Draghi brings market savvy, gravitas to tame Italy’s crises

first_imgMILAN (AP) — The former European Central Bank chief credited with helping to save the euro has now been tapped to lead Italy out of the pandemic and the worst recession since World War II.  Draghi gained global respect as the head of the European Central Bank for eight years, managing monetary policy for the 19 countries that use the euro, with an economy worth 12 trillion euros, or $14.4 trillion. He not only has an insider’s grasp of the financial rule book that Italy must follow, but he has the respect of those whose forbearance Italy may require during the difficult months and years ahead.last_img read more

Dickerson homers 3 times, Giants win big over Rockies, 23-5

first_imgDickerson homers 3 times, Giants win big over Rockies, 23-5 September 2, 2020 “We’ve got to circle the wagons a little bit here,” Rockies manager Bud Black said. “With the pitching, we’ve had a couple of rough nights on the mound, coincided with a couple of rough nights at the plate. It’s a bad combination. We’ve got to put the two together, that’s for sure.”Giants starter Kevin Gausman (2-2) went five innings and allowed two hits and two runs, both on solo home runs by Garrett Hampson.Catcher Drew Butera pitched the last two innings for the Rockies. It was the seventh career pitching appearance for the position player and the first since 2018 as a member of the Kansas City Royals.Dickerson touched off his power display — the first multihomer game of his career — with a towering first-inning solo shot that landed in the third deck overlooking right field. The 480-foot drive off Jon Gray (2-4) was longest home run by a Giants player since at least 2015.He followed with a two-run drive in the second inning and a three-run homer off Jairo Diaz in the Giants’ seven-run sixth inning, their biggest of the night. Crawford also had a three-run homer in the sixth. UP NEXTLHP Kyle Freeland (2-1, 3.43 ERA) saw a streak of six consecutive quality starts to begin the season snapped when he gave up four runs in 4 1/3 innings in a no decision last time out against San Diego. He’ll try to get back on track Wednesday against the Giants, who are starting RHP Logan Webb (2-3, 4.35 ERA).___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditDENVER (AP) — Alex Dickerson hit three home runs and matched a career high with six RBIs, highlighting one of the biggest offensive shows ever at Coors Field as the San Francisco Giants beat the Colorado Rockies 23-5 on Tuesday night.“That’s by far the best game I’ve ever had in my life,” said Dickerson, who just missed hitting a fourth home run in his final at bat in the ninth, settling for a 414-foot double that reached the warning track in center, the deepest part of the field.“I don’t think I’ve seen that many barreled balls from one guy in one game before,” said Brandon Crawford, who also homered among his three hits and had six RBIs. “I thought he got that last one, too. That would have been pretty cool.”center_img Associated Press Dickerson doubled and scored in between his last two homers, drew a walk in the eighth inning, and doubled to the center field warning track off Butera in the ninth.TRAINER’S ROOMGiants: LHP Drew Smyly, sidelined by a sprained left index finger, was set to travel Tuesday to the Sacramento alternate site to throw live batting practice. RHP Jeff Samardzija also was set to face live hitters as he works back from an inflamed throwing shoulder. … RHP Reyes Moronta, working back from right shoulder surgery, was slated for a bullpen session in Sacramento on Tuesday with the hope he throws live batting practice by the end of the week. Manager Gabe Kapler has remained optimistic Moronta will pitch for the Giants this season.ROSTER MOVESThe Giants recalled INF Daniel Robertson from Sacramento. … The Rockies optioned LHP Phillip Diehl to their alternate training site and activated OF Kevin Pillar following his acquisition from Boston. Dickerson finished with 16 total bases (three homers, two doubles), tying the Giants’ franchise record set by Willie Mays on April 30, 1961 at the Milwaukee Braves.“It’s incredible company,” Dickerson said. “The things he did in his career and everything he means to San Francisco, to even be mentioned in the same breath as him is an incredible honor.”Donovan Solano also had four hits and six RBIs. Brandon Belt and Joey Bart added three hits apiece as the Giants collected 27 hits overall and scored in every inning except the ninth in winning for the 10th time in 13 games.“There were plenty of good performances to go around, up and down the lineup,” Giants manager Gabe Kapler said.The 23 runs were the third-most allowed by the Rockies in team history. The Chicago Cubs scored 26 against Colorado on Aug. 18, 1995, and the Cincinnati Reds scored 24 on May 19, 1999. The 27 hits by the Giants were the second most ever allowed by the Rockies, matching the Cubs’ hit total in the 1995 game.last_img read more

Catering to the Customer and User Experience Lessons from the 2010 Console

first_imgIf you turned on your TV in the past couple weeks, you most likely could not avoid the massive ad campaign Microsoft is pursuing in pushing their latest motion sensing product, Kinect. The product positioning is unique from Nintendo’s Wii and Sony’s Move because the input device is actually you (your entire body controls the onscreen action). Management teams at Nintendo and Sony must be hoping this competitive positioning will fail, as it is clearly a differentiator from the wand type input devices prevalent on the market. With plastic guitars, drums, driving wheels and motion sensors flooding the market, we are a far cry from the intense console focus on insane graphics and intense physics. What happened?This year, the console market has clearly shifted towards ensuring the game-play is a truly fun experience rather than simply pushing the processing power of the machines with crazy visual effects. Why? Consumers demonstrated that basic activities like planting virtual crops in Farmville or going on expeditions with SCVNGR really excites the neurons. Developers of games similar to these spent a tremendous amount of time focusing on the quality, psychology and simplicity of the game-play while ensuring it can be enjoyed in a social environment. The console manufacturers realized this (especially when they see huge volumes of dollars go to new market entrants) and adapted accordingly (with Nintendo being the obvious pioneer years ago). Games are supposed to be fun and should typically appeal to the kid at heart (and console makers are now focusing on this with their r&d efforts). Sony is clearly trying to drive this message home with their latest commercial, destined for Latin America (a bit creepy, but enjoy!)  As you are building a business (whether a new entrant or long time incumbent), never forget to continually focus on what your customer truly values (and how it changes over time) and allow this to feed your product and marketing strategy. Take a lesson from the console guys who really got smacked around over the past few years. Know your customers and their changing tastes and constantly cater to them and their desired experiences. It will help you stay relevant as your market evolves. -KKFAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to PrintPrintShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more