Samardzija’s uneven line highlights disastrous inning of Giants’ blowout loss

first_imgClick here if you are having trouble viewing the slideshow on a mobile device.SAN FRANCISCO — A disaster. A train wreck. A debacle.However you choose to describe the second inning for the Giants on Wednesday, there was no way for the club to overcome a serious of brutal miscues against the Atlanta Braves in a 9-2 loss.Giants right-hander Jeff Samardzija tallied an error, a wild pitch and two home runs allowed, but Samardzija was not charged with any earned runs in a six-run second inning for …last_img

Yahoo’s $100 Million Ad Campaign: It’s You!

first_imgdana oshiro 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Early this morning Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz rang the NASDAQ opening bell in honor of her efforts at New York’s Advertising week. Said Bartz, “Yahoo is where half a billion people come every month. They come to be entertained, they come to be informed, they come to talk to their friends and their business associates. In other words, Yahoo is the center of people’s lives. That is what we are.” Bartz’s words are significant as the company is expected to unveil a $100 million dollar “It’s You!” campaign tomorrow morning. According to the Wallstreet Journal the campaign focuses on “personalization and how Yahoo can help people navigate all their services and information online”. Judging by the fact that the article goes on to describe the campaign’s font consistencies, it appears very little beyond the campaign aesthetic has been leaked to eager New Yorkers. Last month ReadWriteWeb covered a number of Yahoo updates to Mail, Search and Messenger. The most notable items appear to be the ability to monitor friends and status updates from a single dashboard. Being the singular entry-point for multiple services including Flickr, Mail and Messenger is likely to be a major facet of the Yahoo campaign. Nevertheless, while the company remains a leading advertising and email player, critics argue that these recent life streaming features do not offer the same ease of use as sites like Facebook and Friendfeed. It will be interesting to see if the new campaign can convince users to stay within the Yahoo ecosystem for all of their communications and business needs. Photo Credit: Franco Follini Related Posts Tags:#web#Yahoo center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

Those Contributing to the Demise of LinkedIn

first_imgEvery day I open LinkedIn to find messages waiting for me. Invariably, these messages are from people who recently asked me to connect with them. Within milliseconds of my accepting their invitation, they have pasted the text of a pitch into their browser hit send.Connect and PitchThe messages are all the same, even when sent from different people, in different companies, selling different products and services. They begin by expressing their gratitude for the connection. Then they offer to help me with my business, it being rare that they know what my business is. A good many believe that I need B2B appointment-setters, help growing a coaching business, social media marketing support, translation services, or help developing applications for the web.Let’s set aside the fact that they have created no value for me, nor have they engaged me in such a way that I might be willing to explore doing something different during a conversation. The long description of their product and service offerings are not going to compel cold prospects to engage with them or schedule a meeting. Speaking of scheduling a meeting, almost all of these notes include a link where I can schedule myself on their busy calendar (just for fun, click on one of the links and you’ll get some idea as to how well this approach is working; you will have no trouble finding a time they are available to meet with you).Spray and Pray and SpamThe social selling crowd will tell you that one of the primary rules for effective use of the social tools is “don’t sell.” I tease them about calling something “social selling” when the first rule is “don’t sell.” Their advice here is sound, and it should be followed as if it is the first of the rules of effective use of LinkedIn (and other social tools).The approach that we might call “connect and pitch” isn’t a good or professional approach to selling. It also isn’t an effective way to sell, even though I have heard friends say it must work or they would stop doing it, which one might challenge by looking at how many salespeople and organizations do the same thing with email, mistakenly believing the efficiency of an email trumps the effectiveness of other approaches.Spamming people on LinkedIn, and that is what this approach amounts to, is not the best way to use the tools.Most of us on LinkedIn understand the power of a large network. With more connections, you can see deeper into the network. Even more important, more connections means me people can find you.As salespeople, we pay for the sins of salespeople in the past. The negative connotation around the word “sales” sticks, even though most salespeople wouldn’t know how to pressure someone to buy, nor would they try. The more people use the platform poorly, the less valuable it becomes.It may be time that we ask them to stop.last_img read more

Montego Bay Transport Centre to Be Renovated

first_img The renovation and rehabilitation works will include the repair of the centre’s perimeter fence and surface outlay; the establishment of user-friendly commercial structures, and shelters for commuters; improvements in the bathroom facilities and security posts; and the implementation of adequate lighting. Commuters, owners and operators of public passenger vehicles (PPV) in Montego Bay will begin to see improvements in the transportation centre, at the start of the new fiscal year.The complex is to be renovated as part of a joint stakeholder effort to bring the facility back to an acceptable condition in keeping with its critical role in the development of the city of Montego Bay.The first phase of the renovation is projected to commence in the next 60 days and is expected to cost an estimated $40 million, which will be funded from the budget of the Transport Authority.The renovation and rehabilitation works will include the repair of the centre’s perimeter fence and surface outlay; the establishment of user-friendly commercial structures, and shelters for commuters; improvements in the bathroom facilities and security posts; and the implementation of adequate lighting.The announcement was made by the Minister of Transport and Mining, the Hon. Lester ‘Mike’ Henry on Friday, (February 23) at a media briefing held at the transport centre on Barnett Street, St. James.He said the work forms part of the Ministry’s thrust to addressing the social decay which has led to the breakdown of the transportation system over the years.“Considering the physical decay of the transport centre over many years, the consequent exposure of its users to the elements and other challenges like security compromises, and the resultant widespread and disregard from PPV operators of the requirement to operate from the centre, as their licence dictates, it is good for me to be able to bring about a collective solution to the problems, working with the people on the ground,” he said.The Minister also stressed that a coordinated approach will have to be taken to ensure that those who have not been utilizing the park will be attracted to use the facilities. Story Highlights Commuters, owners and operators of public passenger vehicles (PPV) in Montego Bay will begin to see improvements in the transportation centre, at the start of the new fiscal year.center_img Meanwhile, Mayor of Montego Bay, Mr. Homer Davis has committed to partnering with the Ministry to improve the bus park, which he says has outgrown itself over the years and has led to a number of challenges, such as illegal parking and indiscipline behaviour among taxi operators. This he says will be achieved through the improvements being made to the park, along with widespread public education.He also said that the new Road Traffic Bill will create opportunities for the improvement of social standards.“We recognize that only 25 percent of the population own cars; therefore 75 percent of the people have to rely on public transport to get them in a connected element, to get them to a point in time for work and if we don’t deliver them in time for work, where they have travelled in some comfort and safety, then they can’t be productive,” Mr Henry stated.For his part, Joseph Shoucair, Chairman of the Transport Authority called on the private sector to invest in the development of transport centres in major urban areas in the country.“It is not a secret that the government of Jamaica has lacked the resources over the years to build out parks as required and to the standard required, but we have decided that the time has come for us to address the problem,” he stated“We will in due course engage the private sector and try to encourage them to build, own and operate bus parks. With our start in Montego Bay, we intend to set the standard that we expect to be followed throughout the island,” he added.Meanwhile, Mayor of Montego Bay, Mr. Homer Davis has committed to partnering with the Ministry to improve the bus park, which he says has outgrown itself over the years and has led to a number of challenges, such as illegal parking and indiscipline behaviour among taxi operators.last_img read more