No. 18 West Florida Seventh at UAB Fall Beach Blast

first_img Jenny Lines fired a 77 on Monday at the UAB Fall Beach Blast (Photo by Jim Hogue) Share No. 18 West Florida Seventh at UAB Fall Beach Blastcenter_img GULF SHORES, Ala. – In a field of all Division I competition, the No. 18 West Florida women’s golf team held its own during the first round of the UAB Fall Beach Blast at Peninsula Golf Club in Gulf Shores, Ala. on Monday.  The Argonauts finished the first round in sixth place, just five strokes out of the top five.Senior Bhavna Shetty (Mysore, India/Sadvidya HS) and junior Jennifer Gartin (Port St. Lucie, Fla./Daytona State) each carded 74 in the first round, and they are tied for seventh heading into Tuesday.  They were followed by junior Jenny Lines (Birmingham, Ala./Spring Hill), who is tied for 17th at 77.Jaime Jordan (Niceville, Fla./Niceville HS) is tied for 45th at 88 and sophomore Agustina Cocha (Salta, Argentina/Colegio Santa Maria) is in 48th at 89.  The Argonauts also have two players competing as individuals, freshmen Alexandria Fox (Brandon, Fla./Brandon Senior HS) and Hillary Miller (Greensburg, Ind./Greensburg Community HS).  Miller is tied with Jordan at 88, and Fox is in 49th place after a first round 99.Memphis holds the lead after the first round, carding 292 at just four over par.  Marshall and Louisiana-Monroe are tied for second at 301.  Ali Lucas of ULM is the individual leader after a first round 70.The Argos will be back in action at the UAB Fall Beach Blast for the second and final round on Tuesday.  For information on all UWF Athletics, visit Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Mizzou coaching staff may be job hunting after the season

first_imgMissouri offensive coordinator Josh Henson was shocked by Gary Pinkel’s decision to step down.Missouri offensive coordinator Josh Henson was shocked by Gary Pinkel’s decision to step down.ST. LOUIS – Offensive coordinator Josh Henson was blindsided. So were the rest of the Missouri assistant coaches when Gary Pinkel told them he had cancer and was retiring at the end of the season.Of course, they’re worried about the boss.Missouri (5-5) has two games to go, maybe a third with a bowl game. Until it’s over, assistants must balance on-field instruction and endless game-planning with the search for future employment.“One of the most difficult things when you do what I did, you rock the world of all your coaches,” Pinkel said. “There was no other way to do it.”Defensive coordinator Barry Odom, in his first year as defensive coordinator after previously playing and coaching at Missouri, could be on athletic director Mack Rhoades’ list of candidates. Rhoades is scheduled to hold a news conference on Wednesday.That’s probably not the case with the rest of the staff.Andy Hill, associate head coach and quarterbacks coach, will really have to dust off that resume. Hill played at Missouri from 1980-84 after making the team as a walk-on and has been with Pinkel since 1996 at Toledo.Defensive line coach Craig Kuligowski and running backs coach Brian Jones are both in their 24th season with Pinkel. Cornell Ford, who coaches cornerbacks and also is a top recruiter, dates to 1996.None of the coaches who were at Monday’s media day had a notion the 63-year-old Pinkel, diagnosed with lymphoma in May, was ill. Pinkel has been undergoing treatment at the Mayo Clinic.“No signs that said anything to the contrary,” Hill said. “He looks good today.”Henson echoed that theme.“Obviously, coach has got some issues but he doesn’t look like he has issues and he didn’t act like he had any issues all year long, to his credit,” Henson said. “The reality of it sets in and what it means, but it’s also sad. Everybody loves coach Pinkel, and he’s done a phenomenal job.”Offensive line coach A.J. Ricker said after Pinkel delivered the news on Friday, the team got on the bus for the trip to Kansas City to play BYU. Pinkel then called his wife.“It’s tough, man,” said Ricker, a former Missouri star center in his second season coaching the offensive line. “You’re in this thing long enough, it’s going to happen. Kind of the way it happened, I was shocked.”Hill said coaches are good at “compartmentalizing,” pushing those day-to-day worries aside while hyper-focusing on the task at hand.“You play a week at a time, you box it up and go do the next one,” Hill said. “You’re still competitive, you still want to watch Tennessee on video, you want to see those guys, see a way to beat them, give our guys the best chance to win.” Missouri vs. Tennessee When: 6:15 p.m. SaturdayTV: ESPN2last_img read more

At The Finish Line …Where Only the Truth Matters

first_imgYou want it.  You need it.  You gotta have it . . . here it is. Cam . . . aka Dap . . . and the boys blow Denver up 34-21.  The same way Pittsburgh would have done them if we had had A.B., Bell and Pouncey. Having said that, I still got the Spurs winning the West and if you think a scorer can’t be stopped, ask yourself this question, “Why do you think the greatest and most dominant scorer of all time only won two NBA championships?  That’s right.  They found a way to stop Wilt Chamberlain time and time again.  Nuff said!!! (Ya’ll need to stop trying me.) Speaking of things you gotta have, just in case you’re still not sure, take this to the bank, Rubio wins Republican vote and Hillary wins it all! Bill NealQuestion of the Day . . . Now take your time and think long and hard about this before you answer . . . Wait on it.  Wait on it.  Now . . . what would you rather be . . . a Black man in America or , or, or . . . a police dog?  I’m just askin!Yes “Braddock Roy” I love Steph Curry like the next guy.  He’s a bad man.  As a matter of fact, given this Black History Month celebration, he is “YOUNG – GIFTED – AND BLACK!”  But, I still contend he’s no “Pistol Pete” Maravich.  Close, but not there yet.  (Stop taking my word for it . . . GOO – GLE him mmmaaannn!). Lastly, and most important, if you missed “The Hateful Eight” with Samuel L. Jackson, put it back on your To Do List.  3½ basketballs.  It’s good.  Really good.< You Have Just Crossed the Finish Line >last_img read more

Memories of the 1930s in Upper Beaconsfield

first_imgThis Gazette article – published in the late 1980s or early ’90s – looks at Upper Beaconsfield in the 1930s…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

County Minor A Hurling Semi-Final Draw Announced

first_imgThe draws for the Semi-Finals of the County Minor A Hurling Championship was made last night and will see Clarinbridge take on Liam Mellows and Castlegar take on Kilnadeema/Leitrim. Both games will be played on Saturday October the 1st. The same day as the County Intermediate Hurling Semi-Finals. print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img

Men’s Basketball: Feb. 27 Scoreboard

first_imgMcNeese State 87, UIW 72LAKE CHARLES, La. – Ledrick Eackles scored a career-high 31 points despite playing with a stomach bug, and McNeese State returned to Burton Coliseum for the first time in 40 days to beat UIW 87-72 on Thursday.  |  McNeese Recap  |  UIW Recap Oral Roberts 75, Lamar 67TULSA, Okla. – Oral Roberts dug out of an early 12-point hole and downed Lamar 75-67 Thursday night at the Mabee Center. The game was ORU’s Turn Tulsa Pink game to support those affected by cancer and raise money for cancer research.  |  ORU Recap  |  Lamar Recap Northwestern State 88, Southeastern Louisiana 83HAMMOND, La. – Northwestern State won for the eighth time in 10 games, with Brison White’s 20 points setting the pace, as the Demons shot 55 percent and held off Southeastern Louisiana 88-83 Thursday night at the University Center.  |  NSU Recap  |  SLU Recap Central Arkansas 80, Sam Houston State 71CONWAY, Ark. – Central Arkansas did a lot of things right Thursday night in knocking off the second-place Sam Houston State 80-71 in front of a crowd of 1,378 at the Farris Center.  |  UCA Recap  |  SHSU Recapcenter_img Nicholls 79, Abilene Christian 60THIBODAUX, La. – A decisive 20-0 run broke a 34-all tie in the second half and T.J. Carpenter led Nicholls in scoring for the second consecutive game, finishing with 18 points, to lead the Colonels to a 79-60 victory over Abilene Christian on Thursday night at Stopher Gym.  |  Nicholls Recap  |  ACU Recap Stephen F. Austin claimed its second consecutive and fourth all-time Southland Conference regular-season championship after a convincing 103-63 victory at New Orleans. The Lumberjacks will be the top seed in the 2014 Southland Conference Basketball Tournament March 12-15 in Katy, Texas. Central Arkansas made SFA’s outright title possible on Thursday after it beat second-place Sam Houston State 80-71, dropping the Bearkats four games behind the Lumberjacks with just three games remaining. The Bears win also kept alive their hopes for a return trip to the conference tournament. UCA is three games behind McNeese State, an 87-72 victor over UIW, and just two games behind Southeastern Louisiana, which lost to Northwestern State, 88-83. In other action, Nicholls beat Abilene Christian 79-60 and Oral Roberts topped Lamar 75-67, officially ending the Cardinals’ drive for postseason.Stephen F. Austin 103, New Orleans 63NACOGDOCHES, Texas – Stephen F. Austin claimed an outright Southland Conference regular-season championship thanks, in part, to sophomore Thomas Walkup, who recorded a career-high 28 points in a 103-63 victory at New Orleans on Thursday night at Lakefront Arena.  |  SFA Recap  |  UNO Recaplast_img read more

Rodgers: Celtic are relaxed but we won’t lose focus

first_img“This is a game that you just can’t just discard.“We had a great result in the first game but we had to work very hard and it will be equally that tomorrow.” Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers insists his players won’t take it easy against Astana, despite holding a healthy advantage in their Champions League play-off tie.A 5-0 win at Celtic Park last week sees Rodgers’ side on the brink of qualifying for the group stages for the second consecutive year, bar a comeback that even Astana’s manager has written off as too unlikely.The Celtic manager wouldn’t look beyond the second leg in Kazakhstan though, saying his team had travelled with the intent of working hard to secure another positive result.“In every single game we play we are always relaxed but focused and there is no change in this game,” he said. “We are never complacent, we never take anything for granted and that is a daily part of our life.“When you play for a huge club like Celtic every day you have to prove yourself and in every game, so there is no question of being too complacent.“My players will be relaxed but always with a focus.“We worked very well in the first leg but we need to complete the job tomorrow. The first leg is gone, it’s in the past.last_img read more

What It Means to Think Big As a Small Business

first_imgOriginally posted on Acacia HR Solutions blog. I’ve been using this tag line of “small business who think big” for just under a year now. I took some time last year to really understand my target audience and focus my work and thought that best defines the clients I want to work with. It seems to be resonating because when potential clients reach out, they often mention how they really like that line and thought it fit them well.And then they ask me what it means.Funny, isn’t it, how something can speak to us, but then we wonder if it means the same to us as it was intended? Over lunch last week a new acquaintance asked what I did. I gave her the tagline and she, quite enthusiastically (which I don’t think was feigned), said she really liked that….and then asked me what it meant.I told her and realized that maybe it would be worth sharing with you. I’ve explained it on the website, but never through the blog, where most of you meet me. So here’s the story.When this business first began, I hadn’t really defined my target market. I always tell people who ask how I got started to never, ever, start a business like I did. I had no idea what I was doing, did not do any of the conventional things that people tell you to do (like, you know, have an actual plan) and somehow stumbled and fumbled into a growing business.In the beginning, I would take almost any project. I knew I wanted to focus on small businesses, but that’s about all I knew; and very early on, most small businesses only wanted me to write a handbook or be someone they could call to talk through a termination. All of those things are necessary, but not indicative of businesses who think big. With these clients I would deliver on the service they asked for and then talk to them about other things. For the client who only wanted a handbook, I would ask them what message they wanted the handbook to send. What policies did we absolutely need and what could we leave out. For the business that wanted an employee termination hotline, I would ask them to think about leadership training or better onboarding so that we could maybe come to the place of termination a little less often. And often I would be met with the same response.“Sabrina, that’s all great, but that’s big business stuff. We are too small to worry about that right now or put any of that in place. It will just change when we grow anyway.”I would get so frustrated thinking about what they could do. I would try to explain that setting those things up now would be easier than doing it when they were big.About two years in, I received a call from a potential client for onboarding help. He had 14 employees, but had just received his second round of funding and would be adding nearly 40 more in the coming year. He wanted to get all of the “HR stuff” setup, but most importantly really wanted to talk about onboarding. He felt that he needed to start these 40 employees off right and wanted to establish a process for future growth.I was in love. In a total, business sense of course.I decided right then and there that these would be the clients I chose to work with going forward. Not that I wouldn’t write a handbook or be on call for term issues, I still do those things, but I do them with businesses who also care about setting up what have been traditionally held as big business issues, even though they are still small.Things like onboarding.Culture.Leadership Development.Employee Development.Branding.Workforce strategy.I know it’s hard to think about some of this stuff when you are just trying to get a business off the ground, but I firmly believe it’s even harder when that business is grown and some of these things have created themselves – and not in the manner the leader would have intended.Or worse, you find out way too late that your business is behind the competition and cannot compete for talent because some of these human capital strategy areas weren’t addressed.So a business who thinks big is a business who realizes, regardless of employee population, they can still think about and focus on advanced human capital concepts. They think about how they want the business to look in five, ten or twenty years when the population size may be double, triple or more and decide what they want things to look like then, and put practices in place now to make sure they do.They are businesses who realize that regardless of whether they have one employee or 2,000, they are the spirit of the business, the thing that keeps customers coming back for more. They realize it and let that drive their strategy from day one.Thinking big as a small business means not limiting your actions to the size you are now, but the size you can be.And those are the small businesses I most want to work with.last_img read more

SaaS: Google Apps Takes on Business

first_imgGoogle has had some false starts in trying to mold its software into something that would be attractive to businesses, especially large businesses. But, they keep trying…Google has recently done a retake and revamp of its App Engine product, trying to make it more appealing to businesses. App Engine offers users the ability to build and host web applications on Google’s infrastructure. It contains some compelling features:full support for common web technologies and dnamic web applicationspersistent storage with queries, sorting and transactionsautomatic scaling and load balancingAPIs for authenticating users and sending email using Google Accountsa local development environment that simulates Google App Enginescheduled tasks for triggering events at specified times and regular intervalsOriginally Google supported only applications that are written in the Python language. In the most recent Google App upgrade, they now also support the Java language.One limitation though is that each Google App must run in the protected sandbox area provided by Google. With that requirement comes the limitation that the application can’t write directly to a file on the operating system — instead all presistent data must be saved via the App Engine datastore.In the recent upgrade, Google also included the Google Secure Data Connector. The Data connector will allow App Engine applications to securely connect into other applications like CRM and business analytics. Connectors are available for software from vendors like Apirio, Cast Iron Systems, IBM, Oracle and Panorama. For example, an App Engine application could communicate and exchange data with Oracle Siebel CRM.last_img read more