Bradley takes over in center for Kotsay

first_imgThe 31-year-old center fielder from Santa Fe High School had back surgery Thursday in Los Angeles and likely will be sidelined for three months. Dr. Robert Watkins termed the procedure to repair a herniated disk successful. “We’ll have to deal with it,” said Bradley, who becomes Oakland’s starting center fielder. “I know he agonized over it the past couple of years. It’s good he’s taking care of it so he doesn’t have to go out and play in pain.” Thomas is scheduled to be a designated hitter in today’s `A’ game against the Houston Astros. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PHOENIX – Milton Bradley felt like he had a kindred spirit in Mark Kotsay. The two Oakland outfielders are next-door neighbors in the Athletics’ clubhouse and are close in other ways, too. “I look in his eyes and I see the same fire I have in my eyes,” Bradley said. “It’s tough not seeing him in there and not playing with on an every day basis.” center_img Kotsay first injured his back running into the outfield wall while with the San Diego Padres in 2003. Kotsay started 96 of the A’s first 111 games through Aug. 6 last year, but the back problem limited him to 25 starts over the final 51 regular-season games. KISSIMMEE, Fla. – Mike Hampton’s comeback took a major blow when the Atlanta Braves pitcher injured his left side during batting practice. He won’t be ready for the start of the regular season. Hampton, starting the seventh season of an eight-year $121 million contract, fell to the ground in pain after a swing, prompting fears that he broke a rib. X-rays were negative and team doctors determined that he strained his left oblique, still a serious injury for a pitcher. DUNEDIN, Fla. – Frank Thomas made his first appearance for the Toronto Blue Jays and went 1 for 3 with an RBI Thursday in a “B” game against Philadelphia. last_img

Live updates: Cardinals rally to beat 49ers in final minute

first_imgJoin us for scoring updates, news and analysis on Sunday at 1:25 p.m. as the 49ers take to the road to face the Cardinals in Arizona.In a battle of two of the NFL’s four one-win teams, San Francisco will hope to avoid a season sweep at the hands of the Cardinals, who handed the 49ers a 28-18 loss at Levi’s three weeks ago.In order for the 49ers to avoid their sixth consecutive loss, they’ll probably have … Click HERE if you’re having trouble viewing the gallery on your mobile device.last_img read more

Cape Town’s World Cup winter boost

first_imgCape Town Stadium with the harbour andpart of the V&A Waterfront at right, withTable Bay beyond. Tourist accommodationnear the city bowl was 90% full in the finalweek of the 2010 Fifa World Cup.(Image: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com image library)MEDIA CONTACTS• Skye Grove, communication managerCape Town Tourism+27 21 487 6800skye@capetown.travel• Tammy WhiteRabbit in a Hat Communications+27 21 447 3197 or +27 73 202 5041tammy@rabbitinahat.co.zaMary AlexanderCape Town, foreign tourists’ favourite South African city, is set to enjoy long-term benefits from successfully hosting the 2010 Fifa World Cup by building its reputation as a special-events destination in the winter off-season.The city is immensely popular during summer, with its sunny and dry Mediterranean climate, but tourists tend to stay away during its cold, windy and wet winters.“Our focus has never been on the short term benefits of hosting this event, but rather on maximising the long term benefits and changing the opinion the world has of us, converting soccer fans into fans of Cape Town,” said Mariette du Toit-Helmbold, head of Cape Town Tourism.“Our aim is to double the economic impact of tourism by 2020 and the successful hosting of the World Cup in Cape Town in winter will definitely make this target more attainable.”This week Cape Town Tourism is launching a campaign to promote the city as a winter destination, with advertising on radio and billboards in Gauteng province, and internationally on TripAdvisor, a major online travel portal. TripAdvisor named Cape Town one of the world’s top 25 destinations in its Travellers’ Choice 2010 Best Destinations Awards.During the World Cup Cape Town Tourism conducted weekly surveys to determine visitor behaviour, choices and trends, and assess the city’s tourism industry’s attitude towards to event.It found that while tourist numbers and bookings were a lot higher than the same period in 2009, they did not live up to the winter peak season anticipated during the World Cup.Nonetheless, 90% of survey respondents agreed that the tournament had had a positive impact on Cape Town as a destination, and 62% agreed that it had helped to counter seasonality.Felicity Purchase, the Cape Town city council‘s head of economic development and tourism, said hosting major events in the Cape Town winter would help boost the city’s economy.“The City of Cape Town has developed an events policy and is now working on a post-2010 World Cup events strategy,” she said. “Events can play an important role in addressing seasonality, which is one of the greatest stumbling blocks in the development of Cape Town as a year-round tourism destination.”While official visitor numbers have not yet been released, the survey, the results of which have been published online, found that the average occupancy level for the 30 days of the 2010 Fifa World Cup was an estimated 55%, some 15% up on the same period in 2009. Bookings rose by at least 30% over the tournament’s final fortnight, with an average of some 70% for the Cape Town metropolitan area.Tourist accommodation in the vicinity of the city bowl and the Cape Town Stadium obviously benefited the most, with 90% occupancy in the final week of the World Cup.International arrivals at Cape Town International Airport from 11 June to 16 July – the final match was on 11 July – were 24% higher than in the same period in 2009. These included an increase in chartered flights, in addition to scheduled international flights. Domestic arrivals were up by 8%.The V&A Waterfront, Table Mountain cableway and other major Cape Town attractions confirmed that visitor numbers higher than those of the 2009 season. More than that, World Cup tourists spent up to four times as much as regular winter visitors.Cape Town Tourism’s 18 visitor centres reported a 47% increase in visitors from kickoff to the final match of the World Cup compared to 11 June to 11 July 2009, with international visitors up by 77% and locals by 15%.Most international tourists came from the UK and US, but there were also significant numbers from South America and the Far East – new markets for Cape Town that tourism officials plan to expand with media and trade campaigns.“We have to follow up the raised profile that our city has garnered as a result of a highly successful World Cup with real, visible, accessible offers that speak to a world still battling their way through tough times,” said Du Toit-Helmbold of Cape Town Tourism.“We are in a unique and incredibly fortunate position to have seen so much positive coverage on television this year. Now it’s up to us to convert that into tangible tourism results through showing that we offer great value.”last_img read more

Nominate schools for the Grow Rural Education program

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The number of jobs with an emphasis in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) is expected to grow significantly over the next ten years, according to the National Science and Math Initiative. To help K-12 educators enhance their STEM curriculum, the America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education program, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, will once again provide farmers with the opportunity to nominate their Ohio public schools for opportunities to receive $10,000 and $25,000 grants.Former grant-winning schools, such as Early County Elementary School in Blakely, Georgia, indicate the program stimulates school budgets for STEM education, as well as students’ level of interest in science and math.In 2016, Early County Elementary School used the $10,000 grant they received from the Grow Rural Education program to expand the school’s science curriculum by building a hoop house, allowing students to apply classroom lessons about the ecosystem and plant lifecycles to the fruits and vegetables they harvest.“The Grow Rural Education grant has had an impact throughout our entire school district. After our elementary school students harvest their crops, we provide the food to our high school culinary arts program,” said Early County Elementary School teacher Tim Spooner. “This allows high school students to learn their craft and then give a portion of that food to our area’s most needy residents.”In 2017, the Grow Rural Education program will award approximately $2.3 million to deserving schools. Since the program began in 2011, it has awarded more than $11 million to schools in rural communities across the United States.To qualify for a Grow Rural Education grant, farmers in eligible counties must nominate an eligible rural public school district to compete for a merit-based grant of either $10,000 or $25,000. Farmers can nominate their school district from January 1 to April 1, 2017.After the school district receives a nomination, the Monsanto Fund will notify the district and encourage administrators and teachers to design a grant that enhances STEM education in their district.Nominated school districts have until April 15, 2017, to submit a grant application describing their project. An advisory council composed of farmer leaders then reviews finalist applications and selects the winning school districts.“The Grow Rural Education program provides farmers with a way to give back and sets students up for success in their local communities,” said Al Mitchell, Monsanto Fund president. “We have heard from many school districts that the projects they implement excite their students and, in many instances, have resulted in improved test scores.”To nominate a local school district for one of the Grow Rural Education grants, as well as a complete list of program rules and eligibility information, farmers can go to GrowRuralEducation.com. Additionally, more information about the program can be found at facebook.com/AmericasFarmers.last_img read more

Google Apps Campaign: How Not to Influence IT Experts

first_imgRelated Posts Google just launched “Going Google” – a marketing campaign similar to the Spread Firefox to encourage companies to switch to Google Apps in the workplace. While millions already use Gmail, the campaign is aimed at luring business and enterprise users away from Microsoft Exchange and Outlook. Google already claims to serve more than 1.75 million companies and judging by the flashy campaign, it hopes to increase that number in the near future. Tags:#Google#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Surprisingly, despite Google’s success in online and web advertising, one of the company’s key ad vehicles is the billboard. The company has reserved 4 billboards in major US cities and will run a new Google App-related message each day for a month. The campaign is expected to celebrate the benefits of Gmail spam protection, filters, high storage limits, email threads, Google chat, Google Docs and of course, what the company has always done well, search. In an effort to rally advocates, the company has set up a Google Apps “Spread the Word” site where enthusiasts download marketing collateral and promote Google Apps within the workplace. The site slogan is, “Join the movement. Spread the word. Go Google.” The page is meant to help employees convince their IT administrators to switch to Google Apps, but I can’t help thinking this campaign could potentially backfire. While Google Apps and Firefox share a common enemy in Microsoft, the project targets are completely different. Firefox enthusiasts advocate on behalf of the company directly to their friends and family. Meanwhile Google Apps enthusiasts are asked to influence the very people who are already more qualified to make IT-related infrastructural decisions. In other words, if you’ve ever seen a non-technical employee tell an IT administrator how to do his/her job, the outcome probably wasn’t pretty. Nevertheless, because Google’s services are extremely user-friendly, some great enterprise and business-level endorsements might better influence a workplace service transition. One testimonial from Vivek Kundra is particularly glowing. Currently serving as the United States Chief Information Officer, Kundra is responsible for the country’s e-government and information technology. In 2008, as the CTO of the District of Columbia, he endorsed Google Apps as a cost-effective, scalable and easy-to-use collaboration platform. He deployed the service across the district’s 86 agencies to help its police officers, fire fighters and public servants. Using a number of Google applications including Google Earth, maps, documents and email, Kundra has been celebrated for bringing efficiency and cloud-based infrastructure to the District of Columbia. His work earned him a spot as a key advisor on President Obama’s transition committee on technology issues and from there he was appointed the federal CIO. dana oshiro A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

As VLC for iPhone, iPad Pulled from App Store, What’s the Future for GPL Apps?

first_imgaudrey watters Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Tags:#Apple#web The iPhone and iPad versions of the popular video player VLC have been removed from the App Store, in what appears to be a showdown between VLC’s open-source licensing and the DRM restrictions placed on apps downloaded from Apple’s store. According to TUAW, the removal of VLC was not a case – as we have oftenseen – of Apple pulling an app because it felt as though it violated the developer guidelines. Rather, the app was removed because Apple received an infringement complaint from VLC developers.GPL versus DRM in the App StoreDeveloper Rémi Denis-Courmont posted on the VideoLAN blog that “On January 7th, Apple removed VLC media player from its application store for iDevices. Thus the incompatibility between the GNU General Public License and the AppStore terms of use is resolved – the hard way. This end should not have come to a surprise to anyone, given the precedents.” The GNU General Public License (GPL) allows people to freely copy, distribute, and modify GPL software, but the digital rights management applied to those apps downloaded from Apple’s App Store prevents that sort of sharing.TUAW says that Denis-Courmont has waged a “one-man campaign against Applidium’s iOS port of VLC, claiming the app violated the GNU public license (GPL) because App Store purchases have Digital Rights Management (DRM) applied to them.” But Denis-Courmont disputes this version of events, detailing his thoughts on the app’s removal in a subsequent blog post. Noting that it has been over two months since the initial claim of copyright infringement, Denis-Courmont minimizes his role in VLC’s removal, instead pointing to Apple’s anti-GPL stance. “All in all, we will probably never know the truth,” he writes. “But I am inclined to believe what Eben Mogel, from the Software Freedom Law Center, foretold me 2 months ago: Apple would remove VLC simply because it cannot stand software distributed under the GPL on its stores.”The Future of GPL AppsVLC’s removal from the store is a shame for iPhone and iPad users, who could use the app to view video in formats not supported by Apple’s video viewer. But the removal, particularly over conflicts with the GPL, highlights the conflicts between open source projects’ licensing and their availability on Apple devices. Now that Apple has an App Store for Mac as well (with popular open source software like VLC noticeably missing), we may see more of these sorts of conflicts, with some developers eschewing Apple and wanting to retain the “purity,” if you will, of the GPL and others simply wanting to take advantage of the popular Apple marketplace. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Claire Diaz-Ortiz on The Mentoring Process And The Power of Mentoring – Episode #87

first_img Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Now Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 26:46 — 24.6MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Google Podcasts | RSSWe’ve all heard of mentoring, but do we really understand what it is and how it can work powerfully in life and business? Claire Díaz-Ortiz is the co-author of “The One Minute Mentor” with Ken Blanchard and is In The Arena with Anthony on this episode to discuss the mentoring process, how to find a mentor, and how to benefit the most from a mentoring relationship. Claire is an author, speaker, and technology innovator who has been named one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business by Fast Company. Claire was an early employee at Twitter, where she was hired to lead corporate social innovation. This episode is packed with powerful insights and tips, so be sure you take the time to listen.Claire Diaz-Ortiz On The Mentoring Process And The Power Of Mentoring – Episode 87 Click To TweetWhen should you seek out a mentor?Mentors are not the last resort option or even like a coach. A mentor is a skilled person who you admire in particular areas who agrees to come alongside you to help you grow in that specific area. Once you understand that concept you discover that it’s possible to have a number of mentors at the same time, each one contributing to your life in a specific area. So when should you seek out a mentor? Whenever you have an area of your life that you would like specific help with. On this episode of In The Arena, Claire Diaz-Ortiz shares insights from her new book, “The One Minute Mentor.”How can you find the best mentor for you?There are hurdles to finding good mentors, simply because those who are successful enough to serve you well as a mentor will also be the people who are already in high demand. Begin looking for a mentor by identifying your specific area of need and then observing who is in your circle who is strong in that area. Once you have a list of candidates, refine your own understanding of your need so you will be able to approach mentor candidates with clarity and precision when it comes to describing exactly what you’re looking for. Find out more tips for locating and connecting with a great mentor on this episode, with Claire Diaz-Ortiz.How can you find the best mentor for you?Click To TweetCross-generational mentoring is a powerful personal growth tool.Much of the wisdom you lack at any given time in life is due to the fact that you simply don’t have the experience you need – yet. But there are others in your field who have already fought those battles. They’ve already crossed those bridges – and typically, they are going to be of a different generation than you. On this episode of In The Arena, Anthony chats with Claire Diaz-Ortiz, co-author of the new book, “The One Minute Mentor.” Anthony and Claire spend a good deal of their conversation talking about the benefits of cross-generational mentoring, so make sure you don’t miss their chat.Honesty and vulnerability are vital to the mentoring process.No mentoring relationship will reach its full potential if either the mentor or the mentee is unwilling – for any reason – to be transparent. It’s the real life struggles and difficulties of life that highlight the areas where we most need to grow. They are also the places where the greatest lessons are learned. When a mentor and mentee allow their mentoring process to be enriched by their own honesty, amazing benefits come to both of them. Find out how to implement a very clear and powerful mentoring process with your mentor, on this episode of In The Arena.Honesty and vulnerability are vital to the mentoring processClick To TweetOutline of this great episode Why mentoring and the art surrounding it are so fascinating to Anthony. Why Claire was so interested in writing this book. In what situations should you seek out a mentor, and how can you find one? The power of cross-generational mentoring. The mentee’s responsibility in the relationship. What is meant by 1 minute mentoring? Why mentoring relationships must include honesty and vulnerability. Claire’s predictions regarding the future of Twitter.Resources & Links mentioned in this episodehttp://clairediazortiz.com/Claire on LinkedInClaire on Twitter0062429302 The theme song “Into the Arena” is written and produced by Chris Sernel. You can find it on SoundcloudConnect with AnthonyWebsite: www.TheSalesBlog.comYoutube: www.Youtube.com/IannarinoFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/iannarinoTwitter: https://twitter.com/iannarinoGoogle Plus: https://plus.google.com/+SAnthonyIannarinoLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/iannarinoTweets you can use to share this episodeWhen should you seek out a mentor?Click To TweetCross-generational mentoring is a powerful personal growth toolClick To TweetSubscribe toIn the ArenaApple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsAndroidby EmailRSSOr subscribe with your favorite app by using the address belowlast_img read more