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first_imgKANSAS CITY, Mo. – The University of West Florida men’s basketball team (25-3, 17-3 GSC) rose in the latest NABC poll released Tuesday, checking in at No. 12. The team also rose to No. 12 in the latest D2SIDA poll, released Tuesday.UWF rose three spots in the latest NABC poll from No. 15 to No. 12. The Argos originally entered the NABC Top 25 Dec. 5, when they were ranked No. 25, and have remained in the Top 25 ever since.The Argos have been ranked in the Top 25 in every D2SIDA poll since Nov. 28, meaning the team has now been ranked in the Top 25 for twelve straight polls.UWF is the highest-ranked GSC team in both polls. Valdosta State, whom the Argos defeated last week, dropped to No. 14 in the D2SIDA poll and in the NABC poll.The No. 12 Argos take on Montevallo (15-14, 10-10 GSC) in the GSC Tournament opener tonight at 7:00 p.m. The contest will be the first Gulf South Tournament home game in program history.For the latest information on the men’s basketball program, follow the team on Twitter @UWFMensBBall.#ARGOS# Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

first_imgLegendary West Indies fast bowler Courtney Walsh has been appointed an assistant coach to the West Indies senior women’s team for the ongoing series against India Women.Walsh, who previously held the role of bowling coach with the Bangladesh senior men’s team, will assist interim head coach Gus Logie as the Windies Women play India Women in three ODI’s and five T20s.In August, Walsh had indicated to The Gleaner that he would relish a role in the West Indies setup, and the history-making fast bowler was happy when he was approached to work with his close friend Logie and impart his knowledge with the regional women. “My function is to focus a lot more on the bowlers and the cricket, in general, to get the ladies together. I’m just happy to be able to work with Gus – we haven’t had a chance to be on the same team since we were players and we just want the women to play the type of cricket we know they can play, said Walsh. Keen to remain Walsh, who also made it clear that he was keen to remain in the Caribbean to work following his Bangladesh stint, added that the transition to working with the women will be a smooth one. “The ladies have been very warm and receptive and listened to what I’ve got to say. They are not afraid of trying and implementing what I’ve been telling them. I think one of the advantages I have is that I was involved in women’s cricket before as a selector, and I was part of a couple of their training camps, so they know me and they’ve seen me around. They know I want the best for them and they appreciate that, so for me, it’s a plus coming back into the fold of the women’s team now,” Walsh added.Meanwhile, Jamaican physiotherapist Matthew Parchment will work alongside Walsh and Logie during the series. Parchment had recently worked with the Jamaica Scorpions and the Jamaica Tallawahs.last_img read more

first_imgCongressman Mark Meadows’ (R-NC) office has recently set up a page on his official website (meadows.house.gov) to help NC-11 constituents request tickets for the 2017 Presidential Inauguration, which will be held on Friday, January 20th, 2017. The request form can be accessed by clicking here.Tickets to the inauguration are available through each Congressional office and are given on a first come, first serve basis. The tickets will be available for request through a deadline of December 16, 2016. Please note that tickets through Rep. Meadows office are for NC-11 residents only, and submitting a request form is merely a request and does not guarantee you tickets.Constituents who have questions or would prefer to order tickets by phone are welcome to call Rep. Meadows’ Washington, D.C. office at 202-225-6401.last_img read more

first_img• Mainspring Conservation Trust received $1.24 million to help buy a perpetual conservation easement on 104 acres of cropland in Cherokee County.• Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy received grants for two properties in Haywood County. A $210,000 grant will help purchase a perpetual conservation easement on 215 acres of cropland and forestland, while a $125,000 grant will help buy a perpetual conservation easement on 155 acres of cropland and forestland.In addition, the N.C. Foundation for Soil & Water Conservation received $114,000 to assist with purchase of equipment and supplies for a statewide program to improve pasture management, ensure farms are drought-resilient and provide conservation equipment to soil and water conservation districts. Three Western North Carolina properties are among those to be protected through $3.28 million in grants recently awarded by the N.C. Agriculture Development and Farmland Preservation Trust.last_img read more

first_img23 June 2008Major brands such as FHM, Sports Illustrated, Cosmopolitan, Die Burger and Kick Off are moving into the online video scene, with each having their own dedicated brand channel on MyVideo.co.za, which bills itself as South Africa’s first online video platform.MyVideo.co.za said in a statement this week that online video consumption has internationally proven to be a hugely successful way to spread brand messages, and that international brands have leveraged significant gains in brand awareness through the integrated use of online videos in their marketing strategies.“MyVideo’s South African focus allows local brands for the first time to do the same amongst South African consumers,” MyVideo.co.za said.Brand channels can also be extended onto a brand’s current website, with Kick Off Magazine being one of the many brands that use the MyVideo Channel offering on their website.“Not only has our website broadened to include videos we have posted online through MyVideo, but we now have another avenue to touch our readers through a different media form,” says MyVideo online business manager Nick Said.MyVideo, launched in January 2007, set out to improve the internet video-sharing model by creating a site specifically targeted at South African internet users.“Where videos posted on YouTube are likely to get lost in a sea of clutter, MyVideo ensures that South African content is aired as the sole focus, ensuring that companies who use it are connecting with targeted internet traffic,” says MyVideo marketing officer Tristan Owen.South African brands have traditionally used television commercials as their only form of consumer-focused video content, MyVideo says, adding however, that the rise of online on-demand video has created a need for video content that both entertains and communicates a subtle brand.“By developing content that is both relevant to your brand as well as topical to users, you are creating an empire of possibilities,” says Owen.SAinfo reporter Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

first_imgAs Nick Wingfield, technology correspondent for the New York Times describes in his vivid, firsthand account of shopping at the Amazon Go store “Inside Amazon Go, a Store of the Future,” it’s hard not to get excited about the future of retailing.And while the retail industry can use all the good press it can get, I’m not sure this is it.It was a strange juxtaposition to see giddy customers line up for hours for the privilege to ‘grab and dash’ with a box of granola bars and a vanilla soda only to avoid a check-out line in the store – an ironic twist that was amusingly lampooned on a recent episode of The Daily Show with Trevor Noah.- Sponsor – As much as check-out lines are the bane of retailing—a legitimate friction point that causes some shoppers to switch from bricks to clicks and buy online—cashier-less checkout is not a panacea for the challenges brick-and-mortar retailers are facing.Cashiers Aren’t the Problem—A Lack of Cashiers IsWhile some retailers are quick to blame diminishing mall traffic, or those confounding millennials and their erratic buying behavior, for their same-store sales woes, they need look no further than their own stores. It’s obnoxious to make customers wait an inordinate amount of time to hand over their hard-earned money, but that’s exactly what happens in retail stores every hour of every day.The ‘check-out problem’ so many retailers seem to have is largely self-inflicted. Retailers, it seems, are genetically conditioned to cut expenses. As every retailer knows, store labor (including cashiers) is the largest expense. It is utterly blasphemous for a well-intentioned store manager to ask for additional labor hours, even when she witnesses disgruntled shoppers storming out of the store in disgust, leaving abandoned shopping carts in their wake.Part of the problem is that many retail executives today believe that they can “algorithm” their way to success. If AI and machine learning can help cure cancer, then surely those tools can solve the comparatively trivial issue of improving the shopper experience in retail stores, right? But it’s as close to reality as humans living on Mars—with all due respect to Elon Musk—it’s theoretically possible, but mind-bogglingly impractical.Sensors versus PeopleThe 1,800-square foot Amazon Go store is chock-full of hundreds of sensors, cameras and scanners, according to Devin Coldewey, a writer for TechCrunch (“Inside Amazon’s surveillance-powered, no check-out convenience store”). While the details of exactly how all this technology works and what it cost was not disclosed, it’s hard to image that it was nothing short of a small fortune. And the ongoing expense of maintaining this super-computer disguised as a convenience store would likely consume a substantial portion of a sizable retail chain’s entire annual IT budget.While the technology overhead alone would exclude virtually every brick-and-mortar retailer from an Amazon Go-esque deployment at scale, there’s another issue that would be troubling to most retailers: theft. According to Coldewey, “a certain amount of ‘lossage’ is anticipated [by Amazon]…and if you manage to get out without paying for something, the company doesn’t officially care.” Well, most retailers do care about theft and the impact it has on their bottom line. Bill Turner raises some interesting questions in “Now Amazon Doesn’t Care If You ‘Accidentally’ Shoplift.”There’s no doubt that the cool factor and publicity Amazon receives makes the return on investment more than acceptable. However, when you consider that a typical 1,800-sq-ft convenience store might have two cashiers being paid twelve dollars per hour (if they’re lucky), it would be impossible for even the largest, most successful retailers to make a rational financial case for this—at least not using the current technology available.Frankly, I doubt that Amazon will expand their Go concept any time soon or very far. I’d bet my 401K that there’s close to a zero percent chance that they will roll-out the ‘Go-platform’ to their 474 Whole Foods stores, which average 39,000 sq ft in size. Simple math says these stores would require five or six thousand sensors each. Even the mighty Amazon, awash in cash from their wildly successful web services business, would have a hard time making the numbers make sense.Retailers High Jump and Amazon Pole VaultsAmazon’s relentless pursuit of innovation is impressive and even inspiring, but they are playing an different game than almost every other retailer. Brick-and-mortar retailers that try to chase Amazon are destined to fail. They can’t possibly sustain the retail moon-shots Amazon seems to make every other quarter.And yet, the retail industry is undergoing cataclysmic change. Business results are challenged, and stores are being shuttered. Traditional approaches and strategies that have worked reliably in the past do not today. As one retail executive confided, “Nothing seems to be working…We’re questioning everything.”The allure of technology as the panacea for all that ails brick-and-mortar retailing, like the type epitomized by Amazon Go, is compelling. But technology is hardly a panacea. For some retailers, too many misplaced technology bets could exacerbate an already precarious financial situation and waste precious time as the next earnings call approaches.My advice to retailers is to simply install a single sensor at the entrance of their stores so they can know exactly how many shoppers are visiting and when. Then, they should hire enough store staff to serve the shoppers in a way that delights them and causes them to happily make a purchase and return again and again. Retailers don’t need Amazon Go to be successful. It’s a no-go for most of them anyway—maybe even Amazon too—and they’re jumping with a pole. 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first_imgBy BEN HARRISThere will be plenty of teams throwing caution to the wind in the hope their desperation can hand them a semi-finals berth at the National Touch League at Coffs Harbour.Day three is the start of the finals for six of the divisions.Sydney Rebels, Brisbane City Cobras and ACT Pirates have all confirmed their spots in the quarter-finals of the mixed open division.Rebels remain unbeaten in Pool A and palmed off South Queensland Sharks, their nearest rivals, on day two.In the other top of the table clash in Pool B, the Cobras defeated the Pirates 7-5 and look set to top that division.Hunter Western Hornets appear to be the team to beat in the women’s T-League as they are the only undefeated side left.They lead by four points in Pool B from Cobras and Sydney Scorpions, while it’s much tighter in Pool A with South West Queensland Swans holding onto a slender lead from the Sunshine Coast Pineapples and South Australia Heat.The Queensland sides continue to lead the way in the men’s T-League with North Queensland Tropical Cyclones and Cobras levelled on the same number of points in Pool A.Central Queensland Bulls (A) remain undefeated in Pool B with Sydney Scorpions second.Scorpions remain undefeated in the men’s 30s but hot on their tails are the Pineapples and the Sharks.The Sharks and Pineapples are also in the mix for the women’s 35s as they are one and two respectively while Hornets are in third spot.Scorpions lead in the men’s 40s with a host of teams in a log-jam behind them, while in the women’s 40s the Swans and Hornets are on the same number of points.The men’s 45s is a battle between the Scorpions and the Sharks, and in the senior mixed, Scorpions lead the way in that division.The Queensland sides are in front in the men’s 50s and men’s 55s divisions.Sharks (A), Pineapples and the Cyclones occupy the first three positions but there are five teams all within a win of each other.Only a huge form reversal will deny the Cyclones victory in the men’s 55s as they have all of their matches and lead the division by 12 points.Day three is finals day with the first lot of finals beginning at 4.45pm.You can keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the 2015 National Touch League in the following ways: Websites www.ntl.mytouchfooty.com www.touchfootball.com.au Social Media Facebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustralia Twitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (be sure to use the hashtag #NTL2015) Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustralia YouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballaus (live streaming of select games will occur, stay tuned to www.touchfootball.com.au for all of the links)Related LinksNTL day twolast_img read more

first_imgMarcel Brands joins Everton boardby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton football director Marcel Brands has joined the club’s board.Brands has already helped implement a number of important changes at Goodison Park and worked closely with manager Marco Silva, chairman Bill Kenwright and chief executive, Professor Denise Barrett-Baxendale, to secure the recruitment of seven players during last summer’s transfer window.He has started work on delivering the Club’s long-term, permanent football strategy.Brands said: “It gives me a lot of confidence that I’m a Board member now and I hope to do the best for our Club.“Being at Everton has been even better than I thought it would be. I was working at a great club in Holland and was happy there but it was a great chance for me to come to the Premier League and join Everton.“At the start I had a great feeling but it’s been a better feeling working here. I work with a lot of great people with blue blood and I’m confident we can achieve many good things in the future.”Kenwright added: “I think we’ve got a great Director of Football who has taken over and changed an awful lot. He has totally reorganised our scouting, he wants our kids to play the same as Marco’s first team and we are really happy with the team we have got. Marcel is terrific to work with. We really feel secure with Marco and Marcel. They won’t sign anyone who they don’t think will improve us.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more