Heatwaves happen more frequently since the 1960s and extreme cold temperatures or cold waves happen less frequently, according to the climate assessment.The Union of Concerned Scientists has released a report about the future of dangerously hot days, with a tool that allows users to type in their city and see how many times in the last century they experienced extremely hot days, along with how many of those days they can expect in the middle of this century, from 2036 to 2065, and in the late century, from 2070 to 2099, if current trends continued.In New York City, for instance, on average there were only two days of 100+ degree temperatures per year between 1971 and 2000 — but the tool shows that by mid-century, if trends continue, there will be an average of 20 such days per year and by late century there will be 42.Even more dramatically, in Houston, Texas, on average there were 10 days of 105+ degree temperatures per year up until the year 2000 — but by mid-century, the tool predicts that if trends continue there will be an average of 69 such days per year, and by late century there will be 108.“The hot places are getting hotter and places that weren’t as hot are reaching thresholds that are dangerous for human health,” Ekwurzel said.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. June marked the 414th consecutive month where temperatures were recorded as being above the 20th century average for that given month, according to NOAA. That’s a trend spanning more than 34 years. yokeetod/iStock(NEW YORK) — You’re not imagining it: This summer has been a really hot one.Last month was the hottest June ever, according to a new report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration — and it was the overall hottest first half of the year in South America, Mexico, New Zealand, Madagascar and other parts of southern Africa.As millions of people prepare to face scorching temperatures across the U.S. this weekend, scientists are warning that unless major changes are made, we’d better brace for more heat moving forward.“The bottom line is the Earth is one degree Celsius or 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit warmer today than the pre-industrial time period,” said Brenda Ekwurzel, Director of Climate Science at the Union of Concerned Scientists. “What that means is that what used to be a rare hot day or high temp record is now the new normal for our summers.”“What’s worse is we are getting into rare heat temperatures for locations that would not have been possible if it were not for human-induced climate charge,” she said.Scientists have long stressed that the reason for the uptick in the global temperature stems from human activity, particularly the burning of fossil fuels, which drives up the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, leading to the increased temperatures.These key statistics illustrate why we’re in a period of record heat:June 2019 set a new record for hottest June ever. According to NOAA, the temperature across land and oceans was 1.71 degrees Fahrenheit above the 20th century average. That’s a big deal because the previous record came in June 2016 and this year’s temperature was 0.04 degrees Fahrenheit above that figure. Global sea level has risen about 7 to 8 inches since 1900, and nearly half of that increase — 3 inches — has occurred since 1993, according to the latest climate assessment, published last year by the U.S. Global Change Research Program. Nine of the 10 warmest Junes on record have occurred since 2010, per NOAA.
Ballinasloe Horse and Agricultural Show Ltd are hosting a three day programme of show jumping inBallinasloe Show Grounds from Friday 26thto Sunday 28th May,including the prestigious New Heights Champions Series. Padraic Ryan Secretary Ballinasloe Horse and Agricultural Show Ltd commented“We are delighted to be able to offer this programme of top level show jumping and the prestigious New Heights Champions event, and look forward to welcoming all participants.This is a great opportunity for residents and visitors to Ballinasloe to see the spectacle and excitement of top class showjumping and enjoy an entertaining weekend for free.”Gates open at 8am each day, and the first event starts is at 9am sharp and entrance is FREE for spectators and free parking. Food, refreshments and full bar will be available throughout. Equestrian stallholders are welcome.For further information contact: Padraic Ryan, Secretary 087 – 907 9282Peter O’Connor, Director 087 – 258 1780Or visit us on Facebook – Ballinasloe Showprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email The New Heights Champions Series, a joint venture between Show Jumping Ireland and Horse Sport Ireland, replaces the Premier Series which had been the pinnacle of National Show Jumping in Ireland for the past 10 years. The series boasts an overall prize fund of over €110,000 and will take place at10 locations across the four provinces of Ireland. There will be a full programme of events in Ballinasloe Show Grounds each day from 9am, including three Grand Prix events: Friday Connaught Grand PrixSaturday National Grand Prix LeagueSunday New Heights ChampionshipThis is a rare opportunity to see the finest Irish and International showjumping horses and riders in action free.Director Gerry Stronge spoke to John MulliganAudio Playerhttps://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/sports.podcast/GERRY+STRONGE+SHOWJUMPING+THURSDAY.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.
ConnachtIndoor Championships South Galway AC medallists from the Connacht Indoors: ( L to R) Roisin Geaney, Andrew Horan, Michael Leahy, Stephen Mannion, Caoimhe Kelleher.The 2020 Connacht Indoor Track and Field Championships were held in the Athlone IT Arena last weekend over two days, with huge numbers in attendance both days. There was great success for Galway clubs and athletes on both days of competition. At Juvenile level on Saturday, Galwayclubs saw wins via Jack Cahill of Craughwell AC who won the U12 Boys Hurdlesand Grace McGrath of Tuam AC, who won gold in the Girls 600m distance raceLauren Morgan of Craughwell AC was thewinner of the U12 Girls Long Jump, with clubmate Sam Casey claiming gold in theBoys section. At U12 level, Ava Doyle of Craughwell proved strongest in the U12Girls Shot Putt taking the title, while in the Boys section Oran Collinsclaimed gold again for Craughwell In the High Jump Craughwell athlete SamCasey made it a double victory for him on the day taking a second gold, with RebeccaMoynihan of Tuam AC taking gold in the Girls section.Keevagh Barry of Craughwell AC wondouble gold as she sprinted well to win the U13 Girls 60m, while also claimingthe Long Jump gold. In the field at U13 level, Juno Hayes ofGCH won the Shot Putt. In the U13 High Jump, Conor Penny took gold for CraughwellAC, with Emma O’Donovan of Craughwell AC claiming individual gold in the U13Girls High Jump.In the distance events, Clodagh Fallonof Tuam was most impressive in victory in the U13 Girls 600m and Matthew Newellof CRH won the 1k WalkDay one relays saw great excitement withgold for Loughrea AC in the U12 Girls and Galway City Harriers in the U13 Boys equivalent.Craughwell AC did the double as their squads stormed to victory in the U12 Boysand U13 Girls races. Sunday’s action saw the older age group competing from U14 upwards, with further Galway success across the packed event programme. Darragh Fahy of Loughrea impressed winning double gold in the Boys 60m Hurdles and Long Jump at U14 level, as did Craughwell’s Ella Farrelly as she won the 60m Hurdles, and Long Jump. On the track in the U14 events, Orlaith Mannion of South Galway AC won gold in the U14 Girls 60m while Ronan Duggan of GCH won the Boys sprint title. In the field, Darragh Kelly took High Jump gold for Craughwell, and Cian Rafferty of Tuam AC won the Shot Putt. Oisin Phelan leaped to Long Jump gold for Tuam in the U14 Boys event. South Galway AC girls team won Relay gold, and GCH took the Boys crownAt U15 level, sprinter Aoibhe Donnellanof Craughwell produced a great performance to take gold in the 60m in the Girlssection. Nicole Duffy of Clare River Harriers won the U15Girls Hurdles title bya clear margin, with Evan Moran of GCH claiming gold in the Boys hurdles. Inthe U15 Relays, GCH won the Boys gold with Craughwell AC winning the Girls race.In the U15 Walk Sinead Maher of Craughwell AC took gold.At U16 level Mathieu Madden of GCH wasoutstanding, claiming triple gold, winning the 60m Sprint title, the 60mHurdles, and High Jump. Stephen Mannion of South Galway AC was another whoseperformances stood out winning 200m gold, and Long Jump individually, as wellas helping his South Galway team to a dramatic win in the 4x200m relay by thenarrowest of margins. Liam Shaw’s U16 Shot Putt victory forAthenry was one of the highlights of the day as he set a championship best,throwing 15.41 metres.In the U16 Girls events, Caoimhe Farrellof Loughrea AC won the Sprint hurdles, while Kelsey Wall of GCH took 200m gold.Over the distance events at U16 level, Fauve Aylmer of GCH ran well in claimingthe 800m gold medal. GCH won the U16 Girls Relay. In the jumps, Jade Moorheadof Craughwell AC took the honours in the U16 Girls High Jump. At U17 level, Conor Hoade of Galway CityHarriers was another impressive performer on the day, winning triple gold,claiming both the 60m sprint and Hurdles and later the 200m title. WilliamMcDonnell of GCH continued his good form winning U17 1500m gold. Roisin Geaneyof South Galway AC was victorious in the Girls 800m. In the field, SaoirsePierce of Craughwell AC won the High Jump title, and Jack Hession of Tuam ACwon the Boys Long Jump gold medal. Galway clubs won two golds in the Shot Putt viaOisin Keane in the Boys for GCH and Ella Rafferty of Tuam AC in the Girls.Aoife Waldron of GCH was victorious in the U17 Girls Pole Vault. Finally, GCHwon both Relay titles in the Boys and Girls events an indication of theirstrength in depth at this levelIn the U18 events, the hugely talented AndrewEgan of GCH won double gold in the Boys 60m and 200m events, Paschal Walsh ofGCH won the 400m title, with GCH winning the Boys relay title also. Conor Trehy of GCH was a triple winner,as he ran a cracking 60m Hurdles to take U18 gold, and claimed the Long Jumpand Triple Jump titles as well. Eimear Rowe of GCH took gold in the U18 Girls400m and later 200m silver. Meanwhile in the field events, Ellie Cronin ofCraughwell AC won the High Jump title, while Aoibhin Farrell of Loughrea AC wonthe Girls Triple Jump Robert McDonnell of GCH showed his classin winning the U19 Boys 400m in sub 50 seconds. Richard Kmasen of GCH wasanother athlete who had a brilliant day winning the 60m and 200m on the track,and made it three golds in the Triple Jump. GCH’s Eoghan Jennings won doublegold, taking the Hurdles and winning the Long Jump as well. Seren O’Toole ofGCH won gold in the Girls U19 400m race, while Ciara Maguire of Tuam AC won theGirls Hurdles. GCH won U19 Relay gold in the Boys and Girls eventsKyle Moorhead of Craughwell AC impressedwinning the U19 Boys 1500mAt Senior level in the sprints, DarrenCostello of GCH won the senior 60m sprint with Cormac Kearney of Craughwellwinning the Masters 60m. Costello later added the Senior 200m title in adominant display of sprinting.The Ladies 800m race was exciting as SineadGaffney of Craughwell just held off Kathryn Casserly of GCH, to take 800mvictory. In the Men’s 800m, Paul Joyce of Craughwell set a blistering pace towin Connacht gold in 1.56 Paul Joyce Craughwell AC Connacht Senior 800m champion Over 1500m Luke Evans of Craughwell ACwon the Senior Men’s race in 4.21.Craughwell’s Arlene Earls impressedtaking the Senior Women’s 400m title in 63.30; Owen Scully took Connacht goldfor GCH in the Men’s 400m In the Field events, Craughwell athleteLaura Cunningham took the Senior Women’s Long Jump title in a season’s best of5.04m, while Brendan Lynch of Loughrea claimed gold in the Senior Men’s eventMary Barrett of Loughrea AC took gold inthe Senior Ladies High Jump as well as victory in the Shot Putt at Masters Level.In the throws, Brendan Staunton of GCHwon the Senior Men’s Shot Putt, with Sinead Keon of Loughrea AC winning theLadies gold medal Maree8km Top 3 Ladies at Maree 8km L to R Sinead Kelly third, Tara Whyte winner, and Edel Kelly second (Pic credit: John O Connor) Kevin Mooney of Craughwell AC and TaraWhyte of Galway City Harriers were the winners at the annual Maree 8km heldSunday last. Mooney clocked 25.33 for a clear win over second Mick Fogarty andthird Arkadiusz Skupin. Tara Whyte ran 33.06 for victoryin the Ladies section ahead of Edel Kelly of Athenry AC second and third homewas GCHs Sinead Kelly.FixturesNationalIndoor Senior Championships The Irish Life Health National IndoorSenior Championships take place next weekend over two days February 29th andMarch 1st in the National Indoor Arena in Dublin, and many of Galway’s toptrack and field athletes will travel in search of silverware, such as SeanBreathnach of GCH in the Shot Putt, and GCH sprinters Cillin Greene and NicoleWalsh who will go over 400m.Gort5kmThe Gort 5km race takes place on Sunday1st March next, organised by South Galway AC.The race will start at 1.30pm and raceentrants are asked to assemble outside Gort Community Centre at 1.20pm prior tobeing walked to the start line by race Marshalls.Registration will open at 11.30am inGort Community centre where pre-registered entrants can collect their race packs.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email
Countdown to Katy: The countdown in on for the 2014 Southland Conference Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournament March 12-16 at the Leonard E. Merrell Center in Katy, Texas. This will be the seventh consecutive year for the tournament to be held in Katy. This year’s women’s tournament will begin on Thursday, March 13 with first-round action beginning at 11 a.m. The second round will follow on Friday, March 14. All four games in the first two rounds will be streamed live for free on the Southland Conference Digital Network. The semifinals, which will be shown on ESPN3, will take place on Saturday, March 15 and the championship will be played Sunday, March 16 with a 12 p.m. tipoff and will be televised on CBS Sports Network. The 2014 tournament will be the 15th in league history to be played at a neutral site. The tournament was played in Shreveport, La., from 1995-2001 and was held in Houston in 2007 before moving to Katy in 2008. McNeese State’s Allison Baggett Named Player of the Week: Baggett helped McNeese to two road wins last week at Southeastern Louisiana and New Orleans. The sophomore from Iota, La. (Iota H.S.), led the Cowgirls in scoring with 24 points against the Lady Lions and was one of four Cowgirls to notch double figures with 19 against the Privateers. On the week, Baggett averaged 21.5 points on 47.1 percent (16-for-34) shooting from the field, including 54.5 percent (6-for-11) from 3-point range. Baggett also averaged 3.5 rebounds, an assist and a steal in the two wins.Nicholls’ KK Babin Becomes League’s All-Time Minutes Played Leader: Nicholls’ senior guard KK Babin become the league’s all-time leader in minutes played when she eclipsed former Central Arkansas’ Megan Herbert’s mark of 4,143 minutes. Babin reached the milestone in the first half of the Colonels’ win against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Jan. 18. Babin, who leads the league in minutes played this season, averaging 39.0 per game, has ranked in the league’s single season top 10 for minutes played every year she has been at Nicholls. Currently, Babin has played in 4,462 minutes in her career.Colonels’ White Leads League in Scoring: Nicholls sophomore guard Emani White leads the conference with 18.7 points per game. White, who averages 17.8 points per game in league play, also leads the league with 2.4 steals per game, which is 48th in the nation.Lady Lions’ Pool One of Nation’s Most Consistent Shooters: Southeastern Louisiana sophomore forward Nanna Pool sits atop the conference in field goal percentage at 58.8 percent. Pool, who is 120 for 204 shooting in 24 games, also ranks among one of the country’s elite, ranking seventh in the NCAA. Pool averages 12.2 points per game and is third on the Lady Lions’ team in scoring.Pool Leads the League in Rebounding: Southeastern Louisiana’s Nanna Pool pulls down 10.4 rebounds per game to lead the league. The sophomore forward is also one of four conference players to average 10 or more rebounds in league games with 11.8, which is also a league high. Pool is ahead of Sam Houston State’s Angela Beadle (10.0), Central Arkansas’ Courtney Duever (10.2) and Abilene Christian’s Suzzy Dimba. Pool ranks 30th in the NCAA with her 10.4 rebounds per game while Beadle, who averages 10.3 rebounds per game, ranks 31st in the nation.Defense Wins Games: Central Arkansas is proving that defense wins games as the Sugars Bears have not only the stingiest defenses in the conference but also one of the toughest in the country. The Sugar Bears, who sit in first place with a 10-3 league mark, only allow 56.3 per game, which ranks 162th in the nation. In league play, UCA holds conference opponents to a league-best 54.0 points per contest. UCA has held eight opponents to 50 points or less this season. Weekend Games Ahead: There are six games on the scheduled for Saturday, including five conference games. Those games are all against travel partners with McNeese State visiting Nicholls, Oral Roberts visiting Central Arkansas, Northwestern State at Stephen F. Austin, Sam Houston State at Lamar and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at Houston Baptist. UIW will step out of conference to host New Jersey Institute of Technology. Tickets On Sale for Katy: All-session tickets for the 2014 Southland Conference Basketball Tournament, which will be held March 12-16 at the Leonard E. Merrell Center in Katy, Texas, are now on sale. Reserved all-tournament booklets are available for $75, while general admission all-tournament booklets are available for $60 at all Ticketmaster Outlets, Ticketmaster.com and all Southland Conference member institutions. Tickets for each session of the tournament go on sale March 10. Women’s Basketball Weekly Release (PDF)News & NotesNew Orleans, Southeastern Louisiana Lone League Game Thursday: Heading into the final weeks before the conference tournament, the Southland Conference is in the midst of its lightest week of the season with just one conference game on the schedule Thursday. Southeastern Louisiana visits New Orleans. Earlier in the season, the Lady Lions defeated the Privateers 84-55 in Hammond, La., Jan. 30. Southeastern Louisiana is looking to return to Katy after missing last year’s tournament. The Lady Lions are currently in a three-way tie for the final two spots. Southeastern Louisiana is 7-17 overall and 6-6 in the league. Meanwhile, the Privateers are in search of their first Southland win. New Orleans sits at 0-24 overall and 0-13 in conference. Already this week, Abilene Christian improved to 15-11 overall after a non-conference win Tuesday, when it cruised to a 108-56 victory over visiting Arlington Baptist. UIW’s Mora Twins, Nicholls’ Nash Earn Academic All-District Honors: UIW twin sisters senior Ify Mora and junior Kosy Mora were two of only five players selected to the Capital One Academic All-District 7 Women’s basketball Team and Nicholls junior Jenny Nash was one of five players named to the All-District 6 Team by the voting members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). All three players will now appear on the national ballot for Academic All-America honors.
If you’ve been before, you’ll understand that the Mount Errigal Hotel is renowned for the best party atmosphere in the North West of Ireland, attracting corporate groups from all across Ireland and the UK. Bringing you the best bands in the country, every year the Mount Errigal party nights sell out within weeks of sale release. Enjoy a warm welcome by the party hosts, a speciality festive cocktail by the lobby fire, a gourmet 4 course Festive Feast, Entertainment by “Live Forever Oasis Tribute” or “Spirit of Smokie” followed by a disco by the best DJ around, Lee Gooch. Party tickets are only €39.50 or stay overnight with the fantastic Ticket + B&B offer, only €80pps.8th December: “Live Forever Oasis Tribute” Ireland’s definitive tribute to Manchester’s five-piece super group Oasis. This night is part of their farewell tour and plans to be a belter! Renowned to be the country’s best tribute act, Live Forever Oasis are Rock and Roll Stars.14th &15th December: “Spirit of Smokie” bring their hits of the 70s and 80s along with new material for an audience young and old. The lead singer of the band is the son of former Smokie frontman Alan Barton. For a night of pure nostalgia, come along! Give us a call today, let us know your date and we’ll look after it from there! T: 074 91 22700E: [email protected] Mount Errigal Hotel – The place you’d rather be!Check out the cracking Christmas brochure below:Sponsored Post Planning your Christmas party? This Letterkenny hotel has a cracking line-up was last modified: October 2nd, 2018 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Christmas Party NightsEntertainmenteventsLive Forever Oasis Tributemount errigalSpirit of Smokie
Deputies with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office have made arrests in recent breaking and enterings in the Whiteside Cove Community located in Cashiers. Charged and arrested are the following persons:Austin Chandler Langley, Heady Mountain Road, Cashiers, NC. DOB 1/5/1995Breaking and Entering of a Motor Vehicle; Larceny of a Firearm; Possessing a Stolen Firearm; Breaking and Entering; Larceny after Breaking and Entering; Possession of Stolen Property. Arrested on February 16, 2017 and given a $50,000 bond.Chandler Dillion Langley, Heady Mountain Road, Cashiers, NC. DOB 10/11/2000.Breaking and Entering of a Motor Vehicle; Larceny of a Firearm; Possessing a Stolen Firearm; Breaking and Entering; Larceny after Breaking and Entering; Possession of Stolen Property. Arrested on February 6, 2017 and given a $40,000 bond.Charged but not arrested as of yet is Brandon James Mathis, DOB of 5/2/1990, of Tuckasegee
11 April 2011South Africa has produced yet another golf major winner. Charl Schwartzel played like a champion at Augusta, closing with four birdies in succession to capture a two-shot victory in the US Masters over Australia’s Jason Day and Adam Scott on Sunday.While he finished brilliantly, he also began his round remarkably, chipping in on the number one for a birdie, and then holing out on the third hole for an eagle.Unfortunately for Schwartzel, his eagle was immediately followed by a bogey, but that proved to be the only blemish on his scorecard on the day.The South African’s four-round total was 14-under-par 274, made up of rounds of 69, 71, 68, and a closing six-under-par 66.50 years to the dayAmazingly, his win came 50 years to the day after the legendary Gary Player became the first non-American to don the green jacket.The 75-year-old Player followed the event on television and posted his congratulations to Schwartzel on Twitter: “I am absolutely delighted for Charl and South Africa. Congratulations and very well done to him. That is how you finish like a champion!”One of the secrets to Schwartzel’s success was his putting. Addressing the media after his win, he said he had received some good advice ahead of the tournament.“This year, Nick Price gave me a really good tip, so did David Frost,” he said. “Nicky said when he came over, he used to find that fastest putt on every green and practice that, and that’s what I did for the last three weeks.”HighlightSmiling, Schwartzel said: “It’s a dream for me. It’s obviously the highlight of my career by a long way.“I always thought if there was one that I would win, it would be this one. This is the sort of golf course that suits my eye. It’s the sort of course that I grew up on … I just feel really comfortable on it.”Schwartzel showed remarkable calm on a hectic final day during which there was a five-way tie for the lead as the end neared. As Player wrote, the 26-year-old finished like a champion to take victory.“As simple as possible under pressure works,” Schwartzel said.Dedicated victory to his fatherHe dedicated his victory to his father and paid tribute to him for his influence on his game. “He’s put endless time into it. It was never an effort for him,” said Schwartzel junior.“He taught me my golf swing. He made it very simple for me, which I believe is a fantastic recipe. When you get too technical, things can become difficult.”After his fast start, Schwartzel had a run of 10 birdies in succession before his sensational finish. But, while the South African finished with aplomb, third-round leader Rory McIlroy imploded.Triple-bogeyThe Northern Irishman had entered the final round with a four-shot lead over four players, one of whom was Schwartzel. He covered the first nine holes in one-over-par 37, but his round nose-dived on the tenth when he triple-bogeyed.McIlroy went on to card 43 over the inward nine for a horrific 80 and tumbled from first to a tie for fifteenth, an incredible 10 shots behind the winner.South AfricansTrevor Immelman, the 2008 champion, was one of the men tied with McIlroy in fifteenth place, on four-under-par 284 after rounds of 69, 73, 73, and 69.Ernie Els finished 19 shots behind Schwarztel and well out of the running, on five-over 293.Tim Clark missed the cut by a single shot, while Retief Goosen, Louis Oosthuizen, and Rory Sabbatini also failed to make it to the third round.Schwartzel’s victory made him South Africa’s third US Masters winner after Gary Player and Trevor Immelman, and the seventh South African to win a major, the others being Bobby Locke, Ernie Els, Retief Goosen, and his very good friend Louis Oosthuizen.LEADERBOARD Charl Schwartzel (-14) 69, 71, 68, 66, 274Jason Day (-12) 72, 64, 72, 68, 276Adam Scott (-12) 72, 70, 67, 67, 276Tiger Woods (-10) 71, 66, 74, 67, 278Geoff Ogilvy (-10) 69, 69, 73, 67, 278Luke Donald (-10) 72, 68, 69, 69, 278Angel Cabrera (-9) 71, 70, 67, 71, 279Bo Van Pelt (-8) 73, 69, 68, 70, 280K.J. Choi (-8) 67, 70, 71, 72, 280Ryan Palmer (-6) 71, 72, 69, 70, 282 Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
The supply-chain network demands controlToday’s supply-chain security program networks are a far cry from the basic lock-and-key operations of the past. Readily available technological tools and business intelligence data can help support organizations as they fortify their networks. In order to thrive, however, teams must look to integrate and align these enhancements.[text_ad use_post=’2386′]In a column in the March–April 2017 issue of LP Magazine, Maurizio Scrofani, CCSP, LPC, illustrates the challenges faced by organizations when it comes to implementing and aligning technology and strategy in the supply-chain security program. He shares a sample integration roadmap based on his own past experiences. From the article:- Sponsor – Find the right operating and reporting structure to allow your team to thrive and you to spend your time where most needed. As I set out on my own roadmap some years ago, I quickly realized that to build on accomplishments, I would need a structure to institutionalize learning and tackle big projects.I focused first on collaboration and created regions supported by a network of project management teams (PMTs). This structure progressed and socialized ideas in the business and encouraged interfacility, interdivisional collaboration on such topics as audits, green initiatives, investigations, shortage awareness, technology, training, uniforms (yep, those too if you use them), and vendor vetting and engagement.Team leaders were encouraged to become subject-matter experts (SMEs) certified by the Loss Prevention Foundation, American Trucking Association, and International Association of Interviewers. From this experience, the PMT in charge of training enhanced our standard operating manual, which eventually became a digital interactive tutorial. Building on shared knowledge and a “pay it forward” attitude, the network became connected and focused on a singular vision—one team with one goal “to win at all we do.”The column also covers next steps, such as “capturing quick wins” through technology enhancements and improving speed-to-market through new initiatives and programs. Check out the full article, “Test, Do, Learn, Share,” to learn more. You can also visit the Table of Contents for the March–April 2017 issue or register for a free subscription to the magazine. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox. Sign up now
Peter RoebuckDisplaying a rare mix of intelligence and combativeness more often seen on a battlefield, Sourav Ganguly’s team has brought down the mighty Australians. And it has been done not at a dust bowl in Delhi or in the searing heat of Chennai but under the beneficent gaze of St,Peter RoebuckDisplaying a rare mix of intelligence and combativeness more often seen on a battlefield, Sourav Ganguly’s team has brought down the mighty Australians. And it has been done not at a dust bowl in Delhi or in the searing heat of Chennai but under the beneficent gaze of St Peter’s Cathedral and with thousands of Australian supporters urging their side on. This was a mighty effort by a team that refused to be beaten, a team whose whole is greater than its parts, a team for a contemporary and confident country. If Kolkata 2001 will live forever in the memory as an extraordinary upset created by the inspired work of a few individuals, Adelaide will be remembered as the day India became a team. Perhaps, too, it will be for signalling the end of Australia’s run. Not that India can depend on replacing them at the top of the pile. It is one thing to topple a tiring and weakened champion, another to take its place on the pedestal.Really, it was a mind boggling victory. At stumps on the first day, a local newspaper had boomed, “We Cannot Lose”, and it scarcely seemed possible. Australia had reached 400/5. Was there a soul in India who did not lament? That night, a senior member of the touring party went for a walk along the Torrens river and sighed, “What about our bowling?” He need not have worried. Those same incompetents were about to dismiss an imposing batting order for a paltry total. Ajit Agarkar was about to become a hero … India was about to secure one of its most famous victories.Defiance lay at the heart of this performance, the defiance of men ready to reach deep into themselves like miners hunting for gold. They were searching for the strength needed to overcome the Australians, and they found it. India played without fear or an inferiority complex. Ganguly’s team did not gape in awe at the Australian powerhouses. ON A HIGH: Sourav GangulyIndeed, like Mohammed Ali meeting George Foreman, they found a way of turning aggression upon itself so that it became a weak point. Clever fields were set in the second innings, with men pushed back to stop the booming drives that have sustained Australia, withering statements of superiority that have sent bowlers running for cover. Suddenly, those shots were not bringing runs. Suddenly, there was this little fellow with big ears swinging the ball around and bowling maidens. It did not seem right. And so another Gulliver was brought down.Nor was it merely a matter of crafty tactics. Strong minds were needed because Australia is a hard place and many teams have been broken before a single ball has been bowled. In recent times, England and South Africa have appeared tense as they moved from the hotel to the ground, complaining about the newspapers and the conspiracy. Contrastingly, Indians have been relaxed, laughing about bad reviews and much else besides. Anyone arriving Down Under had better bring a sense of humour. Clive Woodward, England’s World Cup-winning rugby coach understood that. Informed by the locals that his team was boring, he replied, “Boring? You think that’s boring? My friends, you ain’t seen anything.” Likewise, Laxman only smiled when told that he could not handle fast bowling.Australian reporters have noticed the relaxed mood of the party and have begun to regret underestimating them. As India scored the winning runs, one experienced journalist admitted, “I’ve misread this lot.” The mistake can be forgiven. Not once in his long career had this practitioner seen Australia lose a home series; it had not even fallen behind since 1993-4. Moreover, India had not won a Test Down Under for 23 years. He was hardly going to tip the tourists. Down Under it works this way: respect has to be earned.BATTLE FIELD: Team effort won the gameIndia did not tiptoe into Australia. Ganguly’s team came ready for a fight. Australians are adept at sensing and exploiting weakness. Give them the proverbial inch and they will take a yard. Between them, Ganguly and Sandy Gordon, the team psychologist, realised the need to get on to the front foot. Ganguly said the Australians were vulnerable and his team believed him. After all he had beaten them before in the best series ever played. Significantly, too, he was prepared to confront the Australians, and the players watched him do it. It is the only way. Sunil Gavaskar, Imran Khan and Arjuna Ranatunga understood this and their records speak for themselves.Stat Surf…No team had chased more than 100 runs in the fourth innings to beat Australia at home in 18 years. The last team to do so was New Zealand in 1985….Only three teams in the history of Test cricket have conceded 550 runs in the first innings and gone on to win the Test….Rahul Dravid and V.V.S. Laxman are the first pair to put up a 300-run stand against Australia twice. They are only the third duo to put up a triple century partnership in Australia….Australia have lost only a single Test at home under Steve Waugh’s leadership, the fifth Test to England in the 2002-3 Ashes series. They last lost a “live” home Test in 1998-99 to England. Ganguly has a way of instilling confidence in his players, including the youngest and the least considered. Not that he is a soft touch. When Virender Sehwag and Ashish Nehra, an infuriating pair, both ignored a shot demanding their attention, their captain stared and cursed like a man whose horse had fallen at the final fence. But he loves his players and is not afraid to show it. The team huddles have been crucial, reinforcing a collective will that has not faltered in the face of the most severe setbacks. Australia has underestimated the Bengali. It is hardly surprising as he has the hallmark of an outlook they crossed the oceans to avoid. But they have misread him. Ganguly is more a warrior than toff.Notwithstanding these attitudes, India could not have managed without the towering contributions from Rahul Dravid and V.V.S. Laxman. Spirit alone is not enough. Someone had to score the runs. Someone had to take the wickets. Cricket is a battle between teams. It is also a struggle between bat and ball.Dravid’s influence has been immense. Significantly, he has refused to judge himself in Australian terms, refused to accept that this tour was going to define his standing in the game. Accordingly, he did not panic after failing in the first innings in Brisbane. In hindsight, Steve Waugh’s surprise declaration on that fifth evening at Gabba may not have been the masterstroke it seemed, for Dravid took the chance to acquaint himself with bowling and pitch. He has been batting ever since.Dravid’s game has been in perfect working order. It is an unusual combination of instinct and intellect, geometry and poetry. At the crease he conveyed commitment and pride, and is clearly the best batsman on either side. Although they would never admit it publicly, the Australians were almost in awe of him. Already they regard him as a great player. It has come to this. Dravid is the most prized scalp in the Indian team.Laxman was hardly less compelling as he played the game on his own terms, demolishing the spinners and ducking the bumpers. Nothing petty can be detected in his game, for the Hyderabadi is a man for the big stage and the great idea. His partnerships with Dravid work because they are on the same wavelength, two cultured men devoted to their task and proud of their country. Newfound conviction can be detected in their characters.STEVE WAUGH OF NERVES: Underestimating India was a mistakeAs usual, the game also threw up numerous conundrums, most of them concerning Sachin Tendulkar and the Australians. Waugh’s team looked tired. Several danger signs have appeared in the past few weeks. John Buchanan, the coach, started the rot by suggesting that the laws might need to be changed to contain the Australians.The sporting Gods save their greatest wrath for those daring to take them for granted. Waugh’s stage-managed retirement and the waving of the red flags has also distracted attention from more urgent matters. Indeed, the summer has been described as Waugh’s last stand. It is nothing of the sort. Rather, it is Australia’s attempt to recover the Border-Gavaskar trophy. Sometimes, the Australians seem to forget it is not in their keeping. Waugh’s subsequent running out of Damien Martyn added to a feeling of unease.Tactical mistakes have also been made. In its past two Tests against serious opponents, Australia has been unable to defend a total in the fourth innings. Far from playing on the nerves of their opponents, making them sweat for every run, Waugh has set aggressive fields, crowding the bat and not seeming to worry about the flow of runs. Normally an astute judge of the human condition, Waugh has allowed his commitment to attacking cricket to cloud his thoughts. Of course, Australia has also been playing without its leading bowlers, but the same can be said of their opponents. Tendulkar remains caught between youth and maturity, attack and defence.Uncertain of his path, he has batted without conviction. Brian Lara and Shane Warne count among his friends in cricket, an indication of his youthful state of mind. Searching for weight and yet reluctant to abandon instinct, Tendulkar is struggling to find the path of cricketing adulthood. Perhaps he will learn from Lara, whose reincarnation is preferable in every way to the boyish brilliance seen in his early years. Tendulkar is a good man and this crisis of confidence may be precisely the dark period needed to force him to complete the long journey from prodigal son to a masterful father.Peter Roebuck is a former Somerset captain and leading writer on cricket.advertisementadvertisementadvertisement
Cardiff boss Neil Warnock hails away fans for Crystal Palace stalemateby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCardiff City boss Neil Warnock hailed the away support for their 0-0 draw at Crystal Palace.Warnock made a point of instructing his side to applaud the 1,700 away end, with the players handing over shirts to supporters in the crowd.He said: “When you’ve got fans like that and a club supporting you, you’ve always got a chance. Our dressing room is our strength, but I think we play a lot more than we get credit for.”I think the lads get tainted because they’re my team, whereas I think we play as well as a lot of teams in the league and we’ve got a bit of steel about us.””I’m really pleased for the fans. We’ve had one point in I don’t know how many games. To keep that volume up is unbelievable, so all credit to them.”Warnock added: “We looked at the last time they played Burnley and I think they had 30-odd shots, so we knew what we’d be up against.”But I thought we were really well organised and broke at pace when we got time. I thought their keeper made the best save of the game if I’m honest from Kadeem and at the end we kept going and nearly won it at the death.”I know it was a 0-0 draw but I thought it was an exciting 0-0 draw if I’m honest.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say