49ers mailbag: Is Shanahan safe, QB Beathard OK?

first_imgNah. Don’t reach for the low-hanging-fruit, fire-the-coach angle (see: 2014, ’15, ’16). Shanahan received a six-year contract because this was a massive rebuild. He’s 1 1/2 seasons into it, and he’s had more bad luck … CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceSANTA CLARA — The 49ers (1-7) take a a six-game losing streak into Thursday night’s home game against the Raiders (1-6). They can take this mailbag with them:Is Shanahan at risk? (@wgclements)last_img read more

Joakim Soria has an issue with lefties, A’s did well in tough stretch despite loss to Rangers

first_imgClick here if you’re unable to view the gallery on your mobile device.ARLINGTON, Texas — Brett Anderson looked to have the A’s on track to finish off a tough stretch of games on a high note but a meltdown by the bullpen spoiled that good feeling.The A’s blew a five-run lead in Sunday’s 8-7 loss to the Texas Rangers, snapping a four-game win streak.“That’s a game we normally don’t lose,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said. “We just had one guy get whacked around a little bit in the eighth inning.” …last_img read more

AleX NetLit Guides Professionals Toward Network Literacy

first_imgYou can share your tweets with the broader network literacy learning network by including the hashtag #netlit.Authors:  Bob Bertsch (@ndbob), Peg Boyles (@ethnobot), Jim Langcuster, and Stephen Judd (@sjudd) This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. Many people who participate in online social networks know how conducive social networking can be to learning. But those who are just getting involved in online networks haven’t had a chance to build the connections that will help them learn. Now, there’s at least one connection to help professionals new to social networking get their bearings.Alex NetLit is a fictional persona created by the Network Literacy Community of Practice. Alex was created to serve as a guide to Military Families Service Professionals, Cooperative Extension professionals and others seeking to learn more about using online networks in their work. Think of Alex as a device — an imaginary character developed to help us focus on the millions of people striving to become comfortable with and fluent in the skills and tools that define communicating in the 21st century.Alex is a 30-year-old divorced mother of two who works as a federal-agency professional providing educational information and other types of self-help to her clients. We hope she will give voice to the excitement and skepticism, as well as the delight and frustration, many of us experience when engaging in online networks.AleX NetLitAlex’s SkepticismProfessionally speaking, Alex has always been wary of social media tools such as Facebook and Twitter. She uses both applications to keep up with her daughters and with the classmates and friends she collected in the course of her childhood on both sides of the Atlantic, moving from one military base to another with her father, a career Army NCO.In that respect, she’s grown comfortable with social media. She’s even come to value these online tools for the ways they’ve enabled her to communicate with her daughters and long- separated friends. However, on the subject of using social media in the workplace, Alex takes her cues from the Missouri “show me” school.Despite her skepticism, Alex is beginning to understand that, like it or not, social media will become an essential part of her future. That’s why she’s jumping in. She’s created a Twitter account hoping to connect with other professionals interested in using online networks in their work. She wants to share and reflect on her experiences, offering whatever social-media tips and encouragement she can. More than that, she wants to connect with and learn from other professionals facing the same challenges she faces in a rapidly changing world.last_img read more

Gajapati’s royal scion joins BJD

first_imgKalyani Devi, scion of the erstwhile royal family of Paralakhemundi in Gajapati district of Odisha, joined the ruling Biju Janata Dal on Tuesday. She was inducted into the party at the residence of Chief Minister and BJD president Naveen Patnaik in Bhubaneswar.Her joining the BJD will strengthen the party in Gajapati district and Berhampur parliamentary constituency, said sources. The BJD might consider fielding her as its candidate from Paralakhemundi Assembly seat or Berhampur parliamentary constituency, the sources said.Ms. Devi’s family had been politically active from before Independence. She is the daughter of former Congress MP from Berhampur, Gopinath Gajapati, who was a member of the ninth and 10th Lok Sabha. He later joined the BJD in 2009.Her grandfather Krushna Chandra Gajapati (1892-1974)played a key role in the formation of Odisha State on linguistic basis and is revered throughout the State. He was the first prime minister of Odisha before Independence and a member of the Constituent Assembly of India. The present day Gajapati district, carved out of Ganjam district, is named after him.“The family of Ms. Devi is well-known for its tradition of social service and her induction will surely strengthen the party organisation,” said BJD’s Gajapati district president Pradeep Nayak. Ms. Devi expressed her gratitude towards Mr. Patnaik for her induction into the BJD and the support extended towards the treatment of her ailing father.last_img read more