What’s it like to spend $200k on lunch? Guy Spier wins bid for date with Warren Buffett

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News / 2M snubs congested west coast ports as Asia-US pendulum services are axed

first_imgPhoto 139788154 © Vladimir Serebryanskiy – Dreamstime.com By Mike Wackett 09/03/2021 To improve schedule reliability, 2M partners Maersk and MSC are to avoid congested US west coast ports with two transpacific pendulum services.From this week, the AE1/Shogun and AE6/Lion loops from Asia will turn in North Europe instead of going on to the US.And to “facilitate the network adjustments”, the 2M said it would blank next week’s AE55/Griffin sailing from Asia to North Europe.Maersk said the decision to discontinue the pendulum loops was in response to “the recent unprecedented market situation with severe port congestion and equipment limitations across global supply chains”.Ships arriving at the South California container hubs of Los Angeles and Long Beach are regularly obliged to wait at anchor in the San Pedro Bay for up to two weeks for an available berth, making it impossible to recover schedules, and Maersk said it considered the change “critical to deliver improved schedule reliability”.One UK-based NVOCC told The Loadstar today the 2M’s move “was not before time”, adding that “their schedules are shot to pieces”.However, another shipper contact said he thought the 2M network changes might have “more to do with rates”, as spot rates from Asia to North Europe are currently double those for the US west coast.“Some might say, after carriers got a tap on the fingers for increasing rates on the transpacific and appear to have stopped the rate hike, that they now want to sail vessels where the money is – or, alternatively, what’s the point of loading up a ship to sit for days or weeks on the US west coast?” said Nick Coverdale, founder of Hong Kong-based Agreefreight.“Maybe it’s a mixture of both, personally I think it’s a fair business decision and in the customers’ best interests,” he added.Founder and CEO of eeSea, Simon Sundboell agreed that carriers seemed to be serious about improving the industry’s dire schedule integrity. But, he told The Loadstar today, “it’s not just solved by the flick of a finger”, noting that the chronic port congestion on the west coast “did not seem to be letting up and is reverberating through the system”.He added: “The 2M’s decision to disentangle their two pendulum services makes sense. It may require one or two more vessels to run separate services instead of the two pendulums, but with the USWC delays, that’s not a bad medium-term decision.“The carriers know this bull market won’t last for ever and, while they will surely negotiate contracts hard right now, they also don’t want to be seen as completely disregarding their product quality promises.“Will THE Alliance follow the 2M and do the same for its FP1 And FP2 pendulums?” he asked. “And while the Ocean Alliance’s ME4/PSW8 and Cosco’s AACI pendulums loop into the Middle-East and the Indian sub-continent, not Europe, they may also be tempted to look at those.”last_img read more

Five more provinces to join derivatives reporting regime

first_img CSA delays margin requirements for OTC derivatives James Langton Together, these proposed instruments would form a derivatives reporting regime that is largely harmonized with regimes previously implemented in Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec, and with international rules in this area. The goal is to improve transparency and regulatory oversight of the over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives markets in the wake of the global financial crisis. The proposals include a rule that establishes the reporting requirements to improve transparency in the OTC derivatives market; and, it sets requirements for trade repositories designed to ensure that they operate in a manner that promotes the public interest. “Derivatives data is essential for effective regulatory oversight of the derivatives market, including the ability to identify and address systemic risk and the risk of market abuse,” the regulators said in the proposal. Additionally, they note that the data will provide regulators with information on the nature and characteristics of the Canadian derivatives market to support further rules in this area. A second rule establishes the types of derivatives that will be subject to the reporting requirements, which excludes contracts that have not traditionally been considered OTC derivatives, and aims to resolve conflicts when a particular instrument meets both the definition of “derivative” and “security” in certain provinces. “Collection of this OTC derivatives data is intended to assist in the regulatory oversight of the OTC derivatives market, including the ability to identify and address systemic risk and the risk of market abuse,” said Bill Rice, chairman of the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) and chairman and CEO of the Alberta Securities Commission (ASC). “These proposed multilateral instruments will harmonize with reporting requirements applicable in other Canadian jurisdictions and internationally.” The proposed rules are out for comment period until March 24. CSA seeks changes to derivatives rules Keywords Over-the-counter securities and derivatives Facebook LinkedIn Twittercenter_img Related news Derivatives markets grow, ESMA reports Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Securities regulators Wednesday proposed rules that would extend derivatives trade reporting requirements to five more provinces. Regulators in Alberta, British Columbia, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Saskatchewan have published for comment Proposed Multilateral Instruments 91-101 Derivatives: Product Determination and 96-101 Trade Repositories and Derivatives Data Reporting. last_img read more

Most European banks not ready for “open banking”

first_img “[The new rules are] a testament to the newly unfolding world of open banking where fintech companies, merchants and even telcos can change the payments landscape completely,” PwC says. “In January 2018, banks’ monopoly over customer account information and payment services will effectively cease.” The PwC survey finds that “few banks seem to be ready” for the new environment. It reports that interviews with 39 senior bank executives in 18 countries found that two-thirds expect the new rules “will affect all their bank functions”, but that only 9% are ready to implement changes to accommodate the new rules. “For many banks, compliance will be a challenge by 2018, but mere compliance — though challenging in itself — will not be their only concern. Banks need a proper strategic response to avoid becoming disintermediated by more customer-oriented third-party offerings. They will need to analyse the emerging payments landscape and identify new revenue opportunities for services, something most have yet to do,” says Marco Folcia, partner at PwC, in a statement. Banks should ensure their top management is part of the strategic response to open banking, says PwC, rather than a by-product of a compliance project managed by IT and operations. “Given the far-reaching impact [the new rules] will have, banks that take this approach will miss the opportunity to become powerful operators in the new world of open banking,” it says. In Canada, the Department of Finance Canada’s latest consultation paper on possible reforms to financial sector legislation indicates that Canadian policymakers intend to explore the idea of open banking here, too. Read: Feds to consider expanded services from banks, fintechs G7 tax pledge may be upstaged by CBDC work James Langton High debt levels threaten banks’ strong results: Fitch Related news U.S. action on climate benefits banks, asset managers: Moody’scenter_img New rules designed to stoke competition in the European banking sector by giving consumers greater control over their data take effect next year, but most banks aren’t ready for the new landscape, according to survey results published Monday by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). New rules take effect in Europe in January 2018 that, among other things, are designed to usher in the era of so-called “open banking” — which would enable customers to share their data with third-party firms. The idea is that expanding access to client data will help empower fintechs and intensify competition for the traditional banks. Keywords Banking industry,  Europe Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

CU-Boulder launches new degree to create STEM teachers through engineering

first_img“This could be a game changer in getting engineering colleges nationwide to engage in STEM teacher production and, at scale, really put the “E” in STEM for our nation’s youth,” said Jacquelyn Sullivan, who co-directs the GE+ program along with Derek Reamon. Published: Aug. 22, 2013 Categories:AcademicsScience & TechnologyGetting InvolvedCampus CommunityNews Headlines The University of Colorado Boulder is launching a new General Engineering Plus undergraduate degree with the CU Teach Engineering concentration this fall for current first-year and sophomore students interested in earning secondary school (grades 7-12) science or math teaching licensure.The GE+ degree program offers an interdisciplinary, hands-on, design-based engineering core curriculum, coupled with an engineering disciplinary emphasis (aerospace, mechanical, environmental, architectural, or civil) and a “Design Your Own” concentration in an area within or external to engineering.The CU Teach Engineering concentration was created by the College of Engineering and Applied Science as a new pathway for students interested in a design-focused, interdisciplinary engineering degree that is streamlined for students to simultaneously complete the requirements for a secondary math or science teacher licensure.Recognizing the need for qualified science, engineering, technology and math (STEM) teachers to enhance the context and content introduced in K-12 classrooms, the College of Engineering and Applied Science, in conjunction with the School of Education, created the degree for those students interested in engineering who also have a strong desire to teach.“This could be a game changer in getting engineering colleges nationwide to engage in STEM teacher production and, at scale, really put the “E” in STEM for our nation’s youth,” said Jacquelyn Sullivan, who co-directs the GE+ program along with Derek Reamon.Sullivan and Reamon also co-direct the award-winning Integrated Teaching and Learning Laboratory and Program, which introduced an interdisciplinary, hands-on designed-based curriculum to the College of Engineering and Applied Science.Sullivan, with support from the National Science Foundation, also leads TeachEngineering.org, a free digital library of hands-on engineering activities designed for use by K-12 teachers, and the TEAMS program, in which Ph.D. engineering students from CU-Boulder teach engineering curricula in grades 4-12 STEM classes in partner schools in three school districts.“The college has discovered how engaging in K-12 education can make a world of difference to our nation’s future and how to effectively implement the design-based pedagogical strategies in a K-12 classroom,” Sullivan said.CU Teach Engineering is the first GE+ concentration to launch this fall, but additional concentration options, such as pre-medicine, law or business, will be launched by fall 2014.The GE+ degree is broad in scope and gives students the opportunity to discover hands-on design in multiple branches of engineering with the flexibility to explore another passion applicable to the technical problem-solving needs of today’s complex world.CU-Boulder students interested in learning more about the degree program are invited to attend an information session on either Aug. 27 at 4:30 p.m. or Aug. 28 at 4 p.m., in the Integrated Teaching and Learning Laboratory, room 160.For more information visit http://geneng.colorado.edu.Contact: Jacquelyn Sullivan, 303-492-8303 Carol Rowe, 303-492-7426 Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-maillast_img read more

JUTC Launches ‘Busta Ticket’ Promotion

first_img By Jeneva Gordon FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail KINGSTON — The Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC), on Friday (September 30), launched its ‘JUTC Busta Ticket Bonanza’ promotion at the Half-Way-Tree Transport Centre. The initiative, sponsored by Jamaica Beverages (Busta) and Hi-Lo, is aimed at rewarding existing and potential commuters and increasing ridership. Dubbed ‘Nuff Ticket, Nuff Value’, the promotion, which runs from September 30 to November 11,will benefit regular, premium and express riders, who purchase bus tickets or use smart cards priced $80 and over. Explaining how commuters will benefit, Sales and Marketing Manager at JUTC, Lenworth Simms, said that “all consumers have to do is demand their adult ticket each time they ride the JUTC bus and retain them until they have accumulated 12.” The tickets can be redeemed at any of the participating Hi-Lo Food Stores in Manor Park, Cross Roads, Half-Way-Tree, Barbican, Portmore, and Spanish Town for a two-litre Busta soda. These redemption points will be open Mondays to Fridays from noon to 8:00 p.m. Mr. Simms pointed out that the promotion is primarily to strengthen the JUTC revenue and provide a tangible reward to encourage more persons to use the service. Evington Wilkes, a commuter, who was present at the launch, told JIS News that “the Busta Ticket Bonanza is one of the best ideas that they have ever come up with, and they should continue to do what they are doing.” JUTC continues to provide quality service and implores commuters to support the company, utilise the services and reap their rewards. RelatedJUTC Launches ‘Busta Ticket’ Promotion RelatedJUTC Launches ‘Busta Ticket’ Promotion JUTC Launches ‘Busta Ticket’ Promotion TransportOctober 4, 2011 RelatedJUTC Launches ‘Busta Ticket’ Promotion Advertisementslast_img read more

California utility to cut power in areas at grave fire risk

first_imgTags :apassociated presscaliforniadaily pressNewssanta monica daily pressshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentCalifornia rain brings flooding streets, swelling riversCalifornia Gov. Brown’s top adviser dies after cancer battleYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall10 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson21 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter21 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor21 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press21 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press21 hours ago HomeNewsCalifornia utility to cut power in areas at grave fire risk Mar. 23, 2018 at 5:01 amNewsCalifornia utility to cut power in areas at grave fire riskAssociated Press3 years agoapassociated presscaliforniadaily pressNewssanta monica daily press California’s Pacific Gas & Electric Co. will start switching off power to minimize sparks in vulnerable areas during times of extreme fire danger, it said Thursday, as state investigators examine whether the utility’s equipment set off deadly Northern California wildfires.The move for pre-emptive power cutoffs is one that some local officials and fire survivors have urged after recent wildfires. PG&E and some other state utilities previously have resisted it, arguing that cutting off power carries its own risks, including to patients dependent on electrical equipment.The change was one of a slate announced Thursday by the utility in the aftermath of Northern California wildfires that killed 44 people last October, and have left the utility facing what could be hundreds of millions of dollars — or even more — in liability.The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection still is investigating the causes of the spate of October wildfires. Records released so far in the probe show that tree limbs or whole trees fell into power lines in the areas where many of the near-simultaneous fires began, whipped up by fierce dry winds.PG&E is now drafting guidelines for shutting down power in areas at risk during extreme fire danger, spokesman Matt Nauman said. Any temporary shut-offs would likely happen during California’s summer and fall fire season, and would be done in coordination with officials and with public notice, Nauman said.“Turning off electric power lines can have an immediate and broad impact on public safety,” Nauman said. “At the same time, we recognize that there may be situations in which proactively turning off electric power lines is warranted.”State utility regulators held at least one public hearing earlier this year studying the usefulness of shutting power to select areas during times of high winds and parched brush and grass.San Diego Gas & Electric in Southern California cut off about 12,000 customers during high winds and wildfires last December, only to have some customers complain, that utility said.PG&E also will talk with communities to “determine where it makes sense to underground” power lines, or bury them underground rather than run them above ground on poles, Nauman said, in another change called for by some officials in areas hit by fires. Even buried lines are vulnerable to weather damage, quakes, flooding, and unwitting damage from heavy equipment, PG&E officials say.The utility also plans to make its electrical system more resilient against high winds and fire, including replacing some wooden poles with steel.Other planned changes include an around-the-clock wildfire prediction and response center in San Francisco, and the hiring of firefighters on retainer.PG&E suspended shareholder dividends late last year, citing rising potential for significant liability in the deadly October fires.State investigators and courts earlier found PG&E responsible for a 2015 fire that killed two people and burned hundreds of homes and other structures in and around the northern Sierra Nevada.PG&E in that fire had failed to cut back brush around its equipment, leaving a pine tree to slump against a power line, investigators said.last_img read more

Mister Baseball

first_imgThe walls of Josh Fields’ house are filled with trophies.These relics protrude from the crisp, clean walls, the most eye-catching features in a spacious, well-kept home outside Columbia Falls. The trophies were earned by Fields, secured by Fields and are displayed by Fields.These things we keep are reminders of conquests, treasures acquired through patience, skill and determination. They are carefully selected to tell particular stories, about our lives, our passions and our achievements.Asking the 38-year-old Fields about the trophies on his walls elicits plenty of stories.“The buffalo was a special permit that I drew in 2006,” he says. “And these elk here are local bulls … The moose, I was fortunate enough to draw the tag, and that’s (from) just right here in the North Fork, too. All local stuff and fair chase, public land, just the way I grew up doing it and the way that I’ll keep doing it.”There is also a mountain lion, and some mounted bucks, all harvested by Fields with his bow. He calls archery hunting his “passion” and being out in the woods his “church.” He is a dedicated archer, with a faux deer riddled with arrow holes in the driveway to prove it, and he and his wife chose their home in part because it is in the kind of untamed territory where Fields does his hunting.But the house also holds other trophies, different from these. A handful are sparsely displayed upstairs, in a small, unremarkable room, and the rest are in boxes in the garage, shielded from prying eyes and revealed only to those who ask to see them, or more precisely only to those who know to ask for them at all.These trophies tell a story, too: that Josh Fields is the greatest professional baseball player Northwest Montana has ever produced.Fields is not hiding his professional baseball past; it only appears that way because he’s so reticent to make a big deal out of a prior life, one that ended 10 years ago.Josh Fields, pictured during his time with the Bristol White Sox in the Appalachian League. Courtesy Photo“You really hate to talk about yourself,” Fields says. “I’ve always been that way. My grandma always said, ‘You never talk about yourself; you always wait until you’re asked.’”In his first life, Fields reached uncommon athletic heights despite not being blessed with uncommon physical traits. His Baseball-Reference.com profile lists him generously at 6-foot-1, and while he dominated Flathead Valley American Legion baseball as a teenager, his fastball topped out around 85 miles per hour — excellent for Montana but subpar by professional or major college standards.Still, Fields was a three-sport athlete at Columbia Falls High School, going from quarterbacking the Wildcats football team on to basketball season and then to Glacier Twins baseball. His head coach with the Twins, Julio Delgado, said that while Fields was undersized, “maybe 145-150 pounds soaking wet,” he showed potential from a young age.“Everything about him, you could tell that he had some ability,” Delgado said. “As he matured and grew stronger, you could tell that he had a chance.”“I had, I think, some of the intangible instincts that you really can’t teach because I watched the game and I played the game every day,” Fields said. “I was with my uncles and I was learning and learning and learning.”Fields grew up with family all around him in Columbia Falls and started throwing a baseball as soon as he could walk. He would cry when it rained as a child because it meant he couldn’t go outside to play. Even as he aged, Fields’ love of the game never wavered.“Freshman year of high school, you write down what you want to do,” Fields remembered. “Mine was, ‘I want to be a professional baseball player.’ I still have it today. That was all I ever dreamed or thought about, really. Maybe I’m just one of those weird kids or something, but that was it. There was nothing. It was baseball or nothing for me.”Standout athletes in Montana, particularly baseball players, have few options collegiately even today, and it was that much more difficult when Fields was in high school, before the internet and social media connected athletes from the most remote locations to recruiters around the country. Fields graduated high school in 1998 and knew that he wanted to find a college where he could challenge himself.“I wanted to be able to play with the best or I’ll come home,” Fields said. “I didn’t want to go someplace that wasn’t recognized or I really wouldn’t have the opportunity to be seen by professional scouts and really test my skills.”Fields wound up, with an assist from Delgado, at one of the best junior college programs in the country, Mesa (Arizona) Community College. Baseball-Reference.com lists 31 Major League players who have come from the school, including Mike Deveroux, Mickey Hatcher and Shea Hillenbrand. But Fields went to Mesa with no guarantees of even making the team, let alone having the type of success that would lead to a professional opportunity.“(Delgado) was a big part of me getting a workout down there,” Fields said. “He had told me before I left here, ‘You’re going to go down there, you’re going to make that club and you’re going to stay there. You’re not going to quit.’”“Coming from (Montana) and being a state MVP and all of that, I was maybe the least-talented kid down (at Mesa),” he continued. “I don’t want to say it was a shock, because I had traveled a little bit before I went there, but in the baseball world it was night and day.”Fields, of course, ended up making the team and starred at Mesa where he received professional-caliber guidance from his pitching coach, Zeke Zimmerman, now a coach in the Los Angeles Angels minor league system. Zimmerman helped Fields fine-tune mechanically and add zip to his fastball, which would top out in the low-90s as a professional.Just as he had hoped, Fields was seen by dozens of scouts at Mesa. However, despite the high level of competition, interest in Fields from big league clubs was still fairly minimal. Ahead of the 2001 Major League Baseball Entry Draft, the right-hander had personal workouts with just three teams — the Colorado Rockies, Tampa Bay Devil Rays and Chicago White Sox.“I knew I wasn’t going to be a high-round pick, but I was a guy that just wanted an opportunity,” Fields said.From left: Josh Fields, Keller, Carly and Reed. Greg Lindstrom | Flathead LivingThat hunger was evident in the eyes of at least one professional scout, John Kazanas, who has been evaluating players for the White Sox since 1988 and has signed, among many others, all-star pitcher Mark Buehrle.“One of the first things is he’s one of the better competitors,” Kazanas said of Fields. “He wasn’t that 6-foot-2, 200-pound kid that really had great velocity and stuff, but he acted like he was. His makeup in competing and trying to get better was outstanding. There’s not a category on your (scouting) sheet about what’s in his heart, but he was a nasty competitor.”Kazanas convinced his bosses to pick Fields in the 23rd round of the 2001 draft. When Kazanas announced on a conference call filled with scouts from every other major league organization that the White Sox were taking a kid from “Hungry Horse, Montana,” those on the line burst into laughter at the town’s bizarre name.Fields was in Bellingham, Washington, playing for a wood-bat summer league team when the call came that he had been drafted. He was in a small hotel room, with his roommate sleeping in the adjacent bed. Fields signed his contract almost immediately and began his professional journey with the club’s rookie league affiliate in Bristol, Tennessee shortly after that.“That was an eye-opener,” Fields said of Bristol. “I think that was some of the worst numbers I ever put up. Guys were smarter, (hitters) started to really think and I couldn’t just get by with my stuff now. I had to learn how to pitch.”Thankfully for Fields, he was a quick study. By the next season, Fields was a key piece of the bullpens in Low-A Kannapolis and High-A Winston-Salem, both in North Carolina. In 2003, he was Winston-Salem’s closer and pitched the Warthogs to the Carolina League Championship that fall, closing games in the postseason.An invite to the prestigious Arizona Fall League would come soon after, and a promotion to Class AA Birmingham in 2004 where he faced off against some of the best prospects in the sport — and thrived, appearing in 52 games for the Barons and posting a 2.55 ERA and tidy 1.01 WHIP. He was on the fast track to the major leagues, with what was becoming one of the top organizations in baseball. The White Sox would go to win the 2005 World Series.“When I was at my best, it was a video game,” Fields said. “I could put [the ball] wherever I wanted, whenever I wanted at some point in my career. I could do that. That’s what they do up there and that’s what people talk about. You don’t realize how talented they are. It’s unbelievable.”Josh Fields’ memorabilia. Greg Lindstrom | Flathead LivingKen Kolanowski is near Fields in age and he, too, has lived more than one professional life. He is a former sports agent and met Fields in the fall of 2003, just a few years after Kolanowski’s own playing career had ended and he was breaking into the business of player representation.“He had some great success starting off and needed some guidance,” Kolanowski said of those first interactions. “That was the first client I recruited, and that’s one of the reasons he was so near and dear to my heart. He was as committed to me as I was committed to him.”Everyone, it seemed, who came across Fields had a positive story to share, whether it was about signing autographs longer than needed, about hunting trips taken together in the offseason or about his refusal to relent in the face of long odds. Perhaps that affection was, in part, because of his underdog story of a small-town kid from a non-traditional baseball region about to defy all of the odds. In more than 130 years of baseball history, only 23 Montana-born players have reached the major leagues, according to Baseball Almanac, but Fields was about to join that group.It’s what made what happened next that much more heartbreaking.“(It was) 2005, Charlotte and Richmond Braves,” Fields says, his voice catching. “I’ll never forget it. Aug. 11, I want to say.”“Freaking, like, 20 days away from September call-up, man, but you don’t know that or realize that at the time.”Fields started the 2005 season with the Triple-A Charlotte Knights, the final level before reaching the big leagues, and he was as successful there as ever. He pitched 68 1/3 innings over 55 appearances in Charlotte, with a 2.75 ERA and 1.19 WHIP. He and his agent, Kolanowski, had been told it was only a matter of time before he was going to be called up to Chicago, and that was almost certain to happen come Sept. 1 when major league rosters expand from 25 to 40 players.But then came Aug. 11, when he had to leave a game due to a shoulder injury.“I just wore down,” Fields said. “It’s so long ago now that I think it’s almost suppressed, the bad part of it, but I was hurting pretty good and I was probably hurting for a while. I think I was broken down at that point and I was like, ‘Man, I just need to get fixed and I’ll come back.’”“When the first [injury] came through, it was so close and it was just heartbreaking,” Kolanowski said, still emotional all these years later. “I knew he was getting tight and having some tenderness. I remember that call and he broke down on the phone (and said), ‘It’s over. I busted my labrum.’ He was running on all cylinders and the best he could have been at that time. It was heartbreak for him; it was heartbreak for me to go through that.“He was crushed. As much as you can imagine times 10.”Fields did tear the labrum in his right shoulder, an injury that even today is often career-ending. Still, the Montana kid did not give up right away. The late super-surgeon Dr. Lewis Yocum performed two operations on Fields, and he did actually return to a professional mound, although he was never the same. In a professional career that lasted eight total seasons and spanned 266 games, Fields made only 26 of those appearances after 2005.Baseball is a cold, cruel profession, and the White Sox released Fields early in 2007. It is a results-based business, and after surgery, no matter how many people in the organization liked him, or how competitive he was, Fields was no longer getting results. His dream was over.“Your window is short,” Fields says today. “Mine was a 20-day window to make the big leagues if I look back at it now. When I went down that day … that was my window.”Josh Fields looks through old cards. Greg Lindstrom | Flathead LivingThe windows in Fields’ house showcase the splendorous greenery and mountain peaks outside his home. A look inside those windows shows Josh Fields, family man, playing with his two young boys and chatting playfully with his wife, Carla.The two of them met right as Fields’ career was ending, in 2008, and he was preparing to retire from baseball and come home to Columbia Falls. They were married in 2012, and had their first child, Keller, in 2016 and their second, Reid, earlier this summer.Carla, a nurse, is also a Columbia Falls native, and says she would have loved to see her husband pitch as a professional. But Josh, in most ways, is happy to share his new, second life with Carla and to have avoided mingling that relationship with his all-consuming job as a baseball player.“She really knows nothing about this career that I lived, which is also a good thing,” he said. “You have to be selfish (playing baseball). It’s this or nothing — you really don’t have the time or the energy to give to anything else, especially in my position where you didn’t get a million bucks to sign.”In his eight professional seasons, the most Fields ever made was playing in the Venezuelan Winter League, where he earned less than $10,000 per month. Fields lived with host families throughout some of his career and scraped by on mostly meager wages, plus $20 a month that Kazanas would mail him and the occasional player perk, like the gift certificate to a Mexican restaurant he once won for being named his league’s Pitcher of the Month.“Ask him how much money he had when he met me,” Carla quips, overhearing the conversation. They both laugh.Josh Fields Trick-or-Treats with his son Keller. Courtesy PhotoFields has a day job today, working for the City of Whitefish, but the job he cherishes most is as a dad. His eldest son already has a baseball bat and ball he totes around the house, and for Halloween last year father and son both dressed up as Josh Fields, professional baseball player.“There’s nothing better (than being a dad),” Fields says, beaming. “I’m blessed with two boys now — happy, healthy boys — and it’s good, man. It’s real good.”“He’s the best dad,” Carla lovingly adds.In the years since retirement, Fields has stayed mostly out of the sport he still loves. He coached a youth baseball team for a short while and says he would like to do that again, especially once his sons are old enough to play. But for now this new life is his priority.“It feels like 1,000 years ago (that I played baseball),” Fields says. “It was good to get away. I didn’t want to be defined by that.”Fields can look back on that career without regret. There is disappointment, to be sure, that he didn’t reach the big leagues, didn’t enjoy stardom there and didn’t make the kind of money that could have set him and his family up for life, but there is not regret. And there is no feeling of failure.“Put it this way: I don’t need anybody to tell me I’m good,” he says. “I know what I did was pretty special, and the people that are close to me, old coaches and things like that, they remind you, but I don’t need to be reminded of that … I’m very proud of what I accomplished.”“He beat a lot of odds to get to where he did,” Kazanas said. “He was one of those guys.”Read more of our best long-form journalism in Flathead Living. Pick up the fall edition for free on newsstands across the valley. Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. Emaillast_img read more

PSNI arrest man after stolen delivery van hits Police vehicle

first_imgHomepage BannerNews Pinterest PSNI arrest man after stolen delivery van hits Police vehicle Pinterest Facebook News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th WhatsApp DL Debate – 24/05/21 Previous article13 patients awaiting in-patient beds at LUHNext articleNora Stapleton named on first ever Barbarians squad News Highland Twitter Google+ Twittercenter_img Google+ Facebook A 30 year old man has been arrested in Derry on suspicion of aggravated vehicle taking, dangerous driving and a number of other motoring offences.It follows the theft of a delivery van from Abercorn Road in the City this morning.Shortly after 7 o’clock, it was reported that a delivery driver was making a delivery to a filling station on Abercorn Road when two unknown males entered the vehicle and drove off in it.Police observed the vehicle on Letterkenny Road and signalled for it to stop but it failed to do so colliding with the police vehicle in the process.The vehicle was abandoned a short time later on Quarry Street and the two males made off on foot. The suspect was detained a short distance away and remains in custody this evening.The PSNI is urging anyone who witnessed the incident, or anyone who saw the men leave the van on Quarry Street, to contact them at Strand Road on 101, or by calling the independent charity Crimestoppers. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme WhatsApp Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic By News Highland – November 1, 2017 last_img read more

How Georgia’s Population Relates To The 2020 Census

first_img For Whom The Bell Rings Related Stories Share Legal Advocate Discusses Medical Abuse At Shut Down Georgia ICE Facility Georgia’s population of 10.6 million people makes it one of the largest states in the country. The state’s population grew by more than 100,000 from 2018 to 2019, according to the latest Census estimates. The state’s growing population relates to politics and the 2020 Census.The Census counts every person living in the United States. The decennial count determines political representation and how federal money is distributed.After the 2010 Census, Georgia’s population growth led to an increase of one congressional seat.“An additional congressional seat means an additional vote in the electoral college, which is really important in helping to pick the President of the United States,” said Andra Gillespie, associate professor of political science at Emory University.Gillespie also said having more members of Congress means more voices advocating for Georgia. “You want as many Georgians on as many committees as possible so that they are advocating for Georgia interests,” she said.House committees that Georgia representatives serve on include Transportation and Infrastructure, Armed Services, Judiciary as well as Ways and Means. Georgia has 14 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives. In comparison, Florida has 27 and Alabama and South Carolina each have 7. California has the most seats, with 53.The Census determines $675 billion in federal money per year. That includes money for Medicaid, public transit and housing programs. It also distributes money for schools, hospitals and roads.“Oftentimes, formulas that are done to allocate federal spending are done on population count,” Gillespie said. Even if Georgia doesn’t gain an additional congressional seat, an accurate Census count is still important, she said.Some groups most likely to be undercounted include renters, children under 5 years old, non-English speakers and low-income residents. Rebecca DeHart, CEO of the advocacy organization Fair Count founded by former gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, said the decennial count also matters for local elections. “You might go into a county who decides their county commissioners based on population,” DeHart said. “How many there are, how big the districts are, where those districts are. School boards are decided on the Census.” The Census also decides boundaries for where kids are zoned to go to school, she said.Residents will begin getting mailers about filling out the 2020 Census in March. Households will be able to respond online or by paper questionnaires Add to My List In My List ‘It’s Fractured’: Georgia Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan On Healing Republican Partylast_img read more