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A’s stalwart Eric Chavez looks to manage, as does another ex-A who might surprise you

first_imgYou know you’re getting old when your boys of summer start applying for managerial jobs.Give you a for-instance: According to Bleacher Report, former A’s third baseman Eric Chavez is the leading candidate to become manager of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. As we speak, Mike Scioscia is the Angels skipper, but The Athletic assures us his tenure with the team will sunset along with his 10-year contract at season’s end.If you were an A’s fan in the late 1990s and 2000s, you likely recall …last_img

iPhone 5’s Lightning Connector Is A Bigger Problem Than Apple Thinks

first_imgAmong other things, one of the iPhone’s competitive advantages is the unparalleled ecosystem of – no, not apps – accessories. But the iPhone 5’s new Lightning connector threatens to destroy that advantage.There are only a relatively small number of iPhone models with tens of millions of sales each, and they’ve all shared a common connector since their introduction five years ago. This situation has made easy and lucrative for enterprising businesses to sell everything from cases and chargers to speakers and alarm clocks. Heck, iPhones work with many peripherals originally designed for iPods, further expanding the options.Peripheral Market Is Boon For iPhoneThe availability of all those peripherals, in turn, has helped make the iPhone even more popular. iPhone buyers know that no other phone comes close to enjoying the choices and support that the iPhone has – in cars, in hotel rooms, at airports and everywhere else. By carrying an iPhone instead of a competing phone, they have a much better chance of being able to buy and use supporting infrastructure – which can make a big difference in the overall experience. The iPhone 5’s new Lightning connector threatens all that, and not just for iPhone 5 users.Adapters Not A Universal SolutionSure, Apple will sell $30 adapters to connect iPhone 5s to older iPhone peripherals – and you can look for the peripheral ecosystem to churn out plenty of alternative ways to make that connection.But it’s already clear that the while the adapters may be only a minor annoyance for some add-ons, they won’t work at all with others, including those that require an analog audio signal – video or iPod output.Then there’s the physical issue. While an adapter may work well with cable connections, using it with cradle-type peripherals could be problematic.Real-World ProblemsThis isn’t an abstract problem. In my family, we have at least half a dozen iPhone peripherals: speakers, clocks, stands, car-kits, chargers, and so on. With some, using an adapter should be fine. With others, it may not work at all. And others will be downgraded from elegant, integrated solutions to awkward, flimsy constructions constantly in danger of toppling over and dumping that brand-new expensive phone onto the cold, hard floor.And that’s just my family. “Oh God,” the Wall Street Jounal quotes the CEO of a Dallas-based hotel chain who just bought 600 clock radios with iPhone docks. Now he doesn’t know whether to stick with what he has and stock adapters, or replace the radios with iPhone 5-compatible ones. And what’s the right choice for the 400 new rooms his chain is building?The New York Times, meanwhile, is reporting that “the Lightning connector could be a boon to the hundreds of companies that sell accessories for iPhones and iPads.” Short Run vs. Long RunGreat for them, I guess. And great for Apple, which must make a pretty penny on each $30 adapter manufactured.At least, it’s great in the short run. Over time, though, the incompatible connections may make some potential buyers choose not to upgrade right away because they don’t want to replace their expensive peripherals. And others may feel that losing access to the existing iPhone infrastructure makes the iPhone 5 that much more similar to rivals from Android, Windows Phone 8, and BlackBerry.According to Apple, a new connector was required to make the iPhone 5 thinner and lighter. Certainly laudable goals that will matter a lot of many buyers. But when you look at how hard Apple worked to make sure that existing iPhone apps stayed compatible with the iPhone 5, you have to wonder why the company didn’t pay the same kind of attention to physical compatibility. Tags:#Apple#iPhone#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img fredric paul Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

Are You the Source of Toxicity?

first_img Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now Some people don’t know that they are the source of toxicity within their own company. They don’t recognize that they are the contagion and that they are spreading their own illness.Negativity is the only cancer that spreads by contact. When you express your negativity to others, you are infecting them with your negativity. Most people are susceptible to negativity. Very few of us are immune.The people you interact with already have fears and doubts, they are already battered by a constant stream of fear, negativity, and divisiveness through our media channels. In that environment, your negativity can become the source of toxicity.Cynicism is a derivation of negativity. It’s one of your ego’s ways of protecting itself from being hurt; if you believe deeply and things don’t work out, your image will suffer a blow. It’s easy to be cynical, sarcastic, and snarky. But your cynicism causes others to doubt their belief, and they worry about your judgment. Since you don’t believe, they have doubts.The people you interact with want to believe. They want to do meaningful work, and they want to make a difference. Your cynicism reduces them to something less than they might be.Gossip is negativity, and it makes for a toxic environment. When you confess other people’s sins, you are giving people a preview as to how you are going to speak about them behind their backs. When you invite them to gossip with you, you are inviting them to damage their character. Gossip is a way to bring other people down so that you can feel better about yourself.Gossip is sexy. It takes the focus off the areas where you need to improve by allowing you to believe that someone is somehow worse than you, less than you. That appeal is what allows the infection to spread so easily and so quickly.There is no telling how you might have been infected. But if you have been infected, it’s your job to rid yourself of the disease and to take measures not to infect others. There is no benefit of being the source of toxicity.last_img read more

5 Reasons You Should Never Give Up Pursuing Your Dream Client

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now It can feel like a complete waste of time and energy to pursue one of your dream clients when they are locked down in a contract with one of your competitors. When years and years pass, with no change, it doesn’t seem to make sense to continue to call and ask for a meeting with someone who has never shown the slightest inclination towards changing. Here are five reasons why you should never give up pursuing your dream client.Current Partner Fails: Your competitor may have won the business a long time ago and may have done a tremendous job solving the problem they were hired to solve. They may be doing an outstanding job right now. However, commercial relationships have ups and downs, and if you are not communicating through the ups and downs, you’ll miss the opportunity to have a conversation when they are struggling or failing to produce results.Current Partner Apathy: Over time, it’s possible for your competitor to become apathetic about serving their existing client, your dream client. They were “gung ho” at the beginning, but now they worked with your dream client long enough that they are apathetic about making changes, solving systemic problems, or going the extra mile. You will not know when this happens, in your dream client will not know you’re there to solve their problem if you do not continue to pursue them.Decision-makers Change: At any company, people change jobs and move on. This is true for your dream client as well. Even though the decision-makers that you’ve called on for years have expressed to you they have no intention of changing partners, at some point, some of them will leave their company to pursue a new opportunity or retire. You can monitor these things on the social channels, but to make sure that you know when changes occur, you must continue to pursue the clients you want most of all.Client Needs Change: Your competitor may have been doing an excellent job for the last 6.5 years. But those 6.5 years are now over, and your dream client may, in fact, have new challenges, new opportunities, and the new needs that accompany them. Your competitor may or may not be able to help them with those new needs. You want to be known before this happens. You make that unlikely or impossible if you give up on your dream client.Persistence Pays: Persistence pays off over time. It’s an installment plan. When your competitor has your dream client locked down, persistence matters most of all. You don’t expect to win this week. You don’t even expect to win this quarter. But you are future-oriented, and you are playing the longest of long games with the most important prospects in your territory. When there is a change in circumstances or events that trigger some new need, you want to be known, and you want to be someone who has persisted long enough to have earned the right to be considered as a potential replacement for your dream clients existing partner. You are already going to spend part of your week nurturing your dream clients. You are also going to be prospecting, doing the work to create new opportunities. Even though your attempts to communicate with your dream client may be less frequent, they should be no less persistent than your efforts to create opportunities in what you might consider being warmer leads and easier clients in which to create opportunities.Note: If you are new here you may not know what a dream client is. It’s a client who will perceive what you do as massive value and will allow you to capture some of the value that you create. They are unlike regular prospects, and the fact that winning one makes a significant difference to you and your company, and it makes a considerable difference to your dream client.last_img read more

Things to know about these most-international NBA Finals

first_imgView comments His first four trips to the finals pitted him against Cleveland, not far from Akron, Ohio — where he and LeBron James both were born. Toronto has even more direct ties than Cleveland does for Curry; his wife Ayesha was born and raised in Toronto until she was 14, and his father Dell Curry played for the Raptors. So Stephen Curry lived in Toronto for a bit, and went to school there.“A lot of family history,” Stephen Curry said.The finals will be aired in 215 countries, three Canadian networks will air the series live (one of them in French), and broadcasters speaking in 50 different languages will work the games. There are a half-dozen networks from Australia, Estonia, Hong Kong and New Zealand airing the finals for the first time.More of what to know going into this series:FAREWELL, ORACLEADVERTISEMENT DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?01:08Huge Toronto crowd celebrates Raptors’ historic win02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss This year’s playoff pool was $21,676,510, which all 16 postseason teams shared. No playoff team got less than $323,506. Milwaukee got the most, by far, of any non-finals team — after finishing with the NBA’s best record and reaching the Eastern Conference finals, the Bucks will share $2,516,774.SECOND TO ONEGolden State is in the finals for the fifth consecutive year. That’s the second-longest such streak in NBA history, only to Boston’s run of 10 consecutive appearances from 1957 through 1966.Boston (this time in 1984 through 1987, separate from the 10-straight streak), Miami (2011-2014), Cleveland (2015-2018) and the Los Angeles Lakers (1982-1985) had all reached the finals in four consecutive seasons.FINISHING STRONGEven with the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference locked up, the Raptors finished the regular season with a flourish — winning seven of their last eight games.This was why.A 58-24 record meant the Raptors finished a game ahead of Golden State’s 57-25 mark, and that’s why Game 1 of this series is in Toronto.A good omen for the Raptors: Under the current playoff format, teams with home-court advantage in the NBA Finals have ultimately prevailed 26 out of 35 times.‘NOVA NATION Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Toronto Raptors’ Pascal Siakam smiles during practice for the NBA Finals in Toronto on Wednesday, May 29, 2019. Game 1 of the NBA Finals between the Raptors and Golden State Warriors is Thursday in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)TORONTO — Sometime in the next couple weeks, either the Toronto Raptors or Golden State Warriors will proclaim themselves to be world champions.They won’t be true “world” champions, of course.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess PBA D-League: Even with just 7 players, CEU stuns Go for Gold to enter semis PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue So the 2019 finals started earlier than has been the norm.That doesn’t mean they’ll be over early. If they go the distance, they’ll end on June 17 — nine days later than last season’s final game.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting But these NBA Finals have a very distinct international feel.Game 1 of the series on Thursday night is in Canada, the first time a finals game will be played outside the U.S. Raptors President Masai Ujiri was born in Nigeria. There are players from eight different countries — the U.S., along with Canada (Chris Boucher), Spain (Marc Gasol), Britain (OG Anunoby), Cameroon (Pascal Siakam), Congo (Serge Ibaka), Australia (Andrew Bogut) and Sweden (Jonas Jerebko).FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“It says a lot that the first NBA Finals outside of America is being played here,” Ujiri said. “Maybe one day it will be real ‘world champions’ or something, but this is what we dream of.”It’s even a homecoming of sorts for Warriors guard Stephen Curry, again. MOST READ Game 4 or Game 6 of this series will be the last time the Warriors call Oracle Arena home. The team is moving from Oakland to the new Chase Center in San Francisco next season.The Warriors have played more than 2,000 games at Oracle, and since this run of NBA Finals appearances began when Steve Kerr took over as coach five years ago they are a staggering 218-40 in their soon-to-be-former home building.“You cannot tell the story of professional basketball without including Oracle,” said ESPN analyst Mark Jackson, a former Warriors coach. “Those fans have been incredibly loyal from the beginning to the end. … As a former coach, as a former player coming into that building, as an analyst, it’s as good as it gets.”STILL WAITINGWith Toronto now in the finals for the first time, that means there are only six active franchises that still haven’t been to the championship series.The Los Angeles Clippers, Charlotte Hornets, Denver Nuggets, Minnesota Timberwolves, New Orleans Pelicans and Memphis Grizzlies are still waiting for their first trip to the NBA Finals.MONEY MATTERSThe Warriors and the Raptors are playing for a little bit of money — $1,295,117, to be exact.That’s the difference between winning the finals and losing the finals, at least in terms of the take from the NBA playoff pool.The Warriors are already guaranteed $4,435,312 from the playoff pool; the Raptors have clinched $4,325,888. LATEST STORIES Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport It’s been a long time since a Villanova player won a championship ring, and even longer since a Villanova player actually played in a series where his team won the title.Kyle Lowry is looking to change all that.The Raptors’ point guard — who played for Jay Wright at Villanova — is in the NBA Finals for the first time. He’s looking to be the first Villanova player to win a ring since John Celestand got one with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2000; Celestand didn’t appear in any playoff games that season. The last player from Villanova to actually play in a victorious NBA Finals was Chris Ford with Boston in 1981.Lowry spoke on the eve of Game 1 about the lessons he learned from Wright that still apply.“If you make a mistake, apologize, kind of just accept everything,” Lowry said. “Accept everything as a man and bounce back from it. If anything negative, just bounce back, take it and keep going. I think those are the things that stick with me today. I never shy from anything, I never shy from negative criticism, constructive criticism, I take it all, I understand it, learn from it, digest it and move on.”RECORD CHASINGStephen Curry already has the NBA Finals record for most 3-pointers made in a career, with 98. He enters this series with 247 attempted 3s in his finals appearances, four shy of tying LeBron James for the most in NBA history.And while not a record, here is an odd stat: If Shaun Livingston makes his first shot of these finals, he’ll pass Wilt Chamberlain and move into fourth place on the NBA Finals all-time shooting percentage list.STARTING EARLYThe May 30 start date for these finals is the earliest for the NBA’s title series since 1986, when the Houston-Boston matchup began on May 26. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFPlast_img read more

Korea Lines Orders Two Bulkers

first_imgzoom Korea Lines Corporation, part of Samra Midas Group, has announced an investment in two 325,000 dwt bulk carriers.The company would be paying KRW 184.8 billion (USD 164 million) for the two ships.According to Yonhap, Hyundai Heavy Industries has been hired for the construction of the two ships, which are scheduled to be delivered in 2020.Korea Lines said the investment was triggered by a 25-year transportation contract with an undisclosed party.The company has been linked earlier to a time charter deal with Brazilian mining company Vale, which was said to be hiring 30 Valemax newbuilds from seven different shipping companies.The companies in question include Chinese joint venture between ICBC Leasing and China Merchants, Pan Ocean, H Line Shipping, SK Shipping, and Polaris Shipping.South Korean Polaris Shipping has already ordered 15 325,000 dwt dry bulk carriers from Hyundai Heavy Industries to support the deal and will be paying USD 1.2 bn for the new ships.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more