Is It Possible to Avoid Failure with a Customer-Centric Strategy?

first_imgAgile methods to act on customer data and translate it to meaningful actionOnce you’ve established effective connections and listening posts, you must effectively leverage the data to drive meaningful actions for customers.  In EMC’s personal Big Data journey, we uncovered two key takeaways:The need to build out a scalable platform for structured and unstructured dataThe need to shift the responsibility of the “value” of the data from “IT” to the businessDeveloping a true company-wide Big Data Lake will be the most effective tool to break down internal silos and encourage maximum customer impact throughout their end-to-end experience.This learning allows us to deliver a more personalized service experience. For example, visualization dashboards bring together a single comprehensive view of key customer data, including revenue, competitive perception, loyalty, customer service satisfaction and product quality. Having this type of insight at our fingertips means we can start conversations at a point of true value, knowing what is going on in an individual customer’s environment so we can take swift corrective action when issues arise.This agile data methodology, which relies on our corporate data lake, is a critical differentiator of our customer-centric approach and something that other companies should consider for the future.Commitment to continuous improvementHaving a culture committed to continuous improvement is paramount. While listening and data will help reveal areas that require transformation, it’s the people in your business who are willing to embrace change to improve the customer experience – essential to long-term success.Apple’s constant push to innovate in ways that excite customers without compromising its core values is why it has successfully pushed out competitors across numerous product areas—such as its recent domination of the mobile payment market, where its proprietary fingerprint technology has made the experience so easy that nearly two-thirds of all contactless payments are now made with Apple Pay.The aspiration to be better starts with whether or not your employees are committed to the same goal. Tim Cook, Apple CEO, describes their culture in Fast Company: “We’ve turned up the volume on collaboration because it’s so clear that in order for us to be incredibly successful we have to be the best collaborators in the world. The magic of Apple, from a product point of view, happens at this intersection of hardware, software, and services.” Additionally, he notes how the company can always do better: “We’ve made errors in the past, and we’ll never be perfect. Fortunately, we have the courage to admit it and correct it.”As a business leader, how can you apply the lessons from customer-centric companies, and those that failed to focus on the customer, to ensure you stay ahead of the competition and position yourself for long-term success?In our own personal journey, EMC has learned that it is critical to look at the total end to end customer experience, creating personal customer connections through effective listening posts, using agile methods to meaningfully act on customer data, and building a culture of continuous improvement.And today, our Federation companies bring together customers, partners and employees for a Total Customer Experience Global Celebration in honor of the industry-wide Customer Experience Day.I want to personally thank our customers for your patience and partnership. EMC plans to be around for a very long time and we know that this is possible only if we stay the course and never lose sight that the CUSTOMER ALWAYS COMES FIRST. Personalized customer connections Companies must be willing to implement new types of listening to engage with customers when and where it matters most. Phone and web surveys are important, but not enough to get real-time understanding of what’s going on with a customer and take action. In today’s digital world, companies must integrate surveys into a more holistic strategy, which includes dynamic listening platforms such as social media.JetBlue stands out for its proactive efforts to respond to customers via Twitter. I especially like the story of Ben Kepes who frequently journeys between his home in New Zealand and the US, normally through Star Alliance airlines. Yet, on his first trip with JetBlue, he decided to tweet out to the company. He notes that, “[w]ithin seconds, I had a response from the company wishing me a good journey. I responded to JetBlue’s social team…making a bit of a random comment about the fact that airlines don’t recognize, nor have any visibility, over individual passengers’ travel habits or status…so I was a little surprised to have a message from JetBlue wishing me a good flight and telling me to await a nice surprise at check-in…and was impressed to see that the JetBlue team had upgraded me to a first class seat for my short hop.” With any business, there is always risk of failure. Failure is more certain when a company does not adapt to market and customer needs – think Blockbuster Video. But what do companies that thrive, such as JetBlue and Apple, have in common that allows them to grow and separate from the competition?These successful companies all have the presence of a customer-centric strategy.A customer-centric strategy requires three fundamental elements:Personalized customer connectionsAgile methods to meaningfully act on customer dataCommitment to continuous improvementlast_img read more

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Do This: Long Island Concerts & Events August 13 – 19

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Driven to AbstractionTranscendental visions transformed through many mediums convey the emotional and visceral purity from which they were inspired to first take shape. An opening reception will be held for this new juried art show exhibit of abstract works created by local artists. Runs through August 29. Huntington Arts Main Street Gallery, 213 Main St., Huntington. huntingtonarts.org Free. 6-8 p.m. August 14.The Dirty Vice BandThese funky soulful rock jammers headline this must-hear aural extravaganza, which features a great lineup of mostly local talent. Long Island/New York-based indie rockers Pandafan and Butchers Blind of Bellrose open the show, along with Quiet Hollars, who hail from Kentucky. Go mudfish! 89 North Music Venue, 89 North Ocean Ave., Patchogue. 89northmusic.com $7. 6:30 p.m. August 13.Cindy GoldrichThis insightful author and mental health counselor will speak about and sign her new parenting book 8 Keys To Parenting Children with ADHD. Rich with optimism, tips, tools, and action plans, this must-read offers science-based insights and systems for parents to help cultivate their skills in handling these special children. Combining expert information with practical, sensitive advice, the eight “key” concepts here will help parents reduce chaos, improve cooperation, and nurture the advantages―like creativity and drive―that often accompany all of that energy. Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. bookrevue.com Price of Book. 7 p.m. August 13.Van Halen with David Lee RothFeaturing the VH Bros., original singer/madman Roth (!!) and Eddie’s son Wolfgang on bass, the guitar-rock legends perform hits that no matter how you try, you just can’t get them out of your head. Plenty of deep tracks like “Jump” and “I’ll Wait” will make for one thumping-along-to-the-beat/air-guitar night. Drums and guitars galore paired with ear-piercing amps and synths will shake it up for one fiery crowd. Will Van Halen unleash his epic “Eruption”?! Sure as hell hope so. Opening the show are Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Tokyo Dome. Yes, yes and yes! Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, 1000 Ocean Pkwy, Wantagh. jonesbeach.com $50-$630. 7 p.m. August 13 & 15. T.J. MillerSince 2007, this comedian and Silicon Valley star’s career has stretched from television, film, music, to podcasting and standup. He even has an upcoming role as Weasel/Jack Hammer in Marvel’s Deadpool. Until then, come prepared for a rollicking night of hilariously awkward sarcasm. (Yes, that’s a good thing.) The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury thespaceatwestbury.com $25. 8 p.m. August 13.JJ Grey & Mofro, G. Love & Special Sauce, Big Head Todd & The MonstersWhat a bodacious boullibaisse! Blues, Southern Rock, R&B and hip-hop. All on one menu at one venue! This multi-city tour has it all! Be sure not to miss this insane and unforgettable night! Just give yourself a hug for thinking of going. Then let G. Love show you in person how “special” that Sauce really is! NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $52.50. 8 p.m. August 13.George Benson, Chrisette MicheleBenson has blended jazz with pop and R&B for more than 50 years. Chrisette has been singing since she was a girl in Central Islip and has released four albums since 2007. Together, these talents dominate the stage with a scintillating performance you don’t want to miss. Need a mega-mellow vibe? This is the time and this is the place. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $50-$155. 8 p.m. August 14.Mike MarinoWith a razor-sharp tongue accompanied by a biting Italian accent, this comedian is your stereotypical New Jersey bad boy. Expect a lot of exaggerated claims. You know how those Jersey boardwalks are built on braggadocio.  Can’t make it to the show? No worries, shorty! Show your support and tweet #MikeMarinoForPresident! You know he’s got better hair than The Donald! The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $20-$40. 8 p.m. August 14.The StolenDelivering original work since 2008, this five-man boy band has developed a loyal following, wowing crowds across the country. They’ve shared the stage alongside a host of popular groups and even performed at the 2013 Vans Warped Tour. Be sure to check out their upbeat jams like “Motion Sickness,” and their uplifting solemn songs like “Getting New at Growing,” all touching on getting older and perhaps wiser. Warming up the crowd are Pros & iCons, Passing Cars, Vigil Antics and Red Tide. Revolution Bar & Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. revolutionli.com $12. 5:30 p.m. August 14.Joe StarrKnown for his hilarious brand of standup that combines jokes and storytelling with physical humor, this diehard Charlie Chaplin fan has left nightclub, theater, casinos, Comedy Central and comedy festival audiences in stitches for more than two decades. Starr’s also recognizable from his many TV and silver screen appearances, including: ESPN’s award-winning mini-series “The Bronx Is Burning,” the Oliver Stone-directed World Trade Center, National Lampoon’s Dirty Movie, Comedy Central’s series Important Things with Demetri Martin and the just-finished Date Night with Steve Carell and Tina Fey as well as The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn, directed by Steven Spielberg. Get ready to laugh your tuckus off! Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. $20. 8 p.m. August 14.KidStockFestival acts will inspire and encourage children to celebrate and learn through the power of music and creativity. The lineup includes the Bari Koral Family Rock Band, and the Grammy Award-nominated Brady Rhymer, who have both played at the White House, as well as the Bach to Rock Kid Band. North Hempstead Beach Park, 175 West Shore Rd., Port Washington. Free with $10 parking. 12-5 p.m. August 16.Clam-Eating ContestThe current clam-eating world record is 26 dozen cherry stone clams in six minutes, which was set at Peter’s Clam Bar in 2010. Will someone break the record this year? Perhaps the Press‘ very own “write-it-like-he-eats-it,” mollusk-hound, bottomless-pit-of-a-stomach food wildman Chris Cooke!? [Read About His Storied Feedings At Syosset’s It’s Greek To Me HERE] Only one way to find out. Look out, bivalves! They’ve got their mouths open and they’re ready to get stuffed. Peter’s Clam Bar, 600 Long Beach Rd., Island Park. Free to watch, $20 to compete. 2 p.m. August 16.Today’s Mixtape FestivalThe lineup for this two-day festival includes more than 20 bands and an after-party hosted by Andrew W.K.(!!) Included on this must-see roster are: The Movielife, Every Time I Die, Stray From The Path, Kill Your Idols, Real Friends, Crime In Stereo, State Champs, Incendiary, Iron Chic, Counterparts, and many, many more. The Emporium, 9 Rairoad Ave., Patchogue. theemporiumny.com $20-$79.50. 2 p.m. August 15, 12 p.m. August 16.Breaking BenjaminIf you haven’t been jamming with Breaking Benjamin, you’re missing out. The two-platinum-record rock band has sold more than 7 million albums worldwide, with their swelling choruses and angst-heavy lyrics inspiring so many to just simply get up out of their cubicles and dance, dance, dance! Forget office productivity! Those hard guitar riffs can’t be tamed! With opening act Young Guns. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $50-$160 8 p.m. August 15.Opera Double Bill: Gianni Schicchi and Il TabarroBoth operas are from Puccini’s Il Trittico. Schicchi is a comedy about what happens after rich, old Buoso Donati dies. His family is understandably upset about his departure but they’re very, very interested in who gets all his wealth. When they find out that he is going to leave it all to the church, well something must be done, so in steps Gianni Schicchi, to their apparent rescue. Il Tabarro is another “squarcio di vita” slice of life, in the verismo-style, bringing an unhappy marriage, a cheating wife and an suspecting and rather violent husband all together in a combustible combination. The arias alone are worth it. Sands Point Preserve 127 Middle Neck Rd., Sands Point. $50. 8 p.m. August 15.George BensonThis 10-time Grammy Award-winner brings his soul, jazz and R&B singing to Long Island for a night of choice tunes you’ll be humming long after the gig. The former child prodigy and Hollywood Walk of Famer paved the way for jazz and pop music on an international scale, providing an endless list of classic songs from the `50s to the `70s. Come celebrate this legendary musician who redefined the world of jazz with the first platinum jazz album. Wow! Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, 76 Main St., Westhampton Beach. whbpac.org $225, $195, $165. 8 p.m.. August 15.Neil SedakaThis singer/songwriter/pianist will play his chart-toppers, such as “Laughter In The Rain,” “Bad Blood,” “The Immigrant,” “Calendar Girl” and “Breaking Up Is Hard To Do,” among others. He’ll also play songs from his latest album, released last year, The Real Neil, the artist’s first acoustic album ever. So what are you waiting for? NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $50-$70. 8 p.m. August 15.The SmithereensNot many rock groups can say they came out of Carteret, New Jersey, but that distinction could be another reason the Smithereens are so freaking great. We love these guys to pieces! Maybe they found a way to take their suburban alienation to a deeper level and mastered it to musical perfection. Maybe they would have created an equally awesome sound if they’d been from Piscataway or Cape May. Or even Paramus. Some mysteries defy explanation. These philosophical questions are mere distractions from the essential truths that the Smithereens have been blowing their audiences away for years with their “Marshall-amped post-mod power pop,” as USA Today’s Brian Mansfield put it so well. From “Beauty and Sadness” to “Blood and Roses,” The Thrilla, Jim, Dennis, and Pat with Andy Burton from John Mayer’s band on keyboards will be in fine form. And so will we, once we hear that first fantastic crashing guitar chord. The Suffolk Theater, 118 E Main St, Riverhead. suffolktheater.com $49. 8 p.m. August 15.Bunktown FallsThis local reggae/punk/ska/rock/jam band is here to give Long Island faith in its local up-and-coming music again. With opening act Traffic Moving Well. You’ll be skankin’ the night away! Revolution Bar & Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. revolutionli.com $12. 8:30 p.m. August 15.SUMAQ Peruvian Food FestivalThis two-day festival celebrates Peruvian cuisine, which is conquering palates around the world. The gentle blend of ancient Incan cooking practices and immigrant traditions, from places such as Spain, Africa, China and Japan, have created one of the world’s most unique and delicious cuisines. Dig in! From the Andes to the Meadowbrook, they’ve come to cook for you! And all they expect of us is that we show up with an appetite. We promise, we will! Cradle of Aviation Museum, Charles Lindbergh Boulevard, Garden City. cradleofaviation.org $20 adults, $7 kids ages 2-12. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. August 15, 16. Breakfast with Sibylle PfaffenbichlerAn informal talk about Sibylle’s new work, and her experiences leaving the South Fork and moving to Philadelphia. She will speak about her motion drawings, her life in a new city, and her recent show in Vienna and Italy. She’ll bring her new works for us, as well. Refreshments will be served alongside the enlightenment. The South Street Gallery, 18 South St., Greenport. thesouthstreetgallery.com Free. 10 a.m. August 16.Donavon FrankenreiterTo create his fifth full-length album Start Livin’, Hawaii-based singer/guitarist/songwriter Donavon Frankenreiter holed up in a southern California studio for seven days with his longtime bassist Matt Grundy—and no one else. Just a dedicated duo doing what they do best. The follow-up to 2010′s Glow, Start Livin’ is a nine-track selection of folk-infused songs that sweetly reflect the simplicity of their recording. With its smooth showcasing of Frankenreiter’s rich, honey-thick vocals and masterful guitar work, Start Livin’ bears all the intimacy of an impromptu back-porch performance and the tenderness of a treasured love letter. He’s also performing the next day at The Stephen Talkhouse in Amagansett. The Surf Lodge, 183 Edgemere St., Montauk. Free. 7 p.m. August 16. John Gorka & Michael JohnsonGorka is touring to promote his 12th studio album, Bright Side of Down, out now on Red House Records—the first release in more than four years from the acclaimed songwriter widely regarded as “one of contemporary folk music’s leading talents.” Wow! YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org $30-$35. 7 p.m. August 16.Neil Berg’s PianomenThis show pays tribute to two ivory-key greats, Billy Joel and Elton John. Hear the crowd-pleasing popular hits and their forgotten songs from their repertoire that has marked their last four decades. These timeless tunes light up the stage as they are performed by this incredibly talented, award-winning composer, lyricist and producer Neil Berg, on piano, and two incredible Broadway-style vocalists. John W. Engeman Theater, 250 Main St., Northport. engemantheater.com $45. 7 p.m. August 16.Chicago With more than 100 million records sold, this classic rock firestorm with a killer horn section continues to wow audiences and constantly demonstrate why so many across the globe love them. Jimi Hendrix reportedly dug the band so much he openly praised its horns and gushed that its guitarist was even better than him. Can you believe that! With an arsenal of songs way too voluminous to list here, expect one solid night of absolutely crushingly great rock tunes, and a gig you will remember for a long time coming. With Earth, Wind and Fire. Goodness gracious! Have mercy on our miserable souls! We’re not worthy for such blessings, but you know what, we will find a way to revel in this glorious pairing. Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, 1000 Ocean Pkwy, Wantagh. jonesbeach.com $40-$400. 7:30 p.m. August 16.Linda Lavin: Starting OverYou’ll be lovin’ Linda Lavin. The Tony and Golden Globe winner is known for playing Alice Hyatt in the long-running hit TV series Alice, apart from her other accolades on the Broadway stage. Since playing in New York at the start of her career, Linda is a veteran of cabaret in its truest form. She knows how to command a room. Watch her play Broadway favorites, jazz, and classics that will bring joy to all who listen! We want an encore, and she hasn’t even come on stage yet! Guild Hall, 158 Main St., East Hampton. guildhall.org $38. 8 p.m. August 16.Machine Gun KellyThis Cincinnati-raised rapper, whose got his name from his rapid-fire delivery, is known for his high-octane live performances. At 2011’s SXSW he literally spit lyrics while hanging upside-down from the venue’s rafters. P. Diddy took notice, and signed the Gunster soon after. Expect lightning-fast rhymes from his 2012 debut Lace Up, as well as tracks from his upcoming sophomore effort, General Admission, expected to drop next month. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $30-$70. 8 p.m. August 16.Kathleen MadiganMove out of the way, Amy Poehler. There’s a hilarious comedian over here who’s about to make you laugh like you never knew you could. The accomplished performer’s laurels include, but are not limited to, going on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, and the Late Show with David Letterman. Kathleen is the only comedian in the history of NBC’s Last Comic Standing to go unchallenged by any other comedian–meaning no comedian would say they were funnier than her. Get ready to see why! Bay Street Theater, 1 Bay St., Sag Harbor. baystreet.org $69.50. 8 p.m. August 17.Jimmy Buffett & The Coral ReefersBest known for his hit songs “Margaritaville” and “Cheeseburger in Paradise,” Jimmy Buffet is the undisputed emperor of the Land of the Laid Back Life. His live shows are legendary. Rumors are that some fans never left–they’re still in the back row dancing the light fandango and more. Or maybe they just forgot where they parked their car. His loyal following only furthers this notion, wearing Hawaiian shirts and calling themselves “Parrotheads.” His band, the Coral Reefers started collaborating with the country singer in 1975, and although many members have come and gone, The Coral Reefers will be active and alive as long as Buffet is. May their tropical attire never go out of style! Opening the show is Huey Lewis and The News. Oh man! This is the ultimate summer show! And it’s at the ultimate summer venue on Long Island! Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, 1000 Ocean Pkwy, Wantagh. jonesbeach.com $70-$185. 6 p.m. August 18.Chris D’EliaUntil Chris D’Elia returns in October as the jovial womanizer Danny Burton for season three of NBC’s sitcom Undateable, the rising LA-based actor and comedian will be hitting up female fans (and males, too, come on) on the local stand-up circuit. Catch our forthcoming interview with D’Elia on longislandpress.com. Governor’s Comedy Club 90 Division Ave., Levittown. govs.govs.com $34. 7:30 p.m. August 18.Todd RundgrenThis acclaimed multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and record producer is responsible for some of the most iconic albums of all time. He’s influenced countless musicians with a style that grows and evolves with each passing decade. Stage Fright by The Band, We’re an American Band by Grand Funk Railroad, Bat Out of Hell by Meat Loaf, Straight Up by Badfinger, War Babies by Hall & Oates, Skylarking by XTCN, and New York Dolls by the New York Dolls are but a few blessed by his magic touch. Expect exceptionally crafted rock, punctuated by hits from his extensive career, including his signature songs: “Hello It’s Me” and “I Saw the Light.” This man is a living musical genius. No doubt about it. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $35-$75. 8 p.m. August 18.Collie BuddzThis is a rare chance to catch this Bermuda-raised reggae artist all up-close-and-intimate while he serenades you with his infectious and groovy tunes, such as his renowned single “Come Around.” We’ll be there, mon. The Stephen Talkhouse, 161 Main St. Amagansett. stephentalkhouse.com $60. 8 p.m. August 18.The Psychedelic FursLed by singer Richard Butler and his brother Tim, The Psychedelic Furs have continued to meld several varieties of music together in a sonic smorgasbord since 1977. From new wave to hard rock, the band became an international success when film director John Hughes used their song Pretty in Pink for his movie of the same name. Poetic lyrics, strong melodies and rhythms combined with an aggressive, punky edge produce a spectacle to behold. The Furs are the real deal. Opening the show is The Church. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $47. 8 p.m. August 19.—Compiled by Daniela Weinstein, Chuck Cannini, Nicholas Semelak, Ayo Fagbemi, Timothy Bolger & Zachary B. Tirana III.last_img
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Olympia Federal Savings Earns Bauer Financial 5-Star Rating For 100th Consecutive…

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Olympia Federal SavingsBauerFinancial Inc., an independent rating service that analyzes and reports on the financial condition of the nation’s banking industry has awarded Olympia Federal Savings a 5-Star Rating for the 100th consecutive quarter, an honor they have received since Bauer began rating institutions in 1988.  The 5-Star rating is Bauer’s highest and reflects their review of Olympia Federal’s quarterly and annual statements. Only 1% of the nation’s banks earned Bauer’s 5-Star rating.Bauer has earned a reputation as the nation’s bank rating service and government regulators routinely refer thousands of consumers to BauerFinancial each year.“Twenty-five years of continuous 5-star ratings.  That’s impressive,” said Karen L. Dorway, President of BauerFinancial.  “It takes a top-notch team to maintain excellence in areas of capital, asset quality and profitability especially given the current economic environment we have been experiencing the last few years.”Olympia Federal Savings was founded in 1906 and is a state-chartered mutual savings institution with seven branches serving Thurston and Mason counties.  As of their year-end of March 31, 2013 Olympia Federal had assets totaling $554 million.For more information on Olympia Federal Savings visit www.olyfed.com.  For more information on BauerFinancial, visit www.bauerfinancial.comlast_img read more

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Arsenal ride their luck as Lacazette gem sinks Everton

first_imgBut Lacazette ensured that lethargic spell wouldn’t prove costly when he smashed a sublime opener in the second half.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang doubled Arsenal’s lead moments later when the Gabon forward was allowed to slot home despite being clearly offside.That controversial effort shattered Everton’s resolve as Arsenal celebrated a flattering victory that lifted them to sixth place in the Premier League.The north Londoners have now won their last five games in all competitions, yet, not for the first time, this was a far from convincing display.A first clean sheet of the Emery era was a welcome sight for the Arsenal manager, but he will know there is still plenty of room for improvement in all areas.Everton, without a win in their last 25 visits to Arsenal, could consider themselves unlucky, but their first half profligacy proved decisive.Marco Silva’s team have lost their last two matches and have won only one of their six league games this season.After a laboured start from Arsenal, they finally pieced together an incisive raid when Hector Bellerin’s cross found Aubameyang at the far post.Aubameyang scuffed the ball back to Nacho Monreal and the Arsenal defender saw his strike pushed away by Everton keeper Jordan Pickford.If that move show-cased the best of the attack-minded Bellerin, Everton’s next chance underlined the Spaniard’s defensive frailties.A long pass into Richarlison should have been easy for Bellerin to subdue, but he allowed the Brazilian forward to turn away from him far too easily, and it took a good save from Petr Cech to spare his team-mate’s blushes.Richarlison, back after serving a three-match ban, was a constant menace to the ponderous Arsenal defence and he went close again with a low curling effort from the edge of the area.There were plenty of empty seats around the Emirates and, with Arsenal struggling to find any rhythm, those who had shown up were growing restless by the time Lucas Digne’s free-kick was tipped over by Cech.– Majestic –Theo Walcott scored 56 times at the Emirates during his 12 years with Arsenal and the Everton winger, making his second return to his old club, almost added to that total just before half-time.Sprinting onto Gylfi Sigurdsson’s pass, Walcott had a clear sight of goal but shot straight at Cech in a familiar sight to Arsenal fans who endured the winger’s erratic displays for so long.Arsenal lost Greek defender Sokratis to injury, leaving the Gunners even more vulnerable to Richarlison, who immediately seized on Sigurdsson’s pass and unleashed a powerful drive that forced Cech to save.But, having escaped without punishment for their tepid first half, Arsenal seized the lead in the 56th minute.Lucas Torreira stole possession in midfield and quickly recycled the ball to Aaron Ramsey, whose pass found Lacazette in space on the left side of the area.Lacazette had been anonymous until that point but, taking a touch to size up his options, the French forward guided a majestic curling shot into the top corner for his second goal of the season.If that was tough on Everton, there was worse to come for Marco Silva’s side three minutes later as Arsenal scored a dubious second to seal the points.Mesut Ozil surged away down the right flank and when the Arsenal midfielder’s pass reached Ramsey, he flicked the ball to the offside Aubameyang.The linesman’s flag stayed down and Aubameyang did the rest, planting a cool finish past Pickford for his fourth goal of the season.0Shares0000(Visited 5 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Alexandre Lacazette’s superb strike put Arsenal on course for victory against Everton© AFP Adrian DENNISLONDON, United Kingdom, Sep 23 – Alexandre Lacazette fired Arsenal to a fourth successive Premier League win as the French forward’s superb strike inspired a hard-fought 2-0 success against Everton on Sunday.Unai Emery’s side rode their luck in the first half at the Emirates Stadium as Everton wasted a host of chances to punish a sloppy opening from the Gunners.last_img read more

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Football Kicked Off Spring Practice on Tuesday

first_imgThe Bulldogs return a strong core of players including six offensive starters and seven defensive starters. The team looks to improve from its 7-4 record a season ago. “This first week in spring is about getting the rust out with a lot of young guys getting more reps. Also there is a lot of learning going on so it isn’t pretty, but we had great energy today and need to keep building on that. The Bulldogs return to the field on Thursday afternoon and then Saturday morning to complete their first week of spring practices. DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University football team strapped on the helmets for the first time in 2017 as the Bulldogs began spring practice on Tuesday at Drake Stadium. Drake is set to have 13 more practices throughout the next month leading up to the annual Blue-White Spring Game on April 22.Drake head coach Rick Fox and his staff enter their fourth season together and are excited about the group of guys they have and will be welcoming in the fall.”The theme this spring is to “win the now”. Win right now. When you win a bunch of nows in a row then you win then and you can’t win then if you don’t win now. So that’s what we are trying to do is to win each rep, each moment and each second. When we add that up it will lead to a great fall,” said Fox.center_img  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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Giants reap the benefits from changes, Slater crushes Padres in season debut

first_imgSAN DIEGO — When the Giants opened the season with a four-game series at Petco Park, a slew of Padres left-handers exposed an overmatched lineup that desperately needed reinforcements.Upon arriving in San Diego for their second of three visits, the Giants’ roster looks dramatically different.In Monday’s series opener, the results at the plate were quite different, too.On the shoulders of newcomer Austin Slater, the Giants ripped off nine extra-base hits, slugged three home runs, crushed …last_img

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Return of the Peppered Mice

first_imgSlight changes in the coat color of deer mice is the latest triumph of evolutionary theory, if we are to believe the BBC News and New Scientist.   The BBC announced, without apologies to Jonathan Wells, that “A tiny pale deer mouse living on a sand dune in Nebraska looks set to become an icon of biology.”  But wasn’t a similar case argued six years ago? (see the 04/18/2003 entry).  Actually, one of the researchers in the current story was involved in that case, too.    The new work published in Science alleges that a team has discovered a new mutation for coat color that spread throughout a population of deer mice in Nebraska.  Since those mice live on light-colored sand dunes, this supposedly gives them a survival advantage.  It seems strange to make such a big deal of this given the variation already known in fur color in mice, rats, cats and dogs, but the BBC said that this is the first time a gene that mutated has been associated with a trait that appears to confer a fitness benefit.  “That makes the fast-evolving deer mouse one of the best examples yet studied of ‘true’ natural selection in action.”  It’s not much of an advantage, though: just 0.5 percent.  Time is the hero of the plot.  Hopi Hoekstra said, “It doesn’t seem that much, but multiplied over thousands of individuals over hundreds of years, it makes a huge difference.”  The sand dunes are thought to have formed 8,000 to 15,000 years ago.    New Scientist noted that the mutation consisted of a single amino acid deletion within one gene known to be responsible for coat color in many mammals.  So if natural selection did anything, it deleted something; it did not invent something new (certainly not a new protein or enzyme from scratch).  Calling it a “beneficial mutation,” therefore, seems a stretch.  Presumably “Any cases where you can find positive selection for a mutation are interesting,” according to Ron Woodruff of Bowling Green State University.    To sound sufficiently Darwinian, the paper in Science began with “On the origin” and spread of this mutation.  It mentioned selection often.  The authors rigged an artificial test area with owls and mice where they believe the predatory birds attacked the darker mice more often, but admitted that their tests of fitness were overestimated, “given that predation rates were most likely artificially inflated in the enclosed arena tested.”  They also were unable to establish how the mutation actually produced the phenotypic change.  Nevertheless, they feel that a new mutation did arise and spread through the population and gave the light-colored mice a slightly better chance to avoid being eaten by owls.1.  Linnen, Kingsley, Jensen and Hoekstra, “On the Origin and Spread of an Adaptive Allele in Deer Mice,” Science, 28 August 2009: Vol. 325. no. 5944, pp. 1095-1098, DOI: 10.1126/science.1175826.Evolutionists get so excited about the silliest things.  Even a staunch young-earth creationist like Ken Ham would yawn over this story.  He readily shows in Powerpoint slides how all the variety of dogs could have easily arisen since the Flood by mutations and selection.  In fact, the BBC News just reported that only three genes are involved in the wide variety of fur styles in dogs.  The article said nothing about evolution.    These mice did not really evolve in the sense Darwin wanted to explain.  Was any new function created in these mice?  No.  Was a new gene, or a new protein, or a new molecular machine invented?  No.  Did the mice grow new organs, like wings, and take to the skies?  No.  Did the scientists explain how the gene actually functioned in the mice, and how it interacted with the other genes?  No.  There are many more questions that could be asked.  Did this lighter coat color having some drawbacks, like making it harder for the mice to find each other to mate?  Did the increase in light-colored mice stimulate a corresponding increase in visual acuity in the owls, making this a zero-sum game?  Was there slippage on the treadmill (03/17/2003)?  What is the big deal, anyway?  And why would any Darwinist wish to associate this study with the shamed and discredited case of the peppered moths (07/05/2002, 06/25/2004)?    The change in the mice is so trivial, it hardly deserves to be celebrated at all, even by evolutionists.  Yet the Darwin-drunk media are telling us this is destined to become a new icon of biology and is “one of the best examples yet studied of natural selection in action.”  If they think this is the best, we would like to see the next best, and so on.  We would like to ask how all the animal phyla, with all their complex and integrated body plans, arose without any evidence of selection, or how life itself arose in the first place.  It doesn’t help a theory when the data needing to be explained are orders of magnitude more complex than one feeble case held up as one of the best examples ever found.  Find an example that makes Ken stop yawning and then we might pay attention.(Visited 25 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Firefox 4 Comes to Android

first_imgaudrey watters Hot on the heels of a phenomenally successful release of the desktop version of Firefox 4, Mozilla has just launched an Android version of the browser.If you’re a Firefox user and an Android owner, then the browser’s worth downloading as it brings the Firefox sync, giving you access to your bookmarks, open tabs, form data, and passwords across computers. Firefox 4 also has a nice feature that hides the browser controls when they’re not in use, something that can take up the precious real estate on the smaller phone screen.But it’s not just looks or even synced data that matter – it’s performance. A this latest version of Firefox for the Android is fast – up to three times faster than the standard Android browser, according to Mozilla – as its JavaScript engine has been enhanced so that pages load more quickly and graphics perform better. This new browser supports HTML5, but it doesn’t support Flash. The app is available now via the Android Market. It’s a hefty 14 MB download. Tags:#Browsers#NYT#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Wind Energy Is Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions

first_imgEnergy produced by wind turbines in the U.S. totaled 167 million megawatt (MW) hours in 2013 and reduced carbon dioxide emissions by nearly 127 million tons, the equivalent of taking 20 million cars off the road, according to a report from the American Wind Energy Association.The report paints a rosy picture of wind’s growing impact: a 43% decline in the purchase price of wind power in the last five years and an average growth rate of nearly 20% per year between 2009 and 2013.Renewable sources of energy accounted for 13% of total U.S. production in 2013, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Wind energy amounted to about one-third of that, roughly 4% of the U.S. total. (Solar energy production is only 1/16 as much as wind energy production).In all, the Wind Energy Association said, the total installed wind capacity in the U.S. is 61,110 MW, equaling the output of more than 50 average-sized coal plants or 14 nuclear plants.In the last five years, nearly one-third of all newly installed electrical generating capacity has been wind, the report said. In 2012, wind accounted for 42% of all newly installed generating capacity.Other findings in the report:A typical 2 MW turbine avoids between 4,000 and 4,500 tons of carbon emissions per year (the same as more than 700 cars).Wind energy saved 36.5 billion gallons of water last year, the amount that would have been used at conventional power plants.Eleven states reduced carbon emissions by 10% or more with wind power, and more than 25% of the electricity in two states comes from wind.last_img read more

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Blockchain Trends that Everyone Should Watch Out For 2019

first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#Blockchain#Blockchian Trends#Blockchian Trends 2019 Raja Sekhar Why is Bitcoin Soaring? Introduction:Just a short measure of time has gone since 2019 begun. And 2019 could go down in blockchain history as the ‘versus’ year, and the ‘battle card’ is fascinating. With this article, we’re investigating a couple of the hot catch subjects that are being examined. Blockchain‘s development in recent years has been relentless and robust. All things being equal, this weighty innovation still has a ton to offer and keeps on holding much guarantee. Proceeding from a year ago’s buzz and the passageway of controllers, blockchain is ready to advance much further. A key territory is an innovation for endeavors that require trustless exchanges and secure record keeping. Ventures can follow exchanges with more noteworthy certainty and security and blockchain appropriation. Particular from the cryptographic money promotion or fate – is relentlessly picking up in significant business conditions. While some may mourn the section of controllers in 2018, clasping down on ICO activities, and setting up severe systems for consistency, these are indications of a market developing.So, here are my five expectations for how we’re probably going to see blockchain utilize developing and proceeding to stand out as truly newsworthy. This continuation even though they might be marginally less hyperbolic – in 2019.Less Hype and Scams, More SubstanceAny innovation can pull in a scam sales rep, and maybe blockchain pulled in more than most. The scams implied 2018 saw controllers venturing in, suggesting that those offering “supernatural occurrence arrangements” and pyramid schemes constructed (or not worked) on blockchain ought to be far less noticeable in the following a year. What we should see rather is consequences of progressively thought to be, develop tries in the blockchain field. Organizations, for example, Walmart — is putting resources into arrangements intended to shore up sanitation gauges. In the wake of emergencies — for example, 2018’s E.coli episode — Walmart’s answer implies anybody engaged with the supply of specific items will almost certainly follow singular things back to the ranch. As significate leader like Walmart will almost certainly has high backers and interest.Amazon is likewise declaring blockchain ventures during the current year – with two blockchain activities expecting to empower its AWS clients to exploit conveyed record innovation in their very own tasks. With huge players like those two (and others) entering the game, it appears to be sure that blockchain will begin to show that it can bring genuine incentive amid 2019.The Blockchain and IoT Convergence Continues to Gather PaceAs indicated by one report, the utilization of blockchain innovation to verify information and gadgets in the web of things (IoT) multiplied amid 2018. This pattern is probably going to proceed one year from now and past, as more associations wake up to the capability of circulated, scrambled record innovation in this field. The ground-breaking encryption used to verify blockchains implies that aggressors need a tremendous measure of registering capacity to animal power their way into only one hub. Furthermore, their decentralized nature suggests assailants can’t sidestep security by impairing a singular purpose of-disappointment with, for instance, a disavowal of-administration assault. Just as security, blockchain offers utility advantages in the IoT field, as well. With the number of associated gadgets anticipated to top 26 billion amid 2019, large measures of machine-to-machine correspondence will occur, at dreadfully high a speed for people to keep up physically. Specialists expect that blockchains will progressively be utilized to log and screen these correspondences and exchanges, and despite the fact that this union is at an in all respects beginning time, 2019 will see a blast in its utilization.More Blockchain Offerings from the Financial Services IndustryCryptocurrency may have taken a pounding amid 2018, due in no little part to a blasting of the theoretical air pocket developed around the entry of such conceivably transformative innovation. Be that as it may, the standard monetary administrations’ industry was without a doubt shaken by the rise of this tech and the potential it needs to disturb their organizations. To such an extent that it appears to be likely, they will be at the front line of the following wave, when it comes smashing in. One precedent is Bakkt, the Bitcoin-based prospects exchanging stage arranged by ICE, the administrator of the New York Stock Exchange. In creating markets uniquely — where a significant part of the populace is named “unbankable” because of establishments’ powerlessness or reluctance to associate them to its administrations. New companies are probably going to lead the path with imaginative administrations worked around blockchains and advanced, extortion safe monetary forms, transfer mechanisms and storage.More Investment OpportunitiesNot merely in particular, obscure cryptographic forms of money with doubtful use cases – Blockchain innovation makes it conceivable to offer and track interests in an entire scope of advantage classes that customarily have been the save of institutional financial specialists and the well off. For instance, tokenization brings down the bar to a section for interest in property, possibly permitting progressively fluid exchanging of high-esteem resources and allowing a more significant amount of us a cut of the pie of the development (or misfortunes) they can produce. Guidelines will be required before these speculation openings will be viewed as sufficiently sheltered for ordinary financial specialists to partake, and as we’ve seen in the course of the most recent year, this absolutely is by all accounts on its way.Art, property and fine wines are generally instances of venture resources that customarily were just a possibility for wealthy financial specialists with the advantage of having the option to place capital in this resources directly — and be in no rush for their speculation to satisfy. With guidelines set up, ordinary financial specialists can buy carefully sponsored “shares” in these advantage classes and auction them when they have to sell their assets. Furthermore, blockchain-based “keen contracts” are intended to diminish the dependence on go-betweens, for example, agents and legal advisors when building up these exchanges, further bringing down the expenses and hindrances to passage.Bitcoin will still be big businessI’m not going to be inept or sufficiently reckless to anticipate that the estimation of cryptographic forms of money is going to shoot into the stratosphere (once more) in 2019. As I’ve said previously, guessing on the estimation of these computerized resources isn’t my business, and if the turbulent instability of late years demonstrates anything, it’s that nobody can precisely foresee what will occur straightaway. One thing that is clear, however, is that cryptographic forms of money are a long way from dead. Utilizing the Bitcoin cost as a benchmark, values are still nearly multiple times higher than they were two years back. Exchanging volumes on trades appear there is as yet a solid craving for the speculative venture. What’s more, that is before we even begin to consider the conceivable eventual fate of elective digital forms of money, for example, Ethereum, Ripple and Tether. These all seem to be a guarantee to enhance Bitcoin somehow or another – offering more excellent utility, security or speed. Amid 2019, we may not see an arrival to the highs of 2017, when the estimation of crypto resources available for use overall approached 75% of a trillion dollars. We could see a continuation of the time of relative strength that we saw amid 2018. Also, as the open’s comprehension of what digital currencies offer (past pyramid schemes) develops, the establishments of a progressively favorable and significant crypto environment starting to rise. Blockchain – Impending Revolution in Glob… RajaSekhar is working as a Technical Content Contributor for KBS Training a global training company that provides e-learning and professional certification training. He loves to write technology related articles. And He’s being passionate about being updated on recent IT and business technology innovations. Contact RajaSekhar at [email protected] How Blockchain Changes Nowadays Business Security ToyBox and PlayTable Partner Together For Block…last_img read more

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