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Vector: make switch to service-oriented E/E architectures with PREEvision 9.0

first_imgVector is introducing PREEvision 9.0 – the next release of the software tool for developing distributed systems in the automotive industry and related areas. The model-based development environment is fully equipped for AUTOSAR Adaptive and offers extended SysML and UML functions to model service-oriented architectures.PREEvision 9.0 now enables developers to model their E/E systems based on AUTOSAR Adaptive Platform. Whether engineers are designing service interfaces and applications, instantiating services or describing Ethernet communication via SOME/IP – this latest version provides comprehensive functions for these tasks. Data exchange is simplified by import and export functions for the Adaptive System Description and other work products of AUTOSAR for the new generation of high-performance Electronic Control Units.PREEvision 9.0 offers additional SysML and UML diagrams as modeling tools for functions, including those that will be deployed in service-oriented architectures. Designers can use the class diagram, for example, to model interfaces and data types. The state chart diagram graphically depicts a system’s mode of operation. The two new diagrams supplement block, package and use case diagrams which have been included in previous PREEvision releases.In addition to AUTOSAR Adaptive Platform, PREEvision 9.0 supports the AUTOSAR Classic Platform version 4.3 and its concepts for Ethernet communications, V2X and centralized server architectures. PREEvision thereby allows stepwise migration of functions from AUTOSAR Classic Platform to the AUTOSAR Adaptive Platform, as well as the complementary use of AUTOSAR Classic Platform and AUTOSAR Adaptive Platform in hybrid-architectures.Moreover, PREEvision 9.0 adds other new features such as variant management according to AUTOSAR, a REST-API to represent model data in web clients, and improved process support. Users can now review requirements and other model artifacts directly in PREEvision, and discuss and vote for them there.PREEvision is the tool for model-based electric/electronic development – from architectural design to series production. The software supports architects, network designers, development engineers and test engineers over the entire development process. In addition, PREEvision offers comprehensive functions for signal-based and service-oriented architecture development and for requirements management, communication design, design of safety-related systems, AUTOSAR system and software design and wiring harness development.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software Continue Reading Previous Acoustic MEMS – letting systems listen to the worldNext congatec and Landshut University IoT Innovation Lab cooperatelast_img read more

World Cup 2019: Indian fans defend Sarfaraz Ahmed after Pakistan captain gets body shamed again

first_imgCricket fans jumped to the defence of Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed after he was seen being body-shamed yet again in a video going viral online. Sarfaraz has been facing flak for Pakistan’s under-par performances at World Cup 2019.Sarfaraz has earned the wrath of Pakistan fans especially after a few tactical blunders from Pakistan in their 89-run defeat (DLS) to arch-rivals India on June 16 in Manchester. Images of the Pakistan captain yawning on the field even as India batsmen were going great guns went viral on social media, leading to severe backlash and trolling.In the video, an unruly fan can be seen requesting Sarfaraz Ahmed for a selfie before calling him “fat like a pig”. Safaraz, who was spotted with his son at the mall, can be seen ignoring the insulting jibe and walking off.Sarfaraz’s ability to ignore the insults and handle the situation in a matured way has helped him earn respect from fans on social media. In fact, keeping aside the rivalry, several Indian fans lauded the way in which Sarfaraz handled the troll who is facing severe backlash on Twitter.A shameful act by a Pakistani fan with captain Sarfaraz Ahmed, this is how we treat our National Heros. Highly condemnable!! Raza Mehdi (@SyedRezaMehdi) June 21, 2019″Rivalry apart @SarfarazA_54 is a simple down to earth man. Criticise him for his game but humiliation this way that too in presence of his kid is very caIIous. And the gentleman Sarfaraz is, he kept quiet despite grave provocation (sic),” a Twitter user wrote.advertisementAnother fan wrote: “As an Indian, I can say that such behaviour by ‘fans’ is unacceptable. Either support (and criticize whenever necessary) the team or don’t watch when they play. It is only a game. One side has to win and the other has to lose. Why take it to this level?”Every captain in history has lost an important match. #SarfarazAhmed doesn’t deserve this. This is harassment… for heaven’s sake he is with his child. Deshmukh (@Riteishd) June 22, 2019This is the mentality of overseas Pakistanis How shameless that guy is @SarfarazA_54 is hafiz e quraan, he must respect him as a person and as a cricketer as well and @SarfarazA_54 showed that he’s a true human being.. #CWC19 keep faith brother everything will change soon IA.??Shahzaib (@Shahzaib_77) June 21, 2019Shameful.Waseem Badami (@WaseemBadami) June 21, 2019It’s indeed very offensive… His kid was with him and certainly for the kid his dad must be the inspiration ??????Dr Aditi ???? Chowkidar ???? (@aditi3012) June 21, 2019Fan apologises after body-shaming Sarfaraz AhmedThe fan who was caught abusing Safaraz Ahmed later apologised to the public and Pakistan fans via a video.The man who abused sarfraz today makes an apology in his new video. Saying sorry to @SarfarazA_54 nd whole nation.says that he neither new that the kid was his son nor sarfraz is hafiz e QuranWhat you people say on this #PakistanLovesSarfaraz #sorrysarfaraz Mansoor: IStandWithSarfraz (@mansoorThoughts) June 21, 2019Sarfaraz was given a hero’s welcome when he returned home from England with the Champions Trophy 2 years ago. However, the Pakistan captain has been severely criticised following the team’s World Cup 2019 loss to India.A section of Pakistan fans at Old Trafford screamed insults at Sarfaraz Ahmed as the Pakistan captain was waiting to do his post-match duties after the defeat to India at World Cup 2019.Pakistan fans slammed Sarfaraz’s men and questioned why the team had had burgers and milkshakes on the eve of their big World Cup 2019 match against India. Notably, images of Sarfaraz Ahmed and a few of his teammates buying burgers and milkshakes went viral on social media.In fact, former Pakistan fast bowler called Shoaib Akhtar called Sarfaraz “brainless”, while criticising the tactical mistakes the Pakistan captain had made vs India.The mistakes committed by the Indian team during the Champions Trophy 2017 final were repeated by Pakistan yesterday. I can’t understand how Sarfaraz can be so brainless. How could he forget that we don’t chase very well,” Shoaib Akhtar had said.Pakistan, who are reeling at the 9th spot of the 10-team World Cup 2019 points table with just 1 win from 5 matches, take on South Africa on June 23 at Lord’s, London.Also Read | We have faith in ourselves, says Lasith Malinga after Sri Lanka stun EnglandAlso Read | Will Tendulkar’s record 673 runs in a single World Cup be broken this year?Also See:last_img read more

9 days agoMan Utd duo De Gea and Pobga ruled OUT of Liverpool clash

first_imgMan Utd duo De Gea and Pobga ruled OUT of Liverpool clashby Ansser Sadiq9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United will be without David De Gea and Paul Pogba for Sunday’s clash with Liverpool.De Gea was substituted during Spain’s draw with Sweden on Tuesday due to an abductor problem, while Pogba has missed United’s last five games with an ankle injury.”David needs a scan,” Solskjaer told Sky Sports of his Spanish goalkeeper. “I think he’ll be out. It certainly looked like it anyway judging on last night so it’s just one of those things.On Pogba, Solskjaer added: “Paul had an injury, he came back, he worked really hard. He came back and played a couple of games, maybe played through the pain barrier.”He had a scan after the Arsenal game and maybe needed a few weeks’ rest in a boot so hopefully he won’t be too long, but he won’t make this game, no.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

UN Says Polisario Provocative Actions in Guerguerat Undermine UNSG Envoys Mediation

Rabat – Morocco’s Permanent Ambassador to the UN, Omar Hilale, welcomed the statement issued by the UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, on Saturday regarding the buffer zone, Guerguerat. For Hilal, Guterres fully expressed Morocco’s deep concern over the Polisario’s repeated violations of the ceasefire in the restricted buffer zone.Hilale said that the UN Chief is aware that no political process is possible as other parties “opt for provocation and escalation” in the region. The diplomat said that Morocco has taken steps at all levels to comply with the UN political process, recalling Polisario’s “provocative” actions in the region after they blocked the participants of the rally Sahara Desert Challenge from crossing the border.“Polisario’s maneuvers in the region undermine [Horst] Kohler’s current efforts to resume the political process,” to find a mutually acceptable political solution for the Western Sahara dispute, Hilale emphasized. The Moroccan official added that the Polisario’s armed forces continued their “provocative” actions in the buffer zone until they were forced to leave the premises by MINURSO on January 3.Hilale expressed Morocco’s strong condemnation of the Polisario’s presence, adding that the country alerted the UN of the Polisario’s violations in the Guerguerat on Friday. Morocco’s official also warned the UN of the Polisario’s threat to block participants for the Africa Eco Race rally, which will take place on Monday, January 8.Hilale also called on the UN officials to “assume firmly and promptly their responsibility by demanding the immediate and unconditional withdrawal of the Polisario armed elements from the region.”The ambassador added that Morocco “vigorously condemns these continuous provocative acts, which violate the Military Agreements and endanger the ceasefire in place since 1991.” Hilale emphasized that these provocative actions threaten security and stability in the region. “These irresponsible Polisario actions constitute a challenge to the international community and an affront to the Secretary-General and the Security Council.”Hilale added that Guterres’s message is very clear to the Polisario, urging the front to stop hindering, in any way, the freedom of commercial traffic and regular civilians in the region. Guterres’s warning statement “constitutes a firm and categorical rejection of Polisario’s provocative actions in the buffer zone.”“No action, which would change the status quo in the buffer zone, should be undertaken. Therefore, Polisario’s presence in Guerguerat is illegal, because it violates agreements and tends to change the status of the area.”Hilale stressed that Polisario’s maneuvers in the region “desperately” aimed to repeat the crisis of last March and April. “Polisario forgot that it was forced to withdraw its armed forces following the Security Council condemnation and threat.”Hilale said that these maneuvers are proof that Polisario and Algeria, who provides financing by delivering weapons and buying pickup trucks, did not learn from the lessons of their April failure.”Hilale warned that “no political process” is possible as long as the other parties persist in their violations of the military and ceasefire agreements.”“As the Secretary-General said, the political process urgently needs an environment of serenity, calm and respect for the commitments made,” he said.In response to Polisario’s continuous accusations, claiming that Morocco has violated the UN resolutions, Hilale said, “Morocco has honored its commitments since the crisis of last year and has not undertaken any act that would affect the status of the Guerguerat buffer zone.” read more

UN Committee orders Sri Lanka to compensate torture victim

“We are thrilled with the committee’s conclusions,” said Matt Eisenbrandt, legal director of the CCIJ, which urged Sri Lankan to “immediately implement” the obligations set out in the decision.A refugee from Sri Lanka, Samathanam traveled to Colombo during a 2007 lull in the country’s civil war to marry. But police raided his home and seized 600 mobile phones he had helped import from Singapore for a friend’s business. He said after he refused to pay a bribe to police he was taken to a Terrorism Investigation Division detention centre, where he was branded a “Canadian Tiger” and subjected to abuses.He was locked up under the authority of controversial anti-terrorism measures. The order authorizing his detention accused him of “acting in a manner prejudicial to national security.”Initially accused of importing “high tech communication and radar equipment” for the Tamil rebels, he was later accused of plotting to assassinate VIPs. But it was all untrue, he said.While in custody, he was handcuffed in painful positions, slapped, kicked, struck with rifles, beaten with pipes, threatened with death and told his wife would be arrested and raped unless he confessed. He eventually pleaded guilty to a single count of illegally importing an electronic device and paid a fine. He returned to Canada in April 2011 and testified before the House of Commons Subcommittee on International Human Rights. A Toronto man who was imprisoned and tortured while visiting Sri Lanka must be compensated for the abuses he suffered, the United Nations Human Rights Committee has ruled.The decision calls for Sri Lanka to prosecute those responsible and “provide adequate compensation” to Roy Samathanam, a Canadian who had filed a complaint with the committee three years ago, The National Post reported. Samathanam, 46, called the ruling handed down in Geneva “a measure of justice” in a statement to be released Monday by the Canadian Centre for International Justice, which worked with him on the complaint. The case is another rebuke of Sri Lanka arising from abuses committed by security forces during the country’s long civil war that ended in 2009 with the defeat of the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam rebels. Allegations that Sri Lanka committed atrocities during the conflict have long been dismissed by the Commonwealth nation, but videos and photos that appear to show victims of executions have surfaced, along with first-hand accounts of rape and torture. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Afghanistan More women voters registering but overall numbers still low

A UNAMA spokesman reported yesterday that women comprise 22 per cent of the 320,770 Afghans who have registered to vote since the process began at the start of December. Up to 10 million people are estimated to be eligible to register to vote.This is up from mid-December, when only 70,000 people had registered, just 13 per cent of them women. Bamiyan continues to have the greatest proportion of female voters, with women making up 43 per cent of all who have registered in that city.Voter registration so far remains restricted to 52 centres in Afghanistan’s eight major cities – the capital, Kabul, Bamiyan, Gardez, Herat, Jalalabad, Kandahar, Kunduz and Mazar-i-Sharif. Spokesman Manoel de Almeida e Silva told a press briefing in Kabul that registration would be progressively extended to provincial and rural areas once security conditions there have improved.A civic education process is underway to try to show Afghans the importance of registering to vote. Almost 20,000 face-to-face meetings about voter registration have been held, and there have been thousands of other community mobilization events and local briefings, according to UNAMA. The spokesman stressed the importance of local community and political leaders backing the process as a means of encouraging others to register. read more

Cooperation with Africa must occur at earliest signs of crisis Ban tells

Cooperation between the African Union and the United Nations on peace and security is crucial and should occur systematically at the earliest signs of crisis said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon this morning as he urged the Security Council to work more effectively to prevent, manage and resolve conflicts on the African continent. “The Security Council and the AU [African Union] Peace and Security Council are working together more closely, and there is increased support for African-led peace operations and their transition into UN peacekeeping operations, as we have seen in Mali and the Central African Republic,” Mr. Ban told the 15-member Council. “The UN Secretariat and the AU Commission meet regularly for the UN-AU Joint Task Force on Peace and Security, mapping out joint initiatives and strategies. Through the Regional Coordination Mechanism, both organizations have undertaken joint planning and implementation of programmes,” he explained. In the Council’s open debate on “Peace Operations: The UN-AU Partnership and Its Evolution”, Mr. Ban was joined by Moussa Faki Mahamat, Foreign Minister of Chad and Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Chairperson of the African Union. “Our partnership must be based on a common understanding of what each organization can do in any given context, and on a realistic assessment of each other’s comparative advantages.”In the Central African Republic, for example, cooperation between the African Union, the UN and the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) led to the signing of the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement in Brazzaville in July, Mr. Ban said. In Somalia, the AU and UN are working together with other partners to support the people and the Federal Government in its critical phase of state-building. The UN is also working closely with the African Union in Sudan and South Sudan. In the Great Lakes region, strong cooperation has been vital to the progress that has been made under the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the region, the Secretary-General explained. In Burkina Faso, there was close cooperation between the UN, the AU and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in the immediate aftermath of the uprising that led to the departure of former President Blaise Compaoré. But this crisis also points to the need for greater emphasis on preventive action. “We also need to adapt in the face of an evolving peace and security landscape,” the UN chief said, pointing out that many peacekeeping missions are being mandated to advance national reconciliation and dialogue in the absence of peace agreements. “Peacekeeping is also becoming a more crowded field, involving diverse actors and even parallel missions,” Mr. Ban said, underscoring his recently launched inquiry into peace operations as part of efforts to address some of these challenges. The review will encompass every aspect of the UN’s peace operations, from mandates to cooperation with the AU, to peacebuilding, the protection of civilians, accountability and the role of Special Political Missions and UN Police. In addition to this review, the Secretary-General is also studying the handover modalities from AU to UN operations. He plans to submit an assessment with recommendations on the partnerships between the UN and regional organizations in March 2015.The Secretary-General provided some recommendations today as well. First, building stronger political partnerships that are anchored in a clear strategic vision is crucial as is a clear, agreed role for the African Union and sub-regional organizations. Further, he said that the UN, regional organizations and other partners must cooperate to enhance joint logistical capabilities. Member States with certain specialized capacities, from helicopters and intelligence to engineering expertise, can make invaluable contributions. Trilateral discussions with the European Union could be strengthened, as it also plays an important regional role in deploying and managing peace operations. Lastly, he called for alternative methods of financing and advocated for further resources from within Africa while finding creative ways to mobilize the international community.At the outset of the open debate this morning, the Security Council adopted a Presidential statement acknowledging progress made in the ongoing cooperation between the UN and the AU in peace operations but also urging Member States to contribute to strengthening the African Union’s capacity in conflict prevention and management. By the text, the Council also stressed the importance of “supporting the political role of the AU,” both during the transition from AU to UN peacekeeping missions and the implementation of governance. Equally important is strengthening AU and UN capacities for early warning, conflict analysis, dialogue and mediation. The Council also stressed the importance of a coordinated international response to causes of conflict and recognizes the need for development of effective long-term strategies. Like the Secretary-General, the Security Council also stressed the need to secure more financial resources from within the African continent. read more

UN risk reduction forum in Cancun closes with call to harness data

“We can only prove progress on reducing disaster losses if we know accurately what those losses are,” Robert Glasser, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction, said in his closing remarks.The 2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction wrapped up late Friday with a call for facts and figures on economic and human losses in natural disasters. The deadline would be 2020, the same as the date set out in the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction for all countries to have in place strategies for disaster loss reduction. Last year, 445 million people were affected by disasters linked to natural hazards worldwide including floods, storms, earthquakes and drought, 8,000 people lost their lives and direct economic losses from major disaster events were estimated at $138.8 billion.The World Bank estimates that the real cost to the global economy from disasters is $520 billion per year and that they push 24 million people into poverty annually.“ If you don’t measure something – transparently – it’s not going to happen,” said Mr. Glasser, stressing the importance of effective monitoring. Held every two years since the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami to discuss disaster reduction, the 2017 Global Platform – the fifth such event to date – brought together some 6,000 Heads of State, policy makers, disaster risk managers, civil society and other participants.This is the first international summit on disaster since the “Sendai Framework, which was adopted in 2015 in the northern Japanese city after which it was named, and consists of seven targets and four priorities for action that aim for the substantial reduction of disaster risk and losses in lives, livelihoods and health and in the economic, physical, social, cultural and environmental assets of persons, businesses, communities and countries.The first cycle of monitoring progress on implementing the Sendai Framework is scheduled to be launched in early 2018. read more

Buster Posey Has Quietly Become A Lock For Cooperstown

A few names come to mind when pondering the surefire Hall of Famers playing baseball today. Adrian Beltre, who recently broke the 3,000-hit barrier, is one, as is Mike Trout, despite his youth. But there’s another all-time great who is toiling away on one of the worst teams in MLB: San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey. The Giants’ record might make Posey easy to overlook, but his combination of hitting and defense makes him almost a lock to one day join the Hall. In fact, despite being only 30 years old, Posey might already have a Hall of Fame résumé if he retired today.It’s difficult to forecast whether any given catcher will find his way to Cooperstown. Only 18 backstops have made the Hall, and some did so in part because of accomplishments after their playing careers (as managers or executives).1For example, Rick Ferrell is listed by as having been inducted as a player, but he produced only 29.8 wins above replacement in his career (34th on the all-time list of catchers). However, Ferrell won two championships as an executive before his induction, which probably helped his Hall-of-Fame case. Perhaps because of the strain of constant crouching and the beatings they receive behind the plate, catchers are notoriously quick to decline, and historically great performers can become merely ordinary in the space of a few years.But Posey is special. In a nine-year career, he’s already amassed 37.5 wins above replacement (WAR),2According to Baseball which puts him 25th on the all-time list among backstops. If we look at how productive all catchers have been through age 303That is, up to and including a player’s age-30 season as defined by Baseball-Reference. — Posey’s current age — he looks even better, ranking 11th all-time in WAR.According to Jay Jaffe’s JAWS, a rough guide to measuring a player’s Hall-of-Fame qualifications,4JAWS (the “Jaffe WAR Score system”) determines Hall-worthiness by comparing an average of a player’s career WAR and his WAR in his seven best seasons with the typical mark for a Hall member at his position. Posey would have a decent chance to make the Hall even if he never played another game. I looked at the top 500 catchers’ JAWS scores and used them to calculate the probability that they would one day be inducted into the Hall.5I used a logistic regression model, with JAWS score as a predictor and Hall of Fame induction as the outcome. I excluded catchers who made the Hall as managers but not as players. Posey’s JAWS score is 36.8 — already only a little below the catcher average of 43.9. (Coincidentally, Posey’s current JAWS score is identical to the end-of-career score of stalwart backstop Ernie Lombardi, who made the Hall of Fame.) Based on this analysis, Posey would have about a 29 percent chance of getting to Cooperstown if he retired today — and as we’ll see below, those numbers probably understate Posey’s contributions.Why is Posey’s résumé so strong? It starts with his impressive numbers at the plate. Since 2009, Posey’s first season in MLB, he has the 17th-highest Weighted Runs Created Plus in baseball, and he’s the only full-time catcher in the top 50. Posey has power, to which his 128 home runs (in one of MLB’s least hitter-friendly ballparks) can attest. He also has patience, with a career walk rate of 9.6 percent, well above the MLB average of 8.1 percent.But Posey is much more than just a catcher who hits well. In addition to his power and discipline, Posey has been one of the best defensive catchers in baseball during his career — thanks to his particular knack for pitch framing.Catcher framing is the art of receiving a pitch so that an umpire is more likely to call it a strike. Before the debut of pitch-tracking technology such as PITCHf/x and Statcast, the idea of framing as a skill was unproven, but now it can be measured. And as Hall-of-Fame voters increasingly understand and recognize the importance of framing, catchers like Posey will probably benefit.Baseball Prospectus rates Posey as the seventh-best framer since 1988,6That’s the first year for which those statistics can be calculated. so he’s among the cream of the crop. And because framing isn’t factored into most versions of wins above replacement, Posey is somewhat underrated even by newfangled Hall-of-Fame yardsticks like JAWS.Baseball Prospectus’s version of WAR incorporates the number of runs a catcher saves via framing (which the version from FanGraphs does not, and the version from Baseball-Reference accounts for in a much smaller way).7The Baseball-Reference metric for catcher defense has a much smaller range of framing values than Baseball Prospectus’s does. For instance, it assigns Posey only 54 runs of value from his defense over the course of his career, while BP puts the value from Posey’s framing alone at nearly double that (104 runs). Unsurprisingly, Posey’s value under that measure is higher, shooting up to 49.8 WAR. If we recalculate his JAWS score using Prospectus’s version of WAR, then, Posey is already good enough to have an 85 percent chance of making the Hall, according to my calculations. Now, Posey’s framing value this year has been minimal, so it’s possible that he’s losing his touch (he wouldn’t be the only older catcher to forget how to frame a pitch). But even if you assume that he will be a league-average framer going forward, Posey’s JAWS could end up high enough to practically guarantee a Hall of Fame induction.8This is based on a series of career simulations described later in the article.In some ways, comparing Posey with the historic greats of yesteryear in this manner isn’t fair. We don’t know what kind of framer Johnny Bench was, for example, and it’s possible that his already-tremendous WAR total would just get more inflated if we did. But we do know that it’s rare for a catcher to have both offensive ability and framing skills. (The few catchers better than Posey defensively tend to be specialists like Jose Molina and Brad Ausmus.) Conversely, there are a lot of catchers who are not great framers but nonetheless have long careers because they excel at the plate. So it’s likely that at least some of the catchers ahead of Posey on the all-time list would see their total value decline if we could measure their framing ability.Add it all up, and Posey has likely already had a Hall-of-Fame career. And his playing days probably won’t end anytime soon — the average catcher who had 20 or more WAR through age 30 ended up playing another six and a half seasons. So Posey has plenty of years to improve upon his already impressive career. To get a sense of how Posey might end up finishing his run, I asked the folks at Out of the Park Baseball — a baseball simulation engine — to game out the rest of his career. Out of the Park came back with four simulations of Posey’s future. And according to each, the hypothetical Busters fared very well. In each simulation, Posey earned an end-of-career JAWS score of greater than 51, which would give him at least a 90 percent chance of making the Hall, according to my calculations. With an average of about 2,000 hits, 400 doubles and 250 home runs, Posey’s milestones weren’t overly impressive, so he didn’t make the Hall on the first ballot in the simulations — it usually took three to four years for him to get in — but he was eventually inducted in each universe that was played out. That sounds pretty similar to what will happen in our universe, too.Posey is one of the few catchers in history who can do it all. He can hit and frame, and he even provides extra value by blocking errant pitches and throwing out runners. When you combine his offensive and defensive skills, Posey might just be the most underappreciated Hall of Famer playing today.CORRECTION (Aug. 24, 10:02 a.m.): An earlier version of this article incorrectly said that’s version of wins above replacement does not incorporate the number of runs saved via catcher framing. It does, although Baseball-Reference’s method assigns less value to framing than Baseball Prospectus’s version of WAR does. read more

Herbert Smith Freehills introduces returntowork scheme for female lawyers

first_imgHerbert Smith Freehills has introduced a return-to-work programme to support experienced female lawyers who are looking to return to private practice after an extended career break.The scheme, conducted in partnership with OnRamp, matches potential staff with existing legal vacancies within law firms.Candidates for the programme will need to have at least three years of legal experience and have been on an extended career break of up to 20 years.Successful candidates will take part in a one year fellowship during which they will receive on-the-job training and support.Herbert Smith Freehills has launched the fellowship programme in both the UK and Australia, with the aim of fostering a diverse workplace culture and recruiting top female talent.Sue Gilchrist, regional managing partner for Asia and Australia at Herbert Smith Freehills, said: “Our firm is committed to fostering a high performing, diverse and inclusive culture, because we know that diverse perspectives significantly boost our creativity, problem solving skills and our ability to innovate, which results in a more rewarding workplace for our people and better service for our clients.”last_img read more

Local Muslim doctors head to Mariaravaged Puerto Rico

first_imgMIAMI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, FLA. (WSVN) – Doctors from South Florida are heading to Puerto Rico to donate their skills and hand out much-needed supplies.The Islamic Circle of North America has deployed a team of medical professionals to the Caribbean island where many people are still suffering after Hurricane Maria. The doctors took off from Miami International Airport, Sunday.The team will volunteer at understaffed health clinics and work with local doctors to treat patients who have been without proper medical care for weeks.“The purpose of doing that is we want to make sure our brothers and sisters — and those who are at the site and waiting for us — we felt the responsibility to help them, those who are in dire need,” said an Islamic Circle spokesperson.The humanitarian mission will last through Thursday.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Calling all Marvel fans We want to see your fandom collection

first_img Avengers: Endgame — Everything you need to know Show Us Yours: Marvel fandom pictures from our readers 1 49 Photos Now playing: Watch this: 2:09 Don’t mind the Star Wars and DC figures, this CNET family member is punching above his weight for the Marvel gang! Lee Koo/CNET A wild ride is on its way for Marvel fans.We’re finally getting to see Captain Marvel’s origins and just how powerful she is. And in two short months, we’ll see Avengers: Endgame hit the big screen. The latter has many fans waiting (or dreading) to see how the Avengers’ storyline wraps, with some probably hoping Thanos gets what’s coming to him after decimating half of all life in the galaxy.If you’re anything like us here at CNET, you’re counting down the seconds until you can see how it all concludes, so this is something to help pass that time in between Captain Marvel and Endgame.Forming our own super team with GameSpot, TV Guide, TechRepublic, ZDNet, we’re curious to see just how big of Marvel fans our readers are. Maybe you own a replica of Cap’s shield. Or your very own Spidey-suit. Even a homemade collection of your own Infinity Stones. Anything under the Marvel umbrella, we want to see it. So don’t be shy! Whether it’s pictures of your comic book collection, action figures, posters, costumes, perhaps even a Marvel shrine, submit them in the form below so we can showcase them for all to see.Check out the gallery below of the photo submissions we’ve gathered so far, just to get an idea of how it works. We don’t care if you’ve got high-end stuff, or if that stuff has seen better days, we just want to show off the fandom. Once we gather your submissions, we will continuously update the photo gallery for all to see!  So, get out that camera and start snappin’. We can’t wait to see what you have for us! Comment Tags Some tips for submission:The pictures. At least one photo of your Marvel collection (see above for ideas). Feel free to include yourself in the photos if you wish. Images need to be in horizontal (landscape) format, and each photo should not exceed 3MB in size, but the higher the resolution the better. You can submit up to four images.The captions. For each photo you submit, write a sentence or two about your prized Marvel possessions and let us know what makes them special to you. We appreciate detail and would love to know everything we can about your gear.After submitting your photos don’t forget to hit the comment section and tell us who you favorite Marvel superhero is and why! Share your voice TV and Movies Comics Captain Marvel Marvel The Avengerslast_img read more

2 red sander smugglers arrested 95 logs worth Rs 1 cr

first_imgKadapa: In a major breakthrough forest officials have seized RS 1crore worth 95 red sander logs and lorry by arresting two smugglers at Chelimibavi village of Kasinayina Mandal wee hours of Friday. The accused were identified as M. Veeranarayana, G. Sudhakar Ramapuram village of Kalasapadu mandal. According to the Proddatur DFO Guruprabhakar following tip-off forest staff conducted raids at Jyothi forest beat near Chelimibavi village and arrested the accused while transporting precious wood by lorry. The DFO said Veeranarayana earlier worked as forest watcher in the department. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us He was removed from the Service on the charges of extending support to the smugglers in different ways. After he was removed from the service joined hands with smugglers indulging in the illegal trade of red sander smuggling. The DFO detailed that based on information provided by an unidentified person last late night on Thursday, kasinayana Mandal forest officer Dinesh Reddy along with his staff conducted raids and arrested the duo while loading red sander logs in the lorry. A case has been registered by Porumamilla police.last_img read more

NASA Spacecraft to Use Green Fuel For First Time

first_img Hubble Space Telescope Captures Star’s Eerie Gaseous GlowMoon Glows Brighter Than Sun in NASA Fermi’s Vibrant Images A non-toxic, rosé-colored liquid could fuel the future of space travel.NASA will test the high-performance “green” material, as well as a compatible propulsion system, in space this month with the Green Propellant Infusion Mission (GPIM), set to launch on a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket.Developed by the Air Force Research Laboratory, the propellant blends hydroxyl ammonium nitrate with an oxidizer, allowing it to burn and creating an alternative to hydrazine, commonly used in modern spacecraft.While shuttles love hydrazine (it was first employed as a component in rocket fuels during World War II), the inorganic compound is highly toxic to humans.Exposure can cause everything from skin irritation or temporary blindness to seizures or coma, not to mention organ damage to the liver, kidneys, and central nervous system. Handling the clear liquid requires strict safety precautions: protective suits, thick rubber gloves, oxygen tanks.So it makes sense that NASA would want to replace it with something a bit more user friendly.GPIM, the agency said, promises fewer handling restrictions, helping to reduce preparation time before launch.“Spacecraft could be fueled during manufacturing, simplifying processing at the launch facility, resulting in cost savings,” according to Christopher McLean, principal investigator for GPIM at Ball Aerospace, which leads this technology demonstration mission.Denser than hydrazine, this new green propellant offers nearly 50 percent better performance (the equivalent of getting 50 percent more miles per gallon on your car). That means spacecraft can travel farther and operate longer with less fuel onboard.The technology, NASA said, is ideal for small- and cube-satellite builders, who have modest budgets and limited capacity; it also has a place among large spacecraft, like the GPIM.Moving forward, Redmond-based manufacturer Aerojet Rocketdyne plans to develop a range of other thrust-level propulsion systems to utilize high-performance green propellant.“We see interest in using green propellant across the space industry,” Fred Wilson, director of business development for Aerojet, said in a statement. “The trend is towards smaller and smaller satellites, to do more mission in a small package.”There is potential for this technology to be used for a variety of lunar missions within NASA’s new Artemis program, the agency said. But first, it must be tested in space.More on Satellites Developed by European Space AgencyNASA’s Webb Telescope One Step Closer to CompletionNASA to Open International Space Station to Tourists from 2020 Stay on targetlast_img read more

In Rural Utah Preventing Suicide Means Meetin

first_img… In Rural Utah, Preventing Suicide Means Meeting Gun Owners… by NPR News Erik Neumann 8.26.19 7:32am A gun show might not be the first place you would expect to talk about suicide prevention — especially in a place like rural northeast Utah, where firearms are deeply embedded in the local culture.But one Friday at the Vernal Gun & Knife Show, four women stood behind a folding table for the Northeastern Counseling Center with exactly that in mind.Amid a maze of tables displaying brightly varnished rifle stocks, shotguns and the occasional AR-15 assault-style rifle, they waited, ready to talk with show attendees.”Lethal access to lethal means makes a difference. Suicide attempts by any other means are less lethal,” says one of the women, Robin Hatch, a prevention coordinator with Northeastern Counseling for nearly 23 years.Utah has one of the highest rates of death by suicide in the U.S. And 85% of firearm deaths in the state are suicides. According to Utah’s health department, suicide rates can vary widely depending on where you are. For example, the suicide rate in northeast Utah is 58% higher than the rest of the state.Suicide by gun is a particular problem: The rate in rural areas is double that in urban areas, according to state officials.A major factor is the easy access to firearms in Utah — and the grim fact that suicide attempts involving guns have a higher mortality rate than by other means.This was the first time Hatch and her colleagues at Northeastern Counseling were doing outreach at a gun show.As the auditorium filled with firearm sellers and hunters, the counselors stacked their folding tables with neat piles of free cable locks that thread into a gun to prevent rounds from being loaded, and water-resistant gun socks screen-printed on the outside with the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number.The idea behind distributing both devices is to slow a person down during a moment of crisis. “Anything that we can do to get people off track a little bit, thinking something different,” Hatch explains. “We believe that will help make a difference in our suicide rates.”Unpredictable employment adds stressThe northeast corner of Utah is home to oil and gas fields, cattle ranches and the Uintah and Ouray Reservation.Health experts say factors contributing to the high suicide rates in the area include limited access to mental health services in rural communities and the unpredictability of the ranching and oil and gas industries. The boom-bust cycles, along with physical and mental stress, take a toll on workers.”Injuries and accidents, keeping your job, having a job tomorrow. It’s so up and down,” says Val Middleton, a former oil and gas safety instructor at Uintah Basin Technical College in Vernal. “The guys don’t eat right typically. No exercise, hard work, long hours, no sleep. That’s what adds up. The divorce rate is high, really high. The family life is low.”Add high gun ownership and the risks are increased.Dee Cairoli is a pastor at Roosevelt Christian Assembly in a neighboring town. He also works part time as an NRA concealed-carry handgun instructor. When hosting classes, Cairoli explains how gun owners can intervene if another gun owner shows signs of a mental health crisis.”I’ve done it a couple of times as a pastor where I’ve gone to somebody’s house and said, ‘Look, maybe you need to listen to me for a minute. I know what I’m talking about. I promise I’ll keep it in my [gun] safe, but let me have your gun.’ “Cairoli speaks with authority. When he was 15, his father killed himself with a gun.”It was very tragic, but I never hated the gun. I never blamed the gun. I knew that it was just his desperate moment and that he had just chosen that,” Cairoli says.He believes that personal tragedy, along with the credibility he brings as a gun user and local pastor, allows people in crisis to trust him.Not Just A Rural IssueHow to talk about suicide with guns isn’t just an issue in rural parts of Utah. It’s a topic that state Rep. Steve Eliason of Sandy, a suburban city near Salt Lake, also tackles. Eliason has sponsored legislation focused on firearms, suicide prevention and mental health services. It is personal for him, too.”I’ve lost three extended family members to suicide. All firearm suicides. Young men,” Eliason says.This year, he worked on bills to fund firearm safety and suicide prevention programs, supply gun locks, create new mental health treatment programs and expand crisis response in rural Utah.Eliason describes these issues as nonpartisan, but with Utah’s proud gun culture, he’s also careful with his approach. He describes advice he got from a politically liberal friend in public health about how to bring together opposing perspectives about firearms.”Obviously, there’s kind of two schools of thought on firearms,” he says. “Those two schools of thought, if they were circles, they would overlap into a small oval — that oval is the culture of safety. And she says, ‘I would recommend that you dwell within that oval.’ That’s what I’ve tried to do.”That perspective led to the Utah legislature appropriating money to fund a study from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, in consultation with the Utah Shooting Sports Council. That study spurred discussions about the problem of firearms and suicide and formed the basis of at least one of Eliason’s 2019 bills, to expand access to gun locks.Like Eliason’s work at the state policy level, Hatch’s suicide prevention work in her community depends on relationships and trust.Hatch’s table at the gun show was less busy than others. But the women gave out hundreds of gun locks and gun socks over the course of the day. And attendees said having them there was a fitting way to bring up the subject of suicide and firearms.”You need to know your community, and you need to address it in a way that your community will accept it,” Hatch says.This story comes from NPR’s reporting partnership with KUER and Kaiser Health News. Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit NPR.last_img read more

CRYing need to get them to school

first_imgChild Rights and You, India’s leading Child 30th rights NGO and its alliance, APR – Alliance for People’s Rights, organised a day long theatre festival in the capital.This was an open forum for children to speak out on issues that affect them the most in school. Shiksha Hamara Haq theme of the festival amplified the voices of more than 50 children between ages 6-14 from different parts of city. Corporal punishment and discrimination, barriers in education due to lack of infrastructure, positive impact of RTE Act are the issues which the festival addressed. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Padhna isi ka naam hai, Dhoondte reh jaoge, Thoda hai thode kee zarurat hai, were three plays where children showcased what they have observed as issues of basic infrastructure in their school, hygiene and access to playgrounds. The theatre festival was followed up by a panel discussion on the status of education in Delhi. Themes of the discussion were, ensuring enrolment of all children between 6-14 years in school, as per the current provisions of RTE Act, 2009, ensuring that no child is subjected to any kind of corporal punishment of any nature- physical or mental, To ensure ‘compulsory education’ for all children through availability of a neighbourhood school with proper infrastructure.last_img read more

Guatemalas Pérez Molina confirmed for meeting with Obama in Costa Rica

first_imgNo related posts. GUATEMALA CITY – The president of Guatemala, Otto Pérez Molina, confirmed his participation in an upcoming May meeting between the president of Costa Rica, Laura Chinchilla, and her U.S. counterpart, Barack Obama. The presidents of the Central American Integration System (SICA) were also invited.“I told President Chinchilla that I am willing to participate in the meeting in Costa Rica,” Pérez Molina said, according to the Guatemalan State News Agency.Obama’s official visit will coincide with a summit of SICA members in Costa Rica, which presides over the organization this year.Pérez Molina said the meeting is an opportunity for regional presidents to discuss security and bilateral trade issues.The region has remained on the lookout for immigration reform promoted by Obama that could benefit some 11 million immigrants in the U.S., mostly Latin Americans. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Dubrovnik Travel Guide

first_imgThe Croatian city of Dubrovnik is one of Europe’s most enduring treasures. The Old Town through Pile Gate is a fascinating sight in this city filled with history, to reach this one must cross a medieval bridge. Source: Expedialast_img

June 20 1997 Susie painting railings in ine East

first_imgJune 20, 1997Susie painting railings in ine East Crescent.last_img