Bountiful High School considering 4 options for new mascot to replace Braves
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BOUNTIFUL — The Bountiful High School administration is nearing a decision on the school’s new mascot and is surveying students and members of the public on their preferences.
The options? How about the Bears? Blazers/Trailblazers? Lightning/Bolts or Redhawks?
The survey closes Monday.
“While the final decision will be made by the Bountiful High School administration, student and public input is a valuable part of the decision making,” the survey states.
On Nov. 30, Bountiful High School Principal Aaron Hogge announced that the school’s Braves mascot would be retired. This past summer, alumni and others raised concerns that the Braves mascot was culturally insensitive and inappropriate.
A change.org petition started by an alumnus said the mascot is “offensive, outdated and racist” and called for a change from the Braves mascot, which dates back to 1951.
When Hogge announced the longtime mascot would be retired, he said the school community would embark on a process to select “a culturally sensitive mascot that will unite all in unity, respect, honor, courage, bravery and excellence in the classroom and on the stage court or field.”
Hogge said he came to the decision after months of study, public meetings and private meetings that included the input of representatives of the Northwestern Band of the Shoshone Nation, current Bountiful High School students, faculty and staff, and community members.
Braves remains the school’s mascot for the rest of this academic year. The school’s colors of red and gray will not change.
At the start of the current school year, the school announced no student would appear at athletic events wearing Native American costumes, which had been a longtime practice at football and basketball games.
Hogge, in his fourth year as principal, has slowly moved away from using a Native American male as a logo, shifting to a block B and an arrow or a feather. The school painted over several images that depicted Native American figures.×
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Debate ignites over Bountiful High’s ‘Braves’ mascot | News, Sports, Jobs
BOUNTIFUL — It was inevitable that Bountiful High’s mascot, the Braves, would be the subject of debate and conversation, given national, regional and local trends of schools and sports teams distancing themselves from Native American mascots and imagery.
The Native American references are easy to find at Bountiful High, from the school’s various logos over the years, to students doing the “tomahawk chop” at basketball and football games, to those same students shouting “home of the Braves!” instead of “home of the brave” at the end of the national anthem.
Bountiful High alumni Mallory Rogers and Mykayla Rogers (no relation) have started a dialogue about the school’s mascot and have opened an online petition to change the mascot, which has been in place since the school opened in 1951.
They termed the mascot as racist and offensive.
“Really, my biggest hope is we can start a discussion, we can have a conversation about the implications of using a Native person as a mascot and we can talk about the impact that that has on Native American youth,” Mallory Rogers said.
The petition, posted on July 4, had 1,567 signatures as of Wednesday morning. The petition has received support from local Native Americans and advocacy groups.
“Our highest goal right now is to get other voices especially within current students of Bountiful High School and Native Americans currently living within the Bountiful area,” Mykayla Rogers said.
Both women, who graduated from BHS in 2013, said they’re troubled with some of the traditions that have gone on at Bountiful High over the years — things like students wearing Native American headdresses, putting war paint on their faces for football games and performing the tomahawk chop at football and basketball games.
“Our experiences are in the past and the past can’t change, but we’re hoping we can change something about the future,” Mallory Rogers said.
The Utah League of Native American Voters issued a press release Tuesday that stated the group was pleased to hear about the effort to change the mascot and is supporting the movement.
“Native mascots are harmful and antiquated; they have no place in our society. Mascots are generalized depictions, often characterized poorly, that dehumanize the hundreds of Native nations and their members,” part of the release read. “Native Americans rarely have the power to make the decisions to keep or discharge Native mascots. These decisions were often made by whites years ago and are maintained by whites today. Native mascots are an issue in the white community but that affects Natives adversely.”
The debate surrounding the Bountiful Braves particularly exploded Monday when Mallory Rogers posted screenshots of email responses she had received from Bountiful mayor Randy Lewis, Davis School District superintendent Reid Newey, Bountiful High assistant principal Doug Hammerschmidt and Davis School District Board president John Robison.
Among mostly boilerplate responses, Newey and Robison indicated that a mascot change would be a school-level process, though the mechanism for such a change is unclear.
The next scheduled DSD board meeting is July 14. An agenda for the meeting hasn’t been posted as of Wednesday.
Hammerschmidt, writing that BHS principal Aaron Hogge was out over the holiday weekend, wrote to Rogers that the “administrative team” is currently discussing the mascot.
It’s unknown if Hammerschmidt was referring to Bountiful’s administration or the Davis School District’s administration. It’s also unclear what sort of dialogue has taken place regarding the mascot and for how long.
Hammerschmidt didn’t respond to a request for clarification.
The photo attached to Rogers’ petition depicts a silhouette of a Native American person against a dark red backdrop.
It’s the same photo that Bountiful High’s official Facebook page had used as its profile for one year and nine months until Tuesday morning when it was changed to reflect the red “B” with two feathers, which is the school’s logo.
Lewis gave a response, which prompted plenty of engagement on social media.
“This is the mayor, are you an indigenous person? Are you their official spokesman? If you are not an official representative critic of the “braves” (not brave), do you have evidence that the indigenous people are offended by Bountiful High,” Lewis emailed to Mallory Rogers. “I have lived here for 41 years and I have had 6 children graduate from Bountiful High and none of them are embarrassed to have gone there to school.”
The message continued.
“This sounds a lot like sheep mentality that follows the (Black Lives Matter) movement. Now is a good time to pile on. Oh and I attended the BLM gathering in Bountiful. I believe we all need to be less easily offended about many things.”
Lewis didn’t return a message seeking clarification on his comments. In a letter obtained by ABC Channel 4 in Salt Lake City, Lewis indicated he had apologized for his initial comments.
Lewis’ letter couldn’t be found on any Bountiful City website or official communication channel. The Bountiful City Council’s next scheduled meeting is at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the South Davis Metro Fire Station.
The petition and movement to change Bountiful’s mascot has received many responses, both supporting and detracting.
Utah Rep. Elizabeth Weight (D-Salt Lake City), who is an alumnus of Bountiful High, called on students, staff and graduates to try to change the mascot.
Darren Parry, a Democratic candidate for Utah’s 1st Congressional District seat, posted a social media message Wednesday saying, in part, “If you want to learn from Native American communities and communities of color, please take the time to listen and learn.”
Parry is the chairman of the Northwestern Band of the Shoshone Nation.
There’s plenty of support for keeping the current mascot as is, and plenty of people saying that Bountiful’s depiction of the mascot isn’t offensive and shouldn’t be viewed as such.
A petition started by another BHS alumnus to keep the mascot had garnered 2,505 signatures as of Wednesday morning, a significantly larger number than the petition to change the mascot.
“The community has rallied behind their Braves for nearly 70 years. Honoring and celebrating the Native American culture that we have the pleasure of living around as Utahns. Now they want to replace it because they think that some could see it as offensive,” wrote the petitioner, Brett Baker. “Changing this the school mascot would rob the community of education and awareness about the Native American community. Stand with us in our fight to keep our mascot. We do not use this name to offend or degrade, but to honor the Native American culture and impact on our society and recognize that we are all one people!”
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Ranking the Top 10 Landing Spots for Freddie Freeman in MLB Free Agency | Bleacher Report
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- Eric Gay/Associated Press
Freddie Freeman is the proud owner of a brand, spankin’ new World Series ring. That alone would promise to make his upcoming offseason a good one.
Then there’s also the fact that he’s destined to sign a brand-new contract with a lot of zeros on it.
As for which team is most likely to do business with Freeman this winter, there’s little question that all 30 clubs in Major League Baseball would love to have him. But if it’s a question of how many are actually a good fit for the 2020 National League MVP, there are 10 that we can make a reasonable case for.
Let’s break down Freeman’s value and then count down his suitors from No. 10 to No. 1.
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- Ben Margot/Associated Press
Freeman was only 24 years old when Atlanta signed him to an eight-year, $135 million contract extension in 2014, and he was only recently established as a star, to boot.
Nevertheless, that deal proved to be a win for everyone.
Freeman averaged a .300/.394/.526 slash line and won two Silver Sluggers and a Gold Glove for Atlanta during the life of the contract. As for what the man himself got out of it, the money was good and the aforementioned World Series ring isn’t too shabby either.
Given that he’s now 32 years old, it’s doubtful that Freeman will find another eight-year deal on the open market even though more than one team will be bidding for his services. And yet, he might still come close to the guarantee of his first major pact with Atlanta.
In 2019, the St. Louis Cardinals broke the bank by signing fellow star first baseman Paul Goldschmidt to a five-year, $130 million contract. Though Goldschmidt was a seasonal age younger at the time than Freeman is now, it still looks like a relevant precedent for the latter’s free-agent value.
A contract in the $130 million range shouldn’t be prohibitive for most teams in MLB, including some of the rebuilders around the league. Which is to say, it wouldn’t be the biggest shock if the Detroit Tigers, Baltimore Orioles or Miami Marlins got involved in Freeman’s market.
That said, we like the following 10 teams’ chances more.
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- Aaron Gash/Associated Press
The Milwaukee Brewers may have won 95 games and the National League Central title in 2021. Yet by the end of the regular season, it was no secret that offense was a serious shortcoming for them.
In the words of general manager David Stearns: “We didn’t score over the last 10 days in September particularly consistently, and we also didn’t score particularly consistently in the NLDS. Those are the facts. I can’t dispute those facts.”
No kidding. The Brewers averaged only 3.5 runs over their last 13 games of the regular season, and then their four-game stay in the NLDS yielded only six runs.
Among the areas where Milwaukee’s offense lagged behind was at first base, where it ranked 25th in the league with a .716 OPS. Needless to say, that’s where Freeman would represent a monumental upgrade.
But can the Brewers afford him? They’ve never done a nine-figure deal in free agency, and they’re already projected to spend $20 million more in 2022 than they did in 2021. If this isn’t enough for an outright “no,” it is enough to suggest that Freeman suiting up for Milwaukee is a long shot.
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- Patrick Semansky/Associated Press
The Philadelphia Phillies were just fine at first base for most of 2021. Rhys Hoskins saw most of the action at the cold corner and put forth an .872 OPS and 27 home runs before a core injury ended his season in August.
But given that the Phillies had a below-average 95 OPS+ as a team in 2021, their offense could still stand to add a hitter with Freeman’s credentials.
Plus, fitting him in wouldn’t be impossible. With Andrew McCutchen and Odubel Herrera now out of the picture, there’s an open spot in left field that Hoskins could fill in deference to Freeman. Failing that, Hoskins could slot in at designated hitter if when the position is made universal in 2022.
Money-wise, the Phillies’ 2022 payroll is projected about $24 million below what they spent in 2021. If the next collective bargaining agreement also raises the luxury-tax threshold above $210 million, they’ll have space for Freeman in that regard as well.
But even if the Phillies were to push for Freeman, the hard part could be convincing him that he could win another ring with them. Try as the Phillies might to break out of their postseason drought, it still extends back to 2011.
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- Aaron Gash/Associated Press
Similar to the Phillies, the New York Mets have themselves a pretty good incumbent at first base.
Most recently including the 37 that he hit in 2021, Pete Alonso leads everyone in baseball with 106 home runs since the start of the 2019 season. He also boosted his defensive reputation this season, posting five defensive runs saved.
Like with the Phillies, however, the universal DH would give the Mets space for both Freeman and Alonso. He would also account for the left-handed bat that the team stands to lose if Michael Conforto departs as a free agent, and doubly so if Robinson Cano is ticketed for a bench role upon his return from suspension in 2022.
As for the money, well, it might be more doable than a total non-concern. The Mets are projected only about $20 million short of what they spent for 2021 in 2022. What’s more, their projected luxury-tax bill is actually a tad higher.
So in spite of owner Steve Cohen’s bountiful wealth, the Mets may prioritize allocating their offseason budget toward actual needs like starting pitching over a luxury like Freeman. In the meantime, they first need to find someone to run a front office that was a bastion of buffoonery in 2021.
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- Elaine Thompson/Associated Press
If Freeman is in the mood for a homecoming, the Los Angeles Angels might be all too happy to accommodate him.
Indeed, Freeman was an Angels fan growing up in Orange, California. He was even at Angel Stadium for part of the team’s World Series run in 2002, telling Tyler Kepner of the New York Times in 2017: “That place was lighting up. The Rally Monkey was nuts back then. The ThunderStix, those things were so loud.”
These days, the Angels are mired in a string of six straight losing seasons. But between Mike Trout, Shohei Ohtani, Anthony Rendon and Jared Walsh, they at least have a star core worthy of a contender.
With their 2022 payroll currently projected more than $50 million below what they spent in 2021, the Angels also have the funds for Freeman. It likewise helps that, while he primarily played first base this season, Walsh is also capable of playing right field.
But as much as general manager Perry Minasian—who formerly worked in Atlanta’s front office—might like to sign Freeman, he’s rightfully committed to seeking pitching upgrades first and foremost. That search might leave neither the time nor the extra dollars to also entice Freeman.
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- Chris O’Meara/Associated Press
The Toronto Blue Jays ran away with the MLB home run lead by blasting 262 long balls as they won 91 games this season. Of those, a league-high-tying 48 came from wunderkind first baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
But while such things would seem to rule them out for Freeman, stranger signings have happened.
Even if the Blue Jays manage to retain fellow free agent Marcus Semien, who hit 45 homers in his own right in 2021, they could still covet the lefty-swinging Freeman as a balancer for their lineup. To wit, the 31 homers that he hit just by himself in 2021 were 11 more than the Blue Jays hit from the left side as a team.
At first base, Guerrero need not be an impediment to Toronto making a deal with Freeman. Though Guerrero arguably beat expectations on defense, he’s nowhere near Freeman’s level with the glove and could therefore slot into an everyday role at DH.
The $115 million that the Blue Jays have projected on their 2022 payroll is both less than they spent in 2021 and well short of the $160-plus million payrolls they carried in 2017 and 2018. So if they don’t make a splash on Freeman, it might only be because they see much more pressing needs on their roster.
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- Michael Dwyer/Associated Press
It wasn’t until the end of the 2021 season that the Boston Red Sox gained a semblance of reliability at first base, and even then they only ended up getting 0.1 rWAR from the position.
Though Bobby Dalbec caught fire with a 1.114 OPS over his last 40 games, he remained a liability on defense. The same was also true of Kyle Schwarber, who had never played first base before this season, after he took over at the cold corner.
With Schwarber now a free agent, the Red Sox have clear needs for a new first baseman and a left-handed hitting slugger. If J.D. Martinez also opts into free agency, adding power will become that much more of a priority.
Fortunately, Boston’s books are in good shape. The team only has $162 million projected on its 2022 payroll, well short of the $230-odd million heights that it reached in 2018 and 2019.
But while all this makes Freeman an ideal fit for the Red Sox in theory, they would be justified if they pursued pitching upgrades more aggressively. Plus, it would be hard to blame them if they didn’t want to block fast-rising prospect Triston Casas from an everyday role at his only viable defensive spot.
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- Marcio Jose Sanchez/Associated Press
Can’t beat ’em, sign ’em?
Freeman wasn’t the only problem the Los Angeles Dodgers encountered against Atlanta in the National League Championship Series, yet he was a big one. He went 6-for-21 with two homers in the series.
Of course, the Dodgers can still pencil Max Muncy into first base for next season. He’s far from a slouch, as he’s hit at least 35 home runs in three of the last four seasons.
But since Muncy can also play second and third base, the Dodgers could conceivably move him in deference to Freeman even if the National League doesn’t get the DH in 2022. Which, again, is unlikely.
Know what else isn’t a problem? The money. Even if the Dodgers don’t want to sink another $282 million into their payroll like they did in 2021, they can and probably will invest a lot more than the $194 million they’re presently slated to spend in 2022.
Yet with Max Scherzer and Clayton Kershaw headed for free agency and Trevor Bauer’s career possibly over, pitching must come first for the Dodgers this winter. Even if they do pivot to a position player, it would make more sense to sign a proper middle infielder (i.e., Marcus Semien) to account for Corey Seager’s free agency.
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- Jeff Chiu/Associated Press
The San Francisco Giants are only a couple of weeks removed from a 107-win season, yet the roster that made it happen has already been decimated.
The Giants said goodbye to a franchise legend and a key piece in their lineup when Buster Posey announced his retirement Thursday. The team’s extensive list of free agents also includes fellow lineup stalwarts Brandon Belt and Kris Bryant.
Freeman is one of very few players in baseball who would actually be an upgrade over Belt at first base. Even if Belt actually posted a higher OPS (.988 to .951) across 2020 and 2021, Freeman maintained a considerable advantage in games played (219 to 148).
What’s more, the Giants might have more financial flexibility than any team in the league. To wit, their 2022 payroll is projected about $100 million below what they spent in 2021.
In lieu of signing Freeman, however, the path of least resistance for the Giants might involve simply re-signing Belt. And since he’s likely to be significantly cheaper than Freeman, doing so would leave more money that the Giants could put toward patching their other holes.
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- Adam Hunger/Associated Press
Following back-to-back years of diminishing returns, it’s only natural to anticipate the New York Yankees throwing a whole bunch of money at their problems this winter.
However, be warned that their payroll isn’t in the best shape. They’re indeed already projected to spend more in 2022 than they did in 2021. Their luxury-tax payroll is likewise projected north of $220 million. In tandem, such things might necessitate them to subtract from their payroll before they can add to it.
But if they eventually do find themselves in a position to do the latter, Freeman would fit them like a glove.
With Anthony Rizzo set for free agency, the Yankees’ lineup has a hole in the shape of a left-handed-hitting first baseman. Freeman would obviously fill that, and he and Joey Gallo alone could immediately go on to best the 53 homers that the Yankees got from the left side of the plate this season.
What of Luke Voit? Well, suffice it to say he’s expendable. Though he led the majors with 22 home runs in 2022, his proneness to injuries gives the Yankees a good excuse to non-tender him rather than pay him as much as $5.4 million in arbitration.
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- Brynn Anderson/Associated Press
Is Atlanta an obvious choice for the top spot on this list? Well, yeah. But if it were up to Freeman alone, it would also be the only suitor out there for him.
As he said immediately following the conclusion of the World Series, according to The Athletic:
“Everyone knows where my heart is…the Atlanta Braves. I’ve been here since I was 17 years old; almost half my life I’ve been with this organization. I think everyone knows how my heart is. It means everything to put on that Braves uniform every day. Hopefully I can continue to do that.”
To be sure, Freeman leaving Atlanta is only a possibility because the two sides couldn’t hammer out another extension during the season. If anything, Atlanta should be thankful that that experience didn’t hamper Freeman’s enthusiasm for the organization.
Because Atlanta’s payroll isn’t due to decrease by much in 2022, making the money work now still won’t be easy. But since winning the World Series comes with considerable financial rewards, it should at least be easier now than it was before.
Stats courtesy of Baseball Reference and FanGraphs.
Raiders Opinion: No Time To Dwell
In less than a month, the Las Vegas Raiders have lost their head coach, two former first-round draft picks, and a game to the New York Giants. Each loss, by itself, was believed to be something the team could rally together and get through. Losing Jon Gruden led to the team fully embracing interim head coach Rich Bisaccia, which the team showed was possible. Seeing Henry Ruggs and Damon Arnette released due to horrifyingly brainless actions was certainly a gut punch, especially with Ruggs appearing to establish himself in this Raiders offense, but something that could be overcome.
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Somehow, losing to the Giants stoked the most panic. Although the Raiders struggle on the East Coast, particularly in New Jersey, and with the Giants not being particularly intimidating, this felt like a game in which the Raiders should not have much of an issue. Throughout the Raiders 23-16 loss, nothing felt right. Derek Carr threw less than 300 yards for only the third time in eight games and tacked on two interceptions. The redzone offense faltered for what felt like the first time all season and relied on Daniel Carlson to make four field goals from inside the 20-yard line, of which he made three.
Las Vegas has obviously battled through significant adversity this season and losing to the Giants simply piled it on. It is difficult to give a playoff-contending team a pass for losses such as these, but in this scenario, it is even more difficult not to. This Raiders team has shown their ability to put the team first through this nauseating rollercoaster of a season but, at some point, enough is enough.
How the Raiders respond to the added struggle of shrugging off a loss will be immensely telling in regards to the remainder of the season. Should the Raiders topple the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday night, it will become more believable than the second half of the season could be significantly more bountiful than in recent past.
Big Moment Ahead
All things considered, Sunday night is an incredibly tentative timeslot for a bounceback game. A win over the somewhat-spiraling Chiefs could not only create more space between them in the standings, but could also get the Raiders back on track to attempt to continue playing games at their 5-2 pace. However, a nationally-televised loss to a team that struggled to beat Green Bay without Aaron Rodgers and Davante Adams could be crushing.
The Raiders have had more and more weight added to their proverbial backs and, with the season slowing for no one, it is becoming time to shed the weight or let it crush them. Playoffs are still very much on the table for Las Vegas, but if they continue to let off-the-field drama hold them back, their dream will, once again, go up in smoke in a shockingly minute amount of time.
The Era Committee Ballots Bring a Double Dose of Hall of Fame Candidates
The champagne from the Braves’ World Series win is barely dry and the offseason business of baseball is underway. Meanwhile, it’s going to be a bountiful season in terms of Hall of Fame debate if not results. On Friday afternoon, the Hall released the long-awaited 10-person ballots for both the Early Baseball and Golden Days Era Committees. Not only were both slates and their respective elections delayed by a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but this is the first time that either group has been considered under the staggered four-Era Committee format announced in the summer of 2016 — and the first time that Negro Leagues and pre-Negro Leagues Black baseball candidates have been considered since 2006. Both ballots will be voted upon by separate 16-member committees on December 5, with the results announced at 6 pm ET on MLB Network’s MLB Tonight.
This is also the first time that two Era Committee groups have been considered within the same election cycle, a dizzying proposition for those of us trying to sort it all out. And all of this is separate from the BBWAA slate of recently-retired candidates, which will be announced on November 22. If you’re wondering where we are in the staggered Era Committee schedule, this should clear things up (note that the year designated is for induction, and that the voting generally occurs in December of the previous year):
Revised HOF Era Committee Schedule
|2017||Today’s Game (1988-present)|
|2018||Modern Baseball (1970-1987)|
|2019||Today’s Game (1988-present)|
|2020||Modern Baseball (1970-1987)|
|2022||Golden Days (1950-1969) and Early Baseball (to 1949)|
|2023||Today’s Game (1988-present)|
|2024||Modern Baseball (1970-1987)|
|2025||Today’s Game (1988-present)|
|2026||Modern Baseball (1970-1987)|
|2027||Golden Days (1950-1969)|
The Early Baseball Era Committee ballot covers candidates who made their greatest impacts in baseball prior to 1950. The 10 candidates, all deceased, are Bill Dahlen, John Donaldson, Bud Fowler, Vic Harris, Grant “Home Run” Johnson, Lefty O’Doul, Buck O’Neil, Dick “Cannonball” Redding, Allie Reynolds and George “Tubby” Scales.
The Golden Days Era Committee ballot covers candidates who made their greatest impacts during the 1950-69 period. The 10 candidates are Dick Allen, Ken Boyer, Gil Hodges, Jim Kaat, Roger Maris, Minnie Miñoso, Danny Murtaugh, Tony Oliva, Billy Pierce and Maury Wills. Of that group, only Kaat, Oliva, and Wills are alive.
The most familiar name from the first bunch besides that of O’Neil is probably Dahlen, a turn-of-the-century shortstop who ranks 11th at the position in JAWS and who happens to be the only candidate repeating from the 2016 Pre-Integration Era Committee ballot — but not even the recipient of the most votes on a slate where nobody got the necessary 75% (more on that topic below). Indeed, one of the bigger surprises of the announcement is the comparative lack of 19th- and early 20th-century candidates from the National, American, and bygone whites-only leagues; they take up just three of the 10 spots, with Dahlen joined by Reynolds, a five-time All-Star pitcher who was a key component on six World Series-winning Yankees teams, and O’Doul, a pitcher-turned-outfielder who won two NL batting titles during an abbreviated major league career but made an even bigger contribution in spreading the game to Japan both before and after World War II.
That trio is joined by seven candidates who span the range of the Black baseball experience prior to integration. In a break from the standard ballot assembly process involving an Historical Overview Committee consisting solely of elder statespeople from the BBWAA, this ballot was assembled with the input of five historians, namely Gary Ashwill, Adrian Burgos Jr., Phil Dixon, Leslie Heaphy, and Claire Smith, all of whom have considerable credentials and expertise on the subject.
Fowler, who actually grew up in Cooperstown, is widely considered to be the first Black professional baseball player, a pitcher and second baseman who played on integrated teams as early as 1878. Johnson, a shortstop and second baseman, was an elite two-way player whose career spanned from 1893 to 1914. Redding was a fireballing pitcher whose career ran from 1911 (Johnson was his first manager, on the Philadelphia Giants) to ’38; he starred for some of the top independent teams of the pre-Negro Leagues era. Donaldson, known primarily as a pitcher but also as an outfielder and manager, starred in Black baseball as far back as 1912, and while he did pitch and play center field for the Kansas City Monarchs when the Negro National League was founded in ’20 — indeed, he’s said to have named the team — he’s more recognized for his decades as a barnstormer, helping to establish a business model that was profitable for Black teams.
Scales, a second and third baseman, starred for several Negro Leagues and independent teams from 1920 to ’46. Harris starred in the Negro Leagues as a left fielder and managed the Homestead Grays to seven Negro National League pennants. O’Neil played first base for some powerhouse Monarchs teams, then later managed the Monarchs, became a scout for major league teams starting in 1955, and then the first Black coach for an AL or NL team (the Cubs, in 1962) and finally “probably the greatest ambassador the Negro Leagues ever had,” to use the words of Hall of Famer Joe Morgan.
After the Special Committee on the Negro Leagues elected 17 candidates in 2006, the Hall “indicated that the books were closed on the Negro Leagues pending more information that came forth from the research community,” as president Jeff Idelson said in 2016. That research has since come forward as part of a massive, ongoing effort to flesh out the statistical record for Black baseball. The fruits of that effort are now available at Baseball Reference. Meanwhile, last December Major League Baseball announced its decision to officially recognize seven Negro Leagues that operated between 1920 and ’48 as major leagues, making the statistics and accomplishments of some 3,400 players part of the major league record. As noted above, however, not all of the Black candidates fit neatly within that 1920-48 window.
Here’s a quick rundown of when each of the candidates were last considered for election in any context:
2022 Early Baseball Era Committee Candidates
|Bill Dahlen||2016 Pre-Integration ballot (50%)|
|Allie Reynolds||2012 Pre-Integration ballot (< 18.8%)|
|Lefty O’Doul||2007 Veterans Committee ballot (18%)|
|John Donaldson||2006 Special Committee final ballot|
|Bud Fowler||2006 Special Committee final ballot|
|Buck O’Neil||2006 Special Committee final ballot|
|Dick “Cannonball” Redding||2006 Special Committee final ballot|
|George Scales||2006 Special Committee final ballot|
|Vic Harris||2006 Special Committee preliminary ballot|
|Grant “Home Run” Johnson||2006 Special Committee preliminary ballot|
Dahlen actually fared better (10 votes out of 16, 62.5%) on the 2013 Pre-Integration ballot, while Reynolds did better on the 2009 Veterans Committee ballot, where Dahlen finished with “three or fewer votes” (25% or less). Those two and O’Doul were additionally voted upon several times during the 1953-2001 period by the old Veterans Committee, which considered far larger ballots and did not report actual vote totals beyond those elected.
Of the Black baseball group, all seven were on the preliminary 94-candidate ballot for the 2006 Special Committee on the Negro Leagues, with all but Harris and Johnson making the cut for the 39-candidate final ballot; from that group, 17 were elected but, famously, not O’Neil or Miñoso. Via the research of Graham Womack, it appears that Harris and Redding are the only two known to have been previously voted upon by the Veterans Committee between 1978 and ’94, when that body took over consideration of Negro Leagues candidates after the original Committee on Negro League Baseball Leagues — the body that elected Satchel Paige, Josh Gibson, and seven other players from 1971-77 — disbanded.
As with any Era Committee ballot, a few omissions inevitably stand out. First and foremost for the Early Baseball group is that of Doc Adams, a pioneer who on the 2016 ballot led all candidates with 10 out of 16 votes. No less an authority than MLB official historian John Thorn called Adams “first among the Fathers of Baseball” in a 1993 essay for Total Baseball and “the most significant figure in the early history of baseball” in his 2011 book Baseball in the Garden of Eden. Danile Lucious Adams — who lived from 1814 to 1899, graduated Yale and Harvard Medical School and practiced medicine (hence the nickname) — is the man who bears the true responsibility for setting the bases 90 feet apart and for creating the shortstop position. Additionally, his “Laws of Base Ball,” drafted in 1857 for presentation to the Knickerbocker Base Ball Club and then a convention of New York clubs, proposed the standardization of nine-man lineups, 90 feet between bases, and nine-inning games — innovations all inaccurately credited to Alexander Cartwright on his Hall of Fame plaque — as well as the “fly rule,” which eliminated balls caught on one bounce from being automatic outs. Adams also worked to standardize and refine the construction of balls and bats, innovations that helped to make baseball a national game. Why he was left off this ballot is both a mystery and a disappointment; my heart sank on Thorn’s behalf upon reading the contents of the ballot and noting that particular omission. Looking at the matter from a glass-half-full standpoint, Adams’ absence might at least make it easier for the newcomers to get elected, but yeesh, another 10 years is a long time to wait for an all-too-overlooked foundational figure to get his due.
Also notably absent after having fared well on previous ballots are slugging 19th-century outfielder Harry Stovey (50% in 2016) and pitcher (and slugger) Wes Ferrell, who received 50% in 2009 but slipped into “fewer than” territory on the 2013 and ’16 ballots. Nineteenth century pitcher Jim McCormick, the subject of a grassroots advocacy by the @McCormick_HOF account, is nowhere to be found, either. From among the Black baseball candidates, names such as John Beckwith, Rap Dixon, Dick Lundy, and Spotswood Poles — all Special Committee finalists in 2006 — draw mention from experts as similarly worthy of enshrinement.
Debating the merits of those who aren’t here isn’t a particularly productive enterprise, however, not when we have 20 candidates who deserve (and will receive) a closer examination here at FanGraphs in the coming weeks. Speaking of the other 10, the more familiar ones from the Golden Days period, eight were considered as part of the 2015 Golden Era Committee slate, which covered the 1947-72 years and produced a shutout:
2022 Golden Days Era Committee Candidates
|Dick Allen||2015 Golden Era ballot (68.8%)|
|Tony Oliva||2015 Golden Era ballot (68.8%)|
|Jim Kaat||2015 Golden Era ballot (62.5%)|
|Maury Wills||2015 Golden Era ballot (56.3%)|
|Minnie Miñoso||2015 Golden Era ballot (50%)|
|Ken Boyer||2015 Golden Era ballot (<18.8%)|
|Gil Hodges||2015 Golden Era ballot (<18.8%)|
|Billy Pierce||2015 Golden Era ballot (<18.8%)|
|Danny Murtaugh||2010 Veterans Committee Managers/Umpires ballot (50%)|
|Roger Maris||2007 Veterans Committee ballot (18%)|
Kaat (62.5%), Hodges (56.3%), and Miñoso (56.3%) all fared as well or better on the 2012 Golden Era ballot, from which Ron Santo was finally elected. Prior to 2015, Allen was previously considered on the 2009 Veterans Committee ballot, which was voted upon only by living Hall of Famers; he received just 10.9% in that context, where Kaat (59.4%), Oliva (51.6%), Hodges (43.8%), and Wills (23.4%) all fared better. All of those candidates and Maris were also considered by the expanded Veterans Committee in 2007, when Frick and Spink Award winners were part of the voting body.
These men don’t need much in the way of introductions, but here goes, lightning-round style. Allen was an elite hitter who won Rookie of the Year and MVP honors while playing primarily for the Phillies and White Sox. After falling one vote short in 2015, he appeared to have momentum in his favor thanks to some publicity via Phillies, who retired his number 15 last September; sadly, he died of cancer last December 7, one day after the slate would have been voted upon at the Winter Meetings. Boyer, a standout two-way third baseman, was the NL MVP in 1964, when he helped the Cardinals beat out Allen’s Phillies for the NL pennant and then win the World Series. Hodges, a popular and productive first baseman, helped the Dodgers to seven pennants and later managed the 1969 Mets to a championship. Kaat was a long-lasting lefty who won 283 games. Maris, a right fielder, was a two-time MVP who helped his teams win three championships and seven pennants; in 1961 he broke Babe Ruth’s single-season home run record by hitting 61.
Miñoso, whose career began in the Negro Leagues, was the majors’ first Black Latino star, “our Jackie Robinson,” as Orlando Cepeda famously said. Murtaugh, the lone manager of the group, piloted the Pirates to titles in 1960 and ’71 as well as three additional playoff appearances. Oliva, an outfielder who was a longtime teammate of Kaat’s with the Twins, won three batting titles in a career curtailed by knee injuries. Pierce, another venerable lefty, was a seven-time All-Star who won 211 games. Wills, a speedy shortstop, helped to bring the stolen base back into vogue, leading the NL in the category annually from 1960-65 and setting a single-season record in ’62, when he stole 104 bases and won NL MVP honors.
Again, there are notable absences. In the wake of the 2020 Modern Baseball Era Committee election of former Major League Baseball Players Association executive director Marvin Miller, there was a movement to elect Curt Flood, who sacrificed his career to challenge the reserve clause. Flood’s name hasn’t appeared on a ballot since 2007, and like Miller, he was thoroughly neglected by the living Hall of Famers, receiving just 17% of the vote that year, which was up from about 12% in each of the previous two cycles. In February 2020, 102 members of Congress signed a letter to the Hall of Fame in support of Flood’s election.
Also absent from the ballot is one player whose recent passing I had hoped would prompt a closer look, Bill Freehan. The longtime Tigers catcher (1961, ’63-76) went one and done on the 1982 ballot and hasn’t appeared on an Era Committee ballot since; with a career that straddled the Golden Days and Modern Baseball periods, it’s not even clear that this is his proper classification, but about 55% of his plate appearances, his 11 All-Star appearances and his 44.9 WAR all took place in the earlier period, during which he helped the Tigers win the 1968 World Series. Another raw deal, not that he’d be the best candidate here.
Indeed, this is a strong ballot full of players who have generated significant support and come close to election before. In my view Miñoso is the single most deserving player under the purview of the Era Committees, and even the addition of his limited statistics from the 1946-48 Negro Leagues makes clear that he should have been playing in the majors earlier than he did. Allen, whose career was significantly affected by his early mishandling by the Phillies (they sent him to integrate the Arkansas League in 1963, where he was subject to death threats) is second on my wish list; both he and Miñoso were profiled at length in The Cooperstown Casebook and will receive similar treatment here. Boyer is 14th among third basemen in JAWS, with the ninth-best peak score. Kaat, Hodges, Oliva, and Wills have accomplishments that hold more appeal for those guided by traditional statistics (they fare much less well in JAWS) which still carry a lot of weight when half of the voters are Hall of Fame players.
I’m again reminded of something Joe Posnanski wrote in relation to the 2015 ballot about the difficulty of getting anybody to 75% when voters are limited to four votes per ballot, and can’t fit all of the strong candidates on there:
Let’s say that you ask all 16 voters a question: Should Dick Allen be in the Hall of Fame? And let’s say that 14 of them say, “Yes.” That’s good right? Fourteen of 16 is 88%, way above the Hall of Fame threshold. OK, Allen is in!
Wrong. Even then he would probably NOT get in. Remember: There were at least FIVE strong candidates, and each voter was limited to four. If Allen had a 80% chance to appear on each of those 14 ballots, there would STILL be less than a 50% chance (44.8% to be exact) of him getting the 12 votes he needs for the Hall of Fame.
Gulp. On the positive side, the recent Era Committee ballots have at least come back with two Hall of Famers per year; I may not agree with the election of Jack Morris (2018 Modern Baseball) but it was accompanied by that of the long-overdue Alan Trammell and helped clear space for Miller and Ted Simmons two years later; we’ll see what happens with the Today’s Game ballot next year in the wake of Harold Baines‘ questionable 2019 election. And while I’m far less keen on Kaat, Oliva, and Wills than most, electing a living ex-player has its positives as well, though I remain heartbroken for the Miñoso and Allen families and friends that those two did not live to see their own enshrinements.
It promises to be quite an eventful pair of elections, and I’ll do my best to dig into the merits of each candidate here in a timely fashion, though not all of them will get space on par with the BBWAA candidates.
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That allows waiters to receive a large tip
- Claudia Hammond
- BBC Fututre
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A number of psychological studies have found out the techniques and tactics using which waiters can get more remuneration for their work.
I was once escorted out of a sushi restaurant in Manhattan because the tip (quite decent, even generous, by British standards) that I left the waiter was shamefully small for America.
Obviously, the “leave to tip” tradition differs from country to country. But perhaps there are certain psychological tricks that would help waiters to increase their remuneration, especially when tips are their main source of income.
Of course, tip should depend on the quality of service, but a review of 14 studies on this issue found that quality almost never affects the amount of a waiter’s remuneration.Other factors play a big role.
Back in 1975, an analysis of the behavior of restaurant visitors found that the larger the group of guests, the less tips are left. The study was carried out by renowned psychologist Bibb Lathan, who also popularized the so-called “eyewitness effect” – the idea (some deny it) that the more eyewitnesses to an accident on the street, the less likely it is that someone will help the victim.
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A number of unnoticeable tricks can help waiters get more tea another.Likewise, in a restaurant, everyone thinks that another guest might leave a more generous tip.
However, a lot depends on the type of restaurant. One study found that groups of visitors to the International Pancake House in Columbus, Ohio tipped less than guests who came alone (11% and 19%, respectively).
But in the more luxurious restaurant next door – Smuggler’s Inn – equally generous rewards for the waiters were left by both individuals and couples.
There is, of course, another reason why groups of visitors leave less tips. It’s a matter of the overall score. When everyone is thrown off with money, there is usually not enough money to completely cover the account, and tip compensates for this shortcoming. This is why many restaurants serving large companies add tips to their bill.
Waiters, of course, do not choose how many visitors to serve, but you can get the best tip in another way. An experiment back in 1978 at a Seattle cocktail bar showed that a simple smile can more than double a tip.However, she must be sincere.
In another study at Charlie Brown’s in Southern California, half of the waiters were instructed to give their name before serving. As a result, those who did this received an average of 23% tip, and those who did not give their name – 15%.
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The culture of tips differs in different countries, but certain little tricks effectively increase the remuneration of the waiter.
The method of payment also matters.People tend to tip more when they pay with their credit card. But, if you are a waiter, before encouraging your customers to use non-cash payment, check if your employer transfers the tip left from the card.
One interesting, but unfortunately unpublished, 1995 study showed that the very ability to pay with a credit card increases tips, even if the client does not use it. In restaurants with prominently displayed credit card logos, customers tipped 4% more while paying in cash.
In recent years, researchers have tried several more covert tactics. Two French psychologists, Nicolas Guiguin and Celine Jacob, have done many different studies of what influences tip size. They found, for example, that if waitresses wear red T-shirts, male customers would tip heavily, although female guests are not.
By the way, the gender of the waiter plays a role not only in the situation with red T-shirts. An emoticon on the bill or a thank you note for a tip works for waitresses, but not for waiters.
Professor Michael Lynn, who has done a lot of research on consumer behavior, notes that emoticons are not very appropriate in high-end establishments. Instead, he suggests drawing lobsters in the abacus. Not an easy task for a jaded waiter, it’s worth noting.
Although if you put a card with a joke next to the account, this is a different matter. Or you can draw the client’s attention not to the bill, but to the shape of the plate. It turns out that when food was served on heart-shaped dishes instead of round or square plates, customers tip more.
For true daredevils, psychologists Gigen and Jacob recommend lightly touching the client’s forearm – this also contributes to getting a big tip. In the 1980s, psychologists found that if you ask someone for a favor, the person will agree more if you touch their hand.
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One smile can be enough for a more generous tip
A light touch shows the client that you are a sincere person and you are fully focused on him.French researchers tested this theory on visitors to a bar in the town of Vannes on the Brittany coast, who did not even suspect that they had become unwitting participants in the experiment.
On this day, customers left an average of 10% tips. But if the waitress discreetly touched customers’ hand when asked what they would like to drink, the tip rose to nearly 25%.
So, if one day you notice that a waitress in a red top tells you her name, smiles sincerely, touches your hand lightly when she brings the bill on a heart-shaped saucer, and a card with a witty joke and an emoticon appears next to the restaurant has credit card logos everywhere, perhaps she has done a lot of psychological research in this area.
Of course, no researcher has yet dared to try all these strategies at the same time to see if they will increase the tip by a couple of percent.
But the studies mentioned above have a rather large error, although they were carried out in real restaurants, and not in a laboratory, and had control groups. Waiters, for example, knew they had to smile or touch the customer’s hand. And that could certainly have influenced their behavior in general, resulting in a higher tip.
And nevertheless, I wish I knew all these tricks when I worked as a waitress in the distant past. I once received £ 20 for bringing my parents a tiny saucer of profiteroles after their son refused to let them taste the profiteroles on his plate. But this did not happen often, of course.
Read the original of this article in English you can visit the website BBC Future.
December 10, 2019- The third and final expansion pack for Anno 1800TM – the new installment of the acclaimed Windows PC city-building series – will be released today, titled In Ice, available as part of the Season Pass. Into the Ice will be the largest expansion pack for Anno 1800 and will take players to the far north.
With the new In The Ice DLC, Anno 1800 goes to the next level and invites players to conquer the Arctic region. The main enemy in the north will be the harsh climate: the new heating system will force players to approach the layout of the city in a new way so that its inhabitants do not freeze and do not get sick.In the new region, players will experience exciting adventures, as well as real challenges for those who are ready to conquer the icy desert for a generous reward.
In the third and largest DLC available as part of the Season Pass, you have to found a settlement in the Arctic Circle. In the Ice is a story of severe trials and courage, based on the feat of those brave souls who risked their lives for the sake of progress. A beautiful, awe-inspiring wilderness invites everyone to follow the path of 19th century Arctic explorers.Experienced players will surely enjoy an adventure full of dangers, at the end of which a worthy reward awaits them.
Into the Ice Expansion and Update 6 will be released on December 10th. On Ice will add the following new content to Anno 1800:
- New Arctic Region
- New story campaign in which you have to go in search of Sir John’s expedition
- 2 new occupant classes: researchers and technicians
- 32 new buildings, 7 new production chains and 13 new goods
- More than 60 new assignments
- Combating cold with a new heating system
- Hangar with which you can build an air merchant fleet
Also, for all Anno 1800 players, the co-op mode and statistics collection system will be available, which will appear in the game today as part of a free update:
- Co-op will allow players to share the responsibilities of building and managing an industrial empire.Up to 16 players can participate in one game, divided into four opposing teams.
- A system for collecting detailed statistics will provide players with data on the production and consumption of goods on their islands.
You can join Anno Union at www.anno-union.com/
90,000 Ukrainians: five emigrant stories – BBC News Ukraine
- Andriy Kondratyev
- Air Force Monitoring Service
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Vitaliy has no doubts that there will be an interesting job for him in New York
At the beginning of October, we accompanied our colleague Vitaly to a new life with kind parting words.After many years of work in the Air Force, he dared to radically change the trajectory – he risked joining the “melting pot” of insatiable America.
His intention to emigrate seemed unexpected. In Ukraine, life was meticulously, layer by layer, brick by brick: a country house with a generous garden, a car, interesting work. But 39-year-old Vitaly was seduced by the unknown – an ultra-fast, hustle and bustle New York with vague prospects, but an abundance of opportunities.
He left, not knowing that he promised a move, but with faith and hope of the same as him, millions of daredevils, whom America took in, adopted and adopted.
“I want to live like a normal person. Stagnation oppresses, I do not see the future of the country, ”he said bitterly.
Vitaliy presents emigration as a “rebirth” and an “exciting chance”.
“I don’t think I’ll face obstacles there that I wouldn’t overcome here. It is difficult to say in what area I will work, but I am sure of career growth, ”he hopes, while vaguely imagining what he will do in his new homeland.
Perhaps professionally photography – his old hobby, in which he succeeded.Or he will try himself in a different field and in an unexpected role, like my university friend Valery, who has lived in America for ten years.
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Valery is studying to be a criminalist and dreams of working in law enforcement
He emigrated spontaneously, as if in jest, at the age of 22. And also to New York, which he calls “turbulent”, “Kiev multiplied by four.”
And this youthful adventure gave rich shoots.An English teacher by education, Valery became a news presenter and correspondent on an international Russian-language channel, filmed many reports, and, as a passionate admirer of rock, a documentary film about a festival of like-minded musicians. And he does his journalistic work skillfully and with the discernment befitting the craft. He works with enthusiasm and sometimes selflessly – as, for example, after the terrorist attacks in Boston, when he did not sleep for 34 hours in a row, preparing live broadcasts from the scene.
In parallel with his television career, Valery has been studying to be a criminologist for several years, persistently believing that he will definitely get a position in a solid government organization – perhaps the FBI or the legendary, more than once praised New York police.
It was for the opportunity to prove himself, to make a breakthrough beyond circumstances, that he fell in love with America.
“Most of all I like meritocracy here – in the meaning of this word as close to the ideal as possible,” he argues.
Indeed, the United States is a non-caste country, and everyone can dare there. But Valery is a darling, and not everyone is as lucky as he is. Many, he says, are “canned” in exiled enclave areas where former Soviet professors work as taxi drivers or in nursing homes.
At the start of her seven-year emigrant marathon, Tatyana, whom I have known since my student years, was also not in a winning position. In Kiev, she left a prestigious position, on the duty of which she once even met for negotiations with President Leonid Kuchma, and went to Baku, where her future husband, Turk Yakup, worked as an industrial diver.Pidpis to photo,
Tatiana chose the eastern direction for her life wanderings
In Muslim Azerbaijan, she was not quite psychologically comfortable.“It’s hard to get used to the local attitude towards women, whistling in the streets – sometimes I didn’t want to walk, I took a taxi everywhere,” she recalls.
I had to comprehend not only the original oriental traditions, but also new professions. Three months after the move, Tatiana became deputy editor-in-chief of an English-language magazine for the colorful foreign diaspora of hydrocarbon Baku, and a couple of years later – a public relations specialist at a British oil company.
But soon, tired of the metropolitan rhythm and their constraining work schedule, they moved to the Cypriot port town of Kyrenia.There, Tatyana began to blog about the unpretentious joys of a new life – a walk along the edge of the sea, a visit to an Old Testament monastery, a baked dorado for dinner. After calming down and catching their breath, the international family moved to Turkish Kemer, where they met for the first time. Now Yakup teaches vacationers to scuba dive in the Mediterranean blue, and Tatiana teaches the language and edits a magazine for tourists – already as editor-in-chief.
“I love Turkey and Turks. I’m comfortable here, ”she says, but immediately admits that she is“ ready for new adventures ”.- My dream is to live in Southeast Asia. So this is not the last stop. ”
In the heart of Europe
Olga was sitting at the next desk – a fragile schoolgirl, frayed jeans, a Gavroche haircut. And this year, she, the wife of a Belgian and already a mother of two sons, settled not far from Brussels. The move turned out to be a test that has not yet been completely overcome, although Olga had been to Belgium before that an uncountable number of times. There you need to get used not only to the puppet architecture of cities and the geometry of streets that are different from Ukrainian, but also to get used to the local temperament.
“The most difficult thing is people. It is difficult for me to “read” them, to comprehend who is what, ”she complains. “And the humor is different – I’m afraid it will take years to understand it.”
Despite the predictable costs of emigration, there are also undeniable gains: from neat streets, quality education and excellent medicine to the expected well-off old age.
And yet Olga yearns for Ukraine – invisibly, molecularly, energetically. “I miss idle conversations with my friends. For the atmosphere of great holidays.On Kiev streets. Even by the smell of air, ”she admits.
At World’s End
What is the air like in Australia? With the scent of salt and sun and a touch of aboriginal exoticism? Another of my acquaintances, Anna and Andrey, who have been living in the city of Brisbane for more than six years, know about this.
The desire to leave Ukraine has been ripening for a long time – then they began to study and polish English, to consider possible routes. Clean ecology was one of the requirements for the future homeland – Andrei did not want his son and Anna to grow up in a country that, as he believed, was the nuclear dump of Europe.Pidpis to photo,
Stability in Australia is several times greater than in Ukraine, Anna and Andrey say
Life at the tip of the Earth the couple started from the bottom step – at the first job their previous merits were not taken into account. “It was hard for me for about a couple of years, when very few people took into account my views. It is not customary for a newcomer, an ordinary employee to have his own opinion, – says Anna, who in Ukraine headed a department of 17 people in a large company. “It was difficult to follow the sometimes completely ridiculous instructions unquestioningly.”
Their Australian ascent is still ongoing, but the most exhausting gap has been overcome – a house was purchased, albeit on credit, there are two cars, albeit modest, the son goes to an inexpensive, but private school. Their life is orderly, with a clear outline, a tangible landmark.
“What we like most here is the predictability of the result. If you perform certain actions, then you will definitely achieve what you want. This, of course, does not exclude the factor of luck, but there is much more stability in this country than in Ukraine, ”says Anna, adding that in Australia they“ learned to live in the future ”.
… Every day I go to Facebook and see the green lights on my friends list, I realize that their virtual proximity is imaginary. After all, I now do not coincide with many of them, not only in time – for someone today is already tomorrow or still yesterday, but also in many vital parameters. They are Ukrainian foreigners, as in the piercing song of a famous rock group: “I’ll be like at home abroad, the words are all familiar, ca va…”
This six is just a grain of salt, an echo of a sore but implacable statistics.Indeed, over the years of independence, according to various estimates, about 800 thousand people – smart, energetic, enterprising, promising – have left the country irrevocably.
The country’s gold fund is emptied, the cultural layer is thinning. The most valuable part of the national wealth – young talented scientists, creative intelligentsia are calmly released from Ukraine. And they do not expel, as once, but simply watch their outflow indifferently, not noticing the “loss of a soldier”. And they use their chance, fleeing not from hunger and unemployment, like emigrants from Africa and Asia, but from dull everyday life, inertia and, as Vasil Symonenko wrote, “a well-trained wretched mind” that rules here and inhibits development.
It can be argued that a new wave of emigration swept over us long ago. And the ninth wave is coming! A generation is growing up, for which, perhaps, the soulful lines of the same poet that “you cannot choose only the Motherland” will seem sentimental anachronism.
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- Risky stage.
At the moment of transition to a level with the potential to double the amount of payment, a card face down appears in front of the participant. The player needs to choose the color so that it matches the color of the suit of the card piece.The guest of the hall gets the right to carry out five attempts.
Rumpel Wildspins slot in the casino is able to fill the world with real wonders!
If you want to lead a luxurious life, then start attracting online slot machines to your leisure time, which do not skimp on very enviable fees. The main thing is not to make a mistake when checking the devices for generosity. True, having given your sympathy to the developments from Novomatic, you can count on big dividends from participation in the process!
The Brothers Grimm fairy tale served as the script for the creation of the amazing model.The story of a girl imprisoned in a thatched room touches the soul. The heroine is forced to hide pure gold without rest. An evil dwarf offered her help, whose services had to be repaid. He demanded that the poor girl give her firstborn as payment. The ending of the fairy tale is happy, so the virtual story will also end well.
Miracles Don’t End: The Magic Feeding of the Sample Outer Shell
The interface of Rumpel Wildspins is simply fabulous, which corresponds to the thematic plot.An illustration with a mysterious starry sky and a bright moon can be seen against the background of the disks. Fantastic flowers grow on the field, glowing in the dark. Drawings with portraits of characters are harmoniously combined with the magical landscape.
Rumpel Wildspins payout odds are really exciting!
To make sure that the development is profitable by catching collections with solid coefficients, you first need to set the number of rows and the scale of the contribution. After performing the necessary manipulations with the parameters of the fun, feel free to activate the coils and go for payments.By the way, the option of autostart disks (Autostart) is possible.
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A user with any skill level can afford to spend leisure time in the company of the heroes of history, since the Azino casino apparatus is quite easy to operate. Among other things, the eye is fascinated by the beautiful graphics, rich design of pictures and decent fees.
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Attractive technical parameters have been introduced into Play’n GO online slot machines.
As an example, there is a sample of Fair Joker with the following indicators:
- percentage of return on funds 96.15%,
- rotating discs – 3,
- pay lines – 5.
Additional financial capabilities of the instance are demonstrated by a series of free spins, Wild and Scatter symbols, multipliers. Devices, like the Fire Joker model, are launched at the request of the participant in the Auto and Fast Spin format.
- Classical theme.
- Fun features.
- Provider: Play’n GO.
- RTP: 96.15%
- Average variance.
- Game programmers of the Play’n GO company have chosen a product line with the Joker as the main character as a source of inspiration. The classic slot machines of the new generation Fire Joker are equipped with a simple interface, while they produce a more impressive effect.
- Technical filling: 3 coils and five strips.Such slots can be played on any mobile equipment with the condition of investing in a spin of € 0.05.
- The perimeter of the Fire Joker at Azino has a simple design. The location of the discs was an orange field, pierced from time to time by fiery sparks. The platform is framed by a gold frame, and the logo flaunts on top.
- Modest external data is corrected after activating the “Spin” icon, because at the moment of catching the winning combination in the perimeter everything ignites.
- All slot machines in the classic segment are equipped with familiar patterns: cherry, X, lemon, plum, grape, BAR, stars, red sevens and joker. The extreme link, playing the role of the wild, helps to speed up the moments of building successful sets. The reward for capturing three jokers is 80 coins.
The Respin Of Fire option is activated when folded icons appear on a couple of disks. Two reels will stick in place, while the third will continue to spin in order to get the player the symbols required to win.
PS: Great game at Azino!
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