Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast August 28, 2019

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Drier weather moves in today. We should be mostly dry today through Saturday morning. The only chance for a little hiccup will be early Friday morning over the northern third of the state. There may be a minor disturbance moving through the great lakes that triggers a shower or two, but coverage is very minor, and at this point we are not going to talk up rain chances much. we will reevaluate again in 24 hours.A stronger front arrives Saturday afternoon and evening, bringing rain  through Sunday, first to northern areas, and then statewide. Rain totals likely from .25″-.75″, coverage at 80%.Dry Monday through Wednesday with a mix of clouds and sun early, mostly sunny later in that period.Rain next Thursday brings .25″-.75″ to 70% of Ohio.Map below shows rain totals for the 10 day period.Extended period still has potential for rain later Saturday into Sunday, then dry through midweek the following week.Temps average 3-8 degrees below normal over the next 10 days, with some warmer potential later this week and weekend. Temps 5-10 degrees below normal for the extended period.last_img read more

Which Countries Have the Strictest Internet Censorship?

first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#censorship#help for censorship#media censorship#Online Censorship URL filtering – Certain pages can be filtered out if they contain sensitive terms in their URLs. Removing pages from search engine results – The authorities can pressure search engines to exclude specific websites from their results. This makes them essentially impossible to find unless a user already knows the URL. Resetting the network connection – When a connection is blocked by a filter, it can be cut off on both the client and server sides for a set amount of time. This can prevent other visitors from reaching the site, as well as stop the offending individual from accessing other websites. How Data Analytics Can Save Lives AI: How it’s Impacting Surveillance Data Storage The internet’s instant access to information is crucial for education, spreading ideas and activism. This makes it a significant threat to authoritarian governments, leading many countries to strictly censor websites, content, and communication. But, which countries have the strictest internet censorship? Platforms like Twitter and Facebook were central to the uprisings of 2011’s Arab Spring, a critical part of the Venezuelan protests, and have also been key aspects of many other political actions. In response, some countries have adopted even more stringent controls to try to stem the unrest. But, which countries have the strictest internet censorship?Because internet censorship is a threat to democracy and freedom of expression, let’s take a look at which countries have the strictest controls, what measures they have in place, and how their citizens can get around these systems.How is the internet censored?The internet can be censored in several different ways. In the most extreme examples, such as North Korea, the majority of the population is cut off from the internet, and only a small portion of society can access its tightly controlled intranet. This system makes it virtually impossible for average citizens to access the free internet.If adequate internet infrastructure is in place for the majority of the population, there are still ways that governments can restrict it. The two most common techniques are site blocking and content filtering. These involve entirely blocking access to websites that regulators don’t approve of and removing any information on specific topics, respectively.These techniques can be used to suppress criticism of the regime, block resistance movements, ban ideas and content that are deemed inappropriate, stop the flow of information during political turmoil, and much more.Sites and content can be restricted either manually or automatically with algorithms that detect and stop access to controversial material. They can also be blocked and filtered on either a permanent or a dynamic basis. Some governments may choose to block certain content during elections, political scandals, or other events when they perceive that the regime could be harmed.Technical measures for blocking or filtering content.Censorship rules and regulations are generally enforced by governments, but it’s often ISPs, apps, and websites that are charged with implementing them. There are some different techniques that can be used to block and filter websites:DNS filtering – The authorities can block access through DNS hijacking, which returns the wrong IP address, or by not resolving the domain. Disconnecting the network  – Connections can be prevented in an even more comprehensive way by blocking access to routers. This can be done by turning off the hardware, or through various software-based techniques. Disconnecting the network, which completely restricts internet access in the area, and it is sometimes used by governments to shut down communication during political turmoil.Countries with strict internet censorship.Most countries have some level of internet censorship, but covering every single one in detail would get repetitive. Instead, we’ll just talk about the standouts – those who have the strictest systems that prevent their citizens from accessing the internet freely.ChinaWhile China has widespread internet access, it also has one of the world’s most advanced and extensive censorship systems. To start with, it blocks many foreign websites such as YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and Wikipedia.Instead, China has many of its own tightly controlled platforms such as Youku Tudou (video hosting), WeChat (social media, messaging and mobile payments), and Baidu (search engine). Each of these platforms is pressured to restrict content far more stringently than their western counterparts, which hampers the flow of information on a wide range of important topics.According to researchers from WeChatScope, some of last year’s most censored subjects included the China-US trade war, US sanctions against ZTE, and the arrest of Huawei’s CFO in Canada. These are in addition to its usual taboo topics like the Tiananmen Square Massacre, pornography, the Dalai Lama, the independence of Tibet and Taiwan, freedom of speech, and much more.Not only are these and other topics tightly controlled on Chinese platforms, but site blocking and content filtering is also in place to prevent Chinese internet users from accessing the information through other avenues.Blocking access to controversial material isn’t all that the Chinese authorities do. They also extensively monitor the internet access of their citizens. These capabilities are often used to prevent protests and jail dissidents.North KoreaChina may have the most advanced censorship systems in place, but it’s North Korea that offers its citizens the most limited access. Because the country is so insular, it’s hard to find accurate numbers of internet users. It appears that access is still limited to the elite class and specific institutions.Although many North Koreans now have mobile phones, it’s thought that most of these users still aren’t connected to the internet. Of those who do have access, it is limited to a national intranet known as Kwangmyong.This intranet offers access between universities, libraries, government departments, and a few locally hosted websites. The available content seems to be severely restricted, much of it infused with North Korean propaganda.According to Business Insider, an even tinier fraction of the upper echelon have access to the open internet as we know it. It seems like its use is limited to high government officials and the military.CubaUntil recently, Cuba also had very limited internet access for the bulk of the population. One of the most significant steps forward came in 2015 when the government began its roll-out of-of public Wi-Fi hotspots.In late 2018, 3G was also introduced, allowing Cubans to access the internet through their data plans. Despite the increased availability, the internet is still costly compared to the average salary.There is also strict censorship in place, including blocks against publishers and bloggers that cover Cuban human rights abuses or criticize the political system. This mainly seems to affect local organizations, while many foreign outlets are permitted.Social media platforms like Facebook and WhatsApp are allowed, however, Skype is blocked for some strange reason. Even the Tor network is accessible in Cuba, so those that can afford the internet have ways of getting around the restrictions.IranThe Iranian Government tightly controls its citizens’ internet access. It blocks many western platforms, such as YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook, with others banned on occasion as well. On top of this, pornography and gambling sites are also forbidden. Users who try to access this content over the regular internet will first receive a warning. Subsequent attempts may lead to prosecution.The authorities restrict access to many foreign media channels, as well as sites that express criticism of the government. Several sites that are considered anti-Islamic or taboo within the culture, such as those that discuss LGBT issues, are also forbidden.Citizens are heavily monitored, and the authorities also restrict access during times of unrest, such as when Instagram and Telegram were temporarily blocked in 2017. Iran also throttles its internet during times of protest to limit communication. Many privacy tools are also banned.The future of Iranian internet censorship is not looking positive, with a new government department that seems to be tasked with exerting even more control over the internet. On top of this, the Iranian government is almost ready to unveil its national intranet, which could restrict content even further and make it easier for the authorities to throttle access to international mediaSaudi ArabiaSaudi Arabia also has high levels of internet censorship. All international traffic is channeled through the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology, where it passes through a content filter that removes information deemed inappropriate by the government for either moral or security reasons. Note that the regime’s definitions of immoral or dangerous content are far more extensive than how most people in the west would define them.The filter restricts sites about Shia Islam, drug use, LGBT rights, pornography, gambling, circumventing the filter, criticism of the Kingdom, and much more. More recently it has also been censoring news about the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Turkey’s Saudi Arabian embassy.Progressive activists are monitored and have even been detained for their social media posts. Wikipedia has been blocked in the past, although it’s currently available. On top of this, the government previously blocked apps like Viber, WhatsApp, and Facebook, but they are now available again.VietnamThe Vietnamese Government has incredibly tight control of the flow of information within the country. Its systems may not be as sophisticated as China’s, but its heavy-handed punishments help to stem dissent and controversial opinions.The government blocks a broad range of content under two separate wings. The Ministry of Public Security restricts access to politically controversial content such as the websites of banned political parties, human rights organization and those that are critical of the government. The Ministry of Culture and Information blocks content that features high levels of violence, pornography, and superstition.Both organizations and individuals are liable for any content they create, share or store, and could face severe repercussions if it is deemed to affect the nation’s security, social order, economy, or its DNS servers. The censor’s often target prominent websites or blogs, including both domestic and international publications.Censorship is mostly performed at the ISP level, which involves putting content deemed inappropriate on blacklists. When someone visits a blocked page, they may either see an error message or a notice that the page has been blocked.The government has also pressured companies to remove content deemed inappropriate. In 2018, it had Facebook remove 670 accounts, and Google take down 5,000 YouTube videos. Both Facebook and Instagram have also been periodically blocked during protests. However, they are generally available at other times.In 2010, the government passed a law requiring public WiFi providers – such as internet cafes, hotels, and other businesses – to track their users with monitoring software.One of the most worrying developments is a law passed in 2018 that went into action at the start of this year. The regulations further limit online expression, particularly those activities which are deemed as antithetical to the state.The law will also force social media organizations to store their Vietnamese data within the country, and it obligates them to remove offending content within one day of receiving notice. The legislation also pressures them to hand over user data.On top of these strict laws, the Vietnamese authorities have also imprisoned countless activists for such minor infractions as posting social media statuses that were critical of the regime. These strict punishments compliment the technical restrictions, helping to limit the flow of information within the country.Other countriesIf you’re not from one of the above nations, you may be misled into thinking that you have access to free and open internet. For the most part, this is not the case, because even the most progressive nations have their own restrictions.Countries such as the UK, Sweden, and others block child pornography, while both France and Germany restrict access to hate speech. While many would view these restrictions as healthy for society, it’s still important to be aware that blocks and filters are used in even the most democratic countries.How to get around internet censorship.If you are a resident or just traveling through one of these heavily censored countries, you may want to take measures so that you can reach the free internet. Be aware that doing so may be illegal, so do some research on the relevant nation’s laws and weigh up the risks beforehand.Alternate locationsIn certain situations, censorship can be circumvented by either the source of the information or the individual seeking it out. It all depends on how the content is being blocked. If a specific website URL is being filtered out by the censorship system, site administrators may be able to get around it by hosting the content at another location. This isn’t the best solution, because censor’s can just block the new URL as well.Sites can also be copied, cached or mirrored and stored elsewhere. If the original has been blocked, users can seek out these alternatives.Proxy serversIf a website is blocked, proxy servers may provide another way to access the content. When a user visits a proxy website such as Proxysite.com, they can seek out whatever content they are looking for through the proxy.Instead of directly loading the content from the server it is hosted on, they load it through the proxy server instead. This obscures the actual site from the filter, which can allow users to reach blocked content. However, most restrictive governments also block proxy sites, so it can be challenging to find one that still functions.SSH TunnelsSSH is a protocol that can be used to circumvent censorship. It encrypts data between the client and the server, so filters can’t actually see what a user is accessing. While the authorities can’t access the encrypted data, in countries such as China, SSH connections can still be disrupted.VPNsA VPN is similar to an SSH tunnel in that they both provide encrypted tunnels between the client and server. However, they rely on different protocols. VPNs are one of the most commonly used tools for getting past online censorship.Be aware that some governments use more advanced detection and blocking mechanisms, so you may find that it’s more difficult to circumvent censorship in some countries than in others.China has one of the world’s most advanced systems when it comes to blocking VPNs, so potential users in China need to be particularly careful when selecting their VPN service. Not all VPN services are created equal, and many may not work.Because China’s systems are more sophisticated than most others, it’s generally a safe bet that if it works in China, it will probably work in your country. Despite this, if possible, it’s best to test a service before you commit to a providerThis list of VPNs was working in China when the article was published, but you need to be aware of its limitations. VPNs can be finicky, and whether they work in your case can depend on your exact location, internet service, and configuration.It’s also important to note that China is continuously adapting and improving their systems, so a VPN that makes it through the Great Firewall today could hit a brick wall tomorrow. If using a VPN is essential for your daily life in China or any of the other countries, you may want to avoid a long-term subscription – changes in a country’s blocking systems could lead to you paying a monthly fee for a VPN that you can’t even use.TorTor is another system that enables users to get around censorship. It encrypts data in layers and sends it through a series of random nodes, each one stripping off a layer of encryption. This process prevents the censor’s from being able to see what content a user is accessing, which allows them to visit restricted sites freely.Many countries block standard configurations of Tor, so accessing the network may not be so straightforward. In a country with advanced censorship systems such as China, users may be able to access the Tor network through a meek bridge, although many people report difficulties in getting it to work.Should you circumvent censorship?In most countries, internet censorship can be avoided relatively easily. All it takes is a little bit of technical know-how and maybe a subscription service. Since the systems in place generally aren’t too difficult to get around, the biggest question isn’t whether you can slip past the filters, but whether you should.Censorship is undoubtedly harmful to democracy and limits freedom of expression, however, it’s crucial to consider whether circumventing it is genuinely worthwhile. In some cases, slipping past filters is illegal. While most governments don’t seem to punish minor infractions, there can be severe repercussions if these tools are used to criticize the government or spread controversial content.In some cases, avoiding censorship can do tremendous amounts of public good. Despite this, people need to be aware of the risks involved and make their decisions accordingly. Leveraging Big Data that Data Websites Should T… Packet filtering – Another technique involves monitoring keywords and ending TCP packet transfers if certain words are detected.IP address blocking – This involves blocking the connection to individual blacklisted IP addresses. It can also affect other websites hosted on the same server, even if they don’t include any inappropriate content. Paul Bischoff Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You…last_img read more

Why You Cannot Succeed in Sales and Be Conflict Averse

first_imgIf you are in sales, management, or leadership, you are going to have to be comfortable dealing with conflict. Success requires that you find a way to work through conflict.There are going to be conflicts around the commitments you need your dream client to make so they can produce the outcomes they need. The more serious the change, the more opportunity there is for equally serious conflict. When you ask people to make change, it comes with the territory.There are going to be larger conflicts around what the right solution needs to look like once you bring in additional stakeholders, many of whom have their own wants and needs, and who may also work actively work against you. You can surface these conflicts as you try to help people find a middle way, achieving the outcomes they need while mitigating the challenges that change creates.There will be conflict when it comes to the investment you need your client to make, and that conflict can be great when there is a lot at stake. Your clients want the outcomes they need, and much of the time, they want those outcomes without having to invest the necessary money. They also want to avoid the conflict that comes from asking for and spending more money than they are presently spending.Salespeople who are conflict averse have trouble obtaining the outcomes they need because those outcomes aren’t easily achieved without some level of conflict. Salespeople who don’t like cold calling are really afraid of the conflict that sometimes comes with interrupting people.As a manager, you will have conflict about the work that needs to be done, how much work is necessary, and how fast it needs to be done. This can cause serious conflict. You will have conflict about pipeline integrity, the opportunities being pursued, and whether or not your sales process is being followed to produce the greatest odds of winning. You will have the conflicts that come with providing your sales team with air cover from upper management, and the conflict that comes with selling your own company to do the right thing.As a leader, you are going to have the conflict that comes with determining strategy and leading your organization to reach its full potential. You are going to have conflicts when people disagree with your vision, when they act outside your values, and when they put the culture you are building at risk.I was recently asked why I seem to enjoy conflict, and I agreed that I do enjoy it. The reason I enjoy conflict is because the better results is always on the other side of conflict, and you can’t get there until you get through the conflict. This doesn’t mean that you can’t be polite, professional, and collaborative. It doesn’t mean that you can’t actually improve your relationships while engaging in the conflict. But it does mean that you have to be comfortable in conflict. Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

Odisha comes up with a flood atlas, aided by satellite imagery

first_imgOdisha has come out with a unique flood hazard atlas on the basis of historic flood inundation captured through satellite imagery over the period from 2001 to 2018, which is expected to help the State manage floods more efficiently.The National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC) of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), Hyderabad had taken the study on flood hazard zonation for Odisha. The atlas was released by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik at the State-level Natural Calamity Meeting here on Saturday.Vast areas of the State are inundated when there is flooding every year in major rivers, namely, the Mahanadi, Brahmani, Baitarani, Subarnarekha and Rushikulya. Some of the rivers like, the Vamsadhara and Budhabalanga, also cause flash floods due to instant run-off from their hilly catchments. According to Bishnupada Sethi, Managing Director, Odisha State Disaster Management Authority (OSDMA), damages due to floods are caused mainly by the Mahanadi, the Brahmani and the Baitarani, which have a common delta where floodwaters intermingle, and, when in spate simultaneously, wreak considerable havoc. The entire coastal belt is prone to storm surges, which is usually accompanied by heavy rainfall, thus making the estuary region vulnerable to both storm surges and river flooding. Few districts in the western and southern part of Odisha are prone to flash floods, he pointed out.The NRSC analysis says about 8.96% (13.96 lakh hectares) of land in Odisha was affected by floods during 2001-2018. Out of total flood-affected area (13.96 lakh hectares), about 2.81 lakh hectares of land falls under high (inundated seven-nine times) to very high (inundated 10-14 times) flood hazard categories. Eight out of 30 districts such as Bhadrak, Kendrapara, Jagatsinghapur, Balasore, Puri, Jajpur, Khordha and Cuttack districts are more flood-affected districts. As high as 77% of Bhadrak and 70% of the Kendrapara district have been categorised as flood hazard.According to P. G. Diwakar, Director of Earth Observation, Application and Disaster Management Support Programme Office of ISRO, “A large number of satellite images acquired over 18 years (2001-2018) were used. All satellite data sets were analysed and flood layers were extracted. All the flood layers corresponding to a year are combined as one inundation layer, so that this layer represents the maximum flooded area in one year.”‘Useful resource’“All such combined flood layers for 18 years were integrated into flood hazard layer representing the observed flood-inundated areas with different frequencies. This layer was integrated with the digital database layers of Odisha,” said Dr. Diwakar. The atlas would serve as a useful resource of information for policy makers, planners and civil society groups, said Chief Secretary A. P. Padhi.last_img read more

Carlo Lastimosa signs with Kia

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netCarlo Lastimosa gets a new lease on life as he was signed to a one-conference contract with Kia.Team governor Bobby Rosales confirmed the news to INQUIRER.net as the Picanto gets a big boost on offense with the signing of the former St. Benilde stalwart.ADVERTISEMENT Lastimosa last played for NLEX where he averaged 8.8 points, 1.4 rebounds, and 1.7 assists in 16.9 minutes of action.Despite his impressive showing, the Road Warriors bought out the 27-year-old guard and went on their separate ways before the start of the 2017-2018 season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThrough his four-year career, Lastimosa averaged 10.0 markers, 1.9 boards, and 1.5 assists in 17.8 minutes of play in his stops in Barako Bull, Blackwater, and NLEX.His entry is a shot in the arm for Kia, which is drawing the bulk of its offense from Rashawn McCarthy, who leads the team with 15.75 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 5.0 assists. Read Next View comments Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHcenter_img BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities The Picanto have yet to notch a victory in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup, going 0-4 so far. They seek to end to their 16-game losing streak on Saturday against Rain or Shine. PBA Season 43: Kia Picanto PLAY LIST 03:11PBA Season 43: Kia Picanto00:50Trending Articles05:25What we ought to know about Filipino Sign Language01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed D-League: Marinero loses 17-point lead but holds off Zark’s-Lyceum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasalast_img read more

Rockets’ Zhou Qi released after failure to launch

first_imgZhou spent three seasons in China with the Xinjiang Flying Tigers, helping them capture the Chinese crown in 2017.Zhou has also represented China, and was a member of the country’s 2016 Olympic team. He was also a part of the China squad which won gold at the Asian Games in Jakarta in September.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Zhou was chosen by Houston with the 43rd overall pick in the 2016 draft.However, he failed to establish himself in Houston, playing just a handful of games from the bench in 2017-2018 with no starts.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefThe towering seven-foot (2.17m) player spent most of the past two seasons playing for the Rockets’ junior affiliate Rio Grande Valley in the G-League.Zhou averaged 1.2 points and 1.2 rebounds a game last season for the Rockets in his 18 appearances. Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ LeBron James’ season-low 13 in blowout caps Lakers’ eventful week Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games02:45Drilon blasts Duterte’s infra program as ‘dismal failure’02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? View comments Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Zhou Qi #9 of the Houston Rockets poses for a portrait during the Houston Rockets Media Day at The Post Oak Hotel at Uptown Houston on September 24, 2018 in Houston, Texas. Tom Pennington/Getty Images/AFPChinese forward Zhou Qi’s bid for NBA glory with the Houston Rockets came to an abrupt end on Monday after he was released by the club.A brief statement on the Rockets website said the 22-year-old center had been waived by general manager Daryl Morey.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostinglast_img read more

The As Changed Baseball Once They May Be Changing It Again

Tigers144914481441-7-8 Brewers151015191515-4+5 White Sox145714371441+4-16 Pirates148314831493+10+10 Athletics149015281551+23+61 Blue Jays150714881480-8-27 Angels151015141511-3+1 Marlins144314491439-10-4 The well-traveled, and perhaps forgotten about, Jackson has given the A’s 60 quality innings this season — not bad for a guy playing on his 13th(!) MLB team. Jackson has done this by getting crafty: reducing the use of his fastball from 35.3 percent last season (47.9 percent for his career) to 16.2 percent this season.Among the changes Fiers has made since joining the A’s is creating more separation in height between his fastball and curveball, as Jeff Sullivan found for FanGraphs. He has a 1.47 ERA in three starts with Oakland.Saving more runsThe makeshift pitching staff is also aided by one of the best infield defenses in the game. That’s an effort led by Chapman.While Chapman is an excellent hitter, he’s the best third base defender in the game according to Defensive Runs Saved — and it’s not close. In fact, his 26 Defensive Runs Saved are the best in the game at any position. The next closest third baseman is Travis Shaw of Milwaukee with nine.Chapman leads an elite Oakland infield defense. According to DRS, the A’s also rank second in DRS at first base and eighth at shortstop in the majors. Moreover, Oakland trails only the Arizona in the difference between expected opponent batting average — based on opponent exit velocity — and actual opponent batting average. The A’s are getting to more ground balls and line drives relative to their infielder rivals. Phillies149015071496-11+6 Padres145514461444-2-11 Giants149415021490-12-4 Rays1495151915190+24 The A’s meteoric riseMajor league teams by change in Elo from the preseason and the All-Star Game, as of Aug. 22 Diamondbacks152315231536+13+13 Rockies150315101519+9+16 Royals145914081407-1-52 Twins151014941493-1-17 Mariners150815221507-15-1 Nationals154615221524+2-22 Rangers149714801492+12-5 Braves147415101519+9+45 Red Sox154915901602+12+53 Indians157615551566+11-10 Treinen also has a slider and cutter that baffle opponents. Cardinals152215081540+32+18 Mets149114641484+20-7 Dodgers156815601553-7-15 Cubs155815681543-25-15 TeamPreseasonAll-Star GameCurrentAll-Star GamePreseason EloChange from … Yankees156515891571-18+6 So how did the A’s get here? This isn’t another “Moneyball” story. The once-undervalued metric of on-base percentage is no longer baseball’s best-kept secret — and it’s not even an Oakland staple. The A’s have instead pursued different paths to become one of the better teams in the major leagues despite opening the season with the game’s lowest payroll.Keeping it in the airBecause fly balls and line drives are so much more valuable than ground balls, more and more individual players are trying to launch balls into the air. But the A’s have acquired, and ostensibly tried to develop, the skill at a teamwide level since 2013. As MLB.com’s Mike Petriello found, the A’s have posted five of the eight lowest ground-ball seasons since 2004, including this season’s mark so far. Their average launch angle of 14.9 degrees leads baseball.3The MLB average is 11.7 degrees.While they have acquired fly-ball hitters like Jed Lowrie, Matt Joyce and Khris Davis, they have also developed anti-grounder sluggers in Matt Olson (2012 first-round pick) and Matt Chapman (2014 first-rounder). Lowrie told FiveThirtyEight that he never sat down with an A’s official to talk about his batted-ball profile, but the Stanford University product does use the technology available in the home batting cage for tracking his exit velocity and launch angle to fine-tune his swing.“My guess is they probably identify guys like that to try and acquire [the skill],” Lowrie said of the A’s front office. “It’s part of their calculus.”What on-base percentage was to the Moneyball A’s, fly-ball percentage is to this group of upstarts. That’s made them the league’s fourth-most efficient offense despite a near league-average on-base mark of .322.The A’s are also adapting to their environment. Lowrie notes that Oakland Coliseum is one of the most difficult places in the game to drive the ball, and while the A’s have the lowest ground-ball rate on the road in the majors at 37.8 percent, that rate spikes to 40.9 percent at home, good for eighth-lowest. While Lowrie says teammates Davis, Olson and Chapman can hit the ball “out of Yellowstone,” other A’s alter their approach depending on the ballpark environment. The A’s lead baseball in offensive efficiency on the road with 119 weighted runs created plus (wRC+), a stat that adjusts for park and run environment, with 100 representing league-average performance. But Oakland is only about average at home, with 96 wRC+.Lowrie noted that the A’s set a record for most consecutive road games with a home run this season4They hit at least one homer in 27 straight road games. and that they’ve done much more damage on the road. The Athletics rank 18th in the majors in home runs at home with 67, but they lead the majors in road homers with 106. They are one of the best road teams in baseball at 37-26.“We are playing on a [home] field that is below sea level, with swirling winds that are generally blowing in from right field,” Lowrie said. “We’ve pitched much better at home,” with a 3.32 home ERA vs. 4.30 on the road. “We’ve found different ways to win at home and on the road.”Always be closingThe early 2000s A’s rarely overpaid or valued relievers, believing them to be highly fungible. This Oakland team has the most dominant reliever in the game in Blake Treinen and has further bolstered its strong bullpen with trade acquisitions of Jeurys Familia (2.02 fielding-independent pitching, 19 strikeouts in 15 innings with the A’s) from the Mets and former Twins closer Fernando Rodney.Acquired as a buy-low target with a 5.73 ERA last July in a trade that sent Sean Doolittle and Ryan Madson to Washington, Treinen is second in the majors in relief WAR and owns a 1.00 ERA.While WAR may not be the optimum way to measure a reliever’s value, win probability added (WPA) accounts for the change in win expectancy between every plate appearance. According to WPA, Treinen has been the most valuable pitcher in baseball this season — ranking ahead of aces Max Scherzer, Jacob deGrom and Aaron Nola. His sinker leads the majors in whiffs per swing, and when put in play, it produces 4.6 ground balls for every fly ball. Per FanGraphs pitch values, it’s the fifth-best sinker in the majors. The pitch, with its combination of elite velocity and movement, can make opponents look foolish. The Moneyball A’s didn’t prize defense, fly balls or ace relievers, but this club does. While the formula is different than in the early 2000s, what remains the same is that the A’s are finding value where other clubs are not.Check out our latest MLB predictions. At midseason, the American League seemed decided. The number of tanking teams — some intentional efforts, some unintentional — combined with the AL’s super teams1The top four teams by run differential reside in the AL: the Red Sox, Astros, Yankees and Indians. were conspiring to strip the league of postseason races. The league’s playoff teams seemed all but set by the All-Star Game.But then the Oakland A’s came charging out of the baseball wilderness to give us some late-summer drama.After three consecutive last-place finishes, the Athletics began the year with a 16 percent probability of reaching the postseason and a 6 percent chance of winning the AL West. And just two months ago, they were as many as 11.5 games behind the reigning World Series champion Astros. But after winning 42 of their last 58 games entering Friday, the A’s have cut that deficit to 1.5 games, and they now have an 89 percent chance of advancing to the postseason and a 22 percent chance of winning the AL West.The surge is no fluke. Oakland has the game’s eighth-best run differential, at +94 runs, and has seen the greatest improvement in FiveThirtyEight’s team rating since the start of the season.2As of Aug. 22. Reds146514841474-10+9 Diversifying their pitchesWhile the A’s have a dominant star in the bullpen, the story is different in the rotation. In the early 2000s, the A’s had a trio of front-line starters in Barry Zito, Mark Mulder and Tim Hudson. This year’s A’s team has a rotation populated predominantly by reclamation projects like Trevor Cahill, Brett Anderson, Mike Fiers and Edwin Jackson. Without a legit ace — or even a household name — the A’s rank second to the Red Sox in pitching WPA.Signed to a one-year, $1.5 million contract in the winter, Cahill has become one of the biggest bargains in baseball in part by reducing the use of his fastball and generating more swing and miss with his slider, more than doubling its usage. Cahill has a 3.44 ERA, and his 2.1 WAR according to FanGraphs is the second-best mark of his career.Cahill had once been heavily dependent upon his sinker, but he told FiveThirtyEight that the A’s have given him “weighted pitch” data, which he’s used to diversity his overall pitch mix. For the first time since 2012, he has four above-average pitches, according to FanGraphs linear weights.“If you can throw four different pitches, and they are doing different things in the zone, it’s tough [for batters] to guess,” Cahill said.The A’s also have pitch-tracking Rapsodo technology for use in between appearances, which Cahill uses to monitor his release point and the underlying characteristics of his pitches — like spin rate — between starts.“I go look at my curveball and see if the spin rate is higher,” Cahill said. “I look at where I am releasing it.” Astros157715991585-14+8 Orioles147514221416-6-59 read more

Milner – Liverpool need to learn from Arsenal draw

first_imgJames Milner says Liverpool’s draw at Arsenal should be “a learning curve” for the Reds after they conceded a late equalizer on Saturday.Milner opened the scoring just after the hour-mark, but Arsenal fought back and equalized thanks to a goal by Alexandre Lacazette just eight minutes before full time.Liverpool extends their unbeaten start to the Premier League season after drawing 2-2 at Stamford Bridge and goalless at home to Manchester City.“[We are] very disappointed really, which is a good thing I suppose, playing away at Arsenal,” Milner told Liverpoolfc.com.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“To be 1-0 up in the second half and not see it out, we are disappointed; with the chances we created, we should have scored a few more goals.“It’s pleasing we are creating those chances, but we could have been a bit more ruthless and maybe not put as much pressure on ourselves not to concede to win the game.“This draw is different to Chelsea, for example, so there are ups and downs and things that we can learn,” said Milner, who reached the milestone of 50 Premier League goals.“But you can see we are moving forward as a team and we are defending well together. Again, that’s another learning curve for us – to see those sorts of games out.”last_img read more

FEMA Opens Four Recovery Centers In Harris County To Help Flood Survivors

first_imgListen X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /01:15 Al OrtizDante Jones (right) receives assistance from FEMA representative Paul McFarlane (left) at the disaster recovery center the agency has opened in the Greenspoint area.The Federal Emergency Management Agency, FEMA, has opened four disaster recovery centers in Harris County to help victims of last month’s floods.The recovery centers are located in west Houston, the Greenspoint area, Spring and Cypress.Although flood survivors can register with FEMA by phone or online, they can also do it at these centers.The advantage of going in person is that they receive face-to-face information and advice.Besides grants for temporary housing and home repairs, the assistance can also include coverage of uninsured property losses and low-cost loans.“The key question is: Were you affected, what county were you affected in, what was your loss, what was your family size, so forth, what is the needs? And then we walk you through the type of assistance that we can help you with, along with SBA and all the other partners around here,” explains Paul Timmons, a liaison with FEMA for the Houston area and Harris County.So far, FEMA has received more than 10,000 applications from Harris County residents.Shauentray Jones is a Houston resident who is looking for help. She has three small children and used to live in one of the Greenspoint apartment complexes that got flooded.Jones works at a restaurant, but says she has lost everything and her only desire at this moment is to get back to normal.“I just need to get me and my family back to where we were. That’s all I’m asking for. I don’t want nothing else, just get me back to where I was before the flood,” she said. The recovery centers are open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m to 6 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.In addition to FEMA representatives, personnel from the U.S. Small Business Administration, SBA, as well as from the state of Texas are also available at these centers. Sharelast_img read more

Crossing borders with music and rhythm

first_imgThe ICCR is organising the first  International Dance and Music Festival, showcasing performances by foreign artistes, who have achieved high level of proficiency in Indian Classical Dance.These artistes from six countries have been doing commendable work in promoting Indian Dance and Culture in their countries and will be performing in the two-day festival in the Capital.Akmaral  is the Gold medal Winner and the title Champion of the World – 2003  in Hollywood, USA in the nomination of ‘ethnic dance’ at  the Seventh World Championship of performing arts. In the year 2004 Akmaral became the first member from Kazakhstan at the International Dance Council (CID) within UNESCO in Paris. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Of French nationality but Indianised by culture, Saaj is a two member instrumental duet conceived in early 90’s after many acclaimed performances and sharing the stage with the ‘classical greats of India’ The beautiful word ‘Saaj’ means ‘musical instruments ‘in the Indian language.Saaj, namely Sylvie Hiély and Laurent Gherzi, are like the body and soul of music, inseparable and thoroughly embedded into each other and existing as a ‘musical masterpiece.’ Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix Sumathi who has travelled extensively performing  in India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Australia and USA started her dance journey at  the Temple of Fine Arts Singapore in 1991. She migrated to Kuala Lumpur to become a fulltime dancer and began her training in Odissi with Geetha Shankaran-Lam and was presented in her Manch Pravesh in 2001. Nritta, whose name translates to ‘pure dance’, has taken the world of dance by storm and left audiences spellbound by her performances. The darling of the media wherever she performs, she has been named a ‘Wonder kid of Asia’ for her academic performance and her excellence in Odissi. Alisa received training in Bharatanatyam, under the tutelage of Irina Iskorostenskaya, Director of Nritya-Sabha Foundation, Russia, Moscow (2000-2007). She wants to build a career in teaching, performance and choreography of the Indian Classical Dance form of Bharatanatyam, with the ultimate vision of promoting and propagating it in various regions of the world.Nathalie Ramírez, a professional flautist, obtained her Bachelor degree from the University of Veracruz, Mexico in 2010. Five years ago she got interested in Indian Classical Music, and began learning through classes and courses in Mexico with musicians such as Hollving Argaez, Paul Livingstone, Abhiit Banerjee and Pandit Shubhendra Rao.Zhang XiaoQing learnt Kathak and Indian Arts at the Indian Embassy in China. In 2013 June she performed at the Indian Embassy to welcome Salman Khurshid, the External Affairs Minister on his visit to China. Zhang  has performed  Kathak at the China National Theater  ‘the prayer of Ganges—Indian music and dance’, at Diwali and Holi celebrations at the Indian Embassy in China.last_img read more