Photo of the Week: Peonies in Bloom at Nichols Arboretum

first_imgOne of the few unknown peonies at The Peony Garden at Nichols ArboretumOh my, what a difference a week makes! This spring I’ve had the pleasure of visiting parks and nature areas on multiple consecutive weeks, and have had a time-lapse experience for spring bird migration and spring flowers. It’s been amazing! Last week I took a spring hike at Nichols Arboretum in Ann Arbor, Michigan and saw the tree peonies in bloom, the White Dogwood in full flower, and rhododendrons in bud. ‘Klondyke’ Rhododendron budsThis week, the Dogwood flowers lay spent on the ground, the tree peonies were done blooming, and rhododendrons were a brilliant blaze of color next to The Peony Garden. Here’s what the rhododendron bud I shot last week looked like when I returned to Nichols Arboretum last night.‘Klondyke’ Rhododendrons in bloomAnd The Peony Garden? The herbaceous peonies were just starting to bloom, and the fragrance was heavenly!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: Tree Peonies in BloomWith the warm weather over the past couple weeks in southeast Michigan, our gardens are filled with color from mid-to-late spring flowers, including gorgeous deep purple lilacs, brilliant orange poppies, and the soft pink of crabapple flowers. One of my favorite spring flowers in bloom is the peony, and there’s…In “Garden”Photo of the Week: Spring Hike in Nichols ArboretumUsually I head to the University of Michigan Nichols Arboretum in early May to catch the spring migration of birds, before the trees leaf out. Or I visit the arboretum in late May/early June when the herbaceous peonies in the internationally known Peony Garden are in bloom.  But somehow I’ve…In “Michigan”Photo of the Week: Peony Garden, Nichols ArboretumThe Peony Garden at Nichols Arboretum at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor is an amazing site in the spring and early summer when the nearly 800 peonies are in bloom. I love strolling through the garden, but somehow I’ve missed visiting the past couple years. When I stopped…In “Garden”last_img read more

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New Ways to Analyze SRAs Today Instead of Suffering Disappointing Shrink Figures Tomorrow

first_imgSponsored by Appriss RetailThe retail industry is on the cusp of a transformation in its use of data to protect profits and to identify and overcome sales barriers. We’ve been here before. First, with data mining, then with exception-based reporting (EBR). Now, it’s leveraging machine learning and AI models to generate more powerful insights to identify and address problems as they emerge—rather than waiting for them to be reflected in disappointing year-end figures.As director of data sciences at Appriss Retail, Renee DeWolf, MBA, CFE, is uniquely positioned to understand how retailers will be using data analysis in the years ahead. She sees hybridization of today’s robust exception reporting toolkits with statistical model based insights as the industry’s next great leap forward. Widespread adoption is inevitable, as it provides a reliable, economical way to fix systemic problems, reduce shrink, and ultimately improve profits.- Sponsor – “This represents another transformation in the extent to which analytics can drive the LP function,” she said. “It’s another example of how we can expand on the nature of the LP department itself; a solution like this, with the nature of the additional data, can be both a loss prevention and a sales enhancement tool.”Sales reducing activities (SRAs), for example, are a part of doing business. They exist to improve customer service and to correct errors that happen from time to time during sales transactions. At the point of sale (POS), these include voids, price modifies, coupons, tax overrides, refunds, and manual entries—and it is all data that is ripe for analysis as it has always been, but can now be complemented by inventory, e-commerce and additional SRA categories from across the business, according to DeWolf.“The shrink equation has loss in the numerator and sales in the denominator. Traditionally, retail Loss Prevention focused only on correcting the loss,” she explained. “Our goal is to use technology to drive both sides of the equation holistically, producing much better results.”An increase or change in SRA frequency doesn’t necessarily indicate fraudulent activity—but it may. By analyzing SRAs in detail and combining them with additional risk variables, a retail organization can identify and shut down fraud schemes. LP leaders have done this very thing successfully for years via EBR systems, using their deep knowledge of the industry to establish notification criteria for when certain thresholds are met. It’s this success that next-generation solutions can build upon with machine-learning analytics. “It enhances the economy of scale of these manual interventions and puts additional computing power behind LP leaders’ deep understanding of fraud indicators,” said DeWolf. “It adds robustness to that effort.”Tracking and analysis of SRAs can also protect profits when fraud is not the cause of a variation, by revealing weaknesses or problems that can be caused by any number of issues, from inadequately trained store associates, to confusion over a new coupon program, or even a software bug. The core of SRA exception monitoring has historically been within POS, but in the future, we will go beyond it—and include data on measurables such as customer satisfaction. It’s all worth capturing, suggests DeWolf, because it’s all data that correlates—eventually—with future sales figures.“You can include data that is not generally within the LP function, such as customer service or inventory data and merchandise availability, and bring that into the application,” she explained. “It’s no longer simply about exception-based reporting, it’s about total retail performance—to minimize losses, drive sales and margin, and identify data that are useful predictors of positive or negative shrink results. There are lots of components to retail performance, and it’s beneficial to combine that data into one place and to react to it on a daily or weekly basis.”Employees across the retail organization can tap into and extract intelligence from the data, from LP to operations to marketing, store-level to corporate. An LP professional, for example, will make better use of the time spent on a store audit by running an SRA report in advance. Store-level personnel might resolve the root cause of problematic SRA activity by identifying the need for and then conducting retraining for specific sales associates. Regional and corporate-level personnel can find and address broader issues and causes by using analyses for the whole organization.Importantly, such data sharing and collaboration is becoming seen as foundational to enhancing retail performance, according to DeWolf. “It’s something that is even stronger in Europe, this focus on total loss performance across the organization” To date, however, retailers’ efforts to achieve this important goal has been hampered in part using tools that were not specifically designed to do the job. This has now changed, said DeWolf, and why we’re poised for an exciting new era for the use of data in retail.For a retail organization there is a compelling case for expanding data analysis efforts. For LP, the value includes getting a reliable upstream indicator of shrink. Not only will these models for SRAs indicate where shrink may have taken place, but they can provide an early indicator of future shrink. “Shrink is essentially a lagging variable that you only really see once or twice a year, but there are many data components that are not lagging,” said DeWolf.“We’re now able to add additional power to risk profiles, and from a LP director’s position they can see, ‘What are the things that my field team can triage?’ and also get early indicators of how a new store manager, or store format, of some other change is impacting shrink.”To extract maximum value from the data they capture, LP, operations, and other functions across the retail enterprise should not wait for results to roll in. “You want to think about what data you can view today to suggest how your results might post down the road,” explained DeWolf. 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Indian Open Golf Championship: Indian professionals turn in a disappointing performance

first_imgStewart’s prize winning stroke: No matchThe Indian Open Golf Championship has come a long way since it was first played in 1964 but the gulf between visiting professionals and their Indian counterparts remains as wide as ever.In terms of prize money and participation, the Indian Open championship has been on,Stewart’s prize winning stroke: No matchThe Indian Open Golf Championship has come a long way since it was first played in 1964 but the gulf between visiting professionals and their Indian counterparts remains as wide as ever.In terms of prize money and participation, the Indian Open championship has been on the upgrade. The prize money of $60,000 (Rs 4.80 lakh) this year drew a record 180 golfers from all over the world. The prize money at the first Indian Open played in Delhi was only $15,000 (Rs 2 lakh).And yet it was only in 1970 that the Indian Open became a part of the Asian golf circuit, the stepping stone for players aspiring to bigger and more lucrative circuits. Graham Marsh and ‘Jumbo’ Ozaki are among those who used the circuit as a stepping stone to bigger things.The championship, the biggest golfing event in India, is played alternatively in Calcutta and Delhi. This year it was Delhi’s turn to host the tournament. Indian professionals turned in a disappointing performance. Conspicuous by his absence was Major P.C. Sethi, the only Indian to have won the coveted Open.The overseas entries included American Kurt Cox, winner of the Open at Calcutta in 1980 and Indian-born American Gaylord Burrows, who won the championship when it was last played in Delhi in 1979.The champion receiving the Open’s trophyThe hottest pre-tournament betting favourite was Tom Sieckmann of the US who came to Delhi after tucking under his belt the Bangkok and the Philippines Open and a third place in the Hong Kong Open. Other fancied players were Chen Tze Ming, who had won the Hong Kong Open and Lu Hsi Chuen, rated as Asia’s top golfer, having won the circuit leader prize in 1979 and 1980.The championship started at the beautiful Delhi Golf Club course on Thursday, March 12, with the first threesome teeing-off at 6.45 a.m. Since there was a large entry, both the 1st and the 10th tees were used as starting points.advertisementVisitors Dominate: As the scores started coming in, it became increasingly clear that the course was going to be dominated by the visiting professionals. By late afternoon, when all the scores had come in, as many as 16 players had broken par. There were another 10 who had played the course on even terms. Circuit leader and favourite Tom Sieckmann set a hot pace by firing a three under par 69. By the time the last threesome came in, there were not only another four including compatriot D. Klenk and Taiwanese Hsu Sheng San who had drawn level with Sieckmann but one who had overtaken him by two strokes.Stroking the ball with authority and sinking his putts with confidence, Payne Stewart 24. of the US came in with a score of five under par 67, to lead the field on the first day. However, the Indian flag was kept flying by Ram Dayal and Ramesh Chand who had par rounds of 71. The best performance from the Indian viewpoint came from young National Amateur Champion Rajiv Mohta with a sub-par 71.On the second day, playing scintillating golf, Payne Stewart produced another round of five under par 67 to consolidate his position. His 10 under par 134 for two days put him four strokes ahead of his nearest rival, the more experienced Hsu Sheng San of Taiwan. Hsu had another round of 69 for a two round aggregate of 138.Rohtas failed to find form as Ram Dayal slid down with a 75. Simran Singh’s brilliant in patches round (he had five birdies) fetched him a one under par 71. Repeating his 73 of the first day, a steady Vikramjit moved into the top spot for Indian amateurs. At this stage, the cut-off was applied according to the rules of the championship and the big field of 180 was reduced to 71 professionals and 12 amateurs.Big Crowd: Despite threatening weather on the third day, a big crowd of a few thousands turned up to watch the international stalwarts in action: Understandably, the biggest crowd followed the threesome in which the leader, Stewart was playing. A super round was expected from this blond mustachioed handsome young man. It never came off. A somewhat nervous Stewart dropped stroke upon stroke before he could get hold of himself.While the Taiwanese pair of Ho Ming Chung and Hsu Sheng San were unable to find their touch, Stewart, who seemed in severe pain because of a pulled back muscle continued his battle, aided first by a painkiller spray and then by the kind of luck that always favours the brave. He holed difficult putts on the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th to stay on top by the skin of his teeth. It was a resounding four stroke win for a brave Stewart, who at one stage seemed to be a doubtful starter for the final round. The winner got $10,000 (Rs 80,000) as prize money.advertisementRohtas. who was the championship’s biggest disappointment, had the consolation of winning the prize for the leading Indian professional with an aggregate of 298, 14 strokes behind the winning score. The Best Amateur prize was won by Vikramjit Singh, whose total of 298 for the four rounds was two strokes better than Ashok Malik. Perhaps the most pleasing feature of the championship has been the large crowds that watched the professionals in action clearly indicating that the Indian Open has arrived.last_img read more

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a day ago​Emery wants complete Arsenal performance against Vitoria

first_img​Emery wants complete Arsenal performance against Vitoriaby Freddie Taylora day agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal manager Unai Emery wants to see a complete performance from his team in the UEFA Europa League.The Gunners are coming into the cup competition on the back of a disappointing Premier League defeat against Sheffield United on Monday.Now they face off against Vitoria SC from the Portuguese league at home in the Europa League on Thursday.Speaking about the game during his press conference, Emery said: “We respect them. They are fourth in the table [in Portugal] and are a very competitive team. They lost the first two games but the games were close. “Tomorrow we’ll expect a difficult match. I think we are showing in Europa League a good performance and a good way in our idea to create and find our way for the future. We are playing compact, aggressively and defensively and offensively very good. We want to extend that tomorrow against Vitoria with respect but also by working to achieve the first position in this group. “We have the opportunity to first get three points, and we want to get to nine points to be top of the group. “You ask me how we play better and can improve, this is how we can do it. We want to feel good tomorrow and extend it for Sunday in the Premier League. “We are feeling good in Emirates Stadium with our supporters. Sometimes we are winning with very good results, like against Nottingham Forest and Standard Liege, but sometimes we are struggling but still winning, like against Bournemouth and Aston Villa. “Tomorrow we want to extend that good moment with a complete match.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Damen Shiprepair Conversion Cutting 150 Jobs

first_imgzoom Damen Shiprepair & Conversion (DSC), part of Dutch Damen Shipyards Group, plans to lay off around 150 workers as part of its reorganisation program at three Dutch yards within its group. The yards that will be restructured are Damen Shiprepair Rotterdam (DSR), Damen Shiprepair Van Brink (DSVB) and Damen Shiprepair Vlissingen (DSVl), Damen said in a release.“All employees at the three locations, as well as the workers’ council and trade unions, have been informed about the intention to reorganise. It is the intention of DSC to complete the reorganisation before summer 2017,” the release added.DSC explained that it has been “forced to take these measures due to continued adverse market conditions.”Namely, the downturn in oil and gas market has created a void in the company’s activities which DSC was not able to fill with other type of projects. What is more, the projections for the short and medium term show no sign of recovery.“There is no recovery in sight for commodity prices in general and oil and gas prices in particular and the resulting reduction in ship repair projects forces DSC to review its situation. Unfortunately, one of the consequences of this, is downsizing the number of permanent staff in all layers of the organisation, as well as reducing facility costs,” the company pointed out.Damen Shipyards Group operates 33 shipbuilding and repair yards, employing 9,000 people worldwide. In addition to ship design and shipbuilding, Damen Shiprepair & Conversion has a worldwide network of 16 repair and conversion yards conducting around 1,500 repair and maintenance jobs annually.last_img read more

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Blaz Rola helps lead No 1 seed mens tennis team to Big

The Ohio State men’s tennis team has done well for itself this season, and freshman Blaz Rola has helped to lead it. With an overall season record of 27-2 (10-0 in Big Ten), and winning its sixth consecutive Big Ten season title, the team has earned the No. 1 seed going into the Big Ten Tournament this weekend. While the team may be focused on another Big Ten win, it is also looking forward to the NCAA Championship, which will take place May 14–15. Freshman Ille Van Engelen said winning the NCAA Championship is “the biggest goal of the season” for him and his team. Standing at 6-foot-4, the Slovenia native is ranked No. 3 in the nation in singles and No. 9 in doubles with his partner, junior Chase Buchanan. “I just want to play and get better and better,” he said. “I hope we’ll play good. We have a chance to go all the way, but it’s a long way and there is a lot of hard work still left.” Although Rola is at OSU now, his original plan for his tennis career didn’t involve playing at the collegiate level. “First I was thinking about going pro,” Rola said. “But after 18 months of Ty calling and emailing me, I decided to come here and take a look. And I really liked it.” According to the official OSU athletics site, Rola has won two doubles titles and a singles title on the professional circuit in 2010. And in 2008 he won the title of the La Vie Sport Junior Cup Villach Champion and has been ranked as high as No. 388 in the world. Like so many other players on the team, Rola got his start in tennis at an early age. “My whole family played,” he said. “I started playing with my dad, but I never thought, ‘I’m going to be a tennis player.’” But, he said, the more he practiced, played in and won different matches and tournaments, the more he liked the game. Rola brings a lot of strengths to the team. He lists his serve, his left-handed ability and his quick movement on the court as some of the strengths he has brought to OSU. “Lefties cause a lot of problems for righties,” Rola said. While he does play doubles, Rola said he prefers to play singles. “I like singles better,” he said. “But I know I need to develop my doubles game. I have to play it to make my singles game better.” Rola continues to succeed in doubles and he, along with the rest of his team, will begin play in the Big Ten Tournament beginning Thursday in Madison, Wis. read more

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Braxton Miller to sit out against Florida AM

Junior quarterback, Braxton Miller, sits on the field after a hit that took him out of the game against San Diego State University Sept. 4 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 42-7.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorOhio State junior quarterback Braxton Miller will miss his second consecutive game Saturday versus Florida A&M after suffering an MCL sprain in his left knee versus San Diego State on Sept. 7, an OSU spokesman confirmed.Redshirt-senior Kenny Guiton, who was named Walter Camp Offensive Player of the Week after completing 21 of 32 passes for 276 yards and four touchdowns and rushing for 92 yards on 14 attempts in the Buckeyes’ 52-34 win against California, will start his second consecutive game in Miller’s place.Miller was injured on the first possession of the Buckeyes’ 42-7 win against SDSU. He has completed 17 of 24 passes for 208 yards and two touchdowns, and has rushed for 82 yards on 18 attempts in parts of two games this season.Guiton has completed 41 of 61 passes for 449 yards for seven touchdowns this season, and has rushed for 181 yards and a touchdown on 24 attempts.The Buckeyes are looking to improve to 4-0 against Florida A&M (1-2), which is scheduled for a noon kickoff Saturday. read more

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Robben considers retirement an option

first_imgThe Bayern Munich and Netherlands veteran recently admitted that he still considering talking with the club for an extension of his contract, but this is yet to happen and he thinks of other options as well.Arjen Robben recently disclosed that he does consider retirement as an option while waiting for the German club to offer him a contract extension. He has spent nine years at the Allianz Arena, throughout the duration of which he has made over 280 appearances and helping the team get to more than one Bundesliga and Champions League title. However, he is to become a free agent this summer and no extension has been offered yet.rb leipzig, bayern munichReport: Bayern are held by Leipzig George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Bayern Munich was held to another draw, this time by RB Leipzig.Bayern Munich finds themselves in the unfamiliar position of sitting third in the…“With Karl-Heinz Rummenigge I have agreed that we will hold talks in April, then we will see,” Robben shared, according to Goal.“I think that’s the hardest part of getting to an age where you know the end is coming closer, making the right decision is always difficult,” the Dutchman added.last_img read more

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Report £170m deal for Hazard denied talks ongoing with Real Madrid

first_imgReports that Real Madrid have reached a £170m deal with Chelsea for their prized winger Eden Hazard has been deemed false by Belgian journalist Kristof Terreur, who adds that talks are still ongoing at this stageHazard had a superb World Cup campaign this summer that saw him being awarded the Silver Ball award, which is given to the second best player of the tournament, after leading Belgium to a third-place finish at Russia.After being linked with a move to Real for the past year, the move appears like it may finally happen with the European champions now stepping up their pursuit for the 27-year-old after Cristiano Ronaldo’s €112m exit to Juventus.Earlier today the French news outlet Le10Sport claimed that a £170m deal has been reached with both Chelsea and Real for Hazard.But Terreur, who recently confirmed that Hazard wants to join Real this summer, announced that the report is false.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.He wrote on Twitter: “A colossal £170m transfer fee hasn’t been agreed with Chelsea as yet, despite one report in France (that will tell you something else in 6h).”“Real Madrid still exploring the Eden Hazard transfer with meetings planned, but what will Chelsea do?”A colossal £170million transfer fee hasn’t been agreed with Chelsea as yet, despite one report in France (that will tell you something else in 6h). Real Madrid still exploring the Eden Hazard transfer with meetings planned, but what will Chelsea do? #cfc pic.twitter.com/9foLDUO8MN— Kristof Terreur ?? (@HLNinEngeland) July 20, 2018last_img read more

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