NEW YORK — The Yankees will retire former manager Joe Torre’s No. 6, leaving Derek Jeter’s No. 2 as the last single digit in New York’s pinstripes.Torre, Rich Gossage, Tino Martinez and Paul O’Neill also will be honored with plaques in Monument Park, the team said.Torre managed the Yankees to World Series titles in 1996 and from 1998-00 and six AL pennants during 12 seasons as manager that ended in 2007. Currently Major League Baseball’s executive vice president for baseball operations, he is being inducted into baseball’s Hall of Fame this summer.“I am incredibly humbled,” Torre said in a statement. “The Hall of Fame became possible for me because of what our players accomplished in 12 memorable years representing this historic franchise together. I hope that number 6 will stand for everything that our players achieved.”Torre’s number will be retired during a ceremony in Monument Park on Aug. 23.His number will join those of Billy Martin (1), Babe Ruth (3), Lou Gehrig (4), Joe DiMaggio (5), Mickey Mantle (7), Yogi Berra and Bill Dickey (8), Roger Maris (9), Phil Rizzuto (10), Thurman Munson (15), Whitey Ford (16), Don Mattingly (23), Elston Howard (32), Casey Stengel (37), Mariano Rivera (42), Reggie Jackson (44) and Ron Guidry (49).Jeter, the Yankees’ captain since 2003, said in February this will be his final season.Martinez’s ceremony will be June 21 as part of Old-Timers’ Day weekend followed the next day by the honors for Gossage, one of only a handful of pitchers in the Hall of Fame who primarily were relievers. O’Neill’s ceremony will be Aug. 9.The Yankees said the ceremonies are part of a recognition series that will include Bernie Williams in 2015, but they did not specify what honor Williams will receive.TweetPinShare0 Shares
In a letter sent this week on behalf of PETA, actor Alec Baldwin is calling on the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to ban bear pits.Addressing Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, Baldwin notes that while bears in the wild spend their time exploring diverse terrain, foraging for food, and digging in soft earth, captive bears are confined to cramped and barren concrete pits, which can lead to psychological distress, arthritis, pressure sores, and other painful, debilitating conditions.The actor writes, “Animal advocates like me depend on the USDA to protect animals who are used for entertainment from lives of deprivation, pain, and abuse …. I’m writing to you today to ask that the USDA recognize the cruelty and danger inherent in bear pits and ban this archaic form of confinement without delay.”Baldwin is also urging families to stay away from roadside zoos this summer in a new video for PETA: “People talk about the right to bear arms. After seeing this video, you might want to push for the right to arm bears.” The video, available here, goes on to show some of the several hundred bears who are displayed across the U.S. in tiny cages and barren pits, where they have little to do but pace in circles, beg for food from tourists, and break their teeth by gnawing on cage bars.“As long as well-meaning people continue to go to roadside zoos and shows, the bears will continue to suffer,” concludes Baldwin in the video. “The most important action that you can take for captive bears is simply to stop supporting their abuse: Please, steer clear of roadside zoos, bear pits, and fairs where they are forced to perform.”To date, PETA — whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment or abuse in any other way” — has rescued more than 50 captive bears, including Fifi, a Syrian brown bear who spent more than 30 years in a barren cage at a ramshackle roadside zoo, and transferred them to reputable sanctuaries.Source:PETA
Advertisement Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitter After weathering lackluster critical scores and OK fan response with last year’s Batman V. Superman: Dawn Of Justice and Suicide Squad, all is well and correct in the Warner Bros/DC universe as Wonder Woman is both a hit with critics (94% Certified Fresh Rotten Tomatoes) and audiences, earning an A CinemaScore on top of her current $97.1 million opening.Out of all the titles in the WB/DC canon, Wonder Woman owns one of five rare A grades along with Batman, Batman Begins, The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises. Today will determine whether Wonder Woman propels past $100M, and a few believe it’s not out of the question.Four weeks ago, Wonder Woman arrived on tracking at $65M and just grew from there — to $75M three weeks out, and $90M a few days before its opening. Not only is that evidence of Warner Bros’ marketing machine working effectively, but it’s also an example of what happens when Rotten Tomatoes works in a tentpole’s favor, especially as there’s a groundswell of great reviews days before a film opens.
Dan Cohen AUTHOR The Seneca County Industrial Development Agency (IDA) is nearing its selection of a buyer for 7,000 acres of undeveloped land at the former Seneca Army Depot in New York’s Finger Lakes District.A nine-member working group consisting of members of the IDA and the county Board of Supervisors is considering 16 bids covering a range of end uses that were submitted prior to a February deadline.“It’s getting closer,” Steve Brusso, chairman of the Depot Bid Review Workgroup, said last week before the panel began to meet in executive session. “If all goes well, we could have a decision in June.”Only one bidder’s identity has become public as the IDA has decided to deliberate behind closed doors. On Tuesday, the Fingers Lakes Times reported that its request for a list of bidders and bid amounts was denied by the agency.An IDA spokeswoman told the paper that revealing the names of the bidders could harm the integrity of the selection process.“For example, simply releasing the names of the bidders would give interested parties, particularly the other bidders, the ability to discern the relative viability of the bids and, as such, undermine the agency’s negotiating position,” Kelly Kline told the paper.The one publicly announced bid is a partnership between a conservation group and the town of Varick seeking to preserve the depot’s herd of rare white deer. That proposal calls for converting the property into an ecotourism center focused on wildlife conservation.The IDA decided to sell the remaining acreage at the depot, which was shuttered in 2000, now that the Army’s caretaker responsibilities are winding down. The agency does not have the resources to adequately keep and maintain the property, and wants to return it to the tax rolls to increase the county’s tax base and provide an economic asset to the region.
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Logo of BNPSenior leaders of BNP have not been taken into confidence about several recent decisions of the party, including joining the parliament and participation in the Bogura election.They have no idea how these decisions were taken either. These leaders are unhappy with the situation but remain silent as the decisions have come from the top level leadership.A number of seniors in BNP have told Prothom Alo, on condition of anonymity, that the party leaders and workers are in a state of confusion over the issues of taking oath, joining parliament and contesting in the Bogura election.Questions loom large as to where these decisions are being taken, at what level and through what process. The leaders are even uncertain whether the incarcerated party chairperson Khaleda Zia has any say in this process. These doubts were furthered when the party’s Bogura-6 election nomination form did not have Khaleda Zia’s signature.The senior leaders are in a dilemma as to whether Khaleda Zia was at all agreeable to the party men taking oath and whether she had actually given any message about joining the Bogura polls.The party’s standing committee had not discussed any of these vital issues, not even about putting forward candidates for the women’s reserved seats. The decisions reportedly came from the party’s exiled acting chairman Tarique Zia in London. Some of the leaders may have had an idea of what was transpiring, but most of these matters had been kept under covers.However, BNP’s standing committee member Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury said to Prothom Alo, “Nothing has taken place without Khaleda Zia’s consent. Anyone saying this, does not know the facts.” He added that there were differences within the party, but that was part and parcel of the party’s democracy.Confusion, nevertheless, persists about the logic behind joining the parliament or taking part in the Bogura polls. The leaders ask, what could justify contesting in the seat where the party’s secretary general had refused to take oath? Also, nomination form for this seat had been taken in Khaleda Zia’s name, but she refused to sign. It had previously been speculated that Khaleda Zia would be freed on bail in exchange of their party men taking oath to parliament, but that did not happen.Addressing a press conference on Friday, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir ruled out any link between the party joining the parliament and Khaleda Zia’s release. He said, “We went to parliament due to the prevailing political circumstances, in the interests of democracy and in the interests of our party. Begum Zia’s release will not be conditional, it will be done legally. She is entitled to be released on bail.”Political scientist and former vice chancellor of Dhaka University Emajuddin Ahmed feels that it was foolish to consider nominating Khaleda Zia for the Bogura 6. He told Prothom Alo that it would be inappropriate to nominate the party chief to the seat where the secretary general had refused to take oath. That was a foolish and bad decision.A number of central leaders try to justify the recent spate of decisions, saying that other than the secretary general, the other MPs-elect would have gone ahead to take oath, even against the party decision. If they were expelled, they would have formed a separate faction of BNP along with others. They would have put forward a candidate for Bogura too. That is why the party’s top leadership took these decisions, they maintained.In this regard, two senior leaders of the party told Prothom Alo, if there were such apprehensions, the matter could have been discussed at the party forum. The manner in which the decisions were taken has left the leaders feeling redundant.*This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Ayesha Kabir
Timothy ColomerA robot deals with unexploded ordinance on the battlefield. Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share X EOD — which stands for Explosive Ordnance Disposal — is considered one of the most dangerous occupations in the military. These men and women are responsible for the disarming and disposal of bombs.The EOD Warrior Foundation is a national organization that provides financial assistance and support to active-duty and veteran EOD technicians and their families.Timothy Colomer is a Marine Corps veteran and an ambassador with the Houston chapter of the foundation. Back in 2017, he told Houston Matters producer Maggie Martin what makes this particular military specialty unique.– / 4 00:00 /09:58
May 12, 2014 This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. 3 min read Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Bad news, guys. All those shiny, electronic gadgets you hold near and dear — often in your lap while sitting — are doing serious damage to something important you’ll need in order to procreate: your sperm.Without getting too health education-y, research shows that the dangerous Radio Frequency radiation and Wi-Fi oozing from laptops and other gadgets “positioned near the male reproductive organs” can turn some 25 percent of sperm into sluggish, stationary microscopic loafs that can’t and won’t do their only job — swim.Equally depressing is that lap-situated laptops (they don’t call them laptops for nothing) can even warp your sperm’s DNA. If that’s not bad enough, the risks to your overall sperm quality that smartphones stashed in pants pockets can wreak are just as awful.While this news is pretty stark, men will probably continue using their electronics as usual. Thankfully, one inventor thinks he has a solution: Wireless Armour boxer briefs.These electromagnetic radiation-deflecting cotton undergarments are lined with silver meshing (which we hope isn’t scratchy) that essentially creates a Faraday cage that is said to shield your nether regions from at least 99.99 percent of “the entire range of radiation emitted by wireless devices, from voice and texts, through to 4G and Wi-Fi.” Bonus: These snug, durable skivvies are antimicrobial to keep you, er, smelling “fresher for longer.”British physics teacher Joseph Perkins, 26, invented Wireless Armour underwear after he discovered that his laptop, tablet and phone were exposing his “essentials” to significant amounts of radiation, as he sedately explains in a video to go along with his Indiegogo campaign to mass produce the protective knickers. At press time, the crowdfunding effort had raised about $15,000 toward its $50,500 goal. There are still 20 days left to chip in, if you’re so moved to do so.Also supposedly made from breathable jersey fabric, Wireless Armour come in four different basic styles, three sizes and in blue or black. But it’s not really about how they look. It’s about what they do — protect your most valuable assets.These high-tech undergarments don’t come six to a package. Each pair costs about $60. But if preserving your fertility is a priority for you, they might be worth it.What crazy apps and gadgets have you come across lately? Let us know by emailing us at FarOutTech@entrepreneur.com or by telling us in the comments below. Enroll Now for Free