Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now I have noticed something about people who have an intrinsic motivation. They either faced adversity when they were young or they know what they want now. Not everyone who faces adversity is intrinsically motivated, some find excuses where others find the way forward. And not everyone knows what they want, even if they are four or more decades into their lives.Let’s focus only on not being motivated because you don’t know what you want.I saw this quote go by on social media that said something about this not being a dress rehearsal for your life. This is your one and only life, make of it what you will. And that is my point here: you need to make your life what you will. It’s yours to do with what you wish.Drift NotThere is a certain class of people I describe as drifters. They resemble a piece of wood that is drifting along with the current of the river, first this way and then that, pushed along and being taken for a ride. Because they haven’t determined for themselves what they want their life to be, they settle into to an uninspiring life of mediocrity and comfort.These drifters are alive, but they are not really living. If you ask to see their goals, they will not be able to produce them. They wait for the week to end, looking forward to Fridays and dreading Mondays. They have a job, but they do not have work, something they do with passion.You end up a drifter when you don’t know what you want. I mean really know what you want.Intentional DesignWhat do you want your life to look like? What do you want to do? Who do you want to become? If you don’t decide these things for yourself, you will continue to drift, going where other people and external forces take you.You can be more, do more, have more, and contribute more. But not until you answer the questions as to who you want to be, what you want to do, what you want to have, and how you want to contribute. No one can do this work for you, and if you lack motivation it is because you haven’t done the work to design the life you want and put the effort into building it.Designing your life is intentional. It is not the product of a series of happy accidents.A Single QuestionThe question you have to answer to find your motivation is, “What do you want?” When you answer this question honestly, you will have found the source of your motivation. If the answer doesn’t motivate you, then it isn’t what you want. And you may be drifting.So, what do you want?
The Punjab government is mulling over a new law for strict action against artistes who promote and glorify the use of drugs through songs or films.Expressing concern over the issue of the State’s youth being caught up in a cobweb of drugs, Tourism Minister Charanjit Singh Channi on Tuesday said the films and songs by Punjabi artistes have encouraged this trend. “The State government is going to bring in a law soon to curb the menace,” he said at a meeting with famous folk singer Pammi Bai, who called on him to voice his concern over the issue. Appealing to the artistes hailing from Punjab to not encourage drugs in their songs and films, Mr. Channi said: “The young generation considering them as their role models has been one of the reasons for them being attracted to drugs. They should not encourage the youth to take to drugs by glorifying the menace.”
Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH View comments John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next PBA IMAGESFor once, it was the other Aguilar, who shone in the spotlight.The seldom-used Raymond Aguilar provided Barangay Ginebra a big lift on Sunday, helping the Gin Kings snap their three-game slide after a 100-96 win over the June Mar Fajardo-led San Miguel Beermen.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Aguilar finished with 16 points and made such a big impact in close to 30 minutes of action that his head coach Tim Cone couldn’t stop himself from raving about the former National University slotman’s performance.“I can’t talk enough about Raymond Aguilar — the other Aguilar, for once. He was just phenomenal,” Cone said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutWith Cone not putting Japeth Aguilar as Fajardo’s primary defender in a move to keep him from getting into foul trouble, the tall order of defending the reigning four-time MVP was now on Raymond.And the 32-year-old big man went on to defy his coach’s expectations and gave Fajardo all he could handle while also giving a boost offensively. MOST READ 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 City Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Fajardo shrugs off SMB’s first loss “He guarded June Mar all game long. We didn’t want to put Japeth on June Mar because we didn’t want Japeth to get in foul trouble, so that chore went to Raymond. And then, he hit big shots and made big plays on his own,” he said. “It was amazing. He played out of his mind tonight and I can’t thank him enough at this point because we really needed a big game from somebody.”Aguilar’s breakout performance was just the kind of game Cone needs from the Gin Kings, especially with the team cautious in breaking in Greg Slaughter back from his injury.“The good thing about what we’re going through now is we’re developing trust in guys that we’re not used to trusting. Guys like Raymond are stepping up and playing big for us,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC
MOST READ Streaking Ginebra outlasts Star in OT NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters LATEST STORIES For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. With the collegiate season in full swing, INQUIRER lists the week’s top seven performers in the ongoing NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament. From their game statistics to their overall impact in the outcomes, everything is weighed to come up with the best players from the week that was.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Forty-five games done, and it seems like the battle lines have already been drawn.Lyceum and San Beda have established control of the field, but the rest of the pack are not far behind, with leaders already gearing up for the homestretch of the eliminations come the second round.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingHowever, we must first put the spotlight on the first round as last year’s Final Four teams took center stage and rounded out their schedules.Here’s our list of this week’s top performers. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side 1. Javee Mocon – F, San Beda Red Lions19 points, 14 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, 1 blockLast Week: N/APhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netHard work pays off, especially for Javee Mocon.Playing second fiddle behind leader Robert Bolick all season long, the versatile forward finally gained his share of the spotlight as he helped San Beda close out the first round on a seven-game winning streak.Mocon may not get the lion’s share of the limelight for the Red Lions, but there’s no doubt that his contributions are largely to blame for his side’s ascent this NCAA season.2. Robert Bolick – G, San Beda Red Lions23 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assistsLast Week: N/AADVERTISEMENT 5. Kent Salado – G, Arellano Chiefs26 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assistsLast Week: N/APhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netKent Salado could just carry so much for the Arellano.Despite the speedster’s best efforts, he still can’t stop the Chiefs from losing five of their last six games to finish the first round.One thing going Arellano’s way, though, is the week-long break, giving Salado, coach Jerry Codiñera, and the rest of the team to reassess their standing as they seek to make a huge run in the second round.6. Christian Buñag – C, Mapua Cardinals15 points, 21 reboundsLast Week: N/APhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netWhen one door closes, another one opens.Luckily for Christian Buñag, the injuries abound the Mapua lineup led to him racking up consistent double-doubles through the course of the first roundUnfortunately, those stats aren’t translating to wins, and Buñag needs more help to validate the numbers he’s pouring for the Cardinals.7. Jed Mendoza – G, JRU Heavy Bombers12 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assistsLast Week: N/APhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAnother strong showing from Jed Mendoza results to another win for JRU.The first-year playmaker has proven that he’s no one-game wonder, emerging as a solid contributor for Meneses’ rotation after the first round. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netWhat a way for Bolick to cap off the first round.Allowing his teammates to step up in the past few games, the swingman finally took the baton and torched the net early in San Beda’s 95-70 thumping of Arellano, getting his baskets in the first half to set the tone for the blowout.The game may have been billed as a Finals rematch, but just like in last year’s championship duel, Bolick remains to be the Chiefs’ bane and made the Red Lions no match for the opposition.3. Aaron Bordon – G, JRU Heavy Bombers17 points (8/14 FG), 4 assistsLast Week: N/AAaron Bordon. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netCoach Vergel Meneses continues to stumble on surprise contributors for Jose Rizal University, this time, unearthing Aaron Bordon.The transferee from Cavite State University stepped up and tallied a career-best 17 points to provide the offensive boost for the Heavy Bombers in their close 68-59 escape of Mapua.If Bordon sustains his form, it shouldn’t be a surprise that JRU can hold on to its standing and move on once again to the Final Four.4. Donald Tankoua – C, San Beda Red Lions15 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists, 1 blockLast Week: N/AAaron BordonSlowly but surely, Donald Tankoua is getting his groove back.Evoking memories of last season’s Finals, the Cameroonian big man churned out his best outing in the first round as San Beda once again got the better of Arellano on Tuesday.The signs are promising, and if Tankoua continues this tear, there’s no doubt that the Red Lions can also sustain this winning run. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim If Mendoza continues this stretch in the second round, things may continue looking up for the Heavy Bombers. View comments
SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte The former Lyceum star said he was nervous and overly excited at the same time to begin the game and that played a role to him getting off to rough start.Call it superstition but his spellbinding show in the second half may have been also due to the fact that he actually changed his sneakers during halftime.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe 25-year-old Perez wore Russell Westbrook’s Why Not Zer0.2 in the first half where he struggled with just two points and then, went with the Nike Kobe AD Exodus in the last two quarters, where he just took over.Columbian rookie CJ Perez wearing the Russell Westbrook Why Not Zer0.2 in the first half against San Miguel Beer. PBA IMAGES🎥 CJ Perez mag-isa, DINAKDAK na sa fastbreak!#PBALabanKungLaban pic.twitter.com/4h3X8OCG2K— PBA (@pbaconnect) January 18, 2019While Perez announced his arrival in the PBA, another guard in Kevin Alas of NLEX reintroduced himself also on Friday night.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:29DOH kicks off nationwide polio vaccination drive00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 Rajon Rondo returns to Lakers practice, LeBron James back next week Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? CJ Perez’s much-anticipated PBA debut did not disappoint after he led Columbian Dyip to a stunning win over the perennial all-Filipino champions San Miguel Beermen in the 2019 Philippine Cup Friday at Cuneta Astrodome.Perez, the top overall pick in last month’s draft, dazzled with 26 points, 24 of which came in the second half.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Alas appeared in his first game in 10 months after being sidelined with an ACL injury.The 27-year-old Alas returned in the PG 2.5 “Fresno State.” He played 29 minutes off the bench and contributed 12 points, four assists and one steal.NLEX guard Kevin Alas returns in the PG 2.5 “Fresno State” against Rain or Shine. PBA IMAGESRain or Shine had a triumphant season debut after beating NLEX behind a total team effort. Among those who helped the Elasto Painters in the win was veteran big man Beau Belga, who hooped in the Air Jordan 11 “Concord” and backed it up with an all-around game.Belga had a near triple-double effort of nine points, seven rebounds and seven assists in a 96-87 victory.Rain or Shine big man Beau Belga in the Air Jordan 11 “Concord” against NLEX. PBA IMAGESADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments
The U.S. women’s national team has announced World Cup victory tour matches against Portugal in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and St. Paul, Minnesota. Following the team’s World Cup win in France, they will embark on a five-game tour to celebrate their fourth world title and second in a row. The team’s first match, against the Republic of Ireland at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, has already been confirmed for August 3. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Now there are two more matches on the calendar, both against Portugal. The USWNT will take on the European side on August 29 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, before another match on September 3 at Allianz Field in St. Paul.The second game will mark the first time the USWNT has played at Allianz Field, which opened earlier this year and is home to MLS side Minnesota United.”It’s always fun to play in cities that we haven’t been to that much and with the opening of the new stadium for Minnesota United, it’s awesome that we’ll get to play in St. Paul this fall in a world-class facility that is another sign of the growth of soccer in the USA,” USWNT midfielder Rose Lavelle said in a news release.Meanwhile, the match in Philadelphia will be the fourth time the USWNT have played at Lincoln Financial Field, home of the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles.The U.S. victory tour will conclude with games on October 3 and 6, with the opponents and venues yet to be announced. The roster for the victory tour will be the same 23 players that made up the squad that ultimately lifted the trophy in France after a 2-0 win over the Netherlands in the final.
The derby for Japanese baseball superstar Shohei Ohtani has nearly reached its long-awaited conclusion, after the pitching-and-hitting phenom narrowed his list of preferred teams down to seven. (Notably, the list doesn’t include either the New York Yankees or Boston Red Sox — Ohtani is reportedly leaning toward smaller-market and/or West Coast clubs.) If MLB’s best two-way player since Babe Ruth1Or at least Wes Ferrell. is on his way, we’ll know soon which uniform he’ll wear while revolutionizing the game.On the field, scouts are sold on Ohtani’s potential (if not his durability) as a top pitcher, as well as his speed and raw power as a hitter. And the statistical projections think he’ll be very good no matter what position he plays. According to the ZiPS system, developed by ESPN’s Dan Szymborski, both Ohtani’s ERA and his on-base-plus-slugging projections figure to be about 20 percent better than league average2Relative to park and league. over his next five seasons in the big leagues. For context’s sake, only 58 hitters and 79 pitchers met either of those qualifications over the preceding five seasons. Ohtani has the potential to hit both benchmarks.Of course, there’s also a lot of uncertainty around Ohtani’s projection to the American game, as is always the case with players whose backgrounds are in the different flavor of baseball being played in Japan. To get a sense for which other players from Japan had numbers similar to Ohtani’s, I looked at Clay Davenport’s translated Japanese-league statistics for native-born players with at least 700 MLB plate appearances or 200 innings pitched. (Specifically, I used the peak-adjusted version of Davenport’s stats, which accounts for a player’s age and tries to peg how good he’ll be in his prime.)3Davenport’s 2017 numbers are not updated yet for Ohtani, but I estimated the adjustment using Davenport’s 2016 data and Ohtani’s statistics at Baseball-Reference.com. I then ran Bill James’s Similarity Scores for each set of statistics — after converting them all to a per-season format — to give us the pitchers and hitters whose body of work most resembled Ohtani’s before arriving in America. Kenta Maeda3.804.1131202254.4220.127.116.1156 Hideki Matsui.82217.1.28732420651065.843967 K. Kawakami4.321.8131202224.415.42.41.0859 NAMEERAWARWLSVIPERASO/9BB/9HR/9SIMILARITY Peak-adjusted statistics take into account a player’s age and project his numbers to a player’s prime seasons. The per-season adjustment converts all numbers to 600 plate appearances.Sources: ClayDavenport.com, Baseball-Reference.com Kazuhiro Sasaki3.143.96535963.818.104.22.16884 As for Ohtani’s batting stats, only two hitters — fellow outfielders Hideki Matsui and Kosuke Fukudome — stand out as being highly similar to their younger counterpart, and they also represent two potentially divergent paths for Ohtani’s performance at the plate. After a 10-year MLB career spent mostly with the Yankees, Matsui ended up being the greatest Japanese power hitter ever to play in the U.S. (and the second-best position player, behind future Hall of Famer Ichiro Suzuki). Ohtani’s power stats in Japan were every bit as impressive as Matsui’s were before he arrived stateside; in terms of translated stats, the former has the latter beat on home runs and doubles per 600 plate appearances, in addition to slugging percentage and OPS. But it’s important to note that Fukudome’s numbers weren’t too far behind, and his MLB career is largely viewed as a disappointment.It’s also worth pointing out that few hitters who profile as powerfully as Ohtani have even tried to make the leap from Japan to the major leagues. Japanese position players have more frequently been cast from a similar mold as Ichiro, whose game was based around speed and hitting for average, not blasting monster home runs. (At least, not outside of batting practice.) So on the batting side, Ohtani will be exploring territory still somewhat uncharted by past Japanese prospects — a matter made even more complicated by scouts’ assessments that his swing needs shortening and concerns that he won’t be able to make the proper adjustments unless he gets a lot of reps against MLB-caliber pitching.But even if he ends up being more like a mashup of Matsuzaka and Fukudome than Darvish and Matsui, Ohtani would still have plenty of value because of the unique dual role he could fill. A league-average pitcher in 150 innings plus an average hitter with 100 plate appearances would be worth 1.8 wins above replacement (1.5 with his arm and 0.3 with his bat).4Ohtani might get around 55 plate appearances in the course of throwing 150 innings as a starting pitcher, so this assumes he’d also get a few extra PAs a week as a fielder or pinch-hitter. Those stats alone would fetch nearly $20 million on the free agent market — and that’s without even considering the ways in which Ohtani might “break” the very framework of WAR itself.Systems like WAR are designed to judge the value of pitchers’ batting relative to other pitchers, so the total offensive WAR for pitchers in a given season adds up to about zero. (Because pitchers tend to be horrible hitters, this essentially means the per-inning position adjustment for pitchers is astronomical compared even with that of catchers, the nonpitching position that gets the biggest positional boost.) If he spends a decent chunk of time in the field and/or proves to be a solid hitter, Ohtani could force the curators of WAR at Baseball-Reference.com and FanGraphs to do some mathematical gymnastics, weighting his position adjustment and offensive production for the plate appearances he gets at pitcher and in the field. Or maybe they’ll just calculate two separate versions of batting WAR for Ohtani — one that treats him like a pitcher and another that considers him a position player. Either way, WAR wasn’t designed with a player like Ohtani in mind.There’s also the added benefit of Ohtani’s bat off the bench as a pinch-hitter or a designated hitter on days he isn’t starting, which would give his team extra roster flexibility. This was previously discussed when considering the ways in which FiveThirtyEight favorite Ben Zobrist frees up roster space by playing a bunch of different positions; when studying the matter, Baseball Prospectus’s Russell Carleton found that Zobrist’s versatility probably earned his then-team, the Tampa Bay Rays, a couple of extra runs per year. The value of converting a pitcher’s roster spot into a functional hitter/position-player on some of his off-days is probably even greater, and it might play into the decision of which league Ohtani ultimately ends up joining.In the American League, Ohtani would presumably play DH to save the wear and tear on his body in between starts, though the intrinsic value of a DH is the lowest of any position (therefore raising the bar for his hitting production), and he wouldn’t get in any extra trips to the plate on days he was pitching. In the National League, Ohtani could hit for himself during starts, make better use of his above-average fielding skills on off-days and need less impressive hitting stats to produce value. (Plus, if he ever came out of the bullpen, he could even be the rare reliever who stays in the game when his lineup slot comes up.) For those reasons, it does seem like the NL would offer more opportunities for Ohtani’s unique repertoire of skills to add value.But that’s all speculation at this point. The truth is, the MLB hasn’t seen a two-way player like this since the days of Wes Ferrell and Red Ruffing, each of whom played most of their careers before World War II. Baseball has gotten so specialized that it’s been assumed that no pitcher — not even the Carlos Zambranos, Mike Hamptons or Madison Bumgarners of the world — would ever be a viable regular hitter again. But Ohtani could prove all that wrong if his translated numbers, well, translate. No matter where he ends up signing, it’s going to be ridiculously entertaining to watch it all play out. So Taguchi.7172.6.2572554388910.650858 Koji Uehara2.6613.1131132174.065.91.61.2893 Kenji Johjima.7216.1.2802931439668.750736 Yu Darvish3.4219.2171102503.722.214.171.12449 H. Iwakuma3.4214.2131302324.345.02.40.8865 Masato Yoshii4.626.299111654.5126.96.36.19941 Kosuke Fukudome.7544.3.2853410117611810.830947 Who will Shohei Ohtani pitch like?Translated, peak-adjusted per-season Central and Pacific League statistics for Japanese-born pitchers with at least 200 MLB innings pitched Takashi Saito2.349.5101161894.6188.8.131.5227 Kazuhisa Ishii4.440.8101101944.8184.108.40.2069 Tsuyoshi Shinjo.6683.3.23724711371139.651850 Kazuo Matsui.7015.4.28826108409133.754843 Hideki Okajima3.094.7554914.8220.127.116.110 Akinori Iwamura.7204.8.273248125912610.764831 S. Hasegawa3.707.9111402255.253.92.91.1789 Shohei Ohtani——18902183.348.13.00.61000 Hiroki Kuroda3.4522.1121302224.818.104.22.1681 Ohtani’s pitching numbers bore a strong resemblance to those of Yu Darvish and Masahiro Tanaka, two of the most highly touted — and successful — Japanese imports of the past decade. Of course, they might also represent the best case scenarios for how Ohtani’s career will play out on the mound; for example, Daisuke Matsuzaka’s track record was only slightly more dissimilar, and he ended up being pretty average over his time in MLB. And the matter of Ohtani’s durability can’t be dismissed — these numbers are projected to a full season of work, but Ohtani never pitched more than 160⅔ innings in a season in Japan, and he was limited to 25⅓ innings in 2017 because of various injuries. However, my old colleague Ben Lindbergh has shown that Japanese pitchers tend to age better (and hold onto more of their value) than comparable MLB pitchers, reputation be damned. And in general, the pitchers on the list above that graded as more similar to Ohtani ended up having the better major-league careers. Statistically speaking, there’s little to quibble with in Ohtani’s pitching résumé. Who will Shohei Ohtani hit like?Translated, peak-adjusted per-season Central and Pacific League statistics for Japanese-born hitters with at least 700 MLB plate appearances NAMEOPSWARAVG2B3BHRBBSOSBOPSSIMILARITY Shohei Ohtani——.29542423561326.8781000 Masahiro Tanaka3.5612.7171112563.722.214.171.12448 MLB CAREERTRANSLATED JAPANESE STATS Hideo Nomo4.2423.9161402644.3126.96.36.19972 Hideki Irabu5.153.4111122024.3188.8.131.5259 Norichika Aoki.7389.9.2972175616621.765917 M. Kawasaki.6091.7.27416112417129.676788 D. Matsuzaka4.459.0161202433.9184.108.40.20619 Tomo Ohka4.2611.04701095.7220.127.116.1173 MLB CAREERTRANSLATED JAPANESE STATS Ichiro Suzuki.75958.9.33227710515027.856921 H. Takahashi3.991.3101121964.818.104.22.16807 Akinori Otsuka2.446.06327793.079.72.90.8928 Tadahito Iguchi.7396.5.251226124712225.688788 Peak-adjusted statistics take into account a player’s age and project his numbers to a player’s prime seasons. The per-season adjustment converts all numbers to 68 games + starts.Sources: ClayDavenport.com, Baseball-Reference.com
RK PartizanRK VojvodinaUroš Mitrović Derby match of Serbian Merkur Osiguranje Super liga in Belgrade between Partizan and Vojvodina 24:23 (9:12) got the match winner in Uroš Mitrović, playmaker of home team, who scored decisive goal two seconds before the final whistle. Vice-champion from Novi Sad was better team in the most of the match, but on the end, Belgrade’s “black and white” used advantage of home court and in front of fanatic fans took two very important points in the battle for the Champions title.PARTIZAN – VOJVODINA 24:23 (9:12)SC „Voždovac“ na BanjiciSpectators– 1500Refferes – Stojković i NikolićExclusions: 4 /14 minPARTIZAN: Vasić 5 saves i 7meter shoot, Milošević 2/3, V.Ilić, Mešter 0/2, Radanović, Pavlović 5/8, Žujović 3/7, Radovanović 2 saves i sedmerac, Kajganić, Radivojević 5(4)/7, Ilić N 1/1, Radovanović 0/3 A, Ivošević 2/4, Mitrović 4/7, Marsenić 1/2, PotićVOJVODINA: Radišić, Popov, Radišić, M, Barišić 0/1, Veselinov 1/1, Stjepanović, Abadžić 18 saves, Stojanović 5(4)/7, Arsenić, Čupković 1/1, Jošić, Marijanac 5/11, Milošević 3/7, Mitrović 0/1, Stanković 4/7, Ćurković.result: 2:2 (3.) 2:5 (10.) 3:5 (15.) 5:5 (17.) 6:8 (19.) 8:8 (22.) 9:9 (25.) 9:12 (29.) 11:12 (32.) 12:15 (36.) 15:16 (40.)17:!7 (44.) 18:20 (47.) 19:21 (48.) 21:21 (51.) 22:21 (53.) 23:22 (57.)MoM: STANKO ABADŽIĆ (VOJVODINA)Now, Partizan has three points ahead of Vojvodina, the only team who can make Serbian championship race interesting. ← Previous Story Igor Vori leaves HSV Hamburg and moves to MKB Veszprem!? Next Story → The 8th Women’s Mediterranean Handball Championship began in Israel
The majority of export-reliant Greek industries are adopting a defensive stance for 2012 after struggling to survive the economic hardships of 2011. Transferring their headquarters to other Balkan countries or to Cyprus from this month, opening accounts with foreign banks in order to have guarantee letters that will be accepted abroad, and prepaying in cash for raw materials that will be needed through the first half of 2012 are just a few of the exit strategies being put into place by Greek export industries. Enterprises with a capitalization in excess of 500 million euros expect 2012 to be a difficult year that will redraw the business map of the crisis-hit country, while hundreds of other firms that struggled to ride out 2011 have already laid out plans to make it through next year as best they can. A number of companies -whose main priority is to secure raw materials for the first six months of the year by paying in cash or submitting letters of guarantee from foreign banks – have already transferred capital to subsidiaries abroad, while also informing employees of impending sales of commercial networks and a freeze on investments. Other industries have focused their efforts on boosting subsidiaries abroad that have shown healthy growth. Examples of this strategy are Mytilineos Group subsidiary METKA in Iraq and the broader Middle East region, as well as the expansion of SIDENOR, of the Viohalco Group, to Albania. One chief executive officer of a listed group involved in metals explained that Greek industries are exploring all their options but are feeling the pressure of time, as the priority is to maintain economic health. He added that moving companies to neighbouring countries is a serious consideration that no longer has to do just with the cost of labour. The chairman of a listed services company noted that no one wants to make hasty decisions, “but the economic choke-hold and the intransigence of our banks are forcing us to explore other possibilities, even moving, or at least increasing our production abroad to boost revenues.” The biggest problems faced by Greek industrial firms mainly concern their relationships with foreign suppliers, most of whom no longer accept letters of guarantee from Greek banks and have reduced the period of time in which merchandise can be paid for or even asked for the money to paid in advance. The wholesale and consumer goods sector has posted a drop in turnover exceeding 15 percent. Electronics are down by 10 percent, furniture by 20 percent, shoes and apparel by 20 percent, and the car industry’s decline is above 50 percent on a yearly basis. Overall, the average decline in profits for listed companies came to 40-50 percent in 2011 compared to 2010. For the vast majority of Greek companies, the main objective is to drastically reduce operational costs, meaning that they may have to resort to painful measures such as closing down subsidiaries that are posting losses or laying off staff. As far as borrowing is concerned, listed companies have turned to more long-term forms of funding (bond purchases plus long-term bank loans), as short-term borrowing has shown a significant decline. However, most businesses are working on a strategy of keeping borrowing down as much as possible and maintaining the level of their cash flows in order to meet their obligations, such as paying for raw materials, wages and other standard operational costs. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Going to church this week isn’t just about mothers putting the guilt on their kids to go. Many young Greek Australians flock to church this week for a number of reasons and choose to participate on many different levels. As lines flow outside the church at the times of Holy Communion this week, it’s hard not to notice the jump of young churchgoers. Whether it be because of tradition, or the fact they want their days of fasting to mean something, the lines this week show a changing demographic. Father Jordan of the Carlton Parish says the jump is a positive thing.“You can see by the numbers, ones that you don’t normally see throughout the year, but they’re making an effort to get up early in the morning and come. For example on Thursday or Saturday morning, when we start, it sort of surprised me that we have a lot of youth, a lot,” he tells Neos Kosmos. But as much as the jump in numbers seems like a genuine interest by the Greek youth in the church, there is a consensus that adhering to traditions during Easter isn’t all about religion. Anastasia Grillas (21) says she fasts because her mum makes her. “It keeps the family happy and the big man upstairs so I only do it for a week cause I can’t go any longer!” she tells Neos Kosmos.Areti Louzis (21) finds cutting meat and dairy from her diet a way to challenge and cleanse herself. “I fast as a period of cleansing and purification for both the body and soul,” she says.While Christian Papadopoulos says “I fast because when I get into the meat on Sunday, it feels like a delicious reward”.But as lines stretch way out into the streets for Communion this week, the topic of confession has drawn a strong opinion between the young Greek community and the Church’s stance.Father Ioannis of the Thornbury Parish says he sees many young Greeks asking to be confessed, especially during the Easter season. “Just like going to a doctor saying “I have pain here or there” and they give you the right pill, it’s exactly like confession,” he tells Neos Kosmos.“A priest will give the right advice and blessing for someone to progress well spiritually.”But from the many young Greeks we spoke to, they had little or no interest in confession.“Don’t think it’s worth anything… People are better off talking to professionals about their problems,” says Elle Kazantzis (20) on the issue.Kristi Tsakiris (21) says the thought that wrong actions can be forgiven by the church so easily troubles her.“I don’t believe in the idea of just doing wrong and then confessing and it’s all good,” she says.“I don’t think I’d ever do confession.”Alternatively, Areti Louzis (21) said she knows confession is “necessary” but still chooses not to go because she feels through private prayer she can achieve the same result. “I’m certain enough my prayers in church and outside church reach Him, and through my own refining of character and the things I do, I prove to Him that I truly want to atone for my sins.”In a more secular approach, Anastasia Manousakis (23) thinks confession can never be completely confidential.“I’m not going to risk the Greek community in my area learning my business,” she tells Neos Kosmos.Even when there is a lack of belief in confession, the Church doesn’t stop trying to get its younger parishioners interested. Many churches around the country are introducing sermons that are half in English and half in Greek to help those less fluent in Greek better understand the liturgy. Many priests are finding that their tries have come a little too late for those reaching adulthood.Father George from the Altona North Parish says forcing children to go to church at a young age, without their parents explaining why its important, means they will always feel detached and will lose interest quickly.“Even as kids growing up we have very limited knowledge of our religion. We’re born into something and told we have to go to church, that’s about as far as it goes. And then, what we do find is that there are a lot of young people out there who are actively trying to reengage with their church,” he tells Neos Kosmos.It is a slow process, but as time goes on, the Church is coming to terms with modern times and trying to communicate through different methods.Just like the Pope joining twitter last year, the Orthodox Church is using technology to better connect with its younger audience. “Personally I’ve got a skype account, a church skype account, a facebook,” says Father George.“We make ourselves more available to the youth and to the public in general so that we’re more approachable, because we understand people work; it’s very hard to get to a church these days”.As the crowds gather at churches all around Australia, the opportunities are there to make lasting connections.
Confidentialité : le Congrès américain pas convaincu par GoogleLe géant de l’Internet Google n’aurait pas totalement convaincu le Congrès américain des changements de sa politique de confidentialité…Après avoir pris de nouvelles mesures pour favoriser la protection de la vie privée des utilisateurs de ses services, Google ne semble pas avoir réussi à convaincre totalement le Congrès américain.Malgré deux heures de présentation, menée par le directeur de la politique publique de Google Pablo Chavez et l’un des principaux avocats de l’entreprise, Michael Yang, Google a laissé les législateurs américains dubitatifs. L’un d’eux, Mary Bono Mack, a confié à la presse : “en étant plus simple, (la politique de confidentialité de Google) est en fait plus compliquée. A la fin de la journée, je ne pense pas que leurs réponses nous ont permis de comprendre ce que tout cela signifie vraiment pour la sécurité de nos familles et de nos enfants.”La représentante américaine a ajouté : “la préoccupation du Congrès est de déterminer quelle est la participation active de l’utilisateur dans la protection de sa vie privée”. Le Congrès a demandé à Google d’instaurer des fonctions de désengagement du partage de données utilisateur entre les différents services, simples d’accès. La nouvelle politique de Google en matière de confidentialité sera opérationnelle le 1er mars prochain, mais les débats ne sont pas clos, loin de là.Le 4 février 2012 à 09:06 • Maxime Lambert
According to former Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy, United’s 1-0 Champions League victory at Old Trafford against Young Boys was nothing more than a stroke of luck.Murphy was baffled why Jose Mourinho’s side lacked tempo and said it’s better they are in the competition playing ‘badly’ rather than getting knocked out early.In another underwhelming home performance on Tuesday, Marouane Fellaini scored in stoppage-time to help Manchester United win the crucial three points they needed to qualify for the knockout rounds of the UEFA Champions League.“You’re better being there and playing badly than playing well and not being there but it’s Manchester United football club and the level of the performance is not what the fans want to see,” Murphy told Sky Sports.“Young Boys were better in the final third and they could have beaten them. It was another poor performance but they’ve won.“He could argue that the win at Juventus gave them the chance to have an off day but it’s too many off days.“They’ve got so many tremendous players and I don’t know why they’re so lackluster. It was a lucky win.Maguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“The best coaches I’ve played for were insistent on a level of performance because if that stays high, then wins generally come.“The games where they [Man Utd] lost at West Ham and Brighton were lackluster performances.“The game against Crystal Palace the other day, Wolves at home and tonight, they all lacked tempo.“I don’t think the players are going out there and not trying, but could it be fitness? Are they against the way Jose wants to play?“Subconsciously, if you’re going out not happy with the way you’re setting up, are you going to give it your best? There was just no urgency.”
It appears the board of Clark County freeholders should get ready to talk it out.If Tuesday night’s results for 15 freeholder positions stand, then it appears every major talking point in a new county charter — an expanded board of commissioners, an elected county executive, and the powers of initiative and referendum — will be much discussed.The new board of nonpartisan freeholders will soon have the power to propose changes to the county government, as long as they follow the laws of the state and abide by the U.S. Constitution. The document will then be returned to voters for final approval.Of the 15 Tuesday night leaders, 12 responded to a questionnaire submitted by The Columbian requesting their opinions on issues to be faced in the creation of a new county charter.Of those 12 individuals, four said they support expanding the size of the board of commissioners, which currently has three members. Eight respondents said they were open to discussion on the matter. None of the respondents said they were against the idea.The issue of a county executive received much the same response, with six respondents favoring an elected county executive position and six stating they are undecided on the matter. Again, none of the respondents said they were against the idea of an elected executive.
Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Update – Service has been restored as of 12:40pm Original Post: The outage started at 8:27am, today. The outage was caused by a cut fiber cable, according to ACS. Alaska Communications is currently experiencing an internet and phone outage in Kenai and North Kenai. Crews are working to restore service. Updates will be posted as soon as they are made available.
Gilmour looks to the future as he parts with more than 120 guitars, to be auctioned by Christie’s to benefit charityPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Jan 29, 2019 – 5:01 pm Auction house Christie’s has announced The David Gilmour Guitar Collection will go under the hammer to benefit charity on June 20 in New York. Pre-auction displays of the more than 120 guitars will begin with the full collection at Christie’s King Street in London March 27–31, followed by highlights shown in Los Angeles May 7–11 and finally the New York sale preview on June 14–19. David Gilmour’s haunting guitar explorations with Pink Floyd can obscure his solo accomplishments, musically, as a producer and as a philanthropist. While influential releases piled up on Gilmour’s discography, his collection of guitars also grew and grew. While it might seem drastic to leave himself a smaller collection of 20 guitars, Gilmour vows he’s moving ahead with new music, so this is no liquidation sale. News Twitter Facebook David Gilmour Guitar Collection Heads To Auction In June David Gilmour Guitars Head To Auction In June david-gilmour-guitar-collection-heads-auction-june Email “These guitars have been very good to me,” Gilmour told Rolling Stone. “I just think it’s time that they went off and served someone else. I have had my time with them. And of course the money that they will raise will do an enormous amount of good in the world, and that is my intention.”While all the instruments in the Christie’s auction catalog have their own unique history, what’s grabbing the most attention is the 1969 Fender Black Strat used by Gilmour on most of Pink Floyd’s iconic studio recordings. “The notes for the beginning of ‘Shine On You Crazy Diamond’ fell out of it one day,” said Gilmour. “It’s on so much stuff, but Fender have made replica ones that they sell, and I have two or three of those that are absolutely perfect. One of those might be my future guitar of choice.”Green Day To Auction Instruments And Gear On ReverbRead more https://twitter.com/ChristiesInc/status/1090250589680951296
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CHULA VISTA, Calif. (AP) — The Chula Vista school district not only measures the academic progress of Marina Beltran’s second-grader, it also measures her son’s body fat.Every two years, Antonio Beltran, like his classmates, steps on a scale. Trained district personnel also measure his height and then use the two figures to calculate his body mass index, an indicator of body fat.The calculation isn’t reported to Beltran or her son, who cannot see the readout on the scale that has a remote display. Instead it’s used by the district to collect local data on children’s weight.Beltran supports her son’s school in measuring students because the data has brought in help to address obesity, which can lead to diabetes and other illnesses tied to a lifetime of poor habits.But the practice hasn’t been embraced everywhere.Other school districts have angered parents and eating disorder groups by conducting screenings to identify overweight children and send home what critics call obesity report cards or “fat letters.”Amid the nation’s childhood obesity epidemic, schools in nearly a quarter of all states record body mass index scores, measuring hundreds of thousands of students.Some, like the Chula Vista Elementary School District, do what is known as surveillance, in which students are measured to identify how many are at risk for weight-related health problems but they remain anonymous. Other districts do screenings to track the weight of individual students and notify parents whose children are classified at an unhealthy weight.Chula Vista is being touted for its methods that have resulted in motivating the community to take action. When nearly 25,000 students were measured in 2010, it discovered about 40 percent of its children were obese or overweight.Officials used the data to make a color-coded obesity map of the district and showed the community. Instead of creating a stir, the information acted as a distress call, bringing in help. Schools boosted partnerships with doctors. They planted gardens, banned cupcakes at school birthdays, and tracked kids’ activity levels.”I’ve seen a dramatic change,” Beltran said of her son, who now eats carrots and looks forward to running club.Chula Vista’s program — which measures students in grades kindergarten through sixth grade — differs from California’s state-mandated program for fifth, seventh and ninth graders that screens students and notifies parents of the scores.Vicki Greenleaf said she received what she called a “fat letter” in the mail last summer from the Los Angeles Unified School District. Her daughter does Brazilian martial arts four times a week and is built like Olympic gold medalist Mary Lou Retton, but was classified as overweight by the state-mandated body mass index screening program, she said.Critics say body mass index can be misleading for muscular body types.Greenleaf, a spokeswoman for the National Eating Disorders Association, said her daughter knew about the screening’s limitations but other children’s self-esteem could be seriously harmed by such notifications.”I think those letters make kids feel bad about themselves,” she said. “For a kid that is predisposed to an eating disorder, those are the kind of triggers that can set it off.”Massachusetts in October stopped requiring schools notify parents when a child scores high after receiving reports that the data was not safeguarded enough, “leading to alarm, confusion or embarrassment,” according to the state’s public health department. Parents can request the results.”The current policies to protect student data are pretty inconsistent and at times woefully inadequate,” said James Steyer, CEO of the San Francisco-based nonprofit Common Sense Media, which reviews technology and children’s privacy.Little is known about the outcomes of school-based measurement programs, including effects on attitudes, and behaviors of youth and their families. As a result, no consensus exists on their utility for young people, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Schools, over medical clinics, have the advantage of having access to the largest number of children. The local data is valuable to researchers who have had a dearth of childhood obesity information, and it can be used to pinpoint places that need help, said Dr. Matt Longjohn, an assistant adjunct professor in the Departments of Pediatrics and Preventive Medicine at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine.”If parents knew the facts — that obesity solutions may be being applied to their communities inequitably or inadequately without this data — they would support this,” Longjohn said.Statewide childhood obesity rates in Arkansas have remained relatively stable since it became the first state in 2003 to mandate school-based screenings.Arkansas has become a model for how to do it, as well as Chula Vista’s school district, along with San Diego County’s Health and Human Services Agency, which also now records children’s body mass index scores, Longjohn said.A kit by Chula Vista for other schools recommends a professional digital scale with a remote display so only trained staff sees the number, and not listing children’s names in any report. Mirroring CDC’s guidance for schools, staff explains to parents how the information will be used and they can opt out.The district found that schools with the most overweight students were in the poorest areas and had the smallest number of parks and the highest concentration of fast-food restaurants.Beltran said the map motivated parents, but they would have been uncomfortable if officials had issued body fat report cards.”Nobody wants to feel attacked or put on the offensive by being singled out,” she said. “So it helped that we were told we’re all in this together.”The cafeteria at Lilian J. Rice Elementary, Antonio Beltran’s school, now offers fruit and vegetables from local farms and eliminated chocolate milk. Parent Teacher Association fundraisers sell bracelets and magazines instead of nachos and candy.In 2012, the district measured again and found obesity rates dropped by 3 percent and the number of students in the normal weight range increased by 3 percent — meaning about 750 students had moved down a level.”We’re not yet where we want to be, but we’re close,” Principal Ernesto Villanueva said. “Considering 80 percent of our most common disease could be prevented by changing what we eat, that’s pretty powerful stuff.”Students will be measured again this fall.
Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. DNA constructs antenna for solar energy © 2013 Phys.org DNA scaffolding has in recent years been developed to allow for orienting single molecules in useful ways. One of those has resulted in the creation of what is known as DNA origami—where DNA strands are folded in certain ways to create three dimensional nano-sized objects. In this new effort, the team used the technique to place two gold particles astride a protein pillar creating a hotspot that brightens fluorescent signals in zeptoliter volumes. The result is a tall pillar held erect on a flat surface using DNA strands that can be used to hold single molecules.The flat surface was made of a biotin-binding protein. The pillar (also made of a protein) is 220 nm long and 15 nm in diameter. It was held in place by strands of DNA. Two gold nanoparticles (80 to 100nm diameter) were suspended (again by DNA strands) on each side of the pillar (23 nm apart) and were used as an antenna to focus light on a hotspot between them. A fluorescent dye was placed into that hotspot and was used as an optically active source—its purpose was to report the degree of fluorescent enhancement—which was the purpose of the antenna.The antenna the team built demonstrates one way that DNA origami is being used to build a scaffold for holding molecules in three-dimensional space. The hope is that it will lead to what is known as atomically precise manufacturing—where nano-sized components could be manufactured in bulk. An antenna such as the one built in this new effort, allows for focusing light to a very small volume allowing for investigating molecules in a way that is up to 100 times more precise than conventional lenses. What’s most interesting about the antenna, of course, is that it’s held together by DNA strands that have been “programmed” to spontaneously wrap themselves around the antenna in just the right way to hold everything in place.The researchers next plan to conduct experiments to see if DNA origami structures can also be used to allow for more precise control of chemical reactions. Journal information: Science A team of researchers working at Germany’s Technische Universität Braunschweig has succeeded in using a previously known DNA origami construction technique to build a nanoantenna with a docking site. First published in the journal Science, the paper written by the team has now been made publicly available for open access. More information: Science 338, 506 (2012); DOI: 10.1126/science.1228638 Citation: Researchers use DNA origami technique to build nanoantennas with docking sites (2013, July 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-07-dna-origami-technique-nanoantennas-docking.html
A wide swath of the millennia-old Indian civilization came alive through a cluster of artefacts of astonishing brilliance, as the National Museum in the Capital began a nearly two-month transcontinental exhibition.Titled ‘India and The World: A History in nine stories’, the exhibition takes the viewers on an intriguing and exhilarating trip of the country’s spectacular past and its links with the outside world since antiquity. It is the first of its kind event in India which marks an unprecedented collaboration in museum exhibition with the British Museum, London; National Museum, New Delhi; Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sanghahalaya (CSMVS), Mumbai; and some 20 private collections pooling in their resources for the phenomenal show. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfChief Guest, Ram Bahadur Rai, President, IGNCA, formally inaugurated the exhibition on June 2, unveiling a unique line-up of around 200 ancient and modern exhibits which offer a chronological and thematic depiction of the evolution of India, with multiple expressions of art and artefacts, stories and aesthetics.A host of dignitaries, including British High Commissioner to India Sir Dominic Asquith; LN Sharma, Chief Post Master General, Delhi Circle, Dr Hartwig Fischer, Director, British Museum; and Sabyasachi Mukherjee, Director General, CSMVS were present at the inauguration. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”This is also a celebration of cultural exchanges and a moment to remember that our civilization has existed for millions of years and what it has given to the world in terms of culture, science, and spirituality,” the Chief Guest said.The exhibition, which is supported by the Union Culture Ministry, Tata Trusts, the Getty Foundation and the Newton Bhabha Fund, will run till June 30 from 10 am to 6 pm, except on Mondays and public holidays.The seven-week long exhibition commemorates 70 years of Indian independence and a year of major cultural exchange between India and the UK. National Museum Director-General Dr B R Mani in his welcome address said the exhibition has introduced new features in its Delhi leg, including Braille tactile feature for the visually challenged “for creating a tangible experience and a wide range of connections with the objects”.Among the iconic objects lent by the British Museum is the Greek copy of the Roman discus-thrower Discobolus (2nd AD), Olduvai handaxe, Head in the style of Alexander, a fishtail dagger, and the 2002 Throne of Weapons made from melted down machine guns and rifles used in Mozambique’s civil war.Dr Hartwig Fischer, Director, British Museum said, “‘India and the World’ represented a new approach and new model of a museum exhibition that sets one culture in a global context of shared histories and common ground.
What happens to presidential cars when they’re decommissioned? When it finally runs out of value for anyone? Oftentimes, they’re thrown into junkyards to be scrapped for parts, or better yet sold to a gearhead who’s savvy with restoration efforts. For the most part, they are cast aside and forgotten. But what about the President of the United States’ car? What happens to it when it’s decommissioned?Throughout the years, presidential vehicles have only increased in their efficiency in avoiding being destroyed by hostile threats. The traditional use of a presidential vehicle began when President Taft purchased four cars and modified the White House so that it would have a garage.Taft’s 1911 White SteamerPrevious presidents had always been transported by horse-drawn carriages. However, the vehicles weren’t special in any way, they were susceptible to bullets and explosives the same way any other car was. Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s car, a convertible known as the Sunshine Special, was specifically modified after the Pearl Harbor attacks in 1942 to include bulletproof glass and armored plating. There was even a slot built for a submachine gun to be able to fit in, for the purpose of defending the president.Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Sunshine Special.A great many models were used, often depending on the preferences and personality of the president. Some presidents allowed their own personal grievances to dictate which type of car they would drive, such as Harry S. Truman.As the story goes, Truman had attempted to get a car for his campaign in 1948, but General Motors refused to provide him with one. After he won the election and was placed in office, he ordered a Ford car, breaking from the previous administrations’ use of a GM vehicle, as a means of getting back at them for their actions.One of three Pierce-Arrow cars purchased by the Wilson administration.Other presidents had very eclectic tastes, such as Lyndon Baines Johnson, who enjoyed driving a car known as an Amphicar. This car was an amphibious vehicle that could seamlessly transfer from ground to water without a problem. Johnson, while President, enjoyed playing pranks on unsuspecting passengers by acting as if his car had gone out of control and then driving straight into a lake on his ranch property. The car, of course, would then begin to float across the water like a boat, leaving Johnson’s passengers perplexed and confused at what had just occurred.Related Video:As innovation occurred throughout the years, presidential vehicles continued to evolve in sophistication as well as secrecy.George H.W. Bush 1989 Lincoln presidential limousine.With the Secret Service running the show, they worked to ensure that few people knew about the schematics and actual capabilities of the presidential car.If the wrong information was leaked, the vehicle could potentially be vulnerable and that would be a serious compromise in security.1983 Cadillac Limousine used by President Ronald Reagan.Which leads to how presidential cars used to be decommissioned. Whenever a car was “retired” and would no longer be in use, it would fall to the Secret Service to dispose of the vehicle properly. And by disposing of properly, we mean shooting at the car with high powered guns and then blowing it up.1961 Lincoln model 74A, the automobile President John F. Kennedy was riding in when he was assassinated. Photo by Alvintrusty CC Y SA 3.0This admittedly exciting task was meant for the purpose of testing to see how strong the vehicles held up against a variety of weaponry. The secondary purpose was to properly ensure that the vehicle was obliterated so that any of its secrets would also be destroyed with it. This would prevent secure information from falling into the wrong kind of hands.Read another story from us: To portray Churchill in “Darkest Hour,” Gary Oldman wore a silicon face mask and a padded suit and smoked over 400 cigars, worth $20,000Of course, not every presidential car found its demise at the hands of undoubtedly gleeful Secret Service agents with access to dynamite. Some of the more famous cars ended up in museums. John F. Kennedy’s car, the 1961 Lincoln Continental SS-100-X that he was assassinated in, is on display in the Henry Ford Museum. Roosevelt’s Sunshine Special also resides within the Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan.Andrew Pourciaux is a novelist hailing from sunny Sarasota, Florida, where he spends the majority of his time writing and podcasting.