Broncos second-year coach Vance Joseph gets another shot

first_imgDenver Broncos head coach Vance Joseph jokes with reporters during a news conference as players report to training camp Friday, July 27, 2018, at the team’s headquarters in Englewood, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — No, Vance Joseph never felt as if he was drinking out of a firehose when the Denver Broncos stumbled through a 5-11 season in his first year as head coach last year. That’s how general manager John Elway has repeatedly described what it must have been like for a first-year head coach in the NFL.“That’s not my personality, so I didn’t feel that way,” Joseph told The Associated Press. “My focus was purely on trying to flip it and get us back on a winning path. I think being a young head coach and being a young coach is a different deal. I’m not a young coach. I’ve been a part of teams that have gone through adversity so I kind of knew what the issues were.”Turnovers.A sieve of an offensive line.Locker room rifts.A lack of chemistry, the byproduct of another protracted quarterback competition.Still, “I think overwhelmed, that’s not the word,” Joseph said.Denver’s dive, which included eight losses by double digits, was a shock to a city and a franchise that had a ticker-tape parade just two years earlier, and Elway acknowledged that he pondered firing Joseph at season’s end.“That’s the direction I want to go, but it’s my responsibility to think about other options to see what would be best for the football team,” Elway said in January. “We thought about different options, but ultimately, my goal was to stick with Vance and give him that shot.”Elway, who had riled up his players by calling them soft during an eight-game skid, said he shared in the blame for Joseph’s deficient debut and needed to surround him with better personnel.Joseph replaced nearly half of his coaching staff while Elway embarked on a massive roster upgrade .He signed quarterback Case Keenum in free agency and all 10 members of his ballyhooed 2018 draft class spent four years in college and most were captains. That’s a far cry from the previous two classes that were loaded with raw athleticism, long-term projects and plenty of question marks.Joseph seems much more comfortable in his second season.“I don’t see it as a do-over. It’s hard in this league. You don’t get do-overs, unfortunately. But it’s a new year and obviously last year wasn’t good enough,” Joseph said.The hands-off philosophy Joseph brought to Denver last year has vanished.“I think it’s a fine line between micromanaging and coaching coaches. And I didn’t want to ever be micromanaged as an assistant coach because in my mind I was doing the best I could for that head coach and the best I could for that football team. And I took great pride in coaching my guys and being the best group on the field every day in the meeting rooms or on the field,” Joseph said.“So, in my mind every coach would feel that way and every coach would want to coach that way. So, I was cautious in interrupting coaches’ drills, interrupting coaches’ ways of doing things because I had an experienced staff.”That led to the notion that Joseph was still acting like an assistant coach last year while offensive coordinator Mike McCoy continued operating as though he were still a head coach before getting fired at midseason.Joseph vehemently denies that was the case.“I thought Mike did a great job every week of accepting his role and we talked every week about the game plan, so that’s not true,” Joseph said.“I worked for a lot of coaches who didn’t micromanage me, Gary Kubiak, Marvin Lewis, great guys who have won a lot of games. So, that’s not true. Our staff last year we discussed every game plan that we put forward and again it was the best thing for our players at the time.“So, our thought process early on was to be an explosive offense. We were 3-1. It wasn’t perfect. But it was working. Now, turning the ball over, not protecting the quarterback, those things affected how we played on offense. But not Mike trying to be in total control, that’s not true.”Still, Joseph said he has to coach his coaches better, and by that, he means challenging them.“I don’t coach the receivers, I don’t coach the running backs or offensive line. I’m a defensive backs guy, I’m a defensive guy. So, I think asking the right questions and triggering more thought process on how we can do things better. Or simply seeing it differently than the coach and saying, ‘Why don’t we do it that way?’” Joseph said.“Now, I can be wrong, but I think simply asking more questions is a simple way of helping the coaches get better and helping our football team get better and not letting anything slide.”Joseph realizes he won’t get another chance if things don’t change.“Winning football games is a must this year,” he said. “We have to do that. That’s why they hired me.”And why Elway stuck with him.___For more NFL coverage: and Arnie Melendrez Stapleton on Twitter: read more

Mallard’s Team of the Week — Hume Innkeepers Men’s Indoor Champs

first_imgBefore all amateur sports in the Heritage City were shutdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Hume Innkeepers took care of some unfinished business by capturing the Nelson Men’s Indoor Soccer Championships at the Nelson Youth Indoor Facility on Cedar Street.The Innkeepers defeated Whitecaps Prospects 11-5 in the Indoor Final. Mallard’s Source for sports would like to salute the Innkeepers as Team of the  Week.The Innkeepers include Kevin Lewis, Ryan Lewis, Josiah Mori, Matty Tyler, Gabriel Price, Dylan Bennet, Chris Parenteau, Jonathan Brinias, Luke Mori, Mike Parenteau and Zeke Grimshaw.last_img read more

Europe reaches boiling point with knockout stage places on the line

first_imgClick here for the European Rugby Champions Cup Round 5 fixturesRepresentatives from Europe’s top professional leagues, the Aviva Premiership, the Guinness PRO12 and the TOP 14, are in the running both for the last eight as well as the critical advantage of a home quarter-final, and all Champions Cup matches will be televised live on either BT Sport, Sky Sports or Sky Italia.Holders, Saracens, have their sights set on another Champions Cup milestone when they travel to Scarlets live on Sky Sports on Sunday seeking a record 14th straight win in the tournament (watch a compilation video of their 13 wins here).As the only club to date with four wins, Sarries have breathing space at the top of Pool 3 and they can book their place in the quarter-finals with another victory, but will be wary of an opposition that has won both of this season’s matches at Parc y Scarlets. RC Toulon meet Sale Sharks in the other match in the pool hoping to further their claim for a spot in the last eight.Last weekend’s bonus point victory for Munster Rugby over Racing 92 has put them in control of Pool 1 and they can also qualify for the quarter-finals if they get the better of Glasgow Warriors at Scotstoun on Saturday.There is plenty at stake at the Ricoh Arena too where Wasps clash with Toulouse in a repeat of the 2004 final live on BT Sport. The two clubs are locked on 13 points at the top of a highly-competitive Pool 2 along with Connacht Rugby, who host Zebre Rugby.Three-time tournament winners, Leinster Rugby, can secure their place in the last eight with victory over Montpellier when Round 5 of the Champions Cup kicks off at the RDS Arena tomorrow evening.ASM Clermont Auvergne are the leading TOP 14 contenders and they can also progress to the knockout stage if they get the better of Bordeaux-Bègles at Stade Chaban-Delmas on Sunday.Meanwhile, Harlequins and Edinburgh Rugby are well versed in Challenge Cup crunch matches having been tournament winners in 2001, 2004 and 2011, and runners-up in 2015 respectively. Their Pool 5 confrontation at the Twickenham Stoop on Saturday could be defining as a bonus-point win for Quins will almost certainly see them through to the last eight.Click here for the European Rugby Challenge Cup Round 5 fixturesBristol Rugby take back-to-back wins over Pau into the resumption of their West Country rivalry with Bath Rugby at Ashton Gate Stadium live on BT Sport. Tomorrow’s Pool 4 clash could go a long way to deciding the pool with Bristol currently in third spot, three points behind leaders Bath and Cardiff Blues, who entertain Pau.Ospreys are the only club with a maximum 20 point-haul and they can seal a home quarter-final with a win when Lyon visit the Liberty Stadium on Sunday.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Once again, fans will be expecting the traditional nailbiting drama associated with Rounds 5 and 6 and if some clubs see qualification for the quarter-finals as a long shot at the moment, it’s worth remembering that Exeter Chiefs won their Champions Cup pool last season with 16 points. The road to the Edinburgh finals and possible European glory next May will become clearer over the coming two weekends as coveted knockout stage places are on the line for Champions Cup and Challenge Cup contenders alike.last_img read more

Northwestern State Advances to Semifinals Behind Defense

first_imgNorthwestern State will take on No. 1 seed Stephen F. Austin in the semifinals of the conference tournament tomorrow afternoon at 1:30 p.m. CT. Balanced effort across the board from you guys.  Offensively, defensively, you had 12 digs, 12 assist. What’s the difference between this match and the other two against Sam Houston? The Lady Demons were even more impressive defensively in the second set, holding the Bearkats to a -.088 hitting percentage while hitting .200. Northwestern State’s first team all-conference selection senior right-side hitter Mackenzie Neely led offensively with three kills in eight attempts. Senior outside hitter Stacey DiFrancesco led defensively for the Lady Demons with five digs as senior setter Emily Johnson and sophomore libero Bailey Martin combined for another six. Sam Houston State’s freshman outside hitter Brooke White had a set high six digs. “Yes, yes.  Offense is a huge part of the game.  I think our offense has been very good until a couple of weeks ago.  I know we have a setter with a bad back.   We have some health issues we don’t talk about a lot.  I am being very up front and honest with you.  We got about four players out … uh … we just got some injuries that we are struggling through.  And I think they are coming to the forefront.” “Our offense was terrible.” Northwestern State captured the first set 25-16 with strong defense, holding Sam Houston State to a -.070 hitting percentage. The Lady Demons hit .167 for the set as redshirt-junior outside hitter Caiti O’Connell led with four kills on six attempts for a .500 hitting percentage. Sophomore setter Natalie Jaeger made a set high eight digs in the opening set for Northwestern State. All told, the Lady Demons hit .198 on the night while holding Sam Houston State to a -.026 hitting percentage. Caiti O’Connell led offensively for Northwestern State with eight total kills on 13 attempts. Natalie Jaeger recorded 12 digs for the Bearkats to lead on defense. Sam Houston States’ Wells-Gibson had a match high 12 kills for the Bearkats, while sophomore libero Claire Kilpatrick tallied a match high 17 digs. “When our middle went down a couple weeks ago, and I did not think that she could get in.  Then all of a sudden she gets out here and practices like a crazy lady and this is exactly how I feel you are asking me.  I had already turned in my line up and it is kind hard to sub out two people for one. I thought we took too long to get started after that.  I think it was our lack of… we just been out of sync for the last couple weeks.  And I don’t know what it is. I think that the match could have gone either way at particular times.  But for me, I don’t know. I just don’t think my team has played that well the last two weeks.  I just don’t know what to say other than that. It is not anything in particular that they did.  They played good.  But you are asking me to compare the three times we played each other. I don’t know.” Box ScorePhoto GalleryNo. 5 Northwestern State 3, No. 4 Sam Houston State 0NATCHITOCHES, La. – Tournament host and fifth seeded Northwestern State defeated fourth seeded Sam Houston State 3-0 (25-16, 25-17, 25-23) in the Southland Volleyball Tournament Friday evening to wrap up quarterfinal action. The Lady Demons move on to the semifinals for the second year in a row after reaching the championship match a year ago. “Started to turn it around…” Obviously you have played great defense all year long. But did you foresee holding a team like that to a negative three percentage? “Oh, I completely agree. I think tonight all of our hitters were on.  I think it just comes down to everyone, you know Caiti, Glynna, Vanessa; everyone was going out their swinging with all they had. And I think that is a big part on why we won this because we were aggressive the entire time against them.” For tournament information, including a link to live stats, go to Semifinal matches of the tournament will be streamed live on the Southland Conference Digital Network.QuotesNorthwestern State Co-Head Coach Hugh Hernesman “We kind of put her on an island defensively. We put her in a position to dig a lot of balls and she did that. When she got the opportunity, she made those digs. That opportunity today for Natalie was to make some big plays and stand out. She is an unsung player in our program. She’s had a big year; she makes good decisions and plays with a lot of intensity.” “I really just think that tonight, we clicked on all facets of our game. Obviously, because it is a conference tournament, everyone comes out with a different mentality to really compete and do whatever it takes to win. And I think tonight, we definitely had that mentality and we were just ready to do whatever it takes to get the victory.” On facing Sam Houston’s Deveney Wells-Gibson The third set, it looked like you turned it around, but obviously… It certainly was a different outcome from when you guys came here (NSU).  It was a tough back and forth in the season.  From your estimation, what was difference between the meetings from before and tonight? “Each time around we had a good game plan against them. The first time we played them we didn’t execute it at all. The second time we played them, we executed it but struggled offensively which was why we lost. Today, we really came together.” On winning its first match in three tries vs. SHSU this season Northwestern State Setter Natalie Jaeger “I think it definitely was different from when we played them in the past.  But I think again, a lot of that is credit to our blockers.  Our blockers did a great job.  Defensively we left it all out on the floor.  And we really executed the system that we out to execute tonight.” Offensively, Caiti O’Connell hitting .462, Glynna was good. Again, kind of the same thing on offense as it was on defense.  From your stand point, do you agree or disagree? You touched on a little slow offensively. “I would be remised if I didn’t acknowledge the career that Deveney (Wells-Gibson) has had at Sam Houston. She is probably one of the best this conference has ever seen. We blocked them early and we served really well early.” Sam Houston State Head Coach Brenda Gray A little too late at that point On the play of NSU sophomore Natalie Jaeger In the third set, Northwestern State hit .222 and clinched the match with a 25-3 victory. The Lady Demons continued their defensive presence but Sam Houston State improved its hitting percentage to .081. Mackenzie Neely and Caiti O’connell combined for six kills for Northwestern State, while Bailey Martin contributed four digs. Sam Houston State first team all-conference senior outside hitter Deveney Wells-Gibson had a set high six kills on 10 attempts for the Bearkats.last_img read more

Rampant timber smuggling in Myanmar as forest service restructures

first_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored Forest Loss, Forests, Governance, Illegal Logging, Illegal Timber Trade, International Trade, Rainforests, Tropical Forests Article published by Genevieve Belmakercenter_img As Myanmar works to restructure to private sector management of the country’s forestry and timber resources, reports of illegal logging are surging.Until now, a government entity called the Myanma Timber Enterprise (MTE) has been managing forestry resources and overseeing the export of timber products.Myanmar instituted a domestic logging ban from 2016-2017 that forbade private export of timber resources, but it did little to stop illegal activity.Since April of this year alone in just one of the country’s seven regions, there were 276 reported cases of illegal logging, along with 656 tons of seized timber and 59 vehicles. As Myanmar works to restructure its national timber authority and adopt a new fiscal calendar, the Southeast Asian country continues to struggle to control illegal logging. The country’s forestry management agency, Myanma Timber Enterprise (MTE) announced earlier this year it plans to restructure under private sector management.Myanmar ended a one-year ban on domestic logging for export on anything other than MTE-stamped and stockpiled wood in 2017. The MTE has claimed that the illegal harvest and export of both prized teak and non-teak wood was “drastically reduced” during the ban.It was reportedly largely ineffective.In-country journalists and other eyewitnesses on the ground point to continued trafficking seizures and millions in payoffs believed to have been made to Burmese officials at just one border crossing with China. In addition, according to the Tropical Timber Market Report, there could be complex legal ramifications if plans to restructure the forestry department as a corporation within the government go through. The earliest the changes would into effect beginning in 2020.Over the past 15 months since the end of the logging ban, there were 1,425 registered cases of illegal logging just in the centrally located Magway Region, according to officially released data. That’s more than 2,600 tons of illegal timber ferried mostly toward border points by 345 trucks.It’s believed that teak and other types of timber are smuggled along a regular route through the area that traverses into Malaysia and Thailand via a series of townships in the restive northern Rakhine State.There are no estimates of numbers of unregistered cases in the region. It’s also not clear why data for the country’s other seven regions were not announced. Full statistics and information about the country’s overall illegal logging situation are nearly impossible to obtain because a fair amount of illegal activity is nearly impossible to track.A villager from Mahu poses with his chainsaw in front of one other source of meager local income: a mat made of dry bamboo. Photo by Ann Wang for Mongabay.Much of Myanmar’s illegal logging work is done at the individual and village level. Some villages are so well-organized that each participating person has a specific job and efforts to conceal illegal activity are coordinated and well-organized.Myanmar recently announced that the change in its fiscal calendar would include a transitional period from April-September. Its new fiscal year will start to run from October-September.Officials have told local media that since April 2018 alone, the Magway Region Forestry Department reported 276 illegal logging cases, 656 tons of illegal timber, and 59 vehicles. The smuggled timber was mostly teak and hardwood.FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page.last_img read more

Marshfield boys tennis wins WVC finale over Wisconsin Rapids

first_imgTigers end WVC season with 2-3 recordBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARSHFIELD — Bryce Gadke and Jacob Limmex each won in straight sets, and the Marshfield boys tennis team finished its Wisconsin Valley Conference regular-season schedule with a 4-3 win over Wisconsin Rapids on Thursday at the Boson Courts.Gadke won at the No. 1 singles and Limmex at No. 2 by identical 6-3, 6-3 scores.Dylan Handrich and Sam Trudeau won in straight sets at No. 1 doubles, and Tanner Boson and Tom Kruger won in three sets, 6-2, 6-7 (3), 6-3, at No. 3 doubles for Marshfield’s other two wins.The Tigers finish the WVC dual meet schedule with a 2-3 record. Marshfield will compete at the Tomah Quad on Saturday and at the Wisconsin Valley Conference Tournament on Tuesday at Wausau East and West high schools.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of 4, Wisconsin Rapids 3Singles: 1. Bryce Gadke (M) def. Dane Steidl 6-3, 6-3; 2. Jacob Limmex (M) def. Zach Gilmaster 6-3, 6-3; 3. Tyler Wolosek (WR) def. John Weisenberger 6-2, 5-7, 6-1; 4. Ryan Graczkowski (WR) def. Tyler Droste 6-1, 6-1.Doubles: 1. Dylan Handrich-Sam Trudeau (M) def. Josh Beyer-Stevie Hanzlik 6-3, 6-1; 2. Sam O’Shasky-Shane Glinski (WR) def. Austin Christianson-Jared Draxler 6-1, 6-1; 3. Tanner Boson-Tom Kruger (M) def. Luke Mertes-Marcus Bean 6-2, 6-7 (3), 6-3.Records: Wisconsin Rapids 1-4; Marshfield 2-3.last_img read more

Brexit, Trump, and the Retail Trade Industry

first_imgLike the British referendum vote earlier this year, the election of Donald Trump in the United States has sent tectonic waves not just through the individual countries but also around the globe. With the unexpected results of both votes, we in the retail trade industry are left with more questions than answers as to what comes next on a variety of subjects.For the retail loss prevention and profit protection industry, it remains business as usual—for the time being. Employee theft will continue as will shoplifting and organized retail crime. Compliance to internal and external regulations will remain a focus as will safety of customers and employees.However, the anticipated changes, especially in global trade and immigration policies will undoubtedly have a major impact on the retail environment and, thus, on loss prevention policies, logistics security and processes, and retail hiring.- Sponsor – Over the past decade, perhaps longer in Europe, loss prevention has played an integral role supporting retailers’ acquisitionand sourcing of manufacturing materials and transportation of merchandise from point of manufacture to store shelves. Trade partnerships and international agreements have by most accounts helped streamline the flow of goods. Yet renegotiating or even bowing out of these trade agreements entirely, which certainly was a primary focus of Trump’s campaign, could have a tremendous impact on both the flow and cost of goods.The nationalist movements that stoked both campaigns—and are alive and seemingly empowered in other countries throughout Europe—are hoping to return jobs to their home countries, jobs that they believe were outsourced to lower-wage nations in Latin America and Asia. Whether or not jobs return or remain outside the country, prices of goods will almost inevitably increase on the merchandise retailers sell, especially if tariff wars erupt as some experts predict.Debate will continue as to the long-term benefit of changing trade policies, but there is no disagreement that retailers and their customers will be affected bothin the long and short term. Prices will likely fluctuate dramatically both up and down. On-shelf availability—one of the LP industry’s major objectives—will be even harder to manage. Consumers will likely find goods unavailable in their neighborhood stores as well as online more frequently than today. Theft of products in high demand yet low availability will beadded to the “hot products” on organized retail crime gangs’ target lists.I am certainly no economist or trade expert. Even if I were, based on the wide-ranging opinions voiced by those who are, there is no way to predict how the next few months and years will unfold. That said, the entire retail organization, including loss prevention, should begin an ongoing dialogue both inside each company and throughout the industryto look at policies and procedures and contingency plans to be able to proactively manage the changes as they occur.Just as we prepare for natural disasters and terrorist events in our crisis management and business continuity planning, we should take a similar approach to these political upheavals. In fact, based on the extreme outcry from both sides after these recent developments, some might argue that these are indeed crisis events no different than an earthquake or hurricane, yet with much more far-reaching impact.What is your take on the impact of these political changes? Are you discussing the impact inside your company in a formal way? We would love to hear from those on both sides of the Atlantic to help the retail industry begin dialogue on this important issue.This article was originally published in LP Magazine EU in the Winter 2016-2017 issue. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Box Expands Mobile Support, Validates the Mobile Enterprise

first_imgToday, Box announced a tablet-optimized Android app, a PlayBook app (the company’s first native app for any BlackBerry platform) and a new HTML5 mobile site. The Android version replaces the company’s existing Android app and will work with both smartphones and tablets, optimizing the view depending on the device.More interesting than the actual app announcements, Box CEO Aaron Levie revealed that the company has seen a 600% increase in enterprise sales regarding mobile. And yes, that’s specifically enterprise sales, not overall sales. For example, Proctor and Gamble just became a Box customer based largely on the company’s mobile support.Screenshot of the Box app on an Android tablet.We’ve seen an explosion of enterprise mobile applications, especially tablet apps (as we’ve documented here on an at least weekly basis). But it hasn’t been clear to what degree enterprises are actually demanding and taking advantage of these apps. Box’s experience indicates that enterprises are indeed looking for these solutions.In the past, I’ve wondered how Box would stand out in the market. Among large enterprises, SharePoint already has a huge marketshare, and companies like Newsgator and are making it more palatable to end users. Now that you can upload any file format to Google Docs, Google Apps is shoring up a lot of the mid-market, and Dropbox and Google Docs have become the de facto standards for document sharing and collaboration between individual professionals. So where would Box, and its competitors like Huddle, fit into this (especially with Apple iCloud now on the scene)?Box seems to have solved by building niche with its mobile support (the company received a leading position in the Forrester Wave on mobile collaboration) and possibly also through its integrations with Google Docs, SharePoint and various ECM systems. Box is now positioning itself as a way to glue together Google Docs and ECM systems and as a way to take documents mobile while maintaining enterprise security (thanks in part to its partnership with VMware).Disclosure: VMware is a ReadWriteWeb sponsor Related Posts Tags:#enterprise#mobile 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now IT + Project Management: A Love Affaircenter_img klint finley Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

Deep Links Yield Deep Data—But They Will Also Know A Lot About You

first_imgDeep linking is hot, and for good reason: it can make mobile search much more powerful by making it more predictive. In a world governed by small screen sizes and large intent, that’s a huge asset.And it’s why deep linking startup URX recently introduced AppViews, a product with the not-so-modest goal of “understand[ing] what a user is doing and what could make them happier.”See also: Don’t Look Now, But Deep Linking Just Got HotTo better understand not only AppViews but the innovative deep linking marketplace, and whether the increased intelligence buried in deep links will lead to privacy concerns, I sat down with URX marketing chief (and former Googler) Mike Fyall (@mikefyall). Going Deep On Deep LinksReadWrite: Why is deep linking important? And is there more to it than people generally think?Fyall: Deep links help users travel directly inside of an app to the right place, similar to a URL on the web. They help users save time, marketers create better campaigns, and developers build cross app experiences. Deep links will also usher in much needed new tools for app discovery and engagement. The deep link itself is just an address; however, as companies like Google, Facebook, URX, and others build an understanding of the content behind deep links we’ll be able to recommend apps to users when they are most relevant and useful. This is happening today. For example, Google is showing app content in search results, and companies like URX are building products (AppViews) that recommend relevant apps based on a users context. We’ll see lots of innovation here in the coming years, particularly as daily transactions inside of mobile apps continues to increase.Everything Is ConnectedReadWrite: What sort of data does URX glean from deep linking? Fyall: When URX crawls webpages with deep links on them, we capture information about the page content—for example the headline, keywords, images, and other metadata—using similar techniques to how search engines index webpages today. This helps us understand where the deep link goes so we can recommend it at the right time.URX can also check to see if a user has a given app installed before deciding which AppViews is most relevant.  ReadWrite: When announcing AppViews, you talked about building an understanding of the entities inside mobile apps and how they relate to each other and the physical world. What does that mean?Fyall: In order to show relevant AppViews for a given context, we need to understand how people, places, things, and concepts relate across apps. For example, the “Beyonce” that you can listen to in Spotify is the same “Beyonce” you can also listen to in SoundCloud, or buy concert tickets for in Stubhub. Without this understanding, “Beyonce” is simply a 7 letter word to a computer and you can’t figure out what a user might want to do next.We’ve have a team of data scientists working on our knowledge graph (short explanatory video) for over a year. We utilized the Freebase project to kick it off and continually enhance it as more data flows through our system. Today, if a user is browsing a story about Beyonce we have a host of possible destinations a user might be interested in visiting.ReadWrite: You talk about suggesting the “next action” to make users “happier,” but how can you discern what they really want from deep links?Fyall: AppViews are about giving users a relevant recommendation for what they want to do next. To them, we aren’t offering a deep link: we are helping them discover content or take action. We named it “AppViews” as the goal is to give the user a glimpse inside other app before deciding to leave their current experience.The higher the user engagement is with AppViews, the better job we’ve done for users.ReadWrite: Who pays for this? Meaning, a developer might want to surface content to me in her app, but presumably you’re not going to show it to me unless it will make me happy, right? How does this work?Fyall: To date, we’ve seen the majority of developers implement AppViews to add functionality to their site and getting paid is secondary. Nexercise, the developer of the Sworkit fitness app, told us they’ve seen a host of positive reviews and feedback when they added the ability for users to listen to music before they workout.In terms of the business model, advertisers will be able to pay for “Promoted AppViews” which will appear alongside related content. For a promoted AppView, the developer receives a majority of the revenue and URX take a cut as well. Developers have complete control over the format and types of recommendations shown.All The Pieces MatterReadWrite: With AppViews you’re getting into big data-type applications, not merely mechanical “Click here to go to the right place in an app.” Where does this lead? (And will it be a privacy problem?)Fyall: Deep links are the required infrastructure to build the new mobile discovery platforms that are so desperately needed on mobile. For as powerful and amazing as apps have become, we’re still stuck browsing through app stores and can’t move intelligently between apps. URX is one of several companies trying to reinvent how we discover and engage with content on our phones.Most mobile ads today, for example those shown on Facebook or exchanges like MoPub, are targeted toward users based on demographics or previous behavior where privacy is a strong concern. However, AppViews are shown purely based what someone is doing right now— it doesn’t matter who you are, just want you might want to do.  So privacy shouldn’t be a problem for AppViews now or in the future.Lead image courtesy of PicBasement Related Posts Tags:#Big Data#deep linking#deep links#Mike Fyall#mobile#mobile advertising#URX What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologycenter_img Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Matt Asay Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaceslast_img read more

Gene therapy stops bleeding episodes in hemophilia trial

first_img Gene therapy stops bleeding episodes in hemophilia trial By Jocelyn KaiserDec. 6, 2017 , 5:00 PM center_img Researchers have scored their first clear success in using gene therapy to treat hemophilia, an inherited blood disorder. Ten men received a single intravenous infusion of a harmless virus ferrying a gene for factor IX, a blood-clotting protein missing in people with hemophilia B. Up to 18 months later, the men’s livers are making, on average, 34% the normal level of factor IX. That’s enough that nine of the 10 patients have had no bleeding episodes, researchers report today in The New England Journal of Medicine. What’s more, eight of the 10 no longer need factor IX injections every few days. Previous gene therapy trials for hemophilia B didn’t go well, either because patients’ immune systems destroyed the modified cells or the cells didn’t make enough factor IX. In the new trial, sponsored by Spark Therapeutics and Pfizer, researchers gave the patients’ liver cells the gene for an unusually potent version of the factor IX protein. That allowed the team to lower the vector dose, minimizing immune responses. Two patients had elevated liver enzymes in reaction to the vector, but those levels came down after they received steroids. Only 20% of hemophilia patients have the B form, but efforts are also underway to use gene therapy to treat the most common type, hemophilia A.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more