MLB trade rumors: Phillies have been ‘in contact with every team that has pitching available’

first_img“Hard for us to make the judgment now that we’re one trade away from the World Series,” MacPhail told reporters last week, via MLB.com. “We don’t believe that. I don’t believe that. So, as a result, you’re going to have to be more judicious with your playing talent. It doesn’t mean you can’t make a different type of deal, doesn’t mean you can’t make a deal where a component is taking on somebody’s salary.”Blue Jays ace Marcus Stroman and Giants left-hander Madison Bumgarner are expected to be available while the Indians could consider moving Trevor Bauer. The Phillies, however, may not be willing to meet the asking price for any of those players.“Our ownership has been pretty clear, and they’ve demonstrated by their actions, that salary is not something that is going to be … it has to make some sense, but that’s not going to be something that’s going to hold us back,” MacPhail said. “I think from my standpoint, I’m going to be more judicious. Gabe Kapler says Jake Arrieta ‘at 85 percent’ is Phillies’ best option Todd Frazier: Jake Arrieta went ‘a little overboard’ with dented skull threat “We win seven in a row … I might feel differently. Given our current circumstances, I think I’m going to be a little judicious and careful about what talent’s walking out the door.”The Phillies are interested in Orioles reliever Mychal Givens, according to an earlier report from MASN. The Phillies apparently want to beef up their pitching staff before the July 31 trade deadline.Philadelphia general manager Matt Klentak has been “in contact with every team that has pitching available,” MLB insider Jim Bowden reported Tuesday during an appearance on CBS Sports HQ. Phillies All-Star J.T. Realmuto interested in signing extension, report says The Phillies came into the season with high expectations but have been inconsistent so far. They entered play Tuesday with a 48-46 record and have lost four of their last six games.While Philadelphia is tied for the second wild-card spot, president Andy MacPhail said the team might not be willing to trade top prospects for frontline players. Related Newslast_img read more

Reid eyeing podium at Caribbean Jr Cycling Champs

first_imgDespite finishing a disappointing eighth at the Easter International Cycling Grand Prix, in Trinidad and Tobago in April, Kingston Criterium Junior champion, 17-year-old Brandon Reid, said the experience was an eye-opening one.He learnt a lot from the experience and has been taking steps to make the necessary improvement and he is now eyeing a podium finish at the Caribbean Junior Championship later this year.’EYE-OPENING'”That experience (Easter Grand Prix) was an eye-opening one. In the first race, my position wasn’t good and I did not place well. But in the second race, I went to the front and led for most of the way, but the guys came back and covered me in the last 150 metres.”So I now know that I have a lot more improvement to make. I need more training and I have been going to the gym and doing some more miles, but I’ll be back again next year and I will do better,” he said.With the local circuit providing little competition for this young rider in his category, his next international test will be the Caribbean Junior Championship where he will again face riders like Easter Grand Prix winner Jabari Whiteman of Trinidad and Tobago, among others. But he believes he is putting in the work and will get his just reward when the time comes.”The Easter Grand Prix is not until next year again, but I will be going to the Caribbean junior Championship in June to represent the country and I expect to get a podium finish because I have been getting more power in the legs to get that quick muscle fibre going. There are some opponents I have to watch, but as long as I put in the work, it will pay off,” he said.last_img read more

Nearly onethird of Americans arent ready for the next generation of technology

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Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*) Sign up for our daily newsletter Get more great content like this delivered right to you! Country The study was conducted by John Horrigan, an independent researcher, and released 17 June at an event sponsored by the Washington, D.C.–based Information Technology and Innovation Foundation. Funded by the Joyce Foundation, the study of 1600 adults measured their grasp of terms like “cookie” and “Wi-Fi.” It asked them to rate how confident they were about using a desktop or laptop or a smart phone to find information, as well as how comfortable they felt about using a computer. Of those who scored low in these areas, about half were not Internet users.Horrigan believes that policymakers have ignored the problem of digital readiness while concentrating on providing people with access to the Internet and the necessary hardware. Relatively little attention has been paid to teaching people the necessary skills to take advantage of online classes and job searches, he maintains.The researchers recommend that the technology industry needs to understand that not all users possess the same digital skill levels and that they need to make accommodations for those with less knowledge. Hargittai cites the RSS feed, which alerts its user to updates from his favorite blogs or websites, as an example of a tool that failed to address digital readiness. “There were a few years when every website had this bright orange button, ‘RSS!’ ” Hargittai says. “Web developers knew what it was, but consistently study after study showed that the average user has absolutely no clue what RSS is.”Libraries can act as hubs for online learning within a community, Horrigan says. Having young, Internet-savvy people who are willing to share their skills is another option for reducing the size of the digitally unready population.The lack of digital skills is a perennial problem, say researchers who have studied digital inequality over the years. In addition to those with few skills, someone who can function adequately today may fall behind as the technology continues to evolve. Grant Blank, a sociologist with the Oxford Internet Institute in the United Kingdom, believes that the community benefits just as much from good training programs as do the individuals themselves. “They’re more productive as citizens,” Blank says. “They’re able to participate better in social and political issues if they have effective online skills.” Thanks to a decade of programs geared toward giving people access to the necessary technology, by 2013 some 85% of Americans were surfing the World Wide Web. But how effectively are they using it?A new survey suggests that the digital divide has been replaced by a gap in digital readiness. It found that nearly 30% of Americans either aren’t digitally literate or don’t trust the Internet. That subgroup tended to be less educated, poorer, and older than the average American.In contrast, says Eszter Hargittai, a sociologist at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, who was not involved in the study, those with essential Web skills “tend to be the more privileged. And so the overall story … is that it’s the people who are already privileged who are reaping the benefits here.” read more