AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Personal problems Indianapolis Colts cornerback Nick Harper’s wife was jailed Saturday night on charges of cutting him with a knife, a sheriff said. Hamilton County Sheriff Doug Carter said Daniell Harper, 31, was being held without bond on charges of battery with a deadly weapon and criminal recklessness. Nick Harper was treated for a knee injury at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis. His injuries were not life-threatening, Carter said. Harper, a starter, was listed as questionable for today’s AFC divisional playoff game against Pittsburgh. Earlier Saturday, Colts spokesman Craig Kelley said Harper had required stitches in his knee following an “accident.” He said he had no other details. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Now that the Seahawks have advanced to their first NFC championship game, the big question is whether Shaun Alexander will be able to play. The NFL MVP missed the last three-plus quarters of the Seahawks’ 20-10 playoff win over the Washington Redskins on Saturday after sustaining a concussion. Alexander was hit in the side of the head as he was falling during a 1-yard loss. Washington defensive tackle Cornelius Griffin immediately signaled to the Seattle sideline for medical attention for Alexander, who was face down on the turf while propped up on both knees. Griffin made the initial hit into Alexander’s legs that brought down the league rushing champion. As Alexander left the field at halftime, with his coat still on and hood still up, he flashed an “OK” sign to fans before he entered the tunnel to the locker room. But he was declared out moments later. Coaching corner New York Jets general manager Terry Bradway and several team officials will interview Patriots defensive coordinator Eric Mangini today in Foxborough, Mass., then will talk to former Vikings coach Mike Tice on Monday at team headquarters in Long Island, N.Y. Though it is believed Mangini, 35, is interested in taking the job should it be offered to him, a wild card is Patriots coach Bill Belichick. The two are close, and Belichick left the Jets in 2000 after one day as coach. Belichick has talked Mangini out of taking jobs before, so that could be a factor again. Buffalo Bills general manager Marv Levy clarified Saturday that he’s not a candidate for the vacant coaching job, while Jim Haslett and the team have had preliminary contact about the post. “I want to say unequivocally that I am here to serve as the general manager/football operations,” Levy said in a statement on the team’s Web site. The Bills declined comment on Haslett.
Businesses across Donegal still have one week to enter the Donegal Business Awards. Application forms and competition guidelines can be downloaded at www.localenterprise.ie/Donegal and the closing date for entry is Wednesday 10th February 2016.Serial entrepreneur, Padraig O’Ceidigh will be the guest speaker at this year’s Donegal Business Awards. The Connemara man, synonymous with Aer Arann, will also host a boot-camp with finalists during Donegal Business Week, which runs from Monday 7th to Friday,11th March 2016.The Donegal Business Awards are celebrating 20 years of business in Donegal this year. Over the last two decades, the awards have recognised and honoured innovation and entrepreneurial flair within the county. Firmly established as one of Donegal’s most prestigious business accolades, the Donegal Business Awards are open to every business, operating in any sector, which is based in Donegal and employs less than 50 full time staff.Commenting on the awards, Padraig O’Ceidigh (pictured) said: “I’m delighted to be guest speaker at the Donegal Business Awards, particularly in their 20th year, and I’d like to congratulate everyone at the Donegal Local Enterprise Office on reaching such a great milestone. These awards shine a light on best practice and innovation, recognising people and businesses in Donegal that are constantly evolving and improving their service and customer offering. I’m particularly looking forward to hosting the finalists’ boot-camp as part of Donegal Business Week and would like to take this opportunity to wish all of the entrants the very best of luck”. Adding to this, Michael Tunney, Head of Enterprise at the Donegal LEO, said: “We’re delighted that Padraig O’Ceidigh is hosting our finalist boot camp this year and we’re excited to be able to share his knowledge and expertise with our finalists.“The Donegal Business Awards celebrate Donegal’s best and brightest in business and we’re proud to have built such a strong platform for businesses in Donegal, helping them to showcase their achievements. There’s still time for businesses to submit their entries for this year’s awards and I would encourage them to do so – judging by the calibre of the entries that we have received to date, 2016 promises to be another great year.”Ionad Cois Locha in Dunlewey and FM Services Group in Letterkenny were among the first winners of the inaugural Donegal Business Awards in 1997.Reminiscing on the experience, managing director of FM Services Group, Annette Houston, said: “We have very fond memories of winning this award but can hardly believe it was so long ago. Our business was only operational a few years when we entered the Donegal Business Awards and we were extremely proud and over-the-moon to win. It was a great springboard for us and we would wholly recommend entering the awards to any business.”The Donegal Business Awards are celebrating 20 years of business in Donegal this year. To mark the milestone, Head of Enterprise at Donegal’s LEO, Michael Tunney and his colleagues Ursula Donnelly and Eve-Anne McCarron were joined by Doris Doherty, Ionad Cois Locha, Dunlewey and Annette Houston, Managing Director of FM Services Group, who were among the first winners of the inaugural Donegal Business Awards in 1997.The awards are presented in a number of categories, with the winner of overall ‘Donegal Business of the Year’ receiving a prize of €2,500. The winners of ‘Best Start-Up’ (18 months or less), ‘Best New Business Idea’ and ‘Best Established Business’ (over 18 months), will each receive a prize of €1,500. On the day, one of the finalists will be named as the chosen business to represent Donegal at the National Enterprise Awards’ Final.The winners of the Donegal Business Awards will be announced at a business lunch on Friday, 11th March, 2016 in The Villa Rose Hotel in Ballybofey. This event will mark the culmination of Donegal Business Week, which runs from Monday, 7th to Friday, 11th March, 2016. For more information on the LEO and the Donegal Business Awards, visit www.localenterprise.ie/Donegal or contact Ursula DonnellyJUST ONE WEEK LEFT TO ENTER THE DONEGAL BUSINESS AWARDS! was last modified: February 3rd, 2016 by StephenShare 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:Donegal Business Awards
Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ RANKED REPLY Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade ADVICE Reading and Nottingham Forest have both been fined after admitting a Football Association charge concerning player conduct.The charge is related to last weekend’s Championship match between the pair which ended in a 2-0 win for the Royals at their Madejski Stadium home.Forest finished with just nine men, as Danny Fox was dismissed for two cautions before Tendayi Darikwa was shown a straight red card in the final 10 minutes.Reading must pay £5,000, while Forest have been handed a £10,000 fine, a Football Association statement confirmed.“Reading and Nottingham Forest have been fined £5,000 and £10,000 respectively after both clubs admitted an FA charge of failing to ensure that their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion,” the statement read.“It related to their conduct during the 62nd minute of their league game on 12 January 2019.”The incident in question came moments before Fox’s dismissal, with a melee breaking out between players from both teams after a wild challenge by Daryl Murphy, the Forest striker. REVEALED Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions huge blow Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Latest Football News BEST OF shining REVEALED no dice Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury MONEY Murphy and Forest team-mate Jack Robinson were booked for their part in the scuffle, as well as Reading defender Liam Moore, while Fox was given his marching orders after being shown a second yellow.Forest, who were under the caretaker charge of Simon Ireland, host Bristol City this weekend in the first match of Martin O’Neill’s reign as manager.The Northern Irishman, who spent 10 years at the City Ground as a player, was brought in as the successor to Aitor Karanka earlier this week.
Ayr United manager Ian McCall hopes to be in the dugout when his side play Rangers in the Scottish Cup this weekend, despite undergoing an eye operation.McCall spent time in hospital this week, and has missed training with the players but is aiming to be in place when United look to pull off an upset at Somerset Park.United assistant manager Neil Scally has made sure that the League One promotion hopefuls are well prepared to face the Premiership side but the club are hopeful that McCall can be in place for the televised cup match.Striker Michael Moffat says McCall’s absence hasn’t affected preparations. “There’s enough experience in the squad and obviously the assistant manager just took over,” he said. “He takes the training most of the time anyway. “Things have just been normal but without him shouting at us. “The side have beaten Banks O’Dee and Arbroath to reach this stage of the competition.
After a week of gray cloudy skies followed by two days of freezing cold weather and snow flurries, it was wonderful to wake up this morning to clear blue skies and a bright shining sun. Which meant I spent most of my day birdwatching, looking for:Whooping Crane (found it!)Golden Eagle (no luck)Migrating waterfowlSandhill Cranes (hundreds!)Birds that overwinter in MichiganI had a successful day! Driving down a back road in Jackson County in southeast Michigan, peering at Mallards on a shallow small lake, I spotted this beautiful Red-tailed Hawk perched on a snag. The hawk didn’t seem to mind when I slowed down to take a few pictures. And then it turned its head around and flew off into the field beyond the tree. I’m thinking it found a late lunch. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedPhoto of the Week: Autumn Grasses and WeedsFor the day after Thanksgiving, our family took a walk in the woods at Kensington Metro Park near Milford, Michigan. It was the perfect way to enjoy the afternoon: relatively warm autumn weather, bright sunshine, and an escape from the constant Black Friday sales promotions. Not many birds to be…In “Nature”Photo of the Week: Winter Rainbow at Lake Erie MetroparkDid you see it? Look in the sky, to the left of the pond. I was expecting another hawk. Or perhaps a Great Blue Heron slowly winging its way across the early morning sky at Lake Erie Metropark on the northeastern shore of Lake Erie. I was surprised by what…In “Michigan”Photo of the Week: Migrating Sandhill CranesYou would think that the first major cold spell in November, with snow squalls and temperatures in the mid-twenties, would keep most people inside enjoying a hot beverage on a gray, fall cloudy day. Not me! I was out searching for Sandhill Cranes browsing the cornfields in southeast Michigan before…In “Michigan”
Has Anyone Seen My Keys?? Yakima police are looking for a man and woman who robbed one mini-mart and possibly tried to rob a second one over the weekend. A couple with their faces covered entered a convenience store, but when the store clerk ran to another room they left without any money, according to police. They also said store cameras captured a picture of one of the robbers, who had removed his mask when he returned to the store for car keys that had been left behind. The pair was last seen in a silver 2000 BMW four-door with chrome rims and blue-tinted headlights, the release said. Anyone with information should call 911.Sex Toys, Earrings and a $29 Engagement Ring… Who Says Romance Is Dead?? A Michigan man who proposed to his girlfriend at Walmart, then allegedly stole sex toys from a nearby business and fell asleep while tying his shoes is in more trouble after missing a court date. William J. Cornelius Jr., 25, was scheduled to appear before a district judge to accept or reject a plea offer. Cornelius failed to show, though. The couple’s romantic evening began with them visiting Walmart where he bought an engagement ring for $29.62, then asked a customer service worker to read a proposal note over the public address system, asking his girlfriend to marry him. Before leaving Walmart, she allegedly stole a pair of gold earrings and a silver necklace say police. The couple then went to Spencer’s Gifts where sheriff’s deputies allege they stole a watch, an edible thong, a sex toy, panties and sex candy valued at $80.93. They fled the store before deputies’ arrival, but the woman was found walking between Bob Evans and Taco Bell, followed by a Spencer’s employee. Deputies found Cornelius in the mall’s food court, asleep at a table with the laces of his shoes between his fingers, records show. They found the purloined Spencer’s items on him.A Charitable Norwegian Real Estate Broker Vemund Thorkildsenis being praised after he found almost $40,000 hidden underneath the fireplace of his new apartment and donated all of it to a charity. Thorkildsen told The Associated Press on Tuesday that he made the discovery as he showed his newly purchased Oslo apartment to a friend two weeks ago. After the story was first reported by Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet on Monday he has been flooded with phone calls, text messages and comments on social media from friends and strangers complementing him for his honesty. “A lot of people say that they would have done the same thing and that’s good to hear,” Thorkildsen said. “That gives you faith in humanity.”- Sponsor – Protecting the “Crown Jewels” Students have invented “Crown Jewels Underwear” to protect men from mobile phone radiation that could reduce their sperm count. A recent Israeli study showed electromagnetic radiation from phones can damage male virility. To combat the rays, graduates from Munich Business School in Germany designed boxers with material incorporating silver wire, which blocks the radiation pulses. The inventors are Peer-Boy Matthiesen, 34, Daniel Herter, 31, Nick Piepenburg, 31, and Berno Delius, also 31, all graduates from the Munich Business school. All say they now wear the anti-radiation shorts under their trousers. “The initial sales have been encouraging, certainly enough for us to keep going. It is a project from the heart,” said Piepenburg. “Dumb Burglar” Drops ID at Crime Scene Someone snuck into Parrish Mitchell’s garage in downtown Macon and stole a $300 leaf blower. But something the culprit left behind may prove more valuable to the police. About daybreak, Mitchell, noticed someone had been in his garage. He looked around at his tools and other belongings and didn’t see anything else missing. Then he saw something on the floor: a wallet. Mitchell handed it and the wallet to the cops. “When you leave your ID at the scene of the crime and then try to return to the scene of the crime to retrieve your ID, and then still don’t steal anything else, it’s like, ‘How dumb can you be?’” He was still on the lam Wednesday afternoon, but was already facing the music thanks to Mitchell’s wife. They’d snapped a picture of the driver’s license before giving it to the police. Mitchell’s wife posted the photo on social media. “Facebook justice,” Mitchell said, “is always fun.” Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox. Sign up now
It seems increasingly clear that innovation is the difference maker in today’s great retail shakeout. Success—and perhaps even survival—rests squarely upon it.But innovation in today’s world of retail is not a singular thing. There is no one model to follow. No universal blueprint. What works for one retailer might doom another. So, if successful innovation will look completely different from store to store, are there any commonalities to success at all?One requirement, it would seem clear, is custom configuration of the business tools that retailers use to drive their businesses forward. If smart innovation will look different for every retailer, then the way in which it utilizes technology to get there must be equally unique.- Sponsor – Rhett Asher“How a customer uses data has to be totally configurable to fit their needs,” explained Rhett Asher, vice president of strategy at ThinkLP, which makes global loss prevention and safety management software. “No one retailer needs to examine their data in the same way that another retailer should.”Each retail organization needs to be able to visualize and manipulate data in ways that are efficient for them and actionable for their business, explained Asher—and the ability to personalize visualization must extend beyond selecting from a pre-determined list of options that a developer thought up. “With our platform you can absolutely shape it to look any way that you want,” he said. “You can even define a different experience for different groups of users based on what matters most to them in the platform.”Simplicity and ease of configuration is at the core of ThinkLP’s intelligent software platform for audit management, incident tracking, data manipulation, analytics, case management, and more. Every system administrator has the power to personalize the platform for their organization. For an LP industry that is in transition, ThinkLP is providing a critical foundation for LP teams to improve their relevance and forge new value. As one restaurant industry LP Executive explained, “we’re using ThinkLP to manage our cases and incidents, but we’re also using it to help our LP team show value to the company by capturing their KPI’s.”Centralize your data and empower your LP & Safety teams. From cases to audits to metrics to everything, ThinkLP is your intelligent Loss Prevention software platform.“That configurability is our differentiator,” said Asher. “You must be able to manipulate and correlate data in a million ways, so you can identify inefficiencies, be more productive, and produce truly informative reports that drive better performance.” For retailers, that is making all the difference. “ThinkLP has really changed the game for us. Before, we were using a system that wasn’t able to give us what we needed but ThinkLP has delivered and exceeded our expectations and continues to exceed them on a daily basis,” explained an LP Executive who made the switch to ThinkLP three years ago. “Since implementing, we have had no problems getting the information we need. Not only that but retaining the information and disseminating it– the reports, the charts, the dashboards, everything ThinkLP offers makes my job very easy.”Most importantly, said Asher, it’s entirely up to the customer how they use ThinkLP. They can use it for a few specialized functions or just about everything. It’s all available. “Our customers can make this as robust or as simple as they want,” said Asher. “It’s just a matter of ‘point, click, and drag’ to shape it in whatever way makes sense, to create whatever report is needed.Configurability isn’t only important at the corporate and department levels. It should extend all the way down to individual users. “Even within the same team, no one person needs a dashboard that looks exactly like someone else’s,” said Asher. “It’s important to be able to create those custom views.”CooperationCustom configuration is one common key to innovation; cooperation is another. LP leaders repeatedly emphasize the importance of relationship reciprocity and building bridges between LP and business partners.At one fast-growing discount retailer, for example, ThinkLP’s software was brought in for case management in loss prevention but gradually grew into other areas. Now, distribution centers use it to report accidents and thefts, stores to report pricing discrepancies, and promotions to track and report sales performance. LP also worked with the operations team to build a routine audit tool into the LP software for its use. This is how LP needs to approach innovation within their departments, advised the company’s LP director: by looking for LP solutions that can also drive companywide innovation.Asher wasn’t surprised by the retailer’s creative use of its platform. ThinkLP typically serves LP departments initially, but it’s often just a starting point. “The more data you put in, the more valuable it becomes, as you start to correlate information between departments,” Asher explained. “We’re constantly polling our customers and learning about new ways they’re using it. We find human resource departments using it to track management vacancies in stores. We have clients use it for tracking productivity issues and losses, and for scheduling armored car pick-ups, and tracking. Any area where you want insight into data.”Carter’s, Inc., Senior Director of Asset Protection for North America, David Shugan, uses ThinkLP across multiple teams to solve complex issues. “I’ve had a lot of opportunities to try a lot of products throughout the years but my number one LP product to work with is ThinkLP. It should be called ‘ThinkExtra’ because of everything it can do. My LP teams, HR teams, real estate teams, and field teams all use it.”CultureFor a retailer to withstand future challenges, perhaps nothing is more important than its company culture—and the brand reputation that emanates from it. Culture isn’t typically as big a business driver for companies that build business tools, but it’s the primary force behind ThinkLP. “One of our customers had a line in their signature that spelled out “Together Everyone Achieves More”. ThinkLP employees practice this every day, and it just happens organically. We truly are a team. I love it and our customers love it,” explained Tim Read, Global Account Executive at ThinkLP. Program Manager Shelley Cowan added, “ThinkLP is the first organization where I have felt incredibly valued and part of a phenomenal team which leaves me feeling very passionate about helping the company and our clients succeed.”Since its inception 8 years ago, the company has been content to focus on building a valuable product out of the industry’s spotlight, but now it’s ready to announce itself and become more than ‘that great company that few people know about,’ said Asher. “It’s really a super organization of great people, who follow a people-first and business-second approach, where relationships are the most important thing,” explained Asher. “We’re all about being a true partner to the industry, and not a random vendor. We’re passionate and committed to helping drive the industry forward, and now we’re announcing to people that we’re here and ready to help.” Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox. Sign up now
Microsoft SharePoint 2010 is due to be officially announced tomorrow, but thanks to early beta releases and a constant stream of news coverage, the announcement is a bit anti-climatic. Analysts and early adopters have been kicking the tires for a while.Last month Forrester Research issued a report that looked at one aspect of SharePoint that has them concerned: the large number of enterprises that are trying to use SharePoint as a Business Process Managment (BPM) platform. The report cautions that SharePoint is targeting collaboration in the enterprise, not BPM. The report says: “Despite Microsoft’s best attempts to position the SharePoint platform for content and collaboration, many people still see it as a [BPM] platform. The process management features of SharePoint 2010 are better than MOSS 2007, but they’re more limited than most modern BPM suites”.When polled by Forrester, 47 percent of 220 IT departments said that they are deploying SharePoint as their primary BPM platform. And that’s a problem. The report cautions that SharePoint is best used for very simple tracking-type applications, but when trying to apply it to enterprise BPM there is typically way too much custom code required to model the process, which ultimately eliminates many of the benefits SharePoint might have as a BPM platform.The report says that “SharePoint works best where the process scope is departmental in nature, or where applications rely on highly representative procedures. While it is also possible to link in external sources of enterprise data (such as a back-end SAP system), the issues arise when these processes span SharePoint site collections. Assuming a top-down regime, plan on using the administrative features of SharePoint to control enterprisewide deployments.”CMSWire explains much of SharePoint’s problem with BPM boils down to the software architecture used within SharePoint. “The big culprit that limits SharePoint for BPM solutions is its underlying architecture. SharePoint uses Windows Workflow Foundation (WP), which supports only two process patterns: sequence and machine state. This results in SharePoint working best on the procedural end of the process spectrum, while most SharePoint deployments are focused on on the opposite end — as practices.”
Vint Cerf, a “father of the Internet” and now Google Vice President, is warning that we’re at risk of losing massive amounts data to future generations. Our current culture might well become a “digital dark age” mystery to historians.Cerf said that “when you think about the quantity of documentation from our daily lives that is captured in digital form, like our interactions by email, people’s tweets, and all of the World Wide Web, it’s clear that we stand to lose an awful lot of our history. We are nonchalantly throwing all of our data into what could become an information black hole without realizing it. We digitize things because we think we will preserve them, but what we don’t understand is that unless we take other steps, those digital versions may not be any better, and may even be worse, than the artifacts that we digitized. If there are photos you really care about, print them out.”‘Bit Rot’ may be part of the problem. As hardware and software continues to evolve at a breakneck speed obsoleting older less-efficient technologies, data not migrated forward to be stored with newer technologies are at risk of being irrecoverably lost. Storage media and today’s proprietary file formats may not be accessible in the future.In 2007, the Storage Networking Industry Association offered a plan to build a “100 year archive”, but it was never implemented. The problem is that right now the problem doesn’t seem urgent and no company, group or agency that sees any incentive for funding such a project.Cerf said that “we don’t want our digital lives to fade away. If we want to preserve them, we need to make sure that the digital objects we create today can still be rendered far into the future.”
The IRS has issued updated 2018 withholding tables that reflect the changes made by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (P.L. 115-97). The new law makes numerous changes affecting individual taxpayers in 2018. The new tables reflect the increased standard deduction, repeal of personal exemptions and changes in tax rates and brackets. The IRS designed the updated 2018 withholding tables to work with previously filed Forms W-4. Therefore, employees do not need to complete new Forms W-4 now.Updated 2018 Withholding TablesThe updated tables provide the new withholding rates for employers to use during 2018. Employers should begin using the updated 2018 withholding tables as soon as possible, but no later than February 15, 2018. Employers should continue to use the old withholding tables until they implement the new ones.Less WithholdingAccording to the IRS, many employees will see increases in their paychecks under the updated 2018 withholding tables. Employees will begin to see the changes as the new tables are implemented by employers. In addition, the IRS noted that the new tables are designed to produce the correct amount of tax withholding. The IRS aimed at avoiding over-and under-withholding as much as possible.Proper WithholdingTo help taxpayers determine their proper withholding, the IRS is revising its withholding tax calculator on IRS.gov. The revised calculator should be available by the end of February. The revised calculator will reflect not only the increased standard deduction, repeal of personal exemptions and changes in tax rates and brackets, but also the changes in available itemized deductions, increases in the child tax credit, the new dependent credit and repeal of the dependent exemption.Finally, the IRS anticipates making further changes involving withholding for 2019. The IRS will work with the business and payroll community to encourage workers to file new Forms W-4 next year and share information on changes in the new tax law that impact withholding.IR-2018-5Treasury Department News Release, TDNR SM-0249IRS Withholding Tables Frequently Asked QuestionsNotice 1036: Early Release Copies of the 2018 Percentage Method Tables for Income Tax Withholding Login to read more tax news on CCH® AnswerConnect or CCH® Intelliconnect®.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.