Serbia’s first utility-scale wind farm to open in October

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:Belgian renewable energy firm Elicio NV said on Friday its 42 megawatt (MW) Alibunar wind farm in northern Serbia will start operating in October and help the Balkan country diversify its energy mix and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.The wind farm, which has 21 wind turbines provided by German wind turbine manufacturer Senvion, is the first large-scale farm to connect on Serbia’s grid. Elicio NV already operates the 8 MW Malibunar wind farm in Serbia.The Alibunar farm, was built at a cost of 80 million euros ($93.60 million), financed mainly through a syndicated loan provided by the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and a number of commercial banks, a spokeswoman for Elicio’s Serbian branch told Reuters.The project will help reduce Serbia’s carbon emissions by more than 120,000 tonnes per year.She said the company has earned a status of a temporary privileged electricity producer and signed a power purchase agreement with the state-run power utility Elektroprivreda Srbije (EPS) for 12 years.Serbia, which produces 70 percent of its energy from coal and the rest from hydropower, aims to generate 27 percent of its energy consumption from renewables by 2020. The country’s energy minister said this week it will have 500 MW of installed wind power capacity by 2020.More: Serbia’s first large-scale wind farm to start in October Serbia’s first utility-scale wind farm to open in Octoberlast_img read more

Police investigate traffic officer for allegedly raping minor in West Kalimantan

first_imgThe Pontianak Police in West Kalimantan are investigating a traffic police officer for allegedly raping a 15-year-old girl after pulling her over.Pontianak Police chief Sr. Comr. Komarudin said the police had detained the officer after receiving a report of the incident on Tuesday.“We’re still investigating the case. We will conduct more interrogations,” Komarudin said on Friday, as quoted by kompas.com. The victim’s friend reported the incident to her parents, who reported it to the police.Komarudin said investigators had requested a physical examination of the victim and were awaiting the results.He said the police would continue their investigation, adding that if the officer was found guilty of the offense, he would have tarnished the National Police’s image.According to the 2014 Child Protection Law, anyone who abuses or persuades a child under the age of 18 to perform sexual acts can be sentenced to a maximum of 15 years in prison. (mfp)Topics : He added that the officer was detained because he was suspected of having commited a criminal act and disciplinary infractions.Read also: Rape survivor shares story on social media after police investigation stallsAccording to statements gathered by investigators, the traffic officer in question pulled a 15-year-old girl and her friends over for a traffic violation while they were riding a motorcycle through the intersection of Jl. Tanjung Pura and Jl. Imam Bonjol in Pontianak.The report alleges that the officer took the girl to a hotel.last_img read more

Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority Awards Funding to Support Business Expansion and Job Creation in Fayette County

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority Awards Funding to Support Business Expansion and Job Creation in Fayette County Economy,  Press Release,  Workforce Development Governor Tom Wolf announced a new low-interest loan approval through the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA) that will assist in the construction of a multi-occupancy building in Fayette County that could create up to 250 full-time jobs.“To create jobs, businesses need room to grow, and the commonwealth stands ready to provide assistance to developers constructing new offices and business facilities,” said Gov. Wolf. “This investment will pay dividends in the years to come as companies relocate to Fayette County, bringing with them jobs, revenue, and new opportunities.”The Fay-Penn Economic Development Council was approved for a $2.05 million PIDA loan at a 15-year, 1.75 percent fixed interest rate to construct a speculative 100,500-square-foot light industrial multi-occupancy building on land they currently own within the Fayette Business Park located along Mountain View Drive in Georges Township. The project will meet the immediate needs for businesses locating and expanding within Fayette County, and upon completion, the project will result in build-to-suit lease space that could accommodate 10 or more tenants with the potential for creating approximately 250 full-time jobs. The total project cost is $4.1 million.Fay-Penn Economic Development Council has six previous PIDA loans all focused on the continued development of the Fayette Business Park. Three loans were used to construct speculative multi-occupancy buildings and three loans were used to improve and expand single-tenant buildings owned by Fay-Penn.Given the competitive demand for build-ready sites and existing manufacturing space in the area, Fay-Penn is confident they will find tenants to lease the space quickly.In 2020, PIDA has approved $24,909,714 in low-interest loans that have resulted in $40,630,562 in private investment and supported 1,056 created and retained full-time jobs.For more information about the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority and other DCED initiatives, visit dced.pa.gov.center_img September 02, 2020last_img read more

Week 14 Fantasy Rankings: WR

first_img​WEEK 14 DFS CASH LINEUPS: Yahoo | FanDuel | DraftKings16T.Y. Hilton, Colts @ Texans. Hilton continues to be a yardage threat for the Colts, and he has at least 77 receiving yards in each of the past four games. The Texans have allowed the seventh-fewest fantasy points to receivers this season, but they did allow 115 receiving yards to Hilton last time the two squared off. So, Hilton still has high-level WR2 upside despite the tougher matchup.17Robert Woods, Rams @ Bears18Courtland Sutton, Broncos @ 49ers. Sutton has a great matchup against the 49ers, who have allowed the third-most fantasy points to WRs this season, and is coming off his best game as a pro (four catches, 85 yards, one TD). He should be able to build on that performance and work his way into WR2 territory after the unfortunate, season-ending injury to his teammate Emmanuel Sanders.19Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals vs. Lions. Fitzgerald is more of a TD-dependent play in fantasy at this point, as he has scored five times in the past six weeks. The Lions have allowed 16 TDs to WRs this year, tied for sixth-most in the league, so Fitzgerald should have a chance to find the end zone so long as Josh Rosen keeps looking his way.20Tyler Lockett, Seahawks vs. Vikings. Lockett has scored a TD in 75 percent of his games this year. In each of the past four weeks, he has at least 52 receiving yards. Lockett has been one of the most consistent threats in fantasy football, but the Vikings have only allowed three TDs to WRs since Week 6. Something will have to give in this matchup, and it will be interesting to see if Lockett or the Minnesota defense holds up.21Alshon Jeffery, Eagles @ Cowboys. Jeffery hasn’t eclipsed 48 yards in the past five weeks, and that 48-yard outing came against the Cowboys. While Dallas is a tough matchup, Jeffery is due to score and the Eagles should try to look his way in the red-zone. Jeffery is averaging over seven targets per game this season, so the opportunities to produce will be there.22Josh Gordon, Patriots @ Dolphins. Gordon has at least 58 receiving yards in the past four games and has scored twice in that span. With Gronk and Julian Edelman back, he is getting more open space. He’ll get a tough matchup with Xavien Howard in Week 14, but Gordon could still find some open space and make a big play. He is still a must-start because of his consistent yardage output.23Jarvis Landry, Browns vs. Panthers. Landry finally finally broke 100 receiving yards last week for the first time since Week 3, and he saw nine targets. The Panthers have given up the ninth-most fantasy points to WRs this year and have allowed two double-digit receivers in back-to-back weeks. Landry hasn’t been trustworthy this year, but this is a great matchup for him to get back into WR2 territory.24D.J. Moore, Panthers @ Browns. In each of the past three weeks, Moore has seen eight or more targets. He also has run the ball three times in that same time period. He is a speedy, explosive playmaker that can be trusted in a solid matchup with the Browns, a middle-of-the-pack team against WRs this year. WEEK 14 DFS GPP LINEUPS:  Yahoo | DraftKings | FanDuel8DeAndre Hopkins, Texans vs. Colts9Adam Thielen, Vikings @ Seahawks10JuJu Smith-Schuster, Steelers @ Raiders.  Smith-Schuster is averaging 12 targets per game in the past three outings, and he gets to take on a Raiders defense that has allowed 17 TDs to WRs this year, which is tied for fourth most in the NFL. He should have a nice outing in a game that the Steelers really need to win.11Tyreek Hill, Chiefs vs. Ravens.  After two consecutive two-TD games, Hill put up a dud last week against the Raiders, accounting for just 5.0 fantasy points. Since the bye week, the Ravens haven’t allowed a receiver to score double-digit fantasy points, so Hill could have a tougher time this week. Still, his big-play ability makes him a borderline WR1, as all it takes is one deep TD to have him pay off.12Brandin Cooks, Rams @ Bears. In three of the past four games, Cooks has posted over 100 yards. He has been a deep threat for the Rams, and there’s a good chance that he will have a chance to put up some solid numbers against the Bears. The way to beat the Bears is at the cornerback position, and Cooks has skills and speed to be a factor for the Rams on Sunday night.13Tyler Boyd, Bengals @ Chargers.  In the wake of A.J. Green’s latest injury, Tyler Boyd will likely be the No. 1 receiver for the Bengals once again. The Chargers have been very good against receivers this year, but if the Bengals get opportunities in garbage time, that could open up some more chance for Boyd to rack up yards and get a score.14Kenny Golladay, Lions @ Cardinals.  Over the past month, Golladay has averaged 11 targets per game and has found the end zone twice for the Lions. The Cardinals just limited the Packers’ passing offense and the Cardinals do have Patrick Peterson, but Golladay should still see targets and be given a chance to produce like Davante Adams was able to last week.15Allen Robinson, Bears vs. Rams. Robinson saw nine targets last week and caught five of them for 79 yards. He is continuing to slowly work his way into the No. 1 receiver role in the Bears offense and while the Rams have Aqib Talib back and healthy, Robinson should have a chance to catch passes as long as he continues to see targets. WEEK 14 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight endWeek 14 Fantasy Football Rankings: WRsThese rankings are for standard, non-PPR leagues1Antonio Brown, Steelers @ Raiders2Davante Adams, Packers vs. Falcons3Keenan Allen, Chargers vs. Bengals4Michael Thomas, Saints @ Buccaneers5Mike Evans, Buccaneers vs. Saints6Julio Jones, Falcons @ Packers7Amari Cooper, Cowboys vs. Eagles.  The Eagles secondary is still very banged up, and Cooper has logged back-to-back games with at least eight catches. He can continue to be trusted as a high-volume receiver with big-play upside. Week 14 Rankings:Quarterback | Running Back | Tight End | D/ST | KickerIn the mid-tiers this week, there are a few matchups we like. Notably, Chris Godwin (vs. Saints) will have a chance to function as a high-end WR3 if DeSean Jackson continues to miss time. Other good matchups include D.J. Moore (@ Browns), Mike Williams (vs. Bengals), Courtland Sutton (@ 49ers), and even Zay Jones (vs. Jets). There really is plenty of depth, so that will create some difficult start/sit decisions for the first week of the fantasy playoffs.Note: Check back for player movement updates and analysis throughout the week.center_img The receiver position is still one of the deepest in fantasy football, but the top portion of the rankings took a hit when A.J. Green went down again. Green aggravated his foot injury, and it looks like his season might be over. Still, our Week 14 fantasy WR rankings are deep, and there are more than enough options to plug-and-play as WR2s and WR3s from the waiver wire. So, the Green injury shouldn’t have too much of an impact except in very deep leagues (14-16 teams).The top of the WR rankings for this week sees a lot of players with high-quality matchups. Antonio Brown (@ Raiders), Davante Adams (vs. Falcons), Keenan Allen (vs. Bengals), and Michael Thomas (@ Buccaneers) all have realistic cases for being the No. 1 receiver, so anyone who owns these guys should be even happier than usual. Those great matchups can be exploited further down the line, as well, as their teammates all can qualify as WR2s (or in the case of JuJu Smith-Schuster, as a WR1). MORE WEEK 14 DFS: Stacks | Values | Lineup Builder25Julian Edelman, Patriots @ Dolphins26Stefon Diggs, Vikings @ Seahawks. Diggs’ TD streak and 10-plus target streak both ended last week against the Patriots. That said, he could find success against the Seahawks, as Seattle just allowed Dante Pettis to go off for a huge game against them. However, most of that came in garbage time. Diggs will need to see more targets and prove that his balky knee is healthy if he wants a chance to produce against the Seahawks solid defense.27Chris Godwin, Buccaneers vs. Saints28Corey Davis, Titans vs. Jaguars. Davis has scored in three of the past four games. However, he has only seen five targets per game in the past three outings and he has to face a tough Jaguars defense that came back to life against the Colts last week. It could be a tougher matchup for Davis, so trusting him as anything more than a WR3 isn’t recommended.29Calvin Ridley, Falcons @ Packers30Adam Humphries, Buccaneers vs. Saints. Humphries has become a surprisingly consistent receiving threat, and he has scored in three consecutive weeks for the Buccaneers. The Saints have given up the most fantasy points to receivers this year, so Humphries could keep that going as one of Jameis Winston’s security blankets over the middle of the field.31Tre’Quan Smith, Saints @ Buccaneers. Smith should bounce back from a zero-catch outing against the Cowboys in a much easier matchup with the Buccaneers, as the Bucs allow the second-most fantasy points to WRs this year.32Sterling Shepard, Giants @ Redskins33DeVante Parker, Dolphins vs. Patriots34Golden Tate, Eagles @ Cowboys. Tate finally came alive in the Eagles offense, catching seven passes for 85 yards and a TD against the Redskins. Tate has played the Cowboys twice this year, posting a massive outing as part of the Lions and logging less than 20 yards in his first game as an Eagle. We’re assuming he will do better this time around, but Dallas has been great on defense recently, so his upside is capped.35Michael Crabtree, Ravens @ Chiefs. The Ravens receivers are difficult to judge as long as Lamar Jackson is the QB. Jackson has spread targets around in a few outings, so Crabtree, John Brown, and Willie Snead will have a chance to catch passes. That said, all fall into high-end FLEX territory, even in a good matchup against the Chiefs, because the Ravens offense will focus a lot more on running the ball and controlling the clock.36Demaryius Thomas, Texans vs. Colts37John Brown, Ravens @ Chiefs38Chris Conley, Chiefs vs. Ravens39Doug Baldwin, Seahawks vs. Vikings. The Seahawks throw the ball less than any other team in the NFL, so supporting two consistently viable fantasy receivers isn’t something that they can do. Baldwin has become a TD-dependent threat as a result, and he hasn’t been fully healthy this season. It will be hard for him to be anything besides a FLEX in a tougher matchup against the Vikings.40John Ross, Bengals @ Chargers. Ross saw his TD streak end against the Broncos, but he is now the No. 2 receiver in the Bengals offense again with A.J. Green out for the season. He has some appeal because of his speed and solid performance in the red-zone, and the Chargers are only middling against receivers anyway. Fire him up as a FLEX play.41Tyrell Williams, Chargers vs. Bengals42Mike Williams, Chargers vs. Bengals. Williams is starting to become the true No. 2 receiver for the Chargers, as he has seven catches, 77 yards, and two TDs in the past two games. The Bengals have been bad against WRs this year so Williams will have TD upside again. It all depends on if he gets targets, as Tyrell Williams and Travis Benjamin are threats to steal looks from him depending on how they fare in their matchups.43Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Packers vs. Falcons44Willie Snead, Ravens @ Chiefs45Zay Jones, Bills vs. Jets. Jones is establishing himself as Josh Allen’s favorite receiver, and he saw nine targets last week, catching four of them for 67 yards and two scores. The Jets have given up the seventh-most fantasy points to WRs this year, so Jones could have another good outing if all goes well.46Devin Funchess, Panthers @ Browns47Jamison Crowder, Redskins vs. Giants. Crowder returned from injury for the Redskins last week, but his outlook isn’t good with Mark Sanchez now entrenched as the starter in Washington.48Curtis Samuel, Panthers @ Browns49Josh Doctson, Redskins vs. Giants50Bruce Ellington, Lions @ Cardinals. Ellington has seen at least seven targets in all three of his games since joining the Lions. That gives him PPR upside, but in standard formats, he’s a bit more of a risk because he hasn’t scored yet and it yet to put up more than 52 yards as a Lion.51Josh Reynolds, Rams @ Bears52Taylor Gabriel, Bears vs. Rams53Donte Moncrief, Jaguars @ Titans54Michael Gallup, Cowboys vs. Eagles55Dede Westbrook, Jaguars @ Titans56Antonio Callaway, Browns vs. Panthers57Dante Pettis, 49ers vs. Broncos. Pettis just had a big game against the Seahawks, but we’ll need to see more from the rookie before trusting him as a FLEX play. Also, Nick Mullens is still his QB, so that caps his upside.58Russell Shepard, Giants @ Redskins59Marcell Ateman, Raiders vs. Steelers60DaeSean Hamilton, Broncos @ 49ers61Marquise Goodwin, 49ers vs. Broncos62Keke Coutee, Texans vs. Colts63Randall Cobb, Packers vs. Falcons64Danny Amendola, Dolphins vs. Patriots65Cole Beasley, Cowboys vs. Eagles66David Moore, Seahawks vs. Vikings67Mohamed Sanu, Falcons @ Packers68Robby Anderson, Jets @ Bills69Anthony Miller, Bears vs. Rams70Jordy Nelson, Raiders vs. Steelers71Jermaine Kearse, Jets @ Bills72Ryan Grant, Colts @ Texans73Allen Hurns, Cowboys vs. Eagles74Maurice Harris, Redskins vs. Giants75Keelan Cole, Jaguars @ Titans76Rashard Higgins, Browns vs. Panthers77Nelson Agholor, Eagles @ Cowboys78Seth Roberts, Raiders vs. Steelers79Kendrick Bourne, 49ers vs. Broncos80Jordan Matthews, Eagles @ Cowboyslast_img read more

Local Anti-Doping Lab Will Require Major Capital – Minister Neita Headley

first_img Jamaica will require substantial capital investment from other countries to ensure sustainability Story Highlights The laboratory should be able to test substances both known and unknown Discussions have taken place with WADA regarding the establishment of such a lab here The establishment of an internationally accredited anti-doping laboratory in Jamaica will require substantial capital investment and support from other countries to ensure sustainability.This was the word from Minister with responsibility for Sport, Hon. Natalie Neita Headley, as she addressed a Jamaica Information Service (JIS) Think Tank on Tuesday, July 23.She was responding to questions as to whether the Government is considering setting up a lab in Jamaica to provide drug testing of athletes and to assist in the testing of supplements that are being marketed to athletes.Minister Headley said that the establishment of an internationally accredited laboratory with capabilities to test athletes for all the substances on the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) banned list, as well as proactively test supplements taken by athletes, is an expensive venture that requires significant capital to set up and maintain.“It is a matter as to whether or not Jamaica would be able to find that additional capital (and), to convince the rest of the world that we have all the requirements for them to send their tests to Jamaica,” she stated.“Unless significant support is given to Jamaica as a location, to satisfy the needs of several countries, the country cannot sustain a laboratory of that nature. However, it is not something we have written off as impossible,” she explained.The Minister added that discussions have taken place with WADA and the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce regarding the establishment of such a lab here.President of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA), Dr. Warren Blake, who also addressed the Think Tank, agreed that meeting the required international standards for the lab, would require a great deal of spending.“The level of capital outlay is very deep. The laboratory should be able to test substances both known and unknown. In order to buy the right spectrometers and put the right tests in place to detect unknown substances, you must be able to spend,” Dr. Blake emphasised.He also pointed out that sustainability of the laboratory at an international standard will also depend on support from other countries.“Capital outlay can be put in place but because it is not being used the laboratory cannot be sustained,” Dr. Blake said.last_img read more

HORROR THRILLER THE BOY 2 WITH KATIE HOLMES EXPECTED TO FILM IN

first_imgAmerican Sniper and Turn actor Owain Yeoman and Ready Player One actor Ralph Ineson are joining Katie Holmes and Christopher Convery in William Brent Bell’s horror thriller The Boy 2, from STXfilms and Lakeshore Entertainment.In the sequel to the 2016 film, a young family moves into Heelshire Mansion, unaware of the terrifying history of the estate. Soon, their young son makes an unsettling new friend, an eerily lifelike doll he calls Brahms. Yeoman will play Sean, the husband to Holmes’ Liza. Ineson has been cast in the role of Joseph. Convery co-stars as their son Jude.  READ MORERELATED LINKS Login/Register With: Advertisement THE BOY 2 Casts Owain Yeoman and Ralph InesonChristopher Convery Will Join Katie Holmes In ‘The Boy 2’Owain Yeoman and Ralph Ineson Join Katie Holmes in The Boy 2‘The Witch’ Star Ralph Ineson Will Face Off With Brahms in ‘The Boy 2’‘The Boy 2’ Adds Christopher Convery To Cast After Strong AFM Twitter Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

Some calling for Metis Nation president to resign

first_imgAPTN National NewsIn-fighting within the Metis Nation of Saskatchewan saw a rally outside of their offices Wednesday.They are outraged and calling for the president to resign over improper spending and the way the organization is managed.APTN’s Chris Stewart has the story.last_img

German billionaire family admits to links with Nazis

first_imgBerlin: More than 70 years after the end of World World II, one of Germany’s richest familiy has admitted to its dark links with Adolf Hitler’s regime. Spokesman of the Reimann family, Peter Harf, told Bild am Sonntag of plans to give 10 million euros (USD 11.3 million) to charity after learning of their elders’ support for the Nazis and their company’s use of forced labour during the war. “Reimann senior and Reimann junior were guilty. The two entrepreneurs have both passed away, they belonged actually in prison,” said Harf. Albert Reimann senior died in 1954 and his son in 1984. The company they left behind, JAB Holding, is today a behemoth that owns household brands ranging from Clearasil to Calgon. With wealth estimated at 33 billion euros, the Reimann family is believed to be Germany’s second richest. Harf said the family began digging into their dark past in the 2000s, and in 2014 decided to commission a historian to produce a thorough study into their ancestors’ ties to Nazism. The family plans to make public a full account when the book by the historian, Paul Erker of Munich University, is finished, said Harf. Quoting letters and archival documents, Bild am Sonntag said Reimann senior was a willing donor to Hitler’s SS as early as 1931. His company was in 1941 deemed a “crucial” firm in the war, as it produced items for the Wehrmacht and the armaments industry. In 1943, the company was using as many as 175 forced labourers, and employed a foreman who was known for his cruel treatment of the workers. Harf, who confirmed the conclusions drawn by the Bild report, said there had been no known efforts to provide any compensation to the forced labourers. “But we have since talked about what we can do now,” he said. “We want to do more and donate ten million euros to a suitable organisation.” Many of Germany’s biggest companies have over the decades confronted their Third Reich history.last_img read more

Baseball Gets A Rude Welcome To The Age Of Cyber Espionage

In recent years, it’s become clear that sports has entered its Age of Data, with dueling analytics departments vying for breakthroughs and proprietary metrics increasingly shaping how teams are built. And perhaps there’s no better confirmation of that trend than the inevitable bombshell on Tuesday: The FBI is investigating the St. Louis Cardinals over allegations that they stole data from the Houston Astros in a computer-hacking scheme.According to The New York Times, the FBI found evidence that Cardinals team officials broke into the Astros’ “Ground Control” information network by using the old passwords of Jeff Luhnow, currently Houston’s general manager and formerly the vice president of scouting and player development for St. Louis. Investigators told the Times that the breach compromised Houston’s internal data regarding player evaluation — both scouting and statistical in nature — and potential transactions. (Part of the same database was leaked last June as well.)It was, in essence, the first known case of corporate espionage between sports teams. In some ways, it’s surprising that it took so long for such an incident to surface in the supercompetitive world of sports. During the 1980s and ’90s, the rise of computing — and, consequently, data collection and analysis — led to a rapid proliferation of industrial espionage cases in the business world. (It’s estimated now that the number of corporate hacking incursions doubles every year.) Just as the digital age offered far easier, more systematic methods of data storage than ever before, it also made information theft an efficient means of gaining a competitive advantage.Baseball has had its own long history of dishonesty, from sign-stealing to doctoring the ball. (“If you’re not cheating,” former Chicago Cubs first baseman Mark Grace once said, “you’re not trying hard enough.”) And it’s not uncommon for team officials (and players) to switch franchises, presumably taking whatever knowledge they acquired at their old job with them when they go. According to Baseball-Reference’s historical database, 28 percent of all top-level baseball executives — general managers, scouting directors and farm directors — held the job for multiple teams over their careers.That’s why it’s a little hard to believe that, as the FBI suggested, the motive here was “retaliation” against Luhnow for leaving the Cardinals and starting a new database system with the Astros. Because it’s so widely acknowledged that everyone’s front-office lifespan is mind-bogglingly short, comings and goings between front offices are almost always matters of business, not fuel for personal vendettas.It is easy, however, to understand the story as the latest step a team is willing to take to gain an edge. While the Astros weren’t the earliest adopters of sabermetrics, there’s plenty of evidence that they’re in the current vanguard of advanced statistical thinking.1The list of Baseball Prospectus alumni in the team’s front office is staggering. In other words, if you were going to begin spying on MLB teams for their proprietary data, Houston might be the one to start with.If this scandal deepens, the Cardinals may well see the legitimacy of their recent accomplishments questioned, much like the New England Patriots in the wake of Spygate (and, subsequently, Deflate-gate).St. Louis won three National League pennants and two World Series with Luhnow in its front office, and the team also has the best record in baseball since he departed. Over that span, the Cardinals have exceeded expectations, beating their projected wins by the fifth-largest margin of any team in baseball. In that department, they’re not outliers like the Patriots are at avoiding fumbles, for instance, but it will be interesting to watch how much their transactions and personnel decisions will be scrutinized for signs that they used the hacked data to their advantage.In the meantime, this might be the opening salvo in baseball’s era of cyber espionage — a fate that, in retrospect, seems like an inevitable consequence of the game’s widespread adoption of data analysis over the past decade and a half. Hot Takedown On Big Data And BaseballSubscribe to the full podcast on iTunes. read more