After a dominant year on the mound, Houston Astros starter Dallas Keuchel was voted the American League (AL) Cy Young Award victor. He was 13-1 on the road and in his nine starts versus NL Central rivals Pittsburgh and St. Louis, Arrieta had an ERA of 1.45.
the-bearded-one-dallas-keuchel-wins-the-al-cy-young.jpgSince the All-Star Game began in 1933, no qualifying pitcher in Major League Baseball history had compiled a second half like Arrieta, who went 12-1 with a 0.75 ERA, which lowest post-All-Star mark ever.
And of course, Greinke’s 1.66 ERA over the entire season was the best in baseball since Hall of Famer Greg Maddux put up a 1.63 in 1995.
Dallas Keuchel won an American League-best 20 games and notched one last victory in 2015 by collecting the AL Cy Young award.
Price made 11 starts for the Blue Jays after the deal and posted a 9-1 record and a 2.30 ERA to help lead the Canadian franchise to the AL East title and first playoff appearance in 22 years.
Arrieta’s ascent to the elite ranks over the past two seasons has been nothing short of remarkable, and it is fitting that his progress was recognized in the form of one of Major League Baseball’s top honors.
On Wednesday, two pitchers, who looked to be fringe major leaguers just a few years ago, were named the winners of the Cy Young Award. He became Houston’s first Cy Young victor since Roger Clemens in 2004, when the team was in the National League. Sonny Gray was in the mix, but he has plenty of time left in the future.
Greinke finished in second place with 68 first place votes in a tight race. Arrieta received 17 first-place votes and 169 total points, compared to 10 first-place votes and 147 points for Greinke.
If he got some of those by inducing soft contact – that is, by putting pitches in spots that hitters have a hard time handling – so be it.
I don’t think so, but that’s a long way from saying voters blew the 2015 National League Cy Young Award. In that outing, Greinke went 7 strong innings, striking out 8 and allowing 2 earned runs on 5 hits.
“Everything that we were about, the types of guys we had and the character we had overall, really seeing that play out in an incredible way, (it) was probably the most memorable season in my career”, Arrieta said. The dude won three of the last four Cy Young Awards and had a strong claim to the fourth. The right-hander went 0-3 with a disastrous 6.43 ERA over five starts in the month.



Chicago jumped to a 10-0 lead as Portland missed its first seven shots from the field.
The Blazers offense was listless, lacking the movement of players, the ball and were plagued by a general uncertainty that hovered over their play all night.
The two men got tangled up in the fourth quarter of what was a one-point game Tuesday.
“I was really pleased how we defended for (the last) 3 1/2 quarters”, Portland coach Terry Stotts said, “but we never really could gain any traction offensively”. Yeah, I’m going to get that. He missed last year’s game because of a sore left hamstring.
bulls-celebrate-early-with-win-over-blazers.jpgThe win over the Blazers marks the first time the Bulls have won in Portland since February 3, 2007.
“I’m willing to be that guy that makes them and I’m willing to be that guy that doesn’t make them”, he said.
Lillard finished two assists shy of a triple-double with 19 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists. Al-Farouq Aminu nearly corralled the miss, but lost the ball out of bounds to Chicago with just over two seconds left.
Rose’s driving layup pushed Chicago into a 78-65 advantage with 10 minutes to play, but Lillard led an 11-0 tear that trimmed the margin to 78-76 with 6:21 remaining.Gasol’s 15-footer gave the Bulls an 80-76 lead with 4:51 left, but McCollum buried a 3-pointer to cut the margin to 80-79.McCollum knocked down a pair of foul shots to tie the game at 82-82 with 4:01 to go.
This was indicative of the type of night it was; a physical and at times plodding game down the stretch in which the Bulls couldn’t get distance because the Blazers refused to give ground late. But Butler put a exclamation point on the first half when he pulled up about 5 feet behind the half-court line.
The 27-year-old Rose is averaging 13.6 points, six assists and three rebounds per game this season.
Damian Lillard missed a 3-pointer to tie it for Portland with 2:25 left, then missed the second of a pair of free throws with 20.7 seconds left that would have also pulled the Blazers into a tie.
Plumlee and Butler had to be separated after an altercation between them with 4:17 in the 4th quarter.
It was in the fourth quarter when Plumlee appeared to drop a shoulder into Butler, who was setting a screen. Things got testy with Butler and Mason Plumlee getting in to a scuffle, and the heated argument landed Plumlee a flagrant foul and Butler a technical.
“You know, he thought it was football for a second there, ” Butler said. Butler also had a huge impact on the game, leading the team with 22 points and solid defense throughout the game. “Not sure I’ve ever experienced four days between games on a trip”, said Hoiberg, who played 10 National Basketball Association seasons. “I’m going to ask him to pay me back”.
“I’m going to tell my agent [Happy Walters] to email him or something”, Butler said.


Six pairs of shoes later, man finishes walk for palliative care

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Ian Bos of Bridgeville, Pictou County, started his walk across Canada on May 21 to raise money and awareness about the importance of palliative care. He’s shown with his mother, Nancy Bos. (STAFF / File)

Ian Bos of Bridgeville, Pictou County, started his walk across Canada on May 21 to raise money and awareness about the importance of palliative care. He’s shown with his mother, Nancy Bos. (STAFF / File)
 Ian Bos walked into Victoria, B.C., on Monday.

And that’s a big deal, because the 39-year-old from Bridgeville, Pictou County, walked out of the Aberdeen Regional Hospital parking lot in New Glasgow in May.

“Along the St. Lawrence (River) in Quebec was beautiful, nice and flat,” Bos said Friday when asked what his favourite part of Canada was.

He wore out six pairs of shoes and raised $26,000 for palliative care on his 6,027 kilometre journey.

“There was a lot of time to think on your own and other times you just tried to enjoy the moment,” said Bos.“My feet feel fine.”

Bos moved home to Pictou County from Vancouver in April 2014 to be with his father, Ted, who was dying of lung cancer.

Those final precious months with his father left him with a lasting appreciation for the memories they shared and of the palliative-care workers at the Aberdeen. They not only eased his father’s pain, but also the ache felt by him and his mother, Nancy.

But only about a third of Canadians have access to palliative-care supports. That was the impetus for Bos’s long walk.

He teamed up with the Aberdeen Palliative Care Association, United Church and Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association. During his walk, he stopped into hospices and talked with workers, the dying and their families.

Between each hospice, he contemplated the stories of those he’d met while looking out over boreal forest, prairie, mountain, sea and bog.

Some nights, he slept in the homes of strangers, others in the tent he carried on his back.

“The simple things mean more,” Bos said of how the walk changed him.

On Friday, he told his story to the 2015 Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association Conference in Ottawa.

He’ll speak at a few more conferences before heading back to his mother’s house in Bridgeville, to contemplate where he’ll go next.


Heathrow Airport Multi-Faith Room – Take Your Shoes Off to Pray

The Jewish Chronicle reported this morning that a Chabad rabbi returning to England from New York was told he must take off his shoes to pray in the Heathrow multi-faith chapel.

Rabbi Shmuli Brown who is a rabbi at Liverpool University wanted to daven Shachris (say his morning prayers) before catching another connecting flight.  He, therefore, headed to the airport’s chapel which is considered a multi-faith space.

To his surprise, he was told by an officer to take off his shoes, as if the space were a mosque.  “I replied that it was a multi-faith room, but he just told me again to take my shoes off.”

Jews wear shoes for prayer.  “Basic Halacha dictates that one may not daven barefoot,” reads an article outlining the dress code for prayer that is featured on the Chabad Jewish Center of Massachusetts website.  No small wonder then that Rabbi Brown no longer had valid use for the supposedly multi-faith chapel.  He left.

Rabbi Brown reached out to the Jewish chaplain at Heathrow who said the rabbi was not the first person who had this happen.  Rabbi Brown finds that unacceptable and explained to the Jewish Chronicle that, ““I want Heathrow to issue a public statement and make it very clear that this is a multi-faith room that caters for all religions, and is not just a mosque,” Rabbi Brown said. “This was the first time I have used such a prayer room inside an airport, and I won’t be doing so again. I am very much into displaying my Jewish pride, so I won’t be going into a small room and cowering in the corner.”


This and That: Ben, Bell’s knee, purple shoes

Just a little bit of this, and a little bit of that, from this week.

Running back Le’Veon Bell on having Ben back:
“I am excited to have him back in the huddle, making all of his calls. We still haven’t had everybody on the field at the same. It’s exciting.”

Cornerback William Gay on being fined for wearing purple cleats in honor of his mother, Carolyn Hall, a victim of domestic violence:
“The whole purpose of wearing the purple cleats is to bring awareness to domestic violence and it’s doing it right now.”

Bell on not blaming Reggie Nelson for trying to injure his knee in last season’s game:
“I don’t think he intended to hurt me. He chose to go low. The way my body was positioned was an ugly hit. I am fortunate it wasn’t as bad as it looked.”

Cornerback Antwon Blake on Andy Dalton:
“He is making good decisions this year. He doesn’t get as much credit as he deserves with the things he gets done with his feet, as far as scrambling and making plays. That is the biggest thing I have seen on film.”

Gay on playing the Bengals:
“It’s an AFC North game so not much needs to be said. It’s that type of week. It’s Cincinnati vs. the Steelers and may the best man win.”

Tackle Marcus Gilbert on a big AFC North matchup vs. Cincinnati:
“We know what type of team these guys are. They are coming off a bye week and will be fresh. We just have to come and play ball. We have to play team football and get this win.”

Guard David DeCastro on having Ben back:
“It seems like there is no drop off from where he left off. Hopefully it shows on Sunday as an offense. We need that. We need to give our defense some help and put points on the board.”


Japan’s New Cybersecurity Strategy: Security Without Thwarting Economic Growth

Mihoko Matsubara is a cyber security policy director at Intel K.K.

In September 2015, the Japanese Cabinet approved the secondJapanese Cybersecurity Strategy, which outlines the country’s approach to cybersecurity for the next three years.

Unlike the previous strategy, this new one was approved by Japan’s cabinet. This additional step highlights the importance of cybersecurity to senior Japanese leaders. It also comes a year after the Japanese parliament passed a law formalizing the role of the National Center of Incident Readiness and Strategy for Cybersecurity (NISC). The Japanese Prime Minister had originally established the NISC ten years ago but the lack of legal authorization meant that it held little sway over other ministries and agencies. Thanks to the new law, NISC is responsible for developing national strategy and policy, ensuring the cybersecurity of ministries and agencies, and serving as a focal point for international cooperation.

Japan Pension Service International Cyber Strategy Net Politics CFRThere are four important takeaways in the 2015 strategy. First, it highlights the positive and negative aspects of cyberspace—it’s both the source of innovation and threats—unlike the 2013 strategy, which only focused on risks and mitigation measures. By focusing on innovation, the 2015 strategy recognizes that the Japanese government won’t have all of the answers to cybersecurity challenges and that all stakeholders—users, civil society, critical infrastructure companies, and business—should contribute to the safety and security of cyberspace, through measures like two-way and real-time information sharing. It also makes clear that security measures shouldn’t hamper Japan’s ability to innovate given the important role that cyber-enabled technologies will play in driving economic growth.

Second, the Internet of things is described as an enabler to create new business opportunities and improve existing ones. The strategy, however, doesn’t provide any insight into how the Japanese government and industry will approach the security challenges associated with the Internet of things or set milestones as it becomes integrated in business operations. We are at the beginning of the Internet of things era, and government regulation or guidance would be somewhat premature. Now is the time for industry—both in Japan and around the world—to work with the government to begin addressing the security of Internet of things devices in a scalable and globally harmonized manner.

Third, the 2015 strategy reiterates the Japanese government’s concern over the recent series of massive personal information leaks, such as the Japan Pension Service (JPS) incident of May 2015. The NISC plans to revise Japan’s basic cybersecurity law, first passed in 2014, allowing it to monitor and audit special government-affiliated organizations such as the JPS, similar to its existing authorities with respect to government ministries and agencies. The change is expected to improve the cybersecurity practices of state organizations as they would have government auditors looking over their shoulders. This is particularly important as Japan rolls out My Number, a twelve-digit identification number for Japanese residents to access the country’s social security and tax systems, akin to the U.S. Social Security number. To alleviate worries over potential massive leaks of personal information tied to My Number, industry needs to engage customers and the government to explain the security mechanisms that already exist to keep My Number data safe. Japan will struggle to grow and innovate if its population doesn’t trust new technology designed to improve access to government and private sector services.

Finally, the strategy provides an overview of Japan’s international cyber efforts to date, noting its capacity building contributions in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, South America and Africa and bilateral dialogues, including with the United States and the European Union. The strategy makes clear that Japan is keen to deepen existing dialogues, expand confidence building activities, and participate in the ever-increasing number of cyber-related conferences to convey its interests and cyber security posture to international audiences. Details as to how Japan would actually achieve this, however, are sparse.

Overall, the new strategy strikes the right balance in emphasizing the government’s role in Japan’s cybersecurity without limiting the growth of the technology market—especially Internet of things—that will drive innovation.


Deutsche Bank appoints new CEO in latest post-crisis shake-up

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Germany’s largest lender Deutsche Bank purged its leadership on Sunday, appointing Briton John Cryan as chief executive to replace Anshu Jain just two weeks after Jain was given more power to reorganize the bank.

Deutsche Bank has struggled to restore an image tarnished by a raft of regulatory and legal problems which include probes into alleged manipulation of benchmark interest rates, mis-selling of derivatives, tax evasion and money laundering.

The German lender presented a radical management shake-up on May 21 in a last ditch attempt to restore confidence in its management, but some investors demanded more changes.

CFO of Swiss bank UBS Cryan addresses a news conference in ZurichCryan, 54, has been on the bank’s supervisory board since 2013 and was a former chief financial officer of rival bank UBS. He will replace co-CEO Jain, who will resign on June 30, and become the sole CEO when the other co-CEO, Juergen Fitschen, steps down next year, the bank said.

Cryan said there was work to be done. “Our future will be defined by how well we deliver on strategy, impress clients and reduce complexity,” he said in a Deutsche statement announcing his appointment.

The new CEO, who starts on July 1, was heavily involved in the bank’s new strategy blueprint and is unlikely to make significant changes to it, a senior bank source told Reuters.

“The strategy will not be reformulated but there’s obviously room to shape the details of the strategy,” the source said.


The strategic plan has been roundly criticized by investors as too little too late.

“A lot of detail is still needed on it,” said Chris Wheeler, bank analyst at Atlantic Equities in London. “Does the new person say they want to review it or say it’s fine … It’s a massive job still to do. It’s one of the world’s biggest investment banks and Germany’s national champion.”

Analysts at investment bank Jeffries praised Cryan’s track record at UBS for “underpromising to over-deliver,” saying he would be more likely to reverse Deutsche’s ill fortunes without raising new capital or changing strategy yet again.

“Deutsche is transitioning from one of the least credible management teams in investors’ minds to one of the most highly regarded,” Jefferies wrote in a note to clients. “Market confidence on delivery should clearly increase.”

Supervisory board chairman Paul Achleitner said the decision by Jain and Fitschen to step down demonstrated their commitment to putting the bank’s interests ahead of their own, praising their contributions

Jain decided that whoever was going to see through the strategy at Deutsche Bank needed to commit to a full five years and he was not able to do this, a source familiar with the situation told Reuters. He first discussed this with co-CEO Fitschen and the pair then agreed that they would both offer their resignation to Achleitner. Achleitner then let the supervisory board know of their decision, the source added.

Jain, an Indian-born British citizen, landed the top spot at Deutsche in 2012 after the investment banking division he ran consistently delivered up to 85 percent of group profit and frequently outperformed peers.

But tougher regulatory requirements and litigation, including a $2.5 billion fine to settle allegations that Deutsche traders rigged benchmark interest rates, took the shine off a division often referred to internally as “Anshu’s army”.

Making Jain directly responsible for cutting Deutsche Bank’s costs by 4.7 billion euros ($5.2 billion), selling its Postbank retail business and paring back its investment bank put huge pressure on the executive.

After criticism from shareholders at last month’s AGM, Jain addressed a gathering of senior staff and coordinators, offering an early hint that he was prepared to leave. “I don’t want to stand in the way of the development of the bank and if necessary I will step side,” Jain told them, according to one person present at the gathering.

“He was really upset, I mean, really upset.”

Fitschen was hired as co-CEO to maintain the bank’s German profile but his ability to sell the group’s strategy to domestic shareholders has been impaired by his own legal problems.

He is required to appear nearly every week at a criminal court in Munich to defend himself against allegations that he misled investigators in a dispute with the heirs of the Kirch media empire.

Deutsche Bank has been one of the weakest performers of any major bank since Jain and Fitschen took over as co-chief executives in June, 2012. (

Huw van Steenis, analyst at Morgan Stanley in London, said legacy issues, leverage and German retail would drag on the bank. “With unions seeking a 5 percent wage increase and job security, it’s not obvious DB has easy levers to pull fast,” he said.

“Costs on the other hand have been stubbornly high, despite DB (having) multiple plans to cut costs which have failed to deliver.”

The shake-up is the latest of a string of similar moves among European banks. Barclays, Credit Suisse and UBS have all gained new leaders since the financial crisis hit.

Gerhard Schick, the spokesman for financial matters for Germany’s Green party said it finally gave Deutsche Bank a chance for a fresh start.

“The current bosses were tied too closely to the problems for them to represent a change of corporate culture. This new start should have been done when (former CEO) Josef Ackermann left,” he said.

“The decisions back then have led to a couple of lost years for the bank. The new management needs to clean up, particularly in investment banking.”


Planned Giants in Chicago’s South Loop: Build Them All – As Designed

Needless to say, I am very encouraged with the recent announcements concerning the new towers planned for the South Loop—five in all. I wish that the images displayed so far were to come to fruition, and those structures portrayed be built as shown and not dumbed-down by external forces. But then I know changes are inevitable. There are architectural designs classified as “as drawns,” and there are those “as builts.” The models and renderings of this handful of towers are potent in themselves, and these suggest that some real excitement can be expected in a part of town that really needs some new architectural expression. The South Loop deserves better design recognition, and these landmark towers can help propel it out of the architectural doldrums that have marked this patch-quilt neighborhood for the last thirty years.

One Museum Park on the left, with The Grant Condominiums on the rightIt is true that One Museum Park (Pappageorge Haymes Partners, 2009), a 62-story, 726-foot tall skyscraper, and its neighbor to the west, The Grant (Pappageorge Haymes Partners, 2010), a 54-story, 595-foot tall tower, are more recent exceptions. These two condominium buildings were indeed controversial in their very beginnings due to their designs, heights, and expected increase in density. But today, these towers seem to have acclimated to their locations quite nicely, and it would be difficult to imagine the south edge of Grant Park without them; they provide not only housing, but a needed termination wall that helps to define the south edge of Grant Park. These skyscrapers were just a start and were valiant attempts at reinvigorating the South Loop and giving a sorely-needed edge condition—visual termination or containment wall—to Grant Park’s southern expanse. More height and additional urban/park-edge-defining is needed. Hopefully, more intelligent planning will surface to competently complete the south—visual termination—wall for Grant Park; this giant green expanse deserves better than frittering itself away into the architecturally ragtag neighborhoods that currently gird its southwestern edge. Walls of tall buildings can do this, and do this very well; after all, a number of empty lots will be infilled! Recall Manhattan’s Central Park, and for a closer example, look to the manner in which Chicago’s Grant Park is defined to its north and northwestern boundaries. Grant is an urban park, it is not a primeval forest.

The two boxes in the middle represent Rafael Vinoly's proposed towers. On the right is the supertall proposed by Jahn.

Those aforementioned recent announcements include the following developments: 1000 South Michigan, a Helmut Jahn-designed skyscraper promising to reach 1,002 feet (already reduced from 1,030 feet) above the street; a two-towered development by internationally-renowned architect Rafael Vinoly featuring a 76-story, 862-foot tall residential tower with a promise for a second taller skyscraper—later; a 48-story, 490-foot tall apartment building by Solomon Cordwell Buenz architects to be located in the 1300 block of South Michigan Avenue; and finally a structural tour-de-force by Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture named the Essex Inn Tower, a 54-story apartment building to rise 605 feet (for comparison’s sake, the same height as the Chicago Board of Trade Building) above Michigan Avenue. The Essex’s apartments will rise from the 12th floor-level which stands above a “cut-out void in the tower’s form” which is framed by a diagonal nest of supporting columns.

Certainly revisions—or architect-sponsored refinements—will occur with each of these proposals. But I can only hope that these will be minor, and the city, South Loop neighbors, and a host of stakeholder groups will trust the design skills of the various firms and leave well-enough alone. These new skyscrapers should indeed be built as rendered—or adhere closely to the spirit in which they were conceived—for the sake of architectural and urban design integrity. Let these experts in design and urban planning—the architects—and the people who are paying for these new towers, determine their final appearances and heights, and let them build these five projects as recently presented. My mantra: No aesthetic dumbing-down by citizen groups, politicos, or city agencies should be tolerated!


Best Black Friday Online Shopping Apple Macbook Deals

We talked with several shopping experts to get their takes on the bestBlack Friday deals to score at Target.


The online retailer giant hasn’t said whether or not they will offer Black Friday deals for iPhones or other smartphones. Check back on Thanksgiving Day for another chance at these Black Friday deals. IfAmazon does offer any iPhone deals, Prime members will get first dibs. Individual quantity limits apply per offer. It didn’t sell very well initially, but people buy anything that’s cheap which is why a lot of retailers are putting this gadget up for sale throughout Black Friday and you may be interested in getting one too after you’ll see the sweet deals that the retailers have in store for you.

This is where the best deals can be obtained at retailers like Best Buy, Target, Wal-Mart, and Amazon, but these deals can vary depending on the phone carrier like Verizon, Sprint, AT&T, and T-Mobile.


DOJ offers tips for holiday donors, consumers

HELENA –The public is urged to keep an eye out for online shopping scams, identity theft attempts and false charity solicitations during the holiday season, Montana Department of Justice officials said Tuesday.

-thinkstockphotos-532465421.jpg_20150413.jpg“When you’re asked to donate, give wisely,” Attorney General Tim Fox said in a news release. “Ask questions and donate only when you’re satisfied that your money will be used in ways you consider appropriate. Be wary of callers who use high pressure tactics or those who promise you sweepstakes winnings in exchange for your contribution.”

The Office of Consumer Protection at the Montana Department of Justice recommends donors keep the following in mind:

Ask how much of your contribution will go to the charity for its charitable purposes.

Ask solicitors if they are paid fundraisers. If the solicitors are paid, a portion of your contribution will pay their salary.

Ask solicitors to provide you with written documentation indicating that your donation will be tax deductible.

Don’t give your credit card number to a telephone solicitor or in response to any unsolicited phone call you receive. Pay by check instead. Your canceled check will help you for tax record purposes. Use the full, official name of the charity on your check.

Fox also told Montanans to use caution while shopping online for holiday gifts.

“Never use unsecured wireless networks to make an online purchase,” Fox said. “Be careful of emails requesting information. Scammers may attempt to gather information by sending emails requesting that you confirm purchases or account information. Legitimate businesses will not solicit this type of information through email.”

The Office of Consumer Protection offers online shoppers the following tips:

Make sure that you’re up-to-date with the latest security software, web browsers, and operating system.

Check out sellers and conduct independent research before you buy from a seller you’ve never done business with.

Before you enter your personal and financial information to make an online transaction, look for signs that the site is secure. This includes a closed padlock on your web browser’s address bar or a URL address that begins with “http” or “https,” which indicates that the purchase is encrypted or secured.

Contact the merchant directly if you are alerted to a problem. Use contact information found on your account statement, not in an email.

Consumers should also be aware that under Montana law, gift cards and gift certificates from an individual merchant do not expire.

“Whether you’re buying gift cards this holiday season, or receive them as gifts, remember that they don’t have to be used right away, even if there’s an expiration date printed on them,” Fox said.

Gift cards that can be used with multiple sellers of goods or services, like those from a Chamber of Commerce or shopping center, or prepaid credit cards, are not considered gift certificates in Montana. Additionally, under federal laws, cards usable with multiple merchants and prepaid credit cards are valid for at least five years from the date the card is purchased. Funds added to a prepaid card must also be good for five years.

Montana law also allows gift cards or gift certificates that have less than $5 remaining on them, but were originally valued at over $5, to be redeemed for cash.