Gragson ‘blew the opportunity’ with late-race Dover crash

first_imgDOVER, Del. — His eyes raw and his face flushed, the emotion was evident from Noah Gragson following his waning-lap wreck out of Friday’s Camping World Truck race at Dover International Speedway.The sophomore driver called himself “dejected,” his typically- playful personality dwindled to a melancholy state as he spoke of his late-race aggression with race-winner Johnny Sauter that led to a hard hit into the wall.RELATED: Sauter wins in dramatic finish | Final laps at Dover“I blew the opportunity,” Gragson said. “There’s so many small opportunities you get as a race car driver to win these races. Just devastated. Definitely not proud of the way that I raced him. I wasn’t trying to wreck him … just really hard racing there at the end. Just really bummed out for everyone that supports me back home in Las Vegas … everybody who makes this possible. Just unacceptable on my part.”Gragson was racing Sauter side-by-side for the win with two laps to go when his No. 18 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota spiraled down and hit the wall hard after he tried to side-draft Sauter’s No. 21. After his No. 18 came to a stop, Gragson sat in his car for a moment, as he hit the steering wheel with his fists and put his hands to his helmet.It was “wreckers or checkers” for him, he said, and unfortunately, his No. 18 ended up on a tow truck with a 20th-place finish instead of in Victory Lane.“Felt like I just woke up from a dream, I couldn’t believe it happened,” Gragson said of that moment. “Just really disappointed in myself.”MORE: Sauter on Gragson: ‘I would have raced him the same way’Gragson passed team owner Kyle Busch after leaving the infield care center, stopping for a brief conversation. His last stop was in Victory Lane, where he apologized to Sauter for the way the last laps played out.“(I wasn’t) trying to wreck him or anything,” Gragson said. “That’s not the way I race — I wanted to win it fair and square. Sometimes when you’re at these races, it’s getting down to the end, you’re trying to push it, you sometimes step over the line. It wasn’t intentional at all.”Sauter said he was “glad he came over and apologized. So, no harm, no foul…“He’s learning, he’s pushing the envelope,” he said. “He’s got to figure out where the line is.”Both Gragson and Sauter will compete in Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Dover (12:30 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN, SiriusXM), with Gragson competing in the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, while Sauter will race the No. 23 GMS Racing Chevrolet.last_img read more

Just another day in God’s country

first_imgNoah Smith shares a beauty shot from McCloud Mountain.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 07/24/2020-6AM)Share this:FacebookTwitterlast_img

Eunisell Boot: The Five Men Giving their NPFL Best Shots

first_imgThe lockdown has meant that the race for this year’s Eunisell Boot remains under wraps, though the battle for the biggest individual prize in Nigeria’s top division is expected to resume soon.This season, strikers in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) are proving to be prolific in front of goal. With the season just past the halfway mark, four players are already in double figures so far and the projection is that one of them could reach the 20-goal mark.The most goals in a season in the NPFL still stands at 23, a feat which was achieved by a former winner of the Eunisell Boot, Mfon Udoh, six years ago. However, the field for this season throws up different contenders with Rangers forward Israel Abia — the frontrunner with 12 goals. On his heels are Ndifreke Effiong of Akwa United, Auwalu Ali of Kano Pillars and Plateau United’s Ibrahim Mustapha on 11 goals apiece while Enyimba’s Victor Mbaoma is on nine goals.Top league writer, Fisayo Dairo, believes only three of the five players are front-runners in the Eunisell Boot race.He picks Abia, Effiong, and Mbaoma ahead of others and posits that Abia looks likely to reach 20 goals this term.“The front runners for me will be the trio of Israel Abia, Ndifreke Effiong and Victor Mbaoma. Abia because he was already settling in perfectly at Rangers and scored twice in his last game, the unfortunate death of Ifeanyi George also avails him the chance to play all games so you can fancy him to get up to eight goals in the remaining 14 matches for Rangers.”“Ndifreke Effiong also because he seems to have mastered how to score in the nooks and crannies of the league. Having to play with a forward together, sometimes Akarandut Orok or Saidu Salisu has also helped him to do less physical work and concentrate on finishing.“For Mbaoma, Enyimba have now gelled under Fatai Osho, his manager when he was one of the top scorers three years ago. I believe with the number of chances that Enyimba create each game, especially from someone like Cyril Olisema, Mbaoma and Dimgba will still score plenty more goals before the season ends,” Dairo noted.However, Auwalu cannot be dismissed as making up the number. He has been Kano Pillars’ mainstay for goals — scoring five in his last three matches before the lockdown. Mustapha has also thrown his hat in the ring, scoring thrice in his last two matches for Plateau United following about a month spell without a goal.With the League Management Company (LMC), a few days ago stating its plans to restart the top division and run it within six to eight weeks following the lockdown by the outbreak of COVID-19 in Nigeria, the battle to claim the Eunisell Boot this year will take shape as the run-in to the season looms.EUNISELL BOOT TOP-FIVE SCORERS12 GOALSIsrael Abia (Rangers)11 GOALSNdifreke Effiong (Akwa United)Auwalu Ali (Kano Pillars)Ibrahim Mustapha (Plateau United)9 GOALSVictor Mbaoma (Enyimba)Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Blending Lock Manufacturers to Optimize Savings on Lock Changes (InstaKey)

first_imgSometimes the best solutions are unconventional. To InstaKey® Security Systems, unconventional solutions can be a result of working with clients to develop a means to organize and control locks, keys, and associated expenses in the most effective and efficient way possible. In this particular case, InstaKey provided a solution that combined their brand of locks with another manufacturer’s locks to offer their client the security, convenience, and control they needed in their stores at a lower cost.Patrick BurnsOpportunities at Bob’s Discount FurnitureSix years ago, Patrick Burns, CPP, LPI, joined the corporate team at Bob’s Discount Furniture as the vice president of loss prevention. Burns was brought on as an experienced loss prevention professional and was tasked with ensuring that the company’s LP programs were indeed contributing to profitability. One of the first things that Burns looked at was the company’s key-control policies. There, he identified some opportunities for improvement.The big-box format at Bob’s Discount Furniture was different from the specialty retailers from his past, with additional exposures to loss at receiving docks, a cash office, and a number of other areas to be considered in physical security.- Sponsor – At the time of Burns’ arrival, 39 locations had opportunities to improve key control and organization of keys and key holders. It was customary to have a locksmith come out to locations that needed lock changes to drill out locks and install new ones. The expenses associated with locksmith call outs were high as can be expected in environments with high employee-turnover rates. Burns, experiencing these challenges before, had an idea for a solution, having partnered with InstaKey in the past.Partnering with InstaKeyBurns knew there was a way to spend less on lock changes and improve key control to further reduce exposure to loss. So he contacted InstaKey to see if they had applications that big-box stores could also benefit from.InstaKey worked with the Bob’s Discount Furniture team to first get an understanding of Bob’s Discount Furniture standards to then be able to architect a key system that would fulfill the needs of the business for cost control and security. The system that was developed included InstaKey’s small-format interchangeable (SFIC) locks for more sensitive access points, like the front door, the cash office, and other sensitive areas. These locks were chosen for those access points because they are on restricted keyways for increased security.For other access points, InstaKey offered to fulfill a nonrestricted brand of interchangeable cores at a lower price than the InstaKey brand cores. This blend of brands and lock types allowed Bob’s Discount Furniture to keep tighter control on costs and security while having a sole-source provider for their mechanical lock needs.“InstaKey really made partnering with them a no brainer. From the process of understanding our standards and specific needs to the development-review process to getting the new key system installed. InstaKey took care of everything and made it so easy—just like they did for me before,” explained Burns.Training for Key-Holder TransitionAfter the new key system was installed, Bob’s Discount Furniture’s loss prevention team was trained on best practices for KeyControl® by InstaKey. Part of the training helps leadership develop policies and practices that stress the importance of getting keys returned after key-holder transition. When keys are returned, the need to rekey is eliminated because the keys are restricted. Restricted keys are not available on the open market, so keys cannot be copied at a local hardware store or by a locksmith.This practice alone has allowed Bob’s Discount Furniture to significantly reduce the number of times a rekey is needed, reducing costs. When a key is not returned and a rekey is necessary, the user-rekeyable locks do not require a locksmith to come out and make the change. It can be done easily by on-site personnel, with just the turn of a key. Rekeys are also performed more quickly, reducing exposure.Secure Web-Based SoftwareOrganizing keys, key holders, and access points has been made easier and more transparent with the use of InstaKey’s SecurityRecords.com®, a secure web-based software that uses unique serial numbers from the restricted keys to keep track of who is in possession of what keys and what those keys open. This makes for quick and easy auditing when the time comes, and there’s no more uncertainty about what might be vulnerable.Not only does Bob’s Discount Furniture benefit from savings on the front end with the combination of lock manufacturers, but also there are the savings on the back end with the restricted keys and rekeyability. Bob’s Discount Furniture saves approximately 75 percent with the solution that InstaKey developed.Six years later, Bob’s Discount Furniture has grown by over sixty locations, and at least seven more stores will be opening by the end of 2018. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Milestone Systems Introduces Centralized Search Software

first_imgIn the latest product update of Milestone XProtect 2019 R3 video management software, Milestone Systems introduces several new features and capabilities. These include centralized search, a new driver framework, adaptive streaming, and enhanced device password management. With this product update, Milestone Systems continues to pursue ever higher performing software to fulfill the market’s rising demands for cost-effective video technology solutions.Centralized SearchOne of the main features of the 2019 R3 release is Search – a new centralized search platform in XProtect Smart Client, making it possible for users to search for everything in one place. Previously, users performed several standalone searches, depending on what data they were searching for. With the new Search tool users can search for motion, alarms, events, bookmarks and other types of data, in one single place enabling rapid and efficient video investigations.- Sponsor – The new Search platform also smoothly embeds partner integrations and their powerful analytic capabilities via dedicated filtering options. Through specific plug-ins and devices, search criteria such as line-crossing and object-in-field will be enabled directly in the Search Tab, saving time and increasing efficiency.Milestone’s Driver FrameworkMilestone Systems provides customers with support for more than 8,000 cameras and devices, the widest device support in the industry. In order to allow XProtect device support to grow exponentially with the number of devices in the market, and in order to provide support for new types of devices such as IoT, Milestone Systems introduces Milestone’s Driver Framework.Milestone’s Driver Framework within the Milestone Integration Platform Software Development Kit (SDK) allows devices manufacturers, big or small, to develop their own drivers and provide faster device compatibility and deeper integration that goes beyond the capabilities of ONVIF.Adaptive StreamingThis new feature will enable users to receive lower resolution streams from the recording server when a high resolution one is not required, for example when displaying video in the smart client or smart wall in window sizes smaller than a full screen. This will give users smoother viewing and a better user experience, a lower total cost-of-ownership (TCO) due to less hardware needed to decode unnecessary high-resolution video and a better use of bandwidth that can then be utilized for other needs in the organization.New Device Password ManagementThe new Device Password Management continues XProtect’s focus on ease-of-use and enhanced cybersecurity during setup of new installations, as well as when expanding existing ones. This feature makes it possible for system administrators to manage all devices’ passwords directly from the XProtect Management Client for selected device manufacturers. In the 2019 R3 update we doubled the number of supported device manufacturers and added the option to schedule future password changes according to the cadence in the organizations and their password policies, making device password management fully automatic.Visit our R3 webpage to learn more about system improvements and new features and what products they are available for. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

[Reminder] Live webinar: Track, qualify & convert your leads using call and SMS data

first_img HomeDigital Marketing[Reminder] Live webinar: Track, qualify & convert your leads using call and SMS data Voice search now accounts for 20% of queries on Google’s mobile app and Android devices. Inbound call volume is continuing to increase even as messaging apps and chatbots become more popular. Facebook expects 37 billion call conversions by 2019, as social media’s share of mobile calls to businesses explodes.These trends are enabling digital marketers to extract, attribute, and integrate inbound data like never before. The results are better lead qualification, more effective budget allocation, and improved tracking of the buyer’s journey across campaigns.Join our digital marketing experts as they explore trends driving inbound calls, and how marketers can leverage them to ramp up multichannel campaign results. Register today for “Track, Qualify & Convert Your Leads: Using Call and SMS Data to Drive New Customers,” produced by Digital Marketing Depot and sponsored by CallRail.From our sponsors: [Reminder] Live webinar: Track, qualify & convert your leads using call and SMS data Posted on 17th May 2017Digital Marketing FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+share [Reminder] Live webinar: Track, qualify & convert your leads using call and SMS dataYou are here: Related postsThe California Consumer Privacy Act goes live in a few short weeks — Are you ready?14th December 2019Lytics now integrates with Google Marketing Platform to enable customer data-informed campaigns14th December 2019ML 2019121313th December 2019Global email benchmark report finds email isn’t dead – it’s essential13th December 20192019 benchmark report: brand vs. non-brand traffic in Google Shopping12th December 2019Keep your LinkedIn advertising strategy focused in 202012th December 2019last_img read more

10 months agoLiverpool won’t rush Rafa Camacho transfer decision

first_imgLiverpool won’t rush Rafa Camacho transfer decisionby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool won’t rush into a transfer decision for Rafa Camacho.The Liverpool Echo says Liverpool intend to delay a decision on Camacho’s future until after their FA Cup tie with Wolves.Sporting Lisbon are leading the chase to secure the services of the versatile 18-year-old during the January window.The Primeira Liga outfit, who previously had Camacho in their youth ranks, are keen to take him on loan for the rest of the season.However, Liverpool are reluctant to lose the Portugal Under-20s international prior to next Monday’s third round tie at Molineux.The teenager, who can play at full-back, in midfield and as a wide attacker, could make his first-team debut in that fixture with Jurgen Klopp likely to make plenty of changes after a gruelling run in the Premier League. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

NDP Liberals promise more spending while Tories promise spending cuts

first_imgThe three main political parties continued promising to make life more affordable for Canadians on Wednesday, by promising to create new programs, boosting support for ones already there or finding ways to cut spending to pay for tax cuts.NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh was first out of the gate in Sudbury, Ont., Wednesday morning, with a promise to extend full public dental coverage to those whose household incomes are less than $70,000 year — billed as a move toward eventually including dentistry in universal public health care.Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau then said in Fredericton that if re-elected, his government would increase old age security by an extra 10 per cent once seniors reach age 75, as well as boost the Canada Pension Plan survivor’s benefit by 25 per cent.Then Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer announced in Hamilton that he would review all federal business subsidies and get rid of programs where the money benefits shareholders, corporate executives, foreign companies and lobbyists or consultants — rather than protecting jobs.The Conservatives say this would save the federal government $1.5 billion a year.The promises came as the federal election campaign marks a milestone on Wednesday: one week down, four-and-a-half to go.The first week has seen Trudeau criss-cross the country. He launched his campaign in Vancouver, and continued with swings through Quebec, Ontario and the Atlantic provinces. He has appearances scheduled today in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.Marquee promises he’s already made include a massive expansion of child-care and parental-benefit programs, an increase in the value of homes eligible for the first-time home-buyer incentive and a package of smaller measures to help new businesses get momentum.Trudeau’s campaign hit a snag early on when his media bus ran into his plane, and he was also knocked a bit offside when the SNC-Lavalin affair re-emerged in the headlines with word the RCMP investigation — now paused for the campaign — was being stymied by the protection of cabinet confidences.Scheer has also travelled extensively, focusing his energies on getting to know voters and announcing a range of tax credits targeted at families. He’s also been forced to dodge dirt flung at his campaign by the Liberals, who spent the early days of the campaign challenging him on controversial statements made by both him and his candidates.Scheer is campaigning in and around Toronto on Wednesday.Singh has focused his campaign in Ontario and in Quebec, where he launched a platform directly aimed at reigniting the passion for his party in that province. He’s had his share of candidate troubles as well, including finding enough of them to run under the orange banner, a problem the party says will be solved by the Sept. 30 deadline for candidates to register.Singh is spending a second day straight in Ontario, moving on to Barrie and Toronto after his announcement in Sudbury.The Green party has released its national platform, a document that leader Elizabeth May says seeks to show that all national policy must now be considered as a means to respond to the current climate emergency.While May spent the early days of the campaign mostly in her home province of B.C., where she holds her seat, she moved squarely onto the offence after that by hitting ridings the party thinks it might be able to win, including Guelph.May is back in Vancouver on Wednesday, though.And People’s Party of Canada Leader Maxime Bernier saw new life given to his campaign with word that he’ll have a spot at the officially sanctioned leaders’ debates scheduled for early October.The nod from the debates’ commission validates his argument that his party — though polling at only four per cent nationally — does have a chance of electing an MP.Bernier is in New Brunswick on Wednesday, for the latest in a series of relatively low-key meet-and-greets with local candidates.Despite all the leaders’ moving around the country, the polls aren’t moving that much. New data released today by Leger shows the Liberals and Conservatives are still neck-and-neck for the lead, and the NDP and Greens fighting for third place.last_img read more

No plan in place to return babies already seized through controversial birth

first_imgA recent photo shows Baby H at three months old. She remains in foster care and B.C.’s Katrine Conroy says she can’t discuss the case. (Submitted photo)Melissa RidgenAPTN NewsBritish Columbia is the first province to end “effective immediately” the controversial practice of birth alerts, which flag a disproportionate number of Indigenous women for child welfare agencies.But Children and Family Development Minister Katrine Conroy couldn’t offer a firm plan on getting babies already in care, back to their families.She stressed only babies who were in dire circumstances, were ever taken under the alerts.“I want to reiterate and make sure it’s clear the decision to remove a child is never made lightly,” Conroy told APTN News Wednesday.“Before a child is brought into care there’s a full assessment of the situation and the risk to a child, and the child is only brought into care if they’re found to be in need of protection from immediate danger.”A high-profile case in Kamloops, B.C., raises concerns with that, though.An infant was taken from a hospital in June after Ministry of Children and Family Development workers and hospital staff determined a pair of first-time parents in their early 30s were unfit to care for their newborn daughter.Baby H, as APTN has called her because it is illegal to identify a child in care, is now three months old and has ived in five foster homes. Her parents are allowed short visits while they beg to know what specifically makes them unfit to parent.The family has been critical of MCFD, saying the agency makes and changes plans regularly, speaks down to the family, and hasn’t explained why it won’t return the baby and admit a mistake happened.C-sectionHospital staff told child welfare workers the mother was neglecting her infant 90 minutes after having a C-section.When they came to investigate, the mother was sedated and the baby was taken.In a recording of a meeting with social workers, one admonishes the father saying, “(Mom) can’t even be roused for this meeting because she’s so out of it.” The baby’s dad replied incredulously, “Yeah, from the prescription medication she was given from her doctor.”The social worker advised the distraught father that, “We’re not going to change our decision. Time will change our decision, how you interact with support services outside the hospital and engage in child-centered services. So learning about child-centered cues and learning what it looks like to be a parent, I think, we need to see you demonstrate that in the services before we’d consider allowing the baby to be returned to your care.”Conroy was asked what she is doing to have Baby H returned.“Being a minister for two years, I recognize the rate of Indigenous children in care is unacceptable and by law, I can’t speak to specific individual cases.”As for all babies in care in B.C. as a result of birth alerts, she said agencies are expected to work more closely with families and Indigenous child welfare agencies to have children returned home if possible, but offered no timeline on when or if there’d be repercussions for agencies that don’t follow [email protected]last_img read more

Ready or not Canadian business may face sanctions under EUs GDPR privacy

first_imgTORONTO – Any Canadian business that collects personal information about residents of the European Union — whether they’re tourists, students or online customers — risks maximum fines of $30 million or more if they violate a sweeping new EU privacy law that takes effect Friday.But privacy experts say many small- and mid-sized Canadian companies have only recently become aware that they may be covered by the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation, which was adopted by the 27-country regional government in 2016 with a two-year delay before enforcement starting on May 25, 2018.“Anybody that is collecting personal data from European residents — not only citizens — needs to comply with this,” Ale Brown, founder of Kirke Management Consulting, said in a phone interview from Vancouver.That’s equally true for a boutique fashion company selling purses, a university with students from a European country or a website using cookies or other information tracking features, she said. The GDPR could even affect small tourism-related business such as a resort or tour operator, because they have guests from all over the world.Besides having potentially hefty fines, the GDPR’s scope is also sweeping.It covers everything from giving people an opportunity to obtain, correct or remove personal data about themselves, to outlining rules for disclosing security breaches, to providing easily understood privacy policies and terms of service.One of the criticisms of GDPR has been that it could impose higher administrative costs on every company that wants to comply with the rules — plus the potentially devastating impact of being hit with a fine for violating the law.Among those raising the alarm is Jack Ward, a spokesman for the recently formed Data Catalyst advisory council, which aspires to educate policy makers and businesses about the importance of the data-driven economy.“Now, I’m not saying that it’s a bad bill, because I don’t necessarily think it is,” Ward said in an interview.“But there could have been some steps taken to appreciate that the challenges of small businesses is different from the large.”For example, he said, a fine of four per cent of annual revenue would be very painful for a large company like Facebook or Google but “that’s a death sentence for a small company that gets hit with a GDPR fine.”While the EU intends for its fines to be a real deterrent to breaking the privacy law, it does take into account a number of factors, such as whether the infringement is intentional or negligent, the actions taken to reduce damage to the individuals, and preparations in place to prevent non-compliance.However, it may impose the biggest fine applicable in a particular case and the ultimate maximum fine could be either 20 million euros (C$30 million), or four per cent of a company’s annual global revenue, whichever is greater.Brown said many of her larger clients have been grappling with the legal and operational implications of the GDPR for 18 months or more, but others have only recently become aware that they need to be ready too.A top priority for them, she said, is to respond quickly if somebody requests access to their personal information or corrections to what’s on file about them — both rights recognized by the GDPR.“Smaller businesses in Canada may fly under the radar for awhile, because the supervisory authorities are going to have to prioritize, but if somebody lodges a complaint — they’re going to come,” Brown said.“From a financial, from a legal and a reputational perspective, you really don’t want a European supervisory authority knocking on your door.”They can begin to protect themselves by having a process in place for dealing with GDPR issues, as soon as possible, Brown said.“Do an inventory of the data you have, understand why you have it and document it.”It’s also important to be able to locate the information, which may reside in multiple places such as an in-house system, on a “cloud” service on somebody else’s servers, or on a mobile device like a smartphone, said Matthew Tyrer, a senior manager at the Ottawa office of data protection company Commvault.The arrival of GDPR has been an opportunity for Commvault as well as any Canadian company that can demonstrate it has taken the effort to protect their customers’ personal data, Tyrer said.“It will just make you that much more competitive and these are things we should probably have already been doing in the first place, when you look at the basics.”last_img read more