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Mallard’s Team of the Week — West Kootenay Roller Derby League

first_imgRecently the WKRDL presented the Nelson Womens Centre a cheque for $200 during the break at the recent bout at Castlegar’s Selkirk College Gymnasium.Mallard’s Source for Sports, also a solid supporter of community projects, would like to add to the occasion by saluting the WKRDL with Team of the Week honours.Present for the donation ceremony were, back row, L-R, Penny Stephenson, Malice Cooper (Teressa Hodsall) and Krash Kaos.Front, Rush (Damien Hodsall) and Maddy Reilly. The West Kootenay Roller Derby League has not only been a hit in the arenas and gymnasiums around the region but also outside in the community.The league likes to support various groups with a portion of the gate proceeds arrived from Doubleheader Events.last_img read more

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ODDS-ON FAVORITE AMERICAN GAL TAKES $70,000 ANOAKIA STAKES BY 6 ½ LENGTHS UNDER BEJARANO; SHAH HOMEBRED, TRAINED BY BAFFERT, GETS SIX FURLONGS IN 1:10.46

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 23, 2016)–The overwhelming 1-9 favorite, American Gal ran like it, taking Sunday’s $70,000 Anoakia Stakes for 2-year-old fillies by 6 ½ lengths under Rafael Bejarano.  Owned and bred by Kaleem Shah, the Kentucky-bred filly by Concord Point, trained by Bob Baffert, covered six furlongs in 1:10.46.Breaking from the far outside in post position five, American Gal sat a close third into the far turn and overtook dueling leaders Bernina Star and Woot Woot leaving the quarter pole en route to an authoritative victory.“She surprised me today,” said Bejarano.  “I thought she would show more speed away from the gate, more than last time.  But today, she was calmer in the post parade and even in the paddock and at the start as well.“She finished better today than in her last race.  Last time, she was head and head, but she showed more finish today, more kick.”Idle since breaking her maiden at first asking at Del Mar on Aug. 14, American Gal paid $2.20, $2.10 and $2.10.With a total show pool of $345,356, American Gal accounted for $315,450 of it–resulting in a minus show pool of $63,891.“Today was good, it’s always nice having a home-bred,” said Baffert.  “It’s crazy, I think she blew a shoe leaving there, I want to see how her foot is.”Ridden by Norberto Arroyo, Jr., Woot Woot, who has ascended from the maiden claiming ranks, was off at 7-1 and paid $2.80 and $2.10.Bernina Star, who broke from the rail with Jamie Theriot, was off at 6-1 and paid $2.10 to show.Fractions on the race were 21.99, 45.21 and 57.62. ODDS-ON FAVORITE AMERICAN GAL TAKES $70,000 ANOAKIA STAKES BY 6 ½ LENGTHS UNDER BEJARANO; SHAH HOMEBRED, TRAINED BY BAFFERT,  GETS SIX FURLONGS IN 1:10.46last_img read more

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Sunday punch

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week AMARE STOUDAMIRE A couple of days after signing a five-year, $73 million deal, some doc does a little scope job on the left knee of the Phoenix Suns center, only to find out he’ll have to sit four months. Think the team shoulda done the surgery first and the contract second? FANTASY ISLAND BENSON’S TURN TO BEAR DOWN Some Week Six tips for fantasy football owners: Who to start: For all the patient owners, it’s finally time to dust off Cedric Benson. With Thomas Jones injured, Benson will get the bulk of the carries for Chicago this week. It couldn’t come at a better time with the Vikings, the worst defense in the NFL, coming to town. Minnesota allows 178 rushing yards per game. It’s time for the Bears to show why they invested a high first-round pick in Benson. Who to sit: Regardless of if the reinstated Ricky Williams takes carries away, Ronnie Brown isn’t worth a start against the stingy Tampa Bay defense that ranks No. 1 in the league against the run. Stay away from the Miami running game this week. Who to pick up: With Stephen Davis and DeShaun Foster listed as questionable this week for Carolina, it’s not a bad idea to stash Nick Goings on your bench and see what happens. Goings had five 100-yard games when given a chance last year. – Matthew Kredell Note: For more fantasy insights on the Internet, visit dailynews.com/fantasyfootball. FROM THE LIP “Gap wedges? It’s like hair loss – there are so many products for problems you’ll never fix.” – Comedian Denis Leary, on what he finds amusing about golf, in the November issue of Golf Magazine. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! HOT … LUKE WARM … COLD FISH MAURICE DREW This might not be exactly how Karl Dorrell drew it up before the season. But the UCLA tailback has taken charge, playing inspired ball while pushing his team into the national spotlight since his grandfather’s passing. The new name on his back says it all. center_img DOUG EDDINGS At least the befuddled ump finally admitted he should have made a better mechanical call. But why drag Mr. Goodwrench into this? If the Angels shrivel up in the ALCS because of this blunder, Josh Paul deserves heat, but so does this Don Denkinger wannabe. last_img read more

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Nissan to invest R1bn in South Africa

first_img23 August 2012 In a vote of confidence in South Africa’s automotive industry, Nissan is to invest R1-billion in the expansion of its plant at Rosslyn outside Pretoria in order to double its capacity and to prepare for production of a new one-ton pick-up range aimed at both the local and export markets. The company made the announcement on Wednesday to coincide with the visit to South Africa of Toshiyuki Shiga, chief operating officer of Nissan Motor Company of Japan. Shiga told journalists at the Rosslyn plant that he was “here today to say we are now more interested in committing ourselves to business in Africa”. South Africa, he said, would “serve as our door to more of the continent”. The move is also in response to the state’s Automotive Production and Development Plan (APDP), which will come into effect in 2013, aiming to pick up where the current industry plan leaves off by stimulating the expansion of local production to 1.2-million vehicles per annum by 2020, with an associated deepening of the local auto components industry. According to Business Day, Nissan’s investment is aimed at doubling producation at the plant to about 100 000 units a year, starting from the 2014 financial year. Nissan South Africa MD Mike Whitfield told Engineering News that the expansion of the plant would create about 800 new direct jobs and about 4 000 jobs in its supply chain. Nissan SA would also be partnering with the Gauteng provincial government in investing an additional R200-million in setting up a training centre to ensure that the skills needed for the plant’s expansion were available. Whitlfield told Engineering News that the local content of the new pick-up, excluding the power train, would be increased from the 50% of the current Hardbody pick-up to 70% of its replacement. National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of SA director Nico Vermeulen told Business Day that Nissan’s investment showed confidence in South Africa’s industry. “BMW launched its new 3-series, Ford its new Ranger, VW its Polo Vivo and so on, all recently,” Vermeulen said. “Toyota made a big investment in 2006. “We can see that major automotive manufacturers are on course to work with the APDP, which shows the industry is on a good track.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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Why Hinterlands Startups Can’t Get Silicon Valley Funding

first_imgHow OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culture China and America want the AI Prize Title: Who … Related Posts Tags:#start#Venture Funding tim devaney and tom steincenter_img What Nobody Teaches You About Getting Your Star… Silicon Forest, Silicon Prairie, Silicon Beach, Silicon Hills, Silicon Sandbar. Nice ideas, all of them. But let’s get real. Startups anywhere outside the two major tech hubs of Silicon Valley and Silicon Alley have even more trouble attracting serious venture capital than they do finding a food truck with a decent bulgogi burrito.Location Still MattersIt’s a central paradox of our time. The Internet and all its associated machines and gadgets enable anyone to be connected to anyone else -anytime, anywhere. But startups located anywhere other than a high-tech center may as well be pitching for investment in the Silicon Taiga. (Yes, there is one, don’t ask where.) Because relationship networks and personal contacts still matter. Judy Sindecuse, CEO and managing partner at Capital Innovators, a startup accelerator in St. Louis, is trying to crack the code. Her organization runs a 12-week mentorship program for promising entrepreneurs in the St. Louis area and provides them $50,000 in seed funding. But then comes cap-and-gown time – and the hard part for Capital Innovators graduates: attracting real investment from bigtime VCs on the coasts.That experience is consistent with research conducted by Aziz Gilani, a director at Houston venture capital firm DFJ Mercury. Last year, Gilani ran a study of 29 North American accelerators for the Kauffman Fellows program. He found that 45% of them produced not a single graduate who went on to raise venture funding.Getting Past the Flyover Syndrome“We’ve been very successful in our follow-on seed funding,” says Sindecuse. “We’ve had 13 companies graduate from the program and we’re somewhere between $7 million and $9 million in follow-on funding for our grads. But that follow-on money has come primarily from local angels and high-net-worth individuals in our network. What I need to solve is the A round of institutional venture funding.”One plank in her pitch: it costs less than half as much to buy into a company in St. Louis than it does in Silicon Valley. She just has to convince the big-money folks that there are smart founders with promising companies around the U.S., not only in the graduating classes at TechStars and Y Combinator.In the meantime, Sindecuse is working to develop a strong local investor community that can support companies coming out of Capital Innovators. A group of high-net-worth individuals in the St. Louis area recently banded together to create a seed stage fund called Cultivation Capital. The fund has promised at least $1 million over the next year to Capital Innovators grads.Two Capital Innovators companies that have taken decent follow-on seed rounds are LockerDome, a social network that connects sports fans and athletes, which raised $2 million after over-subscribing on a $1 million round and plans to raise between $5 million and $10 million in the next year; and JBara Software, which makes customer-management software and raised $250,000.The Missing PieceBut Sindecuse admits that the series A venture capital round “is still the missing piece and is something our region has always struggled with – building a network with the tech centers on the coasts. We have the local component nailed but getting that big round of capital is the next piece of the puzzle.”If she can actually solve that puzzle, she’ll be one of the first to do so.St. Louis image courtesy of Shutterstock. How to Get Started in China and Have Successlast_img read more

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Ceres silences Roar

first_imgJohn Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers But Ceres came up with a trademark response that put the hosts on their heels.The Busmen got a deserved equalizer from Marañon just before halftime. Marañon then combined with Mike Ott in the 65th minute and curled one home from just inside the box.Nazari scored off a scramble with 15 minutes remaining as Ceres weathered a late surge by Brisbane that included a goal from Franjic in the 87th minute.Ceres’ victory augurs well for what has been a difficult time for club football in the country following the pullout of two clubs from the PFL—Meralco Manila and Ilocos United—the past two weeks.Struggling to gain foothold with sponsors and fans, club football in the country got a huge boost from the Busmen, whose meteoric rise has put the spotlight on Philippine football again.ADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises MOST READ The dead matchup that keeps shuffling Another upset over Tianjin, a club that boasts Brazilian star Alexandre Pato and Belgian national team standout Axel Witsel, will send the Bacolod-based club in the group stage of the Champions League for the first time in history.Given little chance against the formidable Roar, the Busmen got two goals from Spanish attacker Bienvenido Marañon, before Filipino-Iranian midfielder Omid Nazari scored what turned out to be the decisive goal late in the second half.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBrisbane finished third in the tough A-League, which is considered one of the best leagues in the Asian Football Confederation, and has three players with World Cup experience in Greek defender Avram Papadopulous and Australians Ivan Franjic and Brett Holman.For a while, Brisbane was in control with former Italian international Massimo Maccarone putting the hosts in front with a close range finish in the 35th minute. Read Next Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon Citycenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting With another brave and clinical performance on enemy ground, Philippines Football League champion Ceres Negros pulled off one of the biggest upsets in AFC Champions League history, while boosting the country’s football reputation anew.By stunning Brisbane Roar, 3-2, Tuesday night in the AFC Asian Cup Qualifying round at Queensland Sports and Athletic Centre, the Busmen became the first Philippine club to surpass the second round of the continent’s top-tier club competition and set up a duel with Chinese powerhouse Tianjin Quanjian.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasalast_img read more

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Forget Twitter: It’s For The Tragically Connected

first_imgLets get real about this, to paraphrase Loren Feldman, “Twitter: people write stuff, people read stuff. That’s it”. There is no big social networking secret at work here. It’s simply a communication tool and not even a very good one. It breaks down more often than my first car, which I only paid $240 for. If you think using Twitter is free, you are insane. As a business person, you already realize that your time is money, so when you spend an hour on Twitter learning what people had for lunch, you are paying for that. When you think about it, you can apply that to everything. Even reading this post is going to cost you money, I just hope I can make it profitable for you. The above article was written in collaboration with Twitter is fantastic if you have a market which already uses the system. But ask yourself, do you need to reach out to that market? By the way, you can Building a following from scratch simply using Twitter is possibly not the best use of your time. A following on Twitter should be viewed as a by-product of success elsewhere. This only makes sense if your business is with the natural inhabitants of this system. You need to be able to connect with your customer base by giving them the least amount of hoops to jump  through. Even RSS. How many normal people use an RSS reader? I live and die by RSS, but I am not  normal. I live life on the cutting edging of Web 2.0. The truth is, twitter is for geeks. Actually, it’s not even for geeks, it’s for uber-geeks. Not that there is anything wrong with that, I use twitter myself and have at times been called a geek. But to someone who uses the Internet for business (gasp!) and to make money, Twitter is often just a distraction. company name on Twitter even if you don’t plan to use it, just in case.  -Dharmesh Still not convinced? Still want to walk the soft sands and hoped you wont get sucked in?  Then, by all means, Twitter away.  Originally published Jun 12, 2008 12:47:00 PM, updated October 20 2016 , a social media marketing expert.  Thanks, Lyndon!  It’s something for the ADD crowd to cook up and inject into their veins. There is nothing wrong with using these systems. But what are you online for? Chat, make friends, make love? All good stuff, but are you online to make money? It’s important to get your priorities right. Is your market the uber geek? If so, dive in, Twitter is where your market is at. Twitter is addictive. Real people are using it to communicate, and that can be fun. If you are online to have fun, fine and dandy. But, if it’s profit you are after, you need to judge accordingly. Some have said it’s a great tool to use for list building. But when you absolutely need to build a list and be able to communicate with your market, a third party system is not it. Email is far more effective and people do not have to sign up to a third party system to use email. Unless your customers already have a Twitter account, forget it. If your customer base already uses Twitter, you may have already read numerous blog posts praising the system and are using it to your advantage. If so, that’s great.  That is not what this post is about. Topics: But, if you own a small consulting firm or are the VP marketing for a medium-sized manufacturing firm, I doubt twitter is where your customer base will be hanging out. You need to identify and connect with your customers and potential customers, and Twitter is not usually the most efficient (or effective) way to do that. This post is not an anti-Twitter post, it’s not even a pro-Twitter post. It’s a “Do that which makes sense for your business” post, a reminder that there are black holes out there which will suck all your precious time from you and not give you much (if any) return. Lyndon Antcliff if you’d like, and I promise not to tell you what I had for lunch. And regardless, I still think you should reserve your brand name or To get real benefit from Twitter you need to build a following.  Those who  already have over a thousand followers can send a digg request or a “hey, check out this post”, and get a great response. But here’s the thing, that following has been built up over months or years, with hours worth of expended effort. People simply follow/fan/friend the same people whatever system they are in. The person being followed simply says, “check out this new system”, and they all go join and add the same people to their list. follow me on Twitter Twitter Marketing Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlacklast_img read more

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10 Marketing Tips From the Speakers of Upcoming 2011 #IMS [Contest]

first_img and Inbound Marketing Summit sign up for the discount (requires no purchase) HubSpot User Group Summit ,  everyone who entered gets 20% off their tickets to the 2011 IMS and HUGS events. Simple as that! There is no financial obligation to enroll in this contest. Do you plan to attend IMS? Have you attended previous years? What are you most excited for? View more presentations from Marketing Wisdom: 10 Marketing Tips From the Speakers of 2011 Inbound Marketing Summit Originally published Jun 16, 2011 12:30:00 PM, updated March 21 2013 If As a special bonus, three entrants will be randomly selected to win a free pass to both events, an $800 value. Have fun with it, and ask your network to help! To celebrate this great event, the IMS and HUGS team are giving folks acenter_img The Claim your discount now or learn more! are two of the biggest inbound marketing events of the year. Running back-to-back September 14-16, 2011, here’s what you have to look forward to: Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Race to 20% – Win Discounted or Free Tickets 2,000 people . How does it work? HubSpot Internet Marketing by Friday, June 17 @ 5:00pm ET chance to win 20% off (or free tickets!)last_img read more

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10 Ways to Increase Conversions Using Psychology [Infographic]

first_img Originally published Jan 2, 2015 8:00:00 AM, updated February 01 2017 734Save The best marketers I know are always on the lookout for clever hacks and tools to increase their conversion rates. They’re the ones to jump on Snapchat, or experiment with animated GIFs in email, or hack together a parallax scrolling landing page. The best marketers I know also understand that these new tools and ingenious hacks don’t always pan out. Sometimes, jumping on the latest trends doesn’t make a dent in your conversion rates, no matter how well you’ve implemented them.So to make sure they’re hitting their goals every month, top marketers will optimize their marketing based on something that’s been around for a while now: human behavior. They read up on what makes people tick — and adjust their marketing accordingly. Thanks to Help Scout, getting up to speed on the most important research in psychology is easy. In the infographic below, they’ve curated and summed up some smart, science-backed tips for increasing your conversions. Check it out!734Save Conversion Rate Optimizationcenter_img Topics: Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlacklast_img read more

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How to Grow Your Business on a Budget [Free Ebook]

first_img Business Growth Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Originally published Nov 20, 2015 12:00:00 PM, updated February 01 2017 Topics: If only I had more budget, I could grow my business.We’ve all had this thought before — but what’s actually holding us back? Is it the budget constraint, or an unchanging strategy that leaves no room for innovative ways to succeed?There is no magical formula to growing a business on a budget, but inbound marketing and efficient customer communications certainly have something to do with it. You need to market your business to get new people through the door, and you need a great customer experience to keep them happy and coming back. Without a great customer experience in place, you can miss out on real growth. So to help you attract and retain customers on a budget, we’ve created a new tactical ebook, How to Grow Your Business on a Budget. In this guide you will learn how to:Target the right customers Build an online presence for your business to generate trafficAttract new customers without paid marketingStreamline the customer experience to keep them coming backReady to grow your business with better marketing and customer experience strategy? Download How to Grow Your Business on a Budget today.last_img read more

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