Simmons shines in opener but Gayle, Bravo fail

first_imgDUBAI, United Arab Emirates, (CMC):Superstar opener Chris Gayle made an inauspicious start to the Pakistan Super League with a failure but Lendl Simmons hit an unbeaten half-century to propel Karachi Kings to a seven-wicket victory in their opening game of the Pakistan Super League here yesterday.Sent in at the Dubai International Stadium, Gayle’s Lahore Qalanders managed just 125 for eight off their 20 overs, with the West Indies left-hander scoring just six.He perished to the fourth ball of the game, holding out too long on off-spinner Shoaib Malik with the score on six.Wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan top scored with 37 from 31 deliveries, while Sohaib Maqsood struck 22, to be the only two batsmen past 20.West Indies teammate Dwayne Bravo also failed to get among the runs, scoring a run-a-ball 14 before he was bowled by paceman Mohammed Amir in the penultimate over.Simmons then took command of the game for Kings, hammering an unbeaten 62 to guide them home with 25 deliveries remaining in the run chase.The right-hander faced 46 balls and counted eight fours and two sixes and put on 109 for the third wicket with Bangladeshi Shakib Al Hasan who made 51 off 35 balls with three fours and three sixes.Their stand pulled Kings around from a dangerous position of four runs for two wickets in the second over.Bravo proved expensive with his two overs of medium pace, conceding 27 runs and going wicketless.In the second game of the day at the venue, Jamaica and West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell took three wickets but his Islamabad United crashed to a 24-run defeat to Darren Sammy’s Peshawar Zalmi.Batting first, Zalmi tallied 145 for seven with opener Tamim Iqbal stroking a run-a-ball 51 with three fours and a six.Sammy, the West Indies Twenty20 captain, scored just ten before he was run out with three balls left in the innings.Medium pacer Russell claimed three for 31 from his four overs but then had no such luck with the bat, falling for a run-a-ball 12 as United crawled to 121 for nine.last_img read more

Digicel launches $700 top-up cards

first_imgA total of 33 high-end smartphones, credit and $1-million prizes are up for grabs this summer as Digicel officially launched its “Summer Grabs” promotion.On Saturday, the promotion was officially launched which saw the introduction of $700 top-up cards, which would be available from Monday.As part of the giveaways, when customers enter the pin number from any of the new $700 cards, a special letter or number will be sent to their phones. To win, they would have to obtain the letters G-R-A-B along with two other letters or numbers indicating the prize.To win a Samsung Galaxy S8, one would have to obtain the letter S and the number 8. Similarly for the Galaxy S9, the winning code will be the letter S and the number 9, and the letters I and X for the iPhone 10. For the cash prizes of $1 million, customers would have to acquire the number 1 and the letter M. In the end, six characters would be necessary to determine the reward.Representing the brand, Tamika Henry indicated that credit can also be won every time persons use the $700 top-up cards.“Every time you top up with $700, you get a chance to win $1000 credit back. Every single day, we’re giving 20 lucky customers $1000 in free credit.”The promotion ends on September 9 and one individual can win multiple prizes.“There’s no limit to how many times you can win, so keep topping up through this summer and you can win several times over.”last_img read more

Software helps retailers pick the price

first_imgA large retail chain had a problem. It sold three similar power drills: one for about $90, a purportedly better one at $120 and a top-tier one at $130. The higher the price, the more the store profited. But while drill know-it-alls flocked to the $130 model and price-fretters grabbed its $90 cousin, shoppers often ignored the middle one. So the store sought advice from a new breed of “price-optimization” software from DemandTec Inc. What followed offers us a clue about important shifts that technology is bringing to retail shopping. After analyzing an array of variables, including sales history and competitors’ prices, the software suggested cutting the middle drill to $110. That might have made the top drill seem more expensive. But drill aficionados still were fine shelling out $130. Sales of that drill didn’t change. However, now that the $90 version seemed less of a bargain, the store sold 4 percent fewer low-end drills – and 11 percent more of the mid-range model. Profits rose. Because of insights like this, price-optimization software is often credited with boosting retail profits by a few percentage points – a huge leap in an industry that lives on margins slimmer than a 25-cent pack of gum. `Big dividends’ Even so, the software is just beginning to make its mark. Although major software providers such as SAP AG and Oracle Corp. have joined the market, analysts estimate no more than 150 retailers worldwide are using it – including such big names as Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and 7-Eleven Inc. The CEO of Albertson’s grocery stores told analysts in 2005 that the chain was reaping “big dividends” after pricing software advised charging less for such items as paper towels, toilet paper, ketchup and soup. For now the software is enough of a competitive advantage that chains are reluctant to publicize their experiences. Still, it’s clear that price-setting software and similar, more-established technologies such as markdown optimization figure to make stores more efficient and savvy at promoting precisely what consumers want. Or at least what we think we want. It won’t always lead to cheaper power drills. As often as not, the software gives store managers support for raising prices. “It’s really about that intelligent trade-off of where you’re going to take higher margins versus where you’re going to take lower margins,” says AMR Research analyst Janet Suleski. The right price Similarly, markdown optimization software, often used by clothing retailers to determine what to put on sale and at what discount, also is a mixed bag. Bob Buchanan, an analyst at AG Edwards & Sons, says the software tends to recommend putting things on sale sooner, in hopes of moving product faster. Great – who doesn’t love a sale? But earlier markdowns tend to mean shallower discounts – 20 percent off instead of 40 percent, for example. If that advice is right, stores will have fewer mega-clearances that delight bargain hunters. Sometimes it means no discount at all. Recently, ALDO Group Inc., a Canadian shoe company with stores worldwide, began selling two kinds of sneakers it wanted off shelves by the end of June. One pair was $29, the other $49. According to Bob Raven, ALDO’s vice president of finance, the $29 version was a smash and figures to sell out by May. The $49 pairs seemed to be doing so-so. So a merchandise manager, following his instinct, prepared to cut the price, perhaps all the way to $29. Until the company cranked up its new markdown-optimization system from Oracle. The verdict: Keep the shoes at $49. The software showed that based on current and historic sales figures, the shoes would still sell out by June. “You start to see a lot of stuff you didn’t see before,” Raven says. It might seem odd that stores need help figuring out what to charge. Aren’t we consumers the ones with no clue about what things should cost? How else could people guessing on “The Price is Right” survive on TV all these years, leggy models notwithstanding? The truth is that for all the sophistication of the retail industry, prices often have been set with a simple formula: the cost to the retailer plus a set markup to ensure a profit. Sometimes there’s even less math. Retailers often match a competitor’s price or replicate what they charged last year. The problem with marking all items up by roughly similar percentages is that some products are more “price sensitive” than others. For many everyday items, like milk, stores can’t get away with a high markup. On specialty products, however, the stores might be leaving money on the table by charging only their set markup. They probably could demand more. In fairness, retailers long have been hip to this. Hence the common concept of a “loss leader” – a routine item like soda is sold at cost or a slight loss, to entice people into a store and establish a bargain reputation. The store hopes to more than make up the difference on other products. Trial and error But much of that has been trial and error. Enter price-optimization software, and computers’ ability to calculate inhuman degrees of variables. Packed with years of data from stores and their competitors, the software predicts how much of something will sell at given prices. And it hunts for items that correlate with each other. So a store can ask many questions at once: If we lower the price of Coke, how much more Coke will we sell? How many fewer store-brand sodas will we sell? And what do soda buyers also tend to purchase that we could bump up by a few cents? Chips? Beer? Shoe polish? The software can factor in multiple elements, such as whether a store has a cheap or premium “price image”; the proximity of the nearest rival (often known as Wal-Mart); seasonal factors (sleds sell better in January than July); or whether an item is featured on coupons. Surprising results The results can be surprising. For example, store brands of cereal and pasta commonly are priced about 20 percent less than national brands, according to Praveen Kopalle, a professor in Dartmouth College’s Tuck School of Business. Price optimization, Kopalle says, has shown that discount is smart for breakfast cereals – consumers shun generics if the price goes much higher. But it’s unnecessarily steep for pasta. People will buy knockoff pasta even if the discount is less than 20 percent. This technology began to emerge about a decade ago, but stores were skeptical it could work because “it sounded like `Star Wars,”‘ says Ken Ouimet, a pioneer in the field who founded price-optimization provider Khimetrics with his brother, Tim. Khimetrics was acquired last year by SAP. Khimetrics arose from an unusual linkage. The Ouimets were reared in retail – their parents run a firm that sells price data to stores, wholesalers and manufacturers. But Ken went on to study theoretical physics and chemical engineering. In the early 1990s, while examining equations that predict the behavior of billions of atoms in gases or other complex systems, Ouimet realized that the buying decisions of consumers could be plotted in much the same way. In other words, we think we have free will when we walk into a store and decide whether to purchase something. But en masse, we have very predictable responses to the prices we encounter. “It’s really amazing to look at that,” Ouimet says. Considering that pricing software can cost seven figures, what’s going to come of all the money being spent on figuring out how to get us to spend our money? 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Uruguay vs Portugal: Preview, confirmed teams and live commentary

first_img 2 2 Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Suarez face off as Portugal and Uruguay go head-to-head for a place in the World Cup quarter-final.Uruguay breezed through Group A, winning all three games without conceding, while Portugal were forced to settle for second place in Group B after draws with Spain and Iran. Portugal opened their World Cup campaign at Sochi – a 3-3 draw against Spain Ronaldo sits in joint-second place in the race for the World Cup Golden Boot, his four goals one shy of England’s Harry Kane.Suarez has two goals so far and will look to add to his tally while up against centre-back Pepe, who he knows all about from their El Clasico match-ups.When is Uruguay vs Portugal?This last 16 clash will kick-off at 7pm UK time on Saturday, June 30.The game is to be played at Sochi, in front of a packed-out 48,000-capacity crowd. Ronaldo’s phenomenal hat-trick against Spain proved crucial in the final group standings, sending Portugal through by a single point over Iran How can I listen?Click here to listen to our live commentary of all the action as it happens on talkSPORT.Who are the key players?No one has caused more controversy in recent World Cups than Luis Suarez. After using his hands to deny Ghana a last-minute winner in 2010, he then sunk his teeth into Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini four years later and earned himself a four-month ban. He claims he has calmed down for this tournament, and appears to be letting his football do the talking, with two well-taken strikes so far.Cristiano Ronaldo relishes the big stage like perhaps nobody else. His hat-trick against Spain in the opening Group B clash demonstrated just how unstoppable he is when in the mood, and Portugal have little hope without him in the side. After missing a penalty against Iran last time out, he has added motivation as he tries to catch Kane.What are the confirmed teams?Uruguay: Muslera, Caceres, Godin, Gimenez, Laxalt, Torreira, Vecino, Nandez, Bentancur, Suarez, Cavani.Portugal: Patrício, Ricardo Perreira, Pepe, Fonte, Guerreiro, William Carvalho, Adrien, João Mário, Bernardo Silva, Ronaldo, Gonçalo Guedes.talkSPORT are with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network.last_img read more

DONEGAL TDs IN BID TO REPEAL HOUSEHOLD TAX LAWS

first_imgSinn Féin Donegal TDs Pearse Doherty and Pádraig Mac Lochlainn have today launched a bill that will reverse the Household Charge.Speaking ahead of the launch of the bill, Deputy Doherty said: “The bill, entitled Local Government (Household Charge) (Repeal) Bill 2012, aims to repeal the household charge and allow the Department to reimburse those households that have already paid it.“Sinn Féin will be tabling the bill during private members’ time in June. Meanwhile we intend to run a positive, proactive ‘Back the Bill’ campaign. This campaign will be inclusive and community-based. We will be using the next few months to lobby and encourage TDs from all parties, including government parties, to vote for our bill in June. “To date the household charge has been a disastrous episode for the government and in particular for Minister Phil Hogan.“Like the septic tank charge it will impose additional hardship on families across the County.Deputy Mac Lochlainn said: “The vote in June will give the Minister the opportunity to undo some of the damage his charge has inflicted on the coalition. Sinn Féin believes in strong democratic local government.“For local authorities to function, they require funding to provide services to the public. Hogan’s household charge will only drive a wedge between the local authorities and the communities they aim to serve. The Local Government Fund should be returned to 2011 levels. “I hope other parties, trade unions and community groups will support the bill and make the household charges history once and for all.”Meanwhile people trying to pay the charge online from Co Donegal today say the system keeps crashing, adding to the criticism of Minister Phil Hogan.A Letterkenny mother told us: “All I get are ‘error’ messages. I don’t want to pay it but I feel I have to – now I can’t pay it!±” DONEGAL TDs IN BID TO REPEAL HOUSEHOLD TAX LAWS was last modified: March 28th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DONEGAL TDs IN BID TO REPEAL HOUSEHOLD TAX LAWSSinn Feinlast_img read more

SADNESS AT PASSING OF MADGIE McGEE

first_imgThere has been widespread sadness in West Donegal and further afield following the death of Madgie McGee.Madgie (nee Boyle), from Upper Dore, Gweedre and formerly of Bunaman, Annagry, leaves behind a large circle of family and friends including grandsons Neil and Eamon from the Donegal senior GAA team.Her remains are reposing at her late residence at Upper Dore, Bunbeg. Funeral arrangements are to be confirmed later.The house is private from 11pm till 10am.Family flowers only with donations in lieu if desired to the Donegal Hospice c/o Shaun Mc Glynn, Funeral Directors, Dungloe or any family member.  SADNESS AT PASSING OF MADGIE McGEE was last modified: August 27th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:deathdonegalGweedoreMadgie McGeelast_img read more

DONEGAL SFC: SENSATIONAL SECOND-HALF DISPLAY SENDS KILCAR INTO THE LAST FOUR

first_imgGAA: A blistering second-half display from Kilcar ensured a comfortable passage into the semi-finals of the Donegal SFC.Kilcar powered past the challenge of Four Masters with a clinical and ruthless second-half display after a very opening period.Played in utterly horrendous weather conditions both sides found it difficult to adapt early on and the early stages of the game were littered with mistakes with both sides guilty of poor handling and kicking. Kilcar were hot favourites going into the game and even though they won very well in the end – they didn’t have it all their own way and Four Masters were more than a match in the first half an hour.A brilliant goal from Ryan McHugh midway through the opening half was the score that separated the sides at the interval with Kilcar 1-03 to 0-03 ahead.Four Masters had the advantage of the wind in the first-half but they didn’t make it count and Kilcar were placed to kick on after the break.And that’s exactly want they did, further goals from Andrew McClean and Stephen McBrearty ensured a comfortable win for the men from Towney. It was an excellent display and Kilcar will be delighted to have 3-13 in such woeful weather conditions.Kilcar are the first team through to the semi-finals of the Donegal SFC.Final score: Kilcar 3-13 Four Masters 0-08DONEGAL SFC: SENSATIONAL SECOND-HALF DISPLAY SENDS KILCAR INTO THE LAST FOUR was last modified: September 12th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:newsSportlast_img read more

Concern expressed as vandals spoil clothes bank in Inishowen

first_imgAn Inishowen community group has hit out at dumpers who vandalised a community clothes bank in the area. The Fahan Community Group said bags filled with garden cuttings and household waste had been dumped in the clothes bank at the Fowler Hall in Tooban over the summer – only to be found when the recycling company came to collect.The local group receives a couple of hundred euro each time a full clothes bin is collected. The Heritage group, who use the money to put back into the local community, are currently working on the Fahan graveyard project where work on the restoration of the 7th century Mura’s Cross is continuing.It is understood that those involved left behind identifiable materials, a matter a group spokesperson said would be taken further if they didn’t stop.A spokesperson for the Fahan Community Group said: “We’re are asking the people involved to stop or the matter will be taken further.”Concern expressed as vandals spoil clothes bank in Inishowen was last modified: October 16th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:FahanInishowenlast_img read more

Gardai investigate overnight housefire in Inishowen

first_imgGardai are investigating the cause of a housefire in Inishwowen overnight.The blaze broke out at a home at Magherabeg, Tooban and caused extensive damage.Nobody was hurt in the blaze. Garda forensic experts are at the scene of the fire this morning in a bid to determine the cause of the blaze.Gardai investigate overnight housefire in Inishowen was last modified: December 2nd, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:InishowenMagherabegToobanlast_img read more

QPR’s Gladwin already preparing for ‘big season’

first_imgBen Gladwin believes next season will be crucial for him as he looks to establish himself as a first-team player at QPR.The midfielder, 23, came on as a substitute in Saturday’s 2-1 win against Charlton, having spent time on loan this season at Bristol City and his former club Swindon.Gladwin was unable to secure a regular place in the side following his summer move from Swindon and his outing at the weekend was his first league appearance for Rangers since September.“This is the club I signed for in the summer, it’s the club I want to play for and it’s where I want to be,” he told QPR’s website.“This season has been a bit unsettling. I have been here and there, but that’s because I want to play football.”The former Hayes & Yeading player recently recovered from a knee injury that cut short his loan spell at Bristol City.“I want to try and build up some momentum to take into next year,” he added.“I really want to finish the season strongly and get as many minutes as I can.“Then I plan to look after myself over the summer so I go into pre-season strong. I think next season is a big one for me.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more