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Photos: San Francisco Giants star Brandon Crawford selling Arizona mansion

first_imgA Bay Area native, Crawford grew up in Pleasanton and is widely regarded as one of the best … Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford is selling his mansion in Scottsdale, Ariz. for $1.499 million.Click here if viewing from a mobile device.The 5,477 square foot home has 5 bedrooms and 6 baths; highlights include a two-way fireplace, great room, smart pool system, in-ground trampoline, and sports court, among many other amenities.Crawford purchased the property for $1.6 million in 2016.last_img

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Need to Grow Your City? Partnerships Are the Key to Success.

first_imgEconomic development is a team sport. Local and state governments, working intentionally with businesses and civic organizations, set the foundation for sustained economic growth. Key elements of this foundation include robust collaborations on key economic development strategies, including key public policy matters, long-term investment strategies, talent development, and marketing.With the foundation set, the future of the city’s economic strength then depends on the city’s business leaders and investor communities to lean forward with investments that will attract new companies, create new jobs, drive top-notch talent, and foster the pride and energy that sustain the area’s growth. And when tech leaders partner with businesses and startups to innovate, the results can be truly astounding.I’ve seen a resurgence in my hometown of St. Louis over the last 10 years, thanks in large part to intentional collaboration between the public and private sectors. From tech incubators to transportation companies to manufacturing groups, companies of all kinds, including the energy company I lead, have joined forces to make the city a better place to live and work. For example, the Gateway Arch National Park recently benefitted from a public–private partnership dedicated to revitalizing the park grounds and renovating the museum at the Arch.Any city can follow the examples of St. Louis and other Midwest cities that have made strides in recent years, but economic development rarely occurs by accident. To kick-start growth, existing businesses — including those in the tech field — must take on the role of a city co-leader and work deliberately to invest in the economic growth of the cities they call home. But they don’t have to go it alone.Local Businesses and Economic DevelopmentThe fact that businesses drive economic development may seem like a no-brainer, so let’s get more specific than that. Consider larger companies with greater notoriety and an arsenal of resources, monetary and otherwise, as well as smaller companies and startups with fresh, disruptive ideas and dynamic teams of eager talent.Large companies may have more visible roles in economic development, but every local company, from enterprises to entrepreneurs, plays a part. Startups in particular are vital for strong economic growth. Such growth, in fact, could play a large role in the revitalization of Greece following its economic crisis.In my own experience, my city’s business resurgence is occurring largely because of the startup activity in the area. We are one of the top 40 fastest-growing cities for startup activity in the nation, and that entrepreneurial growth brings a diverse mix of job opportunities to local residents. In addition, these new companies have developed partnerships with larger organizations in the area, providing pathways for disruptive ideas to have big effects. For instance, Ameren Accelerator (an initiative of my company, Ameren), combines the University of Missouri (UM) system and Ameren with accelerator programs to provide opportunities to entrepreneurs and students innovating in the energy field. Innovators who join the program can explore and refine their visions under the guidance of local talent, including my co-workers, Capital Innovators and UMSL Accelerate, in addition to the UM System participants.This is why the partnership of larger companies is critical in a city’s development: The leaders of large companies have the resources and connections to drive innovation and help tech innovators achieve the results they set out to accomplish. In other words, enterprises that develop better relations with younger, smaller tech startups create a harmony between clout and inventiveness.Other enterprise-startup accelerator programs accomplish a variety of similarly beneficial outcomes. For example, Cisco Innovation Centers offer post-accelerator assistance to tech startups all over the world. Some large companies open their APIs to startups, which makes it easier for small companies to integrate their systems. In Louisville, Kentucky, one partnership (which includes the city’s government, other public agencies, local companies, and advocacy groups) joined seemingly disparate organizations to create better healthcare tech for asthma patients. And in Atlanta, AT&T, GE’s Current, and Georgia Power have partnered to fit streetlights with sensors in order to track issues with parking, traffic, and crime in particular areas.Better Partnerships, Stronger CommunitiesCreating one-off instances of change is incredible in and of itself, but when partnerships such as these become widespread, the cities that host them grow stronger overall. More specifically, areas with companies that step up and deliberately invest in their city’s growth will see a more cooperative and inventive city, creating better local economic health.This is something I’ve seen develop in St. Louis. Large companies in our area rarely operate as unapproachable monoliths; instead, they join forces and pool their resources to create things bigger than themselves. The city’s Cortex Innovation Community, for instance, brings together larger companies (like Mastercard) with smaller startups, and it’s quickly becoming a premier hub for tech and bioscience. Another group, 39 North, has earned a reputation as a leader in agricultural technology with the help of Monsanto (now part of Bayer), Bunge North America, and Novus International. For us, these are places that bring talent together to drive further innovation and collaboration — and they’re just one city’s examples of how larger businesses can make a significant impact.Bottom line: When large businesses leverage their influence for the good of their cities, they create an environment where talent can bloom. Community leaders and business leaders, working together, inspire the next generation of success stories, creating something together that neither group could do alone — and again, tech leaders are in the ideal position to have the biggest effect.This focus on innovation and economic development is not the end game for city and business leaders, though. Instead, it is part of the ongoing evolutionary process of civic and economic development. By putting together a framework that encourages partnerships, these groups can inspire their communities and create a brighter future for their cities. Kickstarting a Stagnant Company Warner BaxterChairman, President, and CEO of Ameren Corporation Related Posts Warner Baxter is chairman, president, and CEO of Ameren Corporation, parent company of energy companies in Illinois and Missouri. What Nobody Teaches You About Getting Your Star… How to Make the Most of Your Software Developer… Tags:#growth#tech WordPress for Enterprise – How This Open-…last_img read more

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2006 DEFENCE FORCE TOUCH NATIONALS RESULTS

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10 months agoReal Madrid’s locker room happy to see back of Ronaldo

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid’s locker room happy to see back of Ronaldoby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid’s locker room isn’t missing Cristiano Ronaldo.While they’ve suffered without the Portuguese’s goals, Marca says as a personality, the Juventus striker isn’t missed.Ronaldo only has one friend left at Real – Marcelo – with the rest of the squad happy to see the back of him.The Juve star’s decision to snub the Ballon d’Or ceremony and Luka Modric’s triumph only further convinced Real’s players they’re better off without him.Indeed, there is lingering anger amongst the players that Ronaldo would swerve Modric’s biggest night of his career. last_img read more

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a month agoSolskjaer refusing to criticise Man Utd players in defeat

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Solskjaer refusing to criticise Man Utd players in defeatby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is refusing to criticise his players after defeat at West Ham.Solskjaer refused to hang his players out to dry despite their latest disappointment.He said: “The players are doing what I’m asking them to. There are key moments in games that can tip these games in our favour compared to theirs and you make maybe a bad decision on a pass – left, right, centre – but the attitude and desire is there.”That’s not the problem. It’s the quality in our decision-making, sometimes in the execution. It’s a good group to work with. They are determined. Sometimes along the road, we are going to hit some bumps, as we’ve said, some highs and lows.”This group is out there determined, they showed the desire, it was a good atmosphere in the dressing room. They’ve got the focus right.” last_img read more

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19 days agoMan Utd manager Solskjaer calls for patience after Newcastle loss

first_imgMan Utd manager Solskjaer calls for patience after Newcastle lossby Freddie Taylor19 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveOle Gunnar Solskjaer insists patience is necessary for Manchester United after Sunday’s shock loss to Newcastle United. The Red Devils now have nine points from eight games heading into this week’s international break.But Solskjaer says there is no need for panic.”[As a club] we’ve come together and discussed the direction we’re going,” said Solskjaer.”If you only walk on sunny days you’ll never get to your destination. So we’ll have these days, we’ll have these downs. “We’ve had a couple of them this year, or three defeats now already. It’s disappointing but we’ll keep on working.”We know where we want to get to.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Video: Florida Great Judd Davis And New Gator Kicker Eddy Pineiro Simultaneously Hit 55-Yard Field Goals

first_imgFlorida Gators fans watching the game in the rain.GAINESVILLE, FL – AUGUST 30: Fans wait in the stands during a weather delay prior to the game between the Florida Gators and the Idaho Vandals on August 30, 2014 in Gainesville, Florida. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)The Florida Gators found a cool way to show off their program’s kicking prowess today. Gator great Judd Davis and new Florida kicker Eddy Pineiro simultaneously hit 55-yard kicks on the same goal.Former Lou Groza winner @JuddDavis and future Groza winner @eddypineiro1 side by side from 55 … pic.twitter.com/5MElxDF2NN— Johnny Townsend (@johnnytownsend1) January 27, 2016Davis won the 1993 Lou Groza Award, given to the nation’s top kicker, and was elected to the Florida Athletic Hall of Fame in 2011. Pineiro flipped to Florida from Alabama, to the delight of Jim McElwain, and has already showed off his big leg in Gainesville. We’re not sure whose kick we’re more impressed by here.last_img read more

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Gladue writers hired in four Ontario cities

first_imgAPTN National NewsLegal-Aid Ontario is announcing a much needed expansion of its Gladue system by hiring four new writers in Sudbury, Sault St. Marie, North Bay and Windsor.Glaude reports take into account the systemic factors that may have led an Aboriginal person to the prisoner’s box in the courtroom.APTN’s Delaney Windigo has this story.last_img

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NAFTAs big sticking point major gaps persist between US Mexico on autos

first_imgWASHINGTON – A clash in visions for the auto industry continued to cast doubt on the likelihood of an imminent NAFTA deal Tuesday as the three main players gathered for what could be a final effort to achieve an agreement this year.Any hope of a deal rests on Mexico and the U.S. bridging that still-significant gap.Sources said Mexico this week presented ideas on auto parts that differed substantially from the American goal at these talks: that is, to benefit production in high-wage jurisdictions.Mexico’s proposal lacked a firm wage standard as the U.S. has demanded, would require less North American content than the U.S. wants, ignored rules on using North American steel and would allow companies a 10-year adjustment period, more than double the proposed U.S. phase-in period.The countries continued to say they were making progress at this round, which is potentially the final opportunity to get an agreement before elections in Mexico and the U.S. leave the talks in a freeze until 2019.When asked how talks were going, Mexico’s lead minister Ildefonso Guajardo said: ”It’s going.”He said the countries were working to find solutions that might accommodate the different countries, which he noted have drastically different economic realities. In particular, Guajardo said the countries were trying to bridge differences on the salary standard.President Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner also sounded a positive note as he popped in and out of different sessions at the round, being held across the street from the White House.”Very productive,” Kushner said.Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland used a vivid metaphor to describe the state of the NAFTA negotiations, as countries began a multi-day push to deliver a deal.She likened it to childbirth.”When I was giving birth, one of my midwives said, ‘You never know how long the labour will be, but you know that each contraction is one contraction closer to the baby being born.’ And if I could use such a personal metaphor, that seems to apply to trade negotiations,” she said.”We are definitely making progress. I am not going to predict the day and the minute and the hour that we will be finished.”Mexico and the U.S. are sharply divided over the American plan to credit companies for building cars in wealthier, high-wage countries — in other words, outside Mexico.A Mexico-U.S. meeting to resolve those differences ran overtime on Monday, delaying by a day Freeland’s latest encounter with U.S. counterpart Robert Lighthizer.Sources say Mexico has proposed that 70 per cent of all cars comprise North American parts to avoid a tariff — the U.S. has asked for 75 per cent. But the U.S. also wants a wage guarantee: that 40 per cent of every car be made in places that pay more than $16 an hour.A Canadian union leader present at the talks blamed Mexico for slow-walking efforts at wage reform.Jerry Dias of Unifor suggested that if the current Mexican government won’t agree to boost salaries, perhaps everyone should wait a few months until after the Mexican election and negotiate with the next president.Left-wing candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador currently has a big lead in Mexico’s presidential polls.Dias called low wages in Mexico the central issue of this negotiation — ”the gorilla in the room.” And he said Mexican negotiators seem more interested in keeping salaries low than in helping workers.”You’ve got international American corporations … masquerading as Mexican negotiators. Nobody’s moving on the key issues,” Dias said.”Ultimately Canada and the United States at some time or another are gonna have to join forces and say to Mexico, ‘Here’s what the wages have to be in the auto industry, here’s what the rules have to be.’ And if Mexico flatly refuses then I suggest we should wait until after July 1, when there’s a new Mexican president.”Ultimately we’re gonna have to show Mexico we’re not messing around anymore.”One big unknown is what happens after an agreement on autos and whether the U.S. will soften other demands in order to get a quick deal.The auto rules themselves must be adjusted with care, as seemingly small changes could have a far-reaching.An industry-funded report for the Center for Automotive Research recently estimated that the proposed U.S. changes would amount to a multibillion-dollar tax on consumers, as car companies would face the choice to either abide by tougher new standards, or simply pay the 2.5 per cent vehicle tariff and possibly pass costs onto consumers.last_img read more

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RCMP to review arrests at BC pipeline blockade create temporary detachment

first_imgHe says one person secured themselves to a barricade, while two others attached themselves to the underside of a bus that was blocking access to a bridge and another was suspended in a hammock from the bridge.Stubbs says he understands there are concerns about the RCMP’s actions and its review will produce recommendations to address any issues, though he says none have been found yet.The RCMP reached an agreement with Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs last Thursday to allow Coastal GasLink workers across the bridge, and Stubbs says the Mounties will bring in a temporary detachment to the area.(THE CANADIAN PRESS) SURREY, B.C. – The RCMP will review the actions of its officers who arrested 14 people at an Indigenous pipeline blockade in northwestern British Columbia last week.The Mounties enforced a court injunction Jan. 7 allowing Coastal GasLink workers and contractors access to a work site where a natural gas pipeline is planned.Assistant commissioner Eric Stubbs says the situation was challenging and emotional, and he alleges the protesters’ actions toward police ranged from passive resistance to “actual assaultive behaviour.”last_img read more

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