The other day, several of us in the FiveThirtyEight office were musing about the New York Yankees’ chances in 2015. Certainly the Yankees are no longer the dominant powerhouse they were in the late 1990s and early 2000s, nor are they even the outrageously expensive (but championship-starved) juggernaut of the mid-to-late 2000s.1They’re still spending in excess of $200 million on payroll, but that no longer ranks No. 1 in baseball, nor is it anywhere near as far from average as their payroll was at its 2005 peak. Fangraphs’ projections — which, like all preseason predictions, come with a lot of uncertainty — see the Yankees as a slightly above-average team this season, and their 84-78 record last year fit that description as well.But another interesting note about the 2015 Yankees is that their position-player corps figures to be one of the most improved in the American League, according to the projected wins above replacement (WAR) listed on Fangraphs’ depth charts. And the biggest position at which they got better? Shortstop — former home of future Hall of Famer Derek Jeter.We slagged on Jeter a bit last season for all the attention paid to his yearlong retirement tour despite his plainly awful numbers. The truth is that, according to WAR at least, the Yankees had the least-productive shortstop situation in all of baseball last year, so even a shortstop depth chart headlined by Didi Gregorius was bound to be one of the game’s most improved in 2015. And, sure enough, no team is projected to gain more WAR at shortstop this season than the Yankees, mostly because Jeter retired.Here’s an accounting of the Yankees’ projected gains and losses at each position, along with those of every other team going into the 2015 season:Of course, some teams improved even more at other positions than the Yankees did at shortstop. The St. Louis Cardinals, for instance, picked up WAR superstar Jason Heyward to man right field, a position that had been filled poorly by Allen Craig and the late Oscar Taveras in 2014. That change projects to be worth a net improvement of about 7 WAR for St. Louis this season (including 4.6 from Heyward himself, plus the additional bonus of getting rid of -1.8 WAR from Craig and Taveras).The following table represents a more specific breakdown of the Yankees’ shortstops, the Cardinals’ right fielders and the 28 other positional situations that are projected to improve the most in 20152Note that, in some cases, a team can show great improvement despite the same player being projected as the primary starter in both 2015 as in 2014. This could be due to a number of reasons, including the player having improved projected rate statistics (whether because of age-related improvement or regression to the mean after an out-of-character bad season) or even more projected playing time in 2015.:
April 5, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – SEAL Chief Eddie Gallagher will be on trial at the end of May.He is charged with military crimes in a case having heavy political overtones.The charges accuse Chief Gallagher of killing an ISIS fighter, of military age.The defense maintains he is innocent and is working to clear Gallagher’s name.Friday, April 5th all parties were in court to discuss motions brought forward by the defense.Representative Duncan D Hunter urged the President to intervene in this case because of human rights violations against the Navy SEAL while in custody.KUSI’s Ginger Jeffries spoke with Eddie’s wife Andrea Gallagher. SEAL Chief Eddie Gallagher in “the fight of his life” Posted: April 5, 2019 Updated: 2:07 PM Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom,
Dan Cohen AUTHOR Defending the administration’s request for a BRAC round in 2019 at last week’s hearing of the House Military Construction Appropriations Subcommittee was left to Miranda Ballentine, assistant secretary of the Air Force for installations, environment and energy, who took on lawmakers’ past concerns about the economic harm borne by defense communities, implementation costs and the prospect that surge capacity could be shortchanged following a future round.But first Ballentine pointed out that 30 percent of the service’s infrastructure is excess, making a new round of base closures urgent.“Since the Gulf War, we’ve reduced combat-coded fighter squadrons from 134 to 55. That’s a nearly 60 percent reduction. Yet all BRACs in that time period have only reduced U.S. bases by about 15 percent,” she said.“Since BRAC 2005, the Air Force has thousands fewer personnel and hundreds fewer aircraft, yet we have not closed a single installation in the United States,” Ballentine noted.Later, she clarified that the excess capacity estimate is an average of multiple scenarios for the Air Force’s size.“We’ve run the numbers a number of different ways, looking at various force structures. And it ranges anywhere from 28 to 34, depending on which force structure you use,” Ballentine said.To assuage Congress’ concern about the economic blow host communities suffer following a base closure, Ballentine pointed out that 92 percent of respondents to an instant poll taken during last year’s Defense Communities National Summit said they believe the status quo — with reduced manning levels and declining funding for installations — is worse for communities than holding a BRAC round.“Without BRAC, the Air Force will be forced to continue to spread out our airmen and our aircraft. And many communities will continue to suffer from the economic detriment of hollowed-out bases without the economic support that only BRAC legislation allows,” she told the panel.To respond to lawmakers’ concern that the investment required to carry out a BRAC round is not justified by its savings, Ballentine highlighted the Air Force’s $2.9 billion annual savings from the first five base closure rounds.“The results of previous BRAC efforts for the Air Force are really staggering,” she said.Finally, Ballentine pointed out that officials have no intention of shedding infrastructure that may be needed to support future mission needs.“Through five previous rounds of BRAC and numerous force structure changes, we’ve never dipped below 20 percent excess infrastructure capacity. We’ve always left and we always will leave room for future maneuvering,” she said.Later, Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary of the Army for installations, energy and environment, argued that a new round of base closures is the best way to restore cuts to the services’ military construction budgets over the past several years.“The ability to catch up is called BRAC,” Hammack said in response to a question from Subcommittee Chairman Charlie Dent (R-Pa.). “The ability to catch up is the ability for us to close those facilities that have least military value, so that we can focus our funds, focus our military construction, focus our sustainment on our most critical facilities,” she said.Written testimony and a webcast of the hearing on the installations, environment and energy budget request for fiscal 2017 submitted by DOD and the military services are available on the committee website.
Close on the heels of home loan company DHFL successfully raising Rs. 10,000 crore via debt, Canara Bank subsidiary Can Fin Homes has decided to shore up its finances through a Rs. 3,000-crore private placement of non-convertible debentures (NCDs). Shares of the two companies have rallied sharply in the past three months.DHFL, at its board of directors meeting on Friday, approved allotment of 10 lakh NCDs for Rs. 10,000 crore. The effective yield on the NCDs ranges from 9.05 to 9.25 percent per annum, with multiple tenure options of three, five and seven years.Can Fin Homes decided on Wednesday to take the NCD route to raise Rs. 3,000 crore by issuing debt on private placement basis at its board of directors meeting.DHFL posted 16.2 percent growth in net profit for the first quarter (Q1) ended June 2016 to Rs. 201.40 crore on 18.5 percent rise in income from operations to Rs. 1,958 crore, on a year-on-year basis. Gross non-performing assets stood at Rs. 623.80 crore, or 0.98 percent, of total advances.Loan disbursements and sanctions were Rs. 6,214 crore and Rs. 8,800 crore, respectively for Q1, up 25.54 percent and 12 percent, respectively, over the year-ago period. DHFL shares hit a 52-week high of Rs. 304.70 on Friday before closing at Rs. 299.85, marking an appreciation of 43 percent over a three-month period, based on the closing price of Rs. 208.75 of June 10, 2016. Can Fin Homes shares have also rallied 40.6 percent during the same period to close at Rs. 1,653.80 on Friday; the stock had ended at Rs. 1,175.65 on June 10, 2016.The Bengaluru-based home loan company earned net profit of Rs. 49.73 crore in Q1, an increase of 55 percent from Rs. 32.10 crore in the June 2015 quarter. Income rose 28 percent to Rs. 309.62 crore in Q1.PNB Housing Finance, a subsidiary of state-run Punjab National Bank (PNB), is coming up with an initial public offering, signalling a bullish trend in home loan business.The BSE Financials index closed 1.09 percent down on Friday, reflecting the downward trend on the Sensex that ended 248 points lower at 28,797.
HM ErshadClaiming that the country sees no peace and order whenever Awami League and BNP come to power, Jatiya Party chairman HM Ershad on Tuesday said people now want a change.”And Jatiya Party can bring that change. The country sees peace and order whenever our party is in power,” he said while addressing a rally arranged by Mathbaria upazila unit of his party at Shaheed Mostafa field in the upazila of Pirojpur.Ershad said his party kept its head high although its many leaders, including him, were put behind the bars to destroy it. “Many had thought that Jatiya Party couldn’t make a turnaround.”He also alleged that although Awami League came to power with the support of his party, Jatiya Party got nothing in return.
Prime minister Sheikh Hasina and Kamal HossainLeader of the new opposition coalition Jatiya Oikya Front Kamal Hossain on Sunday asked prime minister Sheikh Hasina to hold dialogue to settle relevant political issues ahead of the next general elections.The de facto head of the National Unity Front, which includes main opposition BNP, made the overture in a letter sent to Hasina, also the Awami League president.After launching of the Front on 13 October, its leaders raised a 7-point demand and said they would send a formal letter to the prime minister urging her to sit with the political parties for the sake of resolving the current political stalemate.The ruling party camp has so far rejected any such dialogue with the opposition although the prime minister in her most recent press briefing said that she would ‘make up’ her mind once a letter from the Front is sent to her.Members of the Front’s coordinating committee Jaglul Haidar Afriq and AHM Shafikullah brought two copies of the letter to the political office of the AL president in the city’s Dhanmondi area.“We’ve come with two copies of the letter. One is for Awami League president Sheikh Hasina and another for general secretary Obaidul Quader,” Jaglul said adding that the letter is about our 7-point demand.”AL office secretary Abdus Sobhan Golap acknowledged receiving of the letter and said.”They’ve conveyed two copies of a letter. I haven’t opened it as yet.”He added that the party will disclose the matters and convey the party’s decisions after discussing it with the party president.Top leader of the Front Kamal Hossain signed on the letter that was sent to the prime minister.Mostafa Mohsin Montu, another leader of the front and also general secretary of Kamal Hossain-led Gano Forum, signed on the other letter sent to the AL general secretary.
Pu Ying Huang for The Texas TribuneFloodwaters threaten the Grand Vista neighborhood in Richmond on Aug. 28, 2017. Residents were forced to evacuate due rising water from the Brazos River.It’s hard to find anyone who can remember the last time all 36 Texans in the U.S. House came together for a delegation-wide meeting.But that’s just how cataclysmic of an event Hurricane Harvey was to the entire state: U.S. Reps. Joe Barton, R-Ennis, and Henry Cuellar, D-Laredo, are gathering all of the Congressional Texans together later this week to sort out how the delegation can best use its size and influence to advocate for the devastated Houston, Beaumont and Corpus Christi regions. “This is not a normal time,” U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Dallas, told reporters Tuesday when asked to forecast how the Congress will tackle a whole host of fiscal issues this month, including how to address flood insurance in Houston. The U.S. House is set to cast the first votes for an initial round of Hurricane Harvey relief funding Wednesday. But Congress is also facing a Sept. 30 deadline to reauthorize the National Flood Insurance Plan, which is the arm of the government that settles the claims of flood insurance policyholders. The program was, as U.S. Rep. Gene Green put it, “way over-committed,” even before Harvey. But given the damage of that storm and concerns about a new one, Hurricane Irma, that appeared Tuesday to be headed toward the Florida coast, Congress is all but certain to commit more funds to the program. But how much? That’s the question facing the limited-government Republicans who dominate the delegation, and Congress, for that matter. Delegation sources tell the Tribune they are confident they have the legislative muscle to secure some renewed funding. But the scale of the damage is still an unknown and many of these fiscal conservatives are already becoming anxious over the size of the estimates.For some in the delegation, the goal is to avoid taking any hard stances as negotiations continue in the coming days and weeks.Also, flood insurance will not help everyone affected by the storm. Only 17 percent of homes in the hardest hit areas in the state had flood insurance, according to a Washington Post analysis. For those who do have coverage, a homeowner can expect up to $250,000 to cover damage to the structural house, and $100,000 for belongings inside the home. The funding problems escalate as members of Congress ponder how – or even whether – to help homeowners who did not have flood insurance.Green, a Houston Democrat and a flood insurance policyholder himself, has seen several hurricanes blow through Houston in his 25 years in the U.S. House.“What happens if you don’t have flood insurance, [the Federal Emergency Management Agency] gives you a certain amount,” he said, often in the form of a Small Business Administration loan far less generous than the payments received by those with flood insurance. Several members concurred that funds could be diverted from the Small Business Administration into loans. But the concept of backing every damaged home is daunting. And not everyone is a fan of the National Flood Insurance Program. The program was created decades ago, when the business model for flood insurance was unsustainable in the private market. To critics, it is a government-funded moral hazard that encourages citizens to build homes in places where they should not exist because of the costs and likelihood of flooding. One of the chief critics of the program is a Texan, U.S. Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Dallas. From his perch as the House Financial Services Committee chairman, he is an advocate for radical changes to the program including ones designed to encourage more private insurers into the market.Still, as Texans returned to Congress Tuesday night, greeted by colleagues from other parts of the country with hugs and sympathy, a measure to extend the flood insurance program past its looming deadline seems likely to pass in some form.For Green, though, this is a no brainer.“It’s not a tough vote for me because of where I come from,” said Green. Share
Popular on Variety At the end of October 2018, Bennett executed Netflix stock trades that netted him $3.36 million, according to SEC filings.Netflix has commenced a search for a new CMO. Bennett said he will remain with the company for an interim transition period and is committed to staying at Netflix through the end of the year if necessary.“Kelly Bennett has been absolutely transformational for us as we expanded our member base in the U.S. and globally, and particularly as we transitioned into being a leader in original series and films,” Hastings said in a statement. “He has been a source of inspiration both inside Netflix and in presenting our brand to the world, and we are thankful for his enormous contributions.”During Bennett’s tenure at Netflix, the company grew from 25.7 million paid streaming members in the third quarter of 2012 to 139 million worldwide at the end of 2018. In recent years, Netflix has dramatically cranked up marketing spending: Marketing costs grew 65% in 2018, to $2.37 billion, and analysts expect that to grow this year by 22%, to nearly $2.9 billion.“When I joined in 2012, we were mostly a tech company,” Bennett said. “Today, we’re a global entertainment programmer at significant scale.”Bennett’s pending exit comes after another recent C-suite shuffle at Netflix. David Wells, a 14-year veteran of the company, said last summer he would step down as CFO. In January, Netflix named Spencer Neumann, formerly CFO of Activision Blizzard, as its new chief financial officer.Meanwhile, Netflix said Wednesday that Erik Barmack, Netflix’s VP of international originals for Latin America, EMEA and India, is leaving the company after eight years to start his own production company. Netflix named Bela Bajaria, previously Netflix’s VP of content acquisition, to head international non-English TV originals.Bennett started at Netflix as CMO in August 2012 after nine years at Warner Bros., where he most recently was VP of interactive, worldwide marketing, where he led international digital campaigns for the studio’s movies. Before that, Bennett ran digital marketing for Warner Bros. Pictures in Europe, the Middle East and Africa and worked in promotion and business development at the company. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Prior to joining Warner Bros. in 2003, he held executive positions at Dow Jones International and Ignition Media and was a partner in online marketing agency Cimex Media. The Canada native holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Columbia. Kelly Bennett is leaving as Netflix’s chief marketing officer after more than six years leading the streaming giant’s branding and advertising teams during a period of massive growth.Bennett, 46, said in an interview that it’s the “ideal time for me to leave.” He said the decision was his personal choice and that CEO Reed Hastings hadn’t asked him to depart. “Given the success we’re at today — the way we’re performing as a team — it’s the right legacy for me to leave while we’re at our very best,” he told Variety.After he leaves Netflix, Bennett expects to be semi-retired. “I likely will never work full-time again. That’s not something I’m particularly interested in,” Bennett said. “I’m definitely going to spend some more time with my family,” noting he has three children (ages 11, 14 and 17). He added that he’ll look to pursue roles in the non-profit sector or teaching, and possibly serve on some boards.
09Feb Rep. Hornberger backs plan to invest more in local veterans services Categories: Hornberger News Grant program will help build, maintain county veterans service officesState Rep. Pamela Hornberger co-sponsored legislation introduced this week providing financial incentive to encourage Michigan counties to establish and maintain veteran service offices.Currently, 11 counties do not have a local veteran support department and many others are understaffed.“We need to do more to connect our veterans here in Macomb County to the services and benefits they sacrificed so much to earn,” said Hornberger, of Chesterfield Township. “This legislation will make sure all military families have access to an expert in their community who can help them with benefit claims and make sure they’re getting all of the benefits they’re entitled.”Under the bill, each county with a veteran service office that satisfies the requirements outlined in the bill will be eligible to receive a $25,000 grant, plus additional funding based on the number of veterans in the county.In order to receive funds a county must:Maintain a county veteran service office;Have an accredited veterans benefit claims employee on staff;Provide at least 20 hours of service each month assisting veterans;Maintain the previous year’s county funding level for the veteran service office;Report to the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency and Legislature regarding the amount of claims completed throughout the year.House Bill 5536 was referred to the House Military and Veterans Affairs Committee.###