A’s pitcher gets first shot at redemption this spring training

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A’s pitcher gets first shot at redemption this spring training

first_imgMost teams would have been crawling all over each other to get their hands on Bridwell after his 2017 season. He went 10-3 with a 3.64 ERA over 20 starts that year and was emerging as a promising fixture in the … MESA, Ariz. — It’s tough when nobody wants you.Parker Bridwell was told he was no longer wanted four times this offseason. The Yankees didn’t want him. The Angels didn’t want him, twice. Even the A’s placed him on waivers shortly after claiming him. Proof baseball can be a cold game.last_img read more

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Feeding Farmers Week 3 – Watson Farms, Sandusky County

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Week number three of Feeding Farmers, courtesy of AgriGold, took the Ohio Ag Net crew to Watson Farms in northern Ohio on the Sandusky-Seneca County line.The family operation is headed up by Dusten Watson. He took over in recent years after his dad Lee handed down the keys to the next generation, something he plans to do himself down the road. The farm also recently brought on the full-time employee Joe Ringholz.They’ve experienced a unique planting season. Some much needed rain this past Thursday was “a godsend.” Dusten did say that they should’ve stayed home with regard to planting on May 9th as everything put in the field that day had to be replanted.Ty Higgins talks more about the farm in the video below.last_img read more

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The Innovative Power Of Fiction For Entrepreneurs

first_imgWhat Nobody Teaches You About Getting Your Star… alan s cohen “The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing.”– Jack Kerouac, On The RoadAlthough I have worked in tech for more than two decades, I did not start there. After graduating college at the tender age of 20, I moved to Vermont, bursting with a plan to write a novel. It was my first unsuccessful venture. The project, as we say in the Valley, never made it to general availability. The beta was poor and the founder threw in the towel.But I gained many benefits from this experience that proved extremely useful in future, more successful entrepreneurial endeavors. Living in a creative discipline – writing, painting, sculpting, music, performance, etc. – forces you to look at the world as a blank canvas every day. It requires you to rely on the power of your imagination from a cold start. Isn’t that exactly what great startup founders do? A blank page screams “create and invent.” The failure mode of an artist is creating a poor copy of another one.From Darwin To DenialMy colleague Geoff Moore captured how companies innovate at each phase of their lifecycle in his book, Dealing with Darwin. With the greatest respect for the brilliant taxonomy he bequeathed to the tech industry (crossing the chasm), I would argue the most powerful innovation elixir for any company is not dealing with Darwin, but dealing with denial.Merriam Webster defines denial as a “negation in logic, ” and the greatest innovations are all about some kind of denial of reality, swimming against the tide of business logic or established engineering practices. Some of the greatest denial plays in the past few years worked against clear statements of logic – and here are five paraphrase of those propositions, along with the resulting winners and losers:“Computers and smartphones need keyboards and tapping on glass is a poor substitute”: +1 Apple -1 Blackberry.“Open source is not secure or robust enough for the Enterprise”: +1 Linux -1 Microsoft.“People will never pay $3-$4 for a cup of coffee”: +1 Starbucks -1 Dunkin Donuts, diners.“All my software must run behind my firewall”: +1 Salesforce.com -1 enterprise software vendors.“To guarantee performance and security, you must use specialized hardware such as custom ASICs:” +1 Intel, Broadcom, VMware -1 dozens of dead or dying systems companies.Finding Innovation In FictionI have a simple suggestion for the venture-inclined: crack open a novel. The more “out there,” the better. While Thomas Pynchon’s Gravity’s Rainbow or James Joyce’s Finnegan’s Wake might be a bit much to chew, find something than takes you to a different time, a different place or a different character than what you are comfortable with. Read anything by Isaac Asimov or Don DeLillo and then write a business plan.The gravity that comes with running a business can overwhelm our ability to look at something as a blank slate on which we impose our imagination. Maintaining an existing revenue stream weighs heavily upon our ability to transform technology or tinker with a successful business model. That’s why a big storage company did not build Box or DropBox, or a photography giant did not build Pinterest. How did Amazon build the greatest Infrastructure-as-a-Service company, AWS? My theory: It was already selling more novels than anyone else.Novels, Not MoviesWhile movies offer a great escape from reality, they are short stories for the mind, not novels. You need to think about reading (or writing) fiction as a software simulator for your mind.University of Toronto professor and psychology researcher Keith Oatley ,in his recent book Such Stuff as Dreams: The Psychology of Fiction, has done the research to support this logic. It’s true folks: Reading fiction helps by removing the denial that drains our imaginations. The ability to shift your thinking beyond simply accepting the conventional wisdom is frequently a key success factor in building an innovative company.When I was deciding whether to join my last startup, I was initially deeply skeptical about the viability of its technology. After the usual backdoor explorations with customers, one thing that got me past my technical concerns was an encounter of another sort. At the time, my son was reading Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 for school and I snagged it after he was done. The book inspired me to remember how the power of an idea can upset a well-established order against tremendous odds.So here is a thought: Instead of the afternoon coffee break, maybe our teams need a story break to step away from the drudgery and overwhelming flow of information flowing across our screens. Yes, exercise and down time is important. But maybe it’s time we suggest spending 20-30 minutes with Richard Russo or Cynthia Ozick. Let’s tune up everyone’s ability to deny reality. Tags:#Entrepreneurs#startups How to Get Started in China and Have Successcenter_img How OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culture Related Posts China and America want the AI Prize Title: Who …last_img read more

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RAND Corporation Webinar: Hidden Heroes – America’s Military Caregivers

first_imgRajeev Ramchand, Ph.D., Senior Behavioral Scientist and Terri Tanielian, MA, Senior Social Research Analyst from RAND will present findings from the study and highlight:The size and makeup of the military caregiver populationDifferences between caregivers who support pre-9/11 and post-9/11 service membersThe burdens experienced as a result of performing caregiving dutiesGaps in services and supportsRecommendations for providing better support for military and veteran caregivers now and in the future. Continuing Education Credit1.00 Continuing Education credit hour will be available through the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) to credentialed participants. Note: The following states do not accept national CE approval programs and require individual program/provider application processes: California, Michigan, North Carolina, and West Virginia. For more information on how to receive credit go to the event page. Join us this month as we host our FREE military caregiving professional development webinar, featuring presenters from the RAND Corporation. *No registration is required. Webinar BackgroundMilitary caregivers play an essential role in caring for injured or wounded service members and veterans. Yet playing this role can impose a substantial physical, emotional, and financial toll on caregivers. This presentation will provide an overview of RAND’s recent study that examined the magnitude of military caregiving in the United States and assessed the array of policies, programs and services available to support the men and women who render this care. Date: June 19, 2014Time: 11:00 am EasternLocation: Hidden Heroes: America’s Military Caregiverslast_img read more

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No remedy if someone set on blaming outfits: UP CM

first_imgFaced with the charge of right-wing activists repeatedly taking the law into their own hands in Uttar Pradesh, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Friday said there is “no remedy if someone makes up his mind” to blame a particular outfit.Mr. Adityanath was responding to questions by reporters about the lynching of a Muslim man in Bulandshahr that was allegedly carried out by Hindu Yuva Vahini (HYV) activists, and the Saharanpur clash in which an MP and a senior police official were injured.Mr. Adityanath founded HYV in April 2002.‘No discrimination’The CM was also asked why his warnings on the law-and-order front are not having the desired impact.“There is no remedy if someone makes up his mind that he has to blame a particular outfit… The victims have already stated that not one outfit but dispute among themselves was the cause of the incidents,” the CM said.“I can say with confidence that everyone will be safe in the State without any discrimination and rule of law is the priority of the government,” he said.In Saharanpur, local MP Raghav Lakhanpal Sharma, a senior police officer and several others were injured in stone pelting between members of two communities during a rally on April 20 to mark Ambedkar Jayanti.In Sohi village of Bulandshahr, a man was beaten to death by right-wing activists on May 2 after an inter-faith couple eloped. On Thursday, UP police’s press statement said that HYV activists were allegedly involved in the lynching incident.Regretting the State’s poor ranking in the ‘Swachh Survekshan-2017’, with only Varanasi figuring in the list of 100 clean cities, Mr. Adityanath said that nine of the 15 most dirty districts are in Uttar Pradesh.last_img read more

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Hygiene issue at Games Village to be sorted out in 2 days: CWG OC

first_imgThe Commonwealth Games Organising Committee treasurer A K Mattoo on Tuesday admitted that there are concerns about hygiene and cleanliness at the Games Village but promised to sort out all the mess within the next 36 hours.Mattoo said there was no cause for worry as Organising Committee officials are working round the clock to take care of any problem and the athletes will have no complaints during their stay in the Village.”We are sorry for the inconvenience. What has happened, perhaps the level of cleanliness was not adhered to or not provided. But it’s a huge area known to various people and there could have been certain shortcomings. We ensure you that we will make up for any deficiency that exists within the next two days,” Mattoo said.”I have led this country on a number of occasions as a chef-de-mission and I’m aware of the expectations of a contingent. So these are things which need to be looked into.OC has taken due care to address all the issues connected with the upkeep of the Village,” Mattoo told an English news channel.The organisers of the Games on Tuesday came under scathing criticism from the Commonwealth Games Federation chief Mike Fennell who called the Athletes’ Village “filthy and unlivable” and bluntly told them to sort out the mess within 24 hours.Mattoo said the organisers had set September 23 as the deadline for the Games Village and the arena will be ready in the next 36 hours.”Give us two days, hopefully it doesn’t rain further, we should be in a position to say that satisfaction level of the athletes have been fully met,” he said.advertisementMinister of State for Urban Development, Saugata Roy, said that there have been too many lapses in the preparation for the Games and the responsibility lies with the empowered Group of Ministers (GoM), formed to take all necessary decisions for the smooth conduct of the event.”There have been too many lapses. These incidents (collapse of foot over bridge), this unpreparedness (filthy and unlivable Games Village) speak ills of the country. Empowered GoM do have to share responsibility for all this. They were meeting every week and did nothing much. NDMC is liable for foot over bridge collapse, DDA is responsible if Games Village is not ready,” Roy said.”There have been faults, lapses because work on Commonwealth Games started very late. It started only in 2008 and we were awarded the Games way back in 2003,” Roy added.last_img read more

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