Dodger Stadium to be considered for All-Star Game, commissioner says

first_imgDodgers pitcher Carlos Frias said he went to bed Tuesday night believing he would start for Triple-A Oklahoma City on Wednesday.Surprise!Frias learned Wednesday morning he had been recalled to take the roster spot of pitcher David Huff, who was designated for assignment after Tuesday’s game. Frias did not arrive in Los Angeles until 4:30 p.m. and wasn’t able to stretch with his teammates on the field.“Very long day,” he said.Frias did not pitch in Wednesday’s game. On Thursday, he was optioned back to Triple-A.The Dodgers figured they would need to call up a relief pitcher after Huff’s spot start Tuesday. Why wait until the last minute?One possible reason is if Huff had pitched beyond the fourth inning — and Juan Nicasio hadn’t been needed to pitch the fifth and sixth innings — the Dodgers wouldn’t have needed a capable long reliever like Frias. In that case, maybe a specialist like left-hander Adam Liberatore or right-hander Sergio Santos would have gotten the call.“There’s a lot of factors that go into who you’re calling up and why,” manager Don Mattingly said Wednesday. “We look at Carlos a couple different ways — he pitched really good out of the bullpen for us. He’s started for us also. He’s kind of that guy who can do both.”AlsoFreddy Garcia started the game for Oklahoma City instead and was hit hard, allowing five runs in two innings against Nashville. … The Dodgers do not need a fifth starter again until their April 25 game against the Giants. Coincidentally, that would be Garcia’s (or Frias’) turn in the rotation. However, MLB rules prevent teams from calling up a player fewer than 10 days after he was optioned to the minor leagues, essentially ruling out Frias from making the start. “The Dodgers, and Stan in particular, have made clear their interest in having an All-Star game,” commissioner Rob Manfred told this publication at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday. “We’re now committed out through ’18. We’re going to start looking at ’19, ’20 and ’21 in the next few months. I understand that it’s been a very long time since we’ve been in L.A., and that’s an important factor in their favor.”If there’s an obvious factor still working against the Dodgers, it’s the list of National League cities at the front of the line. Cincinnati is hosting this year’s game. San Diego hosts in 2016, followed by Miami in 2017 and D.C. in 2018.Would the commissioner be opposed to giving the game to a National League city five straight years?“We’ve been pretty clear that we’re going to pick the best, most qualified bidder, the best bid, National or American League,” Manfred said.Long journey for Frias Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img The line of major-league teams waiting to host an All-Star Game is always a long one. If it seems like the Dodgers have been in line forever, well, they have. Dodger Stadium hasn’t hosted the annual event since 1980.Thirty-five years and more than $150 million in renovations later, the park is overdue.By 2018, when Washington D.C. hosts the most recently awarded All-Star Game, every current major-league city will have hosted at least one game since Los Angeles hosted it last. The Indians, White Sox, Astros, Pirates, Giants, Angels, Twins, Padres and Reds will have hosted the game twice. Dodgers president Stan Kasten submitted his request to MLB years ago. How long must he wait?last_img read more

The Ashes: England taunt Australia with huge Ben Stokes billboard at Manchester

first_imgAdvertisement 282NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsg7uWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E3je( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 7mnWould you ever consider trying this?😱ky4Can your students do this? 🌚9iRoller skating! Powered by Firework The Australian cricket team have been trolled ahead of their Fourth Ashes Test with a giant billboard saying ‘Welcome to Manchester’ outside their hotel. The image features the famous spread-armed celebration by Ben Stokes after he hit the winning four runs for England to seal a comeback in the Third Test. The all-rounder with his unbeaten 135 not only turned the table for his side in the test but also rescued England in the series, after they were buried with a first-innings total of just 67.Advertisement While his effort is being described by some as the greatest ever Test innings by an Englishman, Bookies Ladbrokes, a British agency took the feat to a new level. They put up this cheeky signboard outside the Malmaison Hotel, where the Aussies are lodging.Advertisement “Ben Stokes’ final innings at Headingley was the stuff of legend, so we thought it was only right to honour it ahead of the fourth test,” Jessica O’Reilly of Ladbrokes said.“Thankfully we found a spot just yards away from the Australian team’s hotel to give them a timely reminder. Hopefully our little sledge will help get England over the line and on the road to victory.”Advertisement The sign though, has been inspired from the infamous banner which was erected in the city when Manchester City football club signed Carlos Tevez from their trophy-laden rivals United.  Advertisementlast_img read more

New One-Stop Center Opens for Domestic, Sexual Abuse Victims

first_imgBy Jay Cook | FREEHOLD – A one-stop shop to aid domestic violence and sexual abuse victims has opened its doors in Monmouth County and is ready to start changing lives.180 Turning Lives Around, a nonprofit organization working to halt different types of abuse affecting county residents, will operate a new Family Justice Center out of the county courthouse, located at 71 Monument St.Before the Family Justice Center, victims in the darkest times of their lives were tasked with navigating the choppy waters of the criminal justice system to seek help, said Anna Diaz-White, 180’s executive director. Now, everything they need is in one place.“I think it’s going to be a game changer in the way that victims can access services,” she said.An intake center at the courthouse’s lower level will be the first step, where 180’s staff can ask questions and guide victims in the right direction.The Family Justice Center is located at 40 Monument St., connected to the courthouse’s parking lot. Different services will be available, Diaz-White said. A lawyer from South Jersey Legal Services is on standby, available to provide legal guidance. Detectives from the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office will be on-call from the Freehold office to assist in pressing charges and filing police reports.The building also provides shelter for victims with children who may fear returning home. Access to local food pantries, counselors and job assessment and training are other services now readily available. The two-story-home-converted center will have no public access and will only be open to people who pass courthouse security.In Monmouth County, the numbers of abuse victims are significant, said Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni. There were nearly 4,000 calls or reported incidents of domestic violence last year, and family courts in Freehold also heard requests for 1,600 restraining orders from domestic violence victims, he said. Those numbers put Monmouth County sixth-highest in New Jersey.Diaz-White said her organization receives about 5,000 calls a year and not every incident they hear is reported to police. She said the main demographic for sexual and domestic violence victims is 20- to 40-year-old women. Diaz-White estimated 85 percent of victims in Monmouth County are women.“We hope that it will stop the traumatization from here on out,” Gramiccioni said. “When somebody comes here, they get direction, they get assistance, they get what they’re entitled to.”Monmouth County’s Family Justice Center is the fourth such center in New Jersey; others are located in Essex, Morris and Union counties. Diaz-White toured the state with Gramiccioni and elected officials over the past year to find the best solution for Monmouth County.State Sen. Jennifer Beck (R-11), who volunteered as a rape crisis advocate years ago, said the center is a necessity.“They’re already stressed, they’re already emotionally fragile,” she said of victims. “They don’t need five locations to sort out life and get things moving.”The building was provided by the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders at no cost, said Freeholder Director Lillian G. Burry. It was previously used as the county’s Weights and Measures offices.“This Family Justice Center will provide both comfort and justice to these victims and their families by offering so many services in one place,” Burry said.Plans for the center began when 180 was awarded a $145,000 grant last year by Impact 100 Jersey Coast which will contribute to staffing and overhead costs. Grant money was provided by 145 women who each pledged $1,000 for a greater cause.The new Family Justice Center is another piece of the large footprint 180 has established in Monmouth County. Main administrative offices are located in Hazlet and a secondary location, the Shore Regional Outreach Office, is based in Neptune.180 also operates a 45-bed safe house and a 10-family transitional housing center in the county, both in different, undisclosed locations. The nonprofit also partners with Amanda’s Easel, a creative arts therapy program in Middletown.As Hollywood executives, journalists and other prominent people are being called out for their alleged prior sexual assaults, Diaz-White said it spotlights the importance of the Family Justice Center.“Of course these make headlines,” Diaz-White said, “but for every one of those, there are thousands of women, men and children suffering in silence trying to navigate their and their children’s way out of seemingly impossible situations.”This article was first published in the Nov. 2-9, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

Data Storage is Facebook’s Next Initiative

first_imgHow Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloud Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for … Tags:#cloud#cloud computing#Data Centers Related Posts Facebook will follow up on its Open Compute intiiatiive with a new initiative to improve its data storage.According to Fast Company, the emphasis on storage is needed due to the continued sheer volume of data that Facebook’s users are producing. Those hundreds of millions of users take a lot of pictures. They use Facebook to post their video. Facebook engineer Kannan Muthukkaruppan wrote last November that Its messaging infrastructure handles more than 350 million users sending 15 billion person-to-person messages per month. Its chat service supports more than 300 million users who send over 120 billion messages per month.Facebook’s Frank Frankovsky tells Fast Company it will focus on better efficiencies in the data center to handle this volume of data. That means better energy management and a resulting decrease in costs. That’s the same open approach as with Open Compute. Their goal is to spur innovation in its core business strengths.HBaseLast Fall, Facebook chose HBase, the Hadoop database over Cassandra and MySQL for its messaging infrastructure, According to Muthukkaruppan, the Facebook engineers found that MySQL could not handle the long tail of data very well. And Cassandra consistency model has proven to be a difficult pattern to reconcile for its new infrastructure. Muthukkaruppan writes that HBase scales better. it has better performance. And they like its feature set:HDFS, the underlying filesystem used by HBase, provides several nice features such as replication, end-to-end checksums, and automatic rebalancing. Additionally, our technical teams already had a lot of development and operational expertise in HDFS from data processing with Hadoop. Since we started working on HBase, we’ve been focused on committing our changes back to HBase itself and working closely with the community. The open source release of HBase is what we’re running today.Facebook’s messaging infrastructure gives some insights into the requirements needed to continue scaling Facebook’s data storage. It also shows what we should continue to see from Facebook as it strengthens its infrastructure to differentiate on the application layer.center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting alex williams Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo…last_img read more

Why Sales Results Aren’t Improving

first_imgWhy aren’t sales results improving?Is it because we don’t really know how to improve sales results? Is it because buying behaviors have changed and sales organizations and their salespeople have not responded? Is it because we don’t know how to create value for our clients inside their process, or that our processes and methodologies have not kept time?The truth is, none of these potential causes are to blame for sales results not improving.There are not a lot of unanswered questions when it comes to knowing how to improve sales results. There are plenty of companies and people who are very good at producing that very outcome. The truth about execution is that it is persistence and accountability that create the change.The act of buying has changed. Certainly, there is more information available to buyers, and there are also more options available to them, with markets getting ever more crowded. The process of buying is now so complex as to require greater guidance from salespeople. All this being true, sales organizations and salespeople have changed, many evolving faster than their buyers. The fact that some sales organizations and some salespeople are unaware or unwilling to change is not evidence of a lack of available knowledge.There aren’t too many sales organizations that are unaware of how to serve their clients, uncover their challenges, and create an opportunity. The fact that opportunities are not being created doesn’t mean that sales organizations and salespeople don’t know how to create those opportunities. You have to look somewhere else to see what is missing.If you want to know why sales results aren’t improving, you have to look to leadership, execution, and accountability. You have to look to training, development, coaching, and personal and professional growth. To find what is missing, you have to look deeper than the presenting problem; you have to look at the root cause of the illness. And there, you will find the answer, even if it is painful to look at. Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

a month agoLampard delighted with Chelsea academy after Grimsby victory

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Lampard delighted with Chelsea academy after Grimsby victoryby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFrank Lampard was delighted with Chelsea’s 7-1 win over Grimsby Town to book their place in the Carabao Cup fourth-round.Academy graduates Reece James, Marc Guehi and Billy Gilmour all started, while back-up Michy Batshuayi took his chance by scoring a double.Lampard said: “It was pleasing on a lot of levels. It was not complete. “But I’m pleased some players who have not been playing so many minutes played, some debuts, and the young lads who came on improved the team which was nice. It’s nice to get that first home win.”I thought Gilmour ran the game from midfield, and Guehi was solid. They’ve been outstanding this year.”And the young subs showed how comfortable they are on the ball. Now the hard work starts to get in the team regularly.”It says a lot about the academy, and nights like this give the opportunity to mix the team up and give them a chance, it gives good recognition to the academy.” last_img read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

first_imgAurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Health care. Down 26 cents, or 3.64 per cent, to $6.88 on 12.5 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Industrials. Up nine cents, or 4.81 per cent to $1.96 on 10.4 million shares.Kinross Gold Corp. (TSX:K). Gold. Up 35 cents, or 9.07 per cent, to $4.21 on 8.7 million shares.Enbridge Inc. (TSX:ENB). Energy. Down 55 cents, or 1.3 per cent, to $41.89, on 8.6 million shares.Premier Gold Mines Ltd. (TSX:PG). Gold. Up 15 cents, or 10 per cent, to $1.64 on 8.5 million shares.Aphria Inc. (TSX:APHA). Health care. Down 22 cents, or 3.03 per cent, to $7.04 on 7.6 million shares. The Canadian Press Some of the most active companies traded Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (14,141.77, down 122.29 points).center_img Companies reporting major news:BlackBerry Ltd. (TSX:BB). Up 29 cents or 2.9 per cent to $10.22. Blackberry’s stock rose Thursday after the company’s third-quarter revenue and profit beat analyst estimates, with growth coming from its software and services business. The Waterloo, Ont.,-based technology company earned US$59 million in net income for the quarter ended Nov. 30, up from a loss of US$275 million in the same quarter last year. Revenue totalled US$226 million, which was even with last year’s third quarter and up from US$210 million in the second quarter this year.Scotiabank (TSX:BNS). Down 72 cents to $69.22. Scotiabank has signed a deal to sell its pension and related insurance businesses in the Dominican Republic. The Canadian bank says it will sell Scotia Crecer AFP and Scotia Seguros to Grupo Rizek. Financial terms of the deal were not immediately available, but Scotiabank says the transaction is not financially material to the bank.last_img read more

Sensex snaps 4-day winning streak, drops 180 pts

first_imgMumbai: Breaking its four-day rising streak, the BSE Sensex dropped about 180 points Wednesday on profit booking and forecast of below-normal monsoon this year. Despite a strong rally in global equities, Indian market failed to sustain at lifetime highs led by losses in oil and gas, telecom, metal and healthcare stocks. After swinging nearly 450 points, the 30-share Sensex settled 179.53 points, or 0.46 per cent lower at 38,877.12. The broader NSE Nifty too pared early gains and ended 69.25 points, or 0.59 per cent, down at 11,643.95. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal Benchmark indices gave up all the early gains and ended in red after Skymet predicted below normal monsoon for this year, said Sunil Sharma, Chief Investment Officer, Sanctum Wealth Management. “This news comes just a day before RBI is expected to cut rates by 25 bps and adopt a pro-growth stance. However, expectation of poor rainfall and already slow economic growth alongside subdued inflation may pressurise RBI to go for a higher rate cut, thus surprising the street positively,” Sharma added. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost The RBI’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) is holding a three-day meeting between April 2 – 4 for the first policy statement for 2019-20. SBI was the biggest loser in the Sensex pack, shedding 2.40 per cent, followed by Yes Bank, Bharti Airtel, L&T, Sun Pharma, M&M, ICICI Bank, ONGC, RIL, Asian Paints, Vedanta and HUL, which lost up to 2.37 per cent. On the other hand, Maruti, HCL Tech, HDFC, Tata Steel, PowerGrid, Hero MotoCorp and TCS ended with gains of up to 2.78 per cent. Sectorally, the BSE oil and gas, telecom, capital goods, energy and healthcare indices fell up to 2.06 per cent. Broader indices too ended in the red, with the BSE Midcap and Smallcap slipping up to 0.87 per cent. Meanwhile, foreign institutional investors (FIIs) remained net buyers in the capital markets, putting in Rs 543.36 crore Tuesday, while domestic institutional investors (DIIs) sold equities to the tune of Rs 437.70 crore, provisional data available with stock exchanges showed. In Asia, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng jumped 1.22 per cent, Korea’s Kospi rose 1.20 per cent, Japan’s Nikkei ended 0.97 per cent higher and Shanghai Composite Index gained 1.24 per cent. In Europe, Frankfurt’s DAX was up 1.33 per cent, Paris CAC 40 rose 0.74 per cent, while London’s FTSE slipped 0.04 per cent in early deals. The benchmark Brent crude futures rose 0.53 per cent to USD 69.74 per barrel. Meanwhile, the rupee appreciated 30 paise to 68.44 against the US dollar intra-day.last_img read more