SURREY, B.C. — Sgt. Mike Sanchez didn’t expect to find himself working in elementary schools as a senior officer with the RCMP’s gang enforcement unit in Surrey, B.C.But when he looks around some classrooms, he said there are already signs of kids glorifying what he describes as a “gang lifestyle.” They wear clothes mimicking older kids who sell drugs and show no surprise when his team gives its presentation.“When you see a young individual in Grade 7 already looking like that, that’s alarming. I never thought we’d be delivering this content to Grade 6s and Grade 7s and that is actually our target now,” Sanchez said.British Columbia is facing what some law enforcement officials have called a unique and unprecedented gang problem. Unlike Los Angeles and Chicago where gang members are born into poor neighbourhoods with no other options, police say a large portion of B.C.’s gang violence is between young men who grew up in middle-class and affluent families.It means the province is carving its own path as it tries to stop the trend without other models to follow.“Assessment tools and other gang policies that exist out there, they’re just not relevant to our experience,” said Keiron McConnell, a criminologist and Vancouver police officer.The result has been a patchwork of programs operated by non-profits, school districts, law enforcement agencies and others.A task force on gang violence in Surrey found that while many promising programs exist across the province, they often operate in silos and with budgets that limit their effectiveness.Targeting at-risk children under 12, as well as providing more culturally and gender appropriate programming, were among several recommendations it made last year.The average age of a gangster on the Lower Mainland remains in the late-20s, according to the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit, the province’s anti-gang agency.But teens and young adults can be attractive partners for older, more entrenched gang members who may direct them to kill, in order to reduce the risk of retaliation and criminal charges, the task force found.“Sixteen-year-old youth are particularly valuable since they have driver’s licences,” the task force report said.That’s why the Mounties are trying to get ahead by speaking with kids as young as 10 years old.“Our hope is reaching out and understanding where the young people are at before they’re introduced to those images or even the proposal that that lifestyle is good for them. We want to get the messaging to them early enough, so they have that education, they have the tools to make that decision right then and there,” Sanchez said.The social media challengeThe Mounties started noticing a trend around the time that Sanchez joined the anti-gang unit a few years ago: The age of gang-related casualties on B.C.’s Lower Mainland was dipping into the teens.RCMP data shows the average age of gang members in Surrey involved in the 2014 to 2016 gang conflict was 23, while the average age of their first criminal offence was 16 and their first school suspension was 13.Sanchez pins part of the downward shift on technology. The force monitors youth expressing themselves through open accounts online in ways that reflect the affluent gang lifestyles glorified in media and entertainment, he said.“The gangs, they know this too. That’s why I honestly believe we’re starting to see that trend of getting much younger,” he said.Sanchez spoke outside a school in Surrey where the parents advisory council had organized an information night on the gang conflict. During his presentation, he showed social media images that had been shared with police, including photos of guns, drugs and money shared by high school students and a video of a group of teens beating up someone from a rival school. A gang member soon offered the lone teen “protection” as a gateway into the lifestyle, he said.There’s a reason emulation of the gang lifestyle seems to escalate around the beginning of high school, Sanchez said.“If you think about it, the younger generation of parents want to be in contact with their kids,” he said. “What do they give them? A phone.”Parents unfamiliar with the power of a phone, including all its apps, chat options, encryption and secret mode searches, can’t keep up with what their kids are doing, he said.Technology also poses one of the biggest challenges for law enforcement, as gangs are communicating more efficiently than ever before. Sanchez believes gang members instantaneously share information like which officers are on patrol and where.“They monitor us. I really believe they study our patterns and the way we work just the way we study them, which we’ve never seen before. It’s different, so we have to be a little wiser, a little more efficient to keep up.”Searching for directionJordan Buna said he was firmly middle class or even upper class when he joined a gang in his late teens for what he saw as a career opportunity.He played competitive hockey growing up in Surrey and had two parents who wanted to help him succeed in life.But Buna, 35, said although he enrolled in college right after high school, he always struggled academically. He didn’t believe he was capable of completing a degree and, feeling like there was no space for him on a traditional path to success, his sense of being directionless grew heavy and he became depressed.When he was offered a chance to deal drugs, then run a dial-a-dope operation, it seemed like a rational move.“That’s the craziest part, you see it as a viable career option,” Buna said.Buna met the group of men who recruited him while working at a restaurant. They acted as though they were very interested in becoming his friend and projected a flashy lifestyle that he wanted to have too.He believes his age made him attractive to the older gangsters who recruited him.“They were cognizant of the fact that I was younger, they were showing me certain aspects of their lifestyle. In the gang world, there’s nothing more that older, established people want than young members,” said Buna.A 2017 study by Public Safety Canada found there are no risk factors that uniquely predict a high probability of gang membership and no single variable account for such a complex phenomenon.But while it could be easy to assume the middle-class young men joining gangs are making stupid or selfish choices, many seem to share Buna’s sense of isolation and hopelessness. The province’s anti-gang agency reports that many struggle with addictions and mental health, were exposed to domestic violence at home, or were bullied in school.Getting out of a gang isn’t easy. Once you’re entrenched, a gang may not let you out, depending on the offences you’ve committed or know about.Buna said he was lucky he was convicted of a firearms offence at 23. None of the “friends” he’d made checked in on him.“It was there I started to realize I didn’t have anything,” Buna said. “Prison is if you’re lucky. Dead is usually the worse option and that’s where a lot of young people find themselves today.”Some programs exist for gangsters ready to leave the lifestyle, including the anti-gang agency’s Gang Exiting and Outreach Program. It provides counselling to target underyling issues like substance use and violence, supports for family and friends of gang members and practical support relating to housing, banking and skills training.But the significant challenges to leaving is part of the reason programming is shifting toward elementary school kids, so they understand some of the risks before it’s too late. Buna now works in anti-gang prevention and intervention programming for youth.Ultimately, the strongest prevention and intervention seems to happen on an individual, case-by-case basis.Sarah McKay, a former outreach worker who now helps run the Surrey school district’s Safe Schools program, said she still remains in touch with the first high school student she worked with, who now has a burgeoning career in the trades.“I was surprised by the amount of anger this young person had inside of them, the lack of trust,” she said.“But also, once we proved ourselves to be consistent caring individuals, how quickly they connected. These kids just need to feel cared for and supported and part of something. When they know we’re proud of them, it goes a really long way.”Amy Smart and Laura Kane, The Canadian Press
Today, February 14th, men, women and children around the world are coming together to demand and end to violence against women and girls.Internationally acclaimed and award winning singer, songwriter and actor P!nk, along with her dancers and crew, are among the one billion rising for justice.Video: Pink and crew dance for 1 Billion Rising for JusticeONE BILLION RISING FOR JUSTICE is a global call to women survivors of violence and those who love them to gather safely in community outside places where they are entitled to justice – courthouses, police stations, government offices, school administration buildings, work places, sites of environmental injustice, military courts, embassies, places of worship, homes, or simply public gathering places where women deserve to feel safe but too often do not. It is a call to survivors to break the silence and release their stories – politically, spiritually, outrageously – through art, dance, marches, ritual, song, spoken word, testimonies and whatever way feels right.“I have never liked bullies of any kind,” said Pink. “Whether it’s someone picking on the “fat” kid, the “retarded” kid, the “short” kid, the “black” kid, the “Asian” kid, the “gay” kid, the “girl”, cause she “hits like a girl” or is the “weaker sex”…You name it. Different “reasons”, same “bully”. The bully is the problem. The bully needs a hug, a lesson, enlightenment. The bully is the one that really feels inferior, so he/she picks on someone else to make that person feel inferior too.“When I read about this organization, how people get together of their own free will and dance, use their bodies, to express their rage- outrage- around the injustice that women feel all over the world, every day- I was inspired. I am a woman. I know women. I have sisters, strong and less strong, small and less small, Asian and black, gay and straight, Indian and Native American… We are all equally deserving of respect and personal space. I will fight for that right for all of us. And we come together to do so on our stage, with our brothers and menfolk- where we express our freedom every night. And that freedom inspires others to be free. We hope this video helps. And we hope for that one day when all women and girls are able to have respect, and personal space, and to be able to express themselves in whatever way THEY feel is right for them.”Join the movement, and watch it live here.
Mumbai: Jacqueline Fernandez, who will soon start working on Salman Khan-starrer “Kick 2”, says doing sequels is not easy as they come with huge responsibilities and expectations to live up to. Jacqueline, who made her debut back in 2009 with “Aladin”, rose to fame with 2014 film “Kick” in which she played Salman’s love interest. “‘Kick 2’ is being scripted. Moving into any sequel is not easy. I have done ‘Race’, ‘Housefull’ and have been part of ‘Judwaa 2’. It is difficult to do and there is pressure. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka “Sajid Nadiadwala wants to make ‘Kick 2’ more bigger and better. He is working hard on the writing,” Jacqueline told PTI. The actor’s next release is “Drive” with Sushant Singh Rajput. The film produced by Karan Johar will arrive in theatres in June this year. There are rumours that Jacqueline will be seen in the sequel of “Chashme Baddoor” and is also likely to star alongside Akshay Kumar in Rohit Shetty’s next, “Sooryavanshi”. The 33-year-old actor, however, refrain from commenting about the two project.
Lucknow: As the general elections are inching to a close, political activity in Uttar Pradesh is touching crescendo. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address rallies in Azamgarh and Jaunpur on Thursday, which will be attended by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and several state ministers. In these two rallies, the Prime Minister will cover four Lok Sabha seats — Azamgarh, Lalganj, Jaunpur and Machhlishahr. Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav is contesting from the Azamgarh Lok Sabha seat where the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has fielded Bhojpuri actor Dinesh Lal Yadav Nirahua. Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra will also address rallies in Jaunpur, Pratapgarh and Sultanpur. In Sultanpur, she will be campaigning against her estranged aunt Maneka Gandhi who is the BJP candidate. BJP President Amit Shah and Yadav will be addressing rallies in Siddharthanagar. Shah will also address a rally in Sant Kabir Nagar. The dusty winds and blazing temperatures in Uttar Pradesh are making campaigning a tough task but political leaders are leaving no stone unturned to ensure the victory of their candidates in these final phases.
The European Union voted in support of the U.S sponsored resolution on Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council last week which called on Sri Lanka to fully implement the recommendations of a local accountability commission.Sri Lanka has however refused to fully implement the recommendations despite the resolution being adopted by a majority vote. (Colombo Gazette) The government has decided to scale down operations of some of its embassies in Europe, the External Affairs Ministry said.The government is of the view that embassies in Europe which are not serving any purpose in obtaining support for Sri Lanka’s national issues will be scaled down and new embassies will be opened in Asia and Africa. However the move was not as a result of several European countries deciding to vote against Sri Lanka when a resolution was presented at the recently concluded UN Human Rights Council session in Geneva. External Affairs Minister G.L Peiris had said yesterday that with almost all the Asian countries, excluding India, voting in favor of Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council, it was felt that strengthening ties in Asia will be helpful for Sri Lanka in the future.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 8, 2014 9:05 am MDT MONTREAL – Engineering consulting and construction firm SNC-Lavalin says a decision on selling its investment in Ontario’s Highway 407 toll road is proceeding quicker than planned.“We still expect that action may occur sooner rather than later, within our original midterm of one-to-three-year projection,” CEO Robert Card said Friday during a conference call to discuss its second-quarter results.He said the Montreal-based company isn’t pressed to sell but sees the market as “largely favourable”.The evaluation on the sale comes as the company anticipates a stronger second half to the year in its core engineering and construction business as it continues to reduce the number of troubled legacy projects.These include the $1.3-billion McGill University superhospital, which is on track to be completed on Sept. 30 if SNC receives about $200 million for additional work.“We will be turning over the hospital not one second before the money’s in the bank,” Card told analysts.Card said Ste-Justine Children’s Hospital and highway projects in Western Canada are making progress.The company reiterated its EPS guidance for the year at $2.80 to $3.05, excluding the gain on the sale of AltaLink, the Alberta utility, and the impact of the planned $2.1 billion acquisition of purchasing of U.K.-based Kentz Corp. Ltd., a global engineering firm that provides services to the oil and gas sector, announced in June.“Our challenging project situation continues to get better even though it’s frustrating…So we’re counting on that to be less bad,” he said when asked to explain his outlook for the rest of the year.SNC-Lavalin (TSX:SNC) continued to face challenges in the second quarter, missing expectations despite swinging to a $32.1 million profit on a 12.7-per-cent drop in revenues.The company said net income attributable to shareholders equalled 21 cents per share for the three months ended June 30, compared to a 25 cents per share or $37.7 million loss a year earlier.The results included $25.9 million of expenses related to the proposed $2.1-billion acquisition of Kentz Corp. Ltd. Excluding one-time items, adjusted earnings equalled 38 cents per share, well short of the 63 cents per share forecast by analysts.Revenues were nearly $1.7 billion, down from $1.94 billion in the year-ago period, as higher concessions revenues were more than offset by decreases in its core engineering and construction division.“While overall market positions are presenting more challenges than we had hoped at the beginning of the year, we remain optimistic about the long-term growth and profitability of SNC-Lavalin and our progress in executing our strategic plan is serving to improve this outlook,” Card added.The engineering and construction group lost $46.9 million in the quarter, an improvement from the $104.7 million loss in the June 2013 quarter.Infrastructure concession investment profits increased 17.8 per cent to $78.9 million due to higher net income at AltaLink, which is being sold to a division of Berkshire Hathaway, and higher dividends from its stake in Highway 407.Maxim Sytchev of Dundee Capital Markets said the results shows the impact of challenging projects.“All-in, not a lot of silver lining in the short-term,” the analyst wrote in a report.Leon Aghazarian of National Bank Financial said the results look disappointing at first blush but the focus should remain on the outlook for 2015.“We remind investors that the heavy lifting in terms of cost cutting, backlog ‘clean-up,’ major acquisition and ICI divestiture is well underway and we continue to look towards 2015 for the realization of these benefits,” he said in a note.On the Toronto Stock Exchange, SNC-Lavalin’s shares closed at $56.91, down $1.71 or nearly three per cent in Friday trading.Follow @RossMarowits on Twitter SNC-Lavalin may sell stake in Highway 407toll road quicker than planned
It’s a goal Laura Court has been working toward for a long time. Now, the hard work has paid off as the Brock University rower from St. Catharines is in Plovdiv, Bulgaria this weekend as the coxswain for Team Canada at the Under-23 World Championships.Court is the first Brock coxswain in years to make it to the World Championships, but she follows in the footsteps of previous coxswains Joel Finlay and Terry Paul, who both went to the Olympics in the role.“As there is only one coxswain position on the team, Laura’s hard work over the winter and spring attending camps and learning from former national team coxswains made the difference in making the team,” said Brock rowing coach Peter Somerwil.Brock will also be represented at the 2017 Canada Summer Games in Winnipeg starting July 28.The rowing events will be held on Rabbit Lake in Kenora, Ont. from July 31 to Aug. 4. Among those representing Team Ontario will be: Alicia Piazza (St. Catharines, lightweight women); Amanda Martin (Orono, open women); 2017 recruit Anna Maloney (Niagara Falls, open women); Owen Voelkner (St. Catharines, lightweight men); Luke Gadsdon (Hamilton, open men).The Ontario men’s team also has an all-Brock coaching staff led by Andrea Miller and assisted by Swede Burak and Peter Somerwil.Also from Brock at the Games will be Erik Hohnstein (Edmonton) who will represent Alberta in the men’s eight event.
AUSTIN, Texas — Marcus Evans scored 16 points and De’Riante Jenkins added 12, helping VCU hand Texas its second straight loss at home against a mid-major opponent, 54-53 Wednesday night.Marcus Santos-Silva had 10 points, and career highs with 16 rebounds and five steals for the Rams (7-2).Texas (5-3) has lost three straight, including a three-point defeat by Radford last week.The Longhorns had two shots to win the game in the final 40 seconds, but Courtney Ramey and Matt Coleman missed open 3-pointers, the latter as time ran out.Jericho Sims led Texas with 14 points. Nobody else reached double figures.VCU turned 18 Texas turnovers into 17 points and 17 offensive rebounds into 19 points.Sims made a shot in the lane to leave Texas trailing by one point with 4:12 remaining. The Longhorns then had four turnovers and a missed a shot on their next five possessions, while VCU made two free throws — by Issac Vann — during that stretch for a three-point lead.A steal by Longhorn Jaxson Hayes led to a fastbreak basket by Kerwin Roach with 1:29 left, and VCU again led by one.Evans and Jenkins scored 12 points apiece as VCU took a 32-31 halftime lead. Evans scored seven in the final 1:19, the last five on free throws. Jenkins, meanwhile, made four 3-point baskets in the half.BIG PICTUREVCU: During his first three seasons at Texas, coach Shaka Smart was reluctant to use the full-court defence, known as havoc, that he popularized at VCU. Smart believes it hurts efforts to recruit high-level high school players, although he has employed it more this season. VCU coach Mike Rhoades, a former assistant to Smart, has no such reluctance. The Rams use it a lot, and it helped them take a one-point lead at halftime despite shooting only 25.8 per cent. VCU induced nine turnovers, turning them into nine points, including two that gave the Rams the lead just before halftime. The Rams shot a little better in the second half; 30.8 per cent.Texas: Roach, a senior, was briefly in the national spotlight when he scored a career-best 32 points — nearly double his average — during a 92-89 win against North Carolina on Thanksgiving night. Roach converted all three of his 3-point attempts. But in three games since that one, Roach has hit just 7 of 37. He was 1 of 11 against VCU.UP NEXTVCU is at No. 4 Virginia on Sunday. Virginia defeated the Rams 76-67 last season at VCU.Texas is at home against Purdue, which missed the AP top 25 rankings by one point this week, on Sunday in the second of six straight home games for the Longhorns. Texas and Purdue have met three times but not since 2003. The Longhorns won two of those games, including a 73-72 contest in the second round of the 1990 NCAA Tournament in Indianapolis.Mark Rosner, The Associated Press
Then-freshman running back Dontre Wilson (1) runs the ball in a game against Purdue Nov. 2. OSU won, 56-0.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorAs the Ohio State football team continues its trudge through spring practice, position battles abound across the team.With the loss of players like Corey “Philly” Brown from the wide receiver corps and Carlos Hyde from the backfield, inserting a new brand of playmakers and expanding the roles of those already in coach Urban Meyer’s system is likely to prove vital in replacing the team-leading 771 receiving yards from Brown and 1,521 rushing yards Hyde tallied in a season that ended in back-to-back losses.Meyer said Tuesday that the offense is going to have a “different little taste to it” than it did a year ago as a result.“It’s going to be a different … we’re going to have to lean on some perimeter ways of getting first downs and all that,” Meyer said. “Where, last year when you rushed for 300 yards a game, it’s because that offensive line. We have other weapons.”But the process of filling those voids left by Brown, Hyde and a powerful offensive line is going to depend on guys like senior wide receivers Devin Smith and Evan Spencer, as well as younger guys like sophomore running back Dontre Wilson, freshman wide receiver Johnnie Dixon and redshirt- freshman wide receiver Jalin Marshall.“We got a lot of guys, not just me and Evan with experience. We got guys like Dontre that are really stepping up, that’s talented,” Smith said Thursday after OSU wrapped up its seventh practice of spring. “Johnnie Dixon is another guy that came in that really turned some eyes. We got a lot of guys around us that can help us and so you know we are just hoping that these young guys dive in the playbook and get better each and every day.”Much like last year with Wilson, a lot of buzz has been generated with the additions of younger players like Dixon and Marshall — who is set to miss time with a knee injury but be back for summer workouts. But expect to see Wilson’s role expand, too, after now having a full year in Meyer’s offense. Wilson said at times last year he felt like a “decoy” within the offense.“I just didn’t feel like I was that involved. Basically most of the plays I was pretty much just faking and fly sweeping and the defense would bite and we would throw it downfield,” Wilson said. “So yeah, I felt like a decoy. But now, things have changed so now I’m getting my chance and I’m making the best of it.”Wilson said he is the primary punt and kickoff returner on the team now with Brown gone, but he’s also planning on having more of a role in the offense.“I wasn’t as comfortable (last year) but now I feel comfortable and I feel like me again,” Wilson said. “Getting a lot more opportunities to make plays.”While the offense is looking to replace players like Brown and Hyde in search of the same amount of production it had in last year’s 12-2 campaign, the defensive line is looking to buy into what new defensive line coach Larry Johnson’s selling. Doing so will help build off a solid season one year ago.“Not necessarily a feeling out period, it’s a trust period,” Johnson said Thursday. “To really develop a trust … and right now they’re reaching back. And that’s really great to see.”A player who Johnson said is making great strides so far in the spring is junior defensive end Noah Spence, who is suspended for the first two games of the 2014 campaign for reportedly testing positive for ecstasy.“Really pleased with his effort on the field and off the field,” Johnson said of Spence. “He’s doing great in the classroom so I think Noah’s all about business. He wants to be a great player, and great players work hard and work through adversity and that’s what he’s doing. I think it’s been really good to see that.”Johnson said he plans to have eight or nine players in the rotation at defensive line, looking to keep players as fresh as possible with how the majority of college football teams have moved to a spread, high tempo offense.But to do that, you’ve got to be in shape and willing to go hard every play, senior defensive lineman Michael Bennett said.“He just wants us to go 100 percent to the ball every play,” Bennett said Thursday. “But with coach Johnson, he wants us running all the way until the ball is on the ground. He wants strip sacks, not just regular sacks, just little stuff like that. He’s really adamant about going until the whistle blows and then getting back on the line and not being tired.”The Buckeyes are set to take on Navy Aug. 30 at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. Kickoff is set for noon.
A homegrown WAR rate of 43 percent is well below the long-term average of 63 percent for world champs, but that number is propped up by teams that won their titles before MLB’s modern era of free agency and mass player movement. Since free agency began in 1976, the average champion got about 50 percent of its WAR from homegrown players. In comparison with the highly imported nature of the 2004 Red Sox roster, the 2016 Cubs had a pretty normal mix of developed and acquired talent.Finally, the quality of the 2016 Cubs’ position players set them apart from the 2004 Red Sox, particularly on defense. Both teams received immense contributions from their respective pitching staffs; Boston ranked 14th among champions in pitching WAR,4Per 162 games. while Chicago ranked 27th. But the Cubs’ lineup also generated the 16th-most WAR by a championship team, while the Red Sox got only the 77th-most WAR of any champion from its lineup. Some of Chicago’s impressive young position-player talent flowed from a promise Epstein made at his introductory news conference in 2011. There, Epstein declared his intention to build “a foundation of sustained success” rooted in player development, echoing a similar sentiment from early in his tenure with Boston. “We’re going to turn the Red Sox into a scouting and player development machine,” he said in 2002. Although the returns didn’t come in quickly enough for the veteran Red Sox of 2004 — only 12 percent of the team’s WAR was generated by players who began their careers in Boston, the third-lowest rate for a champ ever — Epstein’s machine did eventually produce younger, more homegrown champions in 2007 and 2013. Epstein left Boston in 2011, but his fingerprints were all over the roster that brought Boston its ’13 title. And in 2016, 43 percent of the Cubs’ WAR was generated by players who made their MLB debuts in a Chicago uniform, many of whom Epstein drafted himself. When Theo Epstein left the Boston Red Sox to become president of baseball operations for the Chicago Cubs in the fall of 2011, he told reporters he was “ready for the next big challenge.” And what a challenge it was: The Cubs were coming off of a 71-win season, without much help on the way. Famously, the team’s last pennant had come 66 years prior, and it hadn’t won a World Series in 103 years.Epstein, of course, was well acquainted with the anguish of a supposedly cursed fan base. In 2004, as general manager of the Red Sox, he’d been the architect of Boston’s first world championship in 86 years. The parallels to Chicago’s plight were obvious. But the prospect of a second Epstein miracle seemed too much to realistically expect. The 2004 Red Sox had needed one of the greatest comebacks in professional sports history to end the team’s drought — surely such lightning couldn’t strike twice, could it?It could, and did. On Wednesday night, Epstein’s Cubs did what previously had been reserved for the realm of fantasy, bringing a World Series to Chicago’s North Side for the first time in 108 years. So, having pulled off the feat twice now, how do Epstein’s two curse-breaking teams stack up?First things first: The 2016 Cubs were probably better than the 2004 Red Sox. Although the Cubs had a penchant for doing things the hard way during the playoffs, they also had one of the best couple-dozen regular seasons in MLB history. By wins above replacement (WAR),1All mentions of WAR in this story will refer to an average between the competing versions offered at Baseball-Reference.com and FanGraphs.com. Chicago was the seventh-best World Series winner ever; Boston ranked 41st out of the 112 all-time winners. The Cubs also just edged out the Sox, according to FiveThirtyEight’s Elo team ratings,2Using the more complete version that’s adjusted for the quality of a team’s starting rotation. ranking 29th among World Series winners versus Boston’s 32nd-place finish. (To be fair, by another measure of Elo the 2016 Cubs ranked as the 70th-best team ever, slightly behind the 64th-ranked 2004 Red Sox.)But more interesting than straight rankings is the contrast in how each team was built. The 2004 Red Sox were a veteran team, the fourth-oldest World Series winner in history.3Using an average for the team’s regular-season roster that weights according to how much each player contributed to the team’s overall record as determined by WAR. They had old hitters — 22nd-oldest among historical champs, as weighted by each player’s regular-season plate appearances — and positively ancient pitchers — No. 1 all time, in fact, weighted by regular-season innings pitched. Epstein was handed a team full of vets when he took over as Boston’s general manager after the 2002 season, and he doubled down further by adding the likes of Curt Schilling (age 37 in 2004), Keith Foulke (31), Kevin Millar (32), Bill Mueller (33) and Mike Timlin (38) via trades or free agency.Epstein’s Cubs, on the other hand, were pretty average as far as the age of championship rosters go: They ranked 52nd-youngest out of the World Series’s 112 winners. But they also had an interesting split between the average ages of their lineup and their pitching staff. In keeping with the tradition of the 2004 Red Sox, Epstein once again assembled a pretty old group of pitchers in Chicago — eighth-oldest among all champs (though a full year-and-a-half younger than Boston’s grizzled staff in ‘04). Chicago’s position players, however, ranked 11th-youngest in championship history. The mix between fresh-faced kids such as Kris Bryant (age 24) and Anthony Rizzo (26) on the hitting side and aging pitchers such as Jon Lester (32), Jake Arrieta (30) and John Lackey (37) built the foundation for one of the most interestingly constructed rosters of any champion. Much of that difference came down to defense: Those Red Sox ranked sixth-to-last in baseball by defensive runs saved in 2004, instead typifying the classic mashing-over-fielding profile carried by many of that era’s sabermetric darlings. The defensive-minded Cubs, by contrast, illustrated the evolution of today’s data-driven teams, ranking first in baseball (by a wide margin) in DRS this season.Those kinds of distinctions particularly help put Epstein’s accomplishment in perspective. As one of the first wave of young, Ivy League-educated, statistically savvy general managers, Epstein was able to reverse Boston’s curse by building what was effectively the prototypical early-sabermetric ballclub: patience and power at the plate, and power pitching on the mound. If the ball was ever put in play, you took your chances with the most adequate defense you could cobble together while still propping up your on-base percentage and slugging average. The 2004 Red Sox were one of the first teams to win with that formula, but Epstein’s 2016 champion Cubs show how much the winning equation has changed as sabermetrics has matured. Now, the value of dynamic free-swingers like Javier Baez has been rediscovered, as has the importance of defense. The secret to breaking Chicago’s curse was very different than the one that broke Boston’s hex 12 years earlier.And if Epstein ever molds another champion elsewhere, it’s a good bet that team will look different than either the ‘04 Sox or the ‘16 Cubs. Another good bet: It will probably set another prototype for subsequent teams to follow, whether they’re trying to end a championship drought or not.
Co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Ryan Day speaks to the media on March 21. Credit: Jacob Myers | Assistant Sports EditorOhio State lost long-time college coaches Ed Warinner and Luke Fickell after the 2016-17 season. While some fans cheered the departure of Warinner and wished Fickell well in Cincinnati, the pedigree of OSU coaches got a whole lot more impressive with the addition of Ryan Day and Bill Davis.While Ryan Day will help guide redshirt senior J.T. Barrett through his last year in Columbus, Bill Davis will be tasked with leading the linebacker unit, arguably the pride and joy of the last few Buckeye football teams. Also taking on co-offensive coordinator duties with newly hired Kevin Wilson, Day most likely will be the coach who is most closely observed by fans after the OSU passing game struggled for the second straight season. Still, his time spent as the quarterbacks coach under coach Chip Kelly with both the Philadelphia Eagles and the San Francisco 49ers last season should help.Just three days into practice, Day sees a close similarity between OSU and NFL programs.“Real close,” he said on Tuesday. “First off, because the guys who are running around this field are like NFL players. From the skill guys to the guys up front, the guys here have done an unbelievable job recruiting. So, the talent level here is just like a lot of the NFL teams. And that’s what’s most impressive when you get out here for the first three days.”While Day might feel at home, he still faces a tough task in morphing Barrett back into the passer he was during his redshirt freshman season, when he threw for 34 touchdowns and completed 64.7 percent of his passes. Day sees the potential in Barrett to return to the form that pushed him into Heisman consideration, and is using his NFL experience to help the Scarlet and Gray signal caller.“I think that I was lucky enough to coach those guys for the last couple years in the NFL and focus on quarterback play and fundamentals,” Day said. “I really impart that to him every day and just kind of relaying some of that information to him. I think he really appreciates that. But he’s also been coached at a high level to this point too, so it’s just really building upon it at this point.”Day was an offensive coordinator in 2013 and 2014 with Boston College. During those seasons, the Eagles averaged 27.7 and 26.2 points per game.Linebackers coach Bill Davis speaks to the media on March 21. Credit: Jacob Myers | Assistant Sports EditorDavis brings in more “next level” coaching experience than Day, most notably as a coach under NFL defensive masterminds Bill Cowher, Dick LeBeau, Wade Phillips, Marvin Lewis and Dom Capers. Entering his 26th season of coaching, Davis has belonged to coaching staffs of nine different NFL teams.Players have been feeling the differences in the way he coaches, and compare it to an authentic, NFL style.“Definitely. The first day, the first meeting, you could tell,” junior linebacker Jerome Baker said. “This has to be a NFL meeting room because, the way he coach(es), his style especially, is geared toward pro athletes. You could tell that he’d been in the NFL for a few years.”Davis has coached numerous notable NFL linebackers, such as D’Qwell Jackson, Connor Barwin and Kevin Greene. Like Day, Davis also sees similarities in the OSU program and the NFL.“As much as it can be,” Davis said. “The difference is the classes that the young men have to go to, we don’t have in the NFL. So the structure of the work is a little bit different. But what separates the Ohio State guys is the total growing of the man. I really am in awe of how coach Meyer and his staff and the system grows a human being, not just a football player. So what we found in the NFL is when Ohio State guys come, their mental toughness, because they go through this system of the grind, of hard, they come in so mentally tough, it’s tough to trip up Ohio State guys. So that’s why you see the young guys succeeding in the NFL. Because the talent level is the same.”There is still plenty of time for things to change, but the overall impression the new coaches have made on the staff has been positive. The impact of Day and Davis will be on display on April 15 in Ohio Stadium during the spring game, with kickoff scheduled for 12:30 p.m.
The judge told him: “You told me proudly in evidence that your family motto is Love of Country and that is your motivation, but it seems to me on the evidence I have seen that you are not motivated by love of country, but by your hatred of anybody who has different views to yours and to any who have recently arrived in this country.”You show this hatred by publicly directing abusive threats at others, which is a criminal offence in this multi-racial society we are lucky enough to live in.” The judge noted that it was since his conviction two days ago, when he was warned that he might go to prison for the menacing posts, that Philipps expressed sincere remorse for his behaviour.She said: “You have had an epiphany in the last two days. You now recognise how offensive your language was and recognise the racially aggravated nature of the first post.”This is a sudden conversion after many months when you have expressed racist views.”You accept now your posts were a self-indulgent release of anger. I accept you have an alcohol dependency. At the time, you believed your behaviour was an example of freedom of speech.” A viscount has been jailed for 12 weeks after offering money on Facebook for someone to kill Brexit campaigner Gina Miller.Rhodri Philipps, the 4th Viscount St Davids, had posted online: “£5,000 for the first person to ‘accidentally’ run over this bloody troublesome first generation immigrant.”The 50-year-old wrote the comment just four days after Ms Miller won a landmark High Court challenge against the Government last year.Philipps, of Knightsbridge, central London, described her as a “boat jumper”, and added: “If this is what we should expect from immigrants, send them back to their stinking jungles.” The 4th Viscount St Davids, Rhodri Philipps, arrives at Westminster Magistrates’ Court ahead of sentencingCredit:David Mirzoeff/PA He was convicted at London’s Westminster Magistrates’ Court of two counts of sending menacing messages on a public electronic communications network.The other post Philipps was convicted for was in response to a news article about an immigrant and his children.A five-year restraining order was also placed against Philipps in order to “protect ” Ms Miller, along with Arnold Sube, the immigrant he abused online, and Matthew Steeples, who informed Ms Miller about the racist material.Senior district judge Emma Arbuthnot ordered the recently bankrupt Philipps to pay £500 compensation, noting that he is of limited means. She gave him six months to pay up and warned she would send the bailiffs to his home if he did not comply. A £115 surcharge was imposed and Philipps was ordered to pay costs of £250. The judge told Philipps that he had “tried and failed to justify the racist abuse” by saying that Ms Miller plus Mr Sube and his family deserved the language because they were immigrants. Philipps, who represented himself at the trial, had argued that he had uploaded the material in anger, had only intended to send it to his friends and that he did not mean to publish it widely or to cause offence.The judge said: “You had plenty of time in which to remove them but they remained before you finally deleted them when you realised that they may get you into trouble.” 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.
AS PART OF AN operation code named “Coco” officers from Revenue’s Customs Service, seized 1,800 unstamped cigarettes, 3.5 kilogrammes of roll-your-own tobacco, €12,200 in cash and a commercial vehicle in Cork this morning.The cigarettes and tobacco had a retail value of €2,463 and a potential loss to the Exchequer of €1,946.With the assistance of Revenue’s cash and tobacco sniffer dog “Harvey”, officers executed a search warrant on a private residence on the North side of Cork City and seized “Mayfair” cigarettes and “Samson” and “Golden Virginia” tobacco.The cash was detained under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2005.An Irish male in his fifties is being questioned. Investigations are ongoing and a file is being prepared for the DPP.Read: Tobacco-detection dog sniffs out 52,400 illegal cigarettes>Read: Man arrested as cannabis worth €280k is seized in Roscommon>
(NB: While the article reflects the video’s statement that the hard drive — and IBM 3390 — was 10 megabytes, other sources suggest that IBM 3390 “SLED” drives were actually much more capacious. It’s likely that this hard drive stored between 1 and 2 gigabytes of data.)As we move into a world packed with solid state drives, it seems like fewer people will ever experience the joy of taking apart their own hard drive. The mechanical hard drive, though often maligned, is one of the most intricate, interesting, and precisely built devices that you’ve ever encountered. And that’s today’s drives… the ones from yesteryear are even larger (as in physically huge) and more magnificent. Fortunately, there is now a teardown of one of IBM’s most expensive server hard drives ever, the IBM 3390.Most companies rely on commodity hardware today — stuff that’s inexpensive to buy in bulk, and easier to replace than repair. Google and Facebook datacenters, for example, are filled with commodity hardware that you can buy off the shelf at Best Buy, and they buy them buy the thousands when they have to. Before commodity hardware was an option, companies like IBM released very expensive hardware that came with long term service agreements. These service agreements included just about every piece of the hardware you were buying from them, and typically meant a technician from that company would come out to you in order to perform the repair.IBM’s 3390 hard drive weighed roughly 85 pounds and consisted of nine 11-inch platters that combined to offer about 10MB of storage. The casing to the hard drive included a pair of air filers to make sure particles from the outside didn’t make it to any of the sensitive areas on the disk. The drive shown in the teardown showed signs of having been repaired with replacement parts as late as 1991, complete with a fly that had found its way in and died. The inside of the drive is still in amazing condition, with each part shined and polished as though it were new.The video walks you through teardown of this impressive hard drive, including the individual heads responsible for writing to each platter. The massive size of the hard drive makes it way easier to see each of the individual parts responsible for making this hard drive work. The ceramic used in the heads, as well as the Halon gas used to keep the drive cool aren’t the kind of thing you would find in a spinning disc drive today.In some ways this is a great “they don’t make ’em like they used to” moment, but when it comes to hard drives that seems to be a good thing. While you won’t be having anyone from IBM coming out to service your machine anymore, the advancement of technology has brought this kind of technology to a point where it is far less expensive to replace them. In the span of 25 years hard drives have gone from being these massive 85 pound monstrosities that only big companies could afford and only the skilled could repair to one of the most common pieces of technology in our lives today that can be purchased and replaced by anyone with a screwdriver.via EEVBlog
Jun 26th 2018, 9:02 PM By Cormac Fitzgerald Share2083 Tweet Email1 Ireland agrees to take in 25 migrants from stranded Lifeline ship The Lifeline boat has 234 migrants on board and has been refused permission to dock in a number of countries. Tuesday 26 Jun 2018, 9:02 PM Image: Libyan Coast Guard via AP Short URL http://jrnl.ie/4093851 File photo of a ship containing migrants intercepted offshore near Libya. Image: Libyan Coast Guard via AP 118 Comments 28,799 Views File photo of a ship containing migrants intercepted offshore near Libya. THE IRISH GOVERNMENT has today agreed that Ireland will offer refuge to about 25 migrants who are currently on a boat stranded 30km off the coast of Malta.The Lifeline boat has 234 migrants on board and has been refused permission to dock in a number of countries.The Taoiseach and Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan have been in touch with the Tánaiste – who is in Luxembourg today – regarding the matter, who in turn has been liaising with his Maltese counterpart.Agreement has been reached with Malta that Ireland will be one of a number of EU countries to take the migrants once the Lifeline boat docks at Malta. The boat is expected to dock in Malta in the next 48 hours.The Lifeline has been stranded for days in the Mediterranean without a port to dock at after picking up the migrants in distress off the Libyan coast last week.French president Emmanuel Macron said earlier that France will be one of six EU countries to take in the 233 migrants aboard the NGO boat.The French president criticised the German NGO Mission Lifeline saying it had defied “all the rules” by coming to the migrants’ rescue when the Libyan coastguard was already intervening.“We cannot permanently accept this situation,” he warned, adding “in the end we are playing into the hands of smugglers by reducing the risks of the journey”.The Maltese government has agreed to take in the Lifeline on condition that an agreement to distribute the migrants among EU member countries was reached.Portugal, France and Italy are among the countries involved in the negotiations.With reporting from Christina Finn and © – AFP, 2018 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Kindle : Amazon cède face à l’éditeur MacmillanÉtats-Unis – Amazon, le cybermarchand de livres électroniques, est contraint par un éditeur d’augmenter le prix de certains de ses ebooks.Amazon, le vendeur américain de livres électroniques, avait provisoirement retiré de la vente les titres de l’éditeur Macmillan sous leur forme numérique. En effet, la maison d’édition Macmillan publishing ne voulait pas se soumettre aux tarifs proposés par son revendeur. Mais ayant le monopole de ses ouvrages, l’éditeur américain est en position de force, et a pu imposer à Amazon de lui accorder un prix “premium” sur ses ebooks.À lire aussiAbeille, Mark Zuckerberg et cancer, les 8 actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 13 avrilLa politique appliquée par Amazon est de vendre un ouvrage aux alentours de 10 dollars (soit environ 7 euros). La proposition du fournisseur est que le prix de vente de ses livres électroniques soit compris entre 9 à 11 euros. Le groupe Amazon a tenu à expliquer à ses clients les raisons qui l’ont poussé à augmenter ses tarifs, par le biais d’une note postée sur son site Internet : “Nous voulons que vous sachiez qu’au final, nous avons dû capituler et accepter les conditions de Macmillan qui possède un monopole sur son catalogue.”Le Kindle (lecteur de livres électroniques) d’Amazon s’est très bien vendu depuis sa création. La plupart des lecteurs d’ebooks en dispose, c’est pourquoi Amazon espère que les consommateurs trancheront à long terme, et que Macmillan s’alignera sur les tarifs en vigueur.Le 1 février 2010 à 16:11 • Emmanuel Perrin
Apple met un terme à la location de séries TV sur iTunesApple a décidé d’interrompre son service de location de séries TV sur iTunes disponible aux Etats-Unis. Sur iTunes 10, il permettait de louer un épisode de série pour 0,99 dollars seulement. Désormais, il ne sera possible que de les acheter.C’est fini, tout Américain qui a raté un épisode de sa série préférée n’aura plus la possibilité de le louer sur iTunes. En effet, Apple a décidé de mettre fin au service qu’elle avait mis en place sur le portail et qui permettait de louer pour 0,99 dollars seulement un épisode de série TV. Une décision justifiée par le porte-parole de la marque à la pomme Tom Neumayr, qui explique au site AllThingsDigital : “Nous avons remarqué que les utilisateurs préféraient largement acheter que louer”. À lire aussiiPhone 6 : un smartphone fragile qui se plierait en restant dans une poche ?Désormais, les épisodes de série seront donc disponibles uniquement à l’achat. Une préférence qui peut s’expliquer par la possibilité de visionner les épisodes achetés à volonté sur les appareils iOS, un PC, un Mac ou une Apple TV via iTunes in the Cloud, commente Clubic.com. Tom Neumayr explique ainsi : “iTunes in the Cloud permet aux utilisateurs de télécharger, de regarder leurs achats TV passés […] et de profiter de leurs programmes quand et comment ils le veulent”.Toutefois, Apple ne compterait pas en rester là en matière de télévision, si l’on en croit le Wall street journal. Tim Cook, le nouveau PDG de la marque aurait ainsi déclaré que la société “travaillait sur une nouvelle technologie diffusant de la vidéo sur les téléviseurs et examinait la question du lancement d’un service de télévision avec abonnement”, rapporte Clubic.com. En outre, d’autres rumeurs notamment relayées par le site VentureBeat, mentionnent une éventuelle sortie en 2012 d’un téléviseur fonctionnant sous iOS. Le 30 août 2011 à 19:26 • Maxime Lambert
FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – A precautionary boil water notice is in effect for parts of Fort Lauderdale.On Sunday, city officials urged residents to boil water used for drinking, cooking, making ice, brushing teeth and washing dishes.The affected area stretches from West McNab Road south to Northwest 62nd Street, as well as from Northwest 31st Avenue west to Cypress Creek Road.Officials issued the notice after crews repaired a one-inch water service line along the 3100 block of Northwest 69th Street in Palm Aire Village West. Water service was temporarily interrupted to a portion of the neighborhood while repairs were made.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
It is almost one year since the Sockeye fire in Willow devastated over 7,000 acres of Southcentral Alaska and torched 55 homes.Download AudioThe Sockeye Fire which devastated Willow in 2015 (Photo courtesy of the Mat-Su Borough)Fire investigators pinned the cause of the fire on two Anchorage residents, Greg Imig and Amy DeWitt, charging they had left a burning debris pile unattended on Imig’s Willow property. The state is prosecuting the two, charging them with several counts, all misdemeanors.In a series of pre-trial hearings, starting last July and running through the early months of this year, attorneys for Imig and DeWitt asked the court for more time for discovery.But state attorneys are getting impatient for the case to go to trial. Roman Kalytiak, is Palmer’s district attorney.“Usually a district court case doesn’t take a year to get to trial,” Kalytiak said. “So at this next pre-trial conference we are going to ask the court for a trial date, and carve out some trial time for us, because this is going to take a little bit longer than a normal misdemeanor case.”Kalytiak said the case is not close to resolution and is complicated for a number of reasons, because of the substantial damages involved. Many of the fire victims lost their homes entirely, and suppressing the fire cost more than $8 million, according to fire officials.Another complication, Kalytiak says, is that the current presiding judge in the case will be moving to another position, and it is uncertain which new judge will be assigned to the Sockeye case.“In my mind, if we get a trail date that is pretty certain, if there are any offers to be made by the defense, or any resolutions to be had, that the parties tend get more serious if they are looking at a trial date.”Kalytiak said he’d like to get the case finished by the end of this summer. He says it will take about two weeks for the state to present it’s case at trial.Another pre-trial hearing is set for Friday in Palmer.