THERRAN COLEMAN of Brashear won the 100 and 200 meter dashes at the City League championships,Coleman is a Pitt football recruit FAST FRESHMAN—Raven Haston of Obama Academy won the 100 and 200 meter dashes. MONTANA HOWARD of Westinghouse won the Long Jump event. ASIA PARKER of Carrick won the 100 and 300 meter hurdle races and also won the Long Jump championship. Like us at https://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Pittsburgh-Courier/143866755628836?ref=hlFollow @NewPghCourier on Twitter https://twitter.com/NewPghCourierDownload our mobile app at http://www.appshopper.com/news/new-pittsburgh-courier MALIK TOWNSEND of Perry won the shot put event. (Photos by William McBride)Amadou Diallo of Allderdice won the 800 meter, 1600 meter, and 3200 meter races to lead the Allderdice boys to the City League Championship.DISTANCE KING—Amadou Diallo of Allderdice won the 800 meter, 1600 meter, and 3200 meter races to lead the Allderdice boys to the City League Championship.
LATROBE, Pa. (AP) — Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner knows what to expect. In this July 30, 2018, file photo, Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner breaks a long run from scrimmage at practice during NFL football training camp in Latrobe, Pa. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File) Two-time All-Pro running back Le’Veon Bell is skipping training camp at St. Vincent College for the second straight season because of a contract dispute. Bell’s absence last summer meant Conner saw additional snaps in camp as a rookie.This time, he’s raised expectations. He’s at the top of the depth chart, at least until Bell arrives.“Le’Veon here or not, I’m focused and trying to prove to myself that I’m in shape and I can handle playing,” Conner said. “I’m focused no matter who’s here or who’s not here.”Bell chose to not sign his franchise tender until the eve of the 2017 season. He is expected to follow the same path this time. That’s with Conner, who intends to prove he can handle the heavier workload.“I want to show it all,” Conner said. “Every time I get in, I’m going to make every rep count.”Conner, a former star at the University of Pittsburgh, showed flashes as a rookie, sporadically filling in to give Bell a breather. The Steelers’ 2017 third-round pick appeared in 14 games, rushing 32 times for 144 yards, an average of 4.5 yards per carry, before a knee injury ended his season.A leaner, trimmer Conner initially turned heads during spring workouts and that effort has carried into training camp.Conner set the tone with a touchdown on the first competitive snap of training camp. Ben Roethlisberger delivered a quick slant to the slot where Conner hauled in the touchdown ahead of former first-round pick Artie Burns.On Monday, Conner broke off a long touchdown run during a drill that featured live tackling. He displayed burst through the hole and into the secondary where he ran away from safety Nat Berhe en route to the end zone.Steelers coach Mike Tomlin expects that kind of development from Conner in his second season.“We’ve been around the track for a lap,” Tomlin said. “He understands what’s going on in terms of the environment of professional football. He should utilize that experience and knowledge to produce a better, more consistent performance.”Rookie Jaylen Samuels still seeks that kind of consistency. He is taking advantage of the extra snaps to see where he fits in.Samuels, a fifth-round pick, was a do-everything standout at North Carolina State. The 6-foot, 225-pounder stepped in at running back, fullback, wide receiver and even tight end. He ranks second in school history in total touchdowns, fourth in touchdown catches and sixth in scoring runs.The Steelers list Samuels as a running back, but he’s also being used in the slot or split out as a receiver.“I don’t want to be held to just one skill,” Samuels said. “I want to be able to showcase a lot of different skills. Whenever I go against different mismatches, I want it to be tough on them.”Samuels knows he needs to improve on his pass blocking.“I didn’t really do it in college as much,” Samuels said. “I did a lot in practice, but not really game-time situations because I was either in the route or I was getting the ball.”Tomlin made Samuels take five consecutive, unsuccessful turns during the team’s “backs on backers” drill in which a running back or tight end attempts to pick up a blitzing linebacker.“I feel like pass blocking is probably the most that’s lacking in my game right now,” Samuels said. “That’s the one thing I need to work on.”Samuels will have his chance for additional development at training camp with Bell away.“It’s definitely an opportunity to display my skills, and earn some respect from the players and coaches,” Samuels said. “I’m excited for the opportunity that’s ahead of me.”
In this July 30, 1953, file photo, veteran halfback Wally Triplett of Penn State U., originally from La Mott, Pa., poses in action during his second year with Chicago Cardinals and fourth year in the National Football League. (AP Photo/File)DETROIT (AP) — Wally Triplett, the trailblazing running back who was one of the first African-Americans drafted by an NFL team, has died. He was 92.The Detroit Lions and Penn State announced Triplett’s death Thursday. Triplett was the third African-American selected in the 1949 draft, but he was the first of those draftees to play in a regular-season game. He played in 24 games for the Lions and Chicago Cardinals.Triplett was also the first African-American to start for Penn State, and in 1948, he and teammate Dennie Hoggard became the first African-Americans to play in the Cotton Bowl .“This is a tremendous loss for not only our football program, but the Penn State community as a whole,” Penn State coach James Franklin said in a statement. “Wally was a trailblazer as the first African-American to be drafted and play in the NFL, and his influence continues to live on. He had a profound effect on me and the team when he visited in 2015 and shared valuable lessons from his life story and ability to overcome.” In this Nov. 11, 2105, file photo, Penn State great Wally Triplett visits during the NCAA college football team’s practice in State College, Pa. (Joe Hermitt/The Patriot-News via AP, File)Triplett was inducted into the Cotton Bowl Hall of Fame this year, and his appearance in that game is part of Penn State lore. According to the school, the team was asked to consider the possibility of leaving Triplett and Hoggard at home for the game in then-segregated Dallas. Teammates responded by saying: “We are Penn State, there will be no meetings” — a reference to a previous Penn State team that voted to cancel a game at segregated Miami.The story remains an important part of Penn State history, especially given the school’s well-known “We Are” moniker.Triplett was drafted by the Lions in the 19th round in 1949. He played in 18 games for Detroit from 1949-50. On Oct. 29, 1950, against the Los Angeles Rams, he had 294 yards on four kickoff returns, an NFL record that lasted until 1994.“As the first African-American to be drafted and to play in the National Football League, Wally is one of the true trailblazers in American sports history. He resides among the great men who helped reshape the game as they faced the challenges of segregation and discrimination,” the Lions said in a statement. “His contributions date back to his days at Penn State as the Nittany Lions’ first African-American starter and varsity letter winner, highlighted by his appearance in the first integrated Cotton Bowl. Wally’s legacy also reaches beyond breaking color barriers, having served in the United States Army during the Korean War.”George Taliaferro was the first Black player drafted in the NFL when he went six rounds before Triplett in 1949. Taliaferro also died recently .___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NF L and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL
By Bruce FuhrThe Nelson Daily SportsNow the fun begins.The Kootenay Ice kick off the 2011-12 B.C. Major Midget Hockey League season with plenty of optimism as the interior based squad heads to Vancouver Island for a two-game set Saturday and Sunday in Nanaimo against the North Island Silvertips.And new head coach Mario DiBella isn’t shy about what his goal is for this new group of 15-17-year-old midget hockey players.“We are looking to make the playoffs for the first time in Ice history,” stated the veteran bench boss.That goal will not be easy to achieve after the Ice, under the coach last season of Simon Wheeldon, lost the likes of 18-goal scorer Jesse Knowler of Castlegar and Nelson’s Dryden Hunt to the Western Hockey League and sniper Luke Bertolucci to the Trail Smoke Eaters of the BCHL.However, DiBella believes he has the players ready to fill the skates of the rookie Tier I hockey players.“We have Jake Lucchini (Trail), Darren Medeiros (Castlegar) and Quinn Klimchuk (Castlegar) who are equally as talented as the (Hunt, Knowler and Bertolucci),” DiBella said of his three second-year players.“We’ve also added Mitch Foyle (Fruitvale), Jeremy McGregor (Christina Lake) and Brandon Savaia (Grand Forks) as talented first years that can put the busier in the basket.”The Ice has three grads from the Nelson Minor Hockey Association in Colton Dachwitz, Greyson Reitmeier and late edition Brandon Sookro.Cole Arcuri, thought to be a lock to make the Ice at defence, decided to return to the Okanagan Hockey Association.After the Island trip, the Ice are idle until opening the home part of the season October 8-9 at the NDCC Arena against Okanagan Rockets.The home dates will shift around rinks in the West Kootenay, with stops in Castlegar, Trail and Grand Forks.DiBella likes the idea of showcasing the players throughout the region.“I feel it’s good for the program and it provides home games where the players live,” said DiBella, who has former Nelson Leaf assistant coach Sean Dooley with him behind the Ice bench.The B.CMMHL was established in 2004 to provide elite level 15, 16 and 17 year olds the opportunity to play at a high level within their age group.Each year all Major Midget League teams have the opportunity to compete for the National Midget Championship.Kootenay finished the 2010-11 season in 10th spot with a 8-25-7 record with the Vancouver Northwest Giants winning the BCMMHL [email protected]
The Selkirk College Saints are still a long way from the ultimate British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) destination, but the ride so far has been packed with success.The Saints brought an eight-game regular season winning streak into the long weekend. After defeating the Trinity Western University Spartans 5-2 at home on Friday night and the Eastern Washington University Eagles 4-2 at Cheney on Sunday afternoon, the Saints record remains unblemished.“I think resilience has been the biggest factor in the first 10 games,” says Saints head coach Brent Heaven. “The way we are playing right now, we know that we can win any game. There is always adversity, but you need to play consistent and work for your rewards.”The second-place Spartans arrived to the Castlegar & District Recreation Complex on Friday night for their first match-up of the season against the first-place Saints. Saints forward Brandon Sookro started the scoring two minutes in with a pretty goal in tight that beat Spartans starter Lucas Mills. Derek McPhail then added a powerplay marker with seven minutes left in the period to give the home side a 2-0 lead.Trinity Western answered first in the middle frame when Kenny Batke beat Saints starter Patrick Zubick. Goals by Nelson Hurry and Parker Sharp then restored the Saints lead to 4-1 before the end of the second period. Trinity Western made it interesting late in the third period when Brayden Brown scored to make it 4-2, but captain Dallas Calvin put the game away with an empty net goal to preserve the win.Trinity Western outshot the Saints 31-26 in the game and forced Zubick to come up big on several occasions, particularly in the final period.“With either guy in net, our team is playing extremely confident in front of them,” Heaven says of Zubick and Brett Huber. “The team knows that both of them are able to make the big save when we need it. They have been doing it for us and the results are showing in the standings right now.” With the addition of goaltender coach Alex Ross, the Saints are putting strong focus on a position that is key to a championship season. Zubick returned to his hometown of Castlegar after helping the Dryden Ice Dogs win a junior championship in Ontario last season and has been solid in his first BCIHL season. Huber, who is in his third year with the Saints, was named the BCIHL goaltender of the month for October.“They are sharing the load and the pressure doesn’t pile on their shoulders,” Heaven says of the tandem. “Both of them are able to help this team succeed and that has been a big attribute so far this season. What’s also very important is they are building a strong relationship, they are battling for each other and not against each other.”On Sunday afternoon in Cheney, Washington, the Saints once again jumped out to a 2-0 first period lead on goals by Sookro and Jack Mills. Eastern Washington tied the score in the second period with a pair of powerplay goals that came courtesy of five-on-three advantages. In the third period, the swarming Saints attack didn’t allow for an Eagles shot until 13 minutes had passed in the final frame. Goals by McPhail and Tyler Hartman secured the team’s tenth win.One of the keys to the Saints’ success to this point is a potent offence. Seven different players scored a goal over the weekend. “We have 10 to 12 guys who can put the puck into the net on any night,” says Heaven. “Obviously we have Dallas Calvin and teams will focus in on him, but then they tend to forget about these other guys.”Calvin’s blistering start has the Trail native leading the league in points with eight goals and 16 helpers. With both Trinity Western and Eastern Washington matching lines against the unit of Calvin, McPhail and Derek Georgopoulos, more attention is being shone on the Saints’ top line.“That line will have to battle through situations like that all season,” Heaven says of the extra attention. “When you have a guy who is averaging 2.5 points a game, I don’t think any opposing team is going to let a guy like that skate around free out there.”The Saints will not return to the Castlegar & District Recreation Complex until January 12 and 13 when Trinity Western returns to the West Kootenay. The Selkirk College squad will now play the remaining four games of the semester on the road against four different coastal-based teams.“These are big games because we have a five-week break at Christmas,” Heaven says of two upcoming away weekends. “These road games will help set the tone for what happens in the second half of the season. We’ve been on a good streak to start, but ultimately it’s about building a process and continuing to improve. It can quickly turn around on you, so we need to ensure we continue to play with emotion and intensity. You don’t want to sit back because every game in this league is important.”Stay up to date and follow the Selkirk College Saints on Facebook at: facebook.com/SelkirkSaintsHockey.
Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting alex iskold 1 A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Written by Alex Iskold and edited by Richard MacManus. A pure TechCrunch goodnesshas descended on New York on this rainy evening. Ignoring the rain, hundreds of web 2.0fans, venture capitalists and sponsors rushed to the sought after New York venue calledB.E.D.The venue is famous for serving out-of-this-world food to lavish and spoiled NewYorkers, but this is not why the crowds piled in this evening. The crowds sought to be inB.E.D. with TechCrunch, and this is exactly what they got as the 8th TechCrunch partytook place.The party occupied the entire 6th floor – which featured bar, music and slide shows on thewalls. 15 presenting companies got a chance to showcase their products to a lively crowdthat made a point to show up despite the rain. I got lucky and had a chance to attend,because AdaptiveBlue was one of the sponsors. The party turned out to be pretty good, Imade a round through the presenters and here is what stood out for me.Compete.comThe alleged Alexa killer Compete.com,one of the sponsors of the party, was showing off their latest traffic tracking tool.Although at present there is little data for some smaller sites, the tool lookspromising. First of, the interface is cleaner, simpler and faster than the one offered byAlexa. But what gets me excited is the ability to create and track competitiveportfolios, which is going to be opened to the public in about a month.Multiply.com Multiply.com, the social networking sitethat we have covered here before, hasre-launched a brand new site. With this re-launch Multiply is focusing on the uniquevalue that they deliver – a user centric site oriented towards aggregating andprioritizing information for the end user. The new site is definitely simpler and easierto use. Multiply’s focus on the individual seems right on. We are not aware of anyother site that would aggregate and prioritize an individual’s information in quite thesame way.Snap.comThe makers of the Snap search engineshowcased a new product called SnapPreview anywhere. This is a simple idea of previewingthe page via a link that has been done many times before, but there is a niceimplementation here that is noteworthy. Snap’s claim to fame is the preview. If yousearch for a term on Snap.com you get results in two frames – one liststhe matches, the other one shows a preview of a selected match.Themakers of Snap have taken the idea of a preview one step further. They create theinfrastructure for bloggers and companies to embed a small snippet of code into theirpages, in exchange for some preview magic. Once the code is installed, all the users ofthe blog can hover over any link to get a preview of the page. This service is completelyfree, but here is where it gets clever. The preview also shows the Snap.com search box,which allows the user to perform an instant search. This is a nice touch and should get Snapa lot of traffic, if they manage to sign people up to use their preview technology.Me.diumLast, but certainly not least, we want to profile a newsocial browsing startup called Medium. This company hascreated a browser add-on that allows users to collaborate and chat about the sites theyare browsing. There are a few companies that do this already, but this one seems toimplement it in a very nice way that might become viral.The service is implemented asa browser sidebar. As you browse, you see a visualization (a graph to be precise) ofpeople who are also visiting this site. The people are presented based on their proximityscore relative to you. For example, someone who is in your network will get a high score,but also someone who has been visiting similar sites as you have, will get a high promityscore as well. So basically, you see the relevant people who are also browsing this page.You can also chat with these people, which is quite handy. The use case that Iwas given was shopping. As you are looking at a product, you can shout to the crowd fortips. If someone has found a better deal, they have the chance to send you the link.Overall, I felt that if the UI is simplified a bit (like having an option to show relevantpeople as a list), this has potential – because having the opportunity to exchange ideas andtips with people while browsing specific sites, is valuable.Wrap upWhew, so there you have it – four Blue Moon beers later. It was nice to meet some people I knew virtually in person. And I got toshake the hand of the man himself. I guess I can now say, I was in B.E.D. with MikeArrington. Not that there is anything wrong with that… [Editor’s note: did I mentionthat Alex wrote this ;-)] Tags:#business#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
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By 2030, compared to workers in 2018, technology will enable workers to be more mobile, more productive and more capable, according to a new survey on technology in the future workplace by Dell.Karen Quintos, Chief Customer Officer at Dell, said that “stronger human-machine partnerships will result in stronger human-human relationships, as companies take a customer-first approach and lead with insights. By applying machine learning and AI to customer data, companies will be able to predict and understand customer behavior like never before.”Jeremy Burton, chief marketing officer of Dell Technologies, said that “you can understand why the business community is so polarized. There tend to be two extreme perspectives about the future: the anxiety-driven issue of human obsolescence or the optimistic view that technology will solve our greatest social problems. These differing viewpoints could make it difficult for organisations to prepare for a future that’s in flux and would certainly hamper leaders’ efforts to push through necessary change.”On the employer side, nearly half say that the introduction of AI, automation and new technologies will free users up to do higher-level more productive tasks, while the other half disagrees with this. Despite that split, 82 percent say that in the future, workers will become more collaborative in their relationship to machines, creating “integrated teams.”On the employee side, nearly 80 percent of employees said that they think machine and software will help them with their jobs, making work more engaging and empowering the users to improve how they perform their jobs. But despite the potential for good, most also admit that they worry about the safety of their jobs in that future too. They worry that fewer workers will be needed and their job may be one of those that no longer exists.
Guest author Aron Susman is the co-founder and CFO of commercial brokerage firm TheSquareFoot. After I and two friends, Justin Lee and Jonathan Wasserstrum, founded our business in 2010, we experienced some initial success. Then we tried to expand into a new market, and wound up having to scrap our business model. That turned out to be a great thing for our company. Initially, we were successful in Houston, having commercial landlords pay to give us listings and creating leads for them. We were even able to expand our market to include properties in Dallas and other parts of Texas. But our attempt to do the same in New York City failed and forced us to change our business model. Here’s a look at what happened—and ultimately what we learned—from our failed business model. Testing Our TheoryOur business began after realizing that the search for office space was not nearly as simple as the house-hunting process. Commercial real estate just did not have the tech tools to assist businesses in their search for space. When we started in Houston, the initial plan was to have landlords pay us a monthly subscription fee, and in return they would give us their listing data, so we could generate leads for them. A couple years into our business, we were all-in. Jonathan, our current CEO, was studying for his MBA at Columbia University and the company had received its first seed funding. We got $40,000 to relocate to New York City and put our business model to the test. We’d also recently been accepted into the Winter 2013 class of the ERA Accelerator.Our ultimate goal was twofold: First, we wanted to put the “If you can make it here you can make it anywhere” mantra to the test. Second, we were trying to infiltrate the tech and startup scene in New York City to receive more backing for our company. We quickly learned that using the business model we had, we weren’t going to make it there. New York City is tough, and discerning landlords weren’t willing to pay an unknown startup for the promise of leads. We were outsiders in an insider industry.Evaluating FailureWe were able to recognize our shortcomings and failures by putting our business model to the test across different markets. It worked in Houston and Dallas, which are very similar markets, but not in the ultra high-demand market of New York City. For other young startups, I’d recommend following a similar path to determine your business model’s viability. If your model can only function under ideal circumstances, then it’s neither adaptable nor scalable, meaning it likely won’t be successful in the long term. Another factor that clued us into the extent of our failing business model: We hadn’t solved the problem that we initially set out to fix. Running on a subscription model was easier than creating a full system for securing office space, but it wasn’t a complete solution to the problems apparent in office leasing.My takeaway from this experience? A startup that knows their business model is failing should evaluate if their business is bridging all the gaps it potentially could bridge within its intended niche. If not, it’s time to go back to the drawing board. Pivoting Towards SuccessAs our current business model continually proved ineffective in NYC, we had the choice to either pivot or accept defeat, and we weren’t about to give up. We had all the ingredients needed for success — we had all our founders together in one place, acceptance into a highly acclaimed accelerator, and the first taste of funding. Our subscription model, however, had two gaping holes. First of all, landlords didn’t have the time to sift through unqualified leads, and they didn’t have the desire to guide new, uninformed clients through the leasing process. Our leads needed more help going from finding a prospective space to actually leasing it and moving in. We had leads contacting us all the time asking us to be their brokers for them, so to save our business, that’s exactly what we did. What We LearnedI’d love to say that as soon as we realized we had to become a tech-fueled commercial real estate brokerage, we became successful in the industry, but that’s not the truth. If we had to live through this scenario again, it’s obvious that we would have done things differently. For starters, we now know that getting your foot into the door in a competitive market like NYC is way harder than it looks. We would have leveraged our contacts further, and done more to entice and incentivize insiders to join us on our mission to change CRE.Getting your foot in the door in competitive markets, like anything else, is all about networking, so whether you have an investor who’s on the inside or hire an employee who is familiar with the region, having someone who knows the market will work wonders to establish your company in that location. For young companies who plan to do what we did—that is, inject tech into a traditional industry—it’s also critical to recognize that traditional industries are resistant to change, and often don’t want to implement your technology into their existing infrastructure. Thinking that you’re their savior will only do harm to your reputation. Before you try to fix an industry, play their game and do as they do—because otherwise the industry will shun you. Think of your startup like a doctor: You have to learn all about the human body before you can fully diagnose and fix a problem. The struggles we faced as the newest brokers in New York City helped mold us into the people we are today, and hopefully will help other young startups on their journeys too. Lead photo courtesy of Bigstock Photo via Stephen Moyers How to Meet the Demands of the Socially Conscio… How to Cultivate the Skill of Being a Creative … aron susman How Connected Communities Can Bolster Your Busi… Related Posts Tags:#business#business model#Guest Posts AI Will Empower Leaders, Not Replace Them