8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts mike kirkwood There is tremendous value that comes from knowing a customer’s relationships with vendors. Right now, it is starting to look like social frameworks and the real-time Web are getting the upper hand in the market.One big benefit when the conversation about the transaction comes from an individual is that it can include all transactions, whereas when the approach comes from each enterprise, the information is limited partner by partner. At best, each vendor’s insight includes just a small slice of the individual based on their relationship, and misses the whole view. Social media to CRM, check! Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#cloud#Features At the annual Salesforce user conference this year, DreamForce ’09, the buzz was about its ability to merge people’s streams, Twitter for example, into their CRM solution.A new question for the industry emerges: Will the Salesforce cloud reach consumers on on their own timeline, or instead will social media own the stream and connect to the company directly?This seems like version two of the same battle that was seen in IT in the mid-90s. In those days, marketing owned the company website, which was used as a marketing extension to reach customers. Twitter and Facebook today is in the same place, where marketing is using social media to reach customers, and IT and sales are using CRM systems. But, in round one, IT ended up ruling the roost of the Web applications and infrastructure. The question of whether IT systems will be the new primary channel via tools like Salesforce is unclear, and could be a make-or-break scenario for those tools to prove their relevancy in the real-time Web.Facebook was bruised by the community for going too far, too fast in sharing personal information, but it is paving the way for that level of sharing to become mainstream. Recently, we saw the funding and launch of Blippy, a new service that allows a person to share their purchases from iTunes, Amazon, and other vendors with their followers and friends. It shows that transactions can, in fact, be social. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…
WASHINGTON – Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States, His Excellency Stephen Vasciannie, is slated to deliver the keynote address at an awards ceremony in Atlanta, Georgia, on January 19 which will culminate a series of year-long series activities staged in that city to mark Jamaica’s 50th Independence Anniversary The function, which is scheduled for the Atlanta City Hall Atrium, will see a number of Jamaicans residing in that city, being honoured for outstanding contributions to that community. Noted Jamaican singer, Karen Smith, and Atlanta-based artiste, Monty Montgomery, head the list of entertainers slated to perform at what is expected to be a grand affair. Several activities, showcasing Jamaica’s culture and heritage, were organized by the Jamaica 50 Atlanta Planning Committee, as Jamaicans and other nationals commemorated the country’s Independence Jubilee during 2012. The events included: an Ecumenical and Thanksgiving Service at St. Timothy’s Methodist Church; a Flag Raising Ceremony at Atlanta City Hall; and an Independence Ball hosted by the Atlanta/Jamaica Association. Other events staged, which were endorsed by the Planning Committee, included: a fashion cabaret; and the Atlanta Caribbean Jerk Festival. Patron of the activities, Jamaica’s Honourary Consul to Atlanta, Vin Martin, said the aim was to present an “entertaining and culturally-pleasing round of events that everyone (could) participate in and celebrate with us”, adding that “I know we succeeded in doing that”. Planning Committee President, Heather Potter, described the activities as a “wonderful celebration for the Jamaican community here in Atlanta (which) has allowed all of the metro-Atlanta area to experience Jamaica at its best”.
The Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) today appointed the Chair of the American Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR) and leading fashion designer Kenneth Cole as a UNAIDS International Goodwill Ambassador.Michel Sidibé (right), the Executive Director of UNAIDS, introduces fashion designer Kenneth Cole as an International Goodwill Ambassador.Credit/Copyright: UN Photo/Mark Garten“We are entering a crucial phase of the response to HIV and I know that Kenneth can make a significant and powerful contribution towards our shared vision of ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030,” said Michel Sidibé, the Executive Director of UNAIDS, speaking at a press briefing in New York.“His commitment, compassion and resolve will magnify our efforts to include everyone and to ensure that no one is left behind,” he added.The announcement was made at a special event held on the eve of the three-day United Nations General Assembly High-Level Meeting on Ending AIDS, which starts tomorrow at UN Headquarters.In his new role as an International Goodwill Ambassador for UNAIDS, Mr. Cole will work to rally the global community by continuing his longstanding role as an advocate for an inclusive response to the AIDS epidemic.He will help with the communication of clear benchmarks and goals in the AIDS response, including amfAR’s mission of finding a cure for HIV by 2020, in order to realize UNAIDS’ vision of ending AIDS as a public health threat by 2030.“I am confident that if people are put at the centre of the AIDS response we can realize one of this century’s greatest humanitarian achievements – the end of the AIDS epidemic,” said Mr Cole.“I am honoured by this appointment as a UNAIDS International Goodwill Ambassador. It is my hope to help intensify efforts to end the epidemic for everyone, everywhere,” he stressed.Mr. Cole has been a leading voice in the global response to AIDS for more than 30 years and continues to be a passionate champion for people living with HIV.In addition to managing his business interests, Mr. Cole has been chairman of amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research, since 2005. According to UNAIDS, he was instrumental in the launch of amfAR’s Countdown to a Cure campaign, which supports amfAR’s recently opened Institute for HIV Research, based at the University of California, San Francisco. The mission of the institute is to accelerate progress towards developing a cure for HIV.Meanwhile, the UN reported today that Thailand is the first Asian country to cross the threshold towards zero mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis, as well as being the first country with a large HIV epidemic to ensure an AIDS-free generation.“Thailand has turned around its epidemic and transformed the lives of thousands of women and children affected by HIV,” Mr. Sidibé said, adding that “Thailand’s progress shows how much can be achieved when science and medicine are underpinned by sustained political commitment.”The Minister of Health of Thailand was presented with the certificate of validation during a ceremony which took place in New York on the eve of the UN General-Assembly High-Level Meeting on Ending AIDS.“Thailand has demonstrated to the world that HIV can be defeated,” Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Regional Director of WHO’s South-East Asia Region, said while presenting the certificate of validation. He also said “this is a remarkable achievement for a country where thousands of people live with HIV.”The UN World Health Organization (WHO) also applauded Armenia, Belarus, and the Republic of Moldova for their remarkable accomplishments in eliminating mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis.“This is a tremendous achievement – a clear signal that the world is on the way to an AIDS-free generation,” said Margaret Chan, WHO Director-General, adding that “it is immensely encouraging to see countries succeed in eliminating mother-to-child transmission of these two infections.”
NFL player Colin Kaepernick received the pristine Amnesty International Ambassador of Conscience Award on Saturday (Apr. 21) and acknowledged the killings of Blacks and Latinos in America.The Amnesty International ceremony in Amsterdam holds an annual event to honor a person or organization “dedicated to fighting injustice and using their talents to inspire others.” Kaepernick was selected as the honoree for his stance towards racial injustice and his monumental national anthem protests.During the 30-year-old’s acceptance speech, he blasted police shootings of minorities as “lawful lynchings.”“Racialized oppression and dehumanization is woven into the very fabric of our nation — the effects of which can be seen in the lawful lynching of black and brown people by the police, and the mass incarceration of black and brown lives in the prison industrial complex,” Kaepernick explained.Although he was criticized by NFL teams and President Trump, the former San Francisco player defended his stance on kneeling during the national anthem.“How can you stand for the national anthem of a nation that preaches and propagates, ‘freedom and justice for all,’ that is so unjust to so many of the people living there,” Kaepernick asked.The NFL player still remains a free agent after separating from the San Franciso 49ers in 2016. Many feel Kaepernick is being blackballed in the league, but that never dismayed the player from fighting for social justice. He’s donated at least a million to different organizations and plans to grant $90 million for the next seven years to social justice causes.Secretary-General Salil Shetty of Amnesty International named Kaepernick “an athlete who is now widely recognized for his activism because of his refusal to ignore or accept racial discrimination” the Associated Press reported.The football player’s speech included quotes from civil rights leader Malcolm X to “join in with anyone – I don’t care what color you are – as long as you want to change this miserable condition that exists on this earth,” according to the Washington Post.“In truth, this is an award that I share with all of the countless people throughout the world combating the human rights violations of police officers, and their uses of oppressive and excessive force,” Kaepernick said during his speech.The NFL free agent was presented his award by a long-time friend and former teammate, Eric Reid who protested alongside Kaepernick.Kaepernick paid homage to Reid and his stance against racial injustice.“Eric introducing me for this prestigious award brings me great joy,” Kaepernick said. “But I am also pained by the fact that his taking a knee, and demonstrating courage to protect the rights of black and brown people in America, has also led to his ostracization from the NFL when he is widely recognized as one of the best competitors in the game and in the prime of his career,” Kaepernick stated according to AP.
6Lance LynnTEX✓.486<16.8 +1.503034394449535863 Many of the other elite performers on this list are matching the mold Trout has fit all too often: great player, not-so-great team. Texas’s Mike Minor and Lance Lynn have each had unexpectedly outstanding seasons, but the Rangers are below .500 — and again, pitchers are usually undervalued in MVP voting anyway. Boston has two top-line candidates in defending MVP right fielder Mookie Betts and shortstop Xander Bogaerts (plus a third if you count third baseman Rafael Devers, who ranks 12th in AL WAR), but the champs have almost no chance of making the postseason. The best of the A’s duo, Chapman, is on pace to run nearly 3 full WAR behind Trout by year’s end. And Houston has hoarded enough elite individual performances to potentially dilute each player’s MVP case, leaving Bregman as just one of many Astros who could claim credit for the team’s blistering 104-win pace this season.Perhaps all of this is why Trout is such an overwhelming favorite in the betting odds for the award. As of Sept. 2, the money line on Trout winning MVP was -1000, which implies a 90.9 percent chance of taking home the hardware.5Before adjusting for the bookmakers’ “take” on each bet. (Running second in the odds, with a 12.5 percent implied probability, was actually DJ LeMahieu of the Yankees, who ranks only 14th in the league in WAR, followed by Bregman at 9.1 percent.)Seldom in the entire history of baseball would voters consider the best player on a 74-win team — even a player as great as Trout — worthy of the game’s top individual honor. But in a season when so many other top players are either also toiling on bad teams or facing vote-splitting amongst star teammates, Trout appears to be the choice regardless of whether you prefer the “best” or “most valuable” player as your MVP.Check out our latest MLB predictions. Mike Trout’s WAR as of Sept. 4, prorated over 162 games, was 1.9 WAR ahead of No. 2 Alex Bregman, and Bregman’s team is +.184 ahead of Trout’s in winning percentage.Source: Baseball-Reference.com, FanGraphs +3.003540444954596368 3Matt ChapmanOAK.583796.9 2Alex BregmanHOU.645>997.9 +2.003236414550556065 7Mookie BettsBOS.53636.6 (It’s worth noting that this effect is more descriptive than causal — we don’t know how Trout, or any other player, would play on a different team alongside better teammates. But for the purposes of illustration, it’s clear that MVP voters are traditionally very responsive to players on better teams, even if they have a much smaller WAR lead than Trout currently has over Bregman.)In general, MVP voters have long tended to smile more on players with solid stats on winning teams than players with dominant numbers amidst a string of defeats. Only seven modern-era MVP winners were on teams with a losing record: Giancarlo Stanton (2017), Trout (2016), Alex Rodriguez (2003), Cal Ripken Jr. (1991), Andre Dawson (1987) and Ernie Banks (1958 and 1959). And among those, only three played for a team whose record was as bad as the current Angels’ is: Trout in 2016, Rodriguez in 2003 and Ripken in 1991. Similar to his MVP bid in 2016, another Trout win would be a rare victory for great players on bad teams — and another sign that voters are redefining the way they make that distinction between the “most valuable” and “best” players.But Trout might also get some help from just how scattershot the competition is in this year’s AL MVP race. Aside from Bregman and fellow Astros Justin Verlander and George Springer, Oakland’s Matt Chapman and Marcus Semien are the only other members of the AL’s top 10 in WAR on a team with any kind of playoff odds whatsoever. WAR through games on Sept. 4, 2019.Source: Baseball-Reference.com, FanGraphs +0.5027%31%36%40%45%50%55%59% An MVP candidate can always use more team successModeled probability of a league WAR leader winning the MVP award, based on his gap over the No. 2 player in WAR and on the deficit in winning percentage between the teams of the two players The AL MVP race has a lot going onTop 10 players in the 2019 American League by wins above replacement, plus team record and playoff odds (according to the FiveThirtyEight model) 1Mike TroutLAA.461<1%9.7 +1.002933374247525661 +3.503741465156616569 +2.503338424752576266 5Mike MinorTEX✓.486<16.8 10George SpringerHOU.645>996.3 No sport loves parsing out the “best player” vs. “most valuable” argument in MVP debates more than baseball. Sure, the NBA hasn’t given its MVP to a player on a nonplayoff team since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in 1976. But the best basketball players exert so much more influence on the game than their baseball counterparts that it’s difficult to have individual success without the team coming along for the ride. For MLB players, however, we frequently see good — and even historically great — seasons on bad teams. That creates a perfect recipe for all those endless debates about what “value” really means.Will it happen again this year? Some of the ingredients are there in the American League. AL wins above replacement1Using our JEFFBAGWELL metric to combine Baseball-Reference.com and FanGraphs WAR figures. leader Mike Trout is tracking for 9.7 WAR (prorated to 162 team games), which would once again rank among the top 100 individual campaigns by a batter since 1901. (He’s already had three of those in his eight full MLB seasons, and he came extraordinarily close to a fourth in 2013.) But his Los Angeles Angels are, once again, lousy. Our predictions think they’ll finish 20 games out of the playoff race, with a lowly 74-88 record.But before we dig in for one more round of online MVP bickering, another factor should come into play: This year’s AL MVP landscape is weird. There’s so much else going on, Trout could very well avoid too much friction along his path to putting a third Kenesaw Mountain Landis Award on his mantle.First, how big is Trout’s edge in individual value? The gap between his WAR and that of Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman, who ranks second in the AL, is 1.9 wins if prorated over 162 games. (That’s basically an entire season’s worth of value from an average player!) Limiting to cases in which the top two in WAR were both position players, the only league leader since 2002 with a wider gap came in the 2012 AL, when Trout himself was 2.5 wins ahead of No. 2 Robinson Cano. (Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera famously took home the MVP instead after winning the Triple Crown.) About three-quarters of WAR leaders in the modern MVP award era2Since 1931. lead the league by a smaller margin than Trout is on pace to beat Bregman by.Historically speaking, though, Trout’s MVP case would be better served if he were on a team with a slightly better record, even if his personal stats were worse. To examine this, I built a model3Using a Lasso classification regression on data since 1995. predicting a league WAR leader’s chances of winning the MVP based on his differentials (relative to the No. 2 player) in both WAR and team winning percentage.4I also accounted for whether the player was a pitcher — which significantly downgrades MVP odds after holding WAR constant — and whether the season came since WAR hit the big time as an MVP metric in 2012, which makes a WAR leader more likely to win MVP. According to the model, Trout would have better MVP odds than he currently does — with a 1.9-WAR lead on a .461 winning-percentage team — if his WAR lead got trimmed to a half-win but his team won just three or four more ballgames: WPCT Deficit 9Xander BogaertsBOS.53636.5 8Marcus SemienOAK.583796.5 WAR Lead-.200-.180-.150-.130-.100-.080-.050-.030 4Justin VerlanderHOU✓.645>996.8 RkPlayerTeamPitcher?Team WPctPlayoff OddsWAR/162
Terrible news for FC Barcelona, as they may be pushed to sign a new defender during the winter because Samuel Umtiti got a knee injury and will need surgery.It appears that defender problems keep piling up for FC Barcelona this season, Gerard Pique’s dip in form was enough and Samuel Umtiti has been confirmed with a knee injury that will require him to undergo surgery.The French centre-back had been suffering pains on his left knee with a clear problem on his cartilage that he had since before the World Cup and now the pain was too great to ignore from the club, the player needed to undergo tests that confirmed he will need to undergo surgery and will take him out of any competition for at least the next 50 days.The Catalan club has urged the player to get that operation as soon as possible because they will want him to get back in training after the next international break, but the doctors have already warned the club that the player may need a little more time than that to completely recover.This terrible news for Barcelona come just one day before a very important La Liga match against Athletic Club, and a few days before they have to visit Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley Stadium in the Champions League.Manager Ernesto Valverde confirmed that the player will miss the next match and didn’t disclose the possible surgery, mainly because the club is still hoping that Samuel can recover only with rest but the doctors have already adviced the opposite.This new development leaves Barcelona with options that have alarmed all the supporters, because they consider the club practically doesn’t have good enough players for the next two months.🎯 pic.twitter.com/L3R7lsc68z— Gerard Piqué (@3gerardpique) September 5, 2018Gerard Pique’s role without UmtitiWe’ve already discussed Gerard Pique’s dip in form that has made him commit terrible mistakes in the last two matches against Girona and Leganes, the club desperately needs him to increase his performance level because Umtiti was their defensive player who was delivering the best performances thus far.With this unexpected setback, it should be Pique’s time to get back in focus and get rid of all the distractions that have kept him from reaching his best level of performance that we all know he can deliver. This Saturday’s test becomes one of the most challenging for Pique and Barcelona, especially with the mindset he will have at the start of the match against Athletic Club as he has been under serious backlash in the last couple of weeks.There is no excuse for him right now, either he steps up to perform or his club will lose very vital points that they desperately need to win this weekend because of the Madrid Derby where one of their direct competitors will surely drop points at the Santiago Bernabeu later during the day.Top 10 players who played for both Barcelona and Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to talk about the best players who represented both Barcelona and Valencia, prior to their La Liga encounter at Camp Nou this evening.On paper, Gerard Pique is without question one of Barcelona’s best players and this is the best moment in which he is going to have to prove that now that Samu is not available for the next few matches. But the Catalan club has another problem, that is the defender they will have to use to replace Umtiti, their options are quite limited and alarming as well.💪⚽ Play hard, work hard @clement_lenglet #ForçaBarça 🔵🔴 pic.twitter.com/ioZ0WKIsmO— FC Barcelona (@fcbarcelona_fra) September 12, 2018Lenglet and VermaelenThe first and most obvious option to replace Samuel Umtiti during this time he will be injured, is his compatriot Clement Lenglet who just came back from a suspension after getting sent off in the match against Girona. There shouldn’t be a problem with the former Sevilla player, he should be able to play instead of Samuel without an issue.The only thing he needs to control a little bit better is his temper, which was the reason he received that red card that fortunately didn’t carry a longer suspension. The other option is Belgian defender Thomas Vermaelen, who is perhaps one of Barcelona’s most failed transfers in recent history and somehow has managed to remain in the Catalan club despite hardly ever playing any games.During the last match against Leganes, Ernesto Valverde decided to give Thomas his first start of the season and the result couldn’t have been more disastrous. Barcelona lost the match and Vermaelen made an awful pair with the also mentioned Gerard Pique, it’s unlikely that the manager will give him another chance for this game against Athletic but Vermaelen needs to improve his level if he wants to help out the squad during such difficult times.As far as tomorrow goes, Valverde will use Pique and Lenglet if nothing extraordinary happens, but everybody at the club is nervous for what might happen against the likes of Iñaki Williams or Iker Muniain at the Camp Nou.[📋 SQUAD LIST]⚽ #BarçaAthletic🔵🔴 #ForçaBarça pic.twitter.com/ggjbAAuMdc— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) September 28, 2018Which two defenders should Valverde use against Athletic Club in your opinion? Please share your thoughts in the comment section down below.
Former Barcelona captain Xavi Hernandez is full of praise for the Argentine international wonder Lionel Messi as he describes him as a being ‘from another planet’ who has continued to improve.For almost 10 years, Messi and former Barca captain Hernandez played alongside each other at the Camp Nou before Hernandez now joined Qatari club Al-Sadd as a central midfielder.“Messi continues to improve, to develop new qualities and add more ability,” Xavi told Super Deportivo de Villa Trinidad, as cited by Marca as quoted by Football Espana.Match Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).“He is from another planet and we are fortunate we can watch him every week at Barcelona, he has been here for the last 14 years and hopefully more to come.“Will he return to Argentina? I believe he will return because he is extremely competitive and once he has had his time to reflect, I believe he will return to win with Argentina.“Maradona’s criticism? It seems unfair, because to play for a national team with such high levels of expectation is not easy. The game is different now than his era.”
The project’s estimated to cost $12.3 million. KPB Mayor Charlie Pierce: “Obviously we don’t have the $5 million dollars in our balances, and we are unable to move forward without the $5 million dollars.” The bond package is part of a match for a state grant to pay for the new school. The borough was awarded $8,896,640 through the Alaska Department of Education & Early Development (DEED) towards the new school and the borough is required to provide a match. The bond package will go before the voters in the regular election on October 2. Kachemak Selo opened in 2008, and has 57 students, from PK-12. The current Kachemak Selo School consists of three buildings “in need of replacing”. The three buildings are privately owned and leased by the district. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai Peninsula Borough unanimously approved a $5.5 million bond package to pay for a new school at the Russian Old Believer village of Kachemak Selo, subject to voter approval.
ADC AUTHOR Army Secretary Mark Esper remains confident the service will meet its goal for about 500,000 active-duty soldiers and about 500,000 more in National Guard and Army Reserves, Army Times reported Thursday.In 2018 the Army had flatline recruiting results, closing out the year with no end strength gains.Esper said service leaders believe they will reach their long-term growth target, and it could possibly go higher.“I can’t tell you what the Army end strength will be. I know it has to be above 500,000. I know it has to be above 500,000 in the regular Army – and I’ve always said associated growth in the Guard and Reserve, he said. “But our war games could come out and tell us – in two years, or a year and a half – that we really need 504,000. Or it could come out and tell us that we need 540,000,” he added.Esper’s Army Vision statement proposes 500,000 in end strength in 2028, but past interviews, testimony and documents detail the growth plan for 483,500 at the start of 2019, with another 4,000 added yearly until the end of 2022.The Army’s 2018 recruiting included a shortfall of 6,500 recruits, while another 1,000 soldiers separated, ending the year even at about 476,000. DOD photo by Edward Lopez