Sharks re-sign Timo Meier to four-year deal

first_imgSAN JOSE — The Sharks got a major piece of business done Monday, signing restricted free agent Timo Meier to a four-year contract extension that eliminated any possibility that the 22-year-old forward would receive an offer sheet from another NHL team.Meier’s contract carries an average annual value of $6 million, making him the third-highest paid forward on the Sharks behind Logan Couture and Evander Kane, whose deals have an AAV of $8 million and $7 million, respectively. Pierre LeBrun of …last_img

The 4th-Generation iPad Makes Me Feel Like A Sucker

first_imgjohn paul titlow Tags:#Apple#iPad#iPad mini#new ipad Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …center_img Related Posts At first, I didn’t think much about about the new iPads Apple launched yesterday. Sure, the iPad Mini represents an interesting push into the market for smaller, cheaper tablets, but I certainly don’t need one. And the fourth-generation iPad? It’s the company’s least substantial tablet hardware upgrade yet, hardly an improvement over the new iPad I bought six months ago. Apple’s new tablets are nice, but their arrival didn’t have an impact on me.Then I got a text from my brother. “Want to split a third generation iPad for Mom for Christmas? Only $379 refurbed.” Hey, that’s a pretty good deal! Only $379 for a new, 10-inch iPad with a Retina display, nice camera and everything. Just like the one I bought a few months… Hey, wait a minute. Dammit it, Apple!See Also: Why The “New” iPad Should Never Have Been ReleasedI’m not one to impulsively spring for every new gadget that comes along. As a rule, I always skip at least one generation when upgrading my phone. When the iPad 2 came out, I held onto my first generation Apple tablet, waiting for the next version to launch. As a freelance writer, I tend to be very judicious and budget-concious when it comes to shelling out for new devices.But when the “new iPad” started shipping in the spring of this year, I knew it was time to upgrade. Not only was it thinner and faster than my first generation iPad, but it had that super high-resolution Retina display and two cameras. I sold my now-outdated tablet and put the cash toward a brand new, shiny third-generation iPad. Now, a mere six months later, that very same device is available from Apple at a 25% discount. Gee thanks, guys. If I had known the “new” iPad would become the “old” iPad before the end of the year, I would have held out. I’m not the only customer feeling burned by Apple’s uncharacteristically rapid relaunch cycle. After I tweeted a complaint, SoundCloud‘s Head of Audio Manolo Espinosa responded, saying that he had picked up an iPad 3 just a month ago and was now “feeling the pain.” Fortunately for him, the Apple Store let him return the device and get his money back. Not all customers will be so lucky.  Alas, this is one of the perils of being a consumer of mobile technology these days. With every Apple product launch, customers joke about how the company just made their existing phone, tablet or laptop obsolete.Of course, that’s an exaggeration, as my still-perfectly-functional iPhone 4 demonstrates. But electronics manufacturers – especially Apple – have a way of making their customers feel like suckers by pushing out new iterations of their prized gadgets sooner than ever.Normally, buyers of new iOS devices have a year to feel like super-cool, cutting-edge early adopters. This time around, Apple shortened the window to six months in order to get new devices out in time for the holiday shopping season and ensure more universal adoption of  the Lightning connector that debuted with the iPhone 5 last month. That’s great for Apple. I’m sure it will sell a make nn ungodly amount of money selling iPads and iPad Minis this year.Me? I’ve learned my lesson. I’ll be holding out for the iPad 9.  The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

The Number One Mistake Leaders Make With Reporting

first_imgSoftware programs generate reports that provide leaders and managers with the metrics they need to run their business. Customer Relationship Management software tracks activity, opportunity funnels, client interactions, and sales.These tools are powerful when used well. But used incorrectly, they can produce an unwanted and unexpected outcome: the loss of accountability.The Difference in Reports and ReportingReports are a record of something that has already occurred. They allow you to review data, find trends, identify gaps, and make decisions. All of these things are important.Reporting is different from reports. When someone you lead has to “report to you,” they are responsible for verbally providing you with information. This is different from you looking at you reports you generate.“But wait,” you say, “isn’t it a waste of time to have one of the people I lead walk me through their activity and outcomes when I can very easily pull up a dashboard and see how they’re doing?” The answer is, “No. It is not better. It is dangerous.”When the person reporting has to access their information themselves, identify areas where they need improvement, and make decisions about what they need to next, they are reviewing their own performance. When they report it to you, you are holding them accountable. When you review the data and the person you lead doesn’t have to report to you, you are eliminating that accountability.Hiding In Plain SightThere are leaders and managers who allow the people they lead to hide in plain sight. Their results are visible, but their leaders don’t talk about their individual results with them with any kind of real cadence (or sometimes at all). People can struggle for months or years with no one requiring them to answer for their performance or coaching them, their results visible to anyone who looks at reports.This is one of the ways leaders kill accountability. They look at the numbers, but they don’t require their employees to report their results themselves. By eliminating the requirement that their people have to report, face-to-face or by phone, they unknowingly destroy accountability.Reporting is different than reports. They’re both important, but only one of them creates a culture of accountability. Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

Kareena Kapoor shows her moves on Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa

first_imgKareena Kapoor Khan had been busy refuting rumours of differences with film-maker Karan Johar ever since she was dropped from his upcoming production Shuddhi. She chose the platform of dance reality show Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa to clear the air. Dressed in an off-white anarkali suit, Kareena made an appearance on the sets of the show to promote her upcoming film Singham Returns, slated for release on Independence Day.Kareena Kapoor Khan with Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa judges (from left) Remo D’Souza, Madhuri Dixit and Karan Johar.The public display of affection between Kareena and Karan was too glaring for anyone to miss. Bebo revealed how she has always enjoyed sharing a stage with Karan and working with him in films in Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham. She has been missing in action after her last film Gori Tere Pyar Mein opposite Imraan Khan. The film failed to leave any impression at the box office, but, a dance number Tooh, did catch up with the audience. Kareena is trying to ensure that her comeback with Rohit Shetty directed Singham Returns opposite Ajay Devgn is not missed by anyone.Kareena was at her cheerful best as she sportingly came up on stage to dance with young dancing sensation Akshat Singh. Madhuri Dixit gave a tough competition to Kareena as she agreed to match steps with her on hit number Tooh. In the film, Kareena will be seen shaking a leg with rapper Yo Yo Honey Singh for an opening video album based on the Singham theme.advertisementlast_img read more

16 days agoCasper exclusive: Man Utd must follow Man City with sporting director hire

first_imgTagsTransfersOpinionAbout the authorAndrew Maclean FollowShare the loveHave your say Casper exclusive: Man Utd must follow Man City with sporting director hireby Andrew Maclean16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveClass of 92′ graduate Chris Casper says Manchester United should follow in the footsteps of their rivals by hiring a sporting director.The Red Devils have gone from perennial champions under Sir Alex Ferguson to floating in the Premier League abyss six years after the great Scot’s departure. David Moyes, Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho have been and gone, and current manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could be next with his team sitting 12th on the table.Every United fan and their dog have had an opinion on where the club’s gone wrong, with recruitment the term heard frequently amongst pub banter and social media threads.United are looking for a sporting director to rectify the problem, with a range of names thrown around from RB Leipzig mastermind Paul Mitchell to ex-United leader Rio Ferdinand.But news of an appointment has dried up and recruitment has faltered as a result, as Solskjaer’s sudden shortage of attacking options can attest.United are undoubtedly leaps and bounds behind league leaders Manchester City and Liverpool, and Salford City sporting director Casper thinks filling the new position will allow for maximum efficiency throughout the club.Asked if it would be smart move, Casper told TribalFootball.com: “Yeah I think so. Especially when you look at Txiki Begiristain with Man City and Michael Edwards at Liverpool as their sporting directors. “I think it’s just about having that link with the manager, I think it’s really important. The strategic plan and the plan the owners are looking to achieve, I think that’s got to be clear in how you want to achieve it and you need to someone who is going to help co-ordinate that. “You can lack support for all the different departments, and especially for the manager on the side of recruiting staff, recruiting players and take away a lot of the nonsense that managers in the past have had to deal with, speaking to agents and trying to deal with players and things like that. “The head coaches that Man City and Liverpool have got are unbelievable coaches and they can focus on what they do best and that’s working with players on the training and getting the best out of them. And it’s clearly working for them because they are the best two teams in the league.”Solskjaer has intimated United would be targeting young and hungry British players in their recruitment drive this past summer.Signings Harry Maguire, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Daniel James all meet those requirements, which Casper thinks is a wise idea for the future.He added: “It’s sensible. It’s got to be a long-term strategic plan. “It can’t be short-term, over one year or 18 months. It has to be a five, ten-year plan of what they’re going to do. You look at Manchester City, obviously not with British players, but they have a certain identity of a player that they want to bring in and they’ve been doing it for the last eight to ten years. “That’s a long-term strategy and plan that’s flourishing. That’s what Man Utd has to look towards now and hopefully this is the start of young players being given an opportunity. “It’s the biggest club in the world and they’ve got to get back to hopefully where they were seven or eight years ago, regularly challenging for the Premier League and Champions League.” last_img read more

ESPN’s Football Power Index Strength Of Schedule Rankings Are SEC-Heavy

first_imgESPN’s pre-season Football Power Index (FPI), defined as “a measure of team strength that is meant to be the best predictor of a team’s performance going forward for the rest of the season” has debuted. The rankings are compiled based off the results of 10,000 simulations. One of the categories you can rank teams in order of is remaining strength of schedule. Since the 2015 season hasn’t begun, the FPI strength of schedule rankings represent which teams have the toughest slates this year. Alabama tops the FPI strength of schedule rankings, and the top 20 is not surprisingly SEC-heavy. Twelve of the 20 programs are members of the SEC. ESPN SOS RankingESPN SOS RankingThe full FPI rankings are available here.last_img

Video: Penn State’s James Franklin Wears Easter Bunny Costume, Tackles Pinata

first_imgJames Franklin wears a bunny costume while tackling a piñata.James Franklin BunnyEaster Sunday is tomorrow, and Penn State head football coach James Franklin is hosting an event for children at his house. It features candy, possibly an egg hunt…and Franklin dressed up as the Easter Bunny.Yup, that’s correct. Franklin dressed up as the Easter Bunny and took down the pinata containing candy for all the party-goers. Instead of using a bat, he laid out and tackled the pinata. A 6’2″ and extremely competitive Easter bunny at @coachjfranklin‘s house? Yup, that checks out. pic.twitter.com/ISCItB4qgG— Penn State Football (@PennStateFball) March 26, 2016Father, Coach, Friend, Loving Husband…Easter Bunny? @coachjfranklin #PSUnrivaled Happy Easter from Happy Valley pic.twitter.com/3iv9Y6Z02R— PJ Mullen (@psuPJ) March 26, 2016That’s an incredible sight. Not every day you see a Big Ten head coach in a furry costume tackling a pinata. [ Dr. Saturday ]last_img read more

APTN wins top honours at Canadian Screen Awards

first_imgAPTN NewsTwo APTN journalists were honoured at the 2018 Canadian Screen Awards Tuesday night.Karyn Pugliese, the network’s executive director of news and current affairs, and Cullen Crozier of APTN Investigates took top prizes.Pugliese was awarded the Gordon Sinclair Award for Broadcast Journalism.Wow. @APTNInvestigate @CullenCrozier has won a #CanadianScreenAwards pic.twitter.com/B8WL44XS63— Holly Moore (@HollyMooreaptn) March 7, 2018Historically, “we’ve had so few chances to share our stories with other Canadians,” Pugliese said in accepting the career achievement honour at a gala in Toronto.Now, on APTN, “we’ve been able to tell you our struggles, our pride and our hopes.”(Karyn Pugliese, APTN’s executive director of news and current affairs.)The first Indigenous woman to win the Gordon Sinclair Award for Broadcast Journalism! Congratulations Karyn! Our leader in so many ways. @KarynPugliese #CanadianScreenAwards @APTNNews https://t.co/YK3EjyEs4s— Cheryl McKenzie (@CMc_Kenzie) March 7, 2018APTN Investigates won the best news or information segment category for Against Their Will – a story about the sterilization of Indigenous women at a Saskatoon hospital.The episode re-created the shock, pain and trauma young women and mothers say they were subjected to – many times without their consent – as they underwent tubal ligations. A lawyer has now taken up the case and is filing a class-action lawsuit against the hospital, health authority, province of Saskatchewan and Canadian government.The episode was produced by Crozier, who is based in Yellowknife. Program executive producer Paul Barnsley and show producer Holly Moore were also in attendance.It’s the first win at the Canadian Screen Awards for APTN Investigates but not the first nomination.The awards honour achievements in television news, sports, documentary, lifestyle, factual and reality categories.Prizes are handed out all week culminating in a television broadcast Sunday night.last_img read more

South Peace Caribou Closure Town Halls

first_imgThere will be a 1/2 hour presentation about mapping, socio-economic impacts and feedback from stakeholders by the Concerned Citizens for Caribou Recovery as well as a question and answer period. Saturday, March 2nd, 2019  9 am-NoonGeorge Dawson Inn, Dawson CreekSaturday, March 9th, 2019 9 am-NoonPomeroy Inn & Suites, ChetwyndFor more information; CLICK HERE DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The Dawson Creek & District Chamber of Commerce will be hosting Town Halls regarding the Caribou Recovery Programs in the South Peace.Two upcoming information sessions will be held in Dawson Creek and Chetwynd. The events will be hosted by the Concerned Citizens for Caribou Protection group and the Chamber of Commerce from the participating town.Each session will give updates on information on the provincial and federal governments and guest panellists including MP Bob Zimmer, MLA Mike Bernier, Blair Lekstrom from the City of Dawson Creek and Dan Rose from the Peace River Regional District.last_img read more