Little out as Dodgers manager

first_imgThe Dodgers have scheduled a conference call for 4 p.m., at which time they are expected to announce the resignation of manager Grady Little after two seasons at the helm. Little guided the club to an 88-74 mark and the National League wild card in 2006, after which the Dodgers were swept in the first round of the playoffs by the New York Mets, but the Dodgers fell off to 82-80 this season and finished fourth in the National League West. Both owner Frank McCourt and general manager Ned Colletti said on the final day of the regular season that Little would return in 2008. It isn’t clear what happened in the interim to change their minds. The Dodgers are believed to have actually offered Little’s job last week to former Florida manager Joe Girardi and at one point even believed Girardi was on the verge of accepting the position. But Girardi was formally introduced earlier today as the new manager of the New York Yankees, replacing Joe Torre, who turned down a one-year, $5 million offer earlier this month to remain with the club. Torre now becomes the leading candidate to replace Little with the Dodgers. Numerous media reports over the past 24 hours have indicated the Dodgers might already have a deal in place with Torre, but that has yet to be confirmed. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Welcome To The Post-Operating System World

first_imgTags:#App Economy#desktop#smartphones#tablets 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… The days of the desktop wars are waning, and not because desktop hardware sales are still shrinking. Now we are seeing a new type of competition coming to the fore: app wars.But thanks to the rise of the smartphone, consumer attention is now firmly riveted on the application layer, not the operating system layer, so that is where business will need to be fought for. It won’t be as hard-fought as the desktop wars, if only because there won’t be multi-million dollar marketing budgets being used to lob fear, uncertainty and doubt at the latest version of Windows, OS X or Linux. In fact, it may not be a war at all for most applications, but rather a war fought on a different battlefield altogether. What An App-Centric World Looks LikeThe approach of a typical user could be highlighted by a recent day I had, when I had to manage to get my kids to the dentist, my cat to the vet and still put in time here at ReadWrite, my consultancy and in class preparation for the new semester.This is by no means a typical day for me, but it was certainly the most mobile in a while, and so really hammered home how I depend on apps—far more than I depend on operating systems.To write articles, I was using iA Writer (on my iMac, Macbook and iPad when I could not find a Wi-Fi cloud). Hootsuite was managing my social media accounts. Feedly was pulling in the news. Skype to talk to my colleagues. Gmail to do the mail.All of this was done while hopping from machine to machine—and the only thing I really cared about was the apps. The platforms being used (in this case OS X and iOS) mattered not one whit.At this point, you could argue that since I happened to be firmly ensconced in Apple land, then platforms do matter. To some degree that is true: because I like iA Writer as a Markdown tool, I am sort of tied to the Apple platforms.But I could have just as easily used Office 365 if I wanted to live in Windows world, or be completely platform agnostic and used Google Docs. Since Markdown is way more useful to me than those rich document tools, I probably could have used Dillinger on any device.This is the nature of the app wars: for every app I find that really works for me on a given operating system, you can probably find an app that will work just as well on another platform or all of the platforms, if the app is a Web-based service.I can count on one hand the number of apps that I don’t want to give up that have no good cross-platform equivalent. Eventually, that number will dwindle to zero, and on that day—for me—the desktop wars will end.On The Silicon BattlefieldYou may already be in that position. If you are, it’s kind of a nice place to be, with the capability to hop between devices and use the apps you want and have your creations and information at your disposal wherever there’s a connection to the Internet.See also Windows 8 Still In Awkward AdolescenceFor operating system vendors like Microsoft and Apple, it’s a bit of a nightmare. Especially for Microsoft, since Windows default position of dominant computing device operating system for so many years meant that it hasn’t had to worry about apps being developed for Windows. But when you hear Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer touting Flipboard, Facebook and NFL Fantasy Football as native apps for Windows 8.1, you know there’s trouble.Apple has a similar problem in the mobile sector: for every service that has an iOS and Android version, it has a tougher time justifying the features and prices of its mobile devices. Because the operating system doesn’t matter as much as the apps do.See also Nokia Performing The Impossible: Making Windows Phone Cool and Nokia Lumia 1020: The Best Damn Smartphone Camera Money Can BuyNokia has realized that if the operating system is no longer what consumers care about, then by God Nokia is going to differentiate on what they can. The Nokia Lumia 1020 is certainly a strong example of how such differentiation will look.This will be the coming trend on all platforms, be it desktop, tablet or smartphone. The apps will be the great equalizer, nullifying the importance of the operating systems. Sure, there will be cool differences between the operating systems that will draw some customers in, no matter what. But it will be the apps that they use that will be the true heart of customer loyalty.Therefore, a renewed push on hardware will begin to dominate the marketing campaigns. Better cameras, lighter devices, faster processors—because you will want the best device to run your apps, whether native or Web-based.The desktop wars were fought with applications. The app wars will be fought with hardware.Image courtesy of Shutterstock. Related Posts center_img Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… IT + Project Management: A Love Affair brian proffittlast_img read more

Olympics: Mary Kom & Narang upbeat about ‘ 12 Olympics

first_imgOne year is all that stands between athletes around the world and their bid to attain the top prize at the pinnacle of sport – the London Olympics.With International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge set to get the official ‘One Year to Go’ countdown underway in London on Wednesday, the focus of athletes will shift to honing their skills and getting ready for the mega event, which begins on July 27 at the new Olympic Stadium.Boxing and shooting offer India its brightest chances of bettering its tally of one gold and two bronze at the previous Games in Beijing. On Tuesday, the two sports came together in the form of five-time world champion MC Mary Kom and rifle ace Gagan Narang.The duo was here at the launch of a new website for Olympic Gold Quest (OGQ), a non-profit organisation founded by legendary sportsmen Prakash Padukone and Geet Sethi and that supports the training and other needs of the athletes. The website was launched by film star Deepika Padukone, Prakash’s daughter and a director of the OGQ. Speaking to Mail Today, Mary Kom outlined her plans in the build- up to the Games, at which women’s boxing makes its debut.”I hope I can bring the kind of performance I have had at the World Championships to the Olympics next year. I am preparing hard to get a qualifying spot at the World Championships next year and, hopefully, a medal at the Olympics too,” said Mary, who will be competing in the 51kg category.advertisement”I am working on some stronger punching and also my speed, in order to adjust to the category. The technique doesn’t need much change, but it does make a bit of difference, which is what I need to fine- tune at the camp in Patiala,” she said.Narang admitted to being jittery before the Games. It is very exciting that there is just one year to go and our final preparations will now be on the way. Earlier, we used to wait for the final qualifying tournaments but this time eight shooters have already qualified for the Olympics,” he said.Deepika, meanwhile, said she keenly follows sports and that was pleased to be supporting athletes. “Even if I don’t get time to watch sports, I definitely keep myself updated, either through my dad or through Twitter. It made sense to me to come on board with OGQ and actively take part and support our athletes,” she said.Viren Rasquinha, chief executive of OGQ and former India hockey captain, announced special plans to help athletes. The chief among these is the help of a video analyst for badminton ace Saina Nehwal, which will be provided by Sports Mechanics, a sports technology organisation headed by the Indian cricket team’s former video analyst S Ramakrishna.Mental strengthening coach Abha Banerjee has also been brought into the fold. She has worked with rifle shooter Sanjeev Rajput and it helped him win a World Cup gold medal and an Olympic quota spot this year.In addition, for the nine shooters part of OGQ, a Kazakh masseur recommended by national rifle coach Stanislav Lapidus, is being brought in.Support For AshwiniAsked about OGQ’s support to dope- tainted athlete Ashwini Akkunji, Rasquinha said: ” In our official capacity, we have stopped funding to her, pending the result of the inquiry. Performance- wise, she had the potential and her doping history was clean. In a personal capacity, we are giving her support to ensure that she gets through this difficult phase.”Even if she has made a mistake, we will support her emotionally, and we will make sure that every supplement, every medicine that our athletes take is approved by an expert doctor first.”last_img read more

Partnership With Native Americans Receives 25000 Grant From Newmans Own Foundation

first_imgPartnership With Native Americans (PWNA), a nonprofit organization committed to championing hope for a brighter future for Native Americans, has been awarded a $25,000 grant from Newman’s Own Foundation, the independent foundation created by the late actor and philanthropist, Paul Newman.Newman’s Own Foundation made the award to PWNA as part of a broader commitment to support programs that increase access to fresh food and nutrition education in underserved communities. This funding will help PWNA promote healthier diets for Native Americans living on remote and often impoverished reservations through its Project Grow service.Project Grow utilizes a Native American chef/nutritionist to teach healthy cooking and food preservation skills to people across Arizona and New Mexico. Once trained, the students will be able to instruct their own tribal communities about critical daily needs such as healthy eating habits, food preparation, etc.“Many people may not realize that nearly one in four Native American households experiences food insecurity,” said PWNA President and CEO Robbi Rice Dietrich. “Through the generous support of Newman’s Own Foundation, Partnership With Native Americans can continue our mission of supporting long-term solutions for strong, self-sufficient Native American communities, and help tribal residents maintain sustainable nutrition programs in their own communities. We are incredibly grateful for their support.”Native Americans living in remote areas face many food security issues, including scarce access to grocery stores, inflated prices and limited selection of quality food in geographically-isolated communities. PWNA’s Project Grow will equip local trainers and build local capacity that is critical to helping Native communities make healthier lifestyle choices and combat nutrition-related diseases.“We are proud to fund Partnership With Native Americans as they work to make a difference in our communities,” said Bob Forrester, President and CEO, Newman’s Own Foundation. “They are one of the many organizations helping to identify needs and fill the gaps for children and families who lack access to healthy foods.”Newman’s Own Foundation has been supporting food and nutrition programs for more than 30 years and has given more than $11.5 million to nutrition-focused organizations since 2014. The Foundation continues Paul Newman’s commitment to give all net profits and royalties from the sale of Newman’s Own food and beverage products to charity. Since 1982, more than $475 million has been donated to thousands of charities around the world.last_img read more

Trafalgars 2017 Hawaii brochure 
includes EBB worth up to 1259

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by Travelweek Group Friday, August 12, 2016 Trafalgar’s 2017 Hawaii brochure 
includes EBB worth up to $1,259center_img TORONTO — All four of Trafalgar’s Hawaii itineraries are Country Explorer trips, giving clients more time in destination to gain a deeper appreciation of Hawaii’s people and unique culture.All hotels, porterage, local tips, VIP entry to selected sights and internal inter-island flights are included.With four guided vacations and six islands to explore, travellers can customize their Hawaii vacations to match their personal preference in four- or five-star hotels in three accommodation styles: Moderate (city, mountain or partial ocean views); First Class (partial or full ocean views in each destination); and Premium (guaranteed full or deluxe ocean views or higher floors).“Trafalgar’s 2017 Hawaii program allows guests to see and do things that most people travelling to Hawaii wouldn’t think to do which will also appeal to multi-generational families,” says Wolf Paunic, President, Trafalgar Canada. “These include authentic experiences like visiting a sustainable farm for a Hawaiian lunch for a Be My Guest dining experience or joining a Local Specialist at a local coffee plantation to learn more about the islands’ most notable and fragrant crops.”More news:  Sunwing ready to launch Mazatlán-Quebec City direct this winterClients can save up to 10% across Trafalgar’s 2017 Hawaii program with Early Payment Discounts of up to $1,259 per couple available when they book and pay in full before Jan. 12, 2017. Past passenger discounts of 5% per person (land only) are also available for travellers who have previously travelled with The Travel Corporation’s family of brands.To find out more information contact your Sales Manager or visit Share Tags: Hawaii, Trafalgarlast_img read more

Snow and freezing temperatures hit Southeast US and Eastern Europe

first_img Friday, January 6, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Britain & Europe, Weather ATL Inclement Weather Update— Atlanta Police Dept (@Atlanta_Police) January 6, 2017 Snow and freezing temperatures hit Southeast U.S. and Eastern Europe Heavy snow, winds, leave 16,000 households in Poland without power — Earth Changes —— Steve Bryant (@goyacobol) January 6, 2017center_img Share NEW YORK — A winter storm bearing down on the Southeast U.S. with the possibility of snow, sleet and freezing rain is threatening to disrupt weekend travel. On the other side of the pond, blizzards swept parts of eastern Europe on Friday, causing some train, ferry and airport cancellations.Turkish Airlines cancelled 192 domestic and international flights. The Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlantia, Georgia is showing 154 cancelled flights on Alabama and Georgia announced they were going on an emergency footing. Classes have been cancelled across several states and motorists are being urged to avoid unnecessary weekend travel as crews rush to pre-treat roads.The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for Friday and Saturday from eastern Alabama through north Georgia, including Atlanta, and into the Carolinas and part of Virginia.Organizers say they’ve moved the annual Joan of Arc Parade through New Orleans’ French Quarter from Friday to Saturday night over concerns about the winter storm moving across the South.More news:  GLP Worldwide introduces first-ever Wellness programsIn Eastern Europe, a cold snap caused five deaths in 24 hours in Poland as blizzards swept through the region.In Romania, one of the worst affected areas, authorities said main highways in the south and east were made impassable due to the heavy snow. More than 40 trains were not running due to snow on the track.Heavy snow and strong winds disrupted traffic in southern Serbia and snow piled up to two-meters (6.6 feet) high, closing several roads.Turkey’s national carrier, Turkish Airlines, cancelled 192 domestic and international flights that were scheduled for Saturday after heavy snow, icy conditions and strong winds were forecast for Istanbul.Bulgarian authorities said some 650 villages across the country were without electricity due to high winds and heavy snow. Temperatures are forecast to drop to minus 20 C (minus 4 F) at the weekend.In Croatia, the temperatures dipped below freezing even along the country’s Adriatic coast where high winds halted some ferry traffic to the islands and over the bridges along the coastline.More news:  Virgin Voyages de-activates Quebec accounts at FirstMates agent portalElsewhere, temperatures in Germany plunged as low as minus 25 degrees Celsius (minus 13 Fahrenheit) overnight, after storm “Axel” sucked in icy air from the Arctic.In northern Europe, which is accustomed to subzero temperatures, it was bitterly cold but sunny, plummeting to minus 23 C (minus 9.4 F) Friday morning in Helsinki, Finland, the same temperature recorded in Latvia.Strong gales off the coast of western Norway caused the cancellation of a ferry, and on a major rail section west of Copenhagen, Denmark, there were delays due to the icy weather. Notice to all passengers:— Turkish Airlines (@TurkishAirlines) January 5, 2017 By: Alison Mutlerlast_img read more