NEW YORK — Hal Steinbrenner had just started his quarterly State of the Yankees session when he asked to switch places with reporters and stood near the side of the lobby at Major League Baseball’s headquarters.“This feels better,” the New York owner said with his back to the wall. “Very fitting.”A minute later, a security guard asked Steinbrenner and the media to step outside.That’s what happens when your team is last in the AL East at 16-22.Steinbrenner backed manager Joe Girardi, his coaching staff and general manager Brian Cashman on May 18 and blamed players for the team’s poor start, which bottomed at 9-17.Mark Teixeira, Chase Headley, Michael Pineda and Luis Severino were singled out for criticism, and Steinbrenner also praised Headley, Starlin Castro and Aaron Hicks along with Girardi, Cashman and pitching coach Larry Rothschild.“The coaches are doing a good job,” Steinbrenner said. “These are professional athletes. They’re the best baseball players in the world, and sooner or later it comes down to them, on the inside, to push through whatever it is they’re going through and to persevere.”Far less tempestuous than father George Steinbrenner, who goaded the team from his purchase in 1973 until nearly the time of his death in 2010, Hal discussed the Yankees analytically — but with hope.“Needless to say, the first five weeks were disappointing, frustrating, particularly looking at the offense,” he said. “Clearly not living up to their potential.”Teixeira, a three-time All-Star first baseman, started the day with a .211 average and 11 RBIs.Headley didn’t have an extra-base hit until May 12. After going 5-3 with a 2.89 ERA as a rookie, Severino is 0-6 with a 7.46 ERA and is on the disabled list with a triceps injury. Pineda is 1-5 with a 6.60 ERA — 102nd among 104 qualifying pitchers in the major leagues.Steinbrenner’s comments:— “When you look at a guy like Mark Teixeira, clearly he’s not playing to his potential with the bat.”— “Chase Headley, same thing. Now you’re starting to see him hit, see him more relaxed. He’s making harder contact. That has to continue.”— “Pineda is concerning — all these strikeouts and yet he’s given up these runs. Clearly he’s giving up runs early. Clearly there’s been issues with his slider. Again, Larry can only do so much. Whatever technically is wrong with the delivery, Larry’s going to work on, but the rest is up to Pineda to figure out. He’s a professional and that’s what we expect from him and that’s what his teammates expect from him.”— “We all know Severino has good stuff. I’m not worried about his stuff. We saw that the last two months of last year. We’ll see about the injury and how much that played into his performance the last few outings. I also think there was a confidence issue at some point. He is a rookie. This is his first downturn, if you will. … Every player is going to have to learn how to push through that downturn the first time and get through it. And he will.”“I don’t think it’s a flaw in the way the team is put together,” Steinbrenner said. “I think the team we have this year is better than the team we had last year.”Speaking in Phoenix before the Yankees played Arizona, Girardi understood Steinbrenner’s sentiment.“If I was the owner, I’d be frustrated, too,” the manager said.Now 46 and his hair starting to gray near the temples, Steinbrenner put off questions about what he would do if the Yankees are far from contention as the Aug. 1 deadline approaches for trades without waivers.After missing the playoffs in consecutive years for the first time in two decades, New York returned last October only to lose to Houston in the AL wild-card game.For their first 22 home games, the Yankees averaged 38,587 fans, on track to surpass last year’s average of 39,992 given the larger crowds that usually show up when school is out.“Season tickets are slightly up, which is the first time in four or five years that that’s been the case,” Steinbrenner said.“I don’t know if it’s making the playoffs one game or not. I don’t know if it’s some of the young players, Hicks, Castro, (Aroldis) Chapman, some of the guys we brought on. I don’t know. But the fans have been excited.”He talked about the need for the Yankees to always have veteran stars, even as they add younger players.He looked ahead to prospects such as first baseman Greg Bird and pitcher James Kaprielian, who are both hurt, and shortstop Jorge Mateo.He said another run of consecutive World Series titles may be more difficult with the parity caused by revenue sharing and the luxury tax, but he thinks it still is possible.“Sooner or later it comes down to” — he stopped, and tapped a hand over his heart three times.New York won six World Series titles while George Steinbrenner was in charge. Hal, whose only title since taking over came in 2009, knows the standard dad set.“If my name wasn’t Steinbrenner, I wouldn’t be here,” he said. “I don’t look at this as something I deserve. I’ve been given this. It’s a gift. I respect it, and I enjoy it.”(RONALD BLUM, AP Baseball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
The GRAMMY Foundation will host Play It Forward: A Celebration Of Music’s Evolution And Influencers — the 15th Annual GRAMMY Foundation Music Preservation Project — on Feb. 7, 2013, at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills, Calif.In conjunction with the GRAMMY Foundation’s mission of recognizing and preserving our musical past, this year’s GRAMMY Foundation Music Preservation Project will explore the history of legendary influencers in music and the invaluable contributions of those key players, the music they inspired and their impact on the American cultural landscape.Performers include GRAMMY winners Rodney Crowell and Emmylou Harris, current 55th GRAMMY nominee Ed Sheeran, and singer/songwriter Lianne La Havas. More performers will be announced shortly. The evening’s musical director will be Darrell Brown, songwriter/producer, Recording Academy Trustee and GRAMMY Foundation Board member. Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Foundation, will be in attendance, along with other prominent music industry leaders and members of The Recording Academy.General admission tickets are $35 per person and premium seating is $45. For tickets and information, visit www.grammyfoundation.org or here, or contact 855.235.2867.Source:Grammy.org
On Monday, July 8, 107.5 The River hosted its STAR PARTY at Hard Rock Cafe in downtown Nashville, a benefit show featuring rising star musician, English singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran.All of the proceeds from the night went towards Musicians on Call (MOC), an organization that brings live and recorded music to the bedsides of patients in healthcare facilities. The event raised over $22,500 for the Nashville branch of MOC – which is more than enough to fund one of its 11 weekly Bedside Performance Programs for a full year.Sheeran received an overwhelming ovation from the sold-out crowd for his solo-acoustic set which included hits “The A Team” and “Lego House,” as well as fan favorites like the energetic “You Need Me, I Don’t Need You.” The GRAMMY-nominated Brit rocker has developed a strong following in the U.S. with back-to-back sold out headlining tours and countless national television appearances. Sheeran is currently supporting Taylor Swift on her North American RED Tour.Through benefit concerts, live and online auctions featuring concert experiences and memorabilia from The Black Keys, Eric Church, Kelly Clarkson, Darius Rucker, Gene Simmons, Sheeran, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban and more, MOC Nashville has received over $65,000 in recent weeks to go towards programs in Middle Tennessee. MOC Nashville anticipates the announcement of an additional weekly Bedside Performance Program to open later this year.Please visit www.MusiciansOnCall.org for more information.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, October 5, 2017 – Kingston – Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, has proclaimed October 10 as World Mental Health Day, under the international theme ‘Mental Health in the Workplace’. The Governor-General read the proclamation during a ceremony at King’s House on October 3, which was attended by psychiatrists and professionals involved in mental health care. The Day will form part of activities to mark Mental Health Week, to be observed starting October 8.The Governor-General, in his address, urged Jamaicans to participate in the slate of activities scheduled to be held across the country on that day. Citing statistics, he noted that “one in every four persons around the world will experience mental health problems at one time or another”.“Many people who suffer from psychological and mental distress experience these issues in the workplace. Increase in knowledge and awareness of these issues will help in developing interventions to promote and protect mental health in the workplace,” he said.The Governor-General added that interventions should improve access to employee-assistance programmes to address the stigma of mental illnesses, so that dignity is promoted and respected and people are empowered to take action to promote mental health.Meanwhile, Director of Mental Health Services and Substance Abuse in the Health Ministry, Dr. Maureen Irons-Morgan, said it is fitting to recognise mental health in the workplace.“There are some very common issues that affect mental health, such as stress in the workplace and depression. These are factors that can affect productivity. We want employers to recognise that in protecting and promoting mental health and wellness of workers, in the long run we all benefit,” she said.Information provided by the World Health Organization (WHO) states that most of one’s adult life is spent in the workplace and the experiences there are among the factors determining the overall well-being of people. The WHO notes that employers and managers who implement workplace initiatives to promote mental health and to support employees with mental disorders, are more likely to see gains, not only in the mental health of their employees but also in the productivity of their work.Activities for the Week include a church service at the Portmore Gospel Assembly and a conference at the Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown Kingston.
Sarah Tew/CNET Prime Day doesn’t arrive until July 15 and 16, but Amazon still has some decent deals on deck in the meantime. One of the notable ones that’s still available is the the first-generation V-Moda Crossfade Wireless over-ear Bluetooth headphone. It lists for $200, but since June 17, the black model has been discounted to $100 on Amazon. (It was $155.74 on Amazon before the sale). That’s the lowest price we’ve seen on it.Note, CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. See it on AmazonThis model came out in late 2015 and comes with removable shields on the earcups that can be swapped out for new shields that you purchase separately.I gave high marks to the Crossfade Wireless when I reviewed it. V-Moda made some small improvements to 2017’s Crossfade Wireless 2, which I rated even higher (its earpads are better). The most recent version of that headphone is called the Crossfade Wireless 2 Codex and it costs $350. Read also: Best cheap true wireless headphones | Amazon Prime Day 2019: Where to find the best deals on headphones and speakers 11 Photos V-Moda’s Crossfade Wireless headphone takes aim at Apple’s… Originally published earlier, updated to verify that the sale is still ongoing. Mobile Accessories Amazon Prime Day 1 Tags Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Comment V-Moda Crossfade Wireless (pictures) 2:22
Kolkata: Two persons were killed and three injured in four road accidents in the city on Saturday and Sunday.On Saturday around 7 pm, a young woman was knocked down by a private bus near Behala tram depot. According to police, Debasree Roy Basu Mullick, a resident of Karunamoyee in Salt Lake was standing on Diamond Harbour road for a bus. All of a sudden, a bus of route number 21/1 hit her while driving recklessly. Immediately, Mullick was rushed to Vidyasagar State General Hospital. Later, her family members shifted her to a private hospital in Salt Lake opposite to Vivekanda Yuva Bharati Krirangan. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeA few hours later at around 9:15 pm, one goods vehicle hit one motorcycle from behind on Bascule bridge. Due to this, both riders of the motorcycle — Pannalal Prasad (32) and Santosh Kumar Singh sustained multiple injuries. Both of them were rushed to a private hospital in Ekbalpore, where Prasad was declared brought dead. The driver of the goods vehicle has been arrested by the south port police station. Both of them were without headgears.In another incident, a reckless motorcycle rider hit Assistant Sub-Inspector Nepal Chandra Banerjee of Charu Market police station on Saturday at 11 pm. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedAccording to the police, while Banerjee was performing a Naka Duty on the Western end of AJC Bose Road Flyover, he saw a motorcycle was speeding towards him with a intent to avail the flyover.When he tried to stop, the rider hit him and fled. He was rushed to SSKM hospital with an ankle injury on his right leg.Following the accidents on Saturday, another person was killed in a road accident on Sunday early morning. At around 3.30 am, a motorcycle lost control and rammed into the railings while approaching Jadavpur police station on Jibananda Setu.As a result, both the riders sustained multiple injuries and were removed to the M R Bangur Hospital where one Diganta Roy (26) succumbed to his injuries. His friend Mridul Das was later shifted to a private hospital in Ekbalpore.
At Ceph Day Berlin, yesterday (November 12) the Linux Foundation announced the launch of the Ceph Foundation. A total of 31 organizations have come together to launch the Ceph Foundation including industries like ARM, Intel, Harvard and many more. The foundation aims to bring industry members together to support the Ceph open source community. What is Ceph? Ceph is an open source distributed storage technology that provides storage services for many of the world’s largest container and OpenStack deployments. The range of organizations using Ceph is vast. They include financial institutions like Bloomberg and Fidelity, cloud service providers like Rackspace and Linode, car manufacturers like BMW, and software firms like SAP and Salesforce. The main aim of the Ceph Foundation The main focus of the foundation is to raise money via annual membership fees from industry members. The combined pool of funds will then be spent in support of the Ceph community. The team has already raised around half a million dollars for their first year which will be used to support the Ceph project infrastructure, cloud infrastructure services, internships, and community events. The new foundation will provide a forum for community members and industry stakeholders to meet and discuss project status, development and promotional activities, community events, and strategic direction. The Ceph Foundation replaces the Ceph Advisory Board formed back in 2015. According to a Linux Foundation statement, the Ceph Foundation, will “organize and distribute financial contributions in a coordinated, vendor-neutral fashion for immediate community benefit” Ceph has an ambitious plan for new initiatives once the foundation gets properly functional. Some of these include: Expansion of and improvements to the hardware lab used to develop and test Ceph An events team to help plan various programs and targeted regional or local events Investment in strategic integrations with other projects and ecosystems Programs around interoperability between Ceph-based products and services Internships, training materials, and much more! The Ceph Foundation will provide an open, collaborative, and neutral home for project stakeholders to coordinate their development and community investments in the Ceph ecosystem. You can head over to their blog to know more about this news. Read Next Facebook’s GraphQL moved to a new GraphQL Foundation, backed by The Linux Foundation NIPS Foundation decides against name change as poll finds it an unpopular superficial move; instead increases ‘focus on diversity and inclusivity initiatives’ Node.js and JS Foundation announce intent to merge; developers have mixed feelings
Travelweek Group Thursday, May 31, 2018 MONTREAL — Today is International Flight Attendant Day, and to show just how much it values its frontline employees, Air Transat has unveiled a series of short videos that not only highlight both its flight crew and preferred Sun destinations.In these videos, select employees share their passion and expertise for specific destinations. This past winter, three employees, including two flight attendants, talked about their top Sun destinations, while more recently, two vacation ‘enthusiasts’ (one of whom is a flight attendant) take viewers to their favourite spots in London and Lisbon.These videos are part of Air Transat’s latest advertising campaigns, which highlight the expertise of its employees who its says are “passionate about travel and love sharing their favourite destinations and discoveries with their customers.”On the role of flight attendants, Air Transat President Jean-François Lemay said: “Being a flight attendant means not only seeing to customers’ comfort and establishing a special and reassuring contact with them, it’s first and foremost about ensuring their safety. I feel very strongly about emphasizing that flight attendants are safety professionals, trained to react in any situation, normal or otherwise. And so on this very special day, I want to recognize their valuable contribution to the Air Transat inflight experience and to thank them for accompanying our passengers as they start or end their holidays.” << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by Tags: Air Transat, International Flight Attendant Day, Lisbon, London Air Transat says a big “thank you” on International Flight Attendant Day