Managed Float – Event Planer Wed, 23 Nov 2022 18:53:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Managed Float – Event Planer 32 32 The Rise and Fall of the Third Front in Gujarat’s Election Arena | Latest India News Wed, 23 Nov 2022 18:49:49 +0000

In August, former Gujarat Chief Minister Shankersinh Vaghela announced, once again, that he was launching a new political front in Gujarat, the Praja Shakti Democratic Party, which would contest the Gujarat assembly elections.

Five years ago, Vaghela launched the Jan Vikalp party which contested the Assembly election in 2017. At the time, he claimed it was a myth that a triangular competition was not possible in the Gujarat, the home state of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Jan Vikalp did not win any seats. His vote share was less than 0.5%.

This time, he seems to have given up even before the first vote.

“The contest is going to be between the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Gujarat Congress. No political party like the AAP (Aam Aadmi Party) can expect to come to Gujarat months before the elections and say “here is a new front”. It requires long-term planning and a lot of money. I don’t see a third front emerging in Gujarat politics anytime soon,” Vaghela said. In 1996, Vaghela, then with the BJP, split the party in Gujarat and became Chief Minister with the support of Congress, although he resigned after about a year. The BJP, which won in 1995, also won the next election in 1998. It has not looked back since and the competition has remained bipolar.

This is exactly what Interior Minister Amit Shah, originally from Gujarat, has said in interviews. “In Gujarat, the contest has always been between the BJP and the Congress. In the past, people from Chimanbhai Patel to Shankersinh Vaghela to Keshubhai Patel have tried to make the contest triangular. All of them liquidated their parties after the elections,” he told the Republic TV news channel on Wednesday.

The AAP is trying to break this trend and presented candidates for the 182 seats.

His main target seems to be Congress.

“The Congress is no longer the same as in 2017. It is much weaker. A third front can emerge when one of the two main competitors is weak. This time both are weak and therefore the AAP is an option that people are looking forward to,” said AAP Chief Ministerial Candidate Isudan Gadhvi.

If this happens, the emergence of a third front could upset state policy.

In the past, parties that attempted to present a third alternative ended up merging with one of the two main parties.

Take the example of the Gujarat Parivartan Party (GPP), launched by former Chief Minister Keshubhai Patel in 2012.

In January 2012, around 500,000 people from the powerful and influential Leva Patel community gathered in Khodaldham, on the outskirts of Rajkot, for a religious function. The event was seen as a launch pad for Gujarat’s former chief minister, Keshubhai Patel, who quickly launched a new party, the GPP, ahead of assembly elections later that year.

A BJP strongman, Patel had scripted the BJP’s victory in Gujarat in 1995 and was the party’s first chief minister. Vaghela’s rebellion first cost him his job as chief minister and then the BJP his government. Sidelined by the BJP, he left it in 2012. But the GPP only managed to win two seats in the 2012 regional elections. In 2014, it merged with the BJP, which won the elections with 115 seats and Patel announced his retirement from politics the same year.

Even Vaghela, who left the BJP in 1996 to start his own group, the RJP, and merged it with Congress before the 1998 elections. He remained in Congress until 2017.

States such as Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and Bihar have seen contests between three or more parties with non-Congress and non-BJP alternatives also dominating the political narrative.

Admittedly, the electoral contests of states like Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh remained bipolar – between the Congress and the BJP.

“The last triangular contest in its true meaning was said to have been in 1990. It was between Janata Dal (JD), BJP and Congress. The vote share of Congress was 30.06%, JD was 29.6% and BJP was 26.7%. I don’t think there is a triangular contest this time around in Gujarat. AAP I’m sure will get a few seats in the contest, it won’t be zero,” said Jai Mrug, political analyst and CEO of VotersMood Research and M76 Analytics.

That year, former Congressman and Chief Minister of Gujarat Chimanbhai Patel returned to power, first leading a Janata Dal and BJP coalition, and soon after leading of a Janata Dal-Congress coalition.

In terms of vote share, the 1990 elections also saw the arrival of the BJP in Gujarat as one of the main political challengers. Five years later, the party came to power.

In the 1960s, during the Congress rule, the Swatantra Party was the main opposition party in Gujarat. This merged with the Janata Party. In the early 1990s, the BJP replaced the Janata Party and became the main opposition party.

The Mahagujarat Janata Parishad, which led the movement for a separation from Gujarat (excluding Saurashtra), which was part of the state of Bombay in the early decades of the Indian republic, was the only successful socialist party to open a new political front in Gujarat.

Indulal Yagnik, founding president of the Mahagujarat Janata Parishad, was elected to the Lok Sabha in 1957 from the constituency of Ahmedabad, then part of the state of Bombay.

“The decline of Mahagujarat Janata Parishad and Nutan Mahagujarat Janata Parishad in the 1960s saw the rise of Swatantra Party and Janata Party, which gave a powerful new narrative,” said Ghanshyam Shah, an Ahmedabad-based political analyst.

MP for Khambhalia, Congressman Vikram Madam said he does not see a triangular competition in the upcoming elections and the fight is between BJP and Congress.

The AAP’s confidence stems from its performance in Surat Municipality in January 2021, when the party won 27 seats, replacing Congress as the main opposition party in the civic body. The BJP maintained its winning position.

AAP received about 28% of the votes.

Vanguard expands its ESG lineup with two credit ETFs Thu, 17 Nov 2022 11:00:30 +0000

The ESG EUR Corporate Bond UCITS ETF tracks the Bloomberg MSCI EUR Corporate Liquid Bond Screened Index and will be available for an ongoing fee of 0.11% for unhedged share classes and 0.16% for unhedged share classes. hedged shares.

The ESG USD Corporate Bond UCITS ETF tracks the Bloomberg MSCI USD Corporate Float-Adjusted Liquid Bond Screened Index and has an OCF of 0.11% for unhedged share classes and 0.16% for unhedged share classes. hedged shares.

Both have been listed on the London Stock Exchange, Deutsche Börse, Borsa Italiana, SIX Swiss Exchange and Euronext Amsterdam.

Vanguard’s proprietary ESG funds operate by tracking benchmarks derived from commonly used and available market-cap-weighted indices, which provide weighted exposure to companies in relevant target markets.

Transparent selection criteria are then applied to avoid or reduce exposure to certain industries or business activities that may not be aligned with investors’ ESG preferences, such as firearms, tobacco or fossil fuels.

Fong Yee Chan, Head of ESG Strategy UK and Europe at Vanguard, said: “Today’s launches provide additional building blocks for investors looking to build broadly diversified and balanced portfolios. , at low cost, in a way that suits their preferences.”

The new ETFs are managed by Vanguard’s Fixed Income Group, which manages more than $1.6 billion in assets worldwide and draws on the diverse perspectives and insights of more than 170 team members.

Australia vs New Zealand: Disbelief over Brandon Smith, Cameron Murray tries in Rugby World Cup epic Fri, 11 Nov 2022 22:29:41 +0000

Australia are through to the Rugby World Cup final after a modern-day epic in their semi-final with New Zealand in Leeds on Saturday morning.

The game was a rollercoaster ride as the lead changed several times before New Zealand came awfully close to scoring a late winner in the dying minutes.

Australia will consider themselves lucky to have survived the fight and will face either England or Samoa in the final.

The difference between the two teams – and the final score of 16-14 – finally narrowed at a time when Kiwi Brandon Smith appeared to crumble in the defensive line.

Australia regained the lead after a bizarre try from Cameron Murray in the 54th minute when Smith and Nelson Asofa-Solomona were cracked as they tried to defend their line.

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Panic seemed to set in for the reigning world champions at the start of the second half as New Zealand began to dominate the competition.

However, a complete rift between the two New Zealand defenders changed everything.

Murray received the ball 10m from the try line following a penalty and was on a regulation kick when he inexplicably found a hole between Smith and Asofa-Solomona – and then scored wide of the post.

“The Kiwis are in disbelief,” Fox League commentator Andrew Voss said.

An English co-commentator said: “It’s not acceptable at this level. They would be really unhappy with that one.”

Replays showed Smith being slow to get back to his feet and join the defensive line after giving a penalty for slowing the previous tackle. He was barely moving when Murray rushed towards him.

Smith retired from the field a few minutes later.

Kangaroos legend Cooper Cronk was also scathing about Smith’s missed tackle.

“For a guy who’s fighting for a bone like Smith, if you go back to what he did for that Murray try, I think it’s going to hurt him for a long time,” Cronk told Fox League.

“He just hasn’t left the line at all, and Brandon Smith for a guy who moves and accelerates with every play, he’s just caught on his heels. He was resting. He had played long minutes and he was tired.

“And he just cost them a bit of the game there because Cam Murray just went past where he should have been.”

NRL great Brian Fletcher also said: “I think Brandon Smith, he was pretty clueless and looking back on it I think he got slammed for lying in the ruck before that, I think he will say to himself that it was quite disappointing”.

The match exploded early after New Zealand scored the opening try following a bizarre pass from Roosters star Joey Manu.

However, that moment of magic was preempted minutes later when Josh Addo-Carr scored “one of the great tries in rugby league”, according to Voss.

Addo-Carr left some commentators stunned as he latched on to an accurate kick from Ben Hunt while showing stunning speed to score in the 15th minute.

Addo-Carr’s try was his 12th try of the tournament, equaling the record for most goals scored in a single Rugby League World Cup. Valentine Holmes held the record by scoring 12 tries at the 2017 World Cup.

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Addo-Carr’s 12th try was the most special of the lot.

He sprinted almost 40m as Hunt’s kick was in the air and his speed seemed to unsettle Kiwi winger Jordan Rapana, who let the ball float above him and into the hands of the speedster Bulldogs.

“It’s breathtaking,” said Andrew Voss.

“What have we just witnessed? »

Australia’s second try came from fine work by Jack Wighton who managed to throw a brilliant offload to Holmes near the try line.

However, New Zealand regained the lead when Dylan Brown scored in the 36th minute.

Panic was clearly setting in for Australia in the second half when a scrum was triggered by a Nathan Cleary strike.

Kiwi defender Isaiah Papali’i roared in Cleary’s face after the error and it prompted Cameron Murray to rush in and push the New Zealand forward. A penalty was awarded to New Zealand

Even though New Zealand no longer needed the motivation, the tournament organizers still gave it to them.

The Kiwis were such strangers to the semi-final that Rugby World Cup organizers booked the New Zealand side’s flight home – for the day after the semi-final.

It was a move that stunned the New Zealand side, who went all the way against Fiji in the quarter-finals last week.

‘Teach your child to swim from one year old’ – Swim instructors and parents talk about avoiding tragedy – The Whistler Newspaper Tue, 08 Nov 2022 14:27:35 +0000

Swimming and other water activities are fun and healthy ways to be physically active, although there are potential risks.

One of the risks recently ended in tragedy for the family of Nigerian music star, David Adeleke, better known as Davido, when his 3-year-old son, Ifeanyi, drowned in a swimming pool at his residence in Banana Island, Lagos State.

Davido and Chioma with their son Ifeanyi.

THE WHISTLER spoke with parents and swim instructors about having a pool at home and how to avoid tragedies.

Swimming pool at home Dangerous parents

Parents who have viewed this website have expressed differing opinions about having a swimming pool at home. While some said it was a good idea, others said it was fraught with danger for family and visitors.

Father-of-two Henry Akwitti said: “It’s nice to have a swimming pool at home when you need it so badly. In this part of the world, many people who have a swimming pool at home rarely use it optimally. For some, it adds aesthetic value to their home, and for others, it’s just a show-stopper.

“To avoid the tragedy of the swimming pool at home, parents must be accommodating and pay attention to their domestic staff’s belongings and behaviors. They must ensure that their domestic staff are supervised and instructed in child protection principles.

“In addition, parents should ensure that the edge of the pool is protected with a chain-link fence and keys, remote CCTV cameras and instructions that the edge of the pool should only be entered with a Authorization strongly underlined. Additionally, parents should ensure that the time domestic staff spend alone with their baby is very minimal.

Akwitti, who said he likes swimming, however, said he does not have a swimming pool in his house. He said: “Although I don’t have a swimming pool at home, I took my children for swimming lessons. Swimming is a vital skill and I would like my children to learn to swim.

On the question of whether he will leave his baby with a domestic staff if he has a swimming pool at home, he said: “With all the recommendations listed above in place, yes, I could leave my baby with my domestic staff, even though I have a swimming pool at home. »

On the contrary, Abuja-based father-of-one Mazi Agwu said having a swimming pool at home is dangerous regardless of precautions.

“Home swimming pools are quite dangerous, I would strongly advise any parent not to build a swimming pool in the enclosure, especially where there are small children, but if the children are older it is easier to manage.

“I will suggest people not to open swimming pools at home unless there are laws that state that if you build swimming pools in residential areas, you will put on childproof protective aids to prevent injury. “, said Agwu.

On whether he will have a pool at home, Agwu said, “I would rather use a general pool than owning a private pool at home, because of the risk involved, the risk is higher. So I will attend or join a general pool in my area, it is much more preferable for me.

However, he said swimming is a skill everyone should have: “Everyone should know how to swim, not just some people. In an emergency, like a flood or things like that, if you can’t swim, I wonder what will happen. So everyone should learn to swim, it’s a good skill for any go-getter.

“But owning a private swimming pool is where the danger arises because Mr. A and B may know how to swim, but Mr. C and D may not know how to swim and you all share a complex, in such a situation, damage can happen to people who can’t swim and it’s not a skill people are born with, it has to be learned.

Train your child from the first year – swimming instructors

Justice Toom, swimming instructor at ‘Justswim Academy’

The swimming instructors who spoke to THE WHISTLER highlighted tips for avoiding tragedy at home, but stressed the need for parents to teach children how to swim.

Judge Toom, swimming instructor at Justswim Academy, Abuja, said; “Having a swimming pool at home where there are small children? First of all, if you haven’t trained them to swim, there should be break-ins around the pool with a lock at all times.

Justice Toom, swimming instructor at ‘Justswim Academy’

“So when the kids go there alone, it’s protected, and even if your kids know how to swim, it should be protected in case a child or a visitor from the neighbor has access to the pool.

“Secondly, there are swimming pool covers with which you can protect it, even when they step on it, it does not fall. When you have a swimming pool at home, you must teach your child to swim.

Toom said children can start swimming lessons at the age of one. He said: “Once the child has clocked a year, parents can start putting them in the water. At one year they are not afraid because they don’t know the dangers of anything, most children this age relax in the water.

“But at three years old, they already know the good of life and most of them are afraid of water. So if you start training them at one year old before they reach three years old, most of them can kick. When we teach children how to float in water before they are three years old, they can, and even when they fall in water, they flip, face, and float.

While outlining what to do in the event of a drowning, he said: “That’s the importance of swimming lessons, most of the training we do now is aimed at eradicating the drowning aspect in our country. A swimming pool must be far from the access of children, it must be located where only an adult can open it.

On how to avoid pool drama at home, he said: ‘If your pool is at the back, make sure the back door is always locked, to prevent children from going in. back or better yet empty the pool when not in use, even if they eventually gain access they will encounter an empty pool. A private pool is easier to fill.

“If you must have a pool at home and you don’t have enough domestic staff to protect the pool at all costs, there shouldn’t be a private pool without a protector.”

Justice Toom, swimming instructor at ‘Justswim Academy’

Mr Charlybuck Charles, Swimming Instructor at Multiflex Academy, Lifecamp, said: “Every domestic swimming pool should be fenced with barbed wire to prevent children from having access to the pool. Second, there should be a CCTV camera. According to my instructor level, every member of the family should be able to learn basic swimming skills.

He said children should start swimming lessons at the age of three. “At this age they should be familiar with water and before they reach the age of five they should be able to swim in depth.

“At the age of one, children will only play in water but that does not mean they can swim unsupervised.

“In my experience there should be plenty of swimming devices like floats and floaterkeys, a three year old can use floats and they come in sizes, any one in place can save a child from drowning , and each private swimming pool should be fenced, so that children cannot access it.

Why 56 years later, the Beatles Revolver still amazes us | Music | Entertainment Fri, 04 Nov 2022 14:23:00 +0000

Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, John Lennon and George Harrison of The Beatles in 1966 (Image: Getty)

In a year of landmark events, the release of the Beatles’ seventh album had to take its turn in the spotlight. Mini-skirts, thanks to Mary Quant, had become fashionable. Carnaby Street has opened its first store. A 17-year-old Cockney, Lesley Hornby, was reimagined as Twiggy and instantly became the face of young Britain.

Photographer David Bailey became a cinema legend thanks to Italian director Antonioni and his film Blow-Up. The first Star Trek episode aired and the first general purpose credit card was issued in the UK.

Famous 1960s columnist Ray Connolly says that 1966 was “the most glorious year to be British. To be young then and lucky enough to live in Britain was, in words borrowed from Wordsworth,” heaven “”.

At the center of the universe were the Beatles – now in their fourth year of fame and the world’s biggest pop phenomenon. They had conquered the world, from Japan to America, from Germany to Australia, and had won all the gold records.

Their appearance at Buckingham Palace to receive the Queen’s MBEs was a turning point in recognizing that Britain, no longer a colonial force, still had ways to conquer the world. But for John, Paul, George and Ringo, the question was: what next?

Until then, you could say the Beatles were just another boy band – the best boy band, undeniably – but not much more than smart who weaved their charm and plays them with unprecedented musicality.

It was time for a change, however, in this pivotal year and they did not disappoint. Revolver – which has been remastered and re-released – was an astonishing technological innovation, a revolutionary composition and an endless invention.

The Beatles Revolver studio album

The Beatles Revolver studio album (Picture: Wikipedia)

Although for years it was overshadowed by his younger brother, Sgt Pepper, it remains for devoted Beatles fans the best album they ever made.

In 37 days from the start of April 1966, working on four tracks at Studio Three in Abbey Road (their usual haunt, Studio Two, was being used for another project), the Fab Four produced a scorching array of new sounds. , from the electronic psychedelia of John’s Tomorrow Never Knows to the haunting violins of Eleanor Rigby de Paul, to the jaw-dropping punk of George’s Taxman.

Even Ringo’s Yellow Submarine, soon to be made into a movie, was different.

Together they changed the face of popular music and opened the doors to other British musicians desperate to escape the curse of the three-chord thing that had dominated their lives for a decade.

“Little did we know at the time that we were raising the bar for recorded music,” recalls the band’s studio engineer Geoff Emerick.

“We had absolutely no idea The Beatles were going to get even bigger than they were – it seemed impossible – but the band was absolutely driven to innovate.”

And they broke down barriers – although it wasn’t always easy. On John’s song I’m Only Sleeping, George was determined to play a backwards guitar solo. “At the best of times, he had trouble playing solos all the way through the forwards,” Emerick recalled.

“So it was with great trepidation that we settled into what turned out to be an endless day, listening to the same eight bars, played backwards over and over and over again.” It took nine hours to do the job.

Indeed, in George’s scathing musical attack on the government’s recently imposed super tax – meaning that for every million pounds earned by the Beatles, each member received less than 10,000 pounds – his fury overcame his ability to perform the all-important guitar solo on Taxman, and it was to be played by Paul.

Producer George Martin, as always, helped shape and stitch the raw songs presented to him, and many believe he reached his creative peak as the fifth Beatle by scoring a double-string quartet to accompany the timeless McCartney’s Eleanor Rigby.

Paul started with the idea that he would back acoustic guitar on the haunting song, and didn’t like the idea, fearing it sounded “too Mantovani”.

The hired classical musicians were not very enthusiastic either. In fact, they were so hesitant that they didn’t even hang around to hear the reading.

But it remains, without doubt, the masterpiece of the album.

Later in their career, bitter disagreements would erupt within the band, but Giles Martin, son of George and the mastermind behind the newly mixed and expanded special edition of Revolver, today says of the sessions he painstakingly remastered: “What I still get [listening to all the playback tapes] is that feeling of camaraderie.”

The Beatles hold a press conference at the Capitol Records Tower

Bitter disagreements would erupt within the group (Image: Getty)

Geoff Emerick agreed, recalling that while Paul was recording the vocals for Got To Get You Into My Life, John “actually sprang from the control room to shout his encouragement”.

Work was feverish during those few weeks – the band also managed to fit the single Paperback Writer and its reverse Rain into the sessions – but George Martin still found time to spend hours with John, Paul and George working on increasingly complex vocal harmonies. .

“It was a long process but the results were always spectacular – the four of them would gather around the piano for hours to practice their parts,” Emerick recalls. Ringo spent his time reading magazines or playing checkers.

The album was released in August, just days after Klaus Voormann’s (another honorary Beatle) cover was completed, and four months after they entered the studio. Ringo commented, “We worked like dogs to get it right.”

Revolver went straight to No. 1 on the album charts and stayed there for 34 weeks while critical reaction was awe.

American writer Robert Rodriguez was so struck by the amazing range of new sounds coming from vinyl that he wrote an entire book about it.

Today he says, “The making of Revolver would be nothing if the results weren’t so impactful – more so than even Sgt Pepper and Pet Sounds, Revolver directly fueled the rock ‘n’ roll zeitgeist.”

“His influence can be heard everywhere, from the psychedelic sound of San Francisco – Jefferson Airplane, the Grateful Dead – to the first wave of post-blues hard rock – Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin – to movie soundtracks and little nearly everything that followed. More than any record before or after, Revolver was a game-changer.”

Music writer Dan Cairns agrees, citing artists such as Roxy Music, T. Rex, Slade, Queen, The Cure, and the more recent Franz Ferdinand and Arctic Monkeys as “the children of Revolver”.

Beatles biographer Hunter Davies agrees: “That was when the Beatles rewrote the script.”

Paul accepted. “When we finished Revolver we realized we had found a new British sound, almost by accident,” he recalled years later.

Beatles archivist, biographer and filmmaker Ray Connolly adds: “To me, Revolver was Paul’s masterpiece.

“I still love Eleanor Rigby, while For No One evokes timeless loneliness, and Here, There and Everywhere is the perfect classic love song. It was an album that took music in a whole new direction.”

“Overall, it’s not a bad album,” McCartney says today, with disarming understatement.

The Fab Four have finally slowed down their celebrity lives, including touring

The Fab Four have finally slowed down their celebrity lives, including touring (Image: Getty)

Outside of the studio, the Fab Four had to take on their other role as public figures, chased by fans and photographers everywhere they went.

Three of them retreated to Surrey to escape constant harassment.

In 1966 they were, according to Peter Brown, who briefly succeeded Brian Epstein as manager, “prisoners of their own fame – I felt sorry for them”.

While normal people marked turning points in their lives with births, graduations and new jobs, the days of the Beatles’ lives melted into each other in an endless series of tours and concerts, separated by short periods when they recorded another. album”.

Everything was about to change. Within weeks, the band performed their last show in San Francisco after a disaster-prone tour (although they later played a one-off gig on the roof of the Apple Corps building in Savile Row), a decision that hit Lennon hardest of all: “This seems to be the end,” he cried.

“No more touring. Life without the Beatles…it’s like there’s a black space in the future.”

This space quickly filled with other songs, other albums and eventually other careers for the Fab Four.

Their music has continued to innovate and inspire rising stars.

John was murdered in 1980 and George died of cancer in 2001, but surprisingly Ringo and Paul are still on tour, aged 82 and 80 respectively.

Their younger voices live on in the new mixes, takes and early hits that can be heard alongside the original album in the new Revolver – sounding as fresh and exciting as the day it was first released.

Put it on your turntable or iPhone and, in the words of John Lennon on his sublime closing track: “Turn off your mind, relax and float downstream…”

The Beatles’ Special Edition Revolver is now available on Apple Corps

to ‘When we finished Revolver, we realized we had found a new British sound, almost by accident’, he ‘His influence can be heard everywhere. More than any record, Revolver was a game-changer’

Daily reminder of former MLB umpire’s infamous call Wed, 02 Nov 2022 03:02:58 +0000

Jim Joyce follows the World Series.

Baseball fans focus on Philadelphia. Tuesday night’s Game 3 between the hometown Phils and the American League pennant-winning Houston Astros will decide which team will take a 2-1 series lead. Tens of thousands of people will take seats in Citizens Bank Park, while millions more will find themselves in front of television sets across the country and beyond. It’s the Fall Classic, after all. That’s what baseball fans expect, when training camps open in February.

Joyce is one of the legions of baseball fans. For more than two decades, beginning in May 1987 and ending his time in MLB behind home plate and around the infield on October 2, 2016, Joyce managed the integrity of the game at the field level. Considering all the balls and strikes called and the safety signs made on the bases, Joyce remains a fan of the game.

Recently, I called the veteran referee. From his home in Beverton, Oregon, Joyce seemed rested and at peace, now six seasons removed from the namadic lifestyle he encountered for eight months a year.

There are two reasons I decided to give Joyce a ring. One obvious, and one not so obvious.

Before getting to the obvious, I’m still interested in how a professional like Joyce adapted to post-baseball life.

You see, long before trying his luck at the MLB level as an umpire, Joyce hung around in the minors for a decade, until he got his big break. Before setting to work three World Series, three All-Stars Games and a ton of other post-season series, Joyce sacrificed so much to get where he hoped his dream would take him.

Just like minor league baseball players, umpires also work for low wages. They also experience difficult travel conditions. While working at the Triple-A level in the Pacific Coast League and Texas League Double-A, Joyce’s goal was to be able to send his wife Kay $1,000. monthly. At the time, a promotion through the ranks of MLB umpires meant a pay raise to $50,000. per season.

And like any great story to tell, Joyce has his own when it comes to the details of his major league call-up. Dejected by years gone unnoticed, just when Joyce was ready to step down, MLB umpiring supervisor Marty Springstead stepped in.
After seeing what he liked about Joyce’s work, in 1986, at the request of Springstead, his contract was purchased.

Joyce has made a fine career for himself. Driving from his home in Toledo, Ohio, Joyce enrolled in the Bill Kinnamon School of Umpiring in St. Petersburg, which came with $2,000. tuition. It was in the late 1970s. In the end, umpiring and Joyce were a successful combination.

During his career, there were some memorable days at the ballpark for Joyce. There was this time during the 2012 season at Chase Field, home of the Arizona Diamondbacks, where Jolyce administered CPR to a woman who was going into cardiac arrest.

Then, June 2, 2010, at Detroit’s Comerica Park – it’s the obvious date and place that defines Joyce’s place in MLB history. Joyce states that not a day goes by that someone doesn’t remind her of that day.

I remembered this game between the Detroit Tigers and the Cleveland Indians just recently while browsing through Amazon’s list of baseball books. There it was – Nobody’s Perfect: Two Men, One Call and One Play for Baseball History. Joyce and then Tigers pitcher Armondo Galarraga tell their story to Daniel Paiser. I had to have this book. I had to know the details of one of the most famous near-perfect games in gaming.

I was not deceived. Page 248 offers the game’s box score.

Heading into round nine, Galarraga put on a perfect game. Galarraga retired the first twenty-six batters he faced. With one out to go, for the Indians, Jason Donald walks to home plate. Joyce is the first base umpire. Donald kicks a ground fly to Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera, who throws the ball to Galarraga covering first base.

The throw beats Donald to the sack. But, instead of celebrating a perfect match, Joyce calls the runner safe.

Let the controversy begin.

At a time when there were no video replays, Joyce’s appeal was valid. Galarraga ends up throwing a hit. Joyce, obviously for many, blew the call.

That’s where Nobody’s Perfect comes in. The story of the game and the two main players in one of baseball’s all-time tragedies is incredibly well told.

Readers are told Joyce’s reaction to his difficult night in Comerica, as he returns to his childhood home in Toledo, to stay with his mother. His conversation with his wife Kay is private, but Joyce allows company. The connection between Detroit and Cleveland, for Joyce growing up as a baseball fan and going to games with her dad, makes this great story even bigger. Galarraga fills readers with his youth growing up in Caracas, Venezuela, being signed by the Montreal Expos, battling arm injuries, and the Tigers then taking a chance with him.

I highly recommend adding Nobody’s Perfect to your baseball library.

During my conversation with Joyce, I was surprised when he told me that there is currently no formal way for his referee peers to stay in touch. There is no official contact with MLB alumni. For most referees, retired and current, they are scattered across the country. Sometimes – out of sight, out of mind. Aside from some knee issues, keeping busy with her grandkids allows Joyce to enjoy life after baseball.

Fellow retried umpire Dale Scott, who also lives in Oregon, is among the ranks Joyce remains friendly and close with.

Thanks to the beauty of Amazon, a wonderful story comes back to me. The more I learn about Jim Joyce and the near-perfect play of a dozen MLB seasons, the more I realize why I love baseball — even in November.

Don Laible is a freelance sportswriter from the Mohawk Valley, now living in Florida. He has reported on professional baseball and hockey for print, radio and the web since the 1980s. His columns are featured weekly on Don can be contacted by email at

All Enchanted Forest Water Safari Water Slides Ranked From Best To Worst

Remember: we use the term “worse” very loosely, because when you love water rides and slides, is there ever REALLY a worst? No. No way.

We asked you: and here is the compiled ranking of water slides from best to worst.

Take a peek at Legoland’s water playground before it opens

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Dagenham & Redbridge 4-1 Wealdstone: Josh and Junior light up style for dynamite daggers Sun, 30 Oct 2022 14:16:51 +0000

The botched abandonment of what would have been only their second clean sheet of the entire season, just seconds before its imminent confirmation, proved a minor blight on an otherwise perfect day for Dagenham & Redbridge.

Daryl McMahon’s threadbare but still quality-laden side condemned a plummeting Wealdstone to a sixth straight loss in all competitions, the seismic chasm of class giving a 4-1 scoreline that barely does the extent justice of displayed dominance.

Harry Phipps’ opener set the tone, duly followed by an exceptional free-kick from Junior Morias, who then doubled his individual total with a stoppage-time penalty to add shine to a victory Josh Walker had put beyond doubt after 67 minutes. Wealdstone at least made things more respectable via Sam Habergham on the final kick of the game.

Both sides occupied the middle region of the National League table, although that doesn’t quite tell the whole story as all statistical predictions hinted at a Dagenham win given they were unbeaten at home since early September, while five straight defeats had pushed visitors Wealdstone into free fall.

Rather indicative of this, the Stones made three changes in an attempt to alter the dynamic. Their hosts, meanwhile, retained the same starting XI from Tuesday’s draw against Boreham wood, which was a little hard for Omar Moussa and Myles Weston after each had a game-changing impact deserving more than a cameo role this time around.

Yet few could argue with the logic of Daryl McMahon’s chosen side as they took the lead after just six minutes thanks to the highly unlikely source of Dagenham’s first goal from centre-half Harry Phipps in almost exactly four years. . Considering the recurring injury nightmare he has suffered in the meantime, it would have been a moment to be savored.

Fantastically taken he was too, the 23-year-old glancing delicately home an inswinging cross from Tyreke Johnson, whose initial corner was cleared inviting him back for a second bite of the cherry. He established a control that could never weaken to Victoria Road.

Smelling blood, Daggers duly went for the kill against a visibly shaky defense that had conceded nineteen times in October alone. The reasons behind this were no better illustrated than when Tarryn Allarakhia played an ill-advised blind backpass which keeper Sam Howes frantically prevented from hitting the net in comedic style.

He was troubled enough by the free-flowing home attacks without legislating for his own teammates to go rogue, and soon enough the advantage would be doubled after the problematic Johnson won a free-kick from 20 yards out.

Junior Morias duly delivered a magnificent effort into the top left corner, which Howes managed to secure a strong hand but not enough to stop his precisely measured trajectory. Dagenham was very comfortable having not yet really moved beyond first gear.

What helped them immensely was Wealdstone detrimentally repeating the same mistakes, like delivering another presentable set-piece on the hour mark. Morias was just millimeters away from emulating his heroism, this one just a step further, though it certainly worried Howes.

A third would really have killed the contest beyond the bounds of achievable danger, and the hosts spurned a golden chance to get it in injury time as a sweeping move resulted in matt robinson being provided with acres of space on the edge of the box, but the marauding midfielder fired the wrong side of the post.

They would have slightly regretted that moment when Wealdstone had their only real charm when the contest resumed, even if it was more about territory than tangible opportunities. Nevertheless, they kept the ball well.

However, by committing more men forward than needed to pursue a fight back, the Stones consequently left themselves open at the other end. Josh Walker had already been thwarted twice at the last moment when he received the ball deep in his own box with 67 minutes on the clock and finally settled the game on his own.

A heavy touch past substitute Sam Matthews, the primary culprit for the loss of possession, gave Walker a clear run for goal. Sam Habergham desperately sprinted back but wasn’t quick enough to stop Daggers’ number seven from a cold shot into the net; game, set and match.

Extra shine was added in the final seconds, like Omar Moussa was stumbled into the box to leave referee Jason Richardson no choice but to award a kick. Morias got up and exploded into the left side, Howes far from wide despite guessing the right path.

It seemed to cap off a clean day for the East Londoners, but Wealdstone would ultimately have the last laugh, although it was more of a tame whine under the circumstances. A last-minute corner was allowed to float to the far post, where Habergham swept home for the most insignificant of all consolations.

Daryl McMahon’s side would have been disappointed to lose their much-deserved clean sheet, but the sound of the final whistle quickly replaced that minor negativity. They are just one point away from the play-offs, despite having played an extra game.

Wealdstone is back in action with a long trip to Altrincham on Tuesday night as Stuart Maynard looks to engineer a change of fortune.Junior Morias receives adulation for his perfectly placed free kick. (Photo: Dagenham & Redbridge FC)

Junior Morias (Dag & Red) | The prolific Jamaican has frequently demonstrated his ability to score all types of goals, and now dead balls can be added to this ever-growing list after he delivered a free-kick beautifully with pure perfection then later converted with confidence from the penalty spot. Wealdstone just couldn’t contain him or his punching partner Josh Walker which was equally exceptional. In fact, there are four or five other candidates for the “Star Man” tag, so impressive was the performance.

DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE: Elliot Justham 🟨; Tyreke Johnson (Omar Moussa 72′), Harry Phipps ⚽, Manny Onariase, Josh Hare, Sam Smart (Myles Weston 54′); Dean Rance, Mo Sagaf, matt robinson 🟨; Josh Walker ⚽ (Aaron Blair 86′), Junior Morias ⚽⚽🟨

STONE OF WEALD: Sam Howes; Jaydn Mundle-Smith (Lewis Kinsella 81′), Sam Habergham ⚽, Jack Cook 🟨, Charlie Barker; Simeon Akinola (Alex Dyer 67′), Dominic Hutchinson (Sam Matthews 58′), Giovanni McGregor, Tarryn Allarakhia; Olufela Olomola, Micah Obiero

Arbitrator: Jason Richardson | Presence: 1503 (147 away)

On metaverse spending, Zuckerberg doesn’t care what critics say – The Information Thu, 27 Oct 2022 00:00:00 +0000

Mark Zuckerberg has a message for all his metaverse critics: he doesn’t care what you think. Not only is he not cutting back on investments in augmented and virtual reality to account for the economic slump, but he plans to spend even more money! In its third-quarter earnings reports on Wednesday, Facebook owner Meta Platforms, which is posting a staggering 4% drop in revenue, revealed that losses from the Reality Labs division developing AR and VR gear for the metaverse futuristic jumped 31% from the second quarter.

This brings the annualized metaverse investment to nearly $15 billion, well above the $10 billion annual figure the company previously gave. Moreover, losses will “increase significantly” next year, Meta said. And that’s just part of a continued increase in capital spending at Meta. Executives expect overall operating expenses to increase next year by about 14%. Capital expenditure will also increase. This is partly due to investments in the metaverse, but also to spending on artificial intelligence, which powers all sorts of services, including the company’s TikTok rival, Reels, as well as spending on advertising and commercial messaging technology. . Meta-leaders say they’re becoming more careful about their spending, but that doesn’t really show in the numbers.

Kane is to Tottenham what Messi is to Barcelona, ​​says Lenglet Sun, 23 Oct 2022 08:54:06 +0000

Harry Kane’s importance to Tottenham is as important as the impact Lionel Messi has had during his Barcelona career, according to Clement Lenglet.

French defender Lenglet is well known to Messi for playing alongside him at Camp Nou and also against the Argentine great during his spell at Sevilla.

Messi was a one-club man until the start of the 2021-22 season, when Barca’s perilous financial situation saw him move to Paris Saint-Germain.

The superstar striker became the club’s all-time top scorer and seven-time Ballon d’Or winner at Barca, as he boasts 10 La Liga titles and four Champions League medals among a plethora of honors won with Los Cules.

While Kane is yet to medal with Spurs, Lenglet – who joined Tottenham from Barca on loan last transfer window – has spoken of the impact he is having on the club.

In quotes reported by the Daily Mail, Lenglet said: “When you stay in one place for a long time and achieve so many good things with the club, it means you are part of this club.

“Your face is connected to the club. For me, Messi is still a Barca player.

“For Harry it’s the same. It’s hard to think of Harry in another country or playing for another team. Tottenham is a great club, Harry is a great player and Harry is a big part of Tottenham.

“We talk about the player a lot and that’s important because we’re players but I give the same importance to who he is as a guy. He’s an incredible example for all his team-mates.”

Describing what it’s like to play with and against Messi, Lenglet added: “You are playing with the greatest player in the world in my opinion.

“He helps you improve every day. I played with him [for Barca] and against him for Sevilla, it’s better with him!”

Lenglet has made just three Premier League starts for Spurs this season but said all it took was a short chat with boss Antonio Conte to persuade him to move to north London, where he is adjusting always to a new way of life.

“We talked about a lot of things. [Conte] told me that if I came here I would improve because the league is so competitive, you have to be ready and focused in every game” said Lenglet.

“He said if I came here I would be happy because I would improve as a football player and it was a good decision.

“It’s a different culture, a different way of working. I was in Spain for six years. You work one way, you think one way, the football is the same. Now you come to England – different league, different intensity, different way of working, it’s a good way to improve.

Tottenham sit third in the Premier League and are set to bounce back from their Manchester United loss to Newcastle United on Sunday.

Dreaming of Japanese Adventure: Explore Kumamoto Thu, 20 Oct 2022 02:17:55 +0000

By Don Kennedy

October 20, 2022

Nature lovers will revel in the active volcanoes, wild rivers, and biking and hiking trails in scenic Kumamoto Prefecture in central Kyushu, Japan.

Kumamoto Prefecture on the island of Kyushu is known in Japan as a nature lover’s paradise, with active volcanoes, wild rivers and verdant islands just waiting to be explored. A quick 30-minute Shinkansen bullet train ride south of Fukuoka will bring you a stone’s throw from the caldera of Aso-Kuju National Park or close to the wild dolphin pods of Amakusa.

The prefecture is beautiful in all seasons, with a mild climate that makes it the ideal region for traveling all year round. However, if you are looking for a mix of beach and mountain summer activities, Kumamoto is ready and waiting. Here are some of the best ways to get in on the action for those with an adventurous spirit.

Climb the Aso Caldera Firewall

Hop on an ATV and explore the Aso Caldera along one of Japan’s largest grasslands in Aso-Kuju National Park. Photo: Burcu Basar

Created by an eruption 90,000 years ago, the Aso Caldera and the central lake which filled the caldera 8,000 years ago, have been continuously inhabited for 30,000 years – generations of inhabitants transforming what was a muddy swamp in rich, cultivated land. Meanwhile, locals have managed the grasslands with controlled burns to help them regrow in the spring and summer. In March each year, once the grass is dry, they perform this ‘noyaki’ process, with villagers walking along the approximately 500 km of ‘wachi’ fire-break circular paths with sticks in hand to prevent the fire from spreading to the forest on the edge. from the caldera.

With the help of electric mountain bikes and a guide in the lead, this thrilling fire-break ride will take you along centuries-old rolling wachi paths at the edge of one of Japan’s largest grasslands. The perfectly round green hills are almost Martian, reminiscent of an AI-generated stock photo when viewed close-up.

Early August is the best time to explore the firebreaks as the grass is still short and the scenic views are plentiful. Yet each season has its highlights – autumn brings flowers and insects, winter brings snow, and the blackened hills after the controlled burn create a surreal contrast to the springtime landscape in March. In addition to tours around the caldera perimeter, there is also a one-day mountain biking course to the crater of the active volcano itself.

Walk the Mennoishi hiking trail

This breathtaking view of Mount Aso can be seen from the lookout point at the top of the Mennoishi hiking route. Photo: Burcu Basar

Unknown even to most locals, the Mennoishi hiking route was only possible with a professional guide until last year, but the path has been improved and it is now possible to walk it unaided. Mennoishi, literally translated as the “immunity stone”, was, until the 2016 Kumamoto earthquake, stuck on the edge of a cave between two cliffs 40m in the air and was considered by locals to be lucky charm. People came to pray to him for success in anything from passing exams to finding work to even being nominated in local elections. During the earthquake, he was dislodged, but this created another coincidental resemblance, that of a cat.

The hiking route begins with a winding path through the trees, quickly turning into an adventure park-like hiking trail, with ladders to climb and metal chains to hold on to as you go. as you progress through the dense forest. For those who want to reach the top but are not cut out for the climbing sections, a “safe” route is available, which winds along steps and ladders. It takes about 1.5 hours (with several breaks included), and there’s an abundance of ferns, flowers, and moss-covered monoliths to examine along the way. If an Instagrammable silhouette of a cat isn’t your style, the hike alone is worth it for the scenic views at a lookout point near the top of the trail.

Rafting on the Kumagawa River

Go rafting along the wide Kumagawa River. Photo: Kumagawa Kudari

Don your life jacket and prepare to get wet as experienced guides take you along one of the few rafting spots in Kyushu. Commercial rafting trips have been popular on the Kumagawa River for 20 years, and it’s easy to see why. The wide river allows for a range of conditions, from short sections of rapids to deep pools where you can jump into the water and float peacefully, listening to the sounds of the environment. The combination of fast and thrilling streams with slower sections – featuring rich bird life and flora – provides an exceptional rafting experience, especially compared to tours that focus on white-knuckle excitement and downpours. throughout the course.

The rapids of the Kumagawa River. Photo: Don Kennedy

Only two years ago the river was flooded and some doubted it was even possible to rebuild and continue the commercial tours. The flooding was extensive and the aftermath of the flooding can still be seen today, with pylons sticking out of the river to where a railway bridge previously stood. But Kumagawa Kudari workers have been working hard to revive the industry, with the fully renovated Hassenba base offering relaxing river views and fantastic cuisine courtesy of the Kyushu Pancake Company. Many regular visitors enjoy rafting in the summer, when the bright blue summer sky, tree-covered hills, and crystal-clear river create breathtaking visual vistas. In addition to rafting trips, Hassenba also offers more leisurely boat trips so you can take in the beauty of the river and its surroundings at your own pace. Cycling tours are also offered from October to June.

Kayaking to the Amakusa Islands

Kayak to some of Amakusa’s hundreds of uninhabited islands. Photo: Burcu Basar

Amakusa, west of Kumamoto City, consists of a chain of over 100 islands, the majority of which are uninhabited and accessible only by boat. And that’s where Funa-san, owner of a kayaking tour company, found his calling. Before becoming a sea kayaking tour guide, Funa-san kayaked along the Kumagawa River on some weekends and snorkeled and scuba-dived in Amakusa on others. In his mind, kayaking was for the rivers and snorkeling for the ocean, but one day he borrowed a sea kayak from a friend and discovered that Amakusa was the perfect middle ground. So, at age 35, he quit his job as an advertising salesman in the city and decided to do what he loved by starting a sea kayaking tour business in Amakusa.

Take a break on one of Amakusa’s many remote and uninhabited islands. Photo: Burcu Basar

Amakusa’s waters have the most extreme tidal range in Japan, which changes daily. Jump into a sea kayak and cruise to these stunning islands while learning about the region’s geography and history. Amakusa’s waters are renowned for dolphin watching, with pods of hundreds of dolphins calling the area, and they’re also home to large stingrays and (non-toxic!) jellyfish. Unlike Kumagawa whitewater rafting, it’s a much more relaxed affair, with plenty of time to take in the scenic surroundings and cool off in secluded bays. Funa-san says Amakusa is unique in that once you get there, there are so many things to do in such a small area, including snorkeling, scuba diving, biking, skydiving climbing and hiking, as well as excellent restaurants and hotels.

This article was brought to you by the Kumamoto Prefecture Tourism Federation.