What we learned in the Raiders’ loss to the Rams

first_imgWell, that did not go well.The Raiders’ 33-13 loss wasn’t as lopsided as the scoreline might indicate, but it was 100 percent a calamity for a Raiders team that was looking to stat off the second Jon Gruden era with some win and some serious momentum.Instead, the Raiders furthered some already pertinent questions and raised some questions along the way. Here’s what we learned in the Raiders’ Week One loss:1. Dink and dunk Derek is on the hot seat(Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)D …last_img

Brent Burns, Pete DeBoer respond to Drew Doughty’s comments

first_imgSAN JOSE — Neither Sharks coach Pete DeBoer or defenseman Brent Burns wished to extensively respond Tuesday to Drew Doughty’s comments a day earlier on why Burns should not win the Norris Trophy this season.“I just think guys should stick to commenting on their own games,” DeBoer said. “For me, that’s where everybody in this league’s focus should lie.”In an interview Monday in Calgary with The Athletic, Doughty, the Los Angeles Kings’ 2019 All-Star who won the Norris Trophy three years ago, a …last_img

Photo library: Buildings and structures 4

first_img{loadposition tc}Click on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.» Download Buildings & Structures contact sheet (1.1MB) » Download full image library contact sheet (10.5MB) Johannesburg, Gauteng province: Baragwanath minibus taxi rank, Old Potchefstroom Road, Soweto. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Gauteng province: Frontview of the state-of-the-art Maropeng visitors’ centre at the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site, which is famous for the wealth of early human fossils found there. Photo: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Gauteng province: Frontview of the state-of-the-art Maropeng visitors’ centre at the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site, which is famous for the wealth of early human fossils found there. Photo: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Gauteng province:A home-made wind turbine on a smallholding in the Magaliesburg region. Photo: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Gauteng province:A home-made wind turbine on a smallholding in the Magaliesburg region. Photo: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Gauteng province: A home-made wind turbine on a smallholding in the Magaliesburg region. Photo: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Cape Town, Western Cape province: The entrance to the Sea Point municipal swimming pool. Photo: Jeffrey Barbee, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com Download hi-res image Cape Town, Western Cape province: Victorian building in Long Street. Photo: Jeffrey Barbee, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com Download hi-res image Cape Town, Western Cape province: Art Deco building in Sea Point. Photo: Jeffrey Barbee, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image BUILDINGS AND STRUCTURES 4: {loadposition bd}Having trouble downloading high-resolution images? Queries about the image library? Email Janine Erasmus at [email protected]last_img read more

Over-Wired Americans Are Richer Than They Realize

first_imgA Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Tags:#Pause The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Related Posts center_img brian proffitt Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification As a technology writer, I hear (and experience) first-world problems every day:“Twitter’s down.”“Gmail’s borked.”“My phone battery died.”Any one of those issues is enough, in our day-to-day lives, to at least bug us, and sometimes they’re enough to completely disrupt our professional or personal productivity. We can’t get things done and we lash out at those we think are responsible. How dare service X fail us and interrupt our work?You know, first-world problems.Perhaps that’s why I have recently come to the conclusion that Americans, as a group, have no perspective.The Lack Of PerspectiveWhen I take the time to step away from this over-wired world a bit, the very first thing I usually think of is just how silly all of this hullaballoo really can be. I mean, really, the $500 radio in my pocket just ran out of power and now I have to wait a whole half-hour to charge it again, and that’s my big problem?Smartphones bear much of the ire I have for first-world problems, if only because they exemplify those problems so well: We build a device that keeps us connected with the rest of the world (which we love/hate) and then freak out when said device is unavailable even for a moment.Smartphones tie into what many people peg as American’s big problem: We’re too damn fixated on time. Events in our lives are timed to the minute, and any deviation from that mental schedule can cause great stress. Being a writer geared to deadlines, I fall into this trap all of the time.Instead of living in the moment and enjoying where we are, we tend to focus on the next thing, the next place, the next job. We don’t appreciate what we have and the time we spend with friends and family, slotted between hockey practice for Junior and the DVRed episodes of Downton Abbey we need to watch.Here’s a real example of how bad not appreciating what we have has gotten. And it involves one of our favorite things: not time, but money.How Good Do You Really Have It?Global Rich List is not a new site, but when my pastor mentioned it during his sermon last week, I thought I’d give it a whirl.The idea behind the site is simple: type in your annual income in pounds, dollars (US or Canadian) or euros and the site will spit back your wealth rank compared with all the people on the planet.I popped in my annual income, and found to my surprise that I am the 24,860,227th richest person in the world.At first glance, that sounds depressing, doesn’t it? But think that through a bit. 24.8 millionth-ish… on a planet with more than seven billion people. That puts me, a guy who fits squarely in the U.S. middle class, within the top 0.41% wealthiest people in the world.It gets a bit worse. I added my wife’s income, and suddenly there are only 3.9 million-with-an-m people in the world making more money than us.Holy crap.Not Pride, Dismay And EmbarassmentBe assured, the emotion I was feeling at this point is not pride. It’s dismay, with quite a bit of embarrassment thrown in. All of the complaining I do about funds being tight and spending too much at the store seems foolish and arrogant when I think that 99.94% of the humans on planet Earth earn less than my family.Pulling back that focus to the U.S. as a whole, and you can see why I think that people in our society need to get over themselves.To give you an idea of just how rich Americans are, in Tuesday night’s State of the Union address, President Obama said that a person with two kids working full time at minimum wage would fall below the poverty line, as defined here in the U.S. Full time at the U.S. $7.50 minimum wage is $15,000 annually.According to Global Rich List, a person earning that salary would be the 726,528,729th richest person in the world, and still be in the top 12.1% of earners on Earth.Sometimes it takes a change in perspective like this to make you re-think your priorities. I’m not going to shed my earthly possessions and live the life of a hermit, but already I have less acquisitiveness about “stuff” than I used to feel.Appreciating what we have, be it things, time or the people around us, is definitely a better way to live than always wanting more. Because when you always want more, you will think you have less.Image courtesy of Shutterstock.last_img read more

Maria Sharapova tries her hand at table tennis after Wimbledon exit

first_imgMaria Sharapova is apparently taking some time off her busy tennis schedule and has picked up on another sport. While the world is currently engrossed in football, taking about the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia, Sharapova is not behind. According to her Instagram profile, she has been following football as well.But there is another sport that Sharapova is keen on playing and following up on her competitive nature, she wants to compete in that as well.In a recent photograph posted by Sharapova on Instagram, she can be seen across a table tennis arena with the tiny racquet in her hand.On the other side of the table is the English business and philanthropist Richard Branson and Sharapova wrote in her post, “Free ticket to space if I win?”Free ticket to space if I win? @richardbransonA post shared by Maria Sharapova (@mariasharapova) on Jul 8, 2018 at 2:15am PDTAccording to Sharapova’s post, it looks like the Russian star is currently in Italy.Puglia + pic.twitter.com/HDFY7vhgdnMaria Sharapova (@MariaSharapova) July 8, 2018Sharapova was knocked out of Wimbledon in the first round itself by fellow Russian Vitalia Diatchenko.Sharapova was in a winning position after taking the first set but Vitalia broke her with the Russia 5-4 up, took the set to tie-breaker and won the set.In the third set, Sharapova took a 2-0 lead only to blow it up and eventually lose the match. Maria Sharapova was knocked out of Wimbledon 2018 in the first round. (Reuters Photo)Sharapova said that it was cause of concern for her that she threw up the match like that but promised to work hard and come back stronger.advertisementSharapova’s form has not been very consistent ever since she returned from doping suspension.In April 2017, Sharapova returned to tennis court after a 15-month doping ban but a whole year that Sharapova won her first WTA title.After putting up decent performance at the US Open, Sharapova travelled to China for the China Open and Tianjin Open and she went on to win the latter. Maria Sharapova won the her first WTA title, Tianjin Open, after a gap of two years. (Maria Sharapova Instagram Photo)Apart from that one title, Sharapova has made some rare appearance in quarter-finals of various tournaments. After reaching the quarter-final of 2016 Australian Open, the first time Sharapova reached the same stage was in this year’s French Open when she got a walkover from an injured Serena Williams.In the quarter-final though, Sharapova lost to Garbine Muguruza in straight sets.last_img read more