Why A’s threw a party for Joakim Soria

first_imgST. LOUIS — Replete with a cake bearing the Mexican flag and his record number, the Oakland A’s honored reliever Joakim Soria on Wednesday for achieving a milestone among Mexican-born pitchers. Soria pitched an inning of relief Tuesday night in the A’s 7-3 victory over the Cardinals – the 647th appearance of his career and most-ever by a Mexican-born pitcher.“You have to be healthy. You have to be in the big leagues. You have to perform,” Soria said in explaining the mark. “You have to be in …last_img read more

Remembering South African writer Peter Abrahams: 1919 – 2017

first_imgSouth African writer Peter Abrahams died on 18 January 2017. An early pioneer in the exploration of race identity in South Africa, he was a literary giant who was at the forefront of capturing the injustice of apartheid.Writer Peter Abrahams was born in Vrededorp, Johannesburg, in 1919. He lived in London and Jamaica, and his extensive collection of fiction and non-fiction focussed on pan-Africanism and race identity in South Africa. (Image: Wikipedia)CD AndersonPeter Abrahams, who died aged 97 at his home in Saint Andrew Parish, Jamaica, was one of South Africa’s most distinguished writers. His fiction and non-fiction work challenged and dissected the complexities of the black South African identity. His biting criticism of the early days of apartheid and his exploration of pan-Africanist philosophy were fuelled by the need to tell the world of the injustice of racism and colonialism.Abrahams will be remembered best for his Mine Boy, which was added to the South African school curriculum in the early 2000s.First published in 1946, Peter Abrahams’ Mine Boy exposed the condition of black South Africans under a white regime. It presents a portrait of labour discrimination, appalling housing conditions and one man’s humanitarian act of defiance. (Image: Justseeds website)Mine Boy, a brutal story of South African urban migration, became the first novel by a black South African to be published internationally. It was the third book by a black South African to be published, after Sol Plaatje’s Mhudi in 1930 and RRR Dhlomo’s 1928 novel, An African Tragedy.“I am emotionally involved in South Africa,” Abrahams said in 1957. “If I am ever liberated from this bondage of racialism, there are some things much more exciting to me, objectively, to write about. But this world has such a social orientation, and I am involved in this world and I can’t cut myself off.”During his most prolific years, 1946 to 1966, Abrahams wrote eight novels, as well as memoirs and political essays. His 1948 novel, The Path of Thunder, inspired the ballet piece, İldırımlı yollarla, by Azerbaijani composer Gara Garayev.Abrahams’ early yearsAbrahams was born in Vrededorp, Johannesburg, in 1919 to an Ethiopian father and coloured mother.According to his obituary in The New York Times on 22 January 2017, Abrahams was inspired to read and write at a young age when he heard Shakespeare’s Othello. A prodigious student, he began contributing poetry and short fiction to so-called bantu publications after completing his basic education. As a young budding writer, he consumed literature, particularly the works of black American writers.“I read every one of the books on the shelf marked American Negro literature,” he wrote in his memoir Tell Freedom: Memories of Africa in 1954. “To (these) writings of men and women who lived a world away from me … I owe a great debt for crystallising my vague yearnings to write and for showing me the long dream was attainable.”This knowledge also inspired his political thought and his desire to capture the black South African psyche in words.Ship to LondonAfter a stint as the editor of a Durban socialist magazine in 1939, Abrahams found work aboard a ship bound for London. In the British capital, he worked as a journalist on the British Communist Party’s Daily Worker newspaper.Peter Abrahams’ 1956 novel A Wreath for Udomo was inspired by his friendships with with African intellectuals and revolutionaries in exile in the UK. The novel deals with the complex realities and conflicts between duty to nation and ideals. (Image: Justseeds website)He lived in London’s African immigrant community, meeting exiled political figures and intellectuals, including future Kenyan leader Jomo Kenyatta; Kwame Nkrumah, who would go on to lead Ghana to independence from Britain; and Trinidadian pan-Africanist George Padmore. The experience inspired his most multifaceted work, the 1956 novel A Wreath for Udomo, about political and social transitions in postcolonial Africa through the eyes of the continent’s political exiles. Renowned English literary scholar Harvey Curtis Webster called the book “the most perceptive novel … about the complex interplay between British imperialism and African nationalism”.During the 1950s, Abrahams travelled across Africa, including a return to South Africa to observe the rise of postcolonial, pan-Africanist political movements. These essays, long considered the most authoritative work on the era, were later published as Return to Goli.Settling in the CaribbeanAfter being commissioned by the British colonial office to research and write a comprehensive history of Jamaica, Abrahams wrote of the island and its people: “…in the stumbling and fumbling reaching forward of its people, is dramatized … the most hopeful image I know of the newly emerging underdeveloped world”.With his wife Daphne and their three children, he made Jamaica his home for over four decades.South Africa, however, remained foremost in his writing; in particular, it was the setting of his 1965 novel, A Night of Their Own, about the anti-apartheid underground. This inspired his 1985 magnum opus, The View From Coyaba, a detailed transgenerational novel about black struggle movements in Africa, America and the Caribbean.As he got older and the postcolonial era reached its pinnacle with the end of apartheid in the 1990s, Abrahams felt less obligation to capture the zeitgeist of black African political thought. Instead, he let new, younger literary voices speak about the evolving movement.Speaking to Caribbean Beat magazine in 2003, Abrahams said: “I became a whole person when I finally put away the exile’s little packed suitcase. When Mandela came out of jail and when apartheid ended, I ceased to have this burden of South Africa. I shed it.”Abrahams never returned to his country of birth.Overdue tribute?The Daily Maverick’s J Brooks Spector observes, in his lovingly detailed obituary of Abrahams on 25 January 2017, the often overlooked connection between South Africa and the writer, and begs an important question: “Surely there should be a (South African) library named in his honour, an endowed chair in African literature at one of the nation’s premier universities, and a publishing effort reprinting his output in a standard, uniform edition?““Embracing his memory as an early literary pioneer and impact as a writer must also take into consideration the eclecticism of his political thinking, his influence on the pan-African idea, and an ethnicity that embraced the near-totality of South African experience,” Spector concludes.Source: New York Times, Daily Maverick, South African History OnlineWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? 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Senate Bill sets up group to study trucking regulations

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Sens. John Hoeven, R-N.D., and Michael Bennet, D-Colo., recently introduced legislation to revise existing trucking regulations to make them more flexible for drivers hauling livestock.The “Modernizing Agricultural Transportation Act” would establish a working group at the Department of Transportation (DOT) to examine the federal Hours of Service (HOS) rules and the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) regulations. The HOS rules limit commercial truckers to 11 hours of driving time and 14 consecutive hours of on-duty time in any 24-hour period. Once drivers reach that limit, they must pull over and wait 10 hours before driving again. ELDs record driving time, engine hours, vehicle movement and speed, miles driven and location information, electronically reporting the data to federal and state inspectors to help enforce the HOS rules.The legislation requires the Secretary of Transportation to establish a working group within 120 days to identify obstacles to the “safe, humane, and market-efficient transport of livestock, insects, and other perishable agricultural commodities” and to develop guidelines and recommendations for regulatory or legislative action to improve the transportation of those commodities. The bill would suspend the ELD regulation for livestock haulers until the DOT secretary proposes the regulatory changes. The National Pork Producers Council supports the legislation as a reasonable solution for developing HOS rules that protect highway safety and allow livestock haulers to meet animal welfare standards.last_img read more

Blockchain Metrics Will Add Transparency to Investing and Better Inform Investors

first_imgBlockchain – Impending Revolution in Glob… Related Posts Nikolaos KostopoulosFintech/ Blockchain Advisor Nikolaos Kostopoulos is a Fintech advisor incumbents with a focus on Capital Markets & asset tokenization. Nikolaos is a pioneer in the consensus industry since early 2015. He is an early adopter and enthusiastic evangelist for decentralised technology as a way to improve many aspects of the modern world. His Master’s thesis “Developing an optimal financial and regulatory governance mechanism for cryptocurrencies in the European Union” was among the very first academic papers to argue the need and the method for regulating cryptocurrencies in the European Union. Nikos is a frequent speaker at financial events related to regulation and Security Token Offerings. How Blockchain Changes Nowadays Business Security Why is Bitcoin Soaring? Investment advisors are often quick to state that data on past performance is no guarantee of future results. It is, however, still relevant to include historical data when analyzing assets and making forecasts in any financial market. The future remains uncertain, and since few investors have access to a crystal ball, data on past performance remains an integral part of the information needed for decision making in the world of investment.The use of financial data for investment decisions means it is imperative that the data investors rely on paints an accurate picture of the markets in question. Unfortunately, this is not the case as the average investor in most markets does not have timely access to reliable data to allow well-informed decisions in the markets. On the brighter side, the advent of blockchain technology makes it possible to record and track financial data without forged figures. In the future, the combination of blockchain technology and data aggregation will place the investor in a more advantageous position when it comes to making decisions in the markets.Data, not Hype will Restore Investor Trust in the Financial SystemThe absence of meaningful investment data is a more significant issue in newer markets, and in the cryptocurrency market there are widely reported cases of wash trading and manufactured transaction volume on a startling number of exchanges. In cases such as these, it becomes virtually impossible to use trading volume to judge the general interest in a particular crypto asset. Few crypto-whales or even exchanges make a stand without trading fees, and they could be engaged in wash-trading which often leads to price manipulation and exaggerated trading volume.When the exchanges are not qualified the information can means that a cryptocurrency asset with very little active inflow from investors could have a large market cap nonetheless. The absence of meaningful data to use as input for investment decisions makes crypto investing more like gambling, and some potential investors in such markets are merely put off by the lack of reliable data and outright manipulation.Blockchain-Based Data Could Clean Up All Markets and Provide Investor ClarityTraditional markets like venture capitalism, equities, and real estate are also far from perfect. Financial data for these markets tend to cover the performance of assets over set periods and the time it takes compile performance reports means that investors do not have real-time data which could help them make time-sensitive decisions. A more comprehensive approach would be to include all capital inflows and outflows from each sector invested in an asset as well as the corresponding dates. Ideally, this data should also be linked to and compared against general market sentiment, media events and other relevant factors. Investors are usually the primary end-users of aggregated financial data from providers like Finicity, Quovo, MX, and Intuit. This data typically involves the compilation of financial data for the purpose of presenting the final information in a digestible form for meaningful analysis and interpretation. In the cryptocurrency market, a typical example of aggregated financial data would encompass historical performance of crypto assets, the amount of investment in each asset, corresponding dates and how all the data relates to general market sentiment and major events. Investors furnished with such comprehensive data would be better positioned to make better trades.Ideally, financial data stored on blockchain could be easily aggregated and this should also significantly reduce the cost of accessing trading data. At the moment, SeekingAlpha charges from $19.92 to $29.99 monthly, while TradingView charges from $9.95 to $39.95 per month to access real-time trading data, breaking news and access to unique trading tools. Many retail investors are unable to afford these services or do not feel that access to such info is worth the price as their investing scope may be limited to a particular sector or market and many data providers use the one-size-fits-all approach by providing access with an unnecessarily large swath of data. The benefit of mobile trading platforms like Acorns, Roobee and Stash are Generation Z & Y retail investors have access to accurate trading data and the ability to develop a low-cost diversified portfolio in a range of sectors. To provide credible and transparent investment more investment platforms need to record all the values and transactions on blockchain so no third parties and even founders may change the information.In a recent interview with Forbes Roobee co-founder Artem Popov, explained that “We’re trying to level the playing field of financial markets and our goal is to provide retail clients with the same investment opportunities and level of security as the largest financial market players.” Popov further explained that as he became more engrossed with investing and financial analysis, he noticed that there are “hardly any investment products available to the general public as the majority of investments like venture funds, IPOs, and commercial property are typically reserved for accredited and institutional investors, not retail investors.”To be capable of making sound investments in each market, an investor would have to make meaning of complex data from different sources, and clearly, this can be a considerable headache for novice investors. Data also shows that the new, younger generation of investors are interested in investing and worried about their long-term financial futures but also increasingly skeptical of banks and Wall Street brokerages. They are quickly overwhelmed by the thought of having to sift through hundreds of indexes and rather than attempting to decipher complex financial data, this group would instead enjoy the simplicity of gamified, transparent, low effort ‘automated’ investing.Eventually, the impact of blockchain-based aggregated data platforms will be more profound in the cryptocurrency market where it is common for various entities to churn out fabricated figures. Replacing misleading crypto performance metrics with blockchain-based aggregated data would give investors a view of the actual state of and fair value of cryptocurrency projects and bring about more transparency and effective investment.Immutable Financial Data will Levels the Playing FieldEvery year an uncountable number of investment offerings are brought to the market, and each provides varying degrees of transparency and often the yield of the asset or investment is not natural for the public to locate. Integrating blockchain technology to financial products managers, transactions and performance outcomes will provide additional transparency. Investor confidence in various financial markets also stems from having access to comprehensive data and investors are likely to be more comfortable investing their funds in markets when they are well informed and knowledgeable. Data shows that retail investors left the cryptocurrency and ICO markets partially due to a lack of transparency and a general mistrust in financial data. The same can be said for traditional finance as many millennials are extremely skeptical of financial institutions for a variety of valid reasons. Retail investors’ confidence in these markets could rise when blockchain-based financial aggregated data is made available to them, and the regained confidence could translate into greater trading volume and the arrival more sophisticated and institutional investors. Furthermore, blockchain technology will ensure that financial service providers carefully vet the investment assets they offer and that they also carefully report performance data. All of these measures will help users get a better understanding of the instruments they are choosing for their portfolio and investing in the best-performing ones.To this day, a lack of transparency represents one of the primary issues complicating the ability of investors to make informed investment decisions. The aggregation of financial data gives investors more purposeful and comprehensive data, and the integration of blockchain technology injects more transparency in the process of providing data. Ultimately, it will be innovative technologies such as these that allocate more power and control to the average investor. Tags:#Big Data Finance#Blockchain Data#Blockchain fintech#Blockchain transparency#Blockchain trust#Financial Data ToyBox and PlayTable Partner Together For Block…last_img read more

India and Pakistan: Road to semi-final

first_imgIndia take on Pakistan in the high-octane World Cup semi-final clash at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium in Mohali on Wednesday.Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani will attend after a direct invitation from his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh, giving the match a new diplomatic significance. Speaking about the statistics, it is the first time the two teams have met in the semifinal of the World Cup, though they met in the 1996 quarterfinal in Bangalore, which India won by 39 runs.World Cup apart, the two teams are facing each other for the first time since July 2008. On that occasion Pakistan beat India by eight wickets in Karachi in the Asia Cup.Here’s a look into how the two teams progressed:DateMatchVenueResultSat 19 FebIND vs BANShere Bangla National Stadium, MirpurIND won by 87 runs Scorecard | Match reportSun 27 FebIND vs ENGEden Gardens, KolkataMatch ends in tieScorecard | Match reportSun 06 MarIND vs IREM Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru (Bangalore)IND won by 5 wicketsScorecard | Match reportWed 09 MarIND vs NEDFerozeshah Kotla, DelhiIND won by 5 wicketsScorecard | Match reportSat 12 MarIND vs SAVidarbha Cricket Association Ground, NagpurSA won by 3 wktsScorecard | Match reportSun 20 MarIND vs WIMA Chidambaram Stadium, ChennaiIND won by 80 runsScorecard | Match reportThu 24 MarIND vs AUS2nd Q-finalSardar Patel Gujarat Stadium, MoteraIND won by 5 wktsScorecard | Match reportDate MatchVenueResultWed 23 FebPAK vs KENMahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium, HambantotaPAK won by 205 runsScorecard | Match reportSat 26 FebPAK vs SLR.Premadasa Stadium, ColomboPAK won by 11 runsScorecard | Match report Thu 03 MarPAK vs CANR.Premadasa Stadium, ColomboPak won by 46 runsScorecard | Match reportTue 08 MarPAK vs NZPallekele International Cricket Stadium, KandyNZ won by 110 runsScorecard | Match reportMon 14 MarPAK vs ZIMPallekele International Cricket Stadium, KandyPAK won by 7 wkts (D/L)Scorecard | Match reportSat 19 Mar AUS vs PAKR.Premadasa Stadium, ColomboPAK won by 4 wktsScorecard | Match reportWed 23 MarPAK v WI 1st Q-finalShere Bangla National Stadium, MirpurPAK won 10 wktsScorecard | Match report advertisementlast_img read more

Pirates keep slate spotless, hand Knights first loss

first_imgMOST READ Romeo a champ, finally Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting St. Benilde struggled with JRU’s press, indeed, and turned the ball over 36 times but fortunately for the Blazers, the Bombers collected just 13 points from those errors.Yankie Haruna was the sole Blazer in double digits as he scored 19 points.CSB ended a two-game slide to go to 1-2 while JRU, under new head coach Louie Gonzales, fell to 0-2.In the high school division, National University survived a furious battle with La Salle Greenhills to prevail, 86-82.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Down 48-61 after a triple from Letran’s Fran Yu, the Pirates turned to twins JC and JV Marcelino to shred the Knights’ defense and spearhead a 9-0 run that trimmed the deficit to four.Nzeusseu finished with 20 points and 10 boards as Lyceum climbed to the Group B lead. Raymar Caduyac and JC Marcelino each added 18 while Jayson David chipped in 11.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsAllen Mina’s 30 points went down the drain for Letran. Mina also had six triples as he helped the Knights control the match early.Yu and Tommy Olivario added 15 and 10 points respectively. Duterte wants probe of SEA Games messcenter_img ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss In another seniors match, the College of St. Benilde Blazers blasted the pesky Jose Rizal University Heavy Bombers, 79-56, for their first win in three matches.The Blazers built leads of as many as 20 after a 20-6 start but the Bombers seemed to find a way to crawl back, with guard MJ dela Virgen knocking down a turnaround jumper that trimmed the lead to 55-50.But back-to-back boo-boos by the Bombers blunted their momentum and the Blazers went to Unique Naboa and Yankie Haruna for a 14-2 blast that opened up a 69-55 gap.“Their press gave us some problems and that is something we have to address especially when the NCAA season opens,” coach TY Tang said. “Luckily, our outside shots started falling for us.”“I hope that Unique will find the consistency come the NCAA season,” added Tang of his third-year point guard who grew up in New Zealand.ADVERTISEMENT Lyceum rallied from 13 points down to keep its slate clean and hand Letran their first defeat, 101-95, in the the Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup at Filoil Flying V Centre on Friday.A couple of put-backs, one each from big man Mike Nzeusseu and guard JC Marcelino gave the Pirates a pivotal 96-93 lead in the stretch that greased Lyceum’s path to a 3-0 record.ADVERTISEMENT Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, toolast_img read more