The Red Sox (9-13) got a sacrifice fly from Christian Vazquez in the 11th inning to finish a three-game sweep of the first-place Rays with a 4-3 win at Tropicana Field. David Price struck out 10 and gave up two runs in five innings.MORE: Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whiparound show on DAZNNew York’s win wasn’t pretty — the Yankees bullpen squandered a 5-0 lead against the Royals — but Austin Romine played the hero with a walkoff hit in the 10th for a 7-6 victory.🎉WALK-OFF WIN🎉Austin Romine is your hero! pic.twitter.com/v33eG9MvDz— YES Network (@YESNetwork) April 21, 2019New York (11-10) has now won five of six and is only 2 1/2 games behind the first-place Rays.While both teams have some momentum going, they face tough challenges in the days ahead. The Yankees have been wracked by injuries this season that have sidelined almost a dozen key players. Aaron Judge is out indefinitely with an oblique injury, and Didi Gregorius and Luis Severino are out until mid-June and early July, respectively. Giancarlo Stanton, Miguel Andujar, Aaron Hicks, Gary Sanchez, Dellin Betances, Troy Tulowitzki and Greg Bird are all currently out but expected back at various times within the next month or so.In Boston, the Red Sox are dealing with a bad World Series hangover. The pitching has been horrendous (they rank 29th in team ERA) and the offense has struggled so far. But for one day, at least, everything worked out well for the two AL East rivals.Studs of the NightNationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg struck out 11 Marlins in eight scoreless innings, yielding only two hits, to earn his second victory of 2019. Ryan Zimmerman hit two solo homers for all the offense Washington needed in a 5-0 win.Third baseman Josh Donaldson went 3 for 4 with a pair of home runs and four RBIs in the Braves’ 11-5 win over Cleveland.Rockies right-hander Jon Gray gave up only one hit in six scoreless innings against the Phillies, striking out five.Angels DH Tommy La Stella cracked a pair of solo homers in an 8-6 win over the Mariners.Rangers left-fielder Joey Gallo had five RBIs in an 11-10 victory over Houston.Dud of the NightAstros starter Collin McHugh got hammered by the Rangers, giving up nine earned runs and eight hits in 3 1/3 innings.HighlightsOakland center fielder Ramón Laureano usually makes the highlight reel because of his cannon-like arm, but here he takes away a sure home run from Teoscar Hernandez. And the Athletics turn it into a whacky double play.Wait … WHAT? 😳 pic.twitter.com/HAJAnjdJ9A— MLB (@MLB) April 21, 2019Noah Syndergaard slugs his fifth career home run — with a lot of help from Cardinals center fielder Dexter Fowler. Noah Syndergaard can hit homers on his own. This time, Dexter Fowler helped him out. #Mets pic.twitter.com/GmjqT1Qj9i— Today in MLB (@TodayintheMLB) April 21, 2019No one, not even Josh Hader, can stop Cody Bellinger right [email protected]_Bellinger just hit the 2nd homer EVER off Josh Hader by a LHB.Lefties were hitting .103 (16-for-156) vs. Hader. pic.twitter.com/RJLBrh5q3u— MLB Stats (@MLBStats) April 21, 2019What’s NextPhillies (12-9) at Mets (11-10), 7:10 p.m. ET — The Mets really need Steven Matz (1-1, 4.96 ERA) and other starters to step up with ace Jacob deGrom sidelined. Philadelphia starter Jake Arrieta (3-1, 2.25 ERA) appears to have found his groove again after a rough 2018 campaign. The Red Sox and Yankees, expected to battle each other for first place in the AL East, have instead been battling mediocrity this year, with both teams off to sluggish starts.But they’ve both built some momentum in recent days, and each scored an extra-inning victory Sunday to continue in the right direction.
The fourth annual Humboldt Bay Marathon welcomed guests from across the United States and the world on Sunday. Participants gathered in the early morning hours on 1st street in Eureka before starting their 26.2 mile tour of the Humboldt Bay. The runners ran along the 101, through the Arcata bottoms, out to Manilla, across the Samoa Bridge and finished in Madaket Plaza in old town Eureka.Jochen Uhrig, 35, set a course record finishing in 2 hours 32 minutes. A Heidlberg, Germany native, Uhrig …
Raiders tackle Trent Brown, who nearly didn’t play against the Vikings because of knee troubles, will have his status for this week’s game evaluated Wednesday after suffering an ankle injury in Sunday’s loss.Coach Jon Gruden, speaking with reporters on Monday, sounded somewhat concerned about his high-priced tackle, who sat out the final drive of Oakland’s 34-14 loss.“We’ll see the exactness of his injury here in … CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile device
The newly appointed CEO and president of MTN, Sifiso Dabengwa, will commence his duties in April 2011.(Image: MyBroadband.co.za) On 20 December African telecommunications giant MTN announced the appointment of its new CEO and president, Sifiso Dabengwa, who will commence his duties from April 2011. Dabengwa replaces outgoing CEO Phuthuma Nhleko, who leaves in March 2011 after nine years at the helm.Dabengwa is the current group chief operating officer, a position which will soon be replaced with that of chief executive of its international operations.“Given the strong growth and development of MTN International (MTNI), it has been decided to abolish the position of COO and instead to appoint a CEO for the company to focus more intensely on opportunities,” said MTN in a statement.The incoming CEO Sifiso Dabengwa is an engineering graduate of the University of Zimbabwe and was chief operating officer of MTN Group and chief executive officer of MTN Nigeria – simultaneously – before his new appointment. He holds an MBA from the University of the Witwatersrand and was also head of power utility Eskom’s distribution division, where he controlled a multibillion-rand budget before joining MTN in 1999.He started his career at MTN as MD of the group’s South African operations. In 2004 he assumed his two concurrent positions, with the goal of overseeing growth and consolidation into Nigeria’s mobile market.He has worked closely with Nhleko since returning to South Africa in 2006 and according to analysts his appointment was widely expected, as this would provide continuity for the company.Telecoms analyst Spiwe Chireka said: “Whoever would take over from Phuthuma Nhleko would definitely need to have the African experience as their first strong point.”“He’s been with Phuthuma for a while and so far MTN’s vision and strategy have worked well and you want someone who can continue with that,” added Chireka.However, analysts have also expressed caution. Fund manager Pallavi Ambekar warned that Dabengwa will be faced with the same challenges as Nhleko – these include regulatory problems and increased competition in major markets.Ambekar said: “The focus on capex and cost efficiency and continued focus on growing key markets are expected to be some of the priorities.”The outgoing CEO Phuthuma Nhleko is also chairman and a founding member of Worldwide African Investment Holdings, an investment company with interests in the petroleum, telecommunications and IT industries.Nhleko holds a BSc from the University of Ohio State and an MBA in finance from the University of Atlanta.He holds directorships in a number of major companies including Johnnic Holdings; Nedbank Group; Old Mutual SA; Network Communications Solutions; Nixia Trading; Worldwide Capital and Commerce One.Nhleko wanted to leave MTN on a high note – in 2010 the company attempted to buy Egyptian operator Orascom and to clinch a deal with India’s Bharti Airtel but both deals fell through.Although Nhleko did not seal those two deals, his tenure at MTN was a success and he will now take up the position of group non-executive chairman.Multinational mobile network MTN is a telecoms company operating in 21 countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East.It is the second largest mobile network in South Africa and is listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE). The group has 134.4-million subscribers across its territories.MTN operates in Botswana, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Nigeria, the Republic of Congo, Rwanda, South Africa, Swaziland, Uganda, Zambia, Iran, Afghanistan, Benin, Cyprus, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Guinea Republic, Liberia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.In South Africa, the telecoms company supports football; cycling; cricket; music and beauty pageants. It sponsors local football teams Golden Arrows, Ajax Cape Town and Black Leopards. It’s the sponsor of one of South Africa’s largest cycling clubs, Club 100. In terms of music, it hosts one of the country’s biggest music events, the MTN South African Music Awards. In 2010 it hosted the premier Crowning Miss Soweto beauty pageant.
Paid news is deceit. A publication that offers editorial space for sale in a manner that it is meant to look exactly like a news story is not just putting a “For Sale” sign on the sanctum sanctorum of editorial space, but is also peddling our trust.Think about it: the reason any advertiser would want to buy “paid news”, is that there is little that differentiates it as an advertisement from legitimate content. The latter is what we read and trust as an independent effort of a correspondent, and an editor taking a judgment call on what is to be communicated to us, the readers.Paid news, on the other hand, gives you no indication that what you are reading is sponsored content. In newspapers, there is no difference in typeface or background colour to differentiate it from regular news. On television, we rarely see the word “advertisement” on the screen whenever there is a sponsored show that looks like a regular news show.Large media houses have also begun taking equity in firms that don’t want to pay by cash – a business model known as “private treaties”. These deals are usually advertising- space-for-equity barters. As media houses are in the business of news, it becomes an open case of conflict of interest when newspapers and television channels become investors in companies that they might report on.Faith:Therefore, it comes as no surprise that the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI), the stock markets regulator, wants all media houses to disclose their private treaties investments in companies that are listed or are in the process of being listed.advertisementThis is a welcome move. If implemented earnestly, it will protect investors and readers. The reader and the investor have every right to know about these private arrangements so that they are not fooled by media reports.In paid news, the advertiser fundamentally wants to overcome “banner blindness”, the changing of channels during ads, and indeed a certain degree of defensive scepticism that one associates with the pitch that an advertisement makes. Print sells text, television sells sponsored shows and radio, even though it doesn’t broadcast news, sells what is euphemistically termed “anchor mentions”.We may bemoan the quality of news being delivered to us but as readers, we don’t just buy a publication, or just watch a channel. Consciously or subconsciously, we put our faith in the notion that the intent behind information and opinion being served hasn’t been prostituted.But what if the advertisers are individuals or even firms who merely want to insure themselves against unfavourable news in the future? We don’t expect the publication to be up for sale or for negative coverage to be a precursor to extortion from an election candidate; the words “caveat emptor” (Latin for “let the buyer beware”) probably don’t even occur to us.As any public relations executive will testify, they’re in the business of managing perception, and a key part of that is to manage the perception of our gatekeepers – the journalists. This is not new: journalists are wined and dined, taken on international “junkets”, gifted “demo” products that are never taken back; as a result, some of them are more favourably inclined. But it can become ugly.There is, for instance, a well-documented investigation by SEBI highlighting collusion between a major business publication’s journalist, a PR agency and significant shareholder of the Pyramid Saimira stock to manipulate its share price, by forging a SEBI letter, and then making public announcements to mislead investors, which were reported in the publication.For some journalists, it’s about favour and trust; for some, it is about the lure of power and a Rajya Sabha membership. But we don’t know what happens behind the scenes, do we? What we perceive as readers or viewers is often our reality. This is the corruption of our beliefs at its subtlest, on par with the practice of rewriting history books.Some media publications audaciously have rate cards, with the rationale: why not just do away with the middlemen – the journalists.Politics:According to a report submitted to the Press Council of India ( PCI) by a task force assigned to investigate this malaise (a copy is available at http:// presstalk. blogspot. com), it’s not that many media organisations are selling just your trust: during the 2009 general elections, many of them resorted to extortion.The report mentions allegations of publications denying coverage to politicians unless money was paid and even publishing negative coverage. Some news entities are upfront about their political or ideological leaning; paid news, on the other hand, is about putting these leanings up for sale. Funnily enough, the PCI report cites instances of specific newspapers carrying reports of two opposing candidates being likely to win the same elections.advertisementWhat this amounts to is indirect mass rigging of elections, and strikes at the very core of our democracy.Private treaties, however, are even more dangerous. Times Private Treaties, from the Times of India Group, won an award in 2009 in the “Innovative Business Models Contest” organised by the PubliGroupe and International Newsmedia Marketing Association.HT Media does both ads for equity and property deals; Network18 has Synergy18 for such deals. Business Standard had reported in 2008 that Dainik Bhaskar and Jagran Prakashan were also considering this model.At its core, private treaties is much more than just a business model. While it is legitimate for media businesses to take a stake in any company, it creates a financial bond between the two, and the linkages are far deeper than those between advertisers and publications.It is a marriage of their risks and growth. For its own financial growth, it is in the publication’s interest to further the cause of the company it has invested in, since the value of its investment is directly dependent on the growth or decline of the value of the company.An example of how a private treaty model works is available as a part of a draft red herring prospectus filing from Planet41, a mobile value added services company. The filing (at http:// www. sebi. gov. in/ dp/ planet4 1. pdf ) indicates that Brand Equity Treaties Limited (BETL) bought 2.88 per cent, by investing Rs 2.54 crore in Planet41, allowing the company to place advertising worth Rs 4.8 crore, of which Rs 80 lakh will be paid until the IPO.The company would have to pay BETL 33 per cent of the value of the advertising in cash, back, and post listing, 50 per cent. Once listed, depending on how investors perceive the company, the value of the 2.88 per cent stake will change. There is no mention of coverage, but favourable news coverage does tend to push up stock prices, and unfavourable reports can pull it down.While this merely suggests that media companies are corruptible, and not necessarily corrupt, let’s ask a simple question: over 200 companies having done such deals, most of them covered by publications that have invested in them, when was the last time you read disclosure from the news publication, accompanying the story? Now take into account the scale of operations – media companies have cross holdings across platforms – Print, Internet, Radio, DTH and Mobile.Accountability:To be sure, no amount of government or regulatory threats to censure will work because the advertisers pay for your eyeballs.You can never tell if media houses haven’t been promised bribes as full page advertisements, in order to go soft on an upcoming, disastrous and corrupt international sports event.Readers must therefore demand accountability from their publications, and choose those which disclose their interests.advertisementAdvertisers need to be told that readers are more than just a constituent of a circulation figure or a TRP. We also have much greater access to content from various global sources. Twitter and Facebook are fast becoming key sources of news, with people who we trust recommending news articles.Online, there’s always someone lurking to correct, critique or criticise coverage in the comments, holding the publication accountable. Sources that flaunt their disclosures and are open about their mistakes are those that value your trust as a reader. That’s an opportunity in trust for media businesses to pursue: to aggressively use disclosures as a differentiator; else, the readers will make their own choices. And advertising will follow the reader, as it has done in the west.The writer is the Editor of MediaNama ( www. medianama. com), an online publication
Photograph of the ammonite Asteroceras obtusum taken by Dlloyd. The specimen is from the Jurassic Lower Lias Formation, Obtusum Zone. Image: Wikipedia. Explore further Giant Skull of 12m Pliosaur ‘Sea Monster’ Unearthed in England Citation: Ammonites were probably eaten by fellow cephalopods (2010, December 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-12-ammonites-eaten-fellow-cephalopods.html (PhysOrg.com) — Fossilized ammonites found with bite marks in similar places on their shells suggest they were eaten by other cephalopods such as beaked squid, according to new research published in the Proceedings of the Yorkshire Geological Society. 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. More information: Fatally bitten ammonites from the lower Lias Group (Lower Jurassic) of Lyme Regis, Dorset, by Chris Andrew et al. Proceedings of the Yorkshire Geological Society , 58, 81-94. doi:10.1144/pygs.58.1.276 © 2010 PhysOrg.com The ammonites were invertebrate marine creatures living in shallow waters less than 100 meters deep. They became extinct around the end of the Cretaceous period, and are thought to be the ancestors of the modern-day cephalopods, which include squid, cuttlefish, nautilus and octopus species. They are the best preserved and most widely found fossil around the world, and are recognizable by their spiral shells. They were predators themselves, feeding on a variety of fish, mollusks, and even other cephalopods, but little is known about ammonites as prey.Around a fifth of the ammonite fossils found on the Jurassic Coast in Dorset in the UK have what appear to be bite marks in an area near the back of the shell where muscles would have held the shell in place. A bite at this point would have severed the muscles and allowed the body to be drawn out of the shell.Any predator producing the bite marks would need to have been precise, and must have been capable of grabbing hold of the ammonite and manipulating it into the right position for the kill. One of the authors of the paper, Paddy Howe, a geologist with the Lyme Regis Museum, said modern cephalopods are perfectly capable of the kind of adept behavior required, and a beaked squid could certainly be the culprit, since the bite marks are consistent with a beak.Another possibility is a gas bubble between the body and the shell, but as Richard Edmonds of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site points out, this is a much less likely explanation. Depressions made in this way would be expected to contain crushed shell, but Mr Edmonds said he had never seen a fossil like that. Shell fragments would also be expected if the marks were made after the animal had died, and the marks would not all be in the same place on the shell.The Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site covers over 150 kilometers of coastline in the UK counties of Dorset and East Devon, and is an area well-known for ammonite fossils and many other fossils from the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous geological periods.
The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) announced a stipend for Hindu priests across Kolkata on Tuesday. The Kolkata mayor, Firhad Hakim in his announcement at Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) said that as many as 49 Hindu priests working in seven burning ghats in Kolkata will be given a stipend of Rs.380 per case of death. This Rs.380 per case will be for performing last rites for each of the deceased person. “There are certain Hindu priests who only conducted last rites. They had no fixed stipend and would depend on whatever the deceased’s family would offer.So on per case basis, we will provide Rs.380 to them,” said Hakim. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataHowever, this scheme will only be applicable for those residing in Kolkata and not cover those residing in other parts of Bengal. On being asked whether KMC can roll out any new schemes during the election period while the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) is in place, Hakim said, “The scheme was decided much earlier than the elections, but the announcement was made today.” Interestingly, when the Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress government came to power in 2011, it announced a monthly stipend of Rs.2000 for each of the Muslim clerics across the state. The announcement faced a major backlash as opposition alleged that the government and the party – Trinamool Congress was trying to appease the minority community through this scheme.(With input from DNA)