Barrios Earns Third Women’s Basketball Weekly Award

first_img2017-18 Southland Women’s Basketball Week 15 Notes (PDF)FRISCO, Texas – Nicholls junior guard Cassidy Barrios is the Southland Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week, the league announced Monday. Southland Players of the Week are presented by UniversalCoin.com. Women’s Basketball Player of the Week – Cassidy Barrios, Nicholls – Jr. – Guard – Raceland. La.Barrios increased her Southland-best double-double total to 12 overall, leading Nicholls to a pair of convincing wins last week. She averaged 23.5 points, 10.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 3.0 steals and 2.5 blocks while shooting 58 percent from the field and hitting all 15 free throws. The junior started the week with 26 points and 11 boards in an 81-60 win against Abilene Christian, making 9 of 13 from the field including three triples. In the 63-45 win against Houston Baptist, she had another double-double and blocked four shots to tie the Colonels’ single-season blocks record. Barrios is the only player in the Southland to rank in the top 10 for scoring, rebounding, assists, steals and blocks. Nicholls (11-12, 6-6 SLC) is currently on a three-game win streak heading into week 15. The Colonels hit the road to face Sam Houston State (4-18, 1-12 SLC) on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. CT on ESPN3 before heading to Conway to square off with Central Arkansas (16-7, 9-3 SLC) on Saturday at 1 p.m. This is Barrios’ third weekly honor of the 2017-18 season, having earned the award previously on Nov. 13 and Jan. 8.center_img Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on at least 25 percent of ballots. Honorable Mention: Stevi Parker, Stephen F. Austin; Kierra Jordan, Central Arkansas; Chastadie Barrs, Lamar.last_img read more

Expert seminar looks to support Donegal brand after major events

first_imgDonegal County Council is set to host a high profile seminar on Thursday 15 March in An Grianan Hotel in Burt that will explore how best to create an entrepreneurial legacy from a number of major ongoing developments that are set to benefit Inishowen and Donegal.Speaking this week, Seamus Neely Chief Executive of Donegal County Council said that he believes that Donegal has an opportunity to create an entrepreneurial legacy from major ongoing developments such as the 2018 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open, Star Wars, The Wild Atlantic Way Initiative, the development of Malin Head, the North West Greenway network and the Clipper 2017-2018 Round the World Yacht Race.Mr. Neely explains that “this seminar is being organised to provide those interested with an opportunity to explore how best we can maximise the potential of these world class events and developments for the benefit of the entire county. “It is about creating an entrepreneurial legacy that will have lasting benefits not only for the Inishowen peninsula but for county and indeed the entire North West region”.The seminar will hear from a number of expert speakers who have an indepth knowledge in this area including Eddie McKeever who is heading a research team in Donegal and Derry looking at how a sense of place influences entrepreneurship, Mark Freel a Royal Bank of Canada Professor at the Telfer School of Management specialising in innovation, entrepreneurship and economic development, Jacqueline Jackson, an expert in Leadership Learning, Janie Ash, brand marketing strategist and Joan Crawford Team Manager for Failte Ireland working on the Wild Atlantic Way.The event will explore what community enterprises, private businesses and public agencies can do to support the delivery of world-class products, services and visitor experiences under a consistent local brand, where consumers receive the same coherent message about Donegal at each point of contact.“Donegal is on the cusp of a wave when it comes to these types of development and the potential that exists is huge” says Cathaoirleach Cllr Gerry McMonagle. “This event is about reflecting on this and identifying what every key player can do to tap into the latent potential that exists.  It is about being creative and working together to seize the moment and make the most of the opportunities that are being presented to us”. He added “we have worked hard over the last number of years to get to this point, we have a strong Donegal brand and we have been strategic in our approach and one of our most important attributes is our capacity to work collaboratively and to connect in a way that adds value and is enabling.  This seminar provides us with an opportunity to reach out to all those interested in building on these achievements and creating a sustainable legacy for the region.”This seminar will take place on Thursday 15 March 2018 at 9am to 3pm in An Grianan Hotel, Burt.  Admission is free but booking is essential. Book your place at http://bit.ly/2o1PfiT .Expert seminar looks to support Donegal brand after major events was last modified: March 6th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:2018 Dubai Duty Free Irish Openentrepreneurial legacyseminarStar WarsWild Atlantic Waylast_img read more

Game On

first_imgGame On…I haven’t been much of a gamer since Game Boy and the days of Street Fighter on Super Nintendo (with the exception of snake and a few must have mobile games of the late 90s/early 2000s). It was not until about two years ago when I first started doing “informal due diligence” on a few gaming companies (i.e. playing games for work) that my interest was piqued once again. I have, of course, been involved in the iPhone game frenzy and am constantly downloading new ones almost daily. However, it was not until last week that I moved up a level…I discovered a popular MMO, Mafia Wars.While we know that the concept of social gaming and MMORPGs have been around for awhile, and while WoW putting a stake in the ground for the current generation of MMOs, new platforms and networks are bringing down barriers and catapulting multiplayer gaming into a new phase of social gaming and casual MMOs. Location based technology in iPhone gaming apps, Facebook games leveraging your network, and even a few Twitter interactive games are populating the virtual world.While new platforms, delivery methods, and networks are evolving, new business models are not evolving at the same pace. We constantly look at new gaming companies whether it is game development, game publishing, game tools, or some sort of hybrid. Most of the developers and publishers follow the traditional model reliant on a single or a few games that hit or miss, and raising venture capital is always a bitter challenge. Even building a PC based free to play MMO that requires large capital investment to develop is not the best strategy.If a game has established some success, raising growth capital is more achievable. There are very few gaming companies that have raised capital based on an idea especially with the traditional console model. Regardless if it’s delivered on the console, PC , or browser, the game concept and model have to be somewhat proven making these types better candidates for growth equity versus seed. Low cost development, low cost customer acquisition, and high lifetime value is the difficult conundrum with gaming. However, because of online communities, new platforms, somewhat nontraditional strategies, this triad while rare is no longer hogwash.For some of Zynga’s games, they just put the pieces together by taking somewhat proven games and leveraging already established networks such as Facebook and MySpace that they just need to tap into. Another model that I came across was a new online game publisher that had a lead and marketing engine, which was their secret sauce. Thus, they were leveraging proven games and rapidly publishing while using other tools to drive traffic, capture leads, convert gamers, and develop loyalty from its players—essentially efficiently and effectively building a network. Of course, another great model is being the platform where developers publishers their games like Kongregate. Yet, only a few of these different models that pose a higher probability of a successful investment return exist and it’s unclear how many can employ the models.While the proliferation of online, mobile, and social games continues, few will provide large returns to investors. That said, game developers will continue to plug away and new models will emerge. Enough said on this topic and off to use my mafia for a bank heist…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to PrintPrintShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more