Facility Solutions: Is it wise to invest during economic uncertainty?

first_img continue reading » It is safe to say that for most of us, the COVID-19 global pandemic is unprecedented and was unexpected. However, while the pandemic itself may have been a new and different type of crisis, the resulting economic downturn is not uncharted territory, including for financial institutions.Throughout history, times of economic uncertainty and contraction have spurred mass layoffs, cancellation of capital expenditures and organizational “tightening of the belt.” Though this has been the common response, is it the correct response for financial institutions? A thorough analysis of data from the Great Recession and other recessionary periods is clear: The best way to emerge from a recession stronger is not to solely enact cost cutting measures, but to wisely balance cost reduction efforts with strategic investments in the future.How organizations cut costs also matters. Our research found that, generally, organizations that cut costs by maximizing operational efficiency, as opposed to cutting employees, weathered the recession and performed better coming out of it than those that significantly cut their workforce. Additionally, these organizations seized opportunities to invest in business growth through research and development, and property and equipment investments, as well as other capital expenditures. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Public Works Minister declares Matthieu Dam a disaster zone

first_img Sharing is caring! Share Share 11 Views   no discussions Tweetcenter_img Share LocalNews Public Works Minister declares Matthieu Dam a disaster zone by: – July 28, 2011 Hon. Rayburn Blackmoore. Photo credit: GIS NewsPublic Works Minister Honourable Rayburn Blackmoore says the Matthieu Dam has been declared a  disaster zone and pedestrians and motorists should exercise caution.Blackmoore was speaking on the heels of a major disaster which occurred this morning, when the Matthieu Dam collapsed, rushing flood waters down the Layou River, partially washing away in the bridge and affecting several businesses and home owners in the process.“We have been told that the Dam has not yet disposed of all its water into the river so the potential for secondary flooding exists,” he said.According to Blackmoore, officials who are investigating the matter have been advised that they should wait before they attempt to access the Dam.He says however the Government is doing all in its power to deal with the matter.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Simon Westbury – VSoftCo – Using professional footballers to increase the realism of virtual products

first_imgShare Share EFL urges government to rethink gambling sponsorship ban July 3, 2020 Submit Related Articles PBS launches virtual sports solution for SSBTs July 7, 2020 StumbleUpon Simon Westbury, VSoftCoVSoftCo has been in the news recently after agreeing a multi-year deal to integrate its branded football game VStriker and a branded variant of Spot The Ball on Leander Games. To mark the start of a busy summer for the virtual sports specialist, we caught up with the company’s sales director Simon Westbury to discuss motion capture filming at Bramall Lane, the strategic importance of its partnership with Sheffield United FC and the impact of its recent move into the South American market.SBC: How much of an impact has the week of motion capture filming at Bramall Lane had on your virtual products?SW: The impact has been huge; it has allowed us to update our product with all the latest developments for the world of football and incorporate them into our updated version. A small example of this is the incorporation of the new kick off into our virtual game.Additionally, we have been able to work with professional football players to gain insight into the game and then take these findings to increase the realism of Fantastic League. We have included new types of fouls that have come from the professional players from their experiences in League One last year.We were also able to capture of 500 different sequences, meaning that Fantastic League now has over 2000 different sequences. The maths guys have told me that from the incorporation of these sequences, there is now a one in nine million chance of seeing the same sequence repeated.In a nutshell, the week of motion capture at Bramall Lane has allowed us to increase the realism of Fantastic League and allowed the team to gain insight from professional footballers, ensuring that we use our unique real time rendered technology to provide the most exciting experience for a punter.SBC: How do you ensure that VSoftCo makes the most out of its connection to Sheffield United FC?SW: The connection we have with Sheffield United (SUFC) is a special one and it goes past just the football. We were delighted to be showcase Beautiful Down Bramall Lane last Saturday at the Kell Brook fight where VSoftCo were able to host clients and partners. Despite Kell not getting the result everyone wanted, the team at SUFC put on a great show despite the tragic events in Manchester.We work closely with the club on a daily basis to see when we can get into the training ground to run more motion capture sessions, and we are looking to incorporate the prozone stats SUFC use on player and team analysis into Fantastic League.Now Sheffield United are back in the Championship, VSoftCo will be using the unique match day experience at Bramall Lane to continue to host and entertain, clients and partners.Finally, I am speaking to SBC founder Rasmus Sojmark about the possibility of hosting a charity game on the pitch at the end of 2017/18 seasons for our industry peers. The Betting on Football conference has shown the great crossover between gaming and football, and VSoftCo would like to offer the industry the opportunity to play on the oldest professional stadium in the world.SBC: How do you assess the impact of your move into the South American market with lottery provider IVISA?SW: The IVISA deal is a very exciting deal for VSoftCo and we are looking forward to the product going live in the next month. The IVISA deal is a deal that really signifies the global reach of our product and we are delighted to be partnering with such a well known local partner.Since ICE, VSoftCo has enjoyed the best year in its history, signing seven deals with key partners including InBet, Leander, Ezugi, Infinity and Spreadex. I am not sure other virtual providers have matched this volume of deals.SBC: Is there a specific innovation that you expect to see entering the virtual football space in the second half of 2017?SW: I recently discussed this on a panel at Betting on Football, and we all agreed that the next big innovation to come into virtual sports is in play betting. This is a challenge that all providers are looking into. I truly believe that our unique real time technology gives us the edge here. We are currently the only provider to offer a first goalscorer market and this market alone accounts for 30% of bets for our clients in Italy. I believe VSoftCo can use this technology to offer the first real in play betting markets; the use of pre-rendered technology by our competitors throws up challenges that VSoftCo do not need to overcome.Finally, we are about to launch a new product with a client that will be based on spread markets rather than fixed odds betting, and I think this will be an interesting development for the virtual football space and I am excited to see how it performs. SBC Webinars and Digitain present Finding Value in Untapped Markets July 14, 2020last_img read more

Luis Suarez ‘bite’: Liverpool striker apologises to Branislav Ivanovic

first_imgLiverpool striker Luis Suarez has apologised for his “inexcusable behaviour” after appearing to bite Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic.The incident happened in the second half of Liverpool’s 2-2 draw against Chelsea at Anfield on Sunday.“I’m sad for what happened this afternoon,” said Suarez, 26, on his official Twitter account.“I apologise [to] Ivanovic and all [the] football world for my inexcusable behaviour. I’m so sorry about it!”Shortly after the game, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers said no individual was “bigger than the club” after pledging to review the incident.“This is a club with incredible values and ethics,” said Rodgers. “We’ll review it as a club, because there’s certainly no-one bigger than this club, a player or manager.” Ivanovic, 29, complained to referee Kevin Friend that he had been bitten on his right arm by Suarez after their clash inside the Chelsea penalty area.“As football managers, staff and players, we’re representing this club, off the field and in particular on the field,” added Rodgers.“I’ll always speak openly and honestly about the players and protect them when I can, but with all due respect I’ll make an honest appraisal of it [first].“I’ll always defend people if I think they’re right – if I think they’re wrong I’ll tell them, and that’s already happened with Luis this year. “And then we move on from it. If that’s what the case is, they’ve got to accept the consequences accordingly.”Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre has cancelled a planned trip to Australia on Sunday night to personally handle the fallout.Chelsea interim boss Rafael Benitez, who was making his first return to his former club as an opposition manager, said he did not see the incident.“I have not spoken to the players [about Suarez],” he said. “We were talking about the late goal – it is very frustrating.“We have plenty of time in the week to speak about it.” Former Ajax captain Suarez was given a seven-match ban for biting PSV Eindhoven midfielder Otman Bakkal in November 2010.Suarez has been Liverpool’s outstanding player this season and netted his 30th goal of the campaign with the last-minute equaliser against Chelsea.The Uruguayan, who signed for the Reds in January 2011, was recently named on the PFA Player of the Year shortlist. PFA chairman Gordon Taylor believes Suarez will not be excluded from the PFA award but called the situation “embarrassing”.He told BBC Sport: “It is very depressing and embarrassing that it should happen. If it wasn’t for all the controversies he’s been involved in he would be a more highly regarded player. “Players are role models and are highly rewarded. This sets such a bad example.”Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech said immediately after the match that Ivanovic had not mentioned the incident in the Blues’ dressing room.“I didn’t see it at the time but people have told me, which is surprising,” said the Czech Republic international.“Suarez always does little fouls and pushes. I saw Branislav’s reaction and he was not happy at all.”last_img read more

GGG vs. Steve Rolls weigh-in results for full fight card

first_imgThat said, the penultimate step is the weigh-in (capped at 164 pounds) before the fight. Here are the GGG and Rolls weights plus results for the entire card.Join DAZN and watch GGG-Rolls: Sign up in the U.S. | CanadaHow to watch the GGG vs. Rolls weigh-inYou can re-watch the weigh-ins for Golovkin, Rolls and the full undercard below.GGG vs. Rolls full card weigh-insFighterWeightGennadiy Golovkin163 poundsSteve Rolls163.8 poundsAli Akhmedov167.4 poundsMarcus McDaniel168 poundsBrian Ceballo147.6 poundsBakhtiyar Eyubov148 poundsCharles Conwell153.4 poundsCourtney Pennington152 poundsIsrail Madimov153.2 poundsNorberto Gonzalez152.8 poundsNikita Ababiy156 poundsJuan Francisco “SanPa” Barajas157.2 poundsJohnathan Arroyo146.2 poundsJordan Morales146 poundsWhat time is the GGG vs. Rolls fight?The Gennady Golovkin vs. Steve Rolls fight is not available via traditional pay-per-view methods. Fans in the United States and Canada can sign up to watch the fight on DAZN, the global live-sports streaming service that has signed exclusive deals with fighters such as GGG, Canelo Alvarez and Anthony Joshua.The undercard for the event is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. ET, and the main card at 9 p.m. Golovkin and Rolls should enter the ring around 11 p.m.DAZN is available on a variety of platforms, including Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, iOS, Android, Xbox One, Playstation 4 and Playstation 3, as well as Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari browsers via DAZN.com.MORE ABOUT DAZN • Meet DAZN, the first dedicated live sports streaming service• What sports are live-streamed on DAZN?• How much does DAZN’s live sports streaming service cost?GGG vs. Rolls fight cardMatchupClassBeltGennadiy Golovkin vs. Steve RollsSuper middleweight…Ali Akhmedov vs. Marcus McDanielSuper middleweight…Brian Ceballo vs. Bakhtiyar EyubovWelterweight…Charles Conwell vs. Courtney PenningtonJr. middleweight…Israil Madimov vs. Norberto GonzalezJr. middleweight…Nikita Ababiy vs. Juan Francisco “SanPa” BarajasMiddleweight…Johnathan Arroyo vs. Jordan MoralesWelterweight… Gennadiy Golovkin returns to the ring for the first time in nine months on Saturday when he takes on Steven Rolls in a super middleweight bout, his first since a major decision loss to Canelo Alvarez.GGG (38-1-1, 34 KOs) will return to Madison Square Garden for his sixth fight in the venue, though it will be the first time without a title belt on the line. He takes on Rolls (19-0, 10 KOs) in his first steps toward reclaiming his lost titles. The fight takes place live and exclusively on DAZN.last_img read more

LIVE: Nsibambi brace gives brave KCCA FC 2nd CAF group win

first_imgFULL STORY TO FOLLOWGroup AFUS Rabat (MAR) 2 v Club Africain (TUN) 1Standings (played, won, drawn, lost, goals for, goals against, points)FUS         3 2 0 1 5 2 6KCCA      3 2 0 1 4 5 6 Nsibambi  celebrates one of his two goals. PHOTO KCCA MEDIAKampala City ?? 2  ?? Rivers United 1A brace from Derrick Nsibambi ensured KCCA FC continued their perfect CAF Confederation Cup home record at Lugogo’s Philip Omondi Stadium in Lugogo on Saturday.Nsibambi struck on 16 minutes in the first half, then restored the lead in the 71st after the Nigerians had equalized on 33 minutes.The striker sent his tally to four, having already bagged two in the CAF Confederation Cup but is most remembered for his 94th winner against El Masry in the first leg of the Champions League playoff at the same ground. Africain 3 1 0 2 5 5 3Rivers     3 1 0 2 3 5 3****MATCH PREVIEWManager Mike Mutebi giving instructions to Ivan Ntege before the latter was introduced in the CAF Confederation tie against Club Africain at Lugogo. PHOTO KCCA FC MEDIALugogo, Uganda| KCCA FC MEDIA| Kampala Capital City Authority Football Club (KCCA FC)  return to continental action today with a home duel against Nigeria’s Rivers United in Group A of the Total CAF Confederation Cup.After earning a vital victory against Club Africain about a fortnight ago, KCCA FC ensured they remained on the course to achieving their target of progressing to the quarterfinals.“We are prepared for the game, the players are set and our target is to make sure we get maximum points in tomorrow’s encounter,” team manager, Mike Hillary Mutebi told www.kccafc.co.ug.The manager however notes, it will not be a walk in the park for KCCA FC at Phillip Omondi stadium because Rivers United are an equally a good side.“From the assessment I have made about them (Rivers United), they are a very tactical side, physical like we all know about West African teams. Therefore, that calls for efficiency and make sure we minimize the mistakes in order to get the result that we want,” he asserted.Tickets for the Saturday tie at Lugogo are already on sale at Shell Petro Stations in Nakawa, Lugogo and Kampala Road together with the Philip Omondi Stadium in Lugogo.They go for Shs 10,000/= in the open stands, Shs 20,000/= in the VIP and Shs 50,000/= in the VVIP with free entrance to all students in uniforms.CLICK TO READ ALL MATCH PREVIEWSShare on: WhatsApplast_img read more

England’s volunteer course raters are just champion!

first_img Tags: Course rating, The Colony Golf Club, Vienna, Volunteer An England Golf team of volunteer course raters proved they are on top of their game when they beat off a challenge from over 20 other European countries.Karen Hearn, from Warwickshire, Rosemary Rice of Surrey, Jackie Keay of Hampshire and Mark Ward of Kent represented England at course rating seminar in Vienna, attended by teams from countries and golf associations across Europe.They came out on top when all the teams undertook a series of tasks to show how each country rates and evaluates the golf courses under its jurisdiction and how that compares to the master rating, set by the United States Golf Association.Gemma Hunter, England Golf Handicap and Course Rating Manager, remarked: “Our course rating teams are very knowledgeable and we were absolutely delighted to prove this to the rest of Europe!”England Golf has over 70 volunteer teams who rate the courses at its 1900+ affiliated clubs, giving them a standard scratch score which is used for handicapping purposes.The seminar was hosted by the Austrian Golf Federation at The Colony Golf Club, Vienna and led by Scott Hovde, the USGA Assistant Director of handicap and Course Rating.The volunteers also managed to squeeze in some sight-seeing time during their trip. 22 Jun 2018 England’s volunteer course raters are just champion! last_img read more

Kinrade & Company rout Charlotte to take commanding 3-0 lead

first_imgThe B-Sens scored six times in the final two periods to rout the Charlotte Checkers 7-1 Tuesday in game three of the AHL Eastern Conference Final in Binghamton.The Ottawa Senators farm team leads the best-of-seven series 3-0 with game four Wednesday in Binghamton.Zack Smith had four points, including a hat-trick, and netminder Robin Lehner made 37 saves to lead the B-Sens.Despite being rocked for seven goals Charlotte out shot Binghamton 38-32.Nelson Minor Hockey grad Geoff Kinrade, playing defence in his second season of professional hockey in the AHL, finished the game a plus-3. The Binghamton Senators are one win away from the Calder Cup Final.last_img read more


first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 6, 2016)–Mor Spirit took Saturday’s Grade III, $150,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes by a measured 1 ½ lengths under Gary Stevens and unequivocally stamped himself as the West Coast’s top Derby hopeful.Trained by Bob Baffert, who saddled his record sixth Lewis winner, the Pennsylvania-bred colt sat a perfect trip in behind dueling leaders I Will Score and Uncle Lino around the far turn and Stevens waited to call upon the long-striding son of Eskendereya leaving the furlong pole and won easily.“I actually got there (to the lead) quicker than I wanted to,” said Stevens. “I was loaded going into the stretch. He’s pretty special and I’m looking forward to facing more competition. He wasn’t even blowing after the race…I haven’t got close to finding the bottom of him yet and that’s a good feeling. He seems to do just enough of what’s in front of him, he likes a target. I think as he faces better horses, he’ll only get better.”Off at 3-5 in a field of six, Mor Spirit paid $3.40, $2.40 and $2.10. Owned by Michael Lund Petersen, Mor Spirit followed his win in the Grade I Los Alamitos Futurity posting his third win from five starts. With the winner’s share of $90,000, he increased his earnings to $378,400 and most importantly, picked up 10 all-important qualifying points to start in the Kentucky Derby on May 7.“He has that long stride, but in the mornings, he’s not a very good work horse. He’s sort of lazy…They were two really nice horses (Uncle Lino and I Will Score)…It makes the race even more interesting in that he’s able to collar those horses.”When asked what might be next for Mor Spirit, Baffert replied, “I don’t know. We know he’ll go on a plane to go somewhere, but right now, I’ll just go by how he’s doing. It’s just too far ahead.”In his fourth career start and first time around two turns, Uncle Lino, who was ridden by Fernando Perez, broke from the far outside and pushed I Will Score through splits of 23.49, 47.78, 1:12.34 and 1:37.10.Off at 7-1, he finished a half length in front of I Will Score. Trained by Gary Sherlock, he paid $5.20 and $2.80.“I’m very happy, he ran good,” said Sherlock. “The pace scenario dictated what we had to do what we did today…We’ll move forward off of this. He won’t be leaving here. I don’t have to go anywhere, there’s a million dollar race four hundred yards from his stall (Grade I Santa Anita Derby on April 9).Ridden by Mike Smith, I Will Score was making only his third career start and was also trying a route of ground for the first time.“He ran really well,” said Smith. “The winner’s a really good horse. He’s definitely on the Derby Trail. He’s definitely that kind of horse. So we got beat by some good horses…He’s probably better off sprinting because he’s naturally quick. In saying that, he didn’t run bad.”The second choice at 5-2, he paid $2.60 to show.The second, third and fourth (Dressed in Hermes) place finishers picked up four, two and one Kentucky Derby qualifying points.last_img read more


first_imgA Donegal man is to literally watch over rugby’s World Cup Final in New Zealand.The New Zealand rugby authorities last week erected an imposing 2.7 metre statute of Ramelton-born David Gallaher on a concrete plinth outside the Auckland stadium that will host the event’s opening and closing ceremonies. The sportsman, whose imposing likeness was unveiled at Eden Park on Friday last (15th July), emigrated to New Zealand as a five-year-old along with his entire family in 1878 form the tiny village of Ramelton.Gallaher is considered to be one the most important figures in the history of the game.The unveiling of his memorial coincided with an announcement by the International Rugby Board that the Donegal man has been inducted into the sport’s Hall of Fame. Just thirty figures in the history of world rugby have been accorded the accolade.David Gallaher, known as Dave, is revered in New Zealand as the captain of ‘The Originals’, the first All Blacks rugby team. He led the side on a groundbreaking tour of Britain, Ireland and France in 1905 which resulted in 34 wins in 35 matches.The team’s performance turned world rugby on its head, established more than a century of All Blacks dominance of the sport and made rugby the national game of New Zealand.Gallaher died four weeks short of his 44th birthday in 1917 fighting with a New Zealand regiment in the First World War and is buried in France.The Gallaher Shield, Auckland’s primary club tournament, is named in his honour whilst in 2000 the Dave Gallaher Trophy was inaugurated for international tests between New Zealand and France.In 2005, Letterkenny Rugby Club, with the assistance of the Dave Gallaher Memorial Society, brought a party of All Blacks to Donegal on the centenary of the sportsman’s greatest achievement to officially name the club’s Dave Gallaher Memorial Park and to unveil a plaque at his birthplace in Ramelton.The statue at Eden Park was erected by Gallaher’s local rugby club in Auckland, Ponsonby. The club’s Director of Rugby Bryan Williams is also President of the New Zealand Rugby Union. Speaking at the unveiling, Mr Williams paid tribute to the pioneering role of Letterkenny Rugby Club and their efforts to commemorate Gallaher’s life and achievements.He said he was delighted that close links had been established between Ponsonby and Letterkenny RFC, which have resulted in a number of player exchanges between County Donegal and New Zealand since the events of 2005.Letterkenny Rugby Club Chairman, Mr Mark Bundschu, said everyone from Ireland should be proud of the tributes that continued to be paid to Donegal-born Dave Gallaher.“Rugby is a truly global game and 4 billion people will watch the World Cup Finals in New Zealand, which will start and conclude under the gaze of Gallaher’s statue. It is astonishing and humbling to see the influence that a locally-born man has had on the sport. “It’s not just that his likeness will now be seen by those attending the opening ceremony and the final. It’s the fact that his name is revered in New Zealand, in France, and since the All Backs visit to Donegal in 2005, also in Ireland. When one considers that just 30 players have been entered into the IRB Hall of Fame – and one of them is from County Donegal – it’s clear to see that this county has forever been linked to the very heart of the game of rugby.”The statue was unveiled by New Zealand’s oldest living All Black, 91-year-old Sir Fred Allen.In his accompanying speech, the former All Black coach spoke movingly about Dave Gallaher’s Donegal roots and the great courage the pioneer family had displayed when faced by hardship on their arrival in the wild New Zealand outback more than a century ago.“Captain Cook had named the area they arrived in ‘the Bay of Plenty’. It was anything but!” he added. Sir Fred noted that it was in order to support his family after the death of his teacher mother that the teenage Dave Gallaher moved to Auckland to work and started playing the game that would take him to worldwide fame.The man responsible for Gallaher’s likeness is sculptor Malcolm Evans, who details Gallaher’s links to Letterkenny Rugby Club and Ramelton on the www.gallaher.co.nz website he created to help publicise the statue. He revealed that a limited number of smaller replica bronzes of the famous rugby player would also be created. “At this stage, we are taking enquiries and anyone interested can visit the website and register their interest. It certainly would be nice to see one of these make its way back to the land of his birth,” he added.EndsDONEGAL MAN TO WATCH OVER RUGBY’S WORLD CUP was last modified: July 20th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:DAVE GALLAHERRUGBY WORLD CUPlast_img read more