David Ortiz Receives Qualifying Offer from Red Sox

David Ortiz received a qualifying offer from the Boston Red Sox on Friday for $13. 3 million before Friday’s the 5 p.m. ET deadline set by MLB.The team and Ortiz are negotiating a two-year deal that is “very close” to being completed according to sources, but the exact amount of the contract is still being negotiated.“David is someone who we feel strongly about bringing back, and we’re trying to figure out a way to do that and we hope that happens,” Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said earlier this week.Ortiz will become a free agent by midnight Friday if they can’t come to an agreement, which will allow him to talk to other teams. The qualifying offer is less than the $14.48 million he earned in 2012, but has until Nov. 9 to accept the offer. The Red Sox strategically gave the designated hitter the qualifying to ensure if he signs with another team they can receive draft picks as compensation.One of the teams that has expressed interest in Ortiz is the Texas Rangers. They envision Ortiz as a left-handed hitter who could replace Josh Hamilton, who is a free agent and received a qualifying offer from the Rangers. The Rangers feel Ortiz could the clubhouse more of an edge.Ortiz will turn 37 on Nov. 18, missed the last 71 of 72 games due to a right Achilles strain he suffered on July 16. The eight-time All-Star finished the season with a 23 home runs, 60 RBIs, and a .318 batting average in 90 games.In 2003, Ortiz joined the Red Sox and was a central figure in helping the club win the 2004 and 2007 World Series. One-year deals are noting new to Ortiz, who has been in one each of the past two seasons. The Red Sox exercised his $12.5 million option for 2011, and Ortiz accepted arbitration in 2012, settling on a $14.575 million salary.Ortiz has made his desire to stay in Boston public and is fond of team’s new manager, John Farrell.“Something will get done,” Ortiz told the Boston Globe about signing a new deal with the team. “I feel good about it.” read more

MediaTec to Launch New Business Title

first_imgMediaTec Publishing is planning to launch a new magazine called Diversity Executive.The bi-monthly magazine—which is set to debut in September—is to have an initial circulation of 25,000 and targets C-level executives, senior human resources leaders, corporate training executives, community organizations representatives and federal and state government officials, MediaTec says. The publisher also plans to launch an accompanying Web site, digital editions, weekly e-newsletters and Webinars.According to editor-in-chief and MediaTec president Norm Kamikov, “more organizations are realizing the power of diversity and inclusion as core business strategies. Diversity Executive will deliver leading-edge strategies to create a more inclusive business culture and help leaders leverage diversity for maximum organizational gain.” MediaTech publishes Chief Learning Officer and Talent Management magazines.last_img read more

Fire Officials Ask People To Change Your Clock Check Your Alarms This Weekend

first_imgSTOW, MA — “This weekend as you change your clocks, check your alarms,” said State Fire Marshal Peter Ostroskey. “Working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms can save your life. Replace aging alarms, and unless they have a 10-year sealed battery, replace the alkaline batteries now,” said Ostroskey.Replace Aging Smoke Alarms“Smoke alarms, like other household appliances, don’t last forever,” said Chief Timothy J. Grenno, President of the Fire Chiefs’ Association of Massachusetts. “Every ten years the entire alarm needs to be replaced, not just the batteries.”The state fire code requires replacement battery-operated smoke alarms to have 10-year, sealed, non-replaceable, non-rechargeable batteries in older one- and two-family homes.Manufacturers generally recommend smoke alarms be replaced after ten years and carbon monoxide alarms after 5-7. Newer models with 10-year sealed batteries are designed to last longer and do not require replacement batteries.“Fire officials see too many disabled smoke alarms in fires when people really needed them to work. We hope that if smoke alarms are easier to maintain, people won’t be tempted to disable them,” said Chief Grenno.Time Is Your Enemy in a Fire“Time is your enemy in a fire and working smoke alarms give you precious time to use your home escape plan before poisonous gases and heat make escape impossible,” said Ostroskey. “Remember: smoke alarms are a sound you can live with.”Senior SAFETwo hundred forty-two (242) fire departments across the state have grant-funded Senior SAFE Programs. Seniors who need help testing, maintaining or replacing smoke alarms should contact their local fire department or senior center for assistance.“Four out of every ten of the people who have died in fires last year were over 65,” said Ostroskey. “We want our seniors to be safe from fire in their own homes.”Working Smoke Alarms Are a Sound You Can Live With“No one expects to be a victim of a fire, but the best way to survive one that does occur is to have working smoke alarms,” said Grenno. “Take a few minutes to protect those you love by changing the batteries in your smoke alarms this weekend. Then take a step stool and some 9-volts to your parents or older neighbor’s and ask if you can refresh their smoke alarms.”In the average house fire, there are only 1-3 minutes to escape AFTER the smoke alarm sounds.(NOTE: The above press release is from the Massachusetts Department of Fire Services.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedFire Officials Ask People To Change Your Clock, Check Your Alarms This WeekendIn “Government”State Fire Marshal: “Change Your Clock, Change Your Smoke Alarm Battery”In “Government”Massachusetts State Fire Marshal: September Is Campus Fire Safety MonthIn “Police Log”last_img read more

Wipro ADRs plunge more than 4 on Nasdaq NYSE in response to

first_imgWipro, India’s third-largest IT services exporter, saw its American Depositary Receipts (ADRs) fall by more than 4 percent on American stock exchanges on Thursday after it declared its fourth quarter results on Wednesday evening. In sharp contrast, ADRs of its rival Infosys had risen more than 8 percent after its upbeat results for the fourth quarter ended March 2016 and higher guidance for the financial year 2016-17 last week.Wipro ADRs declined 4.63 percent to close $12.36 apiece on both Nasdaq and NYSE. The company had reported a marginal decline of 1.6 percent in its fourth quarter net profit to Rs. 2,235 crore ($337 million).The company also announced its decision to buy back 40 million shares at Rs. 625 apiece. The Azim Premji-controlled company has a skewed shareholding pattern, with promoters and promoter groups holding about 74 percent of the equity capital.On Thursday, the Wipro stock plunged more than 7 percent on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) in reaction to its downbeat results. In comparison, ADRs of Infosys, India’s second-largest IT services exporter, rose 8.4 percent on the Nasdaq. On Indian stock exchanges, the Infosys stock rose to an all-time high of Rs. 1,267 crore on Monday, the first trading day after the company declared its results the previous week.The Bengaluru-based company’s Q4 net profit was up 16.2 percent on a year-on-year basis to Rs. 3,597 crore. It also raised its 2016-17 revenue guidance to 11.5-13.5 percent in constant currency terms, from 12.8-13.2 percent in the previous fiscal. On Friday, the Wipro stock was trading 0.34 percent lower at Rs. 557.30 at around 1.40 p.m. on the BSE, while Infosys was down close to 1 percent at Rs. 1,215.50. The TCS stock was down 0.35 percent. The S&P BSE Information Technology index was at 11,356.23, a fall of 0.48 percent.last_img read more

List Of Houston Area Shelters Monday

first_imgSource KHOU HARRIS COUNTYMO Campbell Center Shelter: 1865 Aldine Bender in District 2Gallery Furniture 6006 North Freeway Houston, TX 77076 If you can, residents who need to take shelter are encouraged to bring the following items: – Prescription/Emergency medication – Medical equipment, i.e. Oxygen tanks, wheelchairs – Extra clothing – Pillows, blankets, sleeping bags – Toiletries – Baby food, formula, diapers – Flashlights and extra batteries – Snacks – Pets WITH carriers, as well as leashes, food, food bowls – Important paperworkFor more information visit readyharris.org BRAZORIA COUNTYAngleton ISD: 1900 N. Downing, Angleton, TXRed Cross Shelter at Living Stone Church: 1401 Victory Lane, Alvin, TX First United Methodist Church Shelter: 1201 Main St., Bastrop City, TX More rain has fallen on Houston Monday morning. The list of shelters continues to grow for those who require aid.If you have a group that needs to be taken to a shelter, you’re asked to call: 713-426-9404.ReadyHarris.orgAn updated map of shelters released by Ready Harris.RED CROSS SHELTERSHouston – MO Campbell Education Center – Aldine Bender RdGalveston. Bay Harbor Methodist Church Sealy — Knights of Columbus on Hwy 90 west..Richmond – Sacred Heart Catholic Church..Pasadena — Golden Acres Baptist Church Tomball — First Baptist Church on Oxford Street.Huntsville — Walker County Storm Shelter on State Highway 75 N. and Huntsville High School on F-M 2821 ..HOUSTONIslamic Center/Masjid Al-Mustafa: 17250 Coventry Park Dr, Houston, TXIslamic Center/Masjid Al-Sabireen: 610 Brand Lane, Stafford TXIslamic Center/Masjid Abu-Bakr: 8830 Old Galveston Rd, Houston TX George R. Brown Convention Center: 1001 Avenida De Las Americas, Houston, TX (Click here for more.)Officials say they have opened nine shelters throughout the area to assist.FRIENDSWOOD BASTROP COUNTY The City Activities Building: 416 Morningside Drive, Friendswood, TX Sharelast_img read more

Toxic neighborhoods and social mobility

first_img © 2019 Science X Network How much does growing up in a healthy and cohesive community, or lack thereof, contribute to later long-term economic and social success in adulthood? Quite a lot, it would seem. Two Harvard sociologists, Robert Manduca and Robert J. Sampson, sought to better understand the relationships at play among environment, community, poverty, race, violence and social mobility in their paper, “Punishing and toxic neighborhood environments independently predict the intergenerational social mobility of black and white children,” recently published in PNAS. Their work specifically references and builds on several recent landmark studies by fellow Harvard researcher Raj Chetty and colleagues. Citation: Toxic neighborhoods and social mobility (2019, April 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-04-toxic-neighborhoods-social-mobility.html More information: 1. Robert Manduca and Robert J. Sampson. Punishing and toxic neighborhood environments independently predict the intergenerational social mobility of black and white children. PNAS. published ahead of print April 1, 2019 doi.org/10.1073/pnas.18204641162. Chetty R, Hendren N (2018) The impacts of neighborhoods on intergenerational mobility I: Childhood exposure effects. Q J Econ 133:1107–1162.3. Chetty R, Hendren N, Katz LF (2016) The effects of exposure to better neighborhoods on children: New evidence from the moving to opportunity experiment. Am Econ Rev 106:855–902.4. Chetty R, Hendren N, Kline P, Saez E (2014) Where is the land of opportunity? The geography of intergenerational mobility in the United States. Q J Econ 129:1553–1623.5. Chetty R, Hendren N, Jones MR, Porter SR (2018) Race and economic opportunity in the United States: An intergenerational perspective. (National Bureau of Economic Research, Cambridge, MA). Available at www.nber.org/papers/w24441.6. Chetty R, Friedman JN, Hendren N, Jones MR, Porter SR (2018) The opportunity atlas: Mapping the childhood roots of social mobility. (National Bureau of Economic Research, Cambridge, MA). Available at www.nber.org/papers/w25147. Explore further Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Aerial view of Chicago. Credit: Dicklyon – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0 Manduca and Sampson then applied statistical methods to these data to yield a number of independent and inter-related explanatory variables. In particular, they were interested in developing predictive models that would work in combination with traditional socio-demographic Census data, such as single parent status, to provide higher explanatory power to their research and future endeavors. Ultimately, they presented and compared data using two separate models—a Census model; and an expanded model which utilizes PHDCN measures, either separately or as a single factor. Here’s what they found.Because the neighborhoods of Chicago are so heavily segregated, it was nearly impossible to attempt a direct comparison of black and white boys from the same neighborhood. Furthermore, they found that the various neighborhoods which were divided along racial lines were distinct and “qualitatively different environments” where men raised in the 90th percentile of majority black tracts earned less than the 10th percentile in majority white tracts. With reference to the explanatory power of the two categories of environmental and social predictors for intergenerational social mobility, the results were generally in keeping with the study investigators expectations. That is, they found that intergenerational mobility was lower and incarceration and teenage pregnancy rates were higher in childhood neighborhoods where social positives like social control and community organizations were absent or lacking, and where rates of violence, incarceration and lead exposure were pronounced.With regard to black children specifically, the investigators offer some discussion of the predictive power and statistical significance of their expanded social and environmental criteria when used in conjunction with Census variables. The investigators found that the poverty rate had little explanatory power when environmental controls were added to Census data. But importantly they note that lead exposure, incarceration, and violence are tightly co-associated and can be used as a single “neighborhood harshness/toxicity” factor. Here it is associated with lower income mobility and higher teenage birth rates and adult incarceration. Less significantly, the strength of local social networks was found to predict lower teenage birth rates in black women.Results were similar for white children, though incarceration rates could not be estimated for poor white boys. As with the results for black children, Manduca and Sampson found that the poverty rate had little explanatory power when environmental controls were added to Census data. Some subtle differences were revealed in the correlations between lead exposure, violence and incarceration, where these were found to be less highly correlated. On the other hand, violence was more predictive of future income; and lead exposure and incarceration were better predictors of teenage motherhood in white girls, as was the presence of social control. Neighborhood organizations were slightly associated with lower income rank. The most alarming finding of this study however may be the racialized nature of exposure to neighborhood harshness/toxicity, as the investigators have defined this variable comprising lead exposure, violence and incarceration. While both black and white children were found to suffer in neighborhoods with these conditions, black children in Chicago were exposed to them at an overwhelmingly disproportionate rate compared with white children. As the investigators note with regard to the magnitude of this disparity, “the most-exposed white tracts in our sample had levels comparable to the least-exposed black tracts.”In the Discussion section of their paper, Manduca and Sampson reiterate the utility of working with measures that account for punishing environments and supportive social organizations in addition to standard Census measures, as these offer increased explanatory power for predicting social and economic mobility. With regard to ameliorating the conditions driving these inequalities in income mobility, the authors conclude: “Past interventions that have cleaned up the physical environment and reduced toxic hazards indicate that environmental policy is in part crime policy. Our results suggest a broader conclusion: Reducing violence, reforming criminal justice through deincarceration, and maintaining environmental health together make for social mobility policy.” Racial inequality in the deployment of rooftop solar energy in the US The authors of this study [1], Manduca and Sampson, undertook their research against the background of data suggesting that growing up in areas of concentrated poverty, i.e., disadvantaged neighborhoods, is a major determinant of individual success later in life. They were especially interested in the earlier findings of Chetty et al. [2- 6] that black children from low-income communities were at a particular and distinct disadvantage when compared with whites from a similar background. Moreover when black children moved to better neighborhoods with the presence of a same-race father and low levels of poverty and white racism, these children did better for every year they spent in the better neighborhood. Yet as the Chetty studies found, there were “massive disparities” between blacks and whites in access to better quality neighborhoods likely to foster upward social and economic intergenerational mobility. Manduca and Sampson looked at data from the Opportunity Atlas compiled by Chetty’s group and based on that, developed a two-part mode of inquiry for their own study. For the first part, they looked at the negative roles that violence, incarceration and toxic lead exposure play in interfering with healthy child development and disrupting social mobility. For the second part, they examined the positive influence factors on children of cohesive communities, informal social control, trust among neighbors, and organizational participation. In contrast with the first set of negative factors, these previously unstudied characteristics of neighborhoods may be positively linked to an individual’s success later in life.The investigators used demographic data from Chicago, a typical large American city with a variety of intensely racially segregated neighborhoods. Specifically, they looked at “Census tract-level estimates of child mobility in the city of Chicago, created from linked income tax and Census records with measures of the social and physical environment constructed from the Project on Human Development in Chicago Neighborhoods (PHDCN) and follow-ups.” This dataset covers roughly 96% of the cohort of children born in Chicago between 1978 and 1983 and tracks their social progress into their 30s while measuring outcomes such as adult income, incarceration, teenage pregnancy, etc. The analysis specifically targets expected outcomes for children whose parents fall within the national 25th percentile. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more