Arrested Development puts spotlight on workplace harassment expert

first_imgTheir dysfunctional on-screen family antics brought a cult TV sitcom back from cancellation, but an expert says the “Arrested Development” cast’s public reckoning with accusations of on-set verbal harassment could strike a chord with many Canadian workers dealing with bullying on the job.In a candid sit-down with the New York Times this week, several cast members from the Netflix series addressed the allegations of inappropriate behaviour against actor Jeffrey Tambor, including an outburst directed at his co-star Jessica Walter.Walter tearfully recounted being verbally “harassed” by Tambor in the interview, saying that in her career spanning six decades, “I’ve never had anybody yell at me like that on a set.”Tambor has admitted to having lashed out at coworkers, including Walter, but has denied separate allegations of sexual harassment that resulted in him leaving the cast of the Amazon series “Transparent.”McMaster University professor Aaron Schat, who studies aggression in professional settings, said the cast’s discussion offers an instructive test case for understanding the interpersonal dynamics and power structures that facilitate workplace bullying.“I think what I found so interesting, and frankly, disappointing is how it really … plays out as a microcosm of what can take place at organizations in general.”A well-established actor, Tambor serves as an example of how a worker can excel in their domain despite an acknowledged history of workplace aggression, said Schat.In fact, he said, professional success is often used to excuse bad behaviour.“The system ends up supporting or covering for their actions, and that of course then perpetuates and ends up implicitly rewarding this kind of behaviour rather than clamping down and reducing it.”Schat said this pattern can be seen in the Times interview when Jason Bateman “minimizes” his co-star’s culpability by attributing his conduct to the stresses of working on set, and says he would drop out of “Arrested Development” if Tambor wasn’t involved.In a series of tweets Thursday, Bateman apologized for his comments, saying they were “wrong” and that it seemed like he was “condoning yelling at work.”Schat said Bateman’s initial “endorsement” of Tambor also sent an implicit message to Walter that “he’s more important to the show than you are,” putting pressure on her to forgive him for the sake of keeping the peace.Forty per cent of Canadians experience workplace bullying on a weekly basis, according to a 2006 study cited on the Canadian Institutes of Health Research website.Schat said there are a few options for workers who are being mistreated by their colleagues.Most organizations have internal mechanisms for resolving workplace conflict, said Schat. He said some targets decide to confront their bullies head on, while others find strength in numbers by confiding in their coworkers.Jacqueline Power, an associate professor at University of Windsor’s business school, said workers in Canada have another tool at their disposal: the law.Labour laws protect Canadians from harassment in the workplace, Power said, and some provinces have tried address workplace bullying through their own legislation.However, she said, taking a bully to court does not guarantee a favourable outcome. Even if the victim prevails, it’s likely they’ll be awarded only a small sum in damages after a costly and time-consuming legal process, Power said.Having exhausted all other options, Power and Schat said many workers resort to quitting their jobs to put an end to the harassment.“You realize, ‘Wow, I’m experiencing this terrible behaviour, and I really have no one I can go to,’” said Schat.But things are changing, Schat said. Amid a global shift in society’s tolerance for harassment, he said, conversations about bad behaviour in the workplace are increasingly playing out in the public eye.“A really positive outcome of all of this is the broader conveying of a message that has probably been quiet too long,” he said.“This type of behaviour is not acceptable for anyone, and there needs to be a greater level of accountability in our organizations and in our industries than there probably has been in the past.”last_img read more

Online furniture seller Wayfair to open a store

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – Furniture seller Wayfair is following the path of other online retailers by opening an actual store.The company says it its first brick-and-mortar location will open by early next year in Florence, Kentucky, about 12 miles from Cincinnati. A spokeswoman for the Boston company says the 20,000-square-foot outlet store will sell items that have been returned but are in good condition, as well as other discounted goods.News of the Wayfair store was first reported by industry magazine Furniture Today.Online retailers have been establishing a physical footprint. Amazon.com, for example, bought grocer Whole Foods last year, has opened more than a dozen bookstores. It also plans to open more cashier-less Amazon Go convenience stores.Wayfair Inc. declined to say if it plans to open more stores.last_img read more

AGT Food agrees to CEOled goprivate deal that values it at about

first_imgCompanies in this story: (TSX:AGT)The Canadian Press REGINA — AGT Food and Ingredients Inc. has agreed to be taken private by investors including CEO Murad Al-Katib in a deal that values the company at $436 million.The Regina-based company says it has elected to proceed with the $18-per-share transaction proposed last July upon the recommendation of a special committee of independent directors and a fairness opinion from TD Securities.In early trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange, AGT shares were up nearly 12 per cent or $1.86 at $17.70.The buyers include Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd. — which partnered with AGT and several First Nations communities to buy the restored rail line and port at Churchill, Man., this fall — and Point North Capital Inc.AGT is an international distributor of food and ingredients, as well as a processor of pulses and specialty crops including lentils, peas, chickpeas and canary seed.The deal must be endorsed by a two-thirds majority vote by shareholders and a simple majority vote by shareholders that are not part of the buyer group. AGT has agreed to pay an $11.5-million break fee if the deal fails under certain circumstances.“Following a fairly lengthy process to consider the interests of all stakeholders of AGT and the future of the company, the management group, together with the other members of the buyer group, are excited at the prospect of a new chapter of AGT,” said Al-Katib in a news release.last_img read more

Grande Prairie RCMP warns public of travelling paving business

first_imgRCMP say these individuals are often travelling in rental vehicles and using rental equipment.It is said that they demand payment up front, either never complete the job or do a sub-par job, and leave with your money.Here are some tips to protect yourself from sales crime:If the deal is too good to be true, it probably isResearch any company/contractor prior to hiring themAsk for referencesMake efforts to know who you are speaking toAsk to see their business license and identificationTake steps to verify information prior to hiring a companyDo not pay upfront prior to the start of a jobIf you have any information about similar incidents, you are being asked to call the Grande Prairie RCMP 780-830-5700 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS. GRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – Grande Prairie RCMP are warning the public of a travelling paving business following a fraud incident.On the morning of July 4, at around 11:00 a.m., Grande Prairie RCMP responded to an incident involving a travelling group offering paving services at discounted prices.According to Police, individuals are travelling door to door offering residential paving for a fraction of the cost claiming to be associated with reputable paving businesses.last_img read more

Pierer Industrie in talks with Bajaj Auto for 48 pc stake in

first_imgNew Delhi: Bajaj Auto and Austria’s Pierer Industrie AG have started discussions to assess the possibility of transferring Bajaj’s 48 per cent stake in KTM AG to KTM Industries AG, with the Pierer-Group continuing to retain the controlling majority over KTM Industries AG. “Pierer Industrie AG and Bajaj will now evaluate the proposals in detail. The transaction decision is targeted to be made in the second quarter of 2019,” Bajaj Auto said in a regulatory filing Thursday. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal At present, Pierer Industrie AG holds approximately 62 per cent of the shares of KTM Industries AG. The listed company KTM Industries AG holds approximately 51.7 per cent of the shares of KTM AG. “If Pierer Industrie AG and Bajaj decide to execute the transaction, KTM Industries AG will examine the legal and economic requirements and conditions of a capital increase by contribution in kind from the existing authorised capital of the company. The authorised capital enables a capital increase of up to 50 per cent of the existing share capital,” the filing added. Bajaj Auto said if the transaction is executed, KTM Industries AG’s stake in KTM AG would increase from current 51.7 per cent to approximately 99.7 per cent.last_img read more

Your Guide To The 2019 NCAA Mens Tournament

Midwest region East region South region Top seed outlook: According to the FiveThirtyEight model, top seed Duke has the best chance of advancing to the Final Four in the entire field (53 percent probability) as well as the best odds of winning the national title (19 percent).The Blue Devils are led by four soon-to-be first-round draft picks, including Zion Williamson, one of the greatest talents in recent memory. Duke is a walking highlight reel on the offensive end and far stingier on defense than many may realize. This is among Mike Krzyzewski’s most-balanced teams and projects to be his first since 2010 to rank inside the top six in Ken Pomeroy’s adjusted offense and defense metrics. That team won the national title.1 Granted, they won the title again in 2015 with a team that fell below that benchmark on defense.What this team lacks, however, is touch along the perimeter. Duke shoots a ghastly 30.2 percent from beyond the arc, the worst mark among tournament-qualifying teams. In an offensive era increasingly dominated by space and perimeter scoring, the Blue Devils could buck the trend punishing the rim.On the other side of the region is the winner of the Big Ten conference tournament, Michigan State. As their reward, the No. 2 Spartans have the honor of a potential matchup against the top overall seed in the Elite Eight. Head coach Tom Izzo was none too pleased. The Spartans have been pummeled by injuries but remain one of the most balanced teams in the country, ranking inside the top eight in Pomeroy’s adjusted offense and defense metrics.Sneaky Final Four pick: No. 4 Virginia Tech. Led by the star pairing of Kerry Blackshear Jr. and Nickeil Alexander-Walker, the Hokies are a balanced squad that ranks among Pomeroy’s Top 25 teams on both offense and defense. Although they’ve lost eight times, only two of those were by double-digits. Virginia Tech also has a not-altogether-unfriendly draw, with extremely winnable opening games against Saint Louis (87 percent) and the Mississippi State-Liberty winner (63 percent) before most likely running into Duke’s juggernaut. We give the Hokies a respectable 25 percent chance against the Blue Devils — and a 54 percent chance against whoever emerges from the bottom of the region if they do manage to knock off Duke.Don’t bet on: No. 3 LSU. With coach Will Wade embroiled in a pay-for-play scandal and his team probably overvalued as a 3-seed, the Bayou Bengals could be ripe for an upset in this tournament. They ranked only 18th in Pomeroy’s ratings — roughly the quality of a No. 5 seed — thanks in large part to a defense that didn’t even crack the nation’s top 60 in adjusted efficiency. (This showed up in the 51 second-half points they allowed to Florida while losing their first game of the SEC tournament.) Their NCAA path isn’t very easy, either: Yale is no pushover as a No. 14 seed, nor is potential second-round opponent Maryland, and we give the Tigers a mere 26 percent chance of beating Michigan State if the teams meet in the Sweet Sixteen. This is easily the lowest-rated top-three seed in the field.Cinderella watch: No. 11 Belmont. The East is top-heavy, with Duke and Michigan State soaking up most of the Final Four odds. But the Bruins are an intriguing lower-seeded team because of an impressive offense led by do-everything swingman Dylan Windler. According to Pomeroy, Belmont ranks 20th in the country in adjusted offensive efficiency (and second nationally in raw points per game behind Gonzaga), while Windler was one of only three players nationally to average 20 points and 10 rebounds per game. Although the Bruins do have to win a play-in game against Temple just to make the field of 64 — we give them a 59 percent chance — they would have a very competitive 39 percent probability of upsetting Maryland in the first round and an even better chance against the LSU/Yale winner.Player to watch: Cassius Winston, Michigan StateThree years ago, zzo said he thought his 6-foot-1 freshman could be Michigan State’s best passer since Magic Johnson. The Spartans’ do-everything point guard — one of the best facilitators in the country — is validating his coach’s comment. Only Murray State’s Ja Morant, a surefire lottery pick in this year’s draft, has a higher assist rate than Winston (46.0 percent). And behind Winston, the Spartans assist on the highest rate of field goals in the country.The junior also happens to be Izzo’s leading scorer and one of the country’s top perimeter threats, shooting better than 40 percent from beyond the arc. As injuries have relentlessly sapped the Spartans of their on-court production, Winston has elevated his game to compensate. As he put it to The Athletic, “I have to do a lot for my team to win.”Likeliest first-round upsets: No. 9 Central Florida over No. 8 VCU (47 percent); No. 11 Belmont* over No. 6 Maryland (39 percent); No. 10 Minnesota over No. 7 Louisville (34 percent)(* Must win play-in game first.) Top seed outlook: Can No. 1 Virginia exorcise last year’s demons now that the team is at full strength? Our model thinks so. The Cavaliers have a 49 percent probability of cracking the Final Four and a 31 percent probability of reaching what would be the program’s first national title game.With De’Andre Hunter, who wasn’t on the court last year during UVA’s historic loss to No. 16 Maryland Baltimore County, the Cavaliers have been dominant on both ends — the only team ranking in the top five in Pomeroy’s adjusted offense and defense metrics. Once again, Tony Bennett’s pack line defense is suffocating most every offensive opportunity and successfully turning games into rock fights. But this year’s team is even better on the offensive end and should breeze into the Elite Eight, where it could meet Tennessee. Thanks to Grant Williams and the wonderfully named Admiral Schofield, the No. 2 Volunteers are playing their best basketball in program history. We give them a 22 percent probability of reaching the Final Four.Sneaky Final Four pick: No. 6 Villanova. Is it “sneaky” to pick the team that’s won two of the past three national titles? Maybe not. But this hasn’t been the same team that coach Jay Wright guided to those championships. After losing a ton of its best players from last year’s title-winning team, the Wildcats had an up-and-down year and lost five of their final eight regular-season Big East games. But they also got hot over the past week, capping off a season in which they still won the Big East regular-season and conference-tournament titles — and still had one of the 20 best offenses in the country according to KenPom (powered by an absurd number of 3-pointers). Our power ratings think they’re the fourth-best team in the South despite being the No. 6 seed, and they have a 5 percent chance of making it back to the Final Four for a third time in four seasons.Don’t bet on: No. 4 Kansas State. Coach Bruce Weber’s Wildcats nearly made the Final Four last season, but they might find it tougher this time around. K-State has an elite defense (it ranks fourth in the country according to Pomeroy’s ratings), but its offense is prone to struggles — and could be down its second-leading scorer, forward Dean Wade, who missed the team’s Big 12 tournament loss to Iowa State with a foot injury. A brutal draw that gives the Wildcats tough No. 13 seed UC Irvine in the first round, then places them opposite the Wisconsin-Oregon winner in Round 2, could limit their potential to advance deep into a second consecutive tournament.Cinderella watch: No. 12 Oregon. According to our model, the Ducks have the best Sweet 16 odds (24 percent) of any double-digit seed in the tournament, more than twice that of any other candidate. Oregon struggled to string together wins for most of the regular season, and its chances seemed sunk after 7-foot-2 phenom Bol Bol was lost for the season with a foot injury in January. But the Ducks have rallied to win eight straight games heading into the tournament, including a convincing victory in Saturday’s Pac-12 championship. Oregon fits a similar mold as K-State — great defense with a suspect offense — but that’s telling, given that the Ducks are a 12-seed and the Wildcats are a No. 4. If they meet in the Round of 32, we give Oregon a 47 percent chance at the upset.Player to watch: Grant Williams, TennesseeThe junior has come a long way from being “just a fat boy with some skill.” Williams, the de facto leader of Rick Barnes’s Volunteers, has bullied the SEC over the past two seasons, collecting two consecutive conference player of the year honors.The Vols might just feature the best offense of Barnes’s coaching career — and we’re talking about a guy who coached Kevin Durant! Much of that offensive potency can be traced to Williams, the team’s leading scorer and rebounder, who ranks in the 97th percentile in scoring efficiency, according to data courtesy of Synergy Sports.Williams possesses an old-man game you might find at a local YMCA, a back-to-the-basket, footwork-proficient offensive assault that manifests primarily in post-ups, where he ranks in the 98th percentile in scoring efficiency and shoots an adjusted field-goal percentage of 56.1. He can get the Volunteers buckets in the waning moments of games, too, as he ranks in the 96th percentile in isolation scoring efficiency.Likeliest first-round upsets: No. 9 Oklahoma over No. 8 Ole Miss (53 percent); No. 12 Oregon over No. 5 Wisconsin (45 percent); No. 10 Iowa over No. 7 Cincinnati (34 percent) Top seed outlook: On paper, the Midwest seems to be the most open of the four regions, but we still give No. 1 North Carolina the best odds, with a 35 percent probability of reaching the Final Four and an 18 percent probability of appearing in the national championship game. Those odds are at least 8 percentage points lower than any other No. 1 team in the field, though, and for good reason: North Carolina’s offense depends on turning every play into a fast break. The Tar Heels struggle to get to the free-throw line and give up a ton of shots along the perimeter, which, in a slowed-down, half-court matchup, could be quite problematic.After getting waxed by Duke to open the season, No. 2 Kentucky has caught fire in recent weeks while finding balance on both ends of the floor and mostly abstaining from the 3-point line. No. 3 Houston, meanwhile, is in the midst of its best season since Clyde Drexler and Hakeem Olajuwon were revolutionizing college basketball, and they boast a defense that ranks among the very best along and inside the perimeter.Sneaky Final Four pick: No. 5 Auburn. When the Tigers steamrolled Tennessee 84-64 in Sunday’s SEC title game, it likely got the attention of a lot of bracket-pickers. That wasn’t a one-off — Auburn also beat Tennessee eight days earlier, part of a string of eight straight wins for the Tigers, and 10 in their last 11 games. With an explosive offense (No. 8 in KenPom efficiency) that got more of its points from downtown than any other team in the NCAA field, Auburn can heat up in a hurry. We give the Tigers nearly a coin-flip’s odds of making the Sweet 16 — and a very solid 37 percent chance of beating top-seeded North Carolina if the Tar Heels are waiting for Auburn there. The only kryptonite might be a hypothetical regional-final matchup with No. 2 seed Kentucky, which beat the Tigers by 27 in late February to sweep their season series.Don’t bet on: No. 4 Kansas. The Jayhawks went into the season ranked No. 1 in the AP’s preseason poll, and they appeared to validate the choice by starting the season 10-0. But a 15-9 record (and some key injuries) since then have cast doubt on Kansas’s NCAA Tournament potential. This is a well-balanced team, but to say it doesn’t shoot well from the outside is an understatement — see KU’s 3-for-18 performance from deep in Saturday’s Big 12 ouster against Iowa State. Add an unfavorable draw that puts them on a potential second-round collision course with Auburn (see above), and we give the Jayhawks only an 8 percent chance of making out of the Midwest with their championship hopes intact.Cinderella watch: No. 11 Ohio State. If a Big Ten team that has made 11 Final Fours can be a Cinderella, then you’re looking at it in these Buckeyes. (Hey, the committee’s increasing tendency to seed underwhelming power-conference schools this way really messes with the definition.) OSU went only 18-13 during the regular season, was defeated in its second Big Ten tournament game and has almost twice as many losses as wins since New Year’s. So why are the Buckeyes a potential Cinderella? Despite the seed, this is still a dangerous team, one that ranks 27th in Pomeroy’s adjusted defensive ratings and has star forward Kaleb Wesson back from suspension. So maybe they’ll give Big 12 champ Iowa State trouble. But mainly this tells you something about the other potential Cinderellas in this region: Seton Hall got a very tough first-round matchup with underseeded Wofford; none of the other low seeds here are world-beaters. That leaves the Buckeyes, a team that did all it could to play its way out of the tournament, but has some upset potential regardless.Player to watch: Cameron Johnson, UNCOn a team that doesn’t hoist a ton of shots from the perimeter, Johnson is as lethal as they come. Following an injury-riddled campaign in which he barely made more than one-third of his looks from beyond the arc, the grad student is canning 46.5 percent of his attempts, which ranks inside the top 25 nationally.Johnson has thrived in North Carolina’s every-possession-is-a-transition-opportunity scheme this season. He’s blossomed into one of the best scorers in the ACC, ranking between the 85th and 100th percentiles in scoring efficiency in transition, off screens and on spot-ups.Johnson has elevated his game in conference play, boasting the ACC’s top offensive rating (132.5) and true shooting percentage (64.6). Suddenly, a player who wasn’t seen as a guaranteed professional now projects to be a second-round pick.Likeliest first-round upsets: No. 9 Washington over No. 8 Utah State (49 percent); No. 10 Seton Hall over No. 7 Wofford (37 percent); No. 11 Ohio State over No. 6 Iowa State (33 percent)Check out our latest March Madness predictions.CORRECTION (March 18, 2019, 3:10 p.m.): A previous version of this story misstated the number of Sweet 16s made by Villanova in recent seasons. Although the Wildcats have reached the NCAA Tournament’s “third round” in four of their past five seasons, that round was the Round of 32 until 2016 because of NCAA naming conventions. The NCAA Tournament is finally here! Will we see another No. 16 seed beat a No. 1 seed? Will Gonzaga finally win its first national championship? Will Zion Williamson’s shoe explode again? We can’t tell you exactly what will happen over the next three weeks, but we can help steer you in the right direction when picking your bracket using our March Madness prediction model. You can read about how the system works here, and read on to learn what the model has to say about the top seeds’ fates, dark horses and Cinderellas to watch, and favorites to avoid. Let the madness begin… West region From ABC News: Top seed outlook: Gonzaga is the best team in the West by a considerable margin, but the Zags, despite reaching the final two years ago, haven’t always performed well under the bright lights of the tournament. Still, Gonzaga has a 70 percent probability of reaching the Elite Eight, according to our model, and the third-best odds of any team to reach the national championship game (26 percent).Should Gonzaga face Syracuse in the second round, the zone defense of the Orange could give the Bulldogs trouble. This is the best offense Mark Few has had in Spokane, but it may be tested by any of the terrific defenses in the West: Four of the top 15 can be found in this region, including the top two in Texas Tech and Michigan.Sneaky Final Four pick: No. 4 Florida State. A fixture in the KenPom Top 20 for most of the season, the Seminoles are hoping to build on last season’s tournament run, which saw them come within a 4-point margin of making the Final Four. FSU has a dominant defense (No. 9 in Pomeroy’s ratings) and a balanced roster that saw four players accumulate at least 2.5 win shares. This draw isn’t terrible, either: Vermont isn’t especially difficult as a first-round foe, and Marquette is very beatable (more on that below). No. 1 seeded Gonzaga probably looms after that, and we give FSU a 24 percent chance against the Zags — but the Seminoles would have a 48 percent chance of making the Final Four if they were to pull off the upset.Don’t bet on: No. 5 Marquette. Teams seeded fifth aren’t usually good bets to make it past the Sweet 16 anyway, but Marquette might be an especially bad pick. According to the FiveThirtyEight power ratings, the Golden Eagles are by far the worst No. 5 seed in the field, and a first-round date with breakout mid-major superstar Ja Morant didn’t do them any favors. Marquette has some star power of its own in junior guard Markus Howard, who ranks sixth in the nation with an average of 25 points per game, but this team lost five of its last six games and has a tough tournament road ahead of it.Cinderella watch: No. 10 Florida. The Gators may have been one of the final bubble teams to sneak into the field of 68, but they could be poised to do some damage now that they are here. They drew Nevada, a so-so No. 7 seed, in the first round, and we give Florida a 42 percent chance of pulling the upset there. Last year’s national runner-up, Michigan, likely waits in Round 2, and that is a tough matchup (23 percent odds for Florida) — but if the Gators win, they have a 38 percent chance of making the Elite Eight. In a region with a number of good-but-flawed options, Florida looks better than the typical 10-seed.Player to watch: Brandon Clarke, GonzagaThe linchpin of the Zags isn’t the consensus lottery pick, nor the two veteran guards who have together started 87 percent of Gonzaga’s games over the past two seasons. It’s Brandon Clarke, a transfer from San Jose State who is in his first active season with the team. He’s perhaps the most underappreciated player in the country.On a team that typically features a 7-footer protecting the rim, it’s Clarke, at 6-foot-8, who is tasked with protecting the paint this season. Clarke has responded by setting a single-season blocks record and posting the highest block rate of any team under Few.“If I feel like if I can get a good, quick jump first, I’ll pretty much jump with anybody,” Clarke told me. “I mean, I’ve seen Zion (Williamson) coming down through the lane before on TV, and if I can’t jump at the right time, I probably wouldn’t jump with him, but … I don’t really see myself not jumping with anybody.”Likeliest first-round upsets: No. 9 Baylor over No. 8 Syracuse (48 percent); No. 10 Florida over No. 7 Nevada (42 percent); No. 12 Murray State over No. 5 Marquette (32 percent) read more

Commentary Reds Indians need more from All Stars to make run at

Courtesy of MCTMajor League Baseball’s All Star Game featured both up-and-coming players making their first appearance in addition to veterans who have been there many times before. This year’s Mid-Summer Classic saw a pair of Cleveland Indians who had never been invited to the game before and a trio of Cincinnati Reds that have been the part of festivities multiple times. The American League defeated the National League 3-0 Tuesday night, to earn home-field advantage in the World Series.Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis has made an incredible turnaround after a tough start to the season. At the end of April, there was probably not a single Tribe fan who believed he would get invited to the All Star Game. With a batting average hovering around .200 at the beginning of May, it was difficult not to think 2013 may be a long season for Kipnis.However, the second baseman solidified his spot on the American League All Star roster with a terrific month of June, hitting a scorching .419 and posting an on-base percentage of .517, both of which led the AL. Kipnis leads the Indians in hits, RBI, batting average and on-base percentage at the break, and if the they have any chance of making the playoffs they are going to need more of the same from him.Aside from Kipnis, Justin Masterson is Cleveland’s other All Star. Also making his first appearance in the game, Masterson has been the one pitcher for Cleveland that the team has received consistency from during the first half.For the Reds, first baseman Joey Votto seemingly has cemented himself as a member of the All Star Game since winning NL MVP in 2010. He leads the National League with a .434 on-base percentage and is seventh in the league with a .318 batting average. The Reds star leads the league in on-base percentage because his plate discipline is something like we have never seen before, and he refuses to swing at pitches out of the zone.Three-time Gold Glove winner Brandon Phillips typically earns a trip to the All Star game due to his defensive abilities, but his bat is also a good reason he played in New York Tuesday. Phillips’ 74 RBI is second in the NL, and that kind of production from a second baseman can be attributed to him consistently hitting fourth in the lineup, a spot that is designated for driving in runs. Reds manager Dusty Baker has put Phillips in the leadoff or second spot in the lineup in years past, but leaving him to bat after Votto is where he really thrives.Aroldis Chapman made his second appearance at the Mid-Summer Classic Tuesday night. Known as the “Cuban Missile” across baseball for his fastball that tops out over 100 miles per hour, the Reds’ closer is on pace to finish the season with over 40 saves. If it were not for the bullpen in front of him blowing leads prior to the ninth inning, Chapman would easily have another five saves to his name.Kipnis doubled in a run in his only plate appearance Tuesday night, and Masterson was not sent to the hill by manager Jim Leyland. Votto and Phillips both went 0-2, and Chapman was able to show off his skills in the seventh inning as he struck out Adam Jones to end the inning.Regardless of each players production Tuesday night, it’s clear that both Cleveland and Cincinnati need their All Stars to keep playing like All Stars as they push toward the playoffs. read more

Baseball Former Ohio State player Mike Staffords journey to coaching alma mater

Ohio State associate head coach Mike Stafford played for the Buckeyes from 1994 to 1998, serving as the closer his last two seasons. Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsMike Stafford had spent the last seven seasons coaching pitchers at Ball State on the staff of then-head coach Greg Beals. But when Ohio State head coach Bob Todd retired in 2010, Beals emerged as the front-runner to take over the position.Stafford played for the Buckeyes from 1994 to 1998, serving as the closer his last two seasons. After graduating from Ohio State, he dreamed of returning to his alma mater to coach. And with Beals potentially heading to Columbus, the dream looked like a possibility.All this excitement was stored in the back of Stafford’s mind while on a recruiting trip to Chicago. While evaluating a recruit, his phone rang.“[Beals] called me on his way home from somewhere and said that ‘[Ohio State Athletics Director] Gene Smith just called and said that he offered me the job,’” Stafford said. “And I remember I was in Chicago, I took the call and went running behind the stadium and I was like ‘Wow this is, this is another life-changing moment.’”The opportunity had been a lifetime in the making for Stafford, who recently became Ohio State’s associate head coach.Stafford was born into a baseball family. He’s the only son of pitcher Bill Stafford, who won two World Series titles with the New York Yankees in the 1960s.Stafford said he constantly felt pressure from the media in Canton, Michigan, to live up to his father’s level. “There was awfully a lot of pressure to either match what my dad did or be better,” Stafford said. “But at the same time I felt like I learned a lot from it and made me a better player and person, and now a coach because of that.”Growing up 9 miles from Ann Arbor, Michigan, meant a majority of Stafford’s friends attended either Michigan or Michigan State, but he wanted to do something different. He wanted to leave the state. His high school baseball coach knew Todd, and after a visit, Stafford knew Ohio State was the place for him.Settling into first base to begin his Ohio State career in 1994, Stafford saw little playing time until his redshirt junior year. The Buckeyes had several left-handed pitchers leave the program and an opportunity appeared.“The biggest thing I wanted to tell coach Todd was, ‘I pitched in high school, I can help this team as a pitcher,’” Stafford said.The coaches gave him a shot in fall workouts and he won the closing role in the bullpen.Stafford saved six games in his redshirt senior season of 1998, 12th most all-time in a single season at Ohio State. His ERA was the lowest on the team in both 1997 and 1998. The Toronto Blue Jays felt Stafford was worth a 41st-round draft pick and he played in the minor leagues for four seasons. His professional career came to an end with the High Desert Mavericks, the Advanced Class-A team of the Brewers, after the 2001 season.“I was looking in the mirror, just thinking, ‘I’m 27 years old, I’m in high-A. I’m not making the progress that I feel like I need to to make my career as a big leaguer,’” Stafford said. “I felt like the writing was on the wall and I really needed to think about my future, and my future was I wanted to stay in the game of baseball somehow.”Doors soon blew open. The Yankees called Stafford to ask if he would be interested in becoming a scout. He accepted the opportunity and made plans to train for the position. But his plans changed.“A week before I was supposed to go to Arizona to go to scout school, my dad passed away,” Stafford said. “Scout school’s only offered once a year, this many days. And I wasn’t going to be able to do that and make that a priority over my family.”After some time off to grieve, Stafford instead became the bullpen coach for the Columbus Clippers. His stint lasted two seasons, ending a short time before Beals entered the picture.“After my first year at Ball State, I realized that I needed to have somebody to take care of our pitching staff,” Beals said. “Coach Stafford’s name came up a couple of times from professional scouts.”The same scouts told Stafford about the opportunity and worked to get him a phone interview. Beals called him in fall 2003.For almost an hour, the two discussed pitching, coaching philosophy and player development. Both recall an instant connection. “It almost felt like we knew each other before we even knew each other,” Stafford said.After an on-campus interview it was a done deal. Stafford was Beals’ choice for pitching coach.Fast forward more than 14 years, Stafford has produced five players selected in the first 10 rounds of the MLB draft and more than a dozen total picks. He’s won two conference titles with Beals. Now, before the 2018 season, he has been promoted to associate head coach.“The promotion is a loyalty thing for me,” Beals said. “One thing that you never want to have in your program is status quo, so to say. I want for there to be progression. I want there to be progression in our program, and so I want there to be progression in our coaching staff.”John Kuchno, a player who failed to make the team at Wake Forest as a freshman, was recruited to Ohio State by Stafford. He finished his collegiate career as a draft pick by the Pittsburgh Pirates. Current major-league pitchers Brad Goldberg and Drew Rucinski still ask for Stafford to evaluate them and offer advice.“Whether they win 12 games or two games, the work they put in, the accountability and the commitment that they have to get their education and play baseball at Ohio State is second to none,” Stafford said. “I still have a great relationship with all of them.”Beals made clear that one of Stafford’s greatest attributes is his ability to relate to players.Redshirt senior pitcher Adam Niemeyer was a fan of Stafford’s personality before even arriving at Ohio State, having met Stafford when he was recruited.“He seemed like a really genuine, down-to-earth person that wasn’t telling me stuff for me to believe him just to get recruited,” Niemeyer said. “He was telling me stuff that I could genuinely learn from.”Through the years, Stafford and Beals have maintained a strong relationship that has clicked since the early days at Ball State. Stafford is more laid back and soft spoken. Beals is a high-energy guy.After 14 seasons together, the promotion is a signifier of the camaraderie between two coaches who might coach together until one or both retire.“We have a friendship that goes beyond just our jobs,” Beals said. “You develop a level of trust, there’s more than just ‘this is your job, this is my job’ when you spend that much time with somebody.”Stafford sees himself staying at Ohio State for the foreseeable future.“I don’t feel like I have any aspirations of going anywhere else,” Stafford said. “I’m a Buckeye, I’ve always been a Buckeye, and this is my home.” read more

Shearers rough criticism against Pogba and Sanchez

first_imgLegendary striker Alan Shearer is one of the few who actually defends Jose Mourinho’s status as the manager, he goes after Pogba and Sanchez.Manchester United’s most recent form is very alarming, there are people blaming Mourinho and people blaming some of the players, but Alan Shearer is clear about where his allegiances are.The former Newcastle striker and Premier League’s all-time top scorer wrote a column for The Sun, where he felt the need to let it all out and publicly defend Jose Mourinho in a time when it’s easier to just go after the manager for all the bad results.Other legends of the game like Paul Scholes have come hardly after the Portuguese manager, flat out saying that his mouth is completely out of control and he should quit the job while he still has some dignity left.But for Alan Shearer, talking trash about Mourinho is wrong because the boss has an impressive resume that gives him more than enough credit to turn things around at Manchester United.Shearer wrote that he has never liked going after the manager because the players are also to blame when situations like this take place at any club, and Manchester United is no different as he specifically singled out Paul Pogba and Alexis Sanchez. Alan Shearer on Pogba:”He was offering nothing. Despite being a World Cup winner, he cannot lace the boots of those whose names will go down in history at Old Trafford” pic.twitter.com/o9syUVLiJm— Footy Accumulators (@FootyAccums) October 2, 2018On his Monday column for The Sun, Shearer expressed how incredible the difference this Manchester United has with the one that Sir Alex Ferguson managed. Back when he was still a player, the Red Devils inspired a lot of respect and no information was leaked like today.Carrington is a source of drama 24/7, something that was impossible to imagine back in the day. For the England legend, there are two specific players to blame, and he went after them hard. His first victim was aul Pogba as he wrote: “It was never like this when I started in the game. The club had the power, as did the boss.”“Now all the power is with the players. Paul Pogba is Manchester United’s record signing. Just take that in for a moment and consider all the great players who have played for this club. Despite being a World Cup winner, he cannot lace the boots of those whose names will go down in history at Old Trafford.”“He was pathetic again at West Ham and was that bad that Mourinho had to drag him off as he was offering nothing. If he is looking to get the manager out then he is doing a much better job of that than playing football, as his team-mates were not much better,” he wrote.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.Alan Shearer and Alex Ferguson. pic.twitter.com/9LIXWEFYvT— 90s Football (@90sfootball) October 2, 2018But Shearer wasn’t done, as he also pointed out the terrible situation that Alexis Sanchez is currently going through at Manchester United. The Chilean player was reportedly told by Mourinho that he won’t play a single more minute for the club until he modifies his attitude.For Alan Shearer, buying the Chilean forward from Arsenal was the single biggest mistake that the Red Devils could’ve made and he agrees with us that he may be one of the club’s biggest flops in recent history.“And where was Alexis Sanchez? This is a player they fought tooth and nail to sign ahead of their big rivals, pipping Pep to his signature. Yet he sums up everything wrong with United. He was not even on the bench after a series of poor displays.”“He has got nowhere near the levels we saw at Arsenal since the move and you have to ask why. City’s decision to step away from that deal is looking better and better.”“A manager of Mourinho’s stature and an incredible CV does not deserve this. Yet is he blameless? What on earth was he doing tactically in the 3-1 defeat at West Ham?” wrote Shearer in his explosive column for The Sun last Monday.And then, this Tuesday in the Champions League, Alan’s words made even more sense as the Red Devils weren’t even capable of getting past a goalless draw against Valencia.Alexis Sanchez regrets joining Manchester United from Arsenal in January after turning down the chance to join eventual champions Manchester City. [Mirror] pic.twitter.com/gqBt0NB12y— City Watch (@City_Watch) October 1, 2018Who do you think should leave Manchester United, Jose Mourinho or the players who are not performing? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

Valverde dismisses contract talks

first_imgBarcelona manager Ernesto Valverde has revealed he is not worried about his future at the club as he dismisses speculation regarding signing a new contract.The former Athletic Bilbao manager’s deal with the Catalan club expires at the end of the season and the 54-year-old has continually been unwilling to speak about a new contract.Valverde won the league and cup double in his first season in charge but Barca suffered a shock Champions League quarter-final exit to Roma in 2017-18.The former Barca player was asked about his future again after the club’s 4-2 win over Sevilla on Saturday, however, he insists his focus in on the upcoming clashes with Inter and fierce rivals Real Madrid.“My future at Barca does not matter to me, I do not care,” said Valverde, according to FourFourTwo.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“I’m focused on the two matches that come and the noise that there is always around the team is the usual and you cannot do anything.”Barcelona’s win against Sevilla came at a heavy cost after captain and talisman, Lionel Messi fractured his arm at Camp Nou.The Spanish champions, who are a point clear atop LaLiga, next face Inter in the Champions League on Wednesday at the Camp Nou before entertaining Madrid in Sunday’s Clasico.last_img read more

Suso Atletico Madrid were interested in signing me

first_imgAC Milan midfielder Suso revealed that a return to his native Spain over the past two summers has been a possibilityThe Spaniard joined Milan from Liverpool in January 2015 and has since emerged as one of the most promising talents in the Serie A.In light of this, Suso had been linked with a return to Liverpool along with a switch to Tottenham in the Premier League last season.However, Suso remained at the San Siro and has continued his fine form this term with four goals and eight assists in 12 Serie A matches.David Villa, FC BarcelonaTop 10 players who played for both Barcelona and Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to talk about the best players who represented both Barcelona and Valencia, prior to their La Liga encounter at Camp Nou this evening.But now Suso has announced a switch to La Liga had been a possibility with Atletico Madrid.“It’s true, there were contacts with Atletico Madrid,” said Suso, according to Football-Italia.“In the last two summers, I’ve had options to return to Spain.”Suso is contracted at Milan until June 2022.last_img read more

Gas prices rise in San Diego County to highest amount since July

first_imgGas prices rise in San Diego County to highest amount since July 2015 KUSI Newsroom May 2, 2019 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in San Diego County rose three-tenths of a cent today to $4.092, its highest amount since July 28, 2015, one day after increasing four-tenths of a cent.The average price is 2.9 cents more than one week ago, 45.8 cents higher than one month ago and 43 cents greater than one year ago, according to figures from the AAA and Oil Price Information Service.“Price averages in the region have not moved up too much in the last several days but they are not coming down either due to continued refinery production problems,” Marie Montgomery of the Automobile Club of Southern California said. “Once refineries start coming back online, the prices should start to come down. The expectation would be that refineries would be up and running at full capacity sometime in May, but that all depends on the extent of needed repairs.” Posted: May 2, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Kenai Man Arrested For Stabbing Nurse With Ballpoint Pen

first_imgAccording to SPD in a dispatch released on June 28, Hancock had become angry with hospital staff and physically attacked one of the nurses, stabbing him in the throat with a ballpoint pen he had been concealing. Hancock was taken to Wildwood and is currently being held without bail. The nurse was treated for minor injuries. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Soldotna Police Department was dispatched to the emergency department at Central Peninsula Hospital for a report that a patient had stabbed a staff member.center_img On June 20, at 5:22 a.m., SPD arrested  Michael E. Hancock, 61, of Kenai, for assault in the third andfourth degree.last_img read more

Will Murli Manohar Joshi fight Narendra Modi in Varanasi

first_imgIn October last year, BJP MPs had shouted down a draft report prepared by Joshi recommending that the methodology used for GDP estimation should be reviewed. The BJP members averred that this would reveal wreaker growth in GDP.Activist Prashant Bhushan recently highlighted another action of Joshi that rankled the nerves of PM Modi. This was when Joshi raked up a list of bank defaulters that former RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan had submitted to the government.  “Modi doesn’t forgive,” [this], Bhushan said, according to Deccan Herald. Narendra Modi: It is not Modi’s Strength, It is the strength of your vote, that the world is witnessing today Closecenter_img Will BJP stalwart Murli Manohar Joshi take on Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Varanasi? The Delhi grapevine is abuzz with rumours of high-level confabulations that underline an effort to field Joshi, one of BJP’s founders, from Varanasi.The unseemly development follows BJP’s decision to deny Joshi his Kanpur Lok Sabha seat for the 2019 elections. Joshi, the third president of the BJP and one of the foremost leaders of the party, was eliminated along with veteran leader LK Advani.  Joshi was also miffed over the way in which the party decision to shunt him was communicated. It was reported that neither PM Modi nor party chief Amit Shah spoke to him about the reasons for denying him the party ticket.Joshi later told the electorate in Kanpur that the party has asked him not to contest. “Shri Ramlal, General Secretary (Org.) Bharatiya Janata Party conveyed to me today that I should not contest the ensuing Parliamentary elections from Kanpur and elsewhere,” he said in a statement. BJP leaders LK Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi wave to their supporters at a public rally in Varanasi on 18 October, 2008.Reuters fileThe 85-year-old had moved to Kanpur in 2014 as Modi wanted to contest from Varanasi. Joshi won the Kanpur seat with a thumping majority. A report in the NDTV said Joshi held talks with senior Congress leaders. The report said the Congress asked the veteran leader to contest from Varanasi as the joint Opposition candidate.A thorn on Modi’s side?The report also says that Joshi is being persuaded by the leaders of Congress and other opposition parties to contest either from Varanasi or another BJP bastion. It also says that Joshi, feeling betrayed, is prepared to issue a public statement that condemns the Modi-Shah leadership of the BJP.There have been reports in the press for a long time that Joshi would be eased out in this election as he had caused considerable unease to the government and the party in his role as the chairman of the Standing Committee of Parliament on Estimates. In one of the reports of the high-powered panel, Joshi had underlined that the government’s defence spending as a percent of GDP was stuck at pre-1962 level, something that ran counter to the hyper nationalism pitch of the BJP and the government’s stated commitment to modernise the defence forces.last_img read more

AL accords reception to PM in afternoon

first_imgThis photo, taken from in front of Bangla Academy, shows thousands of activists of ruling Awami League are present at Suhrawardy Udyan in Dhaka to accord a reception to prime minister and ruling Awami League (AL) president Sheikh Hasina on Saturday. Photo: Syful IslamRuling Bangladesh Awami League (AL) will accord a mass reception to prime minister Sheikh Hasina this afternoon [Saturday] at the historic Suhrawardy Udyan in the capital for some remarkable developments and achievements in different fields of the country under her leadership.Awami League presidium member Syeda Sajeda Chowdhury will chair the function, reports UNB.The reception will be organised for attaining Bangladesh’s eligibility to graduate from a least developed country (LDC) to a developing nation, successful launching of Bangabandhu Satellite-I, Sheikh Hasina’s achieving the Global Women’s Leadership Award from US-based NGO Global Summit of Women and her receiving D. Lit from Kazi Nazrul University in India.The venue, Suhrawardy Udyan, has been decorated with great fanfare. A huge L-shaped podium has been set at the venue. The entire Suhrawardy Udyan has been illuminated. A big gate has been erected at the entry point to the venue in front of Matsya Bhaban while 40 other colourful gates have been erected from the city’s Matsya Bhaban to Shishu Park area.This photo, taken from in front of Bangla Academy, shows thousands of activists of ruling Awami League are present at Suhrawardy Udyan in Dhaka to accord a reception to prime minister and ruling Awami League (AL) president Sheikh Hasina on Saturday. Photo: Syful IslamCity streets stretching from the premier’s official residence Ganabhaban to the reception venue Suhrawardy Udyan also have been decorated with banners and festoons.Prime minister Sheikh Hasina’s son and her ICT affairs adviser Sajeeb Wazed Joy is expected to be present on the stage.A cultural function was arranged with the participation of noted singers at 12:00pm before the formal beginning of the function at 3:00pm.A 30-minute presentation will be shown on history and heritage of Bangalee nation.last_img read more