The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) recently announced nine finalists for the 2018 (R)Tech Asset Protection Innovation Awards. The awards showcase game-changing technologies that mitigate total retail loss and recognizes visionary companies that are developing these solutions.Finalists were identified by a group of AP technology experts and the winners, including first, second and third place, and retailers’ choice, will be announced live from the main stage at the 2018 Retail Asset Protection Conference, April 29 – May 2 in Orlando, FL.“Like asset protection executives, solution providers are looking for ways to be relevant in today’s retail environment and influence how the industry solves its most pressing problems. Innovation inspires progress,” said Lisa LaBruno, RILA’s senior vice president of retail operations. “The Innovation Awards are a chance for retailers to single out cutting-edge technology and recognize those companies spurring innovation for the benefit of the retail AP industry. We look forward to showcasing these technologies in Orlando.”- Sponsor – 2018 (R)Tech Asset Protection: Innovation Awards finalists are:ALTO Axis Communications Deep Science LiveSafe Profitect T+Ink Verkada Iovation GenetecLast year’s winners can be found here. For more information, visit the awards homepage. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox. Sign up now
Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Analysis#start marshall kirkpatrick 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts While social news site Digg is struggling these days, quieter competitor Reddit is still going strong. Co-founder Steve Huffman, who sold the site for millions to publishing company Conde Nast four years ago this month, now says he wishes he still owned the site.In an interview yesterday on the podcast Mixergy (which is highly recommended, by the way), Huffman told host Andrew Warner “I wish I still owned Reddit now”. He recognizes, though, that the economic climate between now and then may have required the umbrella of Conde Nast in order for Reddit to have thrived. It’s an interesting discussion about decisions, history and independence – for once regarding a startup that wasn’t suffocated after acquisition.From the interview:Andrew: Have you ever regretted selling when you did instead of holding on for a little bit longer?Steve: A little bit longer, no. Also, when we sold it was the fall of 2006, right before the economy totally tanked. And so, if we had held on a little longer, I think we would have had dark days ahead. If we could have seen the whole future that in four years things would recover and Reddit would be huge and traffic would be great, yeah, I wish I still owned Reddit now and owned it for the last four or five years.For everything to have gone right for us, to have the stomach to survive that economy, I mean, who knows, like Conde Nast’s umbrella helped us during that economy. We could still hire and pay market salaries when a lot of people couldn’t. So, maybe we wouldn’t have even survived. It’s hard to say.Huffman then goes on to say that life hasn’t changed a lot for him since the sale, he just has millions of dollars now and doesn’t stress out about money. For more perspective on life after the sale of a startup, see So You Sold Your Company For Millions, What Next? Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting
SADavid [email protected] WADion [email protected] VICDavid [email protected] NSWJocelyn [email protected] Touch Football Australia is excited to be one of the sports chosen to be involved in Sporting Schools, working closely with primary and secondary schools around Australia to deliver Touch Football. Touch Football Australia would like to thank the Australian Sports Commission for its support with this program.Touch Football is a sport that provides an unobstructed, continuous pathway for both boys and girls to participate equally, often on the field at the same time. At the end of 2016 Touch Football Australia had 694, 427 participants and has set itself the strategic goal of achieving 1,000,000 participants by 2020.Touch Football Australia can offer a range of Field Officer (coach) delivered or teacher delivered packages to suit all needs of your school as well other modified services that Sporting Schools funding can be used for.Please visit the Sporting Schools website for all information on Sporting Schools including:How your school can apply for fundingClosing dates for funding applicationsHow much funding your school is entitled toThe packages Touch Football Australia offersOnce you have received notification of your funding, you can access the Australian Sports Commission’s Sporting Schools Online Booking System, submit your booking request and we will make arrangements for your selected package to be delivered at your school before you know it!For more information please download the Sporting Schools Packages or contact the relevant staff member in your state. Touch Football Australia’s Sporting Schools Packages on offerWe thank you for your involvement in the Sporting Schools Program and the contribution you make to promoting and delivering Touch Football in schools!If you would like further information on the Program, please feel free to email your state based contact or browse the Frequently Asked Questions document below.Frequently Asked Questions StateNameEmail QLDRae Barkersportingschools[email protected] TASDes [email protected] NationalJolanta [email protected] NTGeorge [email protected] ACTMark [email protected] Sporting Schools and AffiliatesThe Sporting Schools Program is a fantastic opportunity for affiliates to promote their junior competitions and develop players and coaches in their area.Please click below to view the Powerpoint that outlines how affiliates can get involved in the Sporting Schools Program.Affiliates and Sporting Schools For further information, please contact Jolanta Moore on 02 6212 2800.
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal boss Emery: Sheffield Utd and Wilder have been amazingby Paul Vegas7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery has been impressed by Premier League new boys Sheffield United.The Gunners meet United on Monday.Emery said, “It really is amazing their performance with the manager and the atmosphere in Sheffield. They are playing a lot of playing who have come up from the Championship and have had good performances since the start of the season. “They’re a difficult team and they have a big motivation playing this season in the Premier League. and giving good performances. With their supporters, they are going to push us a lot but we’re ready and we’re going to prepare for the match as well as possible. “It’s a big challenge in each match and for the three points. We want to give our supporters there a good 90 minutes, and also try to win the game.”
LUTSEL K’E, N.W.T. — A deal on a vast new national park reserve in the North is being called a model for future relationships between First Nations and Canada.“This is what our ancestors meant when they entered into treaty with Canada,” said Steve Nitah, who represented Indigenous groups in talks that led to the Thaidene Nene National Park Reserve in the Northwest Territories.“We agreed to share the land, its resources, the responsibility for management, and to benefit together.” Thaidene Nene — Land of the Ancestors — protects 26,376 square kilometres of pristine waters and healthy forest in and around the east arm of Great Slave Lake. The agreement to be signed Wednesday between the federal and territorial governments and four First Nations gives Indigenous people an unprecedented role in the park’s operation.It is to be co-managed by Parks Canada and the Lutsel K’e First Nation. Neighbouring communities will have a role in developing the park plan.There will be at least eight full-time jobs to monitor and protect the land and run a visitor and operations centre in Lutsel K’e. Indigenous people will be able to hunt, fish and carry out other traditional activities as they always have.It’s the way of the future, said federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna — especially if Canada is to meet its internationally promised target of 17 per cent of its land under protection by 2020.“It was clear that the only way you could do that was in partnership with Indigenous people,” she said. “This follows along that vision.”No industrial activities will be allowed. Non-Indigenous visitors will be barred from big-game hunting, but can otherwise use the area.About 14,000 square kilometres is to be managed as a national park. Another 12,000 square kilometres will be under territorial legislation with similar protection as the federal area.Campgrounds and other infrastructure are to be developed. The park will be marketed as a tourist destination, said Nitah.Visitors will experience both boreal forest and tundra threaded with lakes, rivers and waterfalls. The lake boasts spectacular cliffs and islands and some of the deepest freshwater in North America.Wildlife in the area includes moose, muskox, wolves, bears, wolverines, caribou and many species of birds and fish.“It’s the heart of our homeland,” Nitah said. “We want to be able to ensure that future generations can depend on it for sustenance, cultural preservation and spiritual guidance.”Nitah said southern First Nations are already looking at the Thaidene Nene agreement as a model for talks with Parks Canada.The deal took more than 50 years to work out. Overlapping land claims and concerns about mineral resources made the talks complicated, McKenna said.About 8,000 square kilometres originally proposed for the park were removed because of potentially valuable deposits.Thaidene Nene brings Canada’s inventory of protected areas to just over 12 per cent, an increase of two percentage points under the Liberal government.More is coming. A $1-billion federal-private conservation fund has been overwhelmed with applications, McKenna said.“Many of those are with Indigenous people. They don’t necessarily have to be national parks.“We are committed to meeting our 17 per cent target.”Nitah’s just glad Thaidene Nene is finally on the books.“That’s where I grew up, on the land in bush camps. Summers on the tundra, fall in the boreal, following the trapping seasons.“It’s close to my heart, and close to all the people from Lutsel K’e.”— By Bob Weber in Edmonton. Follow @row1960 on Twitter The Canadian Press
The 2016 Visionary Ball, sponsored by Edie Baskin Bronson and Richard “Skip” Bronson and benefiting the UCLA Department of Neurosurgery under the direction of department chair and professor Dr. Neil A. Martin, W. Eugene Stern Chair in Neurosurgery, will honor Michael V. Lewis with the Visionary Award; Linda M. Liau, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A., with the Medical Visionary Award; Donald P. Bellisario with the Courage Award and Jon Lovitz with the Rodney Respect Award on Thursday, October 27, 2016 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, Beverly Hills.The always star-studded evening features Emmy Award-winning television personality Larry Wilmore as host and a performance by India Carney. Honorary chairs are Roma Downey and Mark Burnett; gala chairs are Edie Baskin Bronson and Susan Dolgen.The evening raises critical funds and awareness in support of the millions of patients who battle the most complex neurological disorders of this era. “We are excited to be celebrating our amazing honorees and raising funds to advance the most sophisticated neurosurgical treatments in the nation,” said Dr. Martin. “Our joint efforts will further our ability to help more patients and their family members with some of the most complicated neurological disorders.”Visionary Award honoree Michael V. Lewis is CEO and co-founder of RealD and is a globally recognized leader in visual technology. His cutting-edge advances have been used for robotic medical procedures, piloting the Mars Rover and pioneering digital 3D cinema to become the world’s largest 3D cinema platform with over 32,000 RealD equipped theaters in 72 countries. RealD is now offering its technology to consumer electronics companies around the world for use in the home and mobile device markets. Under Lewis’s leadership, RealD has twice been named by Fast Company as one of “The World’s Most Innovative Companies.” Lewis has received multiple awards, including being named among The Hollywood Reporter’s “Digital Power 50” and as one of the publication’s “Innovative Voices.” His many accolades include the Vanguard Award from the Producers Guild of America, the Special Award of Achievement for Technical Contributions to the Motion Picture Industry at ShowEast, and the YPO and Edison Innovation Foundation’s Thomas Alva Edison Innovation Award. He is a marquee donor to the Motion Picture Television Fund, serves on the City Year Los Angeles Board of Directors and is an active member of the Young Presidents’ Organization.Linda M. Liau, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A., Medical Visionary Award honoree, is vice chair of research and a professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. She also directs the UCLA Brain Tumor Program, one of the world’s leading programs for brain tumor research, diagnosis and treatment. Dr. Liau holds a B.S. and B.A. from Brown University, received her medical degree from Stanford University, and completed her residency in neurosurgery at UCLA. She also received her doctoral degree in Neuroscience at UCLA, as well as her M.B.A. from the UCLA Anderson School of Management. Dr. Liau’s clinical expertise is in intra-operative functional brain mapping and the use of intra-operative imaging for resection of brain tumors (gliomas, meningiomas and metastatic tumors). Dr. Liau and her research team have developed the first personalized brain cancer vaccine in the United States. The vaccine is made by isolating a specific immune cell in the patient and combining it with the patient’s own tumor tissue.Prolific writer, producer and director Donald P. Bellisario, Courage Award recipient, has been crafting words and stories for more than 30 years—long before he gained notoriety as the creator/producer of groundbreaking television series such as Magnum P.I., Quantum Leap, JAG and NCIS. His story began in 1961. After serving four years in the U.S. Marine Corps and graduating with a degree in journalism from Penn State, Bellisario started his writing career at Pennsylvania’s Centre Daily Times and then as a copywriter for a local advertising agency. He next moved to Dallas for a position with the famous Bloom Agency where he rose to senior VP, head of film production, creative director, and board member. In 1976, Hollywood beckoned and Bellisario became story editor of the hit series Baa Baa Black Sheep. After five episodes, he was promoted to serve as the show’s producer. He went on to become supervising producer of Battlestar Galactica, before developing his own highly successful series of television hits. Named the 2001 Producer of the Year by the Caucus for Producers, Writers and Directors, Bellisario also is the recipient of a “star” on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.Rodney Respect Award honoree Jon Lovitz is an Emmy Award-winning comedian who has enjoyed remarkable success as a television, film and stage actor. During his tenure at Saturday Night Live, Lovitz created some of the most memorable and inventive characters in the show’s history: Hannukah Harry, The Devil, Master Thespian and Tommy Flanagan of Pathological Liars Anonymous. His most prominent film credits include A League of Their Own, The Wedding Singer, Big, and The Producers: The Musical. Some of his numerous television credits include Friends, Seinfeld, Just Shoot Me and The Simpsons. He also performed at Carnegie Hall three times and has sung the National Anthem at Dodger Stadium and the U.S. Open. In 2004, he pursued his dream of doing stand-up and in 2009 opened the Jon Lovitz Comedy Club at Universal Citywalk.Previous Visionary Ball honorees include: Elon Musk; Barbara Natterson-Horowitz, M.D.; Ted Gagliano; Kate Berg; Chelsea Handler; Sidney Kimmel; Louis Ignarro; Doriana Sanchez; Bob Saget; Gerald S. Levey, M.D.; Beth and Josh Friedman; Burt Bacharach; Louie Anderson; David T. Feinberg, M.D.; Anthony N. Pritzker; Jim Carrey; Joan Hyler; Peter Morton; Tim Allen; Donald Becker, M.D.; Thomas Barrack and Jay Leno.Visionary Ball ticket packages begin at $2,500; limited individual tickets begin at $500. For more information, please call (310) 267-9447, email [email protected], or click here.
CALGARY – Alberta’s premier says her government will not be weighing in on the current battle over a new arena for the NHL Calgary Flames.The Flames indicated last week they were pulling out of arena talks with the city because negotiations have been unproductive.Mayor Naheed Nenshi has said the city is ready to negotiate in good faith.Premier Rachel Notley says any role that the provincial government may have is hypothetical and the matter has to run its course before there is any thought of involvement.Her comments echo those of Federal Sport Minister Kent Hehr, who last week said Ottawa would not get involved.Notley says she will leave it up to candidates in the municipal election to debate the issue.
WASHINGTON – Federal Reserve officials earlier this month suggested that another rate hike was on the way soon, while also noting several risks facing the economy, ranging from rising wage pressures to potential harm from the Trump administration’s trade policies.The minutes of the Fed’s May 1-2 meeting released Wednesday showed that officials were generally upbeat about the prospects for the economy and said that the next rate hike would “likely soon be appropriate.” Many economists expect that hike to happen at the next meeting in mid-June.Officials expressed optimism about prospects for growth and further employment gains this year. But they also talked about “a number of risks and uncertainties,” including fallout from the administration’s get-tough trade policies, the minutes showed.The Fed left its key policy rate unchanged at the May meeting. The Fed last raised rates in March. At that meeting, officials indicated they expected to raise rates a total of three times this year, matching the number of rate hikes in 2017.Some economists have begun to forecast that the Fed will end up raising rates a total of four times this year. These analysts believe that faster economic growth — fueled by $1.5 trillion in tax cuts approved by Congress in December — and steadily falling unemployment will put upward pressure on inflation.But other analysts viewed the minutes as striking a more balanced tone about how many rate hikes will be needed this year. They suggest that, even with a rate hike in June, the Fed may be content with only three for the entire year.“Nothing in the minutes suggests that anything other than the gradual pace of policy tightening will continue,” said Ellen Zentner, chief economist at Morgan Stanley.The Fed noted that inflation, by its preferred gauge, had in March finally hit the central bank’s goal of annual increases of 2 per cent, the minutes showed. The minutes called this a “symmetric target,” the phrase officials have been using to indicate that they would be comfortable letting inflation run above that 2 per cent level for a time, given the number of years the Fed has failed to achieve its target.The minutes noted that business contacts in a number of Fed districts were expressing “concern about the possible adverse effects of tariffs and trade restrictions.” The worries included a possible postponement of capital spending plans by companies concerned about how a trade war might affect their businesses.The Trump administration has imposed tariffs on steel and aluminum imports and has also threatened to impose tariffs on up to $150 billion in Chinese products. Beijing has threatened to retaliate with tariffs on U.S. goods, including farm products such as soybeans.President Donald Trump has sought to stake out a tougher approach on trade in an effort to achieve his goal of dramatically shrinking America’s huge trade deficits, which he has blamed for the loss of millions of U.S. factory jobs.“It was noted that the potential for higher Chinese tariffs on key agriculture products could, in the longer run, hurt U.S. competitiveness,” the minutes said.The minutes were released with the usual three-week delay. The next meeting will take place on June 12-13.
PERCENTILE RANK Weighted OBA9934 HARPERTROUT 25Justin TurnerDodgers220.127.116.11.8 On-Base Pct.10097 2Bryce HarperNationals18.104.22.168.0 4Buster PoseyGiants22.214.171.124.7 PROJECTED WAR/600 PA 2016Batting Avg.9024 2015Batting Avg.9986 8Kris BryantCubs126.96.36.199.0 15Yasiel PuigDodgers188.8.131.52.3 WAR/600 PA9973 20Starling MartePirates4.03.93.93.9 10Carlos CorreaAstros184.108.40.206.6 19Adrian BeltreRangers3.94.14.04.0 18Miguel CabreraTigers220.127.116.11.1 PLAYERTEAMZIPSSTEAMERFG DEPTHAVERAGE 1Mike TroutAngels18.104.22.168.8 24Chris DavisOrioles22.214.171.124.8 13Anthony RizzoCubs4.04.84.44.4 6Giancarlo StantonMarlins126.96.36.199.3 Who’s better, Harper or Trout? A year after posting one of the greatest single seasons in baseball history, Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper is off to an even more stupendous start this season. Through Washington’s first 14 games, Harper is hitting .327 with a .417 on-base percentage and an MLB-best .837 slugging percentage; he’s also finished more at-bats with a home run (seven) than a strikeout (six) while producing nightly feats of optimal exit velocity and launch angle, like this blast from Tuesday:Harper’s longtime rival for the mantle of “best young player in baseball” is, of course, Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels, who has consistently run circles around him. But last season, Harper finally outplayed Trout, and the Millville Meteor has flown in a lower orbit than usual to start the 2016 campaign as well. Here’s each player’s percentile ranking in the major leagues in the most important batting rate statistics, plus wins above replacement per 600 plate appearances: 5Josh DonaldsonBlue Jays5.65.05.85.5 Slugging Pct.10026 9Paul GoldschmidtDiamondbacks188.8.131.52.8 Trout’s still No. 1 … for now 14Kevin KiermaierRays184.108.40.206.3 12Jose BautistaBlue Jays220.127.116.11.4 11Nolan ArenadoRockies18.104.22.168.5 21Jason HeywardCubs3.34.64.03.9 You can probably guess what’s happening now: a variety of articles either wondering whether Harper has surpassed Trout as the game’s best player or flat-out declaring the race over. Never mind that Trout has been the best player in baseball history, for his age, through every one of his full major-league seasons — his spot atop the game is officially in jeopardy.That conclusion is still a bit premature, though. FanGraphs keeps a running set of projected statistics for the season, historically calibrated to find the most accurate balance of short- and long-term samples for making predictions. That means they can give us a pretty good proxy answer to the “who’s the best right now?” question, and all three of the rest-of-season projections at FanGraphs1ZiPS, Steamer and the aggregated projections FanGraphs uses on its depth chart pages. say Trout is still the game’s best bet among position players:2Projections are as of Wednesday afternoon. 7Andrew McCutchenPirates5.05.25.15.1 22Yadier MolinaCardinals22.214.171.124.9 Slugging Pct.10099 16Joey VottoReds126.96.36.199.3 Source: Fangraphs Weighted OBA10098 17Yasmani GrandalDodgers188.8.131.52.2 23Francisco CervelliPirates184.108.40.206.9 WAR/600 PA10099 3Manny MachadoOrioles220.127.116.11.2 All projections of April 20Source: FanGraphs On-Base Pct.9455 That probably won’t come as a surprise to most saber-friendly fans, who may as well drive around with “Small sample size!” stickers on their bumpers this early in the season. Even so, it doesn’t exactly take magical thinking to believe Harper is an exception to the rules of historical projections. At FanGraphs, Dave Cameron wrote a nice, nuanced piece Monday about how the particulars of Harper’s game evolved to get him where he was last year and how their continued development could give his newfound productivity more staying power. The upshot is that over the past year-plus, Harper has turned into a powerful pull hitter with the strength of Chris Davis and the plate discipline of Joey Votto — a terrifying combination that lends credence to the theory that his game has found another gear.I also devoted the Significant Digit segment of Wednesday’s Hot Takedown podcast to looking at how Harper’s numbers have improved this season despite a drastically reduced batting average on balls in play (BABIP), which makes you wonder how zany his numbers could be if he starts experiencing better BABIP luck. (And both of those analyses took place before Harper launched his grand slam Tuesday night.3For those curious, we tape Hot Takedown on Tuesday afternoons.)But in general, it takes a compelling reason to think any player is an exception to the trends of history, which are proven out far more often than they’re upended. Although reasonable people can find reasonable reasons to believe Harper is one of those exceptions, it’s important to remember just how high that threshold is. Otherwise, there’s a preponderance of evidence that Harper still hasn’t chased down Trout — at least not yet.
The Big Ten is considered by some to be the premier conference in college basketball this season. Four Big Ten teams are ranked in the top-14 of the Associated Press’ top-25 poll. No other conference has more than four teams ranked in the top-25. In the ultra-competitive Big Ten, the difference between winning the conference and finishing in the middle of the pack could be determined by a team’s ability to protect home court. The Ohio State men’s basketball team will have a chance to do that Tuesday when they host Iowa (13-5, 2-3 Big Ten). “You’ve got to protect home court in this league,” said junior guard Aaron Craft. “It’s very tough to win and be there at the end if you lose some home games.” Iowa travels to Columbus riding a two-game winning streak, after losing its first three Big Ten games. But even in losses, the Hawkeyes have proved to be a competitive ball club, falling by four to No. 7 Indiana and by three to No. 13 Michigan State. “They’ve been right there,” said coach Thad Matta of Iowa’s close losses. “They are playing great basketball right now. Our guys are fully aware of what we have to do and how we have to do it.” Tuesday’s game will also provide an opportunity for No. 14 OSU (13-4, 3-2 Big Ten) to find another scorer to aid Deshaun Thomas. The junior forward leads the Big Ten with 20.8 points per game, but scoring has not come easy for the other Buckeyes. In Saturday’s loss to Michigan State, Thomas scored a game-high 28 points, but no other Buckeye scored more than six. Craft said part of the problem is OSU’s lack of execution within the offense. “With the offense that we run, there are definitely multiple options and multiple places for different guys to score,” Craft said. “I think that at times we don’t look at those options, we kind of focus on one part of the play, and that’s part of the problem. We’re kind of taking parts of the play for granted. We have a lot of guys that are capable, it’s just finding some consistency.” Thomas agreed. “With the offense we’ve got, anyone can score,” Thomas said. “Our offense is for anyone to get a shot off. I have faith in my guys; there are guys on this team that can score in double-digits. We’ve just got to be patient within our offense and anybody can be that second scorer.” The Buckeyes are set to tipoff with Iowa Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center. The game will be televised on the Big Ten Network.