JDA Kings reign supreme in Fort St. John

first_imgAlexander also spoke about the performance of the two young Trackers, Ricky Bateman and Thomas Webster, saying he liked what he saw in the two call-ups.”They performed well; it wasn’t any reason of theirs we lost the game. You could tell that they hadn’t had a lot of experience with the older guys but they held their own pretty good. A little bit of comments and few more games and they could play here quite easily.”The challenging schedule continues for the Huskies, as their next task will be a two-game series at home versus the league’s second place team, the North Peace Navigators, which will be played Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon. Right off the bat, there was a different look to the Huskies squad, as two affiliate players, Ricky Bateman and Thomas Webster, were called up from the NE B.C. and Yukon District Trackers to help fill out the team’s short bench.It was a great start to an extremely physical game between two familiar foes, as Grande Prairie hosted the Huskies this past Saturday, when Fort St. John lost a close road game, 2-1.Bodies began to fly as soon as the puck dropped, with each team refusing to shy away from the rough stuff, throwing big hits at every opportunity. The JDA Kings struck first, opening the scoring to start the first period. However, rather than get discouraged, the Huskies responded, as Robbie Sidhu scored his 14 goal of the season on a beautiful end-to-end rush, scoring far short side on a perfectly placed shot.- Advertisement -With the game tied at ones, Grande Prairie scored on the power play to reclaim the one-goal lead, but the see-saw battle continued as Jayton Wieler whacked in a rebound moments later, re-tying the game at two all.The first period ended with Grande Prairie leading, as with six minutes left in the opening frame, the JDA Kings scored their third goal of the period, concluding the first with the visitors leading 3-2.The second period belonged to Huskies rookie Cayle Bell, who showed some serious skill, scoring the game-tying goal on a beautiful through-the-legs move on a JDA Kings defender and roofing the puck high blocker. Bell wasn’t done there, as the speedy forward scored on the power-play, getting the puck in tight to the Grande Prairie net, shooting the puck high short-side, providing the Huskies a 4-3 lead, their first lead of the game.Advertisement Unfortunately, the go-ahead goal seemed to light a fire under the skates of the JDA Kings, who immediately took the puck down the ice with some crisp puck movement and potted the game-tying goal, concluding the period with the scoreboard reading 4-4.The tale of the tough third reared its ugly head once again Tuesday evening, as Grande Prairie hit the ice determined in the final period, scoring four goals compared to just one by Huskies’ forward Jamie Watson, producing the final score of 8-5.Following the disappointing home loss, head coach Gary Alexander said Tuesday’s tale is an all too familiar one this year.”We just can’t seem to sustain the effort that we put in. I don’t think we actually changed our effort a whole lot more in the third period. We have to up it instead of play the same game, because the other teams seem to be able to shift a gear and get up there, and we just haven’t been able to do that. It’s something we’ve tried every angle to work on but nothing seems to be accomplishing anything at the moment.”Advertisementlast_img read more

Hoopa halts Ferndale, keeps pace with Arcata

first_imgWith both an 85-yard kick return touchdown by William Reynolds and a 35-yard interception return for a touchdown by Kimit Peters, the Hoopa Valley Warriors shutout the Ferndale Wildcats 32-0 in what was a pivotal Little 4 Conference game, Saturday afternoon at Coach Carlson Wildcat Field.With Saturday’s win Hoopa improves to 3-1 in the Little 4 and 5-3 overall. At 3-1 in league, Hoopa remains tied with Arcata a top the Little 4 standings with two games remaining.With Saturday’s loss Ferndale …last_img read more

China-Australia travel boom: bonanza for AirAsia X

first_imgFrom its Malaysian hub, AirAsia X – the long-haul version of the short-haul carrier of the same name – has quietly developed a big so-called “transfer market” in the past three years to carry travel-hungry Chinese to Australia and New Zealand via Kuala Lumpur.Hub-and-spoke national carriers like Singapore Airlines and Malaysian Airlines have been doing that for decades and now AirAsia X, which celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2017, is starting to cash in on the unmet demand for travel from China to the south-west Pacific.That’s one of the major reasons AAX is asking for more capacity entitlements in the next Air Services Agreement between the Australian and Malaysian governments, which determines the number of weekly seats carriers from both countries may operate.Australia has been a gold mine for airlines from the USA to the Middle East cashing in on unmet demand for outbound travel from Down Under to the rest of the world.That’s working in reverse for AAX, which is tapping into the foreign travel boom emanating from China.In the past five years, AAX’s total number of seats to and from Australia has grown from around 30 per cent to 45 per cent of its total operations.At the same time, servicing the China boom now accounts for around 25 per cent of its seats in and out of Kuala Lumpur.Together those two markets are nearly three quarters of AirAsia X’s flying, presenting new travel possibilities for customers at both ends of the network.Importantly for Australia, China is about to overtake New Zealand as the country’s biggest source of foreign visitors. Already more than a million Chinese are heading to Australia each year.After cutting back on Australian services about two years ago, AAX is now pressing the Australian government for new capacity entitlements so it can increase services to its Australian destinations Perth, Melbourne, Sydney and the Gold Coast.It also wants to use the Gold Coast, currently served 11 times week from Kuala Lumpur, to expand its services to New Zealand, following the introduction of Kuala Lumpur-Gold Coast-Auckland services in March this year.And it is looking to take advantage of an incentive scheme the Australian government introduced about 20 years ago, under which capacity restrictions are removed for any foreign airline flying to regional destinations outside of the four major cities, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth.The airline’s chief commercial (marketing) officer, Arik De, told a recent aviation industry conference AAX was actively considering Canberra, Townsville and Cairns as new destinations and may return to Adelaide, which it abandoned in 2014.Singapore Airlines recently became the first foreign carrier to launch flights to the Australian and New Zealand national capitals, with four services a week from Singapore to Canberra and Wellington, beginning on September 20. Canberra has revamped its terminal facilities to encourage more foreign carriers to begin services.As well, AAX is keen to begin flights to the Queensland capital, Brisbane, which it has so far shunned in favour of the Gold Coast, 80 kilometres to the south-east.And the airline is examining the viability of a non-stop service between Kuala Lumpur and Auckland, after axing its first New Zealand destination, Christchurch, in 2012.”Just recently we did announce Melbourne back to double daily flights, Sydney back to double daily, Perth back to double daily, AirAsia X chief executive Ben Ismail told AirlineRatings.com.”And the biggest thing was the Gold Coast moving from daily to 11 times a week. “We may look at some routes where we will go to three a day. We’re not sure yet. That’s something that we’re analysing.”One of the problems outlined by Arik Do is that AAX can’t increase Melbourne, Sydney and Perth to triple-daily flights from Kuala Lumpur without exceeding the current government capacity limit.Ismail says Chinese demand for Australian holidays is one of the key considerations behind the need for more flights. “China is our second-biggest market in capacity and revenue to Australia and if we can connect those two it would be great,” he says. “And that’s what we’re doing. We fly to 18 Chinese destinations and that’s something we want to build on to connect. “We’ve seen a lot of (Chinese ) connections coming through. Predominantly, a lot of that traffic is going to Sydney, Gold Coast and Perth and there’s a lot of connections to Melbourne from the Chinese.” Even though flying via an intermediate stop increases the fare, Chinese heading Down Under are lapping up the cheaper prices a low-cost carrier can offer compared with full-service carriers. “I think the good thing is the price,” Ismail says. “There’s a lot of price sensitivity of what we offer in the market. It gives (Chinese heading for Australia) a lot of encouragement to go on us even with the one stop in Kuala Lumpur.”last_img read more

What’s Next for Geocaching: Trackables

first_imgTrackables Now Available in the Geocaching Intro AppWe’re pretty excited for this update. Are you ready? It’s now easier than ever to find and log trackables from the field by using the Geocaching Intro app. Now you can:Search for trackables by TB code and log themView trackable details pagesLearn more about trackables with built-in tipsThis is just phase one, so more updates will follow soon. There are plenty of trackables out there just waiting to be discovered. Who knows? You may even find one of these unusual trackables.Download the free Geocaching Intro app for iPhone or Android.Hier kannst Du den Artikel auf Deutsch lesen.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedYou might be a Trackable Lover if…November 27, 2018In “News”Groundspeak Weekly Newsletter – July 7, 2011July 27, 2011In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter”Groundspeak Weekly Newsletter – May 18, 2011May 18, 2011In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter”last_img read more

What will Amazon’s buying of Whole Foods mean for our smart fridges?

first_imgWarehouse automation is one of the key differentiators for Ocado in the online grocery retail market with projects such as the OSP hive which includes thousands of robots working together to retrieve from storage the groceries comprising a customer order. Over time, more and more of these groceries will be packed by sensor-guided robot manipulators.They also have two ambitious Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation projects called SecondHands and SoMa which combine state of the art robotics, artificial intelligence, machine learning and advanced sensors to understand and assist human warehouse workers in real time.There’s even Ocado Smart Platform, their proprietary solution. available for other retailers operating online retail businesses. It combines their end-to-end software and technology systems with their physical fulfillment asset solution, both of which are proprietary and fully integrated. I wouldn’t be surprised if Bezos has been following their trajectory of success very closely, especially as he was able to buy Whole Foods and by default, their slew of monied and devoted customers.Amazon wants to block the competitionAmazon has been quietly upping their competitive advantage, with a patent approved that blocks price comparison shopping, where a customer compares the price of a store item to those available online or in other stores via their mobile phone. According to the patent, Amazon is creating technology that when a customer accesses their WiFi, identifies a customer’s Internet traffic and senses when the smartphone user is trying to access a competitor’s website.Then technology will then presumably be able to either block their competitor’s sites or send love bomb messages to the shopper, such as coupons or discount codes. Roaming staff members may even be alerted to attend to the customer and entice them to a point of sale. Then, of course, there’s the Amazon Dash Wand which is effectively a barcode scanner embedded with Alexa. Each wand retails for a mere $20 which is redeemable for groceries.  The fact that these are being basically given away suggests that it won’t be long until voice activated devices trump mobile phones apps in use in the home.So what does this all mean for Whole Foods? Kale delivered by drone? A robot operating the salad bar? Conversely,  while I’d like to think that Wholefoods’ hippy granola people powered ethos could spread itself into the lifeblood of Amazon, it’s more likely the price will remain king, as customers remain devoted to budget groceries, where price takes precedence over principles. Tags:#AI#Amazon#Amazon Dash Wand#Amazon Go#featured#Ocada#ocado#robotics#robots#shopping#top#warehouse automation#Whole Foods Related Posts Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Cate Lawrencecenter_img Follow the Puck Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Amazon Friday announced that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement under which Amazon will acquire Whole Foods Market for $42 per share in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $13.7 billion.Amazon has ostensibly been an online retailer for over 20 years — except some niche retail bookstores and their attempt last year at self-serve groceries, Amazon Go — while Whole Foods promotes a retail experience which is about the instore experience, tasting and sampling and learning cooking options as you go. It’s pretty strange when you think about it, considering the sheer number of bricks and mortar stores that have gone out of business due to the affordability offered by Amazon’s online stores.See also: Is Amazon Go a sign of the downfall of the retail workforce?At the same time, German retailers Aldi and Lidl are starting to make a presence in the US as they have in most of Europe, Australia, and the UK.Lessons learned from Ocado?I wouldn’t be surprised if Amazon had been playing close attention to the UK’s Ocado, the world’s largest dedicated online grocery retailer with over 580,000 active customers. Ocado ships more than 2 million items daily to customers in the UK, and has 700 in-house developers working on software for managing its customer fulfillment centers. As well as proving that perishable goods can be highly profitable when home delivered, they are heavily invested in using the cloud, robotics, AI, and IoT. Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to…last_img read more

If You Are a Farmer

first_imgWhat does a farmer do?A farmer prepares the earth. A farmer ensures that the ground is ready to produce. When the ground is ready, the farmer tills the soil and plants the seeds that will eventually bring a harvest.When the seeds are planted, the farmer nurtures them, ensuring they get the right nutrients, the right amount of water, and the right pruning. The farmer is in charge of the care and feeding that eventually produces a crop.You are, even as a farmer, responsible for creating opportunities.You start by developing the relationships that will be important to winning deals. You are also responsible for planting the seeds of change, creating the case for the client to do something different, something that produces new results. You till the soil. You nurture green sprouts.The idea of an account manager, or client success manager if you prefer, is to do the work that leads to new opportunities being created and won. That work starts with ensuring that the client captures the value of what you have sold them, and it continues through maximizing their results. It does not, however, end with you becoming a glorified customer service representative.Because you have greater access than a salesperson, you can get closer to the people that work inside your client account. You can also develop a greater understanding of what your client needs help with and what comes next. This access and these insights allow you to start introducing new ideas–and the new initiatives that create an opportunity for you and your company.Even though you may not be responsible for managing or winning the opportunity, you are responsible for–and best positioned to– create new opportunities.If your role is to manage accounts, then manage them so well that you have an absolute right to pitch the next idea, as well as bringing in your team to support you in delivering it. Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

Naroda Gamm massacre: Deadline set for Maya Kodnani’s defence

first_imgThe special trial court, conducting the trial in the Naroda Gamm massacre case during the 2002 riots, has asked former Gujarat minister and key accused Maya Kodnani to get BJP President Amit Shah to testify in her favour as defence witness by next Tuesday.While asking the accused to ensure that the witness testifies by September 12, the court said there will be no further adjournment of the case.In her application on Friday, Ms. Kodnani said since Mr. Shah is not “reachable” due to his busy schedule and constant mobility, “It is difficult to decide as to which address the summons be served to him.”Ms. Kodnani, who was convicted in the 2002 Naroda Patiya massacre case, in which 97 persons belonging to the minority community were killed, is a key accused in the Naroda Gaam massacre case, involving the brutal murder of 11 persons, also during the 2002 riots.Also read: 28 years for Maya Kodnani, Bajrangi to spend entire life in prisonShe had sought time till September 12, 2017 while Special judge P.B. Desai had granted time till September 8 for her to bring Mr. Shah to testify as defence witness.During the hearing, Ms. Kodnani urged the court to allow her to bring Mr Shah and 13 others as her witnesses to testify that she was not present at the site when the massacre was carried out.Among the 14 persons she listed as witnesses, 12 including her husband have already testified in her favour. Mr Shah is the last listed defence witness in her trial; all others have been cross-examined by the court.Verdict deferredIn a separate case, the Gujarat High Court has again deferred its verdict on Zakia Jafri’s challenge to an SIT court granting a clean chit to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and others in a criminal conspiracy related to the 2002 riots.last_img read more