Lady Bulldogs Battle Lady Marauders

first_imgThe Batesville Lady Bulldogs hosted the Mt. Vernon Lady Marauders on Monday night. The host team walked away victorious with a hard fought 2-1 victory. Despite being outshot 20-6, Batesville was able to capitalize on their opportunities and the Lady Bulldog defense bent but didn’t break throughout the game to help preserve the early lead.  In the second half, Batesville had a few opportunities early in the half, but found themselves on the defensive end for much of the final 20 minutes. Cerniglia made two more saves on corner kicks that kept the momentum on Batesville’s side. The Lady Bulldog defense led by Ellie Cassidy, Kari Reer, and Lily Meyer held strong and kept the Mt. Vernon forwards in check and only gave up shots outside of 30 yards that Cerniglia handled easily. With 10:19 to play in the match, the Lady Marauders finally got on the scoreboard as Cerniglia couldn’t quite get to a neat post shot that went into the top net to make the score 2-1 in favor of Batesville. The Lady Bulldogs held strong for the final 10 minutes as they earned a very tough 2-1 win.  Batesville took a 1-0 lead at the 28:00 mark of the first half. After a defensive stop, Liz Heidlage laid the ball off to Caroline Kellerman who found a streaking Abbey Prickel for a breakaway score. Prickel made a great first touch into space and hit a hard shot up and over the Lady Marauder goalkeeper. 4 minutes later, Carlie Werner scored what proved to be the game winner. Prickel found Werner open in the middle of the field, Werner took a few touches forward and found some space 30 yards out. She put her head down and drove a shot into the upper 90 with pace on the ball that gave the Mt. Vernon with no chance to get a glove on the ball. Olive Cerniglia and the Batesville defense maintained the shutout for the first half. Cerniglia made a diving save with 4 minutes left in the half to keep the ball out of the net. “This was a big win for us tonight. Each game we are getting better and competing at a high level. Liz Heidlage is our glue in the midfield and continues to run all over the field and distribute to our forwards and make defensive stops. Carlie and Abbey up top are becoming a dynamic duo and are continually gaining chemistry and the combination is working as they both scored tonight. Ellie Cassidy continues to lead a new lineup in the back and took care of a lot of dangerous balls tonight. Olive celebrated her birthday in style tonight with the best game of her career. She made big save after big save to keep us in the game. With 4 games to play, we hope to continue this momentum which will allow us to bring a lot of confidence into sectional play.” Coach Laker commented on the game.  In the JV contest,  Mt. Vernon defeated the Lady Bulldogs by a final score of 1 – 0.last_img read more

Trillian for Android On Deck

first_imgInstant messaging client Trillian announced on its blog today that an Android version will be available within a couple of weeks. Trillian dovetails IM from a host of services into one platform, including Facebook Chat, Windows Live, Yahoo!, AIM, ICQ, Google Talk, Jabber/XMPP and MySpaceIM. It will support Android back to version 1.6. Trillian already has an iPhone app, which is also being tinkered with a bit, including iOS 4 multitasking. But this is not a rough sketch of that version, according to the company. “We took special care and respect to design and build the user interface to smoothly integrate with Android – this is not just a clone from the iPhone!” Related Posts curt hopkins A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Google#Messaging Services#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

3 Ways Your Brand Can Team Up with Others (to Everyone’s Benefit)

first_imgBrad AndersonEditor In Chief at ReadWrite Brad is the editor overseeing contributed content at He previously worked as an editor at PayPal and Crunchbase. You can reach him at brad at The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Wheels Up, the 5,000-member private jet firm, just announced its plan to woo leading luxury brands into teaming up. The appeal: Other brands could save millions on marketing costs and still gain exposure with qualified clientele. For Wheels Up, brand partnerships are intended to reciprocally enrich the membership experience. Everyone wins.Now, you may or may not seek to impact an affluent audience like Wheels Up, so that particular partnership might not entice you. Chances are that your business wasn’t created to cater solely to the wealthy. However, marketing partnerships offer benefits to companies of any size or with any type of target audience, and strategic partnerships can enhance your brand’s reach at a fraction of the usual cost.Critical to that strategy is choosing the right marketing partner and type of engagement. Perhaps you want to reach more of the same type of audience members or grow into a new market. Maybe you have some amount of brand awareness, but you’re trying to accumulate more clout with your followers.Think about your goals and the partners who have the most potential to help you realize them. Then, consider the various advantages to each of these types of partnerships:1. Affiliate marketing boosts brand exposure.Affiliate marketing is one of the most commonly sought types of partnerships. Its benefits are easily measurable, and the costs of the partnership are closely tied to those benefits — you get out of it what you put in. An affiliate partnership is a performance-based model in which each partner benefits from driving a desired action.Platforms such as Pepperjam provide an easy way for brands to increase exposure by maintaining several different affiliate partnerships at once. For example, Puma used the platform to partner with online shopping guide Dealmoon for a 2017 holiday sales event, and Dealmoon was able to offer subscribers early access to the sale. It generated more than 40 percent of Puma’s revenue for that sale.Maura Smith, SVP of Pepperjam, describes performance channels as a “pay-for-outcome alternative” to solo digital marketing strategies. “When you rely on traditional (read: expensive) paid channels for your digital strategy,” Smith says, “you will inevitably see less than half of every marketing dollar invested becoming working media.”2. Cause marketing solidifies brand purpose.Companies of all sizes can boost their exposure with affiliate marketing, but sometimes, partnering up is more about humanizing your brand’s message than furthering its reach. Cause marketing gives companies and nonprofit organizations an avenue to spread awareness and build popularity for meaningful causes. Both nonprofits and companies benefit in this arrangement.For instance, Walgreens partners with nonprofit Comic Relief Inc. for its Red Nose Day fundraising campaign. Walgreens has helped the organization raise more than $71 million over the past four years to combat child poverty. Customers have purchased millions of red noses at Walgreens stores to take pictures and attended other Red Nose Day fundraising events.In addition to raising funds for the Red Nose Day charity campaign, the partnership substantially boosts Walgreens’ image in consumers’ eyes. Studies show that customers prefer to buy from brands that support worthy causes; a global survey showed 91 percent of respondents said it’s a determining factor. Right now, only 23 percent of brands are considered meaningful in any way, according to consumer responses to Havas’ Meaningful Brands 2019 report. Purposeful companies have been seen to grow twice as fast, so the potential payoff is high for cause marketing.3. Co-branding boosts brand equity.Co-branding involves collaborating with one or more like-minded brands to create an entirely new product or service. It’s how Taco Bell and Doritos created the Doritos Locos Taco and how Nike and Apple created the Nike+ line of smart athletic gear. It also includes smaller-scale joint offerings, like webinars and whitepapers.The co-branding alliance involves intense strategic collaboration. For smaller brands, it can help both partners break into markets they’ve been struggling to enter. For example, a co-branding partnership with Blue Apron helped celebrity cook Ayesha Curry expand her brand past the Food Network and into the meal kit market in 2017. Blue Apron, meanwhile, benefited from increased recognition from Curry’s bevy of fans.Because co-branding requires a deeper commitment and investment than most other marketing partnerships, it’s especially important to choose partners strategically. For Curry, partnering with Blue Apron was highly advantageous; one study predicts the meal kit market in the U.S. alone will grow by double digits through 2022.Marketing partnerships are one of the most effective ways to scale your brand’s reach, whether you’re marketing a private jet service or healthy meal kits. However, you shouldn’t invest in any partnership without thoroughly strategizing first. Determine your ultimate brand goal for the partnership, and engage with a partner who agrees on how best to achieve that goal.If you play your cards right, partnerships can be mutually beneficial arrangements. Tags:#Affiliate marketing#business growth#business partner#business scaling#marketing#partnership#strategic partnership Related Posts Trends Driving the Loyalty Marketing Industry AI is Not the Holy Grail of Sales, at Least Not… What Nobody Teaches You About Getting Your Star…last_img read more

Shuttler Sindhu breaks into top 20 in world rankings

first_imgPV Sindhu scaled a new height when she cracked the top-20 in world rankings with top class performance in her last two tournaments.Sindhu was placed 20th in the Badminton World Federation rankings released on Thursday, climbing four spots. The 17-year-old shuttler stunned London Olympics gold medallist Li Xuerui in the quarter-finals of the China Masters last week.She made it to the pre-quarterfinals of Japan Open Super Series, eventually going down to fourth seed Yeon Ju Bae of South Korea on Thursday after a gallant 52-minute fight. Sindhu lost 21-10, 12-21, 18-21 at the Tokyo Yoyogi Gymnasium.In men’s singles, Ajay Jayaram lost to Malaysian Wei Feng Chong 16-21, 16-21 in 35 minutes.Among other Indians, Saina Nehwal, who skipped the two tournaments, was steady at fourth place in the rankings after three Chinese — Wang Yihan, Li Xuerui and Xin Wang.Parupalli Kashyap was the top Indian male shuttler, though he lost one spot to be placed 20th.Jayaram, too, benefitted from the semi-final appearance in China Masters and jumped six places to 23rd.National champion Sourabh Verma went up by eight places to 31st while Gurusaidatt moved nine places up to be ranked 46th.On Thursday Sindhu gave a scare to world No. 11 Bae. Sindhu began on a promising note and opened up an 8-0 lead. She did not allow Bae to come back into the game and went 1-0 up.last_img read more

Gas plants accused to hear Thursday on need to defend themselves further

first_imgTORONTO – Two former top political aides will hear on Thursday whether they need to offer further defence to accusations they illegally destroyed documents about the Ontario government’s politically explosive decision to cancel two gas plants ahead of the provincial election in 2011.Ontario court Judge Timothy Lipson on Tuesday reserved his decision on a request from David Livingston and Laura Miller for a directed acquittal — that he dismiss the case against them without the defence putting forward any evidence.Livingston and Miller, top aides to ex-Liberal premier Dalton McGuinty, argued through their lawyers that the prosecution has failed to prove their guilt on charges of mischief and illegal computer use but prosecutor Tom Lemon said emails from 2012 indicated their culpability.Among the emails, court heard, were instructions on “double deleting” documents, and discussion of the increasingly tense political situation at the time: A legislature committee and others were requesting documents related to the Liberal government’s decision to scrap and relocate the gas plants, which cost taxpayers more than $1 billion.Both Livingston, who was McGuinty’s chief of staff, and his deputy Miller were quick to say they had no records responsive to the information requests, court heard. But Lemon argued the duo knowingly and deliberately wiped computer hard drives in the premier’s office in violation of guidelines and policies related to the records. He also said the pair kept senior bureaucrats in the dark about what they were doing.“There was no intention to comply with any of those policies,” Lemon told Lipson. “Certainly, they intended to wipe those hard drives.”While the pair admit deleting about 400 files from 20 computers, they maintain the files contained only personal data or political records they were not obliged to keep. In addition, their lawyers said, no evidence exists to show exactly what was deleted.“We don’t have to prove that the defendants deleted specific records,” Lemon countered. “The data being wiped did not belong to them.”In pressing for a directed acquittal, Livingston’s lawyer Brian Gover denied the pair had acted nefariously, stating the deleted emails were “political in nature.” The law, Gover said, only required retention of records of long-term business value to the Ontario government, and the relevant emails about the fallout from the gas-plants decision didn’t qualify.Miller’s lawyer, Scott Hutchison, said the prosecution had opened its case by suggesting the pair had deleted thousands of documents as part of some “grand conspiracy.” The emails the Crown pointed to as evidence of guilt simply reveal the obvious, Hutchison said: The government’s gas plants decision had been controversial.“I’m prepared to stipulate there was a political controversy in 2012,” Hutchison said. “If you look at these emails, they are all political, they are all transient, and none of them would have had to be preserved.”“Your position is that there were no business records that had to be retained?” Lipson asked.“None of these emails had to be retained,” Hutchison said.Hutchison said his client’s job related to “political messaging” about the issues of the day and no obligation existed to preserve related discussions.Lipson appeared to have difficulty that records concerning the government’s decision were “personal.” He also wondered whether freedom of information requests changed the situation, noting the accused said they had no records and then had Miller’s spouse, Peter Faist, wipe the drives.“There’s no evidence of any (responsive) records actually being destroyed,” Hutchison said. “That’s the problem.”The prosecution last week admitted it had no case on a third charge against Livingston and Miller, breach of trust.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version carried an incorrect spelling for David Livingston’s last name in one reference.last_img read more

TransCanada going ahead with 24billion expansion of NGTL system

first_imgCALGARY – TransCanada Corp. is investing $2.4 billion to expand its NGTL natural gas system in Western Canada as growing production in the region has filled existing capacity and battered prices.The company said Thursday that the decision to expand NGTL comes after it recently completed an oversubscribed open season, with shippers committing to one billion cubic feet per day of expansion capacity for an average of almost 29 years.“The successful open season shows strong industry support to significantly expand transmission capacity out of the basin and improve market connectivity for Canadian natural gas production,” said company chief executive Russ Girling in a statement.The NGTL system is a dense web of pipeline that covers much of Alberta and runs into northeastern B.C., acting as a gathering system for producers in some of the richest natural gas basins on the continent.Producers in the region have, however, been victims of their own success in unlocking the shale gas in areas like the Montney and Deep Basin, as pipeline constraints and lack of demand in some markets have hit prices that have even strayed into negative territory.“If you imagine Alberta today as a sink and the tap’s on, right now the sink is filling up faster than it can drain,” said Brook Papau, managing director of RS Energy Group.Traditional export routes to California and the U.S. Midwest, as well as using the gas in province, are full-up, said Papau, leaving producers to look to Eastern Canada to find better prices.TransCanada said its investment in the NGTL system will help link more production to its Mainline system that runs to Ontario and which still has significant untapped capacity.The expansion program will include approximately 375 kilometres of large diameter pipeline, compression facilities, meter stations and other associated facilities.The company has already alleviated some pressure in the region after reaching long-term fixed price agreements last year with shippers on its Mainline, and said Thursday it continues to look at the potential of further expanding natural gas shipping on the pipeline.“We continue to work diligently with industry to facilitate economic access for their natural gas to key export markets, including access to Eastern Canada and the U.S. Northeast through TransCanada’s Canadian Mainline and downstream systems,” said Girling.TransCanada would have to invest some capital to restore the extra capacity in the Mainline, but another open season on the pipeline would be well-received, said energy analyst Ed Kallio, principal at Eau Claire Energy Advisory, Inc.“I have no doubt that if they do an open season it will be very highly subscribed.”Producers have been scrambling to find alternatives after West Coast liquefied natural gas projects have failed to emerge, said Kallio, while producers haven’t cut back on production because the shale formations are also yielding valuable liquids used to dilute thick bitumen.“Those high value liquids are driving activity, and the natural gas comes along with it.”TransCanada said it expects to file a project description with the National Energy Board by the second quarter of this year to start the review process and hopes to begin construction on the NGTL expansion in 2019.The Calgary-based company reported net income attributable to shareholders of $861 million or 98 cents per share in the fourth-quarter of 2017, compared to a loss of $358 million or 43 cents per share in the same period a year earlier.Fourth-quarter earnings were boosted by a number of one-time items, including an $804 million recovery of deferred income taxes as a result of U.S. tax reform.The company said it continues to make progress on its Keystone XL pipeline project after announcing sufficient shipper support in January but has still held back on officially sanctioning the project.TransCanada has said it is however working on construction preparation as well as new landowner agreements in Nebraska and general permitting.Companies in this story: (TSX:TRP)last_img read more

Pembina Pipeline buys Kinder Morgan Canada

first_imgThe deal also includes an Edmonton storage and terminal business and Vancouver Wharves, a bulk storage and export-import business.Pembina is offering 0.3068 of a Pembina share per Kinder Morgan Canada share and class B unit. The acquisition is valued at approximately $2.3 billion including the assumption of Kinder Morgan Canada’s preferred shares and outstanding net debt.In addition, Pembina is paying roughly $2.05 billion in cash for Kinder Morgan Cochin LLC, which holds Cochin US.Companies in this story: (TSX:PPL, TSX:KML) CALGARY, A.B. – Pembina Pipeline Corporation will buy Kinder Morgan Canada and the Cochin Pipeline for $4.35 billion.Upon closing of the deal with Kinder Morgan Inc., Pembina says it will increase is monthly dividend by a penny per share to 21 cents.The Cochin pipeline runs 2,900 kilometres between Fort Saskatchewan, Alta., and Chicago and has a design capacity of up to 110,000 barrels per day.last_img read more

28 pc polling in 8 Lok Sabha seats of MP till noon

first_imgBhopal: An average 28.01 per cent voter turnout was recorded till Sunday noon in eight Lok Sabha seats of Madhya Pradesh, an election official said. Voting was underway since 7 am in a peaceful manner in Bhopal, Morena, Bhind, Gwalior, Guna, Sagar, Vidisha and Rajgarh constituencies in the third phase of elections in the state, state Chief Electoral Officer V L Kantha Rao said. “During mock poll conducted before the actual voting began, 30 to 40 electronic voting machines (EVMs) were changed because of some technical problems,” he said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework The voting figures till noon were: Morena 24.29 per cent, Bhind 21.99 per cent, Gwalior 22.96 per cent, Guna 34.11 per cent, Sagar 30.3 per cent, Vidisha 33.8 per cent, Bhopal 26.15 per cent and Rajgarh 32.39 per cent, he said. Long queues were seen at several booths across the eight constituencies, he said. In Bhopal, Congress veteran Digvijay Singh is locked in a battle with BJP candidate and 2008 Malegaon blast accused Pragya Singh Thakur. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen Congress general secretary Jyotiraditya Scindia is seeking a re-election from Guna seat, where he cast his vote at a booth early in the morning. His opponent is BJP’s K P Yadav, who is contesting his first parliamentary election. Union minister Narendra Singh Tomar, who is the sitting MP from Gwalior, is contesting from Morena seat this time. Altogether 138 candidates, including 14 women, are in the fray for these eight Lok Sabha seats, of which seven were won by the BJP in 2014. Total 18,141 polling booths have been set up where over 1.44 crore people, including 32,909 service voters, are eligible to exercise their franchise, the official said. Lok Sabha elections to 29 seats in the state are being held in four phases. The first (in six seats) and second phases (seven seats) were held on April 29 and May 6. Voting for the last phase in eight seats will be held on May 19 and counting of votes will take place on May 23.last_img read more

North Dakota sweeps OSU in 2 physical matchups

The No. 8 North Dakota women’s hockey team swept Ohio State this weekend, winning two physical games by a goal each. OSU coach Jackie Barto sees these close losses as a positive, knowing her team is just one step away from getting over the top. “I thought we competed hard and played six good periods this weekend,” Barto said. The Buckeyes (14-14-2, 8-14-2-2 WCHA) have lost three games to the Fighting Sioux (17-8-3, 15-7-2-0 WCHA) by one goal this season, losing Friday, 4-3, in overtime and Saturday, 3-2. “We need to take that step and get over that last hurdle in these games,” Barto said. “Stay positive, keep working and keep getting after it.” On Saturday the Buckeyes led North Dakota in shots, 32-31, but failed to cash in on five power-play opportunities. “The power play never really got settled,” Barto said. “It’s a combination of winning face-offs, winning battles, outnumbering the puck, having good retrieval skills and then having the poise to set your power play up under pressure.” The referees had to break up a number of skirmishes over the weekend after a few big hits and several rushes on goal left players down on the ice. “We knew we were in a war and we had to battle,” Barto said. “North Dakota’s a physical team and the refs let them play.” Junior forward Laura McIntosh continued to shine, adding two more points to her career assists record and cashing in a goal this weekend. With the Buckeyes down, 1-0, on Saturday, McIntosh led a three-on-one breakaway that featured a nifty pass across the crease to junior defenseman Kelly Wild, who passed it back across the crease where sophomore forward Paige Semenza buried the puck in the net to tie the game. “When everyone gets involved it’s good for the team,” McIntosh said. “I think this weekend we played really well and a lot of people were involved.” The Buckeyes ran out of time in both games, though, as North Dakota scored with seconds left in overtime Friday night, and the Buckeyes failed to score in the third period Saturday. “Getting down to the end of the season we’re just gonna have to keep working hard,” McIntosh said. “Other teams know that we work hard, so if we keep doing that and battling through we’ll be good the rest of the way.” The Buckeyes host Minnesota Duluth (16-7-3, 14-7-3 WCHA) at 7 p.m. Friday and 4 p.m. Saturday at the OSU Ice Rink. “We need to keep our heads up,” senior defenseman Shannon Reilly said. “We played two awesome games this weekend and we didn’t get the bounces we wanted. I think that we can carry how hard everyone worked and gave 110 percent on every shift into next weekend and then the following weekend to come.” read more

Delph says long days are not a problem for the England

first_imgFabian Delph recently claimed that the lack of darkness where the English international team are staying is not a problem to anyone despite such rumours already being spread.The Three Lions squad is based on the Gulf of Finland in a rather small and quiet town, 30 miles away from St Petersburg.The Manchester City midfielder Fabian Delph claimed he himself doesn’t have any problems with the long days – the sun sets around midnight and rises back up at 3.30 AM where the team has been situated.“We’re sleeping fine, we’ve got a great team here,” Delph said, according to BT Sport.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“We’ve got our own mattresses and our own pillows. We got used to them at St George’s Park. It’s a home from home.”“When we arrived in the hotel there were a lot of homely things. We brought home comforts – pictures of our families, I had my Yorkshire Tea bags. It’s just like being in Yorkshire, really!”“The curtains are not bad, we’re not getting much light in my bedroom,” Delph went on to add.last_img read more