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first_imgBut opponents argued that it would impose a financial hardship on hobbyist breeders, who would have to pay for permits. “Only the commercial, high-volume breeders and the illegal, underground breeders would remain,” said Douglas Surber of Save our Dogs, a group of dog breeders and others opposed to the legislation. And Assemblyman Mike Eng, D-Monterey Park, said he wanted several amendments to clarify provisions and rules in the measure, which would follow the lead of L.A. County and states such as Rhode Island that have passed similar laws. Levine legislative aide Zak Meyer-Krings said problems will be worked out within two weeks, in time for the next committee hearing April 24 – the last meeting before an April 27 deadline for action. [email protected] SACRAMENTO – An ambitious plan to spay and neuter most California cats and dogs failed to clear its first key legislative hearing Tuesday. The bill backed by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa would force pet owners to spay or neuter nearly all cats and dogs by the time the animals are 4 months old. Owners who fail to comply would be subject to a $500 fine. Assemblyman Lloyd Levine, D-Van Nuys, sponsor of the bill, said it would exempt cats and dogs owned by licensed breeders. More than 100 representatives of the state Humane Association and other groups testified in support of the bill, aimed at reducing euthanasia of an estimated 500,000 feral and roaming animals annually in California. (916) 447-9302160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

first_imgWhy Your Company’s Tech Transformation Starts W… Tags:#agency#freelancer One key question that many businesses face is deciding whether to hire an agency or freelance talent to take on the task of building their software project. The truth of the matter is that the answer isn’t so cut and dry.The “right” choice, in fact, lies in deciding which option is best suited for your particular situation for the purpose of achieving your specific business goals.  There are a few things to consider when deciding on which option is best for your business, and we’ve included six important insights to help guide you along the way.Be clear about your goals.Every company is driven by business goals. What is your goal? It could be a minimum viable product (MVP), developing a mobile-app or complex database optimization. To define your goals, you’ll need to ask yourself questions about your project in order to gain clarity.For example:What is your budget?Do you have a particularly tight deadline?What kind of work is involved?How complex is the process?Regardless of the answer, the solution is never as simple as hiring a front-end guy or back-end guy. By posing questions as such, you can work towards defining what matters most so that you’re able to identify the best option for achieving your company’s strategic goals.One person is not going to solve all of your problems.The truth of the matter is that one developer simply will not solve all of your problems. In order to build a software product, it’s imperative that you have at least some high-level understanding about the software development life-cycle and are well-versed in agile product development and other modern development trends.The bare minimum requirements needed in order to put together for instance, a mobile app, is you, the product person, developers, QA, and DevOps. A diverse skill set is imperative. This is where an agency’s team can have an advantage.Choose the right vendor.Choosing the right vendor is another decision that is going to be vital to the outcome of your project. While budget is of course of paramount importance, focusing on the most cost-effective solution alone will end up costing you more in the long-run.When evaluating vendors, you’ll want to ensure there is a good management structure in place. Do they offer a comprehensive and cutting-edge system? What is the quality of the talent? Do they have a deep level of industry expertise and experience? Does the vendor offer reliable, efficient delivery and take responsibility for timeliness and quality of deliverables? You should view your vendor as a partner of sorts and ensure their capabilities fit well with your demands.Size matters.The size and complexity of your project is also going to be a major determining factor in whether you move forward with an agency or freelance talent for your project. If you only need one small, relatively straightforward project completed, then it may be best to move forward with freelance talent.However, for larger, more complex projects, moving forward with an agency will benefit you more in terms of quality assurance and efficiency and will give you the peace of mind you need regarding your return on investment.Look for fully-managed service.Opting for a fully-managed development service lightens the load for you and your company, enabling you to focus on the core of your business and doing what you do best.A fully-managed service can help ensure that no facet of your business is negatively impacted due to a marked shift in the allotment of valuable human resources. Choosing a fully-managed service also helps shift the responsibility of compliance to the service provider, thus reducing risk regarding any potential security and compliance issues. All-in-all, a fully-managed software development solution is a great option for companies looking to maintain and gain a competitive advantage, and serves to help level the playing field in the midst of fierce competition.Think long-term value.David Tolioupov, CEO of Zensoft, said “Freelancers are cost-effective, can get started quickly and are great options for small projects. As a result, they offer obvious immediate value.However, this value diminishes with increased project. Freelancers are more difficult to manage, tend to be less consistent than their agency counterparts which offer greater reliability and quality control, and as a result, there is a greater deal of ambiguity surrounding the final outcome.Working with agencies may be more expensive, but they offer greater consistency, quality assurance, streamlined workflows, solid-management structures, a proven track-record of success and access to expert talent. Choosing an agency gives you the peace of mind that your dollars are well-invested and offers greater long-term value.”ConclusionMaking the decision to hire an agency or freelance talent to oversee the development of your software product is a tough one. While freelance talent is a viable option for those with small and relatively straightforward projects, agencies provide a plethora of benefits and prove to be a wiser choice for larger, more complex projects. Whatever your situation may be, the truth of the matter is your resources are valuable, so taking the time to weigh the pros and cons relative to your particular situation is going to be essential to your success. Related Posts Building a Workplace for the Next 100 Yearscenter_img tiffanigoldberg How to Avoid Being Part of 90% of Failed Companies Why Your eCommerce Business Should Have a Pop-U…last_img read more

Mohawks Fauxhawks And Macklemores The TopHeavy Hairdos of the World Cup

If there have been breakout stars at this year’s World Cup, they’re certainly the bold hairstyles sported on some of the world’s top teams. There are seemingly countless mohawks, faux-hawks and ‘dos that can really only be called a “Macklemore” on the pitch at the premier soccer tournament.Countless, that is, before today.We pored through each of the 56 World Cup games so far to inventory the haircuts of the starting lineups for each of the 32 teams in the tournament. We counted up every striking mohawk, all of the slightly less committed faux-hawks and, of course, the lamentable-in-retrospect Macklemores.All told, in the group stage we counted 24 honest-to-God Mohawks, 31 faux-hawks and a whopping 36 Mackelmores.Neymar of Brazil, of course, is in a league of his own.So is Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Ermin Bicakcic:At five apiece, the Ghanaian and Cameroonian contingents had more mohawks than any other squad. Together, those two teams composed more than 40 percent of all inventoried mohawks. The Nigerian team had the most faux-hawks, and the Chileans had the most Macklemores (five and four, respectively). Russia, Costa Rica, Honduras and Australia were the only nations with unexciting, uninspiring hair.Now we wouldn’t think hairstyle would have any effect on performance. And it doesn’t. We plotted the combined number of mo’s, faux’s and ‘mores against the number of points each team picked up in the group phase:That’s pretty hairy (forgive us). But when we break it down by style, something fantastic emerges. It appears that Macklemore-style haircuts are positively correlated with victory, and mohawks with defeat.And the trend has continued into the first knockout round. Of the eight games in the Round of 16, four matches had a team with a higher number of Macklmore-style haircuts than their competition. In those four contests, the team with more shaved sides and gross tops won 75 percent of the time.Is it a small sample size? Yes. Is it completely meaningless? Yes. Is there a shred of evidence that the hairstyles of a team member has any sort of impact on the athletic performance of a team? Absolutely not.But still. read more

With the Ohio State men’s soccer team’s roster in limbo and its schedule loaded with tough opponents, coach John Bluem seems to have his work cut out for him in 2012. Despite the obstacles, the team’s goal remains to compete for a Big Ten title. The Buckeyes begin regular season play Friday with a roster comprised of 9 returning starters, 13 letter winners – seven freshmen and four transfers – and an injured Ben Killian, the senior defender who started 16 matches for OSU last season. OSU is also rebounding from the losses of former all-Big Ten goalkeeper Matt Lampson, who signed with the Columbus Crew after the 2011 season, and two-time Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, David Tiemstra, who was drafted by the San Jose Earthquakes in Major League Soccer’s Supplemental Draft. Bluem is confident as the season’s opening kick draws near. “I’m pretty happy where we’re at right now,” Bluem said. “We have a long ways to go still, I think, and a very difficult schedule.” Minor injuries have affected several players, but Bluem said he expects to see players integrated back in the lineup throughout the season. Killian, who is out six to eight weeks with a broken foot, is a different story. “Losing Ben was tough,” Bluem said, “because he had been a starter for three years.” Senior midfielder and team captain Austin McAnena said the team was keeping their eyes on the Big Ten Championship prize through the pain. “I think we can for sure win,” McAnena said. “We’ve got to be in it 100 percent.” Junior defender and captain Sage Gardner agreed that the season focus is conference play and conference wins. “I want to win a Big Ten championship really bad, and coming back from last year and not being able to make the championship,” Gardner said. “I want a chance to go after it again.” With McAnena and Gardner leading the team, the 11 new players also bring opportunities for the team. McAnena said freshman forward Louie Berra and defender Zach Mason could make a difference. “Zach works super hard, and Louie is very confident and very comfortable around the ball,” McAnena said. With ranked competition in No. 12 Indiana, No. 20 Northwestern, No. 7 Louisville and No. 10 Akron on the schedule, Bluem said no game will be an easy win, but he still feels positive about the season with the returning starters and new players alike.  “As a group of players, our target every year, first and foremost, is to win a Big Ten Championship,” said Bluem. Noting that team chemistry helps win games, Bluem said the team is bonding very well and supporting each other ahead of Friday’s opener against the Dayton Flyers. “The core values that we look for in players (are) to be competitive, to work hard, to be a good teammate,” Bluem said. “It’s there.” Friday’s game against the Flyers is scheduled to kick off at 7:30 p.m. in Dayton. read more

Barnes is ready to play in the Europa League with Burnley

first_imgBurnley are very likely to qualify for the Europa League because of their successful  Premier League campaign and Ashley Barnes is certain that he and his teammates will be able to handle it.It has been always difficult for minor clubs to handle playing in both domestic league and European competitions but Barnes believes that Burnley will be able to deal with this situation which is going to be a new one for them.The Burnley player spoke about his side’s future as he said, according to Sky Sports:“Of course it will be difficult but it’s another challenge we will be ready for.”Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“It’s going to be another tough season, we have still got two games left this year. Hopefully, we can finish on a high and come back next year ready.”“We obviously have to qualify for the group stages so it’s going to be difficult but it’s a challenge we look forward to.”“This has been a fantastic season. If you look at the teams above us, it’s an unbelievable achievement to be behind those six teams.”last_img read more

Jonathan Leko signs a new and improved contract at The Hawthorns

first_imgJonathan Leko is celebrating a new Albion deal while having a renewed ambition to bag a first-team spot in the 2018-19 campaign. The Albion striker penned a deal which extends his stay with Albion until the summer of 2021 with improvement.The 19-year-old forward joined the Baggies at the age of 11. He also made his debut for the Club as a 16-year-old in a League Cup tie away at Norwich City in September 2015. From then, he went on to make his first Premier League appearance later that season in April, coming off the bench after 78 minutes during Albion’s goalless draw with Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.The England youth international spent the first half of the 2017/18 campaign on loan at Sky Bet Championship side Bristol City, where he made 11 appearances but in Albion, Jonathan has made 16 appearances in total.Review: Belgium – JapanChadli leaves West Brom for Monaco Henry Ikenna Ugwu – August 31, 2018 Nacer Chadli has joined AS Monaco after West Bromwich Albion was relegated to the second division of the English league.The fee paid for his…He admitted the rush of games caught him by surprise and that has prepared him for next season.“There wasn’t as much rest as I would have liked – it was game after game in the Championship,” he told club’s website.“Now that I know that I’m looking forward to it because I just want to play. The more games the better.last_img read more

Well try to exploit Spains weaknesses – Ignashevich

first_imgMoscow and Russia defender Sergei Ignashevich has vowed that his team will try to exploit Spain’s weaknesses during the upcoming round of 16 matches at the FIFA World Cup.Russia, who finished second in Group A will face Group B winners Spain in Moscow on Sunday. They could have played Portugal in the last 16 but Fernando Santos’s side finished second behind Spain on goals scored.“There is no difference, Portugal and Spain have completely different styles of playing. It’s not so obvious whom it would be more difficult to face. We’ll try to exploit Spain’s weaknesses, if there are any, of course. Our task is to prepare well and to play at the maximum of our abilities. We’ll run even more and exert even more pressure on them if we need to,” Ignashevich told journalists via FourFourTwo.ScotlandScotland needs a hero: Billy Dodds Manuel R. Medina – September 10, 2019 According to former striker, Billy Dodds his country needs a hero to inspire future generations as the team’s hope to qualify to the EURO 2020 is small.The 38-year-old continued by saying that Russia would exploit Span’s tendency to leave free zones in their half of the pitch.According to him, the fact that the match will be held at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium was “the only advantage” of being the Group A runners-up.last_img read more

Niko Kovac planning for Boateng stay

first_imgBayern Munich boss Niko Kovac is optimistic Jerome Boateng will stay with the Bundesliga Champions but revealed the defender could still move away before the end of August.Boateng lasted the entire 90 minutes in Bayern’s narrow 1-0 DFB-Pokal victory over minnows Drochtersen/Assel, with Lewandowski netting the solitary goal late on.The former Man City defender claimed at the end of last season that he would be open to a new challenge after seven years at the Allianz Arena, with Bayern unlikely to stand in the way of an exit.However, Kovac believes the 29-year-old will still be at the club come September.“If anything happens at the end of the transfer period then we see, it may happen,” said Kovac.RB Leipzig, Bayern Munich, Robert LewadowskiMatch Preview: RB Leipzig vs Bayern Munich Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 RB Leipzig will have the chance to prove their title-winning capabilities when they host Bayern Munich today at 18:30 (CET).“But I’m going to assume that nothing happens, I’m glad that he got through this game very well.”Kovac won the competition with Eintracht Frankfurt the last term, and the victory represents his second competitive win as Bayern boss following the DFL-Supercup triumph over his former club last time out.“It was a difficult game, as it always happens in the first round of the cup,” said Kovac.“We did not really want that. We were warned, but you have to say that the bottom line is progress.”last_img read more

Benitezs message to Newcastle fans Dont be concerned

first_imgRafael Benitez feels that fans should not be “concerned” by Newcastle United’s EFL Cup second-round defeat to Nottingham ForestFollowing Daryl Murphy’s 2nd minute opener for the hosts, Newcastle spent almost the entire game on Wednesday night behind until Salomon Rondon equalised in injury time.But their renewed hopes proved to be short-lived after Forest weighed in with two late goals to win 3-1 and knock Newcastle out of the EFL Cup for the second successive season.Asked if fans should be worried, Benitez told Sky Sports: “No, don’t be concerned.“They knew at the beginning it would be a difficult start to the season so we must just keep working and carrying on.“I am disappointed. Everyone could see what happened. I didn’t like the beginning of the game – I think the team reacted well.“We didn’t have much control but we were close, maybe we are missing the final pass to create the more clear chance.“When we had the draw and we were there, everyone saw what happened.”Benitez added: “We are disappointed, we lost the game, and even more was the way we lost, we conceded an early goal, they were not creating clear chances, we didn’t have clear chances either.“We could see what happened at the end, the way you lose you have to be disappointed, it’s not the first time this year this has happened.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“The positive thing for me is you could see the reaction from the team and then we have to manage the situation better.”FULL TIME – Nottingham Forest 3 Newcastle United 1 #NUFC pic.twitter.com/h6LlXokiSL— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) August 29, 2018Striker Ayoze Perez was denied a penalty for a challenge by Forest goalkeeper Luke Steele.“The decisions weren’t in our favour and it was difficult to take,” continued Benitez.“A lot of players seem to do well in terms of effort, they were working hard, it was a question of managing the final minutes better.“After the penalty appeal, we had the feeling we deserved more.”At the same stage of the competition last year, Forest grabbed a 3-2 win over Newcastle at St James’ Park.last_img read more

James denies feud with Kovac and analyzes Colombia

first_imgBayern’s James Rodriguez insisted that he doesn’t have any problems with manager Niko Kovac, he also hopes for a great Colombia manager.The whole situation between Colombia international James Rodriguez and Bayern manager Niko Kovac, has had its ups and downs throughout the season.Things for the German giants haven’t gone so well this season, there is a sensation that the whole squad needs a profound renovation and there are even rumors of new players making deals under the table to reinforce the squad next season.In James‘ case, he hasn’t really clicked with the current manager and is effectively waiting for the season to end so he can make a decision with his future.One of the options for him is Real Madrid, the club where he was rejected by Zinedine Zidane and the same place that could welcome him back with open arms.While next summer comes, all James needs to do is remain diplomatic when he is questioned about any problems he’s had in the club and he will be fine.During an event for Hublot watches in Bogota, AS Colombia asked him about his relationship with the manager and James responded in a very relaxed manner but also leaving some doubts about his future.“There is absolutely no problem with Kovac, Bayern is a club where the people are good on the inside, it’s a healthy group and I have no problems with him what so ever.”Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“Right now, my immediate present is Bayern München and I have a contract with them until June.”“I’m actually very comfortable here, I’m calmed. When June arrives, we’ll see what happens.”“All I’m thinking about right now is Bayern, I am recovering well from my injury and I’m eager to start playing again next year,” he added.When pressed about which manager he would like to take over the Colombian National Team, James Rodriguez was short but clear about his desire.“Whoever comes has to do things right, we have a generation of players with many young talents who can accomplish very important things for the country,” he concluded.#CentralFOX | James Rodríguez: “Con Kovac no pasa nada. En el camerino del Bayern München no hay división” pic.twitter.com/QgbHssckDi— FOX Sports Colombia (@FOXSportsCo) December 20, 2018last_img read more