EMBATTLED West Indies batsman Darren Bravo has attempted to clear the air on recent comments made by WICB CEO Johnny Grave regarding a case of ‘damages’ claimed from the regional cricket custodians.In recent reports Grave had claimed that the body was been taken aback by a claim for damages that had been submitted by the player’s legal team, especially with a solution seemingly on the horizon following months of negotiations.In response through his attorney’s office, however, and a letter posted on social media website Facebook, Bravo pointed out that the issue of the claim for damages was an outstanding and not a new one. Following the player’s dismissal from the Zimbabwe tour for statements made against WICB president Dave Cameron, in November 2016, Bravo’s legal team advised the Board that its actions against the player were considered unlawful and as such compensation would be sought.Grave, who joined negotiations earlier this year, had proposed four solutions to end the impasse between the board and player. According to Bravo’s attorney Leslie Hayes consensus was reached on four of the proposals, but the issue of compensation remained outstanding. Bravo’s legal team wrote to Grave to confirm the issue as such on April 11.Hayes claims the team is yet to get a response. The letter, while confirming the player’s commitment to the regional game stated that he would continue to pursue compensation via the prescribed avenues, with considerations also given to recent statements made by the WICB CEO.“Bravo will now continue to pursue this matter as is necessary with respect for the process which mandates a possible eleven-step engagement (that includes mediation and arbitration) and which has reached stage four and after consideration of the WICB’s Chief Executive Officer’s actions and comments which may have cast this matter in a different light.” (Digicel Sportsmax)
20 August 2004Africa’s biggest stock exchange, the JSE, is opening its doors to foreign listings, a move expected to significantly boost the value of the local bourse.The National Treasury says the first listings will take place from September. The plans to allow foreign listings, including African firms, were first announced by Finance Minister Trevor Manuel during his budget speech in February.The move is part of a bigger initiative to promote South Africa as the financial nerve centre on the continent, and to boost investment and development in Africa.“Despite being the largest financial centre on the continent, South Africa’s capital markets have yet to play a significant role in channeling debt and equity capital to where it is needed for African infrastructure projects, direct investment and government finance”, Treasury director-general Lesetja Kganyago said recently.“What is needed is a financial hub especially focused on the needs and circumstances of the region, much in the same way that Singapore and Hong Kong cater for the capital needs of the Asian continent.”The JSE’s current market capitalisation stands at around US$258-billion (R1.6 trillion), which falls short of the value of both Hong Kong’s ($628-billion) and Singapore’s ($148-billion) bourses.The JSE says it has already received inquiries from foreign companies interested in a local listing.Kganyago said South Africa was well placed to become a preferred location for processing financial deals and managing global call centres.The move will allow “African firms, finance institutions and sovereigns alike to access our markets for the long-term capital they need for development”.“African companies can now be part of the JSE’s market indices, potentially increasing the scale of capital they can access, but also raising their profile amongst the analyst community”, he said.“Developing a critical mass of analysts and investment advisers dedicated to the African continent is going to be critical.”Read the director general’s full speechSouthAfrica.info reporter
The heart of the SKA, consisting of a phased array which will be able to observe the whole sky, surrounded by a compact arrangement of small dishes. (Image: Jodrell Bank Astrophysics Centre) Small receiving dishes with solid surfaces. (Image: SKA website) The SKA will unlock some of the long-held secrets of the origin of the universe. (Image: NASA archives)Janine ErasmusSouth Africa and Australia are the only two countries left on the shortlist to develop the most sensitive and advanced telescope in the world – the Square Kilometre Array, or SKA. Further studies of the two contending sites are currently underway and a decision on the project, which will cost about R20-billion, is likely to come in 2008.Once the host country has been named, it is expected that construction on the first stage of the telescope will take place between 2011 and 2014. The SKA will be ready for full operation by 2022.South Africa’s preparations are gathering pace. In March 2008 the team took possession of 14 000 ha of land in the Karoo, Northern Cape, for the proposed location of the core of the array. Further developments include the imminent signing into law of the Astronomy Geographic Advantage Bill, which has received final approval from the National Assembly in Parliament. Once passed the bill allows the minister of science and technology to declare a 12.5-million ha portion of the Northern Cape province as a reserve that is radio frequency-free across all wavelengths.By January 2009 it is anticipated that an on-site facility here will be up and running, followed shortly by the installation of power and fibre optic networks. The main control centre, located in Cape Town, will go live in December 2009.Bringing African partners togetherA conference held in Johannesburg in April 2008 saw engineers and scientists from all over Africa coming together to give further impetus to the bid, which will be a scientific boost not only for South Africa but for the entire continent. This follows a conference in Australia earlier in the month, where the preparatory stage of the SKA project, known as PrepSKA, was launched. South Africa presented a report on its bid progress, which was reportedly well received by delegates, among them representatives from international funding agencies as well as government officials, industrialists and scientific professionals.South Africa has also conducted talks with neighbouring countries to bring them in as hosting partners on the SKA project, at the same time giving them the opportunity to initiate relevant science programmes at home. At the recent Johannesburg conference the countries agreed in principle to enter into bilateral programmes relating to SKA with South Africa, including the mutual development of skills and technology.Meanwhile the international scientific community is gearing up to collaborate in the development of the mega-scope, which will consist of more than 3 000 individual dishes with a total receiving area of approximately one million square metres, or one square kilometre. Analysis of all the data pouring in will require powerful computing and super-fast data networks.SKA is expected to help astronomers understand the Dark Ages, the period during the universe’s formation when only gaseous forms existed, before stars and galaxies took shape. The Dark Ages existed from about 300 000 to one billion years after the so-called Big Bang, and it was only towards the end of this period that young galaxies began to form. What happened in between remains a scientific mystery.Current technology struggles to pick up the radio signals emitted during this time because they are so faint. The SKA, with its highly sensitive antennae and receiving area that is one hundred times more extensive than the largest receiving surface in existence at the moment, is designed to answer these scientific questions. By studying the properties of the first luminous objects in the universe SKA will be able to provide hitherto unknown details about them.Project leader Dr Bernie Fanaroff described the SKA as having the capability to provide an image of the universe as it was 14 billion years ago. “SKA is the world’s biggest ICT project,” he said.A southern hemisphere location for SKASouth Africa’s bid is one of four submitted in December 2005. The other three came from Australia, China, and Argentina/Brazil, and were evaluated by the International SKA Steering Committee (ISSC). Physics professor Justin Jonas of Rhodes University is South Africa’s representative on the panel.South Africa came in as a late bidder but, says Science and Technology Minister Mosibudi Mangena, the country has excelled itself in becoming one of the two shortlisted candidates. The location for the central core of the array will be in the Northern Cape province, with outer stations extending away from it in a spiral pattern. “If the SKA is built in South Africa, the face of the Northern Cape will be transformed, and the province will have the opportunity to become a centre of high-tech expertise,” says Mangena.According to SKA South Africa, the country is in a strong position to secure the bid for a number of reasons. It is still cost-effective for overseas companies to invest in South Africa, with its comparatively cheap electricity and affordable labour. There is a strong network of infrastructure such as roads and communication, much of which is already in place.The geographical location is ideal, with a dry climate, ample coverage of the sky and minimal interference from sources such as mobile phones and air traffic.South Africa’s academic resources to support the SKA are excellent, and with other important related sites such as the Southern African Large Telescope at Sutherland in the Karoo, and the HESS gamma ray telescope in Namibia, the region is making a name for itself as a player in the field of astronomy.With the SKA located in South Africa, high-level skills in this field will be needed. The Department of Science and Technology, from as far back as 2006, has made funding available for graduate study specifically centred on the SKA and its component, the Karoo Array Telescope (KAT), affectionately known as MeerKAT. A meerkat is a type of mongoose that belongs to the species Suricata suricatta. The name is Afrikaans and means marsh cat, although they are neither cats nor marsh-dwellers but rather live in dry regions of Southern Africa.South Africa will become a major centre for fundamental physics, astronomy and engineering, says Mangena, attracting the best scientists and engineers in the world. This will contribute more momentum to the development of skills and expertise in the field, giving South Africa the ability to contribute to the global knowledge market.Finding the best locationNot many countries are suited to host the SKA because the core of the array must be located in a suitably remote area so that transmissions from televisions and mobile phones, which fall into the same frequency band, won’t interfere with the reception – 100 km of radio signal-free space all around is the minimum requirement.In addition, the array cannot be situated between 25o N and 25o S. This excludes almost the entire area of the earth between the Tropic of Cancer, which lies at 23° 26′ 21″ N, and the Tropic of Capricorn which lies at 23° 26′ 21″ S. In this region, known as the tropics, the ionosphere – the uppermost part of the atmosphere – is particularly sensitive to variations in the sun’s light and electromagnetic radiation passing through it is more likely to be disrupted. This phenomenon is caused by the equatorial electrojet, a moving band of electric current that flows in an easterly direction around the equatorial region of the ionosphere during the day.The core also needs to be conveniently close to major centres. Finally, the array must be positioned away from the earth’s poles so that it can cover a large enough portion of the sky.The SKA South Africa array will cover most of Southern Africa. The core and its surrounding central sites will extend in a radius of 150 km around it, with remote sites situated further than 150 km. Some of these are as far afield as Madagascar, Mauritius, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Zambia, with one each in Kenya and Ghana.SKA is underwaySouth Africa has already embarked on the road to SKA with the construction of MeerKAT near Carnarvon in the Northern Cape. MeerKAT is a SKA prototype which cost almost R900-million to develop. Consisting initially of a single dish built at the Hartebeesthoek Radio Astronomy Observatory in Gauteng, the second stage is now in development. This is the KAT-7 with seven 12 m dishes, and the final stage, likely to be commissioned in 2009, will consist of 80 such dishes when completed in 2012.MeerKAT will be developed into the SKA, should South Africa receive the green light for the project. The facility will boast cutting-edge technology which will enable it to explore such unknown factors as dark matter, and the evolution of galaxies.Related storiesAfrican eyes on the universeUseful linksSKA South AfricaSKA telescopeMeerKATHartebeesthoek Radio Astronomy ObservatoryDepartment of Science and TechnologySouth African space portalNational Research Foundation
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We’d really like to have some rain. We’ve been dry for about three weeks. We had a tenth of an inch the last week of July and that’s it. The beans need rain badly right now. The corn is starting to fire up in some places. One of our corn varieties has some southern rust but we are going to take a chance on it and not spray because of how late it is. It is not that bad but you can find it. It could be a 10-bushel loss potentially and if it is really bad it could be 20 bushels. It is not that bad though. We’re just going with it. The rust is much worse in some of the neighboring corn fields. The neighbor has sprayed all of his corn locally because it was much worse there than we found in our corn.I think we’ll be alright on corn. Beans, though, need some rain. The leaves are starting to roll up next to the house in the beans. They still have a good color and they are standing good but they look like they are starting to dry up. It has been three weeks since we’ve had a good measurable rain.We haven’t seen many Japanese beetles and we haven’t seen damage from them yet. Over towards Greenville, though, we heard that the leaves have been covered in some fields but they haven’t been doing much damage yet.It is supposed to rain this coming weekend, but it was supposed to rain this last weekend too and it didn’t. We have been missing the rains and we could definitely use some moisture to help with these beans.
The Uttar Pradesh government on Thursday banned unauthorised persons from carrying mobile phones inside Vidhan Bhawan, which houses the State legislature complex, and all offices affiliated to the State secretariat. “The Chief Minister instructed officials to ensure that adequate security and cleanliness arrangements are in place in Vidhan Bhawan and at all the offices attached to the Secretariat. Instructions were also issued to debar outsiders from bringing mobile phones inside these buildings,” an official statement said. Concerned over sanitisation and security, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath directed officials to have fool-proof security check points in the Secretariat and in other related offices, the statement said. “No unwanted person should enter any administrative office without the permission of the officials and mobile phones should be banned for unauthorised persons,” the instructions said. The latest instructions, given by the Chief Minister at a review meeting of secretariat administration, came a day after Mr. Adityanath banned the use of mobile phones during all government meetings, including State Cabinet meetings. All the officials were asked to switch off their mobile phones and keep them outside the conference room. Even office assistants, who had come to collect the laptops of their seniors, were asked not to enter the conference room with their mobile phones. Earlier, the ban was imposed only at review meetings chaired by the Chief Minister. At a function where revenue officials were provided free laptops here on Wednesday mobile phones were not allowed at the venue. Now, Uttar Pradesh government ministers and senior officials will have to deposit their phones at a designated counter and a token would be issued which could later be exchanged for their mobile phones. Officials explained that the Chief Minister wanted all ministers and top officers to focus more on issues that are discussed in the key meetings instead of getting distracted due to mobile phones. Recent media reports claimed that the Chief Minister was irked by some of his ministers chatting on WhatsApp during meetings, after which a direction in this regard was issued by his office. The decision also safeguards against the rising threat of cyber hacking and electronic espionage, the officials said. Ministers were earlier allowed to bring mobile phones but had to keep them in silent mode. Instructions were also issued on Thursday to name all the auditoriums and meeting rooms, and remove hoardings, banners and pamphlets in the vicinity of Vidhan Bhawan and Lok Bhawan, which houses the office of the Chief Minister and senior secretaries of various departments. The statement also said, “e-office system should be implemented at all the departments and offices. All the service-related issues should be disposed of in a timely manner.” A list of officials and staff who indulge in corrupt and nefarious activities should be prepared, it said. Efforts should also be made to effectively dispose of pending cases in the courts, the statement said, adding that complaints should be redressed on merit basis.
Man City midfielder Bernardo Silva: Gabriel Jesus goals will do him goodby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City midfielder Bernardo Silva was pleased for Gabriel Jesus after his two goals in victory over Everton.The opener marked the striker’s first Premier League goal since August.”It was good after the defeat against Chelsea to give an answer,” Bernardo explained. “It was not an easy game.”To have difficult games against Hoffenheim and Everton, it was good to come back from that.”The next two months are hard, we need to be focused and fit, get as many wins as can to recover first position and go as far as we can in other competitions.””We are happy with Jesus’ two goals and hopefully he can score more and win more titles.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Bournemouth boss Howe: Our huge incentive going into Southampton clashby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth boss Eddie Howe admits their clash with Southampton can lay down a marker.It is still early days in the Premier League, but playing first on Friday night means a win for Bournemouth will take them up to third in the table.”It’s a huge incentive going into this game,” Howe admitted. “We’re looking for back-to-back wins in the Premier League, which is a very difficult thing to do.”We’ve enjoyed the games against Southampton which have been tight and tough, from both clubs’ perspectives. We’re looking forward to another entertaining match.”
WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump scored a victory Tuesday when a federal judge refused to block the president’s choice to temporarily run the nation’s top consumer financial watchdog and, for the moment, ended a two-way battle for leadership of the agency.Judge Timothy Kelly declined to stop the Republican president from putting Mick Mulvaney in place as the acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. In doing so, Kelly ruled against Leandra English, the bureau’s deputy director, who had requested an emergency restraining order to stop Mulvaney from becoming the acting director.Mulvaney and English had claimed to be the rightful acting director, each citing different federal laws. The leadership crisis developed over the weekend after the bureau’s permanent director, Richard Cordray, resigned and appointed English as his successor. Shortly afterward, the White House announced that Mulvaney, currently budget director, would take over the bureau on an interim basis.The judge’s ruling Tuesday is not the final decision in the case. But in making his decision, the judge said that English had not shown a substantial likelihood that she eventually would succeed on the merits of her case. The judge’s decision is not immediately appealable.The judge was nominated by Trump and was confirmed by the majority-Republican Senate in September.The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau was established after the financial crisis to make sure that customers are not being exploited and that banks are complying with the consumer protection laws on the books. Cordray, appointed by President Barack Obama, was criticized by congressional Republicans as being overzealous but was lauded by consumer advocates for aggressively going after banks for wrongdoing.On Monday, Mulvaney said the bureau under a Trump administration would act differently than the agency under the Obama administration.Lawyers for English will have to make a choice about how to proceed. After the hearing, a lawyer for English, Deepak Gupta, said he hopes to be able to move the case along quickly.“I’m going to have to explore the options with my client, so I don’t know what the next step is and I’m not going to say that right now,” he said, adding options include asking the judge for a final decision on the merits of the case.Gupta said it is not in his client’s interest or the government’s interest to have a “cloud of impropriety and uncertainty hanging over the bureau for any longer than is necessary.”The White House said it “applauds the court’s decision,” saying it provides “further support for the president’s rightful authority to designate Director Mulvaney as acting director of the CFPB.”Trump’s authority to install Mulvaney was backed up by Mary McLeod, the bureau’s general counsel, who wrote a memo over the weekend agreeing with the White House that Mulvaney should be recognized as acting director. The Office of Legal Counsel, which acts as a legal adviser to the president, also argued that Mulvaney, not English, was the legitimate acting director of the agency.___Sweet reported from New York.
The world has witnessed the success story of Vijender Singh in the boxing. He defeated many opponents in the ring as his dedication and hard work earned him respect in the form of Arjuna Award, Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award and Padma Shri in 2010. But this time, the Olympic medallist will be trying his luck in politics as the Congress has fielded him from the South Delhi constituency. In an exclusive interview with Abhay Singh of Millennium Post, the champion boxer says that he is confident of winnning the seat and also bats for making South Delhi a beautiful place for living. Singh promised all around development in the city and says he would also build sporting culture in Delhi. Also Read – Arms supplier arested from RajasthanIn the interview, Singh discussed poll promises for the 2019 parliamentary elections and reasons behind choosing politics. “People are very happy with me. Both the parties will lose this election as they did not fulfil their poll promises,” said Singh. You have been one of the best players in India. How do you feel after joining politics? I am feeling good, we need change, want answers for our questions. I am feeling very excited. I want that every youth of our country should join politics and also raise questions. Politics is a very responsible job. Voters give us the responsibility and we should work for the development of citizens and nation. Also Read – Water supply disruption likely in some areasWhat made you join politics? I used to think about politics after I saw that political dignity is falling below standards. Politicians criticise each other, they never talk about the problems faced by common people. Indian Army should not be criticised. The main agenda should be fulfilling the promises made before the citizens, providing employment, better environment, food to people. Why the people of Delhi should vote for you? I am confident of winning the seat. Yes, they will vote for me as both the governments (whether it is BJP MP or the AAP in the state) they have completely failed to fulfil their promises which were made before people. Both these parties have betrayed the trust of the Delhi people. The current MP also misbehaved with the Poorvanchali people living in Delhi. The voters do not want them, they will lose. Several people are taking selfies with me and I am asking them to vote. What are your poll promises for this election? First of all, the promises made in the Congress manifesto will be fulfilled. The woman safety in the city is a major priority for us. I also want to build sports facilities in Delhi. I will never make fake promises to people. There will be development in the health sector. I will also “regularise” the status of all unauthorised colonies in the Capital. What are the problems you noticed in South Delhi? South Delhi is a very big constituency. There are many problems in the city. In Sangam Vihar, the condition of Poorvanchali people is very bad. Poor facility of water, no sewerage and sealing has affected people’s lives. I will bring some changes in these. My fight is not with the candidates but with the problems of citizens. I will improve the lifestyle of the people in the city. What is your campaign strategy and how will you connect with the people? First of all, people in Delhi are happy with me. I do not believe in show off. I am a grounded person and will meet them. After Congress wins, Delhi people should be relaxed and happy as we will be fulfilling every promise made to them. I do not come from a rich family. I grazed buffaloes. It has been a long journey, and throughout my life I have remain grounded.
8. 1989 NLCS: San Francisco Giants (86.3) vs. Chicago Cubs (83.0); harmonic mean 84.6. The Cubs have appeared in the NLCS three times — in 1984, 1989 and 2003 — and all three of those cases appear on this list. However, the 1970s and 1980s, what gets factored into their 1989 WALT score, weren’t quite as bad as some other eras for the franchise. The Giants had reached the NLCS in 1987, but that had come after awful play in the early 1980s. 4. 1969 NLCS: New York Mets (104.5) vs. Atlanta Braves (75.1); harmonic mean 87.4. Before 1969, the Braves hadn’t made the postseason since 1958, when they did so in Milwaukee. But they had been a winning team for most of the 1960s — the high rank of this series is despite them rather than because of them. Instead it was the “miracle” Mets, who had averaged a record of 56-105 between their inaugural year in 1962 and 1968, who went on to win the NLCS and the World Series. The Baltimore Orioles and Kansas City Royals meet Friday night in Baltimore for Game 1 of the American League Championship Series, and they’re no strangers to the ALCS. The Orioles will be making their 10th ALCS appearance — only the New York Yankees (15 appearances) and the Oakland A’s (11) have made it more often. Kansas City will be appearing for the seventh time.But both franchises’ glory days came long ago. The Orioles last made the ALCS in 1997 and averaged a 73-89 record between 1998 and last season. The Royals last made the ALCS in 1985 and were respectable for the next few years, but Kansas City had an average record of 68-94 from 1996 to 2013.How unusual is it for two such moribund franchises to get their act together and meet in the League Championship Series?In baseball, there’s a precedent for pretty much everything — so there are some other examples like this, such as the Seattle Mariners and Cleveland Indians in 1995. Still, the Orioles-Royals series qualifies as being as underdog-y as any other since the ALCS and NLCS began in 1969.To identify cases in which two franchises with long losing track records met in the LCS, I took a weighted average of each team’s loss totals for the 20 seasons prior to the year it appeared in the championship series. We can call this figure WALT, for Weighted Average Loss Total. In calculating WALT, the most recent prior season is given a weight of 20, while a season from 20 years ago is given a weight of one. (Loss totals are prorated to a 162-game schedule.)Then I took the harmonic mean of the WALT score for the two teams to appear together in each LCS. The harmonic mean places more emphasis on the lower of the two values. What this means is that a series will rank higher if both teams have been bad, as in the case of the Orioles and Royals, rather than if one has been awful while the other has been OK.Here are the 10 most underdog-y championship series as rated by this measure:10. 2007 NLCS: Colorado Rockies (87.8 WALT) vs. Arizona Diamondbacks (81.8 WALT); harmonic mean 84.4. The 2007 NLCS featured the novelty of two 1990s expansion teams facing each other. But the Diamondbacks had gotten off to a quick start, winning the World Series in 2001. The Rockies had struggled more, having reached the playoffs just once before 2007. 7. 2002 ALCS: Minnesota Twins (86.7) vs. Anaheim Angels (83.7); harmonic mean 85.2. The Twins won the World Series in 1987 and 1991, but they were terrible for most of the intervening seasons before making the playoffs again in 2002. The Angels had been following their usual Atlanta Hawks-esque pattern of being slightly below .500 and never making an impact in the playoffs. In fact, 2002 was their first postseason appearance since their classic series against the Red Sox in 1986. 2. 1984 NLCS: San Diego Padres (91.7) vs. Chicago Cubs (87.2); harmonic mean 89.4. This has been a painful list for Cubs fans. The ball that went through Leon Durham’s legs in the decisive fifth game of the 1984 NLCS is not remembered as well as a similar play by Bill Buckner in the 1986 World Series (or the Steve Bartman incident in 2003). But it was every bit as consequential; the error improved the Padres’ probability of winning the series by 20 percent — about as much as Buckner’s play did given that the Mets and Red Sox still had a seventh game to play. However, the Padres rank as the slightly worse team by WALT: 1984 was their first playoff appearance and just the second time they finished with a winning record.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QuOauPWip_8?t=1h51m30s1. 2014 ALCS: Kansas City Royals (92.1) vs. Baltimore Orioles (87.7); harmonic mean 89.8. It’s almost certainly just a coincidence, but the other series on this list have given us more than their fair share of extraordinary moments. Here’s hoping the Orioles and Royals will give us a few more. 9. 1982 ALCS: California Angels (85.1) vs. Milwaukee Brewers (83.7); harmonic mean 84.4. The Angels had been mediocre rather than awful for most of the 1960s and 1970s; they’d reached the ALCS only once before (in 1979) but also never lost more than 95 games in a season. The Brewers were terrible from 1969 (when they began as the Seattle Pilots) to 1977 but were due for a breakthrough by 1982, having posted winning records in each year from 1978 to 1981. 6. 1991 NLCS: Atlanta Braves (91.0) vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (81.0); harmonic mean 85.7. Atlanta and Pittsburgh would meet in the NLCS again in 1992, which is remembered for Francisco Cabrera’s walk-off single. But their 1991 series also went to seven games and featured four games decided by one run. It ranks slightly higher according to WALT since the Braves made the playoffs for just the second time since 1969 — and after having averaged 96 losses per season from 1985 through 1990. 5. 2003 NLCS: Florida Marlins (88.1) vs. Chicago Cubs (85.6); harmonic mean 86.8. Between 1909 and 2002, the Marlins and Cubs won only one World Series between them, and that went, in 1997, to Florida, who had come into existence as an expansion franchise only four years earlier. But the Marlins blew up their roster a year later and had a losing record for the next five seasons before winning the World Series again in 2003. The Cubs, meanwhile, missed their moment in 2003 in about the most painful way imaginable. But don’t worry, bleacher bums: Your team is going to win the World Series in 2015, according to “Back To the Future Part II.” 3. 1995 ALCS: Seattle Mariners (90.0) vs. Cleveland Indians (87.2); harmonic mean 88.6. If I were ranking the series subjectively instead of by a formula, this one would stand out along with Royals-Orioles. The 1995 ALCS fits the template of two notoriously terrible franchises hitting their stride at the same time. The Indians had a winning record just once from 1982 to 1993, and 1995 was their first postseason appearance since 1954. The Mariners had posted a winning record just twice in franchise history and had never made the playoffs before.