11-0 since we wrote ’em off – you’re welcome

first_imgEnough, already. I’m actually embarrassed. Feeling all flushed. Come on now, please, stop it. Cease the congratulatory letters, the flattering e-mails. Do need to free the cell phone for professional use. And if the back gets patted one more time, it’ll become my chest. Yes, it’s become clear to everyone by now I single-handedly turned the Dodgers’ season around. They were a bunch of sad mopes, bent on self-destruction and plenty of unsightly baseball when I last visited our Boys in Blue. They had lost eight consecutive games and 13 of 14. They were fighting in the dugout, silent in the clubhouse and shrinking in the standings. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesSo I cleverly wrote them off. Said they were done. Dead team walking. That they not only lacked life, but simple spark. And look at them now! They’ve haven’t lost since. They’ve become world beaters. They eat opposing teams for lunch. They hit, they pitch, they field. Bullets bounce off their chests. They’re the Super Dodgers. Did that old ploy work or what? Can’t believe they fell for it, calling a team out with 60 games to play. But, hey, you do what you must to help your locals. And I must say the boys have responded beautifully. Now it will be awkward when I become the first sports columnist voted a team playoff share, and really, a half-share is plenty. Motivational techniques are my new specialty. Think of me as the Tony Robbins of the sports world, just with less hair and teeth. Some may be wondering how a team that was playing so poorly could overnight become the hottest team in baseball. How a team that was 7 1/2 games out and in last place could suddenly be challenging for the division lead. It’s all in the inspiration, baby. You think Tommy Lasorda won 1,599 games because of strategic genius? The man was a motivator. Grady Little seems a swell guy, but he’s new around here and obviously needed a little help to wake the guys up. Now as any savvy baseball man knows, no team is out of the pennant race in July. Especially when its entire league reeks of mediocrity (only five teams have winning records) and it’s playing in the only division in baseball that isn’t home to a single team with 60 victories. It didn’t hurt that shortly after I called the Dodgers a team with no leader, no center, no reason to believe, they played a bad Washington Nationals team. One three-game sweep at home and it was momentum on the road. Meanwhile, general manager Ned Colletti continued to be a very busy man. Now in addition to writing the Dodgers were a team left in the sun too long and calling Colletti’s one-season patch job a failed experiment, I urged him not to trade any of the organization’s prized prospects for some two-month rental of a player. Colletti, already wise to my motivational ruse, astutely recognized my trading strategy. He dealt veteran reliever Danys Baez, a failed closer here, and infielder Willy Aybar, who had no real Dodger future, for 26-year-old third base prospect Wilson Betemet. Then he traded shortstop Cesar Izturis for 40-year-old Greg Maddux, and infielder Joel Guzman, a once top prospect they had soured on, and outfield prospect Sergio Pedroza for Julio Lugo. The only real loss was Izturis, and he had no place to play. Andre Either, Russell Martin, Jonathan Broxton, Matt Kemp, James Loney, Chad Billingsley, all the major prospects, remained. None of the deals was individually earthshaking, but together they helped spark a team that wouldn’t have recognized a flint from a fire hydrant. An offense averaging 5.0 runs per game has averaged 7.2 runs during the winning streak. Their rotation, wholly unreliable after Brad Penny, saw starters earn seven consecutive victories. They’ve gone without an error in the past six games. The guys are on fire. The Daily News started running a little box on our Web site that counted off the consecutive victories since I called them “dead team walking.” Ten was already getting into some rarified air. The last time the Dodgers won 10 consecutive games was in 2003, when they finished second. The last time they won 11 straight was in 1993, when they finished fourth. And when they won a club record 15 consecutive games in 1924, they finished second. OK, so these winning streaks are no guarantee of titles, but we’re done with all that negative stuff. It already has served its obvious purpose. Now I’ll be taking my proven motivational techniques into new frontiers. Infomercials, books, seminars, DVDs, speeches. Pretty sure next week I’ll write Pete Carroll’s Trojans can’t beat Arkansas, just to make sure USC starts its season off right. Then again, it’s only fair to write off the Angels. Will call the Lakers’ next season lost before it begins. There could be no end to this. For a small fee, next I could be ripping your company. And to think people doubt the power of the press. Meanwhile, the Dodgers – now mentally focused – roll on. They handled the Rockies 4-2 Tuesday night and might never lose again. They’re a half game back of San Diego, which might as well wave them past now. But, really, you’ve all thanked me enough. It’s appreciated, but there are new worlds to conquer, new teams to inspire, new dregs to motivate. Although if the Dodgers insist, I might be able to work out a full share. Steve Dilbeck’s column appears in the Daily News four times a week. [email protected] (818) 713-3607160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Christmas begins at Letterkenny Shopping Centre with two celebrity guests

first_imgTwo very special guests are coming to Letterkenny Shopping Centre to launch the beginning of the festive season this weekend.Celebrity chef Gary O’Hanlon and Christmas celeb Mr Santa Claus are both arriving for great events that will be enjoyed by adults and children alike.Letterkenny Shopping Centre is the place to be this weekend. On Saturday 24th November, make sure to time your weekly shop with Gary O’Hanlon’s Christmas food demonstration which is on in the centre from 2pm – 4pm.Ramelton man Gary is well known as one of Ireland’s leading TV chefs. He will run through his top tips for preparing and serving Christmas dinners which will help to make the big day as stress free as possible.  Enjoy the craic with Gary and some tasty samples at the end of the demo.Black Friday offers are running in a lot of Letterkenny Shopping Centre stores all weekend, so if you are ready to start your Christmas shopping, this is the weekend to do it. Christmas truly begins with the arrival of Santa Claus. Visit the Letterkenny Shopping Centre from 2pm this Sunday when the big man in red will arrive and take his place in a magical grotto until he has to return to the North Pole on December 23rd. There will be fun, face painting, games and no doubt lots of smiling happy little faces to greet Santa. Letterkenny Shopping Centre is at the heart of the community, so why not join in the festive fun this weekend and let your ‘Christmas Memories Begin’.Check out @LetterkennyShoppingCentre for more!Delight as Letterkenny Shopping Centre now fully letChristmas begins at Letterkenny Shopping Centre with two celebrity guests was last modified: November 23rd, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:chef gary o hanlonCHristmasLetterkenny Shopping Centre.retailSANTAlast_img read more

Tutu: lifelong speaker of ‘truth to power’

first_img5 October 2012The Mo Ibrahim Foundation is to give South Africa’s Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu a special once-off award, accompanied by a US$1-million grant, in recognition of his “lifelong commitment to speaking truth to power”.The award will be presented to Tutu in Dakar, Senegal later this year during the annual Ibrahim Discussion Forum, the foundation said in a statement on Thursday.Announcing the special award to Tutu, the foundation’s board said it was “motivated by the desire to make an extraordinary grant to an outstanding African civil society champion.‘One of Africa’s great voices for justice’“Archbishop Desmond Tutu is and has throughout his life been one of Africa’s great voices for justice, freedom, democracy and responsible, responsive government. In everything he stands for, says, and does, he displays a consistent determination to give a voice to the voiceless and to speak the uncomfortable truth.”Mo Ibrahim, the Sudan-born billionaire who established the foundation in 2006, added: “Whether one always agrees with Archbishop Tutu or not, his contribution to dialogue, to accountability, and to the debate on Africa’s future has been unparalleled.“His integrity and moral authority deserve recognition. We hope this award will inspire the next generation to follow Archbishop Tutu’s example and speak truth to power.”Promoting good governance in AfricaThe London-based foundation supports good governance and leadership in Africa, publishing an annnual Ibrahim Index of African Governance, and awarding an annual $5-million prize to democratically elected former African heads of state who have:served only their constitutionally mandated term;left office in the previous three years; anddemonstrated excellence in office.Winners of the Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership since it was established in 2007 are: Nelson Mandela of South Africa, Joaquim Chissano of Mozambique, Festus Mogae of Botswana, and Pedro de Verona Rodrigues Pires of Cape Verde.According to the foundation, the prize for 2012, which has not yet been adjudicated, will be announced in London on 15 October.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

What Does Crime Look Like in Your Neighborhood? Crime Maps Will Show You

first_imgTags:#Location#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market audrey watters Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting “Historically, detailed and easy-to-decipher crime reports haven’t been easily accessible to the average citizen, and Trulia aims to bring that data to light at the most important moment – when people are deciding where they should live,” says Pete Flint, Trulia’s co-founder and CEO. It makes good business sense for Trulia to be able to add this sort of data to its search offerings as this sort of hyperlocal is increasingly important. However, at launch, Crime Maps are only available in 50 counties. There are a number of questions people ask when looking for a new place to live: What are the schools like? How close is public transportation? Are there grocery stores nearby? But one of the most common concerns is safety. People want to know about the crime rates in cities and neighborhoods. The real-estate Trulia launched a new product today called Crime Maps that should answer some of these questions. As the name suggests, the new tool lets people view and compare the frequency, types, and history of crimes across various cities in the U.S. The data for Crime Maps comes from a number of sources, including CrimeReports.com and EveryBlock, which in turn work with numerous news and law enforcement agencies to gather crime data. Crime Maps users can drill down into the crimes in specific neighborhoods and can easily compare statistics between different locations. The tool generates a heatmap so you can identify and differentiate high-crime and low-crime areas at a glance. Crimes are also broken down by time of day and by type – all helpful as you weigh whether you want to live in a neighborhood that has a propensity towards shootings or vandalism. The tool also lets you add information and advice so you can add your own comments on top of Trulia’s data. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

Order Dinner Without Leaving Facebook

first_imgTags:#Facebook#web Now it’s easier than ever to nosh while you’re posting a status update. Ordr.in, a Google Ventures-backed startup, offers a Facebook app that turns ordering food for delivery into a social experience.“Food is inherently social,” David Bloom, CEO of the five-employee New York City shop, said in an interview. “It lends itself well to Facebook.”At its heart, Ordr.in is an API for building social food delivery services. Restaurants share their menus with Ordr.in and pay a commission every time they receive an order through the application. The app can sit on a restaurant’s fan page or website and, as its tagline suggests, “turn fans into customers.” That has been a big criticism of Facebook by companies that have set up brand pages but haven’t managed to monetize them.When a person orders using Ordr.in, the app pushes the order to their Timeline, presumably prompting friends to say “You know, sushi sounds good.” The app lets users choose the verbs “Crave” and “Eat” to supplement their feelings about a particular eatery beyond the usual “Like.” The menu choices are slim, for now – there are, for example, no restaurants listed in Boston – and even Bloom says his firm has some distance to go before it perfects the model.“We like it, but we’re definitely not satisfied with it,” Bloom said. “With Facebook today, you don’t know what is going to work. You can’t just take an offline shopping experience and fit it into Facebook. Small companies like ours are nimble and able to adapt. We’re going to figure it out.”The restaurant industry has traditionally been behind the curve in adopting new technologies. That may be changing: At the recent National Restaurant Association convention in Chicago, a four-day survey of the 59,000 attendees indicated social media the third most important issue for restauranteurs.“The stereotype of restaurants as technologicals laggard is often true,” Bloom said, “in large part because the day-to-day activities of the business are not conducted on a computer screen. They know this is important, and they’re getting smarter about technology. I think we’re going to see a lot of catching up over the next few years.” The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Related Posts Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro…center_img Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification dave copeland A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

IoT and home appliances: Making your life a little easier

first_imgAmanda Razani Tags:#Bluetooth#Cardio Scale#featured#home appliances#Hue#IoT#Kevo#LG HomeChat#Nest#top#Wi-Fi Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… The implementation of Broadcom Wi-Fi and BLE technology is changing the way we live, in regards to our health as well as our lifestyles.  Since the development of internet, things have rapidly changed around us as the many uses of internet are realized.Today, we have the opportunity for real-time video gaming, music streaming and staying connected around the clock by way of social media sites like Facebook, Snapchat, YouTube and Google.How Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connect appliancesThrough Broadcom Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technologies, the power of the Internet can be used to connect devices we never would have considered before. In the near future, we will probably wonder how we ever managed without them.  This concept of connected devices is named the “Internet of Things”, and it is rapidly expanding in use.Broadcom’s Wireless Internet Connectivity for Embedded Devices (WICED) technology integrates wireless technology with home systems such as appliances and thermostats, making it a possibility to turn any home appliance into a remotely controlled device.The combination of Wi-Fi-based connectivity with WICED removes the guess work out of monitoring energy usage, which allows for lower utility bills. It can also give owners information about their home devices, helping them make better choices in regards to maintenance. Connected home appliances that can be monitored and controlled remotely are an amazing concept that has already been turned into a reality, and is actually considered the norm for many.  There are already numerous connected devices that are making home life simpler.But massive scale isn’t everything with smart appliancesThere are a lot of connected appliances out there now, and not everything has massive scale. GE’s FirstBuild facility is using smaller scale manufacturing to quickly develop more of these smart devices, more quickly.Some other interesting smart appliance applications include:SkylinkNet alarm systemThe SkylinkNet alarm system is just one of many smart home security systems available today. Window and door fixtures are secured with motion sensors that alert owners when there is an intruder.  It is simple to set up SkyLink’s product and connect it to a smartphone.  It offers a keychain fob that allows users to remotely alarm and disarm the security system, and it provides a button for users to call for help if needed.HuePhilips Hue is a smart lighting system for the home that integrates LED lighting with mobile technology.  An app connects to Wi-Fi and allows users to control various bulbs and lighting systems within their home.Nest smart thermostatControllable by a smartphone and an accompanying app, the Nest Thermostat is a smart device created by Nest, and it has the potential to lower an energy bill by up to 20 percent.   Nest offers other IoT home devices as well, including a camera security system and smoke alarms.LG HomeChatA controller for all smart appliances, LG HomeChat hub makes controlling other devices a breeze, from changing washer cycles, to turning on a robot vacuum and much more.  The hub also diagnoses any problems with appliances, and alerts users.Kevo KwiksetWith Kevo, a smartphone can be turned into a door key. Available to Android and iOS smartphone users, the Kevo is an electronic deadbolt that interacts with a Kevo Fob and an accompanying app to unlock or lock a door. The app can also be used to send virtual keys to guests that need temporary access.Withings Body Cardio ScaleWithings’s most recent smart scale, the Body Cardio, can record a person’s heart rate along with pulse wave velocity. The scale connects to a smart phone, sending all kinds of health data to users including muscle, water and bone mass and heart health.These are just a few of the numerous connected home appliances available today.  With so many appliances becoming connected, what things will be next?  How about an app-controlled coffee maker that allows users to operate it remotely?  Oh wait…That already exists.center_img Follow the Puck Related Posts Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to…last_img read more

2018 Winter Olympics: Fake Kim Jong Un stuns North Korean cheerleaders

first_imgA group of North Korean cheerleaders were briefly wowed by the apparent, sudden arrival of their leader, Kim Jong Un, at a Winter Olympics ice hockey game on Wednesday.Some cheerleaders immediately averted their gaze as the impersonator, who later only identified himself as Howard, smiled and waved to crowds who came to watch a unified Korean team play Japan at the Pyeongchang Games.”They are playing a good game, they scored one goal. As a president, it’s all I can ask for,” Howard told Reuters, shortly after plain-clothed officials from South Korea’s National Counter-terrorism Centre moved him away from the cheerleaders, who he said had been doing a very good job.”I mean I trained them by myself so, of course, they’re the best in the world,” Howard said.Howard had caused a commotion during last Friday’s opening ceremony when he and a person dressed as U.S. President Donald Trump were swiftly shown out of the stadium by security staff.He said he was briefly detained inside a police office during Wednesday’s match then “politely asked” to leave.”My face is too political,” the dejected impersonator said as he walked slowly out of the ice hockey stadium.”I was born with this face, I’ve got to live with it.”In North Korea, anyone impersonating a member of the ruling Kim family would be considered blasphemous. Images of the North Korean leadership are tightly choreographed and controlled by the reclusive nation’s state propagandists.Still, Howard’s entrance was so spectacular that the North Korean cheerleaders struggled to stifle a quick laugh in between chants of “We are one!” and “Unify the motherland!”advertisement”It shows you we’re human after all,” Howard said. “Doesn’t matter if they’re South or North Koreans, a sense of humour and a bit of political satire is always needed.”last_img read more