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49ers notes: Beathard reclaims QB role amid widespread support

first_img(CLICK HERE, if you are unable to view this video on your mobile device.)KANSAS CITY — Kyle Shanahan seemed to scoff at any notion the 49ers might look elsewhere to replace injured quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, not when the coach professed “a lot of confidence” for C.J. Beathard to reclaim that starting role.“C.J.’s a gamer,” Shanahan said after Sunday’s 38-27 defeat to the Chiefs. “Everyone in here has a ton of respect for C.J., how he handles himself. He’s a man out there, a very good …last_img read more

Gain a Job, Lose Two Jobs: Do Tech Companies Wield Too Much Power?

first_imgI’m a big fan of maxims and technology. It should be no surprise, then, that Melvin Kranzbergs six laws of technology really speak to me. Perhaps my favorite is, “Technology is neither good nor bad; nor is it neutral.” There have always been – and will always be – winners and losers. Lately I have been wondering if there have been too many of the latter and not enough of the former.Guest author Phil Simon is an independent technology consultant and a dynamic public speaker for hire. He focuses on the intersection of business and technology. Phil is the author of two books: Why New Systems Fail and The Next Wave of Technologies. He maintains a blog, writes for a number of technology media outlets, and hosts the podcast Technology Today.What specifically am I talking about? I’m talking about how there are only a few companies and industries actually creating jobs these days – and how they’re certainly in the driver’s seat. In this post, I’ll take a realistic (as opposed to moralistic) look at the power that technology companies are wielding these days vis-à-vis job creation.Supply and Demand at WorkConsider the recent announcement by Facebook to create 200 jobs in Austin, Texas. However, there’s a hitch. The company’s U.S. expansion is contingent upon Austin officials approving considerable tax breaks.Some might question why local governments would essentially bid for jobs. It’s really quite simple: supply and demand. In this case, the demand for jobs is quite high while the supply is not. What’s more, from Austin’s perspective, the costs of lost tax revenues need to be viewed against the self-explanatory benefits of newly created jobs.Google in North CarolinaWith that in mind, it’s hard to blame Facebook or Austin city officials for trying to make a deal. In fact, they are hardly the first parties to work out a sweetheart deal. I can cite a number of recent examples of organizations that have played would-be suitors against each other for the purposes of procuring the lowest corporate taxes.Perhaps the most publicized recent case involved Google and Research Park, North Carolina. In that very piece, Rick Smith writes about the complicated negotiations that Google executives held with public officials about job creation – and the subsequent public backlash. Smith rightly asks two questions: Should North Carolina government officials accede to Google’s demands? And what’s the alternative?Technology’s Role in UnemploymentSo there’s a fundamental imbalance between the supply and demand of jobs. Let’s not pretend that this has never happened before. However, let’s compare The Great Recession with previous economic crises. What’s different this time? Two things.First, technology has made jobs more portable, less tied to an individual community. It’s not as if Procter & Gamble in 1932 could make contemporary arguments in an attempt to bargain for tax concessions from local government. Employees had to work near other employees; they weren’t virtual.Now, my plumber still needs to be local but he is increasingly the exception to the rule. High-tech companies such as Facebook and Google can take their operations virtually anywhere around the globe. What’s more, without getting all political, U.S. tax laws are hardly as employer-friendly as that of other countries that are equally if not more desperate for job creation. Don’t think that tech companies are not acutely aware of these facts when they make local U.S. communities in essence bid for job, a trend that will continue.Second, technology seems to be destroying jobs much faster than it is creating others. German economist Joseph Schumpeter coined a term for this phenomenon in 1942: creative destruction. No doubt that has endured for both its relevance and its wonderful dichotomy.Technology has always been a disruptive force, but has it become a net negative with respect to job creation? Journalists certainly come to mind. Also, what about the downward pressure that technology exerts on wages? What about the emergence of “The Disposable Worker“. As Peter Coy, Michelle Conlin and Moira Herbst argue in a recent BusinessWeek article, more and more people are forced to work as independent contractors, absent the benefits of W-2 – e.g., health benefits, sick time, etc.Business Realities and the Swinging PendulumLet’s not kid ourselves here. No economic system is perfect. With capitalism, you have to take the fleas with the dog. Publicly traded corporations such as Google have a fiduciary obligation to their shareholders to maximize profits. As for privately held companies such as Facebook, VCs investing millions of dollars surely want to see a ROI sooner rather than later.Bottom line: We can’t blame any organization for minimizing expenses and seeking the lowest taxes, the biggest loopholes. Current economic conditions allow companies to be extremely picky with regard to hiring and establishing new offices. The pendulum has swung squarely to their side.The Downside of the Internet and GlobalizationThe question becomes: Is the pendulum permanently stuck on the side of employers? In other words, have globalization, the widespread adoption of broadband, and collaborative tools collectively put too much power in the hands of employers? If so, then are employers unjustly wielding their power to extort onerous terms from communities desperate for job creation?I know enough about economics and history to rarely use the term “permanently.” To me, it’s the acme of foolishness. I’d also argue, however, that it’s equally foolish to take a Pollyannaish view of technology. Returning to Kranzberg for a moment, technology always creates winners and losers. For the foreseeable future at least, it appears as if employers will fall into the former group.Photo by dreamguy. Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Related Posts Tags:#Facebook#Google#Government#web The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videoscenter_img A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… guest author 1last_img read more

In Haryana, it’s a direct fight between BJP and Congress

first_imgThe two-week-long gruelling campaign for the election to the 90-member State Assembly in Haryana involving a direct contest between the ruling BJP and the Congress concluded on Saturday.A total of 1,168 candidates are in the fray for the election slated for October 21 with the highest 118 from Hisar and the lowest 24 from Panchkula. A total of 1,83,90,525 voters, including 85,12,231 women, are registered in the State with 19,578 polling booths.The BJP, which went into the election with the slogan of “Ab Ki Baar, 75 Paar” (more than 75 seats this time), carried out a high-profile campaign with Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself addressing rallies in seven Lok Sabha constituencies of Faridabad, Gurugram, Sirsa, Bhiwani-Mahendragarh, Hisar, Sonipat and Kurukshetra. Besides, Union Home Minister and BJP national president Amit Shah, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Delhi BJP president Manoj Tiwari also held public meetings.Low profile The Congress campaign, on the other hand, remained largely low profile led by former CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda, his son and ex-MP Deepender Singh Hooda and the party’s State president Kumari Selja. With the party’s interim president Sonia Gandhi skipping her lone rally in Mahendragarh, former president Rahul Gandhi ended up addressing two rallies, one each in Muslim-dominated Nuh and Mahendragarh. He attacked the BJP over the current economic slowdown and for allegedly playing politics of “divide and rule”.Rejuvenated by the change in State leadership almost a month before the election, the Congress wove a narrative around the achievements of its government during the 10-year regime of Mr. Bhupender Hooda, the promises made in its manifesto and the plight of the farmers and the traders due to “wrong” policies of the BJP. The ruling party stressed on national issues such as Article 370, National Register of Citizens and the Balakot air strikes, besides highlighting the “clean and transparent” governance provided by CM Manohar Lal Khattar.Though the BJP is likely to ride the current wave of nationalism, Jat and non-Jat divide and the absence of strong rivals, the discontent among its cadre over ticket distribution and infighting could harm the party, especially in South Haryana. Though the BJP has an edge, the contest could be closer than expected, feel analysts.Led by former Hisar MP Dushyant Chautala, the Jannayak Janta Party, formed after the split in the Indian National Lok Dal in December last, remains another important political force with presence in the Jat belt, including Hisar, Jind and Kaithal. The INLD, pushed into political oblivion following the split, AAP, BSP and Swaraj India are the other political parties in the fray.Dangal-fame wrestler Babita Phogat, Olympic medallist Yogeshwar Dutt and former Indian hockey team captain Sandeep Singh are the celebrity BJP candidates. Former two-time CM Hooda, CM Khattar and Finance Minister Capt. Abhimanyu are among the prominent leaders contesting the election.last_img read more

Anthony Joshua US debut in doubt because of opponent’s failed test

first_imgCeltics, Rockets and Bucks eye 2-0 1st-round series leads Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparc MOST READ DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Read Next PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hearn says “we are working with all relevant parties and will update with more details soon.”Salita Promotions, which represents Miller, said Wednesday it was obtaining more information about VADA’s finding and “will have more to say soon on this developing situation.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsJoshua, who holds the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO belts, is scheduled to fight Miller on June 1 at Madison Square Garden.During the promotional tour for the fight, Miller said both fighters had agreed to between 10 and 12 weeks of drug testing in the buildup to the bout.center_img Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess FILE – British boxer Anthony Joshua (L) speaks during a press conference in London on February 25, 2019, ahead of his forthcoming IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight title boxing match against US boxer Jarrell Miller. (Photo by Adrian DENNIS / AFP)LONDON — Anthony Joshua’s debut fight in the United States could be in doubt after his promoter said the world heavyweight champion’s opponent has failed a doping test.Eddie Hearn says in a Twitter post that Joshua’s camp has been informed by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association that there was an adverse finding in a sample collected from American boxer Jarrell Miller on March 20.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

Education Ministry Gets 40 Photocopy Machines from PBS Jamaica

first_img The Productive Business Solutions (PBS) Jamaica has donated 40 Xerox ColorQube 9303 photocopy machines, valued at $15 million, to the Ministry of Education for distribution to some 40 primary and all-age schools across the island.Speaking at the  handing-over ceremony at the Ministry’s Heroes Circle Offices in Kingston on August 20, Portfolio Minister,  Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, expressed gratitude for the donation, noting that it will add to the efficiency of the service provided by the schools.“There is no way that the schools or the Ministry of Education could have purchased this equipment and, therefore, we are very grateful to you,” he said.The Minister noted that this is the kind of partnership that is needed in education. “I believe that the indirect output of your donation will be for better educated students, more efficient schools, and therefore, hopefully, better trained employees and better customers for your company,” he said.“I want you to appreciate what a difference this is going to make to the schools. (These are) schools largely with extensive student bodies of over 1,000, and in most some cases, over 2,000 students,” Rev. Thwaites informed.Making the presentation, Managing Director, PBS, Melanie Subratie, said the company was pleased to be making a contribution to the development of the country’s education sector.Ms. Subratie informed that the multi-functional devices were designed by a team of engineers, led by Jamaica-born Dr. Antonio Williams, who currently serves as Research lab Manager of the Making Elements and Integration Laboratory at Xerox in the US.For his part, Operations Manager, PBS, Paul Reid, said the top of the line equipment will significantly enhance the efficiency, productivity and workflow of schools as it relates to document creation, sharing, reproduction and archiving. “Gone are the days when you have four or five devices doing all of those functions,” he pointed out.He noted that users will have the benefit of cutting edge technology to print, scan, fax, email and archive documents, from one multi-functional device in colour or black and white.“Right from the panel, this solution allows you, on a network, to print, copy, scan, and fax in colour at the lowest possible price available in the world, because it eliminates 75 per cent of the traditional consumables used in xerography by using only one item,” Mr. Reid said. He noted that the copiers can print from 45 to 90 pages per minute.Mr. Reid also informed that PBS will be providing maintenance and support to all the schools that will receive a device.PBS Jamaica is an associate company of Musson Jamaica Limited and is part of the PBS Group of companies, distributors of Xerox, Cisco and Oracle products across the Caribbean and Central America. It will add to the efficiency of the service provided by the schools Users will have the benefit of one multi-functional device Copy machines to be distributed to 40 primary and all-age schools across the island Story Highlightslast_img read more