Freshman outside hitter Billy Fauntleroy sets the ball for the Trojans in the first set of a game against Cal State Northridge as the team hosted the USC Fall Tournament at the Galen Center. Photo by Kaan Demiroz | Daily TrojanThe men’s volleyball team will wrap up its preseason play at the UCLA Fall Tournament this weekend. The Trojans will face off against three teams, including the Bruins, in the tournament at the Wooden Center.The weekend will start with a match against UC Santa Barbara on Friday. The Gauchos went 10-16 last season, struggling against top-tier competition and dropping their final five games of the season. The teams faced each other twice last season. In the first meeting, the Gauchos surprised the Trojans in a hard-fought 3-2 match. USC bounced back in the second meeting, claiming a 3-0 victory.On Saturday, the Trojans will face off against Cal State Northridge. The Matadors went 12-15 last season, playing the Trojans twice. Similarly to UC Santa Barbara, Cal State Northridge came out strong and swept USC in a 3-0 victory in the teams’ first meeting. The Trojans returned a month later and battled for a 3-2 win, leaving the teams level at 1-1 on the season.Following the game against Cal State Northridge, the team will face UCLA for a preseason rivalry match. The Bruins were 17-10 last season, and finished ranked No. 6 in the AVCA Division Coaches’ rankings. The rivals met twice last season, and the Bruins came away victorious both times. In the first meeting, UCLA won 3-1. The second came late in the season, with UCLA sweeping USC 3-0.Previously, the Trojans went 1-5 in the USC Fall Tourney, a tournament the team hosts at the Galen Center each year. USC split teams for the tournament, notching a solo victory over Concordia in a 3-0 sweep. However, the Trojans fell to Cal State Northridge, Grand Canyon, Stanford, UC San Diego and UC Santa Barbara in three sets. The tournament allowed for third sets to be optional, but the Trojans took the extra set each time for experience.After the UCLA Fall Tournament, the regular season will officially begin for the Trojans with a non-conference home matchup with Princeton at the Galen Center. The team will then travel to Hawaii for the Texaco Rainbow Warrior Classic, facing off against Juniata, Stevens Institute and Hawaii.
Donegal captain Katy HerronGLENFIN’S Katy Herron will captain Donegal against Armagh at her home club on today (throw-in 3pm) after snow and ice forced the Division 2 clash to be postponed last time around.There’s more likely to be a bit of drizzle this time.But a good crowd is expected as the 25-year-old school teacher leads the county side out today. Among them will be loads of friends and relations.And with a panel of players now drawn from the ranks of all clubs across the majority of parishes in the county by manager Davy McLaughlin, the game will draw a crowd from far and wide.“It is going to be that wee bit extra special leading my county out onto the pitch of my home club on Sunday,” she says.“There will be a good few relatives, club members and friends here so it is going to be special for me but the focus will remain the same. It’s about getting points on the board.” Donegal had an excellent win over Down last Sunday, but today will be a whole lot different.It promises to be a cracking game. DONEGAL LADIES TACKLE ARMAGH IN ‘HOME’ CLASH FOR KATY IN GLENFIN was last modified: February 15th, 2015 by John2Share 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:armaghDivision2donegalFootballLadies
Brand South Africa was established in August 2002 to help create a positive and compelling brand image for South Africa.At that time, the world was unsure about what to think of South Africa, with many different messages being sent out by various sources. This did very little to build the country’s brand and it was evident that to attract tourism and investment there was a need to co-ordinate marketing initiatives to make them more effective.This led to the creation of Brand South Africa, whose main objective is the marketing of South Africa through the Brand South Africa campaign.There are many benefits to having a consolidated brand image, with the most important being that a consistent Brand South Africa message creates strategic advantages in terms of trade and tourism for the country in an increasingly competitive marketplace.VISIONTo be the authority on national identity and reputation building for the benefit of South Africa and the continent.MISSIONTo build confidence in the future of the nation by telling our inspiring South African story.PURPOSEEnsure a sustainable future for our children.STRATEGIC POSITIONINGInspire and unify civil society, business, government and the media to build the reputation of South Africa, and contribute to its global competitiveness.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Farm Credit Mid-America reports an increase in net income from December 2017, and the agriculture economy overall is sound with modest job and wage growth. The Association saw an expected slight decrease in overall performance in first quarter 2018, due to agriculture commodity prices remaining near or slightly below the cost of production.First-quarter highlights:Net income reached nearly $120 million, an increase of $4.3 million from year-end 2017 Total members’ equity increased $72.5 million Total loans were $20.1 billion at March 31, 2018, a decrease of $263.5 million“Our customers are resilient and continue to run their operations despite tight margins,” said Bill Johnson, president and CEO, Farm Credit Mid-America. “We are proud to partner with these producers to secure the future of rural communities and agriculture.”The credit quality of Farm Credit’s portfolio declined slightly from year-end 2017. Adversely classified loans increased to 4.1% of the portfolio at March 31, 2018, from 3.9% of the portfolio at year-end 2017.Within the first quarter, Farm Credit Mid-America distributed nearly $88 million to eligible customers as part of its Patronage Program. “Our cooperative is financially stable, and this year’s Patronage checks allowed customers and their operations to benefit from this position of strength,” said Bill Johnson.For the complete financial report, visit e-farmcredit.com/about.
Related Posts Arash Asli Trends Driving the Loyalty Marketing Industry Follow the Puck What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … In its larval stages, new technology is at best, promising, and at its worst, redundant. In the last few years alone we’ve seen countless aberrations of the digital age die out nearly on arrival – the casualties of half-baked development, fads, or overestimations.However, when successful propagation occurs, new technology spreads like a virus. It synthesizes with the world around us. The changes are often so drastic that the resulting world is often unrecognizable.Steve Jobs envisioned a world with an iPhone in every pocket. Nearly six years after his passing and with 85.8 million iPhone owners in the US alone, his dream wasn’t far off from what would become eventual reality.The Age Of ConvenienceSome have dubbed our increasingly digital world “the age of convenience.” Now, with technology fully adopted and integrated into nearly every aspect of our lives, countless industries have emerged around making things even easier than they already are.Often, the goal of these companies is simply to shave minutes or even seconds off of common day-to-day tasks or interactions. These improvements in expediency may seem marginal, but as it turns out, very few refuse convenience. And once fully implemented, seemingly negligible time-savers often become revolutionary. Car services like Uber threaten the once monopolized Taxi industry. Netflix, a once burgeoning mail-in DVD rental service, now dominates the digital entertainment world.The enemy of an ongoing battle waged by technology companies new and old, across the world – is inconvenience, often in the form of time wasted on frustration with anachronistic, decaying digital architecture.After all, there’s always a better way, right?The question we often find ourselves asking when dealing with unwieldy software or hardware has become the job description of millions. Only, the job is never finished. Just as new solutions are enacted, old ones fall apart. The resulting climate is chaotic, but a passionate one. Technology companies are constantly on their toes and at each other’s throats as they compete for temporary dominance – a frenetic, perilous battle of king-of-the-hill atop a slender, glacial surface, where even the best may soon slip and fall.Adapt Or DieThis is no different in the service industry, where customers and business owners alike have come to expect a certain level of convenience and competency from the technology around them.What was previously novel has become obligatory – customers now expect to be able to order takeout or book their appointments online, universally. Likewise, a newly-hired receptionist of a hair salon might expect to be managing scheduling through a digital interface rather than a pen-and-paper planner. Refusing to adopt these new standards of operation and convenience can be a death blow to any business of competence.Business owners also prize convenience, and like consumers, they’re willing to pay for it.Remember Apple’s slogan for their App Store back in 2009 – “there’s an app for that?” Today, the proliferation of business software means there are solutions for problems business owners didn’t even know they had. Shopify, Hotjar, MailChimp – businesses pay hundreds of dollars in monthly charges for software solutions like these that offer both them and their customers an improved online experience. In fact, spending in this area alone was estimated to reach $4.5 billion in 2017, a 17% increase from last year.This means software companies now have to compete by diversifying their functionality. Offering additional features like analytics and reporting, for example, is a common strategy employed by software companies in order to entice more customers.Go Mobile Or Go HomeA large contributor to the demand for online convenience is what’s in most of our pockets right now – in fact, you might be using one to read this article!Smartphones have evolved to competently rival desktop computers and laptops. Even if smartphones may not be able to compete in terms of raw computing power, ubiquitous WiFi and global connectivity have cemented the smartphone as a technological force-of-nature and a staple in most of our lives.In fact, after a decade of constant improvement and refinement, many could probably use their smartphone for all their daily online needs without ever needing to touch a desktop or laptop computer ever again.As such, service software has evolved similarly. Most – if not all – business software companies develop companion apps that empower both business owners and customers on a mobile level. These apps – typically designed and engineered for the iOS and Android platforms – have also become the norm to the point of being obligatory.In the service industry, these apps allow both business owners and employees to check-in with their business wherever they are, offering an unprecedented level of convenience. They might be able to view their upcoming work schedule, manage their clients, or review booking requests – all from the palm of their hand.The irony here is that a lot of this convenience is built around the idea of eliminating the need for back-and-forth phone calls or messaging in order to receive information – the very thing the telephone was invented for!And yet, there’s very little room for humor – both software companies and end-users know that offering a mobile app is essential. Not only is there a high demand for apps, but it’s also a prudent future-proofing strategy as the mobile era continues to envelop business of all kinds.As always, it’s difficult to see exactly where the future lies. However, one thing is certain: whatever is convenient now will be inconvenient tomorrow. Our world’s best and brightest visionaries stare into a deep, infinite well of problems with infinite solutions. And in that way, perhaps business is booming. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Arash Asli is at the forefront of business growth helping SMBs grow their businesses, as CEO of Yocale, an online scheduling and marketing platform. His thought leadership have been featured in major publications including Forbes, Huffington Post, and Inc. He is honored to have been named the Business in Vancouver’s Top Forty under 40 business executive.
In the fourth edition of In The Spotlight, Australian Mixed Open player, Sarah Spacie, speaks about what it means to her to play at the 2011 World Cup and the biggest influences on her Touch Football career. Name: Sarah SpacieNickname: SezAge: 24Affiliate: Brisbane CityOccupation: Primary PE TeacherPosition: Wing/ LinkDebut for Australia: 2009 Trans Tasman in WollongongCareer highlights so far: Winning NTL 2007, Winning Trans Tasman 2009/2010 How you got involved in Touch Football: My primary school PE Teacher – Sherene Moy Favourite player: Louise WinchesterWhat does it mean to you to be representing Australia at the 2011 World Cup: Representing your country is a massive honour. Standing with your team mates singing the National Anthem is an amazing feeling, one that brings me to tears every time and one that will never get old. There really isn’t anything better than representing your country with your mates.Biggest influence on your Touch Football career: Besides numerous coaches, Wayne Grant, Swain Rovelli and Bernie Morrison, my biggest influence would have to be my parents. Without the love and support of my parents I would never have reached this level. Favourite sporting moment: Steven Bradbury winning gold at the Winter Olympics 2002, Cathy Freeman winning gold at 2000 Olympics.What do you know about Scotland: Very little – it rains nearly every second day.Any superstitions: When wearing Australian socks, Australia has to be on the outside and TFA on the insideFunniest Australian teammate: Tash (Mixed Assistant coach – Tony El Takchi)Favourite quote: Be the change you want to see in the world – GandhiAny travel plans for after World Cup: Dublin, Athens and Greek Islands, Rome, Florence and Venice.Stay tuned to the website for the upcoming editions of In The Spotlight, which will feature every Open’s player travelling to the World Cup. With only 50 days to go until the 2011 Federation of International Touch World Cup, be sure to be regularly visiting the Touch Football Australia website to keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information. Don’t forget to become a fan of Touch Football Australia on Facebook and Twitter in the lead up to the 2011 World Cup to find out all you need to know about Australia’s World Cup campaign:http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Touch-Football-Australia/384949403384 www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus
Everton boss Marco Silva lands new unwanted record after Spurs thrashingby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton boss Marco Silva has established a new unwanted record after defeat to Tottenham.Silva saw his side thumped by Tottenham at Goodison Park on Sunday, losing 6-2.And in the process he became the first Premier League manager to concede six goals at home for three different clubs.With Hull City he suffered a 7-1 home defeat again to Spurs.And when in charge of Watford he was beaten 6-0 at Vicarage Road by Manchester City. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Blackpool captain Spearing: The day I felt let down by Liverpoolby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBlackpool captain Jay Spearing has recalled being let down by former club Liverpool.After making his Liverpool debut in 2008 in the Champions League, Spearing was loaned to Bolton for the 2012-13 season.He made a permanent move at the end of that loan spell but by 2016 the club were fighting a Championship relegation battle.Under terms of the deal with Liverpool, one more appearance for Bolton would trigger a £100,000 payment to the Reds. Talks were held between the two parties but Liverpool refused to defer the terms.”Neil Lennon [the then Bolton manager] said on the training ground, ‘You can’t play tomorrow,'” Spearing said in an interview with The Times.”I was like, ‘What have I done?’ He said the chairman had rung and there was a clause.”I’m not saying I would have been the saviour but there were still 13 games and it was difficult to watch.”I didn’t ring anybody [at Liverpool]. I was just a little bit gutted they didn’t help me out.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Leonardo Ulloa desperate to get off mark for Rayo Vallecanoby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeonardo Ulloa is desperate to get off the mark for Rayo Vallecano.The former Leicester City striker signed earlier this month as a free agent.He told AS: “It bothers me because the team works hard and creates chances, but they don’t end up as goals. It also leaves me alone the fact that we are creating.”Ulloa also spoke of winning the Premier League with Leicester in 2016.”That was a crazy thing. Exceeded expectations. Leicester was a humble team and stayed up thanks to a great final streak. The following year we continued with that form. “The greats were not well and, after the month of December, people began to believe and we, too. We only lost three games in the whole season. That made a difference, we were solid at the back. I really enjoyed it and it aroused sympathy throughout the world.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say