Congressman Steve King has joined fellow Iowans Senators Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst as a recipients of a score of zero on the U.S. Humane Society’s latest Congressional scorecard.The annual scorecard is used by the national organization to assess each member of Congress’s record in voting on what King refers to as their “activist animal-rights agenda”.King marked his perfect score against the “Vegan Lobby” by releasing his pheasant soup recipe to the public.He says any hungry members of the Humane Society who might wish may avail themselves of it.Steve King’s Traditional Pheasant Soup:Ingredients: 3 pheasants, personally hunted, plucked and skinned; water; 3 teaspoons salt; Iowa sweet corn; chopped celery; egg noodles; chicken broth, chopped carrots.Directions: Place pheasants in a kettle with water. Add salt. Cook until done. Strain pheasants. Discard liquid. Separate pheasant meat from bone. Add all remaining ingredients including broth, shredded pheasant meat, and Iowa sweet corn, except for egg noodles.Let simmer for at least an hour. Add egg noodles ten minutes before serving. Add chicken broth as needed.
This is an era of tanking and rebuilding in baseball. Teams like the Cubs and Astros drop into the cellar for a few years, stockpile talent, and then burst back into first place, stronger than ever. Never before have teams so consciously chosen between contention and reconstruction. The ebb and flow of teams through the competitive cycle has left the league less balanced than it has been since the steroid era.To get a sense of the level of parity in baseball, I calculated the standard deviation in run differential at this point in each season going back to 1988.1To make the standard deviation less noisy, I used a week’s (June 13-19) worth of games in each season. When the league is less even, the differences in run differential between teams tend to expand and the standard deviation gets larger. Over the last couple years, imbalance in the league has spiked. The last time parity was lower than it has been the last two seasons was in 2003, when Barry Bonds could still be counted on for at least 40 home runs a season. Six teams are on pace (by run differential) for 97-win seasons, while four threaten to lose 97 games.It’s obvious how uneven the league is now when you look at some of the most impressive teams of 2017. The Astros aren’t quite on the historic run that the Cubs managed last year. But they’re close — after 72 games, the Astros project to finish the season with a run differential of +254, slightly better than the impressive rate the defending champions managed last year.The Astros also have company at the top: The Yankees are just off Houston’s run-differential pace — riding unexpected performances to a strong bid for the division crown. In the senior circuit, the Dodgers are relying on league-best run prevention to power an equally impressive performance. Three of the top six teams in run differential (the Dodgers, Diamondbacks and Rockies) play in the National League West, a surprisingly competitive division that also hosts two of the worst teams in the league.Speaking of the Padres, MLB’s worst teams have committed wholly to rebuilding, at the cost of any shred of competitiveness. While the Padres’ management doesn’t dare speak the word, executive chairman Ron Fowler said last year that they aimed “to get to .500 in hopefully” 2018. From trading established stars to turning single-A players loose on the field, the Padres have abandoned the idea of contention. That’s an amazing change of fortune for a team that went all-in two years ago, only to fall short. The Phillies are similarly terrible, having traded away their stars in an effort to tank.Many of these teams won’t finish the year with run differentials as woeful or as impressive as what they’ve posted so far (Rockies, I’m looking at you). The Astros are unlikely to keep up their historic pace, just as the Cubs ultimately fell off their record-challenging midseason pace last year. But the relentless churn of teams willfully plummeting to the bottom and then rising again with fresh talent ought to keep baseball a league of haves and have-nots for the foreseeable future.
Biopics are the latest trend ruling the Hindi film industry. The trend which picked up its peak with the phenomenal success of Bhaag Milkha Bhaag and Mary Kom, has not looked back ever since. Every year, we have a number of Bollywood biopics lined up for release and surprisingly the audience for such biopics have also increased in number exponentially.After playing the role of Dawood Ibrahim’s sister, Haseena Parkar, Shraddha Kapoor was all set to star in and as Saina Nehwal in her biopic. There were reports of Shraddha having taken up badminton classes to improve her badminton skills and look the part. Apart from that, there were pictures of Saina Nehwal and Shraddha floating all over the cyber space where the duo could be seen chilling. Ms Kapoor apparently had spent a lot of time with Nehwal to get her mannerisms and attitude right.However, as per a latest report in Mumbai Mirror, Shraddha Kapoor had to back out of the project and Parineeti Chopra has been roped in for the project instead. Yes, you read it right. After all these months of training and coaching, Shraddha had to drop the project owing to her date and schedule conflict.”We want to wrap up Saina by this year-end for an early 2020 release, so going ahead with the project is a decision taken by mutual consent. We are glad Parineeti has come on board for the film. Saina has made every Indian proud and we can’t wait to take her story to the world in the year of the Olympics,” Bhushan Kumar told the daily.On being asked about stepping into Saina’s shoes, Parineeti said, “It’s a part of my personality, but as an actress, one that I have not explored so far. I’m delighted to get an opportunity to portray a strong and powerful girl like Saina who put our country on the world map. I am excited to put in all the training and hard work that comes with learning the game and portraying Saina on screen.”
The BSE Sensex gained 119 points on Thursday to close at an 18-month high of 29,045, driven by bluechips that rose to hit new 52-week highs on the bourses. Maruti Suzuki shares rose to a one-year high of Rs. 5,499 but edged lower later in the day to close at Rs. 5,482.40. The company could go for a stock split from its current face value of Rs. 5 per share.”A common demand or request I think of all shareholders was about share split and certainly I can assure that we will put this matter before board for consideration as what should be done in this matter,” RC Bhargava, Chairman of Maruti Suzuki India Limited, said in Delhi on Thursday while responding to shareholders at the company’s annual general meeting, reported PTI.Sensex stocks that hit new 52-week highs include SBI (Rs. 271.55), Bajaj Auto (Rs. 3,115.60), Tata Steel (Rs. 408.50), Hero Motocorp (Rs. 3,739.90) and Hindustan Unilever (Rs. 953.45).The 50-scrip, NSE Nifty closed 34 points higher at 8,952, led by Sun Pharma, Aurobindo Pharma, Bajaj Auto, Tata Steel and Grasim. Other stocks on BSE that hit new 52-week highs on Thursday include Max Financial Services, Eicher Motors, Canara Bank, Apollo Tyres, UltraTech Cement, Tata Chemicals, Bajaj Finserv, JSW Steel and NMDC.However, information technology (IT) stocks lost heavily on TCS giving a cautionary revenue outlook for the second quarter. The BSE IT index closed 2.49 percent lower on account of losses in major scrips. TCS lost 5.60 percent, Infosys 1.62 percent, Wipro 1.77 percent and Tech Mahindra 2.61 percent.Yes Bank shares dropped 5.32 percent to close at Rs. 1,330.65.Sectoral indices that gained on the BSE included auto, energy, consumer durables and the BSE auto index and realty. Top real estate gainers included HDIL (up 7.75 percent), IRB Infrastructure Developers (up 5.75 percent) and Prestige Estates (up 4.77 percent).IRB Infrastructure Developers announced plans to list India’s first REIT.
The on-going anti-narcotics crackdown in which at least 50 accused drug traffickers were killed in the past week has created atmosphere of terror, London based newspaper Guardian said in a report. Activists fear this drive could escalate into a Philippines-style campaign of mass extrajudicial killings, said the report published on Friday. It further said that questions are already being raised about some of those killed in the campaign against the “drug menace”.It said that one family told the newspaper that their relative was an opposition political activist who never touched drugs.“They and another family say their relatives were last seen being taken into police custody hours before being found dead in what authorities are characterising as nighttime shootouts with criminal gangs,” reads the report.The report said, Bangladesh prime minister Sheikh Hasina says the campaign will match the intensity of an earlier crackdown on Islamic militancy that left dozens of accused radicals dead.It said that one of those killed was Amzad Hossain, who police say was gunned down early on Tuesday after leading police to a drug hideout in Netrokona town in northern Bangladesh.The report quotes Amzad’s brother Mahid Ahamed Ansari as saying that Amzad had no connection to the narcotics trade, claiming police had violently raided their home hours before the alleged shootout.“During the surprise raid police beat up my brother badly…The charge that he sold drugs is completely baseless. They killed him just because he was a popular activist of the student wing of the [opposition] BNP,” Ansari was quoted as saying in the report. The report quoted Ansari as saying that the cases against his brother were part of a campaign of harassment against opposition political activists in the lead up to national elections later this year.The report quoted Human Rights Watch South Asia director Meenakshi Ganguly as saying : “Considering that one minister has proposed shooting addicts and the prime minister has compared this effort to ending Islamic militancy, there is concern that security forces will once again operate without proper accountability and oversight.”