Without WR Duke Williams, Auburn must trust new faces

first_imgAuburn wide receiver D'haquille Williams looks to a coach for drill instructions during an NCAA college football practice, Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015, in Auburn, Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)Auburn wide receiver D’haquille Williams looks to a coach for drill instructions during an NCAA college football practice, Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015, in Auburn, Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)AUBURN – In May it was a one-word answer as to who Auburn quarterback Jeremy Johnson would be looking to first in a critical third-down situation.Duke.In the second week of August, the absence of D’haquille “Duke” Williams has turned that trivia question into a quandary steeped in mystery.Since Williams’ absence from the practice field Friday, Auburn has been continuing to revive a passing game without its leading receiver. Williams was again not on the field during Auburn’s first scrimmage Monday.Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn confirmed Saturday the basics of why the preseason All-Southeastern Conference wide receiver was noticeably absent from practice but refused to elaborate further when asked about the details of Williams’ infraction.“He had a discipline issue that we’re taking care of and when he takes care of that, he’ll be back on the field,” Malzahn said. “I’ll make that decision. I will let you know when he’ll be back. Bottom line, nobody is bigger than the team around here and that’s between me and him.”Until Malzahn signals for Williams’ return, the search to replace his production starts with an unproven set of receivers eager to make an impact.The next returning receiver with the second highest amount of catches is senior Ricardo Louis with 21 and junior Marcus Davis with 13. Neither of Louis and Davis have more than five starts in a season.Louis, who at 6-foot-2, 215 pounds, does resemble Williams in height and weight, is trying to establish himself as more than a possession threat in Malzahn’s tempo offense.“I’m a senior, I’m a leader and when things like that happen, somebody has to step up and that’s my responsibility,” Louis said after the scrimmage Monday. “Nobody has to tell me that Ricardo you have to step up.”Louis leads a group of senior receivers that includes Melvin Ray and converted quarterback Jonathan Wallace to have a larger role.“We talked about (Louis) raising his level and taking that next step and becoming a leader (and) he’s done that,” Malzahn said. “The good thing is we got a lot of receivers that we feel very good about.”Davis is another possible option for Johnson as the 5-foot-9 junior speedster has the ability to get yards after the catch in the middle of the field. Davis has only 36 career catches but the former high school quarterback is considered by the Tigers coaches for his ability to read coverages before he starts his routes.“He’s a guy that has done everything we’ve asked and really starting to be an impact player for us,” Malzahn said. “He wasn’t completely 100 percent last year. He’s a guy that plays banged up, he’s a tough guy and he’s closer to 100 percent now. We’re excited about him.”The reason for optimism might just be the increased in confidence with the passing game thanks to the skill set of starting quarterback Johnson. Logic suggests if Johnson, a U.S. Army All-American selection out of high school in Montgomery, is as accurate as the preseason hype suggests he is, the definition of an open receiver changes from previous seasons of Auburn offenses.“I’ve seen him make some throws that I’ve never seen any quarterback make, right on the money every time,” Louis said. “He’s consistent (and) that’s what makes him better than most of the quarterbacks I’ve seen.”Johnson, who was seen paired with Williams in stretching over the first two days of preseason practices, attempted to downplay the loss of his leading returning receiver Monday. Johnson said he wasn’t paying attention to Williams’ “discipline issue” and isn’t aware of what it involves specifically.“That’s not my responsibility,” Johnson said. “I’m just leaving that to him and coach, but I feel really good about all the other receivers.”Regardless of when or if Williams returns to the field, the issue that will not be solved until Auburn takes the field in the Georgia Dome on Sept. 5 is whether this has become a distraction to the Tigers national championship hopes.“This hasn’t been a distraction at all, not even a little bit,” Johnson said. “Like I said, we feel really good about the rest of the receivers we got. We got four tremendous guys that are going to help us.”last_img read more

Magical Dining Month Offerings at Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill

first_imgShare This!Magical Dining Month, an Orlando-area event, runs from August 23 to October 7, 2019 (this is an update with additional time added due to the impacts of Hurricane Dorian). At participating restaurants, for $35 per person, you can enjoy a three-course prix-fixe dinner. Although Disney-owned restaurants do not participate in this, many third-party restaurants at the Walt Disney World resort do. One restaurant that is participating this year is Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill at Disney Springs.©DisneyHere’s what you can find on the Magical Dining Month Menu.Appetizer (choose one)Late Summer Tomato Soup (garlic pecorino crouton, basil oil)Gem Lettuce Caesar Salad (ciabatta croutons, shaved Parmesan)Prince Edward Island Mussels (white wine, calabrian peppers, oregano garlic toast)Entrees (choose one)Pan Roasted Half Chicken (potato purée, roasted root vegetables)Oven Roasted Faroe Island Salmon (pearl onions, beluga lentils, sherry vinaigrette)Braised Beef Short Ribs (sunchoke purée, wild mushrooms ragu)Enhancements:Pasta Course + $10Cavatelli pasta, lamb sausage, pickled peppers, fiore de sardoGrilled 12 oz Ribeye + $10Tuscan potatoes, house made steak sauceWolfgang Puck Wine Pairing:3 courses + $304 courses + $40Desserts (choose one)Mango Tart (toasted almond crumble, coconut tapioca)Chocolate Cheesecake (toasted meringue, caramel popcorn, caramel sauce)Have you taken advantage of Magical Dining Month specials in previous years? Excited about what this year has to offer? Let us know in the comments.last_img read more

#SHRM12 Social Recruiting Session Wrap: Don’t be quick to judge

first_img But for me, the biggest personal take-away happened after the session, and in the conversations with the folks that came up to the stage to chat with the panelists. During the session, an audience member asked about the value of Pinterest as a recruiting tool.  As I recall, Jeremy indicated that he had not personally seen much usefulness there, and I made a (lame) joke about needing to delete my Pinterest account. But essentially our panel did not have much positive to say about Pinterest in the recruiting context. The last dispatch from me from #SHRM12, aka, the SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition which wrapped up yesterday from Atlanta. Where was I? Oh, yeah, wrapping up the final day at #SHRM12 which for me was highlighted by the panel discussion I was fortunate to be asked to moderate, titled ‘Is Social Recruiting Really Working?’ and that featured industry leaders and experts Robert Hohman, CEO of Glassdoor.com, industry analyst and legend John Sumser, and Jeremy Langhans, who leads Global Brand and Talent Attraction for Expedia. But after the session an audience member, someone in Talent Acquisition from a major retail brand that you have absolutely heard of, told us that for them, Pinterest was, in her words, ‘gold’. The kinds of people that the brand would want to find and connect with were all over Pinterest, were really engaged, and definitely wanted more interaction and communication with the brand. So while for us guys on the panel, laughing off Pinterest might have made sense from our limited world view, but for this major organization, the platform is starting to represent an increasingly important source for recruiting. Every organization’s experience, approach, and results in social recruiting is going to be unique. While there are some general guiding principles and leading practices that are emerging, (and we talked about many of them on the panel), there are no true and repeatable recipes for success that will be successful in all situations. One size does not fit all. In fact, it hardly fits anyone. It was, I thought, a really good discussion overall, with some insights, shared experiences, and even a few laughs – particularly when Jeremy was getting talking points texted to him during the session! Aside: which major industry event will be the first one to actually adopt as its ‘official’ name the event hash tag? It would be kind of cool to see SHRM or some other organization to just drop the tired and formal sounding ‘Conference and Exposition’ part and just go with #SHRM12 as the event name. It was a good lesson to learn, and I am thankful for the attendee who shared her view with us after the session. The panel discussion was, I think, pretty lively from the start. It took about three minutes before the panelists were (respectfully) disagreeing with each other, which I’ve always felt is one sign of an interesting panel discussion. As the panelists stepped through and discussed some of the common perceptions and assumptions surrounding social media for recruiting, several common themes and best practices did start to emerge:  the need for organizations to be more open and committed to engaging with candidates on social platforms, that trusting your employees to fairly portray the brand message is paramount, and that HR and Recruiting can — and should — work closely with their internal social media experts in Marketing and PR to help define, tune, and communicate the brand message. The bigger point? Thanks again to the panel members, and to the team at Glassdoor.com for making the panel possible, and for including me in the event. And I promise, no more on #SHRM12 from me!last_img read more

Loss Prevention Jobs in Wisconsin

first_imgOKKohl’sCustomer Transactions InvestigatorMenomonee Falls, WICorporate/ExecutiveFull-time12/05/2018WalmartAsset Protection AssociateFond Du Lac, WIStore LevelFull-time12/05/2018Kohl’sPart Time Loss Prevention Guard – 1st & 2nd ShiftsMenomonee Falls, WICorporate/ExecutiveFull-time12/05/2018To find more jobs, in Wisconsin and around the country, click here to search the LPjobs website, the premiere online source for loss prevention employment and e-recruiting.(This post was published in 2017 and is regularly updated.)- Sponsor – [text_ad use_post=’2385′] Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Motorcycle Gang Behind $200K Theft Ring That Targeted Stores in Multiple States

first_imgNine members and associates of a New Orleans-based motorcycle gang have admitted using stolen U-Haul trucks to steal over $200,000 in motorcycles and 4-wheelers from shops in Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana.Beginning in February 2017, members and friends of the East Side Wheelie Kings in New Orleans, stole from motorcycle shops in Alabama and Louisiana and in over five Mississippi counties, according to Assistant US Attorney Kathlyn Van Buskirk.The thieves loaded the stolen bikes on to U-Haul trucks, then transported them back to New Orleans to sell on Instagram and other Internet sites… Sun Herald- Sponsor – Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

WikiLeaks’ Assange arrested at Ecuador embassy in London

first_img(AP) – Police in London say they’ve arrested WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange at the Ecuadorean embassy on a court warrant dating back to 2012.In a statement Thursday, police said Assange has been taken into “custody at a central London police station where he will remain, before being presented before Westminster Magistrates’ Court as soon as is possible.”Assange hasn’t left the embassy since August 2012 for fear that if he steps off Ecuador’s diplomatic soil he will be arrested and extradited to the U.S. for publishing thousands of classified military and diplomatic cables through WikiLeaks.last_img read more

Trump lifts sanctions on Turkey, says cease-fire permanent

first_img(AP) — President Donald Trump said Wednesday he will lift sanctions on Turkey after the NATO ally agreed to permanently stop fighting Kurdish forces in Syria and he defended his decision to withdraw American troops.“We’re getting out,” Trump said at the White House, asserting that tens of thousands of Kurdish lives were saved as the result of his actions.“Let someone else fight over this long, blood-stained sand,” he said.The president, who campaigned on a promise to cease American involvement in “endless wars,” took a victory lap as he lopped the American presence inside Syria in less than a year from about 2,000 troops to a contingency force in southern Syria of 200 to 300.Lawmakers on both sides of aisle chastised the president for turning on the Syrian Kurds, whose fighters battled side by side with American troops to beat back the Islamic State group They also questioned whether the move has opened up the region to a resurgence of IS.“I am worried that a full withdrawal will create space for ISIS to regroup, grow and gain more strength,” said Michael McCaul of Texas, the lead Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee. “We learned from President Obama’s reckless retreat from Iraq that power vacuums are exploited by America’s worst enemies. We do not want to repeat the same mistake. We must learn from history.”Trump warned that if Turkey does not honor its pledge for a permanent cease-fire, he will not hesitate to reimpose sanctions. Earlier this month, Trump halted negotiations on a $100 billion trade deal with Turkey, raised steel tariffs back up to 50% and imposed sanctions on three senior Turkish officials and Turkey’s defense and energy ministries.“The job of our military is not to police the world,” Trump said. “Other nations must step up and do their fair share. Today’s breakthrough is a critical step in that direction.”Trump earlier in October ordered the bulk of the approximately 1,000 U.S. troops in Syria to withdraw after Turkey’s president, Recep Tayipp Erdogan, told Trump in a phone call that Turkish forces were set to invade northeastern Syria. Turkey’s goal was to push back the U.S.-allied Kurdish fighters. Turkey views the Kurds as terrorists and an ever-present threat along its southern border with Syria.The U.S. pullout was seen as an abandonment of Kurdish fighters, who have incurred thousands of casualties as they fought with U.S. forces against the Islamic State militants.The U.S. troops left, but the conflict was not without repercussions.Trump’s critics say he gave up American influence in the region and signaled to future allies that the United States is no longer a reliable partner. More than 176,000 people have been displaced by the Turkish offensive and about 500 IS fighters gained freedom during the conflict.“There were a few that got out, a small number relatively speaking,” Trump said. “They’ve been largely recaptured.”Turkey is taking control of areas of Syria that it captured in its invasion. Russian and Syrian forces are now overseeing the rest of the border region, leaving the United States with little influence in the region.Trump said he would “bring our soldiers home” from Syria, but then recalibrated and his administration plans to shift more than 700 to western Iraq. Those troops, however, do not have permission to stay in Iraq permanently. Iraq’s defense minister, Najah al-Shammari, told The Associated Press that the U.S. troops will leave the country within four weeks.Defense Secretary Mark Esper visited the Iraqi capital on Wednesday, a day after Russia and Turkey reached an agreement that would send their forces along nearly the entire northeastern border to fill the void left when U.S. forces left. Between 200 and 300 U.S. troops will remain at the southern Syrian outpost of Al-Tanf.Under the new agreement, much of that territory would be handed over to U.S. rivals.The biggest winners are Turkey and Russia. Turkey would get sole control over areas of the Syrian border captured in its invasion. Turkish, Russian and Syrian government forces would oversee the rest of the border region. America’s former U.S. allies, the Kurdish fighters, are hoping Russia and Syria will preserve some pieces of the Syrian Kurdish autonomy in the region.“In the blink of an eye, President Trump has undone over five years of progress against the Islamic State,” said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.last_img read more

SITA Standardizes on Intel® Xeon® for a Flexible Cloud Computing Environment

first_imgAirline communications and IT provider SITA wanted to enhance business flexibility by building a cloud computing infrastructure with the scalability to meet growing demands and the flexibility to accommodate the fast-changing air transport industry. It also wanted to define a  reference architecture for running mission-critical solutions that could deliver the performance to process complex transactions with low latency. Finally, it needed to make sure its infrastructure was efficient enough to reduce operating expenses and keep transaction costs low.The solution was IBM BladeCenter* servers with the Intel® Xeon® processor 5600 series, which SITA chose as the reference architecture for its cloud computing environment and its grid-based international fares pricing solution.“Using IBM BladeCenter servers with the Intel Xeon processor 5600 series enables us to provide a tremendous amount of processing performance in a highly compressed footprint,” explained Chris Lofton, head of technology planning for SITA. “We are delivering better performance for mission-critical applications while substantially reducing our infrastructure.”For details, read our new SITA business success story. As always, you can find this one, and many more, in the Intel.com Reference Room and IT Center.*Other names and brands may be claimed as the property of others.last_img read more

In and around your city

first_imgA checklist on where to eat and what to shop for.Restaurants Bakes and moreCookery shows on TV have effortlessly brought words like fondants, butter cream and gum paste into common parlance, but the newly opened Buttercupp-A Cupcake Shoppe, actually brings them into your home. The shop is retro in its,A checklist on where to eat and what to shop for.RestaurantsBakes and moreCookery shows on TV have effortlessly brought words like fondants, butter cream and gum paste into common parlance, but the newly opened Buttercupp-A Cupcake Shoppe, actually brings them into your home. The shop is retro in its decor and restaurateur couple Amar and Darshini Patel serve the quintessential American cupcake here-complete with a mountain of frosting and more than 20 flavours to choose from.The Oreo cupcake is the undisputed favourite, whereas other popular flavours include banana foster (made with banana and yoghurt), tiramisu, pink crush strawberry, lemon, classic vanilla and chocolate. All the flavours are fresh and cakes moist. Servings are generous, and the cupcakes are crammed full of chocolate chips, Oreo biscuits and bananas respectively, which gives them a unique flavour. Order a day in advance, and you can get a lowfat, dairy free, or low cholesterol batch.Price: Rs 60 per cupcake; fondant cakes (Rs1,200 per kg) are made on order. At: Advait Complex, Sandesh Press Road, Bodakdev, Ahmedabad. Tel: 079 40325838.-Devika ChaturvediNew in townKitsch me quick!Up the quirk quotient of your home with a visit to stylish new store, Nimbu Mirchi-from cushions with silly messages and naughty glasses with Bollywood dialogues to coasters and a lot more, there is no end to the goodies on offer here. There is also a section piled with funky bags for those days when only something eclectic will do. Men will be spoilt for choice here, with their collection of cotton shirts with whacky messages for just Rs 450 and kurtas in varied colours.Price: From Rs 250 to Rs 5,000. At: 21, Shantisadan Society, World Business House lane, Ahmedabad. Tel: 079 40009215.StuffadvertisementDecor essentialPerfect for decorating your home or gifting a loved one, this exclusive collection is specially designed for women. Their range of products includes jewellry boxes, statues and photo frames. Price: On request. At: @home store, Centre Square, Vadodara.Tel: 09429827876; 0265 2702743.Bag apart Hidesign has come out with a new range-their SS12 collection that exudes fresh colours, new combinations and clean, crisp lines. Price: Rs 1,295 onwards. At: Hidesign Store, CG Road, Ahmedabad. Tel: 079 2702743.Spunk it up Check out the new range of sporty and comfortable footwear by Activ. Keeping in mind the athletic silhouette, the collection includes round-toed ballets and lace detailed sport shoes. Price: Rs 990 onwards. At: All Metro Shoes and Mochi Outlets.The Bollywood way Add some desi masala to your home with these signboards featuring whacky messages inspired from iconic Bollywood dialogues, songs and scenes from Indian Hippy’s online store. Price: Rs 1,500 onwards.Available at: Hippy.inGadgetsCooler Master XORNETThis new gaming mouse is aimed at casual gamers and its ergonomic design makes it comfortable to use for long gaming sessions. It is also lined with special sweat-proof rubber due to which the movements of the mouse are more precise and tactical. Price: Rs 2,499.Technogym VarioA must-have for fitness enthusiasts, the Vario enables the user to perform a wide range of exercises. Go in for a complete workout or just concentrate on strengthening a particular part of your body. Vario also allows you to determine and measure the movement, the stride, length and shape of your body while working out. Price: TBA.Sennheiser CX 215 Sennheiser electronics have come out with their latest CX 215 ear phones. These stylish ear-canal headphones are available in five trendy colours. It features an innovative design and enables a powerful sound experience. Price: Rs 1,990.Bravia HX925 LED Sony India has launched its biggest screen size yet, the 65 inch Bravia HX925 LED TV powered by X-reality PRO engine, intelligent peak LED and motion flow technology. This monolithic TV has sleek lines and high-quality finishing. The TV comes with a Skype camera and two pairs of 3D glasses. Price: Rs 3,59,900.LG Inverter V Air conditionerThe inverter V compressor is faster than conventional ACs and has the world’s lowest noise level for ACs at only 19 decibels. The compressor’s speed adjusts itself constantly which helps in maintaining desired temperature levels at all times. Price: Rs 42,990.Stellar Phoenix Mac Data Recovery 5 Don’t fret if you have lost important files in your computer, as the Phoenix Mac Data Recovery 5 can recover any lost, missing or deleted files and folders. Price: Rs 4,950.Available at Croma, Himalaya Mall, Ahmedabad; A-233/234, Platinum Plaza, Ahmedabad; Mobile Gallery 1, Satkar Complex, B/H Swagat Complex, C G Road, Ahmedabad.Gadget reviews by India Today G&G www.gadgetsngizmos.inlast_img read more

Bid On The Chance To Meet Garth Brooks

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