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Brett Anderson delivers, Athletics win fourth straight against New York Yankees

first_imgNEW YORK — The A’s came to Yankee Stadium and took an 8-2 win on Friday night, extending Oakland’s win streak against the Yankees to four games this season.Brett Anderson’s sinker velocity looked to be up a few ticks. According to Statcast he was hitting 94-93 mph a couple times, up from his 91 mph average. He finished the night with six innings, allowing two runs on a fielder’s choice and a double play.Jurickson Profar hit a home run off C.C. Sebathia from the right side, giving the A’s an …last_img read more

Music Companies Won’t Play Ball With Apple – Gee, I Wonder Why?

first_imgApple wants to roll out a streaming music service like Pandora, reports The New York Times, but can’t get it done because the music companies are dragging their heels.Funny old world, isn’t it? Apple used iTunes to basically take over the music business, setting prices and dictating terms. And Apple ran roughshod over those record companies, which are still smarting from the rough treatment.Now they’re getting their revenge. The longer they drag things out, the more Apple suffers as new rivals grow stronger. The suits in Los Angeles must be loving this.According to the Times: “Apple had once hoped to introduce the radio service around the Grammy Awards in February. But it has been delayed, chiefly by slow progress in licensing negotiations with record companies and with one key publisher, Sony/ATV, which also controls the EMI publishing catalog.”Another issue, according to the New York Post, is that Apple is low-balling the deal, trying to get streaming rights at a rate well below what others pay. Apple is offering 6 cents for every 100 songs streamed. Others pay 12-to-35 cents per 100 songs streamed.Adding to the resentment, I’m sure, is that Apple is sitting on $140 billion in cash, some billions of which were gained by screwing record companies the last time around.Once Bitten…So unpleasant was Apple as a partner that the media business even invented a verb for what Apple did to the music companies – they call it “getting iTuned,” and they’ve vowed not to let it happen to them again.I suspect the same thing is what’s holding up Apple’s push into TV, as movie and TV guys saw what Apple did to the music business and would like very much to avoid that happening to them, thank you very much.Last fall I had an interesting conversation with an influential player in the TV and movie production business, who explained the fear and loathing with which Apple is viewed in Hollywood.Part of the problem, he told me, is that the video guys all saw what happened to the music guys after they got in bed with Apple. But also, “Steve Jobs came down here and did meetings in Hollywood, talking to people who’ve been in this business for 25 years, and he told these guys, `You’re all a bunch of idiots. You’re dinosaurs.’ The response from the Hollywood guys was, `Go [email protected] yourself.’” As far as Hollywood is concerned, “Apple is scary. Steve Jobs was scary. There’s a fear of empowering Apple. No one here has a vested interest in helping to build that up. It’s a scary time, and do you really want an 800-pound gorilla controlling your pricing?”An Analog ModelThe larger problem with iTunes is that it’s really, essentially, an analog business model. Apple didn’t really do anything revolutionary. It just “paved the cowpath,” meaning it took the same business model that people had used in the analog world and created a digital knock-off. Just like you used to buy vinyl records, and then CDs, now you went online and bought an album or a song, and now you “owned” them and added them to your “collection” which you had to manage on a computer. You can argue that Apple did something a little bit revolutionary by letting customers buy a single song rather than an entire album. Fair enough.But iTunes is still a model in which you buy music. The whole thing is about replicating the experience that Steve Jobs had as a kid buying vinyl records, even down to getting the album art. As many others have pointed out, once you start using Spotify (in my case) or any of the other new music-streaming services, you don’t really want to go back to iTunes. And you don’t need to.Apple has a problem. It bullied those content guys in Los Angeles, and now those guys are getting their revenge.Image courtesy of Reuters. 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout dan lyons Related Posts 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…center_img 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Tags:#Apple#iTunes#Pandora#spotify#streaming music last_img

Petrojam to Launch Graduate Internship Programme

first_imgPetrojam’s Graduate Internship Programme will be officially launched on February 5 by Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining (STEM), Hon. Phillip Paulwell.The programme, to be launched at the Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston, will give Jamaica’s brightest young scientists and those interested in the field, an opportunity to gain valuable hands on experience in the field.According to the Minister, the project provides an excellent platform to bolster the long-term goals of Petrojam, by expanding and upgrading its operations and having a cadre of competent scientists with the requisite skill set to choose from.“As a Ministry, we are focusing on Science and Technology and innovation, and we have to continue to play a leading role in the training component of our people. This [programme] is a part of the training that we’re putting in place, which will enable us to have our people properly trained. It will also enable us, in our other objectives, of finding oil and gas in and around Jamaica, because they will have the competence,” he told JIS News.He explained that persons to be chosen for the programme come from all across Jamaica, and have demonstrated certain levels of aptitude and possess the requisite attitude, adding that the Ministry wants to encourage them to remain in Jamaica to enhance their skills and deploy those skills within the employ of the Government and in particular, Petrojam. Mr. Paulwell noted that one key component that should ensure the success of the programme is the collaboration with the Ministry of Education, while adding that the Minister has been very encouraging.“The Ministry of Education started with us at the first step. We were able to provide the resources and with their support, we are now at this point where we can launch this graduation project,” he said.last_img read more

Police searching for two woman involved in armed confrontation at 99 Cents

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: January 4, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A shoplifting incident escalated into an armed confrontation last month at a San Diego discount store, and police Thursday sought the public’s help to locate two female suspects in the case, including one who allegedly held a gun to a store employee’s head before he tackled her and wrestled away the firearm.Police identified the suspects as 25-year-old Ariel Burrus and 22-year- old Irene Lee. The two were allegedly trying to steal several items on Dec. 13 from the Savers 99 Cents Store in the 4100 block of University Avenue when a store employee confronted them and blocked the store’s exit.The employee demanded that Lee show him what she was trying to steal, but both women were uncooperative, San Diego police robbery unit Lt. Eric Hays said.Burrus tried shoving her way past the employee, but was unsuccessful,” Hays said. “Burrus then pulled out a small caliber revolver from the back of her waistband and pointed it at the back of the employee’s head … cocked back the hammer and said `let us go.”’The employee instead turned and tackled Burrus to the ground while taking the revolver from her, Hays said. Lee tried kicking the employee while he tangled with Burrus on the ground, and the combative woman on the ground demanded the gun back, but the employee grasped the firearm until both women fled.Burrus allegedly told the employee that she would come back and kill him, Hays said.Lee is black, roughly 5 feet 8 and 130 pounds. Burrus is black, 5 feet 4, 140 pounds, with a shaved head.Investigators identified the two women from evidence left at the scene and asked anyone who knows their whereabouts to call the SDPD’s Robbery Unit at (619) 531-2299, San Diego County Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477 or contact the agency online at sdcrimestoppers.org. Tipsters may remain anonymous and could be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. January 4, 2018center_img , Police searching for two woman involved in armed confrontation at 99 Cents Storelast_img

Art goes earthy

first_imgCombining handlooms and handicrafts, organic  and natural products, performances and workshops into a magic hand-crafted 12 days, the annual Dastkar Nature Bazaar is a loved and looked forward to event. The 120 plus stalls combine cutting edge design with centuries old traditions.  The Bazaar will begin on 6 November and continue till the 16 at the capital’s Nature Bazaar Venue, Andheria Modh.Dastkar currently works with over 500 different producer groups and impacts the lives of 80,000 artisans, many of them women who entered the urban marketplace for the first time through Dastkar. Dastkar Nature 2014 brings together more than 120 craft groups, NGOs and small producer groups, and designers.  The techniques and products of  South and North, East and West – and of course the wonderful tribal and textile crafts of Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh are all represented here – given a new contemporary avatar. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Nature Bazaar cannot be complete without a Nature’s  theme and this year’s theme is The Cow – The nurturer, the protective and dutiful mother who is so deeply rooted in our traditions and hearts. In this celebration of the cow, you will find your most loved products, and the hands that crafted them- each skill and master craftsman as our provider since ancient times. Along with textiles from all over India, one can also find stylish woven rugs from Rajasthan or dhurries from Uttar Pradesh. There will also be furniture and home decor objects in the Bazaar. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe Dastkar Nature Bazaars have been going for over 20 years now, and symbolize everything Dastkar believes in – natural materials, inspiration from the beauty and variety of flora and fauna, eco-friendly production systems, creativity, culture, and craft. And of course, a common platform where rural craftspeople and urban customers can meet, mingle and exchange ideas and experiences with each other.  Where: Nature Bazaar Venue, Andheria Modh,  (Near Chattarpur metro) When: 6 to 17 Novemberlast_img read more

Using colours of life through art

first_imgIndian monuments, forts, and religious structures bear ample proof of the richness of Indian art from time immemorial and this is both diverse and fascinating.The origin of Indian art, in fact has its roots from the pre-historic era. Since then, it has evolved in myriad forms. The art works of this country – paintings, sculptures, and even traditional arts like Rangoli, have always been highly appreciated globally. India also celebrates art and culture and acknowledges the work of budding talents at larger platforms.  Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe Embassy of Hungary, New Delhi and The Hungarian Information Cultural center presents “Life and Evolution”, an art exhibition by an inspiring artist, Meher Juneja. The Hungarian Ambassador, Gyula Petho will be inaugurating the exhibition in the presence of Guest of Honour DP Sibal- a noted eminent artist himself. Meher takes inspiration from life and establishes her thoughts in the form of beautiful paintings. The detailing of her art works exhibits the depth and uniqueness in her art, which makes her paintings distinctive and different from others. Her work shows tremendous detailing and uniqueness which makes her paintings distinctive and different. Meher uses different mediums to make her paintings captivating and full of fusion of oil pastels, markers, charcoal, and brush pens.  Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe vibrancy of the colours symbolises the beauty of life while the detailing of her work showcases the depth in her art. The black and white form expresses the detailing of the paintings which are connected deeply with life and combined showcase the journey of life. The artist says she is a firm believer of the fact that her positive attitude towards life what makes her what she is. “I believe that positive energies do rebound into our life in some way or the other. I use painting as a medium of expression to let others know what encouragement and constructive thoughts are. I would like to be one day recognized as an artist who spreads positivity through art.  Down the line I see myself as an artist whose work is adored by others for peace. At any point of time in life, peace inside and happiness outside is what is analogous to the euphoria which I would want to attain through my work as an artist and want to spread to others too.”WHERE: Hungarian Cultural CenterWHEN: December 12 – 19Timing: 11AM – 8PMlast_img read more

TriggerMesh announces open source Knative Lambda Runtime AWS Lambda functions can now

first_img“We believe that the key to enabling cloud native applications, is to provide true portability and communication across disparate cloud infrastructure.”Mark Hinkle, co-founder of TriggerMesh Yesterday, TriggerMesh- the open source multi-cloud service management platform- announced their open source project ‘Knative Lambda Runtime’ (TriggerMesh KLR). KLR will bring AWS Lambda serverless computing to Kubernetes which will enable users to run Lambda functions on Knative-enabled clusters and serverless clouds. Amazon Web Services’ ( AWS) Lambda for serverless computing can only be used on AWS and not on another cloud platform. TriggerMesh KLR changes the game completely as now, users can avail complete portability of Amazon Lambda functions to Knative native enabled clusters, and Knative enabled serverless cloud infrastructure “without the need to rewrite these serverless functions”. Fun fact: KLR is pronounced as ‘clear’ Features of TriggerMesh Knative Lambda Runtime Knative is a  Google Cloud-led Kubernetes-based platform which can be used to build, deploy, and manage modern serverless workloads. KLR are Knative build templates that can be used to runan AWS Lambda function in a Kubernetes cluster as is in a Knative powered Kubernetes cluster (installed with Knative). KLR enables serverless users to move functions back and forth between their Knative and AWS Lambda. AWS Lambda Custom Runtime API in combination with the Knative Build system makes deploying KLR possible. Serverless users have shown a positive response to this announcement, with most of them excited for this news. Kelsey Hightower, developer advocate, Google Cloud Platform, calls this news ‘dope’ and we can understand why! His talk at KubeCon+CloudNativeCon 2018 had focussed on serveless and its security aspects. Now that AWS Lambda functions can be run on Google’s Knative, this marks a new milestone for TriggerMesh. It would be interesting to see how this moulds the path to a Kubernetes hybrid-cloud model. Head over to TriggerMesh’s official blog for more insights to this news. Read Next Introducing Grafana’s ‘Loki’ (alpha), a scalable HA multi-tenant log aggregator for cloud natives; optimized for Grafana, Prometheus and Kubernetes DigitalOcean launches its Kubernetes-as-a-service at KubeCon+CloudNativeCon to ease running containerized apps Elastic launches Helm Charts (alpha) for faster deployment of Elasticsearch and Kibana to Kuberneteslast_img read more