A’s Matt Chapman and Matt Olson win second straight Rawlings Gold Glove Awards

first_imgClick here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.The A’s had four Gold Glove Award finalists, two are winners.For a second straight year, both third baseman Matt Chapman and first baseman Matt Olson took home Rawlings Gold Glove Awards for the 2019 season, Rawlings Sports announced on Sunday afternoon on ESPN.Shortstop Marcus Semien was a finalist for a second year, but lost out to Cleveland Indians’ Francisco Lindor. Left fielder Robbie Grossman was named a …last_img read more

More with houses, running water

first_img12 March 2008The proportion of South African households living in informal dwellings decreased from 16.4% in 2001 to 14.4% in 2007, while 74.4% of households now have access to piped water compared to 72.1% in 2001.South Africa’s population increased from approximately 44-million to approximately 48-million people over the same period.This is according to the latest data, released on Tuesday, from Statistics South Africa’s 2007 Community Survey, the biggest survey conducted by Stats SA since the 2001 census, involving research among 250 000 households across the country.The latest release provides data at municipality level on type of housing, type of energy use, and water source among South African households. It also gives estimates of South Africa’s population growth.While the proportion of South African households living in informal dwellings had decreased, and the proportion with access to piped water (within 200 metres of the household) had increased, some municipalities still had a lot of work to do, according to Statistics SA.Three provinces – North West (23.3%), Gauteng (22.7%) and Free State (18.4%) – were above the national average of 14.4% for proportion of households living in informal dwellings, the survey found.The provinces with the lowest percentages of households with access to piped water were Limpopo (56.3%), the Eastern Cape (54.1%) and KwaZulu-Natal (63%).The survey found an increase in the percentage of households using electricity for lighting (from 69.7% to 80%), for cooking (from 51.4% to 66.5%) and for heating (from 49% to 58.8%) between 2001 and 2007.The survey also indicated that South Africa’s population is growing by about 1.5% annually, increasing from approximately 44-million people in 2001 to approximately 48-million in February 2007.South Africa’s smallest province, Gauteng, is still the most populous with about 10-million people, while the Northern Cape still the least populous of the country’s nine provinces, with just over 1-million people.SAinfo reporter and BuaNews Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Pew Research: Africa is more economically optimistic

first_img5 August 2015A Pew Research Center (PRC) report, part of its Global Attitudes and Trends Project, has found that global citizens are largely discontent with current economic conditions and are pessimistic about the financial prospects of the next generation. The degrees of dissatisfaction vary widely according to region, with more discontent in Europe and the Middle East than in the so-called emerging African and Asian regions.The PRC is one of the leading independent global research institutes. Based in the US, it gathers and interprets data on global social issues, public opinion, and demographic trends. The research is sourced from public opinion polling, demographic research, media content analysis and empirical social science research.The results of this most recent global economic satisfaction analysis – conducted between 25 March and 27 May and released on 23 July – were generated from 45 435 in-person and telephone interviews across 40 countries with adults 18 years old and upwards.AfricaThree African countries stand out as having the most hope for the next year: Nigeria, Burkina Faso and Ethiopia. Some 92% of Nigerian respondents see their economy improving over the next 12 months, juxtaposed with a global median of 5% who say their local economies will stay the same or worsen. Burkina Faso and Ethiopia are likewise economically optimistic, with more than 80% of respondents in the nations predicting economic progress.Both Nigeria and Ethiopia rank high in their view of long-term prospects, with 84% saying the next generation will be financially better off than the previous generation.Economic growth in Ethiopia, in particular – according to the International Monetary Fund – has beaten every other sub-Saharan country over the past decade and is projected to exceed an annual rate of 8% over the next two years. With a 20% boost over the next budget in public spending on infrastructure and education, Ethiopia remains on track to improve on its previous performance.South AfricaSouth Africa offers some mixed results that nonetheless make for interesting reading. South Africans regard the current economic condition in the country as “good”, with a particularly high positivity among the 18-29 (65%) and 30-49 (57%) age groups.When asked the sample question: “Over the next 12 months, do you expect the economic situation in (your) country to improve/remain the same/worsen?” respondents measured a 45/29/22 ratio, specifically measuring remarkable above- average scores in the 18-29 (53%) and 30-49 (45%) age groups. Some 47% of South Africans feel hopeful about the economic prospects of the country’s next generation.EuropeCountries in Europe have high dissatisfaction levels with current economic conditions with a median of 70% across six prominent EU countries, including Italy (88%), France (85%) and Spain (81%). Contrasting this, Germans are notably satisfied, with 75% believing their economy is in good shape. Regarding future economic potential in Europe, there is a median of 64% pessimism for the next generation.Middle East and Latin AmericaTwo thirds of countries surveyed in the Middle East are also negative about current and future economic prospects in the region. Similarly, Latin Americans, with a median of 63%, regard their economies as gloomy. Brazil (87%) and Venezuela (83%) have particularly negative views. The region in general, however, is more positive about the future, achieving a median score of above 60% in most South American and Central American countries surveyed.AsiaThe Asia-Pacific region also has a relatively bright view of the future – by nearly two-to-one, with a median of 51% saying the next generation will be economically better off. Vietnam (91%) and China (88%) are mostly hopeful, while Japan scores a low 18% regarding the future.Source: Pew Research Centerlast_img read more

Case IH adds new AFS Connect data-sharing options With AgDNA and several other popular services

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Case IH has announced seamless data transfer capabilities between its Advanced Farming Systems (AFS) Connect™ farm management system and six new major service providers, including popular farm management system AgDNA.Users of AFS Connect will have the ability to share their agronomic data from their management portal directly to and from these third-party service providers. Depending on the options offered by the provider, these producers may elect to share yield data, guidance lines and much more from any computer or tablet connected to the internet. In return, the service providers will have the capability to send resulting prescriptions and analysis.“These new service providers, along with the AFS Connect data-sharing functionality, will provide producers a secure way to transfer agronomic data between their machines and their trusted advisers,” said Chris Dempsey, Case IH AFS marketing manager. “As producers seek more actionable data to make better decisions, this will give them the flexibility to work with their preferred providers.”More information on the connected service providers is below: AgDNAAgDNA is a cloud-based mobile application and web platform designed to empower farmers with the ability to make informed decisions about their entire farming operation. The comprehensive enterprise-level farm management platform includes farm planning, inventory management, agronomic insights, equipment optimization and field-level financial reports. AgDNA provides actionable insights to increase yield, lower operating costs and maximize farm profitability on every acre. AgReliant Advantage AcreAdvantage Acre is a web-based digital platform from AgReliant Genetics that provides a comprehensive suite of technologies that bring together three foundational elements of farming: seed, soil and weather. The platform combines AgReliant Genetics’ expansive knowledge of its seed products with innovative functional soil mapping technology, advanced weather forecasting, variable rate planting and nitrogen recommendations to provide field-by-field, acre-by-acre seed recommendations that maximize yield potential. The platform allows farmers to record and access information to better plan for the season ahead, apply the plans they’ve created in-season and assess their performance at the end of the year. AgWorksAgWorks, a provider of top-tier agronomy software tools for 25 years, offers AgOS, a comprehensive agronomy solution. AgOS connects operations, crop planning, scouting, mapping, compliance and grower access into one operational system to drive continuity, accuracy and efficiency. The company also offers HighQ, an analytics and decision support system, to manage data and provide actionable reports that enable growers to make more profitable and environmentally sound decisions. FieldRevealFieldReveal is a turn-key precision farming and data management system designed specifically for ag retailers to work with growers to maximize profitability by creating best management decisions across every acre. This is done through a cloud-based software package with capabilities that include patented processes for virtual reality fertility and seed management, multi-hybrid seed management, wireless transfer and much more. With 15 years of experience, FieldReveal makes it easy for agronomists to help growers feel confident about each year’s crop input decisions. GROWMARKFS Advanced Information Services (AIS) is a web-enabled and OnSite-connected platform that the GROWMARK System utilizes for site-specific recommendations, management and analysis. GROWMARK is an agricultural cooperative providing agronomy, energy, facility planning, and logistics products and services, as well as grain marketing and risk management services in more than 40 states and Ontario, Canada. I.F.A.R.M.I.F.A.R.M. (Information for Agricultural Resource Management) provides a customized cloud-based precision ag software for managing farm operations, including data management, field mapping, data analysis, fertilizer applications/recommendations, zone management, and soil/plant-tissue work orders and dispatch. It currently serves retail fertilizer dealers, independent retail dealers, co-ops, consultant and agronomy groups, farm managers, growers and ag educational facilities.These new service providers build on the Case IH network of existing API providers, including My Farm Manager web platform from Decisive Farming, Encirca services from DuPont Pioneer, AgStudio software from MapShots, Onsite technologies from AgIntegrated and Trimble Connected Farm.“Expanding data sharing providers is of the highest priority for Case IH; we plan to establish and announce a number of similar data-sharing agreements throughout 2018 and beyond,” Dempsey said. “We are strategically adding these connections to answer the demand from our customers in all regions to provide the right solutions where needed.”For more information about Case IH, visit www.caseih.com.last_img read more

These Facebook Home Ads Are Just Odd

first_imgFinally, we have “Launch Day.” It’s as much a playful look inside Facebook as it is an actual advertisement. Zuckerberg appears in this video – and does just fine. That Facebook employees would rather be “on Facebook” than listening to Zuckerberg speak is actually pretty funny. This is the best of the bunch. Although it still strikes me as odd that even the young, possibly rich “hackers” working at Facebook are all so boring compared to their friends.  Tags:#Android#Facebook#Mark Zuckerberg#Steve Jobs Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Where are all these beautiful people? Maybe we could be like them – even with them – if we didn’t spend all our time on Facebook?That’s no way to advertise a cool new service.And will any business approve a Facebook Home phone now that even Facebook is telling everyone that work comes second?Perhaps what Facebook is attempting to do is send this message: what your friends are doing – right this moment – is so cool, so odd, so outrageous, so much fun that you have to stay in constant contact with them. That’s a pretty good message, actually. Only these ads do not make that at all clear; at least, not nearly as effectively as they could.There is a free-spirited, playful quality buried within each of these ads, unable to come out. I wanted to like them all. But the overall tone, unfortunately, is more wistful. It’s like discovering that the person driving in front of you with the “I’d Rather Be Fishing” bumper sticker lives a rather sad life all the times when he is not out fishing. Nobody wants that.Facebook Home has several innovative features and has received generally positive reviews. Mark Zuckerberg has called Home “the best version of Facebook there is.” There is a great deal riding on its success. I do not believe these ads will help.Image taken from Facebook Home “Airplane” ad. A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Related Posts Next up is “Dinner.”The message here is plain: your family is boring; really, really boring. Even when the family is seated around the dinner table, it’s best if you pull out your phone and watch what all your cool friends are up to. Spoiler alert: it’s way better than whatever you are doing. Unlike Airplane, there is nothing good about this ad. The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos If Mark Zuckerberg is to inherit the mantle as the next Steve Jobs, he’s going to have to do better when it comes to advertising. These new Facebook Home ads, for example, don’t make me want to rush out and get Home on my phone. Rather, they make me think that we would all have much more fun if we turned off Facebook entirely and lived our lives like those we follow.This seems like exactly the wrong message.The first ad, “Airplane,” features a man on a plane, away from home – get it? Only, not really, because “Home” brings his friends and family to him. In his case, that means transvestites, a naughty little boy, his buddies at the beach and someone I assume is his wife – with a serious thing for cats. He’s the normal one.It’s fun. Only, has “normal” ever helped sell anything? brian s hall Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verificationlast_img read more

Rain situation might get critical, says Pune collector

first_imgPune received heavy rains on August 4 with district authorities issuing an advisory asking people to be alert as the situation could turn critical, and ordering schools and colleges to be shut on August 5.The India Meteorological Department, in a bulletin issued at 9 p.m. IST on August 4, predicted “moderate to heavy rains” in isolated parts of Pune city for the next five days and “heavy to very heavy rains” for the district’s ghat regions in the same period.Low-lying areas in the district were on alert after water was released into the Mutha river on August 4 following incessant rains in the catchment areas of dams supplying water to the city.Later in the day, district collector Naval Kishore Ram said orders had been issued to keep educational institutions in Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad shut on August 5 in view of the rains. He said Mula, Mutha, Pavana, Bhima and Nira rivers were in spate and there was possibility of more water being released from the adjoining dams as catchment areas continued to get heavy rain as on August 4 evening.“We have issued an advisory for citizens asking them not to venture out of their houses unless absolutely necessary as the situation might get critical,” Mr. Ram said. He said between 2000-2500 people had been rescued so far from flooded areas of the district.Seven members of a family stranded in a flooded house in Kamshet area were rescued by a team of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), an official from the agency said. With more water being released from the Khadakwasla dam, water gushed into several low-lying areas in Balewadi, Baner, Aundh, Yerwada, Sinhgad Road and Bopodi.According to the irrigation department, the catchment areas of four dams – Khadakwasla, Panshet, Varasgaon and Temghar – have been witnessing continuous rainfall. “All the four dams are filled to their maximum storage capacity. As a result, we have already started releasing water into the Mutha river,” a senior official from the irrigation department said.From 11 a.m. IST on August 4, 35,574 cusecs of water was being released from Khadakwasla dam. Since the catchment areas were still witnessing rainfall, around 41,756 cusecs of water will be released at 3 p.m., he said. “When water will be released at the rate of around 42,000 cusecs, a lot of people will have to be evacuated from the low-lying areas…we have issued an advisory to the Pune Municipal Corporation’s disaster management cell.” “Several areas are already inundated and more are likely to be affected as water is released from the dam,” he added. Anupam Kashyapi, head of the weather department at the IMD’s Pune office, said, “As far as Pune is concerned, especially the ghat areas, there is a heavy to very heavy rain warning for the next five days. For Pune city, there is moderate to heavy rain warning in isolated areas. Tomorrow onwards, for Pune city, light to moderate rain is expected over next two to three days.”last_img read more

Cavs ignore last year’s comeback after another 0-2 hole

first_imgLATEST STORIES Klay Thompson shook off a shooting slump to score 22 points and the Warriors pulled away late for another lopsided win.“They play well at home,” Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said. “They won their first two games like they’re supposed to. Coming to a tough environment, we knew it was going to be tough, but they won the first two games. We get a chance to go home now to our home crowd where we play well, also.”The Cavs began to turn things around last year after being outscored by 48 points in the first two losses in Oakland — seven more than this year. They split the two games at home before reeling off three straight wins to become the fourth team to win the title after losing the first two games.“They’re going keep to coming, man,” Curry said. “There is a lot of work for us left to do. And you got to expect them to play, obviously, better at home. And we’re going to need to play better to win on the road.”What was so discouraging for the Cavs is that they played better in Game 2 but the result didn’t really change. They went to a smaller lineup that contributed to Golden State committing 20 turnovers a game after tying a Finals record with four.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV The offense picked up thanks to 27 points from Kevin Love and the Cavs scored 22 more points than in the opener in a faster-paced game, but that also helped the Warriors improve their shooting from 43 percent to 52 percent as Cleveland had a weaker defensive on the floor.“We definitely have a sense of what they’re capable of, and we felt like a lot of times tonight we played better basketball,” Love said. “But they’re a team you cannot — you can’t let them go on runs.”The key one came late in the third quarter after Cleveland cut the deficit to four points. The Warriors followed with a 16-4 run that included 3-pointers from Curry and Thompson, a three-point play from Durant in transition and four points from Shaun Livingston.“That’s what they do,” James said. “That’s what Golden State does. If you make a mistake — like I said, we had a turnover, it came from me, and then we had a miscue and the floods opened again.”The first two games have shown a stark difference in depth. While James has thrived so far and had 29 points, 11 rebounds and 14 assists to tie Magic Johnson’s record with his eighth career Finals triple-double Sunday, he hasn’t gotten nearly enough help.Kyrie Irving scored 24 points in the opener and Love had a big day in Game 2, but starters Tristan Thompson and J.R. Smith have been nearly invisible and the bench has offered little help.The Warriors, on the other hand, have gotten key contributions from their four All-Stars: Curry, Durant, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, as well as from players like Livingston, Andre Iguodala and Zaza Pachulia at times to set an NBA record with 14 straight postseason wins.But after being so close last year and falling short, the Warriors know how difficult the next two will be.“It’s human nature to let your guard down, human nature, 2-0, everybody in the world ‘It’s over, it’s over,’” Livingston said. “No, it’s not over. We saw what happened last year. We’ve been here. The guys that were here last year understand it’s the hardest thing to do is to try to close out a series and we’ve got two more games to go. We need to take that mentality to Cleveland.” Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Cleveland Cavaliers’ Kyrie Irving, seated from left, LeBron James, Richard Jefferson, Kyle Korver and J.R. Smith sit on the bench during the second half of Game 2 of basketball’s NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors in Oakland, California. APOAKLAND, California — LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers are headed home in a familiar spot after the first two games of the NBA Finals.Rather than reach back to last year’s championship comeback for a confidence boost, James’ focus is on figuring out what Cleveland must do to change its fortunes against a Warriors team that is fresher and far more dangerous this year, thanks to the addition of Kevin Durant.ADVERTISEMENT “They’re a different team,” James said following a 132-113 loss in Game 2 on Sunday (Monday Manila time) that put Cleveland in an 0-2 hole.That’s been quite evident through two games. Durant leads all players with 71 points the first two games — six more than the player he replaced in the lineup, Harrison Barnes, scored in seven games a year ago.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutDurant’s scoring has taken pressure off Stephen Curry and allowed the Warriors to withstand Cleveland runs so well that they haven’t trailed after the first quarter in either game.A healthy Curry followed up a 28-point Game 1 with his first postseason triple-double on Sunday with 32 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds. He looks more like a two-time MVP than the hobbled player he was in last year’s Finals. View comments BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Warning If You Pee on These Walls Theyll Pee Back at You

first_imgJuly 31, 2015 3 min read Enroll Now for Free This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience.center_img Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Piss off, public urinators. You’re drunk. Go home.San Francisco’s Department of Public Works is combatting the disgusting problem of tinkling in public with a completely off-the-wall solution — walls that “pee” back on the jerks who pee on them.Seriously, officials in the City by the Bay are so fed up with unlawful public urinators that they’ve painted 10 walls in the SOMA and Mission districts with a special liquid-repellent paint that splashes offenders back upon impact, yep, with their own waste stream. Right back atcha, pal. That’ll teach you. We hope.Related: Imagine If Our Highways Were Paved in Plastic”The urine will bounce back on the guy’s pants and shoes,” DWP spokesperson Rachel Gordon told Reuters. “The idea is they will think twice next time about urinating in public.”Here’s an eyeful of one of the innovative specialized paint-coated walls in action — thankfully demonstrated with just water, not actual bladder matter.Testing out a new pee repellent that “pees back” to prevent public urination. pic.twitter.com/6eDJ4w9MWH— SF Public Works (@sfpublicworks) July 23, 2015Related: Scientists Freeze Molecule to Almost Absolute ZeroThat seven-second messy splash of reality comes to us via San Fran DWP’s Twitter feed, because of course it’s on Twitter. We’re talking San Francisco, after all, a place that historically favors cutting-edge tech solutions — and clearly no longer suffers public leak-takers lightly, neither man nor his best friend. And neither does the city of Hamburg, Germany, where the world’s first pee-proof walls and sidewalks debuted.The enhanced industrial paint used in both public urination-plagued cities is called Ultra-Ever Dry, the very same nanotech coating that made Nissan’s recent self-cleaning car prototype possible. Manufactured by Jacksonville, Fla.-based UltraTech International, it’s a remarkably superhydrophobic (water-repellent) and oleophobic (carbon-repellent) coating. When liquids, like tinkle, piddle, wee or whatever the heck you call it, smack into it, pointed and peaked geometric shapes in the paint repel the liquid. Cue the surprisingly forceful — and brilliantly vengeful — backsplash and you’re golden.Will the high-tech paint really curb offenders? Or will it only inspire inebriated punks to urinate on the special walls for shits and giggles? Forgive the lame pun here, but we’ll have to wait and pee.Related: 3D-Printed DNA ‘Bunnies’ Could Deliver Drugs Into Your Bodylast_img read more