Speak Up For Public Lands!

first_imgAmerica’s public land system is the crown jewell of the global conservation movement and the envy of the world. When Theodore Roosevelt signed the Antiquities Act into law in the year 1906, he did so because he saw a looming threat to an American landscape that he loved and cherished on a fundamental level.He feared that, if left to their own devices, people who he referred to as “short-sighted men” would “rob our country of half its charm by their reckless extermination of all useful and beautiful wild things.” Not only would they be robbing those who are currently enjoying these lands, Roosevelt deduced, but they would be depriving future generations—”those within the womb of time, compared to which those now alive form but an insignificant fraction”— from experiencing, learning from, and growing alongside the beauty and wonder of the natural world.The same type of “short-sighted men” that Roosevelt held at bay back in the early 1900’s have found a voice and are mobilizing a movement in 2017. They seek to undo critical public land protections enabled by the Antiquities Act—Roosevelt’s long-heralded legislation. Without these protections, the public could lose access to places like Bear’s Ear National Monument (pictured above), the Grand Staircase-Escalante of Utah, the Ironwood Forest National Monument in Arizona, the Upper Missouri River Breaks of Montana, and the Canyons of the Ancients National Monument in Colorado, just to name a few.The only thing capable of slowing down the alarming trend of forfeiting federally protected land to ill-quipped state governments are the slow, but steady moving wheels of democracy. And democracy starts with you.As Roosevelt once said, “the movement for the conservation of wild life and the larger movement for the conservation of all our natural resources are essentially democratic in spirit, purpose, and method.”Click here to let your voice be heard.last_img read more

Hughes: Break will benefit Potters

first_imgStoke manager Mark Hughes is relishing the prospect of escaping the wretched British weather as he now heads to sunnier climes to plot his side’s bid for Barclays Premier League survival. Hughes and his squad travel to Dubai on Thursday for six days of warm-weather training, leaving behind a weather-battered Britain that is being subjected to heavy rains and high winds. The storm-force gales almost put paid to Stoke’s clash with Swansea at the Britannia Stadium on Wednesday, but subsided enough prior to kick-off for the game to go ahead. Hughes conceded his side were fortunate to come away with a point from a 1-1 draw after Chico Flores cancelled out Peter Crouch’s 17th -minute opener. The result means Stoke are now three points above the relegation zone with 12 games remaining, sitting in the middle of a group of 11 clubs who are all facing a fight to stay up. Hughes feels some Dubai sunshine will help as he said: “I think a lot of clubs are doing it at this time of year because as we all know, the weather is compromising a lot of things. “From our point of view, as a football club, it’s difficult at the training ground at the moment because the pitches aren’t in good condition and you can’t do the work you want to do. “At least we won’t have any issue in that regard (in Dubai). We will have a decent surface to get some quality work done and be ready for the challenges ahead of us.” Those challenges do not come any harder than the first two matches on Stoke’s return as they face Manchester City away and Arsenal at home. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

PSG smash six past Lille to storm to top of the table

first_imgEzekiel Lavezzi, who had previously netted four league goals this season, struck twice in the first half and again after the break.Edinson Cavani, with a double, and Maxwell completed the rout. PSG have 68 points with five games left, three ahead of second-placed Olympique Lyonnais who travel to Stade de Reims on Sunday.Lille, who grabbed a consolation goal through Marko Basa in the 59th minute, finished with 10 men after Sebastien Corchia was sent off in the 72nd.–Follow Gary on Twitter: @garyalsmithlast_img

Wellington Police Notes: Friday, Dec. 5 to Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014

first_imgSunday, December 7, 2014•1:18 a.m.  Officers investigated a theft of a vehicle in the 1200 block of N. C.•3:23 p.m. Jesse  L. Henderson, 61, Wellington was arrested, confined and bonded on a city of Wellington warrant charged with two counts of battery and criminal trespass.•4 p.m. Officers took report of lost ring in the 2000 block of E. 16th.•9 p.m. James R. Gressel, 21, Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged with operating  a motor vehicle while having a suspended driver’s license. Saturday, December 6, 2014•2:22 p.m.  Officers investigated a theft of property in the 1700 block of N. A.•11:06 p.m. Officers investigated a theft of miscellaneous property in the 300 block of W 11th. Wellington Police notes for Friday, Dec. 5 to Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014:Friday, December 5, 2014•1:29 a.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 400 block S. Washington, Wellington.•11:12 a.m. Officers investigated a non-injury, hit and run, accident at 8th and G, involving an unknown vehicle and a fixed object(traffic signal) owned by Wellington of Wellington.•3:55 p.m. Kendall C. Roberson, 20, Wellington was arrested and confined on a Sumner County warrant charged with possession of  methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.•6:22 p.m. Officers investigated a domestic battery, criminal damage to property in the 2100 block.•6:40 p.m. Mackenzie A. Niss,18, Wellington was arrested and confined charged with domestic battery and criminal damage to property.last_img read more

Child endangerment, neglect charges filed against two people from Britt

first_imgBRITT — Two people from Britt have been charged with mistreatment of a child.Britt police accused 37-year-old Kasper Macpherson of physically assaulting a boy under the age of 14 over the weekend. A criminal complaint says Macpherson while in front of at least 20 people who were at his home at the time poked the boy in the chest, with the child repeatedly asking Macpherson to stop and not hurt him. The boy was later taken to the emergency room with a broken right arm.The complaint says 44-year-old Jennifer Hampton-Hacker would not answer any questions about the boy’s condition and had the boy respond with what appeared to be coached answers.Macpherson has been charged with neglect of a dependent person and two counts of child endangerment causing bodily injury, while online court records show Hampton-Hacker has been charged with one count neglect of a dependent person.Macpherson is due in court for his preliminary hearing on May 16th, while Hampton-Hacker is scheduled to be in court on May 23rd.last_img read more

The Royals Are MLBs Fastest Team In Years

So this is basically an ’80s-style team of burners, in the mold of the Whitey Herzog St. Louis Cardinals,3Who, incidentally, faced the Royals in the 1985 World Series (and lost). dropped down into the modern major leagues. And Kansas City’s speedsters are off to a blazing start already, easily leading baseball in Speed Score through the first weekend of the season with an eye-popping 8.5 mark. (The MLB average is about 4.4 in recent seasons, with the leader topping out around 5.4 most years.)The Royals’ next step, though, is turning all that speed into more tangible results. Perhaps most surprising in Kansas City’s portfolio of badness last year is that the team was somehow MLB’s fifth-worst at base running (according to BsR) despite the steals-leading presence of Merrifield atop the lineup for most of the year. The Royals’ speed was above average — if not quite as impressive as this season — but they didn’t use it well, particularly between bases in advancement scenarios. According to FanGraphs, K.C. lost 12 runs (more than an entire win) relative to the average team in base-running situations that didn’t involve steals. One of the ways K.C. can improve this year is to deploy its running game in a smarter way, using it to take advantage when opponents inevitably offer up chances to take extra bases.That’s an area in which Kansas City might take a cue from its 2014-15 teams, which were legendary for their opportunism on the base paths. Take the famous ninth-inning play that extended Game 5 of the 2015 World Series: Eric Hosmer’s heads-up sprint from third base to home on a weak groundout, a daring piece of aggressive base running that forced an errant throw by Mets first baseman Lucas Duda and tied the ballgame. The Royals would eventually score five 12th-inning runs off New York’s beleaguered bullpen to secure the championship.Hosmer (career Speed Score: 4.0) wasn’t even fast, so imagine how much more damage Hamilton, Mondesi, Merrifield and friends could do if they pick their base-running spots correctly. Along the same lines, Kansas City is also hoping this speedy roster can emulate the 2015 Royals’ defense, which according to FanGraphs was the best in baseball in terms of runs saved relative to average.Larger issues, such as the team’s dismal .305 on-base percentage last season, might place hard limits on how much value Kansas City can get out of its speed this year. (Even Sunday, the team was being no-hit by Chicago’s Lucas Giolito — owner of a career 5.48 earned run average going into the game — into the seventh inning.) But no matter what, it should at least be more worthwhile to watch the fleet Royals this season, both for the entertainment of all those steals and as an experiment in against-the-grain team-building.Check out our latest MLB predictions. With a blazing average of 4.07 seconds to first base — that’s 15.1 miles per hour — Kansas City Royals shortstop Adalberto Mondesi was one of the fastest players in Major League Baseball last season. But this year, he’s not even the fastest player on his own team. That honor belongs to new center fielder Billy Hamilton, who runs to first in an astonishing 3.94 seconds. Fourth outfielder Terrance Gore might not be much slower, either, and none of those guys is even the reigning MLB leader in stolen bases — which K.C. right fielder Whit Merrifield happens to be. These are the 2019 Royals: The fastest baseball team assembled in years.It was clear from the start that this team’s identity would be all about running as fast as possible: “We want to be a motion team,” general manager Dayton Moore told MLB.com in February. “We have to be elite at some aspects of the game, and defense and speed is something we can be elite at.” And Kansas City has already put that speed to good use in its season-opening games against the Chicago White Sox, with Merrifield and Chris Owings swiping three combined bases and Mondesi hitting two triples in a 2-1 series victory.If the 2014 and 2015 Royals were an experiment in whether a talented small-ball team could win a championship in the modern game (it worked), this year’s version will be more about how much pure speed can make up for a lack of talent in other areas. The Royals might not be “good” per se — but in an era when just about every team is constructed according to the blueprint of advanced analytics, they will be different, and that might have value in itself.Certainly last season’s Royals could not have been described as anything other than abysmal. K.C. went 58-104, the team’s worst record in 13 years, and had only five regulars1Meaning they logged at least 2 percent of available team playing time between plate appearances and (leverage-weighted) innings pitched. in common with the 2015 championship club: Alex Gordon, Salvador Perez, Alcides Escobar, Danny Duffy and Mike Moustakas. (Moustakas was then traded to Milwaukee in July; Escobar signed with the White Sox over the offseason.) The Royals were sixth-to-last in scoring and fourth-worst in runs allowed, with a defense tied as the fourth-least efficient in baseball. This was far removed from the team that celebrated the franchise’s second world title just three years earlier.This year’s team is projected to be better yet still far from first place. The preseason FiveThirtyEight forecast called for Kansas City to improve all the way to 70 wins, though most of that change could be attributed to regression toward the mean rather than any specific additions. (In fact, K.C.’s most notable roster development since last fall was the news that Perez, a six-time All-Star, would miss the whole 2019 season with an elbow injury.) The projections were also low on both the 2014 and 2015 Royals, getting blindsided entirely by their World Series runs, but at least those teams had established, scout-approved talent with some sort of a track record and upside. The 2019 Royals don’t pass the eye test any more than they impress the computers.The projected speed in this lineup, however, is the genuine article. According to FanGraphs’ preseason depth chart projections, Royal hitters were forecast to swipe 168 bases this year, which represented 6.2 percent of the total steals predicted for all of MLB.2Including players who were free agents in spring training but were still predicted to sign somewhere and accumulate some steals by season’s end. If Kansas City hits that benchmark, it would become only the sixth team since 1996 to claim at least 6.2 percent of leaguewide stolen bases. The 2016 Brewers did it recently, but mostly that rate was a hallmark of teams from the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s, when gaudy steal totals were the norm and not every team had settled into similar offensive philosophies guided by sabermetrics.The speed of these Royals emerges in other metrics as well. I filtered down every opening day lineup since 1950 for those that contained at least eight players who had logged 200 or more plate appearances during the previous year. Then, for each lineup, I averaged two numbers from its players in the season before: Speed Score — a Bill James invention that estimates raw speed by combining stolen bases (both attempts and successes), triples and runs scored as a percentage of times on base — and FanGraphs’ Base Running (BsR) statistic, which quantifies the run value of every base-running action (including steals and advancement on other events). The 2019 Royals’ average Speed Score is tied for 24th since 1950, and its average BsR per 600 plate appearances ranks 71st; only 12 opening day lineups were faster by both measures, and half of those played during the nine-season span from 1978 to 1986, a heyday for running teams. read more

Nilesh Parekh case ED probing activities of jewellery firm

first_imgKolkata: In a bid to ascertain the money trail in connection with the Nilesh Parekh case, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) is probing the “activities” of his jewellery firm with the “dummy and shell companies at Singapore, Hong Kong and Dubai”.On Friday, the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) arrested Nilesh Parekh, promotor of Shree Ganesh Jewellery House Limited, from Kolkata on charges of fraud in diversion of over 1,700 kg of primary gold and non-realisation of remittance on account of export of gems and jewelleries to the tune of Rs 7,500 crore. He was also remanded in judicial custody for eight days in this connection when produced before the court on Friday. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsWith business activities between the jewellery firm that has several units at Manikanchan Special Economic Zone in Kolkata and the shell companies abroad has come to light, the ED had initiated a probe under the Foreign Exchange Management Act, 1999 (FEMA) and Prevention of Money Laundering Act. The firm has also failed to realise export proceeds of Rs 7,450 crore to the shell companies mainly in Hong Kong, Singapore and Dubai.Now, to ascertain the money trail completely, the ED is working to get further details of the jewellery firms and the documents that show the firm’s annual turnover as well as transaction details. This comes when there was allegation against the firm of non-payment of loan to the tune of Rs 2,672 crore to a State Bank of India-led consortium. It may be mentioned that Parekh was arrested by the CBI in this connection in 2017 and was later released on bail. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedAs the investigation of the DRI has revealed Parekh’s involvement in the fraud of diversion of more than 1700 kg primary gold, the ED and other agencies probing the case are trying to dig further deep to ascertain all the dealings of the company for the past few years. As Parekh’s firm was involved in diversion of gold imported duty-free and also enjoyed the benefits as an unit in the SEZ, the investigating agencies are also looking into its role as a nominated agency to import primary gold.last_img read more