Softball Signs Three High School Student-Athletes for 2019 Season

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University softball team signed three high school student-athletes, Becca Barnett (Moline, Ill.), Alexia Lara (Bettendorf, Iowa) and Hannah Pals (Des Moines, Iowa) to National Letters of Intent for the 2019 season, head coach Rich Calvert announced on Wednesday. “Time will tell on the impact they will have on the softball field, but they all come from programs, whether high school or club, that have achieved tremendous success during their time,” Calvert said. “We look forward to seeing them develop over their careers.” Print Friendly Version The final member of the class is Pals, who played her first three high school seasons at Dowling Catholic High School. She will finish her prep career at North Polk High School. Pals is another utility player, who had an outstanding junior year for the Maroons in the circle and at the plate. She helped lead Dowling to the state tournament, batted .426 with four home runs and compiled a 0.69 earned run average and struck out 215 batters. As a junior, Pals was named first team all-state, all-district and all-CIML. She is a member of the Iowa Premier Fastpitch club. Lara, a utility player, hails from Bettendorf, Iowa, where she is a three-year letterwinner for Pleasant Valley High School. She helped the Spartans win the 2017 Iowa Class 5A state title during a great junior season when she batted .473 with 50 RBI. She was named to the All-Iowa Elite First Team, First Team All-State, All-Metro, Mississippi Athletic All-Conference and to the Class 5A All-Tournament team. Lara is a member of the Southeast Iowa All Stars club.center_img Barnett is from just across the Iowa border in Moline, Ill., where she was selected All-Metro and Western 6 All-Conference for Moline High School in 2017 after batting .410 with two home runs, nine doubles and 36 runs batted in. She transferred to Moline after spending her first three high school years at Alleman High School. Barnett, a pitcher and shortstop, is a member of the Illinois Premier Fastpitch club. “We feel the most important aspect in the recruiting process is finding quality student-athletes that represent Drake softball both on-and-off the field,” Calvert said. “It is the most versatile class we have ever had in terms of playing different positions. We could train them in the infield, outfield, behind the plate and even in the circle as all of them pitch for their high school teams.”last_img read more

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Two Donegal coast guard boats back in action after “malfunction”

first_imgFive of the 23 Irish Coast Guard units who have been barred from launching their rescue boats in recent weeks could resume water-based operations as early as next weekend.They include two boats from Co Donegal.The five ‘priority’ stations who will be first to receive the new lifejackets first are understood to be Mulroy and Greencastle; Doolin and Kilkee in Co Clare and Drogheda Co Louth. On November 15, the Irish Coast Guard (ICG) withdrew in-shore rescue boats stationed at 23 locations around the coast following the reported malfunction of “a key piece of personal protective equipment (PPE).”This has meant that 23 of the 44 volunteer units, who operate Delta RIBs (rigid inflatable boats) or smaller D-Class boats, have been banned from launching for rescue or training operations.In the meantime, Coast Guard volunteers have been tasked to incidents but have been only allowed operate on the shore for which members wear a different type of personal flotation device.The RNLI has already responded to a number of incident which would have been previously been dealt with by Coast Guard units. However, it is now understood that five stations affected by the nationwide ban on boat operations could return to the water as early as next weekend.Irish Coast Guard management has told volunteers that a new lifejacket will be introduced in a phased approach based on a risk assessment undertaken by the service.It’s understood ‘compatibility testing’ of the new lifejacket has been taking place this weekend before the lifejacket can be approved for use by members.Units have been told that “familiarisation training” will be held to highlight the differences between the Rescue 400 and (new) Crewsaver 380N lifejackets.“Subject to any necessary operational changes and on successful completion of the compatibility testing, it is proposed to commence with the rollout of the lifejackets and putting units back on the board from Thursday December 5, 2019,” Coast Guard units have been told. Two Donegal coast guard boats back in action after “malfunction” was last modified: December 4th, 2019 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:CoastguarddonegalGreencastlelifejacketmalfunctionMulroylast_img read more

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Why Warriors-Blazers series is banned on Turkish TV

first_imgTurkey isn’t a good place to be these days for NBA fans hoping to watch the Warriors and Trail Blazers in the Western Conference Finals, starting with Tuesday night’s Game 1.Because Portland’s Turkish center Enes Kanter is such a vocal opponent of Turkey’s president, the country’s sports broadcast channel S Sport has decided not to show any games involving him and the Blazers.“I can say clearly that we will not be broadcasting the Warriors-Blazers series,” S Sport announcer Omer Sarac told …last_img read more

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Basketball roundup: ‘Jacks, Redwoods women pick up wins; Arcata boys, girls do the same

first_imgWomen’s college basketball: Humboldt 73 Cal Poly Pomona 70Alexia Thrower scored 25 points and hauled in 9 rebounds to lead the ‘Jacks women’s basketball team to its sixth-straight win, Thursday night on the road against CCAA conference opponent Cal Poly Pomona.Gabrielle Carbajal added 14 points and 6 boards in the win. Madeline Hatch, in her first start of the season after missing the majority of Humboldt’s games due to injury, contributed 9 points and 3 assists.Humboldt (7-1, 3-0) will face …last_img read more

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Moving Forward: Our Plans For Geocaching Mobile

first_imgWe Hear YouSince introducing the Geocaching® app’s new name and icon earlier this year, we have received and read thousands of questions, comments, and survey responses from geocachers about our mobile apps. We take this feedback seriously and have spent a lot of time contemplating and debating next steps.First things first: We’d like to acknowledge and thank you for the feedback—both positive and negative—that many of you have expressed. In the post below, we’ve collected and responded to some common themes, and laid out our plans for both the Geocaching® and Geocaching Classic apps in the near future.Community Questions and SuggestionsThe following questions and themes are the most common responses collected from the survey, as well as from emails, social media, and forum posts. Offline geocaching is a must-have in the Geocaching® app.Offline maps is the most requested feature by far. Geocaching happens outside after all! Building Lists and the ability to save them for offline use was our first step towards adding offline maps to the app. See “Moving Forward” below for additional information. I need the option to award Favorite Points and submit different log types.Geocaching is a community game that’s about more than a find count. We depend on geocachers to let each other know when a geocache needs maintenance or if there’s a great geocache worth trekking to. We agree that these features are essential. See “Moving Forward” below for additional information. Did you really need to end support for the Geocaching Classic app?Decisions like this are tough and we wish we didn’t need to make them. But we are a business. We don’t have unlimited resources. Retiring the Geocaching Classic app—an app we built and love—is not an easy decision, but it will free up resources to continue doing the work we believe is most important to helping the game thrive, which includes making improvements and adding new features to the Geocaching® app.The Geocaching Classic app was developed in 2008. Mobile phone and app technologies have changed significantly since that time. The Geocaching® app was designed first and foremost to modernize the technology underlying our mobile products. We committed to making a better app built on more sustainable technology and that’s what we’re going to do. The app doesn’t do what I need it to.At Geocaching HQ, we consider it our responsibility to build products that serve as many people in as many places as possible all over the world. Sometimes that’s limiting. Because there are many different ways people like to play the game, we support geocaching partners—like Cachly, Looking4Cache, GSAK and Project-GC—who tap into the listing service we maintain to provide services we’re unable to at this time.You said it and we agree: There’s still work to do. So what’s next?Moving ForwardWe originally planned to shut off the Geocaching Classic app in September 2016. If it’s not clear already, you’ve convinced us otherwise.While the Geocaching® app is not yet complete, we are very proud of our sustained commitment to quality throughout its development. Since launch, we created a better way to find geocaches of all types, as well as trackables. We added 18+ languages to the app to be more welcoming to players around the world, and we added Message Center to make it easier for players to communicate. We also designed the app to better support outdoor play, including a live search for geocaching on the go. Most recently we built Lists, a feature that allows you to plan your geocache outings seamlessly between Geocaching.com and the app.That all being said, the Geocaching® app is missing some of the most requested features: offline and trail maps, log types, draft logs and Favorite Points. We are working to complete these features by March 2017. Until we get there, the Geocaching Classic app should continue to function. However, we are unable to make updates or bug fixes, since the app is no longer available in Google Play and Apple’s App Store.For now, that’s the plan. We promise to keep you updated as we know more—and of course, “more” will include many of the features you requested.Thanks for taking the time to read this far. We hope that by sharing this, we at least communicated that Geocaching HQ is made up of folks who share your love for geocaching and always want to do the right thing for the game.Sincerely,Your friends at Geocaching HQ Update for iOS users: If you update your iPhone to iOS 10, the “Sign in with Facebook” feature on the Geocaching Classic app will no longer work. Fortunately, there is a workaround for this. First, you’ll need to request a password. To do so, go to Geocaching.com and log out of your account. Then, recover your password here. You’ll receive an email with a link to create a new password. Then, you can log into the app using your username and new password.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedThe Classic app is retiringFebruary 2, 2017In “News”Inside Geocaching HQ Podcast Transcript (Episode 3): Geocaching® app & retirement of Classic appMay 10, 2018In “Community”More answers on Geocaching Classic app retirementFebruary 17, 2017In “News”last_img read more

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Strategy Roundtable: A Market of Late Adopters

first_imgTags:#start#StartUp 101 This week’s roundtable had two entrepreneurs from India. Now for those of you who are unfamiliar with the Indian market, it is a market that has not seen as much Internet adoption as elsewhere. Whereas China’s Internet penetration will reach 518 million this year, India’s is only about 80 million, and access is still largely from companies and cyber cafes. Establishing home-based broadband Internet access is an elusive goal. Even at small and medium companies in non-IT or ITES sectors, Internet usage and in fact computer usage, is relatively low.Against that backdrop, Tarak Nagraj started off by presenting Abhaya, his SME ERP solution targeting the Indian ERP market, focusing on manufacturing companies with $2 million to $15 million in revenue. Tarak’s product is built on top of Tally, India’s de-facto accounting software standard, and supplies additional modules such as manufacturing resource planning, customer relationship management and other functions. Tarak’s analysis is that manufacturing companies in India are operating at 28-30% efficiency levels, and introducing MRP into their midst dramatically enhances their performance. Abhaya has been in business since 2007 and would like to be a pure play SaaS company.The market realities, however, are quite different in India in general, and in the SME manufacturing sector in particular. In addition, the segments of manufacturing that Abhaya is working with – textiles, dyes, garments, leather goods – tend to be very backward from a technological standpoint. Thus, for every customer, Abhaya has to conduct extensive training to plant the seeds of adoption, and this training cannot be conducted online over Web conferencing software like DimDim, which is what we use for our roundtables. No, the training has to be in person, making the adoption cycle longer and more expensive.My advice to Tarak is that he needs to meet the market where it is, and not try to force a configuration that doesn’t work for the customers. Self-service SaaS won’t work for the Indian manufacturing segment at this point. Tarak will have to assume that 10-20% of his business will be training, and budget and plan accordingly. The critical thing is that the training is paid for. In fact, the training business could become a serious revenue generator, and help him bootstrap the business further.Pure-play SaaS is a long way away for Abhaya. To some degree, it is a long way away for India.AfterCollege.inNext Kamal Dunani and Mukul Samtani presented AfterCollege.in, an online career-counseling portal for students. Their current business is a local brick-and-mortar training business for students in the central Indian town of Bhopal. Fifty percent of the current revenue comes from soft-skill training and 50% from MBA entrance exam coaching. Kamal and Mukul, however, want to do a national portal for online career counseling. This business idea is not flushed out sufficiently yet. They need to map the idea to my Web 3.0 framework and define a content strategy with a freemium game plan, taking advantage of both advertising and subscription business models. In addition, they need a community strategy including some user generated content game plan. They also need to figure out what they can sell online, to execute on a commerce strategy. Also, detailed competitive analysis is missing. Who are the top competitors, what are their traffic and advertising metrics? All this will lead to a possible business strategy that may or may not make sense, but without following the necessary steps of analysis, this business idea is at a 30,000-foot level. It needs to hit the ground and put the tires on the road.I started doing my free Online Strategy Roundtables for entrepreneurs in the fall of 2008. These roundtables are the cornerstone programming of a global initiative that I have started called One Million by One Million (1M/1M). Its mission is to help a million entrepreneurs globally to reach $1 million in revenue and beyond, build $1 trillion in sustainable global GDP, and create 10 million jobs. In 1M/1M, I teach the EJ Methodology which is based on my Entrepreneur Journeys research, and emphasize bootstrapping, idea validation, and crisp positioning as some of the core principles of building strong fundamentals in early stage ventures. In addition, we are offering entrepreneurs access to investors and customers through our recently launched our 1M/1M Incubation Radar series. You can pitch to be featured on my blog following these instructions.The recording of this roundtable can be found here. Recordings of previous roundtables are all available here. You can register for the next roundtable here.Sramana Mitra is a technology entrepreneur and strategy consultant in Silicon Valley. She has founded three companies, writes a business blog, Sramana Mitra on Strategy, and runs the 1M/1M initiative. She has a master’s degree in electrical engineering and computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her Entrepreneur Journeys book series, Entrepreneur Journeys, Bootstrapping: Weapon Of Mass Reconstruction, Positioning: How To Test, Validate, and Bring Your Idea To Market and her latest volume Innovation: Need Of The Hour, as well as Vision India 2020, are all available from Amazon. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img sramana mitra Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

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