Giants mailbag: What will the franchise do to win back fans after hiring Gabe Kapler?

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — In the last eight days, the Giants have hired a new general manager and field manager, lost closer Will Smith to the Braves and had ace Madison Bumgarner reject a qualifying offer to return to San Francisco.In other words, it’s been a tumultuous week for a franchise that has had a tumultuous 12-plus months.The Giants have dealt with several high-profile off-the-field incidents in the last year and their decision to hire Gabe Kapler as field manager angered many fans and forced …last_img

Geocaching Caption Contest 12 – Win a Barely Coveted Prize

first_img SharePrint RelatedGeocaching Caption Contest 13 – Win a Barely Coveted PrizeSeptember 26, 2010In “Lackeys”Geocaching Caption Contest 11 – Win a Barely Coveted PrizeAugust 20, 2010In “Community”Geocaching Caption Contest 10 – Win a Barely Coveted PrizeAugust 4, 2010In “Community” Winning Caption: “I pledge allegiance to this cache and to the other caches hidden ’round hereand to this gray rock on which I stand,one drunk gnome, holding grog, intoxicated,with stealthiness from muggles and all. ” -AnewlesmizThis is the twelfth installment of our Geocaching Caption Contest.  You might have seen this picture posted to Geocaching.com’s Facebook page.  It was too good not to share here on the Latitude 47 blog.What caption would you write? “Mmmm… that geocache looks tasty.” You can do better.The winner receives what’s a fairly coveted prize, celebrating the launch of Signal the Frog’s Facebook page.  The winning caption receives the Signal antenna ball.Click here to see the winning captionBarely coveted prizeGood luck!  Please include your geocaching username in all entries.The winner of the twelfth Geocaching Caption Contest will be chosen by an ad hoc committee of Lackeys.15 Lackeys voted to award the winner of the eleventh Geocaching Caption Contest a barely coveted prize.Click on the picture to the right to see who won a barely coveted prize.Explore the wit and wisdom of geocachers by checking out all the Geocaching Caption Contests.Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

Tacit Interactions and Knowledge Workers

first_imgJames Manyika of McKinsey Silicon Valley last week had an article called “The coming imperative for the world’s knowledge economy” in the Comment section of the Financial Times.  Manyika and others at McKinsey have argued that the term Knowledge worker and its definition as people “who think for a living” covers too big of a group of people. Manyika observed that certain types of knowledge workers have more impact on the success or failure of a company.  He found that these key workers typcially are involved in high levels of what he calls of “tacit interactions“.  Tacit interactions usually involve making complex judgments, problem-solving and exchanging information.  Industries where tacit interactions frequently occur are publishing, healthcare and  software.  And it’s in these industries where the gap between the best and worst performers is the greatest.Manyika argues that the past decade has seen IT excel at automating transactions, and that the next decade of IT will shift emphasis from efficiency to effectiveness.  He sees part of this happening with IT collaboration tools that can act as enablers of more efficient tacit interactions.This week the annual AIIM show was held in Philadelphia.  Manyika’s ideas are playing out there.  AIIM has evolved and the emphasis has changed considerably since the early days when the focus was on strictly Imaging and Document Management.  There is keen interest in companies like Formtek that are providing Collaboration and Business Process Management solutions. Current hot topics at AIIM like Distributed Capture aren’t emphasizing the volume and processing speed; they focus on improving the task of getting information into the system as fast as possible, so that the most current data can be made available for making the best decisions.last_img read more

ADLINK: insights on how to transform current factories into factories of the future

first_imgADLINK Technology enables computing at the edge of the network, whether that network be the public Internet or an enterprise information technology/operational technology network. With the main goal of driving data-to-decisions, ADLINK provides solutions to connect the unconnected and simplify the design, development and deployment of Industrial Internet of Things applications. Through the integration of computing power, rugged design, high availability and industrial I/O, ADLINK has made a name for itself providing reliable products of superior quality for cost-effective solutions.The Factories of the Future can’t be built overnight. Their current infrastructure needs to be upgraded by using advanced technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (A.I.), Robot Operating System (ROS), Data Distribution Services (DDS), Time Sensitive Networking (TSN) and more. At Embedded World, you will gain the insights and blueprint of how ADLINK can help you to transform the current factories to factories of the future.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules Continue Reading Previous LieberLieber: PiCar as model for Industry 4.0Next The Benefits of C and C++ Compiler Qualificationlast_img read more

25 days agoLiverpool manager Klopp to add to backroom staff

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool manager Klopp to add to backroom staffby Paul Vegas25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is set to add another member to his backroom staff.According to the London Evening Standard, Porto coach Vitor Matos is close to joining the Anfield club.The Portuguese will take on the responsibility of closing the gap between the academy and the first-team.It was the role previously held by Pep Lijnders before he was promoted following the departure of Zeljko Buvac.Matos previously worked alongside Lijnders at Porto.The 31-year-old enjoyed a two-year stint in China sandwiched in between spells at the Primeira Liga club. last_img

2 days agoArsenal legend Wright has Nketiah advice for Bielsa

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal legend Wright has Nketiah advice for Bielsaby Paul Vegas2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal legend Ian Wright has lead the chorus of supporters asking for Eddie Nketiah to start Leeds’ next match.The 20-year-old scored his third goal of the season to rescue a point for the Whites in Tuesday’s 1-1 draw with Preston.It was Nketiah’s 11th substitute appearance, having not been started once by Marcelo Bielsa.And Gunners legend Ian Wright, who has given Nketiah advice this season, has demanded Bielsa change his starting line-up.Wright wrote simply on Twitter: “Start him.”Both Leeds and Arsenal supporters echoed the statement across social media. last_img

Mississippi State Releases “Noise” Hype Video Ahead Of 2015 Season

first_imgMississippi State highlights ahead of the 2015 season.Mississippi State Football “No Noise” Hype VideoThe 2014 campaign was historic for Mississippi State, as the Bulldogs, who started the season unranked, rose to No. 1 in the polls after huge victories over LSU, Texas A&M and Auburn in succession. While the squad didn’t finish the year how it wanted, it’s clear that Mississippi State football was as relevant as it’s been in quite some time this past year. Heading into 2015, the Bulldogs want to finish the job and compete for a national championship in the College Football Playoff.Thursday, MSU released a hype video titled “Noise” to tease the 2015 campaign. It chronicles last year’s rise before setting the stage for the upcoming season. Check it out:Mississippi State opens with Southern Miss on September 5.last_img read more

Muscular Dystrophy Association Unveils Revitalized Brand

first_imgThe Muscular Dystrophy Association, the iconic charity that revolutionized philanthropic giving in America with telethons, celebrities and cause marketing, today unveiled a revitalized brand reflecting a renewed commitment to accelerate treatments and cures for the kids, adults and families it serves.Video: Jerry Lewis MessageMDA fights muscular dystrophy, ALS and related life-threatening diseases that take away everyday freedoms such as walking, running, hugging and even breathing.To mark the occasion, the Chicago-based charity with nearly 100 local offices in hometowns across America returned to New York, the city where it was founded by families for families and the birthplace of its legendary telethon supported during the years by a “who’s who” list of Hollywood celebrities led by Jerry Lewis. MDA is today launching its revitalized brand with sponsors, TV personalities and MDA-supported families at Carnegie Hall, the site of the first MDA national telethon.As part of its renewed mission focus, MDA will double spending on research toward drug development and clinical trials, and increase the number of families who receive MDA care and support by 50 percent to 150,000 individuals annually by the year 2020. In the next five years, MDA also plans to send 20,000 kids to its highly acclaimed, weeklong MDA Summer Camps, at no charge to their families.“Our families spoke and we listened,” said MDA President and CEO Steven M. Derks. “Just as kids and adults with muscular dystrophy must start a new fight each day, MDA is starting a new era in our fight on their behalf, building on our rich heritage. The result is an MDA determined to accelerate progress against the harmful effects of these diseases as we engage a new generation of supporters.”MDA was started in 1950 by a prominent New York business leader fighting muscular dystrophy. In 1956, its longtime, iconic volunteer leader extraordinaire Jerry Lewis and fellow actor Dean Martin did their first telethon at Carnegie Hall. The event began MDA’s rise to relevancy and spurred an annual Labor Day telethon tradition that captured the hearts of Americans for decades. MDA held its last telethon in 2014.Lewis, who hosted MDA’s telethon until 2011 when he last appeared as MDA National Chairman, taped a special message to the MDA community, urging continued support for MDA and the families he has championed for decades.“I think it’s great that MDA has a new look and tagline — we’ve got to keep giving strength, independence and life to all the kids and adults who are fighting muscular dystrophy and other life-threatening diseases,” said Jerry Lewis. “Today, there are signs of real progress — and progress can’t come fast enough for my kids and our MDA families. Our work is not done.”In recent weeks, the first possible treatments for the most prevalent form of muscular dystrophy, called Duchenne muscular dystrophy, have come before the federal government’s Food & Drug Administration. Fueled by $200 million in MDA research investments during six decades, MDA said more new treatment options and clinical trials are expected in the next five years than in the previous five decades.To commemorate its new brand, MDA rolled out a new logo, website and campaign called “Live Unlimited.” The logo features warm iris blue and marigold colors and shows a heart in the middle of the “D” in “MDA,” an overt symbol of the families who are at the very center of its mission. MDA also introduced a new tagline, “For strength, independence and life,” underscoring its purpose.“The MDA brand is iconic and now has a fresh identity that matches our passionate commitment,” said Steve Ford, MDA’s Chief Communications and Marketing Officer. “The new campaign is inspired by the courageous kids and adults we serve who model strength, break down barriers and defy limits, overcoming in many cases formidable health struggles. MDA families are the inspiration behind everything we do.”To promote its mission, MDA is energizing its base of supporters by showcasing individuals and families affected by muscle-debilitating diseases on its new website who are demonstrating inspiring can-do moments — whether it’s crossing the street in a wheelchair on their own, graduating from college, living and working independently, or even skydiving.MDA is inviting supporters to share their live unlimited moments on a new digital hub being launched today at mda.org. The “Live Unlimited” theme will extend throughout its fundraising programs. MDA also is planning a new cause marketing campaign this summer, hoping to spur through digital channels more fundraising and corporate partnerships based on the same theme of defying limits.A Bold Five-Year PlanBeyond plans to double its research spending for treatments and cures and assist 50 percent more MDA families, MDA will introduce a new MDA Family Resource Center so individuals can call or connect online with trained neuromuscular disease specialists to obtain one-on-one information and support. It will open by the summer.The organization will implement higher standards of care at more than 150 MDA Care Centers (formerly called MDA clinics) to ensure everyone has access to early diagnosis, highly specialized care and promising clinical trials. MDA also plans to expand its offerings for teens and young adults transitioning into adulthood and seeking to live independently.A New National SpokespersonTo signal a new era in which people with muscular dystrophy are living longer than ever with diseases once only considered pediatric, MDA has named a young adult as its new National Goodwill Ambassador. This is the first time in the ambassador program’s 64-year history that a child hasn’t been selected to serve in this role. Past U.S. presidents, including John F. Kennedy, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton, all have hosted sessions with MDA ambassadors.Joe Akmakjian, 24, from Fort Collins, Colo., is MDA’s new 2016 National Goodwill Ambassador. Akmakjian was diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy at 15 months old; his parents were told he would likely not live past his 12th birthday. Last year, leaving his wheelchair behind, Akmakjian went skydiving to celebrate a special milestone when he doubled his life expectancy.As MDA’s most visible spokesman, Akmakjian will deepen MDA’s reach among millennials and help champion the need for improved public policies and support for young adults with disabilities.“My dream is to inspire all types of people — not just people with muscular dystrophy or ALS — to live beyond their perceived limitations and achieve the success inside them,” said Akmakjian. “People often see my wheelchair and my physical limitations and ask me what I could do if I could walk. The truth is, we’re redefining what’s possible … with high hopes to inspire the world around us.”last_img read more

Calgary Canada Post workers might not strike for long

first_imgCALGARY (660 NEWS) – Even though rolling strikes are hitting Calgary, Red Deer, and Sherbrooke, Quebec, the work stoppage might not last long for Canada Post employees.“With a mediator there, I’m hoping that he’ll be able to have the issues resolved.”Anna Beale, the Executive VP of the Calgary Local for the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) says ideally the strike could be settled by Thursday afternoon.Workers first hit the picket line Wednesday night in the three cities, and continued Thursday at 6 a.m., and will remain on strike for 24 hours unless the matter can be resolved.Despite the optimism, there is still a lot on the table, with CUPW demanding Canada Post address their concerns over health and safety, long hours, and lack of pay for rural mail carriers.Strikes happened for two days in Toronto, which crippled their main distribution centre.Beale knows customers might be frustrated.“The public has stood behind Canada post for over 150 years, and we are there for the Canadian public as well, because it’s the Canadian public that enables us to have jobs at Canada Post.”Negotiations have gone on for 10 months now.The federal government appointed the mediator on Wednesday.last_img read more

People dont verify fake news before sharing

first_imgMost people do not verify whether a new piece of information is accurate or fake before sharing it on social media, regardless of age, social class or gender, a study has found. Researchers at Ohio University in the US found that several factors can be used to detect misinformation, otherwise known as “fake news,” on social media. The study, published in the journal Behaviour & Information Technology, found that, by looking at certain factors, it is possible to predict if someone is likely to share misinformation based on the same factors. “This is a pioneering study that helps understand why individuals would share misinformation on social media using a theoretical lens and information literacy factors,” said a professor at Ohio University. “Fake news and misinformation could be rightly termed as the major issues of our time. Almost every other study in this realm falls short of highlighting the vital role of individuals in halting the spread of misinformation,” he said in a statement. To test the research hypotheses that predict the sharing of misinformation, he extended his work from a US framework to gather data in Indonesia. Indonesia is not only one of the largest social media markets in the world, the country has caught news headlines for fighting misinformation and hoaxes, especially during its election season, researchers said. The study asked participants to rate their perceived internet skills, self-esteem and internet experiences as well as their attitudes towards fact-checking online information, belief in reliability, and how often participants shared information without fact checking. There were 396 participants in the study, which found that age, social class and gender did not play a huge part, but rather media and information literacy was found to be the biggest factor in recognising misinformation. Those who have a strong belief in the reliability of the information are more likely to share information online without verification, researchers said. The study found that people from lower education levels, lower income and those newer to the internet would benefit most from learning additional information literacy.last_img read more