Derek Holland on free agency: ‘Scared money don’t make money’

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceSCOTTSDALE, Ariz.–Derek Holland couldn’t wait to arrive in Scottsdale this spring.He just had to wait for the Giants to sign him.The left-hander resurrected his career in San Francisco last year and didn’t mince his words late last season when asked if he wanted to return in 2019. Despite the club’s 73-89 record, Holland said he hoped to extend his run with the team for at least one more year. “My goal was …last_img read more

Farhan Zaidi on Giants’ trade deadline approach: ‘The equation has changed’

first_imgWith a remarkable run to start the month and a stunning surge in the National League Wild Card standings, the Giants’ strategy ahead of the July 31 trade deadline was destined to evolve.President of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi confirmed that it already has.“The equation has changed with how we’ve played over the last few weeks,” Zaidi said Thursday during an interview on KNBR 680.In a wide-ranging interview that lasted more than 20 minutes, Zaidi said the Giants have not committed to …last_img read more

Tablets Killing Desktops Faster Than Ever

first_imgThe contraction of the PC market continues faster than ever, eaten by the rapid growth of the tablet market, which is expected to outsell laptop and notebook devices for the first time this year and all PCs by 2015. But portable PCs may still be the saving grace for PC sales in the years ahead.If there is anything new about the news coming out from IDC’s Quarterly PC Tracker, it’s the increase of the rate of the PC’s decline. IDC had initially predicted a decline of “1.3% in 2013 followed by a gradual increase in volume.” Now the analyst firm is predicting a sharper decline of 7.8% in 2013 and 1.2% down in 2014.2011 may have been the “peak PC” year, when 363 million units shipped. In 2012, 349 million units shipped, with only 321.9 units predicted for the 2013 calendar year. The market is expected to recover a little – by 2017, IDC estimates that 333 million will ship.These numbers include shipments on both desktop and portable PCs, which is what IDC labels notebook and laptop PCs. That 2017 recovery will have no help from desktop PC sales: shipments are expected to drop from 148 million in 2012 to a predicted 134 million in 2013 and 124 million in 2017: a 16.5% contraction over five years.Any recovery in the market will fall squarely within the portable PC sector: shipments were 201 million in 2012, and will be down to 187 million this year, but possibly up to 210 million in 2017, which is a net 4.3% uptick for the portable sector.But where the real growth in portable devices is in the tablet sector. “T]ablet shipments are expected to grow 58.7% year-over-year in 2013 reaching 229.3 million units, up from 144.5 million units last year,” [according to the press release, “IDC now predicts tablet shipments will exceed those of portable PCs this year.“In addition, IDC expects tablet shipments to outpace the entire PC market (portables and desktops combined) by 2015,” the company reported.Tablets are not only going to be more prolific, they are going to be smaller. The IDC data is already seeing a sharp decrease in sales of tablets in the 8″-11″ size range, and a healthy increase in tablets with less than 8 inches of screen size. As you can see in the table below, by 2017, 57% of tablets will be in that sub-8″ range.Worldwide Tablet Market Share by Screen Size Band, 2011 – 2017The shrinking of tablet size means that a lot less productivity will be getting done on these devices, as smaller tablets are very much consumption devices. This may explain the predicted increase of notebook sales: people will still want portability, but they also will need a platform on which to actually work.As for the desktop PC, there looks to be no bright future in sight for the once-mighty platform. That which does not move, it seems, dies.Image courtesy of Shutterstock. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#PCs Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market brian proffittlast_img read more

Esha Gupta stuns fans with Insta pics

first_imgMumbai: Esha Gupta may not have had many Bollywood releases lately but she is sure keeping fans busy in the cyber world. Esha keeps posting gorgeous pictures of herself time and again, which is what she has done once again on Instagram, making the netizens swoon. In her latest Insta pics, Esha looks stunning in a black bralette worn under a black jacket. No wonder, her social media fans are floored. On the work front, Esha was recently seen co-starring with veteran actor Anupam Kher in Ashok Nanda’s film, One Day: Justice Delivered. She played a cop in the film. She will next be seen in Ameesha Patel’s production, Desi Magic, which is scheduled to release in September. The film stars Ameesha along with Zayed Khan, and is directed by Mehul Atha.last_img read more

The Elders Condemn Terror Attack In Manchester

first_imgThe Elders condemned the terror attack in Manchester and expressed their deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of those killed and injured, and to all the people of the United Kingdom.The Elders were dismayed to learn at their biannual board meeting in Helsinki of the suicide bombing at a music concert that left so many young people dead and injured.Kofi Annan, Chair of The Elders, said:“This is a sickening attack. The murder of young people at a concert is an assault on humanity itself. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and all the people of Manchester and the UK. The Elders stand in solidarity with you, and salute your determination to fight terror, assert the values of love and decency, and defend an open and free way of life.”last_img read more

Joint Investigation by Integrity Commission and RTCIPF

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, May 9, 2017 – Providenciales – The TCI Integrity Commission and the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force are continuing their collaborative and joint operations in relation to complaints and allegations of acts of corruption and associated crimes which threaten the national security and wellbeing of the Turks and Caicos Islands. As part of these joint operations, officers of both agencies visited the offices of the Labour Department in Providenciales today (Tuesday), May 9, 2017. A large number of documents were seized in connection  with an ongoing investigation of these complaints and allegations and enquiries continue at this time. Further press releases may be issued in due course.Press Release: RTCIPF Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

Swan EGGs in the sky Astronomers conduct radio observations of freefloating evaporating

first_imgCygnus OB2 image at 325 MHz; the synthesized beam is 7.81” × 6.60”, P.A. = 88.6 degrees, the rms is 0.2 mJy beam−1, and the intensity peak is 0.270 Jy beam−1. The boxes in the figures show the regions where the proplyd sources studied here lie: source WDDGGHK 10 in box a, WDDGGHK 7, 8, 9 in box b, WDDGGHK 6 in box c, WDDGGHK 2, 3, 4 in box d. The white stars mark the position of putative ionizing agents. Credit: Isequilla et al., 2019. Citation: Swan EGGs in the sky: Astronomers conduct radio observations of free-floating evaporating gas globules in Cygnus OB2 (2019, April 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-04-swan-eggs-sky-astronomers-radio.html Externally illuminated photo-evaporating protoplanetary disks, or proplyds for short, are ionized circumstellar disks around young low-mass stars the size of our solar system. Their ionized material is known to form a thermal disk wind with a cometary structure. Most proplyds identified so far have been spotted in the Orion nebula, the closest region of massive star formation to our planet.FrEGGs are proplyd-like objects isolated from their parental molecular clouds. The are also externally ionized and present extended cometary morpologies. However, they are at earlier evolutionary stages than proplyds, with protostars still undergoing strong accretion and with larger molecular masses when compared to ionized protoplanetary disks. Moreover, frEGGs are are about 10 times larger than proplyds, which suggests that they can contain not just one but even several young protostars.For astronomers and astrophysicists, frEGGs are perceived as possible accelerators of cosmic rays, and perhaps even putative gamma-ray sources. Therefore, these objects could serve as new laboratories for the investigation of particle acceleration processes in slow flows, and in addition as counterparts of unidentified gamma-ray sources.FrEGGs were first spotted in the Cygnus OB2 association—one of the most massive stellar associations in our Milky Way galaxy, located some 4,700 light years away from the Earth. In a new study, a group of astronomers led by Natacha Isequilla of the National University of La Plata in Argentina, has focused on radio observations of eight such objects in this association, designated WDDGGHK 2-4 and WDDGGHK 6-10. The observations, conducted with GMRT at frequencies of 325 and 610 MHz, allowed them to learn more about physical properties of these proplyd-like objects.”We present 325 and 610 MHz GMRT continuum observations toward the Cygnus OB2 region and report on the characteristics of the population of externally ionized proplyd-like objects also known as frEGGs,” the researchers wrote in the paper.Based on GMRT observations, the scientists estimated the studied objects’ electronic densities, ionized mass, optical depth and the amount of photons needed to be ionized. They also compared the properties, mainly the ionizing photon rate, with those of other massive stars in the neighborhood. All in all, this resulted in the conclusion that the stellar systems Cyg OB2 #9 and Cyg OB2 #22 are probably responsible for the ionization of the observed frEGGs.”Using their geometry and the photoionization rate needed to produce their radio-continuum emission, we find that these sources are possibly ionized by a contribution of the stars Cyg OB2 #9 and Cyg OB2 #22,” the paper reads.Furthermore, the astronomers found that the main contribution to the continuum radio-emission in the studied frEGGs is thermal, while also regions with non-thermal emission could exist in these objects. In the case of one object, designated WDDGGHK 7 (dubbed the Tadpole because of its morphology) they assume that its emission is not of non-thermal origin. More information: N.L. Isequilla et al. Radio observations of evaporating objects in the Cygnus OB2 region. arXiv:1904.08317 [astro-ph.SR]. arxiv.org/abs/1904.08317 This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Using the Giant Metrewave Radio Telescope (GMRT), astronomers have carried out radio observations of the so-called free-floating evaporating gas globules or (frEGGs) in the Cygnus OB2 region. Results of this observational campaign, presented in a paper published April 17 on arXiv.org, provide more details about the properties of these peculiar objects. © 2019 Science X Network ‘Proplyd-like’ objects discovered in Cygnus OB2 Explore furtherlast_img read more

Doctors give ultimatum say bigger movement will ensue if accused cop is

first_imgKolkata: West Bengal Doctors Forum (WBDF) has threatened to organise a bigger movement from Monday if the officer-in-charge of Jadavpur police station, who had allegedly assaulted a junior doctor at Calcutta Medical Research Institute (CMRI) is not arrested.Many of the doctors under WBDF threatened to go on a strike after Monday if steps are not taken against the accused police officer. A rally would be taken out from CMRI on Monday afternoon and it would end near New Alipore police station. Doctors from various organisations in the city would take part in the rally to protest against the assault on the junior doctor. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIt may be mentioned that Srinivas Geddam, a post-graduate trainee at CMRI, was allegedly roughed up by Jadavpur police station OC Pulak Kumar Dutta when the former had been attending him on Wednesday night.Geddam, hailing from Andhra Pradesh, lodged a complaint with the police on Thursday. Following the incident, some doctors from the institute took part in a temporary cease-work.The police officer was admitted at the plastic surgery department of the hospital for a wrist surgery. Geddam had allegedly been attacked by the officer when he asked the latter about his medication, the prescriptions of which were submitted to the hospital by the officer during admission. The victim mentioned in his complaint that he had suffered serious injuries around his neck. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedA senior doctor of WBDF said that they are planning to file a writ petition at the Calcutta High Court if the accused officer is not arrested on non-bailable charges. “We would urge the doctors’ fraternity at all the government and private hospitals in the state to join the cease-work after Monday. We have given an ultimatum that the accused police officer must be put behind bars within next Sunday. A section of the city police was trying to dilute the issue, which is evident from their Facebook posts. They are trying to defend the OC,” a senior member of WBDF said. It may be mentioned that the Bengal unit of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) on Thursday sought Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s intervention in this regard.Dr Santanu Sen, MP and state secretary, IMA, was of the view that the protest must be intensified if action is not initiated against the accused police officer.Many of the city doctors believe that the incident would affect the confidence building exercise initiated by the city police to check the incidents of assault on doctors by the family members of the patients.”This is an unfortunate incident where an on-duty doctor was assaulted by a police officer. The state government must strongly deal with the issue and steps should be taken against the accused officer,” said Dr Santanu Dutta of SSKM Hospital.last_img read more

4 Ways to Keep Mobile Tech from Hindering Productivity in the Workplace

first_img Register Now » Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. April 4, 2016 4 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Move over BYOB (beer), it’s all about BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) in today’s workplace. The rise of mobile workers, business and collaboration has made mobile devices an essential workplace tool. In fact, Wrike’s 2016 Mobile Productivity Report found that 90 percent of the more than 850 professionals surveyed said they viewed the use of a mobile device as critical to getting their jobs done.Related: Survey Finds Mobile Devices Lure Us Into Working Longer, But No One Objects MuchYet, while the report made it clear that mobile devices are a necessary tool for today’s workers, it also revealed that 30 percent of professionals surveyed thought their mobile devices hindered their work-life balance.So, which is it? Are mobile devices helpful work tools — or stress machines?To assure that employees get the most from their devices, employers need to set parameters for these devices’ use, both in and outside the office. With the right parameters in place, mobile tech will continue to help, not hurt productivity. Here are four guidelines:1. Pick the right tool for the task.All mobile devices are not created equal. As such, some devices are better suited for certain tasks than others. Different employees will need different tools, devices and apps to get their work done efficiently.Seventy-two percent of professionals surveyed in the Wrike study, for instance, said mobile devices weren’t ideal for detailed work or long-form writing. But they did see them as a big asset for sending email (98 percent), using search engines for work (87 percent), viewing documents and files (81 percent) and using project management or collaboration apps (81 percent).To help employees make the most of their mobile devices, provide them with the right tools and resources. Don’t overwhelm them with tech or burden them with having to learn multiple devices or programs — give each employee what makes sense for his or her role.Related: How to Boost Productivity With ‘Social Bookmarking’ Tools2. Set limits.While mobile technology can make us more productive, it can also foment burnout. The 2015 Staples Business Advantage Workplace Index found that about a quarter of the 2,602 employees surveyed said they regularly worked after the standard workday was done. What’s more, about four out of 10 of those employees worked on weekends at least once a month.With mobile technology enabling us to access work-related items whenever and wherever, it’s no wonder that so many employees continue to respond to emails or think about work long after clocking out for the day.To avoid mobile-induced burnout, set time limits on when emails may be sent, opened or responded to, and when platforms and apps may be accessed, to give everyone some much-needed down time.Above all, don’t tempt employees to work in the evening or on their days off, sending emails that can wait. This way, employees will achieve a better work-life balance and feel more productive during work hours.3. Adopt a ‘face-first’ policy.Email can be the most efficient communication tool, or it can be the biggest time-waster. In fact, about half of employees surveyed in the Staples study acknowledged receiving too many emails; about one-third of those employees said email overload hurt their productivity.To keep communication flowing, adopt a “face-first” policy, where everyone uses face-to-face communication first, if possible. After all, there’s no need to send a neighboring co-worker an email — which may or may not get read in time for that 2 p.m. meeting — if the recipient’s desk is within walking distance.Not only does such a policy ensure questions are answered and important items are received in a timely manner, it keeps inboxes from overflowing — and who doesn’t want that?4. Support flexibility.While mobile technology may make it tempting to work from home or sit on a beach in the Bahamas, the flexibility that mobile devices create can also make employees more productive. In fact, 59 percent of employees surveyed in the Staples study said flexible schedules were a key factor to productivity.Use mobile tools to make flexibility possible and easier to manage for leaders, HR and employees. Tools like WISP, a mobile employee Intranet, can keep employees connected, no matter where they work. Just be sure that the right parameters are in place to keep staffers from working when they shouldn’t.Related: The 15 Best Productivity Apps for Getting Things DoneWhat are some other ways to keep mobile technology from hurting productivity at work? Share in the comments below! Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.last_img read more