Orel Hershiser zeroed in on MLB record 25 years ago

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “It’s a rhetorical question. Just like people who meet me think I’m in the Hall of Fame. I never correct them. Why disappoint them?”Don’t be disappointed to learn that, for the record, the streak is 59 and doing fine.Also to make clear: Hershiser hasn’t made the Hall of Fame. At least as far as he can recall.“Days are long, years are short, I can’t believe I’m actually retired,” said Hershiser, who just turned 55 — his old uniform number.Working the past nine years as a game analyst for ESPN, a candidate to someday join the Dodgers’ broadcasting crew on a regular basis, Hershiser will forever be the boyish symbol of the 1988 Dodgers title team and linked with the grizzled Hall of Famer Drysdale, able to surpass his mark as if everyone stayed on a pre-written Hollywood script. For starters, Hershiser had to throw five complete-game shutouts between Sept. 5 in Atlanta and Sept. 23 in San Francisco just to get in the neighborhood.Close calls? Nothing like the one against the Giants that appeared to end the whole thing at 42, only to have umpire Paul Runge decide San Francisco’s Brett Butler went too far out of the baseline to break up a double play at second, erasing a run and ending the inning.That fed directly to the night in San Diego — Sept. 28, 1988, his last start of the season before the playoffs — in a contest that only some 22,000 actually saw at the park because it wasn’t televised.Hershiser had to throw nine scoreless innings to tie it, 10 to break it, or else face the possibility of having to make a relief appearance in the final four games to do it.That meant his teammates couldn’t score a run and Padres pitcher Andy Hawkins had to match him with zeros.And that’s how it somehow happened.“You know about the baseball superstition when no one talks to a pitcher throwing a no-hitter?” said Tim Leary, Hershiser’s teammate on that ’88 team who had 17 victories himself and actually struck out more batters during the regular season. “No one would talk to Orel about it.“And during that game in San Diego, we were trying to score. If we could have won that game 10-0, we would have and it would have been fine. But as things happened, it was just magical that it did go extra innings, and that was a record that was apparently made to be broken.”When Dodgers right fielder Jose Gonzalez caught a fly ball hit by Padres pinch-hitter Keith Moreland with the winning run on third base in the bottom of the 10th, Hershiser got down on one knee and gave thanks.That pushed him past Drysdale’s record of 58, which had been referred to as going 58 2/3 until statistical adjustments were made to throw out the fractions.Hershiser, as if it was in a Hallmark Channel movie, was then embraced in the dugout by Drysdale, the Dodgers’ broadcaster working that game, with Vin Scully in the booth calling the play-by-play, who was freed up to go downstairs.And even though the contest wasn’t over — Hershiser’s night was, but the game ended up going 16 innings before the Padres won, 2-1 — the two were escorted to a media room to hold a news conference.Too many surreal things to recall during a month of Dodger miracles, and even more to come.In 1968, Drysdale threw six consecutive shutouts between May 14 and June 4. He had four more scoreless innings June 8 against Philadelphia before the streak ended on a sacrifice fly.That broke a record held for 52 years by Walter Johnson — the Hall of Famer threw 55 2/3 innings. Assume those last 2/3 have also been erased.How Hershiser, whom manager Tommy Lasorda had already dubbed “Bulldog,” was able not to just seize a moment, but the entire month of September, is astounding to this day.“Some people are so mentally strong they can just will things to happen, like a Muhammad Ali,” said Leary, a Santa Monica native who remembers attending the June 4, 1968 game in which Drysdale shut out Pittsburgh 5-0 — the same night presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated not very far away.“Orel just never made a mistake. Everything he threw was at the knees or below. He was more than just in a zone. Real precision. Every hit he gave up was just a jam-shot flare, or a grounder that got through the infield somehow.”The cerebral Hershiser agrees that “I was always just a ‘good’ pitcher, not a ‘great’ one. I think about it now. I didn’t have a 97 mph fastball or an unbelievable curveball. I had the sinker, and I figured out a way to win. I thought through it all.”With Mike Scioscia as his primary receiver and orchestrator — although Rick Dempsey did catch one game during the streak — Hershiser was truly the master of the house, an entrance song Dodger Stadium organist Nancy Bea Hefley played for him from the Broadway play, “Les Miserables.”Hershiser laughs when asked if he can play that game over in his mind.“I’m not that kind of a player who sits down and has a beer and talks old times,” he said. “I’ve got enough things to remember in my head these days, running seven businesses, trying to keep up with all the ESPN things.”Most of Hershiser’s remembrances of that streak are chronicled in “Out of the Blue,” a book he wrote with Jerry Jenkins soon after that season. He recalled Drysdale interviewing him on KABC radio.“Even though I had retired 19 Padres on groundballs and was probably as sharp as I had been all year, I would not get a decision in the game,” Hershiser wrote. “It would not count as a shutout or a complete game, even though it was really more impressive than either (of the previous five). …“The streak had been a dream, but I was glad it was over for 1988. All those innings wouldn’t mean a thing when Mookie Wilson came to the plate for the Mets in the first game of the National League Championship Series.”Hershiser actually continued the scoreless streak into the playoffs, although it wasn’t added to the record number. He posted eight more zeros against the Mets in Game 1 of the NLCS at Dodger Stadium on Oct. 4 until Darryl Strawberry’s double scored a run in the top of the ninth. Jay Howell came in on relief, and couldn’t hold a 2-1 lead.On the second day of the 1989 season in Cincinnati, Hershiser gave up an unearned run in the first inning (thanks to his own error) in an eventual 4-3 loss, starting the season 0-1.He had half as many shutouts in ‘89 — four, instead of eight — and had only two more in the 11 seasons after that.He never really came close to matching that scoreless innings mark in a career that was derailed for a time by shoulder surgery. He left to play in Cleveland (World Series appearances in ’95 and ’97), San Francisco and with the New York Mets before circling back to finish his career as a 41-year-old Dodger starter in 2000. In his final six starts in L.A., he allowed 36 earned runs in 24-plus innings for a 13.14 ERA and 1-5 mark.With 204 career wins and a 3.48 ERA in more than 3,000 innings, Hershiser’s place in the Dodgers all-time record books includes 10th overall in wins (135), 16th in ERA (3.12), sixth in strikeouts (1,456) and ninth in shutouts (24, one more than Bob Welch).As much as Hershiser is a collector of sports memorabilia — he says he has his jersey and spikes from the record-setting game — he only recently gave up possession of the ball that Gonzalez caught for the last out. ESPN’s Keith Olbermann, a sports anchor at KCBS-Channel 2 at the time, bought it six months ago.
Hershiser has also given up trying to predict if that mark of 59 will ever be eclipsed. Very few starters, or relief pitchers, have even reached as many as 30 scoreless innings in the time since then.“Sometimes, I think it’s gotten harder, sometimes it seems easier,” he said.“When they tightened the strike zones, built new smaller ballparks, when hitters were, shall we say, more juiced, then it was a record that was much harder to break,” he said. “Now that there’s drug testing, it makes it a little easier I suppose.“I do think it’s possible to break, though. If I could do it, I’d think someone else could. In fact, I actually hope someone breaks it so they can enjoy what baseball is at that level. It would be so cool, if that guy would call me and ask me to be there at the game when he breaks it.”Maybe by that point, Hershiser will actually be a bona fide Hall of Famer.center_img Sure, 25 years later, people still come up to Orel Hershiser and ask him about his record consecutive scoreless innings streak.Sometimes it starts with: How many innings was it again?“I’m at a point where I’m not sure anymore, after they (the Major League Baseball official stat keepers) changed Don Drysdale’s number right in the middle of everything,” said the Dodgers’ 1988 Cy Young Award winner.“It feels like I’ve been told the wrong number so many times. People say, ‘You still have that world record, right?’last_img read more

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Miami-Dade bans lap dances, on-site alcohol consumption after midnight

first_imgThe Miami-Dade County emergency order now bans lap dances at adult clubs, as well as the sale of alcohol to be consumed on-site after midnight.The changes, set to go into effect at midnight on Tuesday, are part of an ongoing effort to help stem the spread of COVID-19.According to the amendment, dancers will be required to stay at least 10 feet away from customers at all times, and it prohibits any establishment in the county to sell alcoholic beverages for on-site consumption between midnight and 6 a.m.last_img read more

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easyJet makes it easier

first_imgEuropean low-cost airline, easyJet, hopes to improve passenger travel experience with its rollout of iBeacon, a Bluetooth low-energy (BLE) wireless technology designed to provide location-based information and services to iPhones and other iOS 7 devices.The technology is being trialed at London Luton, London Gatwick, and Paris Charles De Gaulle Airports, and uses the passenger’s Bluetooth signal to identify their proximity to the beacon – allowing the delivery of timely and helpful notifications to passenger’s mobiles at designated stages of the airport journey.As Peter Duffy, Commercial Director for easyJet, puts it, “This is another example of how easyJet is innovating to make travel easier for passengers across Europe. By becoming the first airline to trial iBeacons across Europe we can help speed up the airport journey and provide assistance to our passengers making it even easier to fly easyJet.”easyJet is just the third airline to deploy the potentially revolutionary technology, following the lead of Virgin Atlantic and American Airlines. While easyJet’s introduction of the iBeacon is simply a trial, the airline is optimistic that the system will ultimately become standard equipment.last_img read more

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Google Integrates BigQuery with Google Apps Script and Google Spreadsheets

first_imgklint finley How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? “Assuming it does what it says on the label, this opens up a lot of technology problems to bootstrapped startups that previously required serious funding to tackle,” big data expert and frequent ReadWriteWeb contributor Pete Warden told us when BigQuery and the Prediction API were first announced at Google IO last summer.For more information on BigQuery, check out Rohit Garg’s First look at Google BigQuery. Garg explains how it works and what some of the limitations are.Google also recently updatedGoogle Refine, a tool for cleaning up messy datasets. Together BigQuery, Prediction API and Refine could make a powerful toolset for big data analysis. Google is integrating its BigQuery web service with Google Apps Script and Google Spreadsheets. BigQuery enables developers to use Google’s infrastructure to run SQL-like queries on very large datasets. By combining BigQuery with Apps Script and Spreadsheets, users will now be able visualize big data. Unfortunately BigQuery is still in a preview stage, with access limited to a few test users. However, when this stuff hits the public it could go a long way towards the democratization of big data. Tags:#hack#Tools 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… Related Posts Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid Why You Love Online Quizzeslast_img read more

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La Salle bounces back, clobbers UST

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. La Salle remained in second seed with a 4-1 record behind undefeated Ateneo.Green Archers assistant coach Miggy Solitaria said their win all depended on the team’s ball movement and stingy defense that has been La Salle’s staple since Aldin Ayo took over.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We played unselfish basketball and we had 26 assists the whole game and it was very impressive because it was a very fast-paced game,” said Solitaria.The Green Archers bamboozled the Growling Tigers on the defensive end and forced the latter to turn the ball over 35 times, leading to 37 points for La Salle. Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES Giants’ Beckham fined $12,154 for ‘dog pee’ TD celebration Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Read Next MOST READ LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight La Salle built an 18-point lead, 60-42, at the break in what became as the Green Archers’ foundation until the final buzzer.Ben Mbala had a game-high 29 points with nine rebounds and three blocks to lead the Green Archers while Andrei Caracut orchestrated the La Salle offense and finished with 14 points and five assists.Wendell De Guzman led UST with 18 points, a career-high, while Steve Akomo finished with a 15-point, 13-rebound double-double.ADVERTISEMENT Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDefending champion La Salle went back to its dominating ways and wallopped University of Santo Tomas, 115-86, in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.After losing to University of the Philippines, 98-87, last week, the Green Archers vented their frustration on the miserable Growling Tigers, who have yet to win in six matches in what became as the team’s worst start since the 1993-1994 academic year.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHlast_img read more

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Racing news and tips: Marsha and Lady Aurelia set for Breeders’ Cup rematch

first_imgHorse racing tips Morris and Prescott will also be making their debuts at the Breeders’ Cup meeting, in a race in which Marsha will be chasing the richest prize of her career. The Turf Sprint, which has yet to be won by a European-trained runner in eight previous runnings, is worth $550,000 (£416,000) to the winner, more than twice the £198,000 that Marsha earned for her owners in the Nunthorpe.“We were offered a place [under the Win-and-you’re-in scheme] after York,” Dan Downie, Elite Racing Club’s manager, said on Wednesday. “We didn’t want to say anything until after Chantilly [where Marsha was second in the Prix de l’Abbaye], and we just made the final decision earlier this week.“It doesn’t look the strongest division [in US racing] and that was another reason that we felt she’d got nothing to lose. It’s going into the unknown travelling her over there, and it’s five furlongs at Del Mar, but she’s done everything so far and we think she’s obviously very smart and should take her chance.“It’s great for the Club to have a runner at that meeting. We were meant to have one a couple of years ago but it rained at Santa Anita and she was a late withdrawal. There are 10,500 members in the Club now and it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and the last time she will run in our colours as she will be going to the sales afterwards.”Marsha and Lady Aurelia are likely to have several pounds in hand of next month’s field in terms of ratings, and Downie is looking forward to the possibility of a rematch. Read more Reuse this content One of the most dramatic Group One finishes of the Flat season could have a sequel in California next month after Marsha, who beat Lady Aurelia by a nose in the Nunthorpe Stakes at York in August, was committed to a final run for the 10,500-strong Elite Racing Club in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint at Del Mar on 4 November. Sir Mark Prescott’s filly will be the Club’s first runner at the meeting, and heads to the December bloodstock sales a few weeks later.Frankie Dettori, who rode Lady Aurelia at York, was so convinced that he had beaten Marsha that he punched the air in celebration a stride after the line, and said afterwards that he was “dazed” to discover that Marsha and Luke Morris had got up in the final stride to win by the minimum margin. Lady Aurelia, who is trained in the US by Wesley Ward, is also being trained for the Turf Sprint and is 11-8 favourite to gain her revenge in San Diego, with Marsha on offer at 5-1 with several bookmakers to confirm the York form. “We thought we ought to try again to see if we can beat her by a bit further this time,” he said. “I saw her on Monday and I have to say she looked fantastic. You’d want them both to arrive in top form and both to run their race and it will be a real spectacle, hopefully.”Bryan Cooper suffered an unfortunate start to his new role as Alan Potts’s retained jockey in Britain on Wednesday, when he was unseated from the second of his two rides at Ludlow, just as he appeared to be moving into contention. Mick Thonic jumped the third-last fence well but then stumbled on landing, giving Cooper little chance to stay in the saddle.Earlier on the card, Cooper was last of 12 finishers aboard Exxaro in the card’s feature handicap chase, after his mount made several jumping errors.Ayr racecourse, which lost all three days of its biggest Flat meeting in September due to a patch of waterlogged ground, will stage a precautionary inspection at 8am before its final Flat card of the season on Thursday. The meeting is due to be run on the hurdles course and the going was heavy, soft in places on Wednesday with more rain forecast during the day.Thursday’s tips, by Chris CookAyr 2.00 Soldier’s Minute, 2.30 Ingleby Angel, 3.05 Green Howard, 3.35 Jay Kay, 4.05 Druid’s Diamond, 4.40 Mixboy (nap), 5.10 Bo Bridget.Chelmsford City 5.45 Alaska, 6.15 Pretty Baby, 6.45 Rua Augusta, 7.15 Boynton, 7.45 Valley Of Light (nb),8.15 Master Of Heaven, 8.45 The Juggler, 9.15 Knight Commander.Exeter 2.10 Enniscoffey Oscar, 2.45 Good Man Pat, 3.15 Pengo’s Boy, 3.45 Triple Chief, 4.20 Wotzizname, 4.50 Minella Treasure, 5.20 Sandy Cove.Worcester 1.50 Dusky Legend, 2.20 Lambeau Field, 2.55 Cereal Killer, 3.25 Shoal Bay, 3.55 Counter Shy, 4.30 Kings Ryde, 5.00 Sissinghurst, 5.30 State The Obvious. Support The Guardian ‘Filly of a lifetime’ Enable remains in training, to Frankie Dettori’s delight news Share on Messenger Share via Email Share on Facebook Since you’re here… … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on WhatsApp Topics Breeders’ Cup Horse racing Share on LinkedIn Read more Bryan Cooper set for regular British races after joining Alan Potts’s stable Share on Twitter Share on Pinterestlast_img read more

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Waymo rolls out autonomous vans without human drivers

first_imgDETROIT – A self-driving car company created by Google is pulling the human backup driver from behind the steering wheel and will test vehicles on public roads with only an employee in the back seat.The move by Waymo started Oct. 19 with an automated Chrysler Pacifica minivan in the Phoenix suburb of Chandler, Arizona. It’s a major step toward vehicles driving themselves without human backups on public roads. The company also said it would launch a ride service to compete with Uber and Lyft.Waymo, which is owned by Google’s parent company Alphabet, is in a race with other companies including Delphi, General Motors, Intel, Uber, Apple and Lyft to bring autonomous vehicles to the public. The companies say the robot cars are safer than human drivers because they don’t get drowsy, distracted or drunk.Google has long stated its intent to skip driver-assist systems and go directly to fully autonomous driving. The Waymo employee in the back seat won’t be able to steer the minivan, but like all passengers, will be able to press a button to bring the van safely to a stop if necessary, Waymo said.Within a “few months,” the fully autonomous vans will begin carrying volunteer passengers who are now taking part in a Phoenix-area test that includes use of backup drivers.The company says the self-driving ride service will be the first application of the technology.“We want the experience of travelling with Waymo to be routine, so you want to use our driver for your everyday needs,” Waymo CEO John Krafcik said prepared remarks announcing the test Tuesday at a conference in Portugal.The company intends to expand the testing to the entire 600-square-mile (1,500-square-kilometre) Phoenix area and eventually bring the technology to more cities around the world. It’s confident that its system can handle all situations on public roads without human intervention, Krafcik said.“Our system runs thousands of checks on itself every second,” he said. “With these checks, our systems can instantly diagnose any problems and pull over or come to a safe stop if needed.”The company also says it has redundant braking, steering, power and computing systems so it never has to rely on a human driver.Sam Abuelsamid, senior analyst for Navigant Research, says Waymo’s tests without a human backup are the first to his knowledge on public roads at normal speeds. The company picked Phoenix because weather conditions are ideal for testing with no snow and little rain, he said, adding that Waymo knows its system isn’t ready yet for inclement weather even with camera, radar and laser sensors.“This demonstrates Waymo’s confidence in the ability of these vehicles to function at least in this environment,” Abuelsamid said.He said he expects General Motors and its Cruise Automation autonomous vehicle unit to be the next to announce testing without human backups, followed by auto parts maker Delphi, which recently acquired Massachusetts Institute of Technology self-driving software startup nuTonomy.Waymo wouldn’t say how many vehicles will be in the initial test or exactly how wide an area it will cover. The test will take place in a small area at first, then spread to portions of five cities and 100 square miles (260 square kilometres) in the Phoenix area. Eventually it will go to whole metro area.The company also wouldn’t say how many minivans are taking part in the initial testing. It has a fleet of 100 autonomous vans in Phoenix, with plans to add 500.Waymo says it has an operations team that can answer questions from the cars’ computers, but the cars will make driving decisions.The company said it has been testing its autonomous systems for the past eight years with more than 5 million miles logged on public roads.Waymo is hoping to infuse its technology into ride-hailing services such as its current partner, Lyft, and big-rig trucking companies. It also intends to license its automated system to automakers such as Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, which makes the Pacifica minivan.last_img read more

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Kochs warm to Trump policies not behaviour

first_imgINDIAN WELLS, Calif. – For the Koch brothers and their powerful donor network, the trouble with President Donald Trump isn’t what he’s doing. It’s how he’s doing it.Huddled at a private retreat in the California desert, the conservative movement’s moneyed elite worried aloud this weekend that the Republican president’s undisciplined behaviour is clouding his achievements — and making it harder for the GOP to protect its grip on Congress heading into the 2018 midterms.“President Trump is not helping get many Republicans elected,” said Tom Shepherd, a Cincinnati-based businessman who joined roughly 550 Koch donors at a private retreat in the California desert this weekend. “I think he’s doing more harm than good because he’s distracting people from the good work which is happening, which is either happening because of him or in spite of him.”The frustration with the unorthodox president comes as the Kochs begin to implement their strategy to protect Republican majorities in the House and Senate this fall.The GOP has no more powerful ally than the vast political and policy network assembled by the Midwestern industrialist icons, long demonized by the left and revered by the right for their short- and long-term efforts to reshape American politics and culture.The Koch network’s chief lieutenants renewed their vow this weekend to spend up to $400 million on politics and policy to shape November’s midterm elections nationwide.That’s more than the combined resources spent by the Republican National Committee, the National Rifle Association and the Chamber of Commerce in the 2016 election cycle.They outlined plans on Monday to spend big on political advertising now through the end of July on as many as 14 key Senate races and 15 gubernatorial elections. Their goal: Flood the airwaves with political messaging early to help shape voters’ opinions long before the election season’s final months.“We need to be on offence starting now,” said Emily Seidel, CEO of the Kochs’ political arm, Americans for Prosperity.She said the network has already decided to play in Senate contests in Wisconsin, Indiana, Missouri and Florida — all seats held by vulnerable Democrats. They expect to be active in many more. And on governor’s races, they’re targeting Nevada, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan and Florida to start.The investment includes $20 million to help sell the recently adopted tax overhaul to a skeptical American public through a series of public rallies, phone banking and paid advertising.Despite the extraordinary investment, the men and women who filled the luxury resort outside Palm Springs for a three-day retreat that ended Monday acknowledged a difficult road ahead.Some blamed history more than the regular distractions from Trump. The party in the White House traditionally struggles in the first midterm election of a new presidency.“It’s a challenge regardless of the president,” said Tim Phillips, president of Americans for Prosperity.But the donors who pledged at least $100,000 this year to the Koch network — there were an estimated 550 on hand this weekend — were less cautious when asked about the president’s leadershipMany opposed his candidacy before the 2016 election. The Kochs refused to endorse Trump, fearing that his style and policies might undermine conservative priorities.“I didn’t support him,” said Frank Baxter, a retired investment banker from California who served as the ambassador to Uruguay under former President George W. Bush. “The results are kind of changing my mind.”Like others, he praised the tax overhaul, Trump’s judicial appointments and regulatory cuts. He added, “I still don’t like what he says or does.”Gary Lynch, whose Iowa livestock business employs roughly 700 people, said he and his business have benefited from the Republican tax overhaul. He said, however, that Trump’s behaviour “doesn’t help” his party promote the benefits of the plan.“He hasn’t got it down yet,” Lynch said of the president, noting that he doesn’t mind Trump’s style personally.Another former Trump critic, North Carolina-based donor Art Pope, said he’s warming to the president as well.“The policies of this administration have really benefited the American people,” Pope said. He’s still worried about the political climate heading into the midterms: “It’s going to be a tough election.”Democrats need to pick up at least 24 seats nationwide this fall to claim the House majority for the last two years of Trump’s first term. Recent Democratic wins in Alabama and Virginia, backed by Trump’s low approval ratings, suggest the GOP is in trouble.When asked about his party’s 2018 prospects, Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., among a handful of elected officials who attended the Koch conference, acknowledged that the House majority is at risk.“I can make the case for losing 18 seats and no more. I can make the case for 28 seats,” he said. “It’s a long ways off. It depends what we do between now and November.”As the White House and Republicans nationwide work to highlight the strong U.S. economy, Trump intensified a weekend feud with the rapper Jay-Z on Twitter.The musician said over the weekend the president’s recent vulgar comments about African countries and Haiti were “disappointing” and “hurtful.”Trump punched back on Twitter, urging his followers to inform Jay-Z that “because of my policies,” unemployment among black Americans is at the “LOWEST RATE EVER RECORDED!”Back at the Koch retreat, prominent Trump donor Doug Deason said he enjoyed the president’s social media habits, which allow him to speak directly to the American people.“I don’t think it helps. I don’t think it hurts,” Deason said.He noted that the Koch network would “spend a lot of money” to ensure the benefits of the tax overhaul aren’t overshadowed by any distractions.“Who gives a crap about Jay-Z?” Deason asked. “I don’t.”last_img read more

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SC to hear on Apr 8 pleas challenging Centres decision on 10

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court Thursday said it would hear on April 8 a batch of petitions challenging the Centre’s decision to grant 10 per cent reservation in jobs as well as admissions to educational institutions to economically weaker sections across all classes.A bench comprising Justices S A Bobde and S A Nazeer said it would also deal with the contentions raised by some of the petitioners who have said that the matter was required to be adjudicated upon by a constitution bench. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’At the outset, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Centre, sought an adjournment saying he and Attorney General K K Venugopal were appearing in a matter on Thursday before a constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi. “I am on my legs before the constitution bench. Please accommodate me,” he told the bench. Senior advocate Rajeev Dhavan, appearing for one of the petitioners, referred to the apex court’s last order passed in the matter on March 11 and said the issue of whether these pleas should be referred to a Constitution bench should be considered. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”If the matter is to go before a Constitution bench, then ad-hoc adjournment cannot come in the way,” he said, adding, “You (bench) have to consider if this matter needs to go before a Constitution bench since it attacks the basic structure”. To this, Mehta said, “On this (issue of whether to refer the matter to a Constitution bench), the Attorney General has to say something.” He said these pleas have been “suddenly listed” before a new bench and the Attorney General was appearing in a Constitution bench matter today in the CJI’s court. “We would like to give opportunity to them (Centre) and the Attorney General,” the bench told the counsel appearing for the petitioners. Dhavan said the Railways is going to hold recruitment with 10 per cent reservation to economically weaker sections as per the 103rd amendment. The bench orally observed that it would be subject to its final orders in the matter. Referring to the nine-judge bench decision of the apex court in the landmark 1992 Indira Sawhney case, Dhavan said reservation is to be based on the concept of discrimination. The apex court allowed a separate plea filed by the Centre which has sought a stay on proceedings initiated in the Punjab and Haryana High Court against the government’s decision to grant 10 per cent reservation to economically weaker sections in jobs and education. On March 11, the apex court had said it was not in favour of passing an order at this stage to refer the petitions to a constitution bench. The court had said it will consider on March 28 whether the matter is required to be referred to a constitution bench. The top court had earlier refused to stay the Centre’s decision to grant 10 per cent quota in jobs and admissions to poor candidates in the general category. However, the court had agreed to examine the validity of the law and issued a notice to the Centre on the pleas. Petitions have been filed by parties, including ‘Janhit Abhiyan’ and NGO ‘Youth For Equality’, challenging the Centre’s decision. One of the petitioners has sought quashing of the Constitution (103rd Amendment) Act, 2019, saying economic criterion cannot be the sole basis for reservation. The petitioner has said the bill violates the basic feature of the Constitution as reservation on economic grounds cannot be limited to the general category and the overall 50 per cent ceiling limit cannot be breached.last_img read more

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UEFA award Real Madrid €886m for Champions League win

first_imgThe UEFA announced that Real Madrid earned €88.6m for last season’s Champions League triumphThe football governing body confirmed payments that have been made to clubs who participated in the 2017/18 Champions League on Thursday morning.And it’s been announced on the UEFA website that Real have emerged as top earners with over €88m.Under Zinedine Zidane, Los Blancos won their third successive European title after defeating Liverpool 3-1 in the final at Kiev in May through a brace from Gareth Bale and another from Karim Benzema.While they didn’t claim the top prize last season, Liverpool will still receive €81.2m in total from UEFA for their final appearance.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.Real’s city rivals Atletico Madrid earned €16.1m for their Europa League triumph last season and a further €31.7m for their participation in the Champions League, while beaten finalists Marseille got €23m.All clubs that competed in the Champions League group stage received a minimum of €12.7m.Overall, €1.412bn was paid out to all competing clubs Champions League and another €428.1m to those in the Europa League.Below is a list of the top earners from last season’s Champions LeagueReal Madrid (€88m)AS Roma (€83m)Liverpool (€81m)Juventus (€80m)Bayern Munich (€70m)Chelsea (€65m)Manchester City (€63m)PSG (€62m)Barcelona (€57m)Manchester United (€40m)last_img read more

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