Bruins in ruins in their backfield

first_imgUCLA did not allow Ramirez or Holmes to speak with the media. UCLA usually rotates three tailbacks into games, so the 6-foot-3, 205-pound Ramirez could contend for carries. Ramirez, a sophomore, rushed for 760 yards and 10 touchdowns in eight games as a senior at Imperial High of El Centro. “He had a good opening day, but I don’t know what (Ramirez) brings yet,” running backs coach Dino Babers said. “The guy hasn’t had a handoff in over a year. He did some things that looked natural. He found some creases and he found some holes. I haven’t had a chance to coach him about where they’re going to be at, but he naturally found those. That’s kind of interesting.” Ramirez began his career at UCLA as a running back, only to be shifted to the secondary before the completion of last August’s training camp. No access Patrick Cowan started eight games last season, and went through a pair of quarterback competitions. He was Ben Olson’s backup until pulling his left hamstring Monday, and it appears the injury will keep him on the sideline for a while. He watched practice while on crutches and was scheduled for an MRI. “It looks like it’s more significant than a day-to-day thing, so … you know, it looks like he’s, uh … I don’t know,” Dorrell said. “He’s on crutches right now, so it’s difficult for him to walk. It’s something that’s been pretty painful.” So how does Cowan feel about the turn of events? It is anybody’s guess because he is part of an ever-evolving list of players not allowed to speak with the media. A new policy came into place during training camp in which injured players are not being made available to the media. “Our reasoning is we feel the head coach is the best person to address the injury situation of the team,” UCLA spokesman Marc Dellins said. A sub-category was added to that list Tuesday when Holmes and Ramirez, both healthy, were deemed off limits to the media after their position changes. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By Brian Dohn STAFF WRITER While USC enjoys the riches of an overloaded backfield across town, UCLA’s depth in the backfield reached such a critical stage that linebacker Fred Holmes and safety Christian Ramirez shifted to offense Tuesday. Holmes was moved to fullback and Ramirez was shifted to tailback. The moves were made because UCLA is perilously thin at both spots. Behind starting tailback Chris Markey and backup Kahlil Bell, the Bruins used walk-ons Ryen Carew and Craig Sheppard in the weekend scrimmage. With Raymond Carter out for the season with a knee injury and Chane Moline possibly out for a month with a broken bone in his left hand, the coaching staff turned to Ramirez, a former high school tailback. Fullbacks Michael Pitre, Trevor Theriot and Chad Moline each missed practice time with varying injuries, which left converted defensive end Dylan Rush as the lone healthy fullback earlier this week, and precipitated Holmes’ move. “We put them over there just to see what they can do,” UCLA coach Karl Dorrell said. “We’re still going to evaluate whether that’s going to be permanent or not.” last_img read more

Former Newcastle defender tells talkSPORT – John Carver gives Magpies derby day advantage

first_imgFormer Newcastle defender Olivier Bernard believes John Carver’s Newcastle roots gives the Magpies the advantage ahead of the second Tyne-Wear derby of the season at the Stadium of Light.Both teams are in poor form and Sunderland find themselves just a point above the relegation zone, but the Black Cats are looking for their fifth straight victory over their fiercest rivals.Sunderland winger Adam Johnson struck a last minute winner at St James’ Park just before Christmas, but Bernard feels the stand-in Magpies boss could hold the key to derby day success.“I think Newcastle have a slight advantage as Carver is [Newcastle] through and through and will do everything he can to not lose the battle,” said the Frenchman.“He’s born and raised in Newcastle. From a very young age you learn who to love and he’s dedicated his life to Newcastle. He’s going to be meticulous because the last thing you want is to lose to your rivals.”The former Magpies left back, who made over 100 appearances between 2000 and 2005, has identified the midfield battle as the key on-field area that could determine who earns the bragging rights on Sunday.The 35-year-old said: “The key battle is Moussa Sissoko against Lee Cattermole. Sissoko is so big for the club and the players around him. He shows his quality week in week out and he’s built to perform.”The defender, who also played for Southampton and Newcastle in his career, experienced several North East derbies and believes the atmosphere is unique to any other game he has encountered.“It’s more than just a game, it’s a passion and the fans are making sure that you fight for the shirt – it’s one game in the year you can’t miss. If you are on the pitch you have to give 100%,” said Bernard.last_img read more

Who is Wu Lei? Dubbed the ‘Chinese Maradona’ and tipped for the top by Solskjaer

first_img Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move REVEALED Wu moved to Espanyol in January for £1.8million MONEY Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade huge blow Espanyol unearthed a gem with their latest signing Wu Lei.The Chinese forward was signed by the Catalan club for just £1.8million in January from Shanghai SIPG and it appears to be a masterful piece of business by the club. BEST OF Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Solskjaer has previously heaped praise on Wu Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade REVEALED 3 RANKED Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Més de 40 milions de persones van veure el debut de Wu Lei a la Xina.Más de 40 millones de personas vieron el debut de Wu Lei en China.在中国,超过4000万人观看了武磊的首秀.👉 | #Volem | #EspanyoldeBarcelona— RCD Espanyol (@RCDEspanyol) February 7, 2019What have people said?Former Italy boss Marcelo Lippi, who managed Wu in China, said: “Wu has been performing very well lately, no matter whether it is in the league or with the national team.“I’m very satisfied with his performance. His effort on the pitch was clear to all and he always creates opportunities at key moments.”While Manchester United’s caretaker manager, Ole Gunnar Solskaer, once targeted him while managing Norweigan side Molde and said: “If he moves to Molde, I think he can improve well enough to play for an English Premier League side in a year.” 3 Wu Lei factfile Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won no dice Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ shining Wu in action for China against Uzbekistan With China representing a seventh of the world’s population, more and more Chinese are likely to tune in to watch Wu’s every move which will only draw more profits as his progression continues.But who is Wu and how did he become the cult hero he is in China today? REPLY 3 LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS ADVICE Name: Wu LeiBorn: July 30, 1991, Nanjing, Jiangsu, ChinaPosition: ForwardCareer highlight: All-time top scorer in Chinese Super League (101 goals) Shanghai SwoonWu started his career with Chinese third division side Shanghai SIPG – the club where he would go onto make almost 300 league appearances and average more than a goal every two games.He made his debut in September 2006 at the age of 14, becoming the youngest player ever to play professional Chinese football.In the following seasons, Wu was slowly integrated into the team as his side gradually made their way up the divisions in China.His good performances helped his side to promotion to the second division and he was eventually handed his first international debut for China in February 2010 – where he has gone onto scored 15 goals in 63 appearances. La Periquitos’ owner is Chinese billionaire Chen Yansheng – and he has said he is keen on the profile of LaLiga to be amped up in his homeland.In light of this, Chen signed Wu and the move has already drawn the focus of millions of Chinese on his club.Wu’s 12 minute debut in LaLiga against Villareal astonishingly attracted over 40million viewers from the Far East –  dwarfing the domestic figures of 177,000 viewers on the match from around SpainJust 48 hours after he was signed, 2,000 shirts with Wu’s name printed on it had already been purchased. When Shanghai were eventually promoted to the Chinese Super League, Wu made an instant impact after scoring a hat-trick for the club to become the second youngest player to score a treble in the top-tier.He continued to impress in the red shirt and last season was undoubtedly his best as he scooped the Chinese Super League Player of the Year and the Golden Boot after netting 27 times.In his record-breaking season he also broke the all-time top scoring record in the Chinese Super League (101)  – and after being dubbed the ‘Chinese Maradona’, there were no surprises when the likes of Barcelona and Wolves were tipped to sign him last summer.EspanyolIn January, Wu moved to LaLiga side Espanyol for £1.8million on a three-year deal.He made his debut against Villarreal after coming on as a substitute for 12 minutes and extraordinarily attracted 40million Chinese viewers.Since his debut, Wu has made four appearances. He came off the bench and earned his side a penalty as his side drew 2-2 with Rayo Vallecano.He also scored his first goal for the club earlier this month as his side beat Real Valladolid – becoming the first Chinese footballer to score in LaLiga. Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card last_img read more

Terre Haute Man Arrested for Domestic Battery

first_imgThe female allegedly had been battered several times throughout the night by Reed.The female was finally able to get away, drove to a local gas station, and called for help. After interviewing Reed, he was taken into custody and transported to the Vigo County jail where he is currently being held without bond. On October 14, 2019, at approximately 10:00 p.m., a 40-year-old Terre Haute man was arrested on battery charges.Philip M. Reed, age 40, of Terre Haute, was arrested and charged with Domestic Battery, a Class 6 Felony.   An investigation conducted by Master Trooper Todd Brown revealed that Reed had battered a female in a Vigo County residence that the two shared. last_img read more

Mobile Web To Get Standards

first_imgA group of mobile operators have just unveiled a new initiative they’re calling “BONDI” whose goal is to encourage development of new mobile web applications while not compromising customers’ security. BONDI was created by members of the OMTP(Open Mobile Terminal Platform), an industry group that includes participants from all parts of the mobile world and whose members include operators like AT&T, Hutchison 3G, Orange, Telecom Italia, Telefónica, Telenor, T-Mobile and Vodafone.With BONDI, named for the popular Australian beach, OMTP wants customers to know “it’s safe to surf!” In order to move mobile web development forward, OMTP wants to fix the current problem we have today where a mobile app written for one phone has to be rewritten again and again to work on all devices. This effort is costly, inefficient, confusing for the end user, and slows down the time to market.So instead, via the BONDI initiative, OMTP will define what interfaces developers need to access when writing apps that tap into more sensitive functions on the mobile device. BONDI will expose those handset features to the developers while also protecting the users from any fraudulent or malicious activity.In addition, the web services that result from the BONDI initiative will incorporate the various open and proprietary work currently in progress in this area of mobile development so as not to cause more fragmentation. As today’s mobile phones become more like mini-computers, the need for standards and security is paramount. The members of OMTP agree. Having standards will “encourage more developers to create unique, exciting applications for mobile web 2.0,” says Arnd Gallmann SVP Terminal Technology at T-Mobile. We couldn’t agree more and are now eagerly awaiting the plethora of services that are sure to result from this move. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces sarah perez The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologycenter_img What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts Tags:#mobile#Trends#web last_img read more

Supply-Chain Management: It’s 10 pm. Do You Know Where Your Package Is?

first_imgIf you grew up in the 1970s, you may remember the popular public-service announcement for parents that asked, “It’s 10 p.m. Do you know where your child is?” The statement seemed almost nonsensical, but it shared an important message for parents to ensure that they always make a conscious effort to know the whereabouts of their children.Similarly, how is it that loss prevention practitioners can so often be ignorant of supply-chain management and the whereabouts of online consumer orders as they move through the supply chain?The evolution of e-commerce in retail has been accelerating exponentially in recent years. With the ability for consumers to order anything from anywhere using a smartphone, Americans are now spending over $450 billion annually online. This is challenging retailers to keep up with the demand, and without their own transportation fleets, they must rely on third-party entities to get merchandise to their customers.- Sponsor – What does that mean for retail loss prevention? If you don’t have a clear understanding of supply chain management and how a package moves through the supply chain, your ability to investigate in-transit losses will be virtually impossible.Lack of InvolvementIn today’s environment, I have found that most retail loss prevention professionals have a limited knowledge of their supply chain. In most companies, supply chain management is typically managed by the transportation or operations department. Contracts are negotiated with multiple freight carriers, and loss prevention rarely has any involvement with those negotiations or contract review. Furthermore, if freight is lost or stolen, claims are often filed unbeknownst to loss prevention, and, in most instances, settled without the benefit of an investigation being conducted at all.This way of doing business is standard. When you consider the immensity of the global supply chain, it becomes clear why it’s so difficult to obtain actual loss rates for freight that has been stolen in transit. This standard reflects the notion that whoever handles the freight last is ultimately responsible for paying a loss claim. If multiple carriers are involved, those claims will continue to be filed and paid until ultimately a company at the end of the transportation line will be stuck incurring the loss. This basically equates to kicking the can down the road, and retailers are unconcerned about the problem as long as they are made whole on the loss.Eroding the Customer ExperienceBut what is the real cost here? The customer never received their original order, forcing them to contact the retailer and complain. The retailer then has to initiate another order in the system, which results in additional labor costs when the merchandise has to be re-picked and shipped once again. More importantly, the customer experience has been eroded because they did not receive their order in the first place.We have all ordered products online and know what it feels like not to receive the order on time. We understand the frustration that mounts when we have to contact the retailer and complain. Now imagine if that customer’s order was stolen, perhaps with similar thefts occurring with other customer orders in the same geographical area. If all your company is doing is filing a claim for the lost packages and not involving loss prevention to investigate the matter, how are the thefts going to be stopped? They won’t—and therein lies the problem. This is why it is so crucial that retail loss prevention becomes an active participant in the supply chain aspect of the business.The Transportation ProcessThe first step is to gain an understanding of the supply-chain management process. As mentioned earlier the majority of retailers that do business online do not have their own transportation infrastructure. This means they have to contract out transportation companies to move freight. One of the most costly services in business is transportation. Therefore, most companies will look for the most cost-effective way to move that box from the warehouse to the client.This cost will vary depending on several factors, which would include the time it takes to deliver the package, the distance the package has to travel, and the method of delivery. Typically, the more convenient the process is for the customer, the higher the transportation cost will be for the retailer. As a result, most companies look for a balanced approach that will satisfy both the customer expectation and the costs associated with transporting the order.This is where the choice of a transportation provider will come into play. Some providers have a large, global network with their own state-of-the-art warehouses and a comprehensive fleet comprised of both trucks and airplanes. Furthermore, these companies often have comprehensive loss prevention programs that include both personnel who can investigate loss and physical security that meets industry standards. Because this method can accommodate the convenience of all shipping requirements, costs are normally higher.In addition, the ability to negotiate claim payment if the package is lost or stolen can become more difficult. In essence, you’re placing a lot of trust that the package will traverse through the network without a problem. If it is lost or stolen, there is little recourse for the retailer because such contracts are often worded in a way that ensures payment will not be pursued on claims unless a predetermined loss percentage threshold is met.Because of the claim payment restrictions, the retailer may then consider contracting with a third-party (3PL) transportation provider as an alternative method to collect the merchandise from the warehouse, consolidate with other freight throughout the client’s network, and complete the delivery process. These carriers are generally regionalized using an independent contractor model for their driver base. This means that the drivers are not the transportation company’s own employees, and in turn, they contract the route out to a provider that works for them. That route owner, or “independent contract,” may have several contracted drivers working for them, covering multiple routes within the 3PL.Taking it a step further, the company might subcontract all the routes to a fourth-party transportation company with a similar model, totally unbeknownst to the retailer. These companies are designed to move freight at the parcel level and specialize in last-mile delivery to the customer. The problem these carriers face is that their operations rarely have any loss prevention personnel on the payroll. They lack basic security standards, such as CCTV, burglar alarm systems, key control, or criminal background checks completed on their contractors. They also lack basic inventory-control practices to monitor the retailer’s freight within their network or when it’s turned over to the driver.This is a recipe for disaster when it comes to theft, and you will often find high-percentage losses when dealing with these carriers. While they are willing to pay loss claims to retailers, they rarely have methods to determine the root cause of the losses. Furthermore, the loss issue is only resolved after thousands of dollars of losses have occurred, and the carrier is threatened with losing the retailers’ business. This is why it is so crucial for retail loss prevention to be involved in the transportation process from the beginning.A Proactive Supply-Chain Management PlanFollowing are some key steps that should be taken to build a proactive plan.Have a strong relationship with your transportation department and be part of the carrier approval process.Develop a comprehensive security protocol that the carriers must adhere to and ensure that protocol is added in the contract with the transportation provider.Visit some of the locations and conduct an audit of their operations. This should include evaluating their security and, more importantly, the operational controls in handling your freight.Develop loss analytics that can identify loss trends before you start receiving customer complaints about loss. These analytics should identify trends by carrier and driver route.Be proactive in meeting with the carrier’s facility management so they understand your expectations, loss trending analytics, and method of investigation. You will be surprised how receptive they will be for your help to identify problems before they get out of hand.While visiting provider locations, see what other clients’ freight they are moving. If losses are occurring with your freight, they are probably occurring with other retailers’ freight as well. This allows a perfect opportunity to work a joint investigation with other loss prevention peers.The supply chain can be a confusing entity and one that many retail loss prevention professionals avoid. But the more we learn, the easier the process is to manage. Rather than assuming that a package is safe once it leaves the confines of your four walls, get engaged in the supply-chain management process. You may be surprised to find that with a little effort and some planning, your ability to identify these losses and work with the carriers that handle your freight is a relatively easy process.This post was first published in 2014 and was updated March 5, 2018. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

South Carolina Expands Jobs Credit, Enacts Agricultural Products Credit

first_imgSouth Carolina expanded its job development credits and added a credit for taxpayers who purchase state-grown agricultural products.Job Development CreditsThe state reduced the job creation requirement for some qualified service-related facilities.For example, the requirement drops from 175 to 125 for jobs at a single location. In addition, it drops from 150 to 100 for certain buildings that were vacant before the taxpayer’s investment.At the discretion of the Coordinating Council for Economic Development, the law also allows businesses engaged in legal, accounting, banking, or investment services to qualify for the credits. Similarly, businesses generally engaged in retail sales may qualify, provided that no retail sales are conducted at the facility.These provisions apply to tax years beginning after 2017.Credit For Increased Purchases Of Agricultural ProductsFor tax years 2018 through 2027, taxpayers can claim a credit for increasing their purchases of certified South Carolina-grown agricultural products. To qualify, the taxpayer must be an:agribusiness operation; oragricultural packaging operation.In addition, the taxpayer must increase its purchases by at least 15% over the base year.The Council determines the credit amount for each taxpayer, but the credit is limited to $100,000 per taxpayer annually. The maximum amount of credits for all taxpayers each year begins at $500,000 for 2018 and increases to $2 million for 2021 through 2027.Act No. 265 (S.B. 1043), Laws 2018, effective October 3, 2018, or as noted; Information Letter 18-15, South Carolina Department of Revenue, October 16, 2018, ¶400-920Login to read more tax news on CCH® AnswerConnect or CCH® Intelliconnect®.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.last_img read more

Punishing winds that whipped California fires could last

first_img(AP) – Punishing Santa Ana winds that pushed fires into Los Angeles-area neighborhoods, burning six homes, are expected to last through Friday.The wind-whipped blazes broke out Thursday in the Santa Clarita area. One remains uncontained. As many as 50,000 people are under evacuation orders.In Northern California, a fire near the wine country town of Geyserville has burned 49 buildings.Pacific Gas & Electric had cut power to hundreds of thousands of people in the region as a fire safety measure but said it had not deenergized a transmission line that had a problem about the time the fire started.However, authorities have not determined causes of any of the fires.Most of those power outages ended late Thursday but PG&E warned they might resume Saturday when fierce winds are expected to return and boost fire danger.last_img read more

New Platform from Lenovo – AMT on SERVERS

first_imgBOOYAH!!!Oh wait. it’s not a Workstation..  It’s a SERVER!!!! Hi all,I’ve just recently changed jobs from the client world (Intel vPro Technology) to the Server domain at Intel.  One of the first exciting platforms I’ve been able to check out is coming out today and I wanted to take a moment and share this out.   This new platform is from Lenovo, it’s a TS200v (shown below) Here is what I found late last night on PC mag –,2817,2360212,00.asp talking about the features & capabilities.  For me this answers a question that I have received for the last 5 years.  “When is AMT going to hit workstations/servers?”  Well the time is now, the time is today.Check out Lenovo’s post – you want to read more on AMT 6.0, here’s the developer link that talks about the features – nothing’s complete with out a video..   Check out Jason D & I scoping this out in my new lab..last_img read more