DC Rage launch a new logo

first_imgIn a press release, GM and Head Coach Scott Robinson says “We wanted to get the name of our city, as well as incorporating our Maple Leaf, into the new logo, and we think this is a big improvement,” said Rage head coach and general manger Scott Robinson. “We take a lot of pride in representing both our city and our country in the NAHL.”The team will also introduce a third jersey this season that will be exclusive to Rage fans who purchase season tickets, is looking forward to building on the team’s young tradition.”We’re excited about next season and we know our players have been working hard to improve themselves,” he said. “They’ll all have to earn the right to wear that new logo.”- Advertisement -In its first season, the Rage averaged over 1,000 a game in attendance at EnCana Events Centrelast_img read more

Three Day Visit Comes To An End

first_imgMorrison was chosen by Mayor Lori Ackerman as the 2014 CITIZEN OF THE YEAR at last night’s Community Awards Gala.While accepting the award, he told the crowd he felt others in the running, were more deserving. As you likely already know, though, Morrison wasn’t alone when he got off the plane on Tuesday, bringing with him, fellow teammate Gilmore Junio.- Advertisement -Junio, you may remember, gave up his spot in the one-thousand metre to allow Morrison to race, and the rest, as they say, is history.Junio, at last night’s Community Awards, was given a certificate of adoption.The mayor said the community is adopting the Calgary speedskater, as she put it, as ‘one of us.’Advertisementlast_img read more

For board hopefuls, a sure thing

first_img“I’ve been through an election campaign. I understand what goes into it, and I don’t feel bad not going through it this time,” said Gonzales-Lawrence, a Cerritos College student. Barring an Election Day victory by any possible write-in candidates, Gonzales-Lawrence and Chacon have their board seats in the bag – all they have to do is show up for the swearing-in this December. “I’m happy the district doesn’t have to spend $80,000 for an election,” Gonzales-Lawrence said. “And because there is no election, we can spend the next couple of months learning and studying about being board members because we won’t be busy with the campaigning.” Chacon, 38, said he never expected current Los Nietos board President Oscar Payan to not run for re-election with fellow trustee Nicholas Aquino. SANTA FE SPRINGS – When he ran for a board seat in the Little Lake City School District two years ago, Ronald Gonzales-Lawrence said he walked so many precincts during his campaign that he lost 30 pounds – and he lost the election to boot. But this time around, he won’t have to walk precincts. He won’t have to participate in debates. And in the end, he will still win a seat on the Little Lake City board, just by having filed to run for office. As will Los Nietos School District board candidate Raymundo Chacon, who joins Gonzales-Lawrence this fall in running unopposed for the five-member governing panel at their respective districts. For both, it will be their first stint as school board members. “I was very surprised,” said Chacon, who is a dean of students at El Rancho High School in Pico Rivera. “I thought he would have the inside to the whole election because he was the incumbent who had been there the longest.” But Payan declined to make another bid for the board, which oversees three elementary schools and one middle school in Santa Fe Springs and the West Whittier area. Chacon made himself known at a Los Nietos school board meeting a couple of months ago, when he and two other community leaders accused trustee Grisel Vasquez of living outside the district’s boundaries and demanded an investigation. Shortly after, Chacon said, district officials announced they had conducted an investigation and found no wrongdoing on Vasquez’s behalf. “As far as I’m concerned, it’s water under the bridge,” he said. “I’ve known her a long time, and she knows we both want the same thing for the district: the success of our students.” The Little Lake City district has about 4,900 youngsters at seven elementary schools and two middle schools in Santa Fe Springs and Norwalk. Gonzales-Lawrence, 23, a community relations officer for an environmental company, says he’ll bring an unusual perspective to the board when he replaces 10-year trustee Laurie Rios. “It wasn’t long ago that I was sitting in their classrooms, learning from a teacher,” he said, adding that he attended Paddison Elementary and Lakeside Middle. “This is my community,” he said. “And I want to give back and help the students in our district get the best quality education possible.” tracy.garcia@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Radamel Falcao signs for Chelsea? ‘Even Colombia don’t trust him’, talkSPORT told

first_imgColombia striker Radamel Falcao is the wrong fit for Chelsea, talkSPORT have been told.The 29-year-old flopped on loan at Manchester United last season, netting just four goals in 26 Premier League appearances, yet emerged as a target for Blues boss Jose Mourinho this summer.And it is now being widely reported the forward has penned a move to Stamford Bridge, again on loan, with the option of a permanent deal.Falcao could have been snapped by United for a £43.2million at the end of his short stay at Old Trafford, but the Red Devils allowed him to return to French side Monaco following a dreadful nine months.It is believed the Colombia captain, who failed to find the net in a torrid Copa America campaign, is preparing to join Chelsea on their pre-season tour of North America, but South America football expert Tim Vickery believes he will not suit Mourinho’s stubborn ‘lone striker’ playing style.“The Copa America didn’t go well for Falcao at all,” Vickery told Hawksbee and Jacobs.“He had everything set up for him; he was the captain and had an arm round his shoulder and one of Colombia’s priorities was to get him back [to form].“But the thing that really interests me about this Chelsea move is that, even when he is in form, Colombia don’t trust him to play up front on his own.“They’ve done it once or twice and it’s worked very badly and they’ve always played another striker in a 4-4-2 formation.“Usually Mourinho likes to play that lone striker, so can you imagine Chelsea playing two up front on a consistent basis?“Then there’s the fascinating thing of Jose Mourinho’s ego. The whole, ‘Louis van Gaal couldn’t get anything out of him so I’m going to show that I can’, would set it up quite nicely.”last_img read more


first_imgSnow could be just around the corner with sleet now falling in West Donegal.A number of Donegaldaily.com readers have contacted us to say that sleet is falling in Falcarragh and surrounding areas.The BBC is also warning that temperatures are set to plunge as the week goes on and are also warning about the possibility of the winter’s first heavy snowfall across Donegal and the North West. SNOW WARNING AS SLEET FALLS ACROSS WEST DONEGAL was last modified: November 29th, 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:BBCFalcarraghsnowlast_img read more

‘Harry’ really is a whiz of a wiz

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Hollywood is in the midst of a prolonged slump, with attendance down 8 percent compared to 2004, though studios are preparing for a brisk December with such films as “King Kong,” “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” “The Producers” and Steven Spielberg’s “Munich.” Warner Bros. lifted its domestic total for “Harry Potter” to $229.8 million. Worldwide, the latest adventure of boy wizard Harry has taken in $560 million. “`Harry Potter’ is clearly dominating the business,” said Paul Dergarabedian, president of box-office tracker Exhibitor Relations. “It’s the movie that everybody hoped it would be. The box office performance is living up to and maybe – at this point – exceeding expectations.” “Aeon Flux” stars Theron in an action adventure based on the 1990s animated series about a rogue anti-hero battling a government leader in a post-apocalyptic world. The movie cost $60 million to make, and it was uncertain if box office combined with DVD and television rentals will recoup that investment. Still, the movie’s opening weekend came in at the high end of Paramount’s expectations, said Wayne Lewellen, the studio’s head of distribution. The fact that Paramount did not screen “Aeon Flux” for reviewers probably did not affect the outcome, he said. The third weekend was still a charm for “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,” which remained the top movie with $20.45 million. Charlize Theron’s sci-fi tale “Aeon Flux,” a movie apparently so bad distributor Paramount did not screen it beforehand for critics, still managed to debut in second place with $13.1 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. With “Aeon Flux” the only notable new wide release, the remainder of the top 10 was filled out with holdover flicks, led by 20th Century Fox’s Johnny Cash chronicle “Walk the Line,” the No. 3 movie with $10 million. It was a quiet weekend at theaters compared with the busy Thanksgiving period. The top 12 movies took in $79 million, virtually the same as the corresponding weekend a year ago. “The audience was young males, and they don’t really respond to reviews, anyway,” Lewellen said. In limited release, the road-trip tale “Transamerica” opened strongly with $45,269 in two theaters, averaging $22,635 a theater. By comparison, “Aeon Flux” averaged $5,023 in 2,608 theaters. “Transamerica” has drawn Academy Awards buzz for Felicity Huffman, who gives a remarkable performance as a man preparing for the final surgical procedures to become a woman. The Weinstein Co. plans to expand “Transamerica” to the top 20 markets during Christmas week then continue rolling the movie out to more theaters as Oscar nominations approach in January. Also in narrower release, the snowboarding documentary “First Descent” debuted weakly with just $423,000 in 243 theaters for a $1,741 average. TOP MOVIES Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Exhibitor Relations Co. Inc. Final figures will be released today. 1. “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,” $20.45 million. 2. “Aeon Flux,” $13.1 million. 3. “Walk the Line,” $10 million. 4. “Yours, Mine & Ours,” $8.4 million. 5. “Just Friends,” $5.9 million. 6. “Pride & Prejudice,” $4.62 million. 7. “Rent,” $4.6 million. 8. “Chicken Little,” $4.5 million. 9. “Derailed,” $2.4 million. 10. “In the Mix,” $1.9 million. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

WATCH: TV host breaks down with giggles at the mention of Muff

first_imgA Donegal native amused the presenter and audience of an Australian family gameshow to no end when she told them she was from Muff in Co. Donegal.Caitlin Sheaffer and her family were on an episode of Family Feud Australia when she ‘broke’ presenter Grant Denyer by telling him about her hometown, which has an alternative slang meaning all over the world.Grant was even more entertained by Caitlin’s old school – Hollybush! Grant was brave to ask the question “What was the entrance to Muff like?”, fully expecting an answer of comedy gold. “You are now entering Muff,” Caitlin replied, and Grant cheered in triumph over the hilarious phrase.We’re well used to the border town prompting a few laughs, but this presenter was absolutely tickled by the town name.Watch Grant’s reaction here:She’s from the town of Muff, and it’s too much for @grantdenyer to handle 😂😂 #FamilyFeudAU pic.twitter.com/P2dpEjIRua— #FamilyFeudAU (@FamilyFeudAU) July 24, 2017 https://www.facebook.com/FamilyFeudAU/videos/1437457249663291/As the gameshow got down to business, the luck of the Irish was with Caitlin and her clan and they won an amazing $10,000!WATCH: TV host breaks down with giggles at the mention of Muff was last modified: July 24th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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)last_img read more

SA in extraordinary test win over Aussies

first_imgWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material Together, Amla and Smith had put on a South African record partnership for the second wicket against Australia of 195. Batting again, Australia stumbled out of the gate, losing Watson LBW to Steyn for four, Ricky Ponting LBW to Philander for a duck, Phil Hughes caught by Rudolph off Morkel for nine, and Mike Hussey first ball, caught by Ashwell Prince off Morkel. That meant there was plenty of time for South Africa to take to the crease again. Incredibly, it also meant that both Michael Clarke and South African opener Jacques Rudolph would bat twice on the same day in a test match! “Disgusting,” said Aussie skipper Clarke of his team’s batting effort. Then, South Africa came in to bat. They made a solid enough start, reaching 49 for 1 before one of the most dramatic days ever of test cricket fired into life. With the total on 49, the Proteas lost two star batsmen for ducks, with Jacques Kallis following Hashim Amla back to the hut after facing only four balls. A miserly 96 With victory almost sealed, a four by the captain took the scores level and Smith to 100. A couple of balls later he claimed the single that took the Proteas to a head-shaking eight-wicket victory in one of the most bizarre test matches of all time. It soon became 83 for 9 as Shane Watson tore the home side’s innings apart with his five-for coming in only 21 deliveries. 11 November 2011 It looked like pretty standard fare on the opening day, which ended with the match tilted in the Proteas’ favour, with Australia on 214 for 8. Captain Michael Clarke was still in the middle, unbeaten on 107, but he’d received little support from the rest of the Aussie batsmen. Day two started calmly enough. Clarke, with decent support from Peter Siddle, helped the Australians to a total of 284 before he was the last man out, bowled by Morne Morkel for a splendid 151. Wickets dried up To put it into perspective, ESPN Cricinfo featured a wonderful quote from former Australian captain Mark Taylor, who said: “I thought I’d missed a whole day of my life” after he went to bed with the South African total on 49 for 1 and awoke with Australia on the unbelievable second innings total of 21 for 9. Thanks to number 11, Nathan Lyon, they avoided that ignominious achievement. He top scored with 14 before becoming the last man out, with Peter Siddle undefeated on 12. Australia had fallen for a ridiculous 47 all out. It was the fourth lowest innings total in their history. Suddenly Clarke, whose brilliant 151 had ended not that long ago, after South Africa batted for only 24.3 overs, was out in the middle once more, and Australia’s innings had not yet reached double-digits for overs. Kallis came in with only 15 runs required, but Smith was in sight of only his second century against Australia. The question was whether or not he would make it. He did. Philander matched Watson with a five-for, with the South African’s five victims falling in the space of just 20 balls. Morkel knocked over 3 for 9, and Steyn snared 2 for 23. The lowest ever totalcenter_img Five-for South Africa had lost their last seven wickets for only 23 runs but, somehow, Australia had then lost their first nine sticks for 21. On day three, Amla was put down early by Watson at first slip, again off of the unlucky Harris, but after that the contest reverted to a more familiar test scene, with Smith and Amla settling down and taking charge. DamageAfter a poor start, Morkel finished with figures of 3 for 82, but it was the opening partnership of Dale Steyn and debutant Vernon Philander who did most of the damage. Steyn, the number one ranked bowler in test cricket, lived up to his billing with a haul of 4 for 55, while Philander weighed in with 3 for 63. Three more runs were added, taking Australia’s total to 21 in the 11th over, but three more wickets then fell without a run being added. Harris departed for three, Johnson for three, and Shaun Marsh for a second ball duck, leaving the tourists on 21 for 9 and in danger of “bettering” the lowest ever test total of 26, scored by New Zealand against England in 1955. He didn’t last long and was the fifth man out, trapped in front by Philander, with the Aussie total on 15. Haddin departed for a duck three runs later, caught behind by Mark Boucher after a stunningly loose T20-type swing at a delivery from Philander. Two stars out for ducks Partnership record Last man in Imran Tahir managed to add 13 runs with Dale Steyn before he, too, fell, a victim of Ryan Harris, who finished with the impressive figures of 4 for 33. Watson ended with an even better 5 for 17. Captain Graeme Smith dug in and made it to 37, the innings’ highest score, before he was bowled by Shane Watson for 37, with the total on 73. That made the score 73 for 4. South Africa won an extraordinary test match against Australia inside three days, chasing down a victory target of 236 runs at Newlands in Cape Town on Friday. The contest was turned on its head on a remarkable second day as numerous records were established. South Africa were all out for a miserly 96 and staring down the barrel, facing a seemingly insurmountable first innings deficit of 188 runs, if the weather played along. Cricket, though, is a funny game and that opinion of the state of affairs was quickly changed in remarkable fashion. But let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves … Suddenly, though, the wickets dried up. Smith and Amla took the Proteas to 81 for 1 by stumps, although Hussey grassed a catch off the last ball of the day, which would have seen Amla out. The pitch seemed to offer a reasonable contest between bat and ball, which left one scratching one’s head, wondering where in the world South Africa’s 96 all out and Australia’s 47 all out had come from. Rudolph, back in the South African test team after a five-year break, made 14 before he was caught by wicketkeeper Haddin off the bowling of Siddle. Three superb centuries were scored in the match, but the man of the match award went to the debutant Vernon Philander, who finished with match figures of 8 for 78, after capturing 3 for 63 and 5 for 15. With both batsmen in the 80s, Amla let loose, smashing a number of boundaries to take him to a century. He went on to 112 before falling to Mitchell Johnson, caught in the gulley by Clarke. His innings had included 21 fours.last_img read more

The Pros & Cons of A/B Testing for Startups

first_imgTags:#start One of the best looking tools I’ve seen for easy A/B testing of a webpage is a service called Optimizely. Users can drag-and-drop or click-and-drag changes to a site’s design and copy. After dropping a bit of code into the homepage header, they can then view real-time analysis of site usage based on the altered elements. It’s not clear how well the service handles the testing of feature functionality on the site, as it looks geared mostly toward the look and feel of a page, but it could still be a great tool for startups. Optimizely is funded by Y Combinator and just entered private beta last week. For other A/B testing resources, consult today’s Webdesigner Depot article on the subject.The Bad: Relying Too Heavily On PerfectionNot everyone agrees, however, that A/B testing is a wise practice. Just this morning, Jeff Atwood, author of the blog Coding Horror, expressed his idea that this kind of testing is a lot like the movie Groundhog Day. In the movie, Bill Murray – stuck in an infinite loop reliving the same day over and over again – attempts to win the love of a woman, Rita, by learning as much as he can about her each day and pretending to share all of her interests. Atwood says that this is exactly what startups and designers are doing by relying too heavily on A/B testing. While romantic relationships are certainly different than business relationships, the parallels are interesting. Even though Murray’s character says presumably “all the rights things,” Rita can still tell there is something odd about it. Startups should be wary of testing too many of their decisions and should instead focus on just a few key elements at a time.Rand Fishkin at SEOmoz warned a few weeks ago against falling into the “trap of A/B testing minutiae.” He says many are “tantalized” by the idea that a small change can go a long way, when in reality this is far from the norm.“In all of these, some simple change accounted for big increases in click-through or conversion rate, leading to widespread praise and sharing,” says Fishkin. “The problem is – they’re the exception, not the rule. In fact, that’s precisely why they’re newsworthy and get so many mentions.”Fishkin also says for the small changes A/B testing often produces, the time and energy is too high. He suggests that startups focus more on testing larger changes – like a sight redesign – rather than smaller ones – like button colors. Like many things in business, design and life, there is no one perfect answer for all occasions. A/B may be valuable to your startup, if used correctly. Or it may not be. There certainly seems to be a place for A/B testing within startups, but don’t let it become too much of a good thing.Image from SEOmoz. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting chris cameron One of the topics we touch on from time to time here at ReadWriteStart is the importance of solid design aesthetics for Internet startups. One of the key elements in creating a user-friendly design is A/B testing – a process by which two or more variations of a design element are tested with different groups of users. A/B testing, however, doesn’t apply strictly to the visuals of a site; it can also be a useful tool for startups hoping to learn what their users like best.The Good: Learn About Your Users’ Habits For designers, A/B testing is a nice way to gauge user response to small tweaks, including fonts, spacing, artwork or other visual elements. Startups can take advantage of these methods to test non-visual elements of their sites, such as pricing plans, new features, and registration forms. The ability to see feedback based on two or more variations can help a young company make the best decisions surrounding its business going forward.Just recently, Automattic – Matt Mullenweg’s company behind WordPress – tested a pair of pricing options for a new product called VaultPress. In the service’s sign-up form, potential users are encouraged to suggest a price they would be willing to pay as compared to a suggested figure that the site is “planning to charge.” The suggested figures say $20 for some users, and $10 for others. With this test, it is likely that the company will uncover the best price point at which to sell the service in order to attract the most users.last_img read more

What Your Sales Manager Should Never Have to Manage

first_imgYour sales manager should never have to manage your activity. Your self-discipline, your goals, and your personal ambition should provide the motivation for your activity. If your sales manager has to look at your activity then you are doing something wrong.You sales manager must never have to manage attitude. Your healthy beliefs and your great sense of optimism underlie all of the results that you produce in sales—and in life. Your sales manager should never be concerned that you are negative, pessimistic, or cynical. And they should never have to worry about you being a carrier of the disease that can quickly infect the entire sales force.Your sales manager should never have to manage your commitments. Your word should be your bond, and your system should keep track of those commitments. If your sales manager has to follow up on your commitments you aren’t long for the world of sales.Your sales manager should never have to manage the timeliness or accuracy of your data in your sales force automation software. There is nothing more important to you than your relationships, and you should be managing the records of your relationships.Your sales manager should never have to concern themselves with either the quality or the amount of opportunities in your pipeline. Your pipeline is the key to your personal results; you should be managing your pipeline yourself. Your sales manager should never have to do more than check the box here.You want your sales manager to coach, train, teach, and develop your skills. You want them to do their part to help you make your number, including leading some calls where you need them and marshaling internal resources for you when necessary. You want your sales manager to work on notching you up a level, but not from a level beneath a level you should attain by managing yourself.QuestionsWhat areas of your performance does your sales manager need to manage?Why shouldn’t your discipline when it comes to activity or your attitude ever be your sales manager’s concern?How much should your sales manager have to concern herself with your pipeline?What do you really want your sales manager to help you with? Where should they make a contribution? Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Nowlast_img read more