first_imgTigers host Mosinee on FridayBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARSHFIELD — Stevens Point held Marshfield to four hits, and the Tigers left seven runners on base as they fell to the Panthers 4-1 in the Wisconsin Valley Conference softball opener for both teams.Emily Draeger knocked in Jenna Jakobi for Marshfield’s only run in the loss.Draeger, Jakobi, Megan Nordbeck, and Jordan Pretsch each had one hit for the Tigers.Megan Donahue gave up two earned runs and struck out eight in a complete-game effort for Marshfield. She allowed seven hits and three walks.Stevens Point (1-0) statistics were not provided.Marshfield (1-1) returns to action Friday, hosting Mosinee in a nonconference game at 4:30 p.m. at the Marshfield Fairgrounds.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)last_img read more

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

first_imgRobredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads Philadelphia was able to keep the game tight by knocking down 16 3-pointers.TIP-INS76ers: A night after taking 29 free throws, an NBA rookie record, Simmons went to the line only four times. … Embiid, Markelle Fultz (right shoulder soreness), T.J. McConnell (sprained AC joint, left shoulder) and Jahlil Okafor (individualized training) were not with the team.Celtics: Marcus Smart left in the fourth quarter with pain in his right ankle. He got treatment in the locker room and said afterward that it was feeling better. … Irving had five of Boston’s 12 3-pointers. … Boston outscored Philadelphia 44-36 in the paint.QUOTABLE“He’s certainly one of the most gifted scorers in the game. He can do things just with a tiny amount of space and make it look easy.” — Stevens on Irving.RUNNING TIMEThe Celtics ended the second quarter on an 11-3 run and took a 54-44 lead into halftime. Boston shot 48 percent from the field and was 7 of 16 from beyond the 3-point line.Philadelphia erased a 12-point deficit and took a 67-65 lead in the third quarter, but Boston got hot again, ending that period on an 11-4 run that included six points by Morris.TOUGH SCHEDULEThe Sixers have already played some of the league’s top teams just 21 games into the season. Thursday was their second meeting with the Celtics, and they’ve also played Golden State and Houston twice, and Cleveland.But coach Brett Brown is thankful for the tough road they’ve plodded thus far.“We’re playing NBA royalty right now,” Brown said. “We’re playing against the league’s best. The analytics people tell us we’ve had the most difficult schedule to date in the NBA, and it feels like that. But I think it expedites learning. … You’re always learning from All-Stars.”UP NEXT76ers: Begin a three-game homestand Saturday against the Detroit Pistons. Boston Celtics’ Kyrie Irving holds off Philadelphia 76ers’ Jerryd Bayless during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston on Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)BOSTON — Isaiah Thomas developed a reputation in Boston for big performances late in games. It’s quickly becoming apparent that the Celtics probably have an even more potent scoring weapon in Kyrie Irving.The star guard scored 36 points and Boston held off the weary and short-handed Philadelphia 76ers 108-97 on Thursday night to improve the NBA’s best record to 19-4.ADVERTISEMENT It was Irving’s fifth game this season with 30 or more points. Al Horford added 21 points and eight rebounds, and Marcus Morris had 17 points as the Celtics bounced back from Monday night’s home loss to Detroit with their ninth victory in 11 games.“It’s go time, man,” Irving said of his mindset in the fourth quarter. “Especially when the game is in the balance. It’s the best time to play. It’s just ultimate freedom.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingBoston led by five at the end of the third quarter but started the fourth by connecting on seven of its first 11 shots to increase the margin to 95-82. Irving had nine points in the final 12 minutes.“It’s a luxury. Not a lot of teams have that,” Horford said of Irving’s ability to take over games. “His will to win and make those shots when we need them most — it just keeps impressing me game by game.” Dario Saric led Philadelphia with 18 points. JJ Redick finished with 17 and Ben Simmons had 15.“Kyrie is obviously amazing,” Redick said. “Horford doesn’t get enough credit for how good he is offensively. As good as Kyrie is, Horford is the hub of everything they do.”It was the third game in four nights for the 76ers, who have lost two of three. Saturday’s game against Detroit will conclude a week featuring matchups with the East’s three top teams.Philadelphia played without center Joel Embiid, who continues to rest on the second night of back-to-backs.With Embiid out, Celtics coach Brad Stevens went with a bigger lineup, starting Aron Baynes in place of Morris.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim LeBron ‘bothered’ that some teammates disapproved of Wade signing Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Celtics: Continue their five-game homestand Saturday against the Phoenix Suns.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims LATEST STORIES MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 Malditas save PH from shutout Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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first_imgRobin van Persie celebrates after scoring a late goal for Man Utd against ChelseaRobin van Persie rescued Manchester United with a goal in the fourth minute of stoppage time to earn a 1-1 draw with leader Chelsea in the Premier League on Sunday.The Netherlands striker rammed home a loose ball from 10 meters to make amends for his error that helped Chelsea take the lead in the 53rd minute through veteran striker Didier Drogba.Drogba met a corner from Cesc Fabregas with a towering header that should have been kept out by Van Persie, who was supposed to be guarding the near post.Chelsea looked like seeing the game out until right back Branislav Ivanovic was sent off in stoppage time for picking up a second booking for a foul on Angel Di Maria. United scored from the resulting free kick, with Van Persie pouncing after Marouane Fellaini’s header was parried out by goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.Chelsea’s lead has been cut to four points by surprising Southampton but Jose Mourinho’s unbeaten team is now six points ahead of third-place Manchester City, arguably its biggest rival for the title.Didier Drogba celebrates after scoring the opening goal for Chelsea against Man UtdStill this was an opportunity lost by Chelsea, which threw away two points in Manchester like it did a month ago a month ago when conceding late in a 1-1 at City.”Is it a good result? I don’t think so,” Mourinho said. “Was it a good performance? Yes.”advertisementUnited stayed 10 points behind Chelsea but is showing great fighting spirit under Louis van Gaal, having also scored late in a 2-2 draw at West Bromwich Albion on Monday.”I’ve said to the players we could have won,” Van Gaal said. “And when you can do that again the best team in this league at this moment it is a good sign.”I am pleased that they are fighting to the end.”A draw was arguably a fair result in a match that pitted two of world football’s best tacticians in Mourinho and Van Gaal, who mentored the Portuguese coach during their time together at Barcelona from 1997-2000.They shared a warm embrace before kickoff for their first head-to-head meeting since the 2010 Champions League final. On that occasion, Mourinho’s Inter Milan beat Van Gaal’s Bayern Munich for a win for the pupil over his master.Four years on, they are widely regarded as two of the most wily, respected managers around and it was always likely to be a tight, tactical affair at Old Trafford. That was how it turned out.Robin van Persie scored in the fourth minute of the stoppage time to deny ChelseaThe first half ebbed and flowed with each goalkeeper having only one genuine save to make. Courtois spread himself well to deny Van Persie, who had run onto a through-ball from the lively Adnan Januzaj in the 23rd minute as United made the faster start.At the other end, Drogba – starting a league game for the first time in his second spell at Chelsea with top scorer Diego Costa and Loic Remy unavailable – drove a shot at goal from Oscar’s cut-back but it was kept out by the feet of David de Gea.De Gea did even better to deny a low shot from Eden Hazard at the start of the second half after the winger dribbled through the heart of the United defense. However, the goalkeeper wasn’t helped by the defending from the resulting corner.Drogba drifted to the near post and leapt above the diminutive Rafael de Silva to meet an inswinging cross from Fabregas with a header that flew between Van Persie and the near post. Van Persie had left his position on the post, only to belatedly retreat and was off-balance when the ball went past him.The Dutchman made up for it with his late intervention in the final scheduled minute of injury time.”It was not our best performance. That’s a pity, because at this moment you have to show yourself against the better teams,” Van Gaal said. “But we have created more chances than Chelsea.”last_img read more