Click here if you’re unable to view this gallery on your mobile device. When the Raiders host the Chiefs Sunday, it will be the last time the Coliseum has an NFL game with a dirt baseball infield. The Raiders leave town after Week 2 and aren’t back until Nov. 3 against the Detroit Lions. The World Series concludes Oct. 30, so even if the Athletics were to win at home in seven games, there would be enough time to get an all grass field ready for the remainder of the Raiders’ NFL home season.W …
A group of unprivileged women in Hout Bay use tea bags as a main resource to design products to support their families. (Image: YouTube)What started out as an initiative to empower unprivileged women in Hout Bay is now a business that supports families and reaches as far as Europe.Original T-Bag Designs was born out of a desire to help some women from ImizamoYethu, an informal settlement in Hout Bay, Cape Town, earn money. It is now a registered company, the crafters are employeesof this company and the sale of their crafts pays their monthly salaries. And interestingly, those products are made out of recycled tea bags.They include gift cards, trays, coasters, bags, dolls, notebooks, and boxes. “With recycled tea bags as their canvases they are painting themselves out of poverty,” the company says of its artists.The items are sold locally as well as in Germany, where a supporter has been been ordering from the company for years. In February, the company was approached by a French designer, who asked Original T-Bag Designs to collaborate and and remake two of its products to sell in Paris.“The young French designer saw a bag that is made by one of T-Bag Designs’ staff, Gracious Dube,” says Helen White the operations manager. “She wanted to collaborate with Gracious to modify her bag and one of our products so that she could sell them in her shop, Ithemba Design Ethik in Paris.” These coasters are of the products designed by several artists who make use of tea bags as their canvas. (Image: Original T-Bag Designs)IN THE BEGINNINGJill Heyes, a former art teacher, moved from England to South Africa in 1996. Seeing the poverty in Imizamo Yethu, in the seaside suburb of Hout Bay, she decided to do something to help the underprivileged women.White says Heyes started in 2000 by teaching basic craft skills to a few women. She felt that the products she came up with were not special enough for people to want to buy them. A special friend of hers made the suggestion of using a tea bag and it was decided that this would be a canvas for the ladies to express their creativity on. The tea bags were then put on cards and stationary items.The company has been in full swing since 2003. “We grew from about seven when the company was registered in 2003 to currently having 18 staff members,” explains White, who has been working at T-Bag Designs for the past 10 years. We also have two full time managers and two part-timeoffice support staff.”Heyes wanted to make sure that Original T-Bag Designs was sustainable. White explains: “We do not need to ask for or rely upon donations as we have put profits from our sales back into the company as we have grown over the years.” Russell Chitanda, production manager, and Jill Heyes, founding member, are part of the team that ensures that the average of 3 000 tea bags are painted for a week. (Image: Original T-Bag Designs)THE WORKLOADMost of the artists paint 150 to 250 tea bags a week, depending on how the sales go, she says. “On average we would get through about 3 000 [tea bags] a week just for painting. We also use them for our Heart range. These are only painted one colour then a heart is cut out of the tea bag. This would bring the total up to about 4 000 a week,” White says.Donations of used tea bags are a continuous request. People are asked to dry the bags, remove the tea leaves and send the paper to Original T-Bag Designs, where each artist creates her own designs.For more information, go to Original T-Bag Designs.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We heard recently that there is as yet no approval or plans to sell the new soybean herbicide technologies for 2016. Some of you have been waiting for this miracle of science to bail you out of your weed resistance problems. Sale of dicamba or 2,4-D resistant soybeans will probably not happen until 2017 on a large scale. What we do have is the possibility of better management from you — the person who sets the weed control program on your farm. Many of your neighbors have found the solution to managing resistant weeds. You need to ask them for tips, all of which likely came originally from OSU’s Mark Loux.Marestail has two primary periods of emergence — from late summer into fall, and from late March through June. But we learned this year that marestail can germinate almost any time. We tend to think that spring-emerging marestail was the most problematic to manage. In years when I have seen a dry August, we tend not to have a lot of late summer and fall emergence which means we will probably have a shift to more spring emergers, or it will rain throughout October and flush all the seeds into the system as fall emerging marestail.Here’s the fall management suggestion:Start with a fall herbicide application — this is an integral part of marestail management. The primary role of the fall treatment is to remove the marestail plants that emerge in late summer and fall, so that the spring herbicide treatments do not have to control plants that have overwintered.An effective fall treatment results in a weed free seedbed in early spring, and more flexibility for the spring burndown/residual treatment timing. Marestail plants are small in the fall, and easily controlled with 2,4-D.No one I have talked with was ever sorry they spent money on fall applications.In the spring you’ll need to apply another burndown and make the application of an effective pre-emergent herbicide.Giant ragweed populations with resistance to glyphosate can occur in Ohio and appear to be increasing. Some populations have resistance or a high tolerance to both glyphosate and ALS inhibitor herbicides. Postemergence control of these populations in soybeans can be extremely difficult, and the most effective management strategy may be to plant corn. It is essential that no-till soybean fields with resistant populations receive a preplant treatment of 2,4-D ester, to ensure that that the field is weed free at the time of planting. This would be following your fall burndown application if you have marestail and the one when you apply residual herbicides.Include residual herbicides in the preplant burndown treatment (or apply these after planting where tillage is used), which involves the use of Scepter or a product containing chlorimuron or cloransulam.These herbicides will reduce the giant ragweed population and slow the growth of remaining plants to build more flexibility in the postemergence application window. None of these herbicides will control ALS-resistant giant ragweed, however.Use of Liberty in Liberty Link soybeans is still the most effective tool for management of glyphosate-resistant giant ragweed populations. OSU and Purdue research has shown that glyphosate- and ALS-resistant populations can also be managed with multiple applications of PPO inhibitors (such as Flexstar, Cobra), although this approach may lead to the development of resistance to these herbicides as well.And yes, new technology is coming, sometime, but it will still require good management and the application of a pre-emergent herbicide. Learn now and continue to implement those skills.Other updates are posted on the Weeds webpage: http://agcrops.osu.edu/specialists/weeds, particularly view the Site of Action videos under multi-media. The weed science weed team also has a blog where they post some good videos: http://u.osu.edu/osuweeds/.
Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in Once again, the “in” box on my desk is beginning to fill up with a stack of brochures describing interesting new products.I’ve selected four products to review in this latest roundup: an insert panel to improve the thermal performance of insulated concrete forms (ICFs); a new wall system for manufactured stone veneer; and two new water-resistive barriers (WRBs).A manufacturer of insulated concrete forms (ICFs), Reward Wall System of Omaha, Nebraska, is now selling polystyrene panels that can be slipped inside of ICFs to improve a wall’s R-value. This product will prove useful, since many ICFs have a relatively low R-value.Called Boost-R panels, the new foam rectangles come with notches that slide over the ICF form ties and rebar chairs. Of course, these Boost-R panels take up room that would normally be filled with concrete. So if you want to use these insulation inserts, you’ll need to order ICFs with thicker-than-usual cores. If you ordinarily use an ICF with a 6-inch-thick concrete core, and you’d like to insert 4 extra inches of foam on one side of the wall, you’ll need to order ICFs with a 10-inch core.Boost-R panels are 2 inches thick and are available in several different densities (1, 1.5, and 2 pounds per cubic foot). If you want more than 2 inches of extra insulation, it’s possible to insert two layers of 2-inch thick Boost-R panels inside the core of a thick ICF.The manufacturer claims that its 1.5 pound/cubic foot polystyrene has an R-value of R-4.17 per inch. That means that a 15-inch ICF with a 10-inch-thick core equipped with a 4-inch-thick Boost-R panel can have an R-value of R-38.Two-inch-thick Boost-R panels cost between 95¢ and $1.85 per square foot, depending on the foam density and the quantity ordered.Of course, there is a…
AI: How it’s Impacting Surveillance Data Storage Tags:#AI#app marketing#apps#developers#engagement#featured#growth#Machine Learning#top#user#User Experience#UX Brian Solis A digital analyst, anthropologist, and futurist, Solis has studied and influenced the effects of emerging technology on business, marketing, and culture. His research and his books help executives, and also everyday people, better understand the relationship between the evolution of technology and its impact on business and society and also the role we each play in it. AI Will Empower Leaders, Not Replace Them Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… China and America want the AI Prize Title: Who … Did you know that 80 percent of users churn within three months of downloading an app? That’s because most apps are marketed to the masses and not necessarily to the right customers.Oftentimes, the goal of app marketing is to reach as many consumers as possible with the hopes of recruiting en masse and converting at better-than-average ratios. But part of the challenge for marketers is that many of today’s strategies are driven by metrics that don’t link to advanced user targeting and growth.More specifically, app marketers aren’t using available data strategically to deliver productive user experiences that ultimately drive greater business profitability.Now more than ever, marketers must shift from tracking traditional vanity metrics to measuring the very things that contribute to retention and growth. More and more, successful companies are investing in customer-centric metrics such as CLV (customer lifetime value) to gain intelligent, consumer-centered insights that not only identify the most valuable customers but also key behaviors and preferences to continually improve consumers’ experiences and journey.Next-generation marketing and CX are about identifying and engaging valuable consumersCLV is more important than apps in isolation. It helps apps and other touch points work together to deliver value-added, cohesive experiences.CLV measures the value a consumer represents to the business across all interactions over their lifetime, not just a single transaction or touch point. That is ultimately the definition of customer experience. It is the sum of all moments a customer has with your brand throughout their life cycle. Marketing and customer engagement is now a cross-functional mandate.Not all app users are the right users. If you use the Pareto Principle, you can assume that 80 percent of business value is attributed to 20 percent of your active consumers. While these percentages aren’t by any means a standard, they do emphasize the need to identify and cultivate the important customers who drive your business.Instead of casting a wide net and attracting as many users as possible in the hopes of retaining a reasonably active base, CLV tied to artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning focuses marketers and also developers on targeted engagement and growth. The idea is to drive profit by investing in more value-added user experiences and personalized offers. Doing so intentionally cultivates meaningful relationships with key customers.Next-generation customer engagement is about cross-functional collaboration and data sharingUnfortunately, customer experience today is largely siloed. Marketing, mobile, in-store, e-commerce, digital and so on are not collaborating nor operating against the same customer and market data. But that’s all about to change with the proliferation of AI and machine learning tied to smart CLV initiatives.When the goal is to deliver targeted and integrated experiences, not just in-app, but across each touch point and the life cycle overall, companies create a truly customer-centric approach. AI then helps brands get a more complete, shared view and understanding of customer behaviors and expectations.Additionally, AI-driven customer-centricity fosters cross-functional collaboration and data sharing that, by design, boosts customer experiences, along with CLV and business growth.Identify highest-value customers and deliver targeted experiencesAI/machine learning platforms offer intelligent insights when pointed in the right direction. Successful brands study how much revenue highest-value customers drive over their lifetime and how much it costs to manage those relationships. And they examine CLV across all channels to get a holistic view of high-value behavior in all interactions. When the system can analyze important traits of high-value users, it can learn how to optimize CLV.For example, to reach potential high-value customers, AI/machine learning uses data from existing high-value customers to optimize campaigns and touch points. In a study by Bain aimed at retail banking, it was found that it costs banks $4 every time a customer calls or visits. However, if consumers can complete the transaction via an app, it costs only 10 cents.The key is to deliver capabilities in ways that consumers prefer and appreciate. Imagine how much AI and machine learning could additionally uncover when tasked with identifying friction points and new opportunities.AI and CLV call for a new customer-centric playbookYou’ve probably heard time and time again that it costs more to acquire a new customer than to retain one. Brands that are winning prioritize CLV and AI and are drafting the playbook as they go. They:develop a customer-centric mindset.open doors between silos around in-store, digital and mobile so teams can focus on one clear business goal, rather than individual metrics (such as engagement or clicks).align customer-facing groups to a business outcome such as CLV and promote cross-functional collaboration and data sharing to assemble a holistic view of the customer across all touch points.understand who their highest-value customers are, how much revenue they drive over their lifetime and how much it costs to manage the relationship — across all channels.focus on measuring and communicating clear business goals rather than individual or vanity metrics.AI and machine learning improve both by using existing data without cognitive bias. The more the system learns, the more it optimizes.In the end, not all customers are created equal. By identifying those who drive value, how and why, you can learn how to design and deliver personalized value to them and enhance customer engagement and experiences to grow your business now and over time.
Olympic silver medallist P.V. Sindhu advanced to the semi-finals, while Ajay Jayaram exited in the last eight stage of the China Superseries Premier badminton tournament here on Friday.Seventh seed Sindhu moved past Chinese He Bingjiao 22-20, 21-10 in 39 minutes. The Indian will meet the winner between Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi and Sung ji Hyun of South Korea. (Also read: Indian badminton team manager cancelled visa application : China)Jayaram, meanwhile, found it tough against Olympic champion Chen Long of China, who won 21-15, 21-14 in 40 minutes.Long will meet Olympic bronze medallist Viktor Axelsen, who smashed past Japanese Takuma Ueda 21-11, 21-6 in just 30 minutes.
Are you looking for a thrilling career in the sports industry? Touch Football Australia (TFA) is seeking suitably qualified applicants for the positions of State Operations Manager in our Tasmanian office and Competitions and Events Coordinator in our Western Australian office. State Operations Manager – Tasmania Touch Football Australia (TFA) and the National Rugby League (NRL) are seeking suitably qualified applicants for the unique key leadership position of State Operations Manager – Tasmania, to be based in Hobart.Touch Football Australia’s mission is to lead Touch Football and develop the dynamic sport to the position of Australia’s leading community sport. Rugby League is the Greatest Game of All with a vision to be the most entertaining, most engaging and most respected sport.With reporting line to the TFA General Manager, Sport Operations the successful candidate will be employed by TFA, yet actively represent both organisations across Tasmania linking into NRL Victoria Operations. The ideal candidate for the role will have the following knowledge, skills and qualifications:· Tertiary qualifications in sport management or related field are desirable · Demonstrated success as a leader in sports program delivery and competition management · Sound understanding of either or both Touch Football and Rugby League and the structures and needs of the TFA and NRL community· Excellent written and oral communication skills supported by interpersonal skills of a high order· Proven experience working with volunteers in a non-profit environment · Demonstrated experience and skills to work within a specific budget, operational plans and strategic plans · Experience in working in a diverse team to achieve planned outcomes· Demonstrated ability to consistently display customer services principles, practices and attributes · Demonstrated computer literacy and competence in particular excel and database tools · Demonstrated initiative and self-management For further information or to lodge your application (CV and cover letter addressing the key selection criteria) to Marianne Maguire, TFA General Manager Sport Operations via email address [email protected] or call 026212 2800. Applications will close Sunday, 15 November 2015 at 9.00pm (AEDST). Competitions and Events Coordinator – Western Australia Touch Football Australia (TFA) is seeking suitably qualified applicants for the position of Competitions and Events Coordinator – Western Australia, based in our Perth branch office. Applications for this opportunity close at 5pm (WST) on Friday, 13 November 2015. For further information or to lodge your application for this career opportunity, please email [email protected] To view the Position Descriptions for the respective jobs, please click on the attachments below. Related Filespd_sops_state_operations_manager__tasmania_2015_-pdfpd_sops_cec-pdfRelated LinksPositions Vacant
The 2016 Queensland Touch Football Junior State Cup will be held this weekend at Hervey Bay Sports Complex from Thursday, 7 July through to Saturday, 9 July 2016. Over 200 teams across 10 divisions, from under 10â€™s through to under 18â€™s, will take to the field in the three day event. Day One Live Stream Links9.40am â€“ Mackay v Gayndah (16â€™s Girls) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R2iiHSnfaeg 12.00pm â€“ Redlands Green v Gold Coast (16â€™s Boys) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ICDlN2gTitc 1.45pm â€“ Rockhampton v BMTA Blue (18â€™s Boys) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OyKWZA2JEKA 4.05pm â€“ Rockhampton v Gold Coast (18â€™s Girls) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oOXmjW5F6psDay Two Live Stream Links9.10am â€“ Ipswich v Palm Beach (16â€™s Girls) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pC7GBJa_sIk 10.20am â€“ Caboolture v Brisbane Metro (18â€™s Girls) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ps385HxVx4M 12.05pm â€“ Team Sprint â€“ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KHOeaApw86U 2.25pm â€“ Dalby v Ormeau (16â€™s Boys) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PR7pmUcx_4o 3.00pm â€“ Labrador v Toowoomba (18’s Boys) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUTRTCnureI 4.10pm â€“ Caboolture v Coomera (14â€™s Boys) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nzD2rFnDwccDay Three Live Stream Links8.35am â€“ Caboolture v Mackay (16â€™s Girls) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=snoXjSbAmzc 10.20am â€“ Rockhampton v Redlands (18â€™s Boys) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4W5YaaRqeIU 2.10pm â€“ 16â€™s Boys Semi Final – Rockhampton v Ipswich – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yS22xqjPMuo 2.50pm â€“ 16â€™s Girls Final – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IzVXo0H6jZg 3.30pm â€“ 18â€™s Girls Final – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uOZ-W8bX4AI 4.10pm â€“ 18â€™s Boys Final – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3aEMdIevo54 To keep up-to-date with all the latest news and information from the 2016 Queensland Junior State Cup, please visit the following social media pages: Touch Football Australia Website â€“ www.touchfootball.com.au Facebook â€“ www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustralia Twitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustralia Queensland Touch Football Website â€“ www.qldtouch.com.au Facebook – www.facebook.com/qldtouch Twitter – www.twitter.com/queenslandtouch Instagram – www.instagram.com/qldtouch 2015 Queensland Junior State Cup Results10â€™s Boys Rockhampton Red 3 defeated Toowoomba White 2 10â€™s Girls Redlands 2 defeated BMTA Red 0 12â€™s Boys Toowoomba White 4 defeated Gold Coast (A) 3 12â€™s Girls Gold Coast (A) 4 defeated BMTA Red 2 14â€™s Boys Redlands Red 5 defeated Gold Coast (A) 3 14â€™s Girls Gold Coast 6 defeated BMTA Red 3 16â€™s Boys Rockhampton 6 defeated BMTA Red 3 16â€™s Girls Labrador Green 5 defeated BMTA Red 3 18â€™s Boys Rockhampton 11 defeated Redlands 5 18 Boys Division Two Noosa 6 defeated Gympie 2 18â€™s Girls Gold Coast 3 defeated BMTA 2 18 Girls Division Two Redlands 5 defeated Palm Beach 3 Related LinksQLD Junior State Cup
Mounie thanks Huddersfield away support after Fulham defeatby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveHuddersfield Town striker Steve Mounie praised the traveling support after defeat at Fulham.Over 2,000 Huddersfield supporters were in London for the 1-0 loss.Mpounie told htafc.com: “Our fans are always amazing and amazing to me as well.“I will thank them for that, they are always behind us and appreciate us and we all appreciate that.“That’s why I am sad today because we don’t give them enough, give them wins or draws to cheer and that’s why I’m really sad.“I hope they will keep going because we need that, we need their full support until the end of the season.“The dressing room, today, is very sad with the result, but we have the quality to change these results.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Lampard: Chelsea fans are smart. They know we’re improvingby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea manager Frank Lampard believes that everyone who follows the club knows they are improving.Lampard was speaking about the disappointing 2-1 loss to Liverpool.He believes the team are making progress on all fronts and thinks that fans can see that progression with their eyes.”Chelsea fans are smart in terms of football,” Lampard said to the club’s official website.”The older fans have seen a lot and those from the more modern era have seen a lot with different managers and different styles, but they are certainly now in a position where I think they are really behind us in terms of where we are at.”That is a club with a ban that has lost Eden and two strikers from what we had last year in terms of Alvaro Morata and Gonzalo Higuain. “Now we have younger players who I think the fans are very ready to be patient with. And they will need to be, but at the same time the rules always remain the same, if you show passion and fight and desire to play for the club, as we showed, then fans will respect that whether you win, lose or draw.”That is why the performance was appreciated and when you lose, sometimes that is when you need it even more. “It is that feeling of togetherness and now the players must take that on and show that every week. The same desires, the same passion, keep improving all the time and move forward.”