Chelsea’s Michael Essien a transfer target for AC Milan, Galatasary

first_imgDidier Drogba’s Turks and Italian giants AC Milan have both approached the Blues about taking the midfielder on loan in the current window.Michael Essien is a January loan target for Galatasary and AC Milan.Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho may block any move, as the Blues could potentially face them both in the Champions League’s knockout rounds.Mourinho’s men WILL face Turkish giants Galatasaray in the last 16 and could draw AC Milan later on if they get past the Istanbul side.Midfielder Essien, 31, has had offers from both in this window – Chelsea are unlikely to let him join another English club.Essien has found himself down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge and this week’s £21million arrival of Nemanja Matic may further reduce his chances. But it is a World Cup year and clubs believe they may be able to tempt Essienwith the promise of regular games to help him prepare for Ghana’s campaignthis summer.Italians Napoli have also been linked with Essien, who spent last season on loan under Mourinho at Real Madrid, impressing and showing he can get back to his best.If Chelsea did rubber-stamp a move to Galatasaray it would mean a reunion with Didier Drogba, who was also part of Mourinho’s great success first time around at Stamford Bridge.last_img read more

Home runs by Bellinger, Martin and Hernandez not enough as Dodgers lose to White Sox

first_img Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season THE GAME: The Chicago White Sox scored eight runs against minor-league pitchers Yordy Cabrera and Parker Curry in the eighth inning and came from behind to beat the Dodgers 10-7 in a Cactus League game on Wednesday night at Camelback Ranch.PITCHING REPORT: Right-hander Ross Stripling pitched into the fourth inning, allowing two unearned runs on two hits and two walks. … Kenley Jansen gave up singles to the first two batters he faced but got out with a scoreless inning after a double play and a strikeout. … Bullpen candidate Yimi Garcia gave up a single in a scoreless inning but struck out two of the four batters he faced. Garcia has allowed four hits and walked one while striking out eight in six scoreless innings this spring. … Joe Kelly pitched a scoreless inning, his fourth in four appearances this spring. … Cabrera and Curry combined to throw five wild pitches and walk four batters to fuel the Sox’s big inning.HITTING REPORT: The Dodgers scored six runs in a fourth inning that featured back-to-back home runs by Cody Bellinger and Russell Martin. After back-to-back errors by White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson, Kiké Hernandez hit a three-run home run. … Hernandez is 12 for 32 (.375) with three home runs and 11 RBIs this spring. … Bellinger’s homer came off left-hander Manny Banuelos. … Joc Pederson was 1 for 3 with a double. Since starting the spring with just one hit in his first 17 at-bats, Pederson is 4 for 11.DEFENSE REPORT: Anderson tried to score from second on a wild pitch by Joe Kelly in the sixth inning. Martin scrambled to retrieve the ball and threw to Kelly who tagged Anderson for the out. … Chris Taylor and A.J. Pollock made outstanding defensive plays. Playing shortstop, Taylor handled a ground ball to his backhand, firing quickly to first base to retire Jose Rondon to end the second inning. Pollock went back to the warning track to make an over-the-shoulder catch on Anderson’s fly ball in the fourth. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies UP NEXT: Reds (RHP Sonny Gray) vs. Dodgers split squad (LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu), Thursday, 1 p.m., Camelback Ranch; Dodgers split-squad (RHP Kenta Maeda) at Padres (LHP Robbie Erlin), Thursday, 6:40 p.m., Peoria StadiumRelated Articlescenter_img How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco last_img read more

Pioneer Field Report: Keep growing degrees, wet weather in mind

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohio Ag Net’s Joel Penhorwood catches up with Pioneer Field Agronomist Alex Knight for this week’s Pioneer Field Report. The two talk wheat stands and how they’re holding up to this year’s unique weather. Growing degree days and units are also something to keep in mind this year, especially as time starts to slip away from planting season.last_img

4chan Founder: Anonymity is Authenticity

first_imgRelated Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting As the creator of one of the Internet’s most base, vile and creative websites, 4chan founder Chris Poole knows a little bit about the effects of user identity on user behavior. 4chan, a completely anonymous, real-time message forum, is the birthplace of many an Internet meme and user identity, or the lack thereof, can play a big part in this. Poole spoke about the collaborative, creative process today in his keynote address at SXSW in Austin, Texas, spending some time on the topic of identity and authenticity. In this horserace, Poole unsurprisingly comes out on the side of anonymity.The topic of authenticity has been in the news as of late, with the introduction of Facebook-powered comments on the Web and on sites like TechCrunch. The issue at hand is whether or not forcing users to connect their comments with their real identity will stifle expression. Will users be as honest, as authentic, if they have to connect their real name to what they say? Some, such as blogger Robert Scoble, argue that linking comments to Facebook identity increases authenticity, not only by adding context to what people say, but also that people cannot anonymously pose as other people. Poole, at least when speaking of authenticity in terms of creativity, appears to take quite the opposite position.“Anonymity is authenticity,” said Poole. “It allows you to share in an unvarnished, unfiltered, raw and real way. We believe in content over creator.” Of course, when we speak of 4chan, we’re talking about a collection of memes and creations that few bloggers or publishers would want to grace their comments section.  Poole argued that identity can stifle content creators (whether commenters or otherwise) because of what’s at stake.“The cost of failure is really high when you’re contributing as yourself,” said Poole. “To fail in an environment where you’re contributing with your real name is costly.”On this point, Scoble had a very different opinion when he wrote last week. “REAL change comes from people putting their necks on the line. I couldn’t remember a time when an anonymous person really enacted change in, well, anything. It’s why I sign my name to everything, even stuff that could get me fired,” wrote Scoble.What do you think – do you want Poole’s version of authenticity? Will anonymity always lead to the variety of creativity we see on 4chan? Or is anonymity a necessary party of true honesty and authenticity? mike melansoncenter_img Tags:#conferences#Identity#SXSW 2011#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Open Plan Offices Kill Productivity. Here’s What to Do Instead.

first_imgHow OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culture Tags:#productivity China and America want the AI Prize Title: Who … How to Make the Most of Your Software Developer… For years, the business world lived under the false pretense that open plan offices were a killer idea. I myself even bought into the hype. At Netconcepts, the digital agency I founded (and sold in 2010), only the executives had offices with doors that closed. Open plan offices were a win-win for anyone looking to cut costs and spark collaboration among employees, or at least that was the general consensus. After all, an open plan office is bound to boost morale and ignite free-flowing conversations, right?Not so fast. A new Harvard study revealed that open plan offices have the exact opposite effect on workplaces: they actually kill collaboration and productivity.The study, published in the journal Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, looked into the impact of open office spaces on employees at two Fortune 500 companies. The results were staggering. The participants had 70% fewer face-to-face interactions and sent 56% more emails in open plan offices. Rather than promoting collaboration, open air spaces caused employees to withdraw into the world of electronic messaging.Even worse, the lack of face-to-face interaction had a direct impact on workplace productivity. Performance reviews showed a startling decrease in overall metrics – showing that office chit-chat might actually be a good thing for productivity.Researchers Ethan Bernstein and Stephen Turban summarized their findings by stating: “Consistent with the fundamental human desire for privacy and prior evidence that privacy may increase productivity, when office architecture makes everyone more observable or ‘transparent’, it can dampen [face-to-face] interaction, as employees find other strategies to preserve their privacy; Rather than have an [face-to-face] interaction in front of a large audience of peers, an employee might look around, see that a particular person is at his or her desk, and send an email.”If employees are less productive in this setting, and more likely to communicate electronically, wouldn’t it be better for them to work remotely? The numbers seem to suggest that’s the case.Stanford economics professor Nicholas Bloom gained some revealing insights in a two-year study of workplace productivity at Ctrip, China’s largest travel agency. At the time, Ctrip was suffering from high attrition – with employees struggling thanks to long commute times and unaffordable rent near their Shanghai headquarters.Bloom divided a group of 500 employees into two groups – a control group and remote workers. The control group continued working at Ctrip’s headquarters, while the remote team converted to working at home full-time.The results speak for themselves. Published in The Quarterly Journal of Economics, the study showed a number of benefits in favor of a remote setting. Home workers saw a 13% increase in performance and improved job satisfaction. Even more impressive – their attrition rate was cut in half. Bloom noted that the remote team had two things working in their favor – limited distractions and extra time. By being free of factors like office interruptions and commute times, the at-home workers were simply able to get more done.As Bloom notes during his TEDxStanford presentation, the term “virtual office” summons images of lazy workers lounging on the couch or in pajamas. In reality, working from home has enormous potential. Remote workers tend to feel happier and more valued – signs of a productive and loyal workforce. Even better, they can save money. Ctrip was able to increase profits by $2,000 per employee by saving on office expenses.Could remote teams really propel your business to be more productive and profitable? The answer is yes, according to innovative entrepreneurs like Tim Ferriss and Matt Mullenweg who have leveraged remote teams to their advantage. Thankfully, you don’t have to play the guessing game when it comes to your team’s productivity. Time-tracking software like Time Doctor lets you keep a watchful eye on your employees from afar. This software monitors workplace activity by tracking time use, taking screenshots of employee computers and providing analytics on potential poor time use. Through this data, you can glean insights into your team’s productivity and even monitor your workers – without paying for an office. When I interviewed Time Doctor founder Rob Rawson for my Get Yourself Optimized podcast, he noted that one of the main benefits of a remote team is that you can hire from literally anywhere in the world, meaning you have access to a much deeper pool of talent. Managing a virtual team is easier – and more common – than ever before. Nearly 50% of millennials are already freelancing. The rest of the country will soon follow suit, as experts predict that the majority of workers will freelance in some capacity by 2027. There are already a wealth of tools and software available to help you manage a remote team like you would in an office setting.Our perceptions don’t always reflect reality. Open plan offices don’t stimulate creative collaborations or enhanced productivity – in fact, it’s quite the opposite. With their extra freedom, remote workers have better performance and morale. Businesses should welcome the idea of ditching the traditional office and embracing a virtual team. It might just help them save money, avoid attrition and boost workplace productivity. Stephan Spencer Related Posts Stephan is an internationally recognized SEO Expert, author, blogger professional speaker, consultant, and founder of Netconcepts. What Nobody Teaches You About Getting Your Star…last_img read more

State extends tenure of VI Pay panel for 6th time

first_imgKolkata: The state government has extended the tenure of the Sixth Pay Commission till December 31, 2019. This is for the sixth time that the commission’s tenure has been extended. The state Finance department issued a notification in this regard on Monday undersigned by Additional Chief Secretary Finance H.K. Dwivedi.The state government had set up the Sixth Pay Commission on November 28, 2015 headed by professor of Indian Statistical Institute (ISI) Abhirup Sarkar. Its initial term was for six months but the state government kept on extending its tenure. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe last extension was ordered on November 27 2018. According to sources in the Finance department, an additional Rs 30,000 crore will be needed to implement a new pay structure. The demand for a revised pay structure has been gaining momentum since the Centre implemented the Seventh Pay Commission recommendations for its staff in January 2016. The resentment among state government employees for the delay in implementing the VII pay commission reflected in the postal ballot results where the BJP won in 39 of the 42 Lok Sabha seats. The Opposition led employees’ unions have strongly protested against Monday’s extension. CPI-M backed State Coordination Committee condemned the state government’s decision to extend the Commission’s tenure for another seven months. Bijoy Shankar Singha, general secretary of State Coordination Committee said: “A protest against the move will be organised across all government offices during tiffin break on Tuesday.”last_img read more

November 28 2007 We last reported on 10307 a

first_imgNovember 28, 2007 We last reported on 10/3/07 about interior construction on the first floor of Unit 10 in the East Crescent. Crew leader Maggie Lamb directs a group of construction interns and workshop participants to continue interior finishing. [Photo & text: sa] Interns Daniela Cardace and Elisabetta Quaglino cut drywall exactly to accommodate a utility panel. [Photo & text: sa] Some of the November 4. workshop participants stain wooden planks. The wood will be used to cover a wall at the back entrance to this appartment. This report continues on 11/30/07. [Photo & text: sa]last_img read more