___Marriott security breach exposed data of up to 500M guestsNEW YORK (AP) — A security breach inside the Marriott hotel empire has compromised the information of as many as 500 million guests worldwide. The company says the breach announced Friday could have exposed credit card numbers, passport numbers and birth dates for as long as four years. The crisis quickly emerged as one of the largest data breaches on record.___US stands apart as G-20 summit stumbles on trade, climateBUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — The U.S. is blocking progress at the Group of 20 summit on fixing world trade rules, fighting climate change and tackling migration, according to European officials involved in the discussions. The divisions among the world’s leading economies were evident from the moment the Argentinian president opened it Friday with a call for international co-operation to solve the planet’s problems.___Tariff tensions shadow US, Canada, Mexico trade pact signingBUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — President Donald Trump signed a revised North American trade pact with the leaders of Canada and Mexico on Friday, declaring the deal a major victory for workers. But tensions over tariffs, looming GM layoffs and questions about the pact’s prospects in Congress clouded the celebratory moment.___Microsoft surpasses Apple as most valuable public companyNEW YORK (AP) — Microsoft has surpassed Apple as the world’s most valuable publicly traded company. As other tech giants stumble, Microsoft’s steady resilience is paying off. Under CEO Satya Nadella, Microsoft has found stability by moving away from its flagship Windows operating system and focusing on cloud-computing services with long-term business contracts. Microsoft eclipsed Apple briefly a few times this week, but didn’t close on top until Friday.___Attorney’s plea caused by Trump’s dream of a Moscow towerWASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump’s decades-long dream of building a luxury tower in the heart of Moscow led his former lawyer Michael Cohen to plead guilty to a charge of lying to congressional investigators about key details in the negotiations. Those plans flared and fizzled several times over the years, most recently when his presidential campaign was gaining momentum. Those talks stretched far deeper into the 2016 campaign than previously thought.___Facebook: Sandberg asked staff to research Soros financesNEW YORK (AP) — Facebook says its No. 2 executive, Sheryl Sandberg, asked staff whether billionaire philanthropist George Soros had financial motivations against it. This revelation follows prior disclosures that the company had done opposition research on him. Soros called Facebook a “menace” in a January speech.___UK leader focused on passing Brexit deal despite uncertaintyLONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May on Friday accused the opposition Labour Party of betraying the British people by trying to stop Brexit as she went on the offensive in her battle to win approval of the widely criticized divorce agreement she negotiated with the European Union. With less than two weeks to go before a vote in the House of Commons, May is trying to win support from lawmakers of all parties who have balked at the deal.___Lawyer: Nissan exec arrested with Ghosn asserts innocenceTOKYO (AP) — An attorney for an American executive arrested in Japan on suspicion of collaborating with former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn in financial misconduct says his client is innocent. Aubrey Harwell said Friday that his client, Greg Kelly, did nothing wrong and that Kelly acted “according to the law and according to company policy.”___Trump admin approves seismic surveys for Atlantic drillingWASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is authorizing use of seismic air guns to find oil and gas formations deep underneath the Atlantic Ocean floor. This reverses Obama administration policies and is drawing outrage from critics who say the practice can disturb or injure whales, sea turtles and other marine life. Allowing use of seismic surveys is part of President Donald Trump’s bid to expand offshore drilling in the Atlantic.___China’s coal project in Serbia raises climate change worriesKOSTOLAC, Serbia (AP) — China has been seen as the world leader in the battle to cut carbon emissions and prevent a global environmental catastrophe, after U.S. President Donald Trump withdrew from the Paris agreement on global climate change in 2017. China tackles pollution at home, but is pursuing a very different policy abroad. It is investing in coal-powered plants globally, including Serbia, where environmental concerns are getting worse for those living close to the Kostolac power plant complex.___The S&P 500 index gained 22.41 points, or 0.8 per cent, to 2,760.17. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 199.62 points, or 0.8 per cent, to 25,538.46. The Nasdaq composite jumped 57.45 points, or 0.8 per cent, to 7,330.54. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks added 7.88 points, or 0.5 per cent, to 1,533.27.Benchmark U.S. crude closed down 1 per cent at $50.93 a barrel in New York. Brent crude lost 1.3 per cent to $58.71 a barrel in London. Wholesale gasoline lost 0.9 per cent to $1.44 a gallon. Heating oil was little changed at $1.85 a gallon. Natural gas fell 0.7 per cent to $4.61 per 1,000 cubic feet.The Associated Press
UNP MP Dayasiri Jayasekera had talks with UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe today, UNP General Secretary Tissa Attanayake said.Attanayake said that the talks focused on the upcoming provincial council elections, particularly the elections in the North Western province. The UNP General Secretary said the discussion was a “routine” discussion between party leader and party member. Attanayake said recently the he had met the UNP MP and yet there was no such indication.He noted that on the contrary Jayasekera had dismissed media reports that he was planning on leaving the UNP. The meeting comes amidst report Jayasekera was not happy in the UNP and may join the government. However Attanayake had one advice to give anyone thinking of joining the government.“That (the government) is part of a sinking ship. Sp anyone joining the government must be ready to sink,” he said recently.There were reports that Jayasekera had met President Mahinda Rajapaksa as well and may join the government to contest the upcoming provincial council elections. (Colombo Gazette)
US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Nisha Desai Biswal is in Sri Lanka purely on a private visit.The US Embassy in Colombo denied reports she was here with a message from the US President or was here to have talks with the Sri Lankan Government. Biswal had already visited Sri Lanka at least twice this year after the Presidential and Parliamentary elections.The opposition last week questioned the keen interest the United States is having on Sri Lanka with several top US officials already having visited the country this year. (Colombo Gazette)
Japan and Sri Lanka also discussed the assistance provided by the Japanese Government for the development of the Colombo- Trincomalee port. The Japanese Prime Minister assured President Sirisena that he would constantly provide assistance for Sri Lanka’s infrastructure development. The Japanese Prime Minister also stated that assistance will be provided for regenerating energy developing the highway system.The Japanese Prime Minster stated that assistance of special technical programmes of Japan could be also provided to Sri Lanka. President Maithripala Sirisena had bilateral talks with Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo today.Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe stated that he would work towards providing funds without loans anytime possible while giving assistance to the development progammes of Sri Lanka. A positive response was given to the appeal made by President Sirisena to provide technical equipment for the development of the health sector in Sri Lanka.Japanese agreed to give assistance to disaster management programmes as well waste disposal systems in Sri Lanka. (Colombo Gazette)
OTTAWA — Shopify Inc. reported a fourth-quarter loss of $1.5 million compared with a loss of $3 million in the same quarter a year earlier.The Ottawa-based e-commerce company, which keeps its books in U.S. dollars, says the loss amounted to a penny per share for the quarter ended Dec. 31 compared with a loss of three cents per share a year earlier.Shopify shares fell about 3.6 per cent in premarket, however, after the company reported slowing rate of growth in total sales by vendors using its software in the fourth quarter.Revenue for the quarter totalled $343.9 million, up from $222.8 million in the last three months of 2017.On an adjusted basis, Shopify reported a profit of 26 cents per share, up from an adjusted profit of 15 per share in the fourth quarter of 2017.Analysts on average had expected a profit of 20 cents per share, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.For the full year, Shopify reported a loss of $64.6 million or 61 cents per share on $1.07 billion in revenue compared with a loss of $40.0 million or 42 cents per share on $673.3 million in revenue in 2017.
“This is the first time that governments from Europe and Central Asia come together and jointly commit themselves to further the efforts of implementing the Convention of the Rights of the Child,” UNICEF said in a statement issued in Berlin, Geneva and New York. “The ‘Berlin Commitment’ recognizes that children are citizens in their own right, must be consulted and involved in issues concerning them, and that investing in their development is the key to build a peaceful and prosperous society.”European and Central Asian Governments, and the Holy See outlined goals for further development of child-friendly policies over the next 10 years, focusing on the importance to adjust national legislation, provide the necessary funding, monitor progress, and take other action necessary to realize the rights of children.The Berlin meeting, titled the “Conference on Children in Europe and Central Asia” was the culmination of a series of consultations between governments, non-governmental organizations, young people, UNICEF and other UN agencies, the European Union, the Council of Europe, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and other regional bodies. It also served as a regional prelude to the first ever UN General Assembly special session on children, scheduled to take place this September in New York. There, UN Member States and their leaders will review progress on global goals made in 1990 during the World Summit for Children, and commit to a new agenda for the world’s young people.
Piracy has always been a major headache for Microsoft, but nowhere more so than in China. Across the country piracy is rife. Windows 7 can be bought for just a few dollars on a DVD and is also readily available on USB drives. That has resulted in a massive hit to Microsoft’s profits in recent years despite Windows being used by 99% of computers in China.Microsoft has taken action to cut down on piracy, but has seen little success as well as a backlash from Chinese consumers. A rare success happened when four people were jailed for illegally distributing Windows XP back in 2009, but there has also been anger when Microsoft started wiping background images on pirated versions of its OS.So, with very little progress on curbing piracy for existing versions of Windows, Microsoft is taking a different approach for the release of Windows 8. In China, you won’t be able to purchase a legal copy of the new OS on a disc or USB stick–Microsoft is only distributing it via download.Chinese consumers and businesses will be able to purchase new machines preloaded with the operating system as usual, but if you want to upgrade an existing machine you have to download.By taking this approach Microsoft is hoping to encourage a purchase while at the same time giving those running illegal copies of Windows a way to easily upgrade to a legal copy from the comfort of their Internet-connected PC. However, it seems unlikely to deter pirates.Windows 8 is already being sold on disc in China for around $55, but it is just the Consumer Preview. That will no doubt change to the full version once disc copies are released in other parts of the world and inevitably find their way on to file-sharing networks pre-activated.Microsoft realizes it can’t wipe out piracy completely, but the download-only release does give the company a major advantage when it comes to prosecuting Chinese vendors selling PCs with unlicensed versions. Microsoft will have an approved list of vendors who paid to download and ship Windows 8 machines. If your company name isn’t on that list and you are selling Windows 8 machines, expect Microsoft to drag you into the Chinese courts.More at Windows 8
Pays-Bas : un banc de sable artificiel pour prévenir la montée des eauxUn immense banc de sable a été érigé au large des Pays-Bas, afin de renforcer le littoral néerlandais. Le vent, les vagues et les courants sont en effet censés emporter progressivement cette presque-île artificielle vers les côtes, et ainsi les protéger de la montée des eaux qui menace le pays.S’étendant sur une surface plus grande que 200 terrains de football au large des Pays-Bas, un banc de sable artificiel est censé protéger le pays de la montée des eaux en renforçant son littoral. Et “cela fonctionne déjà !”, se félicite auprès de l’AFP Nico Bootsma, le coordinateur de ce projet. D’ici quinze à vingt ans les plus de 20 millions de mètres cubes de sable ainsi déposés seront balayés par le vent, les courants et les vagues, et emportés vers la côte. 60% de cette baie artificielle est censée partir vers le nord, et 40% vers le sud. Les plages et dunes néerlandaises se verront ainsi renforcées, et devraient préserver de la montée des eaux un pays dont plus d’un quart du territoire se situe sous le niveau de la mer. “Dans des circonstances naturelles, la côte néerlandaise s’éroderait lentement”, souligne Leo Linnartz, un expert en écologie du WWF, qui a travaillé sur ce projet. Pour lui, sans ce banc de sable érigé entre les mois de mars et octobre derniers, l’inondation du littoral néerlandais ne pourrait pas être évitée. Le projet est pour l’heure en phase d’expérimentation entre les communes de Kijkduin et Ter Heijde, à l’ouest du pays. S’il s’avère efficace, il se verra étendu au reste des côtes néerlandaises, et pourrait être mis en place dans plusieurs autres pays menacés par la montée des eaux. “Avant, nous utilisions beaucoup de pierre, de béton et d’autres choses de ce style-là. Mais de nos jours, nous préférons travailler avec la nature” explique Leo Linnartz.Le 20 décembre 2011 à 10:25 • Maxime Lambert
The Barcelona player believes that the Video Assistant Referee technology would have allowed his former team Bayern Munich to win two titlesArturo Vidal has just arrived at Barcelona, and he’s already making headlines.He lost no time and attacked Real Madrid’s Champions League trophies.According to a report by Four Four Two, the Chilean international said that if the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) technology was available before, Los Merengues would have less European championships.Zidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“With VAR, Bayern would have two more Champions League titles and Madrid two less,” he told Mundo Deportivo.“I want to win everything,” he added.“My favorite title is the Champions League.”Barcelona and Vidal will travel to Valladolid to play on Saturday in La Liga’s second fixture.
Mediamark Research & Intelligence (MRI) announced today that it will acquire Starch Communications, the companies announced today.GFK Group owns both MRI and Starch. In the unusual deal, Starch, which provides data on print advertising effectiveness, will become a division of MRI.MRI says it intends to use the research resources at Starch to expand MRI’s Issue Specific Readership Study to include measurement of ad recall and actions taken for ads within specific issues—and, potentially, to develop ad ratings for magazines similar to those for television, something, according to MRI, the industry has been calling for. MRI’s launched its issue specific readership study in 2007. But MRI has never gone beyond audience data before.According to Brenda White, SVP/director of publishing activation group at Starcom USA, the industry is moving “toward accurate ad ratings measurement—a preferred return on objective and ROI measure for many print advertisers.”Said White: “This brings the buying and selling community closer to a working solution.”But Will It? There has been much talk—and jockeying—in 2008 among the magazine’s industry’s various camps to come up with a formula that works. Earlier this month, MRI broadened its weekly issue-specific magazine readership reports to include age data in addition to the gender information it provides.In March, the Magazine Publishers of America announced a “major initiative” aimed at improving its measurement of magazine audience. The MPA’s plan included a proposal for new audience-based metrics that count “exposure,” “engagement” and “action-taking” as a result of ad placement.According to the MPA, “exposure” would include “syndicated issue-by-issue data and key demographics such as age, gender, income, ethnicity and family status.” Engagement would be based on issue-by-issue recall measurement for individual ads, while the “action-taking” metrics would be self-reported consumer action numbers—including purchase intent—as well as how many consumers go to an advertiser’s dedicated landing page on the Web.
The government has announced revised office hours for public servants during the Ramadan, according to the cabinet decision.The new office timing has been brought down to six and a half hours — from 9:00am to 3:30pm between Sunday and Thursday — for the month of fasting.The cabinet, at its weekly meeting chaired by prime minister Sheikh Hasina, took the decision on Monday.Ramadan is likely to begin on 16 May, subject to moon sight, however.The normal office timing round the year is eight hours — from 9:00am to 5:00pm.
The Iron Sharpens Iron conference is on Sept. 17 at 5625 O’Donnell Street, Baltimore, Md. 21224 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. It’s designed to enhance men in personal and professional growth and development. There will be workshops on fatherhood in the home, expungments, life insurance, the mortgage process and health and wellness. Free haircuts will given from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Contact Leroy Allen at 443-870-3570 for more information.
Hensley is a dual threatFor the fourth straight season, Megan Hensley leads the Cards both in the circle and at the plate. The senior carries a team-best 8-1 record is tied for the team lead with three home runs and stands second with 21 RBIs.• She ranked among UofL’s top 10 in several pitching and hitting categories. The Aprile Era2019 marks the first season under new head coach Holly Aprile following the retirement of Sandy Pearsall, who began the program in 2000. Aprile becomes only the second head coach in Louisville softball history.• Prior to her arrival at Louisville, Aprile, 2018 ACC Coach of the Year spent 10 seasons (2009-18) as Pittsburgh’s head coach and five years (2004-08) as an assistant. In 2018, she earned ACC Coach of the Year honors after leading the Panthers to the 2018 ACC Coastal Division title and a runner-up finish in the conference tournament. The road aheadThe Cardinals are embarking on a tough 2019 schedule which includes a total of 17 games against teams that qualified for the 2018 NCAA Tournament – including national champion Florida State. UofL will also face six opponents ranked among the top 25 and six receiving votes in the ESPN.com/USA Softball and USA Today/NFCA polls.• Louisville’s ranked opponents include No. 3/5 Florida State, No. 5/6 Tennessee, No. 15/19 Indiana, No. 18/15 Kentucky, No. 16/20 Auburn, No. 24/25, and No. 25/RV Virginia Tech. Northwestern. Notre Dame, North Carolina and Cal State Fullerton are also receiving votes in the coaches’ polls. 2019 PRESEASON ACC COACHES POLL1) Florida State (121 points, 11 first-place votes)2) Notre Dame (102 points)3) North Carolina (95 points)4) Pitt (88 points)5) Louisville (75 points)6) Duke (69 points)7) Georgia Tech (55 points)8) Syracuse (51 points)9) Boston College (47 points)10) Virginia Tech (41 points, 1 first-place vote)11) NC State (29 points)12) Virginia (19 points)Atlantic Division Coastal Division1) Florida State 1) North Carolina2) Notre Dame 2) Pitt3) Louisville 3) Duke4) Syracuse 4) Georgia Tech5) Boston College 5) Virginia Tech6) NC State 6) Virginia The University of Louisville softball team will play host to No. 20/22 Indiana Tuesday at 5 p.m. at Ulmer Stadium. Admission is free.Series InformationMarch 26, 2019: Louisville vs. IndianaLocation: Louisville, Ky.Venue: Ulmer StadiumTime: Tuesday, 5 p.m.Admission: FreePromotions/Giveaways: Louisville shirts while supplies lastTelevision: ACC Network ExtraAnnouncers: Don Russell (play-by-play), Suzanne Bush (analysis)Live Scoring: GoCards.comTwitter Updates: @UofLSoftball Marching onLouisville has posted a 15-4 record in the month of March. During that span, the Cardinals have outscored opponents 105-39 while batting .317 as a team and posted seven shutouts with a 1.83 team ERA. Quick Hits• Louisville enters the weekend with a 20-10 overall record, most recently defeating Notre Dame 5-3 in the final game of an ACC series. Prior to that, the Cards lost both games of a doubleheader against the Irish. • Louisville carries an 8-1 mark at Ulmer Stadium this season.•The Cardinal are led at the plate by freshman Rebecca Chung who is batting .377 with three home runs and 22 RBIs. She is currently on a nine-game hitting streak.• Junior Celene Funke leads the nation with eight triples on the season.• Sidney Melton leads the team with 15 stolen bases and recently set a school record with four stolen bases in the 8-0 win over Morehead State on March 12.• Senior Megan Hensley is tied for the team lead with three home runs and stands second on the team with 21 RBIs. She has reached base via a hit or a walk in the last nine games.• Hensley also leads the pitching staff with an 8-1 record.• Sophomore Danielle Watson (6-8) paces the pitching staff with 82 strikeouts in 79.0 innings and a .213 opponent batting average. • Hensley and senior Sidney Melton were selected to the 2019 Preseason All-ACC Team.• The 2019 campaign marks Louisville’s 20th season as a program and first under new head coach Holly Aprile’s tutelage.• The Cardinals were picked to finish third in the Atlantic Division and fifth overall as voted on by the league’s 12 head coaches. Notre Dame series recap• The Cards went 1-2 in a three-game ACC series at Notre Dame over the weekend. The Irish picked up a doubleheader sweep to start the weekend, winning both games by scores of 9-1 and Louisville picked up a 5-3 win in the series finale.• Megan Hensley led the Cardinals at the plate with a .667 batting average (2-for-3). The senior pitcher/right fielder was walked six times in three games and produced a .900 on-base percentage.• She also picked up Louisville’s lone win in the circle. Louisville picked to finish fourth in ACCThe Cardinals were picked to finish fifth overall and third in the Atlantic Division. In the team preseason poll, reigning national champion Florida State was unanimously selected to win its sixth-straight ACC regular season title. Notre Dame, North Carolina and Pitt respectively filled out the top five ahead of the Cardinals, who are coming off of a 33-20 campaign and a 10-12 mark in conference play.• In the Atlantic Division preseason standings, Louisville was picked to finish third behind Florida State and Notre Dame. Syracuse, Boston College and NC State round out the division. Cards against the fieldIndianaSeries Record: UL leads 17-3Last Meeting: April 18, 2018, Louisville won 11-7 in Bloomington, Ind. The Cards took an early lead and used a seven-run seventh inning to secure an 11-7 win over Indiana at IU’s Andy Mohr Stadium.•Sidney Melton drove in three runs while sCelene Funke went 3-for-5 with two runs, Jenna Jordan went 3-for-5 with a run and an RBI and Blaire Bass had two hits, scored two runs and collected three RBIs to help Louisville outhit Indiana 14-6. Danielle Watson picked up the win after giving up two earned runs on two hits and striking out two in 3.0 innings of relief. Kyra Snyder got the start in the circle, holding the Hoosiers scoreless in two innings while going 2-for-3 at the plate.• Tara Trainer took the loss after giving up four runs, two earned, on three hits and striking out four in three innings. Norton paced the Hoosiers offensively with a 2-for-4, four RBI showing at the plate.Scouting the Hoosiers: Indiana brings a 25-9 overall record into Tuesday’s game after being swept in three games by Ohio State in its Big Ten opening weekend.•The Hoosiers are led at the plate by Gabbi Jenkins, who is hitting .333. Katie Lacefield follows at .297 with a team-best five home runs and 20 RBIs. Taylor paces the Hoosiers with 23 runs and 17 stolen bases.• Tara Trainer (18-4) carries a 1.47 ERA with 152 strikeouts in 133.2 innings. Emily Goodin 5-2 follows with a 1.58 ERA and 76 Ks in 57.2 innings. Louisville vs. Indiana Game Notes Story Links Hitting for averageLouisville’s starting lineup features five players who are batting over .300 on the season. Rebecca Chung leads the way at .377 while Celene Funke follows at .356. Taylor Roby stands third on the team at a .352 clip. Megan Hensley (.326) and Sidney Melton (.306) round out the list. Balanced pitchingAll three of Louisville’s starting pitchers have evenly contributed to the team’s success in the circle.• Megan Hensley (8-1) leads the team in wins and with four shutouts. She stands second among UofL’s starting pitchers with 65 strikeouts in 65.1 innings.• Taylor Roby (6-1) carries a team-best 1.84 ERA and stands second on the team with 40 Ks in 45.2 innings.• Danielle Watson (6-8) is holding opponents to a .223 average and stands sixth in the ACC in that category. She leads the Cardinals with 82 strikeouts in 79.0 innings. Melton earns ACC postgraduate scholarshipSidney Melton was among 52 recipients of the 2019 Weaver-James-Corrigan Postgraduate Scholarship Award announced on Thursday by the Atlantic Coast Conference.• The Weaver-James-Corrigan and Jim and Pat Thacker postgraduate scholarships are awarded to selected student-athletes who intend to pursue a graduate degree following completion of their undergraduate requirements. Each recipient will receive $6,000 toward his or her graduate education. Those honored have performed with distinction in both the classroom and their respective sport, while demonstrating exemplary conduct in the community.•The student-athletes will be honored at the annual Cone Health ACC Postgraduate Scholarship Luncheon presented by ESPN on April 10. The luncheon will be hosted by the Nat Greene Kiwanis Club at the Sheraton Four Seasons Hotel Imperial Ballroom in Greensboro, N.C.• A three-year starter, Melton was a 2018 All-ACC first team honoree after leading the Cardinals with a career-best 45 runs and finishing second on the team with 15 stolen bases. She was also a 2016 all-ACC tournament selection. The redshirt-senior infielder currently leads the team with 10 runs and stands ninth on Louisville’s career list for runs (121) and stolen bases (36). Her success extends to the classroom as a three-time National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Scholar Athlete and All-ACC Academic Team member while majoring in health and human performance and exercise science with minors in sport administration and psychology. Hensley record WatchMegan Hensley has entered Louisville’s top career list in several categories.• Tied for first for grand slams with four, along with Lacy Wood (2003-06).• Fifth with nine career saves and needs one more to tie for fourth with Tori Collins (2009-12).• Sixth in career RBI (149) needs eight more to move into a tie for fifth with Maryssa Becker (2014-17).• Seventh in career appearances (109). Tori Collins (2009-12) stands sixth at 142.• Seventh in career games started in the circle (75). Carlisa Connell (2011-14) is sixth with 98.• Seventh in career innings pitched (501.1). Caralisa Connell is sixth with 608.0.• Seventh in career wins (48). Jessica Rak (2000-03) stands in sixth place with 65 victories.• Eighth in career home runs with 28 – needs one more to move into a tie for seventh with Alicja Wolny (2010-13).• Eighth in career strikeouts (346), Aja Sherman (2002-05) is seventh with 463.• Tied for eighth in career complete games (32). Needs nine more to move into a tie for seventh with Aja Sherman (2002-05).• Tied for tenth in career complete shutouts (10). Needs three more to move into a tie for seventh with Caralisa Connell (2011-14). ACC Network Extra Watch Link Funke – a triple forceJunior Celene Funke leads the nation with eight triples on the season. The centerfielder has 10 in her career and is tied for fourth on Louisville’s all-time list. She needs three more to move into a tie for third with Courtney Moore (2004-07).• She recently connected on her first career home run – a solo shot in the 8-0 win over Morehead State on March 12. Melton on the runMelton recently increased her career run tally to 131 stands tied for seventh on Louisville’s all-time list in that category. She needs seven more to tie for sixth with Jennifer Esteban (2010-13).• Last year, the speedy infielder led the team with 45 runs and moved into a five-way tie for ninth place among the all-time single season leaders. Home sweet homeLouisville has compiled an 8-1 record at Ulmer Stadium this season. The Cards went 4-0 in their home-opening Cardinal Classic and followed with a doubleheader sweep of Morehead State. UofL continued it perfect home record by taking the first two games of the ACC series against Syracuse but fell 4-2 in eight innings to the Orange.Chung earns ACC weekly honorsRebecca Chung was named ACC Co-Player of the Week for the period ending on March 17. • She becomes the first Louisville player to earn the league’s weekly honor this season. • Chung (Torrance, Calif) helped lead the Cardinals at the plate as they compiled a 4-1 record on the week. The freshman catcher batted .615 (8-for-13) with a double, a run and seven RBIs and posted a .600 on-base percentage.• She had at least one hit in every game, extending her hitting streak to nine games and her on-base streak to 10. Chung also collected RBIs in three of five games, including a pair of three-RBI performances – one in the 21-1 win over Morehead State on Tuesday and again in the 8-0 win over Syracuse to clinch the ACC series. Young CardsWhile the Cardinals have solid veteran leadership in the lineup some underclassmen are having an immediate impact early in their careers with as many as five in the starting lineup at times.• Redshirt freshman Taylor Roby leads the team with a 1.84 ERA and stands second with six wins in the circle. She is also third among the Cardinals’ hitters with a .352 batting average.• Freshman catcher Rebecca Chung leads the team with a .377 batting average, 22 RBI, three home runs. She also carries a team-best .481 on-base percentage and .590 slugging percentage.• Freshman Charley Butler has started 24 games in left field and has two home runs.• Freshman Cassady Greenwood is batting .294 on the season and has played in 18 games with two starts.• Sophomores Maddy Newman and Kyra Snyder have started every game at second base and first base respectively while fellow sophomore Riley Schindler has started 20 games in right field.• Sophomore Danielle Watson leads the team in the circle with 82 strikeouts in 79.0 innings and a .213 opposing batting average. Cards on the airAt the start of the 2019 season, the Cardinals will have 25 games televised nationally including one contest on ESPNU. The television slate feature all of the Cardinals’ 19 home games.• All 12 ACC institutions sponsoring softball will be featured multiple times throughout the season, with more than 220 games streaming on ACC Network Extra, Watch ESPN and the ESPN App. ESPN’s broadcast schedule will include more than 650 college softball games.• The Cardinals will appear on ESPN’s ACC Monday on 6 for the third game of its ACC matchup against 2018 national champion and preseason ACC favorite Florida State. Up nextThe Cardinals will resume ACC play with a road trip to Virginia Tech for a three-game series. Louisville celebrates 20th SeasonThe 2019 campaign marks the University of Louisville softball program’s 20th season. Leading up to this season, UofL has compiled a 718-371 (.659) record with six conference championships, 13 NCAA regional appearances and four regional finals. Live scoring Melton sets single game stolen base record – stands among career leaders in stolen bases.Sidney Melton set a school record with four stolen bases in the 8-0 win over Morehead State on March 12.•The senior infielder leads the team with 15 stolen bases on the season, and now has 48 in her career, placing her tied for third with Coleen Coughlin (2000-01) on Louisville’s all-time list. She needs 12 more to move into a tie for second with Jennifer Esteban (2010-12). Looking back to 2018• The Cardinals finished the season with a 33-20 overall record and reached the quarterfinals of the ACC Championship before falling 7-4 to eventual national champion Florida State.• Among the returners are National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-Region selections junior Caitlin Ferguson and Hensley as well as all-ACC honoree Melton and sophomore Maddy Newman, who earned 2018 all-ACC freshman team honors. Junior Celene Funke also returns after leading the team with a .355 batting average along with sophomore Danielle Watson who posted 14 wins in the circle during her freshman campaign. Print Friendly Version
How did an album like Traces Of You happen?I approached the album as a whole, as opposed to a series of songs. A lot of it happened unconsciously. Life took a journey of its own and the music followed. The sitar leads the listener through the album like a narrator. The central theme is that of the cycle of life – from my perspective as a daughter, mother and wife. Life goes on. Things end and things begin and our endings are not endings because life goes on beyond us, and we go on beyond this life. It’s bigger than I can ever imagine and there’s a flow that connects everything, even when you can’t really understand it in the moment. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’A lot of the most painful things I’ve ever been through have led to some of the most beautiful things that have ever happened. I was quite aware of that kind of metamorphosis when making this record. There was a lot of pain, a lot of joy, a lot of beauty, a lot of sadness, and sometimes they were all completely mixed up together. My album, like all my previous work, is inspired by my life and is an emotional response to my life experiences. I got married, became a mother and lost my father, so certainly these were huge experiences that I was responding to when making this music. However I wouldn’t condense and simplify the album as simply being about these three people: it was about musical dialogue and experimentation, it was about love, change, loss, and hope. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixYour new album is inspired by three forms of love, please tell us more about it.It was one big party as I was working with people I’m close to. Nitin (Swahney) was the one who steered me towards this project. His immense knowledge in music has been of great help. And working with Joe has been nothing but fun. Traces Of You is possibly my most emotional and personal album to date, and also a very cohesive attempt at making music outside of genre boundaries. This album is my second collaboration with my sister, Norah, who has sung three tracks on the album. Even though we have different styles, we compliment each other, This album is very close to my heart as it is a remembrance to my father. It is inspired by the idea that everything in the universe leaves an indelible mark, or a subtle ‘trace’ on everything it comes into contact with. The music this time is possibly more accessible to listeners as the songs are rooted in Indian raga and Western harmonic counter-influences, with songs in English. It was just five days after my father’s passing that the gruesome gang-rape took place in Delhi. I was deeply affected by it and it influenced my music. Tell us about your equation with your father.We had some delineation within our relationship. He was a strict disciplinarian as a music guru but adoring and pampering as a father. As my guru he took me through a lifetime of intensive training in the traditional manner in which he had learnt and the techniques he had developed during his long and legendary career. This is the foundation on which I built my music. But he also encouraged individuality, as he himself was extremely inventive. My father’s music lives on but I don’t plan to purposefully carry his legacy forward as I don’t think of it in those terms. My childhood was by turns stable, happy, stressful, nomadic, exciting and bewitching. I have great memories of travelling with my parents and seeing music and dance around the world, watching my father perform, attending dance lessons in Chennai with my mother and going to school in London and California.How have you expressed yourself through music?My music is, I suppose, somewhat like me: eclectic, soulful, feminine, celebratory. I’ve been lucky to receive training in Indian classical music from my father and that in combination with my unusual upbringing and musical tastes make my music quite diverse but with strong roots.What’s next in pipeline?I’m frequently performing my father’s Concertos and Symphony with various orchestras around the world. Next year I’m curating a festival in London at Shakespeare’s Globe theatre, continuing to tour ‘Traces of You’ worldwide, and hopefully starting work on a new album as well. I’m very interested in composing for movies, but I have a very successful musical career so I don’t need to take on any film for the opportunity. I am not looking to be a full-time composer for films. I’ll only do a movie if it feels like the right fit for what I have to offer… for my form of music, for my strength… there are many people who make more popular form of music that suit the Bollywood film industry — much better than I will ever do it.If you were not a musician then what would be your choice of a career?Possibly a writer, a lawyer, or a yoga teacher.Tell us about your husband and your son Zubin.Joe and I met in New Delhi at a dinner given by the author William Darlrymple four and a half years ago. We just clicked, I suppose. On the other hand, being a mother to Zubin is making me more patient! It’s changed my priorities, the choices I make and the way I manage my time. It’s brought more laughter and love into my life.
Kolkata: With cruise tourism gaining momentum, a trans-border river cruise from the West Bengal capital, through Sunderbans to Bangladesh and then onwards to the Northeast is expected to start in March 2019, an official said. “There were secretary-level talks between India and Bangladesh in October. “It has been decided that one of the river cruise operators would be starting operations from March, 2019 from Kolkata through Sunderbans via protocol route to Bangladesh and then to the Northeast,” Inland Waterways Authority of India’s Member S.V.K. Reddy here. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life He said night navigation facility has been placed up to the Indian border and the neighbouring country was supposed to provide the same as per requirement. Reddy also informed that the Indian government has been funding up to 80 per cent of the dredging cost in some identified stretches within Bangladesh portion in the Indo-Bangla protocol route. He also said the route up to the Indian border is “navigable” and regularly 15-20 barges carrying fly ash are going to Bangladesh.
July 3, 2012 Problem Solvers with Jason Feifer This story appears in the June 2012 issue of . Subscribe » 7 min read Listen Now Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger. Photo courtesy of HP2. HP Folio UltrabookThe zillions of super-thin, so-called ultrabooks flooding the market this year offer a lot of choices for businesses looking to go small. These new notebooks are significantly smaller and lighter than full-size laptops, but just as powerful.The HP Folio is one of the best. At just over 3 pounds, it’s slightly heavier and thicker than the MacBook Air, but for $999, the Folio is filled with all the business features you need, including a surprising amount of connectivity for an ultrabook. It sports an ethernet jack, a USB 3.0 port and an SD card slot.And, without question, it has the most user-friendly keyboard on the market. If there is a small-business ultrabook, this is it.Photo courtesy of Samsung3. Samsung Galaxy NoteMost of the geeks have dismissed the Galaxy Note smartphone and its 5.3-inch screen as a monstrosity, but they’ve got it all wrong. Sure, it’s chunky for a phone, but think about it as the smallest tablet on the market. The Galaxy Note, which costs $299 with a two-year contract from AT&T, works well enough that you could theoretically give up your tablet and laptop entirely on the road. The large screen is perfect for reading e-mail and using other Android-based business apps and office functions, but the device is still small enough to fit in your pocket. There’s a stylus that takes some getting used to, but it’s great for taking notes and marking up documents. And you can load the Note with data: up to 32 GB with an add-on SD card.Photo courtesy of Logitech4. Logitech BCC950 ConferenceCamFor serious videoconferencing, it’s possible to go too small. Built-in webcams that come inside laptops or tablets are sufficient for one-on-one chats, but add any more than two people and things get crowded pretty fast. The BCC950 ConferenceCam by Swiss device-maker Logitech is just the right size. It’s surprisingly nimble for a full-motion, HD studio-quality webcam that zooms, pans and tilts. Picture the cameras you see following the action on ESPN, except the BCC950 is about $250 and you don’t need a camera crew or pulley system to move it around the office. At less than 20 ounces, the Logitech BCC stuffs major videoconferencing features into one very small package. The unit requires high-quality broadband internet service to work properly, but assuming the right connectivity, this tool provides top-notch video and sound for small meetings.Photo courtesy of Clear Hub Express5. Clear Hub ExpressIf you are lucky enough to live in one of the 80 or so cities with 4G WiMax coverage from Bellevue, Wash.-based Clearwire, the company’s teeny-weeny mixed modem and router offers unlimited web access at great rates. Clear Hub Express is a cool $99 and Clear’s blazing-fast 4G service starts at about $35 per month with no long-term contract. The modem-router combination means setup is no fuss (basically plug-and-play), and the device can fit discreetly just about anywhere. For the big-picture web stuff, Clear brings clarity.Photo courtesy of DocuSign6. DocuSign The reams of office paper your business uses to print contracts and other official documents do more than take up cabinet space–putting ink on those bad boys costs serious money. San Francisco-based DocuSign is an extremely effective online tool for inking deals with contractors, vendors and clients. The cloud-based service lets you upload critical documents and share them securely with anyone. Accounts start at $15 per month with an annual plan. Your clients are notified via e-mail that they need to sign a document; when they log in, they are prompted to draw their signature or initials in the appropriate blanks and boxes. It’s the slickest way to get your clients’ John Hancock no matter where they are.Photo courtesy of Moo MiniCards7. Moo MiniCardsMakers of smartphones will tell you that the paper business card is dead. Don’t believe them. The old-school paper business card is still the smart way to put some marketing punch in your pocket. MiniCards by East Providence, R.I.-based Moo are distinctive, tiny business cards that your clients will love. It’s easy to slip a whole pack in your pocket, and they won’t overcrowd an already-stuffed wallet. Ordering cards is a three-click affair: Go to the website, enter your data, grab a design you like and then wait for the cards to show up. Designing cards is a snap and they really do look cool. Prices start at about $20 for 100 MiniCards.Photo courtesy of Jaybird8. Jaybird Freedom Bluetooth HeadphonesFor hands-free calling, ditch the clunky, plug-in headset and go with a pair of low-profile wireless earbuds with a built-in mic for taking calls. Headphone company Jaybird, based in Sandy, Utah, gets serious credit for making a wireless headset that actually doesn’t suck. Even though they are marketed to the exercise crowd, Freedom headphones are great for business use. For $99, you get high voice quality, easy wireless setup and, best of all, a sleek design.Photo courtesy of BlueAnt9. BlueAnt S4 True Handsfree car kitWork never ceases on Planet Small Biz, and that means you will almost certainly be working in your car. But texting while driving is illegal in many places, and picking up your smartphone to answer a call isn’t much safer. The S4 True Handsfree kit from Melbourne, Australia-based BlueAnt Wireless is a true touch-free speakerphone. This slim gizmo costs about $100 and attaches to the sun visor in your car. It’s voice-activated, meaning you can answer and make calls using simple spoken commands, and it’s compatible with most BlackBerry and Android smartphones. It also reads incoming text messages and even driving directions if you’re using certain GPS-based apps. Your focus will be on the road, but you won’t let any business pass you by.Photo courtesy of ChicoBag10. ChicoBag Messenger10 rePETeThe best thing about a tiny tech arsenal is that you can carry your entire shop with you. But a sweet setup requires a sweet ride, and in this case the Messenger10 rePETe delivers. The urban messenger bag from Chico, Calif.-based ChicoBag costs about $25 and boasts a light, simple design that comes in five colors to suit your style. Best of all: The bag stuffs down into a palm-size pouch for storage (it’s even small enough to store underneath a bike seat). Other bags cost more and have lots of extraneous features. For a lightweight, professional-looking carryall for your tech goodies, ChicoBag is the chic choice. When it comes to tech, it pays to think small. Whether you work on the road, in the corner of your garage or from a tiny rented office, space is at a premium for startups. And in the guerrilla struggle of taking on your bigger competitors, you’ll want to be able to move fast and light.Luckily, startups are built for this kind of action. With the right combination of tools–including low-footprint tablets and pocket-size peripherals–you should be able to find most everything you need to run your business out of a backpack.Here’s our big list of little tools that can make your small business a huge success.Photo courtesy of Apple1. iPad 2True Apple devotees might write off the iPad 2 as last year’s news, but don’t be fooled. This is still the tablet to get for slimness and size. It’s actually thinner than the new iPad, but the screen is still plenty bright and clear. And, starting at $399, the iPad 2 is a hundred bucks cheaper than Apple’s latest model. That’s actually a great value considering it gives businesses just about everything they would want in a tablet. The iPad 2 is small enough to easily slide into a briefcase or a large purse without weighing you down, but powerful enough to handle critical business tasks. It’s great for writing e-mails and reports, perusing documents or even basic videoconferencing. It also makes a flashy sales presentation tool.
Crazy Horse Memorial, South DakotaCelebrate the Enduring Legacy of Native American Heritage with ColletteFriday 24th November is Native American Heritage Day, a US holiday paying tribute to the cultural heritage and tribal sovereignty of American Indians and Alaskan Natives. On this day, descendants of the Indigenous first Americans are honoured for their globally significant contributions in medicine, agriculture, music and art. Communities and schools across the country partake in activities, programs and ceremonies to celebrate the historical and present-day role of Native Americans and their tribal governments.Native American Heritage Day falls on the Friday after Thanksgiving, which commemorates the first meal shared between European settlers and the Native Americans who helped them to survive on their land. It marks a strengthening of the Federal-Tribal relationship between the US Government and Native American governments, and represents an opportunity for everyone to learn about the present-day conditions of Native American people and their traditions, languages and rich cultural legacy. Many Native American and Alaskan Native traditions continue to thrive throughout America, Canada and Alaska, with common examples including weaving, carving and jewellery making.For those interested in this incredible and enduring culture and its fascinating relationship with the land, Collette offers several tours incorporating authentic Native American experiences. Learn more about this integral and captivating component of America’s history and culture whilst experiencing the wonders of this vast continent.Collette’s National Parks of America tour showcases the greatest treasures of the country’s West. Travellers will journey through the majestic Bighorn Mountains in Great Sioux Nation territory and dine with a local Lakota Native American, learning first-hand about their rich and unique culture. The National Parks of America tour includes an overnight stay in the heart of Yellowstone National Park, as well as a night inside the Grand Canyon, a truly unique and unforgettable way to experience this spectacular National Historical Landmark. Other highlights include a breakfast cruise across the glassy waters of Lake Powell, and the choice between either a tram ride or a leisurely hike among the magnificent red and white sandstone cliffs of Zion National Park.On America’s National Parks and Denver tour, travellers enjoy the same highlights as the National Parks of America tour, topped off with a two-night stay in Denver and a visit to the Rocky Mountain National Park.Collette’s Spotlight on South Dakota delves into to the heart of the West, establishing a base in Rapid City. From here, travellers will visit the Badlands National Park and the Black Hills National Forest, home to Mt Rushmore and the Crazy Horse memorial. The latter is the largest mountain sculpture in the world, and still undergoing construction in dedication to all Native American tribes. Travellers on this tour will also pay a visit to the Red Cloud Indian School on the Pine Ridge Indian reservation, where they will marvel at the fascinating stories of the Lakota and Sioux.Another Collette tour celebrating Native American heritage is Canyon Country, a journey across Arizona, Utah and Nevada, and through deserts, canyons and cities. This tour covers the National Parks of Zion, Bryce Canyon and the Grand Canyon, showcasing their spectacular vistas and unique topography. Travellers also journey into Navajo nation territory, where they can choose between a tour of the starkly stunning Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park narrated by a local tribe member, or an adventure cruise through the Navajo and Antelope canyons.For details of the full tours or to book a trip:Contact your local travel agentCall Collette on 1300 792 195 or visit www.gocollette.comAbout ColletteTouring for today’s traveller…Featuring the luxurious Collette Chauffeur return airport transfer service, award-winning tour managers, and superior accommodation, Collette has been a pioneer in guided touring since 1918.With classic tours, small groups, river cruises and ‘spotlight’ city stays, there are over 150 tours which go to more than 55 countries offering customers exceptional choice, value and superior 4-star+ quality.Collette is a third-generation, family-owned worldwide tour operator. With headquarters in Rhode Island, Collette’s Sydney office (opened in 2014) adds to the company’s global presence which includes offices in Vancouver, Toronto and London.Renowned for connecting guests with cultural experiences which go far beyond those of an ordinary holiday, Collette prides itself on providing real value to its guests and agent partners.Expert tour managers, an industry-leading travel protection plan and inclusive touring are just part of the top-quality Collette experience.Private Chauffeur ServiceCollette’s private chauffeur service is included on all Collette tours for customers within 40km of an Australian international airport.For more information visit gocollette.com/chauffeurSource = Collette
in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies CoreLogic Home Equity Home Prices Home Values Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2013-06-12 Esther Cho Underwater,First Quarter Sees Significant Decline in Underwater Borrowers Share Significant improvements in home values helped lift 850,000 borrowers out of negative equity in the first quarter, “”CoreLogic””:http://www.corelogic.com/ reported. [IMAGE] “”The impressive home price gains of 2012 and the beginning of 2013 have had a big impact on the distribution of residential home equity,”” said Dr. Mark Fleming, chief economist for CoreLogic. “”During the past year, 1.7 million borrowers have regained positive equity.””Overall, 9.7 million borrowers, or 19.8 percent of all residential mortgages, were underwater in the first quarter of 2013, down from 10.5 million, or 21.7 percent of all mortgages, according to the data provider’s estimate. [COLUMN_BREAK]As more homeowners are freed from negative equity, prices might also stabilize in certain markets. “”We expect the pent-up supply that falling negative equity releases will moderate price gains in many of the fast-appreciating markets this spring,”” Fleming added. As an aggregate value, negative equity fell by more than $50 billion to $580 billion over the last quarter. While 850,000 returned to positive equity in Q1, 2.1 million residential properties are at risk of transitioning into negative equity if home prices were to fall since they have less than 5 percent of equity in their homes. Another 11.2 million burrowers have less than 20 percent of equity compared to the average amount of 32.8 percent for all mortgaged properties. The state with the highest share of upside down borrowers was Nevada, where 45.4 percent of residential mortgages are underwater. Other states in the top five included Florida (38.1 percent), Michigan (32 percent), Arizona (31.3 percent), and Georgia (30.5 percent). According to CoreLogic, the five states alone account for 32.8 percent of all negative equity in the nation. Out of the 9.7 million underwater borrowers, 3.7 million hold first and second liens and are underwater by an average of $79,000. June 12, 2013 447 Views
Hensarling and 33 Republicans Issue Warning to Feds Dodd-Frank Fed Hensarling Trump Yellen 2017-02-24 Rachel Williams House Republicans are demanding that the Federal Reserve wait for the Senate to confirm a Federal banking regulator before proposing or adopting any new rules. According to a report by Politico, if the Fed does not comply, the GOP may move to block the regulations. The Congressional Review Act allows Congress to block regulations with majority votes and the backing of the president.In a letter sent to Fed Chair Janet Yellen, House Financial Services Chairman Jeb Hensarling and 33 other Republican lawmakers said they were willing to use the Congressional Review Act to overturn Fed regulations if the central bank did not comply with their demands to pause rulemaking.President Donald Trump has yet to nominate someone to serve as vice chairman of banking supervision, a position that has not been filled since its creation in the 2010 Dodd-Frank law.In the absence of anyone to fill that job, Fed Governor Daniel Tarullo, an Obama administration appointee, has led efforts to strengthen oversight of the banking industry in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis.During Yellen’s testimony last week before Hensarling’s committee, she said there was one possible rule that the Fed might take up related to stress tests that the biggest banks are required to undergo. She said the new Fed vice chairman would have a chance to review it.The lawmakers wrote that if the Fed adopts or proposes rules before the vice chair is confirmed, “we will work with our colleagues to ensure that Congress scrutinizes the Federal Reserve’s actions and, if appropriate, overturn them.”According to Bloomberg, Republicans and the Trump administration say Dodd-Frank and other financial rules have stifled economic growth and harmed consumers. Trump, who has called the law a “disaster,” signed an executive order earlier this month instructing the Treasury Department to examine financial rules and on Friday signed an additional order that will require department and agency heads to designate a “regulatory reform officer” to oversee the implementation of regulations and identify needed changes.Earlier, other Republicans, including Patrick McHenry, from North Carolina, and Senator Pat Toomey, from Pennsylvania, called for Yellen to curtail various Fed activities until Trump nominees are in place.In his letter, Hensarling of Texas referred to possible rules related to stress tests for banks that Yellen mentioned when she testified before the House earlier this month. Hensarling said that the Fed should halt rulemaking “absent an emergency,” according to the letter. The stress tests are used to determine the current financial strength of a banking institution.The Fed has received Republicans’ letter and has no further comment, said Eric Kollig, a spokesman. Share February 24, 2017 613 Views in Commentary, Featured, Government
Arizona Cardinals general manager Steve Keim watches Cardinals players warm up prior to an NFL preseason football game against the Oakland Raiders Friday, Aug. 12, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. The Raiders defeated the Cardinals 31-10. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) “If a guy is graded an 88 on our scale, which is a very high grade, and we have a need at a position where the highest graded player at that point is a 78, we’re taking the highest graded player,” he said. “Again, I say it all the time, our needs in April and May are never the game as they are in October. Needs are always changing, and you can never have enough good players.”EXTRA POINTS— This week the Cardinals visited with Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield, one of the many players the team has had at their facility in the days since the NFL Combine.“What do I like about Baker?” Keim said, repeating the question just asked. “Competitiveness. Passion.”— It’s been three years since a former Arizona high school football player was selected in the first round of the draft. That may change here in 2018 with tight end Mark Andrews (Scottsdale Desert Mountain), wide receiver Christian Kirk (Scottsdale Saguaro) and cornerback Isaiah Oliver (Phoenix Brophy Prep) drawing strong consideration among teams.“The one thing that really jumps out to me is how much high school football here has improved, and it’s something for us to all be proud of, certainly in the community,” Keim said. “Not only that, but the character that some of these guys have and getting to spend with Kirk and Mark Andrews. Those guys are phenomenal kids, great character, and they’re really talented football players.” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires TEMPE, Ariz. – A lot was said, but at the same time, nothing was said.Eight days ahead of the 2018 NFL Draft, the Arizona Cardinals’ decision-makers met the media. It’s an annual occurrence, and just like in previous years no one was willing to tip their hand.“It’s that time of year, and the misinformation is flowing. I don’t expect the next 20 minutes to be any different,” general manager Steve Keim joked. Keim and head coach Steve Wilks fielded 36 questions during what was a 23-and-a-half minute press conference.The consensus: The draft is deep at several positions and there is good talent available in the middle-to-late rounds. The trick, of course, is landing that talent.To that end, the Cardinals have done their homework.“Right now, there’s a little under 5,000 reports in total that have been written between our coaching and our scouting staff, just a shade under 2,000 players have been written (about),” Keim said. “So, we’ve left no stone unturned from big schools to small schools, and we’ve certainly searched high and low.”For Keim, this is his sixth draft as general manager but the first with Wilks and his staff.Both talked about how well the pre-draft process has gone, with neither able to come up with a player evaluation they’ve disagreed about.“And if we did, I wouldn’t tell you,” Keim said, smiling.The Cardinals go into next week’s draft with eight picks, four among the first 100 selections. Armed with that many picks gives the Cardinals options, including making trades.Under Keim, the Cardinals have been involved in eight draft-day trades, including three last year. “No. 1, to trade up, you have to find a partner. No. 2, what player’s on the board when that team is willing to trade? If it’s a dynamic player at that position that is a game-changer, they’re not going to take anything short of the mortgage for the house, the farm and everything to come,” Keim said. “It’s an inexact science, and really, at the end of the day, you can throw the trade chart off your desk, because you have to be willing to be able to give up what you’re comfortable with.”No question the Cardinals have needs to fill — “We’re looking to improve across the board,” Wilks said — with much of the outside focus centered on the quarterback. It’s a position the team has overlooked in recent years, at least in terms of the draft.The Cardinals haven’t drafted a quarterback in any of the first three rounds since selecting Matt Leinart with the 10th overall pick in 2006.Now whether there is a quarterback available, and more importantly one ranked high enough, for the Cardinals to choose in either the first or second round — where they have the 15th and 47th overall picks, respectively — remains to be seen.Keim has always been steadfast in his draft-day approach: Take the best player. — Though the draft is the Cardinals’ immediate focus, the team is keeping tabs on a number of free agents, including injured safety Tyvon Branch.“We certainly haven’t shut the door,” Keim said. “Right now, he’s rehabbing (a torn ACL). I believe he’s back in Florida, and we’re just monitoring the situation and staying in touch with Tyvon.” Top Stories 2 Comments Share The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact