Raiders 24, Broncos 16: Studs and duds from opening night

first_imgDerek Carr completed 22 of 26 passes for 259 yards and an 8-yard touchdown pass to Tyrell … Click here if you’re unable to view the gallery on your mobile device. OAKLAND — Everybody laughed when Jon Gruden said upon returning to the Raiders he wanted to turn back the clock.No one was laughing at the Raiders  Monday night in a 24-16 win over the Denver Broncos. Not when a raucous sold out crowd of 52,359 was going crazy and screaming profane chants directed toward Antonio Brown.last_img

“You have to be odd to be number one” — First of each geocache type

first_img“You have to be odd to be number one”— Dr. SeussThe first to be something, now that’s something. Although a few of these geocaches are open for a spirited discussion, we’re fairly confident these are the “firsts” for each geocache type. Keep in mind that in the early days of geocaching, it was easier to change cache types after publication. Nevertheless, these geocaches should be fairly “pure”. Check out our list:First Traditional GeocacheThe Original StashGCFMay 3, 2000Oregon, USADave Ulmer’s original description restored from the sci.geo.satellite-nav newsgroup.Dave Ulmer at location of The Original Stash when the tribute plaque was installedFirst Mystery CacheOctopus GardenGC70October 30, 2000North Carolina, USAThe reason for the name of the Mystery CacheThe contents found in the first Mystery CacheFirst Multi-CacheTour of Stone MountainGC1EJune 11, 2000Georgia, USAAnd here it was, deep in the woods of GeorgiaNice use of the ammo can for the world’s first Multi-CacheFirst Virtual CacheRift ValleyGC536/15/2000 (The user carved his initials in a tree, years prior and listed it as a virtual cache in September of 2000, backdating to June of 2000. It’s possible that “Virtual Dublin” GC60 may be the true first.)Kenya Driving to the world’s first Virtual Cache in KenyaVirtually amazing?First Letterbox HybridOpen Space 6GC1901/15/2001 (This one is the most difficult to confirm. GC2D is the oldest Letterbox Hybrid in the database, but it was never found. It’s possible it was changed to a Letterbox Hybrid after the fact.)New Mexico, USAEn route to the Letterbox HybridEn route to the Letterbox Hybrid SharePrint Related First Event CacheAustin Geocachers Happy HourGC389March 24, 2001Texas, USAThe first Event Cache was a rousing successFirst Webcam CacheHouston Webcam Cache #1GC21DFOctober 11, 2001Texas, USARemember dial-up modems and websites that looked like this?Webcam image. No bull.First Locationless CachePlease Donate Blood CacheGC1C90September 12, 2001Locationless—duh! Blood, sweat, and cache<3First Cache In Trash Out® (CITO)Earth Day Cleanup at Raccoon Creek ParkGCE2F1April 26, 2003Pennsylvania, USAThe original CITO gangThat is a successful haul for a CITOFirst EarthCacheEarthcache I – a simple geology tour of Wasp HeadGCHFT2January 10, 2004 (other EarthCaches have earlier GC codes, but they were retroactively changed to EarthCaches from other cache types)New South Wales, AustraliaThis EarthCache rocks!Get one with nature with an EarthCacheFirst Mega-Event CacheGeoWoodstock 4GCRRC6May 27, 2006Texas, USAThe first ever Mega-Event had great weatherIf you were at the first Mega-Event, you remember these guysFirst WherigoWhere I went, HugoGC18FP7January 9, 2008London, UKYOU SHALL MAYBE PASSWhereveryougo, sign that logbook!First Giga-EventProject MUNICH2014 – Mia san Giga!GC4K089August 16, 2014Bayern, GermanySetting up for the GIGA!People from all over Europe and the worldGood fun for everyoneWhat do you think of our list? Do you know of geocaches that may qualify as “geocaching firsts”?Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

Billions Available from HUD for Climate Resilience

first_imgBillions of dollars in much-needed federal funding are finally being made available to nine states and five local communities. These dollars are to be used for activities and projects that reduce vulnerability to future disasters, including consideration of how such disasters could become more dangerous due to climate change. The federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the agency overseeing these grants, is making it clear that these dollars are not the typical federal disaster aid, which tends to put everything back in the same vulnerable locations and replicate vulnerabilities that were just made evident in a disaster. These dollars will require grantees to design projects with an additional margin of safety for flooding, to factor in projected future sea level rise, and to invest much more heavily in forward thinking measure that reduce the risk of future damages in the face of climate change. The $6.875 billion now being made available by HUD will be going to nine states and five local jurisdictions that previously received congressionally approved Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funds between 2015 and 2017. An additional $9.059 billion for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands will be made available separately.RELATED ARTICLESResilient CommunitiesResilience is the New GreenResilience: Designing Homes for More Intense StormsIs It Time to Move Our Cities?How Texas Is Building Back Better From Hurricane Harvey Wait a minute, HUD is a federal agency. The Trump administration is funding work to address the impacts of climate change? Essentially, yes, whether the president knows it or not. While the words “climate change” never actually appear in HUD’s description of the grant program, there are multiple references in the document to changing future conditions, which can only occur as a result of climate change. Examples of such language include: “…the action plan must include a risk-based Mitigation Needs Assessment that identifies and analyzes all significant current and future disaster risks and provides a substantive basis for the activities proposed.” (p.11) “For flood mitigation efforts: grantees must consider high wind and continued sea level rise…” (p.35) Grantees must explain how projects, “will reflect changing environmental conditions (such as sea level rise or development patterns).” (p.49 and p.71) “A Mitigation Needs Assessment. Each grantee must assess the characteristics and impacts of current and future hazards identified through its recovery from the qualified disaster and any other Presidentially-declared disaster.” (p.32) “Mitigation solutions designed to be resilient only for threats and hazards related to a prior disaster can leave a community vulnerable to negative effects from future extreme events related to other threats or hazards.” (p.32) How are these funds different than past federal disaster aid? HUD’s intention is for communities to use these funds to “increase resilience to disasters and reduce or eliminate the long-term risk of loss of life, injury, damage to and loss of property, and suffering and hardship, by lessening the impact of future disasters.” In other words, this funding isn’t for simply rebuilding what was previously damaged. These dollars are intended to enable communities to make infrastructure less likely to fail in a disaster, to make housing safer, and to pursue projects that can reduce the risk of future damage. It’s also got several provisions that require grantees to build with a greater awareness of how disasters could be worse in the future. How does $6.875 billion compare to past levels of funding for climate resilience and disaster mitigation? This is by far the largest single appropriation the federal government has ever made for climate resilience and disaster mitigation. Also, this funding is part of a larger $16 billion package, with $9.059 billion still to be made available to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands due to Hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017. What kinds of things can grantees do with these funds? A whole range of forward-thinking projects can be done with these funds, including buyouts of flood-prone homes and buildings. For buyouts done with these funds, the structure will be demolished and the land must be maintained as open space in perpetuity. Grantees are also encouraged to pursue nature-based solutions, like living shorelines and green infrastructure projects, wherever practicable. These funds can also be used to support a host of longer-term actions that can make communities safer and better prepared for the impacts of climate change. Developing long-term plans for reducing the risk of disasters, updating building codes, or establishing revolving loan funds to create a long term mechanism for funding future disaster mitigation projects are all eligible activities that communities tend to under-invest in. All grantees are also required to develop a Mitigation Needs Assessment as part of their application for funding, identifying current and future risks, building on plans that states and territories are already required to develop for FEMA. Are grantees required to consider future risks or climate impacts? Yes. In addition to the sections I referenced above, there are other provisions. Future sea level rise must be considered for flood mitigation projects. And projects must be designed with an additional margin of safety for future flooding: Two feet above the elevation of a 100-year flood, as indicated on current FEMA flood maps, for all non-critical projects. For critical infrastructure, projects must be either three feet higher than the 100-year flood or built to the elevation of the 500-year flood, whichever is most protective. These requirements generally mirror a flood protection standard that President Trump rescinded days before Hurricane Harvey made landfall. Despite President Trump’s earlier decision to throw-out the federal flood protection standard, HUD is including very similar provisions anyway. How long do states and communities have to apply and how much can they receive? States and local government grantees have several months to submit their applications for funding. Below are application deadlines and the amounts states have been allocated by HUD. Application Deadline, February 3, 2020 Florida $633,485,000 Louisiana $1,213,917,000 North Carolina $168,067,000 South Carolina $157,590,000 Texas $4,297,189,000 West Virginia $106,494,000 Application Deadline, March 2, 2020 Columbia, SC $18,585,000 Lexington County, SC $15,185,000 Richland County, SC $21,864,000 Houston, TX $61,884,000 San Marcos, TX $24,012,000 Application Deadline, April 6, 2020 California $88,219,000 Georgia $26,961,000 Missouri $41,592,000 -This post originally appeared at the Natural Resources Defense Council Expert Blog. Rob Moore is senior policy analyst in the NRDC’s Healthy People & Thriving Communities program.last_img read more

How to become an omni-channel, data-driven retailer

first_imgInternet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… In our next webinar Ian Macdonald, Principal Technologist at Pyramid Analytics will show how a BI platform can help you amalgamate data and get a unified and accurate view of all your customer, competitor, and corporate data.Step 3: Create a data-driven culture Succeeding with data is not just a matter of investing in a BI solution or hiring a data analyst or scientist. Instead, it requires you to develop a data-driven culture that involves people from all the departments of the organization. This is particularly important for retail businesses because every single department of a retail business can add something significant to the data value chain.For example, the finance department can help you determine if the prices are consistent across all channels or if there is a particular store or platform that’s not delivering the desired performance. Similarly, the people responsible for supply chain management can provide you information regarding supply chain issues and how they impact your order fulfillment capabilities. To summarize, from sales to marketing to HR and supplier relationship management, every single department of your organization can provide you answer to an important question. Therefore, establishing a data-driven culture and involving all the functions is imperative to become a data-driven omni-channel retailer.Step 4: Do not be confined by reporting cyclesWhile automated pre-built reports offered by a BI and analytics solution can help you analyze data in a real-time manner in a more efficient manner, the routine reporting capabilities may also limit your ability to extract maximum value from your BI investment.An ad-hoc analysis is a viable solution to this problem. It will allow your employees to adopt an innovative approach towards data analysis and get a deeper, more precise, and comprehensive view of your existing customers. Also, since Ad-hoc analysis solutions are built specifically for users, they ensure a high adoption rate. This, in turn, makes business intelligence accessible to every single person in your organization, allowing them to contribute to the data value chain in their own unique way.Step 5: Look beyond your businessIn order to become a true data-driven omni-channel enterprise, businesses should look beyond the data sources present within the organization. Consider the data sources located externally. The most common yet an important external data source is social media. Customers’ feedback about your business on various social media platforms can offer you a wealth of information, which you can use to optimize your customer journey.Other unconventional external data sources that your business could benefit from include:Search result dataDemographic information collected by different surveysOnline rankings of web pages and TV adsOnce you have collected information from all these channels, integrate it with your existing data and use a BI tool to identify trends and patterns and to predict customer behavior.What have we learned?From the evolution of e-commerce to the increasing use of social media and smartphones, the retail environment has gone through a multitude of changes over the past few years. This has led retailers to adopt an omni-channel approach that can enable customers to interact with and buy a product from a retailer at any time via any platform. However, in order to leverage the profit maximization potential of omni-channel strategy, businesses must utilize the data available to them in the right manner.While the 5-step strategy mentioned above can help a business make progress towards their ultimate objective of becoming a data-driven, omni-channel enterprise, each and every business has its own unique needs, and therefore, a thorough evaluation of these needs and a customized approach to fulfill them is necessary.If you are interested in learning more multi-channel retail analytics, you can register for my upcoming webinar. You can also follow me on Twitter and LinkedIn to stay updated with the latest in BI and journey science. In today’s digital age where customers are as likely to buy a product from an e-commerce website as from a brick and mortar store, delivering a seamless and value-adding shopping experience has become more important than ever before. The multiple shopping channels available to customers and the competition posed by other retailers have made it an absolute necessity for a retail business to integrate data inputs from different channels and use to it define an omni-channel shopping experience.See also: Is Amazon Go the sign of the downfall of the retail workforce?As a Big Data and BI influencer, I have worked with a large number of businesses within and beyond the retail industry. Using this knowledge and expertise, I have developed a 5-step approach that businesses operating in the retail sector can adopt to meet the expectations of their customers and become an omni-channel, data-driven retailer.Step 1: Collect the right type of customer dataIn their journey to becoming a data-driven organization, businesses are required to collect the right type of data — data that can help them improve the customer experience and maximize the profit they gain from their online and offline channels.For example, a business that operates brick and mortar stores would probably like to try different layouts and floor plans to determine which maximizes the chances of a sale. To do this, they will require sales breakdown for each store. On the other hand, since in online context you can personalize customer journeys, a business with an eCommerce website will be required to collect data about their purchasing history, browsing behaviors, and more.Apart from customer data, competitor data is another type of data that you need to collect. Collect data regarding price, customer reviews and ratings, and sizing and use the intelligence gain to optimize your product catalogue and customer journey.Gathering data without analyzing is not only a waste of time, it will also raise doubt and suspicion among your customers. Therefore, it is also important not to collect data that you are not going to use.Step 2: Integrate your data sourcesOnce you have determined the type of data you want to collect, the next step is to identify the channels that can provide you the data. Retail businesses collect massive amounts of information from a wide range of channels. In fact, each successful transaction presents a data collection responsibility to retail businesses. However, the sheer amount of data and the disparate sources from which they are collected may make it quite an impossible task for businesses to organize the data and generate valuable insights from it.Since a large amount of data collected by a retailer is processed through its Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system, the platform can be used for the purpose of data organization. Alternatively, there are a number of other BI platforms available that businesses can use to improve their data collection, organization, visualization, and analytical capabilities. These platforms can collect data from a large number of sources, including:Point-of-sale dataCustomer feedbackWeb Analytics dataCustomer Relationship Management dataSupply chain data How Myia Health’s Partnership with Mercy Virtua… Related Posts Follow the Puck Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#Big Data#e-commerce#Internet of Things#IoT#omni channel#retail#retailers Ronald van Loonlast_img read more

Cignal sinks Marinerong Pilipino for 1-0 lead in D-League semis

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding K-pop star Jung Joon-young convicted of gang rape, spycam crimes SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:31Go: Search for ‘perfect, honest man’ to lead PNP still on00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PBA IMAGESCignal HD derailed Marinerong Pilipino’s dream voyage with an 86-67 rout Thursday to gain a 1-0 lead in their 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup semifinals series Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.Possibly playing his final game before leaving for the 2017 Southeast Asian Games, Raymar Jose imposed his presence and uncorked 17 points and eight rebounds off the bench to lead his side to the win.ADVERTISEMENT “I’m really thankful for Raymar. I had to play him for the whole of the third quarter and he did his job for us,” said coach Boyet Fernandez.Jason Perkins provided the stability for the Hawkeyes as he scattered 13 markers, 18 boards, three assists, one steal, and one block, Byron Villarias had 13 points, four rebounds, and three dimes, and Oping Sumalinog got 12 markers and four boards as the Hawkeyes starters jumped to an early 34-14 first quarter lead and never looked back.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I’m really happy that the starters stepped up on defense. We’re pressured enough to play at our best today given the fact that we haven’t played for a long while. But credit to my boys again. They really played their hearts out today,” said Fernandez.Showing no rust from their three-week layoff, Cignal controlled the tempo of the game and even led by high as 24, 62-38, at the 2:54 mark of the third quarter. Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses But as always, the Skippers woke up from their slumber late and made a huge push in the fourth period, cutting the deficit to as low as 12, 75-63, after a Julian Sargent bucket.Unfortunately, the Skippers’ late-game magic was no match for Cignal’s end game poise, with Jose, Sumalinog, and Villarias icing the game down the stretch.The Hawkeyes can close the deal out on Tuesday for Game 2, still at Ynares Sports Arena.Pao Javelona paced Marinerong Pilipino with 11 points, while Sargent and Renzo Subido both got eight markers apiece as they saw the end of the Skippers’ seven-game winning run.The Scores:ADVERTISEMENT Read Next CIGNAL HD 86 – Jose 17, Perkins 13, Villarias 13, Sumalinog 12, Arboleda 6, Bringas 6, Cahilig 6, Raymundo 5, Batino 4, Sara 4, Apinan 0, Uyloan 0.MARINERONG PILIPINO 67 – Javelona 11, Sargent 8, Subido 8, Moralde 7, Herndon 6, Lopez 6, Iñigo 5, Marata 5, Alabanza 3, Isip 3, Javillonar 3, Gabriel 2.Quarters: 34-14, 48-29, 65-45, 86-67. UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension MOST READ View comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES Lyceum escapes EAC for 7th straight winlast_img read more

Gautam Gambhir to lead India in West Indies ODI series

first_imgCaptain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Sachin Tendulkar were among the seniors who were rested as the national selectors on Friday recalled Tamil Nadu batsman S Badrinath and Bengal wicketkeeper Wriddhimaan Saha in India’s 16-member ODI squad for the tour of the West Indies.Karnataka paceman Vinay Kumar also found a berth while Amit Mishra, Rohit Sharma and Ishant Sharma made a comeback to the team which will be captained by Gautam Gambhir. Young Suresh Raina was named his deputy.Leg-spinner Piyush Chawla and the temperamental paceman S Sreesanth, both of whom featured in India’s World Cup-winning squad, were dropped from the team announced by BCCI secretary N Srinivasan after a meeting of the selection committee here.The three seniors — Dhoni, Tendulkar nd paceman Zaheer Khan — who have been rested for the ODI series and the lone Twenty20 match, would be available for the Test series.The series starts with the Twenty20 match on June 4 followed by the five one-dayers, starting June 6. The three Tests are scheduled from June 20.”Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Sachin Tendulkar and Zaheer Khan have been rested. They will be available for the Test series,” Srinivasan said in a statement.Opener Virender Sehwag was not considered for selection as he will undergo a shoulder surgery which will him rule him out for four to six weeks.Paceman Ashish Nehra was also not considered as he is recovering from finger injury sustained during the World Cup.Ambati Rayudu, who has been a prolific scorer in the ongoing IPL, failed to get the nod with the selectors preferring to go the more experienced Badrinath.advertisementBadrinath was rewarded with a berth in the squad for his excellent performance in the IPL and the domestic circuit.Badrinath has had a fantastic Ranji season scoring a whopping 922 runs at an average of 131 and he followed it up with 349 runs in the IPL so far.”This is the best possible side. I am sure there is good balance in the team and I am confident that they will do well and maintain the winning momentum,” said chairman of the selection committee K Srikkanth.Pacer Praveen Kumar, who was unlucky to miss the World Cup due to an elbow injury, returns to the side along with Ishant whose last ODI appearance for India came in August last year against Sri Lanka.Ishant had been struggling for form but seems to have rediscovered it in the ongoing IPL where the 22-year-old is playing for the Deccan Chargers.Rohit last donned the national colours in the ODI series against South Africa in January earlier this year. The 24-year-old, who has been in decent form for his franchise Mumbai Indians in the IPL, has played 61 ODIs scoring 1248 runs at an average of 27.13.With Dhoni rested, the selectors have included two wicketkeepers for the series in Saha and Parthiv Patel. The 26-year-old Saha has played three ODIs for India, the last of which was against New Zealand in December 2010.Patel is comparatively more experienced with 18 ODIs under his belt in which he has scored 290 runs at an average of 24.16.The break to Dhoni also leaves the captaincy in the hands of Gambhir, who is not new to the job, having led the team to a 5-0 rout of New Zealand only last year.Dhoni had flown, at that time, to South Africa to acclimatise for a Test series that began six days after the last ODI against the Kiwis.The all-rounder’s slot has expectedly gone to Yusuf Pathan.The Squad:Gautam Gambhir (Captain), Suresh Raina (Vice-Captain), Parthiv Patel (Wicketkeeper), Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, S Badrinath, Rohit Sharma, Harbhajan Singh, R Ashwin, Praveen Kumar, Ishant Sharma, Munaf Patel, Vinay Kumar, Yusuf Pathan, Amit Mishra, Wriddhiman Saha.- With PTI inputslast_img read more

a month agoAubameyang assures fans over Arsenal ambitions

first_imgAubameyang assures fans over Arsenal ambitionsby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang says he’s at the club to win trophies.The Gabon international has reassured fans he is going nowhere – and says it is time for the Gunners to start winning silverware again.”I feel that we can change something in this club and we will try. Now it’s time to win trophies,” Aubameyang told Sky Sports.”I’m sure we can do it and I am honestly happy to be here.”I feel very good. For the next few years we want to play at a high level and win trophies. That’s what we are talking about.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Texas A&M Upsets Fans With New Sexist ‘Aggie War Hymn’

first_imgTexas A&M's sexist "Aggie War Hymm".@tadousayTexas A&M football held a special event for its female fans earlier this week.The Aggies had a “Chalk Talk” that allowed for women to meet the coaches, play some football and get ready for the upcoming season.One aspect of the Chalk Talk included a rewriting of the school’s fight song, Aggie War Hymn. The rewrite was geared specifically for women and, unfortunately, included some fairly sexist undertones.A Texas A&M fan in attendance, Tonia A. Dousay, took to Twitter to voice her displeasure with it.I’m #mortified #embarrassed & #furious W/@TAMU & @12thMan. Dish towels & Lysol? Really? #icanteven #chalktalk #tamu— Tonia A. Dousay (@tadousay) July 28, 2016Here are the real lyrics to the song.Hullabaloo, Caneck! Caneck! Hullabaloo, Caneck! Caneck!First Verse All hail to dear old Texas A&M Rally around Maroon and White Good luck to dear old Texas Aggies They are the boys who show the real old fight That good old Aggie spirit thrills us And makes us yell and yell and yell So let’s fight for dear old Texas A&M We’re going to beat you all to Chig-gar-roo-gar-rem Chig-gar-roo-gar-rem Rough Tough! Real Stuff! Texas A&M!Second Verse Good-bye to texas university So long to the orange and the white Good luck to dear old Texas Aggies They are the boys that show the real old fight “The eyes of Texas are upon you . . .” That is the song they sing so well So good-bye to texas university We’re going to beat you all to Chig-gar-roo-gar-rem Chig-gar-roo-gar-rem Rough Tough! Real Stuff! Texas A&M!Perhaps there’s an explanation for the rewritten version of the song at the Chalk Talk event, but we haven’t heard it yet.[247Sports]last_img read more