Derrick Hall satisfied with Dbacks buying and se

first_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) Kliff Kingsbury working with QBs. Here is Josh Rosen doing mobile quarterback stuff.— Kevin Zimmerman (@KZimmermanAZ) April 23, 2019Kingsbury praised Rosen’s professionalism and called him a cerebral talent.The head coach said he would keep his discussions with Rosen regarding the Cardinals’ draft plans in-house.“I’m just going to keep going back to how he’s handled it as far as professionalism as far as he’s led, showed up early, done everything to the nth-degree of what we’ve asked of him,” Kingsbury said. “That’s the sign of a true pro.“He went top-10 for a reason. I think people forgot that.”EXTRA POINTS— Asked if Kingsbury, GM Steve Keim and president Michael Bidwill had finalized their board, the head coach said the team had not as of Tuesday afternoon.“We’re still working through it,” Kingsbury said. “It is a process. I wouldn’t say the hay is in the barn.”— Kingsbury on the goals for the mini-camp in its first phase, which runs Tuesday through Thursday: “We want to get a top of reps so we can catch it on film.” 19 Comments   Share   — Kingsbury, who recruited Murray out of high school, said he didn’t learn much new from the interview process of the Oklahoma quarterback: “I think when you do the research around Oklahoma just how people feel about him there and the impact he had following a high-profile quarterback, they felt like he handled himself well and left a good impression,” the coach said.center_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact TEMPE, Ariz. — Biggie Smalls blared as the Arizona Cardinals stretched, and Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” played as first-year head coach Kliff Kingsbury ran his three quarterbacks through technical drills in the team’s first moments of Tuesday’s voluntary mini-camp.Yet reasons for the absence of star cornerback Patrick Peterson never came from the team’s head coach.Peterson’s reported dissatisfaction wasn’t overly-concerning to the head coach. “It’s voluntary. I communicated with Patrick and, you know, we know where he’s at, we know what’s going on. Kind of a conversation to keep between ourselves,” Kingsbury said.John Gambadoro of 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station reported Tuesday that Peterson was unhappy, and the Pro Bowler’s string of cryptic Instagram posts alluded to that discontent. Arizona does not intend to trade the Pro Bowl cornerback, and it is not believed to be a money- or contract-related issue, per Gambadoro.Related LinksPatrick Peterson not at Cardinals mini-camp TuesdayLarry Fitzgerald to host 9th annual Celebrity Softball Game on SaturdayArizona Sports NFL Mock Draft Tracker: Who’s next for the Cards at No. 1?History of the No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft: By the numbersPeterson wants to be a member of the Cardinals, Kingsbury said, but the coach provided no explanation as to why the corner was away, when he might return, or what changed in the last few weeks. Peterson had participated in strength and conditioning sessions just two weeks ago.“I don’t know if it’s disappointing,” Kingsbury said of Peterson’s absence. “If he hadn’t communicated, and we didn’t know what was going on, I think that’d be a different matter.“It is a voluntary camp, and we know that Patrick wants to be here and wants to be part of this deal.”In other matters of potential distraction from the first on-field install sessions, Arizona’s potential selection of Kyler Murray atop the NFL Draft hasn’t swayed current quarterback Josh Rosen’s approach. Top Stories Rosen was in attendance along with backup Brett Hundley and Charles Kanoff.last_img read more

The doors open wide you enter and they close beh

first_imgThe doors open wide, you enter, and they close behind you. As the elevator begins its ascent, you realize it’s just you and one other person taking this ride. The silence soon grows uncomfortable.Pop quiz. What’s your go-to move?A) Stare at your shoes.B) Pull out your cellphone.C) Make brief eye contact.D) Initiate chitchat.If your answer was B, you’re like far too many of us, eyes glued to our phones, attention focused on the digital world.Many of us tend to do just about anything to avoid conversation or even eye contact with strangers. And smartphones make it easier than ever to do that. A recent study found that phones can keep us from even exchanging brief smiles with people we meet in public places. But a body of research has shown that we might just be short-changing our own happiness by ignoring opportunities to connect with the people around us.Several years ago, University of British Columbia psychologist Elizabeth Dunn and her colleague Gillian M. Sandstrom, tested whether short conversations with strangers could lift moods. They asked participants to enter a busy coffee shop and grab a beverage — half would get in and get out, and half would strike up a conversation with the cashier.”We found that people who were randomly assigned to turn this economic transaction into a quick social interaction left Starbucks in a better mood,” Dunn says. “And they even felt a greater sense of belonging in their community.”The same researchers found that these seemingly trivial encounters with the minor characters in our lives — the random guy at the dog park or the barista at our local coffee shop — can affect feelings of happiness and human connection on a typical day.Social anxiety, however, could be preventing these types of interactions, says Nicholas Epley, a University of Chicago behavioral scientist.One day, during a daily train ride, he noticed something paradoxical. People — social creatures — were basically ignoring one another. Why, he wondered, if connecting with others makes us happy, do we so often avoid it?Either solitude really is more enjoyable than talking to strangers, he figured, or we have mistaken assumptions holding us back.His curiosity led to a series of experiments revealing that train and bus commuters who interacted with other passengers experienced a more pleasant ride — even when they believed they would prefer the solitude of, say, reading a book.It is fear that the person sitting next to us won’t enjoy talking to us that makes us keep to ourselves, Epley found. But when we do talk to each other, those social interactions with strangers tend to be both less awkward and more enjoyable than most people predict.If striking up small talk with a stranger sounds daunting, you might be relieved to hear that even something as simple as making eye contact offers benefits.No one likes feeling invisible when someone walks past. The Germans even have a term for it — wie Luft behandeln, which means “to be looked at as though air.”Kipling Williams, a Purdue University psychologist, studied how people felt when a young woman walked by them and either made eye contact, made eye contact while smiling, or completely ignored them. Even brief eye contact increased people’s sense of inclusion and belonging.”Just that brief acknowledgment, that brief glance — with or without a smile — made them at least temporarily feel more socially connected,” Williams says. And it works both ways. Those that had been “looked through” felt even more disconnected than the control group.So, how can we dodge the risks of loneliness and stop short-changing our own happiness?It might be easier than you think.”It takes very little to acknowledge somebody’s existence,” Williams says.Start with folks like the cashier in a grocery store or the barista at your local coffee shop, Dunn says. You’ve got to interact with them anyway, so you might as well make an effort to turn it into a friendly exchange.And be mindful that using your smartphone sends a signal that you’re not interested in interacting with the people around you. Put it away and you easily remove that barrier, she says.The mood boost of talking to strangers may seem fleeting, but the research on well-being, Epley says, suggests that a happy life is made up of a high frequency of positive events, and even small positive experiences make a difference.”Happiness seems a little bit like a leaky tire on a car,” Epley explains. “We just sort of have to keep pumping it up a bit to maintain it.”This doesn’t mean we need to set out on some grand quest to connect at every possible turn. Instead, he recommends paying closer attention to those times when the urge to offer a compliment or strike up a conversation arises.Sure, there may be a bit of fear or reluctance holding us back, but it’s worth overcoming.The next time you walk into an elevator, consider leaving the phone in your pocket, acknowledging the presence of that other person, and maybe even saying “hello” or “good morning.”Who knows? It could wind up putting a smile on your face and theirs.Paul Nicolaus is a Wisconsin-based freelance writer specializing in science, nature, and health. Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit read more

Google Tests VR as a Replacement for Dull Training Videos

first_img We’ve heard about medical professionals using VR to augment their suites for years, but Google is testing its fit in the broader workplace, starting with employment’s least fun experience: training. The company’s Daydream Labs hosted an experiment to see if hypothetical new hires learned better by watching training videos or donning a VR headset and walking through simulations — and it turns out, immersive education does a better job. For this single trial, anyway.The experiment pit two groups against each other in the time-honored competition of brewing better coffee. One watched barista training videos on YouTube, while the other went through a course in VR with a simulated espresso machine (think Job Simulator without the jokes). Ultimately, the VR crew took less time and made fewer mistakes — though Google was quick to point out that neither group made impressive java.A single trial isn’t enough proof to definitively give VR the work training crown, but it’s certainly promising for anyone making educational tools in virtual reality. It also pointed out the medium’s drawbacks: The VR group might have learned how to twist the right dials on the 3D-modeled espresso machine, but the simulated training didn’t teach the pressure-sensitive art of tamping down grounds into the espresso scoop — something that haptic vibration in controllers doesn’t sell. Plus, hot steam nozzles in VR didn’t carry the same danger as those in real life, and chaperones had to yank the workers’ hands away.Gloves with better tracking and haptics could make up the difference, but there might just be jobs that can’t be simulated well in VR — at least with our current technology, Google’s Daydream team wrote in a blog post. There were other hurdles with training in virtual reality: Namely, people don’t follow instructions, rush ahead and ignore hints. They also didn’t perform steps in order, so the team had to redesign the training like a video game wherein folks could fulfill tasks in any sequence (steaming the milk before grinding the coffee instead of after, for example).While this VR session won’t be ported into a Starbucks training course tomorrow, it was still a successful experiment, the Daydream team asserted in the post — and it has promising lessons for learning experiences beyond occupational skill-building. Google Tests VR as a Replacement for Dull Training Videos The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Add to Queue A contest between training videos and virtual reality goes to VR. July 24, 2017 Image credit: Google via Engadget Apply Now » Googlecenter_img –shares David Lumb This story originally appeared on Engadget 2 min read Next Article 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Contributing Editorlast_img read more

Facebooks new cryptocurrency wont protect user privacy from the company expert says

first_img Twice burned: Winklevii overshadowed by Zuckerberg yet again Credit: CC0 Public Domain Facebook announced Tuesday (June 18) it will launch a global cryptocurrency called Libra in 2020, alongside the underlying blockchain-based network—a secure, transparent and decentralized digital lender—that will support it. “Facebook, eBay, Uber, Spotify and the other partners behind Libra understand the principles of design thinking and will create a coin that is easily used and understood by the average consumer,” he says. “It will be accessible through apps already familiar to most of us, including Facebook Messenger, PayPal and WhatsApp, and won’t require the specialized software and technical savvy required to purchase and maintain Bitcoin.”The potential trade-off, however, is privacy. “Libra’s design does leverage the blockchain, preserving the privacy of transactions from outsiders peering in,” Chapple says, “but the facilitation role played by Facebook and other partners leaves the company the ability to penetrate that veil of privacy. While Facebook promises that they won’t access information from the currency’s digital wallets ‘without customer consent,’ there are no technical barriers to them doing so. As with many technological innovations, Libra offers us a trade-off between privacy and convenience. If we’re willing to surrender the anonymity guarantees of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, we receive a digital coin that will likely be far more stable in value and easy to use.” Mike Chapple. Credit: University of Notre Dame Provided by University of Notre Damecenter_img Though it will rival Bitcoin, Libra is designed to serve as a mainstream form of digital money, as stable as the dollar and backed by a reserve of assets, which will allow it to support a range of financial products including loans and credit. Mike Chapple, associate teaching professor of information technology, analytics and operations at the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business, says the Libra project promises to address many of the fundamental barriers that have stopped the widespread adoption of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.”First and foremost,” says Chapple, a cybersecurity and privacy expert, “Libra is designed to hold a stable value. Bitcoin and its competitors have market-driven valuations, meaning that the price of a Bitcoin is determined solely by market demand for Bitcoin. This creates a market fueled by speculation and subject to enormous volatility. Libra, on the other hand, is backed by a financial reserve that mixes the world’s major stable currencies. For every Libra coin in existence, there is an equivalent amount of cash sitting in the bank or short-term government securities. This stability promises to make Libra a stable currency for consumers rather than an attractive gamble for investors.” Unlike Bitcoin, Chapple says, Libra will be user-friendly. Citation: Facebook’s new cryptocurrency won’t protect user privacy from the company, expert says (2019, June 19) retrieved 17 July 2019 from This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore furtherlast_img read more

Sub500 sq ft houses in Mumbai get 100 propertytax waiver

first_imgproperty tax Residential units between 501 sq ft and 700 sq ft will see a 60 per cent reduction in the tax rate SHARE SHARE SHARE EMAIL In a pre-election bonanza, the Maharashtra government on Friday decided to completely waive property tax on residential units up to 500 sq ft located within the Mumbai municipal area limits. This will be implemented with retrospective effect from January 1, 2019. In the Mumbai municipal area, about 64 per cent of the residential units fall under this category. Further, residential units between 501 sq ft and 700 sq ft will see a 60 per cent reduction in the tax rate. The decision to provide the tax relief was taken at the State Cabinet meeting on Friday evening. In all likelihood, it is the last meeting before the Parliamentary election’s Model Code of Conduct comes into force. A Maharashtra government official said the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) collects property tax of about ₹5,500 crore a year. The latest move will mean a revenue hit of about ₹350 crore. In effect, about 6.36 per cent tax revenue will have to be written off, the official said. Another senior State government official, who, in his earlier position used to supervise the MCGM budget preparation, said that from 2015, the Shiv Sena has been demanding a tax waiver but this was opposed by State bureaucrats as it meant a loss of revenue.But later, the demand was hijacked by the BJP, which has now managed to get the waiver cleared “just before the Parliamentary elections,” the official said.In 2017, the MCGM election manifestos of both the Shiv Sena and the BJP had promised a complete tax holiday for small tenements. There were also attempts to introduce a tax waiver in the MCGM budget itself and plans were afoot to make the announcement in the MCGM Commissioner’s budget speech but were dropped, a second official added. March 08, 2019center_img Published on Mumbai COMMENT COMMENTSlast_img read more