Construction industry gossip: Bleak midwinter

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Baseball: March 8 Scoreboard

first_imgSouthland teams picked up eight wins Saturday in baseball action, highlighted by Lamar’s doubleheader sweep of Harvard and Sam Houston State improving to 12-3 with a win over Cal State Northridge. McNeese State defeated Northwestern State in a non-conference affair. The Demons rebounded later in the afternoon with a win against Chicago State. Other league wins include Nicholls’ win against BYU, Southeastern Louisiana’s defeat of Sacred Heart and UIW’s win against Hofstra.Lamar 4, Harvard 3Lamar 3, Harvard 2 (10 innings)BEAUMONT, Texas – For the second time this season, Jacoby Middleton was the subject of celebration at Vincent-Beck Stadium as the junior transfer belted a single up the middle to seal a 10th inning walk-off victory over Harvard on Saturday evening.  |  Read MoreMcNeese State 10, Northwestern State 5NATCHITOCHES, La. – The McNeese State baseball scored seven runs in the top of the fourth inning and never looked back as the Cowboys defeated Northwestern State, 10-5, Saturday in their first game of the Northwestern State Tournament.  |  McNeese Recap  |  Northwestern RecapSam Houston State 2, Cal State Northridge 1HUNTSVILLE, Texas – A two-run home run in the first inning by senior catcher Anthony Azar was all the Bearkats needed to beat Cal State Northridge 2-1 and claim the series with Sunday’s 1:00 p.m. contest still left to play.  |  Read MoreNicholls 6, BYU 1THIBODAUX, La. – After surrendering a run in the first, sophomore left-hander Grant Borne gave the Nicholls State University baseball team its second straight quality start on the mound with a career-high 11 strikeouts and the Colonel offense plated three runs in the sixth and eighth innings as Nicholls took the series finale against BYU, 6-1, Saturday night at Ray E. Didier Field, earning a split in the four-game series against the Cougars.  |  Read MoreNorthwestern State 7, Chicago State 2NATCHITOCHES, La. – Adam Oller willed the Northwestern State baseball team Saturday night to a 7-2 win over Chicago State with seven strong innings on the mound in the second game of a doubleheader after a 10-5 loss to McNeese in the early contest.  |  Read MoreSoutheastern Louisiana 6, Sacred Heart 2HAMMOND, La. – Sophomore right-hander Tate Scioneaux dominated Sacred Heart hitters Saturday as Southeastern Louisiana cruised to a 6-2 win over the Pioneers at Pat Kenelly Diamond at Alumni Field.  |  Read MoreUIW 8, Hofstra 3SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Despite playing through a light rain for most of the game, the University of the Incarnate Word baseball team took the series finale against Hofstra on Saturday at Sullivan Field, 8-3.  |  Read MoreMemphis 2, Central Arkansas 1 (14 innings)MEMPHIS, Tenn. –Round Two went to the Memphis Tigers on Saturday as they ended a 14-inning marathon with an RBI single by Jake Little to take a 2-1 victory over the University of Central Arkansas Bears in non-conference baseball action at FedEx Park.  |  Read MoreUtah 9, Abilene Christian 8ARLINGTON, Texas – Utah scored a run in the bottom of the seventh and then pitched out of a bases-loaded jam Saturday afternoon as the Utes beat Abilene Christian, 9-8, in the Texas-Arlington/Hilton Invitational at Clay Gould Field.  |  Read MoreTroy 3, New Orleans 1TROY, Ala. – The New Orleans Privateers baseball team (4-8) struggled at the plate, and could not complete a ninth inning rally in a 3-1 loss to the Troy Trojans (8-7) at Riddle-Pace Field on Saturday afternoon.  |  Read MoreDallas Baptist 10, Oral Roberts 5DALLAS, Texas – Opponents continue to strike with big innings as the Oral Roberts University baseball team dropped its weekend series against Dallas Baptist with a 10-5 loss on Saturday in Dallas.  |  Read MoreValparaiso 4, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 0Valparaiso 5, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 1CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The Texas A&M–Corpus Christi baseball team had its struggles offensively, while the Valparaiso pitching staff had a strong day to pick up a doubleheader sweep of the Islanders on Saturday at Chapman Field.  |  Read Morelast_img read more

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Southland Conference Announces Football Players of the Week

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – Lamar senior wide receiver Mark Roberts was named the Southland Conference Offensive Player of the Week, the league office announced Monday. Abilene Christian junior cornerback Jonathan Epps earned defensive player of the week award while Lamar sophomore kicker/punter Juan Carranco was named the special teams player of the week. Defensive Player of the Week:  Jonathan Epps, Abilene ChristianEpps had two interceptions in his first career start at cornerback to help lead Abilene Christian to a 52-35 upset win against Central Arkansas. The junior from Fort Worth, Texas (Boswell H.S.), recorded his first interception late in the first half, returning it 29 yards to the ACU 35-yard line to help set up a field goal right before halftime. Epps snagged his second interception in the fourth quarter, returning it 68 yards for a touchdown to push the Wildcat lead to 45-28 with 7:50 remaining in the contest. Epps also added four tackles and one pass breakup in the win. Each school’s sports information director nominates and votes for the players of the week, though is not permitted to vote for his own player. To receive honorable mention, a player must receive votes from 25 percent of the Southland sports information directors. Honorable Mention:  DaQuan Stewart, Lamar; Michael Wade, Sam Houston State; Nick Ginn, UIW; Damon Medcafe, Northwestern State. Honorable Mention: Keshawn Hill, Sam Houston State; Kade Munden, Abilene Christian; Ed Eagan, Northwestern State.center_img Honorable Mention: Lachlan Edwards, Sam Houston State. Special Teams Player of the Week: Juan Carranco, LamarCarranco accounted for 12 of Lamar’s points in the Cardinals’ 72-14 win against Houston Baptist. The sophomore from Dayton, Texas (Dayton H.S.), went 9-for-10 in PATs while connecting on a 43-yard field goal, his lone attempt of the game. Carranco has recorded a 31-yard punt on the night. Offensive Player of the Week:  Mark Roberts, LamarRoberts had a record-setting performance in Lamar’s 72-14 win against Houston Baptist. The senior from Orange, Texas (West Orange Stark H.S.), became the school’s all-time leader in touchdown catches with 19 after his four scores against the Huskies. In one half of action, Roberts recorded 205 receiving yards and touchdown catches of 31, 61, 81 and 26 yards. Roberts tied the school record for points in a game (24) and notched the third-most receiving yards in a single game in program history.last_img read more

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SA hands over new Timbuktu library

first_imgThe building was constructed, following a visit by former president Thabo Mbeki in 2001, to properly house the manuscripts in a bid to preserve Africa’s intellectual heritage. the physical conservation of the manuscripts and training of the Malian conservators; the creation of public awareness on the need to preserve the manuscripts and their importance as sources relating the true story of Mali and the surrounding regions. “While the script used in the manuscripts is Arabic, the languages contained therein include local languages such as Songhay, Fulfulde and others,” he said. the construction of the library and archives building to house the manuscripts and all services relating to the preservation, collection and accession of the manuscripts; and According to Chabane, the South Africa-Mali Timbuktu project was managed through a trust that had three main objectives, including: The move to preserve the manuscripts was motivated by their historical value and anticipated contribution to the re-writing of the African history from an African perspective, the Presidency said in a statement. Also present at the weekend’s ceremony were the South African ambassador to Mali, Mali Higher Education and Scientific Research Minister Siby Ginette Bellegarde, the governor of the local region and the mayor of Timbuktu. Nepad cultural project South African Minister in the Presidency Collins Chabane handed the new facility over to the Malian government in a ceremony held over the weekend. A total of 14 officials also received training in conservation at the Ahmed Baba Institute of Higher Learning and Islamic Research. “The reality is that Timbuktu was the crossroad that linked sub-Saharan Africa to the cultures of the Mediterranean and the Middle East for millennia,” he said. “Timbuktu flourished as a place of scholarship with a university when Europe had only two universities.” Above all, Chabane said, the manuscripts of Timbuktu demonstrated conclusively that the myth propagated by colonisers, that Africans were ignorant and illiterate, was totally false. According to Chabane, colonial literature and discourse has always characterised Timbuktu as the world’s most remote place. ‘Place of scholarship’ “Africans proclaim these manuscripts as integral to their own culture, their own literary culture that records matters of faith, law, social arrangements, environment, sciences and medicine.” SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material 31 May 2010 South African conservators led by the National Archives worked closely with the Tunisian government and provided training both in South Africa and Mali. In South Africa, training, mostly on preventive conservation, was provided to more than 10 Malian conservators. The project, adopted by the New Economic Partnership of Africa’s Development (Nepad) as its first cultural project, provided intervention measures to slow down the degradation of the manuscripts and encouraged active intellectual engagement emanating from research. South Africa has handed over a new library and archives building to house the ancient Mali manuscripts at the Ahmed Baba Institute of Higher Learning and Islamic Research in the historic city of Timbuktu.last_img read more

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Loss Prevention Jobs in Missouri

first_imgSpring MobileLoss Prevention Field ManagerMissouriCorporate/ExecutiveFull-time11/13/2018StaplesManager, Field Asset ProtectionKansas City , MIDistrict/RegionalFull-time11/13/2018JCPenneyAsset Protection AssociateSt Peters, MIStore LevelFull-time11/13/2018To find more loss prevention jobs in the Missouri area and around the country, search LPjobs, the premiere online source for loss prevention employment and e-recruiting.[text_ad use_post=’2385′]- Sponsor – (This post was originally published in 2017 and is updated regularly.) Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img

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CIOs: Changes in the World of Technology Cause CIOs to Lose Clout

first_imgCIO’s increasingly are owning less of the technology strategy for companies. Chief Digital Officers (CDOs) and CTOs are sharing responsibilities that traditionally belonged exclusively to CIOs. Cloud computing is also enabling many departments to access technology directly.  KPMG found in a survey that 84 percent of CIOs say that they do not fully own the digital strategy for the business.Lisa Heneghan, KPMG International global CIO advisory service network lead, said that “the role of the CIO is becoming more strategic – there is a need for CIOs to talk business strategy and provide a platform to enable this. The CIO’s future career opportunities are broadening out,” and Adam Woodhouse, director of CIO advisory at KPMG, said that “CIOs now need to influence more effectively, and build relationships with customers.”  But overall, technology changes are causing CIOs to simply have less influence.As the role of the CIO evolves, many think that CIO influence will continue to erode.  David Lithicum, Senior Vice President at Cloud Technology Partners, gave three reasons why CIOs are losing their clout: Cloud Computing. The rise of cloud computing comes at the expense of no-premise datacenters. Increased use of the cloud means fewer decisions and direct management from the CIO.Fewer Projects. Departments increasingly end-run the CIO and interact directly with cloud vendors.Reduced Budget. CIO budgets are shrinking as departments increasingly use their own budget dollars to implement cloud services.last_img read more

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Google Tweaks Its Search Algorithm to Account for Merchant Reviews

first_imgaudrey watters Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Google#web center_img Google has announced it’s made a change to its search algorithm to better account for negative online reviews. The action is a result of a story in Sunday’s edition of The New York Times that told the story of one woman’s experience with an online vendor. According to the article, the company in question had managed to get to the front page of a Google search in part by cultivating terrible reviews: “Online chatter about DecorMyEyes, even furious online chatter, pushed the site higher in Google search results, which led to greater sales. [The company owner] closed with a sardonic expression of gratitude: ‘I never had the amount of traffic I have now since my 1st complaint. I am in heaven.’”Some of the article was simply wrong. Links from GetSatisfaction, for example, all are “no follow,” and many other sites with complaints about the company didn’t actually contain links, as Search Engine Land has pointed out.Nevertheless, Google has responded by taking a number of steps to address this particular sort of “gaming of the system,” including a tweak to its algorithm. It lists a number of the options it could have taken – simply blocking the offender in question or including sentiment analysis in search engine rankings. But as Google notes, it’s not possible to give too much weight to sentiment analysis, as it would be easy to bury “important but controversial concepts.” Instead, says Google, merchant reviews will now be taken into account in search rankings, as the company has “developed an algorithmic solution which detects the merchant from the Times article along with hundreds of other merchants that, in our opinion, provide an extremely poor user experience.”Google admits this will not solve the problem entirely, but it “can say with reasonable confidence that being bad to customers is bad for business on Google.” Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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How the U.S. Army is Using Social Media

first_imgrichard macmanus Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit One of the most interesting aspects of Web technology and social media nowadays is how it’s being deployed by non-techies. Recently I had the chance to connect with the U.S. Army to find out how it is using the Web. Blogging, Twitter, Facebook, online video and more is currently in operation at U.S. Army HQ.I spoke to Suzanne Nagel, Digital Chief, U.S. Army Accessions Command, who walked me through how the Web is being used for recruitment and community. We started off by discussing a blog called Army Strong Stories, which enables people to hear authentic stories from U.S. Army soldiers.Launched in 2008, the target audience of Army Strong Stories is the U.S. Army’s primary recruiting target: men aged 18-24. This age group spends a lot of time online, so a blog was seen as an effective way to reach that audience. The site also reaches women in the same age group, but Nagel explained that about 80% of jobs in the U.S. Army aren’t open to women (I didn’t realize it was that high a number).Real Army Stories The idea behind Army Strong Stories is to interact with the target audience and enable them to read and hear stories about Army life. Soldiers are encouraged to engage with the readers by replying to comments. The aim is to build a dialog with potential recruits, partly to disavow them of myths about Army life – for example, said Nagel, the scream-in-your-face drill sergeant so often portrayed in Hollywood movies.Army Strong Stories features blog posts about anything related to army life. It’s not necessarily career based content (see the tag cloud to the right for a list of topics). I asked Suzanne Nagel whether the bloggers write about politics. She replied that generally no, however the Army doesn’t censor or filter content – other than for bad language.Video is a relatively new part of the site, generally featuring Army staff speaking for a couple of minutes about their lives.I’ve Traveled the World as a Saxophone Player; by Staff Sergeant Daniel Post Army Strong Stories isn’t the Army’s main Web presence. Goarmy.com is the main recruiting website, which is used for recruiting soldiers and presenting facts about the Army. Usage so far of Army Strong Stories has been broad, said Nagel. She noted that it’s not just men 18-24 who frequent the site. Regulars include bloggers’ parents and other relatives.Army Social MediaOf course, in this day and age, it isn’t all about the blog. The Army uses Facebook and Twitter a lot. It also has both an iPhone app and a mobile website, featuring the same functionality as the website. They are currently working on an iPad version and will “probably” work on an Android version in the future.Overall, the U.S. Army is actively growing its digital efforts. In particular, and in common with many other organizations, over the past 5 years it has increasingly used social media. The Army is working on building up its social networking presence even further: for example, buying online advertising to drive users to its Facebook Page. Also, the Army will be doing “social media events” this year, in order to drive traffic and buzz to their sites. What form these events will take hasn’t been decided yet.The goal of all the U.S. Army’s sites – whether self-hosted blogs or social networks like Facebook and Twitter – is to “keep the conversation flowing.”Uncle Sam Needs You, See Our Facebook Page For More…In general, the U.S. Army is a conservative branch of the military, remarked Suzanne Nagel, so allowing soldiers to tell their “mostly unfiltered stories” was a big step for them. The hope is that the Army’s online and social media presence will help recruiting, by showing what real Army life is like and helping people overcome the fear of joining.I was impressed by the sophistication of the U.S. Army’s web presence, although it helps that it’s likely very well funded. What do you think of the U.S. Army’s online activities? A good use for your taxpayer dollars? The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Related Posts Tags:#Real World#Social Web#web Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro…last_img read more

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Oarsmen hope to make presence felt in London Olympics

first_imgThe Hussain Sagar Lake is not the ideal place to practise rowing. The choppy waters and persistent stench is a far cry from the pristine conditions the three Indian rowers will encounter at the Dorney Lake near Windsor during the London Olympics.But the city lake is the home to Indian rowers who have taken rapid strides in recent times. Swarn Singh Virk (single sculls), Manjeet Singh and Sandeep Kumar (lightweight doubles sculls) are a motivated lot and prefer to make light of the conditions. Like true armymen, they chose to look at the positives.They are confident of a better timings in London compared to what they are clocking at the Hussain Sagar Lake.”The conditions at the Olympics will be a bit different. The water, which is heavy here with waves, will be still there. So we are practising at a difficult place and when we get better conditions, the timings will improve. The boat will move faster on lighter water,” Swarn told Mail Today.Swarn has big shoes to fill. He has qualified in an event in which Bajrang Lal Takhar won the 2010 Asian Games gold medal. The latter was, however, unlucky not to have made the grade for London as he was down with typhoid.”The seniors in the army introduced me to the sport. Competing at the Olympics is a dream and I have put a lot of effort to qualify. Beating Bajrang saab in the qualifier was huge. He has been a motivation for us,” said Swarn, a strapping boy from the small village of Mansa in Punjab.advertisement”He (Bajrang) has been a guiding force. He taught me many things like how to save power till the last.” Swarn, 22, finished 17th in the World Championship last year from where the 11 best rowers qualified. He won a bronze in the junior Asian Rowing Championships and qualified at the Olympic Continental Qualification Regatta for Asia in Chung Ju, Korea.A medal in the Olympics is not what they are aiming at, but they enthusiastically talk of a brighter future and the day when a medal will be within their reach.”We have been participating in the Olympics for some time now. We used to lag behind, but are catching up. Bajrang saab reached the quarters last time. I hope to take India closer to a medal,” said Swarn.Veteran Manjeet agrees. “The scene is changing. After Bajrang won the gold medal in Guangzhou, we got new boats from Italy. The ministry and the federation have come out with more support whether it is providing better facilities for the Olympics or taking care of our diet. Overall, it is far better than what it used to be,” said Manjeet.”I have been in the sport for eight years now and there has been a vast improvement. If we continue to make such progress, the day is not far when we will win a medal at the Olympics.”Manjeet also made light of the conditions at Hussain Sagar Lake. “We are practising in tougher conditions. If we go to London 10 to 15 days before the Olympics, we will be able to acclimatise.”Manjeet will be competing in his second Olympics. “In Beijing, my partner was Devendra Kumar. This time I have qualified with Sandeep. The last four years, we have improved in every aspect whether it is endurance or power.”We came third in Korea to qualify. Only Japan and Hong Kong were ahead of us.”Sandeep is banking on the experience of his partner. “Olympics is a big stage and Manjeet was there in Beijing. We have prepared well and will aim to better our performance in double sculls.”Who knows the still waters of Dorney Lake may give wings to their [email protected]last_img read more

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Lukaku: I wanted Pogba to take penalty instead of me

first_imgRomelu Lukaku has said he was happy to let Paul Pogba take a late penalty rather than go for a hat-trick in Saturday’s win over Southampton. Lukaku scored a pair of goals as Manchester United earned a hard-fought 3-2 win over Southampton at Old Trafford.The Red Devils struggled to put away the Saints, with the visitors taking a first-half lead through a long-range Yan Valery strike.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Andreas Pereira and Lukaku gave United a 2-1 second-half lead before James Ward-Prowse equalised with a stunning free-kick in the 75th minute. But there would be one final twist, with Lukaku grabbing his second goal to win the match for the home side in the 88th minute before Pogba’s injury-time miss from the spot. Following the match, the Belgian admitted United were not at their best but were happy to be taking home the three points nonetheless. “We knew we had to win the game today and did it,” Lukaku told the BBC. “Not our best game but we have to be happy.”We created a lot of chances in the opening 10 minutes but won the game.”I was focused on the win and help my team-mates. The manager gave me another chance today.”We have to look one game at a time and are working hard on the training ground. We are ready for the challenge.”The Belgian had a chance to seal a hat-trick deep into stoppage time after Marcus Rashford was fouled by Stuart Armstrong in the box. But, rather than take the penalty, Lukaku opted to hand the ball to team-mate Pogba, whose spot-kick was down the middle and stopped by a kick save from Angus Gunn. Despite the miss, Lukaku had no regrets about giving Pogba the chance to score from the spot rather than try for a hat-trick himself. “I am a striker and I wanted Paul Pogba to score the penalty,” Lukaku said. “He has been on a good run but he has been an important player for us and will bounce back.”Lukaku has now scored back-to-back doubles for United and will look to continue his strong form when United travel to Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday in the second leg of their Champions League last-16 encounter. PSG are carrying a 2-0 lead from the first leg at Old Trafford.  Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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