Women’s Soccer Rallies Past UMKC, 2-1

first_img“Tonight was our final preparation prior to our conference season,” said head coach Lindsey Horner. “I’m pleased with how we rebounded from our last game and that we continue to have different players contribute. As a team we are still evolving and while tonight wasn’t always pretty we got better in the second half and started to attack the box. We earned some free kicks and corner kicks and started to put their back line under pressure. We are looking forward to opening our league season at home on Sunday.” Box Score KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Sophomore Alyssa Brand (Skokie, Ill.) scored in the 86th minute to rally the Drake University women’s soccer team past the UMKC Kangaroos, 2-1, Wednesday, Sept. 21 night at Durwood Stadium on the campus of UMKC. Drake opens MVC play at the Cownie Soccer Complex on Sept. 21 against Evansville with first kick scheduled for 1 p.m. Print Friendly Version In the 80th minute (80:39), junior Kasey Hurt (Ankeny, Iowa) scored the equalizer off a free kick as the left-footer was able to bend her shot in from the right side into the near side of the net. It is the first goal of the season for Hurt, who leads the Bulldogs in assists with four. UMKC scored in the 65th minute (65:30) as Abby Small played a cross and put in the right side of the net past Drake goalkeeper Brooke Dennis (Wauconda, Ill.).center_img Junior Haley Morris (Clive, Iowa) played in the net in the first half for the Bulldogs and finished with five saves, including a trio of great saves on early shots by the Kangaroos. Dennis played the second half and finished with two saves. The midweek non-conference match allowed Horner to rest several starters and regulars in anticipation of MVC play starting Sunday for the Bulldogs, while also allowing several players to play more minutes. Brand delivered for Drake (8-1-1) in the 86th minute (86:25) with her third game winning goal of the season. Brand played a cross from freshman Annie Schmitz (St. Louis, Mo.) and headed the ball into the net between the legs of UMKC (2-6-2) goalie, Anna Lillig. Brand has a team-leading four goals this season.last_img read more

US business delegation visits North West to forge trade links

first_imgRepresentatives from Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development visited the North West region this week to forge links with local companies ahead of a trade visit to the US, scheduled to take place in November.Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council, Cllr Nicholas Crossan believes that this cross-border regional approach is reaping dividends for the North West City Region.He said: “They were very keen to further explore the existing trade and export relationships that exist with companies from the North West region and Philadelphia, as well as the wider State of Pennsylvania. The visit was hugely important and very timely in that it came just weeks ahead of a planned delegation from Derry, Strabane and Donegal that is set to travel to Boston and Philadelphia in November with a number of businesses and partners.” Welcoming representatives from Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development to the North West region ahead of a trade visit to the US in November are from left Kevin O’Connor, Derry City & Strabane District Council, Michael Tunney, Donegal County Council, Ros Young, Derry City & Strabane District Council, Joseph Burke, Department of Community & Economic Development, Pennsylvania, Dennis Davin, Department of Community & Economic Development, Pennsylvania, Stephen Gillespie, Derry & Strabane District Council, Eve Anne McCarron, Donegal County Council and Cllr Paul Canning, Donegal County Council.The Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council Cllr Michaela Boyle welcoming the delegation to the City North West region said she was delighted to host this high-level grouping and to be given an opportunity to showcase our city and region for investment and collaborative working on a range of sectors including business, tourism and education.She said: “It was a real privilege to host the delegation and to hear from them directly about their interest in our city and district and the wider North West city region. They were very impressed with our offering and how well placed we are in terms of offering cost-competitive business opportunities in a cross border location along with high-level digital connectivity with a skilled talented workforce pool.During the trip, the delegation attended a number of site visits and meetings across the North West region including a site visit to Ulster University, LYIT and CoLab looking at the opportunities for partnership and relationship development between the university and education and business centres in the US.The delegation also travelled to Burt in Donegal to meet with businesses interested in opportunities in Pennsylvania and Philadelphia and international investors. Welcoming representatives from Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development to the North West region ahead of a trade visit to the US in November are seated from left the Mayor of Derry & Strabane District Council, Cllr Michaela Boyle, Dennis Davin, Department of Community & Economic Development, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and Cllr Paul Canning, Donegal County Council. Back, from left are Michael Tunney, Donegal County Council, Ros Young, Derry City & Strabane District Council, Joseph Burke, Department of Community & Economic Development Pennsylvannia, Eve Anne McCarron, Donegal County Council, and Kevin O’Connor, Derry City & Strabane District Council.Seamus Neely, Donegal County Council Chief Executive, speaking in advance of the trade delegation travelling to the US in November said there would be a very strong emphasis on promoting the region’s strategic cross border location to the US market.“We will be actively promoting the fact that Donegal and Derry/Strabane is in a very unique geographical location post-Brexit with a cross border gateway to both the UK and EU marketplace and working to build on the already positive engagement we have with Massachusetts. We will also be showcasing our talent, skills and entrepreneurship along with our strong ICT strengths, well-established ecosystem and quality of life.”He also highlighted the importance of the collaborative approach to engaging with the US.“By working together with our partners in the education and business sectors we are successfully making connections, developing relationships and building trust and making a real and positive impact in strengthening cross border networks.”John Kelpie, Chief Executive with Derry City and Strabane District Council said the work being done collaboratively by Derry City and Strabane District Council and Donegal County Council and its partners to promote the City Region for investment was beginning to show real and positive signs. He said: “We are really seeing the benefits of this joined up and positive approach to establish strong economic development links and initiatives between the US and the North West region. Our relationship is very strong and there is a real eagerness to develop our relationship further. This collaborative approach for the development of the region’s civic, business and educational prospects is really positive and gaining momentum. The visit by this delegation puts us in a really positive position ahead of our trade mission planned for November,” he added.The North West City region trade delegation will visit the US from November visiting both Philadelphia and Boston. It will build on the work done over the past number of years to build strong political, economic and cultural links and to reach out to the diaspora. Key to the visit is the inclusion of the local companies to promote the region as an attractive investment proposition and to develop new market and network opportunities.The trade mission will be led by the Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council and the Mayor of Derry City and Strabane and Donegal and include Council officials with businesses from both Council areas and organised in conjunction with and supported by the Executive Office and the Irish Government. The aim of the visit is to build on the strong political, economic and cultural linkages already established in both cities with the North West City region.This visit is part of the ongoing positive work being done by the two Councils to establish strong economic development links and initiatives in the US. It will build on the work done over the last number of years in promoting the North West region as an attractive investment proposition and on developing new market and network opportunities for businesses from Donegal, Derry and Strabane areas. US business delegation visits North West to forge trade links was last modified: September 23rd, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

South African heritage gets online home

first_img3 December 2012South Africans are now able to air their views online regarding the protection of their cultural heritage through the South African Heritage Resources Agency’s (SAHRA’s) web-based database portal, launched last week.The South African Heritage Resource Information System is available on www.sahra.org.za/sahris.The portal is an exciting, first-of-its-kind initiative in the country, said SAHRA public relations officer, Berri Samuels.“It takes SA heritage and puts everything into one place; it is accessible by all South Africans, through visiting the website and registering,” she said.“This is an administrative tool that can be used by Heritage Resource Management and other bodies.”Samuels said the website was created in a way that will show all online users how to explore the site and guide them on how to create and submit their applications.“All records created from now on may be recorded, tracked and followed up by users,” she said, adding that the applications include permits for archaeology, sites, heritage objects, graves and wrecks.According to Samuels, decisions about permit applications are recorded and may now be tracked online.“This is great progress for accessibility, transparency, prevention of loss and delays. The public may even use the web portal as a means to submit a nomination site for declaration,” she said.‘Fully digitalised and paperless’Project manager Nick Wiltshire said with the introduction of the web portal, all permit applications are now being submitted and recorded online.“It’s fully digitalised, it’s paperless and it uses a very sophisticated GIS [Geographic Information System] platform and is the first website in the world where people can see a map with all the developments taking place across the country,” he said.“If people think that a particular proposed development in their area will result in the demolition of their heritage site, they can visit the web portal and express their objections or even leave messages of support.”The development of the plan began in January this year using the Drupal Content Management System platform in line with SAHRA’s overall adoption of free open source software.The system has been tested and used by SAHRA’s employees since May this year and it is now being rolled out to all the country’s nine provinces.The system enables the efficient and co-ordinated management of South Africa’s heritage and the maximum benefit to heritage resources by appropriate promotion and use of these resources.The agency has already trained four heritage authorities in Kwazulu-Natal, Eastern Cape, Northern Cape and Free State. In January, more training will the done in the remaining provinces.SAHRA, which is an agency of the Arts and Culture Department, is an administrative body responsible for the protection of South Africa’s cultural heritage.Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

3 Predictions for Corporate Innovation in 2019

first_imgFollow the Puck AI is Not the Holy Grail of Sales, at Least Not… Renee Johnson Never have enterprise firms had such a short shelf life. Innosight’s 2018 Corporate Longevity Forecast found that, if the current churn rate holds, fully half of S&P 500 companies will be replaced in the coming decade. Could half of the S&P 500 companies be replaced in the coming 10 years?While 80 percent of executives surveyed by Innosight said they “strongly” or “somewhat” agree that they need to transform, 55 percent of those same executives said they expect their competition to come from existing industry players rather than new competitors.Corporate leaders may be right on the first point, but they’re likely wrong on the second. One of the most significant threats to corporations is disruption from agile startups with a culture of experimentation and risk-taking. For example, Petsmart was forced to make the largest e-commerce acquisition to date in late 2017 when it was blindsided not by industry peer Petco, but by Chewy.com. Similarly, the entire ground transportation industry was turned upside down by ride-sharing companies Uber and Lyft, which have captured more than 70 percent of the U.S. business traveler market, according to a report by Certify.Petsmart and dozens of other enterprises learned the truth of corporate innovation the hard way: Companies that don’t look to the future will soon become part of the past.What’s Coming in Corporate InnovationThe news isn’t all bad for enterprise leaders, though. Three trends show corporate innovation is alive and well in 2019:Corporations will look beyond traditional R&D and toward partnerships.Over the past three decades, return on R&D spending has declined by two-thirds. As corporations see diminishing returns on internally focused innovation, they’re increasingly looking to external partners for innovation. Fortunately, one-on-one startup-corporate partnerships are no longer their only option. Although they take more effort, accelerators and semi-internal incubators are two emerging solutions. Mastercard’s Start Path program accepted 11 new startups last year, for instance, most of which were directly relevant to Mastercard’s own financial services. Others, like Google parent company Alphabet, are spinning off startups built by internal team members.The quickest, newest way to get an external perspective, however, is through corporate innovation consultants like Cie Digital. Chief operating officer Alvin Fong argues that it’s Cie’s experience with companies of multiple sizes spanning across different industries that sets it apart. “Startups and corporations come at innovation from two totally different perspectives,” explains Fong. “The best solution is often to find a partner who’s seen the subject from both sides of the fence.”Artificial intelligence will be a primary source of innovation.Although barely one-third of enterprises have adopted AI to date, according to Gartner’s 2019 CIO Survey, that’s changing rapidly. The research giant also found that the number of companies implementing one or more AI technologies has grown by 270 percent in the past four years. Chris Howard, distinguished research vice president at Gartner, suggested in a press release that corporate innovation around AI can’t wait for the right talent. “In order to stay ahead, CIOs need to be creative,” Howard explained. “If there is no AI talent available, another possibility is to invest in training programs for employees with backgrounds in statistics and data management.” What subfields of AI are the best bets for corporate innovation? Machine learning pilot programs doubled last year compared to the prior one, Deloitte data showed, and are expected to increase again by 2020. Particularly in the healthcare industry, natural language processing is a hotspot, growing to nearly $8 billion by 2022 from $667 million in 2016.Improving the customer experience will be a top priority. Even as brands invest more in technologies like AI, consumers are clamoring for more human customer experiences. A PwC report released last March showed that 75 percent of consumers want more social interaction in the future, while 64 percent think companies have lost touch with the human side of CX. What’s more, consumers say they’re willing to open their wallets for a better CX. “CMOs take note: Our research revealed that 65 percent of U.S. consumers find a positive brand experience to be more influential than great advertising,” David Clarke, PwC principle and experience consulting leader, said in a press release. “Our findings quantify the potential ROI on experience investments, upwards of 16%.”While AI has a role to play in all types of corporate innovation, many of the best CX changes brands can make are low-tech. Respondents to the PwC survey said fast and efficient service, knowledgeable and helpful employees, and convenience is their top three CX priorities. For today’s companies, corporate innovation is literally a life-or-death choice. This past decade is proof that their scale, history, and expertise aren’t enough to keep smaller peers from surpassing them. Without an eye on the customer experience, investments in AI technologies, and the right partnerships, 2019 might be a brutal year. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#agile corporations#AI#artificial intelligence#corporate innovation#Partnerships I’m a freelance writer and mother living in the Bay Area. I write about parenting, tech, gadgets, and am absolutely thrilled that my work allows me to be there raising my children. last_img read more

Congress team to assess Naga pact situation leaves Imphal

first_imgA six-member Congress team that arrived on Sunday afternoon left Imphal on Monday morning. The team is visiting a few northeastern States to study the situation arising out of the Naga agreement and other related issues. The members will visit Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh where the people have the same apprehension. The team was formed under the instruction of AICC president Sonia Gandhi.Jairam Ramesh, MP and former Minister, who led the team, said that while welcoming peace talks, the Congress would not remain silent if the agreements hurt the interests of the northeastern States. “The solution should not be at the cost of other sections of the people”, Mr. Ramesh said.Also read: Why have the Naga peace talks stumbled?Former Manipur Chief Minister Okram Ibobi said, “If the appeasement policy is for one particular community only, the Congress party shall not remain silent”.  Meanwhile, the 11 leaders of COCOMI, an apex body of five social organisations, had a protracted meeting with Chief Minister N. Biren on Sunday night. Taking to reporters, Sunil Karam, a leader of the COCOMI, said: “We had demanded a special Assembly session to discuss the agreement between the Centre and the NSCN(IM)”.The activists said that it was yet to be seen whether the Biren government translated the assurance into action.Meanwhile, huge numbers of people took out torchlight processions on Sunday night demanding that the Naga agreement should not affect the integrity and unity in Manipur. A large number of security personnel have been brought to Manipur from Tripura and other States to cope with possible mass protests in the State. A background to the Naga accordVolume 90%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard ShortcutsPlay/PauseSPACEIncrease Volume↑Decrease Volume↓Seek Forward→Seek Backward←Captions On/OffcFullscreen/Exit FullscreenfMute/UnmutemSeek %0-9Live00:0002:1702:17  center_img A background to the Naga accordlast_img read more