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A’s bullpen implosion spoils Marco Estrada’s strong start in loss to Angels

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first_imgOAKLAND — When drawing up the different ways to lose a baseball game in 2019, the A’s don’t expect to lose many in this fashion.After six shutout innings from Marco Estrada and a two-run home run by Khris Davis appeared to have the A’s on track to victory, a rare implosion by the bullpen derailed them in Friday’s 6-2 loss to the Los Angeles Angels.“We feel good about when our bullpen is in the game and we have the lead, especially after the sixth inning,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said. “It just …last_img

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Tackling the Big Issue

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first_img10 October 2002The idea behind it has always been a big one – creating jobs for the jobless and tackling some of the economic and social problems that prevent poor people from participating in society.The Big Issue, a magazine sold by destitute and homeless people on the streets of Cape Town and Johannesburg, has taken off to such an extent that the magazine is now gearing up to go nationwide.Glenda Nevill, editor of The Big Issue, says the expansion venture is an attempt to help tackle unemployment throughout the country by providing jobs for people and creating more awareness about the plight of the poor.The magazine has a circulation of over 60 000 readers a month. Recent ABC figures show that it has grown “12.7 percent in the last six months, following a rise of 12.8 percent in the previous ABC audit’, according to an article on the Johannesburg World Summit web site. The September edition, sold during the Summit, broke records by selling 90 000 copies in just nine days.The local edition of The Big Issue was founded in January 1997 in Cape Town. In its early days, the magazine was called The Big Issue Cape Town. As it started to find its own feet it expanded to Joburg and was renamed The Big Issue, says Nevill, a seasoned journalist who has worked for the Sunday Times and Cosmopolitan.Job creationThe Big Issue, a model project for sustainable development, is sold by destitute and homeless people at robots, shopping centres and in central business districts. The magazine gives over 350 vendors in both cities the opportunity to earn a living.Nevill says vendors buy the magazines at distribution depots for R4,55 each and sell them to the public for R8,95, which gives them a R4,40 commission on each magazine sold. About 7 000 people, who have worked as vendors for the Big Issue, have now found proper employment.The Big Issue concept, a creative way to alleviate poverty, provide jobs and highlight the plight of the poor, is taking off around the world. Namibia launched its own version – The Big Issue Namibia – two months ago. Both the Namibian and local magazines are sister papers to five Big Issue publications in the United Kingdom and one in Australia. They also belong to the International Network of Street Papers, which has 46 members worldwide.Despite tight budgetary constraints, the magazine is put together by professional staff. “All our journalists are qualified,’ says Nevill. However, the monthly magazine must rely on freelance writers and volunteer contributors, she adds.Quality writingThe Big Issue is a colourful, glossy magazine with both light and serious stories and plenty of advertising. It consists of several sections, including: news, features on topical issues, columns by reputable journalists like Ryland Fisher and Heather Dugmore and satirist Pieter-Dirk Uys, letters and a poetry section.Each edition runs a column on the “Vendor of the Month’ who tells his or her story of poverty and upliftment. Readers are invited to nominate a vendor each month and the winner receives a cash prize and a gift voucher.The Big Issue, a model project for sustainable development, is receiving accolades for its job creation and skills development programmes and for its mission to restore hope to the needy. The magazine is the visible face of various projects like skills workshops, art and writing classes, further education and training and counselling sessions. It also assists vendors with the most basics of needs, such as accommodation for those who are homeless.On the windy streets of Joburg, we met up with Wanda Xaba, one of The Big Issue vendors who has been selling the magazine for three years now.First real jobXaba, somewhat tired and dejected, because of a slow business day, says he sells on average eight to 10 copies a day. “This is my first real job in my entire life. And with the little money I get from here, I clothe, feed and send my two children to school.’ He loves his job, but would leave it for a better offer somewhere else, he says.Moses Ngithi, also a vendor, and a father of two, says he has been selling the magazine for years now. He says people from The Big Issue found him begging on the streets and offered him a job on the magazine. He is now able to provide for his two children and says he will never leave The Big Issue.Grace sells the magazine for a pregnant friend. She like the magazine because it gives people a chance for a better future and does not restrain vendors from selling other wares. Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Speedy Senatla returns for Blitzbokke

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first_img18 March 2014Prolific try-scorer Seabelo Senatla will return to the Springbok Sevens squad for the next two tournaments of the HSBC Sevens World Series, taking place in Tokyo and Hong Kong, but playmaker Cecil Africa will miss the trip to the Far East due to a hamstring problem.In two changes to the 12-man squad that lost to New Zealand in the final of the Wellington Sevens last month, Steven Hunt replaces Afrika, while Senatla comes in for Sampie Mastriet, who is on Vodacom Super Rugby duty with the Vodacom Bulls.Leading try-scorerSenatla was the leading try-scorer with six tries in Las Vegas, where the Springbok Sevens managed to win their second USA title in a row. An ankle injury forced him to miss the Wellington Sevens event two week later in the New Zealand capital.Hunt last played for the Springbok Sevens in December, when they won the Cell C Nelson Mandela Bay Sevens tournament and was a stand-out player for the SARU Sevens Academy team that won the Zimbabwe International Sevens in Harare this past weekend.The Tokyo tournament takes place on 22 and 23 March and will be followed by the prestigious three-day Hong Kong event a week later.Leading try scorerAlready the winners of two World Series tournaments this season, in Port Elizabeth, Las Vegas, the South Africans are the defending champions in Japan.The Blitzbokke will head Pool B at the Prince Chichibu Memorial Ground in Tokyo and have drawn matches against Argentina, Kenya and the hosts, Japan.Neil Powell, the Springbok Sevens coach, said the team will be aiming to maintain their good level of consistency, which has so far seen them reach the semi-final of each of the previous five tournaments and secured them three Cup final wins.‘The boys have trained really well’“The boys have trained really well for these two tournaments and we are leaving some very good players behind,” Powell said in a statement on Monday.“The good competition for places in the squad is motivating the guys not to only play better in tournaments, but also to do just that in each of our training sessions.“You start each tournament from scratch, the pool stages are always tough and there will be no room for complacency.”With just four more rounds to play, New Zealand lead the World Series standings on 99 points, only two points ahead of South Africa.SPRINGBOK SEVENS SQUADChris Dry, Philip Snyman, Frankie Horne, Kwagga Smith, Werner Kok, Kyle Brown (c), Branco du Preez, Stephan Dippenaar, Justin Geduld, Jamba Ulengo, Steven Hunt, Seabelo SenatlaCoach: Neil PowellSAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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Nominations now open for OABA Industry Excellence Awards

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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio AgriBusiness Association will recognize outstanding leaders in the agribusiness industry through the OABA Industry Excellence Awards.OABA has a distinguished history of providing educational opportunities to its member companies and their employees. The Industry Excellence Awards are OABA’s next step to recognizing stories of professionalism, stewardship and excellence within the agribusiness industry.“Our industry is filled with stories of outstanding leaders who go above and beyond for their companies and customers,” said Chris Henney, president and CEO of OABA. “Through these awards, we can honor the excellence and professionalism of those leaders and inspire others.”Members are now able to nominate their employees for three award opportunities: Achievement as an Emerging Leader, Excellence in Customer Service and Excellence in Safety & Stewardship.Award recipients will be recognized at the 2019 OABA Industry Conference on Jan. 31. Winners will receive complimentary registration and lodging for the conference, recognition in industry publications and a $1,000 cash award.Nominations must be submitted by Sept. 20 to Ohio Agribusiness Association, 5151 Reed Road, Suite 126-C, Columbus, Ohio 43220. To nominate an employee, visit oaba.net/awards to download the applications. For additional information, contact Nicole Wallace at 614-326-7520 or nwallace@oaba.net.last_img read more

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Looking to Disrupt? A Digital Optimization Won’t Cut It

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first_imgDigital disruption is everywhere you look. Taxis are falling further behind Uber. Netflix went from disrupting the rental space to creating its own award-winning content. Airbnb doesn’t own any property, but it offers more listings than the top five hotel chains combined. These exciting innovations have organizations in all industries pursuing their own digital transformations. The problem: Most of them are falling short before they’ve begun.There’s a difference between a digital transformation and digitally optimizing a business. According to Gartner, 85 percent of CIOs are merely after the latter. That’s bad news for their organizations — it places them at risk of falling behind the actual disruption occurring all around them.It’s not all on the CIO, of course. It’s difficult to convince key stakeholders and investors that uncertain avenues of progress are worth investigating. Still, the future belongs to the companies that innovate, and there’s a whole host of new technologies enabling that very innovation. Here are just a few ways tech is powering disruption across industries, from finance to healthcare:1. Blockchain is building trust.The transparency and traceability of blockchain-based transactions are lowering the price of trust. In banking, blockchain could be a place to store value instead of a checking or savings account. For individuals, blockchain could even eliminate the need for a traditional credit score. The improved transparency of blockchain could also reduce fraud, making it harder to “cook the books.” While blockchain is inevitably associated with finance and currency, thanks to bitcoin, it could revolutionize all kinds of industries.For instance, because of blockchain’s transparency, it can reliably ensure accuracy in the delivery of and payment for goods. “One of the fastest-growing areas for blockchain and distributed ledger technology is supply chain,” says Isaac Kunkel, senior vice president of consulting services at Chainyard, a blockchain consulting company. “There are many startups and existing technology companies looking to leverage the characteristics inherent in blockchain to improve efficiencies through dispute avoidance, faster transaction cycles, and reduced costs.”2. Artificial intelligence is augmenting human intelligence.AI also promises to disrupt numerous industries. But it’s important to note that AI shines best when it augments, rather than replaces, human intelligence. This is evidenced by the uses of AI in the healthcare industry. Consider medical startup MD.ai, which partnered with a radiologist to show its algorithm more than 190,000 CAT scans. Some scans contained malignant tumors; others showed tumors that were benign. Some scans were entirely tumor-free. In less than two hours, the system had processed each image and was spotting tumors that were likely to be malignant just as well as a human doctor would.Don’t go looking for a robotic practitioner just yet. AI works best with a specific range of tasks and is meant to assist — not replace — human doctors. AI is boosting human capabilities in myriad other industries, including finance. For instance, banks are using machine learning to trim the amount of time spent on mundane tasks such as interpreting loan agreements. For banks like JP Morgan, AI’s easing of the human workload has meant bankers spend fewer hours reviewing documents and see fewer loan-servicing errors.3. IoT is changing the customer experience.Amazon won’t settle for domination of just the online shopping world; the e-commerce giant has a limited number of brick-and-mortar stores. The brand’s testing how IoT devices can change the in-store shopping experience as well. In these locations, customers scan their phones to log into their Amazon account; cameras and sensors then track what they pull off store shelves. When they leave, customers are automatically charged for the correct amount without having to endure a lengthy checkout process.Target is using IoT-connected overhead lights and a map on its mobile app to help customers navigate stores to find the items they need. “Using sensors and smart beacon technologies in-store, retailers can connect with shoppers in a more personal way as they shop, tailoring their experience with coupons for items they typically use,” explains Daniel Newman, CEO of Broadsuite Media Group. For now, many recently released IoT devices, such as smart shelves and smart carts, remain too expensive for most sellers; it will take time before they’re ubiquitous in retail outlets. Still, these devices suggest the major impact IoT will have on the customer experience, from grocery and department stores to car dealerships and technology outlets.Technology is making businesses better at this very moment, and there’s always a new crop of innovations right around the corner. From blockchain and AI to the emerging IoT, businesses are investing in technology and improving outcomes with every dollar spent. Don’t wait until it’s too late — start finding ways to take advantage of these emerging technologies right now. AI Will Empower Leaders, Not Replace Them Brad AndersonEditor In Chief at ReadWrite How to Make the Most of Your Software Developer… Brad is the editor overseeing contributed content at ReadWrite.com. He previously worked as an editor at PayPal and Crunchbase. You can reach him at brad at readwrite.com. Tags:#AI#artificial intelligence#bitcoin#Blockchain#disruption#innovation#Internet of Things#IoT#tech#tech investment#technology Kickstarting a Stagnant Company What Nobody Teaches You About Getting Your Star… Related Posts last_img read more

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A Michigan State Fan Created A 14-Minute Hype Video To Celebrate The Mark Dantonio Era

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first_imgMark Dantonio excited for the teams recent win.mark dantonio hype videoSince taking over at Michigan State back in 2007, Mark Dantonio has led the Spartans to a 75-31 record (45-19 in conference), including four seasons with at least 11 wins. He’s also won the Big Ten title (2013) and posted victories in the Outback Bowl, the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, the Rose Bowl and the Cotton Bowl. MSU has finished the season ranked No. 3 and No. 5, respectively, over the past two years.Wednesday, a Michigan State fan who goes by MSUAndyHRCMB put together an incredible 14-minute hype video that pays homage to the Dantonio era. It’s titled “Big Stick.” It’s been going viral among MSU supporters.Michigan State kicks off its 2015 campaign at Western Michigan on Friday night.last_img

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SAIL supplies first consignment of LHB wheels to Indian Railways

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first_imgNew Delhi: State-owned Steel Authority of India Ltd (SAIL) Tuesday said it has shipped the first consignment of Linke Hofmann Busch (LHB) wheels to Indian Railways. The Durgapur Steel Plant (DSP) of SAIL supplied the first consignment of LHB wheels to the national transporter on Monday, SAIL said in a statement. “SAIL was initially given an order to supply 1,000 LHB wheels whose first consignment has been dispatched. The wheels having unique web profile with metallurgical properties are especially designed to befit the high-speed movement on broad gauge as per the requirements of LHB coaches,” it said. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThese LHB wheels are developed with the help of the Research Design and Standard Organisation (RDSO), under the railways, and wheel and axle plant of DSP. The wheels have pneumatic disc brake system for efficient braking at higher speeds, reducing the impact during accidents or emergency situations, SAIL said. “Our entire focus is to begin the supply of this advanced LHB wheels so that the requirement of the Indian Railways can be fulfilled domestically. I believe that meeting the entire requirements of LHB wheels domestically will reduce the imports and also help in saving foreign exchange,” SAIL Chairman Anil Kumar Chaudhary said. SAIL-DSP is supplying wheels and axles to the Indian Railways for the past five decades and is the only producer of forged wheels in the country.last_img read more

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Sanction unlikely for Ravi Nandan as only 11 Indian umpires for IPL

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first_imgNew Delhi: Umpire Sundaram Ravi, whose no ball howler cost Royal Challengers Bangalore heavily in an IPL match and led to an angry outburst by RCB skipper Virat Kohli, is unlikely to be sanctioned due to lack of officials with international experience on the BCCI roster. Currently there are only 11 Indian Umpires allotted for on-field and TV duty for 56 IPL games, which means Ravi might get negative marking from the match referee but BCCI can hardly take any corrective measures beyond that. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh “Currently we have only 17 umpires assigned on-field and for third umpires’ duty. Out of them 11 are Indian and six foreigners from the Elite Panel. Apart from them, we have six more Indians as fourth umpires,” a member of the now defunct Umpiring sub-committee, who is privy to allocation of assignments, told PTI on Friday. Ravi, the only Indian in the ICC’s Elite Panel, failed to spot an obvious no ball from Mumbai Indians’ Lasith Malinga as RCB lost by six runs under controversial circumstances. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later A livid RCB captain Virat Kohli said that “umpires should have kept their eyes open” while his India team deputy Rohit Sharma was also critical of the other on-field umpire C Nandan. Ironically, Nandan was adjudged best Indian umpire in the BCCI awards two years ago. There is speculation in the BCCI that Ravi and Nandan may not be used in the play-off games of IPL but it’s a very preliminary thought since overseas umpires like Marais Erasmus, Chris Gaffaney are around. The BCCI brass, along with the Committee of Administrators (COA), has long been worried about the declining standard of Indian Umpires but has not been able to come up with a feasible solution. “Even in those 11, we have only five who are assigned international matches. Apart from Ravi, we have Nandan, Shamshuddin, Anil Chaudhary and Nitin Menon, who are in ICC’s international panel. The other six are currently officiating in domestic games,” he said. “Match referee Manu Nayar has no option but to mention the errors by Ravi and Nandan in his report but you can’t just off-load Ravi. Let’s accept, the replacements will be worse. So penalising him is out of question,” he added. One of the core issues that BCCI has been unable to address is the qualifying structure through which umpires are coming up the ranks. As per data accessed by PTI, there were about 114 umpires who had officiated in around 2000 BCCI games of all age groups (Men and Women). This year’s Ranji Trophy had been marred by umpiring howlers and fatigue was a reason cited by many for the bloopers. The most notable was Cheteshwar Pujara being ruled not out during the Ranji Trophy semi-final between Saurashtra and Karanataka. R Vinay Kumar had induced a big nick that the umpire couldn’t hear and the India international scored a hundred which proved decisive. The number is very less and more so because those appearing for BCCI’s Level 1, 2 or 3 umpiring Test have been found to be well below par. “We have the National Academy of Umpires (NAU) in Nagpur. To procure a form and get enrolled there, you need a recommendation from local state association. The system itself is flawed,” a retired former first-class umpire, who didn’t wish to come on record, said. It has been learnt that BCCI also intends to clamp down on some umpiring academies, where candidates are allegedly prepared for the BCCI level tests, which gives them direct advantage over other meritorious candidates.last_img read more

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Hasselbaink thinks Mourinho is one of the best in the business

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first_imgJimmy Floyd Hasselbaink thinks Mourinho’s shut up shop tactics are entirely justified as the United manager received a lot of criticism for his approach to recent Premier League games against Liverpool and Tottenham.Jimmy Hasselbaink, the former Chelsea player who was initially signed for the record fee of 15 million pounds back in 2000, has defended the Portuguese for his tactics as they were criticized despite winning a game and drawing another.“If you want to be successful, you have to have that,” Hasselbaink said, according to the Mirror. “You need to be able to keep the zero and Mourinho knows that.”harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“Out of everybody, he is one of the best at that.”“You are not going to go through a whole season and be pretty. Only Barcelona have been able to do that – and that was a team that has been nurtured for years and years.”“When it is your second year, you don’t have that. You have to be pragmatical at times and Jose is that. You have to be business like and that is what Manchester United have,” Hasselbaink went on to add.last_img read more

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