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AgriNovus Indiana Announces New President, CEO

first_img AgriNovus Indiana has announced that, after a national search, Mitch Frazier, CEO of regional John Deere retailer Reynolds Farm Equipment, has been named its new president and CEO. Frazier will begin his new role on June 29 for the agbiosciences initiative of the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership (CICP).Prior to Reynolds, he served as vice president of Marketing at TinderBox and as vice president of Marketing and Investor Relations Officer at ExactTarget. He led media relations for Governor Mitch Daniels’ team at the Indiana Economic Development Corporation and served as a civilian public affairs officer with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He also served on active duty in the U.S. Army.Frazier succeeds Beth Bechdol, who was appointed in December 2019 as deputy director general of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) for the United Nations in Rome, Italy. Aaron Schacht, executive vice president of Innovation, Regulatory & Business Development at Elanco, who served as interim president and CEO during the search, will continue to serve as chair of the AgriNovus Board of Directors.“Mitch brings to AgriNovus Indiana vision, enthusiasm and expertise to build upon the team’s success to date and will help amplify the organization’s mission of growing the agbiosciences sector and its impact in Indiana and beyond,” said Schacht. “The Board of Directors is thrilled to welcome Mitch and is committed to helping him and the team make Indiana the home to unparalleled agbiosciences innovation and talent.”“Mitch’s experience in both agricultural and technology organizations is a perfect combination for this role,” said David Johnson, president and CEO of CICP. “His collaborative nature and passion for the industry will enable him to cultivate new alliances, connect with people and modernize the perception of the agbiosciences.”“Indiana is an epicenter for innovation in agriculture and technology,” said Frazier. “The board of directors and team at AgriNovus represent the best of Indiana, and I am confident that together we will build upon the organization’s success and advance this critical sector of our economy.”Frazier holds a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and a Master of Business Administration from Upper Iowa University. He is also active in his community, where he serves on the Central Indiana Regional Development Authority, the City of Westfield Redevelopment Authority, and on the Westfield Washington Schools Superintendent’s Council. He is also a graduate of the Stanley K. Lacy Leadership Series.Source: AgriNovus press release AgriNovus Indiana Announces New President, CEO Home Indiana Agriculture News AgriNovus Indiana Announces New President, CEO Facebook Twitter By Hoosier Ag Today – Apr 29, 2020 SHARE SHARE Facebook Twitter Previous articleIndiana Farmers Need Processing Facilities to Open and Rain Back in the State on the HAT Wednesday Morning EditionNext articlePurdue Professor: Farmers’ Aid Package has Parallels to Great Depression Hoosier Ag Todaylast_img read more

Governor Wolf Touts Importance of Education for Pennsylvania’s Economy

first_img Economy,  Education,  Jobs That Pay,  PAsmart,  Press Release,  Schools That Teach Philadelphia, PA – Governor Tom Wolf joined the national Campaign for Grade-Level Reading in Philadelphia today to highlight Pennsylvania’s significant progress and investments in education to reverse years of cuts and prepare students with the skills for a rewarding career in the 21st century economy.“My administration is laser-focused on improving education at all levels and investing in our schools and our children is my top priority,” said Governor Wolf. “We have fully restored education funding cut during the previous administration, ensured students are ready for college or to start their career, and provided unprecedented support for high-quality pre-k programs so young children can start developing strong reading skills needed for success in school and beyond.”This year, the governor secured $30 million for his first-of-its-kind workforce development initiative, PAsmart. Funded through competitive grants, PAsmart will help to increase classes in math, technology, science and information technology, as well as invest in skills training through expanded apprenticeships.“Not every child in Pennsylvania will go to a four-year college, but every child needs the skills to compete for a good job,” said Governor Wolf. “With PAsmart, we are investing in a well-educated, highly-trained and skilled workforce that is ready for the in-demand fields that new or expanding businesses need in Pennsylvania.”Over the past three years, the Wolf Administration has made significant investments in education from pre-kindergarten to college and career and technical education, including:Increased the number of children able to attend pre-kindergarten by 60 percent.Fully restored the one billion dollar education cut made in the previous administration that that led to teacher layoffs, larger class sizes, and program cuts.Enacted a fair funding formula that provides equitable, fair funding for all school districts.Established PAsmart, a first-of-its-kind $30 million workforce development initiative that invests $20 million in computer science and STEM education programs for k-12 students and $10 million to expand apprenticeships and industry partnerships.Established standards for computer science education in all Pennsylvania schools, joining fewer than a dozen states to endorse such standards.Advanced Pennsylvania to third in the nation in the number of nationally-recognized STEM ecosystems and made the commonwealth the fifth largest producer of STEM graduates.Increased high school graduation rate to 86.1 percent, placing Pennsylvania above the national average.Increased the number of career and technical education (CTE) students earning industry-recognized credentials by 32.2 percent and increased the number of credentials earned by students enrolled in CTE programs by 28.4 percent.Expanded enrollment in AP courses by 10 percent.Reduced the length of PSSA tests by 20 percent, condensed the exam timeframe from three weeks to two weeks and shifted it to later in the school year for students in grades three through eight.Created a task force to bring together officials, educators, parents, and students to talk to about ways to improve school safety and security.Since Governor Wolf took office in 2015, Pennsylvania has expanded state-funded preschool by $115 million, adding more than 9,600 slots in Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts, and an additional 1,300 in the Head Start Supplemental Assistance Program (HSSAP). This year, funding increases will enable approximately 2,125 additional children to have access to high-quality early learning in Pre-K Counts and nearly 500 additional children through HSSAP. In total, more than 29,250 children will receive services through both programs. July 24, 2018 SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Governor Wolf Touts Importance of Education for Pennsylvania’s Economylast_img read more

Mistakes pile up as Humboldt Crabs fall 7-4 to Rally Factory Rock Hounds

first_imgARCATA >> A night after playing near-mistake-free baseball, the Crabs’ worst enemy might have been themselves on Saturday.With mistakes abound, the Crabs fell 7-4 to the Rally Factory Rock Hounds at the Arcata Ball Park, and now enter a Sunday afternoon not looking to sweep but rather trying to take the rubber match and get the series win.Whether it was on the bases, in the field or with runners in scoring position, Humboldt struggled to keep the momentum going from Friday night’s win over …last_img

“Easy Does It” Evolution Credited with Anything and Everything

first_imgReporters show remarkably little discernment about the limitations of natural selection, but scientists don’t rebuke them.Evolution has become the catch-all explanation for everything in the world.  This can be illustrated by the ever-flowing articles coming out of the news media about the evolution of, to borrow a youth expression, “whatever.”  No rigorous detail characteristic of other sciences is required to credit evolution with “whatever”.  Here are a few recent examples.Salt of the Mars:  The smiling face of astrobiologist Mark Schneegurt opens an article on PhysOrg about his theory that life arises in Epsom Salt.  While “Searching salt for answers about life on Earth, Mars,” he performed his divination with salt crystals, mumbling, “Our work has relevance to the origins of life on Earth, since life may have arisen from a briny tidal pool.”  Then again, it may not have.Great great …. granddaddy cell:  Darwin’s sketch of a “tree of life” accompanies an article on Live Science tempting to reveal the “Ancestor of all life.”  As usual, it’s only a suggestion: “A newly drawn-up evolutionary tree suggests a group of bacteria may be the last common ancestor for all life on Earth.”  Inherent in these bacteria were phenomenal powers, indeed: the seeds of Olympic athletes and designers of Mars rovers.  The gene bank being messy, researchers divined the path of evolution through it by examining some ribosomal proteins. “Structurally aligning the proteins allowed the researchers to pick out subtle differences that indicate which organisms belong on different branches of the evolutionary tree, they explained in a statement.”Magic crystal:  A headline on PhysOrg sounds like the discovery of a magic wand: “Evolutionary molecule identified by researchers.”  This wonder molecule allowed cells to differentiate and become specialists.  The professor, like a wizard, was on hand to reveal the deep dark secrets: “These findings are also remarkable because cyclic-di-GMP was previously only found in bacteria, where it causes bacteria to lose motility and transform into large sticky colonies, known as biofilms. The fact that an organism like Dictyostelium, which is very far removed from bacteria, uses the same mechanism is very interesting and suggests that the processes which cause cell differentiation in eukaryotes, like ourselves, may have very deep evolutionary origins.”Multicellularity:  Single cells operated for some billion years before the rise of multicellular life, according to the evolutionary scenario.  PhysOrg described a new computer run with Avida software that showed imaginary cells learning the trick of “division of labor.” The author was either oblivious to or unconcerned about the controversy over Avida (see Evolution News).  The article said: “The most surprising result was that the organisms evolved to become dependent on each other” with guidance from the programmers.  The solution being such a cinch, one wonders what took real biological organisms so long.  The original paper on PNAS is open-access (August 7, 2012, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1202233109).Building blocks:  Life uses copper, zinc and molybdenum.  How did it become available when needed?  According to PhysOrg, simple: it came from the deep, which is very convenient, because without these elements, there would be no eukaryotes and no sex.  According to a study, continents dredged up the building blocks right when eukaryotes began to need them.  This obviously establishes a cause-and-effect relationship, the article implied.Turning damage into creativity:  A phenomenon called “Muller’s Ratchet” guarantees that mutations will eventually drive species extinct.  PhysOrg described, in bold print, why this is a predicament for evolution:From protozoans to mammals, evolution has created more and more complex structures and better-adapted organisms. This is all the more astonishing as most genetic mutations are deleterious. Especially in small asexual populations that do not recombine their genes, unfavourable mutations can accumulate. This process is known as Muller’s ratchet in evolutionary biology. The ratchet, proposed by the American geneticist Hermann Joseph Muller, predicts that the genome deteriorates irreversibly, leaving populations on a one-way street to extinction.Clearly species are surviving anyway, so the task before evolutionist Richard Neher (Max Planck Institute) became finding a way to rescue Darwinism from this falsifying principle.  He did so by turning mutations into a benefit within a mathematical model.  Agreeing that most mutations are deleterious, his team got the model to work with a little circular reasoning: “For their model the scientists assumed a steady environment and suggest that there can be a mutation-selection balance in every population.”  Well, obviously.  Evolution did it, so evolution must have done it.Avida to the rescue again:  Problem: organisms seem to build structures they don’t need, according to another article on PhysOrg: “Why, after millions of years of evolution, do organisms build structures that seemingly serve no purpose?” (a tacit acknowledgement that there are structures with purpose, contrary to Darwinian thought).  The article quotes Michigan State evolutionists who believe there are purposeless stages in embryological development (no examples provided in the article).  The “evolution as a tinkerer” meme was developed into an analogy that life builds a roller coaster then tears it down to build a skyscraper, presumably because it’s disruptive to embryological pathways to start over and do things efficiently (still no examples provided).  What they could not prove with real organisms under a microscope, they proved (or made support their theory) by appropriately engineering Avida software with mythical aliens called Avidians:Rather than observe embryos grow, the team of computer scientists and biologists used BEACON’s Avida software to perform experiments with evolution inside a computer. The Avidians – self-replicating computer programs – mutate, compete for resources and evolve, mimicking natural selection in real-life organisms. Using this software, Clune’s team observed as Avidians evolved to perform logic tasks. They recorded the order that those tasks evolved in a variety of lineages, and then looked at the order those tasks developed in the final, evolved organism.Red Queens and Ying-Yang:  Note: This is not a trip down the rabbit hole.  Really.  It can’t be, because the protagonists are evolutionists who know physics and math.  PhysOrg promised readers that “Physics and math shed new light on biology by mapping the landscape of evolution.”  The light is shed by researchers who “captured evolutionary relationships in a system of equations.”  What could be more scientific than equations, especially if they support the old Yin-Yang religion by analogy?  This model even has something out of Back to the Future, a curl flux capacity:The key breakthrough beyond the conventional quantitative theory of evolution is the emergent curl flux, which is generated by interactions between individuals within or across species. The underlying emergent landscape gradient and the curl flux act together as a ‘Yin and Yang’ duality pair to determine the dynamics of general evolution, says Wang. An example of similar behavior is the particle and wave duality that determines the dynamics of the quantum world, he notes. The researchers also note that this combined effect is analogous to the way electric and magnetic forces both act on electrons.With a little more divination, the researchers even saw the Red Queen in their equations: the Lewis Carroll character who had to keep co-evolving just to stay in one place.  With apologies to Darwin, they ended, “When a species’ arms race with a co-evolving parasite takes an unexpected twist, a previously unnecessary trait could suddenly turn into the key to surviving. In the co-evolving world, there is no guarantee for ‘survival of the fittest’ and it is often necessary to keep running for survival.”  Funny that equations analogous to the highly precise Maxwell Equations cannot make evolutionary biology into a truly predictive, precise science.Jawboning about evolution:  A bearded scientist from Notre Dame appears to be kissing a llama in a photo on PhysOrg opening a story promising to “shed light on how jaws evolve.”  Matt Ravosa “is your man” if you want to know about “the evolution and function of jaws,” the caption reads.  Ravosa must have spent a lot of time examining 2,900 jaws from 300 species, for sure; but he never quite explained how these animals’ feeding habits led to the origin and diversification of jaws, despite the promise in the article that his “findings having important implications regarding the evolution of the feeding apparatus in humans and other anthropoids.”  What are the scientific causes here?  Does food create jaws?Handshake evolution:  Seven authors got together and published on PLoS ONE a curious theory: voice and handshake are markers of Darwinian fitness.  “These findings demonstrate that both hormonally regulated and phenotypic quality markers can be used as measures of Darwinian fitness among humans living under conditions that resemble the evolutionary environment of Homo sapiens,” they said.  Their study even adds evidence for the “Grandmother Hypothesis” if curious readers want to investigate.There was one recent occasion where scientists complained about the carelessness of reporters who misrepresent findings with titillating headlines.  PhysOrg actually reported the complaint that was published in Nature: “Biologists take journalists to task for sensationalizing animal sexual behavior headlines.”  In the Nature article, Andrew Barron and Mark Brown rebuked the media for misleading the public with titillating headlines, such as implying that animal behaviors that appear homosexual (even in roundworms) have anything to do with human choices.  Urging scientists to choose their words carefully when talking to reporters, Barron and Brown said, “These findings suggest that scientists can shape the coverage of their results.”  But that was about sex; no such warnings have been seen lately when it comes to “findings” about evolution, leading to the assertion that evolutionary biologists are complicit in the way evolution is presented in the popular press.These are just chunks drawn out of the cesspool of evolutionary mythology, the morass of generalities, analogies and fallacies that comprise modern man’s highest and best explanation for the emergence of life.  It’s a fantasy world where mystical equations support Malice in Blunderland (5/14/2010), alleged “findings” find three impossible things before breakfast, and mythical organisms in computers boldly go where no animal has gone before.  Every scientific malfeasance is tolerated so long as it presents a worthy sacrifice to the Bearded Buddha.Try challenging the Mad Hatters of the Darwin Party, with their ubiquitous attack dogs, though, and you will be subjected to the most vile hate speech today.  Example: “Creationists shouldn’t comment on science, it is hilarious to see. Evolution is a well tested, well known fact which obviously for everyone with two neurons to rub together no more hinges on cell origins than the fact of general relativity hinges on mass origins; their ‘problems therefore gods’ is not even good theology.”  That’s actually pretty mild for the genre.This pitiful situation only continues because we allow it to.  If you are a sensible, rational person, and you discern what is going on in the media, do your duty.  Laugh harder. Our work has relevance to the origins of life on Earth, since life may have arisen from a briny tidal pool.Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2012-08-salt-life-earth-mars.html#jCp(Visited 56 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Don’t Take These Clients

first_img Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Now There are some clients whose business you should not take.Unappreciative: Don’t take clients who don’t appreciate the value you create. You will never have a great, partner-oriented relationship with people who don’t appreciate who you are, what you do, how you do it, and the difference that it makes. You have limited time, spend with the people who appreciate the value you create.Lowest Price: Don’t take clients who only care about lowest price. If the only way you can win a client’s business is by winning a race to the bottom, you haven’t really won. You have really just agreed to provide your services at the lowest price. That isn’t selling and, unless the lowest price is your business model, you’ve won nothing.Vendor: Don’t take clients who don’t perceive you as a peer and a partner. You don’t want to work for people who believe you are a vendor or supplier. You don’t want to work for clients who don’t believe that you have real value, and who will look for you the help they need solving their biggest challenges.Won’t Pay: Don’t take clients who don’t want to pay you the money they owe you. There are some people who don’t like to pay their bills. But when you create value, you are entitled to capture a share of the value you create. And you’re entitled to capture it promptly, and without having to fight for it.They’re Desperate: Don’t take clients who are only working with you because they are desperate. Much of the time the only reason a prospective client is giving you their business is because they are desperate, it means there is a reason they can’t find someone else to help them. The fact that your prospective client is desperate is a clue that there is something wrong.You’re Desperate: Don’t take clients that you are only taking because you are desperate. If you are only taking a client because you are desperate, it means you know that you are making a bad decision. Solving the problem of your prior bad decisions by making another bad decision isn’t a terrific strategy.Bullies: Don’t take clients who are bullies. You don’t want to work with bad people. You don’t want to work with seriously dysfunctional people. And you don’t want to work for people who will bully you. These people will also bully the people on your team, and you can’t allow that.Lose Money: Don’t take clients who will cause you to lose money. Taking business without making a profit is the same as not taking their business. Taking business and losing money is the very worst idea ever. If you what you do creates value for your client, you should get paid for it. If you aren’t profitable, you aren’t going to be around to create value for the people who want you to profit and to generate future value.last_img read more

CWG: PM asks sports ministry for ‘relevant details’ on Aiyar’s letters

first_imgPrime Minister Manmohan Singh has asked the Sports Ministry for “relevant details” regarding the letters written by former sports minister Mani Shankar Aiyar on last year’s Commonwealth Games.”The letters written by Shri Mani Shankar Aiyar referred to in a news item….are in the public domain….The Prime Minister has asked the Sports Ministry to provide relevant details in this regard,” a statement from the PMO said on Saturday.The statement also made a reference to Singh’s remarks on the subject during his interaction with the editors recently.”…Mani Shankar Aiyar wrote to me, but he wrote to me on purely ideological grounds–he was opposed to spending that much money on hosting the CWG,” Singh had said during the interaction.To a query from the Editors about the bloating budget for the sporting event, the Prime Minister had said “That is the job of his Ministry–to tell us because all the budgets were the responsibility of the Sports Ministry– they had to come to the Cabinet. I have no mechanism in the Prime Minister’s Office to look at all the minute details of the Budget. Mani Shankar Aiyar wrote many letters to me. These letters were all on ideological opposition to spend so much money on the Commonwealth Games, we should be doing more in other sectors. He did not bring to me anything wrong that was being done.”Saturday’s statement also said that the public may like to draw appropriate conclusions after going through these papers.- With PTI inputsadvertisementlast_img read more

CTV Partners with CANADAS WALK OF FAME as Official Broadcaster of CANADAS

first_imgAdvertisement Twitter Advertisement Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, Canada’s Walk of Fame – a charitable organization that recognizes and celebrates Canadians who excel in their respective fields – re-joins CTV’s robust lineup of awards shows including the ACADEMY AWARDS®, the GOLDEN GLOBES®, THE EMMY® AWARDS, THE BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS, THE AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS, THE TONY AWARDS, THE COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS, and the IHEARTRADIO MUSIC AWARDS among others.For 20 years, Canada’s Walk of Fame has continued to recognize Canadians who have excelled on national and international stages in their respective fields, including music, sports, film and television, literary, visual and performing arts, science, innovation, philanthropy, and social justice.CTV’s broadcast of THE 2018 CANADA’S WALK OF FAME AWARDS is a celebration of Canadian excellence with a star-studded event with must-see performances and inspiring stories from new and former inductees. The event, which sees inductees immortalized with their names forever cemented into the streets of Toronto, culminates in a broadcast special honouring Canada’s brightest stars. Past inductees include Ryan Reynolds, Bryan Adams, Pamela Anderson, Margaret Atwood, Jeanne Beker, Jim Carrey, Kim Cattrall, Linda Evangelista, Celine Dion, Louise Arbour, Christopher Plummer, Michael J. Fox, and Terry Fox. Canada’s Walk of Fame represents many examples of courage, strength, talent, perseverance and success in Canada and the world.THE 2018 CANADA’S WALK OF FAME AWARDS broadcast is slated for December 2018. Inductees and broadcast details will be announced at a later date.SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:Twitter:@[email protected][email protected]:www.facebook.com/CTVwww.facebook.com/CWOFameInstagram:CTV PR: @CTV_PRCTV: @CTV_TelevisionCanada’s Walk of Fame: @cwofameAbout CTVCTV is Canada’s #1 private broadcaster. Featuring a wide range of quality news, sports, information, and entertainment programming, CTV has been Canada’s most-watched television network for the past 17 years in a row. CTV is a division of Bell Media, Canada’s premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio, digital, and Out-of-Home. Bell Media is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. More information about CTV can be found on the network’s website at CTV.ca.About Canada’s Walk of FameNow celebrating its 20th anniversary, Canada’s Walk of Fame is a national platform that celebrates Canadian achievement at the highest level in many fields, fueling our sense of Canadian pride and inspiring the next generation to follow in their footsteps. Canada’s Walk of Fame is the foremost honour for cultural, entrepreneurial, athletic, philanthropic and science/technology excellence in Canada. Current programs include the RBC Emerging Musician Program, Canada’s Walk of Fame Hometown Stars, presented by Cineplex, and the nationally televised broadcast designated by the CRTC as a program of national interest. Founded in 1998 by Peter Soumalias, Bill Ballard, Dusty Cohl and Gary Slaight, CWOF has inducted 173 Canadians to date, with their stars having a permanent place of tribute on the streets of Toronto’s Entertainment District. For a complete list of Inductees along with more information on Canada’s Walk of Fame visit: www.canadaswalkoffame.com Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Login/Register With: TORONTO, June 7, 2018 – CTV announced today a new multi-year partnership with Canada’s Walk of Fame to become the official and exclusive broadcaster of the awards. The new partnership, brokered by Canada’s Walk of Fame CEO Jeffrey Latimer and Bell Media President Randy Lennox, comes just in time for the awards ceremony’s 20thanniversary milestone this December.“Canada’s Walk of Fame is thrilled the awards are back on CTV,” said Jeffrey Latimer, CEO, Canada’s Walk of Fame. “This is such a monumental year for us as we celebrate our 20th anniversary and continue to deepen our commitment and broaden our impact across Canada. This year’s awards show will be a spectacular celebration of great Canadians, including our 2018 inductees and those inducted since Canada’s Walk of Fame was founded in 1998. It will be a celebration of what is possible, what can be achieved – a celebration of the power of Canadian potential.”“We are proud to honour the ever-growing group of notable Canadians and share their achievements and impact on Canadian society with our viewers,” said Randy Lennox, President, Bell Media. “With the return of CANADA’S WALK OF FAME AWARDS to CTV, we cement our commitment to celebrating extraordinary Canadian talent and their influence and impact both in Canada and around the world.”last_img read more

Each AL Playoff Teams Biggest Strength — And Weakness

Boston Red Sox (7 percent World Series probability) Strength: That ridiculous offense.To say the Astros are a great hitting team would be an understatement. They’re not merely great by 2017 standards. They rank among the most explosive offensive teams in major league history. Only three teams since 1901 — Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig’s 1927, 1930 and 1931 New York Yankees — had a better wRC+ than Houston did this season, which explains how they racked up nearly 900 runs and led the majors in offensive WAR by a mile. Led by MVP-candidate second baseman Jose Altuve and his .957 OPS, six Astros ranked among MLB’s top 37 hitters by WAR, with a seventh (first baseman Yulieski Gurriel) clocking in at No. 48. And the damage they did to opposing pitchers could have been even greater had shortstop Carlos Correa not missed 42 games at midseason: With Correa in the lineup, the Astros scored 22 percent more runs per game than they did without him. (He’ll be at full strength for the playoffs — be afraid, AL pitchers.)Weakness: Fielding … and the bullpen.The Astros bolstered their starting rotation with the last-minute addition of erstwhile Tigers ace Justin Verlander, who has been extra sharp since joining Houston. But there are still some holes in the team’s run-prevention corps: Aside from Ken Giles and goose-egg darling Chris Devenski, the Astros have few impact arms waiting in the bullpen. And on defense, they’ve been the eleventh-worst fielding team in MLB according to The Baseball Gauge, with zero position players who could be fairly classified as stellar with the glove. Houston’s starters aren’t the liability they’re sometimes made out to be, and this lineup might score so many runs that it won’t matter anyway, but the Astros might have reason to worry in tight postseason contests. Houston Astros (16 percent World Series probability) The MLB playoffs are finally upon us, and to help set the scene, we’re previewing the division-series field — sorry, Twins — for each league. For every team, we picked out their most important strength, plus the one weakness that might trip them up en route to the World Series. Now all that’s left is to watch it all play out in what should be one of the most exciting postseasons ever. First up is the American League. Cleveland Indians(25 percent World Series probability) Strength: Pitching.According to The Baseball Gauge’s wins above replacement meta-metric,1Which averages aspects of the versions of the WAR stat found at Baseball-Reference.com and FanGraphs, in addition to Baseball Gauge’s own WAR metric. Specifically, for this article I set the meta-metric to average together every option equally in each category, with no regression for fielding metrics and the positional adjustment not included in offensive and defensive WAR. no team in baseball got more value out of its rotation or its bullpen this season than the Indians, who boast two of the AL’s top 10 starters (Corey Kluber and Carlos Carrasco) plus its second-best reliever (Andrew Miller). That trio helped Cleveland’s staff lead the majors in strikeout rate, walk rate and home run rate,2The fielding independent pitching triple crown! despite having to face those pesky designated hitters.3Who, granted, aren’t quite as pesky as they used to be. And don’t sleep on the back end of this rotation, either — Mike Clevinger and Trevor Bauer had strong seasons as well — or a defense that ranked sixth best in baseball. If pitching and defense truly win championships, nobody is better equipped for October than the Tribe.Weakness: Offensive star power.If the Indians do have a weakness — and admittedly it’s something of a stretch to say this about a team that cleared 800 runs scored — it’s their lack of truly dominant bats in the middle of the batting order. Cleveland is a good hitting team — it ranked third in weighted runs created plus (wRC+, a measure of offensive production that’s adjusted for park and league effects) this season — but third baseman Jose Ramirez was the team’s only hitter to rank among the top 25 in offensive WAR. (DH Edwin Encarnacion and shortstop Francisco Lindor ranked 35th and 43rd, respectively.) The midseason acquisition of solid-hitting right fielder Jay Bruce helped in this department, and the Tribe had an MLB-best .843 on-base plus slugging in September, led by a surging Encarnacion. But if we look at the whole season, Houston had four of the top 25 hitters by WAR (more on that later) and even Arizona had two. Again, though, that might be nitpicking. This team is really, really good. Strength: Underlying talent.Even by the standards of baseball’s most successful franchise, the Yankees had a fine year in 2017, winning 91 games and dragging the AL East race down to the season’s final weekend. (The Red Sox also helped in that department.) And there’s a strong case to be made that the pinstripers are much better than their record indicates. New York had an 18-26 record in games decided by 1 run, one of the worst marks in baseball. Yet according to context-neutral stats such as WAR, the Yankees also had one of MLB’s best bullpens — not what you would expect if a team was truly shaky in close games. Between bad luck in those kinds of contests and slightly unlucky sequencing,4Meaning the difference between a team’s actual run differential and what we’d expect based on its underlying stats. This can be attributed to how much a team sequences its hits and walks, concentrating them within innings (which helps scoring), or scattering them across innings (resulting in fewer runs). Much of that is a function of luck, but it can have a profound effect on a team’s record. the Yankees won 11 fewer games than their stats would have predicted, the biggest shortfall in MLB. New York’s 102 wins “on paper” is a much better descriptor of how good it is than its 91 wins in the standings — and that makes the Yankees one of the postseason’s most sneaky-dangerous teams, especially now that they’re through into the division series.Weakness: Offensive inconsistency.Just like its best player, Aaron Judge, this Yankee offense tends to run very hot or very cold. While New York’s runs allowed per game remained pretty constant throughout the year, its scoring rate bounced around between incredible (with particular spikes in early May, June and most of September) and mediocre (see late May, as well as practically all of July and August), resulting in the fifth-largest standard deviation in runs per game of any team in baseball. Judge himself was responsible for this to a large degree, hitting like a runaway MVP in the first half, then cratering for a month and a half before recovering in September. If Judge and company go cold again — and New York’s pitchers can’t offset the drop after a taxing wild-card game — the Yankees’ playoff run could end quickly. New York Yankees (8 percent World Series probability) Strength: Preventing runs.The Red Sox had the second-best earned run average (adjusted for park effects) in the AL during the regular season, and there’s a lot credit to go around for that. Recent hiccups notwithstanding, Boston’s starting rotation ranked fourth in MLB by WAR, led not only by Chris Sale’s historically dominant numbers but also by under-the-radar seasons from Drew Pomeranz and Eduardo Rodriguez. The Red Sox bullpen, headlined by AL-leading closer Craig Kimbrel, finished third-best in WAR and often outpitched its overall numbers in important moments. Defensively, Boston ranked fourth in WAR, anchored by Sandy Leon behind the plate and the strong glovework of Mookie Betts and Andrew Benintendi in the outfield. And Boston might be even tougher to score against in October, with lefty David Price coming back from injury to play what appears to be an Andrew Miller-esque role out of the Sox bullpen.Weakness: Power hitting.Somehow, a team that put almost 900 runs on the board a year ago registered as barely above-average this season, despite the rising tide of baseball offense. Why? Many of Boston’s scoring issues can be traced back to a mysterious power outage that saw them rank third-to-last in isolated slugging (ISO) during the regular season. Among Boston’s nine 2017 regulars5Qualified with at least 200 plate appearances. who were also with the club last season, eight saw their ISO drop, and by an average of 37 points. Compounded by the retirement of David Ortiz, who departed with one of the greatest career-ending seasons ever, the Red Sox’s slugging woes left them ranked 20th in offensive WAR a year after they led all of baseball in the metric. (Aging vets like Dustin Pedroia and Hanley Ramirez failed to pick up Ortiz’s slack, and almost all of Boston’s young hitters fell off their 2016 form.) After another month of poor hitting, don’t be surprised if this offense is a major source of anxiety for Boston in the postseason.Check out our latest MLB predictions. read more

TCI completes first National Risk Assessment on Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing

first_img Related Items:#NationalRiskAssessment Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, June 22, 2017 – Providenciales – The Turks and Caicos Islands is to complete its first Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing National Risk Assessment this June in line with the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) recommendations against which each country assesses its own money laundering and terrorist financing risks.The TCI National Risk Assessment aims at creating a comprehensive and evidence-based understanding of the money laundering and terrorist financing risks faced by the jurisdiction. The initial phase commenced in October 2014, with a workshop which identified the approach to gathering supporting data.Around fifty stakeholders and representatives from both the public and private sectors will convene for a two day workshop at the Blue Haven Resort in Providenciales on 26th to 27th of June 2017 with a closed half day workshop for policy makers on 28th June 2017.  The workshop is to facilitate the making of comprehensive action plans to allow for a consistent approach to decrease the levels of risks, and strengthen controls and supervisory oversight in each sector.Announcing the launch completion of the National Risk Assessment, chair of the national Anti-Money Laundering Committee, the Attorney General Rhondalee Braithwaite Knowles OBE said; “This is a major initiative here in the Turks and Caicos Islands which will enable us to develop an effective framework to prevent money laundering and combat terrorist financing.”World Bank experts Mrs. Emily Adeleke and Mr. Roberto Biel will lead the various workshop sessions.For more information on the National Risk Assessment, please contact Khalila Astwood, Principal Crown Counsel, International at the TCI Attorney General Chambers at [email protected] or Paul Coleman, Head of the Compliance Unit at the Turks and Caicos Financial Services Commission at: [email protected] Release: TCIG#NationalRiskAssessmentlast_img read more