Every game is a must-win for QPR now, admits Chris Ramsey, ahead of Liverpool trip

first_imgQPR manager Chris Ramsey joined the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast on Wednesday and admitted his side must beat Liverpool this weekend to kick off a survival charge.The Hoops are four points adrift of the Premier League relegation zone with four games left to play and Ramsey said: “We have to go for it now.“Liverpool are going to be wounded now from their last game [the defeat to Hull] so we know they are not going to give us anything but we can’t really worry about them, we just have to try and get a positive result any way we can.“They are all must-win games for us now. We are four points away from our nearest rival above the line, so we have to get as many points as we can now.“We know with the players we have got we can perform to a level that will allow us to get the points we need.”last_img read more

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Animal cruelty case to be sent back for sentencing

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Harter was placed on probation for five years for the felony count and barred from owning or possessing animals during that period. She also was ordered to pay $371,090 in restitution to Los Angeles County. The order from the 2nd District Court of Appeal to send the case back for sentencing stemmed from Harter’s appeal of her conviction, which focused on the legality of a search of her home that resulted in the seizure of the animals and cited inadequacy of counsel for not renewing at trial a motion to suppress evidence based on what she claimed was an illegal search. The three-judge appellate panel declined to rule on the merits of Harter’s arguments, saying those issues would be better addressed through a petition for a writ of habeas corpus, which would allow Harter’s attorney to explain why the motion was not renewed, rather than through a direct appeal. The ruling also concluded that the case must be sent back to the trial court for imposition of sentence on the misdemeanor counts. At the time of sentencing, according to the appeals court’s ruling, Antelope Valley Superior Court Judge Lisa Chung told Harter, “I do not see any point in having you on misdemeanor probation, since you are already on felony probation. … However, the court is not going to impose any other conditions or fines, and I am going to indicate no probation, so you have one probation to worry about on Count 1, and that’s felony probation.” LANCASTER – A 74-year-old retired school cafeteria manager convicted of animal cruelty for keeping more than 200 Chihuahuas at her home must return to court once more. An appeals court has ruled that the judge should have imposed a sentence for four misdemeanor counts on which Emma Harter was convicted. “She was convicted on one felony. That stands. She got probation on that,” Deputy Attorney General Sharlene Honnaka said. “On the misdemeanor counts, the judge did not give her a sentence. A judge is required to say some kind of sentence – she can say probation or whatever. She is required to give some kind of sentence on it.” Harter was convicted in March 2004 of one count of felony animal cruelty and four misdemeanor counts: battery on an animal-control officer, animal endangering, unsanitary conditions and failure to isolate sick animals. “Upon conviction, it is the duty of the court to pass sentence on the defendant and impose the punishment prescribed. Pursuant to this duty, the court must either sentence the defendant or grant probation in a lawful manner; it has no other discretion,” the appeals court ruling said. “We express no opinion on how the trial court should exercise its sentencing discretion,” the ruling added. Karen Maeshiro, (661) 267-5744 karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Agents find dead, dying in desert

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Since last Oct. 1, there have been more than 400 in the Rio Grande Valley sector – one of five sectors in Texas – compared with 159 all of the previous year. For the full U.S.-Mexico border, more than 2,350 rescues have been made so far this year; 2,577 were made the previous year. Immigrant advocates find irony in the concept of Border Patrol agents as saviors – especially, they say, when the agency’s intensified apprehensions have led migrants to use routes through deadlier terrain. “They’re knowingly pushing the flow of undocumented immigrants into danger,” said Nathan Selzer of the Valley Movement for Human Rights. “It seems a little disingenuous to say, `Look at all the ones we save.”‘ The Border Patrol’s Search, Trauma and Rescue team, known as Borstar, was formed in 1998 as apprehended immigrants increasingly told agents about people left deep in the brush or desert. Today, the unit has 194 agents, including two women. Their training regimen includes desert marches, rappelling with body baskets, sleep deprivation and medical training – skills the agents say are essential. FALFURRIAS, Texas – Border Patrol Agent J. Kicklighter admits to being an adrenaline junkie, which may be what it takes to save illegal immigrants lost in the inhospitable terrain of deep South Texas. A member of an elite Border Patrol unit focused on rescues, he can track someone with a faxed image of a shoe tread, or find a 911 caller by juxtapositions of windmills and mesquite trees mapped in his head. “It’s not checkers,” he said. “It’s chess.” The Border Patrol regularly releases tallies on rescues, which it defines as “any incident where lack of intervention by the Border Patrol would result in death or serious bodily injury.” “There’s really nobody else to do it, when you think about it,” Agent Isaac David said. “Someone’s missing in the desert, in the brush; who you going to call? There’s really nobody to look for the people.” In May, the body of a 3-year-old boy was found using a faxed image of his mother’s shoe print. Unable to keep up with the rest of their group, the two had been left in the Arizona desert. The mother went for help and got picked up by the Border Patrol, who told Borstar of the missing child. Agents tracked her print by flashlight for seven hours before finding the boy, who had died. Borstar agents are, however, part of the Border Patrol, and when they are not rescuing immigrants they are hunting them. Immigration experts see a direct correlation between crackdowns in urban areas and a rise in immigrant deaths in the Southwest’s deserts, mountains and ranch scrub. “They’ve basically transferred flows away from California and El Paso into Arizona, New Mexico and the more remote parts of the Rio Grande Valley,” said Doug Massey, a Princeton University sociologist. Mario Villarreal, assistant chief for the Border Patrol’s Rio Grande Valley sector, said blame for the deaths should fall on the smugglers, sometimes known as coyotes. “Many of the people that we encounter have fallen into distress because the smuggler has abandoned the group,” he said. On another day, David and Agent Joe Puebla join other agents tracking a new group of illegal immigrants, which apparently has split up. There is a flash of color in the brush, and then a man and two women step out. One woman is 18 and says she is traveling alone, from Honduras. The man, 28, and other woman, 26, are from Guatemala. They plead wearily to be let go, saying they are only a day’s walk to Houston. “No,” David says with emphasis. “The coyotes lie. Houston is four to five hours – by car.” Both women cry; the man looks listless. “When did you eat last?” David asks. “Are you thirsty?” They say it has been two days without food, and that they are thirsty. “Don’t cry, don’t cry,” David says. “You are lucky. This week already, six people have died.” Back in the Humvee, David admits sometimes a small voice says, “Let them go.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img
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Let the show go on

first_imgIn his brief, three-year political career, Arnold Schwarzenegger has played a wide range of roles: The brash outsider, the unstoppable reformer, the arrogant over-reacher, and the sensible statesman. It’s been quite a show. But beyond merely entertaining us, Schwarzenegger has brought a pragmatic flair to bureaucratic and partisan Sacramento. And he’s engineered real solutions to some of the state’s most pressing problems. This act deserves a sequel, and Schwarzenegger deserves another term in office. Of all the governor’s political accomplishments, perhaps none is more remarkable than the way he’s rehabilitated his political career since last year’s “Year of Reform” debacle. Schwarzenegger’s transformation has been a powerful testament to his leadership. Realizing that he can no longer steamroll his agenda through Sacramento, Schwarzenegger has opted for a more collaborative tone. He’s dropped the antagonistic rhetoric, and sought out areas of compromise with legislative Democrats. The results have been impressive. Working together, Schwarzenegger and the Democrats passed a balanced budget on time. They put together the infrastructure-bond package that will appear on November’s ballot. They worked out their differences and enacted a minimum-wage hike. And to top it all off, they took on global warming and reforming the Los Angeles Unified School District. Not bad for a year’s work. To be sure, there are other critical, more contentious issues that remain unresolved, such as redistricting, budget reform and public-employee pensions. But through their cooperation, Schwarzenegger and legislative leaders have provided a blueprint for how sensible reform can be achieved. It’s a refreshing change from Sacramento’s old style of pig-headed, partisan politics — a style that Schwarzenegger’s opponent, Treasurer Phil Angelides, has come to embody. Ever since the launch of the recall drive against Gray Davis three years ago, Angelides has set out to be Sacramento’s chief obstructionist. Even when Schwarzenegger and Democrats worked together during his first year in office, Angelides refused to play along, opting instead to stoke partisan passions. As a candidate for governor, Angelides has staked his campaign on an economically destructive call for tax hikes. Rhetorically, he likes to talk about President Bush and the Iraq war — grist for the base, to be sure, but irrelevant to the needs of California and the responsibilities of its governor. The distinction couldn’t be more clear: Angelides, the partisan and ideologue, vs. Schwarzenegger, the centrist and pragmatist. The governor has held firm in some areas, such as his refusal to raise taxes, while making compromises in others, such as in boosting education spending, with the goal of making California more stable, healthy and prosperous. No, Arnold hasn’t been the superhero we might have hoped for, but he has been far more of a statesman than anyone ever imagined. It’s a role he ought to keep playing for four more years. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe Christmas Truce of 1914 proved that peace is possible160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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West Ham midfielder is a £100m player, says Manuel Pellegrini

first_img Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade scrap LATEST 1 SORRY Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions West Ham United boss Manuel Pellegrini believes Jack Wilshere has saved the club £100million.The England midfielder joined the Hammers on a three-year deal in July after leaving Arsenal at the end of his contract. Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos RANKED BEST OF Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? center_img The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 whoops Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update latest Wilshere had been sidelined with an ankle injury for three months before making his return as a late substitute in West Ham’s 3-0 win at Newcastle on Saturday.The 26-year-old’s career has been plagued by injuries, which made his high-profile arrival at the London Stadium a “high risk”, according to his manager.Pellegrini said: “We knew before he was not a player who would be available for every game, every week, but was a player of a quality that is not easy to bring to West Ham at a price we could afford. Injuries have restricted Jack Wilshere to just five appearances this season Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ “Maybe players of the quality of Wilshere at this moment can cost £100million, £90million, £70million. Good creative midfielders are very expensive.“He wanted to play at West Ham, we took the risk and it has not been a good month for him but we have the second part of the season and I hope he will play most part of the games.”Wilshere will be pushing for a start when West Ham host Cardiff on Tuesday evening. revealed REPLY Latest football news gameday cracker last_img read more

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Celtic appoint Chris Davies as Brendan Rodgers’ assistant manager

first_img“I am looking forward to meeting all the players and staff and working with them to give the supporters a team to be proud of.”Rodgers said that Davies would make a positive impact at the club as he aims to deliver domestic and European success next season. “I am delighted to bring Chris to Celtic, he is a magnificent coach and someone I know will make a hugely positive contribution to the club,” he said.“He is ready and prepared for the challenge at Celtic and I know that Chris, like myself, can’t wait to get going next season. Celtic have made the first addition to manager Brendan Rodgers’ backroom team with the appointment of Chris Davies as assistant manager.Davies has left his position as first team coach at Reading to be reunited with Rodgers, who he worked with at both Swansea and Liverpool.“Celtic is huge club with such a special place in world football. It is a great honour and a proud moment for me to be named assistant manager,” Davies told Celtic’s official website.“I have worked with Brendan over a number of years, as a player and a coach, and it will be fantastic to team up with him again. I know all about his affection for Celtic and his appetite for taking on this great job. “He has worked with me previously, he is someone I know and trust and he will be a great addition to my team and to the club.” Davies will complete his move to the club on June 1.last_img read more

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Rodgers called Celtic huddle to press ‘reset’ after loss

first_imgBrendan Rodgers wants Celtic to hit the “reset” button after their unbeaten run came to an end.The Parkhead manager called his players into an impromptu huddle on the Tynecastle pitch following Celtic’s crushing 4-0 defeat at the hands of Hearts.The result brought to an end their run of 69 domestic games unbeaten and Rodgers was keen to remind them of their historic achievement.He said: “Firstly, congratulations to Hearts, they were the better team today and deserved to win the game. He added: “My feeling is pride for the players. The run of 69 games comes to an end; a real historic achievement, remarkable.“The players will go down in history because I am not sure it will be done again but certainly in our lifetimes it won’t be done and the players can take pride in that.”Rodgers bemoaned Celtic’s defensive performance in the 4-0 defeat, which saw his backline struggle to handle Hearts’ attack.He said: “Defensively we struggled. Hearts played a direct game which is fine and we failed to cope with Lafferty in the first period.“He gave our two centre-halves problems and you have to defend well to win a game.“It is in the past now. We have to hit the reset button.” “I have said over many months, if the players weren’t human I would say they would never lose.“It was always going to happen. It is not nice when it does.“I wanted to pull the players together and let them be aware that they were better than us today and we have to accept that.“What they have done is absolutely amazing but to use this feeling that they haven’t felt for 18 months, use it as a lever moving forward and let’s learn from it and be better for it.”last_img read more

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First-place Waupaca nets win over Marshfield girls hockey

first_imgComets 9, Tigers 3Marshfield 2 1 0 – 3Waupaca 3 3 3 – 9First period: 1. W, Mandy Tomlinson, 0:23; 2. W, Tomlinson, 5:13; 3. W, Brianne Huettner (Tomlinson, Markie Ash), 8:36; 4. M, Morgan Larson, 12:18; 5. M, Larson (Kaylee Geiger), 16:03.Second period: 6. W, Tomlinson (Katerina Otter, Huettner), 0:39; 7. W, Ash (Tomlinson), 12:55; 8. W, Ash (Jamie Slattery, Avrey Simonson), 13:35; 9. M, Larson, 16:47.Third period: 10. W, Huettner (Ash, Simonsen), 1:56; 11. W, Tomlinson (Slattery), 2:12; 12. W, Tomlinson, 9:57.Saves: M, Maddie Hall 36; W, Cassie Rasmussen 19.Records: Marshfield 5-12, 4-6 Great Northern Conference; Waupaca 18-2, 8-1 GNC. By Paul LeckerSports ReporterWAUPACA – Mandy Tomlinson scored five goals and assisted on two others as first-place Waupaca toppled Marshfield 9-3 in a Great Northern Conference girls hockey game Monday night at the Waupaca Expo Center.Tomlinson scored twice in the first period and added two more in the third as the Comets won to maintain a one-half game lead over Northern Edge on top of the GNC standings. Waupaca is now 18-2 overall and 8-1 in the conference. Marshfield falls to 5-12 and 4-6 in the GNC.Waupaca led 3-0 before Morgan Larson scored twice for the Tigers to cut the deficit to one after the first period.Waupaca responded with three-straight goals and after another Larson goal, the Comets scored three more in the final period to preserve the victory.Waupaca held a 45-22 advantage in shots on goal. Maddie Hall made 36 saves for the Tigers.Marshfield plays a nonconference game at Black River Falls on Tuesday.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)last_img read more

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A story of a loyalty app: How mobile applications can keep improving your customer experience

first_img Posted on 12th November 2019Digital Marketing FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+share HomeDigital MarketingA story of a loyalty app: How mobile applications can keep improving your customer experience A story of a loyalty app: How mobile applications can keep improving your customer experienceYou are here: Related postsLytics now integrates with Google Marketing Platform to enable customer data-informed campaigns14th December 2019The California Consumer Privacy Act goes live in a few short weeks — Are you ready?14th 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 2019 Having incorporatedmobile applications into our daily lives, it’s extremely difficult to imagine aworld without them. This is also why statistics such as those reporting that theaverage smartphone owner uses about 30 apps per month come as no surprise toanyone. At the same time, knowing that an ordinary retail customer is active insix or seven loyalty programs, we can reasonably assume that those 30applications must include at least one loyalty app – though we shoulddefinitely expect more. Why is that information relevant? Because it shows thatusing loyalty apps has become a common element of our day-to-day lives.In fact, someretailers consider their loyalty applications to be the best channel ofcommunication for driving business. The prospect of benefits in the form ofdiscounts and rewards helps companies convince their clients to download theapps and share their personal data – information which can later be used forcreating personalized customer journeys and product offers that are more likelyto hit the spot. Yet,considering that we are living in a time where attention spans are becomingalarmingly shorter, companies cannot expect their clients to be highly engagedwith their loyalty applications at all times. That is, unless they keep makingthem even more attractive and, in some ways, more addictive.The important question is — how? UI designNobody wantsto use an app if the interface is poorly designed. An app should be user-friendlyfrom the moment it’s launched. Of course, this does not change the fact thatits visuals need to be attention-grabbing and in line with current trends;every entrepreneur knows that we all buy with our eyes. Nonetheless,companies still need to focus on keeping things practical. To help retailers find that the right balance, today’s technology providers are now incorporating the latest artificial intelligence/machine learning algorithms into their loyalty management systems. Thanks to those technological innovations, companies can find patterns in their customers’ behavior, analyze them, and use their findings to design a UI that meets their clients’ needs or allows users to adjust its layout without any IT expertise. In-store shopping experienceApart frombeing practical in terms of design, a modern loyalty app needs to be of use inthe real world, meaning it has to serve a particular purpose (or several) inthe shopping environment, such as providing customers with personalized,location-dependent product offers.To do that, youcan turn your app into a virtual guide that directs clients to designated storeareas (indoor navigation), or one that presents them with new product offersusing push messages whenever a customer goes by a given stand or anyproduct-related object (proximity marketing).Neither should we forget about mobile payments, which allow customers to buy products using discount coupons, loyalty points, or their stored credit cards. Today’s clients can also save a lot of time by placing their orders in advance, paying for products ahead of their arrival in the store. This functionality was perfected by Starbucks, whose application was recently found to be the most popular loyalty rewards app (48%) on its market. The app allows users to buy a cup of coffee while on their way to a selected Starbucks Café and pick up their order as soon as they get there – helping them to avoid waiting in line.Out-of-store engagementDon’t be under the impression that indoor experience is the only area in which an app can drive customer loyalty effectively. To make apps more popular among their target clients, companies have to find a way to engage them outside of retail stores. Here’s where gamification comes in. Badges, leaderboards, quizzes, mini-games – all of these can help form an emotional connection between a client and the app. Gamification elements also happen to be essential for introducing special offers that are exclusive to the most dedicated mobile app users. The list of possibilities goes on, and they’re all worth a try.Customer serviceLast but not least, it is vital to provide the right customer support at any given moment. Whenever a customer is looking for a solution to a problem, the app should offer some valid options for self-service (FAQ or knowledge base, for example), and a means of interacting with a company representative either through a contact form or via live chat. Customers should also have the opportunity to rate the app and its services, so that a company can fix and improve it over time. Loyalty apps are still evolving, becoming ever more technologically advanced solutions. Therefore, in order to become successful at driving better loyalty results, each company needs to begin by working with a well-known and trusted technology provider that can cover all of the abovementioned ground. Although choosing a provider may be easier said than done, the important thing is to find the one that meets your company’s needs and requirements. The post A story of a loyalty app: How mobile applications can keep improving your customer experience appeared first on Marketing Land.From our sponsors: A story of a loyalty app: How mobile applications can keep improving your customer experiencelast_img read more

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WATCH: An amazing night at Wembley

first_imgBrazil WATCH: Samba, bagpipes, shirtless Englishman and Neymar at Wembley – England 0-0 Brazil Goal Last updated 1 year ago 16:55 11/15/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy England Brazil Friendly 14112017 Getty Brazil England v Brazil England Friendlies There may not have been any goals as the two sides played out a stalemate at the historic venue – but Brasil Global Tour brought the party to London Two great nations in football history went head-to-head at an iconic venue on Tuesday as the Chevrolet Brasil Global Tour reached the final leg of the 2017. England and Brazil may well have played out a goalless draw at Wembley Stadium, but the sell-out crowd made it a night to remember.last_img read more

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