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Royals new southpaw Diekman could earn $10 million in incentive-laden contract

“He gets a $2.25 million salary this year, and the contract has a $5.75 million mutual option with a $500,000 buyout” writes Ap Copyright The for foxsports.com. The deal announced last week that guarantees $2.75 million and includes a mutual option for 2020 plus bonuses that could make agreement worth $10 million over two seasons. Source: foxsports.com

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Is the era of artificial speech translation upon us?

“The idea of artificial speech translation has been around for a long time” writes Marek Kohn for theguardian.com. Noise, Alex Waibel tells me, is one of the major challenges that artificial speech translation has to meet.If the technology matures into seamless, ubiquitous artificial speech translation – Babel fish, in short – it will actually add value to language skills.Now devices that look like prototype Babel fish have started to appear, riding a wave of advances in artificial translation and voice recognition. Source: theguardian.com

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Blue Jays ink journeyman knuckleballer Ryan Feierabend to minors deal

“The Toronto Blue Jays have inked veteran knuckleballer Ryan Feierabend to a minor league deal, according to Baseball Toronto’s Keegan Matheson” writes Mark Suleymanov for sportingnews.com. After average results in his first two KBO seasons, that pitch helped Feierabend improve his ERA from 4.45 in 2016 to a league-best 3.04 in 2017. Feierabend will likely be among several pitchers in Toronto’s camp battling Ryan Borucki for that position.Feierabend has spent the past four seasons in the Korean Baseball Organization, suiting up for the Nexen Heroes and the KT Wiz.Feierabend, 33,…

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The Next Era of Globalization Will Be Shaped by Customers, Technology, and Value Chains

“Across multiple value chains (including manufacturing), more value is coming from services, whether software, design, intellectual property, distribution, marketing, or after-sales services” reports hbr.org. In industry after industry, companies in every industry are adding new service lines or experimenting with subscription and “goods-as-a-service” business models.Industry value chains are also being reshaped by a wave of next-generation technologies.China, India, and other emerging economies originally plugged into global value chains by making labor-intensive manufactured goods and exporting them to advanced economies.Our new   looks in detail at 23 different industry value chains across…

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Post-Vonn era in skiing begins with men’s Alpine combined

“Post-Vonn era in skiing begins with men’s Alpine combined Third placed United States’ Lindsey Vonn poses during the medal ceremony for the women’s downhill race at the alpine ski World Championships in Are, Sweden, Sunday, Feb.10, 2019. (AP Photo/Gabriele Facciotti) ARE, Sweden (AP) — The post-Lindsey Vonn era begins with the men’s Alpine combined at the skiing world championships” reports yahoo.com. She skipped town in recent days, recuperating and training across the border in Norway after winning the super-G on Tuesday. Source: yahoo.com

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Loose money era leaves trail of U.S. corporate debt junkies

“The Pennsylvania-based company borrowed over $1 billion on loose terms in 2013 to refinance old debt, according to Refinitiv data” reports businessinsider.com. The number of associates Rite Aid employed slowly declined to 87,000 from 89,000 as it worked toward paying off the debt, according to the company’s annual reports.Its earnings for 2018 roughly matched its debt expenses, according to Moody’s Investors Service, down from nearly five times the size in 2014.”They couldn’t grow because they had so much debt,” said Mickey Chadha, a senior credit officer at Moody’s Investors Service.But…

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MLB hot stove: Francisco Liriano returning to Pirates, report says

“Working primarily as a reliever for the first time in his career, Liriano found a niche in the Astros’ bullpen and finally earned a World Series ring” reports sportingnews.com. Francisco Liriano is coming off one of the worst seasons of his career, but he still believes he has something left.Liriano, 35, did the best work of his lengthy MLB career in Pittsburgh from 2013-15, going 35-25 with a 3.26 ERA during that stretch. Source: sportingnews.com

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MLB hot stove: Top five remaining free agents who aren’t Harper or Machado

“Here are the top five remaining free agents not named Harper or Machado and where their best fit may be” reports sportingnews.com. As all eyes watch to see which teams Bryce Harper and Manny Machado ink behemoth contracts with, it seems not even MLB’s hot stove could evade the cooldown of the polar vortex, leaving some of the offseason’s most talented free agents without a deal. Source: sportingnews.com

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