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first_imgThe winner of the contest will be announced on Monday, March 19th at 11:00 a.m. local time on CBC Radio One’s q. DAWSON CREEK, B.C. — Dawson Creek-based Scarlet Sway was announced yesterday as one of the Top 10 finalists in the CBC Music 2018 Searchlight contest.The group, which has performed at Northern GrooveFest, CanolaFest, and GrizFest in addition to a number of other local music venues, made the Top 10 after placing in the top five for number of votes out of the Top 100 that were announced last week. Searchlight is an annual competition by CBC Music to discover up-and-coming musicians from across the country, with the winner partaking in a residency at the National Music Centre in Calgary, as well as getting to perform at JUNOFest 2019.Scarlet Sway is joined in the Top 10 by two other bands from B.C.: Vancouver-based The Kwerks who also placed in the top five for votes, and Victoria-based Fallbrigade which was chosen among the other five on the list by CBC Music producers. The contest’s panel of judges, which includes Universal Music Canada V.P. Kristen Burke and Juno Awards President and CEO Allan Reid, will now decide which of the Top 10 artists will be the ultimate winner of Searchlight 2018.last_img read more

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Rabat – Police at the Mohammed V International Airport in Casablanca have arrested arrested a 51-year-old Chinese woman, who was under an international arrest warrant filed by the French judicial police for kidnapping.A statement from the General Directorate of National Security (DGSN), said that the police arrested the suspect on Monday.The Moroccan police arrested the suspect upon her arrival from Abu Dhabi. She was the subject of an Interpol red notice after being convicted in absentia by the French court for kidnapping her minor son, who she took out of France without the  permission of her ex-husband.Police put the suspect in custody for further investigation, pending the extradition procedure.The arrest is part of the DGSN services to reinforce international cooperation mechanism in security.Throughout the year, Moroccan police arrested a number of suspects under international arrest warrants. The latest operation took place in Marrakech on May 11, when DGSN members arrested a Danish national.The 30-year old suspect was arrested for his involvement in a fraud.In addition to its action against international wanted suspects, Morocco is also involved in several counter-terrorism projects in collaboration with the international community.Moroccan law enforcement is also working with international bodies on operations including tracking suspects involved in undocumented migration networks, and the fight against illegal psychotropic drug traffickers. read more

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MONTREAL — Growth in the number of passengers Air Canada carries could prompt it to order more narrow-body aircraft from Boeing and Bombardier, the airline said.The country’s largest carrier has placed firm orders for 61 Boeing 737 Max and 45 Bombardier C Series jets, but the number of aircraft was based on its requirements in 2013.Air Canada also has options and rights to purchase 48 more Boeing planes and an additional 30 CS300 aircraft to give it more flexibility to meet increased demand.“So obviously there is some pretty great opportunities there to expand that and exercise more, but obviously it won’t affect 2018 in any fashion,” CEO Calin Rovinescu said Wednesday as the airline posted record quarterly revenue and profits.The first two Boeing 737 Max planes will arrive this year and 16 more by next June. The remaining aircraft are scheduled to be delivered through 2021.Delivery of the first C Series jets are slated to be added for late 2019, through 2022.The comments came as Air Canada (TSX:AC) reported a third-quarter profit of $1.79 billion or $6.44 per diluted share, boosted by a one-time $793-million tax recovery. That compared with a profit of $768 million or $2.74 per diluted share in the same quarter last year.On an adjusted basis, Air Canada earned $950 million or $3.43 per diluted share in the quarter, up from $821 million or $2.93 per diluted share in the third quarter of 2016.Meanwhile, revenue in the quarter ended Sept. 30 totalled $4.88 billion, up from $4.45 billion on a large growth in business cabin revenues and the carrying of a record 14 million passengers.Passenger traffic was up 8.8 per cent compared with the same quarter last year, while passenger revenue per available seat mile increased 0.4 per cent.Rovinescu said that expressions of interest from bank and non-bank financial institutions wanting to become a credit card partner for its new loyalty program will be submitted by year-end with a request for proposals coming in early 2018.“There has been a tremendous amount of interest from the financial community,” he said.The airline served notice in May that it does not plan to renew its partnership with Aeroplan parent Aimia (TSX:AIM) when the current contract ends. Aeroplan used to be a division of Air Canada before it was spun off as part of its restructuring.Air Canada has invited key financial institutions to participate in bids to join the launch of the program on July 1, 2020.Rovinescu added that Air Canada has also been approached by several technology companies interested in a separate request for proposal, or RFP, that will also be issued early next year. read more

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This is an excerpt from “The Only Rule Is It Has to Work: Our Wild Experiment Building a New Kind of Baseball Team” by Ben Lindbergh, a writer for FiveThirtyEight, and Sam Miller, the editor in chief of Baseball Prospectus. (The book was published this week by Henry Holt and Co.) In the summer of 2015, Lindbergh and Miller took over the baseball operations department of an independent-league team in California, the Sonoma Stompers, putting their sabermetric beliefs to the test with actual professional players. As spring training approached, they compensated for their lack of connections, tight budget and even tighter time frame by using statistics to scour the country for overlooked talent.As proud as we are of our Baptista heist, Sam and I still want to prove that we can find players who wouldn’t have been blips on the Stompers’ screen without us. What we want is a source of talent that the other teams in the Pacific Association aren’t already mining: a good, old-fashioned market inefficiency, like the one the Oakland A’s exploited in the “Moneyball” era when they targeted players with high on-base percentages, or the one the Tampa Bay Rays leveraged years later, when they realized that their opponents’ emphasis on power bats made it easier to sign players with good gloves at a discount. The problem is that inefficiencies like these are increasingly difficult to find.What sets us apart from our competitors in the Pacific Association, and theoretically gives us an edge, isn’t our meager budget, our nonexistent network of contacts in the indy-league grapevine, or our untested scouting skills. It’s our ability to find the significance in statistics, either on our own or through our relationships with the leading lights of the sabermetric community, who can crunch numbers in extremely sophisticated ways. We could search for wrongly released players by sifting through last season’s stats from the minors and upper-level indy leagues, but that method wouldn’t be the best use of our time. Players who’ve had any recent success at higher levels won’t want to sign with us until they’ve exhausted all their other options, which might mean waiting until midseason. For now, we need to aim lower. Baseball has a caste system, and at our level we’re trafficking in Untouchables. Although Chris promises results soon, it takes him some time to deliver. That’s understandable — we aren’t paying him, and plenty of others are — but as the days stretch into weeks, I start torturing myself by checking his Twitter feed a few times a day to see what else he’s working on. He’s a sports polymath (emphasis on the math), and he’s on an NCAA volleyball analytics kick. Thanks to a little light stalking, I learn a lot about the best volleyball schools, but Sam and I are no closer to building a baseball team. I send emails asking for updates at what I deem to be socially acceptable intervals. Finally, one of them works. The long-awaited rankings arrive.Chris cautions me that “99.9 percent of the talent is sucked away in the draft,” but I can almost hear the heavenly choir as my cursor hovers over the file. That remaining 0.1 percent could be the key to the Stompers’ season. I open the list of all players, create another spreadsheet of players who did get drafted, and filter the latter from the former, leaving only the undrafted guys. (When our story gets made into a movie, the spreadsheet-opening montage will make for an exciting scene.) There are hundreds of rows, each of them containing a name, a school, a division, a position, an at-bats or innings total, and a few columns of hitting or pitching stats, both raw and adjusted. Each player receives an “Index” score, based on adjusted on-base percentage and slugging percentage for hitters and those same stats allowed for pitchers (Column R).After additional begging by me, Chris also sends us estimates of each catcher’s “framing” skill — his ability to catch pitches in a way that makes umpires more likely to call strikes — based on the percentage of taken pitches that are called strikes when he’s behind the plate versus the percentage of taken pitches called strikes when the same pitchers are throwing to different catchers. On the phone, Chris suggests that we “find some senior guy who’s the best framer in all of the NCAA but wasn’t drafted. That would be an interesting guy to invite to a camp.”He’s reading my mind. “If you could find one who’s left-handed, he might have to get a restraining order against Ben,” Sam says. The majors haven’t seen a left-hander who played catcher as his primary position since before the birth of the American League, and no left-handed catcher has caught even an inning since 1989. The anti-lefty bias seems based more on superstition than sense, with explanations usually citing theoretical impediments (can’t throw to third; trouble applying tags) that don’t stand up to scrutiny. Chris agrees. “I think the bias against left-handed-throwing catchers is pretty stupid,” he says. He’s my statistical spirit animal. Embed Code By Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller The official Sonoma Stompers team photo. Pitchers have a weird trick, too. “I think there’s going to be a place for some junkball pitchers, guys that scouts wouldn’t touch because their fastball velocity is too low, but they did still strike out guys using a variety of off-speed stuff,” Chris says. “Some of those guys are going to do quite well at that level of competition. Put it this way: They did well in college. If your level of competition is at the level of good D1, for example, there’s still room for junkball pitching.”College stats are difficult to work with, which explains why, until very recently, major league teams all but ignored them when compiling their predraft rankings. College players face dramatically different levels of competition depending on whether they’re in Division I, II, or III, and even within each division there are significant variations from conference to conference. “An average D1 school is going to beat an average D2 baseball team about 70 percent of the time,” Chris says. “It’s not like 98 percent or anything. There’s a bit of luck, and the spread isn’t that huge.” Still, the gap between divisions and schools is large enough that one can get into trouble trying to go on gut feel or surface stats.On top of the interdivisional differences, there’s enormous variability from game to game: Some hitters beat up on bad weekday pitching that would pale in comparison to the Pacific Association’s, but look overmatched against stronger weekend starters. There’s also unevenness in climate, ballpark dimensions, and playing surfaces. Before players can be compared on an even footing, we have to take into account the diversity in environments that makes raw stats at certain schools far less impressive than the same stats would be elsewhere.To do his draft work, Chris built a repository of college statistics by “scraping” information from school websites and parsing it into a database-friendly form. By comparing players’ production at each park with their production elsewhere, he can isolate the statistical impact of every home field. And by comparing players’ performance against each opponent with their performance in all other games, he can also assess the impact of each school’s strength of schedule. Apply the appropriate adjustments to each player’s actual stats, and the result is a ranking of every player’s production on the same scale, independent of division and environment. With the confounding effects of location and competition neutralized, we can compare Division III hitters in good pitchers’ parks to Division I hitters in bandboxes, based purely on their play. This should save us from signing a “slugger” who posted gaudy stats against guys throwing garbage in the college equivalent of Coors Field.“The starting point would be, you really want to identify the best of the seniors that did not get drafted, and also didn’t return to college,” Chris says. He says he’ll send us his adjustments for every school, along with the real prize, rankings of every fourth-year college player from 2013 and 2014. This is our favorite phone call ever.Listening to Chris, Sam and I realize, much to our relief, that we’ve found an organizing principle for our Stompers star search. Chris’s stats will make the world seem smaller and more manageable, transforming a confusing array of unknown names and unverified claims into objective rankings like the ones we’re used to. We’ll operate under the theory that a player capable of posting elite stats in college could hold his own in the Pacific Association, one of the lowest rungs on the professional ladder. And if the stats insist that someone can play, we won’t rule him out based on body type, facial structure, or fastball speed. We’re the Ellis Island of the indy leagues. Give us your small, your soft-throwing, your huddled middle infielders yearning to play for (almost) free. More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Ben with his clipboard at a tryout. There’s only one level of competition that combines a decent statistical record with players who’d probably be happy to hear from us: college. Every June, the thirty major league teams cull the best college talent in the forty-round amateur draft, leaving only the undesirables behind. But MLB scouting directors work with the far future in mind: Although they know that only a tiny percentage of their selections will work out, every player drafted — aside from a few nepotism picks — has a backer who believes he has some shot, however remote, at developing into a big leaguer. We aren’t worried about long-term potential; we care only about what players can do this summer. And because our incentives aren’t aligned with those of the big league teams that went back for fortieths from this buffet before we were seated, we might unearth a few “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure” types: guys who can get outs, or avoid making them, right now, regardless of whether they have the physical tools that allow teams to dream. Drafting college players instead of riskier high school stars was one of the hallmarks of the “Moneyball” A’s, but Oakland owed much of its success to the type of amateur talents who never get near an indy-league team unless their careers take several wrong turns. If the A’s were “a collection of misfit toys,” as Michael Lewis wrote, then we’ll be building a team out of toys that got recalled because they were choke hazards.Nothing about baseball is as easy as it seems, and finding our statistical standouts isn’t as simple as sorting an official NCAA leaderboard. I email an acquaintance named Chris Long, who worked as the San Diego Padres’ senior quantitative analyst from 2004 to 2013 and has since consulted for other major league teams. Chris, who had no professional background in baseball when he was hired and occasionally clashed with traditional evaluators, was one of the first quants allowed in a draft room alongside scouts and grizzled special assistants, and his numbers-based evaluations helped dictate the Padres’ decisions.To our relief, Chris loves what we’re doing and agrees to help just for fun, even though he charges big league teams sums in the five figures for the same service. “Performance in college has a fairly strong predictive value to how [players] perform in the minors,” Chris tells us when Sam and I call to learn at his knee. Better yet, he says, some teams are still overlooking that link. “Probably starting in the late ’90s, every year it got a little bit better,” he explains. “It’s still not great. Even the Chicago Cubs, for example, have a very traditional scouting department in terms of how they approach the draft. It’s not like they don’t look at performance numbers at all, but they’re not analytically evaluating the performances of the players and then combining it in some sophisticated way with their scouting evaluations.“You’re looking for guys that you want to perform immediately,” Chris continues, echoing our thoughts. “That actually gives you more freedom, because you can go for guys that have flaws. High strikeouts, but also hit home runs, for example. Those guys tend not to do as well as prospects, but they’re certainly going to make contributions to the team. Or the scout’s least-favorite player, the short, gritty [batter] that gets hit by a ton of pitches and has a strike zone the size of a postage stamp — those guys are going to be perfect for your team.” His voice, normally low-pitched and nasal, takes on the bright timbre of an infomercial. “Win your independent league with this one weird trick!” Every rating Chris sends is based on a smaller sample than we’d like — in many cases, a four-year player’s entire college career comprises fewer innings or plate appearances than a big leaguer records in a single season — but it’s the best we can do. It’s clear that we’re not the first people to look at a list like this. Scanning the top of our leaderboard of undrafted players, we see a number of players who were signed as free agents after the 2014 draft and spent the summer playing for organizations that are known as early adopters of amateur analytics, among them the Cardinals, Astros, and Yankees. This is discouraging in one sense — the college carcass is picked even cleaner than we thought — but encouraging in another: Most of the undrafted free agents played well at minor league levels that are comparable in quality to the Pacific Association. We might be on the right track.Armed with the names we wanted, our job shifts from ranking to recruiting. Sam and I spend a few hours combing through Google results, YouTube videos, and social-media sites for information on the players with the most impressive stats. At the end of this process, we’ve created another spreadsheet full of players whose coaches we want to call. (Spreadsheet creation is becoming a theme.) Separately, we practice our sales pitches. In our fantasy leagues, it takes us one click to add an available player from the waiver wire, and no one is allowed to turn us down. In reality, we’ll have to talk to human beings and try to persuade them to travel to a place they’ve probably never been, to play for a team that they almost certainly haven’t heard of, for a salary that we’re embarrassed to say out loud. Aspiring pro athletes expect to lead nomadic lives, but this still isn’t the easiest sell.No matter how persuasive we are as speakers, there’s only one aspect of our project that makes this PR campaign possible: We have the power to make these people professional athletes, with all the cultural cachet and appeal to the opposite sex that this occupation confers. With a few words, spoken like a sacrament, we can give a few young men a line on their résumé that they’ll never remove, an answer to “What do you do?” that makes people perk up. The Stompers are the mangiest mutt of a team imaginable, but a pro team nonetheless. And ballplayers miss being ballplayers: Even two years after graduation, every player’s Facebook photo and Twitter bio is a callback to his college career.As we work our way down our short lists like political candidates calling potential donors, it becomes clear that college coaches — at least the ones we’re trying to reach — aren’t great at returning calls. I consider trying to catch their attention by claiming to be with a big league team, then decide that misrepresenting myself might not be the best way to persuade players to sign with the Stompers. Ben Lindbergh discusses his summer with the Stompers on our podcast What’s The Point. The manager’s office in the Stompers’ clubhouse at the end of the season. Mindful that each passing day might remove someone we want from the market, I bypass coaches who don’t call back and contact some players directly, gambling that they won’t be bad guys. But ballplayers aren’t award-winning communicators, either: Unlike a lot of people in our profession, they aren’t constantly connected to email, and they aren’t notified when someone sends them a tweet. Whenever possible, I call a player’s parents, banking on the fact that if his mother is like mine, he’ll know no peace until he replies.The more players I have trouble tracking down, the more I expand the search, and the longer my short list looks. I form attachments to strangers in our spreadsheet almost instantly: All it takes is a name, a stat line, and a head shot, and I’m mentally penciling a player into our lineup and announcing his name over the public-address system. If you’ve played fantasy baseball, or even rooted for a real team that’s one upgrade away from a well-rounded roster, you know the feeling of fixating on a particular player: refreshing MLB rumor sites until a deal is done or off the table, or sending several permutations of the same trade to a leaguemate and hoping that one of them will land your white whale. This is the same impulse, turned up to 11. I’m perplexed by the players who aren’t curious or courteous enough to respond, but the close calls are especially agonizing.Take Andrew Kelley, a 2014 graduate of Grinnell College, a Division III school known for its “rigorous academics and tradition of social responsibility.” (I see nothing about its undervalued athletes, but maybe that means we’re ahead of the curve.) Kelley, who’s fourth on our pitcher list, is listed at 5-foot-7, which is a concern given the sport’s prevailing preference for skyscraping pitchers. But everyone on our list is bound to have some physical flaw. And hey, he was 5-foot-6 as a junior — maybe he’s a late bloomer with 5-foot-8 in his future.In 48 innings, mostly in relief, Kelley struck out 48 batters and walked only 4. His LinkedIn account says he’s had a full-time job as an “Integration Engineer” since a few months after his final semester, but I dig up his email and message him anyway, just to make sure. His response, which arrives in under an hour, mentions small samples, machine learning, predictive statistics, a previous internship with an expert on the physics of baseball whose articles I’ve edited at Baseball Prospectus, and the fact that he possesses a “pretty good knuckleball.” He can’t quit his job to play baseball, but he feels bad about it. “It would have been awesome to have been able to play this summer and chat about all sorts of statistics,” he says. I come close to shedding tears. This feels like finding out that your biggest college crush, who met someone else and settled down soon after school, would have wanted to date you if you’d only asked her out sooner. Alas, Andrew is too smart and well compensated to be a baseball player. He’s in a better place, and it’s time to let go.Andrew Kelley isn’t the only one who gets away. He’s not even the only engineer: Our best shortstop option, with the improbable porn-star name Billy Steel, has just joined Northrop Grumman. Then there’s George Asmus, a standout pitcher at Sonoma State with hometown-hero potential. Unfortunately for us, he’s happy in his current role at Triple-A — as in, the American Automobile Association. There’s also Arismendy Nuñez, a well-intentioned but indecisive senior starter at Old Westbury, who strings me along over multiple calls (including a conference call on which Theo makes a passionate appeal) before breaking up with me by text. He says something about family obligations, but odds are he’s just not that into us.And then there’s the unicorn, the spreadsheet player who has great stuff. His name is T.J. Fussell, and he’s a 6-foot-4, 220-pound right-hander who pitched for Western Carolina, a Division I school. Fussell had a high ERA, but he struck out 81 batters in 64 1/3 innings, and we suspect he got somewhat unlucky. I contact his coach, Bobby Moranda, who gives Fussell as enthusiastic an endorsement as I’ve heard so far. “He is the best!!!” Moranda writes. “He was up to 94-95 with a plus breaker and change. Really should have been drafted!!!” It’s rare enough for us to see any velocity numbers that start with nine, so even after levying the 2-3 mph exaggeration tax, I’m still salivating.“I’m kind of in a peculiar situation,” Fussell says when I call. He explains that while he “hasn’t left [his] love of baseball behind,” he has enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. The good news is that he doesn’t have to head to basic training until August 25. The bad news arrives a second later: “I’m supposed to be getting married at the end of May.” And there’s even worse news than that: “We had a cruise planned right at the start of June, and it’s for seven days.” He sounds a little uncertain: Supposed to be? Had a cruise planned? Is the call of the mound so strong that he’d think about being a runaway groom? He says he’ll talk to his fiancée and let me know. The next day, he does: Shockingly, she’s pretty attached to the whole “honeymoon” thing. There goes my four-pitch flamethrower.Fortunately for the Stompers (and my sanity), we don’t always strike out. Our first “yes” comes from Kristian Gayday. (“He’ll be popular on LGBT night,” Theo says.) Gayday, an Indiana native, played shortstop in his final season last spring at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, a Division I school where he’s still working as a student assistant. Our spreadsheet says he was the best D1 hitter among 2014 fourth-year players. Not the best D1 hitter among undrafted fourth-year players; the best D1 hitter, period. (In fairness, most true prospects get drafted after their junior year.) He hit .358/.472/.653 with 12 home runs in 166 at-bats, and Long’s adjustments hardly hurt him. And unlike a lot of our targets, he’s 6-foot-3 and 220 pounds, blessed with a prototypical baseball body.Granted, Gayday’s senior season was the exception: In his first three years, he didn’t hit for power, never slugging above .327. But it still doesn’t make sense that a strapping player with his senior stats and a modicum of defensive ability didn’t get drafted. Before talking to him, I email his college coach, Bobby Pierce. I ask him the questions that the spreadsheet can’t answer. Why the huge improvement in his senior year? Is he a good guy? Can he play defense? (A big blind spot for us: College fielding locations aren’t tracked, so Long’s method evaluates only offense.) They’re all ways of reframing the indelicate question at the root of all our inquiries: “What’s the catch?”Coach Pierce sets my mind at ease. More than that, he makes me excited, as if we’re party to a secret no one else knows. He tells me that Gayday’s newfound fourth-year “spray approach allowed him to really handle the breaking ball/off-speed really well,” and that he hit at least half of his homers — more than he’d hit anywhere in his first three seasons combined — to the opposite field. That change in approach gives us a plausible explanation for the extreme uptick in production.Even more encouragingly, Pierce says that Gayday was drawing interest from scouts and advisers until he suffered “severe lower back issues” for six weeks at midseason, playing one day at 50 percent, resting the next day, and pinch-hitting the day after that. “This middle part of the season was when all our local guys came to see him play, and they either saw him play at 50% with below avg draftable tools/skill/performance/ etc, or they didn’t even get to see him play,” Pierce writes. But by the end of the season — after his back had blown his chances — he’d recovered and gone deep in each of his last three weekend series.Despite Gayday’s breakout, the Mastodons went 19-34, and for them that was a good year. “We’re a small Div I that gets little respect and scouts never come to see us play,” Coach Pierce writes. “We haven’t been very good and I do understand that scouts are very busy and they can’t afford to waste a weekend afternoon on us, but Kristian was plenty good enough to be a 20-30 round guy. If he stayed healthy, he would definitely be in organized baseball.” Pierce also reports that Gayday would fit in fine in the clubhouse.On the phone, Kristian tells me that his back feels fine. I ask about his plans for the summer. “I was just gonna go to a couple tryouts,” he says. “And if nothing happened, I was just gonna call it quits.” In my eagerness to sign him, I tell him we’ll pay for a one-way plane trip, which I’m supposed to use as a bargaining chip in exchange for a lower salary. My unauthorized largesse works: Kristian consults with his family and commits to sign the contract as soon as Theo sends him a copy. I can’t believe our luck: We’ve signed one of our top targets, and he doesn’t even look like a runt. It seems as if we’ve stolen a march on the majors, using stats to take the long view on a player whom others might have missed because of an ill-timed injury.Sam seems content once we get Kristian to commit — at least we have something to show for our spreadsheet — but the taste of one transaction makes me hungry for more. I turn my attention to pitchers, tag-teaming with Theo on a series of deal-sealing conference calls. Jeff Conley is a skinny, 6-foot-2 lefty out of Alderson Broaddus University, a Division II school in West Virginia so obscure that most scouts haven’t heard of it. In eleven starts and six appearances out of the pen, the southpaw recorded a 1.96 ERA with 89 strikeouts and only 15 walks in 78 innings. Moreover, he recorded those stats while also playing outfield for 49 games, batting .345 with 21 walks and 11 hit by pitches against only 22 strikeouts, which helped him post a .446 OBP. His left arm was also an asset in the outfield, where he racked up 17 assists. Conley hit only 3 homers, so his adjusted offense isn’t good enough for him to appear on our batter spreadsheet, but even if he’s only an emergency outfield option, we’re happy to have the flexibility, given our restrictive roster size. Mr. Conley, come on down.We also recruit Sean Conroy, a 6-foot-1 right-handed pitcher from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, an engineering school in upstate New York. In 259 career innings at RPI, Conroy struck out 223, walked 49, and allowed only 4 homers, posting sub-2.00 ERAs in his last three seasons and going the distance in more than a third of his starts. He’s also interested in evaluating clubhouse chemistry, an obsession of ours. A psychology major, he’s working on a thesis entitled “How Perception of Teammates’ Ability Affects Personal Ability,” and we envision him as a like-minded mole on the inside who can be our eyes and ears while advising us on avoiding missteps. We also envision him as an effective arm.“I’m a sidearm pitcher,” he says. “Just recently I’ve added an over-the-top curveball for an out pitch, which is working pretty well for me.” He tells me how he dropped down in his senior year of high school, and how he’s alternated his arm angle ever since to maximize his deception. “The slider would be the pitch I throw most often, like more than 50 percent of the time,” he adds. No wonder the guy didn’t get drafted: He uses an atypical repertoire from an unorthodox angle, and according to his coach he tops out at about 85. All of the oddities that make him undraftable endear him to us.And then, of course, there’s Paul Hvozdovic, our on-paper ace and shining spreadsheet star. (The first “v” is silent.) When he signs with us shortly before spring training, I pump my fist, just like Jonah Hill in the “Moneyball” movie when he gets the approval to trade for Ricardo Rincon. I haven’t met Hvozdovic — haven’t watched him, haven’t even talked to him. There’s no way I should be this excited about someone I know so little about. But any hidden doubts that might be buried within me will have to talk to the hand, because the limbic system ain’t listening.People who write about prospects often speak disparagingly about “Google scouts,” wannabe evaluators who “scout the stat line” instead of seeing players in person or talking to experts who have. Sam and I are guilty of these sins — not because we wouldn’t welcome the input of a seasoned on-site observer, but because we have no time, no travel budget, no scouting staff, and next to no video. Stats are our specialty, but they’re also our only resort.Gayday, Conley, Conroy, Hvozdovic. At this point, they’re names and numbers, not fully fledged personalities. But they’re our names and numbers. Thanks to us, they’ve got golden tickets to spring training. And thanks to them, we won’t feel ashamed to show up. Umpire Dean Poteet with Stompers mascot Rawhide on opening day. read more

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The Pogues’ Fairytale Of New York sat at 11, Band Aid’s Do They Know It’s Christmas? took 13 and Michael Buble’s It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas claimed 16. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Social media has seized control of the Christmas number one as a previously unknown YouTuber has secured the top spot.In previous years, stars such as The Beatles, The Spice Girls, Cliff Richard and Whitney Houston won the race for number one. Now, the new social media trend for charity singles by non-celebrities means that this year’s top song is about a sausage roll, sung by a minor social media celebrity who calls himself “Ladbaby”.The “dad blogger” – real name Mark Hoyle – fought off competition from international pop stars Ariana Grande, Ava Max and Miley Cyrus for his charity single, all the profits of which will go to foodbank charity The Trussell Trust.The blogger, who has 450,000 YouTube subscribers, took the top spot with novelty song We Built This City. The tune riffs on the 1985 Starship track, but has changed the lyrics to “we built this city on sausage rolls”, instead of “rock and roll”.In a message to his fans, Mr Hyde, 31,  told OfficialCharts.com: “Thank you everybody in the UK who has got [the song] to the top. I can’t thank you enough, not only for downloading the song but for raising money for such an incredible charity. “I’m honestly speechless and lost for words. Thank you so much. Yes mate!”The 31-year-old recorded the ode to sausage rolls, as opposed to rock and roll, with his wife Roxanne and their two sons. Proceeds from the single will go to The Trussell Trust, which supplies food banks.He gained support from organisations including Luton Town Football Club, as well as BBC presenter Lukwesa Burak who told her followers to “get it to number one.”According to the Official Charts Company, We Built This City sold 75,000 combined sales in the last week, of which 93 per cent were downloads, and it finished 18,500 units ahead of Ava Max’s Sweet But Psycho, which claimed runner-up.Thank You, Next – last weekend’s number one – was forced into third place.While charity songs often win the race for number one, with the Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Choir winning in 2015, the track is the first novelty song to secure the spot since Bob The Builder’s Can We Fix It? in 2000.Christmas classics are still popular to download during the festive season; Mariah Carey’s festive hit All I Want For Christmas Is You took fourth place – as it did last year. Last Christmas by Wham! reentered at seven. read more

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first_img WhatsApp Kanye West Google+ WWE RAW Preview: King of the Ring Final Match, Fallout from WWE Clash of Champions Videos Articles The 12/1 WWE RAW once again ranked among the top 25 shows on cable for the week ending 12/7/14. The show came in at No. 6, No. 11 and No. 13.The show, which did a 2.79 cable rating with an average of 3.88 million viewers, came in at No. 16, No. 17 and No. 18 last week.Source: TVbythenumbers.comRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipKim Kardashian ‘Got in Trouble’ With Kanye For Daughter North Wearing MakeupVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:31/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:28 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Kim Kardashian ‘Got in Trouble’ With Kanye For Daughter North Wearing Makeup Pinterest Kendall Jenner opens up about her insecurities Now Playing Up Nextcenter_img WWE RAW Results – 9/9/19 (Steve Austin moderates, KOTR Semifinal, Women’s Tag Match) Rachel Bloom announces pregnancy following Emmy win Facebook Jenna Fischer, Angela Kinsey Launching ‘Office’ Podcast Now Playing Up Next Chad Gable advances to the finals of the King of the Ring to be held on this Monday’s RAW Exclusive Interviews – Oscars buzz is rising at the Toronto Film Fest Twitter Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Nextlast_img read more

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first_imgManchester City striker Gabriel Jesus praised the way they overcame a difficult challenge from Everton to emerge as 2-0 victors.It was hardly City’s finest performance of the season at Goodison Park on Wednesday night, but a battling display was enough to secure all three points and top spot in the Premier League.French centre-back Aymeric Laporte put City in front just before half-time by heading in David Silva’s free-kick.After Sergio Aguero and Raheem Sterling both missed chances to double City’s lead, substitute Jesus scored a header of his own to seal a 2-0 win in stoppage time.Speaking afterwards, Jesus commended the efforts of his teammates.“Everyone won the game, because we knew it was going to be a difficult game,” Jesus told the club website.“We need to work hard and tonight we went onto the pitch to win the game because we want to win the title again”.The Brazil international is more interested in taking things on a game-by-game basis rather than placing too much focus on the Premier League title battle.While Pep Guardiola’s side have reclaimed top spot for the time being, Liverpool can overtake them on Saturday if they manage to get at least a point against Bournemouth at Anfield.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.Therefore, Jesus concedes that any slip-ups are a big no if they are to stand any chance of retaining the league crown.“I think we really want to play well every single game and win the games and of course the Premier League because it’s an amazing league,” added Jesus.“We love football, so we go onto the pitch to play well and win the title.”The Citizens will next be in action on Sunday when they host Chelsea at the Etihad Stadium in another league match with kick-off set for 5:00 PM (CET).A fifth-round FA Cup tie with fourth-tier side Newport County then awaits them next weekend.Great job tonight guys 👏🏽🙌🏽 +3🔥 #comeoncity #alômãe #gratidão #doperi pic.twitter.com/KIfXa8MvBK— Gabriel Jesus (@gabrieljesus33) February 6, 2019last_img read more

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first_img All the gadgets for getting healthy at CES 2019 0 Quip toothbrush review: Six weeks in Y-Brush at CES is a toothbrush that cleans your teeth in 10 seconds Dyson’s Airwrap hair styler uses low heat, but it’s full of hot air Quip has a new electric toothbrush for kids. Quip Quip’s electric toothbrush service isn’t just for grownups anymore. The subscription-based startup today announced that it’s now selling an electric toothbrush just for kids.  There are two subscription options:Pay $25 up front for a toothbrush, a brush head and watermelon-flavored toothpaste. After that it’s $10 every three months to get a fresh brush head and new toothpaste.Or, you can pay $30 up front for a toothbrush and brush head — and then pay $5 every three months for a new brush head. So if you don’t want the toothpaste, you have to pay a little more initially, but less every quarter. We don’t yet have information on international availability and pricing.The battery-powered Quip toothbrush for kids is supposed to last for three months on a single charge and a new battery comes with each new brush head. It comes in pink, green, purple and blue color finishes, as well as a cover to protect the bristles when it isn’t being used.  21 Photos It’s similar to the adult version, but sized down to suit smaller hands and teeth. The electric toothbrush sets a timer for 2 minutes and pulses every 30 seconds so you know how much time is left. Quip says the brush bristles are soft and can work for kids with braces. It’s supposed to be waterproof, too, enough so that Quip claims it’s “shower-safe.” Share your voice Related links Aug 31 • Best smart light bulbs for 2019 (plus switches, light strips, accessories and more) CNET Smart Home reading • Quip Kids Electric Toothbrush brushes teeth on a 2-minute timer Now playing: Watch this:center_img Personal care Smart Home Aug 30 • Battling bot vacs: iRobot Roomba S9+ vs Neato Botvac D7 Connected Post a comment • The Dyson Airwrap hair styler falls short 2:33 Aug 31 • The best coffee grinders you can buy right now Aug 31 • Alexa can tell you if someone breaks into your house Tags CNET Smart Home See Alllast_img read more

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first_imgAn ice jam on the Yukon River below Eagle has released. National Weather Service hydrologist Ed Plumb said the jam in place since Tuesday, broke up early this morning.Download AudioIce fog on the Yukon River (Creative commons photo by Anthony DeLorenzo)“Around 2:45 this morning, the jam, about 10 miles down-river near Calico Bluff released and a resident down there said the water dropped and the ice is moving fast and free right now,” Plumb said.Plumb says about 50 miles of the river are open, before ice cover resumes upstream of Circle.“So the next concern is that large surge of water now moving down toward where the river flattens out and it becomes a lot more braided,” said Plumb. “Circle is more prone to ice jam flooding than Eagle.”Plumb says a river watch teams plans to overfly the Yukon today to survey ice conditions in the Circle area and farther downstream at Ft. Yukonlast_img read more

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first_imgHyderabad: The fountain in Osmania University is as important as the Arts College itself, for it has been a rendezvous for many. It was also used as a backdrop in the iconic movie, Nikaah, starring Salma Agha and Raj Babbar. For students who studied here in the past, studying at present and to thousands who throng the university in the mornings and evenings for a stroll, the fountains in the university add beauty to the environment. Also Read – Secunderabad: Major General N Srinivas Rao makes farewell visit to AOC Advertise With Us Sadly, the fountains are a pale shadow of their former selves, as the university officials say that the lack of water is the reason that the fountains are not being used. Speaking to The Hans India, R Chandru, director for Gardens and Green Belt Department at OU, said “All the water fountains are in working condition and some don’t have water connections, and we will start the water fountains from the next month.” Also Read – Kolkata artists giving final touches to 24 ft clay Ganesh idol Advertise With Us There are six big water fountains in the 1,200 acres of Osmania University campus, and these fountains were repaired just before the centenary celebrations of the university two years ago. Huge and well-designed water fountains, set up in front of Registrar office building, Arts College, Varsity Library, Engineering College and Chemistry department building in the campus, are now not in use. Advertise With Us All the fountains were installed in the campus to enhance the beauty with the help of sanctioned amount in the varsity budget a few years ago, but all the fountains become dry and are filled with mud due to water scarcity in summer season. Even though there is not much water required for the water fountains, as water gets recycled and the water needs to changed only once in a 15 days, the varsity officials said that water is not sufficient for the hostel inmates and for 27 acres of garden area during summers. The water fountains, which are located in front of the Arts College and Engineering College, come under the authorities of the respective colleges and the remaining water fountains come under the Director of Gardens and Green Belt wing of the OU. Old water fountains have been removed and are replaced with new ones and new marbles were put in them. They were started just before the centenary celebrations of the varsity, but again they have been stopped working since summer. Till now, the fountains are not in the working condition, the varsity officials told the The Hans India. Around 250 people are needed to maintain the huge garden area and the fountains in varsity campus, but now only around 30 people are working, and it’s very difficult to maintain the huge garden area and the water fountains with less staff, said the varsity officials. Officials have asked the higher authorities to recruit some more staff for the maintenance of the garden, but they have not done anything yet, the official said. Other varsities allocate more funds in their budgets for the gardening to enhance the beauty of the varsity campus, but OU has kept very less budget for the gardening, said an official on anonymity.last_img read more

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first_imgEnvironment, forests and climate change affairs minister Md Shahab Uddin. Photo: cabinet.gov.bdEnvironment, forests and climate change affairs minister Md Shahab Uddin on Sunday acknowledged the dengue situation has taken a serious turn in the country for lack of prior preparations to face it, reports news agency UNB.“We’ve to take preparations in advance. Then the dengue situation can’t turn so serious,” he said while speaking at a views-exchange meeting on mosquito elimination and cleanliness at Moulvibazar municipality auditorium.Citing the case of finance minister AHM Mustafa Kamal, who could not place his budget speech in parliament on 13 June after being infected with the mosquito-borne disease, Shahab Uddin said, “What a dangerous situation is created following the biting of a little mosquito. There would have been no such a situation had we been prepared beforehand.”He also underscored the need for awareness to prevent dengue, saying the dengue situation is coming under control across the country.The minister also said steps will have to be taken at union level to prevent dengue prevalence.Dengue infected patients under treatment at Mugda Medical College Hospital, Dhaka. Photo: UNBNesar Ahmed, MP, Syed Johra Alauddin, MP, deputy commissioner Nazia Shirin, Zila Parishad chairman Azizur Rahman, superintendent of police Faruk Ahmed, civil surgeon M Shahjahan Kabir Chowdhury, among others, spoke at the event with Moulvibazar municipality Mayor M Fazlur Rahman in the chair.last_img read more

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first_imgRight now, if you want get the most money for a trade-in you do a little research, then make the trade after you know what all the current promotions are. This sometimes means you have to wait a week or two for the promotion you really want, which might mean you find a better deal elsewhere and go make the trade with another company. GameStop has decided to change its current system for trade-ins to make sure that doesn’t happen. As an added bonus, this new system means you’ll be making a little extra cash on your trades.We could spend all day debating whether or not you really get what a game is “worth” when you trade it in, but the fact remains that this business model is something GameStop and their customers absolutely love. GameStop’s trade-in system is such a big deal that many players threatened to boycott Microsoft when the Xbox One was announced to not support trades the way that they are handled now, causing an immediate reversal in that policy. It looks like anyone who is on the fence about doing a trade-in, as well as anyone that is successfully pitched to by a GameStop employee during their next transaction, is going to feel much better about the process starting August 18.GameStop has confirmed an effort to reduce the total number of prices a trade-in will be available at, and they are doing so by removing a lot of the special promo deals that you usually hear about every single time you go to the register. Instead of the current system, each game that can be bought by GameStop will have a total of four price points. The documentation discovered by Kotaku estimates that most users will see a 20% bump in the prices they are offered for games, which will still be available at a 10% bump from that point if you are a Power Up Rewards subscriber.Overall, this is a smart move from GameStop, as it limits the chances that someone will go elsewhere to trade a game in. The leaked documents also reveals how the employees are being trained to approach people to tell them about trade-ins, which is basically to confuse them long enough to deliver a sales pitch. Only time will tell how well that works out for them.last_img read more

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first_imgSAWASDEE: Bangkok, 16 November, 2017 – The Ramayana Water Park in Pattaya is the top trending attraction in Southeast Asia, according…Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Record numbers of international LGBT+ travel industry exhibitors at ITB BerlinFITUR GAY (LGBT) consolidates its presence at FITUR 2018World Tourism with IGLTA2017 turns to a Rainbow in St. Petersburg, Floridalast_img

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first_imgThe Conservative leader thanked the love and support from friends and family during the early stages of the pregnancy by IVF.‘Jen and I are incredibly lucky in the support we have received from our family and friends over the past few months,’ she then said. ‘I’d like to thank them all again today.‘We have always dreamed of starting a family. We are so pleased to be able to share our happy news,’ she said.Davidson has a long history of supporting LGBTI rights. She called on the early pioneers of the Suffragette movement to be pardoned earlier this year. The Diversity in Media awards also nominated for the Hero of the Year award last year.Read the full statement:Statement: pic.twitter.com/TNUM1bxP0o— Ruth Davidson (@RuthDavidsonMSP) April 26, 2018 Ruth Davidson and partner Jen Wilson with their dog. | Photo: Ruth Davidson / Twitter Gay Scottish Tory leader opens up about her teenage battle with depressionScottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson challenges DUP’s gay marriage oppositionBeloved lesbian activist Connie Kurtz dies following cancer fightRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/scottish-conservative-leader-ruth-davidson-announces-pregnancy/ eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) And on Lesbian Day of Visibility, no less!In a Twitter post, she wrote: ‘Jen and I are delighted to announce that I am expecting out first child in the late Autumn.’She then continued: ‘Like all new parents-to-be, we are excited – and daunted – about the months to come. Mostly, we are just over-joyed at the prospect of starting a family together.’Davidson explains her deputy leader will ‘hold the fort’ for a few months while she’s on maternity leave. But it’s ‘business as usual’ in the meantime.She said: ‘Politicians have personal lives too, and I hope people will understand that I want to be able to combine my public role with a family life.’Our little family of three is becoming four…. pic.twitter.com/Wpfk5eOaky— Ruth Davidson (@RuthDavidsonMSP) April 26, 2018 GAYSTARNEWS- Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson just announced she’s expecting a baby with her partner Jen Wilson. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us .last_img read more

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first_imgAs part of cost saving measures, British Airways has released plans to axe or transfer hundreds of its employees based at Gatwick Airport.Up to 400 ramp and baggage handlers are said to be losing their jobs to outsourcing while a further 170 customer service staff will be laid off, Mail Online reported.The news comes weeks after the airline’s parent company IAG chief executive Willie Walsh said the company was facing the same struggles as others in the industry with high fuel prices, the UK air passenger duty tax as well current ongoing industrial action with Iberia’s pilots.In a statement the airline explained the job cuts were part of a union approved proposal to transform the way British Airways does business at Gatwick and would help “build a stronger and more cost-competitive business… for the future”.“Proposals include outsourcing the ramp work, including baggage, de-icing and coaching operations, and the arrivals baggage service and combining roles within customer services,” the carrier said. “We hope to agree a proposal with the trade unions to offer anyone who works on the ramp a role with a new external supplier, under TUPE transfer legislation.”The airline added that it would work towards minimising the impact on people in the customer service teams but expects staff reduction in this area as well as the management team and support structure.“As a traditional full-service carrier with a long history, we have to meet the challenge of transforming our cost base to compete more effectively in the short-haul market, while continuing to deliver outstanding service and value for our customers,” the carrier noted. Meanwhile holiday-makers travelling with Iberia are expected to face possible delays as its pilots take industrial action every Monday and Friday from week starting 9 April this year to 20 July 2012. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more

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first_img “”Bank of America””:https://www.bankofamerica.com/ and “”Freddie Mac””:http://www.freddiemac.com/ jointly announced Monday an agreement resolving all remaining rep and warranties claims on loans BofA sold to the GSE through the end of 2009.[IMAGE]Under the terms of the agreement, BofA will pay Freddie Mac a total of $404 million (subtracting $13 million in credits on repurchases already made) to be released from existing and future repurchases on approximately 716,000 loans originated in the 2000s. [COLUMN_BREAK]The payment also compensates Freddie Mac for past and potential future losses relating to denials, rescissions, and cancellations of mortgage insurance.The agreement doesn’t cover loan servicing obligations, loans contained in private label securitizations, or securities and disclosure claims.””We are pleased to have reached this agreement with Bank of America, which now allows both companies to move forward,”” said Freddie Mac CEO Donald H. Layton. “”We continue to make very good progress in recovering funds that are due to the American taxpayer, as well as resolving Freddie Mac’s legacy repurchase issues.””The payments are fully covered by BofA’s existing reserves as of the end of Q3, the bank said in its statement.The latest agreement furthers BofA’s efforts to clear out issues between itself and the GSEs stemming from mortgage issues on its own legacy loans and those sold by Countrywide, which it acquired in 2008. Previous agreements resolved claims on loans sold to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac through 2008. in Secondary Market December 2, 2013 428 Views Sharecenter_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Bank of America Freddie Mac Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage-Backed Securities RMBS Service Providers 2013-12-02 Tory Barringer BofA, Freddie Mac Come to $404M Agreement on Legacy Loanslast_img read more

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first_img Related66% favour airport body scanners says Skyscanner66% favour airport body scanners says SkyscannerAirport security scanner trialled in USAirport security scanner trialled in USNew ‘strip search technology’ developedSecurity checks at UK airports could become more efficient with the development of a new camera. A trial in ‘virtual strip search’ scanning is being rolled out to major US airports, raising the possibility of pat-down security frisks being phased out and a less hands-on but more revealing procedure coming in.Following successful trialling at Phoenix Sky-Harbor International Airport since October – where no formal passenger complaints have been lodged – the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is bringing millimetre wave technology scanners to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and New York’s JFK.TSA administrator Kip Hawley said: “The use of whole body imaging is a significant step forward in checkpoint technology. By expanding the use of millimetre wave, we are providing our officers with another tool to enhance security and protect the public from evolving threats.”While civil liberties groups have sounded the alarm over the legality of the ‘near-naked’ scan images, some 90 per cent of passengers in the Phoenix trial chose the scan over a traditional pat-down, making it possible for the TSA to roll out millimetre wave as an optional secondary device at JFK and as random continuous protocol at LAX.The move toward ‘virtual strip search’ comes as the debate heats up over biometrics: calls have been made for airlines to bolster exit security by taking fingerprints from travellers leaving the US as well as entering it, with the International Air Transport Association defining the measure as a responsibility of the US government and not airlines.London Heathrow’s Terminal 5 was set to bring airport entry fingerprinting to the UK, but data protection concerns saw the measure delayed, leaving BAA to plan its wider implementation if and when legal concerns are ironed out.Heathrow has nonetheless been proceeding with another biometric trial, using iris scanning as a check-in method for select participants in a pilot scheme.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

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first_imgNew York City street named for rapper Notorious B.I.G. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Jun 10, 2019 5:57 pm PDT FILE – In this Dec. 6, 1995, file photo, The Notorious B.I.G., who won rap artist and rap single of the year, clutches his awards at the podium during the annual Billboard Music Awards in New York. A New York City street has been named for rapper Notorious B.I.G. Community members and elected officials gathered in a downpour on Monday, June 10, 2019, at the intersection of St. James Place and Fulton Street. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File) NEW YORK — A New York City street has been named for rapper Notorious B.I.G.Community members and elected officials gathered in a downpour on Monday at the intersection of St. James Place and Fulton Street.Rapper Lil’ Kim — embracing the event’s themes of social justice and making a difference — exclaimed: “We did it, Brooklyn!”B.I.G., who was born Christopher Wallace, was shot to death in Los Angeles in 1997.He detailed street life in Brooklyn in songs and on albums that dominated the pop charts.Voletta Wallace recalled telling a friend amid her heartbreak: “My son was well loved.”But she said the street naming evoked “happy tears.”The Associated Presslast_img read more

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