The annual American Financial Services Association (AFSA) Vehicle Finance Conference and Expo took place in February in Las Vegas. The event hosted more than 250 members of the auto finance industry, from lenders to auto executives to technology providers. Presenters discussed the latest business trends and innovations in auto finance, as well as changing consumer demands and expectations.Technology, Operational Excellence, and Customer SatisfactionDRN introduced a session in which industry experts shared perspectives on the rapid change in technology and the impact on the auto finance space. The team discussed how ever-changing technology can improve operational excellence (and who doesn’t want to do that?).Four keys to improving operational excellence:Eliminate: Stop doing things that don’t add value continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Officials new estimate the Beatton Airport Road fire is now 12,000 hectares in size.Incident Information Officer Marg Drysdale confirmed that the fire has 112 firefighters assigned to it, along with nine helicopters and 12 pieces of heavy equipment.At this time, Drysdale could not confirm what direction the flames are heading.- Advertisement -An evacuation order issued on Thursday near the fire was expanded to include more residences in the area.Courtesy of PRRD
3. Alex Iwobi (Arsenal) – Alex Iwobi rose to fame after his excellent displays in Arsenals pre-season tournaments and has made some equally impressive cameos across the Gunners competitions this year so far. The winger is still very raw, so some first-team experience in the Championship would help maximise his potential. 6 6 6 6. Patrick Roberts (Manchester City) – Once dubbed the English Messi, Patrick Roberts has fallen victim to Manchester Citys strong foreign contingent and barely featured at all since his £11m summer move from Fulham. His potential is undeniable some of the goals hes plundered at junior level are particularly eye catching but a loan move to a Championship club would definitely seem sensible. The January transfer window is officially open for business and could provide an opportunity for several high profile players to seek first-team football.A host of names in the Premier League have found regular action hard to come by in the first half of the season and may look to move down a league in order to counter that.History suggests a temporary spell away from a club can reap rewards, with Bolton twice the beneficiaries when Daniel Sturridge and Jack Wilshere arrived in previous January’s gone by.So who else should follow suit?talkSPORT takes a look – click the yellow arrow above, right, to see who made our selection… 6 6 4. Patrick Bamford (Chelsea) – He described his time at Crystal Palace as terrible, but Patrick Bamford would still be a shrewd signing for a host of Premier League and Championship clubs. He won the Championship Player of the Year last season after nearly propelling Middlesbrough to promotion, and a similar move seems increasingly likely. It is unlikely Bamford will usurp any of Diego Costa, Loic Remy or Radamel Falcao at Chelsea even despite their struggles so far this campaign. 1. Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea) – check out five more players who could and maybe should go on loan – This was meant to be the season Ruben Loftus-Cheeks career took off but, due to a combination of apparent poor application and a lack of confidence from Jose Mourinho, appearances have been a rarity. Chelsea fans cant fathom why he has barely featured but sitting on the bench isnt good for his development, so a spell away from Stamford Bridge would benefit all parties. 2. Joao Teixeira (Liverpool) – Similarly to Loftus-Cheek, Joao Teixeira will have earmarked the 2015/16 season as his breakthrough year after a successful spell with Brighton last term. His appearances, however, have been fleeting, although he did impress against Bournemouth in the earlier rounds. His time with the Seagulls shows why a similar move would be smart business. 5. Alex Pritchard (Tottenham) – In almost exactly the same circumstances as Bamford, Alex Pritchard was one of the stars of last years Championship after helping Brentford to a surprise play-off place. Many felt Pritchard would play a prominent part in Mauricio Pochettinos plans this season but injuries and the emergence of Dele Alli have curtailed his impact severely. Hes good enough to assist any of the teams fighting relegation in the Premier League, and you could certainly see him at a Norwich or Bournemouth. 6
Slow and SteadyThis week, the Journal of the American College of Cardiology has laid out a simple,new guideline: run at slow speed for just seven minutes every day and cut down on your health risks.Scientists studied over 55,000 adults over a 15-year period to figure out the relationship between running,Slow and SteadyThis week, the Journal of the American College of Cardiology has laid out a simple,new guideline: run at slow speed for just seven minutes every day and cut down on your health risks.Scientists studied over 55,000 adults over a 15-year period to figure out the relationship between running and longevity.Runners had a 30 per cent lower risk of death from all causes and a 45 per cent lower risk of death from heart disease or stroke.They lived,on average, three years longer compared to non-runners. Oddly,those who ran less than an hour a week seemed to have the same health benefits compared to those who ran more than three hours a week. See graphic to know the benefits of running.Fast and IntenseA new set of high-intensity workouts-with just body weight,a chair and a wall-comes from the American College of Sports Medicine.These high-intensity workouts, done at maximum capacity, can produce molecular changes within muscles,comparable to those from several hours of running or bike riding.The 12 exercises should be performed in rapid succession, allowing 30 seconds for each, with 10-second rests in between.They alternate the large muscles in the upper body with those in the lower body, which makes the order of the exercises important. You could get slim and fit by doing them for just seven minutes a day.Sounds too good to be true? Just try it.
Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, has announced prize money of $325,000 for the top-three schools in the Institute of Sports (INSPORTS) 2018 All-Age and Junior High Athletics Championships.The winning school will receive $150,000, with $100,000 for second place and $75,000 for third place.This is in addition to the $50,000 for each of the 10 participating schools to assist with their expenses for the meet, which will take place on April 25 and 26.Minister Grange made the announcement at the press launch of the 40th and final staging of the championships at the National Stadium on April 18.She said the prize money is being awarded for the first time as a goodbye to the staging of the event.“Since this is the last staging, we are giving it something extra. As you know, in the previous years, each of the participating schools was given $50,000, with nothing extra for those emerging as the top three. Now there is much more to compete for and this is the way that we are bidding goodbye to the All-Age and Junior High Championships,” she said.She noted, further, that the meet will be moved from Stadium East to the National Stadium.The 40th staging of this competition is the last, owing to the phasing out of all-age and junior high schools in Jamaica. The process is to be completed next year.As such, the annual All-Age and Junior High Championships will be subsumed into the existing Primary School Athletics Championships.Minister Grange said the change will result in a single, strong primary-school event.“What we are going to be focused on now is the biggest and best primary-school championships that Jamaica will host,” she said.“It is not the end of something. Rather, it is the phasing out of an existing programme to make another existing programme bigger and better,” she added.The Minister pointed out that there are 762 primary schools across Jamaica, and challenged INSPORTS “to go find those schools and make your primary-school competition be the kind of competition where we can fill up the stadium with boys and girls champs”.“That is where we are going,” she said.Education, Youth and Information Minister, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, for his part, noted that the phasing out of the all-age and junior high schools is a positive for Jamaica.He said that every student who sat the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) this year “will have a full place in a high school so… everyone will have a better opportunity for improvement”.Board Director for INSPORTS, Vishu Tolan, said the Institute will continue to create platforms, so that youth are given the best opportunity to showcase their talents.“We… are charting a new course, which will see greater participation at the grassroots level among a raft of programmes we have in the pipeline, such as primary-school netball, football, and track and field. Other disciplines to come on stream soon are hockey, basketball, cricket and chess,” he noted.More than 700 athletes from 10 junior high schools across the island will be participating in 52 events over two days of the athletic competition.These are Windward Road Primary and Junior High; John Mills Infant, Primary and Junior High; Cockburn Gardens Primary and Junior High; Calabar Primary and Junior High; New Day Primary and Junior High; Maverly Primary and Junior High; Constant Spring Primary and Junior High; Shortwood Practising Primary and Junior High; Mico Practising Primary and Junior High; and Swallowfield Primary and Junior High. Story Highlights Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, has announced prize money of $325,000 for the top-three schools in the Institute of Sports (INSPORTS) 2018 All-Age and Junior High Athletics Championships. “Since this is the last staging, we are giving it something extra. As you know, in the previous years, each of the participating schools was given $50,000, with nothing extra for those emerging as the top three. Now there is much more to compete for and this is the way that we are bidding goodbye to the All-Age and Junior High Championships,” she said. The winning school will receive $150,000, with $100,000 for second place and $75,000 for third place.
For a player who played two years of college basketball, former Ohio State forward Jared Sullinger’s rÃ©sumÃ© is hard to top. Sullinger was an All-American in each of his two seasons at OSU, averaging 17.3 points per game and about 9.7 rebounds per game over the course of his collegiate career. As a freshman, he led the Buckeyes to a 34-win season which ended in a Sweet 16 loss. As a sophomore, he led OSU to the Final Four, where their run ended against Kansas. Wednesday, Sullinger announced that he would declare for the 2012 NBA Draft. He is a skilled post player who managed to average 17.5 points per game for his sophomore season, even though he faced double-team or triple-team defense nearly every time he touched the ball in the paint. He was able to do this because of his impressive array of post moves – no player in college basketball last season was better at using the hook shot to score over multiple defenders. Sullinger’s post scoring and rebounding abilities make him a likely top-10 draft selection, but there are many deficiencies in his game that he must overcome to be successful at the professional level. Sullinger stands at 6-foot-9, which is slightly short for an NBA power forward. The bigger problem for Sullinger, however, is that he will be a subpar athlete by NBA standards. He does not have an impressive vertical leap, and lacks the ability to play “above the rim” that most NBA forwards can. Dunking the basketball often looked like a struggle for him during his college career, a skill that comes easy for most NBA power forwards. Additionally, his lack of athleticism will hurt his ability to be an NBA shot-blocker. He averaged less than one block per game over his two-year OSU career, so that has never been a strength of his game. He is a well-built, 265-pound power forward, but even this past season, he often looked like he was still getting used to his body. He has the physical strength to physically dominate opponents in the paint, but his play could often be characterized by a lack of aggressiveness and shying away from contact. He must be more aggressive against NBA big men to make up for his lack of athleticism. Sullinger is often compared to Minnesota Timberwolves power forward Kevin Love. In some facets, this comparison makes sense. Love is slightly taller at 6-foot-10, but like Sullinger, he lacks the height and athleticism of top NBA big men. Love only played one season of college basketball at UCLA, but had similar statistics to Sullinger, averaging 17.5 points and 10.6 rebounds per game. Both players were among the best players in college basketball based on their technical skill sets, even though they lack elite athleticism. Comparing Sullinger to Love now, however, is giving Sullinger too much credit. Love, in his fourth season in the NBA, has emerged as one of the league’s best power forwards. As of Monday afternoon, he ranked 4th in the NBA with 26.5 points per game and 2nd with 13.5 rebounds per game. In addition to the skills Sullinger has, Love is a terrific 3-point shooter, a skill unlikely to translate to the next level for Sullinger. Although Sullinger did shoot 40 percent from beyond the arc in his sophomore season, he only attempted 40 3-point shots. He is a good mid-range field goal shooter in the NBA, but will have to become a more consistent shooter to be successful shooting from beyond the NBA-range 3-point arc. By looking at his statistics and achievements on paper, Sullinger appears to be a very good NBA prospect. However, having watched him over the course of two seasons at OSU, he was not physically impressive enough to convince me that his game will translate to NBA success. Sullinger’s post moves and rebounding ability should make him a productive professional player, but his lack of athleticism, aggressiveness and ability to make plays away from the basket are serious detriments to his NBA potential.
hat perhaps was expected to be an easy win for the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team Saturday might have proved more challenging than originally thought. The Buckeyes (9-3, 4-2) had to overcome a halftime deficit to earn a 10-9 victory at Air Force Saturday, which stumbled into the contest with a 1-4 Eastern College Athletic Conference record. Now on a three-game winning streak, OSU has secured a playoff spot by guaranteeing at least a top-four finish in the ECAC. The Buckeyes are tied for third in the ECAC standings heading into their regular season finale Saturday. No matter what happens during the final weekend of the season, OSU will be joined by Loyola (Md.), Denver and Fairfield in the conference tournament, since Fairfield clinched its playoff spot Saturday with a 10-9 overtime victory at Denver. OSU jumped out to an early 2-0 lead Saturday against Air Force (6-7, 1-5), but let the Falcons climb their way back into the game, finishing the first quarter tied at four. The Falcons, though, took a one-point lead into halftime, 7-6, before conceding three straight goals in the third quarter and falling behind for good. Co-captain and senior attacker Logan Schuss continued his run of good form, scoring four goals for the Buckeyes, including the series of three in the third quarter, and added one assist. It was his third consecutive game where he scored at least five points, bringing his career total moves to 216, 11 back of second place on the Buckeyes’ all-time points list. Co-captain and senior midfielder Dominique Alexander added a career-high five points, including two goals, and senior midfielder Trey Wilkes won 15 of 21 faceoffs. Having missed the last two games due to injury, junior goalkeeper Greg Dutton made his return for OSU in outstanding fashion on Saturday with a career-high 15 saves against the Falcons. The losses to Denver and Loyola earlier in the year mean that the Buckeyes will finish third in the ECAC with a win over Fairfield Saturday but will drop to fourth with a loss. The Buckeyes are set to close the regular season and celebrate their Senior Day at home against Fairfield on Saturday at 1 p.m.
The Jane and Walt Dennis Golf Performance Center allows OSU’s golf programs to practice year round, no matter the weather.Credit: Whitney Wilson / Lantern reporterAbout a year after opening, Ohio State’s $6.3 million state-of-the-art golf facility is paying dividends in more ways than one.Not only are the current OSU golfers able to practice regardless of weather, but the indoor facility is helping the coaches bring in future Buckeyes as well.“It has allowed us to recruit kids from all over the country now, where before most of the kids we were recruiting were from the Midwest or from cold weather climates,” men’s golf coach Donnie Darr said. “That stigmatism of not being able to develop your game in the Midwest because it’s cold is gone now because we do have a place to practice.”The Jane and Walt Dennis Golf Performance Center was named a Design Excellence Recognition Program Award recipient by the American Society of Golf Course Architects earlier this year. The university’s golf programs received the 20,800-square-foot facility in February 2014.Darr said the facility has benefited his players enormously in terms of practicing, in addition to the help in recruiting.“The biggest advantage the facility offers us is that we have the opportunity to develop our skills year-round and we don’t have to take that break for a couple months like we’ve had to do in the past,” Darr said. “In the past, we’ve had four months where other teams were getting better and we weren’t and so we were falling further behind.”Women’s golf coach Therese Hession said players benefit the most when it comes to the finer portions of the game.“The biggest asset has been to our short game, a lot of putting practice, and a lot of short-game chipping and putting,” Hession said. “The facility aids us in putting too, having greens with different surfaces and speeds. Where we were in California (for the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge), greens were really fast, so we were able to adjust to them quicker, whereas in Peoria, Arizona, (for the Westbrook Spring Invitational), it’s a lot slower, so I think speed control has been good for us.”Women’s golf assistant coach Lisa Strom said the facility has also provided a place for players to spend their spare time.“The facility has provided a great environment for not only golf but also the camaraderie between the teams and also amongst ourselves,” Strom said. “You find that the team members come in here a lot more to study and lingering to practice on their own.”Darr said while it is difficult for his team to develop a playing mentality after practicing indoors for half of the year, the players have found a way to get a match mindset.“The playing mentality is hard,” Darr said. “One of the things we do is we try to simulate games. We will simulate a round of golf when they’re hitting balls, we’ll visualize, ‘OK, I’m going to hit the first tee shot at the next tournament’ and they’ll work their way through 18 holes. That’s the best way of getting back into playing again.”Darr said his players are not limited in terms of practicing with specific golf clubs, showing appreciation for the team’s spacious facility.“Mostly the building was designed for chipping and pitching and so we’ve been able to do that a lot in here,” Darr said. “You can also hit golf balls in the building, you can hit it 50 yards before you get to the other end, where there is a net. We also have a net that comes down in the middle of the building, so if we do want to hit pitching wedges or 8-irons inside the building, we can do that as well.”Darr said the building has required little upkeep thus far, sustaining excellent condition.“From a maintenance standpoint on the building, you do have to do a little bit of maintenance to the turf but it’s nothing in depth,” Darr said. “There’s a bunker in there that you’ve got to rake and maintain, but for the most part, it’s fairly common sense practices.”The Buckeyes are set to continue practicing in the facility until traveling to Scottsdale, Ariz., for the Desert Mountain Intercollegiate, scheduled for Friday and Saturday.
Zach Farmer’s No. 34 is written on the mound at Bill Davis Stadium after his passing on Aug. 4, 2015. Credit: Ryan Cooper / Sports EditorStay strong, don’t give up and keep fighting.Those are the words Zach Farmer lived by throughout his battle with cancer; and although the former Ohio State pitcher may have lost his battle with acute myeloid leukemia, he is still inspiring his teammates and coaches to live their lives to the fullest.OSU baseball coach Greg Beals said that Farmer’s legacy will live on well past his 21 years of life.“We learned a lot from Zach and his positive outlook, just that attitude that he was going to make it all good, was absolutely one of his strongest characteristics, no doubt,” Beals said Tuesday afternoon. Farmer passed away earlier that morning.OSU held a memorial service in honor of Farmer’s life at Bill Davis Stadium, where Farmer’s No. 34 was added to the pitcher’s mound in tribute. Beals said he knows Farmer will be watching over his former team.“We’re certainly going to have a guardian angel,” Beals said. “He’ll be there for our pitchers and our whole team. Today, I just felt it was proper to put his number on the mound. We’re going to light this stadium up tonight and keep the lights on tonight, so he can look down on us.”Beals said that Farmer’s fight has brought the team closer, reminding them to hold every day precious.“We talk about brotherhood,” Beals said. “It’s not an opportunity we’re certainly looking for, but it does present an opportunity for that brotherhood to strengthen and grow and that’s what Zach would want, no doubt about it. Not for it to benefit us as a team, but to benefit each of us as individuals, to take advantage of our opportunities, not to take things for granted, that life is precious and we need to attack every day like Zach did.”Adam Niemeyer, a rising redshirt sophomore pitcher for the Buckeyes, said he and his teammates are supporting each other through this tough time.“We’re all just there for each other, helping each other through it, talking to each other and just really praying for Zach’s family because that’s the most important thing right now,” Niemeyer said.Niemeyer said the last time he saw Farmer was when a group of players visited Farmer at his family’s home last week in Piketon, Ohio.“We just hung out with him,” Niemeyer said. ”It was actually during the Hall of Fame induction ceremony when Randy Johnson gave him a shout out. It was pretty cool to be there with him watching that stuff all happen, and we just hung out like it was a normal day — it was a good day.”Then-freshman pitcher Zach Farmer throws a pitch against Toledo on April 2, 2014. Farmer passed away on Tuesday from a second bout of leukemia.Credit: Lantern file photoFarmer was considered a professional prospect before arriving to OSU, but Niemeyer said his attitude didn’t give off the slightest bit of arrogance.“Zach was a great kid,” Niemeyer said. “Great teammate, very unselfish person. He was a very touted recruit out of high school, had the opportunity to get drafted out of high school, but just knowing Zach, you never would’ve known that just from talking to him. He was a very humble kid, good kid, a great teammate, and we’re going to miss him.”In Farmer’s one season at OSU, he compiled a 6-4 record with a 3.28 ERA before being diagnosed with leukemia. Farmer fought hard and initially thought he had beaten the illness — announcing he was cancer free just a couple of months after the diagnosis — but his victory was short-lived as the cancer returned after his body rejected the bone-marrow transplant — a condition known as graft-versus-host disease.Farmer opted to go through a second chemotherapy treatment — which was not compatible with the treatment for GVHD — to try to fight off the cancer, but it was too late, as his lungs began to fail him.Before he passed, Farmer married his girlfriend of four years, Kelsie Mays, who took his last name after marriage. They had their reception in the gymnasium of Farmer’s former school — Piketon High School — on July 19, just days after he learned of his fatal diagnosis.His former teammate Niemeyer said Farmer’s life and death will provide extra motivation for the Buckeyes this upcoming season.“It’s definitely going to be something to play for, it’s always going to be on our minds,” Niemeyer said. “You can never really take anything for granted. It really puts things into perspective, and it will give us something to play for this spring.”Was privileged to know the person behind the pitcher. Gone too soon but his inspiration & love will live on.God bless the Farmer family #RIP— Nick Sergakis (@SurgieeBaby) August 4, 2015Lost a brother today. I will never forget how Zach Farmer inspired me and so many others with his battle. Rest easy Farm Boy #ZF11— Pat Porter (@Pat_Porter3) August 4, 2015
Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl believes he’s already proven he can go head-to-head with the Premier League’s big guns.Since replacing the fired Mark Hughes in December, Hasenhuttl has won four of his 13 games in charge at Southampton and will be chasing number five at Arsenal on Sunday.The former RB Leipzig coach famously grabbed his first victory for Southampton against Arsenal at St Mary’s and, in the process, ended the Gunners’ 22-match unbeaten run.The Saints also held Chelsea to a 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge last month and, therefore, Hasenhuttl sees no reason why he should fear Arsenal or any other top team in the Premier League.“We are focusing on the game against a difficult opponent, a very good opponent that we beat once already this year in a big game with a fantastic performance,” said Hasenhuttl, according to Sky Sports.“I’m not afraid about all the big teams because we showed against Chelsea and Arsenal that we can also play against these teams in good matches and we will need to, that’s for sure.“Every game is difficult but I think in the first game we showed that we can bring this surprising result.”Despite the strong results against the big teams, however, Southampton have fallen back into the relegation zone upon failing to win their last three games.Liverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“To take something in the Emirates Stadium is far away from being easy but we don’t think about that,” said Hassenhuttl.“We know that we can be an opponent in an away game that’s not easy to beat, and that’s the only thing that interests us.“That we can be a strong opponent, that we can take another clean sheet in London, like we did against Chelsea.”The Southampton and Arsenal game will take place at the Emirates Stadium with kick-off set for 3:05 PM (CET).Ready for a big week ahead! 👊 #saintsfc pic.twitter.com/zQ2eALTtlB— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) February 23, 2019