first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — If Bruce Bochy spent spring training envisioning a magical last ride as the Giants’ manager, it didn’t take long for his team to dash his hopes.As the Giants hit the halfway point of the regular season on Friday, Bochy explained his frustration in the way the first 80 games have unfolded.“We’re disappointed,” Bochy admitted. “We look at a lot of these games and think we should have and could have won. A mistake here or there, just not quite executing with little things. That …last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The overall forecast it unchanged in its basic form, as we are only making a few tweaks to this weekend’s late precipitation chance. We remain dry through most of Sunday with sunshine and blue skies. Temperatures will work higher today and even higher still tomorrow before pulling back a few degrees for Sunday as clouds build. We look for daytime highs of 87-92 today and 88-94 for the weekend, with tomorrow being the hottest day. Humidity will be climbing slightly too, so heat index values will be in the triple digits for at least tomorrow afternoon, perhaps Sunday.  The map at right shows high temps for Saturday. The temperatures shown to the southeast part of the state are over done because this particular model does not handle the elevation changes of the Appalachians well, and is overzealous of surface highs because of that. Still, its going to be warm! Scattered showers move into NW Ohio well after midnight Sunday night, and will impact most of the state through the day Monday. Rain totals are still not that impressive, and we will keep a tenth to half an inch as our overall range, with coverage at 60% of the state. The chances of thunderstorms stay over Indiana, and with out that threat, higher rain totals we don’t believe are likely at this point. Rain likely is done mid to late afternoon in many areas, but we may see a few showers linger in far eastern Ohio into the evening. The map at right chows rain potential for the state out of the system through Monday evening.Dry weather is back for Tuesday on through the end of the week. We won’t rule out some scattered showers each afternoon Tuesday and Wednesday (Independence Day) but we don’t think it will be wide spread or have any intensity. As the week progresses, temps climb back up into a range from 88-92 over most of the state, meaning we are above normal, but not as warm as what we expect this weekend.We are leaving the extended period completely alone this morning. We may have to keep an eye out for a few scattered showers with 40% coverage around the 10th, rain totals of no more than .4”, and then we are dry again for Wednesday the 11th through the morning of the 12th. A strong front remains in sight late in the period, for the afternoon of the 12th through the 13th, with half to 1.5” rains over 90% of the state. We swing back dry with strong high pressure building in for the 14th forward.So, nothing changes in our thought process this morning. We are very warm short term, and rains definitely fall off from what we have seen for most of June. But, the rains that we do see around have good enough timing, and the moisture we have in our soil profile is good enough, that we should make it through mid-July with only concerns, not any real problem. But…the pattern will catch the eye of the markets, sooner or later.last_img read more

first_imgRelated Posts CEOs in Troubled Waters (with Myriam Joire from… “Innovation” bubbled up a few years ago to join “synergy” and “thought leadership” as business buzzwords. Business leaders talked so much about innovating their companies that they eventually had to put their money where their mouth was: 74 percent established processes to spur innovation, and more than half hired chief innovation officers.Seeking innovation isn’t easy — it takes approximately 30 years to transition from proposing an idea to making a real market impact. But these innovation efforts pay off. Not only are consumers more intrigued by and engaged with innovative companies, but innovation is also profitable.However, most leaders are pushing themselves — and their teams — to dream up futuristic products and services, enabling them to outpace their competitors. Once-in-a-lifetime ideas rarely appear on command, and it would make more sense for most business owners to simply think of new ways to approach their industries — they can make a real impact in a market that’s primed and ready.Doing Real Estate a New WayWhile people have sold their homes without realtors for decades, the FSBO road hasn’t always been easy. Nicolas Jodin, the co-founder and COO of Beycome, tried to sell his first home without a realtor. “I realized almost immediately that hardly anyone was willing to work with a FSBO home,” he said.Seeing how for-sale-by-owner opportunities were treated was frustrating for Jodin. “All you’d find would be horrible and scary articles stating that this is the worst thing homeowners could do…almost as if selling your home — YOUR home — was the most ludicrous idea a person could think to do,” Jodin explained, “but it’s absolutely ridiculous — it is not a law that people need to use an agent to sell (or rent) their home, so why are you paying strangers 6 percent of your final sale (or 10 percent of your annual rental income) if you could do it just as well?”That led to the development of Beycome, a property listing online platform that makes it possible for homeowners to complete the entire selling or renting process online. The platform offers three types of listing packages; users provide details about their property, along with photos. They set their price, receiving two estimates from the software’s algorithm. The platform then helps automate the home showing and marketing processes; the platform also allows homeowners to review and accept or decline offers virtually. Once all parties have agreed, Beycome provides a digital contract that’s legally binding.This process takes out the middleman — the realtor — and ensures homeowners pay nothing in commission fees, saving more for themselves. The platform boasts a 96.5 percent sale-to-list ratio and has saved an average of $13,667 per sale. While Jodin and the team at Beycome didn’t come up with a new concept — FSBO existed long before the internet — they did come up with a new way to make FSBO opportunities more enticing for buyers and simpler for homeowners.Removing the Hassle From MovingAmericans move about 11 times in their lives, and 37 percent of people say they would move anywhere in the world for better career prospects. That means a lot of people are grappling with packing, setting up utilities, and finding new schools, vets, and healthcare providers.That realization led to the creation of InMyArea, a home services comparison shopping site. The platform was established to serve as a one-stop shop for consumers, who could compare prices and packages on everything from internet to home security systems. Consumers could then use the platform to purchase those services and streamline the setup process. InMyArea sought out partnerships with several well-known providers to make the process even easier for consumers, counting businesses like DIRECTV, Mediacom, Charter, Cox, and Time Warner Cable as partners.Michael Gleason, the founder and CEO of InMyArea, knows how difficult it is to move on one’s own, particularly with competing obligations, such as family, work, and school. “My wife and I had our first child when I was a graduate student 3,000 miles away from family, so I empathize with [those] who are starting their families,” Gleason explained.His company’s approach has garnered positive feedback: The brand’s data analysis and customer service have resulted in the highest rankings possible with the Better Business Bureau and TrustPilot. InMyArea examined a frustrating process for consumers — moving — and found ways for a third party to make it less stressful. Combining technology and data on the InMyArea platform allowed service providers and consumers to find each other more easily.These companies didn’t create new niches within their industries; they simply found new ways to manage their industries’ work. Innovation doesn’t have to be complicated, but it absolutely has to have a payoff — for both companies and their customers. A Review of Instagram Marketing by Matthew Lucas Bart Schachter Tags:#innovation 4 Ways You Can Make Your Workplace an Engine of… Bart Schachter is an investor, operator, and tech affectionado, with a passion for business operations, team building, product design, finance, and deal making. Bart has been an entrepreneur, VC, corporate executive, and turn-around operator. He lives in San Francisco and all his view are his own. Uber vs Lyft: Battling for Supremacylast_img read more

Alabama rolled over the Notre Dame Monday night, 42-14, to easily claim its second straight national championship and third in four years and reinforce its position as the top program in the nation.From beginning to end, the Crimson Tide dominated and sent the resounding message that the SEC reigns above all conferences. To wit: ‘Bama’s title is the seventh straight for the SEC.Led by quarterback AJ McCarron and running back Eddie Lacy, the Tide alternately bruised and picked apart the Irish defense, making star linebacker Manti Te’o, a Heisman Trophy finalist, and his cohorts look like Alabama roadkill.“They just did what Alabama does,” Te’o said after the game.Notre Dame was undefeated and No. 1 in the country coming into the game, but it had not faced a team like Alabama. The Crimson Tide used a lethal combination of power and finesse to overwhelmed the Irish on both sides of the ball. Lacy ran right through the Irish defense on a 20-yard touchdown in the game’s opening minutes, capping  an 82-yard drive, which was the longest given up on the season by the Irish.It was a harbinger of dominance to come.McCarron led his team down the field on their second possession for 61 yards, climaxed by a 3-yard touchdown pass to tight end Michael Williams, who was standing in the back of the end zone unattended. The Tide went up 14-0, and they were just beginning to roll.Alabama running back T.J. Yeldon put the Tide up 21-0 on the first play of the second quarter on a 1-yard run. The Crimson Tide got to that point on the strength two long McCarron completions: one to  receiver Kevin Norwood for 25 yards and the second to freshman extraordinaire Amari Cooper for a 27-yard gain.Once Yeldon scored, all Irish hopes of winning their first national championship since 1988 vanished into the warm Miami night air. Irish fans were hushed and their players were in awe.”We’ve got to get physically stronger, continue close the gap there,” Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said. ”Just overall, we need to see what it looks like. Our guys clearly know what it looks like now – a championship football team. That’s back-to-back national champions. That’s what it looks like. That’s what you measure yourself against there. It’s pretty clear across the board what we have to do.”Already up 28-0 at halftime, the Crimson Tide opened the third quarter with the similar control, making it 35-0 on a 34-yard hook up from McCarron to Cooper. If it was not already over, it was then.And so, Tide coach Nick Saban sits atop the college coaching mountain with four national championships, three at Alabama.“We’ve had a lot of really great football players who’ve worked really hard,” Saban said. “Because we’ve had a great team, we’ve been able to have a significant amount of success.”Kelly took the hard lesson from the defeat: His team still has a ways to go.“We made incredible strides to get to this point,” he said. “Now it’s pretty clear what we’ve got to do to get over the top.”Lacy finished with 140 yards on 20 carries and was voted the game’s offensive MVP. McCarron, who was last year’s MVP, threw for 264 yards and four touchdowns on 20 of 28 passing.The stoic Saban said: “Whether I look it or not, I’m happy as hell.”But he said he gets back to work in two days. No extended rest for champions. read more

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, July 24, 2017 – Inagua – Over 80 Haitian migrants were apprehended in the southern Bahamas Thursday afternoon during an exercise carried out jointly by the Royal Bahamas Defence Force, Immigration authorities, and U.S.-led Operation Bahamas and Turks and Caicos (OPBAT).Shortly after 7:00 pm Thursday, an American sailing vessel with suspected migrants aboard was spotted aground by an OPBAT helicopter in waters off Little Inagua.    Just over 30 migrants were transported from the wreck and Little Inagua Island to Great Inagua with the assistance of an OPBAT helicopter.The Defence Force patrol craft, HMBS Arthur Dion Hanna under the command of Lieutenant Commander Berne Wright, also participated in the migrant operation and was assisted by Defence Force Marines stationed at HMBS Matthew Town in Great Inagua in apprehending an additional 56 migrants off Little Inagua.Just under 20 of the migrants were flown out of Great Inagua to the capital on Saturday for medical attention.    The remainder will be transported to the Capital where they will be turned over to Immigration officials for further processing.The Royal Bahamas Defence Force remains committed to defending the territorial integrity of The Bahamas and keeping our borders secured and waters safe.(For further information please contact the RBDF Public Relations Department or visit our website: www.rbdf.gov.bs, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and view our Youtube channel) -rbdf-#GuardOurHeritagePress Release: RBDF Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more