Brandon Belt’s success with Giants flying under the radar

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — There are several different ways to evaluate a hitter’s contributions to a lineup, but one of the most important is a player’s ability to get on base.Over the last three and a half weeks, no one in baseball has been better at doing so than Giants first baseman Brandon Belt.If you’re surprised to learn Belt has the highest on-base percentage (.474) in baseball since May 23, you’re not alone. Belt’s recent success has flown under the radar, in large part because of the way …last_img read more

Jeremy Goyings, Aug. 29

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We have gotten little bit of rain but it has been awfully spotty. We got just over an inch and a half in August. If you go to the north edge or the south edge of our farm it has been more like a half-inch or three-quarters.Last week there were tornadoes about three miles to the north and seven or eight miles south. Then another storm brewed up and there were two more tornadoes on either side of us. They took out some houses and barns in the north part of the county. We sat on our front porch and watched the tornado in Cecil about two miles from us. That was plenty close.The three-quarters of an inch we got that night was the most rain we have gotten at one time. Up until that rain, things were just hanging on. The crops were doing better than I thought they should be based on the amount of rain we had. After that three-quarters of an inch, stuff perked up. The beans opened back up and have a full canopy again. I hope now they will fill the rest of those pods that they hadn’t dropped. Beans will probably be 10 to 15 bushels off of trend line. I’d be pretty happy to see beans in the 45- to 50-bushel range.Corn is a huge guess yet. You can walk a field and grab ears that look like 175 and you can grab ears that are more like 130. If I am being optimistic, I’d put corn in the 160- or 165-bushel range. We are getting a little tip-back in the corn, but not as much as I would expect for as dry as it has been. The kernels seem like they are going to be small and we were also hurt early by the cold weather that will pull yields back.last_img read more

Do-It-Yourself iPhone App Service Mobile Roadie Teams Up With Ustream

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… RWW at LeWebReadWriteWeb will be out in full force at this year’s LeWeb. I will cover the conference as part of the Traveling Geeks team and Dana Oshiro will be there with the Social Media Club House. Related Posts frederic lardinois Mobile Roadie is an application builder for the iPhone that focuses on enabling bands, athletes and event organizers to easily create their own iPhone apps. Users can use Mobile Roadie to create apps that can promote events, stream video and facilitate ticket sales through Ticketmaster and LiveNation. Starting today, Mobile Roadie will also make it easy for its users to stream live video directly to the iPhone. The company has teamed up with streaming video provider Ustream to power these live streams. With a $499 set up fee and monthly fees, Mobile Roadie definitely isn’t cheap. If you are looking for other services that allow you to build your own iPhone apps, also have a look at our list of 13 tools for building your own iPhone app.Mobile Roadie Powers the Official LeWeb 09 iPhone AppIn addition to the Ustream partnership, Mobile Roadie also announced that it will power the official LeWeb 09 application (iTunes link). This annual conference in Paris will kick off next Wednesday. The push-enabled LeWeb app will feature live streaming video, an updated conference schedule and maps. The app also includes a list of conference speakers and attendees, as well as a chat room and a Twitter aggregator for LeWeb related tweets. Users will also be able to use the app to post their own photos from conference sessions. The following video gives you a good impression of what the app is capable of: Tags:#news#Video Services#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Shiv Sena could face ‘expansion’ problems in Pune region

first_imgWhile Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray is all set to helm the new coalition government, the dramatically altered political equations could pose problems for his party’s expansion in Pune and western Maharashtra, where Sharad Pawar’s Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and the Congress have their traditional vote bases.According to analysts, while the NCP will aggressively expand and seek to reclaim lost ground in this region, the Sena faces a daunting challenge as its influence here has been stunted in recent years with the ascendancy of its erstwhile ally, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).Weakest link“Of the three parties in the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA), the Sena is the weakest in terms of its party base in Pune. The Sena’s new allies — Congress and NCP — have always a traditionally strong representation in the local bodies, the Zilla Parishads and the municipal councils and corporations in Pune and western Maharashtra,” observed senior political analyst Rajendra Pandharpure.He notes that while Mr. Thackeray would be Chief Minister, the dominant influence in this improbable coalition would that be of the NCP, as the refrain among party workers is that their saaheb (Sharad Pawar) has been instrumental in forming this government.Further, the BJP’s refusal to leave a single seat in Pune for the Sena ahead of the Assembly elections had caused resentment among Sena leaders, while giving workers headaches about their party’s future and existence in the city. “Should this coalition continue till local body elections, especially the crucial Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad civic polls in 2022, it remains to be seen how willingly the NCP and the Congress would share seats with Sena,” Mr. Pandharpure added.In the past, when the Sena was the ‘big brother’, it was said that the BJP had to hold the Sena’s hand to win in the rural pockets in Pune district while the latter needed the BJP’s base to win in the urban pockets.“Since 2014, the BJP has expanded its base and presence among all sections of society. The question is in which direction will Sena be able to expand in this region as the other three big parties — NCP, Congress and BJP — have their presence in different pockets and bodies,” said Mr. Pandharpure, adding that a pall hangs over the Sena’s renaissance in terms of party structure despite their securing the Chief Minister’s post.Another city-based political observer said that with daggers drawn between the two estranged allies, the BJP would also seek to wrest the ‘Hindutva’ space from the Sena, now that the latter has tied itself to so-called ‘secular’ partiesThe Congress in the city faces a challenge of a different sort. While the Assembly poll results proved that the party still retained a core base, the Congress’ performance in the State has largely been due to the efforts of individual leaders and party workers, who seized the initiative from a paralysed and muddled Central and State leadership. “The Congress top brass in the State should encash on this opportunity [of government formation] to focus on building frontal organisations like the NSUI, the Mahila [women] Congress and the Youth Congress in the city which have lost their vibrancy and become weak,” said Pune Congress general secretary Ramesh Iyer.Stating that it was imperative for State Congress leaders to build a second rung of leadership within the party, he rued the fact that the organisation in Pune city had been steadily weakened since senior Congressman Suresh Kalmadi’s descent into political oblivion and the raging factionalism among the leadership.“Given that youth constitute 70% of the electorate, State leaders should make sure that opportunities are given to young leaders within the party for them to grow,” Mr. Iyer said.According to another analyst, the Congress had not much choice but to ally with the Sena and the NCP as 33 of their 44 elected legislators were allegedly strongly in favour of forming a government with Mr. Thackeray’s party, despite the contrasting ideologies.“The Congress would have faced a major split had it not gone along with the Sena as a majority of the elected MLAs were keen to be a part of the power sharing process. Having said that, the Central and State Congress leadership must now take measures to revive their moribund organisation in Pune and western Maharashtra,” said the analyst.“Congress leader Vijay Wadettiwar would be a good choice as a new MPCC chief as he is an aggressive leader with a mass base. His leadership could prove effective than that of erstwhile Congress state chiefs Manikrao Thakre and Ashok Chavan,” he said.The NCP, which won two Assembly seats in Pune, will seek to play a dominant role in this coalition in Pune and western Maharashtra.“Besides our performance in the Assembly polls, we also have 40-odd corporators in the PMC. The Pimpri-Chinchwad civic body, too, was dominated by us until the BJP’s win in the 2017 civic polls. Now, with the tables turned on the BJP, we will go all out and try and oust them from local bodies as well,” said a Pune NCP leader.last_img read more