It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson “I understand this comes as a big shock to people,” Froome said in an interview with the BBC published late on Wednesday.“I certainly haven’t broken any rules here.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkCycling’s governing body UCI said an anti-doping test on September 7 showed more than the allowable level of Salbutamol which can be taken without needing a therapeutic use exemption (TUE).The 32-year-old Froome told the BBC he simply upped his dosage on the advice of the team doctor after his asthma symptoms got worse. LATEST STORIES Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set The test is bound to raise new questions about British cycling following the scandal surrounding Bradley Wiggins, who received TUEs to take a corticosteroid in 2011, 2012 and 2013, including before his 2012 Tour de France win.Wiggins and Sky have repeatedly denied any wrongdoing, saying the drug was prescribed to treat a longstanding pollen allergy.In 2008 Italian sprinter Alessandro Petacchi was given a 12-month ban and stripped of five stage wins in the 2007 Giro d’Italia despite having a TUE for Salbutamol, having also exceeded the limit.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Britain’s Chris Froome arrives back at his hotel after training in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, Wednesday Dec. 13, 2017. Froome failed a doping test during the Spanish Vuelta in September and is facing a suspension from cycling ahead of his attempt to win a record-equaling fifth Tour de France title next year. (AP Photo/Joan Llado)Four-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome says he has not broken any rules after returning an “adverse” drugs test result during his victory at this year’s Vuelta a Espana. Froome had twice the permissible amount of asthma medication Salbutamol in his system during the Grand Tour race which he won in September, the UCI and his team revealed on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny “I have been a professional cyclist now, treating my symptoms and racing with asthma, for 10 years,” said Froome.“I know what those rules are, I know what those limits are and I have never been over those limits.”The UCI has asked Froome to provide more information but in line with World Anti-Doping Agency guidelines has not suspended him.“I have got a very clear routine when I use my inhaler and how many times. I have given all that information to the UCI to help get to the bottom of it.” He added the UCI was “absolutely right” to scrutinise the test results.Team Sky said in a statement: “During the final week of the Vuelta, Chris experienced acute asthma symptoms. On the advice of the Team Sky doctor, he used an increased dosage of Salbutamol (still within the permissible doses) in the run-up to the 7 September urine test.” ADVERTISEMENT Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Sky said Froome had declared his use of the medication, adding: “The notification of the test finding does not mean that any rule has been broken.”The British rider, who also won Olympic time-trial bronze medals in 2012 and 2016, was notified of the test on September 20, the day he finished third in the world time-trial championship in Bergen, Norway.He has not competed since, but recently announced his intention to try to win two of cycling’s three biggest races, the Tour de France and the Giro d’Italia, in 2018.‘Not a great day for cycling’Unipublic, the company that runs the Vuelta, refused Wednesday to take a negative stance on Froome saying they were waiting for the UCI to finish their probe before deciding whether to take any action against their champion.“Our position is one of extreme prudence, and it is our hope that the matter will be resolved swiftly,” Unipublic said on Wednesday.Froome won the Vuelta September 10, 2017 finishing 2min 15sec clear of Vicenzo Nibali, who was saddened by the news.“It’s not a great day for cycling and it’s not a great day for him,” said the Italian climber Nibali, who has won all three major cycling tours.“If this positive test is confirmed it will not feel as if I climbed onto the highest step of the podium to be declared champion in Madrid,” said the 2014 Tour de France winner.Froome, widely considered the greatest Tour rider of his generation, is scheduled to race the Giro d’Italia in May 2018 ahead of defending his Tour de France title in July 2018.Sky’s aim for next year was to have Froome enter a clique of riders who held all three Grand Tour titles at the same time, and for him to clinch a record equalling fifth Tour de France after his victories in 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017. 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Are humans evolving? If so, should they? Two recent articles asked these questions as if natural selection is something we should no longer allow to push us around. We should take control of it for our own good. But then, it wouldn’t be natural selection, would it? On the BBC News, Olly Bootle posted a big picture of the elderly big-beard Darwin and asked, “Are humans still evolving by Darwin’s natural selection?” Ever since the father of evolution proposed his theory, “scientists have wondered whether humans were resourceful enough to remove themselves from the grip of natural selection,” he said. Under a photo of a moon-boot print next to a bare footprint, the caption reads, “Could technological advances stop the human species from evolving?” The tone of the article is that it can, and humans should take control of natural selection. Bootle pointed to examples of microevolution in humans – lactose intolerance, changes in height or weight or skin color, increasing life expectancy – and admitted these minor changes are like those Darwin saw: “In any case, the changes were very small and very slow, similar to those at work in Darwin’s evolutionary studies.” But Darwin, we all know, was talking about a far greater world view – the evolution of all life from a primordial cell. Bootle omitted any evidence for that. What, then, of our evolutionary future? “Technology may have stopped some evolutionary forces such as predation and disease, but that does not mean humans have stopped evolving,” he said, inserting a brief doubt whether we can discern our own evolution from the inside. But globalization and technology bring powerful forces into the game: “The direction of our future evolution is likely to be driven as much by us as by nature,” Bootle ended. “We may be less dependent on how the world changes us, but ever more so on our growing ability to change the world.” It’s about time we do, said elderly Nobel laureate Christian de Duve in an interview with Clint Witchalls on New Scientist, who summarized the interview this way: “We have evolved traits that will lead to humanity’s extinction, says Christian de Duve – so we must learn to overcome them.” But why would humans want to interfere with the process that brought them up? De Duve explained that it’s because we are rapidly exhausting our natural resources. Then he summarized the standard view of natural selection as an unguided, uncaring process when Witchall asked him, “You think that natural selection has worked against us. How?”Because it has no foresight. Natural selection has resulted in traits such as group selfishness being coded in our genes. These were useful to our ancestors under the conditions in which they lived, but have become noxious to us today. What would help us preserve our natural resources are genetic traits that let us sacrifice the present for the sake of the future. You need wisdom to sacrifice something that is immediately useful or advantageous for the sake of something that will be important in the future. Natural selection doesn’t do that; it looks only at what is happening today. It doesn’t care about your grandchildren or grandchildren’s grandchildren.This strange series of anthropomorphisms about natural selection was followed by an even more bizarre one, the labeling of this kind of evolutionary short-sightedness as “original sin.” Indeed, that was the title of his latest book: Genetics of original sin (Yale University Press). For salvation, we must “act against natural selection,” de Duve told the interviewer, “and actively oppose some of our key genetic traits.” Witchalls worried that population control (the cause of resource depletion) might be “ethically dubious”. De Duve responded that the number of inhabitants needs to be reduced somehow. “Hunters do it by killing off the old or sick animals in a herd,” he pointed out. But lest he be found to support negative eugenics (e.g., abortion, euthanasia, genocide), he added, “but I don’t think that’s a very ethical way of limiting the population.” If it’s not very ethical, maybe it’s a little bit ethical. What if people in power decide it is very ethical? Would they pay any attention to the advice of an aging biologist? Whatever he meant, he advocated birth control as the best method for population reduction. Giving more power to women, he feels, can also help. Why would that be? “Speaking as a biologist,” he said, “I think women are less aggressive than men, and they play a larger role in the early education of the young and helping them overcome their genetic heirloom.” He did not seem to consider whether it would also decrease warfare and totalitarianism, which seem to have been big players in population reduction, particularly in the 20th century. Did he mean that women should teach the young not to get married and have children? Did he consider whether the aggressive men, after giving women some power, would take it back? Whatever he meant, he remained “cautiously optimistic,” in order to give a message of hope to the young that they can do something about their evolution – although presently “there is not much evidence that this is happening.” Maybe he feels false hope is good for their evolution.You have just witnessed smart people acting dumb. If incoherence is a measure of folly, then please explain how Bootle and de Duve were not incoherent by considering the human mind the product of a mindless, uncaring, unguided, amoral process, then lecturing us on ethics and wisdom. What is ethics in Darwinland? What is wisdom? Take away these concepts from their thieving hands, where they raided the Judeo-Christian smorgasbord of values, and they are empty handed, because they cannot get such things at Darwin’s table. Natural selection is what natural selection does. If it produces a brain by mistake (01/26/2011), or a venomous snake, then natural selection “doesn’t care” one whit, as de Duve himself admitted. “It doesn’t care about your grandchildren or grandchildren’s grandchildren.” It is totally selfish, shortsighted, and uncaring. Ethics and wisdom are defined by what natural selection does, period. If it gives rise to a population that destroys itself, so be it. Happens all the time. Why fight it? Notice that de Duve and his interviewer know about the Bible. They know the Judeo-Christian doctrine of original sin. They feel it. When Witchalls asked him about his use of the term “original sin,” he answered, “I believe that the writers of Genesis had detected the inherent selfishness in human nature that I propose is in our genes, and invented the myth of original sin to account for it. It’s an image.” He quickly added, “I am not acting as an exegete – I don’t interpret scripture.” Well, he just did, and a jolly botched interpretation of Genesis 3 and Romans 2-3 it was. Instead of sticking to his job as a biologist, he followed up his myth information by preaching a salvation sermon with all the fervor of an evangelist: “We must act against natural selection and actively oppose some of our key genetic traits.” As if we could. That’s like telling dogs to actively oppose their dogness. There he goes again, stealing concepts like responsibility, wisdom, and morality from the Christian world view. Christian de Duve is a CINO, Christian in name only (literally). One wonders if his parents had better hopes for him by giving him that honorable name than to see him become, despite his accomplishments in genetics, an incoherent babbler and peddler of self-refuting philosophy. As for Olly Bootle, this is what our education system produces when Charlie worship, the state religion, cannot be criticized: a complete dupe for the Darwin dope.(Visited 41 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 read more
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Department of Agriculture will be sponsoring a collection for farmers wishing to dispose of unwanted pesticides on September 6 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Wood County Fairgrounds (Champions Barn), 13800 W. Poe Road, Bowling Green, OH 43402.The pesticide collection and disposal service is free of charge, but only farm chemicals will be accepted. Paint, antifreeze, solvents, and household or non-farm pesticides will not be accepted.Pesticide collections are sponsored by the department in conjunction with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. To pre-register, or for more information, contact the Ohio Department of Agriculture at 614-728-6987.
In a state of shock and disbelief, the mother of the teenage girl, who was kidnapped and allegedly gang-raped by five men — two of them from the same village — in an under-construction room adjacent to a temple at Mohari village in Haryana, is yet to come with terms of the incident as her faith in “humanity” has been shattered.“What wrong did my daughter do to anybody that they [accused] did this to her… One of the accused is our neighbour… If you can’t trust a neighbour then whom can you trust… My faith on humanity has been shattered,” said the inconsolable mother, who wants speedy trial and strict punishment for the culprits.Main culprits at largeWhile the Haryana police on Monday arrested three accused, who allegedly stood as guards during the assault — the two other key accused, identified as Mellu and Kala, who raped the 14-year-old girl on the intervening night of April 19 and April 20 —are still at large.Also Read Ashok Kumar, sarpanch (village head) of Mohri village in Yamunanagar, with a population of around 1800 split almost equally among Hindus and Muslims, says the incident has brought shame to the entire village.“While the victim should be punished, the incident should not be given a communal colour. We all are living in harmony here. The entire village is standing behind the victim and the family,” he said.Three arrestedSenior Superintendent of Police, Rakesh Kalia, who visited the crime scene on Monday assured that culprits would not spared and would be arrested soon.“Three suspects have arrested while search operation for other accused is underway. A case had been registered under the POCSO Act and various Sections of the IPC including 365/452/506, against the accused,” he said.Mr. Kalia said the incident didn’t occur inside the temple as being claimed in some section of media, instead it was committed in a room near the temple, referred to as dharamshala. Female peon molests girl student, held in Mumbai Indian men have become animals: Bihar Governor The victim’s mother, in her complaint, has alleged that the accused had on April 19, after midnight, barraged into their house, while her daughter was sleeping with her siblings, gagged her and kidnapped her. They took her to a nearby under-construction room on the temple premises and allegedly gang-raped her. They smashed her head on the ground before fleeing the spot, she added, while narrating her daughter’s ordeal.“That night my husband and I were not at home. We work as labourers and had gone to Ladwa in Kurukshetra, to lift grain from the market yard on April 19. When we returned the next evening, my daughter was in pain and started crying, later she narrated the entire incident,” she said.“Traumatised after the incident, my daughter has been asking me and my husband to ensure that the culprits don’t go unpunished and are hanged. We don’t want any compensation but justice and that too quickly,” the victim’s mother told The Hindu.Accused well-offThe victim’s uncle, who lives the next door, said while it is good that the police have arrested three accused, it was vital that the two key accused should not get away.“Both are from relatively well-off families, but we are hopeful that police will investigate the matter in fair manner,” he said.Also Read read more
The Shiromani Akali Dal on Thursday accused the ruling Congress government in Punjab of working against the interest of sugarcane farmers in the State.Party president Sukhbir Singh Badal asked the Amarinder Singh government to immediately announce an enhanced State Advised Price of ₹350 per quintal for sugarcane procurement in Punjab, besides releasing ₹400 crore dues of sugarcane growers.Mr. Badal alleged that farmers were being driven to suicide due to wrong policies of the Congress government.
The Election Commission of India (ECI) has agreed to relax several conditions of the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) to carry out drought relief measures in Maharashtra six days after Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis wrote to them.The poll panel has said it has no objection to relax the norms in view of the public interest involved. The ECI has put only one condition that the staff involved in counting shall not accompany “the ministers on any tour during this period”, A.N. Das, secretary, ECI wrote in a letter on May 5.“As the polling in the entire state of Maharashtra is over, [the election] commission has no objection to the proposal received from honourable Chief Minister, Maharashtra,” Mr. Das said in his response. Mr. Fadnavis had written to the ECI seeking relaxation in MCC to carry out drought relief measures in the State last week. Prior to this, the government had declared 151 talukas as drought affected, and had sought an assistance of ₹4,714 crore from the Centre in this regard. The CM had demanded relief in works related to calling for tenders, evaluation of tenders, finalisation of bids, entering into contracts, and grounding the works as per the annual works plan of the departments. Other works cited were hospital infrastructure works, road works, municipal and panchayat works.The letter from Mr. Fadnavis had also mentioned relaxation provided should be only for those officers who are not on election duty. The tour of ministers in the State had been asked to be allowed for. read more
zoomImage Courtesy: Stena Bulk Swedish tanker shipping company Stena Bulk has been operating a fleet of thirteen IMOIIMAX chemical tankers for a year. An evaluation has shown that the MR vessels have been a success, both in terms of performance and business.“Utilization of and entry into the chemicals market has gone better than expected, and we have secured a good market position that we are continuing to build on,” Erik Hånell, Stena Bulk’s President and CEO, explained.Several years ago, the company embarked on a major SEK 4 billion project, ordering the series of thirteen ships at Guangzhou Shipbuilding International (GSI) in China. The first vessel from the batch was delivered to Stena in early 2015, and the final one in 2018.The thirteen sister vessels trade in one of Stena Bulk’s global logistic systems, which focuses on refined petroleum products, vegetable oils and chemicals. The fleet consists of 60 vessels related to Products & Chemicals and is operated from Stena Bulk’s recently opened office in Copenhagen with support from the company’s offices in Singapore, Houston and Dubai and its head office in Gothenburg.“It’s now been just over four years since we took delivery of our first vessel in the IMOIIMAX series and the vessels have performed beyond our expectations. Both the technical and the commercial concepts have proved to be very successful and have set a new standard for cargo efficiency and bunker consumption,” Hånell added.The IMOIIMAX conceptIMOIIMAX is a vessel concept with a focus on flexibility. It was developed by Stena Bulk and Stena Teknik together with the Chinese shipyard GSI.According to the company, it offers extra large cargo flexibility, a high level of safety and economical fuel consumption.An IMOIIMAX tanker has 18 separate tanks, which provides for large freedom of choice as regards combinations of cargoes. The tanks have a Jotun Flexline coating, which means that they can also be easily cleansed and thus be used for other cargoes to quickly switch between different markets. Furthermore, the IMOIIMAX tanker’s cargo flexibility and ability to quickly cleanse the cargo tanks for different cargoes maximises its capacity utilisation rate.“The vessels perform well in terms of speed and bunker consumption. Additionally, in respect of loading, transport, discharging and tank cleaning, it has technically performed above expectations,” Hånell concluded.With a deadweight of 50,000 tons, each of the sister ships features a length of 183 meters and a beam of 32 meters. read more
The MenWhen she heard someone coming up the stairs at night, she says she knew what it meant.“There wasn’t one face when you’re trafficked, you have multiple faces that are abusing you,” she said. “You are haunted with a blurred version of faces.”She never remembers a brown face, she said, only Caucasian men in her bedroom.She has no idea where her mother found these men, either.While living in the city of Winnipeg for a brief time, Candace remembers one particular perpetrator she’s never been able to drive from her mind.“I remember this one guy who was in the wheelchair, he had to pull himself up [the stairs], and to this day that is still the most terrifying sound,” said Candace.“He was so cruel.”Today Candace will not live in a house with stairs. It is too triggering for her.Candace said she’s never confronted her mother over what happened.“She will never take ownership for anything. I’ve never met another survivor where they said their offender has taken responsibility for it.”Candace said she was proud of fellow Inuk Susan Aglukark for naming her perpetrator during a hearing of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in Rankin Inlet, Nunavut in mid-February.Story here: Inuk singer Susan Aglukark outs her childhood abuse “I think of someone as strong as Susan Aglukark, she named her offender, finally.” Warning: Graphic content is contained in this story below.Martha TroianAPTN InvestigatesEven before she was toilet trained, she said that she was being trafficked by a family member.Her bedroom, she said, was a playground for men in exchange for money.Now approaching 50 years old and a proud mother and grandmother, this Inuk woman is ready to share her story as part of an APTN Investigates and APTN National News investigation into the sexual exploitation of Indigenous women and girls in Winnipeg called, After Tina Fontaine: Exploitation in a Prairie City.After Tina Fontaine: Exploitation in a Prairie CityLike many other stories we heard from survivors of sexual exploitation, some of them have had horrific childhoods, something that can largely impact their later years. Candace is another example of this.This is the first time Candace is sharing her story. “Candace” is not her real name, we are protecting her identity.Candace meets with APTN Investigates Martha Troian in Winnipeg to share her childhood story. Toss-away kidRaised in a middle-class neighbourhood in a small Manitoba town, Candace said family life looked very normal on the outside. But inside her home lived a deep, dark secret.Since she was a toddler, Candace was sexually exploited by her own mother for the pleasure of grown men.“It always happened under her roof. She was the one who brought them in,” said Candace. “I remember I was the Hydro bill, I was the new pair of shoes, I was many things.”It didn’t matter what day of the week it was, Candace was often sexually exploited in the evenings.“Any orifice of my body was fair game,” said Candace, adding she was forced to give oral sex. Still to this day she has a very bad gag reflex because of that memory.“I was living with a very cruel parent.”At five years old, Candace remembers her mother sitting her down on her bed and telling her what a botched abortion was, telling Candace she fit that definition.“I was so useable and such a toss-away kid to her,” said Candace.Because her parents divorced when she was quite young, her biological father was not around.Although the sexual exploitation stopped around the age of 11, after her mother married again and found financial security, the physical abuse did not.“I was beat if I vacuumed the rug in the wrong direction,” said Candace. “It was not a safe place for a child.”At age eight, Candace tried to commit suicide, the first of many attempts.A social worker got involved in the family affairs, but Candace knew what was expected of her.“She trained me so well to be such a good liar, and keep her secret, I didn’t say anything.”“Even going to school you literally held on [to] your persona that very second you walked out your door.” Her catalystAt 16 years old, Candace finally left the family home. As a young adult, she started to experiment with drinking but for the most part, she said she just “ate her feelings.”“When you’re trafficked like that, people pick up how easy you are to use. You’re very pliable, you’re very usable, and you go along with it.”In her early adulthood, she suffered abusive relationships with various partners. She also struggled with trusting people or accepting love and kindness from others.“To this day, my whole goal is to overcome these fears that have become my norm.”She doesn’t understand how her mother could do this to her, calling it unjustifiable.“How these monsters keep you from saying anything is they make everyone around you seem more scary than themselves,” said Candace.“What I’m noticing now is that it’s people who have a sense of power that are able to get away with this [exploitation].”She believes that not talking about who the predators are and holding them to account is what is taking the lives of young Indigenous people today.Growing up she always heard the saying, “now is not the right time to talk about things.”“That time and place bullshit just about killed me,” said Candace. “Everywhere is the right time, every place is the right place to talk about known perpetrators.”Today she is grateful for the strong women who entered her life every so often.“Most of us didn’t have strong women weave in and out of our lives. I did,” said Candace. “I’ll never understand how I got lucky.”Candace said she can no longer see little girls being exploited. Like so many others, the death of Tina Fontaine (pictured) made a huge impact on her.When Tina Fontaine was pulled from the Red River in August 2014, Candace said that was her final straw.“It was Tina Fontaine that woke me up. I thought that could have been me, my daughter,” she said. “Tina Fontaine was my catalyst.”Today Candace is that shoulder to cry on for other women and girls who are now sharing their stories with her.“There’s gotta be voices that are saying, it’s okay to walk away from your parents, it’s ok to go find a safe number to call.”“I just want to see these girls and boys [and] young women and men have a feeling of safety.” read more
Paul Richan0.022 7/18/2017J.D. Martinez11.2Sergio Alcantara0.022 Maybe the Tigers held out for too long before hitting the reset button, trying to extend their window beyond the point of reason. But once it began, this was a conventional rebuild — Detroit flipped their desirable veterans for prospects like teams are supposed to do. Early on, though, the prospects haven’t provided much in return. Of the 17 prospects acquired, only four have made the majors so far, and only one — third baseman Isaac Paredes (acquired from the Cubs) — ranks among the team’s top five prospects according to Baseball America. Most of the prospects are still young, so there’s plenty of time for them to add value in Detroit uniforms. For now, those young Tigers have a lot of ground to make up for the team to break even on its fire-sale deals.Perhaps relatedly, going into the 2019 season, Baseball America ranked the Tigers’ farm system as the 14th-best in baseball. On the one hand, that’s the highest organizational ranking Detroit has had since 2007 and a major improvement after the team ranked among the bottom six nine times between 2008 and 2017. (Blowing up a minor-league system to keep the big-league team competitive is a Dombrowski specialty.) But it’s also behind schedule for the type of total teardowns the Tigers are trying to emulate, such as those executed by the Astros and Chicago Cubs earlier this decade. By the same stage in their respective rebuilds — judging by when each team dipped below 70 wins for the first time in its ramp-up towards contention — the Astros had MLB’s ninth-best system and the Cubs ranked fourth:Detroit’s current farm system ranking improved to 13th after its midseason deals this year, and that’s roughly where the Tigers were (12th) back in 2003. The core of that young group — led by Curtis Granderson — played a big role in leading Detroit to a surprise World Series appearance within three years of its 119-loss catastrophe. That model might be a good one for the Tigers to follow when they are finally ready to compete again. But it’s also worth wondering whether bottoming out has the same competitive advantage now that so many other teams are also doing it. When the Tigers lost 119 games, by contrast, that was 20 more than any other team in baseball. The ‘03 Tigers didn’t mean to build one of the worst teams ever, but the 2019 version can’t make that case as convincingly — and neither can the Orioles or Marlins. Nor can this year’s team claim anywhere near as bad luck as in 2003.As it stands now, the Tigers are currently in the driver’s seat when it comes to the race for next year’s No. 1 draft pick. Though they’ve built one of the worst teams of all time, it will all be worth it if they can use the picks and prospects to get back to the World Series quickly, just like the Cubs and Astros — or even an earlier version of the Tigers — did not so long ago. But if not, are all the losses be worth it? Because no one fan base should be forced to watch multiple 110-loss seasons in the span of 16 years without some World Series swag to show for it.Check out our latest MLB predictions. Justin Wilson1.2Jeimer Candelario3.125 8/6/2018Mike Fiers3.3Nolan Blackwood0.024 Jake Rogers-0.124 7/31/2017Alex Avila2.1Isaac Paredes0.020 The 2003 Detroit Tigers were a shining beacon of bad baseball. This was true both as a team — they lost 119 games, the second-most of any MLB team since 19011Only the comically bad 1962 New York Mets, a 120-loss expansion team, lost more. — and also at the individual level. Hapless starter Mike Maroth, for instance, became the only pitcher to lose 20 times in a season since 1980 (and perhaps the last ever to earn that not-so-proud distinction).And yet, this year’s Tigers might be every bit as awful.The FiveThirtyEight projection model thinks the 2019 Tigers will fall a bit short of the 2003 version’s loss total, predicting 111 defeats for Detroit by season’s end. But in terms of other measures, such as our Elo ratings, these Tigers are astonishingly close to their abysmal predecessors. Through 125 games, the Tigers have an Elo of 1398, which not only means Detroit has wrested the crown of “Worst Team in Baseball” away from the Baltimore Orioles — a title that once seemed impossible for the O’s to lose — but it also makes these Tigers just the 14th team ever to have an Elo under 1400 at this stage of a season. Their Elo is currently within striking distance of the 2003 team, which had a 1387 rating at this point in the schedule, and the current Tigers were slightly ahead of their ancestors in the race to baseball’s bottom as recently as eight games ago:(All of this is true even after Detroit pulled off a shocking win over the Houston Astros Wednesday night, in one of the biggest upsets of the 21st century.)It’s never good to be compared with that infamous 2003 squad — even if the current edition of the Tigers was intentionally built to “compete” with the Orioles and Miami Marlins for the No. 1 pick in next year’s draft. After years of enjoying superstar performances from Justin Verlander, Miguel Cabrera and Max Scherzer, Motor City fans were hoping they’d never again return to the days of Maroth, Bobby Higginson and Ramón Santiago. But history is repeating itself with the likes of Jordan Zimmermann, JaCoby Jones and Jeimer Candelario this year.For their part, the 2003 Tigers were the culmination of a long, steady decline following the breakup of the mega-talented core that won the 1984 World Series (and posted at least 84 wins eight times between 1983 and 1993). After the 1993 Tigers went 85-77, the team wouldn’t go .500 again for another 13 years. An initial rebuild following the 1994 strike yielded 109 losses in 1996 — impressively bad, if mere child’s play compared with some Tiger seasons to come — and the payoff was a team that topped out at just 79 wins in both 1997 and 2000.Then came one of the sharpest downturns in baseball history. Slugger Juan González — for whom the Tigers had traded a number of their best prospects just a year before — left the Tigers via free agency, the team was fleeced in a handful of trades, the farm system yielded little of note, and the rest of the players Detroit staked its future on (Higginson, Dean Palmer, Damion Easley, etc.) all stopped being productive. Over the four-season period from 2000 to 2003, Detroit’s record got progressively worse each year, by an average of 12 wins per season. By 2003, the Tigers were spending a combined $37 million (or 54 percent of the MLB median team payroll that season — the equivalent of $69 million today) on eight players2Higginson, Palmer, Steve Sparks, Matt Anderson, Craig Paquette, Danny Patterson, Shane Halter and Eric Munson. who together generated 0.18 Wins Above Replacement.3Using our JEFFBAGWELL version that merges the WAR found at Baseball-Reference and FanGraphs into a single metric. It was a masterclass in how to turn an average team into a 43-win one practically overnight.The Tigers won five of their last six games to avoid tying the 1962 Mets’ record for futility. But they also needed bad luck to win so little in the first place. No MLB team truly contains 43-win talent — we think? — and the Tigers undershot the record we’d expect from their run differential by five wins in 2003, with another six-win deficit coming from the team’s run differential falling short of its underlying metrics. Add in even more bad luck from players unexpectedly producing career-low numbers,4In a 2014 update of sabermetrician Phil Birnbaum’s classic study of lucky and unlucky teams, I found that the 2003 Tigers had been the 31st-most unlucky team since 1901 in terms of its players all slipping in performance at once. and the 2003 Tigers were probably a team with 55-to-65 win talent and some of the worst luck in baseball history. Manager Alan Trammell, a Tigers legend as a player, deserved better than to manage such a notoriously cursed season of Detroit baseball.A few teams have come close to matching the ‘03 Tigers ineptitude in the years that followed. The very next season, the Arizona Diamondbacks lost 111 games, just three years removed from winning the World Series. The 2013 Astros (111 losses) and 2018 Orioles (115) also made valiant runs at the Mets’ record this decade. In fact, the recent prevalence of tanking teams has created more historically awful teams than ever before: This season alone, our model thinks four teams — the Marlins, Royals, Orioles and Tigers — will each lose more than 100 games.Detroit’s current path to horrendousness was similar — if slightly more straightforward — than the one the team followed 16 years ago. These Tigers were also coming off a period of sustained success, with MLB’s fourth-best record from 2009 through 2014 and three consecutive League Championship Series appearances in 2011, 2012 and 2013 (including an AL pennant in 2012). But by the end of that stretch, Detroit found itself with an old, expensive roster and a bunch of money committed to veteran stars like Cabrera and Verlander. (Though not Scherzer, oddly enough. Then-general manager Dave Dombrowski let Scherzer walk to the Washington Nationals after the 2014 season; all Scherzer has done since then is lead all MLB pitchers in WAR.)After a downturn to start the 2015 season, in which they would finish finish 74-87, Dombrowski unloaded recently-acquired stars David Price and Yoenis Cespedes at the trade deadline and then was eventually relieved of GM duties himself. The Tigers regrouped for one last bid with an aging core in 2016. It worked, to the extent Detroit had a winning record (86-75) again. But the team missed the playoffs by three games despite once again having one of the highest payrolls in baseball. And when the wheels fell off for good in the summer of 2017, the fire sale was on; midseason deals sent away Verlander, J.D. Martinez, Justin Upton, Alex Avila, Justin Wilson and pretty much anybody else who wasn’t nailed down. 7/31/2019Nick Castellanos1.2Alex Lange0.023 The Tigers’ fire sale hasn’t paid dividends … yetAge and wins above replacement (WAR) for notable Detroit Tigers prospects acquired since the 2017 season, plus WAR for veterans traded by Detroit DateVeterans TradedWAR SinceProspects AcquiredWAR SinceAge WAR numbers through Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019.Sources: FanGraphs, Baseball-Reference.com Dawel Lugo-0.824 7/31/2018Leonys Martín-0.3Willi Castro0.022 Franklin Pérez0.021 Travis Demeritte0.124 8/31/2017Justin Upton3.9Grayson Long0.025 Elvin Rodriguez0.021 8/31/2017Justin Verlander12.8Daz Cameron0.022 Logan Shore0.024 Jose King0.020 7/31/2019Shane Greene-0.1Joey Wentz0.021 read more
Click the irreverent headline “All The Lame Recommendations We Got For What To Do In Seattle In 2016,” and you’ll be shown a slideshow of Washington State tourist spots with snarky captions complaining about Seattle as a travel destination. “We have direct access to millions of consumers, so we have both a much deeper understanding of what content resonates with different demographics and also the ability to distribute the content we create at scale,” Josh Stinchcomb, managing director of 23 Stories, tells Folio:. The articles, created by Onion Labs, are funny enough on their own. Most are only tangentially related to the advertiser, whose branding and banner ads appear multiple times on each article. It’s the type of content readers expect when they go to read The Onion. Minnesota is never mentioned, but the state’s sponsorship of the article actually makes the joke funnier. Just as Onion Labs promises to give clients access to its niche audience, native partnerships with Facebook allow for unparalleled insight into the Facebook audience — all within the attractive narrative package of editorial at The Onion. But ad fatigue goes beyond The Onion. Recent studies have found that the majority of digital natives have contempt for conventional advertising. A May 2016 Harris Poll conducted for Lithium found that 74 percent of 16 to 39 year olds dislike targeted social media ads, and 56 percent of this group reportedly cut back or cut out social media use in response to advertisements. In the “Special Coverage” section three-fourths of the way down TheOnion.com sits a set of articles sponsored by Explore Minnesota. “Essentially, clients can leverage our creative and production services, then use our content to run on any of their media channels,” Scott says. This can include partnerships with social media companies, who are often charged with taking away ad revenues from hungry publishers. Onion Labs is partnered with Facebook Anthology to create native-style ads with data insights provided by Facebook’s own in-house creative team, the Creative Shop. In one campaign for Progressive Insurance, Onion Labs created a fake TV network called the Grown Up Network. Using Facebook Anthology, they targeted the ads specifically at people who have posted on the social network about a big life change. “We can create comedic content that we know will hit our audience better than just another commercial,” Julie Scott, general manager of Onion Labs, Inc., tells Folio: “Because your target audience isn’t watching commercials. They’re reading The Onion.” Ad blocking is also on the rise. A November PageFair survey found that ad blockers have 18 percent penetration in the U.S., almost entirely on desktops, but increasingly on mobile devices worldwide. Additionally, 29 percent of U.S. ad block users said they use the tool to prevent interruptions by ads. “Beyond that, our access to editorial talent gives us advantages in story-telling capability and the ability to coordinate content development efforts across branded content and editorial.” At Condé Nast, where Stinchcomb says branded content makes up 15 percent of advertising revenues, one campaign can be tailored to fit the voice of any or all of the publisher’s 22 titles. One such campaign with Chevy included over 70 pieces across six different magazines. “Determine what role you play for consumers and then make your partners an additive part of that experience,” Stinchcomb says. The Onion, which launched in 1988 as a weekly newspaper, reports an average of 30 million monthly unique visitors, most of whom come in search of satirical coverage of current events. It’s a compelling but difficult audience for advertisers to reach on their own: critical of media and drawn to a voice that’s in on the joke. A slide from Onion Lab’s anti-Seattle article sponsored by Explore Minnesota. So how do you sell to people who aren’t interested in being sold to? At 23 Stories, the content marketing arm of Condé Nast, it comes down to a combination of audience data and editorial insight that other advertising agencies don’t have access to. A native video produced by Glamour showed singer Michael Bublé surprise a fan with a ride in a Chevy Malibu. The 2 minute and 46 second video generated 11 million minutes of consumption online, and 120,000 social actions. Scott mirrors Stinchcomb’s sentiment, saying that effective content marketing involves leveraging your editorial niche. But that doesn’t mean magazine marketing services need to keep content at their publication. Onion Labs creates content across client channels, from broadcast and radio, to other digital outlets. read more