Jerry Blevins looks to re-establish lefty specialist role in A’s return

first_imgMESA, Ariz. — Jerry Blevins returns to the A’s a different pitcher, a veteran who is now well-traveled with plenty of experience. But that sense of humor he had his first time around remains intact, and it was on full display as he arrived at Hohokam Stadium for the first day of workouts.“I don’t think I’ll get sick from mold in this one,” Blevins joked when talking about the differences from his first A’s stint, referring to the club’s older spring home of Phoenix Municipal Stadium. The …last_img read more

Giants call up shortstop prospect Mauricio Dubon, report says

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile device The Giants are calling up a highly-touted prospect as they try to stay in the hunt for the National League’s second Wild Card spot.Infielder Mauricio Dubon, acquired at the trade deadline in exchange for pitchers Drew Pomeranz and Ray Black, is set to join the Giants according to Brewers reporter Robert Murray.“When the (trade) rumors came out, I was excited,” Dubon told The Bay Area News Group on Monday in West …last_img read more

Ford secures Africa export contract

first_img8 May 2008Pretoria-based Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) has secured an export contract to supply right- and left-hand-drive models of the popular Ford Ranger pickup truck to African markets.In a statement this week FMCSA said that it began exporting the right-hand-drive variants from April and will follow with exports of left-hand-drive vehicles from July onwards.The company expects to manufacture approximately 10 000 Rangers for export at its plant in Silverton, outside Pretoria, during the remainder of the year.This number will increase to 24 000 Rangers for export in 2009, and to approximately 40 000 Rangers by 2010, raising the company’s total export volume to 60 000 vehicles per year.“This is another important contract for Ford of Southern Africa, and clearly shows the confidence Ford Motor Company has in our world-class workforce and their ability to produce vehicles of international standards and quality,” said FMCSA chief executive Hal Feder.“It also further highlights our ongoing commitment to expanding our operations and export component in South Africa.”The contract would assist the company in preparing for the export programme of Ford’s next generation global compact pickup in 2011, by enhancing the plant’s manufacturing capabilities.FMCSA recently announced it would invest more than R 1.5-billion to expand operations for the production of the next-generation pickup truck and Puma diesel engine.Apart from the Silverton plant that assembles Ford, Mazda, Volvo and Land Rover vehicles, from passenger vehicles to commercial truck ranges, Ford also has an engine plant in Port Elizabeth, which is the company’s global producer of the 1.3-litre RoCam engine which it exports together with the 1.6-litre RoCam engine to Ford plants in India and Europe.The company also uses its Port Elizabeth plant to manufacture catalytic converters for export, with Ford pointing out that South Africa had become a centre of excellence in the field, with the city acting as a hub for the catalytic coverter industry.“This announcement further highlights South Africa’s capabilities in an increasingly competitive global market,” said Feder. “The automotive sector plays an important role in the South African economy and we will continue to develop our significance both locally and as a strategic export base for vehicles, engines and components for Ford Motor Company.”SAinfo reporter Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

R800m for South Africa’s Green Fund

first_img3 May 2012 The National Treasury has allocated R800-million over the next two years for South Africa’s Green Fund, which aims to provide finance for high-quality, high-impact, job-creating green economy projects around the country. Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa made the announcement in Cape Town on Wednesday ahead of her department’s budget vote in Parliament. Molewa said the money represented a critical mechanism for achieving a just transition to a low-carbon, resource-efficient and job-creating green economy growth path in South Africa. “The primary objective of the Green Fund is to provide catalytic finance for high-quality, high-impact green economy projects and mainstreaming activities which would not have been implemented without fiscal support,” Molewa said.‘Myth’ that green management hinders development She said it was up to South Africans to debunk the myth that environmental management hindered development, by positioning the sector as a major contributor to job creation and the fight against poverty. “The transformation of our industries towards the building of a green economy has many facets; [it is mainly] about creating new labour-absorbing industries that also mitigate impacts on the environment. “This green economy offers substantial opportunities for job creation and development in the environmental goods and services sector, particularly in biodiversity, waste and natural resource management services.” Last year, the department committed to implementing a green economy plan through local and international partnerships with green investors, supported by funding from the Treasury’s Green Fund, as well as international funding through facilities such as the World Bank Clean Technology Fund and the newly established Green Climate Fund.Biodiversity jobs for 800 graduates, school-leavers Molewa also announced on Wednesday that up to 800 unemployed school leavers and graduates, mostly from rural areas, would be hired in biodiversity jobs for a period of two-and-a-half years. Molewa said the department would manage the placement of the candidates through the South African National Biodiversity Institute (Sanbi). “Sanbi’s application to the jobs fund, titled ‘Catalysing access to employment and job creation in ecosystem management’, was approved by the Development Bank of Southern Africa to the tune of R300-million,” Molewa said. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Blockchain: Immature Technology + Forced Fit to Problems = Disillusionment

first_imgIn 4Q 2019, Gartner announced that disillusionment for blockchain was rampant and that it would be at least five to ten more years before it will be more widely deployed. Avivah Litan, Gartner analyst, said that “Blockchain technologies have not yet lived up to the hype, and most enterprise blockchain projects are stuck in experimentation mode. Blockchain is not yet enabling a digital business revolution across business ecosystems and may not until at least 2028 when Gartner expects blockchain to become fully scalable technically and operationally.” The reason for the delay? The technology just isn’t there yet. It’s not mature enough yet. And the second reason is that people have tried to throw blockchain at everything with a focus on the technology and not whether it is a good fit for the problem. In 2016, banks like Deutsche forecast that the widespread use of blockchain technology was five to ten years away. Three years later, that goal hasn’t seemed to move much closer. Martin Walker, director for banking and finance at the Center for Evidence-Based Management, who has called blockchain a ‘pixie-dust fad’, told the Financial Times that “the hype of the last few years, followed by the disappointment that many people are feeling now, is evidence that you need to understand the problems that need to be solved and then look for an answer, rather than throwing a technology at business problems before you’ve understood them.”last_img read more

Facebook Announces “Send” Button: A “Like” With Context

first_imgGuide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Over the past year, we’ve become accustomed to using Facebook’s “Like” button for a variety of reasons – to show approval, to agree with a sentiment, to follow a brand and to share content. For this last function, however, the Like button can be a bit of a blunt tool when what’s really needed is a precision instrument.Today, Facebook announced the “Send” button. By using Send, Facebook users will be able to share content with specific groups of friends, rather than everyone on their friends list, giving them the precision sharing tool they’ve needed all along.The Facebook Send button launches today with 50 partner sites and will likely be implemented by more site quickly. Most often, it will likely accompany the Like button and allows users to share content with their friends by email, Facebook message or as a post to a Group’s wall.A year ago, we launched the Like button, which gives you a quick way to share the things you find on the web with all your friends. But there are times when you find something that you only want to share with a few specific people.Say you’re on Orbitz and want to tell your roommates about a great idea for a summer vacation, or you come across a Huffington Post article that you only want to share with people at work. With the new Send button, now you can share things with any of your Groups or individual friends on Facebook.As noted, Facebook’s Like button just celebrated its first birthday last week. In the last year, the button has been integrated on more than 2.5 million websites, with 10,000 new websites adding the button daily. Will the Share button, which is integrated similarly with a few lines of code, share in the Like button’s popularity?Facebook says that Groups, which launched just six months ago, now number well over 50 million. The ability to direct your content sharing on Facebook from third-party sites could certainly boost the popularity of Groups and catapult the popularity of a Send button, despite the simple, no-hassle, easy-to-understand functionality of the Like button. Related Posts center_img Tags:#Facebook#news#NYT#web The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos mike melansonlast_img read more

HTML5: Alive And Well With CIOs

first_img Related Posts Tags:#application development#CIO#enterprise#enterprise IT#Evans Data#HTML5#mobile#native The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Matt Asay What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …center_img Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Apparently, native apps have won. We even said so right here on ReadWrite. After all, Facebook apparently likes native more. Unfortunately, CIOs missed the memo, and the dirty little secret is that most of the world’s software, including apps, is written for use, not sale. That means that most of the world’s software is not going to follow what Facebook’s mobile strategy is, but rather what those stodgy enterprises do.Those stodgy enterprises? They’re all in on HTML5.I spent Wednesday afternoon with a who’s who of enterprise CIOs and CTOs in New York City, talking about Big Data, cloud and mobile. With the Facebook Phone in mind, I polled the group on its mobile applications. Every single executive – not one exception – was building hybrid HTML5 apps, meaning the bulk of the app is written in HTML5 with a native wrapper to improve performance, add camera access, etc.Every. Single. One.And not just a few such apps. The bulk of their apps were hybrid HTML5 apps, both for internal employees and for external customers. Going Native?Sure, there were some native apps, though generally not yet written for Android. (“We can’t figure out what to do about Android,” said one executive of a major financial services firm.) But overall, the CIOs I talked to, and there were roughly 100 in the room, were basing their mobile app strategy on hybrid HTML5 apps.The CIO needs are different from Zynga’s, or those of other consumer app developers. Many of the apps they’re building are informational in nature, or have such a stringent need for broad access that these enterprises simply can’t afford to alienate a particular mobile device demographic. They need to support iOS, Android, Windows, Blackberry, etc. And with the vast majority of mobile OSes now sporting HTML5-compatible browsers, the time is ripe for HTML5 apps.Still Hiring For HTML5The job numbers bear this out. While HTML5 can get pooh-poohed by consumer app developers like Facebook, it remains the hottest technology skill, as measured by jobs, more than holding its own with iOS and Android in absolute number of jobs:And trouncing both iOS and Android in terms of relative job growth:This corroborates Evans Data’s finding in early 2012 that 75% of mobile developers were using or expecting to use HTML5, a number that seems to have moved from aspirational to actual in 2013. Hence, while the media will tend to focus on what it knows best – consumer apps – CIOs are working away on HTML5 strategies. Just ask Accenture. Yes, there are tradeoffs when going HTML5, just as there are tradeoffs when going native. For enterprise CIOs, however, broad, cross-platform access to employees and customers makes HTML5 a winning solution.Image courtesy of Shutterstock. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementlast_img read more

The Year in Review: Wintertime Reflections and What We Can Learn from Aesop

first_imgWritten by: Christopher Plein, Ph.D. West Virginia University and MFLN Caregiving Team MemberIt is the winter solstice, or nearly so.  While the days will soon be getting longer, the colder months are upon us and the year is coming to a close.  It’s a time for reflection. Recently, I have been mulling over Aesop’s fable of the “The Ants and the Grasshopper.” Most of you will know the story and how the grasshopper fiddled away the summer with music and dance, as the ants industriously prepared for the winter ahead by harvesting and storing grain. I offer the fable to my students to remind them of the importance of studying and preparing early for the projects and tests that will come at the end of the term.   With the weather closing in and semester’s end, it is little wonder that I am thinking about this fable.As I have been going over my past blogs for 2017, a couple of constant themes stand out – one deals with knowledge and the other with change.  Knowledge comes about through self-awareness and self-reliance.  We live in an information-rich age, but we do not always avail ourselves to reliable knowledge that is literally at our fingertips or to the wisdom of those around us.  Change is a constant — but unpredictable.  We need to anticipate and prepare for life’s vagaries – whether it’s a change in a policy or program that affects our job, or whether it’s a more jolting change that affects the wellbeing of a loved one who may need our care and support.  Like the ants in Aesop’s fable, it is important for us to gather a storehouse of reserves – in our case knowledge and awareness so that we can meet the uncertainties of the future with wisdom and confidence.The Military Caregiving Team and the Military Families Learning Network offers programming that is aimed at helping us acquire these resources.  We do this through webinars, virtual events, podcasts, and video series, but also through blogs.  To help gain knowledge of important policy developments regular updates and reviews are often the subject of a blog.  This past year, we did this even if it did involve a “Little Medicaid Summer Reading” .  We also tracked the rapid and uncertain developments in the politics of the Affordable Care Act . Taking a step back, we explored how the design of our government and the past shapes current policy development and outcomes  – Encountering Change Part 1 & Part 2. An appreciation of both policy and program detail and the context, helps us to assess the present and to anticipate what might be in store for the future.We also explored that when facing change, it is important that each of us be self-aware and self-reliant. But this does not mean going it alone.  Indeed, we may be not see the bigger picture or appreciate the views and needs of others if we do not work with others.  This is a concept we explored in a blog on fairness, inclusivity, and ethics entitled “Gaining Perspective to Understand Change”.  We also learned that we should be aware and cultivate our networks and links to many resources: whether it is to help us care for a loved one; to access the many resources that are available in communities; or connect to resources through the military family readiness and support system.We can learn a lot from the ants in Aesop’s fable, but life is not rewarding if we do not have a little bit of the grasshopper in each of us.  As we invest effort to build the storehouse of knowledge and self-awareness, also take time to celebrate and enjoy.  There’s no better time than now.  Season’s greetings and best wishes for the New Year.This MFLN-Military Caregiving concentration blog post was published on December 22, 2017.last_img read more

Creative Inspiration: Light Painting + Light Pollution

first_imgGiven the subject matter of light pollution, the team behind this video utilized a fresh light painting production technique.  Check out these very cool in-camera effects.Light stroking (or light painting) is an increasingly popular effect showing up in all types of videos.  Often motion designers and video editors will create this effect in Adobe After Effects, utilizing third party plugins like the popular Trapcode Particular by Red Giant Software.   In a recent post we showed how it’s even possible to achieve a light stroke or light painting in After Effects with the application’s default tools.  Check out that article here.It’s refreshing then to see a production team create a high production value PSA video using light painting effects, but without any post-production or CGI magic.  From the Vimeo page:This video incorporates the following techniques: light-painting, light-graffiti, timelapse, hologram with iPad and stop motion. Everything was shot on camera, no Particular, Echospace or other CGI light generator.They get extra points for using a cool light technique in a video highlighting the ‘hidden costs’ of light pollution…pretty clever.Check out the video on their site or below (best viewed full screen):last_img read more

5 DIY Tips for Your Next Shoot

first_imgHere are a few other DIY posts from PremiumBeat worth checking out:10 Cheap Tripod Dolly Options to Try at HomeMake Your Own DIY LED Light BarDIY Camera Stabilizers and Rigs for Under $25 Here are 5 ways to boost the production value of your video shots on a DIY budget.Cover image via Film Riot.One of the most valuable online resources for filmmakers and video producers is Ryan Connolly’s YouTube channel and production juggernaut, Film Riot. Film Riot provides actionable content on filmmaking questions, techniques, and gear recommendations. One of their recent videos focuses on a few DIY tips they’ve released in the past that will help reduce your budget or give you more time to focus on your production.Let’s take a look at some of these DIY tips as well as where to find the equipment they call for.Low FogIf you’re shooting a horror film, or any type of science fiction story, creating mood and environment is key. This low-lying fog adds a layer of creepiness and a boosts the sense of production value on your set. As Connolly advises, when handling the dry ice, make sure you wear gloves and make sure you don’t touch the ice with your bare skin.What you need:Styrofoam coolerFog machineDry Ice Spray Paint LightsLet’s say you don’t have the resources or time to get a few gels before your next shoot. Not to worry. You can simply spray paint the lightbulb. You can even include these in the shot, as they are visually appealing. Make sure you purchase heat-resistant paint because the bulbs become extremely hot as the shoot goes on (we’ve all seen what they can do to gels).What you need:Heat-resistant paint Lens FlareCapturing an organic lens flare in camera is easier than it sounds, and this cost effective technique will get the job done without taking your shoot outside. With a little bit of tape on the top and bottom of your lens, you can get the flare effect you’ve always wanted, without distracting your audience.If you still want more control over the flare or need to add one during the post-production process, check out RocketStock’s anamorphic lens flare pack here.What you need:TapeFishing line Do you have DIY production tips? Let us know in the comments. Simulating a PartyOne of the most frustrating aspects of shooting a scene that requires a lot of extras is actually rounding up enough people to make the scene look convincing. Fortunately for you, there’s a simple solution to subtly deceive the audience that uses only a handful of people and a few crew members to create the appearance of a raging party. Use your telephoto lens or zoom in enough to close the background up around your subject. Voila. If you want a little added spice, have a crew member walk in front of the camera or behind your subject to add even more to the illusion.What you need:A longer lens Shower CurtainUsing a shower curtain as a diffuser is not just a household trick. Professional cinematographers like Shane Hurlbut have used it on big-budget film sets. Even if you don’t have shower curtain with you on set, a quick visit to nearest online grocery or supply store will set you up with a super cheap solution. This curtain will add a level of diffusion that will help with harsh sunlight or shadows.What you need:Shower curtainlast_img read more