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Baseball Geek Group: About Jimm Hendren Group

Just an ordinary guy who can’t get enough of watching countless baseball games and reading every imaginable baseball books but stopping short of playing the sport myself.


Baseball Geek Group: Jimm Hendren is not only meant to be an exhaustive reference for anything about baseball but also as a community for fanboys like me. Simply put, I made this just to share the baseball love and encourage people to be involved, or at least get interested, in this amazing sport. Everything here is what I’ve learned through the years, supported of course by facts from various sources.


P.S. Yes, I do have baseball cards (tons of them, actually) but I don’t trade. Sell me yours maybe?


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Baseball Geek Group: Jimm Hendren, Maintaining Your Baseball Field, Warning Track


The warning track is exactly that – a warning so players don’t run into obstacles and get hurt.


What you’re going to do


Your field needs a warning track.

It should extend around the entire field. The warning track provides player safety and reduces wear of turf in front of the dugouts and around the home plate area.


How you do this


Mark off the boundary of your warning track. For example, 10 feet for a high school field.


If you are building a new warning track, use a sod cutter or a smooth bucket tractor to cut the grass out of the warning track area. If you are adding warning track material, then cut this at least 3 inches deeper than the base of the sod. Remove the sod and weeds from the field.


Add warning track material. This could take several truck loads.


Spread. Drag.


Roll to help settle the material.


Drag the warning track with the same technique and drag used on the infield dirt.


When you drag the infield, drag the warning track to keep it maintained – weed free and smooth.


Tips & Hints


A warning track can be made from a variety of materials. Make sure the material is different in color and texture from the rest of the playing field.


A good mix for the warning track is 50% decomposed granite and 50% crushed, 1/8 inch red brick.


Little league warning tracks vary from 5 feet to 10 feet, but most are about 6 feet. High school warning track should be at least 10 feet wide. College level should be 15 feet.


A good width is one that your drag can cover from side to side in either one or two passes. Keep the drag off the grass!


A typical high school field will need about 35 yards of material to put in a good warning track. This takes 3 dump trucks.


Mistakes to avoid


Ignoring your warning track and letting it become overgrown with weeds and grass. Then it no longer serves its purpose – a warning track.


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SNC Lavalin Canadian Companies World Bank blacklist

Canada leads World Bank blacklist of fraudulent companies thanks to SNC-Lavalin


Canada leads the world in companies and individuals that have been banned by the World Bank from contributing to international aid and infrastructure projects.


Of the 608 companies and individuals listed on the World Bank’s just-released blacklist for fraudulent or corrupt conduct, 119 are Canadian companies. But engineering firm SNC-Lavalin and its subsidiaries, many of which are registered outside Canada, comprise 16 per cent of the total.


The World Bank bans companies from participating in aid and development contracts if they “have been sanctioned under the Bank’s fraud and corruption policy.”


The number of companies included on that list soared in 2013, rising from only 65 banned entities on last year’s list, according to the South China Morning Post. The World Bank says about $40 billion of the roughly $200 billion it has given out since 2008 has been stolen.


Companies with head offices listed in Canada, which does not include overseas subsidiaries, comprise 119 names on the World Bank list, the most of any country. The U.S. is second with 44 debarred firms, Indonesia third with 43 and Britain close behind with 40.


The grounds for getting blacklisted vary, but usually include some manner of bribery, fraud, collusion, coercion or obstruction either in bidding for contracts or in carrying them out.

The most prominent name on the World Bank list, by far, is SNC-Lavalin, which has been mired in scandal for the last two years. Of the companies banned for corruption and fraud, SNC-Lavalin has 102 entries on the blacklist, stemming from a blanket ban against the company from earlier in 2013.


The World Bank has debarred SNC-Lavalin from working on its projects for 10 years after company officials were linked to bribery in a bridge project in Bangladesh. There are also corruption allegations in relation to a World Bank-financed rural electricity project in Cambodia.


The RCMP raided the Montreal headquarters of the engineering and construction giant in April as part of an investigation into $56 million in mysterious payments. One multimillion-dollar payment allegedly went to the family of former Tunisian dictator Zine el Abidine Ben Ali to win construction contracts in the North African country. The company also had ties to Libya’s former dictator Moammar Gadhafi.


The former CEO of SNC-Lavalin, Pierre Duhaime, was charged with fraud in late 2011 in connection with the Quebec anti-corruption commission, which has been probing corruption in the province’s construction sector.


A request from Canada.com for comment from SNC-Lavalin went unanswered Tuesday, as did a similar request to the Department of Foreign Affairs Canada.

Foreign Minister John Baird spoke out against corruption on a trip to Algeria over the weekend, another country where SNC-Lavalin is embroiled in bribery allegations.


“This company does not represent all Canadian businesses, which give huge importance to ethics,” Baird said in a joint news conference with his Algerian counterpart on Sunday. “It is obvious that they must pay for their actions through the courts.”


Despite SNC-Lavalin’s ongoing legal problems, however, the Canadian government recommended the company for a hospital-building project in Trinidad and Tobago through the little-known Crown corporation the Canadian Commercial Corporation. The 2012 recommendation came amid allegations of wrongdoing in the company’s international dealings, but before bans by the World Bank and the Canadian International Development Agency.


CIDA has since been absorbed into Foreign Affairs.


Use the interactive database below to see which companies are on the blacklist. Typing “SNC” in all-caps should be a good starting point.