In the Footsteps of the Ancients

first_img• • •Five Must-StopsAlong the CherohAla SkywayFor a weekend, I channeled the spirit of the Cherokee and paused to wonder, if the trees could talk, what would they say? If the creeks could whisper, what secrets would they share? In order to find out, I marveled at the tall trees, gaped at the mountain views, hiked the balds, slept under the star-studded sky, and relished in the mist from cascading waterfalls.Marvel at the Big Tree at Joyce Kilmer Memorial ForestMy first stop wasn’t even technically on the skyway. Driving from Robbinsville, the road literally ends at the top of Santeetlah Gap, leaving the driver with the choice to turn left onto the Skyway or right to Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest. I turned right. The park offers a rare chance to walk through a virgin hardwood old-growth forest. The ancient Cherokees probably thought nothing of magnificent trees towering above, because they lived in a time before the logger’s saw devastated entire forests. Today, few old-growth tree stands remain throughout Appalachia.I meandered along the Joyce Kilmer National Recreation Trail, a two-mile easy hike taking me into the heart of the forest. I stopped often to crane my neck upwards, taking in the gentle giants, some of which are over 100 feet in height and 20 feet in circumference. When I learned that some of the trees here have been around for nearly 400 years, I couldn’t help but touch them, thinking that a Cherokee Indian might have touched some of these very same trees hundreds of years ago.That poplars remain is due to the remote mountainous location, making the effort to log cost prohibitive once the construction of a dam flooded the logging company’s railroad access. Along with the poplars, some 100 species of trees can be seen at Joyce Kilmer, including hemlock, red and white oak, basswood, beech, and sycamore. The forest is aptly named after the poet Joyce Kilmer, who wrote the poem, “Trees.”Gaze at the Mountains from Santeetlah’s Overlook For a peak experience, my next stop was Santeetlah’s Overlook that, at 5390 feet, is over a mile high. On a skyway full of beautiful views, Santeetlah’s Overlook is a must-stop.  A stone’s throw from the paved parking lot, I looked out at the cloud-covered Great Smoky Mountains and the upper Santeetlah watershed. From where I stood, there was little evidence of civilization.  I could not see a building, a bridge, or a road.  The mountains faded into hills, seemingly stretching into infinity. A low-hanging fog danced around the mountains and trees, creating spirit-images that swayed with the breeze. Cloaked in fog, the mountains acquired a sense of mystery.This vantage point provided me the same view a Cherokee would have had before the white men came to these parts. Since then forests have been destroyed to build towns and the landscape has been forever altered in many areas. Here, the mountains and hills remain unscathed. Where the tall trees tower above, the rivers flow freely, and mountain vistas are uninterrupted, it becomes plausible to imagine just how rugged and wild a world the ancient Cherokee inhabited.The very ruggedness and remoteness of this area protected Cherokees during the time of the Trail of Tears. Some Cherokees who lived in the Cheoah Valley hid in these mountains and were saved the fate of being exiled to distant reservations. Their descendants live in a small Cherokee community near the town of Robbinsville, known as Tu Ti Yi, or Snowbird.Hike to Hooper BaldMy next stop was Hooper Bald to hike the half-mile trail to the top. As I hiked, I wondered how the balds came to be at tops of mountains. Why, at heights where I expected to find large trees that otherwise grow in the Appalachia mountain chain, were there grassy meadows covered with shrubs and grass like tundra instead?Turns out theories abound as to how the balds came to be, but my personal favorite theory is that Native Americans cleared the balds for sacred ceremonies. As I stood on those grassy expanses, it seemed entirely plausible that the Cherokees felt a spiritual connection on this spot, where nothing remained between the earth underfoot and the heavens above.The Snowbird Backcountry Area can be accessed from this stop. The network of 37 miles of hiking trails leads to waterfalls and ridgetops, as well as access to the headwaters of Big Snowbird Creek.Camp at Indian Boundary LakeTired after a day of hiking and demanding mountain driving, I couldn’t wait to pitch my tent at Indian Boundary Lake. I descended a two- mile road full of switchbacks to reach the lake, which covers 96 acres and sits at an elevation of 1,560 feet. The detour was well worth the effort – the pristine lake rimmed with pine trees and surrounded by mountain views was nothing less than stunning. The lake offers a swimming beach, a picnic area with grills, and a 3.2 mile hiking and biking trail around the lake.But what my aching body cared most about was the campground. With 80-some campsites at Indian Boundary Lake, I had my choice of campsites that all offered the usual amenities such as a fire pit and picnic tables. What really set some campsites apart were the many docks and man-made peninsulas along the lake. The view I had from my perch on a floating dock couldn’t have been better if I were floating on my own personal boat in the middle of the lake.  It was one of those clear nights when the Milky Way was visible.  The surface of the lake reflected the stars above, and after gazing long enough I couldn’t discern where the sky stopped and the water began.Relish in the Cool Mist from Bald River FallsRefreshed after a good sleep, I headed off for Bald River Falls. After hearing that the falls are one of the most impressive and scenic waterfalls in Eastern Tennessee, I was eager to drive the five miles along the Tellico River to see for myself. Bald River is a powerful, dramatic short river. Just before Bald River joins the Tellico, Bald River cascades one hundred feet onto the boulders below. A bridge over this confluence allows a stunning platform from which to see the falls.While the view from my car was pretty darn good, getting out and walking down to the base of the falls was even more impressive. From my view at the bottom of the falls, it was easy to see how the Cherokees believed that flowing water could help a person begin anew. The ancient Cherokee performed a ritual called “going to water” to cleanse the spirit and body. At a new moon, before special dances, after bad dreams, or during illnesses, Cherokee would step into a river or creek at sunrise, facing east toward the rising sun.  They would dip under the water 7 times.  When they emerged, they were said to be rid of bad feelings and have a clear mind. This ritual doesn’t seem much different from my own need to go kayaking when I have a difficult decision to make or need a fresh perspective on life.I spent the better part of the day hiking the trail just above the falls, which follows Bald River for nearly 6 miles through deciduous forests. In summer, you can swim at the base of Bald River Falls or in pools on the Tellico River, and the lower Tellico River can’t be beat for tubing.Parting TipsThe Cherohala Skyway is about as remote and wild as it gets in the Southeast. Bring plenty of food and water, pack your camera, and fill up your gas tank. There is very little cell phone service. Restrooms are few and far between, and there are no stores or gas stations along the skyway. Take your time. While it’s possible to drive the entire skyway in a couple of hours, to truly appreciate the diverse terrain you might want to consider taking a full day or longer. This is a place to linger and appreciate. For your efforts, you will be rewarded with breathtaking views and offered a glimpse into the lives of the ancient Cherokee people.How the Cherohala Became a SkywayBack in the 1950s, the people who called the rural communities in Southeastern Tennessee home felt isolated and desired to be connected to nearby mountain towns. In an effort to gain publicity for the need for a road linking Tennessee and North Carolina, at a Kiwanis meeting in April 1958, a local resident jokingly suggested club members organize a wagon train “since our roads are only fit for covered wagons.” Six weeks later, residents organized a wagon train consisting of 67 covered wagons and 325 horseback riders. They left Tellico Plains, N.C., on a 42-mile journey to Western North Carolina. Thus began an annual wagon train trek through the mountains. By 1967, the 10th anniversary of the wagon train, the construction of an actual highway began. The wagon wheel tracks of the annual trek created the skyway’s original path. After decades of construction and a price tag of $100 million, the Cherohala Skyway officially opened in October 1996. The US Forest Service estimated that five million cars a year would use the new road, which turned out to be an extremely unrealistic prediction. In reality, only twenty cars and 100 motorcycles a day use the skyway, most of which use occurs during the warmer months. The skyway is desolate in the winter. Southeastern Tennessee existed in my mind as just a series of miserably winding mountain roads—until I happened to drive on the Cherohala Skyway on my way to the Tellico River. The road connects Robbinsville, N.C. to Tellico Plains, Tenn., and was named after the Cherokee and Nantahala National Forests it crosses: “Chero. . . hala.” The road opened in 1996 and was soon after designated a National Scenic Byway. The mountains here are a bit taller and more remote, the lakes are noticeably clearer and greener, and the rivers a tad steeper and more dramatic than in the rest of Appalachia. The drive treats you to one amazing view after another as you ascend peaks up to 5390 feet.The views along this road are nothing less than awe-inspiring, but even more intriguing are the subtle hints of the Cherokee in these parts. Motorists aren’t bombarded by billboards advertising commercial reenactments or tourist traps thinly disguised as reservations. Like the scenery, the presence of the Cherokee can be found all around. The street signs are written in both English and Cherokee. In fact, the namesakes for the very land, rivers, and mountains in this area are derived from Cherokee words. When I heard that parts of the now Cherohala Skyway were once used by the ancient Cherokee as footpaths, I was less interested in rushing to the rivers to kayak and more curious to explore and find out more about the native people who once called these mountains home.Cherokee HeritageThe Cherokee Nation occupied these mountains, surviving in this harsh country by growing crops, hunting, fishing, and gathering wild foods. The largest Native American group in the U.S., the Cherokee tribes spent centuries in Southern Appalachia. The Cherokees left their mark. In fact, Tennessee was actually named after the first capital of the Cherokee nation “Tanasi,” which means “big bend” and was used to describe what we now call the Tennessee River. In this area, so many of the rivers, forests, and mountains received their name from the Cherokee language.The idea of seeking out a “wilderness experience” or spending time in nature would have been absurd to the ancient Cherokee. The Cherokees did not – and in fact could not – relegate the outdoors to a small place or time in their lives, so intertwined was their existence with nature. The Cherokee believed that the eagles, deer, snakes, fire, creeks, and mountains all had an intelligent spirit, which played a role in Cherokee myths and daily practices.Eastern Bank of CherokeeMember of Eastern Bank of Cherokee Indian with traditional hairstyle worn by male warriors and plucked eyebrows, as was customary for Cherokee warriors in the early 1900s.last_img read more

Court publicly reprimands Judge Angel

first_img July 1, 2004 Regular News Court publicly reprimands Judge Angel Editor’s Note: Chief Justice Harry Lee Anstead has requested that the News begin running the text of the verbal reprimands administered to judges. What follows is the reprimand Chief Justice Anstead administered to Fifth Circuit Judge Carven Angel June 11 at the Supreme Court in Tallahassee. REPRIMAND Judge Carven Angel The first matter on the court’s docket this morning is the public reprimand of Judge Carven Angel. Judge Angel, would you please approach the podium and remain standing?The charges filed against you arise from and relate to your admitted misconduct during your campaign for re-election as a circuit court judge in Marion County, Florida. A stipulation between you and the Investigative Panel of the Florida Judicial Qualifications Commission was presented to this Court pursuant to article V, section 12 of the Florida Constitution. In that stipulation, you admitted the impropriety of your conduct, which occurred during the course of your 2002 election campaign.these proceedings this morning, we are reminded once again of the necessity that candidates for judicial office must adhere to the very strict requirements imposed upon them by Canon 7 of the Code of Judicial Conduct.Let me briefly review the charges to which you have admitted:1. During the campaign, in violation of §105.071(1) of the Florida Statutes and Canon 7A(1)(d) of the Code of Judicial Conduct, you attended and participated in a regular meeting of the Ocala Republican Women’s Club.2. During the campaign, in violation of §105.071(1) of the Florida Statutes and Canon 7A(1)(d) of the Code of Judicial Conduct, you and members of your family attended and campaigned for your election at a “Salute to Labor” picnic and Democratic candidate rally.3. During the campaign, on or about August 15, 2002, in violation of §105.071(1) of the Florida Statutes and Canon 7A(1)(d) of the Code of Judicial Conduct, you attended and participated in a meeting of the Republican Club of Sumter County.4. During the campaign, on or about August 26, 2002, in violation of §105.071 of the Florida Statutes and Canon 7A(1)(d), 7A(3) and 7C(3) of the Code of Judicial Conduct, your wife attended, with your knowledge, and participated on your behalf in the Lake County Federated Women Republican’s “Meet the Candidate Night.” Your wife assumed your opponent had been invited, but your opponent had not been invited and was not present.5. During the campaign, in violation of §105.071(1) of the Florida Statutes and Canon 7A(1)(d) and 7C(3) of the Code of Judicial Conduct, you attended the “Dennis Baxley Family Picnic,” which was a partisan political gathering to support Republican Dennis Baxley, a candidate for the House of Representatives, to which your opponent was not invited. During the picnic, you spoke asking for the votes of the persons present.6. During the campaign, in violation of §105.071(1) of the Florida Statutes and Canon 7A(1)(d) and 7C(3) of the Code of Judicial Conduct, you attended a Marion County Republican Party forum in Ocala and were recognized as a judicial candidate.7. During the campaign, in violation of §105.071(3) of the Florida Statutes and Canon 7C(3) of the Code of Judicial Conduct, when asked about your political party affiliation, you identified yourself as a member of a partisan political party and thus held yourself out as a member of a partisan political party.Each of these incidents may give to the public the appearance that you were part of the partisan activities involved. This, of course, is prohibited by Canon 7 of the Code of Judicial Ethics.Unfortunately, members of the public in attendance at the partisan political events I have just listed could reasonably conclude that the judicial candidate in attendance stood for the same partisan political views espoused by the partisan political candidates in attendance. That, of course, is the risk I spoke of and, unfortunately, you, Judge Angel, permitted that to happen. What are those citizens to think when they later view that judicial candidate on the bench?Every judicial election presents both a great opportunity and a great risk. Those elections present us with a great opportunity to educate our citizens about the proper role and responsibility of the Third Branch — and especially the role and responsibilities of the individual judges who serve that branch and that all judicial candidates in Florida will honor those responsibilities. Of course, absolute impartiality and freedom from partisan influences are the most important of these responsibilities.At the same time, however, judicial elections present a great risk — a risk that the public will be misinformed about the proper role and responsibilities of judges and that because of that misinformation, confidence in our justice system will be undermined or shaken if the public perception is that judges may act in partisan manner — rather than strictly adhere to the Rule of Law.Public confidence in the impartiality and integrity of our judges is absolutely essential to the public’s confidence in our justice system. It is especially important that our citizens understand that judges must be impartial and that the independence of the judiciary is premised on the judge’s pledge of freedom from partisan influences.A judge must also have at all times the respect and confidence of all of those who are affected by the judge’s actions. The judge must provide the same impartial forum to a citizen accused of the worst crime or the CEO of the world’s richest corporation. Each case must be decided on the law and the particular facts presented. The fostering and guarding of this respect and confidence, which is so fundamental to a judge’s role, must also be a part of the selection process in elections. As I have already noted, it is often in elections that the people of the community develop knowledge and opinions concerning their judges and our justice system. Hence, judicial candidates have a special obligation to assure that the system is viewed as impartial and free of partisanship. The system will be judged and evaluated on the conduct of the judicial candidates, whether they be lawyers or incumbent judges.It cannot be emphasized enough, that a candidate for judicial office is in a unique position to inform the public about the Rule of Law and the special role our justice system and judges play in resolving our citizens’ and our society’s problems. Judicial elections are often the only opportunity citizens have to learn about these important principles and judicial candidates have a special obligation to see that these principles are articulated and honored. The responsibility of the judicial candidate to educate the public about the unique role of the Third Branch is especially important because virtually all of the elections for positions in the other two branches are conducted on a partisan basis.I cannot complete this reprimand without expressly noting two things that mitigate the sanction we are now imposing — first, that you have candidly admitted the conduct alleged by the Commission, and, secondly, that while your campaign appearances have properly been found to have violated the spirit and words of Canon 7, there has been no claim asserted that you have made blatant claims of partisanship such as we have unfortunately seen in other recent cases before the Court.Nevertheless, we commend those that serve on the Judicial Qualifications Commission for adopting a zero tolerance policy in guarding against the intrusion of partisan politics into the judicial selection process. Such an intrusion constitutes a serious threat to the concepts of neutrality and impartiality which form the twin pillars of any house of justice.Above all, we must never forget that the Rule of Law is not a conservative or liberal value. It is certainly not a Republican or Democratic value. Rather, it is an American value — and confidence in that Rule of Law rests entirely, at any given point in time, on the character and integrity of the individual American judge and the judge’s absolute commitment to fairness and impartiality.We must jealously guard this Rule of Law and not allow it to be undermined or used as a pawn in the partisan rhetoric that often marks the highly partisan political campaigns involving the other two branches of government. Judicial candidates are bound to know that their fundamental obligation is to be impartial and nonpartisan. They must not allow their actions during a judicial campaign to cause the public to think otherwise.Judge Angel, you must never forget that our justice system is judged every day by what judges and judicial candidates do and say. Please accept this reprimand in the spirit it is intended and go and henceforth make us proud of your conduct on and off the bench as a representative of Florida’s fine judiciary.Judge Angel, your public reprimand is now concluded and you may leave. Court publicly reprimands Judge Angellast_img read more

Sidney Police officer arrested on sexually-related charges involving minor

first_imgThe New York State Police Department says 27-year-old Brandon S. Parry of Sherburne, N.Y. was arrested and charged with disseminating indecent material to minors. He was also charged with endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor. (WBNG) — State Police announced the arrest of an officer from the Village of Sidney Police Department on a felony sex charge Thursday afternoon. The police department says Parry is accused of sending indecent messages and pictures to a minor. The investigation is ongoing. State Police say Parry was arraigned in the Village of Sidney Court where he was released on his own recognizance. An order of protection was issued to the victim, police say.last_img read more

Ballyshannon men brighten up hospital campus with bird box donations

first_imgMembers of the Ballyshannon Men’s Shed have kindly donated bird boxes to Sligo University Hospital for the enjoyment of both patients and staff.The men built and donated the colourful boxes to help the hospital in their work on An Taisce’s Green-Campus Programme.One of the areas the hospital has been looking at as part of the sustainability and biodiversity theme, is attracting birds and other wildlife to some of the green areas around the hospital. Domhnall McLoughlin, Assistant General Manager at the hospital said, “The Ballyshannon Men’s Shed members have been very generous in building and donating the bird boxes to the hospital and we hope these will attract a number of species of birds into the green areas of the hospital by providing places for them to nest.“The quality of the bird boxes is testament to the workmanship of the Ballyshannon Men’s Shed Group. The men have been very supportive of the hospital and we are grateful to them for assisting our efforts towards a Green Campus.”Ballyshannon Men’s Shed donated bird boxes to Sligo University Hospital as part of the hospital’s Green-Campus Programme, from left: Domhnall McLoughlin, Assistant General Manager, SUH; Robert Lawn, Ballyshannon Men’s Shed; Patricia Lee, Service Manager, SUH; Mike Lynch, Ballyshannon Men’s Shed; Michael O’Brien, Energy Officer, HSE Estates; and Paddy Donagher, Ballyshannon Men’s Shed.Ballyshannon men brighten up hospital campus with bird box donations was last modified: August 28th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Ballyshannon Men’s Shedsligo university hospitallast_img read more

Harrison reverses decision to retire

first_imgAudley Harrison has reversed his decision to retire.The 41-year-old announced he was quitting the ring after his first-round defeat at the hands of heavyweight prospect Deontay Wilder in Sheffield last month.But Harrison says he was inspired to return following the recent birth of his son.“When I made the tough decision to walk away from boxing, I knew it was not going to be easy,’” he said.“As the days passed, I knew I would not be able to live with the decision.“There is no way I am going to tell my son ‘I gave up because I didn’t want to climb the mountain again, I didn’t want to dust myself off again’.“I’m now in the best shape of my career, doing things I haven’t done for years, and back in love with the sport. How can I retire when I know I have another shot in me?”Harlesden’s former Olympic champion has been much criticised as a professional – not least after a dismal showing when challenging David Haye for the world title in 2010.He was also crushed in the first round by David Price last year but opted to continue his career.He won the popular Prizefighter tournament for the second time before the fight against Wilder, which Harrison felt was stopped prematurely after he was floored by the American.Harrison added: “We all saw how the fight ended, which was not right.“I can’t walk away with that performance. If I do, it would haunt me until I’m old and grey.“I got up, they should have let him come to finish me, and let me show what I got.“People who worry I may get hurt, I thank you for your concerns. We live in a free society and my desire for freedom and autonomy is my universal right.“Don’t know where, but see you in a ring real soon.”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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Former Cincinnati Star Kenyon Martin Posts “Xavier Sucks” Graphic Ahead Of Tonight’s Rivalry Game

first_imgCincinnati's mascot standing on a board being held by cheerleaders.CINCINNATI, OH – FEBRUARY 04: The Cincinnati Bearcats mascot performs during the game against the Connecticut Huskies at Fifth Third Arena on February 4, 2017 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)Before NBA star Kenyon Martin was lighting it up in the professional ranks, he played his collegiate ball at Cincinnati, leading the Bearcats to the nation’s No. 1 ranking for 12 weeks in 1999-2000. Naturally, that means that he isn’t a huge fan of the team’s major rival, Xavier.But just how much does he dislike the Musketeers? Martin posted the below graphic just hours before the two teams tip off in Cincinnati.It’s going down tonight. #bearcatnationstandup. UC Basketball where greatness happens. #letsgoA photo posted by Straightjacketcrazy. (@kenyonmartinsr) on Feb 18, 2015 at 9:14am PST Both Xavier and Cincinnati could use a win tonight to bolster their NCAA Tournament resumes. It should be another fantastic game between these two.last_img read more


first_imgThere’s good times ahead with Bad Times at the El Royale starring Chris Hemsworth, Jeff Bridges, Cailee Spaeny and Cynthia Eriv. The movie is scheduled to shoot from January 29 to April 6, 2018. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement Bad Times at the El Royalecenter_img Advertisement There are at least 8 movies scheduled for filming in and around Vancouver this month including 4 feature films and 4 TV movies. Stars you can expect to see around town include Anna Kendrick, Candace Cameron Bure, Chris Hemsworth, Jeff Bridges and Katherine Langford.NoelleIt’s still Christmas time in Vancouver with Pitch Perfect star Anna Kendrick in the Disney holiday movie Noelle. Kendrick plays Santa’s daughter, Nicole Claus, who has to take over the reins (and reindeer) as old Saint Nick retires. Shirley MacLean, Bill Hader and Billy Eichner also co-star. Filming in Vancouver began last October and is scheduled until January 19th. The release date of the movie is slated for November 8, 2019, just in time for next year’s Christmas season. Twitter Facebooklast_img read more

Addiction support discussed at the Community Couch Conversation

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – It was an evening full of emotion, compassion and understanding on Thursday at the Lido for the FSJ Community Couch Conversation.Collaboratively hosted by Healthy FSJ and the Fort  St. John Community Action Team, the Opioid Dialogues was co-hosted by Julianne Kucheran and Edwina Nearhood.Mayor Lori Ackerman gave an emotional dedication to the event in honour of those who are affected by drug addictions. Ackerman lost her brother to substance use. Afterwards, personal stories of addiction were shared by those who have been touched by drugs and addiction.Each guest stated that there is no shame in addictions and that it can happen to anyone no matter your background.In a statement from Healthy FSJ, the goal of Community Couch Conversation is to foster a supportive evening, where the community comes together to learn, listen and think about how we can be there for one another to build a healthy and resilient community in the face of the opioid crisis. Six health professionals, who specialize in drug use and addictions were part of the opioid panel.The main message conveyed by the panel is that community support is key when dealing with addictions.“Those who suffer from addictions within Fort St. John are a part of your family and that the community must come together and work as one”, said Amanda Trotter executive director for the Women’s Resource Society.The panel agreed that more resources need to be made available for substance users in Fort St. John.“There is a disparity for those who receive help and treatment. The poor suffer. You’re very lucky if you are able to afford it”, said Connie Greyeyes of the Nenan Dane zaa Deh Zona Family Services Society.The panel concluded that there is more work to be done and the discussions must continue.last_img read more

Centre lets FMled ministerial panel fix CPSE sale price timing

first_imgNew Delhi: To fast-track strategic sale of CPSEs, the Cabinet Thursday allowed the Alternative Mechanism to decide on the timing, price and quantum of shares of a state-run company to be put on the block for outright sale.”The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA ) has approved delegation of the following Alternative Mechanism in all the cases of strategic disinvestment of CPSEs where CCEA has given ‘in-principle’ approval for strategic disinvestment,” an official statement said. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepThe Alternative Mechanism (AM) on strategic disinvestment was set up in 2017 and consists of the finance minister, the road transport and highways minister and the minister representing respective administrative department. So far, the AM has decided on the terms and conditions of the sale from the stage of inviting of expressions of interest (EoIs) till inviting of financial bid. With Thursday’s decision, the panel has been permitted to take decisions on final pricing of the transaction, quantum of shares to be sold and the selection of strategic partner or buyer. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to Customs”This will facilitate quick decision-making and obviate the need for multiple instances of approval by CCEA for the same CPSE,” the statement said after the Cabinet meeting, headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. As many as 35 central public sector enterprises (CPSEs) have already been lined up for strategic sale. The companies that have been shortlisted for strategic sale include Pawan Hans, Air India, Air India subsidiary AIATSL, Dredging Corporation of India, BEML, Scooters India, Bharat Pumps Compressors, and Bhadrawati, Salem and Durgapur units of steel major SAIL. The other CPSEs for which approvals are in place for outright sale include Hindustan Fluorocarbon, Hindustan Newsprint, HLL Life Care, Central Electronics, Bridge & Roof India, Nagarnar Steel plant of NMDC and units of Cement Corporation of India and ITDC.last_img read more

Which Players Will Be Most Affected by the Hall of Fames New

As Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas celebrated their inductions in Cooperstown this weekend, the Baseball Hall of Fame announced a change that will make it harder for others to join them. Instead of having 15 years of eligibility for consideration by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America (BBWAA), players will now be limited to 10.1A player becomes eligible five years after retirement. If he doesn’t receive at least 5 percent of the votes the first year, he’s excluded from future ballots.One theory is that the change is designed to exclude players like Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens, who are known or suspected to have used performance-enhancing drugs.2Retired players such as Alan Trammell who have already appeared on at least 10 ballots will be exempt from the rule. But Bonds and Clemens, who joined the ballot in 2013, won’t be. But an attempt to target Bonds and Clemens could produce collateral damage. Players such as Curt Schilling, Edgar Martinez, Mike Mussina and Larry Walker — who are not strongly associated with PED use — could also be less likely to get in.Take the case of Mussina, who received 20 percent of the vote on this year’s ballot, his first year of eligibility. He might seem like a hopeless case — players need 75 percent of the vote to be elected to the Hall of Fame. But players generally gain ground the longer they remain on the ballot. Sometimes they need the full 15 years to get there.Consider other players who received somewhere between 15 and 25 percent of the vote in their first eligible season. There were 16 such players between 1966, when the Hall of Fame began holding elections every year instead of every other one, and 2000, the most recent class of players to have exhausted their 15-year eligibility window:Two of these players, Don Drysdale and Billy Williams, gained ground quickly enough to be elected to the Hall of Fame within their first 10 eligible seasons.Another three — Bruce Sutter, Bert Blyleven and Duke Snider — were elected by the BBWAA at some point between their 11th and 15th eligible seasons.One player, Red Schoendienst, was elected later by the Veterans Committee.The 10 remaining players — Gil Hodges, Jack Morris, Roger Maris, Tommy John, Mickey Lolich, Jim Kaat, Dale Murphy, Dave Parker, Thurmon Munson and Tony Oliva — have not yet made the Hall of Fame, though some are plausible candidates for election by the Veterans Committee at a later date.So by a quick-and-dirty rendering, Mussina’s chances of getting elected to the Hall of Fame by the BBWAA have been sliced from 5 in 16 (representing the five players who made it within 15 seasons) to 2 in 16 (only Drysdale and Williams made it within their first 10 seasons). He might also have some chances with the Veterans Committee. But the Veterans Committee has been stingy about electing players in recent years. The point is that players like Mussina need all the chances they can get.We can formalize this analysis by running a set of logistic regressions that estimate a player’s likelihood of eventually making the Hall of Fame based on his performance in his first year on the BBWAA ballot. First, I ran a regression to consider whether players were selected by the BBWAA within 15 seasons.3As in the Mussina example, this regression considered all players who first appeared on the ballot between 1966 and 2000. I excluded players who were elected in their first year, or who received less than 5 percent of the vote in the first year, as these players have been automatically dropped from the ballot since 1985. Then I ran another regression to evaluate whether players made it within their first 10 eligible seasons. (Among players who first appeared on the ballot in 1966 or later, those who were elected by the BBWAA somewhere between their 11th and 15th seasons were Snider, Sutter, Blyleven and Jim Rice.)4For this regression, I included players who first appeared on the ballot from 2001 through 2005, in addition to those between 1966 and 2000, since they’ve had 10 years to be elected. Finally, I considered whether players made the Hall of Fame at all — whether through the BBWAA or the Veterans Committee.5In this case, I included all players who first appeared on the ballot from 1966 through 1995 — players who began appearing on the ballot after 1995 have not yet been eligible for consideration by the Veterans Committee, as best I can tell. For this regression only, I also included players who received less than 5 percent of the vote in their first year on the ballot — a few of these players (Richie Ashburn, Larry Doby and Ron Santo) were eventually elected by the Veterans Committee. The results are represented in the chart below.To read the chart, scan across until you find a player’s vote share in his first year of eligibility — then scan up to see where the various curves intersect it. For instance, for a player like Mussina who got 20 percent of the vote in his first year:There is a 10 percent chance he gets elected within his first 10 years of BBWAA eligibility, according to the regression analysis. (This is the yellow curve.)There is a 23 percent chance he gets elected within the 15-year eligibility window. (The red curve.)There is a 34 percent chance he gets elected by either the BBWAA or eventually by the Veterans Committee. (The blue curve.)These answers aren’t too far from the quick-and-dirty numbers that I came up with before. They suggest that Mussina is an underdog to make the Hall of Fame — but more of an underdog now that he’ll have only 10 years of eligibility to do so.What about a player — such as Bonds — who got 36 percent of the vote in his first season of eligibility?He’d have a 53 percent chance of being elected by the BBWAA within 10 years.His odds of being elected within 15 years are higher — 69 percent.He has an 89 percent chance of being elected by some means — either the BBWAA or the Veterans Committee.So a player like this will also see his chances of being elected by the BBWAA decrease with the rule change. But he has a much better backstop: The Veterans Committee has usually elected players like this even when they were bypassed by the writers. That hasn’t been true for players like Mussina.Of course, Bonds and Clemens are no ordinary cases — and this method may not do a very good job of describing their chances. There are a couple of other objections that we need to consider first, however.One is that the change in rules could affect voter behavior. Players sometimes receive a boost in their vote share in their 15th and final year of eligibility. Now, knowing that it’s their last chance, the writers could rally around a player in his 10th year instead.That might protect a few players — Snider, for instance, got 71 percent of the vote in his 10th year of eligibility and might have made it then if a few more writers thought it was their last opportunity to elect him. But Blyleven had only 48 percent of the vote in his 10th year. His case, which was pushed by stat-savvy baseball fans for years, needed some extra time to marinate.Another consideration is that rotating players off the ballot sooner could clear slots for more recently retired players. BBWAA voters are limited to naming 10 players on their ballots. A few of them might have run out of room for Mussina this year, for instance, because they were reserving space for Alan Trammell, Jack Morris, or other players between their 11th and 15th years of eligibility.Indeed, this could be of some help to players like Mussina. But there would be a more direct means of providing relief — by liberalizing or eliminating the 10-player limit. Players from the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s are badly underrepresented in the Hall of Fame relative to players who had the good fortune to be born earlier.The rule change, in other words, seems designed to make the Hall of Fame more exclusive, not less so. But how might it affect Bonds and Clemens in particular?As I mentioned, they aren’t ordinary cases. For a player like Mussina, a large fraction of the BBWAA electorate might be thought of as “swing voters” — they could live with him in the Hall of Fame or without. Given how strong feelings are on the issue of performance-enhancing drugs, the choice is likely to be much more binary for Bonds and Clemens. For that reason, their vote shares might not increase as much in future seasons. (Another PED user, Mark McGwire, has been on the ballot for eight seasons and has seen his vote share decrease in almost every one.) Personally, I’d wager a fair amount of money against Bonds or Clemens ever being elected to the Hall of Fame by the writers, whether in 10 years or 15.Nevertheless, baseball’s hive mind could change its stance on PED use with the benefit of hindsight. It’s not that hard to conceive of alternate realities. NFL players who were suspended for PED use, like the former San Diego Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman, barely seem to suffer any lasting damage to their reputations. (Merriman made the Pro Bowl in 2006, the same year he was suspended for four games.)One scenario could involve a known PED user who is otherwise a more sympathetic case than Bonds or Clemens making the Hall of Fame.6Or a player who is already in the Hall of Fame could disclose his PED use. For instance, Andy Pettitte, who admitted to using human growth hormone, is due to become eligible for the Hall of Fame in 2019. Pettitte’s case is not clear-cut on the statistical merits, but suppose he made it in 2023, his fifth year on the ballot. Under the old rules, Bonds and Clemens would have had a few years left on the ballot with that precedent in place. Now, they’ll already have exhausted their eligibility.Bonds and Clemens would still be eligible for consideration by the Veterans Committee. But whatever misgivings you might have about the BBWAA, the Veterans Committee has been far more problematic. Its rules are constantly changing, its process is not very transparent, and it has oscillated from being far too liberal to being very stingy about letting in players. Depending on the rules it drew up, the Hall of Fame could design a Veterans Committee that was relatively sympathetic to Bonds or Clemens — or firmly opposed to their election.Another theory is that the Hall of Fame doesn’t have strong feelings about Bonds and Clemens per se, but implemented the rule change in the hopes of putting the PED issue behind it sooner. It’s certainly not good advertising for Cooperstown when discussions are dominated every year by arguments over steroids.But these cases won’t go away anytime soon. Pettitte will become eligible in a few years — and a few years after him, Alex Rodriguez. Ryan Braun, another known PED user who could eventually build Hall of Fame statistics, is many years from retirement. In the meantime, players like Mussina could be caught in the crossfire. read more