Calls for full investigation into potato mislabelling in NW

first_img Google+ Pinterest By News Highland – September 12, 2018 WhatsApp DL Debate – 24/05/21 Google+ Pinterest Twitter WhatsApp Calls for full investigation into potato mislabelling in NW Twitter AudioHomepage BannerNewscenter_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Previous articleSliabh Liag Distillery owner says Ardara move is necessaryNext articleEir working to resolve network issues in Donegal News Highland Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme There are calls for a full investigation into the mislabelling of potatoes.An Irish Farmers Journal investigation last week revealed that potatoes in the North West being sold as Queens were found to be the accord variety.IFA National Potato Chairman Thomas McKeown says those responsible must be penalised and retailers must do more to ensure they have traceability systems in place to prevent food fraud:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Facebook Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic last_img read more

Sanchez transfer ‘hinges on Mkhitaryan deal’, says agent

first_imgLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Manchester United’s bid to sign Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal hinges on Henrikh Mkhitaryan moving the other way, the Armenian player’s agent said Tuesday as Antonio Conte distanced Chelsea from a potential deal.Chile international Sanchez, who appears to have played his last game for Arsenal, had been strongly linked with a move to either Manchester United or Manchester City and Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has also spoken of his admiration for the player.The player, who is out of contract this summer, had appeared certain to sign for Pep Guardiola’s team after a transfer fell through in August but it is understood City have pulled out of the race for the 29-year-old due to the costs involved.There has been speculation Mkhitaryan will be offered as a makeweight from United to land Sanchez, and Mourinho left the playmaker out of the squad to face Stoke on Monday due to “doubts about his future”.Mkhitaryan’s agent Mino Raiola told Britain’s Times newspaper that Sanchez’s transfer to United was reliant on his client joining Arsenal as part of the deal.“Manchester United are not going to sign Sanchez unless Mkhi agrees to join Arsenal,” Raiola told the newspaper.“Mkhi is going to do what is best for him. He has two-and-a-half years left on his contract so it’s his decision. Sanchez is part of the Mkhi deal, not the other way around.”Conte last week described any potential cut-priced deal for the Chile striker as a great opportunity but he told reporters on Tuesday that he did not believe Chelsea were trying to sign the player.– ‘Great’ signing – Jose Mourinho, speaking after second-placed United had reduced Premier League table-toppers City’s lead to 12 points on Monday said it would be “great” if Sanchez arrived at Old Trafford though he remained non-committal.“No news on Alexis Sanchez, he is an Arsenal player,” he said. “If he stays it’s great for Arsenal, if he comes to us, great for us, if he goes to another club, great for them.”If the transfer goes ahead it would be the third blockbuster move of the January window involving Premier League clubs following Philippe Coutinho’s big-money switch from Liverpool to Barcelona and Virgil van Dijk’s arrival at Anfield from Southampton.United have an impressive selection of forwards but Sanchez could expect to become a fixture in the first team alongside Romelu Lukaku, with doubts growing over the future of Zlatan Ibrahimovic following his recent return from a long-term injury.Sanchez joined Arsenal from Barcelona in 2014 and in a stellar 2016/17 campaign scored 30 goals and provided 17 assists, though his form has since dipped.His loss would be a major blow for Arsenal, who saw Robin van Persie swap the Emirates for Old Trafford in 2012.Arsenal have been linked with a move for Bordeaux forward Malcom but Arsene Wenger, who said the club would need a replacement if Sanchez were to leave, refused to confirm his interest in the Brazilian.The British press widely reported on Tuesday that Arsenal were in talks to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund.Aubameyang was dropped at the weekend after missing a team meeting — the third time he had been disciplined by the club after an unauthorised video shoot and a trip to Milan shortly before a Champions League game last season.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Lawmakers Propose Changes To Tax-Free Status For Hospitals

first_imgBy John BurtonThe recent tax court ruling in Morris County and pending legislation in the state Senate have not-for-profit hospitals and municipalities figuring out their future relationship.Following a judge’s decision regarding Morristown Medical Center’s obligation to provide some financial support to its host community, “The immediate impact was the great uncertainty it placed on New Jersey’s not-for-profit hospitals,” said Kerry McKean Kelly, a spokeswoman for the New Jersey Hospital Association (NJHA).On Monday, a bill that would require those facilities to pay the host municipalities was approved the Senate Budget and and Appropriations Committee. Those familiar with the situation expect the Hospital Community Service Contribution legislation, S-3299, to be taken up by the full Senate in the lame duck session early next month.Red Bank, home to Meridian Health System’s Riverview Medical Center, has had a longstanding and supportive relationship. But Red Bank Mayor Pasquale Menna said of these recent developments, “It’s a very important issue. It’s going to be financially impactive on the municipality and the hospital.”Menna and Red Bank officials have been meeting with Meridian representatives, conducting “intelligent and painstaking discussions” that the mayor suspects are, “going to be a long process.”Red Bank has had in part a complicated relationship with the numerous not-for-profit organizations that are exempt from paying property taxes. Officials in the past have complained that 16 percent of the borough’s real property is used by tax-exempt organizations. And that, noted Borough Councilman Michael DuPont, chairman of the council’s Finance Committee, amounts to an annual loss of $1.2 million to the municipality. They may not be required to pay taxes, yet they receive municipal services, such as police, fire, EMS and Public Works, burdening the municipalities. “That does cost the taxpayers money,” DuPont noted.A few years ago, local officials approached the area’s legislative delegation hoping to find support for some sort of relief from Trenton. The discussions never went anywhere.“The contributions that New Jersey hospitals make to the community are significant,” said Meridian Health spokesman Robert Cavanaugh, in a statement. “In addition to serving our communities 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, the contributions that hospitals make to the community extend well beyond the health care services that are offered.”In Red Bank, Riverview Medical Center is one a handful of not-for-profits that actually provide an annual payment in lieu of taxes (PILOT). According to Eugenia Poulos, Red Bank chief financial officer, the medical center contributed $166,322.86 for 2015.Poulos said there were nine not-for profit organizations that have contributed PILOTs for 2015: Along with Riverview, they are the Monmouth Boat Club paying $2,000; Count Basie Theatre, $11,232.04; HABcore housing assistance program, $11,408.70; Locust Landing residential development, $47,674.95; Red Bank Housing Authority, $10,740; River Street Commons senior housing complex, $46,669.95; Two River Theater, $11,815.14; and Wesleyan Arms senior housing facility, $29,894.25.Of the 71 acute care facilities in New Jersey (which serve 18 million patients a year), 64 are not-for-profit hospitals. “There are a number of hospitals across the state that pay some kind of voluntary financial support to their communities,” Kelly said. In some cases, it’s in the form of a cash PILOT, or in in-kind contributions, such as running clinics and workshops for community members. That amounts to a $2.4 billion contribution to communities, according to Kelly.But as state Senator Joseph Vitale (D-19), who represents Middlesex County and is co-sponsor, along with Senate President Steve Sweeney on the legislation, pointed out, “If they have a legitimate non-profit mission they have to demonstrate that to the IRS every year,” and “in part” those services, “that’s what they’re required to do.”NJ State Tax Court Judge Vito Bianco earlier this year ruled that Morristown Medical Center did not meet its requirements as a duly not-for-profit, charitable organization for at least two years of its operation. The medical center and Morristown reached a settlement that will have the facility pay $15.5 million over the next decade.In response to that decision lawmakers are proposing legislation that would amend the 100-year standing law exempting not-for-profits from property taxes and require not-for-profit hospitals to make what the bill labels “community service contributions” to their host communities. The payments would be intended for property tax relief and to offset public safety costs, as well as a small portion to be directed to the host county. The amount the hospitals would pay would be calculated based upon the number of licensed beds, ancillary buildings and other facilities the hospitals own and operate, according to Vitale.“Because of their size,” said Vitale said of the medical centers, “and because of the services provided to the facilities, it does cost the taxpayers money. They’re (communities) looking for relief.”“This never would have been contemplated, of course, if not for the Morristown decision,” and the intent is “so that everyone doesn’t litigate every hospital on their own. It would get out of hand,” Vitale said.Holmdel is host community for Bayshore Community Hospital, which also comes under the Meridian umbrella, and is a not-for-profit, too. Unlike Riverview and Red Bank, Bayshore does not contribute a PILOT to the town, acknowledged Mayor Eric Hinds. Also unlike Red Bank, there hasn’t been any formal discussion between the hospital and the municipality on this matter.“I can’t say we’ve spent a lot of time or energy on what that could or couldn’t mean for the town,” Hinds offered. But the mayor added, “In my experience Meridian is a class A outfit and I’m sure if the legislation mandates that the hospital has to pay they would be a good partner and that we would be able to work something out amicably.”The NJHA has not taken a formal position on the legislation, but it will likely be the leading topic of conversation for the association’s board that had been scheduled for earlier this week, according to Kelly.For now, “We think it’s a good starting point,” Kelly said of the bill, “and we’re looking forward to working with the Senate president to see if we can reach a good resolution on the issue.”“It is a balancing act,” given the equitable relationship between Riverview and the borough, Menna acknowledged. The medical center is the community’s largest employer, which includes more than 600 residents, and provides traffic for downtown businesses, among other contributions, Menna said.Meridian’s Cavanaugh noted the health system is the largest employer in Monmouth and Ocean counties, with 14,000 employed at its six hospitals.“However,” added DuPont, “with this case, both sides have to now use the longstanding relationship to negotiate a resolution that’s fair to both sides.”But that resolution will take time, as Menna pointed out, the Morristown case took eight years to reach a conclusion.last_img read more


first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 6, 2016)–With a modest Pick Six carryover from Friday of $40,671 stoking the pari-mutuel fires, $579,499 in “new money” was wagered Saturday at Santa Anita, creating a total Pick Six pool of $620,170.No doubt helped by four graded stakes that fell within the popular two dollar wager, many betters took the approach that with Songbird heavily favored (1-9 at post time) in the Grade II Las Virgenes Stakes and Mor Spirit heavily favored (3-5 at post time) in the Grade III Robert B. Lewis Stakes, the wager was reduced, for all intents and purposes, to a Pick Four, which encouraged the monetary deluge.With both Songbird and Mor Spirit winning their respective races, there were 200 winning Pick Six tickets, each worth $1,753.20. There were 3,457 “fives,” each worth $38.20.Special early first post time for an eight-race card on Big Game Sunday at Santa Anita is at 11 a.m. Admission gates will open at 9 a.m.last_img read more

‘Jacks take stock after opening CCAA games, prepare for non-conference opponents this week

first_imgBoth the Humboldt State men’s and women’s basketball teams will take a reprieve from California Collegiate Athletic Association play this week. The men will host a one-off non-conference game against Portland Bible College on Saturday while the women will play host to the Thanksgiving Classic and will face Notre Dame de Namur on Friday and Dominican University of California on Saturday.‘Jacks men look to build off comeback winAt the midpoint of Saturday’s home conference game against Cal …last_img read more

Feds: Man Claiming 50% Ownership Of Facebook Forged, Hid Documents

first_imgFacebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Tags:#Facebook#fraud#lawsuit#Mark Zuckerberg#Paul Ceglia#social center_img dave copeland The man who claimed he was entitled to a 50% stake in Facebook because founder Mark Zuckerberg stole the idea from him stands accused of forging documents, filing a bogus lawsuit and orchestrating a multi-million dollar scheme.On Friday, Federal investigators arrested Paul Ceglia, 39, of Wellsville, N.Y. on charges that included fabricating and destroying evidence. The charges were included in a 13-page complaint filed in federal district court in Manhattan.The arrest appears to signal that federal investigators support Zuckerberg’s account of his work-for-hire agreement with Ceglia and seemingly ends the bizarre legal sideshow that has dogged Facebook during its meteoric rise.Facebook Seems Pleased“We commend the United States Attorney for charging Ceglia with federal crimes in connection with his fraudulent lawsuit against Facebook,” said Orin Snyder a partner Gibson Dunn and the attorney representing Facebook and Zuckerberg in the lawsuit. “Ceglia used the federal court system to perpetuate his fraud and will now be held accountable for his criminal scheme.”If convicted, Ceglia could face up to 40 years in prison. Doctored DocumentsCeglia “doctored, fabricated, and destroyed evidence to support his false claim,” according to a statement from the U.S. attorney’s office in New York City. Investigators also found a copy of the original contract between Zuckerberg and Ceglia which makes no reference to Facebook, according to the complaint.Ceglia did contract Zuckerberg to programming work for the website in 2003. In an April 2011 lawsuit Ceglia claimed Zuckerberg promised him a 50% stake in what would eventually become Facebook. Now, however, Ceglia’s claims are unraveling: federal investigators said Zuckerberg did not come up with the idea for Facebook until months after he worked for Ceglia and that he never received the bogus emails Ceglia cited in his lawsuit as proof of Zuckerberg’s promise.U.S. Postal Inspectors verified Zuckerberg’s account that he had not received the emails by checking email servers at Harvard University, where Zuckerberg was a student and would take on work-for-hire programming jobs like the one he did for Ceglia.An attorney for Ceglia could not be reached for comment Friday evening.We’ll update this post when we hear back from Ceglia or his lawyer. Related Posts last_img read more

300 Farmworkers Leave This Week for Canada

first_img The workers, who will be employed in greenhouse crop production, food processing, tobacco planting, vegetable farming and fruit tree cultivation, will depart the island beginning today (January 4), while another group will leave on Friday (January 5). The majority of them will be deployed to the Ontario region of Canada. Portfolio Minister, Hon. Shahine Robinson, in her address to the workers, encouraged them to be good ambassadors by carrying out their duties diligently and conducting themselves appropriately at all times. Story Highlights Forty-three new persons are among the first batch of 300 farmworkers who will take up employment opportunities this year under the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Programme (SAWP). Forty-three new persons are among the first batch of 300 farmworkers who will take up employment opportunities this year under the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Programme (SAWP).The SAWP, which is part of the Ministry of Labour and Social Security’s Overseas Employment Programme, involves contractual agricultural workers who are recruited to meet the short-term demand of manual labour during planting and harvesting seasons.The workers, who will be employed in greenhouse crop production, food processing, tobacco planting, vegetable farming and fruit tree cultivation, will depart the island beginning today (January 4), while another group will leave on Friday (January 5). The majority of them will be deployed to the Ontario region of Canada.A send-off ceremony was held at the Ministry’s Overseas Employment Services Centre in downtown Kingston on January 3.Portfolio Minister, Hon. Shahine Robinson, in her address to the workers, encouraged them to be good ambassadors by carrying out their duties diligently and conducting themselves appropriately at all times.“For those of you who are making the journey yet another season, I hope that you will continue to perform well, so that your employer will see it fit to request your services again. First-timers, you have a legacy to carry on. You must learn from this first experience, so that you too will be requested over and over. You have to continue to fly the name of the Jamaican worker high,” she said.Mrs. Robinson noted that Jamaican workers are known to be hard-working, disciplined, dedicated, committed to their tasks and self-motivated, which are qualities that are “not lost on Canadian employers”.The Minister said the Government is committed to the creation of jobs for all Jamaicans, noting that for 52 years, the SAWP has steadily provided employment opportunities for Jamaican workers.“As a government, we are seeking to expand the overseas employment programme, both in the low skill and unskilled categories, whilst at the same time, we are seeking to increase the number of females on the overseas programme,” she said.She noted that for the 2017 calendar year, a total of 9,367 workers travelled to Canada, both under the SAWP and the Low Skill Programme.last_img read more

Elton John AIDS Foundation Raises 33 Million At Enduring Vision Benefit Gala

first_imgOn Monday, November 2, 2015, the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) raised more than 3.3 million at its 14th annual An Enduring Vision benefit gala to support HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, and awareness programs across the United States, the Americas, and the Caribbean.American Airlines, Robert K. Kraft, The Lauder Foundation- Leonard & Judy Lauder Fund, Mylan, Pablo and Nathalie Salame, Sands Bethlehem, and Wells Fargo served as the Presenting Sponsors of the benefit. The star-studded evening was held at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City.As part of the evening’s program, EJAF Founder Elton John and Chairman David Furnish presented Enduring Vision awards to three outstanding Foundation supporters – M. Michele Burns, Robert J. Coury, and Tracey Emin.M. Michele Burns is an internationally recognized corporate and philanthropic leader, played an integral part in EJAF’s inception, and has served as an Executive Board Member from the very beginning. Robert J. Coury, Executive Chairman of Mylan, continues to be a visionary in leading the company into areas where it can make a difference, such as improving global health and helping to end the AIDS epidemic. Tracey Emin is one of the most renowned and respected living artists today and is also a fierce humanitarian and tireless advocate for human rights causes.CNN anchor Anderson Cooper emceed the gala dinner for an eighth time. Darren Walker, President of the Ford Foundation, spoke eloquently about the Foundation’s achievements and the role of philanthropy in ending the AIDS epidemic. KC and the Sunshine Band took the stage for a rollicking performance of disco classics. And guest auctioneer Alexander Gilkes of Paddle 8 conducted a live auction featuring such one-of-a-kind items as a neon work of art by honoree, Tracey Emin, a 1999 print of Elton John by photographer David LaChapelle, the opportunity to create bespoke champagne with HATT et SÖNER, a group of unique archival pigment prints by Joel Meyerowitz and fine jewelry by Lily Gabriella.“I cannot begin to express how incredibly grateful I am to all of the amazing donors and friends who support and attend An Enduring Vision year after year,” said Elton. “Their generosity helps to make our lifesaving work possible and brings us closer to achieving our vision of a world without AIDS.”Through the impeccable credibility and reputation attained based on more than two decades of extensive work, EJAF has emerged as a significant leader in the field of AIDS. The Foundation advances public dialogue on critical and controversial issues related to the epidemic and challenges misguided policies and attitudes that block progress in HIV prevention. Proceeds from An Enduring Vision will help support these efforts, as well as EJAF’s grant-making initiatives across the U.S., the Caribbean, and the Americas.last_img read more

The Year Ron Hunt Got Hit By 50 Pitches

In 1964, Ron Hunt was a young second baseman just starting to make his bones in the big leagues. He played for the Mets, a terrible team still years away from transforming into Amazin’ glory. On May 9 of that year, they were playing the mighty Cardinals, a loaded team that would go on to win the World Series. The man on the mound that day was Bob Gibson, one of the best and most terrifying fireballers in baseball history.Gibson had staked the Cards to a big lead, and he now needed just two more outs to bag a complete-game win. Hunt was due up next, and he knew all about Gibson’s blazing fastball, his tendency to come inside with it, and his neverending quest to intimidate batters into submission.“I started messing with my shoelaces,” said Hunt 51 years later, speaking in short, hard-edged bursts from his farm in Wentzville, Missouri.At the time, he figured that fiddling with his laces and stalling for time would do one of two things: Break Gibson’s concentration, piss the big right-hander off, or both. A warning rang out from the dugout: “ ‘Gibson is gonna drill you!’ Sure enough, he hits me.”Shaking off the impact of the pitch, Hunt spotted the ball coming to rest near his feet. He picked it up, turned toward Gibson … and flipped it back to him. Trotting down to first base, Hunt was greeted by first baseman Bill White, who wanted to know if Hunt was OK after getting drilled by the one fastball that caused more nightmares than any other of his generation.“Yeah, I’m all right,” Hunt replied indignantly. “Now tell that fucker to go warm up!” 5Jason Kendall199831 2Don Baylor198635 1Ron Hunt197150 6Steve Evans191031 Flipping balls back to pitchers wasn’t something Hunt reserved for titans of the game like Gibson. He did it nearly every time after getting plunked by a pitch. And nobody in baseball’s modern era has been hit more times in one season than Hunt. He retired in 1974 with 243 hit-by-pitches (HBPs)1Don Baylor broke that post-Dead Ball Era record in 1987, and Craig Biggio subsequently passed Baylor in 2005. Hughie Jennings remains the all-time leader with 287, but he played most of his career in the 19th century., but his record-breaking season came when he was playing for the Montreal Expos in 1971. That year, he got plunked 50 times, still the highest total for anyone after 1900.2Jennings did get hit 51 times in 1896. But when you consider that spitballs were legal (and incredibly hard to control) in the 19th century (thus causing more wayward balls to hit batters), and that the overall level of play in those days was much more uneven due to a lack of talent, Hunt’s total of 50 is more impressive.It’s one thing to be a record-holder. It’s quite another to absolutely obliterate the field in one statistical category. Check out how far ahead of the pack Hunt’s 50 HBPs look compared to all other post-1900 totals. PLAYERYEARHBP 3Craig Biggio199734 7Craig Wilson200430 9Craig Biggio200128 8Fernando Vina200028 4Jason Kendall199731 That’s a 43 percent spread between Hunt’s 50 and Baylor’s runner-up effort. Pick your most unbreakable record, and Hunt’s dominance dwarfs it. Joe DiMaggio’s 56-game hitting streak? Pete Rose came closer to Joe D at 44 than Baylor did to Hunt.3We’re not counting Willie Keeler’s 45-game hitting streak, from 1896 to 1897, to stay consistent on post-1900 numbers. Cy Young’s 511 wins? Walter Johnson’s 417 Ws came closer. Barry Bonds’s 73 homers in 2001? Nope. Hack Wilson’s 191 RBIs in 1930? Nope. You could argue that in modern baseball history, no player ever crushed all others in any one facet of the game the way Hunt did with his plunk-fest in 1971.When we assemble every player since 1900 who’s ever logged 502 or more plate appearances in a season,4The minimum required to qualify for a batting title. Hunt’s lonely spot way over on the right side of that chart is 13 standard deviations above average for hit-by-pitches in a season. If you’re not a math expert, think about that number this way: There’s ostensibly nothing in our everyday lives that could ever be anywhere close to 13 standard deviations above the norm — not a man who’s 8 feet tall, or 700 pounds, or blessed with a 200 IQ.When you’re 13 standard deviations ahead of any other season, it suggests somebody didn’t just get lucky — he got really, really good.“His hitting style was that he crowded the plate,” said Bill Stoneman, Hunt’s teammate for three seasons in Montreal, including his record-breaking campaign. “Back when we played, pitchers pitched inside a little more than they do now. When that pitch came inside, he didn’t budge. He just let the thing hit him.”“First I would blouse the uniform — this big, wool uniform, I would make sure it was nice and loose,” Hunt said. “Then I’d choke way up on the bat, and stand right on top of the plate. That way, I could still reach the outside pitch. That was the Gil Hodges philosophy on hitting: The two inches on the outside corner were the pitcher’s, the rest was his. I thought, ‘If I can take away those two inches, and he’s not perfect, I can put the ball in play and get some hits. And if he comes inside, I can get on base that way, too.’ ”This, to Hunt, was gamesmanship, a way for a power-deficient hitter to gain an edge on the pitcher both physically and mentally. It was also, if we’re applying the letter of baseball law, illegal. A right-handed batter, Hunt would set up with his left arm hanging over the plate. Major League Baseball’s Rule 6.08(b) stipulates that the batter must make an “attempt to avoid being touched by the ball” to be awarded first base after getting hit by a pitch. Hunt made no such attempt.“The ball would be headed toward his elbow or his ribcage,” said Dave Van Horne, who called Expos games on TV and radio for the first 32 years of the franchise’s existence. “He would turn his back away from the pitcher and deflect the ball with that spin move, so that he avoided those direct hits. To the average person, it would look like he was trying to get out of the way of the pitch, when, in fact, he just wanted to stand in there and take it.”“Did the umpires know what he was doing?” Van Horne asked rhetorically. “Sure. But I don’t think they wanted to get into many arguments with him!”At 6 feet tall, 186 pounds, Hunt wasn’t the biggest guy, even if he was strong for his size. But it was his fearlessness, as well as his quick and nasty temper, that earned him respect within the game. No other player, then or now, had the courage to flip baseballs back to pitchers after getting hit. Most players don’t want to piss off the guy who could hold your life in his hands, and really don’t want to do it when that guy is Bob Gibson.Never was Hunt’s win-at-all costs approach better on display than in 1971. His HBP pace started relatively slowly that season, with Hunt getting hit seven times in his first 33 games. Then on May 26, he put on a clinic, reaching base four times in five trips to the plate, via a walk, a trademark slap single, and two plunks in an 11-1 over the Braves. On June 6, Padres lefty Dave Roberts fired a nine-hit shutout against the Expos … and Hunt still found a way to get hit twice. On June 25, he absorbed three blows in a single day, with one HBP in the first game of a doubleheader, and two more in the nightcap; that first one came against Nolan Ryan, whose fastball could bore a hole into Fort Knox. Finally, on Aug. 7, Hunt led off the game against Reds right-hander Jim McGlothlin … and got nailed for the 32nd time that season, breaking the 20th-century record held by long-ago Cardinals outfielder Bobby Evans.But he still had 18 bruises and one major brawl to go. Ten days later, Hunt led off the top of the third against Padres righty Steve Arlin. He took a fastball in the ribs, winced, then watched the ball come to a dead stop right next to him. Keeping with tradition, Hunt picked the ball up and gently tossed it back to Arlin. His next at-bat came in the fifth, with a runner on first and nobody out. Again Arlin tried to come inside with a fastball. Again he whacked Hunt with the pitch, this time on the arm. The ball bounded a few feet up the first-base line. Hunt walked toward it, ready to scoop the ball up and lob it back. Padres catcher Bob Barton, widely regarded as a nice guy, had had enough of Hunt’s act. Barton scurried to the ball, and grabbed it before Hunt could get it. Hunt turned toward Barton, ripped his mask off with two hands, and punched him right in the jaw. A fight ensued, the benches emptied, and in the end Hunt was the only player ejected. He returned to the lineup the next day and got drilled by Padres lefty Fred Norman.Hunt took all of that beating with pride. He was keenly aware of his limited talent and reveled in beating his opponents with guile, and a mean streak.All that abuse took its toll over the years. Now 73 years old, Hunt can reel off his 15 surgeries, 12 of them from baseball: one on the left shoulder, four on the right, both knees, a steel rod in his back, you name it. And none of that counts the injuries he’d shake off to play the next day.5Hunt’s manager in Montreal, the equally scrappy Gene Mauch, knew that his second baseman frequently played hurt, so he’d occasionally lead off with Hunt on the road, then pull him in for a pinch-runner if he reached base to start the game. Don Drysdale once threw a fastball so hard, it left a baseball-shaped imprint on Hunt’s shoulder blade for weeks.Hunt eventually gave in, donning a protective rubber sleeve around his ribs that was so tight, it was painful to watch him pull it on. That one provision aside, Hunt’s body was fair game, with none of the modern armor that helped next-generation HBP leaders like Biggio trot to first base again and again.Jacques Doucet, a sportswriter for La Presse in Montreal for the Expos’ first three seasons and the French-language TV voice of the team for their final 33 years, was one of Hunt’s closest friends. They’d go on fishing trips together, with Hunt airing his grievances against half the league and Doucet sitting and listening. They remain close to this day, with Hunt offering little nuggets of baseball wisdom that never fail to make Doucet smile.“Ronnie always used to say one thing to me in jest,” Doucet said. “ ‘A lot of people give their body to science. I gave mine to baseball.’ ” read more