The Woman Who Dropkicked a Birthday Cake Is Now Facing Charges For Assaulting an Ice Cream Shop Employee

first_imgDo NOT get in this woman’s way when she’s focused on dessert.46-year-old Tricia Kortes was all over the news back in June when she DROPKICKED a birthday cake at a Kroger grocery store in Bloomfield Township, Michigan.The cake was for her son’s 7th birthday, and apparently she thought they botched it, so she responded like a lunatic.  But we had no idea that was part of a pattern.It turns out that back in July of last year, Tricia was at an ice cream shop in Royal Oak, Michigan and she wanted a flavor of ice cream that uses some famous fudge from Mackinac Island, Michigan . . . but they said they were out.She thought they were lying, and she got so upset that she reached across the counter and HIT an employee on the head.  The girl was bleeding and called the cops, but Tricia ran away before they got there.The crime was unsolved until the birthday cake dropkicking incident, when the staff at the ice cream shop saw the footage . . . and realized it was the same woman.Tricia’s lawyer says she’ll be turning herself in later this week and she’ll most likely be facing assault charges.last_img read more

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Disneyland Preview — Week of October 28

first_imgRemember, Dreams Come True Fireworks1100001 As per usual, the parks will open one hour early for eligible guests at Disneyland Park Saturday, Tuesday, and Thursday, and at Disney’s California Adventure Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Resort guests can take advantage of these hours every day of their stay for Extra Magic Hours, while guests eligible for Magic Mornings can use that benefit one day at Disneyland Park only. Full park hours can be found by clicking on each date in the Crowd Calendar.RefurbishmentsAt Disneyland Park, Space Mountain will be down on Wednesday to remove the Ghost Galaxy overlay, it’s a small world is closed from October 23 through some time in November, and River Belle Terrace is indefinitely closed. At California Adventure, Goofy’s Sky School is currently closed, and It’s Tough to Be a Bug! is also undergoing a brief closure from until November 3.  Everything else is currently open.As always, you can see the full slate of refurbishments by checking here.That should do it for this week’s preview. Check back next week and every week to find out what’s coming down the pike! Got questions? Aware of anything else that prospective guests should know about? Let us know in the comments! Share This!Halloween season comes to a close, and Disneyland wastes no time in getting into the Christmas spirit! Read on to find out what to expect in this week’s Disneyland preview!Special Events and NotesJust a few more days in the Halloween season at Disneyland, so if you want to enjoy the seasonal treats and decor (like the incredible Haul-o-Ween overlay at California Adventure), you need to get over there soon!  Space Mountain: Ghost Galaxy runs through Tuesday and will be down on Wednesday to remove the overlay and return to the classic version. Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout will continue its very popular monster-themed overlay — Guardians of the Galaxy — Monsters After Dark — through Tuesday as well. In fact, while it normally only runs in the evenings, it will be in monster-mode all day on Halloween to give everyone plenty of time to get in one or two more rides for the season. Expect long lines and snag a FastPass if you can.Also, Disney’s California Adventure is currently showing a special sneak preview of Thor: Ragnarok at the Sunset Showcase Theater in Hollywood Land. The movie opens on Friday, so it’s a great time to get in and check it out! The preview lasts about 15 minutes.Mickey’s Halloween Party wraps up this week, with the final (and only remaining) party Tuesday.  Anyone lucky enough to have tickets (it’s sold out) should check out Guy’s preview before going.It’s also the last opportunity to check out the Halloween treats. Guy has sampled them and has provided an excellent guide to the best of the best so you’ll to know where to focus your attention with the clock running down.Finally, Halloween is Tuesday, which believe it or not means that Christmas decor should be up as soon as Wednesday. We’ll be sure to keep you updated as more holiday happenings are announced!CrowdsAs per usual, the weekends see the highest predicted crowds, with the week much lighter.  On the whole, though, it looks like a great week from a crowd standpoint — even the “big” crowds on the weekends are still very manageable.Full details, including park-by-park crowd levels, are available on our Crowd Calendar.WeatherWeather is MUCH more temperate this week after last week’s punishing heat.  The weekend is pretty warm, but the week is going to be very pleasant, with cooler temperatures and only the shadow of a chance of rain.As always, it’s wise to double check the weather as the day of your visit approaches. Check out the most up-to-date forecast here.ShowsPretty light show schedule during the week, with a full battery of shows on the weekend. Note that special shows will run at Disneyland Park for Tuesday for the Halloween Party. Detailed show schedules, including smaller productions like Storytelling at Royal Theatre, can be found here. California Adventure8-118-1110-89-910-810-89-10 Fantasmic!2200002 Disneyland8-128-129-108-69-99-99-12 Admission and HoursDisneyland Park will be closing early on Tuesday for Mickey’s Halloween Party. It’s sold out, so if you don’t already have tickets, be aware that you’re not going to be able to go to Disneyland Park that night. California Adventure, however, will be open as normal.The same schedule that has been in place lately continues: Southern California Passholders are blocked out on Saturday, while Southern California Select Passholders are blocked out on Saturday and Sunday. All other Annual Passports will be honored all days of the week. For those of you buying tickets as day guests, single-day tickets are at Regular cost ($110 adult/$104 child) Saturday, Sunday, and Friday, and Value ($97/$91) the remaining days of the week.Regular park hours (excluding Extra Magic Hours/Magic Mornings) are as follows this week: Mickey’s Soundsational Parade2211112 ShowSatSunMonTueWedThuFri World of Color1111111 SatSunMonTuesWedThurFrilast_img read more

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Web 2.0 for Teachers

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… richard macmanuscenter_img Tags:#Trends#web Always good to read how non techies are using Web 2.0: Teachers need to give Web 2.0 tools “to students and to members of our community, to stop speaking only to other teachers, to stop behaving as an expert class, and to find a way to have a stake in the interests and knowledge of the community.” 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Is Yahoo using Australia and NZ as a testing ground for rich media?

first_imgYahoo! has joined forces with the Seven Network, one of Australia’s leading television and media companies. A new 50-50 holding company will be formed that will own Yahoo Australia & NZ and operate under a new name, to be announced in January. A PDF presentation about the deal is here, which states (among other things) that Seven and Yahoo! “will use this vehicle as the exclusive online and mobile platform in Australian and NZ.” See also paidcontent.org’s take on the news.At first glance this is a straight forward business deal combining Yahoo!’s global search and technology platform with Seven’s localized “rich media and entertainment content”. I wonder though if this is a test case for Yahoo’s future media plans, signaling bigger things to come. Is a major deal with a US television network on the cards in 2006? Stranger things have happened – i.e. Time Warner’s tumultuous marriage to AOL. Yahoo CEO Terry Semel was quoted in the press release:“Yahoo! and Seven have very complementary businesses and brands, and we see this as a tremendous opportunity to build a leadership position in Australia. This is the best combination to benefit from increased broadband penetration, rich media consumption, and the growing cross-media advertising spend. Together, I believe we can deliver the most engaging and innovative rich media experience for Australian audiences and advertisers.”Look for more Internet-bigmedia marriages in 2006 – rich media will be huge next year I believe. Let’s hope such deals will be more successful than Time Warner and AOL, who ended up sleeping in separate bedrooms. richard macmanus Tags:#business#web Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…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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Digital Transformation 2019: Empowering Change, Growth and Innovation

first_imgIt is essential to have a C-level champion in the organization for the success of digital transformation. Typically the CIO or CEO takes on this role.Drivers for why organizations pursue Digital Transformation include: business growth, a way to stay abreast of and fight back competitors, the need to stay current with regulatory environment, like GDPR.Digital Transformation results are most meaningful when planned. For many organizations that means to first understand their customer and the customer needs and then focus on investments that best respond to those needs.Implementation success is best achieved when everyone in the organization is on-board with the effort. Cultural pushback and resistance to change can be major challenges to implementation.Teams that have implemented Digital Transformation report their ability to innovate becomes easier as a result. Five insights from the report are listed next, and below that is a summary video of the report. The Altimeter Group has announced their fifth annual “State of Digital Transformation” report.center_img Altimeter State of Digital Transformation 2019last_img read more

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How Team India struggles chasing low scores

first_imgTrust the Indian cricket team to make things difficult for itself.There may have been all round relief after the team managed to squeeze out a heart- stopping one-wicket win against the West Indies in the first one- dayer here on Tuesday. But the result left in its wake a point to ponder: why do Indian teams often make heavy weather of small targets in One- day Internationals? So many times in the past, Indian batsmen and bowlers , through their indiscretion or overconfidence/ complacency – or sheer lack of killer instinct – in ODIs as well as Test matches, have shot themselves in the foot. They have lost – and also won – on those occasions, but not before making millions of Indian fans go through anxious moments.The two recent examples of thrillers are the third Test against the West Indies in Mumbai and Tuesday’s ODI here. While in Mumbai a full strength Indian team surprisingly conceded 108- run first- innings lead before both teams ended up with the same tally after four innings, in Cuttack it was a combination of a few careless shots and largely due to inspired West Indies bowling and committed fielding that made the task for Virender Sehwag’s team difficult.The previous occasion when India managed a one- wicket win was almost eight years ago, when they successfully chased 200 against New Zealand in Auckland in January 2003. By a strange coincident, then and on Tuesday India reached the target in 48.5 overs.”In India you hardly see the team tottering at 59 for five,” Sehwag said of Tuesday’s match. When you lose five quick wickets, it’s difficult to come back. Hopefully, we will come up with strong batting performances in the next games. We have to learn from our mistakes.” One reason of lowscoring matches going to the wire could also be psychological. Some players find it difficult to motivate themselves while others get complacent when faced with a not- so- challenging and tricky targets. This has happened with the Indian teams over the years, and is likely to happen in the future too.At other times, pitches and weather conditions pose a greater challenge than the opposition. For instance, if the team is bowling second in a day- night game, dew could hamper bowlers, particularly spinners, as the ball gets wet and they find it difficult to grip it.India have also lost in low- scoring ODIs. Two matches that can be cited as examples for one- run defeats are the games against the West Indies in Kingston in 2006, when India were set a target of 199, and against Australia in Brisbane in 1992, when the target was slightly bigger (236).In recent times, India have won a few matches by the same onerun margin. They edged past South Africa chasing 191 in Johannesburg this January and successfully chased against the same opposition in Jaipur in February last year, when the total was 299.It’s not just a recent phenomenon that India have won – or lost – in close encounters. In 1988, the Ravi Shastri-led Indian team was set a target of just 197 and the West Indies won the ODI by two runs.The margin of win or defeat, however, is not always a correct indication of how close a match was. The numbers only suggest the closeness of an encounter, but there are a lot of other factors that don’t reflect in them.advertisementlast_img read more

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