People / FIATA appoints Hans Gunther Kersten as Marco Sorgetti prepares to step down as DG

first_img The International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA) has appointed Hans Gunther Kersten, pictured, as its deputy director general.Joining from the International Union of Railways (UIC), Mr Kersten will only be deputy temporarily, due to succeed retiring director general and chief executive Marco Sorgetti in September.Mr Kersten began life as a lawyer before entering the logistics sector in 1999 as a senior legal advisor for Deutsche Bahn.During a 13-year stay with the company he moved on to hold various roles, leaving it in 2012 as head of external relations for rail technology and senior manager of technology. By Alexander Whiteman 01/06/2017 He was then seconded to the UIC in 2012, where, in his position as director of the freight department he had the opportunity to work together with FIATA.Mr Sorgetti welcomed Mr Kersten’s arrival, and said he looked forward to working alongside him.last_img read more

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Preparation is key to stretching holiday shopping dollar, CU professor says

first_img Published: Nov. 19, 2012 Categories:AcademicsBusiness & EntrepreneurshipCampus CommunityNews Headlines Consumers should take the time to prepare themselves by researching prices and quality before they hit the stores or Internet this holiday shopping season, according to University of Colorado Boulder Professor Donald Lichtenstein.Being prepared can save consumers money, steer them away from overspending and even change their way of thinking about purchasing gifts during the holidays, said Lichtenstein, chair of the marketing department at CU-Boulder’s Leeds School of Business.Many retailers rely on sales in November and December to make up to 40 percent of their revenue for the year, so they are geared up to welcome consumers and get them to spend as much money as possible, he said. Retailers are prepared, so consumers need to be vigilant when they shop.”Vigilance on quality, vigilance on price and vigilance on what merchants are doing is key,” Lichtenstein said. “A second thing I go back to during the holiday season is don’t get caught up in emotional shopping.”A common mistake many consumers make is that they rely on price or brand names as an indicator of quality, and many people go out and buy a higher priced item because they believe they are getting a higher quality item, he said.Shoppers need to do their homework, because many times they are just as likely to get a high quality item by paying a low price as a high price, Lichtenstein said. In some cases, the quality even diminishes as the price goes up.”So the notion of people going into the marketplace without independent quality information, that’s a big mistake,” he said. “Do your research based on quality, independent of price. Don’t rely on brand name and don’t rely on price exclusively.”Once you’ve researched quality, then do your price search, he said. There are many ways to do this, but a good place to start is online.”There is no substitute for going online and spending a little bit of time, after you’ve decided what it is you’re looking for,” Lichtenstein said. “However, there’s a lot of research that shows consumers under-engage in price search. Don’t be that lazy consumer, or it will hurt you.”This year, some retailers have brought back layaway plans. While they may work well for some consumers, once again, Lichtenstein says to be wary of them.”One of the things about layaway programs is that they cut down on price search,” Lichtenstein said. “Once I go into a store and put the product on layaway, even if they can undo the layaway, consumers get locked in and usually just check the item off their list and may miss out on a better deal elsewhere.”Lichtenstein also says to think long and hard about the whole gift-giving process before leaping in.”The truth of the matter is I think a lot of consumers would be much happier if the gift-giving aspect of the holidays was greatly reduced,” he said.That being said, most people enjoy giving during the holiday season. Lichtenstein encourages these people to be aware that there are a multitude of advertising efforts at work geared toward getting them to spend more, which can lead people to spend more than they can afford.”The advertisers say ‘This Christmas show her you love her with an X, or show him you love him with an X,” Lichtenstein said. “And that X probably costs a lot of money. I think you can show her you love her with a lot less than what the retailers are asking you to spend.”Other shopping tips for consumers:–Shoppers should be wary of stores that offer price match guarantees because market research has shown that retailers offering these guarantees often charge higher prices.–Higher prices don’t necessarily mean better quality. Lichtenstein recommends doing research on quality, independent of price.–If shopping with coupons avoid buying a product just to “get a deal.” Lichtenstein recommends using them on products the consumer usually purchases.–Shoppers should be cautious of reference price advertising — such as “was $79.95 now $49.95.” In many cases the starting prices are inflated or fictitious.To listen to Lichtenstein’s shopping tips visit http://www.colorado.edu/news/multimedia/preparation-key-stretching-shopping-dollar-0.center_img Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-maillast_img read more

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Strategy play pays off for Stenhouse Jr.

first_imgThough Ricky Stenhouse Jr. didn’t win Sunday’s Camping World 500 at Phoenix Raceway by staying out on old tires — as Ryan Newman did — the driver of the No. 17 Roush Fenway Racing Ford did hold onto fourth place during a two-lap overtime. That Stenhouse was able to score his eighth career top five is emblematic of improved performance at Roush Fenway Racing, but Stenhouse says there’s still work to do. “I have definitely seen a difference in the quality (of the RFR cars),” Stenhouse said. “We still have a long way to go, but we’ve made a big improvement from last year, especially the end of last year. In Atlanta, we had a really good car and got the right front fender tore off on the last restart. I thought we would finish fifth to 10th there. I thought we had a 15th place car in Vegas and had an issue with the axle at the end. “Today, I thought we had a 10th-place car on the long run and took a gamble, and were able to get a better finish there at the end. I think our cars and the attitude at the shop is really good. (Teammate) Trevor (Bayne) has some solid finishes here in the first few races, and that’s something encouraging and something to build off of. I feel like we have had speed, just haven’t gotten the finishes for the speed we have. It’s better to have speed and have to figure out how to get the finishes.” RELATED: Buy tickets for Auto ClubMORE FROM PHOENIX: Race results | Standings | Detailed breakdownlast_img read more

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Upgraded shipping service will help boost African trade

first_imgFull screen According to Alan Mileham, Safmarine’s Far East – South Africa trade manager: “Until now the majority of eastbound cargo shipped from central and northern Mozambique and neighbouring countries (Zimbabwe, Zambia and Malawi) via Beira has had to move via feeder vessel to Durban, from where it was shipped on the Safari 1 service to the Far East. “By adding a direct call at Beira and an export Toamasina call on Safari 3, cargo from these regions can now move directly through local ports to the Far East, allowing for quicker access to markets and added convenience for shippers.” Mileham says the upgraded service, which is set to benefit, in particular, the mining and agricultural commodity sectors in these regions, is being introduced in response to customer demand. “In recent years we’ve seen volumes of cargo shipped via Beira grow by more than 30 percent per annum. The growth can, in part, be largely attributed to the increased demand in the Far East for southern African agricultural products and minerals, as well as infrastructural and commercial investments in countries such as Zambia.” Mileham says all Safmarine’s Beira imports/exports will move, as of mid October this year, on the upgraded Safari 3 service, which will have the following port rotation: Tanjung Pelepas – Port Louis – Port Reunion – Toamasina – Maputo – Beira- Toamasina – Tanjung Pelepas. A sixth vessel has been added to accommodate the extra direct port calls on the Safari 3 service, which is operated by Safmarine and sister company Maersk Line.last_img read more

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Montague boys squad shakes off slow start, beats improving Hart Pirates 54-39

first_img DEAL OF THE DAY Inappropriate / Offensive Bestseller Bestseller Not relevant DEAL OF THE DAY By Dave TomczakLocalSportsJournal.comMONTAGUE – After a less than stellar start, the Montague’ boys basketball team used the long ball to jump start its offense on Friday.The host Wildcats knocked down four second-quarter 3’s to pull away from Hart, 54-39, in West Michigan Conference action.Montague improved its conference record to 6-5 overall with the win, and 4-4 in the league. Hart drops to 7-5 overall and 3-5 in the WMC.With the game tied 7-7 after the first quarter, the Wildcats started the second quarter with a 16-2 run, including back-to-back-to-back 3-pointers from Kenyan Johnston (who had two) and Nick Stever.Hunter Mosher gets ready to make the move down low against Hart’s Alec Kempker. Photo/Leo Valdez“Offensively, we were a little sloppy in the first quarter,” said Montague coach David Osborne. “But our defense was fine, and we were able to hold them down offensively, too.”The Pirates’ Hunter Tubbs hit four free throws in the final minute of the first half to pull his team within 10 points, 23-13, at the break.Hart’s offense came alive in the third quarter, scoring 15 points, but Montague moved inside, running its offense through center Hunter Mosher, who either attacked the rim or kicked the ball back out to open guards.Although the Pirates were able to cut the lead to eight with less than a minute left in the third, the Wildcats still scored 16 points in the quarter and headed to the fourth with a 39-28 lead.Johnston put an exclamation point on the quarter by nailing a long-distance 3-pointer at the buzzer.“Hunter wasn’t very active in the first half, so I challenged him at the half,” Osborne said about Mosher. “He picked it up in the second half, and that helped open things up for us from the outside.”Mosher scored six of his 11 points in the final quarter as Montague pulled away with a 15-11 scoring advantage.Montague was led in scoring by Stever with 17 points, Johnston had 13, and Mosher finished with nine rebounds and three blocks.Tubbs led the Pirates with 20 points, and Alec Kempker grabbed 10 rebounds.O’rian Torres drives to the hoop against Montague’s Drew Collins. Photo/Leo Valdez Shares × DEAL OF THE DAY Not relevant ENDS IN The League (1461) $14.99 Displayed poorly Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. Bestseller Bestseller (8187) Displayed poorly Other Add Comments (Max 320 characters) A Warrior’s Heart Add Comments (Max 320 characters) $59.99 Report a problem This item is… Displayed poorly Other Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. ENDS IN × Ads by Amazon Report a problem This item is… Displayed poorly ENDS IN Fox Sports Go ENDS IN (1862) Not relevant ENDS IN Displayed poorly Bestseller Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. Dude Perfect Signature Bow Nerf Sports Bi… $0.00 Franklin Sports MLB Electronic Baseball … ENDS IN Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. Bestseller × $0.00 Report a problem This item is… (35539) Inappropriate / Offensive Bestseller $15.29$17.99 0 Displayed poorly Displayed poorly Add Comments (Max 320 characters) (124) Add Comments (Max 320 characters) Not relevant Displayed poorly Report a problem This item is… Not relevant Not relevant Add Comments (Max 320 characters) × Add Comments (Max 320 characters) × DEAL OF THE DAY Other Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. DEAL OF THE DAY DEAL OF THE DAY Inappropriate / Offensive × Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Special… $0.00 FOX Sports: Stream live NFL, College Footbal… Inappropriate / Offensive $26.86$49.99 (22) Inappropriate / Offensive Inappropriate / Offensive Other Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. Not relevant ENDS IN × × Report a problem This item is… Inappropriate / Offensive Share Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. $3.99 Share Add Comments (Max 320 characters) Other ENDS IN Report a problem This item is… Add Comments (Max 320 characters) Mail Other Not relevant Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. Inappropriate / Offensive DEAL OF THE DAY Report a problem This item is… Bestseller NBC Sports Shop Now Other Report a problem This item is… (1009) Other DEAL OF THE DAY (33138) Ads by Amazonlast_img read more

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Geneticists: It’s time to mix the Sumatran rhino subspecies

first_imgAnimals, Biodiversity, Conservation, Endangered Species, Environment, Ex-situ Conservation, Featured, Mammals, Rainforest Animals, Rainforests, Rhinos, Saving Species From Extinction, Sumatran Rhino, Wildlife Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored The Sumatran rhino populations living in Borneo and Sumatra have been genetically separated for hundreds of thousands of years.The species as a whole has no more than 100 living individuals in the wild, and perhaps as few as 30. Another nine are in captivity.In a recent study of Sumatran rhinos’ mitochondrial DNA, geneticists argue it’s time to combine the subspecies, despite the potential risks and drawbacks.The question is given extra urgency with plans afoot to capture a female rhino in Indonesian Borneo. In a forest in Borneo, a single two-horned rhino lives, separated from any other of her kind. Conservationists are currently planning to catch this Sumatran rhino (Dicerorhinus sumatrensis) and bring her into captivity, in the hope that she might contribute to saving the pummeled species. But given there are only two other captive rhinos in Borneo, neither of which has produced an heir, scientists are faced with a dilemma: Should they attempt to mate her with captive rhinos in Sumatra, even though they belong to an entirely different subspecies that hasn’t mixed in hundreds of thousands of years?“Unfortunately, the situation for Sumatran rhinos has become so dire that we can no longer hope to manage the subspecies separately,” says Margaret Kinnaird, a rhino expert with WWF-International. “There simply are not enough individuals in each subspecies.”Currently, conservationists estimate that fewer than a hundred Sumatran rhinos survive in the wild. But the reality could be bleaker — maybe as few as 30.In 2012, conservationists formally announced a willingness to mix the subspecies, but haven’t done it yet. The idea, however, is boosted by a new paper in Journal of Heredity, which takes a fresh look at the Sumatran rhino’s genetics, focusing on mitochondrial DNA. Like Kinnaird, the paper’s authors argue it’s time to combine the subspecies, despite the potential risks and drawbacks.“I can’t see any other way to preserve the Borneo gene pool among living rhinos,” says Alfred Roca, one of the authors of the paper with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.But he makes the recommendation reluctantly.“As a geneticist, it is disturbing to have to recommend that the two very different subspecies be combined.”Tam, one of two Bornean rhinos currently living in captivity in Malaysia. Photo by Jeremy Hance for Mongabay.Genetics bears out the subspeciesHistorically, taxonomists split the Sumatran rhino into three subspecies: One in Sumatra and the Malay Peninsula, known as the western Sumatran rhino (Dicerorhinus sumatrensis sumatrensis); another in Borneo — the smallest — dubbed the Bornean rhino (Dicerorhinus sumatrensis harrissoni); and one that used to roam India, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Myanmar, the so-called northern Sumatran rhino (Dicerorhinus sumatrensis lasiotis). Looking at 39 samples, from both living rhinos and museum specimens, Roca’s team uncovered deep genetic separation between these historical subspecies.“It looks like the museum researchers working with skulls and calipers got the three subspecies right,” he says.Today, the northern Sumatran rhino subspecies is likely gone, wiped out by poaching, deforestation and an inability to recover from increasingly small populations.No one knows for sure how many wild Bornean rhinos are left, but it’s not many. WWF has verified two or three wild rhinos, but according to Kinnaird, there are a number of forests areas that may still host rhinos in Kalimantan, the Indonesian portion of Borneo. WWF has claimed there are 15 rhinos left in Kalimantan, but this was an estimate, not a confirmed survey of individual animals.Combining the surviving subspecies — the Bornean and the Sumatran — would ensure the unique genetic build of the Bornean doesn’t go the way of the northern. But it would also mean mixing subspecies that have been separated for around 300,000 years, making them nearly as distinct as Homo sapiens from Neanderthals, Roca says.The taxidermied remains of Sumatran rhino Ipuh, who fathered three calves at the Cincinnati Zoo. Samples of his genetic material have been cryogenically preserved to be used for research and to create new calves in the future. Image courtesy of the Cincinnati Museum Center.There are two concerns with breeding distantly related subspecies. The first is that the rhinos have diverged so far from each other that they would not able to reproduce even if they met in the wild. However, Roca believes this is “unlikely.”The other is more pressing.“There may be local adaptations among the Borneo and Sumatran rhinos. For example, they may have evolved for thousands of years to resist pathogens local to each island,” he says.Given this, Roca now recommends a plan suggested to him by Spartaco Gippoliti of the Società Italiana di Storia della Fauna. Instead of mixing the subspecies willy-nilly, he says, conservationists should create two distinct groups: one that is just the western Sumatran rhino and another a Sumatran-Bornean mix. Once the species is stabilized, captive western rhinos could be released in Sumatra while the Bornean mix could be sent to Borneo for rewilding.Such a plan would require more rhinos than are currently in captivity. There are only two Bornean rhinos under human care now, neither capable of breeding naturally. Sumatra houses seven captive rhinos, but only two are proven breeders. Given this, a number of conservationists are pushing to bring as many wild rhinos as possible into captivity to create more babies. They fear that the wild populations will slowly collapse, as they have in many other places, due to so few animals being able to successfully breed.“If Sumatran rhinos could indeed be effectively bred in captivity and the population increased, then absolutely the answer would be yes, they should all be brought into a captive setting,” Roca says, though he notes he’s not an expert on captive breeding. But he points to the examples of California condors and black-footed ferrets as successful analogues for captive breeding to save a species.“At the very least, gametes and cell lines should be collected from every wild Sumatran rhino,” he adds.Rosa, who was born in the wild in Sumatra, now lives at the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary in Way Kambas National Park. Image courtesy of Terri Roth.Of cell lines and gametesSumatran rhino breeding may not happen so much naturally as artificially in the future, allowing researchers to inject genetic diversity that decades ago would have been impossible. Collecting gametes today, i.e. eggs and sperm, along with cell lines could ensure the most genetically diverse population possible.“The gametes could currently be used for artificial insemination, even if rhinos are not physically moved,” Roca says.But cell lines may hold even more potential for injecting genetic diversity into future populations. Roca says that preserved cells could create “artificial gametes” within 10 to 20 years. Technology already exists to turn everyday skin cells into stem cells, and this has already been done for some rhino species. The next step, turning stem cells into so-called artificial gametes, has yet to happen, though scientists are currently trying with mice.One day, conservationists could use the genetics of long-dead rhinos, via cell lines, to bear new babies, Roca says. “It is not science fiction to think it will soon be quite feasible.”If it becomes reality, Roca holds out a tantalizing possibility that the Bornean rhino could be resurrected in full. Here’s how: full Bornean rhinos could be born via preserved genetics and sent out to an established population of Sumatran-Borneo mix. Over time, the Bornean migrants would overtake the genetics of the Sumatran-Borneo mix, in something called the island-continent model.“Each passing generation, the lineage would genetically resemble the Borneo rhinos more and more, and the rhinos from Sumatra less,” Roca says, adding that“eventually the ‘island’ gene pool is simply replaced by that of the migrants, who arrive generation after generation.”Roca calls this “the most under-appreciated concept in all of population genetics.”Estimates vary for the amount of Sumatran rhinos currently living in the wild. The official figure is as many as 100, while the worst-case scenario could be as low as 30. Another nine live in captivity in Indonesia and Malaysia. Image courtesy of Terri Roth.Back to BorneoAll this would be far in the future. Today, the focus remains on that single Bornean rhino in Kalimantan. A successful capture is hardly guaranteed; in 2016, another rhino perished shortly after being captured by a team lead by WWF.“If we are successful in catching the targeted rhino in West Kalimantan, it will go to a temporary sanctuary that has already been established in Kalimantan,” Kinnaird says.And the rhino might stay there. WWF is planning a permanent, multimillion-dollar sanctuary modeled after the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary in Sumatra. But the question remains: Will there be rhinos to fill it? And is this the best use of any individuals caught?Kinnaird says that even if the rhino is kept in West Kalimantan it could still be potentially combined with the western Sumatran subspecies via sharing eggs or sperm. But to date, in vitro fertilization hasn’t worked in the Sumatran rhino.So far, the only thing that has worked, and even then not very well, is natural breeding.“My personal opinion is that she should be sent to the sanctuary in Sumatra where she could contribute to the breeding pool,” Kinnaird says.If so, she could be put to immediate use — not just in preserved eggs and cell lines, but, if all goes well, in good old-fashioned natural breeding.Citation:Jessica R. Brandt, Peter J. van Coeverden de Groot, Kelsey E. Witt, Paige K. Engelbrektsson, Kristofer M. Helgen, Ripan S. Malhi, Oliver A. Ryder, and Alfred L. Roca. (2018) Genetic Structure and Diversity Among Historic and Modern Populations of the Sumatran Rhinoceros (Dicerorhinus sumatrensis). Journal of Heredity, 1–13. doi:10.1093/jhered/esy019Banner Image: Emi and calf at the Cincinnati Zoo, the first facility to successfully breed a Sumatran rhino in captivity in over a century. 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Brilliant Kenya to face Australia in Hamilton 7s Cup quarters

first_imgKenya’s Main Cup quarter final against Australia will be played in the wee hours of Sunday morning at 3:20am EAT.Although they had already booked a spot in the Main Cup quarters, Kenya stopped USA, a team that is coached by former Shujaa head coach Mike Friday by holding them to a 19-19 draw, condemning them to the Challenge Trophy after they finished third behind second placed Samoa.Shujaa raced into a 19-0 lead through long range tries from Nelson Oyoo, Willy Ambaka and Jeff Oluoch with Sammy Oliech adding two conversions before Perry Baker’s converted effort gave USA a lifeline heading into the break,the scores 19-7.Two second half tries from Carlin Isles, one of which was converted, drew the USA level but Innocent Simiyu’s charges doggedly held out for the result.-Win against Canada- Kenya kept their cup quarterfinal hopes alive after posting identical 19-14 wins over Samoa and Canada in Pool D action at the Hamilton Sevens on Saturday morning.Oscar Ouma, Sammy Oliech and Nelson Oyoo each scored a try in the 19-14 win over Samoa,Oliech adding two conversions.Ouma landed his second try of the tournament in the win over Canada,other tries coming from Wliiy Ambaka and Jeff Oluoch with Oliech drilling home two conversions. Isaac Kaay landed two converted tries for the Canadians.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000The Main Cup quarter against Australia will be played in the wee hours of Sunday morning at 3:20am EAT.NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 3- After displaying a magnificent performance at the opening day of the fifth round of HSBC Sevens World Series at Hamilton 7s, unbeaten Kenya will take on Australia in the Cup quarters on Sunday.This is after Shujaa topped Pool D following their 19-14 win over Samoa, then whipped Canada by the same margin (19-14) before wrapping up their preliminary round with a 19-19 draw against Mike Friday’s side USA.last_img read more

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‘Hair-raising’ Will Grigg signing was filmed for Sunderland ‘Til I Die series two

first_img LATEST TRANSFER LATEST ON TALKSPORT.COM Will Grigg has joined Sunderland in a £4m deal REVEALED Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Sunderland’s ‘hair-raising’ deadline day signing of striker Will Grigg was captured by film makers for a potential second series of hit Netflix show Sunderland ‘Til I Die, club owner Stewart Donald has told talkSPORT.The Black Cats finally announced the arrival of Northern Ireland international Grigg from Wigan on Friday morning, having sealed the signing just moments before Thursday’s 11pm deadline. Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer targets “But then we found out from the CEO that the targets we were given by the people at the club weren’t actually the sale price. It happens.“So that pushed the price up and in the end we just had to make a decision as to whether to proceed with the final figure they gave us.“I spoke to his agent when at 10:56 the pen went to paper. 1 Donald joined talkSPORT host Jim White on Friday to confirm the deal was done and signed off by the EFL after the club finally had an offer accepted by Wigan.It is claimed it took six bids to agree a fee for the ‘on-fire’ striker, with the offer accepted rumoured to be around the £4million mark.The Sunderland chief admitted it took some time to get the deal over the line.“We made genuine bids,” Donald told Jim White.“The first couple of bids we made weren’t at the target price, but after that we were hitting the targets we were given by Wigan. Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father IN DEMAND targets RANKED LIVING THE DREAM Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star moving on Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥https://t.co/LeMBfTsQpq— Sunderland AFC (@SunderlandAFC) February 1, 2019“The EFL have indicated that it’s all fine, so hopefully it’s just a formality and in about half an hour we’ll be there.“We’re hopefully in pretty good shape for the season now.“If Netflix do a second series, if I was a Sunderland fan I’d watch that episode, it was hair-raising stuff.“If they do another one, it will be there for all to see and I tell you what, there was some emotion through the day, it was a tough ol’ day to be fair.”Sunderland officially announced the signing of Grigg just before 11am on Friday morning.last_img read more

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Weekly Wrapup, 1-5 October 2007

first_imgrichard macmanus The spec got a burst of publicity earlier this week when the widely used feed reader Bloglines announced that they intend to support it in addition to OpenID and the Attention Data standard APML.Webmail.us Acquired by Rackspace – Subscription Model Does WorkWebmail.us, a business web email service, was this week acquired by leading web hosting company Rackspace for an undisclosed sum. We last covered Webmail.us in August last year as part of an overview of the web email market. At that point Webmail.us provided email hosting services to more than 23,000 small-medium businesses. Currently, over a year later, Webmail.us provides services to more than 72,000 businesses and 600,000 users. Also recently Webmail.us made the Inc 500 list as the #217 fastest growing private company in America.Probably the best thing about Webmail.us is that it’s a great example of a web 2.0 startup which earns good revenues via a subscription based business model. Netvibes Launches Corporate Startpages – Will Companies Go For It?Netvibes, the French startpage near the top of the startpage market, launched a new service this week called Netvibes Premium Universes. The service allows companies to offer Netvibes functionality (reading feeds, posting widgets) on their own website with their own branding and domain. It’s essentially a Netvibes page in an iframe on your website.You can find many other startup profiles in our Startups category.AnalysisStorms in the Web 2.0 Petri DishBernard Lunn wrote: “The Web 2.0 world is looking increasingly like a giant petri dish. There are so many experiments, so much innovation and, as yet, relatively little real revenue. Within this petri dish are a few ideas that will turn into billions of dollars, at which point we will all say “why didn’t I think of that”? There are also lots of “what on earth were we all thinking” ideas out there. Numerically of course, there will be much more of the latter – but in $ terms the few big winners will mean it’ll all make some kind of sense in the end.”Check out Bernard’s advice to entrepreneurs, to weather these coming storms. They are wise words worth heeding. Also check out Bernard’s other post this week: Creative Entrepreneurs: The Next Masters of the Universe.The New Rules Of Technology VCOn a similar theme to Bernard’s post, Alex Iskold took a close look at the current state of the VC industry and how it effects entrepreneurs. Alex wrote: “If the way in which a company is built has to change, the way in which it is funded needs to change as well. What are the new rules for tech venture capital? Where and how should the money be allocated? In this post we take a deeper look.”You can find more R/WW analysis posts here.R/WW Network Blogslast100 The major digital lifestyle news this week on last100 was Microsoft’s announcement of second generation Zunes, the company’s line of digital audio players. New flash-based models were introduced, along with a beefed up 80GB hard drive-based version. The company also announced that its online music store, Marketplace, will offer 1 million DRM-free songs for purchase, and that the company is launching a music-based social networking site called “Zune Social”. In a follow up post titled Zune 2: five things Microsoft got right, last100 editor Steve O’Hear wote: “while the new Zune lineup is at best evolutionary rather than revolutionary, especially when compared to the User Interface innovations found in Apple‚Äôs iPhone and iPod Touch, Microsoft has made some significant improvements ‚Äî and, dare I say it, done a few things from which even Apple might learn a thing or two.”Also check out a great guest post by Guinevere Orvis on how social media is helping to boost TV ratings.Alt Search EnginesAltSearchEngines this week released the latest version of the Top 100 Alternative Search Engines list. One trend that ASE editor Charles Knight is beginning to see is that some of the alts are getting larger. Charles noted: “We have always said that there are 4-5 major search engines (Google, Yahoo!, MSN, AOL, Ask) and 100 Top ASE. But we may have to revisit that. Some ASE (maybe – blinkx, GigaBlast, Exalead, picsearch, Answers.com, Eurekster, Quintura – this is a new concept) seem to be growing larger than a typical ASE, but are not “major” yet either.”Read/WriteTalkThis week Sean Ammirati of Read/WriteTalk – our new podcast show – spoke with Dan Saffer, Experience Design Director at Adaptive Path. In the podcast, Dan discussed the process of designing for new types of Web-enabled devices – such as Nintendo’s Wii, Apple’s iPhone and the new touch iPod..That’s a wrap for another week! Enjoy your weekend everyone. Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#web#Weekly Wrap-ups Sponsor:Here is a summary of the week’s Web Tech action on Read/WriteWeb. Note that you can subscribe to the Weekly Wrapups, either via the special RSS feed or by email.Web NewsAdobe Acquires Virtual Ubiquity – Enters Web Office Fray Josh Catone was at the Adobe MAX 2007 conference in Chicago this week, where several Web-related announcements were made. The biggest was Adobe’s acquisition of Waltham, Mass.-based Virtual Ubiquity for an undisclosed sum – and in doing so officially entering the Web Office fray. Virtual Ubiquity are the creators of Buzzword, an online, collaborative word processing application powered by Adobe’s Flex framework. Buzzword is built on Adobe’s Flex framework and runs in the browser using the Flash player. The interface is slick and seems reminiscent of recent Adobe imaging applications, such as Lightroom.See also:Adobe Unleashes Media Player to the PublicAdobe Announces Document Sharing ServiceAdobe Demos “Thermo” RIA Design Tool to Delighted CrowdLone Remaining Burmese Blogger Uses Lightweight Messaging Service to Broadcast to the WorldThe story of the monk-led protests in Myanmar, or Burma, and subsequent police crack-down was a widely reported one this week. Bloggers were particularly important as the events unfolded, posting news accounts and photos to the internet from a country that very few outside reporters have access to. At least one blogger remains active in the country, posting to a lightweight messaging service with an embeddable widget for output – click on our story to see the widget in action.Microsoft Launches Office Live Workspaces This week Microsoft announced a new online office service called Office Live Workspace, plus re-named its Office Live service to Office Live Small Business. Both moves are attempts to complement Microsoft Office, its dominant desktop office suite – rather than replace functionality present in MS Office. Office Live Workspace will allow users to store, access and share 1,000+ documents in an online workspace. It will also synchronize contact, task, and event lists with Outlook. The service is free and is being marketed as an “online companion to Microsoft Office”.R/WW editor Richard MacManus asked: Is this what Microsoft’s answer to the Web Office is – tacked on features to its all-powerful desktop suite? Apparently so.In other Microsoft news: Microsoft Aims to Store Health Records Online — Will Anyone Bite?Yahoo! Launches Search Enhancements The news search engine features that we wrote about at Yahoo! in early August are now live on their site. The enhancements include Yahoo!’s Search Assist, which is an improved version of their search suggestion feature, and a number of new Yahoo! Shortcuts. Shortcuts are self contained information widgets that appear at the top of results for certain searches and draw content from other Yahoo! properties.Techmeme Launches Leaderboard – Read/WriteWeb Ranked #6 Provoking a storm of blogger coverage, Techmeme launched a new Leaderboard this week. It’s a list of the top 100 sources for the popular tech news aggregator – calculated over the past 30 days. The Leaderboard updates daily and each site is ranked with a “presence” indicator, defined as “the percentage of headline space a source occupies over the 30-day period”. Read/WriteWeb is currently ranked 6th, ahead of such news luminaries as the BBC and Wall St Journal.Web ProductsA Flood of Mashups Coming? OAuth 1.0 ReleasedWhile not a product, this announcement may have wide-reaching ramifications for web apps. This week the distributed group of developers working on the Open Authentication spec OAuth released what they hope will be the final draft of their 1.0 version. The OAuth spec will create a standardized way for applications to request permission for access to user info from other applications and for info-holding services to communicate clear rules and options for accessing parts of the data they hold. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Analytics Has Never Been a Four-Letter Word in Loss Prevention

first_imgAnalytics is a word that elicits many different reactions based on who we are and what we do. Some of us visualize a sea of numbers, records, and formulas that can drown us in an overwhelming wave of statistics. Some picture “techies” with white shirts and pocket protectors, pushing theories and designing algorithms that most of us need and few of us understand. Others simply think it’s complicated and difficult to comprehend and apply in everyday, real-world situations. Nearly all of us realize the value, but still some of us shy away from the term like it’s a four-letter word.The truth is, analytics has always been a critical aspect of loss prevention and retail as a whole. We could never survive as businesses—or as professionals—without the use of analytics. Yet while the use of data analytics has made huge strides with the help of today’s technology, and in many ways the science has taken on new and different meanings, we can never afford to lose sight of just how important it is to everything that we do.As we’ve matured as professionals, most of us grew from humble beginnings of dealing with shoplifters, to the challenges of dealing with internal theft and the development of interview skills, to the more global retail perceptions of controlling retail shrink and the overall profit enhancement of our businesses. Each step of the way, analytics have been part of our thought processes and our career development as much as it’s been part of our everyday job responsibilities. We might not have called it that, but it’s always been at the heart of who we are and what we do.- Sponsor – As the industry has matured, data analytics have been a cornerstone of our evolution from a security presence to a professional partner in asset and profit protection. The ability to use the information available to us to learn the business, identify issues and areas of opportunity, apply that data in meaningful and productive ways, and drive results remains essential to the ongoing progression of the profession. This has given us perspective as well as credibility, providing value beyond the numbers.Applying the Information Especially valuable in areas rich with recorded information, like retail, organizations may apply analytics to business data to describe, predict, and improve performance. It’s used in every aspect of the business, from purchasing and replenishment to identifying customer trends, shopping patterns, and customer-service needs. Sales performance, supply-chain analytics, store assortment and stock-keeping (SKU) optimization, marketing plans, price and promotion modeling, responding to new business trends, sales force optimization, even the temperatures maintained in our stores are all a product of data analytics.Analytics is the process of uncovering meaningful patterns found in available information to help us make better, more meaningful decisions. It involves the careful research or examination of available information, discovering facts, interpreting the details, and helping us draw conclusions about the subject at hand. In loss prevention, isn’t that process at the core of every consequential investigation that we’ve ever conducted? And it’s so much more than that.Analytics often involves studying past historical data to research potential trends, analyze the effects of certain decisions, and evaluate the performance of a given tool or scenario—the goal being to improve the business by gaining knowledge, which can be used to make improvements or changes. In loss prevention, isn’t this specifically the steps we take when we perform an audit? Shrink numbers are a product of data analytics, as are exception-based reporting and fraud analytics. We use analytics to monitor everything from our alarm systems to our safety programs.Today It’s a Different World Okay, so today it’s a much different world, with a more robust agenda. Retail isn’t what it used to be. Loss prevention isn’t what it used to be. Some people will correctly argue that this description of data analytics isn’t exactly what they had in mind. Rather, they turn to current methods and computer science—more advanced types of data analytics that include:All of this may sound extremely complex and even a little intimidating, and all of these methods are being used in the retail industry. But the truth is, technology continues to impact all the tools of the trade, and analytics is just another piece of the puzzle. We have subject-matter experts in computer science, statistics, and mathematics that help us build programs and use these tools to help improve operational efficiency in just about every aspect of what we do, and this is a good thing. But we still have to do our part and continue to learn and grow with the needs of the business.For example, some among us can still remember the days of searching through mountains of refund documents and miles of register tapes trying to uncover patterns and solve theft problems in our stores. Then somewhere along the way, we were given the gift of exception reporting, taking what once took hours and even days to review and turning it into a review of documents that took a few seconds to generate.This by no means took away our jobs, but it did mean we had to modify the way we looked at how we manage the loss prevention process. We had to make adjustments to better fit the new standard of performance. Technology changed our approach and made our jobs much more efficient. It made us better, allowing us to focus on other things and be more productive. It has actually helped us gain additional credibility as we gain responsibilities and take on a more prominent role in managing the profitability of the business.Let’s Move Forward In the world of retail loss prevention, we will continue to apply analytics in order to describe, predict, and improve the performance of the company. But the world isn’t going to slow down for any of us. Not only won’t we see that new standard of performance ever go away, but also it’s only going to speed up as we move forward. Yet we shouldn’t pretend that this hasn’t been the case all along. The stakes might be higher and our roles are going to continue to change, but that’s only because they need to.Just don’t be surprised if one day you look down and find you’re wearing a pocket protector. At least we’ll make wearing that pocket protector look good—if that’s possible (probably not). Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

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