the prerogative of the national coach to identify the player which will join the pool. Because of trades, there will be adjustments,” he said. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blastlast_img read more

Before BaseballReference Statheads Relied On The Big Mac

There have been annual compilations of baseball statistics for nearly as long as there has been professional baseball. In 1922, the first “Baseball Cyclopedia” was published, collecting rudimentary career statistics for thousands of major league players. And almost 30 years later there was the first edition of “The Official Encyclopedia of Baseball,” which became the standard, and really only, resource for retired players’ career statistics and remained so well into the 1960s. But those books gave each player only the barest of statistical attention: games played, batting average (for hitters), wins and losses (pitchers).But in 1969, a better baseball encyclopedia arrived, one whose rigorous research and comprehensive scope would create a foundation for virtually every significant statistical compendiums that followed.To understand how it happened, let’s first go back to 1954 and visit the spot on the map where New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York come together. That’s where David Neft, who grew up just a few blocks from the old Yankee Stadium, had just taken a job. He was only 17, two years too young to work as a camp counselor. So instead he was assigned to watch the camp’s gate, where not a whole lot happened.“Look,” Neft’s boss told him, “you’re going to have a lot of dead time, so you should bring stuff to read.”Neft, who had been playing around with numbers for most of his young life, worked out the math. “I started figuring out how much I would need to bring to read,” he recalled in a recent interview. “Eight hours a day, six days a week, eight weeks. So I took a different tack.”Neft bought a copy of “The Official Encyclopedia of Baseball,” first published just three years earlier. With the encyclopedia as his guide, he immersed himself in major league baseball’s historical record: eight weeks in the summer of 1954, eight more a year later.Back in New York, Neft began haunting the public library’s main research branch, where he found a collection of books and other ephemera once owned by Hall of Famer Albert G. Spalding, one of the 19th century’s great baseball figures. Neft realized that other encyclopedias were leaving too much undone. “And that was it,” he said. “I thought, ‘Someday, it would be neat to do a better job of this.’”A decade or so later, Neft was working as a professional statistician when he visited TV Guide’s new printing facility, which was controlled by IBM computers. A light bulb flipped on. The encyclopedia Neft wanted to make would necessarily be massive, far larger than any statistical encyclopedia published before. All the typesetting could be done manually … but only at enormous cost. But computers changed everything.He and his employer, Information Concepts Incorporated, found a publisher at Macmillan — hence the “Mac” in “Big Mac” — where editor Bob Markel saw an opportunity to issue the definitive baseball resource. “If The New York Times was the newspaper of record, we could be the publisher of records,” Markel told me.And so Neft got to work. He was already armed with the voluminous biographical research compiled by the Hall of Fame’s in-house historian, Lee Allen, and next ICI purchased amateur researcher John Tattersall’s tremendous collection of 19th-century data for $25,000. But much, much more was needed. So Neft placed a small ad — headlined “WANTED — A BASEBALL NUT” — in The Sporting News, not knowing if anyone would respond.“We practically needed a truck to deliver the résumés,” Neft said.Neft chose the best of them. Then, as Alan Schwarz writes in his book “The Numbers Game,” “The staff of 21 thus began its … Kerouackian odyssey all over the United States, from library microfilm rooms to long-lost graveyards, mortar and spades always in tow, to build the greatest book of statistics sports had ever seen.”After that yearlong slog, it came time to input the data — the computers were still using punch cards. When everything was done, the first edition of “The Baseball Encyclopedia: The Complete and Official Record of Major League Baseball” arrived in 1969, professional baseball’s centennial season. David Neft’s “The Baseball Encyclopedia” For diehard baseball fans, a world without Sean Forman’s Baseball-Reference.com is difficult to imagine. But the site is relatively new; it didn’t grace the Internet until 2000. Before that, for seamheads interested in baseball statistics there was only … print. Print? Yes, print. You remember print.One of those print compendiums of baseball information was a 6.5-pound behemoth nicknamed “Big Mac,” and it changed how people think about the sport. A world without the Big Mac might not just mean a world without Baseball-Reference.com, it might also mean a world without Bill James, which might mean a world without sabermetrics, a world without “Moneyball,” a world without the analytics that have transformed so many other sports. As John Thorn, Major League Baseball’s official historian, says today, “It was a revolution. This was the ‘Moby-Dick’ of baseball statistics, not only for its size, but also for its place in baseball history.” In his New York Times review, the late, great Jimmy Breslin wrote, “The book is so heavy that the mailman bringing it to the house stumbled and suffered a severe groin injury.” Its weight would result in an enduring nickname, “Big Mac.” But its enormous size and $25 price tag (equivalent to more than $150 today) still didn’t deter people from buying it: The first edition is said to have sold 100,000 copies.Several more editions were issued up until 1996 but, as Thorn said, “There is no question, that first edition was the best.” The second edition somehow contained less information and was less accurate. Still, according to Jeff Neuman, an editor who worked on the fifth and sixth editions, it made money for Macmillan, especially after ICI collapsed and the publisher came to own the book outright. As Neuman told me via email, “You knew you were going to sell 50,000 copies, at 25 or 30 or (later) 40 dollars apiece, and pay no royalties. Which made it a very profitable enterprise.”Today, the Big Mac’s legacy is everywhere we look.Thanks to Neft and his dedicated researchers, there would ultimately be numerous gargantuan print encyclopedias, including “The ESPN Baseball Encyclopedia,”1ESPN owns FiveThirtyEight. Thorn and Pete Palmer’s “Total Baseball,” and Neft’s own “Sports Encyclopedia: Baseball.” Every important statistical compendium since 1969 owes a debt to ICI research, especially if you’re looking up just about anything that happened between 1876 and 1920. Without that research, we still wouldn’t know how many games Cy Young really won, how many runs Honus Wagner really drove in, how many hits Cap Anson really collected.And now, of course, it’s all on the web.“The whole genesis of Baseball-Reference,” site creator Sean Forman told me, “was taking what was in ‘The Baseball Encyclopedia’ and making the pages connectable. In the printed books, if you wanted to find Joe DiMaggio’s teammates, you would have to go to DiMaggio, then flip to the team roster somewhere else, then flip back to each of his teammates.”So the research, now connectable and sortable and indispensable, endures and will outlast us all.But the reach of Big Mac stretches far beyond one tremendously useful website. Beginning in 1969, people could finally answer, in just a few seconds, nearly every question about MLB history, which opened up all sorts of possibilities for folks of particularly curious bents.“I got out of the Army in October 1973,” Bill James told me, “and by then I was aware of the Macmillan and wanted a copy of it. When the second edition came out in the spring of 1974, I bought one as soon as I saw it and spent the next several months familiarizing myself with what was in it. The Macmillan certainly had an enormous impact on my career; absolutely it did. Ten years earlier, I would not have been possible.”Yes, the print encyclopedia is dead. The internet killed it. But for roughly 30 years, the Big Mac and its literary progeny revived and restored decades of diamond history that had previously eked out an existence as little more than rumors and hazy memories. All because a teenager watching a gate through a couple of idle summers didn’t feel like schlepping a pile of books to work every day. read more

Convicted sex offender soon to be released public comment period opens

first_img Posted: February 20, 2019 Convicted sex offender soon to be released, public comment period opens KUSI Newsroom, 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) – A convicted sex offender could soon be released from a state hospital and placed in the Jacumba Hot Springs community, but local residents can weigh in on his potential release beginning today.Alan Earl James, 56, was convicted in 1981 and 1986 for several sex-related felonies involving at least three minor victims and sentenced to 28 years in state prison, according to the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office.James, who is classified as a “sexually violent predator,” was committed to Coalinga State Hospital, where he was undergoing treatment “for an indeterminate term.”James petitioned for a monitored conditional release last July, prosecutors said, and on Tuesday, the California Department of State Hospitals proposed to place James at 45612 Old Highway 80 in Jacumba Hot Springs, a property under the jurisdiction of the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.From Wednesday until March 6, the public will have the opportunity to submit comments regarding James’ placement, which will be forwarded to the California Department of State Hospitals and San Diego County Superior Court prior to a March 22 court hearing regarding James’ proposed placement.The Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement — or SAFE — Task Force will submit the comments to the court in a formal response on March 22.Comments can be submitted via email to sdsafe@sdsheriff.org or by calling (858) 495-3619, or by mailing to SVP Release/SAFE Task Force, 9425 Chesapeake Drive, San Diego, CA, 92123.Public comments will also be accepted during the March 22 hearing. KUSI Newsroom center_img Updated: 6:54 PM February 20, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more