How Your Favorite Baseball Team Blows Its Money

For an article on FiveThirtyEight today, Mike Lopez and Noah Davis charted the relationship between spending and win percentage for every baseball season since 1985. They found that the relationship between money and winning in baseball is as strong now as it’s been any time in the free-agency era. Below you’ll see that relationship for each team in the majors. Each season is one dot in the figure, and the colored line is a smoothed curve fit through the points. Essentially, the higher the curve, the more the team’s money was well-spent. The gray line is an aggregation of all the data points across the entire league, and that line shows a pattern: More money generally means more wins.Read more: Don’t Be Fooled By Baseball’s Small-Budget Success Stories » read more

Christian Soldat nets game winner OSU mens soccer extends winning streak to

OSU junior forward Danny Jensen (9) tries to keep the ball away from Cleveland State sophomore forward Kareem Banton (20) on Oct. 21 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU won 1-0. Credit: Christopher Slack / Lantern PhotographerJunior forward Christian Soldat was the hero of the night for the second time in five matches, as the Buckeyes pulled through for a 1-0 victory against Cleveland State.The OSU men’s soccer team extended its winning streak to eight and improved its record to 9-4-2 overall, while the Vikings fell to 6-7-1 on the season.The last-second goal was a déjà vu feeling for Soldat, who had another game-winner against Bowling Green when he scored with three seconds left on the clock in regulation.Soldat added 10 seconds to that clock on Wednesday night’s hero, as he sent in the winner with 13 seconds left. With the match scoreless and the clock running down, Soldat said the Buckeyes began to feel a sense of urgency.“We know the clock is winding down and we hear that there’s one minute left and we have to push everybody forward,” Soldat said.Despite the grabbing the win over CSU and keeping the program-record winning streak, the Buckeyes struggled to come out with the victory.Wednesday night was the first time the Buckeyes and the Vikings met and it showed in the game, as both teams struggled to figure out the other.The best look of the first half for either team came when Soldat attempted a shot in the 28th minute, but he could not execute.The game remained scoreless going into halftime and the Buckeyes knew they had to make adjustments if they were going to keep their streak alive.“If we can pick up our defensive pressure a little bit in the second half, I think we’ll do better,” OSU coach John Bluem said in an interview with Big Ten Network heading into halftime.Even with the halftime adjustments, the second half of the game was looking like the first half for much of the duration, as neither team could get a point on the board.The game seemed like it was going into overtime, until Soldat came up with the goal when junior forward Danny Jensen danced around a swarm of Viking defenders and tapped the ball in front of the net, where Soldat was in perfect position to put it home.“We have Danny Jensen putting his whole body on the line, sliding, winning the ball at the end line,” Soldat said describing the play. “He gets up and looks up and plants the ball straight in to (redshirt freshman forward Jacob) Duska. Duska gets his shot blocked and it just falls right to me to put in.”Senior goalkeeper Chris Froschauer only needed to make one save to preserve his seventh clean sheet of the season, including his fourth consecutive. The Union, Kentucky, native received Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honors in each of the last three weeks for his strong play of late.Overall, shots were 12-4 in favor of the Scarlet and Gray, while OSU held a 5-2 lead in corners.Looking to get the winning streak to nine, the Buckeyes will prepare to travel to Piscataway, New Jersey, to face Rutgers at 1 p.m. on Sunday. read more

Mens Soccer Ohio State wraps up the regular season at Wisconsin

Ohio State redshirt junior goalkeeper Parker Siegfried saves a shot attempt in Friday’s game against No. 8 Michigan State. Ohio State lost to No. 8 Michigan State. Credit: Colin Gay | Sports EditorThe Ohio State men’s soccer team (1-13-2, 0-6-1 Big Ten) will conclude the 2018 regular season when it travels to Wisconsin (8-5-2, 5-2 Big Ten) on Sunday afternoon.The Buckeyes enter the season finale on an eight-game losing streak, in which the team has only managed to find the back of the net four times. On the other side of the pitch, Wisconsin enters the match coming off of back-to-back victories over Michigan and Northwestern, trying to secure the second seed in the upcoming Big Ten Tournament. The Big Ten Tournament, which will kick off next Sunday, will see Ohio State enter as the ninth and lowest seed in the tournament. Indiana has earned the No. 1 seed, clinching its first Big Ten title since 2010 after defeating Ohio State in Columbus on Wednesday night. The Badgers offense is driven mainly by a pair of talented freshmen forwards from Illinois, Andrew Akindele with three goals and four assists and Noah Melick with four goals and one assist. Wisconsin’s second-leading goal scorer is redshirt senior forward Isaac Schlenker, who has three goals on the year.In order for Ohio State to find the win column, its forward group, led by the team’s leading scorer, redshirt freshman forward Devyn Etling, and the team’s leader in shots taken, senior forward Michael Prosuk must have an impact on Sunday afternoon.“We have to keep moving forward, one thing I give these guys credit for is they battle. They battle, and they battle and they battle. Against Wisconsin we’ve got to find some goals,” Maisonneuve said. “Again, if we defend like we did [against Indiana], we’ll be successful, we just have to find some goals.”In goal for Ohio State, redshirt junior Parker Siegfried is coming off a brilliant performance against No. 2 Indiana on Wednesday. Siegfried secured a season-high seven saves as his play between the pipes kept Ohio State alive all night. “The good thing about this, although we didn’t get the result we wanted, I think we’re going to kind of have a lot of confidence rolling into Wisconsin on Sunday,” Siegfried said. His backline, which had a strong outing against Indiana must have a repeat performance to give Siegfried some support. After the match against Indiana on Wednesday, Siegfried said that relishing their role as an underdog helped them against the Hoosiers and he said he thinks it will help them against Wisconsin in the finale. “I just think accepting that underdog mentality and kind of running with it is huge for us,” Siegfried said. “And I think we did that [Wednesday night] and we gave it to them a little bit so I don’t think Indiana wants to play us here again in the Big Ten quarterfinals after that. If Indiana doesn’t want to play you, then Wisconsin probably doesn’t want to play you.”Between the pipes for Wisconsin is junior goalkeeper Dean Cowdroy has a 0.93 goals against average alongside a .776 save percentage. Siegfried, has a 1.89 goals against average and a .644 save percentage for Ohio State through its 16 matches this season. Ohio State and Wisconsin are scheduled to kick off at 4 p.m. on Sunday afternoon. read more

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Showman Trump taking over with poor rating

first_imgDonald TrumpDonald Trump made his name with opulent hotels and a dramatic reality TV show, but his inauguration on Friday as the 45th US president is shaping up as a more understated affair, with big names in entertainment staying away.Like those who came before him, Trump will take his oath on the steps of the US Capitol building and lead a parade down Pennsylvania Avenue, but there will be fewer official balls and less glitz and celebrity talent to welcome in the new president.Inaugurations have been star-studded affairs since 1941, when President Franklin Roosevelt held a gala with actors Charlie Chaplin, Mickey Rooney and other stars of the era, said Jim Bendat, a historian who has written a book on US inaugurations.But this year, several singers – including Elton John and Charlotte Church – declined invitations to perform at inaugural events. Trump, a New York businessman and former star of “The Apprentice” TV show, won with a populist platform that included promises to build a wall along the Mexican border, restrict immigration from Muslim countries and dismantle Obamacare.Broadway star Jennifer Holliday said yes to performing, but backed down after a backlash from fans.“You can’t really find precedent for that,” Bendat said in an interview.The Mormon Tabernacle Choir, singer Jackie Evancho and the Rockettes dancing troupe are among those slated to perform, although individual Rockettes will be allowed to opt out of performing if they so choose.Trump’s inaugural committee has said it is intentionally avoiding top entertainers.“We’re fortunate in that we have the greatest celebrity in the world, which is the president-elect,” Tom Barrack, inaugural committee chairman, told reporters at Trump Tower in New York last week.“So what we’ve done, instead of trying to surround him with what people consider A-listers, is we are going to surround him with the soft sensuality of the place,” Barrack said.Trump is slated to attend three official galas. Other modern inaugurations have had around 10 official balls, which the president and first lady would attend in rapid succession, typically dancing during each appearance.Then-President Bill Clinton held a record 14 balls during his 1997 inauguration, Bendat said.On Thursday, a series of choirs and marching bands will perform at the Lincoln Memorial, followed by a concert featuring country music star Toby Keith.Trump, who is entering office with unusually low approval ratings, has repeatedly pushed back against reports that his inauguration may be lacking in star power or have low attendance.“People are pouring into Washington in record numbers,” Trump said on Twitter on Tuesday. “Bikers for Trump are on their way. It will be a great Thursday, Friday and Saturday!”Officials expect about 800,000 spectators for the events – down from the estimated 1.8 million who flocked to Washington for Obama’s 2009 inauguration.Just 40 percent of Americans said they had a favourable view of Trump versus 55 percent who had an unfavourable view, according to a Gallup poll taken from Jan. 4 to Jan. 8.At a similar point before he took office in 2009, Obama was viewed favourably by 78 percent of Americans. Before taking office in 2001, President George W. Bush had a 62 percent favourable rating, according to the Gallup data.“What is most likely to distinguish Trump’s inauguration is the number of protesters,” said Brian Balogh, co-host of American history radio show BackStory.The National Parks Service has granted permits to protest for 27 groups. On Saturday, the National Mall will draw what organisers estimate will be about 200,000 people to a Women’s March to protest Trump.The Women’s March, which is expected to be the largest protest, is aimed at bringing attention to human and civil rights issues. Honorary co-chairs of the protest include activist Gloria Steinem and actor Harry Belafonte.last_img read more

Houston Hospitals Under Fire For Offering Fast Food

first_img Share Listen X 00:00 /02:14 Value the Meal campaignProtesters with Corporate Accountability International rallied outside Harris Health System on March 31 over the McDonald’s in Ben Taub.Two national groups have called on several Houston hospitals to remove fast-food chain restaurants from their grounds.One recent campaign by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine focused on Chik-fil-A. It says about 20 hospitals across the country have the franchise, and it launched an advertising and billboard campaign that parodied Chik-fil-A’s slogan, with white-coated doctors asking people to “Eat More Chickpeas.” One of the Houston billboards was on Alameda road, not far from the Texas Medical Center.“Many of the hospitals that host Chick-fil-As are in states with high rates of diet-related diseases, making hospitals part of the overall toxic food environment,” said Angie Eakin, M.D., in a statement. She also appears in the advertisements. “Hospitals should be fast-food-free, and patients should eat more chickpeas, vegetables, fruits, and other foods that can promote healing and prevent disease.” In Houston, there are two Chik-fil-A restaurants at MD Anderson, one at Texas Children’s, and one inside the Texas Medical Center administrative building.Another group, Corporate Accountability International, is focused on McDonald’s at healthcare institutions.  Taylor Billings, a Houston organizer for the group, criticized both Texas Children’s and Ben Taub hospital for having a McDonald’s.“To have two of the leading health institutions in Houston hosting the world’s most recognized junk food brand, it just doesn’t make any sense,” Billings said.  Billings organized a protest March 31 outside the headquarters of the Harris Health System on Holly Hall Street, by the Smith Clinic.  The group asked board members to get rid of the McDonald’s at Ben Taub hospital.Value the Meal campaignAzeen Anjum, a medical student at Baylor College of Medicine, speaks at the launch of the Houston campaign to remove fast food from local hospitals.The restaurant has the right to renew its lease until 2022. In addition, the contract with McDonald’s also gives a portion of the proceeds to a charitable foundation associated with Harris Health. The foundation uses the money for its programs, such as free vaccines and a mobile mammogram unit.“McDonald’s has been a very good partner for us throughout our association and affiliation,” said Harris Health’s CEO and president, George Masi.The foundation gets almost $11,000 a month from the McDonald’s, a spokesman said.Billings dismissed those payments as “kickbacks,” and said they were not unique to the Ben Taub location.“For McDonald’s this is high-impact marketing,” Billings said. “For them to keep a restaurant in a place of health is such an incredible marketing opportunity, and McDonald’s will do almost anything to keep that piece of real estate.”Masi pointed out that Ben Taub offers several dining options, not just McDonald’s.“Yes, hamburgers are their signature product line,” Masi said, “But they offer salads and diet drinks and juices, so it does provide for personal choice, and we do everything we can to educate our patients and staff about the importance of good nutrition and balanced diet and caloric intake.”Texas Children’s Hospital declined to release details of its contracts with McDonald’s or Chik-fil-A.A spokeswoman did say that by having a McDonald’s, the hospital can maintain communication with the company’s corporate leaders, and possibly work with them to help make changes that would impact children nationally, not just in Houston. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more

With Manufacturing Bootcamp Sagamore looks to Make Good

first_imgThe 16 men enrolled in Port Covington’s  Manufacturing Bootcamp represent the start of Sagamore Development’s promise to “make good.” Sagamore is seeking to deliver on a pledge to invest millions of dollars to support underserved citizens and communities in exchange for the unprecedented $660 million TIF passed by the Baltimore City Council for the Port Covington Project in fall 2016.Baltimore Mayor Catherine E. Pugh congratulates Bootcamp participants (Photo by Deborah Bailey)Baltimore City Mayor Catherine E. Pugh joined civic, corporate and community leaders to celebrate the Bootcamp with a tour and mini pep rally this week.  The Port Covington Manufacturing Bootcamp is a workforce development pre-apprenticeship program and the start of programs by the developer based on a $100 million agreement announced between the Baltimore government and community leaders in September 2016 requiring Sagamore Development to invest in job development and creation, moderate income housing and other community benefits.  “This is about the long game and I commend Sagamore Development and their partners for already delivering on promises made to help train, cultivate, develop and hire Baltimore¹s workforce,” Pugh told the partners gathered at the Foundery to support the program.  The Port Covington TIF was delayed for months while city council and community leaders worked with Sagamore Development’s leadership to craft the $100 million community benefits agreement insisted on by local citizen groups like BUILD and others in exchange for support of the $660 million TIF Sagamore development project.  The 16 participants represent the second class of Sagamore Development’s six-week career readiness program led by The Foundery, a workforce development hub at City Garage and the Center for Urban Families (CFUF) and co-sponsored by Whiting-Turner, and The Commercial Group.The Center for Urban Families serves as the connection point for men and women interested in the workforce readiness Bootcamp.   “What we do is on the front end.  We recognize that the Baltimoreans we serve may have various labor force impediments. “said Joseph T. Jones, founder, president and ECO of The Center for Urban Families. “They may have criminal backgrounds, little to no work experience, a checkered educational record. We support Bootcamp candidates with essential skills before determining eligibility for the program.”The second six-week Bootcamp began in early February and will be completed in March. Classes include woodworking, welding machinery, textiles and 3D printing.  Employers interact with participants throughout the course of the camp.  The eight men who completed the first program in January of this year were offered jobs immediately, according to Alicia Wilson, Sagamore Development’s vice president for community affairs. Wilson said that the Bootcamp model will continue to be refined and scaled-up until Sagamore Development meets the training and workforce development goals negotiated in the $100 million community agreement. “We’re starting now. We’re following through,” Wilson said.  “This is just the beginning.”last_img read more

Windows 7 Virtual XP Mode

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Microsoft made it clear about XPM’s purpose. “Windows XP Mode is specifically designed to help small businesses move to Windows 7,” Scott Woodgate, the director of Windows enterprise and virtualization strategy, said in a blog entry last Friday. Michael Cherry, an analyst with Directions on Microsoft stated; “I think that this will help the uptake for Windows 7, because it removes one more ‘gotcha, and that’s never a bad thing to do.” Microsoft sees XPM mode more as a safety net for users concerned about abandoning XP who don’t have access to the centrally-managed MED-V (Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization).Microsoft sees this has a smart and necessary move after the welcome users gave to Windows Vista. Microsoft feels that this will give business additional time to gear up to Windows 7 while still being able to run their old applications in XPM mode.Michael Silver, an analyst with Gartner Inc., sees some big draw backs to this temporary compatibility fix. “You’ll have to support two versions of Windows,” he said. “Each needs to be secured, anti virus , firewalled and patched. Businesses don’t want to support two instances of Windows on each machine. If a company has 10,000 PCs, that’s 20,000 instances of Windows.”Another big problem Silver foresees with XPM is that business may neglect the real problem of trying to make sure their applications are compatible with Windows 7. Silver went on to say: “This is a great Band-Aid, but companies need to heal their applications. They’ll be doing themselves a disservice if, because of XPM, they’re not making sure that all their applications support Windows 7.”Microsoft is extending the lifespan of Windows XP by offering it as a Windows 7 add-on, however there is no budget for support. Microsoft discontinued support for Windows XP two weeks ago and is only offering “extended” support through mid-April 2014.XPM will give some companies a false sense of security. What will happen in mid-April 2014 when XP isn’t supported anymore? Companies would be better off if they make all their applications run on Windows 7. Microsoft will be shipping a beta of XPM soon, but has not given a specific date to its availability. Windows 7 Release Candidate (RC) will be available to users of its MSDN and TechNet services on Thursday, and to the public on May 5.© PhysOrg.com Explore further What’s The Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 3 All Aboutcenter_img Citation: Windows 7 Virtual XP Mode (2009, April 28) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-04-windows-virtual-xp-mode.html (PhysOrg.com) — Microsoft has decided to give Windows 7 users a tool that will allow them to run Windows XP applications in a virtual machine. The tool is free with Windows 7 but will only be available to users of Windows 7 Professional, Ultimate and Enterprise Editions.last_img read more

June 5 2013The CARPETBAG BRIGADE BICULTURAL ROAD

first_imgJune 5, 2013The CARPETBAG BRIGADE BI-CULTURAL ROADSCHOW consists  of three main groups, acrobats with the ‘Carpetbag Brigade’, another group of acrobats from Nemcatacoa Teatro from Bogota Columbia, musicians with “Hojarasca” from Bogota Columbia and spoken word performer from ‘Verbo-Bala’.[The introduction of Sunday nights performance with the audience in the background on the Lab Building stairs, photo by Adam Cooper -Teran]All 20 people stayed here at Arcosanti for five weeks. It was wonderful to listen to the flutes and guitar of the ‘Hojarasca’ musicians, and to watch intense practice sessions on the ground and on stilts, in the amphitheater and the Vaults.There was a chance to get to know some of the people; the group helped with various activities [some on stilts], they volunteered in the kitchen with meal preparation, helped carry and mount the 16 foot scroll drawing back into the archives, helped with work in the archives and many other activities.[photo by Adam Cooper -Teran]The subject of Sunday nights performance “Dios de la Adrenalina” was the Cocaine Superhighway between Columbia and the USA, with focus on the pain experienced by communities at its opposite ends. It was an emotionally charged event and a highly skilled performance, enhanced by the spoken word of Logan Phillips. It was really an incredible performance.[photo by Adam Cooper -Teran]The group moved on to Prescott and will be part of ‘Tsunami on the Square’ line-up on 6/15/2013, then continue on to Flagstaff. Check their web-site at diosadrenalina.[photo by Adam Cooper -Teran]Thank you Adam Cooper -Teran for sharing your photos.Additional photos of this performance will be posted on Friday, 6/7/2013.last_img read more

Governor signs Rep Miller bill eliminating election loophole

first_img11Dec Governor signs Rep. Miller bill eliminating election loophole Categories: Miller News State representatives and senators who resign from office will not be allowed to run in the special election called to fill their seats after legislation introduced by state Rep. Aaron Miller was recently signed into law.Miller, who chairs the House Elections and Ethics Committee, said the legislation was drafted to close a loophole used by two former lawmakers during the 2015-16 legislative session.“The Legislature has the responsibility to oversee itself, and allowing a legislator who has resigned or been expelled to turn around and immediately run to fill vacant seat is just absurd,” said Miller, of Sturgis.Miller’s legislation clarifies that when an elected official resigns or is removed from legislative office, the resignation or removal remains in effect for the remainder of the term.“This is a simple bill,” Miller said. “It just clarifies that a resignation or expulsion remains in effect for the rest of the term. The next legislative session is a whole new ballgame, and the former legislator can run again at that time if they so choose.”House Bill 4208 is now Public Act 192 of 2017.###last_img read more

2 Transparency accountability operation of Exe

first_img2) Transparency, accountability & operation of Executive3) Petition of concern4) Rights, language and identity5) Sustainability, stability & operation of the institutionsIt is the first fully-fledged talks process since negotiations collapsed in February 2018.The North of Ireland has been without a devolved power-sharing government for more than two and a half years, after the DUP and Sinn Féin split in a bitter row over the cash-for-ash RHI scandal.There have been several failed talks processes since January 2017.Last month, the British and Irish governments agreed to convene a new set of talks from May 7 which they insist will be short and focused.In their statement issued after meeting the Stormont party leaders on Tuesday, they said Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and British Prime Minister Theresay May will review progress at the end of May.There will be the weekly round-table meeting involving party leaders and the working groups will deal with several key issues.They will be made up of three representatives from each of the five parties in the talks, and representatives from the British and Irish governments will advise them.Strand one will be chaired by the current head of the NI Civil Service David Sterling.The second strand will be overseen by Hugh Widdis, departmental solicitor and former assembly legal counsel.Strand three, which is regarded as toughest as it deals with rights/marriage and the Irish language, will be chaired by former culture department permanent secretary, Paul Sweeney.Ex-NI civil service boss Sir Malcolm McKibbin will look after Strand Four.And Strand Five will be led by the permanent secretary of finance, Sue Gray.Several parties at Stormont have called for the reform of the petition of concern mechanism – it is effectively a Stormont veto which the DUP used to block same-sex marriage.The talks were announced by the British and Irish governments after the murder of journalist Lyra McKee.At her funeral in St Anne’s Cathedral, politicians came under pressure to solve the Stormont impasse.The talks are beginning just days after council elections, which saw a surge of support for smaller parties not aligned to either unionism or nationalism.Irish and British governments set out talks plan in bid to break Stormont deadlock was last modified: May 7th, 2019 by John2John2 Tags: ShareTweet British Secretary Karen BradleydupIrish and British governments set out talks plan in bid to break Stormont deadlockSDLPSinn FeinSTORMONT HOUSEtalksTanaiste Simon Coveney The leaders of the five main parties at Stormont will also hold weekly meetings with the NI Secretary and Tanaiste (Irish deputy PM) to “take stock” and set the agenda.The talks involving the NI parties and governments got under way on Tuesday afternoon.The plans for the five strands are as follows: 1) Programme for Government SDLP leader Colum Eastwood addressing the press at Stormont as all party talks get underwayTHE British and Irish governments have set out details of how they intend to proceed with talks to restore Northern Ireland power-sharing.In a joint statement, they said a series of working groups would be set up to deal with key sticking points.last_img read more