first_imgThe Los Angeles Clippers’ sale has been finalized.  It is hard to imagine that a professional team is worth 2 billion dollars.  This was the asking price by Donald Sterling’s wife, and it was agreed to by Steve Ballmer.  The former CEO of Microsoft had the money and was willing to pay that price to own a professional team.  Everyone in sports agrees that it was the best possible scenario for the Clippers’ fans, their city, and their players.For us ordinary folks it is hard to believe that an individual has that much money and is willing to spend it in this fashion.  However, it was reported that on the day the sale was finalized, the owners’ share of Microsoft stock raised enough that he made over 50 million on that day alone.  This, too, is hard to imagine when the average person worries about $500 – $1000 loss in the stock market decline.According to media reports, the former owner, Donald Sterling, will appeal the sale of the Clippers.  In his mind, he still thinks he owns the Clippers.  The NBA and the courts both unanimously degreed that he has been stripped of any control of the team.  Since this is the USA, this may be in court for several years if Sterling has enough money to keep hiring lawyers.last_img read more

Ricketts stars in IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Smackdown

first_imgJohn Ricketts earned $1,200 for his IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car Smackdown win Saturday at Lone Star Speedway. (Photo by Mike Petty, Mike Petty Photos)KILGORE, Texas – John Ricketts was the winner when a pair of former national champions bat­tled it out Saturday at Lone Star Speedway.Ricketts caught up with Chad Wilson 17 circuits into the 25-lap Smackdown main event for IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars, then worked lapped traffic en route to the $1,200 checkers.“With the people in front of me, I didn’t think I had a shot at winning but we had luck on our side,” said Ricketts, who had started seventh. “It’s not every day you can pass Chad in clean air. Usu­ally when he gets up front, he’s gone.”Wilson, IMCA’s 2015 national champion, was running second when the lead car and a lapped car tan­gled and restarted at the front.Ricketts stayed in the high line to chase down Wilson and get the lead two laps later. He passed two cars on the final lap and had a half a straightaway advantage at the end.“We had a good car and we’re excited about the win,” said Ricketts, the 2013 national king. “Get­ting $1,200 was definitely a good way to start the season.”Michael Day, Gary Floyd and defending national champion and two-time Smackdown winner Marcus Thomas rounded out the top five.Feature results – 1. John Ricketts; 2. Chad Wilson; 3. Michael Day; 4. Gary Floyd; 5. Marcus Thomas; 6. Channin Yankersley; 7. Logan Payne; 8. Alan Ray Myers; 9. Chad Koch; 10. Josh Hawkins; 11. Claud Estes III; 12. Shane Gloecker; 13. Regan Hawkins; 14. Shane Thompson; 15. Rob­ert Vetter; 16. Logan Scherb; 17. Chance McCrary; 18. Boddy Middleton; 19. Tommy Hall; 20. Aus­tin Mundi; 21. Mike Scott.last_img read more

Meyer, O’Bryan, new facilities, have UW optimistic

first_imgSophomore golfer Thomas O’Bryan had the lowest stroke average on the team last year with 76.58 strokes per round. He has since lowered that average to below 75 through the early stages of this season.[/media-credit]When Michael Burcin began to consider the head coaching position for the Wisconsin men’s golf team in the spring of 2011, he knew that there was a good gig sitting in front of him.Besides the glamour and draw of coaching in an elite conference, however, the Wisconsin golf program was far from dazzling. It had been 12 years since Wisconsin last placed in the top four of the Big Ten. But the lure of his first head coaching position was charming enough for him to jump on board.“I knew the program was not where it needed to be, but that didn’t really concern me,” Burcin said.Entering his second year as the UW head coach, Burcin would be the first to say success hasn’t really been a frequently used word in the program for many years. Regardless of the past, Burcin has Wisconsin ready to improve their vocabulary and add success to the list in 2013.And he knows exactly who he’ll need to help him do so.“Thomas [O’Bryan] and Chris [Meyer], for sure,” Burcin said, lacking all doubt. He’s exactly right, too. In two completely different situations, Wisconsin’s pair of smooth strikers will be looked upon to carry the Badgers throughout the season.Meyer is one of four seniors on the team, but is the No. 1 golfer that Burcin sends out into the fairways.A transfer from Minnesota, Meyer has consistently lowered his scoring average over his years at Wisconsin to the current team-low of 74.45. He is the Wisconsin leader stroke-wise, and while he may not like to forcefully admit it, he is by far the team’s greatest leader vocally.“He’s being modest,” O’Bryan said while sitting next to Meyer, a golfer three years his elder. “I think he definitely is the guy that really pushes everyone and myself. Personally, I really think he has taught me a lot and taken me under his wing since I got here.”And that parent-like relationship has benefitted O’Bryan quite well.The youngster from Aurora, Ill., arrived at Madison like most untapped golfers might. “Skinny and tall” was the description from Burcin, before he bulked up.“Thomas has an opportunity when he’s a senior, if not this year, to be one of the better players in the Big Ten,” Burcin said.The future is rather meaningless to Meyer, though, in the middle of his last season as a Badger. He’s also in the middle of a scoring battle with O’Bryan, whose own scoring average has similarly dipped beneath 75 strokes per round.Together, the two have combined to lower their scoring averages by a total of six strokes in the last 18 months, which Burcin labeled as something that, “just doesn’t happen.”Each of them were a big part in the Badgers strong finish to their fall golf season at the Wendy’s Kiawah Classic in South Carolina as well as their solid showing just last weekend at the Big Ten Match Play event in Bradenton, Fla.Meyer didn’t lose a match in the team’s trip out east, going 1-0-2, but was outdone by his sophomore teammate as O’Bryan dominated fellow Big Ten No. 2 golfers, going undefeated on the weekend with a 3-0 mark.Wisconsin and Burcin will use those pair of events as a springboard throughout the year and disregard much of the past three seasons where Wisconsin has finished 10th, 11th, and 11th in the Big Ten.One reason Wisconsin isn’t looking very far back in program history is that they’d rather sit back and adore what is around them, right at this very moment, which is their new, state-of-the-art facilities introduced at University Ridge this past November.Waiting months for the new indoor facilities to finally be finished, Wisconsin was relocated to Vitense Golfland, a Madison driving range, as well as the basement of the Kohl Center, during the site’s construction. For some players, their locker room came straight out the trunk of their car or in Meyer’s case, his own apartment. Having lived through it all, Meyer is enjoying a final resting place during his last season.“You really can’t put it into words,” Meyer said. “I feel like every team should have a home, a place that is theirs where they can get away and work on what they need to do.”The then-proposed facilities were actually on the short list of things that caught the eye of Burcin when he was weighing his coaching options.“When it comes to facilities, we are top five in the country,” Burcin said. “There aren’t five places that have better facilities than us.“When you combine the golf course, the short game area and [the new] building, I think we are probably number three in the nation.”The facilities paint more than just a pretty picture, however. They also help craft a bunch of ready-for-art golf swings. With that in tow, the Badgers have particularized their goals for the 2013 season.Wisconsin’s goal is to place in the top five teams at each event this spring, a goal that seems rather reasonable. For UW, it’s a simplistic means to their desired end. If they can accomplish that, they’ll be right where coach Burcin wants them to be.“If you finish in the top five every week, you’re going to qualify for regionals and a lot of good things are going to happen.”last_img read more

Thursday race card in Clonmel is postponed

first_imgTomorrows race meeting in Clonmel has been postponed due to the weather.It will be rescheduled for next week.last_img

Guyana’s Government Announces New Measures to Deal with Oil and Gas…

first_img– CMC He said the sugar industry has virtually been abandoned in the past five years, and the workers have been deserted. “Our intention is to open up every part of our country and to join them up so that new opportunities are created for housing settlements and businesses, and create and expand tourism and other services industries. “Our goal is to facilitate jobs for every Guyanese that wants to work, and to provide them with the skills they need. That is why we will invest in training and re-training our workforce so that they can stake their claim in our nation’s prosperity. “On this point, the workers of this countrY—the bedrock of our nation—have been made to suffer untold hardship. Once proud men who worked in the sugar industry from sun-up to sun down, are today barely scratching a living. Their anguish is not only that they can’t earn a decent wage; it is that they cannot feed their families.” Ali told the ceremony there must be no doubt in the minds of the population that they are the beneficiaries of the oil and gas industry. He said high transportation cost would also be tackled through investments in a deep-water harbor, the Linden to Lethem Road, a high-span bridge across the Demerara River, and other transformational infrastructure projects. “More importantly, we will ensure that every cent of the revenues from the sector is accounted for, as well as every cent of it that is spent,” President Dr. Irfaan Ali said at his Inauguration ceremony as Guyana’s ninth Executive President. “We want to build a Guyana that is ripe with business opportunities, humming with employment expansion and growing perennially in prosperity. To aid all this, we will scale up the provision of internet access across the country, empowering businesses and persons.” Ali said that a vital part will be to train the population to take advantage of the opportunities and the framework. The Guyana government says it will establish a Petroleum Commission to ensure the oil and gas sector is not subjected to undue political interference. “We intend to raise up the industry and to help it, and its workers resume the once proud place in our economy. It is bad enough that I must draw your attention to the sore in the sugar industry that has been allowed to fester— neglected and forsaken.” President Irfaan Ali receives instruments of appointment as Guyana’s ninth executive president from Chancellor of the Judiciary (ag) Yonette Cummings Edwards (Photo: Saajid Husani) Guyana has joined the league of petroleum-producing nations with the official start of oil production at the Liza Phase 1 Development, announced on December 20 last year. “No attempt has been made to seek a new path by which aspects of the industry could be salvaged for the production of profitable sugar-based niche products, that would maintain jobs, and by doing so maintain the dignity of labor. Ali said, to stimulate business enterprises, his administration will reduce the cost of energy by 50 percent through a mix of hydro, gas, solar, and wind, adding more than 400 megawatts of newly installed capacity over the next five years. Ali said hunger and malnutrition abound and these conditions do not reflect the Guyana in which “we were raised; this is not the Guyana we know. And, it is certainly not a Guyana we should allow to continue.”last_img read more

Former Antiguan Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer Turns Down Knighthood

first_imgCMC Spencer, the third prime minister of Antigua and Barbuda and the first political leader of the main opposition United People’s Progressive (UPP), said that he was in the process of communicating his position officially to the government. But Spencer, 71, who buried his mother on Thursday, told the Observer Media group that he would not be accepting the award. A statement issued after the weekly Cabinet meeting said that Prime Minister Gaston Browne, has commenced discussions within the Cabinet to award the “erstwhile representative from the St. John’s Rural West Constituency, Mr. Baldwin Spencer, a knighthood during the Independence Celebrations on November 1, 2020”. Spencer, who was first elected to parliament in 1989 and was re-elected during five consecutive elections thereafter or up until 2018, when he retired from elective politics, served as Prime Minister from 2004 to 2014. Former prime minister Baldwin Spencer has reportedly turned down an offer of a knighthood that would have been awarded on November 1 during this year’s independence celebrations. Information Minister Melford Nicholas told reporters that the discussions, which are taking place through the Office of the Attorney General, have already started and “once we have concluded those, the official nomination will be consideration, and hopefully it could be as soon as this year’s independence celebrations”.last_img read more

Texas, Oklahoma still plan on playing without Texas State Fair

first_imgOklahoma coach Lincoln Riley was asked on March 31 what it would be like to play Texas in the Cotton Bowl without fans this season.  “It would be very, very unique,” Riley said on the teleconference. “If that’s what it comes to for games to still be able to be played and guys to still be able to play and then for our fans to connect and be a part of it virtually, that may be where we could end it.”    Statement from @soonerad on the cancellation of the 2020 @StateFairOfTX.— Oklahoma Sooners (@OU_Athletics) July 7, 2020The Houston Chronicle reports that Texas athletic director Chris Del Conte also expects the rivalry game to be played this year.  “Though we certainly respect and understand the decision of the folks in Dallas on their cancellation of this year’s State Fair of Texas, we fully anticipate that our annual Red River Showdown with Oklahoma will be played in the Cotton Bowl and are continuing to prepare for that,” Del Conte said, according to the Chronicle.  Oklahoma and Texas are scheduled to play Oct. 10. Unfortunately, Riley’s statement might turn out to be foreshadowing. The Texas State Fair was canceled on Tuesday, and that’s traditionally the backdrop for the Red River Showdown between Oklahoma and Texas. The Sooners and Longhorns have played their rivalry game at the Cotton Bowl since 1929.  MORE: The best college football games scheduled in 2020Will that happen in 2020? Both sides remain hopeful despite the cancellation of the state fair, which traditionally runs on the weekend of the game.  Oklahoma released a statement on its Twitter page after the announcement, saying, “Our hope remains we can play the OU-Texas game at the Cotton Bowl.”  last_img read more

More HoustonArea Students Gearing Up For College With Their Squads

first_img X Listen Share 00:00 /00:47 center_img Laura Isensee/Houston Public MediaThe college-advising program EMERGE has taken new steps to support students not just to get into selective universities, but to thrive on campus.About 200 Houston-area students gathered this weekend to gear up for college and form a support network, reflecting a new effort to improve the experience for first generation college students.The idea emerged from a situation last year, when a Houston student at an elite college in the Pacific Northwest almost turned around and came back home because she felt so lonely. But then her college-advising program EMERGE connected her with two other students on campus who were from Houston and had graduated from local charter schools, YES Prep and KIPP. They bonded and helped each other get through their first year.Now, EMERGE, YES Prep and KIPP have come together to collaborate and extend this kind of support to more students, with a focus on first generation college students.“For our students who are coming from first generation, low-income backgrounds landing on a selective college campus can be very overwhelming,” said Felicia Martin, who directs college success initiatives at EMERGE.“They’re not seeing students like them, they’re not seeing students with the same background as them, so it can be very isolating pretty quickly.” Through the new collaboration, there are now more than 50 “squads” for nearly 200 Houston-area students headed to the same college or out-of-state region, including Brown, Duke and Boston universities.Since 2010, EMERGE has helped high-achieving students from under-served communities attend selective universities. National research shows that these students are often overlooked by elite colleges and miss out attending them, even though they have the grades and talent to succeed and despite the fact that generous financial packages mean the elite degree would cost them less. EMERGE now partners with several local districts, including Houston, Spring Branch and Spring to support over 1,000 students in high school and more already in college.Martin said that the new squads reflect the fact that more first generation students are getting access to higher education. But they don’t always find the support that they need when they arrive on campus. “I think the ideal outcome is that students see each other as a resource — someone to be an active listener or bounce ideas off of so they can access resources,” she said.The model follows an idea from the scholarship program from the Posse Foundation. It sends students from under-represented communities, including from Houston, to partner schools in groups or “posses,” including the University of Texas at Austin, Texas A&M and Trinity University.Cathy Horn, a professor at the University of Houston, previously told News 88.7 that that the value of that peer support shouldn’t be underestimated.“One of the important things that we know from research is that your success in college depends a lot on your sense of belonging on the campus you find yourself,” Horn said in a previous interview. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more

Deliver Software Quickly While Boosting Your IT Staffs Productivity

first_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Revenue gains from delivering features, enhancements and fixes to market faster Cost reduction due to increased quality and fewer application failures Gains from increased IT and development team productivity Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Continuous delivery allows organizations to deliver features and fixes much faster, allowing companies to respond more quickly to market demands and gain competitive advantage. A survey commissioned by Computer Associates found that companies reported almost 20 percent increase in top line revenue.Related: Developers Are in High Demand. How Do You Recruit the Best?The second measurable benefit is fewer failed applications due to increased application quality. Usually, companies calculate the cost of application failures using measurable costs associated with complete failures or chronic poor performance. A survey by Puppet Labs found that DevOps-enabled organizations experience a full 50 percent fewer application failures.Another approach is to measure the time to recover from an issue. RebelLabs found in their research that teams who have not yet implemented continuous delivery (40 percent of those surveyed) take on average 60 minutes or longer to restore service in case of an application issue, with the majority of incidents lasting at least 30 minutes. In contrast, those who were taking advantage of continuous delivery are able to restore services in well under 30 minutes on average.Companies will also save time and money with increased IT productivity. In many organizations, valuable time is eaten up due to inefficient processes, lack of visibility and reliance on repetitive manual tasks. Additional examples of time “wastage” include time spent by developers diagnosing problems and time spent by testers on manual testing.The IT Ops & DevOps Productivity Report found that IT engineers in traditional settings spend about three hours more per week to complete their normal tasks as compared to a continuous delivery-enabled organization. This ended up meaning that on average, continuous delivery and DevOps-oriented teams save about 4.9 hours per week per person completing their core tasks compared to traditional IT staff.There are a few “soft ROI” benefits associated with continuous delivery that are worth noting, including market advantages gained from more flexibility, higher customer satisfaction through faster response to user feedback, boosted competitive advantage and improved employee motivation.Ultimately, continuous delivery offers a streamlined application delivery mechanism that meets both internal business and external customer demands for innovative quality applications. During the past couple of years, we have already started to see those companies who have truly embraced a continuous delivery model achieve “market-leader” status, and I expect this dynamic to only accelerate.Related: Cloud-Based Tech Companies Are Hot IPO Candidates (Infographic) Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Innovation, agility and speed are all synonymous with market leadership. A company’s ability to rapidly deliver quality applications that support business goals, meet customer demand and drive innovation is critical to business success, and some would say to a company’s survival.Added to this is the reality that expectations for application performance and availability are rising with increased adoption of mobile devices, social media and the cloud. As applications have become a competitive focus for companies, organizations are laser-focused on how to deliver the right applications to market quickly. That’s where “continuous delivery” comes in.Continuous delivery is a collaborative, agile software delivery process that involves deploying smaller sets of features more frequently, and through an integrated and automated set of processes, bringing a new app or new version from code to production.Related: Avoid Loss in Translation. Put Developers and Creative Staffers on the Same Page.When implemented collaboratively by development and operations teams, continuous delivery not only drives agility in the software delivery approach but produces real quantitative and qualitative return on investment for organizations. Studies have shown that companies with a continuous delivery capability are able to deploy their software up to 30 times more frequently than their peers.As organizations recognize that “real ROI” is derived from investing in a more collaborative and agile software delivery process, a number of companies are addressing this market need. Companies within the DevOps/continuous delivery ecosystem include BMC, Electric Cloud, HP, Chef and Puppet Labs. Offerings from these companies streamline the process of bringing an application from development to production.So the next question is, how can my company see “real ROI” from a continuous-delivery approach? How do I actually quantify what benefits this would bring to my team?The good news is that while implementing a continuous-delivery approach requires a “skills adjustment,” it does not typically demand additional headcount or even an upfront investment. Also, keep in mind that an organization can adopt continuous-delivery best practices in stages, with each automated step delivering additional quality and efficiency-related value.Lets take a look at how a team can actually measure the potential ROI of a continuous-delivery approach. There are three distinct areas that are measurable: July 24, 2014 5 min read Register Now »last_img read more

Goways Tahiti packages come with 100 Goway Reward cash for agents

first_img Posted by Share Travelweek Group Goway’s Tahiti packages come with $100 Goway Reward cash for agents Monday, October 17, 2016 center_img Tags: Goway Travel, Tahiti TORONTO — Goway Travel has teamed up with Air Tahiti Nui and Tahiti Tourisme North America to offer new packages to the islands of Tahiti.“With Goway’s new, exclusive airfare from Los Angeles to Tahiti priced in Canadian dollars with Air Tahiti Nui, along with special hotel promotions, now is the perfect time for Canadian agents to sell one of Goway’s recommended vacations to The Islands of Tahiti,” said Goway’s Islands General Manager, Bronwyn Hodge.The Tahiti and Moorea package is “built for value”, starting at $3,098 per person. Clients can explore the Tuamotu Atolls for $4,298. Clients can also combine Tahiti, Moorea and Bora Bora for a lead-in rate of $4,698 per person.All packages include nine nights accommodation, roundtrip airfare from L.A. to Tahiti, airline taxes, all transfers and breakfast daily. Goway Travel can also include add-ons from all major Canadian gateways and provide upgrades if available, including room upgrades and day excursions.More news:  Sunwing to further boost Mazatlán service with new flights from OttawaPackages are based on set departures over the Canadian winter: Dec. 4 2016 and Jan. 15, Feb. 13 and March 20, 2017.  There are limited seats available. Travellers must book by Dec. 31, 2016.  For more information and detailed itineraries, visit Goway’s Tahiti Deal page.Goway is also offering Canadian agents $100 cash per booking on their Goway Reward card for each package booked, in addition to regular commissions. For reservations and information, visit, or call 1-800-387-8850. << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more