Athletics near milestone in win over Texas; injury shortens Mike Fiers’ start

first_imgARLINGTON, Texas — The A’s beat the Texas Rangers, 8-6, on Saturday night.Mike Fiers experienced right arm nerve irritation, forcing him out of the game after 1.2 innings. Sin-Soo Choo hit a two-run home run off of him before his departure.The A’s entered the game needing six home runs to set a team single-season record — set by the 1996 A’s at 243 — and left it just two home runs shy.Matt Chapman hit a game-tying three-run jack, his 33rd of the year. Josh Phegley hit a go-ahead, two-run …last_img read more

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Sponsorship boom for SA soccer

first_img28 February 2008The launch of the Nedbank Cup knockout competition on Monday marks the continuation of a trend – accelerated by the country’s upcoming hosting of the 2010 Fifa World Cup – in which money from big business has been flowing into football in South Africa.With a total prize purse of R19.3-million, including R6-million for the winners, R2.5-million for the runners-up and R1-million for the losing semi-finalists, the Nedbank Cup has set a new benchmark for knockout competitions, much as the Premier Soccer League (PSL) is setting the standard for soccer sponsorships on the continent.Five years, R400-millionNedbank’s deal overall is far bigger than the prize money on offer in the Nedbank Cup; it totals R400-million over five years.PSL CEO Kjetil Siem praised Nedbank’s support of local soccer this week, saying the knockout competition was “one of the most important events on our calendar, and with their support they are certainly raising the profile of this tournament.”As newcomers to the football industry, Nedbank should be further congratulated, Siem said. “They’ve taken giant leaps to make sure that their contribution will aid the development and further enhance the beautiful game in this country.“We are confident that the Nedbank Cup will become not only the number one tournament in the country, but the number one tournament on the continent.”R500-million, R1.6-billion moreIn August 2007, South African Breweries (SAB) and Absa announced a joint sponsorship of more than R500-million over the next five years for South African football. SAB is firmly behind Bafana Bafana, while Absa sponsors the PSL’s Premier Division.A lot of money from the sponsorships is also being channelled into the development of soccer in South Africa.On top of the sizeable sponsorships by Nedbank, SAB, and Absa, the PSL pulled off an astounding coup when it signed a R1.6-billion broadcast deal with SuperSport International in June 2007.The PSL, thanks to these sponsorships, is now placed seventh on the list of leagues with the biggest sponsorship revenue in the world. That’s some achievement – and perhaps surprising when one considers that Bafana Bafana is currently ranked a lowly 70th in the Fifa world rankings.Challenge to PSL teamsFor South African soccer lovers, the hope is that the big money in the game will help lift the standard of both the PSL and the national team.PSL CEO Kjetil Siem has recognised the gap between the money in the game and the performances of the clubs, and has urged the clubs to raise their standards.“Once again,” he said, “the ball is in the court of the respective clubs to display a higher level of professionalism befitting the rise in commercial partners for the PSL.“If the standards of professionalism improve, the standard of play on the field will improve, and with that comes financial rewards from our partners.”Bad patchThe amazing amounts of money pouring into South African soccer has made the PSL a financially sound and solid business. However, before Trevor Phillips took over as CEO for the second time in 2002, the league went through a bad patch.Joe Ndlela, who succeeded Phillips after his first spell in charge, was fired for questionable financial dealings. His successor, Robin Peterson, was at the helm when 43 people lost their lives at a match between Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs, so he didn’t last long in the job.In fact, after Peterson resigned, the PSL functioned without a CEO for almost a year.Those days seem as if they are in the distant past – although they happened not long ago – thanks to the support of big business, and the boost that the 2010 Fifa World Cup has given local soccer.Nedbank CupThe Nedbank Cup is not a new competition; the financial institution has taken over the knockout cup from Absa, which has turned its attention to league football.The Nedbank Cup features 32 teams, made up of the 16 PSL clubs, eight clubs from the first division, and eight clubs from the amateur ranks. It thus captures the spirit of England’s world-renowned FA Cup, in which the minnows get to take on the giants and every year produces astonishing upsets.Besides the significant money the winners will take home, there is further incentive for winning the competition, with a place in the CAF Confederation Cup on the line.The Confederation Cup was previously known as the African Cup Winners Cup, and only once has a South African club won it. Kaizer Chiefs did the trick in 2001 when they beat InterClube of Angola 2-1 on aggregate in the final. Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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African products sold online to fight malaria

first_imgBuying a pair of shweshwe pyjama pants – they come in five Afro-inspired colours – will help to keep families in Mozambique safe from malaria. The idea is that making a difference is as easy as sleeping, says Goodbye Malaria. Cash raised is used for spraying homes to kill Anopheles mosquitoes. A total of 41 000 houses were already sprayed thanks to the Goodbye Malaria’s fundraising which entails selling of beadwork and shweshwe pants online. (Image: YouTube) Melissa JavanShweshwe lounge pants, mashozi bears and bracelets are sold online by Goodbye Malaria to protect homes in malaria areas in Africa.Goodbye Malaria was started by African entrepreneurs – among them the founder of global restaurant franchise Nando’s – who believe that African creativity can solve one of the continent’s biggest problems. “The initiative helps to raises funds that go directly to support on-the-ground malaria elimination programmes in Mozambique, spraying houses to protect families from contracting malaria,” the initiative explains.“It also seeks to inspire people to join our fight against malaria by educating them that elimination is ultimately possible.”According to the initiative, malaria caused 584 000 deaths worldwide in 2013; it also says 90% of deaths from the disease are in Africa. Women may be at a greater risk of contracting it, especially when they are pregnant.Malaria is transmitted by female Anopheles mosquitoes that have been infected through a previous blood meal taken from an infected person. When a mosquito bites an infected person, it takes in a small amount of blood that contains microscopic malaria parasites. The mosquito becomes infected, and passes on the disease to other people it bites. Anopheles mosquitoes are known as “night-biting” mosquitoes because they most commonly bite between dusk and dawn.Malaria symptoms typically include fever, fatigue, vomiting and headaches. In severe cases it can cause yellow skin, seizures, coma and death. The Anopheles mosquito usually feeds during the night, which is why the initiative encourages people to make a difference in their sleep. (Image: Screen grab via Goodbye Malaria)Spraying to save livesSherwin Charles, the Goodbye Malaria chief executive, says the campaign was launched in October 2013 in Mozambique.Speaking about indoor residual spray (IRS), the method used to control the mosquitoes, Francois Maartens, a malaria control field co-ordinator who works with Goodbye Malaria, says the first trial was done in September and December 2013. A total of 41 000 houses were sprayed. “We spray every six months. Our recent IRS of that area was between October 2014 and March 2015. With 41 000 houses sprayed, 117 000 people were saved.”Maartens has 16 years of experience in applied malaria research and malaria vector control, including IRS training, entomological field data collection, parasite prevalence surveys and the implementation and co-ordination of integrated malaria control operations in several African countries.Spray operators are recruited from the community because they need to enter people’s houses, says a representative of Goodbye Malaria on YouTube. “We find that if we recruit people from the area, at least they are known to the house owners.”They spray six days a week, between 6am and 2pm, due to the heat in the afternoon. “The application method and technique is very important, so the spray operators are trained over a 10-day period.” Francois Maartens says they spray every six months. “Our recent IRS of that area was between October 2014 and March 2015.” (Image: Supplied)Maartens explains that a coating is sprayed on the inner walls of the house. “Generally, the Anopheles mosquito would sit on a wall first, before it goes to a human being. If the Anopheles sits on the wall, the coating kills it.”Night feedersThe Anopheles usually comes into a house to feed during the night. “Because it is associated with the evening, we think the pants are a good product,” says Maartens. “We want to tell people that making a difference is as easy as sleeping.”Robert Brozin, the founder of Goodbye Malaria and of Nandos, says the shwe shwe pants come in five Afro-centric colours and sell for R350 each. “They’re the perfect gift and can be purchased online,” he says.The Mozambican government is a partner in the project. Mozambique is on the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI), an American government programme. The primary goal in Mozambique of the PMI is to help the government, in collaboration with other partners, to reduce malaria mortality by 50%. This is done by rapidly scaling-up coverage of vulnerable groups with four highly effective interventions: artemisinin-based combination therapy, intermittent preventive treatment of pregnant women, insecticide-treated bed nets, and IRS. Sherwin Charles [right] encourages businesses to invest in social causes like Goodbye Malaria. Here he is with Mo-T from MiCasa. (Image: Supplied)For Charles, Goodbye Malaria is evidence that the private sector and the government can work together. He says it is a fun, creative way to showcase African products. “It is a world-class product. We thought it would be great if we could have a cool item like this where you would feel good wearing it.”He encourages African businesses to support the programme. “If you want to make a difference, invest in a social cause like this.” He also warns people who will visit malaria areas to be prepared. “There is medication on the market [to fight malaria]. Also, you don’t have to live with malaria once you are affected. It’s totally curable.”South African singer Yvonne Chaka Chaka is an ambassador of Goodbye Malaria; others are the band, MiCasa, and the humanitarian adventurer, Kingsley Holgate.Watch Kingsley Holgate talk about being an Goodbye Malaria Brand Ambassador:Watch how the ten day training is done (and MiCasa being part of it):Watch how the mosquito infects the human:last_img read more

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What are you calving priorities?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Calving season is underway to some degree for many producers. If you have not started your calving season, you likely will soon. Calving time is an exciting period for producers as they are seeing the results of their genetic choices and management decisions coming to reality. Warmer weather and green pastures will develop in the coming weeks. The calf crop will grow and develop quickly through the spring and summer months. While this is taking place, the producer will set the 2019 calf crop motion with the onset of the breeding season.Before the start of this breeding season, I would encourage producers to critically evaluate the production goals for your herd. Do the type of cattle that you produce adequately target your chosen market? If you sell your calves as feeder calves in the fall, your goal should be to sell as many healthy feeder calves with excellent weaning weights as possible. If you retain ownership after weaning and finish your calves to harvest weights, your priorities will be post-weaning gain, yearling weight, and carcass traits. If you are producing replacement females, emphasis should be placed on early puberty, moderate mature size, and milk levels that can be adequately supported through available feed resources.I do believe these stated goals match up with the targeted production endpoints. However, I do not believe they are the production traits of the highest importance. Before we can attempt to reach these production endpoints, we must get the female bred and have her deliver a live calf. A producer may have access to top genetics and proper management techniques to give them the opportunity to reach their production goals. However, these will be wasted resources without high fertility and solid calving ease.A producer should expect excellent reproductive performance (90% + conception rates) from a properly developed heifer. If she is adequate in size (60-65% of mature weight at puberty), been involved in a sound health program, and has been exposed to a fertile bull or bred artificially with high quality semen, there is little reason that she should not become pregnant in a 60 – 90 day breeding season. Similar conception rates should be expected from mature cows that are in body condition score 5-6 (on a 9-point scale) at calving and gaining weight after calving until breeding.A shorter calving season will eventually lead to greater efficiencies in reproduction rates. Pregnancy status should be determined within 60 days after the conclusion of the breeding season through rectal examination, ultrasound, or available blood tests. Cull heifers and cows that do not conceive within your given calving season and don’t look back. Keep daughters of the cows that are bred early each calving season. If necessary, buy bred females that calve within your desired window to replace the open females. Implementation of these practices will certainly improve your herd’s reproductive performance over time.Once the female is bred, calving ease comes to the forefront. I do not know of a single producer that wants to experience difficulties during calving season. The primary negatives associated with calving difficulties are potential calf death loss and a slower return to cycling with females. The primary question is how do you determine or interpret calving ease? When making genetic selections, do you prioritize an animal’s actual birth weight, Birth Weight EPD, Calving Ease Direct (CED) EPD, or Calving Ease Maternal (CEM) EPD?Two factors that increase the probability of dystocia are calf birth weight and pelvic area of the dam. Actual birth weight of an animal may not be the best indicator of future calving difficulties as many environmental factors can influence birth weight. Birth Weight EPD predicts an animal’s ability to transmit birth weight but not the potential for calving difficulties.The CED EPD predicts the average difference in ease with which a sire’s calves will be born when he is bred to first-calf heifers. It evaluates both birth weight and calving ease scores. The CEM EPD predicts the average ease with which a sire’s daughters will calve as first-calf heifers when compared to daughters of other sires. Each point of difference with each of these EPDs indicates the expected difference in the percentage of unassisted births. For example if Bull A has a CED of +15 and Bull B’s CED is +5, you would expect Bull A to have 10% less assisted births with first-calf heifers than Bull B. Remember that these EPDs are based on a first-calf heifer scenario and not mature cows.A common complaint that I hear from some breeders today is that we may have carried the emphasis on calving ease too far. Research has shown that a typical beef female is capable of having 7% of their body weight in calf. This means that a 1,200 lb. cow is capable of having an 84 lb. calf and a 1,400 lb. cow could deliver a 98 lb. calf. Contrary to popular belief, not all commercial cows weigh 1,200 lbs. and I’m not so sure we need to see plenty of 100+ lb. calves out of our bigger cows!Some believe that we have lowered calf birth weights to the point that we are sacrificing calf survivability and future performance. I realize that we have some harsher environments where lighter calves may struggle with extreme heat or cold. The individual producer should decide what weight is appropriate for their environment. However, greater calving ease does not mean you have to sacrifice animal performance or carcass merit. All major breeds have databases that can help any breeder identify animals that excel in multiple economically relevant traits.Excellent reproductive performance and calving ease in any herd will go a long way towards increasing potential profitability in any beef herd. Once the producer has mastered these areas, we then can discuss what production traits should be prioritized to best achieve your marketing objectives.last_img read more

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A Custom Builder’s Journey to Green

first_imgRELATED MULTIMEDIA Part 1: The Journey BeginsPart 2: Energy StarPart 3: EarthCraft Part 4: LEED and NGBSPart 5: Comparing the Systems I recently attended several conferences in Raleigh, North Carolina, few hours from my home: the national RESNET conference, the National Green Building Conference, the North Carolina Home Builders Association’s Building Code Council and Green Building Council. At each of these meetings, the new IRC Energy Code and the new Energy Star standards were discussed. (There are lots of big changes headed our way.)The green building community, for the most part, welcomed these changes with open arms and was generally excited that the code-makers were getting serious about energy efficiency. In contrast, the non-green building community was terrified at these changes. At one point, they were practically running around in a state of panic, talking about “door blaster tests.”So I began to think of ways that I could help these builders understand that green building is not so hard. I decided to write about my journey from the beginning — a custom builder’s journey to green. OTHERS IN THIS SERIES RELATED CONTENT Podcast: Why does green building matter? Why does green building matter? Part 2Video: Why do you build green?Straw bales and butterfly roofs?When I first heard of green building, I thought it was more about materials than anything else. The examples of green buildings I had seen all appeared to be very modern, with rectilinear architecture and butterfly roofs. Such features would not really fit into our line of work, which was mainly traditional infill housing.As the years passed, I continued to hear more about green building and building science, and was very curious about some of the new systems that I was seeing, like closed crawl spaces, conditioned (unvented) attics, and tight building envelopes.As custom builders, we wanted to come up with a way to really differentiate ourselves from the competition. I’m a co-owner of Kelly McArdle Construction; our company was already building high-quality houses, and I believe we had an above-average management process. Could we use green building to really separate us from the crowd? I decided to explore the idea of green building some more.Understanding building scienceBefore incorporating these new techniques and systems into our houses, I wanted to be sure I understood the science behind them. What are some possible problems? What can go wrong? How do we control quality? Talking to all of the different subcontractors was very confusing. The more I learned about each system, the more I learned that everyone had a different approach. In fact, some people installing these systems really did not understand how they worked.There came a point in my journey when I realized I was hooked. I started reading everything I could on green building, keeping an eye out for building science classes as traveling instructors came through town. I took the half-day and full-day classes of all the available programs: Energy Star, HealthyBuilt Homes, EarthCraft House, LEED for Homes, and Environments for Living.How should we choose a program to enroll in? The one thing I kept hearing over and over is, “Walk, jog, run” — which felt like the correct approach for our company. I also learned that Energy Star was the basis for all the programs, so I decided we should begin there.Danny Kelly is a co-owner of Kelly McArdle Construction in Charlotte, North Carolina. Green Primer: What is green building?GBA Encyclopedia:Green Rating Systems Sealed crawl spacesBlog: The Time for Building Green Homes Has Arrivedlast_img read more

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AI Learning Algorithms Find Your New Target Groups

first_imgAI: How it’s Impacting Surveillance Data Storage Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Although artificial intelligence does not replace human marketing teams, it does support employees in controlling campaigns or even in content marketing. In the future, AI could increasingly displace a popular means of expressing branding: emotions.The AI threat is becoming a different game. Companies have decided to restructure a number of processes to protect against this perceived menace. One change will be to localize marketing measures, even more, pushing to make the distribution of content production decentralized; accompanying this action by an organic reduction in personnel. Eventually, however, algorithms will replace only part of the marketing efforts.Although the news about AI has far less impact than previously thought, AI will dramatically change marketing. A recent McKinsey study shows that regarding the various business functions in companies, there is the most significant potential of AI in marketing. It is believed that there will be close to $6 trillion in value-added potential. Interestingly, at present, there’s a minimal number of successful AI applications in marketing.Artificial intelligence is an entirely autonomous, self-learning system. Some believe that AI is still not a practical reality. Still, there are impressive examples like Google’s Alphago — a program for the board game Go. The program was able to beat multiple professional Go players, supposedly showing the increased potential of AI. These AI programs are still based on a rather mechanical approach that “learns” diligently from large amounts of data. There are still some laboratory situations that have little to do with corporate reality. The analogy of neural networks such as occur in the human brain is also misleading. We are quantitatively miles away from the neuron quantity frameworks and relationships of the human mind. We still do not know how the human brain works — but we think that we can build it? Even though the AI approaches seem to pretend to be quasi-intelligent, they can sustainably support and change marketing strategy. From a business perspective, the dimensions of automation and augmentation ultimately matter. AI must be able to automate the marketing processes well, and AI must also be able to support and optimize all marketing decisions.The AI marketing matrix.A marketing matrix is the majority of AI applications, relate to the automation of marketing functions and processes. In this context, systems also make their own simple decisions. These decisions are usually about the substitution of human activities by artificial intelligence (AI) to achieve cost and efficiency benefits. There are many automation applications that already have a high level of maturity and practical application today. These include, for example, marketing automation or real-time bidding. In contrast, augmentation applications are particularly concerned with the intellectual support and enrichment of complex and creative marketing tasks, which are currently performed by people. Intelligent support allows AI to analyze competitors, audiences, and trends automatically. Marketers can use these insights to develop or adapt their strategy. These insights enrich decision-making processes with relevant information. The actual decision is not automated and depends on the operator’s choice. AI can also help marketers manage the increasing complexity of channels and touchpoints regarding augmentation. Thus, both the value contribution of a channel and the necessary interaction of the channels to optimize the conversion can be calculated. Based on extensive customer journey data, the optimal media budget allocation can be determined over time. The final media plan including the organizational division of roles is then — at least today — created and evaluated by people. Due to the greater complexity and creativity of these tasks, both the degree of maturity and the spread are significantly less pronounced compared to the automation examples by AI.However, there are also applications that, despite their high degree of ripeness, are still used comparatively little in practice today. One area of application to which this phenomenon applies is the principle of lookalikes, which can be used to identify and profile audiences. Collecting content on an analytical level.Artificial intelligence can gather over about 10,000 data points on the Web about companies or consumers. Besides this massive amount of data, AI can determine and profile new target groups via deep learning algorithms. In the B2C area, for example, this can be implemented well with Facebook custom audiences. AI is also playing an increasingly important role in content marketing. Algorithms help to semantic conceptualize content. For example, the word-to-vec algorithm automatically forms content as vectors that formalize the actual content abstractly. This representation is much more potent than the typical index of content. On this basis, automatically similar or complementary content can be found on an analytical level. So-called “long-short-term-memory-recurrent-neural-networks” can also produce new content by predicting the nearest words and phrases, starting from words, considering the temporal context. One example of these “neural networks” is the AI-supported creation of an issue of British marketing magazine The Drum. Thousands of copies were printed from the issue, with the AI selecting images as well as adapting texts and designing the pages. The AI was fed with data from the winners of the Golden Lion at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. It was not just about creating the magazine, but also creating artificial intelligence that appeals to the taste of the lifestyle audience. Based on such procedures, so-called robot journalism is becoming increasingly creative. Algorithms are capable of automatically searching the web for information, bringing it together and making it a readable piece of content. Data-based reports in the field of sports, weather or finance are often created automatically today.In the area of newsletter marketing, AI can also help to derive the correct subject lines and headings in emails and newsletters. Using this intelligence — AI can generate text modules that have the highest conversion probability for the respective target group. There are also solutions that automatically create and test visuals for campaigns according to the target group. In addition to the described content creation, AI will also increasingly adopt content curating and distribution when it comes to combining and promoting. AI will automatically publish and distribute content on various platforms.The “de-emotionalizing” of marketing.Another marketing trend fueled by artificial intelligence is (chat) bots. The topic of bots is not new but is experiencing a unique quality and significance in the last two years.This rise in popularity is due to the rapid development of AI, platforms, communication devices, and speech recognition. Network communication is increasingly shifting into the messenger and chatbot world of Whatsapp, Facebook Messenger, Snapchat and Wechat. The onliners leave the digital public and are therefore difficult to reach for brands. They move in the “invisible” part of the digital world for others. For example, they no longer share the content via Facebook news feed with everyone but limit themselves to sharing their content via messenger with a manageable circle of friends. Thanks to voice assistants, users can ask Siri or Google Assistant for the current weather, switch on the lights via Alexa, play music or read a message aloud. The access of Apple to the Smart Assistant market with the Homepod will bring new usage scenarios and target groups armed with this knowledge base.In addition to these simple everyday tasks, the systems are increasingly developing into a digital assistant and a virtual representation of the consumer. A digital assistant has an impact on customer communication and interaction. If the consumer selects his favorites from the hit lists on a Google search or an Amazon product search, the bot recommendation usually includes product or information. The bot sovereignty thus replaces the active evaluation by the consumer. While the current communication is still between consumer and corporate bot, it will be increased next year. Therefore, marketing activities have to be adapted to the bot channels. SEO and SMM will also have to rethink things. The so-called “Bot Engine Optimization,” or BEO for short, transforms the guideline “Rule the First Page on Google” into “Rule the first Bot Answer.” The focus is on personalized one-to-one campaigns from bot to customer.One consequence of the increasing use of these systems in marketing could be that emotional brand engagement loses its relevance and marketing becomes objectified. “Boo-hoo,” the marketers exclaim. But, the objectified customer occurs because purchase decision processes are now made more rational than before. The logical immunity to emotion and empathy.The development of smart homes or smart products leads to rational purchasing decisions — bots now increasingly represent “the people.” The refrigerator “decides” when milk should be bought. A digital representation of the customer is logically immune to emotional and empathic advertising, thereby losing its meaning. The ideological brand value is becoming irrelevant.The ideological value of the brand is irrelevant to the customer bot, who in the optimal case acts objectively through the digital signature of the customer, acting as his deputy in e-commerce. Thus, the companies and customers access to the platform becomes more important than the brand itself.ConclusionBig Data provides the fuel for artificial intelligence, which can be used successfully in marketing and communication in particular. AI can capitalize data from online interactions, social media or other digital sources in an automatable and scalable way. Such a powerful weapon always includes the potential of abuse; the discussions show the market power of the so-called GAFA economy (Google, Amazon, Facebook, Apple). The algorithms allow for a never possible personalization of communication. On the other hand — the new AI algorithms also allow, and possibly make — the risk of targeted and manipulative disinformation. Corresponding regulations and ethical standards as well as increasing the media and judgmental competence of sovereign consumers are required here. And these former giants of social conscious may be woefully unprepared or inadequately prepared for monitoring something as formidable as AI.Overall, increasingly data-driven and analytical marketing will have to answer the question of the right balance between automation and personal interaction. Besides, the corresponding implications for the consumer should be considered. Will appropriate bot-power strengthen the consumer in the form of digital assistants who know and represent his actual preferences? Or, more likely, will AI become more of a match for a perfectly designed data and analytic ecosystem of digital behemoths? Max BabychCEO Max serial entrepreneur and IT professional. Owner https://spdload.com/His focus optimizes business process and increases KPIs. Expert in Growth Hacking, Lean Methodology, Customer Development approach. Tags:#AI#AI trend report#automatization#bot optimization#Growth Hacking#marketing#marketing-matrix Follow the Puck How Data Analytics Can Save Liveslast_img read more

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La Salle management ‘firmly behind’ Ayo in Green Archers’ rebuilding phase

first_imgAsian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next De La Salle University on Wednesday threw its “full support” for head coach Aldin Ayo after the Green Archers lost in the UAAP championship round to archrival Ateneo in three games.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Floyd Mayweather shuts down rumors of UFC crossover: ‘I’m not doing it’ Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues LATEST STORIES For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq MOST READ La Salle management, however, did not quell any speculation regarding Ayo’s time as head coach of the Green Archers but it implied that the 40-year-old will still call the shots for the team in the Philippine Collegiate Champions League in February.“We stand united as a team to regroup and regain the crown next season,” said the management in the statement. “Now more than ever, we are strongly committed to bounce back with a resolve that is uncompromising and unflinching.”“We will forever hold our banner high and bright, a shield of green and white.”ADVERTISEMENT In a statement from the university’s Office of Sports Development, the management said it is “firmly behind coach Aldin Ayo and his staff as we start the process of rebuilding for the future.”The Green Archers lost 88-86 in the third game of the series that saw the Blue Eagles hoist the Season 80 trophy.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe loss also sparked the rumors surrounding ding the tenure of Ayo with De La Salle.It’s been rumored that Ayo will leave La Salle in the end of the 2017-2018 academic year with University of Santo Tomas looming as the likely destination for the former UAAP and NCAA champion coach. Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Thirdy not surprised over manong’s stellar NLEX debut

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Koy Banal throws hat in UE coaching sweepstakes Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Read Next Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed MOST READcenter_img FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netSocial media continued to buzz about Kiefer Ravena’s scintillating debut on Thursday, a day after he punched in big numbers to help NLEX hold off stubborn KIA, 119-115, in the PBA Philippine Cup.The second overall pick in the 2017 Rookie Draft matched his hype as he delivered 18 points, 12 assists, seven rebounds and two steals at Filoil Flying V Centre, falling just three rebounds short of a triple-double right in his first professional game.The only one not joining the conversation on how surprising the debut was? Brother Thirdy Ravena, who already saw the big game coming.“I was kind of expecting him to do Kiefer things even in the PBA,” he said. Thirdy, coming off a championship with Ateneo in the UAAP, watched Kiefer’s PBA debut with dad Bong and mom Mozzy.“Usually, the transition is tough especially from college. Usually, when you’re a rookie, you feel nervous,” added Thirdy, who affectionately calls Kiefer ‘manong’ as a sign of respect. “But he was aggressive and he’s just playing his game. Now that I’ve seen him do that on a professional stage, that just speaks about how his game is and how good he is.” 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ LATEST STORIES ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Cavaliers assign Isaiah Thomas to G-League team to practice

first_imgLATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Thomas, who averaged 28.9 points last season as one of the NBA’s top playmakers, said he wants to be “special” when he returns to the floor and not “just another body.”After a slow start, the Cavaliers have won 18 of 20 and 11 straight at home. They’ll visit the Golden State Warriors on Christmas and play at Sacramento and Utah next week before returning to Cleveland to face Portland on Jan. 2.The next day, they’ll play in Boston for their second matchup with Irving. This time, they might have Thomas on the floor.“We’re all excited for when he’s able to come back to the team, but he’s been around the team all year,” James said. “It’s not like he hasn’t been here and he’s been at a rehab center or something. Whenever he’s ready to go, we’ll be ready. He’s never had a timetable here. When he’s ready to go and the training staff gives him the OK and the docs give him the OK, it will be an exciting time for our team.”ADVERTISEMENT BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Loaded enough? Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities View comments FILE – In this Nov. 22, 2017, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers’ Isaiah Thomas catches a pass before the team’s NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets in Cleveland. Thomas, who has yet to make his debut with the Cavaliers, played four-on-four with other Cleveland players and coaches on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, a significant step in his recovery from a hip injury. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)CLEVELAND — Isaiah Thomas is one big step closer to joining the Cavaliers.Cleveland assigned the All-Star point guard to its Canton G-League team so he could practice and scrimmage with the Charge on Thursday, a significant development in his recovery from a torn labrum in his right hip. Thomas was scheduled to work out at the Cavs’ training facility in Independence.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img MOST READ Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH On Wednesday, Thomas said how his body responds from the stress of 5-on-5 scrimmages will determine how soon he’ll be able to make his debut with Cleveland. He’s been sidelined since aggravating a hip injury in the playoffs last season with the Boston Celtics.The Cavs have said since October that they believed Thomas would be able to play in NBA games by Jan. 1. The 28-year-old was acquired during a hectic offseason in a trade for All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving. The Celtics sent Thomas, forward Jae Crowder, center Ante Zizic and a draft pick to Cleveland in the blockbuster deal.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutCleveland is eager to add him to the lineup, and LeBron James has sensed that Thomas is ready.“Yeah, his attitude is getting worse and worse because he’s getting closer and closer,” James said following the team’s morning shootaround before hosting the Chicago Bulls. “When you get closer and closer to something you love and you want, your attitude actually gets worse.” Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasalast_img read more

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USOC CEO apologizes, says he was unaware of Nassar abuse

first_imgKammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ MOST READ Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Read Nextcenter_img “If you’re the USOC and you’re really committed to this, what you should do is get on the phone to the USA (Gymnastics) board and say you’re out or we’re decertifying you,” Manly said.He said Maroney does not seek damages in the lawsuit, but only to be released from the nondisclosure and non-disparagement clauses in the settlement.Maroney reached the settlement with USA Gymnastics in December 2016.In October 2017, she publicly revealed the extent of the abuse she suffered in a Twitter post, saying Nassar began abusing her when she was 13 and attending national team training camp.Nassar has admitted to sexually assaulting female gymnasts, possessing child pornography and molesting girls who sought treatment. He was sentenced earlier this month to serve 60 years in federal prison for possessing thousands of images of child pornography. Though Maroney was not part of that case, she and her mother wrote letters to the court detailing Nassar’s abuse and how it impacted the gymnast.ADVERTISEMENT Grassroots program TM Basketball Para sa Bayan joins forces with LA Tenorio in 3 provinces Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City The USOC is named as a defendant, and the lawsuit says the federation had long promoted a culture that concealed known and suspected sex abusers.In the letter, Blackmun said “I am so sorry that the Olympic family failed these athletes,” and that while the USOC found out too late, it has taken steps to prevent future abuse by creating the U.S. Center for SafeSport, which investigates sex-abuse allegations in Olympic sports.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“And I want to be crystal clear on the topic of transparency,” Blackmun wrote. “During my tenure as CEO, which began in 2010, we have never been, and will not be, party to any effort to conceal or keep confidential allegations or instances of sexual abuse.”Maroney’s lawyer, John Manly, called the letter “repugnant.” Dr. Larry Nassar appears in court for a plea hearing in Lansing, Mich., Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017. Nasser, a sports doctor accused of molesting girls while working for USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University, pleaded guilty to multiple charges of sexual assault and will face at least 25 years in prison. APThe leader of the U.S. Olympic Committee says in a letter he was not aware of the Larry Nassar sex-abuse allegations before law enforcement got involved, and that he had no knowledge of a settlement between USA Gymnastics and 2012 Olympic champion McKayla Maroney in a case involving the now-imprisoned former team doctor.CEO Scott Blackmun sent the letter, a copy of which was obtained by The Associated Press, on Thursday (Friday Manila time), the day after Maroney filed a lawsuit seeking to invalidate the nondisclosure clauses in the settlement.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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