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Giants’ bullpen flipped upside down, new arrivals expected to take over key jobs

first_imgST. LOUIS — Halfway through the season, the Giants possessed the deepest, most fearsome bullpen in the National League.Six different Giants relievers could be counted on in high-leverage situations while closer Will Smith was perfect in save opportunities leading into the All-Star break.With fewer than four weeks left in the regular season, the Giants’ bullpen looks nothing like the group that was once the envy of every NL contender.Smith and set-up man Tony Watson remain, but the other …last_img read more

Quintessential Kittle: Big night by 49ers big TE underscores his importance

first_imgSANTA CLARA – As the 49ers came and went from the media interview room at Levi’s Stadium, they were met by the sounds of cheering fans excited to get a glimpse of their favorite players.Usually the screams were a one-way phenomenon. But when George Kittle left the interview room Sunday night, he responded with a yell of his own that was even louder than what the fans produced.The 49ers, their fans, the coaching staff – everyone  —was overjoyed to have their Pro Bowl tight end back after a …last_img read more

How to Vacation on the Cheap

first_imgBy Molly C. HerndonPhoto by Ruth and DaveA family vacation is an annual tradition for many families but for those on a tight budget, it may be an unnecessary expense. Here, I’ve collected many of the the discounts available to military families that can help make a fun-filled getaway more attainable.BudgetLike any big purchase, a vacation requires planning. Many vacationers are shocked when they receive their credit card bill after returning from a vacation; the time to create a spending plan is before you leave, not after you return. Creating a budget creates parameters that guide vacation plans. Knowing how much you can realistically afford to spend and how much you have yet to save creates the timeline for your trip as well. Using a goal-setting spending worksheet may be helpful. Professional financial planners can help families by suggesting to clients with wanderlust that perhaps the big family vacation to Disney World can be a goal for next year, and while saving up, the family might enjoy a shorter trip closer to home this summer. Some considerations for determining cost are listed below.Getting ThereTrain, plane or automobile? While packing the family into the minivan and setting out on a road trip might seem like the most economic choice, the cost of gas and car maintenance must be factored in to the budget. The AAA Fuel Cost Calculator and the Fly or Drive Calculator take into consideration the make and model of a vehicle as well the distance and any overnight trips that might bump up the cost of a road trip.Finding last minute airfare deals can be a great way to save on air travel, but booking well in advance can reap better prices, too. Additionally, it may be difficult for families to to take the risk of finding a cheap deal at the last minute, especially if traveling within a specific date range for an event or due to a work schedule. If flexibility is an option, military families may want to look at flying “Space-A” on military flights. During mission assignment flights, empty seats are offered up as available to eligible travelers, and these tickets can be at a very-low or no cost to passengers. Of course, destinations are limited to military terminals and registration is required in advance, but the possibility of flying across the globe for free makes this option one worth looking at more closely.Traveling by train is often the cheapest option. Amtrak  schedules offers train trips at convenient times and to destinations throughout the United States, and military Service Members receive a 10% discount off fares. If travel destinations fit within a train route, consider this option, but also consider the added cost of a rental car if one will be required at the final destination.HotelWebsites like Groupon and LivingSocial often post deals for hotels in tourist destinations, and clubs like AAA offer discounts at many hotel chains, but military families may want to consider the option of using military lodging facilities to save on lodging expenses. Like “Space-A” travel these accommodations are only open to eligible vacationers as space is available, and advance reservations may or not be possible. These options range from accommodations on military installations to top-notch resorts and hotels with special space and pricing reserved for military members. Military OneSource suggests planning these trips well in advance and calling their offices to speak with a consultant at 800-342-9647. FoodFood costs eat up a lot of the vacation budget. Staying in a hotel with a kitchen or refrigerator can help cut down on expenses by keeping restaurant costs at a minimum. Tourist guidebooks often offer coupons for many area restaurants, but be aware that restaurants in tourist areas are generally more expensive. It helps to plan ahead; by researching area restaurants you can plan in advance for a special dinner out while saving on dining expenses the rest of the week. Hotels that include a free breakfast each morning can also be a great deal. Sharing entrees and cutting back on alcohol are also good tips to reduce the bill. Of course, many restaurants offer military discounts, so it never hurts to ask!Photo by emrankActivitiesThinking about the fun things you’ll do on vacation is the best part of vacation planning. Think about who will go on this trip: young children? Teenagers? Elderly relatives? Try to match activities with what makes the most sense for your group. Finding deals in advance online can be a huge help. Sign up to receive daily emails from coupon sites, like Groupon, in your vacation destination city during your planning to see what deals are out there. Also, consider the “free” activities available in your vacation destination, like public parks, beaches, street fairs, and festivals.After taking into consideration all the costs associated with traveling, it’s likely that this summer is a good time to begin planning a family vacation for next summer. But that doesn’t mean this summer can’t be full of family fun. “staycations,” camping, and visiting and staying with relatives can be great, fun, and inexpensive ways to spend time together and save money. Here are some additional ideas about saving money on family trips.Share your own vacationing on the cheap ideas in the comments section below!This post was published on the Military Families Learning Network blog on June 24, 2014.last_img read more

Contribution to the Annual Sectoral Debate by Raymond Pryce, MP

first_imgMr. Speaker, I continue to thank God for lending me breath each day as the yet unknown purpose that He has for me continues to unfold as His will be done. Please allow me also to acknowledge the unending love and support of my family – some of who are present in the gallery and one who at ninety eight years of age still provides through the examples of her life – that stabilizing reservoir which helps me to take everything that happens on this job seriously and with great responsibility yet to take none of it personally. I also continue to express my gratitude to the electors and people of North Eastern St. Elizabeth for their confidence, their commitment and their great patience and experiences which they have made available to me as I seek to be the best representative for them that I can be. One of those constituents Mr. Speaker is the Honourable Roger Clarke CD in whose footsteps I walk and from whose fortress I am able to learn on the job. Minister Clarke the value of your tutelage is priceless. No doubt it was the unseen and powerful hand of the Almighty that ordained it so that I speak in this Debate right after the excellent presentation which you have delivered this afternoon. Indeed Mr. Speaker not only is the Member – now serving in Central Westmoreland – a tough act to follow – his unmistakable beacon from that lovely hill in North Eastern St. Elizabeth gives light and direction to my path as the current Member from that great and wonderful constituency. Let me here publicly thank him for his contribution today as well as for the stellar service he has provided to the people of Jamaica and to the continued development of the Agricultural Sector. A record so well secured over decades – that one leading newspaper (despite criticizing him so unfairly and so harshly at times) recently conceded that he was simply “irreplaceable”. Mr. Speaker, I am honoured by the opportunity to contribute in the 2013 Sectoral Debate. That I am making this contribution, on behalf of the people of North Eastern St. Elizabeth on the day being observed as Teachers’ Day compels me to honour all of Jamaica’s teachers now serving, those who have gone before us; and also acknowledge those who are at various levels in their studies – preparing to join such an important and noble profession. None of us would be who we are – or where we are – had it not been for the tremendous investment that teachers have made in our own lives and by extension to this country…READ MORE Download Mr. Raymond Pryce’s entire presentationlast_img read more

Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day Celebration

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Three organizations are collaborating to host a single event for all in San Diego County to thank and honor Vietnam Veterans for their service and sacrifice.Presented by Hospice of the North Coast, the “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day Celebration 2019” program will be on March 30, 2019 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Army and Navy Academy, 2605 Carlsbad Blvd., Carlsbad, CA 92008.This program will recognize those veterans who served. General admission tickets are free and donations are accepted.Ticket and sponsor information click here. Posted: March 29, 2019 March 29, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom “Welcome Home” Vietnam Veterans Day Celebration Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Hearst Developing EReader

first_imgHearst Interactive Media acquired a stake in E Ink about seven years ago.Earlier this month, Amazon launched its upgraded Kindle 2.0 reader. Plastic Logic, a Mountain View, California-based company, says it plans to launch a new electronic reading device in 2010 and has partnered with digital vendor Zinio to provide magazine content. Becoming the first American magazine publisher to directly tap into the evolving electronic reader market, Hearst Corp. is said to be developing its own wireless device, featuring a large-format screen that’s conducive to reading magazines. Citing “industry insiders,” Fortune senior writer Michael Copeland today wrote that the mega magazine publisher has been developing the device and underlying technology and is looking to launch the product sometime this year. While Hearst executives declined to talk to Fortune about its plans, interactive media head Ken Bronfin said Hearst is “keenly interested” in e-readers and expects the devices will “be a big part of our future.”According to Fortune, plans to sell the device to publishers and take a cut of the revenue from selling digital subscriptions. Hearst would leave it up to publishers to develop their own branding and payment models.Hearst has experimented with the technology before. Last fall, Esquire’s 75th anniversary October issue featured the industry’s first flexible electronic “paper” cover, which allowed words and images to scroll across it. The cover was developed in part by E Ink, the Cambridge, Massachusetts-based electronic paper display technologies firm that developed the electronic paper display technology for Amazon’s Kindle and the Sony Reader. last_img read more

Transcontinental Inc Predicts Slow Magazine Growth

first_img“For fiscal 2013, we continue to see some headwinds in the soft advertising market,” said Oliver. “We expect the media sector profitability to only slightly improve year-over-year.”Additionally, Transcontinental’s acquisition of Quad Graphics-Canada has allowed the company to further consolidate its printing network by using the group’s most productive assets. The deal, which was completed in March 2012, is expected to generate close to $200 million in annual revenues. “Over the last several years we have sold over $300 million of our print business—our goal is to focus on niches that will provide the most value,” added Oliver.Transcontinental Inc. also reached a $200 million deal with the Hearst Corporation for new terms and conditions to print the San Francisco Chronicle. “What happened in this market, particularly in the Bay area, instead of growth we got a decrease in circulation,” added Oliver. “The factory was over built—we needed to adjust the contract to the new reality of the Chronicle. In this new contract, it is a lot simpler to use all the potential assets for a fixed amount of dollars.”Oliver adds that the $200 million upfront payment by Hearst is to compensate for the depreciation and interest expenses related to the company’s original investment. Transcontinental will no longer charge Hearst because the company has now recouped 100 percent of its original investment. Under this new agreement Hearst benefits from price reductions of approximately $30 million per year. Transcontinental Inc., the largest printer in Canada and the fourth largest in North America, and publisher of over 30 magazines, saw a mixed end to 2012, reporting an increase in its revenues by 12 percent and adjusted operating income by 21 percent in the fourth quarter. The company’s community newspaper business remained strong and performed better than expected, but the same cannot be said for its portfolio of glossies. “The magazine side of the publishing business has remained challenging,” said François Oliver, the company’s president and CEO, in a Q4 earnings call last week. “As we stated last quarter, we were anticipating a soft national advertising market in Q4 and that is what happened. As a result, our [media sector] results were down year-over-year. As part of our strategy to build on our core multiplatform consumer brands we reviewed our portfolio of titles and made a decision to close [some of our] publications. This will enable us to focus on our more than 30 industry leading titles and expand our footprint in the market.”In November, the company announced that it would be closing More Magazine and Vita. The December/January 2013 issues of these titles are the last printed issues of the magazines. The company plans to focus more heavily on developing multiplatform media properties and digital editions.last_img read more

5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Friday February 1 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are 5 things to do in Wilmington on Friday, February 1, 2019:#1) Wilmington Youth Hockey’s 80’s & 90’s Trivia NightAn 80’s and 90’s Pop Culture Trivia Night to benefit Wilmington Youth Hockey will take place from 7pm to 11pm at Wilmington Knights of Columbus Hall (112 Middlesex Avenue). Tickets cost $20 and tables of 10 cost $200. Enjoy trivia, music, games and raffles. 80s/90s gear optional. Registration form can be found HERE. All proceeds will benefit the Wilmington Youth Hockey Association.#2) Needleworkers At LibraryThe Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) is hosting a meeting of its Needleworkers from 10am to noon. If you do any kind of needlework, this group is for you. Bring a project and learn from others while enjoying a little conversation and camaraderie. No registration required.#3) Drop-In Preschool Story Time At LibraryThe Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) is hosting a drop-in preschool story time at 10am. Drop in for stories, songs, rhymes and a fun craft!  Space is limited. Tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Ages 2-5 and one or more adults.#4) Bingo At Senior Center The Wilmington Senior Center (15 School Street) is holding its weekly bingo game at 1pm.#5) Karaoke At Pacific GrovePacific Grove (211 Lowell Street) is hosting karaoke from Winnell Entertainment beginning at 8pm.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Friday, September 6In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Tuesday, July 30, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Friday, August 16, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Selectman Mike McCoy Endorses Suzanne Sullivan For Selectwoman

first_imgDear Editor,I write this letter to ask you, the citizens of Wilmington, to cast one of your two votes for Selectman Candidate Suzanne Sullivan. I’ve known Suzanne for over 20 years. I’m just going to name a few things Suzanne has done in the time I’ve known her:Served on the Wilmington Board of Selectmen from 2003-2007Served on the original Master Plan Advisory CommitteeWorked on the Affordable Housing CommitteeServed on the Comprehensive Water Resource Management PlanOpen Space CommitteeCommunity Advisory Panel (charged with hiring the town environmental consultant GEO Insight)Currently serving on the Wilmington Childhood Cancer Advisory CommitteeThe Wilmington Environmental Restoration Committee (Olin Superfund Site)Currently co-vice president for the Ipswich River Watershed AssociationCurrently co-chair of the Head Waters Stream TeamIn 2014, for the 15thyear anniversary of getting no answers from the Wilmington Childhood Cancer Study, Suzanne has participated in the Buzz for Cure, and they raised close to $2,000. Suzanne intends doing so again this year to mark and bring awareness to the 20thyear of the study with still no answersCoached Wilmington Youth Soccer for nearly 20 yearsSuzanne’s spirit of volunteerism is second to none. For those of you who know Suzanne, you already know she is a go-getter and she is never afraid to ask the tough questions.  For those of you who don’t know Suzanne, she is someone who truly cares, she will take the time to listen to you, and will do her utmost best to succeed in any request a citizen makes here in the Town of Wilmington.  If Suzanne Sullivan were to be paid for everything she’s done for Wilmington and the people who live here, she could retire a millionaire. She is truly one of the most kindhearted, generous and devoted people I’ve ever known.I ask you to consider giving Suzanne Sullivan one of your two votes on Election Day, Saturday, April 27, 2019.Thank you,Michael V. McCoy30-year incumbentWilmington Board of SelectmenLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedELECTION UPDATE: Suzanne Sullivan, Rob Fasulo, Daryn Marsh Join Selectmen RacesIn “Government”SELECTMEN NEWS: Appointments To Town’s New Economic Development Committee Gets ComplicatedIn “Government”A VOTER’S GUIDE To Selectwoman Candidate Suzanne SullivanIn “Government”last_img read more