JIM NABORS TO SING ‘INDIANA’ AT IMS FOR THE FINAL TIME AT 2014 INDIANAPOLIS 500

first_imgBeloved actor-entertainer and legendary Indianapolis 500 icon Jim Nabors will sing “(Back Home Again in) Indiana” at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway ” for the final time prior to the start of the 98th running of the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, May 25.Nabors’ rendition of the song became a beloved tradition of “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” since he first performed it in 1972. Always accompanied by the Purdue “All American” Marching Band and thousands of fans singing in unison throughout the massive facility, Nabors has performed the song 34 times in person at IMS. “The first time that I ever sang at the Indy 500 in 1972, the warmth I got from the crowd immediately made me become a lifetime Hoosier; and I’ve always cherished it,” Nabors said. “I’ll see you all in May; but I’ve come to the conclusion that my health doesn’t permit me to travel very much anymore. So I’ll be retiring from singing ‘Back Home Again’ at the Indy 500 after this year.“I want to give a special thanks to everyone; and particularly the Hulman George family, who have a special place in my heart and are my wonderful friends. I’ve loved every minute of it.”Nabors, 83, has performed at the Indianapolis 500 every year since 1987 with the exception of 2007 and 2012 races that he missed due to illness. A rendition of the song he performed at his home in Hawaii was played on the video screens at IMS prior to the 2012 race to the delight of his countless fans in attendance and millions watching on worldwide television.“There are many special moments leading up to the start of the Indianapolis 500, but one of the most anticipated every year is when Jim Nabors sings ‘Back Home Again in Indiana,”‘ said J. Douglas Boles, Indianapolis Motor Speedway president. “This year will be even more special as Indianapolis 500 fans will cheer not only for what the song means but for what Jim Nabors has meant to the Indianapolis 500.”The Indianapolis Motor Speedway will honor and thank Nabors for his years of performance in several ways during Indianapolis 500 race weekend that will be announced at a later date. Fans are encouraged to tell their Nabors stories at  IMS.com/WeAllHaveAStory.The Indianapolis Motor Speedway will not announce a future plan for the “(Back Home Again in) Indiana” performance until after this year’s Indianapolis 500.“We want the focus for this year to be on celebrating Jim’s final performance at Indianapolis,” said Boles.”The 98th running of the Indianapolis 500 will take place on Sunday, May 25.Watch Jim Nabors Performance at the 2013 Indianapolis 500***2014 ticket information: Ticket information is available for the four events in 2014 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway – the Grand Prix of Indianapolis, 98th Indianapolis 500, Kroger Super Weekend at the Brickyard and Red Bull Indianapolis GP.Fans can order tickets at  www.ims.com/tickets, by calling 800-822-INDY or 317-492-6700 between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (ET) Monday through Friday or by visiting the IMS Ticket Office at the IMS Administration Building at the corner of Georgetown Road and 16th Street between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (ET) Monday through Friday.Tickets for groups of 20 or more also are available. Contact the IMS Group Sales Department at (866) 221-8775 for more information.last_img read more

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LP Challenges In A “Secure” Environment

first_imgParadies Lagardère is the North American division of Lagardère Travel Retail. We have 10,000 associates in more than 850 retail stores and 170 restaurants and bars in 100 airports across North America. Paradies Lagardère delivers the very best solutions—a favorite local concept or a highly desirable international brand—that exceed expectations for our airport partners and travelers. Paradies Lagardère specializes in three key airport concessions areas: dining, travel essentials, and specialty retail. Within travel essentials and specialty retail, we offer a diverse mix of categories, including fashion, luxury, electronics, convenience, sports, luggage, jewelry, and souvenirs. Paradies Lagardère also delivers high-end restaurants, quick-serve and casual restaurants, and quality bars, including local, national, and international brands that provide travelers delicious dining options.In the Beginning, There Was RetailChris RathgebWhile attending college, I began working for JCPenney in the credit and catalog department. This was the start of my retail career. While at JCPenney, a store loss prevention officer (LPO) approached the credit and catalog department team about a credit card fraud case that we might come into contact with and asked us to inform them if the person showed up to retrieve a catalog order. I ended up being the person who waited on them. I can still remember the feeling when I heard the name and turned around to find the order and realized who I was assisting. It was at that moment—and the moments after as that situation played out with the arrest of the person by law enforcement as they exited the doors of the store—that I thought of loss prevention as a position I would enjoy.I would have to wait another year before getting the opportunity to transfer schools and begin working at a different JCPenney. At my new store, I discovered they didn’t have any loss prevention presence and inquired with the store manager about the possibility of adding the position. We were nearing the holiday season, so he agreed to place me in the role. I stayed in that store for several months, and during that time I realized catching shoplifters was a lot more difficult than I understood. I ended up transferring back to my original store and met with my first loss prevention teacher, Marcia Rexford. She was the LPO who worked on the credit card fraud case and ignited my passion for loss prevention with her guidance. She was instrumental in helping me understand what to look for in a shoplifter, including behavior and actions, but it was just scratching the surface on how loss prevention impacts companies.- Sponsor – After four years with JCPenney, I accepted an entry-level LP role with Famous Barr, a division of May Company, and met the manager that had the biggest impact on my development and understanding of loss prevention, Mark Stebbe. He and John Lillard, the vice president of loss prevention, had created a team environment and a culture of learning in which I thrived. I decided during my time at Famous Barr that loss prevention was going to be the career for me.The Airports Came Calling After spending some time at Famous Barr, I decided to join a loss prevention program in the airport concessions industry. That was nearly twenty years ago, and I have never had any doubt that I made the right choice. I worked for HMSHost as they were restarting their loss prevention department. I was given the opportunity to create a program for a single airport with about thirty different restaurant concepts. Through a promotion to my first regional loss prevention manager role, I was able to expand the program to a group of airports in the company. After a year at HMSHost I was approached by the new director of loss prevention at The Paradies Shops. He was tasked with building a loss prevention program from the ground up and believed I would be a good fit to assist him. It’s not often that you are given an opportunity to create a department’s mission and purpose through ideas you have crafted in your mind on “how I would do it” from its inception. It was too good an offer to pass up. Fast forward almost nineteen years later, and I am now the senior director of loss prevention/safety and lead a team of thirteen professionals in the areas of loss prevention, safety, general insurance claims management for worker’s compensation, general liability, auto, and property, and lead business continuity for the organization. In addition, I oversee facilities management for our three support center offices and supply chain for our retail division.Some Things Never ChangeThere are several similarities between airport concessions and conventional retail and restaurants in the LP world. Airport concessions offerings have evolved over time to stay current with popular street retail and restaurants. Paradies Lagardère’s stores sell high-end electronics such as MacBooks and iPads in our iStores, premium apparel in our Brooks Brothers stores, and high-end handbags and jewelry in our Brighton Collectibles and Pandora stores. You can also find must-have travel products in our CNBC, Trip Advisor, and locally themed travel-essential stores.We have losses that include outright theft from registers, failing to record sales, taking merchandise, fraudulent refunds, moving items across multiple checks, bartering in exchange for goods, or giving away items or meals, as well as shoplifting. Customers and airport workers have stolen from us. Granted, it isn’t to the degree that you see street side, but it does happen.We experience credit card fraud, primarily in our retail division. We have had organized retail crime groups buy cheap airline tickets with the sole purpose of defrauding us. Some will simply go through security with their boarding passes, make a number of fraudulent purchases, and exit, never stepping foot on a plane. Others will make multiple stops across the country and make purchases along the way.One of our core roles is the identification and resolution of internal theft. Our ability to prosecute is based on knowing the jurisdictional guidelines of all the airports we support. In most cases, local law enforcement patrols the concourses. We build relationships with law enforcement as part of our routine. While they vary from state to state and province to province, we must know each jurisdiction’s requirements. Our ability to leverage the criminal justice system is dependent on the relationships we build with law enforcement. We established a process in the last four or five years where we will meet with local law enforcement prior to interviewing a dishonest associate. This may seem counterintuitive to contact them before you interview, but we recognized that officers are fluent in the law but not necessarily retail or restaurant theft. By taking the time in advance of our interview to explain what is happening, when it’s happening, and how we are handling it internally, it makes the after-interview process much quicker and more successful. It has been well received by our law enforcement partners in the airport.We experience operational loss such as short shipping, receiving mistakes, and so forth. Stock shortage, because of operational inefficiencies, is a part of any retail landscape including an airport environment. We are challenged with training gaps, employee turnover, and typical receiving mistakes that hamper any retail operation. We have established a corporate committee specifically designed to look at operational loss related to process gaps. This has been a significant cross-functional effort that has yielded favorable results and systemic improvements. We are constantly focused on training and use audits to help gauge compliance.Some Things Always ChangeTo help explain our specific challenges, I think it is important to provide a landscape of operating in an airport. As concessionaires, Paradies Lagardère has two customers. We have the customer who comes into our store or restaurant and pays for merchandise or services rendered. We also have a second customer, which is the airport governing body that decides which concessionaires get to do business at a specific location. Both of those customers are equally important to our success. So much so that our mission statement is “to maintain first-class standards that exceed the expectations of the customers and business partners we serve.”Street retailers often purchase the store site or negotiate a lease for a space. In the airport concessions environment, we are unable to make site purchases. Our business is dependent on a multiyear store lease based on winning a contract through a request for proposal. At the conclusion of the lease, other airport concessionaires may bid on new lease options proposed by the airport governing body. Paradies Lagardère’s retail and restaurant models are always in a state of renewal, and I need to make sure the loss prevention and safety strategies are meeting the needs of this changing environment.No two airports are the same, and no two restaurant or store layouts are the same either. We fit our stores into the space provided by the airport. Because each restaurant or store has a different layout, we have to adjust to each space. We must customize our camera design and integration, which requires an additional labor investment for each store opening.We allow a high degree of functionality on our registers for our associates. Our customers are looking for speed of service. They are typically waiting to catch a flight and can’t be held up waiting on a supervisor to approve the transaction of an associate. This allows opportunity for our associates to conduct fraudulent activity in our stores.Big Airports, Big ChallengesOur stores and restaurants are open 365 days a year. In our largest operations, we have over forty stores and restaurants. These facilities are spread out to presecurity and postsecurity and could be spread over several concourses or terminals. The concourses and terminals, at times, are not physically connected to each other. The opening and closing times of our operations vary within in each airport. This can change if we experience airline delays. We are there to provide service to the traveling public, so our hours of operation remain fluid to allow for these changes. All of these factors can make communication with our team members a challenge. Communication has to be filtered through others. It can be difficult to ensure that the original message gets to everyone in the same context. Because of this, we have to be strategic about our messages to the team.In larger airports, most of our inventory is stored at an off-site warehouse anywhere from five to twenty minutes from the airport. We can’t secure our inventory by locking or sealing the transport truck because the truck must be inspected before it can enter airport space. We have had instances of those trucks making unscheduled stops along their route to the airport to offload product to a waiting vehicle. Once the product arrives at the airport, it can go directly to a store or be placed in on-site stockrooms throughout the airport. In street retail, it is typically contained within four walls. In our environment, it can be spread between an off-site facility, on-site stockrooms, and multiple stores of an airport. This product is moved around between concourses and stores, depending on where it is needed, and we can lose visibility to where that product goes. On the street side, unpaid-for product has no reason to leave the four walls. In our environment, it will leave one lease line and be moved to another lease line with potentially a lot of space between the two.Giving Credit Where Credit is DueEvery great leader hasgreat support. The leaderswho report to me include:■■ Lilly Noyan-Paddyfoote,safety and loss controlmanager, who hasresponsibility for safety andclaims management (worker’scompensation, generalliability, auto, property) forthe organization.■■ Billy Childers, lossprevention and safetyoperations manager, whohas responsibility for lossprevention/safety centralizedprograms and services,CCTV, and retail supply chain.■■ Annette Barry, regional lossprevention/safety managerof dining, who has alignmentwith the western half of thedining division.■■ Doug Martinez, regionalloss prevention/safetymanager of retail, who hasalignment with the westernhalf of the retail division.Doug is supported bymarket managers Eric Tullisin the Texas and Southwestregions, Diane Valdezin the California region,and Rick Wittman in theMountain Plains and WesternCanada regions.■■ Bret Graddy, regional lossprevention/safety manager ofretail, who has alignment withthe eastern half of the retaildivision. Bret is supportedby market managers MarcosLozano in the Southeastand Florida regions, SteveMathieu in the Great Lakesand Eastern Canadaregions, and Martin Davisin the Northeast and OhioValley regions.The Secret to Having No SecretsOur approach to loss prevention in our retail and dining divisions is transparency. We openly discuss internal theft. We list in our internal employee communication the different ways employees can steal. We do this for multiple reasons. Our thought is that dishonest employees already have that knowledge of how to steal, but our largely honest population may not recognize what they are seeing when another associate commits an act of theft. By providing this information to our associates, we now have 10,000 people understanding how theft in the workplace occurs. When they observe it, they will know how to respond. This also shows the dishonest associate that we’ve seen it before. It’s not new. We want them to know they aren’t the first and won’t be the last. Finally, it shows a level of trust with our employees. The team recognizes we are equipping all of our associates with understanding on how to steal. But when you show trust in your employees, amazing things can happen. They feel empowered and more connected to the organization. This fits with Paradies Lagardère’s core values of TRIFIC: trust, respect, integrity, first class, innovation, and commitment.To go along with our transparency approach and emphasize the company stance on theft, Paradies Lagardère made the conscious decision to prosecute those who defraud the company. That decision is known throughout the organization. The financial dividends obtained through our shrink results reinforce this was the right decision. Since making this change five years ago, we have seen a steady decline in our shrink number. With each successive year, we have broken the record set in the previous year for lowest shrink number in company history.Another important point in how we achieve success is our relationships with our business partners. The entire team recognizes the role we play as a support function. The team develops strong relationships with their operations partners, HR partners, and LP/safety team members and works regularly in cross-functional committees to strengthen and create new and existing relationships.Tapping into the Hub of KnowledgeSince the restaurant industry is so much different than retail, I find it essential to surround myself with experienced restaurant-specific professionals that I can connect with through the Restaurant Loss Prevention and Security Association (RLPSA).Networking with like-minded professionals is the key to any loss prevention leader’s success. Attending the RLPSA’s annual conference has provided me with not only an unprecedented networking ability but also education and insight from other restaurant loss prevention programs facing similar challenges. To me, that is invaluable. 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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Microsoft reports $23.5 billion in revenue but misses Wall Street expectations

first_img HomeDigital MarketingMicrosoft reports $23.5 billion in revenue but misses Wall Street expectations Microsoft announced quarterly earnings Thursday afternoon, with earnings that beat expectations, while revenues just missed Wall Street consensus estimates.The company reported $23.5 billion in revenue and earnings of $0.73 per share. Financial analysts had expected $23.6 billion in revenue and earnings of $0.70. Shares were down roughly 1.5 percent in after-hours trading.Here are the company’s three business segments and their respective revenues:Productivity & Business Processes — $7.96 billion (up, driven by LinkedIn and Office 365)Intelligent Cloud — $6.76 billion (up)More Personal Computing — $8.84 billion (down)LinkedIn contributed $975 million in revenue to Productivity & Business Processes.More Personal Computing was the source of the revenues miss and was down 7 percent overall. In particular, Surface revenue was off a surprising 26 percent. However, Windows OEM revenue grew 5 percent. Search ad revenue was up 8 percent. More detail, including the earnings slides, available here.From our sponsors: Microsoft reports $23.5 billion in revenue but misses Wall Street expectations Related postsLytics now integrates with Google Marketing Platform to enable customer data-informed campaigns14th December 2019The California Consumer Privacy Act goes live in a few short weeks — Are you ready?14th December 2019ML 2019121313th December 2019Global email benchmark report finds email isn’t dead – it’s essential13th December 20192019 benchmark report: brand vs. non-brand traffic in Google Shopping12th December 2019Keep your LinkedIn advertising strategy focused in 202012th December 2019 Posted on 28th April 2017Digital Marketing FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+share Microsoft reports $23.5 billion in revenue but misses Wall Street expectationsYou are here:last_img read more

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All Change for Windows Server Users

first_imgIntel at CeBIT – Windows Server 2003: End of SupportThe end of life of Windows Server 2003 presents security and software issues for enterprises that stay on the platform. But there are opportunities for those who adopt the latest hardware and software platforms, including green IT and greater processing power. This video was original published on http://www.computerworlduk.com/sponsored-article/it-business/3608608/intel-at-cebit–windows-server-2003-end-of-support/last_img

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A SET OF SIX – VOLUME TWELVE

first_imgTouch Football Australia brings you this rapid fire “Set of Six” news ‘plays’ from around the Country. TFA’s National Media Coordinator Karley Banks brings you up to date every week with a selection of six ‘plays’ on the latest news, views, and events nationally.Welcome to Touch Football Australia’s a Set of Six – Volume Twelve.SOUTH AUSTRALIA (SA)                                                                              Play: # 1   Fields to be regeneratedTouch Football South Australia has decided to ‘rest’ their fields at their City Touch venue for scheduled Winter fixtures on Wednesday 25 July, Thursday 26 July, and Thursday 2 August 2007.The home fields of Touch Football in South Australia have been overworked in recent times and with better weather forecast Touch Football South Australia officials were happy to allow the playing surface an opportunity to regenerate before the season recommences in earnest in coming weeks. Other news:Touch Football South Australia are hosting a Coaching Forum featuring some of Australia’s leading coaches on Saturday 18 August at Coopers Alehouse, 316 Pulteney Street Adelaide. If you would like to register for the Forum, please contact the Touch Football South Australia Office on 08 03067500.The Touch Football South Australia website: www.touchsa.com.auQUEENSLAND (QLD)Play # 2GDO WorkshopQueensland Touch are conducting a Game Development Officer Workshop for their Game Development staff on Thursday 26 and Friday 27 July 2007 to update and up skill staff on the latest initiatives and innovations in key areas of development in the sport.Interest areas to be covered in the two-day Workshop include AusTouch, Sporting Pulse, Technical arms initiatives including the new Community Coach Program, Media relationships, the ASET Program and implementation, and the new “True Sport” program from the Queensland Department of Sport & Recreation.Guest presenters, including Queensland Sport and Recreation Senior Development Officer Emma Spranklin, and TFA Chief Executive Officer, Colm Maguire, will be on hand to conduct segments of the Workshop.Other events:Round seven of the SEQTL continues at the Brisbane Metropolitan Touch Association’s Whites Hill complex on Friday 27 July 2007. First games commence at 6.30pm.The Queensland Touch Web-site: www.qldtouch.com.auNEW SOUTH WALES (NSW) Play # 3Huge Week for New South Wales Touch It was a busy week for the NSWTA celebrating their 35th anniversary with the opening round of the 32nd Vawdon Cup on Friday night, hosting the annual State Conference for over 147 affiliated members, and staging their annual NSWTA Blues Awards dinner to recognize the efforts of their affiliates and members over the last twelve months.Olympic, Commonwealth, and World Championships Medallist swimmer Elka Graham was the special guest at the Blues dinner, with the founding fathers of the New South Wales Touch Association Bob Dyke and Ray Vawdon also among the 235 strong crowd who attended the gala.Major highlights of the evening included Mark Bolland’s induction as a Life member of the NSWTA, the announcement of 13 Inaugural NSWTA Hall of Fame members, 14 Volunteers from all over the State being recognized with Blues Awards for their contribution to the sport, and a special presentation to outgoing Southern Suns supremo Rod Wise.Blues award winners included: Parkes as the Affiliate of the Year, Southern Suns as the Region of the Year, Annette Thomas-Schumaker and John Ryan as Administrators of the Year, and Luke Mc Kenzie as the Inaugural recipient of the Rod Wise Medal for Volunteer of the Year.On field plaudits went to Wade Jenkins for Coach of the Year, Dave Baggio for Referee of the Year, Nicole Beck (Female) and Maurice Kennedy (Male) for Junior Player of the Year, and Jason Stanton (Male) and Louise Winchester (Female) for Player of the Year. Full details of the Blues Awards and the NSW State Conference can be accessed by going to the NSWTA web site.Other Events:Round two of the Vawdon Cup this Friday night 27 July 2007.The New South Wales Touch Association web-site: www.nswtouch.com.auWESTERN AUSTRALIA (WA)Play # 4TouchWest held their final National 18’s Selection Camp at Northern Districts Touch Association last weekend in trying conditions.Rain and blustering wind greeted the participants for the majority of the weekend. Despite the inclement weather, players were extremely enthusiastic in what was the last opportunity to impress coaches, Toby Hohapata (Boys) and Shelley Matcham (Girls). During the camp, players were put through skills and drills but also had sessions on fitness, nutrition, recovery, and player pathways.Attending the camp were also individuals from the North West of Western Australia, some who traveled over 2,000km to Perth. The teams will be selected in the coming days and it is exciting that two teams from WA will be attending in 2007 after a year off in 2006.Other events:Southern Districts is now looking for individuals to trial for our Men’s Women’s and Mixed Open teams as well as looking for individuals to take on Coaching and Managing roles for the Super League series. Details are available from www.southerntouch.org.auBroome launches Austouch this Thursday with its registration day. Around 15 leaders will be in attendance for the expected 200 participants. Game Development Officer, Angela Doyle, will be in attendance to assist with the launch and continue to promote the game in the North West.The TouchWest website: www.touchwest.com.auVICTORIA (VIC)Play # 5VT League on the HorizonTouch Football Victoria (TFV) is looking for new teams to compete in their newly created elite Touch Football competition, the VT League, which will begin on Saturday 20 October 2007. Acting as link between grassroots and the representative level, the VT League will involve the state’s elite players competing at a variety of venues across Melbourne.Any player or team can apply to participate, with the VT League to be made up of six Permit teams.Permits must be able to field both a male and female side in the competition.Each side will be managed by qualified coaches and managers ensuring it will be an exciting and high-quality competition.Touch Football Victoria hopes that the VT League will help raise the profile of touch football within the state and encourage new players to participate in the sport.The VT league is part of the TFV push to set up new teams and affiliates across the state in order to increase and expand their competitions.The competition will run over weekends with finals taking place on December 1 2007, and the winner to receive the VT League Champions trophy. Other events:Ground Coordinators are required for Victorian Touch Football competitions at various locations around Melbourne.  If you require further details please contact David Brady at david.brady@victouch.com.au or call 030 9206 6755.The Touch Football Victoria website: www.victouch.com.auNORTHERN TERRITORY (NT)Play # 6Talented Territorians lining up for Schools ExchangeTalented Darwin athlete Jordan Ahsam will be one of many youngsters competing in the Northern Territory (NT) Secondary and Primary School Sports Touch Football Championships and Exchange in Darwin from 27 – 31 August 2007.Fifteen-year-old Jordan is a current Australian Youth Squad member, whose natural sporting ability has seen her become the first female to represent the Territory in a Boy’s Rugby League team, represent NT in basketball, and be one of the youngest players to play at the National Touch League in the Women’s Open division.After four years representing at Primary and 15 Years Secondary level for Touch Football, this will be Jordan’s final year before moving into the Open selection arena.Another talented Territorian up for selection is 14-year-old Jaylene Bonson, who is also an NT basketball representative.Jaylene recently showcased her Touch Football skills in the Barbarian Competition, playing for the NT Opens Women’s side against Western Australia for a place in the Barbarians Team for the 2008 National Touch League.Promising Alice Springs teenager, 14-year-old Quinton Pomare-Anderson, who is a current U18 NT Squad member, will also be setting a high standard for this year’s competition.The trio of talented teens was among twenty players invited to attend a recent elite touch training camp held in Darwin conducted by Australian Youth Coaches and Elite World Cup players.The NT School Touch Championships will be hosted by Darwin’s Northern Suburbs cluster with teams entering from all over the Territory including Alice Springs, Gove, and first time attendee’s, Maningrida Primary School boys. The championships are the selection event for the NT Schools Touch Representative Teams to compete at the National Schools Touch Championships to be held in Melbourne from 21 – 26 October this year.Other news:Nominations close this Friday 27 July 2007 for Season 2 of the Darwin Touch Association Competition. Nomination forms are available by visiting the Darwin web site at: www.darwintouch.com.auThe Nortern Territory website: www.touchnt.com.auThat’s it for this week’s edition of “A Set of Six”.Be sure to visit each State’s web-site for more information on all the latest news and information from around the nation.last_img read more

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6 days agoLiverpool defender Virgil van Dijk: I don’t need to rest

first_imgLiverpool defender Virgil van Dijk: I don’t need to restby Paul Vegas6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool defender Virgil van Dijk insists he doesn’t need to rest.He has started in 60 of the 61 Premier League games he has played in for Liverpool and it reflects in Van Dijk’s determined attitude.”I want to be involved in every game,” he said. “They’re the most fun part of being a football player anyway, to go out there and show your talents to the world, try to win a game with a team you train with day in, day out.”It’s not easy, you need to look after yourself and with the life we live, it’s very important to leave a lot of things. For example, we play four games in the next 11 days, you’re travelling and staying in hotels and you need to watch what you eat, drink and make sure you recover well.”I’m not complaining, not at all, but you need to look after yourself because at the end of the day, the people are coming to the stadium to watch you play and it doesn’t matter if you had a cold the day before, they want you to turn up on matchday.”That’s why it’s very important to look after yourself and a big part of that is staying fit. Luckily, so far, I’ve been doing that pretty well and hopefully I can keep doing it.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Members of the House Pay Tribute to Ambassador Mullings

first_img “He left us a legacy that we must take seriously if we want to build that Jamaica we desire,” Members of the House of Representatives, on Tuesday, October 15 paid glowing tributes to the late former Deputy Prime Minister, Mr. Seymour Mullings, describing him as a patriot and selfless. In her contribution, Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, said Mr. Mullings was faithful in promoting the well-being of his constituents. Members of the House of Representatives, on Tuesday, October 15 paid glowing tributes to the late former Deputy Prime Minister, Cabinet Minister, and Ambassador to Washington, Mr. Seymour Mullings, describing him as a patriot and selfless, who was dedicated to the advancement of his constituents, and the country as a whole.In her contribution, Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, said Mr. Mullings was faithful in promoting the well-being of his constituents and understood the importance of representation.She stressed that he was a “genuine people person,” who could relate to individuals at all levels of the society. The Prime Minister noted that the former South East St. Ann Member of Parliament was a fair and astute leader, whose meekness and selflessness were appropriately balanced with his dedication to the upliftment of all Jamaicans.Mrs. Simpson Miller said Mr. Mullings struck a fine balance between representation and his Cabinet role, pointing out that his fairness was “of exceptionally high quality,” and that he was not blinded by political favouritism.“He left us a legacy that we must take seriously if we want to build that Jamaica we desire,”  the Prime Minister emphasized.Meanwhile, Opposition Leader, Mr. Andrew Holness, said Mr. Mullings was a man of great integrity, who was warm and welcoming. “I found him to be very personable, and he was also a mentor…he was a role model for politicians, he was the epitome of civility, a true son of Jamaica.”In his remarks, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Roger Clarke, said Mr. Mullings was “endowed with humility, patience and endurance. He could aptly be described as a man who walked with kings, but never lost the common touch.”Meanwhile, Member of Parliament for North Central St. Andrew, Mr. Karl Samuda, said Mr. Mullings was one of the finest political figures, and “one of the finest men this country has ever produced…a great and quiet strategist he was.”Member of Parliament for North East Manchester, Audley Shaw, said Mr. Mullings had set a good example for all Parliamentarians to follow.Finance and Planning Minister,  Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips, said there was perhaps no other Jamaican politician  who had, unstintingly, given so much of himself to the country, and described the former Deputy Prime Minister as a patriot and servant of the people.Both sides also recounted Mr. Mullings’ swift wit, kindness and lightheartedness, and offered condolences to his widow, Lilieth and daughter, Rose.Ambassador Mullings died on October 9, at the age of 82. Story Highlightslast_img read more

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Ottawas Canada Science and Technology Museum reopening with new sensory exhibit

first_imgOTTAWA – The technology used in the field of medicine has grown by leaps and bounds over the past century, but when the Canada Science and Technology Museum reopens in Ottawa next month, a new exhibit in the 7,400-square-metre space will be asking visitors to imagine the future while getting back to basics: sight, sound, touch, smell and even taste.The idea for “Medical Sensations” came from a previously planned exhibit focused on medical imaging that the museum had on the books when mould and a leaky roof forced the tourist attraction to shut down three years ago, says Christina Tessier, director general of the museum.As they thought about expanding the medical imaging exhibit for the grand reopening, Tessier says they decided to go beyond sight to incorporate all the other senses physicians use to diagnose and treat patients — with the added bonus being that it’s also a great way to explore a museum.“That aspect of our five senses is very approachable and accessible for the audience for understanding medical technology and also it allows us to look fully at that whole spectrum of medical treatment and diagnosis,” says Tessier.Here’s a rundown of the sense-based approach to the new exhibit:SOUNDThe tour begins with a collection of stethoscopes, including a replica of the first one, invented in 1816. David Pantalony, curator of the new exhibit, says there is a bit of a debate over whether the iconic medical instrument is really necessary anymore. Still, he notes that for much of the world, it remains an important diagnostic device, especially in the developing world.“There’s a lot of physicians worldwide who say this is still one of the most powerful, simple, elegant ways to learn about the body,” says Pantalony.Other attractions in the sound section of the exhibit include buttons to listen to different kinds of coughs and a 1940s vinyl recording of a heartbeat, with the Glenn Miller Orchestra on the other side of the record. The exhibit also explores the more abstract aspect of sound in health care — that of listening. It includes a profile of Dr. Lisa Monkman, an Anishinaabe physician in Manitoba, who describes listening to the stories of her patients and their entire communities.“It’s not just about treating the disease, but it’s treating the patient,” Pantalony says.SIGHTThe sense of sight is as important to the medical profession now as it was centuries ago, but it is explored in different ways as the exhibit hops through time. The section includes a wall of wax models, called moulages, that medical students would have used as a three-dimensional guide to various skin conditions.“The students would … look at them like a book,” says Pantalony.Although this is the section on sight, it also includes an element of touch. One of the moulages, depicting a hand spotted with warts, has been 3D printed and mounted on the wall, so that the visually impaired can still interact with the exhibit. On the other end of the technological spectrum is an interactive app called Visible Body, a computerized atlas of human anatomy that lets the visitor zoom in and out on everything from eyeballs to the spine.TASTE AND SMELLBelieve it or not, doctors used to rely on the senses of taste and smell to help figure out what was ailing their patients — including when it comes to urine. The museum has a replica of a 16th-century urine wheel, which depicts the different colours, tastes and scents of that bodily secretion and what it would have meant to physicians back in those days. Pantalony says some of the same debates over the use of technology in medicine existed at that time, as some were concerned doctors were relying too heavily on the urine test as a diagnostic tool, rather than using their other senses at the bedside.TOUCHOne game in this section that will likely be popular with visitors involves manipulating levers to perform fine motor skills-based tasks, much like one would during surgery, using robotic arms. Another involves putting your hand through a curtain to feel a 3D-printed version of an organ. By using only the sense of touch, visitors need to figure out whether they are feeling a brain, a pair of lungs or even an entire skull.ALL TOGETHER NOWNo matter how sophisticated the medical imaging devices of today are, physicians are often required to use more than one sense to diagnose and treat their patients. This is made clear in one section of the exhibit where patients are presented with a simplified version of the simulation doll used in medical schools and given a chance to explore their senses to figure out what is wrong. They can smell the breath, look into the eyes, listen to the heartbeat, or feel a rash on the skin.“This is really the art of the practice of medicine, bringing it all together,” says Pantalony.———If you go…Ottawa’s Canada Science and Technology Museum reopens Nov. 17 at 1867 St. Laurent Blvd.Admission for adults is $17, seniors and students pay $13, a ticket for kids ages three to 17 is $11, while children two and under get in for free.There is also a discounted family pass and free admission for members, while anyone can check out the museum for free daily between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m.— Follow @smithjoanna on Twitterlast_img read more

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2019 Fort St John High on Ice Winter Festival Day 2 Schedule

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – It’s day two of the annual High on Ice Winter Festival.  There are a number of events happening on Saturday in Fort St. John to celebrate including the Mayors Carving Challenge, Horse Drawn Sleigh Rides, Dog Sled Races, Free Swimming, Soup Stock, Live Music and more.See the full event schedule below.Make sure to bundle up before heading out to the High on Ice Winter Festival.  The forecast calls for a high of minus 17 on Saturday, but the wind will make things feel more like minus 28.  Make sure to follow the City of Fort St. John Recreation Page on Facebook for details on any event changes due to weather.  For full event details visit the City’s website. SearchSearch inTimeEventLocation TimeEventLocation The weather should improve by Monday when the temperature should be minus 12.Below is the event schedule for the rest of the Family Day long weekend. High on Ice – Schedule – Saturday All DayProfessional Ice CarvingCentennial Park All DayMNP Ice Slides & BonfireCentennial Park All DayCrokicurl (park at the North Peace Arena)Greenspace – beside North Peace Arena 8 am-3 pmBackcountry Ice Fishing Derby – register on siteCharlie Lake Rotary Boat Launch 10 am & 2 pmWim Hof Method Workshop – must pre-registerImprovement Institute Truck Driving School 11 am-3 pmHorse Drawn Sleigh RidesBert Ambrose Elementary/Kin Park 11 am-3 pmFREE Bouncing Beans sessionKids Arena Fieldhouse 11 amStory WalkCentennial Park 12-2:30 pm& 3:30-6 pmPETRONAS Energy Free SkatePomeroy Sport Centre 1 -3 pmYAC: Snow Bowl-O-rama *Free for youth ages 12-18Fort Lanes Bowling Alley 2 pmHuskies Jr. B Hockey Game vs. Grand Prairie – Tickets RequiredNorth Peace Arena 4-7:30 pmFree 8 oz. Hot Chocolate – from Canadian Grind & RBCCentennial Park 4:30-7:30 pmBalloon Twisting with Wiggy’s CreationsCentennial Park Tent 4:30-7:30 pmCarnival Games & Free PopcornCentennial Park Tent 6 pmFire & Ice Closing CeremonyCentennial Park 7 pmLaugh your Ice Off – Tickets RequiredLido Theatre SearchSearch inTimeEventLocation TimeEventLocation SearchSearch inTimeEventLocation TimeEventLocationcenter_img All DayProfessional Ice CarvingCentennial Park All DayMNP Ice Slides & BonfireCentennial Park All DayCurling Bonspiel – must pre-registerFort St. John Curling Rink All DayCrokicurl (park at the North Peace Arena)Greenspace – beside North Peace Arena 9 am-4 pmMayors Carving ChallengeCentennial Park 10 am-4 pmCommunity Ice Carving Competition – must pre-registerCentennial Park 10 am-2 pmDog Sled RidesThe Horse Ranch – in Baldonnel 10 am & 2 pmWim Hof Method Workshop – must pre-registerImprovement Institute Truck Driving School 11 am-6 pmDodgeball Tournament – must pre-registerKids Arena Fieldhouse 11 am-3 pmLive MusicCentennial Park Tents 11 am-3 pmFree 8 oz. Hot Chocolate from Canadian Grind & RBCCentennial Park 11 am-3 pmHorse Drawn Sleigh RidesBert Ambrose Elementary/Kin Park 11 am-3 pmNEAT Presents: Soup Stock – remember your mug and spoon!Centennial Park Tents 12 -2 pmEngage Sport North: Mukluk Rush – Obstacle CourseCentennial Park 12 -4 pmCaltech Surveys presents: Face PaintingCentennial Park Tents 1 -3 pmBergen Financial presents: Mukluk Free SwimNorth Peace Leisure Pool 2 pmMukluk Rendezvous X Country Skiing LoppetBeatton Provincial Park 5 -7 pmEngage Sport North: Try Sledge Hockey & BroomballNorth Peace Arena 5 -9 pmPizza & Pint – with Beards Brewing (19+)Beard CompetitionCentennial Park Tents 5:30pmSunrise Rotary: Evening Under the Stars Gala – Tickets RequiredPomeroy Hotel «‹12›» All DayIce SlidesCentennial Park 10 am & 2 pmWim Hof Method Workshop – must pre-registerImprovement Institute Truck Driving School 11 am-3 pmHorse Drawn Sleigh RidesBert Ambrose Elementary/Kin Park 1-3 pmProm Fashion ShowTotem Mall High on Ice – Schedule – Monday High on Ice – Schedule – Sundaylast_img read more

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Priyanka is 4th Gandhi clan seeking Mahakal blessings before final polls

first_imgNew Delhi: As the campaigning for the Lok Sabha election has reached in its last spell, Congress general secretary Priyanka Vadra Gandhi sought the blessing of Mahakal (Lord Shiva) at Mahakaleshwar Temple in Ujjain to secure the victory of his party candidates at most of the remaining seats.The Congress general secretary offered her prayers at the Shiva temple along with Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath. As per Nath, Priyanka Gandhi offered pooja archana and sought the blessings of Baba Mahakal for happiness and prosperity of the region. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghThe tradition of paying obeisance to Mahakal (the supreme form of Lord Shiva) is not new for the leaders of the Gandhi family. Earlier Indira Gandhi, the grandmother of Priyanka had visited the Mahakaleshwar Temple in December 1979 and came to power with an absolute majority by winning 353 seats in the Lok Sabha elections of 1980. Following the footsteps of her mother-in-law, Sonia Gandhi had also visited the Mahakaleshwar Temple in December in 2008 and won the Lok Sabha elections in 2009 and secured 206 seats. However, the Congress failed to win the Madhya Pradesh assembly poll which was held in 2008. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadHoping a similar miracle, Congress president Rahul Gandhi had also visited the prominent Shiva temple in October 2018, just a few months ahead of the announcement of dates for the national elections of 2019. Priyanka is the fourth member of the Gandhi clan who sought the blessings of Lord Shiva prior to the polling for the last of the seven-phased general election. The last phase of polling is scheduled on May 19 and counting of votes will be done on May 23.last_img read more

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