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New home, same smile for the Giants’ new outfielder

first_imgSCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Standing at his stall in the middle of the Giants’ spring training clubhouse, Gerardo Parra smiled wide while slipping into a San Francisco jersey with his No. 8 stitched across the back.For most of his 10-season career, the outfielder has worn either Colorado Rockies purple or Arizona Diamondbacks red. But as he has competed for a roster spot this spring with the Giants, Parra’s new orange and black threads have suited him nicely.With opening day just weeks away, he …last_img read more

Davis Cup tie will be De Voest’s last

first_img2 April 2014South African Davis Cup star Rik De Voest announced at the Irene Country Club on Tuesday that the Davis Cup tie against Lithuania, to be played from 4 to 6 April, would be his last for the country.The 33-year-old confirmed that after 15 years as a professional the tie to be played this weekend would be his last outing in the green and gold.‘A memorable journey’“This is my 20th Davis Cup tie I will be playing for my country and it’s fitting, here at my home club in Irene, I play that tie and call time on my Davis Cup duties. It’s been a memorable journey and I am very proud in what I have achieved,” he said.De Voest also confirmed that he would retire from professional tennis in the next few months, but before doing that he had to meet some on court obligations.“My wife Carolyn [a Canadian] has just given birth to our first child Morgan and my life has changed. I am now a family man with new goals, objectives and priorities and my last tournament will be in my new home city, Vancouver, Canada,” De Voest explained.Davis Cup awardThe International Tennis Federation (ITF) announced that they would be presenting De Voest with a special Davis Cup award on the Saturday [5 April] of the tie, to commemorate his 20th tie in the competition.De Voest will be one of only four South African players to have played 20 or more ties for their country. The others to have achieved the milestone are Cliff Drysdale, Frew McMillan and Wayne Ferreira.Line-up not yet confirmedMeanwhile, South African captain John-Laffnie de Jager said his team was well prepared for the showdown with Lithuania, but could not confirm who would be his second singles player after De Voest.“I have told all the boys that the second spot is up for grabs and whoever performs best this week will be able to fill that spot,” De Jager said.He has until Thursday to name his final four players from his five man squad. De Voest and doubles specialist Raven Klaasen are given choices, but the remaining two spots will be filled by Dean O’Brien, Jean Andersen or Ruan Roelofse.Adapting wellLithuanian captain Rimvydas Mugevicius said his team were adapting well to the altitude and were hitting the ball better each day.Ricardos Berankis, the top ranked Lithuanian player, said he was pleasantly surprised at how well the court was playing and he was feeling quite confident after two days of practice.‘A tough one’“This tie is going to be a tough one,” Berankis reckoned. “South Africa have a good team with lots of experience. I don’t know the players that well, but we have a few more days to watch them in action and strategise accordingly.”With only four players at his disposal, the Mugevivius said he had very little choice, but would decide on Thursday who to play in the doubles.He is expected to select Berankis and his second highest ranked player, Laurynas Grigelis, to play singles, but could be forced to use both Berankis and Grigelis in the doubles too because his third and fourth players, Lukas Mugevicius and Mantas Bugailiskis, are “young, with very little Davis Cup experience”.DrawThe official draw for the tie takes place at 10:00 on Thursday morning at the Irene Dairy Farm, just outside Centurion, where both captains will name their four players and their singles line up and doubles teams. Internationally acclaimed tennis referee and umpire Gerry Armstrong of England will officiate the draw.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

A Step Toward Inbox Zero: Email That Self Destructs

first_imgmike melanson 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market If you go and look at your inbox right now, we’re willing to bet that there’s some email in there that’s completely stale. There’s no reason to reference it, search for it sometime down the road or keep it around for sentimental value. It’s just expired.If Other Inbox CEO Joshua Baer has his way, this email could simply delete itself, rather than lurking in your inbox and continuing the clutter. According to CNET’s Rafe Needleman, Baer spoke at the email-centric Inbox Love conference today and proposed “a standard that would let e-mail messages carry with them the date of their own irrelevance.” E-mails could use the “x-expires” header to tell the receiving in-box that they become outdated after a certain absolute date, or a certain time relative to when they’re sent or received. Baer says this idea has been “bouncing around” for 10 years, but he’s learned, “the best way to get a standard adopted is to work with individual companies first, and make it a de facto standard.”We recently wrote about a mobile app that worked to create self-destructing text messages, with the idea being that it would help keep communication secure. The idea here is much simpler and more obvious – your inbox is a cluttered mess full of irrelevant information that needs to go away. Baer, of course, knows all about inbox clutter. His company, Other Inbox, is a wonderful email tool (which I just recently fell in love with) that categorizes all of the extraneous newsletters and notification emails so you can make sure to get the emails that matter.If you’d like to hear more about Baer’s proposal, there’s a Google Group set up for discussion. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#news#web last_img read more