Why former MLB commissioner Bud Selig dropped f-bombs in the White House

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailAlex Trautwig/MLB via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Bud Selig presided over Major League Baseball as commissioner for 22 years — a tenure that included a canceled World Series, the steroids era, its aftermath, a dramatic expansion of the league and of the economics of the game. In all that time, Selig, who admits to frequently using expletives, said he only once dropped an F-bomb on a sitting vice president. He recounted getting into a heated discussion with then-Vice President Al Gore in his new book, For the Good of the Game, after he felt that Gore was taking the players’ union’s side during a tense meeting at the White House. “I know I can on occasion drop a lot of F-bombs and do a lot of other things,” Selig told ABC Political Director Rick Klein on the “Powerhouse Politics” podcast, in a special edition recorded the week of the MLB All-Star Game. “It was pretty wild because you know it was the future of the game. We worked our way around it — went through a lot of torture though.” The players’ strike that sparked that exchange resulted in the cancellation of the 1994 World Series and extended into the 1995 season. But there hasn’t been another work stoppage in baseball in the quarter century since, prompting Selig to view that as a step necessary to help fuel the game’s growth over the next generation.“Sometimes you have to go through some agony to get to where you want to get,” he said. “Losing the ’94 World Series was absolutely heartbreaking. But the system was broken. The clubs wanted a [salary] cap. Every other sport had a cap. We have worked our way around it to this day without one, but I guess I think future historians will really view that as something you had to go through to get to where we wanted to go.”Selig said that working with politicians, whom he frequently encountered as the owner of the Milwaukee Brewers and later as commissioner, was a “mixed bag.”He fondly recalled working with former President George W. Bush, once an owner of the Texas Rangers, in the aftermath of 9/11. All baseball games were canceled the week after the terrorist attacks, and during the World Series that followed, Bush threw out the first pitch at Game 1 at Yankee Stadium. Selig called this moment where political leadership came together as “one of the great moments to me in American history” and said he has “high regard” for the former president.On the other hand, he did not mince words describing his working relationship with former Gov. Tommy Thompson, R-Wis., with whom he sparred with on funding for a publicly financed stadium for the Brewers.When asked a hypothetical question about what Selig would change about baseball if he could, he responded saying “ways to speed the game up.” “Games have taken longer. They play it differently today. Relief pitchers are used from the fifth and sixth inning on now,” Selig added. The role of commissioner of baseball can be a lonely job, Selig said, but he added that he “was pretty close to a lot of owners” whether or not they agreed. One individual Selig mentioned was the late George Steinbrenner, who owned the New York Yankees.“We never agreed on much of anything. After all, he ran the Yankees, and I was running the Brewers then of course,” Selig said. “But yet, we were very close friends.” Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. July 9, 2019 /Sports News – National Why former MLB commissioner Bud Selig dropped f-bombs in the White House Written bycenter_img Beau Lundlast_img read more

Red, White and Blue Galore in South End Parade

first_imgThe family dog gets a lift in a patriotic-themed baby stroller during 2019’s Fourth of July parade sponsored by the South Ocean City Improvement Association.  By Lesley GrahamThe south end of Ocean City came alive Fourth of July morning as hundreds of people lined Central Avenue to watch the participants of the annual holiday parade stroll by in the hot summer sun. Onlookers enjoyed the sights and sounds of the parade from the comfort of their porches and beach chairs lining the streets. The Ocean City police and fire departments also joined in on the fun — lights, sirens and all. The parade included bicyclists, walkers, cars and more as they traveled from 40th Street to the playground on the corner of 53rd Street and Haven Avenue. There was even a dog in a stroller sporting its patriotic pride. This tribute to the Ocean City Beach Patrol includes a miniature lifeguard stand.Miss Ocean City and Little Miss Ocean City led the way of cars, followed by the contestants for Miss Night in Venice. Appearances were also made by Mr. Mature America, the reigning Miss Night in Venice and others. Participants got creative in their patriotic garb with everything from streamers to sparkles, sunglasses and sneakers. Families decked out their strollers and wagons in red, white and blue, while other groups created elaborately themed floats ranging from the Ocean City Beach Patrol to “Game of Thrones.” The youngest riders showed little signs of slowing down in the heat, pedaling with smiles and the stars and stripes. There were tutus that sparkled and helmets adorned with flags, as bicyclists rode past spectators waving in the streets. Flag-waving Phillies fans are among the marchers in the colorful procession.Even the onlookers got in on the red, white and blue action with outfits and accessories that rang loud with the American spirit.     Even though it was a hot Fourth of July, many people in the south end of Ocean City enjoyed the longstanding tradition of the parade, which is sponsored by the South Ocean City Improvement Association.A youngster decked out in red, white and blue cruises down the street on his tricycle.last_img read more

Vitamin D’s impact on infection

first_imgA study led by Harvard researchers of Mongolian schoolchildren supports the possibility that daily vitamin D supplementation can reduce the risk of respiratory infections in winter. In a report that will appear in the journal Pediatrics and that has received early online release, an international research team found that vitamin D supplementation decreased the risk of respiratory infections among children who had low blood levels of vitamin D at the start of the study.“Our randomized controlled trial shows that vitamin D has important effects on infection risk,” says Carlos Camargo of Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), the study’s corresponding author. “In almost 250 children with low blood levels of vitamin D during winter, we found that taking a daily vitamin D supplement cut in half the risk of a respiratory infection.”Camargo is a professor in the Department of Epidemiology at Harvard School of Public Health and a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School.Several recent investigations have suggested that vitamin D — best known for its role in the development and maintenance of strong bones — has additional important roles, including in immune function. Studies led by Camargo and other researchers have associated higher vitamin D levels with reduced risk of respiratory infections such as colds or flu, but such observational studies cannot prove that the vitamin actually protects against infection. That kind of evidence must come from randomized controlled trials comparing two similar populations that either do or do not receive an intervention such as vitamin D supplementation. The first such trial, in Japanese schoolchildren, had equivocal results, showing a reduction in the risk of one type of influenza but no effect on another type, so many organizations have called for further randomized trials to settle the issue.Because vitamin D is naturally produced by the body in response to sunlight, maintaining adequate levels in winter is particularly challenging in areas such as the northern U.S. and Canada, which have significant seasonal variations in daily sunlight. The current study analyzed data from the Blue Sky Study, conducted in Ulan Bator, Mongolia, by a team led by Harvard investigators in collaboration with local health researchers. Mongolians are known to be at high risk for vitamin D deficiency, especially during winter, and the Blue Sky Study followed schoolchildren, all of whom were found to have low blood levels of 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25OHD), which is considered the best measure of vitamin D status, at the study’s outset.In the current study, Camargo and colleagues compared the number of winter respiratory infections among a group of children who received daily doses of vitamin D added to locally produced milk with that of a control group receiving the same milk without added vitamin D. The supplement was undetectable so that children, teachers, and local researchers could not tell which group received vitamin D. While blood samples taken at the outset of the study revealed vitamin D deficiency in all participants, with average 25OHD levels around 7 ng/ml (17 nmol/L) in both groups, at the end of the seven-week treatment period, differences between the two groups were significant, with those who received vitamin D averaging 19 ng/ml (47 nmol/L), which although still low was significantly higher than at the start of the trial. Based on reports from their parents, the children receiving vitamin D had about half the incidence of respiratory infections that the control group had.“Our study design provides strong evidence that the association between low vitamin D and respiratory infections is causal and that treating low vitamin D levels in children with an inexpensive and safe supplement will prevent some respiratory infections,” says Camargo. “The large benefit was undoubtedly related to the low baseline vitamin D levels of these children, so I would not expect the supplement to provide similar benefit in children who start with healthy levels of vitamin D. The key question for future research is at what initial vitamin D level would children no longer receive benefit from winter supplementation?”The researchers note that although the vitamin D dosage used in this study (300 IU daily) was higher than the recommended daily dosage at the time the study was launched, since then the U.S. Institute of Medicine has raised the recommended daily dose for children to 400 IU, and other groups recommend daily dosages as high as 1,000 IU for children at risk for vitamin D deficiency. The authors also point out that, although Mongolia may appear to have little in common with the U.S., the low baseline vitamin D levels seen in study participants are relatively common in some groups of Americans, such as African-American children living in northern states.last_img read more

Don’t Miss THE Technology Event coming to Chicago! Dell Tech Forum 11/6

first_imgThe Dell Technologies Forum series is coming to Chicago on Nov 6th 2018 at the The Palmer House Hilton, 17 E. Monroe Street, Chicago, IL 60603. We’re looking forward to seeing you to explore the huge changes driven by relentless innovation, new digital business models and tech-savvy customers.We’ve created a unique environment built to give you direct access to the latest technologies, connect you with your peers and Dell Technologies leaders, and provide you with time to engage in valuable knowledge-sharing. In other words, it’s an event you don’t want to miss. This is also your opportunity to experience the power of seven technology leaders committed to your transformation: Dell, Dell EMC, Pivotal, RSA, SecureWorks, Virtustream and VMware. Come see how our one family of strategically aligned businesses can help you accelerate your business success.Our day will be kicked off by our keynote speaker for the event: Patricia Florissi, Vice President, Global CTO for Sales & Distinguished Engineer, Dell EMC. Learn more about Patricia.View the agenda: Customize your learning experience to meet your business and career needs with 9 Breakout Tracks | 10+ Hands-On Labs | 45+ Sessions across multiple cutting-edge tech topics. Interactive demos, sessions and hands-on labs are designed to give you practical experience with innovative technologies, deepen your technical skills and prepare you for certification exams.A special call out to our Women in Technology! Please join Christine Fraser, Chief Responsibility Officer, Dell Technologies, for an enlightening discussion on advancing women in STEM careers at the Women in Technology session at the Dell Technologies Forum in Chicago. You will walk away with actionable ideas you can take within your own organizations around this effort… be it revisiting your Diversity & Inclusion plans,  taking a closer look at your company’s gender bias or pay policies or simply by connecting with others championing women in IT efforts.It’s Also A Lot of Fun! Don’t miss you chance at winning some seriously cool swag, networking with your peers, and suprises we have in store for you during the event.Got Colleagues? Bring them along to the best technology event that comes to you in your city. It’s as easy as forwarding this invite over to them.Make your transformation real. Save your spot today.last_img read more

Morris Inn receives Historic Hotels of America designation

first_imgThe National Trust for Historic Preservation announced Wednesday that the Morris Inn had been selected as a member of the Historic Hotels of America program. According to a University press release, the Morris Inn was selected for “preserving and maintaining its historic integrity, architecture and ambiance.”A hotel must be more than 50 years old and be designated by the Secretary of the Interior to achieve the status of a historic hotel, the press release stated. “It is a privilege to deliver our signature higher degree of hospitality on this storied campus in support of the University of Notre Dame, and our entire team is thrilled to join the Historic Hotels of America family in our shared mission to celebrate each property’s unique sense of place,” hotel manager Joe Kurth said in a statement to the University.The Hotel was dedicated in 1952 as a gift from alumnus Ernest M. Morris.Tags: Historic Hotels of America, Morris Inn, National Trust for Historic Preservationlast_img read more

5 ways to conquer your fear of public speaking

first_img 113SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for CUInsight.com. John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: www.cuinsight.com Details Whether or not 10,000 hours of public speaking would actually make you an expert, It definitely wouldn’t hurt. Chances are, you’re never going to get that kind of experience. That’s okay. Most of us will never get that much experience doing anything. If public speaking makes you anxious, here a few ways you can overcome your fears and be a better speaker.Practice, practice, practice: With just about any skill, practice makes perfect. Practice alone may not be the cure-all for public speaking anxiety, but it’s definitely something you need to take seriously. You should always practice your speech over and over until you flow from one talking point to the next as easily as putting one foot in front of the other to walk down the street. If you’re using slides, know them like the back of your hand. Be able to anticipate transitions and eliminate any surprises.Breathe: Everyone knows breathing has a calming effect. If you’re nervous about speaking, this is exactly what you need. Take a few deep breaths, do some light stretching, or even go for a short stroll to get your blood flowing.Don’t go off book: If you’ve practiced well, then your material is ready. Adding or changing anything on the spot could make you flustered and confused. Once your train of thought has left the station, it may be hard to catch.Be organized: If you’re using note cards, double check before you step up to speak and make sure you’ve put your notes in order. Just in case, put small numbers in the bottom corners so you can easily find your place without looking confused and lost.Pause: When it’s go time, you’ll be prepared. If you feel any anxiety creeping up on you, throw in some pauses. Pausing will help you regain your composure and may even improve your speech. Pauses can help you with the pace of your delivery, help convey emotion, and can even help your audience better understand the message you’re conveying.last_img read more

H1N1 FLU BREAKING NEWS: Guidance for small business, vaccine updates, G-7 to help developing nations prepare

first_imgSep 14, 2009Feds launch novel H1N1 guidance for small businessesFederal officials today released guidance to help small businesses prepare for the next surge of pandemic H1N1 illnesses. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano emphasized that the most important element is to have a written plan, and the guidance lists steps for doing that. The resource also includes tips for keeping employees healthy, such as encouraging sick workers to stay home, providing for telework, and supplying resources for personal hygiene.http://www.flu.gov/professional/business/smallbiz.html/?date=091409Federal pandemic flu guidance for small businessesGlaxo study supports single dose for adjuvanted pan flu vaccineGlaxoSmithKline today announced that the first results from clinical trials of its adjuvanted pandemic H1N1 vaccine show a strong immune response from one dose, 3 weeks after immunization. The study involved 130 German adults, aged 18 to 60. The antigen content was 5.25 micrograms. Glaxo, the fourth company to report evidence of one-dose efficacy, said it is conducting 15 more studies in healthy adults, elderly people, and children, including infants.http://us.gsk.com/html/media-news/pressreleases/2009/2009_pressrelease_10087.htmSep 14 Glaxo press releaseSebelius predicts early October arrival of first vaccine dosesThe nation’s first doses of the pandemic H1N1 vaccine could be available the first week of October, about a week earlier than expected, US Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said yesterday, the Associated Press (AP) reported. Appearing on ABC’s “This Week” news show, she said the first doses are earmarked for healthcare workers and high-priority groups. She predicted ample supplies will be available by mid October and said vaccine will be sent to states as soon as it is produced.http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hVaB-P6Q2Xqt9vpMEpG64Yq1bTFQD9AMGQH80Sep 13 AP storyG-7 nations vow to help developing nations with pandemic responseMembers of the Group of Seven (G-7) leading economies plus Mexico at a Sep 11 meeting to discuss pandemic flu measures in Brussels agreed to prioritize pregnant women, healthcare workers, and people with underlying conditions for H1N1 vaccination, the AP reported. The seven nations—Canada, Japan, Germany, France, Britain, Italy, and the US—also agreed to share data, coordinate vaccine actions, and help poorer nations fight the virus.http://wtop.com/?nid=106&sid=1760330Sep 11 AP storyICU study: Half of flu patients were previously healthyA review of the first 32 patients with severe pandemic H1N1 infections treated in Spain’s intensive care units found that only half had preexisting medical conditions, though about a third were obese. Most required mechanical ventilation. About 90% of patients had viral pneumonia with severe lung damage, while only one had secondary bacterial pneumonia.http://ccforum.com/content/pdf/cc8044.pdfSep 11 Critical Care studyGISAID re-launches flu databaseA widely used database for influenza gene sequences is available again at the Global Initiative on Sharing Avian Influenza Data (GISAID) Web portal, according to a press release today. In July GISAID’s database administrator, the Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics, removed access after a legal conflict. The Max Planck Institute and A3 Systems developed the new version with the world science community. WHO researchers are using it to select strains for the southern hemisphere’s 2010 flu vaccine.http://platform.gisaid.org/dante-cms/live/struktur.jdante?aid=1131GISAID EpiFlu database platformlast_img read more

President mulls creation of tourism, aviation holding firm, designation of international hub airports

first_imgNational flag carrier Garuda Indonesia has also reported a loss of $712.73 million in the first half of this year after booking a net profit of $24.11 million in the same period last year.As part of the transformation effort, President Jokowi said he would also like to reduce the number of international airports in Indonesia and establish a number of international hubs.“We currently have 30 international airports, but 90 percent of flight traffic occurs in just four airports, which are Soekarno-Hatta International Airport [in Tangerang, Banten], [I Gusti] Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali, Juanda International Airport in Surabaya [East Java] and Kualanamu International Airport in North Sumatra,” he said.I Gusti Ngurah Rai airport and Soekarno Hatta airport are the dominate points of entry for foreign arrivals, with 6.2 million and 2.4 million arrivals in 2019, respectively.The President intends to evaluate the international status of several airports, while transforming eight airports into international hubs, which will include the four airports with the highest traffic.The remaining four airports are Kulonprogo International Airport in Yogyakarta; Sepinggan International Airport in Balikpapan, East Kalimantan; Sam Ratulangi International Airport in Manado, North Sulawesi; and Hasanudin International Airport in Makassar, South Sulawesi.Responding to the President’s statement, Transportation Ministry spokesperson Adita Irawati told The Jakarta Post on Thursday that the ministry was in talks with the SOE Ministry regarding the matter.“We fully support the President’s idea and will take further action to realize it. Currently, we are in discussions with the SOE Ministry and other stakeholders,” she said via text message.Former state-owned enterprises minister Rini Soemarno had previously proposed the formation of an aviation holding company while she was part of the Cabinet.The proposed company was designed to integrate Garuda Indonesia with two state airport operators, PT Angkasa Pura I (AP I) and PT Angkasa Pura II (AP II), but the plan never materialized.Topics : “I think the current tourism downturn is the right moment to start a consolidation and transformation in the tourism and the aviation sectors, and we could establish an SOE holding firm [for] a unified vision,” he said during a limited Cabinet meeting in Jakarta.Jokowi’s proposal comes after the country saw its economy contract 5.32 percent, for the first time since 1999, with the transportation and warehousing sector suffering a 30.84 percent decline from last year, the steepest drop of all sectors.The pandemic has depressed both the aviation and tourism industries, as people stay at home amid social restrictions. The tourism sector is estimated to have lost Rp 85 trillion (US$5.87 billion) in revenue so far this year as the pandemic unfolds, according to data from the Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI).According to the association’s data, the hotel and restaurant industry has lost nearly Rp 70 trillion in revenue, while aviation and tour operators have lost Rp 15 trillion in revenue as leisure travel ground to a halt. President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo announced on Thursday that he is considering forming a holding company for aviation and tourism state-owned enterprises (SOEs), as well as developing international hub airports, to help revive the industries, which have been battered by the COVID-19 health crisis.Jokowi said he aimed to integrate SOE management to improve consolidation and boost tourism, including airlines, airport management, tourism destination operators and hotels.last_img read more

Chemours places workers’ pensions with APF

first_imgFrans van Dorsten, the pension fund’s chair, said Nationale Nederlanden would – in a one-off measure – compensate 91% of the indexation pensioners and deferred participants had missed so far.In addition, the insurer will pay an annual indexation varying from 1.35% to 1.8%, depending on the pension arrangements for the deferred members and pensioners within the pension fund.According to Centraal Beheer APF, the employer will pay €4m for additional inflation compensation for its workers.Thier indexation perspective was already good as the pension fund’s coverage ratio was 130% when the deal with Centraal Beheer APF was concluded, according to the chair.At the end of 2018, Chemours’s company scheme had €1.2bn of assets under management. The Dutch branch of chemical giant Chemours is to place €330m of pension assets of its 475 workers with the consolidation vehicle (APF) of Achmea subsidiary Centraal Beheer.In a press release, APF said that Chemours’ staff pensions will be housed in an individual compartment, which is to receive annual contributions of €7m.Last summer, the pension fund announced it would move €820m worth of pension rights of its pensioners and deferred participants to Dutch insurer Nationale Nederlanden.The pension fund said dividing pension rights of active participants on one hand, and deferred members and pensioners on the other hand across different managers, would make it easier to recover the inflation compensation in arrears for the two latter groups.last_img read more

Jaro fire leaves P180-K damage

first_imgAccording to the Bureau of Fire Protection(BFP), the blaze – which hit the house owned by a certain Lilia – broke outaround 11:15 a.m. on Friday. It was believed that the fire originated froman unattended candle. The BFP declared a “fire out” around 11:33a.m. ILOILO City – Properties worth around P180,000went up in smoke after fire partially damaged a house in Barangay Cubay, Jarodistrict.center_img An officer of the Bureau of Fire Protection checks a house struck by fire in Barangay Cubay, Jaro district on Friday. IAN PAUL CORDER/PN No casualty was reported in the incident./PNlast_img read more