Eagles 19s prepare for postseason run

first_imgIt’s crunch time for the Humboldt Eagles this weekend, as they begin play at the American Legion 19-under NorCal Area Tournament in Chico.The Eagles earned the top seed for the eight-team tourney after sweeping a doubleheader over the previously undefeated Chico Nuts on Monday, and will open today against No. 8 Yolo.Last summer, the Eagles lost in the state championship to Chico, and this season they’ll be hoping to go one better.“It’s one step at a time,” head coach Justin Andersen said. …last_img

Kevin Durant explains why Monty Williams is right coach for Phoenix Suns

first_imgKlay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!HOUSTON — It seemed inevitable perhaps as soon as Kevin Durant spoke. The Warriors’ star lauded the Phoenix Suns for hiring Monty Williams as their head coach on Friday. Naturally, hoops fans on social media speculated that meant Durant might consider the Suns as a free-agency destination.In reality, Durant simply respects Williams after he served as an assistant …last_img

Quip Is Bringing The Word-Processing Era To Its End

first_imgIT + Project Management: A Love Affair Besides the sexy collaboration features, Quip is a stripped-down word processor. Font sizes are limited to three styles: paragraph, heading and list.There are only three buttons: “Format,” indicated by a paragraph symbol; “Insert,” for adding external elements, such as images or tables; and “Done,” which puts the keyboard away.The Insert button also lets you link to a person, using the well-understood @ symbol. And this is where Quip shines. It’s all about collaborative editing. If you change something, other team members swiftly receive an email.Change is what Quip is all about, and it handles changes beautifully. When you modify something in a document, Quip will put a notification of that change in your chat stream. Each change is displayed as a sheet of torn paper. Multiple changes show up as a stack of torn sheets, which, when clicked, expand to show individual changes. (That kind of design touch, known in the trade as “skeuomorphism,” is one of the few acknowledgements of the paper-driven document world Quip has otherwise left behind.)Quip cofounder Kevin Gibbs tells me that this change notification is called a “diff.” He says he’s particularly proud of his design for a stack of diffs.Keeping it simple is a mandate of the mobile era, where speedy swipe operations are design mantras. It’s this sea-change shift to mobile platforms that offered Quip an opportunity to reshape the word processing landscape.The Golden Goose Is DeadMicrosoft Word obliterated the PC market’s dominant ’80s player, WordPerfect, because it leveraged a new platform, Windows. WordPerfect’s 50% market share quickly crashed to less than 10% after Microsoft launched Word and then followed with the rest of its Office suite.Not much has changed.With a change in operating system came a change in market leadership. That same changing landscape exists today. As Quip cofounder Bret Taylor tells me, “We felt that this was the first time in 30 years that we could compete in this space.”Jungle drums have certainly been beating loudly that change is needed. The first to heed the call was Google, which released a free, Web-based competitor to Office, Google Docs, in September 2007. Now called Google Drive and more focused on file-sharing, it was designed from the ground up for the internet and collaboration.By October 2011, Google announced that 4 million businesses and 40 million people around the globe were using Google Apps, its Office-like suite of applications that includes Gmail, Google Talk, Calendar and Docs.At the Google I/O conference in June 2012, Google noted that Gmail had 425 million users while 5 million businesses used Google Apps. (In December 2012, Google discontinued a free version of Google Apps for small businesses, which undoubtedly slowed its uptake.)But 5 million is just a drop in the bucket compared to Microsoft Office, which is used by more than 500 million people around the world, and which contributed $24 billion to Microsoft’s $73 billion in 2012 revenues.Microsoft can close that chapter. As Germans like to say, Die fetten Jahren sind vorbei—the fat years are over. Or in Steve Jobs-speak: The post-PC era has arrived.There’s An App For That—Too Many Of ThemBesides Google, Quip’s biggest competitor today is Apple, which sells its Pages app for $10. Since Pages remains the most popular of the three iWork apps, and currently ranks eight in the App Store’s “Top Paid iPad Apps” list, once can only guess how many copies of Pages Apple has sold to its 155 million iPad owners. 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now That word processor you use at the office? It was designed in the early ’80s, when the first version of Microsoft Word shipped. While revision after revision of this prehistoric technology have been released, all are modeled after a world long forgotten—a world of 8.5×11 paper, carriage returns, and ink ribbons.The same is true for spreadsheets and databases, core productivity tools that trace their history even further back to the ’70s. As the founder of MacWeek, I saw this early wave of innovation crest—and then crash to a halt. I had almost given up hope that I would ever see true innovation in the productivity-software category again.And then Quip made its debut last week.See also: Quip Launches, Promising To Reinvent Word Processing For The Age Of The iPadA Break From The PastQuip is perhaps the first word processor designed specifically for the tablet era, which wasn’t even a technological fever dream when Word 1.0 was released in 1983. What sets Quip apart is its built-in chat and collaboration. You might find that feature in Web-based text editing services, like Google Drive or Zoho, but not in stand-alone word processors.  michael tchong Tags:#Apple#Bret Taylor#Google#Google Docs#google drive#iCloud#ipad productivity#iWork#Kevin Gibbs#Microsoft#Microsoft Office#office software#Product Reviews#QUip#Word Processing center_img In 2010, Business Insider analyzed the iPad app market and estimated that Apple’s iWork apps—Pages, the Numbers spreadsheet app, and the Keynote presentation app—were on track to generate about $40 million in annual sales. Volume-wise, we know the market has quadrupled since 2010, meaning that Apple now likely sells close to $160 million in iWork apps for iOS devices—iPhones, iPads, and iPod Touch—each year. Since Keynote and Numbers linger at position 20 and 23 in the Top Paid iPad Apps list, respectively, it’s not a big stretch to estimate that Apple now generates some $80 million in sales from its Pages mobile app each year.That’s equivalent to 8 million copies annually, or a 12% market share of all iPads sold in 2012. This formula assumes that all iOS copies were sold to iPad buyers exclusively, but keep in mind that in 2012 Apple also sold 135.8 million iPhones.And if Apple and Google are not enough competition, an iTunes App Store search for “word processing” delivered 123 results for iPad apps. A similar search in the Google Play store delivered 48 word-processing apps, including Quip.This may explain why Quip is free for up to five users. Organizations that need more than that pay $12 per user per month for up to 250 users.There’s a rumor that Apple might make Pages and possibly other iWork apps free, perhaps in a bid to spur iPad sales and extra iCloud storage subscriptions. That could pose a challenge to Quip.Quip Must Evolve Faster Than The CompetitionIn that way, the landscape Quip is entering resembles the early ’80s, when software makers were trying to figure out what kind of software would sell on PCs—more importantly, what kind of software would make PCs sell. There was a Cambrian explosion of diversity, one ultimately crushed by Microsoft’s Darwinian triumph.  For those who say Quip lacks the functionality of, say, Multimate in 1981, my answer is Quip is a breath of fresh air in a room that reeks of dead productivity software. And considering how quickly it was built, we can expect the team behind it to keep adding features. But the right features—not Web-based imitations of old, outdated functions.What features will matter to users in an age when we’ve shed the legacy of desktop computers, laser printers, and sheets of paper? Are we processing words, or actually trying to communicate, to share information? That’s the question that our choice of new tools in the age of the tablet will decide. Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Related Posts Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

4 Pakistan cricketers to undergo dope test

first_imgFour Pakistani cricketers will undergo dope tests before the third one-day international against England on Friday, a Pakistan team official said.Team manager Yawar Saeed confirmed that a team of experts from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) had reached London and had notified the Pakistan team that random dope tests would be conducted before the match to be played at The Oval.Yawar said WADA had not conveyed which players would be picked for the tests on Wednesday but sources in the team said that four senior players had been shortlisted.”Captain, Shahid Afridi, fast bowler, Shoaib Akhtar and batsmen Mohammad Yousuf and Umar Akmal have been shortlisted for the tests,” one source said.Yawar said the dope tests were a routine matter as Pakistan Cricket Board was a signatory to the WADA anti-doping code which other boards had signed as well.”Under this agreement WADA can conduct random dope tests during any competition or out of competition at any time of the year,” he said.Pakistan cricket in the past has been tainted by positive dope tests of star players such as mercurial pacer Shoaib Akhtar and the currently suspended Mohammad Asif.Both the pacers had tested positive during out of competition tests by the PCB before the 2006 Champions Trophy and were banned but then had their bans removed on appeal on technical grounds.Asif, who has been released from the team and is serving a provincial suspension by the ICC for his alleged involvement in the spot-fixing and betting scandal, also served a 12-month suspension period in 2008-2009 for flunking a dope test during the Indian Premier League.advertisementHe was also detained for 19 days in 2008 at the Dubai airport for possession of small quantity of hashish but later released without any criminal charges against him.Pakistan sports has been rocked by doping scandals in recent months and a few weeks back, the country’s anti-doping agency banned 10 female and male athletes for testing positive in the national championship and during a camp for the Commonwealth Games.last_img read more

NOW HIRING 10 New Job Openings In Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are some of the newest job openings in Wilmington:Full-Time/Part-Time Assistant Manager at Panera BreadPart-Time Package Handler at FedEx WarehouseFull-Time Compliance Services Associate at SOVOS ComplianceFull-Time Regulatory Specialist at SOVOS CompliancePart-Time Sales Associate at Nouria EnergyFull-Time Manager of Client Services at Serur AgenciesFull-Time Technician I at Charles River LabsFull-Time Program Manager at NuPath, Inc.Full-Time Delivery Driver at Keystone Automotive IndustriesFull-Time/Part-Time Crew Members & Shift Leaders at Dunkin Donuts(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 60 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of July 14, 2019)In “Business”last_img read more

Google Doodle pays tribute to Japanese inventor Seiichi Miyake

first_img Online Wellness Smart City Google When Seiichi Miyake found out a close friend was losing the ability to see clearly, he wanted to help. That desire led to an entirely new way for the visually impaired to navigate big cities, railways and parks. In 1965, Miyake invented the tactile paving slab (or “tenji block” in Japan) with his own money. Monday’s Google Doodle celebrates the introduction of the block 52 years ago.The doodle from March 18, 2019. Google The tenji blocks were first installed in the Japanese city of Okayama on March 18, 1967, next to a school for the blind, and they would go on to revolutionize the way the visually impaired interact with the world, making it safer and easier to get around public spaces independently.Miyake’s original design, which was installed in all Japan Railway platforms in the 1970s and rapidly found its way to cities across the globe, featured two tactile patterns that people with visual impairments can detect with a cane or through their feet — providing cues on which way they should head.Subway tracks in New York with the yellow tenji tiles.Subway tracks in New York with the yellow tenji tiles. Keith Getter/Getty Images One pattern features a series of raised lines that indicate “forward”. The second design is commonly referred to as the “truncated domes” pattern, a series of small bumps that act as a “stop” sign — typically at the edge of a train platform or before a motorway.A number of different patterns have been designed since, with smaller raised dots or more pill-shaped bumps signifying different directional cues. For instance, when the raised lines are horizontal in the direction of travel, that might mean “look out for steps ahead”. All of those cues, which many may not even notice as they wander through a city, are incredibly important for those with limited vision. 4:33 Share your voice Comments Now playing: Watch this: Google Doodle Google 49 Photos Tags Microsoft tech teaches children who are blind how to… Our favorite Google Doodles through the years 23last_img read more

Powerful storms hit USs California

first_imgA downed tree covers a parked vehicle during a winter storm in San Francisco. ReutersForecasters expect another half foot of rain to soak central and northern California and the Sierra Nevada mountains through early Tuesday, coming on the heels of powerful storms that walloped the state and other parts of the U.S. west on Sunday.The drenching rains and blowing snow flooded rivers and shut down roads from mudslides in a state that has struggled with drought for years.From 3 to 8 inches (7.6 to 20 cm) of rain is forecast in the region while several feet (1-2 metres) of snow are likely for higher elevations, said meteorologist Andrew Orrison at the National Weather Service’s Weather Prediction Center in Maryland.“We’re going to see heavy rain going into (Monday) evening and early morning,” he said.Heavy snow is expected in Nevada and the northern Rocky Mountains could get several feet of snow over the next day or two.The weather service said almost 40 rivers or creeks in Northern California and western Nevada were flooded or threatened to top their banks. But an emergency agency spokesman said there had been no reports of fatalities or serious damage.Authorities said a section of Interstate 80 near Truckee, southwest of Reno, Nevada, was closed by a mudslide.The upper Napa River north of San Francisco was expected to cause “extreme damage to all towns along the reach,” the California emergency agency said in a statement. Anticipated flooding brought voluntary evacuations in neighboring Sonoma County.Residents of Cambria, near the famous Hearst Castle along California’s central coast, were advised to move to higher ground due a flash flood warning.Several other California highways were closed from landslides or high water. In Washington state, high winds, ice and heavy snow shut roads and created hazardous driving conditions.Iridium Communications said Elon Musk’s SpaceX rocket company had delayed Monday’s launch of a Falcon 9 rocket carrying 10 of its satellites from Vandenberg Air Force Base, north of Los Angeles. The launch was now set for Saturday.The storm is drawing strength from the interaction between an “atmospheric river,” a plume of water vapor flowing from the tropics toward the West Coast, and a low-pressure area near Oregon, the National Weather Service said.After years of drought, the storm is the latest in a strong wet season for California that began in the autumn. Another front is expected on Tuesday.In an encouraging sign, the U.S. Forest Service said the rain had restored moisture levels in Southern California vegetation to a seasonal normal for the first time in five years.The eastern United States experienced low temperatures on Sunday, the day after a massive storm dumped snow from Georgia to Massachusetts.last_img read more

Hasina expects no help from Trump on Rohingya issue

first_imgBangladesh`s prime minister Sheikh Hasina speaks with a reporter during the United Nations General Assembly in New York City. Photo: ReutersBangladesh prime minister Sheikh Hasina said she spoke to US president Donald Trump on Monday about Rohingya Muslims flooding into her country from Myanmar, but she expects no help from him as he has made clear how he feels about refugees.As Trump left an event he hosted at the United Nations on reforming the world body, Hasina said she stopped him for a few minutes.“He just asked how is Bangladesh? I said ‘it’s doing very well, but the only problem that we have is the refugees from Myanmar’,” Hasina told Reuters in an interview. “But he didn’t make any comment about refugees.”A Myanmar military response to insurgent attacks last month in the country’s Rakhine state sent more than 410,000 Rohingya Muslims fleeing to neighboring Bangladesh, escaping what the United Nations has branded as ethnic cleansing.The Myanmar government says about 400 people have been killed in the fighting.Hasina, who is due to address the annual gathering of world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday, said Trump’s stance on refugees was clear, so it was not worth asking him for help with the Rohingya Muslim refugees.“Already America declared that they will not allow any refugees,” she said. “What I can expect from them, and especially (the) president. He already declared his mind … so why I should ask?”“Bangladesh is not a rich country … but if we can feed 160 million people, another 500 or 700,000 people, we can do it.”A senior White House official was unaware of the exchange but said Trump was deeply interested in the subject and that “he would definitely engage if it were brought up.”Shortly after taking office in January, Trump tried to put a 120-day halt on the US refugee program, bar Syrian refugees indefinitely and impose a 90-day suspension on people from six predominantly Muslim countries.“The travel ban into the United States should be far larger, tougher and more specific-but stupidly, that would not be politically correct!” Trump said on Twitter on Friday.Trump says the move is needed to prevent terrorist attacks and allow the government to put in place more stringent vetting procedures. There is a key Supreme Court hearing next month on the constitutionality of his executive order on the ban.About a million Rohingya lived in Rakhine State until the recent violence. Most face travel restrictions and are denied citizenship in a country where many Buddhists regard them as illegal immigrants from Bangladesh.Hasina said she wanted to see more international political pressure on Myanmar to allow the Rohingya to return.“(Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi) should agree that these people belong to her country and that Myanmar is their country. They should take them back,” she said. “These people are suffering.”Nobel laureate Suu Kyi has faced a barrage of international criticism for not stopping the violence. Myanmar national security adviser Thaung Tun told Reuters on Monday that Myanmar would ensure those who left their homes could return, but there was “a process we have to discuss.”US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley urged the Myanmar government to end military operations, grant humanitarian access, and commit to aiding the safe return of civilians to their homes.“People are still at risk of being attacked or killed, humanitarian aid is not reaching the people who need it, and innocent civilians are still fleeing across the border to Bangladesh,” Haley said after Britain hosted a meeting on the crisis in New York on Monday.A US deputy assistant secretary of state, Patrick Murphy, is due in Myanmar this week.last_img

Congress Looks To PostKatrina Tax Relief As Model For Harvey

first_img X Share Listen 00:00 /03:59 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Andrew Schneider | Houston Public MediaRep. Kevin Brady touring NRG Center shelter with Harris County Judge Ed Emmett, Sen. John Cornyn, and Rep. Ted Poe & in background.On Labor Day, just about every member of the Houston-area congressional delegation descended on the shelter at NRG Center. One after another, Republicans and Democrats took the podium to pledge massive assistance for Texans devastated by Harvey.Then came Congressman Kevin Brady’s turn. “In addition to funding help, our communities will need tax help as well,” he said.Tax help is Brady’s specialty. He chairs the House Ways and Means Committee. Until Harvey struck, his main focus was cutting taxes for high-earners and corporations – popular with Republicans, anything but with Democrats. But Brady struck a different note here: “tax help that I imagine will include lifting the charitable contribution limits, so our businesses and families can continue to give to us as we rebuild in this time of crisis. Finding ways so there is easy access to retirement funds and retirement plans for rebuilding your home.”There’s a model for Brady’s proposals. After Hurricane Katrina decimated New Orleans, Congress passed the Katrina Emergency Tax Relief Act. It provides a clue for how Harvey tax relief might work in southeast Texas. One of its biggest provisions was to make it easier for people to write off property losses from storm damage.“In order to get a tax benefit from a casualty loss deduction, the amount of the loss would need to exceed 10 percent of their income,” says IRS spokesman Eric Smith. “So what Congress did for 2005 Hurricane Katrina, Rita and Wilma is to eliminate that threshold.” The Katrina law also helped filers get a refund sooner so they could rebuild.But economist John Edwards of Tulane University says there was a catch. “If your property is not worth that much,” says Edwards, “then that’s not really going to help you very much.”That’s a big concern for Congressman Al Green. Nearly a fifth of his constituents in southwest Houston live below the poverty line.“When these events occur,” says Green, “people who work for wages are hit very hard, especially when they occur to the extent that we experienced here with Harvey.”Green is co-sponsoring a bill by Austin Congressman Lloyd Doggett, the ranking Democrat on Ways and Means. Doggett’s bill would help low-income workers get bigger, quicker tax refunds via the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit. It too uses Katrina tax relief as a model.Kevin Brady says he likes the idea, “so I’ve told Congressman Doggett I’m really eager to work with him.”Brady also wants to use tax credits to help businesses hire people who lost their jobs because of Harvey, as well as keep people they might otherwise have to lay off because of the storm. Such subsidies, another legacy of the Katrina tax bill, made a big difference to businesses in New Orleans.“Through this bill, Congress was saying, ‘We want our businesses there to come back. We want them to stabilize. We want them to hire the good people that they had before,’” says Jennifer Bernard-Allen, director of tax services at LaPorte CPAs and Business Advisors.“Certainly we need to bring businesses back. But we need to think also: who are these businesses going to employ?” says Tulane’s John Edwards. He says this is one area where post-Katrina legislation may provide little guidance. “New Orleans wouldn’t have come back anywhere near as quickly as it did had it not been for the influx of mainly Hispanic undocumented workers.”Undocumented immigrants were among the Houstonians worst hit by Harvey. Federal, state, and local officials have spent the past three weeks trying to reassure such residents that they can get help and that they won’t be deported if they do. But it’s far from clear how much of the post-Harvey tax relief they’ll ever see.last_img read more