Volleyball Associate Head Coach Accepts Head Coach Position at Eastern Washington

first_imgLeslie Flores-Cloud, who has been on the Drake University volleyball coaching staff for five seasons, the last two as associate head coach, has resigned her position to become the head coach at Eastern Washington University.”Our program is excited for Leslie to have the opportunity to be a Division I head coach and for her family to return to the West Coast,” said Drake University head coach Darrin McBroom. “She has played a huge role in helping rebuild the Drake volleyball program and the fact that Division I programs are actively pursuing our assistant coaches to lead their programs speaks volumes about the trajectory that Drake volleyball is on and the reputation our program has earned nationwide.”Flores-Cloud joined McBroom’s staff in 2013 and helped the Bulldogs go from 2-28 that season to 23-10 in 2017. That 2017 team made history with its first Missouri Valley Conference Tournament appearance since 2010. In addition to the MVC Tournament berth, the team’s 23 wins were the third most in program history and most since 2010. Additionally, the team’s 12 conference wins were the second most by the program in an 18-game MVC schedule. The Bulldogs also earned a pair of first-team all-conference selections, the first time the program had accomplished that feat since 1996.Flores-Cloud, a California native, joined the Bulldog staff after a season as the head coach at Maranatha High School in Pasadena, Calif. Prior to Maranatha, she was a graduate assistant coach at the University of Southern California in 2011 and a volunteer assistant coach at Loyola Marymount University in 2010.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Are you South Africa’s next Story Bosso?

first_imgStories have the power to change the world for the better, and a nation that reads is one that is empowered. Nal’ibali, which encourages storytelling and reading, is hosting a nationwide competition to find the next Story Bosso title holder. People can submit stories in all 11 official languages.Nal’ibali encourages people to enter the Story Bosso competition during September, which is also Literacy Month in South Africa. (Image: Screengrab via YouTube)Compiled by Priya PitamberSeptember means it is Heritage Month and Literacy Month in South Africa. To acknowledge both, a nationwide storytelling talent search is under way to find the country’s next Story Bosso title holder. It celebrates South Africa’s diversity of languages and encourages the art of storytelling.Nal’ibali (isiXhosa for “here’s the story”), a countrywide reading-for-enjoyment campaign designed to ignite children’s potential through reading, is hosting the Story Bosso Talent Search.To enter, adults and children alike who are interested need to record a video or audio clip of themselves telling a story. It can be in any one of the country’s 11 official languages.“It can be original stories made up by participants, retellings of stories heard before, a narrative poem, or simply an extract from their favourite book or sample story provided by Nal’ibali,” said the organisation.The winner will receive the Story Bosso title, their story will be published in a book, and they will receive money, books, book vouchers and a mobile hanging library.Seven-year-old Athandiwe Sikade from Chumisa Primary in Khayelitsha in Cape Town was the winner in 2015.Watch a few of South Africa’s famous faces talk about why they consider themselves storytellers:See how reading can change a child’s life. Click on the image for a larger view:last_img read more

Allsorts® Grey Satin Clip Hat Fascinator Wedding Ladies Day Race Royal Ascot, perfect for a wedding.

first_imgWonderful but clip as well small and it would not remain in spot.Donning for my son’s xmas wedding & are not able to wait around.Not significant top quality but perfectly satisfactory.Lovely ending touch for my wedding outfit. Extremely nice, matches my outfit completely, arrived two times before than predicted.Extremely excellent products for price tag, accurate likeness to pictures and quick to clip into hair. Arrived by my postbox in what can only be described as a cardboard cd postage box which resulted in the loops becoming squashed and just one of the feathers hanging down which i had to slice off. No notion why the provider would believe this was appropriate.Extremely excellent products for price tag, accurate likeness to pictures and quick to clip into hair. Arrived by my postbox in what can only be described as a cardboard cd postage box which resulted in the loops becoming squashed and just one of the feathers hanging down which i had to slice off. No notion why the provider would believe this was appropriate.Wonderful product, comfy in shape, and not x pensive like the substantial road stores.Breathtaking photo but in actuality absolutely nothing like it. In truth it is delivered in a flat box that is far too tiny which results in the product or service becoming squashed noticeably. The product appears grubby as it is not even put in tissue paper or bag. Doubt it will ever appear like the picture and pretty let down with it. Attractive cost but i am sure purchasers would be delighted to pay a tiny more if packaged properly so products is delivered as advertised.Acquired for my spouse to attend a wedding.Acquired for my spouse to attend a wedding.Just best for my wedding outfit. The clasp is safe and rather prolonged and so effortless to clip in spot on your hair. Much improved than a comb fastening. Very great high quality and for low value.Wonderful product, comfy in shape, and not x pensive like the substantial road stores. Not significant top quality but perfectly satisfactory.Just best for my wedding outfit. The clasp is safe and rather prolonged and so effortless to clip in spot on your hair. Much improved than a comb fastening. Very great high quality and for low value.Breathtaking photo but in actuality absolutely nothing like it. In truth it is delivered in a flat box that is far too tiny which results in the product or service becoming squashed noticeably. The product appears grubby as it is not even put in tissue paper or bag. Doubt it will ever appear like the picture and pretty let down with it. Attractive cost but i am sure purchasers would be delighted to pay a tiny more if packaged properly so products is delivered as advertised.Key specs for Allsorts® Silver Grey Satin Clip Hat Fascinator Wedding Ladies Day Race Royal Ascot:Silver Grey Satin Cap FascinatorComes on a strong fork clip attachmentIdeal for all occasions including weddings, the races and royal ascotWe have a choice of colours in storeFast free delivery on all items in Allsorts Accessories storeComments from buyers“Lovely finishing touch for my wedding outfit, Stunning picture but in reality nothing like it!, Squashed fascinator.”Lovely ending touch for my wedding outfit. Extremely nice, matches my outfit completely, arrived two times before than predicted.Wonderful but clip as well small and it would not remain in spot.Arrived on time and superior price for income.Arrived on time and superior price for income.Donning for my son’s xmas wedding & are not able to wait around.last_img read more

Google Continues Its Land Grab In The Cloud With Stackdriver Buy

first_imgjodi mardesich How Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloud To give developers another reason to consider its newly spiffed up cloud platform, Google on Wednesday scooped up Stackdriver, a popular service that monitors workloads on the Amazon and Rackspace cloud platforms. Stackdriver, based in Boston in 2012, will join Google’s Cloud Platform team.Stackdriver makes tools to monitor infrastructure, systems and applications. These can range from reports on CPU usage to analyses on minimizing downtime to predictions as to when you may need more computing resources. Traditional data-center monitoring products weren’t designed for the cloud, and developers have had to cobble together tools to track the elastic and ephemeral nature of applications in the cloud.See also: Cloud Wars In 2014: Amazon vs. Google And Other FolliesPhoto sharing service SmugMug, for instance, uses Stackdriver to monitor the health of its systems that run on Amazon Web Services, including Amazon EC2 instances, elastic load balancing, Dynamo databases, MySQL, CloudSearch, Simple Queue Service message queueing, and the petabytes of photos it stores in S3.“Before Stackdriver, all of the [five] people on our operations team spent a lot of time trying to get the data that we need in the format we wanted—often requiring custom development or scripting,” Andrew Shieh, SmugMug’s director of operations, said in a testimonial on the Stackdriver site. “Stackdriver made visualizing and interpreting the data easier, and saves the team about an hour a day.” Googler Toby Smith, senior manager of cloud and infrastructure engineering, raved about the Stackdriver team in a Google+ post. “I’ve been enormously impressed with their domain expertise, their engineering talent, and their clear passion to make the lives of cloud developers better,” wrote Smith, who said he has been working with them for months. “I’m absolutely thrilled that they’re joining our cloud efforts.” Google and Microsoft are in an arms race to strengthen their cloud services. Microsoft recently acquired Greenbutton, which built a dashboard for managing cloud applications. Microsoft General Manager Mike Neil said Microsoft liked Greenbutton’s job management capabilities, and its ability to prioritize jobs and manage costs. Greenbutton’s application is closed to new users as it retools it for Microsoft Azure.In a note on its home page, Stackdriver suggested that it will continue to improve its current products, regardless of their platform.Anthony Myers contributed to this story.Lead image of the Stackdriver team courtesy of Stackdriver Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo…center_img Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for … Tags:#Amazon#AWS#cloud#cloud analytics#Devops#Google#Stackdriver Related Posts last_img read more

How to Fail Your Way to Success

first_imgRelated Posts Owen O’Brien Tags:#business model#Business plans#Entrepreneurs#entrepreneurship#fail to succeed#failure#Fear of Failure#success How OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culture China and America want the AI Prize Title: Who … “Failure is success in progress” ― Albert EinsteinEntrepreneurs are enthusiastic and serial failers.Entrepreneurs seem to be constantly looking for solutions and alternative ways  of doing everything. And crucially, they don’t give a damn about failure, because they know that failure is, in fact, discovery. Some have declared, “The only way I will know if something works is by doing it and that means doing what seems impossible or unlikely.”Entrepreneurs are comfortable with failure, almost enjoying it.This is because every experience, positive or negative tells you something. If you are working in a specific area of expertise, which you are likely to be, tech, law, medicine, marketing, for example, your experiences of doing will become a rich mixture of interconnected successes and failures.The very act of doing will develop, over time, a focussed and overall understanding of your area which will be unrivalled by those simply thinking about it, or, dare I say it, studying it.The learning gleaned from action is called tacit knowledge.As Michael Polanyi (1967: 4) wrote in The Tacit Dimension, we should start from the fact that “we can know more than we can tell.”For that reason, I am skeptical about business plans.These plans are mostly not worth the paper they are written on. On the one hand a business plan seems to be leading people down a deceptive path of fantasy and disaster. Yet, on the other hand, business plans can be very dangerous, stopping people from doing anything at all.The business plan is a blueprint for the financials and can give basic indications of whether what you are thinking of is even worth doing at all. The problem is that these business plans often stop you from employing the basic trial and error methodology adopted by most the most successful entrepreneurs and stable businesses. The tradition business plan rarely reflects reality, particularly in a start-up situations.We don’t always do what we say we will, in fact, we often don’t do that at all. We reach for convenient existing theories of business to explain things and business plans are usually formulaic and poor imaginings for the needed action: go talk to the customer stupid. Get a mentor; learn more about your subject.There is a tendency to direct start-ups in developed countries into incubation centers.These centers are usually run by state enterprises whom, with the best of intentions, actually cosset the fledgling enterprise from the realities of the commercial world, and in doing so, prevent the very essential learning that is so necessary to develop a real sustainable and gritty business model.There is a toughness and street-wise element to successful enterprise. These successes will not be created in comfortable shiny offices with too many people sitting around chatting in the cafeteria, at the water cooler or even in meetings, wondering where the customers are.Enterprisers with the experience of — learning by doing — will often say that your mistakes cost you money, and that ensures you don’t make them twice. Richard Branson advises you to “pick yourself up, brush yourself off, don’t let your ego get the better of you.” In other words: get over it — and quickly.Go ahead, feel bad for failing. You should feel lousy, and that bad feeling is good for your business. Studies now show that you will be less likely to repeat the same error twice.In a recent study, Dr Selin Malkoc from Ohio State University said, “All the advice tells you not to dwell on your mistakes, to not feel bad. But we found the opposite.”“When faced with a failure, it is better to focus on one’s emotions – when people concentrate on how bad they feel and how they don’t want to experience these feelings again, they are more likely to try harder the next time.”Failure has been acknowledged by successful people from Steve Jobs to Bill Gates for helping them achieve their final success.Irish playwright Samuel Beckett is quoted as saying, “Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again.”It is probably worth seeing yourself as an “experimenter” in the business world. Consider that the enterprises you undertake or take on as a business are often experiments to see if your ideas are correct when faced with reality. In some ways the pioneers of electric cars and autonomous vehicles are yet to see whether their enormous experiments will work when the market decides.In business, failure is the customer telling you to go back to the shed and iterate one more time.Vitally, the secret is surviving the various events that make up success. Therefore it is important to minimize the downside. If you are going to get it wrong, make sure that you won’t fall too far and that you can pick yourself up and get on with it, one more time. Don’t over-commit to a line of action that will destroy your future financial freedom to change, or iterate again on your idea. Refrain from committing yourself personally to long lease contracts, for instance.James Dyson is definitely the king of failure – 5,126 of them to be exact. That is the number of prototypes he developed over the course of 10 to 15 years before releasing his iconic bag-less vacuum in 1993. The upright domestic model, DC01, used the patented “Dual Cyclone” technology. Dyson says his willingness to fail is the reason for his success.Dyson said, “The failure is the starting point, because when something fails, you understand why it fails. Then you start to think of ideas as to the ways you can overcome that failure. The moral of the tale is keep on failing – It works.”So go on then and fail away all you like. Keep in mind that your failures are only lessons, after all, and crucially, it is the only way you are ever going to find out. After many failures, when you finally find out you’ve got it right, you will have failed your way to success. Owen is an entrepreneur, teacher, songwriter, and general ideas man and has run several businesses over the past 30 years. Working as a barman, and then a sales representative, he decided to go out on his own when he found that he has no difficulty selling and making deals for other companies. What Nobody Teaches You About Getting Your Star… How to Get Started in China and Have Successlast_img read more

Naomi Osaka withdraws from Wuhan Open after losing in Pan Pacific final

first_imgUS Open champion Naomi Osaka withdrew from the Wuhan Open in China on Sunday because of viral illness.Osaka announced the decision hours after losing the Pan Pacific Open final to former world number one Karolina Pliskova in Tokyo.The Japanese world number seven was beaten 6-4 6-4 by Pliskova in Tokyo and said afterwards that she was suffering from fatigue.Wuhan Open organisers confirmed Osaka’s withdrawal due to a viral illness on their Twitter page.Unfortunately @Naomi_Osaka_ has been forced to withdraw from Wuhan with viral illness. Get well soon Naomi!Wuhan Open (@wuhanopentennis) September 23, 2018Osaka’s workload had to be managed indeed as she has been playing for a while now. Just after winning the US Open, where she pulled off a major upset by beating Serena Williams 6-2 6-4 under controversial circumstances.The Wuhan Open, which began on Sunday and ends on September 29, still boasts a strong field despite Osaka’s withdrawal, with the top five women’s players, including world number one Simona Halep, all taking part.last_img read more

Saganash pulled off flight because he was too drunk report

first_imgAPTN National newsNDP MP Romeo Saganash apologized Monday after he was taken off an Air Canada Jazz flight Friday because he was too drunk to fly, CBC is reporting.“It was Friday, it had been a long week and we’re all stressed out at that time,” Saganash told CBC News. “I apologize…This is the first time that it has happened in 30 years in the air. I regret what happened and it won’t happen again.”Saganash, a Cree MP, represents the riding of Abitibi-Baie-James-Nunavik-Eeyou.Saganash has taken a temporary leave of absence from his role as MP to seek treatment.In a statement, posted on his website, Saganash said he is battling with a “dependence on alcohol” which he said was an illness.“Neither fatigue nor stress can justify what I did. I need help to overcome a medical problem, a dependence on alcohol, like far too many Canadians,” he said, in the statement. “I am not looking at excuses, but I know that profound scars were left on me because of my time in residential school. I never shied away from that. The death of my friend and mentor Jack Layton also greatly affected me. Like him, I needed a crutch. The leadership race wore me out, on top of taking me away from my children and my loved ones even more often.”Saganash also ran for the NDP leadership but later dropped out.last_img read more

Quebecs Caisse de depot pension fund investing 250 million in Avison Young

first_imgMONTREAL – The Caisse de depot et placement du Quebec pension fund has made a $250-million preferred equity investment in Avison Young, a commercial real estate services firm.Avison Young says the money will help fund acquisitions and hiring as part of its global expansion, while a portion will also be used to buy back shares held by Parallel49 Equity and others.The Caisse invested in a newly authorized class of non-voting preferred shares of the firm, though the terms of the transaction were not disclosed.As part of the deal, the Caisse will be entitled to choose three of the nine members of Avison Young’s board of directors.Avison Young says the deal will help its international expansion as it gives it access to a wide network of expertise, deal flow and market intelligence.The pension fund says it looks forward to supporting Avison Young’s growth, which has already seen it expand to 84 offices across North America and Europe.last_img read more

Shareholder critical of DavidsTea cofounder unloads most of its shares

first_imgMONTREAL – A shareholder critical of DavidsTea Inc. co-founder Herschel Segal says it has sold most of its holdings in the tea company.TDM Asset Management Pty Ltd. says it recently sold 579,902 shares, raising the total number of shares it has unloaded since June 15 to 2.7 million, roughly a 10.6 per cent stake in the company.The Australian-based company says it has received an average price of US$3.43 per share for a total of US$9.38 million.Prior to the sales, TDM owned a more than 12.2 per cent stake in DavidsTea. It still has 225,302 shares or a 0.87 per cent stake, according to a securities filing.TDM was one of three large shareholders that failed in a fight against Segal’s slate of director nominees, questioned Segal’s turnaround plan and accused him of trying to acquire the company without paying a premium.Shares of DavidsTea traded for nearly US$30 in 2015. The shares closed down five cents to US$2.35 in trading Tuesday on the Nasdaq.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version had the incorrect dollar value for total shares sold.last_img read more

Victorias Secret show tumbles to lowest ratings

first_imgNEW YORK — As a television event, the Victoria’s Secret fashion show appears headed for the remainder bin.The show has been buffeted by bad publicity, bad reviews and now bad numbers. Shown on ABC on Sunday after several years on CBS, its audience of 3.27 million viewers was the smallest since becoming a holiday season TV event in 2001. The Nielsen company said the show has lost more than half its television audience in two years.The runway-style show of models in underwear was hurt when the company’s head of marketing said in an interview that it would not include transgender or plus-sized models because Victoria’s Secret was selling a fantasy. The company later apologized.In a review, the Washington Post said the show was “too boring to even argue about.”The Associated Presslast_img read more