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CAZOVA champs will boost sport – Speid

first_imgRudolph Speid, president of the Jamaica Volleyball Association (JAVA), has expressed delight at the association being selected to host the Caribbean Zonal Volleyball Association (CAZOVA) Volleyball Championship in July this year. The president said the selection puts Jamaica one step closer to realising the association’s objective of popularising, professionalising, and commercialising the sport in the country.This will be the fourth time since last year that Jamaica has been selected to host an international volleyball tournament. In May 2015, Jamaica hosted the first round of the Olympic Beach Volleyball qualifiers in Ocho Rios and, in August, the CAZOVA Under-19 championships were held at the G.C. Foster College in St. Catherine. JAVA received high praise from CAZOVA for both tournaments. Jamaica has also been selected to host the second round of Olympic qualifiers at the end of the month, and now the Caribbean Championships. Speid believes these achievements will help boost the sport locally.”The volleyball community is ecstatic about being selected to host the Caribbean championships. The country has done a good job hosting two previous tournaments last year, and it will help to build the image of the sport,” he said.From July 7 to 17, 16 teams from across the region – eight male and eight female – will be competing for the respective titles, both held by Trinidad and Tobago. Due to the regional appeal, JAVA will be tasked with partnering with a Caribbean communications network to send pictures out to the region. “We have to get an event like this properly televised and reported on so that people here will start to identify with the sport and so that it can be seen as an alternative to other sports.”RAMP UP PREPARATIONSIt is only one of many things JAVA will have to get done to ensure a successful staging of the championships estimated to cost about J$20million. “We have to now ramp up preparations. The local organising committee will take over now and ensure that we get the relevant permits, meet with Major Desmon Brown at Independence Park Limited and, most important, take measures to ensure that the venue gets filled every night for the tournament.”They will also have to tie down an estimated 250 hotel rooms, possibly more, to accommodate the visiting teams and any visitor who might be travelling to see the tournament, an indicator, Speid says, on the potential impact the tournaments can have on sports tourism.CAZOVA has also promised to deliver an indoor court that will have to be in place by April. Agreements have already been reached to have the court installed at the National Arena.Meanwhile, JAVA will be out seeking sponsors to help fund the venture.”We have some national sponsors, but we will need to go beyond them. We have to put on a very good event,” Speid said.last_img read more

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Report: A’s to recall top pitching prospect for Houston series

first_imgClick here if you’re unable to view the gallery on your mobile device.OAKLAND — A’s top pitching prospect Jesus Luzardo will be promoted to the majors, joining the club in Houston on Monday, according to a report by MLB.com.A’s manager Bob Melvin, asked about it immediately after the team’s 3-1 win over Detroit, said he didn’t know anything about the move.Luzardo, a 22-year-old from Peru, is ranked as the 18th-best minor league prospect by MLB Pipeline and is regarded as one of the game’s …last_img

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Let’s talk some more about geocache quality

first_img SharePrint RelatedLet’s talk about geocache qualityJune 18, 2018In “News”Results of 2018 Cache Quality SurveyMay 14, 2019In “News”Padlocks, RFID chips, and secret briefcases: an interview with a geocaching maniacMarch 12, 2019In “Geocaching Weekly Newsletter” Earlier this year, we invited you to the beginning of a community conversation about geocache quality. Past projects such as the Geocache Health Score and introduction of Virtual Rewards were aimed at encouraging and rewarding high cache quality. Before considering new projects, we wanted to hear your feedback and ideas.Hundreds of you responded to the invitation in our User Insights Forum, answering questions about what makes up a high or low quality geocache, and offering ideas for what the community and Geocaching HQ might do to improve geocache quality.Now that we have compiled all of the feedback, we hope you’ll join us in the next phase of the conversation by completing this short survey. (The survey is also available in German and French.) The survey is built directly from your feedback in the User Insights Forum. For example, in the forum threads, cachers shared ideas for how Geocaching HQ can improve cache quality. For this survey, we have listed the most mentioned ideas so you can say how helpful you think each of them would be to improving cache quality.While we can’t guarantee implementation of every idea, your survey answers will help us to prioritize potential projects. The survey is open for three weeks, closing on December 28, 2018.Once the survey period is complete and we’ve analyzed the results, we’ll report back to the community with potential next steps for the future. We’re excited about the possibilities and really appreciate your participation in this important project!Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

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Not a single Rohingya entered Mizoram, minister says

first_imgMizoram Home Minister R. Lalzirliana on Sunday said that the State government has not received any report of even a single Rohingya entering its soil till date. The Centre had alerted the State government to beef up security in view of Rhingyas entering North Eastern states adjoining Myanmar in the wake of recent clashes between the Myanmar army and the Rohingya. Mr. Lalzirliana said that security forces guarding the borders were instructed to step up vigil along the Mizoram-Myanmar border and Mizoram-Bangladesh border. The Assam Rifles intensified patrolling along the 404-km-long Mizoram-Myanmar international border and more troops were sent to the border areas. Mr. Lalzirliana said it is unlikely that the Rohingya would come to Mizoram as the community’s home state of Rakhine in Myanmar is quite far off.Meanwhile, around 170 refugees from Myanmar’s Arakan, who entered Mizoram and took shelter in southern district of Lawngtlai, had returned recently. The refugees had fled Arakan due to recent clashes between the Myanmar Army and the Arakan Liberation Army (ALA).last_img read more

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Strategic management expert available to comment on Fiat Chrysler record fine recall

first_imgAddThis ShareEXPERT ALERTDavid [email protected] [email protected] management expert available to comment on Fiat Chrysler record fine, recallHOUSTON – (July 27, 2015) – Anastasiya (Annie) Zavyalova, assistant professor of strategic management at Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business, is available to discuss the historic settlement that Fiat Chrysler has reached with U.S. regulators to stave off legal problems arising from about two dozen safety recalls.ANASTASIYA ZAVYALOVAThe settlement reportedly provides that the Italian-American automaker must offer to buy back from customers nearly 200,000 recalled Ram pickups and Dodge SUVs and pay a fine of $105 million.Zavyalova is available for interviews to discuss the fallout and next steps for Fiat Chrysler. Her research focuses on negative events in organizations (such as product recalls, NCAA scandals in U.S. universities and child abuse scandals in the Catholic Church) and the role of media and organizational identification for stakeholder support following negative events.“As my research suggests, news about defective products is detrimental for any company’s brand and reputation,” Zavyalova said. “Three caveats help understand how detrimental the recall is for Chrysler.“First, how severe were the consequences of the defect for the company’s stakeholders? In this case, some reports suggest that the problem has been ongoing and that as of 2013, more than 50 deaths had been linked to the problem. This attests to the severity of the problem that Chrysler now has to face head-on.“Second, are the company’s competitors facing similar issues? News about car safety problems involving Chrysler’s close competitors such as Honda, Toyota and GM can be, in fact, beneficial for Chrysler,” Zavyalova said. “The company may be able to point to an industrywide safety problem and deflect public attention from its brand.“Third, what are the company’s reputation repair strategies? As my research suggests, when the company is culpable of wrongdoing (such as selling defective cars), it helps to cooperate with the government agencies (in this case NHTSA) and to work closely with customers to address the problem. Chrysler is doing both, which should help it recover from the negative publicity,” she said.Zavyalova suspects that the news will negatively affect Chrysler’s stock price. However, industrywide safety problems and Chrysler’s direct actions to address the issue should soften the damage to its reputation, she said.For more information or to schedule an interview with Zavyalova, contact David Ruth, director of national of national and broadcast media at Rice, at [email protected] or 713-348-6327.Rice University has a VideoLink ReadyCam TV interview studio. ReadyCam is capable of transmitting broadcast-quality standard-definition and high-definition video directly to all news media organizations around the world 24/7.-30-Related materials:Recent research:“Negative Consequences of Good Reputation and Positive Outcomes of Negative Events,” Socio-Economic Review (2014 Oxford Journals).“Managing the Message: The Effects of Firm Actions and Industry Spillovers on Media Coverage Following Wrongdoing,” Academy of Management Journal (2012).Follow Rice News and Media Relations on Twitter @RiceUNews.Follow Rice University’s Jones School on Twitter @RiceMBA.last_img read more

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Columbia Business Prof CoAuthors Study of How Pop Songs Become Hits

first_imgColumbia Business Prof Co-Authors Study of How Pop Songs Become Hits Building a quality song doesn’t exactly mean it will become a hit single, but there are ways to predict how it’s possible. Columbia Business School looked further into the hit-making algorithm songwriters can take note of, but it is hardly a guarantee it will work.In a new American Sociological Review paper entitled “What Makes Popular Culture Popular? Product Features and Optimal Differentiation in Music,” co-authors Michael Mauskapf, a CBS Assistant Professor of Management, and Noah Askin, an INSEAD Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior, found that all top-charting anthems share one attribute: they balance familiarity and novelty. In other words: songs have to be bold, but not too bold and predictable, but not too predictable, lest they totally alienate or bore listeners to tears.The duo used music intelligence platform The Echo Nest to analyze the key, mode, and tempo of over 26,000 songs. According to Askin, “The songs that reach the highest echelons of the charts bear some similarity to other popular songs that are out at the same time, but they must be unique in certain ways in order to differentiate themselves.” Mauskapf adds, “We found that songs with a somewhat below average typicality score tended do better on the Hot 100.” They also accounted for non-musical factors, such as previous chart success, the cachet of an artist’s team, a particular artist’s “star factor,” and marketing budget. While these elements are certainly important, the researchers seem to agree that “hit song science” is ineffectual at best.Mauskapf explains, “It’s very difficult to predict what kinds of songs other musicians will release, and when audiences will find them to be “optimally distinct.” Askin adds, “What becomes popular next is likely to be slightly differentiated from the last round of hits, leading to a constant evolution of what is popular. Popularity is a moving target, but the context always remains relevant. This is at least as much art as it is science.” Last Updated Sep 21, 2017 by Jonathan PfefferFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail regions: New York Citycenter_img About the AuthorJonathan PfefferJonathan Pfeffer joined the Clear Admit and MetroMBA teams in 2015 after spending several years as an arts/culture writer, editor, and radio producer. In addition to his role as contributing writer at MetroMBA and contributing editor at Clear Admit, he is co-founder and lead producer of the Clear Admit MBA Admissions Podcast. He holds a BA in Film/Video, Ethnomusicology, and Media Studies from Oberlin College.View more posts by Jonathan Pfeffer RelatedStanford Finds Clear Link Between Personalities & Musical PreferencesStanford’s Graduate School of Business published an article last week on the startling connection between musical preferences and personalities revealed in a new paper, entitled “The Song Is You: Preferences for Musical Attribute Dimensions Reflect Personality,” co-authored by Stanford assistant professor of organizational behavior Michal Kosinski, music psychologist and lead…August 4, 2016In “Featured Region”Forced Good Behavior Isn’t Good, According to Columbia – New York NewsLet’s explore some of the most interesting stories that have emerged from New York City business schools this week. Columbia Business School: Mandated Corporate Good Behavior Hurts Bottom Line & Reduces Efforts to “Do Good” – CBS Newsroom New research from Columbia Business School professor Shivaram Rajgopal finds that mandatory Corporate Social Responsibility…May 15, 2018In “Featured Home”The Reason Digital Ads Seem So Personal, According to Columbia Business School ResearchAd optimization, at its core, was always about effectively persuading human emotion. Those consumer habits, according to new research from the Columbia Business School, can be traced right down to individual digital footprint, helping “people overcome their human limitations.” In new research entitled “Psychological Targeting as an Effective Approach to Digital…December 7, 2017In “Featured Region”last_img read more

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