Government steps up online censorship in run-up to elections

first_img News News Coronavirus: State measures must not allow surveillance of journalists and their sources April 10, 2020 Find out more RSF_en Receive email alerts News SingaporeAsia – Pacific October 2, 2020 Find out more Reporters Without Borders has condemned rules gagging free expression online, in the same way as for traditional media, in the run-up to parliamentary elections in Singapore.Singapore Information, Communications and Arts minister, Balaji Sadasivan, repeated on 3 April 2006, the strict rules in force since 2001 on Internet use in electoral periods. The Singapore government has already warned Internet users who are likely to discsuss politics online that they are at risk of legal action. No official date has been announced for the elections but they are due to be held in the next few months.”Once again the Singapore authorities are showing their determination to prevent the holding of a genuinely democratic debate on the Internet,” the press freedom organisation said.During a parliamentary debate on 3 April 2006, Balaji Sadasivan repeated and enlarged on the very restrictive measures applying to Internet use during election campaigns. Bloggers and website managers do not have the right to back a particular candidate’s programme. Outside of elections periods, bloggers have to register with the Media Development Authority (MDA) if they want to openly and regularly defend a political line. But during election periods, the fact of being registered does not allow them to express opinons on political issues. Website managers are subjected to the same rules.These restrictions will now also apply to new Internet technology. The minister specified that use during the campaign of podcasting and videocasting, two new devices for putting audio or video online, will be banned if they carry political content. During the last election campaign, in November 2001, the main opposition party, the Singapore Democratic Party, made use of podcasting.Sinapan Samydorai, chairman of the freedom of expression organisation Think Centre, who has been forced to register his website, said that there has been no improvement since the last elections in 2001, during which official party websites were the only authorised source of political news and information. Another Singaporean blogger, known under the pseudonym of Alex, highlighted the confusion that has been caused by the minister’s remarks about the exact limits of Internet-users rights to express themselves politically in his country. “The minister’s statements raise more new questions than it provides clarification”, he told Reporters Without Borders.————-Create your blog with Reporters without borders: to go further Help by sharing this information April 5, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Government steps up online censorship in run-up to elections Organisation SingaporeAsia – Pacific Follow the news on Singapore News Reporters Without Borders condemned the Singapore government’s determination to prevent democratic debate online after information minister Balaji Sadasivan reminded a parliamentary session on 3 April 2006, of the very strict rules in forces since 2001 on use of the Internet in election periods. RSF’s denounces Singapore’s disregard of press freedom ahead of its Universal Periodic Review October 15, 2020 Find out more Singaporean website prosecuted over election coveragelast_img read more

Collectively speaking

first_img Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Collectively speakingOn 1 Apr 2000 in Personnel Today European works councils affect only hundreds of employers but millions ofemployees. They are the probable precursors of national equivalents and theyare seen by trade unions as a means to regain power in multinationalorganisations. They are ignored at your peril. Roger Steel reportsIt has been said that taking an interest in European works councils (EWCs)is a minority sport. They are dismissed as a costly talking shop for debatingsoft issues. When even employment lawyers take this view it is probably due tocomparatively few having had much exposure to collective employment law. With the supremacy of the individual contract over collective bargainingduring the past 20 years, this is hardly surprising. But with the effects ofthe Government’s employment law policies beginning to be felt, we arewitnessing a revived interest in collective bargaining, union participation andthe whole area of collective consultation. Last November’s regulations onconsultation in collective redundancies and Tupe situations, the rights ofaudience newly granted to trade union representatives in disciplinaryproceedings and the prospect of compulsory recognition procedures are part ofthat story. If the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Social AffairsCommissioner get their way, we shall in a few years’ time be witnessing theintroduction of works councils in every employer in the UK with more than 50staff. EWCs will provide the model for such national works councils, and unionsacross Europe and beyond are spending millions in research, training andpreparing for EWCs. Many employers are already revamping their collective consultation andbargaining procedures to embrace the partnership concept of dealing with theirunionised workforce.  Others are settingup staff councils as a perceived way of deflecting recognition pressures. In light of these developments, HR practitioners should familiarisethemselves with what EWCs are about. Indeed, increasing merger andglobalisation activity may lead to them being asked to display an instantexpertise. The legal basis The starting point is the European Works Councils directive (94/45/EC). Itapplied originally throughout 14 EU member states and was later adopted byNorway, Iceland and Liechtenstein, three non-EU members of the EuropeanEconomic Area. To start with, it did not apply in the UK, which opted out of EUSocial Policy under the 1992 Maastricht Treaty. With the election of a Labour government in 1997, that opt-out was reversed.In the case of EWCs this was achieved by means of the Extension directive(97174/EC). As the EWC directive is not itself legally enforceable between employers andemployees, each member state enacts local laws giving effect to its terms. Inthe UK, we have the Transnational Information and Consultation of EmployeesRegulations 1999, or Ticer, which came into effect on 15 January. All otherstates had to have their laws in place by 22 September 1996. Ticer throw up their own problems. Unlike the transposing laws of manymember states, they go into great detail about the election of representativesto a Special Negotiating Body and which out of the Central ArbitrationCommittee (CAC), Acas or the EAT is responsible for sorting out problems. The election procedures are aimed at ensuring a democratic process of broadrepresentation but many employers would prefer not to disturb existing andhard-negotiated procedures already in place. After protest the Governmentrelented to some degree but the rules remain complex. Since the CAC is also the body that will carry prime responsibility to decideissues relating to trade union recognition, familiarity with the ways andpowers of this body will be another must for many practitioners. Unfortunately, however, it is not just the UK laws that practitioners haveto know. Historically, as we shall see, there have been a number of differenttypes of EWC affecting the UK. As things stand, a UK employee may be covered byany one of six types of agreement. From a legal perspective, some issues under the directive are left to memberstates to decide so that, for example, there are various ways in whichemployees are counted in order to see if the employer is within scope, andvarious methods by which delegate members/negotiators are identified.Familiarity is required with the relevant rules in each country of operation. Who is within scope? There are complicated rules determining whether an employer or group ofemployers falls within scope. Uncertainties abound regarding, for example,franchise or large partnership arrangements. Part-timers are not treateduniformly throughout the EU. As a general proposition, however, an organisation with more than 1,000employees within the now 18 member states will be in scope if there are atleast 150 such employees employed in establishments in two member states. Six types of agreement One:  From 22 September 1994,when the EWC directive was passed, until 22 September 1996, employers in scopehad the opportunity to enter into voluntary agreements. These had to be inwriting, had to cover the entire workforce, and had to relate to theinformation and consultation of the workforce on “transnationalissues” – that is issues affecting employees of the employer in more thanone member state. Beyond these simple requirements the employer could strike whatever bargainit liked with whoever it liked. However, since works councils were a familiarconcept in continental Europe and since the directive provides for a default ormandatory model in certain circumstances, voluntary agreements followed thesame broad parameters. Remember that during the 1994-1996 period the UK was not part of”Social Europe” so we had no relevant rules and UK employees did notcount towards the thresholds for determining scope, nor was a UK workforce tobe included in a voluntary agreement as of right. But about 400 UK-based multinationals were nevertheless in scope simply byvirtue of their continental workforces. Accordingly, many UK plcs or UK-basedEuropean headquarters of non-EU multinationals, set up voluntary agreementswhich included UK-based workers and were negotiated with employeerepresentatives which included UK representatives. Note that simply because agroup is ultimately in, say, US or Japanese ownership, does not prevent it frombeing in scope. Two:  When the UK opted backin to Social Europe, it was given its own two-year period – from 15 December1997 to 15 December 1999 – for any employer in scope for the first time toenter into its own voluntary agreement. Therefore, about 125 further organisations came within scope and were eligibleto enter into such agreements. Some, but certainly not all, have done so. As will be appreciated, these organisations have UK workforces which, whenadded to their below-threshold continental workforces, take the group over thethreshold. Some will be major UK companies but also non-UK companies can beinvolved. For example, several Irish groups have found themselves caught byhaving suddenly to take account of their Belfast workforce. Three:  For organisations withheadquarters outside the UK qualifying under the 1994 directive, the expiry ofthe voluntary period in September 1996 brought them into a semi-voluntaryregime. The shape of the EWC agreement itself could still be freely negotiated,albeit within some more clearly defined parameters, the real change being thatthe employer could now negotiate only with a set of employee representatives –the Special Negotiating Body or SNB – elected according to the laws of eachrelevant member state. This third type of agreement may arise either at the instigation ofmanagement or at the request of at least 100 employees or their representativescoming from at least two member states. Four, Five and Six:  Theexpiry on 15 December 1999 of the UK’s special two-year period for voluntaryagreements means a fourth type of agreement can now exist – a semi-voluntaryagreement in an organisation caught for the first time under the EWC directiveby virtue of the Extension directive. If an employer does not respond by setting up an SNB within six months of avalid request to do so, or alternatively fails to conclude an agreement withinthree years of the request, the directive and all local transposing lawsprovide for a mandatory form of EWC, thus envisaging the fifth and sixth typeof agreement under which a UK-based worker could be covered. Who has to set up an EWC and whose law applies? These are important questions given that UK employees can be involved in anyone of so many ways. With voluntary agreements, the EWC directive states thatits obligations do not apply as long as the relevant conditions are met. For a UK voluntary agreement instigated by a UK multinational – that is, inthe 1997-1999 period – that means the English or Scottish law of contract.Other jurisdictions see things differently. France believes there should bemuch less freedom and that voluntary agreements must still comply with theprinciples of the Social Charter of 1989, so voluntary does not mean what itsays. French courts have upheld these principles in terms of issuinginjunctions and fines against Renault when it was not obviously in expressbreach of its EWC agreement. The plant Renault wished to close had to be keptgoing for another year. Of course, many UK employees are covered by voluntary agreements dating frombefore September 1996 or non-UK semi-voluntary agreements and are thus subjectto the laws of other member states. For semi-voluntary types of EWC it is the location of the “centralmanagement” of the employer that will usually decide the issue. For non-EUgroupings there are provisions for nominating a representative agent – that is,an operating subsidiary within the EU to act as the central management. This iswhat UK-based groups did in the pre-opt-out period. In the absence of a nomination, management in the member state where thegreatest number is employed will be responsible and their laws will apply. Doing nothing Note that it is perfectly lawful for an organisation within scope to donothing about an EWC until receipt of a valid request. It may have adisinterested workforce and be happy for things to stay as they are. It willstill have an opportunity to create a semi-voluntary arrangement but if it hashad an acrimonious battle in the meantime, over trade union recognition forexample, it may have lost an opportunity to negotiate an agreement morefavourable to itself. Roger Steel is an employment law partner at Eversheds.   www.eversheds.comContents of an EWC agreementAll must relate to transnational issues so national issues such as wagebargaining or other matters relating to terms and conditions of employment aregenerally excluded. Typically, all types of agreement will contain clauses, invarying detail, about most or all of the following:– An annual meeting with provision for interim ad hoc meetings ifcircumstances arise– A pre-meeting facility for employee representatives to discuss issues toput to management – Provisions for dealing with agenda items and post-meeting dissemination ofinformation – Identifying who is going to be the chairperson and who is to act assecretary – Identifying the terms of office and geographical spread of delegates – Identifying the issues to be discussed, typically: headcount and manpowerplans; product development and introduction of new technology; productionfigures and financial results; prospective acquisitions; disposals and plantclosures; facilities relating to venue, accommodation, travel expenses andtranslations; facilities for experts to assist employee delegates; protectionof delegates from victimisation through the discharge of their function andprotection of the employer’s confidential information.Why employers dislike the mandatory system is because it makes many of theabove requirements compulsory and forces management to report to employeerepresentatives, once a year, on a variety of issues and in writing.Practical issues for employers– Identify and prioritise overlap between the EWC and local consultationobligations, for example on plant closures– Who sets agenda items and supervises the minutes?– Who retains the roles of chairperson and secretary?– Who controls the appointment of experts?– Who decides what information can be kept from the EWC?– How long does the agreement last and can it be amended?– How long do delegates serve, how are they elected, deselected and whatabout alternates?– Which law applies?– Who controls the costs? 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Race to the top

first_img 11Jay Hebert ’18, center, pulls out a victory in the 60-meter hurdles with a career-best time of 8.12 seconds. 5Gabrielle Thomas wins the 60-meter dash with a Harvard and Ivy League record of 7.38 seconds, edging teammate Ngozi Musa ’19 (not pictured) by a tenth of a second. 2Gabrielle Thomas ’19 , left, soars to victory in the long jump. She recorded a collegiate-best mark of 18 feet 9.75 inches (5.73 meters). Nicole Trenchard ’19, right, clears the bar in the pole vault. She tied teammate Lexi Schachne ’16 for fourth place. 8Nicky Maxwell ’19, center, leaves the track after clocking a career-best 9.01 seconds in the 60 meters. James Lin ’16, far left, had a time of 7.49 seconds. 10Autumne Franklin ’16 was in a neck-and neck race, but was edged out at the finish. She took second in 8.42 seconds. Jackie Modesett ’17, far left, finished fifth. 4Spencer Lemons ’16 clears the high jump bar. Lemons won the event with a leap of 6 feet 6.25 inches (1.99 meters), tying a season high. 6Garrett Rouser ’19 (center) and Randy Raymond ’18, far right, round the turn in the 400 meters. Rouser finished fifth in 50.74 seconds, while teammate Raymond was clocked at 51.35. 12Crimson Elite track and field meet. Haley Baker ’17, left, leaps for a distance of 16 feet 11.5 inches (5.17 meters) in the long jump. Allison Morrison ’16, right, gets some good air time in the long jump. She also placed third in the 400 meters. 9Harvard hurdles are stacked beside the track until the sprints are finished. 17Pole vaulter Lexi Schachne ’16, second from right, talks with track and field teammates after receiving flowers as part of a Seniors’ Day celebration.center_img 16Alexander Moore ’18 leads the pack in the 400 meters. He finished second. 7Nikki Okwelogu ’17 heaves the shot put 55 feet 7 inches (16.94 meters), a season-best distance, to win by nearly seven feet. 1Marlee Sabatino ’18 clears the bar in the pole vault. She cleared 12 feet 11.5 inches (3.95 meters) for a new school record. 13Alex Kirby ’17 runs the 400 meters. He was third in his heat with a time of 51.87 seconds. Harvard Track and Field put their best foot forward at the Crimson Elite meet on Feb. 6, with the men topping the opposition and the women finishing second out of 10 teams. On the women’s side, Gabrielle Thomas ’19 and Ngozi Musa ’19 took second and third in the 60 meters, respectively, with Thomas setting a Harvard and Ivy record with a time of 7.38 seconds. Thomas completed the day with a victory in the long jump.Harvard placed three in the top four of the pole vault, led by sophomore Marlena Sabatino’s second-place finish and school-record height. Nicole Trenchard ’19 and Lexie Schachne ’16 also had career-best heights of 12 feet 3.5 inches (3.75 meters) to tie for fourth.Nikki Okwelogu ’17 dominated the shot put, taking first place by nearly seven feet. Autumne Franklin ’16 took second in the 60 meter after being edged at the finish line. Franklin’s season-best mark was just .01 seconds off her career-high.The Crimson men tallied top results in the jumps, with Spencer Lemons ’16, Malcolm Mason Rodriguez ’16, and Efe Uwaifo ’17 all claiming first place. Mason Rodriguez won the long jump with a season-best mark of 23 inches 1.25 inches (7.04 meters), while Uwaifo, competing for the first time in 2016, jumped to 50 feet 5.5 inches (15.38 meters) in the triple jump.Jay Hebert ’18 dashed to first place in the 60-meter hurdles with the second-best in Harvard history. Alexander Moore ’18 placed second in the 400 meters, clocking in at 49.88 seconds, while Max Mondelli ’18 finished fourth in the 60 meters in 6.92 seconds. Both marks were collegiate-bests for the sprinters.In the weight throw, Josh Whitener ’17 took third, while both Matthew Miller ’18 and Andrew Roney ’17 successfully cleared 15 feet 1 inch (4.60 meters) in the pole vault.Nicky Maxwell ’19 made NCAA history in the 60 meters as the first organization-cleared runner with a prosthetic to compete at the collegiate level, clocking a career-best 9.01 seconds.Following the Crimson Elite meet, the teams traveled to Ithaca, N.Y., for the Ivy League Indoor Heptagonal championships. The women captured their fourth Ivy title in a row, while the men finished fifth. Franklin was named the meet’s Most Outstanding Track Athlete after posting victories in the 400 meters and 60-meter hurdles, while also serving on the championship-winning 4-by-400 meter relay team. Thomas had a memorable meet as well, capturing victories in the 60- and 200-meter runs to go with her triumph in the long jump. Okwelogu captured her third consecutive Heptagonal title in the shot put, winning the event by nearly 10 feet.The men’s squad captured a pair of victories in the meet, coming in the triple jump and 4-by-800 meter relays. Uwaifo defended his Heptagonal crown with a jump of 52 feet 2.75 inches (15.92) meters, setting a new career- and Harvard-best. After the meet, 17 student-athletes received All-Ivy League honors, and Jason Saretsky, the William W. “Bill” McCurdy Director of Track and Field/Cross Country, was named the co-coach of the year on the women’s side for the second year in a row. 15Josh Whitener ’17 lets go a heave of 58 feet 3.75 inches (17.77 meters) in the weight throw, good for third place. 14Sylvia Deppen ’17 runs a heat of the 60-meter dash in 7.84 seconds. 3Max Mondelli ’18 runs to a fourth-place finish in the 60 meters at the Crimson Elite track and field meet. last_img read more

Argentina and United States Renew Close Relations after Years Apart

first_imgPresident Obama spoke with young Argentine entrepreneurs at the Usina del Arte in the district of La Boca for over an hour, as he answered questions and elicited surprise from his audience with his frank and informal tone. He spoke about having read Argentine writers like Borges and Cortázar at school, saying that since then he had been curious to try mate. “And I am proud to announce that I just tried mate for the first time,” President Obama said. U.S. President Barack Obama arrived in Buenos Aires on March 23rd to inaugurate a new age in U.S. relations with Argentina. President Obama and his Argentine counterpart, Mauricio Macri, expressed their enthusiasm to work together to bolster security, trade, education, and technology. The Argentine Ministry of Security and the U.S. Departments of Justice and Homeland Security (DHS) signed the “Preventing and Combating Serious Crime Agreement” to facilitate the exchange of information on suspected criminals and terrorists. The Joint Interagency Task Force-South agreed to exchange information with the Argentine Ministry of Security, whereas the Department of Defense invited the South American country to participate in the State Partnership Program so as to cooperate with the National Guard. On the morning of March 24th, presidents Obama and Macri concluded the official visit by paying their respects to the victims of the last Argentine dictatorship (1976-1983). They marked the 40 years since the last coup d’état at the Parque de la Memoria (Remembrance Park), in Buenos Aires’s North Coastal region. “We seek good relations with all the countries in the hemisphere, but obviously Argentina – historically one of the most powerful, largest countries in the hemisphere – needs to be a critical partner with us,” said President Obama, recalling that [the partnership] “is for us not only to help our own people, but also to help promote prosperity and peace and opportunity in the region as a whole.” By Dialogo March 25, 2016 The last time that a sitting U.S. president visited Argentina was in 2005, when George W. Bush attended the Summit of the Americas in Mar del Plata, and during President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner’s two terms (2007-2015), the U.S. share of Argentina’s foreign commerce has been less than 10 percent, the lowest level in the past 80 years, according to Argentina’s Chamber of Commerce. Declassified files In May, the U.S. Department of Defense will hold its first Bilateral Working Group with the Armed Forces of Argentina since 2009. The schedule includes peacekeeping efforts, disaster planning and response, and cooperation in defense of the Western Hemisphere, according to the White House. To reverse that trend, the two governments have announced measures to boost investments and deepen their cooperation in the G-20. “Reflecting significant private-sector interest in Argentina, U.S. companies announced multi-billion dollar investments that will help build upon the more than $20 billion in annual United States-Argentina trade,” the White House said in a press release. “In the coming months, six trade delegations will help U.S. and Argentine businesses identify further opportunities.” The terrorist attacks in Brussels, Belgium, which left 31 dead and approximately 270 wounded, cast a pall over President Obama’s visit to the Argentine capital. Presidents Obama and Macri denounced the attacks and promised to work together to fight terrorism, drug trafficking, and organized crime. “My top priority is to defeat ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) and to eliminate the scourge of this barbaric terrorism that’s been taking place around the world,” President Obama said. Both countries announced the implementation of various bilateral agreements to enable cooperation. “The United States will help build Argentine law enforcement capacity, including through assistance from the Department of Justice related to terrorism and terrorist financing in the Tri-Border region,” the White House said in a press release. After talks in Buenos Aires between presidents Obama and Macri, the White House announced the signature of the Trade and Investment Framework Agreement and support for Argentina’s full participation in the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and other key international financial institutions. Argentine Minister of Defense Julio Martínez stated that President Obama’s visit marks the beginning of a new era for the two countries. “It is our fondest wish that the U.S. president’s visit go as smoothly as possible, and that it be just the beginning of a new stage in the relationship between our countries,” Minister Martínez said on March 22nd, while overseeing the Air Force Defense System at the El Palomar Air Wing. Speaking to civil society “Under President Macri, Argentina is reassuming its traditional leadership role in the region and around the world,” President Obama said at a press conference at Casa Rosada, the Argentine government’s seat. The U.S. leader said he was “enormously impressed” with the work President Macri completed during the first 100 days of his administration to create more sustainable growth and renew Argentina’s ties with the international community. The Argentine Ministry of Security and the DHS also signed an agreement to augment protection measures on board airplanes. Meanwhile, the U.S. Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network signed a memorandum of understanding with Argentina’s Financial Information Unit to intensify cooperation against money laundering and terrorist financing. “The United States will also assist Argentine efforts to reduce drug demand, train Argentine officials at the International Law Enforcement Academy, arrange study tours to the United States for Argentine officials, and provide training by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI),” the White House wrote in a brief. “The FBI will also help Argentina’s Ministry of Security establish a nationwide network of Intelligence Fusion Centers to detect and disrupt terrorism and organized crime.” Both presidents finalized the ceremony by throwing flowers into the Río de la Plata (River Plate), an offering in remembrance of those who disappeared. “This is a tribute to their memory, but also homage to the bravery and perseverance of those whom we remember for refusing to abandon their efforts in the search for truth and justice,” President Obama said, prior to heading to Bariloche, where he rested with his family before flying back to Washington. That evening, the Obamas hosted a formal dinner at the Kirchner Cultural Center that was attended by approximately 400 guests, including business owners and politicians from the government and the opposition party. The U.S. president accepted an invitation from a famous dancer to dance to the famous tango “Por una Cabeza,” by Carlos Gardel (music) and Alfredo Le Pera (lyrics). President Macri highlighted that both countries have a “gigantic” amount of work in common before them. “After years of nearly non-existent relations, many opportunities are now open that could create jobs for Argentines and U.S. citizens,” he said. In a strategic gesture to Argentina, President Obama requested ahead of the visit to declassify sensitive military and intelligence records linked to the “dirty war.” President Obama announced that, at Argentina’s request, he would declassify more. “We all need and are entitled to know what the truth is,” President Macri said, according to AFP. After a press conference at the Casa Rosada, President Obama went to the Buenos Aires Metropolitan Cathedral, where he paid his respects to General José de San Martín – considered the prime leader of the southern part of South America’s successful struggle for independence from the Spanish Empire – and also visited a mural honoring Holocaust victims. Later, First Lady Michelle Obama gave a speech about the “Let Girls Learn” program – a U.S. government initiative to provide young women with access to education – to young women at the Metropolitan Design Center in the district of Barracas. President Macri said that he has been inspired by the leadership of President Obama, whose visit has a special meaning. “We have interpreted it as a gesture of their consideration and friendship at a time when Argentina is embarking on a new journey. We believe that our countries share profound values: respect for human rights, individual liberty, democracy, justice, and peace.” Terrorism and drug traffickinglast_img read more

Home runs by Max Muncy, Cody Bellinger back Walker Buehler in Dodgers’ win

first_imgThat would be May 16 in Miami. Take away that forgettable five-inning start, and Buehler would have a 1.50 ERA to begin his first full season.As it stands, Buehler (3-1) has struck out 48 hitters and issued merely nine bases on balls in 41 innings. After allowing one run in seven innings Sunday against the Padres, his ERA fell to 2.20.The Dodgers recalled Buehler from Triple-A somewhat reluctantly in April, and he remained in the rotation as injuries continued to deplete the starting rotation. Whether Buehler’s right arm has enough innings to stay in the major leagues for the remainder of the season is another question.Roberts has been careful so far not to let Buehler exceed 100 pitches in a start, but he’s never lasted fewer than five innings. Buehler’s efficiency is a boon for a bullpen that has performed inconsistently at best. Could it also help him remain in the major league rotation longer than originally planned?“That’s a conversation,” Roberts said. “A lot of it is on how he feels … how he’s doing, how his body’s responding to the long season. As we get deeper into the summer we’ll keep an eye on Walker. There’s really no hard number for Walker as far as innings. It’s just kind of how he’s feeling.” PreviousLos Angeles Dodgers left fielder Matt Kemp leaps for but cannot catch a ball hit for a double by San Diego Padres’ Jose Pirela during the first inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles, Sunday, May 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)San Diego Padres relief pitcher Adam Cimber cannot catch a ball thrown from first baseman Eric Hosmer during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Los Angeles, Sunday, May 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner, right, throws over starting pitcher Walker Buehler but not in time to get out San Diego Padres’ Jose Pirela on an infield single during the fourth inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles, Sunday, May 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Dodgers’ Walker Buehler, left, is congratulated by manager Dave Roberts after scoring on a single by Enrique Hernandez against the San Diego Padres during the third inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles, Sunday, May 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Walker Buehler throws to the plate against the San Diego Padres during the first inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles, Sunday, May 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)San Diego Padres relief pitcher Adam Cimber throws to the plate against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the third inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles, Sunday, May 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Walker Buehler, right, scores near San Diego Padres catcher Raffy Lopez on a single by Enrique Hernandez during the third inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles, Sunday, May 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)San Diego Padres starting pitcher Matt Strahm throws to the plate during the first inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles, Sunday, May 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Los Angeles Dodgers leftfielder Matt Kemp bobbles the ball, but cannot catch a ball hit for a double by San Diego Padres’ Jose Pirela, during the first inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles, Sunday, May 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Los Angeles Dodgers left fielder Matt Kemp leaps for but cannot catch a ball hit for a double by San Diego Padres’ Jose Pirela during the first inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles, Sunday, May 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)San Diego Padres relief pitcher Adam Cimber cannot catch a ball thrown from first baseman Eric Hosmer during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Los Angeles, Sunday, May 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)NextShow Caption1 of 9San Diego Padres relief pitcher Adam Cimber cannot catch a ball thrown from first baseman Eric Hosmer during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Los Angeles, Sunday, May 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)ExpandLOS ANGELES – At 23 years old, Dodgers pitcher Walker Buehler is young enough to have played Little League Baseball under an iron-fisted pitch count restriction. He never pitched more than two innings at a time in 2016, one year removed from Tommy John surgery. He wasn’t allowed to throw more than five innings in a minor league game until the following May, thrice being removed from a shutout in progress. All of it was a frustrating but perhaps necessary lesson in the value of efficiency.Now, the lesson is paying off.Buehler cruised through seven innings Sunday in a 6-1 win over the San Diego Padres. He left with a one-run lead, but home runs by Max Muncy and Cody Bellinger in the eighth inning turned a close game into a fairly convincing victory.Sign up for our Inside the Dodgers newsletter. Be the best Dodger fan you can be by getting daily intel on your favorite team. Subscribe here.“I don’t think (Buehler) has walked a guy in, in” – Manager Dave Roberts stopped, pausing to recall the last time it happened – “I can’t remember the last start he’s walked a guy.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img How is he feeling?“He’s feeling great,” Roberts said.Buehler said he threw “three or four” changeups among his 93 pitches Sunday. The rest were fastballs, sliders and curveballs. The only run he allowed resulted from a double by Freddy Galvis, a wild pitch that eluded catcher Yasmani Grandal, and a sacrifice fly. By that point in the fifth inning the Dodgers led 2-1, and San Diego never got another runner past second base.The announced crowd of 46,650 was treated to a quick-paced game that ended in a snappy 2 hours, 26 minutes. The Dodger hitters appreciated Buehler’s efficiency, too.“It kind of reminds me of (Clayton) Kershaw how he attacks hitters,” Cody Bellinger said. “He gets the ball, he gets right back on the mound, he’s attacking. It’s a huge blessing. It kind of keeps us on our toes on defense, and that’s always a plus.”Buehler said the Little League rules – he never could have thrown more than 75 pitches in a game until age 11 – forced him to keep count in the back of his mind. As he grew up, he never quite outgrew the counter. Buehler said it’s still helping him maximize his efficiency into his 20s.“I don’t know how it can’t,” he said. “If you’ve got 45 pitches or 60 pitches to work with and you want to go out and win games, you’ve got to get through five (innings). I think that I’ve always tried to be that way.“It’s a positive that I’m able to do it here now. The past couple outings, I feel like I’ve been more efficient.”Short on starters, the Padres traded for veteran pitcher Phil Hughes prior to the game. It happened too late for Hughes to pitch Sunday, so Manager Andy Green tried to sneak a bullpen game past Buehler and the Dodgers. It almost worked.Left-hander Matt Strahm started and tossed two scoreless innings. Submariner Adam Cimber pitched the next two, Kax Makita pitched the next three, and Tyler Webb pitched the eighth.Cimber (2-2) allowed a pair of runs in a 0-0 game and was tagged with the loss. Buehler led off the third inning by punching line-drive single into right field, just his second major league hit. Chris Taylor (2-for-3) followed with a double down the right-field line, and Buehler stopped at third base.The Padres then drew in the right side of the infield with Kiké Hernandez, a right-handed hitter, at the plate. The left side of the infield stayed at normal depth, but the strategy did nothing to stop Hernandez from poking a ground ball into left field, scoring Buehler.The next batter, Justin Turner, hit a hot grounder to Padres third baseman Christian Villanueva, kick-starting a double play. Taylor sprinted home safely with a head-first slide, barely beating the relay from first baseman Eric Hosmer to catcher Raffy Lopez.The score was 2-1 when Webb took over in the eighth inning and allowed a leadoff single to Taylor. Max Muncy followed with his sixth home run of the season, a no-doubter to right field that extended the Dodgers’ lead to 4-1.With one out, Webb walkedi Grandal. With two outs, Bellinger crushed a ball to the deepest part of center field to provide the final score.The win kept the Dodgers (24-28) within 3 1/2 games of the first-place Colorado Rockies (28-25). The Arizona Diamondbacks and San Francisco Giants are also ahead of them in the crowded National League West standings.last_img read more

Algae Advisory Lifted for Black Lake

first_imgFor more tips and information on how to swim safe, fish safe, and avoid common swimming illnesses and hazards, visit the Thurston County Environmental Health web pages at Submitted by Thurston County Environmental HealthHealth officials remind anglers, swimmers and pet owners to avoid lake algaeAn algae bloom in Black Lake that’s been lurking for several weeks has now dissipated, and county health officials have lifted the toxic algae advisory at the popular lake.While the warning signs that were posted at beaches and boat launches around Black Lake are now gone, county health officials remind people and pet owners to avoid any waters with visible algae.“Our lakes are obviously very popular this time of year, but conditions can change quickly, so we want to remind people to look for visible algae blooms and avoid swimming, fishing and recreating in areas where blooms are present,” said Art Starry, Director of the county’s Environmental Health Division. “The same advice goes for pets. Pet owners should also keep their pets out of waters with visible algae.”While not all algae blooms are toxic, some algae can produce toxins that can harm the nervous system, the liver, the skin, and the stomach and intestines.Experts from the county’s Environmental Health Division recommend a few simple tips to help prevent illness from algae:Avoid swimming, wading, wind surfing and water-skiing in waters where algae blooms are present.Don’t drink untreated surface water.Keep pets and livestock out of waters with algae blooms.When fishing, catch-and-release is the safest practice. If you do eat your catch, clean any fish you catch thoroughly if you see algae blooms—before eating, remove the internal organs, which may contain harmful algae toxins.Avoid areas of scum when boating and clean your boat thoroughly. Facebook144Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

Holmdel 2020 Plan Approved

first_imgBy Jay Cook |HOLMDEL – Sixty percent of participating voters checked the “yes” box on Tuesday afternoon to approve the Holmdel 2020 Initiative, a $40.3 million school project designed to upgrade the district’s four schools with 21st century amenities and academic offerings.“Everybody’s really, really excited and energized,” Holmdel Schools Board of Education president Joseph Hammer said Wednesday morning. “We can’t wait to really get into some of these things.”Since March, the Holmdel school district had been pushing the Holmdel 2020 Initiative as a necessary upgrade to the district’s four public schools – Village School, Indian Hill School, William R. Satz School, and Holmdel High School. The project will focus on academic, athletic and infrastructure improvements.Unofficial results tabulated by the Monmouth County Clerk’s Office showed the final count as 1,020 – 675, in favor of the project. Nine of the 10 voting districts in Holmdel had a majority approval. Of the 12,747 registered voters in town, 13 percent came out to vote.Hammer said the voter turnout was greater than anticipated, between 700 and 800 voters was his guess.“Considering it was a Tuesday, on an off-election day, in a four-hour window that had to be done after school, I think it was actually higher than expected,” he said.For Robert McGarry, Ed.D, Holmdel Schools superintendent, it’s a noteworthy accomplishment. McGarry moved into the superintendent’s office on July 1, 2016, and over a year later has provided his new school district with the means for a major overhaul.“I am pleased that the community agreed with our position that our community can’t allow aging and outdated facilities to place limits on what our students are capable of achieving,” he said in a statement.Nearly 90 percent of the $40.3 million is dedicated to Satz School, grades seven and eight, and Holmdel High School, grades nine through 12.Although acting as separate entities, the two schools are actually connected on adjoining properties on Crawfords Corner Road. Satz School’s front office and main entrance will be moved off to the side of the school and those offices will be turned into an expanded media center. Four new science labs will be introduced through construction and repurposing of existing classrooms. An existing health/music classroom will become space for a new robotics program to be introduced into the curriculum.In addition to new science labs, Satz School’s entrance will get a new light-filled front entrance. Illustration courtesy Holmdel BOEAt the high school, the TV Production studio will be relocated to a larger space and a former shop classroom will become a graphic arts and engineering lab.Major renovations to turn existing libraries into fully-functioning media centers at both schools are planned. TVs, private working spaces, collaboration rooms, and lounge areas will all be included.Village School, housing pre-k through third-grade students, would add onto its full-day kindergarten service by providing three new classrooms. A computer classroom would change into a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics) lab, and another classroom would become an art room.Both Village School and Indian Hill School, grades four through six, will replace interior doors, security cameras, old heating and venting units with HVAC systems, and upgrade public address systems, as well as curbing and walkway repairs.Athletic upgrades are also are set at the high school. Roggy Field will receive new turf and new track surfacing, as well as ADA compliant seating and modern lighting. The existing tennis courts will become grassy areas, and the tennis area will move to the main athletic complex behind the school.Because Holmdel 2020 was approved in a special referendum, the school district has $9.5 million in state debt service aid available to help lessen the burden on taxpayers.A Holmdel resident with an average assessed home value of $657,228, would see a $159 tax increase, according to the district.In a statement, McGarry said the school district will work in the coming months to finalize a detailed timeline for the various projects. Construction is expected to begin when the schools close for summer vacation in June 2018. McGarry anticipates all work to be complete by the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year.This article was first published in the Sept. 28 – Oct. 5, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

3 Big Things: Luka Doncic exposed the real Warriors in dominant performance

first_img1. Steve Kerr and the Warriors did cruel things to 20-year-old rookie Ja Morant Tuesday night in Memphis, but as I wrote after the game, their tactics there — in arguably their best win of the year — weren’t going to work against 20-year-old Luka Doncic and the Mavericks.It took roughly two minutes for that to prove true Wednesday in Dallas.As ESPN’s Tim MacMahon noted on Twitter, if you ever wanted to know what Doncic would do against a G-League team, you found out in the Mavericks’ 142-94 …last_img read more

Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Ep. 123 | Cover Crops & Agritourism

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Matt is out this week at the county fair so the podcast duties are left to the broadcast team. Bart, Dale, Dusty, and Kolt have the honors this week all thanks to AgriGold. We get an update on crops from different part of the state and talk about National 4-H Week, and farmers supporting farmers.Featured on the podcast this week, Matt sent back a few interviews. One is with Nathan Brause from Crawford County talking about his cover crops and no-till as well as Cody Beacom with Bird Agronomics talking about cover crops. We also get an update from Peggy Hall on Ohio’s agritourism laws. All of that and more on the podcast!last_img read more

Yes, Randi Zuckerberg, Please Lecture Us About ‘Human Decency’

first_imgGuide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Related Posts dan lyons Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Tags:#Facebook#Mark Zuckerberg#Randi Zuckerberg#social#twitter center_img Interwebs drama of the day: Randi Zuckerberg, sister of Mark Zuckerberg, threw a fit when someone tweeted a copy of a Zuckerberg family photo (see above) that Randi herself had posted to Facebook, the confusing-to-use social Web site created by her strange, reclusive brother. Randi was furious because she wanted the photo to be seen only by her friends, but someone who is friends with Randi’s sister saw the photo on Facebook, assumed it was public, and spread it on Twitter.Randi complained that this was “way uncool.” The friend apologized for her mistake. Lots of people had a laugh about how this just shows again how stupid and confusing Facebook’s privacy settings are, as in, “Hey, even the Zuckerbergs can’t figure this stuff out!”Out Of Proportion?But then Randi took everything to a whole new level of mental when she summed the whole thing up with a tweet: “Digital etiquette: always ask permission before posting a friend’s photo publicly. It’s not about privacy settings, it’s about human decency.” Yes, she said that: human decency. Because this dumb issue about her dumb photograph is that important.It’s so important, in fact, that now Randi Zuckerberg, a not-universally-acclaimed aspiring chanteuse who rocks Silicon Valley with an awesome band called Feedbomb, as well as producer of a terrible reality series about Silicon Valley (See Bravo’s Silicon Valley: The Painful Truth Behind A Caricature Of Excess), as well as sister of the guy who created that beacon of morality known as Facebook, would like to use this as a teaching moment in which she can instruct the world about basic human decency.Let’s acknowledge that Randi Zuckerberg is not Mark Zuckerberg. But let’s also acknowledge that she has benefited tremendously from her brother’s creation.And what is that creation?A company that has made billions by gathering people’s personal information and using it to sell ads;A company whose original privacy statement was a simple sentence but now is longer than the U.S. Constitution and requires a law degree to understand;A company that has continually pushed people to “share” more of their private information in order to use Facebook;A company that just four days ago was criticized by the Electronic Frontier Foundation for yet another creepy experiment that would let people pay money to send mail to your inbox, which is just the latest in a long line of criticisms brought by the EFF;A company that once claimed it wasn’t tracking users when they were logged off, only to turn around and admit that it was, just before someone reported that Facebook in fact had applied for and received a patent on technology that would do exactly that;A company that once got caught trying to run a clumsy covert smear campaign against Google;A company that once settled claims brought by the FTC that charged Facebook had deceived consumers and violated federal law;A company that ran a scuzzy IPO marred by allegations of self-dealing, one in which insiders got info about weak revenues and backed away from the deal even as Facebook was touting the stock to suckers, raising both the price of the shares and the number of shares for sale;A company that has since been the subject of an investigation by the state of Massachusetts. which led to fines levied against its bankers and fears that authorities “will throw the book at Facebook” in 2013 and that “the real liability to Facebook and Morgan Stanley is yet to come”;A company whose Instagram subsidiary recently caused outrage by changing its terms of service but then walked those changes back.Yes, Randi Zuckerberg, speak to us about human decency.Because a photo that you posted on Facebook got shared on the Internet.How awful this must have been for you! How… invasive. What a violation. How terrible that someone might take something that belongs to you and use it in ways that you had not anticipated, and for which you had not given explicit permission!What kind of world are we living in when just because you post something on a website someone else can just take your stuff and do things with it?Oh wait. The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more