Which Teams Future Is Brightest The Astros Or Dodgers

It’s not just Seager that has Dodgers fans drooling. Twenty-two-year-old rookie sensation Cody Bellinger launched 39 home runs and knocked 97 RBIs in 2017 to lead the Dodgers in both categories, and is a frontrunner for the NL Rookie of the Year award. LA also has 21-year-old left-handed starting pitcher Julio Urias, who missed much of 2017 with a shoulder injury, but is still one of baseball’s most promising talents. And there’s more. LA has one of the top-ranked minor-league systems in the game, so there are even more talented Dodgers to come. Which is likely why they opened the offseason as 2018 World Series favorites.Houston Astros (88.6 wins per season)2017 Elo Rating: 1575.0 (15th)2017 batting WAR: 36.5 (5th)2017 pitching WAR: 17.0 (42nd)2017 average age, batters: 28.8 (21st-youngest)2017 average age, pitchers: 28.5 (17th-youngest)For Houston, it’s been a completely different journey to the top. The Astros were really bad for more than half a decade, when they averaged an MLB-worst 69 wins between 2006 and 2014. But while the organization floundered at the major-league level, the Astros’ front office steadily stockpiled the organization’s minor-league system with high-ceiling talent through the draft and international free agency.In 2006, Houston signed a 16-year-old named Jose Altuve for just $15,000 — Altuve is now a three-time reigning AL batting champion. In 2009, they drafted Dallas Keuchel in the 7th round of the draft, and he went onto win the AL Cy Young award in 2015. Two years after that they drafted George Springer out of Connecticut, who this week was crowned World Series MVP. Then in 2012, the Astros selected shortstop Carlos Correa with the No.1 pick in the draft — this year Correa had the team’s second-highest Wins Above Replacement in the regular season.Put that all together and Houston had the largest WAR of any team in MLB from their homegrown players in 2017. They’ve done their time at the bottom, and now with their star trio leading the way, it’s Houston’s time to shine. Baseball’s best young shortstopsIn a player’s first three MLB seasons, most wins above replacement (WAR) while playing at least half of games at shortstop 21Phillies1470.926.526.612.213.179.3 20Braves1466.528.629.615.09.079.3 10Cardinals1514.628.028.124.114.682.8 5Yankees1570.728.727.628.824.085.8 11Brewers1510.527.328.118.217.882.7 1Arky Vaughan1932-3442917.3 10Cal Ripken, Jr.1981-8326812.5 7Nomar Garciaparra1996-9831813.8 4Cubs1546.026.630.826.915.587.5 Sources: Baseball-Reference.com, FanGraphs 1Dodgers1581.627.729.729.921.390.0 TEAMELO RATINGBATTERSPITCHERSBATTERSPITCHERSPREDICTED WINS/SEASON WAR is an average of the metrics found at FanGraphs and Baseball-Reference.Sources: Baseball-Reference.com, FanGraphs Which MLB teams have the brightest futures?Most predicted wins over the next five seasons, based on 2017 team characteristics 14Rangers1497.128.428.916.112.180.4 2Indians1596.728.129.127.632.589.2 9Charlie Hollocher1918-2032612.6 25Orioles1474.228.628.015.47.378.0 17Angels1512.829.929.217.412.679.9 15Royals1477.328.930.312.914.380.3 19Mariners1506.629.627.922.410.479.8 6Corey Seager2015-1731414.1 3Francisco Lindor2015-1741116.2 7Red Sox1549.927.328.419.222.884.8 12Rays1505.628.327.624.012.081.5 9Twins1509.827.129.726.58.484.1 29Giants1465.829.629.07.112.176.8 8Diamondbacks1534.428.328.319.425.884.1 5Rogers Hornsby1915-1720714.5 13Marlins1483.228.128.727.12.581.0 18White Sox1463.926.728.915.15.879.9 16Rockies1506.428.526.614.920.380.0 AVERAGE AGEWAR Of course, it’s also worth noting that although the Dodgers currently project for the most future wins of any current MLB team, the Astros rank third. Sandwiched in second place between the two World Series participants are the Cleveland Indians, who were upset in the ALDS by the New York Yankees but still had one of the most impressive seasons of any team in recent history. Across their entire roster, Cleveland was a little younger than either the Dodgers or Astros, so they should be a force to reckon with for the foreseeable future. Add in other up-and-coming teams (such as the Yankees) and old standbys (such as the Cubs), and 2017’s glut of good teams should continue into next season and beyond. 3Astros1575.028.828.536.517.088.6 26Padres1447.826.028.08.55.378.0 23Athletics1491.528.727.617.110.378.9 PLAYERYEARSGAMES AT SHORTSTOPWAR 22Reds1454.127.227.722.81.279.2 6Nationals1550.729.029.923.223.485.4 24Pirates1486.528.327.111.113.978.1 4Carlos Correa2015-1736015.0 8Glenn Wright1924-2642213.3 27Mets1460.329.127.318.67.777.6 2Johnny Pesky1942-4743316.8 30Tigers1442.929.728.413.69.876.8 28Blue Jays1496.631.128.99.317.577.5 Hope you didn’t get sick of the Astros and Dodgers, because you’re going to be stuck with them for a lot of Octobers to come. Based on our analysis of all MLB teams since 1988,1That’s when free agency truly began to reshape the way teams build following a period of collusion between owners. this year’s Astros and Dodgers each appear to have two of the brightest futures for any pair of World Series teams ever.Here’s how we figured that out. We gathered data on all MLB teams from 1988 to 2012 and tried to see which factors best predicted their win totals over the following five seasons. After testing different combinations,2Specifically, variable selection was performed using the Lasso. we found that five metrics emerged as significant predictors of a team’s future record: A team’s Elo rating through the end of the World Series (which contributed about 33 percent to a team’s future win projection); its batting wins above replacement (WAR)3Averaging together the versions found at Baseball-Reference.com and FanGraphs.com. (29 percent); its pitching WAR (13 percent); and the average ages — weighted by playing time — of its batters (6 percent) and pitchers (12 percent) — plus a bonus for making the World Series (7 percent).4Winning the World Series, while all sorts of fun, didn’t predict much for the years to come, after accounting for all this other stuff.Unsurprisingly, having a talented young core (especially on the hitting side) is a good ticket for a return trip to the World Series. After running the numbers for the final two teams standing this year, here’s how the Dodgers and Astros stack up against the other 56 World Series teams in our data set:Los Angeles Dodgers (90.0 wins per season)2017 Elo Rating: 1581.6 (11th)2017 batting WAR: 29.9 (18th)2017 pitching WAR: 21.3 (21st)2017 average age, batters: 27.7 (5th-youngest)2017 average age, pitchers: 29.7 (33rd-youngest)Despite losing to the Astros in Game 7 on Wednesday, LA appears to have the brighter future of this year’s World Series teams, albeit only just. The Dodgers are projected to win about 90 games per season for the next five years, but that’s nothing new to them. Since 2013, the Dodgers have averaged an MLB-best 95 wins per season and were twice denied a shot at the World Series. The bulk of this year’s production for the Dodgers has come from a mix of young phenoms and veteran stars. Turner, Clayton Kershaw and 23-year-old Corey Seager were the top three WAR contributors to the Dodgers. Seager has emerged as one of the premier players in the league and, with just three years of MLB experience to date, he ranks sixth all-time for the most WAR among shortstops in their first three seasons. Although he was up and down during the playoffs — he missed the NLCS with a back injury and hit just .237 in the postseason — Seager is one of the biggest reasons LA’s future looks so bright. read more

ASEAN leaders agree to work to resolve Rohingya crisis

first_imgRohingya refugees make their way to a refugee camp after crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmar border in Palong Khali, near Cox`s Bazar.File photo ReutersAustralia and its ASEAN neighbours vowed to boost defence ties while stressing the importance of non-militarisation in the disputed South China Sea Sunday at a summit where the “complex” Rohingya crisis took centre stage.Leaders from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, at the three-day meeting in Sydney, also agreed to work more closely to tackle the growing menace of violent extremism and radicalisation.But while a final communique noted a resolve to “protect the human rights of our peoples”, it failed to condemn member state Myanmar’s treatment of the Muslim-minority Rohingya.Nearly 700,000 Rohingya have fled the troubled Rakhine state for Bangladesh since authorities launched a brutal crackdown six months ago that the UN has called “ethnic cleansing”.Myanmar, whose de-facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi was in Sydney, has vehemently denied the allegations.“We discussed the situation in Rakhine state at considerable length today,” Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said at a closing press conference.“Aung San Suu Kyi addressed the matter comprehensively, at some considerable length herself,” he said.“It’s a very complex problem … Everyone seeks to end the suffering that has been occasioned by the events, the conflict.”Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, said the crisis was “a concern for all ASEAN countries, and yet ASEAN is not able to intervene to force an outcome”.Security threatTensions in the South China Sea remain a big worry for regional leaders, as Beijing continues to build artificial islands capable of hosting military installations-much to the chagrin of other claimants to the area.Vietnam remains the most vocal in the dispute with the Philippines backing off under China-friendly President Rodrigo Duterte. Taiwan, Malaysia and Brunei also have claims.Canberra and ASEAN reaffirmed “the importance of maintaining and promoting peace, stability, maritime safety and security, freedom of navigation and overflight in the region”, without naming Beijing.The leaders added they wanted to see an “early conclusion of an effective code of conduct in the South China Sea”.“We will uphold our commitment to the rules-based order and international law in the region, including the South China Sea,” stressed Turnbull.With China flexing its muscle, they also committed to enhancing “the scope and sophistication of defence cooperation”, while expressing “grave concern” about escalating tensions on the Korean peninsula.Day two of the summit on Saturday was devoted to counter-terrorism, with an agreement to work together to tackle extremism amid growing concern about the use of the “dark web”, or encrypted messaging apps, by terrorists to plan attacks.Fears have been heightened by jihadists now being forced out of Syria and Iraq with the Islamic State caliphate mostly crushed, and into other countries.Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak cited the flow of the displaced Rohingya as a potential new security threat, with desperate people more susceptible to radicalisation.Human rights issues were a key focus of protests during the summit, with thousands denouncing Aung San Suu Kyi, Cambodian strongman Hun Sen and Vietnam’s Nguyen Xuan Phuc, who are accused of oppression.With the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade pact, without the United States, now signed, Turnbull urged leaders to get behind a “high quality” Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership deal.Australia, the full ASEAN bloc, as well as China and India are among countries still negotiating that deal.Singapore’s Lee said there was hope it could be finalised this year.“This is a historic opportunity to establish the world’s largest trade bloc,” he said.ASEAN groups Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam, with Australia, a dialogue partner since 1974.last_img

Instability in media to be over soon Minister

first_imgHasan MahmudInformation minister Hasan Mahmud on Thursday said the instability in the media, especially in TV channels, over the insecurity of journalists’ jobs will be over soon as the government is taking various steps in this regard, reports UNB.”Since the prime minister has given me the charge of this [information] ministry, I have been working for ensuring the security of journalists and their jobs so that they can work independently. I’m putting in my best efforts to this end,” he said.The minister further said, “I’ll be able to do many things, if I get your (journalists’) cooperation. I’ve started working on some issues, especially ensuring your job security. If I can successfully do it, the current instability in the media, mainly in TV stations, will be over.”Hasan Mahmud came up with the remarks while speaking at an iftar mahfil arranged by Chittagong Division Journalists’ Forum, Dhaka (CDJFD) at the National Press Club.He said their ministry is also working for changing the Terms of Reference (ToR) of Journalist Welfare Trust to extend the areas of assistance.Mentioning that the number of newspapers, TVs and online portals has increased exponentially in the country, the minister said it is necessary to maintain the professional skills and excellence of journalists with the expansion of the media sector.Hasan Mahmud sought cooperation of journalists’ forums, including Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists (BFUJ) and Dhaka Union of Journalists (DUJ) and the National Press Club, in resolving the existing problems in the media sector.Former railways minister Mujibul Haque, prime minister’s special assistant lawyer Biplab Barua, Press Council chairman justice Mohammed Mumtaz Uddin Ahmed, Press Institute of Bangladesh (PIB) director general Zafar Wazed, Press Club senior vice president Omar Farroque, DUJ general secretary Sohel Haider Chowdhury and CDJFD president Mahmudur Rahman Khokon, secretary general Shahinul Islam Chowdhury, former DUJ general secretaries Quddus Afrad, Kazi Rafique, Jatiya Grantha Kendra director Minar Mansur and senior journalists were present at the event.last_img read more

2 Rohingyas among 5 killed in gunfights

first_imgGunfight IllustrationFive people, including two Rohingya men, were killed in what the law enforcement called separate incidents of ‘gunfights’ in Cox’s Bazar, Pabna and Jashore early Tuesday, reports UNB.In Cox’s Bazar, two Rohingya men were killed in an alleged gunfight with police on Marine Drive Road in Teknaf’s Shamlarpur area around 2:00am.The deceased were Azim Uddin, 22, son of Abdur Rahim, resident of number 23 Rohingya camp in Shamlarpur; and Abdus Salam, 52, son of Rahim Ali, resident of number 15 Rohingya camp in Jamtoli area of Ukhiya.A police team raided the area acting on a tip-off, said Pradip Kumar Das, officer-in-charge of Teknaf police station. As soon as the team reached the spot, the criminals opened fire, triggering a gunfight, the OC claimed.The two men were killed on the spot. Police recovered two firearms and five bullets from the spot, the OC said, adding that four policemen were also injured.In the Sadar upazila, Sayedul Mostafa Bulu, 44, son of Jahir Hazi, resident of Pahartoli area, was killed in a reported gunfight with police at Katapahar in the early morning.Police claimed that the man was a drug trader.Police recovered 400 yaba pills, a light gun and two cartridges from the spot, said Faird Uddin Khandaker, officer-in-charge of Sadar police station.Mostofa was accused in several cases, he said.In Pabna, Md Hafizur Rahman Titas, 38, a resident of Basher Bada village, was killed in a ‘gunfight’ with police in Sara Jhaudia area of Ishwardi upazila around 2:30am.Police claimed that Titas was a robber.Police arrested Titas from Piyarpur intersection and later, conducted a drive in the area around 2:30am to catch other members of the gang.The robbers opened fire as soon as police reached the place, triggering a gunfight.Titas received a gunshot wound to the chest when he tried to flee. He was taken to Ishwardi Upazila Health Complex where the physicians pronounced him dead.In Jashore, a man was killed in a gunfight with police on Jashore-Magura road in Nongarpur area around 3:00am, said Samir Kumar Sarker, officer-in-charge of Kotwali police station.Police claimed the deceased was robber.The identity of the deceased could not be known immediately.Police recovered a one-shooter gun, three bullets and several sharp weapons from the spot.last_img read more

I am really fed up with the paltry 17 increase i

first_imgI am really fed up with the paltry 1.7% increase in Social Security this year. How can that number be right when Medicare premiums were increased by almost three times as much? Sure, if Medicare premiums were the only thing going up, maybe that wouldn’t be so bad. But it seems like inflation is picking up far quicker than the official, government-reported numbers. I recently saw a photo of Congress with the caption, “Are you sure you want to move these 535 items to the recycle bin?” After looking at several surveys on Congressional approval ratings, I would say part of the problem is that too many are recycled. About 535 items should be dumped in the trash. Unfortunately, that’s not a realistic option. However, we can attack the sunny illusion and look at things as they really are. I am going to ask our readers for help this week in determining the true inflation rate you’re experiencing in daily life. The best way to find out what the real inflation number is ask our readers. Hopefully you will find it a bit fun, but it’s really an important first step toward looking at reality and taking charge of your financial future. Please take a moment after you’ve finished reading to complete our anonymous, one-question survey.What the Heck Is Inflation Anyway? One of my adult children recently asked me to define the word “inflation.” I went to my online dictionary, and here is what I found: in•fla•tion [ in fláysh’n ] Higher prices: an increase in the supply of currency or credit relative to the availability of goods and services, resulting in higher prices and a decrease in the purchasing power of money. OK, but what does that really mean? Well, if you’re working, hopefully your wages are keeping up with inflation so you’re not becoming poorer with each passing day. If you’re retired and no longer working, your overall portfolio must increase at a rate higher than the rate of inflation, or you are getting poorer each year. Imagine that you’d stuffed $1 million under a large mattress at the beginning of the year. Now, imagine that you lose 10% of your purchasing power. At the end of the year, that million would buy $100,000 less than it would have the previous year. The average American is having a tough time grasping just what is happening. Edward N. Wolff of New York University just released a study concluding that: “The median net worth of American households has dropped to a 43-year low as the lower and middle classes appear poorer and less stable than they have been since 1969.” We reached a similar conclusion on the effects of inflation on Social Security recipients in our recent article, Paul Revere, the Fearmonger. Hopefully both retirees and folks in the workforce are seeing their incomes go up. However, if inflation is rising at a faster rate, their buying power is going down. Increased income that creates the illusion of wealth can confuse a lot of us.What Is the Real Inflation Rate? OK, you’ve got the idea. So what is the true inflation rate and how does it affect you? The answer is, of course, “that depends.” Since the Federal Reserve was created in 1913, the value of the dollar – according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) – has declined by 95%. If $1.00 would buy 20 loaves of bread then, it would buy one loaf today. According to John Williams’ Shadow Government Statistics, if you calculate inflation the way the government did in 1980, the current inflation rate is 10%. If you calculate it the way the government did in 1990, it’s about 5.5%. And finally, ask any Social Security recipient what their cost of living adjustment was for this year’s check. It was 1.7% across the board. So take your pick, anywhere between the current government-reported 1.7% and the Shadow Government Statistics’ alternatives. Whatever the real number is, we know one thing for sure: Inflation is a way of life in America, and it erodes our true wealth. It is particularly devastating for seniors and savers who aren’t receiving regular wage increases. Why does the government continually manipulate the Consumer Price Index (CPI) numbers in its favor? Basically it is a hidden savings tax. It benefits borrowers by allowing them to pay back debts with much cheaper dollars. And who is the biggest borrower in the world? Why, the US government, of course. If you’d like to read more about the government’s incentives to manipulate the data in its favor, take another look at Paul Revere, the Fearmonger. So how can baby boomers and retirees fight back? During the Carter administration we experienced high inflation, but CDs and top-quality bonds also provided large interest income, allowing retirees to protect their buying power. Those options are not available today.Dennis Miller, “Restaurant Detective” How much do we really need to earn after taxes to maintain our wealth? First, let’s agree on the true rate of inflation, the true increase in the cost of living for Money Forever readers over the last year. It’s not an easy figure to pin down. For example, my favorite ice cream still costs the same, but the container is smaller. Sure, the grocery clerk adds the same amount to my bill, but my cost per spoonful has increased. That’s why I went back to our credit-card receipts to hunt down the facts. We frequent several local restaurants. (No, I do not get any compensation for mentioning them.) Let’s start with our local Bob Evans. Our bills for the last quarter of 2011 and 2012 were within a dime of each other. But this turned out to be a another example of hidden inflation, just like my ice cream. After my doctor and I had a “little talk,” I decided to get serious about dieting. Now we only order the “over 55” specials – you know, the ones on the back page of the menu. Yes, they are cheaper, but there’s also less food. The standard meatloaf dinner comes with two pieces of meatloaf; the senior special has only one. While we are spending the same amount, believe me, our portions are a lot smaller! Our local Hooters restaurant offers peel-and-eat shrimp sold by the pound. How much has our average bill increased? The answer is: 25.59%. A large portion of that is probably from increased labor costs, but that doesn’t really matter. I’m still paying more – a lot more! In most of the restaurants we frequent, Diet Coke and iced tea have gone up a quarter or more, which is also a double-digit price increase. As a friend mentioned recently, “Inexpensive dinners are getting more expensive.” I asked Vedran Vuk, our senior research analyst, to compare a few grocery staples, showing how much their prices have increased since 2006. The graph below shows what you likely already know to be true. We received quite a bit of feedback after publishing Paul Revere, the Fearmonger, but no one disagreed with the idea that our government is not telling the truth. Perhaps BLS, the acronym for the Bureau of Labor Statistics, should be shortened to “BS.” There may be some debate as to what the true inflation figure is, but no one believed it was 1.7%Time to Put In Your Two Cents Enough already with the government’s phony numbers! I’d like to hear from you – all of our readers in the retirement trenches. Then we can use that figure to better understand the investment challenges we face. Please take a moment to complete our anonymous, one-question survey, and check back next week for the results. There’s also a place to leave comments or share your own inflation experiences. If you really have a lot on your mind, please drop me an email. We have all worked hard for our money, making a lot of sacrifices as we built up our nest eggs. I dislike the idea of any government inflating its currency to avoid doing what we all have to do: not spend more than we make. What really frustrates me is the sneakiness, trying to hide the truth from the very public that keeps them in power. This is not a Democrat/Republican issue; politicians on both sides of the aisle are guilty. Inflation is like carbon monoxide to seniors and savers. If the alarm doesn’t go off in time, we’ll be in real trouble. We want to keep you informed and help you confront the investment challenges head-on. We can all make our nest eggs last and hopefully leave some for the next generation, but first we have to see the monster for what it is. Stay tuned…On the Lighter Side I read an article last week on how retirement savings accounts are drawing the attention of the US Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The article points out that Americans hold $19.4 trillion in retirement assets. The author wrote: “The bureau’s core concern is that many Americans, notably those from the retiring Baby Boom generation, may fall prey to financial scams, according to three people briefed on the CFPB’s deliberations who asked not to be named because the matter is still under discussion.” When I read articles that suggest the government needs to protect us from scams, etc. by requiring we invest a portion of our retirement savings with the government itself, it really infuriates me. Isn’t the government running its own scam by tweaking inflation statistics? The government needs to keep their paws out of our retirement money.  They will get it soon enough through estate taxes. This kind of thing drives me nuts! —- Congratulations to the 49ers and the Ravens who are playing in the Super Bowl. How cool is it that two brothers are the head coaches of opposing teams in the biggest game of the year? Their father was also a successful football coach; I cannot imagine just how proud their entire family must be. Why do I suspect that both brothers are quite familiar with each other’s trick plays? And finally… Many thanks to our dear friend Toots who keeps us supplied with cool things to lighten the mood. Here are some she titled “Punography.” What do you call a dinosaur with an extensive vocabulary? A thesaurus. On a class trip to the Coca-Cola factory: I hope there’s no pop quiz. I wondered why the baseball was getting bigger. Then it hit me! All the toilets in New York’s police stations have been stolen. Police have nothing to go on. And my favorite… I used to think I was indecisive. Now I’m not so sure. Until next week…last_img read more

Scratch another Guinea worm hot spot off the list

first_imgScratch another Guinea worm hot spot off the list.One of the countries hardest hit with the parasite — South Sudan — has finally stopped transmission, the Carter Center announced Wednesday.The country reported zero cases in 2017 and hasn’t had a case in 15 months. There are also no signs Guinea worm is circulating in dogs in South Sudan, as it is in Chad and Mali.”I come from an area that had the most Guinea worm,” South Sudan’s Minister of Health, Dr. Riek Gai Kok, said at a news conference. “I never thought — even one time — that the area would be free of Guinea worm, let alone all of South Sudan would be.””But today that dream has come true,” he added.The international effort to eradicate Guinea worm has been a huge success. Back in the mid-’80s, more than 3 million people were catching the parasite each year. Now Guinea worm is circulating in only three countries: Ethiopia, Mali and Chad. Last year, there were only 30 human cases worldwide.But to eradicate the worm, health workers also have to stop transmission in animals. Last year, there were nearly a thousand cases in dogs and cats in Chad and Mali.Guinea worm is a horrific infection. First, a painful blister starts to form on the skin. Then a thin, white worm — up to 3 feet long — emerges from the blister over the course of a few weeks. It is an incredibly painful process and temporarily handicaps a person while he or she waits for the worm to come out of the skin.People catch Guinea worm by drinking contaminated water. Simply filtering drinking water can stop transmission of the parasite. An infected person can also stop the spread of the parasite by keeping the emerging worm away from water. When the worm touches water, it releases tens of thousands of baby worms and contaminates the whole body of water.Back in 2006, South Sudan reported more than 20,000 cases, making it the third hardest hit country in the world. Only Nigeria and Uganda had reported higher annual cases, at about 650,000 and 126,000, respectively.”This an incredible story, given all of the challenges that South Sudan has faced, especially the ongoing conflict,” says Dr. Sharon Roy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, who leads an international team working on Guinea worm eradication.Former President Jimmy Carter has led a massive campaign to eradicate the worm. “I’d like for the last Guinea worm to die before I do,” he told reporters.Sudan was especially challenging. Civil war has plagued the region since the 1960s. To begin the eradication program in the area, Carter had to negotiate a special “Guinea worm cease-fire” back in 1995. And just a few years ago, the Carter Center had to evacuate its staff from the country because of violence.”If South Sudan can stop Guinea worm, Chad can do it. Mali can do it. Ethiopia can do it, too,” Roy says. “It’s really an amazing accomplishment.” Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

PayPal Sues Pandora Over Logo Similarities

first_imgLawsuits 131shares May 23, 2017 With our attention spans now measured in seconds, service branding and protection of a brand is becoming ever more important. With that in mind, online payments service PayPal is suing music streaming service Pandora over its logo design being far too similar to its own.According to Billboard, PayPal believes Pandora’s use of a light blue “P” logo is causing confusion among consumers and apparently has the evidence to back it up. A letter was initially sent to Pandora by PayPal, which the company claims was ignored. Then PayPal spoke directly with Pandora over the phone, but Pandora did not recognize the branding confusion PayPal was talking about. Finally, a 110-page document was sent to Pandora containing examples of customer confusion, mostly taken from social media comments.Here’s one such example included in the lawsuit document (PDF):Pandora then ended the discussion and PayPal decided the only way forward was to bring a trademark infringement lawsuit against the company. That lawsuit was filed on Friday, May 19, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. PayPal is seeking legal costs, damages and for Pandora to stop using its current “P” logo design. Pandora is not commenting publicly on the dispute at this time.As you can see from the two logos above, they are similar, but still relatively distinct. However, you have to consider how small these logos appear in icon form on devices such as smartphone displays. You could easily mistake one for the other. PayPal has time on its side in this lawsuit. The PayPal “double P” logo was introduced in 2014, where as Pandora rolled out its “P” design in October 2016. 2 min read Image credit: via PC Mag This story originally appeared on PCMag Matthew Humphries Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Businesscenter_img PayPal Sues Pandora Over Logo Similarities Add to Queue Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Next Article PayPal claims Pandora ignored 110 pages of examples showing how its logo is causing consumer confusion. Senior Editor Register Now »last_img read more

Very Unattractive People Earn Significantly More Money Study Says

first_img April 23, 2018 This story originally appeared on Business Insider Writer Entrepreneurs Add to Queue –shares Next Article Image credit: Halay Alex/Shutterstock via BI Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Businesscenter_img Lindsay Dodgson 2 min read Very Unattractive People Earn Significantly More Money, Study Says It’s no secret that life can be easier for beautiful people. Studies have shown being good-looking has benefits for your health, intelligence and helps with making friends.Being physically attractive can also literally pay off, as many people believe it can mean you make more money. In short, beautiful people are more confident, have more social skills and are seen as more able by employers, which translates to higher wages.However, a recent study, published in the Journal of Business and Psychology, has found there is a caveat to this “beauty premium.”Satoshi Kanazawa from the London School of Economics and Political Science and Mary Still from the University of Massachusetts in Boston analysed data from a study of 20,000 young Americans. They were interviewed and measured on physical attractiveness at age 16 then three more times until they were 29.The findings showed that the theory there is a “ugliness penalty” on wages isn’t that simple. When other traits were taken into account, such as health and intelligence, results showed people who were more conscientious, extroverted and less neurotic earned significantly more than others.Also, participants who were labeled as “very unattractive” always earned more than those who were just “unattractive.” This was also sometimes the case when very unattractive people were compared to those who were average-looking and attractive.Alex Fradera offers an explanation for this in BPS Digest. He said the personality trait “Openness to Experience” may have been surprisingly correlated with lower earnings and higher attractiveness in this particular data set, when it is usually associated with higher pay.”Could this Openness-attractiveness association be an indicator that some of the very unattractive scored especially low on Openness, and were perhaps highly devoted to a specific topic area, pursuing it obsessively to the exclusion of all distractions and eventually entering the forefront of their field?” he wrote. “We know that Openness correlates negatively with the passion component of ‘Grit,’ so such effects are conceivable.”Still said the methods of previous studies may not have accounted for the really ugly people because the “very unattractive” and “unattractive” are often lumped in together in one group.”Thereby they fail to document the ugliness premium enjoyed by the very unattractive workers,” she said. Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Beautiful people arguably have an easier life — they’re happier, healthier, and have more friends. But a new study turns this theory on its head. Register Now »last_img read more

Make Your Car an Office on Wheels

first_img February 1, 2006 Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Belkin MediaPilot:Three-piece wireless USB keyboard; built-in mouse pad can be programmed to control software applications and audio/video devices. Street price: $100 6 min read Mike Hogan Next Article –shares Add to Queue This story appears in the February 2006 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Make Your Car an Office on Wheels Lind Electronics Power Conversion:Auto adapters for mobile electronics. Street price: Varies depending on manufacturer Mini-box.com VoomPC:VIA C3 processor-based PC uses your car’s power supply for Windows-compatible storage, bus and wireless connectivity. Street price: $299 to $399 In the CarportAs cellular providers build out their 3G networks by year-end and more hardware vendors exploit that availability, you’ll also be able to wander as widely as Coffey. You can already find 400Kbps-to-700Kbps service in more than 200 metro areas, with 100Kbps–plus speeds pretty much everywhere in between. Bandwidth will increase and prices will fall next year as Mobile WiMAX (802.16e) and other multi-megabit-per-second networks like Flash/OFDM come into their own.Your telecomputing gear won’t need to change much. At most, you may want laptop, phone or printer/fax/copier versions that fit your car’s ergonomics and connectivity options–or maybe accessories that make it easier to dock and undock your tools as you dash in and out of your mobile office. The other necessary piece of equipment is a short-range wireless network in and around your car.You may soon see more Wi-Fi/3G router combinations. But fully half of all automobile brands are already building 1Mbps Bluetooth connectivity into at least some of their models, says Phil Magney, co-founder and principal analyst of Telematics Research Group, a research and data firm in Minneapolis. Carmakers have long design cycles, and Bluetooth was settled on before the arrival of 480Mbps Wireless USB. But Bluetooth is fast enough to connect digital entertainment systems to widely available Bluetooth-enabled phones and computers, says Magney.New models let you voice-dial a docked cell phone or choose a number from an automatically synced contact list in your car’s entertainment system. Incoming calls automatically mute music on the radio and can be answered using a steering wheel button. In-dash information displays are designed for safe access to in-vehicle communications and navigation systems. At some point, maps, directions and various menu options could be transparent images on your windshield. GPS-based navigation is on its way to becoming standard automobile equipment, says Magney, as are satellite radio and connections to iPods and other MP3 players.By the way, if you’re driving a late-model car, you’re already piloting a computer on wheels that electronically controls braking, steering and other major systems. Digital entertainment systems are adding DVDs, LCDs, and magnetic and flash drives to the cabin. This time next year, says Magney, we’ll see car-top antenna packages with various combinations of “cellular, GPS, Wi-Fi and WiMAX-you name it.”We really don’t have that far to travel before your car will be outfitted just about as well as your office or home. Keep your business rolling by making your car an office on wheels. Road Requirements In the Carport Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Magazine Contributor Does it feel like you spend more time in your car than in your office? You’re not alone–even if you don’t carpool. A recent wide-ranging study by The Dieringer Research Group revealed that almost 21 million Americans work in their automobiles. It’s not really surprising when you consider how many of America’s 135 million workers have outbound jobs–salespeople, client-services providers and entrepreneurs in particular. Work pressures being what they are, we’ve long turned on everything from cell phones to laptops to get a little jump on work outside work. We download e-mail, spruce up presentations and, of course, make lots of client calls while we’re gridlocked.ITAC, the Telework Advisory Group for WorldatWork, calls this “embracing telework”–the new way to describe our decades-old love affair with telecommuting. Not only are a third of us working at home these days, but we’re also “mobile working” in planes, trains and automobiles. More than 15 million of us can even be found working at parks and other recreational sites from time to time, according to ITAC, whose web address pretty much says it all: www.workingfromanywhere.org .Whether the prospect of more places to work makes you glad or sad, the direction is clear. The continuous stream of laptops, cell phones and all things portable has left us pretty well outfitted. The only thing missing is a place to plug them in–and I’m not talking about an AC power outlet. Most new cars are equipped with outlets for electronics, and there are plenty of aftermarket add-ons (see ” Road Requirements “). The thing that will take mobile working to the next level is a broadband internet onramp–and a wireless one is just around the corner.Consider the workstyle of 50-year-old yacht broker Berny Coffey, founder of WME Yachts Ltd. in Alexandria Bay, New York. Coffey’s office is wherever he parks his car–and it needs to be, because business keeps him traveling to marinas and boat shows six months a year. Coffey actively manages a network of 35 brokers around the world, with annual sales of almost $50 million.Besides the usual telecomputing quiver, Coffey’s key piece of equipment is a WavBoard wireless router from Omniwav Mobile. Easily mounted in a glove compartment or trunk, WavBoard connects Coffey to Verizon Wireless’ EV-DO network at 400Kbps or better, and it connects his laptop and printer/copier to the internet over Wi-Fi.Coffey carries the portable WavBoard into boat shows and marinas, where he often gives prospective buyers continents away a live videocam tour of a yacht while chatting over Skype’s toll-free phone service.”I was in Florida when Hurricane Wilma hit,” recounts Coffey, “and my brokers couldn’t tell we were without electricity or phones for seven days because I never missed a beat. If my cell phone wouldn’t work somewhere, VoIP would.” OmniWav Mobile WavBoard:Cellular/Wi-Fi router downloads at 144Kbps to 700Kbps or faster over Verizon’s EV-DO/1xRTT network. Street price: $979; $60 monthly for cell service.Mike Hogan is Entrepreneur’s technology editor. Technology Kensington Technology Group Laptop Desktop USB:Docking platform displays laptop at eye level; 4 USB 2.0 ports maintain connections to keyboard, mouse, printer and wireless devices. Street price: $80 Register Now »last_img read more

Senate panel makes surprisingly fast work of surprise medical bills package

first_imgReviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Jun 26 2019It may seem as if the Senate, or at least certain key senators, have decided on a way forward to fix the nation’s “surprise medical bill” problem. But make no mistake: The door is still open to try another solution.Members of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee approved a sweeping measure Wednesday that tackles a range of big-ticket health care concerns. The 196-page bill touches nearly every aspect of the health care industry, from lowering the price of prescription drugs and creating a national database of health care costs, to increasing vaccine rates and preventing youth tobacco use.One thing the bill specifically does not deal with: the insurance market and the Affordable Care Act, which could be why the massive package was voted out of the committee in just over two hours with little debate. The Lower Health Care Costs Act of 2019, sponsored by HELP Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.), the top Democrat on the panel, sailed through with a bipartisan 20-3 vote.”You don’t have to preach the whole Bible in one sermon,” said Alexander as he described his panel’s action. “We picked out one important thing: reducing health care costs.”Still, just because the first hurdle has been cleared doesn’t mean there’s room for speculation about what could happen between now and when it reaches the Senate floor. Alexander said he’s hoping the bill will be voted on before the Senate leaves Aug. 2 for a monthlong recess.The smooth hearing capped a busy few weeks, as senators debated the mechanism that would be used to stop surprise medical bills — the unexpected and often costly charges patients face when they get care from a doctor or hospital not in their insurance network.An earlier draft of the bill outlined three options to solve disputes between payers and providers. There was an in-network guarantee, where all of the health care providers at a hospital — whether the anesthesiologist or lab — must accept in-network insurance rates.Another option, often referred to as baseball-style arbitration, would have the health plan and the doctor — if they couldn’t reach an agreement on reimbursement — present to an independent arbitrator their best offers for how much a patient’s out-of-network care should cost. The arbitrator would choose between the two.But another approach — benchmarking — ultimately made it into the formal draft. Here’s how it works: When patients are seen by doctors who aren’t in their network, the insurer would pay the providers the “median in-network rate,” meaning the rate would be similar to what the plan pays other doctors in the area for the same procedure.At the markup hearing Wednesday, Alexander said he initially preferred one of the other approaches, the in-network guarantee, but changed his mind when the Congressional Budget Office said benchmarking would save more money.A group of senators on the panel led by Sens. Bill Cassidy (R-La.), Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) voted for the chairman’s choice, even though they had advocated for arbitration. Cassidy made clear he continues to have reservations.Related StoriesUM scientists receive $3.3 million NIH contract to develop opioid addiction vaccineNew shingles vaccine reduces outbreaks of painful rash among stem cell transplant patientsNanotechnology-based compound used to deliver hepatitis B vaccine”This is entirely for the insurance companies,” he said of benchmarking. “I’m surprised that my colleagues on the other side of the aisle running for president are OK with this.”Neither of the two Democratic senators on the committee running for president, Sens. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.) and Bernie Sanders (Vermont), were present but both voted no by proxy.But it is also not an entirely settled issue.Cassidy and Alexander indicated that the door was still open to including independent arbitration before the package gets to the floor.”We’re going to keep working on that the next three or four weeks. There are clearly opportunities to improve the bill and move in the direction Sen. Cassidy wants to go,” Alexander told reporters after the hearing.At the markup hearing Wednesday, the committee took a step toward Cassidy’s preferred vision for fixing surprise bills. It passed an amendment from Cassidy that would require insurance companies to post accurate lists of who is in-network, so patients have a better chance of avoiding surprise bills.”This bill is not as good as it should be,” Cassidy said. “And I thank the chairman because he has offered to work between now and floor consideration on the surprise bills.”The only other amendment approved by the panel, offered by Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), would require drug companies to report price increases.And despite Alexander saying early on that he didn’t want to talk about the individual insurance market or the ACA, some Democrats couldn’t let the opportunity pass without mentioning Republican efforts to undermine it.”Repairing the train can only get you so far if you are pulling up the track at the same time — and that’s unfortunately exactly what this administration is doing,” Murray said in her opening statement. “The biggest threat to families’ health care continues to be sabotage from President Trump.” This article was reprinted from khn.org with permission from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Kaiser Health News, an editorially independent news service, is a program of the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonpartisan health care policy research organization unaffiliated with Kaiser Permanente.last_img read more

Ferrari says most of its cars will be hybrid by 2022

first_img “By 2022, nearly 60 percent of the models we produce will be built around hybrid powertrains,” new CEO Louis Camilleri said at the company’s Maranello headquarters.The company known for its low-slung aerodynamic sports cars will also launch its first SUV—Purosangue—after the end of the current business plan in 2022.Gas-guzzling Ferraris are faced with more and more anti-emission regulations around the world, as well as increasingly environmentally aware would-be owners.Ferrari stock tumbled 8 percent in August as investors wondered if the company could stay on track for its profit targets after the death of historic boss Sergio Marchionne.Announcing the SUV, former Philip Morris boss Camilleri said he initially abhorred the idea.”It just does not sit well with our brand and all that it represents,” he admitted, but insisted that the new design will “redefine expectations”. Most of the cars made by Ferrari will be hybrid petrol-electric by 2022, the Italian sports car manufacturer said on Tuesday, including its first SUV. 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. Explore further Fiat Chrysler board meets in light of CEO’s surgerycenter_img Going hybrid © 2018 AFP Citation: Ferrari says most of its cars will be hybrid by 2022 (2018, September 18) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-09-ferrari-cars-hybrid.htmllast_img read more

Huntsman Spider Devours Possum in Viral and Terrifying Photos

first_img In Photos: The Amazing Arachnids of the World In Australia — where else? — a large spider recently demonstrated the dominance of arachnids over puny mammals, as it chowed down on an unfortunate pygmy possum. Southern Tasmania resident Justine Latton shared her husband’s photos of the gruesome meal on June 14 in the Facebook group Tasmanian Insects and Spiders. He captured the images at a lodge in Tasmania’s Mount Field National Park while doing light repair work, Latton said yesterday (June 18) on the radio program “Tasmania Talks.” Members of the Facebook group identified the arachnid as a huntsman (also known as a giant crab spider); these large, long-legged spiders in the Sparassidae family live all over Australia. In the photo, the huntsman hangs head-down from a door hinge and grips its prey by the neck. The dead marsupial — which appears to be a pygmy possum, according to commenters — dangles limply from the huntsman’s mandibles. [In Photos: A Tarantula-Eat-Snake World]Advertisement The animal commonly known as a possum in North America (actually an “opossum,” which belongs to a different order) can grow to be as big as a cat; were that the case here, the spider would easily be the size of a large dinner plate. But pygmy possums (Cercartetus lepidus) are the smallest possums in the world, measuring about 2 to 3 inches (5 to 7 centimeters) long and weighing about 0.2 ounces (7 grams), according to Tasmania’s Parks and Wildlife Service. On average, a huntsman spider’s leg span can reach up to 6 inches (15 cm), while their bodies measure about 0.7 inches (2 cm) long, the Australian Museum reported. Eight-eyed huntsman spiders in the Sparassidae family deliver venomous bites with their sharp fangs, paralyzing small prey. Credit: Courtesy of Justine Latton Goliath Birdeater: Images of a Colossal Spider Originally published on Live Science.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeVikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 min and see why everyone is addicted!Vikings: Free Online GameUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoKelley Blue Book2019 Lexus Vehicles Worth Buying for Their Resale ValueKelley Blue BookUndoGundry MD Total Restore SupplementU.S. Cardiologist: It’s Like a Pressure Wash for Your InsidesGundry MD Total Restore SupplementUndoLivestlyThe List Of Dog Breeds To Avoid At All CostsLivestlyUndoThe Legacy ReportMan Who Called NVIDIA Rise Makes New 5G PredictionThe Legacy ReportUndo In Photos: Tarantulas Strut Their Stuff Latton’s husband was conducting repair work at the lodge when he noticed the spider lurking on the door just above his co-worker’s head, Latton told “Tasmania Talks.” The two captured the spider in an empty ice-cream container and released the huntsman outside the lodge; the arachnid skedaddled and left its possum meal behind, Latton said. Huntsman spiders are ambush predators, and they use their large and powerful fangs to deliver venomous bites. Spiders are commonly thought to suck the liquids from their prey; in reality, they vomit digestive fluid onto their meals, chew the saturated flesh and then slurp up the dissolved nutrients, Rod Crawford, curatorial associate of arachnids at the Burke Museum in Seattle, wrote on the museum website. Huntsman spiders’ usual prey includes many types of insects, reptiles and even other spiders. But it shouldn’t come as a surprise that small mammals are also occasionally on the menu. Numerous spider species worldwide are known to eat bats, and researchers recently recorded the first evidence of tropical spiders preying on mouse opossums, in the Peruvian Amazon, Live Science previously reported. Amazon Spiders Hunt Frogs, Fish, Lizards…And MammalsFor small animals in the tropics, spiders and their arthropod cousins are responsible for “a surprising amount of death,” scientists say.Volume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Better Bug Sprays?01:33 facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.livescience.com/65746-possum-eating-spider-australia.html?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0001:0601:06Your Recommended Playlist01:33Better Bug Sprays?01:08Why Do French Fries Taste So Bad When They’re Cold?04:24Sperm Whale Befriends Underwater Robot00:29Robot Jumps Like a Grasshopper, Rolls Like a Ball00:29Video – Giggly Robot02:31Surgical Robotics关闭 last_img read more