Giants free agents express desire to return, fit remains in question

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO–Regardless of who the Giants hire to overhaul the team’s roster this offseason, significant changes are in order.An offense responsible for one of the worst seasons in franchise history needs more youth, power and athleticism while a pitching staff loaded down by bloated contracts could use a few more arms at bargain prices.Reshaping the core of the club is a difficult challenge made more complicated by the dynamics of the roster. Several high-profile players possess no-trade …last_img read more

World Cup concert on song

first_imgThe 2010 Fifa World Cup concert is setto draw the crowds, all for a good cause.(Image: Control Room) MEDIA CONTACTS • Delia FischerFifa media office, Johannesburg+27 83 201 0470• Ehrin CummingsPublic relations director, Control Room+1 310 550 3883RELATED ARTICLES• SA starts the 2010 countdown• World Cup fever spreads abroad• World Cup ticket sales soar• Star-studded concert for 2010Janine ErasmusOrganisation of the highly anticipated 2010 Fifa World Cup Kick-off Celebration concert is underway, and the first batch of artists has just been announced.A host of international artists as well as some of Africa’s brightest stars are in the line-up, which promises to attract music lovers of all persuasions. The event takes place on the eve of the opening game between South Africa’s Bafana Bafana and Mexico in Johannesburg on 11 June.The organisers are touting it as “the greatest entertainment show to date in Africa”.From Mali, Amadou & Mariam as well as the Tuareg group Tinariwen and singer/guitarist Vieux Farka Touré will thrill the crowds. Beninese songbird Angélique Kidjo, no stranger to South Africa, is also set to grace the stage.Local favourites Vusi Mahlasela and the Parlotones as well as relative newcomers BLK JKS will strut their stuff alongside their peers from abroad.The international contingent is no less impressive. The likes of Alicia Keyes, Black Eyed Peas, John Legend, Shakira, and Colombian group Juanes have also been confirmed for the event.Besides a feast of local and international music, concert-goers can expect to see guest appearances from past and present football greats, and other celebrities. Further announcements regarding performers are expected in due course.Fifa secretary-general Jérôme Valcke expressed his delight at the stellar line-up. “We are thrilled to have a concert of such magnitude and performing talent raise the curtain on the first Fifa World Cup in Africa,” he said. “It is testament to the universal and unifying power of football and music, and will start the competition off on the right note – of celebration.”The main beneficiary is 20 Centres for 2010, Fifa’s official charity for 2010. This project aims to build social cohesion and instil new confidence in South African youngsters through the Beautiful Game.Fifa and local partners are building 20 Football for Hope centres across South Africa, which are expected to transform communities by introducing the football vibe, and basic social and healthcare services.Former Bafana Bafana captain and perennial crowd favourite Lucas Radebe expressed his pride not only in the football tournament, but also in the concert.“We in South Africa are blessed to be hosting two first-time events – the first Fifa World Cup held on the African continent and the first Fifa World Cup Kick-off Celebration concert.”Radebe said he believed the two events would go a long way towards bringing about a deeper unity among the people of South Africa.Top-notch venueThe venue is Orlando Stadium in Soweto and the concert is scheduled for 8pm, local time.Between 2006 and 2008 the stadium was refurbished to the tune of R280-million (US$38-million), and has now been designated as a training venue for teams taking part in the World Cup.The multi-functional venue also features extensive hospitality and conference facilities, a gymnasium, fan shop, administration block and top-notch security. With seating capacity increased to over 40 000 from 24 000, the stadium is now equipped to handle football and rugby matches and community gatherings as well as music events.For the concert, 30 000 tickets are on offer, ranging in price from R450 ($62) for outer circle standing room to R1 150 ($157) for lower level seating. Tickets are on sale from 17 March and may be purchased from anywhere in the world by going to www.computicket.com. Local music lovers can book their tickets telephonically on +27 83 915 8000.A wider audience of hundreds of millions from all around the world is expected to tune in. At home, broadcast partners include radio stations Kaya FM, Talk Radio 702 and 94.7 Highveld Stereo.Besides VAT, the ticket price includes Computicket’s fee and the cost of park-and-ride facilities from nearby Nasrec showgrounds. Private cars will not be allowed anywhere near the stadium on the night, but fans can rest assured that the organisers are implementing a comprehensive security plan both at the stadium and at Nasrec.Experienced crewFifa is organising the concert in collaboration with the events management team from Control Room, a vastly experienced company behind the successes of, among others, Live Earth 2007 and the Live 8 series of free benefit concerts.Control Room’s founder and CEO, the award-winning producer Kevin Wall, has overseen the staging of more than 100 shows since the company’s inception in 2005. As the concert’s executive producer he now brings his vast expertise to South Africa.“We believe sports and music transcend cultural, language and geographic barriers,” said Wall, “and through the official Fifa World Cup Kick-Off Celebration Concert, Control Room will present the sights and sounds of unity and celebration for an unforgettable, must-see experience.”last_img read more

Google Voice Is Now Open for Everyone (in the U.S.)

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts frederic lardinois Google Voice gives you a new phone number that can ring all of your landline and mobile phones simultaneously and provides automatic voicemail transcriptions. In addition, Google Voice offers free calls and text messages in the U.S. and Canada, as well as cheap international calls.The service is based on GrandCentral, a service that Google acquired in July 2007. Last November, Google also acquired Skype competitor Gizmo5, though the company hasn’t integrated any of Gizmo5’s functionality into Google Voice yet. In the long run, though, Google Voice could easily morph into a full-blown competitor to Skype.A number of other services, including the newly launched Phonebooth.com and Ribbit have launched Google Voice competitors with very similar features, though Google’s name recognition and ability to integrate this telephony service into its other products gives Google a competitive advantage. Tags:#Google#news#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Our Favorite FeaturesIf you are not familiar with Google Voice, here are some of our favorite features:transcribed voicemails: whenever somebody leaves a voicemail, Google Voice will transcribe the message as best it can (this only works for English right now). These transcripts are then forwarded to your email account and you can also opt to receive an SMS notification. listening in to voicemails: whenever you receive a call and decide to let it go to voicemail, you can also choose to listen in and even pick up the call if it turns out to be an important message. This feels just like the old days when answering machines with tapes were still a novelty. call screening: one neat option in Google Voice is the ability to screen calls. If you activate this feature, callers will be prompted to leave their name once they call, and once you pick up the phone, Google Voice will play the name back and you can choose whether you want the call to go to voicemail or actually speak to this person. You can opt to let all unknown callers who are not in your Google address book go through this procedure or just those calls from callers who have blocked their caller ID. recording calls: at any time during a call, you can press 4 and the call will be recorded. This only works for calls you receive on your phone for now, and doesn’t work for outgoing calls. conference calls: just ask participants to call your Google Voice number and as more callers arrive, you can just conference them in – this works for up to 4 callers. switching phones: if you want to switch phones during a call (say you took a call on your landline and decide you want to take a walk and continue the call on your cell), just press * and all your other phones will ring again and you can continue the conversation on any othe rphone. SMS: you can send and receive text messages from your Google Voice account and web interface integration with Google Contactsit just works: the call quality is good, we didn’t experience any outages during the last few months, and calls aren’t dropped. Google Voice does what it says it does, and it does it well. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market It’s been a long time coming, but Google just announced that Google Voice is now open for everyone. Until today, Google Voice was an invite-only service, though Google slowly opened up the doors to more users over the last few months and the service already has over one million users. Starting today, anybody with a Google Account in the U.S. can open a Google Voice account and get a Google Voice phone number without having to wait for an invitation. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

Google Offers Tools for Bringing Websites to TV

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… What do you think – has Google TV arrived to the point where you’re thinking about making sure you have a version of your site that works on it? Or is that the last thing on your mind? Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Google#Internet TV#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… mike melanson Related Posts As if Web designers and developers didn’t have enough on their plates, what with the variety of browsers and standards to code for, there’s a new kid in town – Internet TV. Not only do they need to account for browser, screen size and standard, but an entirely different method of interaction. Today, Google has acknowledged this problem, writing that it has worked to create some easy solutions for developers looking to optimize their content for Google TV.“As the Google TV platform continues to launch across more devices, developers are probably searching for an easy way to bring great content to Google TV users. We’re happy to announce that we have an answer,” the company writes on its blog. But what is this answer? According to Google, it’s not only using the same standards and tools that are in use for the Web, but also providing some simple starting points:Google TV enables developers to build powerful websites using the same technologies they already work with. These include HTML5, JavaScript, CSS and Flash. While existing websites can be displayed in Google TV, the user experience isn’t always ideal within the context of a living room. We previously provided a guide for optimizing websites for TV, and today we’re releasing several templates and a UI library to make it easier for developers to build optimized sites.Of course, Google TV is Android based and developers are still awaiting access to the devices to begin developing Android apps. Early on in January, a team of hackers rooted Google TV so developers could begin working on porting their Android apps over to Google TV, but the hack is not for the faint of heart. Not to mention, an app is not a substitute for a website that displays properly on all devices it will be accessed from.To that end, Google has released two template designs focused on delivering video content. They’re open source under the Apache 2 license, so they’re fully customizable. Take a look at the example below:last_img read more

Federer not keen on his kids following in footsteps

first_imgRoger Federer. APRoger Federer says he’s a big believer in kids playing sport, but he’s not keen on his own children following in his footsteps.The Swiss great and wife Mirka had identical twins Myla Rose and Charlene Riva in 2009 and another set came along five years later, Leo and Lenny. ADVERTISEMENT They are occasionally seen watching their dad ply his trade, but after years travelling the world on the tennis tour, the 36-year-old would prefer not to have to do it all over again.“I mean, I hope they don’t just because we don’t need another 25 years on tour,” he said at the Australian Open when asked if he would encourage them to be professional players.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBut he added: “No, I’m just a supportive parent. I can’t tell which direction they’re going to go. “If there’s going to be anything in sports or somewhere in finance or business, I have no idea where they’re going to go. All I know is I’ll be incredibly supportive of them.” MOST READ Suarez Navarro rallies into Open quarterfinal Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa “I think it’s great for them to do sports early on in their life. I think it’s good for them,” he said.“Winning, losing, that comes a little bit later, but you learn a lot from that. I did anyway. I think also you make a lot of friends through sports.“You get to know yourself a bit better. It’s healthy. You move around. You go outside. I’m a big believer in these things.” Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH He did reveal they already play tennis, not because he has been encouraging them, but because their friends all do and he doesn’t want them to feel left out.“I’m happy they all do play tennis a little bit because basically literally all our friends who have kids as well, they all play tennis,” he said. “I wouldn’t want my kids to be the only ones who don’t play tennis, so with my wife we have sort of a little requirement on things they have to do in their life, and tennis is unfortunately one of them. “It’s not because we want them to. It’s because I think it would be a pity if they played no tennis at all.”Despite the reluctance for his children to follow in his footsteps, Federer, who is chasing a 20th Grand Slam in Melbourne, is a great believer in kids playing sport more generally, believing it can teach them a lot.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles04:59DOH: Breastfeeding, proper knowledge of child feeding can combat malnutrition00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Commerce Township business owner joins Rep Kesto for State of the State

first_img Categories: Garcia News,Garcia Photos,News,Photos PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Klint Kesto, R-Commerce Township, had George Earhart (left) and Jack Tatigan (right) of OT Investigations and Associates join him as guests for the State of the State address Tuesday at the state Capitol. Earhart is the chief operation manager and Tatigan is owner and president at the Commerce Township-based OT Investigations, a personal/private investigation and security firm featuring professionals with local, state and federal law enforcement and U.S. military experience.  “It was an honor to have George and Jack as my guests,” Rep. Kesto said. “Small businesses are the foundation of a strong economy. I am dedicated to supporting entrepreneurs and small business owners in the 39th District and across the state of Michigan.” 18Jan Commerce Township business owner joins Rep. Kesto for State of the State speechlast_img read more